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In Pursuit of a Runaway Travelling Salesman

John Moore appears to have been trafficked out of Ireland as a boy, worked off his indenture, worked the frontier as a peddler and somehow fell into bondage again. He has escaped once, three months before this ad and must have been recovered.

February 24, 1763

The Pennsylvania Gazette

February 22, 1763.

RUN away from the Subscriber, living in Drummore Township, Lancaster County, on the 17th of this Instant, at Night, a Servant Man, named John Moore, born in Ireland, 30 Years of Age, 5 Feet 8 Inches high, dark Complexion, straight brown Hair, has a Scar to be seen in some Part of his Face, is an active well looking Fellow, says he can speak both French and Indian, and has travelled selling of Goods on several Parts of North America;

he has sometimes gone by the Name of Wilson, and about three Months ago stole a Mare in Kennet, and sold her in Wilmington: Had on when he went away, an old Castor Hat, an old Snuff coloured Coat, blue Jacket, old Buckskin Breeches, grey Stockings, and chanelled Pumps;

and has stolen a lightish coloured Great coat, 3 Shirts, one fine Sheet, and a black Wig. It is supposed he will cut off his Hair, and wear the Wig.

Whoever takes up and secures said Servant, so as his Master may have him again, shall have Forty Shillings Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by me ANDREW BOYD.

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