To Robert Anderson 
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, and whom it might be convenient and agreeable for you to invite to accompany you here. Your Obt. Servt. A. LINCOLN