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Scanland, Simpson & Wright are all men of intelligence and stand
high in the estimation of the people and [are] distinguished for
their sobriety and good moral character.
In all the county of Cooke there could not have been twelve
men selected who stand higher in the confidence and esteem of
the people than the high-toned gentlemen who composed this
court. It is believed they are all living yet, except the lamented
president, Danl. Montague, and they still enjoy that same notoriety
for honesty and integrity that characterized their lives at that
time. So much then in refutation of the widespread rumor that
the conspirators were hung by the rabble, or mob of lawless
persons, who were prompted in their action by motives political,
biggotry [sic] and revenge.
ORGANIZATION OF THE COURT
The court organized at once by appointing James M. Peery
and R. G. Piper clerks and Wm. W. Bourland constable. The
court was then sworn by R. G. Piper, chief Justice of Cooke
County, to try all cases brought before it fairly & impartially,
and render its decisions according to the evidence. Whereupon
it was ordered by the Court that R. G. Piper, Aaron Hill, J. E.
Shegog,"9 & Cincinnatus Potter"o be appointed and constituted an
examining committee, charged to examine witnesses [and] write
down the evidence, first being sworn to discharge said duties
impartially and to the best of their ability.
The bare mention of the names of the officers of the court
among the people where known is a sufficient warrant for the
intelligence and consciencious [sic] regard for truth and justice
48A misspelling, apparently, of the name of J. A. Sheegog, who was born in Dublin,
Ireland, in 1807. He appears to have emigrated to Texas about 1850, first having
lived for a time in Tennessee and then in Louisiana. His occupation was farming.
U. S. Eighth Census, 186o (Returns of Schedule 1, Free Inhabitants, for Cooke
County, Texas, microfilm, Dallas Public Library).
50Cincinnatus Potter was a farmer in Mississippi before he moved to Cooke County
in 1858. One of the largest landholders in that section of the state, Potter also
served as a county official and as commander of a company of the local militia
organized to fight Indians. He later served as major in the state militia. Frank W.
Johnson (Eugene C. Barker and E. W. Winkler, eds.), A History of Texas and
Texans (5 vols.; Chicago, 1914), IV, 1681, 20o72.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed July 7, 2015.