Wade Michael Dooley, having demonstrated good faith and frith these last three years, does now initiate this contract of marriage with John Philip Sawyer, second of that name, for the hand of Diane Susan Sawyer. He offers as brideprice a house and the land upon which it sits, to be given to the bride, and to her father, one cask of beer or fine ale yearly, and one freshly killed deer to be given at a later date. He further swears to keep, honor, love and cherish his bride for the rest of their days.
As dowry, the bride's father gives all the goods and chattels necessary for his daughter Diane to keep a good home for her husband, to wit: one set of pots, well mended, utensils for cooking, plates to serve forth the food, a table and benches, two sturdy chairs, a spinning wheel and divers spindles, several pounds of wool ready for spinning, yarn ready to work, twenty ells of good linen and as many of woolen cloth, two bone needles, divers steel sewing needles and several spools of strong thread, and her personal clothing and jewelry: three gowns, four smocks, a woolen coat, two pairs of brooches, six strings of beads, a stout pair of boots, divers woolen socks, and a good silken veil. For her part, the bride swears to keep, honor, love and cherish her husband for the rest of their days.
So witnessed by all assembled on this 26th day of June, 2004, at Alyson's Orchard, in Walpole, New Hampshire.
(Wolfie is drawing a border, and I'll be writing this in, using calligraphy. We're going to ask everyone to sign it as our guest book, and if anyone has words of wisdom they'd like to share, I have a journal they can write in that was given to me at my shower.)