The News
St. Augustine, July 29, 1843

Escape of Negroes
Seven able-bodied negro fellows made their escape from this city on Monday night, last, in one of the
boats belonging to the Pilots of this harbor. Two of them are owned by W. H. Williams, Esq. and
were sailors on board the schr.
Walter M; one owned by Col. Cue; one by Gen. Hernandez, one by
J. M. Fontane, Esq.; one by Jacob Mickler, Esq.; and one by Miss M. Ashe. These fellows have no
doubt gone to see, and will make for some of the Bahama Islands. They took with them the
spy-glass, compass, and lead line belonging to the schr.
Walter M. together with about 400 rounds of
cartiridges and a great quantity of provisions.

A detachment of soldiers were despatched in boats to Mantanzas bar, on Tuesday, by the
commanding officer of this post, for the purpose of intercepting them if possible, should they have
gone in that direction, but returned on Thursday without success.
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Editor's notes:  This newspaper article can be found at the St. Augustine Historical Society
library. Andrew "Gue" the former slave of Col. Gue was an escaped slave during the Seminole
War and participated in actions against the white population.
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