SPURLING, James and BAILEY, Samuel.
Title A Sealed Printed Indenture from the Reign of George I.
Publisher London. 1724
Seller ID 36757
A printed indenture (A4 size) that witnesses the apprenticeship of Samuel Bailey, one of the poor boys of the Charity School of St James's, Clerkenwell, to James Spurling of the Parish of St. Giles, Cripplegate for seven years. It states the normal restrictions on the apprentice such as not playing Cards, Dice, Tables, nor haunting Taverns, Alehouses or Play-houses, or causing any harm to his master and his business, nor is he allowed to get married within this time. The cost of two pounds, paid by the Trustees of the School, is, in part, to cover the cost of meat, drink, apparel, lodging, washing and all other necessaries. The contract is dated the Sixteent day of April, 1724, in the Tenth year of the Reign of George I. It is signed by James Spurling in the presence of Richard Lambind and John Honeycott and is sealed in red wax. It has three engravings forming a triptych as a head-piece, the large central one is the head of the monarch and to the left of him an engraved girl holding a banner saying "And we, as mothers in our Israel" with "the pillar of faith" written behind. To the right is an engraving of a boy with the banner "In cause of Church and State we may Excell" with "the gate of life" written behind. There are two portions of text torn with very sl. loss of text but does not affect any whole word. There are chips to the margins but o/w this document is in very good condition.
TRUE CRIME and LAW 18th century Indenture appreticeship apprentice