Run away from Philip Livingston [unnamed African man]

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Run away from Philip Livingston [unnamed African man]


Slaveholder and slave trader Philip Livingston offers a reward of three dollars for the capture of an African man who escaped from Livingston in New York City. The man does not speak any Dutch or English, suggesting that he was only recently brought to New York from Africa. This incident took place 14 years before Philip Livingston became a charter trustee of Queen's College.





Text (Transcript)

Run away from Philip Livings[t]on, of New York, on the 28th of October last; a Negro Man, lately imported from Africa, his Hair or wool is curled in locks, in a very remarkable manner; he is a very likely lusty fellow, and cannot speak a word of English, or Dutch, or any other language but that of his own country. He was seen last Monday on New York Island, and is supposed now to be in the Woods near Harlem. whoever takes up said Fellow, and delivers him to his said master shall receive THREE POUNDS as a reward, from PHILIP LIVINGSTON.


Place of publication



Livingston, Philip, “Run away from Philip Livingston [unnamed African man],” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed April 13, 2024,