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iss d James Culbertson for the like 85:

iss d Nichs Lawrence for the like 90 : 3 : 6



484 CITY or NEW YORK 12 Dec. 1798



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New YorkJ SS- day the 12 th day of Dec r 1798.

Present/ Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman



John B Coles
Jotham Post
Richard Furman
John Bogert



W m Bayard

Nich s Carmer
,, , ,,. ,,
Mangle Mmthorne

George Lindsay



Assist**



Jacob De LaMontagnie

*Evert Bancker & Cornelius Ray Esq rs Loan Officers for this City &
County laid before the Board the Books of Mortgages Minutes & Ac-
counts by them taken & kept as Loan Officers And this Board having
carefully inspected and examined the said Books Minutes & Acc ts Do
find that the said Loan Officers have faithfully discharged the Trust
in them reposed and performed their Duty as by Law is directed & re-
quired.

[411] A Petition of Dan 1 Tooker to sink a Cistern partly in the
Street was & read & granted to be done under the Inspection of the
Ald n & Assist of the W d

A Letter from Judge Cooper of Otsego County proposing on a
Contract to lay Pipes in the Streets to convey Water through this
City was read & referred to the Committee on that Subject

From a Report of the Commiss rs of the Alms House it appears that
several Persons have been brought to this City from Norfolk in a
Vessel called the Voluntier Dickson Master & landed

without having been reported according to Law and some of them are
already become a public Charge.

Ordered that the said Master be proceeded ag l according to Law.

Ordered that Enoch Carter 4 th W d Painter be a fireman to Hook
& Ladder Compy N 1 vice James Shotwell who has joined an Engine
Compy

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

issd Bernard Oblenis Clk of Police Office $62 5 %oo

iss d John Van Alst for Repairs to Pumps 8 : 10 :

Willet Seaman & Sons for Blankets for Prisoners in

Bridewell 65: 3:

Van Wyck & Phillips for Gun Powder on the 25 th Nov r

last $160 31 /ioo

iss d Edward Bardin for a public Dinner on that Day 41 : 15 :

iss d Magnus Beekman for City Watch 62 : 2 : 6

* Marginal note reads Fide Minutes of last Meeting & of 2 d of Octr last.
En.



17 Dec. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 48.5



iss d


Hugh Gobell for the like


62 -2-6


iss d


Provo & Smith for cleaning & c Wells


51 16-


iss d


John Day Ju r for Repairs to Common Sewer Roosevelt
St


2: 1: 4



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

New York^ S: Dec r the 17 th 1798.

Present/ Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman

John B Coles William Bayard



Richard Furman



Jotham Post

Jacob De LaMontagnie^



Mangle Minthorn



John Bogert fEsqrsAldn Nicholas Carmer ^Assist**



George Lindsay
Philip J Arcularius



A Petition of William Forrest Master of the Ship Nancy praying
Relief against a Prosecution commenced against him by order of this
Board for bringing to & landing in this City a number of Emigrant
Passengers from Ireland was read & referred to Aid" Coles & G.
Furman & M r Bayard to enquire into & to order such Relief in the
Premisses as to them shall seem meet.

A Letter from M r Mangin one of the City Surveyors was read
relative to a demand made on him by M r Loss the Engineer Surveyor
for the use of the unfinished Survey & Plan of this City which he &
M r Gcerick dec d contracted to make for the use of this Board ; Which
Demand the Board considered improper: But directed that M r Loss
be allowed the use of the Survey Maps in the Clerks Office of the
Water Lots on the East & Hudson Rivers.

[413] A Letter from Charles W Peal with papers enclosed rela-
tive to his new invented fire Places & Chimnies was read; which to-
gether with a Miniature Construction of fire Places & Chimnies were
ordered to be filed & deposited in the Clerks Office Whereupon the
Committee on that Subject reported that they had agreed on behalf of
this Board to take an Assignment of M r Peale's patent Right of erect-
ing those Chimnies & fire Places in this City & County & to pay him
therefor five hundred Dollars; which was approved by the B d

Ordered that John Stagg be appointed a Commissioner of the Alms
House & Bridewell in the place of Richard Lawrence dec d

Ordered that the follow^ Persons be appointed fire Men in this City
viz 4
Hook & Ladder) Saml L Page Jun^ 1st \yd Repacker of Beef & Pork vice

