interest in the lots of [ground?] above described. That there is altogether about eight acres of land in said lots, partly [illegible] on the River Potomac, North of, and near to the [lock?] connecting the basin of the Alexandria Canal with the said River. That the dwelling house, and other improvement on said property [are?] of inconsiderable value, and the said lots have been [illegible] used in the cultivation of vegetables, [grain?] and crops of small [grain?]. That owing to the [continuity?] of said lots to the outlet of the Alexandria Canal, they will be greatly convenient, and their occupation highly important in forming a depot, and in connexion with the Alexandria Canal, affording the necessary facilities for the landing and shipment of large quantities of coal and iron, which it is confidently expected will find an outlet at this point, on the completion of the [illegible]. This canal to Cumberland, which it is believed will be effective within about one year from this period.
That the [illegible] of the Alexandria Canal Company have already made a contract with one (and perhaps more) of the companies engaged in mining coal in the vicinity of Cumberland for landing and shipping large quantities thereof. That the said company now owns considerable property at the outlet of said canal but not a sufficient quantity as your orator has been informed and [illegible] for the anticipated trade. That they [own?] property [illegible], and adopting schemes of improvement which it is contemplated will be of a costly and permanent character. to carry out which, and to afford proper and ample accommodation for the said anticipated business, it is believed require a considerable addition to the [ground?] now owned by said company. There is thus a prospect, that property bordering on the river, in the immediate vicinity of the outlet of the Alexandria Canal, will be speedily improved and rendered valuable, and your orator believes and so states that it will be highly detrimental both to his own interests and to that of his children as [revisioners?], that the said lots should be passed by in said plan of improvement, as they must be, in the present state of things. Your orator has not the means himself nor can he procure the necessary funds, on loan to make any such improvements as those contemplated, on his own account, nor has he been able, owing to the great uncertainty of the [terms?], to lease out said property during the [continuance?] of his life interest - your orator believes that the present is a most propitious time for the sale of said property - and if [now?] passed [over?] the said company will avail themselves of other property, not so [illegible] situated and [place?] valuable and permanent work thereon, which when [erected?], may for a long time delay the [sale?] on improvement of the lots above [described?]. Your orator further states that the said property in its present situation does not yield more annually than an income of $200.00 whereas, if now sold, and then proceeds judiciously invested he doubts not would produce four times that amount. He further shows that for the entire support of his wife and children, he depends in a great measure on the income from said property, with what little he is able to add thereto by his own personal labor. That the proceeds arising from the sale of said property, if [induced?] under a decree of this court, could by some [direction?] be revisited as safely as at present with far more profit, [present?], and prospective of your orator is not mistaken in his above views. [illegible] consideration whereof, and as your orator is without remedy in a court of common law and can only be relieved in a court of equity where matters of this kind are properly [illegible]. He humbly prays that the said Prudence [Crandell?] Hepburn, Moses F Hepburn, Amelia Rebecca Hepburn, Julia Ann Hepburn, and Thomas Hepburn infants under the age of fourteen years may be made defendant to this [bill?]. That your Honor will appoint a guardian ad litem for said infants who on his [corporal?] oath shall answer all the allegations of this bill - your orator further prays that this