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DISCOVEKY TO THE PRESENT TIME. 



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BIOURAFHIOAL SKETCHES OF CITIZENS DECEASED. 




ALBANY, N.T.: 

J: MUNSELL, 78 STATE STKEET. 

1866. 

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PREFACE. 



The design of this work is to gather and preserve materials 
for the history of Albany and its vicinity; it is therefore mainly 
documentary. One feature of the present volume is the Ancient 
City Records. No eftbrt seems ever to have been made in the 
common council for the publication of these records, and there 
being no indexes to them, the acts of their predecessors have 
remained as a sealed book to the board for an indefinite time. 
I have printed them in this volume from the year 1753 to 1784, 
embracing the interesting period of the Prefich and Indian war, 
as it is usually termed, and of the Revolution. They were begun 
in the Annals of Albany, with the year 1686, when the city 
charter went into operation, undBr Charles 11, and were printed 
entire to 1753. There are masses of record^till earlier in date, 
which remain in Dutch, awaiting the attention of a translator. 

Two books of Dutch church records have been found in 
private hands since the last volume of the Annals was pub- 
lished, embracing an earlier period than any before known. 
A synopsis of them is given in the first eighty pages of this 
volume. In order to show the state of the language at that 
period in this city, a portion of the original has been given, 
and an attempt made to render it into English. If it shall be 
found not to have been so well done as could be wished, it is 
oflfered as the best the translator could do under the circum- 
stances, and will subserve the purpose of the student of local 
history until something better is produced. These records 
serve to verify many dates of events before uncertain and 



VI PREFACE. 

erroneously stated, by reason of the dim light shed upon them ; 
also to fix the prices of various commodities, and to show the 
manners and customs of those early times, when the poor of 
the city were a charge upon the church. It will be seen that 
the collections taken up ostensibly for the support of the poor 
were so abundant as to provide funds for building churches, 
parsonages, and poor houses as well. 

The Notes from the Newspapers embrace the principal 
events of the years 1859 and 1860, in continuation from the 
last dates of the Annals of Albany. They were principally 
gathered from the Albany Evening Jowmaly and as will be 
seen are often inserted verbatim. I am indebted to Mr. 
William J. Gibson for assistance in gleaning the files of that 
paper, the only one convenient of access. 

The histoiy of the State Street Presbyterian Church was 
furnished by Prof. David Murray, who took an active part 
in its organization. To the Rev. S. P, Morrow I am in- 
debted for the history of the United Presbyterian Church, 
which is now flourishing under his ministry. 

Several interesting papers are in progress for another 

volume, in which it is designed to bring down the events 

gathered from the newspapers to the time of publication. 

Much valuable material is awaiting opportunity to be worked 

up, and while the horn yields ink, and the lamp holds out 

to burn, it is proposed, Deo volentCy to go on with the pleasant 

story of the olden time and the new. 

J. M. 



CONTENTS. 



Eefonned Protestant Datch Church of Albany 1 

The Deacons' Accoant Book 2 

Beatings of the Dutch Reformed Church, 1730 to 1770 57 

The City Records, 1753 to 1783 81 

The Patent of Tiononderoga 355 

Guy Johnson and the Magistrates of Albany 370 

Memoir of Elkanah Watson 374 

The Beaver 383 

St. Peter's Church, and other matters 388 

The Pye Robbery..... 392 

State Street Presbyterian Church 408 

United Presbyterian Church 419 

Notes from the Newspapers 432 

The Lansing House 496 

The Pruyn House 499 

Index 501 



PLATES. 



Mount Hope, residence of E. P. Prentice, Esq Frontispiece. 

Fac-simile of Deacons' Account Book, 1653 2 

Stained window pane of Philip Pietersen Schuyler 25 

Funeral expenses of Ariaen Hubertsen 41 

Fac-simile of Handwriting of Dom. Schaets 44 

Fac-simile of Handwriting of Dom. Dellius 46 

Interior of the Old Dutch Church 67 

Portrait of Sir William Johnson 121 

Portrait of General Peter Gransevoort 330 

The Old City Hall 354 

Portrait of Elkanah Watson 374 

Dutch House, 1710 382 

The Beaver 383 

State Street Presbyterian Church 409 

United Presbyterian Church 419 

Portrait of Nicholas Hill 449 

The Lansing House 497 

The Pruyn House 499 




ALBANY PAPERS, 



BEFOEMED PEOTESTANT DUTCH CHURCH 

OF ALBANY. 



It is bat recently that any important investigations have been made to 
bring to light the origin and early history of this church. It was the good 
fortune of Dr. O'Callaghan, a few years ago, to find among the archives of 
the Patroon, the most ancient documents that can reasonably be supposed 
to exist, respecting its origin. They are publbhed at length in his His- 
tory of Neva Netherland, establishing the time of the building of the first 
church, and giving minute particulars of the call of the first pastor. In 
the first volume of the Armals of Albany an attempt was made to gather, 
in a brief narrative, the particulars of its history and the succession of its 
ministry, derived principally from the church records. Karlier records 
than those in the archives of the First Church have since come to hand, 
by which we are enabled to correct some erroneous data in that narrative, 
from reliable entries, and to present a synopsis of the transactions of the 
deacons, in collecting and disbursing the alms of the church, during a 
period, almost uninterrupted, of half a century, from 1665 to 1715. The 
entries in these records are valuable in many respects. They show not 
only the amounts collected on various occasions, but also the customs and 
observances of the church ; the dates of the deaths of important person- 
ages ; the times of the arrivals of the pastors ; the names of merchants 
doing business here ; the prices of articles of merchandise, and of the cur- 
rency in use ; as well as other facts more or less important, and worthy of 
preservation, which are no where else to be found. Indeed it is all the 
record we have of the period it embraces, in the history of the church, 
except a few brief entries in the minutes of the common council, and a 
record of baptisms. 

In the pages which follow it is purposed to avoid the repetition of any 
matters that have been published, except to correct errors. On page 91 
of the first volume of the Annals of Albany was given a table of the suc- 
cession of the pastors of the church, from 1642 to 1805, Without having 

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settled all the dates beyond doubt, a corrected list is here giveu of such of 
them as, by later discoveries, are found to have been erroneously stated. 

1671 to 1680, Rev. Wilhelmus Van Nieuwenhuysen. 

1695 to 1700, Rev. Johannes Petrus Nucella. 

1700 to 1710, Rev. John Lydius.* 

1746 to 1759, Rev. Theodorus Frielinghuyzen.f 



THE DEACONS' ACCOUNT BOOK. 

The earliest record that has been found of this church, is a book of 
about six quires, in vellum binding, provided with buckskin thongs, in 
place of clasps, which was begun in 1665 by Stofiel Jansen Abeel. That 
earlier records have existed is made certain by a stray leaf of a book, evi- 
dently the last one of a quire, dated 1656, of part of which I have pro- 
cured a facsimile to be printed. 

This record exhibits the income of the poor fund, and the disbursements 
to those who were entitled to its benefits. When we consider the very 
humble charge which was placed under Dom. Megapolensis in 1642, and 
the very slow growth of the colony during the whole of that century, we 
observe with no small surprise, the magnitude of the collections that were 
taken up in the church, ostensibly for the poor. It is found that in 1647 
the deacons loaned 300 guilders to the patroon at 10 per cent (O'Galla- 

f ban's New Netherlands i, 471). And the first item on the stray leaf of 
656, records a loan to a woman, on security. The book under considera- 
tion opens with an inventory of the investments of the surplus moneys in 
the hands of the consistory belonging to the poor, as follows: 



Tear. 



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1647 
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1651 


19 July, 
6 Aug. 
16 Aug. 
16 Oct 


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25 July, 
18 Aug. 


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4 Nov. 


1655 
1657 


8 July, 
20 July, 

9 April, 



Jan Pieterse .... 

Tennis Cornelise 

Jacob Janse Van Norstrant 

Teunise Cornelise . 

Jan Machgulse Van Edam 

Merte Hendriksc . 

to which was added 15 Nov. 1660 
Jacob Jansen Van Norstrant . 
Tennis Cornelise 
Mary wife of Johannis Dyokman 
Jacob Tysen .... 



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280 
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* An entry in the Deacons' book shows that Dom. Lydius and Dom. Freerman of 
Schenectady arrived together on the 20 Oct. and that the former preached his in- 
troductory sermon on the 28th of that month, 1700. 

f A letter has been found, written at New York on the 10th October, 1769, which 
establishes the fact that he sailed on that day, and that gossip and predictions of 
a fatal voyage were rife, which led to the tradition of his. loss at sea, and which 
is no where authenticated but by the garrulous Mrs. Grant. The tradition seems 
to have grown out of the ominous breaking down of the bench in the pulpit of a 
new church in which he preached on the Sunday before his departure. The Rev. 
Dr. De Witt says he went to Holland on business growing out of the impending 
controversy concerning the eoRtus, The time, place and manner of his death is not 
known. He published a catechism which was printed by Weyman in New York, 
the introduction to the second edition of which is dated at Albany, 1748. 





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22 Feb'y, Wullem de Nef . 
24 April, the Lords Commissaries 

Maettjs Servas .... 
Jan Timmer ..... 
Jan Franse van Hoesom debit 
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29 Ap. Jakop Jans, van Norstran debit . 

30 May, i)om. Schaets borrowed 280, which he is 

to return on the receipt of his salary 
28 July, Cornelius van de Bogcrt was buried. 

Martin Post must pay ..... 
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The twenty-one following leaves contain the entries of Deacon Abeel 
and his successors, illustrating the terms of these loans, and containing the 
credit entries, as well as other transactions. Entries are made to the names 
of WynantGerritsen, 1666, ClaesRipsen [van Dam?], 1667, BarentMeyn- 
dersen. Doctor (Meester) Cornelis Van Dyck, Keesie Kroenen, Sander 
Leendersen Glen, Geurt Hendericksen, timmerman, and Claes Vijlspiegel, 
in the hand writing of Jan Provoost, which is a very beautiful style of 
penmanship ; quite a contrast to that of Deacon Abeel, which is obscure, 
and that of his successor Jacob Scnermerhooren, which though plainer is 
coarse. Then follow transactions in 1668, in the hand of Jan Vinhaeghen, 
with Teunes Cornelisen Slingerlant, Jan Martense, Willem Jansen, Klass 
Vijlenspiegel, Hans den Kluvt of Schanechtade, and Guert Hendricksen, 
timmerman. The debit entries in the account of the latter, are 32 gilders 
each month, ^^ cassa in sewant betaelt,'' that is paid in wampum currency. 
The credit is made in December thus : ^^ Angenomen een kint van Kar- 
sten die Noorman om het solve te onderhouden den tyt van een Jaer van kost 
en dranck voor die somma van 32 gull, in seewant jeder maent, 384 ;" 
which is, a credit for the board of Karsten de Norman's child one year. 
The next three entries are made by Mester Jacobus Dehinsle, in 1670, 
against Zaoharias Sickels, Jan Tomas, and Tys Barentsen. Cornelia 
van Dyck makes two entries in 1672 against Swarte Meerte and Cornelis 
Stevenson. The last entries preceding the regular monthly transactions 
of the dJAk>nry, are in the hand of Dierck Wessels, in 1675. 

come to the accounts proper, written in the uncomely character 
isen Abeel, and the most obscure in the book, except thdt of 
trretsen van Bergen in 1671, and the certificates of Dom. Schaets. 
To exhibit the subject clearly, the Dutch and English are given in oppo- 
site columns. The currency is wampum, or sewant as it is written, the 
Indian money of the country, in gilders, and stivers. The translations 
must be taken with a grain of allowance, on account of the rudeness 
and obscurity of the -original. The orthography of proper names sets all 
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1666. 

The Records were kept this year by Jacob Schermerhooren. His or- 
thography is somewhat different from that of his predecessor. He writeii 
Sondaeghj or Woensdaegh in de herck versamelt. 

Januari/. The receipts were 340 gilders, 17 stivers. Collections were 
taken up on five Sundays. The names of Symen de Backer and Pieter 
Bronck are mentioned. The disbursements were \%%g.\l8t, A barrel 
of venison cost 60 gilders, and a pound of cotton 35 stivers. 

February. Receipts 146:11. Jan Pruyn had the small pall. Expenses 
164:15. Gerret Banker was paid 34(/. for a blanket, which was loaned to 
Zacharias for a year. Hans Dreper was paid 9:6 for li ells blue linen 
for children's aprons (schorteldoeckyes). Lowys 1:4 for a bag (jytasy) for 
Sweer. 10(/. for a bunch of hooks and eyes (rist haaken en oogen) for 
children's jackets (horsrockyes) a sort of under vest not worn now. Hen- 
drick Cuyler (^Kuuer) 15g. for making children's clothes. 

March. Receipts 203:10. Wynant Gerritsen had the small pall. 
Tunis Jacobsen paid 3^. rent for the attic of the church {hner van de 
solder van de kerck). 5:12 was received from the Captain's corporalship 
(capteins corperacls schap). Expenses 101:19. 20^. was paid Cornelis 
Cornelisen for drawing 4 loads of firewood for Jan Hargas. Some wounded 
Frenchmen were twice served with venison. 

April. Receipts 272:7. From Jan Timmer 14^., and from Martin 
Hees, laborer {schoefters), 10^. for the large pall. Expenses 88:15. Peter 
Bogardus was paid 8:15 for 25 panes of glass for the almshouse. Baesye 
Pieters, Huisbert Jansen and Weelden's child Frans were recipients of 
wheat and com. 

May. Collections in the church on five Sundays 196:19, and a small 
silver coin. Expenses 108:10. Claes Van Rotterdam was paid 4^. for 
27 tiles for the poor house, and Jochem the baker 3^. for bread used at 
the sacrament. 

June. Receipts 268:4. On ascension day (hemel vaerts dagK) 15:6 ; 
from the sheriflf for the fine of Cobus the runner (loopcr^ 33:7 ; from 
Long Mary for the large pall 10^., and from Jacob Flodder for the small 
pall bg. Expenses 141:10. A French prisoner received a coat and 
blanket, 36^. Pieter the chorister received Vlg. for inviting to the funeral 
and digging the grave of Hubert Jansen's child. 

July. Receipts 380:1. Heman Bogardus and Andries de Noorman 
each paid for the large pall. Peter Jacobsen paid 31</. postage on letters 
received from Holland. Daniel Passer paid 100^. towards the expenses 
incurred for him during his sickness, and mortgaged his house at Sche- 
nectady for the remainder. Expenses 472:10. Dr. Cornelius Van Dyck 
was paid 100^. for a year's salary as physician to the almshouse, and VlOg, 
for curing (genesen) Uldrick. An anker of Spanish wine for the com- 
munion cost 108^. 

.August. Receipts on five Sundays 172:6. Expenses 85:7. Margery 
Deckers was paid 15<^. for 3 J ells blue linen for aprons and wrappers 
{schorteldoeckyes en luyers) for Karsten de Norman's children. These 
were neither pinning blankets, nor diapers, nor clouts^ but a sort of swad- 
dling clothes not now in use in this country. They were usually made of 
flannel. 




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September. Receipts 304, of which Antony Janssen paid in 158:16. 
Expenses 322:5. Laval was paid 150^. for 39} ells linen, and li ells of 
co8i/nti€8 were bought at 18^. per ell. This was a kind of stuflf for child- 
ren's night caps, which were made with capes to them, requiring about 
half an ell each. A blanket worth 36^. was given to Pieter Claessen, a 
sailor in the employ of Gerrit Wisbeecken Hcndrick, who had been im- 
prisoned in England. • 

October. Receipts 337:15, a part of which was three beavers bought 
of Tryn Claes at 26^. each in seawant. The unusual sum of 105:7 was 
received at the Sunday collections on the 3d. Expenses 177:4. 

November. Receipts 142:14, on four Sundays. Among the expenses 
are 13 ells of white baize bought of Mr. Laval with the three beaver skins 
had of Tryn Claes, 78^. A German named Dirck Onval, who had been 
imprisoned by the English, had a blanket, SSj. Total expenses 235:12. 

December. Receipts 273:11. Expenses 678:3. Adryan de Vries was 
given three ells red baize (roode baey) 24g. Hendrik Cuyler was paid 
40^. for making up clothes for the children of Frans Coninck, among which 
was een aperock (monkey-jacket ?) and een borstrocJcyen. Uldrick Klein 
had 2 pairs of shoes 20^. Poulis Turcksen 7 ells red baize @ 7 gilders 
per ell. 

The total receipts of the year were 3081:6 ; the excuses 2765:7. There 
was 256:3 cash in the treasury, and 3299^. was invested. The annual audit 
of the account was signed by Gideon Schaets, pastor loci ) Philip Pieter- 
sen Schuyler, Jan Verbeek, elders ; J. Provoost, Jan Vinhaegen, deacons. 

1667. 

The accounts for this year were kept by Jan Provoost, and are the best 
specimen of writing in the book. He writes, Sondagh inde kerck ver- 
samelt, which is an improved orthography. His predecessor turned over 
to him individual obligations to the amount of 3299 gilders, and 256^. Sst. 
in seawant ; quite a respectable poor fund for that day, or this. 

January. The receipts were 256^. 3«^ Herman of Schenectady paid 
bg. for the small pall. The expenses were 192^. 18«<. 4p. The recipi- 
ents of alms were Johannes Dyckman, Ulderick Kleyn, Zacharias Sickels, 
Isbrant, Baesie Pieters, Adrian de Vries and Weelden's child. Two 
pounds of butter sold for 3^. 6«^ 

February. Receipts 194^. 97s<. ; of which 10^. was for the use of the 
pall at the burial of Uncle John (Jan Oom). Expenses 164:1 J. The 
recipients of charity were Jan Claessen, Weyntie wife of Poulyn, Isbrant, 
Carsten do Norman's children, and Claes Vandenberg. 

March. Receipts 174<7. 13s^ Expenses 303^. ^st. The names of 
Baesjen Pieters, Frans Koningh, and Jan Machielsen, appear in this 
month as receivers of alms. Guert Hendricksen's wife and Claes Vyl- 
spiegel received each 64^. for two months' subsistence of Carsten de Noor- 
man's two children. 

April. Receipts 312<7. Tst. Easter occurred on the 10th, when 114^. 
10«^ was collected in the church. Cornelius Segersen paid 10^^. for the 
use of the pall at the burial of his wife. Expenses 364^. Dr. Van Dyck 
is again paid for curing Uldrick Kleyn, 80^. Tys Servaes's wife had 28^. 
with which to purchase seed peas. 

May. Receipts 233^. 9«^ Expenses 446/7. 16^^ Aloaf of bread cost 



28 TUf. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 

ig. bit and a skepel of wheat Ig, lOst. Baestie Pieters and John do 
Brouster were paid 27 g, for cleaning the church, at 4^. lOsL per day. A 
broQm cost 12 stivers. Dr. Van Dyck was paid 200^. for a year's salary 
and dressing the wounds of the poor. 

June. Receipts lS9g, On the 8th at the celebration of the king's 
coronation 8^. lOst were collected. Expenses IQQg. lAst. Peter Claer- 
bout's .wife was paid lOg. for scouring the chandelier in the church. 

Jidi/. Keceipta 22^. 18^^ On sacrament day, 128^. was collected. 
Expenses 280^. Gerret Slechtenhorst sold the deacons 10 schepels of 
wheat for 70g. 

August. Receipts 154^. list. Expenses 117^. Sst. Jan Michaelsen 
is represented as being disabled (gebreckeh/ck), and therefore a subject for 
alms. 

September. Receipts 171^. 9st. Expenses 56^. Jan Lavatie was paid 
12^. for eight days maintenance of Jan Michaelsen, he being sick. 

October. Receipts 240^. 12«<. Juffrou de Haes contributed 6g. Ex- 
penses 284^. Johannis Dyckman was paid 5y. 10^^ for two pounds of 
butter and two loaves of bread. The bread being 1:5, would leave 1:10 
per lb. for butter. The name of Claes Janssen Stavast is mentioned. 

November. Receipts 202^. Of this 50^. waa paid in by Sheriflf Swart 
as an atonement (b^en). The widow of Uarmen de Metselacr paid lOg. 
for the use of the great pall. Expenses 98y. Sst. Peter Bout was paid 
26^. 10«^ for 10 loads of wood for the use of Hans Carelsen. 

December. Receipts 279g. IGst. On Christmas 127^. was collected. 
Expenses 438^. 9«^ Certain Frenchmen had been supplied with bread 
by Dom. Schaets, amounting to 7g., which was paid out of the treasury. 
Jan Jansen Bleecker was paid 17^. for 4 cans French wine for the sacra- 
ment. Harman Rutgers was paid 17^. lOat. for beer furnished to Hans 
de Noorman. 

The total receipts were 2710^. Sst, Total expenses 2Sllg. ISist. 

The customary certificate is signed by Gideon Schaets, pastor ; Jan 
Verbeek, Gosen Gerretsen, past elders; Jan Vinhagen, Jeremias Van 
Rensselaer, deacons. 

The inventory of utensils for sacrament and other purposes were : 2 
table cloths, 7 napkins, 1 silver cup, 3 earthen cans, 1 pewter can, 2 
pewter basins, 2 palls (a large and a small one), 1 rug. 

1668. 

Jan Vinhaegen commences his entries with " Laus Deo in Albany^ 
Reekenmge der Dyakonye gehoUden aan myn J. Vinhaegen." They are 
made in a fair character, but quite diflferent from the others. His ortho- 
graphy is much like that of Jan Provoost. 

January. The receipts of the month by collections in the church were 
267^. ^st. and 4 pieces of silver money, amount not stated. The expenses 
were 211^. 12«^ The names of the poor who received charity were Frans 
Koning, Hans Caerels and Jerse's wife. 

February. The receipts of the month by collections in the church 
were 275^. 10{s<., of which 70:7 were received on Wednesday the 8th, 
which was a day of thanksgiving for the peace. Barent Mynderse paid * 
in 100(7- ^^^ ^^ boards ; total 375^. 10 }s^ The whole amount of disburse- 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 29 

menta was 252^. 4«^ 2 pairs of children's shoes were 12g., and a pair of 
men's shoes 17^. 

March, Collected in the church 194^. Sst.; from Eldert Gerbers, 
which he had promised to the poor (hi/ Juidde een tyt geleeden heloft aen 
den arrnen) 13^. 2J«^; from the wiaow of Jan van Eeken for the large 
pall 10^. ; Hendrick Macsen for the small pall txj, ; Kornelus Kornelus- 
sen Yerwy for the large pall at the burial of his wife IO/7. ; in all 282r/. 
bist The expenditures were 234^. 

April. Collected in the church 332^., of which 135<7. list was rec'd 
on paesdag, April 1 ; 111^. was as a fine (boetcn van Immeken^ ; and Ig. 
98t. was taken from the poor box in the council chamber. Also a Hoi- 
lanUe duhhelde stuyver was taken up in the church, but as usual counts 
nothing in the footing, going probably to another fund, total, 444^. 9st, 
The expediturcs were 502<7. 18.s^ The old names of Jan Machielsen, Hans 
de Noorman, and Ysbrant again appear in this month's items. 

May. Collected in the church 212/7. 13«^, of which 9:5 was taken at 
the anniversary of the coronation of the king (Charles II), 3d May {op 
Donderdagh synde die gedachtenme van die krooniiigh van seyn koonincU- 
lyke maiestey t van cngdlanf) ; Wyntie Adams paid lOj/. for the use of the 
great pall at the burial of her husband ; and the same amount was re- 
ceived for the same at the burial of Karsten Klacsen : total 232^. IZst. 
The expenditures were 252^. ^st. Among the items for church cleaning 
is 12^. to Pieter Klaerbout's wife for cleaning the chandelier {van die 
kroan gchoon te maken). 

June. Received by collections in the church IQOg. lOst. ; from the 
poor box 5:11 ; from different sources 69:16i ; from the king's birth day 
collection (8th) 5:15 ; from Korneelus Woutersen 25r/. which he acknow- 
ledged to be indebted to the poor for a long time. Total 260^/. Hist. 
The expenses were 340<7. 2st. : Korneelus van Dyck has a half year's pay 
(meesterloon) for medical services at the poor house, 125^. ; Helmer Got- 
ten had b2g. for 2 bevers. The names of Baerent Pietersen, Volkcrt 
Pietersen, and Klaes Yandenbergh are mentioned. 

July. Collected in the church 309^. \st. ; of which 130^. 14«^ was 
taken on sacrament Sunday 15th, as well in the plates as in the sacks 
(soo in die kommen als het sackirn^ ) and on the day following there seems 
to have been a collection made about town in bcver skins, &c. (en becuers 
800 lieelen en haluen en lappen, 36 stuckic met en o(ter) amounting to 133^. 
QsL Stonn Elbers paid ig. ISst. for the small pall ; total 44 7</. bst. The 
disbursements were 291^. Sst. 

August. Collections in the church 132^. 5«^ ; from Wynant Gerretsen 
30<7. ; from Jan Bruyn for the great pall 10^. ; total 172g. bst. Expendi- 
tures 228^. 1st. ; of which 40:15 were for the burial of Willem Brouwer, 
and bg. to his widow ; nearly all the other expenses were for Hans and 
Karsten de Noorman. 

September. Collections in the church 180<;. ; from Jan Rinckhout for 
the large and small pall Ibg. ; and taken from the box at Tcunes the 
bierdrager's* 2g. 1st. ; total for the month, 197^. 1st. Expenditures 
\29g.\Sst.] of which 96^. were to Gcrret Jansen Stavast and Guert 
Hendricksen for the maintenance of Karsten de Noorman's children, and 
the remainder to Hans de Noorman. 

• A bUrdrofftr is axMTSon aathoriied hj appoiiitmcmt to delirer beer In berreln to the pnrvhaMn, 
from ihe brewery. 



30 Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 

October. Collectod in the church 268r/. 8«^, of which 60:10 was taken 
on a day of prayer in the church, 2d Oct., and 98:8 on the 7th, sacrament 
Sunday. Jercmias Van Rensselaer, who was one of the deacons this year, 
gave 80^. 15.sY.; total income of the month 290//. 8«^ The expenses were 
168//. 2sL Some of the old names reappear, Zacharias Sickels, Uldrick 
Kleyn, Aryaen de Vries, and Willem Brouwer's widow. Clothing forms 
a considerable portion of the expenses of the month. 

JSovcmhcr. Collected in the church 142/;. 1st. Expended 286f/. 6«/. ; 
of which 120^7. was paid to Jochem Wesselb, baker, for bread delivered 
to Hans de Noorman and Dyckman. 

December. Collected in the church IG8/7. 18; and for a small beaver 
sold 25;* total 193//. \%st. Expenses 15H//. \(}st. 

January.^ 1009. The receipts on Christmas day are given under this 
date, and the whole amount is 23%. 14«^ The expenditures are 500//. 
14«^, the last date being the 8th, and embrace 160//. paid Dr. Van Dyck, 
and 50//. paid Dr. Jtecop vonr het nw.cstcr hon van Stet/ntie Klaes. 

This was done to adjust the computation of time under the English 
dynasty, which was changed from the new to the old style, the 11th of 
January being reckoned the 1st. 

The income of the year 1668 was 3658//. 12 2»^ The expenditures 
3555//. 19 i«^ Scawant in the treasury 97//. 17«^ Also in Holland spe- 
cie 14//. (Sst.^ and 8 J ells of Pcnnestoy. 

The customary certificate is signed by 

Gideon Schacts, pastor in Xieuw Albanie. 
Jan Thomassen, ) alt 

Tenuis Cornclissen, ) oudcrlingen 
Jeremias Van Rensselaer, Dieacken. 
J. Dehinsle, do 

1669. 

The senior or distributing deacon for the year 1669, was Jeremias Van 
Rensselaer, who began his account thus : 

Eere sy Godt jn Albanie en Colonic Rensselaers Wyck vervolge vande 
Ontfanck en Vitgefb der Diaconie vant 1669, gehouden door Jeremias 
Van Rensselaer. That is : 

Honor be to God. Albany and Rensselaerwyck. Continuation of the 
Receipts and Expenditures of the Deacons for the year 1669 ; kept by 
Jeremias Van Rensselaer. 

His phraseology diflfers somewhat from that of his predecessor. For 
instance, he says : 

Sondagh voor en naer de middagh versamelt jn de kerck. Woensdagh 
s'avons jnde kerck versamelt. 

January. The receipts for the month were 378//. 15s^, including 97//. 
\Zst. in strung and loose scawant received from his predecessor ; 21//. 10«. 
from Jan Pieter Loockermans, which was found in the poor box, being a 
piece of silver money ; from Jan Kloet and Hendrick Coster as a fine 11^. 
17s^ ; and 2 skipples of wheat (10//.) from the widow of Pieter Bronck 
for the pall; leaving 256//. 15,s^ as the monthly collection in the church. 
The expenditures were 173//. \^st. 

* Bearer skins arc said to have been rained at abont $3, at this time. If a gilder in leawant was 12^ 
cents, this will Iw in aooordance with the current rate. 



Rqf. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 31 

February. The receipts were 2\2g. list., including 2 skipples of wheat 
at 10 gilders from Jan Janssen Flodden for the use of the pall at the 
burial of his wife. The disbursements were to the same persons as in the 
previous year, and amounted in this month to 227^. Sst. Candles for the 
use of the church cost 2 gilders a pound, and a half pint of brandjwine 
for Claes Vanden Bergh cost 2 gilders. 

March. Receipts 257<7. ^*^- y among which was 26^7. 16s^ for letters 
(^Hollants hrieueii) brought over by Pieter Van Alen. Capt. Backer paid 
bg. for the small pall. Expenses 328y. list. Andries Feljer was paid 
lOOg. in seawant in place of 4 bevers. 

April. Receipts 278r/. Is^ On the 11th, at Easter, 127y. bst. was col- 
lected in the church. Jan Pontic, the sail maker, paid a fine of \2g. A 
piece of money, 3 stivers, was taken, and 1:15 was found in the poor box. 
172<7. \%st. was paid out. Lambert van Valkenburgh and Sacharyas 
Sickels received each 2} gilders a day for work upon the almshouse fence, 
and Pieter Loockermans Jr., carpenter, 9 gilders a day, for the same. 15 
lbs. of nails cost 22 i gilders. 20 gilders were paid for 4 cans of sack for 
the sacrament. 

May. Receipts 277^. Ist. The widow of Jan Davet Sale (9\ paid 9^. 
11«^ for the use of the large pall. On the 29th was held the king's coro- 
nation and birthday. Expenses 32^/. 

June. Receipts 174^. 'Ist. Expenses 273. Jan Van Acken was paid 
130^. for Spanish wine for the sacrament. 

July. Receipts 21bg. l^st. On the 18th, being sacrament Sunday, 
126^. was taken up. Expenses 117^. 18«^ For cleaning the church, to 
Baes Pieters for 5 days, Tiet Everts 6 days, Catryn Meesen 6 days, total 
17 days @ 4 J gilders, 76^. 10«^ Other expenses for cleaning the church' 
amount to 13^. 18s^, of which 4:1 was paid to Pieter Loockermans for 
beer furnished to the cleaners. 

August. Receipts 211<7. 13«f. The widow of Jan Davet Sab paid 10^. 
for the pall again. Expenses 123^. Dr. Cornelis Van Dyck was paid 
75^. for 3 months' salary as almshouse physician. 

September. Receipts ISdg. 7st. Expenses 19^. 

October. Receipts 2299^. Expenses 27^. lOs^ 

November. Receipts 145<7. list. Collections were taken on three 
Sundays only, and none on other days. Expenses 24g. lOst. 

December. Robbcrt Sanders paid 9^. 16s^ for the pall at the burial of 
his mother; for Pieter Adriaenssen's mother lO^^. was paid; also 10^. 
paid by Casper And^ Berys for [an untraceable name]. Expenses 456//. 18«. 
Paid Theunis Spitsenbergh for boards and timber for the house of Dominc 
Schaets; Claes Van Rotterdam for 8} days work on the house @ 8^7. a 
day, 08r/. ; Margriet Fredricks Meyt for 23 lbs. nails @ Ig. 10s. per lb. 
34^7. lOs^ ; Jan de Kuyper for 200 shingles for do. Sg. ; Stoffel Janst for 
nails, Sg. 12st. ; Pieter Quackenbos for 25 tiles for do. 3:15. Dr. C. Van 
Dyck was paid IbOg. for half a year's salary as the deacon's surgeon. Paid 
Marretic Drecpers for stringing seawant 16 days, 32g. Total receipts 
2999^. 12.s^ Disbursements 1986^. 12«^ 

He delivered over to hi.s successor Jacob Dehinssle 1013^. in seawant, 
and the utensils and papers belonging to the church. His accounts are 
certified to by Dom. Schaets, pastor; Jan Thomassen, Teunis Cornelissen, 
and Gerrit van Slechteuhorst, elders; J. Dehinssle and Maerten Gertsen 
[Van Bergen], deacons, 



32 Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 



1670. 

Deacon Dehinssle^ommences his entries in the hook thus : 

Eere sy Godt in Niew Albany. 
Vervolgt vande Ontfanghts ende Vyt gift der Diacony van t yaer onse 
Salichmackcr Jesus Christus gehoorte 1670 : gehouden door Mester Ja- 
cohus Dehinssle. 
That is : 

Honor be to Gk)d in New Albany. 
Continuation of the Receipts and Expenditures of the Deacons for the 
year of our Saviour Jesus Christ 1670; kept by Mr. Jacobus Dehinssle. 
Mr. Dehinssle's orthography runs thus : 
Op Niewc yaer dach versamelt in de kerck. Sondach versamelt voor 
en naer middach in de kerck. 

His characters are very plain, and are English. 

January. Collections were taken up in the church on 11 days during 
the month, amounting to 244<7. 128t. Expenses 20^7. 

Februan/. Receipts 218//. Joffrow Rynselaer bestowed 47^. list 
upon the poor.* Expenses 44^. 

March. Receipts 181^. 3«^ A trade was made with Philip Schuyler 
of seawant for beaver skins. Expenses 95^. \2st. They paid witn a 
quantity of posts their share of the expenses of the burial of the tar burner. 

AprU. Receipts 321^^. 15s^ Paaschdag produced 149:19. Dowe 
paid for the use of the pall ; and Jan de Goyer paid a fine of 10^. Ex- 
penses 122^. 10«^ Hendrik Rooseboom, voarlezer, received 32^. for set- 
ting the table, &c., during the year. 

May. Receipts 255^. 16^^ Sunday, 29th, was the king's birthday. 
Expenses 98^. Ist. 

JuTie. Receipts 164^. 14«^ Expenses 42:10. 

Juli/. Receipts 346^.18«^ The collection on Sacrament Sunday, July 
18, was 137^. 4:8L An English shilling and a } piece of 8 (50 cts.) were 
taken in specie. Expenses 92y. 28t. 

August. Receipts 178^. 14«^, on four Sundays. Expenses 37^. ; of 
which Ig. was paid for rent of the blockhouse for Eletie Bronck and Claes 
Melt. 

September. Receipts 137:7:14 ; of which 19:15:14 was from Lambert 
Bos. Expenses 146f/. Dr. Van Dyck drew 75^., half a year's salary as 
surgeon. The old set of paupers nearly all disappear this year ; Johannes 
Dyckman and Hans Carle being all that appear for months. 

October. Receipts 165^. 16«<. on 5 Sundays. Expenses 10<7. 

November. Receipts 222^. lOs^ ; Jan Bronck gave 23:9i to the poor. 
An English shilling and a sixpence were received. Expenses 131c^. list. 
Among the names that occur this month are Tys Barentsen, Jan Briker, 
Stephanus van Cortland, Stoffel Jansen Abel, Hendry c Coster. Mention 
is made of the old grave yard and new grave yard. 

December. Receipts 296^/. Xst. 57:2 was taken from the poor boxes 
by Goose Gerretsen, Storm Albertsen, Jorian Tuenisse, Lendert Philips, 
and Pitre Lokermans. Expenses 255^. 8^^ An anker of small beer was 

* Her maiden name waa Maria Van Oortlandt ; bom at Amsterdam, 1615; married Jeremiaa Van 
EeoflMlaer IW% ; died 1689. 



/ 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 33 

pnrcbased of Haerman OanseYOort at 2g, lOst. for Timothy Salicker. The 
names of Philip Schuyler, Jan Verbeek, Paulus Jorghsen, Wye Benne, 
are mentioned. Receipts of the year, 3,746:7:6. Expenditures, 1,107^. 
Loaned to the commissaries, 661:13; 13 beavers bought of Philip Schuy- 
ler, 342:10 ; advanced to Tys. Barrentsen, 210^.; delivered over to his suc- 
cessor, 1,435:4:6; total, 3,746:7:6. 

The account is certified to by the pastor, Gideon Schaets, Teunis Cor- 
nelisz, Gerrit Van Slichtenhorst, Stoffel Jans. Abeel, Maerten Gertsen, 
Cornelis Van Dyck, chirurgyn. 

The articles delivered up to his successor. Marten Gerretsen Van Bergen, 
were as follows : In specie, estimated in Holland currency, 19^. ; an anker 
of Spanish wine ; a silver becker. [This becker is still preserved in the 
church, and has the date of 1660 engraved upon it] ; three palls; two 
table cloths and seven napkins; two pewter basins; a large pewter can; 
an earthen can with a silver lid ; two earthen cans ; 1 ell of pinneston ; 
certain obli^rations and accounts as stated in the book ; two gold rings, 
and a pair neck ties [8tncken'\ with pearl, valued at 160(7. seawant, advanced 
npon an obligation given by William Jansen alias Neefie. 

1671. 

Deacon Martin Gerretsen Van Bergen * begins his entries with the fol- 
lowing : 

Ere sey Godt in Nieu Albany veruoJgt vande ontfanyhts ende vijt gift 
der dieaconij vant yaer onsei' heren ende saleigmacker iesus christus 1671, 
gehouden dor Marten Gertse van Barge. 

Brother Van Bergen's hand write is not after the best copperplate sam- 
ples. His phraseology and orthography differ somewhat from his prede- 
cessors, thus: Jan. 1. Noij iar des Sondaghs vor en nade meidag ende 
kerckevergadert. Des Wounsdages s^auonsindekerckever geadert. 

January. Receipts 370:5 on ten Sundays and Wednesdays. Expen- 
ditures l^Og, Kobes Jansen was paid for boarding Teis Barensen. Basset 
de neger at Poulein's for board. Hendrick Weillemsen f for wood fur- 
nished Yahanes Deickman. ian brounck for house hire of Hans Karelsen. 

February. Receipts 175:13 " in de mant veberwarei." Expenditures 
201:4. A considerable portion of this was expended upon the burial of 
Bassie. Polein was paid 75^. for maintenance of Basse [Basghen] ; 14^. for 
the shroud (bus- sack); \2g. to Klas Van Rotterdam for making the coffin 
(dot keist) ; 1:16 to Stoffel Jansen for a pound of nails; 4:10 to Barent 
de Molenar for boards ; 6:8 to KlasTreipsen for brandewein ; 12g. to Rens- 
selaer for a half vat of beer; in all 125:14, which at 40 cts. to the guilder 
is $50.28 ; but as these accounts are in the depreciated currency of seawant, 
at 12} cts. to the guilder, the amount would be $15.73. 

March. Receipts 211:2, of which 3:10 was from Schout Schwart. 
Expenses 195:10. 

April. Receipts 302:11, at 9 collections, that of paasdag being 117:9. 
Expenses 209^. 

* He waa prolmbly a Frieelander. A defoeodant of the fame name waa a noted akipper of the 
laat oentory, and wae often addreaied by bU oorreapondenta aa MarU Oarriton and Captain Bar» 
gatn. 

t He waa a carman. 

6 



34 Ref. Prot Dutch Church of Albany. 

May. Receipts 166:10, at 5 collections. Expenditures 125. 

June, Receipts 277:5. Two beavers were received from PoulcB 
lurcksen, 48^. in seawant. Expenditures 263:10. 

July. Receipts 340:3. Expenses 117:10. 

August. Receipts 125:15 at 4 collections. Expenses 113<7. 

September. Collections 154:18 on 5 Sundays. Expenditures 130^. 

October. Receipts 271:16. On the 3d (Wednesday) at the wedding 
of Stephen Kortlant 13:6 was collected in the ehurch for the poor. Ou 
the 4th at the wedding party 15:19 was collected. On Thursday, the 
11th, at the wedding of Marten Kregier 11^. was collected. On the 12th 
ftt the marriage feast (breuUoft) 13^. Expenses 93(7. 

November. Collected in the church on four Sondages 112:12. 
Expended 40^. for Johannes Deickmaen^ one month's board, and 40y. to 
Susanna the husvrau of Mart. Hendereicksen (sic), for a month's board of 
the child of Karstea de Noorman, probably in all 80//. 

December. Receipts 466:4. An exchange was made with the com- 
missaries (jleheren kommeisaresen) for 21 beavers at 22 guilders each in 
seawant. Roseboom paid in 119<7. for the use of the palls, on settlement of 
account with him. 

Expenses 363:14. Dr. Van Dyck was paid a half year's salary 7bg. 
Wouter * de Backer was paid 14^. for baking the sacramental bread four 
times, and Roseboom received 24^. for spreading the tables (ta/el te deckeh) 
3 times ; 5 beavers were paid for an anker of Spanish wine for the sacra- 
ment. 

The receipts of the year were 2,974:14 ; the disbursements 2,031:8. 
Deacon Van Bergen delivered over to his successor. Dr. Van Dyck, 1,533:6 
in seawant, and other eflfects to the amount of 845:4:8 (8 pejiningen). 
Also 28:17:8 in specie, which is never footed up with the other items. 

The accounts were audited on the 2d of Jan. 1672, by the pastor, Gid- 
eon Schaets, Stoffel Janssen Abeel, Jacob Schermerhom, Cornelius Van 
Dyck, and Pietcr Bogardus. 

1672. 

Dr. Van Dyck opens his account thus : 

Eer sy godt In Albanij vervolght vande ont/anck endeuijt gift der 
diakonie vant jaer onser Heere 1672 door Mr. Cornelius Van Dyck. 

This book is written in a plain and handsome character, and the ortho- 
graphy uncommonly uniform and accurate. This is a specimen of his 
phraseology : 

Op Sondage voor ende nademiddach in de kerck versamelt. Woensdagh 
Savons in de kerck vergadert. Op dinsdagh synde gedachtenis houdinge 
van de onge lUckige doot van syn majesty t versamelt voorde middagh in de 
kerck 12:14. 

January. Receipts 165:1. On Tuesday, 30th, a forenoon service was 
held in the church in memory of the king, Charles II, and a collection 
taken up of 12:14. Expenses for the month, 96//. 

February. Receipts on four Sundays and four Wednesdays 149:3. 
Expenses 108:10. Jan Gouw was paid 16^/. for 4 loads of wood. 

March. Receipts on 5 Sundays and 4 Wednesdays 187:19. Expenses 

• Woater Albertson. 



'Ref. ProL Dutch Church of Albany. 35 

122:2 Anoeke Schaets received 19:2 for Stisanna. Neeltje, wife of 
Isbrant, was paid 2bg, with which to purchase breadstuff [broot koren"]. 

April, Receipts 244:14. There were no Wednesday collections this 
month; but on Friday, 5th, 10:10 were received at the preparatory ser* 
vice (boet predecatie), and 9(/. for letters from Holland (^Hollantse brieven.) 
Expenses 194:10. The recipients of alms this month were Johannes 
Dyckman, Jacob Acrtsen,and Kartsen de Noorman (2 shirts 24^.). Pouwlyn 
was paid 45^/^ for 3 weeks board of Jacob Aertsen. 

May, Receipts 158:19. Services were held on 4 Sundays, on Thurs* 
day 16th, ascension day,onpinxster Monday 27th, and on Wednesday 29th, 
the king's birthday and restoration. Expenses 247:14. There were trans* 
actions with Jan Verbeeck and Marten Cregier ; 72^. were paid for clean- 
iag the church. 

June. Receipts on 5 Sundays 164:10. Expenses ISSg. 24:6 was paid 
for 27 lbs. tobacco at 18 stivers a pound, for the use of Jacob Aerteen. 

«7ii^. Receipts 211:18. Expenses 115//. 

August. Collections on 4 Sundays 145:14. Expenses ISSe/. Cornelius 
Steenwyck was paid 56^. for 7 beavers, and a Jan Potter 12^. for the passage 
of a man, on the river probably. 

September. Receipts 208:10, on 5 Sundays and a Friday morning. 
Expenses 93<7. Mother Dyckman was paid 40^. towards the expenses of 
the burial of her husband (hacr man) Johannes; 10^. was paid for 10 lbs. 
smoked pork. 

October. Receipts 112^. on 4 Sundays. Expenses 61:10 ; of which 
4:10 was paid for 3 dry boards for the chest of Jacob Aertsen. Ariaen 
Appel is a new candidate for alms. 

November. Receipts 106r/. on 4 Sundays. Expenses 229:10. Peter 
Jacobsen Marius was paid 5 beavers for an anker of Spanish wine which 
is carried out 100^. in seawant. A great deal is bestowed upon Ariaen 
Ajyel this month, he being the sole recipient of alms. It is observable 
that Dr. Van Dyck's salary is more punctually paid this year than ever 
before or since ! 

December. Receipts 278:14 on 5 Sundays, 1 Friday and 2 Christ- 
mas days (Jcersdagh en tweede kersdagh.) Expenses 60:10. Jufvrouw 
Schuyler was paid 1:10 for oil used in the chandelier of the church, the 
first mention of oil for that purpose. Receipts for the year 2,133:2. 
Expenses 1,649:6. Dr. Van Dyck delivered over to his successor 2,017:2 
in seawant, and 32:} in specie, Holland currency. The utensils of the 
church and other effects passed to his successor tally with the list given by 
his predecessors. 

The customary certificate, dated the 1st January 1673, is signed by the 
pastorGideon Schaets, Stoffel Jansen Abeel, Jacob Janssen Schermerhooren) 
Keter Bogardus and Barent Reyndersen [f rather obscure.'] 

1673. 

Deacon Bogardus begins his entries : 

Prim^ Jannuarij. Gelofft sij Godt. In Albany vervolght vande 
ont/anck ende vij't gift der diakonie {van het Jaer onsds Seeren en Salick* 
macker Jesu Christi) door Pieter Bogardus A* 1673. 

The account is kept in a very good hand, and much in the same way as 
that of his predecessor. 



36 Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 

January, Receipts 180:5, mostly on Sundays and Wednesdays. El- 
penses 57:1 ; among which is 6^. to Maes the brazier (coperslager^ for 2 
candlesticks for the church. 

February. Receipts 146:1 on Sundays and Wednesdays. Expenses 
63:4 ; 4 lbs. English soap at 16 stivers a pound. 

March, Receipts 285:15, on 12 occasions in the church. Expenses 
63 ; 25^. was paid monthly to the Old Fox ^aen de oude Vos) the same 
price that was paid for the board of Adriacn Appel. 

April, Receipts 126:9. Expenses 141^. Several old names reappear 
this month ; Malle Yries, Hans de Backer, Barent de Schoonmaker, 
Barcnt de Molenacr. 

May. Receipts 148:1 8. Pinkster and the king's birthday were observed 
as usual. Expenses 161:1; a considerable portion of which was for 
cleaning the church. 

June, Receipts 231:6, besides several silver pieces. Expenses 96:10. 

July, Receipts of first half of the month *in black seawant (swa>er 
getdt) 50:3; and for thelast half in white seawant (licht getelt) at 6 
pieces to the stiver; 91:18; total 142:1 met en vals stuckje silver, showing 
that bad coin was not unknown to the ouders, and that it found its way 
into the church treasury. Expenses 25g, 

August, Receipts 188:2, and a quantity of specie. Expenses 70:2. 
The names of Steven Koninck and the oldest daughter of Marten the 
Brewer (bierkoocker) appear in this month. 

September, Receipts 221:6. Expenses 101:10. The names of Oabriel 
Thomassen, Luykas Gerrits do Backer and Susanne Bierkocker appear. 

October. Receipts 130:16,*on Sundays only. Expenses 31:5. 

November, Receipts 163:1. Expenses 44:10. 

December, Receipts 253:6. . Expenses 259:3. Total receipts in black 
wampum, 1,068:17; white do. 1,048:9; total, 2,117,6. Expenses, black 
wampum 606:16; white do. 501:10; total 1,108:6. ^ 

Deacon Bogardus delivered over to his successor 2,031:18 in black 
seawant, which seems now to have been kept in boxes instead of sacks. 
The whole sum transferred to Barent Reyndersen was 3,228:6 in seawant; 
and 43(^. in specie, Holland currency, besides the securities taken by his 
predecessors, and sundry articles taken in pawn. 

The integrity of his accounts are certified to by the pastor Gideon 
Schaets, Jacob Schermerhorn, Jeremias Van Rensselaer, Johannes 
Provoost, Barent Rydersen, and Dirk Wessels. 

1674. 

The accounts of Deacon Reyersen, as he signs his name, are written in 
a fairer character than his signature would seem to promise. He dates at 
Wyliem Stat, a name which first appears in this book in the handwriting 
of Dom. Schaets this year. He uses U for v, and ij for y. Otherwise his 
orthography is as good as that of his brethren. He writes : Op Sondagh 
4lor en na mijddach ijn de kerck Uersamelt. 

Jan. 23. Op dijnsdach dat de Kommadur getrout ijs ijn de kerck 
Hersamelt en op de brol/t 9:2. This item establishes the fact that the 
commander or general of the fort (?) was married on Tuesday, 23d Jan, 



Pret. Ref. Dutch Church of Albany. 37 

1674, in the church, and that at the wedding and nnptial feast, 9 gildera 
and 2 stivers were collected for the poor. 

It is notorious that men did not always write their own names correctly 
at this time and place ; it is therefore doubtful whether the writer's name 
was Reyersen or Keynderssen. 

January. Receipts 203:18, collected on new year, on pray day (hedagK) 
on 4 Sundays^ on 4 Wednesdays, and from the widow of Peter Van Allen, 
for the use of the great pall. Expenses 244:7. Hans de Backer seems 
to have died this month, from an item for a doot klet given to his vrouw^ 
and in the next she is mentioned as his widow, and there is an anker of 
good beer bestowed, an indispensable item at the funeral of a pauper. 

February. Receipts 182:15. There was another hiddag in this 
month, on Wednesday the 7th. Expenses 102^. 

March. Receipts 253:1. Wednesday the 7th, was another day of 
prayer. Expenses 272:5. The pauper Vries, who in the previous month 
was indulged with a half vat of beer, is here termed the foolish (mal) 
Vries. 

April. Receipts 185:3. Another day of prayer on the 4th. Expenses 
111^. Hubert and Lysbet Jans appear as the recipients of the deacon'a 
bounty, but it does not appear whether as charity for themselves or for 
others. 

May. Receipts 196:9. Pray day on the 1st. Expenses 192:12. 

June. Receipts 258:14. Wednesday the 6th, htddag. Expenses 
162:10. The Old Fox (oude vos) receives monthly 25^. for board — may 
have been an Indian. 

Juf^. Receipts 229:2, and some specie. The 4th was another day of 
prayer. In all these days, service was held twice a day. Expenses 85^. 

August. Receipts 163:2. On Sunday the 28th, there was service only 
in the morning, when Myssd was married [getrout ijs]. A good deal 
more silver than usual was received this month. Expenses 276^. 

September. Receipts 263:11 on 5 Sundays. Expenses 138:10. 

October. Receipts 125:1 on 4 Sabbaths. Expenses 342:6. One of 
Dea. Reyerson's peculiarities is to write en seppel tarf for een schepel tarwe 
(a bushel of wheat.) 

November. Receipts 216:12; 11:4 came from the sale of Peter Van 
Allen's farm ; and 60^. was received from Roseboom for the use of the 
pall, in the shape of a fat pig, which was divided between Susanna and 
Lysbet Jans. Four doers were also purchased and divided between them 
and Poulyn. Expenses 186:10. 

December. Receipts 382:10. Besides services on 5 Sundays, there 
were two services on Friday, Christmas day (kersdagh), and two on Sat- 
urday, second Christmas day (twe kersdagh) ; the collections on these 
two days and on the following Sunday, which was sacrament day, were 
200//. Expenses 432:18 ; principally bestowed upon Susanna and Lysbet. 

Receipts for the year 2,660:04 ; expenses 2,545:18. Dea. Reyersen 
paid over to his successor, Dirck Wessels, 3,342:12 in seawant, and 68:8 

in specie. 

The customary certificate is written and signed by the dominie in a 
very much improved hand : 

Gideon Schauts [sic]. Pastor in Nieuw Albanie; Johannes Provoost, 



38 Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 

onderlingh; Dierck Wessels, diackonj; Marten Gertsen, ouderlingb; 
Davijdt Schuyler, diackoDeD. 

1675. 

Mr. Dirck Wessels gives us a change in the wording of his introduc- 
tion, as follows : 

Prinw jannuwari. Gefi godt alien de eer In albani. Vervoght vande 
entfanck eniie vi/t iji/t der diakonie Jint Jaer enser heeren en Salick 
maecker Jesu Cristi door Dierick Wessels. Anno 1675. 

That is : January first. Give God alone the glory ! In Albany, Con- 
tinuation of the income and expenditures of the Deaconry in the year of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by Dirck Wessels, Anno 1675. 

This is a specimen of his formula, differing somewhat from that of his 
predecessors : Vp Sondach voor ende na de midach voor samelt in de 
kerck, 

January. Receipts 231:17. Services were held in the church on the 
king's birthday, 30th. Expenses 193:12. Lisbct Jansen and Susanna 
Martense (i^) and Pouwcleyn, are the recipients of abundant alms this 
month. 

February. Receipts 182:1B|. Jacob Abrahamsen paid for the small 
pall bg. Expenses 135:17:3. 

March. Receipts 177:13:3. Expenses 125:8. Marten Hinricksz and 
Jan de Brouwer are mentioned. 

April. Receipts 303:16:2. Expenses 178:15. A half book of paper 
cost 1:15. 

May. Receipts 314:7. Expenses 251:17. The names of Jacob 
Aersen, Swarte Merten, Janitje Brouwer, &c., appear. 

June. Receipts 264:10:2. Expenses 346:11. The names of Margaret 
Deckers, Jan de Brouwer, Marten Krygier, Ursel wife of Kcrsen 
Wouters, the Frenchmen that lie in the watch house, Goosen Gerretsen de 
Grau, Pieter Mesen, are among the names enumerated. Two books of 
paper were procured at 4:g. for the use of the church council for consistory 
Dooks. No such books exist, except these Deacon's accounts, previous 
to 1683, when Dom. Dellius began a record of baptisms and marriages. 

July. Receipts 278:12. Expenses 305:15. 

August. Receipts 237:8. Expenses 229:10. Daniel Schulaer is men- 
tioned, Griet Jansen. 

September. Receipts 233:0:2. Expenses 110:7. 

October. Receipts 177:8. Expenses 403:16. 

November. Receipts 205:11. Expenses 206:14. Susanna Mertensen, 
Powelyn, Lisbet Jansen, Merten Hinricksen, and Broder's wife are the 
recipients. 

December, Receipts 432:11. MeindertFredericksen paid 10(7. for the 
great pall, and Roseboom paid in 47^. which he had received during the 
year. Expenses 456:4. 

Total receipts 3,040:3:1 ; expenses 2,953:6:3 ; seawant remaining on 
hand 3,342:12, and 4 beavers valued at 98y. 

The annual certificate given at the examination of the year's account is 
signed by : Gideon Schaets, Pastor in Nieuw Albany ; Nicolaus Van 
Rensselaer, Pastor Loci ; Johannes Provoost, ouderling; Marten Gertsen, 
do.; Cornelis Van Dyck, do.; Davidt Schuiler, diaken; A. Teller. 



Ref. ProU Dutch Church of Albany. 39 

1676. 

Pnmo Jannwcarij, Ere fy Godt In Albanij. Voor volght van den 
cntfancks ende vi/t gteft deen diachoniij. In den Jure unsers Keren ende 
salig maecker Jij»u Clirutt gcJiMiden door Dauit Schvlaer. 

Judging from Mr. Schuiler's signature on the previous page, and the 
spelling of the name abov<j, as well as the character in which it is written, 
some one was employed to engross the accounts of this year. It appears 
to be in the same hand as that of the preceding year. The orthography 
is the same, as well as some other peculiarities — especially vp for op. 

Jannary, Receipts 200:12. Expenses 98:10. 

February. Receipts 181:7. Expenses 217:16. 

March. Receipts 396:16. Expenses 285:14. Hinrick MarseluB 
(sometimes written Hinderick) is mentioned. 

April. Receipts 251:19. Expenses 403:19. Herman Vedder is men- 
tioned as having sold 14 schepelsof wheat at 7^. perschepel. The burial 
of Ariaen de Fissers is alluded to; Jacob de Brewer. Maria is a new 
recipient of alms. 

May. Receipts 240:13. King's day was held on the 29th. Expenses 
275:3. Philip Schuyler was paid 6bg. for 5 cans of hrandawyn used at the 
burial of Arriyan de Fissers ; 50y. were paid for cleaning the churchy 
besides 10<7. to Gerrit Banker for articles required therefor. 

June. Receipts 295:11. Expenses 135:8. Mister Pers received blg» 
for candles used in the church. 

Jufy. Receipts 246:19, on 5 Sundays and 4 Wednesdays. Expenses 
208:12. Pe Fransen, Lisbet, Kleyn de Goyer, Poweleyn, Susanna 
received assistance. Marten Gerretsen was paid bi)g. for a ton of beer and 
a shirt for the burial of Arryan de Fisser ; and 2%. was paid for his coffin. 

August. Receipts 201:6 on 5 Wednesdays and 4 Sundays. Expenses 

211^. 

September. Receipts 158:13 on 4 Sundays and 4 Wednesdays. 
Expenses*127:15. 

October. Receipts 299:11. Expenses 856:4; 10 lbs. cotton cost 12^. 

November. Receipts 159:15 on 4 Sundays and 5 Wednesdays. Ex- 
penses 262:10 J 22 J ells of Pennesten was purchased of Mister Griffy at 
5 guilders, 112:10. 

December. Reccijts 522:5. Expenses 487:12. Goods were purchased 
of Wm. Neffyn. Capt. Sale§iberrij was paid 42(7, ^^^ ^^^ -^ g^^ls restored 
by the Indians. Ilendrick Roseboom paid in 80r/. received by him during 
the year for the use of the palls, among which was 10^. received at the 
burial of Brooder Cornelis ; and lOg. at that of Ju£frou Correlaers; and 
10//. at that of Jan Andrissen's mother. 

Amo>jg the names enumerated are William Parker, Cornelis Lysberts, 
Jacob Tyssen. Cornelis Vanderhoevcn, Gabriel Tomassen, Jan Becker, 
Wynant Gerritsen, Andries Teller. 

Total receipts 3,161:07. Total expenses 3,010:7. 

Peacon Schuyler delivered over to his successor 3,510:9 in seawant, 
black and white, loose and strung ; also 20 ells of pcnneston at 5 gilders 
IOO7. ; and 17 schepels of wheat (a) Qg. per schepel 102g. 

The customary voucher was signed by Gideon Schaets, Pastor in Nieuw 



40 Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 

Albany; Nicolaus Van Rensselaer, Pastor Loci; Marten Gkrtsen, ouder- 
ling; Corn. Van Dyck, Adriaen Gerretsen, A. Teller, Jan Jansen Bleeker- 

This ends the book. The accounts of the following year were kept 
by Andries Teller, but the records for the next five years are not to b© 
found, namely 1677, 1678, 1679, 1680, 1681. The book for 1682 is in 
existence. It was kept by Gerritt Lansing. The accumulations in the 
hands of the Deacons at the end of the year 1681 were 8,012:09i. 

Deacon Schuyler in his inventory of the utentils of the church which 
he delivered over to his successor, mentions but one silver beeker. One 
of the beckers still in possession of the church, is dated 1660, and the 
other 1676; and we find in the inventory of 1682 that there were then 
two. There is evidently an error in the date of the latter, or it did not 
arrive before the inventory was made up. 

The second book of records contains the receipts and disbursements of 
the deacons during three years of the ministry of the Rev. Gideon 
Schaets, namely 1682, 1683, 1684. 

- 1682. 

The accounts of the year 1682 are in the handwriting of Gerret Lan- 
sing, beginning thus : " Laus Deo, Ontfanght der Dieaconij. Op Nieuwe 
jaers daegh ontfangen voor en nade middagh versamelt :" that is, received 
at the fore and afternoon New Year's day collections. 

January, The receipts were 252:6. On Mouday, the 30th, was king's 
day. Jan Albertsen Brat and Pieter Winne paid for the small pall, and 
Jacobus Van Vorst for the large pall. The expenses were 10^. in seawant, 
and 4 schepels of wheat and 8 ells of Osnaburg linen from the deacon's 
store, to Pouwelyn's wife. 

February, Receipts 298:17. Anthony Van Schaick paid for the small 
pall. Expenses 617. Klaas die Brabander was paid 50^. for 10 schepels of 
wheat, and 8 schepels of corn cost 2Ag. A pound of tobacco for Ariaen 
Hubertsen cost 14^., and his board and washing for two months 80^. Hen- 
drik Kuilder was paid 7:17 for black stuff, and two skeins of silk for the 
collection bag (Jcarck sackie), and Jan Fynhagel was paid 2g, for making it. 
This utensil being for the purpase of taking up the collections was properly 
chargeable to this fund. Of this amount, 617</., 425c^. was loaned to Jan 
Thomassen. The rate of interest seems to have been 8 per cent. 

March, Receipts 272:19. Marten Kregier gave a silver piece of Sg, 
to the poor. Expenses 2()3</. The store of wheat was further increased 
by the purchase of 20 schepels of Johannes Wendel for 100^., and the like 
quantity of Johannes Lansing for the like sum. 

April. Received 354:11, besides an unusual quantity of silver. Ex- 
penses 129:2. Dr. Cornelius Van Dyck was paid 37:10 for a quarter 
year's salary ((/aasie*). Johannes Bechman was paid 2g, for a cover to 
the consistory chest; and Robert Sanders' wife was paid SQg. for 9 cans 
Canary wine for sacramental use. Orseltyn, Aeltie Solderse and Poulyn's 
wife were recipients of charity, and Ariaen Iluibertsen received his 
monthly allowance of beer and tobacco. 

• This tenn li not found In the dictionaries ; it is said to be pronounced A^aite, imd to be » 8$iXof$ 
term for wages. 
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May, Receipts 207:1 2. Harmen Van Bommel and Teunis Sllengerlant 
paid for the use of the small paU. The 29th was king's day, on which 
occasion a collection was taken up as usual. Expenses 603:19}. Of this 
amount 300^. " was given to a certain person with the consent of the whole 
consistory ;'' and 200:13} was loaned to Geertruit Vrouemen, taking a sil- 
ver gohlet in pawn. Ariaen Huibertsen comes in for his month's board 
4%r., a pound of tobacco 128., and a can of rum 3y. 

June, Keceipts 300:5, besides silver pieces. Expenses 190:12. A 
considerable portion of this sum was paid for cleaning the church, as fol- 
lows : 2 cleaners, 64(/. ; 2 brooms, 1:4 ; a schcpel of lime, 3//. ; a half pint of 
oil, 1:10; a schepel of sand 1:10; a scrubbing brush, 2g.) 2 duffel files, 
4:8 ; scouring the chandelier, 12g, Jurijan Teunise was paid 32^. for 8 
cans of sacramental wine. 

July. Receipts 269:6, besides 30^. in specie of Mr. Aberhamstadt, and 
other silver. Baltes paid for the use of the small pall, and Jan Van 
Loone for the large. Expenses 71:2. Ariaen Huybertsen had 4 ells of 
Osnaburg linen and a pound of feathers for a cushion. 

Avgust. Receipts 240:15 besides silver. Barent de Muelenaer had 
the use of the large pall. Expenses 237:6. Brooder's wife had 3 ells of 
strofltwaters to make a petticoat for her daughter, at 36y. ; Antien Barent- 
BCD had lOg. and a schepel of the deacon's wheat; Albert Ryckman was 
paid 16^. for beer furnished to Ariaen Hubertsen, who died in this month, 
and was buried on the 28th at an expense of 150:11, as follows : paid for 
5 cans of rum, 12<7. ; to the bearers 2 pieces of 8, and 24 guilders ; to Klaes 
Van Rotterdam for making the coffin, SOg, ; Roseboom for services afl 
undertaker, making the grave and ringing the bell, 43:10 ; Barent Myn- 
derse for a half vat * of good beer, 16:10 ; Albert Ryckman for an anker f 
of good beer, 7:14 ; 1 lb. nails, 1:10; a linen shroud, 9g,; Si planks for 
the coffin, 5:2. A fac simile of this record is given on the opposite page. 

September. Receipts 311:11, besides 47, 16 quarters, 5 shillings, and 
a piece of 8 in silver. Expenses lS4g. Dcrckien de Wever and William 
Teller's wife were paid for board, &c., of Jan Kornelisen. 

October. Receipts 239:13. Giesbert Marseles's wife paid for the use 
of the large pall. Two pieces of 8, and 23 quarters were received 
in silver. Expenses 217:10, and 2-ig. in specie. Mr. Syoons was paid 132^. 
for 9 gallons of wine for the sacrament. Maretie de Brouster was paid lOg. 
for cleaning the church. 

November. Receipts 195:}, and 6 quarters in silver. Expenses 52:6, 
besides specie payments to the Frenchmen (^Die Franzen). A schepel of 
salt was ^g. ; 4 lbs. butter bg. ; a fat hog 60^. in specie ; a } anker of molasses 
12^. ; a schepel of corn *Sg. ; a deer 15^. 

December. Receipts 940:12, besides silver. Captain Eston, Mr. 
DoeddjtCobes de Snyder, Peter Quackenboss, paid for the use of the 
large pall ; and Peter Schuyler, Melgert Abrahamse, Lcuckesen Gerretsen, 
Roeliff Karstense, Gerretse Guysbortse, 3Ieuwcs Hogeboom, and Dick de 
Soldier, Tierk Harmensen, twice, the small or child's pall. Jacob Cas- 
perse paid 15^. for the pall, indicating three children, or an adult and child. 

* 10 gallons, or 83 bottlefi. 

46 gallons. 

;Ttie pail was asod at the bartal of tbeaa two persons. 

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Jan Tomasen returned 462^. for the 425^. loaned to him. The collections 
in the church for three days in succession were as follows : Sunday, 24th, 
being sacrament day, 159:2; Monday, 25th, Christmas, 61:10; Tuesday, 
26th, 2d Christmas {kersdingsdagh)^ 23:3, besides 1 piece of 8, 2 three 
gilder pieces, 25 quarters, and 4 shillings in silver. Expenses 87:17 
besides specie. The Frenchmen received goods and money ; Karsten de 
Norman also received sundry articles ; Evert Wendell was paid 12^. in 
specie for making a coat, Johannes Wendell being paid 14^. for 2 ells of 
Kersey for the same, the deacons furnishing 2 more. Kornelis Hycsbertse 
was paid 14^. in specie for two loads of wood ; and Takel Dirckse was paid 
for the board of Klyn de Groyer. 

In summing up the year's business. Deacon Lansing's receipts were 
found to have been 11,695:18. His predecessor, Wouter Dyteshof* trans- 
mitted to him 6,513:12, of which amount he sold or loaned to Stephen 
van Cortlant 5,998:17}, at an advance of 9} per cent, 569:17}; sold to 
Mr. Teller 194 English shillings, 349:5, advanced 38:15; 5} pieces of 8, 
advanced 6g. ; QQg. ; also a little sack of silver valued at 475(/. ; to which were 
added the monthly receipts of the year, 3,683:9}. The disbursements 
were 2,664:5}; leaving a balance of 9,031:13 in the treasury; besides 83 
ells of Osnaburg linen, 10 ells of serge, a silver cup pawned for 200:13} ; 
16 pieces of foreign silver valued at 18.^., and 20 bushels of wheat. 

The inventory of articles in his custody is given as follows : 1 new 
pall ; 2 old ones ; 2 table cloths and 7 napkins ; 2 silver cups ; one earthen 
can with a silver lid ; 1 pewter and 1 earthen can ; 2 pewter basins and 
1 large pewter plate ; 1 ragehol"^ and a scrubbing brush. Together with a 
list of accounts and obligations due the treasury. 

The annual audit is signed by Gideon Schaats, pastor ; Dirck Wessels, 
Marten Gerretsen, Pieter Bogardus, elders ; Pieter Schuyler, Albert Ryck- 
man, deacons. 

1683. 

The acting Deacon this year 'was Peter Schuyler. Over each page are 
the words Laus Deo, 

January, The receipts were 764:18} including 497^., principal and 
difference of exchange received from Jacob Meuse, husband and guardian 
of his wife, Elizabeth de Lint. King's day was kept on the 30th. Ex- 
penses 17^. By advice of the consistory, he loaned Jacob Meuse £120, 
which is carried out 4,800^. 

February. Receipts 257:i. Expenses 76:8. 

March. Receipts 226:19, of which 3^. were bestowed by Marten Creiger. 
Expenses 60:18. 

AprU. Receipts 455:}. Paasday or Easter collections amounted to 
191:10. Expenses 365//. Mr. Soons furnished 5 gallons of wine for the 
sacrament at 8O/7. 

May. Receipts 598:10. Of this ahiount300r7. was bestowed by Philip 
Schuyler, who died this year ; and lOr;. was paid by Margaret Schuyler for 
the use of the pall. Expenses 218:14, a considerable portion of which 
was for cleaning the church. 

^Thifl name la very obMurely written. 

t A sort of duster oooBletlng of a large ronnd bmeb with a long handle, for the pnrpoee of reaoh- 
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Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 43 

June. Receipts 232:6}, besides 20 schepels of wheat derived from the 
personal estate of Carstiacn de Winter. Expenses 249:1. Marten Cor* 
nelissen was paid 18^. for 60 lbs. of beef, and batter was bcmght at 24^. a 
pound. A cow was purchased for Dirk Mayese the son-in-law of Lijzzie 
Solderse, at 168^. A half barrel (4 tuns) of lime cost 20^. 3 lbs. soap 
2:14. 

July, Receipts 617:7. On sacrament day, 8th, 225:15 were collected. 
Ritsert Prettie paid 80^. on account of Robert Sanderse. Jan Yosten gave 
2 pieces of 8 to the poor, which is carried out 24^. Abraham van Ilpen- 
dam and Barentie Hamiense paid 10^. each for the pall. Expenses 287:12. 
Four pieces of 8 (48(/.) were loaned to the commissaries. The names men- 
tioned are Dr. Van Dyck, Eytie Barentse, Annetie Barents, Old Karsten, 
Pouwelyn, Orseltie, and Kleyn de Goyer. Dirrickie Weverse was paid 
154^. for the maintenance of Jan Kornelisen, who is supposed to have died 
about this time. 

August Receipts 896:3. Jan Bruyn paid for the small pall, and 
Arnout Kornelisen for the large pall for Jan, whose name appears for the 
last time. Expenditures 147:10. Myndert Frederickse was paid Ag. for a 
ring for the sack, and Jan Yinhagel 2g. for making the sack or bag for taking 
up collections. 

September, Receipts 564:6}. At the Sunday collections of the 30th, 
219^. were taken up. Wouter de Backer paid 10^. for the pall, and 20 
schepels of wheat were received from Claes Willemsen on account of the 
personal estate of Carsten de Winter deceased (^saltgher,) Expense 226: 
11. The recipients of alms are Pouwelyn, Orseltie and Carsten de Nor- 
man. Dr. Van Dyck is paid his quarter's salary, and Symen Schermer- 
horn is paid 16^. for a pair of shoes. Phillipsoon supplies 8 gallons of 
wine at 12 8(^. A pair of Friesland stockings cost 6^. 

October, Receipts 243:11}. Pouwelyn Turck paid for the use of the 
small pall. Expenses 252^. Pouwelyn's wife is debited 51 ells Osnaburg 
at 17 ells per beaver, 72^. * 

November, Receipts 463:15. Johannis Provoost paid for the use of 
the large and small pall. Received 340 lbs. of hons on account of Klyn 
de Goyer, on which a deduction of 164 lbs. was allowed for picking ) the 
remaining 176 lbs. were sold at \g. a pound. Maese Kornelissen was paid 
36»^. for 17 candlesticks to be used at the evening services in the church. 
Andries Teller was paid \2g. for the Psalm Book used by Domine Dellius 
in the pulpit. This is the first mention of the name of Dom. Dellius. 

December. The receipts were 772:17. At the preparatory service on 
Friday, 21st, 21:10 were collected; on the 23d, being sacrament Sunday, 
217:10; 25th, Christmas, fore and afternoon service, 67:10; 26th, 2d ' 
Christmas day collections, 55:18; tota!*of 4 days 362:8 — ^at 40 cts the 
gilder is 144:96, but in the depreciated wampum currency it would amount 
to 45:40. Jan the Trompeter gave 45^. to the poor; the commissaries paid 
A%g, loaned to them ; Marten Kornelissen, Tennis Slingerlandt, Pieter 
Bogardus, Jacob Mesen paid each for the large pall, and Jacob Sander, 
Wm. Kettelheun, Evert Janse Kuyper, Johannes Van Sandt, and Pieter 
Schuyler for the use of the small pall. The expenses were 432:6. With 
the consent of consistory 48//^ were given to a Frenchman ; Livingston was 
paid 2Gy. for services to the poor ; Jacob Tysen received 9^. for making a coat 



44 Be/: Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 

and pair of breeches for Kyln de Goyer ; Isaac Yerplanck 8^. for 2 schcpels 
of lime ; Dr. Comelis Van Djck his quarterly salary of 37:10 ; and Albert 
Kyckman 6:5 for \\ ankers of beer for Orseltie, a pauper; Wouter 
Alberse was paid 14</. for bread for the Lord's table; and Hendrik Kose- 
boom 32</. for setting the table one year ; Jacob Mesen for making a seat 
in the parquette, 40^. ; Hans Hendrikse's son 30</. for 10 candlesticks for the 
church. 

The whole receipts of the year were 5,692:141 . The expenditures 
were 2,651^. Mr. Schuyler handed over to his successor money and obli- 
gations to the amount of 12,073:7, besides a cow in the possession of Mary 
Jocghemse, and one with Dirk Everse ; a silver goblet pawned for 200:13 i, 
containing 16 pieces of foreign money, 10 ells of serge, 15 ells of bleached 
and unbleached Osnaburg linen, 8 schepels of wheat, a list of obligations 
of long standing, and the church utensils, before enumerated. 

The customary annual certificate of the consistory in the hand of Dom. 
Schaets, is given in fac simile on the opposite page. The signature of 
Domine Dellius here first appears — simply Dell, 

1684. 

The accounts of this year were kept by Adrian Gerretsen. 

January. Receipts 261:19, 10^^. of which was contributed by Doorte 
Volkerse. The expenses were 219^. The recipients of charity this month 
were Antony Barway, Dirk Everse, Pouwelyn and his wife, Annetje 
Barens and Orseltje. 

February, Keceipts 367:15, of which 110:6 was a premium on 1,160: 
16^. sold to Mrs. Marghriet Schuyler ; Pieter Mesen paid for the large 
pall ; also the constables paid for the same at the burial of Teunis Wil- 
lemse. The expenses were 209:7. 

March, Receipts 400:18, of which 203:11 was taken up on paasday. 
Expenses 858:10. Gelyn Verplank was paid 300^. for the passage of Klyn 
de Goyer in the ship Bever, and Jan Andriesen Douw borrowed 20 pieces 
of 8 at 6 per cent, which is carried out at 240^. 

April. Recemts 246:7, collected on 4 Sundays and 1 Wednesday. Dis- 
bursed 164:13. Wouter de Backer was paid bg. for a bottle of Spanish wine, 
and 18^. were paid for communion wine ; \bg. were paid for 3 schepels of 
wheat for Dirk Evertsen. 

May. Receipts on four Sundays 242:11. Disbursements 932:2, of 
which a considerable portion was for replenishing the deacon's stock of 
goods, purchased of Peter Schuyler, Johannes Wendell and Johannes do 
Wandelaer. 

June. Receipts 504:12; of which 5^. was on account of letters received 
from Holland. Expenses 751:1^. Johannes Wendell was paid \4Ag. in 
seawant for a piece of 106} ells Osnaburg linen, at the rate of li lbs. 
beaver for 20 ells; also 12:9 for 5 cans of sweet wine. There b an item 
of 88:12 for " goods given to a certain person." 

July. Receipts 349:18. Annetie Lievcns purchased 2 sacks of wam- 
pum of 662</. ; but there was found 700^. in the sacks, and a premium of 
30y. was obtained, being a gain of 68(7. E.xpenses 69:3. Two pounds of 
tobacco had been furnished Jan Kornelissen, 1:18, who is here styled doctor. 

August, Receipts 268y. Expenses 92 hi 5. Peter Schuyler was paid 




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48^. for 12 ells of coarse cloth (pleta), and Marghriet Schuyler 12g. for 
10 lbs. of butter. Jan Dirricse bad a pair of Iceland (ei/sianse) stocklnga. 

September. Receipts 440:8 ; " from a certain person/' 36<7. ; from the 
friends of Cobus the runner (hoper) for a piece of 8, out of gratitude 
(tot dankharheyt). Expenses 444:7. Rijck Ridderse was paid 7:10 for 
an anker of beer, and 8} cans of wine were bought at 19:10. Jannetje 
de y riesin (Frieslander ?) received gifts, and a straj^ger was given 1 8^. 
Jan Martense was paid 135^. for 3 mos. board of fat (dicke) Jan Comelissen. 

October, Collections on four Sundays, 223:17. Expenses 298:8. Jan 
De Berte was paid 24</. for plowing, sowing, and harrowing in 2 schepels 
of wheat. 

November. Receipts 530:8. Expenses 355:4. Yacob Sanderse was 
paid 27</. for a blanket or quilt, and Sybrant Van Schaick 82^. for kersey 
furnished during the year. Ecbert Teunissen was paid 42^. &r a pig that 
went to De Yriessin. Catrina Martense was loaned 105<7. in sea want. 

December. Receipts 1,096:19, including 103^. returned by Catrina 
Martense. Sybrant Van Schayck and Albert Ryckman paid 96g. for Kleyn 
de Goyer's hop vines ; settled with Adam Winne on his paying 1 10^. ; 
one Lieffensten (Robt. Livingsten?) gave through Mr. Prette 18^. j 71:11 
were received at the Christmas day collections, and on the Sunday follow- 
ing 225:13 was collected ; besides which Jochghem Lammerse paid over 
114^. collected at Kinderhook, and Harmen Lievissen 49:15 collected at 
Half Moon TWaterford). Expenses 479:9. Derrick Bensingh was paid 
6^. for bringing a stranger from Esopus, and Jan Dirkse was paid 8:2 for 
3 ells kersey for a waistcoat and breeches for Leendert Flipsen. Leiffinsten 
was paid 48^. for 9 cans of sweet wine. Jan Trompetter was paid 28^. 
on account of Pouwelyn, and Dirrickije de Weverse 135»^. for 3 moe. 
board of fat Jan Cornelissen. Wouter Alberse received 14^. for bread 
used in the church, and Hendrick Roseboom 32^. for setting the Lord's 
table. 

During this year a house and lot were purchased of Doorte Yolkerse, 
which is represented as ^' lying on the plain, behind the widow Gooze's." 
The original cost was 600^., but it seems to have been rebuilt, which 
increased the cost to 3,148:16. As the items in this account contain the 
names of merchants, artizans, and laborers, and show the prices of labor 
and materials, it is given in full. 
Bought of Doorte Yolkerse a house and lot for 50 bevers, upon 

which was paid 25 bevers 600 

Hendrik Marselis for 12 days work on the house, . . 72 

Yacob Casperse for a load of building stone, . . . 120 
Cartage of the stone, clay, sand, &c., . . . . 84 : 12 

Dirrick Bensingh for 7 tons (casks) of lime, ... 24 

Beer for the work people at the raising of the building, . 47 : 10 

Gerrit Van Ness for 50 inch boards and 12 ceiling boards, . 75 

Tarck Harmense for 110 do. and 51 do 214 

Antony Barens for 46 do 50 

Peter Quackenboss for 7000 bricks, 170 

Dirrick Bensing for a load of stone and the cartage, . . 117 : 8 

19 loads of stone by various persons, 58 : 10 

Dick the Englishman, for 39 i days' work on the house, . 205 * 



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JaD Andriese Douw and Jan Yanderhoef .... 80 

Annetije Lievens for 40 lbs. of nails, 48 

Gerrit Banker for 8 lbs. of nails, . . . . 12 

William Claese for building the house, ..... 468 

Hendrik Beecman and Jacob Yos for the masonry, . . 336 
6 days work of various persons, . . . . .36 

Pieter Bogardus for the glazing, 96 

Jan Abeel for 72} lbs. nails, 43 : 10 

Teunis Vanderpoel for stuff for window frames (Jcosyn wood) 27 

Johannes Martens for a lock and other work, . . . 21 : 10 

6 boards for benches, 6 

Jacob Abramse for shingling the house, .... 144 

Adam Winne for sills and a gutter, 42 



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It does not appear whether this was a parsonage or a poor house. But 
large sums were called in for the purpose. Jacob Meesen paid in 100 
pieces of 8 which is entered at 1 ,200g. (in wampum) ; and 24 sohepels of 
wheat received from Purmerend is reckoned at 5 schepels per beaver, and 
amounts to 240 gilders in wampum. It appears that Meesen still owed 
4,295(7., on which the rate of interest was reduced from 8 to 6 per cent. 
Lawies Cobus, vendue master at Schenectady, paid over the proceeds of 
the sale of Bastiyaen de Winter's effects, 219/7. ^^^ purchasers at this 
sale were Symon de Backer, Elyas Van Guyselin, and Pieter Viele. 

The ordinary collections of the year were 4,933:13, and the disbursement 
5,703:11. The transactions of the year, including the ordinary disburse- 
ments, the payments on the house, and 4,901:13 in the treasury amounted 
to 13,754 gilders. There was also a large sum invested on bond and 
mortgage. 

The accounts were audited by the two pastors, Schaets and Dellius, and 
by the consistory, Peter Bogardus, Jan Janse Bleeker, Jan Vinhagcl, 
Jacob Sanderse [Glen?], Peter Schuyler, Albert Ryckman, Johannes 
Wendell. The certificate is in the handwriting of Domine Dellius, of 
which a fac simile is given. It was resolved at this time that the collec- 
tions taken in the church for the poor on Wednesdays and other week 
days during the year 1685, should be appropriated by the church masters 
to the use and maintenance of the church. 

1685. 

The acting deacon for the year 1685 was Johan Wendell. The receipts 
of that year were 4281^. 48. ; and the disbursements 4612^. 9s. The 
customary certificate is signed by Gideon Schaats, Godefridus Dellius, 
Jan Janz Beerckyl, Jan Yinhaegen, Jacob Jansen Schermerhoren, Adriaen 
Gerretsen Papendorp, Jan Lansinch, Joachim Staets. The orthography 
is exactly perserved in these names ; that of Dom. Dellius being now first 
latinized. 

On the first of January, 1686, Deacon Wendell surrendered the 
treasures of his office, consisting of 4570^. Sis. in wampum and specie; 
a house and lot inventoried at 4014^. 6s. ; a bond of Jacob Meesen [Vroo- 




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Ref. Prdt. Dutch Church of Albany. 47 

man] for 8863(7. ^*'f another of Jan Andriesen Douw, of 240^; total, 
12687^. 18f«. 

On £he debit side of the book for the month of October, this entry 
occurs : " Ere sij Godt. In Albanie, Anno 1685, den 2 October. Ls 
mijn brooder Jacob Sanderse dieiaken in den here ontslapen s'naghs 
ontrent een winnigh naer 2 uren tussen vriday en Saterdagh.'' Which 
signifies that his brother Deacon Jacob Sanderson [Glen?] fell asleep in 
the Lord at night about two o'clock between Friday and Saturday. 

1686. 

The deacons were Jan Lansingh and Jochim Staets. Their record 
begins a new book, which extends to 1715. For the first time we find 
the first two months of the year entered as of two years, thus 168^, to 
correspond with the custom of the English. Dr. Van Dyck was still 
physician to the poor at 150 gilders a year ($18.75) in wampum. In 
August of this year they loaned the city authorities 4012:3 at 6 per cent. 
Six pounds of nails were purchased of Jan Tysen for the church at Kin- 
derhook. A large amount was expended for building materials, in Novem- 
ber, and mention is made of the domine's house and the deacons' or alms 
house. The elders of the church borrowed 248:18 of the deacons. 168 
gilders were disbursed to Mary Jochimso on security. The annual cer- 
tificate is signed by Gideon Schaats, Gr. Dell, Jacob Schermerhooren, 
Adriaen G. Papendorp, Dirck Wessels, Albert Eyckman, Jacob Abra- 
hamsen. 

1687. 

Albert Ryckman and Jacob Abrahamsen in office. On the 17th Jan., 
102 guilders were received from the poor boxes at Kinderhook. Annetje 
Barensen was buried at an expense of 142 guilders. Domine Schaets's 
house was repaired out of the poor fund. In June was purchased of Peter 
Schuyler major, a waei/, for which was paid 2520 guilders. And in Sep- 
tember another sum of 560 guilders was given to Dom. Dellius on account 
of this waet/^ and in November 48<7. more. The names of Davidt Schuiler, 
Gerrit Keyersen and Egbert Tunissen appear for the first time among the 
consistory. 

1688. 

The minutes of this year appear to be in the handwriting of Gerrit 
Keyersen, which is quite rude. It discloses no important events. Tunis 
Tempo lier was buried on the 25th July, at the expense of the treasury. 
In August 1857 gilders were paid on account of tho wey, which was pro- 
bably the pasture at the south of the city. Catryna Yanderpoel was paid 
240 gilders for a half year's rent for the house in which Domine Dellius 
lived. The collections were 4101:8, and the expenses 4054:15. An item 
of 1801:8 appears as wey-gelt received, indicating a sale or lease of apart 
of the tract. There is a table of expenses for labor and so forth which 
amounts to 741:2, ancnt the weij. 

The audit is signed by Dellius, Gideon Schauts, pastor in Nieuw Albanie, 
Daviet Schuiler, Peter Winne, Jan Jansz Bleecker, Wouter Albertsen. 
Jan Lansinch, Evert Wendel. 



48 Ref. Prot Dutch Church of Albany. 

1689. 

The two last mentioned persons took charge of the business this year. 
A good many items of expense occur on account of the wcij. The eiders 

borrowed 283^. in May. In the same month Barent was buried 

with the customary items of expense. A good many citizens paid for 
soil out of the pasture (aerde wijt de wy) and the old fort. Also 1939^. 
were received from the pasturage of horses and cattle in the wij ; 59 J^. 
were paid for 12 lbs. of butter for Dom. Dellius. Gerrit Van Ness was 
paid for boards for the old church yard — the one in Church street, pro- 
bably, as they seem to have been drawing earth from the old fort there. 
The new names that appear are William and Gerrit Gysbertsen, Gerrit 
Hardenberg, Byck Kyddersen, Dick Dragon, Levinus Van Schayck, 
Benoni van Korler, Byck Ael, Jacob Vos, Myndert Wimp, Bynier 
Barents, Johannis dc Smit. Margaret Schuyler was paid 288^. by order 
of Dom. Dellius for interest of £120; and the further sum of 800</. by 
order of the domine for discount of the capital sum of £20 ; and 295^. 
was delivered over to the elders Jan Janse Bleecker and Johannis Wen- 
dell : all in the month of August. In October the deacons bought of 
Pet^r Schuyler de val op de heverskil — the Buttermilk fall — with vyf 
morgen lant, about 10 acres, for 1000^., of which 837^. was paid. In 
November the elders received a further sum of 350^. from the poor fund. 
In December Jacob Mesen Yrooman paid 177^. interest money, and 252^. 
was received from various persons for kruyt opt 't diacony huys (vegetables, 
probably); 1939<7. was paid into the treasury for pasturage; 480<7. per 
annum was paid for rent of the house occupied by Dom. Dellius. Tho 
amount of receipts this year was 5536:10 ; the disbursements 5906:8. 
Margaret Schuyler was paid 4000^ (£100) interest money, and Peter 
Schuyler who was then mayor, was paid 163^., the balance due on the 
Beaver creek. 

1690. 

Jacob Staats and Jan Byvanck were the young deacons this year. The 
receipts were 2408:17, and the expenses 3576:14. Dr. Van Dyck seems 
to have been succeeded by Jacob Staets as physician. The consistory 
borrowed 180^. for Dom. Dellius. There was a loan of £100 (4000 gild- 
ers in seawant) of Juffrouw Margriet Schuyler, the interest on which was 
240y. seawant for this year. The signatures of Dom. Schaats, Jan Vin- 
haeghen, Johannes Wendel, Dirck Wessels, Johannes Dc Wandclaer, 
Jacob Mcesen Yroommeen and Jacob ten Eyck appear to the audit. This 
is the last time that Dom. Schacts's name appears. 

1691. 

Johannes De Wandelaer and Jacob Lookermans had charge of the 
eleemosynary funds this year. The record is very neatly written. The 
income was 2884:12, and the disbursements 2520:1. The expenses of 
February are solely lor the burial of Jan Cornelissen, whose name had 
long appeared on the books as the recipient of alms. The items are here 
inserted in the original Dutch orthography, to show the language and 
custom of the time. 
Aen Jannetie ridders voor haes houden van Jan Cornelise root 24:00 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 49 

Aen Willem Claesz voor het maeken van Jan Cornelisz : syn doot 

kist ------- 18:00 

Aen Johannes Kujler voor 3 kan rom tot syn Begrafenis 12:00 

Aen roosebooms soon voor het Brengen van Jan Cornelisz syn kist 
na Bujten ------ 0:18 

Aen gysbert Marselis voor 3 planken tot dc kist van Jan Cornelisz : 
root - - - - - - - 6:00 

Aen Jannetie ridders voor haer diest vant honde van Jan Cor- 
nelisz: ------- 22:10 

Aen Jannetie Bidders voor dienst vant houden van Jan Cornelisz : 
voor 2 Maende en 8 dagen het Laeste-gelt van haer gedans 
dienst -.--.-- 52:10 

Aen henderck roseboom voor het Begrauen van Jan Cornelisz : 30:00 
Aen harmen ganseuort voor een half vat bier tot de Begrauenis 

van Jan Cornelisz : root - . - . 12:00 

Aen Jonge Jan syn vrou tot Lasten van de Meyer op tekening 

die sy noch te goet heeft van d : flbnst van Jan Cornelisz : root 16:00 
The whole sum is 193:18. A part of the sum, however, was for board 
and washing. 

The names that appear are William Teller, Martie Temp, Johannes Yan 
Sandt, Jacob Martensz, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Annetie Lamers, Evert 
Bancker, Johannes Beeckman, Jan Bradt, Alltie Oothout, Antonie Yan 
Schayck, Jan Abeel, Isaack de Foreest. Some articles were bestowed 
upon an Englishman who had been imprisoned in Canada. Ten gallons 
of sweet wine were bought for the use of the sacrament at 120^. Among 
other properties belonging to the deacons was a bull, which was sold this 
year to Antonie Yan Schayck for 107^. Father Schaets received 108:16 
in settlement (a/korting) of his salary. This is the last mention of his 
name. The yearly audit is signed by Godefridus Dellius, Gerret E^yerse, 
Dirck Wessels, Albert Ryckman, Gerret Lansingh, Jacob ten Eyck. 

The items of expense indicate the building of a house this year for 
Domine Dellius. 

1692. 

Jacob Ten Eyck and Johannes Tomassen Mingael had charge of the 
treasury this year. The receipts were 4914:7 ; the disbursements 5251^. 
Early in January Wouter Albertsen Uythoft paid in 1800^. on account 
of Jacob Meesen Yroman, deceased. The same amount was paid to Juf- 
frouw Margaret Schuyler. The burial of Maertye Tempels is mentioned, 
the wine and beer costing 69^. Josep de Spaniert paia 24^. for rent of 
house. In March Kyck Riddersen deceased. Tb§ new names that appear 
are Tannen Winnen, Jannije Ridderse, Klaes Jansen, Peter Mingael, 
Luyck Duycksen, Jan Gouw, Jan Jacobsen, Andries Bradt, Jan Albert- 
sen, Jannye Schermerhooren, Roelef de Drent, Barent Albertsen Bradt, 
Jan Abeel, Tennis Slingerlandt, Haerpcrt Jacobsen, Turck Harmensen, 
Johannes Yan Sandt, Robbert Sanders, Benoni van Corlear, Wouter van 
den Uythoof, Elbert Gerretsen. The construction of the domine'»house 
went on this year. The audit is signed by Dom. Dellius, Jan Jansi. 
Bleecker, Marten Gertscn, Evert Bancker, Hendrik van Rensselaer. 

8 



50 Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 

1693. 

Everard Banker and Hendrick van Bensselaer officiated this year. 
Income 3415:8 ; expenses 2749:17. In April Johannes van Sandt was 
paid 6^. for doot klssle voor hiddende Jongen, In May the consistory had 
207:7, and in August 382^. In July Elyas van Bafenstyn had 156gr. 
Among the new names that occur are Willem Holly, Jan Knoet, Jan 
Salomons, Tam and Sara Rodsiers. The auditors were Dom. Dellius, Jo. 
Lansingh, Claes Ripse van Dam, and Antony van Schaick. 

1694. 

Hendrick van Rensselaer and Antony van Schaick carried the hag. 
Receipts 4474:7 ; expenses 4902:13. Trynte Schaets received by consent 
of the consistory 240^.; also 10^. for doot kleet^ and other payments 
were made on her account for articles indicating a funeral in March. 
Melgert Wynkusele* paid for the Wasser loop van de bevers kyle; that 
is, the Buttermilk falls. The Donmie's huys, which had been receiving 
faint attention during the two pre^ous years, was this year vigorously 
prosecuted, and absorbed the greater part of the amount expended. 

The names appended to the audit are : Dellius, Dirck Wessbls, Jacob 
Staats, Pieter Schuyler, Albert Ryckman, Joh. Cuyler, Johannes Roose- 
boom, Johannes Myngael, Pieter Van Brugh. 

1695. 

Johannis Cuyler and Johannis Roseboom were the acting deacons. 
Receipts 4231^. ; expenses 3171(7. In January they made an arrange- 
ment with Sara huys vrow van Thomas Rodgers for the support of Elias 
van Ravenstyn at 24^. a month. The consistory made an arrangement 
with the consistory of the Lutheran church, Myndert Fredricksen, Jur- 
rian van Hoesen and Pieter van Waglen, to pay Hendrick Marselis and 
his wife Tryn van den Bergh one third the expenses of keeping the poor. 
They agreed with Hans Kros and his wife Antje to provide Claes Janse 
syn logemerU^ kosty drank, wassen en ander gerak gcdurende dit iopende 
Jaer (that is his lodging, board and washing) at 40^. a month. In June 
it is recorded that Claes died on the 12th, and was buried on the 13th. 
The expenses of his burial are thus given : Dead shirt and cap, 16^; 
winding sheet, 14^.; making the coffin, 24g, ; 1 lb. nails and cartage of 
the coffin, 3^. 10«. ; 2 half vats of good beer, 30^. ; 6 bottles of rum, 22g. 
10«. ; 5 gallons Maderia wine, 42^.; tobacco, pipes, and sugar, Ag. 10«. ; 
3 cart loads of sand for the grave, Ig. 10a. ; Hendrik Roseboom for grave- 
digging, 30^. ("this item probably included the services of the undertaker); 
to which the deacons oontributcd 3 boards for the coffin, and the use of the 
pall ; total 188/7- In February Harmen Ilutgersen was paid 15<7. for a half 
vat of beer delivered to Johannes Bensing for the burial of Egbert Nor- 
sen ; and Catulyntje Elslant was paid 16^. for a gallon of sweet wine for 
the sacrament at Kinderhook. A good deal of money was expended this 
year upon the nieuwe hohe huys of Dom. Dellius, that is, a new kitchen. 
Among the names of persons mentioned are Card Hansen, Jan Andriese, 
Jan Gow, Syte Mattyse, grand-daughter of Tryn van den Bergh, Jona- 

* Melgert Wynantse ? 




Ref. Prat. Butch Church oj Albany. 51 

than Stephens, Joseph Spanjaerd. Jacob Staets was still chirurgyn der 
armen. The spirUual goods (jgeesteli/k goederen) of the church are inven- 
toried, among which are mentioned a house and lot in Brewers street, 
obtained in 1692, in which Dom. Dellius lived. A poor house and lot by 
the side of the Eutten kill, acquired in 1685. A lot 25 feet broad, 29 
Dec, 1794. A. tract where the old fort stood on the west side of the 
great highway Tnear the present steamboat landing), and two parcels of 
land obtained or Gov. Dongan by Dom. Dellius. The accounts of the 
retiring deacons were audited by Dom. Dellius, Albert Ryckman, Peter 
Schuyler, Marten Gertsen, Johannes de Wandelaer, Johannes Myngael, 
Peter van Brugh, Job. Abeel, Wessel Ten Broeck. 

1696. 

Johannes Mingael and Peter van Brugh were the young deacons. 
They collected 3241:13, and disbursed 2954:4. The expenses of build- 
ing and improving their real estate had depleted the treasury,, and the 
former inventory of sacks of wampum and specie are no more mentioned. 
On the 9th Feb. Elias van Kavenstyn died, and was buried on the 11th. 
The bill of expenses is thus given : 1 lb. tobacco, 1^. 10s. ; Roseboom 
(undertaker) 40^. ; Jacob Bogert for the cofl&n 30^. ; 3 boards, 4:10 ; a 
can of sweet wine, bg, ; Harme Raggerse for 2 vats beer, 30^. ; 4 bottles 
rum for the watchers, 16^. ; 4 cans, rum, 20^7. ; for the doot kleet and 
hemd^ 36:12; for making the same, (winding sheet and shirt) 4:10; total, 
213^. The surplus money was still spent upon the domine's house. 
Seven gallons of sweet wine was purchased of Catelyntie van Elselant for 
112^. Cristejaen Han, and Nantje Sammerse are new recipients of alms. 
The domine signs his name simply Dellius, as usual; and is followed by 
J. Jansz. Bleecker, Job. de Wandelaer, Dirck Wessels, Jan Lansingh, 
Hend. van Rensselaer, Wessel Ten Broeck, Willem Groesbeek. 

1697. 

The accounts were kept by Wessel Ten Broeck and Hendrik Van Rens- 
selaer. They write the names of their predecessors as Johannes Tomasse 
and John Yer Brugge. The names of persons as well as things were 
written loosely. Dr. Staets was paid his salary for 1696, 60^. The num- 
ber of the poor had fallen off, and the Doctor's salary was reduced. The 
great bridge in the pasture was repaired. Large sums are frequently 
paid to the consistory. The widow of Harmen Lieverse [Livingston ?] 
for taking care of Rysick Swart was paid 24y. a month. Mr. Simson was 
paid 120^. for writing a patent of the lands of Breeder, who had long 
been one of those whom the church supported. Christian Han died in 
November when the customary list of expenses is given. Davit de Wilt, 
[David the Indian ?] died in December, and was buried by the church. 
Hendrik Roseboom, who had long officiated as voorlezer and undertaker, 
and received his annual salary for setting the Lord's table, 64y., the con- 
sistory now resolved should have an increase of pay for that duty of 32^. 
The receipts of the year were 2733:2; the expenses 2811:8. Audit 
signed : Dellius, Dirck Wessels, Jan Lansingh, Jan Yinhaegen, Albert 
Ryckman, Willem Groesbeek, Abraham Cuyler, Johann J. Bleeker, 
Anthony Bries. 




52 Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 

1698. 

Willem Groesbeeck and Abram Cuyler entered upon the duties of their 
office with 209:7 in the treasury. They received during the year 2836:10, 
and disbursed 2265:3, leaving 780:14 to their successors. We now find 
an income from the rent of the deacons' house : Van Rohhert Berret van 
huyshuer vant de dyaJcanys huj/s, 35:5. The quantity of wine purchased 
for the sacrament is noteworthy. On the 29th April, 5 gallons of sweet 
wine was purchased, " als des hcren avont mael uyt gedelt is soo hier als 
op de Kinderhook, 60^." On the 25th July, " Aen Dirck van der Hey- 
den voor wyn ab der heren avont mael was, 48^. Oct. 19, " Aen Brodes 
voor 3 galen wyn als des heren avont mael was, SQg.*' Dec. 25, " Voor 
wy als des heren avont mael was, 42^.'^ In all about 15 gallons. May 
11, was buried Hendrick de Haes's vrouw, when the following expenses 
are given : i vat beer, 24^.; coffin, 24^.; 2 gall, rum and 2 lbs. sugar, 
25:10; uytbreng van bier en 1 kar, 188.; i lb. nails, 1:5; 5 gallons of 
wine of Dirck van der Heyden, 60^. ; small cakes (^koekties)^ lO//. ; Rose- 
boom, (undertaker), 42^. They were still building the domine's house, 
and improving the great pasture, a new bridge having been built over the 
Sever kil by Willem Kittloen. The principal recipient of the deacons' 
goods and money was Eysick Swart, at a monthly rate of 36^. The sig- 
natures to the annual audit are Dellius, Jan Yinhaegen, Albert Ryckman, 
Pieter Schuyler, Johannes Bleeck^r, Anthony Bries, Johannes Cuyler, 
Evert Bancker. 

1699. 

Johannes Bleecker and Anthony Bries. Hendrick Koseboom was paid 
50^. for a half year's salary as chorister or reader (yoorlezef). In the 
absence of the pastor he conducted the services, and also superintended 
burials. The expenditures were 1807^. The domine's house was still in 
progress, and bridges and other improvements were made in the pasture. 
Nevertheless the treasury was be^nning to recuperate, 1590:1 being passed 
over to the next incumbents. The good services of the deacons '' van 
de ingesamelde Godtpenningen" is certified for the first and only time* by 




Also by Jan Vinhaeghen, Jacob Lokermans, 

Albert Ryckman, Johannes Cuylee, 

Peteb Schuyleb, Evebt Bangkeb. 

1700. 

Johannes Cuyler and Evert Bancker deacons. The collections taken 
up in the church on the first Sunday in January amounted to 218^. 14s. 
John Kidnie paid 54(7. for half a year's rent of the east end of the poor 
house, which seems to have been vacant by the decrease in the number of 
the poor; the old names having all disappeared from the list. It appears 

* It is stated on p. 2, that Dom. Nuoella officiated here from 1695 to 1700, but 
there is nothing in this book to indicate his presence before -this year, and this 
signature is the only recordof him. 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 53 

that Hendrick Boseboom received 400^. from the city and county besides 
his salary from the church ; and he was voted 50 guilders extra pay for 
services as voarlezer during the time the church was without a pastor 
before the arrival of Dom. Nucella, which seems to have been on the 
16th of April, 1699. On the 16th of February, Ryseck, widow of G^errit 
Swart, the last of the church poor, died, and was buried on the 17th, the 
onkosten of which was as follows : 3 dry boards for the coffin, 7:10 ; i lb. 
nails, 1:10; making the coffin, 24g,; cartage, lOs.; a half vat and an 
anker of good beer, 27g. ; 1 gal. rum, 21g ; 6 gall. Madeira for women 
and men, 84^. ; sugar and cruyery^ bg.; 150 sugar cakes, 15<7. ; tobacco 
and pipes, 4:10 ; Hendrick Roseboom doodgraver, SOg. ; use of the pall, 
12g, ; total 2S2g. A claim of Boseboom of 12g. for inviting to the 
funeral (jpretendeerde vaor't aenspreken buyten d! stad) was paid ; but it 
was regarded as an extortionate charge, and the consistory ordered that 
the doodgraver should thereafter have from the deacons 30 guilders and 
no more, for like services. Mary wife of Jacob Lookermans was paid 6g, 
for assistance (handrykingh) at the burial, and Marritje widow of Harme 
Lievertse, who had long received a monthly stipend for nursing and board, 
was paid the same as for a full month, as was the custom, 36^. A state* 
ment of the expenses of Ryseck Swart during four years is given, amount- 
ing to 2229^. 108., and she is credited with effects, consisting of silver 
ware, jewelry, &c., and a lot on the plain {iuyn erff op de plyn) which 
were appraised by the patroon and Jacob Turck at 644</. 10s., which in 
seawant was 1585^. On the 20th of July Dom. Johannes Lydius and 
Dom. Barnardus Freerman arrived (the latter the second pastor at Schenec- 
tady). On Sunday the 21st, they both assisted in the services (elck een$ 
gepredikt), and on the following Sundi^ Dom. Lydius preached nis intro- 
ductory sermon. New improvements were made on the domine's house, 
and a new turned bedstead was purchased for Dom. Lydius at 4cOg, A 
payment of 160^. was made by Nanningh and Frederick Harmense 
towards their saw mill on the Bevers kil. A payment of 506^. was made 
upon the expenses of Dom. Lydius from Antwerp. The receipts were 
nearly 4000 guilders, and although there were many extraordinary expen- 
ses, there remained 853:12 in the treasury. The signatures to this year's 
business are those of 

DntCK Wessels, Antony Van Schaiok, 

Hendrick Van Rensselaer, Johannis Abeel, 

WiLLEM Oroesbeekj Haerpert Jagobsen, 

Gerret Van Ness, Johannes Schuyler. 

1701. 

William Claessen Groeebeek and Harpert Jacobsen van Deusen, dea- 
cons. They contributed to the magistrates of Albany, 120^. for the sup- 
port of Jacob de Wilde Jonge. Domine Lydius's expenses from Amster- 
dam were paid in full 503:9; and the passage of Dom. Freeman, 560^. 
The receipts were 348 1</., and the disbursements 2880:2. 




54 Ref. Prat. Butch Church of Albany. 

1702. 

Gerret Van Ness and Johannes Sohuyler, deacons. They entered upon 
their office with 1454</. 10s. in the treasury. A pasture had been pur- 
chased in 1700 of Eyer Schermerhorn, on which 600^. had been paid; 
the balance 1260^. was paid in January of this year. The collections in 
the church on four Sundays in July amounted to 618 guilders ; and there 
remained in the treasury at the end of the year 3133^. 14s. The expen- 
ses upon the domine's house were still large, and they had been more than 
a year engaged upon the domine's well. All work of this kind seems to 
have progressed with the safest haste. 

1703. 

Hendrick Oothout and Bobert Livingston, junior, had charge of the 
hist this year. In February 79 guilders were bestowed upon a necessitous 
person {een nootdruftige) ; 240<7. were paid for the passage of Dom. Free- 
man. Those who furnished materials or labor on the domine's house this 
year, were Samuel Pruyn, Wouter Quackenboos, Thomas Wendle, 
Evert Banker, Bobert Barrett, Oerret Van Ness. Hendrick Boseboom, so 
long voorlezerj died this year, as appears by an entry stating that his salary 
for setting the Lord's table was paid to his widow. The receipts were 
8271:2; expenses 2953:6, including 1916:10, paid to Anthony Van 
Schaick, for some indebtedness. 

1704. 

David Schuyler and Willem van Aelcn received from their predeces- 
sors 3451:10, with the chest, besides five obligations for money due. The 
income was 3276:8; expenditures 761:11, leaving 5966:6 in the treasury. 
In January 5 cans of wine were sent to Kinderhook for the sacrament, 
and in April 9 more. Work upon the domine's house still went on. A 
needy person received 117:5it in June, and in November two such persons, 
names unmentioned, received 167 guilders; in December a similar pay- 
ment of 111:15. Anthony Bradt had succeeded Hendrick Boseboom as 
clerk, and voorlezer. 

1705. 

Oeysbert Marcelis and Antony Coster, church-masters. They entered 
upon this office with 6727:10 in the treasury. The receipts of the year 
were 2938:11 ; expenses, 754:3. 

1706. 

Elbert Gerretse and Itfyndert Schuyler, church-mast«rs. They found 
8912:6 in the treasury, and increased the sum to 10287 guilders. In 
March they expended 395:10 in verbeteren Dom. Lydius's house, and fur- 
ther sums were paid on that account and for repairs on the armen, or 
poor house. The elders were given 180 guilders to make an entertainment 
for Dom. Lydius. Sums were frequently bestowed upon certain noot- 
druftige persons. In November the items of expense for burying 
Guysbert Bastiaen are given. 

1707. 
Harpert Jacobse and Bobert Livingsten were church masters. Jan 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 55 

Hnybertse died in February. He was one of the nooddruftige^ and had 
received various articles of necessity. The following items are given 
under date of 25th Feb. To Hendrick Oothout for making the coffin, 
25:10 ; J vat good beer, 18^. ; to David Schuyler for 3 gallons of wine, 
30^.; 1} gall, rum, 18^.; Johannes Lansingh for pipes, 3^.; tobacco, 
bg. ; for inviting to the funeral, digging the grave and tolling the bell 
(aensprekeii graftmaken^ en Mock lut/den) 36^.; total, 235:10. Peter 
^ronk and Anthony Bogardus were paid 105:15 for making the balcony 
to the domine's house. Oct. 23, Geertie, wife of Jan Thoorn was buried 
at the expense of the church masters. Jacob Staets was paid 42^. for 
half a year's rent of his small tenement, occupied by the widow of Patrick 
Macgregory. The domine was paid 473^. on account of his salary. Out- 
lays continued to be made on the domine's house. The name of Shivolet 
Bogardus is mentioned. The treasury gained more than 500 guilders. 

1708. 

Peter Van Brugh and Jonas Douw officiated this year. June 13, the 
pastors of the Long Island and New York churches preached here, and a 
collection of 89^. was taken up in the church. A new table cloth for the 
church cost 192^. Johannes Ouderkerok was paid 400^. on account of 
the wife (widow ?) of Jan Huybertse. Receipts 3105:10; expenses 2228:10. 