Compy N 1 \ Garrit De Bow resigned

Engine N 2. James Jarvis 7*h Ward Shoemaker vice Jesse Donaldson

resigned



486 CITY or NEW YORK 17 Dec. 1798

Engine N 11. Matthew Somerindike 2 d W d Grocer & Abraham Egbert

1st \Vd Carpenter vice Ab m Ten Eyck & Richd Ham

resigned.
Engine N 21. John Bedient W d Mercht vice Ernest Aubeck resigned &

John Webb 3 d W d Grocer vice Caleb Haviland dec d
[414] Engine N 12. Andrew Morrell 5th w d Mason & Thomas Willets 2d Wd

Iron Monger vice Jacob Doty & Sam 1 Mitchell dec d
Engine N 13. John Murphy 4 th W d Cooper vice Isaac Van Dyck Cab*

Maker dec d
Engine N 18 Cornul Ferris 3 d Ward Grocer Gerardus Post 3 d Wd

Painter & Benjamin Mowatt 3 d W d Mercht v ice Albert

Ryckman resigned & Aaron White & Matthew Van

Zandt dec d

The following Report was read & approved by the Board viz*

The Committee appointed to investigate the Subject of supplying
the City of New York with Water.

Report : That being impressed with the Importance of the Sub-
ject they have considered it with all the care and attention in their
Power and incline to the Opinion that the Bronx River will afford a
copious supply of pure and wholesome Water They incline also to
think that the Plan suggested by Doctor Joseph Brown for conveying
the Waters of that River, is with some few variations, the most
eligible that can be adopted. But as any Mistakes in the Plan or Con-
duct of the Business may be attended with incalculable Mischief, they
would [415] recommend that M r Weston who has been the Engineer
for the Canal Companies in this State and whose abilities are well
known, be requested to examine that River with the situation of the
Grounds to be employed in the Aqueduct and such other Matters inci-
dent to the supply of the City with pure & wholesome Water from that
or any other Source as he may think proper and that he be requested to
report his Opinion to the Corporation with the requisite Plans &
Estimates as soon as may be practicable.

Your Committee further report that they have considered the
several Modes which have been suggested for the execution, either
by Individuals or by the Corporation, of the Plan that may be finally
adopted. They are sensible that each of these Methods, is attended
with Difficulties But considering the immense Importance of the Sub-
ject to the Comfort & Health of their fellow Citizens, that it will not
be undertaken by a Company unless upon the Prospect of considerable
Gain; and that such Gain must be acquired at the Expence of the
City your Committee have at length agreed that the Undertaking ought
to be [416] pursued by and under the Controul of the Corporation as
the immediate Representatives of the Citizens in general Under this



24 Dec. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 487

Impression and to avoid any further delays which may arise unless
Measures are taken to prevent pecuniary Embarrassments and other
Difficulties in the Course of the Business Your Committee would
recommend That an Act be prepared & presented to the Legislature,
investing the Corporation with the Powers necessary to effect the
great End they have in view and granting them the Monies arising
from the Tax upon Sales at Auction in the said City with such further
Aid as the Legislature may think proper to enable them by the Recep-
tion thereof or by Loans founded thereon to defray the Expences
incident to the Undertaking.
New York 17 th Dec r 1798

John B Coles
Gabriel Furman
John Bogert
John De La Montagnie

Ordered that M r Mayor be requested to \vrite to M r Weston And
that M r Recorder be requested to prepare the Law mentioned in the
said Report

Ordered that M r Recorder issue his Warrants on the Treasurer

to pay

Charles W Peale for his patent Right of erects Chimnies

& fire Places $500

iss d Hugh Montgomery for paving at Burlings Slip 35: 4: 8

iss d [417] Nich s Carmer on Ace' $600

iss d James Culbertson for City Watch 85 : 4 : 6

iss d Nich s Lawrence for the like 85 : 4 : 6

City of 1 At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS> the 24 th day of Dec r 1798.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman

John B Coles

Jotham Post

Richard Furman

John Bogert

Jacob De LaMontagnie,



Anthony Brown

Thomas Storm

Mangle Minthorn

George Lindsay -Assist*"

William Bayard

Nicholas Carmer

Philip J Arcularius



A circular Letter from a Committee in Philadelphia on the subject
of an Application to Congress for a more efficient Quarantine Law was
read And thereupon Ald n Coles & Gab 1 Furman & M r Bayard were
appointed a Committee to confer with a Com tee of the Chamber of



488 CITY or NEW YORK 24 Dec. 1798

Commerce and to join with them in such Measures on the subject of
the said Letter as they may deem necessary & proper.

