The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: August 14

Hanover, August 2, 1779.
ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS REWARD For apprehending and delivering to the subscriber his negro man BAILEY, if taken out of this county, and a proportionable sum if taken within it. He is a tall, slim, thin visaged, likely young fellow; has a scar on one side of his neck, and is well known in the city of Williamsburg and its neighbourhood, where it is probable he will lurk. He has with him a variety of clothes. It is hoped that a caution against harbouring or entertaining him is unnecessary. ROBERT C. NICHOLAS

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) August 14, 1779

About this entry:

Robert Carter Nicholas lived most of his adult life in Williamsburg, serving in the House of Burgesses for many years, and Treasurer for the colony, 1766-1775. His house was located in the area where the Williamsburg Lodge is now. He was known to be conservative and religious, so it was he who was asked to offer the resolution for a day of fasting and prayer for the closed port of Boston in the spring of 1774. At some point during the Revolution he moved his family to "The Retreat" in Hanover County. Bailey may have returned to Williamsburg to see a loved one.

Sources: WAR: Nicholas

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