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MINUTES 



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VOLUME VII 



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MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 



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THE CITY OF NEW YORK 



January 31, 1766, to December 23, 1773 



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MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 



City of ) ^^^^ At a Common Councill held at th^. 

New York j City Hall of the said City on Friday the 

3i®i of January Anno Dom 1766. 



Present/ John Cniger Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
John Bogert Jun'' 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Abraham Lott 
Rem Rapalie 
Peter Bivanck 
Michael Thody 
Andrew Gotier 



^Esq*"? Aldermen 



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The Petition of the Minister Elders and Deacons of the Re- 
formed protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York was pre- 
ferred to this Board Setting forth that their predecessors have for near 
a Century Past made use of the Cimetry or Church Yard Adjoining 
to the Old Dutch Church for the Burying their Dead, which from the 
Length of time & the Contracted Limitts of the Ground is now so full 
of Dead Bodys that it is hardly Possible to Open the Ground for a 
Grave without Digging up some of the Corps there interred, a Cir- 
cumstance very disagreeable and Indecent and therefore praying that 
this Board would be pleased to Grant unto them and their Successors 
for Ever a Certain piece of Ground in the Commons near the Sugar 
House of M*" Henry Cuyler, the [306] East End of which fronts the 
main Road that Leads to Fresh water and is Comprehended in a Survey 
lately made thereof by Francis Marschalk one of the City Surveyors 
&c: which said Petition being taken into Consideration by this Board 
they did thereof Resolve themselves into a Committee to View the 
Ground prayed for, in Conjunction with the Petitioners to morrow 

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afternoon, and that the said City Surveyor do attend this Board at 
the same time. 

This Board taking into Consideration the two Severall Petitions 
heretofore preferred to this Board the one by Archibald Kennedy 
Esqf and William M?Adams and the other by Cornelius Van Voorst 
for an Exclusive Grant of the Right of Ferriage from this City Across 
Hudsons River to their Respective Lands on Jersey Shore and that 
this Board would be pleased to Establish and Regulate the said Ferry 
upon such Reasonable Terms as they shall Judge fit and proper ; This 
Board being Truly sensible that the Establishing & Regulating a proper 
Perry from this City to Jersey Aforesaid will be of Great use and 
Advantage to the Publick in General Do therefore hereby Unanimously ^ 
Resolve and order that Alderman Roosevelt, Alderman Hicks, and 
Mess^? Lott, Bivanck and Thody or the Major part of them be a Com- 
mittee to Conferr with the Several Petitioners on the Subject matter 
of their Respective Petitions and Report the same to this Board with 
all Convenient Speed. 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1805 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this Board or order the sum of four pounds for 
Illuminating the City Hall and for monies by him advanced for Cleans- 
ing the same. &c. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the 

N? 1806 Treasurer of this City to pay to M*" Isaac Stouten- 

Warrant Issued burgh or order the sum of £372 17:7 (out of the 
monies paid into his hands by the Church Wardens 
of this City and Raised and Collected in Vertue of an Act of the Legis- 
lature of this province, lately made and published) in full of his Sev- 
erall accounts, Exhibited this day, for monies by him advanced to 
Watchmen, for watching the City from the 19*!? of September Last 
to the 15*^ of December following, and to the Lamp Lighters from the 
21'^ of October last to the 21^'. of this Instant January, as also for sun- 
dry other sums by him advanced for the use of this Corporation as p^ 
his said accounts Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 
[307] M* Mayor Producd to this Board a List of the names of such 
Persons who had taken out Lycences for Retailing of Strong Liquors 
within this City from the 25*? of March 1765 to the 25*^ of March 
1766, also the Names of three persons who were Lycenced in October 
1764 to Retail to the 25*^ of March following amounting to the Num- 
ber of 282 and who had paid for the Same, the Sum of £418 : 12 :o; 
order'd he pay the Same to the Treasurer or Chamberlain first Re- 
taining thereout the sum of £125 : being what this Board agreed to 

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allow him for his fees, as Clerk of the Markets from the i*t of May 
1765 to the first of May 1766, also the further Sum of £137 17:4 here- 
tofore paid the Chamberlain by the hands of Jcrfiannis Myer. Also 
the further sum of four shillings and paying thereout to the Clerk the 
sum of five Shillings for Every Lycence so by him Granted as afore- 
said which said Several Sums in the whole and together amount to 
^389 •5-4 which when Subtracted from the above Sum of £418 : 12 : 
leaves a Ballance of £29 : 6 : 8 only to be paid into the Treasury. 

The Petition of Mess*"? John Beekman and Norman Tollomen of 
this City Merchants was preferred to this Board, praying that this 
Board would be favourably pleased to Give them Leave to alter so 
much of Water Street, As fronts their Lots of Ground in Montgomerie 
Ward of this City, agreable to plan Now Exhibited to this Board, and 
the alteration proposed being Viewed by this Board was approved of. 
And thereupon [it was] order 'd that they apply to Francis Marschalk 
one of the City's Surveyors to Cause the Same to be staked out ac- 
cordingly. 



City of Igg 
New York j 



Present 



Att a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Tuesday the ii*? 
day of February 1766. 

John Cruger Esq'' Mayor 
Simon Johnson Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 



>.Esq''? Aldermen 



John Bogert Jun*^ 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Abraham Lott 
Garrit Rapalie 
Mathew Buyce 
Peter Bivanck 
Anthony Rutgers 
Michael Thodey 
Andrew Gotier 

[308] Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
1807 urer of this City to pay to Mf Christopher Codwise or order 

the sum of Eight Pounds being what this Board Agreed to 
Contribute towards purchasing a Fire Engine for the more Easy Ex- 
tinguishing of fires on Long-Island. 

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The Petition of the Minister Elders and Deacons of the Re- 
formed protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York (preferred 
at the Last Common Council, Setting forth that they were Informed 
that this Board is in possession of a Certain peice of Ground in the 
Commons Continguous to M^^ Cuylers Sugar house which they Con- 
ceive proper to be Converted into a Burying place, if they Could Obtain 
a Grant from this Corporation to them and their Successors for ever, 
for such a Reasonable Consideration as between the Petitioners and 
this Board should be agreed on.) was taken again into Consideration, 
and unanimously Agreed to By this Board that they would Grant unto 
the said petitioners the Aforesaid peice of Ground. (Containing twenty 
Eight Lotts ten of Which Front Northerly to Queen Street, Eight 
Others fronting Easterly & Southerly upon Thomas Street, and ten 
Others fronting Westerly upon George Street some Larger & some 
Smaller as Appears by a Survey made thereof By Francis Marschalk 
one of the City Surveyors, Reflference being thereunto had may appear, 
& that a Grant or Lease be made thereof to the s? Minister &c. with all 
Convenient Speed. Together with an Assignment of such Leases as this 
Corporation hath heretofore made, they Paying all the Arrearages of 
Rent due thereon to the first of May next.) and to their Successors for 
ever. According to the prayer of the said Petition under the rent of 
Seventy pounds to be paid Annually. 

City of I ^;,^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the igH* 

day of February Anno: Dom: 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esqr Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esqf Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

John Bogert Junf 

Whitehead Hicks 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirck Brinckerhoof 

Peter Bivanck "^ 

Garrit Rapalie 

Abraham Lott 

Michael Thodey 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 



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[309] Ordered that the Clerk of this Board prepare an Advertise- 
ment to be put in all the publick or weakly Gazzettees for letting to 
farm (on Tuesday the Eighteenth day of March next at the Common 
Council Chamber in the City hall of the said City at Two O'Clock in 
the Afternoon) by Publick Outcry to the highest Bidder the Ferry 
between this City and Nassau Island for the Term of five Years Also 
the Publick Wharfs and Slips of this City for the Term of three Years, 
and likewise the Stalls and Standings in the Several Markets of this 
City for the Term of two years To Commence the first day of May 
next at an Annual Rent to be paid Quarterly, and that this Board or 
the Major part of them be a Committee for Letting the Same upon 
such Conditions as they shall Judge proper and Its Further ordered 
that M*^ Recorder, Alderman Hicks, Alderman Brewerton and Mess*"? 
Lott and Rapalie be a Committee to Revise the late Conditions of sale 
of the Ferry and to make such Alterations therein as they shall Judge 
proper and prefer the same to the Common Council at their next Meet- 
ing for their Approbation. 

The Petition of the Honourable William Walton Esq*" and Sun- 
dry others, Inhabitants of Montgomerie Ward, was preferred to this 
Board, Setting forth that at present there is But one Ferry Established. 
Between this City and Nassau Island and that the Inhabitants of said 
City as well those on Nassau Island are Since the Establishment of said 
Ferry Greatly Encreased in Number, and are Obliged daily to pass and 
Repass said Ferry which frequently Occasion Great delays and there- 
fore praying that this Board will for the Future Either Add or Order 
tw'O Boats to Land at Ferry or Pecks Slip Being Nearly Opposite the 
Landing place on Nassau Side. &c. Which said Petition being Read 
and Considered of, This Board did thereupon Resolve and order that 
the prayer thereof be Rejected and the same is hereby Rejected Ac- 
cordingly. 

The Petition of the Ministers, Elders, Deacons, Trustees, Com- 
municants and others, members of the English Presbyterian Church, 
of the City of New York was preferred to this Board and Read setting 
forth Among other things that they are possessed of a Spacious and 
Convenient Edifice for the Publick Service of Almighty God and the 
Administration of Divine Ordinances According to their Wholesome 
and Approved form of Discipline and worship. Yet By their Great 
and Continual Growth that Building is Rendered Altogether Incapable 
of Containing the Congregation and the Cimetry too Small for the 
decent Interment of their dead and therefore praying that this Board 



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would take their Extreme Necessities into their Serious Consideration 
and Grant to them the Angfular Lott Adjoining to the Ground lately 
Called the Vineyard, and to the Green for The Erection of a New 
Church with an [310] Additional Lott Suitable for a Cymetery Subject 
to such an Annual rent to be rendered for Ever to this Corporation as 
they in their Great Wisdom and Justice Shall think Reasonable 
Whereupon it is ordered by this Board that Alderman Bogert, Alder- 
man Hicks, Alderman Brinckerhoof, Mess*"? Thody and Gotier or the 
Major part of them be a Committee to Enquire into the Allegations 
of the said Petition and make Report thereof to this Board with all 
Convenient Speed. 

City of ) «^;, At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 25^!? 

day of February Anno: Dom: 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq^ mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

John Bogert Jun^ 

Whitehead Hicks 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirck Brinckerhoof 

Abraham Lott 

Mathew Buyce 

Michael Thody 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 



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Orderd the assize of bread be till further order flour at 16/9 pf Ct 
A White Loaf of the finest flower to Weigh, i^*^ : 13°^ : for 4 Coppers. 
D? ofD? to weigh.. 14 for 2 D? 

AND Further Ordered that no other Bread be made for sale with- 
in this City than According to the Above Assize (hard Bisquits only 
Excepted) and that all Bakers within the same take Notice thereof & 
Govern themselves Accordingly. 

The Committee Appointed upon the Petition of Leonard Lis- 
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of Lotts of Ground in Montgomerie Ward and the Outward of this 
City made their Report on the Subject Matter thereof, in the words 
following Viz^ Wee the Committee Appointed to Treat with the Peti- 
tioners for Water Lotts in Montgomerie and the Out wards of this 
City Do in Obedience to said Appointment Report that on the 25^t day 
of November 1765 We Met Mess*? Samuel Farmer, Abraham Duryee 
and William Bancker a Committee on the Part of the Commissioners. 
We asked of them what the Petitioners would pay for the said Water 
Lotts Petitioned for, upon which they Asked if we the Committee [311] 
of the Corporation had a power to Agree with them for the same and 
being Answered in the Negative they said they were Willing to Give as 
much as their Neighbours had Given, or as much as had been Given at 
any time heretofore to the Corporation for such like Lotts as those Peti- 
tioned for; and that if the Corporation should Decline to Accept of 
the Offer, they desired the Corporation would Let them know what 
price they would ask for those Lotts; which is Nevertheless Humbly 
Submitted by your most humble Servants, John Bogert Jun^, White- 
head Hicks, Dirick Brinckerhoof, Garrit Rapalie & Michael Thody. 

The said Committee did also report to this board Viz*, that after the 
within mentioned meeting the said Committee for the petitioners of- 
fered £40 apiece for the said lots one lot with the other ; upon which 
said reports being read, a debate arose concerning the consideration 
money offered for each lot from high to low water mark, and it being 
put to the vote by this Board, it was thereupon determined that the 
petitioners should pay to this Corporation for a release of the ground 
between high and low water mark the sum of £50 and likewise the quit 
rent of i? 6^ p^" foot yearly and for every year, from and after the 25*^ 
of March next for the whole breadth of their several lots extending 
from low water mark into the said East River 200 feet agreable to a 
survey made thereof by Francis Marschalk, to all which the said peti- 
tioners agree to comply with ; and thereupon this Board did order that 
the clerk prepare releases and grants to the said petitioners for the same 
accordingly. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1808 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
sum of Twenty Pounds (out of the monies Raised by Ver- 
tue of an Act Entituled an Act for the Better Regulating the Publick 
Roads in the City and County of New York and to Levy money to 
Defray the Expence thereof) on account of Expences accrued the last 
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The Committee Appointed upon the Petitions of Archibald Ken- 
nedy and William M^Adams, as also of Cornelius Van Voorst for an 
Exclusive Grant of the Right of Ferriage from this City Across Hud- 
sons River to their Respective Lands on Jersey Shore, made their Re- 
port on a Conferrence had with the Petitioner Cornelius Van Voorst in 
the words following we the Subscribers of the Committee Appointed by 
the within order Do Report thereon that [312] pursuant to the within 
order we have Conferred with the Petitioner Cornelius Van Voorst upon 
the Subject matter of his Petition, and have Received his proposals 
thereon which are on the other side hereof ; of which we do Report to 
this Board Feb^ y^ ii'^ 1766. Nich? Roosevelt, Whitehead Hicks, 
Abraham P. Lott, Michael Thody. 

The Proposals made, agreed to and signed by the said Cornelius 
Van Voorst are as follows Viz! That he would give the Corporation 
£40 p^ year for 7 years and they to appoint the rates of ferriage in 
crossing ; that after the said term of 7 years be expired he would give 
the Corporation a free landing on his side, they making the most they 
can from New York there, provided the Corporation would grant him 
the same privilidge from Jersey side to New York; that he was pos- 
sessed of 3 large and 2 small boats for the use of ferrying, which 
should always be in repair for that purpose ; that the Corporation might 
settle the place of landing on New York side, though he would recom- 
mend to have it at the same place he now lands at : which several pro- 
posals this Board took in consideration and unanimously agreed to and 
thereupon orderd that the landing place be fixed at the ground or peer 
of Nicholas Roosevelt Esq'" the lower end of Thomas street. 

The Committee appointed on the Petition of the Ministers, Elders, 
Deacons, Trustees, Communicants and others, members of the English 
Presbyterian Church of the City of New York, which was preferred to 
this Board the last Common Councill, Do now make their report on the 
subject matter thereof in the words following Viz^ — We the Sub- 
scribers tlie Committee appointed by order of the Common Councill, a 
Copy whereof is hereunto annexed, do in obedience to the said order 
report that we met a Committee of the Presbyterian Church attended 
by a City Surveyor, which committee of the Church upon viewing the 
ground belonging to the Corporation, declared that no ground of the 
Corporation would answer their purpose so well as the angle men- 
tioned in their petition, which our surveyor told us amounted to about 

9 Lots at the calculation of 25 feet in breadth, and 100 feet in length, 
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offered the sum of £40 pf Annum for ever, which offer with their rea- 
sons for the same is also hereunto annexed ; and we the Subscribers do 
also Report that we think the said angle petitioned for the most con- 
venient place to [313] build a Church on : all which is nevertheless hum- 
bly submitted to this Board. John Bogert Junf, Whitehead Hicks, 
Dirck Brinckerhoof, Andrew Gotier, & Michael Thody: which said 
offer and reasons annexed to the said report were read in the words 
following. 

To the Gentlemen, appointed by the WorshipfuU the Corporation 
of the City of New York to be a Committee to treat with the Pres- 
byterian Church upon their Petition : 

The Committee for the Church, previous to their Answer, Relating 
to the Points with Which the Gentlemen of the Committee for the 
Corporation were Charged, beg Leave to say that they take very 
kindly the Speedy Attention Given by the Corporation to their Request, 
and have no Doubt but that the members of the Church will Always be 
ready to shew their Gratefull sense of this Usage & Every other mark 
of their Respect. 

As to the place for Erecting the intended Church we are Informed 
that the Corporation has no other Ground that Can be thought of for 
such a purpose but that Opposite to the Old Wind Mill Spot, and the 
Angle to the North Eastward of the Vineyard. The Church think the 
Latter so evidently preferable to the Former, that they Cannot but 
make their Election there and Among Others for the Following 
Reasons. 

That altho' your Petitioners are Possessed of a Convenient 
V\ edifice, for the Worship of God, Yet such has Been their Great 
and Continued Growth that, that Church is not at present Suf- 
ficient to Contain their Congregation and they are therefore under the 
Necessity of Building Another Church Immediately and tho the Lotts 
to the Westward of the Ground lately Granted to the Dutch [Church] 
will in time be very Convenient to erect a Church upon when that 
Part of the City Becomes more inhabited and the Adjacent Lotts Be- 
come Vacant by the Expiration of their Leases yet at Present it is too 
Remote for Immediate use and the spot now Vacant too Small and 
therefore will not Answer the Petitioners purpose. 

The Communication to that Peice of Ground is very Incon- 

2^]^ venient (i) Because the Street that leads to it on the East side 

is so very Narrow that two or three Carriages will in a Manner 

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[as] that part of the City will not in all probability be paved for many 
years to Come, it will therefore be very Difficult and Inconvenient 
(Especially in the winter Season) to Pass Except in Carriages. 

A Church Erected on that Peice of Ground will be Greatly 
3**!^ Endangered by fire from the many Small wood Buildings that 
will Surround it 

[314] If the Petitioners Should Build a Church upon thii 
4}^]^ Ground and the Church Congregation should think proper here- 
after to Erect a Church on their Lotts, the Churches would 
Stand so near as to hinder or greatly Interrupt Each other in time of 
Divine Service, an Inconveniency this, which our Bretheren of the 
Dutch and English Churches have Often Complained of by reason of 
their having the French Church so near the Former and the Luthcren 
Church so near the latter. 

Before a Church Can be erected on that Ground it will be 

5***!^ necessary to dig away a Considerable part of the Hill whereby 

the Petitioners will be put to a very Considerable Expencc 

which they are at present unable to Summit to, as they will want all 

the money they Can possibly Raise, to Build their Church. 

A Church Erected on that Ground will not Contribute to the 
gthiy Publick Ornament of the City, as it will be in a manner hid by 
the Surrounding Buildings; and the Publick Ornament will 
doubtless ever Merit the Attention of the worshipfuU Board. 

If the Dutch Congregation should hereafter Erect a Church 
y^]y on their Lotts, one Church will in a Great Measure Obstruct 
the View of the Other as they must from the Situation of the 
Ground Stand nearly upon a Line, and if one should take fire, the other 
from its Contiguity will be in Great Danger, the City also will loose 
that Ornament which those Churches would Afford if set at proper 
distances from Each Other: and therefore 

A grant of those Lotts to the Petitioners will be incon- 
gthiy venient to them and will be a Real Injury to the Dutch Congre- 
gation by rendering their lots less valuable. Besides one Church 
in that part of the town will be fully sufficient for the number of its 
inhabitants. These Reasons induce the Petitioners to prefer the an- 
gular peice of ground that lies to the northeast of the vineyard as it is 
not subject to any of the inconveniences before mentioned. 

At the Time the Petitioners presented their Petition, they sup- 
posed the Angle Contained no more than six Lotts but it Appears from 
the Survey made by the City Surveyor, that it Comprehends near nine 
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This piece of Ground being nearer the Inhabited Part of the City 
will be more Convenient to the Petitioners as it will admit of an Easy 
Access at all times of the Yeare. 

The Petitioners are humbly of Opinion that a decent Edifice 
Erected on this Spot properly Enclosed in a pail Fence will be a Great 
Ornament to the Green Whereas it is at Present Entirely useless or 
Rather a Nusance as it is now a Receptacle for all the Dirt and Filth 
of the Neighbourhood. [315] We hope the Worshipfull Board upon a 
due consideration of the reasons before mentioned and of the circum- 
stances of our Church will be of Opinion that the sum of £40 pf annum 
offered by us is a sufficient rent especially when they consider 

that the Lands Granted by them to our Bretheren of Trinity 
i*t Church, was their free Gift without any Consideration, What- 
soever tho' it is ten times more Valuable than the Lotts Prayed 
for, by the Petitioners. 

the Sum Offered by us will, when they Consider that it 
2^]y amounts to about £4 : 12 p'" lot, appear great as it is almost dou- 
ble the sum given by the Dutch Church for the lots granted to 
them and it is well worth observing that as the angle if conveyed in 
lots to private persons will not on account of its smallness admit of 
being faced on all sides with houses; it must present Shops, Fences, 
Stables, Sheds, and Gates to some of the Streets, and being flatt always 
occasions dirty Streets around it. Therefore 

the Angle tho' at first view valuable for its situation will ap- 
3*^!^ pear vastly depreciated by its shape which renders it extreamly 
incommodious for any use but that of erecting a publick Edifice. 
Tho' we are a Numerous Yet we are a Poor People and 
4*^!y unable to give more; we never have had any Grant from the 
Corporation and are therefore we humbly Conceive proper Sub- 
jects for the Bounty and favour of the worshipfull Board. 

We hope the sum Offered will Appear fully Sufficient when 
$^^\y it is Considered that it will be a Grant made by a Publick Body 
to a Publick Body, for Publick and Pious uses, and for the Ben- 
efit of those Who make a Considerable part of the Freemen and Free- 
holders of the Corporation and therefore a Grant of the Angle is no 
more than Appropriating a particular Part of the Corporation's Estate 
for Certain Publick Purposes for the Benefit of a Considerable part of 
her own Children. 

Upon the Whole therefore the Committee for the Petitioners hope 
the Corporation will Join with their own Committee in Opinions that 
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Offered, as a Reasonable Rent for that Ground Considering that it is 
a Corporation that is to Grant, that a Large Body of her own Children 
are to be Grantees, that their Neccessities and Poverty forbid a higher 
Offer and that they Ask for no Private Boon But for what will Adorn 
the City and at the same time Promote the Worship of God and have 
a Good Influence upon the manners of its Inhabitants: All which is 
Nevertheless humbly Submitted To [316] the Wisdom and Impartiality 
of the Worshipfull Board by their most humble Servants 

Peter R Livingston John Rodgers 

Jos: Royal Joseph Treat 

W? Livingston Jn? Morin Scott 

David Van Home Tho? Smith 

W? Smith Jn<^ Peter V B Livingston 

Upon which said Report Offer and Reasons this Board did there- 
upon Unanimously Resolve and Order, That the Angular Piece of 
Ground Prayed for by the Petitioners Containing Eight Lotts and an 
half of twenty five feet by a hundred each agreeable to a Survey now 
Laid before this Board lately made thereof by Francis Marschalk one 
of the City Surveyors, Containing 152 feet on the Southwesterly side, 
214 feet on the Northwesterly side, 62 feet on the Northeasterly side 
and 200 feet on the South Easterly side, be Granted to Mess*"? John 
Rodgers and Joseph Treat the Present Ministers; William Smith, 
Garret Noel, Nathaniel M?Kinley, Peter Van Brugh Livingston, John 
Smith, Thomas Jackson, the present Elders; John Stephens and 
Peter Ricker the present Deacons; and Thomas Smith, Peter R. Liv- 
ingston, Joseph Hallet, John Lasher Jun^, Peter Ricker, William Smith 
Jun^, John Dunlap and John Morin Scott, the present Trustees of the 
said English Presbyterian Church of the City of New York, and to their 
heirs and Assigns for ever, according to the Prayer of their said Petition 
and the said Report, Offer, reasons and Survey under the yearly rent 
of Forty Pounds to Commence from the first day of May next and 
that the Clerk of this Board prepare the draft of a Grant accord- 
ingly, that the Grant of the same Ground may be made out and Issued 
under the seal of this Corporation with all Convenient Speed. 

The Clerk produced the draft of a Grant accordingly, which was 
read & approved of, and thereupon orderd that the seal of the Corpora- 
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City of ) ^^^H At a Common Councill held at the 

New Yorkf ' City Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

27*? day of February Anno: DoTTT: 1766. 

Present John Cniger Esq^ mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq^ Recorder. 

Francis Filkin 

Whitehead Hicks 

Nichf Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirck Brinckerhoof 

Abraham Lott ^ 

Michael Thody a • ^ . 

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Anthony Rutgers [ 

Andrew Gotier J 

[317] Peter Burger of this City Labourer made Application to this 
Board to be appointed one of the publick measurers of the said City. 
ORDERD by this Board that he be Appointed to the said Office Ac- 
cordingly on his first taking the usual Oath, for the due Execution of 
the same. 

The Petition of William Brownjohn, and Sundry others, Own- 
ers and Proprietors of houses and Lotts of Ground fronting that Part 
of the East River Commonly Called Hunters Key or Rotten Row was 
again read, and orderd by this Board, that the further Considera- 
tion thereof be Deferred till the next Common Council. 

The Petition of Cornelius P Low of the said City Merchant was 
preferred to this Board, and Read Setting forth, that he hath lately 
Obtained from this Board a Grant of the Soil, extending two hundred 
feet into the East River and fronting a Certain Lott of Ground Be- 
longing to him the said Cornelius P: Low, Scituate at the South- 
westerly Corner of the New Dock with a Design of Extending a pier 
to that Extent into the said East River, and that upon Calculating the 
Expence he shall be put to in Erecting the same and the Risque of hav- 
ing the same Over set or destroyed by the Ice Whilst Building Con- 
ceives the Terms of said Grant very Inadequate to such Expence and 
Risque, insomuch that he is discouraged from Attempting the same 
unless he Could have some Relief in the Premisses from this Board 
and therefore Praying that he may be Indulged with Priviledge of the 
Wharfage of one Vessell on the Southwesterly side of the said pier as 
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ther Time for Compleating the same pier as this Board shall think Rea- 
sonable whereupon its ordered by this Board that the Consideration 
thereof be Deferred to Some future Common Councill. 

[318*] 

[319] City of ) «<^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Tuesday the iS^? 

day of March Anno: Dom: 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq^ mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Whitehead Hicks 

George Brewerton ^Esqf Aldermen 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirck Brinckerhoof 

Garrit Rapalie 

Abraham Lott 

Peter Bivanck 

Michael Thody J^ Assistants 

Mathew Buyce 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 

This Day being Appointed by an order of this Board of the Nine- 
teenth day of February last for letting to Farm by Publick Out Cry 
the Ferry Between this City and Nassau Island for the Term of Five 
years Likewise the Publick Wharfs and Slips of this City for the 
Term of three Years and likewise the Stalls and Standings in the Sev- 
eral Markets of this City for the Term of Two Years, to Commence on 
the First day of May next : The same were Accordingly Exposed by 
Publick Outcry; and the Ferry being first Exposed to sale was Pur- 
chased by Samuel Waldron of this City Blacksmith for the said Term 
of Five Years on the Annual Rent of £660 Subject to the Conditions 
Just Read ; The Wharfs and Slips Being also Exposed to publick sale 
were purchased by Luke Roome of the said City Merchant for the Term 
of three Years on the Annual Rent of £620 ; and the Stalls and Stand- 
ings being Likewise Exposed to publick sale were purchased by Alexan- 
der White of the same City Gentleman, for the Term of Two Years on 
the Annual Rent of £440. It is thereupon orderd that the Clerk prepare 
the Leases for the same to the Several Lessees accordingly. 

* Note : The entries on this page of the copy are simply a careless repetition 
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[320] Ordered the mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1809 urer of this City to pay to Johannis Meyer Messenger and 

Doorkeeper to this board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in full 
for a Quarters Sallary due unto him and Ending the first Instant. 

City of ) «« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New YorkJ ' Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 15^ 

day of Aprill Anno : Dom. 1766 
Present John Cruger Esq^ mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Abraham Lott 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Andrew Gotier 

The Petition of Gerrard G : Beekman and several others, Inhabi- 
tants at and near Beekman's Slip in Montgomerie ward, was preferred 
to this Board and read Setting forth that the Street fronting the 
houses of the said Gerrard G. Beekman &c: and the Slip Commonly 
Called Beekmans Slip, and Extending down to the Wharf Commonly 
called and known by Cannon's Wharf is so Narrow that it is Ex- 
tremely Inconvenient to Carts & Carriages &c: and therefore Praying 
that the same may be Enlarged and Widened so that two Carts might 
Conveniently Pass each other, and that they may be permitted at their 
own Expence to widen the same Opposite to their said Several houses, 
and Ground by Wharfing out five feet or as much further as this Board 
shall think proper, whereupon this Board orderd the Consideration 
thereof be deferred to the next Common Councill. 

Ordered that Alderman Brewerton Alderman Brinckerhoof, Al- 
derman Cornelius Roosevelt and Mess""? Lott and Buyce or the Major 
part of them be a Committee to Superintend Order and direct the Sur- 
veyors of the present high ways in Repairing and Amending the Pub- 
lick Roads or high ways in such manner as they Shall Judge Proper. 
[321] Ordered that M^ Mayor Issue his warrant to the 
N? 1810 Treasurer of this City to pay to James Mills or order 
Warr! Issued the sum of £26 : 12, in full of his Account for Victuall- 
ing sundry Felons &c from the 19*^ of December last to 
the iq'!" of March following as ^ his said Account sworn to and allowed 
of by this Board. 

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Ordered by this Board that Adam Van Den Bergh of this City be 
Appointed a Surveyor and Overseer of that Part of the Publick Road 
or high way which leads from this City to the extent of the Bowery 
Division Terminating at a run of Water Contigfuous to the Possession 
of Isaac De Lamater Blacksmith, Also that Adolph Benson be Ap- 
pointed a Surveyor or Overseer of the Road or high way Which 
takes its Beginning from the said Run of Water Where the Bowery 
division. Terminates and so Running from thence as far as the Kings 
Bridge. And that Garrit Van Den Bergh of the same City be also Ap- 
pointed a Surveyor and Overseer of the Roads Commonly Called 
Grinage and Tour Roads passing by John Morine Scotts Esq'" and also 
of the Bloomendal Road and that Each of Which said Surveyors 
Shall have for their Trouble Six Shillings p^ day and six shillings p^ 
day more for the use of their horse and Cart or Trux and no more, they 
providing only so many Labourers, or workmen as they shall be 
Directed from time to time by the Committee appointed this day for 
that purpose. 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1811 of this City to pay to W*? Mitchel or order the sum of £5, in 
full for a quarters Sallary due unto him as Publick Whipper 
of this City and Ending the fifth day of this Instant April. 



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New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Tuesday [Wednes- 

day] the 23? day of Apr ill 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
[322] Abraham Lott 

Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Andrew Gotier 
Mathew Buyce 

Ordered by this Board that Alderman Filkin, Alderman Bogert 
Alderman Hicks and Mess*? Bivanck and Lott or any three of them be 
a Committee to enquire into the Allegations of the Petition preferred to 
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leave to widen the Wharf or Peer fronting Beekmans Slip and make 
Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed. 

Whereas sundry Persons stand Indebted and are Greatly in Ar- 
rear to this Corporation for Considerable Sums due for Quit and other 
Rents, AND this Board Conceiving it their Indispensable Duty, that the 
same without Delay be Collected & Paid into the Treasury Do there- 
fore hereby Unanimously Agree that John De Peyster Jun^ be Ap- 
pointed and he is hereby Accordingly Appointed to Assist the Cham- 
berlain to Collect in the said Debts due and Owing to this Corpora- 
tion. AND that this Board Will Allow and Pay him for his Trouble 
therein the stun of Twenty five Pounds p'' Annum to Commence from 
this day and further Ordered that Alderman Brinckerhoof be desired 
to Acquaint him with the Resolution of this Board. 

The Clerk Produced to this Board the Engrossed Leases of the 
Ferry of the Docks and Slips and of the Stalls and Standings Which 
were Read and Approved of, and thereupon ordered that the Clerk An- 
nex the Seal of this Corporation to them respectively and Deliver them 
to the Lessees thereof on their Executing Counterparts to the use ot 
this Corporation. 

ORDERD by this board that the assize of the Markets, which was 
made, ordained, Established and published on the 22^ of Aprill Last, be 
Renewed and Continued, and Remain in full force and Vertue, for one 
year from and after the date hereof. 

City of ) ^.^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York f * Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 3? 

day of June Anno: Dom. 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq'' mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq^ Recorder. 
Francis Filkin ) r a 1 j 1 

Whitehead Hicks \ [AMermenJ 

[323] Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Abraham Lott 
Peter Bivanck 
Mathew Buyce 
Michael Thody 
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Ordered that the Assize of Bread be till further order flour at i6 
per Cent 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i"^ 14°* for 4 Coppers 

D9 ofD? to weigh 14^^ for 2 D? 

AND FURTHER ORDERED that no Other Bread be made for sale with- 
in this City than According to the Above Assize (hard Bisquits only 
Excepted) and that all Bakers within the same take Notice thereof and 
Govern themselves accordingly. 

Ordered that the mayor Issue his warrant to the 
N? 1812 Treasurer of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger 
& Doorkeeper to this Board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in 
full for a Quarters Sallary due unto him & Ending the i*t Instant. 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 181 3 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
sum of Seventy Pounds (out of the monies Raised by Virtue 
of an Act Entituled an Act for the Better Regulating the Publick Roads • 
in the City and County of New York and to Levy money to defray 
thereof) On Account of Expences Already Accrued for said Roads. 

Ordered the like to Adolph Benson or order the sum 
N? 1814 of £50 out of the monies &c: (as above) on account. 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1815 of this City to pay to Andrew Breasted or order the sum of 
£100 in part of his account with this Corporation 

Ordered the like to Thomas Brown or order the sum of 
N? 1816 £40 in part of his acd with this Corporation. 

Ordered the like to Adam Gilchrist or order the sum of 

N9 1817 £13 : 10 in full of his acct for six yards and three quarters 

of Superfine Green Cloth Sold to this Corporation 

[324] Ordered the like to Nicholas Roosevelt Esq'" or order, 

N? 1818 the sum of £38 : 10 in full for two Gold Boxes made for the 

use of this Corporation. 

Ordered the like to Theophilus Hardenbrook or order 
N? 1819 the sum of £15 14 :g for the Expence of a Bonfire Ordered 
by this Board the 2i*l of May last on the News of the Stamp 
Act's being Repealed. 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1820 of this City to pay to Elizabeth Riker or order the sum of 

Ten Pounds Six Shillings for Twenty five days and three 

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removing and carrying away a large Quantity of Filth and Dirt near 
the Coffy house by order of Alderman Hicks. 

Ordered the like to Whitehead Hicks Esq'" or order the 

N? 1821 sum of Five Pounds One Shilling in full for the like sum by 

him advanced and paid to sundry Labourers for the use of 

this Corporation in removing some filth and Dirt near the Coffy house. 

Ordered the like to James Lowns or order the sum of 
N? 1822 £3 : 10 for services by him done for this Corporation. 

Ordered the like to John Roberts Esq?" or order, the sum 
N? 1823 of Three Pounds, five Shillings, and Six pence, in full of his 
Account, for the like sum by him Advanced, to sundry 
Watchmen for Watching the New Goal, by order of the Corporation. 

Ordered the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum 
N? 1824 of £518 : 14 : 3 (out of the monies paid into his hands by 
the Church wardens of this City and raised and Collected in 
Virtue of an Act of the Legislature of this Province lately made and 
Published) in full for the ballance of his Two Several Accounts, the 
one for the monies by him advanced and paid to sundry Watchmen for 
Watching this City from the 20^!? of December 1765 untill the 20*? of 
March following; And the Other is likewise for monies by him ad- 
vanced and paid as well to sundry Lampmen for lighting the Citys 
Lamps from the 2i^\ of January last to the 2i»l of April following as 
for divers Quantities of Oyl and for a Years Storing of said Oyl &c. 
as by his said acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

[325] Ordered that Jeronimus Van Alstyne be Appointed and he is 
hereby Accordingly Appointed one of the Firemen for the East Ward, 
in the Room and Stead of Samuel Waldron who is Removed out of 
this City. 

Ordered that Alderman Filkin Alderman Brinckerhoof and their 
Assistants be a Committee to Cause the Pavement in the Beaver Street 
to be Taken up Regulated and Repaved with all Convenient Speed ; and 
that this Board Contribute towards the Expence thereof in such man- 
ner as they Contributed to the Pavement of Broad Street. 

Alderman Hicks Returned that he Caused on the fifteenth day of 
May last an Election of a Collector for the East Ward in the room 
and Place of Samuel Waldron, the late Collector of said Ward who 
hadi lately Removed out of this City ; and that William Elsworth was 
Chosen Collector for the said Ward in his stead. 



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City of ) ^« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkf ' Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 10*? 

day of June Anno : Dom : 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esqf Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq^ Recorder 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Garrit Rapalie "^ 

Abraham Lott > Assistants 

Michael Thody J 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1825 of this City to pay to John Mare Jun^ or order the sum of 
£24 for the Painting of his present Majesty which he 
presented to this Corporation. 

ORDERD the mayor issue his warrt to the treasurer of this 
N? 1826 City to pay to James Mills or order the sum of £7 : o : 3 for 
the like sum by him advanced & paid by order of & for the 
use of this Corporation 

[326] Mf Mayor Infonned this Board that William Davis of this City 
Marriner hath lately Delivered to him to be Presented to this Board 
the picture of the Right Honourable William Pitt, Sat in an Elegant 
and Genteel frame, and this Board in order to Demonstrate the Great 
value and esteem they have for the person of so great a Patriot & 
friend to America as the said William Pitt, do hereby in return for 
the Compliment of the said William Davis, order that the Freedom 
of this Corporation be prepared & presented to him, & that the Clerk 
prepare one accordingly & deliver the same to M^ Mayor who is de- 
sired to present it to the said William Davis with the thanks of this 
Board. 

ORDERD the mayor issue his warrt to the treasurer of this 
N? 1827 City to pay to Dirick Brinckerhoof, Esqf or order the sum 
of £41 :6 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City & raised & collected in vertue of an act 
of the legislature of this province lately made & published) for the like 
sum by him advanced & paid, for setting several lamp posts & fixing 
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ORDERD the like to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esq'' or order the 
N? 1828 sum of £12 : 9 : 7 in full of his acct for sundry sums by him 
advanced & paid to sundry persons for the use of this Cor- 
poration as ^ his said acrf audited by this Board & allowed of 

City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

2i day of July 1766 
Present John Cruger Esq^ Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
John Bogert Jun'' 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Geirge Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Abraham Lott 
Anthony Rutgers 
Mathew Buyce 
Andrew Gotier 

[327] ORDERD that M'' Mayor issue his warrt to the treas- 
N? 1829 urer of this City to pay to Francis Koffler or order the sum 
of £149 : II : 7 in full of his acct for sundry sums by him 
advanced & paid for this Corporation for the taxes of the fferry & 
ferry house on Nassau Island, & for sundry repairs done to the said 
fferry house bam &c. as p'' his said ace! audited by this Board & al- 
lowed of. 

ORDERD that the sum of £130 : i : i be allowed to Francis 
D? Koffler the late lessee of the ferry on Nassau Island by discount 
out of the rent still due for the said ferry to this Corporation 

ORDERD by this Board tliat the Aldermen & Assistants of the South 
& Dock wards together with Aid™ Corn? Roosevelt & Ab*? Lott or any 
four of them be a committee to view the peer on the west side of the 
Great Dock & report what repairs they conceive are necessary to be 
done to this Board with all convenient speed. 

ORDERD the mayor issue his warrant to the treasurer of 
N? 1830 this City to pay to Corn? Roosevelt Esq'' or order the sum of 
£100 towards carrying on a building now proposed in addi- 
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ORDERD that Ald^ Filkin & Ab™ Lott be appt^ a committee to rege- 
late the Oswego street in such mamier as they shall judge will most 
benefit the publick, taking to their assistance one of the City surveyors, 
& make report thereof with all convenient speed. 



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New York j * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the g^^ 

day of July 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Garrit Rapalie 
Abraham Lott 
Peter Bivanck 
Michael Thody 
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[328] ORDERD the mayor issue his warr* to the treasurer of 
N? 1 83 1 this City to pay to James Mills or order the sum of £30 : 

8 : 3 in full of his acct for victualling sundry felons &c : from 
the 20*^ of March last to the 25^^ of June following as ^ his said ace! 
sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

Resolved & orderd by this Board that the dockage accruing for so 
much of the ground as is appropriated on the west side of the slip 
whereon the ferry stairs is erected be paid by this Board to Francis 
Marschalk the present wharfinger. 

The Common Council taking into consideration the petition of W? 
Brownjohn & sundry others for the grants of water lots so far into the 
East River fronting their respective houses, as the present wharfs on 
the east & west sides do extend did thereupon order that there be 
granted to the said Petitioners, the right this Corporation have to the 
ground pray'd for, not to exceed 175 feet, beyond the present wharf, 
renewing for the use of the publick, a slip on the east & west sides 
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and conditions as shall hereafter be offered by this Board & not other- 
wise & its further orderd that Ald^ Hicks, Aid? Filkin, Aid™ Brewer- 
ton and Aid? Brinckerhoof together with Mess*"? Lott, Thody & Gotier, 
or the major part of them be a committee to confer with, and receive 
such proposals as the said petitioners may have to offer, and that the 
said committee do cause the city surveyor to make a draft or plan of 
the said ground prayed for, together with the said slips, for the appro- 
bation of this Board, and that they report their proceedings to this 
Board with all convenient speed. 

ORDERD the mayor issue his warrt to the treasurer of this 
N? 1832 City to pay to William Mitchel or order the sum of £5 in 
full for a quarters sallary due unto him as publick whipper 
of this City, & ending the 5*? of this instant July 



[329] City of ) «g Att a Common Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Friday the ii*^ 

day of July Anno: DoIiT: 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq^ Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq'' Recorder 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Anthony Rutgers 
Andrew Gotier 



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Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1833 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh, or order the 
sum of £25 (out of the monies Raised by Virtue of an Act 
Entituled an Act for Regulating The Publick Roads in the City and 
County of New York and Collected and paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City) for his Labour and Work done in 
Repairing the said Publick Roads of this City. 

Ordered by this Board that a warrant Issue to the Treas- 
N? 1834 urer of this City to pay to John Cruger Esq?" or order the 
sum of £22 : 2 : 2 for money by him advanced and paid for 
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[33^^] City of ) gg At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York^ * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 2^ 

day of July 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq'' Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq^ Recorder 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Mathew Buyce 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Andrew Gotier 

Ordered that Mi" Recorder, Alderman Hicks, Alderman Brewerton 
and Mess'^f Thody Lott and Gotier, or the major part of them, be a 
Committee to Enquire into the Encroachments made by John Rapalie 
upon the Lands of this Corporation lying Contiguous to his Land at 
Nassau Ferry, and make Report thereof to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 183s of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
sum of Thirty Pounds (out of the monies Raised by Vertue 
of an Act Entituled an Act for Regulating the Publick Roads in the 
City and County of New York, and Collected and Paid into his hands 
by tlie Church wardens of this City) on Account of expences Already 
Accrued in Repairing the said Publick Roads. 

Ordered the like to Adolph Benson or order the sum of 
N? 1836 Fifty pounds (out of the monies Raised by Virtue of an Act, 
Entituled an Act, for Regulating the Publick Roads in the 
City & County of New York and Collected and Paid into his hands 
by the Church wardens of this City) on account of Expences already 
[331] Accrued in Repairing the said Pubhck Roads. 

Ordered the like to Cornelius Roosevelt Esq'' or order 
N? 1837 the sum of £22 : 16 : 6 (out of the monies Raised by Virtue 
of an Act, Entituled an act for Regulating the Publick Roads 
in the City and County of New York, and Collected and Paid into his 
hands by the Church wardens of this City) for the like sum by him 
advanced and paid to sundry Persons for Repairing the said Public 
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Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1838 of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum of 
£363 : 3 : 6 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City and Raised and Collected in Vertue of an 
Act of the Legislature of this Province lately made and Published) in 
full for the Balance of his two Several accounts the one for monies by 
him advanced & paid to sundry watchmen for watching this City from 
the 2i«i of March last past to the 2i^\ of June following, & the other 
is likewise for monies by him advanced & paid as well to sundry lamp- 
men for lighting the City lamps from the 21H of April last to the 2i** 
of this instant July, as for divers quantities of oil and for advance 
money for firewood and candles for the watch house &c, as by his said 
acct Sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

The Common Council being Informed of an Encroachment made 
by Robert Murray on the Slip fronting the Ground he lately Purchased 
of Cornelius P Low and this Board having Viewed the same find the 
[332] Encroachment to be About seven feet. It is thereupon or- 
dered by this Board that the said Robert Murray have Notice to Cause 
the said Encroachment to be removed Immediately and that at the same 
time he be also acquainted that this Board Expects he will freely 
Comply with the Several Covenants and Agreements Contained in the 
Grant Which this Board lately Executed to the said Cornelius P Low 
for the Water Lott there, and its further ordered that the said 
Robert Murray be Served with a Copy of this order 

The Petition of Daniel Gomez of this City mercht was preferred 
to this Board praying a Grant of a Water Lott fronting his house 
and Ground on Rotten Row ; orderd that the said Petition be Referred 
to the Consideration of the Committee Appointed on the 9^^ day of July 
Instant for Receiving proposals from the Petitioners of Rotten Row. 

The Clerk Produced to this Board the Draught of a Law En- 
tituled a Law for Regulating the Publick Slaughter house within the 
City of New York which was read and Approved of and Ordered that 
the same be Published, and the same being Published Accordingly, 
and to Continue and Remain in full force and Virtue for one Year from 
and After the date hereof. 

A Law for Regulating the Publick Slaughter Houses 
WITHIN THE City of New York : 
Be it ordained by the Mayor, Recorder aldermen & assistants of 
the City of New York Convened in Common Council and it is hereby 
Ordained by the Authority of the Same that no Butcher or other per- 
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at the publick Slaughter House, erected on the Ground of Nicholas 
Bayard, under the penalty of ten Shillings for each Offense, and be 
IT FURTHER ORDAINED by the Authority aforesaid, that if any free- 
holder housekeeper or Inhabitant within the outward of the said City 
(after the publication hereof) Shall Suffer any person or persons 
whatsoever to Slaughter any Neat Cattle in his, her or their house, 
bam. Stable, Outhouse, Yard, orchard. Garden, field, or other place 
within the said ward (except for his her or their own proper use) 
every person so Offending Shall forfeit for every Such Neat Cattle so 
Slaughterd, the Sum of twenty Shillings Current money of New 
York, one half of all which fines and penalties to the Informer and the 
other half to the Church wardens of this City, for the use of the poor 
thereof, to be recovered before the mayor. Recorder, and Aldermen of 
the said City or any one of them, And be it also further ordained 
by the Authority aforesaid, that it Shall and may be lawfuU for the 
keeper of the said Publick Slaughter house, to demand. Receive, and 
take from every Butcher Whatsoever for the use of the said Slaughter 
house. Pen, Penfold and the Tackle and furniture thereunto belonging 
the fees, dues, and Duties hereafter mentioned, (that is to Say) the Sum 
of one Shilling Current money of New York for each neat Cattle, kill'd 
Slaughtered and dressed in the said Slaughter House, and the like 
Sum (or the Tongue of Each head of Neat Cattle so Killed Slaugh- 
tered and dressed, by any other Inhabitant of the said City not Excer- 
ciseing the Trade of a Butcher) in full of all dues, Duties and demands 
whatsoever, for Each head of Neat Cattle so Slaughtered as aforesaid ; 
Any 'former Law usage, or Custom of the Corporation to the Contrary 
hereof, in any wise Notwithstanding. 

orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1839 this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum of 
£12 : II : 9 in full of his acci for storing and cleansing the 
Citys Arms &c. as ^ his si acct audited & allowed of by this Board. 

The Clerk of this Board produced the drafts of severall releases 
for the ground from high to low water mark, & of grants for the soil 
200 feet into the East River, from this Corporation to Samuel Farmer, 
Abraham Anthony, Isaac Roosevelt, Abraham Duryee, William 
Bancker, Anthony Rutgers, Mary Barclay, Adrian Bancker Jun'', 
Stephen Crosfield, & Joseph Totten, Leonard Lispinard, Richard 
Bancker, Thomas Moore & John Gifford, which were read & approved 
of, & orderd the same be engrossed & delivered to the abovesaid 
Samuel Farmer & others, on their executing counterparts thereof, to 
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City of ) QQ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 7*? 

day of August 1766. 
Present John Cruger Esq*" Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
John Bogert Jun^ 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
[333] Anthony Rutgers 

Michael Thodey 
Mathew Buyce 
Andrew Gotier 

Mr W? Brownjohn produced to this Board a paper stiled a protest 
against the Corporations appropriating the water lot fronting his lot of 
ground to the use of a slip, which was read, & this Board conceiving 
the same to be an insolent & impertinent paper did thereupon unani- 
mously resolve & order that the same be thrown under the table, & 
the same is thrown under the table accordingly. 

The Petition of sundry freemen, freeholders, & inhabitants of this 
City was preferred to this Board setting forth that they have been 
informed that this Board has directed Robt Murray of this City mer- 
chant to remove such & so great a part of the wharf or peer which he 
hath lately sunk upon tlie ground or soil belonging to this Corporation, 
to the westward of the range prescribed & limited by this Corporation 
in a grant to Cornelius P Low & his assigns & that they were of 
opinion the said encroachment would be more convenient to the pub- 
lick than if the same had not been made, & therefore humbly prayed 
that this Board would permit & suffer the said Rob* Murray to go on 
in building the said peer or wharf, on the same range it was when 
sunk &c: & the said Robt Murray appearing before this Board did 
acknowledge that he was sensible he had made an encroachment of 
7 feet or thereabouts, on the ground & soil of this Corporation to the 
westward of the ground or soil by him purchased from the said Cor- 
nelius P Low, & that the said encroachment was made accidentally & 
not willfully & therefore hoped & prayed that this board would deal 
with him in the premisses, in such favourable manner as they in their 
usual tenderness should judge proper ; whereupon the said petition and 
the concession of the said Rob? Murray being by this Board taken into 
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tion, & ORDERD that the wharf so lately sunk by the said Rob* Murray 
with the said encroachment do remain & continue where it now is and 
that a bevile line be run from the south west corner of the present 
wharf or peer so far into the said [334] East River as the extent of 
his present grant or right gives him, so that the same there terminates 
to a front on the said river of 25 feet only, & that the said Rob^ Murray 
in building and erecting the said peer & docking out in front of his 
water lot do leave a vacancy of 30 feet as well through his own lot as 
that of the peer, & that the same vacancy be made between the present 
wharf & peer, & of that to be built by the said Rob^ Murray, the same to 
be left open for the tides way, for and during so long time as this 
Board shall judge necessary and convenient; & that the said vacancy 
fronting the peer shall be covered with a strong bridge to be made by 
the said RoK Murray for the use of carriages &c: which said resolu- 
tions being mentioned and declared to the said Robt Murray in Common 
Council, he did thereupon agree to & approve of, & desired that his 
consent & approbation might be entered in the minutes of this Board, 
which is hereby entered accordingly. 



City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

lo^l" day of September Anno Dom: 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq'' Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq'' Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

John Bogert Jun'' 

Whitehead Hicks 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Peter Byvanck 

Andrew Gotier 

Mathew Buyce 

Anthony Rutgers 

The Petition of Aaron Bussing & several others inhabitants of 
the Town of Harlem was preferred to this Board and read, setting forth 
that the ground along Harlem River between the north corner of the 
coach house belonging to the estate of Lewis Morris Esq*" deceased to 
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to John Bogert Jun'^ Esq'^ has always been left by the [335] said Town 
as common ground for a landing place for all persons crossing the 
said river between the two stations aforesaid, & that there is no other 
proper place in the said town for a landing; that they have been in- 
formed a petition has been or shortly will be presented to this Board, 
praying for a grant of a water lot into the said Harlem River adjoining 
to the said ground, which if granted would deprive them & all others 
having occasion to pass and repass the said river to and from the said 
town of the benefit of the said Common landing, & therefore humbly 
prayed that this board would not gprant the prayer of the said petition, 
until they have been heard by their counsel on the subject matter there- 
of. This Board taking into Consideration the said petition thereupon 
ORDERD that the petitioners by their Counsel have a hearing at the next 
Common Council to be held Monday the 22? of September instant, & 
that the said petitioners be served with a copy of this order. 

The Committee appointed Wednesday the 2^ of July last to view 
the farm of John Bogert Jun'' Esq'" made their report in the words fol- 
lowing (viz*) City of New York SS. We the Committee appointed 
by this Board, Wednesday the 2? of July 1766 to view the farm of 
Alderman John Bogert Jun'r in the Township of Harlem in the Out 
ward of this City binding upon Harlem in the East River opposite M'' 
Lewis Morris's land & St George Talbot's Island, we have this day ac- 
cordingly viewed the Same, & do in obedience to said appointment re- 
port that we are of opinion he may have the soil under the water from 
high to Low water mark begining 30 links to the North east of his 
dwelling house, there and so extending south or south west to the end 
of his land according to a plan thereof made by M^ Francis Marschalk 
one of our City surveyors, always reserving a right to this Corporation 
to build a wharf of the breadth of 20 feet for a publick street at the 
extent of low water mark if it shall ever be wanted for the use of this 
Corporation ; we are also of opinion that he may have the soil from high 
to low water mark as far to the north of his house as his [336] Land 
extends there binding upon the said River. Which is nevertheless 
humbly submitted to this Board by your humble Servants, Geo. Brew- 
erton, Cornelius Roosevelt, Mathew Buyce, Abraham P. Lott. New 
York July i6*!» 1766. 

Ordered the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1840 of this City to pay to Cornelius Roosevelt Esq?" or order the 
sum of One hundred and fifty pounds towards carrying on 
a building in addition to the poor house. 



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Ordered the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1841 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door 
keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the first instant. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N9 1842 of this City to pay to John Barwick or order the Sum of 
£11 : 12 : 3 in full of his acct for Carting One hundred and 
Eighty loads of Sand and nineteen Loads of stone in Broad Street. 

Ordered the like to Abraham Van Duersen or order the 
N? 1843 Sum of two pounds ten Shillings in full of his account for 
Sixty tb of Candles had, to the use of this Corporation. 

Ordered the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 1844 Sum of thirty pounds, six Shillings, in full of his account 
for Attending the fire Engines &c : as per his said Account 
Sworn to, and Allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1845 of "this City to pay to Davis Hunt or order the Sum of 
£35 : II : 5 in full of his account for work done at the New 
Goal as by his said Account Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 



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[337] City of ^ «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

day of September Anno DoifT 1766. 



New York f ' Hall of the said City on Monday the 22? 



Present John Cruger Esq'' Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Garrit Rapalie 
Mathew Buyce 
Anthony Rutgers 
Peter Bivanck 
Andrew Gotier 



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Ordered that M^ Mayor Issue his warrant to the treas- 
N? 1846 urer of this City to pay to M^ Luke Roome or order the Sum 
of £47 : 10 for so much money by him advanced and paid to 
Cornelius Moring and Thomas Teer for taking one hundred Scow 
Loads of Mud out of the fly Slip and for Scow hire, as p'' their said 
acci Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

This being the day appointed by this Board for a hearing upon the 
petition of Aaron Bussing and Sundry others, inhabitants of the Town 
of Harlem against the Application of John Bogert [Jr.] Esq'' for the 
g^ant of a water Lott in Harlem river, adjoining his Ground there: The 
said petitioners appeared by their Counsel and Offered Sundry Affi- 
davits, reasons and Authorities to shew why the Same ought not to be 
Granted by this Board to the Said John Bogert [Jr.] ; Whereupon 
this Board did order that the said John Bogert [Jr.] have time to 
answer the Said Several affidavits, reasons and Authoritys so offered 
by the said Aaron Bussing untill the tenth day of October next, which 
said day is hereby appointed for that purpose accordingly. 



[338] City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

25*^ day of September 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq^ Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esqf Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Whitehead Hicks 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirick Brinckerhoflf 

Michael Thody 

Garrit Rapalie 

Abraham Lott 

Mathew Buyce 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 



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Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the treasurer 

N? 1847 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 

Sum of twenty five pounds (out of the monies raised by 

Virtue of an act Entituled an act for regulating the publick roads in 



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the City & G)unty of New York and Collected and paid into his hands 
by the Church wardens of this City) on account of his labour & work 
done in repairing the said publick roads of this City. 

Ordered the like to Rynier Knox or order the Sum of 
N? 1848 twenty pounds Sixteen Shillings for carting of paving sand 
by order of the Committee for Beaver Street, as ^ his said 
Account Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Mr Abraham P: Lott or order the 
N? 1849 sum of Nine pounds, five shillings and two pence in full of 
his account for monies by him expended for this Corporation 
on the ferry house at Nassau Ferry. 

Three Several petitions, of the Same Nature were preferred to this 
Board, Subscribed by a number of freeholders and Inhabitants of this 
City, and read, praying that this Board would reserve, out of the 
Grants of the water lots intended to be made to the proprietors of Rot- 
ten Row, a part thereof, for the erecting hereafter an Exchange, Mar- 
ket house or publick building &c: Whereupon this Board ordered 
the Consideration thereof be had at the next Common Council which is 
agreed to be held on Thursday next, and hereby ordered [339] 
Accordingly. 

The petition of Peter Fresneau was preferred to this Board and 
read praying that his Name may be inserted in the grant of the 
Soil under water fronting Rotton Row. The Consideration of which is 
ORDERED as above. 

The Remonstrance and Petition of Sundry freeholders freemen 
and Others traders in this City, was again read, praying that this 
Board would be fovourably pleased to erect. Build and run out a good. 
Strong and Substantial Dock wharf or pier of two hundred feet to be 
joined to the South end of the present Citys pier, ranging with the 
South west Side thereof or in such other manner as this Board Should 
judge proper was this day taken into Consideration ; When Alderman 
Brinckerhoof proposed to this Corporation that if they would advance 
the sum of one thousand pounds for extending the said Citys peer two 
hundred feet farther into the said East River that in such case he 
would thereupon immediately pay into the hands of the Corporation 
the Sum of three hundred and fifty pounds being five years interest 
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said wharf or pier was made and finished he would then Allow and pay 
the Corporation for the dockage or wharfage of the said additional 
peer the sum of One hundred pounds yearly and every year for the 
first five years thence ensueing ; which proposal & offer this Board ap- 
proved of and agreed to, and thereupon orderd that Alderman Filkin 
& Alderman Brinckerhoof together with their Assistants Mess""? Thody 
and Gotier or any three of them be a Committee to agree with proper 
workmen, and to provide the Necessary materials for Carrying on, 
extending and Compleating the said peer, in a Good and workman 
like manner ; so that in the doing thereof, the Sum they Expend therein 
do not exceed or amount to more than one thousand pounds. 



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City 
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Att a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Monday the 29*^ 
of September (being the Feast of S$ 
Michael the Archangel) Anno Doin: 1766. 



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Present. John Cruger Flsq'' Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq'^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

John Bogert [Jr.] 

Whitehead Hicks 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Dirck BrinckerhofF 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Garrit Rapalie 

Abraham Lott 

Peter Byvanck 

Michael Thody 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 

Mathew Buyce 

Conformable to his Majesty's Royal Charter granted to the Mayor, 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York for Electing this 
day one Alderman, one Assistant, two Assessors, one Collector, and two 
Constables in the six wards on the South side of the fresh water and 
one Alderman, one Assistant, four Assessors, two Collectors, and four 
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Constables for the Out ward of the said City to Serve in the respective 
Offices for the year Ensuing 

The Respective Aldermen of Each Respective ward made Return 
this day into the Office of Town Clerk under their hands the Several 
persons to serve in the several Offices afores? Vizt 

Whitehead Hicks Alderman 

Jacob Brewerton Assistant 

Hugh Wallace 

Edward Nicholl 

William Elsworth 

George Marschalk 

John Farrell 

[341] Nicholas Roosevelt Alderman 

Gilbert Forbush 

Gilbert Forbush 

Leonard Kip 



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Collector 

(Constables 

Assistant 
I Assessors 



Eastward. 



Peter Kirby 
Rinier Skaats 
Justus Rodgers 
George Brewerton 
Anthony Rutgers 
Benjamin Hugget & 
John Forbes 
Anthony Ackerly 
Anthony Ackerly ft 
Samuel Crosby 
Francis Filkin 
Michael Thody 
Jacob Roome 
John Lasher 
Frederick Lasher 
Isaac Moses 
Frederick Lasher 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Andrew Gotier 
John Lansing & 
Garrit Abeel 
James Creighton 
Manus Burger & 
Moses Taylor 



Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 



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Assessors 



\ 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

( Assessors 

Collector 

( Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 



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Benjamin Blagg 
Robert Benson 
Samuel Dodge & 
Jacob Duryee 
Amos Dodge 
Amout Cannon & 
Thomas Carmer 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Mathew Buyce 
Obediah Wells & 
Gerrardus Hardenbrook 
John Stout 
John Brezell & 
Samuel Wall 
i^/j2| Adolph Benson 
William Naugle 
Henry Van Breme 
John Duyckman Jun*" 
Henry Van Breme 



Alderman 
Assistant 

> Assessors 

Collector 



Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

Assessors 

Collector 

Constables 



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Out ward 

Bowry division. 



I ►Assessors 

Collector ^Harlem D? 

(Constables 

Alderman Brewerton and Mess*"? Thody and Gotier being ap- 
pointed by this Board to wait on Isaac Depeyster Esq^ the present 
Chamberlain and inform him, that previous to his appointment of 
Chamberlain for the ensuing year, this Board were desirous to know 
if he would make good the engagement they have made to John 
Depeyster Jun'' for assisting him to Collect in the Revenue of this 
Corporation who returned for answer that if the Corporation thought 
proper to charge him with any expence that might accrue from this 
day he Should have no objection to it, and left the matter entirely 
with the corporation to do as they should judge proper, upon which 
this Board resolved that the said Isaac Depeyster Esq'^ be Treasurer 
or Chamberlain of the said City, and he is hereby elected and appointed 
Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation for the year ensuing 
he giving such security as the law directs. 

Resolved and Ordered by this Board that Amos Dodge be ap- 
pointed, and he is hereby accordingly appointed high Constable for the 
City and County of New York for the year ensuing or untill some 
other fit person be appointed and Sworn in his room. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1850 of this City to pay to John Bogert Jun^ Esq^ or order the 
Sum of Sixty pounds in full for a years interest of One 
thousand pounds due the 26*!* day of September instant. 



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Nicholas Roosevelt Esq'^ being returned elected an Alderman for 
the west ward of this City for the year ensuing, Whereupon at the 
request of Abraham Lott a Candidate for an Alderman of the said 
ward to have a Scrutiny upon the election this day had. It is orderd 
by this Board that he have one accordingly. And at the Same time 
Gilbert Forbush was returned elected an Assistant for the said West 
ward for the year ensuing and at the request [343] of William Gilbert 
a Candidate for an Assistant of said ward to have a Scrutiny upon the 
Election this day had; It is ordered by this Board that he have one 
accordingly and also at the same time the Alderman of the Outward 
returned John Stout Elected Collector for the Bowery division in the 
said Ward for the year ensuing. Whereupon at the request of 
Gerrardus Hardenbrook a Candidate for a Collector of the said Di- 
vision to have a Scrutiny upon the Election this day had. It is also 
ORDERED by this Board that he have one accordingly, and that the said 
three Scrutinys be made on the said Elections in the presence of 
Alderman Filkin, Alderman Brewerton and Alderman Brinckerhoof, 
and Mess^ Thodey & Gotier or the major part of them who are hereby 
appointed a Committee for said purpose. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 185 1 of this City to pay to Thomas Brown or order the Sum of 

twenty seven pounds in full of his account for work done 

for this Corporation to the City as a Stone Cutter as p'' his said Account 

sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 



City of ] ^^ AiT a Common Council held at the City 



NewYorkC Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

Second day of October Anno Dom: 1766. 

Present. John Cruger Esq'' Mayor & 

Simon Johnson Esq'^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Whitehead Hicks 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Derick Brinckerhoff 

Peter Bivanck 

Garrit Rapalie 

Michael Thody 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 



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[344] The Petition of Henry Cuyler, Abraham De Peyster and sun- 
dry others for the grants of the soil fronting their several houses 
and lotts of Ground on Bumets Quay the whole breadth thereof, two 
hundred feet into the East River from the present wharf or Street under 
Such Reasonable Rents, Reservations and Conditions as this Board 
should Judge proper &c. Whereupon Its orderd by this Board that the 
consideration thereof be deferred to Some future Com? Councill. 

The Petition of James De Lancey for the grant of the Soil front- 
ing his Ground in the outward of this City the whole breadth thereof 
from the North side of the Ground belonging to Hendrick Rutgers as 
farr as the North Side of Corlaer's Hook, to Extend from his said 
Ground into the said East River, 200 feet beyond Low water mark 
upon such reasonable rents, reservations and Conditions as this Board 
Should Judge proper. Whereupon It's orderd by this Board that the 
Consideration thereof be deferred to Some future Com? Councill. 

The Petition of Josias Smith, Lawrence Burrows, Cornelius Wyn- 
koop and William Jackson was read praying a grant to them of Such 
parts of the Soil under water fronting Rotten Row, as shall appear to 
be their Several Rights ; and that if any doubt concerning their Right 
in the premisses Should arise, they severally desire to be heard by their 
Council in Support of the same. Whereupon Its orderd by this Board 
on taking the same into Consideration that the said petitioners have a 
hearing either by themselves or their Council on the Subject Matter of 
their petition at the next Common Council to be held on Wednesday the 
&^ day of this Instant October at two oClock in the afternoon, and that 
the late, as well as the former petitioners have notice thereof. 

The Petition of Henry Carmer of the City of New York Joiner 
was read praying a Grant of the Soil under water fronting Rotten 
[345] Row opposite to the dwelling house in the possession of Rinier 
Skaats ; and that if any doubt Concerning his right in the Same Should 
arise he desires to be heard by his Council in Support of the Same: 
this Board taking into Consideration the Said Petition thereupon 
ordered that the said Petitioner by his Council have a hearing on the 
Subject matter of his petition at the Next Common Council to be held 
on Wednesday the Eighth day of this instant October at two O'Clock 
in the afternoon and that the late as well as the former Petitioners 
have Notice thereof. 



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The Petition of Peter Fresneau preferred the 25*^ of Septem- 
ber last, praying a Grant of the soil under water fronting Rotten 
Row, opposite the house in the possession of Jacob Sarly was this day 
taken into consideration by this Board, who thereupon orderd that 
the said Petitioner by his Council have a hearing on tlie Subject mat- 
ter of his petition at the next Common Council to be held on Wednes- 
day the 8*? day of this Instant October at two oClock in the afternoon 
and that the late as well as the former petitioners have notice thereof. 

The Committee appointed by this Board to Conferr with and re- 
ceive proposals from the proprietors of the Lands Adjoining to the 
wharf Commonly Called Hunters Key or Rotten Row made their re- 
port thereon in the words following (Viz!) Wee the Subscribers the 
major part of the Committee appointed by the Common Council to 
conferr with and receive proposals from the proprietors of the lands 
adjoining to the wharf commonly called Hunters Key or Rotten Row 
having met and Conferred with Mess^? Nicholas Gouverneur, James 
Jauncey, William Walton Jun'' Theophilact Bache and Joseph Hallet 
as a Committee of the proprietors of the Lands Adjoining the said 
Hunters Key or Rotten Row do report the proposals and Offers made 
by them the said Committee for the proprietors of Lands adjoining 
Hunters Key, which were as follows. First. That the proprietors will 
pay an annual quit rent of five Shillings ^ foot for ever for the Soil 
prayed [346] for as far into the river as the Wharfs of M^ Cruger on 
the west and the wharf of M^ Murray on the East side of the soil 
prayed for. Or Secondly that they will give three pounds ^ foot 
Cash down on making the grant for the said Soil, and an Annual quit 
rent of Eighteen pence ^ foot for ever afterwards provided that the 
wharfage of the wharfs they shall build be and remain to them and 
their heirs and Assigns for ever. Which is Nevertheless humbly sub- 
mitted by, Whitehead Hicks, Geo: Brewerton, Dirick Brinckerhoof, 
Andy Gautier, Mich! Thody. orderd that the Same remain to be 
considered of by some future Common Council, as several petitions 
have been preferred against the subject matter thereof. 



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City of ) gg At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York] * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

S'h d^y Qf October 1766. 

Present John Cruger Esq^ Mayor 

Simon Johnson Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
John Bogert Jun^ 
Whitehead Hicks 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Abraham P Lott 
Michael Thody 
Andrew Gotier 
Peter Bivanck 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1852 of this City to pay to M'' John Brower or order the sum of 
£19 : 15 : 8 in full of his acct for work done for this Corpo- 
ration as p'^ his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Richard Pettit or order the sum of 
N? 1853 £21 113:6 for paving fronting the City Hall, as p^ his said 
acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Rinier Skaats or order the Sum of 
N9 1854 one pound four Shillings and three pence in full of his ac- 
count for horse hire, loss of time & expences in Transport- 
ing John Lever to the West Chester Goal by order of the Majestrates, 
as p'' his said [347] Account Audited by this Board and allowed of 

orderd the like to W? Mitchel or order the sum of £5 

N? 185 s in full for a quarters Sallary due unto him as publick 

whipper of this City and ending the 5^1* of this Inst October. 

Ordered that the Clerk prepare a Bond from this Corporation to 
Elizabeth Crook of the City of New York Spinster, in the penalty of 
£600 Conditioned for the payment of £300 on or before the 8^1* day of 
October next with interest for the same at the rate of Six per cent p^ 
Annum, and that he annex the Seal of this Corporation thereto to be 
signed by the mayor & Countersigned by the said Clerk. 

Ordered the like to Richard Waldron of the said City Merchi for 
£700 payable as above with the like Interest &c : 

The above two bonds are given in order to Discharge a bond which 
this board gave to Henry Cuyler of Albany the 20*t of September 
1765 for £1000. 

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City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkf ' Hall of the Said City on Tuesday the four- 

teenth day of October 1766. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Simon Johnson Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoff 
Michael Thodey 
Anthony Rutgers 
Andrew Gotier 
Matthew Buyce 

His Excellency Sir Henry Moore Barronet, Governour & Com- 
mander in Chief in and over the province of New York and the Terri- 
tories depending thereon in America, at Albany on the 29*? of Septem- 
ber Last, by and with the advice of his Majesties Councill, was pleased 
to I ppoint the following persons officers for the City and County of 
New York, for the year ensuing, Vizt Whitehead Hicks Esq*^ [348] to 
be Mayor, Water Bailiff & Clerk of the Markets of the City & County 
of New York, John Roberts Esq'" to be high Sheriff and Thomas 
Shrieve Gentleman to be Corroner of the City and County of New York, 
and this day M^ Mayor attended by M^ Recorder the Aldermen and 
Assistants aforesaid, high Sheriff, Town Clerk, high Constable petty 
Constables and other Officers of this Corporation, between the hours 
of Ten & Eleven oClock at the City Hall, went in their formalities 
from thence to Fort George in the said City and there waited on his 
said Excellency Sir Henry Moore Baronet: The oaths appointed by 
act of parliament to be taken instead of the oaths of allegiance and 
Supremacy, the Test and Abjuration oath in the presence of, and by 
order of his said Excellency were administred unto the said Whitehead 
Hicks EsqT as Mayor, Water Bailiff & Qerk of the Markets of this 
City of New York, as also one of his Majesty's Justices of the peace 
for the City & County of New York and also the usual oaths of Office 
New York, and Justice of the peace in the presence of the severall 
members of this Court, before mentioned; Whereupon the mayor at- 
tended as aforesaid went to the City Hall, where after the Ringing of 
three Bells and proclamation made for Silence, the Commission for 
Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the Markets and the Commissions of 
the high Sheriff and Corroner were published, and then the Court re- 
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turned to the Common Councill Chamber, where the said Whitehead 
Hicks Esq^ was placed in the Chair, and then the said Whitehead 
Hicks Esq^ as mayor of this Corporation administred the oaths afore- 
Allegiance and Supremacy, the Test & abjuration oath, and the usual 
oaths for the due Execution of their Respective offices unto the Re- 
spective Majestrates and officers following Vizt 

Francis Filkin 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirick Brinckerhoff 

Benjamin Blagg 

Michael Thody 

Anthony Rutgers 

Mathew Buyce 

Andrew Gotier 
[349] Jacob Brewington 

Robert Benson 

Gilbert Forbush 

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high Sheriff of the City & County of New 

York. 
Corroner of the City & County of New 

York. 
high Constable. 
Petty Constables 



George Marschalk 
John Farrill 
Rinier Skaats 

Anthony Ackerly 
Samuel Crosby 
Frederick Lasher 

Manus Burger 
Moses Taylor 
Arnout Cannon 
Thomas Carmer 
John Brazell 
Samuel Wall 
Henry Van Breme 



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West ward 
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Southward 
Dockward 
Montg. Ward 
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Order'd by this Board that the Alderman of the west ward, Cause 
a New Election of an Assessor for the west ward in the room of 
Gilbert Forbush who was returned an Assistant for said ward, and that 
the said Alderman also Cause a New Election of a Constable for the 
said ward in the room of Justus Rodgers who was returned a Constable 
for said ward and is neither a freeman nor freeholder, and that the said 
election be on Monday next at nine oClock in the forenoon. 

Whereas his Excellency Sir Henry Moore Barronet, with the advice 
of his Majestys Councill for this province, did on the 29*^ day of 
September Last in the City of Albany appoint Whitehead Hicks Esq*" to 
be Mayor, Water Bailiff & Clerk of the Markets of this City, for the 
year thence ensuing ; and whereas the said Whitehead Hicks was also 
on that day returned duly Elected by the freemen and freeholders of the 
said East ward, of this City, an Alderman for the said ward for the 
year ensuing and whereas the appointment of the said Whitehead 
Hicks to the Office of Mayoralty of this City hath Superceded him in 
the Office of an Alderman of the said East ward, This Board [350] 
Therefore Conceiving it Necessary that the said vacancy be Supplied 
with some other in his Room hereby orderd that there be an Election of 
an Alderman for the said ward in the room of the said Whitehead 
Hicks on Monday next at ten oQock in the forenoon, and that the 
Election be held at the Dwelling House of the said Mayor. 

Ordered that there be a New Election of a Constable for the 
South ward in the room of Isaac Moses, who is neither a freeman nor 
freeholder; and that the Alderman of the said ward cause the said 
Election to be held on friday the twenty fourth of October Instant at 
Ten oClock in the forenoon. 

Ordered by this Board that Such of the Aldermen and Common 
Councill men which Succeeded those of Last year be, and they are 
hereby appointed to all Such Committees as these were appointed to. 



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City of 1 «^ At a Common Council! held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

22^ day of October Anno DoHT 1766. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin ^ 

Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Elias Desbrosses 
Anthony Rutgers 
Michael Thody 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbush 

Ordered the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1856 of this City to pay to Andrew Breasted or order the Sum of 
fifty pounds on account of work done to the City Hall. 

Ordered the like to Stephen Terhune or order the Sum 
N? 1857 of £8 : 2 : 7 in full of his Account for painting and glazing 
the Alms House and other w^ork done for this Corporation 
as p'' his said acct Sworn to and allowed of. 

Ordered the like to Richard Pettit or order the sum of 
N? 1858 £2y : 14 : 3, in full of his account for work done at Nassau 
ferry as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this 
Board. 

[351] Ordered the Mayor issue his warrant to the treas- 
N? 1859 urer of this City to pay to Cornelius Roosevelt Esq'* or order 
the sum of £100 towards building the Alms House. 

Ordered the like to Michael Thody or order the Sum of 

N? i860 £8 to be by him" applied towards the Expence of Sinking a 

well in the west End of Beaver Street 

Ordered that M^ Brewington Do Cause fifty Scow loads of mud and 

filth to be taken out of Burlings Slip at the expence of this Corporation. 

M* Mayor made a return to this Board that pursuant to their order 

of the I4*l» of October Instant Causing him to have a new Election 

of an Alderman for the East ward in his Room and Stead, he having 

been appointed and Sworn in mayor of this City, and therefore Could 

not Serve as Alderman for the said ward, Elias Desbrosses Esq^ was 

Elected by y^ plurality of Voices or Votes of the freemen of the said 

City, being Inhabitants and freeholders of the said ward, Alderman 

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for the same. The said Elias Desbrosses appearing, by order of this 
Board took the oaths appointed by act of parliament to be taken in- 
stead of the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, The Test and Abjura- 
tion oath, and also the usual oath of a Justice of the peace for the due 
Execution of his office, and took his Seat accordingly. 

Alderman Nicholas Roosevelt made a Return to this Board that 
(pursuant to an order of this Board of the 14*? of October Instant) 
he had Caused a New Election of an Assessor for the west ward 
in the room of Gilbert Forbes who was Returned duly Elected an 
Assistant for the Said ward on the 29*^ of September last, and that 
Abraham Bussing was duly elected an Assessor for said Ward in his 
Stead; and at the same time the said Alderman also returned that 
he Caused an Election of a Constable for the said ward in the room of 
Justus Rodgers who was returned a Constable for the said ward and 
being Neither a freeman nor freeholder and that Falkenar Valleau was 
duly Elected a Constable for said ward in his Room. The said Falkenar 
Valleau appearing was Qualified accordingly. 

[352] Isaac Moses Cordwalner admitted and Sworn a freeman of this 
Corporation and orderd to be registred. 

Ordered by this Board that Alderman Desbrosses be appointed to 
all Such Committees, as those to which the Mayor was appointed to. 

City of ) ^« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York| * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 30*? 

day of October Anno Dom 1766. 
Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 

Ordered by this Board that the assize of Bread be till further order, 
flour at 17/6 ^ Cent. 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh :i^ I2^« for 4 Coppers 

D? of D9 to weigh 1354 for 2 Coppers 

AND further ordered that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City, than according to the above assize (hard bisquets only ex- 
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cepted) and that all bakers within the Same, take Notice thereof, and 
Govern themselves accordingly. 

Alderman Filkin reported that pursuant to an order of this Board 
he had Caused a New Election of a Constable for the South ward and 
that Samuel Moses was Duly Elected a Constable for the said ward 
on the 24*^ of October Instant he the said Samuel Moses having been 
elected a Constable for the Said ward on the 29*^ of September last, 
and was then neither a freeman nor freeholder, but hath Since to witt 
the 22? day of this Instant October taken up his freedom, and was this 
day Sworn to Execute the [353] said office accordingly. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1861 this City to pay to M^ Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the Sum 
of £434 : 6 : 7J^ (out of the monies paid into his hands by 
the Church wardens of this City, and raised and Collected in Virtue 
of an act of the legislature of this province lately made and pub- 
lished) for the ballance of his two several accounts, the one for monies 
by him advanced and paid to sundry watchmen for watching this City 
from the 22? of June last past to the 22? of September following, and 
the other is likewise for monies by him advanced and paid as well to 
Sundry lamp men for lighting the Citys lamps from the 21^1 of July 
last past to the 2i«*. of October instant, as for divers quantities of Lamp 
Oil and sundry sums by him laid out in mending and repairing the said 
publick Lamps, and for fire wood and Candles found for the watch 
house and lamp lighters as p'' his said acct, sworn to and allowed of by 
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Hall of the said City on Monday the 10^ 
day of November 1766. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Elias Des Brosses 

Benjamin Blagg 

Michael Thody 

Anthony Rutgers 

Jacob Brewerton 

Andrew Gotier 

Gilbert Forbes 

Robert Benson 



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Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1862 of this City to pay to M^ John Van Der Spiegle or order 

the Sum of £138 : i : 10 in full for the Interest of his four 

Several Bonds from this Corporation to him to the 24^1* of August last. 

[354] Ordered that the Clerk of this Board prepare a Bond from this 
Corporation to the said John Van Der Spiegle in the penalty of £3340 
Conditioned on the payment of £1670 on or before the lo^^ of Novem- 
ber next with interest for the same at the rate of Six p'' cent from the 
24*? of August last, and that the said Clerk Annex the seal of this Cor- 
poration to the same to be signed by the said Mayor and Countersigned 
by the Clerk, and that the same be delivered to the said John Van Der 
Spiegle on his Cancelling and delivering up the abovesaid four bonds 
from this Corporation to him, and not otherwise. 

Whereas many frauds have been, and are daily Committed in the 
sale of firewood, for want of an equal and just manner of Measuring 
the same wherefore in order to prevent which. It is hereby ordered 
that the Aldermen and Common Council men of the South, Dock and 
East wards or the major part of them be a Committee to prepare the 
draft of a Bill for Regulating the Sale of firewood brought into this 
City, and preferr the Same to this board with all Convenient Speed for 
their approbation. 

Ordered that the Aldermen and Common Councill men of the 
North, Montgomery and Dock wards or the major part of them be a 
Committee, to Consider of the plan of a Bridewell, and make an esti- 
mate of the expence thereof, and report the Same to the next Common 
Council or as Soon after as they Conveniently can. 

Be it ordained by the mayor. Aldermen and Assistants of the City 
of New York, Convened in Common Council, and it is hereby ordained 
by the Authority of the Same that all the Laws, orders, and Ordi- 
nances of this Corporation which on the ii*t day of November last past 
were made, ordained, renewed. Established & published be renewed and 
Continued, and remain in full force & Virtue for one year from and 
after the date hereof. Vizt the 29 Laws foil? 

A Law for the due observation of the Lords day, Called Sunday. 

a Law to prevent Strangers from being a Charge to this Corpora- 
tion 

A Law to appoint Sworn Surveyors of this City. 

A Law for the better preventing of fires. 

A Law for the marking of bread. 



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[355] A Law prohibiting the Sale of Meal and flour by measure and 
for appointing proper places for the Sale of Meal flour Com and grain 

A Law for regulating Negroes, MuUattoes and Other slaves 

A Law for regulating Carts & Carmen 

A Law to regulate the Ofiice of Guagers of liquors, packers of beef 
and pork and Cullers of Staves, heading & hoops. 

A Law relating to making of freemen 

A Law for regulating the lying of Vessells in the great Dock and 
Slips of this City and Ascertaining the rates to be paid for the same, 
and for preserving the bridge and Common Sewer of the Same great 
Dock. 

A Law for preserving the Commons & the fish in fresh water 
pond. 

A Law for regulating and Establishing fees for the inviters to fun- 
erals 

A Law for paving and Cleansing the Streets, lanes and alleys with- 
in the City of New York and for preventing Nusances within the Same. 

A Law prohibiting Hawkers & Pedlars 

A Law for preventing frauds in firewood 

A Law for marking of butter 

A Law for regulating fences 

A Law for regulating of midwives within the City of New York 

A Law for regulating the office of Treasurer or Chamberlain of the 
City of New York 

A Law for the better Securing of the City of New York from the 
danger of Gun pow[d]er. 

A Law declaring to what uses the Seal of this Corporation, the 
Seal of the Mayors Court, and the Seal of the Mayoralty, of this City 
Shall be put imto. 

A Law for regulating the publick Markets within the City of New 
York and for preventing the forestalling of provisions Coming to the 
Same. 

A Law to prevent the Selling or giving of unripe fruit and Oysters 
within the City of New York. 

A Law to restrain and prohibit the giving or Selling of Strong 
Liquors to any of the private Centinels of his Majesty's Garrison in the 
City of New York 
[356] A Law to prevent Raffling within the City of New York. 

A Law to Ascertain the Size of Apple Barrels and the weight of 
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A Law prohibiting the Sale of hay by Measure. 
A Law to prevent frauds and uncertainties in the Sale of firewood 
Commonly Called Cord wood within this City. 



City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYorkj * Hall of the said City on Monday the 17*? 

day of November Anno Dom 1766 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Simon Johnson Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Geo: Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt ^Esq*^ Aldermen 

Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Elias Des Brosses 
Berjamin Blagg 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Mathew Buyce 

Andrew Grotier ^Assistants 

Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1863 this City to pay to Miss Mary Burck or order the sum of 
£30 in full for a years interest of £500 due unto her and 
ending the 19*^ of September last past. 

Ordered the like to M*"? Ann Crook and others Executors 
N? 1864 of Charles Crook deceased or order the Sum of £30 in full 
for a years interest of £500 due unto them and ending the 
19*^ of September last past. 

Ordered the like to M^ Gilbert Forbes or order the Sum 
N? 1865 of £8 the Same to be by him laid out towards Sinking a well 

in the Broadway opposite to Battow[?] Street. 

[357] Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1866 urer of this City to pay to James Mills or order the Sum of 

^54 * 13 • 3 ^^ full ^f his account for Victualling sundry 
Criminals from the 25*^ of June last to the 15*? of this instant Novem- 
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Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1867 this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this Board or order the sum of Six pounds being 
the usual yearly allowance made him by this Board for Extraordinary 
Services, and this Board being Sensible of his having done more than 
the usual Extraordinary services the last year do also order that the 
Treasurer pay him the further Sum of forty Shillings. 



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New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

2^^^ day of November 1766. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Elias Desbrosses 
Benjamin Blagg 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 

Jacob Brewerton ^Assistants 

Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the treasurer of 
N? 1868 this City to pay to Cornelius Roosevelt Esqf or order the 
sum of £125 towards building the Alms House. 

