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Daniel Webster Recommends Paul Jennings (June 23, 1851)

In a note dated June 23, 1851, U.S. secretary of state Daniel Webster recommends Paul Jennings for employment. Jennings was a former slave who served James Madison and his wife, Dolley Madison.

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Paul Jennings was a servant in our house, for a considerable time. We think him very honest, faithful & sober; & a competent dining room servant. Formerly he

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was body servant to Mr. Madison.

Daniel Webster

June 23.1851