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. John Ashfied, John Arden & John B Pots each $2 for a

lost fire Bucket each $6.

iss d Goodeve & Brown fo f r] a Box Candles 3 : 1 : 6

[504] Bernard O Blenis Clerk of the Police Office for 1

M*h Services $62 5 %oo

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

issd Hugh Gobell for the like 62 : 2 : 6

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

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



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York^ S the 3 d day of June 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Gabriel Furman -^

Nicholas Carmer



John Bogert
Richard Furman



George Lindsay



am p vEsq r sAld n Mangel Minthorn ^Assist* 8

John B Coles Phili P J Arculari " s

Jacob De La MontagnieJ rhomas Storm

On reading a Report of the Inspectors of Lots & c Ordinances were
passed for raising the Cellars of certain Houses in Roosevelt & Rut-
gers Street in the 5 th W d And certain sunken Lots in the 6 th Ward

A Law was also passed for substituting Stone in place of Wood in
front of the foot or side Walks of the Streets.

A Petition of Samuel Richards for Relief on a Suit commenced
against him on the Law for regulating the Building of Houses to pre-
vent fires was read and rejected.

Petitions of George Lewis, Alex r Dunlap & John Grant for an
extention of their Grants into the East River were read & referred
to the Street Commissioners.

[505] An Estimate for the paving of the East side of Pecks Slip
was read & ratified by the Board And Thomas J Stagg was appointed
to collect the Monies thereon & to pave the said Street.

Ordered that Esther Gomez be permitted to take up the Street to
repair a Drain from the Cellar under the direction of the Ald n &
Assist 1 of the Ward.



3 June 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES .551

The follow* Regulations of Streets as reported by the Street Com-
missioners were read & approved by the Board viz.

S Street.

Regulation of South Street from the Exchange Slip to Coenties
Slip.

" At the midway between the two Slips it must be raised 2 feet
10 Inches at the Corner at Coenties Slip 5 Inches above the foot
Walk which leaves a Descent from the middle of the Block towards
each Slip of 2 Inches on 10 feet."

Regulation Of Church Street from Barley S' 1 to the intersection of
Catharine Street.

" From the Pavement at Barley Street to Thomas Street with an
ascent of \ l / 2 Inch on 10 feet. In consequence at the extent of 125
feet it must be raised 6 Inches At the intersection of Thomas Street
2 feet 2 Inches Thence with a descent of 2 Inches on 10 feet to the
extent of 125 feet it requires raising 1 foot And at the intersection of
Catharine Street it requires digging 2 feet 5 Inches "

Ordered that the follow 8 Persons be appointed Fire Men.

Engine N 10 Samuel Winship Butcher 7 th W d

John Fitzgerald d d

William Kline d do

John Winship d d

Lancaster Palmer Grocer d

Jona n Pinckney d d

vice John Coutant dec d

Jacob Blanck removed from the City

Aaron Place d

James Ryckman resigned

Hazael Meyers removed

Matthias Goodman displaced

[506] Engine N 13 John Fitzpatrick vice Samuel Brewster re-
signed

N 17 Henry Thorn Boat builder vice W m Fosbrook resigned.
N 13 John Hitchcock 3 d W d Grocer vice Gilbert Woodhull dec d
Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 15 on the Treas r to pay

iss d Nichs Carmer on Ace*

iss d Thos Collister 1 lost fire Bucket

iss d Benj a Romaine for 2 d

iss d George Furman for repairs Lamps

iss d John Furman for prints Bye Laws

Peter A Messier for ruled Books to take new List of

Jurors

iss d Peter Cole for lights Lamps 99 : 14 : 2



552 CITY OF NEW YORK 12 June 1799

City of ) At a Common Council held on Wednes-

*- ss
New YorkJ day the 12 th day of June 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Jacob De La Montagnie"



John Bogert
Jotham Post
Gabriel Furman



John B Coles



William Bayard
Anthony Brown
Mangle Minthorn ^Assist**



1



Theophs Beekman rhomas Storm



Philip J Arcularius



Ordered that the Treasurer pay the second payment on the Shares
subscribed by order of this Board to the Manhattan Company.

Also that he pay off the Bond from this B d to Frederick Van
Cortlandt

A Petition of Ab m Bodoin complain^ of an offensive Privy on an
adjoining Lot belonging to the [507] Estate of Thomas Jones dec d was
read & referred to the Inspectors of Lots under the Health Law.

An Ace 1 of the Commiss rs of the Alms House stating the Expence
of supporting two Negro's formerly belonging to W m Axtell dec d
whose Estate was confiscated, was read & referred to M r Recorder to
examine the Law on that subject.

