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    [James-Younger Gang]. John Reid Autograph Letter Signed with two additional signatures. Two pages, 8" x 10", Lexington [Missouri], August 31, 1874. Written just one day after the Lexington Stage robbery, John Reid, Tilton Davis, and Thomas H. Bayliss of the Lexington Savings Bank wrote to Governor Silas Woodson "identifying" the perpetrators of the crime, in part: "The daring robbery, (of which you will be apprised before receiving this) committed in north Lexington...has some very familiar features; Among those who were present witnessing the proceedings, were several who claim a personal acquaintance with 'the James boys.'"

    "If you conclude," he says, "as we hope you will to send a detective to investigate, we venture to suggest that it be done without delay, and proffer our co opperation [sic], in whatever manner our services may be promotive of the ends of justice." Three days later, on September 3, 1874, Flourney Yancey, a detective with the St. Louis Police Department and a scout for the Union army during the war, was placed on special assignment by acting governor of Missouri, Charles P. Johnson, to track down leading members of the James-Younger Gang.

    The letter is countersigned by Davis and Bayliss. With the original transmittal envelope addressed to Acting Governor Charles P. Johnson. Smoothed folds; scattered spots of staining.

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