The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 280
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280 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
in the town of Harrisburg, or on the fifteenth day of April next,,
at the option of the said Birdsall, he will pay to, the said Birdsall
or his heirs & assigns, the value of five hundred pieces of said tim-
ber delivered as aforesaid, at the rate of fifty cents lawful money
each or the equivalent thereof in the promissory notes of the gov-
ernment, at the option of the said Briscoe; and that if the said
Birdsall should deliver more than five hundred pieces of said tim-
ber previous to said time, and if the said Briscoe should have funds
in his hands belonging to the stock-holders in said Rail Road for
the use of said Road, then so far as said funds shall go towards
paying for said timber, the said Birdsall shall be then paid: and
afterwards on the delivery of every three thousand pieces of tim-
ber by said Birdsall, the said Birdsall shall exhibit a statement
of all expenses incurred by him on account of this contract, and of
all monies received by him on said account; and the said Briscoe-
shall pay as aforesaid till the amount paid to said Birdsall shall
equal the expense by him incurred, and the balance coming to
said Birdsall shall be reduced to its value in the promissory notes
of the government, and the said Briscoe shall give to the said Bird--
sall his rect. for said balance as stock in the Rail Road, for which
certificates of stock shall issue when the road is vested in a cbar-
tered company or when it shall be completed to the Brazos timber;
The pieces aforesaid shall be counted at the rate of fifty cents each
lawful money or the equivalent thereof in the promissory notes of
This agreement further witnesseth, that if the country should
during the time of this contract be invaded by a foreign foe, from
the time that said foe shall enter the limits of the Republic till.
they shall depart beyond said limits, all obligations on either
party by this contract shall be suspended, and -shall commence
again on said departure of the enemy. Also that Andrew Briscoe-
aforesaid agrees that all moneys which may come into his hands
on account of the Rail Road above-named, not exceeding the
amount herein contemplated for this contract, shall be paid to said
Birdsall, on the delivery of the timber aforesaid, (saving and ex-
cepting the sum of one thousand dollars of the promissory notes
of the government, which may be needed for the purposes) till he
shall be paid for said timber.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals,
at Harrisburg the day and year first aforesaid.
M. L. BIRDSALL (seal)
Witness- A. BRISCOE (seal)
WrM. P. HARRIS
LEWIs B. HARnnIs.
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