Ordered by this Board that the assize of bread be till further order 
flour at 20/6 p^ O. 

A White Lx>af of the finest flour to weigh i*^ : 9<^« for 4 Coppers 

D? of D9 to weigh I2®« for 2 Coppers 

[358] and further ordered that no other bread be made for Sale with- 
in this City then according to the above Assize (hard bisquits only 
excepted) and that all bakers within the Same take Notice thereof and 
Govern themselves accordingly. 

Ordered the mayor issue his \yarrant to the Treasurer of 

N9 1869 this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the Sum- 

of £20 : 2 : 6 (out of the monies raised by virtue of an act 

entituled an Act for regulating the publick roads in the City & Coimty 

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of New York, and Collected and paid into his hands by the Church 
wardens of this City) in full of his account for work done in repairing 
the said Publick roads as ^ his said account, Sworn to and allowed 
of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Adolph Benson or order the Sum of 
N? 1870 £38 : 16 : 3 (out of the monies raised by virtue of an act 
entituled an Act for regulating the publick roads in the City 
and County of New York and Collected and paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City) in full of his account for work done in 
repairing the Said publick roads as ^ his said account Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board. 

ORDERD the like to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
N? 1871 keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the i^l of De- 
cember next. 

The Committee appointed to prepare the Draft of a Bill to ascer- 
tain the size of Carts and regulate the Sale of fire wood in the City of 
New York produced to this Board a bill accordingly; and the Same 
being read and approved of by this Board. It was thereupon ordered 
that the same be published, and the same is published Accordingly in 
the presence of the Several members of this Board. 



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City of ^ ^„ At a Common Councill held at the City 

day of December 1766. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt . rs am 

Dirick Brinckerhoof ( ^ * 

Benjamin Blagg 
[359] Michael Thody 

Andrew Gautier 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 

Ordered by this Board that Mess*"? Thody & Gautier be desired 
to procure on Loan for this Corporation the Sum of £400. 



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Upon application of Alexander M?Coy and William Turner to 
this Board, to be appointed publick Measurers of this City, This Board 
taking the Same into Consideration thereupon orderd that they be 
appointed to the said Office Accordingly, first taking the usual oath for 
the due execution of the Same. 



City of 7 gg At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYorkj ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

7'? day of Jan'? 1767. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbush 
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Ordered by this Board, that the Assize of Bread be till further 
order flour at 19/3 p'" O 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh 1"^ io°* for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? toweigh 12 for2 D? 

And further ordered that no Other bread be made for sale with- 
in this City, than According to the above Assize (hard bisquets Only 
excepted) and that all Bakers within the Same take Notice thereof, and 
make their bread Accordingly 

[360] Ordered by this Board that the Sum of £300 be raised together 
with the minister & poor Tax for repairing and amending the publick 
roads within the City & County of New York for the ensuing year. 

Ordered that Alderman Brewerton, Alderman Brinckerhoof, Al- 
derman Blagg and Alderman Desbrosses, together with Mess*? Rut- 
gers, Thody & Forbes or any five of them be a Committee to audit the 
publick accounts of this Corporation. 

The Petition of the Governors of the College of the province of 
New York, in the City of New York in America was preferred to this 
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fronting their Ground in the west ward of this City &c. orderd that 
the Same be taken into Consideration by this Board at the next Com- 
mon Councill 

The Petition of Michael Thody of the said City Gent, was pre- 
ferred to this Board, Setting forth, that he hath Lately purchased 
Severall Lots of Ground with the buildings thereon near the New Goal 
which this Corporation hath Leased to Sundry persons for the Term of 
21 years, and known by Lots Number ii: 12: & 13: Since which he 
hath been to a Considerable Expence in Repairing and Amending the 
Same, and therefore prayed that this Board would take the Same into 
their Consideration, and Lengthen the Said Severall Leases, Subject 
to the Rent, now given &c. orderd the Same be taken into Considera- 
tion by this Board at the next Common Councill. 

Whereas it appears to this Board that very large Sums of money 
are due and in arrear to this Corporation from a Number of persons 
for rents reserved, on grants (& Otherwise) which have from time 
to time [been] Issued to them. It is therefore orderd that publick 
Notice be given by publishing this order in the Severall News papers of 
this City, that unless Such arrears of Rent be paid to the Chamberlain 
of this Corporation on or before the i*i day of March next. This Board 
will Either Reenter into the premisses Granted to Such persons who 
Shall appear to be in Arrear on that day or will prosecute them on their 
Covenants for the Same. 

ORDERD that the Clerk of this Board, prepare a bond from this Cor- 
poration to John Quackinbush of the City of New York Carpenter in 
the penalty of £400 Conditioned for the payment of £200 on or before 
the 6*^ of January next with [361] Interest for the Same at the rate 
of Six per Cent from the 6^^ of January instant and Annex the sea) 
of the Corporation thereto to be signed by the mayor and Counter- 
signed by the Clerk of this Board. 

Ordered the like to M^ Ann Chambers of the City of New York 
widdow in the penalty of £500 Conditioned for the payment of £250 
on or before the 7*^ day of January next, with Interest for the Same 
at and after the rate of Six per Cent ^ Annum from the lo*^ day of 
December last and Annex the Seal of the Corporation thereto to be 
Signed by the mayor, and Countersigned by the Clerk of this Board. 
Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1872 this City to pay to W? Mitchel or order the Sum of five 
pounds in full for a quarters Sallery due unto him as pub- 
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City of ) CQ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

29*^ day of January 1767. 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 



Elias Desbrosses 
Michael Thody 
Mathew Buys 
Andrew Gautier 
Gilbert Forbes 



>-Esq'1 Aldermen 



>'Assisstants 



The Petition of Francis Moore, Frederick Van Cortlandt and 
sundry Others proprietors of houses and lots of Ground fronting the 
docks Commonly Called the Great Dock and M*"? Moores Dock was 
again read, praying the grants of water Lots upon the Terms therein 
mentioned: Whereupon it is ordered by this Board that Alderman 
Filkin [362] Alderman Brinckerhoof, Alderman Brewerton & Alder- 
man Des Brosses together with Mess^ Thody, Gotier and Forbush, or 
the major part of them be a Committee to Conferr with and receive 
Such proposals as the said petitioners may have to offer, and make Re* 
port thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 1873 this City to pay to M'" Abraham Lefferts or order the Sum 

of thirty pounds for two years interest of three hundred 

pounds at five p'' Cent which became due the twelfth of this instant 

January. 

Ordered the like to M^ John Depeyster Jun^ or order the 
N9 1874 Sum of fifteen pounds for one years Attending the Barracks 
&c: ending the 23? of October last as ^ his said Account 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N9 urer of this City to pay to M^ Isaac Stoutenburgh or 

(1875) order the sum of £481 :5 ig^i (out of the monies 

Warrt Issued paid into his hands by the Church wardens of this 

City and raised and Collected in Virtue of an act of the 

Legislature of this province lately made and published) for the bal- 



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lance of his two Several Accounts, the one for monies by him ad- 
vanced and paid to Sundry watchmen for watching this City from the 
23? of September last past to the 23^ of December following and the 
other is likewise for monies by him advanced and paid as well to Sun^ 
dry lamp men for lighting the Citys lamps from the twenty first of Oc- 
tober last to the twenty first of January instant as for divers quantities 
of Lamp Oil &c: as ^ his said Account sworn to and allowed of by 
this Board. 

Whereas upon the report of the Committee for auditing the Cham- 
berlains accounts it appears to this Board that Severall Considerable 
Sums are due & owing from many persons in this City to this Corpora- 
tion who under a pretence of having Some demands against this Cor- 
poration refuse to discharge the Same. Wherefore in order to remove 
those objections It is hereby ordered that Alderman Brinckerhoof 
[363] Alderman Des Brosses and M'' Thody be a Committee to Call 
those persons to account and settle and adjust their demands, in such 
an Equitable manner as they shall judge proper and report the same 
to this Board with all Convenient Speed. 



City 
New York 



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SS. 



Present. 



^-Esq'? Aldermen 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 17*^ 
day of February Anno Dom 1767. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Mathew Buyce 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Anthony Rutgers 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 



>- Assistants 



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Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1876 this City to pay to Henry Cruger Esq'" or order the Sum of 
four pounds eighteen Shillings in full of his account for 
Sundry spikes by him supplyed for the use of this Corporation in re- 
pairing the bridge at Long Island ferry. 

Ordered the like to David Demaree or order the Sum of 

N? 1877 ^32 : 2 : 5 in full of his account, for fencing in Six lots of 

Ground fronting division Street, and paving the Street 

fronting the Same by order of this Corporation as p** his Said account 

Sworn to and allowed of, by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Edward Covenhoven or order the 
N? 1878 Sum of Seven pounds in full of his account for an Iron Cast 
Stove furnished for the use of the Alms house as ^ his 
Said Account Sworn to and Allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Henry Cruger Esq*" or order the Sum 
N? 1879 of ^30 for one years interest of £500 due unto him and End- 
ing the V\ day of November last. 

[364] Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1880 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 

Sum of two pounds twelve shillings (out of the monies 
raised by Virtue of an act entituled an act for regulating the publick 
roads in the City & County of New York and Collected and paid into 
his hands by the Church wardens of this City) in full of his account 
for work done in repairing the publick roads in December last as p'" 
his said Account Sworn to and Allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Garrit Van Den Bergh or order the 
N? 1 881 sum of five pounds two Shillings out of the monies raised by 
Virtue of an act for regulating the publick roads in the City 
and County of New York, and Collected & paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City) in full of his account for work done in 
repairing the publick roads in December last, as by his said Account 
Sworn to, and Allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered by this Board that the Clerk prepare a bond from this 
Corporation to Gerardus De Peyster of the City of New York Mer- 
chant in the penalty of £400 Conditioned for the payment of £200 on 
or before the 23^ day of December next, with Interest for the same at 
six per Cent : from the 23^ day of December last ; and that he annex 
the seal of this Corporation thereto, and deliver the Same to the said 



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Gerardus De Peyster on his producing a bond heretofore given by 
this Corporation to Margaret Ten Brook of the City of Albany for 
the like sum Cancelled and delivered up. 

Ordered the mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N9 1882 this City to pay to M'' Gerardus Depeyster or order the Sum 
of £12 for one years interest of £200 due to M*? Margaret 
Ten Brook the 23^ of December last. 

Ordered that the Alderman of the South ward, Cause a New 
Election of an Assessor for the said ward for the year ensuing in the 
room place and Stead of Jacob Roome who is a fireman & appears to 
be very infirm insomuch as to be unable to execute the duty of said 
office ; and that the election be on Monday next at ten oClock in the 
morning ; and its further orderd that the Said Jacob Roome be fined 
the Sum of five Shillings for refusing to execute the said Office. 

Ordered that the Alderman of the East ward Cause a new Election 
of an Assessor for the Said ward, in the room place and Stead of 
Hugh Wallace who was returned Elected an Assessor for said ward 
and was Neither a freeman nor freeholder, and that the election be on 
[365] Monday next at Ten oClock in the Morning. 



City of 7 «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the Said City on Friday the 20* 

day of Feb'? 1767. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^^ Mayor 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias De Grusha [Des Brosses] 
Michael Thody 
Matthew Buyce 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Anthony Rutgers 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 



j^Esq*^ Aldermen 



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Jasper Stynmets of this City was Sworn a freeman of this Corpo- 
ration, and ORDERD to be Registred and the said Jasper Stynmets made 
application to this Board to be appointed one of the publick measurers 
of the said City ; Ordered by this Board that he be appointed to the 
said Office accordingly, on his first taking the usual oath for the due 
execution of the Same. 

Thomas Stilwill of the said City Cordwainer also made Appli- 
cation to this Board to be appointed one of the publick Measurers of the 
Said City: Ordered by this Board that he be appointed to the said 
Office accordingly on his first taking the usual oath for the due execu- 
tion of the Same. 

Ordered the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1883 this City to pay to Walter Brock or order the Sum of £2 : 19 
in full of his acct for wine & punch had of him at the Sale 
of the Docks, Stalls & ferry by order of Common Council. 

Ordered the like to Wl* Smith Jun'" Esq^ or order the 

N? 1884 Sum of £39 : 12 in full for two years Interest of £330 due 

by bond from this [366] Corporation to him, and also the 

further Sum of £3 : 2 : 6 for the Costs of an ejectment brought by 

him for this Corporation against Jacob Remsen. 

Ordered by this Board that Jacob Brewerton the former lessee 
of this Corporation be made an abatement of £180 out of the rent now 
due from him to this Corporation for Nassau ferry, in Consideration 
of the many losses and encroachments made upon the rights of the 
ferry by the Army & others, whilst he was their lessee and that the 
Chamberlain be directed to credit him for so much accordingly. 

Ordered that the Clerk of this Board prepare an advertisement 
to be put in all the publick or weekly Gazettes for letting to farm on 
Monday the 23? of March next at the Common Councill Chamber in 
the City Hall of the said City, at two oClock in the afternoon of the 
same day, by publick Out Cry to the highest bidder the ferry between 
this City and powlus's Hook for the Term of four years to Commence 
on the !•{ day of May next, at an annual Rent, to be paid Quarterly, 
and that this Board, or the major part of them be a Committee for 
Letting the Same on Such Conditions as they Shall Judge proper ; and 
It is further orderd that Aid*? Desbrosses Aid™ Blagg, Aid*? Nichf 
Roosevelt and Mess^ Jacob Brewerton and Gilbert Forbes or any 



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three of them be a Committee to prepare and Draw up the Conditions 
of Sale, and preferr the Same to the Common Councill for their ap- 
probation, with all Convenient Speed. 

M*" Mayor produced to this Board a list of the Names of Sundry 
persons who had been lycenced by John Cruger Esq'" the late Mayor 
for retailing of Strong Liquors within this City from the 2? of June 
1766 to the 25*t of March 1767, amounting in the whole to the Number 
of 288 persons, and who had paid for the Same the sum of £428 : 5 : 
ORDERD he pay the Same to the Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Cor- 
poration first retaining thereout the Sum of £57 : 12 : o for his fees as 
Clerk of the Markets being five months and a half due to the I'i of 
October 1766. Calculating at the rate of £125 ^ annum also the further 
Sum of £184 : 10 : 2^/$ in full of an account Exhibited this day for 
sundry Sums advanced and paid for the use of this Corporation, like- 
wise the further Sum of four Shillings and paying thereout to the 
Clerk the Sum of five Shillings for every lycence so by him granted 
as aforesaid, which said Several! Sums in the whole and together 
amount to £371 : 8 : oj4 [367] which when Substracted from £428 : 
5 :o leaves a Ballance of £56 : 16 : iij4 Only to be paid into the 
Treasury. 



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SS. 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 3? day 
of March Anno Dom 1767 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ 
Francis Filkin 
Nich? Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Com? Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Anthony Rutgers 
Michael Thody 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
RoW Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 



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Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1885 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a Quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the i»i Instant 

Captain Thomas Randle made application to this board Requesting 
that this board would be pleased to Indulge him with Six feet four 
Inches of the Street Contiguous to the Easterly Side of his dwelling 
house in the South ward of this City beginning from the front of his 
said house the whole breadth thereof and Extending from thence 
Northerly in length so as to terminate to a point at the rear of his said 
Lett, agreeable to a plan now preferred to this board. Orderd by this 
board (After having taken the same into Consideration) that the said 
Thomas Randle have leave to Enclose the same Accordingly 



N? (1886) 

Warrant 

Issued. 



Ordered that the mayor Issue his warrant to the 
Treasurer of this City to pay to M'" John Depeyster Jun?* 
or order the Sum of £85 : 2 for so much Money by him 
advanced and paid by order of the Justices for the use 
of the Soldiers Quartered in this City. 



[368] City of j 
New York( 



SS. 



At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 6^ day 
of March Anno Domini 1767 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'" 
Francis FiUdn 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Geo: Brewerton 
Com? Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Elias Des Brosses 
Benjamin Blagg 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Mathew Buyce 
Gilbert Forbes 
Jacob Brewerton 
And^ Gotier 
Robert Benson 



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The Alderman of the South ward pursuant to an order of this 
board of the 20^^ of fFeb^ Last, Reported that he had Caused an Elec- 
tion of an Assessor to be had on the day therein Appointed, in the 
room and Stead of Jacob Roome who was fined for having refused to 
be Qualified to said Office and that Daniel Ebbits was duly Elected to 
the said office of an Assessor for the said ward accordingly 

The Petition of Severall of the Citizens and freemen of this 
City Residing near the North River Relating to the Establishing of a 
ferry from this City across Hudsons River to Powlus's Hook being 
read and taken into Consideration by this board, it was thereupon 
unanimously agreed to and orderd that the final decision thereof be 
deferred until the next Common Council to be held on Tuesday next at 
three oClock in the afternoon and that Alderman Nicholas Roosevelt 
then have Liberty to be heard by himself or Council and that he 
Give Notice to the petitioners or some of them to Attend at the same 
time if they shall Judge necessary. 

The Petition of Christopher Hoghland of the City of New York; 
being preferred to this Board was read in the words following (VizT) 
to the Worshipfull the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York in Common Council Convened 
Humbly Sheweth 

That your petitioner is in due form of Law seized and Entitled 
in fee Simple of in and to a Certain Lott of Ground Scituate on the 
East side of [369] The Broad way and Adjoining to maiden Lane in 
this City of New York the same Lot being now in the Occupation of 
[Isaac] Conary on a demise to him some time since made by this 
worshipfull Board in Virtue of an Act of the Governor Council ft 
General Assembly of this Colony of New York passed the fourth day 
of May 1754 Entitled an Act to Enable And Empower the Mayor 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York and their Suc- 
cessors to prevent and remove perticular Nusances within the same 
to the Southward of Fresh Water 

That tho' your petitioner for reasons very obvious to this worship- 
full board does not herein deduce his title to the premisses yet is ready 
ft willing to lay the same before this worshipfull board or a Com- 
mittee thereof when soever this worshipfull board shall think fit 

Your Petitioner therefore most humbly prays this worshipful board 
on some short day to be appointed for the purpose to inspect or Cause 
to be Inspected your petitioners Title to the premisses and to put your 
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hereby declaring his readiness to do what on his part is required by 
Ae said Act to Entitle your petitioner to the possession of tiie said 
Lot of Ground for himself and his fellow Commoners and your pe- 
titioner shall ever pray &c? Chrystofel Hogelant 

It was hereupon orderd by this board that the Consideration 
thereof be deferred to some future Common Council! 

The petition of Daniel Dunscomb of the said City praying a 
Grant of Sundry Lots of Land Contiguous to M'" Cuylers Sugar House 
was read and this board having lately Granted the said Land to the 
Ministers Elders and Deacons of the Reformed Protestant Dutch 
Church of this City thereupon Resolved and Orderd that the said pe- 
tition be rejected and the same is hereby Rejected Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to pay to 
N? (1887) Benjamin Blagg Esq'" or order the sum of Six pounds 
for a set of Rasers purchased of the late Captain John 
Brown by order of this Board for the use of the Work House 



[370] City of ^ «^, At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 10^ 

day of March Anno Dom 1767. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Com? Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Mathew Du Bois [Buyce] 
Anthony Rutgers 
Michael Thody 
Andr Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 



>-Esq'? Aldermen 



>• Assistants 



Pursuant to an order of the Last Common Councill upon the 
petition of Several of the Citizens and freemen of this City, Residing 
near the North River, Relating to the Establishing of a ferry from 



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this City across Hudsons River to powlus's Hook Aid? Nichf Roose- 
velt by Richard Morris his Councill, and the said Petitioners by Samuel 
Jones and Th? Smith Esq^ their Council appeared, and were heard 
upon the Subject matter of the said Petition, and thereupon part of 
this board to witt Aid? Filkin Aid? Brewerton, Aid? Brinckerhoof 
Aid? Blagg Aid? Desbrosses, and Mess^ Rutgers, Brewerton, Gotier 
& Benson were of opinion that the purchaser of the said ferry from 
this City to powlus's Hook may be at Liberty to Land at, and Set off 
from any place that he Shall Choose, between the Southermost part of 
Aid? Nich? Roosevelts Dock and the Northermost part of Deys Dock, 
and the other part of this board, to witt. Com! Roosevelt & Mess^? 
Buyce, Thody & Forbes were of opinion that the said Landing be 
fixed at Aid? Nicholas Roosevelts Dock only 



City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYork| * Hall of the said City on Monday the 23? 

day of March 1767. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 



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Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
[371] Michael Thody 

Mathew Buyce 
Andrew Gotier 
Anthony Rutgers 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 

This being the day appointed by this Board for Letting to farm by 
publick out Cry the ferry between this City and powlus's Hook for the 
Term of four years from the first day of May next The said Ferry 
was Accordingly Exposed by publick out Cry, and was Struck off to 
Jacob Van Vorhis of this City Merchant for the sum of three hundred 
and Ten pounds Yearly during the said Term of four years from the 
i^ of May next It is thereupon orderd that the Clerk prepare a Lease 
to the said Jacob Van Vorhis for the same and preferr the same to this 
Board for their Approbation, with all convenient Speed 



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City of ) gg At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkJ ' Hall of the said City on Friday the 10^ of 

Aprill 1767 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Com? Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
And?^ Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 



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Order'd by this Board that the Qerk prepare a bond from this 
Corporation to Ann Lyne of the City of New York widdow in the 
penalty of £600 Conditioned for the payment of £300 on or before the 
10*^ of April next with LawfuU Interest for tlie Same at Six P" Cent, 
the Clerk thereupon produced a bond Accordingly [372] Under the 
Seal of this Corporation to the said Ann Lyne which was Signed by 
the Mayor by order of this board, and further Orderd that the Qerk 
deliver the same to the said Ann Lyne, and with the Monies which he 
Shall so receive from her, Discharge and pay off a bond from this 
Corporation to Abraham LefFerts for the like sum of £300. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1888 of this City to pay to John Cruger Esq^ or Order the Sum 
of £41 : 12 for the like Sum by him advanced & paid to 
Collonel Robinson by order of this Board. 

Orderd by this board that the Assize of bread be till further Order, 
flour at 17/6 P*- O 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i"^ 12°* for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh 1314 for 2 Coppers 

And further ordered^ that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City than According to this Assize (hard bisquets only Excepted) 
and that all bakers within the same, take notice thereof and make their 
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Ordem) by this board that the Mayor Issue his warrant, 
N? 1889 to the Treasurer of this City to pay to Abraham Skinner 
or order the sum of £9 : 14 for the Expences of Erecting 
a Gallows, purchasing a Cart &c by order of this board as p^ his ac- 
count Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

ORDERED that the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N9 of this City to pay to Moses Sherwood or order the Sum of 

1890 £1 : 18 : 6 in full of his Account for transporting a prisoner to 

the white plains by order of the Chief Justice as ^ his account 

Sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to James Mills or order the Sum of 

N? 1891 £56 : 3 : 6 in full of his acct for Victualling Sundry Crim- 

minals from the 15^!? of November last to the 25*^ of 

February following as p'" his said acc^ sworn to and allowed of by this 

board. 

Upon application of M^ John Alsop for an Enlargement of the In- 
terest of one p'" Cent, in Addition to the five ^ O he now receives 
on his bond from this Corporation of £500 dated the 25^^ of September 
1763 ORDERD that he be allowed the Sum of Six p^ Cent on said bond 
to Commence from this day 

[373] Orderd that the mayor Issue his warrant to the 
N? 1892 Treasurer to pay to M^ John Alsop or order the three fol- 
lowing Sums, to witt, the sum of £75 for three years In- 
terest of £500 at five Pf Cent from the 25*^ of September 1763 to the 
25^^ of September last also the further sum of £90 for three years In- 
terest of £500 at Six P^ Cent from the 23^ of December 1763 to the 
23^ of December last and likewise the further Sum of £90 for three 
years Interest of £500 also at Six p^ Cent from the 2o'^ of March 1763 
to the 20^^ of March last all which said Several Sums amount in the 
whole and together to £255 : o : o 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1893 urer of this City to pay to W? Mitchell or order the Sum of 
five pounds in full for a Quarters Sallery due him as publick 
Whipper of this City, and Ending the fifth Instant. 

The Clerk produced to this board the draft of a Lease to Jacob 
Van Voorhis for the ferry from this City to powluses Hook for the 
term of four years from the first of May next which was read and 
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this City Annexed thereto, and Delivered to the said Jacob Van Voor- 
his on the first day of May next on his Executing a bond with Sufficient 
Suretys for performance of Covenants in the sum of £1240 and also 
Executing a Coimterpart of said Lease 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N? 1894 urer to pay to Sarah Brock or order the sum of three pounds 

in full of her Account against this Corporation for Liquors 

provided at the Sale of the ferry between this City & powluses Hook 

&c as p*" said accl Audited by this board and allowed of. 



City of ) ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

6^ day of May 1767. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt . -» rs aih 

Dirick Brinckerhoof f ^ * 

Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Mathew Buyce 
Michael Thody 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 



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[374] Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 
N? 1895 Treasurer of this City, to pay to Thomas Shrieve Esq^ 
Corroner or order the Sum of £78 in full of his account for 
his fees and disbursements due to him as Corroner for the City & 
County of New York from the 18^ of January 1766 to the 30*? of 
March 1767 as p^ his said acct audited & Sworn to and allowed of by 
this board. 

Orderd by this board that the Assise of bread be till further order 
flour at 18/6 P' Cent 

A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i»*> 11°* for 4 Coppers 

D? of D9. to weigh 13 for 2 Coppers 

And further orderd that no other bread be made for sale within 
this City than According to the above Assize (hard bisquits only Ex- 
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cepted) and that all Bakers within the same, take Notice thereof, and 
make their bread Accordingly. 

Orderd by this board, that the Assize of the Marketts which was 
made ordained, Established and Published on the 23? day of Aprill 
1766 be Renewed & Continued and Remain in full force & Virtue, for 
one year from and after the date hereof. 

Orderd that Alderman Cornelius Roosevelt Alderman Filkin Al- 
derman Brewerton and Mess*"? Buyce & Thody or the major part of 
them be a Committee to Cause the Land in the possession of David 
Provoost belonging to this Corporation to be surveyed and that they 
do in behalf of this Corporation take the same into possession and make 
Report thereof to this board with all Convenient Speed. 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1896 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
Sum of £50 (out of the Moneys Raised by Virtue of an 
Act Entituled an Act for Regulating the publick Roads in the City & 
County of New York and Collected & paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City) on account of work by him done in Re- 
pairing the said publick roads. 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the Sum of 
N? 1897 Thirty pounds (out of the Monies &c.) on Account of work 
by him done in Repairing the said publick roads. 

Orderd the like to Abraham Willson or order the sum of 
N? 1898 Eighteen pounds for the rent of his two houses Near the 
Slaughter house for the use of some poor sent there by this 
Board the Last year. 

[375] Orderd the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1899 urer of this City, to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh Jun'^ or 

order the sum of £11 : i :o in full of his account for Stor- 
ing and Cleansing the Citys Musquits & Cartoutch Boxes, and for 
mending Sundry Locks & Keys &c for this Corporation as ^ his said 
Ace! Audited by this Board and allowed of. 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the treas- 
N? 1900 urer of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the 
sum of £496 : 16 : II (out of the Monies paid into his 
hands by the Church wardens of this City and Raised and Collected, 
in Virtue of an Act of the Legislature of this province lately made and 
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moneys by him advanced and paid to Sundry watchmen for watching 
this City from the 24*? of December last untill the 24*!? of March fol- 
lowing, and the Other is likewise for moneys by him Advanced and 
paid as well to Sundry Lampmen for Lighting the Citys lamps from 
the 2i»* of January last to the 2i*t of Aprill following as for divers 
Quantitys of Lamp Oyl found for the use of the said Citys Lamps &c 
as P*" his said Account Sworn to and Allowed of by this board. 



City of ) gg At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYorkj * Hall of the said City on Monday the II^^ 

of May Anno Dom 1767 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nich? Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Corn? Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benj? Blagg 
Ellas Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Anthony Rutgers 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 



>-Esq*? Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



The Petition of Elizabeth Ray, Stephen Richard and Thomas 
Randle was preferred to this board and read in the words following, 
to witt. To the worshipful The Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty 
of y® City of New York in Common Council Convened. 

The Petition of Elizabeth Ray, Stephen Richard and Thomas 
Randle [376] 
Humbly Sheweth 

That your Petitioners are in due form of Law Seized and En- 
titled in fee Simple of in and to a Certain Lot of Ground Scituate on 
the East Side of the broad way and Adjoining to maiden Lane in 
the City of New York the same Lot being now in the Occupation 
of Conaro on a demise to him Some time Since made by this Worship- 
ful Board in Virtue of an Act of the Governor Council & General 



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Assembly of this Colony of New York passed the fourth day of May 
1774 Entituled an Act to Enable and Empower the Mayor Aldermen 
and Commonalty of the City of New York and their Successors to 
prevent and Remove Perticular Nusances within the same to the south- 
ward of Fresh water. 

That tho' your Petitioners for Reasons very Obvious to this wor- 
shipful Board does not herein deduce there Title to the premisses, yet 
is ready and willing to Lay the same before this worshipful Board or a 
Committee thereof whensoever this worshipful board Shall think fit. 

Your Petitioners therefore most humbly pray this Worshipfull 
board on some Short day to be appointed for the purpose to Inspect 
or Cause to be Inspected your petitioners title To the premisses and to 
put your petitioners in possession of said Lot of Ground your peti- 
tioners hereby declaring their Rediness to do what on there part is 
Required By the said Act to Entitle your petitioners to the possession 
of the said Lot of Ground for themselves & fellow Commoners and 
your Petitioners Shall Ever pray &c? Elizabeth Ray 

Tho? Randle 
Stephen Richard 

Whereupon It is Orderd that Alderman Filkin Alderman Brinck- 
erhoof Alderman Brewerton & Alderman Desbrosses together with 
Mess'? Thody Gotier & Forbush, or the major part of them be a 
Committee to Enquire into the allegation of the said petition, and make 
Report thereof to the Common Councill with all Convenient Speed. 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1901 urer of this City to pay to Davis Hunt or order the two fol- 
lowing Sums to witt, the one of £134 : 6 : ii^^ in full of an 
Account Sworn to for work done at the New Goal and the other of 
£24 : I : 6 for Repairing a fire Engine and Carting, also Sworn to, and 
allowed of by this board. 

Cornelius Turk and Robert Crannell made application to this 
board, to be appointed to the office of Publick Measurers of this City 
Orderd by this board that they be [377] Severally appointed to the 
said Office Accordingly on their taking the Usual Oath for the due 
Execution of the same. 

It is Orderd by this board that Mess*^? Francis Marschalk and 
Gerrardus Bancker Do Lay down in the plan (Now Exhibited to this 
board) of the Several Water Lotts Lying between the Coenties peer 



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and M"? Moores Dock, the breadth of the petitioners Lots fronting the 
said Water Lots, as they Shall appear by their Several Conveyances 
for the same and that the breadth of Each Respective Lot be laid 
down at the Extremity of the Grants prayed for, pointing out the Loss 
which Shall Sustain on Each Lott to the westward of the Exchange. 

Orderd that the Alderman and Assistant of the west ward have 
leave to repair the Oswego Markit and that in doing which, they do 
not Expend more than the Sum of thirty pounds thereon. 



City of ) ^<^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York ^ * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 3? 

day of June 1767 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Ellas Des Brosses 
Anthony Rutgers 
Jacob Brewerton 
Andrew Gotier 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 



>-Esq'^ Aldermen 



>• Assistants 



Orderd by this board that Either Abraham De Peyster Esq'' the 
proprietor of an unenclosed Lott of Ground Lying to the Eastward 
of and Contiguous to the dwelling house of Samuel Verplank in Wall 
Street, or Thomas Grigg the Tenant in possession. Do forthwith En- 
close the same Lott (It being Deemed by this board a publick nusance 
whilst open) or that this board will proceed to remove the said Nu- 
sance agreable to the Directions of an Act of the Lieutenant Governor 
the Councill and General Assembly of this Colony, Entituled an act 
to enable the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New 
York, and their Successors to prevent and Remove particular Nu- 
sances within the same, to the Southward of the fresh water, made and 
passed in the 27^^ year of the Reign of his late majesty King George 
the Second. 



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[378] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to 

N? 1902 the Treasurer of this City to pay to Johannis 

(Warrant Issued) Myer Messenger and Door keeper to this board or 

order the sum of £3 : 15 in full for a quarters 

Sallary due unto him and ending the first Instant. 

Orderd the like to Cornelius A Turck or order the sum 
N9 1903 of £2 : 19 for making and Repairing Sundry fire Buckets 
for the use of this Corporation, as p^ his said acd Sworn to 
and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd that the Assize of bread be till further Order flour at 19/3 
p'-C^ 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i*^ 10°^ for 4 Coppers 

D? of D9 to weigh I2>4 for 2 Coppers 

And further orderd, that no other bread be made for sale within 
this City than According to the Above Assize (hard bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all bakers take Notice thereof and make their bread 
Accordingly. 

The Committee appointed to Examine into the Claim of Stephen 
Richard & Christopher Hogelandt to the Lands now in the possession 
of this Corporation made their Report to this board in the words fol- 
lowing We the Major part of the Committe appointed to Examine into 
the Claims of Stephen Richard & Christopher Hogeland to the Lands 
now in the possession of this Corporation Lying & Adjoyning on the 
broad way and Occupied by M^ Connerow & Others, On Examining 
the writings on boath Sides, do Report that we find there was a Good 
title Vested in Christopher Hogelandt the Grandfather of the present 
Claimant, which Land & premises after his Decease his wife & Some of 
his Children Convey to Stephen Richard the Grandfather of the present 
claimer on Richards side of the Question but from all the Vouchers 
laid before us it does not appear that the present Christopher Hoge- 
landt has ever Assigned over his right & Title to the premises in Ques- 
tion to anybody nor his father before him & "that his Grand Mother nor 
Uncles had any Right to dispose of the same, so that upon the whole 
it appears to this Committe that the present Christopher Hogelandt is 
Intituled to one fifth part of the premises in his fathers Right & by the 
disseace of his Uncles to as much more as to make his Right of the 
premises prayed for to Amount to one third of the whole the remainder 
we Conceive to be in the Right of Stephen Richards Heirs, A Schedule 



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of the papers thereunto relating is hereunto Annexed, by which this 
Board may Inform themselves fully about this Affair, All which is 
Nevertheless Humbly Submitted by your most Humble Servants 



New York May 15*? 1767 



Era? Filkin 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Geo : Brewerton 
And?^ Gautier 
Gilbert Forbes 

[379] Whereupon it is orderd by this board that the Consideration 
thereof, be had at the next Common Council. 



City of )^^ 
New York p^ 

Present. 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 10*^ 
of June 1767. 



Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Geo: Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
And^ Goetier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Jacob Brewerton 



>-Esq'f Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the 
N? 1904 Treasurer of this City to pay to Adam Van Den 

Warrant Issued Bergh or order the sum of £60 (including in said 
Sum, £30 Received by order of the Mayor out of the 
Monies Raised by Virtue of an Act Entituled an Act for Regulating 
the pubHck Roads in the City & County of New York, and Collected 
& paid into his hands by the church wardens of this City) on Account 
of Repairing the said publick Roads by virtue of the above said Act 
of the Governor Councill and Generall Assembly of this province. 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the sum of 
N? 1905 twenty pounds (out of the monies as Above &9) on Account 
of Repairing the said publick roads by virtue of an act of 
the Governor Councill & General Assembly of this province. 



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Orderd the like to James Mills or order the sum 
N? 1906 of £52 : 3 : 9 in full of his acd for Victualling sun- 

Warrant Issued dry Crimminals from the 28^^ of february last to 
the i*i of June Instant as pf his said account Sworn 
to and allowed of by this board. 

M' Abraham Duryee produced two bonds from this Corporation 
the one to M*? Anne Chambers for £250 and the other to M'' John 
Quackinbush for £200 which he by Order of this board had discharged 
and paid off, Orderd that the said two bonds be Cancelled and the 
same were Cancelled by order of this board Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N? 1907 urer of this City to pay to Lawrence Benson the sum of 

thirty two Shillings for his Expences & loss of Time in 

Transporting Several Vagrants by order of the Majestrates as p^ his 

said accJ Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 



[380] City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City, on Friday the 3? day 

of July 1767 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Michael Thody 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 



^Esq*? Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 1908 urer of this City, to pay to Robert Harding or order the 

sum of £24 : 2 : 8 in full of his account for work done to 

the oswego Market as ^ his said account Sworn and allowed of by 

this board. 



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Orderd that the Assize of bread be till further order flour at 21/6 

A white loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^ 8°^ for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh 113^ for 2 D9 

And further orderd^ that no other Bread, be made for Sale 
within this City, than According to the above assize, hard Bisquits 
only Excepted, and that all Bakers within the same take Notice thereof 
and make their bread Accordingly. 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1909 urer of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the 
Sum of £5 in full for a Quarters Sallary due to him as 
publick Whipper of this City the fifth Instant. 



[381] City of ) ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York V Hall of the said City on Monday the 20^!? 

of July Anno Dom 1767. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 



>-Esq'*? Aldermen 



Jacob Brewerton 
Andy Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
Robert Benson 



>- Assistants 



The Petition of Andrew Elliott and Sundry others Residing in 
the outward of this City was preferred to this Board & Read. Setting 
forth that the said Andrew Elliott hath lately purchased Some Land 
belonging to the Pioros adjoining to the Swamp in the possession of 
CoUonell De Lancey & others and that they were desirous that there 
be a Good Sufficient & Compleat Road in & through the same and 
that this Board would be pleased to fix the fence where it formerly 
Stood &c It is thereupon oia>ERD that the same be taken into Con- 
sideration by the Committee appointed to Superintend the publick Roads 
and make Report thereof to this board with all Convenient Speed. 



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The petition of Jacob Van Voorhis and others was preferred to 
this Board Setting forth that the Road across the meadow Between 
Powluses Hook in New Jersey, and the upland is at Some times Ren- 
dered impassible for foot passengers on account of Spring tides over- 
flowing the same, to the Great Inconveniency of Travellers in Generall 
and to your Tennants in particular by Lessning the Revenue of the 
ferry, and that they Conceive half a years Rent of said ferry properly 
applied towards Repairing the Road there would be of publick utility 
&c Whereupon It is orderd by this board that Alderman Nicholas 
Roosevelt, Aid™ Brewerton, Mess^? Jacob Brewerton, Gilbert Forbes 
and Robert Benson or any three of them be a Committee to Enquire 
into the Alligation of the said petition and make Report thereof to 
this Board with all Convenient Speed. 

Charles Gilmore Made application to this Board to be appointed 
to the Office of one of the publick Measurers of this City, Orderd by 
this board that he be Appointed to the said Office Accordingly on his 
taking the usual Oath for the due Execution of the same 

[382] The Petition preferred by Henry Cuyler, Abraham De Peyster 
& Sundry Others in October Last was again read, praying Grants of 
the Soil fronting their Several Houses & Lotts of Ground on Burnets 
Quay, the whole breadth thereof two Hundred feet, into the East 
River, from the present wharf or Street, under Such Reasonable Rents 
Reservations and Conditions, as to this board Should Judge proper 
&c: Whereupon it is Orderd by this board that Aid™ Desbrosses 
Aid? Corn? Roosevelt Aid*? Blagg and Mess^? Brewerton Gotier and 
Forbes or the Major part of them be a Committee, to Conferr, and 
Treat with the said petitioners or their Assigns on the Subject Matter 
of said petition, and make Report thereof to this board with all Con- 
venient Speed, for their Approbation. 

Orderd by this board that Aid™ Blagg, Aid™ Brewerton, Aid™ 
Brinckerhoff Aid™ Desbrosses & Anthony Rutgers, or the Major 
part of them be a Committee to Enquire into the Encroachment made 
by Provoost on the Lands of this Corporation and make 

Report thereof to this board with all Convenient Speed. 

Whereas It appears by the Information of the Chamberlain of 
this Corporation that Alexander White the Lessee of the Stalls and 
Standings in the Several Markets of this City hath not paid into the 
Treasury any part of the Rent by him agreed to be paid, notwith- 
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It is therefore hereby Orderd by this Board that the Clerk prepare a 
warrant of Attorney under the seal of the City to himself from this 
Corporation Authorizing him to Commence and prosecute in the Su- 
preme Court of this province an Action of Debt against the said Alex- 
ander White for the penalty of a Certain Obligation by him Executed, 
to the said Corporation, for the payment of the Rent of the said 
Stalls and Standings by him Leased and the said Clerk produced to 
this board a warrant of Attorney under the Seal of the Corporation 
Accordingly which was read & approved of: and further orderd that 
the Mayor Sign in behalf of this Board and the same was Signed 
accordingly, & Delivered to the Clerk for the purpose aforesaid. 



[383] 



City 
New York ( 



of J 
^orkj 



SS. 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the City of New York on Thursday 
the 13*^ of August, Anno Dom 1767. 



Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 



Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Corn? Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Jacob Brewerton 
AndT Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 



xEsq*^ Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 

N? 1910 Treasurer of this City to pay to M^ John Depeyster 

Warrant Issued or order the sum of £6 : 8 : 6 for the like Sum by 

him advanced & paid to Andy Breasted Jun?^ for 

work by him done to the barracks on Bedlows Island, as ^ his acc^ 

audited by this board & allowed of. 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or or- 

N? 191 1 der the sum of £30 : 12 : 6 in full of his account for 

Warrant Issued one years attending the fire Engines, and for the 

Expences of painting & Repairing a Large Cedar 



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Tubb &c for the use of this Corporation, as p^ his account Sworn to & 
allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the like to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door 
N? 1912 keeper to this board or order the Sum of £1 : 10 for the like 
Sum by him advanced & paid to Abra*? Van Deursen for 
30*^ of Candles to Illuminate the City Hall. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1913 this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum of 
£424 : 14 : 9 (out of the Monies paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City and Raised & Collected in Virtue of an 
Act of the Legislature of this province Lately made & published) for 
the ballance of his two Several Accounts, the one for Monies by him 
Advanced & paid to Sundry Watchmen for Watching this City from 
the 25*1^ of March last untill the 25*^^ of June following, and the other 
is likewise for Monies by him Advanced & paid, as well to Sundry 
Lampmen for Lighting the Citys Lamps from the 2VI of April to the 
2i*t of July following, as for Divers [384] Quantities of Lamp oyl, 
found for the use of the said Citys Lamps &c as ^ his said account 
Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

Be it ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Assistants of the City 
of New York Convened in Common Council and it is hereby Ordained 
by the Authority of the same that the Law for Regulating the publick 
Slaughter House within the City of New York which on the 24^t of 
July 1766 was made Ordained Renewed Established and published, 
be Renewed and Continued and Remain in full force & Virtue for one 
year from & after the date hereof. 

ORDERD the assize of bread be till further order flour at 20/6 p^ C\ 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to Weigh jib goz foj. ^ Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh 12 for 2 D? 

And further orderd that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City than according to the above assize, hard bisquets only Ex- 
cepted, and that all bakers within the same take Notice thereof & 
make their bread accordingly. 

Orderd The Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1914 of this City to pay to Cornelius Roosevelt Esq'" or order the 
further Sum of £25 in order to be by him Laid out towards 
Compleating the Alms House. 



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Orderd the like to Adolphus Benson or order the further 
N? 191 5 Sum of fifteen pounds (out of the Monies Raised by Virtue 
of an act Entituled an Act for Regulating the publick Roads 
in the City & County of New York & Collected & paid into his hands by 
the Church Wardens of this City) on Account of Repairing the said 
publick Roads, by Virtue of the Above Recited Act of the Governour 
Councill & General Assembly of this province. 

Orderd the like to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esq?^ or order the 
N? 1916 sum of two hundred pounds to be by him laid out in Ex- 
tending the Albany pier. 

The Petition of Coll? John Maunsell was preferred to this Board 
& Read, orderd the Consideration thereof be Referred to Some future 
Common Councill. 



City of j 
New York < 



SS. 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Monday the 24^ 
of August 1767 



[385] 



Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nich? Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Andrew Gotier 
Mathew Buyce 
Anthony Rutgers 
Jacob Brewerton 



>-Esq^ Aldermen 



>* Assistants 



The Petition of John Berrian and Sundry others Freeholders in 
Montgomery ward, was preferred to this board & Read in the words 
following to witt 

To the Worshipful! the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of this 
City of New York Convened in Common Council: The Humble peti- 



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lion & Representation of John Berrian of Montgomery ward & Others 
whose Names are hereunto Subscribed 
Humbly Sheweth 

That whereas Beekmans Slip in Montgomery ward hath for many 
Years past been very useful! for boats & Other Crafts onloading the 
Several neccessary Supplys for this part of the City, and it being well 
known that this & pecks Slip are the two only Slips where firewood 
and Sundry other Supplies for this part of the town Can Conveniently 
be Landed, And whereas of Late the said Beeckmans Slip is so much 
Shallowed Occasioned by its filling up with Sand &c that boats Cannot 
Come up by any Considerable Distance to Where they formerly used 
to do, and if Means are not used (by Clearing or Diging out the Sand 
&c or so much thereof as by this Honourable board Shall be thought 
Need full) Your Petitioners Humbly think that the said SHp will be- 
come Still Less useful to the Great detrement of this part of the City 
Wherefore your petitioners Humbly pray that Some Such means be 
ORDERD by this Honourable board as by the same may be thought 
Necessary for Diging out & Cleaning the said Slip and your petitioners 
as in duty bound Shall Ever pray. John Berrian Evert Byvanck, 
Abraham Cock, George Petterson, John Schermerhorne Walter Frank- 
lin, John Dally, Gerard G Beekman, Jas. Jauncey, Huybt V. Wagenen, 
W? Ricketts Van Cortlandt, Peter Berrian. Laurence Kortright, Hes- 
ter Kortright Henry Haydock, William Elsworth Isaac Adolphus, 
William Field, Benjamin Underbill, Edward Mann J'" Jasper Drake, 
John Burling, Robt Andrews, Arthur McNeil, John Blagg, Peter Van 
Ranst, John Riker Samuel Willets, Fred[er]ick Bassite, Joshua 
Bloomer, Andr Riker. Petrus Byvanck Chri?^ Roosevelt, James Roose- 
velt, Thomas Franklin Jxin^ Peter Pr. Van Zandt, Amos Dodge. 
ORDERD that the Alderman & Common Councill man of Montgomerie 
ward & of the East ward together with AldT Cornelius Roosevelt or the 
Major part of them be a Committee to take the said Petition into their 
Consideration and make Report thereof to this board with all Con- 
venient Speed. 

[386] Orderd that the said Committee have power to Dock & Carry out 
the Wharf fronting their Houses near pecks Slip in Montgomery ward, 
as farr as the Lots of Jacobus Roosevelt and others Extend, and place 
the expences thereof to this Corporation 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? of this City to pay to Mf Anthony Rutgers, or order the sum 
19 17 of Eight pounds to be by him Applied towards Sinking a 
well in Barclay Street in the west ward of this City 

M^ Mayor delivered into this board the Severall opinions of Wil- 
liam Smith Jun^, William Livingston, James Duane and Benjamin 
Kissam, on the Case made for them. Respecting Hunters Key, and 
the same be[ing] Read, were orderd to be taken into Consideration, 
with the Severall other matters Relating [to] the Same, at the next 
Common Councill, to be held on Monday next, for that purpose. 

City of ) ^^ Att a Common Councill held at the 

New York J City Hall of the said City on Monday the 

3i»i of August 1767 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nich? Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Com? Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Mathew Boyce 
Anthony Rutgers 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 



>-Esq'^ Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? this City to pay to Johannes Myer Messenger & Door keeper 
1918 to this board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in full for a Quarters 
Sallary due unto him & Ending the i*t of September next. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1919 of this City to pay to Richard Pettit or Order the Sum of 

£20 : 15 13 in full of his Account for paving in the East 

& Montgomery wards of this City by Order of Aldermen Des Brosses 

& Blagg as pf his said account audited & allowed of by this Board 



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[388*] City of )gg At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkj Hall of the said City on Friday the ii^» 



of ). 
^orkj* 

day of September 1767. 



>-Esq'9 Aldermen 



>^ Assistants 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

Nich? Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Elias Desbrosses 

Benjamin Blagg 

Michael Thody 

Mathew Buyce 

Anthony Rutgers 

Andrew Gotier 

Jacob Brewerton 
Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1920 urer of this City to pay to M'' James Mills or order the sum 
of £48 : 19 for Victualling Sundry Criminals from the i**. 
of June Last till the i^l of September Instant as also for his Servants 
Emptying 205 Neccessary Tubs and Sweeping 25 Chimnies as by his 
said account sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1921 this City to pay to M'" Petrus Byvanck or order the Sum of 
£7 : 18 : 4 in full of his Account for Money by him Ad- 
vanced & paid to Sundry persons, and for Materials found in Repair- 
ing the houses belonging to this Corporation, and the Market & 
wharf at pecks Slip as by his said account allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the mayor issue his warrant to the treasurer of 
N? 1922 this City to pay to M'' Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
Sum of £20 (out of the monies raised by Virtue of an act 
entituled an act for regulating the publick roads in the City & County 
of New York and Collected & paid into his hands by the Church war- 
dens of this City) on account of repairing the said publick roads by 
virtue of the aforesaid act of the Governour Council & General Assem- 
bly of this province. 

[389] This Board taking into Consideration, the Several Petitions for 
water Lotts fronting Hunters Quey, the orders made thereon from 
time to time,, the Opinion of the Gentlemen of the Law Retained 
thereon, and the proposalls and Offers made by the proprietors of 

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Hunters Quey. Came to a Resolution on the following Question, to 
witt, whether the Corporation will Consent to Grant to the proprietors 
of Hunters Quey, the water lots fronting their Respective wharfs, with- 
out Reserving a hundred feet of the said Water Lotts, for the use of the 
Corporation or not, and the Same being put to the Vote, was Carried 
in the Affirmative as follows. Mf Benson M'' Forbes, Mf Jacob Brew- 
erton, M' Thody M' Rutgers Mf Gotier, Mr Boyce, Ald« Blagg, Aid? 
Brewerton, Aid*? Com? Roosevelt, & Aid™ Nicholas Roosevelt for 
not Reserving the said Hundred feet, & Aid? Des Brosses & Aid? 
Filkin were for Reserving the said Hundred feet for the use of the 
publick. Whereupon this board agreed, upon the Abovesaid Resolution, 
to Accept from the said proprietors their Offer of five Shillings pf foot 
Quit Rent for ever, and orderd that the same be Entered in their 
Minutes Accordingly ; Saving and Reserving so Much of the Ground 
& Soil prayed for, fronting the Houses of Doctor Brownjohn, as this 
board Shall Conceive Necessary & Convenient, for a publick Slip there. 

City of 7 «« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York| Hall of the said City, on Tuesday the 29*^ 

day of September (being the Feast of St 
Michael the Archangle) Anno Doffl 1767. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinkerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Desbrosses 
Michael Thody 
ab. Anthony Rutgers 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
AndT Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 

Conformable to his Majesties Royal Charter, Granted to the 

Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York, for Electing 

this day one Alderman, one Assistant two Assessors one Collector & 

two Constables, in the Six wards on the South Side of fresh [390] 

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Water and one Alderman, one Assistant, four Assessors, two Collectors 
& four Constables for the outward of the said City, to Serve in the Re- 
spective Offices for the Year Ensuing, 

The Respective Aldermen of Each Respective ward, made Return 
this day, under their hands, the Severall persons, to Serve in the Sev- 
eral offices aforesaid, VizT 



Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Rutgers 
Henry Kip 
William Elsworth 
George Marschalk 
John Farrill 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Gilbert Forbes 



Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 



George Brewerton Jun^ ) . 

r , x^. 5. Assessors 



Leonard Kip 
Peter Kirby 
Lawrence Burrows 
Benjamin Quereau 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggitt 
John Forbes 
Stephen Steel 
William Van Duersen 
Anthony Ackerly 
Henry Taylor 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Daniel Ebbits 
John King 
Frederick Lasher 
Frederick Lasher 
Isaac Moses 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Andrew Gotier 
Garrit Abeel 
Nicholas Quackinbush 
James Creighton 
Manus Burger 
William Baldwin 



Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

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Collector 

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Alderman 
Assistant 

Asessors 



Benjamin Blagg 

Robert Benson 

Jacob Duryee 

Joseph Drake 

William Hardenbrook 

Thomas Carmer 

Vincent De Lamontania \ 

[391] Cornelius Roosevelt Alderman 



Collector 
> Constables 



Montgomerie 
ward 



Mathew Buyce 
Obadiah Wells 
George Shaw 
John Stout 
David De Vore 
Samuel Wall 
Adolph Benson 
Aaron Myer 
Lawrence Benson 
Hendrick Van Breeme 
John Naugle 



Assistant 
J Asessors 

Collector 
^ Constables 

fAsessors 

Collector 



Out Ward 

Bowry Division 



Harlem 
Division 



(Constables 

Resolved, Nemine Contradicente, that Isaac Depeyster Esqf the 
present Treasurer or Chamberlain of the said City be and he is hereby 
Elected and appointed Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation 
for the year Ensueing he Giving Such Security as the Law Directs. 

Resolved and ordered by this board that Amos Dodge be Ap- 
pointed, and he is hereby Accordingly Appointed high Constable for 
the City & County of New York for the Year Ensuing or untill Some 
other fit person be Appointed and Sworn in his Room 

M'' John Abeel being Returned Elected an Assistant for the South 
ward of this City for the year Ensuing, Whereupon at the Request 
of Michael Thody a Candidate for an Assistant of the said Ward, to 
have a Scrutiny upon the Election this day had. It is orderd by this 
board that he have one Accordingly and that the said Scrutiny be 
made on the said Election in the presence of Ald°^ Nicholas Roosevelt, 
Aid?* Brinckerhoff Aid? Des Brosses, and Mess^ Gautier & Forbush 
or the Major part of them, who are hereby appointed a Committee for 
that purpose. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1923 this City to pay to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esq^ or order the 
Sum of one Hundred & fifty pounds to be by him Laid out 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1924 this City, to pay to Samuel Waldron or order the sum of 
£152 : 10 : 2 in full of his Account for monies by him Ex- 
pended and Laid out for the use of this Corporation &c as ^ his said 
account Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

[392] City of ^ gg At a Common Council! held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 8^ 

day of October Anno Dom 1767. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Michael Thody 
Andrew Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Boyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1925 of this City to pay to John Bogert Jun*" or order the Sum of 
£60, in full for a years Interest of £1000 due the 26*^ of 
September Last. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 
N? Treasurer of this City, to pay to Mf Robert Benson 

1926 or order the sum of fifty two pounds three Shillings, 

Warrant Issued to be by him applied in discharging Sundry Small 
Debts due from this Corporation to Charles Dobbs 
Cornelius Berrian & John King for work by them done, and for Mate- 
rials found in paving in front of Burlings, Pecks and Beekmans Slips 
as ^; their Accounts Sworn to & Allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to William Mitchell or order the Sum 
N? 1927 of £5 in full for a Quarters Sallary due unto him as pub- 
Hck Whipper of this City the 5*? Instant 

The Petition of William Weyman in behalf of & as Attorney to 
Mary Weyman of the City of Philadelphia and John Theobalds of the 
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before any Grant be made for the soil & water Lott fronting the Cor- 
ner Lott of William Brownjohn on Rotten Row that this board will 
be pleased to take into Consideration the Right, of those whom your 
petitioner Represents, and Grant them such Relief in the premisses as 
they in their Wisdom Shall Judge proper. Whereupon It is orderd 
that the Consideration thereof be deferred to Some future Common 
Councill. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1928 urer of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or 

Warrant Issued order the Sum of £78 : 6 : 10 (out of the moneys 
Raised by Virtue of an act Entituled an act for 
Regulating the publick Roads in the [393] City & County of New York 
and Collected & paid into his hands by the Church Wardens of this 
City) in full of an account Exhibited to this board for Repairing the 
said publick Roads to the I2*l» of September Last, as pf his account 
audited by this board & allowed of. 



City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 

14*? day of October 1767 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 

Jacob Brewerton ^Assistants 

Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggitt 



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The Oaths appointed by act of parliament to be taken, instead of 
the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, The Test and Abjuration 
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unto the Severall Majestrates, and Constables following, and also the 
usual oaths for the due Execution of their Respective offices Vizi 



[394] 



Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Amos Dodge 



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High Constable 



Petty Constables 
George Marschalk )for the East 



John Farrill 
Lawrence Burrows 
Benjamin Quereau 
Anthony Ackerly 
Henry Taylor 
Frederick Lasher 
Isaac Moses 
Manus Burger 
William Baldwin 
Thomas Carmer & 
Vincent [de La] Montanial 



Assessors 



Henry Kip 



George Brewerton Jun'' 
Leonard Kip 



ward 
D? West 

ward 
D? North 

ward 
D9 South 

ward 
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ward. 
Montgomerie 

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Bowery 

Division 

Harlem D? 



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John Forbes and Hor the North 

Stephen Steel ( ward 

John King /for the South 

V ward. 

Garrit Abeel & /for the Dock 

Nich? Quackenbush \ ward 

Jacob Duryee & /for Montgomerie 

Joseph Drake ^ ward 
George Shaw 






Aaron Myer / 



Bowery Division 
Harlem D? 



This Board Conceiving it Necessary for the present^ that two of 
their Rooms in the New Goal be appropriated and fitted up for the use 
of a Bridewell. It is therefore orderd that Aid? Brewerton, Aid™ 
Blagg and Aid? Cornelius Roosevelt with Mess^ Gotier and Huggit 
or the Major part of them be a Committee to fit up without Delay, 
any two of their said Rooms in the New Goal House, for the use & 
purpose of a Bridewell, and place the Expence thereof to this Board. 

Orderd by this Board that Aid? Brinckerhoof and Aid? Des 
Brosses with Mess"^? Benson and Abeel or any three of them be a Com- 
mittee, to Audit the Treasurers books of account, and all other ac- 
counts of this Corporation: and make their Report on the Auditt of 
the Treasurers books & accounts with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd by this board that Alderman Filkin and Aid? Nicholas 
Roosevelt be a Committee to Superintend Direct and order Such Re- 
pairs to be done to the ferry House peers &c at Nassau ferry, as they 
Shall Judge Necessary and place the Expence thereof to this Board 

[395] Orderd by this board that the Alderman of the East ward Cause 
a new Election of an Assessor for the said ward in the Room place 
and Stead of Robert Rutgers, who was Returned Elected an Assessor 
for said ward, and is neither a freeman nor freeholder, and the Elec- 
tion be on Tuesday next at ten oClock in the forenoon 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1929 of this City to pay to Docter John Bard or Order the sum of 

£8:0:0 in full of his Account for Attending Several! 

Inquests & Opening & Examining the bodys of Sundry persons at 

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Upon application of Henry HomefFer of this City Lessee to this 
Corporation for Leave to Mortgage three Certain Lotts of Ground 
Numbers loi : 102 & 103 Lately Leased by this Corporation to him 
for twenty one years Lying on the East Side of the Road or high way 
that Leads from the Spring Garden towards the Bowery nearly oppo- 
site the House of WiUiam Creland, as a Security for Borrowing upon 
Mortgage the Sum of £100 or thereabouts, in order to Enable him to 
Carry on and Compleat a new Dwelling House Lately Erected on said 
Lotts, or Some of them. It is therefore hereby orderd that Leave 
be Given to him accordingly provided the Sum does not Exceed £150 
LawfuU money of this province. 



City of ) ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYork| Hall of the said City on Monday the g^^ 

of November 1767 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
George Brewerton 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1930 this City to pay to Mf John Van Der Spiegle or Order the 
Sum of £123 14:2 for one year two Months & 23 days 
Interest of £1670 due & Ending the 10^ Instant 

Orderd the like to Miss Mary Burck or order the sum of 
N? 193 1 £30 in full for a Years Interest of £500 due unto her & 
Ending the I9*^ of September last past 

Ordered the Like to M^l Ann Crook and Others 
N? Ex^ of Charles Crook dec? or order the Sum of £30 

1932 in full for a years Int of £500 due unto them and 

Warrant Issued ending the 19*^ of September Last 



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Orderd the like to Miss Elizabeth Crook or order the 

N? 1933 Sum of £18 in full for a Years Interest of £300 due unto 

her & Ending the 8^? of October Last 

[396] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N9 1934 urer of this City to pay to Richard Waldron or Order the 

sum of £42 for a years Interest due unto him & Ending 

the 8^ day of October Last 

Orderd the like to Mess*? Abraham Duryee & An- 
N? drew Myer Church Wardens of this City or order the 

193s Sum of £500 being what this board Agreed to Borrow 

WarH Issued for the present (out of the Monies Raised by Virtue 
of An Act, Entituled an Act to Impower and Enable 
the Mayor Recorder & Aldermen of the City of New York or the 
Major part of them to Order the Raising a Sum not Exceeding £1000, 
by a tax on Estates Real & personal in the said City for the purposes 
therein mentioned made & passed the I9*^ of December 1766) to be by 
the said Church Wardens Applied towards defraying the Expence of 
the Minister & poor of this City, the ensuing Winter and that this 
board will Replace the same into the Treasury out of the first monies 
that Shall be Raised & Collected for the Minister & poor of this City. 
The Committe appointed by this board to Enquire into what was 
Necessary to be done at Nassau fferry Reported, that they were of 
opinion, that there should be a wharf laid from the block that Lies 
on the north East Side of the Stairs of About twelve foot wide, so as 
to Close from thence to the bam, which being Read was Approved of 
by this board, The Lessee of the said ferry appearing before this board, 
Oflfered to build the said Wharf (this board finding the Iron work) at 
twenty Shillings ^ foot which said offer being taken into Considera- 
tion by this board, was Agreed to and Orderd that the said Committee 
of the ferry do Inspect into the building of said wharf & Give Such 
necessary Directions therein as they Shall Judge necessary 

Orderd that the Committee of the Bridewell have power to Re- 
ceive proposals from Such persons as Shall or may Oflfer as keeper of 
said Bridewell, and Report the same to this board with All Convenient 
Speed thereafter 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the treas- 

N? urer of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order 

1936 the Sum of £345 15:0 (out of the monies paid into 

WarrS Issued his hands by the Church wardens of this City and 

Raised & Collected in Virtue of an Act of the Leg^sla- 



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ture of this province lately made & published) in full of [397] his 
two Severall accounts the one for monies by him advanced and paid to 
Sundry Watchmen for watching this City from the 2G^ of June 1767 
untill the 26^^ of September following: and the other is likewise for 
monies by him advanced & paid as well to Sundry Lampmen for 
Lighting the Citys Lamps from the 2V\ of July Last, to the 2i^i of 
October following, as for Divers Quantitys of Lamp Oyl, firewood & 
Candles found for the use of this Board as ^ his said account Sworn 
to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1937 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer, Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this Board or order the sum of Six pounds being 
the usual yearly Allowance made him by this Board for Extraordinary 
Services, and this board being Sensible of his having done more than 
the usual Extraordinary Services the Last year, do also order that 
the said Treasurer pay him the further Sum of four pounds 



City of )gg 
New York^ 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 20^^ 
of November 1767 



Mayor 



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Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Desbrosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Andrew Gautier 
Gilbert Forbush 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N9 1938 urer of this City to pay to John Cruger Esq^ or Order the 

Sum of £100 : 18 : 7J^ in full of his Account for Copper 



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Glass & Nails found towards Repairing the City Hall as ^ his said 
account audited & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1939 of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum 

of £13 : 8 : 5^ in full for the ballance of his account for his 
attendance in Overseeing & keeping the accounts of the Repairs done 
to the City Hall &c as p^ his said account audited & allowed of by this 
Board 

[398] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1940 urer of this City to pay to John Montanie or order the sum 

of £85 : 17 : II in full of his account for painting & Glazing 
the City Hall, as P^ his said account audited & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 1941 this City to pay to Andrew Breastead or order the Sum of 

£27 : 1 5 : o in full for the Ballance of his acct for work 

done to the City hall as ^ his said acc^ audited & allowed of by this 

board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1942 this City to pay to Stephen De Wight or order the sum of 
£t6 : 19 in full of his acct for work by him done for the 
City Hall as p'' his said ace*, audited and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1943 this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh Jun^ or order the sum 
of £16 : 3 : 5 in full of his acct for work done to the City 
hall as pf his said ace! audited & allowed of by this board 

The Committee who were appointed by this Board on the 14*? 
of October last to Examine into & Audit the publick accounts of this 
Corporation, Reported to this board that in pursuance of said Appoint- 
ment, they have Examined into the following accounts and audited 
them and found upon such Audit the Severall Ballances following to 
be due to this board Vizt from Augustus Van Cortlandt the Sum of 
£56 : 2 : 6 for all accounts Setled to the 2? of November Instant ; from 
Henry Cuyler Jun*" the Sum of £42 : 8 for Quit Rents to the 25*^ of 
March last past; from Whitehead Hicks Esqf the sum of £13 : 8 : i for 
the ballance in his hands on the accounts of the City hall ; from Philip 
Livingston Esqf for a Ballance Remaining in his hands on account of 
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Pontine the late Lessee from the ferry for which he was Security 
£190; both which added together make the sum of £202 : 13 :o: 
Whereupon It is ordered by this board that the said Several Ballances 
be paid into the Treasury, and that the Chamberlain thereof Do take 
Care that the same be Collected in without delay. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1944 of this City to pay to George Brewerton Esq^ or order one 
pound fourteen Shillings for the like Sum by him Ad- 
vanced & Laid out for the use of this Corporation 

[399] William Dobbs of this City Marriner Offered himself as a 
keeper, to the present Bridewell, under the Conditions following Vizt 
that this board Should Allow him the Sum of thirty five pounds for 
his trouble in Attending & Overseeing the Bridewell to the first of May 
Next to have the profits Arising from the Labour thereof, & finding 
the tools & Impliments Necessary for Carrying on the Business of a 
Bridewell, he the said Dobbs promising to Render a Just & True Ac- 
count to this Corporation quarterly of all the profits that Shall arise 
from the Labour thereof, which said proposals being taken into Con- 
sideration by this board were Approved of, & Thereupon orderd that 
the said William Dobbs be and he is hereby Accordingly Appointed 
keeper of the said Bridewell untill the first day of May nekt, upon the 
Terms & Conditions above said 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1945 of this City to pay to John Montania or order the Sum of 
£13 : 16 in full of his account for Glazing the New Goal as 
pf his said account Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1946 of this City to pay to the Executors of Stephen Bayard 
Esq^ deceased or order the Sum of £26 : 12 : 4 being what 
the Committee for auditing the publick acc*f of this Corporation Re- 
ported to be now due to said Estate on a Settlement for Quit Rents & 
fees of his Mayoralty as appears p^" said Report now filed & approved 
of by this board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1947 of this City to pay to Abraham Mesier or Order the Sum 

of forty two pounds four Shillings in full of his Account 

for Materials by him found as an Ironmonger for the City hall, as ^ 

his said Account Sworn to and Allowed of by this board 



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City of I «« At A Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the lo^^ 

of December Anno Dom 1767. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoff 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
And^ Gotier 
Gilbert Forbush 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

[400] Mf Mayor Produced to this board a List of the names of Sundry 
persons who had taken out Lycences for Retailing Strong Liquors 
within this City from the 25*l» of March 1766 to the 25*^ of March 1768 
Amounting in the whole to the Number of 303 persons & who had paid 
for the same £453 : 14. orderd he pay the same to the Treasurer or 
Chamberlain of this Corporation first Retaining thereout the Sum of 
£125 being what this board Agreed to Allow him for his fees as Clerk 
of the Markets from the i^*. of May 1767 to the iH of May 1768, also 
the further Sum of 4?, & paying thereout to the Clerk, of this board the 
sum of 5? for Every Lycence so by him Granted as aforesaid, and that 
the Ballance (after the above Deductions are made) to be paid into the 
Treasury Amount to £192 : 7 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1948 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a Quarters Sallary due unto him & Ending the 5*!? Instant 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1949 of this City to pay to M^ James Mills or Order the Sum of 

£56 : 12 for Victualling Sundry Criminals from the first of 

September Last to the first of this Instant December & as p^ his said 

account Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 1950 of this City to pay to Garrit Rapalie or order the sum of 

Sixteen pounds for divers Quantities of Refined Iron for 



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the use of this Corporation as ^ his said Account and sworn to and 
Allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Davis Hunt or Order the sum of 
N? 195 1 £14 14 : 4 in full of his acct for work done at the New Goal 
as p^ his said acci Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

M^ Mayor Acquainted this board that as the General Assembly of 
this province is now Sitting, it will be Worthy their Consideration to 
make Application for such Laws as they shall conceive Necessary for 
the Welfare of this City Whereupon this board Resolved and Or- 
derd that AD' Mayor be Requested to Apply to the said General Assem- 
bly for a Law to Impower the Mayor Recorder & Aldermen of this 
City, to order the Raising a Sum not Exceeding [401] £1400, for De- 
fraying the Expence of providing a Sufficient Number of Watchmen 
and Lighting of the publick Lamps, purchasing Oyl &c And that M^ 
Mayor be also desired to apply to the said Generall Assembly to have 
a Clause Added to the Act for the further Explaining and Rendering 
More Effectual the two Acts therein Mentioned, so farr as they Relate 
to the City of New York prolonging the time for Collecting in of the 
Taxes of the Minister & poor untill the 25^!? of Aprill Instead of the 
25*1^ of March 

The Petition of Nicholas Bayard of the Out ward of this City 
was preferred to this board praying that this board will be pleased 
to prolong his Lease of the publick Slaughter houses for 21 years from 
the I2*l» of September 1761 under such Restrictions as they shall Judge 
proper. Orderd the Consideration of this Petition be deferred for some 
time, as the Alderman & Common Councill man of the said out ward 
are absent. 

The Petition of Thomas White and Sundry other freemen and 
freeholders of this City, was preferred to this board & Read, praying 
that this board would be pleased not to open any Slip at the East End 
of Wall Street Opposite to the house and Ground of William Brown- 
john but on the Contrary will order the Docking out of the same 
Ground in such Manner as that no slip be Left, so farr as the Grants 
Contiguous thereto do Extend &c upon which said petition It is orderd 
by this board that the Resolution Entred Into the 9*^ of July 1766 for 
Reserving the Said Ground at the East End of Wall Street for the use 
of a publick Slip be Strictly adhered to & that the same be appropriated 
to no other use whatsoever 

The Petition of Catherine Marlin of the Out ward of this City 
Widdow, was preferred to this board and Read, praying that this board 



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would be pleased to permitt her to Occupy and Enjoy a Small piece of 
the Common Lands, which her Late father Sampson pels deceased hath 
for Many Years past possessed and on which she hath Lately Erected 
a Small Dwelling house and that Under such Moderate Reasonable 
rents as they shall Judge proper. Whereupon this board Orderd 
the Consideration thereof be Deferred as the Alderman & Common 
Councill Man of said out ward are absent 

[402] City of ^ ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New YorkC Hall of the said City on Friday the 18^^ of 

December Anno Dom 1767 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoff 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
AndV Gotier 
Gilbert Forbush 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 

Be it Ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the 
City of New York Convened in Common Council, and it is hereby 
Ordained by the Authority of the same, that the following Laws Or- 
ders & Ordinances of this Corporation be Renewed Established and 
published and to Continue in full force & Virtue, for one year from & 
after the date hereof VizT 

A Law for the due Observation of the Lords day Called Sunday 

A Law to prevent Strangers from being a Charge to this Corpo- 
ration 

A Law to Appoint Sworn Surveyors of this City 

A Law for the better preventing of fires 

A Law for marking of bread. 

A Law prohibiting the sale of meal & flower by Measure and for 
Appointing proper places for the sale of Meal flower Corn & Grain 

A Law for Regulating Negroes, Molattoes, and other Slaves 



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A Law for Regulating Carts and Cartmen 

A Law to Regulate the office of Gaugers of Liquors, packers of beef 
and pork, and Cullers of Staves, Heading and Hoops 

A Law Relating to makeing fremen 

A Law for Regulating the Lying of Vessels in the Great Dock 
and Slips of this City and for preserving the bridge & Common Sewer 
of the same Great Dock 

A Law for preserving the Commons and the fish in fresh water 
pond 

A Law for Regulating & Establishing fees for the Inviters to 
funerals 

[403] A Law for paving and Cleaning the streets. Lanes and Alleys 
within the City of New York and for preventing nusances within the 
same 

A Law prohibiting Hawkers and pedlers 

A Law for preventing frauds in firewood 

A Law for marking of butter 

A Law for Regulating fences 

A Law for regulating midwives within the City of New York 

A Law for Regulating the office of Chamberlain, or Treasurer of 
the City of New York 

A Law for the better Securing of the City of New York from the 
danger of Gun powder 

A Law declaring to what uses, the seal of this Corporation, the 
seal of the Mayors Court, and the seal of the Mayoralty of this City 
shall be put 

A Law for Regulating the publick Markets within the City of New 
York and for the preventing the forestalling of provisions Coming to 
the said Markets 

A Law to prevent the Selling or Giving of unripe fruit and Oysters 
within the City of New York (part of 2^ Section Repealed I2*l» of May 
1768, & an alteration made) 

A Law to Restrain and prohibit the Giving or selling of strong 
Liquors to any of the private Centinels of his Majestys Garrison, in 
the City of New York 

A Law to prevent Rafling in the City of New York 

A Law to ascertain the size of apple Barrels and Weight of onions 
that shall be brought to this City for sale or Exportation 

A Law to prohibit the sale of Hay by Measure 

A Law to ascertain the size of Carts and Regulate the sale of fire- 
wood in the Qty of New York 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 97 

Orderd that Alderman Filkin, Aid? Nicholas Roosevelt, Aid? 
Brewerton, & Aid? Cornelius Roosevelt, together with Mess*? For- 
bush, Abeel & Buyce or the Major part of them be a Committee to 
Regulate Crown street, in the west ward of this City, they takeing to 
their Assistance one of the City Surveyors and make Report thereof 
to this board with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd that the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N? 1952 urer of this City to pay to Rinier Knox or order the sum 

of three pounds four Shillings in full of his Account for 

Sixty four load of paying [paving] sand found for the south ward, 

as p'' his said Account sworn to & allowed of by this board 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1953 this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the sum of £15, 
to be by him laid out for the use of the Bridewell 

[404] City of 7 ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 14^ 

of January Anno Dom 1768 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
And^ Gotier 
Gilbert Forbush 
Robert Benson 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Hugg^t 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1954 this City to pay to Gerrard Depeyster or order the sum of 
twelve pounds for a Years Interest due unto him by bond 
from this board the 23? of December Last. 

The Committee appointed to regulate Crown Street made their 
Report in the words following. City of New York ss : We the Major 
part of the Committee appointed to Regulate Crown street, having 
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taken to our Assistance the City Surveyor for that purpose do Report 
that we have Levelled &c [Report not entered.] which Report being 
Read and filed, It was thereupon Orderd that the Consideration thereof 
be had at some future Common Councill, as a Petition of Sundry of the 
freeholders of said Street was this Day preferred against Regulating 
the same agreable to the above Report 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N° I9S5 this City to pay to Mathew Hopper or order the simi of 
£46 : I : 5 in full of his acct for smiths work done to the 
New Goal and also the further sum of £19 : 5 : 6 in full of one other 
acct, for work done to the Bridewell as p^ his said two ace*? audited by 
the Committee & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Davis Hunt or order the sum of thirty 
N? 1956 pounds and two pence in full of his Account for Carpenters 
work done to the new Goal as p'' his said Account Audited 
by the Committee and Allowed of by this board 

[405] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1957 urer of this City to pay to Thomas Warner or order the sum 

of £3 : 3 for sundry linnen & wollen Wheels found for the 
use of the Bridewell as pf his said acct audited & allowed of by this 
board 

Orderd the like to William Mitchel or order the sum 
N? 1958 of £5 in full for a Quarters Sallary due unto him as publick 

Whipper of this City & Ending the fifth Instant 

Orderd the like to Mess^? Abraham Dxiryec and 
N? Peter Curtenius Church wardens of this City or order 

1959 the sum of £100, being what this board agrees to bor- 

WarrS Issued row out of the Treasury in Addition of what they have 
heretofore had, from Monies paid into the Chamberlains 
hands by Virtue of an Act Entituled an act to Impower and Enable the 
Mayor Recorder and Aldermen of the City of New York for the time 
being, or the Major of them, to order the Raising a sum not Exceeding 
£1000, by a Tax on Estates Real & personal in the said City for the pur- 
poses therein Mentioned made and passed the 19*!^ of December 1766, 
the same to be applied to the Relief of the poor and objects of Charity 
now in this City and this board will Replace the same into the Treas- 
ury, out of the first monies, that Shall be Raised and Collected, for 
the Minister & poor of this City 

The Committee appointed to Examine Into the Claims of John 



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Burger and John De Bow, to water Lotts to the westward of Hunters 
Quay, this day made their Report to this board, in the words follow- 
ing Viz* City of New York ss: Whereas John Burger of this City 
Bricklayer did prefer a petition to this board dated September the 30^ 
1766 praying for a Grant of the water Lott &c &c &c which Report 
being Read and taken into Consideration by this board, was approved 
of & ORDERD to be Entered and filed. [Report not entered.] 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Friday the 29^ of 

January 1768 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
George Brewerton ^ 

Corn? Roosevelt I -^ «. au 

Benj» Blagg f^" ^^"™^° 

Elias Des Brosses J 

Gilbert Forbush 
Mathew Buyce 

Robert Benson ^Assistants 

John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 

[406] Evert Bush, Tulip May and Pierce Wood Severally made ap- 
plication to this board to be appointed to the office of publick Measurer 
of this City and this board takeing the same into Consideration orderd, 
that they be Severally appointed to the said office of Measurer of this 
City, and that they Respectively take the usual oath for the Execution 
of the said office 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? i960 this City to pay to Garrit Rapalie or order the sum of Six- 
teen pounds two Shillings and Ten pence for a Quantity of 
Iron furnished for the use of the Corporations Dock or Wharf at 
Nassau ferry as ^ his said Account sworn to & allowed of 

Orderd the like to George Willis or order the sum of 
N? 1961 Seven pounds four Shillings & an half penny for Masons 
work and Materials found for the use of the bridewell, as P^ 
his said Ace! sworn to and Allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Charles Gillmore or order the sum of 
N? 1962 £3:11 for one Chaldrin of Coal found for the use of the 
Bridewell as p^ his said ace*, sworn to and allowed of by this 
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Orderd the like to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esq^ or order the 
N? 1963 smn of £50 for advance money for the use of the Corpora- 
tions peer 

Orderd the like to Joseph Montania or order the sum 
N? 1964 of £10 : 1 : 10 in full of his acd for work done to the Dock 
in the East River, as pf his said acct audited & allowed of by 
this board 

Orderd the like to M^ Albert Herring or order the sum 
N? 1965 of £1 : o : 10 for 50 Bunches of Straw found for the use of 
the Bridewell, as p^ his said account audited & allowed of by 
this board 

The firemen for the Severall wards in this City being now ap- 
pointed by this board, and are as follows Vizt 

for the 



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West Ward 
Gulian Varick 
John Van Dolsen 
Cornelius Hyer 
Marselius Gerbrants 
Jeremiah Goddard 
Robert Harding 
Bemardus Swartwout 
George Stanton 
James Lawrence 
John Suriker 
John De Groot 
John Stagg 

South Ward 
Isaac Marschalk 
Aert Huysman 
Thomas Lawrence 
Jacob Roome 
Andrew Ten Eyck 
Daniel Ebbets 
John Montania 
John Wessells 
William Boyd 
Garrit Waldron 
Abraham Laback 
Isaac Laback 



North Ward 
John De Lamater Jun'' 
Cornelius Turck 
Ahasuerus Turck Jun'^ 
Francis Barrea 
Peter Geerbrants 
Isaac Stoutenburgh 
Isaac De Lamater 
John De Lamater 
Isaac Bogert 
Isaac Meed 
Jacob De Groot 
William Elsworth 

East Ward 
Peter Bogert 
John Roome 
John Targier 
William Bokee 
Nicholas De Riemer 
Francis Bassett 
John Alstyne 
Jeronimus Alstyne 
Victor Bicker 
John Bergen 
William post 
Nathaniel Fish 



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Dock Ward 
And7 Breastead 
Daniel Ten Eyck 
Charles philHpse 
Henry De Forrest 
James Varick 
Henry Sickels 
Evert Wessells 
John Silvester 
Henry Will 
James Van Duyck 
John Bridgewater 
John Montania Jun^ 



Montgomerie Ward 
William Hardenbrook 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
John Sticklen 
John Elsworth 
Lodwick Inslaer 
Stephen Crossfield 
Will? I : Elsworth 
Peter Ryker 
Peter Roome 
Com? Vansise 
Richard Cornwill 
Mathew Vredenburgh 



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At a Common Coimcill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the ii*^ 
of February 1768 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Andrew Gotier 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 



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M^ Marschalk one of the Citys Surveyors, Returned a plan of two 
Roads, which he had made by order of a Committee of this board Lead- 
ing from the Bowery Lane to the Hill or Sand Bank toward Grinage 
[Greenwich] and the same being taken into Consideration by this 
board, they thereupon made Choice of the widest of the said two 
Roads, and orderd that the Clerk of this Board, Give notice to those 
persons who have Lands Contiguous thereto, to Shew Cause on Mon- 
day next (if any they have) at the Common Councill Chamber in the 
City Hall of this City, why the same should not be Recorded, and to 
Remain as a publick Road for ever 



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[408] Tobias Van Zandt and Abraham Ten Eyck made application to 
this board to be appointed to the Office of a publick Measurer of this 
City, and this board taking the same into Consideration orderd that 
they be Severally appointed to the said Office of Measurer of this City 
they taking the usual Oath for the due Execution of their Respective 
offices 

The Petition of Henry Holland and Others for the Grant of 
Water Lots Lying Between the Corporation peer and the Exchange, 
was preferred to this board and Read and Orderd to be Deferred for 
further Consideration 



City 
New York 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Monday the 15^!? 
day of February 1768. 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq'" 
Francis FiUcin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbush 
Andrew Gotier 
John Abeel 



Mayor 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 1966 this City to pay to Andrew Breastead Jun'^ or order the Sum 
of £68 : 5 : 5 in full of his acc^ for work done to Bedlows 
Island, as ^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Anthony Ackley or order the Sum of 
N? 1967 £3 : 15 in full of his acc^ for Sundrys found for the Bride- 
well as ^ his said acct audited by this board & allowed of 



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Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the sum of 
N? 1968 £13 : 17 : 6 in full for five Chaldron of Cole and Carting 
found for the use of the Bridewell as ^. his said Account 
Sworn to & Allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the Like to Joshua De St Croix or order the sum 
N? 1969 of three pounds for the passage of three persons to New port 
by Order of the Mayor 

[409] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1970 of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum 

of £460 117:9 (paid into his hands by the Church wardens 
of this City and Raised and Collected in Virtue of an Act of the Legis- 
lature of this province Lately made and published) in full for his two 
Several Accounts, the one for Moneys by him Advanced and paid to 
Sundry Watchmen, for Watching this City from the 2i''t of Septem- 
ber 1767 to the 27^^ of December following, and the other is likewise 
for Moneys by him Advanced and paid as well to Sundry Lampmen 
for Lighting the Citys Lamps from the 2i^t of October 1767 to the 
2i't of January 1768. as for Lamp Oyl by him provided for the use 
of said Lamps &c as p'' his said account Sworn to & allowed of by this 
board 

Orderd the like to M^ Andrew Gotier or order the Sum 
N? 1971 of £67 : 14 : 8^ in full of his acct for work done to the 
bridewell as ^. his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this 
board, also the further sum of £0 : 17 :4j4 in full of one other ace* 
for work done to the Coenties Market &c as ^ said acct audited and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Thomas Shrieve Esq'' or order the 
N? 1972 sum of £7 : 18 : 6 in full of his acct for Sundry disburse- 
ments for the Burial of 49 bodys between the I't of January 
1764 and the i***. of January 1768. as pf his said account Sworn to and 
allowed of by this board 

Alderman Filkin Acquainted this board that John Ide Myer de- 
sired him to move this Board for Leave to Erect a Hay Machine for 
the Weighing of Hay, in that part of his ward directed by Act of 
Assembly. It is thereupon orderd by this board that Leave be Given 
to him Accordingly and that the said Alderman and his Assistant do 



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direct where the same Shall be so Erected by the said John Ide Myer 
for the purposes aforesaid 



City of ] 
New York ( 



SS. 



Present/. 



[410] 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Tuesday tlie 
23? of February 1768. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

Nicholas Roosevelt 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Dirick Brinckerhoof 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Jacob Brewerton 

Andrew Gotier 

Gilbert Forbes 

Robert Benson 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 



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Whereas Francis Marschalk one of the City Surveyors on Thurs- 
day the Eleventh of this Instant February, Preferred a plan of two 
Roads Leading from the Bowery Lane to the hill or Sand Bank towards 
Grenage [Greenwich] for the approbation of this Board. They there- 
upon made Choice of the widest of the two, And orderd that the per- 
sons Claiming Lands Contiguous thereto, have notice to shew Cause on 
the monday following, at the Common Council Chamber why the same 
should not be Recovered, and to Remain as a publick [road] for ever 
And whereas no Sufficient Cause hath Since been shewn to this board 
to the Contrary this Board thereupon Orderd that the same be Ac- 
cordingly Recorded a publick Road and to Continue as such untill an 
order of this board to the Contrary, a plan of which said Road is now 
filed, with the Report of the Committee Endorsed thereon, and ap- 
proved and Confirmed of by this board which said Road agreeable to 
the plan now filed Runs from the old House fronting the Bowery Lane, 
North Seventy three degrees & thirty minutes, west Six Chains and 
Eighty five Links, thence north Sixty four degrees and forty five 



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minutes, west twenty two Chains and thirty Links to the Brook Called 
by the Indian name, Minnetta Water 



City of ) 
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SS. 



