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June 1797: Aleck and Dick escape from Queenstown, Maryland

100 Dollars Reward.

Run away on Saturday the third instant, from the subscriber, living in Queen Ann's county, near Queen's Town, state of Maryland, two likely negro men; one named Aleck, about 27 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches high, has a scar on his throat. As he was hired it is not known what clothes he took with him. He is very fond of dress.

The other named Dick, about 21 years old, about 6 feet high, straight and well made. He can read plain print. He took with him one light coloured broad cloth coat, a red cassimer waist coat striped with blue and yellow, dark thickset breeches, plain nankeen gaters.

The above negroes were both bred to the plantation business. The above reward will be paid on the delivery of said negroes to the subscriber, or in proportion for any of them, or seventy dollars, of they are secured in any jail so that the subscriber may get them again, or in proportion for either of them.
Thos. L. Emory,
June 12.

Source: Porcupine's Gazette (Philadelphia), 27 November 1797.

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