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‘Apt to Get Drunk’
James Camble Has Absconded from His Bail

September 1, 1763

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Absconded from his Bail, a certain James Camble, a Native of Ireland, betwixt 40 and 50 Years of Age, about 5 Feet 6 Inches high, his Hair blackish, and bald on the Forehead, has a red Face, thin visaged, hollow eyed, a Roman Nose, flat Mouth, and long Chin;

is apt to get drunk, and talk much to little Purpose:

Had on, when he went away, a brown Cloth Coat, with Mohair Buttons, white homespun Cloth Breeches, and a Jacket of the same with Cuffs, a new Felt Hat, and took with him a white Dimity Jacket, and other Things;

it is supposed he is gone towards Lancaster. Whoever takes up said Camble, and brings him to the Subscriber, living in the Township of Warrington, in the County of Bucks, about two Miles from Neshaminy Meeting house, shall receive Three Pounds Reward, from me THOMAS CRAIG.


1. It is unclear if this was a private or court-ordered bail or some kind of lien.

2. mo•hair



a. the long, silky hair of the angora goat.

i. a yarn or fabric made from this, typically mixed with wool:

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LynnApril 10, 2017 8:45 PM GMT+4

I get a kick that so many are described as talkative drunks. Are WASPs quiet drunks?
responds:April 11, 2017 9:03 AM GMT+4

WASPS are mostly mean drunks or cool drunks, well-sited for dominating the talkative.