Feb 25, 2010 - Sale 2204

Sale 2204 - Lot 57

Price Realized: $ 5,280
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--RUNAWAY.) 200 Dollars Reward. Ranaway from the Subscriber on Sunday Evening, 7th of June, a Negro Man Named Henry. Letterpress poster, 10-1/2x14 inches, with large woodcut vignette of a runaway; poster affixed to a piece of thin cardboard with some advertising on it; paper toned with a few age stains; long note regarding the runaway in pencil in the left margin. Boone County, Missouri, 1857

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The runaway, Henry is described as "about 35 years old; five feet ten inches high; stout built and quite black, and had a long beard when he left; a front tooth out; speaks intelligently and can read print." Someone has added the following note in the margin: "This man run off because he and two other Negro men stole wheat from his master. John Rochford was away from the house. When he found out his master returned home, he cam (sic) back to save his master the reward, he feard (sic) the over seer." Beneath Rockford's printed name, the same person has written "Mrs Cowgill's father." John Rochford was a wealthy merchant and farmer who made his fortune in the lumber business during the Gold Rush in California. Boone county, Missouri was known to have a large slave population.