Alex McSween Letter Assuring Charles Fritz to Trust Him


Dec 12, 1876. Handwritten letter from Alex A. McSween to Charles Fritz, regarding the Emil Fritz Estate, and assuring Fritz that McSween is trustworthy and has only Fritz’s best interests in mind. He writes, “$10,000 is a very large amount of money, but I can assure you that it’s not large enough to buy me.” He advises Fritz not to trust the Murphy-Dolan men. He writes, “I like to be on good terms with mankind, but I’ll incur their displeasure rather than sell the interests of those who confide in me.” Signed A.A. McSween, with flourish. One page, double-sided, 10 3/8" x 7 3/4".

An absolutely incredible letter, especially given the ultimate course of events.

Lot 716, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $20,000-25,000.

The Document that Launched the Lincoln County War: Charles Fritz’s Writ of Attachment against Alexander McSween


a) Writ of Attachment and Summons. Attachment to Alexander A. McSween for Eight Thousand dollars, and summons to appear in court “to answer unto Charles Fritz and Emilie Scholand – Plaintiffs, in a suit for damages, for Ten Thousand Dollars.” The Endorsement section is signed by A.J. Fountain, Deputy. 10 7/8" x 7 3/4". Laminated.

This Attachment is the legal document that directly led to the taking of John Tunstall’s store (due to his partnerships with McSween) and to the posse going to Tunstall’s ranch to attach his horses, resulting in Tunstall’s untimely death and the start of the “Lincoln County War.”

b) Attachment cover page from the Court at Mesilla, N.M., for Charles Fritz and Emile Scholand vs Alexander A. McSween. Signed May 16, 1879. With imprint.

Lot 713, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - January 25-26, 2019. Mesa, AZ.
Estimate $15,000-25,000.