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The Board then took into consideration the Allowance which ought
to be made to the said Commissioners & determined the allowance to
the said Commiss rs for their Services last Year as follows.

issd To Dr Richard Bayley Health Officer

issd To John Oothout Commiss r

issd & To Jacob Abramse do

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r for the pay-
ment of the said Ballance & the said Allowances accordingly.



528 CITY or NEW YORK 26 March 1799

Ordered that a Gen 1 Letter of Atty to M r Recorder as Atty &
Council of this B d be made with the Common Seal affixed And that
he be authorized to retain Council to assist him.

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

New York{ SS ' the 26 th day of March 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman ^

T , -r, George Lindsay 1

John Bogert J

T i. T\ i ir Mangle Mmthorn

Jacob De laMontagnie _ _ * .

rr, 1.= r> 1 ^EsqrsAld" Nicholas Carmer > Assist*"

Theoph 8 Beekman

T ,. -r, Anthony Brown

Jotham Post

T , r> r 1 William Bayard J

John B Coles

John Bogert Esq r ) ... . . . .

XT- u i r- \K ut < admitted & sworn as Free Men of this City

Nicholas Carmer Mercm j

The Clerk presented to the Board written proposals sealed for the
Ferry House at Brooklyn on opening & reading of which those of
David Ross appeared to be the highest viz'' 205 per Annum. Ordered
that a Lease to M r Ross be prepared accordingly.

Ordered that until the Legislature shall make other Provision in
the Premisses An Extract of such Part of the Law for preventing
Nuisances as respects the scraping up the Dirt in the Streets be pub-
lished in the News Papers.

Ordered that an Advertizement be published for receiving written
proposals sealed 'till the 6 th April next inclusive for the leasing of
Paulus Hook & Hoboock Ferries for three Years from the 1 st May
next.

[466] Ordered that George Lindsay & Philip Jacobs be permitted
to plant Trees in front of their respective Houses And that M r Mayor
have permission to make Vaults in the Broad Way & Pine Street in
front of his Houses ; the whole to be done under the direction of the
Aid" & Assist 1 of the W d

A Representation of Robert Mott Inspector of Flour suggesting
an Improvement in the Assize & Regulation of Bread; was read &
referred to Aid" Coles & Bogert & M r Lindsay

Ordered that M r Carmer take order for repairing the front of the
Old Slip Wharf

Ordered that a Warr 1 issue to pay Henry Willits for paving in
front of a Lot of Ann Dealing dec d in Oliver Street for 12 : 7 : and
that a Suit be commenced for the same against Walter Bowne the
Occupant of the said Lot.



1 April 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 529

Ordered that M r Recorder be requested to enquire into the State
of the Water Lots which were intended to be granted to Trinity
Church & improved by Fred ck Rhinelander as also those of Henry
Ten Broeck now belonging to Peter P. Van Zandt

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

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Nichs Carmer on Ace*


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Conradt Withman for Repairs to Lamps


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Latham Bunker for Lamp Oil


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James Riker for Iron Work to Pumps


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the same for Iron Work to Hudson Wharf


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John B Dash for Repairs to Watch HS Stove


0:14:




Nich s Lawrence for City Watch


85 : 4 :


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James Culbertson for the like


85: 4:


6


Magnus Beekman for the like


62: 2:


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Hush Gobell for the like..


62: 2:


6



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

New York^ Si April 1 st 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

John Bogert



Jotham Post
Gabriel Furman
Jacob De LaMontagnie
Theoph 5 Beekman



George Lindsay

Nicholas Carmer
Minthorne

Anthony Brown



John B Coles

Ordered that the Justices of the Police Office be permitted to
store in the Bridewell Yard such Pitch Tar & Turpentine as they
shall find necessary from time to time to remove there

A Petition of James Amory for Relief on a Suit bro't against him,
by order of this Board, on the Law for regulating Buildings; was
read & referred to Ald n Beekman & Coles.

On reading a Petition of W m Williams

Ordered that he be permitted to sink a Rain Water Cistern in
the Street adjoining his House at the Corner of Partition & Washing-
ton Streets, under the direction of the Ald n & Assist 4 of the Ward.

Resolved that the like permission be not granted in future unless
the Cistern be made of Brick or Stone & arched with the same Ma-
terials.

[468] A Petition of Mess rs Ellis & Clarkson to plant Trees in front
of their Houses in Liberty Street was rejected because the Street is
less than 40 feet Wide.



