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The Board then proceeded to the Business of the Scrutiny between
Theophilus Beekman & Ezekiel Robins and having made some prog-
ress therein, adjourned 'till 5 O'Clock this Afternoon

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treas r
issued to pay the Clerks of the late Election for Charter

Officers 16/ each amounts to 5 : 12 : -

[69] City of J At a Common Council held on Friday

New York { SS> Afternoon Oct r 7 th 1796.

Preser.it/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Mangle Minthorn ~]

Gabriel Furman Jotham Post

Andrew Van Tuyl fEsqrsAld* Thomas Storm f Assist*

Cornelius C Roosevelt Nicholas Carmer

Robert Lenox Anthony Post

The Board proceeded to the further consideration of the Scrutiny
Business between Theophilus Beekman & Ezekiel Robins and having
made further progress therein adjourned 'till Monday Afternoon next



290 CITY OF NEW YORK 11 Oct. 1796



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ 55 ' Afternoon Oct r 10 th 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Mangle Minthorn
Robert Lenox



. GeQrge Janeway

Gabriel Furman
Cornehus C Roosevelt )-EsqAldn



Jotham



Andrew Van Tuyl Anthony Post

Nlchs Ba ^ ard



Nicholas Carmer



Assist



Ordered that Cornelius Cregier be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 9 vice Ab m Tyson dec d And John Stickler to N 15 vice Stephen
Rose dec d

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treas r
issued to pay Jaques Barkaloo for taking up the Mud Drudge

when adrift ........................................ 2: :

[70] The Board proceeded to the consideration of Question on the
eligibility of Jacob Delamontagne to hold the Office of Alderman of
the sixth Ward & it appearing from his admission that he was not a
Free Man of this City nor a freeholder in the said Ward at or before
the late Election in the said Ward Whereupon the Board determined
unanimously that he was ineligible to hold the said Office.

The Board then proceeded to the further consideration of the
Business of the Scrutiny between Theophilus Beekman Ezekiel
Robins and after further progress in the Business adjourned 'till to
Morrow afternoon 3 O'Clock.



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Tuesday

New YorkJ 8 Afternoon Oct r 11 th 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Jotham Post

Gabriel Furman "| Anthony Post

Nicholas Bayard Mangle Minthorn



Andrew Van Tuyl }-Esq rs Ald n George Janeway



Robert Lenox Nicholas Carmer

Cornelius C Roosevelt J Thomas Storm

Garret Harsen



Assist ts



The Board resumed the consideration of the Business of the
Scrutiny between Theophilus Beekman & Ezekiel Robins and having in



11 Oct. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 291

the progress of the Business admitted certain of the Votes (which
were [71] objected to by the Parties respectively) as good Votes, and
having rejected certain other of the Votes (which were objected to by
the said Parties respectively) as bad Votes it now remained for the
Board to consider of & determine on the Votes of Thomas Van Zandt,
James Van Zandt, Matthew Van Zandt & Peter Van Zandt, all of
whom voted as freeholders and were objected to on the part of Ezekiel
Robins.

In support of the legality of the said Votes a Deed from Peter P
Van Zandt to his four Sons, the said four last mentioned Voters, of a
certain House & Lot of Ground in the third Ward was produced and
admitted on the part of M r Robins to be valid to pass the Estate : But
it was objected to on the part of M 1 ' Robins that altho' M r Van Zandt
had so conveyed the said Estate yet that he continued in the possession
& receipt of the Rents of the said Estate and therefore that his said
four Sons above named, not being in possession thereof, had no Right
to vote on the said Estate.

The Board then proceeded to examine the Witnesses of the Parties
and having heard the Parties by their Counsel M r Edward Livingston
for M r Robins & Mess rs Cozine & Evertson for M r Beekman; The
Question was put whether the said four Votes should be received &
admitted as good Votes and it passed in the Affirmative as follows viz 1

for the Affirmative for the Negative

Aldn Furman. Mr J Post Mr Recorder

Aldn Bayard Mr A Post Aid" Van Tuyl

Ald n Lenox Mr Minthorn M r Storm

Aid" Roosevelt Mr Janeway

M r Carmer

M r Harsen

[72] The Board then proceeded to examine which of the said two
Candidates had the greatest number of good Votes at the said Election
& it apeared that Theopohilus Beekman had a Majority of two Votes.

Whereupon the Board determined that Theophilus Beekman Esq r
is duly elected Alderman of the said third Ward.

The Business of the Scrutiny, in which Ald n Beekman was a Party,
being ended he took his Seat.

