Essex, Jan. 21, 1768.
Run away from the subscriber, last Christmas twelwemonth, a Negro fellow named Tom, about 24 years old, about 5 feet 5 or 6 inches high, a likely well made fellow, has middling large hands and feet, full faced, and very black; had on when he went away such clothing as laboring Negroes usually have, though it is likely he may have changed his clothing and name, and endeavor to pass for a freeman, as I have been informed he has frequently gone up and down the rivers in vessels belonging to Mr. William Meredith of King and Queen county, who has Negro skippers on board his vessels.
Whoever apprehends the said Negro, and conveys him to the subscriber in Hobb’s Hole, shall have 40s, if taken in Essex county, if in any other county 3 l. and if out of the colony 5 l.
N. B. All persons are forewarned from entertaining the said Negro.