530 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 April 1799

Ordered that a notification be published informing the Inhabitants
that Trees may be planted in any Street of the Wedth of 40 feet &
upwards, under the Direction of the Ald n & Assist of the Ward.

Ordered that John Fox be permitted to make Area's to his new
Houses in Murray Street under the Direction of the Aid 11 & Assist
of the Ward

Ordered that M r Waldron repair the Road going up the long Hill
at Harlem between the 9 & 10 Mile Stone.

And that M r Carmer take order for repairs the Injury to the Com-
mon Sewer in Chambers Street and to prevent the laying of Timber
or other Things thereon so as to injure it in future.

Ordered that Henry Hulsart of the 7 th W d Cartman & Corn 3 Peter-
son of the same Place Blacksmith be appointed Firemen to Engine N
2 vice George Lord & Sam 1 Lord resigned.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.
Bernard O'Blenis Clk of the Police Office for his Ser-
vices $62 5 94oo

issd James Culbertson for City Watchmen 85 : 4 : 6

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

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

issd Hugh Gobell for the like 62: 2: 6

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

New York( SS> the 2 d April 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman ~] William Bayard ~\

Theophs Beekman Nichs Carmer

John Bogert ^Esq r sAld George Lindsay ^-Assist 4 *

John B Coles Anthony Brown

Jotham Post Mangle Minthorne J

Purs t to the Statute for regulating Elections the B d proceeded to
elect Inspectors for the ensuing Election of Senators & Members of
Assembly & the follow g Persons were duly elected viz 1

1st Ward 2d Ward

Peter Jay Monro Robert Lenox

Gerrit Keteltas John Oothout

James Van Dyk John P Pearss

3d Ward 4* Ward

John Titus Jacob Abramse

Isaac Burr Benjamin Haight

Samuel Burling John Mills



10 April 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 531

5th Ward 6th Ward

John P Ritter Anthony Steenback

William Newton John Crolius Jim'

Abraham Bloodgood Henry Verveelen

7th Ward

Samuel Stilwell. Gilbert C Willet & W Johnson.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treasurer to pay
Peter Cole for lighting Lamps .................................. 94 : 1 : 10



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

New Yorkj day the 10 th day of April 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
John B Coles



Richard Furman



William Bayard



Jotham Post Nicholas Carmer

Gabriel Furman

Jacob De La Montagnie

John Bogert

Theoph s Beekman



Esq" Aldn Mangle Minthorn

Thomas Storm
George Lindsay
Philip J Arcularius



Assists



His Excellency the Governor by & with the advice & consent of
the Council of Appointment having been pleased to reappoint James
Morris Esq r Sherif and Charles Dickenson Coroner of this City &
County and their Commissions being read they respectively took the
Oaths of Office required by the Charter of this City.

The Sherif also presented his Bond for the due execution of his
Office which was read & approved by the Board & filed

The Clerk presented to the Board the written proposals sealed from
sundry Persons for Paulus Hook & Hoboock Ferries and the Board
determined to accept of those of John Holdron for Paulus Hook &
those of Zadock Hedden for Hoboock. Ordered that the Leases 6:
Bonds be prepared accordingly

[471] The Report of the Committee on the subject of cleaning the
Streets & removing & depositing the Filth & Dirt was again read &
recommitted to Ald n Bogert & R Furman & M r Arcularius.

A Petition of Peter Herenfrets relative to some Improvement to
Water Street at Corlaers Hook was read & referred to the Street
Commiss r

A Request of the Managers of the State Road Lottery for the use
of a Room in the City Hall to draw the Lottery & of the Wheels &
Apparatus remaining of the former Lottery was read & granted.

A Request of John Merrit to sink a rain Water Cistern in front



532 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 April 1799

of his House in Partition Street was read & rejected; unless he make
it of Stone or Brick under the Direction of the Ald n & Assist 1 of the
Ward.

A Request of Stilwell & Deforcest to take up the pavement of
Pearl S* to repair a Drain was granted ; on condition that they put the
Street in the like order again under the Inspection of the Ald n &
Assist 1 of the Ward.

