Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Date: May 12, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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[drawing] The Wyoming.
F. R. White, Proprietor.

My Dear Beck

Yours from Omaha Recd— Now George we must not let any one get a head of us on the land we propose to irrigate on either side of the river. [2] I fear you donot appreciate that enterprize as much as I do. And if the Paxton party dont get up there soon And decide whether they are going into it or not we will loose at lot of our land. [3] We must get to work and do something and that right away.

Will you put your shoulder   to the wheel and hoof things up— And let me know how the thing stands.

I heard from Hymer he sent reports. And I tell you That Man Hymer Knows his business. And George— without him we would have been holding the bag— And I hope all concerned will appreciate what he has done.

He will need some money at once. We must keep our credit good and at once— Nothing will hurt us more than to loose our credit. Will you let me hear from you at once.

Yours—

Cody

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West had performed in Scranton on May 11, 1895. May 12 was a Sunday, and no performance was scheduled. [back]

Note 2: Cody, Beck, and their partners planned to apply for a land segregation under the terms of the Carey Act. The necessary irrigation project became known as the Cody Canal. [back]

Note 3: Cody and Beck were hoping to persuade Omaha businessman William A. Paxton to invest in their irrigation venture. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Letters to George T. Beck (Acc. #9972), ah031272-03

Date: May 12, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

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