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

Date: December 14, 1903

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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[drawing]Drawing The New
Hoffman House.
Madison Square,
J. P. Caddagan, Manager.
Absolutely Fire Proof.

My. Dear. Hinckle.

Its taken some days to organize company. And am still Waiting for illustrated Prospectus to be finished. in Mean time have sold quite a lot of stock wish you would tell our Govenor. that I will get there. And that I must still hold my water writes and Segregation [1] . As I am Makeing that one of the Star features. wish   you would wire me to the above address Soon as you talk with the Govenor and Tynan and Johnson wire my expense I hope to see you all by Jan. 1st. [2]

Yours truly

W. F. Cody

I am working for Wyoming all the time.

W.F.C.

Note 1: The land segregation Cody refers to in this letter was intended for the Cody-Salsbury Canal project. A report published in the Cheyenne Leader on November 29, 1903, and reprinted in the Cody Enterprise on December 3 states that Cody would soon go east to seek English and American investors for the Cody-Salsbury Canal. If these reports are accurate, this was apparently Cody's last attempt to secure private financing for the project. Cody turned over his interest in the Cody-Salsbury segregation to the federal government in February 1904. Fenimore Chatterton (1860-1958) was then acting governor of Wyoming. [back]

Note 2: Thomas T. Tynan (1860-1925), was Wyoming's superintendent of public instruction and a member of the Board of Land Commissioners from 1899 to 1907. Tynan later served as mayor of Sheridan, Wyoming, from 1914 to 1915. "Johnson" is probably a reference to Clarence T. Johnston (1872-1970), who served as Wyoming state engineer from 1903 to 1911. [back]

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

Source: McCracken Research Library (MRL), MS6.0162.01-.02

Date: December 14, 1903

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

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