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Trinity                                               Newfoundland           Nov. 21st, 1810

It is hereby agreed between William Kelson for Robert Slade Esq, of the Town of Poole and John Wills & Rich’d. Sprag that they shall serve the said Robert Slade on order on board the Schooner Cosmopolite from the time she begins to fit out for the ice next Spring, until the voyages are ended in the capacity as Gunners and they doth also agree to do every thing else in their power for all the good of the Voyage and this said Employers interest as they shall from time to time be ordered and in consideration of their service in all respects being well and duly performed without any hindrance or neglect according to the true intent and meaning of this agreement and the custom of the Fishery they are to have as wages the sum of Four Pounds and half a mans share (each).

And it is hereby further agreed that a deduction equal to the then current price of a Mans passage not exceeding the sum of Six Guineas ea being made the said William Kelson for Robert Slade to hereby promise to pay the said John Wills and Rich’d Sprag the full Balance of their Acct. good Bills of Exchange agreeably to the act of the 15th Geor 3rd Chapt 31                                                               

                                                                                    John x Wills
Witnefs                                                                               his
J.Burrtt                                                                     Rich’d. x Sprag


Source: The Rooms, Provincial Archives MG 460 Box 32