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‘A Lusty Well Set Fellow’
John Christy, Sold for Polygamy, Has Run Away

July 30, 1767

The Pennsylvania Gazette


RUN away, the 22d inst. from the Subscriber, in London grove Township, Chester County, a Servant Man, named JOHN CHRISTY, a lusty well set Fellow, about 26 or 27 Years of Age, 5 Feet 10 or 11 Inches high, has strait brown Hair, of a fair Complexion;

he has been lately in Lancaster Goal for having two Wives and afterwards advertised and put in Chester Goal, and sold out for his Fees. He was born in Ireland, but has been a considerable Time in this Country.

Had on when he went away, a homespun redish brown Cloth Jacket, Tow Trowsers, [1] a strong new Shirt of Russia sheeting, old Shoes, with Brass Buckles, and a middling good Furr Hat, about half worn.

He had no Money, and it is thought he will steal other Apparel.

Whoever takes up and secures said Servant, in any of his Majesty Goals, so that his Master may have him again, shall have the above Reward, and reasonable Charges, paid by JOHN BALDWIN.


1. A coarse heavy linen in 18th century use for clothing

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