Messire Henri de Tonti, captain of a company of the marine and governor for the king of Fort St. Louis in the country of Louisiana under authority of Messire Robert Cavelier, esquire, Sieur de la Salle, lieutenant-general for his majesty in the aforesaid country of Louisiana, being present, has declared that he has made the following bargains and agreements with Jean Baptiste Beauvais, son of Jacques Beauvais, inhabitant of this island here present and assenting: that is to say that the aforesaid Beauvais shall immediately set out from this island with the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti to go with him into the aforesaid country of Louisiana, and being there to go among the Indian tribes which shall be indicated to him by the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti and to trade well and faithfully the merchandises which will be furnished him and put in his hands in exchange for peltries and other things which are in trade between the Indians and the French. These merchandises shall be at the risk and subject to the losses and fortunes of the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti provided that the aforesaid Beauvais shall be responsible for losses which may happen by misfortune or accident in case only that he [ME. torn] dissipation and bad conduct by debauch, gambling, or in some similar way, in which case he shall be bound. The aforesaid merchandises traded for, with the resulting profits and returns, shall be equally divided between the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti and the aforesaid Beauvais after the price and value of the said merchandise shall be deducted by the aforesaid Sieur de Tonti on the whole amount of what shall be provided on the basis that shall be agreed on between them, and according to the contract which shall be made with respect to the aforesaid merchandise and in favor of the aforesaid trade. Besides the aforesaid half of the said profits, the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti promises the aforesaid Beauvais an apichimo of ten beavers and allows him further to trade for his own profit in the merchandise which lie. brings or shall have brought at his expense for one out of every two beavers, as well as a blanket and a gun and three shirts. In addition to the clauses and agreements aforesaid the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti promises to give him by way of gratification, the sum of fifty livres a year; and in case that he is not content with the aforesaid profits or that he wishes to return, the aforesaid Sieur de Tonti consents that he do it when it seems good to him after he shall have adjusted the bargain with him with respect to the transactions that shall have taken place between them.
For thus promising, obligating himself, etc., and waiving, this has been done and concluded at the aforesaid Montreal and [MS. torn] before noon on October 14, 1684, in presence of Sieur Simon Guillory, bourgeois of this place, Pierre Cornillier, practicing and residing [MS. illegible] who have signed with the aforesaid Monsieur de Tonti and my [MS. torn] the aforesaid Beauvais declaring that he did not know how to write did not sign when interrogated in accord with the ordinance.
HENRI DE TONTI