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'Marked with the Small Pox'
Thomas Newlan, Another Irishman on the Run

Below is one of the barest bones servant advertisements I have found. The price for his recovery is no higher than it would have been two generations earlier. He also has had the small pox. We think of small pox as a disease of Amerindian genocide. However, it primarily afflicted poor whites. There was even a small pox outbreak in Philadelphia after the Civil War, which was blamed on buffalo robes shipped east from the Muscleshell region, traded from small pox suffering Indians.

I have not gathered a broad enough base of servant samples to attempt arriving at a ratio of small pox sufferers. I expect to attempt this for the final volume of this series, which I will not pursue past 10 volumes.

February 14, 1765

The Pennsylvania Gazette

RUN away last Summer, from the Subscriber, in Hanover Township, Lancaster County, a Servant Man, named Thomas Newlan, born in Ireland, speaks with the Brogue, about 5 Feet 5 Inches high, marked with the Small Pox; had on, when he went away, a Provincial Regimental Coat.

Whoever takes up the said Servant, and secures him in any County Goal in this Province, shall have Forty Shillings Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by TIMOTHY GREEN.

Stillbirth of a Nation: Caucasian Slavery in Plantation America: Part One

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