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

. John Furman for printing Weston's Report on supplys

the City with Water 9: 3: 6

iss d Stewart & Jones for Ship Chandlery on the Mud Drudge 40: 18: 3

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

New York^ SS< day the 10 th April 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

John Bogert ^ r-n-

T , T> /- i William Bayard

John B Coles _ T . ,

George Lindsay
Jotham Post



Esq" Aldn Mangle Minthorn



Assist 1 *



Gabriel Furman ^

.. , j ^ Nich s Carmer

Richard Furman ... , .

T L T-4 T ! Philip J Arcularms

Jacob De LaMontagnie

, uc o 1 Thomas Storm

Theoph 5 Beekman

M r Mayor laid before the Board the new Map of the City made
by M r Mangin ; which was committed to Ald n R : Furman, G : Furman
& DelaMontagnie to examine & to correct as to the Names of the
Streets; & also to report a Mode for obtaining subscribers to the
Work

M r Mayor represented to the Board that M r Mangin requested a
further advance of Money: But as the state of his Ace 1 against the
Board could not be immediately known M r Mayor suggested the lend-
ing of him $200 on his Note payable in six Months ; which was agreed
to by the Board.

The following Report of the Committee on the subject of cleaning
the Streets & removing Filth & Dirt was read and agreed to by the
Board viz.

[473] Your Committee Appointed to Report a plan for Cleansing
the Streets Collecting the filth and dirt of this City and Removing
the same have duly Considered the Subject and are of Opinion

That the Corporation should take measures to Collect the Street



10 April 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 533

Dirt and Manure at their own expence and sell the same and for the
greater Convenience of Carrying into effect such an Arrangement

That the City should be divided into three districts each to be
Swept and the Dirt Removed twice a Week in daily Rotation and that
the following Division will be found the most Convenient

1 st District Broadway and that part of the City laying to the
Westward of it.

2 d District That part of the said City laying to the Southward of
Broadway and to the Westward [of] Beekman Street through Pearl
Street to Peck's Slip including the last mentioned three Streets or such
parts of them as this Boundary passes through and the Street at the
head of the Slip.

3 d District That part of the City laying to the Southward and
Eastward of the other two Districts

That as many Carts as may be found necessary be hired to Remove
the Dirt and Manure either to Vessels or to some place to be provided
in or near to the City for the Temporary deposit of such parts as may
not be taken away dailey by Vessels and as it may be expected at some
Seasons of the year the Boats usually employed in Carrying Manure
will be otherways engaged and at such times so much would be Col-
lected in the said place of Deposit as to give uneasiness to them who
may reside in the Neighbourhood.

They are therefore of Opinion it would be proper for the Corpora-
tion to buy two Pettit Augers to be employed Occasionally in Remov-
ing the Manure from the first place of Deposit to one more distant
and when not engaged in doing this they may be employed in deliver-
ing Manure at such Landings as may Suit the Convenience of
purchasers.

[474] That two Men with Carts and Bells be employed to go daily
through the two Districts that are not Sweeping for the purpose of
Collecting the Garbage and Offals from Yards and Kitchens for which
purpose they should Ring the Bell at Suitable Distances to Notify the
Inhabitants to bring out the same and put it into the Carts.

Your Committee further Report that two Street Commissioners
.should be appointed with an Annual Compensation whose duty it
should be to Examine all Lots, Cellars, Sewers, Sinks and Yards and
to Report from time to time such of them to the Corporation as m
their Opinion should be filled up Altered or Cleansed and to Superin-
tend and Carry into effect the foregoing regulations as well as all Bye
Laws Relative to the same and Collect all Penalties incurred under
them to hire a Superintendant and other necessary Persons for



534 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 April 1799

Accomplishing the said Work to Sell the Manure and keep all the
Accounts Relative to this Department and at least once a year make
up the same and lay them before the Corporation and to Suggest any
Improvement to this System that may to them seem proper.

New York 15 th April 1799 Jn B Coles

Gabriel Furman
John Bogert
Rich d Furman
W m Bayard
Philip J Arcularius

An Act of the Legislature investing this Board with certain Powers
relative to the Health of this City; was also read And thereupon Aid"
John Bogert was appointed an additional Street Commissioner And he
together with Aid 11 Richard Furman the other Street Commissioner
were appointed Inspectors under the said Act to inspect Lots
[475] & c And to see to the due execution of all such Matters & Things
as shall be required by any Law Ordinance or Order of this Board
touching the cleansing of the City & promoting the Health thereof.
And further they were respectively appointed Surveyors of this City
And M r Recorder was requested to prepare all such Ordinances as
may be necessary relative to the several Objects of the said Act & the
aforegoing Report of the Committee on the subject of cleansing the
City.

