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This Indenture made this 31st day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight between Geo H. Jones & Jno Patterson overseers of the Poor in the town of Petersburg of the first part and John Shore & James Ford partners in trade under the firm of Shore & Ford of the Town of Petersburg of the other part Witnesseth that the said Geo H. Jones & Jno Patterson overseers of the Poor aforesaid by virtue of an order of the Hustings court of the town of Petersburg bearing date August Court 1837 have put placed & bind Levy Jones a free orphan boy of color who is now about 12 years of age to be an apprentice with them the said Shore & Ford and with them the said Shore & Ford to dwell as an apprentice from the date of these presents until the said Levy Jones shall come to the age of 21 years according to the act of Assembly, in such case made and provided. By and and during all which term & time the said Levy Jones shall the said Shore & Ford his said Masters well and truly, and faithfully serve in all such careful business as the said Levy Jones shall be put to by his said Masters Shore & Ford according to the power wit & ability of him the said Levy Jones & honestly and obediently in all things shall behave himself toward his said Masters and honestly & orderly toward their families And the said Shore & Ford for themselves their Executors & administrators do honestly promise & covenant to and with the said overseers of the Poor and every of their