It appearing that Jacob Delamontagne who had the greatest nun
of Votes as Alderman at the late Election in the sixth Ward i
gible to the said Office, and it appearing also that John Campbel
other Candidate for the said Office had the next greatest number of
Votes as Alderman. M' Mayor put the Question " Whether he should



292 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Oct. 1796

be considered as duly elected " ? and it passed in the Affirmative as
follows viz 1

for the Affirmative for the Negative

Aid" Furman Air A Post Air Recorder

Ald n Lenox Air Alinthorn Ald n Van Tuyl

Aldn Roosevelt AI r Carmer AI r J Post

Aid" Beekman Air Storm
*



[73] City of J At a Common Council held on Friday

New YorkJ S the 14< h Oct r 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Thomas Storm
n

o , . .
Robert Lenox



Assist^



r- , . , T,

Gabriel rurman

Garret Harsen

-,.. ,

r^, ... , Nicholas Carmer

1 heophilus Beekman . _.

,- ,. r* r> 1. yEsqrsAld n Anthony Post

Cornelius C Roosevelt f ,... .

T ., Philip Arcularius

Jotham Post

XT- i 1 Anthonv Brown

Nicholas Bayard ,, " ,. ,

Alangle Almthorn

His Excellency the Governor by and with the advice & consent of
the Council of appointment, having been pleased to reappoint Richard
Varick Esq r to the Office of Mayor & c and Jacob J Lansing Esq r to the
Office of Sheriff of this City and to appoint Charles Dickenson to the
Office of Coroner of this City M r Mayor proceeded to the Go\ rt House
and there before His Excellency the Gov r , and in presence of the
Aldermen, took the Oaths prescribed in & by the Charter of this City,
And being returned to the City Hall his Commission & also those of
the Sherif & Coroner were with the usual solemnities read & published

M r Mayor then administred to the Aldermen & Assistants above
named & to the following Officers their respective Oaths of Office
as prescribed by the Charter viz 1

Jacob J Lansing Sherif ................. ) who respectively produced Bonds for

Daniel Phoenix Treas r & c ............... ) the due execution of their Offices.

Charles Dickenson Coroner

[74] Assessors Constables

Rinier Suydam James Culbertson High Constable

Edmund Seaman James C Brasher

Abraham Varick Barn't Newkerck

Dan 1 Dunscomb Jun r Henry Burtsell

Thomas Ash Charles Handasyde

Daniel Bowie Samuel Stockwell

* Memorandum of the clerk reads Moorcs G* ED.



17 Oct. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 293



Assessors
Isaac Jones
Leonard Fisher
James Riker
Joshua Barker
William Beekman
Samuel Stilwell
John Kortright
Sampson Benson Jun r



John Campbell Esq r Alderman
Cornelius Ray
John Murray Junr[
David Walker Constable



Assessors



Constables
John Reins
John Ackerman
John Fleming
Francis Curry
William Campbell
Robert Berwick
John Dietz
John McLachlen
Ithamar Ely
Jacobus Dyckman

did not attend
to be sworn



Ordered that Ald n Furman Lenox & Beekman & Mess rs A Post,
Arcularius Brown & Minthorn be the Street & Road Committee.

Aid" Bayard & Mess rs Harsen & Carmer the Lamp Comittee

And Ald n Post & Mess rs Storm & Minthorn the Committee of
Accounts.

Ordered that the new Members take the places of their respective
Predecessors on all private Committees.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treas r to pay Ald n
Furman on Ace 1 towards making the new Road to Harlem Bridge
200.

[75] City of | At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ Oct r 17 th 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman
Jotham Post
Theophilus Beekman
Cornelius C Roosevelt
Nicholas Bayard



Ald n



Garrit Harsen
Mangle Minthorn
Philip Arcularius
Anthony Brown
Anthony Post
Thomas Storm



Jacob Delamontagnie Gent John A Wolfe, Cordwainer John P
Pearss Merch 1 John P Anthony, Tanner & Currier Abraham
Baudoine Hatter admitted & sworn free Men

John Campbell Esq r Alderman elect for the sixth Ward attended
& informed the Board that the present weak state of his Health was
such as altogether to prevent him from executing & performing the
Duties of that Office and therefore declined taking the Oaths pre-



294 CITY or NEW YORK 17 Oct. 1796

scribed by the Charter & requested that an Election be ordered in the
said Ward of an Alderman in his stead.

Ordered that an Election be held in the said Ward at the Aim's
House on Wednesday the 26 th Instant accordingly

Ordered that Cornelius Ray elected Assessor for the 1 st W d &
David Walker Constable for the said Ward be again notified to attend
this Board next Meeting to take the Oaths prescribed by the Charter.