• 1709. 

Guysbert Marselis and Goose van Schaick were church masters this 
year, and commenced business with 13898:17 in the treasury. The burial 
of Jan Rosie is mentioned at an expense of 183^. They were still build- 
ing the domine's house ; yet the balance in the treasury was 14982:14. 
The signature of Dom. Lydius appears at the close of this year's account 
for the last time. 

1710-12. 

David Schuyler and Antony Coster in office. Elizabeth Janse and her 
two children were the principal subjects of alms. In April they paid 
Domine Du Bois for pastoral services and expenses, 556 guilders. 
Abram Kuyler was paid 141^. for cleaning the church. The accounts 
run into another year without the customary annual audit. In March, 
Domine Vas was paid 400^. for services. In April £75, or SOOOg. was 
paid for a draft on Holland to pay for the call of a new domine. In 
October Dom. Vos was paid another 400^. Johannes van Alen was paid 
6g. for the passage of Domine Du Bois from Esopus, and Luykes Wyngaert 
12^. for taking him back. Willianf and Johannes Claessen received 401: 
10 voor het maecken van de kerck^ by which it would seem that they had 
already begun the building of the new church, which was completed three 
years later. In April Samuel Beyiert and Jan Cruger were paid 1382^. 
on account of Domine Van Driessen, and in June he was paid £22:105., 
or 900 guilders. Abram van der Poel paid one year's rent of water for 
his mill on the Bevers kil, and Daniel Bradt 106</. for the use of water 
for his mill on the same stream (^tioen jae.r xjoater loop van 9yn inolen). 
At the close of the year 1712, these brethren rendered their statement 




56 



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for three years, receipts 15807:16 ; expenditures 18029:18. 
ing names in fac simile are attached to the audit: 






The follow- 




u^/,^in^ 




^/;2^tj/2-C^ 




r^^m 











These names are Peter Van Driessen, P. V. D., IVerbi Dei Praco, 

Sreacher of the word of God] Ja«ob Staats, Hendrik Van Eensselaer, 
ohannes Boseboom, Mjndert Schuyler, William Van Deusen, Conrad 
Ten Eyck, Johannes Beeckman, Rutger Bleecker. 

1718. 

William Jaoobsen Van Deusen and Koenradt ten Eyok, deacons. 
Abraham De Peyster was paid 420^. on a bond to the order of Jacob 
Sanderson Glen. A poor German was paid 88:17 {een nodruftyge hoog 
dytser). 

1714. 

Johannes Beekman and Butger Bleecker deacons. Three Palatine 
women were given 88(/. (8 daetdercT), Cornelia Gilbert was paid £6 
(240^.) for a release of her claim in the pasture. The balance of the 
expenses of bringing Dom. Van Driessen from Holland were paid. It was 
stipulated that his salary should be paid in Holland currency. 

1716. 

Stephanis Groesbeek and Hendrick Douw deacons. The new church 
was now far advanced, the walls carried up around the old one. It is 



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recorded that no service was held in the afternoon of Sunday the 4th Sep- 
tember, on account of the obstructions that surrounded the church. But 
the services were held on the succeeding five Sundays, and they were sus- 
pended on the 16th and 23d of October, while the old church was in 
process of demolition (j^een kerck gehouden om dat de oude kerk als gehro- 
ken wiert). On the 3uth it is mentioned that children were baptized in 
the new church in the afternoon. It has been mentioned elsewhere that 
one of these children, the first that was baptized, was the last person for 
whom the bell was tolled in 1806, the year in which the church was 
demolished. On the 13th November the new church was consecrated, 
when a considerable sum was contributed towards its construction (is de 
nieuwen kerck in geweyt en het genen voor en nade middah in quam is 
gegeven aen de ouderlingen gegeve tot vorder op bouwen vande kerck hetwelh 
was een konse rahele som.) 

At the same time the domine's house was still unfinished, and the poor 
house had expensive repairs. Nevertheless the deacons delivered over to 
their successors, Hendrick Ten Eyck and Jacob Lansingh, 6502 guilders 
and 14 stuyvers, in seawant, the currency of the time, besides bonds to a 
large amount, for loans made at different times. 

Here end the records of the deacons. They serve to fix with certaintv 
the dates of many important events, and to establish other facts of which 
there remain no other memorials. 



BEATINGS OF THE DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH. 

1730 TO 1770. 



Minutes o/ the Consistory. 

These Minutes are copied from a Book in the Archives of the First 
Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, upon the outside of which is the 
following inscription : 
Memorandum Boeck toegens de Vrouw en Mans Plaatse in de Kerck en 

enige Or die hesloten «yn Kerkeraade van de Nederduytse Gereformeerde 

Kerk in Albany, 

This book consists of the orders of the consistory concerning the burials 
in the church and the regulation of the pews ; also a list of all the per- 
sons, male and female, occupying seats in the church, with the numbers 
of the pews or slips, and the numbers of their seats in the same, as well as 
the changes which took place in the seatings during a period of about 
thirty years, it would seem. It is evidently a copy from an earlier record 
of the same sort ; the earliest date in it being 1738, indicating that it 
was made after that time ; and the earliest dates in the second column, 
which are mostly in a different hand, and are probably the changes that 
took place after the list was made out, are of 1760. The book was there- 
fore made about this latter date; and the changes cease about 1770. The 
following is the first entry: 

9 





58 Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 

Copey Uyt Kercke Boeck A, 

Eerckenraad gehouden in Albany den 19 Maart, 171f. 
Jacob Staats, ^ Stepbanis Groesbeek, 

Jobannes Schuyler, f Ouderl' Barent Staats, 

Johannes Cuyler, ( ° ' Rutger Bleeker, 

Johannes Roseboom, j Volkert Van Veghten, 

Bevinden Een Vast Stellinge Van Yoorgaende kerkeraede aeneaende 
het Regulement van't begraven van de dooden in de kerck sulx by ons 
verdcr overwoogen synde is vast gestelt dai voor Lyke van kinderen tot 
10 Jaren sal betaelt werden aen de ouderlinge ten behoove van onse kerck 
twentigh schellinge, boven de tien Jaren tot vyftien Jaren twee pondt, 
parsoone boven de vyftien Jaren drie pondt, zynde behalven de costen tot 
dood graven en clock luyer en dat alle graave en kisten sullen in vervolgh 
gestelt werden aen malecander by reegen in goede order gemaakt en dat 
het sullen syn platte kisten, en belangende de vreemdelinge Sulx wert 
altyt gelaat aen de kerckmeesters wat de soodaniege sullen betaalen wert 
verder gerefereert aen opgemelde Resolutie van kerkenraade gemaakt 
den 11 October, 1716. 

Kerkenraad gehouden in Albany, ) 
den 20 Maart, 17 If ) 

Present, Jacob Staats, Johan* Schuyler, Johan" Cuyler, Johan" Rose- 
boom, (hiderlinge : Stephanes Groesbeek, Barent Staats, Rutger Bleecker, 
Volkert Van Veghten, Diakone, 

Synde by voorgaende K : keraade gehouden den 5 December A^ 1716, 
overtyt geven van de vrouliede plaatsen in onse kerk vast gestelt onder 
anderen dingen dat by het ofsterven of vertreeken van Eenige der selve 
welke plaatse vergeeven syn der soodanige plaatsen vervallen aen des 
selfs naast bestaende, mits betaalende twe stuck van achten en behoorlyk 
oontribuierende tot predecants traotament doch by manquement van sulx 
Yoor de tyt van twe Jaaren sullen soodaniegen plaatse vervallen ter dis- 
posietie van de ouderlinge als breeder by gemelde resolutie en vast stelling 
can blycken welker zaak verder nu overwogen synde ten beste. De kerk 
is vast gestelt dat in plaats van twe Jaren manquement van betaaling 
als boven het sal voort aen syn Een half Jaer voor soo danigen binnen de 
lamute van de stadt Resideerende en buyte in de county Een Jaer mits 
de soo daniege nalaatige voor of Eerst dacr van kennisse werde gegeven, 
verder vast gestelt by desen om disorder voor te komen dat niemant sal 
vermooge its te maaken ofle timmeren ofte doen maaken of timmeren in de 
kerk sender order ofte voorgaende Consent van de E'kerkenraad. 

Kerkenraad gehouden in Albany, 1 
Den 5 December, 1716. ) 
Present, Picter Van Brugh, Robert Livingston, jun., Albert Ryckman, 
Jonas Douw, Oiuhrlingen : Hendrick Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansingh, 
Johlan* Van Veghten, Ryer Gerritse, Dinkone. 
Aen teckeninge van de vrouwen p]n Jonge Dochters haer sitt plaetsen 
gegeven in de nuuwe neder duytsche gerecformerde kerk alhier volgens 
d resolutie aen de of Staenden zey als meede hoe de plaetsen verde van tyt 
tot tyt zyn vergeven volgens de Resolutie. 



Be/. Prot Dutch Church pf Albany. 59 

Then follows the list of pews and the names of the occupants, with the 
number of the seat which each occupied, and the date when a successor 
took it. The women's seats came first. Thus, in 

Pew No. 1, seat No. 1, the original occupant seems to have been suc- 
ceeded in 1747 by Geertruy Roseboom, who was followed in 1764 by Geer- 
truy, daughter of Jacob Roseboom, junior. In seat No. 2, the original 
occupant, whose name does not appear, was succeeded in 1757 by Annatje 
daughter of Isaac Staats. No. 3 in 1749 was occupied by Elizabeth 
Simns, who in 1762 resigned it to Annatje, daughter of P. Van Alcn. 
No. 4 was Scharlotte Coeymans, before whose name no date appearing, it 
is supposed that she was the original sitter; in 1762, she was succeeded 
by Scharlotte, daughter of Andries Ten Eyck. It may be conjectured 
that the former died and was succeeded by her niece and namesake. No. 
6, the last seat in this pew, was occupied by Elizabeth, vrouw of Pieter 
Lansing, who came into possession of it in 1752, and seems to have con- 
tinued until this book was disused, about 1770. This is all we have of 
pew No. 1. If we could locate it on the floor of the church there would 
be no difficulty in seating the whole church, and pointing out where any 
of the worshippers had their seats. 

The numbering of the seats continues with regularity from 1 to 24, 
when 56 intervenes that and No. 25, the latter being represented as van 
hinne uyt^ which is supposed to mean that the entrance to it was on another 
aisle. The numbers then follow regularly until we arrive at 33 and 34, 
which are represented as blank. The succession is again regular to 44 
and 45 which are said to be hlanck. They then continue regularly to 
No. 56, which seems to have been a single seat, while the seat previously 
designated as 56, between 24 and 25 had 7 seats, an unusual number, all 
the pews from 1 to 16 inclusive having 5 seats, and from 17 to 24 inclu- 
sive having 6. No. 2*7 has 8; also No. 30. No. 37 has but 5. Then 
from 38 to 43 inclusive have 6. Nos. 46, 47, 48 have each 5. No. 49 
has 6. Nos, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54 have 5. No. 56 which follows is marked 
in the margin with from 1 to 5, but there is only one name entered, which 
name is different from any of those written opposite the numbers in pew 
No. 56 that is placed between Nos. 24 and 25, and must therefore have 
been a different seat. Nos. 57 and 58 have each 5. No. 59 has 3. Nos. 
60 and 61 have 5. No. 64 has 3. Nos. 63 64 have 5. No. 65 has 6. 
No. 66 has 5. Then follows 8^ with 5, then 85 with 4 seats. No. 70 
has 5 seats, numbered as 1, 2, 1, 2, 3. No. 71 has 5 seats numbered, and 
1 which is said to have been ui^t gewonne by het timmeren van de hanke. 
No. 72 ditto. No. 80 follows, 5 seats. Then No. 73 with 5 seats, and 1 
uyt gewonne as before. Then Nos. 75, 76, 77, each 5 seats. No. 78 has 
8 seats. Then comes another No. 78, which had been a pew for old men, 
having 2 numbered and 2 unnumbered seats, and the remark that in 1762 
another seat was made in it for Elizabeth Van Sante. No. 79 has 5 ; also 
No. 81 which follows. Nos. 82 and 83 have each 6. No. 84 has two 
numbered, but seems to have had two more placed in it, who were privi- 
leged to sit in '(gemeerij that is in common, or as it happened or they could 
agree. Then comes No. 5, the Patroon's pew, occupied by Catharine 
Van Rensselaer, who had also 3 other scats reserved in the same pew. 



60 Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 

No. 6, the first seat, was appropriated to the minister's wife; it had 4 
seats. No. 7 had 5. Nos. 8 and 9 had 4. No. 10 had 8. Nos. 11 and 
12 had 4. Then follow 8 new pews which seem to have been gained in 
different parts of the church ; 1 of 5 seats behind the deacons ; 1 of 6 
behind the elders ; 1 of 6 opposite Cornelius Cuyler ; 1 of 6 between 
Nos. 54 and 56 ; one of 5 on the west side of the grand aisle, and 1 on 
the east side to which but 1 sitting is awarded, although it would seem 
that there was room for more ; 1 of 6 seats between Nos. 85 and 86 ; and 
1 of 5 in the south-east corner. The first change that took place in the 
sittings of these 8 new seats, was in 1766, by which we know that they 
were constructed before that year. Two seats were afterwards made, with 
6 sittings each, opposite the seats of the elders, and 1 of 4 opposite the 
deacons, which were to be vacated four times during the year for the pur- 
pose of making room for the celebration of the Lord's supper. The 
whole number of sittings for females was 611. 

The men who occupied seats on the ground floor, were the magnates of 
the city. They sat on the bench along the wall. No. 1, 8 seats, behind 
the elders, was occupied by the Schuylers. No. 2 had 4 seats. No. 3, 
occupied by the Livingstons, 4 seats. No. 4 had 15 seats. No. 5 had 8. 
No. 6 had 9. No. 7, 9. No. 8, 8. No. 9, 6. No. 10, 6. No. 11, 7, 
occupied by the Van Kensselaers. In all 79 seats. Those who could not 
procure seats below, and especially the young men and boys, were accom- 
modated with seats in the gallery. The young men succeeded their 
fathers in the seats below, as the latter were removed by death or emigra- 
tion. The following seats were on the west side, and seem to have been 
first occupied in 1754. No. 1,5 seats. No. 2, 4 seats. No. 3 and 4 blank. 
Nos. 5 and 6, each 5 seats. Nos. 7 and 8 blank. Nos. 9 and 10, each 5. 
No. 11, 4. No. 12, 5. No. 13, blank. No. 14, ^ No. 15, 1. On the 
south side. No. 16, 5. No. 17, 6. Nos. 18 and 19 vacant. Nos. 20, 21, 
22, 23, each 6. No. 24 vacant. No. 25, 2. Nos. 26 and 27, each 6. 
Nos. 28, 29, 30, 81 vacant. No. 32, 3. No. 33 and 34, each 6. No. 35, 
4. No. 36 vacant. Nos. 37, 38 and 39, each 6. Total in these two 
galleries 130. 79 below. In all 209 men 

611 women 

820. 
We have nothing to indicate a gallery on the east side, except the great 
number of seats represented as being on the south side. The eastern 
gallery may have been first constructed and appropriated to the black 
people, of whom there was a great gumber. The women were many of 
them attended by negro servants, particularly in the winter, when they 
carried foot stoves, containing coals for the purpose of keeping their feet 
warm. As these coals expired, they were renewed from the stoves which 
heated the church. The latter were placed on each side of the church, 
over the side aisles, just beneath and projecting beyond the galleries. 
They were elevated about 8 feet from the floor, upon 4 upright posts. 
The koster having finished ringing the bell, standing under the cupola in 
the middle aisle, wound the end of the rope around a high post standing 
there for the purpose, and went into the gallery to inspect his fires. The 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 61 

stoves were approached by climbing over the gallery, on each side. The 
last sexton was Cornelias Van Scnaick. He is represented as having 
had an exalted appreciation of the dignity of his calling. He did not 
allow himself to be jostled by any one who passed him while engaged in 
ringing the bell, without resenting it. He always carried a switch of 
some kind when he passed through the galleries, and cut right and lefl 
with it among the boys. The stove doors were always closed by him with 
a tremendous bang. 

All the aisles but the middle one were narrow. The men below sat 
upon elevated benches around the wall, with their hats on, and were 
accustomed to smoke their pipes during sermon time. Those who occu- 
pied the first tier of seats in the gallery hung their hats upon nails 
which studded the whole front of the galleries, presenting a novelty 
which was rendered more curious by the variety of their style, color and 
condition. The roof was coiled with boards upon the rafters, from the 
walls to the cupola. The entrance was through a porch on the south side, 
and the entrance to the galleries was made by ascending several steps on 
the east side of the porch. In this porch the sexton kept his graveyard 
tools ; and there seems to have been an interior door for his use connected 
with the galleries. 

Minutes of the Consistory, 

17-}-|. March 20. Present, Jacob Staats, Johannes Schuyler, Johannes 
Cuyler, Johannes Roseboom, elders ; Stephanos Groesbeek, Barent Staats, 
Rutger Bleeckcr, Volkert Van Veghten, deacons. 

Whereas, at a previous meeting of consistory, held on the 5th of 
December, 1716, to inspect the order of the seats occupied by the women 
in the church, it was ordained, among other things, that on the death or 
removal of the occupant of a scat, such seat should fall to her next of 
kin, upon the payment of two pieces of eight and the customary contri- 
bution to the minister's salary; in default of which payments, during a 
period of two years, the seats would revert to the elders, to be disposed of 
by them, in manner therein provided ; in consideration whereof, it is 

Resolved, That instead of an allowance of two years time in which to 
make payments as aforesaid, there shall be allowed but half a year to 
those who reside within the city, and one year to those who reside in the 
country, after due service of notice of the same. 

Resolved, That no one whomsoever be allowed to make or cause to be 
made, any alteration whatever in the seats, without due permission of the 
consistory. 

List of the women* s and girh* seats in the new Dutch Reformed Church 
in this city^ and to whom they have from tim^ to time been transferred, 
agreeably to resolution. 

No. 1. 

1747 1 Geertruy Roseboom. 1764 transferred to Geertruy, daughter 

of Jacob Roseboom, jr. 
1757 2 Annatje Staats, da. of Isaac Staats. 
1749 3 Elisabeth Simns. Nov. 29, 1762, to Annatie Van Alen, wife 

of V. P. Van Alen. 



62 Bjef. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 

4 Soharlotta Coeymans. 1762 to Scbarlotta da. of Andries Ten 
Eyck. 

1752 5 Elisabeth wife of Peter Lansing. 

No. 2. 

1 Elisabeth Sanders. 1763 to Debora da. of Robert Sanders. 

2 Aljda Pruyn. 

8 Elsie Roseboom, junior. 

4 Sara Yischer. 1764 to Sarah da. of Harmen Yischer. 

6 Eghbertje Van Der Heijden. 1767 to Rachell Yisgher. 

No. 3. 

1769 1 Neeltje da. of Will. Hogan. 

2 Neeltje Donw, junior. 

3 Pieterje Hogan. 

1759 4 Ragel wife of Volkert Douw. 
1750 5 Cathariena Van Bergen. 

No. 4. 

1759 1 Maria daughter of Robert Sanders. 
1759 2 Catharine " " " 

1758 3 Maria Groesbeck. 

1747 4 Cathalyntje da. of Jan Van Ness. 

1754 5 Elisabeth da. of Gerardus Groesbeeck. 

No. 5. 

1747 1 Antje wife of Seybrant Van Sohajck. 

2 Maragriota Bleecker. 

3 Geertruy da. of Johannes Roseboom. 

4 Maria wife of Isaac Staats. 

1753 5 Sara da. of Seybrant Gerardus Van Schajck 

No. 6. 

1743 1 Anna Cathariena da. of Sybrant Van Schajck. 

2 Elisabeth A. Van Schajck. 1762 to Catrena da. of Wessel 

Van Schajck. 
1750 3 Elisabeth Nicolk. 

4 Maria Nicolls. June 10, 1761, to her sister Elbabeth Nicolk. 
1749 5 Maria wife of Wessel van Schajck. 

No. 7. 

1755 1 Jannetje Cuyler. 

1759 2 Margrieta wife of Hendrik Van Dyck. 

3 Maragrieta Marselus. 

4 Alyda Van Den Bergh. 

5 Maria Hogan. 

No. 8. 

1757 1 Sara wife of Johannes Cloet, junior. 



2 Alyda Van Schajck. 

3 Antie Van Wie. 17 



Antje Van Wie. 1760 to Annatje wife of Hendrik H. Van 
Wie. 




Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 63 

4 Barber G. Marselos. 1770 to Maria Gysb. Marselas. 

5 Aljda Schuyler. 1761 Marietje wife of Jan Van Deusen. 

No. 9. 

1 Debora Van Schajck. 

1747 2 Geertruy D. Van Der Heyden. 1764 to Anna da. of John 
Yates. 

1752 3 Eva wife of Johannes M. Roseboom. To Maria da. of Johan- 
nes Marselas. 

1749 4 Arejantie P. Wendell. 1770 to Maria wife of David Schott. 

6 Margrieta Lydius. 

No. 10. 

1 Elisabeth Vinhagen van Oothout. 

2 Engeltje Wendell. 1770 to Elisabeth wife of Barent Stats. 
1759 3 Sara wife of Jacobus Perk* Van Benthuyse. 

4 Arejantie Yer Planck. 1769 to Elisabeth her daughter. 1770 

to Arejantie da. of William Yer Plank. 

5 Rycke Boseboom. 1760 to Catriena wife of Johannes Lansing. 

No. 11. 

1 Bagel De Peyster, now Ten Eyk. 

2 Geertruy Lansingh. 

1747 3 Arejaentie Lansingh. 1770 to Geertruy da. of John Jo. Lan- 

sing 
1754 4 Anna da. Barent Albertse Bratt. 1760 to Arejaentie wife of 
Cornelius Yan Santfort. 
5 Anna Yan Der Heyden. To Annetie da. of Thos. Williams. 

No. 12. 

1 Grietje Ten Eyck, 

2 Jannetje Glen. 1764 to Elsje wife of Barent Ten Eyck. 

3 Bagel Bleecker. 1767 to Maragrita H. Ten Eyck. 

1748 4 Elsie J. Cuyler, now Ten Eyck. 1764 to Lidia wife of Jacob 

Cuyler. 
1757 5 Alida wife of Isaac De Freest. 

No. 13. 

1 Gerretje Ten Eyck. 1766 to Maria wife of Peter Gansevoort. 

2 Gerretje Ten Eyck, junior. 

3 Cathariena Coeymans. 

4 Anna Margrieta Yan Schajck. 1763 jto Gerretie da. of Peter 

Gansevoort. 

5 Elisabeth daughter of Gerrit Bratt. 

No. 14. 

1747 1 Reyke da. of Sybrant Gosen Yan Schajck. 

1754 2 Anna QuackcDboss. 1760 to Cattriene wife of Da' Holenbeek. 

1749 3 Eva, da. of Johannes Beeckman, 

4 Maria, da. of Buben Yan Yeghten. 

5 Anna. da. of Harmanus Wendell. 



64 Uef. Prct. Dutch Church of Albany. 

No. 15. 

1 Hendericke Bogart 1764, to Catharina, wife of Gerritt YaD 

leveren 

2 Dorathy Borairt. 

8 Cathanena Bogart. 
1755 4 Maretje wife of Jacob Lansing. 1767, to her da. Anna. 
1741 6 Cathariena, da. of Isaac Bogart. 1764 to Catharina Van 
Driesen. 

No. 16. 

1 Thantie Gerritse, now Van Buren. 

2 Susanna Vischer. 1761, to Geertruy, da. of Isaac Swits. 

3 Willempie Dou^* Bogart. 

4 Snsanna Van Schoonhoyen. 1760, to Maria wife of Abraham 

Fonda. * 

1758 5 Bagel Viscber. 1767 ,;to Alieda Fonda, da. of Abraham Fonda, 
on condition of its reyerting to Ahaswer Roseboom, when he 
has an heir. 

No. 17. 

1 Cathariena H<i. Cuyler. 1767, to Man^eta, da. of H. Bleecker. 
1751 2 Geertje Jacoba Ten Eyck. 

1758 8 Geertry, da. of Gerarduss Lansing. 1770, to her mother Maria 

Lansing. 

4 Hester Slineerlandt. 

5 Engeltje Witbeeck. 1768, to Janneke Van Hosen. 
1747 6 Angenietje G. Van Den Burgh. 

No. 18. 

1 Amielia Pruyn. 1760 to Amielia Kip. 

2 Alida Pruyn. 
8 Annatje Cloet. 

1747 4 Sara Van Alstien. 

1759 5 Majeke da. of Harmen Hunn. 

1751 6 Bagel wife of Cornelius Van Den Bergh. 1762 to Antie, wife 
of Abram Wemp. 

No. 19. 

1751 1 Anna Dennolsoon. 1760, Dirke da. of Witt Winne. 1770, to 
Elisabeth Jn*. Knikkerbaker, junior. 
2 Margrieta Ma*"' Van Der Heyden. 1768, to Angenietje da. 

Barent Bradt. 
8 Elisabeth Bratt. 
1757 4 Neeltje Bradt. 
1751 5 Elisabeth wife of Abraham Lansing. 
1769 6 Abiegail Ver Planck, now Lansing by consent. 

No. 20. 

1 Maria Hansen da. of Benj^. Bratt. 
1759 2 Elisabeth Williams, da. of Thos. Williams, oude, 
8 Engeltje R. Van Veghten. 



Bjef. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 65 

4 Cathariena Gansevoort. 1767, to Magdalena da. of Johannes 

C. Ten Broeck. 

5 Susanna Van Ness (Nistigune). 1767 to Femitje da. J. Lansing. 

6 Jannetje Lansingh. 1762, to Neltio Walderon, da. of Jantie. 

No. 21. 

1 Maretje Van Ness. 1763, to Maritie wife of Wi» V^i Van Den 

Bergh. 

2 Sara Waters. 

1759 3 Magdalena wife of Hend^. Van Ness. 1769 Maria da. of Hen- 
drik Van Ness. 

4 Cathaliena wife of Gisbert Van Den Bergh. 1768, to Folkie 

wife of B. Van Schoohoven. 

5 Maria Van Den Bergh. 
1764 6 Antje wife of A^. Yates. ^ 

No. 22. 

1 Anna Van Schoonhoven. 1762 to Catrena da. of Harme Lon- 

derse. 

1757 2 Jannetje da. of Sa" Cregier. 

1748 3 Cornelia Van Den Bergh 

4 Jannetje Walderen. 

5 Abiegel De Forest. 1763, to Snsanna wife of Isaac Douwse 

Fonda. 

6 Huybertje Lansing. 

No. 23. 

1749 1 Maria Lansingh. 

2 Elisabeth Van Veghten, now Viele. 1762, to Elesbet Cnicer- 

backer, da. of Wouter. 

3 Maria wife of Jo. Van Den Bergh. 

4 Altje wife of Douwes Fonda. 
1759 5 Geertruy wife of Philip Muller. 

6 Rebecka da. of Mjndert Marselos. 

No. 24. 

• 

1 Neeltje Enickerbacker. 1769, to Elisabeth da. of Peter de 
Wandelaer. 

1751 2 Anna Van Veghte now Wandelaer. 

3 Cathalientje wife of Barent Van Buren, junior. 
1748 4 Maria wife of Jacob P. Bogart. 

5 Maria da. of Isaac Fonda. 1760, to Aljda da. of Will. Lieverse. 
1747 6 Jannetje Ouderkerck. 

No. 56. 

1 Anna wife of Volkert P. Douw. 

1752 2 Anna da. of " " 

1758 3 Cathariena wife of A>\ Lansing. 

4 Arejaentje Wendell, junior. 

5 Maria Roseboom. 1764 Maria da. of Hendrick M. Roseboom. 
1768 6 Anna Nicolls. 

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7 Jannetje Witbeeck. 1768, to Oeertruy wife of Hendriok Yan 

No. 26. 

Yan Binne uyt. (Query, Entrance in another aisle ?) 

1 Anna Staats, now Rorebagh. 

1752 2 Elisabeth Myndert Yeeder, (Normanskill). 1767, to Susana 

wife of Johannes Roseboom. 

8 Alyda Seyb. Van Schajck. 1770, Maria, Syb*. Go. Yan 

Schajck's daughter. 

1753 4 Elsie da. of Joachim Staats. 

1759 5 Neeltje wife of Volkert GysK Van Den Bergh. 

1749 6 Elisabeth Van Schelluyne. 1769, to Ryekje Roseboom. 

No. 26. 

1768 1 Femetje Switts. 1764, to Maria, da. of Cornelis Swits. 

2 Anna Bleecker. 1767, to Annatje Bleecker, her daughter. 

3 Oeertruy Wendell. 

1759 4 Christiena Van Bergen. 

1762 5 Elisabeth da. of Peter Van Bergen. 

6 Susanna Wendell. 1764 to Franoyntie da. John Wendell. 

No. 27. 

1 Oeertie Jobs. Bleecker. 1768 to Jannecke da. of Jobs. 

Bleecker. 
1748 2 Geertruy Schuyler, her daughter. 
1758 8 Jannetje da. of Abr. Th. Witbeck. 
1762 4 Geertruy da. of Joh«. Joh. Lansing. 1769 to Geertruy da. of 

Peter Lansing. 
6 Annatje Witbeck, wife of Abraham. 

6 Angenietje Sohott. 

7 Anna Margrieta Ten Eyck. 

1748 8 Cornelia Williams. 

No. 28. 

1739 1 Susanna wife of Hendrick Hallenbeck. 

2 Tryntje Briess. 1760, to Neeletje Briess. 

8 Lena Vischer. 1767, to Maritie wife of Jacob Lansingh. 1768, 

to Geertruy Beekman by order of Jacob Lansingh. 

4 Annatje Beekman. 

1760 5 Maria wife of Will. Winne. 
6 Eva Bleecker. 

No. 29. 

1 Anna Gerritse. 1764 to Maria da. of Isaac Greveraat. 

2 Maria Switts. 

3 Leena Lansing. To Leena, widow of Andries Van Wie. 

1749 4 Juedike da. of Joseph Yates. 

5 Cathariena Lansing. 1 760, to Cathariena da. of Evert Lansingh. 

6 Annatie da. of Barnardus Harsen. 



Ref. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 67 

No. 30. 

1759 1 Maria wife of Cornelius Muller. 

1747 2 Rabecka wife of Johannes Tales. 

3 Dircke Gerritse. 

1759 4 Jannetje wife of Wouter N. Oroesbeeck. 

1748 5 Antje Van Den Bergh. 
1748 6 Hilletje Van Antwerpen. 

7 Dircke Van Vrancke. 

8 Elisabeth wife of Eghbert Bratt 

No. 31. 

1 Annatje wife of Evert Lansing. 1769, to Kagel Van Deosen. 

2 Cornelia Bratt. 

8 Cornelia De Forest. 1762, to Alida da. of Isaac Isaacs Fonda. 

4 Maria Wyngaert. 1764, to Hester widow of Harmen Vissher. 
1751 5 Wyntje da. of Volkert Van Den Bergh. 

6 Neeltje De Forest. 

No. 32. 

1 Antje Van Den Bergh. 1766, to Anna da. of Johannes Smith. 

2 Jannetje Bogart. 

3 Maria Spoor. 1762 to Maria da. of John Donnewyn. 

4 Cathariena Van Woert. 

5 Margrieta Ryckse. 1767, to Sussa Ouderkerck. 

6 Maria Wyngaert, Junior. 

Nos. 33 and 84 Bfenk. 
No. 35. 

1 Margrieta Livingston. 

2 Cathariena Van Rensselaer, now Schuyler. 

1747 3 Margrieta Van Rensselaer. 1762, to uertruy wife of Johannes 

Van Rensselaer. 
1758 4 Maria da. of Peter Lansing. 

5 Margrieta Collins. 1761, to Neeltje Schuyler. 

6 Elisabeth R. Bleecker. 

No. 36. 

1748 1 Alyda Ten Eyck. 

2 Maria da. of Cornelius Van Den Bergh. 
1748 3 Neeltje Van Veghte. 1766, to Jantie wife of Volkert Van 
Veghtcn. 

4 Gkertruy Beeckman. 1768, to Eevea wife of A. Schuijller. 

5 Hester Van Der Heyden. 

6 Johanna Marselus. 

No. 37. 

1757 1 Susanna, da. of Maria Hogan. 

2 Maria Van Schajck. 

3 Margrieta H. Ten Eyck. 

4 Geertje Ten Eyck. 

5 Margrieta Ten Broeck. 



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68 Rtf. Proi. Dutch Church of Albany. 

No. 38. 

1 Arejaentje Lansing. 

2 Hesse Beeckman. 1770 to Hesije wife of Jacob Roseboom, 

Junger. 
8 Leena Gansevoort 

4 Catharicna wife of Johannes Jacob Lansing. 

5 Elisabeth wife of Joachim Staats. 

6 Angenietje Witbeeck. 1770 to Margrita Marselus. 

No. 39. 

1 Hester Van Schelluyne. 1764, to Sarah wife of Harmen 
Vissher. 1769 to Dirckje wife of Jacob Fonda. 
1752 2 Cathariena da. of Johannes J. Lansing. 
1759 3 Maretji wife of Petrus Van Den Bergh. 

4 Maretje Hilton. 1760 to Rabecka wife of A. Bratt. 1768 to 
An tie Santfort. 
1748 5 Judicke da. of Johannes Van Buren. 
6 Eytie Van Buren. 

No. 40. 

1759 1 Jannetje wife of Johannes Pruyn. 

1759 2 Annatje da. of Teunis Slingerlandt. 1764 to Geesje wife of 
John Viele. 1767 to Gertruy J^. Hansen. 

3 Cornelia Ryckman, now Prise. 

4 Cathariena wife of Abm. Lansing Hunberrege. 

5 Cornelia Dunbaar. 

1752 6 Maria wife of Johlhnes Mynderse. 

No. 41. 

1 Hilletie De Bidder. 

2 Geertmy wife of Roliff Van Der Werken. 1762 to Rabeka 

wife of Abram Slingerlandt. 

3 Maria wife of Tuenis Viele. 

4 Cathariena wife of Jan Bratt. 
1751 5 Dircke da. of Killejaen Winne. 

6 Sara wife of Marte Winne. 

No. 42. 
1 Ragel Redliff. 

1753 2 Huybertje da. of J. J. Yates. 1764 Sara wife of Lucas Tates. 

1768, to Marregrte wife of J. Van Santec. 
1751 3 Annetje wife of Lambert Redliff. 1768, Annatie wife of 

Antoine Flensburgh. 
4 Antje wife of Gerrit Van Sante. 
1757 5 Jacomyna wife of Peter Bratt. 
1759 6 Annatje wife of Isaac Jacob Lansing, (mote). 

No. 43. 

1 Geertruy Van Den Bergh. 
1751 2 The church, Dec. 18. 
1757 3 Maria C. Van Den Bergh. 



Ref. Proi. Dutch Church of Albany. 69 

4 Jacomyna Maase. 

5 Dircke Van Woert. 1769 to Maria Fasie, her son's da. 

6 Annatje Eghmond. 

Nos. 44, 45, Blank. 

No. 46. 

1 Elisabeth da. of Cornelius Cuyler. 1760, to Maria da. of John 

Ja. Beeckman. 

2 Elsje da. of Corn«. Cuyler. 1761, to Elisabeth wife of James 

Van Cortland. 1765, to Cathalina da. of Philip Cuyler. 

3 Margrieta Schuyler. 

1759 4 Margrieta da. of Corns. Cuyler. 1765, to Elisabeth Roseboom. 
1768, to Cathalina da. of A. Cuyler, junior. 
5 Elisabeth Van Der Heyden. 

No. 47. 

1759 1 Hilletje da. of Peter Williams. 

2 Cathariena, da. of Cornelius Ten Broeck. 

3 Cathalyna Van Den Bergh. 
1748 4 Margrieta Hunn. 

1747 5 Cathariena da. of Christopher Abeel. 1770 to Ebbetje Jacobes 
Abeel. 

No. 48. 

1752 1 Elisabeth wife of Abraham H. Wendell. 1760 to Annatje his 

da. 1770 to Sanneke his da. 
1757 2 Cathariena da. of Anna Wendell. 1763 to Annatje da. of 

Gisb^ Marselus. 1768 to Sanneke wife of Isaac Truax. 

3 Maria da. of Gysbert Roseboom. 

4 Elsie 0. Roseboom. 1770, to Cathalyna Mebie. 

5 Geesje da. of Anna Wendell. 

No. 49. 

1745 1 Maria da. of Gerrit Van Den Bergh. 

2 Margrieta Van Den Bergh. 

3 Sara Stevenson. 1764 to Barber, wife of Hendrick J. Bogert. 

4 Cathariena Bratt. 

5 Wyntje Briess. 

6 Maghtel wife of Gerrit A. Lansing. 1761, to Neltie da. of 

Gerrit Staats. 

No. 50. 

1754 1 Lydia da. of Ephraim Van Veghten. 1766, to Chrijstentie 
wife of Harminis Schuyler. 

2 Maria Douw. 

3 Anna Wendell. 

4 Neeltje da. of Jacob Ten Eyck. 

5 Margrieta Cuyler. 1767, to Catharina wife of Jacob Van 

Schaick. 



70 Rtf. Prat. Dutch Church of Albany. 

No. 51. 
1 En^eltje Lansing. 
1769 2 Catnalina da. of Jacob P. Bogart. 1765 to Annatje da. of Jan. 

G^rritse Yates. 
1753 8 Elisabeth da. of Claas Fonda. 

4 Cathariena Marselus. 1770, Barber Tunis, H. Yisher. 

1750 5 Maria wife of Eghbert B. Eghbertse. 

No. 52. 

1 Susanna Hogan. 

2 Alida da. of David Van Der Heyden. 

1751 3 Cathariena Van Den Bergh. 1760, to Maria da. of Willem 

Groesbeeck. 1770 to Jannetje Gerrit Groesbeck. 
1759 4 Cornelia wife of Patrick Clarke. 
1748 5 Eabecka Fonda. 

No. 53. 

1748 1 Angenietje wife of Frans Winne. 1760 to Cathariena his da. 

2 Cathariena Roseboom. 1761 to Maria wife of Abraham Yer- 

plank. 

3 Willempie Bratt, now Santfort. 

4 Maria Luek, now Van Wie. 

1759 5 Elisabeth wife of Peter D. Schuyler. 1769 to Anna da. of 

Philip Lansing. 

No. 54. 

1 Annatje Van Sante. 

2 Maria wife of Z. Wyngaert. 1770 to Maria da. of John Davids. 

3 Elisabeth Davids da. of Z^\ Wyngaert. 

4 Alyda wife of Volkert Van Hoesen. 

1760 5 Maghdelena da. of Johannes Spoor. 

No. 55. 

1 Cathariena Groesbeeck. 

2 Anna da. of Jacob H. Ten Eyck. 1762 to Catrena da. of Philip 

Defreest. 

3 Geertruy Switts. 1762 to Maria wife of C. Van Den Bergh. 
Paid to John Cuyler 29 Deo. 1757, having been transferred by 

mistake to the negro women's seat. 

4 Catrena wife of Gerret Viele. 

No. 56. 

1 Cathariena Van Der Poel. 

3 [This No. 56 is a duplicate, and the footing in the 

4 Original Book would be correct without this seat, 

5 but incorrect with it, that is 290 seats.] 

No. 57. 

1747 1 Maria da. of Robt. Lansing, now Wendell. 
1752 2 Elsie, da. of Gysbt. Roseboom. 
1747 3 Machtel J. Roseboom. 



Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 71 

4 Elisabeth Bassett. 1768, to Marretie wife of Abraham Boogart. 
6 Jannetje Ten Eyck. 

No. 58. 

1 Effie Beeckman. 

2 Maria D. Schuyler. 176D, to Debora, da. of J<>. Jas. Beeckman. 
1759 3 Cathaljna da. of Christopher Abeel. 

4 Aljda Greveraat. 1769 to Maria da. of Samuel Pruyn. 

1746 5 Debora wife of Gerrit Staats. 1769 to Debora da. of G. Staats. 

No. 59. 

1749 1 Angenietje Van Veghte. 1762, to Helena widow of Gerrit 
Tunse Van Veghte. 

1758 2 Dorathe da. of Hendk. Bogart. 

3 Engeltje Van Schaack, now Bogart. 1764, to Janetie da. of 

LLendrick Bogart. 

No. 60. 

1 Elsie Douw da. of Abraham. 

2 Maiytie Winne. 1762, Margrietie da. of Abraham Douw. 

3 Geertje Van Den Bergh. 1761, to Catharina wife of Harmen 

Liverse. 
1753 4 Sara da. of Harmen Gansevoort. 

5 Elsie wife of Philip Lansingh. 

No. 61. 

1 Marietje Pruyn. 1766 to Cathalina wife of Jan Winne. 

2 Anna Bogardus. 1762, to Win tie her da. 

1747 3 Engeltje Walderen. 

4 Cathariena Bratt. 

1759 5 Jannetje wife of Jacobus Clement. 

No. 62. 

1 Maria wife of Dirck Heimstraat. 

2 Cathariena Bogardus. 1762, to Cornelia Bogardus her sister. 
1751 3 Neeltje da. of Jesse De Foreest. 

No. 63. 

1 Maria wife of Renier Van Alstien. 

1759 2 Maria wife of Wouter Groesbeeck. 1770 to Cathalyn Anthony 
Groesbeeck. 

1751 3 Cathalyna wife of Jan. Winne. 1766, to Peterje da. of Johan- 
nes Samuel Pruyn. 

1748 4 Liedya Liverse. 

5 Cornelia Cooper. 

No. 64. 

1747 1 Janneke Van Alen. 

1748 2 Arejantie Van Rensselaer. 1769 to Catheriena da. of Cilleyan 

Van Renselaer. 

3 Marietje da. of Peter D. Winne. 1764 to Ragel da. of Petrua 

Douw. 1768, to Magdalena da. of Folcaert Douw. 



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4 Catbariena wife of Gerrit Van Alen. 1764 to Mariete da. of 

Gerrit Van Alen. 
6 Ragel wife of Peter D. Winne. 

No. 65. 

1 Elsie Gerritse Lansingh. 1767, to Lena da. of Jacob Lansingb^ 

conditioned tbat it sbould be given up if the former returned 
to reside bere again. 

2 Elisabetb Ostrander. 

1759 3 Dorathe da. of Hendricke Halenbeeck. 1768, Sara Frijer da. 

of Jobn Frijer. 
1748 4 Elisabetb Knickerbacker. 1762, to Annatie Van Vegbte ber 
daughter. 

5 Maria wife of Pbilip Dav». De Forest. 
1764 6 Hester wife of Gerrit Van Santen, junior. 

No. 66. 

Catbarina, wife of Harmanus Wendell. 

1 Catbalyna Van Ness. 

2 Geertruy wife of Pbilip Hansen. 

3 Elisabetb Groesbeeck junior. 1755, to Eagel wife of Flip de 

Freest. 1770, Catbarina Andrias Donw. 
1748 4 Anna da. of Tbomas Sharp. 

5 Maria Gansevoort. 1763 to Annatie da. of Harmen Gansevoort. 

No. 86. 
On the East Side, 

1 Hester Dirckse. 1761, to Ragel wife of Ben. Winne. 

2 Barber Sharp. 

1751 3 Jannetje da. of Mattb. Vanderzee, now Swart. 

4 Judeke Hylton. 

5 Egbbertje De Garmo. 

No. 85. 

1 Antje Hilton. 1761, to Arreantie wife of Robert Cranel. 

1760 2 Catbarina wife of James Redlif. 1770, to Margrita Jn^. Redlif 

Sexton. 

1761 3 Elisabetb wife of Teunis Van Woort. 

1761 4 Margrita wife of Job». [?] Van Der Heyden. 

No. 70. 

1 Catbalyna Yates. 

2 Catbalyna Yates, jr. 



1 Anna Van Vranke wife of Mass Ryckse. 1762 to Maria wife 

of Rutger Van Den Bcrgh. 

2 Maria wife of Ryckert Van Vrancke. 1761 to her da. wife of 

Pieter Bogert Junior. 

3 Sara Gardenier. 



Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 73 

No. 71. 

1 Annatje Mershel. 

2 Rebecka De Foreest. 

1767 3 Christiena da. of Rykert Yan Yranke. 

4 Jannetje Van Yrancke. 

5 Jennet Mertin. 

Majeke wife of Gose Yan Schaick. This seat was gained by 

altering the pew. 
[These three entries were made in the book at a subseouent day 

in a different hand : in pews Nos. 71, 72 and 73. J. M.] 

No. 72. 

1 Cathariena wife of Schebolet Bogardus. 

2 Engeltje Walderen. 1760 to Tryntje Yan Wie. 

3 Geertruy Eiddene. 

4 Magdelena Luck, wife of Joh«. Yan Wie. 

5 Maria Yan Hagen. 

Maragrieta Wvngard. Deese plats uy t gewonne by het timmeren 
van de Banke. 

No. 80. 

On the West Side of the Door. 

1757 1 Gerritje, wife of Adam Winne. 

1758 2 Fietje, wife of Gelles Winne. 

3 Hannatje Lansing. 

4 Wyntje Yan Yeveren. 

5 Hendrick Yan Wie's wife. 1761 to Maria wife of Johannes 

Ja. Lansing. 

No. 73. 

1758 1 Fytje, wife of Jacob Jellis De Qlurmo. 

2 Hyltje Schredel. 1766, to Margrieta da. of Jacob Yan Woert 
1757 3 Judeke, da. of Lukas Hoghkerck. 
1757 4 Ansia van Arrelem wife of Rykert Yan Yranke. 

1759 5 Margrieta wife of Thomas Cooper. 

Barent Yosburgh's wife. This seat gained by altering the pew. 

No. 75. 

1 Anna Quackenboss. 1764, to Margrita wife of Hendrick Qoak* 

enboss. 

2 Jannetje, wife of Joh**. Y. Douw. 

3 Sara Groesbeeck. 1760, to Alida da. of Jacobus Groesbeeck. 
1759 4 Jannetje da. of Daniel Bratt. 

5 Rebecka Bratt, widow. 

No. 76. 

1 Cathariena B^. Harsen. 1766, to Elisabeth wife of Jacob Ja. 

Yan Woert. 

2 Annatie wife of Hans Kloet. 1762, to Annatie, da. of Joh*. 

Cloet. 1770, to Seveyija Yeeder. 

3 Marretje Pruyn Junior. 1760 to Elisabeth wife of Isaac Yan 

Arhem. 

4 Cathaly na Yan Ness. 1762, to Alyda da. of Hendrick Bratt . 

5 Leena Ouderkerck. 

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No. 77. 

1751 1 Sara da. of Benj™. Winne. 

2 Cathalyna Wyn». Van Den Bereh. 
8 Rebecka Bratt, wife of Hendrick Bratt. 
4 Cathalyna Witbeeck. 
6 Annatje Knickerbacker. 

No. 78. 

1 Maria wife of Antbo. Egb'. Bratt. 1767, to Maria da. of Peter 

Yates. 

2 Susanna wife of Gerrit Van Yrancke. 
8 Jannetje wife of Step^'. Van Scbaack. 

No. 78. 

An Old Afen's Few, 

In 1762 a seat was made in this pew for Elisabeth da. of Johan- 
nes Van Sante. 
1 Hester, wife of Gkrrit Van Sante. 1764, to Majeke Yan Ness, 

widow, da. of Volkert Van Den Bergh [?] 
& Rabecka wife of Gysebert Van Sante. 
Anna da. of Johannes L. Redlief. 
Rabecka wife of David Van Antwerpen. 

No. 79. 

1 Eva Hogan. 

2 Annatje A. Van Schajck. 1768, to Elsie da. of Harmanns 

Schuyler. 
1767 8 Sara wife of Joh«. J. Wendell. 
4 Sara wife of Marte Mynderse. 
1754 5 Elisabeth Hend^. Otyler. 

No. 81. 

1788 1 Sara, wife of Johannes H. Ten Eyok. 1761, to Margrita da. 
of Ja. H. Ten Eyck. 1768, to Catharine da. of John Liv- 
ingston. 

1754 2 Margrieta da. of Oerardus Groesbeeck. 

8 Else da. of Hendrick Roseboom. 1765, to Lejawifeof C. Van 
Duese. 

1747 4 Cathalvna wife of Gysbert Marselus. 

1758 5 Elsie da. of Jacob Jab. Lansing. 

No. 82. 

1759 1 Arejaentje wife of Myndert Van Jeveren. 
2 Ragel Ver Planck. 

1757 3 Cathalyna Davids Groesbeeck. 1766 to Maria da. of Casparus 
Pruyn. 

4 Maria Johannes De Foreest. 

5 Machtel Vischer. 

1769 6 Anna da. of Cornelius W. Vandenbergh. (Deese plats ujt 
gewonne by het timmeren van de banke). 

No. 88. 
1749 1 G^ese da. of Simon Veeder, now Staats. 



Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 75 

1769 2 Lena da. of Barent H. Ten Eyck. 

8 Anna Janse Van Ness, now Van Der Zee. 
4 Else wife of Harmen Hunn. 
1767 6 Maria da. of Hendrick M. Roseboom. 1760, to Debora Van 

Everen, da. of George Yielding. 
1769 6 Annatje wife of Evert Lansing. This seat was gained by an 
alteration of the pew. 

No. 84. 

1 Gathariena Dunbar. 

2 Jannetje Lansing. 
Annatje Veeder. 

Hesse Reijekman. These in common. 

No. 6. 

The Patroon's Pew, 

1764 1 Catharina Yan Rensseker, patrooness. 
2 8, 4, reserved for her. 

No. 6. 

1 Wife of the preacher for the time being. 

2 Cathalina, wife of Seymon Jo^. Veeder. 1768, to Jannetje, 

wife of Robert Jests, conditioned that it should be resigned 
at the demand of Seymon I. Veeder or one of his sons. 

1769 8 Jannetje da. of Jacob Glen. 

1762 4 Marmeta da. of Dirck Ten Broeck. 1761, to Elisebet irife of 
Abram Ten Broeck. 

No. 7. 

1746 1 Maria wife of Cornelis Ten Broeck. 
1766 2 Christiena Van Schajck. 

8 Sara Hansen. 

4 Gathariena Livingston. 1761, to Sara wife of Johannes H. 
Ten Eyck. 

1748 6 Gathariena wife of Jacob G. Ten Eyck. 

No. 8. 

1 Gathariena Beeckman. 1760, to Eva ?rife of Johannes M. 
Roseboom. 

1749 2 Maria Cuyler. 1768, Mareretha wife of Abraham N. Guyler. 
8 Maria wife of Hendrick M. Roseboom. 

4 Gharlotte Amielia Goeymans. 

No. 9. 

1 Gathariena Hansen. 

2 Annatje Douw. 
1788 8 Gatharlina Douw. 

• 4 Helena Wendell. 

No. 10. 

1 Gathariena Guyler. 

2 Anna Jacobse Ten Eyck. 
8 Elisabeth Glen. 

No. 11. 

1 Maria Livingston. 1768, to Ragel, da. of P. Douw. 



76 Be/. Prot. Dutch Chureh of Albany. 

2 Maria LiTineiton, junior. 1768 to Annatjo, da. of I. Cnyler. 

1757 S Elsieda. of HeDdriokRoBeboom. 1768, to Eeleeebet BoMboom. 
4 Majeke Coevmans. 

No. 12. 

1758 1 Lena, wife of Barent A. Ten Evok. 
2 Cathariena da. of Jacob Wendefl- 

8 Geertrnj da. of Cornelia Schuyler. 1762, to Catrena, wife of 
Cornelua Swits. 
1746 4 Cornelia Schuyler. 1762, to Geertror, wife of Dr. Caohem. 

1769, to Goertruy wife of Peter P. Schnjlor. 
Total 489 

No. 1. New Pew behind the Deacons. 

Geertruyt, wife of David Tan Der Heyden. 
Bagel, da. of Volkert P. Douw. 
Lidia, da. of Volkert Douw. 
Lidia, wife of Pieter Ryokman. 
Kathslina, wife of Hendrick Bleecker, Jun. 

These seats were occupied by them indiscriminately. 

No. 2. New Seat behind the Elders. 
All da Schuyler. 
Heffie da. of Jannetie Cnyler. 
Sara wife of Jan Van Buren. 
Aneenietie wife of Gerrit Van Den Bergh. 
Alida wife of Gerrit W. Van Den Berg. 
These Gve seats were occupied in ooininon. 

No. 3. New Seat opposite the Pew of Cornells Cnyler. 
Barber, wifo of Harmanus I. Wendell. 
EUzeth wife of Thomas Hun. 
Margrieta da. of Jacob H. Ten Eyck. 
Eva, wife of Abraham Schuyler. 1768, to AniMtie EgbeiBe, 

by consent of Eva Schuyler. 
Geertruy, da. of Harmanus Wendell. 
Maria da. of Volkert A'^. Douw. 

These sittings occupied in oommoa. 

No. 4. New bench between No. 54 and No. 66. 
Sara, wife of John G. Lansing. 
Engeltie wife of Bastiaen Vissher. 
Eathalina wife of Tunis Brat. 
Janetie wife of Daoiel Winn^. 

Marietie, wife of Anthony E. Biat. 1767, to Petertie Bradt 
These seats in common. 

No. 5. Catharina wife of Ben. Goewy. 
' Lena wife of Maes I. Bloemendat. 
Elisabeth wife of Chria". Heegeman. 1766, to Anneke, wife 

of Frans K. Winne. 
Jannetje, wife of Daniel K. Winne. 
Margrieta da. of James Adams. 



Ref. Frot. Dutch Church of Albany. TJ 

These 5 seats occupied by the above indiscriminately, on the 
west side of the Broad aisle. 

No. 6. Geertie wife of Abram Vos. 1768, to Annatie, wife of Wil- 
lem Van den Bergh. 
These seats in common, on the east side of the broad aisle. 

No. 7. New Slip between No. 85 and 86 on the east side. 
1764 Catharina wife of Abram Yinhagen. 
Geertruy, da. of John Yinhagen. 
Geertrny, wife of Conraet Luek. 
Bata, wife of Thomas D. Hun. 
Elizabeth, wife of Chris. Hegerman. 
Catharina, wife of Johannes D. Hun. 
The aboye 6 sat indiscriminately. 

No. 8. New Pew, South East comer, behind Cathalyna Teats. 
1764 Bata, wife of Wouter Quaokenbos. 1770, to Benjamin Rom« 
blye. 
Janetie, wife of Yolckert Yan Yechten. 1766, Ragel, wife of 

Jacob Lock. 
Alida, wife of Q^rrit I. Yissher. 
Susanah Ryckman. 
Annatje Yan Yechte. 
The aboye fiye seats in common. 

The following women folk haye taken seats in the first pew, 
opposite that of the Elders, agreeing to relinquish it four 
times a year on occasion of celebrating the Lorcr s Supper. 

Geertruy Yan Rensselaer. 

Catriena Schuyler. 

Margrieta Liymgston. 

Maria Lansingh. 

Nellie Schuyler. 

Elisabeth Bleecker. 

The following women haye purchased seats in the pew next to 
the new pew opposite that of the Elders, and occupy them in 
common: 

Janietie Silvester. 

Maria Yan Rensselaer. 

Elisabeth Glen. 

Catriena Douw. 

Catriena Bleecker. 

Lena, da. of Johannes Lansingh. 

The following women haye hired seats in the new pew opposite 
that of the Deacons, with the understanding that they shall 
be vacated four times a year, for the Lord's Supper; and to 
sit in common. 

Catriena Fielen. 

Maria Lansingh. 




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Margrieta Neckols. 
Eluabeth Von Sohellayae. 

Copy from Chrtrch Book A. 
CoDcerning the Men's Seats hereafUr mentioned, wheneTer any one of 
Uiem ia vacated by death, it gliall deecend to the eldest son of the lut 
oooupaot living in the oonntj ; and in default of sons, to a soQ-in-lav; 
and in default of aone-in-law, to an own brother : always descending sno- 
oessively to own sons; and if theie be no sons or they shall be absent, 
then to sons-in-law ; and in default of sons-in-law, then to own brothers ; 
the first occupant paying thirty shillings fot his seat, and his successor 
fifteen shillingB for transferring the same, ia behalf of the Reformed Dutch 
Church of Albany. Every seat-holder shall be holden and in honor 
bound to contribate to the minister's salary in proportion to his circum- 
stances. No person living out of the county shall be entitled to a seat; 
and in defanft of a successor, or of any of the reqnirementa herein 
expressed, seats shall revert to the church. 

Witness onr hands and seals this 31st Dec., 1719. 

Jacob Staatb, Stephanub Groesbexck, 

Johannes Schuyler, Babent Staats, 

Johannes Cuixer, Rutoer Blekcker, 

Johannes Rosebooh, Volckebt Van VEanTGN, 

Slder$. Deacoiu. 

MEN'S PEWS. 

Commetifing Sack of ikt Elderi. 

No. 1. 

1758 1 Stephen, son of Pieter Schuyler. 

1754 2 Thomas Schuyler. 1764, to Abram Onyler, son of NioboUei 
Cuyler. 

3 Peter Schuyler. 1765, to his son Philip Schuyler. 

No. 2. 

4 John De Peyster, on the north side, No. S. 
1765 5 Myadert Schuyler Ten Eyck. 

6 John Livingston. 1768, to Dircic Ten Broeok. 
1747 7 Robert Van Rensselaer. 

No. 8. 
1757 8 Walter Livingston. 1768, to Harmen Oansefort. 

9 Robert Livingston. 1768, to Hendriok Van Dyok. 

10 Robert Livingston, junior, 1768, to Philip Lansing. 

11 Peter R. Livingston. 1768, to Jacob G. Ten Eyck. 

No. 4. 

12 Gerrit Genitee Lanungh. 

IS Marta Gerritee Petruse Van Bergen. 
14 Nanning son of I. Vischer. 
1745 15 Jacob Roseboom. 

1759 16 Headrick Ed. Williams. 



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Ref. Proi. Dutch Church qf Albany. 79 

1758 17 Robert Sanders. 1765, to Peter Rob^*. Sanders. 

18 Peter D. Schuyler. 1768, to John Gerritse Lansingh. 

19 Johannes Gerritse Lansingh. 1768, to Hendrick Bob^ Lansingh. 
1748 20 Abraham Witbeeck. 

21 Barent Van Bueren. 

1747 22 Jacob, son of Jacob Bleecker. 

1750 23 Johannes Joh^*". Vinhagen. 

24 Johannes Beeckman, junior. 

25 Cornelius C Van Den Bergh : To Gerret W. Van Schajck. 
1754 26 Seymon Johannes Veeder. 

The above 15 sat indiscriminately. 

No. 5. 

1748 27 Dirck Jacob Van Der Heyden. 

1751 28 Johannis Cuyler. 1765, to Barent Cornelis Ten Eyok. 

29 Gerrit C Van Den Bergh. 

30 Johannis Van Der Heyden Snyder [? tailor]' 1771, to Abra- 

ham E. Wendell, by order of consistory. 
1751 81 Seybrant A. Van Schajck. 

1746 32 Johannis H. Ten Eyck. 
1751 33 Jacob H. Ten Eyck. 

34 Hendrick BleecKer. 1767, to Jacob Job*. Beecker. 
The above 8 seats were occupied by them in common. 

No. 6. 

85 Andries Witbeeck, jr. To Jan Witbeck. 

36 Volkert Pieterse Douw. 

37 Petrus Douw. 

38 Jonas Oothout. 

39 Hendrick Douw. 1762, to Johannis, son of Hendrick Douw. 
1754 40 Abraham Douw. # 

1750 41 Rensselaer Nicolls. 

42 Gerrit Van Bergen. 1768, to Petteres Van Bergen. 

1754 43 Albert Ryckman. 1764, to Pieter Ryckman. 

Deese boven geschreven 9 sitten in't gemeen. 

No. 7. 

1759 44 Cornelius Van Schelluyne. 

45 Jacob Vischer. 1762, to Isaac Swits, 

1755 46 Hendrick Bogart. 
47 Isaac Kyp. 

1750 48 Guert Van Schoonhove. 

49 Barent Bratt. 1762, to Harmanis Ic. Wendell, by purchase of 
Barent Bratt. 
1757 50 Cillejaen Winne. 

1747 51 Cornelius M. Van Den Bergh. 

52 Barent H. Ten Eyck. 

Occupied in common. 

No. 8. 

53 Hendrick Roseboom, jr. 1760, to Johannes H. Roseboom. 

54 Cornelius Cuyler. 1765, to Johannis Cuyler. 
1747 55 Hendrick Cuyler. 1763, to his son Ab™. Cuyler. 



80 JR^. Prot. Dutch Church <(f Albany 

56 Rutger I. Bleeoker. 

1751 57 Johannes Glen. 1770, to Cornelius Oelen by order of John 

Cuyler. 
1747 58 Cornelius Ger»«. Van Den Bergh. 
59 Anthony Van Schajck, jon. 

1752 60 Abraham Ten Broeck. 

These 8 seats in common. 

No. 9. 

1757 61 John, son of H. Hansen. June 5, 1769, to Peter Hansen. 

62 David A. Schuyler. 

63 Robert Roseboom. 1764 to Ahaswerus Roseboom. 
1749 64 Johannis Pruyn. 

65 Ryckert Hansen. 1766, to John Ja. Beeckman. 

1758 66 John Joh». Lansing. 

These 6 in common. 

No. 10. 
1747 67 Philip Cuyler. 
1746 68 Philip, son of Joh«. Schuyler. 

69 Gerrardus Groesbeeck. 

70 Joachim Staats. 

1749 71 Hendrick Comelise Cuyler. 1765, to Abraham Cor>». Cuyler. 

1759 72 Pieter Winne Douw. 

No. 11. 

73 Jeremiah Van Rensselaer. 1764, to Stephen Van Rensselaer. 

74 Steven Van Rensselaer. 1764, to Stephen Van Rensselaer, jr. 

75 Jacobus Van Rensselaer. ) 

76 John Babtist Van Rensselaer. ) 1764, for the Patroon. 

77 Johannis Van Rensselaer. 

78 Henderick Van Rensselaer. 

79 Jeremiah Joh«. Van Rensselaer. 1764, to John, son of Jere- 

miah Job". Van Rensselaer. 

At a meeting of the Consistory ) 
held in Albany, Sept. 3, 1753, ) 

Present: Theodorus Freelinghuysen, minister: 

Petrus Douw, Pieter Schuyler, 

Tobias Ryckman, Hermanns Wendell, 
Phillip Schuyler, Johannes Hun, 
Isaac Staats, Gerrit G. Lansing, 

Elders, Deacons. 

Resolved, That all the men's seats in the new or last constructed gal- 
lery shall be sold ; the first tier for 12 shillings a seat; the next tier for 
10 shillings, and the other for 8 shillings. There shall also be paid for 
each seat yearly in every year 6 shillings ; and in default thereof, the 
seat shall be forfeited to the consistory, to be again disposed of. In case 
of death or removal, the seat of such person shall be transferred to his 
next of kin, upon the payment of 6 shillings for transferring the same ; 
and in default of the payment of the transfer money within a year, the 
vacated seat shall again revert to the consistory, and be at their disposal. 



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Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 80a 

1754. 

Men's seats given out on the west side of the church in the gallery, as 
they were purchased ; Wherefore they must be paid, both for the pur- 
chase and transferring, and be subject to the quarterly salary of the 
Domine. 
No 1. Robert Yates, jr. , Joseph, son of Adam Yates. 

Adam Yates. Johannes Yates. 

Abraham Yates. 
No. 2. Johannes J«. Wendell. Volckert A. Douw. 

Tobyas Ten Eyck. 
1759 Cornelius Switts. 



No. 3. 
No. 4. 



Vacant" 
Vacant' 



No. 5. Jacob C. Ten Eyck. Hendrick B«. Ten Eyck. 

Evert H. Wendell. 1762, to Hendrick, son of Jacob Wendell. 

Jacob Van Schajok. 1761, to Gose S. Van Schajck, 

Barent Ten Eyck. 1765, to Peter Gansevoort. 
No. 6« Myndert Van Eyvere. 1764, to Rynier Van Eyvere. 

David Van Der Heyden. 1770, to Leendert Gansevoort. 
Harmen Vischer. Peter Williams. 

Hendrick Bleecker, jr., 
No. 7. [Vacant]. 
No. 8. [Vacant]. 
No. 9. Harmanus Schuyler. Johannis Lansingh. 

Johannis Hogan. 1760, to Isaac Williams Hogan. 

Luykaa Van Veghte. Philip Van Veghte. 

No. 10. Harmanus Wendell. Barent Staats. 

Nicolas Cuyler. Abraham Wendell. 

G^rrit Jab^. .Lansing. 1770, to John Gevse Lansingh. 
No. 11. Cornelius Ten Broeok Johannis Ten Broeck 

Johannis Cuyler, jr. Dirck Ten Broeok. 1768, to 

Derrick, son of Abraham Ten Broeck. 
No. 12. Joachim Is<^. Staats. Abraham H. Cuyler. 1762, 

to Harmanis, son of John Cuyler. 

Johannis Jac>). Glen. Cornelius Cuyler, jr. 

Myndert Roseboom. 
No. 13. 
No. 14. William Winne. Hendrick Van Ness. 

This pew had but two seats. 
No. 15. Johannes Williams. But one seat in this pew. 

GaUery on the south side of the church. 

No. 16. Gysbert Marselus. 

Gysbert Fonda. Volkert Van Veghte. 

G^rrit Marselus, jr. 1766, Johannes, son of Gysbert Marselus. 
No. 17. 1 John Clout, jr. 4 Dirrick Swart. 

2 Willim Hun. 5 Wouter De Frest. 

8 Cornelius Van Veghte. 6 Isaac De Frest. 

No. 18. [Vacant]. 
No. 19. [Vacant]. 

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No. 20. Bardenardus Harsen. 1766, to Jacob Hansen, his son. 
2 Samuel Pniyn. 8 Gaspares Pruyn. 

4 Hendrick Pruyn.1767, to Jacob F. Pruyn. 

5 Antonie £. Bratt. 6 Isaac Van Arnam. 
No. 21. Kobert Lansing. 
[Query 22?] 2 Johannes Jacobus Lansing. 

8 Gcrhardus Lansingh. 

4 Johan Jo. Bleecker. 

5 Oerrit Gerritse Lansingh. 

6 Johannes M. Roseboom. 
No. 22. Dec. 1768. Joh\ Gansevoort. 
[Query 28.] Job". M. Beeckman. 

John Van Alcn. 

Abraham Schuyler. 

Barent Van Alen. 

Cornelus Glen. 

These 6 seats occupied by them in common. 
No. 28. Cornelus V. Santvoord. 
Query 24 ? Joh\ Bradt. 

Thomas Bradt. 
Peter Bratt. 
No. 24. [Vacant]. 

No. 25. 1764. Weasel Van Schaick. 

Also numbered 26. Jacob Van Schaick. 
No. 26. 1764. Gerrit Van Santer, jr. 

Also numbered 27. Gysbert Van Santer, jr. 

David Groesbp^' 

Hendrick '^^ .a Ness. 1768, to Gerret Groesbeeok. 

Williaff| yV an Den Bergh. 

Jacob !^^ansing. Colonic. These seats in common. 



Abraham Eoseboom. 
Abraham Fonda. 

These 5 seats in common. 



No 27. Nicolaes Marseliar 
Coenraet Ten Eyck. 
Hendrick Staats. 



Hendrick Marselis. 
Ephraim Van Vechten. 
Hendrick Ten Eyck, jr. 

These in common. 



No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 



28. 
29. 
80. 
31. 



No. 32. Martin Mynderse. 

Wouter Quaokenbos. 
No. 33. Stephen Schuyler. 
Benjamin Eberse. 
Andries Douw. 
No. 84. Rynier Van Alstyn. 
No. 85. Gerrit T. Vissher. 

Philip Wendel. 
No. 85. Tomas Luy. Witbeck. 

Also No. 82. Joh». Tu. Visher. 

Anthony W. Groesbeek. 
Obedia Koepper. In't gemeen. 
No. 86. [Vacant]. 



Hendrick Bogert, jr. 

In common. 

Harmanis A. Wendel. 

William Staats. 

John Marselis. In common. 

Bastiaen T. Vissher. 

John Groesbeeck. 

John Van Ness. In't gemeeo. 



Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 80c 

No. 37. Abraham Hogkerck. 

Johannes Hoghkerck. Pijeter Wijtbeck. 

Jacob Van Deusen. Rijenijer Van Jeivere. 

Deese sitte in't gemcen. TVillem Kobes Hijlten. 

No. 38. Dirrick B. Van Schoonhoven. Gerrit Eoseboom. 

Also 39. Nanning Vissher, jr. Jacob G. Lansing. 

John Vissher, jr. Cornelis Douw. In't gemeen. 

No. 39. 1766. Johannes Fr«e Pruyn. Doct. Wilhelmus Mancius. 

Peter Hansen. 1769, June 5, to PhyllepRensselaer. 

Barent Eoseboom. Johannes N. Bleeker. 
. Barent Ja. Ten Eyck. Dese 6 sitte in 't gemeen. 

At a Consistory held in Albany, ) 
December 14th, 1768, j 

Hendrick M. Eoseboom, Symon Veeder, 

John Winnen, Picter Williams, 

Nicolaes Cuyler, Gerrardus Lansingh, 

Volckert P. Douw, Samuel Pruim, 

Elders. Deacons, 

Having taken into consideration certain resolutions of a former con- 
sistory concerning the disposal of the men's and women's seats on the 
first floor of the church, which we hereby confirm, in order further to 
promote the interests of the church, do 

Eesolve, That respecting the men's seats aforesaid, afler the death or 
removal of an occupant, his seat shall fall to his oldest son residing in 
this county; and in default of sons, to sons-in-law; and in want of sons- 
in-law, to brothers or brothers-in-law ; and if there be no brothers or 
brothers-in-law, then to cousins, etc., the eldest in all cases having pre- 
cedence; conditioned that as often as the seat be transferred by the death 
or removal of a sitter, his successor shall pay the sum of fifteen shillings 
to the churchwardens for transferring the same, for the behalf of the 
Nederduytsh church in this place. 

Having also further considered the matter of the women's pews, and 
what is for the interest of the respective parties, when by the death or 
removal of an occupant her seat becomes vacant, it shall descend to her 
eldest daughter residing within the bounds of the community ; and in 
default of daughters to daughters-in-law ; and in the absence of daughters- 
in law, to sisters; and if there be no sisters, to aunts; and if there be no 
aunts, to neices ; and thus at all times the succession to be limited to 
the eldest in the line of descent; upon the condition that as often as it 
shall become necessary to transfer a seat by reason of the death or absence 
of an occupant, the sum of twelve shillings shall be paid to the church- 
wardens for the behalf of the church aforesaid, by the successor thereto. 

Eesolved, further, That no man or woman having a seat, shall be per* 
mitt«d to sell or give it away to another, but that every one shall occupy 
his own seat. 

It is further determined that no person leaving this church by certifi- 
cate or otherwise, and going to another place, shall have any claim upon 



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Bjef. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 



No. 20. Bardenardus Harsen. 1766, to Jacob Harsen, his son. 
2 Samuel Pruyn. 8 Gaspares Pruyn. 

4 Hendrick Pruyn.1767, to Jacob F. Pruyn. 

5 AntoDie E. Bratt. 6 Isaac Van Arnam. 
No. 21. Robert Lansing. 
[Query 22?] 2 Johannes Jacobus Lansing. 

8 Gerhard us Lansingh. 

4 Johan Jo. Bleecker. 

5 Oerrit Gerritse Lansingh. 

6 Johannes M. Roseboom. 
No. 22. Dec. 1763. Joh». Gansevoort. 
[Query 28.] Joh«. M. Beeckman. 

John Van Alcn. 

Abraham Schuyler. 

Barent Van Alen. 

Cornelus Glen. 

These 6 seats occupied by them in common. 
No. 23. Cornelus V. Santvoord. 
Query 24 ? Joh^ Bradt. 

Thomas Bradt. 
Peter Bratt. 
No. 24. [Vacant]. 

No. 25. 1764. Wessel Van Schaick. 

Also numbered 26. Jacob Van Schaick. 
No. 26. 1764. Gerrit Van Santer, jr. 

Also numbered 27. Gysbert Van Santer, jr. 

David Groesbeeck. 

Hendrick Van Ness. 1768, to Gerret Groesbeeck. 

William G. Van Den Bergh. 

Jacob I. Lansing. Colonic. These seats in common. 



Abraham Roseboom. 
Abraham Fonda. 

These 5 seats in common. 



No 27. .Nicolaes Marselis. 
Coenraet Ten Eyck. 
Hendrick Staats. 

No. 28. 
No. 29. 
No. 80. 
No. 31. 
No. 82. Martin Mynderse. 

Wouter Quaokenbos. 
No. 33. Stephen Schuyler. 

Benjamin £berse. 

Andries Douw. 
No. 84. Rynier Van Alstyn. 
No. 35. Gerrit T. Vissher. 

Philip Wendel. 
No. 35. Tomas Luy. Witbeck. 

Abo No. 82. Joh». Tu. Visher. 

Anthony W. Groesbeek. 
Obedia Koepper. In't gemeen. 
No. 86. [Vacant]. 



Hendrick Marselis. 
Ephraim Van Vechten. 
Hendrick Ten Eyck, jr. 

These in common. 



Hendrick Bogert, jr. 

In common. 

Harmanis A. Wendel. 

William Staats. 

John Marselis. In common. 

Bastiaen T. Vissher. 

John Groesbeeck. 

John Van Ness. In't gemeen. 



Ref. Prot. Dutch Church of Albany. 80c 

No. 87. Abraham Hogkerck. 

Johannes Hoghkerck. Pijeter Wijtbeck. 

Jacob Van Deuscn. Rijenijer Van Jeivere. 

Deese sitte in't gemcen. TVillem Kobes Hijlten. 

No. 38. Dirrick B. Van Schoonhoven. Gerrit Roseboom. 

Also 39. Nanning Vissher, jr. Jacob G. Lansing. 

John Vissher, jr. Cornelis Douw. In'tgemeen. 

No. 39. 1766. Johannes Fr8« Pruyn. Doct. Wilhelmus Mancius. 

Peter Hansen. 1769, June 5, to PhjllepRensselaer. 

Barent Eoseboom. Johannes N. Sleeker, 
t Barent Ja. Ten Eyck. Dese 6 sitte in H gemeen. 

At a Consistory held in Albany, ) 
December 14th, 1768, j 

Hendrick M. Eoseboom, Symon Veeder, 

John Winnen, Picter Williams. 

Nicolaes Cuyler, G^rrardus Lansingh, 

Volokert P. Douw, Samuel Pruim, 

Elders. Deacons. 

Having taken into consideration certain resolutions of a former con- 
sistory concerning the disposal of the men's and women's seats on the 
first floor of the church, which we hereby confirm, in order further to 
promote the interests of the church, do 

Eesolye, That respecting the men's seats aforesaid, afler the death or 
removal of an occupant, his seat shall fall to his oldest son residing in 
this county; and in default of sons, to sons-in-law; and in want of sons- 
in-law, to brothers or brothers-in-law ; and if there be no brothers or 
brothers-in-law, then to cousins, etc., the eldest in all cases having pre- 
cedence; conditioned that as often as the seat be transferred by the death 
or removal of a sitter, his successor shall pay the sum of fifteen shillings 
to the churchwardens for transferring the same, for the behalf of the 
Nederduytsh church in this place. 

Having also further considered the matter of the women's pews, and 
what is for the interest of the respective parties, when by the death or 
removal of an occupant her seat becomes vacant, it shall descend to her 
eldest daughter residing within the bounds of the community ; and in 
default of daughters to daushters-in-law ; and in the absence of daughters- 
in law, to sisters ; and if there be no sisters, to aunts ; and if there be no 
aunts, to neices ; and thus at all times the succession to be limited to 
the eldest in the line of descent; upon the condition that as often as it 
shall become necessary to transfer a seat by reason of the death or absence 
of an occupant, the sum of twelve shillings shall be paid to the church- 
wardens for the behalf of the church aforesaid, by the successor thereto. 

Eesolved, further, That no man or woman having a seat, shall be per- 
mitted to sell or give it away to another, but that every one shall occupy 
his own seat. 

It is further determined that no person leaving this church by certifi- 
cate or otherwise, and going to another place, shall have any claim upon 



80d 



Rrf. Prat. Dutch Church qf Albany. 



the seat whicli he occupied in this church, hut may have the same trans* 
ferred to his nearest of kin, as herein before prescribed. 

The Domine absent. 
Hendrick Eoseboom, Seymon Joh". Veeder, 
John Winne, Peter Williams, 

Nicholas Cuyler, Gerardus Lansing, 

Volckert P. Douw, Samuel Pruyn. 



At a meeting of the Consistory, ) 
Albany, Dec. 30, 1779, j 
Present, Willem Winne, 

Peter Ganseyoort, 
Gerardus Ijansing, 
Joh^. M. Beekman, 

OuderUngen, 



Thomas Lansing, 
David Groesbeeky 
Elbert Willett, 
Gerrit Groesbeek, 

Diacanen, 



Being assembled to consider upon a dispute, and to examine and weieb 
the same, between Gerrit G. Lansing and Bastejaen Yisger, about ike 
transfer of a woman's seat in the year 1776 ; and having summoned per- 
sons familiar with the transaction at the time, who testify that, after due 
deliberation upon the matter, having due regard to the circumstances of 
the case, and the existing rules, they come to the conclusion that trans- 
ferring the seat to the wife of Bastejaen Yisger was right. We desire 
therefore to abide in peace and quietness by their decision. 

Besluit der Kerkeraet. 



[81] 



THE CITY RECORDS. 

1753. 



[These records, embracing a period of sixty-seven years, from 1686, 
when the Charter was obtained, to 1753, were published in the Annals of 
Albany^ and the indexes to that work furnish a clue to the transactions of 
the Common Council during that time, which could be known before only 
by the tedious process of examining the original volumes in manuscript. 
They are now taken up from the time they closed in that work, and em- 
brace a very important period in the history of the city, namely, from the 
beginning of the French war to the close of the American Revolution.] 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany, at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 29th day of May, 1753 — Present, Robert Sanders, Esq., 
Mayor, Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Esq., Recorder, John De Peyster, 
Abraham Douw, Job's Van Sante, John Glen, Harmee Gansevoort, 
Esqr", Aldermen, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Volkcrt P. Douw, John R. 
Bleecker, Assistants. 

This day two Petitions was signed in order to send to New York, one 
to his Excellency the Governor and the other to Robert Livingston, J"^, Esq., 
to lay before the Generall Assembly, praying the Honorable House to gitt 
an Act passed to lay a Tax on the province of New York for building a 
Stone wall about this City, which Petitions runs thus : 

To His Excellency the Honourable George Clinton, Captain Generall 
and Governour in Chief in and over the Province of New York and 
the Territories thereon depending in America, Vice Admiral of the 
same and Admiral of the white Squadron of his Majesty*s Fleet. The 
Petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of 
Albany in Common Councill convened, 
Most Humbly Sheweth : 

That whereas the City of Albany is a frontier Town, and the defence 
and preservation thereof of very great consequence to the safety of the 
whole Province in case of war with the French, but that the said City at 
present is altogether undefensible, open and exposed to the incursions of 
any Enemy, and the Corporation by reason of the heavy debt they ly under 
occasioned by the great ex pence we were at during the late War and no 
ways able to fortify the City unless assisted by a Provincial Tax, and 
whereas your Excellency's Petitioners have prepared a Petition to be laid 
before the General Assembly praying they would be pleased to lay a Tax 
of £6000 on Estates throughout this Province to defray the expence of 
building a wall with Bastions or Batteries at convenient distances for the 
defence of said City and security of the Province. 

Your Excellency's Petitioners most humbly pray that your Excellency 
may be pleased to recommend to the Generall Assembly in the most press- 
ing terms that you think proper to raise the said sum of £6000 for defray- 



82 The City Records, 1753. 

ing the charge of building said wall with Bastions and Batteries at con- 
venient distances for the defence of the City and security of the Province. 
And your Excellency's Petitioners an in duty bound shall ever pray. 

To the Honourable the Gencrall Assembly of the Province of New York 
in General Assembly convened. The Petition of the Mayor, Alder- 
men and Commonalty of the City of Albany, 
Humbly Sheweth : 

That whereas the City of Albany is a frontier Town and if well fortified 
might be a place of great security and defence not only for the Inhabitants of 
the said City and County of Albany, but of very great importance to the 
safety of the whole Province if attacked by the Knemy, the said City is at 
present altogether defenceless, open and exposed to Invasions of any Enemy, 
and in case a War break out with the French, it is not to be doubted their 
first attempt would be made on the C-ity of Albany and the Inhabitants 
become an eaf«y prey to the Enemy, which might prove of very fatal con- 
sequence to the Province. 

The Corporation of the City of Albany are much in debt occasioned by 
the great expence they were at during the late War, and are not at pre- 
sent in circumstances to pay the same much less to fortifie the City. 

There was a Stone wall begun severall years ago ; it was carried on but 
a little way : from the wall Stockadoes were put up and Block houses 
erected at convenient distances round the City. Many of the Stockadoes 
are now rotten and falling down, and could be of little or no use or service 
in case we should be attacked by the Enemy. That part of the wall then 
made is yet standing, and if carried on and finished might be of very great 
advantage to the safety of the Province in time of War. The Inhabitants 
to the northward and westward of the City could in time of danger retire 
thereto and not only defend themselves but probably be able to repulse the 
Enemy. It is computed that a sum of £6000 would be sufficient to build 
a wall to enclose the City (except on that side along the Biver), with Bas- 
tions or Batteries in the same at convenient distances, and if a Tax was 
laid on Estates, real and personal, throughout the Province for to build 
said wall, it is hoped that said Tax would not be the least grievance to any 
particular person. 

Your Honours Petitioners most humbly pray that you will be pleased to 
raise by a Tax on Estates, real and personal, throughout the Province the 
sum of £6000 for to defray the expence of building said wall with Bastions 
and Batteries at convenient distances for the defence of the place and 
security of the Province. That siiid sum be entrusted to such persons and 
paid in such proportions and at such times as the Legislature think proper, 
and that you appoint such proper person or persons to oversee the work 
under such regulation and restricti(ms as in your wisdom you shall think 
good. And your Honours Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

Robert Livingston. Esq"^ : Sir — We enclose a Petition which we beg the 
favour of you to deliver into the General Assembly, and beg also the 
favour of you to use your interest to gitt our prayer granted. If you find 
any fault in the Petition we desire you will please to gitt another drawn 
and send it up by the first opportunity. Coll. Johnson will bring with 
him a Petition for his Excellency the Governour for the same purpose. 

By order of Common Council. 

Ua: Gansevoort, Clerk. 




Robert Sanders^ Mayor. 83 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 5th day of June, 1853 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
John De Peyster, Jacob Ten Eyck, John Glen, Job's Van Sante, Har- 
mee Gansevoort, Esq", Aldermen ; John R. Blocker, Volkert P. Douw, 
Peter D. Wandelaer, Assistants. 

This Board agreed with Mr. Isaac Switts for passage and victualls for a 
number of Indians, not exceeding fifteen, to carry down to New York \ 
and this Board to pay him six shillings for each Indian; that is to say for 
passage and victuals. 

The Mayor undertook to right a Letter to his Excellency the Governour 
and to sign the same in behalf of y-^ Common Councill, which runs thus : 

Albany, June 6, 1753. 
May it please your Excellency — Sevcrall of y»* Mohawk Seachims and 
others came down here applied to us in Common Councill and told us that 
they had received some Wampen and a Message from y- Governour of 
Canada of very great consequence, and as there were no Commissioners to 
apply to here they requested of us to pay and provide them a passage down 
to New York, so as that they might communicate y*^ same to his Excel- 
lency, which we thought we could not well refuse, so that we have pro- 
vided a passage for few of them 1^ Mr. 8wits ; we are with due respect. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on y^ 2 June, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, John Glen, Johannis Van Sante, Harmee Gansevoort, 
Esqf % Aldermen ; John R. Bleeker, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Peter de 
Wandelaer, Assistants. 

The Mayor produced the Opinion of Mr. Smith, concerning y^ Ferry, 
which runs as follows, viz : 

Albany, y« 20 June, 1753. 

I have considered the case of the City of Albany, relating to the Ferry, 
and am of opinion that the present right of the Corporation will only ex- 
tend to the ferrige from y City to the opposite side of the River. 

Wm. Smith. 

I have also considered the case of the Corporation of Albany, and am of 
opinion that actions for Rent are well maintainable against y»* Tenants who 
refuse to pay the rent for those years in which they injoyed the profitts 
of the Lands. Dated 20 June, 1753. Wm. Smith. 

This day Mr. Barnardus Bratt for himself, and Harmee Gansevoort for 
Mr. Johannis Ten Broeck, agreed with this Board for y«^ Rent of the 
Ferry, each 50s. from y 4 day of Aprill last till y^* 4 day of Aprill, 1754, 
at the rates made in Common Council y*^ 26 day of February, 175^, ex- 
cepted only they may ferry from both sides. 

This Board ordered that an order be drawn upon their Chamberlain to 
let Michael Bessett and Robert Lansingh each have 6 Skipple of Wheat, 
and charge their accounts therewith. 

Resolved by this Board, that y Mayor execute the Deed to Daniel 
MacMichael for the House and Land where he now dwels, in behalf of yc 
Common Councill in the presence of two Aldermen, and that the Clerk 
affix the City Seal thereunto. 

This Board having considered upon the Opinion of Mr. Smith, relateing 
the Tenants of Schagkook, and Resolved, that a Power of Attorney be 



84 The City Records, 1753. 

drawn and signed in Common Coancill to send Mr. Smith, in order to 
prosecute those Tenants that do not agree on or before the first day of 
August next ensueing, and that copies of the Indentures of such persons 
as shall not agree within y- time lemitted be sent to Mr. Smith in New 
York. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of y« 
said City on y*^^ 31 day of July, 1758 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
John Glen, John De Peyster, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh* Van Sante, Abra- 
ham Douw, Ilarmc Gansevoort, Esq'^**, Aldermen ] Johannis Ja. Lan- 
singh, John R. Bleeker, Volkert P. Douw. 

Ordered by this Board that an order be drawn upon y^* City Treasurer 
to let Jacob Ten Eyck have 416 J Skipple Wheat at 48. '^ Skipple and 
eight pence in cash, which is in full to discharge y ' ballance of a Bond of 
£200 and interest of the same, which Bond was executed by Dirck Ten 
Broeck, Esfj^, late Mayor, under the City Seal, by vertue of a Resolution 
entered in the Minutes of Comon Councill y 24th day of October, 1747, 
which order y- Clerk sign in behalf of y Common Council, and that y« 
Treasurer demand y*^^ said Bond when y- Wheat is delivered. 

John Davids presented a lV»tition to this Board, which is taken into 
consideration. 

Petition of severall of y Inhabitants of y Third Ward, which this 
Board has taken in consideration and made a Resolution thereupon as fol- 
lows: 

Resolved by this Board, that y Pavement between the Ilouses of Jacob 
Lansing and David A. Schuyler be raised and made higher, so that the 
water that comes down from the hill between y- Houses of Jacob Visscher 
and Jacob Lansing may vent itself thro' y" Lane or Street between the 
Houses and Lota of David A. Schuyler and the Widow Catharina Cuyler, 
and so down the said Lane or Street into y* River, to be performed and 
finished at any time before y^' 15th day of September next ensueing, and 
if any person or persons shall neglect, refuse or delay to obey, perform and 
fulfill y»' orders and directions so given by the Aldermen and Assistants of 
y<^ said Third Ward, shall forfeit the sum of twenty shillings for each de- 
laye and for the behoof of y Sheriff", to be recovered before y- Mayor, 
Recorder, or any one of y ' Aldermen of y said city. 

Ordered, That an Order be drawn upon y ' Treiusurer to let Anthony 
Bratt have twelve Skipple of Wheat and charge his account therewith at 
four shillings ^ Skipple. 

An Ordinance published for the selling of Flesh in the Markets. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y City Hall of ye 
said City on y<? 8 day of August, 1758 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Johannis Van Sante, Harniee Gansevoort, John Glen, John De Peyster, 
Esq'"', Aldermen ; John R. Bleeker, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Job" Ja^^^ 
Lansingh, Peter De Wandelaer. 

John Flensburgh delivered an Account to this Board of 8s. 3d. for re- 
pairing y- Stoep before ye City Hall, and orders payment. 

Pieter Binneway, in behalf for y*^^ rest of y- people of Schaagkook, ap- 
peared in Common Councill and agreed with this Board for y^ Rent and 
arrearages due to this City to leave the dispute to two indifferent persons, 
and if in case they can not agree, that then they chuse y-* third person, 



Robert Sanderit^ Mayor. 85 

and that ye People of Schagkook appoint one or more proper persons to 
enter into Bonds of Arbitration on or before y»^ first day of September 
next. 

Resolved by this Board, That y^ Treasurer pay Joh^ Seger £9:10. 

At a Common Councill held for y-' City of Albany at y • City Hall of the 
said City on the 5th day of September, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, Jacob 
Ten Eyek, John De Peyster, Harme Gansevoort, John R. Bleeker, 
John Beekman, Jun% John Ja. Lansingh, Volkert P. Douw. 

Whereas the Ordinance formerly made by the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonality of this City for the electing two Constables in each Ward of 
this City is expired of its own limitation, it is hereby ordained by the 
Mayor, Aldermen and Assistants of this City, that on the 29 day of Sep- 
tember next ensueing shall be chosen in each of the Wards of this City, 
two petty Constables of which the Aldermen of each Ward or any of them 
shall make their return with the rest of the City Officers. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 27 day of September, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, 
John Glen, Joh^ Van Sante, Jacob Ten Eyck, John De Peyster, 
Harmee Gansevoort,John Ja. Lansingh, Barent H. Ten Eyck, John R. 
Bleeker, Volkert P. Douw. 

Pursuant to §, Resolution made in Common Councill the 8 day of Au- 
gust, 1753, appeared here in Common Councill Peter Binneway, Joh** De 
Wandelaer, and Joh" Knikerbaker, Jun^, together with this Board ap- 
pointed Renselaer Nicoll, Esq^, and Mr. Joseph Yates, Jun"", and have 
entered into Bonds of £500. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Mayor in behalf of the Mayor, Alder- 
men and Commonality, execute the said Bond and the City Seal be there- 
unto affixed, which is done in the presence of this Board. 

Egbert Bratt delivered to this Board an Account of £2 out of is allowed 
twenty-eight shillings, and ordered the Treasurer to the same. 

Elizabeth Donalson delivered an Account of £8:2, which is allowed to 
her mother Anna Kitchner, the 6th day of December, 1745, and is ordered 
that the Clerk draw an order upon the Treasurer to pay the same, pro- 
vided that what is paid thereon before on the same Account. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y«^ City Hall of the 
said City on y« 29 September, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, John De 
Peyster, Jacob Ten Eyck, John Glen, Harme Gansevoort, Volkert P. 
Douw, John R. Blocker, John Beekman, Jun^ 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration Officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for y® year 
ensueing, according to the direction of y Charter, viz : 

First Ward. — John De l^eyster and Johannis Van Sante, Aldermen ; 
Volkert P. Douw, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Assistants ) Joghum Staats and 
Gerrit Joh^ Marcelis, Constables. 

Second Ward. — Jacob Ten Eyck and John Glen, Aldermen; John R. 
Bleeker, John Beekman, Junior, Assistants; John Joh« Cuyler, Rynier 
Van Yveren, Jun^, Constables. 

Third Ward. — Abraham Douw and John H. Ten Eyck, Aldermen ; 




86 The City Records, 1753. 

Peter De Wandelaer, Abraham Yates, Assistants ; Dirck Roseboom and 
Harmanus Cuyler, Constables. 

This Board appoints Johannis Roseboom Treasurer or Chamberlain for 
J*-' year ensueing. Johannis Soger, Marchell ; John Joh"* Cuyler, Uigh 
Constable. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 15 day of October, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, 
John Glen, John De Peyster, Jacob Ten Eyek, Volkert P. Douw, John 
Beekman, Jun"^, Barent il. Ten Eyck, Peter De Wandelaer. 

John Glen, John De Peyster, Jacob Ten Kyck, John H. Ten Eyck, 
took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test sworn to the due execu- 
tion as Aldermen for the City and Justices of the Peace for y^ City and 
County of Albany. 

Volkert P. Douw, John Beekman, Jun^, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Peter 
De Wandelaer, Assistants for the ensucing year, took the Oaths, signed 
the Test sworn to the due execution of their offices. 

Harmanus Cuyler, Dirck Roseboom, Gerrit Joh" Marcelis, Rynier Van 
Yeveren, Constables, took the Oaths signed the Tests sworn to the due 
execution of their offices. 

John Joh' Cuyler took the Oaths, signed the Test sworn to the office 
of High Constable. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 24 day of October, 1758 — Present, the Mayor, 
Recorder, John H. Ten Eyck, John Glen, John De Peyster, Jacob Ten 
Eyck, John Beekman, Jun^, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, 
Peter De Wandelaer. 

Resolved by this Board, that an Order be drawn on the Treasurer, to 
let Wouter N. Groesbeek have six Skipple of Wheat, and charge his ac- 
count therewith at 4s. "^ Skipple. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 27 day of October, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, 
Recorder, John Glen, John H. Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sante, Jacob Ten 
Eyck, John Beekman, Jun'", Barent H. Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw. 

Resolved by this Board, that the South bound of the old Sarigtogen 
patent being oppiste Anthony Creek on the East side of Hudson River, 
East into the woods being forthwith run, and that the five hundred acres 
granted to this Corporation by the Charter to the South of the said Patent, 
that is to say, the South bounds being surveyed according to the directions 
of the said Charter. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 5 day of No- 
vember, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, John Glen, Joh'^ H. Ten Eyck, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, John De Peyster, Abraham Douw, Volker P. Douw, 
John R. Blocker, John Beekman, Juu"". 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire M:i8ters for the ensue- 
ing year : • 

Marta Mynderse, William Van Sante, for the first ward. 
Evert Joh* Wendell, Isaac Gulyn Verplank, for the second ward 
John M. Beekman, Rynier Van Alstyn, for the third ward. 



Robert Sanders^ Mayor. 87 

N. B. Ordered, that Warrants be given to ye Fire Masters and that ye 
Clerk sign them, by order of the Common Councill. 

James WiUsou produced a Commission appointing him High Sheriflf for 
ye City and County of Albany, has takeing the Oaths appointed by Law, 
signed the Test and took the for the due execution of his office. 

Abraham Douw, Alderman, John R. Bleeker and Abraham Yates, As- 
sistants, are sworn to the due execution of their offices. 

Pursuant to a Resolution entered in y • Minutes of Common Councill, 
the 27 October last past, this Board have this day agreed with John R.' 
Bleeker, for five pounds, to run the East Line of y*^ old Sarigtogen Patent 
and survey the five hundred acres of Land, to y • words of the Charter. 
This Board have also appointed Sybrant E. Van Schaick, Jacob Ten Eyck 
and John Beekman, Jun^, to go along when they think it most convenient. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Treasurer sell all the City WJieat at 
48. the lowest ^ Skipple. 

At a Common Councill held for y^^ City of Albany, at y- City Hall of the 
said City on the 27 November, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Johannis Van Sante, Joh* H. Ten Eyck, John Glen, Volkert P. Douw, 
Peter De Wandelaer, John Beekman, JunJ", John R. Bleeker, Abraham 
Yates. 

This Board agreed with Sybrant Van Schaick for seven or eight morgan 
of wood land lying within y*^ bounds of Schagkook on y- East side of 
Tomhenick Creek, below the first high fall of water on the said Creek, 
and is bounded along the said Creek Rodd on a straight Line and so back 
to the Eastward till it shall take in seven or eight morgan ; he is to have 
it ten years for nothing, and at y^- expiration of the ten years to pay 
yearly and every year, five Skipple of good winter Wheat at Albany, and 
to give the preverence or refusal of the said Lands to the Corporation of 
this City if he inclined to sell the same. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk draw an Advertisement to send 
by a safe hand to be fixed up at Schagkook, that y*-' occupiers of the Saw 
Mill standing on Tomhenick Creek come forthwith and agree with the 
Corporation of this City, otherwise expect to be prosecuted. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y^ City Hall of the 
said City on the 11 day of December, 1753 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh" Van Sante, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Abra- 
ham Douw, John Beekman, Jun'^, Abraham Yates, Volkert P. Douw, 
Peter De Wandelaer. 

Johannis Knikerbaker, Jun', made application to this Board for a piece 
of wood Land of about twenty morgan, lying within the bounds of Schag- 
kook along the River adjoyning the Lands of his Brother llarme Kniker- 
baker, which Land is to gitt surveyed upon his own cost and make return 
of y^* Boundaries that y Indentures may drawn accordingly, for which 
Land y^- said Johannis Knikerbaker, Jun«^, agrees to pay £20 current 
money of New York, by the delivery of y^ Indentures, and four Skipple 
of good winter Wheat of yearly Rent in the month of January or Febru- 
ary for ever, the first payment to begin in January or February, 1763. 

Ordered, That the Clerk draw an order upon the Treasurer to pay Job 
Seger fifteen shillings for Robert Roseboom and Annatje Marcelis Negroa 
for wood he bought of them, 1745. 



88 The City Records, 1754. 

At a Common Couiicill hold for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 8 day of January, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, John Glen, Jacob Ten Kyck, John I)e Peyster, Job-* Van Sante, 
Job" H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, Escir^ Aldermen ; John R. IMeeker, 
John Beekman, Jun^, Peter De Wandclaer, Abraham Yates, BarentH. 
Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, Assistants. 

Whereas the dispute between this Corporation and their Tenants of 
Schagkook is left to final end and judgment of Renselaer Nicoll, Es^j"", and 
Mr. Joseph Yates, this Board appoints the 3Iayor, 31 r. John De Peyster, 
and Mr. John R. Blocker to open their case before the indifferent men in 
behalf of this Corporation, and that y Mayor bring with him such Inden- 
tures as then shall be required for that purpose. 

Mr. Jacob Bogart delivered an Account of £5:14, which is allowed and 
ordered that the Clerk draw for the payment upon the Treasurer in full 
for his account. 

The following Ordinances were this day made and published, viz : 

An Ordinance for the due observation of the Lord's day and the regu- 
lateing of Negro Slaves. 

An Ordinance to prevent Accidents by unruly Riding. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 4 day of April, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, John De I'eyster, John Glen, Joh^ Van Sante, Barcnt II. Ten 
Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, l^eter De Wandclaer, Abraham Yates. 

Resolved by this Board, that Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Abraham Douw 
and Ilarmee Gansevoort, as they are going down to New York, consult with 
such Gentleman as they think proper for to gitt a I'etition drawn in such 
a form as they shall be advised if necessary to lay before the General As- 
sembly to gitt a Night Watch, for y City of Albany, and some relief for 
yc Debts contracted y hist War, and to endeavour to git our Petition 
granted, dated y^' 29 5lay, 1753, signed and laid before the Assembly for 
a Stone wall round this City. And it is further Resolved the above men- 
tioned persons eyther one or more of them sign y said Petition in behalf 
of y^' Common Councill, and who shall pay for drawing shall be repaid at 
his return. 

Resolved by this Board, that y^ Clerk draw an order upon y^ Treasurer 
to let Joh^ Soger have eighteen Skipple of Wheat and charge his account 
therewith. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y*^" City Hall of the 
said City on the 22 day of April, 1754 — Present, the .Mayor, Abraham 
Douw, John Glen, Jacob Ten Eyck, Job-* H. Ten Eyck, Job*" Van 
Sante, John De Peyster, Volkert P. Douw, Barent H. Ten Eyck, 
Abraham Yates, Peter De Wandclaer, John R. Bleccker. 

Mr. Peter de Wandclaer, one of the members of this Board, undertook 
to go to Schagkook and see wether the Ilosick Patentees do survey or lay 
out any of this City's Land there within the bounds of this Corporation's 
Land, and if they do, he the siiid Wandelaei' is hereby impowered to for- 
bid them to measure it or any part thereof, and this Corporation is to bear 
him harmless for so doing, and that they shall pay him for his trouble, 
and that the Clerk serve him with a copy of this order, and that he also 
write a Letter to Mr. Peter Binneway to desire him to go with said Wan- 
dclaer and assist him. 



Robert Sanders^ Mayor. 89 

At Common Councill held for the City of Albany, at ye City Hall of yc 
said City on y< 24 day of Aprill, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Abraham 
Douw, John Glen, John De Peystcr, Joh^ H. Ten Eyek, Jacob Ten 
Eyck, Peter De Wandelaer, John R. Bleeker, Volkert P. Douw, Abra- 
ham Yates. 

Resolved by this Board, that an order be drawn on y^ City Treasurer to 
pay unto Jacobus Rcatliff, Wouter Groesbeck, Joh^ Goewyck and Benjar 
min Goewyck, y^ sum of twelve shillings for rideing a great Gun. 

Mr. Barnardus Bratt, for himself, and Mr. Volkert P. Douw, for Mr. 
Johannis Ten Broeck, having this day agreed with this Board for the Rent 
for this ensuing year for the Ferry, at five pounds, that is to say, fifty 
shillings for y*' said Bratt and fifty shillings for y- said Ten Broeck, to be 
ended the 4 day of April next, 1755, in following conditions. 

For every person, if single, 3 Copers, which we use to call Pennis; if 
more than one, 2 Coppers. 

Every head of Cattle 9 Copers. 

Every hundred weight Bever or Skins, 4 Coppers, and so in proportion 
to a greater or lesser quantity. 

N. B. The said Ferry men to go from sun rise to eight o'clock at night 
for y^ above condition, as also for y- said conditions to ferry from yc 4 day 
of April 1754 till y • 4 day of April 1755, December, January, February, 
excepted ; then every person to agree for himself. 

At a Common Councill held for y^^ City of Albany at y^ City Hall of the 
said City on the 9 day of May, 1754 — -Present, the Mayor, Jacob Ten 
Eyck, Job-* Ten Eyck, John Glen, Job'* Van Sante, John De Peyster, 
Barent H. Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, Peter De Wandelaer. 

Resolved by this Board, that y • City Treasurer pay Mr. Abraham Douw 
such a sum of money as shall appear to be due for yc Quit Rent of our 
Charter and the Patent granted to Henry Van Renselaer for y^ Lands 
about Schagkook. Ordered that our Treasurer be served with a copy of 
this Resolution. 

Ordered that y Treasurer pay Jacobus Van Valkenburg the sum of £6 
and charge his account for y« same. 

An Ordinance published for cleaning and repairing the Btreets before y« 
18 day of this instant. 

Robert Lansing delivered an Account of £12:6 for repairing and mate- 
rials found for a Door to the Fire Engine House, which is allowed and 
payment ordered. 

Ordered by this Board, that y • Treasurer let Robert Lansingh and 
Michael Bessett have each 6 Skipple of Wheat, and charge their accounts 
for ye same. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y^^ City Hall of the 
said City on the 23 day of May, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Job' H. Ten Kyck, John Glen, John De Peystcr, Abra- 
ham Yates, Volkert P. Douw, Barent H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker. 

John Flensburgh delivered an Account of £2:7:6, for repairing and 
materials found for the Brige in the First Ward, which is allowed and or- 
dered to be drawn upon the City Treasurer for y-* payment. 

Thomas Williams delivered an Account of £1:15, for his journey and 
other expenses done at Schagkook by order of this Corporation, wliich is 
allowed and ordered that y • Clerk draw an order for ye same. 

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90 The City Records, 1754. 

At a Common Couucill held for the City of Albany at y^' City Hall of the 
said City on the 13 day of June, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Ten Kyck, Jolm De Peyster, »J()h* Van Sante, John Glen, Harent 
II. Ten Eyck, Abraham Yates, Peter De Wandelaer, Volkert P. Douw. 

Ordered by this Board, that the City Treasurer pay unto Barent H. 
Ten Kyck y • sum of £3:5, which he has disbursed for 30 Jb Powder ; if he 
has no money to pay it wheat at 3s. JUL ^ Skipple. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Mayor speak to Mr. Smith for his 
Advise concerning y dispute between the Comonality of this ( -ity and the 
Patentees of Hosack, relateing the Boundaries, and in case Mr. Smith is 
engaj^ed then to ask Mr. William liivinjrston to meet the Comon Councill 
when he luis time, and that then y Mayor brin;^ with him such writings 
as shall be then and there required for that purpose by the (-omnion 
Councill. Further Resolved that a fee of £3 be paid to whom shall be 
their Councill. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at City Hall of y® said 
City on y»' 26 June, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder. John Glen, 
John De Peyster, Jacob Ten Kyck, Joh"* H. Ten Kyck, Volkert P. 
Douw, Peter De Wandelaer, Abraham Yates. 

Ordered, That y City Treasurer pay to Barent H. Ten Eyck the sura 
of £3 in Wbeat at 3s. 9d. "^ Skipple, for money disbursed by him to Mr. 
Smith for advise, pursuant to a Resolution of Coumion Councill the 13 
day of this instant mouth. 

At a Common Councill held for y City of Albany on the 2 day of July, 
1754 — i*rcsent, the Mayor, Recorder, John De Peyster, Joli' U. Ten 
Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, Abraham Yates, A'olkert P. Douw, John R. 
Bleeker. 

Resolved, That his Honour the Lieutenant (jrovernour and the Gentle- 
men that attended him from Xew York, also the Commissioners from the 
neighbouring (lovernments be jusked to Dinner at the City Hall tomorrow. 
This Board has agreed with Robert Lateridge to prepare for the same at 
one shilling and sixpence for each Dinner, and that the Comonalty pay 
for y^ Dinner at their own proper cost, and that the Liijuor be at the ex- 
pence of y^' City. 

At a Common Councill held for y> City of Albany at y City Hall of y^ 
said City on the 13 dayoi" August, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, John (ilen, Joh- Van Saute, John De Peyster, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, Abraham Yates, Volkert P. Douw, 
John R. Bleeker. 

Robert Lateridge delivered and Account of £19:3:1, wherof £2:0:9 is 
expended by the indifterence upon the dispute with y^ Tenants of Schag- 
kook, £2:8 for Wine at y ('ity Flail at the arrival of his Honour y^ Lieu- 
tenant Governour. and £14:8:4 lor y an Entertainment, out of which ye 
Comonalty has paid according to their Resolution entered in the Minutes 
yti 2 day of July last past, for the Dinners £5:0, and ordered that y«^ Clerk 
draw upon the Treasurer to pay Robert Lateridge i'or y ballauce, £13:17:1. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Clerk draw an order that y Treasurer 
sell to John R. Bleeker 100 Skipple W^heat, and to John Gansevoort 50 



Robert Sanders y Mayor, 91 

Skipple ; then all the remainder, excepting 50 Skipple, to whom will give 
the highest prys ; John 11. Bleeker and John Gansevoort to pay accord- 
ingly. 

To His Honour, James J)e Lancey, Esq"", his Majesty's Lieutenant 
Governour and Commander in Chief in and over the Province of 
New York and the Territories depending in America, 
Humbly Sheweth : 

Whereas the City of Albany is a frontier Town, and the defence and 
preservation thereof of very great consequence to the safety of the whole 
Province in case of a Warr with the French, but that the said City at 
present is altogether undefensible. open and exposed to the incursions of any 
Enemy, and the Corporation by reason of the heavy Debt they still labour 
under, occasioned by the great expence they were at in the last Warr 
agjiinst the French and no ways able to pay the same, much less to fortifie, 
unless strongly assisted. 

Your Honours Petitioners most humbly pray your Honour will be 
pleased to recommend to the (icnerall Assembly, at their next meeting, to 
build a wall round the city, so as your Honour and the other Branches of 
the Legislature shall judge proper, and your Honours Petitioners as in 
duty bound shall ever pray. 

At a Common Councill held for y (Yity of Albany on the 2 day of Septem- 
ber, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, John 
Glen, Abraham Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, Barent II. Ten Eyck, Abra- 
ham Yates, Volkert P. Douw, John R. Bleeker. 

Ordered that the Treasurer sell to Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Esq^ six 
Skipple of the Cities Wheat at the rate as you have sold y last to others. 

Edward Williams dilivered an Account of £9:4:9, which is allowed by 
this Board and ordered payment for y same. 

At a (-ommon Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on y 11 day of September, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, 
Recorder, John De Peyster, John Glen, Joh* Van Sante, Job" H. Ten 
Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham 
Yates, Peter De Wandelaer, Barent H. Ten Eyck. 

The following Answer was this day wrote to his Honour the Lieutenant 
Governour : 

May it Please your Honour — We have received your favour of the first 
instant, and noted the contents. We had already before we had received 
your Letter begun to procure Stockadoes and very busy setting the same ; 
and as for repairing the Block houses, we can not gitt no person to undertake 
the same upon the credit of the Province, and the City being still consid- 
erable indebted, occasioned by the last Warr against the French, upon the 
same account were we still labour under, which our predecessors engaged 
for, and by all probability we shall be without any income this year, for all 
our Tenants at Schagkook are broke up, and we will do all in our power 
to prevent any sudden surprise. We are with much esteem. 

Peter Yates delivered an Account of £1:8:5, for repairing and finding 
materials for Block house No. 5, which is allowed and order the Treasurer 
to pay the same. 

Anthony Van der See delivered an Account of £9:5, for work done and 



92 The City Records, 1764. 

money disbursed in the year 1745. This Board Resolved that the Treaa- 
urer pay him one half of his account, which is £4:12:6. 

