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l. The clerk replied by pointing him to the gentleman in question. The colored man approached Marshall, saluted him very respectfully, and asked if he belonged to the Lexington family of Marshalls. Marshall was, as he expressed it afterward, somewhat put out by the familiar manner of the cullerd gemman, but answered civilly that he did. The colored man was delighted to hear it, and to meet him. I had, he said, the honor and pleasure of serving with Thomas F. Marshall from 1841 to 1843. Marshall thinking he had met with one of the old family servants who had run away from slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Ohio, was about to ply him with questions, but found no opportunity of getting in a word edgeways. The colored man asked, in rapid succession, after the various members of the family, spoke feelingly and familiarly of old Humphrey Marshall, and at last asked if the gentleman was acquainted with Henry Clay. On Marshall replying in the affirmative, the colored gentleman began to