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Contract for the Hire of Negro Man Named Dawson
by John Neal and J. T. Fincher

$58
      On or before 25th day of December next we or either of us promise to pay E. M. Battle or barer fifty-eight Dollars for the hire of negro man Dawson for the presant year   said boy is allso to be furnished in addition to the sum named two good sutes of clothing one of cotton the other of wollen one pr of shoes, Hat & Blanket
Value Recd 2nd January 1845
  [a portion of the paper is torn out here with only the bottom of the "J" showing; it can be assumed that the signature of J. T. Fincher has been torn off.]

John Neal Sec


[on reverse side]

J. T. Fincher
& J. Neal
note $58


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Contract for hire of Dawson