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Contract of Indenture, Henry Barr, May 8, 1837

Contract of Indenture, Henry Barr, May 8, 1837

A contract of indenture for Henry Barr dated May 8, 1837.

Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Date / time
May 8, 1837
This Indenture witnesseth, that Henry Barr—with the consent of the Manager of the Orphan Society, by their Binding Committee, Eliza, Otto Sullagard Leitman—hath put himself, and by these present, and for other good causes, doth voluntarily, and of his own free will and accord, put himself apprentice to Alexander Harper—to learn the art, trade and mystery of a Druggist and after the manner of an apprentice, to serve the said Alexander Harper from the day of the date hereof, for and during, and to the full end and term of nine years, three monthes and four days—next ensuing. During all which term, the said apprentice doth covenent and promise his said master faithfully to service, his secrets to keep, and his lawful commands every where readily to obey. He shall not waste his said master’s goods, nor lend them unlawfully to any. He shall not contract matrimony within the said term. At cards, dice, or any other unlawful game he shall not play, whereby his said master may have damage. With his own goods nor the goods of others, without lisence from his said master, he shall neither buy nor sell. He shall not absent himself, day nor night, from his said master’s service, without his leave; nor haunt ale-houses, taverns or play-houses; but in all things behave himself as a faithful apprentice ought to do, during the said terms. And the said master on his part doth covenant and promise to use the utmost endeavors to teach, or cause to be taught or instructed the said apprentice, in the trade or mystery of a Druggist and produce and provide for him sufficient meat, drink, clothing—lodging and washing, fitting for an apprentice, during the said term; and give himn nine quarters half-day schooling; and when free, give him two complete suits of clothes, one of which to be new and shall, at the expiration of this child’s time, come forward and satisfy the said Managers, that the terms of this Indenture have been complied with. And for the true performance of all and singular covenants and agreements aforesaid, the said parties bind themselves, each unto the other, firmly by these presents. In witness whereof, the said parties have interchangeabley set their hands and seals hereunto. Dated the Eight day of May Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven. Sealed, delivered and acknowledged before me, R. Colustron Alex Harper Eliza Otto Mary Loitman Henry Barr It is earnestly recommend to Masters and Mistresses, to give every opportunity to their Apprentices, to attend Public Worship and Sabbath School.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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