Mar 30, 2017 - Sale 2441

Sale 2441 - Lot 45

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
A RARE RUNAWAY SLAVE BROADSIDE (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) MARYLAND. 300 Dollars Reward . . . for the apprehension of the following Negro Men, and lodging them in any jail, so that I get them again--or in proportion for either. Letterpress broadside, 11-1/2 x 11 inches; some discoloration and light wear along the outer margins. Baltimore: Samuel Sands, 1828

Additional Details

an exceptionally detailed runaway slave broadside for two men, hanson and peter. The first man, Hanson, is described as "very black, about 40 years of age, 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, a stout fellow, the front of his head bald, teeth remarkably white, nose flat and eyes small; he is ruptured and did wear a truss; can read and will occasionally exhort and preach."
The second man, Peter is described as being "very black. About 23 years of age, 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, a stout fellow, with thick projecting lips and a remarkable Scar on the left cheek bone, and a similar one between the thumb and finger of one of his hands, both occasioned by accidents when young. . . . These servants are accustomed to plantation work and are good hands with the scythe or axe. Their clothing were of the best Oznaburgs [a type of strong linen, similar to canvas] and fulled [sic] cloth with strong shoes; but as they are supplied with other apparel they will no doubt change their dress." The last sentence suggests that the two were aided in some way. The guide to Dorsey's papers at the Maryland Historical Society states: "Richard Dorsey (1780-1850) was a tobacco inspector until ca. 1822, and in his subsequent dealings was a merchant, financier, and farmer. He was a resident of Baltimore. Correspondence of 1830 relates to Dorsey's efforts to retrieve three runaway slaves in New York City." It would appear that yet another Dorsey slave ran away.