TWO NEGROMEN [pickup notice for Matthew Fairfax and Levi Brown]

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TWO NEGROMEN [pickup notice for Matthew Fairfax and Levi Brown]

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Description

Two black men, Matthew Fairfax and Levi Brown, were captured and committed to jail in New Brunswick as suspected runaways on January 1, 1801. Peter Keenon, the keeper of the prison of Middlesex county, publishes a notice stating that the two men will be sold by the jailer if their masters do not come forward to claim them by March 26, 1801.

This notice was originally issued on March 4, 1801, and ran for 4 consecutive weeks in the newspaper.

Date

1801-03-27

Language

English

Source

Original newspaper issue preserved by Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries. Loose Newspaper Collection (Ac. 3193). Box 27, Folder 15.

Text (Transcript)

TWO NEGROMEN,

WERE Committed to my custody on the first day of January last, —MATTHEW FAIRFAX, black, about five feet eight inches high, and about 25 years old, speaks quick, and plays on the violin, had a forged pass, from Fairfax county in Virginia, and from his dialect, supposed to be from Maryland or Virginia. —LEVI BROWN, a mulatto, says he is from Pennsylvania, about five feet eight inches high, stout made, and about 20 years old, both say they have been brought up to the farming business —If they are not claimed by their masters on or before the 26th instant, they then will be sold to pay charges and goal fees.

PETER KEENON, Keeper of the prison of Middlesex county

New-Brunswick, New-Jersey, March 4, 1801. } 19--4w

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4

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Citation

Keenon, Peter, “TWO NEGROMEN [pickup notice for Matthew Fairfax and Levi Brown],” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed July 15, 2024, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/467.