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July 1791: Adonis escapes from the ship Dolphin, docked in Philadelphia

Eight Dollars Reward,

Ran away from on board the brig Dolphin, Capt. Feaux, a Negro man, named Adonis, about 26 years of age; had on a jean jacket and breeches, a round hat, and took with him, several other articles of wearing apparel,--was a cook on board said brig--he talks broken English, and is very fond of liquor. Whoever will deliver to the subscribers, shall receive the above reward, and all reasonable charges.

Crousillat & Olivier,
No. 15, Water street, North
July 28

Additional Research: Compare the description of the enslaved man in this ad, with the man of the same name in an August 1794 fugitve slave ad from Delaware. Whether it is the same person will require further research.

Source: Dunlap's American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia), Friday, 12 August 1791.

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