Indenture signed by Silas Deane
Silas Deane was a member of the Continental Congress. During the Revolution, he served as a confidential agent of the colonies and was sent to France to secure supplies and aid. He was one of the three commissoners with Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee. The document is a lengthy description of a lease entered by Deane, Administrator of the estate of Deacon Silas Deane of Groton to Humphrey and Solomon Avery. The lease included 200 acres of land, part of which was then in dispute. Deane agreed to defend and prevent the Averys from being disturbed. They would not be permitted to cut or destroy timber except for firewood and fences. Deane would be at liberty to sell the land during the term of the lease, making good whatever damage might occur to the lessees. Deane is often spelled without an "e"