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William Webster

An indentured brickmaker who worked at Mount Vernon from 1774 until 1775, Webster was a Scottish convict whose indenture was purchased by George Washington in the first half of 1774. While at Mount Vernon, Webster was provided with a waistcoat and a pair of breeches.1 Webster ran away from Mount Vernon twice and his escape was advertised in the Virginia Gazette in 1775. He was described in the advertisement as: "A brickmaker, born in Scotland, and talks pretty broad. He is about 5 feet 6 inches high and well made, rather turned of 30, with light brown hair, with roundish face. He had an olive colored coat, pretty much worn, with black horn buttonsā€¦oznabrig trousers, and check and oznabrig shirts."2

Notes
1.
See entry for 10 October 1774, "Dr. William Webster, Brickmaker a Servant, for Tools & Cloaths," Lund Washington Account Book, 11.

2. "Advertisement for Runaway Servants," The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, ed. Theodore J. Crackel. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Rotunda, 2008.