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by the Board And it was ordered that the Seal of this Corporation be
affixed thereto and that M r Mayor subscribe the same on behalf of
this Board.

The Committee on small Change Notes reported that they had at-
tended at the Treasurers & burnt to ashes the follow^ viz 1

6500 of one penny 27: 1: I

5000 of two pence

6600 of three pence

151: Si-
Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasury to

pay

Mr Mangel Minthorn towards the Lot of Ground pur-
issued c hase[d] for a burial place for the Black people. . .
issued John Stagg towards paving in the Fields on Ace*. . .
issued Delves & Thompson for Lamp Oil



152 CITY or NEW YORK 8 June 1795

issued James Wing for the like 66 : 8 :

issued Ab m Van Gelder for lighting Lamps 63 : 5 : 8

issued Benj a Taylor for Surveys Services 15:18:

issued Casimir Th : Gcerick for the like 39 : :

issued Alexf Lamb for City Watchmen 126 : 14 :

issued James Culbertson for the like 126 : 14 :

[240] City of 1 At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS ' the 8 th day of June 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Garret Harsen



Isaac Stoutenburgh
Theoph 3 Beekman
Wynant Van Zandt
John Campbell
Gabriel Furman



Nich 3 Carmer
Frederick Stymets
Esq rs Ald n Mangel Minthorn
George Janeway
Jotham Post



Assist^



Anth Post

A Petition of Israel Wood for a Grant of a Water Lot in front of
his Lot at the Corner of Partition and Washington Streets was read
& ordered to be referred to a Com tee But M r Mayor suggested to the
Board that he claimed the Right or preemption to the said Water Lot
and therefore declined nominating the said Committee Whereupon
the Board nominated Aid" Stoutenburgh, Furman & Beekman to
enquire into & report on the subject of the said petition.

Another Petition from M r Wood for the use of the Cellars under
the Hudson Market House was read & referred to the same Com-
mittee.

On reading Petitions for the purpose Ordinances were passed for
paving Warren Street and Church Street from Robinson Street to
Chambers Street.

[241] The Committee on the Petition of Menassah Salter
praying for a Compensation for so much of his Lot as hath
by Law been taken to widen Cortlandt Street reported that
the said Lot extended in Length down Cortlandt Street and
was of the breadth of 25 feet on the Broad Way that by
the taking off five feet in breadth hath reduced the value
issued of the said Lot over and above the benefit accrued to the
said Salter by the widening of the said Street And that
the Committee were of Opinion that a Compensation of
119: 14/ be paid to M r Salter for the same; & Which
Report was agreed to by the Board And it was ordered that
M r Mayor issue his Warr* for the payment thereof
accordingly



8 June 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTES 1.53

The Street Committee delivered in the follow^ Reports which were
respectively agreed to by the Board viz'

' The Street Committee to whom was referred the Peti-
tion of Thomas Gill & others praying that George Street in
George the seventh Ward may be regulated report that beginning
Street at the head of the said Street at the intersection of Divi-
7 th Ward sion Street and thence to descend with two Inches & %
on every 10 feet to the intersection of Lombard Street will
be a proper Regulation for digging out the said Street."
' The Street Committee recommend the follow^ Regulation for
Orange Street in the 6 th Ward viz t

' Beginning at the present Kennel on the West side of

Chatham Street and thence descending to the intersection

Orange S' of Mary Street with one Inch & ^/ioo on [242] every 10

feet to discharge the Water going down said Orange Street

into the fresh Water Pond."

' The Street Committee report the following Regulation for Oister
Pasty Street, part of Lumber Street & Edgar Street, viz 1 Beginning
at the Kennel on the westerly side of the Broad Way & descending
down the said Oister pasty Street to the intersection of Lumber Street
with a descent of four Inches & % , on every 10 feet and thence
southerly along the said Lumber Street to Edgar Street & along Edgar
Street to Greenwich Street with a descent of five Inches on every 10
feet to the easterly Kennel of Greenwich Street "

" The Street Committee to whom was referred the Petition of W m
Benford & others praying an alteration in the Regulation of that part
of Greenwich Street from the intersection of Reade Street to oppo-
site the Gate of Anthony Lispenard Report That in consideration of
the great Expence necessary to carry the said Regulation into com-
pleat execution, and that there is not a sufficient quantity of Earth in
the said Street to compleat the filling in of the same agreable to the
said Regulation your Committee recommend the follow 1 ?

