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    Deputy Constable's Oath of Louis Bousman, Part of Pat Garrett's Posse Which Tracked Down Billy the Kid. Bousman was apparently illiterate, as the oath is signed "Louis X Bousman," noting that the "X" is "his mark." However, he certainly had the gift of gab and in 1934-at the age of 76-he dictated a detailed account of the pursuit and arrest of the Kid by Pat Garrett (this utterly delightful account is reproduced in full with our website description of this lot). Interestingly, nearly half of his oath is devoted to pledging that he had not and would not participate in a duel (presumably this was intended to screen out gunfighters from service). A very rare Billy the Kid related item.


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    October, 2015
    25th Sunday
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