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Frank James Letter
March 25, 1884

Submitted by George and Peggy Ackerman
© 2003

Huntsville Jail Ala
March 25th/84

Raymond B. Sloan
Atty at Law

Dear Sir

   Yours of the 24 just read.  I can assure you I appreciate your work and feel satisfied now in regard to the letters.  I am keeping up my courage, feeling that in a short time I will be free as far as this business here is concerned.  I will inform Gen Walker in regard to what you say.  I met Mr. J. W. Newman of Lafayette Sunday. He is quite jovial.  If I could have such men as you and he with me all the time I would not realize I was in jail. No one doubts for one moment but we will be the victors.  Remember me to all my friends and write me.  I am,

Yours truly

Frank James

I have wrote to my wife to come if she possibly can raise the money.


This letter was found in the papers of Dr. Thomas H. Ackerman, a native of Sumner county, who moved to Toledo, AR in 1884 to practice medicine. The letter was mailed to Dr. Ackerman on March 20, 1885--a year after it was written. The letter was in an envelope bearing a return address of S. Frankland & Co. at 46 College St., Nashville, TN. At that time, Dr. Ackerman's brother William was a clerk at the Frankland store. The reason the letter was sent to Dr. Ackerman is not known. The letter has been authenticated by the staff of the Arkansas History Commission.  The General Walker mentioned in this letter was Leroy Pope Walker, the first Secretary of War for the Confederacy.  Later, he was a field general and after the War practiced law in Huntsville, AL.  He got Frank James acquitted.

George and Peggy Ackerman, Little Rock, AR

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