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To the Agricultural Labourer who had lived the longest either on the same farm, or under one master, and who can bring the best testimonials for honesty, sobriety, and general good conduct from his employer. £4, to John OLDING, aged 65, who has worked for Mr. Joseph CHERITON, and his predecessors, on Hole Farm, in the parish of Down St Mary, for 58 years, and has always borne good character for honesty and sobriety, and has brought up a family of eight children.
To the Agricultural Labourer who has lived as above, and whose testimonials are in the next degree satisfactory, £2, to Humphrey BRADDON, aged 65, who brings and excellent character from his master Mr. Thomas REED, of Abbott's Bickington, near Torrington, on whose estate he has worked 54 years.
To the Agricultural Labourer who has brought up the largest family without parochial aid, and who can bring the best testimonials as to character, £4, to Edward DEARING, who had brought up a family of nine children, the youngest of whom is now 17 years of age, and had received an excellent character for honesty and industry, from his employer Mr. Edward KNAPMAN, of Okehampton, for whom he had worked 39 years.
To the Agricultural Labourer who had brought up a family as above, and whose testimonials are in the third degree satisfactory, £2, to John PEARCE, aged 56, who brings a good character from his employer Mr. Christopher KINGDON, of Rudge, Rewe, for whom he has worked 49 years, and had brought up a family of eight children without parochial relief.
To the Master who has retained a Servant in Husbandry under his own roof for the longest period, a Silver Medal, to the Rev. W. H. ARUNDELL, of Cheriton Fitzpaine, with whom John COCKRAM, has lived during a servitude of 43 years.
To the Agricultural Servant who has lived the longest under his or her employer's roof, £1 10s. to John COCKRAM, aged 82, who has lived with the Rev. W. H. ARUNDELL, as above, and has always been strictly honest, industrious, and sober.
To the Servant who, having served out his or her apprenticeship, has remained the largest period with the same Master since the expiration of such apprenticeship, £2, to Bartholomew SMITH, aged 57, who served an apprenticeship for 12 years, and has since lived 36 years, with Roger DENSHOM, of Morchard Bishop, and has always behaved as an honest and industrious man.
To the Servant under similar conditions, the length of whose servitude has been to the next degree satisfactory, £1 to Jonas STONEMAN, aged 52, who served an apprenticeship for 13 years, with Mr. John PARTRIDGE, of Bow, and has since lived with him and his son for 31 years, and has always conducted himself to the satisfaction of his employer.
This concluded, there was given and drank, "An honest Peasantry, its Country's pride:" and "The Plough and the Fleece."
Last updated: 3 Apr 2014 - Brian Randell
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