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To the [wonderful?] Justices of the County Court of [Prince Edward?] in Chancery sitting:

    Humbly complaining [illegible] unto your Worships - your [illegible] Edward W-[illegible] Than some time in the year [1895?] he [illegible] a negro mani n the county of [illegible] of the estate of Richmond Allen died and [illegible] him to the County of Prince Edward; that [nearly?] two years say one year + [illegible] afterwards the said negro ran away from your [illegible] and returned to the neighbourhood from which he had been carried; That while the said negro was a runaway a certain William A. Howard of Che County of [illegible] who owned the wife of the said negro proposed to [illegible] for him. That your [illegible] embraced the offer, and