Beginning at Reade Street and ascending with two Inches & an
half on every 10 feet to Duane Street & from thence to ascend with
one Inch & an half on every 10 feet to the distance of 120 feet
thence descending to Jay Street with one & an half Inch [243] on
every 10 feet thence to ascend with one & an half Inch on every 10
feet to the Distance of 120 feet thence to descend to Harison Stnvt
with one & an half Inch on every 10 feet thence to ascend the Dis-
tance of 120 feet with one & an half Inch on every 10 feet And thence



154 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 June 1795

to descend in like manner to Provoost Street And that the Earth re-
moved as beforementioned be laid & levelled on the said Street north-
erly from Provoost Street to a station half way between Huybert &
Vestry Streets under the Inspection of the Street Com tee '

Ordered that the Corporation of Trinity Church be required to dig
out Greenwich Street agreable to their Agreement with this Board
and that with the Earth so to be removed they cause to be filled up
& raised the low part of the said Street north of the Furnace agreable
to the Regulation of the said Street.

An Estimate & Assessment for paving Greenwich Street from

Thames Street

Swartwouts to Rector Street was ratified by the Board And Thomas
Gilbert was appointed to collect the Monies & John Stagg to pave the
said Street.

Ordered that M r Recorder & Aid" Van Zandt with Mess rs Stymets,
Carmer, A. Post, J. Post & Janeway be a Committee to report to the
Board the necessary Steps to be taken on the Law passed at the last
Sessions of the Legislature on the subject of Schools.

Ordered that an Election be held at the Bulls Head Tavern in
the Bowery Division of [244] the 7 th Ward on Tuesday the 16 th In-
stant of an Assessor vice Robert Rutgers Jun r who is gone to Sea.

Ordered that the Street Committee propose on behalf of this Board
to treat with the Proprietors of the Lots required for opening
Bancker Street into Queen Street and for widening Beaver Lane.

Ordered that Ab m Corey be appointed a fire Man to Engine N
15 vice Sam 1 Bell And Ab m Chadwick to N 8 vice David Van Der-
beeck both removed from this City.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treas 1 " to pay.
issued Francis Childs for prints .............................. 19 : 19 : -



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York^ S the 15 th day of June 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Isaac Stoutenburgh



Wynant Van Zandt
John Campbell
Gabriel Furman
Theophs Beekman
Nichs Bayard



Mangle Minthorn
Garret Harsen
Anthony Post
George Janeway
Nicholas Carmer



Andrew Van Tuyl

A Petition of Sam 1 Norden for a small Piece of the Common
Lands was read and referred to the Road Committee.



15 June 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



On reading a petition of Tho s Edghill

Ordered that he be permitted to erect a [245] small temporary
Building, for the accommodation of his family during the picture
of this Board, on the Common Lands near the five Mile Stone at such
place as shall be assigned by the Assist of the 7 th W d

On reading an Application of John Stevens

Ordered that he be permitted to take up as much of the Street as
may be necessary to lead a Drain from his Cellar to the common
Sewer in Maiden Lane and to put the Street in good Order again
under the Inspection of the Aid" and Assist of the Ward.

Ordered that the follow^ Persons be appointed Fire Men viz 1

To Engine N 1 Anthony Brown. David Skaats John Brown here-
tofore appointed firemen, and Thomas J Campbell John T. Compbell
-Henry Verveelen John Rikeman David Heckel John P. Gro-
shon & Anthony Steenbeck.

To Engine N 20 W m Alburtis vice Michael Lowrie resigned

And to Engine N 17 George Buckmaster vice Archibald Kerly
resigned.

Ordered that the Committee viz 1 Aid" Van Zandt & Mess rs A.
Post & Stymets purchase the new fire Engine of M r Elsworth for
the Engine House at Eben r Youngs & the Engine there to be placed
at the Methodist Church in the 7 th Ward.

A Petition for a Well in Chatham Street north of Mulberry Street
was read & referred to the Street Committee.

Ordered that the same Committee direct the sinking of a Well at
the public expence at the north end of the presbyterian Brick Church
Yard.

Ordered that the Managers of the Alms H s Lottery pay to the City
Treasurer such Monies as they shall from time to time receive for
Lottery Tickets & take his Receipt for the same.

[246] This Board having on the first Instant signified their Con-
sent that M r Henry White should correct the range of the front of
his Lots on the West side of the Broad Way 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 W m Henderson, in expectation that he
would erect his Building on the said Line And it now appearing to
the Board that he has not laid the foundation of his House conform-
able to the said Line.

