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the Tax as follows viz*

On City & County $63,250

on d d for Schools 2,360



$65,610
On City S of the Line ............................................ 36,583

$102,193

At a Common Council held at the Alms

[366] City of 1 House on Monday the 6 th day of A ug'

New Yorkj



Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Theophs Beekman ^ Garrit Harsen -\

Gabriel Furman John Bogert

Anthony Post j,EsqAldn Anthony Brown

John B Coles Nich* Carmer

Jotham Post Mangle Minthorn

M r Mayor & M r Recorder with the other Members having visited
& inspected the several Wards in the Alms H s & Bridewell The Com-



460 CITY OF NEW YORK 6 Aug. 1798

mittee of Acc ts reported that they had examined the Acc ts of the
Commiss rs as to their expenditures for the last Q r & found them right

Those of the Alms HS amounts to 2894 : : 5

Those of the Bridewell to 553 : 5 : 8

An Estimate for the Ensuing Quarter was then read & approved
viz*

For the Alms HS 2600: :

For the Bridewell 900: :-

. d Ordered that M r Mayor issue his W l on the Treas r for paym 1

thereof accord^

A Letter from the Commiss rs of the Health Office relative to the
Situation of the Water Lots between Coenties Slip & [367] and the
old Slip & requesting a Committee of this B d to view the Premisses &
to determine on & report the Measures necessary to be taken thereon ;
was read & Aid" Coles & G Furman were appointed accord gly

Another Letter from the same Commissioners was read, covering
their Ace 1 Cur' (which Ace 1 was referred to the auditing Committee)
and a Representation of a Nuisance in front of a Store of M r Bennet
in front Street near Pecks Slip. Whereupon an Ord ce for the
removal of the said Nuisance was passed by the Board

A Proposal of W m Child to provide reflecting Tellescopes to dis-
cern Shipping at a great distance was read & referred to the Com-
mittee on fortifications.

A Petition of George Peck was read praying an Indulgence to
make a passage from the River, under Cherry Street to draw Timber
& c for the building of a Ship of War in his Yard which was granted
on Condition that he enter into Bond conditioned that he will at his
expence put the Street & Wharf in compleat & good Order imme-
diately on the said Ship's being launched.

[368] On a suggestion that there is not Monies sufficient to dis-
charge the Warrants, issued for payment of the City Watchmen &
several Acc ts Ordered that M r Phoenix negociate a loan, for the Pur-
pose of paying off those Warr ts , with the Bank of New York for any
Sum not exceeding three thousand Dollars

Ordered that the Proprietors of Lots at Pecks [Slip] be required
to raise the Plate of the Wharf to the heighth of the Street.

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

Mary Van Breemer for the support of a Bastard Child
of her Daughter Ellinor Van Breemen the Interest of
the Money deposited in the Treasury to indemnify the
public agt the Charge of supporting the s d Child.



9 Aug. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 461

Richard Harison Esqr a retainer for Mr John Lovet to
issd defend the case of a Pauper removed under the Stat-
ute from this City to Washington County $25

d Theophs Beekman Esqr for his Services as a special

Justice $22(.

issd Jacob De La Montagnie Esqr f or tne j^g $187 : "'i< o

iss d Hulsart & Stagg for paving 20 : 10 :

iss d Peter Cole for the lamp lightin [g] 9:12: 9

issd [369] Provo & Smith for cleans & repairs public Wells.. 7: 3: 8

iss d John Morton for prints 10: 2:

issd Hugh Gobell for City Watch 62 : 2 : 6

iss d Magnus Beekman for the like 62 : 2 : 6

iss d Nich s Lawrence for the like 81 : 7 : 6

iss d James Culbertson for the like 81 : 7 : 6



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Thurs-

New YorkJ 8 ' day Aug 1 9 th 1798.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor
Gabriel Furman



