Illustrated Reward Broadside for Enslaved Runaway, Easton, Missouri, 1859

Printed broadside, 11.825 x 16 in., framed, 13.25 x 17.5 in. Four Hundred Dollars Reward! Stewartville, MO: Weekly Telegraph Job Print, n.d., ca 1859. Subscriber James W. Talbott of Easton, Buchanan County, MO, solicits the return of two enslaved runaways from Easton, Ira and Silas, who escaped the night of August 26, 1859. An illustration depicting an enslaved runaway is printed below the bold reward heading and to the left of a description of the enslaved man named Ira, who "is about 5 feet 10 inches high. Black complected, about 35 or 38 years old, wears whiskers and has some of his front teeth out; and is quite a free spoken man." Ira is also described as wearing "a frock coat of light or drab color, brown cotton pants, hickory shirt, an old pair of boots, a white looking wool hat, and...some light scars on the forehead." Ira's younger escapee, Silas, is described as "a yellow or copper colored Boy" having a "moustache and a bunch of whiskers on the chin." He is reported to be 28 years of age, wearing a black coat, brown pants, and having "a scar on one arm and a large scar on one of his shins."

Talbott's offer printed below these descriptions reads: "I will give the above Reward for the two Boys, or TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS for either of them, if delivered to me at Easton, Buchanan County, or secured so that I can get them in said County."


Extensive water/moisture damage to lower, left, and upper edges, and other scattered areas, along with heavy toning/discoloration to center section (extends horizontally across broadside). Spotting and general surface soil visible throughout. General wear throughout. Text and illustration still dark and legible. 

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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