DescriptionFrancis Scott Key Autograph Letter Signed. "F.S. Key". One page, 8.5" x 10.75". Washington. July 16, 1841. Written to D.W. Kilbourne Esq. in the Iowa Territory, continuing discussion on a business situation that Key is involved in with Kilbourne and a Mr. Reid. In regards to the business strategy, Key pens: "Our plan is to buy Stan's client out forthwith, for by opening the decree then claims of others may be presented."
Key, a Massachusetts resident, was an active lawyer and poet throughout his life. During the war of 1812 Francis Scott Key was being held on British ship watching it bombard the American town of Baltimore. As the smoke cleared, inspiration led him to write the famous words known today as the American National Anthem. Hinged to a slightly larger sheet with usual mail folds and bold ink.
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