Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Reply to Delegation of Christian Commission [1]

January 27, 1865

You owe me no thanks for what I have been able to do for you. If I may be permitted to say it, I owe you no thanks for what you have so excellently done for the country and for me; we are both alike working in the same cause, and it is because of the fact of its being a just one which gives us our mutual joy and reward in its service.''

Annotation

[1]   New York Tribune, January 28, 1865. Lincoln replied to an address by George H. Stuart, who with ``300 to 500 members of the Christian Commission called upon the President to-day, to thank him for his hearty co-operation with their labors in the field of war.''

What appears to be another version of this reply is printed in Hertz (II, 879) as follows:

Page  242``We have been only doing our duty my friends, whatever we have been able to do together. You owe me no thanks for what I have done for the country, whatever that may be,---and I owe none, to you. We cannot repay the soldiers. (Jan. 1865).''