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Ordered that Patrick M c Guire be appointed a Measurer of Grain.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Bank of
issued New York to pay Nich s Carmer on Ace* tow ds new

Alms HS 1000: :-

And on the Treasurer to pay.

issued Garret Harsen on Ace* to compleat the Mud Scow 161 : 11 : 1

issued Gabriel Furman Esq r for Expences of Road Committee. 10: 15: 6

Matthew Byrne for notify^ Inhabts of the 1st \yJ to

sweep the Streets 4: 16:-

issued Alex r Lamb for City Watchmen 85 : 4 : 6

issued James Culbertson for the like 85 : 4 : 6

issued Simon Kiersted for Repairs to Pumps 80 : 5 : 7

issued Matthew Dyckman for the like 20 : 5 : 6



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

New York^ SS> the 12 th day of Sepf 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Jotham Post
Garret Harsen
Theophs Beekman ] Nicholas Carmer

Assist^



Andre v Van Tuyl I Anthony

Gabriel Furman Mang , e Minthorn

George Janeway
Thomas Storm

A Representation of the Schoolmasters in this City on the subject
of the Acc ts by them rendered by order of this Board of the number of
Scholars by them respectively taught ; was read & referred to the
Committee on that Subject



12 Sept. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 277

A Petition for a Well & Pump in Lombard Street near Cheapside
Street was read & granted under the direction of the Ald n & Assist, of
the 7 th Ward.

On the Question to grant the Sum of 800 towards the running out
a Pier in the middle of Coenties Slip from the L to & beyond the
new Street of 70 feet wide whenever the said Pier shall be compleated
it passed in the affirmative as follows.

for the Affirmative for the Negative

Ald n Beekman Mr Recorder

Aid" Furman Mr Minthorn

Aid" Van Tuyl Mr J Post

Ald n Lenox Mr Janeway

M r Carmer
M r Storm
Mr A Post

[52] Ordered that the Clerk notify Thomas Ellison to cause the
Bulkhead in front of his Water Lot in front Street near Pecks Slip
to be so repaired without delay so as to keep the Earth from falling
into the River And also Daniel Dunbar that he do without delay
cause the Wharf or Street in front of his Water Lot at Burlings Slip
to be erected & made agreable to the Conditions of the Grant under
which he holds Title.

On reading a Representation of the fire Wardens ; The VI Section
of the Law for preventing & extinguishing fires was repealed and in-
stead thereof a new Clause or Section was passed prohibiting any
Stove to be used unless the Funnel for conveying the smoke be lead
into a Chimney or safe brick Flues ; under the penalty of forty Shill-
ings for each Offence

And it was ordered that the said Law so amended be republished
in the News Papers.

An Estimate & Assessm* for paving Mulberry Street was read &
ratified and Waters Furman was appointed to collect the Monies
thereon & Ogden & Gartsee to pave the said Street

The Road Committee report that John Sickels is willing to accept
of 240 for his Land which will be taken for the new Road to the
Bridge lately erected over Harlem River provided this Board will at
the public Expence erect a good five Rail Fence on each side the Road
to enclose his Land; which this Board do agree to. And the Com te(
are directed to close the Bargain & to treat with the Trustees of the
Church at Harlem with respect to the price of their Land And that on
M r Sickels executing & delivering a Release of the said Land M r



278 CITY OF NEW YORK 12 Sept. 1796

Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treas r for paym 1 of the said Sum ac-
cordingly.

[53] The following Persons were duly elected by the Board In-
spectors of the ensuing Election for Charter Officers at the following
Places in the respective Wards viz 1

1st w d Trinity Church Rinier Suydam.

2 d City Hall Hugh Gaine

3 d North Church Andrew Stockholm

4 th S* Pauls Church Jacob Abramse

5 th friends Meeting House Ephraim Brasher

6th Alms House Henry Ten Brook

7 th Richd Varians House Henry Rutgers

Ordered that John Marvin be appointed a fireman to Engine N
13 vice Nicholas Brevoort removed from this City.

