The Virginia Gazette

June 1, 1769. Number 940. Page 3, Column 2

THREE POUNDS REWARD WILL be given to any person who will apprehend and have conveyed home to the subscriber, living near Fredericksburg, a runaway convict servant named James Lee, of about 35 years of age, born near Manchester in Lancashire, the dialect of which county he speaks to greatest perfection. This is good reason to believe that he got on board a small eastern shore vessel that left Fredericksburg about the 22d of April, commanded by one Sterling, from Prince's creek, in Pocomoke. Any Gentlemen who may happen to live in this man's neighbourhood are requested to make inquiry of him. Lee is a tall stout fellow, and, until reduced by sickness, remarkably strong and brawney; but having been long afflicted with a cachexical complaint, he still has a dropsical appearance, his belly and legs being swollen, and his face sallow and bloated. He is a very little pitted with the smallpox, round shouldered, and has lost the first joint of the thumb of his right hand. He had on a blue short coat, or jacket, like a seaman's, but also took with him a drab coat, which he will probably put on, as making a better appearance, a double breasted swanskin waistcoat, blue breeches, and mottled yard hose, though he had several other pair, both thread and wortled, and shoes with uncommon thick soles. He is a very tolerable practical farmer, and in particular an excellent ploughman. Being a very clownish ignorant fellow, and neither able to read nor write, I can hardly suppose him likely to frame a very plausible account on himself, and that therefore any person who happens to question him must easily discover him to be a runaway. The above reward shall be faithfully paid to any person who will deliver him to Mr. Charles Yates in Fredericksburg, or to