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February 17, 1798: John Moore of Still Pond is searching for Cato, who escaped on Christmas Eve

Advertisement placed by John Moore of Kent County, Maryland for escaped slave Cato.

60 Dollars Reward.

RAN AWAY from the subscriber, on the 24th of December, 1797, a Negro Man, about 22 years old, by the name of Cato, he is about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, middling well proportioned; he has a very coarse voice, his fore teeth stand very far apart; there were one or two with him -- I cannot rightly describe the cloaths he took with him, for he took two or three suits; he had on when he went away, a pair of kersey trowsers, a half worn drab coloured coat, a half worn wool hat; he took with him four very good shirts -- I expect he has made for Philadelphia or the Jerseys. Whosoever takes up said negro and secures him, so that the owner may get him again shall have the above reward, paid by me, JOHN MOORE,
Living in Still Pond, Kent county, Maryland.
January 2.

Notes: "Still Pond" is a small community in Kent County, Maryland.

Sources: Gazette of the United States (Philadelphia), 17 February 1798, page 4.

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