WILIAMSBURG, January 13, 1780.
LOST this morning, between Mrs. Vobe's tavern and the house of Mr. Lockley, a pair of saddle bags, containing a pound of pepper, a shirt, a stock, and sundry books and accounts wrote in French. Whoever delivers the said saddle bags, books, and accounts at Mr. Lockley's, shall receive a reward of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) January 15, 1780
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Black pepper came from India and while it was not the most expensive imported spice, it was most in demand in the 18th century.
A stock is a cravat or close neckcloth made of linen.
Sources: Dr. Johnson's Dict; Dalby