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A considerable part of the Bridewell being necessarily occupied
as an Alms House; Ordered that Aid" Van Tuyl & Beekman & M r
Janeway be a Committee to inspect such part of the Goal as by Law
is reserved for the use of this Board & report whether any & what
part can be assigned for the confinement of Vagrants.



186 CITY OF NEW YOEK 12 Oct. 1795

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.
Rinier Skaats on Ace* towards the purchasing of fire

issued Wood for the City Hall 60: :

issued Alexf Lamb for City Watch ^63 : 7 :

issued James Culbertson for the like 63 : 7 :

issued The Clerks of the late Election 5:12:-

issued Joseph Shelvey public Whipper 6 : 5:

City of 1 At a Common Council held on Monday

New York J SS> the 12 th day of Oct r 1795

Present/ Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman



Wynant Van Zandt
Isaac Stoutenburgh
John Campbell
Theoph 5 Beekman



Nicholas Carmer
Garret Harsen
Esqrs Aid" Frederick Stymets

Anthony Post




Andrew Van Tuyl

[297] The following Report was read and agreed to by the Board



viz 1



The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Israel Wood,
Praying a Grant of Land, under the Water of Hudsons River in front
of his Lot at the South side of and adjoining Partition Street Report

That the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New
York by a Deed under the Common Seal of the said City and bearing
date on the fourteenth day of October 1743 did Grant to Derick Dey
his heirs and Assigns, all that certain piece or parcel of Ground and
Water Lot situate and being in the Rear of his Ground which
lies on the West side of the Broad Way in the West Ward of the said
City, extending in length from the said Broadway to highwater Mark
of Hudsons River, and containing in breadth in front and Rear Three
hundred and eight feet six Inches, being Bounded to the Southward
by the Ground of the heirs of Andries Teller & Abraham Mesier. and
on the Northward by the King's Farm, and Contiguous thereto next
to Hudsons River. Containing in breadth from the Kings Farm afore-
said three hundred and eight feet six Inches, and in length from the
Rear of his said Ground to Low Water mark into Hudsons River
aforesaid, and from thence to extend into Hudsons River aforesaid
Two hundred feet English measure. All which piece and parcel of
Ground and Water Lot is in Breadth at each end three hundred and
eight feet six Inches english measure. Subject to the Payment of the
Annual Rent of 5:2: 10. the first Payment to be made on the 25 th



12 Oct. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 187

March 1745. That the said Dirck Dey by his Deed bearing date the
2 d Dec r 1743 did Grant and Convey to Jacobus Roosevelt and Chris-
topher Bancker both now dec d the Southerly part of the same Land,
to wit. One hundred and twenty feet in breadth and to extend from
the Rear of his Ground [298] at high Water mark into Hudson's River
as far as the right of the said Dirck Dey by Virtue of his Grant
aforesaid did extend Subject to the Payment to the Corporation of 2
Per Annum of the Annual Rent aforesaid of 5 : 2: 10

That the said Dirck Dey being seized of the residue of that Water
Lot made his last Will and Testament in due form of Law bearing date
on the fourth day of August 1761 and therein and thereby devised that
Water Lot being part of his residuary real estate to his Son Theunis
Dey and his Daughters Jane the Wife of John Varick and Ann now
Ann M c Adam. and Mary now Mary Shaw in fee Simple in equal parts
Share and Share alike.

That a part of the same Water Lot of Land so granted to the said
Dirck Dey, to wit. on the Northerly side thereof and adjoining Partition
Street was filled in and made into a Wharf in the life time of the said
Dirck Dey. and that after his decease, to wit, on the first day of May
1765. the Devisees aforesaid caused the Ground so made into a W'harf
and filled in to be Surveyed and laid into sixteen Lotts by Francis
Marschalk now deceased, then one of the Sworn Surveyors of the
said City, and by Deeds of Partition bearing date on the 31 st day of
August 1765 divided the same Lotts between them. That upon such
Division the Lot of Ground adjoining Partition Street the whole or
part of which is now owned or Claimed by the said Israel Wood, fell
to the share and was among others released by the other Devisees
to the said Ann M c Adam. And the residue of said Water Lot re-
mained undivided. That the said Ann M c Adam being the Widow of
William M c Adam late of the same City Merchant, deceased, by certain
Indenture of Lease and release, bearing date on the first and second
days of [299] April 1784 did Convey to John Van Alen then of the
same City Cartman. the Lot of Ground last mentioned except and
always reserving to the said Ann M c Adam her heirs and Assigns the
Water right in front of the said Lot

