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‘Served His Time’
Another Runaway Tailor

August 7, 1766

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Salem, July 30, 1766.

RUN away, on the Tenth Day of June last, from his Bail, a certain Edward Ashton, born in Ireland, by Trade a Taylor, served his Time [0] in Bristol, Pennsylvania, about 5 Feet 6 Inches high, of a sandy Complexion;

has on a new Fustian Coat, [1] with gilt Buttons, old blue Everlasting Breeches, [2] white thread Stockings, good Shoes, and a Pair of Silver Buckles, marked S. W.

He was seen at Bristol the 28th Instant, with a blue Coat and Jacket and a Pair of striped Holland Trowsers on. [3]

Whoever takes up and secures said Runaway in any Goal, if in the Province of Pennsylvania, shall receive Eight Dollars Reward; and if in the Province of New Jersey, Ten Dollars, and reasonable Charges, paid by JOHN BREEDING.


0. This should indicate that the man worked off his sentence, yet he is still wanted and for a substantial sum.

1. thick, durable twilled cloth with a short nap, usually dyed in dark colors

2. ?

3. Woolen dress pants

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