Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Frank James: A Fine Autograph Letter Signed from this Notorious Outlaw. Written in strong pencil on front and back of beige-colored stationery, with large, bold signature.
    In July 1911 James writes from Kearney, Missouri to "Johns" who apparently is advising him with regard to a business or employment opportunity. "Reading between the lines," Frank says he has interpreted his friend's comments to meant that he should proceed with caution to get a "square deal," making sure the terms are clearly expressed. He assures Johns that as soon as he has been assured that "their propositin seem to be fair [sic]" he will "go instantly to St. Louis if they desire my presence there. We will certainly bring this mater to a successful termination if they meet us halfway."

    While some collectors prefer examples written in ink, a pencil letter like this one has its advantages: pencil will not fade or smudge as ink sometimes does. 7.75" x 10.25", excellent condition.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    25th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 651

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 7 days left to consign to the 2018 June 27 Hudson Valley Estate Real Estate Signature Auction - New York!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 April 18 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 April 18 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,015,299