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Revolutionary War Document Regarding French Army Hiring Blacksmiths Paid in Virginia Currency, December 1871

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."

Condition:

Surface soil and handling wear. Some damage along central fold, impacting a few words (however the meaning can be deduced).

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
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