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

Date: June 14, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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The Buffalo Bill Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.

Col. W. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), President.
Nate Salsbury, Vice-Pres't and Manager.
John M. Burke, . . . General Manager.
Albert E. Scheible, . . . Business Manager.
Jule Keen, . . . Treasurer.

My Dear Beck

Yours of the 11th to hand. And it cheered me up For from Mr Paxtons letter I took it for granted they were out of the deal entirely. But am glad they are not. We can put the 28000 acre tract through lay off Town. &c— and make money out of it. [2] And it will be the starter for the others if we wish to go on with them Alger And I were getting up a Boston party to go out— And go into it. [3] But if the Paxton party stays we wont need them wire me quick. Do as you think best about Hymer— only lets carry it out—

Hastly yours.

W. F. Cody

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed daily (except Sunday) in Boston from June 10 through June 22, 1895. [back]

Note 2: Cody and Beck were hoping to persuade Omaha businessman William A. Paxton to join their planned irrigation venture, which would eventually result in the construction of the Cody Canal and the founding of the town of Cody, Wyoming. Ultimately, Paxton decided not to invest in the Cody Canal. [back]

Note 3: Cody refers to Horace C. Alger, who was George Beck's original partner in the venture that eventually became the Shoshone Irrigation Company. As a Harvard alumnus and a native of Massachusetts, Alger was an obvious choice to assist Cody in seeking investors in New England. [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), ah031275

Date: June 14, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943

Sponsor: Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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