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[561] Ordered that the follow^ Persons be appointed fire Men of
this City viz 1

Engine N 7 Nicholas Anthony 5 th Ward Tanner vice Abel Harden-
brook resigned.

D N 9 Matthias Valentine vice James Robinson

D N 11 Jacob Boerom 2 d W d Merch 1 Robert S Van Keuren 1 st
W d Grocer & Arnoldus Voorheis 2 d Ward Grocer vice Jacob Morris
& Moses Smith dec d & & Ab m Egbert removed from the City.

N 12 James Robertson vice Ezra Weeks resigned

N 21 David Baker 3 d W d Cordwainer vice Uriah Burgess re-
signed.

N 24 Alex r S Gordon 2 d W d Silver Smith vice Robert Hurtin

dec d

N 2 Hook & Ladder C David Saffin 5 th W d vice Benj a Gilmore

resigned.



586 CITY or NEW YORK 12 Dec. 1799

City of ) At a Common Council held on Thurs-

New York J S day the 12 th day of Dec r 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Mangle Minthorn

John Bogert ^ Philip Brasher

Jacob De LaMontagnie ) John Nitchie



Richard Furman J-Esq rs Ald n John Crolius



Assist 48



Robert Lenox Nicholas Carmer

John B Coles Philip J Arcularius

Philip Ten Eyck

William Jauncey an Assessor elected at the late Election in the 2 cl
Ward attended & informed the B d that by Reason of a lameness in his
Leg from a fracture he was unable to execute the Office and there-
fore refused to take the Oaths.

[562] Ordered that an Election be held at the City Hall on Mon-
day the 23 th Inst of two Assessors for the 2 d Ward in the place of
George Warner & William Jauncey accordingly

Ordered that the High Constable occupy the upper Rooms in the
Watch House. M rs Culbertson to remain in them 'till the first May
next if she chuses.

On reading an application of Le Roy, Bayard & M c Evers to deposit
a Cargo of Hemp in a fire proof Store within the limits prescribed by
Law the B d determined that if on enquiry the S l Commiss rs shall
find that there are no proper buildings for the purpose without the
Limits their request be granted.

Ordered that Water Street be chained oft" on both sides of the
Market to prevent Interruption to the Market during Market Hours.

Ordered that a Bond be made out, with the Common Seal affixed,
to the Manhattan C for the payment of five thousand Dollars with
Interest at six per Cent for the sixth installment of the Corporation
Shares in that Company And that M r Mayor sign the same on behalf
of this Board

Ordered that William Van Waert be appointed Captain of the
lower City Watch vice James Culbertson dec d

Ordered that the S f Commissioners be authorised to employ the
High Constable to superintend the cleaning of the Streets and to prose-
cute all violations of the Street Law.

Ordered that the subscription Monies collect [ed] for Mangins new
Map of the City be paid to the Street Commiss rs who are authorized
to advance him $100 on his Note



16 Dec. 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 587

[563] Ordered that the Engineer obtain a Return of the number
of public Buckets in the respective fire Engine Houses.

And that the Committee on that subject be take order for complet-
ing them to a sufficient number not exceeding one thousand

Ordered that M r Arcularius be of that Committee instead of M r
Lindsay.

Ordered that the follow 2 Persons be appointed fire Men viz 1

To Engine N 2 Hezekiah Rogers 7 th W d Shoemaker vice John
Smith dec d

N 20 Anthony Glean 6 th Ward Mason John Targee 4 th [Ward]
Carpenter Vice Edmund Livingston dec d & & Nich s Lozier resigned.

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

iss d Abishai Barnard for Lamp Oil $614 2 %oo

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

issd Hugh Gobel for the like 62: 2: 6

j ss d W m Van Waert for the like 85 : 4 : 6

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



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

New York^ SS ' the 16 th day of Dec r 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Philip Brasher
Selah Strong John Nitchie

Jotham Post Mangle Minthorn

Jacob De La Montagnie |>Esq Aldn phnip ; Arcularius \- Assist

Richard Furman philip Ten Eyck

John Bogert John Crolius

A Letter from Andrew Billings, Presid* Pro tem. of the Trustees
of the Village of Poughkeepsie, to M r Mayor, requesting the Loan
of a Fire Engine until they can procure one on purchase was read and
it was Ordered that they have the Loan of the Engine last purchased
of M r Elsworth 'till the 1 st June next and the Engineer take Order
for the sending it to them accordingly

The Clergy of this City having agreed to set apart Thursday next
as a Day of Thanksgiving & Prayer The Board Order that the Clerk
publish a Recommendation from this Board to the Inhabitants for the
observance of the same accordingly.

