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Delaware and Eastern-Shore Advertiser – Wilmington, Delaware, Saturday, July 5, 1794 [1]

Alexander Kilpatrick

Wilmington, July 5.


RAN away from this Printing-Office, a lad named ALEXANDER KILPATRICK, 15 years of age, [2] about 5 feet 3 inches high, red hair and freckled, is of a pert and talkative disposition, and has a down look when closely questioned. – Took with him an olive green cloth coat, nankeen jacket, and ruffia sheeting trowsers.

The above reward will be given for apprehending him.


1. The United States had been a free nation for 11 years. However, many of its citizens were still predominantly un-free. Of roughly 3 million persons, 500,000 were un-free Negroes and a million were un-free whites.

2. After being sold once as a child to serve as a houseboy between the ages of 8 and 14, many boys were sold again at age 14-15, often to pay a parent’s debt.

[Submitted to by Mary Kay Krogman]

So Her Master May Have Her Again

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