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To the Honorable John Brown Judge of the Chancery District Court holden at Staunton John Bollar Senr. respectfully states that some years past a female slave the property of your orator on receiving but moderate chastisement for a breach of duty through virtue of her temper and [?] [?] wrought herself up to such a degree of heat and thirst that on taking two or three drinks of cold water (innocently given her by a member of your orators family and without his knowledge) shortly afterwards expired ^and was even previously as cold as clay^. this circumstance as unusual and unexpected not only gave the greatest concern to your orator but on who [????] perhaps and remains in the [? hand] the [? ?] the circumstances of the [case?] being unknown [inquest?] at that [?] the [?] above of William McClintock hereafter made defendant the Coroner of the County^ [? & held ? ? ? thereon?] [?] the lady of said