Runaway Ad for William Castle, 1804

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Title

Runaway Ad for William Castle, 1804

Subject

Slaves; Fugitive slaves; Advertisements; Jesuits--History--19th century

Description

On December 29, 1804, Francis Beeston, the assistant to Bishop John Carroll in Baltimore posted a runaway slave advertisement for William Castle, a twenty year-old man, in the Baltimore Telegraphe Daily Advertiser. 

Beeston asserted that Castle intended "to make his escape on board of some vessel, in company with a black man from St. Domingo, called George or Azore, formerly in the service of "the reverend Dr. Bend." He offered $20 for Castle's capture. 

Beeston, a former English Jesuit, was a member of the board of directors of Georgetown College.

Creator

Maryland State Archives

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1804-12-29

Contributor

Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Rights

Maryland State Archives

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Advertisement

Identifier

GSA426

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Text

Twenty Dollars Reward

Went off on Sunday the 16th instant, a dark mulatto young man named William, calling himself William Castle. He has a good, and rather lively countenance, is active, and well made; five feet five or six inches high, & about twenty years of age, or rather more. He took with him a variety of good cloths; his coats were blue, with a buff cape. He was seen on Fells Point on Wednesday, and it is probable that he intends to make his escape on board of some vessel, in company with a man from St. Domingo, called George or Azore, formerly in the service of the reverend Mr. Bend. William being well known in this city, a more particular description is unnecessary. Masters of vessels are cautioned against receiving and carrying him off. The above reward will be given for securing and delivering him to the subscriber, and reasonable charges paid by 


Francis Beeston


December 29

Original Format

Newspaper Ad

Files

Citation

Maryland State Archives, “Runaway Ad for William Castle, 1804,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed August 6, 2020, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/492.