[418] The Treasurer presented the follow^ Estimate of Monies to
be raised by Tax to defray the Expences of this City the ensuing Year
which [was] read examined & approved by the Board viz 1
Estimate of the Expences of the City & County of New York for the Year 1799

Dolls

Alms House. Support of the Poor therein 37,500

Bridewell d do 6,250 43,750



Roads repairing the Old & Compleating the New 7,500

Streets. Improving & Repairing 7,500

Support of Criminals in Prison 3,750 18,750



Fees for Collecting Taxes, City Treasurers Commission & In-
solvents defecient in the years 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797 & 1798
not provided for by Law 13,750

City & County Contingent Expences 18750 32,500



Amount of City & County Charges Doll 8 95,000



Watch. Culbertson & Lawrence for their Compan 5 of the

lower Watch and Additional Men 11,250

d Gobell & Beekman's upper Watch 8,750

d Goal Bridewell & other Extra Stands 2,500 22,500



Lamps Supplying 1100 with Oil Including the Bridewell, Watch

Houses and other Public Buildings 16,250

Lighting and Cleaning 3,750

Superintending New Lamps & repairing Old 2,000

Wells and Pumps 2,500

Deficiencies in the years 1794, 1795, 1796, 1797 & 1798 as above

Stated for the City and County 5,000

City Contingent Expences 3,000 32,500



Amount of City Charges Doll s 55,000



New York Decem r 24 1798 Dan 1 Phoenix City Treas r

Ordered that a Copy of the said Estimate under the Seal of this
Corporation be delivered to the Members from this City in the Legis-
lature [419] with a Request that they obtain a Law for raising the
Monies mentioned in the said Estimate by a Tax on this City &
County.

The Street Commiss r reported on the Ace* of Evert Bancker Jun r



24 Dec. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 489

Surveyor and the said Ace 1 was audited and it passed the B d accord-
ingly-
Ordered that the Com tee appointed to confer with the Com tee of
Chamber of Commerce on the subject of Quarantine, examine the
Health Office Law report such Amendments as they shall deem
necessary.

Ordered that M r Recorder be requested to prepare & report such
Amendments to the Law for the support & maintenance of the Poor as
may be necessary.

Ordered that 500 Copies of the Proceedings of this Board together
with Doctor Browns Memoir on the subject of supplying this City with
Water, be printed in Pamphlets.

Ordered that the follow 8 Persons be appointed fire Men to Engine
N 16 viz*

John Coddington 4 th W d Taylor

James Wood 4th W d Tinplate Worker

Evert Wenman 4 W d Taylor

Peter Dobb 4*h W d Dock builder

John Vache 4th W d Florist

Vice Ab m Russell Peter Maverick Michael Brooks & Tho s Skin-
ner, resigned & John Fullam deceased.

[420] Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer

to pay

The Commissrs of the Alms House on Ace* to be applied

to the Relief of indigent families

iss d David Waldron for Repairs to Roads 118: 1:11

iss d Charles Dickenson Coroner for Inquests 23 : 14/

The Estate of Casimir Th : Goerick for Surveys Roads
iss d &c 16:14:-

iss d Evert Bancker for the like & ' 4 : -

(W* deliv d to Aid" Bogert)

iss d George Furman for repairs Lamps &''

iss d Peter Cole for lighting Lamps

Steenbeck & Heckle for Repairs to a Well in Barley

issd Street -.

iss d Magnus Beekman for the City Watchmen 62 :

iss d Hugh Gobell for the like

iss d James Culbertson for the like

iss d Nichs Lawrence for the like ^85 : 4 : 6



490 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 Dec. 1798

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

New YorkJ S day the 27 th Dec r 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman "] Thomas Storm "]

John B Coles William Bayard

Theophs Beekman J=-EsqrsAld n Nicholas Carmer f> Assist^

John Bogert George Lindsay

Jotham Post J Philip J Arcularius J

A Letter from D r Richard Bailey Health Officer was read & filed.

M r Recorder presented, accords to order, The Bill for raising
Monies by Tax to defray the public Expences of this City

The Bill for amend g the Act for the better settlement & support of
the Poor

The Bill for supplying this City with pure & wholesome Water.
which were respectively read & approved by the Board.

Resolved that Copies of the said three Bills be delivered to the
Representatives of this City & County in the Legislature with a Re-
quest under the Common Seal that they pbtain the passing of the said
Bills into Laws.



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

New YorkJ 5 the 31 st day of Dec r 1798

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Gabriel Furman Nicholas Carmer "|

John B Coles George Lindsay

John Bogert .sqAldn Mangle Minthorn f AssisttS

Jacob De LaMontagnieJ William Bayard J

Ordered that an Application be made to the Legislature for a Law
vesting the Right of Administration on the Estates of all Strangers
who may die intestate in this City, in the Treasurer or Chamberlain
of this City. And that M r Recorder be requested to prepare & report
to the B d a Bill for that purpose.

