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Know all Men by these presents that I Gilbert Hoyt of Deerfield,
do Covenant & engage to build for Consider Dickinson, and finish
off, to the turn of the key, by the Jobb, with all necesary materials of a good quality
by the first day of June next, or forfeit & pay to the said Consider
twenty dollars, unless we hereafter otherwise agree, the following Buildings.
Viz,--an addition to the South end of his Barn, twelve feet by thirty
with a good floor, of boards one, & one fourth of a Inch thick.
one Stable fourteen feet by twenty=four. another Stable to
extend from the present front Stable, on to the South, as far as the south
end of the new addition to the Barn. & the Cowhouse which now covers
the ground where this stable is to stand, I am to remove to the south, and
jibe it up to the new stable.-- the first mentioned stable to stand
west of the Barn, and as far South as the new addition. the stable and
Cowhouse that now stand at the Southwest corner of the Barn I remove
south, then jibe them up to this new Stable the above named buildings
I place on a Level with Old Barn on Substantial Pillars of stone.
to the last mentioned old stable I put an additional Roof on the front.
for the purpose of forming it into a Cowhouse, the whole to be fourteen
feet wide. said Consider, is to pay me for the same, when the work
is done, one Hundred & Sixty=two dollars. I find myself, & all Materials
of every Description.------March ye 7th 1816.

Gilbert Hoyt

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Gilbert Hoyt, carpenter of Deerfield, Massachusetts, sets down on paper the specifics regarding proposed buildings on the property of Consider Dickinson, farmer. Mr. Hoyt agrees to have the work completed "to the turn of the key" by June 1, 1816, or he will pay a forfeit of $20. He will build an addition to an existing barn, add a stable, and move a cow house - all for the sum of $162, which includes all the materials. Consider Dickinson was a successful farmer, as were many householders in the town of Deerfield, and needed to expand his outbuildings on his property in the middle of town.


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Contract between Consider Dickinson and Gilbert Hoyt

creator   Gilbert Hoyt
date   Mar 7, 1816
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   7.25"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Bond
accession #   #L99.160

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