1798.015: Court Order to Sheriff to Summon Witness (Blank Form).

Published: 1798

Full Title: The Commonwealth of Virginia to the sheriff of [blank] County greeting: We command you to summon [blank] to appear before the justices of our County Court of [blank] at the courthouse, on the [blank] to testify and the truth to say in behalf of [blank] in a certain matter of controversy in our said court, before our said justices depending and undeter-mined between [blank] And this [blank] shall in no wise omit, under the penalty of 100l. And have then there this writ. Witness, [blank] clerk of our said court, at the courthouse, the [blank] day of [blank] 179[blank] in the [blank] year of the Commonwealth

Author: Commonwealth of Virginia.

Place Issued: Virginia

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; 11 cm. x 19 cm. (broadside).


Blank form for ordering county sheriffs to summons a witness in a law suit before a county court; appearance of only known copy – held by the Library Company of Philadelphia and acquired from the Michael Zinman Collection of Early American Imprints – suggests the form was printed three copies per page (33 cm. x 19 cm. or size of standard folio sheet). Form lacks identifying marks; clearly a Virginia imprint, but place and press of issue are unknown and likely unknowable; sole recorded copy has manuscript completions for a case before the Wythe County Court in July 1798, so the date assigned here to this imprint.

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