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    Tombstone, Arizona: Scarce July 1881 Letter by Mayor John P. Clum. One page, 8" x 10" on Tombstone city letterhead, dated July 5, 1881. Excellent condition with some smudging of ink on signature.

    Clum writes to the Board of Equalization to protest the assessed value of $1800 on his house and $400 on two undeveloped lots, noting that "I have offered and still offer the house and two lots for $1500 without a buyer." An early member of the "Committee of Vigilance" and publisher of the Epitaph as well as mayor, Clum was one of the most prominent citizens of Tombstone. A staunch supporter of the Earps, Clum survived an attack on his life by unknown assailants several months after the O.K. Corral gunfight. Badly shaken, he sold the Epitaph and left Tombstone.

    The letter is also accompanied by a somewhat later pamphlet promoting a show presenting "The Glories of America in Scenes and Stories," promoted by Clum, who had moved to California. (6.75" x 5.5", excellent condition except for one vertical fold line).


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