The State of Louisiana
To the Sheriff of the Parish of Saint Landry---Greeting
WE COMMAND YOU, that you demand from Melvina Dalton, wife of Elisha Whittington the sum of _______________ Dollars, and _________________________cents, debt, with interest, thereon, at the rate of ___per cent from the ___day of ______.
And also the sum of Fifty-three Dollars and fifty Cents, which Elisha Whittington lately recovered by judgment of the District Court, in and for the Parish of St. Landry; and if she shall not pay the same on demand that you cause the same to be made out of the personal estate of the said Melvina Dalton, wife of Elisha Whittington, in your Parish, if sufficient personal estate, exclusive of slaves can be found therein, but if sufficient personal estate of the said Melvina Dalton, wife, exclusive of slaves cannot be found in your Parish, that you cause the said sum to made out of the real estate and slaves of said Melvina Dalton, Wife, in your Parish, whereof She was owner on the 26th day of May 1837 in whose hands soever they may have come. But if sufficient moveable or immovable property or slaves cannot be found in your Parish, that then you cause the said sum to be made out of the rights and credits of the said Melvina Dalton, wife of Elisha Whittington in your Parish, and that you have those monies before our said Court, to render to the said Whittington for the Judgment aforesaid , in Seventy days from the date hereof together with this Writ.
WITNESS the Honorable __________Seth Lewis
Judge of the said Court, this fourteenth day of
June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and thirty eight
Robert Taylor, Clerk of Said Court