At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 2? 
of March 1768. 



Mayor 



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Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinckerhoff 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Andy Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 

[411] Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 1973 urer of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and 

Doorkeeper to this board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in full 
for a Quarters Sallary due unto him and Ending the first Instant and 
likewise the further sum of five Shillings for Candles by him found for 
the use of the Committee for Auditing the publick accounts 

Orderd the like to Henry Cruger or Order the sum of 
N? 1974 £30 for one years Interest of £500 due unto him and Ending 
the first day of November Last 

Whereas this Board orderd on the 20*1* of November 1767 that the 
Mayor should Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of this City to pay 
to John Cruger Esq'" or order the sum of £100 : 18 : 7^/2 in full of an 
account Exhibited to this board for Copper Nails & Glass Supplied by 
him towards Repairing the City Hall, And whereas It appears to this 
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said John Cruger the 20*? of February 1766 by which it appears that 
the said John Cruger was fully Satisfied and paid for the same, and 
therefore it is now orderd that the Entry so made for a warrant to 
Issue to the said John Cruger of the 20*? of November 1767 be void 
and the same is hereby accordingly made void and of none Effect 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 1975 this City to pay to James Mills or order the sum of £46 : 9 : 

6, for Victualing Sundry Crimminals &c from the i^t of 

December Last to the i^t of this Instant March, as ^ his said ace! 

Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

The Petition of Abraham Governeur for the Grant of a water Lott 
fronting the House in the possession of M*"? Farmer on Hunters Quay 
was preferred to this board and Read and orderd by this board that 
the same be deferred for further Consideration 

The Committee who were appointed to Inspect into the titles of 
the petitioners for water Lots fronting Hunters Key Reported that they 
have Accordingly Examined into their titles and are of opinion, that 
Grants ought forthwith to Issue in favour of the following persons 
upon the Terms heretofore agreed upon (to wit) to the Heirs of Paul 
Richards a Grant of 168 feet in Length and of the Breadth fronting 
the said River 23 feet 6 Inches & a half, also to Elizabeth Richards for 
a Grant of the breadth of 23 feet 8 Inches on said River & of the 
Length aforesaid also to Jacob Sarly for a Grant of the breadth of 42 
feet on the said River & of the Length af? also to John Smith for a 
Grant of the Breadth of 19 feet 9 Inches & a quarter of an Inch & of 
the Length af^ also to Nicholas Governeur for the Grant of the 
breadth of 55 feet & of the length aforesaid also to [Peter?] Hallett 
for a Grant of the breadth of 19 feet 9 Inches & }i & oi the [412] 
length aforesaid also to James Janucey for a Grant of the breadth of 
23 feet 6}i Inches & of the Length aforesaid and also to W^ Walton 
Esq'' and the heirs of Jacob Walton Dec^ for a Grant of the breadth of 
58 feet & iJ/2 [inches] and of the Length aforesaid that the westermost 
moietie or half part thereof be Granted to the said William Walton & 
the eastermost moietie to the heirs of the said Jacob Walton, which 
Report being taken into Consideration by this board was approved of, 
and thereupon orderd that the Clerk prepare Drafts of them accord- 
ingly and Likewise to David Abeel of the breadth of 19 feet 9 Inches 
& a Quarter and of the Length af? 



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City of 7 ^5, At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York| Hall of the said City on Thursday the 24*^ 

of March 1768. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoff 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Andrew Gotier 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 1976 this City to pay to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esqr or order the 

sum of £107 : 4 : 6 in full of his acct for sundry sums by 

him advanced and paid for the use of this Corporation as p'" his said 

account audited & allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the like to M*^ Sarah Brock or order the siuh of 

N? 1977 £3 : 19 for Sundry Expences by her laid out by order of the 

Justices as p'^ her said ace! audited by this board & allowed of. 

[413] Orderd that the Clerk of this board prepare an Advertisement 
to be put in all the publick or Weekly Gazzettes for Letting to farm 
(on Thursday the 7^^ of Aprill next, at the Common Councill chamber 
in the City Hall of the said City at three oClock in the afternoon) by 
publick out Cry, to the highest bidder the Stalls and Standings in the 
Severall Markets of this City, for the term of one year to Commence 
the first day of May next, the Rent to be paid Quarterly, and that this 
Board or the Major part of them be a Committee for Letting the same 
upon such Conditions as they shall Judge proper 

Orderd the Mayr Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1978 of this City, to pay to William Dobbs or order the sum of 
Twenty five pounds on account of the Bridewell 

The Corporation taking into Consideration the Petition of Nich- 
olas Bayard, for a Renewal of his Lease of the publick Slaughter 
house, thereupon orderd that the clerk prepare a Lease to him accord- 



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ingly for the Term of Eighteen years to Commence from the 12*^ day 
of September 1771 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1979 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
Sum of twenty five pounds out of the Monies Raised by 
Virtue of an Act, Intituled an Act for Regulating the publick Roads 
in the City & County of New York, and Collected and paid into his 
hands by the Church wardens of this City to be by him laid out in 
Repairing such of the publick Roads, as Shall be thought Necessary 
Whereas It appears to this board, that Very Large Sums of money 
are due and in Arrear to this Corporation from a Number of persons 
for Rents Reserved on Grants and otherwise which have been from 
time to time Issued to them, It is therefore orderd that publick No- 
tice be Given by publishing this order in the several Newspapers in 
this City, that unless such arrears of Rent be paid, to the Chamberlain 
of this Corporation on or before the first day of May next, this board 
will Either Reenter into the premisses Granted to Such persons who 
shall appear to be in arrear on that day or will prosecute them on their 
covenants for the same. 

City of 7 ^^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 7^l» 

of Aprill 1768 
Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoff 
Elias Des Brosses 
Benjamin Blagg ^ 

[414] Andrew Gotier "^ 

Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
ORDERD the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N** 1980 this City to pay to Isaac Meade or order the Sum of £16 : 
3 : Sy2. in full of his acct for work by him done for the use 
of the Corporation to the Markits Docks and Bridges, by order of M^ 
Jacob Brewerton as ^ his said acc^ audited by the Committee & al- 
lowed of by this board 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 109 

Orderd the like to Richard Pettit or order the sum of 
N? 1981 Sixteen Shillings in full of his Account for work done to 

the drain at the ferry, by order of M'" Jacob Brewerton as 

p'" his said acct audited by the Committee and allowed of by this board 

Obdebd the like to Jacobus Slover or order the sum of 

N? 1982 £2 : 6 in full of his account for work done to the old slip 

Market by order of M^ Jacob Brewerton as p^ his said ac- 
count audited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1983 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the sum of 

five pounds in full for a Quarter's Sallary due unto him as 
publick Whipper of this City & Ending the fifth Instant 

This being the day appointed by an Order of this Board of the 
twenty fourth of March Last, for Letting to farm by publick Out Cry, 
the Stalls and Standings in the Several Markets of this City, for the 
Term of one year, to Commence on the first day of May next, the same 
were Accordingly Exposed to sale by publick out Cry, and purchased 
by John Bingam of the City Cordwainer for the sum of £410, Subject 
to the Conditions Just Read & Subscribed to by the said John Bingam 
in the presence of a Committee of this board Whereupon It is orderd 
by this board that the Clerk prepare a Lease for the same to the said 
John Bingam and likewise a bond from the said John Bingam with 
Security to this board for the performance of the Covenants to be In- 
certed in said Lease in the penalty of £820 



City of J ^,^ At a Common Councill held at the City 



of 1^ 
New York| '^"^' Hall of the said City on Friday the 15*^ of 

Aprill 1768. 
[415] Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Mathew Buyce 



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Jacob Brewerton 
Andrew Gotier 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 



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ORDERD the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 1984 this City to pay to M^ John Alsop, or order the sum of 

£87 : 5 : 10 for the Interest of his three several bonds of 

£500 Each one of which became due the 25^? of September Last one 

other the 23? of December and the other the 14*^ of March following 

Whereas It appears to this board that two Vacant Lots of Ground 
in Montgomerie Ward of this City opposite to M^ Robert Benson being 
the property of John Bennet of London, are become Nusances because 
of the Great Quantity of filth and Dirt being thrown there, It is there- 
fore ORDERD that Alderman Blagg & M^ Benson be a Committee to Re- 
move the said Nusance by Inclosing the same According to an Act of 
Assembly of this province 

Orderd that Alderman Des Brosses and M^ Forbes be added to the 
Committee appointed the 6^t of May 1767 for Causing the Land in 
possession of David Provoost belonging to this Corporation to be Sur- 
veyed and possess themselves of the same for and in behalf of this 
Corporation 

The Petition of a Number of freeholders and principal Inhabi- 
tants in the Neighbourhood of the old slip was preferred to this board 
and Read orderd the Consideration thereof be Deferred for further 
Consideration 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1985 of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the sum of 
£3 : 5 : 6 for a Chaldron of Coal purchased by him for the 
use of the Bridewell 



City of 7 ^;,« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York V ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

12*^ of May 1768 

Present*/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
[416] Jacob Brewerton 

Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 
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Orderd that the Assize of Bread be till further order flower at 19/3 

A White Loaf of the finest flower to weigh i"^ io°* for 4 Coppers 

D? ofD? to weigh I2>^ for 2 D? 

And further order'd that no other bread be made for sale within 
this City, than According to this Assize (hard Bisquets only Excepted) 
and that all Bakers within the same take Notice hereof and make their 
bread Accordingly 

Upon Reading the Copy of a petition of Susannah Warren Wid- 
dow Relict and Executrix of the last Will and Testament of the late 
Honourable S*" Peter Warren Deceased on behalf of herself and the 
Devisees in the will of the said Peter Warren, William Bayard Esq^ & 
Jellis Mandevill Lately preferred to his Excellency Sir Henry Moore 
Captain General & Commander in Chief in & over the province of New 
York &c in Councill praying a Grant to them & their Heirs & Assigns 
for ever the soil under the water upon hudsons River opposite to their 
Lands, to begin at Low Water Mark to Extend four hundred feet into 
the East River & to Run from the north west Comer of the Lands of 
the said Mandevill under such Reasonable Quit Rents &c as also the 
order of Councill thereon, orderd that the Clerk of this board Enter 
a Caveat against Granting the prayer of said petition until they be 
heard by Councill on the Subject matter thereof 

Orderd that Richard Ten Eyck be appointed one of the firemen of 
the Dock ward in the Room of John Bridgewater who is lately Re- 
moved out of the said ward 

The Corporation taking into Consideration the Report of the Com- 
mittee who were appointed to Inspect into the title and Claim of Will- 
iam and George Janeway to a Certain Tract of Land Lying on the 
south side of the fresh water and the south East side of the Colkhook 
do approve of the said Report, and Agree to Release to the said Will- 
iam & George Janeway and their Assigns All their Right to the Sever- 
al Lots of Ground Mentioned in said Report, to wit Lots N? 39 : 40 : 
41 : 42 : 43 : 44 : 45 : 46 : 47 : & 48 upon Condition that they in Consider- 
ation thereof, do Release & quit Claim to the Mayor Aldermen & Com- 
monalty of the City of New York all their and each of their Right 
& Title to all those two Rods, Seven perches & four tenths of a perch 
mentioned in said Report, which appears upon a Late Survey made by 
said Committee to have fallen Short of the Quantity of Land Ex- 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1986 of this City to pay to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esq?" or order the 
sum of £150 towards finishing the Corporation peer and 
likewise the further sum of £40 : 10 : oj/i being so much advanced and 
laid out by him for the use of this board, on the said Corporation peer 
& at Nassau ferry &c as pf his said account audited & allowed of by 
this board 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the sum of 
N? 1987 £47 : 7 (out of the Monies paid into his hands by the Church 
wardens of this City & Raised by Virtue of an Act, Intituled 
an Act for Regulating the publick Roads, in the City & County of New 
York) in full for the ballance of his account for work by him done on 
said publick Roads to the 2^^]^ of November Last as ^ his said account 
Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the like, to Gilbert Forbes or order the sum 
N? 1988 of two pounds Sixteen Shillings and Nine pence for Sun- 
drys found by him for the use of the bridewell and likewise 
the further Sum of Eight pounds one Shilling & Nine pence half 
penny for Sundrys found for the use of the Alms house, as ^ his 
said Accounts Audited & Allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Mess*? Abeel & Byvanck or order 
N? 1989 the sum of £5 : 11 : 9 for divers Quantitys of Nails furnished 
Andrew Breestead with, for the use of Bedlows Island as 
pf their said account Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Stephen Terhune or order the sum 
N? 1990 of £4 : 2 : 7 in full of his account for Glazing done to the 
Alms & ferry houses, as p*" his said account sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

A Law to Alter and Repeal Part of a Law Entitled a Law 
TO Prevent the Selling or Giving of Unripe Fruit 
& Oysters within the City of New York. 
Whereas by the Second Section of the above mentioned Law En- 
tituled a Law to prevent the Selling or Giving of unripe fruit or Oys- 
ters within the City of New York, it is ordained that if any person or 
persons whatsoever at any time during the Months of May June July 
& August shall presume to sell, utter offer or Expose to sale or bring 
any Oysters within this City every such offender or offenders shall for- 
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Now BE IT ORDAINED by the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty in 
Common Council Convened, and it is hereby Ordained by the Au- 
thority of the same, that the said Second Section in the said Law shall 
Relate to prohibit the taking Oysters within the Months above men- 
tioned from the Banks or Bay within and between the Limits of this 
City, & the North Side of Staten Island only, and the other part of the 
said Section is hereby Repealed, [418] and every person or persons who 
shall take or bring to this City any Oysters within the months above- 
mentioned, or that shall presume to give Sell utter or offer or Expose 
to sale any Oysters that shall be taken & Got from the Banks or Bay 
within and between the Limits of this City, and the North Side of 
Staten Island, shall forfeit the sum of three pounds for every offence, 
to be Recovered as in and by the above Recited Law, the penalties 
therein mentioned are directed and appointed to be Recovered 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1991 of this City, to pay to M'^ Thomas Shrieve or order the sum 
of ijzj : 6 : 3 in full for the ballance of his account for his 
Attendance & overseeing the building of the Corporations peer and for 
Sundry Sums by him advanced & Laid out for the use of the Said peer 
as ^ his said account sworn to & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh Jun^" or order the 
N? 1992 sum of £11 : II in full of his account for Storing & Cleans- 
ing the Citys musquits and Cartoutch Boxes and for mend- 
ing Sundry Locks & keys &c. for this Corporation, as ^ his said ac- 
count, sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

ORDERD the Like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order 
N? the sum of £458 : 2 : 10 (out of the Monies paid into 

1993 his hands by the Church wardens of this City & 

Warrant Issued Raised & Collected, in Virtue of an Act of the Legis- 
lature of this province, lately made & published for 
the ballance of his two Several accounts, the one for monies by him 
advanced & paid to sundry Watchmen for Watching this City from the 
28*? of December last untill the 28^ of March following and the other 
is likewise for Monies by him advanced & paid as well to Sundry 
Lampmen, for Lighting the Citys Lamps from the 21't of January Last 
to the 2i'i of Aprill following, as for divers Quantities of Lamp Oyl 
found for the use of the Citys Lamps &e as p^" his said account sworn 
to, & allowed of by this Board 
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City of ) ^« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Fryday the 3^ of 

June Anno DoTiT 1768. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq?" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
[419] Robert Benson 

Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
Andrew Gautier 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1994 of this City to pay to Johannes Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15, in full for 
a Quarters Sallary due unto him & Ending the first Instant 

Orderd the like to James Mills or order the Sum of 
N9 1995 forty two pounds Eleven Shillings & three pence for Vic- 
tualling Sundry Criminals &c from the 2*!? of March last 
to the 1^5 of June Instant, as ^ his said Account sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this board. 

Ordered the like to William Dobbs, or order the Sum of 
N? 1996 £86 : 15 : i^ in full for the ballance of his account as over- 
seer of the Bridewell, as p'^ his said account audited by a 
Committee for that purpose and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd by this board that the Aldermen & Common Councill men 
of the South and Dock wards, do Cause the Spurr fronting the West 
Great Dock in the south ward of this City, to be Repaired, and to be 
of the breadth of forty five feet Ranging with the Street Leading from 
the White hall, easterly so farr as the present Spurr now Runs 

Orderd that Alderman Filkin be appointed Chairman of the Com- 
mittee appointed the twentieth of July Last in the Room of Alderman 
Nicholas Roosevelt, who is Indisposed, and that Alderman Cornelius 
Roosevelt be added to the said Committee, to Inquire into the allega- 
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Relative to this boards Contributing towards Defraying the Ex- 
pence of Repairing the Road across the Meadow between powluses 
Hook in New Jersey and the upland. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1997 of this City to pay to M^ John De Peyster Jun^ or order 
the Sum of £184 : 16 : oyi to be by him applied in Dis- 
charging officers Quarters in the year 1767. 

Orderd that Charles Giles be appointed, and he is hereby accord- 
ingly appointed one of the publick Measurers of this City on his 
taking the usual oath for the due Execution of said office and the said 
Charles Giles was at the Same time admitted and Sworn a free man 
of this Corporation and orderd to be Registred. 



[420] City of 1 
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At a Common Coimcill held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Tuesday the 28*? 
of June 1768 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 



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The Committee appointed on Friday the 3? of June 1768 to Cause 
the Spur fronting the west Great Dock, in the South ward of this City, 
to be Repaired and to be of the breadth of 45 feet. Ranging with the 
Street Leading from the White hall Easterly so farr as the present 
Spur now Runs. Reported to this Board in the words following. We 
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we have Agreed with John Andrew Valt of Staten Island to make the 
Dock within mentioned, to be of 140 feet in Length, 12 feet wide & 10 
feet Deep, for which we have agreed to allow him £190 provided the 
same be finished in a Good and workman like manner, whereupon the 
same being taken into Consideration by this Board was unanimously 
agreed and approved of. 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants Living and Residing in and 
near Murrays Street, in the west ward of this City, was preferred to 
this Board, praying that the said Street might be Regelated by this 
board whereupon it is orderd by this board, that the same Street be 
Regelated by the Committee appointed for Regulating of the Several 
publick Streets in the west ward of this City 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 1998 of this City to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 
£21 : 2 : 6 in full of his accoimt for work done for this Cor- 
poration as p'' his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Garrit Rapalie or order the Sum of 
N? 1999 £16 : 2 : ID for a Quantity of Refined Iron by him found for 
the use of this Corporation, as p*" his said acct sworn to & 
allowed of by this board 

[421] The Clerk of this Board preferred the Draft of a Grant to Jacob 
Sarly of a water Lott fronting Hunters Key, was Read and Approved 
of, and orderd by this board that the same be Engrossed and pre- 
ferred to the next Common Councill. 

Orderd by this board that John Clopper be, and he is hereby ap- 
pointed, a wharfinger of this Corporation to Collect in the wharfage 
ariseing from the two Sides of the Corporations additional peer only, 
for one year from the first of July next, and that this board will allow 
him the usual Commission, which is Received by Francis Marschalk 
as wharfinger for some of the proprietors of water Lots in the Dock 
ward 

Orderd that the Aldermen and Common Councill Men of Mont- 
gomerie and the East wards as also the Alderman of the Out ward or 
the Major part of them be a Committee to Treat with some proper 
person with Regard to the Expence of Laying a peer on the west side 
of pecks Slip and make Report thereof to this board with all Con- 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2000 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
sum of £50 out of the Monies paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City and Raised & Collected by Virtue of an 
Act Intituled an act for Regulating the publick Roads in the County 
of New York, on account of work done on the said publick Roads 

ORDERD the like to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
N? 2001 £5 in full for a Quarters Sallary which will be due to him 
as publick Whipper of this City the 5*? of July next 



City of ) «« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Thursday the 11*^ 

day of August Anno Dom 1768. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Gilbert Forbes 
Robert Benson 
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Orderd that the Assize of Bread be till further order flower at 
16/6 ^ Cent. 

A white Loaf of the finest flower to weigh i"^ io°* for 4 Coppers 

D9 of D? ..to weigh 13 for 2 Coppers 

And further Orderd, that no other bread be made for sale with- 
in this City, then According to the above Assize (hard Bisquits only 
Excepted) and that all [422] Bakers within the same take notice there- 
of and make their Bread Accordingly 

Be it Ordained by the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York Convened in Common Councill and it is hereby 



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Ordained by the Authority of the same that the Law Entituled a Law 
for Regulating the publick Slaughter house within the City of New 
York which on the 13*? of August Last, was Renewed Established & 
published be G^ntinued Established & published and to Remain & 
Continue in full force for one year from and after the date hereof 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2002 of this City to pay to George Brewerton Esq^ or order the 

sum of five pounds for so much by him advanced and paid 

for the Expences of the Committees upon the Roads and Bridewell as 

p^ his account audited and allowed of by this board 

Whereas this board (agreable to an act of the Governor Coun- 
cill & General Assembly of this province, Entituled an act to Enable 
and Empower the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of 
New York and their Successors, to prevent and Remove particular 
Nusances within the same, to the southward of fresh water made 
and published in the 27*^ year of the Reign of his late Majesty King 
George the second) did on the 21'i of November 1754 take into their 
possession a small piece of Vacant Ground then deemed to be a 
Nusance Lying to the north East of the oswego market in the west 
ward of this City fronting on the one side towards maiden Lane and 
on the other side towards the Broadway which they afterwards 
Caused to be fenced in at their Expence and Whereas this board on 
the 1*5 of May 1757 did give the possession of the same Lot of Ground 
to one Isaac Conaro, then and as yet of this City Bricklayer on his en- 
gaging to pay to this board and their Successors yearly and Every 
year, for so long time, as he should possess & Enjoy the same, the sum 
of £10, and whereas one Christopher Hogeland and the heirs of Stephen 
Richards late of this City Deceased, have lately Claimed and now ap- 
pearing to this board to be the true Legal owners and proprietors of 
the same Ground and one of them to wit the said Christopher Hogeland 
delivered in to this Corporation the sum of £18 : 17 : 5 in full for the 
Ballance due from the said Isaac Conaro to this Board for fencing in 
the said Lott paving the Street fronting the same, and the Rent accrued 
thereon which they thought proper to Receive in full Satisfaction for 
the same And thereupon orderd that Alderman Brinckerhoff and 
Mess^ Forbes and Abeel do Request the said Isaac Conaro to deliver 
up the possession [423] of the said Lott of Ground to the said Chris- 
topher Hogeland and the heirs of the said Stephen Richards as being 
the owners and proprietors thereof who shortly afterwards Returned 
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up the possession of the same to the said Christopher Hogeland ac- 
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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on ffriday the 12^^ 
day of August 1768 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Com? Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
John Abeel 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Gilbert Forbes 
Andrew Gotier 
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Orderd by this board for the future that all Grants Issued by this 
board for Lands be under the seal of this Corporation, and witnessed 
by the Mayor and Senior Alderman present in Common Councill 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2003 this City to pay to Luke Roome or order the sum of £117 : 
6 : 6 in full of his acct for the like Sum by him paid to 
Sundry persons by order of Aldermen Brinckerhoof and Des Brosses 
&c for Cleansing the Coenties Slip, Burling Slip and Ferry Slip as p*" 
his said acct audited and allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the like to Docter Beekman Van Bueren or 
N? 2004 order the sum of £30 : 5 in full of his acct for administering 
Simdry Medicines to Several persons objects of Charity in 
this City by order of the Justices as p^ his said ace*, sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Davis Hunt or order the Sum of 
N? 2005 £80 :9 : i>4 in full of his acct for work done to the City 
Hall as p^ his said account Sworn to and allowed of by this 
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Orderd the Like to Jacobus Stoutenbergh or order the 

N? 2006 Sum of £227 : 16 : 8 in full of his ace* for Sundry fire 

Buckets made for this Corporation and likewise for a years 

Sallary Attending the fire Engines & for Sundry Repairs done from 

time to time as p*" his said acct sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

[424] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2007 urer of this City to pay to Samuel Waldron or order the 

Sum of two hundred & two pounds & Seven pence in full 
of his Account for monies Expended and Laid out for building a 
wharf and sundry Repairs done at the ferry and likewise for the Gov- 
ernment Tax of said ferry and ferry house, as ^ his said Account 
Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Mess*"? Abeel and Bivanck or order 
N? 2008 the sum of five pounds Eleven Shillings and Nine pence in 
full of his Account for divers Quantities of Nails Delivered 
to Andrew Breasted for Repairing the houses on Bedlows Island be- 
longing to this Corporation as P^ their Account Audited & allowed of 
by this board 

ORDERD the like to Joseph Montania or order the sum of 
N? 2009 £5:1 : 9 in full of his acct audited & allowed of by this 
board 

Orderd the like to Gilbert Giles or order the sum of 
N? 2010 £2 : ID : 9 for materials found and for work by him done 
in fencing & Enclosing a Vacant Lott of Ground in Mont- 
gomery ward of this City by order of the Aldermen and Common Coun- 
cill man of Montgomerie ward as p'' his said acct audited & allowed of 
by this board 

Orderd the Like to M'' William Shipman or order the 
N? 201 1 sum of £5 : 18 -.4 being the Ballance due to him on a fire 
Engine purchased for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd the like to Thomas Warner or order the sum of 
N? 2012 £1 : 3 in full of his acct for a spinning wheel for the use of 
the Bridewell as ^ his acct audited & allowed of by this 
board 

Orderd the like to Henry Carmer or order the sum of 
N? 2013 £46 : 1 in full of his acct for Repairing the Spurr on the 
west side of the Long Bridge as ^ his said acct sworn to 
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Orderd the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order 

N? the sum of £442 : 16 : 5 (out of the monies paid into 

2014 his hands by the Church wardens of this City and 

Warr! Issued Raised & Collected in Virtue of an Act of Assembly of 

this province Lately made & published) for the Bal- 

lance of his two Severall acc^, the one for monies by him advanced and 

paid to sundry Watchmen for Watching this City from the 29*^ of 

March last until the 29*!? of June following, and the other is likewise for 

monies by him advanced and paid, as well to Sundry Lampmen [425] 

for Lighting the Citys lamps from the 2i»i of April last to the 2i»t of 

June following, as for Divers Quantitys of Lamp Oyl, fire wood & 

Candles found for the use of the Corporation as ^ his said ace? sworn 

to and allowed of by this board 

The Clerk of this board preferred the Ingrossed grant of a water 
Lot fronting Hunters Key, to Jacob Sarly, which was again Read and 
approved of and orderd that the seal of this Corporation be affixed 
thereto to be signed by the Mayor and Senior Alderman present and 
Delivered to the said Jacob Sarly on his Executing a Counterpart 
thereof for the use of this Corporation, and paying to the Clerk the 
Expence Attending the same 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2015 of this City, to pay to Joseph Fairly or order the sum of 
thirty pounds in part what this board agreed to Give him 
for Compleating the Road on Inklawnbergh 

Orderd that this board Contribute towards the Expence of Sink- 
ing a well on Golden Hill between Elsworths & Teunis Tiebouts in 
Montgomerie ward of this City the sum of £8, also the like Sum of £8 
towards sinking one other well in the said ward near the Comer of M^ 
Duryees, also the like sum of £8 towards sinking one other well in said 
ward at the Comer of St George's Chappie yard and the Like Expence 
of £8 towards Sinking one other well in said ward, at the Hay machine 
near the Widdow Waltons 

The Engrossed Lease and Release from George Janeway and his 
wife, to this Corporation for sundry pieces or parcells of Land, lying 
and being near the fresh water in the north ward of this City, and 
duly Executed were preferred to this board and Read & approved 
of, when at the same time, M^ Mayor produced also to this board, a 
Lease and Release from this Corporation to the said George Janeway, 
for ten Lots pieces or parcells of Ground Lying and being also near 
the fresh water which were also Read and approved of and orderd 



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that the seal of this Corporation be affixed to each of them and that 
they be Signed by the Mayor and Senior Alderman now present and 
Delivered to the said George Janeway 

[426] City of ) j^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New' York j * Hall of the said City on Monday the 15^ 

of August 1768. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Robert Benson 
Jacob Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 

The Committe appointed by this board to Survey the Lands in 
the posession of David Provoost in the Out ward of this City make 
their Report in the words following Viz! City of New York SS: 
We the Major part of the Committee appointed to survey the Lands of 
David Provoost Lying in the out ward of the said City. Do in Obe- 
diance to said appointment Report, that we have Caused the Same to 
be Surveyed by the City Surveyor, and do find that he has in posession 
thirty five Acres and fifty three perches of the Land belonging to the 
Corporation and that the same is made agreable to the Survey of the 
within plan or draft which is Nevertheless Submitted to this Board 
by your humble Servants. Cornelius Roosevelt, George Brewerton, 
Elias Des Brosses, Francis Filkin, Gilbert Forbes, John Abeel and 
Mathew Buyce, which Report being Read and filed and the plan 
thereto Annexed taken into Consideration by this board. It was 
thereupon orderd that the pattent of the said David provoost take its 
begining from the River and so take the Contents thereof agreable to 
the Courses given by the pattent, and further orderd that the said 
David Provoost yield up the possession of such Lands as are now in 
his possession and belonging to this Corporation, to the Committee, 
who are hereby Impowered to Treat with the said David Provoost 
Concerning the Terms of Leasing the same, and make Report thereof 
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Orderd that a small addition be made to the Kitchen of the poor 
House in order to fix an Iron pot, for Dressing of Victuals, and that 
the same be done at the Expence of this Corporation, under the Direc- 
tion & Inspection of Alderman Roosevelt. 

[427] Orderd that Alderman Des Brosses Alderman Blagg together 
with Mess*? Jacob Brewerton, Gotier and Forbes or the major part of 
them be a Committee to Cause the Room above the assembly Chamber 
in the City hall to be fitted up for the use of the Council 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Coimcill held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 28^ 

day of September Anno Dom 1768. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nicholas Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
Andrew Gotier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 

Orderd that the ordinance for Assizeing the publick markets of this 
City which Expired on the 6*^ day of May last be Renewed and the 
same is hereby Renewed and published accordingly and to be and Con- 
tinue for one year from the date hereof. 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2016 this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
one Quarter of a years sallary due unto him and Ending the i*t Instant 

Orderd the like to M^ Edward Mann or order the Sum 
N? 2017 of Eight pounds being what this board agreed to pay for 
Sinking a well in Montgomeries ward of this city near the 
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Orderd the like to John Lawrence or order the sum of 
N9 2018 Eight pounds, being what this board Lately agreed to pay 
towards Sinking a well in Montgomery Ward of this City 
near the dwelling house of the Late William Walton Esq^" Dec? 

The Committee appointed to Regulate the streets in Montgomerie 
ward of this City made their Report in the words following that they 
had Caused the City Surveyor to Regulate and Levell Van De Water 
Street in said ward in manner following. Begining at the East Cor- 
ner of M'' Kissicks House and so lea veiling down said Street 310 feet, 
to the last post of the stoop of Joseph Young, where a notch is Cut in 
said post and find the Descent on said Length to be 13 feet 2 Inches 
which is 5 Inches on every 10 feet. But on a second Levelling Sep- 
tember the 26^^ 1767 for the Conveniency of the proprietors of the 
houses in said street the Descent to be 4 Inches on 10 feet for the 
Length of 155 feet, and 6 Inches on every 10 feet for the Remaining 
length of 155 which said Report was Read and approved of by this 
board and orderd to be Entered accordingly. 

Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the sum of 
N? 2019 £55 : 3 : 10 in full of his acct with this board as overseer 
of the Bridewell Including one Quarters Sallary due the 
3i*t of July last as p^ his si acct audited and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the sum of 
N? 2020 £75 13:6 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church [428] Wardens of this City and Raised and Col- 
lected by Virtue of an Act Intitled an Act for Regulating the publick 
Roads in the City and County of New York) in full of his acct for 
work by him done on the publick Roads as ^ his said acct Sworn to 
and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 2021 this City to pay to Theodorus VantWyck or order the Sum 

of £1 : 15 : 7 for the like Sum by him advanced and paid 

to Isaac Shardavine for Repairs done to the Coentys Markett as ^ his 

said acct audited by this board and allowed 

Orderd the like to Dirick Brinckerhoff Esqf or order the 
N? 2022 sum of £120 for the Ballance due on finishing the addition 
to the Albany peer as ^ his said ace*. Sworn to and allowed 
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Orderd the like to James Mills or order the sum of 
N9 2023 £38 : 12 : 9 in full of his acct for Victualling sundry Crim- 
inals &c from the i*\ of June last to the i*t of August fol- 
lowing as ^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Thomas Lawrence or order the Sum 
N? 2024 of £23 : ID : II in full of his two Severall acc^ for Smiths 

work done for the finishing the addition to the Albany peer 
as ^ his said accJ audited by the G^mmittee and allowed of by this 
board 

Orderd the like to Alderman Filkin Alderman Brincker- 
N? 2025 hoof Mess"^ Abeel & Gautier or Either of them the sum of 

£190 being the sum they agreed with John Androvet to pay 
for building a [429] New Wharf opposite the west great Dock which 
together with what Henry Carmers Account of Repairs for the same 
amounts to £239 : 15 : i which said sum of money this board orders 
shall be Repaid them by the proprietors of the Lots fronting the said 
west Great Dock before a g^nt shall pass to them for the said west 
great Dock and ground without the same, as the spur now built is laid 
in such a manner as to serve for a street whenever this board shall 
think proper to give Grants for said West great Dock 

Orderd the like to Dirick Brinckerhoof Esqf or order the 
N? 2026 sum of £8 : 18 : 3 in full of his acct of Iron Furnished for 
the ferry Stairs and Removing a Nusance and mending a 
pump post as p'' his said acct audited by this board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Joseph Fairly, Robert Robinson and 
N? 2027 Benjamin Robinson or Either of them, or their order the 
sum of £20 in further part of what this board agreed to 
allow them for making a Road and Bridge across Inclawnbergh 

Orderd the like to John Webster or order the sum of 
N? 2028 £3 : ID for two Hitchels by him Delivered to William Dobbs 
for the use of the Bridewell as ^ his acct audited by this 
board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to Benjamin Blagg Esq'' or order the 
N? 2029 sum of three pounds to be by him applied towards Sinking 
a well fronting the Market at pecks Slip 

orderd the Like to M'' Theophilus Elsworth or order the 
N? 2030 Sum of £8, being what this Board Lately agreed to pay 
towards Sinking a well on Golden Hill between said Els- 
worths and Tunis Tiebouts in Montgomerie ward of this City. 

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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the 29^ 
day of September 1768. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Nich5 Roosevelt 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirick Brinckerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Conformable to his Majesty's Royal Charter Granted to the Mayor 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York for Electing this 
day one Alderman one Assistant two Assessors, one Collector and two 
Constables in the six wards on [430] the South side of the fresh water, 
and one Alderman one Assistant, four Assessors two Collectors and 
four Constables for the out ward of the said City, to Serve in the Re- 
spective offices for the year ensuing — the Respective Aldermen of 
Each Respective ward made Return this day, under their hands the 
Severall persons to serve in the Several offices aforesaid VizT 



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Elias Des Brosses 
Jacob Brewerton 
Edward Nicoll 
Henry Kip 
William Elsworth 
George Marschalk 
John O Farrill 
Abraham P: Lott 
Peter T: Curtenius 
Leonard Kip & 
Morris Earle 
Peter Kirby 
Herculus Windover 
Benjamin Quereau 



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Assistant 

vAsessors 

Collector 

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Alderman 
Assistant 

sAsessors 

Collector 

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George Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Stephen Steel and 
Isaac Stoutenburgh 
Henry Ustick 
Anthony Ackley and 
William Baldwin 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Nicholas Anthony 
John King 
Frederick Lasher 
Frederick Lasher 
Isaac Moses 
Andrew Gotier 
James Van Varick 
Nicholas Quackenboss 
Garret Abeel 
James Creighton 
Manus Burger 
William Crawford 
[431] Benjamin Blagg 
HuybertVan Wagenen 
Joseph Drake 
Isaac Sears 
William Hardenbrook 
Vincent Montania 
Thomas Carmer 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Mathew Buiss 
Obadiah Wells 
George Shaw 
John Stout 
Samuel Wall 
Thomas White 
Arent Myer 
Adolph Benson 
Lawrence Benson 
James Moore 
Abraham Devoe 



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Assistant 

[Asessors 

Collector 

t Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

vAsessors 

Collector 

[Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

VAsessors 

Collector 

[•Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

>Asessors 

Collector 

[Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

>Asessors 

Collector 

1^ Constables 

^Asessors 
Collector 
V Constables 



Northward 



>" South ward 



>- Dock ward 



>-Montgomerie Ward 



Out Ward 

Bowery Division 



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128 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

Resolved that Isaac De Peyster Esq'' the present Treasurer or 
Chamberlain of the said City be and he is hereby Elected and appointed 
Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation for the year Ensuing, he 
Giving Such Security as the Law directs. 

Resolved and Ordered by this board that Rynier Skaats be ap- 
pointed and he is hereby accordingly appointed, high Constable for the 
said City & County of New York, for the year ensuing or untill Some 
other fit person be appointed and Sworn in his Room 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYorkJ hall of the Said City on Wednesday the 

12*!? day of October 1768. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Dirck Brinkerhoof 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Robert Benson 
Gilbert Forbes 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Trcas- 

N? 2031 urer of this City to pay to Joseph Fairly, Robert Robinson 

& Benjamin Robinson or either of them, or their order the 

Sum of £20 being the [432] Remainder of the Sum which this board 

agreed to allow them for making a Road & Bridge across Inclawnbergh 

orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2032 this City to pay to John Bogert Junf or order the Sum of 
£60 in full for a years Interest of £1000 due the 26^ of 
September Last. 

Ordered the Like to Mn Ann Crook and others Ex*? of 
N? 2033 Charles Crook deceased or order the Sum of £30 for a years 
Interest of £500 due unto her and ending the 19*^ of Sep- 
tember Last. 



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Ordered to Miss Elizabeth Crook or order the Sum of 
N? 2034 £18 in full for a years Interest of £300 due unto her and 
ending the S^^ of this Instant October 

Ordered the Like to M*" Mathew Buyce or order the 
N9 2035 Sum of £4 : o : 9 (out of the monies paid into his hands 
by the Church Wardens of this City and Raised and Col- 
lected by Virtue of an act Intitled an act for Regulating the public 
Roads in the City and County of New York) in full of his ace! for 
Smiths work, as ^ his said acct audited by this board and allowed of. 

Ordered the like to Paulus Banta or order the Sum of 

N? 2036 £7 :io :ii in full of his ace! for Carpenters work and 

plank found foi the Bridge that Leads across Inclawnbergh 

as ^ his said ace! Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

ORDERD that this board Do allow towards Sinking a well 

N? 2037 opposite James Learys in the west ward of this City, the 

Sum of £20, and that M^ Mayor Issue his warrant to the 

Treasurer of this City to pay the Same to Alderman Brewerton & 

Benjamin Huggit or their order 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2038 this City to pay to Alderman Brewerton & Benjamin Huggit 
or their order the Sum of £20 to be by them applied towards 
Sinking a well Behind the Barracks in the west ward of this City 

ORDERD the Like to Alderman Brewerton and Benjamin 
N? 2039 Huggit or their order the Sum of £10 to be by him [them] 
applied towards Sinking a well near M^ [433] Cuylers 
Sugar House in the North ward of this City 

ORDERD the like to Gilbert Forbes or order the Sum of 
N? 2040 £8 to be by him applied towards Sinking a Well in the 
Street behind the old English Church in the west ward of 
this City 

Whereas Mess'? John Beekman and Norman Tollomen of the said 
City did heretofore preferr a petition to this board praying that this 
board would be favourably pleased to Give them Leave to alter so 
much of Water Street as fronts their Respective Lotts of Ground in 
Montgomery ward of this City agreeable to a plan then Exhibited to 
this board and the Alteration then proposed being Viewed by this 
board was approved of and ordered by this board that the Said peti- 
tioners have leave to apply to Francis Marschalk one of the City Sur- 
veyors to Cause the Same to be Staked out accordingly upon a Supposi- 
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tion that the Said Norman Tollomen had the fee Simple in one of the 
Lotts of Ground abovementioned And Whereas it now appears to this 
board that the Said Norman Tollomen had not at the time of prefering 
the above Said petition a fee Simple in Said Lott of Ground but only 
possessed the Same in right of his wife and Consequently Could have 
no legal right to make application for the Said Alteration, and the Said 
Norman Tollomen appearing before this board, acknowledges not to 
have the fee Simple in Said Lot of Ground but that the right thereof 
Remains in his Wife and therefore prays that the proceedings hereto- 
fore had (as he was very Inadvertently brought in to petition with the 
Said John Beekman for the alteration of Said Water Street) may be 
Set aside Especially as the proprietor of the Said Lott on the opposite 
Side thereof will by no means Consent to throw out any part of Said 
Lott into Said Water Street, by which means the Same will (if the 
alteration proposed be made) Greatly Contract said Street to the 
Great and Manifest prejudice of all those Living and adjoining thereto 
And Whereas it also appears to this board that the Said John Beek- 
man and Norman Tollomen have Exceeded the power Given them by 
this board in Staking off the Ground farther to the Eastward than first 
proposed and pricked off in the aforesaid plan Exhibited to this board 
insomuch as to extend the Same in front of the Ground belonging to 
Mary Barnes, Contrary to and against her will & Consent and Greatly 
(as She Conceives) detrimental to her Interest [434] there: for which 
Several Reasons this board after takeing the Same into Consideration 
agreed to Rescind their former order and do hereby Rescind and make 
Void the same accordingly and direct that the Course of Said Street 
be and remain as it originally was, any former order or Resolve here- 
tofore made by this board to the Contrary thereof in any wise Notwith- 
standing. 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Lease & Release 
from this Corporation to the Minister Elders & Deacons of the Re- 
formed protestant Dutch Church in the City of New York, was Read 
and approved of and orderd that the Seal of this Corporation be an- 
nexed to each of them, to be Signed by the Mayor and one Alderman 
& delivered to the Said Minister Elders and deacons on their Executing 
Counterparts thereof, to the use of this Corporation. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2041 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
Five pounds in full for a Quarters Sallary due to him as 
publick whipper of this City the fifth Instant. 



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ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer to 
N? 2042 pay to Miss Mary Burke or order the Sum of £30 for a 
years Interest of £500 due unto her and ending the 19^^ of 
September last. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the Said City on Friday the 14^? 
day of October Anno DoiTT 1768. 



[435] 



Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
John Abeel 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 



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This day the Oaths appointed by Act of Parliament to be taken 
instead of the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy the Test and ab- 
juration oath were in the presence of, and by order of, M^ Mayor ad- 
ministred unto the Several Majestrates and other officers following 
and also the usual oaths for the due Execution of their Respective 

Offices Vizi 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Cornelius Roosevelt 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gotier 

Abraham P: Lott 

Mathew Buyce 

Jacob Brewerton 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Peter Curtenius 

James Van \^arick 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

Rynier Skaats 



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Petty Constables 



[436] 



East ward 
west ward 
North ward 
South ward 
Dockward 

Monty Ward 

outward 
Bowery Division 

Harlem D? 

East ward 
West ward 
Dock ward 
Monty Ward 
North ward 

South ward 

out ward 

Bowery Division 

Harlem D? 



George Marschalk 
John O Farrill 
Herculus Windover 
Benjamin Quereau 
Anthony Ackley 
William Baldwin 
Frederick Lasher 
Isaac Moses 
Manus Burger 
William Crawford 
Vincent Montania 
Thomas Carmer 
Samuel Wall 
Thomas White 
James Moore 
Abraham de Voe 



Asessors 



Edward Nicoll 
Henry Kip 
Leonard Kip 
Morris Earle 
Nicholas Quackenboss 
Garrit Abeel 
Joseph Drake 
Isaac Sears 
Stephen Steel 
Isaac Stoutenburgh 
Nicholas Anthony 
John King 
Obadiah Wells 
George Shaw 
Arent Myer 
Adolph Benson 



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Memorandum 
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1768 
Dec"": y^ 13^ Aid™ 
Blagg & M^ Curte- 
nius were added to 
this Committee. 



Ordered by this board that Alderman 
Brewerton Alderman Des Brosses Alderman 
Gotier and Mess*? Abeel and Van Wagenen or 
the Major part of them, be a Committee to 
audit the Treasurers books of accounts, and 
all other accounts of this Corporation, and 
make their Report on the Audit of the 

Treasurers books and accounts, & all other publick accounts with all 

Convenient Speed. 

Orderd by this board that Such of the Aldermen and Common 
Councill men, which Succeed those of the Last year, be, and they are 
hereby appointed to all Such Committees, as those were appointed to. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on friday the i8^t day 
of November Anno Dom 1768. 



Mayor 



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Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Blagg 
Peter T: Curtenius 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 

orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2043 ^'"^r of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and 
Doorkeeper to this board or order the Sum of £6 being for 
the Usual yearly allowance made him by this board for Extraordinary 
Services, and this board being Sensible of his having done more than 
the Usual Extraordinary Service the Last year do therfore also order 
that the Said Treasurer pay him the further Sum of £4 

[437] ORDERD the like to Cornelius Roosevelt Esq^ or order 
N5> 2044 the Sum of £50 towards the Repairs of the work house. 



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Ordered the Like to William Dobbs overseer of the 
N? 2045 Bridewell or order the Sum of £27 : 6 for 12 Chaldrons of 
Coals, Measuring and Carting, as ^ his acd audited by this 
board and allowed of. 

Ordered the like to Luke Roome or order the Sum of 
N? 2046 £30 : 8 for the like Sum by him advanced and paid for tak- 
ing 64 Scow loads of mud, out of the fly market Slip^^^ by 
order of this board 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2047 this City to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order, the Sum of £433 : 
o : 7 (out of the Monies paid into his hands by the Church 
wardens of this City, and Raised and Collected in Vertue of an Act 
of the Legislature of this Colony, Lately made and published) for the 
Ballance of his two Several accounts, the one being for Monies by him 
advanced and paid to Sundry watchmen for watching this City from 
the 30^ of June last to the 30*? of September following, and the other 
is Likewise for monies by him advanced and paid, as well to Sundry 
Lampmen for Lighting the City's Lamps from the 21 ®i of July Last to 
the 2V\ of October following, as for divers Quantities of Lamp oyl fire 
wood and Candles found for the use of this Corporation : as ^ his said 
acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

ORDERD that this board Do Contribute towards the Ex- 
N? 2048 pence of sinking a well at Beekmans Slip in Montgomerie 
Ward of this City the Sum of £8 and that Mr Mayor Issue 
his warrant to the Treasurer of this City to pay the Same to Benjamin 
Blagg Esqf or order [This entry appears to have been crossed out in 
the original.] 

ORDERD that this Board do Contribute towards the Ex- 
N9 2049 pence of Sinking a well in the Square opposite the house of 
Gerrardus W? Beekman in the East ward of this City the 
Sum of £8, and that Mr Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
this City to pay the Same to Elias Des Brosses Esq^ or order [This 
entry appears to have been crossed out in the original.] 

Ordered that this board do Contribute towards the Ex- 

N? 2050 pence of Sinking a Well in Division Street in the west ward 

of this City the Sum of Eight pounds and that M^^ Mayor 

Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of this City to pay the Same to 

Abraham Lott Esq'^ the Alderman of Said ward or order. 



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Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2051 of this City, to pay to Elias Des Brosses Esq^ or order the 
Sum of Eighteen pounds and Six pence being so much by 
him advanced and paid for the use of this Corporation. 

Upon application of Daniel Polhemus Lessee to this Corporation 
for leave to assign over to Daniel Hitchcock the Residue and Re- 
mainder of the Term of Twenty one years yet to Come & unexpired of 
and in a Certain Lott of Ground Known and distinguished in a plan 
made of this and Sundry other Lotts by the Number 145. [438] orderd 
by this Board that he have Liberty to assign the Same accordingly 

Upon application of John Forbes and Luke Quick to this board, to 
be appointed to the office of a publick measurer of this City, This 
Board taking the Same into Consideration thereupon orderd that they 
be Respectively appointed to the Said office accordingly on their first 
taking the usual oath for the due Execution of said office. 

Ordered that the Neighbourhood of Beekmans Slip be at Liberty 
to Sink a Well, near said Slip, upon application of Alderman Blagg 
for that Purpose. 



City of 1 
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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the Said City on Thursday the i»i 
of December Anno DoflT 1768 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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136 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

Mr Mayor Communicated to this board, that he hath Lately been* 
Informed that there is before the House of Assembly now Sitting a 
bill to Regulate the Cording of Fire wood brought to this City and 
that Should the Same be Enacted into a Law he Conceived it would 
Interfere with the rights and priviledges Granted to this Corporation 
by Charter and with a by Law made by this board to Assertain the 
Size of Carts and Regulate the Sale of Firewood in the Said City and 
therefore moved that a petition be prepared to the Said general As- 
sembly Requesting a Copy of Said [439] bill before it passes Said 
House, and the Same being taken into Consideration by this board, it 
was thereupon agreed that a petition to that effect be prepared Im- 
mediately and that the Clerk of this board prepare one accordingly the 
Clerk thereupon prepared one and preferred it to this board in the 
words following. To the Honourable the House of General Assembly 
of the province of New York — The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen 
and Commonalty of the City of New York, Sheweth That your peti- 
tioners understand there is now a Bill before your Honourable House, 
Entituled an Act to Regulate the Cording of firewood brought to the 
City of New York for Sale. That by the Charter Granted to your pe- 
titioners Confirmed by act of Assembly they are impowered to make 
by Laws and orders for the Good Government of the City, and among 
others have made a by La^^ to Ascertain the Size of Carts and Regu- 
late the Sale of firewood in the Said City, That as the Said bill now 
before your Honourable House may Interfere with the rights and 
priviledges Granted to the Said Corporation and with the aforesaid By 
Law your petitioners therefore pray that they may be favoured with a 
Copy of the said bill before the same passes your Honourable House 
which Said petition being Read was approved of, and further orderd 
that the Same be Signed by M^ Mayor By order of this Board, and that 
he be pleased to Deliver the Same to the Said House of General As- 
sembly and the Same being Signed accordingly by M^ Mayor he did 
afterwards inform this board that he had Delivered the Said petition 
to James De Lancey Esq'' one of the members of said House. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2052 this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
£63 : 8 : II in full of his account as overseei of the Bride- 
well and for Sundry Sums by him advanced and paid for the use of 
Said Bridewell, as ^ his Said acct audited by this board and allowed of. 



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Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2053 of this City, to pay to Johannis Myer, Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a Quarters Sallary due unto him and ending this day. 

[440] The Clerk of this Board produced the Ingrossed Grants of 
Water Lots fronting Hunters Key to Mess*^? James Jauncey and John 
Smith, which were Read and approved of, and orderd that the Seal of 
this Corporation be affixed to them to be signed by the Mayor and Sen- 
ior Alderman present and Delivered to the said James Jauncey & John 
Smith on their executing Counterparts thereof, for the use of this 
Corporation and paying to the Clerk the expence attending the Same. 



City of 1 gg 
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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the Said City on Tuesday the 13^ 
day of December Anno DoITT 1768 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 



Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
James Van Varick 
Peter T: Curtenius 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



Esq'? Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Be it ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City 
of New York, Convened in Common Council and it [is] hereby ordained 
by the Authority of the Same that the following Laws orders and or- 
dinances of this Corporation be Renewed Established and published 



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and that the Same do Continue and Remain in full force and Virtue 
for one year from and after the date hereof Yiz\ 

A Law for the due observation of the Lords day Called Sunday. 

A Law to prevent Strangers from being a Charge to this Cor- 
poration 
[441] A Law to appoint Sworn Surveyors of this City. 

A Law for the Better preventing of Fires. 

A Law for marking of Bread. 

A Law prohibiting the Sale of Meal and flower by measure and 
for appointing proper places for the Sale of meal, flour, Corn, & 
Grain. 

A Law for Regulating negroes Mulattoes and other Slaves. 

A Law for Regulating of Carts and Carman 

A Law to Regulate the offices of Guagers of Liquors, Packers of 
Beef and pork and Cullers of Staves Heading and Hoops. 

A Law Relating to making of Freemen 

A Law for Regulating the lying of vessels in the Great Dock, and 
Slips of this City, and for preserving the Bridge and Common Sewer 
of the Same Great Dock. 

A Law for preserving the Commons, and the fish in fresh water 
pond. 

A Law for Regnlating and Establishing fees for the Inviters to 
Funerals. 

A Law for paving and Cleansing the Streets Lanes and Alleys 
within the City of New York, and for preventing Nusances within 
the Same. 

A Law prohibiting Hawkers and Pedlers. 

A Law for preventing of frauds in firewood. 

A Law for marking of Butter. 

A Law for Regulating of Fences. 

A Law for Regulating of Midwives, within the City of New York. 

A Law for Regulating the office of Chamberlain or Treasurer of 
the City of New York. 

A Law for the Better Securing of the City of New York from the 
Danger of Gunpowder. 

A Law declareing to what uses, the Seal of this Corporation the 
Seal of the Mayors Court, and the Seal of the Mayoralty of this 
City, Shall be put 

A Law for Regulating the publick markets within the City of New 
York and for preventing the forestalling of provisions Coming to the 
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A Law to prevent the Selling or Giving of unripe fruit and oysters 
within the City of New York with the alteration made the 12*!? of 
May 1768 

A Law to restrain and prohibit the Giving or Selling of Strong 
Liquors to any of the private Centinals of his majestys Garrison of 
the City of New York. 
[442] A Law to prevent Rafting in the City of New York. 

A Law to Ascertain the Size of apple Barrells and the weight of 
onions that Shall be brought to this City, for Sale or Exportation. 

A Law to prohibit the Sale of Hay by measure. 

A Law to Ascertain the Size of Carts and Regulate the Sale of 
firewood, in the City of New York. 

A Law for Regulating the publick Slaughter house within the 
City of New York. 

An ordinance for Assizeing the publick Markets of the City of 
New York. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2054 of this City, to pay to James Mills or order the Sum of 
£34 : 13 : 6 in full of his account for Victualing Sundry 
Criminals &c from the i**t of September Last to the 30*^ of November 
following, as ^ his Said account Sworn to and allowed of by this 
board. 

Ordered the like to George Willis or order the Sum of 
N? 2055 £8 : 19 : 4^ in full of his account for Materials found and 
masons work done to the new Goal as ^ his Said account 
Sworn to and allowed by this board 

Ordered the like to Mf Richard Waldron or order the 
N? 2056 Sum of £42 for a years Interest of £700 due unto him and 
ending the 8^? of October Last 

Ordered by this board that Alderman Blagg and Mf Curtenius 
be added to the Committee for auditing the publick accounts of this 
Corporation. 

Ordered that the Clerk of this board Issue process against M^ 
Michael Thody who is Security for Alexander White the Late farmer 
of the Stalls and Standings in the Markets of this City, for the Re- 
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[443] City of 
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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 23? day 
of December Anno Dom 1768. 



Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor, 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gotier 

Abraham P : Lott 

Jacob Brewerton 

Benjamin Huggit 

James Van Varick 

Peter T: Curtenius 

Huybert Van Wagenen 



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Ordered that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2057 urer to pay to Elias Des Brosses Esq'^ or order the Sum of 

Eight pounds being what this board agreed to Contribute 

towards Sinking a Well in Hannover Square near the fire Engine 

House, in the East ward of this City. 

Ordered that the pump in the yard of John Montania in the North 
ward of this City be Deemed a publick one and maintained and repaired 
at the expence of this Corporation upon application of the Said John 
Montania for that purpose 



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City of I 00 At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York I * Hall of the Said City on Wednesday the 

28^^ of December 1768. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin "^ 

George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Peter T-: Curtenius 
Huybert Van Wagenen 

[444] ORDERED the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N9 2058 urer of this City, to pay to William Peartree Smith Esqf or 

order the Sum of £400 for the Ballance of £1666 -.13 : 4 be- 
ing the Consideration money of a House and parcell of Ground thereto 
belonging lying in the west ward of this City adjoyning to other Lanes 
of this Corix)ration which this board have Lately purchased of the 
said William Peartree Smith and also the further Sum of £47 14:5 
for the Interest money accrued on Said purchase money from the 9*^ 
of July last to this day at and after the rate of Six p'^ Cent. ^ annum. 

Mr William Peartree Smith produced to this board Indentures of 
Lease and Release dated the 23? & 24*^ days of December 1768, Ex- 
ecuted and proved from him to this Corporation for ten twelfths of a 
Certain Lott or parcell of Land, being a Square of 248 feet on each 
Side Situate and being to the Northward of the Common field of this 
City near the fresh water, bounded on the west by the Broad way and 
on the east & north and South sides by Land belonging to this Cor- 
poration, for which Lott or parcell of Land this board have agreed to 
pay to the Said William Peartree Smith the Sum of £1713 : 17 :9 : 
ORDERD by this board that the Clerk Inroll the Said Indentures of Re- 
lease in the book of City Grants, and Charge the Corporation with the 
Expence thereof. 

Orderd that the Clerk prepare a bond from this Corporation to the 
Said William Peartree Smith in the penalty of £2533 : 6 : 8 Condi- 
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£1266 : 13 : 4 with Interest for the Same at & after the rate of Six ^ 
Cent ^ Annum and that the Same be Signed by the Mayor and Coun- 
tersigned by the Clerk of this board and DeHvered to the Said WilHam 
Peartree Smith, it being for part of the Consideration money of a 
parcell of Ground which this board Lately purchased of him adjoining 
on one Side to the Garden of the poor house of this City. 



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New York] * Hall of the Said City on Tuesday the lo*^ 

day of January Ann DorfT 1769 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqr Mayor. 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P : Lott 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Peter T: Curtenius 
James Van Var[i]ck 



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Ordered by this board that the Sum of £200 for mending and 
keeping in Repair the publick wells & pumps to the South of Fresh 
water, the Sum of £300 for Defraying the expence of Regulating the 
publick roads in the City & County of New York, and the further Sum 
of £3300 for the Maintenance of the minister and poor of the City of 
New York, be raised by a Tax upon estates real and personal of the 
freeholders, freemen Inhabitants Residents and Sojourners within the 
City and County of New York for the ensuing year and that in Such 
manner as is Directed by Acts of the Governour Councill & Generall 
Assembly of this province made for those purposes Respectively 

ORDERD by this board that the Mayor Issue his warrant to 
N? 2059 the Treasurer of this City to pay to William Mitchel or or- 
der the Sum of £5 in full for a quarters Sallary due unto 
him as publick Whipper of this City and ending the 5^!? Instant 

The Clerk of this board produced the Ingrossed Grant of a Water 
Lott fronting Hunters Key to M^ Elizabeth Richards which was Read 



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and approved of, and orderd that the Seal of this Corporation be af- 
fixed thereto, to be Signed by the mayor and Senior Alderman and 
Delivered to the said Elizabeth Richards on her executing a Counter- 
part thereof to the use of this Corporation and pay the fees attending 
the same. 



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New York^ * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the i«t 

day of February, Anno Dom 1769. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor. 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P : Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
James Van Varick 
Peter T : Curtenius 
Huybert Van Wagenen 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2060 of this City, to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the Sum 
of £483 : 1 1 : 3 (out of the monies paid into his hands by 
the Church wardens of this City, and Raised and Collected in Vertue 
of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made and pub- 
lished) for the ballance of his two Several accounts the one for monies 
by him advanced and paid to Sundry Watchmen for watching this City 
from the i*i of October Last to the i^^ of January following, and the 
other is likewise for monies by him advanced and paid, as well to 
Sundry Lampmen for lighting the City Lamps from the 2i^i of Oc- 
tober Last to the 2i^i of January following as for divers Quantities of 
Lamp oyl found for the use of this Corporation as ^ his Said account 
Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

Ordered the like to Garrit Waldron or order the Sum 

X? 2061 of £4:15: yy2 in full of his account for paving about the 

fort and for monies by him engaged to pay Rinier Nack 

for paving Sand &c as p^ his said account Sworn to and allowed of by 

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[447] M^ Mayor produced to this board a List of the Names of Sun- 
dry persons, who had taken out Licences for Retailing of Strong 
Liquors within this City from the 25*? of March 1768 to the 25^^ of 
March 1769 amounting to 325 and for two Issued in the year 1766 
which were not paid for, make in the whole the Number of 327 and 
who paid for the Same the Sum of £489 : 16 : 3. orderd he pay the 
Same to the Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation, first Re- 
taining thereout the Sum of £125 being what this board agreed to 
allow him for his fees as Clerk of the markets from the i^^ of May 
1768 to the i«i of May 1769 also the further Sum of Four Shillings 
and paying thereout to the Clerk of this board the Sum of Five Shil- 
lings for every Licence so by him Granted as aforesaid and that the 
Ballance after the above Deductions are made, to be paid into the 
Treasury amount to £217 13 13. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2062 of this City, to pay to M'' Gerard De Peyster or order the 
Sum of £12 for one years Interest of £200 due by bond 
from this board to him the 23^ of December Last. 

Ordered the like to M'' Peter T : Curtenius or order the 
N? 2063 Sum of forty Shillings, for divers Quantities of Nails Sup- 
plied for the use of this Corporation as ^ his Account 
audited by this board and allowed of. 

A List of Firemen for the Several wards in this City, was de- 
livered into this board for their approbation and the Same being read 
was approved of and orderd to be entered, the Names of which are 
as follows Viz! 

Jacobus Stoutenburgh Engenier 
Jasper Ten Brook and i a • f t 
Isaac Stoutenburgh Jun^ ( 
West Ward 
Jacob Roome, foreman Ahasuerus Turk 

James Lawrence Aaron De Voe 

Francis Barrea John Suncker 

Peter Gerbrants William I : Elsworth 

Bernardus Swartwout Robert Boyd 

Cornelius: a: Turck David Morris 

John Wessells Jacob Morris 

John Lameter Jun^ Benjamin Ogden 

Jacob De Groot John De Groot 

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[448] Robert Harding, foreman 
Marselus Gerbrants 
John Van Dolsen 
Isaac Bogert 
Jacob Brower 

North ward 
George Stanton, foreman 
Jeremiah Goddard 
Frederick Barr 
Isaac Lameter 
John Lameter 
Isaac Meade 
Henry Brashier 
Cornelius Van Sise 
John Stagg 
Peter Van Gelder 
Francis Post 
James Reanolds 
Anthony King 
Jacobus Ver Veelen 
Peter Wolsie 
David Banta 
Joseph Pearson 
Aaron Bancker 
Gulian Varick, foreman 
William Eagles 
Michael Grass 
Christopher Stynmets Jun^ 
John Montania 
Andrew Bell, foreman 
Andrew Hopper 
Abraham Morris 
Isaac Ball 
Jacob Banta 
John Gasner 
Cornelius Marschalk 
Joseph Baldwin 
David Demaree 
Walter Hyer 
James Van Sise 
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East ward 

Peter Bogert, foreman 
John Roome 
John Targier 
John Alstyne 
Victor Bickers 
William Bokee 
Nicholas De Riemer 
Francis Bassett 
Jeronimus Alstyne 
Nathan Fish 
John Bergen 
William Post 
William Elsworth 
Gerardus De Foreest 
Christopher Duycking 
William pierce 
Henry Vandewater 
Wandel De Boice 

South ward 

Isaac Marschalk foreman 
Aert Huysman 
Thomas Lawrence 
Andrew Ten Eyck 
Daniel Ebbits 
John Montania 
Garrit Waldron 
Abraham Laback 
Isaac Laback 
George Walgrove Jun^ 
Lewis The Boe 
Henry Laback 

East [Dock] ward 

Charles Phillipse foreman 
Daniel Ten Eyck 
Henry De Forrest 
James Varick 



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Henry Sickels 
Evert Wessells 
John Silvester 
Henry Will 
James Van Duyck 
Stephen Steel 
Jacob Smith 
Peter \''an Benthuysen 
Waldron Blaw 
John Norris 
[449] John Cree 
Jacobus Quick 
Richard Ten Eyck 



Montgomeric ward 
W? Hardenbrook, foreman 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
John Sticklen 
John Elsworth 
Lodwick Inslaer 
Stephen Crossfield 
Peter Riker 
Peter Roome 
Mathew Vredenburgh 
John Moore 
Elias De Grushie 
John post 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 3? day 
of February Anno Dom 1769. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham Lott 
John Abeel 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Var[i]ck 
Huybert Van Wagenen 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2064 of this City to pay to William Hardenbrook or order the 

Sum of £6 : 19 : 3 in full of his acct for work done for this 

Corporation as ^ his Said account Sworn to and allowed of by this 

board. 

Upon application of John Clarke Jun^ and Simon Van Antwarpe 
to this board to be appointed to the office of a publick measurer of this 
City this board taking the Same into Consideration thereupon orderd 
that they be Respectively appointed to the said office accordingly, on 
their first taking the usual oath for the due Execution of said office. 

The said Simon Van Antwarpe Sailmaker was Sworn a freeman 
of this Corporation and orderd to be Registred 



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[450] City of ) gg At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the Said City on Saturday the 4^, 

day of February Anno Dom 1769 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor. 
Francis Filkin 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Var[i]ck 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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The Clerk by order of this board, drew the following Law, to witt, 
a Law to repeal part of a Law Entituled a Law Relating to making 
of freemen. Whereas the Recorder of the City of New York is allowed 
in the aforesaid Law of this Corporation Entituled a Law Relating to 
making freemen, the Sum of Six Shillings for every person that Shall 
be made free of Said Corporation who was not born within this City 
or Served a Regular apprenticeship of Seven years within the Same 
And whereas the Recorder by the Charter Granted to this Corpora- 
tion appears to have no agency in the making of freemen Be it there- 
fore ordained by the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of New York and it is hereby ordained by the Authority of the Same 
that so much of the Said Law as Relates to the Six Shillings allowed 
to the Recorder be Repealed and the Same is hereby Repealed accord- 
ingly, which said Law was read and approved of, and orderd to be 
published and the Same was (after the Ringing of three Bells) pub- 
lished accordingly 

The Clerk produced to this Board a Law to amend a Law Entitled 
a Law to Ascertain the Size of Carts and Regulate the Sale of fire- 
wood in the City of New York published February the fourth 1769. 
Whereas abuses and Impositions have been and Still are Committed 
in this City, in the admeasurement of firewood Commonly called Cord- 
wood brought to this City for Sale and the Mayor [451] Aldermen 
and Commonalty of the City of New York, in Common Council Con- 
vened, being willing and Desirous to prevent the like for the future 
do ORDAIN and it is hereby ordained by the authority aforesaid that 



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there be eight persons appointed to inspect the Loading of wood 
Commonly Called Firewood that Shall be brought to this City for Sale 
to See that the Said wood be loaded in Carts as Directed by a Law 
or ordinance of this Corporation entitled a Law to ascertain the Size 
of Carts and regulate the Sale of Fire wood in the City of New York 
which Inspectors Shall be duly Sworn to do Impartial Justice between 
the parties, and whose Judgement shall be final Respecting the due 
Loading of the Same. 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that the Several 
Inspectors of wood hereafter mentioned be appointed to attend the Sev- 
eral Slips following that is to Say that John Kell be appointed In- 
spectors at and about Desbrosses wharf, that William Bull be likewise 
appointed Inspector for the Slip Commonly Called pecks Slip; that 
Jacobus Stoutenburgh be also appointed Inspector for the Slips Com- 
monly Called Beekmans and Burlings Slips that James Lowns be also 
appointed inspector for the Slip Commonly Called the old Slip, that 
James M*^Cartney be also appointed Inspector from the East Side of 
Coenties Slip to the east Side of the long bridge ; that Gerardus Myer 
be also appointed inspector from the west Side of the Long bridge 
to the west Side of Whitehall Slip that Rynier Hopper be also ap- 
pointed Inspector for the Slips Commonly Called Ellis and Roosevelts 
slips, and that Abraham Govemeur be likewise appointed Inspector for 
the Slip Commonly Called Mesier and Deys Slips, and to the north- 
ward of Said Deys Slip which Said Several Inspectors Shall have for 
their Trouble for each Cord by them Inspected four coppers and so 
in the Same proportion for a Greater or Lesser quantity to be paid one 
half by the buyer and the other half by the Seller of said wood. 

And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid that if any 
Cartman after the thirteenth day of this Instant February Shall pre- 
sume to Cart any Such Firewood Commonly Called Cordwood which 
Shall be brought to this City for Sale before the Same Shall be duly 
Inspected as aforesaid he Shall for ever[y] offence forfiet the Sum 
cf four Shillings Current money of New York which fine and for- 
feiture Shall be recovered before the Mayor Recorder or any one of 
the Aldermen of this City with Costs of Suit [452] the one half there- 
of to the person or persons who Shall Sue for and prosecute the Same 
to eflFect and the other half thereof to the Church wardens of the 
Said City for the use of the poor thereof. 

And be it further ordained by the Authority aforesaid that if any or 
either of the Said Inspectors. Shall be by Sickness or otherwise pre- 
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Case the Mayor of the Said City for the time being Shall have and is 
hereby fully Impowered, to appoint one other fit person in his Stead 
During his absence any Law usage or Custom to the Contrary Not- 
withstanding. 

Orderd that Aid*? Cornelius Roosevelt, Aid? Brewerton & Aid*? 
Blagg together with Mess*^ Buyce, Huggit and Van Wagenen or the 
major part of them be a Committee to Regulate the Road or Street 
from the House of the said Ald^P Cornelius Roosevelt to the House 
now occupied by Caleb Hyatt belonging to Hendrick Rutgers in the 
out ward of this City, and make Report thereof to this Board with all 
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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 
15^* day of February 1769. 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P: Lott 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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Mess*^? Isaac Low, Thomas Wrandle, William Walton, Isaac Roose- 
velt and Lawrence Kortwright personally made application to this 
Board, for the use of the Exchange [453] House for one year from the 
i*t day of May next for the Chamber of Commerce on Such Terms as 
they Shall think fit and Reasonable. This board taking the same into 
Consideration, thereupon Resolved and orderd that the said Exchange 
House be Let to them accordingly for one year, on their putting the 
Same in Good Repair and permitting this Corporation to make use of 
it as often as they shall Judge necessary. 



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Orderd that the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2065 urer of this City to pay to Mess*^? Huggit, Van Var[i]ck, 

Buyce and Van Waganen or their order the sum of Ten 

pounds to be by them Laid out in Neccesarys for the poor prisoners, 

in the New Goal. 

Orderd that M^ John Abeel do purchase for the use of this Cor- 
poration three Bells, the one for the New Goal House, one other for 
the City Hall, and the other for the Exchange House, and place the 
Expence thereof to this Corporation. 

The Clerk of this Board produced the Engrossed Grants of water 
Lots to Jacob Walton, Nicholas Govemieur, David Abeel, James Hal- 
lett, and Mess*"? William, Jacob, Thomas, Abraham & Gerrard Walton, 
which were Read & approved of, and orderd that the Seal of this 
Corporation be affixed to each of them, to be Signed by the Mayor & 
Senior Aldermen present and Delivered to them Respectively on their 
Executing Counterparts thereof, for the use of this Corporation. 



City of 1 ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York^ ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 23? 

of February 1769. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Jacob Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
James Van Varick 
Peter T : Curtenius 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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[454] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2066 urer of this City to pay to Walter Brock or order the Sum 

of £1 : 12, for the Expences of Committee of the Common 
Councill, as ^P his Said account audited by this board and allowed of 

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Obdbrd the like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N9 2067 £54 : 12 in full for the Ballance of his account as overseer 
of the Bridewell, as .^ his account audited by the Com- 
mittee and allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2068 of this City to pay to George Brewerton Esq"* or order the 
Sum of two pounds for the like Sum by him advanced and 
paid for [on] account of this Corporation. 

Orderd that Aid? Roosevelt Aid"* Filkin, Aid"? Brewerton and 
Aid™ Des Brosses together with Mess*? Buyce and Abeel or the major 
part of them be a Committee to take into their possession the Lands 
which this Corporation Lately recovered of David Provoost in the out 
ward of this City and that the Said Committee have power to treat with 
the said David Provoost, Concerning the Leasing of the Same and 
make Report thereof to this board with all Convenient Speed. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the Said City on Thursday the 9** 
of March 1769. 



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Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
James Van Varick 
Peter T : Curtenius 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2069 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & door- 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a Quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the i*t Instant. 

Orderd that the Clerk of this board prepare an advertizement to 
be put in the publick or weekly Gazetts, for letting to farm as well 
the Stalls and Standings in the Several marketts of this City, as the 
wharfs & Slips of the Same City for this Term of Two years to Com- 
mence on the i«J of May next by publick auction or outcry, at the 
Common Council Chamber in the City hall of the Said City on Thurs- 
day the 30*1^ day of this Instant March at three oClock in the after- 
noon of the Same day, to the highest bidder and that this board or the 
major part of them be a Committee for Letting the Same on Such 
conditions as they Shall Judge proper. 

Orderd by this board, that if Alexander White the Late Lessee of 
the Marketts of this City, do pay to the Chamberlain or Treasurer of 
this Corporation so much (with what he has already paid) as will 
amount to the Sum of Six hundred pounds, by the first day of May 
next, in discharge of the Corporations demand against him and pay 
the Costs of Suit as well against him as his Security Michael Thody, 
tliat the Said Alexander White be then Immediately Released from 
Custody in their Suit: but if the Said Alexander White Shall neglect 
so to do, then this order to be void & of no Effect. 

Orderd by this board that Ald?^ Roosevelt Aid? Des Brosses and 
Aid? Lott together with Mess^? Buyce, Huggit Van Wagenen and 
Jacob Brewerton or the major part of them be a Committee to Convene 
before them all Such persons who Shall appear to have been pur- 
chasers of Inklawnberg and have not taken out their Leases for the 
Same and to request of them to pay their arrear of Rent and execute 
a Counterpart [456] of the Lease this board have prepared for them 
respectively and make report thereof to this board with all Convenient 
Speed. 

Orderd by this board that Aid? Blagg, Aid? Brewerton & Aid? 
Gotier, together with Mess*? Curtenius and Van Varick or the major 
part of them be a Committee to Enquire into the Incroachments 
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west of the Barracks in the Commons, and make Report thereof to this 
Board with all Convenient Speed, 



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New York \ 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the i6*? 
day of March 1769. 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq' 
Francis Filkin 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2070 of this City to pay to James Mills or order the Sum of 
£38 : II :6 in full of his acct for victualing Sundry Crim- 
inals &c: from the i»* day of December 1768 to the 28* of February 
1769 as pT his Said account Sworn to & allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2071 of this City to pay to Jacob Shafer or order the Sum of 
£1 : 12 : 4 for Sundry Services by him done by order of 
the Justices in Levying Executions on the Goods and Chatties of 
Thomas Frasier and others for Selling Strong Liquors without Ly- 
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[457] City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York^ ' Hall of the Said City on Thursday the 23^ 

of March 1769. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 

Benjamin Blagg ^Esq"? Aldermen 

Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 

James Van Varick ^Assistants 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T: Curtenius 

Orderd that the assize of Bread be till further order flour at 
16S/9? 

A White loaf of the finest flour to weigh i*^ 13°* for 4 Coppers 

a White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh 14 for 2 D? 

And further Orderd that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City: than according to the above assize (hard bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all bakers within the Same take notice thereof and 
make their bread accordingly. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N9 2072 of this City to pay to Davis Hunt or order the Sum of 
£12 on account. 

Orderd the like to M^ John Alsop or order the Sum of 
N9 2073 £90 for a years Interest of £1500 due by three Several! 
Bonds from this board to him the Last of which became 
due the 20*? of this Instant March 

Orderd that Alderman Gotier with Mess^f Abeel and Van Wag- 
anen be a Committee to Inspect the Roof of the City Hall, and make 
Report thereof with all Convenient Speed. 

The Committee who were appointed on the fourth day of February 
Last to Cause the road or high way Leading from the House of Aid*? 
Roosevelts, to the house now occupied by Caleb Hyatt to be Surveyed 



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ft Regulated, do Report that in pursuance of Said order, they have 
accordingly Caused the Said road or high way to be Surveyed and 
Regulated agreeable to the plan now filed, and Recommend that the 
Crooked pricked Line laid down in Said plan which takes its begin- 
ing from the Middle of James Street, and runs from thence east- 
wardly to Corlears hook, be adopted by the Corporation : and the Same 
plan being Viewed & Considered of by this board, they did thereupon 
Concur with the Said Committee and [458] orderd that the said 
Report be Entered & filed together with their Concurrance thereupon. 

The Committee appointed to Audit the accounts between this 
board and Abel Hardenbrook made their report on the Audit thereof 
in the words following [Report not entered.] which report being read 
was approved of by this board and orderd to be filed 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2074 of this City to pay to M^ John Abeel or order the Sum of 
Five pounds two Shillings to Defray the Expence of a Bell 
& hanging the Same in the Exchange. 

Orderd by this board that Henry Horneffer have Leave to Mort- 
gage the Ground he has under Lease from this Corporation to Cornelius 
Sebring, for any Sum not Exceeding Two hundred pounds, this board 
Nevertheless Saving to themselves & their Successors all the right ft 
Advantage they have in virtue of Said Lease & that this order ft 
Lycence Shall not be understood to Lessen or any ways Diminish the 
Security they now have 

The Petition of Jacob Van Voorhis, Abraham Mesier, Abraham 
Bussing and Peter Mesier Jun^ Lessees of the ferry across the North 
River to ix)wlus*s Hook was preferred to this board and Read, praying 
that as they have been at Very considerable expense in building a peer 
Making the ferry Stairs & Sundry other Expences this board would be 
pleased to take the Same into Consideration and Grant them Such 
Relief as they in their Judgement Shall think Reasonable &c : where- 
upon it is ORDERD by this board that the Consideration thereof be had, 
at Some future Common Councill 

The Petition of Nicholas Roosevelt was Preferred to this board & 
Read, orderd that the Consideration thereof be had at Some future 
Common Councill. 

The Petition of Jacob Van Voorhis, George Stanton, and Peter 
Mesier, Jun^ was prefered to this board and Read, Setting forth that 



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there is an Extent of Ground from high to Low water Mark and two 
hundred feet into the North River in the west ward of this City begin- 
ing at Deys Dock and Running northward to the Comer of [459] 
Barclays Street which they pray a Grant of and that a Committee 
of the Common Councill might be appointed to Treat with them on 
the Subject matter of Said Petition whereupon it is orderd by this 
board that as the Rector and Inhabitants of the City of New York in 
Communion with the Church of England have heretofore Preferred a 
Petition for the Same Ground so prayed for by the Said Jacob Van 
Voorhis & others they forthwith be Served with a Copy of the Said 
Petition together with a Copy of this order to Enable them to Shew 
Cause by the next Common Council why the Prayer of Said Petition 
Should not be Granted and further orderd that the Consideration of 
the Said Van Voorhis and others Petition be deferred untill the next 
Common Council 

The Clerk produced to this board a Law, to alter a Law, Entitled a 
Law, to amend a Law, Intitled a Law to ascertain the Size of Carts and 
Regulate the Sale of Firewood in the City of New York with an addi- 
tion thereto in the words following. 

A Law to alter a Law (Entitled a Law to amend a Law En- 
titled A Law to ascertain the Size of Carts and Regulate the 
Sale of Firewood in the City of New York) with an Addition 
thereto Published the 23** of March 1769. 

Whereas the fees allowed to the Inspectors of firewood in the 
above mentioned Law entitled a Law to amend a Law Entitled a Law to 
ascertain the Size of Carts and Regulate the Sale of Firewood in the 
City of New York are found from experience to be Inadaquate to the 
Service, and the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New 
York being willing and Desirous to remedy the Same be it therefore 
enacted and ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the 
City of New York in Common Councill Convened and it is hereby 
enacted and ordained by the Authority of the Same that the Severall 
Inspectors of Firewood commonly Called Cordwood, for the future 
be allowed for their Trowble for Inspecting firewood brought to this 
city for Sale at and after the rate of eight Coppers p^ cord the one half 
thereof to be paid by the Seller and the other half by the buyer: 
Whereas Some Difficulties [have] heretofore arisen to the Inspectors 
in Collecting in their Said fees be it further ordained by the authority 
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the future Shall bring Cordwood to this City for Sale Shall in the first 
instance be accountable to the Inspectors for their whole fees & inspec- 
tion from [460] the Buyers who are hereby made Liable to them for 
the Same ; any Law or ordinance to the Contrary in anywise notwith- 
standing, which having been read was approved of and orderd to 
be published and Inserted in one or more of the Gazettes. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the 30*? 
day of March 1769 

Mayor 



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Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Var[i]ck 

Orderd that Alderman Roosevelt, Aid*? Lott, Aid? Gautier, to- 
gether with Mess*? Brewerton, Abeel & Huggett & Van Varick or the 
major part of them be a Committee to Superintend the Surveyors of 
the publick Roads appointed by this Board for this City & County, and 
that they order and Direct the Repairing and amending of the Same 
in Such manner as they or the major part of them, Shall Judge most 
Convenient and Necessary. 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2075 urer of this city to pay Abraham Lott Esqf or order the 
Sum of £7 : 5 for the like Sum by him advanced and paid 
to Lambert Losie &c. for Removing a wreck out of EUises Slip. 



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This being the day appointed by an order of this Board of the 9^ of 
this instant March for Letting to farm by publick Out Cry as well the 
wharfs docks & Slips of this City, as the Stalls and Standings in the 
Several markets of this City for the term of two years to Commence 
on the first day of May next, the wharfs docks and Slips being accord- 
ingly exposed to publick auction, were Struck off to Luke Roome 
[461] of this city cordwainer for the Sum of £690 Subject to the con- 
ditions just read, and by him Since Subscribed to in the presence of 
this board, the Stalls and Standings in the Said Markets were also 
exposed to publick auction and Struck of to John Bingam of the Same 
City Cordwainer for the Sum of £250 Subject to Conditions also Read 
to him and by him Since Subscribed to in the presence of this board, 
Orderd that the Clerk prepare Leases to them Respectively and like- 
wise a Bond from each of them, with Good Sureties to this Corporation 
for the performance of the Covenants in their Respective Lease in 
Double the Sum the Same Sold for. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the Said City on friday the 7*1? day 
of Aprill 1769. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gotier 

Abraham P: Lott 

Jacob Brewerton 

Mathew Buyce 

Benjamin Huggit 

John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

James Van Varick 

Peter Curtenius 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2076 of this City, to pay to John Mitchel or order the Sum of 
Five pounds for one Quarters Sallary due unto him as 
publick whipper of this City, & ending the fifth Instant. 



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Orderd the like to Mf Peter T : Curtenius or order the 

N9 2077 Sum of £8 : 14 : 1 1 in full of his account for a Cast iron 

Stove by him Supplied for the use of the hott house and 

the expences attending the Same as ^ account audited by this board 

and allowed of. 

Orderd the like to M*" Cornelius a Turk or order the 
N? 2078 Sum of £9 : 5 for new handling a Quantity of Fire buckets 
and mending Sundry others as p'' his account Sworn to and 
allowed of by this board. 

The Petition of the Rector and Inhabitants of the City of New 
York in Communion with the Church of England as by Law Estab- 
lished being again read praying that this Corporation would be favour- 
ably pleased to grant unto them their Successors & [462] Assigns all 
the lands & Soil Fronting their Land on Hudsons River from the north 
Side of Division Street to the Ground Granted to the Governors of the 
College and from the north Side thereof to the Stockadoes, to Low 
water mark, and the Soil under the water from thence two hundred 
feet into ..the Said River, upon Such Reasonable Conditions as to this 
Corporation Shall Seem meet whereupon it is orderd by this board 
that Aid*? Filkin, Aid™ Lott, Aid™ Brewerton & Aid™ Des Brosses, 
Mess*? Jacob Brewerton, Benjamin Huggit & Peter T: Curtenius or 
the major part of them be a Committee to Conferr with and Receive 
Such proposals as the said Rector and Inhabitants of the City of New 
York in Communion of the Church of England as by Law Established 
may have to offer, Relative to the Terms of Granting and make Report 
thereof to this board with all convenient Speed. 

The Petition of Archibald Kennedy Esq'" and others being read 
praying that this Corporation would be favourably pleased to Grant 
unto them the Soil fronting their respective Lots of Ground in Hud- 
sons River the whole breadth thereof from high to Low water mark 
and extending from thence into the Said River two hundred feet on 
Such Reasonable Rents, Reservations & Conditions as to this board 
Shall Seem meet whereupon it is orderd by this board that Aid™ Fil- 
kin Aid?* Lott, Aid? Brewerton, Aid™ Des Brosses, Mess"? Jacob 
Brewerton, Benjamin Huggit and Peter T: Curtenius or the Major 
part of them be a Committee to conferr with and receive Such proposals 
as the petitioners may have to offer Relative to the terms of Granting 



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Said Water Lots and make Report thereof to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the 27^ 
of Aprill Anno Dom 1769. 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 



[463] 



Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Peter T: Curtenius 
John Abeel 
James Van Var[i]ck 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2079 of this City to pay to Benjamin Robson or order the Sum 
of Five pounds for carting of Dirt by order of Alderman 
Filkin as ^ his account Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

The Clerk produced to this board, the engrossed Lease for the dock 
and wharfs of this City to Luke Roome and also the engrossed Lease 
to John Bingam for the Stalls and Standings in the Markets of this 
City which were read & approved of and orderd that the Seal of this 
Corporation be affixed to each of them and Delivered to the Said Luke 
Roome and John Bingam, on their Executing counterparts thereof 
and entring into bonds for the performance of the Covenants therein 
Contained with Such Sureties as were offered by them respectively 
this day. 

