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    [James-Younger Gang]. Mark L. De Motte Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5.75" x 10", Lexington [Missouri], August 31, 1874. The day before this letter was written, Frank and Jesse James, with another member of the gang, held up a stagecoach near Lexington. Writing to Governor Silas Woodson, De Motte, the editor of the Lexington Weekly Register, discusses the prosecution of the men, in full:

    "You stated in your speech at Wellington, that the reason why you had not caused the arrest of the 'James Boys' was that no one would make a formal charge against them. I write this to say that I will furnish the proper affidavit, when and where you may direct, charging them with robbery at the county of Ray on August 30th 1874."

    The gang was trailed by a detective from St. Louis for some time through Lafayette County, but near Concordia, the trail ran cold. The men were never prosecuted for the crime. With the original transmittal envelope. Folds, else fine.

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