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Filth in the Street between the north side of State Street & the \Yall
Plate at the Slip to be removed and the Street to be kept clean.

Ordered that the Treas r discharge the Bond from this Corpora-
tion to Isaac Roosevelt dec d

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.

Jacob Clinch & James Hounam each 16/ for their
issued attendance as Clerks at the late Elections in the 2d

& 7 th Wards for Constables ........................ 1:12: _

issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen ................ 56 : 7 :

issued Alex' Lamb for the like ............................ 56 : 7 : _

issued Abm Van Gelder for lighting Lamps ................. 51 : 4 :

John Hyde for a public Dinner on the late anniversary
issued of the Evacuation of this City by the British Troops

on the 25*h Nov .................................. 46: 11 :

issued George Gosman for paving at the Watch House ...... 18 : 18: 3



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ ' the 15 th day of Dec r 1794.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Isaac Stoutenburgh
Wynant Van Zandt
Nicholas Bayard
Theophilus Beekman
Gabriel Furman
John Campbell



Garret Harsen
Jotham Post

Anthony Post
Esq r sAld n ,, . ,,. ,,

Mangel Mmtnorn

Christopher Stymets
George Janeway



Assists



A Petition of Samuel Spragg, Donald Nostrandt & Charles Dough-
erty for the Privilege of continuing to remove the Dirt & Filth [186]
out of one or more of the Wards was read & referred to the Street
Committee

A Petition of Henry Ludlam & Peleg Hide for a further Grant into
Hudsons River ; was read & referred to the Street Committee.

Aid" Stoutenburgh from the Committee on the Lamp lighters Peti-
tion reported that in the Opinion of the Committee they ought to be
allowed at the rate of eighteen Pence per Lamp per Month from the
26 th day of Nov r last; which Report was agreed to by the Board.



118 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Dec. 1794

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.

Ald n Campbell on Ace 4 the further Sum of 200 towards
the Improvements in the Fields.

issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen 56 : 7 :

issued Alex r Lamb for the like 56 : 7 :

The Clerks of the late Election for a Representative in

Congress 33:12:-

issued John Graham for Repairs to Lamps 11 : 1 : 3

issued Elias Burger for Repairs to the North River Bason.... 13: 6:

issued Thomas Greenleaf for printing 9 : 8 :

Jonathan Pearssee for subsists criminal Prisoners in

Goal from October 1793 to Sepf 1794 inclusive 269 : 18 : 4



[187] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York J ' the 22 d day of Dec r 1794

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Garret Harsen
Theophs Beekman ^ Jotham Post

John CampbeH J Mangk Minthorne

Assist 1



_ _

Andrew Van Tuyl Eso/sAldn Nicholas Carmer

Isaac Stoutenburgh |

Gabriel Furman J Janeway



A Petition of Townsend Underhill for a further Grant of the
Soil under Water in the East River was read & referred to the Street
Committee.

A Petition of John Ramsay for a further Privilege of erecting a
Mill Dam on Harlem River at Devoes was read and referred to the
Committee on the Petition of John B Coles.

Ald n Stoutenburgh from the Street Committee to whom was re-
ferred the Statement and Liquidation of the Accounts of Richard
Furman for filling in the Meadows & digging out the Bowery Lane
Reports that the said Richard Furman has expended for filling in the
Lots in the Meadows the Sum of 156: 17:7 and for filling in the
Streets in that Quarter the Sum of 9 : 1 : 5 over and above the amount
of the whole Sums contained in the respective Assessments therefor,
except the Sum of 80 : 19 : 8 assessed upon Lots belonging to Samuel
Osgood [188] and a further Sum of 43:2: 10 assessed on a Lot of
Ground the proprietor of which is unknown. That the Assessment for
the Bowery Lane amounted to 125:5:4 and that the said Richard
Furman has expended for that Work the Sum of 44: 10/ over and
above that Assessment which with the four first Sums amount to



22 Dec. 1794 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 119

334:11:6. That the Assessments for filling in the Meadows &
Streets in that Quarter in the whole amount to 1836: 18/ and that
the Committee are of Opinion that the Sum of seven per Cent upon
the whole Expenditures will amount to a suitable Compensation to
M r Furman for his Services in causing that Work to be executed &
which Compensation will amount to 128:11:7 That M r Furman
is justly entitled to the like Compensation of seven per Cent on the
125: 5:4 expended by him in digging out the Bowery Lane amount-
ing to 8: 15:4 which Sum with the said 128: 11:7 and the Sum
of 334:11:6 (being the amount of the first mentioned Sum)
amounts to 471 : 18: 5.

That M r Furman proposes to assume the collection of the Monies
yet due on the different Assessment Lists for the Bowery Lane,
Meadow, Streets and Roosevelt Street now in his hands except the
said Sums of 80: 19 : 8 & 43 : 2 : 10 at his own Risque & on his own
Account [189] And that he will account for and pay the whole amount
of the Monies due to the Corporation on the Assessment for continu-
ing Roosevelt Street and the Drain upon the Boards authorizing M r
Phcenix to permit the said Sum of 471 : 18: 5 to remain in his hands
until legal Measures can be taken by the Board for the recovery of
the Monies yet due from Samuel Osgood & for the Lot the
proprietors whereof are unknown as aforesaid and for the Monies
which yet remain to be reassessed as aforesaid " Whereupon resorved
that this Board do approve of the said Report of the Committee and
that the Treasurer be directed to permit the said Sum of 471 : 18: 5
of the Monies due to the Board on the Roosevelt Street Assessment to
remain in M r Furmans hands 'till the further Order of this Board.

Ordered that Obadiah Helms & W m Robertson be appointed fire-
men to Hook & Ladder Company N 2 vice Thomas Luf berry resigned
& W m Hopson displaced for neglect of Duty.

And Abraham Prall & George Townsend to Engine N 18 vice
William Bown & Peter Talman resigned.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.
issued George Janeway on Ace* towards Repairs to the Goal . . . 40 : -
Aid" Campbell towards a Well sunk at the Corner of

issued Moore & Greenwich Streets

issued Jacob Harsen for Repairs to the Roads ^41!

issued David Waldron for the like * 160:

issued John Goodeve for a Box Candles 4:16:



120 CITY or NEW YORK 29 Dec. 1794



[190] City of ^ s At a Common Council held on Monday

New Yorkj 5 the 29 th day of Dec r 1794

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman
John Campbell Man S el Mmthorn ,

Theophs Beekman Garret Harsen

Anthony Post lAssistts

J



Isaac Stoutenburgh



Nicholas Bayard

Wynant Van Zandt George



Jotham Post



Ordered that the Clerk notify Edward Livingston & the other
Proprietors of the Lots immediately interested in the opening of
Orange Street into Chatham Street that the Jury have assessed the
Damage & Recompence due to Gerardus Harden Broeck for the part
of his Lot taken to open the said Street at 1000, And that he & the
said other Proprietors must attend this Board on Monday next to
secure the payment of the said Money to M r Hardenbrook, other wise
the proceedings with respect to the opening of the said Street will
cease & the part of the Lot taken as aforesaid will revert to M r
Hardenbrook.

Ordered that Cornelius Van Voorheis be appointed an Inspector
of Fire Wood in the place of Jaspar Ten Brook dec d

Ordered that Bartholomew Skaats be permitted to occupy the N
East Room in the third Story of the City Hall until the further order
of this Board.

[191] Ordered that Anthony Smith be permitted to make an Area
to his House in George Street

A Petition of Thomas Bradey to lease a part of the Common
Lands and a Petition of Allen Clapp to Lease of the Soil under Water
at Pecks Slip were respectively read & referred to the Land Com-
mittee.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.

issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen 56 : 7 :

issued Alex r Lamb for the like 56 : 7 :

issued Ab m Van Gelder for lighting Lamps 55 : 15 :

James Culbertson for superintends the cleaning of

Streets 8: 6: 8

Sebring & Van Wyck for Gun Powder for the Militia
issued on the late anniversary of the Evacuation of this City

by the british Troops 5 : 5 :



5 Jan. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 121



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ the 5 th day of Janv 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Theophilus Beekmarf

John Campbell Nicholas Carmer >

Frederick Stymets



Gabriel Furman

Esq r sAld n Mangel Minthorn LAssistts

Wynant Van Zandt Garret Harsen

Anthony Post



Nicholas Bayard

The Board proceeded to the Consideration of an Estimate of the
Monies to be raised by Tax to defray the Expences arising in this
City this Year And the following Estimate was agreed to by the
Board viz'
[192] 1st For the support & maintenance of the Poor And to provide

for further Materials for the erection of a new Alms House 11,000

2 d For the subsisting criminal prisoners in Goal & Bridewell & for

Repairs to the Buildings 1,000

3 d For Repairs to the public Roads & regulating & improving Streets 1,400

4 th For defraying the contingent Charges arising in the City &

County 600



The aforegoing Sums to be raised on the whole City & County 14,000

And the follow^ Sums to be raised on the City South of the Line

beginning at Anthony Lispenards on Hudsons River & extending to

the East River at Ab m Cannons,
viz*
1st For the pay of the City Watch & the contingt Expences thereon 2,700

2 d For Lamps & Repairs, Oil & lighting & cleaning them 2,700

3 d For defraying the expences of the public Wells & Pumps & the

City contingt Expences ,600



6,000

A Petition to the Legislature for a Law to authorize the raising
of the above mentioned several Sum was then read & approved by the
Board and it was ordered that the Common Seal be affixed thereto
that M r Mayor subscribe the same on behalf of this Board.

A Petition of Jacob Latting for a further Grant into Hudsons
River was read & referred to the Street Committee.

Ordered that the Street Committee take order for amending the
Street near the Plow & Harrow.*

Hudson

[193] Ordered that two additional Stalls be placed in the Market
at the lower End of Vesey Street.

* Explanatory insertion of later date reads Bowery. ED.



122 CITY or NEW YORK 12 Jan. 1795

The Committee for cancelling the small Change Notes reported that
they had burnt to ashes the follow g viz' 1

7000 of Id 29: 3: 4

7000 of 2d 58: 6: 8

7000 of 3d.. 87:10:



175: 5:

Ordered that the said Committee purchase Paper sufficient for a
further Emission to the amount of 2000.

Ordered that an Indulgence be allowed to Sea Vessels to lay at the
Corporation Wharfs in Hudsons River on permission being first ob-
tained from Ald n Stoutenburgh or Ald n Furman.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warrts on the Treasurer to pay
James Ford & John Gomez for two Bridges at Burlings Slip... 17: 12: 9



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York J S Jan* 12 th 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Anthony Post
Gabriel Furman Garret Harsen

Theophs Beekman EsqrsAldn George Janeway
John Campbell Mangle Minthom

Wynant Van ZandtJ Frederick Stymets

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay

issued The Estate of Peter Van Steenbergh late City Surveyor

dec d for Surveys Streets ............................ 8 : :

[194] Michael Brooks for painting at the City Hall ..... 3: 8: 5

issued John Stagg for Repairs to Bridges in the 7 th Ward ..... 13: 8: 3

issued The same for paving about several public Wells ........ 5 : 13 :

issued The same for the like ................................. 4 : 10 : 4

issued James Culbertson for public Watchmen ................ 56 : 7 :

issued Alex r Lamb for the like .............. 56 : 7 :



26 Jan. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTES



123



City of
New York^



ss.



At a Common Council held on Monday
the 19 th Jany 1795



Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Nichs Bayard
Theophs Beekman
John Campbell
Andrew Van Tuyl
Gabriel Furman
Isaac Stoutenburgh



Wynant Van Zandt _,



EsqAldn



Garret Harsen
Anth Post
Mangle Minthorn
George Janeway
Jotham Post
Frederick Stymets



Assist^



A Petition of John B Coles relative to the Water Lots at White
Hall was read & referred to the Com tee on that Subject

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to pay

issued The Commiss" of the Alms & Bridewell on Ace* 1200 : :

Ald n Wynant Van Zandt for the bailee o f his Ace 4 for

Repairs & working the Mud Drudge 76:16:

Joseph Shelvey public Whipper 10 : 15 :

George Bunce & C for printing 4 : 9 :



issued



issued
issued



8</ 2



[195] City of
New York}



'



At a Common Council held on Monday
the 26 th day of Jan>' 1795.



Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
John Campbell
Gabriel Furman
Wynant Van Zandt
Isaac Stoutenburgh
Andrew Van Tuyl



Theophilus Beekman_



Esq



Garret Harsen
Mangle Minthorne
George Janeway
Anthony Post
Frederick Stymets



Assist**



Some of the Engineers & fire Men attended the Common Council
and in writing represented to the Board the Danger to which this
City is exposed from the great Quantities of Hemp & Sulpher stored
in several parts of this City, & suggested the propriety of an amend-
ment to the Law for prevents Fires ; Whereupon it was ordered that
the Committee on that subject take the said Representation into con-
sideration & report their Opinion thereon to the Board

A Petition of Martha Bingham praying Relief against the Expence
of paving the Street in front of her Lot; was read & rejected.

Ordered that Peter Lorilliard be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 8 and John Marschalk to Engine N 7 vice John Post.



124 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Feb. 1795

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to

pay-
issued James Culbertson for his C of City Watch" 7 :

issued Alexr Lamb for the like

issued Abm Van Gelder for lighting public Lamps

[1961 City of ) At a Common Council held at the Alms

New Yorkp' House on Monday the 2* feb* 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Nicholas Bayard
Theophilus Beekman



John Campbell



Garret Harsen
George Janeway



Isaac Stoutenburgh Frederick Stymets



Esq" Ald n



Jotham Post

Gabriel Furman Mangel

Wynant Van Zandt



> Assist^



Andrew Van Tuyl j

The B d having visited & inspected the several Wards in the Alms
House & Bridewell.

The Committee of Ace 4 reported that they had examined the
Acc ts of the Commiss rs of the Alms House & Bridewell for the last
Quarter & found them just & right, viz 4

The Alms H* 2807:10: 9&

Bridewell 305 : 11 : 2

An Estimate for the ensuing Q r was then read & approved viz 1

for the Alms H* 2000: :

Bridewell 200 : :

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to
pay the said Sums accordingly Also to pay.

issued Mich 1 Brooks for Repairs to Lamps 32 : 17 : 3

issued Josiah Furman for the like 45 : 8 : 8

issued W m Sloo for conveying Vagrants to Bridew 1 13:10:

issued Rinier Skaats for putting up Stoves in the Court Room 11: 6: 10

The Commissioners of the Alms House & Bridewell laid before
the Board the follow^ Report on the Subject of the Alms House &
Bridewell which was examined & approved by the Board And it was
ordered that the same be published & printed in Hand Bills for the
information of the public, viz 4

[197] "At a Meeting of the Commissioners of the Alms House &
Bridewell on Monday the 2 d feb^ 1795 for the information of the
Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York with
respect to the State of the Alms House & Bridewell the above Com-



2 Feb. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 1 _>.!

missioners make report as follows. That the number of Paupers now
on their Books is 622, that is 363 Adults and 259 Children mostly
under nine Years of Age. The average number on the Books through
the Year past was 585. Of the above 363 Adults there was born



in New York 102

England 29

Ireland 87

Scotland 30

Germany 34

United States 60

Other Parts . 21



Children born in New York whose
parents are Citizens 148

DO mostly born in N : York whose
Parents are Emigrants 75

DO born in this and the neighboring
States whose Parents now reside here 36



363 J

Of the above number of Children 43 being out on Trial, reduces
the average number actually in the House through the Year to 542.

The Expence of supporting those 542 Paupers through the Year
past is 8319:1:6, which is about 15:7. per head or 10 per day
that is

for provisions per day 5*4

for Clothing, fire Wood, Medicines & c & c



10 pence

We know of no Person or Persons now in the House who can be
legally sent off as Residents of other Places, and yet there are numbers
who have never gained a legal Residence here Such as European Sick
and lame Sailors and others, who perhaps are rather objects of the
General Hospital, but whom the Magistrates cannot permit to suffer
or perish in our Streets Among the objects of the house, there are
14 Persons who are entirely blind ; and 8 or 10 others nearly so, and 28
afflicted with lunacy insanity and idiotism ; numbers bowing under a
load of Years & the Infirmities of Old Age ; And altho' few compara-
tively, are confined to their Beds by sickness, yet many are subject
[198] to Rheumatisms, Ulcers and Palsies and to Fits which impair
their Reason and elude all the force of Medicine.

The number of Paupers on our Books, the beginning of the Year past was
Admitted in the course of the Year 532



1107

Discharged in the course of the Year 318

Died in the Alms House

Bound out 78 Boys & 16 Girls 94

485



Remains 622



126 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Feb. 1795

Every Adult admitted, with very few exceptions, have their Com-
plaints of some kind or other and yet no Person is hired in the House
through the course of the Year, to make mend or wash for upwards of
five hundred Poor of the above description. The Business of sewing,
spinning and picking Oakum is daily attended to by all who are able
to work and are not employed in the Wash House the Cookery the
Bakery or the Nurseries. The Children are every Morning washed
and combed by their Nurses and sent to School and Divine Worship is
atended to in one of the Appartments two Evenings every Week.

From the foregoing State of the House, we see what numbers of
Emigrants unavoidably fall to our Lot to support and maintain; and
it is worthy of remark that numbers of these having spent their
Strength at labouring in different Counties of the State, without gain-
ing any legal Residence anywhere have, when superanuated, been
sent, or of their own accord wandered to us, merely because they first
landed at this Port.

We are sensible of the burthen on our fellow Citizens, and par-
ticularly at this time when the necessity of building a new Alms House
is so apparent, for all the Wards of the present Building, are capable
of accommodating with conveniency [199] but little more than half
the number now under our care; not to say any Thing of the ex-
tremely decayed state of most of the old Buildings in which the Poor
are placed.

Bridewell

The average number of Vagrants and Convicts, supported in the
Bridewell through the Year past was 73 and as numbers of them were
not able to work they collectively cannot support themselves There-
fore the Expenditures of the Institution, over and above its own
Earnings hath for the last Year been upwards of 600.

signed by order & on behalf of the Board of Commissioners

John Stagg. Chairman



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ 8 the 9 th day of february 1795.

Present/ Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman
Isaac Stoutenburgh
Theophilus Beekman
John Campbell
Andrew Van Tuyl



Nicholas Carmer
Garret Harsen

Esq r sAld n Mangle Minthorn
George Jane way
Frederick Stymets




The following Report was read and agreed to by the Board viz*
The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John B Coles



16 Feb. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 1*27

for himself and as Executor for the Estate of Robert C Livingston
dec d Report that Lambert Moore and John De Lancey and the other
proprietors of Lots fronting on the River between the White Hall
Slip and Moore Street have agreed [200] to accept of Grants upon
the Terms proposed in the said Petition ; Your Committee are there-
fore of Opinion that a Grant of the Soil under the Water in front
of their respective Lots be made to the said several Proprietors con-
formable to the proposition in the said petition contained, after an
accurate Survey thereof shall be made and the Arrears of Quit Rent
paid, agreable to proposals of the said John B Coles in the said
Petition.

New York Feb>" 9 th 1795 Isaac Stoutenburgh

Gabriel Furman
Garret Harsin "

Ordered that the same Committee direct the Survey mentioned in
the said Report to be made accordingly

Ordered that the Ald n & Assist 3 of the Wards take Order for
repairing the late Injury by Storm to Coenties & the Corporation
Wharfs, that the Battery Committee do the like at the Battery And
that the public Horses & Carts be employed ir .raising- the Ground
between Greenwich Street and the new Bason at Thames Street

Ordered that M r Recorder issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to pay.
Charles Doughty towards a Fire Engine & its apparatus

issued at Brook i yn Ferry

issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen

issued Alex' Lamb for the like

George Forman for prints Report of State of the Alms
issued House & Bridewell

[201] City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New York^ SS ' the 16 th day of Feb>" 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



Nicholas Bayard 1 Garret Harsen

John Campbell Frederick Stymets

Theophs Beekman |>EsqrsAldn George Janeway

Wynant Van Zandt j Anthony Post

Gabriel Furman Mangle Minthorn

The Committee for cancelling the small Change Notes reported
that they had attended at the Treasurers & burn't to ashe;
lowing defaced Notes viz*



128 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1795

6800 of one penny ^28 : 6 : 8

6700 of two pence 55: 16: 8

8800 of three pence 110 : :



194: 3: 4

A Petition for the opening & continuing Bancker Street into Pearl
Street with a Petition from the subscribers to the Legislature on the
same subject ; were read & referred to the Street Committee.

Applications from William Lawrence for the appointment of five
Persons pursuant to Law to examine his Lot gained out of the East
River on the East side of Dover Street and to determine whether it
will bear a foundation for a Building of Brick or Stone Of James
H Kip for the like with respect to his Lot on the West side of the said
Street And of Peter Bogert for the like with respect to, a Water
[Lot] of Ann Byvanck ; between Beekman & Pecks Slip were respec-
tively read

And John Stagg, George Gosman John Moore James Robinson
& John Day were appointed accordingly.

[202] The Committee appointed to report on the Danger arising
from the storing of Sulpher & Hemp in this City and an Amendment
to the Law tor regulating of Buildings Report that no greater Quan-
tity than ten hundred Weight of Sulpher, and no greater Quantity
than twenty hundred Weight of Hemp or Flax ought to be stored in
any one place in this City Southward & Westward of

And the Committee are of Opinion that the Law for regulating
of Buildings ought to be amended so as that no Building (excepting
those of Stone or Brick & covered with Slate or Tile) should be of
any greater height from the Surface or level of the Ground to the
Eve or lower part of the Roof than twenty eight feet and that the
Rise or Pitch of the Roof ought not to exceed ten Inches on each
foot."

Ordered that the said Report be referred to M r Recorder to Draft
a Petition to the Legislature & a Law on the Subjects of the said
Reports.

Ordered that the Clerk notify M r Dunbar that unless he make the



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