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William "Buffalo Bill" Cody Autograph Letter Signed "Wm Cody". One page, 8" x 10", North Platte, Nebraska, March 20, 1900. Written to the young Mormon leader Abraham O. Woodruff of Salt Lake City. Taking a hard line with Woodruff about land rights, Cody pens, "In reply to your favor asking me to give your people rights on north side of river. . . You surely can't ask me to give all my rights to your people for nothing." Cody--hunter, soldier, and showman--spent some of his youth in Utah as an army scout during the Utah War, a confrontation between Mormon settlers and the United States. Woodruff (1872-1904) helped establish settlements throughout the state. He died an untimely death, four years after this letter was written, of smallpox at the age of thirty-one.

This letter is age-toned and weak at the creases (with some separation). Yellowed mounting tape is still attached to the front borders, but this interesting letter, which shows the business side of one of the most colorful figures of the Old West, is boldly written in black ink. Good.


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October, 2008
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Oh behalf of our client, Caroline Kennedy, I wish to thank you for all of your assistance... You and your gallery are to be commended for your professionalism and integrity...
[Entire Letter]
Kevin T. Baine, Esq., Williams & Connoly, LLP,
Washington, D.C.
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