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    William "Buffalo Bill" Cody Autograph Letter Signed "Brother." One page, on Sells-Floto/Wild West Show letterhead, 8.5" x 11", Parsons, KS, August 31, 1915. While fulfilling his last working season as an employee of the Wild West Show that had been seized from him in a 1913 bankruptcy, the great showman writes to his sister May Cody Decker in Denver, to discuss business matters. In part: "You don't quite understand the situation why they tried to deduct $50 day out of my wages to pay on the old Loan of 20,000 given by Lillie & I and for which he sold the show for. I would not stand for [it] but when I made [a] stand that the 200.00 loan was paid from the sale of the Show. Rather than a fight, he telegraphed his [illegible] to pay me $100 a day. He writes me he will be in Lawrence Kan. Sep 3rd... if we can't [illegible] on it I will bring suit, not in Denver but some town in Kansas. I'll get him off his own fighting grounds. I'll have a good attorney for I know he is a tricky fighter. He will have to hire a lot of liars. Don't worry."

    The man Cody refers to is Harry Tammen, Cody's ruthless former partner and current employer. Cody and Gordon "Pawnee Bill" Lillie http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-pawneebilll.html had joined forces and traveling shows in 1909, but the double-billed program failed to attract the needed audiences and the touring company went bankrupt in 1913, at which point Tammen purchased the "The Two Bills" show and the contracts of its star performers. As it turned out, Cody didn't have much longer to work for Tammen - the touring company held its last annual farewell dinner on October 14, 1915.

    May Cody Decker was Buffalo Bill's second youngest sister, and was the sister he was closest to. He spent that last days of his life in her house in Denver, where he died on January 10, 1917. Outstanding letterhead vignettes with great detail. Letter is accompanied by the original transmittal envelope, also with colorful vignette. Both pieces are boldly penned and very handsome. The letter isconsigned by a direct descendant of Buffalo Bill.


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