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July 1820: Teenaged Emanuel escapes from Front Royal

20 Dollars Reward.
Ran away from the subscriber, residing in Front Royal, Frederick county, Va. on Thursday morning the 13th inst. a very dark mulatto boy named Emanuel, about 17 or 18 years old, supposed to be 5 feet 8 inches high, has rather a flat nose with large nostrils, and is slender made. He had on when he left home a pair of brown linen breeches, and a shirt of thread and cotton--no other clothing recollected; but as he is a very cunning fellow, it is more than probable he has other clothing with him, and may endeavor to pass himself as a free boy, and may change his name, as he did once before.

I purchased this boy from Catesby Graham, near Newtown, Frederick county; but I have been informed that he was raised on Baldwin's Ridge, Fauquier county; and he was last seen near Capt. Baldwin's, Bradford, Fauquier county, but since that time nothing has been heard of him. He may make to the neighborhood where his mother resides, near Newtown, and may be lurking in that settlement.

I will give the above reward, together with all reasonable charges, to any person who will secure him in any jail so I get him again.

Wm. H. Triplett.
Front Royal, July 22.

Source: National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), Saturday, 29 July 1820.

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