BROKE OUT OF JAIL IN LEESBURG, ON MONDAY MORNING, THE 10TH OF JUNE, THREE NEGRO MEN, NAMED BOB, CHARLES, AND ALFRED. BOB AND CHARLES ARE OWNED BY THE SUBSCRIBER, W.K. ISH, AND ALFRED OWNED BY THE SUBSCRIBER, JOSEPH L. HAWLING. Fugitive Slaves, William K. Ish, Joseph L. Hawling.

BROKE OUT OF JAIL IN LEESBURG, ON MONDAY MORNING, THE 10TH OF JUNE, THREE NEGRO MEN, NAMED BOB, CHARLES, AND ALFRED. BOB AND CHARLES ARE OWNED BY THE SUBSCRIBER, W.K. ISH, AND ALFRED OWNED BY THE SUBSCRIBER, JOSEPH L. HAWLING...

Leesburg [VA]: June 10, 1839. Oblong broadside, 4-1/4" x 8". The otherwise blank verso has a contemporary ink note ["Perry - Ish"] and a small ink blot. Very Good plus.

Bob is "a bright mulatto, about 18 years old, well made, and about 5 feet 6 inches high-- no particular mark recollected, except of a ring-worm on one cheek." Charles, age about 30, "is about 6 feet high, with large full eyes, has a rather bashful countenance, and is quite slow in speech." Alfred "is a very stout well-set man, about 26 years of age, and very black, and 5 feet 7 or 8 inches high-- his lips are unusually thick-- speaks fast, and his manner, with persons not well acquainted with him, would be deemed saucy." A schedule of rewards-- $300 if all are caught out of Virginia, $150 if all are caught in Virginia-- is offered for their return. "Direct to either of the subscribers, at Middleburg Post Office, Loudoun County, Va." Dated and signed [in bold type] at Leesburg, June 10, 1839.
Our offering is rendered especially interesting when compared with the two other known copies [University of Virginia and Library of Virginia]. Ours is from the same typesetting, but the others are captioned, "Three hundred dollars Reward." Our copy omits that caption by covering it before its printing [the covering may also have affected a portion of the capital 'B', the first letter in our copy]. Why this occurred is unknown.
OCLC 20878571 [2- U VA, Lib. VA], as of October 2019, each with the caption "Three hundred dollars Reward." Item #35852

Price: $6,500.00