A Petition of Edward Livingston for a Grant of the Soil in the
River in front of his Lots at the North River was read & referred to
the Street Committee.

A Petition of the Lamplighters for an encrease of their pay was
read & rejected.

[76] The Committee on the Petition for an additional Watch
House in the seventh Ward reported " that the Prayer of the Petition
ought to be granted & that in their Opinion the most eligible Situation
for the Building is at the Head of Catharine Street & Chatham
Square "

Ordered that the same Committee report a plan of the Building
with an Estimate of the Expence.

On reading a Petition of Garret Wallgrove Ordered that he be
appointed a Weighmaster of Hay at the White Hall Slip in the stead
of Peter De Riemer removed from this City.

Ordered that Magnis Garrat be appointed an Inspector of fire
Wood vice James Campbell dec d

And Peter King vice Joseph Young dec d

A proposition of Abijah Hammond to make certain Alterations
in the course of the Road leading from the North River towards
Greenwich Lane with a Survey thereof was examined & approved of
by the Board.

Ordered that the Treas r or Chamberlain of this City receive from
the Treasurer of this State of New York the Monies which the City
& County of New York is entitled to receive by virtue of the Act of
the Legislature passed the 9 th April 1795 entitled "An Act for the
encouragement of Schools."

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

issued Archd Dunlap for Repairs to Pumps 3 d W d 40: 16 : 9

issued Luke Persiany for Services on the Mud Drudge 3:9:6

issued Rich d Furman towards sinking Well in Harman S* 17: :

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



24 Oct. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 295

issued James Culbertson for the like 85 : 4 : 6

issued [77] M r Nichs Carmer towards the Fly Market 200 : :

Rinier Skaats towards purchasing fire Wood for the

lssued Court Rooms ... 60 : - :



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York^ s the 24 th day of October 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

, . , Mangle Minthorn

Uabnel rurman ^ L TT

Garret Harsen
Ineoph 5 Beekman , ... . . .

T _ Philip Arculanus

Jotham Post A .,

"L .. Anthony Brown

Cornelius L Roosevelt A ,, T-,

Anthony Post

Robert Lenox M-I-I /-

Nicholas Larmer

George Snowdon Ship Chandler & Andrew Anderson Cabinet
Maker admitted & sworn free Men

Cornelius Ray Assessor for the first Ward attended & took the
Oath prescribed by Charter

A Letter from John Murray Jun r elected Assessor for the 5 th Ward
setting forth that being of the people called Quakers he is exempted
by Law from serving in that Office was read & filed.

David Walker elected Constable for the first Ward attended &
refused to take the Oath prescribed by the Charter or to serve in the
said Office

Whereupon it was ordered that Election be held on Wednesday the
2 d Oct r next in the 5 th Ward of an Assessor in the stead of John
Murray Jun r and in the first Ward of a Constable in the stead of
David Walker.

A Petition against filling up the Exchange Slip was read & referred
to the Committee on the Petition for filling up the said Slip.

[78] Ordered that Ordinances be prepared for filling up & raising
all the Lots on the South side of front Street & between the Exchange
Slip & Coenties Slip, with sand or other clean & wholesome Earth at
least two feet below the Surface when filled & that they be filled to
such Heigth as that the Water will run off freely into the Street, under
the Penalty of for each neglect.

On reading a Complaint of the Paulus Hook ferry Man the fol-
low 8 Law or Ordinance was passed by the Board viz 1

Be it ordained that no Boat or Vessel of any description what-
ever, except the Paulus Hook ferry Boats, shall be allowed to come



296 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 Oct. 1796

into or lay in Cortlandt Slip: But that the said Slip shall be and the
same is hereby assigned to and for the sole and uninterrupted use of
the said Paulus Hook ferry Boats And if any Boat or Vessel of any
Description whatever shall or do come into or lay in the said Slip
contrary to this Law the Master Owner or Possessor of such Boat or
Vessel shall forfeit and pay as a fine forty Shillings for each & every
Tide such Boat or Vessel shall lay or remain in the said Slip.

A Petition of the Scotch Presbyterean Church for a Regulation of
the Streets adjoining their Lots on Rutgers's Land was read & the
consideration thereof postponed

On reading a Petition Ordered that the Neighborhood be per-
mitted to sink a Well in such part of Harman Street between George
& Charlotte Streets as the Ald n & Assist of the Ward shall direct.

[79] An Estimate & Assessment for digging out & filling in Bayard
Street was read & ratified by the B d and Waters Furman was ap-
pointed to collect the Monies & Peterson & Riley to execute the Work.

