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Contract for hire made by and between L., B., H., Champion and creasy More & cathrin Moore, employer, and the colored person or persons whose names are signed to this paper, employees, to wit: creasy More & cathrin Moore.

The said colored persons have hired themselves to the said Champion for the term of one year from the first day of January, 1866, and they agree to do and perform during that time all lawful work that the said Champion shal direct or any agent of his may order or direct; yielding in all things respectful obedience and polite service, and they agree to observe and obey the following rules, especially, to-wit:

RULE 1ST.- The regular hours of work shall be ten hours per day, between daylight and dark, all during the year, except the three winter months, the regular hours shall be nine hours per day.

RULE 2D.- The employer or his agent may at all times appoint the hour in which work is to commence, and also the hour in which work is to cease; but until said employer shall appoint some hour either earlier or later, every hand shall be in the field and commence work at sunrise on every day, and every one failing to commence work at sunrise as aforesaid, or at the hour appointed by said employer or his agent, shall be fined one dollar.

RULE 3D.- The wages of each hand shall cease during such time as said hand shall be absent without leave- such absence of fifteen minutes to count less than a fourth of a day- of a half hour not less than a half of a day, and of an hour not less than a whole day.

RULE 4TH.- The hands are to be allowed the half of every Saturday for a holiday, unless they have lost time during the week on account of rain, and in that event if the employer requires it, they are to work on Saturday afternoon. 

RULE 5TH.- Each hand is to be responsible for the proper care and keeping of the mules or other animals intrusted to his or her care, and also for the farming utensils intrusted to his or her use, and any one injuring a mule or other animal by beating with a stick, or riding hard, or otherwise injuring the same, and any one losing, breaking or otherwise injuring any farming utensils, shall pay for the injured or lost mule or other animal, or farming utensil, or for the damage occasioned thereto.

RULE 6TH.- The hands are to be mutual securities for each other, to this extent, that is to say, they agree jointly and severally to take good care of all improvements, houses, fences, gin houses, all mules and other animals, all farming utensils, and all property of any description whatever, on the plantation; and where loss, destruction or injury shall be committed, the such hand or hands will be held responsible for such loss or injury.

RULE 7TH.- No hands shall use cotton for beds, pillows and comforts nor for weaving and spinning or any other purpose; nor shall any hand have the privilege of keeping animals on the place.

RULE 8TH.- During the cotton-picking season cotton is to be carried up in the gin house, or other place designated by the employer, at night, after the regular work of the day is over, and each hand is to be paid therefor per hour, at the same rates that he or she is paid per hour for work during the day; and all work of necessity is to be done at any hour or any day that the employer or his agent may order.

The hands shall be classed when employed by contract, and his or her name written in the body of this agreement, under the class to which he or she is assigned by contract, and opposite his or her name, shall be written the date in which he or she signed this agreement.

Any hand failing, in the opinion of his employer or his agent, to perform work of the quantity and quality to entitle him or her to occupy a position in the class to which he or she had been assigned, may by said employer be reduced to a lower class, and shall receive thereafter only the wages of a hand in the class to which he or she shall have been reduced; and any hand whose labor and conduct in the opinion of the employer, shall entitle him or her to be elevated to a higher class than the one to which he or she shall have been assigned, it shall be the duty of the employer or agent to elevate said hand accordingly; and he or she shall be paid thereafter, the wages of a hand in the class to which he or she shall have been elevated. Provided, that any hand deeming himself or herself wronged by the employer in being reduced in class as aforesaid, may appeal to any Justice of the Peace, or member of the Board of Police in the county, who may take all proper evidence in the case, and shall decide the same as shall seem most just and proper to him.

The following is a list of the hands employed under this contract, arranged under the class to which he or she is assigned by

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L B H Champion verified on previous page

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