The Virginia Gazette

Thursday, June 21, 1770. Number 996. Page 3, Column 2

Five Pounds Reward.

RUN AWAY from the subscriber, in Fredericksburg, on Thursday evening the 7th instant, two convict servant men, imported n the Nassau, Captain Wignall, just arrived from Liverpool, in Rappahannock, viz. JOHN BOOKER, born in England, about 31 years of age, about 5 feet 6 inches high, of a fair complexion, ruddy contenance, narrow visage, and down look, a little marked with the smallpox, and has dark short hair; had on an old brown coat soiled with tar, a black cloth jacket much wore, a pair of breeches the same with the coat, and narrow short osnabrugs trousers drawn over them, a check shirt, silk handkerchief round his next, flapped hat, with an old broad riband tied round the crown, a pair of strong thick shoes, yellow buckles, and a pair of dark marled worsted stockings.

JOHN LIBITER (alias LEADBEATER) an Englishman, about 35 years of age, about 5 feet 8 inches high, of a fair complexion, has a broad short round face, short brown hair, and marked with the smallpox; had on a half wore brown cloth coat, a cloth double breasted jacket of a darker colour, a pair of short brown linen breeches, light worsted stockings, a pair of thin shoes, brass buckles, white shirt, a silk handkerchief round his neck, and flapped hat. They have both been brought up to farming and country business, and Leadbeater pretends to understand dying colours. They carried no change of dress with them, but probably may procure other clothes, as they had some money with them. They were at Port Royal on Saturday last, and were observed Sunday morning on the bank hailing two schooners bound down the river, one to Baltimore, the other to Norfolk; and as they could be traced no lower on land, it is supposed got on board one of the said vessels, where it is probable they will endeavor to pass for sailors, as they have little of that appearance. All masters of vessels are forbid to carry them out of the country. Whoever secures the said servants, and delivers them to the owner, in Fredericksburg, shall have the above reward, or in proportion for either of them, and reasonable charges, paid by

June 13, 1770.