March 13, 1879
To his Excellency the Governor, General Lew Wallace
Dear Sir, I have heard that You will give one thousand $ dollars for my body which
as I can understand it means alive as a witness.   I know it is as a witness against those
that murdered Mr. Chapman. if it was so as that I could appear at Court I could give
the desired information, but I have indictments against me for things that
happened in the late Lincoln County War and am afraid to give up because my Enemies
would Kill me. the day Mr. Chapman was murdered I was in Lincoln, at the request
of good Citizens to meet Mr. J.J. Dolan to meet as Friends, so as to be able to lay
aside our arms and go to Work. I was present when Mr. Chapman was murdered and know
who did it and if it were not for those indictments I would have made it clear
before now. if it is in your power to Annully those indictments I hope you
will do so so as to give me a chance to explain. Please send me an awnser
telling me what you can do You can send awnser by bearer I have no wish to fight any
more indeed I have not raised an arm since your proclamation.   As to my character
I refer to any of the citizens, for the majority of them are my friends and have been
helping me all they could. I am called Kid Antrim but Antrim is my stepfathers name.
San Patricio, Lincoln County
Waiting for an awnser I remain your Obedeint Servant
Thursday (March) 20th 1879
General Lew Wallace:
Sir, I will keep the appointment I made but be sure and have men come that you
can depend on I am not afraid to die like a man fighting but I would not like
to be killed like a dog unarmed. Tell Kimbal to let his men be placed
around the house and for him to come in alone; and he can arrest us. all I am
afraid of is that in the Fort we might be poisioned or killed through a window at
night, but you can arrange that all right. Tell the Commanding Officer
to Watch Lt. Goodwin he would not hesitate to so anything there Will be danger
on the road of Somebody Waylaying us to kill us on the road to the Fort.
You will never catch those fellows on the road Watch Fritzes. Captain Bacas
ranch and the Brewery they will either go up Seven Rivers or Jicarillo Montains
they Will stay around close untill the scouting come in give a spy a pair of
glasses and let him get on the mountain back of Fritzes and watch and if they
are there, there will be provisons carried to them. It is not my place
to advise you but I am anxious to have them caught and perhaps know how men hid
from soldiers better than you. Please excuse me for having so much to
say and still remain,
William H. Bonney
P.S. I had change my mind. Send Kimbal to Gutierrz just below
San Patricio one mile, because Sanger and Ballard are or were great friends
of Camuls (Campbell’s). Ballard told me yesterday to leave for you were doing
everything to catch me. It was a blind to get me to leave.
Tell Kimbal not to come before 3 o’clock for I may not be there before.
Dec 12th 1880
Gov. Lew Wallace
I noticed in the Las Vegas Gazette a piece which stated that Billy the Kid,
the name by which I am known in the County was the Captain of a Band of Outlaws
who hold Forth at the Portales.  : There is no such Organization
in existence. So the Gentlemen must have drawn very heavily on his
imagination. My business at the White Oaks at the time I was waylaid
and my horse killed was to see Judge Leonard who has my case in hand, he had
written to me to come up, that he thought he could get Everything Straighend
up. I did not find him at the Oaks I should have gone to Lincoln if
I had met with no accident. After mine and Billie Wilsons horses were
Killed we both made our way to a Station, forty miles from the Oaks kept by
Mr. Greathouse. When I got up next morning The house was Surrounded by
an outfit led by one Carlyle Who came into the house and Demanded a surrender.
I asked for their Papers and they had none. So I concluded it Accounted
to nothing more then a mob and told Carlyle that he would have to stay in the
house and lead the way out that night. Soon after a note was brought in
stating that if Carlyle did not come out inside of five minutes they would kill
the Station Keeper (Greathouse) who had left the house and was with them.
in a short time a shot was fired on the outside and Carlyle thinking Greathouse
was Killed jumped through the window. breaking the sash as he went and
was killed by his own Party they thinking it was me trying to make my escape.
the party then withdrew.
They returned the next day and burned an old man named Spencer’s house and
Greathouses also. I made my way to the Place afoot and During my absence
Deputy Sheriff Garrett Acting under Chisums orders went to the Portales and found
nothing. on his way back he went to Mr. Yerbys ranch and took a pair of
mules of mine which I had left with Mr. Bowdre who is in charge of Mr. Yerbys
Cattle. he (Garrett) Claimed that they were stolen and Even if they were
not he had a right to confiscate any Outlaws property. I have been at Sumner
Since I left Lincoln making my living Gambling the mules were bought by me the truth
of which I can prove by the best citizens aroud Sumner. J.S. Chisum is
the man who got me into Trouble and was benefited Thousands by it and is now
doing all he can against me. There is no Doubt but what there is a great
deal of Stealing going on in the Territory and a great deal of the Property is
taken across the Plains as it is a good outlet. but as far as my
being at the head of a Band there is nothing of it. Several Instances
I have recovered Stolen Property when there was no chance to get an Officer to do it.
one Instance for Hugo Zuber Postoffice Puerto de Luna, another for Pablo Analla
Same Place. if some impartial Party were to investigate this matter
they would find it far Different from the impression put out by Chisum and his tools
January 1st 1881
Gov. Lew Wallace
I would like to see you for a few moments if you can spare time.
Santa Fe Jail,New Mexico
March 2d 1881
Gov. Lew Wallace
I wish you would come down to the jail and see me. it will be to your
interest to come and see me. I have some letters which date back two
years, and there are Parties who are very anxious to get them but I shall not
dispose of them until I see you. that is if you will come imediately.
Wm H. Bonney
Santa Fe in Jail
March 4, 1881
Gov. Lew Wallace
I wrote You a little note the day before yesterday but have received
no answer. I Expect you have forgotten what you promised me,
this Month two years ago, but I have not and I think You had ought to
have come and seen me as I requested you to. I have done
everything that I promised you I would and You have done nothing
that You promised me.
I think when You think the matter over You will come down and See me,
and I can then Explain Everything to You.
Judge Leonard Passed through here on his way East, in January and promised
to come and See me on his way back, but he did not fulfill his Promise.
It looks to me like I am getting left in the Cold. I am not treated right
by Sherman, he lets Every Stranger that comes to see me through Curiosity in
to see me, but will not let a Single one of my friends in, Not even an Attorney.
I guess they mean to Send me up without giving me any Show but they will
have a nice time doing it. I am not intirely without friends.
I shall Expect to See you some time today.
I am truly Yours Respect-
Wm. H. Bonney
Santa Fe New Mexico
March 27th 1881
Gov. Lew Wallace
For the last time I ask, Will you keep your promise.
I start below tomorrow send awnser by bearer.