Handwriting for blacksmith apprentice needs new eyes

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John Thurston Drinkwater was apprenticed to a blacksmith in 1863.  The handwritten agreement between his uncle and guardian, Wm. Drinkwater, and Laurence Hall, blacksmith, has been typed for easy reading.  Copies of the original handwritten agreement and the typed version are attached to the profile.

Text reads "Laurence Hall will provide sufficient meat and drink and apparel, washing, mending and thing necessary and fit for apprentices and that he will cause said apprentice to be taught in a good school reading, writing and arithmetic, including the rule of three; ten dollars lawful money, and one new Bible, two new suits of cloths worth forty dollars and one freedom suit worth forty dollars:

I cannot parse a 3-word-phrase in the handwritten document.

Another person typed the text into a Word file, they also could not figure out what the heck that says!

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I believe that phrase is "rule of three" - a term in arithmetic (and considered to be notoriously difficult to teach), for which see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-multiplication#Rule_of_Three

by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (81.9k points)
C-H, you are correct !! 'rule of three' is a phrase in the string of phrases about education.  Check out my edits to my original question. Nothing like a correctly placed semi-colon to make it clear.

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