apprentice, verb transitive

Origin:
As apprentice noun.
historical
To register (someone, often a former slave or the child of a slave) as the indentured servant of a particular master for a fixed period; book; inboek.
1816 G. Barker Journal. 25 Jan.A Hottentot woman..had resided a long time with a certain Boor and had cohabited with a slave of his, by whom she had several children; the Boor had driven her away & deprived her of the man with whom she had so long lived that he might take a slave woman to wife, that the Boor might gain slaves, (the children of the Hottentot being free) her children were detained by the Boor & apprenticed after the usual manner.
1836 Ordinance 3 in Cape of G.H. Govt Gaz. 3 June 1In order that Persons in this Colony desirous of obtaining the Services of Children from the said Instituition may be enabled to exercise a legal authority over them, it is necessary that some Persons be authorized to act as Guardians for and on behalf of such Children, with power to apprentice or otherwise provide for them as to their said Guardians may appear most expedient.
1863 Lady Duff-Gordon in F. Galton Vacation Tourists (1864) III. 213She is ‘apprenticed’, a name for temporary slavery, and is highly spoken of as a servant, as the Caffres always are.
1887 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 29Sir John Cradock issued a proclamation empowering each landdrost in his respective district to seize upon any Hottentot child, of the age of eight years, whose parents had been in his service at the period of his birth, and apprentice him to whomsoever he pleased for a term of ten years.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 224Inbooking,..The anglicized form of the word used by the Dutch in the Transvaal for a system of apprenticing natives that was open to great abuse.
1963 P. Hinchliff Anglican Church 15In 1836 the Children’s Friend Society sent 700 destitute and neglected children to the colony. These youths had been rescued from a life of delinquency in the London slums and were apprenticed to the farmers at the Cape.
1980 J. Cock Maids & Madams 175San women and children were captured by both Xhosa and Dutch farmers who wanted servants. San adults sometimes ‘apprenticed’ their children to Dutch farmers when they were ‘in a famished state’.
To register (someone, often a former slave or the child of a slave) as the indentured servant of a particular master for a fixed period; book; inboek.
Derivatives:
Hence apprenticing verbal noun.
1904 H.A. Bryden Hist. of S. Afr. 279A large number of Bechuanas were deported to Cape Colony proper, where they were ‘apprenticed’ among Dutch farmers. This deportation and forcible apprenticing..is little better than a form of slavery.
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