Contract for Indentured Servitude
Richard Lowther (laborer) and Edward Hurd (land owner), Virginia, 1627.
THIS WRITEING INDENTED made the Last day of July/ Anno Dom 1627. . .Richard Lowther (for the Considerations here in after Mentioned) hath hired himselfe and is become and by theis presents doth Covenant and agree and bind himselfe to be remayne and Contynue the Covenant servant of him the said Edward Hurd his heirs and assignes to be by him or them sent and transported unto the Cuntry and land of Virginia, in the parts beyond the Seas & to be by him or them employed upon his plantation there, for and dureing the space of Fower yeares . . . and will truely employ and cnd [sic] endeavour himselfe to the utmost of his power knowledge and skill to doe and performe true and faithfull service unto the said Edward Hurd his heirs and assignes. . . IN CONSIDERATION whereof the said Edward Hurd . . . his heires executors administrators and assignes shall and will ( att his and their owne charges) not only transport and furnish out the said Richard Lowther to and for Virginia aforesaid and there find provide and allow unto him sufficient meate drink apparrell and other necessaryes for his livelihood and maynetenance dureing the said term But alsoe at the expiration of the said terme shall and will graunt assign and allott unto him the said Richard Lowther the quantety of Fifty acres of Land in Virginia aforesaid to hold to him his heires. . .