Binding two orphans, William and John Richardson, to Daniel Brynat of Lexington, Kentucky, for training as gunsmiths, as recorded in a manuscript document, signed by Bryant and Levi Todd, as clerk of Fayette County, 13 February, 1804.

Lexington, KY: 1804. Manuscript document. Folio. One-page, with docketing on verso, approximately 200 words, in part: "William Richardson and John Richardson are bound apprentices to the said Daniel Bryant until they shall severally arrive to the age of twenty one years, [Bryant] is to teach or cause them to be taught the art and mystery of gunsmiths in a masterly and workmanlike manner also reading writing & arithmetick as far as and including the rule of three with propriety and at the expiration of the said apprenticeships is to furnish each of the said apprentices with a decent new suit of clothes ... and pay each of them three pounds ten shillings." Various manuscript documents regarding slaves in the ante-bellum South appear regularly on the market, but indentures for apprenticeship less commonly; this is the first document for a gunsmithing apprenticeship that we have seen. Bryan (1758- 1845), a Revolutionary War veteran from western North Carolina who settled near Lexington, Kentucky, about 1785, farmed there and established several other enterprises, including "a gun shop that turned out very fine rifles," until his death. The Kentucky Rifle Foundation lists a William Richardson as a gunsmith in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1839-1850. Some age toning to the paper, but very good. Folded. (#7976). Item #60791

Price: $850.00

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