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Answer: 40 shillings if caught in the neighborhood; ten pounds if the slave was caught in another colony.

In September 1769, a mulatto carpenter and shoemaker named Sandy stole a horse and ran away from Jefferson's estate. Jefferson in the Virginia Gazette of Sept 7, 1769, offered a reward for his capture -- forty shilling if he were taken in Albemarle County, and ten pounds if caught in another colony. Sandy was caught and three years later, Jefferson sold him for 100 pounds. [Fawn Brodie, Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, pg 104]

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9. How much was one of Jefferson's house slaves worth?

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·  $150 - $500
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·  $1,200 - $2,000

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