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    Lincoln County War: James J. Dolan and Sheriff George W. Peppin. Three items related to two key "heavies" in the Lincoln County War. The first is a small sheet of newspaper clippings (legal notices) published in the Albuquerque "Weekly Citizen" in late August 1874. The earlier one, issued in the wake of the death of Emil Fritz, announces that the Fritz-Murphy partnership is dissolved and requests all creditors to file claims within a 30-day period and all debtors to pay up. The other clipping, dated two days later, announces that the firm of L. G. Murphy & Co. (later known as the "House") would consist of L. G. Murphy and J. J. Dolan (formerly an employee of Murphy & Fritz at Fort Stanton). The second item is a check signed by Dolan as Treasurer of the Lincoln County Stock Association, Lincoln, N.M., November 18, 1887, made payable to former Army Surgeon James Sutherland. Dolan would be a principal in the Feliz Land and Cattle Company which was centered on the rangeland of his murdered nemesis, John H. Tunstall. Finally, we offer a 7 1/2" x 3 3/4" receipt given to Sutherland by George Warden Peppin, for the purchase of "one three year old steer branded J. PEP" for $15 (tape repairs on verso, some minor insect loss and thinning along right side). After Billy the Kid and the Regulators murdered Sheriff William Brady, the impartial acting marshal, John N. Copeland, was replaced by Peppin at the request of James Dolan, who appealed to Governor Axtell. Peppin was partial to Dolan. He doggedly pursued the Regulators, setting fire to the McSween house, at which time Billy the Kid made a miraculous escape.

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