Orderd that Aid?* Blagg Aid? Roosevelt and Aid? Brewerton 
together with Mess*? Buyce, Huggit and Van Wagenen or the major 
part of them be a Committee to Regulate Roosevelts Street. The one 
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Montgomerie ward and that they or the major part of them make 
Report thereof to this board, with all convenient speed. 

Orderd the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2080 of this City to pay to Christopher Ste)miets or order the 
Sum of Fourteen pounds to be by him applyed towards 
defraying the expence of Diging out & Cleansing Deys Slip. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2081 of this city to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 

three pounds for the like Expence in Wharfage which he 

hath been put to in taking charge of a Vessel by order of the Late 

Mayor M'" Cruger 

It is ORDERD by this board on the application of Aid? Desbrosses 
that the Neighbourhood between the Coflfy House and the fly market 
have Liberty to Sink a well on the Dock, oposite the house in which 
James Depeyster now Resides in the East ward of this City 

[464] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2082 urer of this City to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the 

Sum of £79 : 5 : 6 in full of an account Exhibited to this 
board and Sworn to, for a Number of Inquisitions by him taken as 
Corroner of the City & County of New York from the first Day of 
May 1767, to the 26^^ of January Last, 

Orderd the like to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum 

N? 2083 of £6 : 7 : 3 in full of his account for fixing Irons in the 

Exchange & fly market, mending the drain and market in 

Montgomerie ward &9 as p'" his Said account Sworn to and allowed of 

by this Board. 

The Clerk produced to this Board the draft of a Lease of the Pub- 
lick Slaughter Houses to Nicholas Bayard for the Term of Eighteen 
years to be Computed from the 25*** of March 1771 which was read & 
approved of and orderd that the Same be Ingrossed and that the 
Seal of this Corporation be afiixed thereto and Delivered to the Said 
Nicholas Bayard on his Executing a Counterpart thereof to the use of 
this Corporation. 

Isaac H Selover of this City Cordwainer, made application to this 
Board, to be appointed to the office of a publick measurer of the Said 
City, orderd, that he be appointed, and he is appointed accordingly, 

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on his first taking the usual oath for the due Execution of said office, 
and that the clerk prepare a warrant to him under the Seal of this 
Corporation. 



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At a Common Council! held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the ii^ 
day of May 1769. 



present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 



Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P: Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
James Van Var[i]ck 
Peter T : Curtenius 



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[465] Orderd the Mayor Issue a warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2084 urer of this City to pay to Whitehead Hicks Esq'' or order 

the Sum of £36 for 2 years Interest due the io*t of Aprill 
Last on a bond which this board gave to M^ Ann Lyne for £300 
which appears to be assigned to the Said Whitehead Hicks. 

Orderd the Like to M^ John Van Der Spiegle or order 
N? 2085 the Sum of £100 : 4 for a years Interest of £1670 due the 
ID*? of November Last. 

Orderd the Like to Henry Sickels or order the Sum of 
N? 2086 £5 : 2 : 1 in full of his account for work Done and materials 
found, towards repaving the Exchange as p'' his Said ac- 
count Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to George Brewerton Esq'" or order the 
N9 2087 Sum of Twenty two Shillings for monies by him expended 
on a Committee of the Corporation. 

Orderd the Like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 2088 £50 : 19 : 5 in full of his account as overseer of the Bride- 
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following as p'^ his Said account audited by the Comittee and allowed 
of by this Board. 

Orderd the Like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order 
N? the Sum of £522 : 6 : 4 (out of the monies paid into 

2089 his hands by the Church Wardens of this City and 

Warrt Issued raised & Collected in virtue of an act of the Legislature 
of this Colony Lately made & published) for the bal- 
lance of his two Severall accounts the one for monies by him ad- 
vanced & paid to Sundry watchmen for watching the City from the 2? 
of January last to the 2^ of Aprill following, and the other is Likewise 
for monies by him advanced & paid as well to Sundry Lampmen for 
Lighting the Citys Lamps from the 2i*t of January Last to the 2i** of 
Aprill following, as for divers quantities of Lamp Oil found for the 
use of this Corporation, as p'^ his Said account Sworn to & allowed of 
by this board > 

Orderd the Like to Adam Van den bergh or order the 
N? 2090 Sum of £95 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church wardens of this City, and received & Collected by 
Virtue of an act for Regulating the publick Roads in the City & [466] 
County of New York) for monies by him expended, the 6^? of May, 
the 9*? of June, 21'** of October and lo^t of Aprill Last in amending 
& Repairing the Said publick Roads as appears by Certificates from the 
mayor to the Said Treasurer for that purpose, and that the Said Cham- 
berlain also pay to the said Adam Van Den Bergh the further Sum of 
£20 to be by them Expended and laid out in further Repaving said pub- 
lick Roads 

Orderd by this Board that Tobias Van Zandt be appointed an In- 
spector of firewood Commonly Called Cordwood in the Room place 
& Stead of William Bull, who hath Resigned his said office, and the 
said Tobias Van Zandt is hereby appointed accordingly and Sworn 
into said Office as the law directs. 

The Petition of Jacob Van Voorhis, Abraham Mesier, Abraham 
Bussing, and Peter Mesier Jun'' the present Lessees of the ferry across 
the North River to Powlus's Hook was preferred to this board and 
Read, praying an Abatement in the Rent of the Said ferry of the two 
Last Years, and this board after hearing the Reasons assigned by the 
Said Petitioners in person, orderd that an abatement be made to them 
accordingly of £150 in the Rent of the two last years to the i*i of this 
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City of ) ^« At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York| ' Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 8*? 

day of June Anno Dom 1769. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lx>tt 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 

[467] Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2091 urer of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and 

doorkeeper to this board or order the sum of £3 : 15 in full 
for a Quarters Sallary, due unto him and ending the first Instant. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2092 of this city to pay to Asher Myers or order the Sum of 
£89 : 7 for two Bells purchased of him the one for the City 
Hall and the other for the New Goal. 

It is agreed by this Board that the water Lott fronting the Ground 
of this Corporation, on the west side of pecks Slip be filled up and 
Docked out in Such manner as Shall be Directed hereafter by order of 
this Board, and that the Aid? and Common Council man of Mont- 
gomerie ward, the East ward, out ward & North ward, or the Major 
part of them be a Committee to prepare a plan of the Said water Lott 
& of the wharf and peer to be made and Docked out with an Estimate 
of the Expence thereof, and Report the Same to this Board, with all 
Convenient Speed 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 2093 this City, to pay to Davis Hunt, or order the sum of £47 : 

12 : 6 in full of his account for work done and monies by 

him advanced and paid for the use of this Corporation as ^ his said 

account sworn to and allowed of by this board. 



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Orderd the like to Flores Bancker or order the sum of 
N? 2094 ten pounds in part of his account for work done to the 
Spurr of the Great [Dock]. 

Orderd that Alderman Lott, Aid?* Filkin & Aid? Brewerton to- 
gether with Mess"? Curtenius, Abeel & Huggit, or the major part of 
them be a Committee to Regulate Crown street in the west ward of this 
City and make report thereof with all Convenient Speed. 

Whereas it appears to this Board, that Very Large Sums of money 
are due, and in arrear to the Corporation, from a Number of persons 
for Rents Reserved on Grants (and otherwise) which have been from 
time to time Issued to them : it is therefore orderd that publick notice 
be Given by publishing this order in one or more of the news papers of 
this City that unless such arrears of Rent be paid to the Chamberlain 
of [468] this Corporation, on or before the first day of July next, this 
Board will order all those who Shall appear in arrear that day, to be 
prosecuted for the Same, without distinction 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? urer of this City, to pay to James Mills or order the 

2095 sum of £30 : 8 : 3 in full of his account for Victualling 

Warrt Issued Sundry Crimminals &c from the i*! of March to the 

31*? of May Last, as p^ his said account Sworn to and 

allowed of by this board. 



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[i] City of )qq. At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 15^^ 

day of June Anno Dom 1769 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esq' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P. Lx>tt 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
John Abeel 
Huybert Van Wagenen 

Orderd that Alderman Gautier & Mess" Abeel & Van Waganen 
be a Committee to cause the Roof of the City Hall to be Sodder'd and 
place the expence thereof to this Board. 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2096 urer of this City, to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the sum 
of £4 : 8 : 6 for the Expence of his Burying Stephen Porter 
a pirate who hanged himself in Goal 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2097 of this City, to pay to Flores Bancker or order the sum of 

£3 : 4 : 1 J4, in full for the Ballance of his acct for finishing 

the Spur at the Great Dock as p^ his said acct sworn to & allowed of 

by this Board. 

Orderd by this Board that the Committee who were appointed on 
the 8^^ of this Instant June to Cause the Water Lott of this Corpora- 
tion on the west side of Pecks Slip, to be Surveyed. & to prepare the 
plan of a peer to be laid there, & of the water Lott to be filled up ; be a 
Committee to Cause the said Water Lott to be forthwith filled up 
accordingly ; & that a peer of the breadth of 18 feet be laid out of said 
Ground to be filled up adjoining said Slip upon a Range laid down in 
a plan now Exhibited to this Board, & further orderd that the said 

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Committee have power to Contract with Such persons as they shall 
Judge proper for Carrying on & Compleating said Wharf & peer, & 
place the expence thereof to this Board; & that previous to which, 
they Cause Francis Marschalk one of the Citys Surveyors to make a 
plan thereof, & Cause therein the Street or wharf fronting the East 
River to be laid down upon a Range with the Street to the westward 
thereof. 

The Petition of James Leary was preferred to this board & Read, 
praying that this Board would permitt him to occupy & possess (for his 
maintenance) three Small Tenements & Lots of Ground being part of 
what the Corporation have taken into their own possession by Virtue 
of writs of possession Issued for that purpose, to Satisfy some arrears 
of Rent Received on Several Leases to him. It is thereupon orderd 
that the said James Leary have Leave on the first of August next to 
take possession of one of those three Tenements, to witt, the one now 
in the possession of Hugh Carnal & to occupy the same, untill an 
order of this Board shall Issue to the Contrary. 

Ordered the mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2098 of this City to pay to John Mitchel or order the sum of £5 
for one quarters Sallary due to him as publick Whipper of 
this City the fifth day of July next 



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New York| *^ Hall of the said City on Wednesday the I2**» 

day of July 1769. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
John Abeel 

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The Common Council taking into Consideration the Petition of 
Henry Carmer and Rynier Skaats Relating to a Grant of the Water 
Lott ([to] which they Respectively Claim a preferrence) fronting a 
house & Lott of Ground on Rotton Row & it appearing to this board 
upon due Consideration that Henry Carmer has a Right to the prefer- 
rence of a Grant of said Water Lott, this board thereupon orderd that 
the Clerk prepare a Grant of the Same, to the said Henry Carmer, & 
preferr the same to this board with all Convenient speed, under & 
subject to the yearly Rent of five shillings %J foot. &c 

The Petition of Abraham Brasher & Sundry others, Inhabitants 
Living & Residing near the old Slip in this City was preferred to this 
Board & Read, praying that this Board would be Pleased to Indulge 
them with the Liberty of Erecting at their own Expence, a Bridge over 
the said Slip, Sufficient for Carriages to pass over agreable to a plan 
now Exhibited to this board & the Same plan being Viewed by this 
Board was approved of & orderd that the said Petitioners have Liberty 
to erect the said Bridge accordingly 

Alderman Roosevelt Chairman of the Committee for the out ward, 
Reported Verbally, that he had Caused so much of the Kings Road in 
the Bowery Division, to be Surveyed, which takes its begining from 
the north west corner of a small piece of Land that belongs to Jacobus 
Quick, & Runs from thence North 15 Degrees & 30 minutes. East 27 
Chains to a Stake let in the Ground opposite the Division fence of M^ 
Stuyvesandt, & the Widdow Dawson, from thence North 9 degrees & 
30 minutes. East 5 Chains and 5 links, to the South west Comer of the 
Stone fence of M^ Tiebout, agreable to a Survey made by M^ Francis 
Marschalk one of the Citys Surveyors the I2M? of Aprill last, now filed 
in Common Council, & that the Black lines delineated in said Draft on 
plan adjoining the said Road on each side thereof, is approved of by 
M^" Stuyvesandt, as well as all others Interested therein; This Board 
thereupon taking the same into Consideration, approved of said plan & 
orderd that the said two Black lines on the East & west sides of said 
Road be the Regulation for the future. 

[3] Ordered that M' Jacob Brewerton do Cause fifty Scow Loads of 
mudd to be taken out of Burlings Slip, & Charge the Expence thereof 
to this board. 

Orderd that Alderman Gautier do Cause fifty Scow Loads of mudd 
to be taken out of the Slip fronting the Coenties markett & place the 
Expence thereof to this Board. 

The Committee appointed on the 8*^ of June last to Cause Crown 



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Street in the west ward of this City to be Regulated made their Report 
in the words following Vizi City of New York, ss: We the Major 
Part of the Committee appointed to Regulate Crown street having taken 
to our Assistance the City Surveyor for that Purpose, do Report that 
we have Levelled the Street Beginning at the Canal opposite the Corner 
of the house of M^ Jay, Leveling from thence to the Platform of the 
Pump opposite John Brower in said Street, on an Equal decent ; which 
will take off about 2 feet 4 Inches of the highest part of the street & 
from thence to the Lamp Post at the Lower end of the street with an 
equal decent it will fill up about 9 or 10 Inches in the Lower part of 
the said street. All which is Submitted by Your most humble Servants, 
Francis Filkin, Abraham P. Lott, Peter T. Curtenius, John Abeel, 
which Report being Read, was approved off thereupon orderd by this 
board that the said Committee take Care that the said Report be forth- 
with Complied with. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2099 of this City to pay to John Calder or order the sum of £30 
for making a Cistren, & materials by him found, for the use 
of the poor house 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N9 2100 of this City to pay to Joseph Montania or order the sum 
of £6 : 9 : 6 in full of his acct for the like sum by him ad- 
vanced & paid for a Clapper of a Bell, & for a Bolt & other Iron work 
found for hanging a bell in the New Goal & likewise the further sum 
of Twenty shillings for his Extra Service. 

Orderd the like to Asher Myers or order the sum of 
N? 2101 £20 15 : 6 in full for his ace* for Soddering the flatt Copper 
Roof of the City Hall, as ^ his account audited by this 
board & allowed of. 

Orderd the like to Mathew Goodman or order the sum 
N? 2102 of £3 : 3 : o for work done in Carting a quantity of Dirt 
by order of Alderman Blagg as ^ his said acc^ sworn to 
& allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Sarah Brock or order the sum of 
N? 2103 forty shillings for so much by her expended by order of 
this board 

Ordered the mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2104 of this City to pay to Cornelius Roosevelt Esq*" or order 

the sum of £25 : 3 : (out of the monies paid into his hands 

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of an act for Regulating the Publick Roads in the City & County of 
New York) for the like sum by him laid out & Expended on the pub- 
lick Roads. 

James Leary preferred one other Petition to this Board which was 
Read, praying among other things that this Board would be Graciously 
pleased to permitt him to occupy (for his Support & maintenance) 
three Small Tenements & Lotts of Ground Lately taken into possession 
by this board, to satisfy Some arrears of Rent Reserved on Leases to 
him, ORDERD by this Board that the said James Leary have Leave to 
take the Same three small Tenements & Lotts of Ground into his pos- 
session accordingly, & that he occupy the Same untill an order of this 
board shall Issue to the Contrary 

[4] City of )^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 20*^ 

of July 1769. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 

Benjamin Blagg . ^ Alderman 

Abraham PrLott f^^^ Aiaerman 

Andrew Gautier 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T: Curtenius 

Orderd that the assise of Bread be till further order flour at Six- 
teen Shillings.^ Cent 

A White Loaf of the finest Flour to weigh i"* 14°' for 4 Coppers 

d? of D<> to weigh I4j^ for 2 D9 

& further orderd that no other bread be made for sale within this City 
than according to the above assize (hard bisquets only excepted.) and 
that all bakers within the same, take notice thereof & make their bread 
accordingly 

Orderd that a Small Shedd be Erected adjoining the poor House 
to be appropriated as a wash House & that Alderman Gautier Alderman 
Blagg together with Mess^ Huggit, Van Varick & Curtenius or the 
major part of them be a Committee to order the Carrying on & Com- 
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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2105 of this City to pay to Samuel Magee or order the sum of £50 
on account of work done to the poor House 

Ordered the like to John Calder or order the sum of 
N? 2106 £6 : 15 in full of his account for paving, as p'' his account 
audited by this board & allowed of 

Richard Pettit of this City Bricklayer, & John Myer Jun^ Block- 
maker made application to this board to be severally appointed to the 
office of a publick measurer of the said City orderd that they be sever- 
ally appointed to said office on their first taking the usual oath for the 
due execution of said office & that the Clerk prepare warrants to them 
accordingly 

[5] City of )^^^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York f ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the lo^l* 

day of August 1769. 

Present : Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P : Lott 
Andrew Gautier 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Peter T: Curtenius 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
James Van Varick 

This Board taking into Consideration the severall Petitions Ex- 
hibited to them by Maria Farmer & Ab™ Governeur, Respecting the 
Grant of a Water Lott on Hunters Quay: The said Abl* Governeur 
appearing in his proper person and the said Maria Farmer by John W*? 
Smith Esqf of Council for her, & this Board having heard, & Examined 
into the Qaim & Title set up by them the said Abraham Governeur & 
Mary Farmer, & Enquired into the allegations of their Respective Pe- 
titions were after mature deliberation of opinion, that the Estate in the 
said water Lott is in the said Maria Farmer, and thereupon Came to a 
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thereon, whether a Grant should be ordered this day or deferred to 
some future Common Council, in order to determine the same, it was 
put to Vote as follows 

for the Affirmative for the Negative 

Ald°* Brewerton Mf Buyce 

Aid? Roosevelt Mr Huggit 

Aid? Blagg Mf Van Varick 

Aid? Des Brosses 
Aid? Gautier 
Aid? Lott 
Mr Abeel 
Mf Curtenius 
M'' Van Wagenen 

Orderd the Clerk of this Board prepare a Grant from this Cor- 
poration to the said Maria Farmer for the said Water Lott prayed for 
in her petition and preferr the same to this Board with all Convenient 
Speed 

This Board taking into Consideration the Petition of Jacob Van 
Voorhis and others, preferred to this Board praying a Grant of a Cer- 
tain Extent of Ground from high to low water mark and two hundred 
feet into the North or Hudsons River which was also prayed for by 
the Rector and Inhabitants of the City of New York in Communion 
with the Church of England [as] by Law Established, two Questions 
thereon arose (to wit) 

whether a plan Shall be drawn and exhibited to this board of 
!■* the land so prayed for by the said Jacob Van Voorhis and others, 
which was unanimously agreed to; 

whether a Committee shall be now appointed to Treat with the 
2^\y Petitioners, which was Carry'd in the afirmative as follows, 

[6] for the Affirmative for the Negative 

Aid? Filkin Aid? Des Brosses 

Aid? Brewerton Aid? Gautier 

Aid? Roosevelt Mf Huggit 

Aid? Blagg M'' Van Wagenen 

Aid? Lott 

M^ Buyce 

Mf Abeel 

M*" Curtenius 

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Ordered that the Committee appointed to Treat with the Committee 
on the Churches Petition be a Committee to hear the proposals which 
the said Jacob Van Voorhis and others may have to offer. 

The Petition of John Cox was preferred to this Board & Read 
praying to be admitted, to [be] the Keeper of the Bridewell &c OR- 
DERD by this board that the Consideration thereof be deferred to some 
future CoSTon Council. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant, to the Treasurer 
N? 2107 of this City to pay to John De La Montania or order the 
sum of £30 : 14 : 5 in full for his account for painting and 
Glazing for this Corporation as ^ his said account sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2108 sum of £46 : 3 : 2 in full of his account, for Cleansing and 
keeping in repair the Citys fire arms, also for a years Sal- 
lary in Maintaining and keeping in Repair ten fire Engines belonging 
to this Corporation, ending the 24^^ of July last, and for work done, 
and oyl Expended for the use of this Corporation, as ^ his said ac- 
count Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to M^ Jacob Brewerton or order the 
N? 2109 Sum of £2 : 8 : 6 for the like Sum by him expended for the 
use of the Bridewell as %?• his account audited and allowed 
of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 21 10 £59 : 1 : 3 in full of his account as keeper and overseer of 
the Bridewell to the iH of this Instant August as %J said 
account audited by the Committee and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order 
N9 21 1 1 the Sum of £443 18:9 (out of the monies paid into 

Warr! Issued his hands by the Church wardens of this City and 
Raised and Collected by Virtue of an act of the Leg- 
islature of this Colony lately made and published) for the Ballance of 
his two Severall accounts the one for monies by him advanced and paid 
to Sundry watchmen for watching this City from the 3? of Aprill last 
to the 3? of July following, and the other is likewise for monies by 
him advanced and paid as well to Sundry Lampmen for lighting the 
Citys lamps from the 2i»t of Aprill last to the 2i^t of July following, 
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House and lamp Lighters as ^ his said account Sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this Board 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYorkj Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

24^ day of August Anno Dom 1769. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 

Benjamin Blagg ^Esq*^ Aldermen 

Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P : Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen ^Assistants 
James Van Varick 
Peter T : Curtenius 

The Petition of Theophilus Hardenbrook and Sundry other House 
Carpenters in this City, was again Read, Setting forth among other 
things, that a Considerable Number of Country Carpenters have for 
Some years past Come into this City in the Summer Season and fol- 
lowed their Trade and in the fall Return again to their familys with- 
out paying any Taxes or assessments to the Great prejudice of your 
petitioners and the Impoverishment of their familys, &c Orderd that 
Alderman Blagg Alderman Gautier and Mess*"? Huggit, Van Varick & 
Van Waganen, or the major part of them, be a Committee to Conferr 
with the petitioners in order to relieve them upon the Subject of their 
petition and report the same to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2112 of this City to pay to Andrew Gautier Esq^ or order the 
Sum of £4 : 13 : 3 for this Corporation as ^ his said ac- 
count audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the Like to M^^ Jacob Brewerton or order the 
N? 2113 Sum of £3 : 7 13 for the like Sum by him advanced and paid 
for fixing a Chain across the Bridge at the Fly market by 
order of this Board 
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Orderd the like to Cornelius Roosevelt Esqf or order 
N? 21 14 the Sum of Eleven pounds Seven Shillings and a half penny 
out of the monies paid into his hands by the Church War- 
dens of this City and raised & Collected by Virtue of an Act for [8] 
Regulating the publick Roads in the City and County of New York 
for the like Sum by him laid out and Expended on the said publick 
Roads 

The Petition of Samuel Loudon was preferred to this Board pray- 
ing a Grant of the Water Lott fronting his Dwelling House on hunters 
Key agreable to a former petition by him preferred to this Board, 
order'd that the Said petition be referred to the Committee formerly 
appointed Respecting the water Lott fronting Hunters Key 



City of ) «« At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYork| ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

6^^ day of September 1769. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P : Lott 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2115 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 : o in full 
for a quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the first Instant 

Orderd the like to George Lindsay or order the Sum of 
N? 2116 £8 : II :2 for 16 mile stones by him furnished for the use 
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Ordered that Samuel Rogers the present Tenant of this 
N? 21 17 Corporation on the Island Common [ly] Called Bedlows 
Island do forthwith Remove himself and family from thence, 
this board having no further Service for him there 

[9] Ordered that Evert Pells be permitted to occupy the Island be- 
longing to this Corporation Conunonly Called Bedlows Island during the 
pleasure of this Corporation untill he Shall Recover an order from this 
Board to the Contrary and that he demand of the late Lessee Such 
Goods & eflfects which he has in his posession belonging to this Board. 

Ordered that the Committee appointed the S^t of June last to pre- 
pare a plan of a Water Lott and of the wharf and peer to be made 
and Dock'd out on the west Side of pecks Slip have power to agree 
with Such persons as they shall judge proper for the filling up and 
Docking out the Same 

Orderd the mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 21 18 of this City to pay to Mathew Hopper or order the Sum of 

£6 : 13 : 10 in full of his account for smiths work by him 

done for the use of this Corporation as ^ his said acrf Sworn to and 

allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered that the assize of bread be till further order, flour at 17? 

6? ^ a 

a white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i"^ : 12®* for 4 Coppers 

d9 of d** to weigh 13^^ for 2 d** 

And further orderd that no other Bread be made for Sale within 
this City than according to the above assize (hard Bisquets only ex- 
cepted) and that all bakers within the Same take Notice thereof and 
make their Bread accordingly 

George Dominick of this City Bricklayer and John Glover of the 
Same place Cabinet maker, Severally made application to this Board 
to be appointed to the office of publick measurers of this City, orderd 
that they be Severally appointed to the said office accordingly, first 
taking the usual oath for the Due Execution of their Respective office 

The Qerk produced (according to an order of this board) the 
Ingrossed Grant from this Corporation to Maria Farmer for a water 
Lot fronting Hunters Key, which was Read and approved of, & orderd 
that the Seal of this City be Affixed thereto and Delivered to the Said 
Maria Farmer on her first Executing a Counterpart thereof to the use 
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ORDERD by this Board that the Clerk hereof do proceed against the 
Goods & Chatties lands & Tenements of Alexander White on the Judg- 
ment obtained against him in JanT 1769 at the Suit of this Corporation 

The Committee who were appointed on the 10*? of August last 
to hear the proposals that Peter Mesier Jun^ Jacobus Van Voorhis and 
George Stanton might have to offer Concerning the Grant of Sundry 
water Lx)ts in the North River from M?Adams's Dock to the corner of 
Barclays Street made their Report in the words following Vizi Wee 
the Subscribers being appointed by the board as a Committee to hear 
the proposals of [10] Peter Mesier Jun'' Jacob Van Voorhis and George 
Stanton Do in Obedience to Said appointment Report that they do 
offer for the Water Lotts from William M^Adams's Dock to the Comer 
of Barclays Street which contains 400 feet the Sum of £400 Lawful 
money of New York and one Shilling ^ foot ^ Annum Quitrent for 
ever Otherwise if the Corporation should think proper to reserve any 
lotts to themselves they do offer £20 for every 25 feet of the Re- 
mainder and One Shilling ^ foot ^ Annum Quitrent for ever all 
which is submitted this 22? of August 1769 by Francis Filkin, George 
Brewerton, Elias Des Brosses, Abraham P. Lott, Jacob Brewerton, 
Benjamin Huggit, Peter T. Curtenius, which being Read orderd the 
same be filed and that a Copy thereof be made and Served on the 
Church Wardens of Trinity Church. 



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New York j "^^^ Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

27^ day of September 1769. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P. Lott 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T: Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

George Trail Snuffmaker and William Upton Miller admitted 
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Cannon Baker were sworn free men of this Corporation and orderd 
to be Registred. 

Orderd that the Alderman and Common Council man of Mont- 
gomerie ward the out ward and North ward or any four of them be a 
Committee to Cause a drain to be laid and sunk in such of the publick 
Streets as they Shall judge most proper and Convenient for the Carry- 
ing off the water that over flows the meadows which lies in Mont- 
gomerie and the out ward and that at the expence of the neighbourhood 
through which the said drain is laid 

Ordered that Alderman Gautier Alderman Blagg together with 
Mess'? Huggit Van Varick and Curtenius or the major part of them 
be a Committee to Cause a [ii] fire Engine House to be Erected and 
finished in such part of the north ward as they shall judge proper and 
place the Expence thereof to this board. 

Orderd that the alderman and Common Councill man of Mont- 
gomerie ward, the out ward and the North ward or the major part of 
them be a Committee to Regulate King George Street in the North 
ward of this City and the Street leading from thence towards the 
Swamp and make Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient 
Speed 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of this City was preferred to 
this Board and Read praying a Repeal of so much of the Law Entitled 
a Law for assizeing the publick markets of this City of New York as 
Relates to the article of Butter and a Debate ariseing thereon whether 
so much of the said Law Should be Repealed Immediately or the Con- 
sideration of the said Petition be deferred for a future day 

The following Voted for a Repeal These for a future day 

Immediately Viz* Viz* 

Aid? Roosevelt M'' Curtenius 

Ald« Blagg Mr Huggit 

Aid? Des Brosses M'' Buyce 

Aid? Gautier M^ Van Varick 
Aid? P: Lott 
M^ Jacob Brewerton 
M^ Van Wagenen 

It is therefore hereby orderd by this Board that so much of the 
said Law as Relates to the article of Butter be Repealed and the Same 
is hereby Repealed accordingly 



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Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 21 19 of this City to pay to Andrew Gautier Esqf or order the 
Sum of £141 : 18 : 9 for the like Sum by him expended and 
laid out to Severall persons for work done to and finishing the Council 
Room in the City Hall as ^ his said account, audited by the Com- 
mittee and allowed of by this Board 

Ordered the like to James Mills or order the Sum of 
N? 2120 £25 : 15 in full of his account for victualling Sundry Crim- 
inals &c from the i^\ of June Last to the I2*^ of September 
Instant as p'' his said ace*, sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Ordered the mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2121 of this City to pay to Thomas Longworth for the use of 

Jonas Pierson the sum of £3 : 2 : 8 for apprehending and 

bringing from Essex County in New Jersey to this city one John Ryan 

who had lately Committed a felony in this City and made his Escape 

Asher Jones Cordwainer and Isaac Jones Cooper Sworn freemen 
of this Corporation and orderd to be Registred. 

[12] City of ^^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on ffriday the 29^* of 

September Anno Dom 1769. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin Esq^ 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P: Lott 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 

Conformable to his Majestys Royal Charter Granted to the Mayor 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York for Electing this 
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Constables in the Six Wards on the South Side of the Fresh water and 
one alderman one assistant four assessors two Collectors and four 
Constables for the out ward of the said City to Serve in the Respective 
Offices for the year ensuing the Respective Aldermen of each Ward 
made Return this day under their Hands of the Severall persons to 
Serve in the Several offices aforesaid Vizi 



Alderman 
Assistant 

> Assessors 

Collector 

[Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 



Elias Des Brosses 

Jacob Brewerton 

Henry Kip 

Thomas Witter 

William Elsworth 

George Marschalk 

Gilbert Smith 

Abraham P: Lott 

Peter T. Curtenius 

Morris Earl and 

Peter Mesier Jun'' 

Peter Kirby 

Benjamin Quereau 

Marinus Willett 

[13] George Brewerton Alderman 

Benjamin Huggit Assistant 

Isaac Stoutenburgh 

Joseph Rigby 



Assessors 



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Collector 
[constables 



Henry Ustick 
Anthony ackly 
William Baldwin 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Daniel Ebbets 
John King 
Fred^ Lasher 
Isaac Moses 
Fred^ Lasher 
Andrew Gautier 
James Van Varick 
Nicholas Quakenboss 
Garrit Abeel 
James Creighton 
John Farrill 
Manus Burger 



[Assessors 

Collector 

> Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

[Assessors 

Collector 

[Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

[Assessors 

Collector 

[Ccmstables 



for the East 
ward 



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Ward 



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Benjamin Blagg Alderman 

Huybert Van Wagenen Assistant 

Isaac Sears ] . 

T ^ ^Assessors 

Isaac Corsa V 

William Hardenbrook Collector 

Vincent De Lamontania 1. 



John Jones 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
Obadiah Wells 
George Shaw 
John Stout 
Samuel Wall 
Elias Anderson 
Arent Myer & 
Adolph Benson 
Lawrence Benson 
David Waldron & 
Andrew M^^Gown 






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Alderman 
Assistant 

I Assessors 

Collector 

Constables 

Assessors 



Montgomeric 
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Out ward 

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Collector 
(Constables 

[ii( Resolved that Isaac Depeyster Esqf the present Treasurer or 
Chamberlain of the said City be and he is hereby Elected and appointed 
Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation for the year ensuing 
he Giving Such Security as the Law directs 

Resolved and orderd by this Board that Rynier Skaats be ap- 
pointed and he is hereby accordingly appointed high Constable for the 
City and County of New York for the year ensuing, or until Some other 
fit person be appointed and Sworn in his Room 

The Honourable Cadwallader Colden Esq^ Lieutenant Governor 
& Commander in Chief in and over the province of New York and the 
Territories thereon depending in America. By and with the advice and 
Consent of his Majestys Councill was pleased to appoint the following 
persons officers for the City and County of New York for the year 
ensuing Viz\ 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ to be Mayor Water BailiflE and Qerk of the 
Markets of the City of New York 

John Roberts Esq^" to be high Sheriff and Thomas Shrieve Gentle- 
man to be Corroner of the said City & County 

Cornelius Roosevelt Esq^ the present alderman of the out ward 
of this City Returned John Duyckman Elected an alderman and Mathew 



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Buyce an assistant for said ward for the ensuing year whereupon at 
the Request of the said Cornelius Roosevelt a Candidate for an alder- 
man of the said Ward and John Quackenbush Jun'' a Candidate for an 
assistant of the said Ward, to have a Scrutiny upon the Election this 
day had. It is orderd by this Board that they have one accordingly, 
and that the said Scrutiny be made on the said Election in the presence 
of Alderman Brewerton Aid™ Blagg Aid™ Des Brosses & Mess^ Jacob 
Brewerton, Huggit and Van Waganen or the Major part of them, who 
are hereby appointed a Committee for that purpose, and further or- 
derd that Each party make out a List of the Voters they Object to and 
poi^it out at the end of each List the Cause of Objection and that they 
then Change their List and Deliver the Same Respectively to the Chair- 
man of the above Committee by this day week that he may be enabled 
to Call the Committee together to finish the Scrutiny before the day 
of Qualification and make Report thereof to this board with all Con- 
venient Speed 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2122 urer of this City to pay to Abraham P: Lott Esq^" the Sum 

of £10 for the like Sum by him Expended by Order of this 

Board in Repairing the Bridge or Stairs in Mesiers Slip adjoining the 

wharf of the heirs of Sir Peter Warren. 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2123 urer of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or 
WarrJ Issued order the Sum of £180 (out of the monies Raised by 
Virtue of an act Entitled an act for Regulateing the 
publick Roads in [15] the City and County of New York and Collected 
and paid into his hands by the Church Wardens of this City) on account 
of Repairing the said publick Roads by Virtue of the aforesaid act. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2124 of this City to pay to Andrew Gotier Esq^ or order the sum 
of £40 towards defraying the expence of Building a wash 
House adjoining the poor House 

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Orderd that Alderman Gautier, Alderman Blagg together with 
Mess^ Huggit, Van Varick & Curtenius or the Major part of them be 
a Committee to View and Examine what Repairs are wanting to the 
Roof of the New Goal and what will be the Expence of painting the 
Said New Goal and make Report thereof to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed. 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2125 of this City, to pay to William Mitchel or order the sum of 
£5 for one quarters Sallary due to him as publick Whipper 
of this City the 5^ of October next 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 13^ 
day of October 1769. 



Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Cornelius Roosevelt 
Benjamin Blagg ^[Aldermen] 

Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gotier 
Abraham P. Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 

John Abeel ^ [Assistants] 

James Van Varick 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 

Orderd that the Clerk prepare a bond from this Corporation to 
John Brevort of this City Goldsmith for the sum of £500 payable on 
the 13*? of October next with Interest at Six ^ Cent for the Same. 
The Clerk produced a bond accordingly with the Seal of this City an- 
nexed which was Read and approved of and Signed by the Mayor in 
behalf of this Corporation and Counter Signed by the Qerk of this 
Boafrd; which said money was paid to W°* Pea [r] tree Smith in part 
of a bond due from this Corporation to him. 

[16] Also ORDERD that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 
N? 2126 Treasurer of this City to pay to M^ W*? Pea [r] tree Smith 

or order the sum of £26 : 8 : 10 in part of a bond due from 
this Corporation to him 



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The Committee who were appointed by an order of this Board to 
Enquire into the Scrutiny demanded by Cornelius Roosevelt and John 
Quackinbush on the Election had for an Alderman and Common 
Councill man of the Out ward made their Report in the words follow- 
ing (to witt) City of New York ss: We the Subscribers being lately 
appointed a Committee by an order of the Common Councill at the 
Request of CorneHus Quackenboss for an assistant of the Outward of 
the said City to have a Scrutiny on the Election had the 29^ of Sep- 
tember Last past when John Duyckman was Returned an Alderman 
and Mathew Buyce an assistant for the said Ward. We the said Com- 
mittee have therefore in pursuance of said appointment Enquired into 
the Qualification of the Voters as Set down and Returned in the Poll 
Lists and do Report thereon that We found the Votes to Stand thus 
(to wit) 155 for John Duyckman and 126 for Cornelius Roosevelt, 
That on the Scrutiny there were by us and with the Consent of the 
said Duyckman and Roosevelt Set Down to each of them the Number 
of Bad Votes following (to witt) to John Duyckman 22 and to Cor- 
nelius Roosevelt 10 Neither of which appearing to us to have a freehold 
in said ward nor being Freemen Residing within the same that the 
Right of Qualification in 17 Voters for John Duyckman being objected 
to by the said Cornelius Roosevelt We therefore Referred them to the 
Consideration of the Common Councill the same Objection being made 
by M^^ Duyckman to 14 others who Voted for the said Cornelius Roose- 
velt which We also Referred to the Consideration of the Common 
Councill We also Report that the said John Quackenbush at the End 
of the Scrutiny Gave up the same and Signified that he was Satisfied 
that M^ Buyce had the Majority of Good Votes These Several Matters 
are Submitted to the Board this 13*** day of October 1769 by us George 
Brewerton, Elias Des Brosses, Benjamin Huggit, Huybert Van Wage- 
nen, Jacob Brewerton which Report being Read the Common Council 
thereupon went into an Enquiry of the Qualification of Voters Referred 
to their Consideration, that after this Board had made Some progress 
therein, M^ Roosevelt Signified that it fully appeared to him that the 
said John Duyckman had the Majority of Good Votes and that he 
would not Give this Board any further trouble therein, — this Board 
thereupon agreed & orderd that the said John Duyckman and the said 
Mathew Buyce have notice to attend this Board to morrow morning at 
ten oClock to be Qualified to Execute their Respective offices accord- 
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City of ^ gg At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Saturday the 

I4'*» day of October Anno Dom 1769. 

[17] Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Elias Des Brosses 
Benjamin Blagg 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P. Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T. Curtenius 

This day M^ Mayor attended by Alderman Filkin Alderman Brew- 
erton, Aid? Blagg & Alderman Lott the High Sheriff Corroner and 
Town Clerk Between the Hours of Eleven & twelve oClock in the 
forenoon at the City Hall went from thence to fort George in the said 
City and there waited on the Honourable Cadwallader Colden Esq^ his 
Majestys Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief in and over 
the province of New York &c. The oaths appointed by act of Parlia- 
ment to be taken instead of the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy the 
Test and Abjuration oath in the presence of and by order of his 
Honour the said Lieutenant Governor were administred unto White- 
head Hicks Esq^ as Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the Markets of 
the City of New York, as also one of his Majestys Justices of the peace 
for the City and County of New York as also the usual oaths of oflBce 
of Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the Markets of the City of New 
York and Justice of the peace in the presence of the aforesaid Severall 
Members of this Court, whereupon the mayor attended as aforesaid 
went to the City Hall where after the ringing of three Bells and procla- 
mation made for Silence the Commissions for mayor water bailiff and 
Clerk of the Markets and the Commissions of Sheriff and Corroner 
were published and then the said Mayor and Majestrates Returned to 
the Common Councill Chamber w[h]ere the said Whitehead Hicks was 
placed in the Chair and then the said Whitehead Hicks Esq^ as 
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to be taken by act of parliament instead of the oaths of Allegiance & 
Supremacy the Test and abjuration oath and the usual oaths for the 
due Execution of their Respective offices unto the Respective majes- 
trates and officers following Vizt 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Abraham P. Lott 

John Duyckman 
[18] Mathew Buyce 

Jacob Brewerton 

Benjamin Huggit 

John Abeel 

James Van Varick 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

Peter T. Curtenms 

John Roberts Esqf 

Thomas Shrieve Esq'" 

Isaac De Peyster Esq^ 
Rynier Skaats, 



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high Sheriff 

Corroner of the City and County of 

New York 
Chamberlain or Treasurer of this City 

of New York 
high Constable 



Petty Constables 
George Marschalk 
Gilbert Smith 
Benjamin Quereau 
Marinus Willet 
Anthony Ackly / 

William Baldwin 
Fred^ Lasher 



John Farrill 
Manus Burger 



|. Dock ward 

Vincent De Lamontania) ,, , . , 

T , T > Montgomerie ward 

John Jones V ^ 

Samuel Wall / Bowry Division 

Elias Anderson V in the out ward 

David Waldron / tt 1 -r.- • • • -r^n 

J. Harlem Division in D° 



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North ward 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N9 2127 of this City to M^ John Bogert Jun^^ or order the Sum of 
£60 in full for a years Interest of £1000 due unto him the 
26*? of September Last. 

Orderd the Like to M^ Richard Waldron or order the 
N? 2128 sum of £42 for a years Interest of £700 due unto him the 
8*? day of this Instant October 



[19] City of )^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

NewYorkj * Hall of the said City on Monday the 13*? 

day of November Anno Dom 1769 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses , _, _ ai 1 

yv J r^ i.' VEsq*? Aldermen 

Andrew Gautier \ ^ 

John Duyckman 

Mathew Buyce 

Jacob Brewerton 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen ^Assistants 

John Abeel 

James Van Varick 

Peter Curtenius 

Orderd the mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2129 this City to pay to Mf John Van Der Spiegle or order the 
sum of £200 : 8 for two years Interest of £1670 due imto 
him the 10^^ Instant 

Ordered the Clerk prepare a bond from this Corporation to Mf 
John Van Der Spiegle for the sum of £500 payable on the I3*t' day of 
November next with Interest at and after the Rate of Six ^ Cent 
the Same is taken up to Discharge a bond from this Board to Mess*? 
Henry Cruger and John Cruger for the Like Sum 

Orderd by this Board that the Mayor Issue his Warrant 
N? 2130 to the Treasurer of this City to pay to Mess'? Henry Cruger 
and John Cruger or order the sum of £61 for the Interest 
due on their Bond from this Corporation to this day 



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Orderd that the Assize of Bread be till further order flour at 18/6 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i**> : i !«>? for 4 Coppers 

D? D9 to weigh 13 for 2 D? 

And further orderd that no other Bread be made for Sale within 
this City than according to the above assize (hard Bisquits only ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same take notice thereof and 
make their Bread accordingly 

Ordered by this Board that there be provided for the use of this 
Corporation 60 Fire Buckets and the Alderman and Common Coim- 
cill men of the Six wards to the Southward of the fresh Water Cause 
the same to be made and place the expence thereof to this Board 

[20] Orderd by this Board that the mayor Issue his War- 
N? 2 131 rant to the treasurer of this City to pay to Johannes Myer 

Messenger and doorkeeper to this Board or order* the sum 
of £6 being for the usual yearly allowance made him by this Board 
for Extraordinary Services and this Board being sensible of his hav- 
ing done more than the usual Extraordinary Services the Last year 
do therefore also [order] that the said Treasurer pay him the further 
sum of £4 

Orderd the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the sum 
N*? 2132 of £489 19:5 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City and Raised and Collected in 
virtue of an act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made and pub- 
lished) for the Ballance of two Severall accounts the one for monies 
by him advanced and paid to Sundry watchmen for watching this City 
from the 4^ of July last to the 4^^ of October following and the other 
is Likewise for monies by him advanced and paid as well to Sundry 
Lampmen for Lighting the Citys Lamps from the 21H oi July last to 
the 2i«t of October following as for the Ballance due to him for fire 
wood and Candles for the watch House and Lamp Lighters as pf his 
said account Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to M^ Cornelius Roosevelt or order the 
N? 2133 sum of £9 : 17 : 9 in full for the like Sum by him advanced 
and paid for the use of this Corporation as ^ his acct au- 
dited by this board and allowed of. 



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City of 7 ^^ At a Common Councill held at the 

NewYorkj * City Hall of the said City on Friday the 

first day of December Anno Dom 1769 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 

EUas Des Brosses ^Esq"? Aldermen 

Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P : Lott 
John Duyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen ^Assistants 
James Van Varick 
Peter T: Curtenius j 

Orderd the mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2134 of this City to pay to Johannes Myer Messenger and door- 
keeper to this Board or order the sum of £3 : 15 for a quar- 
ters Sallary due unto him and ending this day 

[21] Orderd the mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2135 urer of this City to pay to Mess*"? Reade and Hutchins the 

sum of £150 on acc^ of a wharf which this Board have Con- 
tracted with them to build adjoining pecks Slip 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2136 of this City to pay to John Stagg or order the sum of 
£44 : 17 : 7 in full of his acct for building a Stone wall at 
Pecks Slip as pf said ace*, audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Elias Des Brosses Esq^ or order the 
N? 2137 sum of £17 : 12 : 3 for the like Sum by him advanced and 
paid for the use of this Corporation as ^ said acct audited 
by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to William Dobbs overseer of the Bride- 
N? 2138 well or order the sum of £54 : 16 : i in full of his acct au- 
dited by the Committee this day and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Ralph Thurman or order the sum of 
N? 2139 ^^ :9 :o in full of his ace! for seven Bushels of Lime fur- 
nished for the use of the New Goal 



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Orderd the like to Thomas Warner or order the Sum of 
N? 2140 £2:3:0 in full of his acd for Sundry Spinning wheels 
made for the use of the Bridewell as ^ said acct Sworn to 
and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Aaron Gilbert or order the Sum of 
N? 2141 £29 : 12 : 4 in full of his acd for ten Chaldron of Coal de- 
livered for the use of the Bridewell 

The major part of the Committee who were appointed on the 27^? 
of September Last to Cause a drain to be sunk in order to Carry off 
the water which over flows the meadows near Totten & Crossfields in 
the Out ward of this City made their Report that they have fixed the 
place for the Sinking said drain in the Street between the Lots of said 
Totten and Crossfield and the Lott of Henry Shief in said Out ward 
which this Board approves of; and thereupon orderd that the said 
drain be made at the Expence of the Neighbourhood through which 
the Same passes & to Continue only at a Temporary drain or so long 
untill this Board Shall Issue an order for Removing the Same. 

The Petition of Sundry Persons Residing in Montgomerie Ward 
was read praying that this Corporation would give them leave to erect 
a Bridge aCross Beekmans Slip at their own expence orderd that the 
Consideration thereof be deferred untill the next Common Council that 
the Neighbourhood there may in the mean time have an Opportunity 
of making their Objections to the same if any they should have 

[22] City of ) «^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York ( Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 

12*1* day of December Anno DoTn 1769 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Elias Des Brosses r ., , , 

A J ^ .• '■ [Aldermen I 

Andrew Gautier . * 

Abraham P: Lott 

John Duyckman 

Benjamin Huggit 

James Van Varick 

John Abeel \ [Assistants] 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

Peter T : Curtenius 

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Be it Ordained by the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York Convened in Common Councill and it is hereby or- 
dained by the Authority of the same that all the Laws orders and ordi- 
nances of this Corporation which on the 13^^ day of December 1768 
were made ordained Renewed Established and published be Renewed 
and Continued and Remain in full force and Virtue for one year from 
and after the date hereof. Vizi 

A Law for the due observation of the Lords Day Called Sunday 

A Law to prevent Strangers from being a Charge to this Corpora- 
tion 

A Law to appoint Sworn Surveyers of this City 

A Law for the Better preventing of fire 

A Law for marking of Bread 

A Law prohibiting the Sale of meal and flour by measure and for 
appointing proper places for the Sale of meal, flour, Corn and Grain 

A Law for Regulating Negroes mulattoes and other Slaves 

A Law for Regulating of Carts and Carmen 

A Law to Regulate the office of Guagers of Liquors, packers of 
Beef and pork and Cullers of Staves, Heading and Hoops 

A Law Relating to making of freemen (Except that part formerly 
Repealed) 

A Law for Regulating the Lying of Vessells in the Great Dock 
and Slips of this City and for preserving the Bridge and Common 
Sewer of the Same Great Docks 

A Law for preserving the Commons and the fish in fresh water 
pond 

[23] A Law for Regulating and Establishing fees for the Inviters to 
funerals 

A Law for paving & Cleansing the Streets lanes and alleys with- 
in the City of New York and for preventing Nusances within the Same 

A Law prohibiting Hawkers and Pedlers 

A Law for preventing of frauds in fire wood 

A Law for marking of Butter 

A Law for Regulating of fences 

A Law for Regulating of Midwives within the City of New York 

A Law for Regulating the office of Chamberlain or Treasurer of 
the City of New York 

A Law for the Better Securing the City of New York from the 
danger of Gun powder 

A Law declaring to what uses the Seal of this Corporation, the Seal 



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of the Mayors Court and the Seal of the Mayoralty of this City Shall 
be put. 

A Law for Regulating the publick markits within this City of New 
York, and for preventing the forestalling of provisions Coming to the 
said Markits. 

A Law to prevent the Selling or Giving of unripe fruit & Oysters 
within this City of New York with the alteration made the I2*l* of 
May 1768 

A Law to Restrain and prohibit the Giving or Selling of Strong 
Liquors to any of the private Centinals of his majestys Garrison in the 
City of New York 

A Law to prevent Rafting in the City of New York 

A Law to ascertain the Size of apple Barrils and the weight of 
onions that shall be brought to this City for sale or Exportation 

A Law to prohibit the Sale of Hay by measure 

A Law to ascertain the Size of Carts and Regulate the Sale of fire- 
wood in the City of New York (with an addition thereto) 

A Law for Regulating the publick Slaughter House within the Cit>' 
of New York 

An ordinance for assizing the publick markits of the City of New 
York Except the part Repealed the 27^^ of September last relating to 
, the article of Butter 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2142 urer of this City to pay to Adolph Benson or Order 
Warrt Issued the Sum of £70 : 7 : 6 (out of the monies Raised by 
Virtue of an act Entituled an act for Regulating the 
upblick Roads in the City of New York and Collected and paid into 
his hands by the Church Wardens of this City) on acc^ of Repairing 
the said publick Roads by Virtue of the said act 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2143 urer of this City to pay to M^" Benjamin Huggit or 
Ward Issued or order the Sum of £17 : 7 : 9 in full of his ace*, for 
the Like Sum by him advanced and paid for divert 
Quantities of Bricks for the use of the wash House Erected in the rear 
of the alms House belonging to this Corporation as ^ said acct audited 
by this Board and allowed off 

Orderd the like to Peter Brower or order the sum of 
N? 2144 £28 :4 : 73^ in full of his ace! for work done to the wash 
House in the Rear of the Alms House as ^ said ace! au~ 
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[24] Orderd the like to Barnet Sebring or order the sum of 
N? 2145 £9 : 9 in full of his acc^ for Iron work done for the Wash 

House in the Rear of the Alms House as ^ said acd Sworn 
to and allowed of by this Board 

Ordered the like to James Mills or order the sum of 
N? 2146 £44 : 13 : 6 in full of his acct for Victualling Sundry Crim- 
minals &c: from the 13^1* of September Last to this day ab 
pf his said acd Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd that M^ Recorder Alderman Des Brosses & Aid? Gautier 
together with Mess''? Huggit, Van Varick and Van Waganen or 
the Major part of them be a Committee to take into their Considera- 
tion a Bill now before this Board to ascertain the Size Demensions and 
Quality of Staves, Heading, Hoops, Boards, Timber, Shingles and 
plank which Shall be brought to this City of New York for Sale and 
that they make Such alterations & amendments thereto, as they or the 
major part of them Shall judge proper and make Report thereof to 
this board with all Convenient Speed. 

Orderd that the Recorder, Alderman Filkin Aid*? Gautier & Aid? « 
Des Brosses together with Mess*"? Abeel, Van Varick & Jacob Brewer- \ 
ton, or the major part of them be a Committee to Conferr with the * , 
Petitioners for water Lotts fronting their Houses Lying to the East- 
ward of the Exchange between that & the Coenties markit and to Re- 
ceive the proposalls of the said Petitioners on the Subject matter of 
their said Petition and make Report thereof to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed. 

M'" Mayor Produced to this Board a List of the Names of Sundry 
persons who had taken out Lycences for Retailing of Strong liquors 
within this City from the 25^!? of March 1769 to the 25^* of March 
1770 amounting to 339 and who had paid for the same the sum of 
£507 : 12 : 9 ; orderd he pay the Same to the Treasurer or Chamberlain 
to this Corporation first Retaining thereout the Sum of £125 being 
what this Board agreed to allow him for his fees as Clerk of the mar- 
kets from the i^l of May 1769 to the i^*. of May 1770. Also the further 
sum of 4? and paying thereout to the Clerk of this Board the Sum of 
5? for every Lycence so by him Granted as af? and that the Ballance 
(after the above deductions are made) to be paid into the Treasury 
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The Petition of Gerrard G: Beekman and Sundry others Residing 
G^ntiguous to Beekmans Slip was preferred to this Board and Read 
praying that the Prayer of A Petition Preferred the last Common 
[Council] for leave to Erect a Bridge aCross [25] said Beekmans Slip 
might not be Granted orderd by this Board that the Consideration of 
the said Petition of the said Gerrard G : Beekman & others be deferred 
to some future Common Council. 

ORDERD the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2147 ^^^^ of this City to pay to Samuel M^aghee or order 

WarH Issued the sum of £125 : 14 : 6 in full for the Ballance of his 

acct for work done by him and for Cash advanced to 

Sundry workmen for building the Wash House in the Rear of the Alms 

House as ^ his said account Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 



City of ) j^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York! Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 



20*t day of December Anno Dom 1769. 



Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P: Lott 
John Duyckman 
John Abeel 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Huybert Van Wagenen 



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M^ Mayor Produced to this Board the draft of a Law Intitled a 
Law to ascertain the Size Dimensions and Quality of Staves, Heading 
Hoops, Boards, Timber, Shingles and planck which shall be brought to 
this City for Sale, which was Read and approved of and is in the words 
following, Be it ordained &c: [Draft of law not entered.] orderd that 
the said Law be Published forthwith and Incerted in one or more of 
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Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2748 of this City to pay to Abraham P. Lott Esq'" or order the 

sum of £8 : o : 10 for the like Sum by him advanced and 

paid for Cleansing the Oswego Markit and for three Cord of firewood 

Sent to the prisoners in the New Goal 

Ordered the like to Mf Huybert Van Waganen or order 
N? 2149 the sum of £13 : 6 : 4 for divers quantitys of Nails furnished 
for the wash House Erected Contiguous to the Alms House 
&c. as ^ his said acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 



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New York 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 
10*^!? day of January 1770 



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Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P: Lott 
John Duyckman 
John Abeel 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2150 of this City to pay to Francis Arden or order the sum of 

£59 19:0 being the Consideration Money of one Sixth part 

of two twelfths of a Certain Lott or parcell of Land lying in the North 

ward of this City which this Corporation hath lately purchased of him 



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Order *D the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 21 5 1 of this City to pay to Jacaniiah Allen or order the sum of 

£59 19:0 being the Consideration money of one Sixth part 

of two twelfths of a Certain Lott or parcell of Land lying in the North 

ward of this City which this Corporation hath lately purchased of him 

Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2152 of this City to pay to Alexander Kossack or order the Sum 
of £9:9:0 being the Consideration money of one Sixth 
part of two twelfths of a Certain Lott or parcell of Land lying in 
the North Ward of this City which this Corporation hath laely pur- 
chased of him 

Order 'd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2153 of this City to pay to Nathaniel Ball or order the sum of 
£13 in full of his acct for work done to the Albany pier as 
^ his said acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

[27] Ordered the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2154 urer of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the sum 

of £5 for one quarters Sallary due to him as publick Whip- 
per of this City the 5*^ Instant 

The Committee appointed to Conferr with the petitioners for water 
Lots fronting their Severall Houses Lying to the Eastward of the Ex- 
change between that and the Coenties peer made Report thereof in the 
words following: City of New York ss: &c [Report not entered.] which 
being Read was orderd to be put off for further Consideration 

It being Represented to this Board by alderman Filkin that not- 
withstanding the many publications made by this Corporation for all 
such persons who are in arrear to this Board for Rents Reserved on 
Grants & otherwise to discharge them by a Certain day therein made 
mention of and that hitherto no Regard having been paid to Such pub- 
lications therefore moved that such persons who now appear to be in 
arrear upwards of two years might be prosecuted orderd Nemine 
Contradicente that Such persons be prosecuted forthwith and that the 
Clerk of this Board Issue process against them accordingly 

Ordered by this board that the sum of £300 be Raised for Defray- 
ing the Expence of Regulating and Repairing the publick Roads in this 
City and County for the year ensuing and that the same be laid on & 
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freemen Inhabitants Residents & Sojourners within the said City & 
County in Such manner as is Directed by an Act of Assembly made 
and passed for that purpose 



City of ) «q At a Common Council held at the City 

New York J ' Hall of the said City on Thursday [Friday] 

the 19^ day of January Anno Dom 1770 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab^T P : Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 



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Whereas It hath been reported to this Board that one Certain 
William Lish of the said City Carpenter, did yesterday Endeavour to 
Excite and promote a Riot, to Demolish a Certain House in the Com- 
mons: Contiguous to the Work House, the property of this Corpora- 
tion, and did at the same time treat the Mayor, in a very Insolent & 
Contemptuous manner, who was then [28] in the Execution of his 
Office, Contrary to the Oath the said William Lish hath taken to pre- 
serve the peace of the said City as a freeman thereof. It is therefore 
ORDERD by this Board, that upon Service of a Copy hereof on the said 
William Lish, he appear before this Board on Thursday next at three 
oClock in the afternoon, at the Common Council Chamber, in the City 
Hall of this City, to Shew Cause why he should not be disfranchised, 
for his Conduct aforesaid 

M'" Mayor Communicated to this Board, that he was requested by 
some of the Inhabitants of this City to order the House belonging to 
this Corporation formerly in the possession of John Harris deceased, 
fronting the Commons to be pulled down as the same is now occupied 
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Consideration, ORiwaiD that the said House be not pulled down as Re- 
quested, but that the same be Let to such Gentlemen, professors of 
Physick & Surgery as have the management & Care of the Hospital, 
as soon as they shall be ready to Receive the Same, upon such Condi- 
tions and Terms, as shall hereafter be made by this Board, and that 
such Soldiers who now occupy the same (Severall of which being dan- 
gerously 111) do Continue therein, no longer, untill the said professors 
of Physick and Surgery shall be ready to receive and take possession of 
the same 



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Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab« P: Lott 
John Dyckman 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
Peter Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

The Petition of William Brownjohn was preferr'd to this Board, 
praying a Grant of two Water Lotts on Hunters Quay opposite to his 
Houses there, of the Same extent, and upon the same Terms as others 
of his Neighbours have lately obtained Grants from this Board for. 
ORDERD that the prayer of this petition be deferred for further Con- 
sideration 

Zacharias Cultant[?] of this City Cordwainer made application to 
this Board to be made one of the publick measurers of this City or- 
DERD that he be appointed and he is hereby appointed to the said Office 
accordingly first taking the oath for the due Execution of his said 
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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the first 
day of February Anno Dom 1770. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
ab. John Dyckman 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

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Peter T: Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
urer of this City, to pay to Philander Forbes, Gilbert 
Forbes and John Young Executors of Gilbert Forbes 
deceased or order the sum of £18 : 19 : 5 for divers 

quantitys of Nails Locks &c furnished for the use of this Corporation 

as p^^ his acct audited and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Henry Sickels or order the Sum of 
N? 2156 £3 : 8 : I in full of his acct for work by him done to one of 
the fire Engine houses as p^^ his said acct Sworn to & allowed 
of by this Board 

Orderd the like to W*? Smith Esq'^ or order the Sum of 

N*? 2157 £59 : 8 for three years Interest of £330 due to him the 12*^ 

of November last ; and also the further Sum of £10 : 14 : 6 

in full of an acct Exhibited this day against the Corporation which acct 

was audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2158 of this City to pay to Miss Mary Burck or order the sum of 
£30 in full for a years Interest of £500 due the 19^1^ of 
September last 

Orderd the like to M^ Ann Crook and others Ex^ of 
N? 2159 Charles Crook dec^ or order the Sum of £30 in full for a 
years Interest of £500 due the 19*^ of September last. 



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Orderd the like to Mf Gerrard De Peyster or order the 
N? 2160 Sum of £12 in full for a years Interest of £200 due the 23? 
of December last 

Orderd by this Board, that the Clerk hereof prepare a Bond from 
this Corporation to Elias Des Brosses Esq^^ in the Sum of £600 Con- 
ditioned to pay on or before the i^\ day of FebT next the Sum of £300 
with Interest for the Same at [30] and after the Rate [of] 6 ^ C^ — 
the Clerk accordingly prepared a bond to the said Elias Des Brosses 
under the Seal of this Corporation orderd the Mayor Sign the same 
and that the Clerk deliver it to the said Elias Des Brosses on his Sign- 
ing'a Receipt in behalf of W™ Peartree Smith for £300 in further part 
of this Corporations bond to him of £1260 : 13 : 8 dated the 28*t' of 
December 1768 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 2? of 
February Anno Dom 1770. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P : Lott 
John Dyckman 
Jacob Brewerton 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

M'' Mayor Communicated to this Board, that he lately Received a 
Letter directed to him in the words following 

To the Worshipfull Whitehead Hicks Esquire Mayor of the City 
of New York 
Sir:— 

A very Great Number of the Inhabitants are determined to Erect 
another Liberty pole, as a Memorial of the Repeal of the Stamp Act. 



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They Consider no place so proper for it, as that on which the other 
pole Stood, But if Contrary to all Expectation the Corporation Should 
not be disposed to Give leave to have it Raised there. We humbly Con- 
ceive that they Cannot have any objection to its being fixed opposite 
M^ Van Den Berghs near St Pauls Church, a Small distance from 
where the two Roads meet, which we have Reason to suppose will next 
to the other place be most acceptable 

If the Board Should not think proper to Grant Liberty for its 
Erection, on either of the above places, as in that Case, no monument 
of freedom will appear in the Fields (the most publick place) the peo- 
ple are Resolved to procure it a place in the Fields on private Ground, 
and as the pole will be finished in a few days we are appointed a Com- 
mittee to wait on you to request that you would be pleased to Quicken 
an answer from the Corporation on this Subject 

We are 

Worshipfull Sir 

Your Very Humble Servants 
New York Jan*T Jacobus Van Zandt 

30*l» 1770. Isaac Sears 

Joseph Bull 
Joseph Drake 
Alexf M9Dougal 

[31] Which Letter being Read, a Debate thereupon arose, whether the 
Request therein made should be granted, and the question being put 
thereon, it was Carried in the Negative in manner following 

for the Negative for the Affirmative 

M^^ Recorder Ald°* Brewerton 

Aid™ Filkin Aid™ Blagg 

Aid™ Desbrosses Aid™ Lott 

Aid™ Gautier U^ Abeel 

Aid™ Duyckman M^ Curtenius 

Aid™ Buyce Mf Van Varick 
Mr Jacob Brewerton 
M'' Huggit 
M^ Van Wagenen 

Orderd therefore that the above application be Rejected, and the 
Same is hereby accordingly Rejected 

M^ Van Varick moved this Board that the Doors of the Common 
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of the Common Council and a debate thereupon arose, whether the said 
motion Should be Granted, and the question being put thereon, it was 
Carried in the Affirmative in manner following 



for the Negative 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
John Duyckman 
Mathew Buyce 



for the Affirmative 
Thomas Jones 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Ab?» P : Lott 
Jacob Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

Orderd therefore, that the Doors of the Common Council Cham- 
ber, for the future, be left open, during the Sitting of the Common 
Councill. 



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At a Common Councill held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the 15^ 
Day of February Anno Dom 1770. 



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Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab™ P : Lott 
John Duyckman 
[32] George Brewerton 

Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

Orderd that the Committee, who were appointed upon the petition 
of Archibald Kennedy & others for Water Lots in Hudsons River, do 
Cause the said Water Lots to be laid down in a Draft or plan, together 



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with the Streets proposed taking to their assistance one of the City 
Surveyors, and make Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient 
Speed. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2161 this City to pay to Mess*^ Read and Hutchins or order the 
Sum of £25 in further part of what this Board Contracted 
with them for building a wharf at Pecks Slip 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2162 of this City to pay to Mess^? Loftus and Pearson or order the 
Sum of £7 : 2 : oJ/$ in full of their acc^ against this Cor- 
poration for work done to the Fly & Oswego Markits as ^ their acd 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Ordered the like to Jacob Shafer, Rynier Skaats and 

N? 2163 Balthazer Creemer or their order the Sum of £3 : 5 : 9 in 

full for their Expences in pursuing and aprehending one 

Richard Haily, Suspected of Committing a Burglary in this City as 

^ their said ace*. Audited by this Board and allowed of. 

Jacobus Stoutenburgh of this City Gunsmith made application to 
this Board to be appointed overseer of the Citys Watch in the Room of 
his late brother Isaac Stoutenburgh Deceased, orderd that he be ap- 
pointed and he is hereby appointed accordingly to said Office 

Henry Clopper of this City Sadler and John Mombrutt of the same 
place Perukemaker, made application to this Board, to be Respectively 
appointed to the office of a publick measurer, orderd that they be 
Respectively appointed to the said Office accordingly, they first taking 
the usual Oath for the due Execution of said Office 

Orderd by this Board that no more measurers of Grain, be ap- 
pointed within one year from the date hereof, & that this Resolution 
be Strictly adhered to 

Orderd by this Board that the Alderman & Common Council man 
of the North ward, the West ward and Montgomery Ward or the major 
part of them be a Committee to Regulate hereafter or untill an order 
Issues to the Contrary the Severall Streets in the said North, West & 
Montgomery Wards in such manner as they Shall Judge proper and 
Report from time to time such their Regulation to this Board with 
all Convenient Speed thereafter for their approbation 
[33] Orderd that the Committee appointed to Conferr with the peti- 
tioners for Water Lots fronting their Severall Houses lying to the 
Eastward of the Exchange, Do Cause two plans to be made thereof, 
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the other of the Ground opposite the Petitioners Lots ; that in the first 
of the above said plans, they proportion the Loss which each Lott will 
Loose, in order that this Board may be the better Enabled to Judge 
where and in what manner the Broad Street may be farther extended 

Orderd that M*" Recorder Aid™ Des Brosses & Ab*? Lott together 
with Mess'? Huggit Curtenius & Van Varick, or the major part of 
them be a Committee to prepare and draw up Regulations to be ob- 
served while the Doors of the Common Council Chamber are open, & 
make Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd by this Board that Aldn^ Brewerton Aid? Blagg & Aid"* 
Gautier, together with Mess*"? Abeel & Van Varick or the major part of 
them be a Committee, to Cause to be made two large Chairs for the 
Common Council Chamber the one for the Mayor and the other for the 
Recorder and place the Expence thereof to this Corporation 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 
28^ day of February Anno Doin 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Benjamin Blagg 

George Brewerton 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab»? P : Lott 

John Dyckman 

Mathew Buyce 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

James Van Varick 

Peter T : Curtenius 
Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2164 urer of this City to pay to Anneke Stoutenburgh Isaac 
Warrt Issued Stoutenburgh & others Executors of Isaac Stouten- 
burgh late of this City deceased or order the Sum of 
£210 : 13 : 8 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the Church 
Wardens of this City and Raised and Collected in Virtue of an Act of 
the Legislature of this Colony) for the Ballance of accounts of the said 



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Isaac Stoutenburgh the one for monies by him advanced & paid to 
Sundry watchmen for watching this [34] City and the other for fire- 
wood and Candles &c furnished for the use of the Watch House as ^ 
said accounts audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh Son of Isaac 
N? 2165 Stoutenburgh late of the City of New York deceased, 

WarrS Issued or order the Sum of £230 15 : iij4 (out of the monies 
paid into his hands by the Church Wardens of this 
City and Raised and Collected in Virtue of an Act of the Legislature 
of this Colony lately made and published) in full of his acc^ for divers 
quantitys of Oyl furnished for the use of the Citys Lamps, and for 
monies by him advanced & paid to the Lamp Lighters as ^ his said 
ace! audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to William Dobs or order the Siun of 
N? 2166 £52 : 13 : 4 in full of his acct for his Expences attending the 
Bridewell as ^ his said acct audited by this Board and 
allowed of 

Orderd the like to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
N? 2167 keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 for a quar- 
ter Sallary due unto him and also the farther sum of £7 : 10 
for his Extra trouble in Collecting in monies due to this Corporation 
for Lycences Granted to Retailers of Strong Liquors the last year 

Orderd the like to Mf Huybert Van Wagenen or order, 
N? 2i68 the Sum of £20, to be by him apply'd towards filling up the 
Corporations wharf or pier at pecks Slip 

Orderd the like to Mess*? Jonathan Hampton & Jonathan 
N? 2169 Blake, or order the Sum of £14 : 6 : i>4 in full of their ace* 
for Building a fire Engine House &c for this Corporation, 
as P their said ace! Sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Whereas Sundry Abuses have this day been Represented to this 
Board to have been lately Committed into the Regulation of the Value 
of Hay ; for Remedy whereof It is hereby ordeiu) that Alderman Filkin, 
Aid? Blagg & Aid? Lott, together with Mess*^ Abeel, Van Wagenen 
& Curtenius or the major part of them be a Committee to enquire into 
the said Regulation of the Sale [said?] Hay and How and in what 
manner the said abuses have been committed, and who the agressors 
are, and Report the same at the next Common Councill 

Orderd that Aid? Des Brosses, Aid? Gautier & Aid? Lott together 
withMess*"? Abeel, Van Varick and Curtenius or the major part of 
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the Lamps of this City & make an Estimate of the s? Expence together 
with Some Regulation Relative to the Lamp lighters & Report the 
Same to the next Common Council for their approbation 

[35] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York C * hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

2i't of March 1770 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esqr Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Desbrosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab7P: Lott 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
James Van Varick 
Peter T Curtenius 



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Ordered that the Assize of Bread be till further order flour at 16 ^ 
Cent 

A White loaf of the finest flour to weigh i*^ : 14°* for 4 Coppers 

D9 ofD? to weigh i4j^for2 D? 

And further ordered that no other Bread be made for sale within 
this City than according to the above Assize (hard Biscuits only ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the Same take notice of and make 
their bread accordingly. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2170 urer of this City to pay to M^ Peter Curtenius or order 
Warri Issued the Sum of £48 to be by him Laid out & paid to such 
persons who have made fire Buckets for the use of & 
by order of this Corporation and that the said M^ Curtenius pay to such 
persons agreable to a Certificate from under the hand of the alderman 
of Each Respective ward, that such & so great a number have been 
provided for by such person for the use of their Respective ward. 

M'' Mayor produced to this Board a paper proposing Regulations 
for the package of beef and pork within this City, as drawn up by a 
Committee of the Chamber of Commerce appointed for that purpose 
which being Read it was thereupon orderd by this Board that Daniel 
Dunscomb one of the publick packers of this City be served with a 
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Copy of said Regulations in order that he may Communicate the Same 
to those in the like Office, that their Sentiments on the Same may be 
had at the next Common Council 

The Petition of William Walton & Sundry others proprietors of 
certain Lotts fronting Skinners Street in Montgomery Ward of this 
City was preferred to this Board & Read. Setting forth that from the 
Low Situation of the said Skinners Street and for want of a proper 
drain or outlet to carry off the Water is over flowed every Rain [36] 
and thereby rendered almost Impassable, and therefore praying the 
Interposition of this Board in the premisses, orderd that the Con- 
sideration of the Petition be deferred to some future Common Council. 

Ordebo) the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2171 of this City, to pay to M^^ John Alsop the Sum of £90 for a 

years Interest of £1500 due by three Severall bonds from 

this Board, the last of which became due the 20^^ of this Instant March 

Orderd the like to James Mills or order the Sum of 

N? 2172 £34 : 12 15 in full of his acct for Victualing Sundry Crim- 

minals &c from the I2'^ of December last to the 12*!? of 

this Instant March as p'' his said acct, Sworn to & allowed of by this 

Board 

Orderd the like to M*" Peter T : Curtenius or order the 
N? 2173 Sum of £25 : o : 6 in full of his acct for divers quantity s of 
Nails, Hinges &c. furnished for the use of this Corporation 
as pf said acct audited by this Board and allowed of 

City of } 00. At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkC * Hall of the said City on Saturday the 7*? 

day of Aprill 1770 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
Peter Curtenius 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
James Van Varick 



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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2174 of this City to pay to Isaac Shardavoyne or order the Sum of 

£8 : 15 :o in full of his Account for Work done to the 

Coenties market as pf his said acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this 

Board. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2175 urer of this City to pay to Henry Law or Order the 

Warr! Issued Sum of £5 for divers Quantitys of liquor Delivered 

out at the late fire to those who appeared to stand 

Greatly in need of the Same being very Cold and Wett &c. as pf his 

acct audited by this Board and allowed of 

[37] Orderd the like to Miss Elizabeth Crook or order the 
N? 2176 Simi of £18 in full for a years Interest of £300 due unto her 
and Ending the 8*l» of October last. 

City of ) «« ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 10*^ 

day of Aprill 1770. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^^ Recorder 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab7P:Lott 

John Dyckman 

Mathew Buyce 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

Peter T. Curtenius 

James Van Varick 
Isaac Stoutenburgh Laid before this Board, an Estimate of what 
he Conceived the Expence of the publick Lamps of this City would 
amount unto for one year ; which this Board Examined into, and after 
some Debates arising thereon ; Came to the following Resolution that 
if the said Isaac Stoutenburgh will undertake the Charge and expence 
of the said Lamps for one Year this board will allow and pay him the 
sum of £760 (that is to say) for providing a sufficient quantity of Oyl 
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and furnishing them with Lamp wick and Candles, and including his 
Trouble & Commisions attending the Same, which this Board Com- 
municated to the said Isaac Stoutenburgh who approved of the same, 
and thereupon, this Board orderd that the Same be minuted in the pro- 
ceedings of the Common Council. 

Samuel Loudon preferred a Petition to this Board which was Read 
praying that the Water Lott on Hunters Key which he heretofore 
petitioned for, might be granted him, as the objections formerly made 
by this Board are now entirely removed, orderd by this Board, that 
a Copy of the said Petition be made and Served on Thomas Moore 
who pretends to have a right to a Grant of said Water Lott, and that he 
have notice to attend this Board at their next meeting to shew Cause 
why the same ought not to be granted to the said Samuel Loudon 
agjeable to the prayer of his Petition 

Ordebo) the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2177 of this City to pay [to] William Mitchel or order the Sum 
of £5 for one quarters Sallary due to him as publick Whip- 
per of this City the 5^!? Instant 

[38] City of ^ ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New York J Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 9*? 

day of May 1770. 
Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq?" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab*? P. Lott 
John Duyckman 
Benjamin Huggit "^ 

Mathew Buyce 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
James Van Varick 

M'' Mayor Communicated to this Board, that the Lieut Govemour 
and Councill and Several members of the General Assembly of this 
province are desirous that the Statue of his present majesty which is 
now daily Expected from England, might on its arrival be Erected in 
some part of the Bowling Green, fronting the fort, and that he would 



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Request of the Corporation leave for that purpose ; This Board there- 
fore took the Same into their Consideration & unanimously Resolved 
and ORDERD, that leave be Given for that purpose accordingly 

Orderd that M^* Mayor Issue his Warrant &c to pay to 

N? 2178 Th? Shrieve or order the Sum of £10 on ace* of work 

done and Materials found for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2179 of this City, to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or Order the 

Sum of £4 : 10 : o (out of the monies paid into his hands 

by the Church Wardens of this City in Virtue of an Act for regulating 

the publick Roads in this City) in full for the Ballance of his account of 

the last year 

Orderd the like to W*? Hardenbrook or order the Sum of 
N? 2180 £7 : 8 : 6 in full of his accl for nine Speaking Trumpets, 
Sundry Lamp fraimes &c. made for the use of this Cor- 
poration, as pT his said ace!, Sworn to, and allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to W? Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 2181 £63 : 14 : 2 in full of his account for Victualing the Bride- 
well from the i^\ of Feb^ last to the i*t Instant, Including 
a Quarters Sallary &c as p^ his said account audited by the Commi^ee 
and allowed of by this Board 

[39] Orderd the like to Garrit Roorback or Order Ae 

N? 2182 Sum of £5 : 19 : iij4 for the Loss of 58 pails delivered 

Warrt Issued out at the late fire at Lambert Garrison's and for Brandy 

and Geneva delivered out at the fire in Scotch Street 

to Sundry people who appeared to stand Greatly in need of it as p^ his 

account Audited by this Board and allowed of 

orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2183 urer of this City, to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or 
Warrt Issued order (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City, in Virtue of an Act of the 
Legislature of this province lately made and published) the Sum of 
£22 : 6 : 6 in discharge of his acct for monies by him advanced and paid 
to simdry Watchmen for watching this City from the 6^ day of Jan- 
uary last to the 6*? of Aprill following as pr his said acct Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order 
N? 2184 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the Church 
WarrI Issued Wardens of this City in Virtue of an Act of the Leg- 
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Sum of £229 : 19 : 8 for monies by him paid to the Lamp Lighters for 
lighting the City Lamps from the 21'i of January last to the 2i»t of 
Aprill following and also including a years Commissions for said Ser- 
vice &c as p'' his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd that Ald°» Filkin, Aid™ Des Brosses & Alderman Lott with 
Messf Van Waganen and Van Var[i]ck or the Major part of them 
be a Committee to Settle an account between this Corporation and Wil- 
liam Pontine and Philip Livingston Esqf Respecting the Rent of the 
City side of Nassau ferry, farmed to the said Pontine the i*i of May 
1763 & for whom the said Philip Livingston is Security, and make 
Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed. 

James Mills of this City made application to this Board, for an En- 
largemt of his lease of a Lott of Ground in the Out ward opposite to 
the Gate of the Widdow Bass orderd by this Board that the Clerk pre- 
pare a Lease to him accordingly for the Term of 38 years at and under 
the former Rent — at which period the Leases Issued to Robert Mur- 
ray & others for Land in Inklawnbergh will Expire the said James 
Mills to Surrender the Term in his former Lease to this Board 

The Petition of Archibald Kennedy Esqf was preferred to this 
Board & Read setting forth that by virtue of his Majesty's Letters 
patent and Sundry mesne Conveyances in the Law he is entituled to a 
Certain Messuage and Lott of Ground in the City of New York in the 
Street now Called the Square Containing in Breadth 25 dutch feet and 
in length from the said Street to the Dock in the Rear thereof, and 
which in the Deeds for the same is discribed to be bounded Northerly 
by the said Square, Southerly by the said Dock in the Rear thereof, and 
which fronts the East River, [40] Westerly by the house and Ground 
belonging to the assigns of Jacob Boelen and Easterly by the house 
belonging to the assigns of Evert Duyckinck; and also the Dock in 
the Rear thereof, fronting the said East River or Harbour together 
with all the Rights Priviledges & advantages thereunto appertaining, 
which were formerly Granted to Cornelius Longfield the former pro- 
prietor thereof in Conjunction with Sundry other persons, and being 
inclined to Improve the Same and to Carry out a Dock from his present 
Boundary in the Rear thereof into the East River, prays a Grant to 
him of the Soil and water, from his aforesaid Ground into the said 
River the whole breadth thereof and as far Southward into the said 
River as hath lately been Granted unto others of the Neighbourhood 
there, under the Same and like Quit Rent, Rents, Restrictions & Reser- 
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the same into their Consideration Resolved and orderd that the prayer 
of his said Petition be Granted & that upon the same & like Terms as 
those of the Neighbourhood have obtained theirs, and that the Clerk 
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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Tuesday the 22? 
day of May Anno Dom 1770. 

Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq«^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab™ P Lott 

John Dyckman 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Jacob Brewerton 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

James Van Varick 

Peter Curtenius 



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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2185 urer of this City to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order 
Warrt Issued the Sum of £50 : 12 : 6 for fees due to him as Cor- 
roner of the City & County of New York, taken bj 
him from the 1^. of May 1769 to the i6*^ of April 1770, after having 
deducted £3 for the fees for taking an Inquisition on the body of 
Abraham Fine, which this board Conceive they ought not to be 
Charged with. 

[41] The Petition of the Governors of the College of the Province 
of New York in the City of New York in America was again Read, 
Setting forth, that they are Vested in fee Simple of a Lott of Ground 
in the West Ward of this City, in Breadth upon Hudson's River four 
hundred and forty feet. Granted them for a College, for the Instruc- 
tion of Youth in useful Learning. That they have accordingly erected 
a decent Edefice, and provided proper Professors and Tutors ; and are 
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the Valuable purposes for which it was founded. That they are In- 
clined, without delay to improve the Water Lots fronting their Ground, 
as the Earth is daily wasting away, which is absolutely Necessary to 
Carry such an Improvement in-to Execution. That this worshipful! 
Board, from a Consideration of the Importance of a publick Seminary, 
for the Education of Youth in the Liberal Arts & Sciences ; and there- 
by qualifying them the better to Serve and Support their Country, did 
some time since Generously promise the said Water Lots free from any 
Quit Rent, to which benevolent Resolution, it is presumed the present 
worthy Members can be no Strangers, and therefore praying that this 
worshipfull Board from a just Sense of the usefulness of the Petition- 
ers Design, both as an improvement to the City, and as it will tend 
to advance the laudable Institution Committed to their Care, will be 
pleased still to Continue their favourable disposition formerly ex- 
pressed ; and Grant them the said Water Lots free from any quit Rent. 
But Nevertheless, should this Respectable Corporation have found 
Reason to alter their former indulgent Sentiments, and to withold 
their intended Liberality ; they in such Case begg that this Corporation 
will then Grant unto them the said Lots two hundred feet into the 
River, on such moderate Terms and quit Rents as may with Confidence 
be Expected by an Infant Seminary of useful Knowledge from a pub- 
lick body who have the power and means thus to Contribute to its 
promotion, without Charge or Expence to themselves, and they will 
Greatly acknowledge &c. which said Petition being taken into Con- 
sideration by this Board, a debate thereupon arose, whether the pre- 
vious question should be put, to witt, whether this Board will Grant the 
said Water Lotts free from any quit Rent, or not, and the question 
being put thereon it was Carried in the Affirmative in manner fol- 
lowing 

for the Affirmative for the Negative 

Mr Van Var[i]ck M^ Huggit 

M^ Curtenius Aid?* Duyckman 

M^ Abeel Aid*;* Des Brosses 

M^" Van Wagenen 

M*" Brewerton 

Aid™ Lott 

Aid? Gautier 

Aid? Blagg 

Aid? Brewerton 

Aid? Filkin 

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[42] The Question then being put whether the said Water Lots shall 
be Granted to the Governors of the Colledge free from quit Rent, which 
was Carried in the Affirmative in manner following. 

for the Affirmative for the Negative 

M'" Van Wagenen M<* Van Varick 

M'' Brewerton M'" Curtenius 

Aid™ Duyckman M'" Abeel 

Ald~ Gautier M<" Huggit 

Aid? Des Brosses Aid? Lott 

Aid? Blagg 
Aid? Brewerton 
Aid? Filkin 
M'^ Recorder 
ORDERD therefore that the Clerk of this Board prepare the Draft 
of a Grant of the said Water Lots to the said Governors of the Colledge 
and preferr the same to this Board for their approbation with all Con- 
venient Speed Subject to the annual quit Rent of one pepper Corn. 

The Committee appointed to Receive proposals from Archibald 
Kennedy Esq'' and several others, Petitioners for Water Lots in Hud- 
sons River in the West Ward of this City, was again Read. It is there- 
upon ORDERD by this Board that the said Water Lots be Granted to the 
said Petitioners, under the yearly Rent of nine pence ^ foot the whole 
breadth of their said Several Lotts, to Commence from the 25*? of 
March last, and that the Clerk prepare the Draft of Grants to them 
accordingly, and preferr the same to this Board with all Convenient 
Speed 

The Petition of Jacob Boelen, Catharine Boelen and Christian 
Fred!s Arthur & Anne his wife late Anne Boelen was preferred to this 
Board & read setting forth that they are the Grand Children of Jacob 
Boelen who was one of the original Grantees mentioned in the Grant 
to [of] Hunters Key. That the said Jacob Boelen in his last Will and 
Testament devised unto Hendricus Boelen (the father of the said Peti- 
tioners) the House & Ground on Rotten Row situated at present be- 
tween the houses of David Provoost and Captain Kennedy. That the 
said Hendricus Boelen by his last Will & Testament, Invested the 
right of said house & Ground in the petitioners by the Rents & income 
thereof in Jannetje Boelen his Widdow during her natural life. The 
Petitioners therefore humbly pray that this Worshipfull Board will be 
pleased to grant unto them (being the Surviving heirs) the Water Lott 
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there have been granted: — ^A Petition also of Jannetje Boelen the 
Widdow of the said Hendricus Boelen was also read, Requesting there- 
in that the Water Lot so prayed for by the said Jacob Boelen Catharine 
Boelen & Anne Boelen the Wife of Christian Fred^ Arthur might be 
Granted to them agreable to the Prayer of their said Petition. This 
Board therefore taking the same into their Consideration thereupon 
Resolved and orderd that the prayer of the said Petitioners be Granted 
upon the same and like Terms, as those of the Neighbourhood have 
obtained theirs, and that the Clerk hereof prepare the Draft of a Grant 
for the same to tliem accordingly 

[43] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 7^ 

day of June Anno Dom. 1770. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^" Recorder. 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Ab? Lott 
John Duyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T. Curtenius 
James V. Varick 
Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2186 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this Board or Order the Sum of £3 : 15 for a 
quarters Sallary due unto him and Ending the 28*^ of May last 

Orderd the like to Isaac Meade or order the Sum of 
N? 2187 £4 : 18 : 1 in full of his ace! for work done to the Old Slip 
Market the Fly Markit and Coffy House Bridge, as p'' his 
said acct audited by this Board and allowed off 

Orderd the like to Theophilus Anthony or order the Sum 
N? 2188 of £20 : o : 2 in full of his ace! for Smith's work done for 
the use of this Corporation, as p'' his said acct Sworn to and 
allowed of by this board. 



