Also from the Daily Dispatch, 1861

In the want ads, beside a crude stick figure with a bag thrown over his shoulder walking:

“$20 Reward:  I will pay $20 reward for the return of my negro man “Washington” who left my house in the lower end of Henrico Co. on the morning of the 17th without leave or provocation. Washington is about 5′ 8″ or 9″, very black, with very white teeth, and smiles very pleasantly when spoken to. He will probably have a forged pass in his possession as he can read and write…”  L.S. Courtney

Weird. I just love reading through the old newspapers at the Richmond City Library (on microfiche).  Back before Virginia seceded, the newspaper was calling Abraham Lincoln a monkey, before he won.  Some things never change…

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