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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 132, February 1-2, 1861

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Identifier: DX01485691

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 15, page 132, February 1-2, 1861

Description: Includes a newspaper clipping about an escaped enslaved man named Peter.



A Judicial Premium for Murder.

We had met Speck at the bar below and he was one of the listeners to the song. At the Charleston hotel, drinking and conversing with a newly arrived troop of Minstrels. Abed by 11 1/2. An intermittently rainy evening.

2. Saturday. With W. Waud to the Consulate, where we stayed for nearly an hour, [Robert] Bunch talking and telling stories both of his South American and Carolinian experience. Talking of Slavery, I cut out from a paper lying on the table, the Wilmington Journal in North Carolina for Jan. 31, this advertisement which is worth a whole chapter or indeed volume on the subject. It offers a premium of $25 for murder:

[newspaper clipping]



WHEREAS, information hath this day been made to us, James Garrason and F. H. Bell, two acting Justices of the Peace, in and for said county, upon the oath of James P. Moore, that Peter, a slave, of dark complexion, medium size; five feet five or six inches high, rather good looking, and aged about twenty years, the property of said James P. Moore, has runaway and lies out, supposed to be lurking about the county, in Long Creek. Lower Black River and Upper Black River districts, committing acts of felony and other misdeeds: These, therefore, are to command the said Peter, in the name of the State of North Carolina, to surrender himself forthwith to his said master, or some other person; and we do hereby order this proclamation to be published at the Court House door, and two other public places in New Hanover county; and we warn said slave if he does not immediately surrender himself as aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for any person to take him dead or alive, without accusation or impeachment of any crime whatsoever. Given under our hands and seals, this 2d day of August, A. D., 1860.

JAS. GARRASON, J. P., (Seal.)

F. H. BELL, J. P., (Seal.)

I WILL GIVE A REWARD OF TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS for the delivery of the said PETER to me at my Plantation alive, or Fifty dollars for his head.

Aug. 9, 1860–50-tf JAS. P. MOORE.

coverage:Charleston, South Carolina
coverage:Wilmington, North Carolina
coverage:South America

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1861-02-01

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: African Americans
Charleston (S.C.)
Civil War, 1861-1865


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