- William Tilghman
- Autograph Letter Signed
Only Major Lawman from the Old West
- & Killed in the Line of
William Tilghman (1854-1924). American
frontiersman, gunslinger, scout, buffalo hunter, U.S. Marshall,
Deputy Sheriff under Bat Masterson. Part owner of the famed Crystal
Palace in Dodge City. Assassinated.
- Rare Autograph Letter Signed, three full pages on his personal imprinted stationary
as Sheriff, Lincoln County, O.T. (Oklahoma Territory), Chandler,
Oklahoma, d. March 30, 1903, to his second wife.
- Tilghman writes in part: "Dear
This is a beautiful day here, the sun shining so bright
and warm that it makes a person lazy. I contemplated a trip to
the country this morning but I sent one of the Deputies out in
my place and I am putting in the time in the office. I am behind
with my correspondence and will try and make it up this afternoon.
The jury services are now out and it will keep us going after
today until court sets to get them here. Our double docket is
going to be a light one especially the criminal docket. It is
the lightest during my term of office.
I went to a chicken
fight once upon a time and the seats were boards placed on beer
kegs and it was
not very comfortable but I was there longer than you were at
church services. I never knew before that they used beer kegs
for seats at church = it would have been quite a joke if some
of the brothers had discovered one that was not quite empty and
got a little tipsy. .. Yours very truly, Wm. Tilghman".
- Normal aging, handling, folds, otherwise
in excellent condition. Tilghman's autographs are uncommon in
any form, especially in letters of this length. $5,500.00