Buffalo Bill - William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) (PT107)

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Buffalo Bill - William Frederick Cody (1846-1917) (PT107)

Handwritten letter by the famous showman

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917) was one of the most outlandish characters of the American Old West. He organised cowboy themed shows, was a soldier and bison hunter. In 1872, he received the Medal of Honour, highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.

Buffalo Bill, handwritten signed letter, 1907Buffalo Bill, handwritten signed letter, 1907

A three quarter page handwritten letter signed 'W.F. Cody' at the close in fine black ink, on headed stationary for the Rensselaer Hotel in Troy, New York, July 7 1907.

He writes in dire financial straits to Joseph T. McCaddon, business manager of the Cody & Bailey Co., "As per your telegram of yesterday, that you would send me a check for $5000 - tomorrow Monday. Instead of sending me the check, if you will use it by kindly sending it with someone tomorrow Monday to take up my note for 5000 at the Astor Trust Company bank. And if you will please telegraph me on receipt of this, so as to relieve my mind I will be very much obliged. I enclose check for $75' (not present) 'to pay the interest."

With binder holes at top and minor stains in upper margin, otherwise in very good condition. Accompanied by a type-written letter autographed by Astor Trust Co. teller on the company's imprinted stationary, New York, June 28, 1907, informing Cody that his note and the interest are due on July 7.

Also with three Western Union Telegrams, all from McCaddon, two to Cody, and one his manager, F.B. Hutchinson regarding the matter. Because of mismanagement Cody often found himself financially strapped despite the fortune brought in by his popular show, which was ultimately lost to creditors.

(PT107)

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