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‘Has Had One of His Legs Broke’
Patrick Slaven, Limping Down the Way

Based on the small reward, Patrick had little time left to serve, yet he ran away? Was his badly broken and/or poorly set leg the result of a work accident, a beating, or was his broken leg what put him into debt and got him sold in the first place?

March 6, 1760

The Pennsylvania Gazette

MADE his Escape, in the Night of the 29th of February, from the Subscriber, living in the Borough of Chester, one Patrick Slaven, born in the North of Ireland, is a short middling set Fellow, sandy Complexion, with short bushy Hair, much freckled, little Eyes, a down Look, has had one of his Legs broke, which may be perceived:

Had on when he went away a short light coloured Coat, bluish Jacket, old Breeches, of a darkish Colour, check Shirt, Yarn Stockings, and new Shoes, with plain Silver Buckles.

Whoever takes up the said Fellow, and brings him to Chester Goal, shall have Forty Shillings Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by JOHN KEELIN.

America in Chains

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