Early American Legal Document regarding a flock of sheep

Early American Legal Document regarding a flock of sheep

A contemporary legal response in dispute of a flock of sheep.  Contains a partial watermark on the bottom and the paper is missing pieces with some bleeding of ink, which is not uncommon for early legal documents that were entirely handwritten in quill pens and dipped ink. 

It reads

Action Cook (??)]

Jos. Wadsworth }

And more the Def in Court defends pleaseds and says that the felon Writ and Proofs aught to abate and be dismissed because he says that the William Goodwine, Nathanial Skinner, Samuel Webster, Stephen Hopkins, Joseph Caldwell, and John Cook are the appointed by owners of the Flock of sheep at their lawful meeting to manage & take care of said Flock of sheep and the said Joseph Caldwell & Stephen Hopkins are not named in the plan.  Writ & this the Def is ready to verify and here of prays Judge. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Joseph Wadsworth for Himself

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