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Escape of Pleasant


A runaway ad in the Arkansas Gazette, May 4, 1830 (July 25, 1830), reads: Runaway Negro in Jail Was recently committed to the custody of the undersigned, a Negro man, who says his name is PLEASANT, that he belongs to a Mr. Stokes, a Negro trader, who bought him in North Carolina, and that he ran off from his master, when passing through the Choctaw nation of Indians towards Natchez, a short time before Christmas last. He is a stout made fellow, five feet and five inches high, about twenty-six years of age, and has a small scar over his right eye. The clothing he wore when committed to jail was a pair of striped cotton pantaloons, and a coarse cotton shirt, and carrying a bundle consisting of two pair of blue cotton jeans pantaloons, one striped cotton vest, two cotton and one fine linen shirts. The owner of said Negro is requested to come forward, prove his property, pay charges, and take him away, otherwise he will be disposed of as the law directs. J.W. BOONE, Sheriff of Chicot county, A.T. April 15, 1830

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