This is the transcription of the document that was sent to me: Not much to go on to identify Julia or Cynthia. (spelling of the times included) See what you thinkRose Sheldon Newton, Sheldon Family Association Genealogist ------------------------ State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations. In General Assembly January Session A.D. 1866
Upon the petition of Julia M. Peckham of the City and County of Newport, praying for certain reasons therein that she may be authorized to adopt Cynthia H Sheldon of the City and County of Providence as her daughter.
Voted and Resolved That the prayer of said petition be and the same is hereby granted, and the said Julia M. Peckham is hereby authorized to adopt the said Cynthia H. Sheldon as her own daughter and that the said parties recriprocally be and hereby are vested with all the rights, including the rights of inheritance of estates real and personal and made subject to all the duties and obligations as if the said Cynthia H Sheldon was the lawfully begotten daughter of the said Julia m. Peckham.
I certify the above to be a true copy In testimony whereov I have hereto set my hand and affixed the seal of the State this twenty first day of January A.D. 1866 John R Bartlett Secretary of State.