Final page of a handwritten letter on his company's stationery, predicting that his new show will "simply paralyze New York," signed by him twice, as "Cody" and as "Bill."

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Final page of a handwritten letter on his company's stationery, predicting that his new show will "simply paralyze New York," signed by him twice, as "Cody" and as "Bill."

Partial Autograph Letter signed twice: "Cody", and "Bill" (after a postscript). 1 page, 8x10. London, circa 1887. On letterhead of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Co. Final page in full: "has performed before more Royal people than was ever done before in the world and we can add new things to the old show and just simply paralyze New York and good Dave Yuengling can sell lots of beer on our premises. Remember me to all friends."  His handwritten postscript: "Everything you profisized [sic] about our trip has come about as you said -" William Frederick CODY (1846-1917) earned the name "BUFFALO BILL" for killing thousands of buffalo as a hired hunter in 1867 and 1868. Cody had begun his wild west career herding cattle at age nine. Five years later, he became the Pony Express' youngest rider. Throughout the Civil War, Cody worked as a government scout, extracting from life and the West all it had to offer. His western notoriety grew with his adventures, including those during the Sioux War, in which he purportedly fought a duel with Chief Yellow Hand. Cody's theatrical career was launched that same year with his re-enactments of such Indian battles. By 1883, he formed his first Wild West spectacle, becoming a master showman who toured internationally until 1903. In 1893, his Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World show hit its high point during the Columbian Exposition and World's Fair in Chicago. The Wild West, which featured thrilling "battles" between cowboys and Indians and amazing shooting demonstrations by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, drew six million paid customers during its five-month run and exceeded $1,000,000 in profits. Although undated, this letter was probably written during 1887, when Cody took his show to England during Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations, performing in London, Birmingham and Manchester. He had staged a major New York show in 1886, located at Mariner's Harbor. He returned in 1887, this time performing at Madison Square Garden. As predicted in this letter, his show was a big success. Three horizontal and 1 vertical fold creases. Small wear slits at edges at all folds. Lightly toned and soiled. Verso soiled. Horizontal crease passing through banner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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