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    Francis Scott Key Autograph Letter Signed "F S Key," one page, 7.75" x 10.25". Washington, April 9, 1840. Addressed on verso by Key to "Dr Franklin Bache/ Philadelphia." In full, "Enclosed are all the Extr[ac]ts except No. 6 - which I supposed would not be wanted, as it is only your memorial to the C& the act accompanying it." During the War of 1812, lawyer Francis Scott Key was aboard a British ship in Baltimore harbor on the night of September 13-14, 1814 arranging the release of a client. He was detained while the British bombed Fort McHenry, key to Baltimore defenses. Watching the attack, Key was inspired to write a poem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," which was later set to music and adopted as the U.S. national anthem in 1931. Dr. Franklin Bache (1792-1864), a surgeon in the War of 1812 and Professor of Chemistry in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (1831-1841), was a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Fragments of the original red wax seal on verso shows through at the edges. Portion torn away at blank left edge when letter was opened. Sealed in protective acetate; can be removed without damage.

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    October, 2007
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