JAMES J. DOLAN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 04/11/1887 - HFSID 218014

JAMES J. DOLAN Irish-born American gunslinger's U.S. citizenship papers. Autograph Note Signed: "4-11-87/Please return/Jas J. Dolan" beneath partly printed Document Signed: "John S. Crouch" as Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Third Judicial District of New Mexico, 1p, 8½x14.

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JAMES J. DOLAN
Irish-born American gunslinger's U.S. citizenship papers.
Autograph Note Signed: "4-11-87/Please return/Jas J. Dolan" beneath partly printed Document Signed: "John S. Crouch" as Clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Third Judicial District of New Mexico, 1p, 8½x14. Lincoln, New Mexico, 1874 April 13. Irish-born gunman Jim Dolan's Certificate of Naturalization as an American Citizen! In part: "Whereas at a term of the United States District Court for the Third Judicial District of New Mexico, the same being a court of record having common law jurisdiction, begun and held at Lincoln on the 13th day of April 1874 within and for the county of Lincoln Territory of New Mexico, James J. Dolan, an alien and native of Ireland and a subject of Great Britain personally came in open court and made application to be naturalized under the laws of the United States; and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the said James J. Dolan has been in the military service of the government of the United States, and that he was honorably discharged from said service, and it also appearing by the testimony of L. Phillipovski and John R. Bolton that the said James J. Dolan has been a resident of the United States for at least one year last past; and also that during all that time he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same...he absolutely and entirely renounced and abjured all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, and more particularly to Queen Victoria...Therefore the said James J. Dolan is a Citizen of the United States of America...." In his teens, Dolan had served in the U.S. Army in the Civil War. MR. L. PHILLIPOVSKI, who testified on behalf of Dolan as to his behavior "as a man of good moral character," was Deputy Sheriff of Lincoln and killed clerk William Burns in L.G. Murphy's store. MURPHY WAS DOLAN'S BUSINESS PARTNER! BILLY THE KID HAD ARRIVED IN LINCOLNwhile the gang known as "The House," or the Murphy-Dolan faction, was competing with John Tunstall for both beef contracts for Fort Stanton and for economic and political control of Lincoln County. Tunstall befriended Billy and other young drifters and was gunned down in 1878 by Army mercenaries who were paid by "citizen" Dolan. Angered by the death of their friend, the drifters formed a group known as "The Regulators". As a self-appointed police force, they vowed to avenge Tunstall's death by killing all those involved. SO STARTED THE YEAR-LONG LINCOLN COUNTY WAR. IN NOVEMBER 1878 PAT GARRETT BECAME SHERIFF OF LINCOLN COUNTY and began his three-year pursuit of Billy the Kid. An important document in the life of a famous gunman of the Old West. Originally separated at folds, corrected with plastic tape repairs on verso. Chipped edges, lightly creased.

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