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‘A Tolerable Good Scholar’
‘An Irish Servant Man, Named Henry Crown’

‘A Tolerable Good Scholar’

‘An Irish Servant Man named Henry Crown’

May 22, 1766

The Pennsylvania Gazette

RUN away from the Subscriber, living near New Castle, on Sunday Night last, the 18th of this instant May, an Irish Servant Man, named Henry Cowan, about 24 Years of Age, dark Complexion, about 5 Feet 6 Inches high, pretty fat;

had on when he went away, a light blue Serge Coat, Nankeen Jacket [1] and Breeches, white Linen Shirt, white Thread Stockings, new Pumps, and wears his own black Hair;

came from Ireland last Fall, in the Ship Marquis of Granby, Captain Macilvaine, and as he is a tolerable Good Scholar, may forge a Pass, perhaps; from under the Captain Hand.

Whoever takes up and secures said Servant, so that his Master may have him again, shall have Five Pounds Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by MATTHEW CANNON.

N.B. All Masters of Vessels are forbid to carry him off at their Peril.


1. nan·keen.



a yellowish cotton cloth.



pants made of nankeen.

characteristic yellowish-buff color of nankeen.

ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from the name of the city of Nanking (see Nanjing), where it was first made.

This goes some way towards explaining the presence of yellow negroes, Chinese and slaves from India in the American Plantations, a dozen ports of call in a global trade network.

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

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