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

Date: October 19, 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

No letter for several days Recd a letter from Arta [3] Said she met Mr Heckert on train going to Sheridan after Blankets. I do hope you and he both did not leave the work at the same time. And its strange if Heckert had to go after Blankets. These things should have been thought if not why does so important a man have to go after blankets?

I am uneasy about these things and over anxious as I am getting other peoples money to spend in this enterprize. And I want nothing done wrong. You are the Boss there. And My Dear Friend I hope you will take the same interest. I will feel awful if money is uselessly squandered there. And no good results to show. I may be there by   November 15th or 20th with the party. And I want them to feel that we are working on business principles. And doing our level best.

Say. George.

Please send me some more of that building rock Gypsom. Sulphur. Asphalt. And anything I can show or talk on. Send it quick. And please write me whats being done and how you are doing it. And that you see that every body does an honest days work And no time is lost.

If I get out there and these businessmen sees that the work is being extravagantly done— I fear they wont put up any more money. For Gods sake hoof them up.

Cody

PS. Denbeigh [4] has written me for his money.

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Macon, Georgia, on October 19, 1895. [back]

Note 2: The year is not inscribed by Cody but is 1895 as determined by the Routes List. [back]

Note 3: Arta Lucille Cody (Dec 16, 1866-Jan 30, 1904) was the eldest daughter of Louisa and William F. Cody. In the Cody family Bible, Cody recorded his daughter's name and birth as "Arta Lilly Elvira Cody. Born. Dec. 16th 1866. Leavenworth Kansas." [back]

Note 4: "Denbeigh" may have been Frank Denbeigh (1865-1928), a miner working in Wyoming during 1895. [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), ah031309-10

Date: October 19, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Boal, Arta Lucille, 1866-1904

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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