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Joseph Glenister (1815-1885)
Apprentice blacksmith

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I received from Frank Glenister a copy of the apprenticeship indenture of Joseph Glenister (1815-1885) my great great great grand father.

The original document was a preprinted form with certain words added in manuscript, and was dated 18 November 1826, when Joseph was aged eleven.

In this transcript, taken from a photcopy of the original, words in bold indicate preprinted words emphasised in the original, while words in italics indicate words added in manuscript.

The indenture

This indenture witnesseth that Joseph Glenister son of William Glenister of Berkhamsted St Peter in the County of Hertford Sawyer by and with the consent of the said father doth put himself Apprentice to John Beckley of the Parish of Chesham in the County of Bucks Blacksmith to learn his Art and with him and after the Manner of an Apprentice to serve from the Twenty ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and twenty five unto the full End and Term of seven years from thence next following to be fully complete and ended. During which term the said Apprentice his Master faithfully shall serve his secrets keep his lawful commands everywhere gladly do he shall do no damage to his said Master nor see to be done of others but to his Power shall tell and forthwith give warning to his said master of the same he shall not waste the goods of his said master not lend them unlawfully to any he shall not commit fornication nor contract Matrimony within the said Term he shall not play at Cards or Dice Tables or any unlawful Games whereby his said master may have any loss with his own goods or others during the said Term without Licence of his said master he shall neither buy nor sell he shall not haunt Taverns or Playhouses nor absent himself from his said masters service day or night unlawfully. But in all things as a faithful apprentice he shall behave himself towards his said Master and all his during the said Term. And the said Joseph Beckley for and consideration of the sum of fifteen pounds of lawful currency of Great Britain, ten pounds to be paid of which six pounds to be paid Michaelmas 1827 his said Apprentice in the Art of a blacksmith which he useth by the best means that he can shall teach and Instruct or cause to be taught and instruct finding unto the said Apprentice Sufficient Meat Drink Lodging and all other Necessaries during the said term the said Joseph Glenister agreeing to find his said Cloath and Washing and Medical assistance during the said Term.

And for the true performance of all and every the said Covenants and Agreements either of the said Parties bindeth himself unto the other by these Presents. In Witness whereof the Parties above named to these Indentures interchangeably have put their Hand and Seals the eighteenth day of November and in the [word] year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King defender of the faith and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.

Joseph Glenister John (his X mark) Beckley [Illegible] Glenister

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