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under this contract. and also agrees to 
the Superentendant of Negro affairs in the 
District of Wilmington for the benefit and 
profession of said freedmen, one half of such products as may be produced on said
plantation under said Waters direction
for one year.  It is also agreed and 
understood that said freedmen shall hold
this contract as binding until the crops cultivated 
by them as aforesaid are properly secured
and prepared for market. And if any 
freedman violates this contract by voluntary
abscence or continued neglect to work,
his or her share of the produce shall be
forfeited, one half to the said Waters 
and one half to the Department of Negro
affairs for the support of the helpless.

Signed this 13th day of May 1865
at Clarendon in the county of Brunswick
and State of North Carolina
In Presence of 
Eugene Atwater }
Thos. C M Ilhenny} Witnesses
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