Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Tombstone, Arizona: Forged Check and Letter of Explanation. Two rare documents relating to the Contention Mill and Mining Company. 1) A forged check from the Contention Mill and Mining Company, 8.5" x 3.25", "No. 324", dated August 8, 1881, for the amount of $2,737.50, payable to Charles G. Young for 365 cords of wood. The funds were charged to the Mill account. The check was signed by J. H. White, superintendent of the Contention Mine and purportedly by D. J. Bousfield, who was in charge of the Mill and Mining Company. 2) An incomplete handwritten (in ink) letter, on both sides of an 8" x 10" lined sheet, dated August 8, 1881, addressed to one W. E. Dean from the forger, claiming that he is "crazy, crazy from the use of liquor. I can assign no other cause for that which I have done can only have been prompted by the devil or insanity. For weeks I have been nearly wild from the use of liquor and today I consummated a life folly by using a check with D. J. Bousfield's name forged upon it. Had it cashed and have thrown most of it away gambling with the remainder." He goes on to write that he is on his way out of town with only $100 left and begs forgiveness for his family's sake. A wonderful set of documents on crime in early Tombstone. The check has a few small holes, but otherwise is in good condition. The letter has vertical and horizontal folds, with the middle horizontal fold showing weakness and tearing along the middle fold, especially at the intersections of the horizontal and vertical folds, without affecting text. Otherwise, the letter is in good condition.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2016
    11th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 197

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 25 Manuscripts - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,136,520