Thereupon ordered that the said Consent of this Board of the first
Instant be rescinded and that M r White be required to remove his



156 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 June 1795

said foundation to the old Line of the said Street and that the Aid"
& Assist of the W d see that this order be complied with.

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

issued John Goodeve for 1 Box Candles 4:19: 9

Rob* Valentine for erects a new fire Engine House at
issued F , y Market 25: 3:11



[247] City of ) At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New York^ SS ' day the 17 th day of June 1795



Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Isaac Stoutenburgh "^ ,

, T . , , . Mangle Mmthorne

Nicholas Bayard _

. ,, , Garret Harsen

Andrew Van Tuyl



Esq rs Ald n Jotham Post ^Assist 1 *



Gabriel Furman

Anthony Post

John Campbell J George Janeway J

The Clerk presented to the Board the Return of the Election in
the Bowery Division of the 7 th Ward of an Assessor in the place of
Robert Rutgers who is gone to Sea, from which it appears that W m
Beekman Jun r was duly elected.

M r Beekman attending represented to the Board that his bad state
of Health & bodily Weakness prevented his undertaking to execute
the said Office & refused to take the Oaths prescribed by Law Where-
upon a new Election of an Assessor in his stead was ordered to be
held on Monday next.

On an application to the Board on behalf of M r White on the sub-
ject of the Order of the last Meeting relative to the front of his Lot
on the West side of the Broad Way, The Board proceeded to recon-
sider the said Order And thereupon Determined that [248] on M r
Augustus Van Cortlandt's entering into a Bond to this Corporation in
the Penalty of 500, conditioned that whenever the proprietor of the
adjoining Lot shall erect any Building thereon, that the whole front of
such Building shall be erected on the said strait Line, the said founda-
tion of M r Whites House may be permitted to remain in its present
situation.

An application from Tho s Pearsall for a reform of part of Pearl
Street opposite to John Street was read & referred to the Street Com-
mittee.



22 June 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 157

W m Hamersly having produced a satisfactory Affidavit of

the Loss of one Bucket, at the fire of Brockholst Living-

issued stons House, it was ordered that he be paid sixteen Shill& s

for the same And that M r Mayor issue his Warr 1 on the

Treasurer for the paym 1 thereof accordingly.



[249] City of } At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ the 22 d June 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Gabriel Furman 1 Gerret Harsen "I

Theophilus Beekman Mangle Minthorne

Isaac Stoutenburgh fEsq r sAld n Jotham Post lAssist ts

Andrew Van Tuyl Frederick Stymets

John Campbell J George Janeway

The Clerk presented to the Board the Return of the Election in
the Bowery Division of the 7 th W d of an Assessor in the Place of W m
Beekman Jun r who refused to serve, from which it appeared that
Samuel Delaplaine was duly elected M r Delaplaine attended and, being
of the People called Quakers, took and subscribed the Affirmation
by Law prescribed & directed.

A Petition of John Fitzpatrick & others for a Regulation of Barley
Street near the fresh Water Pond was read and referred to the Street
Committee

The Committee on the Subject of the Ferry from this City to Gov rs
Island made a verbal Report on the Subject Whereupon it was ordered
that it be referred to the Commissioners for directing the Public
Works on Governors Island to make such Arrangement for the estab-
lishing of a safe & convenient Ferry from this City to the said Island
as they shall judge [250] most proper And that the Keeper of the said
Ferry be allowed to demand & receive from each Person (excepting
such as shall be employed at the public Works and the Troops in
garrison there) six pence for going & six pence for returning.

Ordered that the Clerk prepare an Ordinance for preventing Ferry
to Paulus Hook being incommoded by Lime Boats in Cortlandt Slip.

On a suggestion that the Proprietors of Water Lots between Coen-
ties Slip & the White Hall Slip had counteracted the Regulation lately
made by this Board of a permanent Line in front of the City on the
East River.

Ordered that the Surveyors do forthwith make an accurate Survey
of the North or inner Line of the 70 feet * Street on the East River

* Marginal note reads South Street. ED.



158 CITY or NEW YORK 22 June 1795

from the White Hall Slip to Coenties Slip shewing the actual Situa-
tion of the Wharfs & Buildings lately erected and what Encroach-
ments if any have been made.

