Currier, Blacksmith, and Shoemaker

Dr. Carroll was frequently looking for tradesmen with specific skills to add to his workforce. As a shrewd businessman, he wanted to hire these indentures on terms that were most favorable to him. In 1727, he wrote to his English agent seeking  a currier who processed leather, a blacksmith, and a shoemaker. He did not want to pay them an annual salary, just freedom dues at the end of their service. He also wanted to contract the servants for longer than the usual four years. Dr. Carroll also hoped these craftsmen could be sent quickly, suggesting they travel to Annapolis with the Captain who was bringing his letter to London.

"..I desire you will order to be procured and sent to me by Capt. Brooks, a Currier, Black Smith, and a Shoemaker Indented for as Long Time as they can be had above four years and without wages."

Dr. Charles Carroll, in a letter, October 22, 1727


A currier processed hides into leather, from The Book of Trades or Library of Useful Arts, London, 1807. Public domain image.