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Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


July 1786: Guinea born Hamlet claims royal blood, escapes from Wilmington

Sixteen Dollars Reward.
Ran-away from the subscriber, on the 14th inst. in the evening, a Negro boy, about 18 or 19 years of age, born in Guinea, called Hamlet, a short well set fellow; had on a check shirt, a pair tow trowsers, and a brown jacket with sleeves; his very talkative, and says he is a prince in his own country; he has a silver medal with an engraving in the French language; it supposed he has taken a sum of money with him, about 50L. Any person securing him in any gaol, shall be paid the above reward, and reasonable charges if brought home.

Pat O'Flinn.
Wilmington, July 15.

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

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