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October 1859: David Musy is Believed Headed For a Free State

$250 Reward.
Ranaway from the subscribers, at Alexandria, Va., on the night of the 20th of October, a negro man named David Musy. Said negro is black, about five feet seven inches high, weight about one hundred and fifty pounds, and is twenty-one or two years of age; full suit of hair; a scar or mark on the right cheek; likely, with good teeth. He is doubtless making his way to a free state. We will give the above reward for taking and securing so that we get him again.

Nov 5.
A. S. Grigsby & Co.

Source: Alexandria Gazette & Virginia Advertiser, 7 November 1859.

Editors' Notes: Alexander Spotswood Grigsby was a well known slave dealer and merchant in Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia. Grigsby owned a general store in Centreville with Robert Whaley, and the partners both bought and sold slaves until they dissolved their partnership in 1858. Grigsby shared the slave business in the county with another dealer, Joseph Bruin, but instead of competing, the two slave dealers split the county, with each taking a portion.

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