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    Patrick F. Garrett Typed Document Signed "P. F. Garrett". One page, 8" x 6.5", July 20, 1896, "Territory of New Mexico, Third Judicial District". The document reads, "I, the undersigned, do hereby solemnly swear that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of Deputy Clerk of the Third Judicial District Court, So Help me God." Countersigned by Clerk W. B. Walton and Deputy H. B. Holt.

    Pat Garrett (1850-1908) was a young law officer when he tracked Billy the Kid and gunned him down in a late night arrest attempt--some reports say the twenty-one-year-old outlaw was unarmed. Twenty-one days after signing this document and becoming deputy clerk, New Mexico Territorial Governor William T. Thornton asked Garrett, who was living in New Mexico at the time, to track down three more high-profile at-large suspects. Garrett was appointed a county sheriff on August 10, 1896, to accomplish the task. With blind embossed New Mexico seal (New Mexico was admitted as a state in 1912). The typed text has faded, but the signatures are clear and bold. Ex. Richard C. Marohn Collection.

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