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    Zerelda Samuel: A Terrific Letter Signed by the Mother of Frank and Jesse James Referencing Her Missing Arm. Written from her home in Kearney, Clay County, Missouri, the pencil letter appears to be in response for her autograph. She writes: "You will have to excuse me for I haven't but one hand and can't hardly write; that is my handwriting up to this sheet of paper. All I can write with my left hand is my name. 75 years old last June, 29. Yours Truly, Zerelda Samuel." Zerelda had lost her arm in the notorious bombing of the family home by Pinkerton Detectives in with Jesse's and Frank's young half-brother Archie was tragically killed. The incident committed the James/Samuel family to eternal enmity toward the forces of the "Yankee Oppressors," and helped inspire the loyalty with which so many in Missouri helped to protect the James boys from attempts to apprehend them. 5" x 8", excellent condition. From the collection of Donald P. Dow.

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    November, 2014
    8th Saturday
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