WILLIAM BARCLAY "BAT" MASTERSON
This extraordinary document is a typed manuscript for Dodge City, The Cowboy Capital about Western lawman Bat Masterson, with a total of four handwritten corrections by him, including his very rare full signature.
It was written by Robert M. Wright, former mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, and sent to Masterson, a former deputy in Dodge City, for his review.
Annotated typed manuscript signed "William Barclay (Bat) Masterson". Black ink and lead pencil notations in unknown hand. 6 pages, 8½x11, bound with a needle at top edge. There are a total of four corrections on the first page. The first is Masterson's signature, correcting the title "W.B. Masterson (Bat)". He also corrected the initials "W.B." in the first sentence with "William Barclay". The other two corrections pertain to his candidacy for sheriff of Ford County, Kansas, which included Dodge City. He crossed out the "6" in "1876" and corrected it with "7".
This extraordinary document is a short biography of Masterson written by Robert M. Wright for his book Dodge City, The Cowboy Capital (1913). Wright, a former mayor of Dodge City, Kansas sent this manuscript to Masterson, a former deputy in Dodge City, for his review. There are a few corrections on the first page, including one by Masterson spelling out his first two initials as "William Barclay".
According to Wright, Masterson was "one of the most notable characters of the West,was one of the Dodge City's first citizens, and for this reason if no other,de-serves a space in my book." The text concerns itself with anecdotes from the lives of Masterson and his brother Ed. Wright describes Masterson's partner in grading railroad lines having run off with their money, and then praises his character: "...There is nothing low-down about him. He is high-toned and broad-minded, cool and brave. In 1876 he became a candidate...
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