Indenture Between Thomas Chadd and Henry Russell, 1853

Summary:  An indenture dated 10th October 1853 between Thomas Chadd and Henry Russell of Ledbury, for Henry Russell to take Thomas Chadd as apprentice blacksmith for a seven-year term for the sum of £5.

  THAT Thomas Chadd by and with the consent of his Father Robert Chadd of the Parish of Bosbury, in the County of Hereford, Labourer doth put himself apprentice to Henry Russell of the Town of Ledbury in the aforesaid County Blacksmith to learn his Art, and with him and after the manner of an Apprentice to serve him from the day of the Date hereof unto the full end and term of seven years from thence next following, to be fully completed and ended, during which term, the said Apprentice his master faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, his lawful commands everywhere gladly obey.

  He shall do no damage to his said Master, nor see to be done of others, but to his power shall tell and 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.

  He shall not play at Cards, or Dice Table, 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 Play Houses, 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 Henry Russell in consideration of the sum of five pounds (being part of a Charity Donation fund belonging to the Parish of Bosbury aforesaid, arising from and out of Lands, and Hereditaments in the same Parish, for the purpose of placing out Apprentices,) now in hand, paid to the said Henry Russell His said Apprentice in the art of a blacksmith which he useth, by the best means that he can, shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, 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 lndentures, interchangeably have put their hands and seals, the tenth day of October and in the seventeenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady, Victoria the First, 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 fifty-three.

Thos. Chadd

The mark X of Robert Chadd

Henry Russell

  Signed, sealed, and delivered by the above-named Thomas Chadd, Robert Chadd & Henry Russell in the presence of J Hanmer Underwood Vicar of Bosbury

Received on the day of the date hereof
the sum of 5-0-0 the premium
or sum above mentioned to be paid to me
  £   s   d
5 - 0 - 0

Transcribed by Liz Cooke from original in Bosbury Chroniclers Archive, 2012

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