[Portland, ME: 1818]. The indenture enters fifteen-year-old John Huston, Jr. into a five-year apprenticeship to "learn the art, trade, or mystery of rope making...during which time the said apprentice, his said masters will & faithfully shall serve, their secrets keep, their lawfull commands obey." The document goes on to lay out the specific terms of service, including hours (Sundays off, one-and-a-half hours free time each day, otherwise "from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, every day during the term aforesaid..."), moral conduct ("at cards, dice, or any other unlawfull games, he shall not play..."), and thrift ("he shall not waste the goods of his said masters...nor lend them unlawfully to any"). Original holograph manuscript document of 65 lines, written on both sides of a single sheet. Laid paper; 40cm x 25cm. Old folds, toning at fold-lines and margins, a few brief tears and separations (not costing any text); complete and Good. Signed at end of text by all four parties as well as two notary witnesses. (Inventory #: 31595)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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