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January 1806: Ferryman Andrew remains at large from a summer 1805 escape

Twenty Dollars Reward,
Will be given for apprehending and securing in jail, a young mulatto man slave named Andrew. He was hired by me last year to Mr. Joseph Thomas, who keeps the middle ferry opposite to Alexandria, and absconded from that place about the latter end of August last.

He is about 23 years of age, 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, lusty and well made, has short curled hair, and is frequenlty subject to have several large pimples in his face. He is reckoned to be a sensible fellow, of an easy, agreeable address for a man in his low sphere of life. As he has not been heard of by me since his elopement, I suspect he has had the address to ship himself as a freeman on board some vessel either at Alexandria or Baltimore.

Whoever takes him up and secures him in any jail, shall receive from me the above reward, as soon as due information thereof is given to me or to Doctor N. P. Canfin, at Port Tobacco.

G. B. Canfin.
Maryland, Charles County, January 17.

Source: Alexandria Daily Advertiser, Wednesday, 12 March 1806.
This ad also ran in the March 27 edition.

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