Contract Between the French Inhabitants and Tardiveau, 1787


Know all men by these presents that the French inhabitants of the villages of Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher, and their dependencies, have appointed Barthelemi Tardiveau, Esq., their agent at Congress for the purpose of claiming and obtaining for them the confirmation of their ancient rights and also other grants of land in this country of the Illinois;and that we the aforesaid inhabitants of the villages of Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher, and their dependencies, promise and bind ourselves, jointly and severally, as well in our names as in behalf of our male children and other persons whom we may represent, to cede, leave, and abandon in full propriety, to the said Barthelemi Tardiveau, his heirs or assigns, the tenth part of all the lands which he shall cause to be confirmed or be conceded in our favor, as a compensation for his trouble and pain, traveling expenses and other expenses;on condition that, if he does not obtain anything, he shall have no right to demand anything from us for his said expenses, troubles, and cares. It is understood that the said Barthelemi Tardiveau shall not be able to take the tenth part of the lands, which is granted him for his pay, from the tracts already occupied or which shall belong to individuals, but that the said tenth part shall be given him by the inhabitants in one or two tracts within the general concession which he shall obtain;provided, nevertheless, that the said or the two said tracts be about equal in area, and in situation similar to the rest of the land thus obtained. In witness whereof we the magistrates and other inhabitants of the villages of Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher, and their dependencies, have signed the present agreement and placed thereon the seal of the Court.

Done unanimously at Kaskaskia, August 27, 1787.

J. S. G. Bauvais
Vitale Bauvais
Antoine Bauvais
Blaise Barutel
Josepht Tibaux
Michel Danise
Claude Lemieux
Louis Jervai Chamberlan
Antoine LaChanse
Antoine Pelthier, Sr.
P. Chevallier
Francois Tibot
Jaques Perrier
Louis Pilleste
Baptiste Janis
Jacque Cheynie
L. Brasaux
Josepht Dosa
Nicolas Canada
Jean Bapt. Tomur
Bapt. Pelisse
Josepht Devoux
Antoine Peltier
Jacques Gaussio
Gabrielle Lachanse
Barbau, Jr.
Louis Dorré
Joseph Terrier
Antoine Domingo
Joseph Mendosa
Antione Atino
Anf Buyat
Thimothe Demonbrun
Fransoi Langdo
Antoine Cheyne
Charle Delille
At. Louvier
G. Decochy
Aymé Comte
Gerard Langlois
Lasa Blanier
J.L. Atino

We, the magistrates of Kaskaskias, have signed the present agreement and attached our seal thereunto, so that it may be made binding.

Kaskaskia, August 27, 1787

Antoine Bauvais (seal)
Vitale Bauvais (seal)
J.S.G. Bauvais (seal)
Nicolas Caillot Lachanse
Fr. Corset
L. Brazaux

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