A Request of David Ross, Tenant for Repair to Brooklyn Ferry
House was read and referred to the Committee on Repairs.

Ordered that Aid" Post & De La Montagnie & M r Bayard be a
Committee to devise & report a more oeconomical System for repairing
the public Wells & Pumps.

Ordered that M r Carmer take Charge of the Bowling Green in
front of the Gov' House to keep it in order & to cut the Grass for
the public Horses.

Ordered that the S 1 Commissioners report to the Board the most
proper manner of disposing of the Soil between high and low Water
Mark in Hudson River at Greenwich

M r Mayor communicated to the Board a Letter from the Com-
mittee of the Manhattan Company to him in which they signify that
they will want a Part of the enclosed Ground in front of the Bridewell
to raise a Reservoir for supplying the City with Water Whereupon
Ald n Post & De La Montagnie & M r Bayard were appointed a Com-
mittee for conference on the subject & to report the Result to the
Board.

Ordered that David Angevine 5 th W d Grocer be appointed a fire
Man to Hook & Ladder Compy N 2 vice Daniel Halsted removed



17 June 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 553

And Daniel Dominick 5 th W d Carpenter to Engine N 17 vice
Obadiah Helms.

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

iss d The Street Commissrs on Ace* ........................ $500

iss d John Provo for cleans Wells in the 4 & 5*h Wards ..... 35 : 15 : 8

issd James Culbertson for City Watch ..................... 85 : 4 : 6

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

iss d Hugh Gobel for the like .............................. 62 : 2 : 6

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

iss d Marshall Jenkins for lamp Oil ......................... 90 : 1 : 3



City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New Yorkj; 5 the 17 th day of June 1799.

Present/ Richard Yarick Esq 1 ' Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman ^ Mangle Minthorn



John Bogert

Jotham Post

John B Coles

Jacob De LaMontagnie

Richard Furman



Anthony Brown
George Lindsay

Esq-Aldn Philip j Arcularius

Nicholas Carmer
Thomas Storm



Assist* 3



An Estimates & Assessments for paving South Street from the Ex-
change Slip to Coenties Slip and Pearl Street from Rutgers Street to
Van De Water Street were respectively read & ratified by the Board
And George Gosman was appointed to collect the Monies on that for
South Street & to pave the said Street And John Cheesman to collect
the Monies on that for Pearl Street and to pave the said Street.

A Petition of Gerrit Van Wagenen to sing anothe[r] Well in
Beekman Slip Street and to lay a Drain [509] to lead the Bye Water
from his Cellar was read & referred to the Street Commissioners.

A Request of Ab m Bloodgood to take up Franckfort Street to lay
a Drain from his Cellar to the Common Sewer was read & referred to
the Street Commissioners.

M r Mayor informed the Board that some time ago an insane Man
by the name of Thomas White Garrigues had left in his Office -
black felt Hats, a Red embroidered Saddle Housing & two Hair
Braids, and requested the Board to direct some disposition of those
Articles And it was ordered that the Treasurer sell them & deposit
the Money in the Treasury

, Ordered that Robert Ferine of the 1 st W d Grocer be appointed
a fire Man to Hook & Ladder C N 1 vice John Grainger resigned



554 CITY OF NE\V YORK 24 June 1799

and W m Creed 3 d Ward Grocer to Engine N 13 vice George Seal re-
moved.

The Inspectors of Lots & c reported that the Cellars of certain
Houses in Pearl, Chesnut James & Roosevelt Streets in the 5 th Ward
required raising to prevent the \Vater remaining therein stagnant &
recommended the passing of An Ordinance for raising them with
wholesome Earth by the 1 st July next. Whereupon an Ordinance was
passed by the Board for that purpose accordingly.

They further reported that part of Bancker Street between Ches-
nut & Roosevelt Street was in a filthy Condition to remedy which
they recommended a Gutter to be laid between the two Streets and
the paving of the intersection of Bancker and Rutgers Streets Where-
upon the B d direct the Inspectors to cause it to be done at the public
Expence [510] and they further reported that they had inspected the
digging out of the Broad Way Barley & Ann Streets and that in their
Opinion Philip Ruckle had executed that Work agreable to his Con-
tract with this Board and therefore recommend that his Bond be de-
livered up to him

Ordered that the said Bond be delivered up accordingly.

Ordered that the Street Commiss rs take order for the paving of
Tryon Row Street.

