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HistoryForSaletm Autographs & ManuscriptsMake an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response!Take a Look at This Week's Specials!WILLIAM F. "BUFFALO BILL" CODY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/18/1916 - HFSID 345622WILLIAM F. 'BUFFALO BILL' CODY 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 condition.
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