This Indenture made the 1 day of November in the year 1852, between John Wallace, overseer of the Poor of the County of Rockbridge, of the one part, and L. Andrew Griffin of the other part, Witnesseth; That the said John Wallace overseer of the poor as aforesaid, acting with the allowance and approbation of the County Court of Rockbridge County, and in pursuance of an order of the said Court to that effect, made and entered on the 1st day of November, 1852, have put and bound, and do by these presents put and bind Martha A. Robinson a free Negro of the said County (who has to be provided for and assisted by the overseers of the said County,) and being of the age of three years, to be an apprentice to the said L. A. Griffin, to learn the trade, Business and art of a House Keeping, and with him to dwell and remain, and serve until she the said M A Robinson shall attain his full age 18 years, during all which time she the said M. A. Robinson her master faithfully shall serve and obey, his secrets keep and his lawful commands willingly do and perform, and shall not absent himself from the service of his said master, day or night, without his leave, but shall in all things as a faithful apprentice behave himself towards his master and all his family during the said term, and the said L. A. Griffin, his said apprentice in the Trade, art and mystery of a Housekeeper, which he now useth, shall and will teach and instruct, or cause to be taught and instructed, in the best manner that he can, and shall and will provide and allow, unto the said apprentice during all the said term, competent and sufficient meat, drink, washing, lodging, apparel and all other things necessary for the said apprentice. And the said L. A. Griffin doth covenant and agree with the said overseers of the poor and their successors in offices during the said term, that he the said L. A. Griffin shall and will teach, or cause the said apprentice to be taught, And whereas the said County Court by the order aforesaid did direct that the said L. A. Griffin, for the services of the said apprentice, should pay unto the said Martha A. Robinson at the end of her apprenticeship, a good suit of clothes, and ten dollars in Cash. the said L A Griffin doth hereby also covenant and agree to and with the said overseers of the poor and their successors in office, that he shall and will, well and truly pay the sums of money to the said overseers and their successors in office for the use and object specified in said order. In witness whereof, the said overseer of the poor and the said John Wallace have hereunto interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals, this 1 day of November 1852.
John Wallace (L.S.) L. A. Griffin (L.S.) (L.S.)