Ordered that Mess rs Delafield & Ellison be required to remove such
part of their respective Buildings as are not strictly conformable to
the Line of the said Street ; And that it be required of the Proprietors
of the Water Lots to with-hold the [251] sinking of any of the Piers
or Wharfs unless in the presence and with the approbation of the
Street Committee

A Petition of Isaac Fortune & several others stiling themselves
*free People of colour was read setting forth " that they are free
People of Colour residing in the City of New York, that they have
lately associated under the name of the African Society for the laud-
able Purposes of improving their Morals, by promoting a spirit of
brotherly Love and a strict Regard to the Laws of the State
and also with intent to procure a place for the erection of a
building for divine worship and the interment of People of Colour.
That the Corporation of the said City and the Corporation of
Trinity Church and divers well disposed Individuals have been
pleased to aid your Petitioners with Money to purchase Land for the
abovementioned Purposes That two Lots of Land known by 232, 233
situate in the seventh Ward of the said City have been purchased with
the said Money and with what your Petitioners have added of their
own and a Deed hath been executed by Sam 1 Delaplaine & his Wife
to the Corporation of the said City for the said two Lots in trust for
the purposes aforesaid which said Lots are bounded Easterly in front
by first Street [252] westerly in the Rear by Lots belonging to the
said Delaplaine Northerly by Lots belonging to Samuel Beebee &
southerly partly by Lot N 234 and belonging to William Barr and
partly by Land of said Samuel Delaplaine and contain together in
width fifty feet front & Rear and two hundred feet in Depth. And
that your Petitioners are not at present able to become incorporated
as a religious Society agreably to a Law of the State, they are under
the necessity, from the peculiarity of their Situation, to request the
further humane Assistance of the Corporation " And therefore re-
spectfully soliciting " that that the Corporation will be pleased to au-
thorize Six of your Petitioners to wit Isaac Fortune W m Hutson,
Abraham Dickenson John Hall, James Parker & Peter Francis, who
are appointed by all your Petitioners, Managers of the Business of the

* Marginal note reads Africans. ED.



26 June 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 159

said Association or Society, to improve & use the said Land for the
purposes hereinbefore mentioned and to demand sue for receive &
enjoy the Fees & Privileges usually taken & had by the Proprietors of
burial Grounds in the said City and that in case of the Death or other
removal of the said Managers, such [253] others as shall be chosen
by the said Association may be so authorized And that whenever an
Incorporation can be effected agreably to Law the said Land may be
conveyed to the Trustees for the purposes aforesaid."

Whereupon it was resolved that this Board will comply with and
grant the solicitation & request of the said Petitioners.

Ordered that the Treas r in his settlement with John Holdron for
the last Years Rent of Paulus Hook Ferry make him the like abate-
ment as the Year before last

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

James Hounam as Clerk to two late Elections of As-
sessor in the 7th Wd 1:12:-

issued John Stagg for paving in the Fields 256 : : 2

[254] City of ) At a Common Council held on Friday

New York^ SS ' the 26 th June 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Frederick Stymets "1

Theophs Beekman ^ Garret Harsen

Gabriel Furman l EsqrsAldn Jotham Post \- Assist*

Isaac Stoutenburgh Mangle Minthorn

Wynant Van Zandt J Nichs Carmer

A Bond from Augustus Van Cortlandt to this Corporation duly
executed on the subject of Henry White's Foundation of his House,
conformable to the determination of this Board of the 17 th Instant,
was presented to the Board approved & filed.

Ordered that Benj a S Judah be permitted to lay the Timber in-
tended for his Wharf, in White Hall Slip.

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

Nichs Carmer on Ace* towards the Reform making in
issued the great Court Room

issued George Forman for printing



160



CITY or NEW YORK



29 June 1795



[255] City of j
New York*



ss.



At a Common Council held on Monday
June 29 th 1795



Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



Gabriel Furman
Wynant Van Zandt
Theophilus Beekman
Isaac Stoutenburgh
Nicholas Bayard
Andrew Van Tuyl



Esq



Garret Harsen
Mangel Minthorn
George Janeway
Anthony Post
Frederick Stymets



A Petition for the Regulation of Cherry Street to Rutgers Street
was read and referred to the Street Committee

A Petition of Ebenezer Stevens for permission to sink a Well in
Water Street between Beekman Slip & Pecks Slip and also for the
use of the Well boring Apparatus was read & granted under the in-
spection of the Ald n & Assist of the Ward with the usual Allowance
p r foot

A Petition of John Graham for permission to make a small Slip
in the Wharf of the new Bason at Thames Street, to hawl his saw
Logs up on the Wharf was read & rejected.

