Indenture Between William Chadd and William H. Chadd Junior, 1854

Summary:  An indenture dated 30th June 1854 between the Chadds, Father and Son, for the father to take his son as apprentice cordwainer (shoemaker) for a seven-year term for the sum of £5.

  THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH That William Chadd by and with the consent of his Father William Chadd of the Parish of Bosbury, in the County of Hereford Cordwainer doth put himself apprentice to said William Chadd of the aforesaid Parish in the aforesaid County Cordwainer to learn his Art, and with him 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 every-where 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 William Chadd 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 William Chadd His said Apprentice in the Art of Cordwainer 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 there Presents.

  In Witness whereof the parties above-named to these lndentures, interchangeably have put their hands and seals, the thirtieth day of June and in the eighteenth 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-four.

William Chadd

William H Chadd

  Signed, sealed, and delivered by the above-named William Chadd, and William Chadd Junr in the presence of J H 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 James Boyce from original in Bosbury Chroniclers Archive, 2012

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