Copyright
New York (N.Y.). Common Council.

Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York, 1784-1831 (Volume 2) online

. (page 28 of 64)
Online LibraryNew York (N.Y.). Common CouncilMinutes of the Common Council of the City of New York, 1784-1831 (Volume 2) → online text (page 28 of 64)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


for 500 with Interest @ five per O from the 17 th Ins 1 taken on loan
by the Treas r in pursuance of the Order of the 23 d Sept r last

On a reconsideration of the Subject the Board agreed that Isaac
Beyea might exchange his Stands in the lower Fly Market with W m
Everitt for his Stand g in the upper Market on M r Bayeas paying into
the Treasury 40.

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

The Clerks of the late Election for a Representative in

issued Congress 40:-:-

issued John Walters for Carpenters Work at Goal 33 : 19 : 3

issued Mangle Minthorn for fire Wood at Belle Vue 19 : 1 : 7

issued James Davidson for Flag Halliards at Battery 1:2:3

issued Serring & Factor remove Dirt 5^ W d 41:13: 4

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



* Marginal note reads Police Magistrates. ED.



28 Dec. 1796 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 313

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

New York \ day the 28 th Day of December 1796

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Garret Harsen

Jotham Post ~] Mangel Minthorn

Corn 3 C Roosevelt Nicholas Carmer

Theophs Beekman ^-Esq r sAld n Anthony Brown [-Assist 43

Nich s Bayard Thomas Storm

Jacob Delamontagnie J Anthony Post

Philip Arcularius

M r Mayor informed the Board that agreable to the former Order
of the Board authorizing him to remove from Office any licenced
Butcher for disorderly conduct or malpractice he had removed Jacob
Patchen for violating the Rules & Orders established for the Fly
Market by refusing to remove a Stall by him set up in the Fish Market
when required by the Clerk of the Market; which Act of the Clerk of
the Market was approved by the B d

The Committee appointed to report the additional number of City
Watchmen required for the New Watch House at the upper end of
Chatham Square & an Arrangement of their Duty reported the follows
which was approved by the Board viz'

At the main Watch House 1 Cap*

& 1 Assist*

At the new Watch House 1 Assist

Additional number of Men 16.

[106] Rounds at the new Watch House 3 at each Relief

At the Watch House Door 1 Gentry

At the Intersection of Pearl & Chatham Street 1 d

At the Ship Yards 2 do

At the upper Box in the Bowery 1 d

In Division Street 1 d

Near Mr Ivers's Rope Walk 1 d

20.

The two Gentries now in the Bowery Lane will fill the two last
mentioned Places It is probable it may be found necessary to alter
the Stations of the Gentries on a fair Survey of the Business and
that the two Gentries at the Ship Yards will not weaken the main
Watch & it will be most convenient for them."

The Board then proceeded to appoint two Assistants [to] take
Charge of the Watch at the new Watch every other Night And
Magnus Beekman & Hugh Gobel were appointed accordingly.



314 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 Dec. 1796

Ordered that Aid" Beekman & Mess rs Harsen & Carmer take order
for providing new Caps for the Watchmen

Proposals by Joseph Brown & his Associates for supplying this
City with good Water was read & referred to Ald n Lenox & Furman
& M r Post.

M r Mayor laid before the Board a Letter from the Mayor of
Savannah in Georgia on the subject of their Distresses in consequence
of the late destruction of that City by fire; which was read And M r
Mayor was requested by the Board to represent the Matter to the
Speaker of the House of Assembly in expectation that perhaps the
Legislature may grant them some Relief in the premisses.

[107] The Committee appointed to enquire into the Conduct of
Jacob Tabellie Collector of Fines on the Laws for preventing Fires.

Report that having made due enquiry in the Premisses find that
Jacob Tabellie has frequently been called upon by the Representatives
of the fire Department to render an Account of the Chimney fines
which he may have received & from whom he received the same
that M r Tabellie has always evaded the said Request and lately refused
the same saying that they had no Right to request it of him and that
he would not account to any one except to the order of this Board."

