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

Date: April 27, [1896]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
of the World.
[image] Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.
Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.
John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

My Dear George

I have not heard from you since wire from Chicago. Please send me a wire per Pony Express [3] to Red Lodge [4] —so I may know if water is in Ditch. George— Rumsey said this was no longer a one man Co. If so you must write— Paxton & Gallagher. [5] Lininger & Metcalf [6] & others that if they donot not want to trust our Co for goods you will buy where they will trust Co— You should not ask me to guarantee everything personally as was done again this time   Is Mead with you?

Best wishes


Note 1: Cumberland, Maryland: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Cumberland, Maryland, on April 27, 1896. [back]

Note 2: The year is not inscribed by Cody but is 1896 as determined by the Routes List. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "Cumberland, Md. / Monday, April 27. It commenced to rain at 2 P. M. and kept it up until 8.30 P. M. Albert E. Scheible, business manager, closed here and left on the 8.30 train for New York City. J. Byrns, an Irish soldier, was taken sick with pneumonia and went to the hospital. Lot at Valley Spring and Fairview avenues, clay and bad to pick up on. Got out of Cumberland at 2 A. M. / Arena, 173 x 344. / Business in the afternoon big, in the evening fair." [back]

Note 3: "Pony Express" is Cody's way of saying send a wire as quickly as possible. [back]

Note 4: Red Lodge, Montana, lies 65 miles north of Cody and was the closest rail line to Cody, Wyoming. [back]

Note 5: Paxton-Gallagher is a wholesale groceries business, founded in Omaha in 1879 by William Paxton and Benjamin Gallagher. [back]

Note 6: Lininger & Metcalf: George Washington Lininger (1834-1901) and Joseph M. Metcalf (1846-1905) were partners in the Lininger & Metcalf Company, an Omaha wholesaler of carriages, buggies, and agricultural implements. [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), ah031334 and 031724

Date: April 27, [1896]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Rumsey, Bronson, II, 1854-1946 Paxton, William A., 1837-1907 Gallagher, Benjamin Lininger, George Washington, 1834-1901 Metcalf, Joseph Maul, 1846-1905 Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936

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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