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    "the sergeant of our Co was killed right by my side and I riddled the outlaw with my rifle..."

    Texas Ranger Frank A. Hamer Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages on Department of Labor letterhead, 8" x 10.5", writing on the recto only; undated but accompanied by the original transmittal envelope postmarked from Brownsville, Texas. The month and year of the postmark is October 1918, and based on the events narrated in the letter, it was likely written on or around October 12, 1918. Great content letter describing the takedown of an outlaw and the death of a fellow Ranger. In part: "... Well we made raid for a bad man Thursday night and the sergeant of our Co was killed right by my side and I riddled the outlaw with my rifle, shot at him three times and put every bullet through him, the sheriff also lit him with a load of buckshot. Timberlake was the Ranger who is killed, lived two hours after he was shot, he sure did suffer. How I wish you was here with me. I see in the paper where the adjutant general is back from Washington so I will hear in a few days what they are going to do. I have got Harrison a job here but if I don't stay I don't want him down here because it sure is a hard country..." Signed "Dad".

    According to ODMP.org (Officer Down Memorial Page), Sergeant Delbert Timberlake of Company I, Texas Rangers, was shot and killed during an ambush set up on the Rio Grande to capture a smuggler who was suspected in the murder of Texas Ranger Private Joe Shaw four months earlier. When the suspect was ordered to surrender, he immediately opened fire, mortally wounding Timberlake. As Hamer recounts in his letter, the lawmen returned fire, hitting the suspect five times, killing him. Hamer's letter is an immediate first person account of the event, written by a main participant.

    The letter is written in pencil, with the usual mail folds and creasing along the right edges. All three pages have spots of adhesive residue on the verso, and a few shaved areas, not affecting any of the text on the recto. Page three has a bit of mat burn on the verso. The original transmittal envelope is present; it has been torn open along the right side and has heavy, uneven toning. Also included is a typed transcript of the letter; a newspaper clipping from The Houston Post dated July 12, 1955 announcing Hamer's death; and a photo reprint of Hamer and his fellow Rangers on horseback likely in the Rio Grande, reprint is affixed to an old photo album page.


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    June, 2016
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