That the said John Varick and Jane his Wife, and Ann M c Adam
and Mary Shaw, then being the Widow of David Shaw dec d in and
by their certain Indenture or Deed bearing Date on the 4 th day of July
1786. did Convey their three undivided fourth parts of the said Water
Lot so devised to them except the Lots surveyed and laid out by the
said Francis Marschalk aforesaid together with the right of Applica-



188 CITY OF NEW YORK 12 Oct. 1795

tion to the Corporation of said City for a further Grant of the Land
under the Water, between Dey Slip and Partition Street, to Richard
Varick the present Mayor of the said City in Fee Simple. That the
said Theunis Dey by his certain Indenture or Deed bearing date on
the Sixth day of July 1786. did also Convey his undivided fourth part
of the Premises last mentioned to the said Richard Varick in Fee
Simple

That in the Year 1786. the said Richard Varick extended the Wharf
several feet into Hudson's River upon a line with the Wharf of the
Corporation adjoining thereto, and that in Consequence thereof the
front of the several Lots so as aforesaid Surveyed and laid out into
Lots were Continued to a line drawn from the South West Corner
of the house of William Williams on the North east side of Partition
Street to the Northwest corner of the Dwelling house of John Bonsall
situate on the Southwest side of Dey Slip

And that the said Richard Varick and Maria his Wife by their
certain Indentures of Lease and Release bearing date on the first and
second days of August 1787. did Convey to the said John Van Alen
the Ground which lay between the [300] former front of the Lot so
conveyed to him by the said Ann M c Adam and the line so drawn from
the house of William Williams to the house of the said John Bonsall.
That in the last mentioned Release it is expressly covenanted and
agreed between the said Richard Varick and the said John Van Alen
that that Indenture shall not be deemed to grant or convey to the said
John Van Alen his heirs or Assigns the right of having and receiving
any manner of \Vharfage crainage or other profit which May at any
time hereafter accrue or arise from any part of the Wharf or Dock
in front of the premises hereby conveyed or the right of application
to the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the said City, for a Grant
of any Land under the Water of the Hudson's River in front of the
same premises But that the same shall be and remain to the use of
the said Richard Varick his heirs and Assigns forever.

Your Committee are therefore of Opinion that the right of Pre-
emption to a grant of the said Water in front of the aforesaid Prem-
ises is now vested in Richard Varick Esq r the present Mayor of this
City, and therefore the Prayer of the Petition of the said Israel Wood
cannot be granted

Respectfully submitted.

Isaac Stoutenburgh
Theo s Beekman
Gabriel Furman



14 Oct. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 189

Whereupon Ordered that the Prayer of the said Petition of the
said Israel Woods be rejected.

A Request of D r Samuel Nicolls to remove certain Rocks in front
of his Land which obstruct the blooming Dale Road was read &
granted provided it be done at his Expence & the Road put in good
Order again.

[301] On reading a Petition of Henry White. Ordered that he be
permitted to make an Area & Vault in front of his House in the Broad
Way under the Inspection of the Aid 11 & Assist' of the Ward

A Petition of Richard Varick Esq r for a further Grant of the Soil
under the Water in Hudsons River on the South side of Partition
Street was read & referred to Aid 11 Furman & Beekman & M r A Post

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

issued Casimir Th : Goerick for surveys Streets ................ 55 : 16: _

issued Benja Taylor for the like .............................. 14 : 16 :

issued Taylor & McCollester for carte fire Buckets ............ 1 : 8 :



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New Yorkj day the 14 th day of Oct r 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman



Robert Lenox
Andrew Van Tuyl
Cornelius C Roosevelt
Theophilus Beekman
John Campbell
Nicholas Bayard



Frederick Stymets
Garret Harsen

Esq rs Ald n Nicholas Carmer ^Assist' 5
Anthony Post
George Janeway



His Excellency the Governor by and with the advice & Consent
of the Consent of the Council of appointment having been pleased to
reappoint Richard Varick Esq r to the [302] Offices of Mayor, Water
Bailif & Clerk of the Markets, of this City and William J Elsworth
Coroner of this City And also to appoint Jacob John Lansing Sherif
of this City for the Year ensuing, M r Mayor attended by the Aldermen
proceeded to the Gov 1 House & before his Excellency the Governor,
& in presence of the Aldermen took the Oaths prescribed in and by
the Charter of this City ; and being returned to the City Hall the Com-
missions of the Mayor, Sherif & Coroner were read & published with
the usual Solemnities.

