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This Indenture, MADE the 9 day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four BETWEEN Wm H Streit one of the Overseers of the Poor of Corporation of Winchester, of the one part, and William L Bent of the same County, of the other part: Witnesseth, That the said Overseer, in consequence of the powers in him vested by law, and pursuant to an order of the Court of the Corporation aforesaid, dated March 4 1854, hath put, placed, and bound, and by these presents doth put, place, and bind Lucinda Newman a free negro girl unto the said William L Bent with him to dwell, and serve after the manner of an apprentice, until She shall arrive at and attain the full age of Eighteen years, (he said Lucinda being fifteen years old the 1st day of March last (1854) during all which time the apprentice her said Master well and faithfully shall serve, his secrets keep, and his lawful commands at all times readily obey; hurt to the said William L Bent shall not do, nor willingly suffer the same to be done by others; but henceforth shall notify him thereof. The goods of the said William L Bent shall not waste or embezzle, nor lend them without orders from the said William L Bent from the service of the said William L Bent shall not at any time depart or absent her self without his permission, and in all and every thing and things she shall truly, honestly, and faithfully demean her self towards the said William L Bent as a good and faithful apprentice ought to do. IN CONSIDERATION WHEREOF, the said William L Bent on his part and behalf, doth hereby covenant, promise, and agree, to and with the said Overseer and his successors that he will constantly find and provide for said apprentice good wholesome diet, clothing, and cleanly washing and lodging suitable to her degree, during the whole term of servitude, and that he will teach, or cause the said apprentice to be taught, the business of a house servant, and pay to the mother of said child one dollar per year during her two first years of her apprenticeship and to the said Lucinda Twenty dollars at the expiration of the last year of her apprenticeship. In Witness Whereof, The parties aforesaid have to these presents interchangeably set their hands and affixed their seals, the day and year first above written. Wm H Streit {seal} Wm L Bent {seal} Signed and Sealed in the presence of } It is understood that in addition to the one dollar per year to be paid to the mother of the above apprentice for the two first years of her servitude I am to pay to John Newman the grandfather of Lucinda at the rate Eleven dollars per year for said two years, if he should live so long and if he dies, the money is to be kept for the apprentice, to be paid to her at the end of her term. Wm L Bent