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April 1837: Bill Cook escapes from Allens Fresh, Charles County, Maryland

100 Dollars Reward.
Ran away, in the month of April last, my negro man Bill, generally called by the negroes Bill Cook, aged about 22 years, 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, of a dark chestnut color, has a large bushy head of hair or wool, which he keeps nicely combed up, and seems to be very proud of it. The features of his face are flat, he lisps when speaking, and is fond of whiskey, and when drunk very insolent.

He went off in company with a fellow belonging to the Rev. M. Goodwin; and there is every reason to believe they have obtained forged free papers, and that their object is to get to Pennsylvania, or some other non slave-holding State.

I will give the above reward, including the sum allowed by law, for securing said runaway in any jail so that I get him again.

Elizabeth Posey.
July 18.
Allens' Fresh.

Source: National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), Saturday, 16 September 1837.

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