COMMITTED to my gaol custody, this instant a Negro Woman, who calls herself BETSEY BUTLER, supposed to be a runaway. She says she was raised on the Eastern-Branch, in Maryland, near the Federal City, and appears to be about 5 feet two or three inches high, of dark complexion, a little inclined to yellow, says she was 16 years of age last February; had on, when committed, an Oznaburg shirt, a green stuff jacket and petticoat striped with black, an old hat much worn, with a white ribbon tied round it, and a check handkerchief about her head, without shoes or stockings. She says she was born free. The owner (if any) is desired to prove his property, pay charges, and take her away, or otherwise I shall proceed as the law directs.
GEORGE LANE, D.S. & Gaoler
Dumfries, Virginia, May 23, 1795
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