William Harris, William Wadsworth, William Dodge, Francis Pierce, Squire Pevehouse, and John Cureton
Article of Agreement Between William Harris & William Wadsworth of the one part & proprietors of Flat Bottom Boats No. 1 & 2 now Riding at Anchor in Black River & bound for New Orleans or Market whereof William Wadsworth is taken Cargo for this present Voyage and William Hodge Squire Pevyhouse Francis Pierce & John Cureton on the other part Witnesseth that the said William Hodge Squire Pevyhouse Francis Pierce & Jno Cureton obligates & binds themselves to do the duty of boat hands to N. Orleans (or such place as market may be made of sd cargo) on board of the aforesaid boats. And to Return in and perform the duties of boat hands in a keel & thus claim for which the said Harris & Wadsworth binds themselves to pay to each of the aforesaid hands the sum of twenty five dollars per month from the date hereto and if either Hodge Pevyhouse Pierce or Cureton when they arrive at N Orleans & are discharged from the employment of the sd Harris & Wadsworth in such case the said Harris & Wadsworth is bound to pay each and every such hand the sum of fifty dollars for his trek to N Orleans. Witness our hands 1st day of April 1819 John S. Callahan Wm. Harris William Jackson William Wadsworth William Hodge Francis Pierce Squire Pevehouse John Cureton
This document is a contract for laborers to convey cargo on keelboats to New Orleans or other suitable market for trade. The specific nature of the cargo is unclear.
Contract, 7.75" x 12.25"
Contracts; Rivers; Shipping; Commerce;
This contract provides yet another clue into examining early commerce in territorial Lawrence County. In establishing the existence of a river trade and active trading relationship with New Orleans, it helps to establish the connection between the territory and the rest of the nation. -Lisa Perry
Lawrence County, Arkansas
MSNE.0070 / AN2010.0001, Box 11, Folder 1017
Tales from the Vault - Celebrating 110 Years
Arkansas State Archives
Contract for cargo on flat bottom boat, Lawrence County Circuit Court Records, 1815-1960, MSNE.0070 / AN2010.0001, Box 11 Folder 1017, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas
Rights and Usage
Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at email@example.com.