My name is Sarah Malie and I am what you would refer to as an indentured servant. I am twenty-four years old and was born in London, England. My mother was originally from there and my father, Sidney Malie, came to London from Glasgow, Scotland. We were a poor family that had too many mouths to feed. When I was eight years old, my mother brought me to the house of her employers, where I was to help scrub floors and attend to the young Mistress Edith, who was only a year older than me.
When I was fourteen, my employer decided to cross the ocean in hopes of settling into a colony called Maryland, which from what I could hear would offer them the freedom to be Catholics without any grief from others. Even though they are a wealthy family, being Catholic at that time was not acceptable. This new colony called Maryland was supposed to offer the chance to go to church in peace (Our Country, 2011). It was supposed to offer everyone a new life.
[...] I have to hope for the best for their sakes. References Elson, Henry William (1904), History of the United States of America. Retrieved December 23, 2011 from http://www.usahistory.info/southern/Maryland.html Our Country (2011). Colonial History of Maryland. Retrieved December 23, 2011 from http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html/Our_Country_Vol_1/colonialh_ ig.html Schaun, George and Virginia (1996). Everyday Life in Colonial Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Retrieved December 23, 2011 from http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/models/colamer/topics.htm Tiernau, Luke (1898). History of Baltimore, Maryland from its Founding as a Town to its Current Year. SB Nelson, Publisher, Baltimore, MD US History.org (2011). Indentured Servants. [...]
[...] Daniel is also an indentured servant who arrived in Maryland the same time as me. Although he has technically fulfilled his contract, he is unable to leave until I have paid off mine. I had two and a half years added to mine each time I gave birth as a penalty for having time I could not perform all of my duties (US History.org, 2011). This, in my opinion, is unfair but I would not trade my two children for anything in the world. [...]
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