Title: Letter from William F. Cody to C. L. Hinkle

Date: May 28, 1902

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West

My. Dear Hinkle.

Am very much obliged for what you have told me. That man Wiley for some unknown reason. is as you say. doing his utmost to injure me. Beleiving him. our company has been delayed two months on his promises— and agreements— [2] And he now is trying to get our companys water right. But Hinkle the Shoshone Irrigation Cos. Canal will be built if I do it alone And I hope that the. Board & State Engineer will stand by me as no one had worked harder for the state than I have [3]

Very truly yours

W. F. Cody

 

Buffalo Bill's Wild West

New York May 28 [?] PM

[stamp]Postage stamp, red, rotated on side

United States Postage 2 Two Cents 2

C. L. Hinkle

State. Land. Boar [d?]

Cheyenne

Wyo.

Personal

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in New York City from May 26 to May 31, 1902. [back]

Note 2: Cody refers to Solon L. Wiley, a businessman and hydraulic engineer from Omaha who had invested in irrigation projects in the Big Horn Basin. Wiley had offered to buy out the Shoshone Irrigation Company, but the deal collapsed because Wiley could not obtain the necessary financing. [back]

Note 3: William F. Cody refers to the Cody Canal, the principal project of the Shoshone Irrigation Company. The "Board" mentioned here is the Wyoming Board of Land Commissioners, which shared authority over Carey Act irrigation projects with the state engineer's office. The Wyoming state engineer at the time was Fred Bond (1856-1903). [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to C. L. Hinkle

Source: McCracken Research Library (MRL), MS6.0136

Date: May 28, 1902

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Wiley, Solon Lysander, 1840-1926 Hinkle, Lorin Curtis, 1869-1931 Bond, Fred, 1856-1903

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