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July 1864
C.C. Clay & J. P. Holcombe from the South at Niagara  They requested safe conduct to Wash. in order that proposals for peace might be considered  They were not formally authorized by the authorities at Richmond.  Horace Greeley & Mr. Hay the Presidents sec. went to Niagara to confer with them by consent of the president who finding the southern delegates were not official [[strikethrough]] were [[/strikethrough]] obliged to ask the President for orders  He sent back the following

As this precluded all discussion announcing as it does beforehand terms of peace the self constituted delegates retired thanking H. G. & Hay for their efforts & stating that although the south might be weary of the sad desolating struggle & might long for the return of peace  Still she would not yield to terms which would compro-
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mise her self respect.  Atlanta has not been taken as supposed but seems to be in a fair way of falling soon.  The Loyal Citizens of Maryland have presented a petition to the Pres. asking that the recent losses be assessed upon the sympathisers with the south  It is sincerely to be hoped the pres. will not yield to so unjust a demand.
26th  Tues.  Great battle at Atlanta--a loss of 2000
[[image of newspaper article covers a portion of the middle of the page]] & about [[6000?]] on that of [covered text]] The city is not yet in our [[covered text]] but we have gained the outer [[portion?]] [[covered text]] Mrs. Peale returned yesterday from [[covered text]] to the [[strikethrough]] front [[strikethrough]]^this army before Petersburg with Mr. Seward [[covered text]] She seems greatly impressed [[covered text]] strength of our forces & the [[prob?]] [[covered text]] [[cess?]] of attempt to take the [[covered text]] [[said?]] to Gen. Grant If you take [[covered text]] will be in the White [[?]]  [[covered text]] [[we?]] [[Madame?]]  to desire any such honour he replyed.  There are rumours of another intended raid by the south.
30th  Sat.  Another fright.  Some of soldiers returning from the pursuit of the 

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rday, July 23 1864
Proposals for Mail Steamship Service Between the U. States and Brazil
Post Office Department,Washington, June 17, 1864
In Accordance with the provisions of the act of
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