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Stuart, Sholto S., Draft of Advertisement Concerning Escaped Enslaved Laborers, January 1855

 Item — Box: 48

Scope and Contents

Virginia enslaver Stuart S. Sholto's manuscript draft for an advertisement seeking the capture of five enslaved individuals. Trolious Riley, Douglas Riley, Henry Riley, and a man named Vincent had escaped Chantilly farm, located in Fairfax County near present day Chantilly, Virginia, on December 30, 1854. Sharlet, a woman enslaved by Charles Calvert, is noted as having been missing for 15 years. The manuscript includes physical as well as some biographical descriptions of the five individuals.

Though the advertisement appeared in the January 8, 1855 issue of the Alexandria Gazette, the draft differs considerably from the final published advertisement.


  • Creation: January 1855

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Sholto Turberville Stuart (1821–1884) was the son of Charles Calvert Stuart (1794–1846) and Cornelia Lee Turberville Stuart. He served in the Virgina House of Representatives from 1850 to 1853. After the death of his father, Stuart administered and ran his family's slave plantation, Chantilly, in Fairfax County, Virginia


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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English