The follow^ Report was read & agreed to by the B d viz*
! The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of William
Forrest Report That they have taken into consideration the Prayer
thereof And found there was not any Reason to expect that Cap 1
Forrest could give the Security the Committee thought necessary to
indemnify the Corporation for the Expences that may be expected to
arise in supporting the Passengers he landed here That altho' he was
the Owner of the Ship Nancy, others had liens upon her for [423]



31 Dec. 1798 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 491

nearly her value, they therefore proposed to the said Captain, as a
Compromise, that he should pay into the Hands of the City Treasurer
one thousand Dollars & give his own Bond to the Treasurer for two
thousand Dollars; conditioned that he would pay any further Sum
more than the thousand Dollars that may be by the Corporation ex-
pended for the support of any of the Passengers he brought here in
the Ship Nancy In conformity to this Proposition Cap* Forrest has
settled: giving his Note endorsed by John H Thompson payable in
six Months for the one thousand Dollars
Dec r 31 st 1798 Jn B. Coles

Gabriel Furman
William Bayard

On reading an Ace* of the expenditure of the 50,000 Dollars pro-
vided by this B d for the Defence of this Port & City with a Report
thereon written subscribed by Ald n Coles, G Furman & Bogert the
Committee of this B d & Major Gen 1 Hamilton & Col Stevens wherein
they solicit of this B d to provide the further Sum of 10,000 Dollars to
pay off the pressing Demands for unsettled Acc ts not doubting that
the Legislature will provide for the repayment thereof.

Resolved that Ald n Gabriel Furman be authorized on behalf of this
Board to [424] draw from the Bank of New York such further Sums
as may be necessary for the above purpose not exceeds 10,000 Dollars.

Ordered that Ald n G Furman Coles & De La Montagnie be a Com-
mittee to consider of & report to the B d a suitable annual Allowance to
the Recorder for his various Services performed & to be performed
for this Board.

Ordered that the Treasurer prepare a Book or List shewing all the
real Property belonging to this Corporation with the annual Rent of
each including Quit Rents reserved on Water Lots Ferries & other
Things producing a Revenue.

Ordered that the Treas r be directed not to let the Corner House at
the City Hall for the ensuing Year.

Ordered that Stephen Hustace of the 2 d W d Grocer be appointed
a Fire Man to Hook & Ladder Company N 1 vice Robert B Debow
dec d And Benjamin Gilmore of the 4 th W d Cordwainer to Hook &
Ladder Company N 2 vice John Throgmorton dec d

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

issd W m Hardenbrook for repairs Lamps 12 : 6 : -

iss d The same for the fire Engine Departm* 211 : 14 : 5

iss d Bernard O Blenis Clerk of Police Office $62 5 %oo



492 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 Jan. 1799



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

New YorkJ 8 the 7 th day of Jan* 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
John Bogert

John B Coles Wllham Bayard }

Totham Post George Lindsay

Gabriel Furman f^sqrsAldn Nicho l as C armer j, Assist*

Jacob De LaMontagnie A A Iangle M ' nthorn

Theophs Beekman Anthony Brown

M r Recorder presented to the Board a Bill for vesting in the Treas-
urer or Chamberlain the Right of administration on the Estates of
Strangers dying in this City intestate ; which was read & approved by
the Board And it was ordered that a Petition to the Legislature be
prepared praying that the said Bill be passed into a Law that the
Common Seal be affixed thereto and that M r Mayor subscribe the same
on behalf of this Board

Isaac Stoutenburgh one of the Persons appointed to the Office of
Commiss 1 " of Streets having declined to execute the Office, the Board
took into consideration ; Whether [426] one Commissioner was not
sufficient to do that Business and it was determined in the Affirmative.

Whereupon it was determined that Richard Furman Esq r the other
Commissioner be the sole Commissioner of Streets & Roads and that
he be allowed for his Services at the rate of five hundred Dollars per
annum. Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on

the Treas r to pay.

issd Archd Dunlap for Repairs to Pumps 1 st Ward 80: 3 : 7

iss d Magnus Beekman for City Watch 62 : 2 : 6

issd Hugh Gobell for the like 62 : 2 : 6

iss d James Culbertson for the like 85 : 4 : 6

iss d Nichs Lawrence for the like 85 : 4 : 6

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

New York ^ S the 14 th day of Jan* 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Gabriel Furman

John B Coles ^ lchs Carmer

John Bogert

Jacob DeLa Montagnie



EsqrsAld" Mangle Minthorn f- Assists



Jotham Post Anthony Brown

William



Theoph 3 Beekman

A Letter from M r Weston in answer to the Letter written to him
by M r Mayor on the subject of supplying this City with Water was



21 Jan. 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 493

read He informs the Board that he will repair to this City as soon
as possible and engage in the Business.

