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William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody ALS to His Sister, Julia, 1905
11/20/2015 - American History: Live Salesroom Auction
Cody, William F. "Buffalo Bill" (1846-1917). ALS, 8.5 x 11.5 on Buffalo Bill's Wild West stationary, dated at Verdun, France, July 16 (1905), addressed to his sister Julia in Cody, WY, signed "Brother." Accompanied by the original envelope.  

Writing from Verdun during the Wild West Show's 1905 tour of France, Cody writes: Dear Julia, I hope you are happy in your new home. Don't worry sister mine about paying for it. I am having hard time right now but I will win out. Can't down a man that won't be downed. Can they dear. I feel that I have got four good years hard work in me yet. Then I will be 64. The age all my old Army friends retire. [?] [?] Frank will retire with me. And if he and I haven't a home and some money to live on by that time we are no good. With love, Brother.

In fact, the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show would continue to have financial problems.  Even when it was profitable, Cody was often weighed down by bad investments in mining and other questionable ventures.  The show went bankrupt 1913 and Cody's creditors auctioned off the assets, forcing the then-67-year-old to reluctantly sign on with Sells-Floto Circus just to stay afloat.


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Typical folds on the letter with one large creased fold on the left side. Toning on the paper and envelope.
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