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