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Nate Salsbury, Buffalo Bill Cody's show manager, writes an angry business letter to George T. Beck, the Shoshone Irrigation Company field manager during the construction of the Cody Canal through the Big Horn Basin, referred to in this letter as "the ditch"
New York City, New York, April 13, 1897. 8.5" x 11". "Autograph Letter Signed ""Nate Salsbury,"" 1 page, 8.5"" x 11"". On ""Buffalo Bill's Wild West"" pictorial letterhead, Department of Publicity, New York City, April 13, 1897. Usual folds, Fine condition. To George T. Beck. In full, ""Col. Cody received the information that you intend to engage a typewriter again this summer. In our opinion such service is not necessary to the company's business and we refuse to have such an expense charged to the company's account. As we understand the matter, the work on the ditch was to commence on the first of April, and we learn from latest advices the work has not yet begun. This is a hardship for Col Cody as he has had his teams taken up to prepare them for the work and they are idle.""Nathan ""Nate"" Salsbury (1846-1902) was producer and manager of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He joined the U. S. Army while still in his teens, first as a drummer boy and eventually as a soldier with the 89th Illinois Regiment of Infantry, fighting in Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas. After the war, he became an actor in various stock companies, appeared for a time with his own troupe, Salsbury's Troubadours, then retired from performing in 1887. Meanwhile, in 1883, Salsbury helped launch Buffalo Bill's Wild West, an outdoor extravaganza that dramatized frontier life, built around the personality of onetime soldier, scout and hunter William F. ""Buffalo Bill"" Cody. The show, a worldwide success, outlived Salsbury who died at age 56 on Christmas Eve, 1902.The Big Horn Basin irrigation venture became the Shoshone Irrigation Company, the principal vehicle through which Cody and several partners attempted to finance, construct, and operate the Cody Canal (referred to as ""the ditch"" by Salsbury in this letter) from 1896 to 1907 when the Company relinquished control of the project. George T. Beck (1856-1943), the recipient of these letters, was the company's field manager during the construction process. Salisbury was an investor and a Director of the company."
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