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Contract of Indenture, Mary Ann Peterson, May 5, 1826

Contract of Indenture, Mary Ann Peterson, May 5, 1826

A contract of indenture for Mary Ann Peterson dated May 5, 1826.

Courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Date / time
May 5, 1826
This Indenture witnesseth, that Mary Ann Peterson—with the consent of her next friend Ann Morris—hath put herself, and by these present, and for other good causes, doth voluntarily, and of her own free will and accord, put herself apprentice to Moses B. Smith—to learn the art, trade and mystery of a housewife and after the manner of an apprentice, to serve the said Moses B. Smith from the day of the date hereof, for and during, and to the full end and term of six years and six monthes—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. She shall do no damage to her said master, nor see it done by others, without letting or giving notice therof to her said master. She shall not waste his said master’s goods, nor lend them unlawfully to any. He shall not commit fornication nor contract matrimony within the said term. At cards, dice, or any other unlawful game she shall not play, whereby her said master may have damage. With her own goods nor the goods of others, without lisence from her said master, she shall neither buy nor sell. She shall not absent herself, day nor night, from her said master’s service, without his leave; nor haunt ale-houses, taverns or play-houses; but in all things behave herself 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 housewife and procure and provide for her sufficient meat, drink, clothing—lodging and washing, fitting for an apprentice, during the said term; and give her six weeks day schooling for each year of said term and read to her or cause her to hear a portion of the scriptures on each Sunday of said term and when free, give her two suits of clothing, one of which to be new and twenty dollars. And for the true performance of all and singular the convenants and agreements aforesaid, the said parties bind themselves each unto the other firmly by these Presents. IN WITNESS whereof the said parties have interchangeably set their hand and seals hereunto. Dated the ---5 day of May Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five. Sealed, delivered, and acknowledged, before one the subscriber, one of the eldermen of the Ccity of Philadelphia, D. Christian M.B. Smith Ann Morris Mary Ann Peterson
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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