- Most descriptions found in period news-papers deal with people from the lower levels of society. However, every once in a while, you will come across one that includes items of the better sort. The following is such an example--and, it has quite a bit. It comes from the "Connecticut Gazette" for March 14, 1777.
RAN away from the subscriber on the 18th instant, a negro man named Boston, about five foot six inches high, about twenty eight years of age, a very black negro, with a scar on his temple, very short hair; had on when he went away a regimental claret coloured coat faced with dark brown with flowered brass buttons, very dark brown waistcoat with light coloured belt, soldier-like, dark brown great coat, mixt coloured broad cloth breeches, white stockings, dark brown leggings, flowered brass shoe buckles, silver plated knee buckles, check woolen shirt, castor hatt with striped ribband round the crown with a rose of the same; carried off with him a white holland shirt, and stock mark'd E B, one velvet jacket, light coloured coat full trimed with matthewman buttons, two pair stockings one gray the other blue, one check woolen shirt, two pair gloves, one pair blue muffetees. Whoever will take up said run-away, and return him to the subscriber, living in Ashford, shall have eight Dollars reward, and all necessary charges paid by me.
Ashford, February 18, 1777.