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The Year of Jubilee (1863)

Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


August 1836: Eli Middleton fails to return from an errand

$100 Reward.
Ran away from the subscribers, on the 11th instant, a Negro man by the name of Eli Middleton. He is about 24 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, a dark brown color, sleepy look, talks very slow and droneish, and rarely speaks without being spoken to. He was sent to Nanjemoy Neck, Charles county, Md. with a large bay mare and colt, which he delivered on the 6th, and left there on Thursday, the 11th, at night.

The said Negro ran away about four years since, (at which time he was the property of the heirs of Mr. Askins, of this place) was taken and lodged in Montgomery county jail at Rockville, Md., passing under the name of Harris. We are apprehensive he has a forged pass or free papers.

The above reward, with all reasonable charges, will be paid to any one who will deliver him to us in Alexandria, or secure him so that we get him again.

J. & W. H. Irwin.
Aug 16.

Source: The Globe (Washington, D.C.), 24 August 1836.


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