|Catalog Number||1980.46.02 a-b|
|Title||COWBOYS AND BANK SALOON|
|Object Name||Letter, Illustrated|
|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
|Dimensions||H-8.75 W-5.625 inches|
During the winter of 1892-1893, Russell and six other friends, including Bill McDonough, batched together in a small cabin in Chinook, where provisions were extremely scarce. Russell's slim income from his art, along with an occasional stolen chicken and rations obtained on credit, kept them fed.
The text reads: "April 26 / Great Falls / Mont / Friend Bill I received your letter some time ago and was glad to here from you[.] I am living in Great Falls[.] I suppose you know I am marred and have setteled down but I often think of you and the good old times we had[.] I was down to Chinook 4 years ago[.] I have seen very fiew of the old boys since[.] I am doing very well here[.] I am glad to here you are doing well[.] I hope if you come up in this country you will come and se us[.] my wife is always glad to se my friends[.] with best regards to yourself and Dad[.] I am your friend / CM Russell."