Resolved by this Board, That an order l»e drawn upon the Treasurer 
for thirty Skipples Wheat, to be delivered to the following persons : 

To Anthony Bratt, *J Skipple. 

To Killiacn AVinne, 6 Do. 

To Jurjan Ilogan, 6 Do. 

To Joh^ Soger, Do. 

To Jacobus Valenburgh, 8 Do. 

30 Skipple. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y (^ity Tlall of the 
said City on the 28 day of September, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, John 
Glen, Jacob Ten Eyck, Job-* H. Ten Eyck, John R. Blocker, Barent H. 
Ten Eyck, Peter De Wandelaer, A'olkert P. Douw. 

Whereas the ordinance formerly made by the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Comonalty of this (Mty for the electing two Const^ibles in each Ward of 
the City is expired of its own limitation, it is hereby ordained by the 
Mayor, Aldermen and Assistants of this (Mty, that on the 29 day of Sep- 
tember next ensueing shall be chosen in cacOi Ward of this ( -ity, two petty 
Constables, of which the Aldermen in each Ward, or any of them, shall 
make their returns with the rest of the City officers. 

Resolved by this Board, that an order be drawn upon the (^ity Treasurer 
to repay Jacob Ten Eyck £1:14:10, for money disbursed by him for this 
City. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at y'^ (;ity TTall of the 
said City on 21) day of September, 1754 — i^resent, the 3Iayor, Recorder, 
John Grlen, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joli^ Van Sante, John De Peyster, Job"* 
H. Ten Eyck, Barent 11. Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, jWr De Wan- 
delaer, Abraham Yates, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Jun^ 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for the year 
ensueing, according to y^ directions of the Charter, viz : 

First Ward. — »Joh^ Van Sante and Volkert P. Douw, Aldermen; Evert 
Wendell, Assistant; Hendrick J. Bogart and Burger lluwson, (Vmstables. 

Second Ward. — »Tacob Ten Eyck and Oerrit Marcelis, Aldermen; John 
R. Bleecker and John Beekman Jun^, Assistants; John Bleeker, Jun"", 
and Abraham Cuyler, Constables. 

Third Ward.— JoIp II. Ten Eyck and Abraham Douw, Aldermen; 
Abraham Yates and Harme (ransevoort, Assistants; Henry Abeel and 
Gerrit Wilhelmis Van den Bergh, Constables. 

Whereas this day Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun"", and Robert Lansing are 
equal in Votes chosen for an Assistant in the First Ward, wherefore it is 

Resolved by this Board, that on the 14 day of October next ensueing, a 
new Election be held for the chusing of another Assistant for the said 
First Ward of this ('ity, and that ye Aldermen of said Ward give notice 
accordingly. 

This Board appoints John Roseboom for their Chamberlain, and Joh« 
Seger, Marshall for the year ensueing. 



Hans Hansen^ Mayor. 93 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y- City Hall of the 
said City on y ' 14 October, 1764 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, John 
De Peyster, Joh^ Van Sante, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, 
Abraham Douw, Abraham Yates, John Beekman, Jun"", John R. Bleeker. 

Hans Hansen, Esq"", produced a Commission appointing him Mayor and 
Clerk of y Market of this City and Coroner of the said City and County 
for y^" ensueing year, took y - Oaths appointed by Law, signed yc Test, and 
was sworn to the due execution of the said offices. 

Abraham Yates, Jun^, Esq"", produced a Commission appointing him 
High Sheriff of y • City and County of Albany, took y Oaths appointed 
by Law, signed y Test, and was sworn to the due execution of said office. 

Jacob Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marcelis, Joh"* H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, 
Joh" Van Sante, Esqr% being chosen Aldermen for y»^ ensueing year, took 
said Oaths appointed by Law, signed y Test and sworn to y-' due execu- 
tion of their offices. 

John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Jun'", Evert Wendell, Jacob Van 
Schaick, Abraham Yates and Harmee Gansevoort, Assistants, took ye said 
Oaths, signed Test, and were sworn to the due execution of their office. 

Henry Abeel took the said Oaths, signed y*^ Test, was sworn to y*^ office 
of High Constable for y«' ensueing year. 

John Joh"* Bleeker, Abraham Cuyler, Burger Hewson and Gerrit W. 
Van den Bergh, took Oaths, signed the Test, and sworn to j^ due execu- 
tion of their office as Constable. 

Hendrick Isaak Bogardt was sworn to the due execution of y^ office of 
Constable. 

Pursuant to a Resolution made y^* 29 September last, for electing an 
Assistant in the Third [First ?] Ward, Jacob Van Schaick is this day re- 
turned Assistant by majority of votes. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at ye City Hall of the 
said City on y ' 2 October, 1754 — Present, Hans Hansen, Esq"", Mayor, 
Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Escf, Recorder, Gerrit Marcelis, Joh** Van 
Sante, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Yates, John Beekman, junr, Evert 
Wendell, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That y^ Clerk draw an order upon the City 
Treasurer to pay Wilhelmus Van den Bergh £5, to Anthony A. Brattten 
shillings, to Sybrant Quackonboss ten shillings, and to Johannis Seger £9 
in cash and 6 Skipple Wheat at 4s. Gd. *^ Skipple. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at y^" Hall of the said 
City on y*^^ 2 November, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Johannis H. Ten 
Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sante, John Beekman, Jun^, John 
R. Bleeker, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer pay Mr. Jacob Ten Eyck three shillings 
for a Lock and Key to Block house No. 5. 

Resolved by this Board to spend the sum of £3 at the house of Edward 
Williams on the King's birth day, which Hon the 10 of this instant. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on 28 day of November, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Volkert P. Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sante, Gerrit Marselis, 
John R. Bleefcer, Jacob Van Schaick, Evert Wendell, Ha: Gansevoort. 



94 The City Records, 1755. 

Resolved by this Board, That an order be drawn upon the City Treas- 
urer, to pay John Ja' Reatlifl' y ' sum of £5 for last year Selleray to ring 
Bell. 

To Johannis Seger, according to agreement, for to warn the person who 
had the oversight of y- Watch for two months, six shillings ^ month, and 
two shillings ibr a Roap, in all fourteen shillings. 

This Board appoints y following persons Fire Masters for this City for 
the year ensueing, viz : 

Staats Van Santvoordt, llarmanus Schuyler, for y- first ward. 

Jan Mase, Jun% Bastiaen Visscher. for y second ward. 

Harmanus Wendell, John Job- Cluct, for y third ward. 

Ordered, That Warrants be given to the Fire Masters of each Ward 
accordingly, and that the Clerk sign y same, by order of the Common 
Couucill. 

At a Common Councill held for y ■ City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 4 December, 1754 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Joh"* Van Sante. Abraham J)ouw, Volkert P. Douw, Joh^ II. Ten Eyck, 
John R. Bleekcr, Jacob Van Schaick. Robert Wendell, Abraham Yates, 
Ila: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That an order be given upon the City Treasurer 
to pay Joh' Wyngart, the sum of £5:12:6 for his Accounts in full. 

An Ordinance this day made and published for appointing, establishing 
and regulating a good and. sufficient Night Watch in the City of Alb.any. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on y 9 December, 1754— Present, the 31ayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, (ierrit Marselis, Volkert P. Douw, 
Joh* H. Ten Eyck, John R. J31eeker, Evert Wendell, Jacob Van Schaick, 
John Beekman, Jun^ Abraham Yates, Ha: (lansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That an order be given to Isaac Bogert upon 
the Treasurer for nine Skipple Wheat, and that he charge his Account 
therewith prys currant. 

The following Ordinances where this day published, viz : 

For the due observation of the Lord's day ; do. for preventing Fire. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at y City Hall of ye 
said City on y 18 January, 1755 — Present, the Mayor. Recorder, Joh» 
H. Ten Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sant«, Abraham Douw, Vol- 
kert P. Douw, John Beekman, Jun"", Abraham Yates, Evert Wendell, 
Jacob Van Schaick, John R. Bleeker, Ha: (lansevoort. 

The following Accounts were allowed, viz : 

To Toby as Ten Eyck, - - - £1:15:0 

To Jacob Ten Eyck, ... - 0:14:0 

To Tuenis Viele, .... 0: 2:3 

To Patrick Clerk, .... 0:12:3 

To Arent Van Duc^en, ... 0: 3:0 



£3: 4:6 
Resolved by this Board, That y«^ Clerk pay to Mr. Jacob Ten Eyck 
the sum of £3:4:6 to discharge y above Account out of y • money he has 
received for yc use of the City Seal. 



Hanh Hansen^ Mayor. 95 

And we do further allow to Harme Gansevoort out of y- same money 
that he has received for y use of said Seal, the sum of £S for Timber 
bought by Nicholas Blocker and Jacob Viser in the year 174G, y first day 
of August, then Aldermen ; as also £3 to y said Harme Gansevoort for 
two Orders from John Bell, which is due to him, as by the Record and 
the City Book may appear ; which Orders he is to deliver to y^ City 
Treasurer, to be charged to y- said Bel's Account. 

And it is further ordered that j" s ^ llarmee Gansevoort bring in account 
of y<' money he has received for the Seal. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at y City Hall of y« 
said City on the 20 day of January, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Abra- 
ham Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, Joh^ 
Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Yates, Jacob Van Schaick, 
Evert Wendell, Harmee Gansevoort. 

An Ordinance published to prevent Accidents by unruly rideing. • 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 18 day of March, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Abraham 
Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, Job- H. Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, John R. 
Bleeker, Jacob Van Schaick, Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, Jun^ 

Mr. Tobyas Ten Eyck delivered an Account of 10 Pitch pine Boards at 
12d. '^, which is allowed. 

Resolved and ordered by this Board, that y*^" Clerk write forthwith to 
the People at Schagtekook to pay their Rents between this and the first 
day of Aprill, otherways expect to be prosecuted, and that the Clerk sign 
in behalf of the Corporation. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 29 March, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Abra- 
ham Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, Job' H. Ten Eyck, Ger' Marselis, Abra- 
ham Yates, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Jun% Evert Wendell, 
Jacob Van Schaick, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Several of the Inhabitants of Schagkook was sent for this day in Comon 
Councill; Wouter Groesbcck, Johannis Knikerbacker and Huge Viele 
appeared. This Board asked them wether they would pay the Rents for 
the year 1755. They desired eight days to give their answer, which is 
granted. 

At a Common Councill held for y^ City of Albany on the 8 day of April, 
1755 — Present, the Mayor, Volkert P. Douw, Joh^ Van Sante, Joh^ 
H. Ten Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, John R. Bleeker, John 
Beekman, Jun^ Ha: Gansevoort, Abraham Yates. 

The following Ordinance was this day made and published : 
Be it ordained by the 31ayor, Aldermen and Assistants of y^ City of 
Albany, in Common Council convened, and it is hereby ordained by the 
authority of the same, that from the 14 instant every Baker within this 
City do make their Bread of y*- finest white Flower, and that every Loaf 
of white Bread of 4 Copers shall weigh 21b, and a Loaf of 2 Coppers weigh 
lib, and hereafter from time to time to be estiiblished under y^ penalty of 
forfeiture of all such Bread to y^ Poor as shall be found not to be good and 
wanting of due assize, and also 6 shillings fine for each offence, to y*^ use 



96 The City Records, 1755. 

of such person as will sue or prosecute for y^ same, to be recovered before 
the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen, or any of them, with cost of suit. 
Dated this 8 April, 1755. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 3 May, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Joh^* Ten Eyck, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh"* Van Sante, Gcrrit Marsclis, John Beekman Jun', 
John R. Blecker, Jacob Van 8chaick, Ha: (lansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That the old Seal now in custody of the Mayor, 
with the liOtters thereon shall be used by the Mayor to lyccnse Carmen 
and Tavern keepers and to nothing else, and shall be called the Publick 
Seal of this City. 

This Board agrees with Cornelia Butcher for a peise of Ground lying 
on the East of the Road that leads from the City of Albany to the Pasture 
on y^ North side of the Gate that stands opposite the house of J)irck Ilun, 
broad on the front 20 foot long, towards the Stockadoes 15 foot. She is 
to build a house on that peise of Ground, which she is to have two years 
for building the house ; and at the expiration of two years she is to pay 
twenty shillings annually, and that no longer than the Corporation shall 
judge pro])er; the said Cornelia Butcher shall not rent or sell the house 
without the consent of this Corporation on penalty of forfeiting y*^" said 
HoiLse. 

The following Ordinances were this day published : 
An Ordinance for regulating Carmen, 
Do. for selling flesh in the Markets. 

Do. for cleaning and repairing the streets on or before the 18 day 
of this Instant. 

At a Common Council held for y^ City of Albany at y City Hall of the 
said City on the 10 June, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Jacob 
Ten Eyck, Joh' Van Sante, Job* H. Ten Eyck. Volkert P. Douw, 
Evert Wendell, Jacob Van Schaick, Abraham Yates, Jun"", John Beek- 
man, Jun^, John R. Blocker, Ha: Gansevoort. 

This Board orders that y ' City Treasurer let Wouter N. Groesbeek have 
6 Skipple of Wheat and charge it to his Account. 

Comelis Van Duesen undertook to open and shut the Gat<is from No. 1 
to No. 7 for the space of two months from the day of June, begun to 
open and shut to the day of September, for £3. 

Resolved that y^- Clerk draw a Petition and send Johannis Seger to the 
Mayor, &c., to have it signed, to be sent to y* Representatives for y^ City 
and County of Albany, in order to laid before y Hoase of the General 
Assembly for y^ Province of New York, which Petition runs thus : 

To the Honourable the Generall Assembly of the Province of New York 
in the Generall Assembly convinent in the City of New York, the 
Humble Petition of the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Common 
Councill of the City of Albany, 
Most Humbly Shewcth, 

That whereas the luhabitance of this City of Albany, pursuant to an 
order of the Corporation, did last Summer sett up a considerable quantity 
of Stockadoes now standing round this City, but at the same time their 
remained a great quantity of the old Stockadoes which are ([uiet rotten, 
which this Corporation would have in some manner amended last Winter, 



Hans Hansen^ Mayor. 97 

had they nott heen persuaded by a glareing prospect that this City whould 
have been laid in a Stone wall, which glareing prospect is now all over and 
laid aside, we therefore desire the Honourable House will be pleased to 
make an Act of Assembly to compell the Inhabitance of this City of 
Albany and the Manor of Renselaerwyck to reyde a number of Stockadoes 
to be sett up in the place of the old, and we also begg the Honourable 
House will be pleased to allow a sum of money to this Corporation to gett 
the Block houses and Batteries repaired, which greatly want to be amended, 
and to purchase gun Powder, Ball and other warlike Stores, and to provide 
for Fire wood and Candles to enable the Inhabitance to keep a Night Watch ; 
all which this Corporation is in no manner able to doe without assested by 
the Honourable House, for this Corporation has no Income from their 
Tenants att Schagtekook, who are all obliged to leave their Farms and are 
in a manner ruened, and this Corporation is att least a thousand pounds 
indebted, occasioned by the last French War. And your Petitioners as in 
duty bound shall ever pray. 

The above Petition was inclosed in a Letter to the Eepresentatives for 
the City and County of Albany, as followeth, viz : 

Gentlemen — ^Inclosed you have a Petition we must trouble you with, to 
lay the same before your Honourable House, and to endeavour to gett 
what the Petition setts forth, or any other thing may be good of this City. 
Signd by order of the Common Councill. 

Ha: Gansevoort, Clerk. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of y® 
said City on the 2 day of July, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh* H. Ten Eyck, Joh« Van Sante, Gerrit Marselis, 
John R. Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Evert Wendell, Ha: Ganse- 
voort 

This Board orders the Clerk to sign an order upon their Treasurer to let 
Benjamin Winne have six Skipple Wheat, and to charge his Accoiint for 
y« same. 

At a Conmion Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 19 August, 1755— Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Gerrit Marselis, Volkert P. Douw, Job" Van Sante, Job'* H. Ten Eyck, 
John R. Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Jun*", Evert Wendell, Ha: Ganse- 
voort. 

Whereas the Constables elected for the first and second wards of this 
City of Albany are gone upon the Expeditions, and that there may be no 
failure of Justice for the want of proper officers put the Law in execution, 
the Mayor, Aldermen and Conmionalty by vertue of the powers and author- 
ities given by their Charter to make by-laws for the good regulation of this 
City, provided the same be not repugnant to y Laws of England, do hereby 
order and direct that the Inhabitants of the first and second wards do meet 
together on the twenty-first day of the month of August, and then to elect 
and chuse two able and sufficient persons for Constables in each of yc said 
wards, and that yc Aldermen of y - said wards give notice to y^ Inhabitants 
y« day before y*-' Election, and that they make return of y« persons so 
elected in the Clerk's office as usual. 

18 



98 The City Records, 1755. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany, at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 29 day of September, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Jacob 
Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, Volkert P. Douw, Job* U. Ten Eyek, Abra- 
ham Douw, Abraham Yates, Jun^, John E,. Bleeker, Ha: Gransevoort 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration officers, the following persons were chosen, to witt : 

First Ward.— ^ohannis Van Saute and Volkert P. Douw, Aldermen ; 
Evert Wendell and Jacob Van Schaick, Assistants ; Abraham Cooper and 
Jacob De Garmo, Constables. 

Second Ward. — Jacob Ten Eyck and Gerrit Marselis, Aldermen ; John 
R. Bleeker and John Beekman, Jun^, ^Vssistants ; Henry Tielin and John 
Mase Bloemendal, Jun^, Constables. 

Third Ward. — Abraham Douw and Job" Ten Eyck, Aldermen ; Harme 
Gansevoort and Abraham Yates, Jun^, Assistants ; Gerrit Wilhelmus Van 
Den Bergh and William Ger» Van Den Bergh, Constables. 

This Board appoints John Roseboom for City Chamberlain ; Johannis 
Seeger, Marshall ; Jacob De Garmo, High Constable. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14 day of October, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Volkert P. Douw, Joh« Van Sante, Jacob Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, 
Abraham Douw, Job* H. Ten Eyck, Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, 
John R. Bleeker, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Hans Hansen, Esq^*, produced a Commission appointing him Mayor and 
Clerk of the Market of this City and Coroner of the said City and County 
for the ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test, 
and was sworn to the due execution of y said offices. 

Abraham Yates, Jun', Esq^*, produced a Commission appointing him 
High Sheriff of the City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed 
by Law, signed the Test, and was sworn to the due execution of saia office. 

Volkert P. Douw, Johannis Van Sante, Jacob Ten Eyck, Gerrit Mar- 
selis, Abraham Douw and Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Esq*"*, being chosen Alder- 
men for the year ensueing, took said Oaths appointed by Law, signed the 
Test, and sworn to the due execution of their offices. 

Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, Juu"", John R. Bleeker and Harme 
Gansevoort, Assistants, took the said Oaths, signed the Test, were sworn 
to the due execution of their office. 

Jacob De Garmo took the said Oaths, signed the Test, was sworn to the 
office of High Constable for the ensueing year. 

H^nry Fielding, John Blocmendall, Gerrit W. Van Den Bergh, William 
G. Van Den Bergh, took the said Oaths, signed the Test, and swor to the 
due execution of the office as Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 21 day of October, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Abraham Douw, Joh« Van Sante, Job-* H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, 
Abraham Yates, Jun% Evert Wendell, Ha: Gansevoort. 

This Board has agreed with Philip De Foreest for a room in his House 
to keep an Officer's guard, at the rate of twenty shillings a month, and to 
scrub the same one shilling every week. 

And it is Resolved by this Board to procure Wood for the said Officer's 
guard and for the Watch in the Block house No. 7, upon the credit of the 
Province of New York. 



Hans Hansen^ Mayor. 99 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 8 day of November, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, Jacob Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, Job* Van Sante, Job" H. 
Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, Jacob Van Schaick, Evert Wendell, Abra- 
ham Yates, John R. Bleeker, Ha: Ghmsevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Treasurer sell all the Wheat in his 
custody at 4s 7d. ^ Skipple ; to make the first offer to the Bakers of the 
Ci<y, and if they do not incline to buy, then to sell it to any other person. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer let Job'* Seger have 9 Skipples Wheat, 
and charge his Account for y*^ same. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for the ensueing 
year: 

Cornelis Van Santvoord, Jacob Coeper, first ward. 

Bamardus Harse, Sander Lansing, second ward. 

Schibolet Bogardus, Philip Mullen, third ward. 

Ordered, That Warrants be given the Fire Masters of each ward accord- 
ingly, and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of Common Councill. 

Reived by this Board, That Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck and 
John R. Bleeker, agree with some person for to remove the Watch house 
from Gansevoort Dock to a Lot of ground lying next to the house of Jesse 
De Foreest ; the said Lott belongs to the above named Jacob Ten Eyck and 
Joh<* H. Ten Eyck, and when the same is removed and compleated, to 
render an exact account of the cost and charges in Common Council, that 
order may be given upon their Treasurer for the payment thereof. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 21 day of De- 
cember, 1755 — Present, the Mayor, Abraham Douw, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, 
Joh^ Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John Beekman, John R. Bleeker, 
Abraham Yates, Jun"", Evert Wendell, Jacob Van Schaick, Ha: Ganse- 
voort. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk draw an order upon their Treas- 
urer to pay John Ja*^ Raetliff £5 for last year Sellary to ring the Bell. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 10 day of Jan- 
uary, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Jacob Ten Eyck, Job" H. 
Ten Eyck, Joh* Van Sante, Abraham Douw, Volkert P. Douw, John 
R. Bleeker, Jacob Van Schaick, Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, Jun»", 
Ha: Gansevoort, 

An Ordinance was published for the assize of Bread. A Loaf of the 
finest white Flower of 2 Coppers to weigh f of a lb, a Loaf for 4 Copper to 
weigh li lb. 

This Board ordered that the Clerk draw an order upon their Treasurer 
to pay Cornelis Van Duesen the sum of £3 as '^ agreement. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 3 day of Febru- 
ary, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, Joh« 
Van Sante, Abraham Douw, Gerrit Marselis, John R. Bleeker, John 
Beekman, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Ha: Gansevoort, Jacob Van Schaick, 
Evert Wendell. 

The following Ordinances were this day published : 
For the due observance of the Lord's day. 



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100 The City Records, 1756. 

For cleaning the Pavements before the Houses and Lotts. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk draw an order upon their 
Treasurer to lett William Hogan, Jon*', Michael Besset and Johannis Seger 
each have six Skipple Wheat and charge their Accounts for the same. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on 13 day of Feb: 
1756— Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh» H. Ten Eyck, Abraham 
Douw, Gerrit Marselis, Jacob Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, Evert Wen- 
dell, Jacob Van Schaick, John R. !Bleeker, John Beekman, Jun^, fia: 
Gtmsevoort, Abraham Yates, Jun^. 

This Board have agreed with Mr. Adam Yates for a piece of Ground 
lying outside of y« Stockadoes joyning to a piece of Hay Land belonging 
to the said Adam Yates, for the space of eight years at ten shillings each 
year (That is to say) if the Corporation don't dispose of y« said Lott or 
want the same for the use of y^ City. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 2 day of March, 
1756 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Abraham Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, 
Joh« H. Ten Eyck, Joh"« Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John R. Bleeker, 
John Beekman, Jun>^, Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, Juni*, Ha: Gknae- 
voort. 

Johannis Gansevoort delivered his Account to this Board amounting to 
£8:6, which being allowed and ordered to be paid out of the Wheat bought 
of the Treasurer last year. 

Resolved by this Board, That the t'reasurer sell all the Cities Wheat 
that is now unsold to Johannis Gansevoort @ 4s. 7d. ^ Skipple. 

Bernardus Bratt, Junr, made out his Account which he had against the 
City to this Board, amounting to £4:7, which being deducted out of £12:10 
for five years Rent for the Ferry, remains £8:3, which this Board ordered 
to pay to their Treasurer, and that his Receipt shall be a sufficient dis- 
charge. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 8 day of April, 
1756— Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Gerrit Marselis, Abraham Douw, 
Joh« H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, 
Ha: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That Phillip John Schuyler shall have the 
Ferry on the west side thereof for the ensueing year, that is from the fourth 
day of April, 1756, untill the 4 day of April, 1757, upon a condition in 
case that if the expedition continues then he is to pay five pounds, other- 
wise but three pounds. 

Harme Gansevoort agreed for Johannis Ten Broek for East side upon 
the same conditions as is above agreed with Phillip John Schuyler. 

An Ordinance published this day to regulate the Ferry between the 
Lemits of the City of Albany and Green Boesh and to establish the fer- 
riage thereof. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 12 day of April, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Joh« H. 
Ten Eyck, Gerrit Marselis, Jacob Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, Abra- 
ham Douw, John R. Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk draw an order upon the City 
Treasurer to pay the following persons, to witt : 



Han9 Hanaen^ Mayor. 101 

To Johannis H. Ten Eyok the sum of ten shillings. 
To Yolkert P. Doaw three shillings and sixpence. 
To Abraham Yates, Jun% thirty shillings for to pay Mr. Peter Silvester 
for the Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 22 day of May, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Joh« 
H. Ten Eyck, Joh» Van Sante, Gerrit Marselis, John R. Bleeker, John 
Beekman, Jacob Van Schaick, Evert Wendell, Abraham Yates, Ha: 
Gansevoort. 

The following Ordinances were this day published : 
For regulating Cartmen. 

For cleaning the Streets and the repairing of the same before the 18 
day of June next. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw a Petition and send Joh" Seger round by 
the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty to have it signed, to be sent to his 
Excellency Sir Charles Hardy, K*, &c. The Petition is as follows, viz*. 

To his Excellency Sir Charles Hardy, K<, Captain General and Gov- 
ernor in Chief of the Province of New York and Territories depending 
thereon in America, and Vice Admiral of the same. The Humble 
Petition of the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of Albany, 
Humbly Sheweth, 

That whereas this Corporation have for several times heretofore peti- 
tioned to your Excellency's predecessors setting forth the ruinous condi- 
tion of the Fortifications about this City, we therefore take the liberty 
again to acquaint your Excellency of the poor condition of the Fortifica- 
tions about this City are in, the Stockadoes which were two years ago in a 
manner mended by putting up new ones in the room of the old and rotten, 
but to our grief the most part have been distroyed last winter by the regu- 
lars, and the Block houses converted into Barracks for the Soldiers and can 
not be of any use for a defence of this City, and the poor Inhabitants are 
in no condition to get new Stockadoes, for all our waggons and horses are 
imployed in either the King's or Country's service, so that our City lays 
open and defenceless ) it is true here is a Regiment of regular Soldiers in- 
camped at present out the City on the hill, which is as yett some depend- 
anoe, but very apparent that they will in a short time go on their march 
and we left without a sufficient number of men to guard us, as our City 
will then lay open and defenceless, the greater part of our young men are 
imployed in the service out of town, and a small number of Indians may 
come and russ in a surprise the City and sett it on fire, which may be 
thought by some people as a desperate iindertakeing, but in reality it is 
easely to be done. And should our Army that goes to Crown Point be at- 
tacked as probably they will be and overpowed, what an eseay thing will it 
be for the Enemy to come and take Albany, with our own provisions, amo- 
nition, artillery, &c. 

We therefore pray such relief in the premises as your Excellency shall 
think meet, and your Excellency's Petitioners as in duty bound shadl ever 

pray. 



102 The City Records, 1756. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 22 day of June, 
1756 — Present, the Mayor, Volkert P. Douw, Joh'' H. Ten Eyek, Ger- 
rit Marselis, John R. Bleeker, John Beckman, Abraham Yates, Jon'', 
Jacob Van Schaick, Evert Wendell. 

An Ordinance published for selling of Flesh runt* as foUoweth : 
Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Comonalty of the City of 
Albany in Comon Council convened and be it ordained by authority of the 
same, that from and after the twenty-fifth day of June, that no person or 
persons shall ask or demand more than four j)cnce for a lb of Mutton, four 
pence half penny for a lb of Beaf, Veal or Lamb, and for every head and 
pluck of a Calf one shilling and sixpence, for head and pluck of a Sheep 
ninepence, for head and pluck of a Lamb sixpence; ; if any of the Butchers 
or other person or persons shall presume to ask or offer to sell for more as 
above rated shall forfeit the sum of ten shillings for every offence, to be 
recovered by any person for his own use that shall sue for y^ same before 
y« Mayor, Recorder or any one of y^ Aldermen of this city. ' Dated yc 22 
June, 1756. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on y«* 10 July, 1756-^Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh" H. 
Ten Eyck, Job** Van Sante, Gerrit Marselis, John Beekman, Jun% Jacob 
Van Schaick, John R. Blceker, Evert Wendell, Ha: Gansevoort. 

An Ordinance published for regulateiug Tavern keepers, which runs thus: 

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Comonalty of the City of 
Albany in Comon Council convened, and be it ordained by the authority 
of the same, that no Tavern keeper or any other person or persons whatso- 
ever, from and after the publication hereof presume to sell any strong 
Liquor, harbour or entertain any of his Majesties regular Troops, or to any 
other Soldier now in his Majesties service atler nine of the clock at night, 
on forfeiting the sum of twenty shillings for every offence, to be recovered 
by any of the Constables, who are each in their turn to go round the City, 
one half thereof to be paid to the City Treasurer for the behoof of this 
City, the other half for his own use that shall sue for the same before the 
Mayor, Recorder or any one of the Aldermen of this City. Dated this 
lOday of July, 1756. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk draw a deed to the Minister, 
Church wardens and Vestry men of St. Peter Church in the City of Albany, 
for them and their successors in trust for over for a p^ of Ground for a 
Burying Place lying upon the hill adjoining the Fort, agreable to a Map 
made by John R. Bleekor, and that the Mayor execute a deed and cause 
the City Seal to be thereunto affixed in behalf of the Corporation. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order to pay the following persons, to 
wit: 

To Jesse Foreest - - - - £4:10:0. 
To Phillip De Foreest, - - - 2: 8:0. 
To John R. Bleeker, - - - 3: 8:6. 

To Joh'* Seger all the Wheat in your custody if it don't exceed 6 Skipple. 

Rundyleesch, beef. 



Hann Hansen^ Mayor. 103 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Alhany on the 24 day of August, 
1766— Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Johannis H. Ten Eyck, Gerrit 
Marselis, Johannis Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John R. Bleeker, John 
Beckman, Jun"", Evert Wendell, Jacob Van Schaick, Abraham Yates, 
Ha: Gansevoort. 

An Ordinance published against fireing Guns or any other small Arms 
within this City or the Liberties thereof. 

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Comonalty of the City of 
Albany in Common Council convened, and be it" ordained by the authority 
of the same, that no person or person whatsoever from and after the pub- 
lication hereof, shall presume to fire with a Gun or any other small Arms 
within the limitts %i this City shall forfeit the sum of three shillings for 
every default, to be recovered by any person and for his use that shfldl sue 
for Uie same before the Mayor, Recorder or any one of the Aldermen of 
this City. Dated in Albany this 24 day of August 1756. 

Mr. Joseph Van Sante delivered an Account to this Board of £2:1:8, 
which is allowed and ordered that ye Clerk draw an order upon the City 
Treasurer to discharge the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on 16 day of Septem- 
ber, 1756— Present, the Mayor, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh« Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John Beekman, 
Jun>^, Evert Wendell, Jacob Van Schaick, Abraham Yates, Jun<^, Ha: 
Gtmsevoort. 

Whereas the Ordinance formerly made by ^he Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonalty of this City for the electing two Constables in each ward of 
this City is expired of its own lemitation, it is hereby ordained by the 
Mayor, Aldermen and Assistants of this City, that on the 29 day of this 
instant, September, shall be chosen in each ward two petty Constables, of 
which the Aldermen in each ward or any of them shall make their return 
^th the rest of the City officers. 

The following Accounts were allowed and in order of Comon Council 
drawn on y*^ Treasurer to pay the same : 

To Gerrit Van Vranke, - - £4: 4: 1 J 
To Gerrit Lansing, - - - - 1:13: 
To Johannis Cluet - - - 0:17:101 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 29 day of September, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, Volkert P. Douw, Joh"* H. Ten Eyck, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh* 
Van Sante, John R. Bleeker, Evert Wendell, John Beekman. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for the year 
ensueing, according to ye directions of y^ Charter, viz^ : 

First Ward. — Joh« Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, Aldermen ; Egbert 
Brat, Phelip J. Schuyler, Assistants ; Jacobus Van Sante, Abraham I. 
Yates, Constables. 

Second Ward. — John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Jun^, Aldermen ; 
Jacob Lansing, Jun"", Hendrick Bleeker, Jun*", Assistants; Hendrick 
Pruyn, Gerrit Van Yvere, Constables. 

Third Ward. — Abraham Douw, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, Aldermen ; Harmee 



104 The City Records, 1756. 

Gktnsevoort, Abraham Tates, Assistants ; Daniel Bratt, Joh" MuUer, Con- 
stables. 

John Roseboom, Treasurer; Johannis Soger, Marshall; Hendrick 
Pruyn, High Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the Ci^ of Albany at the house of Jacob 
Sawyer, on the 11 day of October, 1756— Present, the Mayor, Volkert 
P. l5ouw, Joh* II. Ten Eyck, Job** Van Sante, John R. Bleeker, John 
Beekman, Jun% Abraham Yates, Jun^ Evert Wendell. 

Resolved by this Board, That Peter Silvester Esfj'^, be made a freeman 
of the City of Albany for the reasons set forth in the Freedom. 

Upon a consideration of the Small Pox breaking dbt in this City and 
fatal Consequence that may attend it, and being willing to remedy it as 
much as in us lay, we unanimously resolve That all and every person who 
now have the Small Pox be sent out of the City. 

We further resolve immediately to endeavour to procure as convenient a 
place as can be had to accommodate the sick and to allow the person whose 
house shall be taken for the same what is reasonable. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 12 day of Octo- 
ber, 1756 — Present, the Mayor, Joh'» H. Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, 
Evert Wendell, John R. Bleeker, Ab'" Yates, Jun^ 

Pursuant to a Resolution made yesterday, Messrs. Douw and Wendell 
endeavoured to get the house of Mr. Holland, out of Town, for to put in 
the sick of the Small Pox, but could not get the consent of the owner, and 
no other convenient place can be obtained. 

Resolved, That every Family who now have the Small Pox in their 
houses shall not suffer any person to come in their houses nor go abroad 
themselves, but keep the house as close as possible. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on y 14 day of October, 1756-^Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sante, Joh« II. Ten Eyck, Volkert P. Douw, 
Evert Wendell, John Beekman, Jun"*, John R. Bleeker, Ab™ Yates, 
Jun"". 

Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Esq"", produced a Commission appointing him 
Mayor and Clerk of the Market for the City of Albany and Coroner of the 
said City and County for y«^ ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, signed y^^ Test, and was sworn to the due execution of said offices. 

Abraham Yates, Jun^^, Esq^, produced a Commission appointing him 
Sheriff for y«^ City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, signed the Test, and was sworn to the due execution of said office. 

Volkert P. Douw, Joh* Van Sante, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, 
Jun"", Job"* H. Ten Eyck, being chosen Aldermen for the year ensueing, 
took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due 
execution of said office. 

Egbert Bratt, Phelip J. Schuyler, Jacob Lansing, Jun*", Ab™ Yates, 
Junr, Assistants, took said Oaths, signed the Test, and were sworn to the 
execution of their office. 

Hendrick Pruyn took the Oaths, signed the Test, sworn to ye due ex- 
ecution of the office of High Constable. 



Syhrant G. Fan Schaicky Mayor. 105 

Gerrit Van Yvere, Jacobus Van Sante, Job" Jacob Mailer, Daniel Brat, 
Jun^, took tbe Oatbs, and sworn in tbe office as Constables for tbe ensueing 
year. 

At a Comon Council beld for tbe City of Albany at tbe City Hall of tbe 
said City on 6 day of November, 1756 — Present, Sybrant G. Van Scbaick, 
Mayor, Job** H. Ten Eyck, Job« Van Sante, Jobn Beekman, Jiin% Jacob 
Lansing, Jun**, Pbelip Scbuyler, Egbert Bratt. 

Tbis Board appoints tbe following persons Fire Masters for tbis City for 
tbe ensueing year, viz' : 

Abrabam Coeper, Jogbum I. Staats, first ward. 

Jobn Ja^ Beekman, Jobn H. Boseboom, second ward. 

Job" Becker, Juni*, Isaac de Foreest, tbird ward. 

Ordered, Tbat Warrents be given to tbe Fire Masters of eacb ward ac- 
cordingly, and tbat tbe Clerk sign tbe same by order of Common Councill. 

At a Comon Council beld for tbe City of Albany on tbe 21 day of Novem- 
ber, 1756. — Present, tbe Mayor, Job* H. Ten Eyck, Jobn R. Bleeker, 
Jobn Beekman, Jun*", Abrabam Douw, Job* Van Sante, Pbilip Scbuy- 
ler, Jacob Lansingb, Jun', Ha: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by tbis Board, Tbat tbe Clerk draw an order upon tbe Treas- 
urer to pay Jobn I. Reatli£f £5 for bis service to ring tbe Bell this year, 
and tbat tbe Clerk sign tbe same in bebalf of tbe Comon Council. 

At a Common Councill beld for tbe City of Albany at tbe City Hall of tbe 
said City on tbe 7 day of December, 1756 — Present, tbe Mayor, Joban- 
nis H. Ten Eyck, Jobn R. Bleeker, Jobn Beekman, Volkert P. Douw, 
Pbil: J. Scbuyler, Ja: Lansing, Jun*", Ab: Yates, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Tbe following Letter wrote to bis Excellency S"" Cbarles Hardy, Knight, 
Governour, Commander and Chief of the Province of New York, &c., «c.', 
&c. 

S*" — Mr. Stephenson having declined tbe Recordership and refused to 
qualify himself as such, makes it necessary tbat some other person should 
be appointed to fill up tbat office, for we cant bold a Mayors Court without 
the Mayor or Recorder is present, and the Mayor besides personal accident 
as Coroner he is lyable to be called abroad, we would therefore be glad if 
your Excellency would be pleased to appoint some other person to officiate 
as Recorder. We are with all due respect your Excellencys 

Humble Servants. 

Signd by order of Common Council. H: Gansevort, Clerk. 

An Ordinance for preventing the sale of Rum or any other Spirituous 
Liquor to the Soldiers . 

Whereas, Sundry complaints have been made, and in particular by the 
Bight Honourable Lord Viscount Howe, of the great abuse in selling Rum 
and other strong Liquors to Soldiers, which by means of their continual 
drinking impairs and weakens their constitutions and renders them unfit 
for duty, and we being conscious of tbe justness of the complaint as well 
as the mischiefs tbat may arise from the said abuse, and being willing to 
remedy it as much as in us lays. Be it therefore ordained by the Mayor, 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of Albany, and it is hereby ordained 
by the authority of the same, that no person whatsoever a^r publication 

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106 The City Records, 1757. 

hereof presumes to sell any Rum or other strong Liquors to any Soldier or 
Soldiers whatsoever, or to any other person for their use, and in case any 
person or persons shall be convicted before the Mayor, Recorder, or one of 
the Aldermen, of selling any Rum or other distilled Liquor as afores^ to 
any Soldier or Soldiers, she or they so offending shall for the first offence 
forfeit the sum of twenty shillings current money of New York, and for 
every like offence after, the sum of forty shillings, to be levyed by distress 
and sale of the offenders goods, one half for the benifit of the informer 
and the other half for the use of the City. Dated in Albany, this seventh 
day of December, 1756. 

Resolved, That an order be drawn upon the Treasurer to pay Mr. Peter 
Silvester £5 and that y^^ Clerk sign the same. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 3 day of January, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Joh" Van 
Sante, Job* Ten Eyck, John Beckman Jun»", Volkert P. Douw, Abrar 
ham Douw, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Jacob J. Lansing, Harme Gtmse- 
voort. 

John G. Roseboom, Esq^ produced a Commission for Recorder of the 
City of Albany, took the Oath appointed by law, signd the Test, and sworn 
to the due execution of the office of Recorder and Justice of the Peace for 
the City and County of Albany. 

Abraham Douw, Esq% Hendrick Blocker, Jun'*, and Harme Gtmsevoort, 
Assistants, took the said Oaths appointed by Law, and sworn to the due 
execution of their offices. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the Ci^ Hall of the 

said City on the 10 day of January, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Abrar 

. ham Douw, Job** Van Sante, John R. Bleeker, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, 

John Beekman, Jun^, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Yates, Henry Bleeker, 

Jacob J. Lansing, Philip J. Schuyler. 

This Board delivered to Mr. Peter Silvester the Deed and Bond of 
Daniel McMicliael to the Corporation for the Verf bergh. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 28 day of January, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Joh« 
H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Volkert P. Douw, 
Abraham Douw, Philip J. Schuyler, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Jacob Lan- 
sing, Junf. 

An Ordinance published to prevent Accidents by unruly Riding. 

At a Common Councill held for City of Albany on the 12 day of March, 
1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Job** Ten Eyck, Job" Van Sante, 
John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Abraham Douw, Abraham Yates, 
Hendrick Bleeker, Jacob Lansing, Philip J. Schuyler, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk sign an order upon the Treas- 
urer to let Job-* Seger have nine Skipple of Wheat and charge his account 
with the price currant for the same. 



Sybrant O. Fan Schaick^ Mayor. 107 

At Comon Council held for the City of Albany, at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 29 day of March, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
John Beekman, John R. Bleeker, Joh'' H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Doaw, 
Abraham Yates, Philip J. Schuyler, Egbert Bratt, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Patrick Magee presented a Petition to this Board which is taken into 
consideration. 

An Ordinance published for regulateing Cartmen. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 17 day of May, 
1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, 
Joh« H. Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Yates, 
Junr, Hendrick Bleeker, Jun^", Harmee Gansevoort. 

An order published for cleaning the streets. 

Mr. Peter Yates presented a Petition in Common Councill, which is 
taken into consideration for a peice of Land in the Foxes Creek. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
the said City on the 30 day of June, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Joh« 
H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, Volkert P. Douw, Joh"* Van Sante, 
Abraham Douw, Joh'' Beekman, Jacob Ja: Lansingh, *Henry Bleeker, 
Juni*, Ha: Gansevoort. 

This day sold to William Van Sante and John Prys a Lott of ground 
scituate, lying and being in the First Ward of the City of Albany, on the 
south side of the Rutten Kill and adjoining to the said Kill, beginning in 
a certain point which is ninety feet distant from the north east comer of 
the house of Johannis Wyngard, bearing from the said north east comer 
the same course as the Roa of house stands where the said Joh« Wyngard 
now dwells and runs from the said Point with the same course forty feet 
to the said Rutten Kill, and then westerly along the said Kill keeping the 
same breath of forty feet till it shall be one hundred and thirty-seven feet 
on a streight line, all English measure, for which Lott of ground as above 
described the said William Van Sante and John Prys agree to pay forty 
pounds New York money by the delivery of the Deed. 

Resolved, That the Mayor in the name of the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Comonalty, execute a Deed for said Lott of ground and cause the City Seal 
to be thereunto affixed. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 6 day of July, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, John 
Bleecker, Joh» H. Ten Eyck, John Beekman, Joh« Van Sante, Abra- 
ham Douw, Volkert P. Douw, Jacob Ja: Lansing, Henry Bleeker, Ha: 
Gansevoort. 

This day sold to Gerrit Van Sante, Jun»", a piece of Ground scituate, 
lying and being in Third Ward of the City of Albany, near the water side 
on the east of the street, beginning at a certain point which is distant thirty 
feet on an easterly course from the north east comer of S"" William John- 
son Lott, and then running northerly twenty-five feet along the street, and 
80 back towards the River, carrying the full breath of twenty-five feet till 
it shall be twenty feet backwards towards the River, all English measure; 
which piece of ground as above described the said G«rrit Van Sante, Jun»", 
agrees to pay £87:10, New York money, by the delivery of the Deed. 



108 The City Records, 1757. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 21 day of Jnly, 
1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh* H. Ten Eyck, John Beek- 
man, Joh** Van Sante. John R. Bleeker. Henry Bleeker. Jacob Lansing, 
Phil: J. Schuyler. Ha: Gansevoort. 

Mr. Gerrit Lansing, Jun'', produced his Account for reapairing the 
Engine house, amounting to 7s 9d, which is allowed and ordered that the 
Treasurer pay the saine. 

Mr. Neeltje De Foreest produced an Account for Candles found for the 
Guards from the 3 day of July 1756 to the first day of July 1757. amount- 
ing to £31:18, which is allowed by this Board and ordered that the Clerk 
TOiy the same out of the money arising by the sail of a Lott ground sold 
William Van Sante and John Prys, and the remainder to be paid to the 
City Treasurer. 

Sir. Volkert P. Douw delivered an Account fore repairing the Bridge 
near his house, amounting to £11:12:6, ordered the Treasurer pay y« same. 

At a Comon Councill held for the City of Albany, at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 20 day of August, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Volkert P. Douw, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, 
Phil John Sehuyler, Henry Bleeker, Ju"^, Jacob Ja: Lansingh. 

The Ordinance made and published the 22 day of June, 1756, is now 
renewed with the following regulations, viz : 

For every lb of all kind of meat 4d ; for every head and pluck of a Calf 
Is. 6d ; for every head and pluck of a Sheep 9d ; for every head and pluck 
of a Lamb 6 pence. 

And it is furthered ordered that every of the Butchers that shall kill 
and sell meat within the jurisdiction of this City shall provide himself with 
a good scale and weights; the weights to be marked by Mr. Robert Lansing, 
who is thereunto appointed by this Board, and that no Butcher shall pro- 
mise meat to any person before hand, and whatever person shall ask first 
for meat at the place where the meat is sold shall be first helped to it, on 
penalty of lOs. for every offence. 

An Ordinance published for marking of Bread according to the rates 
prices hereafter mentioned viz* : a Loaf of finest flower 4 lb 12 ounces for 8 
Coppers ; a Loaf do. 21b 6 ounces for 4 Coppers ; a Loaf do. 1 lb 3 ounces 
for 2 Coppers. To be in force the 25 day of August, 1757. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on 29 day of September, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Douw, 
Joh» H. Ten Eyck, Hendrick Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Jun'", Ha. 
Gansevoort. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration Officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for the year 
ensueing, according to the direction of the Charter, viz' : 

First Ward. — Johannis Van Sante and Volkert P. Douw, Aldermen ; 
Barnardus Bratt and Philip John Schuyler, Assistants ; Joseph Wells and 
Peter Cranell, Constables. 

Second Ward. — John R. Bleeker and John Beekman, Aldermen; Jacob 
Ja: Lansing and Hendrick Bleeker, Jun^^, Assistants; Henry Bostwiok 
and Ebenezer Roberson, Constables. 

Third Ward. — Abraham Douw and Job** H. Ten Eyck, Aldermen ; 



Sybrant O. Fan Schaick^ Mayor. 109 

Honne Glaiisevoort and Abraham Yates, Jun', Assistants, Daniel Bratt 
and John Goewyck, Constables. 

This Board appoint John Eoseboom, City Treasurer \ Johannis Seeger, 
Marshall ; Daniel Bratt High Constable. 

At a Common Conncill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14 day of October, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Johan- 
nis Van Sante, Abraham Douw, John B. Bleeker, John Beekman, Jo- 
hannis H. Ten Eyck, Henry Bleeker, Jun*", Jacob Ja: Lansingh, Abra- 
ham Yates, Jun*^, Phil John Schuyler, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Joh^ Van Sante, Abraham Douw, John B. Bleeker, John Beekman 
and Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, being chosen Aldermen for the ensueing year, took 
the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test and were sworn to the due 
execution of their said office. 

Henry Bleeker, Jun^ Jacob Ja: Lansingh, Abraham Yates, Jun>^, 
Philip John Schuyler, and Ha: Gansevoort, Assistants, took the Oaths, 
signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of the said office. 

Daniel A. Bratt took the said Oaths, signed the Test and sworn to the 
due execution of the office of High Constable* 

Henry Bostwick, John Goewyck, Joseph Wells and Peter Crannell, 
took the Oaths, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of the 
office of Constable. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 15 day of November, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Abra- 
ham Douw, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Joh» Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John 
B. Bleeker, John Beekman, Henry Bleeker, Jun'', Jacob Ja: Lansing, 
Ha. Gansevoort. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for this City for 
the year ensueing, to wit : 

Daniel Hallenbeek, Maas Bloemendal, for the first ward. 

Lsaac Douw Fonda, Jacob Bleeker, for the second ward. 

Marte Winne, Anthony E: Bratt, for the third. 

Ordered that Warrants be given to the Fire Masters of each ward ac- 
cordingly and that the Clerk sign the same in behalf of the Corporation. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 22 day of November, 1757 — Present, the Mavor, 
Becorder, Johannis Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John R. Bleeker, 
John Beekman, Joh<< H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Hendriok 
Bleeker, Jun^, Harme Gtmsevoort. 

Upon application of the Butchers of this City it is ordered and resolved 
that they shall sell all kind of meat at five pence ^ lb, excepting Lamb, 
till further ordered. 

John B. Bleeker, Esqr, produced an account of Isaac D. Fonda of three 
pounds ten shillings and two pence for making Ladders for the City. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq>^ produced an account of sixteen shillings for re- 
pairing the Bridge between Joseph Yates and Thomas Williams. 

Resolved by this Board, That orders be given to the Treasurer to dis- 
charge the above account, and that the Clerk sign the same in behalf of 
the Corporation. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the Treasurer to pay Johan- 
nis Seger three pounds, and charge his account with the same. 



108 The City Records, 1757. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 21 day of July, 
1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, John Beek- 
man, Joh** Van Sante, John K. Bleeker, Henry Bleeker, Jacob Lansing, 
Phil: J. Schuyler, 11a: (iansevoort. 

Mr. Gerrit Lansing, Juni*, produced his Account for reapairing the 
Engine house, amounting to 7s 9d, which is allowed and ordered that the 
Treasurer pay the same. 

Mr. Neeltje De Forccst produced an Account for Candles found for the 
Guards from the 8 day of July 1756 to the firwt day of July 1757, amount- 
ing to £31:18, which is allowed by this Board and ordered that the Clerk 
pay the same out of the money arising by the sail of a Lott ground sold 
William Van Sante and John Prys, and the remainder to be paid to the 
City Treasurer. 

Mr. Volkert P. Douw delivered an Account fore repairing the Bridge 
near his house, amounting to £11:12:6, ordered the Treasurer pay y® same. 

At a Comon Councill held for the City of Albany, at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 20 day of August, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Volkert P. Douw. John R. Bleeker, John Bcekman, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, 
Phil John Sehuyler, Henry Bleeker, Ju"", Jacob Ja: Lansingh. 

The Ordinance made and published the 22 day of June, 1756, is now 
renewed with the following reguLations, viz': 

For every lb of all kind of meat 4d ; for every head and pluck of a Calf 
Is. 6d ; for every head and pluck of a kSheep 9d ; for every head and pluck 
of a Lamb 6 pence. 

And it is furthered ordered that every of the Butchers that shall kill 
and sell meat within the jurisdiction of this City shall provide himself with 
a good scale and weights; the weights to be marked by Mr. Robert Lansing, 
who is thereunto appointed by this Board, and that no Butcher shall pro- 
mise meat to any person before hand, and whatever person shall ask first 
for meat at the place where the meat is sold shall be first helped to it, on 
penalty of 10s. for every offence. 

An Ordinance published for marking of Bread according to the rates 
prices hereafter mentioned viz^ : a J^oaf of finest flower 4 lb 12 ounces for 8 
Coppers ; a Loaf do. 21b 6 ounces for 4 Coppers ; a Loaf do. 1 lb 3 ounces 
for 2 Coppers. To be in force the 25 day of August, 1757. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on 29 day of September, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Douw, 
Joh» H. Ten Eyck, Hendrick Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Jun"", Ha. 
Gansevoort. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration Officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for the year 
ensueing, according to the direction of the Charter, viz' : 

First Ward. — Johannis Van Sante and Volkert P. Douw, Aldermen ; 
Barnardus Bratt and Philip John Schuyler, Assistants ; Joseph Wells and 
Peter Cranell, Constables. 

Second Ward. — John R. Bleeker and John Beekman, Aldermen; Jacob 
Ja: Lansing and Hendrick Bleeker, Junr, Assistants; Henry Bostwiok 
and Ebenezer Roberson, Constables. 

Third Ward. — Abraham Douw and Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Aldermen ; 



Sybrant G. Fan Schaick^ Mayor. 109 

Honne Gkuisevoort and Abraham Yates, Jun', Assistants, Daniel Bratt 
and John Goewyck, Constables. 

This Board appoint John Boseboom, City Treasurer ; Johannis Seeger, 
Marshall ; Daniel Bratt High Constable. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14 day of October, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Johan- 
nis Van Sante, Abraham Douw, John B. Bleeker, John Beekman, Jo- 
hannis H. Ten Eyck, Henry Bleeker, Jun% Jacob Ja: Lansingh, Abra- 
ham Yates, Jun'", Phil John Schuyler, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Joh^ Van Sante, Abraham Douw, John B. Bleeker, John Beekman 
and Job** H. Ten Eyck, being chosen Aldermen for the ensueing year, took 
the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test and were sworn to the due 
execution of their said office. 

Henry Bleeker, Juni* Jacob Ja: Lansingh, Abraham Yates, Jun', 
Philip John Schuyler, and Ha: Gansevoort, Assistants, took the Oaths, 
signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of the said office. 

Daniel A. Bratt took the said Oaths, signed the Test and sworn to the 
due execution of the office of High Constable. 

Henry Bostwick, John Goewyck, Joseph Wells and Peter Crannell, 
took the Oaths, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of the 
office of Constable. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 15 day of November, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Abra- 
ham Douw, Job' H. Ten Eyck, Joh« Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John 
B. Bleeker, John Beekman, Henry Bleeker, Jun^, Jacob Ja: Lansing, 
Ha. Gansevoort. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for this City for 
the year ensueing, to wit : 

Daniel Hallenbeek, Maas Bloemendal, for the first ward. 

Isaac Douw Fonda, Jacob Bleeker, for the second ward. 

Marte Winne, Anthony E: Bratt, for the third. 

Ordered that Warrants be given to the Fire Masters of each ward ac- 
cordingly and that the Clerk sign the same in behalf of the Corporation. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 22 day of November, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, 
Becorder, Johannis Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, John B. Bleeker, 
John Beekman, Joh^ H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Yates, Jun'', Hendrick 
Bleeker, Jun^, Harme Gansevoort. 

Upon application of the Butchers of this City it is ordered and resolved 
that they shall sell all kind of meat at five pence ^ lb, excepting Lamb, 
till further ordered. 

John B. Bleeker, Esq*', produced an account of Isaac D. Fonda of three 
pounds ten shillings and two pence for making Ladders for the City. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq^ produced an account of sixteen shillings for re- 
pairing the Bridge between Joseph Yates and Thomas Williams. 

Besolved by this Board, That orders be given to the Treasurer to dis- 
charge the above account, and that the Clerk sign the same in behalf of 
the Corporation. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the Treasurer to pay Johan- 
nis Seger three pounds, and charge his account with the same. 



110 The City Records, 1757. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 24 day of Novem- 
ber, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Volkert P. Douw, Joh* H. Ten Eyck, 
John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Hendrick 
Bleeker, Jun^, John Ja. Lansing, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Petition presented to the Earl of 
Loudon the 11th day of this instant month of November, be entred on 
record, which runs as follows, viz' : 

That your Lordships memorialists being informed that your intention ia 
to quarter a large body of Troups in this City, and that the Inhabitants 
must find them with Beding and other necessaries, we beg leave most 
humbly to represent to your Lordship the great hardship it will be for the 
Inhabitants to find them therewith, as many of them can hardly find fuel 
and covering for themselves, which consequently will cause great difficulty 
to some, and be the intire ruin of others, we therefore most humbly pray 
that your Lordship will be pleased to metigate said order, and lessen the 
number of Troups to be quartered, and we beg leave further to assure your 
Lordship that we shall at altimes exert our utmost abilities to make every 
thing as easy and convenient for his Majesties service as our circomstances 
will admitt ofi", and it shall be our constant endeavour on all occasions to 
cultivate a good understanding, between the Troups & Inhabitants that no 
detriment happens to his Majesties service, from any disputes that might 
unavoidably happen. All which we most humbly submit to your Lord- 
ship, beg that your Lordship will take our case into consideration, and do 
theirin as in your great wisdom your liordship judges proper. 

Resolved, That the Clark give Joh^ Seeger an order on the Treasurer 
to pay him three pounds and charge it to his account, and that Clerk sign 
the said order in behalf of the Common Council. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 3 day of December. 1757 — Present, the Mayor, Joh« 
H. Ten Eyck, John Beekman, John R. Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Phil: 
J. Schuyler, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Whereas Daniel Halenbeek having been appointed Fire Master for the 
First Ward of this City, and being informed that he is removed in the 
country, this Board appoints Isaac Fryer Fire Master for the year ensueing 
together with Maas Bloemendall who being already appointed for that 
purpose. 

Resolved by this Board, That two market houses be built, one in the 
Frst ward and one in the Third ward of this City, and that the Comon 
Council with the Aldermen speak to some persons that will undertake to 
find the Timber and Carpenters work, and that they shall satisfy them for 
so doing. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 12 day of De- 
cember, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, 
Joh* H. Ten Eyck, Philip J. Schuyler, Henry Bleeker, Jun"*, Ha: 
Gansevoort. 

Resolved by this Board, that three Carpenters be employed to build a 
Bridge across the Normans Creek for the ease of the Inhabitants in getting 
fire wood, the expenses to be paid by the Corporation. 



SybrarU G, Fan Schaick^ Mayor > 111 

At a Common Conncill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 23 day of December, 1757 — Present, the Mayor, John 
Beekman, John R. Bleeker, Joh^ Ten Eyck, Joh» Van Sante, Abraham 
Douw, Abraham Yates, Jun^, Jacob Ja Lansing, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Neeltie De Foreest produced an account of £11, which is allowed. 

Joh« Van Sante produced an account of £5:5, which is allowed, £1:18 
to be paid out of the said account to Henry Douw. 

Resolved by this Board, that an order be drawn on the Treasurer to pay 
the above accounts and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of Common 
Council. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany, on the 17 day of March, 
1758 — Present, the Mayor, Johannis H. Ten Eyck, Johannis Van Sante, 
Abraham Douw, Henry Bleeker, Jacob Ja: Lansing, Phil J. Schuyler, 
Abraham Yates, Jun^, Ha: Gansevoort. 

Whereas on the 29 September last Joseph Wells and Peter Cranell, 
chosen Constables for the First ward, and Ebenezer Roberson for the Second 
ward of the City of Albany, and whereas the said Joseph Wells and Ebe- 
nezer Roberson are Entered in the Battoee servise and Peter Crannell 
removed out of the City, wherefore it is ordered and resolved on by this 
Board, that an election be held on the 21 day of this instant month of 
March, for to choose two Constables in the said First ward and one for the 
Second ward of this City, and that the Aldermen of the wards do give no- 
tice accordingly. ' 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 29 day of March, 1758. 

An Ordinance published for preventing the sale of Rum or any other 
spirituous Liquor to the Soldiers. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the first day of 
April, 1758. 

Daniel Bratt in behalf of his father Bamardus Bratt, Juni*, agreed with 
this Board for the Ferry on the west side for y® ensueing year for seven 
pounds current money of New York. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 6 day of May, 
1758. 

Several of the principal Inhabitants of this City appeared and desired 
this Board that our Grievances may be represented to the Govemour, 
Council and General Assembly. 

Resolved, That the Mayor, John R. Bleeker, Abraham Yates, Jun^, 
John De Peyster and Jacob Ten Eyck, be a Committee appointed by this 
Board to draw up the facts of our grievances, that the same be sent to one 
of the Attorneys in New York to put the same in form. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 21 June, 1758. 

The following Ordinances renewed and published, viz< : 
An Ordinance for regulateing Carmen. 
An Ordinance for cleaning the Streets. 



112 The City Records, 1758. 

An Ordinance published the 22 June, 1756, with some regolatioiis 
aded the 20 August, is now renewed and published according to the rales 
and prices hereafler mentioned, viz' : 

Fur every tb of all kind of Beaf, Mutton, Lamp, &a, sixpence. 

For every head and pluck of a Calf 21 pence. 

For every head and pluck of a Sheep 12 pence. 

For every head and pluck of Lamp pence. 

The above Ordinances to be in force the next day after the 22 day of 
this instant month of June. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 15 day of July, 1758. 

The Ordinances regulating the rates and prices of all kind Flesh, &a, is 
renewed and published as follows : 

For every ib of all kind Beaf, Mutten, Veal, Lamp, &a., 4id. 
For every head and puck of a Calf 2 Id. 
For every head and puck of a Sheep 12d. 
For every head and pluck of a Lamp 9d. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 29 day of Sep- 
tember, 1758 — Present, the Recorder, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, 
Joh" H. Ten Eyck, Joh" Van Sante, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Yates, 
Phil: J. Schuyler, Ilenrj' Blocker, Ha: Gansevoort. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for electing Corporation officers, 
the following persons were chosen to serve for the year ensueing, according 
to the directions of the Charter, viz' : 

First Ward — J oh" Van Sante and Volkert P. Douw, Aldermen; Bar- 
nardus Bratt, Jun<^ and Peter Lansingh, Assistants; Job-* Jilles de Garmo 
and Isaac Fryer, Constable. 

Second Ward — Jacob Ten Eyck and Jacob Ja: Lansing, Aldermen; 
Henry Bleeker and John Hansen, Assistants ; Matheus Aerse and Cornelia 
Van Scherluyne, Constable. 

Third Ward — Abraham Douw and Job** H. Ten Eyck, Aldermen; 
Harme Gansevoort and Abraham Yates, Jun'^, Assistants; Gerrit Rosebom 
and Gerrit Dun Bar, Constables. 

This Board appoints John Rosebom, Chamberlain ; Job" Seeger, Mar- 
shall, and Isaac Fryer, High Constable. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 2 dav of October, 1758 — Present, the Mayor, Joh« H. 
Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, John Beekman, Joh^ Van Sante, Volkert 
P. Douw, Bamardus Bratt, Jun"*, Abraham Yates, Jun% Henry Bleeker, 
Jacob Ja: Lansing, Ha: Gansevoort. 

This Board allows the following accounts and order the Clerk to draw 
upon the Treasurer to pay the same, to witt : 

To Gerrit Lansing, - - - £0:10:0 

To Gerrit Van Sante, - - - - 0: 9:9 

To William Hogan, Jun^, - - 1: 7:0 

Deducting nine and ninepence for the use of the City Auger. 

This day sold to Abraham Lansing and Gerrit A. Lansing a certain 

piece of ground lying in the Second ward of the said City, adjoyning on 






Syhrant G. Van Schaick^ Mayor. 113 

the North part of the house and lott of the said Abraham and Gerrit, is in 
breadth on the front by the Parel street thirteen feet, and rear on the west 
nine feet, in length from east to the west fifteen rod and eight feet and 
half feet, all Ryland measure, for which piece of ground above described 
the said Abraham Lansing and Gerrit A. Lansing agrees to pay £40 New 
York currency by the executing of the deed, Provided that the said 
Abraham Lansing and Gerrit A. Lansing do release to Gerrit Koscboom a 
certain piece of ground adjoyning on the north part of the lott of the said 
Gerrit Roseboom, is in breadth on the front by the Parel street nine feet 
eight inches, in the rear on the west six feet and six inches, and in length 
from east to west fourteen rod ten feet, all Ryland measure, for the same 
forty pounds above mentioned. 

Resolved, That the Mayor in the name of the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonalty execute a deed to the said Abraham Lansing and Gerrit A. 
Lansing for said piece of Ground, an<f cause the City Seal to be thereunto 
affixed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14 day of October, 1758 — Present, the 5layor, John 
G. Roseboom, Escf , Recorder, Joh^ Ten Eyck, Joh" Van Saute, John 
Beekman, John R. Bleeker, Volkert P. Douw, Abraham Douw, Abrar 
ham Yates, Jun', Henry Bleeker, Philip J. Schuyler, Barnardus Bratt, 
Jun"", Ha: Gansevoort. 

Syhrant G. Van Schaick, Escj', produced a Commission for Mayor of 
the City of Albany, &c., for the eusueing year, and took the Oaths ap- 
pointed by Law, signd the Test, and was sworn into the office of Mayor 
and Coroner for the City, and Justice of the Peace for the City and 
County of Albany. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq', produced a Commission for Recorder of the 
City of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signd the Test and was 
sworn for the due execution of the office. 

Abraham Yates, Jun% produced a Commission for High Sheriff for the 
City and County of Albany, took the Oaths and signd the Test and sworn 
to the due execution of the office. 

Joh* Van Santc, Jacob Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, Joh« H. Ten Eyck, 
being chosen Aldermen for the ensucing year, took the Oaths, signd the 
Test and sworn to the due execution of their office. 

Barnardus Bratt, Jun% Peter Lansingh, Henry Bleecker, John Hansen, 
Abraham Yates, Jun% and Harme Gansevoort, took the Oaths, signd the 
Test and sworn to the due execution of their office. 

Joh" Jilles de Garmo, Cornelis Van Scherluyne, Matthewes Aerse, 
Gerrit Roseboom, Jun"", (rcrrit Dun Barr, took the Oaths, signd the Test, 
sworn to the due execution of the office of Constable. 

Isaac Fryer took the Oaths, signed the Test, sworn to the due execution 
of the office of High Constable. 

Whereas on the twenty-ninth day of September last past, Volkert P. 
Douw was elected Alderman for the first ward of the City of Albany, and 
whereas since that time, to witt, on the fourteenth day of October follow- 
ing, he produced a Commission for Recorder of this City, took the Oaths, 
signed the Test and sworn into his office, wherefore it b ordered and re- 
solved by this Board that a new election be held on the twentieth of this 
instant month for chusing an other Alderman for the- said first ward, and 

15 



114 The City Records, 1759. 

that Joh^ Van Sante, Esq', Alderman for said ward do give notice accord- 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 17 day of Octo- 
ber, 1758 — Present, the Mayor, Volkert P. Douw, Es<i', Kecorder, Joh« 
H. Ten Eyck, Jucob Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, John Hansen, Henry 
Blecker, Abraham Yates, Jun'. 

Ordered and Kesolvcd by this Board, That Gerrit Van Vranke remove 
his drain from the Kinpi Hi<;h road into the Creek, between this and the 
twenty-eight day of this instant month of October, on forfeiting six shil- 
linnp for every day after that day, and that he be sen'cd with a copy of 
this order, the Clerk to sign the same, by order of Common Council. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 2 day of No- 
vember, 1758 — Present, the Mayor, lleeorder, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh* 
H. Ten Eyck, Job"* Van Sante, Henry Bleeker, Peter Lansing, John 
Hansen, Ab'" Yates, Jun^. 

Sybrant G. Van 8chaick, Jun'", and Jacob Jacobse Lansingh, being 
cliDsen Aldermen for the ensueing year, took the Oaths ap|)ointed by Law, 
signd the Test and sworn to the due execution of their office. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Master for the ensueing 
year : 

Johannis Eversce, John L: ReatlifF, first ward. 

Abraham H. Cuyler, John Gert Marsolis, second ward. 

Wilhelmus Van Antwerpe, Jilles Winnc, third ward. 

Ordered that Warren! s be given to the Fire blasters of each ward ac- 
cordingly, and that the (Merk sign the same, by order of the Corporation. 

At a Common Councill hold for the City of Albany on the 20 day of Jan- 
uary, 1759. 

Resolved by this Board, that all the [Lottery] Tickets that are not sold 
by Monday the twenty-second instant, the Managers are to deliver the same 
to the City Treasurer, and he is to dispose of as many as he can, and those 
that remain unsold to be at the risque of the City. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 19 day of Feb- 
ruary, 1759. 

Resolved by this Board, That S'' William Johnson, Bar', may have the 
ground behind his house and lott where Patrick Magee htus lately build 
on, that is to say, the breath of his lott on the street and then sixty foot 
long down toward the River at the rate of forty shillings a foot on the 
street, and that the Mayor execute a deed for the same in behalf of the 
Mayor, Aldermen and Comonalty. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 29 day of May, 
1759 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh-* H. Ten 
Eyck, Sybrant Van Sehaick, Jun^, A])raham Douw, Barnardus Bratt, 
Jun"", Abraham Yates, Junr, John Hansen, Henry Bleeker, Peter Lansing. 

Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansingh, Jun^, Henry Bleeker, and John 
Hansen, being a Committe appointed by this Board to examine the several 
Accounts with the City Treasurer in order that Treasurer pay the same, 
and in case any difficulty should happen that they may lay diem before 




Syhrant G, Fan Schaicky Mayor. 115 

the Common Council, and that the Committe put up advertisements that 
all persons that have any demand may bring in their Accounts on or before 
the ninth day of June next, and sign them with the Clerks name, by order 
of Common Council. 

This Board have agreed with the Treasurer to receive, pay and settle 
tlie several accounts for the thousand pounds raised by Publick Lottery. 
Ordered by this Board that Mess'^* Ha: Gansevoort and Gysbert Fonda 
pay the thousand pounds raised by the Publick Lottery to the City Treas- 
urer, and that an receipt shall be their sufficient discharge for the same. 

An Ordinance renewed and published for cleaning the streets. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 21th day of 
June, 1759. 

Whereas Job** Jilles De Garmo was chosen a Constable on the 29 day 
of September last for the first ward of this City and now imployed in his 
Majesties service, wherefore it is llesolved by the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonalty of the said City, that on the 28d day of this Instant month, 
an Election be held for to chuse one Constable for the said first ward in 
the room of the said Joh^ Jijles De Garmo, and that one of the Aldermen 
give notice accordingly. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 22 day of June, 
1759. 

The Ordinance regulateing the rates and prices of all kinds of Flesh, &a, 
is renewed and published as follows : 

For every lb of all kind of Beaf Mutten, Veal, Lamb, &a, 5d. 

For every head pluck of a Calf, 2 Id. 

For every head and pluck of a Sheep, 12d. 

For every head and pluck of a Lamb, 9d. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 26th day of June, 
1759. 

An Ordinance regulating Carmen renewed and published. [See in the 
Ordinance Book.] 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albanv on the 21th day of 
July, 1759 — The Mayor, Jacob Ten Eyck, Abraham Douw, Joh* H. 
Ten Eyck, Syb^ Van Schaick, Jun% Joh** Van Sante, Jacob Lansing, 
Jun'', Abraham Yates, Jun^, Henry Bleeker, Jun**, John Hansen, 
Peter Lansingh. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Clerk sign an order by order of Com- 
mon Council to pay the following Accounts, being examined by the Com- 
mittee appointed for that purpose, viz^ : 

To the Estate of Nicolas Bleeker, To Jacobus Reatliff, £1: 8: 1 

To John Van Duesen, 12: 

To Gysbert VanDenBergh,l: 8: 6 
To Jacob Vischer, 11 

To Ulderick Van Vranken, 2:19 
ToCornelisR.VanVeghte,2: 9 
To Joh^ Van Arnem & Joh« 

Becker, 13: 6: 9 



Junir, 


£ 4:15:5 


To Isaac Swits, 


6:12:4 


To Johannis Hun, 


2:17:3 


To Barnardus D. Bratt, 


19:7} 


To Anthony Bratt, 


30: 2:6 


To Anthony A. Bratt, 


1: 9 


To Jacob Bogardus, 


8:16:6 



116 



The City Records, 1759. 



To John Bcckmnn, 
To Michael IJessct, 
To 3Iartin Bcckman, 
To JohanniH Hockor, 
To Ilarinoo IJo^arduM, 
To Johaiiiiis Cluct, 
To JcKso \)c Foreest. 
To Philip Do Forcost, 
To Volkert H. Douw, 
To John De Pcvster, 
To Wouter N. (Jroc^beek, 
To Ilendrit'k (.Jerve, 
To Han.s IJansiMi. tJun^, 
To William IlylUm, Jiinr, 
To Woutor Knikcrbacker, 
To Isaac Kip, 



£n: 8:9 
2:12:0 

10:9 
1:14:8 

19:1 J 
1: 8:0 

1,^.:0 
3: 7:0 
1 

:]:10:4 
S: 1 

12:8 
9 
1:19 

18 

10:0 



To Gcrrit Lansingh^ Jun% 10: 2:0 
To Gerrit liansin^rh, 9: 8:9 

To Sybrant Quakcnboss, 10 



To f Jacobus Van Valken- 

Imrjrh, 15 

To(MajwVanl)cnBergh, 24: 1: 
To IVter Van Woert, 1 

To Wilheliuus Van Den 

Horjrh, 11:00:10* 

To llendrickG. Van Ness, 1:19 
To Gulian Vcrplank, 7: 2 

To Hondrick Van Schoon- 

haver, 19: 6 

To Tunis Vielcn, 6: 4: 6 

To Kiliacn Winne, II: 

To Kvort Wendell, 4: 4 

To Robert Wendell, 9 

To Joseph Yates; 0: 6 

To Coenraet Ten Eyck, 2: 5: 



£200: 3:10J 



£00:17 
8 
91: 
4:10:4 

111: 6 



This Board allows the followinj^ Acc^"* and order the Clerk to sign an 
order upon the Treasurer to pay the same : 

To Jacob Dox, 

To the Widow of Peter Dox, 

To the Executors of Philip Livingston, Vjfi<[^, - 

To Philip Livingston, 

To Ila: Gansevoort as Clerk from 1751, first October, to 
the first October, 1758, seven years. Paper included. 
@ £15:18 '^ year, 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay Joh" Pniyn*s Negro Eight for his Ex- 
traordinar kService. 

It is further Resolved that the severall Accounts not sworn to, that tho 
persons that have a just demand swear to their Ace'-* before one of tho 
Aldermen, that then tho City Treasurer may pay the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 13 day of 
September, 1759. 

The following Accounts were allowed and order of Common Council 
drawn on the Treasurer to pay the same : 

To Volkert P. Douw, .... £23:14:10 

To Jacob Bogart, 19:08: 6 

8: 0: 



To Gerrit lloseboom, 

To Abraham Lott, 

To Johannis Knickerbackcr, 



3: 0: 
2:10: 



At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 29 day of Septem- 
ber, 1 759 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Jacob Lansing, Jun*", Jacob 
Ten Eyck, Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun^, Joh^* H. Ten Eyck, Abraham 
Douw, John Hansen, Barnardus Bratt, Peter Lansing, Ha: Gansevoort 

This day being appointed by the Charter for choosing and electing Cor- 
poration Officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for the ensue- 
mg year, according to the direction of the Charter, viz* : 

First Ward. — Johannis Van Santc and Syb* Van Schaick, Jim'', Alder- 



Sybrant G. Van Schaick^ Mayor. 117 

men ; Peter Lansing and Harmanns Schuyler, Assistajiito ; Ma6s Bloem- 
endal and William Macintosh, Constahles. 

Second Ward. — Jacob Ten Eyck and Jacob Lansing, Jun"", Aldermen ; 
Henry Blecker and John Hansen, Assistantfi; Ilendrick Williams and 
Jacob Harse, Constables. 

• Third Ward. — Abraham Douw and Volkert Douw, Aldermen ] Jacob 
Van Schaick, Jun% Abraham Ten Brocck, Assistante; Gcrrit Van Der 
Berg, Wynant Van Alstyn, Constables. 

This Board appoints John Roseboom for their Chamberlain, and Joh' 
Soger, Marshall for the ensueing year. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 8 day of Octo- 
ber, 1759 — Present, the Mayor, llecorder, Joh"* Van Santc, Abraham 
Douw, Syb* Van Schaick, Jun"", Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansing, Bar- 
nard us Bratt, Peter Lansing, John Hansen, Ha: Gansevoort. 

This Board agreed with John Wilson to be Publick Whipper for the 
City of Albany for the space of six months from the date hereof for the 
sum of ten pounds cor rant money of New York. 

Ordered that the Clerk let John Wilson have one Shirt, one pair Shoes, 
one pair Stockings and one pair Breches on his wages. 

At a Common Councill held for the City or Albany on the 14 day of Octo- 
ber, 1759 — Present, the Mayor, Jacob Ten Eyck, Joh^ Van Sante, Jacob 
Lansingh, Jun^, Joh* H. Ten Eyck, Abraham Yates, Barnardus Bratt, 
Peter Lansingh. 

Syb^ Gr. Van Schaick, Esq% produced a Commission appointing him 
Mayor and Clark of the Market for the City of Albany and Coroner for 
the City and County of Albany for the ensueing year. 

Jacob Van Schaick, Esq% produced a Commission for High Sheriff of 
the City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed 
the Test, and sworn to the execution of his office. 

Joh^ Van Sante, Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansing, Jun»", and Volkert 
Douw, being chosen Aldermen for the ensueing year, took the Oaths ap- 
pointed by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of their 
offices. 

Peter Lansing, Harmanus Schuyler and Jacob Van Schaick, Jun"", As- 
sistants for the ensueing year, took the Oaths, signed the Test and sworn 
to the due execution of their offices. 

Henry Williams, High Constable, Jacob Harse, Maas Bloemendall, 
William Macintosh, Gerrit G. Van Den Bergh and Wynant Van Alstyn, 
Petty Constables for the ensueing year, took the Oaths, signed the Test and 
sworn to the due execution of their offices. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 14 day of No- 
vember, 1759 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Jacob Lansingh, Jun»", 
Volkert Douw, Abraham Douw, Syb^ Van Schaick, Jacob Van Schaick, 
Jun»", Harmanus Schuyler, John Hansen. 

Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Esq"*, Mayor, took the Oaths appointed by Law, 
sign'd the Test and sworn to the due execution of his offices. 

Abraham Douw, and Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun»", being chosen Alder- 
men for the ensueing year, took the Oaths, signM the Test, sworn to the 
due execution of their offices. 



118 The City Records, 1759. 

John Hansen, Henry Blcekcr and Abraham Ten Broeck, Assistants, 
took the Oaths, sign'd the Test and sworn to the due execution of their 
offices. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for the ensueing 
year, to witt : 

Solomon Ha}-?, Luykas Hoogkerk, first ward. 

Comelis Van Scherhiyne, C:u«?panLS Pruyn, second ward. 

Isaac Van Arncm, Yolkert (t. Van d Berg, third ward. 

Ordered that Warrants be given to the Fire Masters of each ward ac- 
cordingly and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of Common Councill. 

John Kidnic made application for to buy the house and lott on the 
Gallows hill, formerly possessed by Rob' Flint, which this Board will take 
into consideration. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 21 day of No- 
vember, 1759 — Present, the Mayor, Abraham Douw, Volkert Douw, 
Syb* Van Schaick, Jun^, Jacob Lansing, John Hansen, Abraham Ten 
Eyck, Henry Blocker, Jacob Van Schaick, Jun^, Harmanus Schuyler, 
Peter Lansingh. 

Thomas Williams produced an Account of £7:10, which was expended 
at the Entertainment of S"" William Johnson, Bar*, which is allowed by 
this Board and ordered that a Warrant be drawn on the Treasurer to pay 
the same, the Clerk to sign the same, by order of the Common Councill. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 3d day of March, 
1760. 

Resolved, that an order l)e drawn on the City Treasurer, to pay Thomas 
Williams £20:14:10 in full of his Account, and to Johannis Seger £5, 
and not to discount with Johannis Seger till he produces his Indenture in 
the Common Councill for the Land on the (fallows hill. 

The Committc heretofore appointed for examining the Accounts against 
the City are to remain, and Abraham Ten Broeck to joyn the said Com- 
mittee for the purpose aforesaid. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 12th March, 
1760. 

Sybrant Van Schaick, Juni", produced an Account amounting to £5:4:3, 
which being allowed and ordered that the Treasurer pay the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany, on the 15th March, 
1760. 

This Board agreed with Jacob Buljin for the house and lott he now 
dwells in on the Gallows hill, at the rate of forty shillings ^ year during 
their pleasure. 

Mr. Timothy Conner produced an Account of £10:8, which is allowed 
and ordered that the Treasurer pay the same. 

This Board ordered that no Butcher, or any other person whatsoever, 
shall oflPer, sell or expose for sale any Calfs meat under twenty-one days 
old, under the penalty of forty shillings, one half to the Informer and the 
other half to the Poor. If any difficulty should arise about the age of the 
Calf, the proof shall lay with the Butcher or such person as exposed the 
same for sale, that the Calf was of the age above mentioned. 



Syhrant G. Van Schaick^ Mayor. 119 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 3d day of April, 
1760 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Joh" Van Sante, Syb^ Van Schaick 
Jun"", Jacob Lansingh, Volkert Douw, Peter Lansingh, Abraham Ten 
Broeck, John Hansen. 

To the worshipful the Mayor and Corporation of the City of Albany. 
The Petition of the Subscribers, Inhabitants of the Jonker street. 
Most Humbly Sheweth, 

That your Petitioners daily experience the many inconveniencys that 
attend the great scarcity of water in their Street and Neighborhood, and 
having a just sense how fatal the Consequences of any Accidents by fire must 
prove to them, have therefore voluntary subscribed amongst themselves such 
a sum of money as they hope will be sufficient to defray the expense of 
bringing water in Pipes from the hills, collecting it in Reservoirs and 
erecting pumps. But as some people who have not now subscribed to this 
so usefull and necessary undertaking will when it is compleated [enjoy] all 
the advantages equal with any of the subscribers unless prevented by 
proper authority, we therefore beg the Mayor and Corporation for a convey- 
ance of it to us, our heirs and assigns, under pit)per restrictions, and to 
that end that every citizen may be a partaker of the ease and advantage of 
it, we beg leave that a clause may be inserted by which one may be a 
member provided he pays unto the Trustees to be appointed by the sub- 
scribers the sum of twenty shillings or eight shillings annually, and con- 
form himself to the Articles of the Agreement. That this Plan may be 
agreable and meet with the approbation of the Mayor and Corporation, is 
the sincere prayer of 

Resolved by this Board, that the Petitioners to the above Petition have 
an Instrument drawn consisting with the above Petition, that the Mayor 
will sign the same and cause the Seal of this City to be thereunto affixed, 
by vertue of this Resolution. 

Mr. Abraham Ten Broeck produced an Account in behalf of the Patroon 
for the fire wood of this City from the 1st day of June, 1745, to the 22j^ 
day of November, 1759, amounting to £159:3:10, out of which is to be 
£89:3:10 for Saw Logs cut out of the right of the City for many years 
past. 

Ordered that the- Clerk draw an order upon the City Treasurer to Mr. 
Abraham Ten Broeck £120 in full for the above account, and sign the 
said order in behalf of the Common Councill. 

Whereas a number of Gentlemen residing in this City, have signified to 
the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of Albany, 
that they are desireous of establishing a Prysbyterian Church in the same. 

This is to certify that the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Commonality 
of the City aforesaid do very much approve of so laudable an Intention, 
and promise that they will do every thing in their power to encourage and 
promote the same, and that the Mayor sign this in behalf of the Corpora- 
tion and the Clerk affix the City Seal to it. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 5th day of 
April, 1760. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay Joh« Seeger £33:2, which is the Bal- 
lance due to him for his Sellory as to the 14th day of October, 1759. 
Ordered that the Clerk write to Daniel McMichal to settle the rent for 



120 The City Records, 1760. 

the house and land at Vcrfhergh hy the loth Instant with the Corporation 
of the City of Albany. 

An Ordinance regulating Carmen renewed and published. 

At a Common Council held for the (Mty of Albany on the 2d day of June, 
1700. 

The Ordinance regulating the rates and prices of all kind of Flesh, &a, 
is renewed and published lus follows : 

For every lb of all kind JJeaf. Mutten, Veal, Lamb, &a., 5d. '^ lb. 

Fur every head and pluck of a Calf 2 Id. 

For every head and pluck of a Sheep 12d. 

For every head and pluck of a Jjanip i>d. 

To commence the lOth day of June Instant. 

Also an Ordinance renewed and published for cleaning the Streets. 

At a Common Ccmncill held for the City of Albany on the 15 July, 1760. 

An account of Jolr Ilun being produced of cCo:4, for fourteen Chairs 
and one Easy (Miair forihe Council Jltnnn, which is allowed and ordered 
that the Treasurer pay the same. 

Hesolvod by this Hoard, That the Clerk put up Advertisements that a 
Lott of ground on the north sitle of the lloiLse of Abraham Lansing, dee*', 
where Mr. William Corry now dwells in, of thirty **** foot English 
measure broad, and in lenght as the J^ott of said Jiansing, will be sold at 
Publick Vendue to the highest IJidilcr, on Friday the first day of August 
next at three of the clock in the afternoon at City IJall of this City, with 
a reserve of ten shillings to be paid yearly and every year to the City 
Treasurer for the use of this (Mtv. 

At a Ccmimon Coiuicil held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the «>Othday of July, 17()U — l^rosent, the Mayor, Recorder, 
Jacob Jjansingh. Volkert Douw, Abraham j)ouw, Peter Jjansingh, Ab'" 
Ten Broeck, John Hansen, Jacob V. Schaick. 

Whereas a Resolution wtis made the 10th day of this Currant month of 
July, that the Lott of ground lying on the north side of the hoase and lott 
of Abraham Jjansing, dec ', was to be sold at Publick Vendue by the Mayor 
and Corporation, and wheroiis the Mayor having business out of the town, 
it therefore Resolved by this Roard that the Recorder together with the 
Aldermen and Assistants sell the said lott according to the advertisement, 
and that the Mayor shall execute the deed in behalf of the Corporation. 

Resolved by this Roard, That owners of the ground adjoyning the Rut 
in Kill and the Foxes Kill leave a passe of eight foot for the water, and 
that the Aldermen of this City overlook the same. 

According to the above Resolutions a Deed being executed by the 
Mayor to Isaac D. Fonda, who was the highest Bidder, and the money 
paid to the Treasurer, £151, on yc 29 AugiLst, 1700. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 29th day of 
September, 1700 — Present, the Mayor, Johanis Van Sante, Abraham 
Douw, Syb' Van Schaick, Jun^", Volkert Douw, Peter Lansing, Harma- 
nus Schuyler, John Hansen, Jacob V. Schaick, Abraham Ten Broeck. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for chosing and electing Corpo- 




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Sybrant G. Fan Schaicky Mayor. 121 

ration officers, the following persons were chosen to serve for the ensueing 
year, according to the directions of y<? Charter, viz' : 

First Ward — John Henry Lydius, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Aldermen ; 
Harmanus Schuyler, Martin IMynderse, Assistants; Koeliff Secgcr and 
William Staats, Constables. 

Second Ward — Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansing, Aldermen ; John 
Hansen, Henry Blocker, Jun^^, Assistants; Peter Hansen, Abraham Ver- 
plank, Constables. 

Third Ward — Cornelis Ten Broeck, Harm"* Wendell, Aldermen ; Jacob 
V. Schaick, Jun"", Ab™ Ten Broeck, Assistants; A™ Schuyler, Christopher 
Yates, Constables. 

This Board appoints Mr. John Roseboom for their Chamberlain, and 
Johannes Sceger, Marshall for the ensueing year. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 11th day of 
tober, 1760. 

Oredered that an order be dravra on the City Treasurer to pay Richard 
Howard £0:16, which the Corporation expended at the Entertainment of 
Sir William Johnson, Bar', and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of 

the Common Council. 

• 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 14th day of Oc- 
tober, 1760 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Abraham Douw, Joh< Van 
Sante, Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansingh, Volkert Douw, Abraham Ten 
Broeck, John Hansen, Jacob Van Schaick, Henry Bleeker. 

Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Esq"", produced a Commission appointing him 
IMayor and Clark of the ]Market for the City of Albany and Coroner for 
the City and County of Albany for the ensueing year, took the Oath ap- 
pointed by Law, signd the Test, sworn to the due execution of the offices. 

Jacob Van Schaick produced a Commission for High Sheriff for the 
City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the 
Test, sworn to the due execution of his office. 

Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansing, Cornelis Ten Broeck, Harmanus Wen- 
dell and Barent II. Ten Eyck, being elected Aldermen for the ensueing 
year, took the Oaths, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of 
their offices. 

Harmanus Schuyler, Martin Mynderse, John Hansen, Henry Bleeker, 
Jacob Van Schaick and Abraham Ten Broeck, Assistants, took the Oaths, 
signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of their offices. 

Abraham Schuyler, High Constable, Roelif Soger, William Staata, 
Abraham Verplanck, Constables, took the Oaths, signed the Test and sworn 
to the due execution of their offices. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 25th October, 
1760 — Present, the Mayor, Jacob Ten Eyck, Jacob Lansing, Cornelis 
Ten Broeck, Harmanus Wendell, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Martin Mynderse, 
John Hansen, Hendrick Bleeker, Jacob Van Schaick, Ab=" Ten Broeck. 

John H. Lydius, Esq^, being chosen Aldermen for the ensueing year 
took the Oaths appointed by law, signed the Test, sworn to the due execu- 
tion of his office. 

The following Accounts were allowed and an order of Common Council to 
be drawn on the City Treasurer to pay the same, and that the Clerk sign 
by order of Council. 

16 



122 The City Records, 1760. 

To John Clute, - - - - - - £0: 7:0 

Abraham De Foreest, - - - - - -0:7K) 

William Hun, 0: 7.-0 

Dirck Hun, - 0: 8:0 

To 18 Planks, 48, 3:12:0 

Carting Plank & Ryding Timber, - - - • - 0: 7:0 

To Jacob Lansing for 100 Planks, 48. Gd, - - - 22:10K) 

To John Oothout for llyding 8 days, 128, - - - 4:16:0 

To hand to help him Load, - - - - - 1: 0:0 

Two for bringing down the Planks, .... 0:16:0 

Joh^ Daet for Riding Timber, - - - - 5: 4:0 

To Peter Yosburgh, for do, - - - - - 4: 8:0 

The Cartmens Bill, ...... 1:10:6 

To Isaac Fonda, Bill, 22:11:9 

£68: 4:3 
The above Bill is materials and making the Bridges. 

To Jacobus Van Sante & Jacob Hylton, ... 5:19:3 

To Staats Van Santvoort, - - . . 1:12:0 

To John Williams, Goaler, - - - - - 2:16:0 

To Jacob Ten Eyck, - - - . - 0: 7:0 

To Abraham Douw, for the ballance of his Acc», - - 17:18:4 

To Peter Lansing, - - - - - 1:1:6 

To David Van Derheyden, - - - - . 22: OK) 



£119:17:4 

Ordered that the Aldermen and Common Council see the Bridges fin- 
ished, and bring in the Accounts that the same may be paid. 

Mcss'^^ Joseph Vates and Thomas Williams, made application to this 
Board to buy the Creek as far as they bound upon the said Creek, which 
this Board takes into consideration. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 13th day of 
November, 1760 — Present, the Mayor, John H. Lydius, Cornelis Ten 
Broeck, Harmanus Wendell, Ab"» Ten Broeck, Jacob Van Schaick, John 
Hansen. 

The following Accounts were allowed and ordered that the Clerk draw 
upon the Treasurer to pay the same, by order of Common Council. 
To John Hansen, - - - £4:1:0 

To Wilhelmus Van Den Berg, Jun', - 2: 4:3 

To Volkert Van Den Berg, - - 0:10:6 

Ordered that the Clerk pay Claas Van Den Bergh three pounds for wood 
for the Bun fire at the King's Birth day. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for the ensueing 
year, to witt : 

Thomas Lansing, Ab'" Joseph Yates, first ward. 

Henry Williams, Jacob Harse, second ward. 

Harmanus I. Wendell, Jan Gerse Yates, third ward. 

Ordered, That Warrants be given the Fire Masters of each ward accord- 
ingly, and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of Common Councill. 

An Ordinance regulating Carmen renewed this day. 




Sybrant G. Fan Schaick^ Mayor. 123 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 4th day of Decem- 
ber, 1760. 

This Board agrees with Mr. Ab"™ Ten Broek for the fire wood for the 
ensueing year at the usual price, which is £11. 

This Board allows the following Accounts : 
To Mr. Ab"» Ten Broeck for the fire wood of this year till 22 November, 
1760, ...... £11: 0:0 

To Harme Gansevoort, as Clerk from 1st October, 1758, to the 

Ist October, 1760, 31:16:0 

To Jacobus Reatliff to Ring the Bell one year, - - 5 0:0 

To Joh^ Soger for his Sellary till the Ist October, 1760, 

Ordered that the Clerk draw on the Treasurer to pay the above Account 
as soon as he has money. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 11th day of De- 
cember, 1760. 

Resolved by this Board, That the Clerk put up Advertisements that a 
peice of Land lying on the Gallows hill containing between 10 and 11 
acres, as '^ Dn^ to be seen at the time of sale, to be sold at Publick 
Vendue on Saturday the 20th day of this current month, by the Mayor, 
Aldermen and Commonalty at two of the clock in the afternoon at the City 
Hall in the City of Albany. 

Mr. Gerardus Groesbeek produced an Account of six shillings which is 
allowed and ordered to be paid. 

Resolved by this Board, That they shall provide and see the people 
paid that keep the officers from the 24th NovcAber, 1760, untill the first 
day of April, 1761. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 20th day of December, 1760. 

Pursuant to a Resolution made in Comon Council the 11th day of this 
currant month of December, this Board sold the peice of Land at Publick 
Vendue to Coll: John Henry Lydius for £300 currant money of New York 
and a reserve of £2 of like money to be paid yearly and every year, con- 
taining eleven acres three rod and eight perches, according to the Draft 
now at the time of sale exhibited, and that Mr. John R. Blocker, who 
made the survey, explain the courses to have the Deed drawn by, and that 
the Clerk draw the deed accordingly. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Mayor execute the same Deed and 
cause the City Seal to be thereunto affixed in behalf of the Common 
Council, and upon payment of the money the deed to be delivered. 

The following Accounts were allowed and ordered that the Treasurer 
pay the same : 

To Philip Van Veghte, - - - - £6: 0:0 
To Barent H. Ten Eyck, - - - 1:18:9 

To William Hylton, - - - - 2: 2:0 

To John Hansen the opening the west gate, 10: 3:8 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on 13th day of Febru- 
ary, 1761. 

The Ministers, Elders and Deacons of the Reformed Dutch Church of 
the City of Albany presented a Petition in Common Council which this 
Board will take in consideration. 



124 Tlie City Records, 1761. 

At a Common (-ouncil held for the City of Albany on the 19th day of 
February, 1701. 

Resolved bv this Board, that l^Ir. John K. IJlceker run the South and 
North Line of this City next Monday if the wether will permit, and that 
Mr. 131ceker provide himself with Chain bearers and mark every mile, for 
which this Board will pay his fees and disbursements. 

This Board having taken into consideration the Petition presented to 
this Board by the Menister, Klders and Deacons of the Reformed Dutch 
Church of this City the last meetin«c, It being Resolved by this ]>oard 
that Mr. John Bleeker make a survey of the land sett forth in their Peti- 
tion, leaving sufficient room for highways, lor which this B(.>ard is to give 
a Deed to the said Minister, Elders and Deacons and their successoi-s for 
ever, for and in consideration of fifty pounds current money of New York 
and a reserve of twenty shillings '^ annum for ever. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the first day of 

May, 1761. 

Mr. John R. Bleeker produced an Account of sundry charges in runing 
the City line amounting to £18:8, which is allowed and ordered that the 
game be paid. 

Resolved that the Memorial Mr. John De Peyster delivered some time 
ago to the Corporation of this City relating to the destroying of the Indian 
Deed Tiononderoga be delivered to ^less^" Volkert P. Douw and Abraham 
Ten Broeck in order to be laid before Councill at Law in New York in 
behalf of the Corporation. 

At a Common Council heia for the City of Albany on the 2d day of May, 
1761. 

An Ordinance regulateing Carmen renewed and published. 

Whereas William Staats was chosen one of the Constiibles on the 29th 
day of September last for the first ward of this City and now being gone 
for Niagara, wherefore it is Resolved by this Board that on the 7th day of 
this currant month of May an election be held for to chusc one Constable 
for the said first ward in the room of the said W"» Staats, and that one of 
the Aldermen of said ward give notice accordingly. 

A Petition of John Christie was presented to this Board for some Land 
at the Sand Bergh as in the said Petition is set forth. 

Resolved that John Christie have four acres of Land at the Sand Bergh 
and not to exceed that quantity, with liberty to build a house, &a, to have 
it three years at the rate of one Peper Corn ^ annum ; after the expira- 
tion of said three years to agree for the annual Rent with the Corporation 
of this City, this Agreement to commence the 10th of this instant, May 
1761. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Mayor execute a Deed in behalf of 
this Corporation for 153 acres of Land, according to Mr. John R. Bleeker's 
survey produced to this Board, to the Minister, Elders and Deacons of the 
Reformed Dutch Church of the City of Albany on the payment of fifty 
pounds consideration money, and that the Mayor cause the City Seal to be 
thereunto affixed. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 22d day of June, 
1761. 
Ordered that the Clerk draw an order upon the Treaaurer to pay Time- 



SybratU G. Van Schaick^ Mayor. 125 

thy Conner £10:13:6, and Mr. Robert Lansing for the ballance of his 
Account, £7:18:11. 

This day sold to Johannis N. Groesbeeck a pcice of Land lying at 
Schagtecook, commonly called and known by the Indian Land or Island, 
lying between the Land of Daniel Fort, dec •, and the Land of the heirs 
Abraham and Isaac Fort, dec ', for and in consideraticm of the sum of £430 
currant money of New York, and a Tcserve of thirty Skipple of good winter 
wheat, to be paid yearly and every year for ever to the Corporation and 
their successors ; £200 to be paid by the delivery of the Deed, £100 o^re 
within one year next ensueing and £130 the year then following, upon 
condition that the said Joh" N. Grocsbeek is to satisfy the Indians that 
have a lawfull claim on said liand. 

An Ordinance renew'd and published for cleaning the streets, to com- 
mence the 25th Inst, all kind Beaf Gd, for a head & pluck of a Calf, 2 Id, 
for a head and pluck of a Sheep 12d, for a Lamb 9d. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 23 day of June, 
1761 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Harmanus Wendell, Jacob Lan- 
sing, Jun% John Henry Lydius, Jacob Ten Eyck, Barent Ten Eyck, 
Cornelis Ten Broeck, 3Iarte ?»Iynderse, Harmanus Schuyler, John Han- 
sen, Abraham Ten Broeck. 

Harmanus Schuyler, Esq*", produced a Commission whereby he is ap- 
pointed High Sheriff for the City and County of [Albany] from the 18th 
June, untill the 14th October next ensueing, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, subscribed the Test and sworn to the due execution of his office. 

Whereas Coll. John Henry Lydius bought at Publick Vendue a peice 
Land lying on the Gallows hill, containing eleven acres three rod and eight 
perches, according to the survey thereof made by Mr. John R. Bleeker, 
exhibited at the sale on the 20th day of December. 1760, which the said Coll. 
John Henry Ijydius now refuses to take according to the sale made by vertue 
of a reh:olution made in Common Councill the 11th day of December, 1760, 
Wherefore it is Resolved and ordered that the Clerk put up Advertise- 
ments that the said peice of Land is to be sold at Publick Vendue on the 
fifteenth day of July next ensueing at three of the clock in the afternoon 
of that day at the City hall of the said [City] by the Mayor or the Re- 
corder, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of Albany. 

This Board has this day agreed with Mr. Robert Lansingh to take care 
of the fire Engine and have it cleand and in good order for three pounds 
current money of New York ^ annum. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 15th day of July, 1761 — Present, Syb* G. Van Schaick, 
Esq"*, Mayor, Volkert P. Douw, Esq'', Recorder, and six Aldermen. 

Pursuant the Resolution made the 28d of June last, this Board meet in 
order to sell the peice Ground advertised by that Resolution and no bidders 
have bid high enough, therefore it remains Corporation Ground. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 10th day of September, 1761. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Mayor execute a Deed to Jacobus 
Reatliff for seven years on condition that the Deed be void on the tender 



126 The City Records, 1761. 

of one shilling to the Lessee for a Tract of Land scituate, lying and being 
in the i^ity of Albany on the Sout of Beaver Kill, beginning where said 
Kill emptyes iteelf into Iludsons Kiver, striking from thenc<) southerly to 
opposite the hay land belonging to the heirs oi' (lysbert Marselis, dec**, thenco 
due west along the south bounds of the pa^sture of the first part the same 
distance from the River as the Saw Mill of the heirs of Daniel Bratt, from 
thenc« northerly to the aforesaid Beaver Kill, and thence easterly along 
the said Kill to the place where it first begun. 

Wilhelmus Smith presented a Petition to this Board for sixty acres of 
Lana on the Wouten bergh between the north line of the City of Albany 
and the Edge of the hill which lays on the north side of Foxes Creek, it 
is the opinion of this Board not to sell so large a parcell to one pers(m. 

Patrick Magee presented a Petition for a small vacant Lott which lies 
unimproved on the north side of his ; it is Resolved by this Board that the 
said Patrick may have it for five years at the rate of twenty shib "^ year. 

Angenietje Groesbeek offers to this Board a peice of Land at Schagkook 
formerly belonging to Corset Vedder, commonly known by the name of 
Flackje ; as also another peice, being the full moiety or half part of four 
morgan formerly granted by the Corporation to Gerret Van Schaick, which 
this Board refuses to buy. 

Resolved by this Board, that the Mayor execute a Deed to Johannis N. 
Groesbeek, pursuant to the agreement made the 22d day of June last past, 
as by the Minutes may more fully appear. The said Johannis N. Groes- 
beek produced the Indian Deed to this Board, which Deed is to be left 
with the Mayor according to agreement. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 29th Septem- 
ber, 1761. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for chosin and electing Corpo- 
ration officers, the following persons were chosen to serve the ensuemg 
year according to the directions of the Charter, viz' : 

First Ward. — Barent H. Ten Eyck, Peter Lansing, Aldermen ; Marte 
Mynderse, Henry I. Bogart, Assistants ; Thomas Seeger, James Halen- 
beek, Constables. 

Second Ward. — Jacob Ten Eyck, Frans Pruyn, Aldermen ; John Han- 
sen, Gysbert Fonda, Assistants; John Scott, Nicholas Marselis, Constables. 

Third Ward. — Cornelis Ten Broek, Volkert Douw, Aldermen ; Jacob 
Van Schaick, Abraham Ten Broek, Assistants ; Tuenis H. Yisher, Jacob 
G. Lansing, Constables. 

This Board appoints John Roseboom for their Chamberlain ; Johannis 
Seeger, Marshall ; James Hallenbeek, High Constable. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 14th October, 
1761 — Present, the Mayor, Jacob Ten Eyck, John H. Lydius, Jacob 
Lansingh, Harrn^ Wendell, Cornelis Ten Broek, Henry Bleeker, John 
Hansen, Abraham Ten Broek, Jacob Van Schaick, Marte Mynderse, 
Harmanus Schuyler. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq*", Recorder, demanded of the Mayor to render an 
account of the money he had received for the several freedoms, which the 
Mayor refused. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq>^, produced a Commission appointing him Mayor 



FoUcert P. Douw^ Mayor. 127 

and Clerk of the Market for the City of Albany and Coroner for the City 
and County of Albany for the ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, sign'd the Test, sworn to the due execution of the offices. 

Harmanus Schuyler, Esqi*, produced a Commission appointing him High 
Sheriff of the City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, sign'd the Test, sworn to the due execution of his office. 

Jacob Ten Eyck, Comelis Ten Broek, Barent H. Ten Eyck, Frans 
Pruyn, Volkert Douw and Peter Lansing, being chosen Aldermen for the 
ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by Law, sign'd the Test, and 
sworn to the due execution of their officej3. 

Jacob Van Schaick, Abraham Ten Broek, John Hansen, Marte Myn- 
derse and Henry I. Bogart, Assistants, took the Oaths appointed by Law, 
sign<i the Test, and sworn to the due execution of his office. 

James Hallenbeck, Thomas Seeger, John Scott, Nicholas Marselis, Jacob 
G. Lansingh, and Tunis Visher, Constables, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, signed the Test, sworn to the due execution of their offices. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 19th day of 
October, 1761 — Present, the Mayor, Cornelis Ten Broeck, Jacob Ten 
Eyck, Frans Pruyn, John Hansen, Marte Mynderse, Ab™ Ten Broeck, 
Henry I. Bogart, Jacob Van Schaick. 

Resolycd by this Board, That no freedom be given to a Merchant under 
£3:12, and a Tradsman £1:16, and that the Mayor shall have out of each 
freedom twelve shillings for his own use, and the remainder to be returned 
to the Clerk who is to have one shilling to affix the Seal to each freedom, 
or any other instrument. 

It is further Kesolved that no Lycense be given to any Tavern keepers 
then that is sealed with the City Seal, for which they are to pay twenty 
shillings, one half thereof to the Mayor and the other half to be returned 
to the Clerk for the use of the City, deducting one shilling to the Clerk 
for the Seal and keeping an exact Account. 

The Inhabitants of the second ward have made application to this Board 
for leave to bring and lay a drain in the well opposite the house of Mr. 
John Beekman from the hill. Kesolved that they have leave accordingly 
to lay it in such a manner as they shall think proper without hindrance to 
any other drain. 

Claes Speck agreed with this Board for forty shilb for four years past, 
and henceforth twenty shillings yearly for the Lott of ground he dwells on. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 23d October, 
1761. 

John Ten Eyck, Esqi", produced a Commission appointing him Recorder 
for the City of Albainy, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test 
and sworn to the due execution of his office. 

Ordered that the Clerk give an order upon the City Treasurer to pay 
Jacobus Beatliff five pounds for ringing the Bell last year and sign the 
same, by order of Comon Councill. 



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128 The City Records, 17G1. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 2Gth day of 
Oct(jbor, 17()1 — IVesent, the Mayor, UcLMirder, l*eter ]jansin<;, Frans 
Pruyn, Cornelis Ten Hrocck, V(»lkert Douw, Jacob Ten Eyck, Ab"» 
Ten Br(K>ck, Henry I. Bogart, Jacob Van »Schaick, Marte Myndersc, 
John Hansen. 

Ilesolved tbat the freedom of this (Mty be presented to the Reverend 
Eliardus Westorlo, Minister of tlve Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in 
the City of Albany, out of a j)articular re^anl this l>«iard has towards his 
pei*son and function, and the unwearied deli^rence in discharge of his duties 
of his caling since his arrival in this City : That the 3Iayor sign the Siiid 
freeilom in behalf of this Hoard nnd that the Clerk affix the City Seal to 
it and sign his name as Clerk thereto. The ^layor to deliver the same 
this evening in the presence of this Board. 

Besolvecl that any three of the Aldermen of this (^ity shall have the 
same liberty of granting freedoms as the Mayor and under the same re- 
strictions made at Conmion Council the I'Jth instant. 

Ordered that the Clerk shall not receive any money of Sybrant G. Van 
Schaick, late ^layor. for Freedoms, Jjycences or any other moneys which 
of riglit behmg to this City, but by order of Common Ccmncill. 

Resolved that Volkert P. Douw k Abraham Ten lirocck, Esq^", imploy 
Mr. William Smith, Jun"". and William Jiivingston, or any other two Gent '» 
they shall think jiroper in behalf of this Board to prosecute Syb- (r. Van 
Schaick, late Mayor of this City, for the sum of £500 in the next Supreme 
Court to be held for the Province c»f New York, for money he received tor 
Freedoms, Ijyconces and other monies which of right belongs to this Cor- 
poration. This Board also engages U) pay such expences jls may accrue in 
this suit to such pei*sons who sliall be imployed in their behalf for that 
purpo.sc, and that the Clerk deliver a coj)y of this Resolution i^ the above 
named Gentlemen. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 2}M\\ October, 1761. 

In consequence of a Resolution of this Board the l4)th day of September 
last, the Mayor executed a J>eed for the purj)ose thereby intended, but some 
error haveing been made in the same, it is therefore Resolved that a Deed 
be drawn mending said error, which was accordingly done and delivered 
after the City Seal was thereunto affixed, by order of this Board. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 7th day of No- 
vember, 1761. 

Mr. Gysbert Fonda being chosen Assistant for the second ward, took 
the Oaths ap[)ointed by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execu- 
tion of his office. 

Jacobus ReatlifF produced an Account of nine shilling, which is allowed 
and ordered that the Clerk give an order upon the Treasurer to pay the 
same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 30th day of 
November, 1761. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for the cnsueing 
year, to wit : 

Peter Ryckman, Henry I. Wendell, for the first ward. 
Rynier Van Yveren, Hendrick Pruyn, for second ward. 
Maas Bloemendal, Cornelis Van Veghte, for third ward. 



Vdkert P. Douwj Mayor. 129 

Ordered that Warrents be given to the Fire Masters of each ward ac- 
cordingly and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of Comon Council. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 18th January, 

This Board allows the following Accounts and orders the Clerk to draw 
upon the Treasurer to discharge the same : 

To John Hansen, - - - - £5: 4 

To Jacob Van Schaick, - - - 1:14 

To Jacobus Van Bcnthuysen, - - 1:13 

Whereas a Resolution made in Comon Council the 19th day of October 

last that no Lycense should be given under twenty shillings, which this 

Board is now of opinion is to much for some people, wherefore they now 

leave it in the discretion of the Mayor and Aldermen to take less if they 

see cause. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign the Letter in behalf of the Corporation 
which is day wrote in Councill to their attornejrs at New York relateing 
the affair against Sybrant G. Van Schaick, Esq^ 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 26 March, 1762. 

Resolved by this Board, thjit Harmee Gansevoort, Clerk of the Corporar 
tion, purchase a Bill of Exchange of £55 sterling, payable to John George 
Liebenrood, merchant in London, and that the said Gansevoort do order 
the said Liebenrood to send the Corporation one Fire Engine of the fifth 
seize, invented by R'* Ncwshan, ^ the first safe oppertunity and make full 
insurance thereon. This Board have agreed to give a note for the money 
and that the Mayor sign the same in behalf of the Corporation with five ^ 
cent interest till the same is paid. 

