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‘A Coach and Harness Maker’
James Bell, alias ‘Johnson’ or ‘Thompson’

February 14, 1765

The Pennsylvania Gazette


RUN away, the 28th of January, a certain James Bell, but may change his Name to Johnson, or Thompson, as he has gone by both, [1] was born in Ireland, 5 Feet 6 or 7 Inches high, thin Visage, brown Hair tied behind;

had on a Felt Hat, and wore the Peak behind, a brown Coat, blue Jacket, Ditto Plush Breeches, Leather Apron, Check Shirt, and Ditto, blue Yarn Stockings, old Shoes, round Steel Buckles,

by Trade a Coach and Harness maker, and took sundry Tools with him, a Handsaw, Chissels, sliding Gunter, and a Common Rule, some Awls, &c. very subject to Drink, and perhaps may pawn or sell them for Liquor.

Any Person that will apprehend said Fellow, so as his Master may have him again, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by JOHN WITHY, in Chester, Pennsylvania.


1. Indicates that James has escaped and been recaptured on at least two other occasions.

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

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