Ordered that the Health Officer be permitted to make a place for
the safe keeping of his Boat in Whitehall Slip under the Direction
of the Ald n & Assist of the Ward

Ordered that the Committee make a Settlement with the Commiss rs
of the Health Office for the Rent of Belle Vue as also with respect
to the furniture & other Things there

Ordered that the Treasurer negociate a Loan with the Bank of
New York

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Bank of
issued New York to pay Nicholas Carmer on Ace 1 towards

new Alms House 1000 : -

And on the Treas r to pay.

issued Nich s Carmer to compleat the Fly Market 192 : 8

the same on Ace 1 towards rebuilding the Fly Market

between Water & front Streets 400 : -

Daniel Cowan towards repaying Gold Street at the

Corner of Maiden Lane 20 : -

issued John Morton for prints Ace* 35 : 17

issued Tho s Hazard for 2 Watchmen at the Goal 21 : 14

Matthew Byrne for notifys Inhabit^ 2 d W d to clean

lssued Streets 4:16

issued W m J Elsworth Ace* in fire Engine Departm* 148 : 17



19 Sept. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 279



[54] City ot I ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ 5 the 19 th day of Sept r 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Thomas Storm

Robert Lenox "i Garret Harsen

Andrew Van Tuyl Nichs Carmer

Nicholas Bayard J*Esq r sAld n Anth Post } Assist 1 "

Gabriel Furman Jotham Post

Theoph 5 Beekman J Mangle Minthorn

George Janeway

Ordered that Ald n Furman & Mess rs Storm & Carmer be a Com-
mittee to attend at the Treasurers Office to examine & Report on his
Books & Acc ts on Friday next

A Petition of John Harding to be a Measurer of Grain was read
& postponed

A Petition of the Hucksters in the Oswego Market for permission
to continue in their Stands during the Afternoon & Evening was read
& rejected.

A Petition of John Davenport to be a licensed Butcher was read &
granted

An Estimate & Assessment for repaving the Street on each side
of the Fly Market between Pearl Street & Water Street was read &
ratified by the Board and John Moore was appointed to collect the
Monies thereon & to pave the s d Street

On reading a Representation of the Church at Harlem on the sub-
ject of laying the new Road to the Bridge over Harlem River, the
Board agreed to pay the Church the Sum of one hundred & fifty
Pounds [55] for the Ground taken to carry the said Road of four
Rods wide through their Land and at the public Expence to erect a
good five Rail fence on each side of the said Road and that on their
executing & delivering a Release of the said Land M r Mayor issue
his Warr 1 on the Treas r for paym 1 of the s d Sum accord* 1 *

Ordered that the Road Committee take order for having the Road
compleated through M r Coles's Meadow.

Ordered that Mr Mayor issue his Warrts on the Bank of
issued New York to pay Nichs Carmer on ace* the further

Sum of ............................................ flOOO:-:-

And on the Treas r to pay
issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen .................

issued Alexr Lamb for the like ...............................



280 CITY or NEW YORK 23 Sept. 1796

issued David Waldron for Repairs to Roads .................. 114 : 15 : 6

issued John Keyser Jun r for Repairs to Wells & c .............. 25 : 6 : 8

issued Daniel Osburn for Lamp Oil ........................... 70 : 4 :

issued Haviland & Ferris for the like ......................... 179 : 11 :



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

New York^ SS ' the 23 d day of Sept r 1796.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Nicholas Bayard -\

John Campbell Nlcholas Carmer



Gabriel Furman



Robert Lenox



Anthony Post



Andrew Van Tuyl j^ Es <l rsA1 d n Mangle Minthorn
Corns C Roosevelt Thomas Storm



George Janeway




The Committee appointed to examine the Treasurers Books & Ace 1
delivered in the following Report which with the Treasurers annual
Acc ts were examined & approved by the Board viz t We the Sub-
scribers appointed by an order of the Common Council to examine the
Books of the City Treasurer Do report that we have attended to
the Business directed by the said Order. That there has been received
since the last Settlement twenty two thousand eight hundred Pounds
by Loans directed by the Common Council from the Bank of New
York. Three thousand three hundred & eleven Pounds 16/2 from the
State Treasurer granted by the Legislature towards the Expence in-
curred during the Summer of 1795. Six thousand three hundred &
twenty nine Pounds 7/8% collected from Corporation Revenues.
Three thousand & two Pounds 2/ [57] for Donations. Two thousand
five hundred & six Pounds 10/2 for Common Lands. Four hundred
& sixty six Pounds 11/9 in the Hands of Ald n Stoutenburgh. Two
thousand & ninety nine Pounds 4/ for Corporation Tickets issued for
small Change and the Sum of 10/ for Interest on a Mortgage of J
M c Kinley which several Sums with the ballance of Five thousand two
hundred & forty six Pounds 15/ amounts to forty five thousand seven
hundred & sixty two Pounds 16/9%. .And that there has been paid
out to the Bank of New York Ten thousand Pounds For Corporation
Tickets cancelled and Warrants issued by Common Council twenty
nine thousand & ninety five Pounds 7/10 which leave a Ballance due

* A memorandum of the clerk reads an Entry ah* Mechanic SocV Ground
Chatham Square. ED.