Petition presented by Mr. Edgar, Mr. McComb and Mr. Henry, which 
this Board takes in consideration. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 29th day of 
March, 1762. 

This Board allows the following Accounts and orders the Clerk to give 
an order upon the Treasurer in behalf of Common Councill to discharge 
the same, to witt : 

To John McKnight, - - - £2:0:0 

To Barent Ten Eyck, Esq"-, - - 1:0:0 

To Peter Lansingh, Esq^ - - - 0:8:0 

£3:8:0 
This Board have rented to William Hogan, Jun"", a peice of ground of 
thirty foot on the front & about fifteen foot broad, lying and being in the 
first ward of this City opposite his dwelling house and now in his posses- 
sion, for twenty shillings a year. 

This Board have also rented and to farm let to John Cornelis the house 
and lott of ground where he now dwels in, lying and being in the first 
ward of this City, having on the South the Block house called N. 1, on the 
North the ground belonging to this Corporation, on the East the Stockadoes, 
and on the west the high way that leads to the Church parster, to com- 
mence the first day of October last past for and during the term of six 
years at rate of £1:10 a year, and ordered that the Clerk draw the Inden- 

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130 The City Records, 1762. 

ture and tbe 3Iayor sign the same and order the City Seal to be thereunto 
affixed in behalf of the Corporation. 

A Petition bein^ presented by several of the Inhabitants of the Yonkers 
street, which taken into consideration .r 

At Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 3 day of April, 
17(52. 

An Account of Peter Martin being produced which this Board allows, 
and orders the Clerk to give an order to pay the same, to wit, £9:10. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 14 day of April, 
17C2. 

An Ordinance renewed and publinhed for cleaning the streets by the 
25th of the current month of April. 

An Account of Ilcnry I. Bogart being produced and allowed by this 
Board, and orders the Clerk to draw upon the Treasurer to pay him 
£3:13:4. 

A Petition being presented in Common Council on the 2Gth day of March 
last, by Mr. David Edgar and others for the Ground on which the Store 
House opposite to Mr. John McCombs stands, which is rejected, but will 
readyly assist in any other peice of ground convenient for their purpose 
that is no detriment to the publick. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 27th day of 

April, 1762. ^ 

An Ordinance regulating Cartmen renewed and published. 

The flayer agreed with the Board to give Ly cense to Cartmen for twelve 
shillins apeice and that one shilling thereof for puting the Seal, the other 
eleven shillings to be devided, one half to the use of the Mayor and the 
other half for the use of the Corporation. 

Kesolved by this Board that the major part of the Corporation may agree 
with Mr. Joh"* Ten Broeck and Barnardus Bratt, Jun^, for the Ferry. 

This Board have rented and to farm let the house and lot of ground on 
the Gallows hill where Jacob Buljin late dwclld in to Lambert Cool for thiee 
pounds lawful money of New York ^ year; Mr. Jacob H. Ten Eyck has 
promised to pay for the first year. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 1st day of May 

1762. 

An Ordinance made and published restraining forestallers. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order to pay Thomas Seeger eight shil- 
lings; to Peter Lansiugh, Esq"", twelve shillings. 

Resolved and ordered that none of the Shomakers that have their Ten- 
pitches in the Foxes Creek throw none of their old Tan in or near said 
Creek, on pain of forfeiting six shillings for each default. 

Ordered that Abraham Witbeck remove the ashes from behind his Lett 
80 that the Aldermen of the ward approve of the same, in six days after 
receiving Copy of this Rule, on pain of three shillings for every day he 
does not comply with this order, and he be served with a copy of this rule. 



Fdkert P, Douw^ Mayor. 131 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 17th May, 1762 — 
Present, the Mayor, John Ten Eyck, Esq"", Recorder, Jacob Ten Eyck, 
Comelis Ten Broeck, Volkert Douw, Peter Lansing, John Hansen, 
Gysbert Fonda, Henry I. Bogart. 

Resolved by this Board, that if any of the members of the Corporation 
of this City upon duly warning given doe not attend, shall for every such 
neglect forfeit the sum of twenty shillings for the use of the Corporation, 
reasonable excuses excepted, which is to be adjusted by the Board then 
present. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 21st day of June, 
1762. 

Resolved by this Board, that all Agreements heretofore made and that 
now may be in force between this Corporation and Abraham Ten Broek, 
Esq"*, respecting the cutting of Fire wood and Timber in the Manner of 
Rensclaerwyck be dissolved and made void, and is hereby disannulled, dis- 
olved and made void accordingly by the mutual consent & approbation of 
the said Corporation and the said Abraham Ten Broeck. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 28th day of 
June, 1762. 

The Humble Address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonality of the 
City of Albany : 

To his Excellency the Honourable Robert Monckton, Captain General 
and Governor in Chief in and over the Province of New York and 
the Territories depending thereon in America and Vice Admiral of 
the same, and Major General of his Majesty's Forces. 
May it please your Excellency : 

Your Excellency's sudden departure from your Government in obedi- 
ance to his Majestys commands as General and Director of an important 
and very interesting Expedition against Martinico immediately afler taking 
the administration upon you, prevented us of addressing your Excellency 
before upon the occasion, permit us now tho late to express our sentiments 
of joy and satisfaction upon our most gracious sovereign appointing a Gen- 
tleman so conspicuous in abilities and calculated and disposed to render a 
people easy and happy under his administration, a person whose memory 
will never be forgot in the latest period of time in the Northern parts of 
this Province for his conduct and military skill in the reduction of Quebec 
a place till then almost invulnerable, in the conquest of which your Excel- 
lency vastly contributed. 

It was with much regret we heard of your Excellencys departure from 
your Seat of Government to places remote, that exposed your Excellency 
to innumerable dangers and difficulties, the hazards of the Seas, the un- 
wholesomeness of the Climate and the chances of Battle rendered your 
Excellency liable to manifold accidents, but the Laurels you have acquired 
and the advantages the publick have gained sufficiently atone for your 
absence, and it is with redoubled joy that we hear of your Excellencys re- 
taming triumphantly to the Metropolis of your Government to take the 
administration. 

The strength of the Fortresses as well as the consequences of their re- 
daction with the amazing cilirety of the defeat with so little loss of Blood, 



132 The City Records. 1702. 

recent proves of your military genius and marks of your humanity and 
moderation and add luster to the Action. 

We heartily congratulate your Excellency upon the many and great 
successes of his Majestys arms and upon your Kxccllencys arrival to your Seat 
of government with such exalted honours, the just reward of your merit, 
where we sincerely wish you may long remain and that your administration 
may be easy and happy, which we will every one of us respectively make 
our constant business to promote. 

We rely upon your p]xcellency to protect this antient City in its rights 
and privilcdges and we fervently wish for your Kxccllencys helth and hap- 
piness. We are, may it please your Excellency, 

Your Excellencys most obedient Humble Servants. 
An Ordinance regulateing the rates and prices of all kind of Flesh, &c., 
renewed & published as follows, viz^ : 

For every lb 13eaf of all kind, Mutten, Viel, Lamb, &c., 6d. 
For every head and pluck of a Calf, 21 pence. 
For every head and pluck of a Sheep 12 pence. 
For every head and pluck of a Lamb, 9 pence. 
To commence the fifth day of July next ensueing. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 8th July, 17G2. 

This Board is of opinion that the Land in dispute between Huge Viele 
and Jacob Viele belongs to this Corporation and Huge Viele and Jacob 
Viele mow the hay as they use to do till further orders, and that the Clerk 
acquaint them herewith. 

Resolved by this Board, that John N. Groesbeek and Harme Groesbeek 
shall have the Land they have shown to the Corporation when they were 
at Schagkook, for which they are to agree with the Corporation. 

Peter Binneway made application for a farm of Land on the North side 
of Schagkooks Creek, which this Board consents that he may have if they 
can agree for the same. 

Isaac Daniel Fort made application for a peice Land and has shown the 
same to the Corporation, which they consent that he may upon such terms 
as shall be agreed upon. 

Philip Van Ness made application and shewed a peice of Land to the 
Corporation and they consent that he may have the same. 

This Board is of opinion that Wouter Groesbeek shall have that peice 
of Land called and known by the name the Schat hock upon such condi- 
tions as shall be here afterwards agreed upon. 

Marte Winne made application for some wood land behind his farm at 
Schaagkook which he has shewn to the Corporation, and this Board con- 
sent that he may have the same as shall afterwards be agreed upon. 

The Schoolmaster at Schaagkook made application to this Corporation 
for a peice of Wood Land which they grant him so long a time as he re- 
mains School master for that place and behaves himself well and no longer. 

Ordered by this Board to pay Henry I. Bogart fifty pounds to discharge 
part of the charges for repairing the Court house, which is to be repaid out 
of the monies raised by an Act of the Lieu* Governor, the Council and 
the General Assembly, and the Clerk to sign the order upon the City 
Treasurer, by order of the Common Council. 



Folkert P. Douw, Mayor. 133 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 14th day of 
July, 1762. 

Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Esq"", inclosed in his Letter his Excellencys answer, 
which runs as followeth : 

Gentlemen — I thank you for this kind Address and Congratulation. 

The City of Albany may depend on my Protection in its Rights and 
Privileges. 

Ordered by this Board, that the Clerk make Copys of our Address and 
bis Excellencys Answer and inclose em to Philip Livingston, Esq**, to have 
them inserted in the New York Gazette. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 10th July, 1762. 

Peter Viele having made application to the Corporation for a parcel of 
wood Land which this Board will grant him provided it is no detriment to 
the farm of the heirs of Johannis Ouderkerk, deceased. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 26th day of 
July, 1762. 

Ordered by this Board, that the Clerk write a Letter to Mr. Smith and 
the other Gentlemen concerned for the Corporation relateing the City lines 
to send up the Maps and Papers with their Opinion by the first opportunity. 

Resolved that the Ground laying beyond the Fort to the west where the 
Gallows now stands, as far as the Schyt Bergje, and also the Ground on 
the Gallows hill be laid out in acre Lots and to be disposed of at Publick 
Vendue for twenty-one years on such restriction as the Corporation shall 
agree upon hereafter with the buyers of the same. 

Ordered that Jacob II. Ten Eyck, Esq^, wait on Mr. William Smith, 
Jun^", in behalf of this Board and disire him to draw a Petition to the 
Governor and Council for the vacant Land that lays to the South of the 
City Line according as their opinion was on that matter that he set forth 
in the Petition that it must have been intended to have been granted to 
the Corporation, but suppose the Surveyors unskilfulness at that time was 
the reason why it happened in the manner it has. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on 9th August, 1762. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the City Treasurer to pay 
the following persons, viz< : 

To Peter Lansing, Esq% - - - £2: 6:3 

To Robert Lansing for his former Ace', - 6:18:0 

This Board has this day agreed with Mr. Robert Lansing to take care of 

the fire Engine, to have it cleans and in good order, at the rate of three 

pound a year from the 23d of June last past to the 23d June next ensue- 

ing, which will be in the year 1763, besides other extraordinary charges. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 23d day of 
August, 1762. 

Ordered by this Board, that a Publick Street remain in the Foxes Creek, 
beginning at the East end of Mess^^ John & Gerrit Rosebooms Lott and 
run up as farr as the Schyt Bergie till it is ordered otherwise by the Cor- 
poration. 

Ordered that the Clerk write to Mess'" William Smith, J\m^, & William 
Livingston, Esq^", about their suit depending against Sybrant G. Van 



134 rite City Records, 1762. 

Schaic'k, late Mayor of tliis City, when and where they intend to bring it 
on, and desire their speedy answer. 

Ordered that the drains which now water out in the streets be removed 
and laid so as to water out in the River within one month after this day 
on forfeit of six shillings for every days neglect, to be recovered before the 
Mayor, Recorder and any one of the Aldermen, one half for the use of the 
poor and the other half lor the jKjrson that shall sue lor the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 25th August, 
1762. 

Mess "* Robert Cranel, William Rogers, Daniel llewson, Jun"", and Wil- 
liam Fryer, (^hurch Wardens of the lOnglish Church in this (!ity, pre- 
sented a Petition to this JJoard for the ground on which the old Rarrack 
stands and a (ilibe, it being couched in a very unbecoming and threaten- 
ing stile, for which reason it was rejected and returned to Mess"^"^ Robert 
Cranell and William Rogers. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 20th August, 
1702. 

This day sold to Marte Winne, agreeable to his Petition, a peice or parcel 
of wood Land scituate, lying and being at Schagtekook in the County of 
Albany, contains fourty-three acres and three rod of Jiand for which the 
said Marte Winne agrees to pay six pounds New Yorke money, as also the 
yearly rent of six Skipple of good merchantable Winter Wheat in the 
months of January or February, first payment to begin in January or 
February, 1704. 

This day sold to Philip Van Ness a certain peice or parcel of wood Land 
lying at Schaghkook in the County of Albany, containing thirty-six acres 
three rodd and twenty perches of Land, always excepted and reserved out 
of the above bargained Lands a Road of two rodd broad from the Road on 
the Little hill that lays on the East side of the Bridge on Tomhenock 
Creek, and from thence run Eastward keeping a little to the Northward of 
his the said Philip Van Ness his now dwelling house thro the above bar- 
gained Lands, for which he is to pay ten pounds current money of New 
York as also the yearly rent of four Skipple of good merchantable Winter 
W^heat in the months of January or February, the first payment to begin 
in January or February, 1754. 

This day sold to Wouter Groesbeek a certain peice of wood Land scituate, 
lying and being at Schagkook in the County of Albany, cont^iin both par- 
cels together eleven acres of Land, for which he agrees to pay four pounds 
as also the yearly rent of two Skipple of good merchantable Winter Wheat 
in the months of January or February, first payment to begin in January 
or February 1704. 

This day sold to Johannis Knikerbaker two certain parcels of wood 
Land scituate, lying and being at Schagkook afores', near the River, con- 
tains sixteen acres and three rodds of Land, for which he agreed to pay 
twenty-five pounds current money as also the yearly rent of five Skipple of 
good merchantable W^inter Wheat, the first payment to begin in the month 
of January or February, 1764. 

Resolved that the Mayor on behalf of the Mayor, Aldermen and Com- 
onalty, execute Deeds for the above mentioned parcels of Land and cause 
the City Seal to be thereunto affixed. 



Volkert p. Douw^ Mayor » 135 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 31 st day of 
August, 1762. 

Peter Lansingh, Esq"", produced an Account for making Bridges in the 
first ward, amounting to £8:7, which is allowed and ordered that the Clerk 
sign an order upon the City Treasurer to pay the same. 

This day sold to Peter Viele a certain parcell of wood scituate, lying 
and being at Still water on the East side of Hudsons River in the County 
of Albany, containing sixty-two acres and two rodd of Land, for which he 
agrees to pay ten pounds current money of New York, as also the yearly 
rent of four Skipple of good merchantable Winter Wheat, first payment to 
begin in the mouths of January or February, 1704. 

This day sold to a certain peice of wood Land lying on the 

East side of the road that leads from Daniel Van Antwerps to Schagkook, 
oppisite the place where Abraham De Forecst formerly live'd on, for which 
he agrees to pay yearly and every year for him and male heirs of his body 
lawfully begotten. 

Kesolved that the Mayor on behalf of the Mayor, Aldermen and Com- 
monalty execute Deed for the said Tract of wood Lands and cause the City 
Seal to be thereto affixed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 2d day of Sep- 
tember, 17C2. 

Resolved by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of Albany 
that a conveyance to Alein & Transport a certain peice of ground lying 
and being in the first ward of the said [City], having to the East the street 
that adjoyns to the Lotts of William Fryer and others, on the North, West 
and South by the Commons, in front along the said street one hundred and 
thirty-two feet, containing on the North side thirty feet, on the South one 
hundred and forty-eight feet, and on the West side one hundred and ninety 
two feet, all Ilynland measure, according to a Map thereof made by Mr. 
John R. Bleeker to and for the use to erect and build a Presbyterian 
Meeting house on and to and for no other use and intention whatsoever, 
and that the Deed be executed to Mess^» John McComb, David Edgar, 
Samuel Holliday, Robert Henry, Abraham Lyle & John Monro, Elders of 
the English Presbyterian Congregation in the City of Albany and their 
successors for ever in trust the use of the said Congregation. 

Resolved that the Mayor on behalf of the Mayor, Aldermen and Com- 
monalty execute a Deed for the above mentioned peice of ground & cause 
the City Seal to be thereto affixed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 13th day of 
September, 1762. 

An Ordinance renewed and published regulateing the selling meat, &o. 
For every lb of all kind of Meat, 4 pence. 
For every head and pluck of a Calf, 18 pence. 
For every head and pluck of a Sheep, 12 pence. 
For every head and pluck of a Lamb, 6 pence. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 27th September, 
1762. 

Ordered by this Board that the Street betwSt the City Hall and the 



136 The City Records, 1762. 

Lott of Grouud belongiDg to Mr. Ten Brocck remain a common street and 
shall be called Wall Street. 

The Ordinance regulateing all kinds of Meat renewed & published. 
Every lb of lieaf. Mutten k Veal, 4Jd. 
Every lb Lamb od. 
Head and ])luck of a Calf, 18d ; for Sheep, 12d, & Lamb, 6d. 

Whereas an Ordinance formerly made by the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonalty of this City for the electing two Constables in each waixl ol 
this City is expired of its own limitation, it is hereby ordained by the 
Mayor, Aldermen and Assistants of this City that on the 20th day of Sep- 
tember shjill be chosen in each ward two petty Constables, of which the 
Aldermen in each ward or any of them shall make their return with the 
rest of the City officers. 

Ordered by this Board that the Clerk write Letters to Mess" William 
Smith, William Livingston, William Smith, Jun^, & John Morine Scott, 
and disire each of them to send their opinion relateing the dispute with 
the Township of Schenectady with the map, state of the cases and all papers 
relateing the same. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 29th September, 
17(>2 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Barent Ten Eyck, Frans Pruyn, 
Jacob Ton Eyck, Peter Lansing, Henry I. Bogart, Jacob Van Schaick, 
John Hansen, Ab"" Ten Broek. 

This day being appointed by the Charter for chosen and electing Cor- 
poration officers the following persons were chosen to serve the ensueing 
year according to the directions of the Charter, viz : 

First Ward — Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun , and Pot<;r Lansingh, Alder- 
men; Henry Bogardt and Albert Ryckman, Assistants; Thomas Seeger 
and John Hun, Jun', Constables. 

Second Ward — Jacob Ten Eyck & Ilendrick M. Roscboom, Aldermen; 
John Hansen and Gysbert Fonda, Assistants ; John Frans Pruyn & John 
Groesbeck, Constables. 

Third Ward — (jornelis Ten Broeck & Volkert Douw, Aldermen ; Abra^- 
ham Ten Broek & John Gansevoort, Assistants; John H. Brat & William 
Rogers, Jun"", Constables. 

This Board appoints John Roscboom for Chamberlain, John Frans 
Pruyn, High Constable, and Johannis Seeger, Marshall for the ensueing 
year. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 4th October, 
1762. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay Johannis Sam^ Pruyn £21 for an Ac- 
count allowed him for his Negro sweeping the Barks, first deduct for his 
Lottery Tickets. 

This day agreed for the rent with John Trotter for peice of ground 
lying on the North side of William Hogans, Jun"", Black Smith Shop, in 
broad on the street thirty foot and so backward toward the River till the 
Stockadoes at the rate of forty shillings a year. 

This day agreed with John Christie for the rent of a peice of Land con- 
taining about ten acres Jying on or near the Sand bergh for and during 
the time of the said John Christie and Margaret his wife, their and each 
of their natural life, for which he or she is to pay to their Treasurer forty 



FoOcert P. Dauw, Mayor. 137 

shillings current money of New York yearly and every year, the first pay- 
ment to begin 1765, the first day of $lay ; it is further agreed that the 
said John Christie nor Margaret his wife are not to rent or sell the Land 
without consent of the Corporation on forfeiting the Land and the build- 
ings thereon erected. 

Ordered and Resolved that the Mayor, on behalf of the Mayor, Alder- 
men and Commonalty, execute Deeds for the two above mentioned peices 
of grotmd and cause the City Seal to be thereunto affixed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany 9th October, 1762. 

Resolved that the following Letter be sent to his Excellency S*^ Robert 
Monctin, Governour for the Province of New York : 

May it please your Excellcy — The Corporation being informed that bis 
Majestys tiiird Battalion of the Regiment of Royal Americans is hourly 
expected at New York, from whence they are to be sent here to be quarts 
the ensueing Winter, which has caused great consternation among the 
people, as this City has been greatly burthened this War with Troops even 
beyond its abilities, the Corporation most humbly implore your Excellencys 
interposition, that no Officers or Soldiers be billotcd on any of the Inhab- 
itants of this City 9s we are fearful in case they should it would give great 
disturbance. 

Ordered that the Mayor in behalf of the Corporation sign the above 
Letter. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 13th Oct. 1762. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq"", produced an Account of the neat amount of 
Lycences granted by him since his mayoralty, and paid £61:9 to Harme 
Gansevoort for the use of the Corporation, being the one half of what he 
has received in pursuance of an agreement made with him the 19th Octo- 
ber, 1761. Also £9 for six freedoms given by him, which was also paid 
to Harme Gansevoort. 

Ordered that Harme Gansevoort deduct £8:1 out of the above monevfor 
his fees for fixing the City Seal to the Lycences and freedoms as ^ an 
Ordinance of the 19th October, 1761. 

Comelis Ten Broeck, Esqi*, produced an Account of £8:7:6, which is 
allowed, and that the Clerk give an order upon the Treasurer to pay the 
same. 

Mr. Henry I. Bogart produced an Account of £1:11:3, which is allowed 
and that the Clerk give an order to pay the same. 

Ordered the Clerk give an order upon the City Treasurer to pay Thomas 
Williams £30:14:6, being the amount of his Account since September, 
1760, vizS ^^c reduction of all Canada, the Kings Birth day, Nov 1760, 
reduction of Martinico, and declaration of the Spanish war against Spain. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany 14th October, 1762. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq"", produced a Commission appointing him Mayor 
and Clerk of the Market for the City of Albany & Coroner for the City 
& County of Albany for the ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of the offices. 

Harmanus Schuyler, Esqi*, produced a Commission appointing him 
Sheriff for the City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, sicnied the Test and sworn to the due execution of his office. 

18 



138 The City Records, 1763. 

Peter Lansing, Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun^, Jacob Ten Eyck, Hendrick 
M. Roseboom & Cornelis Ten Broeck, being chosen for Aldermen for the 
ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test and 
sworn to the due execution of their office. 

Hendrick I. Bogart, Albert Kyckinan, Gysbert Fonda, John Hansen, 
Abraham Ten Broeck and John Gansevoort, Assistants, took the Oaths 
appointed by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of their 
omce. 

John Frans Pruyn, High Constable, Thomas Seeger, John D. Groes- 
becck, John A. Bratt & William Roger, Jun^, took the Oaths appointed 
by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of their office. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 26th day of 
October, 1762 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Sybrant Van Schaick, 
Jun% Peter Lansingh, Hendrick Roseboom, Cornelis Ten Broeck, John 
Hansen, John Gansevoort, Henry I. Bogart, Gysbert Fonda, Albert 
Ryckman. 

Volkert Douw, Esq"", being chosen Alderman for the ensueing year, took 
the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execu- 
tion of his office. 

Francis Martin produced an Account of £1:12, which this Board allows. 

This Board allows Jacobus Reatliffs £5 for last years Sellary as Bell 
ringer. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the City Treasurer to pay 
the above persons, by order of Common Councill. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany, on the 3d day of Novem- 
ber, 1762. 

Resolved that five Lottery Tickets be taken in behalf of the Corporation 
in the new Lottery, which Number are as follows : 7717, 7718, 7719, 7720 
& 7721. Ordered that the Mayor take the same to New York. 

Ordered by this Board that the Clerk give an order upon the City 
Treasurer to pay Johannis I. Pruyn £1:7 which being the balance of his 
account. 

This day sold to Johannis N. Grosbeeck & Harme Groesbeek a certain 
parcel of wood Land lying and being att Schagkook on the North side of 
the Creek adjoyning the Land heretofore sold by the Corporation to the 
above named Johannis N. Groesbeek, containing thirty-one acres of wood 
Land, for which they agree to pay £6 currant money of the Province of 
New York, as also the yearly rent of four Skipple of good merchantable 
Winter Wheat, the first payment to begin in the months of January or 
February in the year of our Lord 1764. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for the ensueing 
year, to witt : 

Volkert Van Veghte, Barent I. Staats, first ward. 

Peter Hansen, Abraham Verplank, second ward. 

Dirck Roseboom, Abraham Schuyler, third ward. 

Ordered that the Warrents be given to the Fire Masters for each ward 
and that the Clerk sign the same, by order of the Common Council. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the City Treasurer to pay to 
Thomas Seeger £9 for one years Sellary. 



FoOcert P. Douw, Mayor. 139 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany 23d December, 1762. 

This Board orders the Clerk to give an order upon the City Treasurer 
to pay Mr. Philip Reyley £6 for his attending the Town clock from the 
21 day of December, 1761, to the 21 December, 1762. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany 31st December, 1762. 
An Ordinance renewed and published to prevent unruly Riding. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany 10th January, 1763. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq*^, delivered to the Clerk £4:5, received out the 
New York Lottery for one prize Ticket, the other four were Blanks. 

Resolved by this Board that no freedom be given to a Merchant under 
£3:12, and a Tradsman £1:16, out of which the Mayor is to have twelve 
shillings for his own use and the remainder to be returned to the Clerk, 
who is to deduct one shilling for his use for affixing the Seal to each free- 
dom or any other instrument. 

And like wise that any three of the Aldermen of this City may grant a 
freedom under the same Restrictions above Resolved. 

It is also Resolved that no Lycense be granted to any Tavernkeeper then 
what is sealed with the City Seal, for which each person is to pay twenty 
shillings unless the Mayor shall think them such objects as are not able to 
pay it, that then he is at liberty to take twelve shillings, one half of all the 
Lycense so granted to the use of the Mayor and the other half thereof to be 
returned to the Clerk for the use of the City, one shilling to the Clerk for 
each Lycense he affix the Seal to and keeping an exact account thereof. 

Mess" Volkert Douw, Henry Bogart & John Hansen, a Committee ap- 
pointed by this Board to settle the Accounts with the City Treasurer and 
make report to the Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 5th February, 
1763 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Comelis Ten Broeck, Hendrick 
Roseboom, Syb^ Van Schaick, Jun"", Volkert Douw, Peter Lansing, Ja- 
cob Ten Eyck, Henry Bogart, John Hansen, Ab™ Ten Broeck, John 
Gransevoort, Gysbert Fonda, Albert Ryckman. 

This Board ordered that the following Letter be sent to Mr. William 
Smith, Juni*, and that the Clerk sign the same in behalf and by order of 
Common Council, viz^ : 

William Smith, Jun% Esqf — The Corporation have received the opinion 
of your self, Mr. Smith your father, William Livingston & John Morine 
Scott, Esq*", relateing to the Boundaries of the City of Albany, they are 
disireous to have the Land which by your opinion you judge vacant, and 
would imploy you to take such steps as will be necessary to that end, and 
will amply reward you for your trouble and expence therein. The Cor- 
poration would be glad to know wether it would be best to take it by a 
Patent or an additional Charter, but they are inclined to have it by addi- 
tional Charter and to add some other priviledges to it, if his Excellency 
should think proper, and what you imagine the expence might be to obtain 
the same, and how long a time it might take up to have this affair entirely 
settled if his Excellency should incline to it, for the Corporation would 
chuse to make as short of it as possible. Your answer ^ first post will 
qiuch oblige the Corporation. 



140 The City Records, 1763. 

An Ordinance for preventing of Chimneys catching on fire. 

Be it ordained hy the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Assistants of the 
City of Alhany convened in Common Council, and be it ordained by the au- 
thority of the same, That whereas of late several Chimneys been on fire in 
this City by the carelessness of the Inhabitants in not having them swept, 
for preventing the same it is ordered by the authority of the same, that if 
any Chimney shall catch fire after the tenth day of this instant month of 
February, the owner or possessor of such house shall be fined in the sum of 
three pounds, to be recovered before the Mayor, Recorder, or any one of 
the Aldermen of this City. 

This Board allows the following Accounts and that the Clerk sign an 
order ujwn the City Treasurer to pay the same viz, : 

To Wilhelmus Van Antwerp for repairing the Pump in 3d ward, £7. 

To Jacob C. Ten Eyck for his disbursement in repairing the pump in 
the first ward, £2:19:9. 

This Board bought of William Brefit a bound Servant* named James 
Nox, to be their publick whipper for the sum of £9 to serve the residue 
and remainder of his time as by the Indenture may more fully appear. 

This Board agreed with Thomas Seger for the boarding of the said 
James Nox at the rate of four shillings '^ week, the Corporation to find 
his waring apparel. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order to pay the said Williem Brefit £9 
according to the above agreement. 

Resolved by this Board, that Gerrit Roseboom pay to John Roseboom^ 
City Treasurer, the sum of £40 current money of New York, according to 
the Resolution entered the Minutes of Common Council, dated the 2d day 
of October in the year of our Lord 1758. 

Ordered that the Clerk pay John M. Beekman £10 for five Lottery 
Ticket bought the third day of November last past. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 28th day of 
February, 1763. 

Memorandum, That whereas a Release from the Corporation to Peter 
Viele certifies that the annual Rent to be paid of five Skipple Wheat for 
the Lands mentioned in the deed, and whereas the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonalty find that by mistake the five Skipple was inserted instead of 
four Skipple, as by the Minutes entered in this Book the 31st day of Au- 
gust in the year of our Lord 1762 may appear, it is therefore Resolved by 

*Seo p. 150, Joseph Knox. He docs not seem to have been a slave, although 
slavery at this time pervaded all the provinces. Slaves were purchased in New 
England or of New England men. A certificate of the sale of a black girl about 
18 years of age, given on the 7th July, 1762, by John McClister of Connecticut to 
Jacob Lawyer of Schoharie, for the sum of £60 ( $150) New York currency, will 
probably show the average value of female slaves at this time. At a later period 
able bodied male slaves sold as high as $250. When slaves were purchased out 
of the colony, a duty was required to be paid on them, as the following certificate 
of the Mayor of Albany will show : 

*• Theas are to Certify yt Nine negro men and women has been imported into 
y« county of Albany from New England, and according to an act of ye Governor, 
ye Council, and the generall Assembly, William Day has paid y« Duty for said 
negro men and women: Witness my hand this 20th day of Aug. 1762. 

VoLKKRT P». Douw, Mayor." 

Five of the above slaves were sold in Schoharie. Simmt^sHiat. Schoharie Co.^ 98. 



FoOcert P. Douw^ Mayor. 141 

this Board that the Mayor shall certify on the back of the said Deed that 
only four Skipple annually shall be paid by vertue of the above Resolution. 

Memorandum, That a Deed from the Corporation to Johannis N. Groes- 
beek certijQes the annual Rent to be paid in the months of January or 
February in the year of our Lord 1763, and whereas the Mayor, Aldermen 
and Commonalty find that it is a mistake and that no Rent should be paid 
before the months of January or February in the year of our Lord 1764. 

Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the City Treasurer to pay the 
following persons for their Accounts produced and allowed by this Board. 

To Jacobus Van Sante for Carpenter work and disbursements, £7:6:9. 

To Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun*", for sundry disbursements, 2:8:9. 

To Andriaen Bratt, - ... - 1:0:0. 

To Thomas Seger, six Skipple Wheat. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany 25th March, 1763. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an ordered upon the City Treasurer to 
pay the following persons, to witt : 

To Gerrit Van Sante, ... - £6: 5:0 
To Staats Van Santvoordt, - - - 1: 8:3 

To John Gansevoort, - - - - 1: 0:0 

To Nicholas Brower, . . - . 0:17:9 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 2d day of April. 

Marte Mynders produced an Acc^ which is allowed, £12:14. 
Volkert P. Douw, Esq'", allowed for 4 Iron Chains, 1: 4. 
Ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon the Treasurer to pay the 
above accounts: 

Cost of the fire Engine in London^ £68:13:8 @ 95 ^ cent 

advance, ------ £134: 1:0 

Freight from London to New York, - - - 19:14:0 

Interest on the Note of £104:10, from the 26 March, 1762, 

to this day, which note is delivered up to this Board, 5: 4:6 

£158:19:6 

The above sum of jS158:19:6 is allowed to Ha: Gansevoort for his dis- 
bursements for the fire Engine. 

Ordered that the City Treasurer pay the said sum of £158:19:6 to the 
said Harme Gtmsevoort and that the Mayor sign the same, by order of 
Common Council. 

Ordered that Johannis N. Groesbeek pay the City Treasurer the Bond 
of £100 that is now payable and that the said Johannis N. Groesbeek and 
Harme Groesbeek pay the six pounds for the wood Land they bought of 
this City last Fall to the Treasurer. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 6th April, 1763. 

The following Accounts were allowed and ordered that sign an order 
upon the City Treasurer to pay the same. 

To John De Peyster, - - - £0:14:3 

To Stephen Van Schaick, - - 3: 0:0 

To William Winne, - - - 1: 7:0 



142 The City Records, 1763. 

Ordered by this Board that the Treasurer let Thomas Seeger have six 
Skipple Wheat and sell all the Wheat he has in store for five shillings and 
three pence *^ Skipple. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 12th day of 
April, 1763. 

This day sold at Publick Vendue to the highest Bidders sundry Letts 
of ground lying on a hill called Woutenbergh, on the northernmost part 
of the City of Albany, on the north side of Foxes Creek, each Lott to con- 
tain in breadth in front by the street and in the rear by the City Line 
thirty feet, and in length from the said street to the said line fourteen rodd 
and half of a rodd all Rynland measure, with a reserve on each Lott of ten 
shillings yearly and every year for ever, to be paid to the Corporation ; the 
sale to begin by Lott N. 2 viz* : 

Lott N. 2 To Isaac Swita, ... - £23. 

Lott N. 3 To Frans Winne, Jun^ - - 20. 

Lott N. 4 To John Roff, - - - - 22. 

Lott N. 5 To Paul Hogstraser, - - - 22. 

Lott N. 6 To Daniel Winne, - - - - 22. 

Lott N. 7 To Hendrick Wendell, - - 18. 

Lott N. 8 To Hendrick Wendell, - - - 17. 

Lott N. 9 To Adam Yates, . . - 17. 

Lott N. 10 To Adam Yates, - - - - 18. 

Lott N. 11 To John Van Ness, ... 17. 

Lott N. 12 To Abraham Ten Broeck, - - - 16:10. 

Lott N. 13 To Abraham Ten Broeck, - - 16:10. 

Lott N. 14 To Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun^, - - 16:10. 

Lott N. 15 To Abraham Ten Broeck, - - 16:10. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on 2d day of May, 1763. 

The following Ordinances were this day renewed and published : 

An Ordinance restraining forestalings. 

An Ordinance for cleaning the Streets. 

An Ordinance for regulateing Carmen. 

An Ordinance of marking Bread. The assizes as follows : Every Loaf 
of the finest Flour to weight 3 lb and two ounces for 8 Coppers ; every 
Loaf do. of one lb nine ounces, 4 Coppers ; every Loaf do. 12 ounces for 
2 Copers. 

The above Ordinance to commence the 9th day of this instant month. 

Ordered that the Clerk pay Mr. John Hansen ten shillings for the Laws 
of the Corporation of the City of New York, the said Book to remain with 
the Clerk in his office for the use of the Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 5th May, 1763. 

The Corporation having agreed with Mr. Sybrant G. Van Schaick, kte 
Mayor of the City of Albany, to discontinue their action brought ag» him 
in the Supreme Court upon his paying the sum of £150, for which the 
Mayor is to sign a Receipt in behalf of the Corporation, as follows : 

Albany, 5th May, 1763. 

Received of Mr. Sybrant G. Van Schaick the sum of £150, it being for 
an action commenced against him by the Corporation in the year 1716, 



Folkert P. Douw, Mayor. 143 

besides the money paid to Harmee Gkuisevoort before the commenoement of 
the said action for the benifitt received for the City Seal and other advan- 
tages, which being in full of all demands. 

By order of Comon Council. Volkert P. Douw, Mayor. 

Ordered that the Mayor keep the above sum of £150 which he received 
of Mr. Sybrant G. Van Schaick till further orders. 

This Board order the Clerk to write to Mess^^ William Livingston and 
William Smith, Jun^, to discontinue the action brought by the CorporatS)n 
against Mr. Sybrant G. Van Schaick. 

At a Common Cotmcil held for the City of Albany on the 24th May, 1763. 

The Mayor produced two Letters from Coll. Bradstreet, the one dated 
the 20th instant in which he disires to know the reason of his haveing cat 
down a fence that was erected near the Church Pasture by one Wood : the 
other of the 21st instant he disires to know wether the Corporation would 
persevere by force and violence to prevent the Kings servants from inclos- 
mg the ground on which Wood had erected a fence, or wether they would 
suffer his majestyes service to be carried on without interruption. It is 
the opinion of this Board that the said Letters are wrote in a very disre- 
spectful manner, as it is well known that the Corporation has at ail times 
promoted his majestyes service to the utmost of their power and are still 
determined so to do. . 

Besolved by this Board that they will not suffer any person or persons 
whatsoever to inclose or improve any of the Lands of the Corporation 
without first obtaining their leave, and that Coll. Bradstreet be served with 
a copy of this Rule. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on the 6th July, 1763. 

N. 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968, Lottery Tickets paid by the Clerk to 
Mr. John Hansen for the Corporation, being compared with the New York 
publick Newspapers by this Board and were not fotmd amongst the fortun- 
ate Tickets. 

This Board ordered that the Clerk sign an order upon their Treasurer 
to pay the following persons, to wit : 

To Sybrant Van Schaick, Esq', - - £2:18:0 

To John De Peyster, - - - 0:11:6 

Besolved by this Board, that the Mayor on behalf of the Mayor, Alder- 
men and Commonalty execute Deeds for the several Letts of ground sold to 
sundry different persons at Publick Vendue on the 12th day of April, 
1763, and cause the City Seal to be thereunto affixed. 

The Ordinance renewed & published regulateing selling meat, &c., with 
a Proviso that if any of the Butchers sell meat on a Sunday shall forfeit 
ten shillings for every default. 

For every lb of all kind of Meat, 5d. 
For every head pluck of a Calf, 18d. 
For every head and pluck of a Sheep, 9d. 
For every head and pluck of a Lamb, 6d. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 9th July, 1763. 

Resolved by this Board that the Patroon, Stephen Van Rensselaer, be 
presented with a freedom of this City. 



144 The City Records, 1763. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 18th day of July, 
1763. 

Resolved by this Board that John Yates may have a Deed for as much 
ground of the Corporation as he leaves in the street and that the remainder 
of the ground shall be equally divided by the said John Yates and Abra- 
ham I. Yates. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor or any three of the Aldermen 
of this City may grant a freedom to any of the Citizens born within the 
Limits of this City that are become to the years of twenty-one or upwards, 
may upon application to the Mayor or any three of the Aldermen obtain 
his freedom on paying two shillings for the same, and the Clerk is hereby 
authorised to affix the City Seal to each freedom, signed by the Mayor or 
any three of the Aldermen, which two shillings is to be paid to the Clerk 
till ordered to the contrary. 

A List of the Firemen belonging to the different wards in the City of 
Albany : 

First Ward— -Volkert Van Veghte, Gerrit Van Santa, Jun»", Jacob 
Roseboom, Peter Ryckman, Stephen Schuyler, Marte Mynderse, William 
Fryer, John Stevenson, John Joh" Lansing, Isaac Bogart, Jun^. 

Second Ward — Gerardus Lansingh, Jacob Bleeker, Isaac Verplanck, 
Casparus Pruyn, Volkert A. Douw, Nicholas Marselis, Peter Williams, 
John Marselis, Anthony Bleeker, Sander Lansing, Cornells Van Schelluyne, 
John H. Roseboom, Gysbert G. Marselis. 

Third Ward — Abraham I. Fonda, Philip De Foreest, Abraham Schuy- 
ler, John Ten Broeck, Abraham Cuyler, Nanning H. Vischer, Thomas 
Hun, Isaac Van Arnem. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 2d day of August, 1763. 

This Board allows the following Accounts, viz^ : 

To Shipboy & Henry, - - - £1:16:0 

To Jacobus Van Sante, - - 5: 6:9 

To Anthony Bleeker, - - - 3: 6:0 

To Peter Lansing, . - . 3: 6:0 

To Abraham Wendell, - - - 1: 4:0 

To Gysbert Fonda, ... 0: 4:0 

To John Bleeker, - - - - 0: 8:0 

To Gerrit Lansingh, - - - 0:12:0 

To Bratt Van Schoonhove, - - - 0:12:0 

To 3 Quarts Rum, ... 0: 4:6 

Nine pounds sixteen shillings and sixpence of the above sum is to be 
paid to Peter Lansing, Esq*", for to pay the above mentioned persons, ex- 
cept Shipboy & Henry, and ordered that the Clerk give an order upon 
the Treasurer accordingly, and also to Mr. Shipboy and Henry for £1:16. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 16th day of 
September, 1763. 

Petition presented by Gerrit Lansingh, Jun"^, Anthony E. Bratt, Ahas- 
werus Roseboom and several other Inhabitants of the third ward, which 
this Board will take in Consideration. 

Mr. Robert Lansing produced an Accoimt of £8:0:8, which includes £3 



Fclkert P. Dowv^ Mayor. 145 

for one years Sellary from the 23 June, 1762, to the 23 June last past, 
and remainder is for extraordinary charges and disbursements, which is 
allowed, and ordered that an order be given signed by the Clerk upon the 
Treasurer to pay the same. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay Ha: Gansevoort £1:4 deficiency on the 
return of the Premium on the Insurance of the fire Engine. 

Whereas it was Resolved in Common Council the 18th July last past, 
that John Yates should have a Deed for as much ground of the Corpora- 
tion as he leaves of his ground in the street, and the remainder of the 
ground that belongs to the City should be equally devided by the said 
John Yates & Abraham I. Yates, and whereas Abraham I. Yates declines, 
it is ordered by this Board that the said John Yates may have the ground 
agreeable to the Map made by Mr. John R. Bleeker for the sum of £20. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 24th day of 
September, 1763. 

The Ordinance regulateing the selling of meat is this day renewed and 
published with this Proviso, that no person or persons that shall kill meat 
for sale within this City shall provide himself with a good scale and weights 
to be marked bv Mr. Robert Lansing, who is thereunto appointed, and that 
no Butcher shall promise meat to any person before hand and whatsoever 
person shall ask first shall be first served ; the selling of meat to commence 
the 27th day of this current month and the scales and weights the first 
day of October next ensueing, and that on a panelty of ten shillings for 
every default. 

Every lb Beef, 4d ; every lb Veal, Lamb or Mutten 5d ; every head 
and pluck of a Calf, 18d ; every head and pluck of a Sheep, 9d ; every 
head and pluck of a Lamb, 6d. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 29 day of Sep- 
tember, 1763, ten a clock A. M. 

Whereas an Ordinance formerly made by the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Comonalty of this City for electing two Constables in each ward in this 
City is expired of its own limitation, it is hereby ordained by the Mayor, 
Aldermen and Comonalty that at two of the clock in the afternoon of this 
day shall be choosen in each ward two Petty Constables, of which the Al- 
dermen of each ward or any of them shall make their return with the rest 
of the City officers. 

Resolved by this Board that Mayor on behalf of the Mayor, Aldermen 
and Comonalty execute a Deed for the ground sold to John Yates, agreable 
to Mr. John R. Blockers Map, and cause the City Seal to be thereunto 
affixed & take a Deed from the said John Yates for so much ground as he 
has left in the street. 

Cornelis Cadmus produced an Account of one pound four for painting 
the fire Engine, which is allowed by this Board and ordered that the 
Treasurer pay y*' same. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 29th Septem- 
ber, 1763 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Syb^ Van Schaick, Jun', 
Peter Lansingh, Cornelis Ten Broeck, Hendrick Roscboom, John Hansen, 
Henry I. Bogart, John Gansevoort, Ab"» Ten Broeck, Gysbert Fonda. 

Five a clock P. M. This day being appointed by the Charter for chosing 

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146 The City Records, 1763. 

and electing Corporation officers, the following persons were chosen to 
serve the ensueing year according to the directions of the Charter : 

First Ward — Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun'^, and Peter Lansingh, Alder- 
men ; Henry I. Bogart & Stephen Schuyler , Assistants ; Thomas Seger & 
Peter Hylton, Constables. 

2d — John Cuyler & John R. Bleeker, Aldermen ; Gysbert Fonda & 
John Ja* Beekman, Assistants; Michael Besset, Jun'', & Philip Wendell, 
Constables. 

3d — Cornelis Ten Broeck & Abraham Yates, Jun^ Aldermen ; John 
Gansevoort & Ab " Ten Broeck, Assistants; Gerrit H. Visher & Andries 
Goewyck, Constables. 

This Board appoints John Roseboom for their Chamberlain ; Gerrit H. 
Yischer, High Constable ; Johannis Seeger, Marshall. 

Thomas Williams produced an Account of £25:11:6, expended upon the 
Kings Birth day and on the Proclamation of Peace, which is allowed and 
ordered that the Clerk sign an order on the Treasurer to pay the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 18th day of October, 1763. 

The Mayor laid the sum of £150 on the board which he received of 
Syb* G. Van Schaick the 5th May last, ordered that the Mayor pay £32:14 
to the several persons out of the said sum which he has done accordingly, 
the remainder is £117:6, which is to remain with the Mayor till further 
order. 

Whereas on the 12th day of Aprill last past several Lotts of ground was 
sold at Publick Vendue to several different persons and amongst others the 
Lots N. 12, 18 and 15 where sold to Mr. Abraham Ten Broeck, and as he 
this day acquainted this Board that he bought Lott N. 12 for Mr. John 
H. Ten Eyck, and Lott No. 15 for Joseph Adam Yates, and Lott N. 13 
for himself, wherefore is ordered by this Board that the Clerk draw sepa- 
rate Deeds for the above described Lotts. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor in behalf of the Mayor, Alder- 
men and Commonalty execute Deeds for the said Lots of ground and cause 
the City Seal to be thereto affixed. 

An Account of Mr. Abraham Yates produced and allowed by the Board, 
£9:16. 

Allowed to Jacobus Reatliff for ringing the Bell, £5. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the same. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq% produced an Account of Lycences and Free- 
doms granted by him since the 14th day of October, 1762, amounting to 
£110:2, one half for the use of the Corporation and the other half for the 
use of the Mayor, which whole sum is to remain with the Mayor till fur- 
ther order. 

Whereas it appears that Mr. Adam Yates has ground in his possession 
belonging to this City which wa8 laid out for a street, and was requested 
to take and remove his fence, and in case he does not Qomply with the said 
request, Resolved by this Board that the Mayor, Peter Lansingh, Esq*", 
and John Gansevoort order the Marshall to cut down the fence. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany 14th October, 1763. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq*", produced a Commission appointing him Mayor 
and Clerk of the Market for the City of Albany and Coroner for the City 



Volkert P. Douw^ Mayor. 147 

and County of Albany for the ensueing year, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of the offices. 

Harmanus Schuyler, Esq**, produced a Commission appointing him 
Sheriff for the City and County of Albany, took the Oaths appointed by 
Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of his office. 

Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun^, Peter Lansing, John Cuyler, and Abraham 
Yates, Juni", being chosen Aldermen for the ensueing year, took the Oaths 
appointed by Law, signed the Test and sworn to the due execution of their 
office. 

Henry I. Bogart, Stephen Schuyler, Gysbert Fonda, John Ja Beekman, 
Abraham Ten l^roeck and John Gansevoort, being chosen Assistants for 
the City of Albany for the ensueing year, took the Oaths, appointed by 
Law, signd the Test and sworn to the due execution of^eir office. 

Thomas Seger, Peter Hylton, Michael Besset, Jun% Philip Wendell and 
Andries Goewy, Constables, and Francis Martin, Deputy Sheriff, took the 
Oaths signd the Test and sworn to the due execution of their office. 

This Board allows an Acc^ of Cornelis Cadmuss of £1:4. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 25th day of October, 1763. 

Cornelis Ten Broeck, Esq', being chosen Alderman for the ensueing 
year, took the Oaths appointed by Law, signM the Test, and sworn to the 
due execution of his office. 

Mc Wood in behalf of Robert Lake, Esq^, applied to the Mayor to re- 
pair the Shade near the house he lives in ; ordered by this Board that he 
may repair the same and have the use of it for two years. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 7th day of No- 
vember, 1763. 

Ordered by thb Board that the Mayor pay Mr. Elbert Willet £39:3 for 
forty-eight Iicather Buckets and other utensils out of the sum of £110:2, 
which is in his hands. 

Mr. John De Peyster account, - - £1:12 

To Francis Martin, - - - 0:13 

To Thomas Seger, - - - - 7:10 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk sign order upon the Treasurer to 
pay the above sum, they being allowed. 

Resolved by this Board that each of the Aldermen and Assistants of 
this City shall take in their care four of the Buckets and the Numbers, as 
foUoweth : 

Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun^, N. 1, 2, 3 & 4. 

Peter Lansingh, N. 5, 6, 7, 8. 

Henry I. Bogart, 9, 10, 11, 12. 

Stephen Schuyler, 13, 14, 15, 16. 

John Cuyler, 17, 18, 19, 20. 

John R. Bleeker, 21, 22, 23, 24. 

John Ja Beekman, 25, 26, 27, 28. 

Gysbert Fonda, 29, 30, 31, 32. 

Cornelis Ten Broeck, 33, 34, 35, 36. 

Abraham Yates, Jun^, 37, 38, 39, 40. 

John Gansevoort, 41, 42, 43, 44. 

Abm Ten Broeck, 45, 46, 47, 48. 



148 The City Records, 1764. 

This Board appoints the following persons Fire Masters for the ensneing 
year, to wit : 

Staats Van Santvoordt, Ephraim Van Veghte, first ward: 

John Grocsheek, John Pruyn, second ward. 

Ilarmanus I. Wendell, Thomas Hun, third ward. 

Ordered that Warrents be given to the Fire Masters for each ward, and 
that the Clerk sign the same, by order of the Common Council. 

John R. Bleeker, Esq"", being chasen Alderman for the ensueing year, 
took the Oaths appointed by Law, signed the Test, sworn to the due execu- 
tion of his ofiice. 

Resolved by this Board that Mr. Gerrit Roseboom oversee the sweeping 
of the Chimneys in the Barracks, and that this Board will satisfy him for 
the same. * 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 24 day of De- 
cember, 1763. 

An Ordinance renewed and published to prevent unruly Ryding. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 22d February, 1764. 

This Board allows the following Accounts and ordered the Clerk to sign 
an order u{)on the Treasurer to pay the same. 

To John R. Bleeker, Esqs - - - £6:10 
To Mr. Philip Reyley, . - - 6: 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany on the 3d March, 1764. 

This day sold to Peter Yates a certain peice or Lott of ground lying and 
being in third ward of the City of Albany, is bounded to the west by the 
Lott of ground now belonging to the said Peter Yates, having to the south 
the Lott of John H. Ten Eyck, Esq^, keeping the same breadth with the 
Lott of the said Peter Yates and extending as far eastward as the Lott now 
in the possession of the said John Ten Eyck doth extend, for which 
the said Peter Yates is to pay the sum of £13 current money of the Pro- 
vince of New York. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor on behalf of the Mayor, Alder- 
men and Commonalty execute a Deed for the said peice of ground and 
cause the City Seal to be thereunto affixed. 

On application of John Reatliff for the house and lot of ground on the 
Gtillows hill formerly possed by Jacob Buljin, this Board agrees that he 
may have the same at the rate of fifteen shillings ^ year during so long a 
time as they judge proper. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 24th day of 
March, 1764. 

This Board allows the following Accounts and orders the Clerk to sign 
an order upon the City Treasurer to pay the same. 

To Peter Ryckman, - - - - £8:17 

To John Price, - - - - 2: 8 

To Patrick Clark, - - - - 8: 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany, on the 29th day of 
March, 1764. 

This Board have this day agreed with Mr. John G. Roseboom for one 



Folkert P. DouWf Mayor. 149 

Room in one of his houses in the second ward for to keep a night watch at 
the rate of ten pound a year. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay Thomas Segcr five pounds and charge 
his Ace* for same. 

An Ordinance published for appointing & establishing a good and suffi- 
cient night-watch in the City of Albany. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 4th day of 
May, 1764. 

This Board orders the Clerk to sign an order upon their Treajsurer to 
pay the following persons, viz* : 

To John G. Koseboom, - - - £0:^2 

To Adam Yates, - - . - 0:12 

To Thomas Seeger, - - - - 0:15 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on the 28th June, 
1764 — Present, the Mayor, John Ten Eyck, Esqi*, Recorder, John 
Cuyler, Cornelis Ten Broeck, Sybrant Van Schaick, Jun'^, Peter Lan- 
sing, Jn*^ Bleeker, Ab'" Yates, Jun"", Gysbert Fonda, John Gansevoort, 
Jn® Jac Beekman, Stephen Schuyler, Ab'" Ten Broeck. 

Resolved that Volkert P. Douw, Esq"*, Mayor, Jacob Hend: Ten Eyck, 
John R. Bleeker, Esqi***, and Abraham Ten Broeck, Esqr, are appointed 
by this Board to go to New Y'^ork to defend the rights & property of this 
City against a Petition that was presented to the Lieutenant Governor in 
CouncUl at Fort (jcorge in the City of New Y'ork on Saturday the ninth 
day of June, 1764, by Mess" George Munro & William Barr for a peice 
of vacant Land as they set forth in their Petition, which this Board claims 
as being the property of this City, and to petition the Governor and Coun- 
cill for an addition to the Charter, and that they may employ such Attor- 
neys or any other person as they shall think proper. This Board also 
engages to pay such expenses as may accrue thereon and that they have a 
copy of this Resolution. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 27th July, 1764. 

Resolved by this Board that the Lands on the Gallows Hill applyed for 
by Capt Cortland Schuyler be sold at Publick Vendue on Tuesday next at 
ten of the clock in the forenoon. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 31 st July, 1764— Present, the Mayor, Recorder, 
John Cuyler, Cor** Ten Broeck, John R. Bleecker, Sybrant Van Schaick, 
Jun»^, Peter Lansingh, Abraham Yates, Jun"", Henry Bogert, John 
Beekman, John Gansevoort, Stephen Schuyler, Abraham Ten Broeck, 
Guysbert Fonda. 

The vandue being held Cap' Cortlandt Schuyler bid £200 for the Lands 
on the Gallows hill, which being the highest bid was struck off to him with 
a Quit rent of fifty shillings yearly & every year for ever. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City JIall of the 
said City on the 8d August, 1764. 

Ordered by this Board that the Mayor sign and that the Corporation 



150 The CUy Records, 1764 

Seal be affixed to the Deeds for the Lands on the Gallows Hill sold Capt 
Cortlandt Schuyler the ^Ist ultimo, containing eleven acres with an allow- 
ance of one Rod for broken ground. 

Ordinance for cleaning & rep«airing the Pavements of the streets by the 
first September on forfeit of Ss. for every days neglect. 

Ordered that the Market house in the third ward be the publick Market 
house of this (Mty. That all the Butchers of this City sell only in that 
market on penalty of 20s. for every default. 

Att a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the 29th August, 17(54. 

Ordered that pursuant to a Petition dated in March & now fyled, all the 
Lots sold on the 12th April, 17()8, which then were to pay 10s. for each 
lot agreeable to an order then made, that those lots only pay 6s. each. 
Ordered that the Mayor sign the Deeds and the Corporation Seal be 
affixed to them* 

Joseph Knox agreed with the Corporation to be their publick whiper 
for fourteen pounds yearly, to be paid Quarterly. 

The Commissioners appointed by a liesolution of this Board made the 
28 June last being returned from New York do Report that the Governor 
& Councill gave their opinion on the Petition of Mess"^" Monro & Barr, a 
oertifyed copy of which they now produce ; ordered that the same be entred 
in the Minutes of the Common Councill, which is as follows, viz: 

Att a Councill held at Fort George in the City of New York on Wednes- 
day the eleventh day of July, 17()4, Present, The Hono''"^' Cadwallader 
Colden, Esq"", Lieutenant Governor, &c., Mr. Horsmanden, Mr. Watts, 
Mr. Delancey, Earl of Stirling, Mr. Read, Mr. Duanc, of Councel for 
George Monroe, and William Barr, Esq' % attending, was called in and in- 
formed the Board that as several witnesses had been examined on the part 
of the Corporation of the City of Albany and the Time would not permit 
him to obtain proofs on the part of the Petitioners the Petitioners did not 
incline to give the Board any farther trouble, but chose to submit the 
matter to their opinion on what had been offered, and all parties being 
withdrawn, his Honour the Lieutenant Governor was pleased to require 
the opinion of the Councel thereupon. The Councel on Consideration of 
the whole matter declared that it appeared to them to have been the inten- 
tion of the Crown to grant to the Corporation of the City of Albany the same 
Lands which had been excepted out of the grant of the Mannor of Renselaers- 
wyck and which had been formerly surrendered to the Crown by the Pro- 
prietors of the Mannor of Renselaerswick apparently with a view that the 
said Lands might be granted to the Town of Albany : and although the 
words of the Sand Kill inserted in the Charter to the Corporation of the 
City of Albany which bears date only two days after the Instrument of 
Surrender may seem to intend the Tract should run further to the north- 
ward than the Course northwest would fix it, yet as the Course northwest 
is equally certain with the Course to the Sand Kill and the possession long 
and uninterrupted hath gone with the latter Construction, they inclined to 
think that this Construction would obtain in Law, at least they were in no 
doubt it would prevail in Equity, in either of which Cases the Lands in 
Question could not be vacant and therefore that they could not advise his 
Honour to grant the Lands prayed for to the Petitioners. 

A true Copy, Examined by G. W. Ban yard, D. C. Con. 



Volkert P. Douw, Mayor. 151 

Ordered by this Board that Mr. Mayor & Mr. Ab"' Ten Broeck petition 
the General to have the buildings and other nusauces made by the army in 
the publick streets removed. 

At a meeting of the Recorder,^ Aldermen & Assistants — The Mayor being 
absent at New York — City Hall the 29th September, 1764. 

The following officers were elected and returned, viz : 

Peter Lansing & Sy brant V: Schaick, Esq^', Aldermen for the first 
Ward. 

Stephen Schuyler & Henry Bogard, Common Councill for the first Ward. 

Thomas Seager & Rykert V^an Zandte, Constables for the first Ward. 

John Cuyler & John R. Bleeker, Aldermen for the second Ward. 

Guysbert Fonda & John I: Beekman, Common Council for the 2d Ward. 

Abraham Veeder & Augustus Bostwick, Constables for the 2d Ward. 

Abraham Yates, Jun% Come Ten Broeck, Aldermen for the 3d Ward. 

Abraham Ten Broek, Thomas Hun, Common Councill for the 3d Ward. 

Hendrick Greverat & Levinus Dunbar, Constables for the 3d Ward. 

This Board appoints for their Chamberlain, John Roseboom; for their 
Marshall, Job" Seeger ; High Constable, Thomas Seeger. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 22d of October, 1764. 

Allowed Jacobus Ratcliff for his years Sallary for Ringing the Bell, £5. 
Resolved the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the above sum. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the first day of November, 1764. 

Ordered that there be allowed & paid Mr. John Cuyler £45:10 for ex- 
penses and materials furnished for the publick Cisterns & drains of this 
City, as per account delivered ; and that the Clerk draw an order on the 
City Treasurer for the payment thereof. 

Ordered that there be allowed & paid Comelis Ten Broeck the sum of 
£9:5:6 for expenses & disbursements for the publick wells, pumps & other 
necessaries, as by the account delivered, and that the Clerk draw an order 
on the Treasurer for the same. 

Mr. John Cuyler produced an Account for publick work done in the 
year 1762, amounting to £18:11. Ordered that the same be allowed and 
paid and that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

Mr. Thomas Hun produced an account of Johannis & Dirck Hunn for 
work done to the publick market in the year 1736 for £12:15:6. Ordered 
that the same be paid and that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
for the same. 

Ordered that there be allowed & paid unto Guysbert Fonda the sum of 
£20:17:10 for expences and disbursements for the publick wells, pumps, 
&o. Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

Ordered that there be allowed & paid unto Peter Lansing for expenses 
& disbursements in making, mending & repairing the publick wells, pumps, 
bridges, &c., the sum of £286:2:3. Ordered that the Clerk draw an order 
on the Treasurer for the same. 

It is ordered and ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of 
the City of Albany, that no person or persons whomsoever any time here- 




152 The City Records, 1764. 

after presume to cleanse any of the Chimneys within the City of Alhany 
for payment except Michael Wageman and his two sons, named Emanuel 
and George, upon the penalty of ten shillings for every Chimney such 
person shall sweep for payment except the persons aforesaid, and be con- 
victed thereof before the Mayor, Recorder or one of the Aldermen of this 
City, which forfeiture shall be allowed and paid to the Informer. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Tuesday the 15 November, 1764. 

This day this Board settled with Mr. Robert Lansing in full of all ao- 
counts and he then produced an account. 

For taking care of the Old spuyt one year, j^: 0:0 

The new Do. untill the 23d June, 1764, - - 1:10:0 
To making sundry for the fire Indian House, 0:16:6 

£5: 6:6 
The Board this day agrees with Mr. Robert Lansing to keep both the 

fire Indians in repair and from June 23, 1764, to June 23, 1765, five 

pounds. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign a Petition in behalf of the Corporation to 

the General to have the Buildings and other nusance in the publick streets 

removed. 

At a Common Councill held at the Citty Hall of the City of Albany on 
Tuesday the 20th November, 1764. 

This Board appointed the following persons Fire Masters for the ensuing 
year : 

Hendrick Lansing, Barent Van Alen, first ward. 
Bartholomew Blcumcndal, Michael Basset, Jun^, second ward. 
Abraham Cuyler, Rynier Van Yevere, third ward. 
Ordered that Warrcnts be given to the Fire Masters for each ward and 
that the Clerk sign the same, by order of Common Council. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for seven 
pounds in favor of Thomas Seager. 

This Board orders the Clerk to sign an order upon this City Treasurer 
to pay the following persons, &c. • 

To Nicholas Brower, - - - £1: 6:3 

To Luykas Hoegkerk, - - - 7: 0:9 

To William WJdron, - - - 6:11:6 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the 10th Day of December, 1 764. 

Resolved that the account of Volkert P. Douw be allowed, viz, the sum 
of £5:10:4, being expences for a suit a Cloaths allowed the whipper as by 
agreement. Ordered that the Clerk sign an order on the Treasurer for 
that purpose. 

Resolved that Cornelius Swits, Jacob G. Lansing be appointed Fire 
Masters in the room of Abraham Cuyler and Rynier Van Yevere for the 
third ward. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the 15 December, 1764. 

Mr. Mayor this day produced an account of money by him received for 



Folkert P. Douw, Mayor. 153 

LiceDoes, Freedom, &c., and money by him received from Sybrant G. Van 
Schaick, late Mayor of this City, the 5th May, 1768, as also money by him 
paid for the use of the Corporation by which account it appears that there 
IS due to the Commonalty the sum of £144:5:10. Ordered that the said 
sum of £144:5:10 be and remain in the hands of Mr. Mayor to be disposed 
of as the Corporation shall direct. Albany the 15 December, 1764, by 
yirtue of a resolution this day made by the Common Council of this City 
you are ordered to pay the above sum of £20:18:6 to John Cuyler, Esq^, 
dated as above to John Roscboom, City Treasurer. 

Att a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Tuesday the 20th December, 1764. 

Resolved that the order made the 3d August last relating to the Corpo- 
ration executing a Deed to Cap^ Cortlandt Schuyler for eleven acres of 
ground on Gallows hill be void and null and it is hereby declared to be 
null and void to all intents and purposes. 

Resolved that the Mayor sign and that the Corporation Seal be affixed 
to a Deed for Lands in the said Deed mentioned and described to Abraham 
Wendell. 

Resolved that the Mayor sign and that the Corporation Seal be affixed 
to a Deed for Lands in the said Deed mentioned aud described to Cap^ 
Cortlandt Schuyler. 

Alderman Lansing produces an account amounting to £50:10:8 for sun- 
dry disbursements made for the City of Albany. Ordered that the follow- 
ing persons be appointed a Committee to examine and inspect into the said 
account and make report accordingly, namely, John Beekman, Fonda & 
Hun. 

Resolved, That Peter Lansing, Esq*", be allowed ten pounds for his serv- 
ices in overseing, &c., the publick works of the City. Ordered that the 
Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Fry day the 11th January, 1765. 

The Committee appointed at the last meeting to examine the account of 
Alderman Lansing now make report that the said account is just and true 
and by a miscalculation it appears on said account that the same amounts 
to one pound ten shillings more. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of Mr. 
Lansing for fifty-two pounds and three pence. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Philip Lansing and Thomas Hun for seven pounds four shillings for a 
pump & mending. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Abraham Yates, Esq% six pounds one shilling for boards, &c. 

Ordered that the Mayor pay out of the Corporation money he has in his 
hands to Jacob H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleeker, Abraham Ten Broeck and 
Volkert P. Douw, thirty pounds for their service in going to New York 
upon the City business. 

Ordered that the ordinance to prevent accidents by unruly riding be 
renewed and continued. Vide old Book. 

Ordered that the ordinance iutitlcd an Ordinance for Tavern Keepers 
be renewed and continued with the amendments and additions thereto. 

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154 The City Records, 1765. 

Att a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 4th March, 1765. 

Mr. Stephen Schuyler one of the Common Council of the first ward be- 
ing removed out of the City, ordered that a new Common (council be 
elected in his room on Saturday next at ten o'clock in the morning of that 
day at the City Hall of this City. 

This Board being credibly informed that some enclosure are lately made 
back of a placp called Margrate Bark within the Limits of the Coporation 
right, ordered that Aldermans Bleeker and Van Schaick and Mr. Thomas 
Hunn be appointed to break or cut down the fences or enclosures there 
made without delay. 

Ordered that the Clerk write a Letter to Mr. Ricke and Anthony Bradt 
desiring their attendance on this Board on Wednesday morning next at 
ten o'clock. 

An account of £26:12:11, was produced by Guysbert Marselis for 
the use of his sloop and sundry disbursements for carrying the Commis- 
sioners appointed to oppose the Petition of Mess" Munro and Barr for 
Corporation Lands to New York and bringing them back, ordered that 
the same be allowed and that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
for the same. 

Alderman Sy brant Van Schaick produced an account amounting to 
£22:4:1 for sundry disbursements for the Costs, &c. Ordered that Alder- 
man Lansing, Hendrick Bogert, Thomas Hunn be appointed a Committee 
to inspect into the said account and to make report accordingly } the Com- 
mittee having examined the said account find it right. Ordered that the 
Clerk draw an order on the Tre«isurer for the same. 

Ordered that there be allowed to Cornelius Jacob Muller the sum of 
£19:10 for providing fire wood for the Town watch, and unto Albert Van 
Hoesen the sum of £3:5 also for providing wood for the City watch, and 
that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer for the same. 

Ordered that there bo allowed unto Hugh McNab for repairing the 
publick bridge five shillings and six pence, and that the Clerk draw an 
order on the Treasurer for the same. 

Ordered that there be allowed unto John Depeyster for sundrys £2:19:3 
and that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

Ordered that there be allowed to Volkert P. Douw, Esq% Mayor, the 
sum of £12 for a house he j)urchased of John McComb for the City Sweep 
Chimney and that the Clerk draw an order for the same. 

Johannis and Thomas Seagcr having settled with the Treasurer to the 
first day of October last and upon settling said account there comes a bal- 
lance to him to that time of £12:5:9, lodging the whipper included, but 
his attending the City Watch excluded, and that the Clerk draw an order 
on the Treasurer for the same. 

Ordered that there be allowed forty shilling for going to New York to 
defend the rights of the City and that the (Jlerk draw an order on the 
Treasurer for the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 6th March, 1765. 

Ordered that Philip Ryly be allowed six pounds for a years care of the 
Town Clock. Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for 
the same. 



FoOcert P. DouWy Mayor. 165 

This Board this day agreed with Mr. John Rickey to let him have the 
house and ground that he purchased of Michael Hallcnbeck and also the 
ground Michael enfenced and six acres to the west of a small branch of the 
cromme Kill now is his possession and more particularly to be bounded 
and described by a Deed to be drawn and executed by the Partys, which 
he is to have for twenty-one years from the date hereof and to pay seven 
pounds yearly and every year, and at the end of the Term he or his heirs 
are to have it for a longer Term if the Corporation and he or they can 
agree ; if they can not agree he or his heirs are to be allowed for the 
buildings that now are on it according to the appraisement of two indefferent 
persons to be chosen by the partys. The said «John Kyckey is also to enter 
into a bond with such security as this Board shall approve of to perform 
the Covenants to be contained in said Deed and to deliver up peaceably 
possession to the Corporation at the end of the Term. Ordered that Alder- 
man Bleeker make a Drad of the Lands to be granted and draw the Deed. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the same City on Monday the 11th March, 1766. 

This day this Board agreed with Richard Allen to let him have twenty 
acres of Land to be particularly described by the Deed, be drawn and ex- 
ecuted at three pounds a year, but he is to have it three years free rent. 

By virtue of an order of this Board made the 4th March instant, Mr. 
Peter Ryckman is elected Common Council in the room of Mr. Stephen 
Schuyler, Common Council removed, and that Peter Ryckman took the 
Oaths accordingly. 

At a Common C(mncil held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 20 day of March, 1765. 

Ordered that William Fryer be allowed five shillings for a Load of wood. 
Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

In consideration of the affair the Board ordered an abatement of ten 
shillings yearly of the rent of Mr. Ricke. Ordered that the Mayor sign 
and the City Seal be affixed to the Deed. 

Ordered that David Gipson have the ground formerly in possession of 
Johannes Earhart for twenty-one years for which he is to pay the Treas- 
urer twenty-one pounds upon execution of the Peed, thirty-four foot front 
and rear & back as far as Thomas Wilkerson. Ordered that the Mayor 
sign and the City Seal be affixed to the Deed. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign and the City Seal be affixed to the Deed 
of RichanKAllen. 

Ordered that David Gipson have another Lott adjoining to the north of 
the above Lott of the same Domension of the above Lot for a year for ten 
shillings a year. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 20th day of April, 1765. * 

This Board hath appointed John Cuyler, Cornelius Ten Broeck, Peter 
Lansing & Hendrick Bogard, Guysbert Fonda & Thomas Hun to be a 
Committe to speak with the different people in what manner they will dis- 
pose of their Lands where the new street was ordered to be laid out, run- 
ning from the comer of Mr. Garrit Lansings house northwards to the 
street that lays between John Ouderkerk & Barent Staats k make report 



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156 The City Records, 1765. 

to this Board from time to time how & in what manner they can get the 
Lands from the different owners, as also for laying out a street from the 
place before mentioned to the west towards the Hospital. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the 27th April, 1765. 

The following proposals in writing were this day delivered to this Board, 
-viz : Conditions proposed by Captain Gordon by order of his Excellency 
General Gage, to the Mayor & Corporation of Albany, for removing the 
Kings Buildings from the streets of Albany, &c ', viz : 

1st. That the Corporation shall contribute towards defraying the ex- 
pence of pulling dowU) transporting and re-erecting the great store house 
near the Dutch Church & that they should have the assistance of the 
King's Artificers for that purpose. 

2nd. That a full & oompleat right from the Corporation should be made 
to the ground on which the Hospital stands and the Gardens thereto be- 
longing to the Crown forever. 

That the above two Conditions cordially granted. In behalf of the 
Corporation the whole Buildings in the streets shall be removed, likewise 
the Old Barracks and the greatest part of Mr. Kilbys Buildings, and the 
newest Pile of Barracks to be considered of. At Albany this 27th April, 
1765. Harry Gordon, Cheif Eng^ N. America. The same being fully 
considered of the resolutions following were made thereon. To the first 
proposal they answer : 

1st. That this Board is willing to bear a part in pulling down the great 
Store Houses near the Dutch Church. 

2d. To the second they say they conceive it will not be agreeable nor 
can they answer the granting that request to their Constituents, as it is a 
large & valuable peice of ground in the City. As the New Barracks still 
under his Excellency the Generals consideration are in the City & very 
dangerous in case of fire, they also are willing to bear a part in taking 
them down. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the 29th April, 1765. 

Ordered the Mayor send the following Letter to General Gage in behalf 
of the Corporation, viz : 

Sir — I received your Letter of the 16th December, which I communi- 
cated to the Corporation, from which we were in great hopes that the 
Nusances in the publick streets would have been removed, bulMie season 
of the year then prevented it. This day proposals were made in your 
Excellencys name by Captain Gordon, a copy whereof with the Resolutions 
of the Corporation on the same, we have sent your Excellency for your 
perusal, the proposals not being so clear & intelligible as they could have 
been, caused our answers to be more confined, for to consent to the trans- 
porting or rebuilding of those houses, and not know where, would have 
been imprudent; we will contribute towards taking those buildings down 
in such reasonable manner as your Excellency shall propose. We never 
have yet complained of the Hospital being a nusance, and have as yet no 
objections to its being used for his Majestys service. But in process of 
time by the enlargement of the City that building may be in the very 
heart of the Town and in that case we should never be backward to allow 



Folkert P, Douw^ Mayor. 157 

another suitable spot of ground for that purpose if the service of the Crown 
required it. I should always be ready to render every service to the 
Crown and for the ease of his Majestys Troops. I am Sir. 

Att a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on Friday the 10th of May, 1765. 

Jacobus Kidneys accounts of three pounds and sixpence to be paid to 
Bocloff Kidney. 

The ordinance for night wateh published for regulation of negroes. 

Ordered that Thomas Seegar be allowed and paid ten pounds in part for 
his care of the City watch. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 10th June, 1765. 

An Ordinance for the selling Flesh in the Market. Be it ordained by 
the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Assistants of the City of Albany in 
Common Council convened, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of 
the same, that all kinds of flesh killed by the Butcher be exposed to sale 
in the publick Market house of this City and no where else till after ten 
o'clock in the morning when no Flesh or Meats to be sold by any of the 
Butchers or by any body for them on penalty of ten shillings for every 
default to be forfeited by any Butcher or person or persons that shall pre- 
sume to sell or offer to sale any Flesh killed by the Butchers as aforesaid 
in any other place than the said Market house to be recovered by any 
person and for his use that shall sue for the same before the Mayor, Ke- 
corder or any of the Aldermen of this City, and it is hereby further or- 
dained by the authority of the same, that the market house in the third 
ward of this City is hereby appointed the common market house or place 
of market for this City for the sale of all kinds of meat or flesh killed in 
this City by the Butchers. 

Provided alwavs that every person or persons that shall kill meat for 
sale within this City shall provide himself with a good scale and weights 
to be marked by Mr. Robert Lansing who is thereunto appointed and that 
no Butcher shall promise meat to any person beforehand, whatsoever per- 
son shall aske first shall be first served with such peic« of meat as he shall 
apply for under the penalty of ten shillings for every default ; this act to 
be in force from the eighteenth day of this instant June. And it is far- 
ther ordained by the authority of the same that all kinds of meat be sold 
by weight and that at four pence half penny a pound weight — and that 
whoever shall directly or indirectly sell offer or sett to sale any meat what- 
soever in any other manner then is hereby directed, he she or they so 
offending concering and relateling to the article of meat shall forfeit and 
pay forever offence the sum of ten shillings to be recovered as aforesaid. 

Resolved by this Board that Bcrrardus Bradt and Johannis Ten Broock 
shall have the Ferry for this year untill the first day of March next en- 
sueine for fourteen pounds; Yolkcrt P. Douw promises to pay seven 
pounds in behalf of Johannis Ten Broock and that Bemardus Bradt pay 
the other seven pounds as his own part. 

Ordered that the Mayor return Mr. Silvester £25 which he made a pre- 
sent of to the Corporation for a bell which remains in his hands. 

Hendrik Bleeker, Jun*^, is appointed City Chamberlain in the room of 
John Roseboom, deceased. 



158 The cay Records, 1765. 

At a Common Council held at the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday 13th June, 1765. 

Mr. John Ten Eyck produces an account one pound eight shillings in 
behalf of Gerrit Fisher ; ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the 
Treasurer for the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 24 of June, 17G5. 

The Mayor having received the Genenils Letter of the 8 May, 1765, 
which is now laid before the Board and ordered to be answered in the 
manner following : 

Sir — I have received your Excellencys Letter of the 8th 3Iay last 
which would have been answered before, but my absence for some time 
and not being able to make a Common Council for some time after my 
return has prevented it, which Letter I have laid before the Corporation 
who have agreed to come to the following resolution in answer thereto to 
allow the King to have the use of the Hospital and yard for 21 years ; in 
case his Majestys service required it for longer time for Barracks they will 
chearfully allow it. The ground where Fort Orange formerly stood is the 
property of the Dutch Church, but if your Excellency can fix upon any 
other suitable spot that is in our power to grant we will allow it to the 
Crown for the use of building a Store upon and will furnish the Carriages 
for the removal of the Store house now near the Dutch Church to such 
place as shall be so fixed upon for that purpose by your Excellency, pro- 
vided that the Barracks, Store house, stables and other buildings erected 
in the publick streets be removed as soon as may be. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign the foregoing Letter and send it to the 
Generall. 

At a Common Counoill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on Monday the 15th day of July, 1765. 

Ordered by this Board that those who refuse to attend the City watch 
or send a sufficient man according to the regulations of an Ordinance here- 
tofore made, instead of paying two shillings as heretofore ordered, shall 
for every default pay three shillings. 

Resolved by this Board that whatever fines Cap^ Joseph Yates recovers 
of defaulters in the said City watch shall remain in his hands untill such 
times as this Board shall think proper to make a demand of those monies 
of him. 

By virtue of a •Resolution of Common Council this day made there will 
be sold several Lots of Land lately laid out by John R. Bleecker, Esq**, at 
publick vendue to the west of the City on the Hill, &c^, subject to the 
annual reserve or rent of twenty shillings yearly ^ acre forever; said 
vendue to begin the 18th of this Instant. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 22 day of July, 1765. 

Resolved by this Board that there shall be for the time ensueing three 
publick Markets in this City notwithstanding an Ordinance to the contrary 
thereof heretofore made on the tenth day of July, 1765, provided they 
always are subject to the same Regulation. 



Volkert P. Douw^ Mayor. 159 

At a Common Councell held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on the first day of August, 1765. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute the Deeds in behalf of 
the Corporation for the forty-eight Lots which were sold at publick Vendue 
according to a resolution made the 15th of July now last past. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the tenth day of August, 1765. 

Memorandum that this Board consents and agrees with Johannes Seager 
in consideration of his old age and poverty that he and his wife shall pos- 
sess, use and occupy the Dwelling house. Bam and ground about them 
now in Fence during their natural lives and no longer to live upon, but 
not to alienate, lease or dispose of the same to any person whatsoever, for 
which they are to pay six pence annually. 

Ordered that the Deeds be drawn and that the Mayor sigu it in behalf 
of the Corporation. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the twelfth day of August, 1765. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign the following Letter and send it to Oen^ 

I acknowledge the receipt of your Excellcncys Letter of the 30th ultimo 
by Captain Gorden, on which I called a Common Council and laid it be- 
fore them, who readily consented to allow a sufficient peice of ground to 
the Crown to rebuild the store house to be removed from near the Dutch 
Church, and I immediately acquainted Captain Gorden of it and informed 
him he might make search of a proper peice of ground in the Corporation 
right to be appropriated for that purpose, who reported to me that he could 
not find so proper and convenient a place as the ground where Fort Orange 
formerly stood. According to your Excellencys Letter we expected Cap- 
tain Gorden would have endeavoured to come to an accomodation with the 
Butch Church aa he could not find a suitable spot that was in our power 
to give ; but he informed me he had no orders from your Excellency so 
to treat with them on that subject, and as he is now gone on his way to 
Detroit and your Excellency seems so desirous of having that peice of 
ground for the use aforesaid we look upon ourselves to have Conferance 
with the Ministor, Elders and Decons of the said Church relative to the 
said ground, and they seem to be disposed to let us have it and we belive 
we shall be able to purchase it of them for a reasonable consideration and 
which we shall make a further tryal of in hopes that if we effect it the 
buildings in our former Letters mentioned should bo speedily removed and 
also that your Excellency will lot us have the new pile of Barracks or such 
part as your Excellency shall think proper to be removed at our expence 
at some convenient place nearly back of the Fort for the reception of the 
Troops in case the Hospital which we hope and expect your Excellency 
will order to be fitted up for that end should at any time not prove to be 
large enough to contain them. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 4th September, 1705. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay the following Accounts, 
vis' : 



160 The City Records, 1765. 

To John Morine Scott, - ... £21:18:0 

To William Livingston, ----- 26:19:0 

To William Smith, Jun^, - - - - - 23: 7:0 

To John R. Bleecker, . - , . - 25:12:6 

Allowed to Sarah Cooper, - - - - - 5: 1:8 

To Abraham E. Wendell, - ^ - - - 6: 6K) 

To James Sharp, - - - - . - 34: 1:0 

To Volkert P. Douw, ----- 17: 1:1 

Hesolyod by this Board that the new streets lately laid out by order of 
Common Councill of which a map is now before us signed with our hands 
and sealed with the seal of the said City wherein every street is perticu- 
larly laid down and named, shall be from henc<}forth k forever hereafter 
publick streets to all intents and purposes whatsoever and that the said 
map shall be lodged with the City Treasurer. 

Memorandum that whenever the owners of the Lotts lately sold by the 
Common Council lying on the south side of Foxes Creek and are bounded 
on the north by Howe street shall be willing to widen the said street by 
having or drawing in the Front of their said Lotts, that then the said 
street shall continue that breadth the whole length of the said street north- 
west and southwest. 

Whereas How street is represented on account of the Creek running 
through it to be to narrow. Resolved that if the different owners of the 
Lotts lately bought on the south side thereof will let a number of feet lay 
next to and for a public street there shall be deducted in proportion to the 
principal have paid for the same. 

The Rev^ Doctor Brown and William Rogers produced a Petition in 
Common Council for a spot of Land to build a Dwelling house for their 
Minister, which this Board has taken into further consideration. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Sunday the 29th Sep"^, 1765 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, John Cuyler, John R. Bleeker, Peter Lansing, Sybrant V. 
Schaick, Abraham Yates, S , Cornelius T. Brook, Abraham T. Broeck, 
Thomas Hunn, Guysbert Fonda, John Beekman. 

This being the day appointed bv Charter for the election of Aldermen, 

Common Council, Constables, &c., the following is the order in which 
they were elected and returned. 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & Sybrant V. Schaick, Aldermen ; John 
Van Alen & Hendrick Bogard, Common Council ; John Wilson & Thomas 
Seegar, Constables. 

Second Ward — John R. Bleeker & Jacob Lansing, Aldermen ; Gar- 
rardus Lansing & John 1. Beekman, Common Council ; Peter Danieb & 
W'" Groosbeek, Constables. 

Third Ward — Cornelius T. Broecke & Abraham Yates, J'*, Aldermen ; 
Abraham T. Broeck & Thomas Hunn, Common Council; Rynier V. 
Yeavere & James Williams, Constables. 

Henry Bleeker, Ju , appointed Chaimberlin; Johannes Seager, Mar- 
shall ; Peter Daniels appointed High Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City Tuesday the 8 Oct , 1765. 

Captain Montressor having communicated to some of the members of 



FoOcert P. Douw, Mayor. 161 

tbis Board a Parragrafl of a Letter from his Excellency General Gage 
directed to him in these words : 

I can have no objections to remove the new Barracks at their own costs 
to the place they desire as soon as ever they please. 

Rcsolyed that this Board will procure the ground where Fort Orange 
formerly stood to be vested in the Crown for to erect Store houses on as 
long aa the service of his Majestys may require — and that the Mayor who 
is soon to go to New York be supplyed with further instructions about 
the matter and confer with the General on it, when Captain Montressor 
may also inform the General about it. Ordered that Cap^ Montressor be 
served with a copy hereof. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday 14 Ocf, 1765. 

An Ordinance for the better preventing & extinguishing of Fires that 
may happen within the City of Albany. 

Be it ordained by the Mfayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of Albany convened in Common Council and it is hereby ordained by the 
authority of the same, that the Aldermen and Assistants of each respective 
ward within this City do appoint two sufficient persons in every ward within 
the s'* City to be Viewers of Chimneys, Hearths and places where Ashes 
are or shall be kept, who shall view the same once in every Fortnight and 
where they find any defective to give notice that the same shall be swept, 
mended or secured at such time as in their discretion they shall think fit, 
and if any person shall neglect or refuse to perform their direction herein, 
such person shall forfeit the sum of six shillings for the use of the said 
Viewers of the ward where such neglect or refusal shall happen — and if 
any person or persons so appointed Viewers of Chimneys and Hearths shall 
refuse to execute the duty hereby required the person so refusing shall 
forfeit the sum of forty shillings and that another be appointed in his place, 
and if the said Viewers atler having accepted of the said office shall neglect 
their duty hereby enjoined they shall forfeit the sum of six shillings for 
each neglect. 

2. And be it further ordained by the authority afore'^, that if any in- 
habitant within this City shall suffer his. her or their Chimney to be on 
fire for want of sweeping or keeping clean the same, such Inhabitant dwell- 
ing in such House where such Chimney shall be on fire shall forfeit for 
every Chimney that shall be on fire the sum of forty shillings, and who- 
soever of the City Guard that shall discover any accidental fire to break 
out in any of the dwelling houses, out houses or stables or any other com- 
bustible matter whatsoever, he or they so discovering the same shall be 
entitled to a reward of three pounds to be paid by one of the Aldermen of 
the ward where such fire shall happen, within three days after proof made 
of such first discovery to his the said Aldermen satisfaction, who is to be 
reimbursed out of the City Treasury, by order of Common Council. 

3. And be it further ordained by the authority af, that the Inhabitant 
of every house within this City uses two fire Places shall provide at his 
own expence by the first day of May next two Leather Buckets, every 
Brewer, Tavern keeper and Baker, three Leather Buckets to be ready in 
their Houses, and that the same be found and procured by the persons in- 
habiting the said Houses and to be allowed by the Land Lord out of their 
rent, and that the said Buckets be marked with at least the Initial Letters 

21 



162 The City Records, 1765. 

of their own or Land Lords name, and if any House keeper within this 
City shall neglect to procure and have ready in their respective Dwelling 
Houses the number of Leather Buckets in manner herein before men- 
tioned, such House keeper shall forfeit for every such neglect the sum of 
six shillings) and that all Buckets used at any fire and afterwards detained 
from their owner thereof about forty-eight hours after such fire is distin- 
guished, the person so detaining such Buckets shall forfeit and pay for 
each Bucket so detained the sum of ten shillings, and if the owners of such 
Buckets are not known, such Bucket or liuckets shall be sent to the City 
hall of this City and there to be delivered to the Marshall or under sheriff 
in order that the right owner thereof may find and have them, and altho 
it seems astonishing that in a Christian country where the assential prin- 
ciples of professed religion lay the people under an indispensible obligation 
to do to others as they would others should do unto them, should see their 
neighbours Houses on fire and not use their utmost endeavours to assist 
them to quench it, notwithstanding experience shews that there are people 
so far abandoned as to appear, as it were to shew their indefferance, and 
instead of assisting, a duty required by the Laws of Christianity ^ nature, 
often impede and hinder others from assisting their neighbours in such 
casualty and distress, for remedy of such enexcusable remissness in such 
dangerous casualties. 

4. And be it further ordained by the authority afores*!, that the Mayor, 
Recorder, Aldermen, Assistants and Sheriff for the future, as often as any 
fire shall break out within this City either by day or by night, by the first 
notice thereof as aforesaid shall and will repair to the place where such fire 
happen and take the direction thereof and that things may be carried on 
with more regularity, the Mayor, Recorder, and in their absence the first 
two Aldermen and Sheriff who shall happen to be next first shall have the 
care and direction of the people & Fire iugines, with all other Tools and 
Instruments for the speedy extinguishing the same fire, and the remaining 
Aldermen and Assistants with the assistance of the Constables to have the 
ranking, placing and directing of the people to hand water, and any person 
or persons being ordered and directed at or about such fire by the 5layor, 
Recorder, Aldermen and Assistants or Sheriff, who shall neglect or refuse 
to obay and perform the same, he or they so neglecting shall forfeit and 
pay for every such neglect or refusal the sum of ten shilling current 
money aforesaid. 

6. And be it further ordained by the authority af * that no person or 
persons whatsoever shall from the publication hereof have, keep or put 
any hay or straw in his or their yard or yards, garden or gardens, or in 
any other place or places except in close buildings proper for the purpose, 
and also that no person or persons whatsoever shall have, keep or put any 
hay or straw in any house, stable, or other buildings in this City aforesaid 
that is or shall be within ten feet of any Chimney, Hearth or Fire place 
or place for keeping Ashes under the Penalty of twenty shillings for each 
offence, and that every person and persons shall be subject to the like 
penalty as often as he she or they shall continue to keep hay straw in any 
or either of the houses, stables or places as aforesaid above forty-eight 
hours after every conviction. 

6. And be it further ordained by the authority afore ' that if any children, 
youth, apprintices, servents or other persons do fire or discharge any gun 
or pistol, leadon gun, Rockets, Crackers, Squibs or other fire works at any 



VcHkert P. Douwj Mayor. 163 

mark or at Tandiim against any fence, pales or other place in any street, 
lane or alley, Garden or other enclosure or in any place where persons fre- 
quently to walk, such persons so offending shall forfiet for every such 
offence the sum of six shillings current money of New York, and on re- 
fusing to pay the same shall be committed to the goal or stocks at the 
direction of the Mayor, Recorder or Aldermen or any one of them before 
whom such offender shall be convicted, there to remain committed not ex- 
ceeding three days unless such forfieture as aforesaid be sooner paid with 
the lawfull fees of commitment, one half thereof to the informer with costs 
the other half the Church wardens of this City for the use of the poor. 

7. And be it further ordained by the authority afore' that in case of 
any outcry of fire or any other alarm, riot, rout or insurrection that all and 
every of the Citizens and Inhabitants that dwell in rooms fronting the 
streets, lanes or alleys of this City or are or shall be in possession thereof 
shall immediately illuminate and set three or more Candles in his, her or 
their front windows, there to remain illuminated untill Day Light unless 
such fire alarm, riot, rout, insurrection shall sooner be extinguished or 
quelled, and if any Citizen or Inhabitant shall neglect to set Candles in his, 
her or their front windows as aforesaid, such Citizen or Inhabitant shall 
forfiet for every such offence three shillings. 

8. And be it further ordained by the authority af * that the one half of 
all the Fines, forfietures and Penaltys aforesaid shall be paid to such person 
or persons as shall sue for and prosecute the same to effect, the other half 
to the Church wardens of the said City for the use of the poor thereof, 
and shall and may be recovered before the Mayor, Recorder or Aldermen 
or any other of them with costs of suit. 

The following officers were this day sworn & qualified, viz : 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & Sybrant Van Schaick, Aldermen ; Tho- 
mas Seeger & John Leandart, Constables. 

Second Ward — John lileecker & Jacob J. Lansing, Aldermen ; John 
Beekman & Grerrardus Lansing, Common Council ; Peter Dennis & W'" 
I. Grosbecck, Constables. 

Third Ward — Cornelius Ten Broeck & Abraham Yates, Aldermen ; 
Thomas Hun & Abraham Ten Broeck, Common Council ; Ryueer Van 
Yeaveren & James Williams, Constables. 

Ordered by this Board that the Treafiurer pay to Mr. John Bleecker the 
sum of forty five one shilling and six petfCe as per account delivered in 
this day. 

Ordered that there is to be allowed to Thomas Williams the sum of seven 
pounds seventeen shillings. 

Ordered by this Board that there be allowed to Mr. Abraham Yates, J*", 
four pounds eight shillings and two pence as per account. 

The Question being put and the opinion desired wether the new Pile of 
Barracks shall be immediately taken down or to remain untill next Spring. 
Carried in the affirmetivc. 

For the Affirmetive — John Ten Eyck, Esqi^, Recorder, Cornelius Ten 
Broeck, Sybrant Van Schaick, John 11. Bleeker, Jacob J. Lansing, Abra- 
ham Yates, Ju*", Esq*^"*, Aldermen ; Abr'" Ten Broeck, John Beekman, 
(rerrardus Lansing, Thomas Hunn, Assistants. 

Negetive — VolkertP. Douw, Esq"", Mayor; Peter Lansing, Esq^ Alder". 

Ordered by this Board that Jacobus Radclift be allowed five pounds for 
ringeng the Bell for the year 1765. 



164 The City Records, 1765. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the 9th of November, 1765. 

Hendrick Bogard & John Van Alen sworn and qualified as Common 
Council. 

Ordered that the Account of Robert Lansing of £7:16 be allowed, the 
sum of £5 being included for taking care of the fire Indians from the 23d 
June, 1764, to June 23d, 1766. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

Ordered that an Advertisement be struck up that the people bring in 
their Accounts on by Wednesday next to the different [Aldermen] and 
Common Councel of the respective wards. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Wednesday the 13th Nov^, 1765. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order upon the City Treasurer in favour 
of the patron for liberty of cutting wood in the mannor from the 22d Nov' 
1759 to 22d Nov 1765, at eleven pounds a year, amounting in the whole 
to £66. Several Accompts were delivered in and thereupon a Committee 
of the following persons were appointed to inspect into the same Accounts, 
Aldermen Lansing, Abraham Ten Broeck, John Beekman, Thomas Hunn. 

Fire Masters appointed as follows : Lucas Hoogekerk, Peter Jones, for 
the first ward ; Nicholas Merselis, John Visher, for the second ward ; 
Nanning H. Visher, Gerrit Kooseboom, for the third ward. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 21 Nov^ 1765. 

This Board being informed that some person has cut down Timber in 
the Corporation right in order to build in said right, ordered that the said 
Timber be distroyed and such person be prosecuted to build thereon, and 
that one or two of the members go to view the same. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign and send the following Letter to the 
General Gage : 

Sc : From the many Letters passed between your Excellency and this 
Corporation and also by a paragraph in a Letter from your Excellency to 
Cap^ Montressor and by Conversation between your Excellency and the 
Mayor of this Board, we ex])^ted we were at liberty to remove the new 
pile of Barracks when we pleasW, which work we should have begun to 
perform before now but were not able to procure workman. Those Bar- 
racks are now taken up and possessed by a number of Troops lately arrived 
from Crown Point and other posts which we cannot think is in consequence 
of your Excellencys order and especially as the Hospital is Large and con- 
venient enough for their reception and your Excellency was of opinion 
that the Hospital would do for any Troops that in all probebility would be 
here, we lately informed the Commanding officer of our intention to break 
down that building, but he said he could not suffer it without your orders 
first signified to him for that purpose ; we would therefore request your 
Excellency to send orders to the Commanding officer here to nave those 
Troops removed to the Hospital that we may be enabled to go on with the 
work. 



Vdkeri P. Douw^ Mayor. 165 

Att a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the 25th Nov^ 1765. 

An account being produced to this Board for work done in making an 
addition to the Market in the third ward to which Mr. Mayor objected 
because it was ordered to be done by two of the Aldermen without leave 
of the Corporation. 

Resolved that it is the unanimous opinion of this Board that it is un- 
precedented and contrary to the rules of this Corporation. 

Abraham Ten Broeck produced the said account and it being put to the 
Question whether the said account should be allowed or not : 

In the Affirmative — John Ten Eyck, Sybrant Van Schaick, Jacob 
Lansing, Abraham T. Broeck, John Beekman, G^rrardus Lansing. 

Negative — Volkert P. Douw, Peter Lansing. 

The Committc appointed having examined the following account and 
agreeable to their report on the same, 

Ordered that there be allowed to Jacob Lansing, Jun^, the sum of £80:1:4 
as per account delivered for the box and drain in the second ward. 

Ordered that there be allowed to Alderman Peter Lansing as per account 
for Dbbursements for the City, £60:6:9. 

Ordered that there be allowed unto the Executors of the estate of John 
Rooseboom, late City Treasurer, £25:2:10. 

Ordered that there be allowed unto Alderman Sybrant Van Schaick for 
Disbursements for the City, £41:4:1. 

Ordered that there be allowed unto Alderman Ten Broeck the sum of 
iB146:4:2. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the said 
Accounts. 

Whereas Lucas Hoogekerk and Peter Jones, who were appointed Fire 
Masters for the first ward, have given sufficient reasons why they cant at- 
tend that Business, 

Ordered that Isaac Hoogekerk and Johannis Van Yalkenbergh be ap- 
pointed in their room. 

Resolved that this Board address his Excellency Sir Henry Moore, 
Governour of New York, and that the Mayor sign and Mr. Ten Broeck & 
the Mayor deliver the same. 

Resolved that no Buildings or other things be mended on the Citys ac- 
count without consent of the Board. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 31st day of December, 1765. 

Ordered by this Board that there be allowed Mr. Philip Ryley £6 for 

attending the Town Clock one year. Ordered that the Clerk draw an order 

on Treasurer for the same. 

I 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 16 day of Janx, 1766. 

Ordered that John Van Alen be a fireman in the room of Stephen 
Schuyler who is removed out of Town. 

Hendrick Wendell and Hendrick R. Lansing to be added to the number 
already appointed, and also Philip Lansing & also William Winne. 



166 The City Records, 1766. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the 15 day of Yeh^y 1766. 

The whole Board being unanimous of opinion that it was requisite a 
Dock should be made and the Question arose where it ought to be made 
most convenient and advantageous for the City, the following were of 
opinion at the north end of the Town : John Ten Eyck, Cornelius Ten 
Broeck, Abraham Yates, Sybrant Van Schaick, Jacob Lansing, John 
Beekman, Abraham T. Broeck, Thomas Hunn, John K. Blocker. 

The following where of opinion it should be made between the house 
where Patrick McGree dec ' formerly lived and Millers : Volkert P. Douw, 
John Van Alen, Peter Lansing, Garrardus Lansing. 

Ordered that the Recorder, Thomas Hunn, John Blocker and Abraham 
Ten Broeck be appointed a Committee to manage and agree with workmen, 
&c., to get meterials k build the same. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for six Skipple 
of wheat in favour of Joh"* Seagcr. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Thomas Seager for ten pounds in full for attending City watches sixteen 
months, the order the Mayor give him a few days ago inclusive. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 4th March, 1766. 

This Board unanimously resolved that there should be three Docks 
erected, one at the north side of the Town nearly opposite the stone wall 
of the following dimensions, viz : with the breath of thirty feet down to 
the Channel or debth of the River and along the said Channel eighty feet 
and forty feet in breadth. 

The second to be near Mr. Harme Gansevoorts with the breadth of thirty 
feet down to the Channel or depth of the River and along the Channel 
eighty feet in length and thirty feet in breadth. 

The other to be nearly behind the City Hall with the breadth of thirty 
feet down to the Channel or depth of the River and along the Channel 
eighty feet in length and thirty feet in breadth. 

The following persons are appointed by this Board as a Committee to 
manage and agree for materials in building the said, viz : for the first 
Dock near the stone wall, John Ten Eyck, Esq"", Recorder, Cornelius Ten 
Broeck, Thomas Hun and Abraham Ten Broeck. 

For the second Dock near Gansevoorts, John R. Bleecker, Jacob J. 
Lansing, Gerrardus Lansing and John J. Beecknian. 

For the third Dock nearly behind the City Hall, Sybrant Van Sohaick, 
Peter Lansing, Henry Bogart iand John Van Alen. 

Att a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 21st day of March, 1766. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq^^, Mayor, produced an account of £3:15:6 in be- 
half of Michael Wagener for sweeping Chimneys. 

John R. Bleecker, Esqi*, produces an account £2:2:3 in behalf of Frans 
Pruyn. 

Sybrant Van Schaick, Esq% produces an account of £1:4 in behalf of 
Wilhelmus Van Antwerpen. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer for the same. 



Votkeri P. Dotiw, Mayor. 167 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 29th day of April, 1766. 

Ordered by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for six schipple of weat. 

An ordinance to prevent damages by swine : 

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Commonalty in 
Common Council convened, that from and after the 26th day of May next, 
that every Hog or swine that shall be found running at large within any 
street or Lane of this City shall be taken up and Impounded in any public 
or private Pound by any one of the Inhabitants of this City, and the owner 
or owners of such swine shall forfit and pay to the person who shall Im* 
pound the same for every swine or Ho^ so found in any street or Lane the 
sum of three shillings, and on refusal! of paying the said fine it shall be 
lawfull for the person so impounding such swine to sell the same at public 
Vendue, first giving notice by advertisement at least 24 hours before the 
sale thereof. If any dispute arises the same to be determined by the 
Mayor, Recorder or any one of the Aldermen in the ward in which such 
disputes shall or may arise. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 3th day of May, 1766. 

William Waldrom produces an account of £28:10:6 for work done for 
said City. Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on Treasurer for the 
same. 

Resolved that an Ordinance be made for appointing a sworn Surveyer 
in the City, and Hendrick I. Bogart b hereby appointed Surveyor & sworn 
in his office accordingly. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 7th day of June, 1766. 

Ordered by this Board that John N. Beeckman be appointed Fireman 
for the third ward and Barent Van Alen for the first ward. 

Ordered by this Board that the New Pile of Barricks or so much thereof 
as the Corporation think fit be sold at Publick Vendue. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 10th day of July, 1766. 

Resolved that an Ordinance be made for selling of Flesh. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 14th day of July, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute the following Deeds and 
that the City Treasurer fix the Seals to the same, viz : 
One to Hugah Viele of about forty acres of land. 
One to Lewis Van Antwerpe for ninety-five acres & one half of an acre. 
Do. to Christian Christianse for ninety-nine acres and one fourth of an acre. 
Do. to Lewis T. Viele for twenty-two acres. 
Do. to Wouter N. Grooesbeeck for six acres. 
Do. to Abr'» Beecker for twenty-two acres. 
Do. to Joh« Knickerbacker for ten acres. 
Do. to Nicholas Grooesbeeck for nine acres. 
Dirck T. Van Veghte for twelve acres. 
Peter V: Ness for twenty-nine acres. 



168 The City Records, 1766. 

Ordered by this Board that the Treasurer sell the City Wheat at four 
shillings per schipple and if he cannot obtain that price to send it down to 
New York within a fortninght time to be sold there at the highest price. 

Resolved by this Board that the twelve lots of ground laid out by John 
R. Bleecker, Esq'', where the Barricks formerly stood on be sold at Pub- 
lick Vendue to the highest bidder on Saturday the second day of August 
next. Ordered that advertisements be put up accordingly. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 28 day of July, 1766. 

Ordered by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favour of Peter Silvester, Esq^, for services as Clerk from the first June 
1764 to the first of June 1766, being two years, at £15:18 a year, comes 
to £31:16. 

Ordered by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of James Nash for £4:5 for services done ior said City at Kings 
birth day. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in faver of Peter Sherp for £6:1:10 for work done at the Hospital. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the second day of August, 1766. 

By virtue of a Resolution made the 14th day of July, 1766, ordered 
that the twelve Lotts be sold this day according to said Resolve and that a 
Quit rent of six shillings be reserved on each Lott yearly and every year 
for ever. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 30th day of August, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Address be presented to his 
Excellency Sir Henry Moore, Governor, and that the Clerk sign the same 
io behalf of this Board. 

To his Excellency Sir Henry Moore, Baronet, Captain general and 
Governor in Cheaf in and over the Colony of New York and the Ter- 
ritories depending thereon in America, Vice admiral and Chancellor 
of the same, the Humble address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Com- 
monalty of the City of Albany. 

May it please your Excellency, We, the Mayor, Aldermen and Common- 
alty of the City of Albany, congratulate you on your safe arrival to this City 
with your family ; we with eagerness imbrace the present favorable oppur- 
tunity of expressing our sentiments of joy on your Excellency's appointment 
to the administration of the Government of the Colony of New York and 
think we have great reason to rejoice in the paternal Care and Tenderness 
which our most Gracious Sovereign hos displayed to this Colony by so 
judiciously bestowing the Reigns of Government on a Gentleman of your 
Excellency's abilities. 

The Priviledges that have been granted to this Corporation by Charter 
we doubt not will be kept safe and inviolable under your Excellencey's 
administration, and your Excellencey may be assured that we shall do every 
thing in our power to make your administration easy & happy. 

To which his Excellencey was pleased to return the following : 



VdOceri P. Dcuw^ Mayor. 169 

Mr. Mayor k Oentlemen of the Corporation, I return you many thanks 
for this address and your Compliments of congratulation on my arrival 
here. The City of Albany may be assur'd that the Rights and Priviledges 
which have heretofore been granted to their Corporation will be always 
preserved and confirmed to them in as full and ample manner as they have 
ever enjoyed them under any former administration. 

At a Common CoUhcil held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 1st day of September, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor in behalf of the Corporation 
sign the seven Deeds for the seven Lots of ground sold at Publick Vendue 
the second day of August last to John M. Beekman, Wilbelmus Monshies, 
William Regal, John Glen, Tobias Ten Eyck, Comfort Severs & Abraham 
Roseboom, and cause the City Seal to be thereunto affixed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 5th day of September, 1766. 

This Board unanimously resolve for to sue the Executors of Yolkert 
Douw on a Bond which said Douw gave to the Corporation some years agoe 
to give peacible possession to said Corporation of tne Yerreberg. 

Resolved by this Board that Mr. Silvester be imployed on behalf of the 
Corporation to bring on the following suit together with Mr. Abr'" Yates, 
Jiir. Esqr, the suit is to be brought in the Inferior Court of Common 
Pleas for the County of Albany. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 15th day of May, [September ?] 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that the Ordinances be renewed for regulating 
of Tavern Keeper. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John Yan Alen for fifty pounds to pay some of the people that 
bring stone for the dock of said City. 

Resolved that the Clerk draW an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
Thomas Hun and Abraham Ten Broeck for the sum of fifty pounds for 
the same. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
John J. Beekman for fifty pounds for the same. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of James Bloodgood for fifty pounds being in part of Payment 
for building the new Barricks. 

Resolved that there be allowed unto Philip Hoffman and Jacobus Radt- 
leff for two pounds for Bell ringing at Kings Birth day. Ordered that the 
Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 17th September, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that a Warrantee Clause be annexed to the lease 
given to John Rickey dated the 23d day of March, 1765, and that the 
Mayor execute the same accordingly. 

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170 The City Records, 1766. 

At a Common Goancil held for the City of Alhany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 29th day of September, 1766 — Present, the 
Recorder, John R. Bleeker, Peter Lansing, Abraham Yates, Ju^ 8y- 
brant Y. Schaick, Cornelius T. Broeck, Jacob J. Lansing, John J. 
Beekman, John Van Alen, Gerrardus Lansing, Thomas Hunn. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for electing of Aldermen, 
Common Council, Constables, &e., the following is the order in which they 
were elected and returned : 

First Ward — Peter Jjansing & Henry Bogart, Esq", Aldermen ; John 
Fryer & John Van Alen, Common Council ; Obediah Van Benthuysen & 
Leonard Cortney, Constables. 

Second Ward— John R. Bleecker & Jacob J. Lansing, Aldermen ; Ger- 
rardus Lansing & Nanning Visher, Common Council ; Thomas Armstrong 
& Abraham Ates, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates, Ju"^, & Jacob Van Schaick, Aldermen ; 
Dirk B. V. Schoehoven, & John Ten Broeck, Common Council; Myndert 
Vosburgh k John Meandert, Constables. 

Henry Bleecker, Ju% appointed Chamberlain; Johannis Seeger ap- 
pointed Marshell ; Myndert Vosburgh appointed High Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 11th day of October, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute the following Leases, 
yiz : one to Peter Sherp for a lot of Ground near English Church ; one 
Do. to John Sanders for a small peice of Ground near the same bounded 
as follows, viz, is five feet in front and rear and in length on both sides 
one hundred and seventy-three feet, all Ryland measure ; one Do. to Henry 
Bleecker, Ju% for a peice of ground where his Store House is erected on, 
bounded as follows, viz, in breadth on the west thirteen feet and 6 inches 
before by the street, on the east 15 feet in rear, in length five feet & four 
inches, all Ryland measure ; one Do. to John Stevenson and Abraham 
Ten Eyck for a Percell of land on the Gallows Hill bounded as follows, 
viz, begins at a certain corner which is oifB chain distant on a north forty- 
five east course from the north east corner of the lot of ground now be- 
longing and in possession of Jacob H. Ten Eyck, runs from the said comer 
north forty-five degrees west twenty-one chains, then north forty-five de- 
grees east eight chains and thirty-five links, then south forty-five degrees 
east twenty-one chains, then south forty-five degrees west eight chains and 
thirty-five links to the place where it first began, and contains seventeen 
acres two rod and five perches of land excepting four morgan or eight acres 
out of the above granted premises belonging to Jacob C. Ten Eyck, James 
Stevenson, Nicholas Cuyler and Sybrant Van Schaick, and the other parcel 
begins at a certain corner which is one chain distant on a north forty-five 
degrees east course from the north east comer of the parcel of land last 
above described and runs from the said beginning corner north forty-five 
degrees west ten chains, then north forty-five degrees east six chains and 
fifty links, then south forty-five degrees east ten chains, then south forty- 
five degrees west six chains and fifty links to the place where it first begun, 
contains six acres two rood of land ; one Do. to John McComb, Samuel 
Holliday, Robert Henry, Abraham Lyle and John Munro for a peice of 
Ground where the Presbyterian Meeting House is erected on, being 



Fclkert P. Douw^ Mayor. 171 

bounded as follows, beginning at a certain Point being seventy-two fe^t 
from tbe south west corner of a lot belonging to William Tryon, from the 
said Point extending northerly and containing in length on the east side 
one hundred & thirty-two feet and on the south side one hundred and forty- 
eight feet & on the north side thirty feet and on the northwest side one 
hundred and ninety-two feet, all Kyland measure, bounded on the East by 
the street laying between the lotts of William Fryer, Roolof Kidney and 
others, and on the South ranging the north side of the street on the south 
side of the said William Fryers lot, on the North and north westerly the 
land of the said Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall on Monday 13th Oot^, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that Mayor execute the Deed to Charles Hogh- 
Btrosor, John Tilman, John James Abbet and Jacob Freligh for a Peice of 
Ground on Wouts Bergh to erect a Church"*" on agreeable to said deed. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall on Tuesday 14th Oct', 1766. 

