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‘Born in Philadelphia’
Young William Hewes Seeks the Sea

February 19, 1767

The Pennsylvania Gazette

RUN away, on the 10th of January, from the Subscriber, living in St. George Hundred, New Castle County, a Servant Man, named William Hewes, born in Philadelphia, about 5 Feet 4 Inches high, fair Complexion, round Face, about 21 Years of Age, has lost a Joint of the fore Finger of his Left Hand:

Had on, when he went away, a knit Cap, with brown, red and white Diamonds, coarse homespun Cloth Jacket, and a brown under Jacket, Buckskin Breeches, blue Yarn Stockings, and good Shoes, with Brass Buckles.

He has been in several parts of Europe, [1] and came last from Ireland, says he served some time with James Chattin, Printer. He is supposed to be gone toward Philadelphia.

All Masters of Vessels are desired not to harbour or carry him off.

Whoever takes up said Servant, and secures him, so as his Master may have him again, shall have Thirty Shillings Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by HENRY WALL.


1. These are indications that William was working at sea from a young age.

America in Chains

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