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‘At Their Peril’
An Indented Servant Lad, named JAMES CARNEY

October 17, 1771

The Pennsylvania Gazette


RUN away, on the 13th day of this instant October, from the subscriber, living in West Caln township, Chester county, an indented servant lad, named JAMES CARNEY, [1]a native of Ireland, about 18 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, with fair hair, fair complexion, thin faced, out mouthed;

had on, when he went away, a plain white flannel jacket, and breeches of the same, greyish yarn stockings, almost new, a pair of half-souled shoes, with a piece on one of the heel quarters, and tied with thongs, one tow linen shirt, one check ditto, a felt hat, and had a half-worn linen wallet.

Whoever takes up the said servant, and secures him in any of his Majestygoals, so that his master may have him again, shall receive the above reward, and all reasonable charges, paid by me WILLIAM BENNETT.

N. B. All masters of vessels, or others, are forbid to conceal or carry off servant, at their peril.


1. Baltimore County is home to a small town, now long reduced to a neighborhood, named Carney. It would be nice to think that James or one of his descendents made good five miles from this desk.

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