This Board agreed with Thomas McCarty for to be their Publick Whipper 
to commence from the 14th day of October, 1766, for twenty pound a year 
to be paid Quarterly. 

The following officers where this day sworn and qualified, &c. : 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & Henry I. Bogert, Aldermen ; John Van 
Alen Common Council; Obediah Y. Benthuysen & Leonard Cortney, 
Constables. 

Second Ward — John R. Bleecker & Jacob J. Lansing, Aldermen ; Qer- 
rardus Lansing, Common Council ; Thomas Armstrong & Abraham Ates, 
Constables. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates & Jacob Y. Schaick, Aldermen ; John 
Ten Broeck, Common Council; Myndert Yosburgh & John Leonard, 
Constables. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the House of Peter 
De Wandelaer of the same City on Fryday the 17th day of October, 
1766 — Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Peter Lansing, Henry Bogert, 
Abraham Yates, Ju^, John R. Bleecker, Jacob J. Lansing, Jacob v an 
Schaick, John Ten Broeck, John Yan Alen, Gerrardus Limsing. 

This Board Resolved to appoint Hendrick Bogert, John Yan Alen & 
John Ten Broeck as a Committe to wait upon Cap^ Montressoer for to 
know if he would Except of the Deed for the spot of Ground for to erect 
the Kings Store according to a resolve made the eighth of October, 1766, 
which said Resolve Cap» Montressoer was served with a Copy. 

The Committe being returned say that Cap* Montressoer informs them 
that he could not except of the deed because his instruction was to consult 
with Coll. Broodstreet about the removel of the same ; he informs the 
Committe that Coll. Brodstreet tells him he would not except of the deed 
because the Conveyance was not made to the Crown for ever without any 
Conditions or Exceptions whatsoer. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall on Saturday 18th Oct', 1766. 
Resolved by this Board that the Mayor in behalf of the Corporation 

*Thi8 was the German Reformed Church. See AnnaUf i, 128. 



172 The City Records, 1766. 

sign the following Deeds, viz : one to Peter Binneway for one hundred and 
eighty-seven acres of wood land adjoining the line of Saratoga Pattent, as 
also one Samuel Stringer for a IxJtt of Ground on the Hill near the Fort 
adjoining the English Burying Place. 

This day Dirk Bratt Van Schoenhoven, John Fryer and Nanning Yisher 
were sworn and qualified as Common Council. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 28th day of October, 1766. 

B.esolyed by this Board that y« Bridge behind Simon Yeeders be made 
farther to the Eastward and that the rising ground lying behind the Lott 
of Lendert Gansevoorts, dec^, & Lansings be levelled and thrown in a 
fence or Stock adoes to be made from the dock to the said Bridge in such 
a manner as Mess'^'' Bleecker & Lansing, Aldermen, & Lansing & Visher, 
Assistants, being the Committee for the said dock, shall think propet. 

Ordered by this Board that there be allowed unto the widow of Jacobus 
Badliff, dec^, the sum of five pounds for ringing the Bell the last year. . 

This Board agreed with John Radtliff to ring the Bell from the 23d of 
October, 1766, until the 23d Oct^ following for £5 a vear. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk drajir an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Cornelus Muller for seventy load of wood for the City watch 
at five shillings and three pence ^ load comes to £18:7:3. 

Resolved that the Recorder, Alderman Peter Lansing and Mr. G^rrardus 
Lansing be a Committe to examine the Accounts owing by the Corporation 
to the different people. 

Resolved that those bom in the City of Albany shall have their free- 
doms each paying two shillings six pence, six pence for drawing, one shil- 
ling for the Seal, one shilling for the Mayor or any three Aldermen for 
executing the same. 

Fire Masters appointed as follows : 

John Scott & Henrv Merselis, for the first ward. 

Benj" Egbertse & Barent Roseboom, for the second ward. 

Tunis Bratt & Ab^ Bogert, for the third ward. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 13th day of December, 1766. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on Treasurer in 
favour of the following persons, viz : 

For Step" De Lancey, - - - £80:16 

For Asa Phelps, - - - - 2: 1 

One for Josep I. Yates, - - - 45 

One Thomas Williams, 
Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute a deed to Philip Ryley 
for twenty-one years on Condition that the deed be void on the Tender of 
one shilling to the Lessee for a Tract of land scituate lying & bein^ to the 
South of the City of Albany on the North of Beaver Kill, bounded on the 
South by the said Beaver Kill, on the East by Hudsons River, on the 
North by the several Pastures or Lotts belonging to Claas Van Den Bergh, 
Jacob Ten Eyck, John Griffiths, Marte Beekman, Gerrit Lansing, Harme 
& Tunis Visher and Cornelius Van Scherlyne, and on the West by the 
Ground now in possession of Philip Schuyler, Cap' Cortlandt Schuyler & 
Thomas Wilkison. 



VoUoert P. Douw^ Mayor. 173 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 5th day of January, 1767. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Thomas Seeger for nine pounds for the last years service, and also four 
pounds for extraordinary trouble for the last year. 

And also an order on the Treasurer in &vour of Philip Ryley for six 
pounds for the last year for attending the Town Clock. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City Fryday the 9th day of January, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer in 
favour of the following persons : 

One for John Cluet Ju^, for - - £2:14:0 

One Do. to Michael Wagenaer, - - 3:18:0 

One Do. to Jacob Lansing, in die Colony - 3: 7:3 
One Do. to Richard Cartwright, - - 24: 6:6 

One Do. to Gerrit Van Saute, - - 3:19:3 

One Do. to Abraham Yates, Ju', - 9: 7:0 

One Do. to David Switts, - - - 4: 4:0 

One Do. to Hendrick Ten Eyck, - 11: 5:0 

One Do. to Jacob Cooper, - - - 4: 3:9 

One Do. to Patrick Clark, - - 49:13:7 

One Do. to Anthony Flensbtirgh - - 9: 9:9 

One Do. to Peter Hilton, - - 9: 2:0 

One Do. to Peter Brooks, - - - 3:17:0 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John Ten Eyck, Gerrardus Lansing & Peter Lansing for six 
hundred pounds for money by them disbursed for the said Corporation. 

Ordered that an order be drawn on John Sanders on behalf of John J. 
Beekman for £22:10. 

This Board agreed with Benj«» Gable for to be their Publick Whipper, 
to commence from the 1st day of December 1766, to the first of December 
1767, for twenty pounds a year, to be paid Quarterly. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a freedom to Step" De 
Lancey and cause the City Seal to be thereunto affixed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 19th day of January, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John J. Beekman for twenty-two pounds ten shillings. 

And one in favour of Naning Visher for four pounds eighteen shil: & 
four pence. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 2d day of February, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John Mclntyre for nineteen pounds eighteen shillings for 
masons work at the new Barricks which is to be paid unto Henry I. Bogert. 

Resolved by this Board that the four Lots of Ground lately laid out by 
Naning Visher behind the house and lot of Barentie Spoor & to the sout^ 
of the Presbytering House be sold at Publick Vendue to morrow morning 
at ten oclock to the highest bidder, beine in breath each lot forty-one feet 
and in length one hundred and twenty-nme feet. 



174 The Ciiy Records, 1767. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
the said City on Monday the 9th day of February, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to John Ostrander 
for a Lott of Ground on the Hill, it being N. 9 sold to him at Publick 
Vendue for one hundred and five pounds, being in length on both sides 
one hundred and forty-two feet. 

Also that the Mayor sign the Deeds to the following persons, vii : One 
to William Waldrom for Lot No. 1 & 2 ; one Do. to Jonathan Brooks for 
Lot No. 3 ; and Do. to Thomas Hilton for Lot No. 4, being sold unto them 
at Publick Vendue according to a resolve made the 2d day Feb'y In"<. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on Saturday the 14th March, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Dirck Ten Broeck for eleven pounds eight shillings & } farth- 
ing for necessaries provided for said Corporation at Kings Birth day. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of William Waldron for twenty-two pounds twelve shillings and 
three pence for masons work done at the Creek in the 3d ward where the 
Market House is on. 

This Board seteled with Claes Speeck for keeping Benj'> Grable the 
Publick Whipper fifteen weeks for three pound, it being for rent due by 
said Claas Speeck to the Corporation for the Ground where his house is on. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Tho ' Seeger for six Schipple of wheat at what prise the other 
is sold for, & also Do. for John Redtliflf for three Schipple at the like as 
the other. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 26th day of March, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Stephen Van Schaack and Comp>' for £105, being in part 
payment for building the warf down at the City Hall. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Asa Phelps for £6:6:1, being the ballance of his Account. 

An Ordinance was this day published for regulating the lying of Vessels 
in the four several Docks of this City. 

This day was setteled with Bamardus Bratt in full of all Accounts with 
the Ferry until the first day of April next. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 28th day of March, 1767. 

This day where sold at Publick Vendue to Mess**^ Gysbert Merselis and 
John Van Alen the Hire of the several Docks of this City untill the first 
day of January next for the consideration of seventy pounds current money 
of New York, to be paid at or before the first day of January 1768. 
Provided that if any of the 28 Sloops belonging to this City should refuse 
and not come to either of the said Docks and so be free from paying Dockage 
that such and so many Sloops in such case shall be deducted out of the 
said £70 at the rate of one shilling a Tun. 

This day was sold unto Dirick Hansen the Ferry leading from the City 



VoOcert P. Dauw^ Mayor. 175 

of Albany to Green Bush for twenty-two pounds N. York currency for one 
year to begin from the 4th April 1767 to the 4th day of April 1768. 

And also an Ordinance was this day published to regulate the Ferry 
between the limits of this City and Green Bush. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 21st day of April, 1767. 

The Mayor produced a Rec^ of James Bloodgood for £100 which he 
received of Cap* Cortland Schuyler, being the last payment which was due 
by said Cap^ Schuyler to the Corporation for Ground sold by the Corpora- 
tion to said Schuyler on the Gallows Hill. Orderq^ that Recp^ be lodged 
in the Treasurars hands. 

Whereas, lately a fire broke out in the manor of Rensselaerwyck and 
found it very unconvenient for want of Buckets, it is therefore resolved 
that all persons who bring their Buckets to the place where a fire should 
happen to break out and any of them get broke, burnt or lost in the fire 
shall be paid by the Corporation, 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 22d day of April, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that there be sold at Publick Vendue on Satur- 
day the second day of May next a Lot of Ground lying in this City to the 
south of the House & Lot of Ground of Alderman Jacob Van Sohaick, 
being in front thirty-one feet and in rear eighteen feet and in length on 
both sides sixty feet, all English measure. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar make James Bloodgood D^. 
for one hundred N. York currency which was paid by the Mayor to said 
Bloodgood for building the Barricks on the Hill back of the fort. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer give Cap* Cortland Schuyler 
credit for one hundred pound New York currency, being the last payment 
which was due by said Schuyler to the Corporation for the Land he bought 
on the Gallows Hill. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 26th April, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor in behalf of the Corporation sign 
a Deed to the Crown for the Ground where Kilbys store is erected, being 
bounded as follows, viz : to begin at the High way opposite the South side 
of the Dock called Kilby's Dock and streching from thence southerly along 
the High way as the Building now stands two hundred & two feet, the 
same length on the East side, and in breadth on both ends thirty-one feet 
English measure, and that the City Seal be affixed thereto. 

This deed is recorded in Liber G. Pages 495, 496 & 497, ^ me, J. De 
Lancey. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 2d May, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Lot to the south of Aid" Van Schaick's 
be sold at Publick Vendue to the highest bidder and at a Quit Rent of 
four shillings yearly and every year for ever. 

This day was sold at Publick Vendue to Gerrit Van Sante, Ju^, the 
above lot for £273 New York currency. 



176 The City Records, 1767. 

Resolved that the Mayor on behalf of this Board sign a Deed to Gerrit 
Van Sante, Judj for the Lot sold him this day and that the City Seal be 
affixed thereto. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Tho' Seeger for three Skipple of wheat. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 

said City on Saturday the 9th day of May, 1767. 

Whereas it appeareth Yesterday to this Board that Adam Yates had 
Ground in his possession belonging to this Corporation and was beginning 
to build his House on Jt and he was requested to take and remove it, and 
in case he does not comply with said request, 

Resolved by this Board that Alderman Peter Lansing and John Van 
Alen be appointed a Commitee and request Adam Yates to remove his 
Building, and if he not complys with said request, order the Marshel to 
break down & remove y« same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 11th day of May, 1767. 

The Commite appointed the 9th Ins* for to remove part of the Building 
of Adam Yates which is on the Ground belonging to this Corporation make 
report to this Board that they were hindered by Adam Yates and his sons. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor, Aid" Bogerd & Dirk B. V. 
Schoenhoven be appointed a Committe to consult and advice with Mr. Sil- 
vester about the removal of part of the House of Adam Yates. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 18th day May, 1767. 

The following Ordinances were this day published : 

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

An Ordinance for selling of Flesh in the Markets. 

A Law appointing, establishing and regulating a good and sufficient night 
watch in the City of Albany. 

A Law for paving and cleaning the streets, lanes and alleys within the 
City of Albany and for preventing of Nuisances within the same. 

An Ordinance for regulating the Carmen within the City of Albany. 

A Law for regulating Negroes, Mulattoes and other slaves. 

A Law appointing a sworn Surveyor. 

An Ordinance for Tavern Keepers. 

The above Ordinances to be in force until the 16th day of May, 1768. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 

said City on Wednesday the eight day of July, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Ordinance of selling meat be renewed. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Thomas Seeger three Schipple of wheat. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer sell one hundred and fifty 
Schipple of the City wheat to the poor people at five shillings a Schipple. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the ninth day of August, 1767. 

This Board agreed to appoint the Recorder, Aldermens Jaoob Lansing, 



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Volkeri P. Douw^ Mayor. 177 

Peter LanBing & Ab"* Yates, & Mess^*' John Van Alen and Gerrardus Lan- 
sing as a Oommitte to settle all the accounts against the Corporation. 

This Board agreed with Francis Martain for to keep Benjamin Gable, 
the Pablick Whipper, to begin from the fourth day of June last at five 
shillings a week. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell one hundred Schiple of 
the City wheat at five shillings ^ Schipple. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order in favour of Tho- 
mas Seeger for six Schipple of wheat. 

Resolved by this Board that the Court draw an order on the Treasurar 
in &vour of John Readtliff for three Schipple of wheat. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 12th day of August, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in &vor of Robert Lansing for £10:6:6, being for takeing care of the fire 
Ingoins from the 23d June 1765 to the 24d June 1767, being two years. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of tf ohn Cortncy two pounds being in part of payment for bring- 
ing stone to the Docks. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albanv at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 18th day of Sep"", 176/. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Cannan for two pounds and six pence, being for board- 
ing the whipper from the 20th of April to the 29th of May, at the rate of 
one shill? ^ day. 

This day was delivered to this Board by the Treasurar a list of the un- 
dermentioned persons indebted to the Corporation for Quit Rent, viz : 
Johannis Knickerbacker, Janetje Ouderkerk, Christian Christianse, Peter 
Benneway, Daniel Van Antwerp, Dirck Van Vechte, Wouter Grooesbeek, 
Joh« N. Grooesbeck, Ephraim Wemp, Sybrant Quackenboss, Jacob A. 
Fort, Daniel T. Van Vechten, Frederick Cluct, Peter Dox, Harme& Tunis 
Van Vechte & Marte Winne, Joachim Kettlehuyn, Nicholas Grooesbeek, 
Philip Van Ness, Abram Becker and the widow of Daniel McMichael. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar writ to the above persons for 
to make speedy payment to prevent trouble. 

This day was delivered to this Board by Adam Yates a Petition setting 
for to settele the Ground in dispute with him. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Johannis Pruyn for £176, being in part of payment for build- 
ing the Dock by the stone wall. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Scger for six Schipple of wheat and charge the same 
to his Ace*. 

Resolved by this Board that the Deed be given to William Regal for 
tha Ground which he bought of the Corporation some time agoe if he pays 
the sum of £176. 

Resolved by this l^rd that the Treasurar sell one hundred Schiple of 
the City wheat for 6 shill-"* f Skipple. 

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178 The City Records, 1767. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 19th Seps 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 

pay the following persons, vii : 

One Do. for John De Peyster for - - - £8:10: 
One Do. for Jacob Van Schaick, • • 7: 0:11) 

One Do. for Johannis Ouderkerk, ..... 7:16: 
One Do. for Wilhelmus Vandenbergh, - 13:18: 3 

One Do. Gerrit Roseboom, - - - - 4: 0: 
Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 

Anthony Flensburgh for six Schipple of wheat and charge the same to his 

Acc«. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 25th Sep% 17G7. 

Resolved by this Board that the Ground in the Foxes Creek to the East 
of the lot of Peter Dewandelacr be laid out into 4 Lotts of thirtv-seven 
feet front & rear in lenght on both sides 198 feet, except Lott No. 16 is 39 
feet front and rear, and the length the same with y^ other, be sold at Publick 
Vendue on Wednesday the 30th Sepi* ins* and with a Quit Rent of six shil- 
lings on each Lot yearly and every year for ever. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 29th Sep% 1767. 

Whereas the Ordinance formerlv made by the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Comonalty of this City for electing two Constables in each ward in this 
City is expired of its own limitation, it is hereby ordained by the Mayor, 
Aldermen and Comonalty of this City that on this day shall be chosen in 
each ward two Petty Constables, of which the Aldermen in each ward or 
any of them shall make their return with the rest of the City officers. 

This day being presented to this Board a Petition of the Minister, Elders 
and Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of this City of 
Albanv for a peice of Ground lying in the Foxes Creek for to build a 
Church on, which this Board will grant upon such Conditions as hereafber 
shall be thought proper. 

At a Common Oouncil held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 29th Sep% 1767, P. M. — Present, the Mayor, 
Recorder, Peter Lansing, Abraham Yates, Jun', Henry I. Bogerd, Ja- 
cob J. Lansing, Naning Visher, G^rardus Lansing, John Van Alen, 
John Fryer, Dirk B. V. Schoenhoven, John Ten Broeck. 

This day being appointed by Charter for the election of Aldermen, 
Common Council & Constables, &c., the following is the order in which 
they were elected and returned. 

First Ward — Peter Lansing and Henry I. Bogerd, Aldermen ; John 
Van Alen & John Fryer, Common Council ; Leonard Cortney & Will™ 
Mcintosh, Constables. 

Second Ward — John R. Bleeker & Jacob Lansing, Aldermen ; Naning 
Visher & John N. Bleecker, Common Council ; Jacob Pruyn & Samuel 
Benneway, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates, Jf, & Ab™ Ten Broeck, Aldermen; Dirk 



Fdkert P. DouWy Mayor. 179 

B. y. Sohoenhoven, & John Ten Broeck, Common Council ; George Bower 
& Sam' Williams, Constables. 

Henry Bleeckor appointed Chamberlain ; Johannes Seeger appointed 
Marshell ; Leonard Cortney appointed High Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 30th Sep^ 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the several Lots be sold at Publick Vendue 
this day according to the resolve made the 25th September, 1767, with a 
Quit rent of four shillings yearly and every year for ever on each Lot. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 12th Oct-, 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Gcrrardus Lansing for five pounds being for attending the 
work done at the new Barricks. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 14th day of October, 1767. 

The following officers were this day sworn and auallifyed in their offices. 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & Henry I. Bogcrd, Aldermen ; John Van 
Alen, Common Council ; Van Olinda Cortney & WilH Mcintosh, Consta- 
bles. 

Second Ward — Jacob J. Lansing, Alderman ; John N. Blocker, Com- 
mon Council 'f Jacob Pruyn, Constable. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates, Jun% & Abr'" Ten Broeck, Aldermen ; 
Dirck B. V. Schoven, Common Council ; Sam^ Williamson, Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 25th day of November, 1767. 

John R. Bleecker being this day sworn and qualified as one of the Al- 
dermen of this City ; John Ten Broeck being sworn as one Common 
Council. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in 
favour of Henry V. Dyck for sixteen shillings for dressing the whippers leg. 

The following persons being appointed Fire Masters for the year ensuing: 

John E. Bradt & Barent Staats for the first ward. 

Barent Ten Eyck & John I. Pruyn for the second ward. 

Mas Blomendal & Gerrit V. Vranke for third ward. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
to pay the following persons : 

One Do. to Baltus Van Benthuysen for - - £0: 9:6 
One Do. to John Ten Eyck, for - - - 16:18:6 
One Do. to Peter Lansingh for - - - - 5: 3:7 

This Board agreed with Isaac a Negro to keep Benjamin Gable the 
Publick whipper from this date. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tursday the 26th day of November, 10 A. M., 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for six Schipple wheat and charge the same 
to his Ace'. 



180 The CUy Records, 1767. 

At a Common Connoil held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Turaday the 26th day of November, 1767, P. M. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell two hundred Schiple of 
the City wheat to such persons as he shall think fit for ready cash at five 
shillings "^ Schipple. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign the following Deeds, viz, 
and that the City Seal be thereunto affixed : 

One to Peter De Wandelaer for Lot No. 1. 
One to Peter Gansevort for Lot No. 2. 
One to Barent Ten Eyck for Lot No. 3. 
One to John Roseboom for Lot No. 4. 
One to Peter Hansen for Lot No. 5. 
One to Isaac Van Amum for Lot No. 6 & 7. 
One to Paul Hogstroser for Lot No. 7 & 8. 
One to John Everse for Lot No. 9. 
One to Richard Hickson for Lot No. 10. 
One to Jillis De Garmon for Lot No. 15. 
One to John Roff for Lots No. 11 & 12. 
One to Henry Quackenboss for Lot No. 13. 
One to Jacob Lansingh for Lot No. 14. 
Lot No. 7 belongs to Paul Hogstroser and Isaac Van Amum according 
to the Release. 

One to Paul Hogstroser for Lot No. 16. 
Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Patrick Clarke for £45:11:6 for services done for the said City 
with his cart and horse. 

One Do. to Francis Martin for JC6:9 for boarding the Publick Whipper 
from the 4th June 1767 until the second day of November Ins^ 

One Do. to Thomas Seeger for £b New York money, being in part of 
payment for services done as Marshel for the last year. 

This day was delivered by this Board to the City Treasurar an exact 
account of all persons that had any demands on this City for publick ser- 
vices done. Ordered by this Board that the Treasurar pay all those per- 
sons in full, always except John Price, William Hogan, Bastiaen Fisher & 
Rynier Van Alstyne ; Price & Hogan you are to pay thirty pounds and 
the like sum to Visher & Van Alstyne. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 20th day of December, 1767. 

The following persons were this day appointed Fire Masters : 

G^rrit Ryckman & Henry Van Vechten for first ward. 

Thomas D. Hun for third ward. 

Cornelius Glen for second ward. 

Naning Visher is sworn and qualifyed as Common Council. 

Resolved by this Board that there be allowed unto Stephen De Lanoey 
for attending as Clerk from the first day of June 1766 to the first day of 
June 1767, at the rate of sixteen pounds. 

One Do. in favour of John Readtliff for ringing the Bell from October 
1766 to October 1767, at the rate of five pounds. 



FaUceri P. Douw, Mayor. 181 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tursday the 31st December, 1767. 

Kesolved by this Board that the Ground being in the second ward near 
the Foxes Creek be given unto the Minister, Elders and Deacons of the 
Reformed Prodestant Dutch for to build a Church on, to contain in breadth 
on the East thirty feet and in length on the North side two hundred and 
fifty feet and in the rear on the West one hundred and thirty-five feet, all 
English measure ; bounded on the North on the street that leads to the 
Foxes Creek of forty-five feet broad and on the West by an other street 
and on the South by a street of thirty feet broad, the length along said 
street 205 feet. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor in behalf of this Board sign a 
Deed for the same and the City Seal be affixed thereto, according to a 
Petition delivered to this Board the 29th Sep** 1707, Entred in the Min- 
utes of Common Council. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Jacobus P.. Van Benthuysen for one pound fifteen shillings. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell two hundred Schiple of 
the City wheat to the Inhabitants of this City at 5s. "^ Schipple. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 2d of January, 1768. 

This Board bein^ informed that Robert Leake has petitioned for vacant 
ground at Schataook which this Board claims and a part of it is in pos- 
session of Bamardus Bratt, Ripsolved by this Board that a Letter be vent 
to Anthony Ten Eyck at New York to employ one or more Attorneys to 
defend the Right of this Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 12th day of February, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Philip Reyley for five pounds for attending the Town Clock 
for the year 1767. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar settele with Isaac Fordt and 
deduct four pounds of his Rent. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 9th day of March, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar in 
favour of the Accounts : 

One in favour of James Marr for thirty shillings, one do. in favour of 
Volkert Dawson of eighteen shil^r'* & 5d, one Do. for Ab"» Defrees for 
fourteen shik» & Id, one Do. for John Williams for eight shil?«, one Do. 
for Nicholas Brower for two pounds fifteen shillings. 

Resolved by this Board that the four several Docks belonging to this 
Corporation be sold at Publick Vandue on Monday the 14th Ins'. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Tho** Seeger for twelve Schiple of wheat and charge the same 
to his Aoc*. One Do. for John Rcadtliff for three Schiple of wheat and 
charge the same to his AcC. 

Resolved by this Board that the sum of forty shillings New York cur- 



182 The City Records, 1768. 

renoy be paid to Henry B. Ten Eyok for services done for this Board and 
that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 14th March, 1768 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, Peter Lansing, Ab<" Yates, Ju^, Jacob Lansing, John N. Bleecker, 
Henry I. Bogerd, John Van Alon, John N. Bleecker, John Ten Brook, 
John Fryer and Naning Visher. 

The four docks belonging to this City were sold at Publick Vendue to 
Mess'''* John Ten Broek and Harmanus Wendell for the consideration of 
seventy pounds New York currency, from y« first day of January 1768 to 
the first of Jan > 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Ferry be sold on Tuesday the 22d of 
March Ins*. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 21st of March, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that Adam Yates Petition be answered in writing 
and that the Recorder, Alderman Ten Broock, Aldermen Bleecker, John 
Van Alen & John N. Bleecker be a Committee appointed and draw up an 
answer accordingly, which will be approved by this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Letter be sent to the Reverend 
Mr. Wheelock at Labonon : 

Reverend Sir — Since the Letter which the Mayor did please to write 
you, our annul Election for the Aldermen and Assistants to serve in this 
Corporation haveing taken place and some othar adventitious Circumstances 
intervening have concurred to delay our answer to your favour of the 27th 
August last ; these being now happily removed we embrace this oppertu- 
nity to answer your Letter. It gives us much pleasure to find that you 
think our proposals in several respects Inviteing and Grenerous ; you will 
do justice to our Sentiments, if you also believe that we wish to have in 
our Power to do more, and if we would chearfully give every assistance 
that the projector and Patrons of this Scheme have a right to require from 
every person impressed (as we are) with its utility and Philanthropy. 
Your declining to fix on any particular place for the School without the 
previous knowledge and approbation of Lord Dartmouth and the other 
worthy Persons that have countenanced the plan and promoted its success 
at home by procuring such considerable Donations for its establishment, 
gives us at once a strikeing instance of your Modesty, and a high idea of 
your Prudence in paying such strict attention to avoid every Step that 
might tend to Prejudice this Institution, which in its progress may do 
honor to the Age in which it has taken rise and reflect lustre on you as 
the first promoter. Permit us to thank you Sir, for haveing transmitted 
home Copys of our Letters and of those that were written you on this 
Subject from New York ; the Grentlemen that did us the honor to write 
them are all of distinguished Characters, eminent for cherishing and cul- 
tivating the Social Virtues, their Circumstances and Situation in Life such 
as sets them above the Suspicion of sinister or selfish views, and the many 
oppertunitys they have had of being acquainted with our moral Character 
from the frequent Interviews with us which their proffession necessarily 
engages them in constitutes them very competent Judges of it. Can it 
then be reasonable to suppose that Gentlemen of such as they are, should 



Fclkert P. Dauw, Mayor. 183 

BO far forget the duty they owe to tbemselves and to Society as warmly 
to recommend the fixing of a Seminary in which it will be necessary 
to incultivate virtue and morallity as much if not more by Example 
then Precept, in the midst of a People of a reputed immoral Character, 
such a Supposition would be altogether absurd and we should be justifyed 
in on resting their Recommendation only as a sufficient undication of our 
Character against the uncharitable and unjust Anamad versions of design- 
ing men, but duty and the Justice we owe to our Constituents oblige us to 
declare that the present Majestracey of this Place in pursuit of the princi- 
pals laid down by their predecessors make it the first object of their atten- 
tion to inspire their Constituents with the Love of Virtue and the abhor- 
rence of Vice ; to this end they discourage whatever may tend to corrupt 
the manners or debauch the morals of the people, whilst at the same time 
Encouragement is given to every Plan cultivated for their happiness. 
Actuated by these principals we readily embraced yours and rejoiced in 
the fair prospect that such an Establisnment amongst us promised addi- 
tional oppertunitys of advancing the Education of our youth, all what we 
ardently wish, and therefore what we could give we oner with the utmost 
good will, if our good Intentions already are or should be prustrated by 
the selfish views of designing persons we shall be equally sorry on our own 
account as on theirs whom they deceive. Haveing been already explicit 
in our former Letters on the advantages that the School would reap by 
being in the vicinity of the City we shall be silent on that bead and make 
only remark to obviate the difficulty you mention on account of a supposed 
want of oppurtunitys to instruct the Indian Children in Agriculture and 
the manuel Arts that the immediate Environs of this City are inhabited 
by farmers whom if we may be allowed to judge of their skill, Industry 
and Oeconomy from the affluance of their Circumstances acquired only by 
Husbandry, we shall not hesitate to rank them in the first class of husband- 
men and as these Children will not require to be taught any other manual 
arts then such as will serve towards procureing the immediate necessarys 
and more simple conveniencies of life, these too may both be obtained in 
this City. 

We could have wished that your son and the Reverend Mr. Pomory had 
communicated to us the Intention of their Journey when they were here 
at the time you mention, they would have had no reason to complain of 
any coldness in us nor indeed can we be charged with any, as we do not 
know that those Gentlemen ever were here otherwise than by your Letter. 

We thank you Sir for those sentiments of good will that you express to 
entertain for us; we hope you will have no occasion to change them, and 
we should be happy to have you in this Neighberhood that you might ex- 
perience repeated instances of our's towards you. 

We have read your published account of the School since its beginning, 
it has confirmed our opinion that your whole Conduct has been with a view 
to promote religion and the happiness of mankind ; may God in whose 
holy worship you arc attempting to instruct the uninformed Savages crown 
all your endeavors with success and give you to see the accomplishment of 
your good work, aind when it shall please him as the Supreme disposer of 
all things may you depart hence in his peace. 

We are Reverend Sir, &c. 



184 The City Records, 1768. 

Att a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 

said City on 22d March, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Ordinance regulating the Ferry be re- 
newed with the following addition : 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid that the Person 
or Persons who buy the Ferry is strictly enjoyed to follow the ordinance 
made for the regulation of the same, and upon Complaint made to the 
Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Commonalty of the non performance of 
the ferryman of the Rules by this ordinance laid down, that it shall and 
may be Lawfull to remove the said Ferryman, he paying for the time he 
has had the Ferry, and in such case or default to dispose of the same to 
another person. 

This day was sold at Publick Vendue the Ferry leading from this City 
to Green Bush for the Consideration of thirty five pounds New York cur- 
rency to John Cortney and John Bromley to commence from the fourth 
day of April next to the fourth day of April 1769, being one year. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 23d day of March, 1768. 

The Committee appointed to examine into the Petition of Adam Yates, 
presented to the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty the 14 March, 1768, 
Report as follows : That upon mature deliberation they find the Corpora- 
tion has faithfully and impartially discharged the trust reposed in them, 
that the Petitioner has been in due time warned of his encroaching on 
City ground, that the Corporation did candidly offer to leave the decision 
of this matter to indifferent Persons to be for that purpose appointed, that 
upon the whole it appears to this Committe that the Petitioner has no just 
reason to complain of the remissness of the Corporation but that this matter 
not being brought to a conclusion is justly to be imputed to the obstinaccy of 
the said Petitioner, but that this matter may be judiciously decided & remove 
all doubts of the justness & uprightness of the Corporations intentions, this 
Committee report it as their opinion that a person of known integrity, 
ability & judgment be named by the Corporation and one person of the like 
qualifications by the Petitioner, & that the matter in dispute be left to 
tnoir final determination ; but should it so happen that these two persons 
differ in opinion that they be at liberty to agree on u person to join them 
& that then & in such case the determination of two of the three be con- 
clusive, all which is nevertheless humbly submitted. Albany, 23d March, 
1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the aforegoing report made by the Com- 
mittee appointed the 21st day of March Ins' is approved of by this Board 
and that Adam Yates be served with a Copy hereof by the Clerk. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a deed and that the City 
Seal be affixed thereto unto Gerrit T. Visher for the Consideration of three 
pounds New York for a Lot of Ground scituate, lying and being in the 
third ward of this City on the north side of the Foxes Creek, bounded on 
the north by the Foxes street that runs to the north of this Lot and to the 
south of the House of Libitie Greveraat and others, and on the south by 
the Lot of Tunis Visher and Harma Visher and partly by the Lot of Abr"> 
I. Witbeck and is in breadth there by the said Lots sixty foot and on the 
north by the said street forty-three foot, all wood measure. 



Vdkert P. Douw^ Mayor. 185 

Resolved by this Board that the street leading from this City to Water 
Fleet running westward between and with the Range of the houses of 
Gerrit Van Vranken and Elbert Grcverat being thirty foot to the street 
that runs from the Pearl street north & shall from henceforth be called 
Amelia street and shall be and for ever remain a Publick street for all his 
Majesties subjects. 

Present, John H. Ten Eyck, Esquire, Recorder, John R. Bleecker, Peter 

Lansingh, Jacob Lansing, Henry I. Bogerd, Abraham Ten Broock, Esqrs 

^Idermen ; John Van Alen, Naning Vishcr, John N. Bleecker, John 

Fryer, Dirck B. V. Schoonhoven, John Ten Broock, Assistants ; being 

the 23d March, 1768, in the Common Council. 

Mr. Mayor addressed himself to the Board in the manner following, 
that he looked upon himself to be highly affronted by Mr. Abraham Yates, 
Junier, the 21st Instant, that he humbly desired the Gentlemen present 
to do Justice to his injured Character; if Mr. Yates should appear to have 
charged him wrongfully he hopes the Gentlemen will do him the Justice 
to have the same entred on the minutes of Common Council, and if they 
find culpable that they will do the same. 

Upon which Mr. Mayor and Mr. Yates were desired to withdraw, and 
after a considerable time conversing on th^ subject matter in dispute the 
Gentlemen whose names are hereabove in the margin inserted were unan- 
imously of opinion that Mr. Yates has not only highly reflected on the 
Conduct of Mr. Mayor but has also unjustly charged ^e whole Corporation 
as partially against his Brother Adam Yates, the Gentlemen as above said 
are of opinion that Mr. Mayor has acted Justly and Impartially in the dis- 
pute with the said Adam Yates. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 25th March, 1768. 

This day came to this Board Anas Hammer and James Lumbos, being 
a Committee appointed in the Township of Leansbury as they informed 
this Board to agree about makeing the Road from the Township of Lans- 
bury to this City. 

Resolved by this Board that the sum of forty pounds New York currency 
be paid unto the said Comittcc, Provided the said Road be made in good 
order for all Carriages to pass and repass from the Township aforesaid to 
the old Saw mill called the Schotack mill by the first day of December 
next, and farther the Corporation will let them make the Road from the 
mill to this City provided they can agree. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on first of April, 1768. 

A Petition being presented to this Board is as follows : 

To the Worshipfull Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of 
Albany, in Common Council, the Petition of Sam' Stringer 
Humbly sheweth, 

That on Mr. Bleeckers measuring the Lot lately granted by the Corpo- 
ration to Samuel Stringer, situated between the Fort and Hospital and ad- 
joining to the English Burying place, there appeared to be still vacant about 
eleven feet on the east side of s^^ Lot between it and the street laid out 
parallel to it. 

24 



186 ' The City Records, 1768. 

Your Petitioner therefore being greatly pinched in Ground to erect the 
intended Building on, which building the workman are now actually em- 
ployed in and by Contract is to be finished by the 24th of June next, prays 
that the said eleven feet or as many as shall be found vacant may be in- 
cluded in the afore '^' Grant and confirmed to him without any additional 
Quit rent, as that is supposed to be already greater in Proportion than is 
paid for any Lot besides in the City and the Building being for a Publick 
use and in no wise lucrative to those concerned. 

Your Petitioner further prays, that aa the time in which the aforesaid 
building is to be finished islimited, it may be taken aa soon as posible iaJbo 
consideration, and he will for ever pray. Sam'l Stringer. 

Resolved by this Board that there shall be granted to the said Samuel 
Stringer six feet along the East part of the said Lott heretofore granted to 
him and to contain the seventy feet in length northerly along his said Lott 
and that the Mayor sign his hand for that purpose under the former deed 
where this aditicAi is to be inserted. 

Adam Yates delivered to this Board a memorial in answer to the Resolve 
made the 28 March last. Resolved by this Board that the same be taken 
in consideration. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the second day of April, 1768. 

This Board on the Consideration of Adam Yates Memorial of the 29th 
March, 17G8, have come to the following Resolution, that they cannot re- 
cede but still remain of the same opinion they were the 28d March last of 
submitting the matter in dispute to persons to be appointed as is therein 
at large expres*d. 

Ordered that the Clerk serve Adam Yates with a Copy of this Resolu- 
tion. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the sixth day of April, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that a Letter be sent unto Johannis Knicker- 
backer for to come down by next Monday at two o'clock in the afternoon 
of some business of this Board about a deed that was given unto Nicholas 
Groosbeeck for some Land lying at Schaetacook, and also bout the Land 
lying near Mason Gat. 

This day came to this Board Adam Yates and excepted of the Proposals 
made him by this Board the 23d of March last. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tursday the 15th of April, 1768. 

Mr. Adam Yates haveing appointed Mr, John Beekman an Arbitrator 
in the Controversy subsisting between him and this Board, this Board in- 
formed him that they had appointed Harmanus Wendell, and as both par- 
ties had spoke to Coll* Philip Schuyler it is agreed by both parties that 
Mr. Schuyler be the third person if he can be prevailed on to accept. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 25th of April, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell one hundred Schiple of 
the City wheat at five shillings a Schiple to the Inhabitants of this City & 
no more than three Shiple to one man. 



Volkert P. Douw^ Mayor. 187 

Mr. Schuyler with Mr. Wendell and Bcckman this day before this Board 
& in the presence of Adam Yates accepted to serve as Arbitrators in the 
dispute with the said Yates and this Board and desired that they may be 
under Oath. Resolved that a proper Bond be drawn submitting the said 
Controversy to the Determination of the said three Gentlemen. 

At a (^lommon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the liOth day of April, 17G8. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign the Bond to submit the 
dispute between this J^>ard and Mr. Adam Yates to y- Arbitrators that arc 
to settle the same, to wit, Mr. Philip Schuyler, Harmanus Wendell and John 
Beeckman, and that the City seal be thereto affixed. Also Resolved that 
Volkert P. Douw, John H. Ten Eyck, John R. Bleecker, Henry I. Bo- 
gert and Abraham Ten Broock be a Committee to manage on the part of the 
Corporation, the said Controversy before the said Gentlemen Arbitrators. 

The following Letter came this day to the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen 
and Commonalty, from the Reverend Mr. Eleazar Wheelock : 

Jjebanon, 8th April, 1768. 

Wipful and hon*' Sirs— Yours of March 9th came safe to hand two days 
ago, in which I observe and gratefully acknowledge the unmerited ex- 
pressions of your benevolence and respect towards me and your truely 
generous disposition towards this rising Institution. I am sorry that my 
unguarded manner of expressing myself in a former Letter respecting the 
objection so often made against fixing my school in the vicinity of your 
City (viz, the bad nionds of the place) was received in any other light than 
was simply and honestly intended : my design was only to advice you, that 
such an objection had been frequently and strongly urged, and to give you 
an opportunity to obviate the same's being further improved to the dis- 
advantiige of the design proposed. I had not the least intention or dispo- 
sition to reflect upon your City, or so much as express my own sentiments 
respecting that matter ; however the careless and unguarded manner of my 
expression, natuRilly lead you to conceive, that which wjls very different 
from that entire friendship which wholly governed me in that matter, and 
which was so far from my intention that I never had a tho't or the least 
jealousy of my being so understood, till I was informed of it by my Son, 
and since more fully by Mr. Smith of New Y'ork. However I hope that 
matter is now set right, and that you will candidly ascribe it to that crow'd 
of affairs, which obliges me, relying upon the goodness of thase to whom I 
write, often to dimiss even Jjetters of importance, without such a review as 
I should otherwise think expedient. 

I shall take the earliest opportunity to transmit your Letters to the Earl 
of Dartmouth, &c., and also Cap' Lansing's generous proposal at Stoneroby. 

It gives me sensible pleasure. Gentlemen, that your sentimentn are the 
same with mine as to the expediency and propriety of proceeding only with 
the advice and approbation of the Karl of Dartmouth, and the other worthy 
Gentlemen of the Trust at home respecting the place to fix this school. 

I am informed that some overtures are making to invite the settlement 
of this school in the Province of New Hampshire near Coos. 

And by a Letter from home I understjind that Gen' Lyman is using his 
endeavours to have it carried into his Government on tlie Ohio. 



188 The City Records, 1768. 

I have also lately heard that a new plan is forming to detain it in this 
Government. What these proposals will ripen to, I cannot say ; and how 
Gentlemen at home will have light to satisfie them, or what expedient they 
will think proper to obtain light sufficient to act understandingly and safely 
in determining the important point, I cant tell. I desire to do all on my 
part to be done, and submit it to and wait upon the great Governor and 
disposer of all events to direct and determine the same according to his 
own holy and righteous will. 

You may assure yourselves that the testimonials you have given me of 
your friendship are not the least among the many circumstances which 
would render the prospect of such a situation agreeable to me; as I am 
with much respect. 

Gentlemen, your most obedient 

and very humble Servant, 

Eleazor Wheelook. 
The W:pful the Mayor & Aid" of ye City of Albany. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday thi 17th day of June, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasorar to 
pay the following : 

One Do. in favour of Hend'« Van Dyck for four Gall« of Wine at 16s. 
^ Gall" at Kings Birth day, £3:4. 

One Do. in favour of Francis Martin for necessaries provided at Kings 
Birthday, £2:5. 

One Do. in favour of Richard Cartwright for £11:19 for necessaries 
provided for this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Anthony Flensburg for three Schipple of wheat and charge 
the same to his Account. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order for the Treasurar 
to sell one hundred Schiple of the City wheat. 

The following Ordinances were this day published and renewed : 

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

An ordinance for selling Flesh in the Market. 

A law appointing, establishing and regulating a good and sufficient watch 
in this City. 

A law for paveing and cleaning the streets, lanes and alleys within the 
City of Albany and for preventing nuisances within the same. 

An ordinance for regulating the Carmen. 

A law for regulating Negroes, Mulattoes and other Slaves. 

A law to appoint a sworn Surveyor for this City. 

An ordinance for selling of meat by weight and at the prizes following: 
All kinds of meat at 4d ^ pound. 
Every head & pluck of a Calf, Is. 6d. 
Every head & pluck of a Sheep, 9d. 
Every head & pluck of a Lamb, 6d. 

An ordinance to regulate Tavern Keepers. 

An ordinance for the better preventing extinguishing of Fires that may 
happen within this City of Albany. 

A law for marking Bread in this City. 



Folkert P. Douw, Mayor. 189 

At a Gomnion Council held for the City of Alhany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 20th day of June, 1768. 

Resolved hy this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Rob' Yates, Esq', a Surveyor & drawing several copy's con- 
cerning the dispute with Adam Yates, for the sum of £5:5:6. 

The arbitrators brought in the following award the 1st June, 1768 : 

We do award, arbitrate and determine by these presents that, First, that 
a line be drawn from the north east Corner of the House of Wilhelmus 
Van den Bergh westerly along his House and Fence twenty-two Rods to a 
stake by us drove in the Ground, that from thence a line is to be drawn 
still westerly to a stake drove in the Ground at the Cellar of Adam Yates, 
distant from the north east Corner of the said Cellar along the easterly 
front thereof seven feet two inches and a half, that then a line is to be 
drawn from the said stake last mentioned to a sbike by us affixed in the 
rear of the Lot of the said Adam Yates, which lust mentioned stake is dis- 
tant from the north west Corner of the said Lot one rod seven foot and 
three inches, all Ryland Measure ; and we do award, arbitrate and deter- 
mine that the Ground lying to the north and next adjoining to the last 
mentioned line the property thereof is vested in the Corporation of the 
City of Albany, and that Ground lying to the south and next adjoining the 
said last mentioned line the property thereof is vested in the said Adam 
Yates ; and we the said Arbitrators do also award, order and determine 
that the said parties in difference within twenty days from the date hereof 
shall execute each to the other General Releases in writing of the pre- 
mises agreeable to the award by us as above made. 

Ph: Schuyler, Harm* Wendell, Joh^ Beekman. 

Memorandum, that in order to determine and assertain the Bounds of 
the Lands in Controversey we have fixed on a point in the front of the 
Shed adjoining to the House of Wesscl Van Schaick at five feet nine inches 
distant from the north east Comer of said House, from whence we began 
to survey. 

The above award was sworn to by the Arbitrators above mentioned be- 
fore me the above date. Isaac Swits, Justice. 

Resolved by this Board that a Deed be given unto Adam Yates and that 
the City seal be affixed thereto according to the award made by the said 
arbitrators the 1st June, 1768. The Mayor in behalf of this Board ac- 
knowledged the Seal of the City affixed to the said deed given to Adam 
Yates in presence of Francis Martin & Paul Hogstroser. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 30th June, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar collect in all the City debts 
in a month from this day and that the Clerk give an order for the same. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomad Seeger for six Schipple of wheat and the same be 
charged to his Account. 

The following Petition being presented to this Board : 

To the Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of Albany, the Petition of the Subscribers 
Most humbly sheweth. 

That your Petitioners being inclined to have Lotts the East of the Lott 
of Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Esq"^, on the Gallows Hill. 



190 The City Records, 1768. " 

Your Petitioners therefore beg that your Worships will grant them 
the said Lotts on such Conditions as your Worships shall think most rea- 
sonably. And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. Gysbert 
Marselis, Hendrick Marselis, Martin Mynderse, Abraham Mynderse. 

The above Petition being presented to this Board it is Resolved that a 
number of Acres and House lotts be surveyed on Saturday next by John 
K. Bleecker, Ksq'', and that the same be sold at publick Vendue on the 
Wednesday following, and that the Clerk advertise the same. 

Resolved that Abraham E. Wandel remove his fence from where it now 
stands, upon the line settled between him and the Corporation in two 
months from this date and that he be served with a Copy of the same. 

Resolved that John Foster, David Rottery, John McKinsey and John 
McDonald pay at the rate of twenty-four shillings a year for the Lotts now 
in their possession, to commence from the first day of May last, to continue 
for twenty-one years. It is also further Resolved that if any of the above 
persons shall keep a bad house or sell Liquor to Negroes, upon proof they 
shall forfiet their Lotts. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the. 5 July, 17b8. 

Mr. Ab"' Ten Broock in behalf of the following persons produced the 
following Accounts which he disbursed for this Board : 

One D" in favour of Jacob Van Woert, - - £2: 2:0 
One D** in favour of John Waters for - * 2: 4:0 

One D" in favour of Will"* Vosburgh for - - 1: 2:0 
One D" in favour of Isaac Vosburgh for - 2:10:0 

One D=» in favour of Henry Crannels for - - 0:18:0 
One D'J in favour of John Norton for - - 0:18:0 

One Do in favour of W"» V. denbergh for - - 0:14:0 
One Do in favour of Johannis Smith for - 1: 2:0 

One Do in favour of Wilhelmus Smith for - - 1: 8:0 
One Do in favour of Henry Daniels for - 2: 6:0 

One Do in favour of Abraham Ten Broock, - 0: 9:6 
Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Abraham Ten Broock to pay the Account of £15:13:6 in full. 
Resolved by this Board that the Mayor, Aldermen Bleecker and Ten 
Broock be appointed a Committee to go and view the road which was agreed 
to be made by the Corporation and the Committee appointed for the Town- 
ship of Lansbury according to the Resolve made the 25th March, 1768. 
Also farther Resolved by this Board that the Conmiittee appointed agree 
and get the Road made from the old Saw mill to this City. 

Reisolved by this Board that the several Lots of Ground be sold at pub- 
lick Vendue according to the Resolution made the 80th June last, with a 
Quit Rent for each Acre Lot the sum of twenty shillings, and for every 
house Lot the sum of eight shillings. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 8th July, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Eanos Hammer and Ebenezer Loomis for thirty pounds New 
York currency, being in part of payment for making the Road from the 
Township of Lansbury to old Schoo^ck mill. 



Volkert P. Douw, Mayor. 191 

One D° in favour of Isaac a Negro to keep Benjamin Grable the publick 
whipper at the rate of six shillings ^ week from the 25th November to 
the 28th March lust, £2:8. 

One D» in favour of Wilhelmus Monsious for riding 23 loads of Ground 
for the dock at 6d each Load, £11:6:0. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 11th July, 1768. 

A Petition of the Minister, Church Wardens and Vestry of St. Peters 
Church in the said City being presented to this Board which is in the fol- 
lowing manner : 

To the Worshipful! Mayor, Recorder and Commonalty of the City of 
Albany in Common Council convened, the Petition of the Minister, 
Church Wardens and Vestry of St. Peters Church in the City, 
Humbly Shewcth, 

That your Petitioners intend when their Circumstances will permit, to 
erect a Parsonage House for their Minister, and would willingly in season 
secure as proper and commodious a Scituation for that purpose as they can, 
and if possible of such an extent and bigness as to afford a small spot for a 
Glebe, and having fixed in their own minds upon a piece of Ground be- 
longing to this Board that in some measure may be answerable for the 
intended design, being the vacancy scituated between the Free Masons 
building and the street leading down past the Hospital, in rear adjoining 
to the Burial place of the said Church. May it therefore please the Gen- 
tlemen of this Board to grant unto your Petitioners the said piece of Ground 
for the use aforesaid. And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever 
pray, &c. Harry Monro, Min^ ; Christopher Hegerman, Daniel Hewson, 
Jun"", John Barckley, Will'" Benson, Cornelius Cadmus, Isaac Fryer. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 6th August, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that John Van Alen, John N. Bleecker, Naning 
Visher & John Ten Broock be appointed a Committee to go and view the 
road which was agreed to be made by this Corporation and the Committee 
for the Township of Lansbury. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer settle with Comfort Seevers 
and John Roff, & if they do not pay the money that he secure the debt by 
taking a mortgage for the Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 12th of August, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Ebcnezer Lomis and Noah Kent for £7:9:3 New York cur- 
rency, being for laying out a new Road, marking the trees and drawing 
the Chain from the old Schotack mill to the City of Albany. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 6th day of Sep^, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Accounts be allowed and that 
the Clerk give orders on the Treasurar to pay the same : 



192 The City Records, 1768. 

One in favour of Wilhelmus Vandenberg, - - £1:13:0 

One Do for Hendrick Van Arnum, - - 1: 0:0 

One Do for Andrew Abeels, - - - - 1: 9:0 

One Do for Robert Lansing, - - - - 5: 4:0 

£8:17:0 
Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell all the City wheat at 4b. 
6d "^ Schipple. 

Resolved by this Board that Henry I. Bogert, John R. Bleecker, Abra- 
ham Ten Broock and John N. Bleecker be appointed a Committee to settle 
the dispute between this Corporation and Abraham E. Wendell, and that 
they with Mr. Wendell appoint a Surveyor. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Anthony Flensbergh for three Scbipple of wheat and charge 
the same to his Account. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 12th day of September, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute the following deeds to 
the following Persons in behalf of the Corporation, viz : to Barent Bratt, 
Jellis Dc Garmo, David & John Groesbeck, Harmon Hun & Isaac Lansing, 
Rutger Blceker, Abraham Lansingh, Adam Yates, Rutger Blocker, Catha- 
lina Grooesbeeck, Johannis Pruyn, Peter Bogert, William Rogers, Volkert 
Vandenbergh, Daniel Winne, Jacobus Bleecker, Wouter Knickerbacker, 
Hendrick Quackenboss & Maria Hansen, for Grounds lying on the south 
side of Foxes Creek and that the City Seal be affixed thereto. 

Resolved by this Board that the above Persons shall hold their Tan 
Pitts now in their Possession lying in Foxes Creek untill such time they 
shall become useless. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Stephen Van Schaack, John Price and William Hogen for the 
sum of £260 New York Currency, being for cutting the timber & making 
the dock down by the City Hall, first deducting the several Payments 
already made. 

Resolved by this Board that a deed be given unto Jonathan Brook for 
Ground lying to the west of his house for the Consideration of New 

York currency, and that the Mayor sign the same in behalf of this Board 
& that the City seal be affixed thereto. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John Readtliff for 3 Schipple of wheat & charge the same to 
his Acc^ 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 22d day of September, 1768. 

Whereas certain Lands by deed in the County of Albany at a place 
called Ticonderoga on the Mohawk River was by the native Indians of the 
Mohawk Castle granted to this Corporation the day of 17 ; 

And whereas the said deed was on the day of 17 destroyed 

by means of Governor Cosby, & this Board being informed that some per- 
son or persons are about obtaining a deed or Grant of the said Lands ; Re- 
solved by this Board that the Mayor, Recorder & Aldermen Bleecker & 
Ten Broock are hereby appointed a Committee to examine into the merits & 



Votkert P. Douw, Mayor. 193 

destruction of the above mentioned deed in order to perpetuate the Evidence 
respetting the same, and that they employ William Smith, Es(|uire, Wil- 
liam Livingston and John Morine Scott, Esqr, as Council. 

Resolved by this Board that the following accounts be allowed and that 
the Clerk give orders on the Treasurar for the same. 
One in favour of Simon Solomon for £1:5:0. 

Resolved by this Board that John Ten Broock, John N. Bleeker are 
appoint a Committee to agree with the Tanners in Foxes Creek for the 
Ground lying between their Jjotts and a street lying to the south of the 
said Letts and that they deliver the deeds when agreed. 

Resolved by this Board that there is wanted four persons to keep the 
night watch of this City. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Schipple of wheat and charge the 
same to his Account. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 29th Sep% 17i)8 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, Peter Lansiugh, Ab'" Yates, Ju"", Ab'" Ten Brook, Henry \. Bo- 
gert, John N. Bleecker, John Van Alen, Dirk B. V. Schoonhoven, John 
Fryer, John Ten Broock, Naning Visgher. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for electing of Aldermen, 
Common Council and Constables, &c-', for the City of Albany, the follow- 
ing is the order in which they were elected and returned, &c '. 

First Ward — Peter Lansingh & John Rooreback, Aldermen ; John 
Fryer & Peter Ryckman, Common Council ; Thomas Seeger & Linda Cort- 
ney, Constables. y 

Second Ward — John R. Bleeker & Jacob Lansing, Aldermes ; Naning 
Visger & John N. Bleeker, Common Council ; Will'" Regie & Peter Mont- 
gomerie. Constables. 

Third Ward — Abr'" Yates, Ju% & Ab'" Ten Brook, Aldermen ; John 
Ten Brook & John G. Lansing, Common Council ; W'» Donbar & Samuel 
Williamson, Constables. 

Henry Bleecker, Jun'^ appointed City Chamberlain, Joh"* Seeger ap- 
pointed Marsell, W'» Regie appointed High Constable. 

Alderman Bogert moves to have a Secretary on the Pole returned this 
day. Resolved uy this Board that the same be held on Monday the third 
day of Oct" next, and that Mr. Rooreback be served with a Copy hereof. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
Hendi^ Van Ness for £0:12:0. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14th day of October, 1768. 

The following officers were this day sworn and qualified in their several 
offices: 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & John Rooreback, Aldermen ; Peter Ryck- 
man, Assistant ; Van o Linda Cortney & Thomas Seeger, Constables. 

Second Ward — fJacob J. Lansing, Alderman ; John N. Bleecker & 
Naning Vischer, Assistants ; Peter Montgomerie & W"' Reegle, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abr™ Yates, Ju^, & Abr"» Ten Broock, Aldermen ^ John 
Ten Broock, Assistant ; Sam> Williamson, Constable. 

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192 The City Records, 1768. 

One in favour of Wilhelmus Vandenberg, - - £1:13:0 

One Do for Hendrick Van Arnum, - - 1: 0:0 

One Do for Andrew Abeels, - - - - 1: 9:0 

One Do for Robert Lansing, - - - - 5: 4:0 

£8:17:0 
Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell all the City wheat at 4b. 
6d ^ Schipple. 

Resolved by this Board that Henry I. Bogert, John R. Bleeeker, Abra- 
ham Ten Broock and John N. Bleecker be appointed a Committee to settle 
the dispute between this Corporation and Abraham E. Wendell, and that 
they with Mr. Wendell appoint a Surveyor. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Anthony Flqnsbergh for three Schipple of wheat and charge 
the same to his Account. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 12th day of September, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute the following deeds to 
the following Persons in behalf of the Corporation, viz : to Barent Bratt, 
Jellid De Garmo, David & John Groesbeck, Harmon Hun & Isaac Lansing, 
Rutger Bleeker, Abraham Lansingh, Adam Yates, Rutgcr Bleeker, Catha- 
lina Grooesbeeck, Johannis Pruyn, Peter Bogert, William Rogers, Volkert 
Vandenborgh, Daniel Winne, Jacobus Bleecker, Woutcr Knickerbacker, 
Hendrick Quackenboss & Maria Hansen, for Grounds lying on the south 
side of Foxes Creek and that the City Seal bo affixed thereto. 

Resolved by this Board that the above Persons shall hold their Tan 
Pitts now in their Possession lying in Foxes Creek untill such time they 
shall become iLseless. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Stephen Van Schaack, John Price and William Hogen for the 
sum of £260 Now York Currency, being for cutting the timber & making 
the dock down by the City Hall, first deducting the several Payments 
already made. 

Resolved by this Board that a deed be given unto Jonathan Brook for 
Ground lying to the west of his house for the Consideration of New 

York currency, and that the Mayor sign the same in behalf of this Board 
& that the City seal be affixed thereto. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John Readtliff for 3 Schipple of wheat & charge the same to 
his Ace'. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 22d day of September, 1768. 

Whereas certain Lands by deed in the County of Albany at a place 
called Ticonderoga on the Mohawk River was by the native Indians of the 
Mohawk Castle granted to this Corporation the day of 17 ; 

And whereas the said deed was on the day of 17 destroyed 

by means of Governor Cosby, & this Board being informed that some per- 
son or persons are about obtaining a deed or Grant of the said Lands ; Re- 
solved by this Board that the Mayor, Recorder & Aldermen Bleecker & 
Ten Broock are hereby appointed a Committee to examine into the merits & 



FoOcert P. Douw^ Mayor. 193 

destruction of the above mentioned deed in order to perpetnate the Evidence 
respecting the same, and that thej employ William Smith, Esquire, Wil- 
liam Livingston and John Morine Scott, Esqi*, as Council. 

Resolved by this Board that the following accounts be allowed and that 
the Clerk give orders on the Treasurar for the same. 
OnQ in favour of Simon Solomon for £1:5:0. 

Resolved by this Board that John Ten Broock, John N. Blocker are 
appoint a Committee to agree with the Tanners in Foxes Creek for the 
Ground lying between their Lotts and a street lying to the south of the 
said Lotts and that they deliver the deeds when agreed. 

Resolved by this Board that there is wanted four persons to keep the 
night watch of this City. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Schipple of wheat and charge the 
same to his Account, 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 29th Sep^ 1768 — Present, the Mayor, Re- 
corder, Peter Lansingh, Ab'" Yates, Ju"", Ab'" Ten Brook, Henry I. Bo- 
gert, John N. Bleecker, John Van Alen, Dirk B. V. Schoonhoven, John 
Fryer, John Ten Broock, Naning Visgher. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for electing of Aldermen, 
Common Council and Constables, &c", for the City of Albany, the follow- 
ing is the order in which they were elected and returned, &c*. 

First Ward — Peter Lansingh & John Rooreback, Aldermen ; John 
Fryer & Peter Ryckman, Common Council ; Thomas Seeger & Linda Cort- 
ney, Constables. y 

Second Ward — John R. Bleeker & Jacob Lansing, Aldermei^ Naning 
Visger & John N. Bleeker, Common Council ; Will'" Regie & Peter Mont- 
gomerie, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abr"^ Yates, Ju"", & Ab"» Ten Brook, Aldermen ; John 
Ten Brook & John G. Lansing, Common Council; W'" Donbar & Samuel 
Williamson, Constables. 

Henry Bleecker, Jun^ appointed City Chamberlain, Joh^ Seeger ap- 
pointed Marsell, W"* Regie appointed High Constable. 

Alderman Bogert moves to have a Secretary on the Pole returned this 
day. Resolved by this Board that the same be held on Monday the third 
day of Oct"" next, and that Mr. Rooreback be served with a Copy hereof. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
Hendk Van Ness for £0:12:0. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14th day of October, 1768. 

The following officers were this day sworn and qualified in their several 
offices : 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & John Rooreback, Aldermen ; Peter Ryck- 
man, Assistant ; Van o Linda Cortney & Thomas Seeger, Constables. 

Second Ward — Jacob J. Lansing, Alderman ; John N. Bleecker & 
Naning Vischer, Assistants ; Peter Montgomerie & W"» Reegle, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abr^ Yates, Ju^ , & Abr"> Ten Broock, Aldermen ; John 
Ten Broock, Assistant ; Sam> Williamson, Constable. 

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194 The City Records, 1768. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 27th Oct^ 1768. • 

John K. Bleecker being sworn as an Alderman for the City, John Fryer, 
and John G. Lansing as Assistants. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute a Lease unto Anthony D. 
Bratt for the Term of ten years next ensueing for the House and Lot of 
Ground lying and being at the VerrcbergU and that the City seal be affixed 
to the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the llth day of November, 1768. 

Kesolved by this Board that the Clerk give an Order to the Treasurar to 
let Garrit Van Santo and Anthony Flensburgh have each six Skipple of 
wheat, and three 8chipple of wheat for Thomas Seeger. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John lleadtUff for five pounds, being for the last years service 
OS Bell man for this City. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a deed & that the City 
seal be affixed to the same, to Nicholas Grooesbeeck for sixty acres of Land 
scituate, lying and being at Schatecoock with a Quit Rent of eight Schip- 
pie of wheat & free cutting of wood for y^" use of this City. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday 14th day of November, 1768. 

This day being presented to this Board a Copy of a Petition of the Pa- 
troon Step ' Van Rensselaer of the Mannor of Renselaerwyck, which b in 
the following manner, and also an Order of the Council for thQ Province 
of N. York. 

To his Excellency Sir Henry Moore, Bar', Captaiu General and Gov- 
ernor in Chief of the Province of New York and Territories thereon 
depending in America, Vice Admiral of the same, Ac*^". The 
Petition of Stephen Van Renselaer of the Manor of Renselaerwyck 
in the County of Albany, 
Most Humbly Sheweth, 

That your Petitioner is the present Proprietor of all that part of the 
Colony or Manor of Renselaerwyck extending from the south end of Beeren 
Island to the Cahoos and extending from Hudsons River on each side 
twenty-four miles. 

That your Petitioner was till lately of opinion that by Grant from the 
Crown for the said Manor he had an undouted right to all Ferry's within 
the same, but that he is now advised by his Council learned in the Law, 
that disputes might arise thereon. That for the greater convenience of 
Travellers in that part of the Province, where the settlement are daily in- 
creasing, it would be good if regular Ferry's were established across the 
said River in different parts of the said Slanor, That your Petitioner is 
willing to set up and maintain as many Ferry's as will be requisite, if the 
Government will give him sufficient encouragement by a Grant of the ex- 
clusive Right of Ferry's to him, his heirs & assigns, across the said River 
from Beeren Island tu the Cohoos, with and establishment of a reasonable 
allowance for the Transportation of Passengers, Horses, Cattle & G^xxis. . 
Your Petitioner therefore humbly Prays that Letters Patent may issue 
under the Great seal of the Province granting to him, his heirs and assigns 



Volkert P. Douwj Mayor. 195 

an exclusive Kight of Ferriage withiu the Limits aforesaid, and that such 
reasonable Rates of Ferriage may thereby be established as may be con- 
venient to the Publick and an encour^emeut to your Petitioner, his heirs 
and assigns to set up and maintain so many Ferry's may be requisite for 
the purposes above mentioned, a Schedule of which Rates is hereunto an- 
nexed. And your Petitioner as in Duty bound will ever Pray. 

S. V. Rensselaer. 

For every Person, 3d For every Sytho & Sith, } 

For every Horse or Beast, 6 For every firken of Soap, 1 

For every live Calf or Hog, 2 For every Cheese, i 

For every live Sheep or Lamb, 1 J For every Corn fan, ij 

For every dead Hog, li For every hundred shingles, 3 

For every dead Sheep, Lamb or For every common Bag of Cotton 

Calf, 1 Wool, i 

For every Barr' Rum, Sugar, For every Bale of Cotton Wool or 

Molass**, or other full Barrell, 4 Hops, 9 

For every empty Barrel, IJ For every Coach^ 3s. 

For every empty Pipe or Hhd, 4i For every Chaise, Chair or Carri- 
For every Beasts Hide, li cle, 1:6 

For every undressed CaJf, Sheep For every double Sleigh, 9 

or Deer skin, J For every peice of Ozenbrigs, 1 

For every firkin or tub of Butter, 1 For every peice of Cotten Pennis- 
For every Bush' Salt, Wheat, ton, Flannell or Frize, 2 

Grain, Seed, or any other thing For every peice of Blankets or 

meas ^ & sold by the Bushel, i Duffels, 6 

For every full Pipe or full Hh'', 2s. For every peice of Broadcloth, 
For every inch Board, } Kersey, strouds, half thick & 

For every Board one inch & half, 1 Druggets, 1} 

For every Waggon, 2;6 For every peice Duroys, Coliman- 

For every.pair of Cart Wheels, 9 coes, Wallons or other stuff and 
For every Cupboard, Press for for every peice of Garlick, Hol- 

Cloth, or writing desk, 1:6 land or otner Linnen, 4} 

For every full Trunk or Chest, 6 For every empty Firken or Pail, J 
For every empty Trunk or Chest, 4 J For every side of Sole Leather, 1 
For half Barr' Flour, 1 1 For every side of upper licather, } 

For every Barr" Bread, 3 For every hundred weight of Bea- 

For every Bag of Bread, 1 ver, Racons skins or coats, and 

For every Gammon of Bacon, so in proportion for a greater or 

Turkey or Goose, \ lesser weight, 4} 

For every hundred of Eggs four For every half dozen Hatts, 1 

Eggs and so in proportion to a For every hundred weight of dy- 

greater or lessor number. ing wood & in proportion for a 

For every dunghill fowl. Brant, greater or lesser weight, 4 

Duck, heathen or Rabit, { For every hundred weight of Cop- 

For every dozen Pigeons or Quails, } peras, AUom or Brimstone & so 
Foreveryhundred weight of Iron, in proportion for a greater or 

Still, Shot, Pewter or Lead and less quantity. 3 

of Iron, Copper or Brass Ket- For every Chair, } 

ties or Potts, 3 For every dozen pair of wool Cards, 1 

For every hundred weight of Gun For every Saddle without a horse, 1 

Powder, 6 For every Rugg, } 



196 lite City Recorda, 1768. 

For every Gun, j Forevery hnndreil weightof Rice 

For every Spade, t andsoinproportionforagreoter 

For every Uasc with Bottles, 2 or lesser quantity, 2 

For every Looking Glass of two For every warming Pan, 1 

feet high and upwards, 2 For every frying Pan, J 

For every Looking Glass of one 

foot high, 1 

New York, Secretary's office, Ist November, 1768. The aforegoing 
written is a true Copy of the origiaal now "■ ■ ■ ■ — 



ipy or the 
Ex'i by 



G. ItANYKR, D. Secr'y 



At a Council held at Fort George in the City of New York on Monday the 
■econd day of May, 1768— Present, His Excellency Sir Henry Moore, 
Bar', CaptiUD General, &ca, Mr. Watts, Mr. Be Lancey, Mr. Reade, 
Mr. Morris, Mr. Smith, Jun', Mr. Cniger. 

The Petition of Stephen Van Reoselaer of the Manor of Benslaerswyek 
in the County of Albany was presented to the Board and read. On read- 
ing whereof it is ordered hy his Excellency the Governor with the advice 
of the Council that the Petitioner i^o serve a Copy of his said Petition and 
of the Hates of Ferriage thereunto annexed, on the Corporation of the 
City of Albany and that the said Corporation if they have any objection to 
the grant of the Prayer of the said Petition be heard thereupon before this 
Board on Tuesday the eighth day of November next. 

A true Copy, lix ' by G. Banyar, D. So. Con. 

Resolved by this Board that a Letter be sent auto Mess'" Jaeob H. Ten 
Eyck 4 Philip Schuyler, Esq'", at New York for to imploy Council in this 
affair and take such uecessarie steps as shall be most safe for this Corpora- 
tion. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a deed of Release to Joh" 
Douw of all manner of actions that may be brought gainst him by this 
Board relating to the Verrebei^h. 

At a CoHimon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 16th day of Nov, 1768.» 
This day this Board agreed with Stephen Van Renselaer, Esq^, Lord of 
the Manor of Uenselaerswyck about the Ferriages. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign the agreement made with 
the Patroun, Stephen Van Renselaer, and that 
the City Seal be affixed to the same in behalf with 
the Corporation and that the said agreement be 
I delivered to the City Treasurer to be taken care of. 
I Articles of agreement indented and made on the 
) fineeoth day of November, in the year of our Lord 
1768, between the Mayor, Aldermen and Com- 
monalty of the City of Albany of the one part and 
Stephen Van Renselaer, Esq', Lord of the Manor 
ciiy s**]. of Renselaerswyok in the County of Albany, as fol- 

lows, viz : 
Imprimus, That the said Stephen Van Rensselaer for himself and his 
heirs iu consideration of the sum of live shillings current money of New 
York doth covenant, grant and agree to and with the said Mayor, Alder- 




Folkert P. Douw, Mayor. 197 

men and Commonalty, their successors and assigns, that he the said Ste- 
phen Van Reuselaer shall and will within three months afler the date of 
Letters Patent heretofore granted or hereafter to be granted by the Crown 
under the Great Seal of the Province of New York or by the Governor of 
New York for the occlusive Biglit of all Ferriages in Hudsons River in 
the County of Albany from Bears Island to the Cohoes or any part thereof 
by such Conveyances, Ways and Means in the Law as they or their Suc- 
cessors Council shall reasonably advise well and sufficiently grant and con- 
vey, transfer and assure to the said Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty, 
their successors and assigns, to the exclusive right to all Ferriage and Fer- 
riages and Liberty of landing, passing and repassing from the mouth of a 
certain Creek commonly known by the name of De Vysele Kill south- 
ward to the House lately belonging to Ilutchin Holland on the south of 
the City limits and now in the possession of Mr. Henry Van Schaack, be- 
ing about two miles & from the place on the East side of the Kiver where 
Philip Carner the Pot baker now lives down the River to the house where 
the Widow Rebecca Lommus now lives together with one acre of Ground 
to be taken by said Corporation or their Successors in such Position as the 
Corporation shall think most convenient to them, joining to and on the 
north Bounds of John Van Renselaer, except the Priviledge of Landing 
with the Ferry Boat, or any part of the west side of River above north east 
Corner of the Land lately belonging to Jacob Tuenisse Van Woert, now 
in the Possession of Jacob Van Woert, Jun"", except also that the said Van 
Rensselaer shall be at Liberty to ferry in his Craft all things belonging to 
him and his heirs. And the said Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty do 
also in consideration of the sum of ten shillings current money aforesaid, 
covenant, promise and agree to and with the said Stephen Van Renselaer, 
his heirs and assigns, that they the said Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty, 
their successors or assigns, shall and will within three days aft^er the said 
assignment of the said Van Rensselaer for the exclusive right of all Fer- 
riages within the Stations aforesaid & the transferring one acre of Ground 
in manner aforesaid to the said Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty and 
their successors & assigns transfer all their Right, Interest, Property, Claim 
and demand to all Ferriages throughout the whole County of Albany, ex- 
cept between the places aforementioned. And for the true performance 
of the Covenants and Agreements herein above mentioned the said Mayor, 
Aldermen and Commonalty for themselves and their Successors and the 
said Stephen Van Renselaer for himself his heirs, executors and adminis- 
trators do hereby mutually bind and oblige him & themselves to each other 
in the penal sum of two thousand pounds current money aforesaid firmly by 
these Presents. In Witness whereof to the one Part of these Presents the 
said Stephen Van Renselaer hath set his hand and seal the day and year 
first above written. S: V. Rensselaer, [l. s.] 

Scaled and delivered in the presence of 
Henry B. Ten Eyck, 
Rich'': CartwrigM. 

Resolved by this Board that the City seal be affixed to a Certificate to 
the Patroon to all the Pretences the Corporation have to any rights of 
Ferriages within the Manor of Renselaer, Provided the af* articles of 
Agreement take place. 

The Question being put and the opinion desired whether it whould be 
good to continue the City night watch under such rules as the same is now 



198 The City Records, 1768. 

established by the Ordinance of this City or send a Petition to the General 
Assembly of this Province for to have the sum of £250 raised by a City 
Tax to defray the Charges of a City night watch. Carried in the affirma- 
tive. 

For the Affirmative — Peter Lansing, John Rooreback, Abr"i Yates, 
Peter Ryckman, Nining Vischer, John N. Bleecker, John G. Lansing, 
John Ten Broock. 

Nagetive. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 24th day of November, 1768. 

Whereas a Petition from this Board to the General Assembly was read 
requesting an Act to be passed for raising a Sum of Money not exceeding 
£250 to keep the Night watch of this City by a Tax on the Inhabitants for 
one year» Resolved by this Board that the said Petition is approved of, 
and that the same be sent by the Clerk '^ first oppurtunity to the members 
of our City & County. 

Resolved by this Board that the following accounts are allowed, and that 
the Clerk give an order on Treasurar for the payment of the same, viz : 
One for Frederick Gerrison, - - - £3:13 

D^' for Peter Lansing, - - - 2:18 

D'> for Philip Elsworth, - - - - 7: 9 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 5th Dec^, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar . 
in favour of Francis Lansing for four pounds for a Bull. 

Copy of a liCtter sent to Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Philip Schuyler, & Abr"* 
Ten Broock, Esq", at New York : 

We have received Mr. Ten Broock Letter of the 23d ult", desiring us 
to furnish you with Mr. De Peysters Affidavit concerning our Claim to 
certain Lands in the Mohawks Country ; we therefore send you the same 
inclosed & Confidence your best Endeavours for our Interest, by order of 
Common Council. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 7th day of December, 1769[8?]. 

The following Persons are appointed Fire Masters for the year ensueing. 

Peter V. Douw & Thomas Williams Jun^, for the first ward. 

Abraham Yeeder k Abraham Eigh, for second ward. 

Cornelius Cadmus & Wouter Quckenboss, for third ward. 

Ordered by this Board that the warrant to directed to the above Persons, 
the Ordinance renewed for regulating the same, Yide Book of Ordinances. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Frans Winne & others on the north end of this City for five 
pounds, being for making a well. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the House of Richard 
Cartwright of the said City on Thursday the 8th day of December, 1768. 

Resolved by this Board that the former deed given to Daniel Winne 
for the Ground lying in the Foxes Creek be distroyed at that a new one 
be drawn for a mistake in the Boundaries dated the day of 1768. 



Folkert P. Douw, Mayor. 199 

Resolved by this Board that a Dew one be drawn for the Ground to Daniel 
Winne and that the Mayor sign the same in behalf of this Corporation and 
that the City seal be affixed to the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 11th January, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk send an Order to the Treasurar to 
Putt up advertisements to warn all People who are indebted to this Board 
to pay the same on or before the tenth day of February next, and in case 
of Refusal to be prosecuted. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar to 
pay the following Accounts : 

Rutger Bleecker, - - - - £13:16: 

Abr " W. De Peyster, - - , 2: 5: 

Michael Hann, 2:13: 

Abr"« Bogert, Jun', - . . . 6:16: 6 

Woutcr De Rider, - - - - 1: 6: 

Jacob Lansing, Jun^^ & Jn^ Ten Brook, - 16:10 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany«at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 30th day of January, 1769. 

On a Question whether Mr. Hogs Letter to the Corporation offering his 
service to translate the Records, ought not to be answered. Resolved by 
this Board that the Clerk write to him in the name of the Corporation and 
acquaint him that this Board think they have not any occasion of him for 
that service. 

The Corporation this day agreed with Benjamin Grable to be the Town 
Whipper at the Rat€ of twenty pounds ^ annum for that service, & if the 
Sheriff wants him to Execute any Person he is to perform that Service 
likewise, the Sheriff paying him therefore. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the Slst January, 1769 — Present, the Mayor, John 
H. Ten Eyck, Esq', Recorder, Peter Lansing, John R. Bleecker, Ab"> 
Yates, Junr, John Rooreback, Abr'" Ten Brook, Jacob Lansing, Esq", 
Aldermen ; John Fryer, John G. Lansing, Peter Ryckman, Naning 
Yischer, John N. Bleecker, John Ten Brook, Assistants. 

Resolved by this Board that all Persons born in this City of Albany shall 
have their Freedoms, each paying for the same two shillings and six, viz : 
One shilling for the Mayor, Recorder, or any three of the Aldermen, one 
shilling for the Seal and six pence for drawing. 

This Board have this day agreed with John Wouter Groeesbeeck for to 
let him have seven acres and one quarter of an acker of Ground, scituate, 
lying and being a Schatacook on the South side of a place called the Ossey 
Kloof, with a Quit Rent of three Schipple of wheat yearly & every year 
for ever. And also agreed with Dirck Van Vechten for fifty-six acres of 
Land scituate, lying and being at Schatacoock on both sides of the Road 
that leads to the River, viz, tliirty-scven acres on the South side and nine- 
teen on tiie North side with a Quit of six Schipple of wheat yearly and 
every year for ever. 



200 The City Records, 1769. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 16th Febry, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that a Warrant be issued ordering the Assessors 
of this City to assess, levy and cause to be collected the Sum of £250 on 
the Freeholders, Freeman, Inhabitants, Kesidents and Sojourners within 
the limits of this City, except those that live to the west of the Schey 
Bergie, according to an Act of the Governor, Council and General Assem- 
bly, entitled an Act to enable the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Com- 
monalty of this City of Albany for the time being, or the major part of 
them, to order the raising a sum not exceeding £250 for the uses therein 
mentioned. Passed the 81st day of December, 1769. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 22 February, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Warreuts directed to the Assessors be 
returnable by the fifth day of March next to Henry Bleecker, City Treaa- 
urar. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Joseph Conklin or his order for £20:18 New York currency, 
being an oversight which was neglected to give an order on the Treasurar 
some time i)ast. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw orders to pay the following acc»", viz : 
Cornelius Swits acC for - - - - £1:12: 

Cornelia Butcher for keeping the Publick Whipper ten 

weeks, a 6 "^ week, - - - - 3: 0: 

Kellyan Winne acc^ for - - - - 3:11: 9 

Tafta Stensil acC for - - - - 0:10: 6 

William Van Antwerpe, - - - - 0: 8: 

Frans K. Winne ace* for - - - - 5: 6:10i 

Philip Reyley, 6: 0: 

One D • for Johannis Grooesbeek, - - 0: 7: 

Harma Gansevoort, - - - - - 0: 2: 6 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor order a Table to be made suita- 
ble for the Common Council room k to have the same covered with a green 
Ratteen or other green Cloth, and that the Mayor also order an other 
Chimney to be made in the said Comon Council room. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 6th March, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to Comfort Seevers 
for a Lott of Ground lying in the second ward, bounded on the east, south 
& west by the streets and on the north by a Lott of Ground of y^ said 
Comfort Severs, containing in bredth on the east & wes thirty-one feet five 
inches & in length on both sides one hundred and forty-two feet, all Eng- 
lish measure. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following Accounts : 

Richard Cartwright ace for - - £8:10:0 

Alida Pruyn, - - - - 3: 9:6 

Volkert P. Douw, Esqs - - - 23: 8:7 

Henry Bleecker, Treasurar, informs this Board that the Assessors have 



VoUcert P. Douw, Mayor. 201 

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delivered him a list for collecting £250 for maintainiiig the Night Watch 
of this City. 

Resolved by this Board that a warrant be served on the Collector to 
pollect the same. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar whrite to the Creditors of 
this Corporation and inform them that unless they discharge their arrears 
they will be arrested within three days, and that he imploy all the Attor- 
ney's equally. 

Resolved that an Addition be made to the middle Wharf of eighty feet 
in length and thirty-two feet in breadth, and that Peter Lansing, Jn<* 
Rooreback, John G. Lansing, Jn» Ten Broock, John N. Bleecker, Nan- 
ning Visscher be a Committee to make proposals & endeavour an agree- 
ment with such Persons as will undertake to do the same & to report as 
soon as may be to this Board for their approbation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tursday the 16th March, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Simon J. Veeder for six shillings & eight pence, being a mis- 
take in the former ace' delivered in. to the Treasurar. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders to pay the following 
Acc'» : 

John Rooreback acc^, - - - £1: 0:0 

Peter Jones, - . - - - 0: 2:9 

Nicholas Brewer, - - - - 2: 2:6 

Peter Silvester, - - - - 7: 2:6 

John McDonald, - - r - 1: 6:0 

Abrm Defreest, - - - 0:14:0 

John Horn, - - - - 0: 6:0 

Gerrit Van Vranken, for - - 3:10:9 

Wouter Quackenboss, for - - - 0: 3:6 

A Petition being presented to this Board by Jacob Freligh for a small 

Peice of Ground lying in the Foxes Creek for a Tan Yard to the west of 

Jacob Ten Eyck's Lot, Resolved by this Board that the said Lot of Ground 

be sold at Publick Vendue on Saturday the 18th March ins', being in 

breadth on the north and south 50 feet and the same length the other 

Lots are sold, are with a Quit Rent of ten shillings yearly and every year 

for ever. 

This day Thomas Hilton appeared before the Board and acquaints them 
that he is not able to pay for the Lot he had bought of the Corporation 
some time ago, lying to the south of the Presberterian Meeting House, 
which this Board considered & agreed to take back the same by assigning 
all his right on the back of the deed to this Corporation. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar ti^e a Mortgage with a Bond 
of Barnardus Bratt for the sum he is indebted to the Corporation for the 
Lot of Ground lying in the Manor of Renselaer. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign the following deeds in be- 
half of the Corporation as soon as every Person has bougll% Lotts pay for 
the same and that the City seal be affixed thereto, viz : 

Lot No. 3 to Philip Cuyler and contains in breadth on the north three 
Chains and thirty-eight Links and in the rear on the south three Chains 

26 



202 The City Record*, 1769. 

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and thirty-eight Links, and on the east two Chains & eighty Links and on 
the west two Chains and seventy-five Jjinks. 

Lot N'» 2 to I) • Philip Cuyler and eontiiins in breadth on the north & 
south three Chains and thirty-three Links, and on the east two Chains and 
eighty-five Links & on the west two Chains & eighty Links. 

Lot N'* 1 to Harry Monro and contains in breadth on the north and 
south three Chains and twenty-nine Links, and in length on the east two 
Chains and ninety Links and on the west two Chains and eighty-five Links. 

Lot N'^ 3 to John Williams and contains in breadth on the north and 
south three Chains and sixty Links, on the ea^st three Chains and on the 
west two Chains & ninety-five Links. 

Lot N*' 5 to William Waldroui & contains in breadth on the north & 
south two Chains, & on the east and west five Chains. 

•Lot N'^ 4 to Staut8 V. Santvort the same. 

Lot No 3 to William Zoble the same. 

Lot N ' 2 to Jacobus Van Saute the same. 

Lot N" 1 to Harry Monroe the same. 

Lot No 4 to Thomas Seeger and contains in breadth on the north & 
south two Chains and a half and in length on the eaat and west four Chains. 

Lot N^ 3 to Daniel Matteson the same. 

Lot N ' 2 to John Price the same. 

Lot N" 1 to Henry I. Bogert the same. 

Lot N« 4 to David Smith the same. 

Lot N^ 3 to John Doualson the same. 

Lot N' 2 to Luykas Hoogekerk the same. 

Lot No 1 to Marten Mynderse the same. 

Lot No 5 to John Van Alen and contains in breadth on the north and 
south one Chain and in length on the east and west four Chains. 

Lot N'> 4 to D ' John Van Alen the same. 

Lot No 3 to Charles FoUiet the same. 

Lot No 2 to James Bloodgood the same. 

Lot No 1 to James Dole the same. 

Resolved by this Board that the four several Docks belonging to this 
Corporation be sold at publick Vendue on Saturday the 18th day of March 
ins* to the first day of January 1770. And also the Ferry leading from this 
City to Green Bush from the 4 April next to the first day of January, 1770. 

This day this Board agreed with Comfort See vers to make a Dock to 
range with the Middle Dock to the north thereof and to be eighty foot 
long and thirty-two feet in breadth, to be of the same proportion of mate- 
rials as to Wood, Stone, Iron, Gravel & Ground as the Middle Dock and 
to be one foot higher, for which the Corporation is to pay jB280. Seventy 
pounds whereof is to be paid when the Dock is half finished and the re- 
mainder when intirely finished. Comfort Sever. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Schipple of wheat. 

Resolved by this Board that tiie Treasurar sell one hundred Schipple of 
the City wheat at 3s. 4d "^ Schipple for ready cash to the Inhabitants of 
this City. * 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 18th March, 1769. 

Resolved by this' Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of John R. Bleecker, Esqr, for £6:16 New York currency. 



Folkeri P. Douw, Mayor. 203 

This day was sold at Publick Vendue the Ferry leading from this City 
to Green Bush to John Cortnay for the Consideration of the sum of £51 
New York currency, to the first day of January next, upon Condition that 
he must have two Boats and proper hands to attend the same, Provided 
that he gives a sufficient Freeholder for the payment of the same by the 
first day of January next. 

The four several Docks belonging to this Corporation were sold at Pub- 
lick Vendue to John Van Volkenburgh for the Consideration of £66, 
Provided that he can give a sufficient Freeholder to become bound to the 
Corporation for the payment of the same by the first day of January next. 

This day was sold at Publick Vendue the lot of Ground lying in Foxes 
Creek to Jacob Frcligh for the sum of £10 with a Quit of ten shillings 
yearly. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer settle with Gysbert Merselis 
for the sum he is indebted to the Corporation by taking a Mortgage or Bond 
with a security, and if Mr. John Van Alen pays the one half of the sum 
he and Merselis are indebted to the Corporation then he is to discharge 
Van Alen for the Docks sold March 1767. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 20th March, 1769. 

Resoled by this Board that the Treasurar settle with Marta Winne k 
Dirck Van Vechten and deduct three of the last years lease of the Saw 
mil at Schatacoock. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 29th March, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following ace*' : 

One D'^ for Wilhelmus Vandenbergh, - - £7:14 
One D" for John J. Bleecker, . - - 8: 4 

One D" for Johannis Ouderkerk, - - 2:14 

This day this Board agreed with Nicholas Cuyler and John Beekman in 
behalf of the heirs of Abraham Cuyler, de*^, for to give them a Quit Claim 
of thirteen Morgan of Land lying on the south side of the Mohawk's River 
at a place called Tennendoragah for the Consideration of £30. 

Resolved by this Board that the Ferry from this City to Green Bush 
be sold at publick Vendue on Saturday the first day of April next, and 
whoever buys the said Ferry is to have a sufficient Freeholder immediately 
to become security to the said Corporation for the payment of the same by 
the first day of January next. 

A Letter being presented to this Board from Co' P. Schuyler in behalf of 
Co' John Van Renselaer which was read, relating to the Ferry's on the East 
side of Hudsons River, upon which this Board came to the following 
Resolution, that they conceive the Ferry's to be an undoubted Right bo- 
longing to this Corporation and therefore resolve not to enter into any 
Contract whatsoever with Co' Renselaer about the same. 

Resolved that Co- P. Schuyler be served with a Copy hereof. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 1st day of April, 1709. 

Mr. Joseph Yates, Overseer of the City night watch, acquainted some of 



204 The City Records, 1769. 

the members of this CorporatioQ that he had no sufficient Watchmen to 
guard the City, Resolved by this Board that the said Joseph Yates be dis- 
charged from watching till farther orders. 

This day was sold at publick Vendue to Bemardus Brat the Ferry lead- 
ing from this City to Green Bush for the Consideration of £31 New York 
currencey, to commence from the 4th day of April ins< to the first day of 
January next. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 15th day of April, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Joseph Yates for services done in attending the City night 
watch as Overseer from the first day of May, 1706 to the first day of April 
ins', being two years and eleven months at 45£ '^year, being £131:5:0. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar pay unto Egbert Bratt the 
sum of £6:6 upon Condition that the Treasurar finds any time hence that 
the said sum has paid unto his son John E. Bratt now dec<^, then he is to 
return the same into the Treasurars hands. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Schipple of wheat and charge the 
same to his Account. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 24th day of April, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Quit Claim to Nicholas 
Cuyler, Abraham Cuyler, Harmanus Cuyler, Abraham Cuyler, Jacob 
Cuyler, Jun"", Catharine Cuyler, Anna Cuyler, Jannctie Cuyler and Hes- 
ter Cuyler, and that the City Seal be affixed thereto in behalf of the Cor- 
poration for a Lot of Ground scituate, lying and being at a place called 
Tinnandora on the south side of the Mohawk's River, bounded as follows : 
All that certain peice of Jjaud scituate, lying and being on the south side 
of Mohawk's River at a place called Tinnandrogise's Great Flatt, begin- 
ning by a small Creek or Cove of water that leads in the said River and 
from thence up along the said River to the westward four hundred yards 
more or less to a Creek by the land formerly claimed by Dominie Van 
Driesen, from thence to the southerd along the Creek to the hill or on the 
hill four hundred and fifty yards more or less, from thence east under and 
along the hill to the Creek or Cove five hundred yards more or less, from 
thence northerly along the Creek or Cove to the place of the Mohawk's 
River where it first begun five hundred yards more or less, containing 
about thirteen Morgan. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Isaac Swits for £1:4:8. 

This Board this day agreed with William Hilton to muke a Bridge over 
the Rutten Kill behinde the Lot of Ground of Stephen J. Schuyler for 
sum of £17 upon Condition that the Bridge is to be made good with suffi- 
cient Timber well hewed & when compleated then the Corporation are to 
view it and if not made according their directions then he is to alter the 
same according to their liking, which Bridge is to be in length thirty-two 
feet and the breadth to be seven foot and the hight six feet. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for £4:5 and to charge the same to his account. 



Folkert P. Douw^ Mayor. 205 

This Board agreed with Alderman Yates t© employ persons to level the 
Lot of Ground lying on Wouten Bergh next to the Lot of Mr. Isaac Swits 
for the sum of six pounds. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City the 29th day of April, 1769. 

This Board this day agreed with John S. Quackenboss for to let him 
nine acres and a half of Land scituate, lying and being at Schatacook. 

Resolved that a deed be. drawn for the same with a Quit Rent of nine 
shillings yearly and every year for ever, and that the Mayor sign the same 
in behalf of the Corporation and that the City Seal be affixed to the same. 

This day this Board agreed with Dirck Wool for to let him have six 
acres of Land lying at Schatacook during his life time & his wife, and after 
their death the same to come back again to this Corporation of Albany 
with the Improvements on the same. 

Resolved by this Board that no Lands lying at Schatacook whatsoever 
be sold at private sale from this date and that an advertisement be put up 
accordingly. 

Resolved by this Board that following Letter be sent to Mr. Van Ness 
at Schatacook : 

By order of the Corporation of this City you are ordered to let Mr. 
Beecker make his fence where the old one is, and if you not comply with 
this request the Corporation will without any further notice measure your 
farm and you will be obliged only to have as much as is conveyed to you, 
and if Mr. Beecker has less Ground than is conveyed to him the Corpora- 
tion Resolve to release to him the Ground behind your boundary, else the 
Ground you will have less than your measure shall be allowed behind your 
bondary. 

Resolved by this Board that the Lot of Ground lying in the third ward of 
this City next to the Lot of William Ver Plank on the north side of Foxes 
Creek on the east side of the Road that leads from this City to the Patrons 
mills be sold at Publick Vendue on Wednesday the 3d of May next. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 3d of May, 1769. 

This Board this day pospond selling the Ground lying in the third ward 
of this City next to the lot of William Ver Planck and to the north of the 
Road that leads to the Patroons mills untill further orders, having told both 
Defreest & Ver Plank that untill they two agree with each other neither 
of them or any other person shall have the Ground from the Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the' City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 5 June, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Peter De Wandelaer for j&4:3. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tursday the 22d of June, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Comfort Severs for X70 New York currency, being in part 
of payment for making the dock in the third ward. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 



206 The City Records, 1769. 

in favour of Comfort Severs for twenty-five Schipplo of wheat at 4s. ^ 
Schipple & charge the sanie to his ace*. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar sell all the City wheat at 4s. 
^ Schipple to the Inhabitants of this City and is to let no one have more 
than six Schipple. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for £3:11:4 for cleaning the Comon Council 
room. 

This Board appointed Aldermen Roreback to have the Road made to 
the south of the City Hall k the drain. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Schipple of wheat. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 28th day of July, 1769. 

This Board appoints John R. Bleecker & John N. Blycker to be a Com- 
mittee to agree with Comfort Seevers to make the middle dock one foot 
higher and to get persons to fill up the same with Stone, Gravel and Iron 
work. 

Peter Lansing and John Rorsboach for the dock to the south of the 
City Hall. 

John H. Ten Eyck, Ab'" Ten Broock k John Ten Broock for the dock 
to the north end of the City. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following ace'" : 

One D" in favour of Frans Winne for - - - - - £3:13:9 

One D" in favour of Thomas Auston for - * . 0:16:0 

One D*> in favour of Abraham Defreest for - - - 6: 7:9 

One Do in favour of Step" Dc Lancey for attending as Clerk two 

years at 16 *^ year & drawing several deeds for the Corporation, 61: 0:0 

This Board agreed with Bastiaen Yischer for to keep in repair the road 
leading from this City to the Sand bergh for eight pounds a year, to com- 
mence from the 20th June last and is to keep it ten years in repair. 

Resolved by this Board that the wheat belonging to this Corporation and 
now in the Treasurars store be sold unto Henry Bleecker at 4s. 1^ schipple. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for six Schipple and charge the same to his 
Ace'. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 6 day of August, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following Acc^ : 

One I)^ in favour of John "Waters for - - - £1: 4 
One D" in favour of Garret Van Sante, - - 13:15 

This day was sold to Gerrit P. Van Ness a peice of Land lying on the 
East of Schatacoock in which is included a peice of Land formerly sold to 
John Knickerbacker and Nicholas Grooesbeeck, which they have again 
given up and resigned to this Board and contains thirty-six acres three 
Roods and twenty-five Perches, for the Consideration of twenty pounds and 
six Schipple of winter wheat yearly & every year for ever and that a deed 
bo drawn for the same and the City seal be affixed thereto, and that the 
Mayor sign the same in behalf of this Board. 



Volkert P. Douw, Mayor. 207 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 28th of Sepember, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following accounts : 

One D^ in favour of Stephen I. Schuyler for a Bull for the City, £b: 
One J)'^ in favour of Philip Lansing for . . - . 4;10 

One D'' in favour of Patrick Clark for making the road in the 

Pasture, - - - - - - - 2G: 

One D ' in favour of Robert Lansingh for taking care of the fire 

Ingines, being for the year 1769, - - - 5: 3 

One D ' in favour of Wilhelmus Vandenbergh for riding of Gravil 

with Horse & Cart, - - - - - 3: 

One P" in favour of William Hilton for making the Bridge and 
finding the Materials for the Bridge behind the lot of Step" 
I. Schuyler, - - - - - - 17:10 

The Ordinance for making one Constable in each ward renewed untill 
the 28th day of Sep^ 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurar give notice to all persons that 
are indebted to this Corporation U) come and settle with him by given a 
Bond with Security or paying their Debts on or before the 30 Ins*, or else 
he is hereby ordered to give the Acc^* into the hands of all the Att>'« of 
this City equal to be recovered by them in behalf of this Corporation. 
• Resolved by this Board that Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar in fa- 
vour of John Boone for keeping Benjamin Gable the publick whipper 25 
weeks at seven shillings a week, - - - - £8:15 

One D" in favour of James Dunneway for making the road on 
Frans bergh next to the Lot of Isaac Swits as ^ the agree- 
ment with the Corporation and Alderman Yates. -^ * 6: 
One D" in favour of Paul Hoghstrosser for a Pump, - - 4: 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Ball of the 
said City on Fryday the 29th day of September, J 769. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for electing of Aldermen, 
Comon Council and Constables, &c'^, the following is the order in which 
they where elected and returned, viz : 

First Ward — Peter Lansingh & John Roreback, Aldermen ; John Wil- 
liams & Jacob Roseboom, Assistants ; Peter Hilton & Johu Wilkerson, 
Constables. 

Second Ward — John R. Bleecker & Abraham C. Cuyler, Aldermen ; 
John N. Bleecker & Gysbert G. Marselis, Assistants; Dirick Schuyler & 
William Reegle, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates, Ju*", & Abram Ten Broock, Alderman; 
John Ten Broock & John G. Lansingh, Assistants ; Benj» Hansen & Ja- 
cob Fonda, Constables. 

Henry Bleecker is appointed Chaimberlan for the ensueing year. 

Thomas Seeger is appointed Marshcl for the ensueing year. 

Jacobus Fonda is appointed High Constable for the year ensueing. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 14th day of Oct' , 1769. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for qualifying the yearly 
officers, viz : 



208 The City Records, 1769. 

Volkert P. Douw, Esq""! produced a Comission appointing Mayor of the 
City of Albany & Clarke of the Market and Coroner of the City and County 
of Albany, and was sworn in the due execution of his office. 

Harmanus Schuyler, Esqi^, produced a Commission appointing him high 
Sheriff the City and County of Albany and was sworn in the due execution 
of his office. 

Peter Lansing & John Rooreback, Aldermen for the first ward. 

Jacob Koseboom & John Williams, Assistants for d^. 

John Wilkerson & Peter W. Hilton, Constables for d*\ 

John R. Bleecker & Abr"» C. Cuyler, Aldermen for the second ward. 

John N. Bleecker & Gysbert G. Marselis, Assistants for d", 

Abr"» Ten Broock, one of the Aldermen for third ward. 

John O. Lausingh, one of the Assistants for d^. 

Benj" Hansen, one of the Constables for d**. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 26 October, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following Accounts : 

One D » in favour of John Cuyler for - - £0: 6:6 

One D' in favour of John N. Bleecker for - 0:17:3 

One D » in favour of Abraham C. Cuyler for - 0:15:0 
One D • in favour of John R. Bleecker for - 0: 8:0 
One D* in favour of John Ja. Beekman for - 2:14:4 
Also an order to be drawn in favour of Abrahanf Yates, Jun^, Esq"", for 
the sum of eighty pounds New York currency, being for moneys advanced 
by Alderman Yates for this Board and paid to Comfort Seevers for part of 
payment for making the addition to the middle dock according to an agree- 
ment made between him and this Board the 16th of March last. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clark draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Henry Bleecker for ten pounds New York currency, being 
advanced & paid by him to Amos Hammer k James Lombis for making 
the road from Lansingborougb to this City. 

Mr. Abraham Douw produced an order drawn by Comfort Seevers on 
this Board for the sum thirty pounds to be paid to Mr. Douw. 

Resolved by this Board that an order be drawn on the Treasurar in fa- 
vour of Mr. l5ouw for the sum of thirty pounds & charge the same to the 
account of Comfort Seevers. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk send an order to Bastian Vischer 
for to make the road leading from this City to the Sand bergh according 
to an agreement made with him. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 3d November, 1769. 

Abraham Yates, Jun*^, Esq^, being sworn and qualified as Alderman for 
the City of Albany one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the City 
& County of Albany. 

John Ten Broock sworn and qualifyed as one of the Common Council 
for this City. 

This Board appoints the undermented persons as Fire Masters for the 
year ensueing : 

Baltus Van Benthuysen & Augustus Bostwick for the first ward. 



FoOcert P. Douw, Mayor. 209 

Comfort Severs & Jacob Pniyn for the second ward. 

Dirick Ten Broock & Volkert A. Douw for the third ward. 

Kesolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Nanning Vischer for £31:10:8. 

Resolved by this Board that the undermentioned Ordinance be entred 
on the Minutes of Comon Council : 

Be it ordained by the Worshipful Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and As- 
sistants of this City of Albany in Common Council this day convened, and 
be it ordained by the authority aforesaid, that the range of the Street run- 
ning to the River between the Houses of S' William Johnson and the 
House of Gerrit Van Sante, Jun* , the south side of the said Street shall 
range from the north west corner of said Gerrit Van Santes now dwelling by 
the Cow street with a strieght line to the north west comer of the dwelling 
house of Wessel Van Schuick and so on the same range to low water mark on 
the River side, being a course south seventy-four degrees and thirty minutes 
east, and that the Street lying to the ea^t of said Wessel Van Schaick now 
dwelling is to be in breadth from the north east corner of his said dwelling 
house twenty-eight feet Rynland measure on the above course of south 
seventy-four Degrees east, and the like breadth by the house formerly be- 
longing to Ryer Gerritse wherein William Pemberton now lives, and so 
with a straight line from the east end of the said twenty-eight feet opposite 
the north east corner of said Van Schaick dwelling house to the east end of 
the twenty-eight feet opposite the said house where William Pemberton 
now lives in and to continue same range to the Street that runs to the 
River of the north of John the fifths Lansings dwelling house. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 27th November, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the well made by the neighbours living on 
Frans bergh be fenished with all that is to be done to it, and also that a 
pump be made in said well which this Board agrees to pay for. 

The Ordinance renewed for all kinds of meat brought for sail within the 
limits of this City and to be in force from this date to the 25 January, 
1770, viz : every lb of Mutten, Veal or Beef at 4}. 

The Ordinance renewed for unruely riding from this date to be in force 
to the 27th Nov^ 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Comfort Seevers for £308:19:9 New York currency, being for 
making the addition to the middle dock and making the middle dock one 
foot higher and making the upper dock also one foot higher; first you are 
to deduct the several payments already made by you in behalf of the Cor- 
poration, viz, the Order drawn by Comfort Seevers on this Board for the 
sum of thirty pounds, and also let him discharge the mortgage which you 
have taken in behalf of this Board, and also all such orders & money pay 
by you in behalf of this Board. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 9th day of December, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders to pay the following 
Accounts : 

One in favour of Patrick Clark for - - j£31:2:0 
One Do in favour of Staats V: Santvoor - 8:5:3 

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210 The City Records, 1770. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 11th day of December, 1769. 

Resolved by this Board that Paul Hoghstroser pay unto James Blood- 
good the sum of £25 New York currency, being for timber which said 
Paul Hoghstroser bought of the Corporation and that Bloodgoods receipt 
be his sufficient discharge. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
sidd City on Saturday the 16th December, 1769. 

Besolved by this Board ^hat the following Letter be sent to the Members 
of the General Assembly of the City and County of Albany, now at New 
York : 

Gen* — We enclose you the Petition of the Schoharry Inhabitants, which 
you will find is signed by the whole except only about six ; they have 
shewn in general a great fondness to remain in our County. You have 
also enclosed the City Petition with To the Northward as far as Sarach- 
toga on the West side of the River, including Schatacook ; we have not 
altered the Petition so as to agree with the act published in the papers of 
the last Session of the Gen' Assembly because we think that the going 
from Aries Kill to the Head of the Delaware will not enclude all Schoharry 
and therefore wo would chuse that the act should be altered so as to extend 
from Aries Creek or kill south thirty degrees ^est ; we shall send you by 
the next post the Petition from Albany to the west Camp which is not yet 
come to hand. We have ordered the Express to keep his message secred 
untill he comes to you and then to receive your further orders. 

Resolved that the Clerk of this Corporation sign the same in behalf of 
this Board. 

This Board agreed with Henry Van Vechten for to go down to New 
York with the above Letter for which he is to have ten pounds New York 
currency. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 3d day of January, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw Orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following Accounts : 

One in favour of John R. Bleecker for - - £1: 1:0 
One D« in favour of Jacob Bleecker, Ju*", - 1: 0:0 

One in favour of Gerrit A. Lansing for - - 4:19:6 
One in favour of Thomas Hun for - - 0:10:0 

One in favour of W"' & Henry Staats for - - 2: 5:0 
This Board wants twenty-one Sober persons to keep the City night watch. 
Resolved by this Board that an Advertisement be put that this ]3oard 
wants twenty-one Sober persons to keep the City night watch and that they 
give their names to the Aldermen or Assistants of each ward on or before 
next Saturday who have a mind to serve as watchman. 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of New Labanen being presented to the 
Board, which was read requesting this Board to make some provision for 
their assistance in making the Roads and Bridges from New Labanan to this 
City, which this Board took time to consider thereon. Resolved by this 
Board that Robert Bulless & Moses Jones be served with a Copy hereof. 



Volkert p. Douw, Mayor. 211 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 6th January, 1770. 

This Board agreed with Joseph I. Yates to be the Overseer of the City 
night watch, for which this Board agrees to pay him two shillings a night. 

This Board agreed with the following * persons to keep the City night 
watch for one shilling and six pence to every person who shall watch under 
the direction^ of Joseph I. Yates : 

Joseph Hagerman, James Miller, John Wilkerson, Jonathan Brook, Ju*", 
James Smith, John Forster, John Armstrong, Thomas Hilton, Albartus 
Bloomendal, Philip Young, Patrick McGrigor, Hobert Bruse, Richard 
Hickson, James Dunneway, Nicholas Druly, John Burges, John Flens- 
burg, Peter Marshel, Obediah Van Benthnysen, James Green, Henry 
Beesly. 

B.e8olved by this Board that the Clerke draw orders on the Treasurar in 
favour of Wilhelmus Van Antwerpen for £1:18. 

One Do in favour of Philip Ryley for attending the Town Clock one 
year, £6. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 26th January, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that a Warrent do issue to the Assessors of the City 
of Albany to rate and tax all and every the Freeholders, Freemen, Inhab- 
itants, Residents and Sojourners living within a half mile from the river 
living in the said City for £250 for to defray the Expenses of a night 
watch in this City. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
Thomas Seeger for one Beg of wheat or 3 Schipple and charge the same 
to his Acc». 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 9th of February, 1770. 

The Assessors of the City of Albany delivered to the Board an exact list 
of the rates and tax laid on the Freeholders, Freemen, Inhabitants, Resid- 
ents and Sojourners in the City of Albany living within a half mile from 
Hudsons River to defray the Expences of a City night watch. 

Resolved by this Board that a Warrent do issue to the Collectors of the 
City of Albany for to collect the tax rated according to the Tax list deliv- 
ered in to the Comon Council by the Assessors. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurar to 
pay the following Accounts : 

Philip Elsworth for £0:10:0 Anthony Flensburgh, £4: 0:6 

Jacob Hilton for 0:10:6 Patrick Ryen, 2: 2K) 

Thomas Shipboy for 2: 9:0 John Armstrong, 1:12:0 

David Smith for * 0: 9:0 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
John Redtcli£f for three Schipple of wheat. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on the 14th March, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the City Treasurar 
to pay the following Accounts : 



212 The City Records, 1770. 

Levinnfl Dunbar for £10:16:3 Abraham Cuylcr for £0:19:0 

John Roseboom, Jun"", 4: 0:6 

A l^etition bcinp presented to the l^)ard of Garret Van Boniel of An- 
quasflihook in the County of Albany, Yeosian, requienting this Board to let 
him have the two Falls of Water situate & being in this County of Albany 
about four Miles to the East of Hudsons lliver on a certain Creek or Kill 
commonly called Tomhenick Creek, and the Lands adjacent to the said 
Falls for a Homestead & Pasture Ground. 

llesolved by this Board that the said falls of Water with fifty acres of 
Jjand adjacent thereto be sold at Publick Vandue on the i^remises for fitly 
years on Tuesday the fifteenth May next, & that an Advertisement bo put 
up accordingly. Resolved also by this Board that the several small peiccs 
of Land will be sold at the same time at a Publick Vandue. 

