Runaway Ad for Michael, June 13, 1822

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Runaway Ad for Michael, June 13, 1822


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


An advertisement for Michael published in the Daily National Intelligencer on June 13, 1822. He had escaped in late April, and the subscriber, Notley Maddox, was offering a $50 reward for his capture. The ad reveals that Michael had been hired out to Georgetown (the "Roman Catholic College") and was "sent on errands to Catholic Churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania" including Conewago. The ad also indicates that Michael was literate and had taken a horse from the college.

In the advertisement, Maddox writes that if Michael turned himself in, he would sell him to a master of Michael's own choice for the sum that Maddox had paid for him, plus the cost of the advertisement.

In the early 1820s, a man named Michael was hired out by Margaret Fenwick to Georgetown College. The Michael named in this advertisement was identified as having been the property of a Mr. Fenwick, so it is likely the same man.


Daily National Intelligencer


Daily National Intelligencer, June 13, 1822


Georgetown Slavery Archive




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Fifty Dollars Reward 

Ran away, about the 20th of April last, a negro slave, named MICHAEL, late the property of Mr. Fenwick of Georgetown, District of Columbia. He has long been hired at the Roman Catholic College, of said town; was once the property of the late Mr. Casanave; is about 30 years of age, 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, round face, yellowish complexion, a litte pitted with the small pox, is said to read and write; has occasionally been sent on errands to Catholic churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania, particularly to that on Conewago. He possessed a variety of good clothes. It is believed he took with him a gray horse, the property of the College. The horse is of good size, would pace, trot, and gallop. The above reward of $50 will be given for securing said negro Michael in any gaol,  so that I get him, and all reasonable expenses if lodged in the gaol of Washington, D.C. And, if the said Michael will deliver himself without further expense to Mr. John Threlkeld or Mr. Chas. King of Georgetown, they, or either of them, are authorized by me to sell him to a master of his own chusing for the sum I gave for him, that is $399, with interest from the 25th of April last, and cost of this advertisement. 

Notley Maddox
living near the city of Washington

June 8



Daily National Intelligencer, “Runaway Ad for Michael, June 13, 1822,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed July 16, 2024,