On a suggestion that in consequence of a Report that this B d
had called out of circulation the Notes issued by this Board as a sub-
stitute for small change many of the Citizens refused to receive them
in payment.

Ordered that the Clerk publish in the News papers a Notification
to contradict the Report

On an application of D r W m Burrell

Ordered that he be premitted to give Lectures in the great Court
Room in the City Hall on the subject of Epidemics and Contagion.

[428] On reading a Petition of Robert Lilburn the Board agree to
sell him the Piece of the Common Lands which lies between his Land
and that of Thomas Buchanan on an appraised value when the
boundary Line of the Land sold to M r Buchanan shall be ascertained
& settled.

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

iss d Nichs Carmer on Ace*

John Furman for printing the proceeds 3 of this Bd and
iss' 1 D r Browne's Memoir on supplying this City with

Water 17:17:-

issd Archd Dunlap for Repairs to Pumps in the 2d Ward. ... 47: 19: 9

City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ 55 ' the 21 st day of Jan>' 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Jotham Post William Bayard

Gabriel Furman George Lindsay

John B Coles )>Esq r sAld n Nichs Carmer



^Assist* 3



John Bogert Mangle Minthorn

Theophs Beekman Anthony Brown

[429] On the Request of M rs Catharine Turnbull Ordered that the
Treasurer pay off her Bond of $700 ag 1 this B d

Ordered that a Memorial signed by M r Mayor with the Common
Seal affixed thereto be presented to the Legislature praying that pro-
vision be made for repaying the $60,000 provided by this Board
towards the fortifications lately erected for the Defence of this City.

A Letter from John Kortright of Harlem covering a Release of a
parcel of Ground purchased by himself & others of Elizabeth Waldron



494 CITY or NEW YORK 21 Jan. 1799

& John Waldron to open a Road of twenty feet wide from the Post
Road to Meuttie Davids Vly on Hudsons River was read & referred
to the Road Commiss r At the same time the Board direct that the
Parties be informed that a Road of less than 60 feet wide cannot be
accepted & worked at the public Expence.

M r Mayor laid before the Board a Letter he had received, dated in
Albany the 16 th Instant & subscribed by Elias Nexsen as Chairman of
a Committee composed of the Members in the House of Assembly
from this City & to whom was committed the Estimate (agreed to
by this Board on the 24 th Dec r last) of the Monies which would be
required to be raised by Tax for defraying [430] the public Expences
of this City & County the present Year; which was read & referred
to Ald n G Furman & Coles & M r Bayard, with the Aid of M r Mayor
& M r Recorder.

The following Report of the joint Committees of this Board, of
the Chamber of Commerce, of the Medical Society & of the Commis-
sioners of the Health Office was read & referred to Aid" Coles & G
Furman & M r Bayard & ordered to be printed, (vide annexed printed
Paper)

CITY OF NEW YORK, ss.

At a Common Council held on Monday the 2lst day of January, 1799

The following REPORT was read and ordered to be published, for
the information of the public, viz.

WE the Subscribers, a joint Committee from the Common Council,
from the Chamber of Commerce, and from the Medical Society, with
the Commissioners of the Health Office, being appointed to investigate
the causes of the PESTILENTIAL DISEASE which has lately pre-
vailed in this City, and to suggest the best means to prevent its return
respectfully submit the following

REPORT.

Among the more obvious causes which contributed to produce the
Disease, and the means of preventing its return are,

I. Deep Damp Cellars and Filthy Sunken Yards.
A number of such Cellars in different parts of the City, and par-
ticularly along the East River, are used for sailor's boarding places
and tippling shops, and during the last summer proved as so many
graves to those who frequented them ; and many yards are so situated
as that the water, and fluids of all other kinds collecting therein, are



21 Jan. 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 49.5

not carried off by drains either over or under ground, thus becoming
a source of noxious exhalations :

The Committee, therefore, recommend that a law may be passed
authorizing any person or persons, for that purpose appointed by the
Corporation, to enter into any buildings and grounds suspected to be
in the state beforementioned that a report thereof may be made to
them and that they may be furnished with power to pass ordinances
for the filling up, draining and regulating of such grounds, yards and
cellars ; and, in case such ordinances are not complied with, to cause
the same to be done by persons appointed for that purpose, the expense
of which to be considered as a claim upon such property prior to all



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