1892. Original manuscript. 2pp, octavo, written in sepia ink in a readable hand. The agreement between Henry Chattillon, agent for W.H. Williams of Denver, and W.A. Maxfield, provides that "parties of the second part will sink a Shaft 5 ft by 8 ft in the clear upon the Bestie lode mining claim situate in Cripple Creek mining district El Paso Co. Colorado commencing at the bottom of the 25 ft Shaft already sunk on said Bestie Claim, 25 ft for $12.00 twelve dollars per foot...." Details when payment shall be made, "the shaft to be properly timbered where necessary ... the work to be done to the satisfaction of Henry Chattillon...." Signed by W.A. Maxfield, C.H. McCormick, Henry Chatillon, and Pat Leucey. Two integral pages, 8" x 5" Very Good. Item #039293
The Cripple Creek Mining District was only about a year old when this agreement was penned, documenting the mad scramble for rich prospects in this booming, new Gold Camp.