WILLIAMSBURG, January 7, 1775.
ROBERT GILBERT, Shoemaker, Has opened Shop in the back Street, at the Place where he formerly lived, opposite to Mr. Richard Charlton's, and intends carrying on his business in all its Branches, having on Hand a very neat Assortment of Leather proper for Boots and Shoes. The many Disappointments he formerly met with obliges him for the future to sell entirely for Cash.--He returns his sincere Thanks to those who were his former Customers, and shall endeavour to render Satisfaction to all those who may please to employ him. *** Good Encouragement will be given to a Journeyman who understands making of Boots.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Hunter) January 7, 1775
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This advertisement indicates the fragile financial condition of a tradesman.
A journeyman is a person who has served an apprenticeship in a trade and is certified.