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

issued Ab m Van Gelder for lights Lamps 63 : 9 :

Isaac Mead for Carpenters Work & Materials on fire
Engine Houses 24 : 16 : 9



issued



[256] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New York^ day the 1 st day of July 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



John Campbell
Theoph 3 Beekman
Gabriel Furman
Isaac Stoutenburgh
Wynant Van Zandt
Andrew Van Tuyl



Jotham Post
Mangel Minthorn
Anthony Post
i Ald n Nich s Carmer
Garret Harsen
George Janeway
M r Stymets



Assist**



The Board having purs 1 to the Statute entitled " An Act concerning
Jurors for the Trial of Issues in the City of New York " finished the
Business committed to them by the said State, delivered to the Clerk
the Boxes containing the Names of the Persons quallified to serve as
Jurors written on Slips of Paper as by the said Statute is required &
directed



6 July 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 161

Ordered that Gideon Kimberley be appointed an additional Fire
Man to Engine N 21 And Ab m Boudewine to same Engine (vice)
Frederick Elsworth gone to sea.



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

New York J S the 6 th day of July 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



Isaac Stoutenburgh
Wynant Van Zandt
Gabriel Furman
John Campbell
Andrew Van Tuyl



Garret Har?en

Mangel Minthorn
Esq"Aldn T7 j 1 Ass st's

Frederick Stymets

George Janeway J



Nicholas Bayard

The following Report of Mess rs Goerick & Taylor two of the City
Surveyors on the Subject of the supposed Encroachment* made by
Mess rs Delafield & Ellison ; was read viz 1

; That they cannot with exactness at present ascertain the western
Range of the seventy feet Street on the East River, as ordered and
regulated by the Board, by reason of the great number of Obstruc-
tions, and the difficulty of fixing a Point in the River from whence it
must be determined : The place where this Point will be found is
docked out but not filled in. From the best Observations they can
now make the quantity of encroachment at M r Ellisons appears to be
six feet six Inches & an half & at M r Delafields three feet six Inches
& an half."

Thereupon ordered that Mess rs Delafield & Ellison be required
to conform strictly to the Line of the said Street as established
[258] by this Board under the Direction of the said Surveyors.

A Petition of W m P. Smith & others for permission to use the
great Court Room in the City Hall for M r - Elkanah Winchester to
preach in was read & rejected.

A Release from Samuel Delaplaine Wife to this Corporation
of two Lots of Ground near where the old dwelling House of James
Delancey stood in the 7 th Ward in trust for the use of the black
people as a burial Ground ; was read & approved by the Board &
ordered to be recorded & deposited among the Corporation Deeds.

An Estimate & Assessment for the paving of Robinson Street from
Chappel Street to Greenwich Street was read & ratified by the Board
And Tho s Lafoy was appointed to collect the Monies thereon And
John Stagg to pave the said Street.

* Marginal note reads on South Street. ED.



162 CITY or NEW YOEK 13 July 1795

Ordered that Benj a Ogden be appointed a fire Man to Engine N
8 vice Anth Brown removed to N 1 And Augustus Wright &
Sam 1 Kip additional fire Men to N 21.

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

Rinier Skaats for the Constables & Marshalls to cele-
brate the 4th inst ................................... 12 : :



issued And for the ringing of the Bells ....................... 7: 4:



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

New YorkJ 55 ' the 13 th day of July 1795.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor
Isaac Stoutenburgh "] ^ TT



~. Garret Harsen

Theoph 5 Beekman



John Campbell
Andrew Van Tuyl
Gabriel Furman



Nich s Carmer



Esq f sAld n Fred ck Stymets fAssist ts



George Janevvay



Wynant Van Zandt J Man ^ el Minthorn J

Pursuant to the Statute entitled " An Act for the more effectual
collection of Taxes in the City & County of New York " the Board
proceeded to examine compute & asscertain and thereupon did deter-
mine that by virtue of the Law passed the last Session of the Legis-
lature entitled " An Act to enable the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty
of the City of New York to order the raising Monies by Tax for the
maintenance of the Poor & for defraying the other Expences in the
City & County of New York " the Sum of 14000. be raised in the
City & County of New York and the further Sum of 6000 within
the City of New York South of the Line in the said Law described
And that by virtue of another Law passed at the same Session of the



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