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Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


January 1835: Harry Nelson has been gone from Cecil County, Maryland for nearly a year

$50 Reward.
Ran away from the subscriber living near North East, Cecil County, Maryland, on or about the 23d day of February last, 1834, a negro man, who calls himself Harry Nelson, or Harry Brown; from twenty-six to twenty-eight years of age, about five feet 10 or 11 inches high, slender make, of a stern and forbidding countenance; answers with great propriety when spoken to. He is very black, and when he walks turns his toes rather out.

As he has been gone such a length of time, and took numerous articles of clothing with him, it is deemed unnecessary to particularize them. No other particular marks are recollected, except that he is very fond of spirituous liquor, and when under the influence of it inclines to be prophane and impudent.

The above reward will be given to any person who will apprehend said negro and lodge him in any jail so that I can get him again, or $30 will be given for any information that will lead to his detection.

George McCullough.
January 23, 1835..

Source: Lancaster Journal, 30 January 1835.

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

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