Memorandum between Thomas Rotch and William R Dickinson witneseth - that the said William shall recieve as soon as convenient from Robert Richie by Arvine Wales, an old imported Ewe of a certain description specified this day in a note from the said Thomas to the said Arvine on the following conditions to wit: she shall be wintered and kept at the expense of the said William with his small flock of full blooded merinos and treated in every respect as his are treaed. the fleece shall be taken off at the saem time that the sheep of the said willsims are shorn and given to the said Thomas in a reasonable time.
In the event of the said old Ewes' having a lamb the said Thomas will surrender the same to the said William and shall take a lien thereof with lamb of the same sex which he may choose from the flock of the said William with the exception of [illegible] which a favorite Ewe of the following description may have to wit: she is the first Ewe which the said William purchased from the said Thomas in Oct 1812, is two years old past, is a think, strong well made Ewe and wooly about the jaws.
The said Thomas is at liberty to make the said choice whenver he pleases, the choice lamb to be at his risk when made. the lamb of the old Ewe will be at his risk until the choice shall be made, and after made then it shall be at the risk of the said William. The old Ewe to be returned at a reasonable time provided she lives to the said Thomas. Kendal Oct 22d 1813 Thomas Rotch