Of domesticall duties eight treatises. I. An exposition of that part of Scripture out of which domesticall duties are raised. ... VIII. Duties of masters. By William Gouge.
Gouge, William, 1578-1653.

§. 15. Of the vnlawfulnesse of childrens trauelling, and bin∣ding themselues prentises without consent of parents.

Contrary also to the forenamed part of childrens obedi∣ence, is the practise of such children as trauell, and seeke their fortunes (as they speake) without consent of parents, like the Prodigall childe, if not worse: for it is likely that he forced * from his father a generall consent, in that he obtained of him his portion of goods. These vsually bring great griefe to their parents, and many times make them feare more then is cause, as old Iaakob feared, when he knew not what was become of * his sonne.

Among those aberrations may be reckoned a custome in this land more vsuall then lawfull, for children to binde them∣selues prentises without consent of parents: to which fault they who take indentures of such children, or otherwise co∣uenant with them without knowledge of their parents con∣sent, make themselues accessary. *