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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2189 of this City to pay to James Reynolds or order the Sum of 

£14 : 9 : 6 for making, mending and Cleansing divers quan- 

titys of fire Buckets, as p^ his said accl Sworn to and allowed of by 

this Board. 

Whereas it appears to this Board, by an account Exhibited to them 
by their Treasurer that very considerable Sums are due, and in arrear 
to this Corporation, from a Number of persons for Rents Reserved on 
Grants [&] Leases (and otherwise) which have from time to time Is- 
sued to them; & notwithstanding the many notifications heretofore 
made by this Board, Requesting the payment of which, little or no no- 
tice has hitherto been paid. It is therefore hereby orderd that Alderman 
Blagg, Alderman Des Brosses, Alderman Lott and Mess*? Huggit, 
Curtenius & Van Varick or any four of them be a Committee to Con- 
vene before them such persons who appear to be in arrear to this Cor- 
poration for quit Rents & otherwise, with all Convenient speed in order 
that such arrears may be duly paid and satisfied, and all such as do 
not attend said Committee, may depend on being prosecuted without 
expecting any further notice from this Board. 

[44] Upon the application of Alderman Blagg & Alderman Dyckman in 
behalf of the Inhabitants of Montgomerie Ward and the Outward, for 
leave to fill up the Slip adjoining the Lott of Anthony Shackerly on one 
side and the Lott of Peter Earl on the other side, so farr as to Range 
with Cherry Street ; orderd that Leave be Given to them accordingly 

City of Joe. ^'^ ^ Common Council held at the City 

New York f ' Hall of the said City on Monday the 25^? 

day of June 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
John Duyckman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T. Curtenius 
' James Van Varick 



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M'' Mayor Communicated to this Board, that the members of his 
Majestys Councill and the City Members of the General Assembly, 
were desirous that the Statue of the Honourable William Pitt sent for 
by this Government might be Erected in the Wall Street, opposite to 
the Houses of John Thurman and Evert Bancker, nearly where the 
pump now stands, and Requested of him to make application to this 
Board for that purpose, orderd by this Board that leave be Given 
accordingly 

Orderd by this Board that the Mayor issue his Warrant 
N? 2190 to the Treasurer of this City to pay to Adam Van Den 
Bergh or order the Sum of £25 on acc^ out of the monies 
raised for the use of the publick Roads for this present year. 

N? 2 191 Orderd the like to Adolph Benson on account. 

Orderd the like to Mathew Hopper or order the Sum of 
N? 2192 £18 : 3 : 5J4 in full of his acct for work done for this Cor- 
poration at the Bridewell & New Goal as pi" his said acct 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd by this Board that David Provoost be suspended from 
the office of an Inspector of Cordwood for his Misbehaviour, and that 
Stephen Baldwin one of the publick Cartmen of this City be appointed 
to the said office of an Inspector in his Room & Stead 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Drafts of Grants of Water 
Lots in the West Ward of this City to Archibald Kennedy, Jonathan 
Mallet, John Stephens, Francis Van Cortlandt, Henry White, Walter 
Hyer, John Searles & Piere Depeyster which were Read & approved 
and ORDERD that the said Clerk Engross the same & preferr them to 
this Board with all Convenient Speed. 

[45] This Board being informed that several persons holding Grants 
of Water Lots under them in Montgomerie Ward of this City have 
not wharfed out agreable to the Tenor of their Grant; orderd there- 
fore that the Clerk hereof do immediately give them notice that unless 
the Same be forthwith Complied with, this Board will at their next 
meeting order such Defaulter to be prosecuted without further notice 

The Clerk produced to this Board, the Draft of a Grant of several 
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the Governors of the College of the province of New York in the City 
of New York in America which being read & approved of was there- 
upon ORDERD to be Engrossed & Delivered to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2193 of this City to pay to James Mills or Order the sum of 

£32 : 18 : 9 in full of his acct for victualing sundry Criminals 

&c from the 13*? of March last to the 12*? of this Instant June as p'" his 

said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2194 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
£5 for one quarters Sallary due to him as pubUck Whipper 
of this City the 5^ of July next 



City of ) ^;,« At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Friday the 13*? of 

July Anno Dom. 1770 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Van Varick 
Peter T: Curtenius 



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Orderd that the assize of bread be till further order flour at 17/6 

^ a 

A White loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^^ : I2<>* for 4 Coppers 

D? ofD? to weigh i3Kfor2 D? 

And further orderd that no other Bread be made for Sale within 
this City than according to the above Assize (hard bisquets only ex- 



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cepted) & that all Bakers within the Same take Notice thereof and 
make their Bread accordingly. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2195 of this City to pay to John Watson or order the Sum of 
£8:5 for making two large mohogany arm'd Chairs for 
the use of the Common Council 

[46] Orderd the like to John Emmot & John Storm (w 
N? 2196 order the Sum of £5 : 2 : 5 for divers quantitys of paving 

Sand, found for the use of this Corporation as p^ their 
acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Daniel Ten Eyck or order the Sum 
N? 2197 of £2 : 14 : 3>4 for Smiths work done to the Albany peer by 
order of this Board as p^" his said acct sworn to and allowed 
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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the lo*'* day 
of August Anno DoITT 1770. 



Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab™ P. Lott 
John Dickman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Mathew Buyce 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T: Curtenius 
James Van Varick 



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The Common Council being assigned for setling the Dispute be- 
tween Samuel Loudon & Thomas Moore relative to the preferrence of a 
Grant of a Water Lott fronting Hunters Key Claimed by them re- 



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spectively This Board thereupon took the same into their Consideration 
and after weighing the Arguments offered on both Sides Resolved and 
ORDERD that the Grant of the same be made to Samuel Loudon and 
that the Clerk of this Board prepare the Drafts of such Grant accord- 
ingly for the approbation of this Board & preferr the same with all con- 
venient speed 

Orderd that Alderman Gautier & Mess*? Van Wagenen, Abeel, 
Huggit, Van Varick & Curtenius or the major part of them be a Com- 
mittee to repair the New Goal & poor house agreable to a Report filed 
this day 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2198 of this City to pay to M^ Peter Curtenius or order the 
Sum of £12 to be by him applied towards assisting several 
poor Inhabitants in defraying the Expence of regulating & paving 
of Crown Street in the West ward of this City agreable to a Report 
lately made to this Board 

[47] Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the 
N? 2199 Treasurer of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh 
Warr! Issued or order (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City in Virtue of an act of 
the Legislature of this Colony, lately made and published) the Sum of 
£380 for half a years Sallary; for furnishing the Citys Lamps with 
Oyl & paying the Lamplighters their wages and furnishing them with 
Lamp wick & Candles, which will be due the 21H of October next. 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order 
N? 2200 the sum of £200 : 11 :6 (out of the monies paid into 
Warr! Issued his hands by the Church Wardens of this City in 
virtue of an act of the Legislature of this Colony lately 
made & published) in full of his acct for monies by him advanced & 
paid to sundry Watchmen for watching this City from the 7^?? of April 
last to the 7^ of July following as p'" his said acci Sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2201 Sum of £52 : 2 : 1 1 J^ in full of his acc^ for repairing sun- 
dry fire Engines Buckets &c. Including his Sallarys, for 
keeping Clean the Citys Muskets, and attending the fire Engines as p^ 
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Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2202 Sum of £4 : 15 loyi for the like Sum by him advanced to 
Samuel Bell for Smiths work by him done for the use of 
the Corporation as p*" said acc^ Sworn to & allowed of 

Orderd the like to Rynier Skaats, or order the Sum of 
N? 2203 £20 in Consideration of his Sundry Constables Expence, 
Loss of time &c. in pursuing George Seymour the person 
suspected with having murderd Anthony Collins 

Orderd by this Board upon application of M'^ Huggit that twelve 
pounds be Contributed by this Board, towards defraying the Expence 
of sinking a Well near the New Presbyterian Meeting House 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2204 of this City to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 
£70 on further acct with this Corporation 

Orderd the like to the said Thomas Shrieve or order the 
N? 2205 Sum of £5 : 7 : I for his Expences in pursuing George Sey- 
mour the person suspected with having murdered Anthony 
Collins 

Upon application made to this Board by Aldermen Lott & Brew- 
erton for leave to digg out four Wells, that is to say two in their Re- 
spective Wards, at the Expence of this Corporation, c«derd that leave 
be pven accordingly 

[48] Orderd that the said Jacob Van Wagenen & Andrew Hamersly 
the Vestrymen of the Dock Ward, have leave to digg out the Well in 
said Ward lying between the Coenties Markit & the Long bridge at 
the Expence of this Corporation 

The Petition of Theophilact Bach[e], Gerrardus W™ Beekman 
and sundry others, Inhabitants dwelling & Residing in & near Hannover 
Square, was preferred to this Board and Read, Setting forth that the 
alley leading from the said Hannover Square to the Sloat is at present 
a Very Great Nusance; that Archibald Kennedy Esq'" the proprietor 
of the house and Lott adjoining on the Westerly side of said Alley, has 
been prevailed upon to dispose of so many feet of his said Lott as will 
when added to said Alley make a good and Convenient Street; That 
the said Street will not only be an advantage to their private property, 
but will be of great advantage to this Corporation as well in Cases of 
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for all Carts and Carriages, and therefore are Induced to hope that 
this worshipfull board will be disposed to join them in obtaining the 
same &c. This Board therefore taking the same into their Consideration 
thereupon orderd that in Case a purchase of said Lott should take 
Effect they are willing and do agree to Contribute towards said pur- 
chase the Sum of One hundred pounds 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Grant to Henry 
White Esqf of a Water Lott in Hudsons River, which was read & ap- 
proved of & ORDERD that the Seal of this Corporation be affixed thereto 
and signed by M^ Mayor & Alderman Brewerton and delivered to the 
said Henry White on his Executing a Counterpart thereof to the use 
of this Corporation 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2206 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
Sum of £105 on acct out of monies raised for the publick 
Roads and paid into his hands by the Church wardens of this City 



City of ^ ^^ ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkJ ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the le^l" 

day of August 1770 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses . ^^ . , , 

Abraham p. Lott j-Esqr? Aldermen 

Andrew Gautier 
John Dyckman 
[49] Mathew Buyce 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen ^Assistants 

Peter Curtenius 

James Van Varick 

Orderd that the assize of bread be till further order flour at 18/6 

pf a 

a white loaf of the finest flour to weigh i*** 1 1<>* for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh 13 for 2 d? 

And further ordered that no other Bread be made for sale within 
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this City than according to the above Assize (hard bisquits only ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same take Notice thereof, and 
make their bread accordingly 

Orderd by this Board that the Law published the 20*^ of December 
last Entituled a Law to ascertain the Size Demensions & Quality of 
Staves, Heading, Boards, Timber, Shingles and planks which shall be 
brought to this City of New York for Sale, be Repealed, and the same 
is hereby Repealed accordingly 

M^ Mayor produced to this Board one other Law Intitled a Law to 
ascertain the Size Demensions and quality of Staves Heading, Hoops, 
Boards Timber Shingles and plank which shall be brought to this City 
of New York for Sale, which was read & approved of, and is in the 
words following Be it ordained, &c. [Law not entered.] orderd that 
the said Law be published in one or more of the publick Gazzetees 
forthwith 

M^" Mayor Communicated to this Board that as the above men- 
tioned Law, Entituled a Law to ascertain the Size, Dimensions & 
quality of Staves, Heading, Hoops, Boards, Timber, Shingles and 
plank, which shall be brought to this City of New York for Sale, will 
take Effect the i^* of September next, he Conceived it Necessary that 
for the better & more fully putting in Execution said Law, Inspectors 
& measurers ought to be appointed, which this Board also thought 
necessary & thereupon orderd that Isaac Shardavine, Francis Many, 
Theophilus Hardenbrook and John Blanck be and they are hereby re- 
spectively appointed. Inspectors & Measurers of Boards, Timber & 
plank accordingly which shall be brought to this City for Sale from 
& after the i^^ of September next and that they the said Inspectors & 
measurers do first take an oath well and truly to execute said office in 
such manner as the aforesaid Law directs 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Grant to the Gov- 
ernors of the College of the province of New York in the City of New 
York in America which was read and approved of, & orderd that the 
Seal of this Corporation be affixed thereto, which being done accord- 
ingly, the Same was signed by the Mayor and Alderman Filkin, and 
directed to be delivered to the said Governors [50] of the College, on 
their Executing a Counterpart thereof to the use of this Corporation 

Ordered by this Board that Abraham Emmot of this City Cartman 
be and he is hereby accordingly appointed an Inspector of Cordwood 



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in the Room & Stead of Adam Shaver who is unable to attend the Busi- 
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City of } ^^ At a Common Councill held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 23^ 

day of August Anno DoITI 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T: Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

The Petition of William Brownjohn was preferred to this Board 
and Read praying a Grant of the Water Lotts fronting his houses and 
Lotts of Ground on Hunters Key on the same Terms as those Lotts in 
the Neighbourhood have lately been granted to them. It is therefore 
ORDERD that Alderman Des Brosses, Alderman Blagg & Alderman 
Gautier together with Mess'? Jacob Brewerton, Huybert Van Wagenen 
& James Van Varick or the major part of them be a Committee to 
enquire into the allegations of said petition & make Report thereof to 
this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2207 of this City to pay to Asher Myers or order the Sum of 
£11 : 7 : 6 in full for the Ballance of his acct for a Bell by 
him found for the use of the Exchange Room belonging to this Cor- 
poration as p'' his said acc^ sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2208 of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 

£56 : 6 : 4 in full for the Ballance of his acct for victualling 

the Bridewell to the i^*< Instant including his quarters Sallary as p^^ his 

said acct audited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board 



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[51] City of ) 00. At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Friday the four- 

teenth Day of September 1770 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton ^Esq"? Aldermen 

Elias Des Brosses 
John Duyckman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacob Brewerton 
Peter T. Curtenius 
James Van Varick 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2209 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
keeper of this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 16 for a 
quarters Sallary due unto him & ending the 28^!? of August last 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2210 of this City to pay to Isaac Brasher or order the Sum of 

£97 : 7 in full of his acc^ for building a Wharf at Nassau 

Ferry & for repairing the Old Wharf as p^ his acct audited by this 

Board and allowed of 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N9 221 1 of this City, to pay to Isaac Brower & John Storm the Sum 

of £9 : 2 in full of their ace! for riding of paving Sand for 

paving the Yard belonging to the New Goal as p^ their said acd 

sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2212 of this City to pay to James Mills or order the Sum of 
£22 : 14 : 9 in full of his acct for victualling sundry Crim- 
minals from the thirteenth of June last to the twelfth of this Instant 
September as p*" his said Account Sworn to and allowed of by this 
Board 

Orderd that the Committee appointed for building the pier at pecks 
Slip have power for the preservation of said pier to build a Block of 



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20 by 30 feet to the said wharf, by way of a Bulk head, the widest part 
to front the River provided the Expence thereof does not exceed the 
Sum of £130 

[52] The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Grants to Archi 
bald Kennedy & Samuel Loudon for water Lots in the East River, as 
also the several Grants to [Jonathan] Mallet, John Stevens, Francis 
Van Cortlandt, Walter Hyer and John Searl for water Lots in Hudsons 
River, which were Read and approved of and orderd that the Seal of 
this Corporation be affixed thereto, which being done accordingly the 
Same were signed by the Mayor & Alderman Filkin & directed to be 
delivered to the said Grantees on their Executing Counterparts thereof 
to the use of this Corporation 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Saturday the 29*!? 
day of September, Anno DoiTT 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P. Lott 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter T : Curtenius 
James Van Varick 



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Conformable to his Majestys Royal Charter Granted to the Mayor 
Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York for Electing this 
day one Alderman, one Assistant, two Assessors, one Collector and two 
Constables, in the Six Wards of the Southward of the Fresh Water 



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& one Alderman, one Assistant, four Assessors, two Collectors and four 
Constables for the Outward of the said City to serve in the Respective 
Offices for the year ensuing, the Respective Aldermen of each Ward, 
made Return this day, under their hands, of the several persons, to 
serve in the several Offices aforesaid Viz! 



Elias Des Brosses 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Daniel Phoenix 
Thomas Witter 
William Elsworth 
George Marschalk 
Abraham Van Gelder 
[53] Abraham P. Lott 
Abraham Mesier 
Gilbert Forbes 
Peter Mesier Jun'^ 
Peter Kirby 
Benjamin Quereau 
Balthazer Creemer 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Joseph Rigby 
Cornelius Cooper 
Anthony Ackley 
Anthony Ackl[e]y 
Moses Sherwood 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Daniel Ebbits Jun^" 
Abraham Smith 
Frederick Lasher 
Frederick Lasher 
Michael Hays 
Andrew Gautier 
John W. Vredenburgh 
George Remson & 
James Wells 
James Creighton 
Manus Burger 
John Carrow 



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Benjamin Blagg 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter Van Der Voort 
Francis Van Duyck 
William Hardenbrook 
Richard Moore & 
Vincent Montania 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Hopper and 
Obadiah Wells 
John Stout 
Elias Anderson 
Thomas White 
Aaron Myer & 
Adolph Benson 
Lawrence Benson 
Sampson Benson Jun*" 
John Waldron 



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Bowery Division 
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Harlem Division 
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[54] Resolved that Isaac De Peyster Esq'' the present Treasurer or 
Chamberlain of the said City be, and he is hereby Elected and ap- 
pointed, Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation, for the year 
ensueing he giving such Security as the Law directs 

Resolved and ordered by this Board that Rynier Skaats be ap- 
pointed, and he is hereby accordingly appointed high Constable for 
the City and County of New York for the year ensuing, or until some 
other fit person be appointed & sworn in his Room. 



The Honourable Cadwallader Colden Esq^ Lieutenant Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over the Province of New York & the Terri- 
tories thereon depending in America, by and with the advice and Con- 
sent of his Majesty s Council ; was pleased to appoint the following 
persons Officers for the City and County of New York for the year 
Ensuing Vizt 

Whitehead Hicks Esq*" to be Mayor, Water Bailiflf and Clerk of the 
Markits, of the City of New York 

John Roberts Esq'' to be high SheriflF, and Thomas Shrieve to be 
Corroner of the City & County 



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Abraham P. Lott Esq^ having this day Returned himself duly 
Elected an Alderman for the west ward of this City for the year 
ensuing whereupon George Brewerton Jun^ a Candidate for an alder- 
man of the said Ward Complained to this Board that he conceived 
there had been some undue Methods & unfair practices used in the 
Course of the said Election by his opponent and therefore Requested 
to have a Scrutiny upon the said Election. Orderd by this Board that 
he have one accordingly and that the said Scrutiny be made on the 
said Election in the presence of the members of this Board or the 
major part of them with all Convenient Speed & further orderd that 
each party make out a List of the Voters they respectively object to, 
and point out at the end of each List the Cause of Objection and that 
they then Change their Lists, which when done that they or one of 
them acquaint the Mayor therewith, that a Common Council may be 
summoned for the purpose aforesaid 

Alderman Lott having this day Returned Abraham Mesier duly 
Elected an Assistant for the West Ward of this City for the year 
ensuing, whereupon at the request of Peter T : Curtenius a Candidate 
for an Assistant of the said Ward, to have a Scrutiny upon the said 
Election, It is orderd by this Board that he have one accordingly, and 
that the said Scrutiny be made on the said Election at the Barr of this 
house with all Convenient Speed and further order'd as above. 

John Duyckman Esq^ having this day Returned himself duly elected 
an Alderman, and Mathew Buyce an Assistant for the Outward of 
this City for the year ensuing, whereupon at the Request of Cornelius 
Roosevelt a Candidate for an Alderman and John Quackenbush Jun^ 
a Candidate for an Assistant of the said Ward to have a Scrutiny upon 
the said Elections, ordered by this Board that they have one accord- 
ingly, and that the said Scrutiny be made on the said Election at the 
Barr of this House with all Convenient speed, and further orderd that 
each party make [55] out a List of the Voters they Respectively object 
to, and point out at the end of each List the Cause of Objection and 
that they Change their Lists, which when done, that they or one of them 
acquaint the Mayor therewith that a Common Council may be sum- 
mon'd for the purpose aforsaid. 



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City of ) QQ . At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkj ' Hall of the said City, on Friday the 5*** 

day of October Anno DoHT 1770. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Jacob Brewerton 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
James V : Varick 



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This Common Council being Convened to Examine into the Vote? 
objected to by George Brewerton Junf a Candidate for an Alderman of 
the West ward for the year ensuing, and also to Examine into the 
votes objected to by Peter T: Curtenius a Candidate for an As- 
sistant of the said Ward, but previous to the going on the Business 
assigned, George Brewerton the Elder and Jacob Brewerton, who being 
related to the said George Brewerton the younger desired to be dis- 
charged from this Board as a Committee for enquiring into the Scrutiny 
Petitioned for by the said George Brewerton Junf orderd that they 
have leave to withdraw accordingly 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2213 of this City, to pay to Robert Carr or order the Sum of 
£55 :i2 :g in full of his acc^ for work done to the poor 
house & New Goal as p'' his said acct sworn to & allowed of. 

Orderd the like to Isaac Brown & John Storm or order 

N? 2214 the Sum of £27 : 7 : 6 in full of their acct for 200 Loads ot 

paving Stone furnished for the use of the yard belonging 

to the New Goal as p^ his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this 

board. 

The Petition of Capt Sam^! Bayard and Eight others freemen and 
freeholders of the North Ward of this City was preferred to this 
Board and Read setting forth that on Saturday the 29*!? of September 



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last being the day appointed for Electing of an Alderman and other 
officers for the North Ward of this City for the year ensuing, George 
Brewerton the Elder and Isaac Stoutenburgh were proposed as Can- 
didates for the Office of an Alderman for said Ward [56] and that 
upon the Close of the poll there appeared a majority of Votes in favour 
of the said George Brewerton, but that since the Close of the said 
poll, the said Petitioners have Carefully Examined the poll list and 
verily believe that there is a majority of Good and legal Voters in 
favour of the said Isaac Stoutenburgh and therefore pray that a time 
may be appointed by this Board to examine into the legality of Voters 
& that if upon such Examination a majority of good Voters shall 
appear in favour of the said Isaac Stoutenburgh he may be admitted 
to Qualify and take his seat as alderman for said Ward accordingly — 
which said petition being taken mto Consideration by this Board they 
did thereupon Resolve and order that as the said Petition was not 
preferred to this Board on the 29*^ of September last, being the day 
for the Return of Officers for the several Wards in this City when the 
same ought to have been preferred according to long usage & Custom 
of this Board, that the same be Rejected, and the same is hereby Re- 
jected accordingly. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2215 of this City to pay to Frederick Rush or order the Sum of 

£4 : 5 for the Expence he was at, in the Cure of his horse 

which got hurt at the late fire in Scotch Street, Loss of time &c. as p^ 

his acct Sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

City oi J ^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj^ * Hall of the said City on Saturday morning 

the 13*1* day of October 1770 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
John Duyckman 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
James Van Varick 



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This Board having Enquired into the Scrutiny, Requested by George 
Brewerton Jun^ a Candidate for an alderman of the west ward (on the 
Election had the 29^? of September last) agreable to an order of this 
Board, and are clearly of opinion that Abraham P Lott Esq'' is duly 
Elected to the said Office of an Alderman for the said west ward for 
the year Ensuing, by a plurality of Voices or Votes and do therefore 
hereby order that he be so Entered in the minutes of this Board ac- 
cordingly 

This Board having on the 29*^ of September Last orderd (upon the 
application of Cornelius Roosevelt a Candidate for an Alderman of 
the Out ward and John Quackenbus[h] [57] Jun?" a Candidate for an 
Assistant of said Ward) that a Scrutiny be made on the Election had 
that day; Since which this Board have been Informed, that the said 
Cornelius Roosevelt & John Quackenbush have declined entring upon 
the said Scrutiny, Do therefore order, and it is hereby declared that 
John Duyckman is duly returned Elected an Alderman and Mathew. 
Buyce an Assistant for the said Out ward, and that they be Respectively 
entered into the Minutes of this Board as such accordingly 



City of ? 00. At a Common Council held at the City 

New York t * Hall of the said City on Saturday afternoon 

the I3*^ day of October 1770. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab7 P. Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Jacob Brewerton 
James Van Varick 



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This Board having Enquired into the Scrutiny Requested by Peter 
T : Curtenius a Candidate for an assistant of the West Ward, agreable 
to an order of this Board, had on the Election made the 29^ of Sep- 
tember Last and are clearly of Opinion that Abraham Mesier is duly 



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elected an Assistant for said Ward for the year ensuing by the plurality 
of voices or Votes, and do order that he be Entered as such, into the 
Minutes of this Board accordingly. 

City of ) ^^ ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j^ * Hall of the said City on Monday the 15*^ 

day of October 1770. 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P: Lott 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benj" Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 

This Day M^ Mayor attended by Alderman Filkin Alderman Gautier 
& Alderman Dyckman, the high Sheriff Town Clerk and Coroner, be- 
tween the hours of Eleven and twelve in the forenoon at [58] the City 
Hall went from thence to the house of Alexander Colden Esq^ in this 
City, and there waited on the honourable Cadwallader Colden Esq^ his 
Majestys Lieutenant Governor & Commander in Chief, in and over 
the province of New York &c the Oaths appointed by Act of Parlia- 
ment to be taken instead of the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, 
the Test & abjuration Oath, in the presence of and by order of his 
honour, the said Lieutenant Governor, were administred unto White- 
head Hicks EsqT as Mayor Water Bailiff & Clerk of the Marketts of the 
City of New York, and Justice of the peace in the presence of the 
aforesaid Several Members of this Court whereupon the Mayor at- 
tended as aforesaid went to the City Hall ; where after the ringing of 
three Bells & Proclamation made for Silence, the Commissions for 
Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the Markets & the Commissions of 
Sherif and Coroner were published, and then the said Mayor & Mag- 
istrates Returned to the Common Council Chamber, where the said 
Whitehead Hicks Esq'' as Mayor of this Corporation, administred the 
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the Oaths of Allegiance & Supremacy, the Test and Abjuration Oath 

and the usual Oaths for the Due Execution of their respective Offices, 

unto the Respective Majestrates & Officers following Vizt 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Ellas Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab™ P: Lott 

John Dyckman 

Mathew Buyce 

Benjamin Huggit 

John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

John W : Vredenburgh 

Jacobus LeflFerts 

Abraham Mesier 

John Roberts Esq*" 

Thomas Shrieve Esq*" 



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Isaac De Peyster Esq*" 
Rynier Skaats 



high Sheriflf 

Coroner of the City and County of 
York 

Treasurer or Chamberlain of the Corpora- 
tion of the City of New York 

high Constable 






Petty Constables to wit 
George Marschalk & 
Abraham Van Gelder 
Benjamin Quereau & 
Balthazer Creemer 
Anthony Ackl[e]y and / 
Moses Sherwood 
Frederick Lasher and 
Michael Hays 
Manus Burger and 
John Carrow 
[59] Richard Moore and 
Vincent Montania 
ab. Elias Anderson and 
Thomas White 
Sampson Benson and 
John Waldron \ 



Constables for the East Ward 
D? for the West ward 
D? for the North ward 
D? for the South ward 
9 for the Dock ward 
I'D? for Montgomerie Ward 
D? for the Bowery Division 
D? for Harlem Division 



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Assessors Viz! 

ab Daniel Phoenix & 

Thomas Witter 

Gilbert Forbes and 

Peter Mesier Jun'^ 

Joseph Rigby and 

Cornelius Cooper 

Daniel Ebbits Jun'^ and )t-.^ ^ ^, c- xi_ nr j 
., , c- -A. >D? for the South Ward 

Abraham bmith 

George Remson and 

James Wells 



ab Peter Van De Voort 
ab Thomas Van Duyck 
John Hopper and 
Obadiah Wells 
Aaron Myer and 
Adolph Benson 



D? for the North Ward 



D? for the Dockward 

for Montgomerie Ward 



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9 for Harlem D? 



Orderd by this Board, that Such of the aldermen and assistants, 
which have Succeeded those of the last year be appointed and they 
are hereby accordingly appointed, to all such Committees as those 
were appointed to. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2216 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum 
of £5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him as publick 
Whipper of this City and ending the 5*? Instant 

John Waldron Carpenter, was sworn a Freeman of this Corpora- 
tion and ORDERD to be Registred 



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City of ? yg . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York[ ' Hall of the said City on Saturday the 2f^ 

day of October 1770. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Drosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Jacobus Lefferts 
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[60] M'^ Recorder produced to this Board, the Draft of an Address to 
his Excellency the Right Honourable John Earl of Dunmore, Captain 
General & Governour in Chief in & over the province of New York 
& the Territories depending thereon in America Chancellor & Vice Ad- 
miral of the Same in the words following 

To his Excellency the Right Honourable &c as above 

The humble Address of the Mayor Aldermen 
& Commonalty of the City of New York in 
Common Council Convened 

May it please your Excellenc>. 

The Mayor Aldermen & CofHonalty of this City Embrace with 
alacrity the Earliest opportunity of offering to your Lordship their 
hearty Congratulations on your appointment to the Chief Command 
of this Colony and your Arrival in the Metropolis of your Government. 

Impressed with the warmest Sentiments of Duty & Loyalty to our 
gracious Sovereign we acknowledge with the utmost gratitude this 
recent & affectionate Instance of his Majestys Goodness and paternal 
Care, in appointing to preside over us his faithfuU Colony a Nobleman 
eminently distinguished, by his Rank and Quality, and whose per- 
sonal accomplishments afford the most pleasing prospect of an able 
and upright administration 

From Expectations so well grounded, we cannot doubt of your 
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Enjoyment of the franchises and Immunities Extended by his Majes- 
tys Royal predecessors to this his Ancient Corporation, and with undis- 
sembled Sincerity, we beg leave to assure your Lordship our best 
Endeavours shall Constantly be Exerted in promoting the true End 
of all Government peace order & publick Tranquility, While we shall 
neglect no opportunity in Contributing everything in our power to your 
Excellency s Ease, Satisfaction and felicity and the same being ap- 
proved of by this Board was orderd to be Engrossed, and at the same 
time the draft of a freedom to be preferred to his said Excellency was 
also read and agreed to by this Board and is in the words following, 

City of I ^<. By Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor & the 

New Yorkf * Aldermen & Commonalty of the said City. 

To All to whom these presents Shall Come, 
Send Greeting: 

Know ye that We the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City 
of New York aforesaid, assembled in Common Council, being willing 
to demonstrate the Great Value and Esteem we have for the person 
of his Excellency the Right Honourable John Earl of Dunmore Captain 
General & Governour in Chief in and over the province of New York 
and the Territories depending thereon in America Chancellor and Vice 
admiral of the same and being truly sensible of the Great honour it 
will be to this Corporation to have so worthy a person a Member 
thereof, [6i] orderd that he be presented with the freedom of this 
Corporation, with the Seal thereto enclosed in a Golden Box, with the 
City Arms Engraved on the Lid thereof. These are therefore to cer- 
tify and declare, that his said Excellency the Right Honourable John 
Earl of Dunmore is hereby admitted. Received & allowed a freeman 
and Citizen of tlie said City, To have and to hold Enjoy and partake 
of all the Benefits Liberties priviledges franchises freedoms and Im- 
munities whatsoever. Granted or belonging to the same City. In 
Testimony whereof the said Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty have 
Caused the Seal of the said City to be hereunto affixed the 27*^ day of 
October in the ii^? year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George 
the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain f ranee and Ireland King 
Defender of the faith &c and in the year of our Lord 1770. 



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Orderd by this Board that the same be handsomly Engrossed on 
parchment and the Seal of this Corporation be affixed thereto to be 
Enclosed in a Gold Box with the City Arms Engraved thereon. 



City of ) oc . ^"^ ^ Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkf ' Hall of the said City, on Monday the 29*^ 

day of October Anno Don! 1770. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 
George Brewerton 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P: Lott 
John Dyckman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V: Wagenen 
John Abeel 

John W? Vredenburgh 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Abraham Mesier 



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The Engrossed Address to his Excellency the Right Honourable 
John, Earl of Dunmore, Captain General & Governour in Chief, in 
and over the province of New York, and the Territories depending 
thereon in America, Chancellor & Vice admiral of the same, was Read 
and agreed to, and orderd that the same be signed by the mayor and 
the same being signed accordingly this Board did thereupon Wait on 
his said Excellency with the said Address and the same was presented 
to him by the Recorder, who returned the following Answer Viz! 

Gentlemen : 

I am infinitely obliged to you for this kind Address. I hope to 
Confirm you in the Good opinion you Conceive of me, by making the 
franchises and Immunities of this Corporation the Objects of my par- 
ticular Care and Attention. With your assistance I am not under the 
Least doubt of Seeing the most perfect order and Tranquility Reign 
throughout this City. [Dunmore.] 

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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 13*? 
day of November 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab? P. Lott 
John Dikeman 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Abraham Mesier 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to Docter 
N? 2217 Beekman Van Bueren the Sum of £27 : i : 9 in full of 
WarrS Issued his acct for his attendance & administring of medecines 
to sundry poor objects in the Bridewell from the 26*^ 
of November 1767 to the ^\ of October 1769, & likewise the further 
Sum of £22 : 3 : 9 in full of his other acct for attending and admin- 
istring of medecines to sundry poor debtors in the New Goal from the 
IS*'? of January 1768 to the 20*!? of June 1770 as p^ his said Several 
acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2218 of this City to pay to Thomas Butler or order the Sum of 
£65 for the one half of his acct, by him Contracted with 
this Board, towards building the Wharf at pecks Slip. 

Orderd the like to Johannes Myer Messenger & Door- 
N? 2219 keeper to this Board, or order the Sum of £10 (being the 
usual yearly allowance made him by this Board for Ex- 
traordinary Services by him done the last year. 

Orderd the like to M^" John Bogert Jun^ or order the 
N? 2220 Sum of £60 in full for a Years Interest of £1000 due unto 
him the 26^1* of September last 



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Orderd the like to Mf Richard Waldron or order the 
N? 2221 Sum of £42 for a years Interest of £700 due unto him the 
8^ of October Last. 

[63] Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 2222 £40 on acct for victualling the Bridewell & including a quar- 
ters Sallary 

Orderd the like to Abraham P: Lott Esq'' or order the 
N? 2223 sum of £18 : 16 : 4 for sundry sums by him Expended & 
laid out for the use of this Corporation as p*" his said acct 
audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to Willoughby Loftus or order the Sum 
N? 2224 of £7 : 19 : 5 in full of his acct for work by him done in 
Repairing the Fly & Oswego Markets as p*" his said acct 
sworn to and allowed of 

Orderd the like to George Bell or Order the Sum of 
N? 2225 £21 : 17 : 7 in full of his acct for work by him done to the 
New Goal & Bridewell as pf his said acct sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2226 of this City to pay to Stephen Terhune or order the Sum of 

£15 : 2 : 9 in full of his acct for mending & repairing sundry 

Lamps belonging to this City as p'' acct sworn to and allowed of by this 

Board 

Orderd the like to Isaac Outenbogert or order the Sum 

N? 2227 of £12 : 15 : 5 in full of his acct of Smiths Work done for 

the New Goal and poor House & for divers quantitys of 

Nails for the use of said New Goal & poor house as p*^ his said ace* 

Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Sarah Brock or order the Sum of 
N? 2228 £10 : 18 in full of her acct with this Corporation as p'' said 
acct audited by this Board and allowed of. 

Orderd the like to John Dikeman Esqf or order the Sum 
N? 2229 of £4 : 17 : 9 in full of his acct for so much by him ad- 
vanced for the Expences of sundry Committees of this 
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Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the Sum of 
N? 2230 £44 : 3 : 6 out of the monies raised & paid into his hands for 
the use of the publick Roads for the Ballance of his acct 
with this Board as p'' his said acct Sworn to and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenbergh or order 

N? 2231 the Sum of £47 : 14 : 9 in full of his acd attending the 

WarrS Issued Charge & Expence of the Watch House from the i*l 

of October 1769 to the i^^ of October 1770 his Sallary 

included as pf his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

[64] Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the 
N? 2232 Treasurer of this City to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh 
WarrJ Issued or order the Sum of £193 17:6 (out of the monies 
paid into his hands by the Church Wardens of this 
City in virtue of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made 
& published) in full of his acci for monies by him advanced & paid 
to sundry Watchmen for watching the City from the 8*^ of July last 
to the 8*t of October following as p*" his said acct sworn to and al- 
lowed of by this Board 



City of 7 qc . ^'^ ^ Common Council held at the 

New Yorkf * City Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 

22? day of November 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Abraham Mesier 



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Ordered by this Board that a Temporary fence be forthwith made 
Round the Bowling Green of post and Rails, not to exceed five Rails 



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high, under the Direction and Inspection of the Aldermen & Common 
Council men of the South and West Wards, who are hereby appointed 
a Committee for that purpose, and that they place the Expence thereof 
to this Board 

Ordered that the Committee of the Bridewell and Alms house, pro- 
vide three Iron Stoves, two for the use of the Bridewell and one for 
the use of the Alms house, and place the expence thereof to this 
Board 

Resolved & agreed to by this Board and ordered that the Common 
Council do for the future meet on the first Wednesday in every Month 
to Issue Warrants, for discharging such Debts as shall be due from 
this Corporation 

Ordered that M^ Huggit be added to the Committee appointed the 
6^ of March 1764 to enquire into the Incroachments made by John 
Rapalie, on the Rights of this Corporation at Nassau Ferry 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2233 urer of this City, to pay to William Dobbs or order the Sum 

of £12 : 3 : 5 in full for the Ballance of [65] his acct, as 

keeper or Overseer of the Bridewell, to the 3i^i of October last as p^ 

his said acct audited by the Committee and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Mess"? Jonathan Hampton & Jonathan 
N? 2234 Blake or order the Sum of £14 : 14 : 4 in full of their said 
acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2235 of this City to pay to Huybert Van Wagenen or order the 
Sum of £33 : 10 : ij^. for the Ballance of his acct with this 
Corporation as p*" his said acct, audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 

N? 2236 Sum of £32 : 10 : 6 (out of the monies paid into his hands 

by the Church Wardens of this City) for the use of the 

publick Road being the Ballance of his acct to the 20^ of October last 

as p^ his said acct. Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd by this Board that the Sum of £8 be by them Contributed 

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towards sinking a Well near John Lathams in Montgomerie Ward of 
this City, on the application of Aid? Blagg for that purpose 

The Petition of Samuel Waldron was preferred to this Board & 
read, praying leave to be admitted to Treat with this Board, Concern- 
ing the Leasing of Nassau ferry at private Sale & ordered that the said 
Petition be postponed for further Consideration 

The Petition of Isaac Varian, Richard Dawson & sundry others 
freeholders Residing in the Out ward of this City, praying leave to 
Slaughter Cattle for Sale at their Respective Dwellings &c. orderd that 
the Consideration thereof be deferred to the next Common Council, 
& that Mr Nicholas Bayard the present Lessee of the publick Slaughter 
Houses have notice thereof 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2237 of this City to pay to Malcom M^Even or order the Sum of 
£8 : 2 : 6 in full of his acct for plumers work done at the 
City Hall as p^ his said ace! sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Whereas it is directed in and by an Act of the Governor the Coun- 
cil and the General Assembly of this Colony Intituled an act to prevent 
Swine from running at Large in the City of New York, the County of 
West Chester, Queens County, Kings County & Richmond County now 
in full force ; That no swine small or great shall or do Run at large or 
at Liberty in the highways Roads Lanes Streets Meadows, or in un- 
divided, unimproved or Common Land, or within any fields or In- 
closures unless in the fields or Inclosures belonging to the owners of 
such Swine upon any pretence Colour or Excuse whatsoever. And 
whereas it being Represented to the Mayor Aldermen and Common- 
alty, in Common Council Convened, that many Inconveniencies & mis- 
chiefs have lately arisen from the Number of Swine Run[n]ing at large 
in & through the Several Streets of this City, the Mayor Aldermen & 
Commonalty, do therefore in order to remedy those Mischiefs & Incon- 
veniencies attending said Swine Running at large as aforesaid hereby 
give this publick Notice that (from and [66] after the 15^^ of Decem- 
ber next.) all Swine which shall be discovered Running at large in & 
through any of the publick Streets Lanes or high ways of this City, 
will be taken up & impounded, and the owner or owners thereof made 
subject to the penalty mentioned in the abovesaid act of the Governor 
Councill & General Assembly & further orderd that the Clerk hereof, 
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City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkj * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

S^^ day of December 1770 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Elias Des Drosses 
Abraham Lott 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W: Vredenburgh 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2238 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 
a Quarters Sallary due unto him & ending the 28^1* of November last. 

Orderd the like to James Giles, or order the Sum of 
N? 2239 £9 for an Iron Stove by him furnished for the use of the 
Work house 

Orderd the like to Balthazer Creamer or order the Sum 

N? 2240 of £1 : 8 : II in full of his ace* of his Expences & Loss of 

time in pursuing the persons suspected to have broke open 

the Shop of William Gilbert as p^ his ace*, audited by this Board & 

allowed of 

Orderd the like to Isaac Meade or order the Sum of 
N? 2241 £59 : 15 : i^ in full of his acct for materials found & work 
done to the Coffy House Bridge, fly Market & ferry Stairs 
as pT his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Thomas Butler or order the Sum 
N? 2242 of £27 in full of an ace* Exhibited this Day for the 
Warrt Issued Costs Charges & expences of additional work done at 
pecks Slip for the use of this Corporation as p'^ his said 
accJ audited by this Board & allowed of, & also the further Sum of £65 
in full of all Demands against this Corporation for building & finishing 
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Orderd the like to MessH James Reade & William Hutch- 

N? 2243 ings or order the Sum of £38 : 17 : i in full for the Bal- 

lance of their agreement for sinking a Dock at pecks Slip 

[67] Orderd the like to Adam Van Den Bergh or order, the 
N? 2244 Sum of £4 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 

Church Wardens of this City for the use of the publick 
Roads) in full of his acc^ to the iH of this Instant December, as p^ 
his said acct audited by this Board and allowed of 

The Petition of David Provoost of the City of New York was pre- 
ferred to this Board & Read praying a Grant of two Water Lots front- 
ing his Ground near the Slip Market, orderd the said Petition be de- 
ferred for further Consideration 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2245 this City to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of £50 
in part of his ace*, for work done for this Corporation 

This day the Honorable Henry Cruger Esq^ James Duane Esqf 
the Reverend Doctor Cooper & M^" Nathaniel Marston being the Major 
part of a Committee of the Governors of the College of the province of 
New York in America appointed to wait on this Corporation with their 
thanks for the Grant of sundry Water Lots fronting the College Lands 
free of Quit Rent appeared before this Board and presented to this 
B'jard an Order from their Corporation in the words following: 
Whereas the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New 
York, have lately been pleased to Grant to this Corporation the Water 
Lots on Hudsons River fronting the College Lands free of quit Rent 
or other Consideration ; It is therefore Resolved that the thanks of this 
Corporation be given to the said Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty for 
this singular instance of their great favour & Liberality, & that Mr 
Henry Cruger, Mr Marston, Mr Livingston, Doctor Cooper & M^ 
Duane, or any three or more of them be a Committee to wait on the 
said Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty, for that purpose, & to assure 
them, that this Board will always Retain the most Gratefull Sense of 
this Valuable Testimony of their Attention & Regard to the Welfare 
& prosperity of the College 

Be it ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City 
of New York Convened in Common Council & it is hereby ordained by 
the Authority of the same, that the following Laws orders & ordi- 
nances of this Corporation be Renewed, Established published & Con- 



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tinued and Remain in full force & virtue for one year from & after the 
date hereof VizS 

A Law for the due observation of the Lords day called Sunday. 

a Law to prevent Strangers from being a Charge to this Corpora- 
tion. 

a Law to appoint sworn Surveyors of this City 

a Law for the better preventing of fire 

a Law for marking of Bread 

A Law prohibiting the Sale of Meal & flour by Measure and for 
appointing proper places for the Sale of Meal flour Com & Grain 

a Law for regulating Negroes, Mulattoes & other Slaves 

A Law for regulating of Carts and Cartmen 
[68] A Law to regulate the Offices of Guagers of liquors, packers of 
Beef & pork & Cullers of Staves heading & hoops 

a Law relating to making freemen (Except that part formerly Re- 
pealed) 

a Law for regulating the lying of Vessels in the great Dock and 
Slips of this City, & for preserving the Bridge & Common Sewer of 
the same Great Dock 

a Law for preserving the Commons, & the fish in fresh Water pond 

a Law for Regulating and Establishing fees for the Inviters to 
funerals 

A Law for paving & cleansing the Streets Lanes & Alleys within 
the City of New York & for preventing Nusances within the same 

a Law prohibiting Hawkers & Pedlers 

a Law for preventing of frauds in firewood 

a Law for Marking of Butter 

a Law for regulating of fences 

a Law for regulating of Midwives within the City of New York 

a Law for Regulating the Office of Chamberlain or Treasurer of the 
City of New York 

a Law for the better Securing of the City of New York from the 
Danger of Gunpowder 

a Law declaring to what uses, the Seal of this Corporation the Seal 
of the Mayors Court, & the Seal of the Mayoralty of this City shall 
be put 

a Law for regulating the publick Markits within this City of New 
York & for preventing the forestalling of provisions Coming to the said 
Markits 

A Law to prevent the selling or giving of unripe fruit & Oysters 
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A Law to restrain & prohibit the giving or selling of strong Liq- 
uors, to any of the private Centinals of his Majesty's Garrison in the 
City of New York 
[69] a Law to prevent Railing in the City of New York 

a Law to ascertain the size of apple Barrils and the weight of on- 
ions that shall be brought to this City for Sale or Exportation 

a Law to prohibit the Sale of Hay by Measure 

a Law to ascertain the size of Carts & regulate the Sale of fire- 
wood in the City of New York with the addition made thereto 

a Law for Regulating the publick Slaughter House within the City 
of New York 

a Law Intitrd a Law to ascertain the Size Dimensions & quality 
of Staves, Heading, Hoops, Boards, Timber, Shingles, & plank, which 
shall be brought to this City of New York for Sale 

An Ordinance for assizeing the publick markits of the City of New 
York Except that part formerly Repealed, Relating to the article of 
Butter. 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the 13*1* 
day of December Anno DoiTT 1770 

Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Abraham P: Lott 

John Dikeman 

Mathew Buyce 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

Jacobus Lefferts 

Abraham Mesier 



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M'" Mayor produced to this Board a List of the Names of sundry 
persons who had taken out Lycences for Retailing of Strong Liquors 
within this City from the 25'!? of March 1770. to the 25^1^ of March 
[70] 1771 amounting to 340 persons, & who had paid together for the 
same the sum of £509 : 4. orderd he pay the Same to the Treasurer 



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or Chamberlain of this Corporation first Retaining thereout the Sum 
of £125 being what this Board agreed to allow him for his fees as 
Clerk of the Markits from the i*t of May 1770 to the i^^t of May 1771 
& also the further Sum of 4? paying thereout to the Qerk of this 
Board the sum of 4? for every Lycence so by him granted as afore- 
said & that the Ballance (after the above deductions are made) to be 
paid into the Treasury amount to £231 14. 

Orderd by this Board that James Mills do purchase for the use of 
the Prisoners in the New Goal three Cords of Oak Wood & charge the 
Expence thereof to this Corporation 

City of J oc . At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Monday the 17^? 

day of December Anno Dom 1770 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab°^ P. Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Jacob? Lefferts 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 

Resolved & orderd by this Board, that their Lots at pecks Slip 
be Leased to such persons as shall offer, for the Term of 33 years, 
the Corner Lot at 25/ p^^ foot the whole [71] breadth thereof, and the 
other Lots at 20/ p'" foot, the Buildings which the Lessee shall put on 
the Same to be taken oflf by him or his assigns in 10 days after the 
Expiration of his Lease, unless this Board & the said Lessee do agree 
on a further Term 

This Board taking into Consideration the Subject matter of the Pe- 
tition of Doctor W? Brownjohn for the Grant of Water Lots front- 
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they did resolve & order that the Water Lots so by him prayed for, be 
granted to him, under & subject to such Conditions, as shall hereafter 
be agreed upon by this Board 

Ordered that the Aldermen & Common Council men of the East 
& Dock Wards, or the major part of them be a Committee to direct one 
of the City Surveyors to make a plan or Survey of the Course of the 
drain leading from Wall Street into the East River in order that this 
Board may know how & in what manner the said Drain can be farther 
Extended into the said River 

Alderman Brewerton moved this Board, that they would either rail 
off the Common Council Chamber or shut the Doors, during the sit- 
ting of the Common Council, as formerly, when some Debates there- 
upon arose, whether the same should be railed off, or the doors Closed, 
& the Question being put by MJ Mayor, it was Carried in the manner 
following 

(for having the doors Shut) for open doors & Railing off the 

Aid?* Brewerton Common Council Chamber 

Aid? Filkin Aid'?* Blagg 

Aid*? Des Brosses Aid? Lott 

Aid? Gautier Mr Huggit 

Aid? Duyckman M^" Van Waganen 

M'' Buyce Mf Vredenburgh 

Mt Lefferts 
M^ Mesier 

Ordered therefore that the Doors of the Common Council Cham- 
ber for the future be Shut during their Sitting 

The Petition of Isaac Varian & others praying Leave to slaughter 
Cattle for Sale at their respective Dwellings, was again [72] read, or- 
dered that the same be put off for further Consideration 

The Petition* of David Provoost praying a Grant of two Water 
Lots, was also again read, orderd that the Same be deferred for 
further Consideration 

The Clerk of this Board produced the Engrossed Grant of a Water 
Lot to Capi Kennedy lying in Hudson River in the Rear of his Dwell- 
ing house, which was read & agreed to, & orderd that the Clerk de- 
liver the same to him on his Executing a Counterpart thereof for the 
use of this Corporation 



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The Clerk also produced to this Board the Engrossed Release to 
the Horf* John Watts & W? Nicoll Surviving Ex'^? of Benjamin NicoH 
dec^ which was Read & approved of, and orderd that the Seal of this 
Corporation be annexed to it, and signed by the Mayor & Senior Al- 
derman which was done accordingly in the presence of this Board. 



City of 1 ^,^^ ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkV ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 2? 

day of January 1771 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W*? Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 

The Petition of John Bogert Jun'" was preferred to this Board & 
Read, setting forth, that he is seized of a piece of Land in the Town- 
ship of Harlem in the Outward of this City, through which a publick 
Road is laid out Running East to Harlem River &c. & praying therein 
that this Board will grant to him the said Road & in Lieu thereof Lay 
out one other Road through his Land agreable to the Draught or plan 
now also preferred to this Board Ordered therefore that the Clerk 
hereof serve the Alderman of the Out ward with a Copy of [73] said 
Petition in Order that he may take the Sence of the said Ward on the 
Subject Matter of said Petition & make Report thereof to this Board, 
with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2246 of this City to pay to John Heath or order the Sum of 
£28 : 7 in discharge of his acct for a Gold Box made by 
order of this Board to be presented with the freedom of this Cor- 
poration to his Excellency Governor Dunmore 

Orderd the like to Richard Bolton or order the sum of 
N? 2247 £25 : 7 : 6 in full of his acct for an Entertainment by him 
provided by order of this Board, for his Excellency Gov- 
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Orderd the like to John Watts Marriner or order the 
N? 2248 Sum of £9 : 3 : 4 for Lodging four Indian Chiefs from the 
I4*^ of September last to the 24^^ of October following as 
p^ his acd audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to James Mills or order the Sum of 
N? 2249 £41 : 5 : II in full of his acct for Victualling Sundry Crim- 
inals from the 13^ of September last to the 12*1* day of 
December following &c as p^" his said acct Sworn to and allowed of 
by this Board 

Orderd the like to John M?Comb or order the Sum of 

N? 2250 £3:15: ioy2 in full of his acc^ for paving at the End of the 

Coffy house Bridge & for paving Stone & Sand found as 

pf his said acct audited by the Committee and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Henry Fielding or order the Sum of 

N? 2251 £13 for sundry posts & Rails furnished for the use of the 

Bowling Green 

Orderd the like to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 
N? 2252 £48 : II :iy2 in full for the Ballance of his acct, for work 
done for this Corporation at the New Goal & work House 
as pf his said acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

[74] City of )^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 10^? 

day of January Anno Dom 1771 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Ab™ P. Lott 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Ab™ Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 

Ordered by this Board, that the Sum of three hundred pounds be 
raised for defraying the Expence of Regulating & Repairing the pub- 



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lick Roads in this City^ & County for the year ensuing & that the same 
be raised by a Tax on the Estates Real & personal of the freeholders 
freemen & Inhabitants, Residents & Sojourners within the said City & 
County, in such manner as is directed in & by an Act of the Legislature 
of this Colony, lately made & passed for that purpose 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2253 of t'^^s City, to pay to M'^ Gerrard De Peyster or order, the 
Sum of £12, for a years Interest due on their Bond to him 
the 23? of December last 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2254' urer of this City to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or 
Ward Issued order the Sum of £220 : 6 (out of the monies paid into 
his hands by the Church Wardens of this City, in virtue 
of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made & published) 
in full of his ace*, for monies by him advanced & paid to sundry Watch- 
men for watching this City from the 9*? of October last until the 9^ 
of this Instant January as p^" his said acct Sworn to & allowed of by 
this Board 

[75] This Board taking into Consideration the Petition of David Pro- 
voost heretofore preferred to this Board for the Grant of two Water 
Lots fronting his Houses & Ground on Hunters Key, as also the Peti- 
tion of Cornelius Wynkoop praying likewise a Grant of said Water 
Lots alledging that the right of said Water Lots was never disposed of 
by Ann Vanderspiegle under whom he Claims the Same and it appear- 
ing to this Board, upon mature deliberation that the granting the prayer 
of either of said Petitions will be very Injurious to the publick, as that 
vacancy being the only Avenue for Wood and Boats Coming to the 
markits in that part of this City do therefore resolve and order that 
the prayer of said Petitions be rejected, & that the said two Water Lots 
so prayed for as aforesaid, be reserved by this Board for the use of the 
publick, & appropriated to no other use or purpose whatsoever and that 
the Lot of the heirs of M^ Boelen be deemed by this board to be a Cor- 
ner Lott 

It is orderd by this Board, that the Corner Lot belonging to this 
Corporation at pecks Slip, be leased to David Barclay of this City, 
perukemaker for the term of 33 years under the yearly Rent of £24 
p'^ annum & paying the Taxes, the Rent to commence from the i**. day 
of May next which said Lot is one Breadth of 22 feet and of the 
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10 days after the expiration of said Term unless the Corporation & 
the said Barclay do otherwise agree for a further Term 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2255 of this City to pay to William Mitchell or order the Sum of 
£5 for a quarter of a years Sallary due unto him as publick 
Whipper of this City & ending the 5*!? Inst 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the i8^i» 

day of January Anno Dorn 1771 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton ^[Esq^ Aldermen] 

Benjamin Blagg 
[76] Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 
Ab™ P : Lott 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 

M^ Ann Aerison of this City Widdow Came mto Common Council, 
& agreed with this Board to Lease one of their Lots at pecks Slip, for 
33 years at 20? pf foot pf annum to Commence the i^'. of May next 

This Board having agreed to Lease Nassau Ferry for the Term of 
three years at private Sale, Samuel Waldron the present Lessee at- 
tended this Board in order to treat for Leasing the said ferry, when 
this Board informed him that they were willing to let him have the 
said ferry for three years, at the rate of £550 pf annum, who prayed 
leave to Consider of the Same, untill the next Common Councill 

Orderd that the Petitioners for Water Lots fronting Burnets Key 
do pay for such water Lots 3? pf foot p^ annum for ever under & sub- 
ject to such Covenants & Conditions as shall hereafter be agreed upon 

The Clerk produced to this Board the draft of a Lease for a Lot 
of Ground fronting Pecks Slip to David Barclay, which was read & 
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It is agreed to by this Board, and orderd that previous to the 
Executing of a Grant to Doctor Brownjohn for water Lots, front- 
ing Hunters Key, the Neighbourhood there do agree to extend the 
drain leading from Wall Street so farr into the East River, as this 
Board shall judge necessary 

A List of the firemen belonging to the Several fire Engines in this 
City, under the Command of Jacobus Stoutenburgh Engineer, Jasper 
Ten Brook & Isaac Stoutenburgh Jun^ assistants, was preferred to this 
Board, and approved of, and orderd to be entered in manner following 
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[77] West Ward 

Jacob Roome, foreman 
John Brower 
Francis Barrea 
Peter Gerbrants 
Bernardus Swarthoudt 
George Bell 
John Wessells 
James Van Sise 
Jacob De Groot 
Ahasuerus Turck 
John Zuricker 
William I: Elsworth 
John Kierstead 
David Morris 
Benjamin Ogden 
Jacob Morris 
John Hase 
John De Groot 

West Ward Continued 
Robert Harding, foreman 
Mercelius Garrabrants 
John Van Dolsen 
Isaac Bogert 
Jacob Brower 

West Ward Continued 
Guilian Varick, foreman 
William Eagles 
Michael Grass 
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John Nich? Bogert 
John Montania Jun'" 

North Ward 
George Stanton, foreman 
Jeronimus Goddard 
Fred^ Barr 
Isaac La Mater 

North Ward Continued 
John Lamater 
Isaac Meade 
Henry Brashier 
Cornelius Van Sise 
John Stagg 
Walter Hyer 
Francis Post 
James Runnells 
Anthony King 
Jacobus Ver Veelen 
Peter Woolsie 
David Banta 
Joseph Pierson 
Aaron Bancker 
Peter Maybe 

North Ward Continued 
Andrew Bell, foreman 
Andrew Hopper 
Isaac Ball 
John Christian Pontine 



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Jacob Banta 
John Gasner 
Cornelius Marschalk 
Joseph Balding 
David Demoree 
Peter Van Gelder 
John La Mater Jun^ 
Mathias Warner 

East Ward 
Peter Bogert, foreman 
John Roome 
John Alstine 
Victore Bicker 
John Targier 
William Bokee 
Francis Bassett 
John Bergin 
William Post 
Jeronimus Alstine 
Nathan Fish 

East Ward Continued 
William Pearse 
Henry Van Dewater 
Christopher Duycken 
Gerrardus Deforeest 
Thomas Lawrence 
William Elsworth Jun^ 
Wendel De Boiss 

Dock Ward 
Charles Phillips, foreman 
Daniel Ten Eyck 
Thomas Bums 
Joseph Cox 
Henry Sickells 
Evert Wessells 
John Silvester 
Henry Will 
James Van Duyck 



Stephen Steel 
Jacob Smith 
Peter Van Benthuysen 
John Norris 
John Cree 
Jacobus Quick 
Richard Ten Eyck 
Jacob Boele 
William Crawford 

Montgomerie Ward 
W™ Hardenbrook, foreman 
John Sticklen 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
John Elsworth 
Ludowick Hinslar 
Stephen Crossfield 
Richard Comwell 
Peter Roome 
Mathew Vredenburgh 
John Moore 
Elias De Grusha 
John Post 

South Ward 
[78] Isaac Marschalk, foreman 
Thomas Lawrence Jun'^ 
Aert Huysman 
Isaac Labagh 
Andrew Ten Eyck 
Peter G. Waldron 

(Appt^ 7^^ May 1772) 
John D. L. Montania 
Garret Waldron 
Lewis Tiebou[t] 
George G : Wallgrove 
John Gillilan 
Charles Doughty 
John Deforeest 
John Bums 

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City of » gg At a Common Coimcil held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 

24^ day of January Anno Dom 1771. 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones EsqT Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
AndV Gautier 
Ab7 P. Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Peter Mesier 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Jacobus Lefferts 

M*" Mayor produced [to] this Board the Copy of an Indictment 
found the last Supreme Court, & the rule made thereon against the 
Oswego Market as a Nusance, which said Indictment & Rule being 
read, are in the words following New York Supreme Court of the 
Term of January in the Eleventh year of the reign of our Sovereign 
Lord King George the third City & County of New York ss: the 
Jurors for our Lord the King for the body of the City & County of 
New York upon their Oath present That a certain Street in the said 
City of New York Commonly called the Broadway, situate & being 
in the West Ward of the [79] same City & County is a certain An- 
cient Common Street & high way of our Sovereign Lord George the 
third now King of Great Britain & so forth and of his progenitors 
Kings & Queens of Great Britain & so forth used for all the liege Sub- 
jects of our said Lord the now King, & his said Progenitors, with 
their horses Coaches Carts & Carriages to go return pass ride and 
Labour at their Will & pleasure, & that from the i^l of January in the 
year of our Lord 1771 until the day of the taking this Inquisition, in 
the middle of the same Common Street & highway, at the City & 
County and Ward aforesaid there hath stood, & yet stands erected o 
certain Building of the length of 156 feet & of the Breadth of 20 feet, 
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the same Common Street & highway is greatly obstructed, Narrowed 
Straitned & spoiled, so that the liege Subjects of our said now Lord the 
King through the same Street & Common highway, during the whole 
time aforesaid, Could not nor yet can go return pass ride & labour 
with their horses Coaches, Carts & Carriages as they ought & were wont 
to do, without great Danger of their lives To the great Damage & 
Common Nusance, & to the endangering, the lives of all the liege Sub- 
jects of our said Lord the King through the same Common Street & 
highway, going returning, passing, riding & labouring & against the 
peace of our said Lord the King his Crown & dignity 

The Attorney General moved the said Court for a Writt to the 
Sheriff to prostrate without Delay the Oswego Market, as a Nusance 
presented by the Grand Jury for this Term; Whereupon M^" Mayor 
moved in behalf of the Mayor Alderman & Commonalty of the City 
of New York for time to Consider whether they would defend against 
the same Indictment & thereupon, upon Motion of Mf Attorney Gen- 
eral It is ORDERD that unless the said Indictment is traversed within 
twenty Days, that a Writt to abate the Same Nusance do issue to the 
Sheriff of the City & County of New York. M'" Mayor therefore 
moved this Board, whether they would Traverse the said Indictment 
or not and [80] Debates arising upon said Motion & the Question 
being put thereon, it was Carried in the affirmative in manner following 
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for the Affirmative for the Negative 

Aid? Filkin M^ Recorder 

Aid*? Brewerton Ald*P Des Brosses 

Ald^P Blagge Mr Mesier 

Aid? Gautier Mf Lefferts 

Aid? Lott 

Aid? Dikeman 

M^ Buyce 

Mr Abeel 

Mr Huggit 

Mf Van Wagenen 

Mf Vredenburgh 
Orderd therefore, that this Board do agree to Traverse said In- 
dictment & that Alderman Gautier & M^ Abeel be a Committee to 
Employ Mf Duane as Council in Defence of said Indictment. 

Mt Waldron the present Lessee of Nassau Ferry attending this 
Board, in pursuance of an order of the last Common Council & 



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acquainted them, that he accepted their Offer of the said Ferry & 
agreed to pay them £550 pf annum for 3 years to come from the i*^ 
of May next, and that the Clarke prepare the draft of a Lease to him 
accordingly 

The Petition of sundry freeholders & Inhabitants of the Town- 
ship of Harlem was preferred to this Board & Read setting forth, that 
they have been informed that John Bogert Jun^ hath lately preferred a 
Petition to this Board desiring the Road running East to Harlem 
River might be stop'd up & in lieu thereof to lay out one other to begin 
from the publick Road & to run Southerly past the Barn of the said 
John Bogert [Jr.] to the Coach house of Colonel Lewis Morris & from 
thence to River &c which alteration so apply'd for by the said John 
Bogert [Jr.] the said Petitioners Conceive will be very injurious to 
them & to the other freeholders & Inhabitants of the said Township 
of Harlem, & therefore pray to be first heard by Counsel on the Sub- 
ject matter of said Petition of the said John Bogert [Jr.], orderd 
therefore that the said Petitioners have leave accordingly 

[81] The Petition of Peter Mesier & others was read praying that 
this Board will be pleased to appoint a Committee to direct a place for 
Erecting a publick Market in the West Ward of this City agreable to a 
former order of the Corporation: orderd that the said Petition be 
deferred for further Consideration 

City of ) ^Q, At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 2(f> 

of January Anno Dom 1771 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab'T P Lott 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 

It is orderd by this Board, that the Petitioners of the Township 
of Harlem do this Day fortnight assign their Reasons to this Board 



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why the prayer of John Bogerts [Jr.] Petition ought not to be granted 
& that the Clerk do notify the same to both Parties 

James Clock of this City, Came into Common Council, & agreed 
with this Board, to Lease one of their Lots at Pecks Slip, for 33 years, 
at twenty / p^ foot ^ annum, to Commence the i»^ day of May next, 
ORDERD that the Clerk prepare a Lease to him for the same accordingly 

Resolved & orderd by this Board that the Petitioners for Water 
Lots fronting Burnets Key do pay three shillings pf foot p*" annum, to 
this Corporation, & Carry out & Compleat their Wharf, in Seven 
years from the date of their Grants 

M^ Mayor Communicated to this Board that M*" Duane Informed 
him by Letter that he declined being Concerned for this Corporation 
in defence of the Indictment lately found by the grand Jurors of the 
Supreme Court against the Oswego Market as a Nusance 

[82] Orderd that Alderman Lott & M^ Van Wagenen do Immedi- 
ately wait on Samuel Jones Esqf to retain him as Council for this Cor- 
poration in Defence of the Indictment lately found by the grand Jury 
of the Supreme Court against the Oswego Market as a Nusance the 
said Alderman Lott & M«" Van Waganen having accordingly waited on 
the said Samuel Jones Reported that they had applied to the said 
Samuel Jones for the purpose aforesaid, who replied, that he would be 
glad to Consider of the Same, until Friday next 

City of ) qq . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| * Hall of the said City on Tuesday the I2**» 

day of February Anno Dom 1771 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab«» P. Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
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John W? Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 



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The Petitioners of the Township of Harlem by their Council prayed 
a further time until! this day Week to assign their reasons why the 
prayer of John Bogerts [Jr.] Petition ought not to be granted orderd 
that they have leave accordingly and that the Clerk certify the Same 
to M^ Bogert 

Orderd that the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2256 urer of this City to pay to Samuel Waldron or order the 
Sum of £94 : 9 : oyi in full of his acct against the Corpora- 
tion for monies by him laid out to their use as p^ his said acct sworn 
to & allowed of by this Board 

[83] Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2257 of this City, to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 

£32 : 2 : 8 in full of his acct for work by him done in re- 
pairing an old building of this Corporation, fronting the fields, as 
p^ his said acc^, Sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Robert Carr or order the Sum of 
N? 2258 £2 : 19 : in full of his acct for Masons work by him done 
for this Corporation, as p*" his said acct Sworn to & allowed 
of by this Board 

Orderd the like to George Johnson or order the Sum 
N9 2259 of £62 : 16 : 1 in full for the Ballance of his acct, for the 
Pier which he built in addition to the Albany Pier as p^ his 
acct audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to Samuel Wall, or order the Sum of 
N? 2260 £2 : 12 in full of his acct, for Transporting sundry Vagrants 
from this City by order of the Majestrates 

Orderd the like to George Brewerton Esq'" or order, the 
N? 2261 Sum of £1 : 2 for the like Sum by him Expended on Sundry 
Committees of this Board 

Ordered that the Clerk prepare a Grant from this Corporation to 
the heirs of Jacob Boelen for the water Lot fronting their Ground on 
Hunters Key they paying a yearly quit Rent to this Board of 5/ p^ 
foot to Commence from the 25*^ of March next & to make a pier of 23 
feet on the South West side of their Lot the whole length thereof, and 
that the Clerk prepare a Grant to them accordingly on the same Terms 
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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2262 of this City to pay to Elias Des Brosses Esq^ or order the 
Sum of £15 :4 :8 for the like Sum by him advanced & 
paid for Account of this Corporation, & likewise the further Sum of 
£18 : for a years Interest of £300 due to him by Bond from this Cor- 
poration the i^^ Instant 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2263 of this City to pay to William Dobbs or Order the Sum of 
£58 : 16 : 7 [84] in full of his acc^ as overseer of the Bride- 
well to the 3i^t of January Last as p^ his said acct, audited by the Com- 
mittee & allowed of by this Board 

Upon application to this Board, by Mess^ John Griffith & John 
Bingam, to Lease the Docks & Slips & also the Stalls & standings in 
the several Markets of this City & offered the Sum of £800 p^ annum 
for the same, this Board thereupon took the same into their Con- 
sideration, and after some Deliberation, Resolved to accept of the 
offer so made by the said John Griffith & John Bingam and orderd 
that the Clerk prepare Leases to them accordingly, for the Term of 2 
years from the iH of May next, they giving such Security as shall 
be approved of by this Board 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Draft of a Law, Entitled a 
Law in addition to a Law, Entitled a Law for regulating the publick 
Markets within the City of New York, & for preventing the fore- 
stalling of provisions Coming to said Markets which being read is in 
the words following (to witt) Whereas the Country People in and 
by the abovesaid Law are permitted to sell or Expose to Sale, in all or 
any of the publick Markets of this City, Beef, Pork, Veal, Mutton & 
Lamb, first paying the fees or Rates mentioned therein to the farmer 
of the Markets in the same manner Quantity & Proportion, that the 
Butchers & others are to do and whereas the Mayor Aldermen & 
Commonalty of the said City, in order to accomodate the said Country 
People Coming to the aforesaid publick Markets, have provided four 
Tables in the fly Market, & made a platform & Erected Benches along 
the same for their use; and whereas not only many of the Butchers, 
as well as the Hucksters & Retailers within this City do occupy the 
said Tables & Benches & make use of the same for laying on their Veal 
Mutton, Lamb, Poultry Eggs, Butter, Cheese, Bacon, & many other 
Sort of Market provision to the great Inconvenience & prejudice of 
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for the future Be it Ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty 
of the City of New York, Convened in Common Council; and it is 
hereby ordained by the Authority of the same [85] that if any Butcher 
Huckster or Retailer shall from & after the first Day of March next 
make use of & occupy any part of the said Tables, Benches or platform 
of the said fly Market by Vending from thence any kind of flesh, fish, 
Poultry, herbs, fruit, Eggs, Butter Cheese Bacon & other Provisions 
& Commodities such Butcher, Huckster & Retailer shall forfeit, & pay 
for every offence the Sum of twenty shillings lawful money of New 
York, to be Recovered before the Mayor Recorder or any one of the 
Aldermen of this City, by the Oath of one or more Credible Witnes*? 
or Witnesses, or upon the view of the said Mayor, Recorder, or any 
one of the Aldermen of the said City, any Law or usage to the Con- 
trary notwithstanding ; which being read was approved of and orderd 
that the same be published at the next Meeting of this Board 



City of ) ^,^, At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 19^!? 

day of February 1771 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab*? P. Lott 
John Dikeman 
John Abeel 
Mathew Buyce 
Benj? Huggit 
Jacobus Leflferts 
Huybert V Wagenen 

This being the Day appointed for the Petitioners of Harlem to 
assign their reasons against granting the prayer of the Petition of John 
Bogert Jun^ when Richard Morris & William Livingston Esq^? of 
Council for the said Petitioners of Harlem appeared & urged their 
reasons why the prayer of said Petition of the said John Bogert [Jr.] 
should not be granted. & at the same time also appeared before this 
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who replied to the reasons & arguments offered by the said Richard 
Morris & William Livingston; & this Board after hearing the said 
arguments on both sides of the Question, & on Considering the same 
some Debates arose, whether the prayer of the petition of the said 
John Bogert [Jr.] ought to be granted, & the Question being put, it 
was Carried against M'' Bogert in manner following Vizt 

[86] against granting the prayer for granting the prayer of the 

of the Petition of M^ Bogert Petition of Mf Bogert 

Mf Van Wagenen Mf Mesier 

M^^ Buyce M^ Lefferts 

Aid*? Dikeman Mf Huggit 

Aid*? Des Brosses Aid*? Brewerton 

Aid*? Gautier Ald°^ Lott 

M^" Recorder Aid? Blagg 
M'' Mayor 

Ordered therefore by this Board that the prayer of the Petition of 
the said John Bogert Jun'" be rejected, & the Same is hereby accordingly 
rejected 

Ordered by this Board that M'' Recorder, Alderman Des Brosses, 
Alderman Dikeman, Alderman Lott, M^ Huggit, M^ Van Wagenen & 
M*" Abeel or the Major part of them be a Committee to enquire into the 
Incroachments made upon the Rights of this Corporation & made 
Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient speed 

The Law in Addition to a Law, Entitled a Law for regulating the 
publick Markets, within the City of New York, & for preventing the 
forestalling of provisions Owning to the said Markets, was this Day 
published, in pursuance of an Order of the Last Common Council 

John Thurman Jun'' appeared before this Board & offered sundry 
Reasons, to Induce this Board to grant the prayer of his & sundry 
others Petition for leave to Erect a Market house on their Ground at 
the North River, ordered that the Consideration thereof, be deferred 
to some future Common Council 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Draft of a Grant to Jacob 
Boelen & others for a water Lot fronting Hunters Key, which being 
read & after an amendment was approved of and orderd to be En- 
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City of ) cc . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| * Hall of the said City on Fryday the first 

Day of March 1771 

Present: Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab'P P Lott 
John Dikeman 
[87] Benjamin Huggit 

John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abl* Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W™ Vredenburgh 

Ordered by this Board, that the Clerk prepare the Draft of a Grant 
to William Brownjohn for the Water Lotts by him prayed for, fronting 
Bumets Key under the yearly rent of 3/ p^ foot that he wharf out & 
Compleat the same in 7 years from the date of his Grant also to leave 
out of this Grant, 5 feet in addition to the present Street to make the 
Same more spacious & Commodious, & that he also make a Street of 
40 feet at the Extremity of his Grant 

Orderd that the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2264 urer of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the Sum 
of £12 : 10 : 3 for the like Sum by him advanced, for fire- 
wood for the use of the Bridewell as p'' his acct audited by this Board 
& allowed of 

Orderd the like to M*? Anne Crook & others Ex*? of 
N? 2265 Charles Crook dec? or order the Sum of £30 in full for a 
years Interest of £500 due the 19^ of September last 

The Petition of John Planton was read praying &c [Petition not 
entered.] orderd the Consideration thereof be deferred until the next 
Common Council 

The Petition of Jacobus Van Zandt & others Lessees of Incklawn- 
bergh was read praying a deduction of the rent, and that their Leases 
may be lengthened a further Term &c. [Petition not entered.] or- 
derd that the same be taken into Consideration at the next Common 
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Ordered that the Ferry from this City to Pauluses Hook be let to 
Mf Abraham Mesier for the Term of 3 years from the i^t of May 
next under the yearly rent of £120 & that the Clerk prepare a Lease to 
him for the same accordingly, he giving such Security for the said 
Rent as shall be approved of by this Board 

Palatiah Haws & Faulkenier Valleau made application to this Board 
to be appointed Publick Measurers, orderd that they be appointed & 
they are hereby appointed accordingly. 

Orderd by this Board that no other Measurers be appointed for 
one year from this Day 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Grant to Jacob 
[88] Boelen & others for a Water Lott fronting Hunters Key which 
being read was approved of, & signed by Mf Mayor & Alderman Fil- 
kin ORDERD that the Clerk deliver the same to the said Jacob Boelen 
& the other Grantees, on their Executing a Counterpart thereof, for the 
use of this Corporation 

City of ) «« ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Tuesday the I2^t 

day of March Anno Dom 1771 
Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab? P : Lott 
John Dikeman 
John Abeel 
ab. Mathew Buyce 
Benj^ Huggit 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Ab*? Mesier 

Orderd by this Board, that the Mayor Issue his Warrant 
N? 2266 to the Treasurer of this City, to pay to John Stagg & Alex- 
ander Bates or order the Sum of £35 : 6 : loj^ in full of 
their acct for sinking a w^ell in Wall Street agreable to an order of this 
Board as pf their said acct audited by this Board & allowed of 

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Orderd the like to Alexander Forbes or order the Sum 
N? 2267 of £9 : 14 : 7 in full of his acct for so much by him advanced 

& paid to sundry Cartmen for Carting Lime stone & brick 
to the poor house &c as p*" his said acci Sworn to & allowed of by this 
Board 

Orderd the like to Johannes Myer Messenger & Door- 
N? 2268 keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for 

one quarters Sallary due unto him & ending the 28^ day of 
February last 

[89] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2269 urer of this City, to pay to Johannis Myer the Sum of £5 : 2 

in full of his Account for Candles found for the Common 
Council, Supreme Court & meeting of the Justices at Sundry times from 
his first coming into the City Hall to this Day &c. as p^ his said acc^ 
audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2270 of this City, to pay to Goldsbrow Banyar Esqf or Order the 

Sum of £2 : 5 for the Copy of Harlem Patent & sundry Ex- 
tracts of patents made for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd the like to Thomas Henderson or Order the Sum 
N? 2271 of £1 : 8 for sundry Gallons of Spirits, Issued at the late 

fire, in Scotch Street by order of Alderman Gautier as p^ 
his acd audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to Joseph Drake or Order the Sum of 
N? 2272 £1 : 8 for three Gallons & a half of Geneva, Issued at the 

late fire in Scotch Street by order of Alderman Gautier 
Orderd the like to George Poalk or order the Sum of 
N*? 2273 £1 : 15 : 3 in full of his acct for mending sundry Wheels in 

the Bridewell &c as pf his said acct sworn to & allowed of 
by this Board 

This Board after taking into Consideration the Petition of John 
Planton, preferred to the last Common Council, did thereupon order, 
that in Consideration of the said John Plantons paying all the Rent that 
will be due from James Leary to this Corporation on the i*^ of May 
next of the Several Lots of Ground known by Lot Number 7, 8, 104, 
105, & 106, & the westermost moiety of Lots Number 9 & 10 that this 
Board in such Case hereby agrees to Lease to the said John Planton 
3 of the abovesaid Lots to witt Lots Number 7, 8, & the westermost 
moietie of Lots N? 9, & 10 for the Term of 42 years from the i*t of 
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Lott & the remaining 21 years the annual Rent of £5 pf Lott & all the 
Taxes & impositions that the said Lots shall from time to time here- 
after be Charged with & that the present Lease be surrendered up to 
this Corporation. And the said John Planton [90] being Called in, & 
the Terms made known to him he thereupon agreed to the same upon 
which this Board orderd that the Clerk prepare a Lease to him ac- 
cordingly 

Whereas It appears to this Board that very Considerable Sums of 
money are due and in arrear to the Corporation, from a Number of 
persons, for rents Reserved on Grants Leases (and otherwise) which 
have been from time to time Issued to them; It is therefore orderd 
that publick Notice be given, by publishing this order, in one or more 
of the Newspapers of this City; that unless such arrears of Rent be 
paid to the Chamberlain of this Corporation, on or before the 25^ of 
April next, this board will direct all those, who shall appear to be in 
arrear that day, to be prosecuted for the same, without distinction 

The Petition of Jacobus Van Zandt, Samuel Farmer Philip Kis- 
sick, Obadiah Wells Theophilus Anthony John Lawrence & Robert 
Murray (by his Att"? John Murray) was preferred to this Board, & 
read setting forth that they formerly took Leases of certain Common 
Lands of this Corporation in Inclawnbergh that the rent reserved in 
such Leases, is greatly above the annual value of the Lands, the quality 
thereof being very bad, & unfit for cultivation : that they have laid out 
very considerable Sums of money in Cultivating and Improving the 
same, yet Nevertheless find themselves unable to procure a Rent that 
will amount to what they have engaged to pay to this Corporation, and 
therefore prayed that this Board would be pleased to take the Same 
into their Consideration & mitigate to them, one half of the present 
Rent of the said Lands, from the time of their first taking their Leases 
(which they respectively engage to pay oflf forthwith) and that the 
Term may be enlarged &c All which this Board took into their Con- 
sideration, and thereupon ordered^ that a Deduction of one half of the 
said Rent be made from the Date of their respective Leases, & that the 
same Deduction be Continued, to be made to them until the Expiration 
of their said Leases, provided they pay into the hands of the Cham- 
berlain the Ballance of such Arrears immediately, & discharge for the 
future all such Taxes & impositions, as the said Premisses shall from 
time to time be chargeable with, and further orderd that the Clerk 
prepare Leases to them for 35 years to Commence from the i*{ of 
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[91] City of )gg^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York J ' Hall of the said City on Saturday the i6^i^ 

day of March Anno Dom. 1771 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab™ P Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W Vredenburgh 
Ab? Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 

Whereas it is directed in & by an Act Intitl'd an Act for raising & 
Collecting the arrears of Taxes due to this Colony from the City & 
County of New York lately made & published, That every Collector 
before he enters upon the Execution of the powers given to him by the 
said Act, shall give such Security for the due performance of the same, 
to the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York, as 
they shall Judge sufficient, & upon his refusal the said Mayor Alder- 
men & Commonalty shall appoint another Collector to Execute the 
powers in the said Act in his stead who will give such Security as afore- 
said, and whereas Lawrence Benson who was Elected into the Office of 
a Collector for Harlem Division in the Out ward of this City for the 
Ensuing year, hath refused to give such Security for the due per- 
formance of his said Office as the said Mayor Aldermen & Common- 
alty have judged sufficient and whereas the said Mayor Aldermen & 
Commonalty by virtue of the power & authority given to them in & by 
the aforesaid Act have & hereby do nominate & appoint Adolph Myer 
to be Collector of Harlem Division of the said Out ward, in the room 
place and stead of the aforesaid Lawrence Benson: the said Adolph 
Myer accepts of the said appointment & offers John Dikeman Esq'" as 
Security for the due [92] performance of his said Office, which this 
Board approved & thereupon do order that the same be entered ac- 
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William Snow Steele Gent, admitted, & Sworn a freeman of this 
Corporation, & orderd to be registred. 

The Clerk proffered to this Board the Engrossed Lease to Robert 
Murray, for Lots N? 3: 4: lo & ii for the Term of 35 Years Com- 
mencing from the i^* of May next, under the Yearly Rent of £25 : 17 : 
6, the said Lots are part of the Common lands known by the Name of 
Inklawnbergh in the Outward of this [cit}^] : which said lease being 
read was approved of & orderd that the Clerk annex the Seal of this 
Corporation thereto. Sign the Same in behalf of this board, and deliver 
it to the said Robert Murray on his Executing a Counterpart thereof. 