23 Sept. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 281

the City of New York of Six thousand Six hundred and sixty seven

Pounds 8/1124 carried to new Account.

Sept r 22 d 1796 Gabriel Furman !)

Nicholas Carmer I- Com tee
Thomas Storm J

The Committee on the subject of Schools made a verbal Report
thereon And a Question was raised for the consideration of the Board
whether it would be proper to distribute any part of the Monies,
granted by the Legislature for the encouragement of Schools & the
Monies raised by Tax in this City for that purpose among the School-
masters or Teachers in this City? and it was determined unanimously
in the Negative.

[58] A Motion was then made that parcel of the said Monies viz 1
944 should be granted & distributed to & among the Charity Schools
of the religious Societies in this City ; upon which Debates arose & the
Question being put on the said Motion it passed in the Affirmative in
manner follow 8 viz*

Affirmative. Negative

Aid" Bayard Mr Recorder

Aid" Campbell Mr Carmer

Aid" Van Tuyl Mr Minthorn

Ald n Roosevelt

Aid" Lenox

Mr A Post

M r Storm

M r Janeway

Ordered that Ald n Lenox & Mess" Storm & Janeway be a Com-
mittee to report to the Board the proportion of the Said Sum to be
granted to each of the said Charity Schools

Resolved that application be made to the Legislature at their next
Meeting for legal provision to establish public Schools in this City.

An Estimate & Assessm 1 for paving Batavia Lane was read & rati-
fied And Jonathan Conrey was appointed to collect the Monies thereon
& to pave the said Lane

Ordered that the Treasurer take on Loan from Cornelius Cloppei
500 at the Interest of five per Cent And that a Bond be prepared
accordingly.

Ordered that Mr Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treas-
issued urer to pay Richard Furman for cleaning & repairing ^

a Well in Division Street



282 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Sept. 1796



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

New York J SS ' Sepf 26 th 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Andrew Van Tuyl



~ ,. , T- Anthony Post
Gabriel Furman

Theophs Beekman f a " gel Mmthorn

Robert Lenox f EsqrsAldn J tham Post

T. T . ,, T-, , Thomas Storm
Nicholas Bayard

T i r~ u 11 George Janeway
John Campbell

Garret Harsen



.Assist ts



Corn 3 C Roosevelt

James C Brasher, Taylor, admitted & sworn a free Man of this
City.

Ordered that Nich s Smart, Butcher be restor'd to his Office.

A Petition of James Roosevelt for a further Grant of his Water
Lot on the East side of Pecks Slip was read & granted

A Petition of Peter P. Van Zandt for the privilege of receiving the
Wharfage of the new Pier on the West side of Burlings Slip till a
Pier be run out on the East side of the said Slip ; was read & re-
ferred to Aid" Van Tuyl & Lenox & M r J Post

Ordered that John Harding be appointed a Measurer of Grain in
this City.

Ordered that the Committee on the Subject of a Canal from the

Collect

fresh Water Pond to the Hudsons River be instructed to confer with
the Proprietors of the Swamp for the obtaining such Parts thereof
as may be required to make the said Canal of the Breadth of 40 feet
and a Street on each side of the Breadth of 30 feet

[60] Ordered that M r Mayor issue his W r arr ts on the Treasurer
to pay

issued W m J Elsworth for lighting Lamps 67 : 15 : 8

Isaac Varians for 3 Hogs for the Use of Belle Vue

Hospital 4:16: 6

issued David Marshall for attending Potters field burial Ground 22 : 10 :



29 Sept. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 283



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New YorkJ 8 day the 28 th Sepf 1796.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Andrew Van Tuyl



