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Lot #2034
Floyd Hamilton 1935 Autograph Letter Signed

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ALS signed “Floyd G. Hamilton,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 11, Leavenworth letterhead, March 6, 1935. Letter to his mother, Alice Davis. In part (spelling and grammar retained): "Dear mother I will write you a few lines to let you know I am all rite and to see if I can hear from some of you all I have rote Mildred and haven't got a answer I don't know what is the matter. Mama you don't need to worry about me for this is just as good a place to be a prison as could be expected they feed swell. John said it was like a nursery to compaire with the Texas prison. Mama have you heard any thing from or about Raymond if you have tell him in some way to leave them people in Dallas alone for they are nothing but steals the ones he is trusting is as bad as the rest if not wors. Well mama I guess some of them people is satisfied now that I am in the pen they have ben trying for a long time to do this for what reason I don't know inles they think they can catch Ray…I have learnt a lots about why John said I was in on that Grand Praire job in stead of the one that done it I will tell you if I ever see you gain and I think a few more of these jobs is laid on me the same way and for the same reason but mabey some day they will find out that I don't do all that is done. Well I guess I will close for I might of said too mutch already." In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, toning to reverse, and large remnant from previous scrapbook adhesion to reverse covering portion of letter. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Hamilton's hand to his mother care of the Dallas County Jail. From the collection of Dallas County Sheriff 'Smoot' Schmid. Only days before sending this letter, Floyd Hamilton had been sentenced to two years at the Leavenworth penitentiary following the Barrow-Parker harboring trial, in which twenty of Bonnie and Clyde's friends and family members were charged with conspiring to harbor the fugitive outlaws from justice; both Floyd Hamilton and his mother Alice were convicted in the trial. Though also charged, Raymond Hamilton remained on the loose and would not be captured until early April.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Gangsters, Outlaw & Lawmen
  • Dates: #503 - Ended June 23, 2017