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American outlaw Frank James writes a touching letter to his wife

American outlaw Frank James writes a touching letter to his wife

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In pencil, writes to wife regarding how much he misses her and their son, Robie. He speaks of a letter from Liv and says "we are all bound to have an opinion on every subject and let Liv have hers, and you, our friend, and myself will have ours." With an added note, "This day is one ever to be remembered by [sic] 4 months ago to day Jesse was foully murdered." Signs the letter as Ben.
In pencil, writes to wife regarding how much he misses her and their son, Robie. He speaks of a letter from Liv and says "we are all bound to have an opinion on every subject and let Liv have hers, and you, our friend, and myself will have ours." With an added note, "This day is one ever to be remembered by [sic] 4 months ago to day Jesse was foully murdered." Signs the letter as Ben.

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09/16/2010

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Frank James to Annie Ralston
s.l., 3 August 1882.Autograph letter signed, 4 pages.August 3
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1882My Dear Wife..Your letters of July 23 & 4
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has just been received I thank you ten thousand times tenthousand for them, I had almost given up hope our friend wrote me the 17
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and said he wouldwrite me in a couple of days again & yesterday I heard from him, for the first time the delay wasenough to make [
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: me] restless. Don’t you think so? I am spending my time as best Ican but oh how slow the hours pass the days seem week to me. I cannot express words fail me totell you just how anxious I am to see my dear ones. I think [
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] every day that it will beimpossible for me to content myself one day longer. But I suppose I will have to “grin and bareit” hoping in a short time as you say to be with each other never more to be separated. I haveread Livs letter tis just like her. We are all bound to have an opinion on every subject and let Livhave hers & you our friend & myself will have ours. We will beat the opisition if we can and if we are successful you & our friend can divide the spoils, [Hereafter] when you & Liv meettogether to discuss our interest and you find you differ radically the best thing to do is to drop thesubject entirely and others you say [
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] have cast reflections upon what you are doing. Will youfor me just say to all of them that I have ore confidence in you than [
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: any] living human being on the face of Gods Earth. Dont listen to any outside of our friend., Do what you think  best and you may be sure it will meet with my hearty approval regardless of [
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: what] anyone says. Why I have had people to be so simple as to ask me if I was pardoned would you be afraid to live where any one knew you; I tell [
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: them] that there is no portion of our country where the people are not sufficiently intelligent to discriminate between right & wrongand [
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: no] portion where the sense of justice does not predominate, I am glad to know Mr W. Expresses himself as he does, if he is acting in good faith can do a great [
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] deal for us, for hecertainly possesses talent and you can but remember that long years ago I predicted a brightfuture for him Let him be friend or foe I hope he may make such a man as S.S. Prentice was.Who was my ideal of [a man] [
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] tell my little boy I want to see mighty bad and to always
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