Francis Scott Key Autograph Letter Signed, "F S Key", one page with address panel on verso, 8" x 10", Washington, D. C., March 1, 1841, to J. H. Paulding, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C. The letter reads: "I hope you will excuse my troubling you again in reference to the appointment of Midshipman, solicited on behalf of my grandson, Henry H. Key. It arises from an apprehension that as I learn strong appeals are made to the President in behalf of other Maryland applicants, he may interpose in their favor, so as to prevent you from fulfilling your own wish and intention in relation to him. I wish only to say that if this should be so, Mr. Taney, the Chief Justice, and others of my friends, now here, if necessary, would wait upon the President, and as I hope, be able to induce him to put the applicant in this case, at least upon the same footing with the others." Paperclip stain along top margin, small collector's pencil notations, old paper residue on verso from mounting. Very good condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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