Runaway Slaves in Britain: bondage, freedom and race in the eighteenth century


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RUN away from h[i]s Master John Gardner of Bartholey, in the County of Monmouth, Esq; A Negro Servant called Windsor, about five Feet four Inches high, slim made, and about 20 Years of Age, he speaks good English, and is supposed will take on him the Name of Henry Win; he had on when he went away, a new Dust-coloured Working Frock lined with brown Holland, a new flowered Linen Waistcoat, or a scarlet Livery Waistcoat with Silver Buttons, a Pair of plain new Cloth Breeches tied at the Knees with blue Ribbon, or a Pair of blue Livery Cloth Breeches with Silver Buttons, a Silver-laced Livery hat, the Lace of which it is supposed he may have taken off, the better to disguise him, and a black Bob Wig, tho’ his black Wool was grown long enough to go without a Wig; on his left Shoulder is his Master’s Plantation Mark in the West-Indies, viz. I.8.G. he is suspected of having robb’d his Master of some Silver Spoons, which are missing, Linen, and other Things of Value; he went out of Monmouthshire to Monmouth. Whoever shall apprehend him and bring him to John Fielding, Esq; shall have Five Guineas Reward; and any Person who shall detain or secrete him, will be liable to be prosecuted, he being the absolute Property of John Gardner, Esq; aforesaid. 

ID:r0269
Newspaper title:Public Advertiser
Newspaper region:South East England
Country:England
Newspaper date:14 April 1757
Runaway date:
Page number:2
Institution:British Library: Burney Collection (Online)
Given name:Windsor
Given surname:-
Also known as:Henry Win
Racial descriptor:Negro
Origin:-
Age:20
Gender:male
Height:64
Physical characteristics:slim made, his black Wool was grown long enough to go without a Wig; on his left Shoulder is his Master’s Plantation Mark in the West-Indies, viz. I.8.G.
Disease:-
Injuries:-
Physical scars:-
Country marks:-
Plantation marks:on his left Shoulder is his Master’s Plantation Mark in the West-Indies, viz. I.8.G.
Personality:-
Language:speaks good English
Stutters:
Literacy:-
Religion:-
Motivation:-
Skills:-
Specified occupation:servant
Clothing:a new Dust-coloured Working Frock lined with brown Holland, a new flowered Linen Waistcoat, or a scarlet Livery Waistcoat with Silver Buttons, a Pair of plain new Cloth Breeches tied at the Knees with blue Ribbon, or a Pair of blue Livery Cloth Breeches with Silver Buttons, a Silver-laced Livery hat, the Lace of which it is supposed he may have taken off, the better to disguise him, and a black Bob Wig
Accused of crime:theft (suspected): some Silver Spoons, which are missing, Linen, and other Things of Value
Warning notice:yes
Ran from ship:
Ran from region:Wales
Ran from specified:Bartholey, in the County of Monmouth
Destination (region):Wales
Destination (specified):out of Monmouthshire to Monmouth
Companions:-
Owner:John Gardner, Esq
Owner occupation:-
Owner address:Bartholey, in the County of Monmouth
Name of contact:John Fielding, Esq
Contact occupation:-
Contact address:-
Value pounds:
Value shillings:
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Total value:-
Reward pounds:5
Reward shillings:5
Reward pence:
Other reward:-
Total reward:Five Guineas
Ad repeated in other newspapers:yes
Ad repeated:

ibid. - 16th, 21st, 23rd April 1757.

Amended advert:
Notes:Due to the quality of image from 14 April, the image displayed is from 23 March 1757