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    "Gen. Lew Wallace . . .says I did him a great favor once (in the 'Kid' affair)".

    Patrick F. Garrett Autograph Letter Signed "P. F. Garrett". Two pages, 5.5" x 8.5", December 9, 1901, Washington, D.C., on Shoreham hotel letterhead, concerning Garrett's killing of Billy the Kid, meeting author and governor Lew Wallace, and making a trip to Washington, D.C., to see President Theodore Roosevelt. Garrett writes to his wife in part: "I wrote you while on rout from Chicago here and since I would write again from Washington. We arrived here on time Saturday evening this is the pretiest city in the world and the place where one meets the most prominent men. I just me Gen. Lew Wallace, the great author and Military man. he said he would do anything I asked him to do says I did him a great favor once. (in the 'Kid' affair) so he is anxious to express his gratitude. My prospect to get the appointment seems bright."

    Pat Garrett (1850-1908) is most known as the law officer who gunned down the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid in 1881. In December 1901, he traveled to Washington, D.C., to seek an appointment as a customs collector from his personal friend Theodore Roosevelt . He won the appointment shortly after this letter was written and served in El Paso, Texas. After serving five years, President Roosevelt did not reappoint him because Garrett had embarrassed the president by inviting a friend of questionable character, Tom Peters, to join them in a photograph. The published photo resulted in negative publicity for the president. Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur, was serving as the New Mexico Territorial governor at the time Garrett killed Billy the Kid. This letter is toned with some children's scribbles, though all text is very bold and legible. Fine. Ex. Richard C. Marohn Collection.


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