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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch;
Stockton Daily Argus
Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Friday, 7 Oct 1859<<
[transcriber note -- this ad ran until at least the 31st of Oct., 1859]
$1000 REWARD, for the Rescue, if alive, of my Son, WILLIAM A. ADEN, who left St. Louis for California, overland, in the spring of 1857, and was last seen about the 1st of October in that year, at Provo City, Utah Territory, which place he left for California by the Southern Route, being alone and intending to overtake a party of emigrants who were then some 50 miles ahead of him. To. Wm. D. ROBERTS, a young gentleman of Provo City, with whom he had traveled, my son agreed to write as soon as he got through; but, as yet, not a word from him.
Mr. Lucius N. SCOVIL, Postmaster of Provo, writing under date of March 25, 1859, says: Mr. ROBERTS has since been to California and on his return learned from a man in the extreme southern settlement that a certain Indian is now wearing a peculiar buckskin coat, such as your son wore when he left here; and the presumption is that he was either murdered or taken prisoner by the Indians. If alive, he is now about 21 years of age, about 6 feet high, weighs 160 to 175 pounds, fair skin, blue eyes, hair curly and dark; has good talent for vocal and instrumental music; writes poetry, and is proficient in painting. For particulars in regard to dress, &c., when he left Provo refer to Wm. D. ROBERTS, of that place.
For the rescue and delivery of my son, if a prisoner, to Gov. CUMMING of Utah, or to Ex-Governor BOGGS of Napa, California, or for an undoubted assurance of his release, I will give the above named reward or will give a liberal portion thereof for knowledge of his whereabouts, so that he may be rescued. Any information in regard to him would be gratefully received by a distressed family of parents, brothers and sisters.
Any person entitled to the reward can draw on me at this place, or my son, F.F. ADEN, 101 Main street, St. Louis. As an assurance of its payment when legitimately called for, I refer to the annexed letter to Gov. CUMMING from Gov. HARRIS of Tennessee, with whom I have been acquainted for many years.
[signed] S.B. ADEN
Paris, Tennessee, May 27th, 1859
Nashville, Tenn., May 8th, 1859
His Excellency, the Governor of Utah Territory:
Sir: Dr. S.B. ADEN of this State is under the apprehension that his son William, en route to California in 57, was either murdered or taken prisoner by the Indians. He is in deep distress and wished to offer a reward for the rescue of his son, if living; and at his instance I write this note to say that Dr. ADEN is a gentleman of high character, and in every way worthy and responsible, and any reward that he may offer for the rescue of his son from the custody of the Indians, will be promptly paid, which fact you will please make known to your people, by the publication of his note or otherwise, so that full credit may be given to such reward as he may offer.
Isham G. HARRIS,
Governor of Tennessee