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"This Indenture made the Twenty first day of January in the 39th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord 1799 Witnesseth that Joseph Penckard and William Bradford Leathern, Church Wardens of the parish of Winkleigh in the County of Devon and Arthur Packer, John Collyhole and Samuel Luxton, Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish by and with the consent of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the said County whose names are hereunto subscribed, have put and placed, and by these presents do put and place James Bulleid aged eight years or thereabouts, a poor Child of the said Parish apprentice to Thomas Davey (for Ashley*) with him to dwell and serve from the Day of the date of these presents, until the said Apprentice shall accomplish his full age of Twenty one years according to the Statute in that Case made and provided; During all which term the said Apprentice his said Master faithfully shall serve in all lawful Bussinesses according to his Power, Wit and Ability; and honestly, orderly and obediently in all Things demean and behave himself towards his master and all his during the said term

And the said Thomas Davey for himself, his Executors and Administrators doth covenant and grant to and with the said Church Wardens and overseers and any of them, their and every of their Executors and Administrators and their and every of their Successors, for the Time being, by these presents. That the said Thomas Davey, the said Apprentice in Husbandry shall and will teach and instruct or cause to be taught and instructed in the best way and manner that he can. And shall and will during the Term aforesaid find, provide and allow unto the said Apprentice meet, competent and sufficient Meat, Drink, Apparel, Lodging, Washing and other things necessary and fit for an Apprentice:

Provided always the said last mentioned Covenant on the said Thomas Davey, his executors and Administrators, to be done and performed, shall continue and be in force for no longer Time than Three calendar Months next after the Death of the said Thomas Davey in case the said Thomas Davey shall happen to die during the Continuance of such Apprenticeship, that he be not any way a Charge to the said parish or parishioners of the same: but of and from all Charge shall and will save the said parish and parishioner harmless and indemnified during the said Term.

In witness whereof the parties above said to these present Indentures interchangeably have set their Hands and Seals the Day and Year first above written."


* The property farmed by Thomas Davey. Ashley was situated  in the tiny parish of Templeton some distance from Winkleigh.


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