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Bartlett, Josiah (1729-1795) [Announcement for reward for runaway "negro man servant" named Peter]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02816 Author/Creator: Bartlett, Josiah (1729-1795) Place Written: Kingstown, New Hampshire Type: Autograph document signed Date: 20 September 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: An announcement made by Bartlett, the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, regarding his runaway "Negro man servant Named Peter, aged about Twenty years, a short thick fellow, speaks good English, is pretty sensible and understands farming Business very well, had on when he went away a Brown homespun Coat a new pair of moose Leather Breeches & grey yarn Stockings." States that Peter ran away on 18 September 1781. Bartlett promises a reward for information or capture. He also notes that someone "for their own private advantage" has assisted Peter and that they will be prosecuted unless they make "Reasonable Satisfaction."


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Clothing and Accessories, Law, Runaway Slave

Sub Era: The War for Independence