Resolved by this Board that the Income of the four several Docks bo 
sold at Publick Vandue on Saturday the 17th day of March ins*, at two 
o'clock in the allornoon to the first January, 1771. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar in favour of 
Thomas Seeger for six Schipple of wheat. 

Resolved by this Board that the Income of the Ferry leading from 
Yannoms I'at to the north of the City of Albany be sold at Publick Van- 
due on Saturday next for three years next comming. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Saturday the 17th 
day of March, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders to pay the following 
AcC'"* : 

Henry Van Veghton for £10: 0:0 Tennis I. Vischer, £2:15:6 

Wilhelmus Van Denbergh, 2:12:6 John Waters, 2: 0:0 

This Board agreed with Tawis Auston for to let him have the Ferry lead- 
ing from Yannoms Pat to the Upper Dock for three years, two shillings a 
year, the Rates to be as follows : Every man and horse Is 3d., & every single 
person lour Coppers and so in proportion. 

This Board have this day at Publick Vandue sold the four several Docks 
to the first January next belonging to the Corporation for the Considera- 
tion of the sum of £6(5 New York currency, to be paid on or before the 
first day of January, 1771, to Abraham I. Yates, and John Williams is 
become bound with Mr. Ab""'" I. Yates for the payment for the same. 

Resolved 'by this Board that a Bond be drawn. 

This iioard have appointed Pf Lansing, J»» Roorback, Aldermens, and 
Mr. Williams & Mr. Roseboom, As^^*, to be a Committe & see the Deeds of 
the Lot of the Widow Defreest & also sec wether this Board can sell any 
Ground lying in the Rutten Kill & whether it would not be determinated 
to this Corporation. Ordered that they make Report to this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that Aldermen Lansingh, Roorback and Mess^'" 
Williams and Roseboom be a Committee to agree with persons to make an 
addition to the Dock below the City Hall to the north end of the said 
Dock & is to be in length 80 feet & in breadth 32. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany the 20th March, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Joseph Yates as Overseer of the Night watch for the sum of 
forty pounds New York currency to pay the Watchmen for two months 



FoOceri P. Douw, Mayor. 213 

each out of tho money in your hands for to defray the Expence of the City 
night watch. 

This Board agreed to let Thomas Lotteridge have the Ferry with the 
Widow Hansen as last year with Mrs. Ten Broock leading from tho City 
of Albany to Green Bush for three years for thirty pounds a year & to 
make a Dock of about fourteen foot broad & so long as shall be necessary 
for the ferry Boats to come to for all Persons & Carriages to land conven- 
iently, & as agreed to follow all such orders as the Corporation shall think 
proper to make from time to time & in default thereof to forfit this Con- 
tract k in such case this agreement to become nul & void. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to sell one hundred Schipple of the City wheat at four shillings "^ Schipple. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 2d April, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John J. Bleecker for £1:3. 

This Board this day settelled with Sarah McMichal, widow of Daniel 
McMichal, in full by witch he remained indebted to the Corporation the 
sum of £5:13. 

This Board agreed to let Sarah McMichal have the House & Ground at 
the Verryberg for £4 ^ year for twenty-one years, & Resolved that a 
Deed be drawn & that the City Seal be affixed thereto, k that the Mayor 
sign the same in behalf of the Corporation. 

This Board agreed with W'" Vansantc for to let him build his House in 
the Rutten Kill k to range with the House of Luykas Hoeghkerk. 

A Petition of Ph: Elsworth being presented requested this Board for to 
let him have a small Lot of Ground next to the Lot of John Bone. This 
Board agreed to let Philip Elsworth have the Lot next to John Boones for 
forty pounds a year to be 25 feet broad k the length to the River. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 6th May, 1770. 

This Board agreed with Levy Peas to make the Bridges and a Road 
from his house to Andries Michal to the City of Albany for the Considera- 
tion of forty pounds New York currency, which Road is to be made good 
for all Carriages to pass k repass k one half of the said sum of is to be 
paid by Alderman Ten Broock in behalf of the Widow Van Renselaer & 
the other half by the said Board. 

Levy Peas applyed to this Board for assistance to make a Road from his 
House through Stephen Town to the House of Andries Michal. 

Resolved that this Board will give 20£ to the Inhabitants of Ste- 
phentown or such of them as will undertake to make a good k sufficient 
Waggon Road k Bridges from the House of Levy Peas thro' Stephen 
Town to the House of Andries Michal along the Market Trees shewn to 
Mr. Marselis, k Alderman Ten Broock in behalf of the Widow Van Ren- 
selaer undertake to pay 20£ more. 

This Board pospond selling the Ground at Soatacoock to the 11 July 
next. 



214 The City Records, 1770. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Saturday the 26th 
May, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Joseph I. Yates for £100 New York currency out of the 
moneys in his hands for paying of the Watchmen of this City and that he 
render a proper account to this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Hugh McKnab for £3:2. 

Resolved by this Board that the Aldermen k Assistants have the 
Dreans made in the said ward & charge the same to the Board. 

The Ordinance of selling of Meat by weight and the Prizes following, 
viz : Every lb of Meat at 4d. 

Every lb of Lamb at 4d. 
Every lb of Veal at 4d. 
Every lb of Mutton at 4d. 
Every bead & pluck of a Calf, Is. 6d. 
Every head & pluck of a Sheep, 9d. 
Every head k pluck of a Lamb, 6d. 
To commence of the first day of June to the first of August, 1770. 
Ordinance renewed for cleaning Streets, &c. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany the 30th Jime, 1770. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Michael Waggoner for eight shillings. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Thomas Seeger for six Schipple wheat and charu^e the same to his ace'. 

Resolved thajb the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Daniel Roberson for four shillings. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said Citjr the 30th June, 1770, P. M. 

Resolved by this Board to see Messrs William Livingston k Rich*! 
Morris, Esq""*, & to have their Advice what is best to be done in regard to 
our Right by our Charter of the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen setting 
as Justices in the Courts of Oyer k Terminer held for the City & County. 
After taking their advice. 

Resolved by this Board that an Address shall be drawn by the said 
Gentlemen in conjunction to be presented to his Honour Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor informing him that the Justices of this Board were omitted in the 
Commission last sent up, which omission had raised a doubt in the Judges 
of the Supreme Court of our Right with a seat with them, k that as we 
ate tenacious of our Rights desire that such an omission may not again 
happen. 

At a Meeting of the Corporation at Schatacock on Wedny the 11th of July, 
1770. 

Sold the following Peices of Land : 

To Gerrit Van Bomele the old Sawmill fall Ijring on Tomhanock Creek 
with ten or twelve acres of Land adjacent and as much more Land on the 
south side of said Creek as to make 50 acres in the whole for the sum of 
three pounds to be paid in hand and twenty-five Schipples of wheat a year. 



FoOcert P. Douw, Mayor. 215 

the three first years free, from the date of the Deed for fifty years, and the 
Corporation promise there shall not be a Grbt mill erected on the lower 
falls during the above term. 

To Dr. Nicholas Young eighty-seven acres of Land where he now lives 
for twenty shillings in hand and fourteen Schipples wheat ^ annum for 
ever. 

To Abraham Beecker a Peice of Land containing about two acres more 
or less, bounded as follows : bounded on the west by Tomhanock Creek, 
north on Land heretofore leased to said Ab'" Beecker, on the east by the 
foot of the hill, on the south by Lewis Veeles for the sum of ten punas one 
shilling, and eight shillings quitt yearly for ever, the Road always excepted. 

To Peter Veale a Peice of Land containing seven acres and a half, for 
ten pounds in hand and one Schipple of wheat a year, bounded as will 
appear by Nanning Visgers Map. 

To Peter Benoway a Peice of Land containing seven acres and a half, 
for ten pounds in hand and one Schipple of wheat a year, beginning at 
Andries's Canoe bridge and bounded as will appear by Nanning Visgers 
Map. 

To Simon Defreest a Peice of Land containing sixty acres, for ten Schip- 
ples of wheat a year and bounded as ^ Nanning Visgers Map. 

To Job* Knickerbaker all the Land which has not heretofore been sold 
or released by the Corporation of Albany lying on the east side and adjoin- 
ing toMudsons River, within the following bounds, viz : Beginning at a 
marked white oak Tree standing on the north east comer of a Parcell of 
Land, being the northcrmost Parcell of Land of him the said Job"* Knick- 
erbaker lying near the River & to run from the said Oake Tree westerly 
along the said Parcell to the River, then southerly along the said River to 
the north bounds of the Land released by the said Corporation to Lewis 
Van Antwerp, then easterly along said Van Antwerps Lands to the Land 
heretofore released to John Knickerbaker, then southerly along the west- 
ern bounds of the last mentioned Land to the south west comer thereof, 
then easterly along the said mentioned Land to on the edge 6f the first 
hill there, then northerly along the edge of said hill to opposite the said 
Oake Tree the place where it first began, and then to said Tree, for which 
the said Knickerbaker is to find the said Corporation and their Successors 
with Meat, Drink and Lodging once a year at his House at Schactacook. 

To James Burris about thirty acres of Laud, beginning 100 yards from 
Cap' Van Veghtens Land, ana including the place where he now lives, 
lying on the south side of the road and during the term of his and his 
wifcs life for one Schipple of wheat a year, the first payment to be made 
the first of January 1774. 

To Jacob Fort a Peice of Land containing 50 acres for seven Schipples 
of wheat a year, bounded as will appear by Nanning Visgers Map. 

To Peter Yates about seventy-nine acres of Land lying between two 
Creeks and adjoining his Land, as will appear by Nanning Visgers Map, 
for eight Schipples of wheat a year. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 4th of July, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Price for twelve Schipple of wheat. 



216 The CUs Records, 1770 

Resolved that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Rob' Lansing for £6:9:9. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany the 9th of July, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of «fohn Flensburgh for four pounds for keeping two Bulls. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
for selling one hundred Skipple of the City wheat at 48. ^ Skipple. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 21st July, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following Account : Abraham Veedcr for £0:12. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Address enclosed in a Letter 
to Mr. Anthony Ten Eyck at New York to be delivered to the Honourable 
Cadwallader Coldcn, Esq^, Lieutenant Governor in and over the Province 
of New York, &o. 

The Humble Address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of 
the City of Albany : 

May it please your Honor, we the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of 
the City of Albany now attend your Honor with an Address upon a matter 
which we conceive to be of the utmost importance to the prcserv^on of 
the Liberties, Priviledges, Rights & Immunities of our Corporation. The 
cause of our troubeling your Honor at this time will appear from the fol- 
lowing Facts. 

Firstly, that by the Royal Charter of King James the Second, dated the 
twenty-second day of June one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, 
the Mayor, Aldermen & Assistants of the City of Albany were Incorporated 
by the name of the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of Albany. 

Secondly, that his said Majestys among other things did in and by the 
said Royal Charter grant to the said City of Albany & their Successors for 
ever, that the Mayor, Recorder & Aldermen of the said City shall always 
be, so long as they shall continue in their respective offices, Justice of the 
Peace for the said County & as such shall and may sit in the Courts of 
Sesssions or County Courts & Courts of Oyer & Terminer that shall from 
time to time be held & kept in the said County. 

Thirdly, that in the late Commission of Oyer & Terminer & General 
Goal Delivery for the County of Albany, dated the 25th of May last only 
two of the members of the said Corporation are named, we therefore flatter 
ourselves that the omission of the names of so many of the members of our 
Corporation in the last Commission of Oyer & Terminer & General Goal 
Delivery for the County of Albany arose rather from a mistake in the 
Clerks at the Public Offices than from design, however least the same should 
pass into a President we have taken the earliest opportunity to represent 
the matter to your Honor, and to desire that you will give directions to the 
proper Officers that such mistake may be avoided for the future. 

We assure your Honor that our Duty as Guardians of the Libe]::^ies, 
Priviledges, Franchises, Rights and Immunities of this Corporation is the 
only motive that has induced us to give your Honor the Trouble of this 
Address. 



FoOcert P. Douw^ Mayor. 217 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 13th day of August, 1770. 

The following is an Answer of the Lieutenant Governor Colden to the 
Corporation an Address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of Albany complaining that all, except two of the members of their 
Corporation (who by the Charter have Seata in the Court of Oyer and 
Terminer for the County of Albany), were omited in the last Commission of 
Oyer & Terminer for the County, havcing been presented to the Lieutenant 
Governor by Mr. Ten Eyck the Governor was pleased to declare in answer 
thereto that he had not given any particular directions whatsoever relative 
to the last Commission of Oyer & Terminer for the County of Albany. 
That when he scaled the Commission he did suppose & made no doubt it 
was in the usual term, that he is very sorry it was otherwise ; & believes it 
solely oweing to an omission of the Clerks, nothing being more remote 
from the Lieutenant Governors intentions then to do any thing prejudicial 
to the Liberties, Rights & Previledges of the City of Albany. August 
7th, 1770. 

The above Answer to your Address to the Lieutenant Governor Cad- 
wallader Colden, Esq^ was delivered by bis Honor's own hand to Gentle- 
men, Your most obedient, humble Serv', 

Flushing, August 7th, 1770. Anthony Ten Eyck. 

Resolved that the following Letter be sent to Anthony Ten Eyck at 
New York : 

Your favour of the eight ins' was this day laid before the Mayor, Alder- 
men & Commonalty of the City of Albany ; I am ordered in their name to 
thank you for your very faithfuU services, to inform you that they have 
directed Mr. Fryer not only to reimburse you for the Expence you have 
been at, but also to pay you for the trouble the Corporation has taken the 
Liberty to you. I am Sir, your humble Servent. 

Mr. Yates left the Board. 

Resolved by this Board that this Board will on Friday the day of 

August at 8 of the clock in the afternoon at the Foxes Creek and settle 
the Ground with Adam Yates, Joh^ Pruyn, Cathaline Groosbeeck, lying 
on the south side of the Creek. Ordered that they be served with a Copy 
hereof. 

A Petition of Thomas Lansing & several others Inhabitants of the first 
ward in the following manner, and several other reasons being offered to 
the Board, 

Resolved by this Board that Philip Elsworth can not have the Ground 
according to the Resolution of the 13th April, 1770, & that this Board 
Resolve not to let the Ground to any person. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 17th day of August, 1770. 

A Petion of the Butchers of the City of Albany being presented to this 
Board and read, setting forth for this Board to alter the prizes of meat 
sold in the Publick Markets in this City. 

Resolved by this Board that this Board will not alter the Regulations of 
the meat already established by them. Ordered that the Butchers be 
served with a Copy hereof. 

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216 The CUy Records, 1770 

Resolved that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Rob^ Lausing for £6:9:9. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany the 9th of July, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Flensburgh for four pounds for keeping two Bulls. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
for selling one hundred Skipple of the City wheat at 4s. 1^ Skipple. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 2l8t July. 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following Account : Abraham Veeder for £0:12. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Address enclosed in a Letter 
to Mr. Anthony Ten Eyck at New York to be delivered to the Honourable 
Cadwallader Colden, Esq'', Lieutenant Governor in and over the l^rovince 
of New York, &c. 

The Humble Address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of 
the City of Albany : 

May it please your Honor, we the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of 
the City of Albany now attend your Honor with an Address upon a matter 
which we conceive to be of the utmost importance to the prcserv^on of 
the Liberties, Priviledges, Rights k Immunities of our Corporation. The 
cause of our troubeling your Honor at this time will appear from the fol- 
lowing Facts. 

Firstly, that by the Royal Charter of King James the Second, dated the 
twenty-second day of June one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six, 
the Mayor, Aldermen & Assistants of the City of Albany were Incorporated 
by the name of the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of Albany. 

Secondly, that his said Majestys among other things did in and by the 
said Royal Charter grant to the said City of Albany & their Successors for 
ever, that the Mayor, Recorder & Aldermen of the said City shall always 
be, so long as they shall continue in their respective offices. Justice of the 
Peace for the said County & as such shall and may sit in the Courts of 
Sesssions or County Courts & Courts of Oyer & Terminer that shall from 
time to time be held & kept in the said County. 

Thirdly, that in the late Commission of Oyer & Terminer & General 
Goal Delivery for the County of Albany, dated the 25th of May last only 
two of the members of the said Corporation are named, we therefore flatter 
ourselves that the omission of the names of so many of the members of our 
Corporation in the last Commission of Oyer & Terminer & General Goal 
Delivery for the County of Albany arose rather from a mistake in the 
Clerks at the Public Offices than from design, however least the same should 
pass into a President we have taken the earliest opportunity to represent 
the matter to your Honor, and to desire that you will give directions to the 
proper Officers that such mistake may be avoided for the future. 

We assure your Honor that our Duty as Guardians of the Libeij^ies, 
Priviledges, Franchises, Rights and Immunities of this Corporation is the 
only motive that has induced us to give your Honor the Trouble of this 
Address. 



FoOcert P. Douw^ Mayor. 217 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 13th day of August, 1770. 

The following is an Answer of the Lieutenant Governor Colden to the 
Corporation an Address of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of Albany complaining that all, except two of the members of their 
Corporation (who by the Charter have Seata in the Court of Oyer and 
Terminer for the County of Albany), were omited in the last Commission of 
Oyer & Terminer for the County, haveing been presented to the Lieutenant 
Governor by Mr. Ten Eyck the Governor was pleased to declare in answer 
thereto that he had not given any particular directions whatsoever relative 
to the last Commission of Oyer & Terminer for the County of Albany. 
That when he scaled the Commission he did suppose & made no doubt it 
was in the usual term, that he is very sorry it was otherwise ; & believes it 
solely oweing to an omission of the Clerks, nothing being more remote 
from the Lieutenant Governors intentions then to do any thing prejudicial 
to the Liberties, Rights & Previledges of the City of Albany. August 
7th, 1770. 

The above Answer to your Address to the Lieutenant Governor Cad- 
wallader Colden, Esq"", was delivered by bis Honor's own hand to Gentle- 
men, Your most obedient, humble Serv*, 

Flushing, August 7th, 1770. Anthony Ten Eyck. 

Resolved that the following Letter be sent to Anthony Ten Eyck at 
New York : 

Your favour of the eight ins' was this day laid before the Mayor, Alder- 
men & Commonalty of the City of Albany ; I am ordered in their name to 
thank you for your very faithfull services, to inform you that they have 
directed Mr. Fryer not only to reimburse you for the Expence you have 
been at, but also to pay you for the trouble the Corporation has taken the 
Liberty to you. I am Sir, your humble Servent. 

Mr. Yates left the Board. 

Resolved by this Board that this Board will on Friday the day of 

August at 8 of the clock in the afternoon at the Foxes Creek and settle 
the Ground with Adam Yates, Joh" Pruyn, Cathaline Groosbeeck, lying 
on the south side of the Creek. Ordered that they be served with a Copy 
hereof. 

A Petition of Thomas Lansing & several others Inhabitants of the first 
ward in the following manner, and several other reasons being offered to 
the Board, 

Resolved by this Board that Philip Elsworth can not have the Ground 
according to the Resolution of the 13th April, 1770, & that this Board 
Resolve not to let the Ground to any person. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Fryday the 17th day of August, 1770. 

A Petion of the Butchers of the City of Albany being presented to this 
Board and read, setting forth for this Board to alter the prizes of meat 
sold in the Publick Markets in this City. 

Resolved by this Board that this Board will not alter the Regulations of 
the meat already established by them. Ordered that the Butchers be 
served with a Copy hereof. 

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218 The City Records, 1770. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Alhanj at the City Hall of the 
Baid City on Friday the 7th day of Sep^, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Mr. Abraham Koseboom for the sum of £1:11:9. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on Thomas Seeger 
for six Skipple of wheat. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer sell 200 Skipple of wheat at 
4 '^.Skipple to pay Leavy Pease £20, for Road out of the first money that 
comes to his hands ; and also to pay John Price & Stephen Van Schaick 
£80 out of the first money ; Treasurer to be served with the above order. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer give a List of such persons 
as have bought at Vandue & not taken their l)eeds for Lotts of Land in 
the City in order that they may be notified that unless they come & take 
their Deeds within eight days that they will be dispossessed & the Lotts 
sold. 

Gerrit Van Zante to have 30 Skipple on account. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to G V B for the 
falls at Schoctecock for the term of fifly years in behalf of the Corporation. 

Resolved by this Board that Abr"» Ten Broock, Esq^, Abr'" Ouyler & 
Messrs. Jn" Williams & Guysbert Merselis, Jn'» G. Lansing & Jn'» Roor- 
back be appointed a Committee to examine the Treasurers acct^ & that 
they give an estimate of the same before the 21st of this month to this 
Board. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 10th Sepf^, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Abraham C. Cuyler for £1:11. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 29th Sept^, 1770. 

This day being appointed by Charter for electing of Aldermen, Assist- 
ants & Constables for the said City, the following is the order in which 
they were elected and returned, viz : 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & John Roorback, Aldermen ; Jacob J. 
Roseboom & Gerrit Y. Sante, Jun^, Assistants; John Wilkerson& Daniel 
Marshel, Constables. 

Second Ward — Abraham C. Cuyler & Guysbert G. Merselis, Aldermen ; 
Corn" Van Schelluyne & Jeremiah Van Renselaer, Assistants; Dirck 
Schuylder & William Regie Constables. 

Third Ward — Abr'" Yates, Jun"", & Abr"» Ten Broeck, Aldermen ; John 
G. Lansingh & John Ten Broeck, Assistants ; Andries Abeel & Cornelius 
Brewer, Constables. 

Henry Bleecker is appointed City Chaimberlain ; Thomas Seeger is ap- 
pointed Marshel ; John Wilkerson is appointed High Constable. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said Ciiy on Sunday the 14th day of October, 1770. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for qualifying the yearly 
•officers, &c", 

Mr. Abraham C. Cuvler, Esq"", produced a Commission under the Great 
Seal of the Province ot New York, appointing him Mayor & Clerk of the 



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Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 219 

Market of the City of Albany & Coroner of the City & County of Albany 
and took the Oaths appointed by Law. 

Mr. Henry Ten Eyck, Jun^, produces a Commission under the Great 
Seal of the Province of New York, appointing him High SheriflF of the 
City & County of Albany & was sworn 4» the duty of his office. 

Peter Lansingh & John Roorback, Aldermen for the first ward. 

Jacob Roseboom, Ju"^, & Gerrit Van Sante, Jun*", As'* for J)o, 

John Wilkersen & Daniel Marchel, Constables for D"\ 

Guysbert G. Merselis, one of the Aldermen for the second ward. 

Jeremiah V. Rensclaer & Cornelius V. Schelluyne, Ass»« for D^. 

William Regie, Constable for D ». 

Abr'" Yates, Jun"", & Abr'" Ten Broeck, Aldermen for the third ward. 

John G. Lansing, Ass' for D". 

Andries Abeel & Cornelius Brewer, Constables for Do. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 15th day of October, 1770. 

Whereas Abraham C. Cuyler was returned tis one of the Aldermen for 
the second ward & produced a Commission appointing him the present 
Mayor of the City of Albany and Clerk of the Market & Coroner of the 
City & County of Albany, and the second ward stands unpresented for an 
Alderman, 

Resolved by this Board that the election for electing of one Alderman 
for the said second ward be held to Morrow at one of the clock in the af- 
ternoon by the Alderman of the ward and that he make his return thereof. 

Resolved unanimously that for the future the whole Board set regularly 
at the table according to the Regulations put up by the Members of the 
Board now in Common Council assembly. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 5th November, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Joseph I. Yates as Overseer of the City night watch the sum 
of fifty pounds New York currency out of the Monies in his hands to pay 
the watch men of. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Radclif for five pounds for ringing the Bell for the last 
year, first deduction the payment already made by you to him. 

This Board appointed Alderman Roorback and Alderman Yates and Mr. 
Renselaer to be a Committe to draw up an Address to be presented to the 
Governor. 

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of 
Albany in Common Council Assembled, that the Men for the time being 
shall for the time herein after limited ferry all Cattle from Greenbush. 

John R. Bleecker, Esq"", being sworn as a Alderman for the City of Albx. 

John Ten Broock being sworn aa a Common Council. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Friday the 10th of 
November, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the following acc'< be allowed : 

PhiP V. Vactens £5: John Radcliff, £0:16 

Own Bennets, 0:16 



220 The City Records, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Address be presented to his 
Excellency the Governor, to be forwarded by the Mayor to Whitehead 
Hicks, E8(j% at New York. 

To his Excellency the Right Honorable John, Earl of Dunmore, 

Captain General & Governor in Chief in and over the Province of 

New York and the Teritories depending thereon in America, Chan- 

celor & Vice Admiral of the same, &c**, &c'». 

May it please your Lordship, we his Majesty's most dutifull & loyal 

subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen & Comonalty of the City of Albany in 

Common Council conveyed, beg leave to congratulate your liordship on 

your safe arrival to this Government to the cheif Comand of which our 

most gracious Sovereign hath been pleased to appoint you. 

The City of Albany my Lord, the most ancient Settlement of this Cor- 
poration in this Colony would be wanting in Gratitude of Duty if we did 
not embrace the earliest oppurtunity of assuring your Lordship of our he^ 
Effections to our most gracious Sovereign in appointing a person of our 
Lord ship elevated station & rank to presende over us. The Honour his 
Majesty's has thereby consiidered on us together with your Lord ship ac- 
ceptance thereof we hope will be ever deserved & gratefully acknowledged 
and we make not the least doubt but that the Rights, Privilidgcs & Immu- 
nities of our City as granted by Charter will be inviolable preserved, and 
your Lordship may rest assured that nothing in our Power shall be want- 
ing to render your administration happy. 

By order of Conmion Council. 
Albany, November 9th, 1770. Step'n Be Lancet, C & Clerk. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 21st November, 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Accounts : 

Robert Bruce, £0:16:0 Isaac Fryer, £1:2:9 

Michael Hann, 0:19:0 Benjamin Hilton, 6:5:0 

A Petition of Bartholomew Anthony being presented to the Board set- 
ting forth for this Board to grant him the Petitioner about one hundred 
acres of Land at Schatacoock to the south of the Saraghtoga Line on the 
north of the Creek & to the west of Peter Bennewavs Land. Resolved by 
this Board that they will grant him the said Petitioner the Land under 
the same conditions as Peter Benneway has his Land from the Corporation. 

This Board appoints Aldermen P. Lansing, Guisbert G. Merselis, Jere- 
miah Van Renselaer & John G. Lansing, Ass'^^, as a Committee to draw up 
all necessary things to be delivered to the City & County Members. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clarke draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Ace ■* : 

Gerrit Van Vranke, £8:0:1 Gerrit A. Lansing, £0:8:6 

Gerrit Van Vanke, 1:4:6 

The following persons being appointed Fire Masters for the ensueing 
year. 

Daniel Husten, Jwa^ & John Hilton for the first ward. 

Teunis H. Visher & Peter Schuyler for the second ward. 

Elbert Willet & John J. Visher for the third ward. 

The Ordinance renewed for making of freeman for the City of Albany. 

Resolved by this Board that the City Treasurer get 144 Copies of the 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 221 

City Clmrter printed in Quarto and that he pay the Costs of printing to 
the printer out of the Corporation money. 

At a Common Coimcil held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 28th November, 1770.' 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerke draw orders on the Treasurer 
to pay the following Accounts : 

Thomas Hun, £0:14:0 Staats Van Santvoort, £6:3:2i 

Resolved by unanimously by this Board that the followin Instruction 
be given to the County members. 

A Question being put by the Mayor and the opinion desired to the Board 
to get an act to oblige John Stevenson, son of the late James Stevenson, 
Esqr, deceased and late Treasurer of this City and County, to render an 
account and deliver the Books of this City and County Treasurer into the 
Hands of the Supervisors for the time being with the money due thereon. 
Carried in the affirmative. 

For the Affirmative, the whole Board except P. Lansing. 

Resolved by this Board that the above Instructions be given to the 
County members. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 7th Dec, 1770 — Present, Abraham C. Cuyler, 
Esqr, Mayor, John Ten Eyck, Esq"", Recorder, Abr'" Yates, Jun"", 
Guisbert &. Marselis, Abr*" Ten Broeck, John R. Bleecker, John Roor- 
bach, Esqf'*, Aldermen ; Jacob Roseboom, Gerrit Van Sante, Ju"", Com" 
Van Schelluyne, Jer • Van Renselaer, John Ten Broeck, John G. Lan- 
sing, Assistants. 

This Board being informed that some people near Schatacoock have cut 
several Saw Loggs and other Timber within the Bounds of Schacticock 
and without leave of this Board, 

Resolved by this Board that Aldermen Bleecker and Marselis and Mr. 
Van Renselaer, or any two of them, be appointed a Committe and go to 
Schacticock with all convenient speed and have the Bounds of the Saragh- 
toge purchase and the other lines of Schacticock survey and see if any saw 
logs are cut within the Bounds of Schacticock, and that they take idl ne- 
cessary steps on behalf of this Board and make report accordingly. 

This Board Resolved to recommend Jeremiah Van Renselaer to be the 
Inspectator of Pot and Pearl ash. This Board Resolves to recommetid 
John H. Roseboom of the City of Albany, Baker, to be the Inspector of 
Flower. 

Resolved by this Board that an Act be passed for raising the sum of 
£250 by Tax upon the Estate real and personal lying and between within 
the said City. 

Mr. Douw the late Mayor produces an account of freedoms and other 
perquisites whereby their remains a Balance in favour £85:1 8 :5| coming 
to this Board. Resolved that he pay the same to the City Treasurer. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 

said City on Tuesday the 11th December, 1770. 

Resolved unanimously by this Board, that all persons that are any way 
indebted to this Board by bond, note or book Debt are desired to pay the 



222 The City Records, 1T71. 

same on or before the first of January next and that an advertisement be 
put up accordingly or else it will be put in the hands of an attorney. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 17th of Decs 1770. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order to pay the follow- 
ing ac^ to Luykas Hogekcrk for £8. 

This Board being informed that Dirck Van Veghtcn, Henry Van Beu- 

ren, Viele, Petxjr Yates, Dirck Van Veghten the younger on the 

land at Schacticock have cut several saw logs, and John Hansen, Carol 
Toll, Cornelius W. Van Denbergh and Wynaut Van dcnbergh have also 
cut saw logs at Schacticock on the land claimed by the Corporation. 

This Board have appointed Aldermen Marselis and Mr. John G. Lan- 
sing to go to Schacticock with two able hands and are to get all the saw 
logs rid away or cut to peeces if they will not agree with the said Com- 
mitte in behalf of this Board and this Board agrees to pay all the expences 
attending the said Committe. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on Thursday the 3d of 
January, 1771. 

John Fosters acC allowed, £1:16. 

Kesolved by this Board that the Clerk copy the following letf and send 
it Mr. Ten Eyck and sign it in behalf of the Corporation. 

We are apprehensive that at some future election for Representatives 
for the City & County of Albany it may be intended upon that the free 
holders having estates in the Manors of Renselaer and Livingston and the 
Township of Schoncctady will intend to vote for the two Members for the 
City and County of Albany which appears to us to be unreasonable and 
should it be attemted might be attended with a great deal of Disinstance, 
we therefore desire you to move of Representatives for an act to have 

it explained and that those freeholders unless they have freehold in the 
County exclusive of their lying in the said Manor Township may be pre- 
cluded from having votes or elections for Representatives for the said City 
and County ; it might also be of service could it be provided for, that the 
Inhabitants living to the north of Betton Kill (by a former said to the 
uppermost Bounds of the County of Albany) be by act obliged to chuse 
Assessors of City Taxes which now do not. 

• This Board having taken in consideration the Petition of Anthony Ryler 
agree to let him have the House and Lott wherein Adam Dombergh lives 
for £3:4 a year, beginning the first of April next, to pay one half the rent 
down and the remainder at the expiration of the year. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on Tuesday the 22d 
January, 1771. 

Allowed John N. Bleeckers acct*, £1:2. 

James Albets acct' for mending y ' Clock allowed £4:11. 

This day agreed with Ja-* J. Albet to keep the Town Clock in order for 
£6 "^ annum. 

The Board having in consideration the willfullness of having a Bridge 
near the fall of the Cahoes or thereabout come to the following Resolution : 

Resolved that is the unanimous opinion of this Board that it is practica- 
ble to be done, & that considering the Inconveniences the Inhabitants and 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor, 323 

Travellers are under at certain Seasons of the year, we conceive that it will 
be of great use to have a bridge about that place & well worthy the Legis- 
laters considerations. 

Ordered that the Clerk of this Board enclose a Copy of this Resolution 
in a Letter to the Members for the County of Albany. We the Mayor, 
Aldermen & Comonalty of the City of Albany do certify and declare that 
we conceive that the erecting of a Bridge below the Cahos will greatly tend 
for the benefit & conveniency of the publick & will in particular encourage 
the Settlements to the Northward of the said Bridge. 

Alderman Lansing moves this Board that the Doors be kept open agree- 
able to regulations, which the Board agree to and appoint Mr. Peter Lan- 
sing, Jeremiah Van Renselaer & John G. Lansingh a Com<'*: to fix upon 
the same Regulations and that they make a report by next meeting. 

On motion of Mr. Aldcrman Bleecker it is Resolved by this Board that 
the first Monday in February next is appointed for receiving of acct"* and 
so Quarterly, and that no acct^ will be received at any other times or 
meetings. 

On motion of the Mayor it is resolved that no person leave the room 
without liberty. 

Resolved that Mr. Henry Bleecker, Chamberlain, deliver an acc< cur- 
rent to this Board at their next Meeting and that he also brings a list of 
the debts due to the City. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 4th Febrx, 1771; 

The Comitte appointed by the Corporation the 22d day of January, 1770, 
report to the Board that they have according to resolution of s i Board ex- 
amined the book of acc'% rents rolls, &c'S and find them as follows : that 
there is balance due from the City Chamberlain in favour of the Corpora- 
tion to the twenty-seventh of Sept"", 1770, the sum of £13:16:8 J, and that 
there is due to Jjkis Board from sundry persons as ^ ace' the sum of 
£737:17:6}, 119(f?chipple of wheat, 79 fowls, and in store 317 Schipple 
of wheat ; and the Committe in looking over said ace'** of the City Cham- 
berlain find that there is due to different people the sum of £248:18:2. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor be one of the Committee, that 
he in behalf of this Board certify the said settlement in the City Chamber- 
lains book. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Flansbergh for £5:5 for hay for keeping the Town bulls. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the City Cham- 
berlain to pay the following acc^'* : 

Robert Bruys for £1: 4:0 Killyan Winne £6:1:6 

John McDonald for 1:16:0 Jeremiah Van Renselaer 4:5:6 

Peter Hilton for 0:10:0 John G. Lansing 3:4:0 

Killyan Winne for 0:18:0 John Jacob Lansing 1:1:3 

John Wilkerson & Daniel Marshell, 0:12:0. 

Resolved by this Board that Gerrit Van Sante, Jun*", and Jacob Rose- 
boom be Committee to get a new well made n^r the Widow of William 
Fryer, deceased, and charge the same to this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that the Aldermen and Assi"* of the second ward 
get the Pumps and Sisterns made in the s^ ward and charge the same to 
the Corporation. 



224 The City Records, 1T71. 

On a Debate whether seniority in office or in years is to be preferred in 
setting at the Board, the Question was put : 

Six for seniority in years. Five for sen^y in office. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurar 
in favour of Thomas Seeger £15 in a year for services of Marshel. 

Resolved by this Board that a Warrcnt be issued to the Assessors for to 
assess and lay a Tax upon the estate real and personal of all and the free 
holders, freeman, inhabitants, residents and sojourners lying dnd being 
within the said Gitv for raysing a sum not exceeding the £250 for to de- 
fray the expence of a City night watch. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor attend the Supervisors at their 
next setting to treat with them about the maintenance of the Publick 
Whipper at £25 ^ annum. 

At a Comon Council held this 22d day of Feb'y, 1771, 

Mr. John G. Lansing produce a Letter from Simon Van Antwerp in- 
forming that he is sued for cutting the Logs of Cor» Van Den Bergh by 
order of this Board. 

Rosolved that the said Gusbert Marselis and John G. Lansing fee P. W. 
Yates to assist them and that they repair to the Justice who sued said 
Simon, and gave in a Plea of Justification and Title in the name of this 
Board, and if required to enter in Recognizance to maintain their right or 
take such other steps as they shall juge necessary. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on Thursday the 28th of 
February, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Joseph I. Yates for £28:19:6. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw a warrant and give it to the 
Collector for collecting the money for the City watch. 

Resolved by this Board that Henry Bleecker, ChanABrlain, be appointed 
to receive and pay out the money collected for the City watch without any 
fee or reward. 

Resolved that the Clerk give an order to Thomas Seeger & John Radly 
for a bag of wheat each. 

A Petition of Peter Winne of Schactiicock for about twenty acres of 
Lan^ being laid before this Board it is resolved that the same be taken in 
oonsideration at the next Meeting. 

Resolved that P. Lansing, John Roorbach, Gar^ Van Sante and Jacob 
Roseboom be appointed a Committee for examining the Records for Title 
Ground now posses^i by sundry people. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 14th March, 1771 — Present, the Mayor, John 
Ten Eyck, Esq*", Recorder, Peter Lansing, John Roorbach, Abrn» 
Ten Broock, Guysbert Merselis, Ju"", Abr-»^ Yates, Jun"", Jacob Rose- 
boom, Gerrit Van Sante, Jeren\iah V. Renselaer, Cor» N. Scherluyne, 
John G. Lansing, Johp Ten Broeck. 

A Petition of John Davis of the City of Albany, in the following manner. 
Resolved that the same be taken in consideration. 
Resolved by this Board that the four several Docks belonging to this 
Board be sold at Publick Van Due on Saturday the sixteenth ins' at ten 



Abraham C Cuyler, Mayor. 225 

of the Clock in the Morning and that an advertisement be put up accord- 
ingly. 

A Petition of Elisha Benedict being presented to the Board and read 
requesting this Board for to appoint him Marshel, which this Board takes 
into consideration. 

Kesolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Readtcliff for three Schipple of wheat for attending this 
Board as JVIarshell. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to the Rector, In- 
habitants of the City of Albany in the County of Albany in Communion 
of the Church of England as by Law established, and that the City Seal 
be affixed to the same. 

On a Debate whether seniority in office or years is to be preferred in 
setting at the Board, the Question being put : 

For Seniority in office. 6 For Seniority in years. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 16th March, 1771. 

This day was sold at Publick Vandue to the highest bidder the four 
several Docks belonging to this Corporation, to John Price for the consid- 
eration of eighty pounds to the first day of January, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that John Davis have a Lott to the south end 
of Kilbes store of thirty foot front for fifteen years, with a Quit rent of six 
shillings yearly. 

No Veal to be sold the Hind Quarter of which does not weigh 101b, 
under the penalty of 10s. for any Quarter ; all Veal above 10 and less than 
12Ib the hind Quarter to be sold at three pence ; from 12 to 14 to be sold 
at 4d ; from 14 and under 16Ib for 4} ; from 16Ib and upwards at 5d a lb. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 2d April, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk is to draw an order on the Treasurer 
that he is to sell one hundred Skipple of the City wheat at 4s. 6d ^ 
Skipple and he is not to sell more then three Skipple to one person. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favour of 
Thomas Seeger for three Skipple of wheat on account. 

Resolved by this Board tbat a Letter be sent to William Prenturp for 
to come down and agree with the Corporation if he can undertake to bring 
live Salmon into Hudsons River. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Joseph I. Yates as Overseer of the City night watch for the 
sum of £57 out of the money in his hands for defraying the charge of the 
watch. 

Resolved by this Board that Mess""* Jeremiah Van Renselaer, John G. 
Lansing & Gerrit Van Sante, Jun^, be a Comittee to draw proposals for to 
keep the City night watch more regular, and also for to have lamps fixt in 
this City and that they give in their proposals next meeting. 

Resolved by this Board that Aldermen Yateff, Roorbach and Merselis 
be a Committee to examine the new Printed Charter with the original one 
and make report to this Board next meeting. 

29 



226 The City Records, 1771. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the Council Chamber 
in the City Hall of the said City on Friday the 5th April, 1771. 

An Ordinance for the optaining Cullers of Staves, Heading and Hoops, 
its unanimously agreed that Peter Jones, Isaac Yerplanck & Patrick Far- 
guson are appointed to that office. 

Resolved by this Board that the money raised by a Tax for establishing 
a regular night wati^h, and the present manner of watching is thought not 
to be so good as it will be if the City is furnished with 20 lamps to be 
placed at convenient places, and that six persons be appointed, two of 
which are to watch every 3d night according to the Regulations drawn up, 
it is resolved that Mr. John G. Lansing shall get the same made & set up. 

This Board have appointed William Van Sante, Benjamin Hilton, Cor- 
nelius Van Deusen, Birck Schuyler, Peter Veeder & Obadiah Cooper to 
be the watchmen for the City of Albany according to the following Ordi- 
nance. * 

This Board have appointed Aldermen Roorbach & Merselis & Mcss''^ 
John Ten Broeck to be a Committee to draw up an Ordinance for culling 
of Staves. 

Resolved by this Board that three feet to the north end of the Mason 
Lodge be granted to Samuel Stringer for the consideration of and that 
a Deed be drawn for the same in behalf of the Corporation and that the 
City Seal be affixed for the same. 

The Assize of Bread. A white Loaf of the finest Flower to weigh one 
pound ten oz. for four Coppers ; D'^ of B^ to weigh 12 oz. for two Coppers. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 11th day of April, 1771. 

A Law to appoint and regulate the culling of Staves, Heading and 
Hoops. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 25 April, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Flansburgh for twelve shillings and four pence for feed 
for the Bulls. 

Resolved by this Board that Alderman Roorbach, Messi*' John G-. Lan- 
singh, GTerrit Van Sante, Jun"", be a Committe to get Timber for Post for 
the north ends of the three Bocks for to keep the Ground of the three 
several Bocks of this Corporation. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 5th May, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer sell 150 Skipple of the City 
wheat at 4s. 6d '^ Skipple and not to sell more than three Skipple to one 
person. 

Resolved by this Board that Bastian Visher have the Road made leading 
from this City to Sandbergh according to agreement on or before tenth day 
of this instant. 

Resolved by this Board that the City Chaimbcrlain furnish each of the 
Members of this Board with one of the printed Copies of this City Charter. 



Barent Ten Ejck, 


£33:15:0 


Adrian Bradt, 


1: 4:0 


Simon Van Antwerp, 


1: 2:0 


John Waters, 


2: 0:0 


James Young, 


1: 5:0 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mauor. 227 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 10th of May, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following accounts : 

Guysbert Merselis, Jun', for £9:15:9 
Birck Wool for 0: 6:0 

John De Peyster, 1: 0:0 

Wilhelmus V. Antwerpe, 2:12:6 
Casparus Pruyn, 5: 9:3 

Resolved by this Board that an advertisement be put up that all persons 
who are any way indebted to this Corporation by bond, note or book 
Debt, or any way indebted for Ground bought at Publick Vandue or for 
rent are desired to make payment on or before the 18th day of this ins', or 
else the City Chaimberlain is ordered to put in their different accounts in 
the hands of all the Attorneys to be equally divided without any farther 
notice. 

One Bag of wheat for Thomas Seeger. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 16th May, 1771. 

White Loaf of finest flower to weigh lib 8 oz. for four Coppers. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Comfort Severs for £4:4. Do in favour of James Marr, £1. 
D« in favour of Michael Waggoner, 98. 

Resolved by this Board diat Gerrit Van Sante, Jun^, have a swingle 
and ploe made with the Iron work to the well on the Gallows hill and 
charge the same to this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that the Measurment take from the west side of 
the Dutch Church to have the Mile Stones fixed to the half way House. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer sell one hundred Skipple of 
the City wheat at 4s. 6d ^ Skipple and not let one have more then three 
Skipple to one person. 

At a Common Council held for City of Albany at the City Hall of the said 
City on Monday the 3d June, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John G. Lansing, to pay the Expence out of the Monies in 
hands for £27:2:10. One D® in favour of Abraham W. De Peyster for 
£1:7. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Patrick Clarke for £5:11:3. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Patrick Clerk for £19:19 out of the Monies in your hands to 
pay the Expence of the City night watch. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk furnish the City Chaimberlain 
with the Copy of the Minutes of Comon Council of the Quit rent of the 
House Lots sold at Gallows Hill. 

Resolved by this Board that a Deed be given to George Wray for Lott 
N" 7, lying in Foxes Creek, and that the City seal be aSixed to the sicune 
upon condition that the rent of the last six years be paid to the City Chaim- 
berlain and that the Mayor sign the same. 



228 The City Records, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to sell all the City wheat to the Inhabitants at 4s. 6d, and not to let one 
person have more than one Skipple at a time. 

Ordinance renewed at kind of Meat to except Veal to be sold by wheit 
and at the prizes following : 

Every lb of beef, mutton or lamb at five pence ; every head & pluck of 
a calf at Is. 6d } every head & pluck of a sheep at 9d ; I)» lamb 6a. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Saturday the 8th of 
June, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Sweep, Michael Waggoner, light and 
clear the City Lamps at the rate of 25s. *^ month. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 17th of June, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Market standing in the street between 
the two Curches be taken down and made an addition to the other Market 
and that the members of the third ward agree with some person or persons 
to move the same. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 25th June, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that Henry Bleecker, Chaimberlain, attend this 
Board with the City Charter and that he be served with a Copy hereof. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor or Aldermen Yates & Ten Broeck 
be a Committee to wait on the Judges of the Supreme Court & Court of 
Oyer & Terminer and inform to them that the Mayor, Recorder and six 
Aldermen do intend to set as Judges in the Court of Oyer & Terminer 
this day to be opened and held in this City Hall by virtue of the City 
Charter. 

At a Common Council held the 27th of June, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that Aldermen Yates, Merselis & Roorbach be 
a Committee to peruse and collect all the Transactions which may tend 
elustrate of the City to set in the Courts of Oyer & Terminer and the 
Clerk is also hereby directed to supply them with such Books & Records 
as they shall have occasion for and draw up a proper state thereof & make 
report thereof to the Comon Council. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 3d July, 1771. 

The Ordinance renewed for selling Meat by weight and at the prizes 
following, except Veal. 

Every u) of Beef, Veal, Mutton or Lamb at four pence. 
Every head & pluck of a Calf, one shilling & six pence. 
. Every head & pluck of a Sheep, nine pence. 
Every head & pluck of a Lamb, six pence. 
Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of James Bloodgood for £11:6:3, being the balance of his ac- 
count. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favour of Henry I. Bogert for £4:1. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 229 

And whatsoever person or persons shall expoise any Veal, the Quarter 
weighing less than ten poun<|| shall forfit all their Yeal exposed to sale, & 
be fined lOs. for every offence, to be recovered before the Mayor, Recorder, 
or any one of the Aldermen of this City, one half to the informer and the 
other half to the Church wardens for the use of the poor thereof. 

This Board unanimously are of opinion that it would be very usefull for 
to have a Pouder House built on some place near the City. 

Resolved by this Board that are appointed a Committee for 

agree with persons for to make a Pouder House & that fix on a place where 
it is to be built and that they make a report to this Board next Common 
Council. 

Thomas Seeger three Skipplc of wheat ; John Readtcliff three D''. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Wednesday the 23d 
of July 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurer 
for £16:10, being in full for the six watchmen from the 8th of April, 1771, 
to the 8th of June, 1771. 

Allowed the following ace * : Robert Lansing, £5 ; John G. Lansing, 
£22:1:7. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk write to Mr. Richard Morris and 
desire him to send the names the Gcn^ appointed in the Commission of 
Oyer & Terminer for as many years back as he can with the dates of each 
Commission. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Monday the 29th of 
July, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that Guysbert Merselis & Jn^ Roorbach, Esq""", 
be appointed a Committee to oversee the building of a Powder house. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Mess'* Roorbach & Merselis for £10:10 for hying lime to 
build the Powder House. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on Saturday the 27th 
day of August, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the lots formerly bought by William Hanna 
lying in Foxes Creek, for which he has neither paid the purchase money 
nor rent, that the same be conveyed to Isaac Fonda upon the conditions 
they were before sold. 

Resolved by this Board that the Petition of Jn^ G. Lansingh, praying for 
the vacant Lot lying in the first ward between John Bones & the shop of 
Isaac Hogen be granted, not exceeding in breadth 30 feet, in length as 
this Board shall think convenient by a street which is proposed to be laid 
at the water side and at the annual rent of 6s. and for the term of 15 years. 
To the Worshipful Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City of 
Albany the humble Petition of John G. Lansing sheweth. 

May it please your Worships, that your Petitioner of reason of adversity 
is become destitute of a Dwelling wherein to gain a lively Hood for his in- 
creasing Family and nowing that there is a vacant Lot belonging to this 
Corporation which would answer his purpose (lying between the House & 
Lot whereiti John Bone lives and the smiths shop of Isaac Hogan) your 



230 The City Records, 1771. 

Petitioner humbly prays that your Worships will be pleased to grant him 
said lot on such Terms as in your wisdom i|^all seem meet and equitable. 
And your Petitioner shall (as in duty bound) ever Pray, &c. 

Albany, August 6th, 1771. John G. Lansing. 

At a- Common Council held for the City of Albany on Wednesday the 11th 
of September, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the City Chaim- 
berlain to pay the following Accounts : 

Hanna Fryer for £3: 3-0 Jacobus Van Valkenburgh, £1: 3:0 

Taukel Merselis for 6:1G:0 Noah Payn for 10:13:6 

John V'> Douw for 0:17:6 Jacobus Van Valkenburgh, 0:42:6 

Richard Uatton for 3: 5:3 James Marr, 1:12:0 

Angus Mattenson for 2:16:0 John G. Lansingh for 22: 2:7 

Daniel Huston for 3: 2:0 

Resolved by this Board that John Monier remove his hay out of the 
Hospital in twenty-four hours from this. 

Resolved by this Board that Samuel Stringers Petition for part of the 
Hospital be granted. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk prepare the Lease and counter 
parts of John Davis k John G. Lansing. 

Resolved by this Board that the Petition of John Trotter, Jun"", praying 
for a vacant Lot lying next to the Storehouse of Volckert P. Douw be 
granted in manner as it shall be measured by the members of the first 
ward, what measurment shall be returned in to next Common Council for 
the Term of 15 years at 10s. ^ annum. 

Allowed the Account of Michael Wagoner for Candels & lighting the 
Lamps, £3:18:9. 

It is agreed that the Lampliter is to have £3:15:0 Quarterly; and two 
shillings for Candles, 2s., and that he Quarterly swears the Oath indorsed 
upon his present ace*. Here add the Oath as on the Account. 

Michael Wagoner being sworn upon his Oath says that the above acc^ 
is Just & True, and further upon his Oath says that he has not willfully 
wasted or any of their Oil supplied him to light the lamps, and he 

does not believe that it has been done by any of bis family or any body 
else by his or their procurement except the Oil burned in their own Lamp. 

Resolved by this Board that the Petition of Nicholas Groesbeeck pray- 
ing Liberty of cutting saw logs in the City right be granted, he paying Is. 
^ Piece, the number to be sworn to by him. 

Mr. De Lancey is to serve John Monier with a written order to remove 
his hay agreeable to the Resolution. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Saturday the 29th 
of September, 1771. 

Whereas the Ordinance formerly made by the Mayor, Aldermen & 
Comonalty of this City for electing two Constables for each ward of this 
City is expired of its own limitation, it is hereby ordered by the Mayor, 
Aldermen & Comonalty of this City that on to morrow shall be chosen in 
each ward two petty Constables of which the Aldermen in each ward or 
any of them shall make their return with the rest of the City officers. 



Abraham C Cuyhr^ Mayor. 231 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Sunday the 29th 
day of Seps 1771. 

This day being appointed by Charter for electing the different officers 
for this City the following persons were elected : 

First Ward — Peter Lansing & Peter Silvester, Esq", Aldermen ; Jacob 
Roseboom & Myndert Roseboom, Assistants ; John Wilkerson & Luke 
Cassaday, Constables. 

Second Ward — Guysbert Merselis & Robert Yates, Esq", Aldermen ; 
Jeremiah V . Renselaer & Com^ Van Schelluyne, Assistants ; William 
Regie & James Smith, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates, Jun^ , & John Ten Broeck, Esq", Alder- 
men ; Isaac Deforest & Abraham Ten Eyck, Assistants ; Barnardus Evert- 
son & Hendrick V. Hoesen, Constables. 

William Regie is appointed by this Board as High Constable. 

Resolved by this Board that Henry Bleecker be appointed City Chaim- 
berlain, he first given Bonds for the due performance of the same. 

Thomas Seeger is appointed Marshel. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 14th day of October, 1771. 

This being the day appointed by Charter for qualifying the yearly 
officers, 

Abraham C. Cuyler, Esq*^, produced a Commission appointing him Mayor 
of the City & Clerk of the Market & Coroner of the City & County of 
Albany. 

Henry Ten Eyck, Jun'', Esq^, produced a Commission appointing him 
High Sheriff for the City & County of Albany & was sworn in the due ex- 
ecution of his office. 

Peter Lansingh & Peter Silvester, Aldermen for the first ward. 

Guysbert G. Merselis, D^ for the second ward. 

Abraham Yates, Jui*, & John Ten Broeck, Do for the third ward. 

Myndert Roseboom, Ass^ for the first ward. 

Jeremiah Van Renselaer, Cornelius V. Scheluyne, D'* for the 2d ward. 

Abraham Ten Eyck, Isaac Deforest, D° for the third ward. 

William Regal, High Constable. 

John Wilkeson & James Smith, Constables for the first ward. 

Robert McClallen, Peter Gansevoort, Anthony B. Bratt, Benjamin Eg- 
berts, Jacob J. Bleecker, Jacob J. Cuyler, Martin Beekman, Hendrick 
Merselis, appointed by this Board firemen. 

Resolved by this Board that Peter Lansing send for one hundred & fifty 
Gallons Lamp Oyl. 

Resolved Uiat the watchmen be paid for the three months. 

Whereas a Point conceived to be of much consequence to the Liberties 
& Prevelidges of the People in the City & County of Albany respecting 
the Right of the Mayor, Recorder & Aldermen of the City of Albany, by 
vertue of the Charter to set as Judges in the Court of Oyer & Terminer & 
General Goal Delivery of the said County has been lately agitated & drawn 
in question, and it is thought to be now a seasonable time to take the ne- 
cessary Measures for determining the Matter k to !mpower a proper person 
of this Board to manage & sollicit the said business. 

Resolved therefore that Alderman Ab'" Yates, Esq% be appointed & he 
is hereby authorized & appointed accordingly to repair tq New York with 



282 The Ciiy Records, 1771. 

all convenient speed and to take with him Charters and all other necessary 
Papers to be distributed and laid before the Council already retained bv 
this Corporation on the subject, and he is hereby directed to follow such 
Advise as he shall receive of them in order to secure the Previliage afore- 
said, and he is also further impowred to serch the Ilecords, private & pub- 
lick at New York, and to take such Copies & Abstracts therefrom as may 
be thought usefull on this occasion & for all his Disbursements & Servises 
he is to be repaid k satisfied & soon after his return he is to make report 
to this Board of his actings & doings herein. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 11th Nov% 1771. 

Robert Yates, Esq'', quallified as Alderman for the second ward. 

Jacob Roseboom as Common Council for the first ward. 

A Petition from the Inhabitants of Balls Town to this Board praying 
their assistance to make a road from said Town to this City being read, 

Resolved by this Board that the Petition from Balls Town be taken in 
farther consideration at the next meeting. 

A Petition of Simon Schermerhorn praying for a Lease of a Quantity 
of Land about one mile square at the south west corner of the Corporations 
Right lying to the westward of this City being read. 

Resolved by this Board that the Petition of Simon Schermerhorn be 
granted as shall be agreed on hereafter. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following ace , one D^ in favour of Jacobus Van Valkenburgh 
for riding stone, £3:15. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw Advertisements to sell 2 
Lots adjoyning Jacob Van Schaack, Q', each 30 feet 6 inches in front, in 
length according to John R. Bleeckers map the twentyeth day of Novem- 
ber, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay John Readtcliff a years Salery for Bell ringing, deducting what he 
owes. 

The following persons where appointed by this Board as firemasters : 

WilUam Hilton & Mathew Watson for the first ward. 

Gerrit A. Roseboom & Philip Van Renselaer for the second ward. 

Peter Gtinsevoort & Marte Beekman, Ju% for the third ward. 

Then the Court adjourned untill fortnight. 

At a Comon Council held for the City of Albany on Wednesday the 20th 
day of November, 1771. 

A Petition of John Christopher Hartwick, praying for a room in the 
Hospital till next Spring being read, it was Resolved by this Board the 
same be granted. 

A Petition of Lewis Van Antwerp, praying for a piece of vacant Ground 
or Land at Schacticock being read, Resolved that the same may be taken 
in farther consideration. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay Cornelius Wendell 19 for the Oyl & freight. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Ordinance be published, viz : 

A Law for the better securing of the City of Albany from the danger of 
Gun Powder. 




Ahraham C. Cuyhr^ Mayor. 233 

Mr. James Baen is appointed by this Board as Overseer of the Powder 
House under the regulations of said Ordinance. 

At Common Council held on Thursday the 12th day of Dec^, 1771 — Pre- 
sent, Abraham C. Cuyler, Esq"", Mayor, John H. Ten Eyck, Esq^, Re- 
corder, Peter Lansingh, Guysbert Merselis; Peter Silvester, Rob' Yates, 
John Ten Broeck, Abraham Yates, Jun% Esq", Aldermen, Jeremiah 
V. Renselaer, Jacob Roseboom, Isaac Deforeest, Cor^ Van Schellyne, 
Abraham Ten Eyck, Myndert Roseboom, Esq""", Assistants. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Accounts : 

One D" in favour of John Burges for £7:16:10. 

One Do in favour of Nicholas Brower for £12:15:1. 

One D® in favour of Owen Linch, John Hall & Richard Phillemore for 
£4:19. 

One D" in favour of James Marr for £2:4. 

One D'^ in favour of Jacob Jan Schermerhorn for £2:15. 

One D" in favour of Elisha Benedict for £1:1. 

One D^» in favour of William Mcintosh for £8:18, 

Resolved by this Board that Aldermen Merselis, Peter Lansingh k John 
Ten Broeck are appointed a Committe to examine the remaining acc^^ and 
that they make report to this Board the next Monday. 

Resolved by this Board that William Regel, Constable for the second 
ward is removed out of the City, and is resolved by this Board that there 
be another Constable elected for the said ward on Monday the 16th day of 
December, 1771. 

Luke Cashady k Hendrick Van Hoesen where sworn in the due execu- 
tion of their office as Constables and took the Oaths appointed by Law. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 24th December, 1771. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Accounts, viz : 

Abr"» Roseboom for £92:11:9 Barent Vosburgh for £4:10: 6 

Patrick Clark ^or 22: 2:6 James Marr for 8: 0: 

Thomas Lotteredge for 15:6 Daniel Marshall for 11: 8: 4 

Jacob Pruin, Jun^ for 1: 4:0 Peter Waldrom for 21: 0: 

Gerret Groesbeeck for 0:15:8 Wessel Van Schaick for 3:10:10 

Johannis Quackenboss for 1:16:0 Gerrit Van Vranken for 5: 5:10 

Owen Linch & James Marr for 12:0 Peter Dannels for 6:2:0 

John Foster for 3:15:3 Jacob Lansing for 4:14: 

James Smith for 2: 4:0 Robert Bruis for 4: 6: 

Mathew Auter 3: 1:6 Abraham Bogert for 0:15: 

Abraham S. Veeder for 1:10:0 Patrick Coeny for 7:10: 

Teunis T. Vischer for 2: 0:0 Mynd' Roseboom for 8:17: 2 

James Green for 6:15:0 Christian Jacobee for 0:12: 

John Van Deusen for 1: 8:0 James McMichael for 1: 4: 

Catharine Van Renselaer for 66: 0:0 Joh^ Ouderkerk for 5:15: 6 

Barent Vosburgh for 20: 5:0 William Stansbury for 2: 2: 

Richard Hickson for 12:12:0 Tobias Pooder for " 0:12: 9 

James Smith for 1: 8:0 Jame Abbot for 6: 0: 

John Brion for 7:12:0 John Price for 11: 3: 

80 



234 The City Records, 1772. 

Ilcsolvcd by this Board that the Mayor execute the following Deeds & 
that the City Seal be thereuuto affixed. 

Corporation to Johannis Pruiu, Deed. The same to Adam Yates. The 
some to Cathaleua Grosbeeck. The same to Abr'" Yates, Jun*". 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said ('ity on Friday the 27th day of Dec, 1771. 

ReM)lved by this Board that the Clerk give an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Michael Wagoner for £8:18:8. 

Barent Bogert being chosen High ('Onstable in the stead of William 
Regie was sworn in the due execution of his office} and took the Oaths ap- 
pointed by Law. 

Ilendrick Halenbeeck being sworn in the stead of Barnardus Eversc and 
took the Oaths appointed by Law. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Hkipple of wheat and charge the 
same to his account. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 10th of February, 1772. 

Rewjlved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of the watchmen untill the eight day of February is 4 month. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Flansburgh for £3:10. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Ace - : 

Edward & EbenezerJessup £1: 2:8 Nicholas Jorelimon for £2: 2:0 

Isaac Hogghkerk i\)T 80: 5:6 

Jiukas Hooghkerk for 80:15:0 

Gcrrit Rosebix)m for 1: 7:0 

Peter Van Deursen for 1:10:0 

Chr. P. Yates for 4: 8:0 

BiLstian J. Visscher for 31: 7:0 

W'» Staats for 0:15:0 



Henry Wendell for 


8: 9:0 


John Ten Broeck for 


0:18:0 


Abraham C. Cuyler, Escf , 


34:10:0 


Roelifl' Seger for 


4: 5:0 


Thomas Hun for 


1:10:6 


David Rotney 


8:11:6 


Abraham E. Wendell for 


5: 7:6 


John McKenzie for 


1: 9:0 


John N. Bleecker for 


4: 0:0 



fV 



Thomas Seeger for 18:15:0 



Poor people that have acct" allowed by the Corporation may have a bagg 
of wheat by order of Common Councell. 

Resolved by this Board that Philip De Fraest be Gager of Bushels as 
well as of Skiples. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 13th February, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Thomas Seeger for a years Sallery, fifteen pounds, from 2i)th 
Sept= 1770 to iSept^ 1771. 

Mr. Folliet owes for a Lot of ground and will leave the City of Albany 
and Mr. Amory will give a Note of hand for the money to the C-orporation 
payable in four months with lawfull lnt43rest, it is Resolved by the Board 
to accept the said Security for the payment of the said Debt. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 235 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Tho^ Shipboy for £2:10:6. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Peter Lansing for £2:16. 

The Board having this day rec ' a Letter of Phil Schuyler, Esq*", one of 
the Representatives, which being read and a drafl of an Answer being pre- 
pared, Resolved that when the same is copied that the Mayor sign the 
same in behalf of this Board and send it down. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the J9th March, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Docks belonging to the Corporation be 
sold at Publick Vendue on Friday next at ten o'clock in the morning and 
that the same be advertised. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Ace'** : 

Philip Elsworth for £15:15:6 Isaac Fryer for £23:16 

Patrick McGregor for 1:12:0 James Dunneway for 1:14 

John R. Bleecker for 8: 1:0 

' At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 13th March, 1772. 

Jacob Van Schaick having presented to this Board a Petition praying a 
Grant for a vacant square of Ground lying to the eastward of his Lott, 
it is therefore Resolved by this Board that the prayer of said Petition be 
granted in the following manner, that a Release be drawn and executed to 
the Petitioner, his heirs and assigns, for the consideration of 30s. for the 
breadth of twelve foot adjoining to the East of the I-iOt which the Peti- 
tioner bought of Hubertse with the full breadth of said Lot, and that the 
remaining part of the said Petition be rejected ; the said Peice is granted 
for the purpose of erecting a Bullwark against the Ice. 

The Docks being sold at Publick Vandue for one year to Abraham I. 
Yatos, who being the highest bidder, for seventy-four pounds payable the 
first day of January next and such security to be given to be approved of 
by the Corporation for the payment thereof, and the said Abraham I. Yates 
offering Joseph I. Yates as a Security, ordered that the City Chaimbcr- 
lain accept of him and that he enter into Bond for that purpose. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 27th day of March, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Chaimberlain give an ace' of what money 
he hufl rec ^ and paid, as also an ace* of the annual Income of this Corpora- 
tion arising from the several Rents of Lands, &c., belonging to them, by 
the next meeting of this Board. 

A Law for paving & cleaning the Streets, Lanes and Alleys within the 
City of Albany and for preventing Neusance within the same. 

Resolved by this Board that the same be bublished and renew*^ for one 
jrear, which is done accordingly. 

Also Resolved by this Board that a Law for regulating they lying of 
Vessels at the four several Docks of this City and asserting the rats to be 
paid for the same, and that the same be published and renewed for one 
year, which is done accordingly. 



236 The City Records, 1772 

Resolved by this Board that an Advertisement be published in the 
Albany Gazette, re(|uesting all persons who stand indebted to the Corpo- 
ration to pay the same to the City Chaimberlain on or before the first day 
of May next and in case of their refusal will be prosecuted for the same. 

Resolved by this Board that Aid" Silvester and Aid" Robert Yates re- 
vise the Ordinances, and for that purpose that they may have and take the 
Books of this Board where the same is entered. 

This Board having taken into consideration the present scarcity of Pro- 
vbions in this City, oweing in a great measure to the Misrepresentations 
of some evil designed Persons, it is therefore resolved that the Advertise- 
ment be published and dispersed through the County in the following 
manner : 

Whereas it has been reported to the Disadvantages of the Citizens of 
this City that the Corporation had passed a Law that no Strangers should 
bring in any Cattle to Market to kill and dispose thereof, this is therefore 
to sexnify that there is no such Law and that they are at Jjiberty to bring 
in what Cattle or other provision they pleas, and if good they will meet 
with the usual encouragement in selling by the Quarter, and that the Clerk 
of this Board sign the same by order of this Board. 

Resolved by this ]Joard that the Clerk draw a Warrant for the Assessors^ 
to assess the sum of £150 for the City Night watch and the Expence of 
lighting the Lamps erected in this City. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor of this City sign the Deed of 
Jacob Van Schaick and that the City Seal be thereunto afiixed. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Thomas Seeger and charge the same to his account. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 6th April, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw a Warrent for the Collector 
to collect the sum of £150 for the City Night watch and lamps. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain to the following Accounts, viz : 

Staats Van Sautvoort for £9:3:11 Jacob Hilton for £7:9:0 

Abraham Bouw for 0:8: 6 John Roorback for 7:3:6 

Resolved by this Board that the Collector find surety for his true per- 
formance for collecting the sum not exceeding £150 for the City Night 
watch and Lamps. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 15th day of April, 1772. 

An Ordinance for regulating the Market of different sorts of Meat was 
passed and published this day. 

Also an Ordinance for regulating of Carts and Cartman was passed and 
published this day. 

Resolved by this Board that the City Chaimberlain sell one hundred 
Skipple of the City wheat at 5s. ^ Skipple, and no more than three Skip- 
pie to one person. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of James Taylor for £10:7. 

This Board appointed Jellis Winne a watchman in the room of Obadiah 
Cooper. 



Abraham C Cuyler^ Mayor. 237 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Lujkas Hooghkerk & his son for three Skipple of wheat each. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 22d day of April, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of Killyan Winne for £6:17:9. 

Resolved by this Board that the watchmen be paid to the eight day of 
April. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of J ohn Wilkeson for lOs. 

An Ordinance regulating the City Night watch is renewed this day. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany on Friday the 1st of 
May, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the City Chaimberlain put in the hands of 
the Atty = of this City the several ace % dues and demands of the Corpora- 
tion in order that the same may be immediately prosecuted. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk make a Return of the names of 
the Mayor, R^ecorder and Aldermen of this City and send the same to Mr. 
Banyar the Province Secretary at New York. 

Resolved by this Board that G^ar^'Van Sante actt of £13:15:10, be 
allowed. 

Bastian Tymense appeared before this Board and affirmed on Oath that 
he was totally ignorant of the Clause in the Deed of his wifes Grand Fa- 
ther Isaac Ouderkerk, whereby he or his heirs or assigns were agreed with 
this Board to give the Refusal of the sale of those Lands granted by the 
said Deed to this Board, and it also appeared that he had sold those Lands 
without giving this Board the oflfer of said Lands, and the Board having 
enterd into the Composition with him for the Breach of said agreement 
have accepted from him a Note for £3:4, payable January next. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 29th May, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of Michael Waggoner for £1:8. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of Thomas Seeger for three Skipple of wheat and charge 
the same to his account. 

Resolved by this Board that an Ordinance was published the 15 day of 
April last for Beef, Mutton and Lamb, continue the prices from this day 
untill the nineteenth day of June, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that John Davis remove his Bam that stands to 
the south of his house within one month from this date. 

Resolved by this Board that Sybrant V. Shaick remove his fence out of 
the street on the Gallows Hill within one month from this date. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 6th day of June, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the following Acc»» be allowed. 

One D^' in favour of Jacob Bleecker, Jun', for £3:12 

One D^» in favour of John Wyngaert for 0: 5 



238 The City Records, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that Mess'^<> Mjnd" Roseboom & Abraham Ten 
Ejck be a Cominitte to see at the Treasury wether there is any acc^ due to 
Peter Benncway or no, ii* there is to deliver the same to the Board and to 
be allowed. Also an ace' of the Estate of Mr. Dirck Ten Broeck. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 13th June, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Jacob F. Lansingh for £5 for a Bull. 

A Petition being presented to this Board for making a Road leading 
from the City of Albany through Stephen Town, Pittsiield & Lansburgh. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Thursday the 2d July, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the City Chaimberlain sell two hundred 
Skipple of wheat at five shillings and six pence *^ Skipple, and no more 
than three Skiple to one person. 

Resolved by this Mess " Piter Silvester, Rob' Yates and Jeremiah Van 
Renselaer be a Committe to draw an Address to his Excellency on his 
arrivel. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 18th July, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that his Excellency William Tryon be presented 
with the freedom of this City in a Golden Box. 

Also Resolved that this Board do address his Excellency on his arrival 
to this City. 

At a Common Council held for City of Albany at the City Hall of the said 

City on Monday the 8d August, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of Richard Cartwright for £18:4:6. 

Resolved that Mess"^"" Ald» A. Yates, Rob- Yates Ik, Jeremiah Van Ren- 
selaer or any two of them be a Committe to draw up a state of the Corpo- 
ration Claim to the lands in the Mohawks Country and that they may have 
recourse to any papers or vouchers remaining with the Clerk or Chaimber- 
lain of this Corporation for that purpose to be occasionally to be made use 
of or laid before his Excellency to answer the complaint brought before 
him ag the Corporation by the Mohawks. 

Resolved by this Board that Ba^tian Visscher leave of making the road 
any longer from the City Gate to the Sand bergh and that he bring in his 
ace' for one years wages and that it be allowed. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said (^Jity on Thursday the 19th day of August, 1772. 
Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders the following Acct*, 
viz : 

One D » in favour of Robert Lansingh for £6: 8:10 

One D ' in favour of Jacob (/uyler for 4:19: 

Resolved by this Board that upon Mr. Yates producing a rough Draft 

of the state of the case reletive to the Corporations Claim to a seat in the 

Court of Oyer & Terminer that we cause the same to be copied and sent 

down for revisal of the Attornies concerned for this Board in New York, 



Abraham C. Cuyhr^ Mayor. 239 

and that he also may retain any one Attorney out of this Province for his 
Opinion on the said case, and for the last purpose that he draw on the 
Treasury for any sum not cxceding thirty pounds, and that for the disposi- 
tion thereof he be accountable to this Board. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 19th Sepf, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John P. Lansing for £1:7. 

One D » in favour of Edward Davis for £0:11:6, 

A Petition being presented to this Board in fiivour of John James Ab- 
bott, praying for a Lott of Ground in the Foxes Creek as is most conven- 
ient, which this Board grants. 

Resolved by this Board that John Flansburgh buy two loads of Hay for 
the City Bulls and charge the same to the Corporation. 

Resolved*by this Board that Jeremiah V. Rensclaer and Gysbert Mar- 
selis be a Committe to lay out a Percell of Lots of Ground in the Foxes 
Creek belonging to this Coi*poration. 

Resolved by this Board that the City Chaimberlain sell the weat that 
yet remains unsold at 5s. ^ Skipple, or that the same be sent down. 

Two bags of w^eat for Thomas 8eeger and charge the same to his acC 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 26th Sept , 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that there be ellected three additional Constables 
in the City of .\lbany, one in each ward, on Tuesday the 29th September 
next. 

Resolved by this Board that the Lots laid out in the Foxes Creek be 
sold at Publick Vandue on Saturday the third Day of October next at ten 
o'clock & that the Clerk draw Advertizements & that the same be put up. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 29th day of September, 1772 — Present, the 
Mayor, John H. Ten Eyck, Esq"", Recorder, Peter Lansiugh, Peter Sil- 
vester, Gysbert Marselis, Robert Yates, Abraham Yates, Jun"", John Ten 
Broeck, Aid- ; Jacob Roseboom, Mynd' Roseboom, Com^ Van Scheluyne, 
Jeremiah V. Reuselaer, Isaac De Foreest, Abraham Ten Eyck, Asst*. 

This day appointed by Charter for the election of Aldermen, Common 
Council or Assistants & Constables, &c>^, the following is the order in which 
they were elected and returned. 

First Ward — Gerrit Van Sante & Peter W. Y'ates, Esq", Aldermen ; 
Jacob Roseboom & Hend'* Van Veghten, Common Council ; John Wilke- 
son and Hend^ Halcnbeek, Constables. 

Second Ward — Gysbert Marselis and Robert Yates, Esq", Aldermen ; 
Cornelius V. Schelyne and Jeremiah V. Renselaer, Common Council; 
William Stansbury and Nicholas Halenbeck, Constables. 

Third Ward — Abraham Yates, Jun>", and John Ten Broeck, Esq^s, Al- 
dermen ; Isaac De Foreest and Abraham Ten Eyck, Common Council ; 
John A. Lansingh and Luke Cashady, Constables. 

John A. Lansingh appointed Uigh (Nonstable. 

By a majority of Votes this Board have appointed Henry Bleecker City 
Chaimberlain ; John Ostrander appointed Marshel. 



240 The City Records, 1772. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Alhanj at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 3d day of October, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following ace'" : 

One in favour of John Beeckman for - - - £0:12:0 

One Do in favour of Symon Schermerhorn, - - 8: 4:3 

One D" in favour of Christ. Yates for . . . 0: 7:6 

One D^ in favour of D'» for - - - 0:12:0 

One D'> in favour of Adam Yates for - . - 6:11:9 

One D^ in favour of Abr"' H. Wendell for - - 10:15:6 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 

in favour of John Flansburgh for twelve Skipple of wheat and charge the 

same to his ace'. 

This Board are of opinion that the Petition of Abraham Ja. Lansing to 
his Excellency the Governor for forty feet of Ground will be Detrimantle 
to the Navigation. 

Thb Board have appointed Hendrick M. Roseboom Overseer of the 
Powder House in the room of James Bean under the Regulations of said 
Ordinance. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Wednesday the 14th day of October, 17f2. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Abraham E. Wendell for £3:18:0 

One I)*^' in favour of Edward Davis for - - - - 0:11:6 

One D^ in favour of Takel Marsclis for - - •- - 4:16:0 

One D=' in favour of Gerardus Beekman for . - r 0: 3:4 

One D« in favour of Peter Lansing for - - - - 5:19:9 

One i)" in favour of John De Peystcr for . - . 1:12:0 

One D® in favour of Isaac D. Fonda for - - - - 55: 1:6 

One D^^ in favour of John Price, Stephen Van Schaick & Sebas- 
tian T. Visscher, 57: 0:0 

This being day appointed by Charter for qualifying the yearly officers, 
viz: 

Abraham C. Cuyler, Esq"", produced a Commission appointing him Mayor 
of the City and Clerk of the Market and Coroner for the City & County of 
Albany and was Sworn in the due execution of his office. 

Henry Ten Eyck, Esq^, produced a Commission appointing him High 
Sheriff for the City & County of Albany & was sworn in the due execution 
of his office. 

Peter W. Yates, Alderman for the first ward. 

Jacob Roseboom and Henry Van Veghten, Common Council for D®. 

John Wilkeson Constable for D \ 

Gysbert Marselis and Robert Yates, Aldermen for the second ward. 

Cornelius Van Schellyne and Jeremiah V. Renselaer, Conmion Council 
for D«\ 

Abraham Yates, Jun^ and John Ten Broeck, Aid" for the third ward. 

Abraham Ten Eyck and Isaac Deforeest, Common Council for D*». 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favor of Peter Lansing for Barrels of Oil and the City Chaimberlain 
advance £16:5 for the same. 



Abraham C. Cuyhr^ Mayor. 241 

Whereas this Board have this day at the request of Mr. Anthony Van 
Schaick taken into consideration an order of the Governor & Council made 
the first July last respecting a Petition of Ah"* Ja. Lansing for a grant for 
about 40 feet in Hudsons River from the waters Edge the length of his 
land on said River. Whereupon it is considered by this Board that such 
grant will clash with the Interest of this City and the Publick and by ob- 
structing the natural Channel of the River and the Business of Rafting of 
Wood and Timber down said River. 

Resolved by this Board that Mess'* Van Schelluyne and Roseboom be a 
Committe to settle acct** with Mr. Bain respecting the Powder lodged in the 
Powder House, that his Legle charges for the same is taken from his ace*. 
£3:11. 

That this Board in consideration of Mr. Bains extraordinary attendence 
in airing the Powder, &c-^, be allowed a sum including the above of £5. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 2d day of November, 1772. 

Mr. Gerrit Van Santc, Jun"", having this day app' as one of the Alder- 
men returned the 29th of Sept^ last for the first ward of this City, and he 
having taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegence and Supremecy, and 
also his Oath of dfficc, he is admitted to take his seat accordingly. 

It is Resolved by this Board that the several watch men of this City be 
paid their wages to them respectively due to the eight day of October last 
and that the Chaimberlain of this Board do pay them accordingly. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the following ac- 
counts, viz : 

John Stevenson for £0: 2:6 Johannis Flansburgh for £8: 4:6 

Richard Ilickson for 3:16:0 John Hall for 3: 0:0 

James Marr for 4: 0:0 James McDervol 1:15:0 

William Stansbury one of the Constables elected for the second ward 
this day appeared and was sworn in that office. 

It is also resolved that Thomas Seeger the late City Marshall be allowed 
for his last years wages the sum of £15, and that the City Chaimberlain pay 
him the remainder of such Ballance as is due to him. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of Isaac Fonda additional to the former allowance of his 
acC the sum of £1:15. 

Resolved by this Board that John Redtliff be paid for his last years 
wages and that the City Chaimberlain pay him the remainder of such Bal- 
lance as is due to him. 

Michael Wagoner being Quallificd on his Oath, ordered that his account 
be allowed of £8:19:7 to this date. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Friday the 29th Nov^, 1772. 

Resolved by this Board that the €lerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of John Roorbach for £16:1:4 and that the former order 
be barred. 

It is Resolved that John Flansburgh light the Lamps and that he be 
be allowed twenty-five shillings ^ moth. 

John Trotter having petitioned for a Lott of Ground between the Houses 
of Volkert P. Douw & Michael Waggoner, he not chusing to purchase the 

81 



242 The City Records, 1773. 

same, whoroby John \V. Wendell having aaked for the same, which thiB 
Board hiu) granted the same to Wendell at the rate of 10s. "^ annum for 
16 years. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Ilall of the 
said City on Saturday the 5th Dec^, 1772. 

Eesolved by this lioard that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain in favour of John Price, Stephen Van Schaick k Bastian T. Vis- 
scher for £137. 

One D" in favour of John Wilkcson & Luke Cashady for £1:4. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign the following Deeds, viz, 
and that the City Seal be thereunto affixed. 

One in favour of Barent Ten Eyck lor Lett F lying on the North side 
of Foxes Creek. 

One D*^ in favour of John H. Ten Eyck, Ksci^, for Lott G D". 

One 1)" in favour of l^aul llogstrasser for Lott H D^. 

One 1) ' in favour of Jacob Van Schaick for Lott I D^. 

One I)' in favour of John Wendell. 

Hobert Yates and Jeremiah Van Kenselaer as a Committe to this Board 
have pursuant to their orders this day brought in their written Report 
upon the subject matter of the Citys Claim to the westward and also a map 
to which the said Report doth refer, whereon they have laid the diflferent 
lines, which have been laid down upon the several diiferent Constructions 
of the said Citys Claim and the Question being thereupon put which of 
those lines should be deemed and taken for the true western extent, it was 
Resolved by a majority of this Board that a natural Northwest Extent is 
the true Line whereon the Citys right is founded, and it is farther Resolved 
that Jeremiah Van Renselaer do with all convenient speed cause those said 
lines to be run on these Principab to the full extent of the Citys Claim & 
cause the said line to be marked. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Ilall of the 
said City on Monday the 4th day of Jan>", 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw Advertizements to sell the 
four several Docks belonging to the Corporation of the City of Albany on 
Saturday morning at 9 o'clock in the forenoon. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 9th Jan>', 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the four several Docks belonging to the 
Corporation of the City of Albany be sold from this date to the first day of 
January next to the highest bidder, he or they so buying the same given 
good security, such as shall be approved of by this Corporation ; the money 
to be paid the first day of January next. 

Resolved by this Board that be a Committe to see wether there 

is any sum or sums due to Thomas William from the Corporation and that 
his acc< be allowed next meeting. 

The Docks pursuant to the above resolve being exposed to sale at publick 
Vandue and Mr. Abraham I. Yates bidding for the same £79 and no per- 
son oflfering or bidding any higher, the same was struck of to him accord- 
ingly for one year, subject to the Ordinances and Regulations made by this 
Board. 

The Board has this day agreed with Mr. Thomas Lotteredge and Mrs. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor, 243 

• 

Catharine Hansen by her son Dirk Hansen for the Ferry nntil January 
next for X33, and they the said Lotteridge & Hansen are to deliver the 
Dock in good repair as they are now. This being read to them to which 
they content. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tuesday the 2d day of Janx, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Accounts, viz : 

Jef Van Renselaer for £19:15:7} James Marr £5: 0:0 

Nicholas Merselis for 2: 2:0 Philip Elsworth for 7: 2:0 

Benj" Egbertse for 2: 9:0 John Ram & John Strope for 1:10:0 

Baltus Lydias for 2: 5:0 Guy Young for 2:16:0 



2: 


2:0 


2: 


9:0 


2: 


5:0 


2: 


5:0 


1: 


4:0 



Henry Van Veghten for 2: 5:0 Gerrit Van Vrankie for 7:16:6 
Barcnt Roscboom for 1: 4:0 Mathew Arson for 9: 4:0 

George Rogers, 0:12:0 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor settle and execute the Deeds in 
behalf of the Corporation for the exchange of the Ground on the north 
side of the Foxes Creek with Mr. Van Den Bergh. 

Also Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw a Warrent for the 
Assessors to assess the sum not exceeding £150 for the City Night watch 
and Lamps in the City of Albany. 

Resolved by this Board that Jacob Vielen have leave to cut 100 Logs 
of Timber in the Corporation Right and that he allow the Corporation nine 
pence for every Log and that he bring in his ace- and the Quantity of the 
same shall be sworn to. 

A map being shewn to the Corporation of their right from Albany to 
Schenectady and the same to be filed with the City Chaimberlain. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany the 23d 
day of Februy, 1773.- 

This Board having received advice that his Excellency by Message to 
the House of Assembly now sitting, recommended to them to pass a Law 
to secure to the Mohawk Indians the Lands whereupon they reside at 
Tiondcroga, but the. Reversion thereof is to be vested in this Board, which 
Reversion or right of entry when it can take place will (in case such a Law 
does pass) only be detcnuinablo by a future Legislature. This Board con- 
ceiving that if such a Law is made that it will abridge their rights to those 
liands, which have been amply secured to them by Royal Charter and by 
Purchase from the Natives, do therefore upon mature consideration deem 
it absolutely necessary by all legal ways and means to oppose the passing 
of the said Law, for which said purpose they nominate and appoint Gys- 
bert G. Marselis and Robert Yates, Aldermen, a Committe to go down to 
New York, and they have hereby full power and authority to act, transact 
and forward all matters and things which may tend most to the advantage 
of this City touching the said Premises in as full and ample manner as if 
this said Board were personally present, and for the purposes aforesaid to 
prefer one or more Petitions of such tenor and purport as they shall think 
necessary and one or more Attorn ies under them to make and at their 
pleasure to revoke, and this Board will make good to them all reasonable 
Disbursements and Expences, and this Board directs their Chaimberlain 
to advance to them out of any Money in his hands the sum of £20, for 
which sum they must be accountable upon their return. 



244 The City Records, 1T73. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Wednesday 24th of Febr, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order upon the Treasurer 
in favour of William Walderon for £16:0:6. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Tiiesday the 9th day of March, 1773. ^ 

The Assessors of the City of Albany delivered to this Board an exact 
List of the rates and Taxes laid on the Freeholders, Freemen, Inhabitant, 
Residents and sojourners in the City of Albany living within half a mile 
from the Hudsons River to defray the Kxpcuces of a City night watch. 

Also Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treas- 
urer in favour of Peter Marsher for eleven shillings. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Monday the 15th March, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of John Redliflf for six Skipple of wheat and charge the same to 
the Corporation. 

One D" in favour of John Fryer for £0:13:4. 

Resolved by this Board that William Gamble have a Lott of Ground to 
the south of Juhn Bones and that the same be surveyed by Henry I. 
Bogcrt, City Surveyor, and that he deliver an extract of the same next 
meeting. 

Also Resolved by this Board that Jeremiah Van Rensselaer have a Lott 
of Ground near were the last Gallows was erected. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said- City on Wednesday the 21st April, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the watchmen be paid from the seventh 
day of November to the seventh day of April, save one month to be keep 
in arrear agreeable to the Ordinance. 

Resolved that the Clerk of this Board prepare a list of all the Inhabit- 
ants in the Destrict of Albany liable to work on the high ways together 
with the Quotas annexed to their several names and have the same ready 
at the next meeting and thou to be compleated by affixing to each persons 
name the number of days that such person shall be liable to work on the 
high ways, &c^. 

Resolved that those Inhabitants of this City who have Hoggs which 
they suffer to run at large through the streets shall put or cause to be fixed 
a small iron ring through the nose of each Hogg by the first day of May 
next and keep the same so fixed from time to time, and in case of default 
shall for each offence pay a fine of five shillings to be recovered by a war- 
rent under the hand and seal of the Mayor, Recorder or any one of the 
Aldermen of the City for the use of the poor. 

Also Resolved that the well in the south west part of the City in the 
first ward of the said City be rated up and a new one made or the present 
one sufficiently repaired, and that Mess" Roseboom, Van Veghten & P. W. 
Yates be overseers for that purpose. 

Also Resolved that Air holes be made in the Powder house and that any 
two members of the second ward be overseers for that purpose and see the 
same compleated as soon as convenient. 




Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 246 

Also Eesolved that the Chaimberlain of this City sell the Quantity of 
200 Skipple of the City wheat at os. *^ Skipple, provided that no person 
to whome he may sell shall have more then six Skipple. 

That the Marshel of this Board have also Liberty to have six Skipple of 
wheat at the above price and charge the same to his acc^ 

Also Resolved that the Members of the first ward cause to be errected 
adjoining to the City Hall a Stocks or place for the punishment of Negroes 
fuid servants brea;king the Sabbath or Lords Day called Sunday. 

At a Common Council held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of the 
said City on Saturday the 24th April, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the City Chaim- 
berlain the following ace'**, viz : 

One in favour of K. Bleecker for £3:4. 

One D<* in favour of Adam B. Vrooman for £9:3:9. 

One D*^ in favour of Patrick Clerk for £9:7. 

One D^ in favour of 3Iichael Wagoner for lighting the lamps 2 months 
Candles and Cotton for £2:15. 

One D^ in favour of the watchmen from the 8th Nov to the 8 April ins* 
which compleats their year. 

Resolved by this Board that the Chaimberlain of this City replace out 
of the Corporation fund the sum of twenty pounds which he paid last 
winter to Mess * Marselis & Yates into the fund appropriated for the use 
of the watchmen of this City. 

It is Resolved that the several Ordinances of last year be continued for 
and in force this year. 

It is farther Resolved that Alderman P. W. Yates and Councellor V. 
Veghten be a Committe for revising, altering and amending all the Ordi- 
nances of this Board now in force and that they present them to this Board 
at the next meeting for approbation. 

It is also Resolved that no Member of this Board do incur any Expence 
above 20s. in any publick work or business unless by a previous order of 
this Board. 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the city of Albany on 
Saturday the 22 of May, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that Peter Lansing of the first ward, Nicholas 
Merselis of the second ward, and Harmanus Wendell of the third ward 
be appointed Overseers of the Roads pursuant to a Law of this Province 
lately made. 

This Board as Commissioners pursuant to the said act do appoint An- 
thony Egbertse, Clerk of the said Roads, and that he pursuant to said 
act Advertise a List of the Inhabitants which are to work on the Roads 
within the City and its Liberties. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor do sign the Deeds of Wilhel- 
mus V. Den Bergh and the Lease to Samuel Stringer and the City Seal 
be thereunto affixed. 

Resolved by this Board that the Lot granted to Samuel Stringer bo in 
breath from east to west two Chains and in length from north to south 
five Chains. 

Resolved by this Board that Guysbert Merselis and Jeremiah V. Ren- 
selaer be appointed a Committee to examine the minutes of Common 

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246 The City Records, 1773. 

Council! respecting the Deeds of Schactakook, to prepare them to be ex- 
ecuted and make report thereof to the Corporation. 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 

Thursday the 27 day of May, 1778. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
for the following Accounts : 

For Matthew Orson £1:10 For John Wilkenson £0:8 

At a Common Council held at the City Ilall of the City of Albany on 
Tuesday the 8th of June, 1773. 

' Resolved that this Bord are to go to Schatekook next Tuesday, being 
the fifteenth day of June, and that our Chamberlain is also to be warned to 
go along with the City Seal, and that the Mayor is authorized to fix the 
Seal to such Deeds as are ready for execution by vertue of a former Re- 
solution of this Board. 

Resolved by this Board that the amendment in the Margin of the 
Ordinance for the due observance of the Lords day be part of the said 
Ordinance. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the 28 of June, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Aldermen and Common Council of the 
respective Wards do clean and repair the several Pumps and Cisterns in 
their several Wards and that the Bridge at Jacob Lansings and the 
father Bridge on the Foxes Creeke be repaired by the Aldermen and 
Common Council of the several wards or any of them. 

Also a small ditch to be made at John G. Yates's. 

Resolved by this Board that Aldermen Abraham Yates, Robert Yates 
and Peter W^. Yates be appointed a Committe to consult with Mr. Duane 
in respect to the (Maim of the Corporation of the City of Albany to a Seat 
in the Court of Oyer and Terminer. 

At a Meeting at Schgkook the 16 of June, 1773, of the Members of the 
Corporation. 

Mayor executed to Abraham Deforecst a Deed for 40 acres, and the 
said Abraham De Foreest executes the counter part, he also executes at 
the same time a Note for £5 payable to the Board for two years rent in 
arrear for said land. 

B^ To Dirck Van Vcghten for two Pieces of Land, one 37 acres and 
the other 19 acres, and he executed counter part and also gave a Note for 
£3 payable to this Board for two years rent in arrear for the said two 
Peices. 

The Members have also consented that Lewis Van Antwerp shall have 
fifty or sixty acres adjoining to the east of his Land at the rate of sixpence 
rent for every acre. But previous to the granting the same. Ordered 
that the same be surveyed at the expence of him, the Deeds also to be 
drawn at his expence. 

Do that Mr. lleusclaer survey a peice of Ground of about 40 acres for 
Peter W^iune and make return thereof. 

Nicholas Young between the Land lately granted to him and Peter 
Winne in proportion to the former or other rent the Mayor executed a 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 24n 

deed to Nicholas Young for 87 acres, and he the said Young executed a 
Note for £8 payable to the Bord for two years rent in arrears for said 
Land. 

The Mayor executed a Deed to Peter Benneway for 8 acres of Ground, 
and he the said Benneway executed the counterpart and also paid to the 
Chamberlain £10 for the use of the Board, being the consideration money. 

Agreed with Jacob Fort that the Land formerly promised to him be 
surveyed, the rent seven Skipple, that he also include an hill laying be- 
tween his old farm and that he the said Fort intcnted paying therefor in 
proportion. 

Abraham Becker declined a purchase heretofore made from the Cor- 
poration 11 July, 1773 in favour of Lewis Viele. 

At a Common Councill held at the City Ilall of the City of Albany the 
22d day of July, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favour of Gerrit T. V. Den Bergh for £10:4. 

It is resolved by this Board that a Peice of Ground at Schagkook of 
sixteen Acres and thirty-nine Perches surveyed by Jeremiah Van Ren- 
selaer for Marte Winne be granted to him on an annual rent of eight 
shillings, agreeable to the return made by the said surveyor. 

Resolved by this Board that a Peice of Ground at Schagkook of 107 
Acres and 24 Perches, surveyed by Jer*> Van Reuselaer for Lewis Van 
Antwerp be granted to him on an annual rent of two pounds thirteen 
shillings and six pence, agreeable to the return made by the said Surveyor. 

Resolved by this Board that a Peice of Ground at Schagkook of forty- 
one Acres three Roods and thirty-six Perches, surveyed by Jeremiah 
Van Renselaer for Peter Winne be granted to him on the annual rent of 
twenty-one shillings, agreeable to the return made by the said Surveyor. 

Also Resolved by this Board that a peice of Ground of thirteen acres 
at Schagkook, surveyed by Jeremiah Van Renselaer for Nicholas Young 
be granted to him on an annual rent of thirteen shillings, agreeable to the 
return made by the said Surveyor. 

Also Resolved by this Board that a Peice of Land lately surveyed by 
Jeremiah Van Renselaer and containing twenty-six Acres three Roods 
and fifteen Perches be granted to John Knickerbackcr, Peter Yates, Marte 
Winne, Lewis Van Antwerp, Lewis Mago and Woutcr Groosbeek and to 
their heirs and assigns. Intrus for the use of the reformed protestant 
Dutch Church of Schaghkook. 

Also Resolved by this Board that a Peice of Land at Schaghkook of 
thirty-five Acres and fourteen Perches, surveyed by Jeremiah V. Rense- 
laer for Dirck V. Veghten be granted to him on the annual rent of 
twenty shillings, agreeable to the return made by the said Surveyor. 

Resolved Likewise that Jacob Fort is to have two small Peices of Land 
agreeable to the survey of Jer*> V. Renselaer at six pence the acre ^ 
Annum. 

Resolved that Mr. Jeremiah Van Renselaer have leave to examin all 
the counter parts of the Deeds for Lands at Schaghkook which are now 
in the possession of the Chamberlain. 

It is Resolved by this Board that to Johannes Knickerbaker, Jun*", be 
granted a Peice of Ground of fifty acres, bounded east by his own Land 
and on the south by a Tract laid out for Marte Winne and on the west by 



248 The City Records, 1T73. 

Abraham Deforccst, by the east the Land of IjCwis Van Antwerp and a 
road on an annual rent of six pence for every acre. Yet that previous to 
the granting thereof it is farther resolved that an actual survey be thereof 
made, upon the return thereof the land be granted. 

It is Kesolved that whenever the road proposed to be made from Cumr 
berland county to Pownel for the sake of carrj-ing on a Trade and Com- 
merce, &c. with this City is certified by the representatives of said county 
to be duly compleated, then the Treasurer of this Board shall advance 
towards it fifteen pound.<i. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer 
for to pay the following Accounts : 

John Dc Pe3'stor £2:9:6 Isaac I. Lansing £1: 4 

Johannes Oudcrkerk G:G:U Jacob J. Van Woert 1:10 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk give an order to John Radlieff 
on the Chamberlain for three Skipples of wheat. 

Likewise an order in favour of John Ostrander for six Skipples of wheat. 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany the 
24th day of July, 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that Jer*> Van Renselaer and Cornelius Van 
Schulluync be appointed a Committe to inspect the account of Tho" Wil- 
liams and make a final settlement of the same. 

Resolved by this I^rd that the Chamberlain sell the wheat belonging 
to the Corporation (only reserving 100 Skipples) to the highest bidder. 

Henry Van Veghten is appointed to sell the above mentioned wheat at 
58. if he can get no more by Monday next. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of tho said City on Thursday 
the 2d day of September, 1773. 

"Whereas Mr. Peter W. Yates, agreeable to a late Resolution of this 
Board, has revised, corrected and amended the Ordinances and had the 
same printed which being now presented and approved of, and it is Re- 
solved that the same commence to be in full force and effect from this day. 

It is further resolved that Messrs. Peter W. Yates and Jeremiah Van 
Renselaer do agree with the Printers about the Prices and Expences of 
the Paper and Printing of the said Ordinance. 

Mr. Ebenezar Jessup presented a Petition to this Board praying them 
to grant to him a Peice of vacant ground covered with water, lying on 
the north side of the upper warf beginning at the east end of Mr. Quack- 
enboss, &c. Whereupon it is resolved that the Prayer of the Petitioner 
be granted subject to a yearly rent charge of 40 shillings and that Mr. 
Robert l^'ates present the Deeds thereof by the next meeting then to be 
executed. 

Watson having applyed to this Board by Alderman Ten Broeck 

for liberty to cut a quantity of Logs off of the Land belonging to the 

Corporation lying at Resolved that he have leave to wh.it quantity 

he shall think fitt on consideration that he deliver an attested account 
thereof and pay the usual price. 

Resolved by this Board that agreeable to the Ordinance in that case 
made and provided no meat is to be exposed to sale on Sunday after the 
second Sunday in September instant. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 249 

At a Common Gouncill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the 13th of Sept., 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw Orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following Accounts : 

One in favour of Philip Lansing for £15:10:11. 

One in favour of John Donaldson for attending the Town Clock from 
the year 1769 to the year this Board agreed with Mr. John J. Abbot. 

One in favour of the City Night Watch for four months wagers. 

Aid" Peter W. Yates and Messrs. Van Veghten and Roseboom pre- 
sented to this Board the following Accounts: 

1 of John Merselis of £10: 0:0 1 of George Dole of £8: 5:0 

1 of John Hall of 7:15:0 1 of Philip Elsworth of 7:10:0 

1 of Wcssel Van Schaick of 1: 7:0^ 1 of William Howard of 2:16:3 
Which are also allowed. • 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Tuesday the 28th of Sept. 1773. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw Orders on the Treasurer 
to pay the following Accounts : 

Guysbert Merselis £11:4:3 Adrian Bradt £1:15 

Daniel Degraf 1:8:4 

It is Resolved by this Board that at the next insuing election of the 
different Officers of this Board that there be elected in each of the wards 
of this City one additional Constables who are to execute that office for 
the ensuing year. 

That John Redliff may receive from the Chamberlain of this City three 
Schipples of wheat on account, and it is hereby ordered that the Cham- 
berlain deliver him the said quantity. 

That the Mayor execute Deeds in behalf of this Board to John James 
Abbot for Lot K in foxes Creek. 

And to Philip Wendell for Lot L, situate in the same place, and that he 
affix or order the affixing the City Seal thereto respectively. 

At a Common Councill held for the City of Albany at the City Hall of 
the said City on Wednesday the 29th Sept. 1773 — Present, the Mayor, 
Recorder, Robert Yates, John Ten Broeck, Guysbert Merselis, Peter 
W Yates, Abraham Yates, Junr, Gerret Van Sante, Corn" Van Schul- 
luyne, Jacob Roseboom, Isaac Deforeest, Abraham Ten Eyck. 

This day being appointed by Charter for the election of Aldermen, 
Assistants and Constables, the following is the order in which they were 
elected and returned. 

First Ward — Peter W. Yates, Gerrit Van Sante, Aldermen ; Jacob 
Roseboom, Henry Van Veghten, Assistants; James Green, Luke Cashady, 
Constables. 

Second Ward — Robert Yates, Guysbert G. Merselis, Aldermen ; Com* 
Van Schulluyue, Jeremiah Van Renselaer, Assistants; John Grozier, 
William Adams, Constables. 

Third Ward — John Ten Broeck, Thomas Hun, Aldermen ; Abraham 
Ton Eyck, Leonard Gansevoort, Assistants ; Abraham A. Lansing, Albert 
Hansen, Constables. 

William Adams having been chosen Constable for the second ward and 



250 The City Records, 1773. 

refused to serve, whereupon John Ostrander offering himself to serve in 
his stead, is appointed for that purpose. 

This Board have appointed Henry BIcecker, Esq. Chamherlain, John 
Ostrander Marchel, and James Green Iligh Constable. 

Upon the Return of the 1^11 for the third ward. Aid" Abraham Yates 
in behalf of himself and William Winne, complained of the illegallity of 
several Votes at the said election and therefore prayed a scrutiny of this 
Board to inquire into the same. 

Kesolved by this Board that the same be granted, and that all the par- 
ties interested in the said election be heard on the second day of October 
next, and that leave be given to the said Parties to take Copies of the 
said Poll. 

At a Common Council held at the .City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the 2d day of October, 17715. 

Mr. Henry Bleeckcr, Treasurer, informed the Board that he was de- 
sired to attend on Monday next at a Tryal with some of the Books belong- 
ing to the Cor}>oration and applied to this Board for leave to attend with 
the same. Resolved by the lioard that leave be given accordingly. 

Agreeable to a former resolve of this Board the scrutiny between Alder- 
man Abraham Yates, William Winne and John Ten Broeck and Thomas 
Hun came on before this Board for their determination. 

Anthony Wolf Reylen, Christopher Beeckman, objected to for Bribery. 
In support whereof Jacob Henderer was sworn as a witness and saith, that 
the day before yesterday Wolf came to Martin for a saddle and said to this 
witness he had made a good days work of it the day before, for he and 
Beeckman had received X40 to give their votes for Hun and Ten Broeck 
by one Mr. Ten Broeck, and that he would be damned if he would vote 
before he had the money and that he was going to buy cattle for it. 

William Pemberton sworn says, that the day before yesterday about five 
o'clock in the morning he saw the above witness and Wolf in discourse 
together and were very merry and asked them the reason of it, that Wolf 
said by ./c«M« I have got the Shiners to vote; that he asked him how 
many have you, more than one or two. Yes, by J . . s, a good many 
more ; that the said Wolf had before the election declared he would vote 
Abraham Yates j that W\>lf afterwards said he received only a bottle of 
wine. 

James Pearce sworn saith, that on the day of election he was at Cart- 
wrights; that up stairs Beeckman, Wolf, Austin and J. Williamson and 
this witness; that Harm Ganscvoort, P. Ganscvoort and Richard Ten 
Broeck severally came there to request them to vote ; that Wolf said he 
would vote for Alderman Yates ; that they would not vote without inter- 
est; that he does not know that any money was offered by any of those 
Gentlemen ; that W^olf bought a horse next morning; that he the witness 
had left the room and left the others there ; that he does not know to his 
own knowledge that money was received for their votes by them. 

John Roorbach sworn, that he understood Williams had voted for Ten 
Broeck and Hun, that he went to Williams's slaughter house and said they 
were all off as he had got something for their votes ; that he had heard 
they would not vote before they had got money, to which Beeckman said 
Indeed would not we; that James W^illiams said he had none of it. That 
when in (this deponent was in) his Garden John O'Bryan said there was 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 251 

a good deal of work about voting in the 2d ward, the had also given his 
vote in said election. Why says he have you a vote ? Why indeed says 
he I have only lived in the ward about eight days and my Beeding and 
several of my things are at one Ryans in the first ward. 

Richard Uilton sworn saith, that Patrick Gahegan lived there before he 
came to the house of Mrs. M'Cew, that he left the said house on the 28th 
day of August last (the house he means is Mrs. M'Cews) ; that he is 
positive that it is this day 5 weeks ; that he does not know where he went 
to, tho he did not go out of town ; that he lived at Mrs. M'Cews above a 
twelve month ; that he has a Bed with all his Clothes yet at Mrs. M'Cews, 
the has not slept there these last five weeks ; that he has seen him at work 
at James Mans and that he has worked at Mr. Burcks but he generally is 
about Mans house, and he believes he does lodge there ; lives up at Gra- 
veraedts in the Vosin Kill. 

John Friend sworn saith, that John O'Bryan had his Bed and Bedding 
and Chest and Saw at this Deponents house ; that he has worked at a well 
at Capt. Schuylers in the Country; that he lodged at times at one M'Kin- 
sies, to which place he removed from this Deponents : that he has 
been the most part of last Summer since the 1st of May at Albany at one 
Ryans, and at times in the country at his work, and that he goes from one 
place to another as he thinks to work. On the part of Ten Broeck and 
Hun in objection to the above. 

James Moore, that he lives in a house of Graveraedt in the. 3d ward; 
knows one John O'Brian who has lodged about seven or eight days 
agoe at this Deponents house, he has agreed to pay him so much a 
week for his Board : that he has known him about two years, that he is a 
labouring man and has been out at work at Courtland Schuylers ; that he 
calls this Deponents house his home as he supposes as long as he stays 
there. That he has heard of O'Brian he had hired a Seller of John Mc- 
Kinsey that he does not know. 

Knows also Patrick Gahigen, that he now lives at his house and has 
lived there since the 27th of August last ; that before that time he lived 
at Mrs. M'Cews ; that he is a Taylor by trade and follows his Business, 
that he now works at Burks. 

Adam Craft sworn says, Mr. Yates asked Rees whether he received 
money, he answered that Leonard Gansevoort said he would give him a 
Dollar he owed him and be his security in a suit. 

N. B. This Dollar was part of a fee left unpaid. 

That Rees's family lives at Nestigcuna but that he has been at work for 
5 months at Hogstrossers, and that he sometimes goes to see his family 
there ; that the said Rees was born in Pennsilvania ; that the Deponent 
lives at Mr. Hogstrossers and has voted on the late election, that he is 
born in Germany and was never naturalized j that he has been 20 years in 
America, that he has lived 1 year and 4 months in Albany, that he voted 
last year for Abraham Yates and John Ten Broeck. 

Adjourned to Monday 8 o'clock in the morning. 

Met according to adjournment. 

Jere^ Van Renselacr is also entered as a member just before John 
Roorback was for the second time examined. 

Henry Tremper Sworn said, he was going to prove what Williams's wife 
had said in regard to Bribery (which was objected to on the part of Mr. 



252 The City Recordt, 1773. 

Hun) the Council by majority of votes determined that it was not proper 
to examine the witness, he was therefore set aside. 

N. B. It was said that the wife had received a Chinese Sack and Peti- 
coat for Williams vote in favour of T. B. and II. 

John McKinsie sworn saith, that John O'Brian hired his Seller for a 
year about a month ago, he was to give 40«. ; he hired with intent to dwell 
in it ; that he has his Beding in it ; that when he returned from Capt. 
Schuylcrs he came there last Saturday or Fryday a week ago and was in 
Liquor and slept there that night on the flore ; that since he hired the 
Seller he has slept there about G nights ; that the said O'Brian goes out 
to work, and there where he usually worked he lodged ; that from the 
house of this Deponent he went to one Moorcs about 8 days ago from last 
Saturday morning. 

Lyle Hodge offered to be introduced as a witness. Objected to by Mr. 
Silvester that he was not on the l*oll. 

Mr. Hodge then complained that he had offered himself as a voter at 
the time of election and was refused ; that he therefore complained of the 
Ingury; whereupon he was sworn and saith. that this day 3 weeks since 
he removed or loft Mr. Edgars to Mr. Williams, in the first ward, and 
where he has now his JJed and Board ; that he offered to vote at the lat« 
election and that he intended to vote Mr. Yates and Mr. Winne and was 
denied to vote ; he left Mr. Edgars the 12th of August, he went to the 
first ward the 24th August, he went to New York and returned Gth Sept. 
and then lodged again at Mr. Williams; that he had lodged at Mr. Wil- 
liams about 15 or IG days before the election. Mr. Yates observed that 
when John O'Brian came to vote Mr. Yates refused to have his name in- 
serted, that thereupon Mr. John Ten Broeck wrote down the voters name 
and whom he voted. 

John Roorbach again examined, but as it was asked him about the cus- 
toms of the Board, the Board thought the question as yet improper and 
would consider of it farther. 

First complaining that he had not been returned, 

Roeloff Cole sworn saith, that he offered to vote at the late election, and 
that his intention wjis to vote John Ten Broeck and Abraham Yates, that 
after he was denyed his intention w^as to vote A. Yates and W. Winne. 
The reason of his being refused by 3Ir. Ten Broeck was that he had not 
lived 6 weeks in the ward ; that he went to look, but thought he had a 
right to vote; that he was born in town, but that he had found out he had 
not lived 6 weeks in the ward ; that before he lived in the third ward he 
had been up to Missilunama. That before he had lived with his father 
in the 1st ward ; that it was yesterday 7 or 8 weeks ago since he returned 
to this place. Saith he was at the City Hall after the election, he heard 
in discourse about the election with Pemberton and Wolf, who said he 
had got shiners for his vote ; that Pemberton asked him how many ; he 
said, WIkU is that to i/on how many 1 got ? and then put out his tongue. 
That he on oath declares he had received nothing for his vote or any pro- 
mise of any Reward. 

