• Minister Pleased At Jeff Davis' Capture, Wants Newspapers About Lincoln's Assassination

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    OSMON CLEANDER BAKER (July 30, 1812-December 20, 1871) was an American biblical scholar and Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

    2 pp, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾, May 16th, 1865, Hampden [Maine], concerning drunk soldiers, Jeff Davis’s capture, Lincoln’s assassins, the Penobscot Indian Trible and lumbering on the Penobscot River.

    In part: "…I have reached the seat of the confere…we had a very long train--a large number of returning soldiers. Some of them were intoxicated which made the journey quite unpleasant…I preached at each of the Methodist Churches…Bro. A. S. Weed, one of my leading members, carried me up to Old Town…in his carriage…to see everything which pertains to lumbering and the manufacture of lumber. The Penobscot Indians remain on the island in the river. We visited one of the villages. One of the first Indians I saw was Dr. Colby…The Indians live in comfortable houses and dress quite well. The lumbermen have very extensive saw-mills along the river…I saw many rafts of logs and boards with lumbermen on them go over the rapids. It looked a fearful adventure, but they managed the water [with] great skill…The capture of Jeff Davis gives great pleasure here…please preserve all the Boston Journals which contain the testimony published on the trial of the assassins of the President…Osmon C. Baker."  

    Folds. Light soiling. A little light in places, but readable.  

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