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‘At the Sign of the Highland Man’
An Attempt by a Man to Find His Servant Brother or Son

December 28, 1769

The Pennsylvania Gazette

WHEREAS there came into this province, last summer was a year, from Cork, in Ireland, a certain Patrick Callaghan, it is supposed indented for 4 years, with one James Kenny, blacksmith, in Salisbury township, Lancaster county;

he is about 18 or 19 years of age, pock marked, about 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, by trade a weaver;

the subscriber would be very glad if he would send a letter, directed to James Huston, at the Sign of the Highland Man, and Bear, in Second street, Philadelphia, between Market and Chestnut streets, for DANIEL CALLAGHAN.


It is notable that Daniel Callaghan and his male relative, brother, cousin or son, are both literate, speaking of hard times in Ireland among the literate. This also provided evidence that Patrick was sold at 14 or 15 and had been working for some time before that, possibly as a servant or apprentice weaver.

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

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