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    Miles Wood: An 1877 Document Signed by the Justice of the Peace Who First Tried to Rein in Billy the Kid. Prior to his notorious antics in New Mexico, Billy was involved in horse thieving around the area of Camp Grant in Graham County, Arizona Territory. Although only 17, The Kid already had a reputation as a man not to be trifled with. Miles Wood, the recently elected local justice of the peace, was asked by the civilian citizens to take action against the horse thieves. An army sergeant swore out a complaint against "Henry Antrium alias Kid" for stealing his horse, and Wood went to work, distributing hand-drawn wanted posters to area lawmen. Billy was actually apprehended twice, but managed to escape both times.

    Offered here is a fine 1881 document signed by Woods as Justice of the Peace, ordering the sheriff to take into custody one Morris Cloney, who was charged with grand larceny. 7.75" x 12.5", and in excellent condition.

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