State of Alabama Marengo County
this contract made and entered into this 4th day of May 1864 between Mayor John J. Murphy Commissary of the Confederate States, on duty as chief commissary of the Department of Ala, Miss, & East La of the one parts, and Syles and Campbell of the County of Noxubee State of Mississippi of the other part. Witnesseth that the said Syles and Campbell of the second part for and in consideration of the amounts herein after to be specified do agree and contract to make and deliver to the said Murphy as aforesaid of the first part Ten Thousand Gallons of Whiskey, to be what is known as proof Whiskey. From the price therein after designated there shall be deducted a per cent from the price in ratio to the per cent below what is known as proof Whiskey and the said Syles and Campbell as aforesaid further agree that should the said Murphy as a foresaid desire to increase this Contract from Ten Thousand Gallons up to Twenty Thousand Gallons, it shall be done upon written notice from the said Murphy, subject to the same provisions condistions and restrictions. And they further agree to commence the distilling of said Whiskey in thirty days from this date and to be delivered at the rate of Forty Gallons per day untill the Contract is complete, and they do further agree to deliver said Whiskey in amounts above
specified at Columbus Miss. in ordinary sized Barrells of good tight cooperate to any Commissary or other [?] the said Murphy shall designate. And the said Murphy on his part agrees and promises to pay the said Syles and Campbell Ten Dollars per Gallon for said Whiskey upon its delivery at Colmubus Miss and on the end of every month after the delivery has begun.
And the said Murphy as aforesaid further promises and agrees that if at any time the said Syles and Campbell shall wish to annull this contract they shall be permitted to do so after the delivery of one Thousand Gallons of said Whiskey.
In duplicate Witness Wm. F. Haines Majot [?] S. Chanet
J J Murphy May & [?] (seal) Syles & Campbell (seal)