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

iss d Charles Loss Surveyor on Ace 1 ........................ $50

issd Joshua Pell for 2 lost fire Buckets ..................... $4

iss<l Henry Post for 1 d .................................. $2

issd J hn Provo for cleaning Wells 7th Ward .............. 6:17: 4

issd Arthur Smith for repairs to Wells 6th \v d ............. 5:13: 6

iss d Commiss rs of Roads for expences on viewing the Roads 5: 7: 6

iss d Henry Verveelen for the paving of East Chambers Street 154 : 18 : 6



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

New York{ S the 24 th day of June 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



Jotham Post
Gabriel Furman
Jacob De LaMontagnie
John Bogert
Theoph 5 Beekman
John B Coles



Nicholas Carmer
William Bayard
George Lindsay
Philip J Arcularius
Mangle Minthorne
Thomas Storm



The Board proceeded to the Consideration of the Application of
Abijah Hammond read on the 13 th May last : in which he proposes to
convey to this Corporation parcel of his Land on the Bank of Hudson



24 June 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 5.5.5

River at Greenwich for a public Market place and for Streets on
Condition that this Board will grant him the soil between high & low
Water Mark and also the Right of a Ferry there for thirty Years or
such Term as to the Board may seem fit. Whereupon the Board de-
termined that M r Hammonds proposal could not be acceded to at
present But that he might be permitted to erect a Wharf into the River
in front of Hammonds Street as a landing place for the accommo-
dation of himself and the public.

A Representation of the Sherif relative to certain Repairs required
to the Debtors Goal; was read & referred to the Committee for Re-
pairs to take order.

Ordered that Thomas Hutchins be permitted to sell Coffee at the
Hudson Market

[512] On a Suggestion that much of the fire Wood brought to this
City for sale is deficient in length and that the Inspectors are not
sufficiently vigilent in the execution of the Law on that subject.

Ordered that an extract of that part of the Law be republished
with a notification to the Inspectors that unless they do their Duty
and cause the Law to be strictly enforced they will be removed from
Office.

On reading a Petition of James Amory for relief on a Suit brought
against him on the Law for regulating Buildings & to prevent Fires
was read ; And it appearing that he had taken down the Building com-
plained of & erected another in it's place agreable to Law, The Board
direct that on his paying the Prosecutors half of the Penalty with the
Costs accrued the Suit be discontinued And for the like Cause & on
the like Terms the Board also direct the Suit against Samuel Richards
to be discontinued

The Inspectors of Lots reported that the Cellars of certain Houses
in Moore Street were in a wet & filthy situation & required raising
with wholesome Earth Whereupon an Ordinance for the purpose was
passed accordingly.

A Petition for the sinking of a Well in Cath n Street was read &
granted under the Direction of the Aid" & Assist of the Ward,

And a Petition for the like in the Broad Way above the Hospital
was referred to the Street Commissioners.

[513] The following Report was read & agreed to by the Board



viz'



"The Committee appointed to consider and report what will
a proper Compensation to the Recorder of this City for Services per-
formed & hereafter to be performed Report that they are of Opinion in



556 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 July 1799

case the Recorder give Council to the Corporation on all legal Ques-
tions in which their Interest may be affected & investigate & state the
Facts which may be requisite for the purpose. That he commence
prosecute & defend all Suits in which the Corporation may be con-
cerned without any Charge (except for disbursements) and report a
State of the Case thereof to the Board if required: And that he ex-
amine and correct all Contracts & Grants made by the Corporation
And prepare all such Bye Laws and correct the old ones when it shall
be deemed necessary with all such Laws as the Board may apply for to
the Legislature the same to be engrossed & copied by the Clerk as here-
tofore; That as a consideration for such Services he be allowed five
hundred Dollars per Annum commencing the first day of Sept r last

Gabriel Furman

Jacob De La Montagnie

John B Coles

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

issd Nichs Carmer on Ace* $700

Ald n Coles towards filling a Water Lot of the Estate of

Henry Cuyler deed $300

issd James Culbertson for City Watchmen 85 : 4 : 6

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

issd Magnus Beekman for the like 62 : 2 : 6

issd Hugh Gobell for the like 62 : 2 : 6

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

New YorkJ S the 1 st day of July 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor
Gabriel Furman



Jotham Post



Theophs Beekman Mangle



George Lindsay



]



vEsq r sAld n William Bayard fAssist ts

t PUT

Jacob De La Montagnie

Richard Furman Thomas Storm

A Plan of Timothy Hurst to prevent the noxtious Effluvia from
the Common Sewers was presented to the Board & referred to the
Street Commissioners

Ordered that the Street Commissioners take order for removing
the Building from the Lot at the East End of the Alms House lately
recovered of Provoost

On a Report of the Inspectors of Lots & c Ordinances were passed.

