Two-page Indenture of David Runnels to Adam Zufeld, farmer and weaver. Adam Zufeld.

Two-page Indenture of David Runnels to Adam Zufeld, farmer and weaver

[Rhineback, N.Y.]: May 25, 1789. Folio (approx. 12" x 8"), 42 lines, approx. 300 words; a few minor breaks at the edges but overall very good and legible. This indenture binds David Runnels, son of Stephen Runnels, in the town of "Rynbeck" [i.e. Rhinebeck], Dutchess County, New York, to a farmer and weaver named Adam Zufeld (1760-1849) as a servant and apprentice, "to work farmers work, and to learn the art of trade to weave." Although a wax seal is affixed, the document is unsigned. David Runnels (b. ca. 1774) signed up for six years and three months until age 21, and vows to "faith fully serve, his secrets keep, his lawful commands every where gladly obey ... not commet fornication, nor contract matremony, with any lawful games he shall not play, nor absent himself from his master's service day or night." In return for this service Zufeld agrees to "teach and instruct the said apprentice in the trade of Weaven and shall send [Runnels] to school to lern English, read and write" and to provide "sufficient meat, drink, apperal, washing, and lodging fitting for an apprentice." After the apprenticeship is over, Zufelf agrees to "give the said apprentice a new cloth or garment, and a mare colt." Item #57019

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