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Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon),
Williamsburg, August 16, 1770.

RUN away from the subscriber, in Cumberland county, two mulatto servant men. SAMUEL HOWELL, about 28 years old, well set, about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high; he is a sensible fellow and a good sawer. SIMON HOWELL, brother to Samuel, about 25 years of age, 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, has a thin visage, and sharp chin. They went off in their common labouring dress, and took no other clothes with them that I can discover. They are both bound to 31 years of age, and no doubt will endeavour to pass for free. Samuel lately brought a suit for his freedom in the General Court, which was determined against him. Whoever delivers the said servants to me, about two miles from Micheaux's ferry, shall receive a reward of 6 l. if taken in Virginia, and if out of the colony 10 l. WADE NETHERLAND.


  • Reprint: not in Windley
  • More Information: Thomas Jefferson represented the Howell brothers in their unsuccessful suit in April.

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