All this blessed Sunday, free from war's alarms, we have lounged sans souci. Sprague and his staff called on the President; and the Cabinet dropped in and gave a last word to the new Proclamation, blockading Virginia. . . .
SOURCES: Clara B. Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, Volume 1, p. 26; Tyler Dennett, Editor, Lincoln and the Civil War in the Diaries and Letters of John Hay, p. 12; Michael Burlingame & John R. Turner Ettlinger, Editors; Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay, p. 13