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Re: Matilda Davis Letter
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:46pm

Im having a hard time making sense of the letter. Im not sure a date of 1902 can be used as to when A___ went to get the rope jumping photo.

I also am wondering why he wrote that "it will probably surprise you to hear from me away down in this country" I would think that if A___ went to get the photo for Butch he would tell Matilda where Butch is and why he wanted the photo. After all, she is "always first to come to mind" when he thinks of his old friends.

The other thing that bothers me "I was restless, I wanted to see more of the world" To me, that is hard to swallow. Too theatrical. Hes talking to his dear friend, why not be honest. "Ive burned all my bridges from robbing banks and trains. Im a fugitive, the Pinkertons are onto us, so I had to leave the US."

  • Re: Matilda Davis LetterVince Garcia, Sun Nov 26 4:02pm
    Could not:"A" be "Alonzo"? He was in the US in 1902.
    • Re: Matilda Davis Letter — ChrisV, Sun Nov 26 6:46pm
      • Re: Matilda Davis LetterDaniel Buck, Mon Nov 27 4:44am
        Chris, Good observations. The letter is a tad over dramatic. But then, so is Cassidy's letter to the Boys at Concordia. Self-absorbed, another side to the Wild Bunch outlaw. Also, as I commented... more
        • Re: Matilda Davis LetterChrisV, Mon Nov 27 6:33am
          I also don't get this phrase "I visited the best cities and countries of South A. till I got here". If he were on the steamship with Etta and SK that wouldn't be true correct? They would have left... more
          • Re: Matilda Davis LetterDaniel Buck, Mon Nov 27 6:51am
            Chis, All good observations -- plausible answers. First, his southbound ship might have stopped in Brazil, at Rio &/or Sao Paulo, and t most certainly stopped at Montevideo, Uruguay. Why is EP... more
            • Re: Matilda Davis LetterVince Garcia, Mon Nov 27 8:37am
              Regarding Etta getting a cut--I think it most likely he was just speaking in generalities. CARVER got 30% of Winnemucca, but they did have other cash they apparently took, and it is not inconceivable ... more
            • Re: Matilda Davis LetterChrisV, Mon Nov 27 6:56am
              Marks eyewitness helps a lot. Good find.
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