DescriptionFrank James Autograph Letter Signed "Frank James." One page, 8.5" x 11", Huntsville, February 14, 1884. Just five months after being cleared of murder charges in Missouri, Frank James was transported to Huntsville, Alabama, to again stand trial, this time in federal court. James was accused of taking part in the March 1881 robbery of Alexander Smith, a federal paymaster in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Having just arrived in the company of two U.S. Marshals, Frank wrote a short letter to his wife, Annie. In full:
"I arrived here this morning in the custody of Capt Elliott and Owen Magee [U.S. Marshals]. All things considered we had a very pleasant trip. I stood the trip much better than I anticipated. I am frank to acknowledge the gentlemen above named treated me with marked consideration. I am very well pleased with my quarters. The jail is in charge of Mr. Will Cooper deputy Sheriff he seems to be disposed to do what is right and just. I will write you full particulars in a few days. Kiss Rob and remember me to Ma and all the family. Hoping to hear from you soon, will say good night."
Frank James remained in the Huntsville jail for a little over two months before his trial began. The trial lasted ten days and he was found not guilty. With the original transmittal envelope addressed to Annie James. Folds; lightly toned. Small spots of light staining, not affecting the text.
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