And it was further ordered that the Drudge for cleaning out the
Docks & Slips be put under the direction of the Street Commiss rs to
[be] employed from time to time in such places as they shall direct

On a complaint that a certain House in Gold Street, which was shut
up & abandoned last Summer during the prevailing Sickness, had not
been opened or aired since that time The Inspectors were directed to
cause the said House to be opened & with the furniture therein to be
aired & cleansed & the Board would indemnify them.

Ordered that the Street Commiss rs take order for raising the
Street under Catharine Slip Market

[476] Complaints against the sunken Water Lots between Coenties
& the Old Slips, the Slip at the foot of Liberty Street, and a Store
House of Blaze Moore at the Old Slip, as nuisances, were referred
to the Inspectors of Lots.

A Letter from Daniel Ludlow Presid* of a Company lately estab-
lished by Law, called the Manhattans Company for the purpose of
supplying this City with Water, together with a Copy of their Charter



22 April 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 53.5

were respectively read & the consideration of the Steps to be taken
by this B d thereon postponed 'till next Meeting

A Request of W m Neilson to plant a Row of Forest Trees in front
of his Lot at the upper end of the Broad Way adjoining the Sandy
Hill & to erect a temporary Fence about eight Feet from his Line
for their protection, was read & the B d determined that the Measure
would be bad in precedent & therefore the Request could not be
granted : But that M r Neilson might plant his Trees on the outer Edge
of what will in time be the foot Walk of the Street & secure them
with Boxes.

A Petition of W m & Jacob Fames praying the preemption of a
new Lease for a Lot of Ground in Augustus Street was read &
referred to the Treas r to obtain and report a State of the Facts.

[477] An Application of Robert Watts to have the Boundary Line
of his Water Lot adjoining the Fly Market Slip ascertained was read
& referred to the Street Commissioners

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

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

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

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

issd Hugh Gobel for the like 62 : 2 : 6

iss d John Van Alst for Repairs to public Pumps 6 : 7 : 6

iss d The Inspectors of Lots & c on Ace* $1000



City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

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New Yorki; the 22 d April 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

John Bogert George Lindsay

John B Coles Nichs Carmer

Richard Furman Thomas Storm

Jotham Post Mangle Minthorn

Jacob De la Montagnie William Bayard

Gabriel Furman Anthony Brown

Theophs Beekman Philip J Arcularius

[478] The Board proceeded to the Consideration of the Steps to
be taken by this Board in respect to the subscribing the 2000 Shares
in the Manhattan Company reserved by their Charter of Incorpora-
tion ; And on the Question whether this B d would subscribe the said
Shares it passed in the Affirmative as follows viz 1



536 CITY or NEW YORK 22 April 1799

Affirmative Negative

Mr Recorder Ald n DeLaMontagnie

Aldn G Furman Mr Arcularius

Ald n Post M r Storm

Ald n R Furman Mr Brown

Aid" Beekman Mr Minthorn

Ald n Coles Mr Lindsay
Aid" Bogert 7 Mr Bayard
8 M r Carmer

Whereas by an Act of the Legislature of the State of New York
passed the 2 d day of April Instant entitled " An Act for supplying the
City of New York with pure & wholesome Water " it is among other
Things enacted that it shall & may be lawful for the Mayor Aldermen
& Commonalty of the City of New York to subscribe to the Stock of
" the President & Directors of the Manhattan Company " any number
of Shares not exceeding two thousand. And whereas this Board
have as aforesaid resolved to subscribe to the said Stock two thousand
Shares Therefore resolved that the Treasurer or Chamberlain [479]
of this City be & he is hereby authorized & empowered for in the
Name & on Account & behalf of the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty
of the City of New York and their Successors to subscribe two thou-
sand Shares to the said Stock as aforesaid and at the time of such
subscription to pay to the said Company such Sum or Sums of Money
on account of such Shares as may be required by the said Act & the
Rules Orders & Regulations of the said Company.

Ordered that a Copy of this Resolution with the Common Seal
affixed & subscribed by M r Mayor on behalf of this Board be delivered
to the Treasurer or Chamberlain.

Ordered that a loan be made of the Bank of New York for five
thousand Dollars & that a Bond for the payment thereof with Interest
at Six per O per Annum be made with the Common Seal affixed &
subscribed by M r Mayor on behalf of this Board.

