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Collection Reference Number GLC07483.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1823 
Title Francis Scott Key to unknown regarding the American Colonization Society
Date 19 September 1823
Author Key, Francis Scott (1779-1843)  
Document Type Correspondence; Non-governmental organization document
Content Description Written by Key, the penman of the Star Spangled Banner and a founding member of the American Colonization Society, as an attorney to an unknown reverend. Says he would like to join him on the 30th, but cannot because court will be in session. Appears to write on efforts to assist the American Colonization Society. Hopes his correspondent can help supply missionaries. Comments that a Mr. Ayres is making preparations for a school modeled after "the plan of Mr. Johnson at Regents Town" that will keep African captives and boys together. Says they will be put under the charge of Lott Carey, a famous former American slave who journeyed to Africa as a missionary and teacher. Expects 11 captured Africans will "go out in the Fidelity." Ends letter by asking "how is it that the recorder says nothing for Africa & our cause?"
Subjects Slavery  African American History  Colonization  Religion  Africa  Immigration and Migration  Education  
People Key, Francis Scott (1779-1843)  
Place written Georgetown, Maryland
Theme Slavery & Abolition; African Americans; Education
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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