This Indenture Witnesseth That William Clark son of Samuel Clark of Rushden in the County of Northampton Carpenter by and with the Consent of his Father and Mother doth put himself Apprentice to Samuel Clark his Father to learn his Art and with him (after the Manner of an Apprentice) to serve from the fifth day of November One thousand seven hundred and seventy four unto the full End and Term of seven years from thence next following, to be fully compleat and ended; during which Time the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall or will serve, his Secrets keep, his lawful Commands every where gladly do; he shall do no Damage to his said Master nor see it done of others, but to his Power shall let or forthwith give Notice to his said Master of the same. The Goods of his said Master he shall not waste, nor the same without Licence of him to any give or lend. Hurt to his said Master he shall not do, cause, or procure to be done; he shall neither buy nor sell without his Master’s Licence. Taverns, Inns Alehouses, he shall not haunt. At Cards, Dice, Tables, or any other unlawful Game he shall not play, nor Contract Matrimoney During the said Time and Term nor from the Service of his said Master Day nor Night absent himself, but in all Things as an honest and faithful Apprentice shall and well behave himself towards his said Master and all his during all the said Term. And the said Samuel Clark for and in consideration of the full and just Sum of six Pounds of Lawful Money of great Britain in hand paid by Mr Thomas Hooper as a legacy left to put the said William Clark apprentice. He the said Samuel Clark shall Learn and instruct the said Apprentice in the Art or Mistery of a Carpenter in all its Branches which he now useth, shall teach and instruct or cause to be taught and instructed the best Way and Manner that he can, finding unto the said Apprentice sufficient Meat, Drink, wearing, Lodging, and all other Necessaries during the said Term.
And for the true Performance of all and every said Covenants and Agreements, either of the said Parties Bindeth themselves firmly by these Presents. In Witness whereof the Parties abovesaid to these Indentures interchangeably have set their Hands and Seals, the Fifth Day of November in the fifteenth 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 ain the Year of our Lord 1774.
N.B. The Indenture, Covenant, Article or Contract, must bear Date the Day it is executed; and what Money or other Thing is given or contracted for with the Clerk or Apprentice, must be inserted in Words at Length; and the Duty paid to the Stamp Office, if in London, or within the weekly Bills of Mortality, within one Month after the execution; and if in the Country, and out of the said Bills of Mortality, within Two Months, to a Distributor of Stamps, or his Substitute; otherwise the Indenture will be void, the Master or Mistress forfeit Fifty Pounds, and another Penalty, and the Apprentice be disabled to follow his Trade, or be made free.