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'Both Good Scholars'
With the Literacy to Forge a Pass

May 14, 1767

The Pennsylvania Gazette

RUN away from the subscriber, in Cecil county, Maryland, 10 miles from Christiana bridge, on Saturday night, the 2d of this instant May, two indented servant men,

one named Patrick McKogh, a native Irishman, about 20 years of age, came in last fall from Ireland, talks much on the brogue, and is by trade a cooper;

had on, when he went away, a snuff coloured coat and jacket, half worn, with mohair buttons, blue country made cloth breeches, lined with linen.

The other named Thomas McNeely, came in last May from Ireland, about 20 years of age, by trade a cooper; had on, a light coloured country made coat, with blue and white drugget [1] lining, and white metal buttons, a double breasted scarlet jacket, and snuff coloured cloth breeches, stockings uncertain, as he had several pair with him, old and new shoes, with Pinchbeck buckles.

Both about 5 feet 5 inches high, and wore their own short brown hair;

they are both good scholars, and it is like may forge a pass. [2]

Whoever takes up and secures said servants, so that the subscriber may have them again, shall have three Pounds reward, or thirty Shillings for either, and reasonable charges paid by AMOS ALEXANDER.

N.B. Said McNeely has followed the soap boiling business.


1. drugget: A heavy felted fabric of wool or wool and cotton, used as a floor covering.

2. Again, increased numbers of runaways were literate and literacy was beyond the police state measures of the day to combat. Notes that upon being purchased by a former runaway slave as an act of mercy, Peter Williamson, in the 1740s, was sent to school by his master in order that he might maintain his freedom.

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