On reading a Letter from M r King Minister from the United
States to Great Britain it appears that the Notes issued by this Board
as small Change have been counterfeited in London.

Whereupon the B d determined that the said Notes be immediately
called out of circulation And that the [480] Treasurer pay for all
such of them as shall be brought to him by the first day of June next
And that the Clerk notify the Holders of those Notes by a publication
in the News Papers accordingly.

A Memorial of Alexander Lamb Keeper of the Debtors Goal of



29 April 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



537



this City & County relative to the Expences of cleaning the Goal,
emptying necessary Tubs & c was read & rejected

The Treasurer reported on the Petition of W m & Jacob Eames
relative to a Lot in Augustus Street ; which was read & the considera-
tion thereof postponed

A Representation of the Company of fire Engine N 1 as to its
worn out State was read & referred to the Chief Engineer

An Ace 1 of Henry Dawson for Repairs to the Ferry House at
Brooklyn ; was read & referred to the Committee of Acc ts

Ordered that Aid" Coles & De la Montagnie & M r Lindsay be a
Committee to enquire into the subject & report the necessary Improve-
ment to the System of extinguishing Fires.

Ordered that Joseph Mott be appointed a weigher of Hay in the
Township of Harlem and that he may erect erect a Scale for the
weighing of Hay to be consumed in the said Township only & to take
the usual Fees.

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

Nichs Carmer on Ace* $500

[481] Ald n John Bogert to pay Joseph Baker for a Rope
used & destroyed at the late Fire between Cortlandt

& Dey's Slips $4

William Weston for his Services & Expences in survey-
ing & reports on supplyg the City with Water $799 87 Aoo

Joseph Newton for removing & putting up the Portraits

in the City Hall $58 1 9ioo

Thos Jenkins & Sons for lamp Oil $842 4i Hoo

John Provo for cleans Wells 6th Wd 6 : 4 : 2

The same for the like 4i W d *24 : 5 : 6



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At a Common Council held on Monday
the 29 th day of April 1799

Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

George Lindsay
Mangle Minthorn
Thomas Storm
William Bayard
Anthony Brown
Philip J Arcularius

W m Hunter an Assessor for the Bowery Division of the 7 th Ward
attended & took the Oath of an Assessor.

Ordered that such other of the Assessors as have not yet been
sworn be notified to attend for that purpose on Monday next.



Present/



Gabriel Furman
John Bogert
John B Coles
Jacob DeLaMontagnie
Richard Furman
Jotham Post



-Assist*



538 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 April 1799

[482] The Board having revised and amended the Bye Laws or
Ordinances for the good Rule and Government of this City the same
were respectively reordained to be and continue in force for one Year
viz*

" A Law for the due observance of the Lords day called Sunday."

" A Law directing the Uses of the public Seals of the City of New
York "

" A Law to regulate the admission of Free Men in the City of New
York "

" A Law to regulate the public Markets in the City of New York "

" A Law to establish the Assize of Bread in the City of New
York "

" A Law to regulate the paving & keeping in Repair and to prevent
Obstructions in the Streets of the City of New York"

" A Law to prevent Nuisances in the City of New York "

" A Law for preventing and extinguishing Fires in the City of
New York "

" A Law to regulate the keeping of Gun Powder in the City of
New York "

" A Law to regulate Surveyors in the City of New York "

" A Law to regulate Carts & Cartmen in the City of New York "

" A Law to regulate the landing and sale of Hay in the City of
New York "

" A Law to regulate the sale of Fire Wood in the City of New
York "

[483] "A Law to regulate the sale of Lime in the City of New
York"

" A Law to regulate the sale of Charcoal in the City of New
York "

" A Law to regulate the sale and cartage of Manure, Sand & Clay
in the City of New York "

" A Law to regulate the Pay of the public Measurers in the City
of New York "

" A Law to regulate the lying of Vessels at the public Wharfs and
in the Slips of the City of New York and to establish the Rates of
Wharfage."

" A Law to prevent the ringing or tolling of Bells for Funerals in
the City of New York "

" A Law for regulating Fences in the City of New York "

" A Law to prevent the setting of Fences or other Obstructions in
the River within the limits & jurisdiction of the City of New York "



29 April 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES .>.'*',)

" A Law to regulate the sale of Horses, to prevent their running



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