Theoph 5 Beekman



John Bogert



Jacob De LaMontagnie
Jotham Post
Antho Post



EsqrsAld n Alangle Minthorn LA ts



Anthony Brown



John B Coles Nichs Carmer



j



The Committee appointed at the last Meeting to meet the Corn-
miss 1 " 5 of the Health Office to view certain Water Lots between Coen-
ties Slip & the Old Slip report that in conjunction with the said Corn-
miss 1 " 3 they had viewed the Premisses and that in their Opinion Ordi-
nances ought to be passed for the raising & filling up the said Water
Lots with wholesome [370] Earth by the 1 st Sept 1 " next under the
Penalty of $250 for each Lot Also for doing the like under the same
Penalty with the Water Lots of Thomas Marston & of Robert Bruce
dec d by the 25 th Instant. Whereupon Ordinances for filling up &
raising the said Water Lots agreable to the said Report were passed
by the Board accordingly.

A Law was also passed for paving the Street on the East side of
Coenties Slip from Front Street to the Bridge



462 CITY or NEW YOKK 20 Aug. 1798



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York J SS> the 20 th day of August 1798.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman
Anthony Post
Jotham Post
Theoph 5 Beekman
Jacob De La Montagnie



Mangle Minthorn
John Bogert

Esq rs Ald n Gar r it Harsen
Nichs Carmer
Anthony Brown



Assist* 3



Ordered that Aid" G Furman be authorized to draw from the Bank
of New York (of the 50,000 Dollars provided by this Board for the
defence of this City) a further Sum not exceeding ten thousand
Dollars to be applied to that use.

[371] A Letter from the Health Commiss rs was read representing
among other Things that the Swamp or Meadow between the fresh
Water Pond & Hudsons River is overflowed with standing Water &
requires immediate Measures to be taken for draining it ;

Ordered that the Aid" & Assist 1 of the sixth Ward take Order for
the immediate draining of the said Meadow

Also representing a sunken Lot of Nich s Bogert in James Street &
a Lot adjoining it of John Franklin as in a state of Nuisance.

Whereupon an Ordinance for filling up the said Lots was passed
by the Board.

A Letter from Andrew Stockholm representing that he is not sole
proprietor of the Lots on Magazine Street & included in the Ordinance
passed the 23 d July last.

Whereupon the Board passed a new Ordinance for filling up the
said Lots as belonging to Andrew Stockwell, Henry Brooks & David
Dickson

A Letter from Valentine Seaman with observations on the paving
of the Gutters in the Streets was read & referred to the Street
Commiss rs

Ald n A : Post reports that Samuel Winship has not attended his
Standing as a Butcher in Hudson Market for six Weeks last past.

[372] On reading A Letter from Philip Ruckle for Instructions as
to the filling up of the Streets leading from the Broad Way towards
the fresh Water Pond; the Bo~rd direct that the original Regulation
of those Streets be his guide.

On a complaint that the practice of the Vendors of Fruit & Vegi-
tables remaining in the Markets & Streets adjacent until a late Hour
of the Night is productive of great Noise & Disturbance to the Neigh-



20 Aug. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 463

borhood Ordered that the Deputy Clerks of the Markets cause all
the Hucksters & Vendors of Fruit & Vegitables to be removed from
the public Market Places & Streets adjacent at Sun Set every Day
except Vendors of Vegitables on Saturday

A Representation of Joseph Dunham & others respecting the low &
sunken State of certain Lots, in the sixth Ward, at the Bottom of
Barley Street & adjacent to Hudson Street was read & referred to the
Aid" & Assist' of the Ward

A Petition for leave to sink a W'ell in Murray Street & for the
usual Allowance was read & granted under the Direction of the Aid"
& Assist 1 of the W d

Ordered that M r Harsen take order for making a new Cisterns at
the Bridewell & to make the Kennel at the lower end of Chambers
Street so as to prevent Injury to the Common Sewer

[373] An Instrument in the Words following was presented to the
Board & read & filed viz*

*" To the honorable the Common Council of the City of New York
I do hereby certify and declare that I have assigned transferred &
conveyed to John Houseman & George Schmelzel two fronts of twenty
five feet each from the north end of the Lands for which I obtained
an order for a Grant of the Water and of the Land between high
and low Water Mark from your honorable Board You will therefore
be pleased to order the aforesaid Grants for the Land opposite their
Lots to be made to them they paying to your Treasurer the Quit Rents
& the Sum of fifty Pounds for the Land between high & low Water
Mark on each of their Lots. Witness my Hand & Seal this 16 th day

of August 1798.

