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    [Frank James]. John Newman Edwards Autograph Letter Signed with Additional Letter from Jacob Litt. One page, 7.75" x 10.25", St. Joseph [Missouri], May 10, 1885. Having been acquitted of murder and robbery charges in multiple trials by April 1884, Frank James was a free man. One year later, his close friend, John N. Edwards wrote this letter, reminiscing on the last few years: "The more I recall the past, the more does it appear like a dream...what a triumph finally won. Gallatin broke their backs. If a thunderbolt had suddenly fallen from a clear sky, there could not have been more astonishment than at the verdict of the jury." He says that he is also forwarding a letter from "...some theatrical man. It was sent first to me at Sedalia, with a request to forward to you, and then it came here. You can answer it if you choose."

    The "theatrical man" was Jacob Litt of Litt's Milwaukee Dime Museum. In a one page letter dated April 30, 1885, Litt writes, in part: "Having a full knowledge of your fame as an ex member of Quantrills band as also of your notoriety in connection with the alleged exploits of your deceased brother Jesse I would like to offer you an engagement to travel not of course to put you on exhibition in the vulgar way in which the Fords were...but as a lecturer. I will guarantee you one hundred dollars a week & expenses." While James did appear in dime museums, it is unclear whether he accepted the offer of Litt.

    With the original transmittal envelope. Both letters have weakened folds which are separating in places, but not affecting the text. Litt's letter shows mirroring of the text at the upper edge.

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