John Smith apprenticeship indenture, 1799 August 3

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John Smith apprenticeship indenture, 1799 August 3



Indenture by which the orphan John Smith of Norfolk, Virginia was bound an apprentice to John Latham, ship captain of Norfolk, to learn the trade of mariner or seaman.


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This Indenture WITNESSETH, That ROBERT
BROUGH, Esquire, Chamberlain of the Borough of Norfolk, pursuant to an Order
of Court, bearing date the 22nd day of July last
hath, and by these Presents, doth put forth and bind
John Smith orphan of John Smith
an Apprentice to John Latham
to learn the Art, Trade, or Occupation of a Mariner or a Seaman
and after the manner of a good and faithful Apprentice,
to serve from this day until he arrives at the age of Twenty-One Years, which is Seven
Years from the date hereof: During all
which time the said Apprentice his said Master faithfully shall serve, his lawful com-
mands every where readily obey, and in all things behave himself as a faithful Appren-
tice ought to do, during the said term. And the said Master shall use his utmost en-
deavours to Teach, or cause to be Taught or Instructed, the said Apprentice, in the
Trade or Occupation of a Mariner or Seaman
and procure and provide
for him sufficient Meat, Drink, Apparel, Lodging, and Washing, fitting for an Appren-
tice, during the said term, and moreover shall cause him to be instructed in Reading,
Writing, Arithmetic and Navigation

AND for the faithful performance of all and singular the Covenants and
Agreements aforesaid, the said parties bind themselves each unto the other firmly by these

IN WITNESS whereof, the said Parties have interchangeably set their
Hands and Seals, the third day of August
in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-nine and in
the Twenty fourth Year of the Independence of the United States of America.

John Smith's mark seal
John Latham Seal
Robt. Brough Cham-
berlain Seal

Sealed and Delivered in
the Presence of
Sally Wilson


John Smith
John Latham
Augt. 3d. 1799

for seven years

Original Format

Ink on paper


“John Smith apprenticeship indenture, 1799 August 3,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed February 9, 2023,

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