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    "We are going to make a run tonight after a couple of bad ones..."

    Texas Ranger Frank A. Hamer Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages, 6" x 9.5", on Miller Hotel imprinted stationery. Brownsville, Texas; October 10, 1918. A letter to his wife and family sending news about his activities and career plans. In large part: "I guess you are up a tree as to what to do so am I, but I didn't want you to ship our stuff here unless I know for sure that we are going to stay. I think every thing will go through now and just as soon as it does I will wire you to come for I sure want to see my bunch and little son. I am sure I will get Harrison on also but if I don't stay here I don't want him to either. We are going to make a run tonight after a couple of bad ones and if we find them we are sure to have a fight but we will win. Be sure and keep quiet about what I said about getting in the service as I am sure there is a fight being made against me at Austin by some of our friends. How do you love me dear much? I know you do a bunch and always remember that I never forget you and I am always like you want me to be. Write me often and if I find that they won't issue me a commission I will be home just as soon as I hear it and I am sire I will hear by Saturday, and I know it won't take me on account of my shoulder then of course they will take me in the Ranger service if I want to join. But I am sure they will take me any how." Signed, "lots of love dad."

    Hamer was in and out of the Ranger service throughout most of his career. Although his dedication to law enforcement never wavered, he suffered fools lightly and abhorred corruption in all forms, which often put him in direct opposition to government official and wealthy members of society. That, coupled with the responsibility of providing for his family, resulted in frequent job changes.

    The first two pages of the letter have adhesive residue on the verso at the top right corner; the third page, has small uneven tears in the same place, resulting in a spot of paper loss. That third page has another small clean tear (less than half an inch in length) at the center not affecting any text, and a spot of shaved paper on the verso. With flattened folds and accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed by Hamer. The envelope has been torn open along the right side, has soiling and some toning. Also included is a typed transcript of the letter and an 8" x 10" photo reprint of Hamer holding a rifle; said reprint has been mounted to a page from an old photo album.


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