100 DOLLARS / REWARD. / RANAWAY FROM THE SUBSCRIBER'S FARM, ON THE HEAD OF SOUTH RIVER, IN ANNE / ARUNDEL COUNTY, ON THE 30th inst. NEGRO MAN CHARLES, WHO CALLS HIMSELF / CHARLES BUTLER; HE IS ABOUT 26 YEARS OF AGE, SIX FEET ONE INCH HIGH, / THE CLOATHING HE HAD ON WHEN HE ABSCONDED, WAS A DOMESTIC CLOTH COAT / AND OSNABURG SHIRT AND TROWSERS, AND OLD WOOL HAT. I WILL GIVE THE ABOVE / REWARD, AND ALL REASONABLE CHARGES IF BROUGHT HOME, OR SECURED IN ANY JAIL, / SO THAT I GET HIM AGAIN. / THOMAS SNOWDEN. / MAY 30th, 1825.

NP: np, May 30th, 1825. Printed broadside, 8 3/4 x 10 in., text in various sizes and styles of type, and employing large display types in the headline. Short manuscript note below the printed text: "paid 3 50/100 / [illegible]." Some minor foxing, but a very good example. Though runaway slave broadsides from the 1840's and 1850's appear with some regularity on the market, broadsides from the 1820's are decidedly scarce. Not in American Imprints. Apparently not recorded on OCLC. Item #60280

Thomas Snowden was a member of a well-known Anne Arundel County family. The original family manor house was built by Samuel Snowden in 1690. According to J.D. Warfield's book "Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland," [Baltimore: 1905, reprinted 2008], p. 362: this house "stood just above the Snowden forge of the Patuxent. ... This was the later centre of a family who held not only the whole area surrounding Laurel, but were heirs of an estate which commenced on South River and extended beyond Sandy Spring, a distance of fifty miles.” Major Thomas Snowden (1751-1803), his grandfather, was a member of the Maryland Line during the American Revolution. According to the 1820 Federal Census, Thomas Snowden (1802-1850), was a resident of the 2nd election district of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and owned 31 slaves. A similar 1825 broadside, held at the Maryland Historical Society and issued four months after the one offered here, records Thomas Snowden, Jr. offering a reward for another runaway slave, Lewis, "commonly called Lewis Butler." Whether the two were apprehended is not known. Only four years later, in 1829, Thomas Snowden appears in the register of the Anne Arundel County Manumission Records, freeing his slave Viney who was the wife of a free black man named Samuel, "commonly known by the name of Sam Snowden of George Town in the District of Columbia," and her three children by him. Samuel Snowden paid a total of $6 for his family. Thomas Snowden did continue to own slaves. The 1840 Census shows a total of 14 slaves still listed under his name.

Price: $8,500.00

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