For raising certain Lots in the sixth Ward and certain Cellars in
Ferry Street Rutgers Street & a Lot in Stone Street.



8 July 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES .";.") 7

Also for raising the sunken part of Magazine Street And paving
Birmingham Alley in the 7 th Ward.

An Ordinance was also passed for continuing the Pavement of
Chambers Street in front of the Alms House to Augustus Street.
Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts to pay

Corns j Bogert for Costs in the Suit brought agt this
Board for G<1 of the Estate of Nichs Roosevelt deed
taken to improve Greenwich Street .................. 31:18: 9

Bernard O Blenis Clk of the Police Office ............. $62 5 %oo



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

New YorkJ' July 8 th 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Nich s Carmer



Gabriel Furman ^

T , _. Anthony Brown

John Bogert ^ T . ,

. George Lindsay

Jacob De La Montagme^EsqrsAldn ,, , ,,. iL

T.,-._ r> ^.i__ Mangle Mmthorn

Philip J Arcularius

*/ Tir'ii" T> j



Theophs Beekman



Assis 45



M r Recorder signified to the Board his acceptance of the Allowance
made to him for his Services agreable to the Report of the Committee
read and agreed to by the Board at the last Meeting.

A Petition of D r Nicholas Romaine relative to an intended im-
provement to his Wharf at Corlaers Hook was read & referred to the
Street Commissioners.

The Board agree to accept Notes with approved Security payable
in three payments viz' 1 the 1 st Aug 1 1 st Sept r & 1 st Oct r from Martin
Morison Collector of the 7 th Ward for the Monies which remain due
of the Taxes in the said Ward.

Ordered that Robert Hurtin of the 4 th W d Printer be appointed a
fireman to Engine N 24 vice Hugh M c Dougall resigned.

Aid" G Furman of the Committee appointed] to cause a Survey
to be made of the new Road laid out and continued from the
[516] Road leading from the new Bridge over Harlem River,
through the Lands of John P Waldron, Joseph Mott, Peter Ben-
son Sampson Benson, Lawrence Benson & the Common Lands
of the Township of Harlem, to a Station on the Post Road
between the 6 & 7 Mile Stones so as to meet the new Road lately laid
out and made, through the City Common Lands, called the middle



558 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 July 1799

Road, presented to the Board a Map or Survey of the said first men-
tioned new Road ; which was approved by the Board and filed in the
Clerks Office And Ald n Furman further reported to the Board that
due Notice had been given to the Proprietors of the Lands through
which the said Road must pass, that the said Lands are required for
the said Road and that on a proposition made to the said Proprietors
with respect to the Recompence which ought to be made to them re-
spectively for the said Lands required for the said Road they had
refused to treat & agree for the same.

Whereupon it was ordered by the Board that M r Mayor be re-
quested to cause a Precept to be issued for summoning & returning
a Jury to determine the Recompence due to the said Proprietors as
by Law is directed.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 15 on the Treas r to pay.

iss d The Street Commissrs on Ace* $500

iss d Peter Cole for lighting Lamps 95 : 1 :

iss d Donaldson & Ferguson for Lamp Posts 11 : 1 :

iss d Latham Bunker for Lamp Oil 264 :12 : 6

iss d Joseph Tyler for a public Dinner on 4 th July 50 : :

James Culbertson for City Watchmen 85 : 4 : 6

Nichs Lawrence for the like 85 : 4 : 6

Magnus Beekman for the like 62 : 2 : 6

Hugh Gobell for the like 62 : 2 : 6

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

New York^ SS> the 15 th day of July 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman



John Bogert
Jotham Post
Theoph 5 Beekman
Jacob De La Montagnie
Richard Furman
John B Coles



George Lindsay
Mangle Minthorn
Esq r sAld n Nichs Carmer

Philip J Arcularius
Anthony Brown



Assists



Ordered that M r Recorder proceed ag l Frederick Rhinelander by
Ejectment or otherwise for any Intrusion on the Right of this Corpo-
ration to the Soil in Hudson River.

On reading Petitions of Tamar OBrien & Peter V Tilyou for
Relief ag 1 Suits commenced under the Law for regulating Buildings
the Board determine to relinquish the Moiety of the Penalty on the
Buildings being taken down



15 July 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 559

Ordered that Frederick Wiessenfels & William Huttell be ap-
pointed Guagers of Liquors in this City.

Ordered that the Committee on the Subject with M r Mangin obtain
the engraving of the new Map, lately made of this City, by M r
Maverick or other competent Person on the best Terms they can.

