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Most Hond. Sr. [illegible] May [illegible] 15 1718 As to my duty those [cons?] to [argument?] yor. Honr. Of what our court has dun to the prisonor in our county comitod for murder I suppose yor. Honr. Has not forgot that you gave me a comission for to somn. and have a court of [oyer?] and termener for the try all of him by the tenth day of this instant In obedience there unto I somd. all our court to meet on the 7th day of this instant and there mett but three members I again somd. all to meet on the 9th day and then there mett a [same?] number of them. After sending for two or three times that day and when they came Charles Drury by name bring sick and week [aposed?] to take the oath so that there was nothing dun then but a peace of paper writt that I have [heare?] inclosed sent yor. honr. and the time then being expired I could not somn. to any other day and if it had not and I had somd. then again it would bin the same thing we have shuch a small court and most of them ayling and the rest careless that it is a most impossible to git a court without we have more members or sum other corse taken it was the same thing for a court of clames they would not meet to the [great?] damage of severall in our county