Thomas Jefferson Papers

Advertisement for a Runaway Slave, 7 September 1769

Advertisement for a Runaway Slave

[7 September 1769]

Run away from the subscriber in Albemarle, a Mulatto slave called Sandy, about 35 years of age, his stature is rather low, inclining to corpulence, and his complexion light; he is a shoemaker by trade, in which he uses his left hand principally, can do coarse carpenters work, and is something of a horse jockey; he is greatly addicted to drink, and when drunk is insolent and disorderly, in his conversation he swears much, and his behaviour is artful and knavish. He took with him a white horse, much scarred with traces, of which it is expected he will endeavour to dispose; he also carried his shoemakers tools, and will probably endeavour to get employment that way. Whoever conveys the said slave to me in Albemarle, shall have 40 s. reward, if taken up within the county, 4 l. if elsewhere within the colony, and 10 l. if in any other colony, from

thomas jefferson.

Printed from Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon), 14 Sep. 1769. (The advertisement first appeared in the preceding issue, 7 Sep., but the text is not available there because of mutilation.)

Sandy is twice mentioned in TJ’s Accounts with the Jefferson Family, 1764–75: first, in an undated entry, “To hire for Sandy from my father’s death 1757 to Dec. 31, 1762 5 ½years @ £18”; second, under 29 Jan. 1773, “To negro Sandy sold to Colo. Charles Lewis £100.”

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