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October 1835: Washington Herbert rides a borrowed Chickasaw mare to freedom

Three Hundred Dollars Reward.
Ranaway from the subscriber on Thursday last, a bright mulatto man who calls himself Washington Herbert, about 24 years of age, 5 feet 8 or 10 inches high, with thick lips, a scar on his forehead, bushy hair, large gray eyes, and rather a disagreeable countenance when spoken to. His clothing was a brown frock coat, gray cassinet pantaloons, and fur hat. He has been brought up as a waiter in my house.

I have no doubt Washington has gone eastward, as he left home without cause, and has several brothers that have absconded in the same way. He rode a small Chickasaw mare from home, with a good saddle and bridle, which I suppose he left on the road.

I will give $150 for him if taken in Maryland or the District of Columbia, and the above reward if taken elsewhere and lodged in Baltimore or Washington jail so that I get him again, and a liberal reward for the mare, saddle and bridle, if brought home to me.

Wm. D. Bowie,
Near Queen Ann Post Office, Prince George's Col, Md. Oct 20.

Source: National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), Thursday, 12 May 1836.

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