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Cessford Papers: Harriett Blue employment contract, 1866

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This Article of Agreement, made this 1st day of January 1866 between Harriet Blue of the first part, and Jr Geo. Kerr of the second pqrt, WITNESSETH: That for, and in consideration of the sum of Forty Eight Dollars, the said Harriet Blue hereby agrees faithfully and diligently to perform the duties of General Housework and Cook for the said Jr Geo. Kerr at his place in Northampton County, Va., for the period of Twelve months, in consideration of which services the party of the second part herewith agrees to pay the said party of the first part, the sum of Four Dollars per month, with proper and suitable food and quarters. The said parties hereby further agree that a sum equal to one month's pay shall be retained by the said party of the second part until final settlement at the expiration of the said period. And the said parties further unchangably agree, that if this contract be violated by either party, without legal cause, the party so violating the same shall pay to the other, as liquidated damages, the sum of Four dollars. And the said parties further agree, that if it shall be mutually desirable to annul this contract before the expiration of the term agreed upon, it shall be done only in the presence and with the concurrence of such officer of the Freedman's Bureau, as may have immediate jurisdiction in this matter, in the district wherein the said parties reside. Given at [Eastvill[e]?] Va., on the day and date above written. Harriet her X mark Blue {L.S.} George Kerr {L.S.}

Saml L Orr Act. Asst. Supt. [illegible] WITNESS.

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