Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 61

Price Realized: $ 7,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
WHITE & BLACK ESCAPE JAIL TOGETHER (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) GRIGSBY, A.S. "100 DOLLARS REWARD! Broke Jail at Fairfax County, Virginia on Tuesday night, May 2, a white man named James Henry Beach and Henry, a slave the property of A.S. Grigsby." Runaway slave broadside, 12 x 9 1/2 inches. The reverse has a note in a contemporary hand "1854 Mr. Powell for J.M. Beach." Offered with the broadside is a manuscript slave-hire document, signed by J.M. Grigsby. Fairfax County, VA, 1854

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This most unusual broadside continues "Beach, who was confined in jail for felony is about twenty-five years of age, about five feet seven inches high tolerably thick-set, dark eyes, high cheekbones, dark hair and black whiskers curled under his chin. Henry is about five feet ten inches high, about twenty two or twenty three years of age, spare make and black color, but having been confined in jail for some time is somewhat bleached. No scars or marked recollected." Henry must have been confined for quite some time to render him a shade or two lighter than when he was incarcerated. Grigsby makes clear he'll pay the 100 dollars for Henry if taken out of the state of Virginia or 25 dollars if taken in the state. A most unusual runaway broadside, the only one we have ever seen for a white and a black fugitive, together. A small note on the rear, Mr. Powell for J.M. Beach, might indicate that Powell, the sheriff had caught up with the white man. Alexander Spottswood Grigsby was a prominent Fairfax County businessman and slave dealer. Not in Hummel Southeastern Broadsides.