To the Honorable the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia: The petition of the subscriber humbly sheweth.
That on the twenty first day of March in the year 1804 he was and is now sheriff of the County of Norfolk. That on that day he received a process in the words following towit "The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Norfolk County greeting: We command you that you summon Matthew Whiting to appear before the Justices of our said County Court of Norfolk at the Courthouse of the said County on the third monday in June next to answer a bill in chancery exhibited against him by Glasgow, John, Betty, Harrison[,?] James, Sally[,?] Patsey. Milly, Sucky, Judy, Fanny Sucky, Molly, Phillis, Sam, Adam, David[,?] Amy, [Famy?], Milley, Eve, Prince, David, Franky, Moses, Polly, William, Betty & Suckey and this he shall in no wise omit under the penalty of [English Pound (currency) sign] 100. and have then there this writ. Witness William Wilson Jr. clerk of our said Court, at the Courthouse aforesaid, the 21st day of March 1804 in the 28th. year of the Commonwealth. William Wilson Jun: Clk. [(Indorsed)?] To injoin the defendant his agents or attorneys from removing the [plts:?] or either of them from the Commonwealth of Virginia until the further order of this Court. Unless he will enter into bond with approved security in the penalty of twelve thousand dollars to abide the further order or Decree of this court to be made in this cause, and until such bond be executed the Sheriff is hereby Ordered and required to take the plaintiffs into his custody. Wm. WIlson Jr Clk." In obedience to which he