Jean Baptiste Broussard, chanter of the parish church of Saint-Martin des Attakapas, wrote to Jean Baptiste Beauvais, warden of the same church. He stated that he had held his position for many years and had performed his duties faithfully at masses and other services for which he had received little compensation. Because the church was poor, he had relinquished his claim to $60 due him in fees. In return the parish priest, Father Gabriel Isabey, had promised to assign him a pew, which normally rented at $20 per year, in lieu of paying an annual salary. Since Father Isabey had died, Broussard now requested Beauvais to approve the arrangement.