Ordered that such Part of the Street Law as requires the removal
of Snow from the side Walks in the Streets be republished



588 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Dec. 1799

An Application of Edward Livingston relative to his Lot on the
Corner of Pearl Street at the Battery was read & referred to the Street
Commissioners & Ald n Lenox

[565] A Petition of William Phillips for Relief against a Suit on
the building Law was read & referred to the Street Commiss rs

Ordered that the follow g Persons be appointed Fire Men of this
City viz t

To Engine N 13 David Pearcelock vice \V m Creed dec d

D N 15 Cornelius Schuyler vice Gideon Carstang resigned

Ordered that a further Loan be made of the Bank of New York
for $5000 to defray the public Expences of this City until the Monies
to be raised by Tax can be collected And that a Bond be made out
for the payment thereof with the Common Seal affixed & that M r
Mayor sign the same on behalf of this Board

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

Ab ra Skinner for Costs on Suit between the Overseers of
iss d the Poor of New York & the Overseers of the Poor

of Hempstead 8:10:

j ss d \Vm Van Wyck for Gun Powder on the 25^ NoV last. . $90 5 %oo

iss d Col Morton for Cartridges &c on the same Occasion... $19 s ?4oo

City of ^ At a Common Council held on Friday

New York J S the 20 th day of Dec r 1799.

Present/ Richard Yarick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder



Jacob De LaMontagnie^
Richard Furman
John B Coles
Jotham Post
Selah Strong
John Bogert



John Nitchie
John Crolius

Xich s Carmer

^t.sq rs Ald n TIU-I- T- TT i

Philip Ten Eyck

Philip Brasher
Philip J Arcularius



Assists



[566] The mournful Information of the Death of His Excellency
General George Washington having arrived in this City, the Board
took into consideration the Measures proper to be taken on this most
sorrowful Event And thereupon Resolved that it be signified to the
several religious Societies in this City as the Wish of this Board, that
they cause their respective Churches to be dressed in mourning and
that their respective Bells be muffled & tolled every Day from 12 to 1
OClock 'till the 24 th Inst inclusive

Resolved that it be recommended to the Owners & Masters of
Ships & Vessels in this Harbour to hoist their Colours half Mast till
the 24 th Inst. inclusive also



23 Dec. 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 589

Resolved that the Members & Officers of this Corporation do wear
a black Crape on the Arm for six Weeks and that it be recommended
to the Inhabitants of this City to do the like.

City of 7 At a Common Council held on Monday

New York J Dec r 23 d 1799

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Jotham Post

Jacob De La Montagnie

Selah Strong

John Bogert

Richard Furman

Robert Lenox

John B Coles



Philip Brasher
John Nitchie
John Crolius
Aldn Philip Ten Eyck

Philip J Arcularius
Nicholas Carmer
Mangle Minthorn



Assists



[567] Samuel Burling Assessor for the 3 d Ward attended & took
the Oaths prescribed by Law.

From The Poll List of the Election held on this day in the 2 d
Ward of two Assessors it appears that William Henderson & John
Suydam were duly elected. Ordered that they be notified to attend &
take the Oaths prescribed by Law

The Treasurer presented an Estimate of the Monies which will be
required to be raised by Tax the ensuing Year; which was read &
referred to the Members of this Board who are Members of the
Legislature.

A Representation of the fire Men of the Company lately appointed
& stationed at the State Prison; was read & referred to Aldermen,
Coles & Dela Montagnie & M r Arcularius

The Inspectors of Lots reported that certain Lots in the 1 st 2 d &
5 th Wards are in a low & sunken situation & that the Sinks or Privies
on all the Lots of Ground from White Hall Street or Slip to James
Street or Slip & lying between Cherry Street & the River & between
Pearl Street & the River ought to be emptied and cleansed. Whereupon
Ordinances for the raising & filling of those Lots & for the emptying
& cleansing of the said Sinks or Privies, were prepared & passed by
the Board accordingly.

An application from the fire Company N 1 for another Engine was
referred to the Committee on that subject.

Ordered that Robert Spier 2 d W d Cooper be a fire Man to Hook
& Ladder C N 1 vice Enoch Carter removed from the City.



590 CITY or NEW YORK 30 Dec. 1799

The Street Commissioners reported a Survey of the Common
Lands lying between the post Road the Lands of John John Jones,
John Hardenbrook & Peter Pra Van Zandt & sold to them respect-
ively.