City of 7 ^.^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

20^^ day of March 1771 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab? P. Lott 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
John W. Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 

The Committee who were appointed to Enquire into the Incroach- 
ments made upon the Corporation Lands in the Outward made their 
report in the words following. We the Subscribers being the Major 
part of a Committee Appointed by an Order of this Board dated the 
twentieth of March last to carry into Execution the several Matters 
by us recommended in a report made on that Day relative to the En- 
croachments made upon the rights of the Corporation in the Outward 
do in obedience thereto report that in Consequence of the above Order 
on the twenty fifth of the said Month of March we writ & sent circular 
Letters to David Devoor David Devoor Jun^ Lawrence Hartman Peter 
Van Zandt William Beekman the Widow Richardson JohnHardenbrook 
David Provoost John Devoor John Devoor Junf Dirck Lefferts Nathan- 
iel Marston Adolph Benson & Johannes Waldron, persons whom we 
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Lands in the Out Ward in which Letters we acquainted the aforesaid 
persons that we were appointed a Committee to settle the dispute with 
them relative [93] to the Lands in their possession claimed by the 
Corporation; that in Order for a Conference upon the Subject we 
had appointed a Meeting to be held in the Common Council Room 
in the City Hall on Tuesday the ninth of April then next at two of the 
Clock in the afternoon of the same day, at which they and each of them 
were requested to attend ; that on the ninth day of April we attended at 
the Time & place appointed ; that Johannes Waldron herein before men- 
tioned appeared & declared that he claimed no title to the Lands in his 
possession & promised to take a Lease from the Corporation, which 
however he has not yet thought proper to do ; that the Widow Rich- 
ardson sent us word that she claimed no right or title to the Lands in 
her possession and that she was willing & ready to take a Lease for the 
same from the Corporation which she has not yet complyed with ; that 
Lawrence Benson appeared & declared that he was willing to agree 
with the Corporation as soon as the Line should be agreed upon & run 
between the Township of Harlem & the Corporation; that Lawrence 
Hartman also appeared and declared that he would take a Lease from 
the Corporation of the Lands in his possession claimed by the Cor- 
poration if the same were not included in his Deed, but has done noth- 
ing in the Matter since; that William Beekman and Peter Pra Van 
Zandt also appeared & declared their willingness to settle the disputed 
Lands in their possession amicably with the Corporation and proposed 
to leave the Lands in dispute to the decision of Arbitrators in prefer- 
rence to that of going to Law, which the Committee then thought rea- 
sonable ; that John Hardenbrook did not appear but sent word that he 
had hove [ ?] out all the Lands claimed by the Corporation, but upon 
examining the City Surveyor M^ Marshalk it appeared to this Com- 
mittee that the said John Hardenbrook has still some Lands in his 
possession which are the property of the Corporation; that David 
Devoor David Devoor Jun'' David Provoost John Devoor John Devoor 
Junf Dirck Lefferts & Nathaniel Marsten paid not the least regard to 
the Letters sent them by this Committee; [94] that it is our opinion 
that the several persons mentioned in our Report to this Board of the 
twentieth of March last shouM be immediately ejected except William 
Beekman & Peter Pra Van Zandt who we think ought not to be ejected 
at present if any reasonable or equitable Method can be fallen upon of 
settling the Dispute between this Board & them, as they offer to leave 
the matter in controversy to any indifferent men to determine and 
even go so far as to declare their Readiness to submit the dispute to 
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the sole Determination of the Corporation itself and to rest satisfied 
with such decisions rather than engage in an expensive & tedious Law 
Suit. We do further report that we have caused the Lands contained in 
the Patent formerly granted to Priscilla, William and John Holmes 
(and now possessed by the Representatives of S*^ Peter Warren, Kip 
and Vanderhoof) to be surveyed by M^ Marshalk the City Surveyor, 
upon which survey several of us personally attended and found that 
Kipp has also inclosed a small piece of Land the property of the Cor- 
poration which he claims under the Patent granted to the aforesaid 
Priscilla, William & John Holmes, and also that part of the said Patent 
which is now owned by the Representatives of S^ Peter Warren com- 
prehends a Considerable Quantity of Lands uninclosed and the whole 
of what Joachim Anderson has in his possession as by the Map or plan 
of the Lands contained in that Patent (made by the City Surveyof & 
hereto annexed) fully appears. We do also further report that we 
have endeavoured to get the Patents under which Kipp claims his 
Land but have not been able to procure them, tho' we are informed by 
M*" Marshalk the Surveyor that he formerly run out the Boundaries 
of the several Patents under which Kipp claims at his Request that the 
Lands are held under four different Patents the three Northermost of 
which bind him upon the Country Road and the Southermost extends 
from the East River 130 rods into the woods which are now deemed 
Common Land. We also Report it is our opinion that Vanderhoof [95] 
should be ejected. We do also further report that in consequence of 
the Order herein before mentioned we Caused a Letter to be wrote to 
the Trustees and Freeholders of the Town of Harlem relative to the 
Settlement of the Boundaries between their Town and the Corpora- 
tion of this City, a true Copy of which Letter is hereunto annexed 
and marked Number one; that in Answer to the said Letter we re- 
ceived certain proposals from the Town of Harlem which are con- 
tained in their Letter to us hereunto also annexed and marked Number 
two ; And we a[l]s[o] humbly report it as our opinion that the Method 
mentioned in their Letter for an Amicable Settlement of this [con- 
troversy] between Harlem and this Corporation ought to be adopted : 
all which is nevertheless submitted by Thomas Jones, John Dikeman, 
Benjamin Huggett, John Abeel, November i*^ 1771 : which report 
being read, was approved of by this Board and orderd that the same 
be entered and filed 

( )Ki)i:RED by this Board that the above Committee Carry into Execu- 
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as soon as possible, & Report to this Board what progress tliey shall 
make therein, with all Convenient Speed. 



City of ) c-o . At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkf Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 28'*^ 

day of March 1771 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Ab« P Lott 
John Dikeman 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
Mathew Buyce 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W™ Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 



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Ordered that M^ Recorder Alderman Des Brosses & Alderman 
Lott together with Mess*? Huggit & Mesier, or the major part of them 
be a Committee to Consider of ways & means for the Inspection of flour 
for Loaf Bread, and to prepare a Law for the same, & that they make 
report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

[96] Published the assize of bread, flour at 17/6 pf Cl 

a white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh 1^12°^ for 4 Coppers 

I>? ofD? to weigh ij,y2 ior 2 D? 

Ordered that no other Bread be made for Sale, within this City 
than according to the above Assize (hard bisquits only Excepted) and 
all Bakers within the same take notice hereof, and make their l>read 
accordingly 

Orderd by this Board that the Mayor issue his Warrant 
N? 2274 to the Treasurer of this City, to pay to John Adam or order 
the Sum of £8 which this Board agreed to contribute to- 
wards sinking a Well near John Lathams in Montgomery Ward upon 
application made to this Board by Alderman Blagge for that purpose. 



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Orderd the like to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
N? 2275 £5 for a quarters Sallary due unto him as publick Whipper 
of this City the 5^!? of April next 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Saturday the 30*1" 

day of March 1771 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Ab™ Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W Vredenburgli 

Ordered by this Board that the Assize of Bread be till furtlier 
Order, flour at 19/3 pf O. 

a white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^ io*>* for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh I2yi for 2 D? 

And further ordered, that no other Bread be made for sale within 
this City, than according to the above assize (hard bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same, take notice thereof. & 
make their bread accordingly 

[97] Ordered that the Kings Troops be permitted to occupy the Cor- 
poration's Island, until further order, from this Board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2276 of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the Sum 
of £408 : 14 : 10 out of the Monies &c. in which Sum is in- 
cluded half a years Supply of Oyl for the publick Lamps due this day, 
as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 

N? 2277 £66 : 15 :6 for fees due to him as Coroner of the City & 

County of New York the 22^ of May 1770 to the 17*1^ of 

this Instant month of April as p'' his said acct sworn to and allowed 

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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 
2^ day of April 1771 

Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Abraham P Lett 

John Dikeman 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Mathew Buyce 

Huybert V Wagenen 

John W? Vredenbnrgh 

Jacob? Lefferts 

Abraham Mesier 



Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the ireas- 
N? 2278 urer of this City to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh (ir 
VVarr! Issued order the Sum of £221 :6 :6 (out of the Monies pail 
into his hands by the Church Wardens of this City in 
Virtue of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made and 
published) in full of his ace*, for monies by him advanced and paid to 
sundry Watchmen for watching this City from the \o^\ of January 
last to the 10*!? of Aprill Instant &c as p'' his said acct Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

[98] Orderd the like to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
N? 2279 Sum of £50 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 

Church Wardens of this City for the use of the publick 
Roads) to be by him applyed and laid out, towards amending & Re- 
pairing the said publick roads 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the sum of 

N? 2280 £20 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the Church 

Wardens of this City for the use of the publick Roads) to 

be by him applied and laid out towards Amending & Repairing the said 

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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2281 of this City, to pay to James Mills or order the Sum of 
£24 : 6 : 6 for the Ballance of his ace*, for victualling sundry 
Criminals from the I3^t of January last to the 3^ of March following 
cv for sundry other Expences attending the New Goal and Bridewell as 
\)' his ace*, audited by this Board and allowed of 

The Petition of John Brandon praying a Renewal of the Lease for 
Lot X*:* 30 (heretofore made to David Navarro, and by him assigned 
to Michael Thody whose Ex^^ hath lately assigned the same to him) 
upon the same Terms as this Corporation hath lately Leased Lots of 
(iround to others of the Neighbourhood there, orderd the Clerk pre- 
f >are a Lease to the said John Brandon for said Lot N? 30 for the Term 
oi 41 years, he paying for the first 20 years the annual Rent or Sum of 
1*4 and the Remaining 21 Years the further sum of £5 p*^ annum to- 
j^^ether with the Taxes and other Impositions with which the premisses 
may be made Lyable & subject to 

The Petition of Jonathan Lawrence and Sundry others Residing 
near the Oswego Market was prefered and read, setting forth that they 
were about purchasing one third part of the Lott in the possession of 
Conoro, in order to Erect a Market House thereon, and pray that this 
Corporation will be pleased to Contribute the Sum of £200 towards 
making up the Consideration money &c &c orderd that the Considera- 
tion thereof be deferred to some future Common Council 

The Clerk produced to this Board, the Engrossed Leases to John 
Griffiths and John Bingam for the Docks & Markets for the Term of 
two years also to Samuel Waldron for the ferry from this City to 
Nassau Island for the [99] Term of three years, and also to Abraham 
Mesier for the ferry from this City to Powlus's Hook for the like Term 
which was read and approved of, and orderd that the Clerk deliver 
the Same to the respective Lessees, on their Executing Counterparts 
thereof to the use of this Corporation, and entring into Bond with Se- 
curity for the performance of the Covenants and payment of the Rent 
mentioned in said Leases 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Leases to David 
Barcl[a]y, Ann Aerison & James Clock for Lots of Ground fronting 
Pecks Slip for the Term of 33 years which were read and j^roved 
of and orderd that the same be delivered to them Respectively, on 
their Executing Counterparts thereof to the use of this Corporation 

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Planton for the Term of forty two years, which was Read and ap- 
proved of and ORDERD that the same be delivered to him on his Execut- 
ing a Counterpart thereof to the use of this Corporation 



City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYork^ * Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 

1^^. of May 1771 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab? P Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W Vredenburgh 
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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2282 of this City to pay to Davis Hunt or order the Sum of £38 : 
18 : Sj/2 in full of his acct for work done for this Corpora- 
tion as pf his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

[100] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N9 2283 ^^^^ ^^ ^his City to pay to John Alsop or order the Sum of 
£90 for a years Interest of £1500 due by three several Bonds 

from this Board, the last of which became due the 2oH* of March last 

past 

Orderd the like to Andrew Marschalk or order the Sum 

N? 2284 of £3 : 16 in full of his acct for surveying for this Corpora- 
tion as pf his said ace! sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

This Board agreed with Isaac Stoutenburgh to provide the publick 
Lamps with Oyl, Lamp Wick &c. and paying the Lamplighters their 
Wages the ensuing year for the Sum of £760, being the same allowance 
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M^ Recorder and Alderman Gautier moved this Board that as ap- 
plications have been made to this Corporation for the Grants of Water 
Lots fronting the Great dock, this Board will previous thereto fix the 
Course of the Street, to be Extended from the Exchange into the East 
River upon a Straight line, and after some debates thereon and the 
Question being put, it was agreed and orderd that the Course of said 
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New York! Hall of the said City, on friday the 3^ day 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab« P Lott 
John Dikeman 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert V Wagenen 
John W Vredenburgh 
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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2285 of this City to pay to Obadiah Wells or order the Sum of 
£43 : o : 3 in full of his acct for painting & glazing for this 
Corporation to the 4^ of [loi] June 1770 for this Corporation as p'' his 
said acct audited by the Committee and Sworn to, and allowed of by 
this Board 

Orderd the like to Abraham P Lott Esq'^ or order the 
N? 2286 Sum of £6 : 16 : 10 in full of his acct for so much by him 
advanced & paid for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd that Alderman Des Brosses Alderman Gautier and M^ 
Lefferts or any two of them be a Committee, for preparing the draft 
of a plan for docking out the water Lots between Countesses Key and 
Beekmans Slip, and prefer the same to this Board with all Convenient 
Speed 

Orderd by this Board that Alderman Des Brosses be added to the 



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Committee for Regulating the Streets in the North, West and in Mont- 
gomerie Wards of this City 

Ordered by this Board that the Assize of Bread be till further 
Order flour at 21/6 p^ G 

A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^ 8°* for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh . . , 1 1^ for 2 D? 

And further ordered that no other Bread be made for Sale within 
this City than according to the above assize (hard Bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same take notice thereof and 
make their bread accordingly 

Whereas the General Assembly of this Province have lately been 
at the great Expence of sending for an Equestrian Statue of his present 
Majesty, & [have] erected the same on the Green, before his Majestys 
Fort in this City, & this Board conceiving that unless the said Green be 
fenced in, the same will very soon become a Recepticle of all the filth 
& dirt of the Neighbourhood ; in order therefore to prevent which this 
Board have unanimously agreed to fence in the same with Iron Rails & 
a stone foundation agreable to a plan now exhibited to this Board & 
have contracted with Mess*"? Richard Sharpe, Peter TMZurtenius, Gil- 
bert Forbes & Andrew Lyall for compleating the same for the consid- 
eration of £800 to the likeing & approbation of this Board 

City of ) «« At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYoricj * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 6*^ 

day of June 1771 

[102] Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Geo. Brewerton 
Ben. Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
ab Ab7 P. Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benj° Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W? Vredenburgh 



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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2287 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper or Older the Sum of £3 : 15 in full of his acc^. for 
one quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the S^l' of May last 

Orderd the like to Thomas Brown or order the Sum of 
N? 2288 £342 : 5 : 10 in full of his Account for divers quantitys of 
Board & plank furnished for the use of this Corporation as 
p^ his said acci Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Theophilus Anthony or order the Sum 
N9 2289 of £18 : 12 : 2>2 for divers quantitys of Iron Work fur- 
nished for the use of this Corporation as p*^ his said ace! 
sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Andrew Gautier Esq^^ or order the 
NV 2290 Sum of £13:16:1 for the like Sum by him advanced & paid 
for the use of this Corporation as p^ his said acc^ audited 
by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to jM^ Huybert Van Wagenen or order 
N? 2291 the Sum of $13 : 19 : 11 for the like Sum by him advanced 
and paid for the use of this Corporation as p*^ his said acct 
audited by this Board and allowed of 

The Petition of William Beekman & sundry others was preferred 
to this Board and read, praying the Grants of Water Lots lying in the 
East River fronting their respective Ground in the Outward of this 
[103] City &c ORDERD the Consideration thereof, be deferred until the 
next Common Council 

Orderd by this Board, that the Sum of £8 be by them Contributed 
towards sinking a well in Maiden Lane near the dwelling house of 
Dirck Schuyler in the North ward of this City provided the said well 
be 8 feet in the Clear and not otherwise 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2292 of this City to pay to Mess*^? Sharpe Curtenius & C ompa ny 
or order the Sum of £22 : 2 : 10 in full of their accl for two 
large Stoves & barrs for the Bridewell &c and one other for the Cor- 
porations house that formerly belonged to John Harris &c as p^ his 
acc^., audited & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Andrew Gautier Esqf or Order the 
N? 2293 Sum of £16 : o : 6 for the like Sum by him advanced & paid 
for finishing the Council Chamber as pf his said acct audited 
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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2294 this City, to pay to Hugh Gaine or order the Sum of £7 : 8 
in full of his ace', with this Corporation, as p'^ his said acd 
audited by this Board and allowed of 

The Majority of the Committee appointed to regulate the Streets in 
Montgomerys Ward do report with respect to the range of the East 
side of Queens Street in the words following, Wee the majority of the 
Committee appointed to regulate the Streets in Montgomerys Ward 
do report that we have fixed the Course or Range of the North East 
side of Queen Street from a Stake drove into the Ground in the front 
of a Lott belonging to Nicholas Parcells at the distance of thirteen feet 
from the South West Corner of William Kelly's house and oposite to 
John Woods Esq'^ to run with a direct line to the South west Corner 
of the Dwelling house of Lewis Nichols Joiner and from thence with a 
direct line to the Broadway or Kings Road this is Nevertheless most 
humbly submitted to this Worshipful Board by Gentlemen your humMc 
Servants BenjV Blagg Ab? P Lott Benjamin Huggit Abraham Mesier 

which report (being read) was approved of and there- 
June 6 1 77 1 upon ORDERD by this Board that the Alderman ft Common 

Council man of the said Montgomerie Ward, take Care 
that the same Report be effectually put in Execution 

[104] The Majority of the Committee appointed to regulate Warren 
Street in the west ward of this City made their report in the words 
following Wee the Major part of the Committee appointed to regulate 
Warren Street having taken the City Surveyor to our Assistance Do 
report that the said Street beginning at the Platform of the Pump at the 
upper End of said Street Leaveling from thence to the lower End of 
said Street at high water Mark which is in Length 1480 feet and the 
Decent on said Length is 38 feet 6 Inches with two Inches Decent 
Remains 25 feet 6 inches with 2 Inches decent on Every 10 feet all 
which is submitted by your humble Servants Ab? P: Lott, EHas Des 

Brosses, Geo. Brewerton, Benjamin Huggit, Abra? 
May 22 1771 Mesier, Huybert V Wagenen, which report being read 

was approved of and thereupon orderd by this Board 
that the Alderman & Common Council man of the said Montgomerie 
Ward take Care that the same Report be Effectually put in Execution. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue [his] Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2295 of this City to pay to Augustus Van Cortlandt or order the 

Sum of £53 : 15 :g for so much by him advanced & paid 

to William Peartree Smith for the ballance due on a Bond from this 



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G>rporatioii to him, as appears by a Receipt ( for so much endorsed on 
said Bond) from the said W"? P: Smith 

Orderd the like to John Bogert Jun*^ or order the Sum of 
N? 2296 £36 : 16 : 10 for the Interest due on a Bond from the Cor- 
poration to him of £100 to the 7*^ of May Last. 

Orderd the Hke to John Crook & others Ex", of Charles 
N? 2297 Crook or order the Sum of £18 : 18 for the Interest due on 
a Bond from this Corporation to her \i. r. the widow] of 
£500 to the 7*^ of May last 

Ordered the like to Richard Waldron or order the Sum 
N? 2298 of £24 : 10 for the Interest due on a Bond from this Cor- 
poration to him of £700 to the 7*t of May last. 

Orderd the like to Elizabeth Crook or order the Sum of 
N? 2299 £10 : 10 for the Interest due on a Bond from this Corpora- 
tion to her of £300 to the 7*1? of May last 

Orderd the like to John Alsop or order the Sum of 
N? 2300 £34 : 10 : I for the Interest due on 3 several Bonds from 
this Corporation to him amounting* in the whole to £1500 
to the 7*^ [105] of May last. 

Orderd the like to John Brevoort or order the Sum of 
N? 2301 £47 : I : I for the Interest due on a Bond from this Cor- 
poration to him of £500 to the 7*1^ of May last 

Orderd the like to M*^ Ann Line or order the Sum of 
N? 2302 £37 : 7 : yyi for the Interest due on a Bond from this Cor- 
poration to her of £300 to the 7*!? of May last 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N9 2303 of this City to pay to Miss Mary Burck or order the Sum 
of £48 : 18 for the Interest due on a Bond from this Cor- 
poration to her the 7*t of May last. 

The Qerk produced a Bond from this Corix)ration under their 
seal to the Marine Society of the City of New York in the Province of 
New York in America, in the penalty of £1000, with Condition to pay 
on the 7^ of May next the Sum of £500 with Interest at 5 p^ 
C! from the 7*? of May last, orderd that M^ Mayor sign the same 
in behalf of this Corporation, which said Bond is now executed to dis- 
charge a Bond from this Corporation to William Peartree Smith 

The Clerk also produced a Bond from this Corporation under their 
Seal to John Bogert Jun^^ in the penalty of £2000 with Condition to 
pay on the 7*? of May next the Sum of £1000 with Interestat five p^ 
Q from the 7*? of May last, orderd that M'' Mayor sign the same in 



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behalf of this Corporation which said Bond is now executed to dis- 
charge one other Bond from this Corporation to him at 6 p'^ C^ 

The Clerk also produced a Bond from this Corporation under their 
Seal to Richard Waldron in the Perujty of £1400 with Condition to 
pay on the 7^!? of May next the Sum of £700 with Interest at 5 p^ Cent 
from the 7^ of May last, orderd that M^ Mayor sign the Same in 
behalf of this Corporation, which said bond is now executed to dis- 
charge one other Bond from this Corporation to him at 6 p'^ Ci 

The Clerk likewise produced a Bond from this Corporation under 
their Seal to Elizabeth Crook in the penalty of £600 with Condition to 
pay on tiie 7^ of May next the Sum of £300 with Interest at 5 p*^ G 
from the 7'? of May last, orderd the like, which said Bond is now Exe- 
cuted to discharge one other Bond from this Corporation to her at 6 
pf C. 

[106] The Clerk likewise produced a Bond from this Corporation under 
their Seal to Mary Burck in the penalty of £100 with Condition to pay 
on the 7*t of May next the Sum of £500 with Interest of 5 p^ C*. from 
the 7*t of May last, orderd that Mf Mayor sign the same in behalf 
of this Corporation, which said Bond is now executed to discharge one- 
other Bond from this Corporation to her at 6 p^ Ct 

The Qcrk likewise produced one other Bond from this Corporation 
under their Seal to John Alsop in the penalty of £300 with Condition 
to pay on the 7*^ of May next the Sum of £1500 with Interest at 5 
p'^ O from the 7*1* of May last, orderd the like ; which said Bond is 
now executed to discharge three several Bonds of £500 each from this 
Corporation to him at 6 pf O 

The Qerk likewise produced i other bond from this Corporation un- 
der their seal to John Brevoort in the penalty of £1600 with condition 
to pay on the 7*1* of May next the sum of £800 with int. at 5 p'' O 
from the 7*? of May last, orderd the like; which said bond is now 
executed to discharge 2 bonds from this Corporation, the one to said 
John Brevoort for £500 & the other to Ann Lyne for £300 at 6 p^ CI 

Whereas many Inconveniencies do daily arise to the Inhabitants 
of the Outward, from the present Law of this Corporation Entituled a 
Law for regulating the publick Slaughter Houses within the City of 
New York, as the same now stands in Order therefore to Remove 
said Inconvenience It is hereby orderd that Mf Recorder Alderman 
Blagge Alderman Dikeman together with Mess*? Buyce and Huggit or 
the major part of them be a Committee to prepare the Draft of a Law 



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of this Corporation in addition to a Law for regulating the said publick 
Slaughter houses and preferr the same to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed 



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New York j"^ 

Present. 



[107] 



At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Thursday the 13^^ 
day of June 1771 

Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Ab'P Lott 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert V. Wagenen 

Jacobus Lefferts 

Ab*? Mesier 



> Esq*"? Aldermen 



I 

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Assistants 



Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2304 of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 

£56 : 14 iiiyi in full of his ace! as keeper of the Bridewell 

to the I*! of May last, as p'^ his said accl audited by this Board and 

allowed of. 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be till further order flour at 20/6 
pTQ 

a white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^ 9°^ for 4 Coppers 

D9 of D? to weigh 12 for2 D? 

And further orderd that no other Bread be made for sale within 
this City than according to the above Assize (hard Bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same, take notice thereof and 
make their Bread accordingly 

The Committee who were appointed the last Common Council to 
prepare the Draft of a Law in Addition to a Law for regulating the 
publick Slaughter houses within the City of New York preferred the 
Draft of a Law accordingly in the words following Vizt 



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A Law to Alter & Amend a Law for Regulating the 

PuBUCK Slaughter Houses in the City of New York. 
Whereas many inconveniencies have already arisen & do daily 
arise to the inhabitants of tlie Out ward of this City from the aforesaid 
Law intitled a Law for regulating the publick slaughter houses within 
the City of New York as the same now stands, for the remedying of 
which inconveniencies for the future, Be it ordained by the Mayor 
Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York in Common Council 
convened & it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same that all 
persons whatsoever shall have free liberty, leave & licence from & 
immediately after the publication of this Law to kill or slaughter any 
neat cattle being their own property upon their own lands in the Out 
ward of this City to the northward of a line to be run beginning at 
the middle of the lane that leads from the Bowery Lane to the house 
of M'' Nich? Bayard & running from the place of beginning due west 
to the North River & also to the northward of a line to be run be- 
ginning at the middle of the lane which leads from the Bowery Lane 
aforesaid & passes the house of James De Lancey Esq*^ which was 
formerly occupied by Tunis Somerdike & running from the place of 
beginning due east to the East River or Sound & that without being 
subject to any of the pains, penalties, fines or forfeitures contained in 
the aforesaid Law entitled a Law for regulating the publick slaughter 
houses within the City of New York any thing in the said Law con- 
tained to the contrary thereof in any wise [108] notwithstanding, & 
also without being subject or liable to the payment of any sum or 
sums of money or other thing or things whatsoever to M^ Nichf Bay- 
ard for not killing or slaughtering of neat cattle in the slaughter-house 
of the said Nich? Bayard, any thing in the said Law entitled a Law 
for Regelating the publick Slaughter houses within the City of New 
York to the Contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. And be 
it ordained by the authority aforesaid that all & every person or persons 
killing and slaughtering of neat cattle to the southward of the two 
lines herein before mentioned shall be & hereby are declared to be 
subject to all the pains, penalties, fines, forfeitures & payments con- 
tained mentioned & expressed in the aforesaid Law Intitled a Law for 
regulating the publick Slaughter houses within the City of New York, 
if any or either of them shall presume to kill any neat cattle contrary 
to the tenor & directions in the said Law mentioned and prescribed, 
provided (nevertheless and upon this express condition) that the afore- 
said Nich? Bayard his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns do 
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an Kir. (.hu-ii: & covenant contained in certain articles of agreement 
h.adc k executed between the said Xich: Bayard k the Mayor Alder- 
n.'-n k O-mnnonajty of the City of Xew York which by the said 
Arti'^Ie.s the -^aid Xich: I*.a\ard hatii on his part c-jvenanted to per- 
forrr.. fulfill A' keer^ : which beini; read was approved of by this Board 
6i (fi^ijhki) l. hi the -aTi.f fy jir.hli-^li* «^I A: inserted in <jne or more of the 
n^v. -papf-r* in t'rti*^ City. 

M^ Ma*'/r produced to this Board a Letter from John Schuyler 
vihicb wa- r'ad praying a Contrihutif^n from this Board towards fin- 
i^^hincj a Road leading from to Powluses Hook as the same 

will he of Considerable advantage to the Inhabitants of this City &c. 
ORitfckD that the said Letter be taken into Consideration at some future 
meeting of this [>oard. 

The Kej>ort of the Committee on a Survey made of Crown Street 
in the West ward of this City dated the 2i»'. of December 1767 was 
read in the w ords following : We the major part of the Committee ap- 
pointed to regulate Crown Street, having taken to our assistance the 
City Surveyor for that purpose, do report that we have levelled the 
street 700 feet in length to the lamp post at the lower end of said 
street, where a knotch is cut in said lamp post 2 feet above the ground, 
& find the d<'scent on said length to be [109] 27 feet 2 inches which is 
4% of an iruh on every 10 feet & we conceive the ground at the high- 
est part of the street should be dug down 7 feet 9 inches and that 
the lowest part of the street at the lamp post should be filled up 2 feet 
above the pavement: all which is most humbly submitted by your 
most humble serv^:r Frar Filkin, (jeo: Brewerton, John Abeel, Ben- 
jamin Huggitt, which report being taken into consideration is ap- 
proved of & confirmed by this Board; & thereupon its orderd^ or- 
dained and established that the Alderman & Assistant of the said West 
ward do without delay see the same effectually carried into execution, 
S: it is hereby further orderd, ordained & established, that the several 
iS: respective possessor & possessors, tenant & tenants of the several 
houses A lots of ground adjoining or fronting to said Crown Street 
shall A do upon notice hereof to be given to him, her or them, by the 
said Alderman A Assistant, forthwith take up the pavement & dig 
out or fill up as the case may require such part & parts of the afore- 
said street as is or are lying between their said several & respective 
houses & lots of ground, & the middle of said Crown Street, & repave 
the same in sitch manner as they shall be respectively directed by the 
Alderman A Assistant of said Ward 



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The Clerk produced to this Board a Bond from this Corporation to 
John Cruger Esq'^ as guardian to Sarah Ayscough, an infant in the 
penalty of £1040, conditioned for the payment of £520 on the 13*^ of 
June next, with interest for the same at & after the rate of 5 p^ O, P^ 
Annum: orderd M^ Mayor sign the same in behalf of this Corpora- 
tion, which said sum is borrowed towards discharging 2 Bonds of this 
Corporation, the one to William Smith Jun'" Esq'" for £330 & the 
other to Gerrard De Peyster for £200 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to Augustus Van 
N? 2305 Cortlandt the Clerk of this Board or order the Sum of £47 : 5 
to be by him applied in discharge of the Ballance due on a 
Bond from this Corporation to Gerrard De Peyster 

Robert [R.] Livingston Jun^ made application to this Board in be- 
half of himself, Leonard Lispenard and others for leave to lay a Block 
into the East River 20 feet in front of their several Wharfs, lying be- 
tween the Whitehall Slip and the old Crane of the late Col9 Moore in 
order to secure their said Wharfs, against North Easterly storms &c. 
ORDERD by this Board that they have leave accordingly 

[no] ORDERD the Mayor Issue his warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2306 of this City, to pay to Mess*^? Thomas and James Barrow or 

order the Sum of £5 : 15 : 6 in full of his acct with this 
Corporation, as p^ said acci audited by this Board and allowed of. 

City of 7 ^^ , At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 20^^ 

of June 1771 

Present./ Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Geo: Brewerton 

Benj? Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

H"yb;f;t Van Wagenen \^^^^^^^^^^ 

Ab? Mesier 

Jacobus Lefferts 

John W? Vredenburgh 
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290 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

It is ORDERD by this Board, that if George Janniway do pay th« 
principal Sum of his Bond to the Corporation this Week he be Ex- 
cused from paying any Interest on said Bond. 

Orderd the Recorder Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2307 urer of this City, to pay to Barnet Sebring or order the Sum 

of £8:2 in full of his acct for Smiths work done for the 

use of this Corporation as p^ his said acct sworn to and allowed of by 

this Board/ 

Orderd the Recorder Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N9 2308 of this City, to pay to John Brower or order the Sum of 

£6 : 13 in full of his acc^ for moveing sundry Lamp Posts by 

order of this Board, as p^ his said acct, Sworn to and allowed of by 

this Board 

Orderd the like to Peter Buysher or order the Sum of 
N? 2309 £13 :2 : I in full of his acct for Smiths work by him fur- 
nished for the use of the poor house as p«" his said acct 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd by this Board that the Sum of £8 : be allowed towards 
sinking a Well in frankford Street in Montgomerie ward of this City 
provided the said Wall be 8 feet wide in the Clear & not otherwise 

[in] Orderd that the Recorder issue his Warrant to the 
N? 2310 Treasurer of this City, to pay to Ralph Thurman or order 

the Sum of £1 : 18 in full of his acct for Lime furnished for 
the use of the New Goal as p'' his said acct sworn to & allowed of by this 
Board 

Orderd the like to Richard Sharpe, PeigrJT'^ Curtenius, 
N? 23 1 1 Gilbert Forbes and William* Lyall or order the Sum of £300 

in part of the Consideration money, this Board agreed to 
pay them towards making an Iron Rail fence Round the Bowling 
Green 

Orderd the like to James Mills or order the sum of £25 : 
N? 2312 5 in full of his acct for victualing sundry Criminals from the 

I3tl' of March Last to the I3t^ of this Instant June and for 
other Expences attending the New Goal and Bridewell as p^ his said acct 
sworn to and allowed of by this board 



♦Note : The name of the person to whom the contract was given was entered 
as Andrew Lyall. See page 281. 



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City of ^gg. 
New York j 

Present./ 



At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Friday the 28^!^ 
day of June 1771 



Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Geo. Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W. Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 



>- Esq**? Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Ordered by this Board, that the assize of bread be till further 
Order, flour at 21/6 pf Ct 

A white Loaf of the finest flower to weigh i^ 8<*? for 4 Coppers 

D? ofD9 to weigh ii>^ for 2 D? 

And further orderd, that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City than according to the above assize (hard bisquits only ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same take notice thereof & make 
their bread accordingly 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 2? 
day of July 1771 



[112] Present./ Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 



Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier . 
Ab7 P Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W7 Vredenburgh 



>-Esq'1 Aldermen 



>" Assistants 



Orderd by this Board that Alderman Blagge Alderman Lott and 
Alderman Gautier together with Mess"? Huggit & Mesier, or any three 
of them be a Committee to Carry into Execution the order made by 



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this Board on the 13^ of June last, respecting to the Levelling of 
Crown Street, in the west ward of this City 



City of ) ^^ ^ At a Common Council held at the Dwel- 

New York V * ling House of Samuel Frances in the Dock 

Ward of the said City on Tuesday the g^^ 
of July 1771 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
ab Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab™ P Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 



y Esq*"! Aldermen 



>- Assistants 



Orderd by this Board, that M'' Recorder do prepare the Draft of an 
Address to his Excellency William Tryon Esqf Captain General and 
Governor in Chief in & over the province of New York and the Terri- 
tories depending thereon in America Chancellor and Vice Admiral of 
the same, and that the Clerk of this Board prepare the Draft of a 
freedom of this Corporation to his said Excellency, and preferr the 
same at their next meeting 

Ordered by this Board that Aid™ Brewerton and M'' Mesier be a 
Committee to cause a Gold Box to be prepared against Saturday next 
of the value of twenty pistoles for enclosing the City Seal to be annexed 
to the freedom of his said Excellency William Tryon [113] and the 
said Committee apply to John Ling to prepare the same accordingly. 

It is agreed by this Board and orderd that John Myer Illuminate 
the City Hall, New Goal, Work House, and the ferry house at Nassau 
Island at the Expence of this Corporation, as a Compliment to his 
Excellency Governor Tryon. 



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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2313 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
£5 for a Quarters Sallary due unto him as publick Whipper 
of this City the 5*^ of July instant 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Monday the 15*^ 
day of July 1771 



Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Geo. Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab« P Lott 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V Wagenen 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Ab? Mesier 



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>* Assistants 



Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2314 urer of this City to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or 
Warrt Issued order the Sum of £198 (out of the monies paid into 
his hands by the Church Wardens of this City in virtue 
of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony made and published) in full 
of his acd for monies by him advanced and paid to sundry Watchmen 
for watching this City from the 11*^ of April last until the 11*? of 
June following as p^ his said acc^ sworn to and allowed of by this 
Board. 

Orderd the like to Mess*? Lawrence and Gifes or order 
N? 2315 the Sum of £16 : i : 10 in full of their acct for Plank Joice 
and Lath furnished for the use of the Poor house and New 
Goal House as p^" their ace! sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

The Petition of Rynier Nack and sundry others freeholders in 
Crown Street was preferred to this Board and Read in the words fol- 
lowing (to witt) that the plan lately adopted by this Board for digging 
down & improving Crown Street, will if Carried into Execution be 
Extremely burdensome to many of the said freeholders, that the Ex- 
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greater than their Estates can bear, and the charge of making new 
foundations for their houses [is] more than [114] the advantages they 
will receive from the amendment of the Street. That the altering of 
Streets & Expensive Improvements of that kind are works which have 
publick Utility for their Objects, & therefore the expence attending 
them should not be imposed on a few Individuals, and humbly pray, 
that as it is their fate to live in a Street which happens to be hilly, this 
Board will not add to their Misfortune by obliging them to make it 
level That as a former plan to dig down the Street from Stephens's 
Corner will be far less expensive to the said Freeholders, but will be 
pleased to adopt it and give them such further relief, as to their wis- 
dom shall seem meet which said Petition this Board took into their 
Consideration, and after some Conference thereon, agreed that as the 
former plan adopted by this Board appears to be of more publick Utility 
than the one now prayed for, this Board are of opinion that the prayer 
of said Petition ought not to be granted, and that the Committee ap- 
pointed by this Board, do forthwith Carry into Execution the said plan, 
so by them adopted as aforesaid 

Orderd the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treasurer 

N9 2316 of this City, to pay to Andrew Hopper or order the Sum of 

£1 : 3 : II in full of his accS for Smiths work done for this 

Corporation to the house they lately purchased of William Peartree 

Smith as p^ his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

M^ Recorder pursuant to an Order of the last Common Council, 
produced to this board the Draft of an Address to his Excellency Wil- 
liam Tryon Esq^ Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over 
the province of New York, and the Territories depending thereon in 
America, Chancellor and Vice Admiral of the same which being read 
is in the words following. 

To his Excellency William Tryon (as above) the humble address of 
the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York 
May it please your Excellency : 

We his majestys most dutiful and loyal Subjects, the Mayor Alder- 
men & Commonalty of this antient Corporation, beg leave to present 
your Excellency our warmest Congratulations on your arrival with 
your family in this Colony; & your appointment to succeed our late 
worthy Governor the Earl of Dunmore, on whom from a just Estima- 
tion of his Services his Majesty hath been graciously pleased to Confer 
the Government of his Dominion of Virginia 

With the most lively gratitude we receive this mark of his Majestys 



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Paternal goodness in appointing to preside over this his loyal and faith- 
full Colony a Gentlemen whose abilities eminently distinguish and 
qualify him for the discharge of this important [115] trust, and whose 
Irreproachable Conduct in the Government he lately so honourably 
filled, is the strongest presage of our own publick felicity 

The Ardour with which your Excellency as Supreme Majestrate in 
the Colony, which you lately presided over, undertook that hazardous 
though necessary service, in Supporting the Laws of the Country, and 
the Quelling a daring Insurrection justly alarming to the Community, 
and which if not happily suppressed, might have been attended with 
very dangerous Consequences, we think reflects great honour upon 
your Excellency 

We Cannot leave your Excellency without entreating your favour- 
able Countenance and Protection of this Corporation in the full En- 
joyment of all its Franchises and Priviledges granted by his Majesty's 
Royal Predecessors, nor without offering our most ardent wishes, that 
you may long enjoy the inward and solid Satisfaction, resulting from 
an easy mild and equitable Administration which we shall ever stu- 
diously endeavour to promote, Confident from the tendency of your 
amiable Disposition that it will prove a Blessing to the people. 

and the Same being approved of by this Board, was orderd to be 
Engrossed and at the same time the draft of a freedom of this Cor- 
poration, to be preferred to his said Excellency was also read and 
agreed to by this Board and is in the words following : 

City of New York ss: By Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor and the 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the said City 

To all to whom these presents shall come send Greeting Know Ye 
that we the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New 
York aforesaid assembled in Common Council being willing to demon- 
strate the great value and Esteem, we have for the person of his Ex- 
cellency William Tryon Esq^ Captain General and Governor in Chief in 
and over the province of New York, and the Territories depending 
thereon in America, Chancellor and vice Admiral of the same and 
being truly sensible of the great honour it will be to this Corporation 
to have so worthy a person a Member thereof, Orderd that he be 
presented with the freedom of this Corporation with the Seal thereto, 
enclosed in a Golden Box ; These are therefore to Certify and declare 
that his said Excellency the said William Tryon is hereby admitted, 
Received and allowed a freeman and Citizen of the said City, to have 
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franchises freedoms and immunities whatsoever granted or belonging 
to the same City, In Testimony whereof the said Mayor Alderman 
and Commonalty have Caused the Seal of the satid City to be hereunto 
affixed the day of July in the ii^l^ Year of the reign of 

our Sovereign Lord George the third by the grace of [116] God of 
Great Britain france and Ireland King Defender of the faith &c and in 
the year of our Lord 1771 

Orderd by this Board that the same be handsomly Engrossed on 
Parchment, and the Seal of this Corporation be affixed thereto to be 
Enclosed as aforesaid 

City of ) c;c; . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 

i8^l» day of July 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab'? P. Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V Wagenen 
John Wn^ Vredenburgh 
Ab? Mesier 



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The Engrossed Address to his Excellency William Tryon Esqf Cap- 
tain General & Governor in Chief in & over the province of New York 
& the Territories depending thereon in America Chancellor & Vice Ad- 
miral of the same was read & agreed to, & orderd that the same be 
signed by the Mayor, & the same was signed accordingly; this board 
did thereupon wait on his said Excellency with the said Address, & 
the same was presented to him by the Recorder who returned the fol- 
lowing answer Vizt. 

To the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York. 
Gentlemen : 

I receive with real pleasure your Congratulations on my arrival 
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pointed to succeed your late worthy Governor in the Command of this 
most respectable Province 

I Conceived it an indispensable Duty in me, to Carry into Execution 
those active measures, I was called upon to [117] pursue, in Vindica- 
tion of the violated Civil rights of a province I had then the honour to 
preside over. But to receive such honourable Testimonies of the ne- 
cessity of that Service, from the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of 
this anti^nt Corporation affords as much inward satisfaction to my 
mind, as it does me publick honor 

Imprest with a proper sense of my duty, & your favourable Opin- 
ion of my Inclinations, I shall faithfully endeavour to promote the 
publick felicity of this Country 

The Corporation of the City of New York may be Confident of 
every possible Countenance & Protection from me, in all its franchises 
& priviledges granted by his Majestys royal Predecessors, and that 
their studious endeavours to promote the Success of my Administra- 
tion will meet with all suitable returns of Respect & Gratitude. 

[William Tryon.] 

and then this Board presented his said Excellency with the freedom 
of this Corporation. 



City of Jgg. 
New York^ 

Present./ 



At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Monday the 22? 
of July 1 771. 

Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Ab™ P. Lott 
John Dyckman 
Mathew Buyce 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 



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Orderd, by this Board, that the Mayor issue his warrant 
N? 2317 to the Treasurer of this Cit>', to pay to Sarah Brock or 
order the Sum of £2 : 5 in full of her acd with this Cor- 
poration as pf said acct audited by this Board & allowed of 

Orderd by this Board, that M^ Recorder prosecute such persons 
who are proprietors of water Lots in Montgomer>- ward, as shall appear 
to be delinquent in Complying with the Terms mentioned in their 
respective Grants 

[118] Orderd by this Board that M^ Recorder Alderman Filkin Alder- 
men Brewerton, Messi Van Wagenen & Mesier, or the Major part of 
them, be a Committee to view & Examine what necessary repairs are 
wanting to the Ferry house, Stairs &c on Nassau Island, & report the 
same to this Board with all Convenient speed 

Orderd by this Board that James Duane & John Tabor Kempe Esq'? 
be retained as assistant Counsel with M^" Mayor and M'' Recorder in 
Defence of the right of this Corporation, in a Suit lately brought by 
David Provoost, against sundry persons. Employed by Abraham P: 
Lott EsqT to build a wharf & pier on a certain water Lott granted by 
this Board to the heirs of M^ Boelen, under whom the said Abraham 
Lott now claims & possesses the same 

The Petition of James De Lancey Esqf & sundry others Inhabi- 
tants & Freeholders in the Out ward of the City of New York, was 
preferred to this Board & read in the words following vizt 

To the worshipfuU Mayor, Recorder Aldermen & Commonalty of 
the City of New York in Common Council Convened, The Petition of 
the Subscribers, being Inhabitants & Freeholders of the said City 
Humbly sheweth 

That your Petitioners by their Situation are in a great measure de- 
prived (expecially in the winter Season) of the happiness of attending 
divine service with their families & also of a proper School for the In- 
struction of their Children in the Principles of our most holy religion, 
loyalty to their Sovereign, & usefull Learning. To remedy these Evils 
your Petitioners most humbly Request that this Honourable Board, 
who upon all Occasions, have shewn their Zeal for the welfare of the 
Community, would be pleased to grant for their use the fee simple which 
is vested in this Corporation for the uses hereafter mentioned of a 
certain Tract of unimproved Lands lying in the out ward of this City 
at the end of the Bowery Lane being bounded easterly by the road 
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northerly by the fence of Benjamin Nicoll Esq^ deceased, & terminating 
southerly where the Kings Bridge & Bloomendale Road seperate form- 
ing nearly a Triangle 

Your Petitioners conceive that the aforesaid Tract of Land is very 
properly situated to Erect a Church & School on, which will relieve 
them from the Inconveniences they now labour under. They therefore 
pray that it may be granted unto the Rector and the Inhabitants of the 
City of New York in Communion of the Church of England as by Law 
Established, [119] Upon Condition that the same shall be preserved & 
kept by them for the uses of hereafter erecting a Church & School 
house thereupon & for a Burying ground under such reasonable Quit 
Rent as this Hon^!* Board shall think Proper. 

Your Petitioners being gratified in this their request which they 
Conceive will be of publick Utility as in duty bound will ever pray &c. 

Orderd by this Board that the Committee appointed for the Out 
ward or the major part of them be a Committee to view the Ground 
above prayed for, & take to their Assistance one of the Citys Surveyors, 
in order that a plan may be made thereof, & exhibited to this Board, 
and that the further Consideration of the said Petition be deferred to 
some future Common Council 

City of ] ^^^;, , At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkC ' Hall of the said City, on Monday the 20 

of July Anno Dom 1771 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
Benjamin Blagge 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Peter Mesier 
Jacobus Leiferts 
John W : Vredenburgh 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant, to the Treasurer 

N? 2318 of this City, to pay to Adam V : D : Bergh or order the Sum 

of £150 (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 



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Church Wardens of this City, for the use of the publick Roads) to be 
by him applied & laid out in amending & repairing the said publick 
Roads 

Orderd the like to John Burt Ling, or order the Sum of 
£29 : 15 for a Gold Box by him made by order of this Board 



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M^ Samuel Jones having delivered it as his opinion that it would be 
most adviscable for the Corporation to Remove the Oswego Market, 
as the Indictment found against it Cannot be defended; this Board 
thereupon taking the same into Consideration agreed not to take down 
or remove the same, but to let the Court proceed therein, as they should 
judge proper 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Wednesday [Tues- 
day] the 6*1^ of August 1771 



Present/ 



Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagg 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab"? P Lott 

John Dikeman 

John Abeel 

Mathew Buyce 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert V. Wagenen 

Abraham Mesier 



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Orderd that the Mayor issue his warrant to the Treas- 
N9 2320 urer of this City to pay to Johannes Myer Messehger & 
Doorkeeper to this Board or order the Sum of £2 : 7 : 6 in 
full of his Account for Candles to illuminate the City Hall 



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Orderd the like to Charles Prosser or order the Sum of 
£3 : 4 for sundry services by him done for this Corporation. 



Orderd that Joseph Cox be appointed & he is hereby accordingly 
appointed a fireman of the Dock ward in the Room & stead of Henry 



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Deforest, who is indisposed and unable to attend the dutys of said 
office 

Orderd that the Alderman & Common Council man of the Out 
ward of this City, be added to the Committee appointed the 15^ of 
February 1770 to Regulate the Streets in the North, Montgomery & 
west wards of this City 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2322 urer of this City, to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or 
WarrS Issued order the Sum of £53 : 10 : 2 in full of his acc^ for 
repairing sundry fire Engines &c Including a years 
Sallary for keeping Clean the Citys Markets, & attending the fire En- 
gines as pf his said acc^. sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

[121] The Committee who were appointed on the 22? of July last, to 
view & Examine what necessary Repairs are wanting to the ferry 
house Stairs &c: We the major part of the Committee appointed by 
the within order do report that we have viewed the Stairs at the Ferry 
on Long Island & are of opinion that the present Block at the End of 
the Stairs should be carried out the length of the present Block & that 
the stairs shou'd be Continued down to the Block and we are further 
of opinion that a Committee should be appointed to agree with some 
proper person to do it in the cheapest & most effectual manner, all which 
is Nevertheless submitted by Thomas Jones Fra? Filkin Geo: Brewer- 
ton, Huyb! Van Wagenen ; which report being read was approved of, & 
thereupon it is orderd that the above Committee together with Alder- 
man Gautier be appointed to ag^ee with proper persons to make the 
said Necessary Repairs at Nassau Ferry as soon as possible, and that 
they do purchase such Materials as may be wanting for Carrying on & 
Completing the same, as they shall Judge proper, & place the Expence 
thereof to this Board 

The Petition of Hendrick & Elias Brevoort for a grant of some 
Land in the Bowery, in Liew of some Land of his, which he alleadges 
the Corporation sold to S'' Peter Warren &c was Read & filed and 
orderd to be deferred for further Consideration 

The Petition of Henry Dufour was preferred & read praying some 
Compensation for the Injury he has sustained by this Boards having 
ordered Crown Street to be dug & paved, orderd the like as the 
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The Report of the Committee relative to the poor house, & the pro- 
posals thereto annexed, being read orderd the same be deferred for 
further Consideration 



City of 1 gg. 
New York j 

Present. 



[122] 



At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Monday the iqH^ 
of August 1 77 1 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benj* Blagge 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab'? P Lott 

Jn9 Dikeman 

Mathew Buyce 

John Abeel 

Benj? Huggit 

Huybert V : Wagenen 

Ab7 Mesier 

Jn? W?* Vredenburgh 

Jacobus Lefferts 



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This Board taking into Consideration the Subject matter of the 
several Petitions preferred by sundry Inhabitants of this City relative 
to the erecting of a Market at the respective places therein mentioned, 
namely, Mesier's Dock, Dies Slip and the Commons; & some of the 
Members of this Board being of opinion that it would be most Com- 
modious & beneficial for' the publick to erect the said Market on some 
of the Lots belonging to this Corporation, lying to the Northward of 
Dies Dock, and it being intended that the several Places above men- 
tioned should be respectively voted for, a motion was made that the 
Question should be put whether the Market should be erected in the 
Commons or at the North River? and a Debate arising thereon M^ 
Huggit moved that the previous Question should be put, whether that 
question should be put, which was carry'd in the affirmative in manner 
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Negative 

Alderman Dikeman 

Mr Abeel 

M«" Huggit 

M^ Van Wagenen 

M*" Buyce 



Affirmative 
Mf Recorder 
Alderman Filkin 
Alderman Brewerton 
Alderman Blagge 
Alderman Lott 
Alderman Gautier 
Alderman Desbrosses 
Mf Mesier 
M^ Lefferts 
Mf Vredenburgh 

The Question was then accordingly put, Whether the Market should 
be placed in the Fields ? which was carry'd in the Negative in manner 
following. 



for the Affirmative 
Alderman Brewerton 
Alderman Dikeman 
Mf Huggit 
M'' Buyce 



For the Negative 
Mf Recorder 
Alderman Filkin 
Alderman Blagge 
Alderman Gautier 
Alderman Des Brosses 
Alderman Lott 
Mr Abeel 
Mf Mesier 
M^ Lefferts 
M^ Vredenburgh 
M'' Van Wagenen 

[123] Another Question was then put which of the several Places, at 
the North River should be first voted for? and Carry'd for Dies Slip 
as follows 



For Mesier's Dock 
Alderman Brewerton 
M?" Mesier 
Mf Van Wagenen 
Mf Vredenburgh 
Mr Lefferts 
Mr Abeel 



For Dies Slip 
Mf Recorder 
Alderman Filkin 
Alderman Blagge 
Alderman Desbrosses 
Alderman Gautier 
Alderman Dikeman 
Alderman Lott 
Mr Buyce 
Mr Huggit 



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The next Question was whether the Market should be placed at 
Dies Slip? & carry'd in the Negative as follows viz* 

For the Affirm : For the Negative 

Alderman Dikeman M*" Recorder ^Mr Abeel 

Aid™ Filkin Mr Buyce 

Aid? Brewerton M^ Huggit 
Aid? Gautier Mr V. Wagenen 

Aid? Blagge Mr Vredenburgh 

Aid? Lott Mr Lefferts 

Aid? Desbrosses M^ Mesier 

The Question was then put whether the Market shall be Erected at 
Mesiers Dock or on the Corporation's Lots to the Northward of Dies 
dock ? and carry'd for the Corporation's Lots in manner following. 
For Mesier's Dock. For the Corporation's Lots 

Alderman Brewerton M^ Recorder Mf Buyce 

M'^ Mesier Alderman Filkin Mf Huggit 

M'^ Abeel Alderman Blagge 

Mf Van Wagenen Alderman Gautier 

M'' Lefferts Alderman Desbrosses 

Mf Vredenburgh Alderman Lott 

Alderman Dikeman 

Resolved and orderd by this Board that if a Market be Erected 
by the Neighbourhood at the place now agreed upon, that the same do 
not exceed two hundred & ten feet in Length & thirty feet in breadth ; 
that a stone foundation be laid under the whole, and that the building 
of the same be under the entire Direction of this Corporation 

Orderd that the Alderman and assistant of the South Ward do 
Cause such Reparations to be made to that part of Moore's wharf 
fronting the house of Peter Wessels, as they shall Judge necessary and 
that the Expence thereof be placed to this Board. 

[123*] Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the 

N? 2323 Treasurer of this City, to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or 

Warri Issued order the Sum of £190 (out of the monies paid unto 

his Hands by the Church Wardens of this City, and 
raised by virtue of an Act of the Legislature of this Province lately 
made & published) in full for one quarter of a year's Supply of Oil for 

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the publick Lamps due the 2i»l of July last; and also the further Sum 
of £190 which this Board agreed to advance for another quarter's Sup- 
ply of Oil for the publick Lamps aforesaid ; and which will be due to the 
said Isaac Stoutenburgh the 2i^\ of October next. 

City of ? c c . At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 22? 

of August Anno Domini 1771 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esq^" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq?" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
George Brewerton 
Elias Des Brosses 
Ab« P. Lott 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Hugget 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Jn? W: Vredenburgh 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Ab? Mesier 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2324 of this City, to pay to Samuel Frances or order the Sum of 
£48 : 16 : 4 in full of his acct for an Entertainment by him 
provided by order of this Board for his Excellency Gov«" Tryon 

Ordered the like to John Clinedenny or order the Sum of 
N? 2325 £6:2:5 for Reparations done to that part of Moore's 
wharf, which fronts the house of Peter Wessels ; as by his 
acct sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the Dock ward of the City 
of New York praying leave to Enlarge Coentje's Market & permission 
for Country Folk to sell meal therein, was prefered to this Board & 
read being taken into Consideration by this Board it was thereupon 
ORDERD that the Prayer thereof be granted so far as relates to the 
Enlargement of the [124] said Market, provided the Petitioners be at 
the Expence thereof; and further orderd that the Aldermen & As- 
sistants of the South and Dock wards be a Committee to superintend & 
direct the performance of the same. 
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The Petition of Jacob Delmadge [Talmadge?] Jun^ was prefer'd 
to this Board and read, setting forth that he is willing & desirous to take 
up and improve ten acres of Land in the Commons in the Outward of 
this City, behind Jacob Ryckman's where his Son in Law lately lived ; 
& is also willing to pay for the house thereon, such Sum of money as 
any two or more indifferent persons shall value the same at, and there- 
fore pray'd that this Board will be pleased to grant a Lease to him for 
the said Ten Acres of Land for the Term of forty two years, under the 
Yearly Rent of ten shillings per Acre &c : orderd that the Committee 
appointed to enquire into the Encroachments made on the Lands of 
this Corporation in the Outward be a Committee to take into Con- 
sideration the Allegations Contained in the said Petition ; & also what 
will be most adviseable to be done by this Board concerning the same ; 
and make report thereof with all Convenient Speed. 

Orderd that the Alderman & Assistant of the South ward together 
with the Alderman of the Dock ward be a Committee to Cause the 
Pavement fronting the Fort to be taken up, & the ground there to be 
repaved, and order the expence thereof, to be placed to this Corporation 

Orderd that the Inhabitants of Crown Street have Liberty to fill 
up the Street belonging thereto ; and that the Alderman & Assistant of 
the West ward have the Direction of the same. 

Orderd that the Well near the Rev^ Mf Ogilvie's house in King's 
Street in the North Ward be filled up, & that £8 be allowed towards 
sinking another in said Kings Street near Mf Marstons Stable, pro- 
vided the said Well be 8 feet wide in the Clear and not otherwise 

The Petition of Abraham Gouvemeur was prefered to this Board 
& read praying that he may be appointed to his former Station of 
Inspector of firewood for White Hall Slip ; orderd that the Prayer of 
the said Petition be granted. 

A Plan of the Market intended to be erected on the Corporation's 
Lots to the North ward of Dies' Dock which is to Contain agreable 
thereto i66 feet in Length and 28 feet in breadth, was exhibited to this 
Board and approved of; and thereupon it was orderd that the Alder- 
men and Assistants of the West, North & Montgomery Wards be a 
Committee to superintend the Building of the same, & see that it be 
Compleated by the i*J of November next. 

[125] The Reports of the Committee appointed to regulate Queen 
Street and Van De Water Street were severally read in the words 
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At a Meeting of a Committee of the 
Corporation of the City of New York the 
14*? August. 1771. 

Present. 
Alderman Blagge Chairman Mf Hugget \ 

Alderman Brewerton M'* Van Wagenen v Assistants 

Alderman Lott M^ Mesier j 

and Francis Marshalk &) p. « 

Gerard Bancker r v 7 

Okdebd that Queen Street be dug away at the North East Comer 
of M^ Philip Kissicks House 19 Inches that said Street be raised at 
the house lately occupied by M^ Sherred 5 Inches higher than the plat- 
form of the Stoop which will bring it even with the sill of the front 
Door, and that said street shall regularly descend from M^ Kissicks to 
Sherreds house. 

The Distance from Kissicks to Sherred is 652 feet and the whole 
descent will be (after the above alteration) 10 feet 9 Inches which is 
equal to 2 Inches on every 10 feet 

It is the opinion of the Committee that the Street from M'* John 
Wood's to M^ Sherreds shall be raised in the middle and paved agree- 
able to a plan made by their direction & hereto annexed 

Which is nevertheless humbly submitted 
to the Board by their humble Serv*? 
B? Blagge, Ab? P Lott Geo. Brewerton Huybt V Wagenen Abra? 
Mesier Benjamin Huggit 

At a Meeting of a Committee of the 
Corporation of the City of New York the 
14*? August. 1771. 

Present. 



Alderman Blagg, Chairman M^ Huggit 

;r Van W 
J Mesier 

LCity Surveyors 



Alderman Brewerton M'^ Van Wagenen v Assistants. 

Alderman Lott M^ Mesier ) 

Francis Marshalk &) 



Gerard Bancker ( 

Orderd that Van de Water Street be dug down at the North east 
Corner of M^ Philip Kissicks house nineteen Inches that said Street 
be raised at the Door of M^^ Jo^ Young house 12 Inches higher than 
the mark made by M^ Mars[c]halk on the post of the Shed at his Door 
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Comer to M^ Joseph Youngs house [126] the distance of which is 310 
and the whole descent after the above alterations will be 10 feet 7 
Inches which is equal to 4 i/io Inches on every 10 feet, which is 
nevertheless humbly submitted to the Board by their humble Servants 
Benj? Blagge Ab"? P Lott Huybert Van Waganen Benjamin Hugget 
Abra?* Mesier which Reports were approved of by this Board 



City of 7 ^^ , At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| ' Hall of the City of New York, on Thurs- 

day the 29*? day of August 1771. 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Abraham P Lott 
Andrew Gautier 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
John W Vredenburgh 

This Board having at their last meeting, orderd that the Aldermen 
and Assistants of the West, North & Montgomery Wards, be a Commit- 
tee to superintend the Building of a Market House on the Corporations 
Lots to the northward of Dies Street agreable to a plan then Exhibited 
to this Board, so that the same be Compleated by the i*\ of Novem- 
ber next ; and it being Represented to this Board that a very Consider- 
able Sum is already subscribed towards Compleating the said Market 
and there being no person properly authorized to Receive the said 
Subscription money when Collected, this Board therefore at the Re- 
quest of a number of the Subscribers, do hereby appoint John Stagg of 
this City Bricklayer to Receive the said Subscription money, in order 
that the same may be applied, to the purpose for which it was 
subscribed. 



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M*" Van Wagenen the Assistant for Montgomery Ward, prayed to 
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the Building of the above Market: orderd that he be discharged ac- 
cordingly 



[127] City of ) 
New York\ 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 
4^^ day of September 1771. 



ab. 



Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 

Elias Des Brosses 

Andrew Gautier 

Ab? P. Lott 

John Dikeman 

Benjamin Huggit 

John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

John W : Vredenburgh 

Abraham Mesier 



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QjiDERD the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2326 of this City, to pay to Benjamin Quereau or order the Sum 
of £3 : 9 being what this Board agreed to allow the Marshall 
& Constables for watching this City on New Years Eve Last. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2327 of this City, to pay to Benjamin Quereau or order the sum 
of £0 : 16 : 6 for his Expence & Loss of time in going to 
Flushing by order of the Magistrates 

Orderd that the same Committee who were appointed to Super- 
intend the Building of a Market House on the Corporations Lots to 
the northward of Dies Dock be a Committee to Cause the water Lots 
there to be dock[ed] out at the Expence of this Corporation 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2328 of this City to pay to Samuel Burling or order the Sum of 
£7 : 14 : 4 in full of his acct for paving the Street fronting 
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The Rqx)rt relative to the repairing of the Poor House being read 
& taken into Consideration by this [128] Board was approved of and 
thereupon it is orderd that the Committee for the Poor house, do Cause 
the said Poor house to be repaired agreable to the said Report at the 
expence of this Corporation 

The Report of the Committee Relative to the repairing and Paint- 
ing the Goal House was Read and approved of, and thereupon it was 
ORDERD that the said Committee do Cause the said Goal House to be 
Repaired and painted, agreable to the said Report at the Expence of 
this Corporation. 

Orderd by this Board, that the Mayor issue his Warrant 
N? 2329 to the Treasurer of this City to pay to Obadiah Wells or 
order the Sum of ^yy : 11 : 6 in full of his acct for Glazing 
& Repairing a Considerable Number of the publick Lamps from the 
27*? of October 1770, to the 26^^ of July 1771 as p'' his said acc^ sworn 
to and allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2330 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full of 
his acct for one quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the 8*t day 
of August last 

The Petitions of Frederick Shonnart and John Lockhart were sev- 
erally read, both respecting the Leasing a Lot of Ground on the West 
side of Pecks Slip, orderd that the Alderman and Common Coimdl 
man of Montgomerie Ward Enquire into the yearly value of each 
Lott, and make report to the next Common Council 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2331 of this City to pay to Adam V D: Bergh or order the Sum 
of £40 on acct (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City for the use of the publick Roads) the 
same to be by him applied and Laid out towards amending & repairing 
the said publick Roads 

The Clerk produced to this Board, the Engrossed Grant to Daniel 
Gomez which was read and approved of, and orderd that the Seal of 
this Corporation be annexed thereto & signed by M^ Mayor & Alder- 
man Filkin and delivered to the said Daniel Gomez, on his Executing 
a Counterpart thereof, to the use of this Corporation. 



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[129] City of ) gg . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 12*? 

day of September Anno Dom: 1771 
Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benj» Blagg 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Ab™ P Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John Abeel 
Abraham Mesier 
John W Vredenburgh 
Jacob Lefferts 

Orderij by this Board that Daniel Reveaux be appointed Captain of 
the Watch, in the Room & stead of Thomas Jackson Deceased 

Upon personal application made to this Board by Mess'? Thomas 
Marston and Henry Kip for a Grant to each of them of the Water 
Lots fronting their respective Houses on Bumets Key; Orderd the 
same to be granted to them accordingly, subject to the like Conditions 
as are Contained in other Grants issued to Sundry persons of that 
Neighbourhood; and that the Clerk of this Board prepare Grants to 
them for the same. 

The Institution of a publick Infirmary or Hospital within this City, 
being not only a laudable but usefull Undertaking, having for its 
object the Relief of the indigent & diseased and founded upon the 
most extensive and generous Principles; This Board being truly sen- 
sible of the same, and willing to patronize and encourage so benevolent 
an Establishment, have agreed to grant all the right and Interest they 
have in and to the westermost half of the Lot formerly belonging to 
John Harris Dec^ & others, but now to this Corporation, containing 
in breadth in front on the Commons 124 feet, and in length 248 feet 
for the purpose of building the said Hospital thereon but nevertheless 
on these express Conditions, i»S That the [130] Society shall Erect 
the said Hospital within five years from the date of this grant; 2^]^ 
That the said Society shall not Convert the Ground above mentioned 
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wise dispose of the same without the Leave and approbation of this 
Board ; 4^^J That in Case of a Dissolution of the said Society, then the 
said Ground to revert and again become the absolute property of this 
Corporation. 

The Petition of Peter Mesier, John Thurman Jun^ & others which 
was preferred to this Board the 24*? day of January last, reciting that 
Leave & Licence had been given to sundry Freeholders & Inhabitants 
of the West Ward of this City to Erect & build by voluntary Contri- 
butions a publick Market House in some Convenient place at Thur- 
man's Slip, under such regulations and Restrictions as to this Corpora- 
tion should seem meet & reasonable & praying that as they are now 
ready to Carry the said Grant into Execution, this Board would appoint 
a Committee to direct the same and it having been agreed that the said 
Petition should be this Day taken into Consideration But M^ Mesier 
moving that the same might be deferred to some future Common 
Council, a debate arose, whereupon a Motion was made that the Ques- 
tion might be put, whether this Board should now take the said Petition 
into their Consideration? which was accordingly done, and carried in 
the Affirmative as follows viz*. 



For the Affirmative 
M'' Mayor 
Alderman Filkin 
Alderman Blagge 
Alderman Des Brosses 
Alderman Lott 
Alderman Dikeman 
M'' Buyce 
M** Hugget 



For the Negative 
Alderman Brewerton 
Alderman Gautier 
M'' Van Wagenen 
Mf Abeel 
M'' Mesier 
Mr Vredenburgh 
Mr Lefferts 



The Question was then put, whether a Committee should be ap- 
pointed agreable to the Prayer of the said Petition? and Carried in 
the negative as follows vizt 



For the Affirmative 
Alderman Brewerton 
Alderman Gautier 
M«" Van Wagenen 
Mr Abeel 
M?" Mesier 
M^ Vredenburgh 
Mr Lefferts 



For the Negative 
M^ Mayor 
Alderman Filkin 
Alderman Blagge 
Alderman Des Brosses 
Alderman Lott 
Alderman Dikeman 
M^ Buyce 
M'' Hugget 



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[131] Orderd that the Committee of the Roads be a Committee to 
conferr with the Mayor of West Chester, concerning the Reparation of 
the King's Bridge, and make report thereof to this Board with all 
Convenient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2332 of this City to pay to Jacob Steenbrander or order the Sum 

of Eighteen shillings and three pence for work done to a 

Pump in Cortlandt Street by Order of the late Alderman Roosevelt as 

p^ his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

City of ) c c . At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City, on Saturday the 14^? 

of September Anno Dofil. 1771 

Present. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
John Abeel ^ 

Benjamin Huggit LAssistants 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 



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Whereas by an Act of the Legislature of this Province made and 
passed the i6^i' day of February last (entitled an Act for the better 
regulation of the Election of Officers, in the City of New York 
Chosen by virtue of the Charter granted to the said City, & other 
purposes therein mentioned) it is therein enacted & ordained that the 
Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York, or the 
Major part of them shall and may on such day in the Month of 
September in every year, as to themselves shall seem meet, at least 
Eight Days before the Day of Election, fix upon a proper place in each 
Respective Ward, where such Election shall be held & nominate and 
appoint a fit & discreet person for each respective ward, in the said 
City to preside at, and be the Returning Officer of the said Elections 
of the said Officers, which shall be Chosen for the said City, in the 
said Month of September, for the year next ensuing, to see that the 
same be fairly Conducted and had, and to return the Officers that shall 
be duly Chosen; which person so to be nominated & appointed for 
each Ward, shall be a Resident in the ward for which he shall be so 
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Board therefore in [132] pursuance of the said Law do Nominate & 
appoint the several persons under named (they being respectively 
Qualified according to the directions of the aforesaid Act) to preside 
at & be the Returning Officers of the Election of Officers for this City, 
for the year ensuing each for the Ward for which he is so appointed 
and that the place of Election in the said Respective wards, be as 
follows (to witt) 

Wards Persons Places 

West Ward John Wetherhead the Broadway Market 

South Ward John Harris Cruger the Exchange house. 

Dock Ward Dirck Brinkerhoff the Coenties Market 

East Ward John Alsop the Coffee house Bridge 

North Ward Nich? W*? Stuyvesant the City Hall 

Montgomery Ward Joseph Bull Pecks Slip Market 

Outward Peter Stuyvesant the House of John Fowler 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2333 urer of this City, to pay to Jonathan Hampton or order the 
Sum of £50 on accl of work done for this Corporation. 
Orderd the Hke to Henry Dufour or order the Sum of 
N? 2334 £20 being what this Board agreed to Contribute in Consid- 
eration of the damage he has sustained by the digging down 
of Crown Street 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2335 of this City, to pay to John Emet or order the Sum of £3 : 

17 : 6 in full of his acct for digging out the Lot of the 

Widdow Schuyler in King George Street as p'' his said acct sworn to 

and allowed of by this Board 

The Survey made by Francis Marschalk one of the Citys Sur- 
veyors, Concerning the Levelling of Duke Street in ward 
of this City, was read in the words following, to witt, at the request 
of Alderman Blagge & the other Gentlemen of the Committee. I have 
Levelled Duke Street Beginning at Notch Cut in the Lower Post of 
the Stoop of Joseph Young which Notch is 4 feet above the Ground 
Levelling from thence along Duke Street to the Currier Shop of M'* 
Antony which is in Length from said Post to the Comer of Antonys 
Shop 246 feet alowing 3^4 such [descent] on every 10 feet of said 
Length — N B the whole Dec! from the Notch of the Post of Youngs 
shop to the notch on the shop of M'^ Antony is 6 feet 7J^ Inch. I have 
also levelled from [133] said Notch on the Shop of Antony to the 
middle of the Canal in frankfords Street allowing 15 Inches Dect to 
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And of Jacobs Street allowing one Inch Dect on every 10 feet to the 
End of Jacobs Street thence to the Canal in the Middle of ferry Street 
allowing 12 Inches Dec! — N B. the whole Dec! from the Notch on M^ 
Antonys Shop to the Middle of the Canal In Ferry Street Is 5 feet 10 
Inches on the Length of 428 feet. Done by Fran? Marschalk Sep. 13*^ 
1771 ; which said Survey was approved of & Confirmed by this Board 
and thereupon its ordered that the said Committee take Care that the 
said Survey be Carried into Execution without Delay/ 

The Survey made by Andrew Marschalk & Gerrard Bancker two of 
the City Surveyors Concerning the Amendment of a Late Regulation 
of Crown Street in the West ward of this City was read in the words 
following (to witt) : At a meeting of Alderman Blagge, Chairman, and 
the rest of a Committee of the Corporation of this City to view Crown 
Street, it was observed that if said Street was dug down agreable to a 
late Regulation several houses would be greatly injured thereby, it 
was therefore proposed that the following Alteration be made to said 
Regulation to wit. That the Descent on the first 412 feet from Oswego 
Market towards the North River be 14 feet 6 Inches which is equal to 
4 2/10 Inches on every 10 feet ; and that the descent on the remaining 
distance (down to the length Post) which is 288 feet be 12 feet 6 
Inches which is equal to 5 2/10 Inches on every 10 feet, which is 
humbly offered by Andrew Marschalck and Gerard Bancker; which 
Survey was approved of by this Board, and thereupon it is ordered 
that the said Committee Cause the said Amendment to be made agre- 
able to the aforegoing Survey. 

City of 7 <;,^, At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkj * Hall of the Said City on Wednesday the 

25^1* day of September 1771. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P : Lott 
[134] John Abeel 

Benj» Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
Jacobus Leffertse 



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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2336 this City, to pay to Jonathan Hampton or order the Sum of 
£40 on acct for work done for this Corporation 

Orderd the like to James Mills or order the Sum of 
N? 2337 £24 : 12 : 3 in full of his acc^ for victualling sundry Crim- 
inals from the 13*? day of June last to the 9*^ of September 
Instant, and for other Expences attending the New Goal &c as p^ his 
said ace*, sworn to and allowed of by this Board 



City of ? c e . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City, on Monday the 3o4> 

of September (Sunday being the 29*^) 
Anno Dom 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Andrew Gautier 
Abraham P Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John W: Vredenburgh 



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Conformable to his Majesty's Royal Charter Granted to the 
Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York, and ag^e- 
able to an Act of the Governor the Council and General Assembly of 
this Province, Entitled an Act for the better Regulation of the Elec- 
tion of Officers in the City of New York. Chosen by Virtue of the 
Charters Granted to the said City and other purposes therein [135] 
mentioned, for Electing this Day One Alderman, one Assistant two 
Assessors, one Collector & two Constables, in the Six Wards to the 
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Assessors, two Collectors & four Constables for the Outward of the 
said City to serve in the Respective Offices, for the year ensuing the 
respective Returning Officers of each Ward, made a Return this Day, 
under their hands of the several persons to serve in the several Offices 
aforesaid Vizt 



Jacobus Lefferts 
Henry Brevoort 
Thomas Witter & 
Daniel Phoenix 
William Elsworth 
Ab? Van Gelder & 
George Marschalk 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
Abraham Mesier 
Gilbert Forbes and 
Christopher Benson 
Peter Carbie 
Balthazer Creamer & 
Benj? Quereau 
George Brewerton 
Benj? Huggit 
Gary Dunn and 
Joseph Rigby 
Anthony Ackerly 
William Bennett & 
Christian Hipler 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Abraham Smith & 
Daniel Ebbets 
Frederick Lasher 
Frederick Lasher & 
Michael Hays 
Andrew Gautier 
John W*? Vredenburgh 
James Wells & 
George Remson 
James Creighton 
Manus Burger 
James Wilkes 



Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

( Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 



for the 
^ East Ward 



for the 
> Westward 



for the 
^ North Ward 



for the 
South Ward 



for the 
Dock Ward 



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[136] Benjamin Blagge 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
William Ustick & 
Peter Ryker 
William Hardenbrook 
Vincent Montania & 
John Renshaw 
John Dyckman 
John Hardenbrook 
Samuel Kip & 
Jacob Van Norden Jun^ 
John Somerendyck 
Thomas White and 
John Somerendyck 
Benjamin Waldron & 
Aaron Myer 
James Waldron 
James Waldron & 
Pexel Fowler 



Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

'Constables 

|. Assessor 
Collector 
(Constables 



for Montgomery 
Ward 



Outward 
Bowery Division 



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Resolved that Isaac De Peyster Esq*" the present Chamberlain be 
and he is hereby Elected and appointed Treasurer or Chamberlain of 
this Corporation, for the year ensuing, he giving such Security as the 
Law directs 

Resolved and ordered by this Board, that Patrick Welch be ap- 
pointed and he is hereby accordingly appointed high Constable for the 
City and County of New York, for the year ensuing, or imtil some 
other fit person be appointed and sworn in his Room. 

His Excellency William Try on Esq'' Captain [General], Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief in and over the Province of New York, 
and the Territories thereon depending in America, by and with the 
advice & Consent of his Majesty's Council, was pleased to appoint the 
following persons Officers for the City & County of New York for 
the year ensuing Vizt. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ to be Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the 
Markets of the City of New York 

John Roberts Esq^ to be Sheriff & 

Thomas Shrieve Esqr to be Coroner of the City & County of New 
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Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2338 of this City to pay to Adolph Benson or order the Sum of 
£47 : 14 (out of the monies paid into his [137] hands by 
the Church Wardens of this City, for the use of the publick Roads) in 
full for the Ballance of his acct in amending & repairing said Publick 
Roads as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 



City of 7 ^^«, At a Common Council held at the City 

New York C * Hall of the said City on Monday the 7^ 

day of October 1771 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Elias Des Brosses 
Ab7 P Lott 
John Dikeman 
Mathew Buyce 
Benj? Huggit 
Huybert V Wagenen 
Jacobus Lefferts 



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ORDERD that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2339 urer of this City to pay to John Kliendinny or order the 
Sum of £100, being in full for the first payment, for build- 
ing a Wharf & Pier in front of the New Market at the North River 

Orderd the like to Elias Des Brosses Esq^ or order the 
N? 2340 Sum of £27 : 2 in full of his ace*., for so much money by 
him advanced & paid for the use of this Corporation as p^ 
his said acct, audited and allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd that the Aldermen & Common Council men of the Dock 
& East Wards, do at the End of One Week, Cause the Pier & Wharf 
on the East Side of the Old Slip to be Repaired, unless David Pro- 
voost the Proprietor of the House and Ground adjoining the same, do 
within that time Repair the Same, and it is further orderd that the 
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City of ) ^^, , At a Coinnion Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said Cit>% on Monday the 14*^ 

day of October Anno Dom 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis FiUdn 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
[138] John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen ^Assistants. 

Abraham Mesier 

John W*? Vredenburgh 

This Day M^ Mayor attended by Several of the Aldermen Sheriflf 
Town Qerk & Coroner between the hours of 11 & 12 oQock in the 
forenoon, at the City Hall, went from thence to fort George in the said 
City, and there waited on his Excellency the Honourable William 
Tryon Esq^ Captain General & Governor in Chief in and over the 
Province of New York, and the Territories depending thereon in 
America, Vice admiral of the same, where the Oaths appointed by act 
of Parliament to be taken instead of the Acts of All^iance and Su- 
premacy, the Test & abjuration Oath, in the presence of, and by Order 
of his said Excellency, were administred unto Whitehead Hicks Esq^ 
Mayor, Water Bailiff & Qerk of the Markets of the said City, as also 
one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the City and County of 
New York, and also the usual Oaths of the Office of Mayor Water 
Bailiff & Qerk of the Markets of the same City and Justice of the 
Peace, in the presence of the aforesaid several Members of this Court 
whereupon the said Mayor attended as aforesaid Returned to the City 
Hall, where after the ringing of three Bells & Proclamation made for 
Silence the Commissions of Mayor Water Bailiff & Clerk of the 
Markets, and the Commissions of high Sheriff & Coroner were pub- 
lished, this Court then returned to the Common Council Chamber where 
the said Whitehead Hicks Esq^ was placed in the Chair, who then and 
there as Mayor of this Corporation administred the Oaths aforesaid 
appointed to be taken by Act of Parliament instead of the Oaths of 
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Oaths for the due Execution of their respective Offices unto the respec- 
tive Majestrates and officers following Vizt. 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Henry Brevoort 
Abraham Mesier 
John W. Vredenburgh 
Huybert V. Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

George Brewerton Jun?" 
Jacob? Lefferts 
John Dikeman 
Andrew Gautier 
John Hardenbrodc 
[139] John Roberts Esq' 



Assistants 



Thomas Shrieve Esq?" 
Patrick Welch 



high Sheriff of the City and County of New 

York. 
Coroner of the City & County of New York 
high Constable 



Abraham Van Gelder 
George Marschalk 
Balthazer Creemer 
Benjamin Quereau 
William Bennett and 
Christian Hipler 
Frederick Lasher & 
Michael J Hays 
Manus Burger & 
James Wilkes 
Vincent Montania & 
John Renshaw 
Thomas White & 
John Somerendike 
James Waldron 
Pexell Fowler 



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Constables 
for the East Ward 



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for the West Ward, 
for the North Ward, 
for the South Ward, 
for the Dockward 
'for Montgomery Ward 
for Bowery Division, 
for Harlem D? in the Outward. 



Ordered by this Board that such of the Aldermen & Assistants 
which have Succeeded those of the last year, be appointed to all such 
Committees, as they are appointed to 
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OuDERD the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
X? 2341 of this Cit\* to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
£5 for one Quarters Sallar}- due unto him (as publick 
Whipper of this City) the 5^ Instant 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2342 of this Cit}' to pay to Augustus \' Cortlandt or order the 

Sum of £7 to be by him advanced k paid to the Qerks of 

the Returning Officers, of the Election of Officers, for the City & 

County of Xew York on the 29*'? of September Last 

Orderd that Alderman Brewerton Jun^ and M^ Mesier be added to 
the Committee for Regulating and Causing to be paved the Streets, 
near the fort Bowling Green & Battery 



[140] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkt * Hall of the said Cit)- on Thursday the 24^1* 

day of October Anno Dom 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun*^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W. Vredenburgh 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 



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Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2343 urer of this City, to pay to Johannes Myer Messenger & 
Doorkeeper of this Board or order, the Sum of £12 for 
Extraordinary Services by him done and performed for this Corpora- 
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Orderd by this Board that Alderman Filkin Alderman Gautier and 
Aldermen Brewerton Jun^ together with their assistants or the Major 
part of them be a Committee to Cause such of the Streets in the West 
Dock & South wards [as they] shall judge necessary to be Regelated 
and paved, taking to their Assistance one of the City Surveyors & make 
Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed after such 
necessary amendment from time to time 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2344 urer of this City to pay to William Winterton or order the 
Sum of £50 on acct for paving near the Fort & Bowling 
Green 

Orderd the like to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 
N? 2345 £30 on ace* for Work by him done for this Corporation. 

[141] Orderd the like to John Dikeman Esq'' or order the 
N? 2346 Sum of £7 : 13 : 4 in full of his acct, for the like Sum by 
him advanced and paid for the use of this Corporation as p*^ 
his said acc^ audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 

N? 2347 Sum of £44 : 13 13 in full of his acct for moneys by him 

expended for wood for the City Hall and for his years Sal- 

lary of the Watch from the i**. of October last to the i*i of October 

Instant as p«" his said acd Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order 
N? 2348 . the Sum of £193 : 7 : 6 (out of the monies paid into 
Warrt Issued his hands by the Church Wardens of this City in Vir- 
tue of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately 
made and published) in full of his Account for monies by him advanced 
and paid to sundry Watchmen for watching this City from the 12^ 
of July last to the I2*l^ of this Instant October, as p*" his said ace! 
Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Ab*? Duryee or order the sum of £1 : 
N? 2349 16 for the like Sum by him advanced & paid for the use of 
this Corporation. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2350 of this City, to pay to John Emott & Hugh Ross or order 
the Sum of £6 : 17 : 6 in full of their ace*, for digging & 
Carting 550 loads of Ground, from out of King George Street in Mont- 
gomery Ward of this City as p*" their said accl Sworn to and allowed 
of by this Board (N: B the proprietor of the lott fronting this Ground 
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Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 2351 £50 : II : io>^ in full of his ace! as keeper of the Bridewell 
to the 1*1 of August last as p^ his said acd Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
N? 2352 Sum of £36 : 16 : 7 (out of the monies paid into his hands 
by the Church Wardens of this City for the use of the 
publick Roads) in full for the Ballance of his ace! for mending and 
repairing the said Publick Roads to the 19*^ of this Instant October, as 
p*" said ace! sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

The Petition of a Considerable Number of Inhabitants of this City 
was preferred to this Board and read praying [142] that this Board 
will be pleased to appoint a Committee to Carry into Execution a former 
Order of this Board, relative to the Erecting of a Market at Thurmans 
Slip in the West ward of this City. Ordered that the said Petition be 
deferred for further Consideration until Monday next 

The Petition of Sundry Freeholders dwelling and Residing near 
the fly Market, was preferred to this Board and Read, praying Leave 
to Enlarge said Market, at their own Expence &c Ordered that the 
Consideration thereof be deferred until Monday next. 

The Petition of Henry Cruger Esq'' and sundry others, was pre- 
ferred to this Board & Read, praying a Grant of the Water Lots from 
the old to Coenties Slip, 200 feet into the River from the present Wharf 
which said Petition being taken into Consideration by this Board It 
IS thereupon orderd that Alderman Gautier Alderman Filkin & 
Alderman Lefferts, together with Mess'? Vredenburgh Abeel and Bre- 
voort, or the Major part of them, be a Committee to Receive the pro- 
posals of the said Petitioners on the Subject Matter of their Petition & 
make Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Alderman Filkin Reported that agreable to an Order of this Board 
to Regulate the Streets Contiguous to the Bowling Green, the Com- 
mittee had Caused the said Streets to be Regulated accordingly and 
that Beaver Street be paved on a regular Ascent from a Pump opposite 
to the House of M^ Van Vorst to the upper part of the foundaton of 
the Railing round the Kings Statute [statue], the Distance of which 
is 157 feet and raises on the whole Length 6 feet i Inch, which is equal 
to 4 6/10 Inches on every 10 feet, and that according to the said Regu- 
lation the head of Beaver Street will be raised at a Stone there marked, 
2 feet 4 Inches, also that the Broadway be paved on a regular ascent 
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nearly opposite to William Heyer's, the distance of which is 194 feet 
and raises on the whole 6 feet 3 Inches, which is equal to 3 9/10 
Inches on every 10 feet, which Regulation is approved of by this 
Board and orderd that the said Committee Cause the same to be paved 
accordingly. 

