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President Lincoln's Response to the Senate's Request

The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The Chair will present a communication from the President of the United States, in answer to a resolution of the Senate.

The message was read as follows:

To the Senate of the United States:

I have received a copy of a resolution of the Senate, passed on the 25th instant, requesting me, if in my opinion not incompatible with the public interest, to communicate to the Senate the dispatches of Major Robert Anderson to the War Department, during the time he has been in command at Fort Sumter.

On examining the correspondence thus called for, I have, with the highest respect to the Senate, come to the conclusion that, at the present moment, the publication of it would be inexpedient.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Washington, 26th March, 1861.