On January 22, the South Carolina Southern Patriot first reported the escape of a slave girl by the name of Mary or Mary Ann' from Joseph Maybank on the 12th of the same month. The advertisement described her as standing 5'8' tall with a yellow complexion and a split front tooth. There was an offered award of 20 for her capture and return. It was not uncommon for four or more advertisements for missing slaves to be in the Southern Patriot or any comparable southern newspaper on any given day. A book, first published in 1817, but which had a second edition released in 1818, entitled A portraiture of domestic slavery in the United States, related the following description of a captured slave: A slave having escaped from his master, in the state of North Carolina; was seized and brought back, by a being, who, when requested by the master to name the reward he should render him for returning the slave, he replied, that all the compensation he desired, was the satisfaction of flogging [emphasis his] him. This being granted, the slave was bound to a log, and the resounding lash' [emphasis his] applied until the resentment of his executioner was satiated'. The advertisement for the escaped slave girl by the name of Mary or Mary Ann' was last printed on February 12th, 1818.
Southern Patriot, January 22, 1818.
Southern Patriot, February 12, 1818.
Jesse Torrey, A portraiture of domestic slavery in the United States (J. Comstock, 1818).