Interesting fact: Whilst serving as governor, Lew Wallace wrote and released Ben-Hur.
Transcript follows. Other letters from Billy the Kid can be read here.
Santa Fe Jail New Mex.
March 29 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