Ordered that the Deeds be prepared accordingly.
[568] Ordered that M r Mayor iss[ue] his Warrants on the Treas-
urer to pay

Jacob Harsen ball ce of his Ace* for Repairs to the public
Roads .............................................. 560: : 3

issd Nichs Carmer for Repairs to Wells & Pumps ........... 109 : 1 : 8

issd John Elsworth Clerk to 2 Elections 2d Wd ............. 1:12:

iss d Nichs Lawrence for City Watch ....................... 85 : 4 : 6

w Van Waert for the like ........................... 85 : 4 : 6

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



City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS- Dec r 30 th 1799.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Richard Furman

Jotham Post

Selah Strong

Jacob De la Montagnie

John B Coles

Robert Lenox

John Bogert



Nicholas Carmer
John Crolius
Philip Brasher
John Nitchie
Philip J Arcularius
Philip Ten Eyck
Mangle Minthorn



^Assist**



The Clerk presented to the Board the Drafts of Deeds to John
Jones & John Hardenbrook for such parts of the Common Lands as
lie between the Lands of the respective Grantees & the Post Road;
which were respectively read & ordered to be engrossed.

Also a Lease to the Executors of Samuel Ackerly dec d of the Lot
situate on the Corner of Cherry & Roosevelt Streets for the Term
of seven Years from the 1 st May last at the Rent of 30 per Ann m
which was approved & the Common Seal ordered to be affixed to be
delivered on the execution of the Counterpart

[569] On a suggestion that Medcef Eden had intruded on parcel
of the Common Lands It was ordered that M r Recorder as Atty for
& on behalf of this Board take such Measures for the recovery of
those Lands as may be necessary & also for the prosecution of all
other Cases of Intrusion on the public Property of this City.

On a Complaint of Ab m Stagg & others who were appointed to
dig out & pave Mulberry Street in 1797 [that they] were not yet paid



30 Dec. 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 591

for their Services it was ordered that John Tabele who was appointed
to collect the Monies assessed for the purpose make Return to this
Board of the said Monies collected and of the Sums remaining to be
collected.

The auditing Committee on the subject of a Contract with the
Printers made a report and it was ordered that they make & conclude
a Contract with the Proprietors of the New[s] Papers the one called
the Daily & the other the Commercial Advertizer.

William Henderson & John Suydam Assessors elected at the late
Election in the 2 d Ward attended & took the Oaths prescribed by Law.

It being represented to the Board that Robert Pettit, confined in
Bridewell on conviction for a Misdemeanor, is afflicted with a Dis-
order which will require surgical Operation & which cannot be per-
formed without endangering his Life unless he be removed to some
more suitable part of the Building other than the Cell in which he
now is.

Ordered that M r Hazard the Keeper of the Bridewell do remove
the said Robert Pettit to such other apartment in the Bridewell, con-
sistent with his safe keeping, as shall be more suitable to his present
situation until his recovery.

The Inspectors of Lots & c made further Report of certain Lots in
the 2 d Ward & fronting on Front Street & Water Street which re-
quired to be raised And thereupon An Ordinance for raising those Lots
was passed by the Board accordingly

[570] The following Persons were appointed Fire Wardens &
Fire Men viz 1

1st Ward 4th Ward

Thomas Ludlow Jacob Abramse

Joseph Newton George Gosman

2d Ward John Stoutenburgh

George Harsen 5th Ward

Isaac Sebring Archibald Kerly

Harmen G Rutgers Benjamin Egbert

Abraham Bloodgood
3 d Ward

John Bingham 6th Ward

Willet Seaman Anthony Steenbach

William Bowne Uzziah Coddington

James J Myers

7th Ward

Thomas White
Jacamiah Ackerly
Abraham Van Gelder



592 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 Dec. 1799

The two following Persons were appointed Engineers of the Fire-
men in this City viz 1

Nicholas Van Antwerp } vice

& Thomas Franklin \ John Stagg & Ahasuerus Turk resigned.

Jacob Fought was appointed a Fireman to Engine N 8 vice Lewis
Lurten resigned

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

issd Nichs Carmer on acct $1500

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

iss d Tho s Hazard for lighting Lamps 92 : 5 : 6

The following Report on the subject of the Stalls & Standings in
the several public Markets was read & agreed to by the Board viz f
(see the Report on the follow g Page annexed.

[571] blank page.

