This indenture made and entered into this twenty
third day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred & thirty
and Lyman H.
Cowdery, his son, of the town of , county of
Geauga and State of Ohio of the first part & Joseph Smith
of the town county and State aforesaid of the second part Witnesseth, that
said of the first part agrees for the consideration herein after named
to put, place and bind to said party of the second part his son, Lyman H.
Cowdery, for the full term of five years from the twenty third day of November A.D. 1836 and until
he the said Lyman H. Cowdery shall be twenty years of age— And the said Lyman H.
also voluntarily places, himself under the care, protection superintendence
and control of said party of the second part, for the term of
five years from the twenty third day of
November aforesaid, during which time he promises to be faithful,
obedient and attentive to all the lawful command of said party of the second part
reserving only and excepting the hours of devotion, school, refreshment and
repose. Said party of the second part promises and agrees that he will, during
the term of five years aforesaid board the said L. H.
Cowdery, clothe him in a respectful manner, and defray all his
necessary and contingent expenses, for books tuition and maintainence in sickness
and in health, until the expiration of the five years, aforesaid, It is
expressly understood by the contracting parties [p. ]