What an odd announcement in the newspaper. You gotta love these.

This was printed on December 14th, 1860 in The National Republican.

notice of stray sheep - December 14th, 1860 (National Republican)
notice of stray sheep – December 14th, 1860 (National Republican)

Oh, by the way, for some historical context, on December 20th, 1860, South Carolina seceded from the Union … and for Anglophiles, George Hamilton-Gordon, the former Prime Minister died at the age of 76.


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