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FRANCIS SCOTT KEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1838 - HFSID 177623

FRANCIS SCOTT KEY The author of "The Star-Spangled Banner" writes to the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin about rules in the U.S. Court in Philadelphia. ALS: "F.S. Key", 1½p, 8x10. Court room, 1838 January 18. To Dr. Franklin Bache, Philadelphia.

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FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
The author of "The Star-Spangled Banner" writes to the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin about rules in the U.S. Court in Philadelphia.
ALS: "F.S. Key", 1½p, 8x10. Court room, 1838 January 18. To Dr. Franklin Bache, Philadelphia. With integral leaf addressed by Key: "Dr. Franklin Bache/Philadelphia", with partial light Washington City, D.C. Jan 18th postmark. Circa 1838. In full: "I have just recd your letter & perceive that you have not recd mine, written 8 or 10 days ago, perhaps longer. This I know was addressed correctly. I informed you particularly of our various laws & rules for taking evidence, & asked you to enquire of Mr Bayard as to the practice in the U.S. Court in your Dist whether they considered it sufficient to do, what has been done in this case-file interrogator(ies) in the Clerk's office in vacation & get a Judge order, without any notice to the adverse party, & without the Clk's serving on him an(y) copy of the interrogatories. I also asked whether I should have the objection decided, & take out a new comssn to cross examine this Witness, or to examine any other. I did not think it worth while to send you a copy of the deposition because I had stated to you in my former letter the substantial part of it." Docket at top, probably in Bache's hand: "Recd Jan. 20 1838/Ansd by Mr Bayard. Jan. 22 1838". During the War of 1812, lawyer FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (1779-1843) 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. Fragile. Both sheets are silked. Right edge of Key's letter is nicked, chipped and torn, touching some words, left edge is nicked touching 1 word. Integral leaf (which is separated from letter) is also nicked at right edge and shows semi-circular paper loss at left from removal of wax seal.

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