Abraham Lincoln to Robert Anderson, May 1, 1861, Washington, DC, in Roy P. Basler, ed., The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 4: 350, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/.
Transcription adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953), edited by Roy P. Basler
Adapted by Don Sailer, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953).
Major Robert Anderson Washington, D.C.
My dear Sir May 1. 1861
A few days ago I caused an official letter to be written you through the War Department, expressive of the approbation and gratitude I considered due you and your command from this Government.
I now write this, as a purely private and social letter, to say I shall be much gratified to see you here at your earliest convenience, when and where I can personally testify my appreciation of your services and fidelity; and, perhaps, explain some things on my part, which you may not have understood.
I shall also be very glad to see any of the officers who served with you at Fort Sumpter [Sumter], and whom it might be convenient and agreeable for you to invite to accompany you here. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN