Henry Hammon, of Elham, miller, was summoned for refusing to teach his trade of a miller to Stephen Court, his apprentice. Defendant did not appear, but service of the summons haring been proved the justices proceeded to hear the case in his absence. It appeared that Stephen Court was by indenture, dated 16tb August, 1863, bound by the trustees of Sir John William's Charity to Mr. Hammon for six years, to learn his trade of a miller. A premium of £25 was paid, and Mr. Hammon covenanted to find the apprentice with board and lodging. At Michaelmas last defendant left the business, and the mill was sold, and a Mr. Gilbert took it. Ever since that time, to within a few days Court had been employed by defendant in gardening, and although he had been repeatedly requested to do so, he bad refused to assign the apprentice to any one else, and would not allow Mr. Gilbert to take him, although he expressed his willingness to have him for the remainder of the term without any premium. The justices ordered that the apprentice should he discharged forthwith, and that £3, part of the premium, with 12s. costs, should he handed over to the apprentice's father forthwith, end that in default it should be levied by distress, and in default of sufficient distress defendant should be imprisoned for 21 days.
Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 15 December 1863