DescriptionJosie Earp: A Significant Letter to John Flood, Wyatt's Biographer. In 1927, two years before Wyatt's death, she writes to the biographer who would make him famous posthumously. Josie complains of a piece published by a writer who it seems was sent to them by Flood, and who she feels stole one of Wyatt's stories, but didn't name the subject as Wyatt Earp to avoid presumed liability. But this author apparently wrote to Wyatt that "you are its hero." "Pretty smart," Josie writes, "after we were so nice to him." She mentions "Wyatt" and "Wyatt Earp", and toward the end informs Flood that "Mr. E. not so well." There is a second Josie signature on verso of envelope. Both letter and envelope are in excellent condition.
The author that Josie is fuming about is Walter Noble Burns. The Earps felt duped by Burns. He had previously approached Wyatt about doing a book on Wyatt. But Wyatt felt honor bound to keep the project with John Flood, as they were very close and Flood had spent a great deal of effort working on this, even traveling with Wyatt to Tombstone in the 1920s, secretly. Wyatt had yet to learn that Flood's writing style for the book was stilted and very hard to read and be enjoyed.
Wyatt tells Burns no. Then Burns comes back to them with a ruse that they were fooled by. He tells them that he's now working on a book on Doc Holliday, that he needs Wyatt's help with, as Doc has long since died. Wyatt helps him, and when word reaches the Earps that Wyatt is key to the Burns book, they wanted to launch a lawsuit (which they couldn't afford anyway) and punish Burns for the stunt.
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