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This Indenture witnesseth that John Mantle, son of William Mantle of the parish of Beddingham in the County of Sussex with the consent and approbation of his said father doth put himself Apprentice to Stephen Balcombe of the parish of Glynde in the said County, blacksmith, to learn his Art, and with and after the manner of an Apprentice to serve from the fifth day of this April unto the full End and Term of six years from thence next ensuing, and fully to be complete and ended, during which Term the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall or will will serve, his Secrets keep, his lawful Commands every where gladly do; he shall do no Damage to his said Master nor see it be 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 or Alehouses he shall not haunt. At Cards, Dice, Tables, or any other unlawful Game he shall not play nor from the Service of his said Master Day or Night absent himself, but in all things as an honest and faithful Apprentice shall and will demean and behave himself toward his said Master and all his during all the said Term. And the said Stephen Balcombe the said Apprentice in the Art of a Blacksmith which he now useth shall teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, the best Way and Manner that he can, finding and allowing unto his said Apprentice sufficient Meat, Drink, Washing, Lodging during the said Term his said father finding him in Clothes of all kinds and in mending them when wanted, but his master allowing him six pence every Quarter for Pocket money during the said term. And for the true Performance of all and every the Covenants and Agreements aforesaid either of the said Parties bindeth himself firmly by these Presents. In witness whereof the Parties abovesaid to these Indentures interchangeably have set their Hands and Seal the twenty third Day of April in the fourth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord 1765.


William Mantel

The Mark of John Mantle

Inscribed on the back: The within indenture was signed sealed and delivered by William Mantle and John Mantle in the presence of:

William Taylor

Thomas Davies

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