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[SLAVERY & ABOLITION]. DAVIS, Ignatius (1759-1828). Thirty Dollars Reward. Ran away, on the 22d of August last, a handsome Negro Lad, named Arch, About twenty years of age. Frederick-Town, [MD]: John Winter, 7 September 1791.

8 x 9 3/4 in. letterpress broadside, matted and framed (dampstaining, edges worn, unexamined out of the frame). With Arch's physical appearance, mannerisms, and clothing described in detail below. Signed in type by the owner, "Ignatious [sic] Davis" of Frederick-County, MD. Research indicates that Arch attempted to run away again as evidenced by an advertisement Davis issued on 24 June 1793. 

A native of Frederick County, Davis lived at "Mount Hope" on his family's land in Carrollton Manor and operated the Davis Mill near Buckeystown, MD. As a Federalist, he served in the House of Delegates in 1812, 1813, 1816, and 1820. At the time of his death, he owned close to 3000 acres of land, including land holdings in Genesee County, NY. Upon his death, Davis's will stipulated the fates of several people whom he enslaved including Charity, Bob, Jinny Lucas/Queas, and Jerry.

RARE: According to online records, only one copy of this broadside has sold at auction in the last 75 years. Evans 23314. 

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$3,125
02/18/2021

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