In the summer of 1849 a vast gang of thieves and murderers which had been operating in Washington County was disclosed with the aid of Dr. John Weir who was instrumental in securing an elaborate confession from a key gang member. However, the confession was highly controversial an questioned by many. One of the concerned citizens who came forward in support of Dr. Weir was James L. Dallas who appears as an affiant to the public statement below. I would like to learn more of these events. ...
Brenham, Sept. 27, 1849.
This is to certify, that Thomas Short acknowledged before us that he did tell Dr. John R. Weir, while coming down the Mississippi river, that McLaughlin told him that Beverly Pool was one of the clan; also, when Dr. Weir, after their return to this place, told him his confession would have to be published, that he requested Dr. W. to couch his confession in such language as to enlist the sympathies of the people in his behalf.
JOHN B. DUPUY,
J. H. EVETTS,
JAS. L. DALLAS,
S. H. NUNN,
J. B. WILKINS.
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