William Carman letter : San Francisco, Calif., to Nathaniel Miller, San Francisco, Calif., 1856 June 19.
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The San Francisco Committees of Vigilance of 1851 and 1856 were formed when crime became widespread in the city of San Francisco in the wake of the Gold Rush. In 1856, the murder of James King of William sparked the reactivation of vigilante activities. King, a San Francisco newspaper editor, was shot by James. P. Casey, a corrupt official, after King attacked Casey in the columns of his paper. Immediately 10,000 men hastened to join the vigilantes, and William T. Coleman was again chosen as lea...
Dr. William Carman (April 26, 1819-May 19, 1890) was a member of the San Francisco Commitee of Vigilance of 1856 and served as its surgeon. At a meeting of "medical gentlemen of the Vigilance Committee," convened by order of the executive committee on June 21, 1856, Carman was elected Secretary and permanent officer of the staff. Nathaniel Miller (1815-1896) assisted in forming the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851. From the description of William ...