[572] The Committee upon Butchers Stalls Report That they
find by the record of the Common Council the following Stalls in the
Fly Market were sold at Publick Auction in the Year 1706, to the
persons, & for the Sums fixed to their respective names between Pearl
& Water Street

N 3 David Man 58 now occupied by John Fitzgerald

7 Matthew Fox 85 unoccupied

9 Matthew Fogel 62 given up

13 Daniel Ensley Ju r 43 now occupied by M Fogel

15 Nicholas Smart 55 d Joseph Moore

17 James Reading 75

19 John Barr 60 neglected but claimed by J. Campbell

18 John Corley 40 occupied by J Striker

8 John Davenport 20

between Water & Front Street

72 George Manolt 530

71 David Timmons 290

70 John Pell 285

69 Daniel Winship 205

68 George Minirve 320

67 Whitehead Cornell 170

66 James Young 310 now Joseph O Bogert

[573] 65 Benjn Cornell 165

64 Henry Lovell 280

63 Isaac Bayea 180 now William Everitt

62 John Paringer 150

61 Cornelius Schuyler 175

63 Burdet Striker 210 now James Marsh

59 Andrew Ross . ... 200



30 Dec. 1799 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 593

The Conditions of sale were in the Words following

O

" None to buy but licenced butchers subject to such regulations &
" fees as the corporation may make from time to time, & no transfer of
" any stall so purchased to be made without leave of the Corporation,
" butchers having Stands in the upper Market & becoming purchasers
" in the lower market are considered to have forfeited their stalls in
" the upper Market, none of the Butchers in the other Markets Are to
" have leave to become purchasers in the Fly market

It does not appear that the purchasers received any written con-
veyance for the Stalls by them bought

The Heirs & Widows of the deceased purchasers, having held up
an exclusive [574] ownership Claim to the Stalls by Virtue of In-
heritance, Your Committee thought it best to have an interview with
the Persons now holding the Stalls so sold. The result was that they
generally say and understand the right to the stalls is invested in
them their Heirs & assigns for ever. The conditions of Sale however
do not seem to warrant any such construction but as the kind of Right
sold may be some what equivocal & give frequent cause for discus-
sion, therefore in order to settle a compromise which the present pur-
chasers themselves seem disposed to meet Your Committee recom-
mend that the purchasers now holding any of the Stalls herein before
mentioned & which they have paid they shall respectively on applica-
tion to the Board receive a conveyance for the same vesting in them
and their assigns being licenced butchers the right to such Stall until
the first day of May in the Year Eighteen hundred & twenty & for
such longer time as the original Person to whom the conveyance
shall be made [575] may live, & choose to occupy said Stalls provided
always the conditions of sale herein before mentioned be fulfilled on
the part of the purchasers

And Your Committee further report that it is a customary thing
for Butchers holding other stalls than those above mentioned, to
sell the same they receiving an emolument therefrom which they do
not appear entitled to, & making a sort of monopoly of the Stalls,
calculated to destroy that competitor-ship in the Sale of meat which is
always beneficial to the publick Your Committee therefore recom-
mend, that means be taken to sell at Publick Auction the Stalls in all
the Markets not already sold, on the first day of may next for the

term of five Years

New York 30 th Dec r 1799
John B Coles
Selah Strong
Philip J. Arcularius



VOLUME THIRTEEN

OF

MANUSCRIPT MINUTES

JANUARY 6, 1800, TO MAY 30, 1803



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

New York \ ' January the 6 th 1800.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Selah Strong >,

T^O . P Mangle Mmthorn

Jotham Post , ... , .

Richard Furman LEsqAldn Philip J Arcularius

John Bogert {J n *? 1

John B Coles J h " , Nlt ? ie

Nicholas Carmer



Assist^



M r Recorder having obtained from the hon ble Gouverneur Morris
Esq r a Copy of the Oration he delivered lately at S l Pauls Church, at
the Request of this Board in honor of the Memory of General Wash-
inton dec d It was ordered by the Board that M r Recorder be re-
quested to get the said Oration printed under his direction and that
the Copy Right be secured for charitable Purposes as the Board shall
direct and that 1500 Copies be printed for the use of this Board.

Ordered that unless M r John Jones do without delay proceed to the
filling in of his Water Lots, on the west side of the Old Slip, in
manner required of him by the Ordinance for that purpose passed by
this Board that the Inspectors of Lots do cause the same to be done at
his expence.

[2] The auditing Committee reported that they had made & con-
cluded a Contract with the Proprietors of the Daily advertizer and of
the Commercial advertizer to print and publish in their respective
News Papers all such Matters & Things (the Treasurers annual Ac-
counts excepted) as this Board shall from time to time direct & re-
quire for one Year commencing the first Instant at the rate of seventy
five Dollars per Ann m each.

