Havana, Cuba. 1868.
8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (22 x 32 cm). Double-sided single leaf. Text in Spanish. Vg condition, only some browning (no wormholes).
A document renewing the services of a 30-year-old Chinese immigrant laborer renamed “Luis,” who was working for one Miguel Ploma. Boilerplate printed text per an 1860/61 Cuban government decree on labor, with manuscript additions. Outlines permitted working locations (nearly anywhere), types of work allowed (again open ended), food (some meat and lots of vegetables), clothing (including a straw hat), pay, allowable working hours and sick days. The contract is for six months only and includes a seemingly apologetic clause that it couldn’t be executed in the laborer’s original language. It was signed by Miguel Ploma, a representative for Luis, and an interpreter, and was stamped by a representative of Havana city government.