James Pierce the objection against his vote. The state of this objection 
is as follows : 

N. B. No Clothing is mentioned in the agreement of servitude. 

John Jiansingh, Jun., saith on oath, that by the Aid™ who held the 
pole, the question was usually put as a Test to a good vote or a bad vote, 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 253 

wlietlier such voter had been six weeks in the Town or not ; if they had 
the vot<3 was admitted, and on the principle with respect a stranger, it was 
supposed their residence had been only in tlie ward. 

Nicholas Hallenbeck, is born in the City, that he has lived about 11 
months in the '^^d ward ; that Jie ha« received no reward for his vote, nor 
no promise of any reward, but that he made a difference of about £10 in 
the Candidates ; tliat when Ab»n Schuyler asked him wbat he had got for 
his vote that as it was a foolish question, that he was yet to tell him. 

Michael Dedcrick saith, that in discourse with Isaac Van Arnum, that 
he has nothing for bis \otc nor any jnomihc of reward ; that Van Arnum 
persuaded him to vote for llun and Ten Broeck, that when he went to 
vote Van Arnum told him, your vote is as good as £') to me. That last 
Fryday was 7 weeks he put up his trade at Mr. Willitts; that some time 
in October it will be 7 years since he arrived in America ; that he was 
born in Germany, that he has taken an oath, was never naturalized, but 
believes the oath was for the perf<)rmauce of his Indentures. 

John lloorback saith Chr. Beeckuian had applycd to him how to get 
naturalized and that he was an Alien. 

Jacob Henderer in further examination saith that Wolf confessed he 
was born in Germany and that he came over when he was nine or ten 
years old. 

Mr. Silvester opens on the part of Messrs. Ten Broeck and Ilun. 
Jan Jjau Voucke sworn saith, knows one Francis Doughty, that he was 
born in Lorain, that he has been about one year in this country, that he 
has been a long while in the country of Canady as a soldier as he thinks; 
that he has lived about 4 or 5 months at Schodack and about one year at 
Winne's the Tanner in the 3d ward. 

It is admitted that lloeloff Cole had said that he would have voted Hun 
and Ten Broeck immediately after he was refused. 

John Maley sworn saith, that he knows Bobert Williams, has lived with 
him since the 30th June last ; that he hath heard him say that he was 
not of age, tliat he is not certain but thinks. 

The witness was born in tlie Province of Alcase in the French Domin- 
ions, that he is not naturalized, that he has been in this country almost 7 
years, and about or near 5 years that he has paid taxes in Town, that on a 
former election he has voted Ab°» Yates and John Ten Broeck. 

Kobert Williams sworn saith, that he is not of the age of 21 years at 
this present time, that he will be 21 years the 23d of December 1774, 
that he was 13 years when he was bound apprentice. 

Francis Doughty as to his own objection sworn saith that he is a French- 
man bom ; that when Canada was surrendered he was a soldier up the 
Illonois in the French Serv^ice sidth, that he has taken the Oath of Fedelity 
to the British King and looks on himself as an English Subject. 

Jolm Metsger sworn saith, that he knows one John Phillips, that he 
has resided in the City of and on since the latter end of June, that he 
goes with a Sloop with the Deponent and that he sleeps when in Town 
aboard the Sloop and also at Santfords, and sometimes at this Deponents 
House he eat aijd drinks; that about 12 days ago he left this Deponent 
and went to Cor^ Santfords where he has slept. 

Andries Abel sworn saith, that he was born in Hanover, that he has 
voted before for Aldermen and that he has also served for the City as 
Constable ; that he taken the Oaths Alegiancc &c. and has lived 20 years 

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254 The City Records, 1773. 

in this Country and that ho never was out of America ; that he has served 
his time at Jaeub (IrwOisbecks i'or the traile as a Shiiemaker. 

James Fierce, that he lias voted formerly fur 3Iaji>tratcs in this City, 
hut that lie was not at sucli time a l>ound Servant; that lie has paid Taxes 
and towards the Church of Kn;^hnul support. 

<Jerrit \ is.<cher says, that there was always some disj>utc about which 
ward his fathers house w:ls in ; that he is in Militia in (^apt. Winners 
Company in the lower ward, but that his Drother was in Jo^ Beeekmans 
ward, but his Opinion was that he was in the h>wer ward, but that his 
Brother have voted on SMine oceasions in the upper ward, that he also has 
been a Cinistable in tlie thinl ward. 

llendrick Van Hoesen sworn deposeth and .siith, that a little above half 
afternoon he eame to town from the country, that he knew it was tbe day 
of eleclitin and lie went immeiiiately to the -Market J'lace in order to give 
his vote and that he intended to vole John Ten Uroeck and Thomas lluu 
as Aldermen, but he found no body there to whom to lender his vi»te; 
that he then went tx) the stoop of J. I'ewaiidlaer where he under»st(»od that 
the pole was closed ; that he received no notice befi»re the da}' of Election 
at what time in (hat day the 1V»11 was t(» be opened. 

Jacob llendurer say.> thai t.Iodi'rey Knox said he was born in Holland. 

j'rancis Htoop sworn saiih. that he lives out at the Nortli Gale where 
he keeps his bed and l>oard at Ab"» I)e Weevers; that he Lodges every 
night when in 'J\»v»n there, that goes with a Sloop. 

At a Common Council held at the ('ity Hall of the city of Albany on 
the oih day ol' October, 177-). 

The Hoard being met and having 'taken into consideration the subject 
matter of the contested Election of the third ward between Abraham Yates, 
AVilliam Wiiine, John Ten Hroeck and 'I'homas Hun. and have thereupon 
]ie.solved that j)revious to the delerminatiun of the said Scrutiny the fol- 
l(>wing regulations (most of which are founded on the Customs of this 
Board in the like case.^J are to be their guide in the determination of the 
present K lection, as 

1st, That no Aliens have a rlnht to vote in any of the wards of this 
City tho the residence of such Aliens should have been for any length of 
time in the City before any Election of the members of this Board. 

2d, That any per>on who is intitled to vote in this City and removes 
from one ward to another at any time before an election for the purpose of 
residing in such latter ward has a right to vote in such ward where lie last 
resides. 

iid, That every person by the custom of this ]>oard of the age of twenty 
one years, born under the jiritish lU/Uiinionsand who has resided above six 
weeks in the City of Albany has a right to vote in the ward where he re- 
sides. 

4th, That by a custom of this Board no bound Servant has a right to 
vote during the time of his Servitude. 

5th. 'fhiit any i<erson who gives his vote for the election of any of the 
Otiicers of this Hoard in eoii>e<juence of a bribe given him by any person 
or persons, such vote is declared null and void. 

0th, That by late (rustom it ajjpears that the House where llarma Vis- 
scher lately lived is scituated in the third ward. 

The Board thereupou taking iuto consideration the Proofs that have been 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ 3Iayor. 255 

offered m oLjection to the validity of the vote of Patrick Oahij^an as also 
the J*ropfs in favour of his vote, do uuaniiiioiLsly declare that the said 
Patric^Gahipran had a good vutc. 

This Board also taking into c-msideration the proofs offered in objection 
to the validity of the vote of Anthony Wolf llylan and it appearing to the 
Board that he was born out of the JJritish Dominions and such an Alien, 
and no proof appeared that he has been naturalized do therefore declare 
his vote void. 

Also tiiking into consideration the proofs offered in objection to the va- 
lidity of the vote (»f (Miristopher Beecknian and it appearing to the Board 
that he was born out of the Britinh Dominions and that he had not been 
naturalized do therefore declare the said vote void. 

No proof appearing to tiis([ualify the vote of James Williams do there- 
fore declare his vote good. 

This J^oard taking into consideration the proofs t)ffered in objection to 
John O'J^rians vote, as also the proofs offered in favour of his vote and 
thereu])on it a])])cariiig that the said John (.)' Brian had resided above six 
weeks in the (-itv of Albanv before the day of the last election and that 
his last place of residence before the said election was at the house of one 
James Moore in the third ward, and no intention appearing to the Board 
that he had moved in the said ward for the purpose of voting there, do 
therefore allow his vote good. 

This Board also taking into consideration the proof offered in objection 
to the vote of John Adam Kees and it appearing that his family lives at 
Nestigeunoe, out of the jurisdiction of this City, and that he has worked 
at Paul llogstrossers five montlis, that he sometimes goes to his family at 
Nestigooune. upon consideration of which said (^ircum.stances this Board 
declare that by re.'u<on of the said voters having his family out of the City 
where he at times goes, that he is only a soejouruer here, that therefore 
his proper place <»f Residence is out of the (^ity and this voto is void. 

It appears to the Jioard that James Pierce at the time of the late elec- 
tion was a bound Servent to Anthony Wolf Kylan, anil it also appearing 
that by the custom of this Board that no bound Servent has a right to 
vote during the time of his Servitude, this Board doth therefore declare 
the vote of James Pierce void. 

It appears in pr(K)f to this Board that Michael Dederick is born in Ger- 
many, that he has not resided seven years in America and is not natural- 
ized or ever took the Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance, his vote is there- 
fore declared v(»id. 

It a])pearing to the Board that the Hou-^e wherein Philip Wendell and 
Timothy llutton reside is scituated in the third ward, do therefore declare 
their votes good. 

It appearing to this Board in proof that Adam Craft was born in Ger- 
many, that he never was naturalized, that he has lived twenty years in 
America, that it does not appear he ever has taken the Oaths of Allegi- 
ance and Supremacy, therefore his vote is declared void. 

(Considering the proofs in objection to the vote of Nicholas Ilalenbeck 
the Board do not think it sufficient to diH(jualify this vote, do therefore 
delare it good. 

Considering the proof that is offered to validate the vote of Francis 
Doughty and it appearing thereby that he at the time Canada surrendered 
to the British Crown by Capitulation, he was a Soldier in the French ser- 




256 The City Records, 1773. 

vice within the district of the country that surrendered, and since which 
time he has taken the Oath of Fidelity to the ]iritish King, it is therefore 
declared by the J^oard that lie has a j^ood vote. • 

It appearing to this Board that Jtobert Williams at the time of the 
Election was not of the age of twenty one years and that therefore he has 
no vote. 

It appearing on jjroof to t}iis Board tliat John 31aley was bom in the 
Province of Alcace in the French Dcmiinions. that lie has not been natur- 
alized, and that he has not lived seven years in America, his vote is there- 
fore declared not goud. 

It appearing to this Hoard that John Philips has resided above six 
weeks in this City before the time of Klcction, and that he was residing 
in the third ward at and before the Election do therefore declare his vote 
good. 

It appearing to the Hoard that An(h-ies Able was born in Hanover, that 
he has lived in this country twenty years, that he has heretofore served 
as Constable in the City id' Albany and as such that he has taken the Oath 
of Allegiance and Supremacy, that he has also served his time to learn a 
Trade in the City of Albany, yet this HoaKl conceiving that the said An- 
drics Abel has not regularly (jualitied himseli' and taken the necessary 
measures presented by a late Statute made in the time of Cieorge the 
Second to entitle himself to the benefit of a Naturalization, do therefore 
declare his vote void. 

It appearing to this Hoard that Godfrey Enox was born in Holland, and 
it not appearing he ever was naturalized, do theref<jre declare his vote void. 

llesolved by this Hoard upon the consideration of the Complaint and 
Testimony of Lyle Hodge, who says that he offered his vote in the late 
Election and that it was refused him to vote, and this Hoard farther con- 
sidering the right the said Lyle J lodge had to a vote, do Resolve that he 
had no vote and that the Alderman who took the Poll had a right to re- 
fuse him his vote. 

Hy complaint of Koelof Cole it appears to the Hoard that he was re- 
fused to vote at the Election, and ])y proof it appears to this Board that 
he was entitle to a vote, but not being returned on the poll this Hoard 
upon the circumstances of the i)roof made before us are not satisfied that 
we have a right to add his vote to the said Poll. 

Upon the complaint and testimony of Hendrick Van Hoesen it appears 
to this Board that upon his return from Country on the day of Election 
about 5 o'clock in the afternoon and that he attended at the usual place 
of Election and found no person or persons there to whome he could 
legally tender his vote and that he intended to have voted John Ten 
Broeck and Tlio* Hun for Aldermen, but it further appearing that he did 
not call on any of the 3lagistrates who had a right to take his vote, and it 
also appearing to this Jioard that the said poll had been open from the 
hour of nine in the morning to between four and five in the evening, and 
then only closed because no other voters appeared, this Board do there- 
fore upon these circumstances declare that the said voter had omitted his 
opportunity of voting and that -therefore his complaint is groundless. 

Erancis Stoop having offered his vote on the said Election and waa re- 
fused by the Majistrates holding the said Election, and upon consideration 
of circumstances of the said refusal this Board doth concur in sentiments 
with them. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 257 

It appearing to this Board upon ading the bad votes together which 
were objected to by Mr. Ab™ Yates and W°> Winne, that Anthony Wolf 
llylan, Christopher Beeckman, John Adam Bies, James Pierce and Mi- 
chael Dederick were disqualified from voting for the reasons above 
assigned. 

And on the contrary side it also appeared to this Board that upon add- 
ing the bad votes together which wore objected to by John Ten Broeck 
and Thomas llun, that Andries Abel, Adam Craft, Robert Williams, 
John Maley and (iodfrey Enox were disqufilified from voting for the 
reasons also above assigned. 

That therefore by taking from the said poll the bad votes, that there 
remains a majority of good voters in favour of John Ten Broeck and 
Thomas Hun for Aldermen, who are there tore hereby declared by this 
Board as the Aldermen duly elected for the ensuing year for the said 
third ward. 

October 14. This day being appointed by Charter to qualify the sev- 
eral Officers of this City, 

Abraham Cuyler produces a Commission appointing him Mayor and 
Clerk of the Markets for the City of Albany and Coroner for the City 
and County of Albany. 

Henry Ten Eyek produces a Commission appointing him High Sheriff 
for the City and County of Albany, and were both sworn to the due execu- 
tion of their several offices. 

The following were likewise sworn in the due execution of their several 
offices : 

Peter W. Yates, Gerrit Van Sante, Aldermen for first ward. Henry 
Van Voghten, Jacob Roseboom, Assistants. 

Guysbcrt G. Merselis, Alderman for second ward. Corn" Van Schu- 
lyne. Assistant. 

John Ten Broeck, Thomas Hun, Aldermen for third ward. Abraham 
Ten Eyck, Leonard Gansevoort, Assistants. Jacob Kidney, Constable. 

October 18. Resolved by the Board that the Clerk draw an order on 
the Treasurer to pay Robert Lansing £5:8:G. 

Robert Yates was this day (jualiticd as Alderman for the second ward, 
and Abort Hansen as Constable for the third ward. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the City watchmen two months wages to commence from the time 
their last four months wages were due. 

Resolved also that the Clerk draw an order upon the Treasurer to pay 
Michael Waginer £8:3:3 out of the Watch Money for his service for light- 
ing the (^ity J^amps from the 20th of April last to the 20th of inst. Octo- 
ber and for (.otten Candels and reparations for the same. 

This Board have ap])ointed Thomas Williams, Jun' and Gerrit Hyer 
for the first ward, Dirck Schuyler and Philip Viele for the second ward, 
and Andries and Jacob Van Deusen for the third ward, Firemasters for 
the ensuing year, and that they severally execute their offices pursuant to 
an Ordinance for that purpose made, and that they begin their serch on 
the first Monday in November next. 

November 20. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on 
the Treasurer to pay the following accounts : Peter Lansing for storeing 




258 The City Records, 1T73. 

the Oil for the use of the Lamps. £;*> ; France Winne for three Barrels of 
Oil, Freijrht nnd (^;rta«:c, i:l:{:2:t) ; John V. Douw, £1:10 j John Cro- 
zicr, IS shillings. 

The printed Ordinances rd this Board conii>rizcd in i«ixty-four pages 
were this day published. 

An account of William Mclntost of £0:2:0 ordered to be paid. 

Ordered by the l>i»ard that the Treasurer pay to »Iohn lladtliif for the 
liu^t years rin^inir the IJell the sum id' £i'). 

Also ordered that John Ostrander be allowed £1;') for his service from 
October the 14th, 1772, to the 14 of Oct. last as ^Marshall. 

November ^JO. Ilescdved ])v the Board that the (^lerk draw orders on 
the Treasurer to pay the foUowin^^ accounts : Peter De Wandlaer £1:4; 
Jacobus Fonda £1:17. 

December 4. Resolved bv the Board that the following accounts be 
allowed and that the Clerk draw orders (m tbe 'treasurer to pay the same : 
Nicholas Brewer £1:1S:() ; J*eter Lansinirh Xi\:^ ] Jos. & Ja. Caldwell IGs. 

December S. Besulved ])v the Board that ^lichael AVa^ener be allowed 
14s. for sweeping fourteen ('hinin(»ys in the JIo<pital. 

December 11. Ordered that the Chamberlain pay the sum of £11:4:G 
instead of £S:4:(), for which a draft was irivcn bv us the 2d Nov. 1772, in 
favour of John Flansbur<;h. 

An account of John P. llisaker of £2:9:(). is allowed. Kesolved that 
the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the same. 

It is Kesolved that the Printers Robertsons be allowed £24, in full for 
Printing, &c. the Ordinances, and that the Treai<urer pay the same. 

Resolved by the Board that Ald'^ Robert Yates, Peter W. Yates and 
John Ten Broeck be appointed a Committee to prepare Instructions for 
the Representatives of this County to act at the next setting of the Gen- 
eral Assembly. 

December 14. This Board received an Answer from Sir William John- 
son, Bar', to a Letter sent to him «ui the 4th inst. [This corrosjKmdence 
related to a treaty with the Mohawks, the proceedings of which will be 
found on a subsequent page.] 

December 18. Resolved bv this Board that the Clerk jjive orders on 
the Treasurer to pay the following accounts: John Foster £2:11:9; Jacob 
Lansing £2:10. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to the Indians for 
the Lands at Tion(»nderoga to h(dd to them ah long as they continue a 
Nation and are settled there, and cause the Seal of the City to be there- 
unto affixed. 

December 27. This Board this day received a representation of their 
Committe (ff their Negotiation with the 31ohawk Indians living in the 
Lower (\istle and that they had delivered on the 20th inst. in the pre- 
sence of Sir William Johnson their Superintendent a Speech. 

December 81. Jeremiah Van Rensselaer was this day sworn in the 
office of Assistant before the Mayor and Mr. Robert Yates, Guvsbert G. 
Mersalis and Gerrit \^an Sante, three of the Aldermen of the City. 

Resolved by this Board that the (-lerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favour of Mr. John Flansbury for £7. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor, 259 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Saturday the 8th of January, 1774. 

This Board was this day favoured with a Letter from Sir William 
Johnson, inclosed wherein was an Extract of the Proceedin»jC of the Mo- 
hawks Indians with the Cummittee of this J>oard. 

Resulved by this Jioard that an answer be signed by the Clerk and sent 
to Sir William by the IVst. 

January 24. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on 
the TrciLsurer tt» pay the following accounts: JiCwis Foote £1:12:3; 
Philip Cuyler, 10s. ; Adrian Bradt £1:10. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer let John Radtliff have three 
Skipple of wheat. 

Resolved also that the Docks belonging to the C\)rporation be adver- 
tised to be sold at Publiek Vendue on the 21)th of January instant. 

This Board find it necessary pursuant to their Petition delivered in the 
last Sessions of the Assembly requiring to be heard by Council against 
the passing of a Bill tMititlcd ** An act for secureiiig to the Indians of the 
"Lower Mohawk Village and their Descendant's the pyssession of the rc- 
*' mainder of their Lauds adjacent to the same under cert^iin regulations," 
That a Committe be sent down to New York to make the said objections, 
for which purpose they do hereby appoint (luysbert (.J. Merselis, Alderman, 
and Leonard Gansevoort, Assistant, to bea<Jonimittee, and they are here- 
by fully authorized and impowered either by themselves or Council to 
enter upon and make the said o])])osition to the said bill or any other bill 
which may be prefercd to the said House to the same effect. 

And for the purpose aforesaid this 13oard do hereby furnish the said 
Committee with all the Pai)ers and V^ouchers relative to the same in order 
for them to make such use of the said proofs as to them may appear ne- 
cessary. 

It is also ordered that the Chamberlain furnish the said Committee with 
all such Deeds and Papers as they may require from him relative to the 
Lands at Tiononderoge, and that the Chamberlain do also pay to the said 
Committee the sum of £25, for which sum they are to render an account 
of its Disbursements to this J^oard upon their return. 

January 29. Resolved by this J^oard that the Clerk draw an order on 
the Treasurer in favour of 3Iichael Wagcinan for the sum of £4:2:6 for 
lighting tlie Lamps and Necessaries found for that purpose. 

This i^Kird have this day agreed with Thomas Lotridge and Catharine 
Hansen by her son for to lot them have the Ferry belonging to the Cor- 
ponition for the term of three years at the rate of £o4 "j^ annum, at the 
expiration of which term thoy are to deliver the Dock in the same good 
order it is at jjrosent. The rent to be paid annually. 

Pursuant to a Resolution of this Bo.ird the Docks belonging to the 
Corporation were this day exposed to sale at Publick N'endue and Mr. 
Abraham I. Yates biding £1>1 for the same ior the term of one year, and 
no one bidding more they were struck of to him for that sum. 

February 8. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders (m the 
Treasurer to pay th(^ following accounts: Frederick Garrison £3:11; 
Robert Bruce £1:8 ; Kx« of Harms Wendell £(]:0:lK 

Resolved by this Bjard that the Treasurer sell 100 Skipples of the 
wheat belonging to the ('orporatiou at 4s. Gd. '^ Skipple to those persons 




260 The City Records, 1774- 

wbo have demands on this lioard, no person to have more than three 
Skipple at. a time. 

February 10. Kcsolved by this IJoard that a Warrant be drawn and 
directed to tlie Assessors and si«:ned by the Mayor, Recorder and Alder- 
men ur the major ]>art of them tur orderinj^ the sum of £1(50 to be raised 
from the Inhabitants &c. of this (^ity, pursuant to an Act for that pur- 
pose made and passed the Sth day of February instant. 

At a Commim Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday the 21st of February, 1774 — Present, the Mayor, Robert 
Yates, Thomas Hun, Guy' G. Merselis, Gerret Van Sante, John Ten 
liroeck, Peter W Yates, Jacob i{osebfK)ni, Abr"> Ten Eyck, Jer'» Van 
Renselaer, Leonard Gansevoort, Corn* Van Schelluyne, Henry Van 
Veghten. 

Resolved by this l^oard that the 3Iayor execute a Deed to Dirck Van 
Veghten for 40 acres o^ Land agreeable to a C'upy now before this Roard. 

That the Chamberlain also give to John Ostrander three Skipple of 
wheat on account. 

Mr. !Mayor communicated t«) this Roard a Letter which he had the day 
before received from kSir William Johnson, 13ar', in answer to one sent by 
this Roard the 8tli of January last. 

March 2. This day the Assessors returned their list of Taxes for de- 
fraying the expences of the City Watch and lighting the Lamps, where- 
upon this Roard have signed a Warrant and ordered the City Seal to be 
thereunto affixed, which is to be delivered to Henry Reasly, City Collector, 
he first giving Rond with sufficient security to Mr. Henry Rleecker, 
Chamberlain, for his due performance thereof. 

Resolved by this Roard that Jacob Fort have a Deed for two pieces of 
Land at Sdiactikoke as surveyed by Mr. Jeremiah Van Renselaer and his 
return thereof for sixpence '^ acre rent, first payment to be made the first 
day of January, 1 770. 

Also Resolved by this Roard that a Draft of a Letter brought in by the 
Committe appointed for the same the last Common Council be wrote fair, 
and that the Clerk subscribe the same in behalf of this Roard. 

March 30. Resolved by this Roard that the Clerk draw an order on 
the Treasurer to pay Garret Van Sante Es(j. £24:11:4, which sum he ad- 
vanced to sundry Jiabourcrs employed by the Corporation. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to pay the follow- 
ing accounts: Kichard ('artwright £14:18; Gerret Van Vrauke £1:6:3; 
James Moore IGs. ; France Winne 8s. ; John Frier £3:11:3 : Wessel Van 
Schaick £1:13. 




500 

jnry Van Vcght< 

for the first ward, Guy G. Mar^clis and Cornelius Van Schelluyne for 
the second ward, and John Ten Rrocck and Abraham Ten Eyck for the 
third ward a Committee to ins])ect and order repairs to be made to all such 
Rridges and other places in their respective wards as they shall think 
necessary. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor > 261 

A Petition of David Schuyler, E. Westerlo and others, Inhabitants of 
this City being presented to this Board, praying to have the Street that 
leads from the Stable of David Schuyler to the house of John Bartley 
paved by the persons whose Lots and Buildings join the said Street. This 
Board taking the same into consideration have ordered the Prayer of the 
said Petitioners be granted. 

April 2. Mr. Alex'^ Cruekshanks informed this Board that he has an 
account against the Corporation for the sum of £10 ; the greatest part of 
which he had advanced cash to sundry Jjabourers imployd by order of this 
Board, it is therefore ordered that the Trcjisurer pay said acc^ immedy. 

Resolved by this Board that the Petition of liobert Yates and Rutger 
Bleecker Esij" for a piece of Ground lying to the East of the Powder 
house be granted at the annual rent of lOs. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to Jacob Fort for a 
piece of Ground at Schaetckook in behalf of the Corporation and that the 
City Seal be thereunto affixed. 

Resolved by this Board that the following* Ordinances be this day pub- 
lished, viz : 

A Law for regulating the Ferry between this City and Green Bush and 
for establishing the Rates thereof; for paving and cleaning the Streets, 
&c. and preventing Nuisance ; for the regulating the lying of Vessels at 
the several J)ocks and Warfs of this City assertaining the Rates to be paid 
for the same ; for regulating Carts and Cartmen j for regulating the Public 
Markets ; against the Prophanation of the Lords J.)ay ; for the better 
securing the City of Albany from the danger of Gun Powder ; for the 
better preventing Fire ; for making of Bread ; to prevent Accidents by 
fast and immoderate Riding; to prevent Raffling; for regulating Taverns; 
for regulating the office of Chamberlain or Treasurer ; for a Sworn Sur- 
veying of the City of Albany ; for regulating of Midwives ; for prohibit- 
ing Hawkers and Pedlars ; for regulating Fences. 

Resolved by this Board that an addition be made to the north side of 
the middle Dock and that Jeremiah Van Renselaer, John Ten Broeck 
and Jacob Roseboom be appointed a Committee in order to make Rej)ort 
by the next meeting of the Dementions of the same and upon what terms 
the same can be built. 

April 9. The Corporation have this day received Mr. Peter Sharps 
Proposals for making a Drain from the S])rings from behind the Fort to 
* the Pumj)S near the English Church and also for errecting Cisterns at 
those Springs in^he following manner, viz : 

To live (Msterns (tr XT) each £25 

To 400 feet best pitch pine G utter Timber 3d "^ foot 5 
To TOG feet of drain to be dugg 21 

To laying the drain and filing up 10 



£01 
1 will furnish every thing except the Bricks. Peter Siierp. 

Which said proposals being taken into our consideration this Board doth 
therefore agree that the said Peter Sherp may proceed upon the making 
and complcating the said works, this Board allowing him the rates and 
charges above recited in the proportion of what works he shall make in 
compleating the same, and for the overlooking, directing and ordering the 

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262 The City Record^,, 1774. 

said works this Board do appoint Gcrrit Van Santc and Peter W. Yates 
a Committee for that purpose. 

This lioard appoint the members of the third ward or a majority of 
them a Committee for building and erecting a liridge in the main Street 
across the Foxes Ooek. 

This l^)ard appoint (Jerrit Van Sante, Robert Yates, and Thomas Hun 
or any two of them as a (\)nimittec to make a Report to this Board at 
their next meeting of the situation of the Oround sokl or leased to John 
W. Wendell and the Lot adjoining thereto. 

This Hoard also appoint the uicmbers of the first ward or the majority 
of them to amend or build the Bridges across the Bever Kill and Rutten 
Kill. 

This Board do also appoint the members of the second ward or the ma- 
jority of them as a ComnUttee for repairing the Drains and Oist'erns in 
that ward. 

The ( -omniitte or any two of them appointed the last (/ommon Council 
to lay out and take in proposals for building an additional Dock to the 
North side of the middle l>ock are further continued as a Committee for 
said purpose, and that thoy or any two of them do make rejiort at the next 
meeting of this Board. 

That John RadlefF have 3 Skipjjle of wheat on account and that the 
Chamberlain do furiiish him therewith. 

April 80. Kesi»lved by this Hoard that the Treasurer pay the several 
watch men of tliis City their arrears U) the ^th day of April instant. 

It is also Resolved by this Board that Daniel Hushon be appointed one 
of tlie Watch for said (Uty from the eight day of April inst. in the steat 
of Benjamin Hilton, who is to be under the same regulations as the others. 

Resolved that the Lot lying near the Foxes Creek heretofore struck of 
at Publick Vendue to Philip Wendell be at the desire t)f the Parties con- 
veyed to Mr. Abraham Ten Eyek on the same terms that Mr. Wendell 
was to have it. 

This day was published the following Ordinance : An Ordinance for 
the regulating the running at large of Swine within the Limits therein 
mentioned. [Law recites that the great increase of swine was found to be 
a nuisance, and prescribes yokes and impounding.] 

May 6. Resolved by this lioard that the Clerk draw an order on the 
Treasurer to j)ay Albert Hansen 18s. for attending tlie Ferry three days. 

May 13. This Board have appoint Mr. Mayor with the members of the 
second ward or any three of them a Conniiitte to agree with Cap** M*Alpin 
for the rent of the Ground he has inclosed back of the Fort. 

And also to order the people out of the Hospital. 

Resolved by this Board that the Chamberlain pay Step** De Lancey Esq. 
£20 (m account. 

Resolved also that Abraham Deforeest have adjoining to his the Land 
he has from tliis lioard by the Deed dated the li)th of Dec" 1734, towards 
the road the full length of his ground of 200 yards with the breath towards 
the road of 25 yards, and that the Mayor execute the Deed for the same 
under an annual rent of one shilling. 

May 19. It is resolved by this Board that an addition be made to the 
middle Dock adjoining the North side thereof to wit, ninety feet in length 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 263 

and tbirty-two feet in breadth and of the same height with said ^liddle 
Dock and a piece adjoining the north west end of said addition of twenty 
feet h)ng and sixteen feet broad, that it be compleated by the first da}' of 
September next, that under the ins})ection of AKlermen V^an »Santc, 3Ier- 
selisand Ten Ikoeck, and Couucellors lloseboom, 8chilluyne and Ten Eyck, 
or any three of hem, that the sum of £250, the consideration money, be 
paid as follows : one third thereof when the said Dock is laid and sunk, 
one third when finished and the remaining one third in six mouths after 
completion, and that said (lent" do enter into written engagement with 
Fish in behalf of this Board for the true j)erforniance of said work and in 
such manner and form as they shall think expedient in the i)enalty of £250. 
Resolved by this Board that the (ylerk draw halt* a dozen Advertise- 
ments to be put up at the most public places in this City for the sale at 
Vendue of several Lots of ground in the third ward and adjoining the Lot 
of Jacob Van Schaick, the Vendue to be held on the premises the second 
day of June at ten o'clock in the forenoon. 

June 1. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the 
Treasurer to pay William Hilton £2:2. 

June 2. This day being apj)ointed by a former resolution for the sale 
of several Lots lying to the south of Jacob V. Schaick in the 3d ward of 
this City, the same was set up at Vendue but no person oflJering a sufficient 
sum for any of said Lots the same remain unsold for want of buyers. 

It is resolved by this Board that the purchase money of the Lots of 
Ground of this Board heretofore leased to several Inhabitants of this City 
as also the rent due on the Jjeases be collected and paid on or before the 
eleventh day of July next, and that all those who have not yet renewed 
their Leases ap])ly for them to the Treasurer of this Board on or before 
that day and the Clerk of this Board is ordered immediately to advertize 
this Resolution. 

It is resolved by this Board that Messrs. Robert Yates, Jeremiah Van 
Renselaer and Thomas Hun or either of them lay out and survey the 
Bounds of this City and lay out the Wards with their divisions and sub- 
divisions. Streets, Lanes and Alleys and make a return to this Board of a 
Plan or Chart thereof within three months from this day, and it is further 
resolved that they or either of them report to this Board of all encroach- 
ments made on the property of this Board. 

June 4. An Ordinance to amend an Ordinance entitled An Ordinance 
for regulating the running at large of Swine within the limits herein men- 
tioned. 

It is Resolved that every person who shall be guilty of breaking the 
Pound made for pounding of Hogs, &c. shall forfeit and pay for every 
offence twenty shillings to be recovered by Warrant under the hand and 
seal of any one of the Aldermen of said City. 

June 11. At the re^juest of Mr. Ten Broeck and Mr. Livingston for 
the Charter and some of the Deeds belonging to the C\irporation relative 
to the Lands at the Verrebergh. It is resolved that the Chamberlain at- 
tend the Court with the ('barter but not with any Deeds. It is further 
Resolved that this matter be taken into consideration by a future full 
Board. 




264 The City Records, 1774. 

June 28. Whereas the Mayor and Chamberlain were served with a 
Subpoena and l)ueesti>cum to appear at the Supream Court to begin to day 
and produce several Deeds therein mentioned, it is resolved by this Board 
that the Mayor and Chamberlain attend the Court with those Deeds, but 
object against producing them because those Deeds being given in Evi- 
dence will affect and interfere with the claim and property of this Board. 
But if upon the whole the Hupream Court should order the saul Deeds to 
be produced and given in Evidence, then the same is to be done. 

July 21. Resolved by this Board that the Chamberlain sell all the 
wheat of the Corporation which he has now in his custody at 58. ^ Skipplc 
except fifty Skipples for the use of the creditors of this Board each one 
Bagg at 5s *^ Skipjde. 

Aug. 8. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the 
Treasurer to pay the following accounts : Leballus Heligas i!2:G ; Michael 
Wageman of £5:11; Jacob Bogart £11:18:9; Abraham Hoghkerk, 
£7:14:9; Willi" Van Den Bergh. 3s. 9d ; Philip J. Connor 2s. C. 

Resolved by the Board that the Chamberlain let John Radliff have 
three Skipple of wheat on account. 

Resolved that as it is reported by Mr. Mayor that Mr. Peter Douw has 
encroached on some Ground of this Board in the first ward at Rutten Kill, 
that Messrs. Peter W. Yates, Guy^ G. Marselis and Tho» Ilun and Jere- 
miah Van Renselaer or any three of them be a Committee to have a meet- 
ing with Mr. Douw on the subject and make report of the result of their 
meeting with all convenient speed. 

It is also resolved that those Gent" apply to the Attornieswho have suits 
in hand of this Board in order to see what progress they have made in 
such suits and what monies they may have received for this lioard, and 
that they also inquire at the Chamberlains what purchase monies are due 
to this Board on the sales of Lots of Ground westward of the City and 
make report accordingly to this Board as soon as possible. 

It is Resolved by this Board that the Marshell do immediately give no- 
tice to all person and persons whomsoever, now residing or possessing any 
of the Rooms or Cellars in the Hospital to give up his or their possession 
on or before the 22d day of August inst., and that in case of a non com- 
pliance of a refusal of this resolution the several Constables of this City do 
attend on the 28d of Aug^ inst. in order to dispossess and remove such 
person or persons as shall so neglect or refuse as aforesaid. 

On application of Gerrit Van Sante Esq. it is resolved that he have a 
Lot of Ground lying in the third ward of this City on the north of the 
Lot formerly granted to Sir W™ Johnson, being in front and rere thirty- 
seven feet, for the consideration of eighty-nine pounds and if less so in 
proportion, and Jer-' Van Renselaer be appointed to survey and draw the 
Deeds for the same. 

It is farther ordered by this Board that John Ten Broeck, Peter W. 
Yates and Robert Yates be a Committee to make a Draft of an Ordinance 
to regulate the Elections of the different Officers of the City and that they 
lay the same before this Board with all convenient speed. 

At a Common Council held at the House of John Knickerbacker at Schac- 
tekook the 12th of August, 1774. 

It is resolved by this Board that Harmin Quackenboss have one hundred 



Abraham C. Cuyhr^ Mayor. 26Sff 

acres of Wood Land at Schactekook @ six pence '^ acre a year, and also 
anothor piece adjoining Peter lienneway and ]^eter Yielen of seven or 
eight acres more or less, and that he is to pay the same proportion that 
Benneway and Veleu do for theirs, and survey bo made thereof previous 
to the execution of the Deed. 

Itesolved that the ^Fayor do execute a Deed to Dirck T. Vaghten fore 
one hundred and three acres of Wood Land at Schactekook at six "^ 
acre yearly and every year, the first payment thereof to be made on the 
first day of January ]77(), which Deed was accordingly executed. And 
also to execute a Deed to Jacob Fort for iyxty-tbur acres at thirty-two 
shillings yearly rent, the first payment thereof to be made on the first day 
of Januiiry, 1776, which Deed was accordingly executed agreeable to a 
resolution of the second day of April last. 

It is Resolved by this Board that Peter Devenport is to have the quantity 
of one hundred acres more or less adjoining the woods and of Ilarmin 
Quackenboss at the yearly rent of six pence "^ acre and that a survey be 
made thereof previous to the execution of the Deed. 

And it is further resolved by this l^oard that the Mayor execute a Deed 
to John W. Groesbeek lor twenty-six acres three rods and fifteen perches 
of Wood Land at Schactekook (a) six pence '^ acre yearly, the first pay- 
ment to be made first JanX 1776, which Deed was executed accordingly, 
as also for a small jiiece of J^and there containing seven acres and one rod 
at the yearly rent of three Skipples of wheat, the first payment to be made 
January the 1st, 1776. 

It is further resolved that Henry Bleecker Esq. be Attorney to this 
Corporation to seize, take and distrain of the Goods and Chatties of Lewis 
Vielen of Schactecook for fourteen pounds for nine years rent due to this 
Board by him, and to pursue the proper remedy for the recovery of said 
rent, and this shall be sufficient warrant and power for the said Uenry 
Bleecker. Whereupon the said Vielen gave this Board his note of hand 
for said rent. 

It is further resolved that the Mayor Execute a Deed to Nicholas Young 
for thirteen acres and half of Wood Land at Schactekook (hi one shilling 
^ acre a year, which Deed was accordingly executed, the first payment to 
be made the first day of January, 1776. 

Mr. Gerrit Van Bombele recjuested the Corporation to suspend his rent for 
one other year on account of his late loss by fire, upon which the Corpora- 
tion resolved to take the same into consideration and untill a full Board 
be met. 

It is farther resolved that the Mayor execute a Deed to Martin Winne 
for seventeen acres of ^Vood Jiand at Schactekook at the yearly rent of 
eight shillings "^ year, the first payment thereof to be made on the first 
day of January, 1776, which Deed was accordingly executed. 

August 22. An Ordinance for regulating the Election of Aldermen and 
^\jssistiints in the City of Albany declaring the Qualification of the Voters. 

Whereas by the Charter of Incorporation of the said City it is willed 
and appointed that the Aldermen and Assistants within the said City be 
yearly chosen on the Feast Day of St. Michael the Arch Angel forever, 
viz, two Aldermen and two Assistants for each respective ward, &c., and 
that by a majority of the X'oiccs of the Inhabitants of each ward. 

And whereas doubts and disputes have arisen in the said City respect- 



266 The City Records, 1774. 

ing the qualification of the Inhabitants necessary to constitute legal TOtcs 
and many Elections have heretofore been drawn in question and upon a 
scrutiny of the l*oles this lioard has found great difficulty, for the pre- 
venting of which for the future and in order to assertiiin who shall be en- 
titled to and have a legal vote in consequence of the word Inhabitants 
mentioned in said Charter. 

Be it therefore ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of 
the said City in Common Council Convened, and it is hereby ordained by 
authority of the same, that from hencei'orth in every Election for Alder- 
men and Assistants for any of the wards of said City, the lnha])itants of said 
City within the meaning of said Charter shall be persons actually residing 
within the said City or the Liberties or Precinct thereof and boni there. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that every person 
tho not born within the sai<l (^ity or within the Liberty or Precinct thereof 
shall lie entitled and have a right to vote if he is a natural born subject or 
made a subject of the Crown of Great Britain by an act or statute or Let- 
ters of Dinzation, provided such persons shall have actually resided in the 
said City or within the Jiiberty or Precincts thereof at least forty days 
previous to such Election and provided also he have obtained the Freedom 
of said City at any tijue before said Election. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid that every person 
who has a freehold Estate in the said City or within the Liberties or Pre- 
cincts thereof, tho not born there nor having obtained the Freedom of the 
said City shall be entitled to and have a vo*xj in such ward wherein his 
said freehold Estate lies, but shall have only one vote tho he has freehold 
Estate in several wards. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that every person 
so qalified to vote as aforesaid shall be entitled to and have right to vote 
only in the ward where he has his actual residence as aforesaid, and in 
case any person so voting as aforesaid has removed from one ward to an- 
other for the sole purpose of voting in such latter ward his vote so given 
shall be void. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that no person 
under the age of twenty-one years shall have a legal vote, nor an Alien, 
nor a Servant, nor an Apprentice, nor a Prisoner or Debtor in Goal. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that no other 
person or persons whatsoever other than those qualified as before men- 
tioned shall be entitled to or have a legal vote in any of the said Elections 
but every vote given contrary to this Ordinance shall be and is hereby 
declared to be null and void. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that on scrutinies 
of the Poles of any Election where other sufficient proofs cannot be had 
satisfactory to this Board concerning the validity or Icgallity of any vote 
in such case the person whose vote shall be (juestioned shall be examined 
on oath, and in case of a neglect or refusal his vote on such scrutiny shall 
be held to be null and void. 

Passed the 22d of August, 1774, in Common Council, and resolved that 
the same be immediately published and one copy of this Ordinance be 
fixed up in some public place in each ward as soon as convenient by the 
Marchel, and that the Clerk draw said Copies for that purpose, and that 
this Ordinance be filed and entered on the Records of this Board. 

Abr" C. Cuyler, Mayor. 




Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 267 

August 31. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay to John 
Ostrander in behalf of the Constables for Sunday service out of the Watch 
money the sum of «C4:12. 

Resolved also that the Treasurer pay to John Fish the sum of ,£83:6:8, 
deducting what he has received on his first payment. 

September 22. Resolved by the Board that the Clerk draw orders on 
the Treasurer to pay the following accounts : Adrian Bradt £13:16; John 
Gansevoort 8s. 

Resolved also that at the next General Klcction of Officers of the City, 
that there be an additional Constable elected in each ward. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Alban on Thurs- 
day the 2yth of Sepf, 1774 — Present, the Mayor, John H. Ten Eyck, 
Esq., Recorder, Guy^ G. Merselia, Robert Yates, John Ten Broeck, 
Thomas Hun, Henry Van Veghten, Abraham Ten Eyck, Leonard 
Gansevoort, Corn^ Van Schelluyne, Jacob Roseboom. 

This day being appointed by Charter for electing Aldermen, Assistants, 
and Constables for this City, the same were chosen and returned as follows : 

First Ward, 

Aldermen. Assistants. Constables. 

Peter W. Yates Henry Van Veghten James Green 

Gerrit Van Sante Jacob Roseboom Jacob Kidney. 

Second Ward, 
Robert Yates Corn^ Van Schelluyne John Ostrander 

Guysbert G. jMarselis Jeremiah Van Renselaer William Adams. 

Third Ward. 
John Ten Broeck Leonard Cansevoort Samuel Pruyne Ju' 

Thonnw Hun Abraham Ten Kyck Roeleff Cole. 

This Board have appointed Henry Bleecker Esq. City Chamberlain, 
and John Ostrander Marshal for the ensuing year. 

October 8. Resolved by this Bo:ird that the Treasurer pay to Peter 
Lansingh the sum of £6:3 and that the Clerk give an order for the same. 

October 14. This day being appointed by Charter to qualify the 
several Officers of this Board, the following having taken the Oaths of 
Allegiance and Supremacy were also sworn to the due execution of their 
several offices : 

Gerrit Van Sante Alderman for first ward ; Henry Van Veghten, Jacob 
Roseboom, Aasist^mts. 

Robert Yates, Guy^ G. Merselis, Aldermen for second ward ; Jer*» Van 
Renselaer, Assistant. 

Thomas Hun, John Ten Broeck, Aldermen for third ward; Leonard 
Gansevoort, Assistant. 

John Ostrander, High Constable ; James Green, Jacob Kidney, Sam^ 
Pruyn Jun., Const^ibles. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor in behalf of this Board sign 
Articles of Agreement with Thomas Skidmore for sweeping the Chimneys 
and lighting the lianips within this City. 

Resolved also that the (Merk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the 
second payment of the l)o(?k io Jeremiah Tomkins, deducting what has 
already been paid, as also the fifty pounds to William Charles. 



268 The City Records, 1774. 

Ordered by this Board that Guy* G. Marselis, Robert Yates and Thomas 
Hun be a Committe to go too llosack in order to inspect the road next 
Tuesday. 

Resolved by this lioard that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following accounts: John Ostrander, Marchel, JL'lo; the Const^ 
for Sunday service £\'A) John Tingue 128. ; lienjainin Wallace Ss. j John 
T. Vischer £8:8; JMichael Wagoner £3:10:0. 

November 7. Abruhani (!. Cuyler Esq. produces a Commission ap- 
pointing him Mayor of the City and Clerk of the Markets and Coroner for 
the City and County of Albany, who took the Oaths appointed by Law 
and was to the due execution of his several offices. 

Cornelius Van Schelluync and Abraham Ten Eyck were this day 
qualified for Assistants to this Board. 

The Committee appointed by this Board to examine whether the road 
leading from Brattleborough in (.'umberland County to Sanford could not 
be continued upon a straight Line to the House of Peter Limmers in 
Little Hosick, Report that the same is practicable and that it will curtail 
the distance at least thirteen miles. It is therefore Resolved by this 
Board that the Commissioners appointed to lay out the said Road open it 
from Stanford to the House of Said Limmers before the Subscription 
money of this Jioard be i>aid, and that the Clerk furnish Mr. Malicha 
Church one of the Com" with a copy of this resolve. 

Resolved that the Treasurer pay the City Watch their wages due to the 
30th of Oct. last, being G months. 

Resolved also that the High Const*' appoint two of the Const® of tins 
City to attend the Ferry during the Fair. 

Resolved likewise that an Election be held on Fryday next in the 
second ward for chosing a Constable in stead of W^illiuro Adams a non 
resident chosen the last Election — and the like in the third ward on the 
same day for choseing a Constable in the stead of Rolieff Cole who has 
left the City. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay to Peter Lansing five 
pounds and that the Clerk give an order for the same. 

November 19. Agreeable to a former resolve of this Board Samuel 
Bellus was this day returned as a Constable for the second ward duly 
elected by the Inhabitants thereof on Fryday last. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following accountw : John Ostrander 18s.; Jacob C id ney 18s.; 
Ostrander & Van Deusen 8s. ; William Flansburg £1:12. 

This Board have appointed John W. Wendell and William Van Sante 
for the first ward, Harmauus A. Wendell and Tho" Witbeck for the second 
ward, Obadiah Cooper and Isaac I. Truax for the third ward, fire masters 
for the ensuin year who are to execute said office agreeable to an Ordinance 
for that purpose lately made and provided. 

It is resolved that the Constables of each ward or any three of them do 
forthwith go to the Hospitiil and turn out and remove out of the same any 
person inhabiting therein with Baggage and Goods unless they voluntarily 
remove them without delay. 

l^eter W. Yates Esq. having taken the Oaths appointed by Law was 
sworn to the due execution of his office as Alderman for the first ward of 
this City. 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 269 

December 7. Kesolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on 
the Treasurer to pay Thomas Skidmore lOs. } Staats V. Santvort £4:9:8. 

This Board have agreed with Mr. Abraham Eights to release to Mm a 
Lot of ground of about 36 feet front, fronting a small street and bounded 
north to the Lot lately bought by Jacob Van Schaick, the lenght as laid 
out by John Bleecker, he paying therefor at the rate Jacob Van Schaick 
bought said Lots and perpetual annual rent of six shillings ; the sum of 
£50 part of the consideration to be paid at the execution of the deed and 
the remainder within eighteen months after the date of the said Deeds, he 
paying for the drawing of said Deeds. 

Resolyed that the Treasurer let John Radliff have three Skipple of 
wheat on account. 

December 31. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay the fol- 
lowing accounts and that the Clerk give orders for the same : Peter De 
Wandlaer £11:0:3 ; Johannes Flansburgh £4:12 ; Peter Sharp £89:16:8}. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Thursday the 5th day of January, 1775 — Present, the Mayor, Robert 
Yates, Gerret Van Sante, John Ten Broeck, Thomas Hun, Guy« G. 
Marselis, Leonard Gansevoort, Abraham Ten Eyck, Corn* Van Schel- 
luyne, Jer • Van Renselaer, Jacob Roseboom. 

Resolved by this Board that an Election be held in the third ward for 
chosing a Constable in the stead Reliff Cole who was chosen the last elec"^ 
as he is disqualified to serve in that office. 

Resolved also that the Treasurer pay to John Ostrander the sum of 
£2:12 in behalf of the two Constables who attended 13 Sundays in the 
streets. 

January 30. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on 
the Treasurer to pay Bazil Francis six pounds for taking care of the Town 
Clock one year. 

This Board have agreed with John Abbot to take care of said Clock @ 
£6 *^ annum to commence the 1st of this inst. 

This 'Board being informed that a number of the Freeholders and In- 
habitants of Saratoga and other adjacent parts have lately presented or do 
soon intend to present a petition to the Gov^ and Council for a Patent or 
Grant for incorporating that part of the country into a Borough, &c. It is 
resolved by this Baard that as such a Grant will affect the Rights and 
Property of this Board, that a Caveat be entered and filed against the 
passing of such a Grant. 

Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay Tho' Skidmore £3:10:6 fur lighting the Lamps and materials found 
for the same. Also that he pay John Radliff for one year ringing the 
Bell and that said Radliff have 3 Skipples of wheat on ace . 

Resolved likewise that the Treasurer pay Tho» Hun £5:12 for one Bar- 
rel Oyl for the use of the Lamps. 

It is also Resolved that the Treasurer pay to Malica Church the sum of 
£15 subscribed by this Board towards a Road lately made by said Church 
and others, and that the Clerk draw an order for the same. 

February 6. Ebenezcr Jessup this day presented a Petition with a 
Map annexed to this Board praying a grant for a piece of ground belong- 
ing to the Corporation, which is bounded as follows : Beginning at the 

35 



270 The City Records, 1775. 

north end of Wairan street and runing from thence N. 45*^ W. 68c. 251. 
(as the Needle pointed iu the year 1705) to the north Bounds of a Tract 
of Ground granted to the Minister, Elders and Deacons of the reformed 
Protestant l)utch Church in Albany, thence along the said bounds 27° 30' 
E. 44c. 5UI, to the eastern Corner thereof, thence farther along the said 
bounds S. 21° oO' AV. 2c. 501. to Queen street, thence along Queen street 
S. E. 14c. 801. to Warran street, thence along the same N. E. 15c. to the 
place of beginning, cont^iining about 48 acres, excepting out of the same 
the Lands granted to Uagemun, Avhich being taken into consideration it ia 
resolved that the same be granted on the following conditions : That all 
the streets which intersect this tract as laid out by this Board in the year 
1765 be reserved out of the same ; that the Square in which Hageman 
has two Ijois released to hiui he pay twenty shillings for each acre, but 
that previous to the executing Deeds for the same, it is resolved that an 
actual survey and return be made of the said Lands. 

This appoint Gerrit Van Santc, Robert Yates and Tho« Hun to be a 
Committe to wait on the Supervisors of this County to request them to 
present to the Assembly the raising the sum of £liJO to purchase a Bell 
for the County Court llouse and the expences of putting up the same. 

February 11. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on 
the Treasurer to pay Bastian I. Visscher the sum of £9:1 for repairing 
the Schenectady Road and for waggon hire. As also an order in favour 
of Wn» llun for l2s. Gd. 

The AKlornien of the second ward return a Pole whereby it appears 
that Evert Evcrtse was duly elected Constable for said ward on the tenth 
of this inst. agreeable to a former resolve of this Board. 

Agreeable to Advertisement the Docks were this day sold at Publick 
Vendue to William Peiuberton for £103 untill the first day of January 
next for which he is to give this Board good security within a fortnight. 

February 23. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order 
on the Treasurer to pay Abraham I. Yates £2:1. 

Ordered by this Board that a warrant be drawn by the Clerk cKrected 
to the Assessors and signed by the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen or the 
major part of them for ordering the sum of £100 to be raised from the 
Inhabitants &c. of this City pursuant to an Act for that purpose made and 
passed the 31st of January last, and that they make return thereof to this 
Board the 2d day of March next. 

Resolved also that a Letter be wrote and signed by the Clerk to Messrs. 
Ten Eyck, Schuyler and Ten Broeck desiring them to profer a Bill to the 
House of Assembly in onicr to raise the sum of £100 on the Inhabitants 
of the City and County of Albany for the purpose of having a Bell hung 
in the Court llouse of the said City and County. 

This Board concluding it neceasary that Bounds of the Patent granted 
to Hendrick Van Renselner and now belonging to the Corporation of the 
City of Albany ought to be run out, they have therefore agreed for the 
above purpose that Jeremiah V&n Renselaer make a survey thereof and 
Guy G. Marsclis and Abr™ Ten Eyck, two of the members of the Cor- 
poration attend on him to see the survey performed and that they make 
a return thereof at the next Common Council. 

The above three members are also authorized and impowered to collect 
from their Tenants at Schactekook the Fowles which are due and in arroar 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor. 271 

to the Corporation and that they render a just account of the numher they 
may receive in consequence of the above power and from whom. And 
also that the said members take a Copy out of the liccords of this Board 
of all those persons who have had the privi ledge granted them to cutt 
Logs off of the Corporations Land at 8chactekook, which persons are to 
render an account on Oath of the Quantity they have cut and that the 
said members collect the money for the same. 

March 2. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the 
Treasurer to pay the following acc^ : Lucas Van Veghten £2:3:2 ; John 
Van Tile 8s. ; John McDonald £3:4. 

The Assessors having this day returne<l a List of the Taxes for defray- 
ing the charges of the Night Watch in this City and lighting the Lamps 
in the streets thereof. It is Resolved that a Warrant be drawn directed to 
Henry Beasley, Collector, signed by thistJJoard and that the City Seal be 
thereunto affixed in order for to collect the same, and that the said Henry 
Beasley give good security to the Chamberlain of this Board for the due 
performance thereof. 

March 24. The following accounts were this day allowed and ordered 
to be paid by the Treasurer : Tekarias Van D Bogart 8s. ; Daniel Degraaf 
13s. 4d. 

A Petition of Bowdewin Kip was presented to this Board praj'ing a 
Lease for ever for a peice or parcel of J^and adjoining Johannes Benne- 
ways Land at Schactecook. Ordered that Jer^ Van Renselaer survey the 
same and make a return thereof to this Board, and that the prayer of the 
Petitioner shall be granted if this Board can agree with him for the rent. 

Resolved that the Treasurer let John Ostrander and John Radliff each 
have three Skipples of wheat on account. 

April 13. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay the City 
Watch six months wages computed from the time of the last payment. 

April 19. Resolved that the Treasurer pay the following acc^ : Abra- 
ham Roseboom £5:14; John Ostrander and other, to be paid out of the 
Watch money, £2:18. 

A Draft of a Letter to the Lieu' Governor was brought in by Aid" 
Robert Yates and Marselis who were appointed a Committe for that pur- 
pose, which being approved of, Ordered that the same be fairly copied 
and that the Mayor sign it in behalf of this Board. 

Ordered by the Board that Guy* G. Marselis, Tho' Hun and R. Yates 
be a Committe to confer with Doc* Van Dyck in behalf of Peter Douw, 
who claims ground near the Rutten Kill upon leaving the matter in con- 
troversy between this Board and him to Arbitrators and that they report 
by the next meeting of this Board the result of their Conference. 

May 4. ^Volckcrt P. Douw, Henry Bleecker and Abraham Yates in 
the name of a Committee of twenty-one i»crson8 called the Committee of 
Correspon<lence, Safety and Protection, waited on this Board with a re- 
quest to this Board to establish a night watch of at least fifteen persons for 
the better preservation of the Peace within this City at these times of 
publick Commotions and Disturbance, which request this Board have taken 
into consideration and have resolved that they do not as a Board deem it 



272 The City Records, 1775. 

prudent or expedient to constitute any other Night Watch than the one 
already established. 

May 20. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay the following 
accounts and that the Clerk draw orders on him for the same : John Han- 
sen and other £1 ; James Green 2s. 6d. -, Sander Lansing 10s. 6d. ; John 
J» Abbot £4:12:6. 

May 22. A Letter was this day shewn to the Board by Mr. Mayor 
from Col. Guy Johnson directed to the Corporation of the City of Albany 
and the Majistrates and Committee of the Township of Schenectady as 
also a Speech of one of the Mohawk Chiefs. 

Kesolved by this Board that Messrs. Peter W. Yates, Guy* G. Marselis, 
Jeremiah Van Benselaer and Leonard Gansevoort be a Committee to draw 
an Answer to said Letter as also to said Speech. 

June 17. Kesolved by this fioard that the Mayor execute a Lease and 
Belease to Robert McClallen for a Lot in the third ward at the river side. 
Also that he execute a Lease to Abraham Eights and another to Jacob 
Van Schaick each for a Lot in the third ward at the river side and that 
the Chamberlain affix the City Seal to the above Deed and Leases. 

Resolved that the Board accept an assignment of a Lca.se of Robert 
Henry to Gcrrit Van Sante for the sum of six shillings *^ annum in lieu of 
the annual rent which should be given for the lot sold Robert McClallen. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay Thomas 
Skidmore the sum of £4, for lighting the Lamps three months and pro- 
viding necessaries for that purpose. 

June 24. Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Lease to 
Abraham Eights for a Lot of ground at the river side, in behalf of this 
Board and that the City Seal be thereunto affixed. 

Resolved that the last payment due on the Dock built by Mr. Fish be 
paid to said Fish or order by the Treasurer. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay to Stephen De Lancey 
or order the sum of £127 for attending this Board as Clerk from the first 
day of June 1769 to the 1st of June 1775, at £16 ^ year, providing 
Books, Paper, &c. for this Board at 50s. ^ year and drawing several 
Leases. 

Resolved that Advertisements be put up and that the Cryer give pub- 
lick notice to the Inhabitants of this City that any of them may be sup- 
plyed with any quantity of wheat not exceeding six Skipples at 4s. 6d, by 
applying to the Chamberlain before the first day of July next. 

Resolved also that the Treasurer supply John Ostrander and John 
Radliff each with three Skipples of wheat and charge the same to their 
accounts. 

Resolved likewise that Nicholas Marselis, Harmanus Wendell and Peter 
Lansingh appear before this Board at their next meeting to render account 
of their proceedings as Overseers of the Roads for the City of Albany. 

Resolved by this Board that Treasurer pay the City watch all the wages 
due to them, they rendering an account upon Oath of the time they have 
respectively served as watchmen in the employ of the Corporation 

Resolved that the members of the second ward be a Committee to have 
the Bridge over the Foxes Creek in said ward repaired as soon as possible. 

Resolved also that Messrs. Robert Yates, Guy^ G. Marselis, Gerrit Van 



Abraham C. Cuyler^ Mayor ^ 273 

Sante and Thomas Hun be a Committee to report to this Board the scitua- 
tioD of the Bridge near Marselis's Pasture, with respect to the south west 
Bounds of this City. 

June 26. Resolved by this Board that Messrs. Robert Yates, Gerrit 
Van Sante, Thomas Hun and Jerl» V. Rcnselaer be a Committee to wait 
on the Grand Jury and represent to them the scituatiou of the Bridge 
near 3Iarselises Pasture with respect to the Bounds of this City. 

September 4. Resolved by this Board that the Mayor sign a Deed to 
John Williamson in behalf of this Board for a Lot of ground lying at the 
river side and that the City Seal be thereunto affixed. 

Resolved that the Treasurer pay to John Ostrander and several other 
Constables (as mentioned in an account delivered to this Board) their re- 
spective wages for Sunday service, the whole amounting to £3:lS. 

Resolved by this Board that the Mayor write to his Excellency the 
Gov' Tryon in behalf of the Corporation praying him to pardon the Negro 
Slave named Tom of the Widow Hoghan now under sentence of Death. 

September 13. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on 
the Treasurer to pay the following accounts : Johannis Flansburgh Jun. 
£4 ; Jacob Bogardus £29:14:6 ; Tho« Skidmore for lighting the Lamps 
&c. £4:2:4. 

Resolved that the Treasurer pay to Thomas Hun Esq. £5 immediately, 
to be applyed to particular uses by him in behalf of this Board. 

September 28. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay to Mi- 
chael Wagoner the sum of £6 which is allowed to him for repairs done to 
the house he formerly lived in. As also account of Dirck Hun £3:5:6 ; 
Lukas and Ab™ Hooghkerk £10:8:10. 

Resolved also that one additional Constable be chosen at the ensuing 
Election for each ward. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on Fry- 
day the 29th of Sept^, 1775 — Present, the Mayor, John H. Ten Eyck, 
Esq., Recorder, Guysbert G. Marselis, Robert Yates, Peter W. Yates, 
Thomas Hun, John Ten Broeck, Henry Van Veghten, Jacob Roseboom, 
Corn" Van Schelluyne, Leonard Gansevoort, Abraham Ten Eyck. 

This day being appointed by Charter for the election of Aldermen, As- 
sistants, and Constables for this City, the following were returned duly 
elected for the ensuing year : 

First Ward, 

Aldermen. Assistants. Constables. 

Peter W. Yates Jacob Roseboom James Green 

Gerrit Van Sante Arie Legrange Jacob Kidney. 

Second Ward, 

Guysbert G. Marselis Corn" Van Schelluyne John Ostrander 

John Jacob Beeckman Jere*> Van Renselaer Isachar Child. 

Third Ward, 

Thomas Hun Abraham Schuyler Isaac A. Fonda 

John Ten Broeck Abraham Ten Eyck William Adams. 

This Board have appointed Henry Bleecker Esq. Treasurer, and John 
Ostrander Marshal for the ensuing year. 



274 The City Records, 1775. 

October 14. This day being appointed by the Charter to qualify the 
Officers of this City, the following took the Oaths of Supremacy and Alle- 
giance, subscribed the Test, and were sworn to the due execution of their 
respective offices : 

Peter W. Yates, Gerrit Van Sante Aldermen for first ward. 

Guysbert G. Marselis, John Jacob Beeckman, Aldermen for second ward; 
Cornelius Van Schelluyne, Assistant. , 

Thomas Hun, Alderman for third ward ; Abraham Schuyler, Abraham 
Ten Eyck, Assistants. John Ostrander, Marshell. 

Resolved that with all convenient speed a Constable be elected in the 2d 
ward instead of Isacher Child. 

October 24. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay the Con- 
stables for Sunday service £1:4. 

Aldermen Marselis and Beeckman return a Poll by which it appears 
that Samuel Stephenson is elected Constable for the second ward, instead 
of Isacher Child, who was rejected by the Board the last meeting. 

November 6. The following persons were this day qualified as mem- 
bers of this Board and took their seats accordingly : 

John Ten Broeck, Alderman ; Arie Lcgrange, Jacob Roseboom Asst^. 

This Board have appointed the following persons Fire Masters for the 
ensuing year : Hendrick Hoean and Ephraim Van Veghten for the first 
Ward ; Abraham Bogart and Peter W. Douw for the second ward ; Ten- 
nis T. Van Veghten and Abraham A. Lansing for the third ward. 

Robert Lansing delivered in an ace* against the Corp^ of £5:10, for 
keeping the fire Engines in repair. Ordered that the Treasurer pay the 
same. 

December 13. Resolved that the Mayor sign two Deeds to Ebenezer 
Jessup in behalf of this Board for two pieces or Tracts of Land lying near 
the German Church west of the City heretofore agreed to be sold to him, 
and that the City Seal be thereto affixed. 

Resolved that an account of Alderman Van Sante be allowed and that 
the Clerk draw a special order on the Treasurer to pay the same immedi- 
ately, the amount of which is j684:7:8. 

Resolved that the Treasurer pay John Radliff the Bellringer his last 
years Salery, j65. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing accounts, viz : William Van Wie £1:13:3 ; Tefta Stensel £2:10:3 
John Ostrander and Jacob Kidney £1:16; Gerrit T. Visscher 16s. 8d 
John Gansevoort £2:4; Benjamin Howey £1:13; John Barclay £5 
Peter Van Deuscn je3:14 ; Gerrit Hallenbeck £2:8 ; Arent Van Deusen 
ie3:18; Henry Van Wie iei:9:9; Abraham Bogart ^22:5:3 ; Walter An- 
gus and William Brooks £^. 

Frederick Clute appeared before this Board and desired them to make 
an abatement of the rents claimed by them from him for Lands at Tion- 
nonderoga, by reason of his having been repeatedly interrupted by the 
Mohawk Indians in the possession and cultivation of those Lands, and as 
this Board is well convinced of the truth of such representation and just- 
ness of such request, it is Resolved that an abatement be made of £,20, 



Abraham C. Cuyler, Mayor. 275 

At a Common Councill held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Tuesday the 6th day of February, 1776. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to pay the follow- 
ing acc*« : John Hall 12s ; Patrick Ryan 12s. 

Likewise to pay John Flansburgh £10, which sum he has advanced for 
the service of the Corporation. Also an order for three Schipples wheat 
for J. Radliff. 

February 12. Resolved that the Clerk draw orders to pay the follow- 
ing accounts : Thomas Hun Esq. £3:18 ; Gerrit Whitbeck 12s. ; Thomas 
Hilton £1:4:6. 

Whereas this Board had intended this day to have exposed to sale at 
publick Vendue the Docks and Wharfs for the ensuing year, but on the 
application of some of the Skippers and by reason of the publick Confu- 
sion and the unhappy state of the Country at this time, this Board have 
Resolved to postpone such sale to a future day. 

It is Resolved that the following Ordinances be renewed and revised. 
[Same as at page 261.] 

March 2. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the 
Treasurer to pay the following accounts : John Rolf £1:16 ; John Hall 
and Phil. Elsworth 16s. ; Frederick Gerritse 16s; William Mackintosh 8s. 

Resolved that the assise of Bread for the next ensuing three months be 
as follows : Flour at 16s. per hundred a Loaf of Bread at four Coppers to 
weigh lib. 13oz., and that Barent Staats Jun. be the inspector or viewer 
of Bread for the ensuing year. 

As Mr. Jacob Van Schaick in behalf of Nicholas Brewer informs this 
Board that he is willing to decline the Deeds for the two Lots in this City 
agreed to be conveyed to said Brewer, in consideration whereof the said 
Brewer is willing to pay this Board £6:8. It is resolved that such pro- 
posal be accepted of. And as jMr. Stewart Dean now applys for Deeds of 
the same two Lots of ground on the consideration whereon the same were 
to be conveyed to said Brewer, it is resolved that the Clerk draw Deeds 
accordingly and present them to the Board at the next meeting of Com: 
Council in order that the same may be executed. 

Resolved that the Treasurer of this Board call on Mr. Jacob Van Schaick 
for the above sum of j£6:8 and give his receipt for the same. 

March 23. Resolved that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to 
pay the following acc^ : Jacob Bleecker £2:11; John J. Bleecker £5:2 ; 
John Ilood 8s. 

This Board received a request from the Committee of this City which 
is in the following words : 

Albany Committee Chamber 9th March, 1776. 

This Committee last Summer from a just sense of the necessity of pre- 
serving the tranquility of this City did establish a Night Watch, by reason 
whereof the Corporation were eased of the Expence of maintaining the 
slender Guard then existing, consequently part of the money ftiised by 
Tax on the Inhabitants of this City for the professed purpose of a Watch 
remains in their hands undisposed of. 

As this Committe have necessarily incurred an expence in repairing a 
Watch House and furnishing it with wood and candles, therefore Resolved 



276 The City Records, 1776. 

that the account of such cxpence hitherto accrued he laid hefore the Cor- 
poration and that they be requested to discharge the same out of the mo- 
ney raised as aforesaid. 

Extract from the Minutes. 

Mat Visscher, Secy. 

Whereupon it is llcsolved by this Board that the Aldermen of each re- 
spectiTC ward do as soon as possible take the sence or opinion of the Citi- 
zens on the Subject in writing and that they make report at the next 
Common Council, and if in case it shall then appear that a 3Iajority of 
the Citizens do consent and agree to such request of said Committee then 
this Board will give comply with said request and grant an order on the 
Treasurer for that purpose. 

Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer sell the wheat belonging to 
the Corporation at 4s. *^ Skipple. reserving only 200 Skipple; that every 
person to whom this Board is indebted may have nine Skipples of wheat 
at the above price towards their Debt out of the said 200 Skipples. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on 
Monday 25 March, 1776— Present, the Mayor, Recorder, Guy* G. Mar- 
selis, Peter W. Yates, Thomas Hun, Abraham Ten Eyck, Abraham 
Schuyler, Arie Lcgrange. 

This Board have agreed with Mr. Abraham J. Yates that he is to be 
Dock Master for the ensuing year and that he collect the Dock money 
agreeable to the Ordinance in that case made and provided, and that he 
have for said service J615, and that he give Bonds in the sum of £100 for 
the faithful performance. 

This Board have appointed Joseph Yates inspector of Bread for the en- 
suing year instead of Barent Staats who declined and do allow him j^5 for 
his trouble. 

[There is a hiatus here in the Minutes, by which it would seem that the meet- 
ings of the Common Council were suspended two years. On the 17th February, 
1778, the legislature passed ** An act to remove doubts concerning the corpora- 
tion of the city of Albany,*' which recites that, whereas the inhabitants did not at 
the proper period, owing to the confusion of the times occasioned by the calami- 
ties of the war, elect their aldermen in strict conformity with the charter, nor 
appoint their officers ; and on account of the establishment of independency, and 
the change of government in this state in consequence thereof, the members of 
the said corporation could not take the usual oatlis, \}y reason whereof doubts 
might arise, as well to the prejudice of the estates, rights, &c. of the inhabitants, 
as concerning the validity of the election, and the authority of the magistrates; 
** for the removal whereof, and to the end that all and singular the said estates, 
&c. may remain as good, valid and unimpeached in the law as the same were at 
and immediately before the 10th day of April, 1775, and that the said magistrates 
and other members, may exercise their several offices and functions without any 
legal or other let, hindrance or impediment whatsoever,'* the charter and all the 
rights of the corporation which they held on the 19th of April, 1775. were con- 
firmed, notwithstanding nonuseror misuser between the 18th April, 1775, and the 
Ist March, 1778; and all the nm^istrates and members of the corporation were 
declared able to exercise their several offices, and to appoint such officers as ought 
to have been appointed on the anniversary day prescribed in the charter, not- 
vrithstanding the want of conformity in the election or appointments. The mayor 
and other officers were required as soon as possible to meet at the City Hall, or 
some other convenient place in the city, to qualify by taking the oaths, before 
entry on the exercise of their offices. It is presumed that the committee of safety 
exercised the functions of the common council in the mean time.] 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 277 

Albany, 17tli April, 1778. 
List of the names of the Members of the Corporation of the City of 
Albany: 

♦John Barclay, Esq', Mayor. ♦Abraham Yates, Jun', Esq', Recorder. 

Aldermen. Assistants. 

♦John Koorbach, ♦Abraham I. Yates, 

♦John Price, ♦Matthew Visscher, 

♦Jacob Lansing, Jun', ♦Isaac D. Fonda, 

♦Abraham Cuyler, ♦Jacob Bleecker, 

♦John M. Beeckman, ♦Cornelius Swits, 

Harmanus Wendell. ♦Abraham Schuyler. 

A number of the Members of the Corporation, in pursuance of two 
seyeral Acts of the Legislature of this State, the one an Act, entitled 
" An Act to remove Doubts concerning the Corporation of the City of 
Albany,'' and the other an Act entitled " An Act to amend an Act to re- 
move doubts concerning the Corporation of the City of Albany,'' met this 
17th day of April 1778 at the City Hall of the said City of Albany, and 
being convened in the Common Council Chamber proceeded to the perusal 
of the said two several Acts, and after having perused the same, produced 
their several Credentials which were read and approved as follows : 

John Barclay Esq' produced a Commission under the Great Seal of this 
State appointing him Mayor and Clerk of the Markets of this City and 
Coroner of the said City and County for the year ensuing and untill an- 
other fit person be appointed and sworn in his stead. 

Abraham Yates Jun', Esq', produced a Commission under the said 
Oreat Seal appointing him Recorder of this City during pleasure. 

Matthew Visscher Esq' produced a Commission under the said Great 
Seal appointing him Town Clerk and Clerk of the Mayors Court of this 
City and Clerk of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the said City 
and County and Clerk of the Peace and of the Court of Sessions of the 
Peace in and for the said City and County, during pleasure. 

The following Polls of Elections in this City were then produced to wit. 

Poll of an Election in the first ward, whereby John Price and John 
Roorbach Esqf" were elected Aldermen and Abraham I. Yates and Matthew 
Visscher Assistants for the said ward for the year ensuing. 

Poll of an Election in the second ward, whereby Jacob Lansing Jun' 
and Abraham Cuyler Esqf" were elected Aldermen and Isaac D. Fonda 
and Jacob Bleecker Assistants for the said ward for the year ensuing. 

Poll of an Election in the third ward, whereby John 5l. Beeckman and 
Harmanus Wendell Esq'" were elected Aldermen and Cornelius Swits and 
Abraham Schuyler Assistants for the said ward for the year ensuing. 

The Members marked thus ♦ were present and took the Oath of Alle- 
giance to this State as prescribed by Law, and also their respective Oaths 
of Office as prescribed by the Charter. 

Matthew Visscher Esq' took also the Oath of Office as Clerk of the City 
and County of Albany as prescribed by Law. 

April 21. Resolved that Thomas Seegcr be and he is hereby appointed 
Marshall for the year ensuing. 

April 23. Resolved that Henry Bleecker Esq' be and he is hereby 
appointed Chamberlain for the ensuing year. 

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278 The City Records, 177a 

Gkuret Van Bommcl late of Shaghtechochc and one of the Tenants of this 
Board informeth them that he was indebted four years Kent at twenty-fiye 
Skipple of wheat *^ year, which also appearing from the Chamberlains 
Certificate. He also represented to the Board the Distresses that have 
attended him by having his Mill burnt and being drove by the £nemy 
from his place of abode. 

The Board took the same into consideration and thereupon Resolve to 
acquit him of one years rent, and that the Chamberlain settle with him 
for the other three years and give Mr. Van Bommel an acquittance for 
the rent due last October. 

Uis Worship the Mayor laid before the Board a Letter he had received 
from his Excellency the Governor in answer to two Letters of the Com- 
mittee which said Letter is dated Poughkeepsie 18th April 1778 and is in 
the following words, to wit : 

Poughkeepsie, 18th April, 1778. 

Sir : Your two Jjotters, both dated the 16th instant were delivered to 
me this Evening by General Conway : I am no less surprised than con- 
cerned to learn that all the Continental Troops, Warners Regiment ex- 
cepted, are ordered from Albany, and I have this moment wrote to Gen. 
McDougall requesting that Creightons or Aldens Regiment or both may 
continue with you, representing in the strongest Terms the exposed state 
the Stores in your City and the northern and western Frontiers will be in, 
a^ well from the common Enemy as the hostile Indian Tribes and internal 
Foes should my request not be complied with. Of the seven hundred 
Men 1 was impowered to raise for the defence of this State I have ordered 
one Company of sixty Men including non commissioned officers to be 
raised in Charlotte and stationed in that quarter, two to consist each of the 
same number to be raised in Try on County and stationed on its western 
Frontier, and one other of thirty-four in Schohary to be stationed in that 
Neighbourhood, which I trust you will be of opinion was doing as much 
for your safety as in my power. I have long since wrote my Opinion to 
the Commanding Officers at Albany that the British Prisoners should be 
removed to the Eastward, which I am happy to learn from General Con- 
way has been done and that none but Invalids not proper to remove, now 
remain among you. I have also advised the removal of the principal 
Stores and Magazines. 

The neglect of the Militia Officers in making Returns to the Council 
Appointment has prevented making the necessary Appointments and has 
left the Militia in the same bad condition it has hitherto been, by which 
we shall continue to be deprived of a strength by which we might defy 
danger on any sudden Emergency were it properly officered and arranged. 
You may rest assured, Sir, that I will continue attentive to your Safety 
and that no Means will be neglected for that Purpose. 
I have the Honor to be Sir, 

your most obedient and very humble Serv^, 
The Worshipful Geo: Clinton. 

John Barcley, Esq^. 

April 24. Mr. Recorder laid before the Board the following Amend* 
ment to the first Section of the Ordinance for regulating the Ferry between 
the Limits of the City of Albany and Green Bush and for establishing the 
Rates thereof, to wit : 

For transporting every person across said Ferry four pence, Provided 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 379 

that a sncking child or some Remnant of Goods or other things not herein 
after rated which a person carries under his or her arm he free from the 
payment of Ferriage. . For every Man and Horse Ox and Cow one shilling 
and four pence, for every live Calf or Ilog seven pence, for every Sheep 
or Lamb five pence, for every dead Hog five pence, for every dead Sheep 
or Lamb four pence, for every Barrel of Rum, Sugar, Molasses, or other 
full Barrel ten pence, for every Pail of Butter two pence, for every Firkin 
or Tub of Butter four pence, for every Waggon and two Horses five schil- 
lings and four pence, for every full Chest or Trunk ten pence, for every 
empty Chest or Trunk nine pence, for every Skipple of Wheat, Flour or 
other Grain two pence, for every hundred weight of Lead, Pewter or other 
Metal seven pence and so in proportion, for every hundred weight of 
Beaver, Skins, Hides, or Cheese, one schilling and nine pence and so in 
proportion, for every Chaise or Chair and Horse four schillings, for every 
Saddle without a Horse three pence, for every dozen pairs of Shoes or 
Boots three pence and so in proportion, for every dozen of Steel Traps ten 
pence and so in proportion. 

Resolved and ordered that the Board agree in the said amendment, and 
that the Ferry-man be furnished with a copy of said amendment. 

Resolved that Thomas Lottridge have use and appropriate the said Ferry 
he having agreed to pay at the rate of £48 ^ annum for the present year. 

Resolved that the Chamberlain furnish every one of the members of this 
Board with a copy of Ordinances of the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and 
Commonalty of the City of Albany. 

April 25. An Ordinance for regulating Tavern Keepers in the City of 
Albany : 

Sect. 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Com- 
minalty of the City of Albany in Common Council convened and is hereby 
ordained by the authority of the same. That none but such as are duly 
Licensed by the Mayor of this City do presume to keep any Tavern, Ale 
House, Victualing House,*! un or Ordinary or sell any wine, beer, brandy, 
rum, cyder or other strong Liquors by retail in the said City of Albany 
under the Penalty for forty schillings current money of New York, for the 
use of the Corporation, to be recovered before the Mayor, Recorder or any 
one of the Aldermen of the said City. 

Sect. 2. And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid that from 
and after the publication of this ordinance, no Tavernkeeper shall presume 
to sell any strong Liquors, other than at the rates and prices following, 
that is to say, 

Good West India Rum, genuine French Brandy, Holland Geneva, 
Lisbon, Sherry, Port red and white. Mountain French Claret, common 
sort, French white Wine, Spanish red Wine, Rhenish at ten schillings 
per quart and one schilling and four pence per gill. American made 
Whiskey four shillings and four pence per quart and seven pence per gill. 
Good New England Rum, Brandy, Geneva, common Cordials and sdl other 
Spirituous Liquors not herein mentioned at six schillings and nine pence 
per quart, and one schilling per gill. Good Toddy of West India Rum, 
French Brandy, or Holland Geneva, sweetened with Loaf Sugar at three 
schillings per quart Bowie and so in proportion. Good Toddy of other 
Liquors (whiskey excepted) at two schillings per quart Bowl and so in 
proportion. Strong Beer and Cyder, brewed or made in the State, one 




280 The City Records, 1778. 

Bchilling per quart. For a Breakfast of comfortable and nourishing 
Victuals two schillings per Meal ; for a Dinner equally suitable three 
schillings and sixpence per Dinner. For twenty-four hours or one Night 
good Hay and Stabling for a Horse two schillings ; for Oats four pence 
per quarti Corn per quart sixpence and other Grain in proportion. For a 
good clean Bed and Bedding one Night one schilling. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid if any Tavern- 
keeper shall exact or receive any higher Price than is agreeable to the 
above establishment such Tavernkeeper shall forfeit and pay for every 
offence treble the Value of the Article of which the same may happen, to 
be recovered before the Mayor and Recorder or any one of the Aldermen. 

The above Law together with the following Laws were this day pub- 
lished, to wit : 

A Law for regulating the Ferry between Albany and Green Bush and 
for establishing the Bates thereof. 

A Law for regulating the public Markets in the City of Albany. 

April 29. It having appeared to this Board that Messrs. Stewart Dean 
and Abraham Eights, who stand indebted to the Corporation by Bond, 
have on or about the time of payment tendered the debt due to the Cham- 
berlain which he declined receiving at that time. 

Resolved therefore that the Chamberlain be and he Ls hereby directed 
to receive from the said Stewart Dean and Abraham Eights the debt due 
at the time of such tender. * 

Ordered that the Aldermen and Assistants of the first ward cause the 
Bridge over the Rutten Kill near the Luthern burying to be repaired. 

Ordered that Harmauus Wendell Esq', who is elected one of the Alder- 
men for the third ward of this City be and is hereby cited to appear before 
this Board to morrow at two o'clock in the afternoon to deckre whether 
he will take upon him and execute the office of Alderman. 

April 30. Ordered that the Chamberlain be directed to settle with Mr. 
John Williams in the same manner as he was directed to settle with Messns. 
Stewart Dean and Abraham Eights the debt due by them to this Board. 

Ordered that John Roorbback, Abraham I. Yates and Matthew Vis- 
Bcher be a Committee to revise the ordinances of this Board and that they 
report their proceedings thereon with all convenient speed. 

May 4. Ordered that Harmanus Wendell have leave to consider 
whether he will accept the office of Alderman till Saturday next. 

May 12. The following ordinances were this day published, viz : An 
ordinance for paving and cleaning the Streets, Lanes and Alleys, and for 
preventing Nuisances ; an ordinance for regulating Carts and Carmen \ an 
ordinance against the Profanation of the Lords day commonly called Sun- 
day ; an ordinance for regulating Negroes, Mulattocs and other Slaves ; 
an ordinance for the better preventing of Fire in the City of Albany. 

May 15. The Troops having last Night created confusion among the 
Inhabitants of this City by firing of Guns and obliging the Inhabitants to 
put Candles before their Window Glasses. 

Ordered thereupon that Mr. Mayor and Mr. Recorder be requested to 
wait upon General Conway and request him to give orders to prevent the 
like for the future. Mr. Mayor reported that himself and the Recorder 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 281 

had waited upon General Conway and represented the above, and that the 
General had promised to give special orders to prevent the like for the 
future. 

May 20. Harmanus Wendell Esq', who was elected one of the Alder- 
men for the third ward of the City of Albany, appeared before this Board 
and declared that he could not take upon himself the execution of the 
office of Alderman. 

Ordered that Mr. Alderman Beekman request the Inhabitants of the 
third ward of said City to elect an Alderman in the room and stead of 
Harmanus Wendell Esq', and that such Election be held on Saturday 
next at such hour as Alderman Beekman shall appoint. 

May 20, 7 o'clock P. M. The Board agreeable to Charter proceeded to 
pass a fine upon Uarmanus Wendell Esq' for refusing to hold and execute 
the office of Alderman, and thereupon 

Resolved that for such refusal a fine of five pounds lawful money of this 
State be and is hereby imposed upon the said Harmanus Wendell Esq', 
and that the said fine be Icvyed in the manner prescribed by the said 
Charter. 

General Ten Broeck laid before the Board a Letter he had received 
from Brigadier General Starke informing him that the Troops were or- 
dered from this City and requested him to order a sufficient number of 
men to relieve the Guards. 

The Board took the same in consideration and thereupon Besolve to 
write a Letter upon the subject to General Starke which was done in the 
following words, to wit (prout). 

Albany, 20th May, 1778. 

Sir : The Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of Albany be- 
ing convened in Common Council in consequence of your Honors Letter 
to General Ten Broeck of this date informing him that the troops are or- 
dered from here to Fish Kill and requesting him to relieve the Guards in 
this City. 

The Common Council beg leave to observe that they consider them- 
selves in duty bound to inform you that from the weakness of the Militia 
in this City owing to the Number in public Service, it will not be safe to 
leave the Stores, Provisions, Hospitle, Sloops and Vessels, the Regular and 
other Prisoners, the latter exceeding one hundred, besides the disaffected 
in and about the City to so small a Number as one hundred and fifty, the 
whole number of Militia that are subject to military duty. For should an 
accident happen by means of the disaffected in destroying the Stores or in 
discharging the Prisoners, ten whereof are now under Sentence of Death, it 
would distress not only the City but the Service of the Continent in general. 

The Common Council further beg leave to observe that about six weeks 
ago the Troops were also ordered down but upon the Committee represent- 
ing to General Conway the above Matters and the necessity of having a 
Body of Troops in this CUty to succour the northern and western Frontiers 
in case of Attack. The General wrote upon the Subject to Major General 
McDougall and his Excellency the Governor who thereupon ordered the 
Troops to remain here. The Common Council farther beg leave to observe 
that in case your Honour cannot detain one of the Regiments stationed 
here that at least one hundred and fifty men ought to be detained and they 
doubt not but your Honour will concur with them in Sentiment. 



282 The City Records, 1778. 

The Bearers hereof, Mr. Recorder and Alderman Cnyler, members of 
this Board can inform your Honour of many other reasons for the deten- 
tion of part of the Troops. 

Ordered that Mr. Recorder and Alderman Cuyler carry the Letter to 
General Starke. 

Ordered that a Letter be prepared to his Excellency CrOYemor Clinton 
enclosing. 

Ordered that a Letter on the same Subject to the Honorable Major 
General Gates which was done in the following words to wit ^prout). 

Hono^ Sir : The Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of this City were 
last night convened in Common Council in consequence of a Letter from 
Brigadier General Stark to General Ten Broeck acquainting him that the 
Troops in this City were ordered to Fish Kills and requesting him to order 
a sufficient number of men to relieve the Guards. The Common Council 
thereupon wrote a Letter to General Stark representing to him the neces- 
sity of having a Body of Troops in this City which Letter the General in- 
tends to enclose you by exj^ress and to which the Common Council beg 
leave to refer you as part of the reasons why the Troops should be de- 
tained here. 

The Common Council would further beg leave to observe that the many 
Robberies and Murders daily committed on the Inhabitants of this County 
by Deserters and Prisoners from Burgoyn's Army and the disaffected who 
are drove to desperation renders it indispensibly necessary to have a Body 
of Troops to go in quest of the Villains, for unless the Militia can remain 
this year at home and properly manage their Summer crops little or no 
support of Flour can the Continent derive from this part, last year more 
than one half destroyed and not more than half the usual quantity sowed. 

These reasons together with those already assigned in the Letter to 
General Starke induce the Common Council to suppose that you will on 
the receipt hereof order at least one of the Regiments to remain here. 

Ordered that a Letter be prepared to his Excellency Governor Clinton 
enclosing copies of the Letters wrote by this Board to General Gates and 
Starke, which was done in the following words to wit (prout). 

Sir : The Corporation were last night informed by General Ten Broeck 
that the Troops now stationed in this City were ordered down to Fish Kill 
and that he was called upon to furnish a sufficient number of men to re- 
lieve the Guards. 

The Corporation thereupon wrote to General Starke requesting him to 
detain one of the Regiments, a copy of which they do themselves the 
honor to enclose you. They have this morning wrote upon the subject to 
General Gates a copy of which Letter your Excellency will also find en- 
closed, and have directed me to request your Excellency to second their 
application. 

I am with great respect your Excellency's 

Most ob* humble Scrvent. 

N. B. If the British Prisoners could be moved to another place it would 
breake up the connection which is now apprehended is kept up between 
them the Tories and Negroes. 

May 25. Resolved that Mr. Isaac D. Fonda one of the members of 
this Board take to his House and repair the Fire Engin with all possible 
expedition. 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 283 

Alderman Beekman reported that agreeable to a Eesolution of the 20th 
instant he held an Election for one Alderman in the room and stead of 
Harmanus Wendell Esq' who had refused, and that the majority of votes 
had fallen on Doctor Samuel Stringer which also appearing from the Poll. 

Doctor Samuel Stringer attending was sworn to the execution of his 
Office and took the Oath of Obligiance to this State. 

Resolved that the Aldermen and Assistants of each ward cause the 
Wells, Pumps and Bridges in their respective wards to be repaired in such 
manner as they shall think proper. 

Kesolved that the Chamberlain be and he is hereby required to render 
an account to this Board with all convenient speed of the Debts due and 
owing to the Corporation, and of the expenditures since the last general 
account. 

Ordered that the Clerk make a few copies of that Section of an Ordi- 
nance of this Board which prohibits all persons from selling or retailing 
strong Liquors a Licence from the Mayor, and that such copies be put up 
in the most public places in this City. 

Ordered that Advertisements be put up requesting all persons who have 
demands against this Board to bring them in for payment and all those 
that are indebted to the Board to discharge the same without delay. 

Ordered that the Sheriff be requested to order the Goal to be washed 
and cleansed at least once a week and charge the same to the County. 

An account of Andries Abel was laid before the Board amounting to 
£17:4 for a Bull by him sold to the Board for the public. 

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay the same. 

May 31. General Ten Broeck laid before the Board copy of a Letter 
General Stark had received from William Dietz Esq' and others, which 
Letter is in the following words to wit (prout). 

Shohaby, 30th May, 1778. 

Honb^ Sir : As part of one E.egiment of Militia with the Continental 
Troops have been attacked by the Tories and Savage and being not able to 
stand them they gave way and eleven or twelve of the Continental Troops 
are returned, the Capt and Lieut are kilFd, how many of the Militia are 
missing we cannot give an exact account, but shall as soon as we are able. 
Cobus Kill is destroyed, we hope you will send us Reinforcement as soon 
as possible and some Ammunition as we are much in want of it. We have 
a small field Piece, I hope you will send some grape Shot for it. 
And we remain your most HuW* Serv*. 

N. B. The Number of the Enemy '\ William Dietz Esq. 

as near as we can learn is about three >- Thomas Ekeson, Major, 

or four hundred. ) Jo8° Baker, Major. 

One Clock at Night. 

Thereupon Resolved that General Stark be requested to send all the 
British Prisoners to Poughkeepsic, and to write to General Gates for his 
further directions. 

Resolved that a Letter be prepared to his Excellency Governor Clinton 
enclosing copy of the Letter of Mr. Dietz which was done in the following 
words to wit (prout). 

Sir : I am directed by the Corporation of the City of Albany in Com- 
mon Council convened to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellency's 
Letter of the 2d instant with its enclosures and to thank your Excellency 



284 The City Recordsy 1778. 

for the care and attention you have paid to the getting a Body of Troops 
to secure the Frontiers of the Norther part of our State. 

Malencholy as the accounts transmitted in our former Letter were, they 
are now the more so by an actual invasion of Tryon County by a body of 
about two hundred Indians and the Ravages, an account of which will be 
transmitted your Excellency by General Ten Broeck by them already 
committed in addition to that of Cobus Kill has so struck the Militia of 
that County that few of them can be collected together, the principal part 
of them being employed to secure their Families from that Barbarity 
which is to be apprehended from a wanton, cruel and Savage Enemy. 

We have just now received information that a par*y of about five hun- 
dred of the Enemy have lately landed at Gillilands Creek, and that imme- 
diately upon their landing they divided in two parties one of which is 
supposed to be at Sacondaga, and were the other will strike is uncertain, 
but it is to be feared they are gone farther westward. 

The Robberies daily committed in this County and the dangers the 
Friends to the County apprehend from the disaffected renders the turning 
out of the Militia dilartery and uncertain. But we presume were your 
Excellency to favour this part of the State with your presence that it 
might revive the Spirits of the People and have good effect. 

June 2. Received a Letter from Gen^ Starke dated the 1st instant, 
which Letter is in the following words to wit (prout). 

Albany, 1st June, 1778. 

Gentlemen : As I am ordered by the Uonorable Major Gen^ Gates to 
send to fish kill all the Continental Troops posted at this place with the 
British Hospital must beg the favour of you the necessary Guards for the 
security of the City and ^e Stores in it. Your compliance with the above 
will much oblige Gentlement your humble Serv*, 

John Stark, B. G. 
To the Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council of the City of Albany. 

Resolved that an Answer be prepared thereto which was done in the 
following words to wit (prout). 

Honrable Sir : Your Letter of the 1st instant requesting the Corpora- 
tion to order the mounting of the necessary Guards for the security of this 
City and the Continental Stores, I have laid before them, and they have 
directed me to inform you that the Militia of the City is so weak that it 
is not possible for them to comply with your request. They conceive that 
it is not within their sphere to give any directions in military matters. 
But should you be of opinion that the Troops in consequence of General 
Gates orders must be sent down, yet as they have reason to apprehend 
from repeated Information obtained since we saw you that the disaffected 
will endeavour to request the Prisoners who are under sentence of Death 
and who are to be executed on Friday next and destroy the City, they 
would beg leave to suggest to you the propriety of detaining the Troops 
till at least after their execution. 

Whereas it appears to this Board absolutely necessary that a watch 
should be regularly kept in this City for its security, 

Be it therefore cnectcd by the Majority that a Guard of the Citizens 
not less than forty men shall mount every evening at the City Hall. 

Resolved that such of the Citizens as shall refuse mounting Guard or 
do not appear shall without a reasonable excuse, suffer a Fine twenty 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 285 

shillings to be recovered before Mayor, Recorder, or any one of the Alder- 
men o\' this City. 

June 11. The Honorable Brigadier General Ten Brocck laid before 
the Board two Letters he had received from his Excellency the Governor 
in answer to the J^etters wrote by himself, Gen* Schuyler, Mr. Dean and 
this Buard, which were read and returned to General Ten Brocck. 

June 10. Resolved that . Aldermen Roorbach and Stringer and Mr. 
Mathew Visscher, one of the Assistants, be and they are hereby appointed 
a Committee to prepare a Letter to the Representatives of this County in 
Senate and Assembly respective the controverted spot of ground whereon 
the old Store House stands on and that the said Committee report the draft 
of said Letter with all convenient speed. 

June 20. Resolved that all kinds of Meat be sold until farther orders 
at no higher rates then the fullowing rates to wit : 

Grass fed Beef at Is. 4d. pr lb. Stall fed do. at Is. Gd. pr do. Fresh 
Pork at Is. 6d. pr do. Lamb at Is. 4d. pr. do. Head and Pluck of a 
Calf 4s. H. do. of a Sheep 2s. 8d. Do. of a Lamb Is. 4d. Mutton and 
Veal Is. 4d. per lb. 

The Committee appointed last meeting to prepare a Letter to the Re- 
presentatives of this City and County in Senate and As.sembly respecting 
the Right the Crown of Great Britain lately had to the Ground where the 
old Store House stands on brought in a Letter which being read was ap- 
proved of, and is in the following words to wit (prout). 

Albany, 20th June, 1778. 

Gent : The Corporation were lately applied to by the Quarter Master 
for leave to build a Store liousjc to the south of the old Store commonly 
called the Kiugstore. During this application it was insinuated that the 
Corporation had several years ago granted the same to the Crown of Great 
Britain led the l^oard to a review of their Minute from which it appeared 
that the Corporation in the year 17G7 granted the same to the Crown in 
the manner and under the restrictions mentioned in the enclosed copy of 
the Deed. 

At the time the Corporation made this grant they were in a difficult 
situation respecting the removal of the Store Houses and Barracks and it 
may with truth be said that it was forced and extorted from them, and for 
your farther information upon this head we refer you to Mr. A. Yates who 
was at that time one of the members of the Corporation. However as the 
matter now stands the Right of the Crown must either revert to the Corpo- 
ration or t(y the State, and if you should be of opinion that it will go to the . 
State, we must then most earnestly entreat you to endeavour by such ways 
and means as you may think proper to obtain from the State a release of its 
right to the Corporation, and the sooner it is done the better. 

As doubts have arisen in the minds of this Board and General Ten 
Broeck whether they can order a Night Watch, and as it is at this time 
highly necessary that a regular and well instituted watch should be kept 
up, and as the many delinquents who go unpunished for want of authority 
will soon bring the present one to nothing. 

We must also reciuest you to get an act either empowering this Board 
or the General to order a Night Watch and empowering them punish the 
delinquents. 

37 



286 The City Records, 1778. 

June 26. Mr. Mayor laid before the Board a Letter he had receiyed 
by express from Coll. Hay, D. Q. M. General, dated 23d instant request- 
ing this Board to procure from the Albany Shippers eight Cables for the 
use of the Public. 

Resolved thereupon that Jacob Kidney high Constable request the 
Gentlemen hereafter named to part with the Cables set opposite their re- 
spective names upon the Conditions mentioned in Coll. Ilays Letter to wit : 

Coll. Jjcwis three Cables, Coll. Roseboom one do., Peter W. Douw one 
do., Capt. Simonds one do., Francis Winne one do., Cornelius Swits one do. 

Ordered that in case the above persons refuse to give the Cables upon 
the' Conditions aforesaid, Mr. Mayor issue his Warrant to impress them. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favour of 
Thomas Scegcr for four pounds on account.. 

July 4. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in 
favour of Robert Lansing for £19:9:6. 

July 6. The Mayor informed the Board that complaint had been made 
to him that the Blacksmiths shop on the Middle Dock of Gerrit Witbeck 
obstructs the filling up of the Inlet of said Dock, and it appearing so to 
the Board, 

Resolved that the said Gerrit Witbeck be and he is hereby direoled to 
remove the said shop by the first day of September next. \»,^" 

Resolved that the Chamberlain bo and he is hereby directed to request 
all persons indebted to the Board to make immediate payment. 

Resolved that Messrs. Samuel Stringer, John Roorbach and Matthew 
Visscher be a Committee to prepare an Ordinapce for the establishment of 
a Night Watch in this City, with all convenient speed. 

July 14. Mr. Visscher from the Committee appointed to prepare an 
ordinance for the establishment of a Night Watch brought in the draft, 
which being read was agreed to and published accordingly. 

July 17. A Petition of Donald McBain was laid before the Board 
praying that he may be favored with a small Lot of Ground sufficient for 
a House and Garden beyond the Powder House. Upon consideration of 
said Petition, 

Resolved that Aldermen Cuyler and Roorbach and Messrs. Jacob 
Bleeker and Cornelius Swits be a Committee to view the ground above 
the Powder House and report to the Board with all convenient speed 
what ground would at present be best to be sold. 

July 22. Alderman Roorbach from the Committee appointed to view 
the ground above the Powder House and to report what part was best to 
be sold at present. Reported that they had viewed the same and are of 
opinion that the ground lying between the Powder House and the Lot 
lately belonging to David Van Der Heyden deceased, the ground lying 
on the south side of Kings street and above the Brick-Kiln, and the 
three Lots lying to the north of the house of John Ostrander ought now 
to be sold, and that the ground first above mentioned ought to be laid out 
in House Lots of thirty-three foot four inches in breadth and one hundred 
and sixty-five foot in length. 

Resolved that this Board agree with their Committee in the above re- 
port and that John R. Bleeker be requested to lay the same out with all 
c onvenient speed. 



John Barclay^ Mayor.- ' 287 

Resolved further that the said three Lots above mentioned and the lots 
so to be laid out be sold at public Vendue on Monday next, and that no- 
tice be given accordingly by Advertisement. 

Resolved that in the sale of the Lots so to be laid out a rent of 4s. be 
annually reserved, and that in the sale of other three Lots af^ an annual 
rent of be reserved. 

August 3. In consequence of a former Resolution the Lots No. 1 and 2 
on the south side of the Street leading to Schenectady and joining to the 
Street between that and the Lot formerly sold to George Wray, which was 
sold at public Vendue to Jacob Van Loon for £51:10, and the Lots No. 1 
and 2 on the north side of said Street opposite the former Lots were sold 
to Paul Hoghstrasser for £48, and the Lot No. 3 on the same side was 
sold to Isaac A. Fonda for £20. 

Ordered that Deeds be made out accordingly. 

Resolved that the remainder of the Lots laid out at the places above 
mentioned be sold at public Vendue on Saturday next at ten o'clock, and 
that notice be given accordingly. 

August 6. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favor of William Dayley for £6:12 agreeable to his account exhibited to 
the Board. 

August 8. In pursuance of a former Resolution the Lot No. 4 was sold, 
to James Williamson for £17:10, Lot No. 5 to John Tuyle for £14, Lots 
No. 3, 4, 6, 6 and 7 to James and Mary Furnival for £168:10, Lot No. 8 
to Cornelius Glen for £23, Lqt No. 9 to Thomas Shipboy for £30, Lot No. 
10 to Christopher Beekman for £25, Lot No. 11 to Daniel McNiff for 
£24:10, and Lots Nos. 12 and 13 and 14 to Myndert Roseboom for £68. 

Ordered that Releases be prepared to the several purchasers accordingly. 

August 19. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favor of Isaac Lansing for £10:7:6 as ^ acc^. 

An Ordinance to prevent the killing of any kind of Meat within this 
City on the Lords day. 

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of Albany in Common Council convened, and it is hereby ordained by the 
authority of the same, that no kind of Meat be killed or exposed to sale 
within tnis City on a Sunday, and that if any Butcher or other person ex- 
posing Meat to sale shall offend herein, the person so offending shall for 
each offence forfeit the sum of twenty shillings lawfull money of the State 
of New York to be recovered by Warrant under the hand and seal of the 
Mayor, Recorder or any one of the Aldermen, the one half of which for- 
feitures for the use of the Poor of said City and the other half for the In- 
former. 

September 11. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favor of William R. Hilton for £2:2:8 agreeable to his account laid be- 
fore the Board. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of the 
Widow Cole for £1:17:8 agreeable to an account laid before the Board. 

As also for the following accounts : Rutger Bleeker £6:16 ; Jeremiah 
Van Rensselaer £7:10 ; John Roseboom £3:2 ; William R. Hilton 128. ; 
Jaik Veeder jS3:12 ; David Rottery £1:4. 



288 The City Records, 1778. 

Resolved unanimously that an Ordinance for regulating the Markets in 
this City be and is hereby suspended. 

September 12. Petitions of Gcrrit Winne, Peter Groesbeck and David 
Young were presented to the Board praying grants for small pieces of 
Land at Schatrhtekoke and mentioned and described in said Petitions. 
Also a Petition of John Knickerbackcr Junior, praying that the Prayer 
of David Youngs Petition may not be granted. 

Resolved that the consideration of the several Petitions above mentioned 
be postponed till public ail'airs are a little more settled. 

A Report prevailing that two thousand Troops are to be stationed in 
this City, and this City and its Suburbs having suffered greatly during 
the present War by Troops being stationed here and billeted on the In- 
habitants, 

Resolved that a Letter be prepared to his Excellency the Governor, 
which was done in these words : 

Sir : A Report that two thousand Troops are to be stationed here the 
ensuing winter renders it our indispensible duty in behalf of the Inhabit- 
ants of this City and its Suburbs to write to yoxm Excellency on the sub- 
ject, and to request your directions in the premises, to which end we deem 
it necessary to observe. 

That this City (from the nature of its situation) has been, during the 
present war, a Slagazine of Stores and Provisions and the place for con- 
finement of disaffected persons both from the northern and western parts 
of the State and as such was always a capital object by the enemy to be 
subdued. In consequence of which it has for upwards of three years past 
undergone innumerable distresses and inconveniences necessarily attending 
the operations of war. The Inhabitants of this City were some of the first 
who stepped forth in the cause of their Country and took an active part 
in the Contest. They have from time to time endeavoured to conciliate 
the affection of the Indians and to their utmost furnished arms, blankets, 
ammunition, camp equipage, intrenching tools and provisions and specie 
in exchange for continental currency to supply the wants and necessities of 
the Northern Army. 

This County (exclusive of the Manor) includes a large quantity of Lands 
settled of late chiefly by Emigrants Irom P^urope as well as from other 
American States and the southern Counties of this State. That from the 
Tenure under which many hold their Lands and the monies due on Mort- 
g;ages from others, together with their necessitous circumstances, they 
have by these means been more open to Seduction by the disaffected and 
more readily induced to distress the well affected by robberies, plots and con- 
spiracies against the State. Besides the well affected among us in subdu- 
ing and apprehending the Tories and in rendering other public services to 
their Country have so wasted their time and substance, that many of them 
are now reduced to the most necessitous circumstances. 

The Inhabitants of this City were usually supplied with many of the 
necessaries of life as well as food for their Cattle from small enclosed Lota 
of ground within the Bounds of this City the Fences whereof were last 
Fall and Winter burnt and destroyed by the Continental Troops, which 
Lots have by means thereof been thrown into Commons and have ever 
since lain waste ; which together with the great Drougth of the Summer 
has greatly diminished the necessaries of life among the Citizens. 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 289 

There is also a greater scarcity of Firewood here than was ever known 
in this City, owing to the consumption thereof by the Troops that were 
last Winter billeted on the Inhabitants who supplied them therewith and 
for which no recompence has been made. 

From this state of Facts we beg leave to inform your Excellency that 
however willing we have always been and still are to risk our all in sup- 
porting the Freedom and Independence of our blessed Country, yet it is 
our earnest request (and we deem it no more than reasonable) that in the 
distribution of the Troops for Winter Quarters, a due respect may be had 
to the former distresses and present sufferings of the Inhabitants of Albany 
and its Suburbs. And as there arc Barracks in this place which may 
contain about four hundred Troops exclusive of an Hospital which will 
contain eight hundred, tho we presume the latter will be appropriated for 
the use of the Sick, we would deem it equitable that no more Troops may 
be allotted to us than the Barracks and Hospital (if not used as such) may 
contain. That the strictest orders be issued against pilfering, and stealing 
from and insulting the Inhabitants and that the officers be enjoyned in 
punishing the refractory and disobedient. 

Wc have the Honor to bo your 

Excellency's most obed* find most humble Serv*». 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on tho Treasurer in favor of 
Alderman Cuyler for £-0 agreeable to his account. 

Sept. 24. The Treasurer laid before the Board an account of the Debts 
due this Board by which it appears that there was due from sundry per- 
sons on the lOth day of August 1778, 140 Fowls, 2528 Skipples of wheat, 
j£865:16:l, aud that he had in hand £261:1:11. Thereupon resolved that 
the Treasurer write to all thcypersons mentioned on the List (except the 
people of Schaghtekoke) and request them to make immediate payment. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing sums or accounts, to wit : Isaac G. Van Plank £A\\ ; Adrian 
Quackenbuss jeG:18 ; Barent Vosburgh i^ll:14; Matthew Watson £8. 

Ordered that John J. E^tcliff be allowed for ringing the Bell at the rate 
of JBIO pr annum. 

Mr. Koorbach laid before the Board the several Deeds or Releases for 
the Lots sold at public vendue on the third and eighth days of August last. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign the same and tho City Seal be affixed 
therew). 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on the 
29th of September, 1778 — Present, the Mayor, Ab™ Yates Jun. Esq., 
Recorder, Jacob Lansing Jun., John M. Beekman, Abraham Cuyler, 
John Price, John Roorbach, Ab°U[. Yates, Matthew Visscher, Corne- 
lius Swits, Isaac D. Fonda, Jacob JBleeker. 

This day being the Election for Aldermen, Assistants and Constables, 
the different Polls of the Elections were returned from which it appears 
that the following persons were duly elected. 

Firsi Ward. 
Aldermen. AssistaDts. Constables. 

John Price Abraham I. Yates Jacob Kidney. 

John Roorbaoh Matthew Visscher Jonathan Hilton. 



288 The City Records, 1778. 

Eesolyed uDanimously that an Ordinance for regulating the Marketa in 
this City be and is hereby suspended. 

September 12. Petitions of Gerrit Winne, Peter Groesbeck and David 
Young were presented to the Board praying grants for small pieces of 
Land at Schaghtekoke and mentioned and described in said Petitions. 
Also a Petition of John Knickerbacker Junior, praying that the Prayer 
of David Youngs Petition may not be granted. 

Kesolved that the consideration of tlie several Petitions above mentioned 
be postponed till public afi'airs arc a little more settled. 

A lieport prevailing that two thousand Troops arc to be stationed in 
this City, and this City and its Suburbs having suflfered greatly during 
the present War by Troops being stationed here and billeted on the In- 
habitants, 

Resolved that a Letter be prepared to his Excellency the Governor, 
which was done in these words : 

Sir : A Report that two thousand Troops are to be stationed here the 
ensuing winter renders it our indispcnsible duty in behalf of the Inhabit- 
ants of this City and its Suburljs to write to you» Excellency on the sub- 
ject, and to request your directions in the premises, to which end we deem 
it necessary to observe, 

That this City (from the nature of its situation) has been, during the 
present war, a Magazine of Stores and Provisions and the place for con- 
finement of disaffected persons both from the northern and western parts 
of the State and as such was always a capital object by the enemy to be 
subdued. In consequence of which it has for upwards of three years past 
undergone innumerable distresses and inconveniences necessarily attending 
the operations of war. The Inhabitants of this City were some of the first 
who stepped forth in the cause of their Country and took an active part 
in the Contest. They have from time to time endeavoured to conciliate 
the affection of the Indians and to their utmost furnished arms, blankets, 
ammunition, camp equipage, intrenching tools and provisions .ind specie 
in exchange for continental currency to supply the wants and necessities of 
the Northern Army. 

