Was John Millian innocent?
Here is a letter written in Virginia City by Samuel Baker to his niece and nephew April 29th 1868. The letter is incomplete. Wish I had all of it. Talks about a IOOF celebration , parade, Indian massacre and the hanging of John Millian….enjoy!
Maggie & Frank I received a letter from each of you and they were such good letters too , they caused me to forget for the time being some of my troubles, and to contemplate with pleasure, the joy the happiness that I feel sure may be found in your little family. I soon answered yours and as you will observe by enclosed advertisement I through carelessness placed it together with one to Brother John in—- without stamps and when I called for them they had been sent to the Dead Letter Office. If they are returned to me I will start them again. Oh! While I think of it I will mention that I met Thomas Hames last evening at a ball given by our order (IOOF) he is very desirous of hearing from his relatives in Bloomington, he has not heard from them for ten years. He spoke particularly of the Thomas family. He is looking quite old. Dame Fortune I think has not smited upon him, he is now guard in our states prison at Carson City Nevada. I must ______ with regard to our celebration. It was in honor of the 49th anniversary of the introduction of Odd Fellowship in the United States. We had a fine procession, about 500 members , we marched through the principle streets to the opera house where we listened to an elequant oration of the order, also a fine poem, together with songs, music by the band ___ . In the evening we had a Ball exclusively for members of the order, two of the largest halls in the city were filled to overflowing, all paped off with most of those present as gay and joyous as a marriage bill. But there were two in that assemblage whose equilibrium was somewhat disturbed. I speak of Mrs Baker and myself. It was the first time we had met at a place of amusement since our separation. I presume we both felt awkwardness enough, but neither displayed____ toward the other, persons not acquainted would have taken us for strangeness to each other. She as usual seeming to be the center of attraction among the males. The children are still with her but I live in hope that something may occur that will enable me to obtain exclusive control of them in every way except their board and they often come to see me, the little boy Frank as I call him dislikes to be sent back to his mother. I have lately been visited with another little financial trouble. Columbus and I had sent a farm horse team on a ranch to winter, was almost ready to send for them when the news came that the Indians had stolen them, they also massacred a family of five persons near the same place. We have a lively city, always some new excitement for those who can enjoy it. There are some who even enjoy the execution of a human being, as witnessed here a few days ago in the person of ___ Millian who killed a woman of the town. She was a honorary member of the fire department and its members thirsting for his blood although there was no positive evidence of his guilt. Some four or five thousand witnessed his execution, he looking upon the scaffold with a smile and assisted in the preparation for his final exit from time. You speak of Cousin Mary Espey as being a great spiritualist. I trust she does not hold to the doctrines taught by many of them here . By that the marriage rights are not or should not be held binding but that persons should man and wife should of their own free will sever all obligations existing between them without any decree of any courts and that woman have a God…..rest of letter missing.