Twenty-five Dollars Rward [runaway ad for Nance]

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Title

Twenty-five Dollars Rward [runaway ad for Nance]

Creator

Description

Nance, a 20-year-old black woman, ran away from slaveholder William Rue on May 12, 1810, in the vicinity of Spotswood, Middlesex County (approximately 8 miles south of New Brunswick). Nance is literate and her master suspects that she forged a pass to facilitate her escape. William Rue offers a reward of $25 for Nance's return.

Date

1810-05-31

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)

Twenty-five Dollars Rward.

Ran away from the subscriber on Saturday the 12th, instant, a NEGRO WOMAN, named Nance, about twenty years old, a yellow and rough skin, short and thick, she can read, and write a tolerable good hand, and is probable she may have forged a pass for herself. She wore a white Leghorn bonnet, and took with her a variety of clothing, so that her dress cannot be described. The above reward and all reasonable expenses shall be paid any person who may apprehend said wench, and return her, or secure her so that her master may get her again.

WILLIAM RUE

Near Spottswood, May 21, 1810. 3 wp-21

Place of publication

Page

3

Geolocation

Citation

Rue, William, “Twenty-five Dollars Rward [runaway ad for Nance],” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed February 1, 2023, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/469.