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‘Rocks in His Walking’
A White Slave by Another Name Escapes from the Slave Entrepot of New Castle Delaware

March 7, 1771

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Christiana Bridge, February 13, 1771.

RUN away from the subscriber, last Sunday, a certain EDWARD McCOLGAN, born in Ireland, aged 32 or 33 years, about 5 feet 6 inches high, fresh coloured, has long blackish hair, a little marked with the smallpox, and rocks in his walking:

Had on, when he went away, a light grey napped duffil coat and waistcoat, bound and lined, tape the same colour as the coat, the waistcoat wore a good deal below his breast, light coloured cloth breeches, old blue yarn stockings, new shoes, one buckled with a broad brass buckle, the other tied with a leather string.

Whoever takes up and secures said servant, so that his master may have him again, if within the county of New Castle, [1] shall receive the sum of Forty Shillings, or out of said county, Three Pounds, and reasonable charges, upon delivering him to PATRICK McGONNEGAL. [2]


1. New Castle Delaware was the mid-Atlantic hub of white slavery from the 1710s

2. Increasingly, Irish were trafficked by other Irish as the years wore on in brutal Plantation America.

America in Chains

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