Edward Livingston [Seal]

Witness

Rich : Riker

Ordered that the Grants to Mess rs Houseman & Schmelzel be pre-
pared accordingly.

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

City viz 4

to Engine N 24 Tho s S Barnham vice Jacob Somerindike resigned

Hook & Ladder N 1 Tho s Pryce vice James Oakley resigned.

N 24 John T Barrow vice And w Westervelt resigned.

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

* Marginal note reads Fide Minutes 14 th Nov* 1796. ED.



464



CITY OF XEW YORK



27 Aug. 1798



iss d



iss a

iss d
iss d
iss d

iss d
iss d

iss d

iss d

iss d

iss d

iss d
iss d
iss d
iss d



George Janeway for the digging out in front of a Lot of
this B d in Augustus S { & occupied by Marg* Scott. . . .

And for a like Lot occupied by Ab m Young

Peter Cole for the Constables & Marshalls conveys
Vagrants to Bridewell

Charles Dickenson Coroner for Inquests

Arch d Dunlap for Repairs to Pumps

Bogert & Blauvelt for the like

Henry Yerveelen for ball ce of paving in Broad \Yay at
the Bridewell

Halsey & others for coppys & carrying out Pound-
age of Tax Books

John Davidson for Rope at the Repairs of Corporation
Wharf

The Justices of i 10 Court

Ed\v d Bardin for a public Dinner last 4 th July

Rinier Skaats for 1 Q r Salary

& Disbursements

James Culbertson for City 'VYatch

Xich s Lawrence for the like

Magnus Beekman for the like

Hugh Gobell for the like



3:10


4


2: 1


8


13:12


2


44: 2





54: 3


6


31:11


11


53: 5


11



$93

0:18: 9
$468

39: 5:
20 : :
-: 12:
81: 7: 6
81: 7: 6
62: 2: 6
62: 2: 6



[375] City of
New York^

Present



At a Common Council held on Monday
the 27 th day of Aug t 1798

Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman
Anthony Post
Jotham Post
Theophs Beekman
Jacob De La Montagnie
John B Coles



Aldn



Garret Harsen
John Bogert
Anthony Brown
Mangle Minthorn



> Assist^



On reading a Letter from the Health Commiss rs .

A Law was passed by the Board to prevent the bringing of Oysters
into this City during the Month of Sept r next

And it was ordered that the Sedan & Bedstead at the City Hall,
& the public Hearse be subject to be taken at any time when sent for
by an order of either of the Commiss rs of Health And also that M r
Dodge Keeper of the Alms House deliver of the Coffins made at the
Alms House to their Order

Ordinances were also passed requiring Thomas Marston & Robert
Bruce to fill up & take such Measures with their \Yater Lots as to
render them wholesome & clean.

Ordered that M r Ckerick the Surveyor make a Survey of Green-



27 Aug. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 465

wich Street northward from M r Lispenards & report to the Board
whether any Encroachments have been made thereon.

[376] A Petition of Anthony L Bleecker & others praying that they
may be permitted to execute the Work themselves which which is
required by the Ordinance for repairing the Pavement and Gutters of
Water Street from Wall Street to the Fly Market ; was read & granted
Provided it be done under the direction of the Aid 11 & Assist 1 of the
Ward and M r Gosman's consent be obtained.

Ordered that M r Harsen take order for the sinking of a new Well
at the Gaol of nine feet diameter at Bottom.

