INDENTURE OF AN APPRENTICE

 

THIS Indenture Witnesseth, That John Knight, of the township of Norriton, in the county of Montgomery, by and with the consent of his father, Joseph Knight, hath put himself and by these presents doth voluntarily and of his own free will and accord, put himself apprentice to Peter Smith, of the same place, Shoemaker, to learn his art, trade and mystery, and after the manner of an apprentice, to serve him from the date hereof, for and during the full end and term of three years and seven months next ensuing. During all which term, the apprentice his said master faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, his lawful commands every where readily obey. He shall do not damage to his said master nor see it done by others, without letting or giving notice thereof to his said master. He shall not waste his master's goods, nor lend them unlawfully to any. With his own goods nor the goods of others, without license from his said master, he shall neither buy nor sell. He shall not absent himself day or night from his said master's service, without his leave, nor haunt ale-houses, taverns of play-houses; but in all things behave himself as a faithful apprentice ought to do, during the said term. And the said master shall use the utmost of his endeavors to teach, or cause to be taught or instructed the said apprentice in the trade or mystery of a Shoemaker, and procure for him sufficient meat, drink, apparel, lodging and washing fitting for an apprentice, during the said term of three years and seven months, and give him within the said term, three months schooling, one half thereof is to be in the last year of the said term, and when he is free give him two suits of clothing. And for the performance of all and singular the covenants and agreements aforesaid, the said parties bind themselves each unto the other firmly by these presents. In witness whereof the said parties have set their hands and seals hereunto. Dated the first day of April in the years of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen.

 

John Knight      (L.S.)

Joseph Knight  (L.S.)

Peter Smith      (L.S.)

Sealed  and delivered
      in presence of

 

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