John Ashton places a runaway advertisement for Tom, June 15, 1775

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Title

John Ashton places a runaway advertisement for Tom, June 15, 1775

Subject

Fugitive slaves -- Maryland -- History -- 18th century

Description

Rev. John Ashton, a Jesuit priest in Maryland, places an advertisement in the Maryland Gazette for a man named Tom in 1775. Rev. Ashton was a Jesuit priest who would later become one of the founders of Georgetown. The advertisement describes Tom as a twenty-one year-old "mulatto fellow" who was a "shoemaker by trade." 

Creator

Maryland State Archives

Source

Maryland Gazette, June 15, 1775, Maryland State Archives. Also transcribed in Lathan A. Windley, Runaway Slave Advertisements‚ÄĮ: A Documentary History from the 1730s to 1790. Vol. 2: Maryland (Greenwood Press, 1983), p. 112.

Publisher

Maryland State Archives

Date

1775-06-15

Contributor

Adam Rothman

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Runaway advertisement

Identifier

GSA458

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Text

SIX POUNDS REWARD
RAN away from the subscriber, living near Bellair, on Patuxent, in Prince George's county, Maryland, a mulatto fellow called Tom, a shoemaker by trade; he is about one and twenty years old, 5 feet 9 or 10 inches high, stoops naturally, he is fair, but has a remarkable beard when he lets it grow: he has the look of a rogue when sharply spoken to, and discovers a great deal of assurance and impudence in his conversation. As he has always lived in the neighborhood of Queen Anne's, the Governor's Bridge, and Bellair, and been acquainted with the priests of this province, his conversation may easily discover him: It is likely that he may call himself free, and have forged a pass under another name, or he may probably be concealed and kept at his trade in Annapolis, or in the neighborhood of Bellair, on Patuxent, where he lived, by some white people, who make too familiar with my slaves to my great prejudice, and whom I hereby forewarn from having any dealings with them, either in the shoemaking business, or in any other way, without my express consent. Whoever secures the above fellow in jail, or brings him home to me, will be entitled to the above reward, from

JOHN ASHTON

Original Format

Newspaper advertisement

Files

Citation

Maryland State Archives, “John Ashton places a runaway advertisement for Tom, June 15, 1775,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed July 22, 2024, https://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/543.

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