The Committee on the Petition of Patrick Donelly complaining
of a Lot of Ab m Hatfield in Mott Street as a Nuisance for want of
filling up Report that they have viewed the said Lot and that it does
not appear to be in the State of nuisance represented in the Petition.

On reading a Letter from Rich d Riker with an Affidavit of Henry
Cahoone on the subject of the Suit commenced against the said Henry
Cahoone for landing Passengers contrary to the Statute It was ordered
that on his paying M r Culbertson thirty Dollars for his trouble in the
business & also on his paying M r Riggs the Costs accrued in the Suit
the Suit be stayed.

On reading a Petition of John Gebo & others against filling & rais-
ing the Streets leading from the Broad W T ay towards the fresh Water
Pond ; the Board determine to adhere to the original Regulation of
those Streets.

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

pay

Ald n G Furman for so much by him p d to D r Bridgen
iss d for repairs the Road across the Commons along the

No side of his Land $879ioo

iss d Hopkins & C for printing

iss d Peter Cole for lighting Lamps ^91 : 0:10



466 CITY OF NEW YORK 3 Sept. 1798



City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS- the 3 d day of Sepf 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
Jotham Post



_ . . , Thomas Storm

Gabriel Furman . , T

r, Garrit Harsen

Anthony Post . .,

; , _ I T-, AU Anthony Brown

Richard Furman fEsqAldn *

... T ,, . Mangle Minthorn

Jacob De LaMontagnie

"L. , , John Bogert

Theophs Beekman J ... T e . .

Philip J Arcularms



Assist* 3



John B Coles

A Letter from the Commiss rs of the Health Office with a Report
of the number of Death's & of Persons sick with the prevailing Fever
at Belle Vue was read & filed.

A Petition of John Smith for leave to butcher & sell Meat in the
Bowery Lane was read and rejected.

[378] On reading certain Proposals of Tho s Ash to collect the Fees
of Wharfage & Slippage on a Commission ; The Board determine that
it be farmed out to such Person as shall offer the greatest Sum from
the 1 st Sept r Instant to the first of Sept r next & that the Clerk adver-
tize for Proposals written & sealed up 'till Monday next 12 O'Clock.

On reading a Petition of Suydam & Wyckhoff & others An Ordi-
nance for paving South Street from the Exchange Slip to Coenties
Slip was passed by the Board.

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

The Justices of the Police Office on Ace* towards the

Relief of certain indigt families from S* Domingo $40

The same towards the Relief of such indigent families as
iss d are or shall become distress [ed] during the present

prevailing sickness $200

j ss d *Gerrit Harsen on Ace* 200: :

iss d Joseph Webb for Repairs to Lamps 5:11: 6

iss d Bogert & Blauvelt for Repairs to public Pumps 40: 6: 4

iss d Hugh Gobell for the City Watch 62: 2: 6

iss d Magnus Beekman for the like 62 : 2 : 6

iss d Nich s Lawrence for the like 81 : 7 : 6

iss d James Culbertson for the like 81 : 7 : 6

Garrit Harsen in full for the follow* Acc ts for Work done by
order of the Board viz 4

[379] iss d For carting Sand & Repairs at Peck's Slip 26 : 16 :
iss d For the erection of a new Barn & Stables

at Brookly[n] ferry 420: :

* Marginal note reads see Minutes on the subject of this Warr* feby 4*h



10 Sept. 179


18 1


LOMMON COUNCIL MINUTES




467




issd


For a Bulkhead at Cath n Slip


322-


8-


Revenue


iss d


For Repairs to Markets


2-






iss d


For works the Mud Drudge in cleans the
public Slips


439-


17- 3




iss d


For Repairs to Watch House


6-


8- 11


City contingt




For making Gentry Boxes


50:


12- 10




iss d
iss d


For Repairs & Improvem ts at the Battery
For the like at the Gaol


197:
26-


4: 6
5- 3




iss d


For the like at the City Hall


140:


