This section is from the book "The Law Of Contracts", by William Herbert Page. Also available from Amazon: Commercial Contracts: A Practical Guide to Deals, Contracts, Agreements and Promises.
These Articles of Agreement, entered into this --------- day of ---------, 19-, by and between the X. Y. Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of ---------, party of the first part, hereinafter called the
"Contractor," and the United States of America, hereinafter called the "Government," represented by A. B., Signal Corps of the United States Army, hereinafter referred to as the "Contracting Officer," acting by the authority of the Chief Signal Officer of the United States Army, and under the direction of the Secretary of War, party of the second part, WITNESSETH:
Whereas, Congress having declared by joint resolution, approved April 6, 1917, that war exists between the United States of America and the Imperial German Government, constituting a national emergency, and
Whereas, the United States requires and is not able with the facilities at its disposal to furnish a sufficient quantity of aeronautical equipment for its purposes.
Now, therefore, under the provisions of Section 120 of an Act of Congress relating to national defense, approved June 3, 1916, and pursuant to all other laws of the United States and executive orders of the President of the United States, or heads of its departments, under which requirements for advertisement for proposals are dispensed with and contracts in the form hereof duly authorized, the President hereby places the following order with the Contractor with the requirement that it comply with the contract hereinafter set forth, and in consideration of the mutual agreements herein contained, said parties have agreed and by these presents do agree to and with each other as follows, viz.: