Dated 21 December 1767
This Indenture Witnesseth, That Matthias SHEVYN a poor Child of the Borough of Burton upon Trent in the County of Stafford aged about fourteen years with the Consent of the Overseer (?) of the said Borough doth put himself Apprentice to John BARRATT of Walsall in the said County of Stafford, Buckle Maker to learn his Art, and with him after the manner of an Apprentice, to serve from the Date hereof for during and unto the full End and Term of Seven Years, from thence next ensuing, and fully to be complete and ended, during which Term the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall and will serve, his Secrets keep, his lawful Commands every where gladly do; he shall do no Damage to his said Master, nor see it be done of others; but to his Power shall let or forthwith give Notice to his said Master of the same. The Goods of his said Master he shall not waste, nor the same without Licence of him to any give or lend. Hurt to his said Master he shall not do, cause, procure to be done; he shall neither buy nor sell without his Master's Licence. Taverns, Inns or Alehouses, he shall not haunt. At Cards, Dice, Tables, or any other unlawful Game, he shall not play, nor from the Service of his said Master Day nor Night absent himself but in all Things as an honest and faithful Apprentice, shall and will demean and behave himself toward his said Master, and all his ...ing all the said Term.
And the said John BARRETT in Consideration of three pounds to him paid by the said Overseer (?) forth of the publick Charity Money of the Town's Coffer the Receipt whereof is hereby Acknowledged the said Apprentice in the Art or Mystery of a Buckle Maker which he now useth, shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, the best Way and Manner that he can, finding and allowing unto his said Apprentice sufficient Meat Drink Washing Lodging appraised (?) of all sorts and all other heresoafter during the said Term and at the end thereof double Apparell of all sorts good and new (that is to say) one good new suit for the Holidays and another for the working days. And for the true Performance of all and every the Covenants and Agreements aforesaid, either of the paid Parties bindeth themselves to the other firmly by these Presents. In Witness whereof the Parties abovesaid, to these Indentures interchangeably have set their Hands and Seals the Twentyfirst Day of December In the Eighth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord, 1767Signed: M S, the mark of Matthias SHEVYN
N.B. What Money or other Thing is given or contracted for with the Apprentice, must be inserted in Words at length, and the Duty paid within the Time limited, to the Stamp-Office, else the Indenture will be Void, the Master forfeit Fifty Pounds, and another Penalty, and the Apprentice will be disabled to follow the Trade, or be made Free, and so forth.Stamp Duty of 3d (Threepence) paid
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