[ Edward Mason Wrench, British Army surgeon. ] Cyclostyled facsimile letter (with facsimile signature 'Ed M Wrench') describing a visit to 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show', with two illustrations, intended for distribution amongst his family.

Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912), MVO, FRCS, of Baslow, Derbyshire, Assistant Surgeon 34th Regiment of Foot [ 'Buffalo Bill', i.e. William Frederick Cody (1846-1917), American scout and showman ]
Publication details: 
Baslow [ Derbyshire ]. 24 July 1887.
SKU: 17050

2pp., 12mo. Printed on one side of a piece of 21 x 26.5 cm paper, with central vertical fold dividing the pages. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'My dear Children'. He begins by describing his attendance at the laying by Prince Albert Victor of 'the first stone of the New Bancroft Schools at Woodford', with lunch by the Drapers' Company. He soon changes tack: 'On the 14 I visited Buffalo Bills Wild West Show and you will I dare say like to hear what I saw there, better than what we did at Woodford.' He notes that he was 'mightily taken with the reality of the show. The Red Indians had not wash[ed] their faces much less their clothes or tents washed and the Cow Boys looked as if they still had the dust of the Rockies on them.' He describes 'the War Dance': 'many of the Indians had tails of straw tied in and curled about in the most ridiculous fashion'. He praises the riding, stating that he has been told that he has been 'riding "Apple Sauce" Indian fashion since I came home - but apple sauce is a very different style of horse together to their wiry little what would be called ponies here'. He describes the riding and equipment before commenting: 'Buffalo BIll must be making lots of money for there were thousands present'. He finds the American Exhibition of Manufactures 'very poor'. The letter concludes with family news.