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A two page letter written by F. C. Farr (as private secretary to Governor Crittenden) to Mrs. Frank James, on State of Missouri Executive Department stationary, City of Jefferson, , June 2, 1882. In part, “I am instructed by his Excellency Governor Crittenden to acknowledge receipt of your letter ... and to say he can take no action upon your fare suggestion. Before anything is attempted, the Governor desires to see you in person .. He suggests that in the event you desire such interview. ... He also desires you to see and confer with Captain H.H. Craig of Kansas City ... You will find Capt. Craig reliable and trustworthy ... Should you desire the interview with the Governor, suggested above, please advise by return mail ...” Clean and fine. Of course these negotiations failed, and with the help of Edwards, who negotiated on his behalf, he arranged to surrender. On October 4, 1882, Frank James, with Edwards at his side, walked into the governor’s office where a group of newspapermen were assembled, and surrendered. He was taken by train to Independence, Missouri, and held in the local jail pending trial. He denied that he had participated in any crimes perpetuated by the band in the four years prior to his surrender. Placing his holster in Governor Crittenden's hands, he explained, “I have been hunted for twenty-one years, have literally lived in the saddle, have never known a day of perfect peace. It was one long, anxious, inexorable, eternal vigil.” He then ended his statement by saying, “Governor, I haven't let another man touch my gun since 1861’'
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An Important 1882 Letter from Gov. Crittenden's Office to Anna James Regarding Frank James’ Possible Surrender.

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