Riaño and Forstall, both Captains of the Militia, declared before Notary Public Pedesclaux that on 1798 July 10 they bought from Carlos de LaChaise a property, situated about five leagues upriver from New Orleans and bounded by lands belonging to Pedro Fauve and Miguel Fortier. Riaño and Forstall then formed a private partnership to administer the property, on which they grew sugarcane. By mutual consent they now wished to dissolve the partnership and each to take his share. Riaño would take half on the side of Fortier's land, while Forstall would take the half on the side of Fauve and also eight slaves. To compensate Forstall for the lesser value of his portion, Riaño would give him 3,000 pesos, of which only 925 pesos would be paid in cash. The balance covered certain obligations. Forstall bound himself to rent to Riaño four slaves for the term of four years at 120 pesos per annum. To guarantee payment of the 925 pesos. Riaño gave Forstall a mortgage on two young male slaves.