Lot #6144
Frank James Autograph Letter Signed

“I charge for my services $30.00 per day and Expence”

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Estimate: $1000+


“I charge for my services $30.00 per day and Expence”

Outlaw and older brother of Jesse James (1843-1915). ALS, one page, 7.75 x 10.25, July 10, 1900. Letter to Claude Mimms. In part: "I am ready to close contract with you to start your races Sept 19 to 22nd inclusive, if my terms suit you. I charge for my services $30.00 per day and Expences (ie) Rail Road fare and hotel bill, make no contracts for less than four days, Salary to be guaranteed by your local Bank and paid immediately at the close of your meeting without discount or deductions of any nature whatsoever." In fine condition. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in James's hand. Fully signed letters by James are very scarce, as he often signed with just his first name, a nickname, or an alias. One of the many odd jobs that James worked after his acquittal was as a horse race starter at county fairs, a gig which he seems to be arranging here.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: PSA Encapsulated Autograph Auction
  • Dates: #652 - Ended September 22, 2022