The Street Commiss rs presented their Acc ts of Receipts & Expendi-
tures in the Street Department & also in the Relief of the indigent &
sick Families during the Epidemic Fever the last Season ; which Acc ts
were respectively examined & filed.

Ordered that Christopher Mildeberger of the 5 th Ward Leather
dresser & William Clap of the 5 th Ward flour Merch 1 be appointed
Fire Men to Engine N 12 vice Thomas Franklin appointed an En-
gineer & Ab m Bloodgood a Fire Warden.

597



598 CITY OF NEW YORK 13 Jan. 1800

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

j ss d W m Van Wert for City Watchmen .................... 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

Charles Snowden for prints & publishe Treas rs annual

issd Accts ............................................... $33 7 %oo



[3] City of I At a Common Council held on Monday

New York$ SS< the 13 th day of Jan^ 1800.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder
Richard Furman ^ Philip Brasher



Selah Strong

John Bogert

Jacob De La Montagnie

Robert Lenox

John B Coles



John Nitchie
John Crolius
EsqrsAldn Nicholas Carmer

Mangle Minthorn
Philip J Arcularius



Assist^



The following Estimate was read & agreed to by the Board viz 1

Estimate of the Expenses of the City of New York for the year 1800

Alms House. Support of the Poor $30,000

Bridewell DO DO 5,000

Roads, repairing $3,000

D Compleating New Road 3,750

Paid for Lands 800

7,550

Streets. Improving and repairing 5,000

Support of Criminal Prisoners 3,000

Contingent Charges 29,450

Amount of City and County Charges Doll" 80,000



Watch Lawrence & Van Werts Lower Watch 13000

Gobell & Beekman upper D 9500

DO Goal, Bridewell & other Stands 2,500

25,000

Lamps Supplying with Oil lighting & c 15,000

Wells & Pumps Repairing & Supplying New 2,500

City Contingent Expences 7,500



Amount of City Expences Doll" 50,000

City & County Charges 80,000
City D 50000



Doll".... 130,000

New York January 7, 1800

Danl Phcenix City T r



13 Jan. 1800 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 599

[4] Ordered that M r Recorder be requested to prepare a Petition
to the Legislature for a Law to enable the raising of the Monies men-
tioned in the said Estimate by Tax And also that he prepare the Draft
of a Law for that purpose

Ordered that the Ald n & Assist 1 of the first Ward apply to M r
Edgar on the subject of widening the small Street leading from the
southern End of Lumber Street into Greenwich Street.

Ordered that the Police Magistrates be requested to convene the
Fire Wardens of the several Wards for the purpose of informing
them in the Duties of their Office & to urge them to vigilence in the
execution of the Laws for extinguishing & preventing Fires.

The Committee on the Petition of Joshua Barker on behalf of the
Engine C N 1. " Report That they have caused to be removed the
small Engine N 21 from the Engine House in Gold Street near the
Baptist Meeting House, to the Engine House in Greenwich Street
near the Industry Furnace there to remain in the room of the old
Engine N 1, which the Committee have caused to be removed to the
Engine House of N 23 in Broad Way near the Hospital, until the
further order of the Corporation. That they have annexed three of
the Company of N 23 to the Company of N 1 which makes their
number thirteen ; being the usual number employed to work N 23
until the further order of the Corporation." which Report was agreed
to by the Board.

Ordered that Job Furman 7 th W d Carpenter be appointed a fire
Man to N 19 th vice John Whitehand resigned and Joseph Marsh 6 th
W d Mason to N 14 vice Uzziah Coddington appointed Fire Warden

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

Nich s Carmer the following Sums for the Amount of the several
Charges in his Ace* audited & passed by the Board this day. viz 1

For Repairs to the Alms House 724: : 11

For the like at Belle Vue Hospital 193: 2: 7Y 2

For the like at the Gaol 273 : 16: 6

For the like at the Bridewell 216 : 19 : 10

For the like at the new public burying Ground 72 : 19 :

For the like at Brooklyn Ferry 102 : 15 : 5

issued For the like at the City Hall

For the like on Docks Slips & Streets 259 : 14 :

For the like on Fire Engine Houses 42 : :

For the like on the Fence round the public Ground in

front of Bridewell 33 : 2 : -



GOO CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Jan. 1800

For the like at the Battery 30 : 7 : 10

For the like on Watch Houses & Boxes 21: 5:



2063: 4: 8
For his Ace* for his Services 160 : :



2223: 4: 8

And to pay Bernard O Blenis Clerk of Police Office
for 2 M ths Services $150.

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

New YorkJ 55 ' the 20 th day of Jan^ 1800

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



Selah Strong

Richard Furman

John B Coles



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