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

Date: May 13 [1896]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
of the World.
[photograph]

Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.


[photograph]

Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.


John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

My Dear George

Bully for the Priests

Your two letters here has made me ten years younger. I am proud of you. I allways did like you. There now— You see I was getting it from allsides & I got nervous and feared you were not pushing fast enough— But I appriceate all you have to contend with— But light is dawning— I sent Alger $5000 this week this ought to take care of May 10th. I beleive in going a head with work put graders on below Townsite [3] — And put a force on the Red Bluffs [4] and lets go to it— Nothing risked nothing gained— I am trying to get Salsbury & Rumsey to go out at once.

Bill

 

Go to Em.

Without a Christopher Columbus where in hell would America have been Also the Basin

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Louisville, Kentucky, May 13-14, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "Louisville, Ky. / Wednesday, May 13. Arrived in town at 4.30 A. M. Had a two-mile haul to lot. We put up every yard of canvas and every seat we had. Cowboy Ed Goodrich was thrown in the bucking act and secured three ugly scalp wounds. J. T. McCaddon returned this morning from Chicago. Our new buffalo calf commenced his show career to-day and went around the arena with its mother in the buffalo hunt, making quite a hit. J. G. Elgin, of B. & O. S. W. R. R., and Dr. H. Ray Cannon were guests of Fred Hutchinson. / Business in the afternoon good, in the evening big." [back]

Note 2: Cody does not inscribe the year but it is 1896 as determined by the Routes List. [back]

Note 3: Cody, Wyoming. [back]

Note 4: "Red Bluffs" refers to a hill formation to the south and west of Cody, Wyoming, that stands out among the other mountainous formations due to its red color. [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), ah031345-46

Date: May 13 [1896]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Alger, Horace Chapin, 1857-1906 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902 Rumsey, Bronson, II, 1854-1946

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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