[143] City of ) ^^ At a Common Coimcil held at the City 

New York^ ' Hall of the said City on Monday the 28^? 

of October 1771 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Ab*? Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 

Alderman Filkin Reported to this Board, that the Committee ap- 
pointed to Regulate the Streets in the South Ward, that they had 
Caused the Street leading from the Custom House Comer, to the White- 
hall Slip which is 130 feet in length to be Raised in the Middle as high 
as the floor of the Coopers Shop there and that the descent towards 
each End be an Inch and an half on every 10 feet, and also in paving 
the abovesaid Street, there be a Gutter in the Middle of said Street, 
as the Streets in General are which Regulation is approved of by this 
Board, and orderd that the said Committee Cause the same Street to 
be Regulated & paved accordingly 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N9 2353 of this City to pay to George Bell or order the Sum of 

£13 : 18 : 4 in full of his acct for divers Quantities of Boards, 

furnished for the use of this Corporation as p«" his said acci Sworn to 

and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Isaac Outenbogert or order the Sum 
N? 2354 of £1 : 14 in full of his ace! for Barr Iron and Smiths Work 
furnished for the use of the New Goal, as p'" his said ace! 
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Whereas at the last Common Council, a Petition was preferred to 
this Board, by a Considerable Number of Persons, and read, praying 
that this Board would be favourably pleased to [144] appoint a Com- 
mittee to Carry into Execution a former Order of this Corporation 
relative to the Erecting of a publick Market at Thurmans Slip, the 
Consideration of which said Petition was postponed until this day, and 
this Board having now met accordingly to take into Consideration the 
said Petition, when two other Petitions each Subscribed by a very 
Considerable Number of Inhabitants of this City, the one praying leave 
to Erect a Market in the fields, and the other also praying leave to 
Erect a Market at the head of Maiden Lane Street, on part of the 
Ground formerly occupied by M^ Conora, at their own Expence, where- 
upon it is ORDERD on Motion of Alderman Dikeman, that the Con- 
sideration of the said three several Petitions be deferred to some future 
Common Council 

The Petition of W? M^Adam and sundry others, was preferred to 
this Board and read setting forth, that they have lately at the Expence 
of five hundred pounds Erected a Market, on the Corporations Groimd 
in Complyance with a late order of this Board, which is now opened 
and much Resorted to ; that they have since heard with much suprize 
of a late application to this Board for Leave to Erect another Market 
within two hundred yards of the one they have Erected, and that a 
short period, was appointed for deciding the same &c. and therefore 
prayed in Consideration of the Great Expence they have been at, this 
Board will not permit any other Market in that Neighbourhood to be 
Erected, as the one they have lately set up, will for many years to 
Come be sufficient for every purpose of a publick Market in that 
quarter of the City, But should this worshipfull Board nevertheless 
authorize a Market, to be Erected within the distance aforesaid, of the 
one they have Erected; that in such Case, they Rely on the Equity 
of this Board that they will repay them the money they have so Ex- 
pended on the Good faith of this Corporation & orderd by this Board 
that the said Petition be postponed for further Consideration 

The Petition preferred the last Common Council, by a Consider- 
able Number of freeholders living and Residing near the fly Market, 
praying leave to Enlarge the fly market at their own Expence, was this 
day taken into Consideration, and thereupon it is ordered, that they 
have leave to Enlarge the same agreable to the Prayer of their said 
Petition, and that under the inspection & direction of the Alderman 
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[145] City of ) <;,^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York I * Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

14*1' of November 1771 
Present. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^" Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Banjamin Blagg 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

John W? Vredenburgh ^Assistants 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2355 of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 

£54 : 1 : 1 in full of his Account as keeper of the Bridewell 

to the 14*? of October last, as pf his said acct audited by the Committee 

Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Frederick Ranser or order the Sum of 
N? 2356 £5 : 12 in full of his acct for sundry Tubbs and pails fur- 
nished for the use of this Corporation, as p'' his said acct 
sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Joseph Montania or order the Sum of 
N? 2357 £21 : o : 8 in full of his acct for Iron Work by him done 
for the New Goal as p'' his said acct Sworn to and allowed 
of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Malcom M?Even or order the Sum of 
N? 2358 £8 : 6 : 6 in full of his acct for Work done at the City Hall 
as p«" his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 
Ordered by this Board that M'^ Recorder Alderman Lefferts Alder- 
man Dikeman Alderman Brewerton Jun*" M*" Huggit, M^ Van Wagenen 
and Mf Abeel or the major part of them be a Committee, to Enquire 
into the Encroachments made upon the rights of this Corporation at 
Nassau Ferry, and make Report thereof to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed 

Ordered by this Board that M«" Mayor Execute a Bond from this 
Corporation to John Brevoort of this City Goldsmith for the Sum of 
£427 :g [146] payable with Interest at 5 p^ Cent p'' Annum from the 
2^ of November Instant. 

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this Corporation to William MfCleod of the said City Gentleman for 
the Sum of £700 payable with Interest at 5 p'' Cent p^" Annum from the 
2i of November Instant 

Orderd by this Board, that Mf Mayor also Execute a Bond from 
this Corporation to Phoebe Barnes of the said City Widow for the Sum 
of £600 payable with Interest at 5 p^ Cent p*" Annum from the 2i of 
November Instant 

Ordered by this Board that Mf Mayor also Execute a Bond from 
this Corporation to Philena Barnes of the said City Spinster for the 
Sum of £700 : payable with Interest at 5 pf Cent p'' Annum from the 
2? of November Inst, which said 4 Several bonds herein before men- 
tioned, are given to discharge 2 Bonds from this Corporation to John 
Van der Spiegle late of the said City Deceased, which amount for 
principall & Interest to the Sum of £2427 : 9 : 7 

Upon the Petition of George Stanton & Abraham D Revier praying 
a Lease of two Lots on the South Side of the Corporation Dock, be- 
tween the Oswego Market and the North River, It is orderd that the 
Aldermen & Assistants of the West, North & Montgomery Wards, be 
a Committee to Confer with, & Receive the proposals of the said Peti- 
tioners, and make Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient 
Speed 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2359 of this City to pay to John Klinedinny or order the Sum of 
£100 :, on further account of Building the Corporation's 
Dock fronting the New Oswego Market. 

Orderd the like to William Winterton or order the Sum 
N? 2360 of £80 on further acct for paving for this Corporation near 
the Bowling Green 

Dirck Brinckerhoff Esqf who was appointed the presiding Officer 
for Electing a Constable in the Dockward, in the Room of John Carrow 
late a Constable for the said Ward, who is Removed out of this City, 
Reported that in pursuance of his said appointed, [appointment] he 
did preside at the Election for a Constable for the Dock Ward in the 
Room of the said John Carrow when John Lee was duely Elected by 
a Majority of Votes, to serve as a Constable for the [147] said Ward 
for the year ensuing ordered therefore that the said John Lee do attend 
at the next Common Council to be qualified, or shew Cause why he 
ought not 

Orderd by this Board, that the Treasurer Receive of Philip Liv- 
ingston Esq'' the Sum of £132 : 11 :6 in full for the Ballance Due to 
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the City Side of Nassau Ferry, and in Discharge of his Obligation for 
£400 : dated the 30*^ of Aprill 1763 in which said Obligation the said 
Philip Livingston became bound as Pontines Security for the Payment 
of all the Rent, that shall be due at the Expiration of his Lease, and it 
is further ordered that the Treasurer do allow & pay to the said Philip 
Livingston the Sum of £12 : 14 : 7 in full of his Account with this Cor- 
poration, taking his Receipt for the same 

M'" Mayor produced to this Board a List of the Names of Sundry 
Persons, who had taken out Lycences for Retailing of Strong Liquors 
within this City from the 25^^ of March last to the 25^ of March next 
amoimting in the whole to the Number of 365 persons and who had 
paid for the same the Sum of £574 : 4 : orderd that he pay the same 
to the Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation first Retaining 
thereout the Sum of £125 : being what this Board agreed to allow 
him, for his fees as Clerk of the Markets, from the i*l of May last to 
the i*t of May next, and also the further Sum of 4-* and paying there- 
out to the Clerk of this Board the Sum of five shillings for every Ly- 
cence so by him granted as aforesaid : and that the Ballance (after the 
above deductions are made) to be paid into the Treasury amounts to 
£257 : 19 

City of ) ^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 2i»i 

of November Anno Dom 1771. 

Present;/ Whitehead Hicks Esq«" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq«" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Junf 
[148] John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Ab? Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 

Ordered that the platform at the end of the fly Market, be arch'd, 
at the Expence of this Corporation, and that under the Direction of 
the Committee appointed to repair the said Fly Market. 

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Ordered by this Board, that the Aldermen & Common Council 
Men of the North and Itast Wards be a Committee to regulate King 
George Street in the said North & East Wards and make Report there- 
of to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2361 of this City, to pay to Hugh Ross or order the Stun of 
three pounds five shillings in full of his acd for Carting 360 
loads of Ground from King George Street in Montgomery Ward of 
this City as pf his said ace!, Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 
(N: B: the proprietor of the Lots of Ground fronting the part of the 
Street dug away, to be Charged with this Sum whenever he Can be 
discovered) 

Orderd by this Board, that Joseph Haviland be appointed and he 
is hereby accordingly appointed to the Office of a Measurer of Ma- 
hagony and that before he enters upon the Execution of said Office he 
first take an Oath well and truly to Execute said Office according to 
Law 

Ordered by this Board that Alderman Dikeman Alderman Blagg & 
Alderman Brewerton together with Mess*^ Hardenbrook Van Wagenen 
and Huggit or the Major part of them be a Committee to Confer with 
& Receive the proposalls of William Beekman and sundry others, 
Petitioners for Water Lots in the East River opposite to their Ground 
in the Outward of this City, and make a Report thereof to this Board 
with all Convenient Speed 

The Clerk of this Board Produced the Draft of a Law in addition 
to a Law Entitled a Law for the better preventing of fire which was 
read and approved of : and is the words following whereas it is directed 
in and by the above mentioned Law that if any Inhabitant 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 dwelling 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 [149] 
whereas the Inhabitants of this City are frequently alarmed from 
Chimneys taking Fire occasioned by their not being Swept & kept 
Clean and the Owner or Owners thereof escape the Penalties mentioned 
in the aforesaid Law for want of a proper Informer to sue and prose- 
cute for the same; for Remedy whereof and that the said forfeitures 
may be the more speedily recovered. Be it Ordained by the Mayor Al- 
dermen & Commonalty of the City of New York in Common Council 
Convened and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same that 
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directed and required to prosecute in his own Name all and every Per- 
son or Persons who "shall incur the forfeitures mentioned in the above 
Recited Law by means of his her or their not keeping Clean or Sweep- 
ing his, her or their Chimney or Chimneys in Manner & form as in and 
by the aforesaid Law is directed, which said forfeitures or penalties 
shall be recovered before the Mayor Recorder or any one of the Alder- 
men of this City with Costs of Suit upon the Oath or affirmation of 
any one or more Credible Witness or Witnesses, and that the said for- 
feitures & Penalties shall be paid by the Mayor Recorder or any of the 
Aldermen before whom the same shall be recovered unto the firemen 
of this City for the time being to be applied in the purchasing Materials 
Necessary & proper for the said firemen in the Execution of their Duty 
as firemen of this City, any Law useage or Custom thereof to the Con- 
trary in any wise notwithstanding : Ordered that the said Law be pub- 
lished, and the Same is published accordingly 

City of ) 00 . At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkV ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

27*^ of November. Anno Dom 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 

Francis Filkin "^ 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

George Brewerton Jun?" 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

Abraham Mesier 

Henry Brevoort 

John Hardenbrook 
[150] This Day having been appointed for taking into Consideration 
the Petition of John Thurman Jun^ and others, relative to the Building 
a Market at Mesiers Dock, and requesting a Committee to see the 
same Carried into Execution ; and a Debate arising on its being moved, 
that the Several other Petitions preferred to this Board praying leave 
to Erect Markets at the respective Places therein mentioned, might 
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John Thurman Jun'" and others a Question was thereupon put Whether 
all the said Petitions should be taken into Consideration together, and 
Carried in the Affirmative as follows vizt 

for the Affirmative for the Negative 

Alderman Brewerton M^ Recorder 

Alderman Dikeman Aldm Filkin 

Alderman Brewerton Jun^ Aldm Blagge 

Mf Abeel Aldm Gautier 

Mf Van Wagenen M*" Huggit 

M«" Mesier Mf Vredenburgh 
M*" Hardenbrook 
M^ Brevoort 

A Question was then put, whether the prayer of the Petition of the 
said John Thurman and others and of the other Petitions [Petitioners?] 
should be granted, and Carried in the Negative as follows Vizt 

for the Affirmative for the Negative. 

Alderman Brewerton M^" Mayor 

Alderman Dikeman Mr Recorder 

Alderman Brewerton Jun^ Aid*? Filkin 

Mr Abeel Aid? Blagge 

M«" Van Wagenen Aid™ Gautier 

Mf Mesier M^ Huggit 

Mr Brevoort M'" Vredenburgh 

M'' Hardenbrook 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2362 of this City to pay to Johannes Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 for a 
quarters Sallary, due and ending the 8^t Instant 

Ordered that M^ Recorder be added to the Committee appointed to 
view the Ground lately Petitioned for by James De Lancey Esq'' and 
Sundry others, in the Out ward of this City, for the purpose of Building 
a Church and School house thereon 

The Committee appointed, to Receive the proposals of Henry 
Cruger Esqf and sundry others in Consequence of their Petition lately 
preferred to this Board for the Grant of Water Lots in the East River, 
made their Report in the words following [Report not entered.] [151I 
which Report being read, Orderd the Consideration thereof be deferred 
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City of ) ^« ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 4*^ 

of December Anno Dom 1771 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
ab Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

Jacobus Lefferts 

George Brewerton Jun'' 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 
ab Huybert Van Wagenen 
ab John W*? Vredenburgh 

Ab? Mesier 

Henry Brevoort 
ab John Hardenbrook 

Be it Ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York Convened in Common Council, and it is hereby or- 
dained by the authority of the same that the following Laws and Ordi- 
nances of this Corporation, be Renewed Established published & Con- 
tinued and Remain in full force and Virtue for one year from and after 
the Date hereof (Vizt) 

A Law for the due Observation of the Lords Day called Sunday. 

A Law to prevent Strangers, from being a Charge to this Corpora- 
tion. 

A Law to appoint Sworn Surveyors of this City. 
[152] A Law for the better preventing of fire (with the Addition lately 
made thereto) 

A Law for making of Bread 

A Law prohibiting the Sale of Meal & flour by Measure and for 
appointing proper Places for the Sale of Meal, flour Com and Grain. 

A Law for regulating Negroes Mulattoes & other Slaves. 

A Law for regulating of Carts and Cartmen. 

A Law to Regulate the Office of Guagers of Liquors, Packers of 
Beef and Pork and Cullers of Staves heading and hoops 

A Law relating to making of freemen (Except that part formerly 
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A Law for Regulating the lying of Vessels in the great Dock and 
Slips of this City, and for preserving the Bridge & Common Sewer of 
the same Great Dock 

A Law for preserving the Commons and the fish in fresh Water 
Pond 

A Law for regulating & Establishing fees for the Inviters to fun- 
erals. 

A Law for paving and Cleansing the Streets Lanes and Alleys 
within this City of New York and for preventing Nusances within the 
same 

A Law for prohibiting Hawkers and Pedlars 

A Law for preventing of frauds in firewood 

A Law for marking of Butter 

A Law for regulating of fences 

A Law for regulating of Midwives within the City of New York 

A Law for regulating the Office of Chamberlain or Treasurer of 
the City of New York 

A Law for the better Securing of the City of New York from the 
danger of Gunpowder. 

A Law declaring to what uses the Seal of this Corporation, the 
Seal of the Mayors Court, and the Seal of Mayoralty of this City shall 
be put 

A Law for Regulating the publick Markets within this City of New 
York and for preventing the forestalling of Provisions Coming to the 
said Markets with the addition lately made thereto 

A Law to prevent the selling or giving of unripe fruit and Oysters 
within the City of New York 

A Law to restrain and prohibit the Giving or selling of Strong 
Liquors, to any of the private Centinals of his Majesty's Garrison in 
the City of New York 

A Law to prevent Rafling in the City of New York. 

A Law to ascert?iin the Size of Apple Barrels and the weight of 
Onions that shall be brought to this City for Sale or Exportation. 
[153] A Law to prohibit the Sale of Hay by Measure. 

A Law for regulating the publick Slaughter Houses within the City 
of New York with the Alteration and Amendment lately made thereto. 

A Law to ascertain the size of Carts, and Regulate the Sale of fire- 
wood in the City of New York, with the addition made thereto. 

A Law Intitled a Law to ascertain the size demensions and quality 
of Staves Heading, Hoops Board Timber Shingles and Plank, which 
shall be brought to this City for Sale. 

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AN ORDINANCE for assizcing the publick Markets of the City of New 
York (Except that part formerly Repealed, Relating to the Article of 
Butter) 

Whereas upon the death of James Mills the Office of the keeper 
of the Goals for the reception of Persons Charged, with Treasons Mur- 
ders, felonies Trespasses evil doings and other Offences; is become 
vacant and whereas Francis Child who is appointed by the Sheriff 
of this City and County to the Office of Keeper of the Goals for the 
Reception of Debtors, hath made application to be appointed the Cor- 
porations Goaler; This Board therefore in Consideration of his other 
appointment Do also hereby Choose Constitute and Place the said 
Francis Child in the Office of Keeper of their Goals aforesaid to hold 
the same during the pleasure of this Board hereby authorizing him to 
Receive all and singular Traitors Murderers felons Malefactors, dis- 
turbers of the peace and other Delinquents whatsoever, that shall be 
Committed or orders to their Goal or Goals aforesaid, & such Offend- 
ers to keep in the same Goal or Goals, until they shall be thence deliv- 
ered by due Course of Law. 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Ingrossed Grant to Piere De 
Peyster for a Water Lott in Hudsons River in the Rear of his dwelling 
house which was approved of, and signed by the Mayor and Senior 
Alderman present. Orderd that the same be delivered to the said Pier 
De Peyster on his Executing a Counterpart thereof, to the use of this 
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Hall of the said City, on Thursday, the I2*t' 
of December 1771 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

Jacobus Lefferts 

George Brewerton Jun*" 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Peter Mesier 

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Ordered that the Clerk of this Board prepare a Warrant of At- 
torney to M^ Recorder, to prosecute all such persons as are indebted 
to this Corporation in the sum of fifty pounds & upwards for Rents 
Reserved on Grants or otherwise provided the said Debts were due 
on the first of May last 

The Committee lately appointed by this Board to view the Ground 
prayed for by James De Lancey Esq^ and sundry others in the Out- 
ward of this [154] City and to Consider of the Terms on which 
the same might be granted made their Report in the words following 
Vizt We the Major part of the Committee, [Report not entered.] 
which Report being read orderd that the Clerk of this Board serve a 
Copy of the said Report on the Corporation of Trinity Church in order 
that their Sentiments may be known Respecting the taking a Grant 
upon the Conditions mentioned in the said Report 

The Petition of sundry Inhabitants of this City was preferred to 
this Board and read praying Leave to lay a Bridge over Beekmans 
Slip, at their proper Costs and Charge, Ordered that the Considera- 
tion thereof be deferred to some future Common Council. 

City of ) ^^ , At a Common Council held at the City 

New York V ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

18*!? of December 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Ab*? Mesier 
John W*? Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 

Ordered by this Board, that the Assize of Bread be till further 
Order flour at 22/9 p^ Cent 

A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^ : T^'? : for 4 Coppers 

D? of I>? to weigh 11 for 2 D«> 

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tliis City, than according to the above Assize (hard Biscuits only 
Excepted) and that all Bakers within the same, take Notice thereof and 
make their Bread accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2363 urer of this City to pay to Mess*"? Jonathan Hampton and 
Jonathan Blake or order the Sum of £170 : 12 in full for 
the Ballance of their acct against the Corporation for Work done and 
materials found for the old City Hall and New Goal as p^ their acct 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to Samuel Maghee or order the sum 
N? 2364 of £43 [155] in full of his Account for furnishing Ma- 
terials & Building a Store house & Shed for the use of this 
Corporation as pf Agreement with this Board 

Orderd the like to Andrew Hopper or order the Sum of 
N? 2365 £43 : 2 : 7 in full of his acct for Work done & Materials 
found to the Bridewell and New Goal as pf his acct Sworn 
to and allowed of by this Board. 

Ordered the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2366 of this City to pay to John Stagg and Alexander Bates or 
order the Sum of £23 : 8 : 7^4 in full of their acct for mak- 
ing two Arches at the fly Market as p*" their said acct Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

The Committee who were appointed on the 14*^ of November last 
to inquire into the Encroachments made upon the Rights of this Cor- 
poration at Nassau Ferry made their Report in the words following: 
We the Major part of a Committee appointed the fourteenth of Novem- 
ber Instant to inquire into the Encroachments made upon the Rights 
of this Corporation at Nassau Ferry do in Obedience thereto Report 
that on the Sixteenth Instant we attended at the Ferry with Gerrard 
Bancker one of the City Surveyors and took a View of the Lands there 
belonging to this Corporation and duly examined into the several 
Incroachments [156] made upon those Lands and upon such Examina- 
tion find that between the Wallabought and the Redhook several In- 
croachments have been made upon the Lands lying & being between 
high Water and low Water Mark and which are contained in the 
Grant to this Corporation. The several Persons who have made such 
Encroachments and the Number of feet which each Person has in- 
croached in breadth upon the River appears by the annexed list made 
and signed by the City Surveyor. We do further Report it as our 
opinion that the several Persons mentioned in the annexed List 
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shou[l]d be Sent to and directed to agree with and take Leases from 
the Corporation within one Week from the time of their being sever- 
ally sent to and those who shall neglect or refuse to agree and take 
Leases from the Corporation within that time should be immediately 
afterwards Ejected without further Notice from this Board ; All which 
is Nevertheless submitted this 28*!? day of November 1771. Thomas 
Jones John Dikeman Benjamin Huggit John Abeel, Huybt V Wage- 
nen ; which Report being read was approved of by this Board. It was 
thereupon orderd that the said Committee do immediately write to 
the several persons mentioned in the List, annexed to the said Report, 
to Come and agree with this Corporation, and take Leases for the 
Incroachments by them Respectively made, within one Week from the 
time of their being severally sent to, or they may depend upon being 
Ejected without further Notice from this Board 

The Engrossed Lease to Obadiah Wells and one other to John 
Brooks for the Term of 35 years, from the i^\ of May last for Lands 
on Inclawnbergh were Read & approved of & signed by M^ Mayor 
and ORDERD that the Clerk deliver the same to the said Lessees on their 
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City of 7 At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkf Hall of the said City on Monday the 30*1* 

of December 1771 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun"^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
John W : Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 



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[157] The Petition of sundry Inhabitants of this City lately preferred 
to this Board, praying leave to lay a Bridge over Beekmans Slip, at 
their own proper Costs and Charge, was this Day taken into Considera- 
tion and thereupon ordered by this Board, that the Prayer of the said 
Petition be granted; and that Alderman Blagge, Alderman Gautier 
Alderman Brewerton & Alderman Lefferts, together with Mess"? Van 
Wagenen, Huggit and Brevoort or the Major part of them be a Com- 
mittee to superintend and direct the Building of the said Bridge Pro- 
vided they Conceive the Same may be done without any Obstruction 
or prejudice to the said Slip. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2367 of this City to pay to Peter Burton or order the Sum of 
£5:11 for the passage of one M^ Frasier and her Child 
from this Port to England by order of the Majestrates. 

Orderd the like to Thomas Butler or order the Sum of 
N-? 2368 £68 : 12 in full of his acct for building a Wharf or Pier at 
Nassau ferry as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of 
by this Board. 

The Petition of Henry Cruger Esqf & sundry others for Grants 
of Water Lots, fronting their respective houses and Lots of Ground 
in the Dock Ward of this City lately preferred to this Board, was this 
day again read, and also the Report of the Committee appointed to 
treat with the said Petitioners on the Subject Matter of their Petition 
in which Report it appears, that the said Petitioners had offered ; that 
if this Board would favor them with a Grant of the said Water Lots, 
they would immediately wharf out and form a Bason, agreable to 
the Tenour of their said Petition, and leave the same open for fifteen 
years, provided they should be Excused from paying any quit Rent 
during that time ; and at the Expiration of the said fifteen Years, or 
whenever after that Period they should fill up said Bason they would 
pay to the Corporation one shilling and nine pence p^ foot for ever, pro- 
vided also that the proprietors of the Corner Lots might each of them 
have the privelege of one Sea Vessel only on the Outside of the East 
and West piers; which said Petition and Report being taken into 
Consideration by this Board, it is thereupon Resolved and orderd 
(Nemine Contra dicente) that the said Water Lots be not^granted to 
the said Petitioners upon the Terms mentioned in the said Report but 
it is nevertheless agreed that if the said Petitioners will pay a yearly 
quit Rent of three shillings p^ foot for the said Water Lots from the 
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years, and be G)mpellable at the end of 15 years, after obtaining the 
said Grant, to Compleat the whole Wharfs or Streets to be built, with- 
out having the Privelege of any Sea Vessells lying at the Outside of 
either of the said Piers, that then this Board will in such Case order 
Grants to Issue to them respectively for the Same of which proposals 
it is ORDERED that the Clerk of this Board notify the said Petitioners. 

Ordered by this Board that the Petition and Proceedings had there- 
on Relative to the Granting of the Water Lots prayed for by the Pro- 
prietors of the house and Lots of Ground between the Exchange and 
the Corporation Pier, be taken into Consideration on Tuesday the 7*? 
of January next. 



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New York j * Hall of the said City, on Tuesday the 7*? 

of January Anno Dom 1772. 

Present'/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus LefFerts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Ab™ Mesier 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2369 of this City to pay to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum of 
£53 : o : io>^ in full for the Ballance of his ace* for Car- 
penters Work by him done for this Corporation, as p^ his said acc^ 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board. 

The Petition of sundry freeholders and Inhabitants who reside near 
where the Oswego Market stood, was preferred to this board and read : 
ORDERED that the Consideration thereof be deferred to the next Common 
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M^ Abraham Mesier acquainted this Board, that himself and sundry 
others, who were possessed of a Considerable Space of Ground at the 
North River whereon a Building Intended as a Market house hath 
lately been Erected, were desirous of Conveying the same to the Cor- 
poration for a publick use, ordered that the Consideration thereof be 
had at some future Common Council 

This being the day assigned by the Common Council for taking 
into Consideration the Petition and Proceedings had thereon, Relative 
to the Granting of the Water Lots prayed for by the Proprietors of 
the houses and Lotts of Ground, lying between the Exchange House 
and the Corporation pier, this Board agreable thereto, proceeded to 
the adopting of a plan, by which they were to Grant, and on viewing 
two Plans exhibited to this Board for their approbation they thereupon 
approved of and adopted the one dated the third of October 1766 signed 
by Francis Marschalk and Gerrard Bancker City Surveyors whereupon 
John William Vredenburgh one of the Petitioners proposed and offered 
to this Board in behalf of himself and the [159] other Petitioners, that 
if this Board would be favourably pleased to Grant the Petitioners the 
Water Lots prayed for as laid down in said Plan, that they in such Case 
will pay to the Corporation a yearly quit Rent of 18 pence a foot and 
build them a Bason at the End of the ground prayed for similar to the 
present one and that all the proffits and Income which shall arise there- 
from to belong to the Corporation which said Proposals M^ Mayor 
accordingly put to this Board, who after mature deliberation thereon 
agreed to accept of the Terms proposed and offered by the said Peti- 
tioners, and thereupon orderd that Grants be made to the said several 
Petitioners accordingly upon Condition that all the said Petitioners 
approve of the above agreement. 

The Petition of Gerrard G : Beekman and sundry others residing 
near Beekmans Slip, was preferred to this Board and read setting forth 
that they have been informed, that an application had been lately made 
to this Board, for leave to lay a Bridge over said Slip, at their own 
proper Cost and Charge, and that the prayer thereof had been Granted 
and a Committee appointed to see the same done, so as not to prejudice 
or obstruct the said Slip. That the said Petitioners Conceive the 
making a Bridge over the said Slip will be attended with many Incon- 
veniencies to the publick and therefore prayed that in Lieu thereof they 
might have the Liberty of filling up said Slip as farr as the Comer of 
Frederick Bassets, provided this Board will be at the Expence of 
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ner as the one at Burlings Slip, this Board taking the Same into Con- 
sideration did thereupon order (as the making a Bridge across Beek- 
mans Slip will be attended with any Inconveniencys to the publick) that 
the prayer of the above Petition be granted and that this Board will as 
soon as the Season of the year admit of, Cause a Drain to be made & 
Carried through that part of the Slip now proposed to be filled up. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N9 2370 of this City to pay to William Mitchell or order the Sum of 
£5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him as publick whipper 
of this City, the 5*t» Instant. 

City of ) o^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 9*^ 

of January Anno Dom. 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

John W? Vredenburgh 
Ab*? Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 

[160] Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2371 of this City to pay to Sarah Brock or order the Sum of £3 : 6 

in full of her accS with this Corporation as p^ her said acct 
audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Patrick Walsh or Order the Sum of 
N? 2372 £3 : 5 in full for the like Sum by him advanced & paid for the 

use of this Corporation as p^ his said ace* audited by this 
Board and allowed of 

Orderd that this Board do borrow on Interest the Sum of £1000, 
to discharge sundry Debts lately Contracted by this Corporation. 



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Ordered that the Clerk prepare a Grant to the Representatives of 
Hendrick Remson deceased for a Water Lot fronting his Land near 
Nassau Ferry 

Ordered that the Aldermen & Common Council men of the Dock, 
South and North Wards or the Major part of them be a Committee to 
view the place proposed as a Bason, in front of the Ground agreed to 
be granted to the Proprietors of the houses fronting the East Great 
Dock & Cause a plan to be made of the same and preferr it to this 
Board with all Convenient Speed. 

It is agreed by this Board, and ordered that an application be made 
to the General Assembly for leave to bring in a Bill for raising the Sum 
of £1800 to defray the Expence attending the publick Lamps and 
Watching this City &c 

The Petition of Elizabeth Heady was preferred to this Board and 
Read, praying a Lease of a Lot of Ground on which she has made some 
Improvements lying near the New Barracks: Orderd the same be 
deferred for further Consideration 

The Committee appointed for Carrying into Execution the several 
Matters by them Recommended in a Report made the 20*!' of March 
1771 made one other Report thereon, in the words following, Vizt 
We the major part of a Committee appointed &c [Report not entered.] 
which Report being Read was approved of and thereupon orderd by this 
board, that the Several persons Recommended by the said Committee in 
their said Report to be proceeded against, be immediately and without 
delay Ejected, and that the said Committee have power to retain Gentle- 
men of the Law for that purpose; — ^That the proposals in the said 
Letter, from the Town of Harlem to this Corporation, Relative to the 
Settlement of the Boundaries between them & this Corporation, by 
Commissioners, meet with the approbation [161] of this board, and 
forasmuch as this board Conceive it Absolutely necessary that the said 
proposals be Immediately Carryed into Execution, they do therefore 
on their part name William Nicoll of Suffolk County, and Thomas 
Hicks of Queens County Esq^? as Commissioners for that purpose, and 
that theyin Conjiinction with two other Commissioners to be Chosen 
by the Town of Harlem do name a fifth person, which five persons 
Shall be the Commissioners for finally Setling the aforesaid Boundaries, 
between the Town of Harlem & this Corporation; And it is further 
ORDERD & agreed to, that M^ Recorder be desired to prepare a Bill to 
be laid before the General assembly, investing the said persons who are 
to be the Commissioners for Setling the said Boundaries with full and 



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absolute power to settle effectually the controversy aforesaid, between 
this Corporation and the said Town of Harlem &c 



[162] City of ^^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j * Hall of the said City, on fryday the 24*!* of 

January Anno Dom 1772. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
John Dikeman 
Benjamin Blagge 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'' 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 

Ordered by this Board that the Sum of three hundred pounds be 
Raised for defraying the Expence of Regulating and Repairing the 
publick Roads in this City and County for the year ensuing, and that 
the same be Raised by a Tax on the Estates Real and personal of the 
[163] freeholders freemen, Inhabitants Residents and Sojourners with- 
in the said City and County in such manner as is directed in and by an 
Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made and published. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2373 of this City, to pay to John Bancker or order the Sum of 
£3 : o : 8 in full of his ace* for Work done to the long Bridge 
& Spurr, as pr his said acc^ Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to William Winterton or order the Sum 
N? 2374 of £71 : 9 : 4>^ in full for the Ballance of his acct for paving 
and Bricklayers Work done for the use of this Corporation, 
as p^" his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2375 of this City, to pay to Mess*? Greg Cunningham & Company 

or order the Sum of £10 : 7 : 6 in full for a Barrel of Oyl 

furnished for the use of this Corporation as p^" his ace* audited by this 

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Orderd the like to Elias Des Brosses Esq^ or order the 
N? 2376 Sum of £34 : 9 14 in full of his acct for sundry Cags of 
Paint, & Boxes of Glass furnished for the use of this Cor- 
poration as p^ his said ace* audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Obadiah Wells or order the Sum of 
N? 2377 £72 : 8 : 3 in full for the Ballance of his accl for painting and 
glazing for this Corporation as p*" his said accS, audited by 
the Committee and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Abraham Revier or order the Sirni of 
N9 2378 £70 out of such Moneys as are due from this Corporation to 
John Clindenny on ace* of Building a Dock in the North 
River in front of the New Market 

Orderd the like to John Van Dolsen or order the Sum of 
N? 2379 £28 : 14 : 4 in full of his acct for Work done to the pavement 
round the Bowling Green and before the fort as pf his said 
acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2380 Sum of £220 : 15 : 6 (out of the monies paid into his hands 
by the Church Wardens of this City, by Virtue of an Act of 
the Legislature of this Colony lately made and published) in full of his 
ace* for Monies by him advanced and paid to sundry Watchmen, for 
watching this City from the 13*!? day of October Last, to the 13^^ of this 
Instant January, as p^ his said ace* Sworn to and allowed of by this 
Board 

Ordered by this Board, that M^ Mayor Execute a Bond to Samuel 
Gilford of this City, Marriner for the Sum of £600, payable on the 24*? 
of January next, with Interest for the same at the Rate of five p^ Cent 
and a Bond was Executed accordingly for said Sum 

Ordered that M^ Mayor Execute one other Bond to Peter Middle- 
ton of this [164] City Physitian for the Sum of £400, payable on the 
24*^ day of January next with Interest for the same at the Rate of 5 p^ 
Cent pf Annum and a Bond was Executed accordingly for said Sum 

It is Ordered by this Board, that on Jacob Brewerton's paying into 
the Treasury the Sum of One hundred pounds, he be discharged from 
this Corporation of all demands they have against him, as late Lessee 
of Nassau Ferry, and that the Clerk of this Board Cancel and deliver 
up to him his Bonds for the performance of Covenants Contained in 
the Leases for said Ferry 

Luke Roome late Lessee of the Docks & Slips of this City, pre- 
ferred a Petition to this Board praying an Abatement of the Rent now 
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Ordered by this Board in Consideration of his Poverty and of the 
many Losses and disappointments he having met with during the Con- 
tinuance of his Lease he be discharged from all demands this Corpora- 
tion now have against him provided he pays into the hands of the 
Chamberlain without Delay the Sum of three hundred pounds and not 
otherwise and further ordered that on his producing to the Clerk of 
this Board a Receipt from the Chamberlain for said Sum that the said 
Clerk do Cancil and deliver up to him his Bonds for the performance 
of the Covenants Contained in his Leases, for said Docks & Slips 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Friday the 3i«t of 
January Anno Dom 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
George Brewerton 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Huybert V: Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
Ab? Mesier 
Henry Brovoort 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2381 of this City, to pay to Huybert Van Wagenen or order the 
Sum of £34 : 6 : 8 in full of his Account with this Corpora- 
tion as p^ said Account, audited by this Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Peter Curtenius or order the Sum of 
N? 2382 £13 :2 [165] in full of his acct, for Sundries- furnished for 
the use of the Bridewell as pf his said acc^ audited by this 
Board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Mess'? Richard Sharpe, Peter Cur- 

N? 2383 tenius & Company or order the Sum of £543 in full for the 

Ballance due them for making an Iron Fench Round the 

Bowling [Green], Sundry Lamps Irons & fixing them &c as p'^ their 

acct audited by this Board and allowed of 

The Petition of Edward NicoU, was preferred to this Board & read 
praying leave to Erect a dwelling house on the Water Lot in front 
of his dwelling house adjoining the West Great Dock in the South 
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The Petition of Jasper Drake was preferred to this Board & Read 
praying Either that Beekmans Slip may be kept open or a Lot therein 
granted to him &c ordered that the same be deferred for further Con- 
sideration 

The Petition of Luke Roome Late Lessee of the docks Slips &c of 
this Corporation praying a further abatement &c ordered the like 

Ordered by this Board, that the price of Storage of Gunpowder 
hereafter to be stored in the powder house, be reduced to one half, and 
that the Clerk prepare a Draft of a Clause for that purpose by way of 
Amendment to the Law entituled a Law for the better Securing the 
City of New York from the danger of Gunpowder 

City of ) «« At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 26'? 

of March Anno Dom : 1772. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dyckman 
Benjamin Blagge 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun 
John Abeel 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Benjamin Huggit 
Ab? Mesier 
Jn? W? Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2384 of this City, to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door- 
keeper to this Board, or Order the Sum of three pounds 

fifteen shillings in full for one quarters Salary due the 8*^ of February 

last. 

[166] Ordered the like to Andrew Gautier Esqf or order 

N? 2385 the Sum of £23 : 11 : 10^, being for so much by him ad- 
vanced and paid to sundry Persons for this Corporation as p^ 

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Orderd the like to Robert Karr or order the Sum of 

N? 2386 £18 : 19 : 3 in full of his Account for paving done, for this 

Corporation and for Stone and other Materials found for 

the same &c as p*^ his said Account Sworn to and allowed of by this 

Board 

Orderd the like to Mess*^? Shepherd & Lucas the Sum of 
N? 2387 £16 : 10 in full of their acct for sundry Bolts Locks and 
Screws found for the New Goal, as by their said acct Sworn 
to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Abraham De la Noy Executor of 
N? 2388 James Mills deceased; the Sum of £31 17 19 in full of the 
said James Mills acct for victualling sundry Criminals from 
the I3^t of September last to the 27*?? of November following, and for 
other Expences attending the New Goal, as p^" his said Acc^. audited by 
the Committee and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Francis Child, or order the Sum of 

N? 2389 £35 : 9 : 3 in full of his acct for victualling sundry Criminals 

from the ii*^ of Dec^ last to the ii*l» of March Instant, and 

for other Expences attending the New Goal as pf his said acct Sworn 

to, and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Peter Shackerly or order the Sum of 
N? 2390 £9 : 9, in full of his acct for corking nine different appart- 
ments in the New Goal, as p'' his said accl audited by the 
Committee and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 2391 £53 : 9 : 8>4 of his acct for one quarters Salary as Keeper of 
the Bridewell from the first of Nov^ last to the first of Feb- 
ruary following and for victualling the Prisoners &c as pf his acct, 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to George Bell or order £7 : 4 : 5 in full of 
N? 2392 his ace* for sundry Boards found for the use of this Corpora- 
tion as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Ordered that the Clerk of this Board prepare a Grant for a Water 
Lot in the West Ward of this City, to Miss Catharine Lodge, subject 
to the like Conditions as are contained in the Grants Issued to Capt 
Kennedy and others, for Water Lots in that Neighbourhood ; and that 
the said Catharine Lodge, execute a Counterpart of the same. 

The Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the Out Ward of the City 
of New York, was preferred to this Board and read, praying that 
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way &c: Ordered that this and the other Petitions relative to the 
Building of Markets be taken into Consideration on Tuesday next; 
as also the petition for Grants of Water Lots in the Out ward of this 
City, lately preferred to this Board. 

The Clerk produced the Draft of a Law entitled a Law to amend a 
Law entitled a Law for the Better securing of the City of New York 
from the Danger of Gun Powder which being read was approved of 
and published accordingly. [Draft of law not entered.] 



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[167] City of ^^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 31'* 

of March Anno Dom 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Peter Mesier 
Henry Brovoort 
John Hardenbrook 

The Petition of William Beekman and Sundry others for Water 
Lots in the Out ward, and the Report made thereon were read and 
taken into Consideration by this Board, when the proposals Contained 
in the said Report were Rejected by this Board ; but Nevertheless this 
Board agreed and ordered that the said Water Lots from high to low 
water Mark, between Catharine Street and Charlotte Street, be Re- 
leased to the said Petitioners at the Rate of forty Shillings pf foot for 
every foot fronting towards the River, and the other Lots to the East 
Ward in the same proportions, as were offered & mentioned in the 
Report of the Committee made to this Board, That the Water Lots 
from Low water Mark into the River two hundred feet, to be Granted 



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to them under the Yearly Rent of Eighteen pence p^ foot to Commence 
from the date of their Grants, and that previous to this board Granting 
the same the Slip or Slips there to be made, be laid out not less than 
Eighty feet the peers not less than twenty four feet and further Or- 
dered that such of the Petitioners as do not apply for their Grant by the 
first day of May next be Excluded from the Benefit of this Agreement, 
and that the proceedings with Respect to such of them be Void and of 
None Effect in the same Manner as tho this entry had never been made 

This being the Day Set Apart for taking into Consideration the 
petition of a Number of Freeholders, Residing in the Out Ward pray- 
ing that this board would Give permission that a Market House be 
Erected on the Lot of Ground formerly Occupied by M'' Conaro [i68] 
on the East Side of the Broad way Street ; and likewise for taking into 
Consideration, the further Application of John Thurman & others, 
requesting this Board to Accept of the Building they lately Erected 
at the North River as a Market House for the use of the publick &c 
when Ald^P Blagge moved this Board, that the following Question 
be first put, whether this Board Conceive it Necessary there should 
be any more Markets at the North River Except the one lately 
Established by this Board, and that if this Board shall Conceive it 
Necessary, any others be erected, where such Shall be so erected; 
and the Question being Accordingly put, it was Carried that other 
Markets were Conceived necesssary to be Erected 

Alderman Blagge then also Moved this board, that one other 
Question be put (towitt) whether there shall be one or more Markets 
Erected in the West Ward and the Question being accordingly put it 
was Carried for more than one Market 

Alderman Lefferts then moved this Board, that the Question be 
put, whether this Corporation will Accept of the Building lately Erected 
by John Thurman & others, for the Use of the publick, and Establish 
the same as a publick Market House and the Question being accord- 
ingly put the same was Carried in the Affirmative 

For Establishing the said building Against Establishing 

as a publick Market Viz* the same 

Mt Recorder Mr Abeel Aid? FiUdn 

Aid™ Brewerton ' Mr Van Wagenen Aid? Blagge 

Aid™ Gautier Mr Vredenburgh Mr Huggit 

Aid? Dikeman Mr Mesier 

Aid? Lefferts Mr Brevoort 

Aid? Brewerton Junr Mr Hardenbrook 



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Order'd therefore that the said Building so lately Erected at the 
North River by the said John Thurman & others be accepted of by this 
board for the use of a publick Market House and this Board Do hereby 
Establish the same Building as a publick Market House accordingly, 
provided the proprietors of the Ground on which the said Market 
Stands, do in Some short time. Release the said Ground to this Cor- 
poration & their Successors, And Also further Order'd by this Board, 
that permission be Given to the said Petitioners Residing in the Out 
Ward, for leave & Lycence to Erect & Set up a Market House on the 
aforesaid Lot of Ground, formerly Occupied by the said M^ Conaro 
Situate on the West Side of the Broadway Street, in the West Ward 
of this City, provided the proprietors of the said Ground do Release as 
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At a Common Council held at the City 
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Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Geo : Brewerton Jun'^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
John W Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 

Ordered that the Aldermen & Assistants of the South Ward, North 
Ward, and Dock Ward be a Committee to take into Consideration the 
Petition of Edyirard Nicol lately preferred to this Board, praying Leave 
to Erect a Store house, or Dwelling house on the Water Lot in front 
of his Dwelling House adjoining the West Great Dock in the South 
Ward, and that they or the Major part of them make Report thereof 
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The Petition of William Beekman & Others was preferred to this 
board and read, praying that the Order Lately made upon their Petition 
for Water Lots in the Out Ward, Should be reconsidered, as they Con- 
ceive, that the Terms therein Mentioned are too high ; 

Ordered that the abovesaid Petition be taken into Consideration at 
some future Common Council 

The Petition of Nicholas P: Bogert was preferred to this board 
and Read, Setting forth that Since the decease of Samuel Waldron the 
Late Lessee of Nassau Ferry he hath Managed the said Ferry between 
this City and Nassau Island That he is Willing and desirous to keep the 
Same, provided he Can have it for the Term of five Years, to be added 
to the unexpired Term of the said Samuel Waldron, that he is ready 
to Give Peter Bogert his father [as security?] for the payment of the 
Rent &c, and praying that this Board Will Grant him a Lease for the 
Term of five years in Addition to the Unexpired Term of the Said 
Samuel Waldron ; which said Petition being taken into Consideration by 
this Board it was thereupon Ordered that a Lease be made to the [170] 
Said Nicholas P : Bogert of the said ferry upon the same Terms as the 
late Lessee had the same for the Term of five Years, from the first of 
May next 

The Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Work done by 
John Klinedenny, in Laying a Dock for this Corporation opposite the 
New Oswego Market, made their Report in the Words following 
Vizt. City of New York ss; We the Subscribers being Appointed a 
Committee to enquire into the Work done by John Klinedenny at the 
Corporation Dock opposite the new Oswego Market at the North River, 
do Report it as our Opinion that twentyfour pounds be Allowed him, 
for the Sixteen Feet, more than was agreed upon by the Contracts that 
his Running the Dock, in a Greater Depth of Water, than was at first 
Intended we think equal to what the dock now wants of being finished 
that the Balance due on the Contract of three hundred pounds, to the 
said John Klinedenny is thirty pounds ; that after the payment of the 
said Balance to the said John Klinedenny, and the Allowance of twenty 
four pounds, it appears that he will be indebted for Work and Materials 
in and about the said Dock, in the sum of thirty two pounds, seven 
Shillings and three pence, all which is Nevertheless humbly Submitted, 
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Huggett & Abraham Mesier which said Rqx^rt being Read, was Ap- 
proved of and Confirmed by this Board and thereupon 

Orderd that Mf Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2393 urer of this City to pay to the said John Klinedenny or order 
the sum of £86 : 7 : 5 in full of all Demands he has Against 
this Corporation for building the aforesaid Dock at the North River 

Ordered that the Committee who were Appointed to Regulate & 
pave the Street before the fort and about the Bowling Green, be a Com- 
mittee to Raise the said Bowling Green four Inches & a half, or so 
high as to Carry off the Water that usually remains there after every 
Considerable Rain 

Ordered that the Alderman & Common Councilman of the West 
Ward Do Cause that part of the Broadway Street whereon the Late 
Oswego Market Stood to be Regulated & paved, this board only finding 
the Stone & Labour 

Ordered that Alderman Blagge Do in pursuance of an Act of 
Assembly Cause a Lot of Ground in his Ward, Qaimed by Henry 
Brasher to be Enclosed at the expence of this Board, it being deemed a 
Nusance 

The Clerk of this Board, produced the Engrossed Grant of a 
Water Lot in Hudson River, to Miss Catharine Lodge, which was 
read and Approved of Ordered the same be Signed by M^ Mayor & 
Alderman Filkin, and delivered to Miss Lodge, on her Executing a 
Counterpart thereof to the Use of this Corporation 

[171] The Committee appointed to make a plan of the Bason in front 
of the East Great Dock, reported that they had Accordingly Caused 
one to be made, which they preferred to this Board for their Approba- 
tion and the said Plan being now Viewed & Considered of, was Ap- 
proved of by this Board, and thereupon Ordered that the Qerk of this 
Board prepare the Draft of Grants to the petitioners Accordingly they 
the said Petitioners Obliging themselves therein to Compleat the said 
Bason by the first of August 1773 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2394 of this City to pay to William Mitchell or order the Sum of 
£5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him, as publick Whip- 
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City of ) QQ . At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkf ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the i6^ 

of April 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
John W Vredenburgh 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2395 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the sum 
of £30 on acct (out of the monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City for the Use of the publick Roads) the 
same to be by him Applied and Laid out towards Amending and Re- 
pairing the said publick Roads 

Order'd that the Aldermen & Common Council men of the Dock, 
North and West Wards or the Major part of them be a Committee 
to Examine and View what Condition the Coenties Market is in and 
whether any Necessarys ought to be made, and how much, and make 
report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

The Petition of Adolph Waldron of the City of New York Shop- 
keeper was preferred to this Board and Read, praying to have a Lease 
of Nassau [172] Ferry upon the Terms it was agreed to be Granted 
the Last Common Council to Nicholas P Bogart, (who hath declined 
faking the same) 

Ordered therefore that the Consideration of the said Petition, be 
put oflF untill the next meeting of this Board 



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City of } ^^ , At a Common Council held at the City 

New York J ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 7*? 

of May 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
John W Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
John Hardenbrook 
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The Clerk produced to this Board a bond from this Corporation 
to the Society of the Hospital of the City of New York in America for 
the Sum of one thousand pounds payable on demand with Int. at five 
^ Cent from the 27^? of April Last, and the same was Signed by M» 
Mayor by Order of this Board which Bond was Given in discharge of a 
Bond from this Corporation to John Bogert Jun^ 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2396 of this City to pay to John Bogert Jim'^ or order the sum of 
fifty pounds for a Years Interest due on his Bond the 27^!? 
of April last which said Bond is Since Cancelled & paid off 

Orderd the Like to John Alsop or order the Simi of 
N? 2397 £75 for a Years Interest due on his bond from this Corpora- 
tion this day 

Orderd the Like to the Marine Society of the City of 
N? 2398 New York in the province of New York in America or 
order the sum of twenty five pounds for a Years Interest 
due on their bond from this Corporation this day 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2399 of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the Sum 
of £428 : 12 : II out of the Monies paid into his hands by the 
Church Wardens of this City in which Sum is Included half a Years 
Supply for Oyl for the Publick Lamps due this day, as p^ his said acct 
Sworn to and Allowed of by this Board 

[173] Ordered that M^^ Recorder And the Several Aldermen of this 
City, or the Major part of them, be a Committee to Enquire into the 
State of the Bridewell, and Endeavour to fall upon ways & Means for 
putting the Same upon Some better Regulation and make report thereof 
to this Board, with all Convenient Speed 

It is Order'd upon Application of Alderman Dikeman that a fire 
Engine be provided by this Board, for the use of the Out Ward 

Order'd that Alderman Gautier, Alderman Blagge, Alderman 
Brewerton Junf & Alderman Dikeman together with Mess'l Van Wag- 
enen & Mesier or the Major part of them be a Committee, to remove 
two of the fire Engines now under the City hall, & fix one in the West 
Ward and the Other in Montgomery Ward 

Order'd that John Bums Peruke maker be appointed fireman for 
the South Ward, and Peter G. Waldron be also appointed a fireman 
for the South Ward 

Joshua Sly dell & Benjamin Quereau made Application to this 
Board, to be appointed publick Measurers of this City, Order'd that 
they be appointed, and they are hereby accordingly appointed, they 
taking the usual Oath for the due Execution of said Office 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2400 of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the Stmi of 
^59 • 5 • 6j4 in full of his acct for one Quarters Sallary as 
Keeper of the Bridewell from the i*t of February Last to the i". Instant 
and for Victualling the Prisoners &c : as p^ his said acct Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Doctor Samuel Bard, or order the 
N9 2401 sum of £20 in full for Examining the Bodys of Sundry 
persons at the Request of the Coroner as P^ his Said acct 
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The Committee appointed to Examine into the Repairs that are 
Wanting to the Coenties Market, make their Report in the Words fol- 
lowing City of New York SS : We the Committee, being Appointed 
to Examine into Such Necessary Repairs, as are Wanting to the Coen- 
ties Market, do report that We have Accordingly Viewed the same and 
find that the Expence which will Necessarily Attend the Repairs want- 
ing to the said Market, will amount to at least twenty pounds, which 
Sum we Recommend to the Board may be Order'd to be laid out in 
Such Necessary repairs, or Contribute towards building a New Addi- 
tion to that part, of the Market lately Erected there which is Neverthe- 
less submitted by us a j«, /- .• 
^ Andy Gautier 

Geo: Brewerton 
John W Vredenburgh. 

[173] Which Report being Read & Considered of by this Board, it is 
thereupon Ordered that the said Sum be allowed towards the Repairs 
of the said Coenties Market 

Ordered that no other publick Measurers be appointed by this 
Board in one Year from this Day 

John W Vredenburgh in behalf of himself & the other proprietors 
of Houses and Lots of Ground Lying between the Corporation pier 
and the Long bridge proposed to this Board to alter the Agreement 
which they formerly made with this board (respecting this boards 
Granting to them the Water Lots in front of their said Dwelling Houses 
the whole Breadth of their said Lots) by paying to this board a Yearly 
quit Rent of Eight Shillings p'^ foot instead of one Shilling and Six- 
pence, on Condition that this board will Grant to them all the rights 
they have to the Water Lots Lying in the said River in front of their 
Dwelling Houses of the said Petitioners and this board having Con- 
sidered of the said proposal unanimously approved of the same, and 
Ordered that the said Water Lots be Granted to them Accordingly, 
upon the Terms Requested, and further Ordered that the Clerk prepare 
the draft of Grants to the said petitioners and prefer the same, at the 
next Meeting of this board for their Approbation ; the said petitioners 
agreed to leave a Bason (which they are to make) open for twenty 
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City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Thursday the 4*? 

day of June 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Greorge Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
And^ Gautier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
John Abeel 
Bejamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2402 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and Door 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 for one 
Quarters Sallary due to him and Ending the 8't of May Last 

[174] Orderd the Like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or or- 
N? 2403 der the Sum of £222 : 14 (out of the Monies paid into 

WarrJ Issued his hands by the Church Wardens of this City, by Vir- 
tue of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony Lately 
made & published) in full of his acct for monies by him advanced & 
paid to Sundry Watchmen for Watching the City, from the 14^ of 
January last to the 14*1* of April following as p^ his said acct Sworn to 
and Allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Abraham Duryee, or order the Sum 
N? 2404 of £7 : 10 for one piece of Striped Blankets, delivered to 
William Dobs for the Use of the Bridewell 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2405 of this City to pay to Theophilus Anthony or order the sum 

of £15 : 13 : loyi in full of his ace* for Bolts Spikes & Staples 

furnished by him for the Use of this Corporation, as p^ his said acct 

Sworn to & Allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Elias Des Brosses Esq'^ or order the 
N? 2406 sum of £19 : 5 : 10 for one year 3 months & 13 days Interest 
of their bond to him, the principal of which they lately 
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Orderd the Like to Richard Waldron or order the sum 
N? 2407 of £35 for a Years Interest of £700 due from this Corpora- 
tion to him the 7*1* of May Last 

Orderd the Like to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 

N? 2408 Sum of £40 on further ace* (and out of the Monies paid into 

his hands by the Church Wardens of this City for the Use 

of the publick Roads) the same to be by him applied & laid out towards 

Mending and Repairing the said publick Roads 

Orderd the like to Thomas Shrieve or order the Sum 
N? 2409 of £78 : 8 : 6 for fees due to him as Coroner of the City & 
County of New York from the i** of May 1771 to the 29*1* 
of April Last as p'' his said ace* Sworn to & Allowed of by this Board. 
The Clerk of this Board produced the Engrossed Lease to Abra- 
ham Rice of this City Innholder for a Lot of Ground in the Out ward 
for the Term of thirty four Years from the i**. of May Last which being 
Read, was approved of by this Board & Signed by M'' Mayor, and 
Order'd that the same be Delivered to the said Abraham Rice, on his 
Executing a Counterpart thereof for the use of this Corporation 

[175] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City, on Thursday the ii*t 

of June 1772 
Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

George Brewerton Jun^ 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Huybert Van Wagenen 

John W : Vredenburgh 

Henry Brevoort 

The Clerk Produced to this Board a Bond to the Marine Society 
of the City of New York in the province of New York in America for 
£300 payable on the ii*t of June next, with Interest at five ^ Cent from 
the thirteenth of May last, which bond was Signed by the Mayor by 
Order of this Board and executed in discharge of a bond from this 
Board to Elias Des Brosses for the Like Sum 



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The Like to Samuel Gilford of the City of New York Marriner 
for £400 payable on the 11*^ of June next with Interest at five P^ Cent 
from this day, which bond was Signed by the Mayor, by order of this 
Board, and executed towards Dischargeing a bond from this board to 
John Cruger in Trust for Sarah Ayscough an infant 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2410 of this City to pay to William Malcom or order the Stun of 
£146 in full for the Ballance of a Bond due from this Board 
to John Cruger Esq^ as Guardian & Trustee to Sarah Ayscough an 
infant, which said Sarah Ayscough hath since intermarried with the 
abovesaid William Malcom 

Order'd that the Committee who were appointed the 30*t of Decem- 
ber last to Superintend the Building of a Bridge over Beekmans Slip 
be a Committee to Enquire whether it be practicable to fill up said Beek- 
mans Slip so as to Carry off of the Water without a drain, or not, and 
make Report thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Ordered that the Aldermen & Common Council Men of Montgom- 
ery Ward, the East Ward and the North Ward or the Major part of 
them be a Committee to Superintend the Repairing the Arch at Pecks 
Slip, and make Report thereof to this Board with all convenient speed. 
[176] Ordered that M^ Recorder, Alderman Leflferts, Alderman Dike- 
man and Alderman Brewerton Jun^" together with Mess*? Huggit, Van 
Wagenen and Abeel or the Major part of them be a Committee, to 
Cause such Necessary Repairs to be done to the Bridge, ferry House 
& wharfs at Nassau ferry as they shall Judge Needful & Necessary, & 
place the Expence thereof to this Corporation. 

The Committee who were appointed to take into Consideration 
the Petition of Edward Nicoll made Report thereon in the Words fol- 
lowing. City of New York ss; We the Committee, being appointed 
to take into Consideration the Petition of Edward Nicoll, Praying 
Leave to Erect a Store house & Dwelling house on the water Lot in 
front of his house adjoining the west Great Dock in the South Ward, 
and Report that on the twenty third of April Instant, Met the said 
Edward Nicoll, and Received his Proposals following that he may have 
the Breadth of his Lot, & Seventy feet In Length, in Such Manner as 
not to Incommode the Street nor to Build before his Neighbours, nor 
to take in any Part of his Neighbours Ground, that when the Corpora- 
tion inclines to Grant the whole, he may be on the Same footing with 
his Neighbours, and then the Present permission or order of the Cor- 
poration to Cease, and we the said Committee, have Examined the 
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out, therefore are of Opinion he ought not to have the full Breadth of 
his Present Dwelling house agreeable to the prayer of his said Petition, 
but only to have his Proportion of the same, agreeable to a plan, or 
Sur\'ey herewith Annexed, the said NicoU being willing and Desirous 
to pay a Reasonable Consideration for the Same ; which Report being 
read it was thereupon ordered that there be Granted to the said Ed- 
ward Nicoll the water Lot by him prayed for in front of his Dwelling 
house, to begin from the Street there, which is to be enlarged of the 
Breadth of forty feet and so to extend from thence Easterly into 
the Dock the length of Seventy feet Clear of said Street of forty feet, 
he loosing in his Breadth on that length, in the same proportion as the 
other of his Neighbours do ; and to pay for the same on that length as 
the Grantees of the East Great Dock have Covenanted to do, on the 
length of four hundred feet, and further added that the Clerk prepare 
the Draft of a Grant to him accordingly, upon the terms above men- 
tioned provided the said Terms Shall be Approved of by the said Ed- 
ward Nicoll & not otherwise. 

[177] The draft of the Grants of Several Water Lots to Augustus 
& Frederick Van Cortlandt, Peter Jay, John William Vredenburgh, 
the Heirs of Hendrick Remson, Henry Holland, Waldron Blau and 
William Milliner was preferred to this Board, read & approved of 
[and] ORDERED that the Clerk engross the Same 

City of ) «^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 16^ 

day of June 1772 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'' 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V: Wagenen 
John W: Vredenburgh 
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Orderd that the Committee of the New Goals do inspect into the 
Cistern at the New Goal, and if they shall find the same to be decayed 
& much out of repair, that they do in Such Case, Cause a new one to be 
made of Stone or Cement at the Expence of this board 

Order'd that the Committee who were heretofore Appointed for en- 
quiring into the Encroachments made upon the rights of this Corpora- 
tion in the outward of this City, be a Committee to Receive the Posses- 
sions of all those who have agreed to Surrender to this Corporation 
Such Encroachments, and to Con f err with Such persons who Shall 
apply for Leasing the Same and make report thereof to this board with 
all Convenient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 241 1 of this City to pay to Daniel Dunscomb or order the Sum 

of £3 : 2 in full of his account for Nails & Brads furnished 

for the Use of this Corporation as P'' his said Account Sworn to & 

allowed of by this Board 

[178] Orderd the like to the Executors of Samuel Waldron 
N? 2412 or order the Sum of £90 : 10 : 6^ in full of his ace* for the 

like Sum by him advanced & paid for the Use of this Cor- 
poration, as Pf his said acc^ audited by the Committee and allowed of 
by this board 

Order'd the like to Garret Roorback, or order the Sum 
N? 2413 of £2 : 6 : ID in full of his acct, for Sundry pails delivered 

out at the late fire, as pf his said ace* Sworn to and allowed 
of by this Board 

This Board having Reconsidered the Terms offered to William 
Beekman and Sundry others. Petitioners for Water Lots in the out- 
ward thereupon Resolved and Order'd that the said Water Lots from 
high to Low Water mark between Catharine Street & Charlotte Street 
be Released to the said Petitioners at the rate of thirty Shillings P^ foot, 
for every foot fronting towards the River instead of forty Shillings P^ 
foot, and the other Lots to the Eastward in the Same Proportion, as 
was Offered and Mentioned in the Report of the Committee Made to 
this Board, that the Water Lots from low Water Mark into the River 
200 feet, be Granted to them Respectively under the Yearly Rent of 
18 pence ^ foot to Commence from the date of their Grants; and that 
previous to this boards Granting the same, the Slip or Slips there to be 
made, be laid out not less than 80 feet, and the piers not Less than 24 
feet 

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tioners for Water Lots lying in the Dock ward of this City between 
the Coenties Slip and the Old Slip, praying an Abatement of the Quit 
Rent which this Board heretofore Resolved Should be Paid for a Grant 
of the Same, and this Board having reconsidered the Same, thereupon 
Orderd that no Abatement Whatsoever be made, and that the Reso- 
lution heretofore by them made and entered in their Minutes be Strictly 
adhered to 

The Petition of the Rector & Inhabitants of the City of New York 
in Communion with the Church of England as by Law Established, 
being again Read, Praying that this Corporation would be favourably 
pleased to Grant unto them their Successors and Assigns all the Land & 
Soil fronting their land on Hudsons River from the North Side of 
Division Street to the Ground Granted to the Governors of the College, 
and from the North Side thereof to the Stockadoes to low Water Mark 
and the Soil under the Water from thence two hundred feet into the 
said River upon Such Reasonable Conditions, as to this Corporation 
Shall Seem Meet, the Prayer of which said Petition was Accordingly 
taken into Consideration [179] by this board, and after duly Consider- 
ing the Same ; It was thereupon agreed to, & Order'd, that there Should 
be Granted to the said Rector and Inhabitants of the City of New York 
& their Successors & Assigns for ever all that Space of Land and Soil 
fronting their Land on Hudsons River, beginning from the North Side 
of Veseys Street, and so Extending from thence, to the Land and Soil 
Granted to the Governors of the College, and from the North Side 
thereof, to the Stockadoes, to low Water Mark, and the Soil under the 
Water from thence two hundred feet in the said River; they the said 
Rector & Inhabitants of the City of New York &c and their Successors, 
Paying for the Same to this Corporation for ever, from the date of 
their said Grant, the Yearly Quit Rent of one Shilling p*^ foot for every 
foot so to be Granted them fronting Hudsons River aforesaid/. 

Ordered by this board, that the Sum of Twenty Pounds 
N? 2414 be Allowed towards Defraying the Expence of filling up 
Beekmans Slip in Such manner as to Carry off the Water 
without a drain, and that Alderman Blagge, Alderman Lefferts, Alder- 
man Brewerton and Alderman Gautier together with Mess"? Van 
Waganen, Huggit & Brevoort or the Major part of them be a Commit- 
tee to Superintend and direct the filling up of the Same Slip Accord- 
ingly ; in the doing of which the said Committee are to take Care that 
the said Slip be not filled up beyond or farther to the Eastward than 
the Comer fronting Frederick Bassets. (Warrt to W? Moore for this 
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This Board having heretofore agreed to Grant to the Governors 
of the Hospital in the City of New York in America, the westcrmost 
half of a Lot of Ground formerly belonging to John Harris, in order 
to erect a Hospital on, Since which the said Governors have purchased 
a Lot of Ground in Some more convenient place, and now request the 
Grant of a Sum of Money in Lieu thereof ; Ordered therefore that this 
board do Contribute to the said Hospital the Sum of one thousand 
pounds, to be in Lieu and Stead of the Grant of the aforesaid Ground, 
and that this board will Endeavour to fall upon ways and means to pay 
the Same, in one Month from the date hereof 



[180] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkV ' Hall of the said City, on Friday the 26^ 

day of June, Anno Dom 1772 

Present Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brcwerton 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
John W : Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 

Orderd that the Recorder Issue his Warrant to the 

N? 2415 Treasurer of this City to pay to Samuel Bell or order the 

Sum of £6 : 13 : o in full of his ace* for Smith's Work done 

for this Corporation, as ^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by 

this board. 

Orderd the like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2416 Sum of £54 : 9 : 10 out of the Moneys paid into his 

Ward Issued hands by the Church Wardens of this City, by Virtue 
of an Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made 
and published in full of his acct for Monies by him Advanced and paid 
for Sundry Casks of Lamp Oyl for the Use of the publick Lamps, as ^ 
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^- Orderd the like to Robert Carr, or order the Sum of 

N? 2417 n ^ , 

^^ ^ £25 on acc^ 

Orderd by this board, that the Clerk prepare the draft of Releases 
and Grants to William Beekman & Sundry others for Water Lots in the 
Out Ward of this City, they having agreed to Accept of the Terms 
Offered them by this board and prefer the Same to the next Common 
Council. 

Mess"? Bache and Light acquainted this board that the Rector & 
Inhabitants of the City of New York in Communion with the Church 
of England as by Law Established were Willing, to Accept of a Grant 
of a piece of Ground in the Bowery in the Out Ward of this City [181] 
for the erecting and Building a School house. Church and Parsonage 
house on, and for the use of a Burying Ground, upon the Terms which 
this Board offered the same to them upon : Orderd therefore that the 
Clerk prepare the draft of a Grant of the same to the said Rector & 
prefer the same to this board for their approbation at their next meeting 

The Petition of Sundry persons Residing Near Pecks Slip, was 
preferred to this board & read, praying that this board will be pleased 
to Cause said Pecks Slip to be filled up. and likewise one other Peti- 
tion, from Sundry other Persons residing in Montgomery Ward, which 
was also Read, Praying that the said Slip might not be filled up, but 
left open, it being Convenient for Trade & Navigation &? Orderd by 
this board that the Consideration of said Petitions be Deferred to Some 
future Common Council 

City of ) ^,^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on friday the io4^ 

day of July 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq"" Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Henry Brevoort 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2418 of this City to pay to Adam Van Den Bergh or order the 
Sum of £30 on further ace* (out of the Monies paid into his 
hands by the Church Wardens of this City for the Use of the Publick 
Roads) the Same to be by him applied and laid out towards mending 
and Repairing the said publick Roads 

Orderd the like to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
N? 2419 £5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him, as publick Whip- 
per of this City the 5*^ Instant 

[182] Orderd the Mayor Issue a Warrant payable to himself 
N? 2420 or order the Sum of £92 : 19 for the like Sum by him ad- 
vanced & paid to Abraham Lot Esq'^ for a Bill of Exchange 
& for Sundry other Sums Expended for the use of this Corporation as 
^ acct audited by this board & allowed of 

Alderman Gautier laid before this board an Account of the Cost 
of two fire Engines, belonging to Thomas Tiller — the largest of which 
this board agreed to purchase — and Alderman Gautier is requested to 
purchase the Same for this board accordingly 

Ordered that the Aldermen & [Common] Council men of Mont- 
gomery ward. North ward & Dock ward or the major part of them be 
a Committee to cause a Cover to be made over the fish market at 
Countesses Slip, and place the Expence thereof to this Corporation. 

This Board having taken into Consideration the two petitions, Pre- 
ferred to this board at their last Meeting, the one for filling up Pecks 
Slip & the other against it, thereupon orderd, that the said Slip be 
filled up, agreeable to the Prayer of the Petition preferred for that Pur- 
pose at the Expence of the Petitioners, and this board Agrees to Ex- 
tend the drain, as far as Shall be thought Necessary, at their Expence. 

The Several Engrossed Grants, to Augustus Van Cortlandt & 
FredH Van Cortlandt, Peter Jay, John W : Vredenburgh, Joris & Henry 
Remson, Henry Holland, Waldron Blau & William Milliner, for the 
Water Lots in front of their Respective Dwelling Houses in the Dock 
Ward of this City were Read & Approved of & Signed by M'^ Mayor 
& Alderman Brewerton & orderd that the Same be delivered to the 



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Several Grantees, on their Executing, Respectively, Counterparts 
thereof, for the use of this Corporation. 



[183] City of } ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 



New Yorkj Hall, of the said City, on Thursday [Tues- 

day] the 14*^ day of July Anno Dom 1772 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagg 
John Dikeman 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V: Wagenen 
Henry Brevoort 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2421 of this City to pay to Robert Carr or order the Sum of 
thirty pounds on further accS with this Corporation. 

Orderd the like to Peter Wilse or order the Sum of £7 : 
N? 2422 9 : 3 in full of his acc^ for Repairing a Number of fire 
Buckets belonging to this Corporation, as ^; his said acct 
Sworn to & Allowed of by this board 

Gerrard Bancker, one of the City's Surveyors, laid before this 
Board a Survey, made by him of the Water Lots in the out Ward, 
Petitioned for by Hendrick Rutgers & Sundry others which this board 
Viewed, and after deliberating thereon a Considerable time, agreed to 
adopt the Same. Orderd therefore, that the said Gerrard Bancker 
make a fair Copy of said Survey on Parchment, and file the Same 
into the Ofiice, that the Clerk thereof may from thence be enabled to 
form the bounds of the Grants to be made by this board agreeable 
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[184] City of ) «^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 23^ 

of July Anno Dom 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 1 ^j^^^^^^ 

Andrew Gautier ^ ^ 

John Dikeman 
George Brewerton Junf 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

John W: Vredenburgh ^Assistants 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2423 of this City, to pay to Andrew Gautier Esq'^ or order the 

Sum of £20, for acct of Garret Waldron and John Van 

Dolson, for Work by them done for this Corporation, in paving near 

the fort & Bowling Green 

••^ Orderd the like to William Shipman or Order the Sum 

2424 Qf £12^ . jj fQj. ^ gre Engine purchased of him 

T,- Orderd the like Sum to Robert Carr or order the Sum 

^^^ of £30 on further accl 

Orderd that the Sum of £15 be Contributed by this 
N? 2426 board towards making the front wall across Pecks Slip, 
(a Warrt issued for this Sum to Nich? Roosevelt.) 

Ordered that the Alderman & Common Councilman of Montgomery 
Ward do Cause Eighty Scow Loads of Mudd to be taken out of Bur- 
lings Slip at the Expence of this Corporation. 

[185] It is agreed and orderd by this Board that Elias Stilwell be per- 
mitted to take into his Possession their Island Commonly called Bed- 
lows Island, and to occupy the Same until an order shall Issue from 
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Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2427 urer of this City, to pay [to] Richard Wenman or order the 

Sum of £1 : 2 : 9 for the Hke Sum by him Advanced & paid 

for Candles furnished for the use of the Supreme Court as pf his acct 

Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

The Petition of Stephen Crossfield and Sundry Others for Water 
Lots in the Out Ward of this City was Read Praying for Sundry 
Reasons therein Mentioned that the Plan which this board agreed to 
adopt at their last Meeting, by which the said Water Lots were to be 
Granted, be rejected and that the one now Exhibited by them be Re- 
ceived and approved of, in its Stead. This board therefore upon View- 
ing the said two Plans & Considering the Same, orderd that the former 
one be rejected, and that the latter one be Received & approved of in 
its Stead, and further orderd that the Clerk direct Gerrard Bancker, 
one of the Citys Surveyors, to Copy the said last plan on parchment 

and file the Same into the Town Clerks Office. 

« 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2428 of this City to pay to John Calder or order the Sum of 
£20 for Making a Cistern at the New Goal 



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[186] City of 7 ^^;, At a Meeting of the Common Council at 

New York I the City Hall of the said City on Thursday 

the I3*^ of August 1772 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

Jacobus Leflferts 

George Brewerton Jun^ 

Benjamin Huggit 

John W : Vredenburgh 

Huybert V : Wagenen 

Abraham Mesier 

Henry Brevoort 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2429 urer of this City, to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or 

WarH Issued order the Sum of £53 : 16 : 11 in full of his acd for 

Repairing Sundry fire Engines &c and including a 

Years Sallary for keeping Clean the Citys Muskets and attending the 

fire Engines as ^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board. 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order 
N? 2430 the Sum of £185 (out of the monies paid into his hands 
WarrI Issued by the Church Wardens of this City by Virtue of an 
Act of the Legislature of this Colony lately made and 
published) in full of his account for Monies by him advanced & paid 
to Sundry Watchmen for Watching this City, from the IS*^ of Aprill 
last to the is^l* of July following, as ^' his said acci Sworn to and 
allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Daniel Carter or order the Sum of 
N? 2431 £2 : o : 10 for Painting & Glazing for this Corporation as p^ 
his said acct Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

[187] Orderd the like to Peter Bogert one of the Executors 
N? 2432 of Samuel Waldron dec?, or order the Sum of £9 : 13 : 6 

in full of his acct, for Victualling Sundry Workmen in the 
Service of this Corporation at Nassau ferry as p'^ acct, audited by the 
Committee & Allowed of by this board 

The Clerk Produced to this Board a Release for Some Ground in 
the Out Ward between high and low Water Mark, and also a Grant 
of a Water Lot 200 feet into the River, from Low Water Mark, to 
Theophilus Hardenbrook which being Read was approved of, and 
Signed by M'^ Mayor & Alderman Filkin and thereupon orderd that 
the Clerk deliver the Same to the said Theophilus Hardenbrook on his 
Executing a Counterpart thereof to the use of the Corporation. 

The like to Gerrard W7 Beekman & others 

The like to John Bartow 

The like to Joseph Totten & Stephen Crossfield 

The like to Thomas Cheesman 

Order'd that the Clerk Prepare the draft of a Grant of a Water 
Lot in the Dock Ward to James Wells under the yearly quit [rent] 
of 3/ ^ foot to Commence from the date of his Grant & preferr the 
Same at the next Meeting of this board 

The like to James Van Cortlandt Augustus Van Cortlandt & Fred- 
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[188] City of ) ^^« At a Common Council held at tlie City 

NewYorkj * Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 

I9*^ of August 1772 

Present./ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W: Vredenburgh 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Henry Brevoort 
Abraham Mesier 



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Orderd that the Aldermen & Common Council Men of the South, 
Dock and West Wards, or the Major part of them be a Committee to 
Conferr with & Receive Proposals from the Proprietors of the Houses 
and Lots of Ground fronting the West Great Dock in the South Ward 
of this City relative to the Terms of their Obtaining Grants of said 
West Great Dock, and Make Report thereof to this board with all Con- 
venient Speed 

Orderd the Mayor Issue a Warrant to William 

N? 2433 Dobs or order the Sum of £51 : 8 in full of his acc^ 

Warrt Issued for one quarters Sallary, as keeper of the Bridewell, 

from the i*t of May last to the i"^ of August Instant 

& for Victualling the prisoners &c as p'^ his said acct audited by the 

Committee & Sworn to, and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2434 of this City, payable to himself, or order the Sum of £110 : 
13 for so much Money by him advanced and paid for the 
use of this Corporation 

[ 189] Orderd the like to Abraham Duryee or order the Sum 
N? 243s of £46 : 6 : ioj4 in full of his ace* for divers quantitys of 

Paint, Oyl and Glass delivered to Obadiah Wells, for the 
use of this Corporation as p'' his said acc^ Audited by this board and 
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Orderd the like to George Brewerton Esq'^ or order the 
N? 2436 Sum of £2 : 2 : o for Sundry Sums by him Expended in the 
Service of this Corporation on Sundry Committees, as p'^ 
his ace*, audited by this board and allowed of. 

ORDERD the like to Jonathan Hampton or order the sum of 

N? 2437 £4 : 3 : 3 in full of his acci for work done at the new Goal 

&? as p*" his said acct sworn to & allowed of by this board. 

Orderd that the Clerk Prepare the draft of a Grant to Gerrardus 
Duyckinck of a Water Lot in the Dock Ward of this City under the 
Yearly Rent of three Shillings p^ foot, to Commence from the date of 
the said Grant and Preferr the Same to this board with all Conveni- 
ent Speed. 

The Clerk produced to this Board the engros[s]ed Grants to Doc- 
tor W? Brownjohn for two Water Lots the one on Hunters Key & the 
other on Burnets which being Read, were Approved of by this board 
and thereupon Order'd, that the same be Signed by Mf Mayor and 
Aid*? Filkin & delivered to the said W°* Brownjohn on his Executing 
Counterparts thereof to the use of this Corporation & the same were 
Signed Accordingly./ 

The Clerk also produced to this Board the Engrossed Grants of 
Water Lots to Thomas Marston & Henry Kip on Burnets Key in the 
East Ward and to Thomas Dodge and Nicholas De Peyster for the 
Grants & Releases of Water Lots in the Outward, which being Also 
Read were approved of and thereupon orderd by this Board as above. 



[190] City of ) ^j,^ At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYorkj Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 

9^ of September Anno Dom 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
Henry Brevoort 
Abraham Mesier 






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Orderd by this board that the Committee who were appointed to 
purchase of Cap* Tiller a fire Engine be a Committee to purchase one 
other fire Engine of Davis Hunt for the use of this Corporation 

It is agreed by this board, and orderd that a Stone Stoop be made 
in front of the Goal House, provided the Same does not Exceed the 
Sum of thirty Pounds and that the Same be made under the Inspection 
& direction of the Committee of the New Goal. 

M'' Mayor Communicated to this board, that he had been Applied to, 
for the Loan of some of the Citys Arms by Mess^? W*? Walton & 
Stephen De Lancey to discipline their Respective Companys, and that 
they will Give Security for the return of the same when required. 
Orderd that they have leave Accordingly and that the overseer of 
the said Arms do first take their Receipt for the same 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2438 urer of this City, to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door 
keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for a 
Quarters Sallary due & ending the 8^1* of August last 

[191] Whereas by an Act of the Legislature of this Province made and 
passed the i6^i? day of February 1772 Entitled an Act for the better 
Regulation of Officers in the City of New York, Chosen by Virtue of 
the Charters Granted to the said City and other Purposes therein Men- 
tioned ; It is therein Enacted & ordained that the Mayor Aid? & Com- 
monalty, of the City of New York, or the Major part of them. Shall 
and may on Such day in the Month of September, in every Year as to 
themselves Shall Seem meet, at least Eight Days before the day of 
Election, fix upon a Proper Place in each Respective Ward where such 
Election Shall be held, and Nominate & Appoint, a fit and discreet Per- 
son for each Respective Ward, in the said City, to Preside at and be 
the Returning Officer of the said Elections of the said Officers, which 
shall be Chosen for the said City in the said month of September for 
the Year next ensuing, to See that the Same be fairly Conducted and 
had, and to Return the Officers that Shall be duly Chosen, which Per- 
son so to be Nominated & Appointed for each Ward Shall be a Resi- 
dent in the Ward, for which he shall be so Appointed, and a freeholder 
there or a freeman of the said City, This Board therefore in Pursuance 
of the said Law, do hereby Nominate and appoint the Severall persons 
hereinafter mentioned (they being respectively qualified according to 
the directions of the aforesaid act) to preside at and be the Returning 
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each for the Ward, for which he is so appointed, and that the place of 
Election in the said Respective wards be as follows that is to say for the 



wards 
West Ward, 



South Ward, 
Dock Ward, 
East Ward, 
North Ward, 
Monty Ward, 
Out Ward, 



persons 

John Wetherhead 

John Harris Cruger 
Dirick BrinckerhoflF 
John Alsop 
James Jarvis 
Joseph Bull 
Peter Stuyvesandt 



places 
in the west end of the Market 



I that fronts the Broadway 
the Exchange House 
Coenties Market 
Coffy House Bridge 
City Hall 

Pecks Slip Market 
at the house of John Fowler 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N9 2439 of tJ^^s City to pay to Mess*^ Colden and Mackie or order 

[192] the sum of ^2y 13 : 6 in full for the ballance of their 

ace! for two Cisterns made for the use of this Corporation &c as p*" 

their ace! audited by this board & allowed of 

The Clerk produced to this Board Several Releases for Ground 
in the Out Ward, between high & Low Water Mark, as also Sundry 
Grants of Water Lots 200 feet into the East River from Low Water 
Mark, in front of the Ground Contained in the above Releases, to 
Johannes Pancr, Ann Burk, Gilbert Pell, Hendrick Rutgers, Eve Pro- 
voost, and William Bedlow & Others, which being Read were ap- 
proved of by this board, & Orderd that the Mayor & Senior Aid? 
Present Sign the Same and that the Clerk [deliver] the said Releases & 
Grants to the above Several Persons, on their Executing Counterparts 
thereof to the use of this Corporation 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 17*^ 
of September Anno Dom 1772 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 



Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
George Brewer ton Jun*" 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
John W: Vredenburgh 
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Order'd by this board that Anthony L : Bleecker be appointed and 
he is hereby accordingly appointed to preside at the Next Election of 
Officers for the City & County of New York, in the East Ward of the 
said City in the Room & Stead of John Alsop, who was Appointed a 
returning Officer (the last Common Council) for the said Ward but 
is neither a freeman nor freeholder there 

1 193] Ordered that the Place of Election of Officers in the West Ward, 
be held at the Southermost Market at the north River Commonly Called 
Mesiers Market, and not at the West End of the Market that fronts 
the Broadway as Mentioned in the Order of Last Common Council. 

Order'd that the Aldermen and Assistants of Montgomery Ward, 
South Ward and the West Ward be a Committee to Consider of Some 
Necessary Regulations, Respecting the Sale of Hay 

Order D by this Board that twelve pounds be allowed towards 
Clearing Coenties Slip, of forty Scow Loads of Mud 

Orderd by this Board, that the Mayor Issue his Warrant 

N? 2440 to the Treasurer of this City, to pay to Thomas Shrieve or 

order the Sum of £20 on acct of Work done at Pecks Slip 

Orderd the like to Francis Child, or order the Sum 

N? 2441 of £53 : 8 : 6 in full of his ace* for Victualling Sundry 

Warr* Issued Criminals, from the I2*^ of March last to the 12*^? of 

June following, and for other Expences attending the 

New Goal, as p*" his said acct, Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Andrew Gautier Esq'^ or order 

N? 2442 the Sum of £9 : 6 in full of his acct for Sundry Sums by 

Warrt Issued him advanced and paid for the use of this Corporation, 

and other Expences attending Sundry Committees of 

this board as p'" his said acc^, audited by this board & allowed of 

Orderd the like to George Bell or order the Sum of 
N? 2443 £27 : 6 : 5 in full of his ace* for work done and materials 
found for the use of the ferry House, fly Market &c as 
p^ his said acct Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

[194] Orderd the like to Garret Waldron or order the Sum 
N9 2444 of £18 : 14 : loyi in full of his ace* for paveing near the fort 
& Bowling Green &c as p'" his said ace* Sworn to and 
allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Henry Brevoort or order the Sum 
N? 2445 of £15 : 17 :6 in full of his ace* for the like Sum by him 
advanced & paid for the use of this Corporation as p'' his 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2446 urer of this City, to pay to Gerrard Bancker or order, 
Warr* Issued the Sum of £36 : 4 : o in full of his acct, for Sundry 
Surveys made by order of this board, and divers at- 
tendances on Committees of this Corporation from September 1766 to 
the i^^V ins! as p'" his said acd sworn to & allowed of by this board 

The Committee who were appointed on the 19*^ of August last 
to Conferr with, and Receive Proposals from the Proprietors of the 
Houses & Lots of Ground fronting the West Great Dock in the South 
Ward of this City Respecting the Terms of Granting the Same, Re- 
ported to this Board, that they had Received the following Proposals, 
which being Committed to Writing, are in the Words following Vizt 
The Subscribers being &c [Proposals not entered.] This -Board do 
Resolve and Order thereon, that the said Water Lots Prayed for 
be Granted to the said Petitioners as farr into the River as those on 
the East Side of the long Bridge are Granted, Each loosing in Going 
out his length in Such Proportion as Appears to be Wanting of the 
full breadth of said Lotts, and that they Respectively pay to this Cor- 
poration the yearly quit Rent of 5/ p'' foot, for every foot they Shall 
hold upon the River. 



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New York^ 



At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on friday the 25*^ of 
Sept'^ Anno Dom 1772. 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
George Brewerton Jun 
Huybert V : Wagenen 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
John W*" Vredenburg 
Henry Brevoort 



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Thomas Stilwell Hatter Sworn a freeman of this Corporation and 
Ordered to be Registred. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2447 of this City to pay to Robert Carr or order the Sum of 
£20 on further acc^ 

^^ ^ Orderd the like to Davis Hunt or order the Sum of £90 

in full for a fire Engine purchased of him by this Corporation 

. - Orderd the like to Abraham Mesier or order the Sum 

N9 2449 . . 

^^ of £50 on ace*, 

Orderd the like to Henry Dufour or order the Sum of 
N? 2450 £10 in Consideration of the Damages he hath been put to, 
on account of the late Regulation of Crown Street 

[196] Orderd the like to Pexsel Fowler or order the Sum 
N? 2451 of twenty Shillings and Six Pence in full of his acct for horse 

hire and Loss of time in Transporting Sundry Vagrants by 
order of Aid? Dikeman 

City of ) «« At a Common Council held at the City 

New York V ' Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 29^ 

Day of September Anno Domini 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 
Huybert V Wagenen 
John Hardenbroock 
Abraham Mesier 
John W. Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 

Conformable to his Majestys Royal Charter Granted to the Mayor 
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It of the Governor, the Council & General Assembly of this Prov- 
ince Entitled an Act for the better Regulation of the Election of Of- 
ficers in the City of New York Chosen by Virtue of the Charters 
Granted to the said City and other purposes therein Mentioned for 
electing this Day, one Alderman, one Assistant, two Assessors, one 
Collector and two Constables in the six wards to the southward of the 
fresh water, and one Alderman, one Assistant, four Assessors two Col- 
lectors, and four Constables for the Out ward of the said City to serve 
in the respective Offices, for the year ensuing ; the respective Returning 
Officers of each ward, made a Return this day under their hands of 
the several persons, to serve in the Several Offices aforesaid Vizt. 



