The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: January 29

APPAMATOX, January 29, 1770.
RUN away from the ship Theodorick, a sailer named James Adams; he is about 5 feet 10 inches high, has a blooming contenance, and smooth face, speaks broad, inclining to the Yorkshire dialect. Whoever will deliver him at Broadway's, in Appamatox, on board said ship, shall have Forty Shillings reward, and what the law allows. As he is a servant, it's hoped this will prevent all masters of ships from carrying him off, as whoever conveys him away may expect to be prosecuted according to law by HUGH WYLIE.

Virginia Gazette (Rind) February 15, 1770

About this entry:

From the description in this ad ("blooming countenance", "Yorkshire dialect"), James Adams appears to be a white "servant" about whom nothing else is known. The ship Theodorick apparently was a small ship drawing 5-1/2 feet of water or less. Broadways, located on the Appomattox River south of Richmond, Virginia received and dispersed goods imported from Great Britain.

Sources: Virginia. Statutes

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