THE NAY FAMILY IN UTAH AND THE WEST
Louisa spent much time in Carson City, but for some reason, she had to leave Carson City before the Board of Pardons met. Here is her letter from Monroe, Utah, to the board, dated June 30th, 1890:
Honorable Board of Pardons
Carson City, Nevada
I had hoped to have been able to be present at this next meeting in July of your Hon. Body, to interceed in behalf of my husband, Ormus B. Nay, but circumstances compel me to content myself with writing to you a renewal of my condition, and appeal to your sympathies for relief.
It has been now over seven years since the conviction of my husband, during which time I have toiled incessantly through privation and distress to maintain myself and children, until my health is so impaired that I can no longer endure the care and labor that surely must follow me if my husband is still kept in confinement, and my innocent children, what may become of them God alone knows. I would not wish to make any request in even this to me world-important matter, if the granting of the same would in anyways thwart the ends of justice. But I do firmly, sincerely, and conscientiously believe, within my aching bosom, that the ends of justice has been amply met; that Mr. Nay has been sufficiently punished for his crime; that the seven and one half years will have accomplished as much good in reform as though he was to serve the full extent of his sentence, and that if he is kept longer it will only be a useless expense to the State and will at least work untold cruelties on his innocent family.
His Parents are now very aged and will soon pass away, their last wish is that their son might be released from this dishonorable position before they go, that then they say, they could go in pease [sic].
And now, the united Prayers of his honorable parents, brothers, sisters and friends, shall anxiously await the result of your actions, and shall earnestly and constantly hope and pray for releaf [sic].
Yours Very Truly and humble servant
Mrs. Ormus B. Nay
An application to the Nevada Board of Pardons is written by Ormus on May 7, 1891 (Addendum 6) and a subsequent letter from the State Prison dated June 18, 1891, is an appeal to the Board of Pardons for clemency from Ormus:
In making this appeal for your clemency: I wish to state that I have always lived up to the rules of the prison, obeyed all orders; and worked as faithfully as my health would permit. Each succeeding winter has taken a firmer hold on me; and my health is gradually and surely breaking down. I was shot through the shoulder; and my shoulder blade shattered; and in consiquence [sic] I suffer more or less all the time; and cold or disagreable [sic] weather find me an easy victim. My great object in praying your Hon. Board to look with favor on my petition; is my fear of not being able to stand another winter my desire to get to a warmer climate and to be restored to my family.
If you Gentlemen will look at the length of time I have served; and take into consideration the condition I am in, I feel that you will look favorable on my plea. Should your Hon. Board grant clemency I can assure your Hon. Board that my future life will attest my appreciation of your Kindness and Mercy.
O. B. Nay
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