Thereupon ordered that Jacob Tabellie be removed from the Office
of Collector of the said Fines & that Martin Morrison be appointed in
his stead

Ordered that M r Tabellie do without delay render an Ace 1 of all
Fines by him received to the Committee for Auditing the Accounts of
this Board And that Ald n Delamontagnie be added to the Committee in
the place of Aid" Post who is going to Albany to attend the Legisla-
ture.

Ordered that the follow^ Persons be appointed fire Men of this
City viz*

Engine N 21 Uriah Burgis & Ernest Aughbach vice John Titus &
Michael Moore resigned.

Engine N 4 George Kaylor vice John Cheesman resigned

Engine N 17 Ab m Thomas & Walter Franklin vice Matthew Reed
& James Weeks.

Engine N 15 William Rollinson vice Garret Wallgrove resigned

N 2 Hook & Ladder Jn Throckmorton vice John Pelletreau re-
signed

[108] On a suggestion that the Goalor extorts from Debtors con-
fined in Goal unreasonable Compensation for indulgencies in the Use



3 Jan. 1797 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 315

of certain Rooms in the Goal Ald n Bayard, Roosevelt & Delamontagnie
were appointed a Committee to enquire into the subject & report to
the B d

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

issued Ald n Beekman on Ace* towards securing the Bridewell. . 200: : -

Joseph Dunkley for removing Dirt & Filth from 5 th &
issued part of 7th wds 47 . 6 . _

issued Wra Somindike for the like 1 s * Wd 41 : 13 : 4

issued W m J Elsworth lighting Lamps 71 : 4 : -

issued Alex r Lamb for City Watchmen 88 : 10 : 6

issued James Culbertson for the like 89 : 12 : 6

City of 1 At a Common Council held on Tuesday

New York^ SS ' the 3 d day of Jany 1797.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Garret Harsen

Theoph 3 Beekman 1 Mangle Minthorn

Nich s Bayard lEsq rs Ald n Nich s Carmer

Corns c Roosevelt Philip Arcularius

Jacob De la Montagnie J Thomas Storm

Anthony Post

M r Mayor delivered to the Board a Deed from the Corporation of
the Church at Harlem for the Land taken for the new Road leading
to Harlem River Bridge which was deposited with the Clerk to be
recorded.

[109] On reading a further complaint that the lamplighters de-
mand unreasonable Pay from the Inhabitants who have put up lamps
at their Houses in the Street at their own Expence.

Ordered that all those Lamps be lighted by the public Lamp
lighters and paid for by the superintendant at the same rate as the
public Lamps; which together with the Expence of the Oil is to be
charged to & collected from the Owners of those Lamps.

A Petition for Lamps & a fire Engine in Greenwich Street between
Reade Street & Lispenards Brewery was read & referred to the Aid"
& Assist of the 6 th & the Assist 1 of the 4 th Wards

Ordered that Ab m Coddington be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 14 vice John Bogert appointed a fire Warden



Assist^



316 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Jan. 1797

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

New York$ SS ' the 9 th day of Jan? 1797

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Mangle Minthorn

Jacob De lamontagnie "1 Thomas Storm

Theoph 5 Beekman Garret Harsen



Robert Lenox ^Esq r sAld n Philip Arcularius



Assist 4 *



Gabriel Furman Anthony Brown

Corn 3 C Roosevelt Nich s Carmer

Anthony Post

Andrew Newell. Cooper ) .

XT- u i r <~ \/t ut i admitted & sworn as free Men of this City

Nicholas G Carmer Mercht \

A Petition of the Lamp lighters for an encrease of pay was read &
referred to the lamp Com tee and Ald n Delamontagne was added to
the Com tee

The Board agree that two Men be employed to sweep the Markets
at the rate of one Shill g & six pence per day each.

