May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 22

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Hunton, William G. 150 Dollars Reward. Ran Away . . . a Negro Man by the Name of Richard Barnett. Letterpress broadside, 7 1/4 x 7 inches; worn with minor text loss, tape stains in corners, closely trimmed; later owner's inscription on verso. New Baltimore, VA, 9 May 1854

Additional Details

"He is about six feet high, stout and able bodied, black, large full face; has a down look, particularly when spoken to, and says 'yes, sir,' frequently. He wore a goatee; his hair is very short and a little grey, and [he] is about forty years of age. . . . It is likely he is making his way to the north." The owner, William G. Hunton (1818-1856) only lived for two years after posting this notice. As for the escapee, he may be the Richard Barnett born circa 1810 who was living about 10 miles away in Manassas in the 1870 census; he was at that time married and owned $500 in property. None others traced in OCLC or elsewhere.