Indenture Between George T, Pitt and Alfred Gurney, 1888

Summary:  An indenture dated 29th November 1880 between the George Chadd and Mr. Alfred Gurney for the former to be an apprentice grocer for a three-year term for the sum of £40.

  THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH That George Thomas Pitt son of John Harford Pitt of Temple Court, Bosbury in the County of Hereford by and with the consent of the said father the said John Harford Pitt doth put himself apprentice to Alfred Gurney of the city of Hereford Grocer to learn his art and business and with him after the manner of an Apprentice to serve from the first day of November one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight until the full end and term of three years thence next ensuing and fully to be completed and ended During which said term of the Apprenticeship his Master faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, his lawful commands everywhere gladly do.

  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 contract matrimony during the said term.

  He shall not play at Cards or Dice Tables or any other unlawful games, whereby his said Master may have any loss, with his own Goods or others, during the said term.

  He shall neither buy nor sell, he shall not haunt Taverns nor absent himself from his said Master’s service without his said Master’s consent. 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 Alfred Gurney in consideration of the sum of Forty Pounds upon the execution hereof paid by the said John Harford Pitt to him the said Alfred Gurney his said apprentice in the art, profession or business of a Grocer which je useth of Cordwainer which he useth by the best means that he can, shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, Finding his said apprentice sufficient meat, drink, board and lodgingduring the said term. And the said John Harford Pitt for himself his heirs executors and administrators Doth hereby covenant with the said Alfred Gurney, his executors and administrators that he the said John Harford Pitt his heirs executors and administrators will during the said term find and provide for the said George Thomas Pitt good and sufficient washing clothing, medicines and medical attention if required.

  And for the true performance of all and every of the said covenants and agreements either of the said parties bindeth himself unto the other by these presents.

  In Witness whereof the said parties to these presents have hereunto set their hands and seals, the twenty ninth day of November one thousand, eight hundred and eighty eight.

[signed] G. T. Pitt

[signed] J. Harford Pitt

[signed] Alfred Gurney

  Signed, sealed, and delivered by the above named George Thomas Pitt, John Harford Pitt and Alfred Gurney in the presence of Thomas Llanwarne, Slr. Hereford

Received of the abovenamed John Harford Pitt the above mentioned sum
of Forty Pounds £40-0-0
[signed] Alfred Gurney

Transcribed by Barry Sharples from original held by the Herefordshire Archive Service, 2014

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