Lot 2003: James Younger Autograph Note Signed
24th June 2017
American outlaw and member of the James–Younger Gang who (1848–1902) was the brother of Cole, John and Bob Younger. ALS signed “Jim,” one page, 5.5 x 8.5, no date but circa 1899. Written while incarcerated at Minnesota State Prison, a letter to Carano, in full: "This might be of service to you some day—by way of identification in a strange place." Stamped "Permitted" in the upper portion. Reverse features a letter written by prison surgeon and physician Dr. A. E. Heback addressed to Sara McNeil, dated October 17, 1899, in full: "Expected to see you today but sickness here prevents. May success attend you." In very good to fine condition, with scattered creasing and folds and absent top right corner tip to signed side. A botched bank robbery in Northfield, Minnesota, resulted in the downfall of the James–Younger Gang on September 7, 1876, after an alarm was quickly sounded and the gang was forced to retreat under a hail of bullets from enraged townsfolk. The James brothers escaped but the three Younger brothers, starving and seriously wounded, surrendered to authorities after two weeks on the run. Jim, Cole, and Bob all pleaded guilty to avoid hanging, with the latter dying in prison in 1889. A little over a year after his release, Jim Younger took his own life on October 19, 1902, despondent over the parole terms that restricted him from marrying his girlfriend Alice Miller. Only the second Jim Younger–signed item we have offered, and the first in over a decade.
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