The follow g Report on the Petition of Verdine Elsworth was read
& agreed to by the B d viz*

" That the Committee have reason to believe that the Petitioner
sustained considerable Injury in conforming to the Restrictions of
the Health Committee by having a number of Persons imposed on
him at Powlus Hook destitute of the means of support and by having
his -House greatly incumbered with a large quantity of Bedding &
other Baggage for a considerable time which was finally removed
to the Hospital on Gov rs Island The Committee recommend that in
consideration of the Circumstances & of the Zeal shown by the Peti-
tioner to second the Views of our fellow Citizens in carrying into effect
the Regulations they then found necessary to adopt and of the Peti-
tioners personal Attention to that Object that the Sum of One hundred
Pounds be allowed him."

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

payment thereof accordingly

The two follow g Reports were read & agreed to by the Board viz 1
The Committee on the Petition of Peter Curtenius & others for a
Fire Engine & a sufficient number of Lamps in Greenwich Street
between Reade Street & Lispenards Brewery in the sixth Ward Re-
port that the Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer of the Peti-
tioners ought to be granted And that they be allowed a Fire Engine
to be worked by such number of Men and deposited in such Place
within the above District as this Board shall direct And also that they



9 Jan. 1797 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



317



be allowed such number of Lamps as may be deemed sufficient to
light the District

Jacob De Lamontagnie

Anthony Post
Anthony Brown

The Committee on the Petition of the firemen of Engine N 1 for
a larger Engine Report that the Prayer ought to be granted & that
they be allowed a New Engine in the Room of the present one to be
worked by twenty Men & deposited in such Place as the Board shall
direct.

Jacob Delamontagnie
Anthony Post
Philip Arcularius

[112] Ordered that the Lamp Committee take order on the said
Report as it respects the Lamps And that the same Committee who re-
ported together with Aid" Lenox take order for the procurement of the
new Engine

The follow g Estimate, was made & agreed to by the Board, of the
Monies which will be required to be raised by Tax for defraying the
public Expences the ensuing Year viz 4

City & County

C Poor House 12500: :

For repaying the Corporation the Monies bor-
rowed of the Bank of New York (exclusive
of the Monies raised by Lottery) towards the

new Alms House 12000 : :

Bridewell 800:

City & County { Roads 1000 :

Streets 1000:

Criminal Prisoners 1100:

Elections 150 :

for a Common Sewer from the

Alms H s to Hudsons River 3000:

Contingt Charges 1000 :

. 7950: :

Amt of City & County Expences 32450 : : -

Watch 6523 : : -

_. , Lamps 5154: :

Wells & Pumps 450: :-

Contingt Charges 500 : : -

12627: :



Total 45077 : :



318 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Jan. 1797

Ordered that a Petition to the Legislature for a Law to raise the
said Sum by Tax be prepared that the Common Seal be affixed thereto
& that M r Mayor subscribe the same on behalf of this Board

[113] The Committee appointed to treat with M r Nicholas Gouver-
neur as to the Price of his Lot which is required for continuing
Bancker Street into Pearl Street having reported that the Price de-
manded by M r Governeur was too great & that no Agreement could
be made as to the value or Price of the said Lot Thereupon the Board
determined that the Precept directed by the Statute for the Summon-
ing of a Jury to assess the value of the said Lot should immediately
issue.

Ordered that the Aid" of the 1 st & the Assists of the 1 st & 2 d Wards
be a Committee to examine the new Hay Scale of M r Garrit Wall-
grove at the White Hall Slip and if they find the Complaint of it's
inaccuracy to be well founded to direct it's disuse

A Petition of Hugh Gobel to occupy the upper Room of the new
Watch Hous in Chatham Square was read & referred to Committee
on that Building.