This County (exclusive of the Manor) includes a large quantity of Lands 
settled of late chiefly by Emigrants from Europe as well as from other 
American States and the southern Counties of this State. That from the 
Tenure under which many hold their Lands and the monies due on Mort- 
gages from others, together with their necessitous circumstances, they 
have by these means been more open to Seduction by the disaffected and 
more readily induced to distress the well affected by robberies, plots and con- 
spiracies against the State. Besides the well affected among us in subdu- 
ing and apprehending the Tories and in rendering other public services to 
their Country have so wasted their time and substance, that many of them 
are now reduced to the most necessitous circumstances. 

The Inhabitants of this City were usually supplied with many of the 
necessaries of life as well as food for their Cattle from small enclosed Lots 
of ground within the Bounds of this City the Fences whereof were last 
Fall and Winter burnt and destroyed by the Continental Troops, which 
Lots have by means thereof been thrown into Commons and have ever 
since lain waste ; which together with the great Drougth of the Summer 
has greatly diminished the necessaries of life among the Citizens. 



John Barclay^ Mayor. 289 

There is also a greater scarcity of Firewood here than was ever known 
in this City, owing to the consumption thereof by the Troops that were 
last Winter billeted on the Inhabitants who supplied them therewith and 
for which no recompence has been made. 

From this state of Facts we beg leave to inform your Excellency that 
however willing we have always been and still are to risk our all in sup- 
porting the Freedom and Independence of our blessed Country, yet it is 
our earnest request (and we deem it no more than reasonable) that in the 
distribution of the Troops for Winter Quarters, a due respect may be had 
to the former distresses and present sufferings of the Inhabitants of Albany 
and its Suburbs. And as there are Barracks in this place which may 
contain about four hundred Troops exclusive of an Hospital which will 
contain eight hundred, tho we presume the latter will be appropriated for 
the use of the Sick, we would deem it equitable that no more Troops may 
be allotted to us than the Barracks and Hospital (if not used as such) may 
contain. That the strictest orders be i^^&ued against pilfering, and stealing 
from and insulting the Inhabitants and that the officers bo enjoyned in 
punishing the refractory and disobedient. 

We have the Honor to be your 

Excellency's most obcd^ and most humble Serv^. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on tho Treasurer in favor of 
Alderman Cuyler for £20 agreeable to his account. 

Sept. 24. The Treasurer laid before the Board an account of the Debts 
due this Board by which it appears that there was due from sundry per- 
sons on the 10th day of August 1778, 140 Fowls, 2528 Skipples of wheat, 
jB8C5:1G:1, and that he had in hand £261:1:11. Thereupon resolved that 
the Treasurer write to all th(ypcrsons mentioned on the List (except the 
people of Scliaghtekoke) and request them to make immediate payment. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing sums or accounts, to wit : Isaac G. Van Plank i£4:l ; Adrian 
Quackenbuss i;G:18 ; Barent Vosburgh JEll:14; Matthew Watson £8. 

Ordered that John J. Katcliff be allowed for ringing the Bell at the rate 
of JCIO pr annum. 

Mr. Koorbach laid before the Board the several Deeds or Eeleases for 
the Lots sold at public vendue on the third and eighth days of August last. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign the same and tho City Seal be affixed 
thereto. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on the 
29th of September, 1778 — Present, the Mayor, Ab™ Yates Jun. Esq., 
Kecorder, Jacob Lansing Jun., John M. Beekman, Abraham Cuyler, 
John Price, John Roorbach, Ab°^. Yates, Matthew Visscher, Corne- 
lius Swits, Isaac D. Fonda, Jacob Blocker. 

This day being the Election for Aldermen, Assistants and Constables, 
the different Polls of the Elections were returned from which it appears 
that the following persons were duly elected. 

First Ward. 
Aldermen. Assistants. Constables. 

John Price Abraham I. Yates Jacob Kidney. 

John Eoorbach Matthew Visscher Jonathan Hilton. 



290 The City Records, 1778. 

Second Ward, 

John Ja. Beekman Isaac D. Fonda John Do Gkmno. 

John N. Blocker Peter W. Douw Anthony Eghertse. 

Third Ward. 

John M. Beekman Cornelius Swits John Yeeder 

Samuel Stringer Leonard Gansevoort Jun. Christiaen Nesley. 

The Board proceeded to the appointment of Treasurer and Marshall 
agreeable to the Charter and the reuponappointed Garret Kyckman Treas- 
urer, Thomas Secger Marshal. 

October 7. Resolved that Alderman Cuyler and Mr. Swits be a Com- 
mittee to prepare a Letter to his Excellency Governor Clinton respecting 
the great quantities of wheat daily transported out of this State under the 
sanction of being purchased for the use of the French Fleet and that they 
bring in the Draft thereof by two o'clock this afternoon. 

October 30. Mr. Mayor laid before the Board a Letter from Brigadier 
General Hand dated this day, requesting the Board to order the necessary 
Guards in this City, which is in the following words to wit : 

Albany, 30th Oct. 1778. 

Sir : As the Troops now in Garrison here will I believe leave the City 
to morrow, and not having it in my power to replace them immediately, I 
esteem it necessary to inform your Worship that the Guards now mounted 
at the City Hall and Fort must of necessity be removed, your Worship 
will therefore take such steps as you think proper for the security of your 
Prisoners. I am Sir very respecfully yours, 

The Worshipful the Mayor ) Edw'^ Hand. 

of the City of Albany. ) • 

Resolved that an Answer be prepared thereto which was done in the 
following words to wit : 

Honored Sir : In consequence of your Bequest of this day, we have or- 
dered twenty men to mount Guard at the City Hall in the night time and 
to keep a Centinel at the Provision Store. We have also ordered the 
Streets to be patroled and this Tour of Duty to commence tomorrow eve- 
ning. 

November 8. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treaiarer 
to pay Philip Elsworth £5:8 agreeable to his account. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing account : Abraham W^cndell JS8. 

Resolved that Aldermen's Stringer, Roorbach, John Ja. Beekman, and 
Common Council Men Swits and Gansevoort, or any three of them, be a 
Committee to examine the accounts <fP Henry Bleecker Esq. late Cham- 
berlain to this Board and that they make a Report thereof with all con- 
venient speed. 

Resolved that the following Gent be and they are hereby appointed 
Fire Masters for the year ensuing, viz* : John G. Van Schaick and James 
Campbell for the first ward ; James Bleecker and Nicholas Bleecker for 
the second ward; John De Wandelaer Jun. and Jacob H. Wendell for 
the third ward. 

Ordered that the Clerk make out Warrants for that purpose. 



John Barclay y Mayor, 291 

November 12. Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favor of John J. Ratcliffe for jSlO for one year Kinging the Bell. 

November 26. Peter W. Douw one of the Assistants for the second 
ward appeared took the Oath of Allegiance to the State, the oath of office, 
and his seat as a member of the Board. 

November 28. Besolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following accounts viz : Richard Van Sante immediately i^6:9 ; 
William Daly, je6:4 ; John Bone £3:4. 

December 4. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following accounts viz : John Price £17:4 ; Benjamin Hansen 
£3 ; Cornelius Brower JB4. 

The Board were informed that divers persons in and about Schaghte- 
kooke daily commit Trespasses on their Ijands by cutting Saw Logs and 
other Timber, therefore Resolved that the Clerk draw up an Advertise- 
ment requiring the persons who have so committed Trespasses to render 
severally satisfaction for the Trespasses by them committed by the 15th 
instant, and in case of neglect their prosecutions will be commenced against 
them. 

Resolved farther that the Clerk write a Letter to David Young desiring 
him immediately to come down and render satisfaction for the Trespasses 
by him committed, and in case of default that a prosecution will be com- 
menced against him.* 

At a Common Council held at the House of Mr. Mayor (occasioned by his 
Indisposition) on the 7th day of January, 1779. 

Upon reading a Resolution of the Fire Company of yesterday, 

Resolved that the Hon^^® Brigadier General Clinton be requested to 
issue General Orders, ordering tlie Barrack Master to see that the Chim- 
nies in the Barracks and Hospital be swept at least every three weeks and 
that he be answerable for all Damages that may arise from foul Chimnies 
and that he order all Combustibles to be removed from the Barracks and 
Hospital. That no Officer or Soldier on any pretence obstruct the Fire 
Masters or Chimney Sweeps in viewing and cleaning the Chimnies, and in 
case of Fire that the Troops form on their parade, the Officers to attend 
and instantly proceed with order and regularity to assist the Inhabitants. 
The Guards to stand to their Arms and the whole during the Fire to obey 
the Directions of the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of this City. 

David Young having some time since settled on Lands belonging to this 
Board without their leave and he now appearing before this Board and 
represents the distresses that would attend his immediate removal, there- 
upon Resolved that the said David Young have liberty to remain on the 
Lands he has now in his possession till next May a twelve month, that he 
also have liberty to move off all the Buildings and Fences thereon stand- 
ing and being, and that he be and he is hereby forbid from clearing any 
more Lands. 

Resolved farther that the said David Young have liberty to move off 
and appropriate to his own use the twenty-seven Saw Loes by him cut on 
said Lands. David Young being present agreed to the above Resolutions 
by signing his name hereto. David Young. 

Resolved that Mr. Recorder and Alderman Stringer be a Committee to 
wait upon the General with this Resolution. 



292 The City Records, 1779. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing accounts, viz : Abraham Wendell £8; Ryer Schcrmerhorn £5:11; 
John Price £1:4 ; Philip Elsworth £1:12. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to prepare Letters to the prin- 
cipal Inhabitants of the Districts in this County where the most wheat is 
raised setting forth the Distresses of the Inhabitants of this City and re- 
questing them to send in to this City each a small quantity of wheat for 
the use of such Inhabitants at as low a price as possible, notifying them 
of the place where to be stored. And that the Mayor be and he is hereby 
authorized to sign such Letter as the said Committee may prepare and re- 
port the D^. thereof at the next meeting. The Committee appointed for 
the above purpose are Mr. Recorder, Alderman Stringer and Mr. Swits. 

Resolved that Henry Blceker Esq. late Chamberlain be and he is here- 
by requested to deliver to Garret Ryckman the present Chamberlain all 
the wheat and grain in his possession belonging to this Board, he taking a 
Receipt for the same. 

Resolved that the Chamberlain be and he is hereby directed to hire at 
the expense of this Board a House that will contain about three thousand 
Skipple of wheat in as convenient a place in this City as possible. 

Albany Common Council Chamber, 4 March, 1779. 
The Worshipful John Barclay Esq. late Mayor of this City having de- 
parted this Life and the honorable Abraham Ten Broeck Esquire having 
on the 18th day of February last been appointed by the honorable Coun- 
cil of Appointment of this State to succeed the said John Barclay Esq. 
deceased in the Chief Magistracy of this City, a Commission of which 
Appointment he produced to the following Members of the Corporation in 
whose presence he took the oath appointed by Law and was sworn to the 
due execution of his respective offices. 

Members present — John Ja. Beekman, John M. Beekman, John Price, 
John Roorbach, John N. Bleeker, Samuel Stringer, Abraham I. Yates, 
Leo. Gansevoort Jun., Isaac D. Fonda, Peter W. Douw, Cornelius Swits, 
Matthew Visscher. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing accounts, viz: John Fryer £4:12; Thomas Hilton, £31:4; James 
Van Sante £41:4. 

And also ordered that the said Treasurer deliver to the said Thomas 
Hilton and James Van Sante each two Skeeples of wheat, deducting the 
same from their accounts at and after the rate of one days work for each 
Skeeple of wheat. 

On suggestion of the Mayor, 

Resolved that no Freedom be given to a Merchant under £3:12, and a 
Tradesman JC1:16, and that the Slayor shall and may take to his own use 
for each Freedom twelve shillings and that the remainder be delivered 
into the hands of the Chamberlain who is to have for affixing the Seal 
thereto one shilling and also one shilling for affixing the Seal to any other 
Instrument. 

Resolved that no Licence be given to any Tavern keeper without the 
City Seal be thereto affixed for which they are to pay thirty shillings, one 
half whereof the Mayor is to have to his own use and the remainder to be 
delivered to the Chamberlain, who is ordered and directed to keep an ex- 
act account of the Monies he may receive by virtue of these two Resolu- 
tions. 



Abraham Ten Broeck, Mayor. 293 

G-arret Ryckman appeared took the Oaths appointed hj Law and was 
sworn to the due execution of his office as Chamberlain. 

March 5. Kesolved that Mr. Henry M. Roseboom keeper of the Pow- 
der Magazine be requested with all convenient speed to lay before the 
Board an account of the Powder that has from time to time been deposited 
therein and to whom the same belonged. 

Resolved that Henry Bleecker Esquire late Chamberlain be and he is 
hereby requested to deliver to Mr. Garret Ryckman the present City 
Chamberlain the Seal belonging to this Board commonly called the City 
Seal. 

Resolved that Alderman Price and Mr. Isaac D. Fonda be and they 
are hereby appointed a Committee to devise ways and means to get the 
Wharfs repaired and the necessaries for that purpose, and that before they 
conclude any Contract they lay the proposals or terms on which they can 
get the same repaired before the Board for their approbation. 

Resolved that the public Cage near the City Hall be repaired and that 
a Pillory be erected therein. 

Resolved that Aldermens Stringer and John M. Beekman and Mr. 
Peter W. Douw, or any two of them be a Committee to see the above Re- 
solution carried into execution. 

March 8. Resolved that an Ordinance to prevent the playing at Ball 
against the Churches or Houses of public Worship in this City be imme- 
diately published and that copies be put up at such Houses of Worship. 

Resolved that a Committe of four be appointed to examine the Ordi- 
nances of this Board and see which of them are expired, and which ought 
to be revived and also what new Ordinances are necessary to be made and 
that they or any three of them report with all convenient speed. The 
Committee chosen arc, Mat. Visscher, Leonard Gansevoort Junior, Peter 
W. Douw and John Roorbach Esquires, or any three of them. 

Anthony Egberts who was chosen one of the Constables for the second 
ward in this City having refused to be sworn to the execution of his office, 

Thereupon Resolved that an Election be held in said ward at the usual 
place of Election on Thursday next toWuse another Constable in his stead. 

A motion being then made that Mr. Egbertse for his refusal to be sworn 
be fined five pounds and Debates arising thereon, it was carried in the 
Affirmative in manner following to wit : 

For the Affirmative — Aldermen John Ja. Beekman, Mr. Abraham I. 
Yates, Mr. Douw, Mr. Gansevoort Jun', Mr. Visscher. 

For the Negative — Aldermen Stringer, J. M. Beekman, J. Roorbach, 
Mr. Fonda, Mr. Swits. 

The votes being equal and thereupon Mr. Mayor declared himself to be 
for the Affirmative. 

Thereupon Resolved that Anthony Egbertse for refusing to be sworn to 
execute the office of Constable be and he is hereby fined for such his re- 
fusal the sum of five pounds current money of this State and that the 
Marshall be and he is hereby required to levy the same without delay. 

March 16. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favor of Thomas Seeger and John J. Ratcliffe for each three Skipples of 
wheat. 

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292 The City Records, 1779. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing accounts, viz : Abraham Wendell £8; Ryer Schermerhorn £5:11; 
John Price £1:4 ; Philip Elsworth £1:12. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to prepare Letters to the prin- 
cipal Inhabitants of the Districts in this County where the most wheat is 
raised setting forth the Distresses of the Inhabitants of this City and re- 
questing them to send in to this City each a small quantity of wheat for 
the use of such Inhabitants at as low a price as possible, notifying them 
of the place where to be stored. And that the Mayor be and he is hereby 
authorized to sign such Letter as the said Committoc may prepare and re- 
port the D^. thereof at the next meeting. The Committee appointed for 
the above purpose are Mr. Recorder, Alderman Stringer and Air. Swits. 

Resolved that Henry Blocker Esq. late Chamberlain be and he is here- 
by requested to deliver to Garret Ryckman the present Chamberlain all 
the wheat and grain in his possession belonging to this Board, he taking a 
Receipt for the same. 

Resolved that the Chamberlain be and he is hereby directed to hire at 
the expense oi' this Board a House that will contain about three thousand 
Skipple of wheat in as convenient a place in this City as possible. 

Albany Common Council Chamber, 4 March, 1779. 
The Worshipful John Barclay Esq. lato Mayor of this City having de- 
parted this Life and the honorable Abraham 'J'eu Broeck Esquire having 
on the 18th day of February last been appointed by the honorable Coun- 
cil of Appointment of this State to succeed the said John Barclay Esq. 
deceased in the Chief Magistracy of this City, a Commission of which 
Appointment he produced to the following Members of the Corporation in 
whose presence he took the oath appointed by Law and was sworn to the 
due execution of his respective offices. 

Members present — John Ja. Beekman, John M. Bcekman, John Price, 
John Roorbach, John N. Bleeker, Samuel Stringer, Abraham I. Yates, 
Leo. Gansevoort Jun., Isaac D. Fonda, Peter W. Douw, Cornelius Swits, 
Matthew Visschcr. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay the fol- 
lowing accounts, viz : John Fryer £4:12; Thomas Hilton, £81:4; James 
Van Sante £41:4. 

And also ordered that the said Treasurer deliver to the said Thomas 
Hilton and James Van Saute each two Skeeples of wheat, deducting the 
same from their accounts at and after the rate of one days work for each 
Skeeple of wheat. 

On suggestion of the Mayor, 

Resolved that no Freedom be given to a Merchant under £8:12, and a 
Tradesman j£l:16, and that the Mayor shall and may take to his own use 
for each Freedom twelve shillings and that the remainder be delivered 
into the hands of the Chamberlain who is to have for affixing the Seal 
thereto one shilling and also one shilling for affixing the Seal to any other 
Instrument. 

Resolved that no Licence be given to any Tavern keeper without the 
City Seal be thereto affixed for which they are to pay thirty shillings, one 
half whereof the Mayor is to have to his own use and the remainder to be 
delivered to the Chamberlain, who is ordered and directed to keep an ex- 
act account of the Monies he may receive by virtue of these two Besolu- 

tiODB. 



Abraham Ten Broeck, Mayor. 293 

G-arret Ryckman appeared took the Oaths appointed by Law and was 
sworn to the due execution of his office as Chamberlain. 

March 5. Resolved that Mr. Henry M. Roseboom keeper of the Pow- 
der Magazine be requested with all convenient speed to lay before the 
Board an account of the Powder that has from time to time been deposited 
therein and to whom the same belonged. 

Resolved that Henry Bleecker Esquire late Chamberlain be and he is 
hereby requested to deliver to Mr. Garret Ryckman the present City 
Chamberlain the Seal belonging to this Board commonly called the City 
Seal. 

Resolved that Alderman Price and Mr. Isaac J). Fonda be and they 
are hereby appointed a Committee to devise ways and means to get the 
Wharfs repaired and the necessaries for that purpose, and that before they 
conclude any Contract they lay the proposals or terms on which they can 
get the same repaired before the Board for their approbation. 

Resolved that the public Cage near the City Hall be repaired and that 
a Pillory be erected therein. 

Resolved that Aldermens Stringer and John M. Beekman and Mr. 
Peter "W. Douw, or any two of them be a Committee to see the above Re- 
solution carried into execution. 

March 8. Resolved that an Ordinance to prevent the playing at Ball 
against the Churches or Houses of public Worship in this City be imme- 
diately published and that copies be put up at such Houses of Worship. 

Resolved that a Committe of four be appointed to examine the Ordi- 
nances of this Board and see which of them are expired, and which ought 
to be revived and also what new Ordinances are necessary to be made and 
that they or any three of them report with all convenient speed. The 
Committee chosen are, Mat. Visscher, Leonard Gansevoort Junior, Peter 
W. Douw and John Roorbach Esquires, or any three of them. 

Anthony Egberts who was chosen one of the Constables for the second 
ward in this City having refused to be sworn to the execution of his office, 

Thereupon Resolved that an Election be held in said ward at the usual 
place of Election on Thursday next toWuse another Constable in his stead. 

A motion being then made that Mr. Egbertse for his refusal to be sworn 
be fined five pounds and Debates arising thereon, it was carried in the 
Affirmative in manner following to wit : 

For the Affirmative — Aldermen John Ja. Beekman, Mr. Abraham I. 
Yates, Mr. Douw, Mr. Gansevoort Jun', Mr. Visscher. 

For the Negative — Aldermen Stringer, J. M. Beekman, J. Roorbach, 
Mr. Fonda, Mr. Swits. 

The votes being equal and thereupon Mr. Mayor declared himself to be 
for the Affirmative. 

Thereupon Resolved that Anthony Egbertse for refusing to be sworn to 
execute the office of Constable be and he is hereby fined for such his re- 
fusal the sum of five pounds current money of this State and that the 
Marshall be and he is hereby required to levy the same without delay. 

March 16. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favor of Thomas Seegcr and John J. Ratcliffe for each three Skipples of 
wheat. 

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294 The City Records, 1779. 

The Aldermen of the second ward laid before the Board a Poll of an 
Election held in said ward for chusing a Constable in the room of Anthony 
Egbertse, by which it appeared that James Paul was duly elected. 

A Petition of the Master, Wardens and Brethren of Masters Lodge No. 
2, in the City of Albany, was laid before the Board setting forth that in 
1766 they obtained a Lease from this Board for a small Lot of ground in 
the second ward near the Fort under an annual Rent of four pounds per 
annum, which they conceived too great a discrimination of the Rent re- 
served on other Lots disposed of at that time, and praying an abatement 
of the said Rent or such other relief in the premises as to this Board shall 
appear meet and reasonable. 

Ordered that the consideration thereof be postponed till the next meet- 
ing of this Board. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order in favor of Mary Colo for £2:8. 

Mr. Yisscher from the Committee appointed to examine the Ordinances 
of this Board and to see which of them are expired &c. Reported in the 
words following to wit : 

Your Committee appointed to examine the Ordinances of this Board, 
and to see which of them are expired, which ought to be revived, and 
what new ones are necessary to be made, do Report, That they have ex- 
amined and taken the same into consideration and upon such examination 
they find that the following Ordinances expire on the 25th day of April 
next to wit : 

I. For regulating the Tavernkeepcrs in this City. 

II. For regulating the public Markets in this City. 

III. For regukting the Ferry between the City of Albany and Green 
Bush and for establishing the Rates thereof. 

And the following expire on the 12th day of May next to wit : 

I. For paving and cleaning the Streets, Lanes and Alleys, and for pre- 
venting Nuisances in this City. 

II. For regulating Carts and Carmen within the City. 

m. Against the Profanation of the Lords Day commonly called Sunday. 

IV. For regulating Negroes, Mulattoes and other Slaves in this City. 

V. For the better preventing oO*ire in this City. 

Your Committee are of opinion Vat altho' the Ordinances, 

I. For regulating Tavern keepers, 

n. Against the Profanation of the Lords Day, 

III. For the better preventing of Fire, 

IV. For regulating Negroes &c. and 

V. For paving and cleaning the Streets &c are in force, yet they con- 
ceive that these Ordinances ought to be published forthwith to prevent 
persons who are daily guilty of Breaches of the said Ordinances from 
pleading in excuse their Ignorance of such Laws. 

Your Committee farther report that it is their opinion, that such last of 
the " Ordinance for regulating the Ferry between the Limits of the City 
of Albany and Green Bush and for establishing the Rates thereof," as re- 
gulates the said Ferry ought to be immediately published, and that the 
part of the said Ordinance which establishes the Rates thereof be post- 
poned. 

That it is their opinion the said Ferry for the ensuing year ought not 
to be sold at public sale, but that the same ought to be hired out to the 
same persons who had it last year at a sum in gross, or at a certain part of 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 295 

the Profits, and that the Ferrymen be strictly enjoined to be reasonable in 
the Rates. 

Your Committee are farther of opinion that the other Ordinances men- 
tioned in this Report ought to be postponed for consideration to a future 
day, and that the Ordinance for regulating the lying of Vessels at the 
several Docks and Wharves of this City be immediately published and 
that the Rates thereof be left discretionary to the Dockmaster, who is to 
render an account thereof under Oath to the Corporation, which said 
Dockmaster ought to be allowed one third part for his trouble and to be 
displaced in case of exacting a greater rate than shall be conceived by the 
Corporation to be reasonable. 

Your Committee farther report that they have not augmented the Fines 
established in the Ordinances recommended to be published, and recom- 
mend the same to the consideration of the Board. 16th March, 1779. 

Resolved that Thomas Lotteridge and the Widow Hansen use and 
occupy the Ferry between the Limits of the City of Albany and Green 
Bush for the ensuing year at sixty pounds. That the Rates of said 
Ferry be not established. That the said Thomas Lotteridge and the 
Widow Hansen be and they are hereby enjoined and required to be rea- 
sonable in the Rates of Ferriage, and that in case it should happen that 
the said Ferrymen should exact any unreasonable Rates, the Board re- 
serveth to itself a Power to establish the Rates of said Ferry. 

Resolved that the said Thomas Lotteridge and the Widow Hansen at 
their own Expence build a Dock or Wharf at the west side of said Ferry 
with all convenient speed, for the conveniency of persons who shall or 
may cross said Ferry. Mr. Lotteridge being present agreed to the above 
Resolutions. 

The Committee appointed to examine the late Chamberlain's Accounts, 
Books and Vouchers, Reported that they had examined the same and 
found that the Books were fairly stated, and that he had in his possession 
the Papers, Deeds, &c. which were lodged with him by this Board, and 
that the said late Chamberlain is ready to deliver the said Books, Papers, 
Deeds, &c. to the present Chamberlain. 

Ordered thereupon that the said Committee or any three of them super- 
intend the delivery of the said Books, Papers, Deeds, &c. to the present 
Chamberlain, and that they take a proper Receipt for the same from the 
said Chamberlain. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw a proper discharge to the late Chamber- 
lain for the said Books of Account, Papers, Deeds, &c. and that the Citj 
Seal be thereto affixed. 

Ordered further that the Clerk deliver up to the said late Chamberlain 
the Bond by him and Surety entered into for the safe custody and re- 
delivery of said Books of Accounts, Papers, Deeds, &c. 

March 31. Ordered that the Chamberlain deliver to William Van Den 
Bergh and Cathalyna Van Hoesen each two Skipple of wheat, they paying 
for each Skipple the sum of forty shillings. 

A Petition of Peter Yates was laid before the Board praying a Deed for 
a piece of Wood Land at Schaghtekoke adjoining his Lands agreeable to 
a purchase by him made from this Board in 17*^, for the annual rent 
charge of eight Skipples of wheat, which said Petition is in the following 
words to wit : 



296 The City Records, 1779. 

To the Worshipful Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of 
Albany — The Petition of Peter Yates of Schachtekoke, most humbly 
shewoth, 

That near the close of the Mayoralty of Volkert P. Douw Esquire your 
Petitioner purchased of your Board a certain piece of Wood Land in 
Schaghtekooke District adjoining other Lands of your Petitioner and for 
which he was to pay an annual rent charge of eight Skeeple of wheat. 
That in consequence of said purchase your Petitioner expected and from 
time to time applied for Deeds, but was told that the then Clerk of your 
Board Mr. De Lancey had lost or mislaid the Minutes of that Transaction, 
since which the Troubles of the Times have prevented your Petitioner 
irom renewing his application. 

That the late Mayors Mr. Douw and Mr. Cuyler, and Alderman Mar- 
sells as also the present Recorder and Alderman Roorbach are able to cor- 
roborate the Facts relative to the above purchase. 

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays that your honorable Board 
will be pleased to take this matter into consideration and be graciously 
pleased to grant unto your Petitioner good and sufficient Deeds in the law 
for the Lands so purchased as aforesaid. And your Petitioner as in duty 
bound will ever pray. Peter Yates. 

Albany, 30 March, 1779. 

The Board took the same into consideration and upon examining the 
Records of the 11th of July, 1770, find that the Board at that time sold 
to Mr. Yates a certain piece of Wood Land and referring for a Boundary 
thereof to a Map of Nanning Visschcr Esquire. 

Thereupon resolved that Mr. Yates be informed that Deeds will be ex- 
ecuted to him for the said Lands as soon as the Board have examined Mr. 
Visschers Map, he paying twenty-four Skeeples of wheat, in full for the 
arrearages of Rent. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain to pay the 
following accounts to wit : Alderman Stringer J&4 : Aid. Roorbach £3:12. 

April 9. Mr. Mayor laid before the Board certain Articles of Agree- 
ment entered into by sundry of the Inhabitants of the City and County of 
Albany for the establishment of a Seminary in this City, for the promo- 
tion of Useful Knowledge and the Education of Youth, with a request 
from the said Inhabitants to the Board to take the same under their pro- 
tection, direction and care. 

The Board took the same into consideration and thereupon unanimously 
Resolved that the said Inhabitants be informed that this Board will most 
ohearfully take the said Seminary under their protection, direction and 
care, and that they will at all times do every thing which may tend to its 
support and aggrandizement. 

Resolved that Mr. Mayor be requested to communicate this Resolution 
to the said Inhabitants. 

Resolved that the Clerk be and he is hereby authorized and empowered 
to draw an order on the Chamberlain for two Skipples of wheat in favor 
of every such Inhabitant of this City as shall produce to him a Recom- 
mendation from any two members of this Board who live and reside within 
the same ward with the person applying for such order. 

April 17. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in 
favor of the Elders and Deacons of the reformed Dutch Church in this 



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City for twenty-five Skipples of wheat, they paying for the same at the 
rate of eight Dollars per Skipplc. 

May 6. Resolved that Aldermen John N. Bleecker and John Ja. Beek- 
man be a Committee to request Mr. Jacob Cuyler to purchase a couple of 
Bulls for the use of the City. 

Resolved that this Board will on Monday next meet the Commissioners 
for Indian Affairs to consult respecting the taking possession of the Lands 
at Tionondcroga. 

May 31. Resolved that a Committee of four be appointed to examine 
the Charter of this City and consider what Clauses, or Privileges, they 
will surrender and what additions they consider necessary to be applied for. 

The Committee chosen are Mr. Recorder, Alderman Bleecker and 
Messrs. Swits and Gansevoort. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer for to pay 
Thomas Secger, Marshall to this Board, the sum of £20. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw Deeds to John Knickerbacker Junior 
and Peter Yates for the Lands laid and surveyed for them at Schaghte- 
kooke and that the yearly Rents and Reservations be the same as was 
agreed by the former Board except that Knickerbacker instei\d of paying 
6d. per acre pay the Rent in wheat to wit, seven Skipples yearly. 

June 5. Messrs. Christopher Yates and Henry Glen appeared before 
the Board, and laid before them a Plan for erecting a Colledge in the 
Town of Schenectady and requested the concurrence of this Board thereto. 

The Board took the said plan and request into consideration, and there- 
upon resolved considering the unsettled state of affairs to postpone the 
final determination thereon to a future day. 

June 14. The Board being convened in consequence of a request from 
Gen^ Clinton to assist the Quarter Master in procuring Waggons to trans- 
port Batteaux and Provisions to the westward, the Board 1;ook the same 
into consideration and thereupon Resolved that the Clerk write circular 
Letters to the Magistrates, Field and other Officers in the respective Dis- 
tricts of this County on the subject. 

June 22. An account of Col^ Peter Van Ness for purchasing two Bulls 
for the use of this City and the expence of driving them up to this place, 
amounting in the whole to £212. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order 
on the Treasurer for the same. The Bulls are marked on the right Horn 
D. D. 

Resolved that the following accounts be paid, viz : Gerrit Van Yrankin 
£24 ; Abraham Roseboom £8. 

A Petition was presented to the Board by Gerrit Winne of Schaghte- 
kooke praying for a grant of a certain piece of Land at Schaghtekooke. 
Resolved that the said Petition bo deferred for consideration till a future 
day. 

A Letter from Mr. John Addison dated June 2d, 1779, was read and 
filed. 

June 28. Mr. Yisscher laid before the Board two Letters he had re- 
ceived since last meeting, the one from Mr. William Thompson dated 
Pottsgrove, 12th June, 1779, and the other from Mr. Peter Willson, dated 
New Barbadoes, 16 June instant, which were read and thereupon 



298 The City Records, 1779. 

Ordered that the said Letter be laid before the Subscribers who formed 
the Plan for the iustitution of a public School in this City, for their ad- 
vice and opinion in the premises. 

Ordered that the Aldermen of the respective wards in this City cause 
the Bridges in their respective wards to be repaired with all convenient 
speed, and chat they also cause the public City Roads to be repaired by 
the Inhabitants thereof. 

Resolved that the Ordinance for marking of Bread bo published and 
that the fine be augmented to five pounds. 

That the price of Bread be four shillings per pound. 

July 7. The Letters which Mr. Visscher laid before the Board last 
meeting having been laid before the Subscribers of the public School, and 
they having drawn up an Answer to that of Mr. Addison, which being 
read was agreed to, and ordered copied and forwarded. 

The first section of the Ordinance for regulatiug the Butchers was pub- 
lished. 

July 9. The Ordinance for paving and cleaning the Streets was re- 
vived and published. 

July 20. Ordered that the Clerk send to Mr. Addison a duplicate of 
the Letter formerly wrote to him and request an Answer thereto. 

August 10. Ordered that the Treasurer receive from Mary Furnival 
the consideration money for the Lots purchased by her husband, and that 
he give her a Receipt for the same. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an Abstract of the Privileges intended to 
be applied for and of the Privileges the Board intend to surrender. That 
three copies be made thereof and one lodged with the members of each 
ward for the Inhabitants to sign. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw orders on the Chamberlain to pay the fol- 
lowing accounts, viz : John McKensie and Angus Murray £30:16. 

August 21. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer 
to pay the following accounts, viz : Richard Van Sante, £169:16 j Abra- 
ham E. Wendell £12:8. 

September 2. Ordered that I^etters be wrote to Dr. Witherspoon and 
Mr. Thomson, which was done accordingly. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to examine the Road 
Acts, make out a Rate Bill and lay the same before the Board with all con- 
venient speed. The Committee chosen are Messrs. Conl' Swits, John Ja. 
Beekman and Ah™ I. Yates. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of 
Alderman Stringer £19:4. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of 
Thomas Seeger for £10 on account. 

September 4. Ordered that the Clerk draw orders on the Chamberlain 
to pay the following accounts, viz : Abraham Bogert £15:12 ; Grerrit Hal- 
lenbeck je44:16 ; Wilhelmus Van Den Bergh £16:16. 

Ordered that the Mayor execute the Deeds to Peter Yates and John 
Elniokerbacker Junior, for each a piece of Wood Land at Schaghtekooke. 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 399 

September 28. Whereas by the Charter of Incorporation of this City 
it is provided that on the 29th day of September in every year one Con- 
stable is to be elected in each ward, and whereas it has been found by ex- 
perience that a greater number of Constables are necessary, therefore 

Besolved that at the Election to be held on the 29th day of September 
instant an additional Constable be chosen in each ward. 

William B. Hilton petitioned for the use of an acre of Land lying im- 
mediately west and adjoining the Lot lately belonging to John Taylor. 

Thereupon Resolved that the Petition of the said Hilton be granted, 
and that he have the same for seven years without any rent, and in case 
he shall at any time during the term of seven years not want the same for 
his own use, that then and in that case the same shall immediately revert 
to the Corporation. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in fiivor of 
Thomas Seeger for ten pounds on account. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on the 
29th day of September, 1779. — Present, the Mayor, John Price, John 
Roorbach, John Ja. Beekman, John N. Bleecker, John M. Beekman, 
Samuel Stringer, Ab<° I. Yates, Cornl' Swits, Leo. Gansevoort Jun., 
Peter W. Douw, Isaac D. Fonda, Mat. Visscher. 

This being the day appointed by the Charter for the election of two 
Aldermen two Assistants and two Constables for each ward, the Polls of 
the Election for that purpose were returned, from whence it appeared that 
the following were duly elected, viz : 

First Ward. 
Aldermen. AssiBtaDts. Constables. 

John Price Ab. I. Yates Jacob Kidney 

John Roorbach Mat. Visscher John Van Sante Jon. 

S€C4md Ward. 
John Ja. Beeckman Isaac D. Fonda James Paul 

John N. Bleecker Peter W. Douw Thomas Auker. 

Third Ward. 
Samuel Stringer Cornelius Swits William Fuller 

John M. Beekman Leonard Gansevoort Jun. Benjamin Kip. 

The Board then proceeded to the appointment of the Chamberlain, 
Marshall and High Constable, and appointed Garret Ryckman, Chamber- 
lain ; Thomas Seeger, Marshall ; Jacob Kidney, High Constable. 

The Board being informed that Qo\9 Gansevoort had made Prisoners of 
the Indians residing at the lower Mohawk Castle, the Reversion of which 
Lands being in this Board, and it being of the highest importance that the 
Board should be informed how and upon what Principles those Tndi^nB 
were made Captives and removed, therefore 

Resolved that Qo\^ Gansevoort be requested to attend the Board in 
order to give information relative tq the capture of those Indians. 

Col<> Gansevoort appeared and informed that pursuant to orders from the 
hon^^* Major General Sullivan he had removed and made Prisoners of the 
said Indians, an Extract of which said Orders are as follows, to wit : 

You will proceed by the shortest Route to the lower Mohawk Castle, 
destroy it and captivate if possible all the Indians that may be there ; 



300 The City Records, 1779. 

whatever Prisoners may fall into your hands you are to proceed with to 
Albany and from thence with all possible despatch to Head Quarters. You 
are by no means to leave any of the Prisoners at Albany unless particularly 
directed by General Washington or Congress. These Orders were dated 
20th Sept. 1770, signed John Sullivan, Maj' Genl 

And directed to Col^ Gansevoort. 

This Board thereupon Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed 
to draw a state of the claim of the Corporation to said Lands and to em- 
ploy and consult with Council what steps may be necessary to be pursued 
m order to obtain possession of said Lands. The members chosen are 
Messrs. Mat. Visscher, Leonard Gansevoort Jun. and John Koorbach. 

llesolvcd that the present and late Chamberlain furnish the said Com- 
mittee or either of them with such Papers belonging to this Board as they 
may conceive necessary in the premises. 

October 5. 3Ir. Visscher from the Committee appointed last meeting 
to draw a state of the Claim of this Board to the Lands of Tiononderoga 
and to take the advice of Council, thereupon reported that they had drawn 
a state which is in the following words to wit : 

State of the Claim of the Corporation of the City of Albany to the Lands 
in Tryon County, called lower Mohawk Castle or Tiononderoga. 

I. Governor Dungan by Charter dated 22 July, 1686, among other 
things did grant unto the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of Albany full Liberty and Licence at their pleasure to purchase from the 
Indians one thousand acres of low or meadow Land lying at a place called 
Tiononderoga, and that the same might be in what part of Tiononderoga 
or the Lands adjacent on both sides of the River as the said Mayor &c. 
should think most convenient, and also did by the said Charter give, grant 
and confirm the same unto the said Mayor, Aldermen ' and Commonalty, 
to hold to them and their successors for ever. Yielding and paying there- 
fore yearly forever the annual Quit Rent of a Beaver Skin on the 20th 
March. 

II. That on the 12th day of October, 1730, the Corporation of the said 
City on the application of the Mohawk Indians did accept and take from 
them a Deed in due form of Law executed for the quantity of one thou- 
sand acres of Land at Tiononderoga aforesaid, to hold to them and suc- 
cessors in trust for the said Mohawk Indians so long as they should con- 
tinue a Nation and be settled there, and from and immediately thereafter 
the remainder to the only use and behoof of the said Mayor, Aldermen 
and Commonalty their successors and assigns for ever, which said Deed 
remained in possession Qf John De Peyster Esq. then Mayor of the said 
City until the 12 Sept. 1733, when upon a Message of William Cosby, 
Esq., then Governor of New York, he delivered the same to him to be 
used at a Treaty with of said said Indians, at which Treaty, by the 
directions of the said William Cosby Esq. the said Deed was tore in pieces 
and consumed. 

III. That previous to the execution of the said deed to wit on the 14th 
day of June, 1721, two of said Indians conveyed eleven Morgan of said 
Lands to Mr. Cuyler in fee, whose heirs afterwards on the 24 April 1769, 
obtained from the Corporation for the consideration of thirty pounds a 
Conveyance or Release for the same. 

lY. That on the 7th July 1730, some of the said Indians conveyed 



Abraham Ten Broeeh^ Mayor. 301 

ten or eleven Morgan of said Lands to Peter Brower for the term of 999 
years, who on the 29th November 1734, conveyed the same to the Corpo- 
ration. 

V. That the Corporation on the 27th April, 1749, leased the said ten 
or eleven morgan to the said Peter Brower for the said term of 999 years, 
at the annual rent of one Skipple of wheat for each morgan. 

VI. That also previous to the execution of said Indian Deed, some of 
the said Indians had conveyed to Jan Wemp the quantity of twenty-two 
morgan of said Lands, who on the 13th of September, 1737, obtained 
from the Corporation a conveyance for the same under an annual rent. 

VII. That the said Indians have from time deserted and removed from 
the said Lands, that for these two years last past no more than four fami- 
lies have remained on the same, who by virtue of an order from Gen^ Sul- 
livan are now also removed. 

YIII. That the said lands are now possessed principally by refugees 
from Andrews Town, Cherry Valley, &c., and part of them by persons 
who have been settled by some of said Indians. 

The Corporation want to know how and in what manner they must get 
posscsssion of those Lands, some of the possessors they suppose will attorn 
to and take Leases under the Corporation, and others they suppose will 
not, and that they had taken the opinion of Peter W. Yates, Esq. upon 
the preceding state, which is in these words, to wit : 

Gents. : Agreeable to your request I have taken into consideration the 
state of your claim to the Lands at Tiononderoga in Tryon County, and 
upon the whole I conceive it advisable for you as soon as possible to causa 
them to be surveyed and the boundaries properly fixed and ascertained. 
Afler which you should take into your possession all the unpossessed 
Lands that lie within those bounds, and lease them out for a short term 
on a reasonable rent. These Leases should be carefully drawn and a spe- 
cial Clause inserted for the Tenant peaceably to deliver up the possession 
at the end of the term to you or your successors, 

As it is probable that you will meet with no obstruction in thus obtain- 
ing possession, it will be the most eligible mode for you now to pursue, con- 
sidering at the same time the difficulty, delay and expence that would at- 
tend your bringing ejectments in which you would finally recover no more 
than the possession, nor would such recovery operate as a bar to another 
suit brought for the same Lands by those who may lay claim to them at a 
future day. 

But with respect to such of the Lands as are possessed by persons who 
shall refuse to attorn or become Tenants to you, it will be necessary 
for you to bring ejectments against them in order to oust them of the 
possession . And as you are a corporate body the mode of process will 
differ from the ordinary course pursued in ejectment causes, for it will be 
necessary for you to give a Letter of Attorney empowering some person 
by Deed under your common Seal to enter and seal a Lease upon the 
Land, and if there be several parcels of Land possessed by several persons, 
in that case several Leases must be made as above directed and Declara- 
tions delivered to each Tenant in possession. After this the proceedings 
will be carried on nearly as usual in other ejectment causes. 

Altho by the Charter of Incorporation you have an undoubted estate in 
fee simple in these Lands, and altho the Indian Deed referred to in your 
state cannot stricto jure be considered aa part of your title (aince those 

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302 The City Records, 1T79. 

Deeds are only intended to purchase Peace instead of property), yet as it 
may be serviceable to you in other respects at a future day I think the 
testimony of Mr. De Peyster relative to that Deed, may be of great ser- 
vice, and he being very old I recommend it to your consideration whether 
it not be advisable for you to file a Bill in Chancery to perpetuate his tes- 
timony. 4 Oct. 1779. Peteb W. Yates. 
To the Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen and 
Commonalty of the City of Albany. 

Resolved thereupon that a Committee of three be appointed to locate 
the said Lands and that a surveyor be appointed for that purpose. 

The Committee chosen for the above purpose are Aldermen John Price, 
John Ja. Beekman and John Roorbach. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to draw Instructions 
for the Committee that are appointed to locate the Lands at Tiononderoga, 
and that they report thereon by next Saturday. The Committee chosen 
are Alderman Stringer, Mr. Yisscher and Gansevoort Jun'. 

Resolved that the last mentioned Committee be and they are hereby 
empowered to draw on the Chamberlain for any Deeds and papers that 
they may conceive necessary, 

Resolved that the Committee appointed to locate the Lands at Tionon- 
deroga bo empowered to draw on the Chamberlain for £400 and that they 
be accountable for the same. 

Resolved that the said sum of £400 be taken on Loan, and that Alder- 
man Roorbach and Mr.Yisscher procure the same and give proper security 
for the payment of the same in the name of the Board. 

October 9. Resolved that the Committee who were appointed last 
meeting to locate and take possession of the Lands at the lower Mohawk 
Castle be informed that the Board have postponed taking possession and 
locating said lands. 

October 13. Resolved that a piece of ground containing one hundred 
acres be granted to Bodewyne Kip agreeable to a Resolution of this Board 
passed on the 24th day of March, 1775, that the said Bodewyne Kip have 
the same surveyed and laid out at his own ezpence and make a return of 
such survey to this Board certified by the surveyor, and that a Lease for 
ever be then drawn for the same, subject" to a yearly rent of twenty-five 
Skipples of good and merchantable winter wheat, the same to be delivered 
in this City and that the first payment be made on the first day of January, 
in the year of our Lord 1782, and that the Mayor sign the same and the 
City Seal be thereto affixed. 

October 14. This day being appointed by the Charter for the qualifi- 
cation of the Aldermen, Assistants and Constables for the ensuing year, 
the following were sworn, viz : John Roorbach, John Ja. Beekman, John 
N. Blocker, John M. Beekman, Samuel Stringer, as Aldermen ; Ab"^ 
I. Yates, Isaac D. Fonda, Cornl" Swits, Leo. Gansevoort Jun., as Assist- 
ants ; Jacob Kidney, Thomas Archer, James Paul, John Yan Sante Jun', 
as Constables. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to devise ways and 
means to raise a sum of money sufficient to pay off the Debts contracted 
by this Board and to defray the necessary expenditures thereof in future, 
and that Aldermen Bleeker and Roorbach with Mr. Gansevoort Jun' , be a 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 303 

Committee for that purpose, and that they make a report as soon as con- 
veniently may be. 

October 19. John Price Esq. baying been returned as one of tbe Al- 
dermen for the first ward of tbis City, and not having qualified on the 
14th instant he this day took tbe necessary Oaths. 

Mr. Peter W. Douw haying been returned as an Assistant for the second 
ward of this City, and not having qualified on the 14th instant be this 
day took the necessary Oaths. 

October 20. The Committeee appointed to devise ways and means to 
raise a supply of money for the present discharge of the Corporation debts 
and for the further contingent ezpences which may accrue, Report that 
several very considerable sums are due to that Board for Lots or ground 
sold some years ago, viz : from John Van Alen for a Lot, John Williams 
do, Volkert P. Douw do, Guysbert Merselis deceased do, Martin Myn- 
dersc do, and others, and for raising an immediate supply of money, they 
are of opinion that all the ground lying from the Powder House on the 
north and south side of a street to be continued from the lots of Abraham 
Schuyler and Dr. Stringer till the said street intersects a street running 
nearly north and south back of the English burying ground be sold at 
public vendue and that the said ground be laid out into house lots of 
thirty-six feet front and rear and two hundred feet deep more or less as 
the situation of the particular alotments may happen, that a ground rent 
be reserved on every rent Lot ten shillings per year of gold or silver mo- 
ney as the same is depreciated when the said rent becomes due ; that afler 
the present debts are discharged by the sale of the said ground the money 
which may remain in hands be immediately put into the Loan Office as a 
future fund — which being read by paragraphs and the question being put 
whether the ground mentioned in the aforegoing Report should be disposed 
of it was carried in the negative in the following manner : 

For the Affirmative — Mr. Bleeker, Mr. Gansevoort Jun. 

For the Negative — Beekman and Roorbach, Aldermen ; Fonda and 
Yates, Assistants. 

Resolved that Alderman Roorbach be appointed by this Board to re- 
vise the Ordinances and make report which of them it is necessary should 
be revived at the next meeting of this Board. 

Resolved that the Ordinance for regulating the public Markets in the 
City of Albany be repealed. ^ 

Resolved that the Ordinance for marking of Bread be repealed. 

November 18. Matthew Yisscher was sworn as an Assistant for the 
first ward, and William Fuller as Constable for the third ward. 

The Board proceeded to the appointment of Fire Masters for the ensu- 
ing year, and thereupon appoint Jeremiah Lansing and John Graham for 
the first ward ; Jacob I. Lansing, Anthony Egbertse for the second ward ; 
John I. Zabrisky, Isaac I. Truax for the third ward. 

Ordered that the Clerk immediately make out the Warrants for said 
Fire Masters and that the Fines for each neglect or default in cleaning the 
Chimnies be four pounds. 

Resolved that the Clerk send Advertisements to Schaghtekoke desiring 
the Tenants who hold under the Corporation to bring in their rent to Mr. 
Ryckman the City Chamberlain. 



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The Board agreed witb John Flansburgb to have the care of the pablio 
Bulls, and that for each of them he have four Skipples of wheat 

November 23. Mr. Mayor laid before the Board an extract of a Letter 
from the Rev^ Dr. Witherspoon to the ReW Mr. Westerlo, which was 
ordered to be read, but no Resolution made thereon. 

December 3. Ordered that Mr. Gansevoort revise and amend the Or- 
dinance of this Board for preventing of fire in this City and that he re- 
port the same with all convenient speed. 

December 7. Mr. Gansevoort, who was appointed to revise and amend 
the Ordinance for preventing of Fire in this City, reported the Amend- 
ments which being read were agreed to, and 

Ordered that the same be published, which was accordinsrly done. 

Jeremiah Lansing and John Graham, who were on the 18th of Novem- 
ber last appointed Fire Masters for the first ward, having refused to take 
upon themselves the burden of the said office, and the said John Graham 
having assigned sufficient reasons why he could not execute the said office, 
and it appearing also that the said Jeremiah could not execute the said 
office, whereupon the Board appointed John Boyd and Barent Roseboom 
Fire Masters for said ward. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on the 
14th day of January in the year 1780 — Present, the Mayor, Ab. Yatea 
Jun., Recorder, John Ja. Beekman, John N. Bleeker, Samuel Stringer, 
John Roorbach, John Price, Mat. Visscher, Isaac D. Fonda, Peter W. 
Douw. 
Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 

Thomas Seeger for twelve pounds on account. 

Ordered that the Chamberlain receive from Thomas Lotteridge the 

money due by him to this Board. 

January 18. His Excellency the Governor being arrived in Town, it is 
Resolved that he be addressed in the following words : 

May it please your Excellency : We the Mayor, Aldermen and Common- 
alty of the City of Albany beg leave to congratulate your Excellency on 
your safe return to this place. It affords us the highest satisfaction that 
your Excellency has by the Suffrages of the People at the last general 
Election been continued as Chief Magistrate of the State, and we reflect 
with pleasure on the prospect of a continuation of those civil and religious 
Liberties which we in common with other our fellow citizenb have enjoyed 
under our free Constitution and your wise administration. 

While we lament the late cruel Depredations committed by a barbarouB 
and savage Enemy on the Frontiers of this State, it gives us infinite 
pleasure that your Excellency (ever attentive to the preservation and 
protection of its Inhabitants and to punish the insolence and cruelty of 
the foe) has manifested a disposition and exerted your endeavour to repel 
their incursions, and altho unsurmountable difficulties have arisen against 
effecting the complete capture of their force, yet we congratulate your 
Excellency on their defeat at Canajoharry by the Militia and Levies 
under the command of Brigadier General Rensselaer, and permit us 
to add that our happiness is encreased by the consideration that the 
Enemy were restrained from the completion of their purposes by the vigor- 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 305 

ous pursuit of your Excellency with the Troops whereby many yaluftble 
buildings and great quantities of grain devoted to destruction in the minds 
of the Enemy were preserved. We wish your Excellency every happi- 
ness in public and private life, and whatever the Enemies to our peace 
and mankind in general may conceive from the intriguing schemes of 
their enterprizing Politicians we trust that good Providence which has so 
often protected the people of the United States of America from the secret 
arts and machinations of the Enemy will abate their pride and confound 
their devices. 

In testimony of the high sense we entertain of your Excellency's seal 
& fidelity to promote the public good, we beg leave to present your Excel- 
lency with the Freedom of this City. 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to wait upon his Excellency 
with copy of the Address and request of him when and where he will be 
pleased to receive the Board with the same. The Committee chosen are 
Alderman John M. Beckman and Mr. Yisscher. 

February 9. Whereas it has been represented to the Board by the 
Inhabitants of the second ward (thro the Aldermen and Assistants of the 
same) that the Wells and Cisterns in the said ward are out of water, and 
that the same is owing to the great quantity used out of the Cistern at 
the Hospital thro' which those in said ward are supplied. And whereaa 
it is absolutely necessary that the said Wells and Cisterns be supplied with 
water not only for the use of the Inhabitants but in case of fire. And 
whereas all the Wells and Cisterns in the limits of this City are under the 
sole direction of this Board, Therefore Resolved that after the tenth in- 
stant no person or persons do presume on any pretence whatever (except 
in case of fire) to draw any water out of the said Cistern at the Hospital 
or any other of the Wells or Cisterns in said ward until such time as the 
Welb and Cisterns in said second ward are supplied with water. 

llesolved that every person who shall draw water out of the said Wells 
and Cisterns (except as aforesaid) shall for every such offence pay a fine 
of forty shillings to be recovered before the Mayor, Recorder or any one 
of the Aldermen, one half which fine to the use of the informer and the 
other half to the use of the poor of the City. 

Resolved that Col^ Van Schaick be furnished with a copy of the fore- 
going Resolutions and that he be requested to make the same known to 
Uiose under his command. 

Resolved that the Committee appointed to revise the Ordinances of this 
Board be dissolved. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to revise the said 
Ordinances and that they report as soon as possible their revision and which 
they conceive nccessair to be revived and what new ones are necessary to 
be made. The Committee chosen for the purpose are Aldermen Stringer 
and Price together with 31 r. Visscher or any two of them. 

February 17. The Board proceeded to the consideration of surrender- 
ing part of the privileges granted by the Charter to this City, and the 
applying for additional ones, and thereupon unanimously resolve to sur- 
render up the said privileges to the State and to apply to the Legislature 
for additional privileges during tlieir present meeting. 

Resolved that in order to carry the same into execution a Committee of 
three be appointed to draw up the surrender and a petition for that pur- 



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pose. The Committee chosen are Alderman Bleeker and Messrs. Visscher 
and Gansevoort who are ordered to report as soon as possible. 

A Petition signed by Johannis Knickerbacker Jun. in behalf of the 
Elders and Deacons of the reformed Dutch Church at Schaghtekoke, was 
laid before the Board praying a Grant of one acre of Land adjoining the 
Lands of Walter N. Groesbeek. 

Ordered that the consideration thereof be postponed, and that Walter 
N. Groesbeek who claims the Lands be furnished with a copy of the said 
Petition in order that he may state his claim and lay before the Board an 
actual survey of his Lands. 

February 22. Alderman Bleeker, from the Committee appointed to 
draw a Petition to the Legislature of this State for the purpose of obtain- 
ing additional Privileges for the said City, reported a Draft which being 
read by Paragraphs was unanimously agreed to. 

Ordered that the Clerk copy and sign the same in behalf of this Board 
and that the same be delivered to the members of the Senate and Assem- 
bly of this County. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 
Thomas Seeger for twelve pounds on account. 

March 15. Alderman Price and Mr. Visscher reported to the Board 
that they had revived the Ordinance for regulating the Ferry between 
the Limits of the City of Albany and Greenbush and for establishing the 
Rates thereof, and the same being read, 

Ordered that the consideration thereof be postponed till next meeting. 

March 18. This day leased to Mr. Thomas Lotteridge and Mrs. Catha- 
rine Hansen for the term of one year the Ferry between the Limits of the 
City of Albany and Green Bush for £660 to be paid in quarterly payments, 
and it is agreed between the Board and the said Lotteridge and Hansen, 
that the Corporation shall and may from time to time regulate the rate of 
ferriage as they shall think proper, and that they the said Lotteridge and 
Hansen shall and will pay to the Board in case of an increase of the rate 
of ferriage such an additional sum as is in proportion to the above sum 
and the rate of ferriage now established, and so in case of a decrease of the 
rate of ferriage. 

A Petition of John Stewart, a Refugee, was read praying a House 
Lot next to John McDonalds near the Fort on the same terms with Mc- 
Donald. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to examine the ground 
prayed for and see whether the same can be granted, and that they report 
with all convenient speed. 

March 25. The Ordinance for regulating the Ferry between the Limits 
of the City and Green Bush was this day published and the following sec- 
tion substituted instead of the first section for transporting every person 
across the said Ferry. 

For transporting any person across said Ferry 5s. 4d (provided that a 
sucking child or some remnants of goods or other things not herein after 
rated which a person carries under his or her arm be free from the pay- 
ment of ferriage). For every man and horse, ox or cow, 24s. ; for every 
live calf or hog 10s. 8d ; for every lamb or sheep 8s. ; for every dead hog 
Ss. ; for every dead sheep or Lamb 5s. 4d ; for every barrel of sugar, mm, 



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molasses, or full barrel 16s. ; for every pail of butter 28. 8d ; for every 
firkin or tub of butter 58. 4d ; for every waggon and two Horses £4:16 ; 
for every skipple of wbeat flour or other grain 28. 8d ; for every Hundred 
weight of lead, pewter or other metal 28. 8d, and so in proportion ; for 
every Hundred weight of beaver or skins 32s. and so in proportion ; for 
every chaise or chair and Horse 368. ; for every saddle without a Horse 58. 
4d ; for every dozen pairs of shoes or boots 5s. 4d, and so in proportion ; 
for every dozen of steel traps 16s. and so in proportion. 

The Committee appointed last meeting to enquire whether the prayer 
of the Petition of John Stewart could be granted, reported that they 
Had received the same and that in their opinion it could be granted. 
Thereupon resolved that there be leased to the said John Stewart for the 
term of twenty-one years a piece of Ground containing in breadth in front 
30 feet and in length 150 feet at the rate of 24s. in specie yearly, the first 
payment to be made on the first day of April 1781. 

•The Ordinance against the profanation of the Lords day commonly 
called Sunday was this day published. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 
Thomas Seeger on Account for twenty pounds. 

Besolved that a Committee of three be appointed to devise ways and 
means to repair the Docks and Wharfs of this City and that they report 
the same with all speed. The Committee chosen are Mr. Yisscher, Mr. 
Price and Mr. Fonda, or any two of them. 

Resolved that the said Committee prepare an Ordinance for subjecting 
all persons above [?] the age of sixty years to attend the City night watch. 

March 30. Mr. Mayor informed the Board that the Collector of the 
District of Schaghtekoke had applied to him for the amount of the Tax 
laid upon their Lands in said District, and requested the opinion of the 
Board what answer he should give said Collector. 

Resolved that Mr. Mayor inform the said Collector that this Board do 
conceive the Lands in said District are not liable to be taxed. 

The Ordinance against the profanation of the Lords day was again con- 
sidered and amended. 

April 8. Margret Jacobs appeared before the Board and informed 
them that Mrs. Van Dyck wife of Henry Van Dyck had warned Her to 
leave the House in her possession which she Held under the Board for 
about seven years and prayed the advice of the Board in the premises. 

Ordered that she be informed and directed to Hold the same till the 
farther order of this Board. 

Resolved that a Committee of two be appointed to draw an Ordinance 
against the profanation of the Lords day. The Committee chosen for the 
purpose are Messrs. Visscher and Gansevoort Jun. 

April 10. Leonard Gansevoort Esquire appeared before this Board and 
produced a Commission under the great Seal of this State constituting and 
appointing him Recorder of the City of Albany and took the Oaths of 
Allegiance and Office. 

April 14. Whereas this Board on the third day of May, 1761, by re- 
lease granted unto the Minister, Elders and Deacons of the reformed 
Dutch Church in the City of Albany a certain Tract of 153 acres of Land 
lying northwest of the City, and did thereby reserve liberty and licence 



308 The City Records, 1780. 

for the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of this city, or the major part 
of them and their successors forever, to lay out Roads and Streets thro' 
the ahove mentioned Lands as they should sec most convenient, and 
whereas the said Minister, Alders and Deacons applied this day for leave 
to lay out the said lands in Lots and allow Streets and Roads in such 
manner as they might conceive most proper for the term of 25 years. 
And whereas this Board are well convinced that no inconvenience can in 
that time arise to this City, and thereupon Resolve to grant the request of 
the said Minister, Elders and Deacons, and it is hereby granted accord- 
ingly for the term aforesaid. 

June 23. The Ordinance for regulating the Night Watch having been 
laid before the Mayor for approbation, and he having agreed to the same, 
was this day published. 

The Letter being prepared to the Legislature being read was agreed to 
and ordered to be copied, signed by the Clerk and forwarded. 

June 28. On application of Col. Van Schaick and Yolkert P. Douw in 
behalf of the Oneyda Indians, 

Resolved that the said Indians be informed that the Board will permit 
them to occupy and enjoy the Lands of this Board commonly called the 
Tiononderoga Flatts for and during the present war between Great Britain 
and America and no longer. 

July 3. On motion Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to 
draw a Petition to the Consistory of the reformed Protestant Dutch Church 
of the City of Albany for a small piece of Ground near the Ferry for the 
purpose of building a House for the Ferryman, &c. The Committee chosen 
for the purpose are Messrs. Swits, Gansevoort Juni", and Visscher. 

July 28. Whereas on the application of Col^ Van Schaick, command- 
ing officer in this Department, and Vulkert P. Douw Esquire, one of the 
Commissioners of Indian Affairs for the said Department in behalf of the 
Oneyda Nation, it was Resolved by this Board to permit the said Nation 
to use and occupy under them the Lands of this Board situate, lying and 
being in Tryon County cummonly called the Tiononderoga Flatts for and 
during the present war between Great Britain and America, and whereas an 
application has since been made on behalf of the said Oneida Nation to 
permit them to occupy the dwelling houses lately occupied by the Mohawk 
Indians, and whereas this Board considering the Friendship between them 
and the said Oneyda Nation, who by their faithful adherence to the cause 
of America have strong shewed the Friendship which has so long sub- 
sisted between them, and thereby gained the favor and protection of this 
Board. 

Therefore resolved that the said Oneyda Nation be and they are hereby 
permitted to enter upon and take possession not only of the said Landis 
but of the said dwelling houses above mentioned, to hold to them the said 
Oneyda from and under this Board as Tenants for and during the present 
war between Groat Britain and America. 

Resolved that Major Jillis Fonda Esquire be and he is hereby empow- 
ered in behalf of this Board to put the said Oneyda Indians in possession 
of the premises aforesaid agreeably to the preceding Resolution, and it is 
hereby provided that whatever is sown and planted on said Lands shall be 
reaped by those who sowed or planted. 



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Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 309 

Sir : I enclose you Resolutioiui which have heen entered into by the 
Corporation. It is their wish when you put the Indians in possession that 
you take a couple of persons with you to see that you in the name of the 
Board put them in possession, and it would be well if you explained to 
them the Resolution in a short Speech of Friendship and by that means 
get their answer, lest after the war is over they may pretend to remain on 
the Land as having been possessed by the Mohawk. 

We are Sir, your humble Servants. 

By order. M. Yisscheb. 

To Major Jelles Fonda. 

August 15. Besolved that the Clerk furnish General Schuyler with a 
copy of the Plan of the proposed Seminary in this City and also copies of 
the Letters by this Board wrote to Greorge Merchant at Princeton, and 
further that the Clerk send duplicates of said Letters and Plan to said Mr. 
Merchant, and that said Mr. Merchant be requested to send his answer to 
the core of General Schuyler, at Camp, and that in case he declines, 
General Schuyler transmit a copy of said Plan together with a Letter to 
Mr. of Philadelphia. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to prepare a Draft of 
a Bill agreeable to the Petition presented to the Legislature last winter re- 
specting the Charter Rights of this City and that the same be ready by 
the first day of September next, and at that time be laid before the Board. 
The Committee chosen for the purpose are Mr. Recorder, Alderman 
Bleeker and Mr. Visscher. 

August 29. Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamber- 
lain in favor of Samuel Bagnell for wheat at the market price to the amount 
of two dollars. 

Resolved that a piece of Ground of about an acre lying near Thomas 
Wilkinsons be let to Mr. Josiah Crane for the term of three years at the 
rate of ten shillings per year. 

September 15. It being suggested to the Board that divers of the 
Tenants of this Board at Schaghtekoke refuse paying their rent, and that 
divers other matters require that the Board should go there and regulate 
the same, and also to enquire about the rents, therefore Resolved that a 
Board be opened at the House of Johannis Knickerbaker Junior at 
Schaghtekooke aforesaid on Wednesday the 20th instant. 

Resolved that the Overseers of Highways in this City be and they are 
hereby directed to have the several Roads or Highways leading to this 
City and within the Liberty thereof repaired with all speed, and that the 
Clerk furnish the said Overseers with copies of this Resolution. 

At a meeting of the Common Council at Sch^htekooke 21st Sept 1780. 
The Tenants being sent for to know their Reasons for non payment of 
the Rent due this Board appeared, and made various excuses, pretending 
that no Rent was due. 

September 26. The Board having returned from Schaghtekooke and 
the Tenants having refused to pay the Rent they are in arrear for the 
Lands, and being desirous to take the most speedy measures for the recovery 
thereof. Thereupon resolved that a Committee of four be appointed to ex- 
amine the Deeds and Papers of the several Tenants aforesaid, and that 

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310 

they make report vith &11 convenient speed of the conditions of the said 
Seeds. The Committee chosen for the purpose are Mr. Keoorder, Alder- 
man Roorbaeh and Meesra. Vigscher and Ganaevoort Jun''. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberluo to pa? the 
following accounts: Gerardua Qroesbeck for nine Skipples of wheat; 
ComeliuB V. Densen do; Abmbam E. Wendell for £11 hard mone; ; 
John R. Bleeker for £1:6 do. 

Resolved that the Chamberlain furnish the Committee above appointed 
vith all such papers and deeds aa thej may require they passing their re- 
ceipts for the same. 

Certificate to Wheeler Douglass that he has engaged to enpply the 
market with all kinda of meat. 

At a Common Council held at the City Hall of the City of Albany on the 

29th of September, 1780 — Present, theTVIayor, Leo. Gansevoort Esq. 

Recorder, John Price, John Roorbaoh, Samuel Stringer, John M. 

Beekman, Cornelius Swits, Leo. Gmsevoort Jun', Ab. I. Yates, Peter 

W. Douw, Mat. Visscher. 

This being the day of Election the Aldermen of the respective words 
made a return of the Polls from which it appeared that the following 
Gent, were elected by plurality of voices : 

First Ward. 
Aldermen. Aidatanla. 

John Roorbach Matthew Visscher 

Peter W. Yat«8 Robert McClelku 

Second Ward. 
Isaac D. Fonda 
Peter W. Donw 
TAird Ward. 
Samuel Stringer Leonard Ganaevoort Jan. 

John Ten Broeck Cornelius Swits 

And thereupon Alderman Price s:^;geeted to the Board that he re- 
ceived a number of the voters who polled at the election in the first ward 
for John Roorbach and Peter W. Yatos Esquire as Aldermen were not 
entitled to, or had a right to vote, and thereupon moved for a Scrutiny. 

Resolved therefore that a scrutiny be granted and that the Clerk fur- 
nish the parties concerned with copies of said Poll Lists with all conven- 
ient speed and further that it be recommended to the said parties to ex- 
change lists containing the voters names they object to tc^Uier with the 
reaaona of their exceptions by Thursday next. 

Resolved that Monday the ninth day of October next be and is hereby 
appointed for hearing the parties in said scrutiny. 

The Board then proceeded to appoint a Chambcrlmn and MerahBll, and 
thereupon appointed Garret Ryckman Chamberlain and Thomas Seeger 
Marshall for the ensuing year. 

Whereas the ITerry leading from this City to Green Bosh is at present 
extremely inconvenient to TravoUers by reason of the Corporation not 
having any ground near the said Ferry whereon to erect a dwelling house 
for the residence of the Ferryman and the accommodation of such Travel* 



ConilaUsa. 
Jacob Kidney. 
Jacob W. Hilton. 



John Brower 
Benjamin Sim mend 



Jacob H. Wendell 
M. A. Lansing Jui 



Abraham Ten Broecky Mayor. 311 

lers and other persons as may Have occasion to make use of the same, to 
remedy whicH, 

60 it Kesolved that the Minister, Elders and Deacons of the reformed 
Protestant Dutch Church in this City be and they are hereby requested 
to grant to this Body a lot of ground adjoining or near the dwelling house 
of Bamardus Bratt, situate in the first ward of this City of such dimensions 
as they may conceive proper (provided nevertheless the said lot extend 
eastward as far as low water mark) for the purpose of erecting a dwelling 
house upon for the residence of such person or persons to whom this 
Corporation shall let the said Ferry to the end that it may be rendered as 
convenient as possible to such persons as may have occasion to make use 
of the same, and that the Corporation may be enabled to dispose of the same 
to advantage. 

September 29. Alderman Price this day withdrew the Exceptions he 
had taken to the voters who polled at the last Election so far as they re- 
spect the voting for Peter W. Yates Esq. 

Received a Letter from Mr. George Merchant dated the 15th day of 
September, 1780, informing that he had accepted the Proposals of our 
proposed Seminary, which said Letter is in the following words to wit : 

Philadelphia, Sept. 15, 1780. 

Gentlemen : 1 have received your Letter bearing date the 15th of July, 
in which was enclosed the Plan of your proposed Seminary ; and after I 
had perused it and taken a short time in order to deliberate, I have tho't 
proper to accept your proposals. I cannot possibly state the time when I 
shall be at Albany as it depend in a great measure upon the success I 
shall have in settling my business. But I have great reason to believe 
that it will not exceed five weeks. 

I am, Gentlemen, Your most humble Serv^. 
To the Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen ) Georqe Merchant. 

and Commonalty of the City of Albany, j 

October 10. Resolved that the Committee appointed to examine the 
Deeds and Papers of the Tenants at Schaghtekooke employ Peter W. Yates 
and John Lansing Junior Esquires to commence Prosecutions against all 
the Tenants at Schaghtekooke for the recovery of the Rent due and that 
they furnish the said Council with the names of the Tenants in possession 
and the Rents due with all convenient speed. 

The Board being met and ready to proceed to the farther hearing of the 
Scrutiny between Aldermen Price and Roorbaoh, and the parties being 
desired to proceed. Aldermen Price informed the Board that he would not 
proceed any farther therein and gave it up. 

October 14. This being the day appointed by the Charter for the 
qualification of the Officers of this city, the following appeared in the 
Common Council Chamber and were sworn, vis : 

John Roorbach, Peter W. Yates, Aldermen for the first ward ; Matthew 
Visscher, Robert McClellan, Assistants. John Ja. Beekman, Alderman 
for the second ward; Isaac D. Fonda, Asssistant. Samuel Stringer, 
Alderman for the third ward; Leonard Gansevoort Jun., Assistant. Ja- 
cob Kidney, Constable for the first ward ; John Brower, do. for the second 
ward ; Thomas Seeger, do. for the third ward. 



313 The City Records, 178a 

October 25. His Excellency the GoTemor beine retumed from the 
westward and pursuing the Enemy, and the Board having the highest 
opinion of his seal and activity in promoting the general cause, and de- 
fending the Country, 

Resolved that an Address be presented to his Excellency the GovemoTy 
and that a Committee be appointed to prepare the same, y* Committee 
chosen are Mr. Recorder, Alderman Yates and Leo. Ghmsevoort Junior. 

Mr. Recorder from the Committee reported the Draft of an AddreaSy 
which being read was agreed to and is in the following words, viz : [The 
Address the same as on page 304.] 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to wait upon his Excellency, 
to furnish him with a copy of the said Address, and to know when and 
where he will be pleased to receive the same. The Committee chosen for 
the purpose are Mr. Recorder and Mr. McClellan. 

The Committee reported that they had waited on his Excellency, and that 
he had been pleased to say he would receive this Board with their Address 
to morrow morning at eleven o'clock at the House of Mr. Hugh Denniston 
of this City, Innholder. 

Resolved that his Excellency the (Governor be presented with the Free- 
dom of the City, and that Alderman Yates prepare the same by to morrow 
morning. 

October 26. The Board agreeable to the appointment of yesterday 
proceeded to the House of Mr. Denniston and presented his Excellency 
the Governor with their Address and the Freedom of the City. 

The Board being retumed Mr. Mayor informed the Board that his 
Excellency had made an Answer to the Address of which he had obtained 
a copy, which is in the following words, viz : 

Gentlemen : I thank you for this polite Address and the favorable sen- 
timents you have been pleased to express of my reelection to the Chief 
Magistracy of the State. 

While with you I lament the late devastations upon our Frontiers it 
affords me great satisfaction that by the vigorous exertions of the Country 
and the attack upon the Enemy at Canajoharry they were prevented from 
the completion of their cruel purposes and compelled to seek their safety 
by a disgraceful and precipitate flight. 

I accept Gentlemen with pleasure the Freedom of your City, and be 
assured I shall always consider this act of your Corporation as a most 
honorable testimony that my conduct has received the approbation of my 
Fellow Citizens. 



Albany, 26 Oct. 1780. 




Abraham Ten Broeck, Mayor. 313 

November 9. As the Corporation intend that the public School shall 
be opened in the House in which Mr. Ryckman now lives on Monday 
next, Kesolved therefore that Mr. Ryckman be requested to remove out 
of the House by Saturday next. 

November 11. Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to 
examine the School Room with Mr. Merchant the Rector of the public 
and confer with him respecting the Appointment of an English Master 
and that they report on Monday next. 

The Committee chosen for the purpose are Aldermen Yates, Ten Broeck 
and Roorbach. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 
Thomas Seegar the Marshall for six pounds in gold or silver and charge 
the same to his account. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 
John J. Ratcliff the Bellringer for five pounds in gold or silver and charge 
the same to his account. 

November 12. The Board proceeded to the appointment of Fire Mas- 
ters for the ensuing year, . and thereupon appointed Henry Hogan, Cor- 
nelius Douw for the first ward ; Cornelius Groesbeck, John Fonda Junior 
for the second ward ; Reynier Pruyn, Francis Harsin for the third ward. 

Resolved that the Clerk furnish the above Gentlemen with Warrants 
with all convenient speed. 

Resolved that all the Fines in the Ordinance for preventing fire in this 
City be increased in a double proportion to what they were in the year 
1774, and that the Clerk prepare the Ordinance accordingly. 

This Board taking into consideration the present state of the northern 
and western Frontiers of this State, it is Resolved that Oeneral James 
Clinton be requested to detain the continental Troops now in this Depart- 
ment to be posted in such parts of the Department as the General shall 
deem most expedient for the public safety, and that Mr. Mayor wait upon 
General Clinton for that purpose with a copy of this Resolution. 

The Mayor informed the Board that the Subscribers to the public 
School had last night met, and that upon considering the necessity of 
having an Assistant, they had recommended to the Board, that the Board- 
send for and examine Robert Fullerton as to his abilities, and if upon in- 
quiry and other circumstances the Board should be of opinion that his 
abilities and character are sufficient that they engage him for a year. 

Resolved thereupon that the Clerk write a Letter to Mr. Fullerton on 
the subject and request him to come to town and inform the Mayor of his 
arrival. 

Resolved that the Clerk in behalf of this Board apply to Col^ Quacken- 
boss, D. Q. M Gen^, for an iron Stove for the use of the Seminary in this 
City. 

A Petition of John W. Wendell was laid before the Board praying a 
Lot of Ground adjoining his present dwelling House in the first ward of 
this City. 

Resolved that the prayer of the said Petition be granted, and that the 
Aldermen and Assistants of the first ward or any two of them be a Com- 
mittee to examine and measure the said piece of ground prayed for, and to 
report for what term of years the said Lot now in his possession and the 



314 The City Records, 1780. 

adjoiDing Lott should be granted, and under what annual reservation, and 
that they report with all convenient speed. 

Alderman Bleecker informed that the Minister, Elders, and Deacons of 
the refonned Protestant Dutch Church had taken the request of this 
Board into consideration and had agreed to grant the same, and requested 
the Board tq meet on Monday next to locate the same, which was ordered 
accordingly. 

November 20. It being suggested to the Board that Henry Hogan who 
was appointed one of the Fire Masters in the first ward, had lately served 
in that capacity, and is one of the fire Engine men and therefore declined 
serving, Resolved that the Reasons aforesaid are sufficient, and that Tho- 
mas Barret be and he is hereby appointed Fire Master in his stead. 

Resolved that a Committee of five be appointed to locate -the piece of 
ground applied for by this Board to the Consistory of the Dutch Church 
and that they report with all speed. The Committee chosen arc Aldermen 
Yates, Beekman, Ten Broeck and Messrs. Visscher and Swits. 

The Committee appointed to locate the lot of ground for the use of 
building the Ferry House upon, reported that they had viewed the same 
and are of opinion that the most convenient spo£, considering its situation, 
is on the north side of Bratts house and lot, and recommend the same to 
be of the following dimensions and form, to wit, one acre bounded south 
by the house and lot of said Bratt, north by the Church Pasture, east by the 
common highway and west by the said pasture, and containing in front 
and rear one chain and fifly links and in length six chains and sixty-seven 
links, as also the piece or lot of ground lying east of the said road and oppo- 
site to the said acre and of the same breadth and in length &om said road 
to low water mark. 

November 25. Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to 
confer with Mr. Robert Fullerton and see whether he will accept or not, 
and also to propose an examination of him. The Committee chosen are 
Aldermen Bleecker and Roorbach and Mr. McClellan. 

November 29. An account of John Ja. Lansing was laid before the 
Board amounting to £1:1:9 which is allowed and ordered that the Clerk 
draw an order on the Chamberlain to pay the same. 

The Committee appointed to locate and have the lot of ground peti- 
tioned for by John W. Wendell measured, reported thereon. 

Resolved that the Lease of the said Wendell be destroyed and that a 
new Jjcase for the whole Lot as described be given to the said Wendell 
upon his paying the Rent due at this day. 

Resolved that the said Lease be for twenty years ; that an annual Rent 
of forty shillings be reserved and that at the end of the term the buildings 
thereon be appraised by three Appraisers to be appointed as follows, one 
by the Board, and one by said Wendell, and the other by the two 
Appraisers and the appraised value be paid by the Board. 

Resolved that the application of Coll. Hughes, D. Q. M. Oen^, for 
liberty to establish a Ferry for public use, be granted under such restric- 
tions and upon such terms as the Board shall think proper. 

Mr. Suel Chapin offering himself as an Usher ana the Board being un- 
acquainted with his abilities in the Languages, 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed in conjunction with 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 315 

Mr. Merchant the Hector of the Seminary to examine the said Chapin 
and report with all convenient speed. The Committee chosen for the pur- 
pose are Aldermen Yates, Roorbach and Stringer. 

November 30. The Committee appointed to examine Mr. Chapin re- 
ported that upon examination they find him of sufficient abilities for an 
Usher or second Master in the Seminary. 

Thereupon Resolved that the said Chapin be accepted and taken as an 
Usher in said Seminary for the term of six months from the date, and in 
case either this Board or said Mr. Chapin are desirous he should serve no 
longer than the term aforesaid, in that case either party is to give to the 
other three months previous notice, otherwise he is to continue his service 
in said Academy for three months longer. 

Mr. Chapin came into the Council Room and signified to the Board 
his assent to the above on his being recommended by Mr. Merchant the 
Rector of the Academy, who appeared personally before this Board for 
that purpose. 

December 5. The Board received a Resolution of the Consistory of the 
Dutch Church in the words following, to wit : 

The Consistory of the reformed Dutch Church agree to grant to the 
Corporation of this City a Lot of Ground adjoining the Lot of Bernard 
Bratt to the north in front and rear one hundred feet, and in length two 
hundred feet English measure, with the same breadth to low water mark. 
The Corporation to fence the said Lot at their expence during the time 
that the Pasture continue in common and to keep a sufficient water fence 
with a Gate qp the highway to the northern of said Lot, or one acre of 
ground to the south of De Wandelaers Lot. 

Albany, 30 Novb', 1780. Q. I. E. Westeblo. 

Whereupon it is resolved that the piece of ground to the northward of 
Bemardus Bratts be accepted by this Board, and they return the Con- 
sistory thanks for the same. That this Board however beine of opinion 
that the piece of ground mentioned in the above Consistorial Resolution 
will not fully answer the purpose intended, but that it would be more 
conducive to the public good in case the same were as large as at first 
proposed. 

We would therefore desire the Consistory to reconsider this matter and 
be pleased to grant us the quantity of ground proposed in the Resolution 
of this Board either by extending the bounds thereof more westward or 
in breadth to the northward. 

December 6. John N. Groesbeek of Schaghtekooke appeared before 
the Board and represented that John Yielen, who claims the Lands for- 
merly granted to Adrian Quackenboss, has lately had the said Land sur- 
veyed and by such survey lays claim to some of the Lands granted to 
them and prays the opinion of the Board in the premises. 

Thereupon this Board recommends to the said parties, that they jointly 
cause the Lands claimed by each of them to be surveyed and in case they 
do not agree in a joint survey, that then either of the said parties cause a 
seperate survey thereof to be made at their own expence and cause a re- 
turn of such survey to be laid before this Board together with the Deeds, 
Papers and Evidences relative thereto, that the same may be examined 



3 18 The City Records, 1781. 

Resolved that the said Gardinier and Garrison be informed that this 
Board will send a Committee to locate and survey the said Lands, afler 
which they will be informed whether this Board will grant them the 
Lands applied and upon what terms. 

Resolved that a Committee of two be appointed to confer with Col^ 
Hughes, D. Q. M. Gen^, respecting the Application for establishing a 
Ferry for public uses, that they view the ground where the Boats should 
land and that they draw a Memorandum of the Agreement made between 
this Board and Col" Hughes and report the same on Monday next. 

The Committee chosen for the purpose are Mr. Recorder and Common 
Council McClellan. 

Resolved that the Clerk write a Letter to William Gallon, desiring him 
to desist carrying away the Fences, &c. 

January 22. Mr. Mayor laid before y Board a Letter from Peter Sim, 
and John Johnson, dated the 20 instant. The Board took the same into 
consideration and Resolved thereupon that the Ferry at Bratts be sold at 
public Vendue to the highest bidder on Thursday the first day of May 
next, and that the purchasor give security to the Treasurer for the pay- 
ment of the money. 

Resolved that the Clerk give notice by Advertisement of the time of 
Bale. 

Resolved that Alderman Yates and Common Council Visscher be a 
Committee to revise the Ordinance of the Ferry and report the same on 
Tuesday next. 

Resolved that Mr. McClellan be directed to call upon Mr. Quackenboss, 
D. Q. M. Gen^, requesting him to inform this Board whether he accepts 
of the proposals offered respecting the Ferry. 

January 25. A Petition of Abraham Garrison, William B. Garrison, 
and Ephraim Wempel was laid before the Board praying that a Farm to 
each of them may be granted on the south side of the Schoharry Creek, 
and a Petition of Nicholas Hansen, Zephaniah Batchelor, Abraham Van 
Home and Samuel Stringer, praying that a Farm may be granted to each 
of them on the north side of the said Creek was laid before the Board. 

Ordered that the said Petitions be taken into consideration when the 
Board determines whether they will and on what terms lease the said 
Lands. 

January 27. Petitions of Peter and Garret Ryckman, James Abeel 
and Hendrick W. Van Beuren were laid before the Board, praying that a 
Farm to each of them may be granted by this Board of the Lands at Tyo- 
nonderoga. 

Ordered that the said Petitions be taken into consideration when the 
Board determines whether they will and on what terms lease the said 
Lands. 

Resolved that the Chamberlain write to every person indebted to this 
Board either in wheat or money (except those already prosecuted) and in- 
form them unless they instantly pay the same that they will be prosecuted. 

Resolved that the Chamberlain receive no Rent in wheat from any of 
the Tenants of Schaghtekocke that have been prosecuted. 

Resolved that a Committo of three be appointed to locate and lay out 
the Lands of this Board at Tiononderoga in proper Farms in conjunction 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 319 

with Robert Yates and John R. Bleeker Esqr, or either of them, Sorvey- 
ors chosen and elected for the purpose, and that they canse the vacant 
Lands adjoining thereto to be surveyed and a Map thereof to be made. 
The Committee chosen for the purpose are Alderman Yates, Ten Broeck, 
and Common Council McClallen and Gansevoort Jun*^, or any two of them. 

Resolved that a Committe of three be appointed to search the Records 
and make extracts of such papers as they may conceive necessary to locate 
the said Lands, and that they report the same with all convenient speed. 

The Committe chosen for the above purpose are Mr. Recorder, and 
Common Council Visscher and Swits. 

The Committe to whom was referred the terms whereon Coll. Hughes, 
D. Q. M. Gen^, is to have leave to erect a public Ferry across the River 
between Green Bush and this City brought in the following report : 

Gen' : Your Committee to whom was referred the Terms whereon Coll. 
Hugh's, D. Q. M. G. in this Department is to have leave to erect a publick 
Ferry across the River between green bush and this City, do report as 
their opinion, 

I. That Licence be granted to him and to his successors for two years, 
commencing from the first day of February next, at the annual Rent of 
twenty-five pounds in Specie or the current exchange thereof in other 
money at the time of payment, the same to be pud in four payments, that 
is to say twelve pounds ten shillings at the expiration of every six months 
commencing the first day of August next. 

II. That said Ferry is to transport across only publick stores, &c. and 
persons then actually in publick service, as well militia as others, under the 
penalty of quadruple ferriage for each offence, to be paid to any person who 
will prosecute for the same, together with costs. 

III. That the Landing Place of the said Ferry on the west side of the 
River shall be between the north end of the old Store House and the Fence 
by the River opposite the House of Jacob I. Truax, under a like penalty 
for each offence to be paid and recovered as aforesaid, provided always 
that the said Ferry may have a Landing place between the said Fence and 
the north side of the Trardes Creek in case they are permitted so to do by 
the Corporation of the Dutch Church. 

lY . That Articles of Agreement be entered into for the performance of 
the above. As witness our Hands the twenty-sixth day of January, 1781. 

Peter W. Yates, 
To the Mayor, Aldermen and Robebt McClallen, 

Commonalty of the City of Matthew Visbchsb. 

Albany in Common Council 

convened. 

February 2. Petitions of G^rrit T. Van Den Bergh, G^rrit Van Benren 
and Jacob I. Van Schaick were laid before the Board praying that a Farm 
to each of them may be granted of the Lands of this B<wrd at Tiononde- 
roga. 

Ordered that the said Petitions be taken into consideration when the 
Board determines whether they will and on what terms lease the said 
Lands. 

A Petition of Leonard Gansevoort Esq' in behalf of himself and Cathe- 
rine Cuyler and Abraham Cuyler was laid before the Board setting forth 
that diey are possessed of about thireet morgans of Land, part of the one 



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320 The City Records, 1781. 

thousand acres granted to this Board hy Charter, at a place called Tiooon 
deroga situate in Trjon County and praying for such an additional quantity 
as will he sufficient for a Farm. 

Ordered that the said Petition he taken into consideration when the 
Board dctennines whether they will and on what terms they will lease the 
said Lands. 

An account of Peter Sharp for work done and materials found for this 
Board was laid before them amounting to i£9:9:9 which is allowed, and 
ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain to pay the same. 

February 10. Mr. Mayor laid before the Board a Eesolution of the 
Senate and Assembly of the 9th instant relative to billeting Troops. 

February 15. It is resolved that notice be given by the Clerk of this 
Board to the subscribers of the Academy requesting them immediately to 
pay to the Treasurer appointed for that purpose one Quarter's Tuition 
Money. 

Mr. Mayor laid before the Board an Invitation of the Becter of the 
Academy desiring this Board to attend the public examination of the 
School to morrow morning at nine o'clock. 

Resolved that this Board will accordingly attend. 

Ordered that the Clerk fortwith transmit to Colo. Hughes, D. Q. M. 
Gen^, a copy of the Resolution of this Board respecting the Ferry, and 
also one to Mr. Quackenboss his Assistant. 

February 22. Mr. Mayor laid before the Board a Letter from Peter 
Simm and John Johnson requesting the Board to lease unto them the 
public Ferry. 

The Board took the same into consideration and thereupon Resolved that 
the said Ferry be sold at public Vendue to the highest bidder on Tuesday 
the first day of March next and that the purchasor give security to the 
Treasurer for the payment of the Rent. 

Resolved that the Clerk give notice by Advertisement of the time of 
sale and that Alderman Yates and Common Council Visscher bo a Com- 
mittee to revise the Ordinance relating to the Ferry. 

Resolved that Council McClallen be requested to call upon Major 
Quackenboss and desire him to inform the Board whether Colo. Hughes 
has accepted of the proposals made by this Board relative to the Ferry by 
him applied for. 

February 27. Petitions of Abraham Fonda, Jesse De Graff, Myndert 
A. Wemple, Isaac De Graff, Simon De Graff, Frederick Visscher, Chris- 
topher John Yates, Francis Winne Jun*^, John Little, Myndert W. 
Quackenbush, Nicholas Quackenboss, Isaac Colyer, and John Colyer, 
praying each a Farm of the Lands of this Board at Tyononderoga in Tryon 
County were received. 

Ordered that the said Petitions be taken into consideration when the 
Board determins whether they will and on what terms lease the said Lands. 

Resolved that the fine mentioned in the Report of the Committee re- 
specting the Ferry applied for by Col. Hughes be and b hereby decresed 
to twenty shillings and that liberty be given to land in case of badness of 
weather above and below the Landing of the old Ferry. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of 



Abraham Ten Broeck, Mayor. 321 

John Flensburgh for eight Skipples of wheat, being for one year's keep- 
ing the [Bulls]. 

It being suggested to the Board that the Boundries in the Lease lately 
given to Peter Yates contain more Lands than were intended to be granted, 
therefore Kesolved that as soon as convenient a Surveyor be appointed to 
survey said Lauds and make report thereof to this Board. 

Resolved that the Bates of ferriage be augmented as near as may be 
twenty-five "^ cent. 

March 1. The Board resumed the consideration of the terms on which 
the Deputy Quarter Master Gen^ is to have the public ferry and thereupon 
Resolved that instead of the fine of twen^ shillings for ferrying over pro- 
hibited articles he pav a fine of four fold the rate of ferriage established 
by the Ordinance estaolishing the rate of ferriage. 

This day pursuant to notice the Ferry leading from the City to Green 
Bush was sold to Dirck Hanson for the term of one year for £123 in 
Specie, to be paid half yearly in Specie or the current exchange in paper 
money at time of payment. 

Resolved that a Committee of two be appointed to draw proper Leases 
for the purpose. The Committee chosen are Alderman Yates and Com- 
mon Council Visscher. 

Mr. Henry Van Rensselaer in behalf of his father Coll. John Van 
Rensselaer informed this Board that Capt. John Johnson having applied 
to Coll. Van Rensselaer to hire the ferry between Greenbush and the City 
of Albany, and offered the preference of hiring said ferry to this Board in 
case this Board will give the same price for it that Coll. Van Rensselaer 
can get from said Capt. Johnson. 

On motion of Alderman Peter W. Yates it is unanimously resolved 
that this Board have an exclusive right to the said ferry and that the said 
proposals of Coll. Van Rensselaer be rejected. 

It is also unanimously resolved that this Board will indemnify the per- 
son or persons who shall purchase the said ferry from this Board at vendue 
or at private sale. 

It is also unanimously resolved that this Board will prosecute any per- 
son or persons who shall presume to exercise a right in said ferry or any 
part thereof. 

March 3. The Committee appointed to draw the Leases for the Ferrys 
reported the same, which being read were respectively agreed to. 

Ordered that the Mayor sign those on behalf of the Corporation and 
that the City Seal be thereto affixed. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 
John J. Ratcliffe for three Skipples of wheat. 

Upon application of the Deputy Q. M. Gen^ Resolved that he have 
liberty to land with the ferry boats at the old dock at the store house until 
the farther order of this Board. 

Resolved that a Committee of two be appointed to attend the survey of 
the Lands in dispute between Harmcn Groesbeek and John Vielen and 
report the same with all convenient speed. The Committee chosen for 
the purpose are Alderman Ten Broeck and Common Council man Douw. 

March 17. Resolved that a Committee of two be appointed to prepare 
a Letter to Matthews as a third Teacher to the public school in this 



322 The City Recardi, ITSh 

Cily, and that they report the draft with all conveDient speed. The 
Committee chosen for the purpose are Peter W. Tates £sq. and Leonard 
I Gansevoort Jnn. Esq. 

It being saggested to the Board that his Excellency Gen. Washington 

would very shortly be in Town, therefore resolved that a Committee of 

I three be appointed to prepare an Address. The Committee chosen for the 

purpose are Mr. Recorder, Peter W. Yates Esq. and Leonard Gansevoort 
Jun. Esq. 

Resolved that the Freedom of the City be presented unto his said £z- 
i cellenoy. 

An account of Hendrick Cook amounting to eight shillings was laid be- 
fore the Board and allowed. 

Resolved that an application be made to the Legislature to pass an Act 
awarding costs to the complainants in cases of forcible entry and detainers 
in this City and that instructions be given to the Representatives of this 
City and County accordingly. 

I April 2. Alderman Ten Broeck informed the Board that he had been 

honored by the honorable Council of Appointment of this State with the 
office of Sherif for the City and County of Albany, and as by the Consti- 

I tution ho could hold no other office, he prayed leave to resign his office as 

one of the Aldermen of the third ward. 

Resolved that the resignation of Alderman Ten Broeck be and is hereby 
accepted. 

On motion Resolved that the consideration of ordering a new election 
for an Alderman in the room and stead of Alderman Ten Broeck be post- 
poned until to morrow. 

April 3. The Board resumed the consideration of ordering a new 
' Election for an Alderman in the third ward of the City of Albany in the 

room and stead of Alderman Ten Broeck who has resig^ned, and thereupon 
Resolved that a new Election be held at the usual place of election in the 
said ward on Monday the ninth day of April instant, at one o'clock in the 
afternoon for the purpose of electing an Alderman in the stead of Alder- 
man Ten Broeck, and that Alderman Stringer and one or more of the As- 
sistants of said ward superintend the said Election. And ordered that 
the Clerk give notice of the time and place of election. 

John Ten Broeck Esquire produced a Commission from the GKrvemor 
and Council of Appointment for Sherif of the City and County of Albany. 
Mr. Recorder then moved and was seconded by Alderman Stringer, thai 
Mr. Ten Broeck be qualified in that office by the Board. Debates arose 
and the Question being put it was carried in the negative in manner fol- 
lowing : 

For the Affirmative — Mr. Recorder, Samuel Stringer, Leo. Gansevoort 
Jun^*, Isaac D. Fonda. 

For the Negative — Peter W. Yates, John N. Bleeker, John Roorbach, 
Robert McClellan, Peter W. Douw, Cornelius Swits, Matthew Visscher. 

April 4. An account of Mr. Marte Myndertse was laid before the 
Board for iron work made for the use of the Docks, &c., amounting to 
jB55:8 which is allowed, and ordered that the Clerk draw an order on the 
Chamberlain to pay the balance due after deducting the amount of the 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 323 

CorporatioQ aooount agaioBt him for a Lot of Ground and Rent due 
thereon. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Chamberlain in favor of 
Thomas Seeger for four Skipplcs of wheat on account. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw orders on the Chamberlain to pay the 
following accounts, to wit: Isaac Hoogkerk £3:18; Anna Fryer £1:14; 
William Van Wie £1 ; Philip Elsworth 9s. ; Rykert Van Sante £3. 

Resolved the Clerk draw orders on the Chamberlain for the following 
quantities of wheat on account at 4s. 6d ^ Skipple, to wit : 

Widow of William Hilton six Skipples ; John A. Lansing six do ; Ry- 
kert Van Sante six do ; Isaac Hooghkerk six do ; Anna Fryer six do ; 
William Van Wie four and a half do ; Philip Elsworth two do, 

Messrs. Thomas Lotteridge and Dirck Hansen appeared before the 
Board, and informed that they were inclined to leave the Ferry and the 
Lot of Ground near the same for a number of years, and to build a house 
on the said Lot, provided they could agree with the Board on the terms. 

Resolved that a Committee of three be appointed to take the same into 
consideration, and report with all convenient speed whether and on what 
terms the said Ferry and Lot of Ground should be let. 

The Committee chosen for the purpose are Peter W. Yates Esq., Mat- 
thew Visscher and Isaac D. Fonda. • 

Resolved that the Lot late Comfort Seevers's be leased unto Peter 

Sharp for the term of three years at forty shillings per annum. 

• 

April 12. Alderman Stringer returned a Poll of an Election held in 
the third ward of this City for one Alderman in the room and stead of 
John Ten Broeck Esquire who has resigned, and by inspecting the said 
Poll it appears that Ihomas Hun has the majority of votes, in conse- 
quence of which the necessary Oaths were administred to him and he 
took his seat. 

Resolved that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer in favor of 
Garret Van Vranken for six Skipples of wheat and that the same be 
placed to his account. 

Resolved that an order be drawn on the Treasurer in favor of John 
James Abbot for six Skipples of wheat to be delivered to Neal Shaw for 
a rope purchased of the said Neal Shaw for the use of the Town Clock. 

Resolved that Docks be sold at public Vendue on Monday the 
day of April instant, and that the Clerk give public notice thereof by 
public Advertisements. 

Resolved that Jacob Gardinier be and he is hereby authorized and 
empowered to take into his charge all that tract or parcel of Ijand com- 
monly called Tiononderoga in Tryon County, belonging to this Board, 
that he superintend the whole and see that the fences and builings thereon 
be not wantonly destroyed, that he contract with the several persons im- 
proving the said Lands for the rent of one bushel per morgan, thai ho 
apportion the said Lands among such persons as are settled upon the 
same in such manner as he shall deem just and equitable having a proper 
regard to the political characters of persons applying to him, and their 
respective necessities and sufferings, that he take all possible means to 
secure to this Board the rents above specified, and that he do all other 
things necessary and expedient, and that he be allowed the use of ten 
morgans of the said Land for his trouble without any reservation pro- 



334 The City Records, 1781. 

vided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the 
said Jacob Gardinier to contract any debts for or on account of this Board. 

Kesolved that the above powers and authorities as also the use of the 
ten morgans of Land to the said Jacob Gardinier continue only for the 
present year. 

Ordered that the Clerk furnish Mr. Gardinier with a certified copy of 
the above Kesolutions. 

May 7. A Letter dated the 4 May ins^ signed by Hugh Mitchell, 
Abraham Wempel, Abraham Fonda, Henry Glen and Myndert M. Wem- 
pel of Schenectady, seting forth the expediency of having Scouts to ob- 
serve the approach of the Enemy from Canada and requesting a meeting 
on the subject. 

Kesolved that this Board will meet the said Gentlemen or any of them 
to devise ways and means for the purpose aforesaid, as the safety of this 
City and the Town of Schenectady requires a measure of that nature to 
be pursued. 

Resolved therefore that the said Gentlemen be desired to meet this 
Board at this City as soon as possible. 

Whereas it is deemed necessary for the public safety and the safety of 
this City that the fort in this City should be immediately repaired, 

Kesolved that application be made to General James Clinton and a 
Committee he appointed to confer with him on the subject. 

Kesolved that Mr. Kecorder, Mr^Visscher, Mr. Fonda and Mr. Swits 
be a Committee for that purpose. 

Upon application of Mr. Peter Sharp and considering the debt due by 
this Board to the said Sharp, 

Kesolved that the Lot late Comfort Seevers's be sold to the said Peter 
Sharp for the same consideration and same annual reservation as the same 
was heretofore sold to said Seever's. 

May 11. Kesolved that there be a vacancy of the Academy and that 
the same continue for the space of three weeks from Tuesday the 15th 
instant. 

Hugh Mitchell, Abraham Outhoudt and Myndert W. Wemple Esquires 
appeared before the Board on the subject mentioned in their Letter of 
the 4th instant, and after some consideration 

Kesolved that a Committee of three be appointed to take the same into 
consideration and report a plan how and in what manner Scouts shall be 
employed, and in what manner the money necessary for their support is 
most expedient to be raised. The Committee chosen for the purpose are 
Mr. Kecorder, Alderman Yates and Mr. Fonda, or any two of them. 

An account of John A. Lansing was laid before the Board amounting 
to four pounds which was allowed and ordered that the Clerk draw an 
order on the Treasurer to pay the same, and that he deduct therefrom the 
wlieat he has received. 

May 12. Kcceived a Letter dated 26 April last, signed Gerrit Putnian 
and others respecting the Lands of Tiononderoga. 

Kesolved that the Clerk write Letters to Jacob Gardinier and Gerrit 
Putman and others requesting the said Jacob Gardinier, the said Gerrit 
Putman or any two of the subscribers to come down with all possible 
speed, and that he also inform them, that it is the intention of the Board 
pot to exact any rent from them for the present year. 




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Abraham Ten Broechi Mayor. 325 

Whereas it has beeen suggested to the Board that Gol^ John Van Rens- 
selaer has leased the right of ferriage from Greenbush to this City, to 
which this Board claim an exclusive right and it is apprehended that the 
Corporation'*will be reduced in consequence thereof to the necessity of in- 
stituting suits at Law, to defend their right to the said Ferry if Col^ Van 
Kensselacr shall persist in his claim. 

Therefore resolved that Egbert Benson, Peter W. Yates, Stephen Lush, 
John McKesson and John Lansing Junior, Esquires, be retained as attor- 
nies to manage all disputes and controversies that may arise respecting the 
same. 

Resolved that the Clerk inclose copy of the said Resolution to each 
of the Gentlemen named therein and request them to inform the Board 
whether they accept of the retainer. 

Mr. Recorder from the Committee appointed to confer with Gen. James 
Clinton on the expediency of repairing the fort in this City, reported that 
in obedience to the order of this Board they had waited upon Gen^ Clinton 
and that upon conferring with the Gen^ upon the subject, he concurred 
with this Board in opinion, that the Fort ought to be repaired and that 
he would afford all the assistance in his power to compleat the business. 

The Committee also reported the quantity of Timber necessary to re- 
pair the same in such manner as to make it defensible against small arms, 
and to compleat the houses therein for the reception of such Officers as 
may be stationed in this City. The Report of Committee on file. 

Resolved that this Board agree with their Committee in the report, and 
thereupon 

Resolved that every taxable person in thii$ City be and they are hereby 
requested to furnish one days labor of a man towards the repairs necessary 
to be done to the said Fort. That the rotation of the persons to render 
the said labor be according to the tax Lists last formed by the Assessor, 
and that the persons to perform said labor be taken alternately from the 
three wards in this City. 

Resolved that Isaac D. Fonda and Peter Sharp be and they are hereby 
appointed to superintend the said work and that they cause the Marshall 
of this Board to notify so many of the said persons as they shall conceive 
necessary from time to time to be employed in the said business. 

Resolved that the Clerk write to General Schuyler requesting him to 
furnish this Board with three hundred inch and a half plank and three 
hundred two inch plank for the repairs of the Fort and Bridges in this 
City. 

Resolved that the persons appointed to superintend this work do from 
time to time call upon General Clinton for all the iron work and nails that 
shall be wanted about the work. 

Alderman Yates from the Committee to whom were referred the manner 
of employing Scouts to gain intelligence, and to propose a method of pro- 
curing money for the payment of the said Scouts. 

Whereas the present exposed condition of the northern and western 
Frontiers of this State renders it absolutely necessary immediately to set 
on foot a Scout in order to obtain intelligence of the approach and mo- 
tions of the Enemy from the northard and westard, that the Inhabitants 
in the Frontiers may be duly notified and the militia called out in due 
season to repel the Enemy. And whereas no method but that by volun- 
tary subscription can be at present adopted in order to raise monies for 

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326 The City Records, 1781. 

the purposes aforesaid nor until proYision be made in the premises by the 
Legislature, which will it is expected undoubtedly refund to the sub- 
scribers by way of tax the monies which shall be subscribed for the pur- 
poses aforesaid and to which end application will be made to the Legisla- 
ture at their next meeting. 

And whereas it is intended that the Commissioners of conspiracy re- 
siding in the township of Schenectady are to procure six white men and 
four Indians to scout as aforesaid and are to have the superintendance 
and direction of the said Scout. 

We the subscribers do therefore pronuse to pay to the said Commis- 
sioners on demand the sum opposite to our respective names. Dated this 
12May, 178L 

Kesolved that the Board agree with their Committee in the said report. 

May 15. Whereas there has for a long time a dispute subsisted be- 
tween the heirs of Peter Douw deceased and this Board relative to a piece 
of Ground now in the possession of Geertruy Mcintosh, and it being sug- 
gested to the Board that the said heirs were anxious to have the same 
determined, 

Therefore resolved that this Board will submit the same to the deter- 
mination of Robert Yates and John R. Blocker Esq" and Mr. Jacob 
Boseboom or any two of them, and that both parties enter into bonds to 
abide the determination of the said Robert Yates, John R. Bleeckcr and 
Jacob Roseboom, or any two of them. 

Resolved that Aldermen Yates and Uun and Mr. Visscher be a Com- 
mittee to draw the bonds of arbitration and to manage the said dispute on 
behalf of this Board. 

An Ordinance entitled " An Ordinance for regulating the running at 
large of swine within the limits therein mentioned," was this day pub- 
lished. 

Ordered that the Clerk send copies of the subscription to the several 
districts in this County enclosed in a Letter to the Supervisor thereof. 

An account of Anna Fryer was laid before the Board amounting to 
£1:14 which is allowed and ordered to be paid. 

Also an account of Isaac Fryer amounting to jBl:6. 

May 28 Messrs. Van Sant, Quackenboss, Jacob Seeber and William 
Colon appeared before the Board in consequence of the Letter of the 
Clerk to them, and severally complained of the partiality shown by Jacob 
Gardinier in parceling out the Lands at Tionondcroga and threatning to 
take away such as had been sowed by them. 

Resolved that as Jacob Gardinier is not present that they be informed 
the Board will give them their determination in the matter as soon as they 
have heard the said Jacob Gardinier. 

July 7. It being suggested to this ^Board that in the general orders 
issued yetftcrday by General Clinton, illiberal reflections were oast upon 
the Inhabitants of this City, whereupon Mr. Recorder moved and was 
seconded that application be made by Letter to General Clinton for a 
copy of said orders, which was carried in the affirmative. 

Resolved that Mr. Recorder prepare the said Letter. Mr. Recorder 
brought in the said Letter, which being read was agreed to and is in the 
following words, to wit: 

Sir : It has been represented to the Corporation that the goneial ardeiB 



Abraham Ten Broeck^ Mayor. 327 

of yesterday are replete with reflections on the Inhabitants of this City ; 
conscious that they do not merit a treatment which may have a tendency 
to alienate the affections of the Troops of the United States (and especially 
of this State) from them, we esteem it an indispensable duty to remove 
any impressions which those orders may have made and beg for that pur- 
pose to be furnished with a copy of them. 

Resolved that the several Docks belonging to this Board be sold at 
public vendue on Tuesday next, and that the Clerk put up Advertbe- 
ments notifying the sale. 

An account of Leonard Gansevoort Esquire amounting to eleven shil- 
lings was laid before the Board which is allowed and ordered to be paid. 

Also the following accounts which were allowed : Jacobus Van Santo 
£S'A; Thomas Hilton £2:16. 

It being suggested that Messrs. Gerrit Staats, Henry Van Vechten, 
James OaldwoU and Volkert A. Douw, could give the Board information 
respecting General Clintons casting reflections on the Inhabitants of this 
City. 

Thereupon resolved that the said Gerrit Staats, Henry Van Vechten, 
James Caldwell and Volkert A. Douw be requested to attend the Board on 
the ninth instant. 

July 9. The Clerk laid before the Board the Letter he had received 
from General (Min ton's Aid de camp with copy of general orders of the 
7th instant inclosed, which were respectively read and are as follows : 

Albany, July 7, 1782 [1 ?] 

Sir: I am directed by the General to acknowledge the receipt of your 
Letter of this days date, containing the requbition of the Corporation and 
to present them, thro' you, with a literal copy of the orders of yesterday, 
with his thanks for the opportunity they have given him of removing any 
prejudices, which illiberal and disadffected minds may be dbposed to excite. 

The General is very sorry that any of the virtuous part of thb com- 
munity, for whom he has ever entertained the highest esteem, should feel 
themselves injured by the severities of expression, dictated by an honest 
zeal, and pointed only at those persons whose secret desires have already 
reduced this seemingly devoted State to its present dbtressed situation. 
That such characters not only exbt but are even fostered in the bosom of 
our Country, b too well known to be denied. 

Should any further Explanation be tho't necessary on the oecasion, the 
General b disposed to give it when called upon. 

Thb Letter with its enclosures would not have been so long detain'd, 
but the original orders were in the hands of the Adjutant, who omitted 
returning them previous to his embarking with the Troops. 

By order of the General. W. Popham. 

Aid de Camp. 

Head Quarters, July 7th, 1781. 

Nothing can equal the G^ncrab surprise and astonishment at the un- 
military conduct of the Troops, but his resentment and abhorrence of the 
infamous disaffected incendiaries who under the pretence of acting as 
friends to the Soldier have industriously endeavoured to prompt him to a 
line of conduct which so far from producing them redress will eternally 
fix an indellible stain and reproach on his character. 

He requests the Troops to take a view of their conduct and the conse-