7:




iss d


For the like at the Alms House


162:


11: 10




iss^


For the like at the Bridewell


149:


13: 3


City &
County
contingt


iss d
iss d


For the like plants Trees & c in the Park. . .
For the like on Streets on Streets & Com-


47:


5:



mon Sewers 122 : 17 : 8

iss d For the like at Potters field burying

Ground 22 : 12 : 6

iss d For the ball ce of his Ace 1 for his Services

& Articles sold.. 320: 5: 8



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

New York^ SS- the 10 th Sept r 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman
Jacob De laMontagnie
Theoph 5 Beekman
Richard Furman
Jotham Post
John B Coles



Garrit Harsen
Anthony Brown
John Bogert
Mangle Minthorn
Thomas Storm
Philip J Arcularius



Assists



On opening & reading the sealed written Proposals for the public
Docks & Slips for one Year from the 1 st Sept r Instant Those of
Thomas Ash, Stephen Bourdett & Daniel Coe appeared to be the most
advantageous for the Corporation (viz* ten thousand Dollars) & were
accepted by the Board accordingly

Ordered that John Sickels be permitted to sink a rain Water Cis-
tern in the Street in front of his House at the Corner of Maiden Lane
& Nassau Street under the direction of the Ald n & Assist 1 of the Ward.

Ordered that Ald n Gabriel Furman be authorized to draw from the
Bank of New York (of the 50,000 Dollars provided by this Board for
the Defence of this City) a further Sum not exceeding $10.000

[381] A Letter from the Commiss rs of the Health Office was read.

Thereupon Ordered that Aid" Gab 1 Furman, Coles, Beekman,



468 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 Sept. 1798

DelaMontagnie & R. Furman & Mess rs Bogert & Arcularius be a
standing Committee (during the present sickness in this City) in
aid of the Health Commiss rs and that they be authorized to take such
Measures for the Relief of the sick & indigent and also to employ
such Persons under them in the execution of the Business and also to
direct such Physicians to attend the indigent sick as to them shall
appear necessary & proper & to make the necessary arrangements
with the Health Commiss rs with respect to the admission of sick
Persons at Belle Vue Hospital ; And that this Board will provide for
defraying all the Expences incurred by the said Committee in the
Premisses.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his warr ts on the Treas 1 " to ad-
iss d vance to the Justices of the Police Office for the use of

the said Committee $1000

Ordered that the Treas r negociate a loan with the Bank of New
York for such Monies as may be required for the public Purposes not
exceed^ in the whole $5000.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to pay.
[382] Benjamin Romaine for the Corporations part of

paving the Street at Dey's Slip 70: 4: 1

Peter Cole for the Constables & Marshalls who conveyed

Vagrants to Bridewell 8: 7: 6

iss d The Estate of Josiah Furman dec d for repair? Lamps. . . 25: 14: 2
iss d John Borris for necessaries for the Board 3: 9:

City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New York^ SS- the 17 th Sept r 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor
Theoph 5 Beekman



Jotham Post
John B Coles
Gabriel Furman
Richard Furman



John Bogert "]

Philip J Arcularius

A .. t> f

Anthony Brown

Nicholas Carmer J



Jacob DelaMontagnie

Ordered that the follow 8 Persons be appointed Inspectors of the
Ensuing Election of Charter Officers to be held at the follow 8 Places
in the several Wards viz 1

1st Ward John Nitchie Trinity Church

2 d d Gulian Verplanck City Hall

3 d d James Van Antwerp Barnt B Martling

4 th d George Gosman S* Pauls Church

5 th d Leonard Fisher German L. Church

6 th d Isaac Van Vleck Bridewell

7th do . Thomas White Bulls Head



24 Sept. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 469

[383] In consequence of so many of the Inhabitants having left
the City on account of the sickly state of the City the Board apprehend
danger from Robbers & Incendiaries And therefore Order that the
number of the City Watchmen be doubled

On a suggestion that the Sextons of the several burying Grounds
do not dig the Graves of sufficient Depth & that the Porters or carriers
of Corps through the Streets made a practice of passing along on the
side Walks to[o] close to the Houses an Ordinance to correct this in-
convenience was passed by the Board & ordered to be published.

