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    Frank James: An Important 1883 Letter Written from Jail to His Wife Anna. Four full pages in his hand, signed "Your true and loving husband, Frank James," along with the original mailing envelope with a second autograph incorporated into the address. Frank wrote from Gallatin, Missouri on July 30th while he was awaiting trial. Part of the letter is devoted to Frank's effusive thanks for a hammock over which Anna had no doubt "worn (her) dear fingers to the quick in order to surprise and make me happy." He writes, "I have often wondered how I succeeded in getting such a good little woman. I suppose...God saw what a hard time I had and how lonely I was in this world, and He said I will give you a little wife and she shall make you happy all the days of your life. This is what keeps my spirits up in this most trying hour. Were it not for you and (his beloved son) Robbie, God only knows what I would do and what would become of me."

    Apparently "Aunt Mollie" had prophesied that Anna would forsake Frank. But he writes: "If (the prediction) should be fulfilled it would be the very worst thing that could happen to me. I don't think you are quite tired of me. I would dislike very much to lose you. And if you have entertained such a thought, I sincerely hope you may reconsider the matter and conclude to remain mine to the end. Won't you?"

    Frank also discusses preparations for the coming trial: "Mr. Rush tells me his trip was partly successful. I of course cannot go into detail, but bye an bye, you shall know all that Gov. Johnson told him that he would endeavor to get here on the night of Aug. 18th so you see our lines will be drawn banners set and on the 20th no doubt the battle will commence. Col. Philips has gone to California with Gov. Crittendon and party but will return in due time."

    A fine Frank James ALS in superb condition, written in clear black ink. A post-script signed "Frank" is added above the date: "You can have another laugh over the fashions (probably referring to prison stripes). A kiss and another goodbye. Frank."

    Each page measures 5" x 8".


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