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Indenture of Matheas Wirgerlin, Schenectady, October 28, 1777

Schenectady indenture

Schenectady indenture

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Document Description
Indenture for Matheas Wirgerlin "being deserted out of the army lately commanded by Lieut. General John Burgoin" making Wirgerlin a servant of [      ] S. Ten Eyck and his wife Elsie of Schenectady, October 28, 1777.
 
Questions
What is an indenture?
What are the terms of this indenture?
Who is Matheas Wirgerlin and why was he in Schenectady?
Did Wirgerlin make out well in this arrangement? Why or why not? Explain using evidence from the document and your knowledge of the American Revolution.