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    "JUDGE ROY BEAN" LAW WEST OF THE PECOS. AUTOGRAPHED DOCUMENT ca 1882 - BEAN, ROY. 1827-1903. Justice of the peace, Frontiersman. Roy said he drove an ammunition wagon for Taylor in the Mexican War although support is lacking. He fought a duel at San Diego 1852 wounding his opponent, he was jailed, Roy breaking out and heading for Los Angeles. Bean next appears in 1858 or 1859 at Mesilla, New Mexico, broke and destitute. He operated with Confederate irregulars during the Civil war, at first in New Mexico, then in Texas near San Antonio. He remained at San Antonio some 20 Years, married and carried on a thriving saloon business although he had some legal skirmishes to maintain his hold on it. In 1882 he crossed the Pecos River, opening a saloon along the new Southern Pacific tracks at a place called Vinegaroon; Bean later renamed it Langtry for his dream woman: Lily Langtry the actress, whom he had never met, and called his saloon the Jersey Lilly (as he spelled it) in her honor. By then he had become, or named himself, Justice of the peace, the "Law West of the Pecos", and his career as a generator of folklore took off. Once he held an inquest over a dead body on which had been found a pistol and $40; Bean fined the corpse the $40 for carrying a concealed weapon. A lawyer informed the Judge he intended to habeas corpus his client, at which the incensed Roy Bean threatened to hang him. You might say the rest is HISTORY. A fabulous document.

    Judge Roy Bean Document Signed "Roy Bean". One page. 8"x 9.25", court document.
    Secretarial written: State of Texas County of Pecos, I Roy Bean a Justice of the Peace and for said State, County and Precinct No. 6 do, this 9th day of September A. D. 1882, appoint Martain Neston a special Constable to guard and deliver one B. A. Durham, prisoner to the County Jail at Stockdon. Given under my hands an

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