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‘So That I Get Him Again’
A Runaway Who Has Maintained His Value

Mirror of the Times and General Advertiser – Wilmington, Delaware, February 2, 1805

David Porter

FIVE DOLLARS REWARD. Ranaway from the subscriber living in the Borough of Wilmington, County of New Castle, on the 20th of January inst. An apprentice boy named David Porter, above 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high, slender made, dark complexion.

Had on when he went away, a brown Round about coat and trowsers, striped swansdown waist coat, and took with him two Russia sheeting shirts, and two blue and white neck handkerchiefs, and one white one, 2 pair of dark gray stockings, and fur hat. Whoever brings home said apprentice or secures him in any jail so that I get him again, shall be entitled to the above reward, and reasonable charges paid by


Wilmington, Jan. 30, 1805.


It is of interest that we still have a runaway commanding such a high price at this date. And Benjamin Mason seems quite the grasping miser by his eager wording. David better make tracks.

[Submitted to by Mary Kay Krogman]

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