Runaway Slave Reward Broadside, Maryland, 1802
Printed broadside on laid paper, 7.25 x 9 in., headed Forty Dollars Reward...for capture of Negro Harry and Negro Len of Maryland, their physical appearances described in detail, issued by Harry and Len's masters, James and Baker Johnson, dated October 23, 1802. Fredericktown, MD. Printed by John P. Thomson. With added manuscript on verso referring to a transfer of land deeds.
An exceedingly rare, early reward broadside for runaway slaves.
Provenance: William Gladstone Collection of Early Photography & African Americana
Typical folds in broadside, with few small holes near folds. Some corner and edge wear to broadside. Inked notation on verso is visible on recto in areas where the ink has bled through. Few stains/smudges. Even toning to broadside.