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New-York, August 20, 1759. RUN-A-WAY from Dennis Hicks, of Philipsbourg, in Westchester county, and province of New-York, a molatto man, named Bill, aged about 20 Years. Had on, a brown camblet waistcoat, without sleeves, and one camblet ditto, lined with silk; a pair of new blue stockings, and a pair of new shoesl a pair of leather breeches, with old trowsers, and one pair of striped ditto; a coarse felt hat, stiched round the brim with white yarn. He has a long sharp nose, with a black mole on the right side of his face, near his nose; has very large ears, speaks good English, and pretends to be free. He says, he has a white mother, and was born in New-England. He is of a middle size, and has a thin visage, with his hair cut off. All persons are forbid to harbour him, and all masters of Vessels are forbid to carry him off, as they will answer it at their peril. Forty Shillings reward for securing him in any gaol, so that I may have him again, or bringing him to me, and all reasonable charges, paid by DENNIS HICKS. N.B. This fellow was advertised in the New-York papers, the 5th of June, and in New-Haven the 11th of June, and was afterwards taken up in Waterbury, and was put into Litchfield gaol, from thence he was brough to Bedford, and there made his escape from his master again. Those who apprehend him, are desired to secure him in irons. He was taken up by Moses Foot, of North Waterbury, in New-England. It is likely he will change his clothes, as he did before. The mole above-mentioned, is something [large]. I Having bought the above negro of said Hicks, if therefore he will return to my house at King's Bridge, he shall be pardoned for all his faults; but if he will not return, a reward of FIVE POUNDS will be given for apprehending him, by JACOB DEYKMAN jun.
Dennis Hicks, advertisement for Bill, Connecticut Gazette, October 27, 1759, accessed September 27, 2020, https://wesomeka.wesleyan.edu/runawayct/items/show/5289.