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Davis, Ignatious (1759-1828) Thirty Dollars Reward

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03157 Author/Creator: Davis, Ignatious (1759-1828) Place Written: Frederick, Maryland Type: Broadside Date: 7 September 1791 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.3 x 21.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Printed by John Winter of Frederick-Town (now known as Frederick), Maryland. Broadside which announces Ignatious Davis's offer of a 30 dollar reward for his runaway enslaved person Arch. He is described as "a handsome Negro Lad ... About twenty years of age ... of yellow complexion, talks sensible and artful, but if close examined is apt to tremble." Says he is undersized, active, and has small legs. Also has a ridge or scar on the back of his neck. Describes the clothing he was wearing when he absconded on 22 August 1791. Says he will pay the full reward if Arch is found to be over 60 miles away or a half dollar per mile if under 60 miles.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FinanceRunaway SlaveFugitive Slave ActAfrican American HistorySlavery

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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