The Geography of Slavery

Virginia Gazette (Rind),
Williamsburg, November 11, 1773.

RUN away from the subscribers, at Mr. Lewis Ball's, on the 14th of October, 5 convict servant men, which were taken from on board the Taylor, yesterday morning, at Four Mile creek, viz. Oliver Martin, 22 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches high, brown complexion, born in Ireland, by trade a housecarpenter and joiner, and had an old brown coat, red waistcoat, and trousers; he is peart and well looking. Jonathan Boothman, 23 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches high, an Englishman, dark brown complexion, and had on a white cotton waiscoat and trousers; he has a thief look. Paul Preston, 30 years of age, 5 feet high, born in Pennsylvania, sandy complexion, and had on a blue waistcoat and black lasting breeches; well looking. John Thompson, 35 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches high, born in New England, dark complexion, and had on a blue waistcoat, cotton ditto, black breeches and trousers; of a surly look. John Gagahagan, 43 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches high, an Irishman, black complexion, and had on a light coloured coat, leather breeches, and blue waistcoat; well looking. The first mentioned four are all seamen, and the latter a grocer. Whoever takes up and secures them, or any of them, so as we may get them again, shall have twenty shillings reward for each, if taken within 20 miles of Richmond, and if farther, forty shillings for each. All masters of vessels are forewarned from harbouring or carrying either of the said convicts out of the colony, at their peril. SAMPSON & GEORGE MATHEWS.