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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

On this day (March 2) in the year 1849, the following agreement was put to paper: - - - - - - - - - Articles of agreement made this Second day of March AD, one thousand eight hundred and forty nine, between Albert S. Southworth and Josiah J. Hawes both of Boston in the county of Suffolk and State of Massachusetts. Daguerreotype Artists, which art or occupation we the said Southworth & Hawes have followed for several years as copartners in said Boston, and whereas the said Southworth is about to proceed to California in the ship Regulus and as a member of the Bunker Hill Trading & Mining Association, It is hereby agreed by us that we will continue the aforesaid occupation in said Boston as copartners to share all profits & loss equally, or bear our equal share of the expenses, and that said Hawes will superintend the business during the absence of said Southworth in said Boston, and it is further agreed that said Southworth shall proceed to California as a member of said Association and we agree to share equal profits & loss and bear our equal share of all the expense of outfit & all other expenses that may occur during the absence of said Southworth, and that said Southworth is to superintend the mining & trading business during his absence and we each agree to devote our whole time for the benefit & the interest of the firm, & keep a just and correct account of all receipts & expenses during our copartnership.________________ [second page] And to be ready at all times when requested to explain to each other our doings, and it is further agreed & understood that we are equal owners of one share in the ship Regulus although the same may stand on the records of said Association as being the property of said Southworth. If either party shall willfully and intentionally violate any part of this agreement the other party may immediately give public notice of the dissolution of copartnership, but otherwise it shall continue as long as we both shall agree, unless separated by death. In testimony of our agreement as aforesaid we hereunto set our hands & seals the day and year above written. } Signed, Sealed and { Albert S. Southworth delivered in presence of us, } Wm. P. Baker { Josiah J. Hawes Asa Southworth, Jr. } { Transcribed from the original document in the collection of Matthew R. Isenburg. -------------------------------------------------------------- 03-02-99

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