Ordered that it be recommended to the Health Commissioners to
cause the Law to be strictly executed ag l Persons having putrid or
unwholesome Beef or Pork or other like substances in their Stores or
Cellars.

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

issd The Health Committee of this Board on Ace* $2000

iss d James Culbertson for City Watch 81 : 18 : 6

issd Nich s Lawrence for the like 81 : 18 : 6

issd Magnus Beekman for the like 62 : 2 : 6

issd Hugh Gobell for the like 62 : 2 : 6

issd Bogart & Blauvelt for repairs Pumps 6 th W d 55: 0: 9

issd Provo & Smith for cleaning Wells 6*h Ward 37 : 14 : 6

George Gosman for Whitewashing, cleaning & repairs

the City Hall *134: 2: 1

James Saunders for filling up a Lot of Nichs Bogert in

issd James Street *18:19: 6



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

New York^ SS ' the 24 th Sept r 1798.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Jotham Post ] John Bogert

Gabriel Furman I Anthony Brown L Ass : sta

Theophs Beekman hEsqAId Nkholas Carmer

Jacob DelaMontagnie J Philip J Arcularius

Ordered that the Members of the Health Committee of this Board
be appointed to examine the Treasurers Acc ts & report to the Board.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to pay.
issd The Health Committee of this Board on Ace* ...........

Moses Sears for paving round certain Wells in the 5 th
wd ................................................ 2: 9: 6

Rob* Valentine for covering Wells in Broad Way.
ssd Mark Campbell for paving round Wells 6* Ward. . .

d Patrick Todd for lamp Oil .............................



ss



470 CITY or NEW YORK 29 Oct. 1798

[385] City of 1 At a Common Council held on Satur-

New YorkJ 58 ' day the 29 th day of Sepf 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Gabriel Furman

Theophs Beekman J ohn Bo ^ ert 1

Jacob De LaMontagnie ^Esq" Aid* Anthony Brown I

Richard Furman Nicholas Carmer

Jotham Post Phlhp J Arcularius ->

Pursuant to the Directions of the Charter the Board proceeded
to the appointment of a Treasurer or Chamberlain of this City for
the ensuing Year And Daniel Phoenix was appointed accordingly.

M r Mayor then nominated & appointed James Culbertson, High
Constable of this City for the ensuing Year

M r Mayor reminded the Members that by Law a Meeting of the
Board was required on Tuesday next to examine the Loan Officers
Books & Accounts.

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

iss d Peter Cole for lighting Lamps ......................... 92 : 4 :

Bernard O Blenis Clerk of the Police Office ............ $187 5 %oo



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

New YorkJ S the 2 d day of Oct r 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman ") Nicholas Carmer

John B Coles Anthony Brown



Theophs Beekman John Bogert Assist*

Jacob DelaMontagnie J Philip J Arcularius

M r Mayor laid before the Board a Letter from Cornelius Ray one
of the Loan Officers of this City & County which was read & filed &
is in the Words follow g viz 1

Greenwich Oct r 1 st 1798
" Gentlemen.

Having absented myself so long from the City, I feel a reluctance
to enter it during the prevalence of the present Disorder; I therefore
hope the enclosed statement of the Acc ts of the loan Office will prove
satisfactory without now producing the Books, them shall be laid
before your honorable Board as soon as I return to the City if re-
quired and I vouch for the enclosed abstracts being correct, by which



2 Oct. 1798



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



471



you will find there are only two new Mortgages taken since the last
Years examination.

M r Wilkes receipts for the Money is in M r Banckers possession
who is absent I have the honor to be very respectfully



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