Reply to Delegation of Christian Commission 
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.''
 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).''