Letter Offering $100.00 Reward for Return of Missing Slave

Letter, 2pp, approx 5.25 x 8.375 in., n.p., n.d. Document appears to provide the written text for a fugitive slave advertisement that is intended for publication. Written and signed by "John Wagoner." Addressed to "Editor of Battle Ground Scholastic" "Mattre [?] King."

Document reads in part, "$100 Reward / The undersigned begs lief to state to the public, that he will give a reward for $100.00 to any person returning to him one fine young man who has lately strayed or as his hair is somewhat kinky been stolen by some unprincipled wrech with the hope of receiving a valuable remuneration for him within the borders of the southern states." Author then continues by describing the physical characteristics of the individual and his clothing.

The 1850 Federal Census Slave Schedules list two slave owners by the name of "John Wagoner," one in Virginia and one in Arkansas; the 1860 Slave Schedules list three slave owners by the same name with the additional owner living in Kentucky. The Library of Congress Chronicling America historic newspaper database does not list any publication with the name "Battle Ground Scholastic."  


Minor soil and toning, small tears at center fold. Overall good.

Estimate: $100 - $200
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