Stephen F. Austin to Unknown, 08-01-1824

Summary: Contract for hire of slaves.

This Agreement entered into this first day of [August] 1824 between Thomas Westall one of the settlers in the new Colony formed by Stephen F Austin in the Province of Texas, and said S. F. Austin witnesses, that said Westall has this day hired to said Austin four negros to wit Lucy, Patsy, Elsy and Henry untill the first day of January Eighteen hundred and twenty Six, for which the said Austin agrees to pay to said Westall at the rate of one hundred and Eighty Dollars pr year and to clothe and feed them and Lucys young child Catharine—The said Westall hereby pays over the said hire to said Austin towards the Expences on said Westalls land in the said new Colony formed by said Austin

In witness of all which the parties have hereto Signed their names at the Town of San Felipe de Austin in the Province of Texas August 1, 1824.

Stephen F. Austin [Rubric]

Thos Westall [Rubric]

Thomas Westall took the negro woman Lucy into his service on the 1 day of April 1825 from which day her hire is to be deducted from the within agreement.

Thos Westall