The Committee appointed to report the proportion of the Sum of
944 part of the Monies granted by the Legislature for the encourage-
ment of Schools in this City Report that they have weighed every
Circumstance and are of Opinion that the follow 8 Distribution thereof
be made which was agreed to by the Board viz t

iss' 1 The Episcopal Charity School 110:

iss d The Presbyterean DO 200 :

issd The Reformed Protest* Duch DO 250 :

issd The German Lutheran D 54 :

issd The Scotch Presbyterean DO 100 :

iss d The African free School DO 230:



944 : _ : _

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r for the
paym 1 of the said several Sums accordingly.

M r Recorder then presented to the Board a Memorial to the Legis-
lature, which was read & approved by the Board, praying a Law to
enable this Board to establish one or more public Schools in this City
to be upheld & supported by the Monies granted by the Legislature
for the encouragement of Schools, Ordered that the Common Seal of
this Corporation be affixed thereto and that M r Mayor subscribe the
same on behalf of this Board

Ordered that the Clerk prepare a Report to the Legislature on
the subject of the late Alms House Lottery



31 Oct. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 297

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

issued Nich s Carmer on Ace* tow ds Fly Market 600 : :

The same from the Bank of N York on Ace* towards

issued new Alms House 1000 : : -

issued Casimir Th : Goerick on Ace* for Surveys 20 : : -

issued W m J Elsworth Coroner for Inquests 39 : 11 : -

issued Nich s Fisher for Services at Bellevue 2 : 6 : -

issued Goodeve & Brown for a Box Candles 3 : 1 : 3

Luke Kip for going into Westchester County after Jn

issued Parks charged with counterfeits Dollars 3 : 8 :

John S Delamater for superintends the cleans of Streets

issued 1st Ward 10:12:-

issued Elijah Cock towards a Well in Water S* 6 : 8 :

issued Archibald Dunlap for Repairs to Pumps 1 st Ward 49: 17: 7

City of ) At a Common Council held at the Alms

' ss
New YorkJ k House on Monday Oct r 31 st 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Jotham Post ^

Nichs Bayard Garret Harsetl 1

Rob t Leno Nich s Carmer

Corns C Roosevelt ^Esq-Ald* Mangle Minthorn [-Assist*

-m. i-o T> i Anthony Post

ineophs Beekman

T , -P. , . Thomas Storm j

Jacob Delamontagnie

[81] From the Poll List of the late Election held in the 6 th Ward
of an Alderman in the Place of John Campbell Esq r it appears that
Jacob Delamontagnie Esq r is duly elected And he attended & took the
Oaths prescribed by the Charter accordingly

M r Mayor & the Members having visited & examined the several
Wards in the Alms House & Bridewell the Committee of Acc ts reported
that they had examined the Commissioners Acc ts of their Receipts &
Expenditures the last Quarter & found them Right amount^

The Alms House to *2998 : 3 : 2

The Bridewell to 420 : 14 : 7

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

For the Alms House 2800: :-

For the Bridewell 200 : : -

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

the payment thereof accord gly

A Petition for the Regulation of Winne Street & Catharine Street
was read & referred to the Street Committee



298 CITY OF NEW YORK 31 Oct. 1796

Ordered that Jacob Tabellie & Jonathan Porter be appointed Meas-
urers of Lime.

Ordered that Samuel Farmar be required to fill in front Street the
Breadth of his Lot

Ordered that M r Carmer be appointed to Superintend the erection
of the new Watch House in Chatham Square.

The Clerk according to order presented a Report to the Legisla-
ture on the subject of the late Alms House Lottery which was ap-
proved by the Board And it was ordered that the Common Seal be
affixed thereto & that M r Mayor subscribe it on behalf of the Board

Ordered that Nicholas P Roome be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 3 vice Gerard 5 Smith resigned

[82] Ordered that the Clerk prepare an Ordinance for preventing
Hucksters from selling any Thing, except Vegetables, in the public
Markets or Streets of this City.

M r Recorder presented to the Board the following Reform of the
Police of this City which was approved & agreed to by the Board And
it was ordered that the Common Seal be affixed thereto and that M r
Mayor subscribe the same on behalf of this Board viz*

" The Board having taken into consideration the Inconveniences
arising from some of the Provisions in the Charter of their City and
the Laws heretofore made relating to the same request such of their
Members as are Members of the Legislature to use their Endeavors
that a Law or Laws may be passed by the Legislature in their next
Session to the following Effect.

1 That the appointment of the Charter Officers who are to be
annually appointed by the Government may be made at any time dur-
ing the Session of the Legislature in each Year.

