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The handwritten letter to former New Mexico Gov. Lew Wallace is polite, articulate and to the point.
"Dear Sir," begins the missive. "I wish you would come down to the jail and see me."
The letter is from Billy the Kid, dated 1881, and it and others like it are now housed at the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library in Santa Fe, NM.
Here's the story.