WILLIAM F. "BUFFALO BILL" CODY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/18/1916 For Sale
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WILLIAM F. "BUFFALO BILL" CODY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/18/1916:
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The man known for his showmanship and scouting skills signed this
handwritten letter concerning his financial issues. Various close associates
liquidate Cody's assets so that he can pay his creditors.
Autograph Letter Signed: "W. C. Cody" one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, Chicago
Shan-Kive and Round-Up letterhead. Dated September 18, 1916. Letter to his
attorney Henry Hersey regarding his grim financial situation. In Part: “They can
explain this situation to you better than I care for they have not kept me well
footed. But if you do not hear from them, I'll write you all I know. First Link got
judgement for about $11,800. And sold the Irma hotel and four lots and offer it in
him self. I have until Jan. 15th 1917. In which to reclaim the property. There
separately he sold the fixtures, paintings, etc - I furnished the money and had W.L.
Walls offer them in for me. Then Link advertised and sold a hotel of mine called
Pahaska Tepee. I furnished the money and had Walls offer that in for me.” Nearing
the end of his life, Cody was constantly facing financial difficulties-he had
lost his Wild West Show to Harry Tammen in 1913 after a failed loan, but
was able to continue his career touring with other groups. The 1916 tour was
organized by the Miller & Arlington Wild West Co. with the central theme being
a 'Military Preparedness Pageant' to coincide with the public's support for the
Allies in World War I, but this theme was changed for the Chicago show due to
the city's large German population. A fascinating letter detailing the intricacies of
Cody's seemingly insurmountable financial straits. William Frederick Cody
(1846-1917) earned the name "Buffalo Bill" for killing thousands of buffalo
as a hired hunter in 1867 and 1868. Cody began his Wild West career herding
cattle at age nine. Five years later, he became the Pony Express' youngest rider.
Throughout the Civil War, Cody worked as a government scout, extracting from
life and the West all that it had to offer. His western notoriety grew with his
adventures, including those during the Sioux War, in which he purportedly
fought a duel with Chief Yellow Hand. Cody's theatrical career was launched that
same year with his re-enactments of such Indian battles. By 1883, he formed his
first Wild West spectacle, becoming a master showman who toured
internationally until 1903. In 1908, Cody teamed up with his old rival,
"Pawnee Bill" Lillie for a combined "two Bills" show. Lillie called his show
"Far East" because it included Japanese and Arab performers, as well as Western
Americana. (Adopting the honorary rank of Colonel for himself, Cody addresses
Lillie by the lower rank of Major.) In 1913, financial circumstances forced Cody
to sell his own show and join the Sells Floto show. Intersecting folds with partial
edge separations to top and bottom, a small hole to upper left, and light staining
to lower edge. Two partial tears along a crease near left edge. Otherwise fine
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