II d That whenever any Person not legally qualified shall be
elected to any Office the Common Council may order a new Election
to fill such Office

III d That the Mayor & Recorder or either of them be authorized
to hold the Mayors Court in the absence of the Aldermen.

[83] IV That the Governor with the advice & consent of the
Council of appointment may appoint Justices of the Peace in the said
City with Power to keep the Peace and to hear and determine per-
sonal Actions for Debts or Demands to the value of Ten Pounds and
Actions and Informations upon penal Statutes and the Bye Laws of
this City where the penalty or forfeiture shall not exceed ten Pounds
under such Regulations and restrictions as the Legislature may think



9 Nov. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



299



proper and with full Power to execute the Office of Justices of the
Peace in the said City in all Respects except holding Courts of Ses-
sions of the Peace or setting as Judges in such Courts which shall be
held by the Mayor Recorder and Aldermen of the said City as hereto-
fore who shall continue to be Justices of the Peace in the said City but
without the Power of trying any Causes under the said Act."

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



issued
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Alex r Lamb for City Watchmen

James Culbertson for the like

David Couvert for superints the cleans of the Streets

7th \yd

W m J Elsworth for lights Lamps

W m Sloo for conveys Vagrants to Bridewell

Arch d Dunlap for Repairs to Pumps 2 d W d

David Marshall for attends Potters field Burying Ground
Rob* Berwick for superints cleans Streets 6 tlj Ward....

John Ackerman for the like 4 th W d

John Porterfield for notifys Inhabit 13 5 th W d to clean
Streets ,



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Nich s Bayard
Gabriel Furman
Theoph 5 Beekman
Cornelius C Roosevelt
Jacob Delamontagnie
Jotham Post
Robert Lenox



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

New YorkJ SS- day the 9 th day of Nov r 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Mangel Minthorn
Garret Harsen
Anthony Post

; Ald n Nicholas Carmer r*Assist ts
Anthony Brown
Thomas Storm
Philip Arcularius

The Poll Lists of the 1 st Ward for a Constable in the place of
David Walker who refused to serve And of the 5 th W d for an Assessor
in the place of John Murray Jun r who being of the People called
Quakers is exempt from serving, was read from which it appears that
Nathaniel Ogden is duly elected Constable & Daniel Hitchcock
Assessor.

Ordered that they be notified to attend & take the Oaths prescribed

by Charter

A Petition of a great number of the Inhabitants of Bergen County
complaining of the bad Conduct of the Ferry Men at Hoboock Ferry ;
was read & referred to the Committee on a former complaint against
that Ferry & that Aid" Delamontagnie be added to the Com tei

A Petition against filling up the Exchange Slip was read & referred
to the Committee on that subject.



300 CITY or NEW YORK 14 Nov. 1796

[85] A Petition from the firemen of the Hook & Ladder Compa-
nies praying an encrease of their number was read & referred to Ald n
Delamontagnie & Mess rs Post & Arcularius

On reading a Request of Hugh Gaine as Atty for the Widow of
John Shoals dec d Ordered that the Treas r discharge the Bond from
this Corporation to the said John Shoals.

A Complaint of Henry Rutgers that Sea Vessels occupy Rutgers's
Slip to the exclusion of River Boats ; was read & referred to the Ald n
& Assist 1 of the Ward.

The Street Committee on the Petitions for & against filling up the
Exchange Slip reported "that Measures ought immediately to be taken
for digging out & clearing the said Slip of the Filth & Dirt collected
therein ; which was agreed to by the Board." And it was ordered that
the same Committee take order for executing the same.

An Estimate & Assessment for digging out & filling in Orange
Street was read & ratified by the Board & John Tabelle was appointed
to collect the Monies & Raveau & Foot to execute the Work.

Ordered that Sam 1 Gidney be appointed a Fireman to Engine N
15 vice James Kip resigned and John Burger to N 18 vice Benj a D
Doughty dec d

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

issued Nich s Carmer on Ace* towards new Aim H s 2000: :

The same on Ace* towards new Watch H s 200 : :

issued Evert Bancker Jun r for surveys Streets 3: 4:

[86] W m J Elsworth for the bailee o f his Ace 1 in the

Lamp Departmt 105:-: 4

John DeWitt for Windsor Chairs for Senate & Assembly

Rooms 29:14:-

issued Corns C Van Alen & O> for prints 16 : 19 :

issued Hopkins Webb & GO for the like 29 : 13 : 10

issued Clerks of late extra Elections 2 : 8 :

City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York^ ! the 14 th day of Nov r 1796.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



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