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Westmoreland, August 9, 1773.

On Friday, the 6th Instant, escaped from Vaulter's Ordinary, in Essex County, near Micon's, through the Connivance of Cornelius Slavin and his Wife, in whose Custody they were (for being handcuffed they could not have made their Escape if they had not been let loose on Purpose) two Runaway white Servant Men, whom Simmons Evrit was bringing from New London, in Bedford County, to their Master, Richard Lee, in Westmoreland County, namely, William Walker, alias Smith, a Convict, and by Trade a Gardener; he is slim made, has white Teeth, which he shows when he speaks or laughs, short straight black Hair, blue Eyes, thin Visage, a course Voice and a Cough, and has a remarkable Swing in his Walk.-- Thomas Puttrell, an indentured Servant, by Trade a Butcher, and understands Gardening and Farming; he is a trunchy well made Man, round faced, with a fair Complexion, Hazel Eyes, brown Hair, which curls in his Neck, white Teeth, which he shows when he speaks or grins, and talks quick. He had a Butcher's Steel with him. The above Sevrants are meanly clothed, unless they have a Wallet of Evrit's Clothes with them, which was in Slavin's Custody, is missing, and containing two Pair of Leather and Nankin Breeches, a Nankin Jacket, two Pair of white Thread and one Pair of black Worsted Stockings, a Glass Pocket Bottle, a white Hickory Stick, with a Dagger in it and a Pewter Ferret to it. When Evrit called at Slavin's in the Evening, in Order to induce him to stay all Night, Slavin told him the Smallpox and Flux were at Leeds and Hobb's Hole, and in almost every House on the Road between his Ordinary and those Places; and the next Morning he would not get his Horse for him, which obliging him to go after the Horse himself, in his Absence the Servants were allowed to make their Escape. Evrit also says Slavin called the Servants Fools for attempting to make their Escape by Land, and told them they should have gone off by Water to Norfolk, which makes it probable they will attempt to pass for Sailors. I will give a reward of FIVE POUNDS for each of them, if they are secured in any Jail so that I get them, or are delivered to me in Westmoreland County.

Richard Lee.

Viriginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Virginia, August 19, 1773.

Note: In archaic usage, an ordinary was the forerunner of an inn or restaurant; according to one defintion, "a dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction from one where each dish is separately charged."