MS 46. Literal transcription – misspellings are left intact, xxx denotes illegible word, italicized items are my own comments for clarification. Please note that in some instances the letter “s” has been replaced with the letter “f,” as was the custom at that time – TG.
Title: John Lee, Lease
Dated 25 December
This Indenture made this Twenty fifth Day of December in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty two, between Philemon Dickinson of Kent County upon Delaware of the one Part, and John Lee of xxx County in the Province of Maryland of the other Part,--
Witnefseth that the s’d Dickinson, for and in Consideration of the Rent, hereafter mentioned, hath leased & to Farm let, unto the s’d Lee, all that Piece or Parcel of Land whereon, the s’d Lee now lives called or known by the Name of Evan’s Points, situate in Talbot County To have & to hold the s’d Piece of Land with the Appurtenances, unto the s’d John Lee, his Executors & Administrators for the full Term of Six Years, to commence from this Day. He the s’d John Lee Yielding & paying unto the s’d Dickinson, his Executors, Administrators or Afsigns, the Yearly Rent or Sum of Forty pounds, which said Yearly Rent the s’d John Lee doth hereby covenant & agree to pay in Spanish Pistoles (best guess) at Twenty two Shillings each, or in Spanish Dollars at Seven Shilling & six pence each, regularly each Year. And the s’d John Lee covenants for himself, his Executors & Administrators with the s’d Dickinson his Executors administrators & afsigns that the s’d Lee his Executors Administrators shall xxx no waste on the Premifses. The s’d lee obliges himself to build upon the afo’d demised premifses a good new Tobacco House forty feet in length & twenty two feet in width, at his own cost without any Allowence for the same, & further agrees to keep the other buildings in & the whole Plantation in good xxxable Repair & Order, & in suite Order or Repair shall peaceably deliver them up at the End of the Term afs’d
Signed: Phil’m Dickinson Seal
Signed: Cha’s Goldsboro xxx xxx
Signed: John Lee his Mark Seal
Notation: The word deliver being first inserted.