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Title Voyageur contract between Henri de Tonty and two voyageurs [manuscript]: Québec, 1684 Sept. 27
Author Tonti, Henri de (d.1704)
Document Type Manuscript; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Voyageur contract, dated Sept. 27, 1684 in Québec, between Henri de Tonty, governor of Fort St. Louis de la Louisianne under the authority of De La Salle, and two voyageurs, Jacques Nepveu (Neveu), and Anthoine Duquet Madri. According to the terms of the agreement, Neveu and Madri will travel by canoe to the fort, where they will trade merchandise for beaver skins. Tonty, as outfitter, will provide all merchandise, canoes, provisions, ammunition, and any other necessary items. The two voyageurs can trade at the fort for as long as they desire, and will then transport all beaver skins back to Québec. After the expenses of the trip are deducted, the remaining profits will be divided into halves, with Tonty receiving one half, and the remaining half to be shared between the two voyageurs. In addition, the voyageurs will receive payment in pelts equal to the sum of 150 livres, as well as the right to carry a rifle, two "capots," three shirts, and a blanket to trade for their own profit. They also receive a bonus of 10 beavers. The contract, which had originally included two other voyageurs, brothers Guillaume and Gilles Boissel, whose names are crossed out, is signed by Tonty, Madri, Neveu, and notary Pierre Duquet, in the presence of two witnesses Jacques Turet and Hippolyte Theberge.
Names De La Salle; Nepveu (Neveu), Jacques; Madri, Anthoine Duquet; Boissel, Guillaume; Boissel, Gilles; Duquet, Pierre; Turet, Jacques; Theberge, Hippolyte
Places Fort St. Louis de la Louisianne, Québec, Canada
Keywords contract, governor, fort, trade, fur trade, beaver, supplies, goods, ammunition, commerce, money, financial transactions, business, fur trader, expenses, weapon
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Culture Area Subarctic
Language French
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 896
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue