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ordered the like as in the Case of Mr Maxwell on the 23 d March
last

A Petition for some Improvement on the Street leading to the ferry
Stairs on the side of the fly Market was read & referred to the Aid 11
& Assist of the W d & Aid" Van Zandt.

Ordered that Aid" Furman and Mess rs Minthorn & J Post be a
Com tee to enquire into & report on a proposition of Tho s Ivers for the
use of the Soil & Water reserved for a Bason at Corlaers Hook.

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

New YorkJ SS< the 20 th day of April 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman

Wynant Van Zandt Jotham Post

.. Garret Harsen

^Esq r sAld n George Janeway f- Assist*



Isaac Stoutenburgh
Andrew Van Tuyl



Mangle Minthorn



T~ Frederick Stymets

Theoph 5 Beekman



J



M r Rickets having offered to the Board the Profits of an Even-
ings Exhibition at his Amphitheatre for the purpose of purchasing
Fuel for poor families in the Winter Season, the Board accepted of the
same & M r Culbertson the High Constable & M r Skaats the City
Marshall with his Son were appointed to receive the Monies to be
taken on the occasion

A Petition for an alteration in the regulation of Greenwich Street
from Reade Street to M r Lispenard ; was read & referred to the Street
Committee.

On the Application of James Scott.

Ordered that John Stagg George Gosman John Moore, James
Robinson & John Day be appointed to view his Lot in the seventh



20 April 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 141

Ward on the East side of Catharine Slip and to determine whether it
will bear a Building of Stone or Brick.

Ordered that the follow* persons be appointed Firemen Samuel
Burling & Adam Mount to Engine N 12 vice Ab m Polhemus & Will-
iam Valleau resigned Tho s Stagg to N 14 vice W m Parsell resigned
& John Pelletreau to Hook & Ladder Compy N 2 vice Nich s Mead
removed for neglect of Duty

[222] Ordered that the Keeper of the Alms House make out an
Ace' 1 of all the Articles purchased & provided for the House from the
1 st May last particularly specifying each Article the price & Amount
thereof

The Treasurer reported on the Bakers Petition & Thereupon
Ordered that the allowance of Ten Shillings on each hundred Weight
of Flour for their Labour & Expence of Baking be encreased to twelve
Shillings & Six pence

Ordered that John Holdran have a Lease of the Ferry from this
City to Paulus Hook on a Rent of 250 per Annum, for one Year
from 1 st day of May next And Joseph Smith of the Ferry from this
City to Hobooken for the like Term on a Rent of 95 per Ann m

It being represented to the Board that certain Persons had set
fuyck Fences in the River below low Waters Mark on the south side
of Paulus Hook on the Jersey Shore to the obstruction of drawing
Seine's for the taking of Fish, Whereupon the following Ordinance
was passed by the Board " A Law to prevent the setting of Fences
or other Obstructions in the River within the limits and Jurisdiction of
the City " of New York."

Be it ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City
of New York in Common Council convened and it is hereby ordained
by the authority of the same that no Person shall set or place any
Fence or Stake or any other Thing whatsoever, [223] in any part of
the Rivers or Bays within the Limits and Jurisdiction of the said
City, by which the Navigation of the said Rivers or Bays or the
casting or drawing of Sein's or Netts for the taking of Fish may be
interrupted or obstructed ; And if any Person shall or do set or place
any Fence or Stake or any other Thing whatsoever in any part of
the said Rivers or Bays contrary to this Law such Person shall on
conviction forfeit and pay as a fine for each Offence the Sum of Eight
Pounds And further that it shall be lawful for any Person to take up
and remove any such Fence or Stake or other Thing which may at
any time be found set or placed contrary to this Law as aforesaid.'
Ordered that William Sloo, who is employed by this Board to take



142 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 April 1795

Fish for the use of the Alms House & Bridewell, do cause to be taken
up and removed all such Fences or Stakes or other Things as may
or shall be set in the River in manner aforesaid and which may or
shall obstruct or interrupt him in casting or drawing his Seine as
af d

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

issued Joseph Shelvey, Whipper for 1 Q r Services ............ 10:15:

issued Wynant Van Zandt for Repairs to the Dock Drudge. . . . 21 : 3: 10

issued Isaac Stoutenbs h for Repairs to Battery ................ 17 : 5 : 3

issued Alex r Lamb for City Watch ........................... 63 : 7 :

issued James Culbertson for the like .......................... 63 : 7 :



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

New YorkJ the 27 th day of April 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Theoph 5 Beekman ^ Garret Harsen

John Campbell Jotham Post

Wynant Van Zandt i_EsqrsAldn Anth Post I Assists

Gabriel Furman Frederick Stymets

Isaac Stoutenburgh J George Janeway

The Committee for superintends the printing & cancelling the Notes
issued for small change reported that they had attended at the Treas-
urers and burnt to ashes the following viz 1

5500 ........................ of 1 penny ......................... 22:18

6000 ........................ of 2 pence ......................... 50:

6000 ........................ of 3 pence .............. 75:



147:18
part of a Sheet imperfect 3



4

5



148: 1

A Petition for the regulation of Barley Street was read & referred
to the Street Committee.

M r Skaats returned to the Board 340 Dollars collected at M r
Ricketts's Amphitheatre for the benefit of the [poor] and the same
was ordered to be paid to the City Treasurer.

The Managers of the Alms House Lottery presented their respec-
tive Bonds for their faithful execution of the Trust which were read
& ordered to be deposited in the Clerks Office.

A Petition for the clearing out of the Old Slip of the Mud & Filth,
was [225] read; and it was ordered that it be done immediately on the
Return of the Mud Drudge from New Jersey.



4 May 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 143

A Petition for the Regulation of George Street on Rutgers's
Ground was read & referred to the Street Committee.

The Street Committee made a Report on the Regulation of
Ridder Street as follows which was agreed to by the Board viz 1 " De-
scent from the Alley, alongside of Medcef Edens House, along Ridder
Street 3 Inches on 10 feet to the new pavement in Fair Street ; con-
formable to this it will require digging 1 foot at the end of 75 feet
from the said Alley."

Ordered that Thomas Whytlaw be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 2 vice W m Brown removed from the City.

And that Joseph Devoe be appointed an Inspector of fire Wood
vice George Hutton removed from the City.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas 1 " to pay

issued Stewart & Jones for Sheet Lead for the City Hall 4 : : -

issued Jacob Harsen for Repairs to Roads 19 : 4 : 6

issued Ab m Van Gelder for lights Lamps 60 : 2 : 3

issued W 11 ' J Elsworth Coroner for Inquests 13 : 13 : -

issued John Keyser for a Sled to the fire Engine 4: 4: 6

[226] City of ~) At a Common Council held at the Alms

New York^ SS ' House on Monday May 4 th 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman



Nich s Bayard
Theoph 5 Beekman
Wynant Van Zandt
Andrew Van Tuyl
Isaac Stoutenburgh



Garret Harsen

Jotham Post

Mangle Minthorn [-Assist 3

George Janeway

Fred: Stymets



John Campbell

M r Mayor & the Members having visited & inspected the several
Wards in the Alms House & Bridewell The Committee of Acc ts re-
ported that they had examined & audited the Commissioners Acc ts of
the Alms House & Bridewell & found them right, amounting

The Alms House to

The Bridewell to

An Estimate for the ensuing Q r was read & approved.

/?soo '

amounts for the Alms House to

for the Bridewell to

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 1 for the payment
thereof accordingly.



144 CITY or NEW YORK 4 May 1795

The follow 8 Report was read and agreed to by the Board viz 1
" The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of James
Leonard and others respecting the new Bason at the North River
Report that the Piers at the End of the same are incompleat requiring
several Boat [227] Loads of Stone That the Bulkhead thereof re-
quires to be raised at least one log higher. That a Pier ought to be
built in the Center from the Bulkhead to the Mouth thereof ; and that
the Proprietors of the adjoining Lots be required to level the Piers."

Isaac Stoutenburgh
Fred : Stymets.

Ordered Aid" Furman & Mess rs Stymets & A : Post be a Com-
mittee to carry the said Report into execution.

An application from several Persons to have Stands in the Street
at the Fly Market to vend Coffee & c was read & rejected

A Letter from Gerrit Van Rype Jun r Jacob Van Wagenen & Cas-
parus Prier of Bergen to M r Mayor relative to the dispute with M r
Sloo in pulling up the Fuyck Fences to clear the Fishing Ground at
Paulus Hook ; was read & referred to Aid" Stoutenburgh & Campbell
& M r Stymets

Ordered that Peter M c Dougall have leave to take up the Street
in front of his House to lay a private Drain from his Cellar.

Jeremiah Wood Assessor for the 5 th W d appeared & took & sub-
scribed the Oath of Office

Ordered that Hallet & Bowne be permitted to sink a Cistern in
the Street in front of their new House at the Corner of Burlings Slip
under the Inspection of the Ald n & Assist 1 of the Ward.

The follows Report of the Street Committee was read & agreed to
by the Board " The Street Committee Report on the Petition of John
B Coles & others Inhabitants of the first & second Wards.

[228] That in their Opinion it would be proper to admit the Pro-
prietors of Water Lots between White Hall & Coenties Slip to make
five Piers each 120 feet long & 40 in Breadth on the East side of the
70 feet or permanent Line as agreed to & laid down in a Survey of
the East side of the City, to be made uniform each with two Piers or
Blocks and two Bridges of equal Distances The Corporation to re-
ceive the wharfage of the inside of all the public Slips. Agreable to the
plan recommended by your Committee the Distance between the Piers
that is proposed to be made between Coenties and the Exchange Slips
will be 160 feet, the Exchange Slip will be widened to 100 feet and the



4 May 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 145

Piers between the White Hall & the Exchange Slips will be 110 feet
apart.

' Isaac Stoutenburgh
Gabriel Furman



Committee



Theo s Beekman
John Campbell



Garret Harsen
Andrew Van Tuyl
Mangle Minthorn

The following Bye Laws and Ordinances were then read and
passed by the Board to be and continue in full force for one Year from
this Day viz'

[229] " A Law for the due observance of the Lords Day, called
Sunday."

" A Law directing the Uses of the public Seals of the City of New
York "

" A Law to regulate the admission of Free Men in the City of
New York "

" A Law to regulate the public Markets in the City of New York "

" A Law to establish the Assize of Bread in the City of New
York "

" A Law to regulate the paving and keeping in Repair the Streets,
and to prevent Nuisances in the City of New York "

" A Law for preventing and extinguishing Fires in the City of
New York "

" A Law to regulate the keeping of Gun Powder in the City of

New York "

" A Law to regulate Surveyors in the City of New York "

" A Law to regulate Carts and Cartmen in the City of New York."

" A Law to regulate the landing & Sale of Hay in the City of New

York "

" A Law to regulate the Sale of Fire Wood in the City of New

York "

" A Law to regulate the Sale of Lime in the City of New York "
"A Law to regulate the Sale of Charcoal in the City of New

York "

"A Law to regulate the Sale and Cartage of Manure, Sand &

Clay in the City of New York "

" A Law to regulate the Pay of the public Measurers in the City of

New York "



146 CITY or NEW YORK ll May 1795

" A Law to regulate the lying of Vessels at the public Wharfs and
in the Slips of the City of New York & to establish the Rates of
Wharfage "

[230] " A Law to regulate the ringing or tolling of Bells for
Funerals in the City of New York "

" A Law for regulating Fences in the City of New York "

" A Law to prevent the setting of Fences or other Obstructions in
the River within the Limits & Jurisdiction of the City of New York "

" A Law to prevent Danger from Horses going loose or at large in
the Streets of the City of New York."

" A Law directing the Mode of Recovery of the Fines, Penalties
and Forfeitures imposed by the Laws of the Mayor Aldermen & Com-
monalty of the City of New York "

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

issued W m Sloo for conveys Vagrants to Bridewell ' 10 : 15 :

issued Alex r Lamb for his Company City Watchmen 63: 7:

issued James Culbertson for the like 63 : 7 :

issued Clerks of late Election for Gov r & c 42 : 8 : -

issued Rob 4 Lenox for Lamp Oil 472 : 12 : 6

issued Cotton Gelston for the like 59 : 1 : 9



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

New York^ S the 11 th day of May 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Nicholas Carmer
John Campbell ^ T a, r>

Jotham Post
Isaac Moutenburgh I ,, , ,,. ,



Gabriel Furman LEsq rs Ald n



Garret Harsen
Andrew Van Tuyl ^ , . , c .

Frederick Stymets



Theoph 8 Beekman A

Anthony Post



Assist ts



On the Application of W m Hilliard.

Ordered that John Stagg George Gosman John Moore James
Robinson & John Day be appointed to examine his Lot situate be-
tween Moore Street & the Exchange Slip and to determine whether
it will bear a foundation for a Building of Stone or Brick.

Ordered that John Shaw be permitted to take up Pearl Street for
the purpose of laying a private Drain from his Cellar under the In-
spection of the Aid" & Assistant of the Ward.

Ald n Stoutenburgh informed the Board that he had been requested
by M r Frederick Rhinelander to obtain permission for him to dig



11 May 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 147

out so much of Greenwich Street as to enable him to come at & dig
out two Lots, bounded on the East side of the said Street, belonging
to D r Kemp; which request was refused by the Board.

Ald n Beekman having purchased the Scale for weighing of Hay
of M r John De Peyster

Ordered that he be permitted to remove it to his Lot in Water
Street on the East of James's Slip.

[232] " An Ordinance for paving Ridder Street was read & passed
by the Board."

Ordered that the small Engine & House be removed from Gold
Street to the neighborhood of the Hospital.

That a new House be erected in it's stead for the new Engine to
be purchased by the Committee.

And that the Ald n & Assist 4 of 2 d & 3 d Wards take order for the
erection of an Engine House in the neighborhood of that in Maiden
Lane which is become unfit for use & must be removed from M r
Rutgers's Lot which is now disposed of

Ordered that the Proprietors of Water Lots between Beekmans
Slip & Pecks Slip be required without delay to make the Street at the
end of their respective Water Lots agreable to the Covenants con-
tained in their respective Grants and that where the said Street is
already made but obstructed by any Building or other Thing that
such Obstruction be immediately removed out of the Street

Ordered that the follow g Persons be appointed Fire Men of this
City viz 1

Richard Beekman to N 13 vice Alex r Anderson resigned, And
Isaac Horton vice John Lawrence resigned.

Hook & Ladder Comp^ N 1 Matthew Jarvis & James Oakley vice
John Mildeberger & resigned

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

John Stagg on Ace* towards paving in front of the Alms
issued Rouse &c 50; _

issued David Williamson for Trees on the Battery 19 : 5 : -



148 CITY or NEW YORK 18 May 1795

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

New York$ the 18 th day of May 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Garret Harsen

Wynant Van Zandt ^ Mangle Minthorn

Gabriel Furman Frederick Stymets

Isaac Stoutenburgh }>EsqrsAldn George Janeway
Andrew Van Tuyl Anthony Post

John Campbell Jotham Post

A Letter from Alexander Hamilton Esq r to M r Mayor was read,
setting forth, that he had received the Letter from M r Mayor cover-
ing his Certificate of the Freedom of this City, that among the precious
Testimonies he had received of the Approbation of his immediate
fellow Citizens none was more acceptable or more flattering to him
than that which he now acknowledged ; And requesting M r Mayor to
convey to this Board the Expressions of his high Sense of the Honor
they had done him (which he shall be happy on every opportunity of
manifecting) as well as his sincere Respect for themselves.

Ordered that the Ald n & Assistant of the 1 st & the Assist 1 of the
2 d Wards take order for the establishment of a Ferry to Gov rs Island,
that the Persons employed on the Works there be taken over gratis
and that all other Persons pay six pence going & six pence returning.

Ordered that the Goal Committee cause the strong Room in the
Bridewell to be more effectually secured.

[234] Ordered that James Arden have permission to make an Area
& Vault in front of his House in the Broadway And that John J
Glover have permission to take up so much of Pearl Street as may
be necessary for leading a private Drain from his House to the Com-
mon Sewer, the whole to be done under the Inspection of the Aid" &
Assist 1 of the respective Wards.

On the Application of James Watson for the appointment of five
Persons to view his Lot on the East side of the old Slip & of Thomas
Ellison for the like with respect to his Lot between Moore Street and
the Exchange Slip and to determine whether they will bear founda-
tions for Buildings of Stone or Brick.

Ordered that John Stagg, George Gosman, John Moore, James
Robinson & John Day be appointed accordingly

Ordered that the said James Watson be permitted to lay and frame
the Timber for his Store House, at the Old Slip, in the Street front-



18 May 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 149

ing the said Slip ; And that no Indulgence of this kind be granted to
any Person after the 1 st Nov r next

A Petition for the paving of Greenwich Street was read & re-
ferred to the Street Com tee

A Petition of Peter & George Lourilliard for a lease of the Ground
on the North E l side of the Goal & in front of Tryon Row was read
& rejected.

The Street Committee reported that Thomas Ludlow is erecting .1
House on the Corner of White Hall Street & Stone Street and that he
has encroached two feet four Inches on Whitehall Street agreable to
its Regulation.

Ordered that he be required to remove his Foundation back to
the Line of the Street.

[235] Ordered that the Clerk report at the next Meeting of the
Board a Plan for reforming the great Court Room in the City Hall
so as to render it more comfortable and convenient for public Business
with an Estimate of the Expence

Ordered that the Allowance to Rinier Skaats Doorkeeper & Mes-
senger to this Board be encreased to Sixty Pounds per annum

Ordered that Aid" Stoutenburgh and Mess rs J Post & Harsen be
a Committee to revise the Fees of public Wharfage & Slippage in this
City and to report such alteration therein as they shall judge reason-
able & proper.

Ordered that the Proprietors of Lots in Barley Street dig out &
fill in the said Street conformable to such temporary Directions as
shall be given by the Street Committee.

An Ordinance for paving Greenwich Street from Rector Street to
the Battery was read & passed by the Board

Ordered that the Treasurer credit W m Gardner on Ace 1 of Rent
in 10:4:2 for so much by him paid for paving in front of the Lot
at the Corner of William and Thomas Streets.

Ordered that Tennis Van Pelt be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 1 vice Thomas Skaats resigned

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.
Ald n Furman on Ace* towards a new Pier to the Bason

issued at Thames Slip

issued Rinier Skaats for 1 Qr Services & Sweeping Chimnies.. 15:6:-



150 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 June 1795

[236] City of 7 At a Common Council held on Monday

New Yorkj the 1 st day of June 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Isaac Stoutenburgh



,, ,. Garret Harsen

Wynant Van Zandt ....

,, , . . Nich s Carmer
Gabriel Furman

Theophs Beekman ^

A , ^ r r~ j Jotham Post

Andrew Van Tuyl 1, _

NT- u i -D A Fred. Stymets
Nicholas Bayard

John CampbelJ Ge rge Janeway



EsqrsAldn Mangel Minthorn



Assist



Ordered that the Clerk with the advice of Ald n Furman & M r
J Post take order on the necessary Arrangements for celebrating the
ensuing anniversary of the American Independence.

A Petition for the regulation of Hague Street was read & re-
ferred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Jacob Morton for a renewal of the Lease of the Com-
mon Lands at the Dove Tavern near the 5 Mile Stone was read &
referred to the Land Committee.

A Petition for extending the Portico of the Theatre erecting on
Chatham Row across the Foot Walk of the Street was read & re-
jected.

A Petition of Thomas Ludlow relative to the Encroachment made
in the erection of his House on White Hall Street was read & it was
determined that no Relief could be granted.

[237] Ordered that Henry White be permitted to correct the range
of the front of his Lots on the West side of the Broadway by a strait
Line to be drawn from the front of the House & Lot of George Knox
to the front of the House & Lot of William Henderson.

Estimates & Assessments for the paving of Flecher Street & John
Street were read & ratified by the Board And Hugh Montgomery was
appointed to collect the Monies & John Moore & John Cheesman to
superintend the paving of Fletcher Street And David Burger & John
Cheesman the paving of John Street

Ordered that Aaron White & John Targe be appointed fireman to
Engine N 18 vice James Seaman & Alex r Masterton removed from
the City.

Ordered that Theodosius Hunt & William Furman be licensed to
keep a ferry from Catharine Slip to any part of Brooklyn for five
Years to keep two large Boats & two small Boats & to pay into the
Treasury four Pounds per month.



1 June 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 151

The Board being informed that Frederick Rhinelander had nu. le-
ft sunk Wharfs in the River North of Reade Street in such manner as
in some measure to deprive the public of the use of the Bason re-
ported by the Committee to be reserved in the Grant intended to be
made to the Corporation [238] of Trinity Church of the Soil under
Water Whereupon it was.

Ordered that the Corporation of Trinity Church & Frederick
Rhinelander be informed that no Grant will be made to them of the
Water Lots unless the Improvements making by M r Rhinelander be
conforming [to] the Regulation made by this Board

The Clerk having reported a Plan & Estimate for reforming the
great Court Room in the City Hall. Mess" Carmer Stymets & Harsen
were appointed a Committee to superintend & direct the Work.

Ordered that Tho s Ivers be appointed to take the Charge & Pos-
session, on behalf of this Board of the Soil & Water at Corlaers
Hook, reserved for a public Bason to permit Persons to use & occupy
the same under his Direction and to demand & receive such pay for
the use thereof as shall from time to time be agreed upon between
him & such Occupant And that he be allowed the one half of the
Monies which shall arise in the premisses for his Services the Resi-
due to be paid into the Treasury for the use of this Board.

Ordered that Thomas Campbell be appointed a Measurer of Lime
on the East River.

[239] The Clerk presented to the Board a Release to Samuel
Nicoll of parcel of the Common Lands described by Lots N 12, 13,
14, 15 23 & 24 containing twenty nine Acres, one Rood & twenty five
Perches for the consideration of 933. which being read was approved



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