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From: Kay Allen AG <>
Subject: Re: Age of competency
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 1990 09:42:18 -0700


Or it could be that it was going to take him that long to become a
proficient carpenter :-)

Kay Allen AG

Renia wrote:
>
> I agree with this. I think the length of the apprenticeship is important, in this
> case. He was bound for a long time, on purpose, to keep him under someone's
> financial jurisdiction until he was old enough to be financially responsible for
> himself.
>
> Renia
>
> "R. Leutner" wrote:
>
> > I think we need to know what the evidence is that he apprenticed himself
> > out? Perhaps I missed that detail in the earliest post.
> >
> > I must say I don't recall many instances of adults putting themselves into
> > apprenticeships in the 17th c. Perhaps indenturing themselves to pay for
> > their passage, but you wouldn't see that happening on this side of the
> > water so early as 1634, I don't think. And in either case, 11 years would be
> > a rather long period of apprenticeship for an adult and certainly an extra-long
> > period of servitude.
> >
> > But I'm just blabbering!
> >
> > Bob Leutner
> > Iowa City IA

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