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‘Has a Freckled Face’
A Gold-Hoarding Leprechaun is on the Run with a Renegade Cloth-Maker

February 18, 1768

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Gloucester county, New Jersey, February 13, 1768.

TEN POUNDS Reward. BROKE out of the goal of the county of Gloucester, this morning, the following prisoners, viz.

HUGH WILSON, born in Ireland, about 30 years of age, a tanner by trade, 5 feet 3 or 4 inches high, well set, has black hair, a pleasant countenance, marked with the small pox, has lived lately in Chester and New Castle counties;

had on, a good blue surtout, a light coloured broadcloth jacket, and swanskin [1] waistcoat with black spots, a pair of good leather breeches, and a good hat. It is thought he has a large quantity of money with him, chiefly gold.


DAVID COCHRAN, born in Ireland, about 25 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, has a freckled face, and red short hair, a fuller [2] by trade, and has lived in Allentown and Haddonfield

had on, a light coloured homespun cloth coat, a striped jacket, cloth breeches, a pair of half boots, and an old hat;

also took a pair of shoes with him;

it is supposed he is gone towards Lancaster.

They are both much inclined to strong liquor, and apt to be intoxicated.

Whoever takes up the above prisoners, and secures them in any goal in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or the lower counties on Delaware, and gives notice to the subscriber, so that he may have them again, shall receive for Hugh Wilson, Six Pounds reward, and for David Cochran, Four Pounds, and reasonable charges from SAMUEL BLACKWOOD, Sheriff.


1. A fabric resembling flannel and having a soft nap or surface.

2. Fulling, also known as tucking or walking, is a step in woollen clothmaking which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and making it thicker. The worker who does the job is a fuller, tucker, or walker.

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

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