Friday, November 15, 2013

Friend of Friends Friday: A Runaway in Jail

Richmond Whig (Richmond, VA)
August 17, 1847

A RUNAWAY IN JAIL.

A NEGRO BOY, who calls himself PHIL, was committed to the Jail of this county, as a runaway, on the 23d day of June last.  Said slave was committed to jail as the property of a Mr Wm Starke, of the county of Prince William.  But the said boy alledges that he is hired for the present year (1847) to a Mr Heartwell, who lives in the Town of Fredericksburg, and that he was employed in a brick-yard.  Phil is quite black, has an intelligent countenance, is about 16 or 18 years old, and had on when committed to jail a pair of coarse linen pants, quite new, a coarse cotton shirt, and an old glazed cap.  The owner of said boy is requested to come forward, prove his property, pay charges and take him away, or he will be dealt with as the law directs.

N.B.--The boy Phil never owned that any body had any right to him or his services until since he was put in jail.

Ira L. Bowles
For Francis Blunt, Jailor of Hanover County


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