Item #49508 Autograph Letter Signed. Philip KEY.

Autograph Letter Signed.

The father of Francis Scott Key of "Star Spangled Banner" fame, John Ross Key, had a nephew (Philip Key) who was this lawyer and politician who served in the Maryland legislature and briefly in Congress (1791-93). Item #49508

ALS, 1p (lettersheet), 8" X 10", Chaptico, MD, 1 March 1809. Addressed to General Samuel Smith. Near fine. The former Maryland representative asks the senator from his state help in "procuring for the bearer my Nephew Richard Egerton an appointment either in the Army or Navy -- he is a young man of great firmness -- and has a worthy Republican Father -- your friendly assistance to promote the views of this young Man will be held in greatfull recollection by me." Of the Non-Intercourse Act that went into effect in March 1809, replacing the Embargo Act of 1807, lifting all embargoes excepting anything bound for England or France, he writes: "We hear the Embargo goes off the 4th Int. -- I lament it -- & can only attribute the change to a wish of the Friends to the new administration -- to relieve it in some measure from the clamour of a wicked minority." Nice example from from the uncle.

Price: $95.00

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