Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 32

Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--MARYLAND.) 100 Dollars REWARD. Letterpress runaway slave poster, 8-5/8 x 9-7/8 inches, printed on laid paper; contemporary ink notation at the bottom: 'paid 3.50 to me.' Maryland, 1825

Additional Details

'Ranaway from the subscriber's farm, on the Head of South River, in Anne Arundel county on the 30th inst. Negro man CHARLES, who calls himself CHARLES BUTLER; he is about 26 years of age, six feet one inch high, the cloathing he had on when absconded, was Domestic Cloth Coat and Osnaburg shirt and trousers, and old wool hat. I will give the above reward, and all reasonable charges if brought home, or secured in any jail so that I get him again. Thomas Snowden. May 30th, 1825.' The Snowden name is as well known in Maryland as the Cabot name is in Massachusetts. The Snowdens were an extremely wealthy Welsh family and the first of them in America was Richard "The immigrant", who came to Maryland after serving under Cromwell. The exact date of his arrival is uncertain, but records do show that in January of 1669, Richard Snowden and Thomas Linthicombe paid 11,000 pounds of tobacco to a George Yates of Anne Arundel County. In return they received 500 acres described as "The iron mine" at the head of the South River, on the west branch of said river. (underlining by the cataloguer).