Gabriel Furman



Anthony Post



Esq r sAld n Mangle Minthorn }-Assis ts



Theophs Beekman

Robert Lenox

Nichs Bayard Jotham Post

Corns C Roosevelt Garret Harsen



J



M r Mayor laid before the Board a Letter from Henry Ten Brook
shewing his Inability to serve as Inspector of the Election for Charter
Officers in the sixth Ward Whereupon Jacobus Verveelen was duly
nominated & appointed in his stead



[61] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Thurs-

New York^ ' day the 29 th day of September 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Jotham Post

Nicholas Bayard >, Mangle Minthorn

Cornelius C Roosevelt Anthony Post

Gabriel Furman Nicholas Carmer

Theophilus Beekman Thomas Storm

George Jane way



Assist^



The Board (according to the directions in the Charter of this
City) proceeded to name and appoint a Treasurer or Chamberlain of
this City for the ensuing Year and Daniel Phrenix was unanimously
named & appointed accordingly.

M r Mayor was pleased to name and appoint James Culbertson to
be High Constable of this City for the Year ensuing.



284



CITY OF NEW YORK



3 Oct. 1796



At a Common Council held on Monday
the 3 d day of October 1796



[62] City of } ss
New York^

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman
Theoph 5 Beekman
Nich s Bayard
Andrew Van Tuyl
Cornelius C Roosevelt
Robert Lenox



Nichs Carmer
Anthony Post

; Ald n Mangle Minthorn
Jotham Post
Garret Harsen



-Assist^



The Clerk produced to the Board the Poll Lists of the Election in
the several Wards of Charter Officers for the ensuing Year from
which the follow g Persons appear to be elected viz*

Gabriel Furman Alderman

Thomas Storm Assistant

Rinier Suydam }

1st Ward Cornelius "Ray j Ass

William G Forbes Collector

James C Brasher )

n. ., ,,r ,, Constables

David Walker \

Robert Lenox Alderman

Garret Harsen Assistant

Edmund Seaman |

2d Ward Abraham Varick \ Ass

William Gilbert Collector

Barn't Newkerk )

TT r> 11 Constables

Henry Burtsell \

[63.] Ezekiel Robbins Alderman

Nicholas Carmer Assistant

Daniel Dunscomb Jun r )

3d Ward Thomas Ash j Ass essors

Hugh Montgomery Collector

Charles Handasyde )

0,0,,,, f Constables

Samuel Stockwell \

Cornelius C Roosevelt Alderman

Anthony Post Assistant

Daniel Bowie J

4th Ward Isaac Jones j Ass

Thomas Lafoy Collector

John Reins )

T , . , > Constables

John Ackerman



3 Oct. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



285



Jotham Post Alderman

Philip Arcularius Assistant

Leonard Fisher )

5th Ward John Murray Jun' \ Assess ors

David Harriot Collector

John Fleming )

Francis Curry { Constables

Jacob Delamontanye Alderman

Anthony Brown Assistant

James Riker )

6th Ward Joshua Barker \ Assessors

John Fox Collector

William Campbell )

Robert Berwick j

Nicholas Bayard Alderman

Mangle Minthorn Assistant

r William Beekman |

I Samuel Stillwell j Assessors

owery Richard Furman Collector

Dmsion ! JohnDietz )

7thw . John McLauchlen j Constables

7th War d ^ John Kortright

\ c -r> T > Assessors

bampson Benson Jun r ^

Harlem j John Bussing Collector

Dlvlslon Ithamar Ely )

T , ,-. . Constables

_ Jacobus Dyckman J

[64] Ordered that the said Officers respectively above named (ex-
cept the Collectors) and also the Sherif, Coroner, Treasurer or
Chamberlain, and High Constable be notified to attend in this Common
Chamber on Friday the 14 th Instant at 11 O'Clock in the forenoon to
take & subscribe the Oaths by Law prescribed and directed.

Theophilus Beekman Esq r a Candidate for the Office of Aldermen
at the Election in the third Ward represented to the Board that certain
of the Electors, who voted for Ezekiel Robins the other Candidate &
who is returned as having the plurality of Votes, were not qualified
according to Law; and he therefore prayed that a scrutiny of the
Votes taken at the said Election for Alderman be granted to him.