Ordinances for filling in & raising all the Lots in the new block
between the Exchange Slip & Coenties Slip so as to prevent the Water
remaining thereon stagnant were read & passed by the B d

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

Ald n Beekman on Ace* towards defraying the Expences
issued of a Room & fire for the voluntier Watch by the In-
habit 3d Wd 20: :-

The Commiss rs of the Alms House to be applied towards

the Relief of certain indigt families 200 : :

issued Bernard Rapalye for a lost fire Bucket : 16 : -

issued [114] Alexr Lamb for the City Watchmen 111:18: 6

issued James Culbertson for the like 111 : 18 : 6

Ordered that Amaziah Dusenbury be appointed a fire Man to
Engine N 20 vice Alex r Campbell resigned.



13 Jan. 1797 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 319

City of ) At a Common Council held on Friday

New York J " the 13 th Jan^ 1797.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor
Corns c Roosevelt ^ Mangle Minthorn



Gabriel Furman
Theoph 3 Beekman
Nich s Bayard
Jacob Delamontagnie
Robert Lenox



Nich s Carmer

Garret Harsen
Esq f sAld n A ,.u n

Antho Post

Philip Arcularius
Thomas Storm



Assist 15



A Representation of the Fire Wardens on the subject of the Law
restraining the Use of Stoves unless the Funnels be led into a Chimney
or Flue was read & approved by the Board

The Board agree that the Butchers whose Notes for Stands in the
upper Fly Market now become due have further time given them to
the first May provided that they give the Treas r new Notes with good
Endorsers payable the first May next with Interest from the day the
present Notes become due

[115.] The Committee on the Petition of the Lamp lighters re-
ported that the Prayer of their Petition cannot be granted and that M r
Elsworth the Superintend 1 inform them that the private Lamps must
be lighted at the same rate as the public Lamps and if they refuse so
to do that he employ others in their Room ; which was agreed to by
the Board.

Ordered that M r Phcenix notify the Tenants in the Houses near
the new Alms House, which will require to be removed, that they
must abandon those Houses by the first day of May next

Ordered that John Titus be appointed a Fire Warden in 2 d Ward
vice Walter Bicker removed out of the Ward

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 ........... 1000 : :

issued The same on Acct towards New Watch HS ............. 450 : :

issued Rinier Skaats for fire Wood ........................... 40 : :

issued Arent Van Hook for subsists criml Prisoners .......... 185: 4: 8

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

issued Josiah Furman for repairs to Lamps ................... 53 : 13 : 10

issued Michael Brooks for the like ........................... 86 : 16 : -

Daniel Raveau towards a Well lately sunk in Harman

issued Street .............................................. M ' 4:-



issued David Marshall for supers Potters field ................ 20 : 14 : -

The Monies now in the Treasury being inadequate to the payment
of the present Demands on the Treasurer Ordered that the Treasurer
negociate a Loan with the Bank of New York to the amount of three
thousand Dollars, for that Purpose.



320 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 Jan. 1797



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

New YorkJ the 30 th Jan^ 1797.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Anthony Post



Gabriel Furman
Theop 5 Beekman
Robert Lenox



Nich s Bayard



Thomas Storm

^siHAldn Philip Arcularius

Jacob Delamontagme f Mangle Minthorn



Anth Brown



Assis ts



J Nichs Carmer

A Petition of the Assistants at the new Watch House for sub
Assistants read & granted.

A Petition for the regulation of Bedlows Street read & referred
to the S l Com tee

*

Ordered that the Butchers who have lately purchased Standings
in the Fly Market have further time allowed them 'till the first May
next for payment of their Notes on their giving the Treas r new Notes
with good Endorsers payable 1 st May next with bank Interest

A petition of Hugh Gaine for a Grant of the Water Lots in front
of his Lots on Hudsons River read & referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

[117] On reading a petition of several Huckster Weoman who
have incurred Fines on the Market Law It was ordered that their
Fines be remitted on their paying the Costs of Prosecution.

