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    Annie Oakley: A Three-page Handwritten Letter to Brother-in-law William Butler. In this charming and important letter from North Carolina, Annie reveals how close she feels to her brother-in-law and sister-in-law. She also shows just how vital and engaged - and successful - both she and Frank were at the twilight of their careers. In full it reads: "Oh I hope and pray that dear Emma will fully recover in spite of what the Dr's think. For what about me. 3 times they have said I could not recover and last spring they even thought that my reason had entirely snapped, and they expected that long ere this I would be laid to rest. Well my mind is clear enough for me to look back on my childhood days and remember the smallest incidents in the fullest detail. But my eyes are very tired at times now that I use them every AM for about 2 hours at the gun club. Dear Frank is so happy it is wonderful how he has built up that little place. they shoot from 9 AM til after 6 PM taking 1½ hours for lunch. We don't know where the people come from. The Hotel is losing money every day. They look with bulging eyes when Frank turns the money out of his pockets each evening at the Hotel desk. And now for a bit of news about your sister Annie. Last Thursday night I led the Virginia Reel with Gov Morrison of NC as my partner. They were about 80 couples on the floor. and we won the Prize for the best dancers. But what I appreciated most was the beautiful things they said of me in there presentation speech. Frank has to stay in bed all day. He over worked a little yesterday. But he will be ok tomorrow. He joins in love and every blessing to all 4 of you. Give dear little Billie a big hug also dear Emma. God bless and keep you all, Affect. Annie"

    An important letter and an antidote for the mordant and pain-filled letters she sometimes wrote when ill. Excellent condition. 5.5" x 7". This lot will be accompanied by a family letter of provenance.

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