ADS, 1p+, 7.25 x 12 in. December 1, 1781, n.p. Jeremiah Wadsworth and John Carter, Esq., agents for King of France and Conant Coan, John Adams, Fredrick Carter & Gabriel Pinney, blacksmiths. "That the said Coan, Adams, Carter & Pinney do hereby promis[e] and Engage to serve as Black Smiths for the French Armey [sic], and Chearfully [sic] and Willingly do all kind of Work according to the best of there [sic] abilities and follow all orders..." This contract for the term of 12 months (until Dec. 1, 1782), "unless the said Wadsworth & Carter should choose to discharge them before that time, which is allways [sic] to be at there option."
"And the said Wadsworth & Carter do hereby Engage to pay unto the said [blacksmiths] for there services and the use of two sets of tools (Which the said Coan and Adams do engage to provide at there own expence) Twelve Pounds Virginia Currancy [sic] in Specie and also the said Carter and Pinney Nine Pounds like money in Specie and do further engage to supply them with the same Ration of Good and Hoalsom [wholesome] Provision as the Artifiers receive that are employ'd in the Continental Armey..."
"The said Wadsworth & Carter further agree that all the above named Smiths shall be excused from being put under the Direction of the Conductors of the Artillery."
Surface soil and handling wear. Some damage along central fold, impacting a few words (however the meaning can be deduced).
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