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    James Buchanan Writes a Letter of Recommendation for a White House Servant Fired By Mary Lincoln! Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, 6" by 8", Wheatland, May 31, 1867. Some very faint paper clip imprints in upper left, and a soft pencil note, easily erasable, lower right, else fine. Richard Goodchild, an Englishman, was hired by President Buchanan to be "Steward" at the White House, which meant that Goodchild essentially ran the place. Mrs. Lincoln, however, was no sooner through the door than she conducted a purge of Buchanan's staff -- the likes of which had never been seen before -- and Goodchild was among the first to go. Here the ex-President Buchanan writes him a glowing letter of recommendation. "The Bearer hereof, Mr. Richard Goodchild was in my employment as head servant and waiter in the White House during the period I occupied it. He was a well trained, excellent and obedient servant, able and willing to turn his hand with satisfaction to any duty assigned him. His disposition is good, very amiable and he has always evinced a desire to please..." From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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