William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody ALS
Cody, William F. "Buffalo Bill" (1846-1917). ALS, 1p, 8.5 x 11 in. on Buffalo Bill's Wild West & Pawnee Bill's Great Far East stationary, dated at Anniston, Alabama, June 10 (1913), addressed to Frank (his cousin and business partner J. Frank Cody), signed "Cousin Will." Cody writes: I had to have an operation in Knoxville so the newspapers had a chance to kill me off again. But I am all ok. Excuse few lines. Thanks for your letter. Am anxious to hear what Smith thinks. Love, Cousin Will.
The Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill partnership was a last ditch effort to save their shows from bankruptcy but when the two showmen arrived in Denver on July 20, just six weeks after this letter was written, their creditors seized all show property and liquidated it via public auction. Cody was forced to sign on with the Sells-Floto Circus to support himself. His joke about being "killed off again" by the newspapers is an allusion to his public financial struggles in the face of the show's waning popularity in the age of automobiles and nickelodeons.
Typical folds, else very good.