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

Date: October 27, 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.

Dear George

Alger think writes me you have ordered winter groceries &c— If so countermand the order And let no more contracts for winter work. its all too high. 7c a yard for loose dirt is all out of reason. I will put a grader on in the Spring & moove all loose dirt for 4c & I think for 3c. George I havent the money to go on this winter & that Carey Act is so uncertain. Salsbury writes me no business man will now touch it. Now old Pard I will do all I can to keep you Sollid. But you must let me down just as easy & quietly as possible. You can tell them its to expensive to try to work in winter— that work will be resumed in the Spring. Van Dreveldt ought to be through— So he can be let off. Is Heckert going to stay there. I would certainly not pay him if he does not stay & work. If you think best We can keep my teams at work all winter— Heck said he could do that whole job with our own outfit in 60 days— Your last estimate dont look like it. Now George. You know the situation and act quick. So as to save our credit—

I am blue all over—

Bill

Note 1: BBWW performed in Atlanta, Georgia, from October 28 - November 2, 1895, during the run of the Cotton States and International Exposition, also known as the Atlanta Exposition. [back]

Note 2: The year was not inscribed by Cody but was 1895 as determined by the Routes List. [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), ah031314

Date: October 27, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

Keyword: Carey Act of 1894

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Alger, Horace Chapin, 1857-1906 Carey, Joseph M., 1845-1924 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902 Hayden, Charles E., 1866-1938 Heckert, Theodore

Place: Shoshone Irrigation District (Wyo.)

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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