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Contract to Teach Indentured Servant a Trade (1680)

In the following contract, dated 1680, Richard Willis agrees to teach his indentured servant John Talbert a trade and not to work him in the fields.

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John Talbert Servant to mr. Richard Willis Comes in Court and Acknowledges to Serve the Said Willis one Compleate Yeare more then by his Indenture Expressed, In Consideration the Said Willis doth promis to keep the Said Talbert Constantly at the Shoomakers Trade and not to worke in the ground and also to give the Said Talbert a New Searge Suite Shooes Stock and hatt more then the Law Enjoynes att the time of his Freedome.