M r Mayor then administered to the Alderman & Assistants above



190



CITY or NEW YORK



19 Oct. 1795



named respectively And to the following Officers respectively the Oaths

prescribed to be by them respectively taken viz 1

Jacob John Lansing Sherif ) who respectively produced Bonds for the

Daniel Phoenix Treas r or Chamb n j due execution of their respective Offices

James Culbertson high Constable



Assessors



John Nitchie
Thomas Storm
John P. Pearss
Edmund Seaman
John Houseman
Daniel Bowie
Thomas Hazard
Leonard Fisher
John Crolius Jun r
Anthony Brown
James Striker
John Sickels
Barnard Bower



Joshua Crane
Francis Roche
Barn't Newkerk
Charles Handasyde
Samuel Stockwell
John Reins
John Ackerman
John Fleming
Francis Currie
William Campbell
Robert Berwick
John Deitz
Francis White
George Wier
John France



Constables



[303] Ordered that Ald n Furman, Lenox, Van Tuyl, Beekman &
Campbell & Mess rs Harsen & Minthorn be the standing Committee
for Streets & Roads.

Ald n Roosevelt & Mess rs Harsen & Carmer the standing Commit-
tee of Accounts. And Aid" Bayard & Roosevelt & Mess" Stymets J
Post & Janeway the standing Committee for Lamps.

Ordered that the Ald n newly elected take the place of their Prede-
cessors on all special Committees.



City of ^ c At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ S the 19 th day of Ocf 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman

Theophs Beekman Nicholas Carmer

Robert Lenox Garret Harsen

Andrew Van Tuyl 'Esq^Aldn Anthony Post

Cornelius C Roosevelt George Janeway

John Campbell

James Hunt an Assessor for the 3 d Ward appeared & took the Oath
prescribed by the Charter.

A Petition of Eleanor Bennet complaining of her indigence &
praying Aid of this Board in the Expence of digging out Harman



26 Oct. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 191

Street in front of her Lot leased of Col Rutgers, was read & rejected.

On reading a Representation of the Sherif respecting the Goal
Ordered that the two Watchmen usually placed there go on Duty at
Sunset every Day & that the Board will [304] determine on a reason-
able extra pay

In consequence of the Indisposition of James Culbertson the Board
do approve that his Son collect the Market Fees & that his Assistant
have the Charge of the City Watch in his stead until the further Order
of the Board.

The Committee appointed to examine the Goal & to report whether
there were any Rooms proper for the confinement of Vagrants re-
ported that some of the Rooms on the ground Floor might be fitted
up for the purpose.

Ordered that the same Committee take Order for the purpose &
also for the necessary Repairs to the Goal.

An Estimate & Assessment for paving Chappel Street from Murray
to Chambers Street was read & ratified by the Board And Jacobus
Verveelen was appointed to collect the Monies & Arthur Smith to
pave the said Street.

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

issued Peter King towards the Relief of his indigent family... 6: : -
Nich s Carmer on Ace* towards a new Stable at the Alms

issued House 50:-:-

issued John Delameter for cleaning Streets

issued Alex r Lamb for the City Watch 63 : 7 : -

issued James Culbertson for the like 63: 7:

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

New York^ SS ' the 26 th day of October 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Theoph 3 Beekman
Nich s Bayard
Andrew Van Tuyl
John Campbell



I



Gabriel Furman Anthony Post



Nich s Carmer

Garret Harsen

Mangel Minthorne |-Assist ts

George Janeway



Robert Lenox.

M r Mangle Minthorn Assistant or Common Council for the 7"
Ward appeared & took the Oath prescribed by the Charter.

Ordered that Frederick Rhinelander be permitted to dig out 1
son Street from Greenwich Street to the River, under the
of the Ald n & Assist of the Ward.



192 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Oct. 1795

On reading an Application of the Committee for preventing the
spreading of infectious Disorders in this City

Ordered that an advance be made to them (out of the Rev-
enue fund to be charged to the State of New York) of
300 to defray the Expences of Belle Vue Hospital. And
(out of the Monies lately transmitted by the Mayor of
Philadelphia) 200 to be applied to the Relief of Persons
become necessitous in consequence of the Epidemic Fever
with which this Cit^ hath for some time been visited. And
that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts accordingly.

[306] Ordered that Mess" Stagg & Gosman be required to compleat
the pavement of Greenwich [Street] to the Fence at the Battery. And
that they at the public expence compleat the paving of the South side
of the Street between Kennedy's House & the Battery & that as far as
may be necessary they alter the pavement of that Street so as to make
it meet the pavement of Greenwich Street.

A Petition of Hugh Gaine for a Grant of the Soil in Hudsons
River in front of certain Lots by him lately purchased of the Cor-
poration of Trinity Church ; was read & postponed.

