On Sunday evening, September 28, 1856, an enslaved man named Westley (or West) escaped from the steamboad L.M. Kennett, while it was docked at Wilkinson's Landing along the Mississippi river south of St. Louis. His enslavers, T.H. Larkin & Co., advertised a $50 reward for his recapture.
St. Louis Missouri Republican, October 3, 1856 (MHO)