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Van Buren, Martin (1782-1862) to Dolley Madison

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02793.021 Author/Creator: Van Buren, Martin (1782-1862) Place Written: [Washington D.C.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 January 1838 Pagination: 1 p. 20 x 13 cm

Invites Dolly Madison to dinner with him, judges from the Supreme Court, and some of her friends.

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