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Title(s):

Indenture placing William Spill into the service of William Beales, broad weaver.

Additional Title(s):

This indenture witnesseth, that William Spill ...

Published/Created:
England, 1728 April 8.
Physical Description:
1 sheet ([1] page) : illustrations ; 33 x 20 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
LC4096.G7 I63 1728 Box
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Classification:
Archives & Manuscripts
Notes:
"This indenture witnesseth that [William Spill], one of the poor [boys] of the charity-school of [the parish of Wotton Underedge in the County of Gloucester to the one part] doth put h[im]self apprentice to [William Beales of the parish of Wotton Underedge aforesd. broad weaver of the other part] to learn h[is] art, and with h[im] after the manner of an apprentice to serve from the day of the date hereof, unto the full end and term of [seven] years ... And the said M[aster], (in consideration of the sum of [three] pounds paid to [him] ... ) ... shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, finding unto his said apprentice, meat drink apparel, lodging, washing, and all other necessaries ... In witness thereof, the parties above named to these indentures interchangeably have put their hands and seals the [eighth] day of [April], Anno Dom. 17[28] ... "
Additional provision written in manuscript, in the margin: "And also shall & will during the said term give and deliver unto his said apprentice six pence a quarter in money every quarter in every year during the said term; and at the end of the sd. term shall & will give and deliver unto his sd. apprentice one new suit of apparel."
"Sealed and delivered (being first duly stamp'd) in the presence of us, [Thomas Bisigar, John Cooke]"
Indentures were a standard legal contract for several centuries. Two copies of the document would be made on a single piece of parchment or paper, and then cut in a zig-zag (making the edge resemble teeth, hence the term indenture) to prevent forgery.
At the head of the indenture is an engraved allegorical triptych. The center panel features a depiction of George III. At left, a young female student stands in front of "the Pillar of Faith" and bears a sign reading "And we as mothers of our Israel." At right, a young male student stands in front of "the Gate of Life" and bears a sign reading "In cause of Church & State may we Excell."
Includes a blind-embossed tax stamp.
Printed indenture, completed in manuscript, placing William Spill, of the charity school in Wotton-under-Edge, in the county of Gloucester, into the service of William Beales, broad weaver, also of Wotton-under-Edge, for a period of seven years, from the date of 8 April 1728.
Subject Terms:
Apprentices -- England -- Wotton-under-Edge.
Beales, William (Weaver)
Charity-schools -- England -- Wotton-under-Edge.
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 -- Portraits.
Indentured servants -- England -- Wotton-under-Edge.
Spill, William, born ca. 1720.
Weavers -- England.
Form/Genre:
Blank forms.
Engravings.
Indentures.
Ephemera.
Contributors:
Beales, William (Weaver)
Spill, William, born ca. 1720.
Bisigar, Thomas.
Cooke, John, active 1728.
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