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This Indenture witnesseth that Orlando Ware
of Deerfield in the County of Hampshire Trader
doth demise and lease unto Hosea Hildreth of said
Deerfield a part of the House in which the said Ware
now resides said part containing the north front Room
and kitchen immediately east of it the chamber over
said front room and a chamber in the middle entry
to all which is added a proportionable use of the Cellar
and garret with the privilege of the out buildings for
keeping a swine and housing of wood said Ware reserving
for himself the use of the ovens and the privilege of
washing in said kitchen and the said Ware doth
further demise lease and to farm let unto said Hildreth
a part of the garden belonging to said House said part
of said garden being bounded west by the Town street
north by a fence that divides it from the door yard
and running easterly to the well east by a line running
south from the well to the fence that divides it from
land of Deacon Jonathan Arms and south by last said
fence running westerly to said Town street to have and
to hold said parts and privileges of said House and garden
for and during the term of one year from this twentieth day of
April last to him the said Hildrith and his heirs he or they
being bound to pay at the expiration of said year to said
Ware thirty-six Dollars as rent-
Provided however said Ware is entitled to one half of the
fruit and asparagus in said part of said garden.
In testamony whereof the parties have hereunto interchangeable
set their hands and seals this eighth day of June in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven
Signed sealed and Deliverd
in the presence of us-
[Richard son of Hosea Hildreth
was born June 28, 1807- no doubt
in this house. (famous Historian)]
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Orlando Ware (1779-1860) rented a large house in Deerfield, Massachusetts, from Ebenezer Hinsdale Williams. In 1807 he sublet the north part of that house to Hosea Hildreth (1782-1835) who had come to Deerfield to serve as preceptor of the Deerfield Academy. The rent for the year was $36.00. The document describes the spaces being rented and helps us to recreate the interior of the dwelling as well as to be able to envision the outbuildings and gardens.
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Lease (Indenture) by Orlando Ware
| creator Orlando Ware (1779-1860)
| date Jun 8, 1807
| location Deerfield, Massachusetts
| height 13.25"
| width 8.5"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Legal Documents/Indenture Contract
| accession # #L99.183
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