Commission to Take Depositions, 9 November 1796
This document is a pre-printed legal form for a commission to take depositions in the case Baker v. Fairfax, filled in and signed by Peter Tinsley, clerk of the Virginia High Court of Chancery, on November 9, 1796. These forms were most likely printed in Richmond by Wythe's preferred printer and stationer, Thomas Nicolson. This transcription differentiates the pre-printed text and handwritten inserts.
Document text, 9 November 1796
The Commonwealth of Virginia, to James Anderson William R[iddle &] James Maxwell
KNOW YE, that we trusting to your fidelity and provident circumspection, in diligently examining whatsoever witnesses as well on behalf of
John Baker Plaintiff as on behalf of Denny ^Fairfax. devisee and Thomas Bryan Martin and Gabriel Jones upon of Thomas Lord Fairfax said. Thomas Bryan Martin is also Att.o in fact for the Denny Fairfax and Charles Lee defendants —
command you or any two or more of you, that at such certain days and places as you shall appoint, you assemble yourselves and the witnesses aforesaid before you, or any two or more of you, you call and cause to come and diligently examine on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, and their examinations into our High Court of Chancery distinctly and plainly, without delay, you shall send and certify enclosed, returning also this writ. Witness GEORGE WYTHE, Judge of our said Court, at Richmond this 9th day of Nov. 179 6 and in the 21st year of the commonwealth.
- Peter Tinsley