BEAUFORT COUNTY, ss. By THOMAS PEARCE and CHRISTOPHER RESPESS, Esqrs. Two of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for said County. WHEREAS Complaint aht been made to us by Thomas Bonner and Isaac Patridge, that a Negro Man Slave belonging to the Estate of John Mauel, Esq; deceased, hired by them for one Year, ending in October next, (named ADAM) about 5 feet 10 Inches high, a Country born Fellow, about 38 Years of Age, ran away from them about the 15th of February last, and is supposed to be lurking about, comitting many Acts of Felony. These are therefore in his Majesty's Name, to command the said Slave forthwith to surrender himself, and return home to his said Masters. And we do hereby also require the Sheriff of the said County of Beaufort, to make diligent Search and Pursuit after the abovementioned Slave, and him having found, to apprehend and secure, so that he may be conveyed to his said Masters, or otherwise discharged as the Law directs; and the said Sheriff is hereby impowered to raise and take with him such Power of his County as he shall think fit for apprehending the said Slave. And we do hereby, by Virture of an Act of Assembly of this Province concerning Servant and Slaves, intimate and declare, if the said Adam doth not surrender himself, and return home, immdediatley after the Publication of these Presents, and that any Person may kill and destroy the said Slave, by such Means as he or they may think fit, without Accusation or Impeachment of any Crime or Offence for so doing, or without incurring any Penalty or Forfeuitre thereby. GIVEN under our Hands and Seals, this 9th Day of March, 1775, and in the 15th Year of his Majesty's Reign. THOMAS PEARCE, CHRISTOPHER RESPESS. N.B&gt; The above named Adam was hired by us to to the Complaints, and will warrant the above Proclamation or Advertisement. MOSES HARE, JOHN PATTEN, READING BLOUNT, JUn. Executors.
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|Name||Role in document|
|John Mauel, Esq.||Former slaveholder|
|Christopher Respess||Placing Ad|
|Thomas Pearce||Placing Ad|