Apprenticeship Indenture of Henry Churchyard, 1830-1899

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26 July 1994                   150                          C16.4
[I've added a little interpretive punctuation; the original version, in all its glorious obscurity, is in the plain ASCII text version of Our Family Museum -- H.C.]

This indenture witnesseth that Henry Churchyard, by and with the consent of Lucy Churchyard of Woodbridge in the County of Suffolk, butcher, his mother, testified by her executing these presents, doth put himself apprentice to Benjamin Moulton of Woodbridge aforesaid auctioneer and landsurveyor, to learn his art, and with him, after the manner of an outdoor apprentice, to serve from the twenty-ninth day of May now last past, unto the full end and term of three years from thence next following to be fully complete and ended, during which term the said apprentice his master faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, his lawful commands everywhere gladly do; he shall do no damage to his said master, nor see to be done of others, but to his power shall tell or forthwith give warning to his said master of the same; he shall not waste the goods of his said master, nor lend them unlawfully to any; he shall not commit fornication nor contract matrimony within the said term, shall not play at cards or dice tables, or any other unlawful games whereby his said master may have any loss, with his own goods or others, during the said term; without license of his said master he shall neither buy nor sell; he shall not haunt taverns or playhouses, nor absent himself from his said master's service day or night unlawfully, but in all things as a faithful apprentice he shall behave himself towards his said master, and all his, during the said term; and the said Benjamin Moulton in consideration of such services will pay his said apprentice four shillings weekly during the second year, and six shillings weekly during the third year, but nothing for the first year, and teach his said apprentice in the art of an auctioneer, accountant and landsurveyor which he useth by the best means that he can, shall teach and instruct or cause to be taught and instructed; his said mother finding unto the said apprentice sufficient meat, drink, clothes, lodging, and all other necessaries during the said term. And for the true performance of all and every the said covenants and agreements, either of the said parties bindeth himself unto the other by these presents, in witness whereof the parties above named to these indentures interchangeably have put their hands and seals, the second day of September and in the ninth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five.

                                        (signed) Henry Churchyard
                                                  Lucy Churchyard
                                                    Benj. Moulton

NB. The indenture covenant, article, or contract must bear date, the day it is executed; and what moneys or other thing is given or contracted for with the clerk or apprentice must be inserted in words at length, otherwise the indenture will be void, the master or mistress forfeit fifty pounds and another penalty, and the apprentice to be disabled to follow h__ trade or be made free.

Witness                                        (signed)  Ann Fisk

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