Runaway Ad

Runaway Ad

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Jefferson ran this ad offering a reward for the return of "Sandy" in "The Virginia Gazette" on September 14, 1769.

 

Transcript:

RUN away from the subscriber
in Albemarle, a Mulatto slave called Sandy,
about 35 years of age, his stature is rather low,
inclining to corpulence, and his complexion light;
he is a shoemaker by trade, in which he uses his
left hand principally, can do coarse carpenters
work, and is something of a horse jockey; he is
greatly addicted to drink, and when drunk is inso-
lent and disorderly, in his conversation he swears
much, and in his behaviour is artful and knavish.  He took with
him a white horse, much scarred with traces, of which it is ex-
peceted he will endeavour to dispose; he also carried his shoe-
makers tools, and will probably endeavor to get employment that
way. Whoever conveys the said slave to me, in Albemarle, shall
have 40 s. (shillings) reward, if taken up within the county, 4 l. (pounds) if elswhere
within the colony, and 10 l. if in any other colony, from
                                                       THOMAS JEFFERSON.

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Image courtesy Virginia Historical Society