Ordered that the Clerk publish an Advertizement for receiving
Proposals sealed to supply the City with good Water by Means of
Pipes, until 1 st May next

The Committee on the Petition of Hugh Gobel to occupy the upper
part of the new Watch House in Chatham Square reported that the
prayer of his Petition ought to be granted on his paying at the rate
of 10 per Annum for the same ; which was agreed to by the Board

The Clerk presented to the Board a Release to Nich s Cruger of Lot
number 35 parcel of the Common Lands which was read & approved
by the Board and the Common Seal was ordered to be affixed thereto
and that M r Mayor subscribe the same on behalf of this B d

The Board determined that M r Harsen should demand three Dol-
lars per day for the use of the Mud Scow in driving Piles on certain
Water Lots.

A petition to the Legislature, for changing the times of holding
the Courts of Gen 1 Sessions of the Peace so as to preceed the Terms
of the Supreme Court, was agreed to by the Board & the Common



6 Feb. 1797 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 321

Seal was ordered to be affixed & M r Mayor to subscribe it on behalf
of this Board

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

issued Arch d M e Lean for printing 2 : 13 : -

issued W m J Elsworth for lighting Lamps 74 : : 8

issued John Stagg for paving round Wells in 4 th & 6* h W ds ... 4: 7: 3
Joseph Titus & Moses Downing towards a Well in Lorn-

bard St 7: 4:-

John Prowo's for deepens a Well at the Corner of

Harmen & Rutgers Street 12 : : -

issued Alex r Lamb for City Watchmen 126 : 3 : 6

issued James Culbertson for the like 126: 3: 6

City of 1 At a Common Council held at the Alms.

New YorkJ 88 ' House on Monday feb^ 6 th 1797

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Anthony Post

Theophs Beekman Mangle Minthorn

Gabriel Furman Garret Harsen

Jacob DelaMontagnie |>EsqrsAldn Nichs Carmer
Corns C Roosevelt philip Arcularius

Nichs Bayard Anthony Brown

M r Mayor & the Members having visited & examined the several
Wards in the Alms House & Bridewell.

[119] The Committee of Acc ts reported that they had duly ex-
amined the Acc ts of the Commiss rs of the Alms H s & Bridewell &
compared them with their respective Vouchers & found them just &
right ;

those of the Alms HS for the last Q r amounting to 3436 : 8 : 5 l / 2

of the Bridewell 252 : 6 : -

An Estimate of the Commiss rs for the ensuing Q r was then read &
approved by the B d viz*

for the Alms HS 3000: :-

Bridewell ^ 20 : ~~ : ~

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

issued j- 1

paymt thereof accordingly

A Representation of the Sherif relative to the Goal was read &
referred to the Goal Com tee

A Petition ag l the immediate digging out of Catharine Street on the
West side of the Bowery Lane was read & referred to the Street Com-
mittee.



Garret Harsen

>Assis*s



322 CITY or NEW YORK 15 Feb. 1797

Ordered that James Hopson be appointed a fire Man to Engine
N 12 vice Isaac Cock resigned.

An Estimate & Assessment for digging out & filling in Cross S r
was ratified by the Board and Raveau & Ely were appointed to execute
the Work & John Tabellie to collect the Monies on the said Estimate

A Representation of the Commiss 1 " 5 of the Alms House shewing
the State of the House and the number of Emigrant Paupers therein
who have not gained a legal Settlem* here, was read & approved by the
Board And it was ordered that 200 Copies thereof be printed in Hand
Bills for public Information & particularly for the Information of the
Legislature now in Session.

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

issued W m Sloo for conveys Vagrants to Bridewell ........... 5 : 2: 6

issued Alex r Lamb for City Watchmen ....................... 129 : 10 :

issued James Culbertson for the like ......................... 129 : 10 :

John B Hicks for surgical Attend 06 on criminal Prison-

lssued ers ................................................. 30:-:-

Peter Black for the use of his House by the voluntier

Watch 5th wd ...................................... 20::



City of ) At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New York J SS ' day the 15 th feb^ 1797.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Garret Harsen

Gabriel Furman Tho s Storm

Jacob DelaMontagnie Anth Brown



j a,\^\ju j J /wiai.vj.vyii ia^iiix, i _ A 1 J

Theophs Beekman Antho Post

Nich s Bayard Philip Arcularius

Nich s Carmer



-Assist 3



Henry Verveelen Grocer admitted & sworn a Free Man iss d

A Presentment of the Grand Jurors of the late Court of Gen 1 Ses-
sions of the Peace ag l certain of the public Slips was read & referred
to the Street Com tee & Another with respect to the Gaol was read &
referred to the Goal Committee

A Petition of Nath 1 Wilkison to be an Inspector of fire Wood was
read & rejected.

