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    [Wyatt Earp]. Letter by Josephine Earp with Canceled Postal Cover. ALS by Josephine Earp, 7.25" x 9.25, dated December 11, 1931, Oakland, California, to John H. Flood, Jr., Los Angeles, California, along with canceled postal cover, 7.5" x 4." The widow of the late Wyatt Earp writes to the latter's former personal secretary concerning a conversation she had with Stuart Lake, author of recent biography of Earp: "Mr. Lake called on me one week ago today. Although I did not have a chance to say much to him...he seemed so happy. I can tell you more when I see you. He left fifty clippings with me all wonderful reviews from all over the United States mostly Eastern papers." Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp (1861-1944) was born to German-Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York. In 1879 she moved with her parents to San Francisco and then left home with a theater group soon thereafter. She became the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp and the two lived together and traveled throughout the West from 1882 until Earp's death in 1929. John Flood, Jr. (1878-1958) served for a while as Earp's personal secretary and wrote a biography of Earp which was never published. Stuart N. Lake (1889-1964) was for a time a professional wrestling promoter and a press aide to former president Theodore Roosevelt when he ran for president in 1912. He is best known for his bestselling biography of Wyatt Earp, entitled Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall, which was published in 1931 and was the inspiration for several movies and a television show. He and Josephine Earp had a contentious relationship as a result of the biography, which is not apparent in this letter. Both the letter and the postal cover are in good condition.


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