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Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


October 1785: A frequently-sold young slave escapes from Sussex County, Delaware

Twenty Dollars Reward.
Ran-away from the subscriber, living in Sussex county, on Delaware, on the 10th day of October last, a likely Negro Man, about 21 years of age, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches high; was bred and born the property of Elias Conwel, and since sold to Mr. George Finley, of whom I purchased, in Queen Ann county. I believe he is gone upwards, and very like he may try to pass for a free negro. Whoever takes up and secures the said negro in any gaol, so that his master may get him again, shall be entitled to the above reward, paid by

Cord Hazzard.
July 7.

Source: Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia), Saturday, 8 July 1786; also in same paper, Monday, 24 July 1786.

Covering the history of African Americans in central Pennsylvania from the colonial era through the Civil War.

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