[121] A Petition of John Murray Jun r for a continuation of the
Grant of his Water Lots adjoining the Wall Street Slip out to South
Street in the East River was read & a Grant ordered to be prepared



20 Feb. 1797 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



323



The Committee on small Change Notes reported that they had
attended at the Treas rs & burnt to ashes the follows viz 1

8900 of 1 Penny 37:

7400 of 2d 61 :

7900 of 3d 98:

Imperfect



1

13

15

1



: 1: 4



197:11: 4

On a representation that M r John Halsey would undertake to im-
port from Hamburgh two fire Engines with long Hoses, to convey
Water from the River into the interior of the City, of superior Quality
and on cheaper Terms than those made in this Country, the Board
agreed that M r Halsey be requested to undertake this Business And
Aid" Furman & M r Arcularius were appointed to communicate this
Matter to M r Halsey accordingly

Ordered that Tho s Taylor be appointed a Fire Man to Engine N
20 vice David Burger Jun r resigned.

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



issued

issued
issued
issued

issued
issued



Rinier Skaats for 1 Qr Salary & Disbursts 21

Joel Holmes for the use of his House by the Citizens

Watch 7th \yd 8

Anthony Smith for the like 4th W d 10

John Town for the like same W d 11

Thos Drake for Repairs to the Well & Pump near Cath"

Slip Market 1

Suydam & Heyer for Gun Powder 34



IS:



16:



4:



2:
7:



9
6



[122] City of ] ss
New York^ w

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



At a Common Council held on Monday
the 20 th day of feb^ 1797



Theoph 8 Beekman
Robert Lenox
Jacob De la Montagnie
Gabriel Furman
Nichs Bayard
Corn 5 C Roosevelt



Nich s Carmer
Mangle Minthorn
Anth Post
Anth Brown
Thomas Storm
Philip Arcularius



Assist



Jasper Ward Merch 1 sworn & admitted a Freeman iss d
Ordered that Ald n De la Montagnie & Mess rs Post & Storm be a
Committee to enquire into the State of Business of collecting the
fees or wharfage of the public Slips & Wharfs & to report whether
any & what further Regulation in that Business is necessary.



324 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Feb. 1797

A Petition for the digging out of Henry Street in the seventh
Ward, was read & referred to the Street Committee.
On reading a Petition of Susanna Dally

Ordered that she be permitted to sell Coffee to be drank in the
Street at the Fly Market

The follow 3 Report of the Street Committee for the Regulation of
Bedlow Street from Catharine Street to Charlotte Street was read &
agreed to by the Board viz 1

[123] "From the Regulation of Catharine Street ascent in a dis-
tance of 577 feet & 6 Inches and descent in a distance of 127 feet 6
Inches with 2^ Inches on 10 feet to George Street as regulated Agre-
ably thereto it will require digging 4 Inches at the extant of 72 feet
from Catharine Street Thence at the extent of 85 feet further it will
require digging 18 feet 4 Inches Thence at the extent of 250 feet fur-
ther 14 feet. Thence at the Extent of 155 feet further 12 feet 9
Inches, Thence at the extent of 86 feet further 9 feet 8 Inches and
George Street will remain in its present situation.

From George Street to Charlotte Street ascent in a distance of



Online LibraryNew York (N.Y.). Common CouncilMinutes of the Common Council of the City of New York, 1784-1831 (Volume 2) → online text (page 28 of 64)