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    Frank James Autograph Letter Signed "Frank James." Two pages, 8.5" x 14", "Huntsville Ala Jail," March 2, 1884. The outlaw Frank James, former Confederate guerrilla and elder brother of Jesse James, had been sitting in the Huntsville jail for over two weeks, charged with the robbery of a federal paymaster in Alabama in 1881, when he wrote this letter to his wife and son, Robert.

    His letters to his wife during this period reveal a surprisingly affectionate, family man: "Nothing on earth has occured [sic] since my last...I am simply writing that you may [know] I am thinking of you." He goes on to write that he found a clipping from a newspaper that Annie, his wife, sent him, but he thought misplaced: "I never saw that complimetary [sic] clipping you sent me in regard to yourself untill [sic] this morning. I suppose when I opened your letter it must of droped [sic] out on the floor...I began to get uneasy and this is what prompted me to write." Suddenly, Frank's dark side emerges, revealing a jealous, cold-blooded killer: "I am [afraid] that Editor will fall in love with you and I dont [sic] see how you can help doing the same with him. There might be a dead Eaditor [sic] found in Kearny [Missouri] one of these days. What right I should like to know has any man to speak of the charms of an other mans wife?"

    Frank James remained in the Huntsville jail for another six weeks before his trial began. The trial lasted ten days and he was found not guilty. With original transmittal envelope addressed to "Mrs. Frank James." Folds are weakened with slight separation at the intersections and the edges, but not affecting the text. Scattered spots of dark foxing. Chipping along the upper edge.


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