The Geography of Slavery

Virginia Gazette (Rind),
Williamsburg, February 16, 1769.

Charles City, September 23, 1769. [sic] RUN away from the subscriber, on the 11th inst. a Negro fellow named Charles, about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, of a yellow complexion, speaks slow and soft, and is about twenty-seven years of age, an artful cunning fellow, and had with him when he went away sundry cloaths, but of what sort more than common I cannot remember, only a bearskin great coat, and a large pair of silver shoe buckles. He is a sawyer and shoemaker by trade, and carried with him his shoemaker's tools. The said fellow reads very well, and is a great preacher, from which I imagine he will endeavour to pass for a free man. I hereby offer a reward of three pounds if taken in the colony, or if out of it five pounds, paid by, SARAH FLOYD. N.B. The said fellow run away the 16th of February 1765, and was absent near two years.