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The Enslaved Households of Martin Van Buren - Photo 1

The Enslaved Households of Martin Van Buren - Photo 1

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The Martin Van Buren Papers, Library of Congress

The Enslaved Households of Martin Van Buren - Photo 1

This letter, dated December 23, 1824, suggests that Martin Van Buren owned an enslaved man named Tom at some point during the 1810s. Alonzo Hammond offers to recapture Tom for Van Buren. Van Buren's shorthand reply is on the next page: “Wrote that if he could get him without violence I would take $50.”

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