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A Typical Apprentice
Indenture Agreement
Massachusetts, 1748

This indenture witnesseth, that Joseph Lynde, Tho Wait, John Dexter, Stephen Pain, and Joseph Wilson Select-men, Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Maldon in the County of Middlesex in New-England by and with the Consent of two of his majesties Justices of the Peace for said County have placed and by these presents do place and bind out John Ramsdell a poor Child belonging to Maldon aforesaid unto Edward Wait of Maldon in the County of Middlesex yeoman, and to his Wife and Heirs, and with them after the manner of an Apprentice to dwell and Serve, from the Day of the Date of these Presents until the fifth Day of April, which will be in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty two at which time the said Apprentice if living will arrive at the age of twenty one Years, during all which said time or term the said Apprentice:

his said Master and Mistress well and faithfully shall Serve, their Secrets he shall keep close, their Commandments lawful and honest everywhere he shall gladly obey, he shall do no Damage to his master nor suffer it to be done by others without letting or giving Seasonable notice thereof to his Master; he shall not waste the Goods of his said Master nor lend them unlawfully to any; at Cards, Dice or any other unlawful game or Games he shall not play; Fornication he shall not commit; Matrimony he shall not contract; Tavern, Ale Houses or places of Gaming he shall not haunt or frequent; From the Service of his Master  by Day nor Night he shall not absent himself; but in all things and at all times he shall carry and behave himself towards his Master and all theirs, as a good and faithful Apprentice ought to do to his utmost Ability during all the Time or term aforesaid.

And the said Master doth hereby covenant and agree for himself his Wife and heirs to teach or cause the Apprentice to be taught the Art and mystery of a Cordwainer and also to read write and cypher, and also shall and will well and truly find allow unto  and provide for the Apprentice Sufficient and wholesome meat and Drink, with Washing, Lodging and apparrel, and other Necessaries meet and convenient for Such an Apprentice during all the time or term aforesaid. And at the End and Expiration thereof shall dismiss the Apprentice with two good Suits of Apparrel for all parts of his Body one for Lords-Days, the other for working Days, Suitable to his Quality. In Testimony whereof the Parties have to these Indentures interchangeably Set their Hands and Seals the thirtieth day of April, in the twenty first year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George, the Second King of Great Britain. Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and forty eight.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of:

John Shute
John Wilson

Edward Wait

Source: Original document: Green Family Papers, New England Historic Genealogical Society. Transcribed from: History of Malden, Mass,  1633-1785, Deloraine Pendre Corey, 1899

This material is in the public domain. Please cite your sources. Otherwise, Copyright 1998 by Norris M. Taylor, Jr.

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