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April 1797: Jacobs escapes with a female companion and heads to Philadelphia

Twenty Dollars Reward.
Ran away on Saturday the 1st of this inst. from the subscriber, living in Newcastle county, and Delaware state; a negro man named Jacobs, about five feet 10 or 11 inches high, and about 36 years of age. He has a very surly look, and by close examining, it will be found that he squints; he is very fond of strong liquors.

The clothes that he wore away cannot be described, but took with him one green cloth coat, one white do. and jacket, one fine shirt, one coarse tow do. an old pair of velvet small-clothes, patched in the seat with cloth, one pair of brown yarn stockings, and it is likely that he was taken up with a mulatto wench, and making towards Philadelphia.

Any person apprehending the said negro and securing him in goal so that his master shall get him again, shall receive the above reward by me

Andrew Fisher.
April 8.

Source: Porcupine's Gazette and United States Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia), Saturday, 8 April 1797.

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