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    Jim Cummins: A Very Rare Longhand Letter and Signed Envelope by this James Gang Member. When he died in a Confederate Veterans' Home in 1929, Jim Cummins was the last surviving member of the James Gang. He had known Frank and Jesse since childhood and rode with Frank in Quantrill's guerillas. After the War he became an early member of the bandit gang, participating in the robbery of the bank in Liberty, Missouri, in February 1866. Cummins was part of the James Gang for some fifteen years, and eventually developed a deep animosity toward the brothers. He was most bitter toward Jesse for killing another gang member, Ed Miller, in what Cummins would characterize as a simple robbery and murder. He had little use for Frank James, who he implied was cowardly, and who attempted to deflect blame for his many crimes onto Jesse and other gang members after Jesse's 1882 assassination by Bob Ford. Like most former outlaws, in later life Cummins would spin his narrative to deny responsibility for much of what he himself would be charged with, so his colorful accounts of his days with the James Gang must be viewed with a certain careful skepticism. However, there is no disputing that Jim Cummins was an integral, longtime component of the Gang.

    In this pencil letter written in 1927 he refers to the death of General Mulligan during the Civil War. On lined tablet paper measuring 4.75" x 8", the letter is in excellent condition, as is the unrelated autographed envelope.


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