'Articles of Agreement dated ... AD 1876 between Arthur Hogben ... and James Lillywhite'. A 5-leaf manuscript document, legal folio, dated 29 July 1876 and signed by both Hogben and Lillywhite at end, with 7 numbered articles stipulating how Lillywhite's tour is to be financed by Hogben. [bound with:]

'Articles of Agreement dated ... AD 1876 ... between James Lillywhite ... and James Southerton, Henry Jupp, Alfred Shaw, Allen Hill, Henry Charlwood, Thomas Emmett, George Ullyett, John Selby, Edward Pooley, Andrew Greenwood and Thos Armitage'. A 5-leaf draft manuscript document on blue paper, legal folio, with 8 numbered articles summarising Lillywhite's agreement with the members of his team who are to 'play a series of cricket matches in Australia, Tasmania & New Zealand & elsewhere'. Both documents bound together in modern blue buckram.

Arthur Hogben of Chichester, Sussex, was an amateur cricketer, estate agent and auctioneer whose father farmed 800 acres and employed 26 labourers. Together with Charles Stride, he financed the tour, the success of which meant that Lillywhite could replay his obligations soon after his return. The first document stipulates that £2000 is to be paid to Lillywhite before the departure of the team on 21 September 1876, and a further £1000 on his arrival with the team, Lillywhite is to receive a player's fee of £200 and be given a first class passage with all expenses paid (this sum to be reduced to £100 and a ¼ of the profits if he does not proceed with the team), he is to receive half the net profits if he does proceed and must faithfully keep receipts. The second document concerns the financial arrangements between Lillywhite and his players who were also to receive £200 each; it mentions fines for 'any extravagance'. On the last leaf, the names of Shaw, Southerton and Jupp are inserted in the margin as possible replacements for Lillywhite as captain. This draft version appears to have preceded the signed finished document which is held at Lord's. The players who are named in it did form the touring party and all but Pooley played in what became recognised as the first Test match between England and Australia.

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