A Petition of John Young & others for a new Regulation of Gold
Street was read & referred to the Street Committee.

On reading a Petition of Charles Dickenson & Ab m Russell Ordered
that they be permitted to make Vaults under the Street in front of
their respective Houses in the Broad Way under the Inspection of the
Aid" & Assist 4 of the Ward.

A Petition of Haines & Thompson for permission to erect Stairs
at the White Hall Slip for the accommodation of the Staten Island
& Eliz th Town Boats was read & referred to the Aid" of the 1 st & the
Aid" & Assist 1 of the 2 d Wards.

Ordered that Ald n Lenox & Beekman & M r Harsen be a Com-
mittee to enquire into the State of the public Wharfage in this City
& to report such Reform therein with respect to the quantum of &
manner of collecting the Wharfage.

By reason of the great sickness in this City and the absence of
many of the Inhabitants the collection of Monies, on the Tax for sup-
porting the Poor & other contingencies, has not been equal to the
Sums required for defraying the current Expences.

Therefore ordered that the Treasurer negociate a loan of the Bank
of New York [307] for the Sum of 3000 Dollars until such time as



2 Nov. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 193

the Collectors shall be enabled to collect Monies on the present Tax
for repaying the same.

Ordered that Elections be held in on Thursday the 5 th Nov r next
in the first Ward of an Assistant in the place of *M r Frederick Sty-
mets dec d in the 2 d Ward of a Constable in the place of Benjamin
M c Dowl a non Resident And in the 3 d Ward of an Assessor in the
place of John Newkerk who is neither a Free Man of this City, or
a Freeholder in the Ward.

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

Garret Harsen for the Expences of taking the Census
issued & making a Return of Persons qualified to serve as

Jurors in the 2d 3d 4 th & 5th Wards 158 : 4 : -

issued The same for Repairs to Coenties Slip & Wharf 22: 6 : -

issued Rich d Hays for removing Filth from the Fly Market. . 1:1:

issued Benja Ogden for repairs to the Street 1: 9: 9

issued William J Elsworth Coroner for Inquests 34 : 6 : 6

issued Edward Meeks for Iron Work to Lamps 49 : 14 : 3

issued Ab m Van Gelder for lighting Lamps 63 : 19 :

issued Samuel Loudon for printing 26 : 9 : 8

issued George Bunce & C for the like 8: 5: 6

issued Corn 5 B Sebring for an Iron Pump brake 1:14:

issued Lazalier & Williamson for Iron Work to Pumps 8: 5: 7 1 A

issued Archibald Dunlap for Repairs to pumps 60 : 8 : 8

[307] f City of ^ At a Common Council held at the Alms

New YorkC' House on Monday the 2 d day of Nov r 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Theoph 5 Beekman

Garret Harsen
Robert Lenox

, , w T i Nich s Carmer

Andrew Van luyl

T. T . , r> j fEsq rs Ald n Mangle Mmthorn fAssist ts

Nichs Bayard

/-.IT- George Janeway

Gabriel Furman

r~ ~ n ,, Anthony Post J

Corn 5 C Roosevelt J

M r Mayor & the Members being returned from visiting the sev-
eral Wards in the Alms House & Bridewell The Committee of Ac-
counts reported that they had examined the Books & Accounts of
the Commissioners of the Alms & Bridewell for the last Quarter &
found them just & right viz.

Those of the Alms House amounts to ~

of the Bridewell.. 377:3:8



* Marginal note reads of prevailing Malignant Fever. ED.
t Clerk's error in numbering. ED.



194 CITY or NEW YORK 2 Nov. 1795

An Estimate of the said Commiss rs for the ensuing Quarter was
then read & approved by the Board viz'

For the Alms House 2200 : :

For the Bridewell 100: :

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 1 on the Treas r for
issued ,, , ,. .

the payment thereof accordingly.

It being conceived necessary, in order that the eastern part of the
City should be be better guarded at Night.

Ordered that four Men be added to the number of City Watchmen.

[308] Ordered that M r Tho s Hazard keeper of the Goal of this
City employ two competent Men to guard the Goal and that this Board
will provide for the payment of them not exceed g three Shillings
& six pence each p r Night

Ordered that M r Harsen be appointed to the Committee on small
Change Notes in the place of M r Stymets deceased.

Ordered that the said Committee direct the printing of a further
emission of the said Notes to the amount of 600.

