Title: Letter from William F. Cody to W. A. Richards

Date: September 25, 1903

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West
Touring Great Britain.
Pahaska Tepee. [1]

W. A. Richards

Washington D. C.

My Dear Govenor.

I am very anxious of getting the concession. of putting on an automobile and Horse stage line from Cody into the Yellow Stone Park. I will give a guarantee to do it right. If you will assist me in   in this matter as acting as my Attorney And putting my application in at once. And help me. I will reccompense you most liberaly. [3] I beleive I deserve this concession as much as any man. Could the President assist me in this? he is a good friend of mine. [4] If you think it necessary to have   his aid will you speak to him. for me—

I enclose my route Will you cable me if you think I stand a chance of getting it. as I would like to know before I leave England. since My Cable address in any Town on my route simply Cody. I will pay all expense   When I get to Washington. about Nov. 6th.

Very truly Yours

W. F. Cody

Note 1: Pahaska Tepee is the name of a small hotel built by William F. Cody near the east gate of Yellowstone National Park in late 1903. Since these words appear on stationery associated with the last British tour of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, it is unlikely they were meant as a reference to Cody's latest Wyoming business venture. More likely, "Pahaska Tepee" was an elegant-sounding stand-in for whatever temporary location the Wild West occupied at a particular time. [back]

Note 2: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Grantham, England, on September 25, 1903. [back]

Note 3: William F. Cody's attempt to secure a government concession for transportation services between the town of Cody, Wyoming, and the east gate of Yellowstone National Park did not succeed. [back]

Note 4: Theodore Roosevelt was then the President of the United States. Although Roosevelt did know Cody, it would be an exaggeration to say that the two men were close friends. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to W. A. Richards

Source: McCracken Research Library (MRL), MS6.0159a-b

Date: September 25, 1903

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

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