COLE YOUNGER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/31/1901 - HFSID 293174
Sale Price $12,537.50
Writing from prison in Stillwater, Minnesota shortly before his release, he thanks a state senator who helped to secure it. "Time will prove whether we are worthy or not ..."
Autograph Letter signed: "Cole Younger", 1 page, 7½x9½. Stillwater, Minnesota, 1910 March 31. To "Hon. M. G. Daly, Senate Chambers, St Paul, Minnesota". In full: "My Noble friend - Your kind favor was received yesterday Eve. Many thanks for the kind words and let me assure you and all the Noble Members of the Senate and House and old friends that we appreciate your good work in behalf of humanity with all our heart. And time will prove whether we were worthy of that. I hope Mrs Daly and the [Illegible] Children are well and happy and believe me all ways your true and grateful but informant friend". Accompanied by original mailing envelope addressed in Younger's hand. Also accompanied by a copy of a typed letter signed by M. J. Daly, son of the Senator Michael J. Daly to whom Younger was writing, describing visiting Younger in prison in the company of his father, and a visit my Younger to the Daly home in Perham, Minnesota following his relief. (A copy of a photo of the Daly home is also included.) As well as a copy of M.J. Daly's obituary. Cole Younger (1844-1916) was a Confederate guerrilla fighting in divided Missouri during the Civil War. Joining the band of William Quantrill, he participated in the bloody raid on Lawrence, Kansas. After the war, Missouri was under Radical Republican governance, and Younger and his three younger brothers became outlaws, first robbing banks in the gang of Archie Clement, and - as other gang members were gradually killed off - becoming leader of the group, along with Frank and Jesse James. In 1873, the James-Younger gang moved on to train robbery. They probably owed their long career to Confederate sympathizers in the area, who sheltered them. On September 7, 1876, they staged a bold daylight raid on a bank in Northfield, Northfield Minnesota, far outside former rebel territory. This raid failed, resulting in a bloody gun battle which claimed the life of one Younger and several other gang members (as well as townspeople). The James brothers escaped to Missouri to continue their life of crime. Three Younger brothers were captured and, after a swift trial, sentence to life in the Stillwater Prison. Bob Younger died in prison (of TB) in 1889. Gradually, however, sentiment developed for the release of Cole and his brother Jim. Three months after this letter was written (July 10, 1901), the two surviving brothers were released. Cole Younger then paid a thank you visit to the home of Senator Daly, as described in the accompanying letter from his son. Younger claimed to have repented his sinful ways, and joined the surviving James brother (Frank) in tours of the South which featured lectures and Wild West shows. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. 2¼-inch tear at lower mailing fold (not affecting text). Otherwise, fine condition.
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