Ordered that a Scrutiny be granted accordingly and that the said
Candidates deliver to each other Lists of such Voters as they shall
respectively deem objectionable and that this Board will proceed on
the Business of the said Scrutiny in this Chamber to Morrow
Afternoon at 3 O'Clock.

It being suggested to the Board by some of the Members that
there is reason to believe that Jacob Delamontanye who is returned as



286 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Oct. 1796

elected Alderman of the sixth Ward, is not a Free Man of this City,
nor a Freeholder in the said Ward.

Ordered that the Clerk notify M r Delamontanye thereof and re-
quest his [65] attendance at this Board to Morrow Afternoon at 3
O'Clock to satisfy the Board on the said subject

A Petition of Peter Goelet praying that a Grant be made to him of
the Water Lot on the West side of the Exchange Slip out to the perma-
nent Street of 70 feet wide was read & granted.

Ordered that Aid" Lenox & Mess rs A. Post & Jotham Post be a
Committee to examine & report whether the Senate & Assembly Cham-
bers in the City Hall cannot be so altered as to make more Room for
the accommodation of the Members of the Legislature whose numbers
are considerably encreased.

Ordered that the Surveyors make and report to the Board without
delay a Map or Survey of the Water Lots at Corlaers Hook.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 1 on the Bank of
issued New York to pay Mr Nichs Carmer on Ace* towards

new Alms H* 2000: :

And on the Treasurer to pay.

issued Andrew Smyth for two lost fire Buckets 1:12:

Andrew Van Tuyl Esqr for carting of Dirt & Filth from

the Streets 3d Wd 14:19: 6

issued James Culbertson for City Watchmen 85 : 4 : 6

issued Alex r Lamb for the like 85 : 4 : 6

The Treasurer or Chamberlain of this City laid before the Board
his annual Ace 1 of the Receipts & Expenditures of the Monies raised
by Tax; which were examined with their respective Vouchers by the
Mayor & Aldermen & found right and agreable to the directions of
the Statute certified accordingly

[66] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Tuesday

New York J S the 4 th day of Oct r 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Nicholas Carmer ")



Gabriel Furman -| Qarret Rarsen

Jotham Post
Anthony Post
Thomas Storm



Theoph 5 Beekman
John Campbell



Assis ts



Andrew Van Tuyl Mangle Minthorn

Corns C Roosevelt J George Janeway

M r Robins attended the Board and represented that from the
shortness of the time he could not possibly be prepared to proceed on



4 Oct. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 287

the Business of the Scrutiny between him & Ald n Beekman & prayed
further time 'till Friday next; which was granted.

From an apprehension that Jacob Delamontayne had not received
the notice for his attendance at the Board this Afternoon ; it was
ordered that he be notified to attend on Friday next.

The Committee on the Senate & Assembly Rooms reported that the
Alterations required can conveniently & without much expence be
made And the same Committee were ordered to direct the same to be
done accordingly.

The Committee on the Petition of Peter P. Van Zandt delivered
in a Report which was read & postponed

[67] Pursuant to the Statute relative to the Office of Loan
Officers Evert Bancker & Cornelius Ray Esq rs Loan Officers
for this City & County laid before the Board the Books of Mortgages
Minutes & Accounts by them taken & kept as Loan Officers ; and this
Board having carefully inspected & examined the said Books Minutes
and Accounts Do find that the said Loan Officers have faithfully dis-
charged the Trust in them reposed and performed their Duty in
manner as by Law is directed and required.

The follow^ is a Statement of their Acc ts



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[68] City of 1 At a Common Council held on Friday

New York S Morning Oct r 7 th 1796.



Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman "1 Mangle Minthorn

Nicholas Bayard Anthony Post

Andrew Van Tuyl }-Esq r sAldn Jotham Post

Robert Lenox Thomas Storm

Cornelius C Roosevelt J George Janeway

Jacob Delamontagne attended the Board and admitted " that he was
not a Free Man of this City. That he was a Freeholder in the third &
seventh Wards previous to the Election of Charter Officers on the 29 th
Sept r last. That he was in treaty for the purchase of a Freehold
Estate in the sixth Ward, for which he was returned Alderman elect,
previous to the said Election ; but that the said purchase was not com-
pleated until after the said Election."

Ordered that the consideration of the Subject be postponed 'till
Monday Afternoon next when M r Delamontagne will be heard (if
he has any Thing to offer) by himself or Council.



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