Poughkeepsie Journal – August 1, 1797 to August 18, 1797

Ten Dollars reward. 
RANAWAY on the 25th of June,
thirty years old or thereabouts, 5 
feet 7 or 8 inches high, a real black,
this country born, a full smooth face,
and speaks good English. he had
on when he went away a short[sa-
gathee] coat a light color, [thickset]
breeches, and took with him both
shoes and boots, with sundry other
wearing apparel: he can both read
and write, and is naturally fond of
reading; and it is very probable
that he has written for himself a pass
or discharge, and has very likely
altered his name. Whoever shall
apprehend the said negro and return 
him to the subscriber, or secure him
in any gaol so that he is had again,
shall received the above reward, and
all reasonable charges paid by the 
subscriber.     JOHN MARSH
Woodbridge, (N.J.) July 3, 1797.

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