WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY FRANCIS SCOTT KEY
KEY, Francis Scott. Autograph document signed. Maryland, August 3, 1803.
Rare autograph legal document written and signed by Francis Scott Key as attorney in an 1803 Maryland petition on behalf of a black slave suffering brutal violence at the hands of his "master," this extraordinary document a testament to America's history of slavery and the complex legacy of Key, famed for the Star-Spangled Banner, who was a lifelong slave owner yet nonetheless represented slaves and freed African Americans. $19,500.