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Getting It Right; White House History (Number 35) - Photo 2

Getting It Right; White House History (Number 35) - Photo 2

Date of Work
February 11, 1812
Credit
The White House Collection

Getting It Right; White House History (Number 35) - Photo 2

Madison’s dinner invitations were blanks like this one. Dinners were designed unfailingly with politics in mind, and thirty or forty were seated at table. After dinner, Madison was likely to lead the men behind the closed doors of the Green Room to talk politics. On the night of February 11, 1812, when Judge Joseph Hopper Nicholson was invited, they undoubtedly discussed the coming war—of which the judge greatly approved.

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