Mar 28, 2019 - Sale 2503

Sale 2503 - Lot 38

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Runaway advertisement for "Marcus, one of the House Servants at Mount Vernon," in an issue of the Philadelphia Gazette & Daily Advertiser. 4 pages, 21 x 13 1/2 inches, on one folding sheet; stitch holes, horizontal fold, subscriber's name "Hamilton" inked above masthead, minimal wear. Philadelphia, 20 November 1800

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The very last item in the bottom corner of the final page is an advertisement: "Marcus, one of the House Servants at Mount Vernon, absconded on the 2nd instant, and since has not been heard of. He is a young lad, about 16 years of age, a bright mulatto, dark blue eyes, long black hair, about 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, and of a slender make. . . . It is very probable he may attempt to pass for one of those negroes that did belong to the late Gen. Washington, and whom Mrs. Washington intends in the fall of this year to liberate. . . . He is one of those negroes which belong to the estate of Washington Custis, Esq., and held by right of dower by Mrs. Washington during her life." The notice is signed in type by James Anderson, the plantation manager at Mount Vernon.