Summer Doldrums in Washington Meet Political Turmoil in Nation

August 1, 1864

President and Mrs. Lincoln leaves from Navy Yard for Fortress Monroe. Navy Secretary Gideon Welles writes the next day: “The President went yesterday to Fortress Monroe to meet General Grant, by prior arrangement, which made me distrust final operations at Petersburg, for if such were the fact, he could not well be absent. The President tells me the movement was well planned and well executed up to the closing struggle, when our men failed to do their duty. There must, I apprehend, have been fault in the officers also, — not Grant, who originates nothing, is dull and heavy, but persistent.”

President Lincoln summons Senator Edwin D. Morgan to Washington from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York.. Morgan was chairman of the chairman of the Union Party Executive Congressional Committee.

Philadelphia Congressman William D. Kelley writes President Lincoln asking for dismissal of Philadelphia Postmaster Cornelius A. Walborn, who opposed Kelley’s renomination. Kelley encloses a note from a post office worker: “I send it because it shows that the writer though dissatisfied with “Baltimore & Lincoln”1 is not prepared to support “Cleveland & Fremont”; and because it expresses distinctly the accountability Mr Walborn3 is fixing upon you in spite of your instructions to him.

It has so happened that the writer and I have had no communication since the evening of the day on which we visited you, except that she wrote me a note then last week to which I replied and to that reply received the enclosed as rejoinder.

That she will support the Balto nominees I have no doubt. She may put it as a choice of evils but she will do it. Meanwhile Walborn is giving her, and all such discontented people, daily proof of your hostility to radical men and anti slavery measures. For the sake of our great cause silence him by removal.

Out of office he will be impotent, and in office he is potent only for evil

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