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Deposition Regarding Runaway Slave in Vermont Militia, April 20, 1782
Deposition from Bildad Benion of Saratoga that he found the slave enlisted in the Vermont militia
Bennington April 8
According to my word to you of…servent and found him in A…found he had enlisted into the…Vermont and the peoples th[ere] sade if I should attempt to …should [illegible]…would not let…I think it best…
Five Dollars Reward
Runaway on Saturday night the 30th March…from the subscribed living at Tomhaneck…a molatterservand about twenty years old five feet…inches high had on when he went off a bear skit coat…jacket, sheep skin briches, one striped wool shirt…white linen shirt, two pair of stockings. It is supposed he [is] in Vermont and will endeavor to get to Canada. Whosoever…him so that I can have him again hsall have the above reward and reasonable charges paid.
....Handerson has liberty to …within named servant if to be found within the state and return him to his master. Should he have contracted with any person or persons to go into our service I advise that he be recessed on his paying back any such that he may have received as bounty or wages as it is much safer for us to employ our own people to guard our frontiers than to employ strangers.
Arlington 9th April 1782
I remind …and have considered its contents…shall not give any particular orders…to him as I have no evidence of his being y[our] servant. I have given him my advice in the matter since which I am told he has engaged in our service. If he is your property and withholden from you unlawfully our law…open for you to which you can have full access without molestation. The savage treatment the friends to the…meet with from your people does not…any particular [illegible] of this people…in your [illegible].
I am Sir with the greatest [illegible] to the conduct of …the [illegible] in y[our] neighborhood
Your H[umble} Serv[an]t
Col. Samuel Rowland
…I mean not by this…[ca]use you of [illegible] us…told your wishes…conduct has been quite the reverse