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    Francis Scott Key Autograph Document Signed "F. S. Key for claimants". One page, 8" x 7.75", n.p., April 19, 1833. Key, most known today for penning the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", was also a lawyer. In this document headed "Interrogatories on the part of the Claimants--", Key poses questions for the claimants concerning the use of slave labor instead of hired labor in Mobile, Alabama, in 1821. In full: "1. Was or was not hired labour very scarce and dear at Mobille and it's vicinity in the year 1821-before & afterwards? And was it not very difficult, from the climate and other causes, to procure hired labourers from distant places? 2. Was it or was it not greatly to the interest of the contractors of these works to purchase and apply slave labour to their construction, instead of hiring labourers? -and was not that plan successfully resorted to in those works? And how? And when? And to what extent? And with what effect? -" The document is hinged along the left margin to a large folder that also includes an attached engraving of Key. Toned with folds; fine.

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