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Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


May 1828: Alfred, who escaped from Shenandoah County, Virginia the previous September, remains at large

One Hundred Dollars Reward.
Ran away from the possession of Mr. Daniel Cloud, who resides in Shenandoah county, Virginia, about the 12th September last, a negro man, named Alfred. He is twenty-one years of age, five feet five or six inches high, a bright mulatto, his hair inclining to be straight; he is chunky, and well set; he has one of his middle fingers cut off at the middle joint, upon his left hand; his clothing consisted of a white wool hat, much worn, drab fulled cloth roundabout, and pantaloons country made, striped vest, of red and yellow, one cotton and one linen shirt, and various other clothing.

Twenty-five dollars will be given if taken in Shenandoah or Frederick counties, Virginia; forty dollars, if taken in any other conty within the State of Virginia; fifty dollars, if taken in the State of Maryland or District of Columbia; and the above reward, if taken in any other State in the Union; and, in every case, to be secured in jail so that I get him again, and all reasonable expenses paid, if delivered to me, who resides near Hay-Market, Prince William county, Virginia.

Thomas Monroe.
Hay Market, Feb. 24, 1828,
March 1.

Source: Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), Saturday, 3 May 1828, and republished 4 July 1828.


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