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Colonial Cases

Debtors' escape [1766]

imprisonment for debt, escape

New York

21 December 1765

Source: Halifax Gazette, 30 January 1766

[4] On Saturday the 21st. inst. as the keepers of the New Gaol were locking up the several wards, some of the prisoners (Debtors) rose uponthem, knocked them down, forced the keys from them, opened the doors and made their escape. It is said the prisoners concerned in the escape have dropped papers about town, declaring that they should not have formed such a Design had it not been that business was at a stand on account of the stamp act and they had no prospect of a discharge by the usual methods of the law.

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