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

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ON Wednesday the 2d of January Instant a Negro Man, by Name JOHN GIFT, absented himself from his Master, JOHN KIDDOLL’s Service, in Princess-Street, Rotherhith. Whomsoever will take him up, or cause the above to be taken and brought to the above John Kiddoll, shall receive Ten Guineas Reward, and reasonable Charges paid; he lately offered himself Cook on Board some Ship to the East or West Indies as a Freeman, though he is the real Property of the above Kiddoll, &c. If any Commander or Officer will secure him, they shall have the same Reward, with Thanks; but whosoever employs, entertains, or harbours the above Negro, shall be treated with as the Law directs. When he went away he had on a black Wig and Hat, a Snuff-coloured Coat, Green Waistcoat, and Black Breeches; he is about 38 Years of Age, has at present a Cold, with a Consumptive Cough, and of a yellow Complection, speaks good English, about 5 Feet 5 or 6 Inches high, and rather holds down his Head when he walks, but believe has changed his Name that he may not be apprehended.
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Newspaper title:Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser
Newspaper region:South East England
Newspaper date:11 January 1765
Runaway date:2 January 1765
Page number:1
Institution:British Library: Burney Collection (Online)
Given name:John
Given surname:Gift
Also known as:-
Racial descriptor:Negro
Physical characteristics:of a yellow Complection, and rather holds down his Head when he walks
Disease:has at present a Cold, with a Consumptive Cough
Physical scars:-
Country marks:-
Plantation marks:-
Language:speaks good English
Specified occupation:Cook
Clothing:a black Wig and Hat, a Snuff-coloured Coat, Green Waistcoat, and Black Breeches
Accused of crime:no
Warning notice:yes
Ran from ship:
Ran from region:South East England
Ran from specified:Princess-Street, Rotherhith
Destination (region):South Asia; West Indies
Destination (specified):-
Owner:John Kiddoll
Owner occupation:-
Owner address:Princess-Street, Rotherhith
Name of contact:John Kiddoll
Contact occupation:-
Contact address:Princess-Street, Rotherhith
Value pounds:
Value shillings:
Value pence:
Total value:-
Reward pounds:10
Reward shillings:10
Reward pence:
Other reward:reasonable Charges
Total reward:Ten Guineas Reward, and reasonable Charges
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Amended advert:yes
Notes:See r0341, r0343, r0344 for related advertisements