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

W m Sloo for the Constables & Marshalls who conveyed

Vagrants to Bridewell 17 : 7 : 6

issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen 63 : 7 :

issued Alex r Lamb for the like 63 : 7 :

Garret Harsen for the Expences in taken [taking] the

Census & List of Jurors in the 6th Wd 48 : _ : _

Marinus Willet late Sherif for his Fees in summons
Jurors to assess the value of the Lands taken from
John Meyer & M r Mollinaer to continue the blooming

Dale Road 5 : l : _

Jon a Pearssee late Coaler for subsisting criminal Prison-
ers from Octr 1794 to NoV 1795 inclusive 374 : 2 : 6

Jacob Harsen on Ace* towards Repairs to the public
issued T> _i

Roads 100 : _ : _

Dr Nicoll for repairs to the middle Road by Agreem*
with the Board 10; :



9 Nov. 1795 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 195



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

New Yorkf * the 9 th day of Nov r 1795

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Robert Lenox George Janeway

T , ~ , ,, Garret Harsen

John Campbell



r K i IT T? AU Mangle Minthorn

Gabriel Furman UEsq r sAld n XT . ,

A_J ir_.. T^ __ Nicholas Carmer

Thomas Storm



Andrew Van Tuyl

Corns C Roosevelt ,

Anthony Post



Assist^



The Poll Lists of the Elections held in the first Ward of an As-
sistant in the place of ^Frederick Stymets dec d & in the 2 fl Ward of a
Constable in the place of Benjamin M c Dowl were returned to the
Board & read from which it appears that Thomas Storm was duly
elected an Assistant for the first Ward & Lewis Harrington Constable
for the second Ward And they took the Oaths prescribed by the
Charter accordingly.

The Street Committee reported that they had viewed that part of
Pearl Street complained of And are of Opinion that it will be neces-
sary to take up the Pavement from Van De Water Street to the South
or East side of the Gutter that crosses the Street opposite the House
late of John Woods that to effect this Object an Assessment ought
to be made. [310] and an Ordinance passed for the purpose without
delay which Report was agreed to by the Board and an Ordinance
was passed accordingly.

The Street Committee reported on the Petition of John Young &
others the following new Regulation of Gold Street And recommended
a Suspension of the execution of it until the Proprietors raise their
respective Lots sufficiently high to carry the W' T ater into the Street
which was agreed to by the Board viz'

Regulation of Gold Street from John Street to Maiden Lane

Descent from John Street down Gold Street to a distance of 130
feet with 9 & 8 %oo Inches on 10 feet thence descending to a dis-
tance of 123 feet further with 5 %o Inches on 10 feet thence de-
scending with 2 & 6 %oo Inches on 10 feet to the Kennel in Maiden
Lane. In consequence it will at the said distance of 130 feet remain
as it now is At the said distance of 123 feet (opposite Merchells
Gate or Cart Way) it will require filling 2 feet thence at the Distance
of 102 feet further it will require filling 1 foot and so 'till it termi-
nates in the Kennel of Maiden Lane.

* Marginal note reads of the prevailing Malignant Fever. ED.



196 CITY or NEW YOKK 9 Nov. 1795

An application of James W Lent for the appointment of five Per-
sons, according to the Law for regulating Buildings, to view his Water
Lot on which he intends to erect a Store House was read & referred
to the Ald n & Assist of the 2 d & the Assist of the 1 st W d

[311] Ordered that Ald n Roosevelt & Mess rs A Post & Janeway
be a Com tee for making the necessary Repairs to the Corporation
wharf at Hudsons River.

Ordered that a Bond be prepared to be executed by M r Mayor on
behalf of this Board for the 3000 Dollars borrowed of the Bank of
New York pursuant to the Order of the 26 th Ult for defraying the
public Expences of this City until the Monies to be raised by Tax can
be collected.

Ordered that Aid" Furman Lenox & Van Tuyl & Mess rs Min-
thorne & Janeway be the Land Committee of this Board.

Ordered that the Aid 11 & Assist 4 of the 1 st & the Aid" of the 2 d
Ward be a Com tee to view a certain Encroachment said to be made by
Carlisle Pollock on Rector Street & report their Opinion to the Board.

It being represented to the Board that a certain Alley or Gang Way
or Passage leading from W'ater Street to Front Street between the
Land of Thomas Brown dec d & the Land of Peter Mesier, is become a
great & dangerous Nuisance as well as it respects the Health of the
Inhabit 15 as the safety of the City against Fire.

Ordered that the Aid" & Assist 15 of the 2 d & 3 d Wards be a Com-
mittee to view the State & Condition of the said Passage & report the
same to the Board.

M r Mayor signified to the Board his intention of purchasing about
twenty Acres of the Common Lands [312] (situate on the North side
of the Land on which the House commonly called the Dove Tavern
near the five Mile stone) whenever the Board shall be disposed to



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