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    John Selman: His Signed Witness List for his Intended Trial in Shackleford, Texas. Another rare document relating to Selman's arrest for cattle rustling. Filed in Presidio County on July 21, 1880, Selman's handwritten document asserts that "the testimony of the following named witnesses is material for the defense and that they reside in the County set opposite their names." It goes on to name eleven individuals scattered over four counties. It is not clear whether these witnesses are to be deposed where they reside or to be brought to Shackleford where his trial was to take place. In either event, this may have been a delaying tactic while Selman planned his escape as the trial would never take place. Selman decamped for Mexico where he hid out for eight years.

    The document is accomplished in another hand, but boldly signed by Selman. 8" x 12.25", and in excellent condition. For accuracy we note a couple of minor small stains not affecting the text.

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