[518] On reading a Memorial of D r Nich s Remain relative to the
laying out the Streets at Corlaers Hook The Board determine & order
that the East & West Streets on Rutger's Land be continued through
the Lands to the Eastward to the East River or until they intersect
Grand Street ' That Scammel Street be encreased to the Breadth of
" fifty feet* " And that Ferry Street be of the same breadth of And
" that there be no other Street between Montgomery Street & Scam-
"mel Street " nor between Scammel Street & Ferry Street.



A Petition for a Well in Broad Way near Leonard & Catharine
Streets was read & granted on the usual Terms.

A Petition of David Crone to sink a Well in the Street to draw the
Bye Water from his Cellar was read & rejected

Ordered that the Treas 1 " negociate a Loan of the Manhattan Com-
pany for five thousand Dollars that a Bond from this Corporation
with the Common Seal affixed be made out for the payment of the
said Sum with Interest at six per Cent & that M r Mayor subscribe the
same on behalf of this Board.

Ordered that Daniel Huestis of the 6 th Ward Grocer be appointed
a fireman to Engine N 6 vice Isaac Hadley resigned

An Ordinance was passed for paving front Street from Pecks Slip
to Waltons Alley.
[519] Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to pay

issd Nichs Carmer on Ace* $600

i ss d W m Van Wyck for Gun Powder on the 4 th July 92:16:-

issd Rinier Skaats for the ringing of the Bells on the 4* h July 7 : 4 : -

issd Theophs Beekman for his Services as a Police Justice..

issd Jacob De La Montagnie for the like $187 5 %oo

issd John Provo for cleans Wells in 6'h & 7'h Wards 20:17:10



* Marginal note reads 50 feet; see Minutes on the 24* next. This note is
difficult of comprehension. ED.



560 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 July 1799

City of ^ At a Common Council held on Satur-

New York{ SS> day July 20 th 1799.

Present/ Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
Theoph 3 Beekman



Jotham Post
Jacob De La Montagnie
Gabriel Furman
Richard Furman



Nich s Carmer "1

George Lindsay
.EsqrsAldn p .. * T . } Assist



Philip J Arcularius
William Bayard



J



John Bogert

The following Admonition & Caution to the Inhabitants was pro-
posed & presented to the Board by M r Recorder which was read &
agreed to And it was ordered that 2000 Copies be printed in Hand
Bills to be distributed, viz*

[520] The Peace of the City having been disturbed for several
Nights successively by Crouds of Apprentices and other disorderly
Persons who have assembled in a tumultuous Manner with the avowed
Intention of distroying a House at the South East Corner of Green-
wich & Murray Streets ; and it being represented to the Board that a
number of peaceable & well disposed Citizens have joined those Crouds
as Spectators only, from mere Motives of Curiosity ; by which Means
it has been rendered difficult for the Magistrates to disperse the Mob,
or to distinguish the Guilty from the Innocent In order therefore to
remedy these Evils all well disposed Citizens are admonished & cau-
tioned not to be present at any such Assembly, unless they shall re-
pair to the same for the purpose of repressing Disorder in aid of the
civil Magistrates & under their direction.

All Persons who shall in future be found with those concerned in
any Tumult will be apprehended as Parties to the same & prosecuted
with the utmost Rigor that the Law will justify.

The Citizens are further cautioned to restrain their Children,
Servants and Apprentices from such illegal Meetings ; which have a
direct tendancy to corrupt their Morals, endanger the public tranquility
& bring the Laws & Government of their Country into Contempt

[521] Every prudent Citizen must be convinced that the Law is
adequate to the punishment of all Offences, and that there is an End
of public & private Security, when Redress is sought with Impunity in
any other Mode

The Board returned Thanks to the Officers & Privates of the
several Corps of Militia who have assisted or offered their Services
in suppressing the late Riots & apprehending the Rioters. Their Zeal
Activity & Perseverance reflect honor on themselves & afford a sure
Pledge for the future preservation of the Peace of this City.



22 July 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 561

City f ? ss At a Common Council held on Monday

New Yorkf the 22 d day of July 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Gabriel Furman 1 William iJaj "" u

Jacob De La Montagnie | [* S ^ a [^ er

Richard Furman )>Esq r sAld n



Assist 45



vi^.iiu.1 vi A tii mail f Jj-^u* " rilU** r -*

John Bogert Mangle Minthorn

T .< George Lindsay

Jotnam rest J r>u-i- T A

Philip J Arculanus

A Petition of John Jacob Astor to erect a Building on the old



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