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#150 - Judge Roy Bean Estimate: $1,000+

The famed Judge Roy Bean signs as a witness

Texan saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County (1825-1903) who called himself 'The Law West of the Pecos' and held court in his saloon, The Jersey Lilly, along the Rio Grande on a desolate stretch of the Chihuahuan Desert of southwest Texas. Manuscript DS, signed “Witnis Roy Bean,” one page, 8.5 x 9, March 1, 1890. Promissory note signed by Cesario Torres at Del Rio, Texas, in part: "On the 1st day of January, 1891, for value received, I promise to pay to the order of John Woods & Son, at their office…the sum of Seven Hundred Dollars with interest thereon…This note is secured by a deed of Trust bearing even date herewith on Surveys No. 1 and 3 containing 1280 acres of land in Val Verde County." Signed at the conclusion by Torres, and countersigned as witnesses by Judge Roy Bean and R. B. Trent. Annotations on the reverse record interest payments by Torres. In fine condition, with a few light stains.

Beginning in 1882, Bean served as both the local barkeep and Justice of the Peace in the town of Langtry, interpreting the law by his own methods and settling all cases with fines, the majority of which he kept. During his tenure, Bean sentenced only two men to hang (one escaped) and horse thieves were released if the animals were returned unharmed. Although Bean lost reelection of his post in 1896, he continued to try all cases north of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. Only the third Bean-signed document we have offered.

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