[197] Jacobus Lefferts 
Henry Brevoort 
Thomas Witter 
Daniel Phcenix 
William Elsworth 
George Marschalk 
Abraham V: Gelder 
George Brewerton Jun'^ 
Abraham Mesier 
Aron Gilbert & 
Christopher Benson 
Peter Kirby 
Balthazer Creemer & 
John Burrows 
George Brewerton 
Ilenjamin Huggit 
John Montanje & 
William Waddle 
William Van Duersen 
Moses Sherwood & 
William Bennet 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Thomas Brookman & 
Adam Gilchrist 
FredV Lasher 
Fred'F Lasher & 
Michael Hays 



Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

C Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

V Assessors 

Collector 

i Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

> Assessors 

Collector 



Constables 



Alderman 
Assistant 

V Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 



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Andrew Gautier 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Grove Bend and ) 

George Remson ( 

James Creighton 
Manus Burger & ) 

Joseph Beck C 

[198] Benjamin Blagge 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
Norman Tolmie & ) 

John Riker \ 

W*? Hardenbrook 
Vincent Montanje & ) 
Amout Cannon ( 

John Dikeman 
John Hardenbrook 
Samuel Kip & 
Jacob Van orden Jun'" 
Thomas White 
Thomas White and 
John Falkner 
Aron Myer and 
Adolph Benson 
Hendrick Frambramer 
Adolph Myer and 
Hendrick Frambramer 



Alderman 
Assistant 

Assessors 

Collector 

Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

I Assessors 

Collector 

I Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

Assessors 

Collector 

Constables 

Assessors 
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Resolved that John Harris Cruger Esq*" be and he is hereby Elect- 
ed and Appointed Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corporation for the 
year Ensuing, he giving such Security as the Law directs 

Resolved and Ordered by this Board that Patrick Walsh be ap- 
pointed & he is hereby accordingly Appointed high Constable for the 
City & County of New York, for the Year Ensuing, or until some 
other fit Person be Appointed and Sworn in his Room 

This being the Day fixed in and by his Majestys royal Charter of 
Incorporation, for appointing a Treasurer or Chamberlain of the said 
City, M*" Abeel Moved this board, that John Harris Cruger Esq*" 
be appointed Treasurer or Chamberlain of the said City, for the Year 
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Age and bodily Infirmities of Isaac De [199] Peyster Esq"" their Pres- 
ent Chamberlain ; and also considering that greater Activity and Dili- 
gence is required for the punctual Discharge of the said Office than can 
reasonably be excepted of him, have therefore thought fit to appoint, 
and do hereby appoint, the said John Harris Cruger Treasurer or Cham- 
berlain to this Corporation, for the Year Ensuing ; and this Board hav- 
ing a Just Sense of the Care, Fidelity and Integrity used by the said 
Isaac De Peyster in the Discharge of the Trust reposed in him by this 
Corperation do further order that their thanks be presented to him 
for his Long and faithful Service as Treasurer of this City he having 
Executed that Office upwards of Twenty Years successively 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2452 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
£5 for one quarters sallary due unto him as publick Whip- 
per of this City, the s^^ oi October next. 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Saturday the 10^ 
of October Anno Dom 1772 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun*" 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Abeel 

Huybert Van Wagenen 
Abraham Mesier 



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[200] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 

N? 2453 Treasurer of this City, to pay to Huybert Van Wag- 

Warrt Issued enen or order the Sum of £21 13 :iij4 in full of 

his acct for the like Sum by him advanced & paid for 

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Nails &c furnished for said Corporation as p'' his said acct, audited 
by this board and allowed of. 

Orderd by this board that the Assize of bread be till further Order, 
flour at 26/ p'' Cent. 

A white loaf of the finest flour to Weigh i^ 4<>^ for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to Weigh o: 10 for 2 D? 

And further orderd, that no Other bread be made for Sale with- 
in this City, than According to the Above Assize (hard bisquits only 
Excepted) and that all Bakers within the Same, take Notice thereof 
and make their bread Accordingly 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 
I4*l» day of October Anno Dom 1772 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dike man 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W^P Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 
Theophilus Hardenbrook ^ 



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This Day M«^ Mayor Attended by Several of the Aldermen SheriflF 
and Town Clerk and Coroner between the Hours of [201] Eleven & 
twelve oClock in the forenoon at the City Hall, went from thence to 
the House of his Excellency the Honourable William Tryon Esq^ Cap- 
tain General &c on the Hill near Grinage, where the Oaths Appointed 
by act of Parliament, to be taken instead of the Oaths of Allegiance 



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and Supremacy, the Test and Abjuration Oath, in the presence of and 
by order of his said Excellency were Administred unto Whitehead 
Hicks Esq'^ as Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the Markets of the 
said City as Also one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the 
City & County of New York, and Also the Usual Oaths of the Office 
of Mayor Water Bailiff and Clerk of the Markets of the same City 
and one of the Justices of the peace, in the presence of the aforesaid 
Several Members of this Court, Whereupon the said Mayor Attended 
as aforesaid, Returned to the City Hall, where after the Ringing of 
three Bells, and Proclamation Made for Silence the Commissions of 
Mayor, Water Bailiff, & Clerk of the Markets, and the Commissions 
of high Sheriff & Coroner were Published, this Court then Returned 
to the Common Council Chamber where the said Whitehead Hicks 
Esq'' was placed in the Chair, who then and there, as Mayor of this 
Corporation, Administred the Oaths aforesaid. Appointed to be taken 
by Act of Parliament, instead of the Oaths of Allegiance and Su- 
premacy, the Test and Abjuration Oath, and the usual Oaths for the 
due Execution of their Respective Offices unto the Respective Ma- 
jestrates and Officers following Vizt. 



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Justices of the peace 



Francis Filkin 

George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 

John Dikeman 

Jacobus Lefferts 

George Brewerton Jun?" 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

John W™ Vredenburgh 

Abraham Mesier 

Henry Brevoort 

John Hardenbrook 

Theophilus Hardenbrook^ 

John Harris Cruger Esq^ Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corpora- 
tion, he having Entered into bond (which 
this board approved of) for the due Exe- 
cution of his Office 

[202] John Roberts Esqf high Sheriff of the City & County of New 

York 
high Constable 



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Patrick Walsh 



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Petty Constables 



Constables for the East Ward 
D? for the West Ward 
D? for the North Ward 
D9 for the South Ward 
D? for the Dock Ward 



George Marschalk & 

Ab~ Van Gelder 

Balthazer Creemer & 

John Burrows 

Moses Sherwood & 

William Rennet 

Fred^ Lasher & 

Michael Hays 

Manus Burger & 

Joseph Beck 

Vincent Montanje & )t^« ^ xc ^„ ^ir j 
. ^ ^ •' }.D9 for Monty Ward 

Amout Cannon f 

Thomas White and / tv. r r> T^• • • • *u rx ^ ^xr j 

J , P „ vD? for Bowery Division m the Out Ward 

„ J . , V- t_ Cd? for Harlem Division in D? 

Hendrick Frambramer \ 

Ordered by this Board that Theophilus Hardenbrook, who has Suc- 
ceeded Huybert Van Wagenen, Assistant for Montgomery Ward, be 
appointed to all such Committees as the said Huybert Van Wagenen 
was appointed to 

This Board being in Doubt, whether Benjamin Blagge Esq'" Can 
Legally Execute the Offices of Coroner and Justice of the peace for this 
City & County together, and in order to remove said Doubt, have 
agreed to take the opinion of the following Gentlemen of the Law 
(to witt) the Attorney General [John Tabor Kempe], M'' William 
Smith, U< Scott, Mr Duane, M^ S : Jones, Mr Kissam, Mr Jay & Mf 
Th? Smith : Ordered that M^ Recorder be desired to make a Case for 
them agreeable to the directions of the Charter 

[203] John Harris Cruger Esq'' being this day qualified to Execute the 
Office of Treasurer or Chamberlain of this City for the Year en- 
suing, he having first Entered into bond for the due Execution of 
said Office, Ordered therefore that Isaac De Peyster Esq'^ the late 
Treasurer or Chamberlain do forthwith, or within fourteen days from 
the date hereof, deliver into the hands & Custody of the said John Har- 
ris Cruger all Such Books of Accounts, which do belong to his late 
Office together with all Warrants Vouchers and Memorandums be- 
longing to the Same, And also all and Singular Monies, bills Bonds 
Specialties Leases Deeds and all Papers and Writings Whatsoever, in 



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any wise belonging to this Corporation whose Receipts Shall be a good 
discharge to him for the Same, and this board do hereby agree, on his 
Producing such Receipt to Cancel and deliver up the bond or Obliga- 
tion by him Entered into for the due Execution of said Office 

Ordered by this Board, that Notice be Given, to all persons who 
are indebted to this Corporation for Quit Rents or otherwise to pay the 
Same to John Harris Cruger Esq'' their Present Treasurer or Cham- 
berlain he being Lately Appointed to said Office 

City of ) «^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York V ' Hall of the said City on Monday the 19*^ 

of October Anno Dom 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf 

Thomas Jones Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Jacobus Leff erts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
John W*? Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 

Order'd by this Board, that the Assize of bread be till further 
Order, flour at 24/ P^ Cent 

[204] A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh. i*** : 6*^^ for 4 Coppers 
D? of D? to weigh. 11 for 2 D? 

And further Ordered, that no Other bread be made for Sale within 
this City, than According to the Above Assize (hard bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the Same take Notice thereof and 
make their bread Accordingly 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2454 urer of this City to pay to Abraham Van Gelder or 

Warrt Issued order the Sum of £100 (out of the Monies paid into 
his hands, by Virtue of an Act of the Legislature of 
this Colony relative to the Lamps) for account of monies, due to the 
Lamp Lighters & for a quarters Sallary due the i»t of November next 
and likewise for Oyl Expended for the use of the said Lamps 






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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2455 of this City to pay to Jacobus Lefferts Esq^ or order the 

Sum of £43 : 17 : 3^ in full of his acd for so much money 

by him Expended and Laid out for the use of this Corporation as p'' 

his said acct audited by this board and allowed of 

Orderd the like to Nathan Woodhull or order the Sum 
N? 2456 of £130 : o : 6 in full of his acc^ for 20 Barils and gyi Gal- 
lons of Lamp Oyl delivered to Abraham Van Gelder for 
the use of this Corporation, the Same to be paid out of the monies 
Raised for the use of the Publidc Lamps 

The following List of firemen belonging to the Several fire En- 
gines in this City imder the Conmiand of Jacobus Stoutenburgh Engi- 
neer and Isaac Stoutenburgh, George Stanton & Jacob Roome Assist- 
ants, was preferred to this Board and Approved of and Orderd to be 
Entered in the Manner following Vizt 



West Ward 



George Waldegrove foreman 

John Brower 

Francis Barrea Jun*" 

Anthony Post 

George Bell 

Alexander Lamb 

Philip Minthome 

Ahasuerus Turck 

William Elsworth 

John Kiersted 

David Morris 



Jacob Morris 
Walter Heyer 
Abraham Bokea 
James Van Sise 
George Waldegrove Jun'^ 
Jonathan Black 
George Warner 
Abraham Russell 
Thomas Barrow 
William Mott 
John Balthus Dash 



[205] Jacob Brower foreman of one 
of the Small fire Engines 
James Amens 
Adrian Stymets 



Isaac Bogert 
John Brower Jun^ 
Martin Ame 



Guilian Varick foreman of one D9 
William Eagles 
John Montanje 
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John N : Bogert 
Cornelius Turck 
Isaac Bokea 



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firemen of the North Ward 



Isaac Meade foreman of the 

Engine near St Paul's Church 
John Stagg 
Jeremiah Goodwin 
Frederick Barr 
John Lamater 
Isaac Lamater 
John Ball 
Cornelius V : Sise 
Francis Post 
John De Groot 

Andrew Bell foreman of the 

Engine at the Barracks 
Andrew Hopper 
Abraham Morris 
John Christian Pontius 



James Harvey 
Cornelius Marschalk 
Anthony King 
Jacob Ver Veelen 
Peter Woolsie 
David Banta 
Joseph Pierson 
Aaron Bancker 
James Hallet 
Morris Earle 
Abraham De Revera 
Joseph Balding 
John Lamater Jun^ 
Isaac Ball 
John Gasner 
George Peeck 
David Demoree 



D? for the 
Peter Bogert foreman 
John Targier 
William Bokea 
Francis Bassett 
William Post 
Jeronimus Alstine 
Nathan Fish 
William Pearse 
Christopher Duyckinck 



East Ward 

John Fish 
Thomas Lawrence 
W™ Elsworth Jun"" 
Wendel De Bois 
NichP P : Bogert 
Victor Bicker Jun'^ 
Cornelius Bicker 
John Young 
James Linkletter 



firemen for 
Charles Philips foreman 
Daniel Ten Eyck 
Henry Sickels 
Evert Wessells 
John Silvester 
Henry Will 
James V: Dyck 
John Russell 
Jacob Smith 



the Dock Ward 

Timothy Wood 
John Norris 
John Cree 
Jacobus Quick 
Richard Ten Eyck 
Jacob Boole 
William Crawford 
Thomas Bums 
Joseph Cox 



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firemen of Montgomery Ward 



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William Hardenbrook foreman 

Peter Roome 

John Elsworth 

John Sticklin 

John Moore 

[206] Nicholas Anthony 



Thomas Burling 
philip Brasher 
Joseph Shadwick 
William Cannon 
James Thompson 
Robert Thompson 



firemen belonging to the Engine in S*, George's Square. 
Theophilus Hardenbrook foreman 



Stephen Crossfield 

Mathias Vredenburgh 

Elias De Grusha Jun*^ 

John Post 

Lodowick Hinsler 

Mathias Warner 

Benjamin Ogden (discharged) 

Francis Dominick 

Richard Heyer 



David Post 
Anthony Ford 
Michael Rier 
Adam De Grusha 
John Dally Jun^ 
Nathan Horten 
Henry Bicker 
Barent Christopher 
Abraham Warner 



firemen of the South Ward. 



Isaac Marschalk foreman 
Thomas Lawrence 
Aert Houseman 
Isaac Laback 
Andrew Ten Eyck 
Garrit Waldron 



Lewis Tiebou[t] 
Charles Doughty 
John Deforeest 
John Bums 
Peter G : Waldron 
John Gillilan 



firemen of the Out Ward 



David Henry Mallos foreman 

Cornelius Bennet 

George Jannuary 

John Walters 

Henry Shute 

Garret Peterson 

Isaac Van Duersen 



John Somerenduyck 
Richard Edmonds 
Valentine Arnold 
Francis Sawyer 
Mathias Feer 
Peter Vanderhoof 
William Crolius 



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[207] City of ^ gg At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City, on Tuesday the ioH» 

of November Anno Dom 1772 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge . Ain^rm-^ 

Andrew Gautier f^'^" Aldermen 

George Brewerton Jun'' 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
Theophilus Hardenbrook^ 



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Ordered by this Board, that the Assize of bread be till further Or- 
der flour at 22/9 Pr Cent. 

A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh. . i**^ : 7®* : for 4 Coppers 
D? ofD? to weigh... 11 for 2 D? 

And further Orderd, that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City, than According to the Above Assize, (hard bisquits only Ex- 
cepted,) and that all Bakers within the Same, take Notice thereof, and 
make their bread Accordingly. 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2457 of this City to pay to Johannes Myer Messenger & Door 
keeper to this Board, or order the Sum of £10 for Ex- 
traordinary Services by him done & performed the last year. 

The Petition of Several proprietors of houses and Lots of Ground 
fronting St James's Street, in the Out ward, was preferred to this board 
& read, orderd that the same be referred for further Consideration 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 389 

[208] City of ) gg At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Friday the 13*? 

day of November Anno Dom 1772 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq?" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
George Brewerton 
John Abeel 
Abraham Mesier 
Benjamin Huggit 
Henry Brevoort 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2458 of this City to pay to Theophilus Hardenbrook or order the 
Sum of £21 to be by him applied towards Building a fire 
Engine House in Montgomery Ward of this City 

The Clerk produced the Engrossed Release for Several Lots of 
Ground in the Out Ward, also the Engrossed Grant of Several Water 
Lots in the same Ward to Elizabeth Rutgers, Anthony Rutgers, Jacob 
Le Roy, & Mary Rutgers, which being Read were approved of, .md 
Signed by the Mayor & Alderman Filkin 

The Clerk also produced the Engrossed Grants to James Wells, 
Henry Cuyler, William Bayard, Gerrardus Duyckinck, and Johanna 
Duyckinck and the said Gerrardus Duyckinck, which being likewise 
Read, were Approved of, and Signed by the Mayor & Aid? Filkin, Or- 
derd that the same be Delivered to the said Grantees on their Executing 
Counterparts thereof, to the use of this Corporation 

The Petition of a Number of freeholders and Inhabitants Residing 
Near the White Hall Slip was preferred to this board and Read, pray- 
ing that this Board will Give them leave to fill up said Slip, Orderd 
therefore that the said Petitioners have leave Accordingly to fill up said 
Slip, as farr to the South ward, as to Range with the Corner of the 
Street, that adjoins the House of John Martin & no farther 

Upon Application to this board by Edward Doughty Jun«" and 
Thomas Lawrence Jun'^ to be Appointed firemen for the South Ward, 
Orderd that the said Edward Doughty Jun'' be Appointed a firemen 
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Lawrence Jun'^ be also appointed a [209] fireman for the said Ward, 
in the Room of his father Thomas Lawrence, who is an Assistant to 
the Company of firemen belonging to the said Ward 

It is Orderd by this Board, that Isaac De Peyster Esq^ the Late 
Chamberlain to this Corporation do attend this Board, on Monday 
the 30*? of this Instant November, at their Chamber in the City Hall, 
at four oClock in the afternoon of the same day, and that he bring 
with him at the same time, all such Mgnies books of Accounts, and 
other Papers, which do belong to his said late Office on Neglect of 
which, this board will put in Suit his bond for the due performance of 
his said Office, and further Ordered that the Clerk hereof do Serve the 
said Isaac De Peyster with a Copy of this Order 



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Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 
2^ day of December, Anno Dom. 1772. 



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Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq*^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Huybert Van Wagenen 
[Theophilus Hardenbrook] 
John W?* Vredenburgh 
Ab*? Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrodc 

Be it Ordained by the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the 
City of New York, Convened in Oxnmon Council and it is hereby 
ordained by the Authority of the same that the following Laws and 
Ordinances of this Corporation be Renewed Established published ft 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 391 

Continued & Remain in full force and Virtue for one Year from and 
after the date hereof Vizt. 

a Law for the due observation of the Lords Day called Sunday. 

a Law to prevent Strangers from being a Charge to this Corporation 
[210] a Law to appoint Sworn Surveyors of this City. 

a Law for the better preventing of fire (with the Addition made 
thereto) 

a Law for Marking of Bread 

a Law prohibiting the Sale of Meal & flour by Measure and for 
Appointing proper Places for the Sale of Meal flour & Grain 

a Law for regulating Negroes MuUatoes & other Slaves 

a Law for regulating of Carts and Carmen 

a Law to regulate the Office of Gangers of liquors Packers of Beef 
& Pork & Cullers of Staves, heading and Hoops 

a Law relating to making of freemen (Except that part formerly 
Repealed) 

a Law for regulating the Lying of Vessels in the Great Dock & 
Slips of this City. & for preserving the Bridge and Common Sewer 
of the same Great Dock 

a Law for preserving the Commons & the fish in fresh Water Pond 

a Law for regulating & Establishing fees for the Inviters to fun- 
erals 

a Law for paving & Cleansing the Streets Lanes & Alleys within 
this City of New York and for preventing Nusances within the same 

a Law prohibiting Hawkers & Pedlers 

a Law for preventing of frauds in firewood. 

a Law for Marking of Butter 

a Law for regulating of fences. 

a Law for regulating of Midwives within the City of New York 

a Law for regulating the Office of Chamberlain or Treasurer of 
the City of New York 

a Law for the better securing of the City of New York from the 
Danger of Gunpowder 

a Law declairing to what uses, the Seal of this Corporation the 
Seal of the Mayors Court, and the Seal of Mayoralty of this City shall 
be put 

a Law for regulating the Publick Maricets within this City of New 
York & for preventing the forestalling of Provisions Coming to the 
said Markets (with the Addition lately made thereto) 

a Law to prevent the selling or giving of unripe fruit & Oysters 
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a Law to restrain & prohibit the giving or selling of Strong liquors, 
to any of the private Centinels of his Majesty's Garrison in the City 
of New York 

a Law to prevent Rafling in the City of New York 

a Law to ascertain the Size of Apple Barrels and the weight of 
Onions, that Shall be brought to this City for Sale or Exportation 

a Law to prohibit the Sale of Hay by Measure 

a Law for regulating the publick Slaughter Houses within the City 
of New York with the Alteration & Amendment lately made thereto 

a Law to ascertain the Size of Carts, & Regulate the Sale of Fire- 
wood in the City of New York, with the Addition made thereto 
[211] a Law Entitled a Law to ascertain the Size dimensiens and 
quality of Staves Heading, Hoops, board. Timber, Shingles and Plank, 
which Shall be brought to this City for Sale 

a Law for the Inspection of firewood with an Addition thereto 

an Ordinance for Assizing the Publick Markets of the City of 
New York (Except that part formerly Repealed Relating to the Ar- 
ticle of Butter) 

a Law relating to the Storing of Gunpowder 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2459 urer of this City to pay to Miss Mary Burck or order the 
Sum of £25 for a Years Interest of £500 due on a bond 
from this Corporation to her the 7*? of May Last 

Orderd the like to William M?Cleod or order the Sum 
N? 2460 of £35 for a years Interest of £700 due on a bond from 
this Corporation to him the 2i of November Last 

^Q ^ Orderd the like to Abraham De Raviera or order the 

Sum of £100 on account 

Orderd the like to Adolph Waldron or order the Sum of 

N? 2462 £215 :o :2j4 in full of his acct for the like Sum by him 

advanced & paid, for Materials found & Work done at the 

ferry Dock, &c as p'' his said acct. Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to John Van Dolsen or order the Sum 

N? 2463 of £36 : 18 : 4y2 in full of his three Several ace*? for paving 

&c as p^ his said ace*? Sworn to & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Robert Harding or order the Sum o* 
N? 2464 £35 :4 for Work done & performed at the ferry House 
ferry Stairs &c as p'^ his said acc^, Sworn to & allowed of by 
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Orderd the like to Mess^ Ford & Skinner or order the 

N? 2465 Sum of £20 : 19 : 4 in full of their acd, for Building a fish 

Market as p*" said acct Sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Adam Dobs or order the Sum of £10 : 
N? 2466 9 :6 in full of his acct for work done for the use of this 

Corporation as pf his said ace* Sworn to and allowed of by 
this Board (W Issued to M'' Stoutenburgh) 

[212] Orderd the like to John Helmes or order the Stun of 
N? 2467 £8:7:6 in full of his acd, for Work done for the Use 

of this Corporation, as p^ his said Account Sworn to and 
Allowed of by this Board (W Issued to the same) 

Orderd the like to Anthony Ford or order the Sum of 
N? 2468 £8 : 12 : 6 in full of his accl for work done for the use of 
this Corporation as p'' his said acct Sworn to and Allowed 
of by this board (W Issued to the same) 

Orderd the like to David Post or order the Sum of 
N9 2469 £5:0: io>4 in full of his acc^, for Nails bolts &c furnished 
for the use of Pecks Slip as p'' his said accS Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Daniel Dunscomb or order the sum of 
N? 2470 £3 : 18 : 4 for Nails &c furnished for the use of this Cor- 
poration as p'' his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this 
Board 

Orderd the like to Samuel Maghee or order the Sum of 
N? 2471 £11 : II :3 in full of his Account for Work done at the 
New Goal and for Materials found, as p'' his said Account 
Sworn to & Allowed of by this Board 

Order'd the like to John W*? Vredenburgh or order the 

N? 2472 Sum of £12 : 2 :4 for the like Sum by him advanced & 

paid for Plank for the use of the Market at Pecks Slip ; as 

p^ his said acct audited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Thomas Bogert or order the Sum of 

N? 2473 £3 as Clerk for attending the Election of Officers, at three 

different Elections 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 

N? 2474 urer of this City to pay to Andrew Gautier Esq^ or 

Warr! Issued order the Sum of £30 : 12 for the like Sum by him 

Advanced & paid to Mess"^ Colder & Mackee in full 

of their acct for making a Stone Stoop at the New Goal &c as p^ their 

said ace? Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

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Orderd the like to John Dikeman Esq*" or order the 
N? 2475 Sum of £14 : 7 : 10 for the like sum by him advanced and 
paid for the use of this Corporation 

[213] Orderd the Hke to Rynier Nack or order the Siun 
N? 2476 of £20 : 11 : o in full of his ace*, for Simdry Hogsheads of 
Lime furnished for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd the like to Amout Cannon or order the Sum 

N? 2477 of £1 : 6 for liquors delivered out at one of the late fires, as 

p'^ his said acct, Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Peter Thompson or order the Sum of 

N? 2478 Twenty Shillings, for liquors delivered out at the fire, which 

happened the 3^ of May last, as p^ his acci. Sworn to and 

allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the Sum 

N? 2479 of ^53 -12 : 9 in full of his ace* for one quarters Sallary as 

keeper of the Bridewell from the i^\ Day of August Last to 

the I'! of October following and for Victualling the Prisoners &c as p'' 

his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Francis Child or order the Sum of 
N? 2480 £40 : 19 : 9 in full of his acc^ for Victualling Sundry Crim- 
inals from the 13^ of June last to the 13^** of September 
following and for Sundry other Expences attending the New Goal, as 
p'^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order 
N? 2481 the Sum of £181 : 7 (out of the Monies paid into his 
Warrt Issued hands by the Church Wardens of this City by Virtue of 
an Act of the Legislature of this Colony, lately made 
and published) in full of his acct, for Monies by him Advanced & paid 
to Sundry Watchmen for Watching this City from the i6*? of July 
Last to the 16*^ of October following, as p^ his said accS Sworn to and 
allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2482 Sum of £50 : 16 : 5 in full of his ace* for Monies by him 
Expended in firewood for the use of the City Hall, and for 
one Years Sallary of the Watch, from the i*t of October 1771 to the 
i»5 of October 1772, as p'' his said ace! Sworn to and allowed of by this 
board. 

Orderd the like to Johannis Myer Messenger and door- 
N"? 2483 keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 in full for a 
quarters Sallary due unto him and ending the 8*^ of Novem- 
ber Last. 

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[214] Order'd that the Aid? & Common Council man of Montgomery 
Ward do take to their Assistance one of the City's Surveyors, & Cause 
a Survey to be made of the land prayed for by Peter Caverly & preferr 
the same to this board at their Next Meeting 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Lease to Samuel 
Farmer for a Lot on Inklawnbergh, which being Read was approved 
of & Signed by the Mayor, Orderd that the Clerk of this board, deliver 
the Same to the said Samuel Farmer on his Executing a Counterpart 
thereof for the use of this Corporation the said Samuel Farmer, at 
the Same [time] made Application to this Board, for leave to Assign 
over the said Lease to Robt G: Livingston & John Wetherhead: Or- 
derd that he have leave Accordingly 



City of ) ^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York I Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

9*^ day of December Anno DoTH 1772 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
Theophilus Hardenbrook^ 






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Cap! Thomas Brown a Petitioner for Water Lots in the Dock 
Ward of this City, acquainted this Board that he had been informed, 
that they had agreed to Grant to Henry Cuyler the Water Lot front- 
ing his Ground as by him prayed the whole breadth thereof without 
Reserving to him the said Thomas Brown the privilege of a Cart or 
Passage way of the breadth of nine feet, on the Easterly Side of said 
Water Lot the whole length of two htmdred feet, That the same 
privilege is Given to him the said Thomas Brown in the Deed for the 
up Lot by Stephen Bayard under whom he and the said Henry Cuy- 
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said Thomas Brown in the Conveyance from the said Stephen Bayard 
to Henry Cuyler father of the present Petitioner : whereupon this board 
having Inspected into the Several Deeds from the said Stephen Bay- 
ard to the said Thomas Brown & Henry Cuyler, and are of opinion and 
do agree and Order that the said nine feet be Excepted out of the 
breadth of the said Water Lot prayed for by the said Henry Cuyler, 
on the Easterly Side thereof the whole length of the said two hundred, 
and that the Same be and Remain as a publick Street or Cart Way, 
for the use of the Inhabitants of the said City for ever, and further 
Orderd that the Clerk hereof prepare Grants to them upon the Con- 
dition aforesaid & under the Yearly quit Rent of 3/ p^ foot 



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day of December 1772 



New YorkV Hall of the said City on Thursday the 17*? 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq' Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John W*? Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevort 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 



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Orderd by this Board, that the Assize of Bread be till further 
Order, flour at 24/ p'' Cent 

a white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i "* 6 ^* for 4 Coppers 

D? ofD«> to weigh : 11 for2Do 

And further orderd, that no other bread be made for Sale within 
this City than According to the above Assize (hard bisquit only Ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same, take Notice thereof and 
make their Bread Accordingly 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2484 of this City to pay to Augustus V Cortlandt or order the 
Sum of £8 : 10 : 7 for so much by him advanced for the use 
and at the request of this Corporation 



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[216] Orderd the like to Cornelius Berrian or order the 
N9 2485 Sum of £21 : 2 : 1 in full for 1043 f^^t of flatts furnished 

for the use of this Corporation, as p'' his acci Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Hendrick Barr or order the Sum of 
N? 2486 £9 : 17 : 1 in full of his ace* for Carting 225 Loads of Stone 

for the use of the Drain at Pecks Slip, as p'' his said acc^ 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Peter Van Den Bergh or order the 
N? 2487 Sum of £3 : 1 : 6 in full of his ace* for Carting of Stone & 

Sand, for the use of the drain at Pecks Slip, as p^ his said 
acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

The Clerk produced to this Board a Receipt of £1000 from Peter 
Van Brugh Livingston Esq'' Treasurer to the Society of the Hospital 
in the City of New York, in full of the Donation Given to the said 
Society by this Corporation ; which being Read was orderd to be filed 

Orderd that the Clerk of this Board Advertize the Lots of Ground 
& Water Lots Petitioned for by the Heirs of Harmanus Rutgers Dec? 
& the Widow Provoost at Publick Auction, on Tuesday the I2*t of 
January next at the Merchants Coffee House, at 1 1 oClock in the fore- 
noon likewise a Lot of Ground & Water Lot Petitioned for by Hen- 
drick Rutgers, being the Eastermost Lot, laid out for him which he 
declined takeing a Grant of Some time ago 

City of ) «^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkJ Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 29*^ 

of December 1772 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
Theophilus Hardenbrook ^ 



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[217] Orderd that the Mayor issue his Warrant to the 
N? 2488 Treasurer of this City to pay to M*"? Shrieve the Widdow of 

Thomas Shrieve dec? the Sum of £10 on acd of Work by 
him done for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd the Hke to Francis Dominick or order the Sum 
N? 2489 of £9 : 16 : 2 in full of his ace* for divers quantity s of Tim- 
ber & Plank furnished for this Corporation by order of the 
late Thomas Shrieve, as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by 
this Board 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the Sum 
N? 2490 of £62 : 17 : 6 out of the Monies Raised for the use of the 
Publick Roads, in full for the Ballance of his Account, as 
pf his said account Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Adolph Myer or order the Sum of 
N? 2491 £2 (out of the Monies Raised for the use of the Publick 
Roads) & for making a drain across Some part of the said 
publick Road by order of the Committee of the said Roads 

The Common Council taking into Consideration the Petition of 
William Caverly, for a Release of all that Space of Ground between 
the Rear of his Lot and Water Street, and having Considered of the 
same, thereupon Orderd that the same be Released to him, for the 
Consideration of one pepper Corn, and that the Qerk hereof prepare 
the Draft of a Release Accordingly 

M^ Mayor Communicated to this Board that Hendrick Rutgers had 
agreed to take a Grant & Release of the Ground and Water Lots Ad- 
vertized by this Board, for Sale at publick Auction Ordered therefore 
that the Clerk prepare the Draft of a Release & Grant to him for the 
same. Subject to the Terms the other petitioners for the Ground & 
Water Lots in that Neighbourhood Obtained theirs upon 

Ordered by this Board, that the Clerk hereof pay into the hands of 
the Chamberlain all such Monies which he has and Shall Receive for 
Water Lots in the out Ward, taking his Receipt for the same 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2492 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
£5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him as publick Whip- 
per of this City, the 5^? of January next 



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[218] City of ^ ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

13*^ day of January Anno Dom: 1773 



New York V Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 



Present'/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
Benjamin Blagge 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W Vredenburgh 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevort 



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Benjamin Blagge Esqf having accepted of a Commission appoint- 
ing him Coroner of the City & County of New York, whereon Doubts 
have arisen concerning the compatibility of his exercising that office 
and the office of an Alderman & justice of the peace of the said City 
& County at one and the same time ; this Board, for better Information 
on that Head did Lately direct, that the Advice of Counsel should be 
taken, and a Case being made, the following Gentlemen severally de- 
livered their Opinions thereon, to wit, M^ Attorney General, M^ Duane, 
M^ S Jones, Mf Kissam M*" Tho? Smith, & M^ Jay, all which were this 
Day Read ; and it was thereupon Orderd that the same be taken into 
Consideration at the next Common Council to be held for that purpose, 
on Friday the 29*^ Day of January Instant 

This Board being informed that Isaac De Peyster Esqf their late 
Treasurer notwithstanding repeated Requests, has hitherto neglected 
to deliver up the Monies Books & Papers belonging to this Corporation, 
it is therefore Orderd by this Board that Unless he surrender the same 
Immediately into the Hands of the present Treasurer, that he and his 
Security be prosecuted without Delay, on the Bond given by them for 
the Due performance of the Late Office of the said Isaac De Peyster, 
and that M^ Recorder carry on the Suit against them 



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[219] City of ^ <^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York^ * Hall of the said City on Friday the 29^ day 

of January Anno Dom 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andy Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John Abeel 
Benj°* Huggit 
John W? Vredenburgh 
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Theop? Hardenbrook 
John Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 

This Board taking into Consideration the Acceptance of the Of- 
fice of Coroner of the City & County of New York by Benjamin 
Blagge Esq*" one of the Aldermen & Justice of the peace of the said City 
& County, and being of Opinion that his Office of an Alderman, & 
Justice of the peace are become Void by his Acceptance of the Corro- 
ners Commission do therefore amove him of and from the said Office 
and ORDER that the Mayor of the said City, do issue his Warrant imder 
the Seal of the Corporation of this City, to the Constables of Mont- 
gomery Ward, thereby commanding and directing them to Summons 
the freemen & Freeholders of the said Ward to meet at the New 
Market in the said Ward, on Monday the 15*^ of February next, at 
ten oClock in the forenoon of the same day, then & there to Elect 
by Plurality of Voices a Sufficient person duly Qualified to Serve 
as an Alderman for the said Ward, in the Room of the aforesaid Ben- 
jamin Blagge, and this Board do further order that the Seal of the 
said City be affixed to this order, and the same is hereby affixed ac- 
cordingly 

The Clerk of this Board Produced to this Board the Engrossed 
Release to William Caverly for a piece of Ground lying between his 
House and Water Street, which being Read was approved of, and 



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Orderd that the same be Signed by M*" Mayor and Alderman Filkin 
and the same was Signed by them Accordingly 

[220] The Clerk of this Board Produced an Account of Moneys which 
he Received for the Sale of Water Lots in the Out Ward of this City 
which being Read, was Approved, and Orderd to be filed 

Ordered by this Board that Joseph Bull of the said City Merchant, 
be the presiding Officer, at the Election of an Alderman for Montgom- 
ery Ward in the Room of Benjamin Blagge Esq^ the late Alderman of 
the said Ward who being amoved from his said Office by this board 
for his Acceptance of the Commission of Coroner for the City & Coun- 
ty of New York, which said Election is to be held at the New Market 
in said Montgomery Ward on Monday the IS*^ of February next, 
at ten oClock in the forenoon of the same day. 



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yi of February, Anno Dom 1773 



New York f Hall of the said City, on Wednesday the 



Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
ab Francis Filkin 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacobus Leff erts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
ab John W"? Vredenburgh 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 



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M'' Mayor Communicated to this Board that the Council had put 
into his hands, the draft of a bill relative to the publick roads, and 
had among other things therein Contained, Appointed John Living- 
ston Peter Stuyvesant and Coll? John Mansell in Conjunction with 
several of the Members of this Board Commissioners for Altering, 
Regulating and Amending the publick Roads in this City & County & 
Desired the Concurrance of this board therein & Sundry Debates 
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Arising thereon, and the Question being put, it was Carried in the 
affirmative in Manner following Vizt 

[221] for the Affirmative for the Negative 

M'' Mayor M^ Abeel 

Mf Recorder M^ Huggit 

Aid?* Filkin M*" Mesier 

Aid? Gautier Mf Brevoort 

Aid?* Dikeman Theop? Hardenbrook 
Aid? Lefferts 

ORDERD therefore, that M^ Mayor do Signify to the Council, the above 
Determination of this Board 



City of I «« At a Common Council held at the City 

New York C ' Hall, of the said City on Wednesday the 

17*1* of February Anno Dom 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 



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Abraham Mesier 

Benjamin Huggit 

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Henry Brevoort 

Theophilus Hardenbrook ^ 

Isaac De Peyster Esqf the late Treasurer or Chamberlain to this 
Corporation, having this Day Delivered into this board all the Books of 
Accounts and Vouchers belonging to his said Office, Setled to the 
I4^^ of October Last when at the same time, David Jones of this City 
Merchant, whom the said Isaac De Peyster lately Appointed to Settle 
his said books of Accounts, Attended this board and being Examined 
on Oath, touching the due Settlement of said books, declared, that he 
had justly & truly settled the same, and that the sum £321 : 10 : itj^ 
appears to be the Ballance due from the said Isaac De Peyster to this 
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of accounts, do approve of the same and thereupon order that the 
said Isaac De Peyster do [222] forthwith pay the aforesaid Ballance, 
to John Harris Cruger Esq^ their present Chamberlain, taking his 
Receipt for the Same ; and further crderd that the Clerk of this Board 
do, upon the said Isaac De Peysters producing such receipt to him, 
deliver up the bond by him entered into for the due execution of his 
said late Office 

M^ Joseph Bull in pursuance of an order of this Board, Appoint- 
ing him Presiding Officer for the Election of an Alderman for Mont- 
gomery Ward, Certified to this Board, that agreeable to his said ap- 
pointment, he has Caused the said Election to be had on the Day and 
at the Place in the said order fixed, when Benjamin Blagge was duly 
Elected : the Close of the Pole stood thus, Viz^. for Benjamin Blagge 
199, for William Walton 65 ; orderd therefore that the said Benjamin 
Blagge be qualified who was accordingly qualified & thereupon took his 
Seat accordingly 

This Board Conceiving that on M*" Blagges being reelected to the 
said Office of an Alderman for Montgomery Ward, and his having 
Qualified himself to Execute the said Office, as well as the Office of a 
Justice of the Peace for this City & County, has Determined his ap- 
pointment to the Office of Coroner for said City & County, and that 
the said Office is now become Vacant. Orderd therefore that Mf 
Mayor & M^ Recorder do Prepare a Memorial to the Governor Setting 
forth the above Election & Qualification of M^ Blagge and Praying 
therein, the Appointment of one other person to Execute the said 
Office of Coroner in the Room of the said Benjamin Blagge 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2493 urer of this City to pay to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or 

WarrJ Issued order the Sum of £209 117 :o (out of the Monies 
Raised for defraying the Expence of the Lamps & 
Watchmen in this City) in full of his acct for Monies by him Advanced 
and paid to Sundry Watchmen for Watching this City from the 17*? 
of October 1772 to the 17*? of January following as p^ his said ace! 
Sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd by this Board that the Clerk hereof do prepare a Warrant 
of Attorney under the Seal of this Corporation to John H: Cruger 
Esqf their Chamberlain Authorizing him to sue for all such Debts as 
now are, & shall hereafter Grow due & belong to this Corporation 



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[223] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York V ' Hall of the said City on McMiday the 22^ 

of February Anno Dom : 1773. 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq'' Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Benjamin Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 
^ Jacobus Lefferts 

George Brewerton Jun^ 

Benjamin Hugg^t 

Ab? Mesier 

John W? Vredenburgh 

Theophilus Hardenbrook 

Henry Brevoort 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N"? 2494 of this City, to pay to Benjamin Blagge Esq'' or order the 

Sum of £21 : 12, in full of his acct for Sundry Inquisitions 

taken by him as Coroner of the said City &c : as by his said acd sworn 

to, and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Andrew Hopper or order the Sum of 
N? 2495 £4 : 8 in full of his acc^ for Work done at the New Goal & 
Bridewell as p'' his said acct sworn to and allowed of by 
this Board 

Orderd the like to Mess'f Blake & Prior or order the 

N? 2496 Sum of £62 : 8 : o in full of their ace* for work done for 

this Corporation at Bedlows Island &c: as p'' their said 

acct audited by the Committee, sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Mess"^? Bradford & M^ Even or order 
N? 2497 the Sum of £12 : 5 : i in full of their acct for work done 
at the Alms House &c : as p^ their said acct audited by the 
Committee, sworn to and allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Robert Carr or order the Sum of 
N? 2498 £55 : 2 : 1 1 being the Ballance of his ace! for Work done 
at Pecks Slip &c: as p^ his said ace* audited by the Com- 
mittee, sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

M'' Recorder produced to this Board the draft of a Petition to 
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[224] Chief in & over the province of New York & Territories thereon 
depending in America Chancellor and Vice Admiral of the same 

The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City 
of New York in Common Council Convened 

Humbly Sheweth 

That on the . . . day of October Last Benjamin Blagge Esq^ (then 
being one of the Aldermen & Justices of the peace of the City & 
County of New York) was by a Commission under the great Seal of 
the province of [New York] Constituted & Appointed Coroner of the 
said City & County and as such was duly Qualified According to Law. 

That upon the Appointment of the said Benjamin Blagge Esq^ 
to the Office of Coroner of the City & County of New York Doubts 
arose among your Petitioners whether the Offices of an Alderman' 
and Justice of the peace & that of a Coroner for the same City & Coun- 
ty were not Incompatible with each other and whether one and the 
same person could by the Laws of England or by the Charter to this 
City hold & Exercise the said Offices together at one and the same 
time, and whether the Offices of an Alderman & a Justice of the peace 
then Exercised by the said Benjamin Blagge did not become Void 
upon his Acceptance of the Coroners Commission, and as it appeared to 
your petitioners to be not only a Matter of Difficulty but of Impor- 
tance and being desirous to Act in a Matter of such Consequence a 
part that would be Just right & Legal Your petitioners Unanimously 
agreed to take the Opinion of a Number of Gentlemen Eminent in the 
Law upon a State of the Case to be drawn and formed for that purpose 
relative to the Doubts & Difficulties under which your Petitioners 
Laboured. 

That Your Petitioners with the Consent of the said Benjamin 
Blagge EsqT Accordingly Agreed to Lay such State of the Case before 
the Honourable William Smith Esq'", His Majestys Attorney General 
[John Tabor Kempe, Esq.], John Morin Scott, James Duane, Thomas 
Smith, Benjamin Kissam, Samuel Jones and John Jay Esq*"? with a 
request that each of them would give his Opinion upon the Several 
Queries Mentioned therein with the reason upon which each founded 
his Opinion and to point out the Several Authoritys & Law Cases 
which Induced each of them to be of such Opinion. 
[225] That Your Petitioners about the twentieth day of October last 
had such State of the Case Accordingly drawn and a Copy delivered 
to each of the Gentlemen abovementioned with a Note at the Bottom 
of each Case Containing the above request. 



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That Your petitioners received the Opinions of Mr Kissam, of the 
Attorney General, of James Duane, Thomas Smith, Samuel Jones, & 
John Jay Esq*? the last of which was delivered to your Petitioners on 
the fifteenth day of December last. 

That Your Petitioners being Informed that the Honourable Will- 
iam Smith Esq^ declined Giving any Opinion at all and not being Able 
after repeated Applications to Obtain any Opinion from M^ Scott 
thought proper to enter into a Consideration of the Doubts & Scru- 
ples before mentioned upon the Arguments Reasons & Law Cases 
Cited & Contained in the Six Several Opinions which your Petitioners 
had Obtained (and which said six Opinions with the State of the Case 
and Queries thereon Marked N? i. 2. 3. 4. 5 & 6. are hereunto Annexed 
& to which your Petitioners beg Leave to refer) 
. That the said Opinions and the Authorities produced in Support 
thereof were Severally read Considered of & deliberated upon by your 
petitioners from time to time and at Length a Day was fixed upon at 
the Distance of about a fortnight for determining the Matters in Doubt 

That on the 29^* day of January last being the day agreed upon for 
that purpose and your Petitioners having previous thereto duly and 
with Great Deliberation Considered of the Several points upon which 
their Doubts had arisen and having read & Considered of the Several 
Opinions aforesaid with the reasoning of the Gentlemen in their Several 
Opinions Contained and the Authorities & Law Cases referred to by 
each of the Gentlemen in Support of his particular Opinion and finding 
all the Gentlemen to Concur in Opinion Your Petitioners in a full 
Common Council Unanimously Agreed & resolved that the Offices of 
an Alderman & a Justice of the peace of & for this City and that of a 
Coroner of and for the same City were Incompatible with each other 
& Could by no Means be Exercised by one and the same person at 
one & the same time and that Benjamin Blagge Esq*" by his Acceptance 
of the Coroners Commission while an Alderman and a Justice of the 
peace had made the latter totally Void. Your Petitioners therefore 
after stating a Case & taking the Opinions of his Majesty's [226] At- 
torney General and of James Duane Esq^ thereon (which State of the 
Case & Opinions thereon Marked Number Seven are hereunto also 
Annexed) in what manner to proceed with the Greatest Safety & 
regularity did in pursuance of such Opinions by a Publick Act under 
the City Seal amove the said Benjamin Blagge of & from the said 
Office of an Alderman and Justice of the peace and at the same time 
Ordered the Mayor to Issue his Warrant under the Seal of the Cor- 
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ing them to Summon the Freemen & Freeholders of the said Ward to 
Meet together at the New Market in the said ward on Monday the I5*^^ 
day of February then next at 10 oClock in the forenoon of the same 
day then and there to elect by plurality of Voices a Sufficient person 
duly Qualified to Serve as an Alderman of the said Ward in the room 
of the aforesaid Benjamin Blagge 

And Your Petitioners do further Shew unto Your Excellency that 
the freemen and Freeholders on the Day Appointed for the Election 
aforesaid did again Elect & Choose the said Benjamin Blagge as an 
Alderman for Montgomerie Ward aforesaid ; and that on the 17*^ day 
of this Instant February the said Benjamin Blagge appeared in Com- 
mon Council and was at his request duly Qualified as an Alderman and 
a Justice of the peace for this City & County Altho he was previous to 
such Qualification informed by the Mayor by Order of the Common 
Council that his Qualifying & taking upon himself the Office of an 
Alderman and Justice of the peace would as they Conceived make Void 
and render of no Effect the Office which he then held as Coroner. 

And Your Petitioners do further Shew unto your Excellency that 
they Conceive and are Advised that the Offices of an Alderman and a 
Justice of the peace and that of a Coroner of and for the same City or 
County are Incompatible with each other and Cannot Legally be Exer- 
cised by one & the same person at one & the same time and that the 
aforesaid Benjamin Blagge by his Acceptance of the Coroners Com- 
mission for the City of New York while an Alderman and a Justice 
of the peace of the same City made the Latter Office ipso facto Void 
And that after his Amoval from the Offices of an Alderman & a Justice 
of the peace his re-election and his Qualifying himself in Consequence 
of such re-election as an Alderman & a Justice of the peace forfeits & 
renders [227] Nul and Void the Office of a Coroner, the said Offices 
being as your Petitioners Conceive & are Advised Incompatible with 
each other and the last of the said Offices which a person Accepts & 
enters upon the Execution of avoids the former: thus for Instance if 
a Justice of the peace is made a Coroner the Office of the Justice 
ceases & becomes Void so on the other hand if a Coroner Accepts of 
the Office of a Justice of the peace the Coroners Office becomes Void 
as no one person Can Legally hold & Exercise the two Offices at the 
same time in the same City and Benjamin Blagge Esq'' Since Obtain- 
ing his Commission as Coroner having been Elected an Alderman also 
by Charter is a Justice of the peace and having Qualified himself as 
an Alderman and a Justice of the peace Your Petitioners Conceive 
and are Advised that the Coroners Office is become Void 



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4o8 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

And Your Petitioners do further Shew unto your Excellency that 
by the Charter by which this City is Incorporated into a Body poli- 
tick two Courts of Record are Established towit a Court of General 
Quarter Sessions for the Trial of Matters Criminal and a Court called 
the Mayors Court for the Trial of all Civil Actions as well real, per- 
sonal as Mixt of which said two Courts of Record the Mayor Re- 
corder and Aldermen are by Charter the Judges and the Sheriff, Cor- 
oner, high Constable &c. by the same Charter are nominated & Con- 
stituted Ministerial Officers of the said two Courts and are Ordered 
& directed in & by the said Charter to be Attendant upon the said two 
Courts and as Ministerial Officers the Mandates Orders and Direc- 
tions of the Judges of the said two Courts to perform obey & Exe- 
cute. 

That by the Acceptance of the Offices of an Alderman and a Jus- 
tice of the peace of this City by the aforesaid Benjamin Blagge Esq^ 
the Office of a Coroner of the same City by him before Executed be- 
coming Void the said two Courts of Record Established by Charter 
are deprived of a Ministerial Officer who by the same Charter ought 
always to be Attendant upon the said two Courts in Order to Obey 
the Commands and Execute the precepts of the Mayor Recorder & 
Aldermen who are the Judges of the said Courts by Means whereof 
the said two Courts have at present one Ministerial Officer less than 
is Expressly Given them by his Majestys royal Charter 

Your Petitioners therefore Humbly pray that Your 
Excellency will be favourably pleased to Appoint a 
Coroner for [228] this City & County, that the two 
Courts of Record established by the Charter may not be 
deprived of a Very Necessary Ministerial Officer who is 
by the Charter directed to be Attendant upon the said 
two Courts of Record & the precepts Orders Mandates & 
Directions of the Mayor Recorder & Aldermen (the 
Judges of the said two Courts) to observe, obey & Exe- 
cute; and Your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever 
pray &c. which was read and Approved of by this Board 
and thereupon orderd that the same be fairly engrossed, the Corpora- 
tion Seal affixed thereto and that M^ Mayor present the same to his 
Excellency. 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 

N? 2499 Treasurer of this City to pay Francis Child or order 

Warrt Issued the Sum of £34 : 17 : 6 in full of his acct for Victualling 

Sundry Criminals from the 14*!? of September last to 



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the 14^* of December following & for Sundry other Expences Attending 
the New Goal, as p^ his said acct Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Ordered by this Board that Jacob Brower of this City House Car- 
penter be appointed & he is hereby Accordingly Appointed Collector 
of the Fines for Chimnies being on Fire within this City in the Room 
& Stead of Johannes Myer, who has declined executing that Duty 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2500 of this City to pay to Mess""? John Outhout & Abraham 
Brincker, or order the Sum of £12, being so much agreed by 
this board to be Contributed towards Cleansing Coenties Slip 



City of ) ^^;, At a Common Cotmcil held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Monday [the] 8*^ 

day of March Anno Dom 1773 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
[229] John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 
John Vredenburgh 
Abraham Mesier 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2501 of this City to pay to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the Sum 
of £144 : 19 : 5 (out of the Monies Raised, for defraying the 
Expence of the Lamps & Watchmen in this City) for Sundry Casks of 
Lamp Oyl furnished for the use of this Corporation as pf his ace* Sworn 
to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Peter Wilse or order the Sum of 
N? 2502 £3 : 16 : 9 in full of his ace* for Sundry fire Buckets &c 
furnished for the use of this Corporation as p'" his said acci 
Sworn to and allowed of by this Board 



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Orderd the like to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
N? 2503 keeper to this Board, or order the Sum of £3 : 15 for a quar- 
ters Sallary due unto him, and ending the 8^1? of February 
Last and also the further Sum of £2 \j in full for the like sum by him 
advanced & paid for the use of this Corporation 

T,- Orderd the like to Charles Prosser or order the Sum of 

•^ ^ £5 for his service in the Capacity of a Cryer for 2 years past 
Orderd the like to Abraham Van Gelder or order the 
N? 2505 Sum of £48 : 16 : 3 for so much due to the several Lamp 
Lighters of this City and to be by him paid to them in Pro- 
portion to their several demands against this Corporation. 

The Petitions of Henry Cruger Esq^ & Captain Thomas Brown, 
for the Grants of Water Lots in the Dock Ward, praying Respectively 
the benefit of the wharfage of one Vessell at a time along their said 
wharf &c orderd that the said Petitions be Rejected this board having 
heretofore determined on the Subject Matter of said Petitions 



[230] City of ) ^^^ At a Common Council held at the 

New York I City Hall of the said City, on Wednes- 

day the 17*1' day of March 1773 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 

The Petition of Peter Goelet was preferred to this Board & Read, 
praying to be heard by Council previous to this Boards Granting the 
Water Lots to the West Ward of the Exchange, ordered that Tues- 
day next be Assigned for that purpose 

The Petition of William Lupton was also preferred to this Board 
& Read praying a Grant of the Water Lot fronting his Dwelling House 
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thereof &c orderd that the Consideration thereof be deferred, untill the 
next Common Councill 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2506 of this City, to pay to Mess*"? Thomas & James Barrow or 
order the Sum of £8 : 3 for Painting & Gilding Sundry Con- 
stables Staves &c as pf their said ace* audited by the Committee & 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Garret Waldron or order the Sum of 
N? 2507 £8 : o : 10 in full of his acd for paving &c as pf his said 
acct sworn to & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to Beekman Van Buerfen or order the 

N? 2508 Sum of £3 : I : 3 for work done at Pecks Slip as pf his said 

ace* sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

[231] Orderd the like to Benjamin Garrison or order the 

N? 2509 Sum of £5 : 14 in full of his ace* for divers quantitys of 

Timber furnished for the use of this Corporation as p^ his 

said ace* sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd that Alderman Blagge Aid™ Dikeman Aid? Gautier Aid?* 
Lefferts & Aid™ Brewerton Jun^ together with Mess*? Abeel, Huggit, 
& Theophilus Hardenbrook or the Major part of them be a Committee 
to Enquire into the allegations of the petition of Jacobus Bogert & Sun- 
dry others Bakers in this City, likewise to take into their Consideration 
the State of loaf bread to be assized, as well of Inspected flour as of 
Rye flour & also to prepare a table for assizeing both of them & make 
their Report at the next meeting of this board 

George Warner of this City Sail Maker made application to this 
Board to be appointed to the Office of a Publick Measurer, orderd 
that he be Admitted Accordingly on his taking the usual Oath for the 
due Execution of said Office 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2510 of this City to pay to Augustus Van Cortlandt Clerk to this 

Corporation or order the Sum of £129 : 18 in full for the 

ballance of his ace* audited by the Committee & allowed of by this board 

Orderd the like to [Dr.] Beekman Van Bueren or 

N? 25 1 1 order the Sum of £23 : 18 in full of his ace* for his at- 

WarH Issued tendance & medicines found for Simdry poor Prisoners 

in the New Goal Objects of Charity, and also the 

further Sum of £14 : o : 6 in full of one other ace* for his attendance 

& medicines found for Sundry poor Objects in the Bridewell, Supplied 

by order of the Majestrates, as p'' his said ace? Sworn to & allowed of 

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413 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

The Clerk of this Board produced a Lease to John Brandon for the 
Term of 41 Years for Lot N? 33 lying Between the New Goal house 
and the house of Captain Brown near the Stokadoes, which was Read 
& approved of, and ordered that the Seal of this Corporation be An- 
nexed thereto, and Delivered to the said John Brandon, on his Execut- 
ing the Counterpart thereof, to the use of this board 

[232] City of ) ^^^ At a Common Council held at the 

New York I City Hall of the said Qty on Wednes- 

day the 2^\ of March 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq*" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 
Theophilus Hardenbrook 

This being the Day assigned for taking into Consideration the 
Prayer of the Petition of Peter Goelet, when the Council on both Sides 
Appeared & Offered their Reason for & against the Prayer of said Peti- 
tion & this Board having Considered the same, Resolved thereon, that 
the Prayer of said Petition should not be granted and Orderd that the 
Clerk of this Board prepare Grants to Edward Nicol & the other Peti- 
tioners for Water Lots in that Neighbourhood under the Yearly quit 
Rent of five Shillings p^^ foot fronting the River who are to Compleat 
the Streets & Wharfs laid down in the Survey this Day filed in four 
Years from the Date of their Grants and that the Eight feet Eight 
Inches Agreed by this Board to be taken from the Streets fronting 
the Ground of the Devisees of CoUonel Moore dec^ be Proportioned 
Among all the Grantees According to their Respective breadths on the 
River, and that the said Clerk preferr the Draft of said Grants as 
soon as Possible to this Board for their Approbation 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2512 of this City to pay to Mess*"? Lawrence and Giles or order 

the Sum of £13 : 15 : 6 in full of their accS for Sundry 

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Pieces of Timber, Joice & Plank furnished for the use of this Cor- 
poration by order of the late Thomas Shrieve deceased as p'^ their 
said ace*? sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

[233] Orderd the like to Francis Post or order the Sum of 
N? 2513 £2 : II : 10 in full of his acct for Sundry pieces of Timber 

Joice &c. furnished for the use of this Corporation by order 
of the late Thomas Shrieve dec? as p*", his said acct Sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to Mary Shrieve Widdow & Adminis- 
N? 2514 tratrix of Thomas Shrieve deceased or order the Sum of 

£79 : ID : 6 in full for the Ballance of an acci against this 
Corporation, for Sundry Services by him done for their use as a Car- 
penter & for Sundry Inquests by him taken as Coroner of this City as 
P^ his said acct Carefully audited by the Committee & allowed of by this 
Board 

The Clerk produced to this Board the engrossed Lease to Ludo- 
wick Croskoop for the Lots of Ground on Inklawnbergh distinguished 
by Lot N? 25 & 26 for 33 years from the i^^ of May next under the 
yearly Rent of £8 : 15 which being read was approved of & Signed. 



City of ) ^^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 7*!* 

of April 1773 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'' Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun?" 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 

Order'd that the Clerk prepare a Grant to George Marschalk for a 
Water Lot fronting his House & Lot of Ground on Bumets Key two 
hundred feet into the River under the Yearly Rent of 3/ p^ foot. 



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414 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

Upon Application made this day by David Johnston of this City 
Gent, for leave to Extend the Soutli West Corner of the front of a 
Dwelling House, he is now about to make on the East Side of the 
Broadway Street, two feet & a half into the said Street & to run from 
thence up the said Street so as to Range with the House [234] of M*" 
Wetherhead, and some Debates arising on the propriety of this Boards 
Granting the same, M^ Mayor therefore put the Question, which was 
Carried in the Affirmative as follows Vizt. 

for the Affirmative for the Negative 

Ald"^ Filkin M*" Abeel 

Aid? Brewerton Mf Huggit 

Aid?* Blagge M*" Brevoort 

Aid? Lefferts 
Coll. Brewerton 
Mf Mesier 

Orderd therefore that the said David Johnston have Leave Ac- 
cordingly, to Extend the South West Comer of the Dwelling House 
he is now about to Erect two feet & a half into the Street, any former 
order of this Board to the Contrary 

The Major part of the Committee who were Appointed to En- 
quire into the State of the Bridewell &c made their Report in the Words 
following We the Major part of a Committee Appointed to Enquire into 
the State of the Bridewell & to call upon Ways & Means to put it upon 
some better Regulations Do Report that we have Agreed with Cap5 
William Dobbs to undertake the Management of the Bridewell from the 
1^1 of May next to the i^*. day of May 1774 upon the following Con- 
ditions provided the same be approved of by this Board Viz* 

That the said William Dobbs shall Receive from this Board 
i*t for that Years Sallary the Sum of thirty pounds 

That he Continue during the said Year to Receive his Usual 
2? Perquisites &c : 

That he render upon Oath every three Monthes to this board 
3? a true & Just Account of all the Profits arising from the Bridewell 
from time to time during the said Year All which is Nevertheless 
submitted by Thomas Jones 

New York 7^ April 1773 Francis Filkin 

Andrew Gautier 
Geo. Brewerton Jun*" 

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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 415 

[235] The Major Part of the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the 
Encroachments made upon the Rights of this Corporation in the Out 
Ward &c. made their Report in the Words following We the Major 
part of a Committee Appointed to Receive the Possessions of such 
Persons who have Agreed to Give up their Encroachments in the 
Out Ward & to confer with such Persons who should Apply for Leas- 
ing the same Do report that on the 26*t of August Last we Caused to be 
Surveyed & took the Possession of Certain Lands belonging to the Cor- 
poration in the Out Ward to wit six Acres two Rods & Seven Perches 
as Appears by the Map her[e]to Annexed Marked N? i, which was 
her [e] to fore Claimed by Lawrence Hartman and which Land the said 
Hartman is willing to Lease if he can Agree with the Corporation or 
if not to heave it out of his Inclosures into the Commons; also two 
Acres one Rod & Ten Perches in the Possession of the Widow Richard- 
son which she inclines to take a Lease of from this Corporation during 
her Life for which she says she is unable to pay any Rent but is willing 
upon her Decease that the House & Improvements thereon shall belong 
to the Corporation ; also tv;o Acres two Rods & Twenty eight perches 
which was formerly in the Possession of M^John Hardenbrook & by him 
Given up to the Corporation, & h[e]ave it into the Commons & which 
he is inclinable to Lease if he can Agree with this Board ; the Surveys 
of which two Last parcels of Land Appear by the Map hereto Also 
Annexed Marke[d] N? 2. We do Also further Report that it Appears to 
us that the Surveys heretofore made of the Land Along the East River 
are by no Means Accurate or to be depended upon And therefore 
Recommend it to this Board that as soon as the Line between the Cor- 
peration & Harlem shall be settled that a New Survey be made of all 
the Lands Along the East River from M*" Kipps to the said Line by 
both the City Surveyors & In the presence of the Committee Ap- 
pointed relative to the Encroachments made upon the Corporation 
Lands in the Out Ward All which is Nevertheless Submitted this 7^ 
Day of April 1773 by Thomas Jones, Geo Brewerton Jun^ John Abeel, 
Benjamin Huggit, which Report being Read was Approved of, & 
Orderd to be Entered & filed 

Orderd that the Alderman & Common Council man of the Dock 
Ward Enlarge the Street Opposite the New Dwelling House of John 
Lee Adjoining the Coenties Slip 

Orderd that this board Contribute the Sum of twelve pounds to- 
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41 6 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

De Laplaine provided the same be Approved of by the Aldermen & 
Comon Councilmen of the North & Montgomery Wards 

[236] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the 

N9 2515 Treasurer of this City, to pay to Abraham Van Gelder 

Ward Issued or order the Sum of £165 : 4 : i out of the monies paid 

into his hands for the use of the Lamps & Watchmen 

it being for thirty five Casks of Lamp Oyl purchased by him for the 

use of this Corporation 

Orderd the like to William Dobbs or order the Sum of 
N? 2516 £53 :6 :3J^ in full of his acct for one quarters sallary as 
keeper of the Bridewell from [the] i^\ of November last to 
the i*J of February following & for victualling sundry Vagrants &c. as 
pf his said acct audited by the Committee sworn to & allowed of by this 
Board 

This Board having Agreed to Contribute the Sum of £150 towards 
Compleating the New Road leading from Anthony Rutgers's 
N? 2517 farm to Grinage [Greenwich], orderd that the Mayor Issue 
his Warrant to the Treasurer of this City to pay to William 
Axtell Esq^ or order the said Sum to be by him applied towards Com- 
pleating the abovesaid Road 

The Clerk produced to this Board a Receipt from the Chamberlain 
of his having Received the Sum of Seventy pounds being the Consid- 
eration Money for the Land lately Released by this Corporation to 
Hendrick Rutgers : ordered the same to be filed 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2518 of this City, to pay to Doctor Peter Middleton, or order the 
Sum of £20 for a years Interest of £400 due to him the 24*^ 
of January last 

Orderd by this Board, that the Clerk hereof prepare a Grant to 
Peter Goelet of a Water Lot in the South Ward of this City in front 
of his Dwelling house there, the whole breadth thereof, which this 
Board now directs shall be taken at the North side of the Street, that 
M^ Bancker the City Surveyor do Measure the breadth of his said 
House at the foundation thereof, & insert the Same in the [237] Plan 
now Adopted by this Board dated the 10^ of November 1772 together 
with the breadtihs of all the other Petitioners Lots in the Neighbour- 
hood distinguishing at the same time, the Loss that Shall happen to 
each Lot in extending the same into the River, and also proportioning 
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fronting the House and Ground of the Heirs of M*" Moore, among all 
the Grantees according to their Respective breadths on the River 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2519 of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order the Sum of 
£5, for one quarters Sallary, due unto him as publick Whip- 
per of this City, the 5^^ of this Instant Aprill. 



City of ^ gg At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Thursday the 29*? 

of April Anno Dom 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
George Brewerton Jun?" 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 

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John Blagge & Edward Blagge of the City of New York Gen- 
tlemen, sworn free men of the Corporation & orderd to be Registred 

Orderd that M'^ Robert Sinclair the Adm^ of Abraham Rice dec^ 
have Liberty to dispose of a Lot of Ground in the Out Ward, which 
this board Leased to the said Abraham Rice about a twelve month ago. 

It is agreed by this Board, that the Inhabitants of this City, [238] 
have Permission to Bring & Expose to Sale Oysters within this City 
until the first of June next, provided the same are not taken from the 
Oyster Beds belonging to this Corporation, and all Such as Shall pre- 
sume to bring them to this City, Contrary to this order may depend 
upon being prosecuted for the same to the utmost Rigor of the Law 
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41 8 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

Ordered that the Assize of Bread be till further order flour at 
21/6 p^ a 

A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i*** 8^' for 4 Coppers 

D? of D? to weigh o : 12 for 2D? 

And further Ordered, that no other Bread be made for Sale within 
this City than According to the Above Assize (hard bisquits only Ex- 
cepted) and that all Bakers within the same, do take Notice thereof 
and make their Bread Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2520 urer of this City, to pay to Phoebe Barnes or order the Sum 
of £30 for a years Interest for £600 due to her the 2? of 
November last 

Orderd the like to Philena Barnes or order the Sum of 
N? 2521 £35 for a years Interest of £700 due to her the 2^ of No- 
vember last 

Orderd the like to the Executors of John De Lamontanje 
N? 2522 or order the Sum of £18 : 16 : 3 in full for the Ballance of 
his ace*? for Painting & Glazing for this Corporation as p'' 
said acct audited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Obadiah Wells or order the Sum of 
N? 2523 £72 : 7 : 5 in full for the Ballance of his acc^ for Painting 
& Glazing for this Corporation, as p'' his said acd audited 
by the Committee & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Frederick Ransier or order the Sum 
N? 2524 of £3 : 10 for Sundry Pails & Tubs furnished for the use of 
the New Goal as p*" his said acc^ sworn to & allowed of by 
this Board 

[239] Orderd the like to Isaac Bogert or order the 
N? 2525 Sum of £2 : I : 6 in full of his accl for Repairing Sun- 

Warrl Issued dry Lamps for the use of this Corporation, as p^ his 
said ace! sworn to & allowed of by this Board 
Orderd the. like to John Smith of West Chester or order 
N? 2526 the Sum of £9 for three boat Load of Paving Stones fur- 
nished for the use of this Corporation 

Orderd the like to Patrick Walsh & John Scandlin or 
N? 2527 order the Sum of £3 : 7 : 4 in full of their ace* for Con- 
veying two felons from this City to Jamaica in Queens 
County, by order of the Mayor as p^ their acd audited by this Board 
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Orderd the like to John Scandlin or order the Sum of 
N? 2528 Nineteen Shillings in full of his acct for Conveying three 
Vagrants to South Amboy as p^" his said acd audited by 
this Board & allowed of 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York I Hall of the said City on Thursday the 20^^ 

of May Anno Dom 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Geo. Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun?" 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
John W? Vredenburgh 
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Governor Tryon Preferred to this Board, an Answer to the Me- 
morial presented by this Corporation to him relative to the Incompati- 
bility of the Offices of Alderman & Coroner being held by one & the 
same person, which being Read, is in the Words following. 

Gentlemen. ^^^'^ George New York May 3? 1773. 

In Answer to the Memorial presented to me in behalf of the Mem- 
bers of the Corporation of this City, relative to the Incompatibility of 
the Offices of Alderman & Coroner being held by one and the Same 
Person, I am to inform You that I have received M*" Benjamin Blagge's 
Resignation of the Office of Coroner, and with the Advice of His 
Majesty's Council, nominated his Son John to succeed him in that 
Office, which will superceed the Necessity of [240] my deciding upon 
the Legality of the Opinions of the Gentlemen of the Law, who have 
been consulted on that Occasion. 

I am. Gentlemen, 

Your most Obedient Servi, 

To the Worshipful the Mayor 
& Corporation of New York. 

orderd therefore that the same be filed & entered in the Minutes of 
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420 MINUTES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL 

Mf Mayor G>miiiuiiicated to this Board that Samuel Ver Planck 
had Signified to him, that if this Board were Inclined to Purchase three 
Lots of Ground belonging to him, in the rear of the City Hall he was 
disposed to let them have them for the Consideration of £450. This 
Board thereupon Viewed the same, and Agreed to purchase the same 
of him Accordingly 

The Mayor also Communicated to this Board that General Gage In- 
tends Shortly to Leave this province for Europe, & that as his Conduct 
had been Generally Approved of by the Inhabitants of this City, there- 
fore proposed that this Board Should Address him & at the same time 
prefer him with the freedom of this Corporation, the Seal whereof to 
be Enclosed in a Gold Box. This Board therefore agreeing in Senti- 
ment with Mf Mayor, orderd that an Address & freedom be prepared 
Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2529 urer of this City to pay to Rich^ Waldron or order the Sum 

of £35 for a years Interest of £700 due to him the 7^ Inst 
^j^ Orderd the like to Miss Mary Burck or order the Sum 

^^ of £25 for a years Interest of £500 due the 7*? Instant. 
^^ Orderd the like to John Alsop or order the Sum of £75 

^^ for a Years Interest of £1500 due the 7*? Instant 

Orderd the like to John Brevort or order the Sum 
N? 2532 of £80 for two years Interest on one Bond of £800, 
Warrt Issued due to him the 7*t of May Instant & Likewise the 
further Sum of £33 :2 for one year Six months & 
Eighteen days Interest due to him on his other Bond of £427 : 9 Cal- 
culated to the 7*? Instant, so as to make the payment of both bonds for 
the future at one and the same time. 

M^ Mayor produced to this Board a List of the Names of Sundry 
Persons, who had taken out Lycences for [241] Retailing of Strong 
Liquors within this City from the 25*1* of March 1772 to the 25*? of 
March Last Amounting in the whole to the Number of three hundred 
& Ninety Six Persons & Who had together paid for the same the Sum 
of five hundred & Ninety three Pounds fourteen Shillings. Orderd 
that he pay the same to the Treasurer or Chamberlain of this Corpora- 
tion, first Retaining thereout the Sum of £125 being what this Board 
Agreed to Allow him for his fees as Clerk of the Markets from the i*\ of 
May 1772 to the i^\ of May Instant & Also the further Sum of 4/ and 



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paying thereout to the Clerk of this Board the Sum of 5/ for every Ly- 
cence so by him Granted as Aforesaid, and that the Ballance (after the 
Above Deductions are made) to be paid into the Treasury Amounts to 
£290 : 14 : o together with the further Sum of £12 : 13 : o for fines & 
other Monies by him received for the use of this Corporation, as p^ his 
Account thereof, delivered into this Board & filed will appear 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2533 urer of this City to pay to William Dobbs or order the 
Warr! Issued Sum of £53 : 2 : 10 in full of his acci for one quarters 
Sallary, as keeper of the Bridewell from the Vl of Feb- 
ruary Last to the i»J of May Instant & for Victualling Sundry Vagrants 
&c as p^ his said acct audited by the Committee sworn to & allowed of 
by this Board 

Orderd the like to the Alderman & Common Council man 
N? 2534 of Montgomery Ward or order the Sum of £10 to be by 
them laid out towards Compleating the filling up of Pecks 
SUp 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2535 Sum of £209 : 6 (out of the monies Raised for defraying 
Expence of the Lamps & Watchmen in this City) in full for 
Monies by him advanced & paid to Sundry Watchmen for WatcUng 
this City from i&^^ of January Last to the i8^? of April following as 
pf his said acct sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Doctor Richard Bayley or order the 
N? 2536 Sum of £6 for Opening Sundry Bodys found Dead, at the 
Request of the Coroner as p^ his acct audited by this board 
& allowed of 

[242] Orderd the like to Adam V : D : Bergh or order the 
N*? 2537 Sum of £2 : 1 : 5 in full for the Ballance of his accS Re- 
specting the publick Roads as p*" his said acct audited by this 
Board & allowed of 

The Major part of the Committee who were Appointed to Rege- 
late the Streets in the Vicinity of the College made their Report in the 
words following towitt, We the Subscribers having had Murrays Street 
Levelled from the head of it down to a Comer House now Occupied by 
Mathews a Baker, & find it as follows : Beginning at the head of said 
Murrays Street, at a Place in the Gutter which is one foot below the 
floor of Robinsons Stoop, from which place of Beginning the whole 
descent to Mathews Corner House is 19 feet 5 Inches and the distance 
is 1146 feet which makes a Descent of 2 Inches on every 10 feet. 



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This Regulation will make it Necessary to Dig Murrays Street at the 
Meeting of it with the Church Street 4 feet 11 Inches lower than 
it now is, and to Raise Murrays Street at the head of it one foot 
higher than it now is. We have also had Robinsons Street Levelled from 
the head of it to the College Gate, and from thence to where Church 
Street Crosses Murrays Street & find it as follows : that after Murrays 
Street has been Lowered 4 feet 1 1 Inches as it Crosses Church Street, 
the whole descent from the head of Robinsons Street (to the College 
Gate & so along to Murrays Street) will be 6 feet, and the distance is 
715 feet which will make a Descent of one Inch on every 10 feet. 
this Regulation will make it Necessary to Raise Robinsons Street, at 
the head of it, one foot higher than it now is, so as to be 19 Inches 
lower than the Boarding on the Side of M^ Mercelis's House and to 
Dig Down at the College Gate three feet 7 Inches lower than the upper 
part or Square Base on which the Post of the College Gate Stands. 
When the Above Alterations are Made, there will be a Descent from the 
College Gate to Barclays Street of About ij4 l^ch on every 10 feet & 
We have also had Warren Street Levelled from the head of it, at Coxes 
Tavern Corner, down to the Eastermost part of the pavement of 
Samuel Francis's House, and find it as follows : Beginning at Coxes, 
at a place in the Gutter, which is two [243] Feet five Inches, below the 
floor of Coxes Stoop, from thence the whole descent to the Pavement 
above mentioned is 17 feet 2 Inches, & the distance 1175 feet which 
makes a Descent of i^ Inch on every ten feet. This Regulation will 
make it Necessary to Dig the Street at the Meeting of Church Street, 
& Warren Street 18 Inches Lower than it now is ; & at the place where 
Chappel Street Crosses Warren Street 12 Inches Lower than the Pumps 
Platform now is ; which is humbly submitted by George Brewerton Jun*", 
George Brewerton, Benjamin Blagge, Benj? Huggit, Theop? Harden- 
brook, Abraham Mesier. Which Report being Read was approved of, & 
thereupon orderd by this Board, that the Alderman & Assistant of the 
West Ward do Give Notice to the Rector & Inhabitants of the City of 
New York in Communion of the Church of England as by Law Estab- 
lished, to Cause the said Several Streets mentioned in the above Report, 
to be Regulated in the Manner therein directed, without Delay, and 
further ordered that the Clerk of this Board, do serve a Copy of this 
order on the Church Wardens of Trinity Church or one of them 



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City of ) «^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York f ' Hall of the said City, on Wednesday, the 

26*!? of May 1773 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 

Benjamin Blagge . ^^^^^^^ 

Andrew Gautier ( ^ 

Jacobus Lefferts 
Geo : Brewerton Jun^ 



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John Abeel "^ 

John W : Vredenburgh 

Abraham Mesier 

Henry Brevoort 



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Orderd by this Board, that Alderman Blagge have permission to 
Erect a Hay Machine at such place Near the Corporation Market at 
the North River as shall be Judged most proper by the Alderman & 
Assistant of the West Ward 

The Clerk produced to this Board a Bond, from this Corporation 
to William M?Cleod of New Jersey Gent, for the payment of £800 [244] 
on or before the 2&\ of May next, with Interest for the same Rate of 
five p*" CI p*" Annum Orderd that Mf Mayor Execute the same, and that 
the said Money be Applied to the Discharge of the Bonds from this 
Corporation to the Marine Society 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2538 urer of this City to pay to the Marine Society of the City of 
New York or order the Sum of £41 : 18 in full for the Inter- 
est due on their Bond to this day 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2539 of this City, to pay to Andrew Gautier Esq^ or order the 

Sum of £19 : 18 : 1 being for so much by him advanced to 

M'? Shrieve on acct & for the Expence of Sundry Committees of this 

Corporation as pf his said acct audited by this Board & allowed of 

M*" Mayor Informed this Board that his Excellency the Governor, 
is extremely desirous, that the Pond opposite the Barracks, on the 
Battery should be filled up as the same is at present but a Nuisance; 



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Orderd therefore that the same be filled up Accordingly, and that 
the Committee Appointed to Regulate the Broadway Street be a 
Committee to see the same done as soon as Possible 

Jacob Van Voorhis the Lessee of Powlus Hook ferry having laid 
before this Board, a true State of the sums he has Received & ex- 
pended on Account of the said ferry for four Years (to witt) from 
the i»l of May 1767 to the i»t of May 1771 and it Appearing by the 
same, that the Money he has disbursed and the Rent by him paid to 
the Treasurer for the said ferry, during the afs^ time is Adequate to 
the Profits which Accrued therefrom; so that should this Board insist 
upon his paying what is still in Arrear for the Rent of the said Ferry 
during the time aforesaid, he would not only loose his own Labour & 
Attendance for that time, but also be Considerable sums out of Pocket. 
This board in Consideration of the premisses do therefore agree to 
acquit the said Jacob V : Voorhis from the Payment of such Rent as 
may be in arrear on the said term of four years within Mentioned 



[245] City of j 
New York ( 



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At a Common Council held at the City 
Hall of the said City on Friday the 4*? of 
June 1773 



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Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacb? Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Abra? Mesier 
John W? Vredenburgh 
John Hardenbrook 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 

M^ Mayor Produced to this Board the Draft of an Address to his 
Excellency the Honourable Thomas Gage, Lieutenant General in his 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 425 

Majestys Army & Commander in Chief of all his [Majesty's] forces in 
North America, on his Departure from this Province to Europe, which 
was read & is in the Words following. 

To his Excellency the Honourable Thomas Gage, 
Lieutenant General in his Majestys Army & Com- 
mander in Chief of his Majestys Forces in North 
America 

The Address of the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of the City 
of New York. 
Sir: 

We should do violence to the Grateful Feelings of the Citizens of 
New York, of every Rank, if we omitted in taking Leave of your 
Excellency, to Express their Grief at the Departure of an Inhabitant 
[whose] Residence here has done Honour to our City, and of whose 
Politeness & Benevolence we have had Abundant Experience. 

It would be painful to you. Sir, and on some Joyful Occasion, it 
will [be] more Agreeable to us, to recount the most Signal Instances 
of your Favour to this Community : permit us nevertheless to remark, 
that your's was the Arduous Task to command an Army, in that 
critical Hour, when the several Branches of the Empire, rent by un- 
natural Discords, seemed to be upon the point of Dissolving the [246] 
Union to which they owe their Safety their Glory & their happiness; 
and your's was the Honour to direct in that Storm, not only with 
Wisdom & Firmness, but with that Magnanimity and Prudence, so 
happily suited to the Exigencies of the Times, and with that Affec- 
tionate Tenderness to the true Interest of the Publick which never 
fails to Add more Lustre to the Character of a General, than can be. 
derived from all the splendid Exploits of Arms 

In the Name of a City, that has a high & just Sense of your dis- 
tinguished Merit, & as a Memorial of the Gratitude, & Affection of its 
Inhabitants, we beg your Acceptance of this Box, and a Title to all 
the Rights of a Citizen of New York : and we most Ardently beseech 
the sovereign disposer of human Affairs, ever to follow you & your 
family, with the Smiles of a most indulgent Providence, 
and the same being approved of by this Board, was ordered to be en- 
grossed, & at the same time the Draft of a freedom to be preferred to 
his said Excellency was also Read & agreed to by this Board. 

Ordered by this Board that the same be handsomely Engrossed 
on Parchment, & the Seal of this Corporation Affixed thereto, to be 
Enclosed in a Gold Box, with the City Arms Engraved thereon. 



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City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Monday the 7*? 



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day of June 1773 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq'" Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
John Dikeman 
Andrew Gautier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
Geo: Brewerton Jun'^ 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
ab. John W*? Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
Theoph? Hardenbrook 
John Hardenbrook 

[247] The Engrossed Address to his Excellency the Honorable Thomas 
Gage, Lieutenant General in his Majestys Army and Commander in 
Chief of all his Majestys forces in North America, was Read and 
Agreed to, orderd that the same be Signed by M^ Mayor, and the 
same being Signed Accordingly this Board, did thereupon Wait on his 
Excellency with the said Address, as also with the freedom of this 
Corporation, the Seal of the said Corporation being Enclosed in a Gold 
Box and Annexed thereto, which they presented to his said Excellency 
and thereupon his said Excellency made the following Answer, 

To the Worshipful the Mayor, Aldermen 

^ & Commonalty of the City of New York, 

Gentlemen ^ ^ 

Your very kind Address, at this Time of my Departure, gives me 
uncommon pleasure, and merits my warmest Acknowledgements. 

It has ever been my Ambition, as my Study, equally to promote 
the Interest of my King, and the Welfare of his Subjects. I can not 
therefore fail of being highly sensible of the honourable Testimony 
you are pleased to give me of your Approbation of my Conduct 

I esteem myself highly honoured by your enrolling my Name in 
the List of your Citizens and I accept your present with gratitude, as 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 427 

a Memorial of your Affections, and as such I shall ever carefully pre- 
serve it. 

It is my Ardent Wish, that your City may increase & prosper & 
that its Inhabitants may continue a flourishing & happy people, to the 

End of Time. r^ n 1 

[Thomas Gage.] 

Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2540 of this City to pay to Otto Parisien or order the Stmi of 
£30 : 16 for a Gold Box made by order of this Board, for 
Enclosing the City Seal, Annexed to the freedom, which the Corpora- 
tion presented to General Gage this day 



City of 7 «^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkf Hall of the said City on Thursday Morning 

the 17*^ of June 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
John Dikeman 
And^ Gautier 
Jacobus Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun*^ 
[248] John Abeel 

Abraham Mesier 
John W"? Vredenburgh 
Th? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 



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It is Agreed by this Board & Orderd that the Sum of £25 be Con- 
tributed to the Reward to be Offered by the Governor & Council for 
Apprehending & bringing to Justice the Person who hath lately mur- 
dered M^ White, late Agent Victualler for Hallifax. 

The Committee Appointed for fixing on a proper place to Erect a 
Hay Machine, by Aid™ Blagge reported that they have fixed on the 
South end of the Oswego Market, opposite to the Middle Post there, 
which place this Board do Approve of and fix Accordingly. 



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ORDERD the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 
N? 2541 this City to pay to Miss Elizabeth Crook or order the sum of 
£30 for 2 years Interest of £300 due to her the 7^ of May 
Last 

Orderd the like to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door- 
N? 2542 keeper to this board or order the Sum of £3 : 15 for a quar- 
ters Sallary due unto him and ending the 28^!? of May last 
& also the further Sum of Eight Shillings for the Like Sum by him 
advanced & paid for Whitewashing the Common Council Chamber 

Orderd the like to John Sticklin or order the Sum of 
N? 2543 £19 for 19 fire Buckets made for the use of & by order of 
this Corporation 

Orderd the like to Robert Hull or order the Sum of 
N? 2544 £61 : 10 : 6 in full of his acc^ for the Expence of Entertain- 
ing General Gage 



[249] City of ^^o At a Common Council held at the City 

New York C Hall of the said City on Thursday afternoon 

the 17*? of June Anno Dom 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
Benj? Blagge 
George Brewerton Jun*" 
Jacobus LeflFerts 
John Abeel 
Abraham Mesier 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
Theoph? Hardenbrook 



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Orderd by this Board that Richard Varian be Appointed & he is 
hereby Accordingly Appointed Keeper of the Publidc Pound standing 
on a Farm of M^ Bayard's in the Bowery Lane, now in the Possession 
of the said Richard Varian 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2545 of this City to pay to Abraham Revier or order the Stun of 
£71 : 6 : 5 in full for the Ballance of his acct for work by 
him done for this Corporation & for sundry sums by him advanced & 
paid for the use of the same as by his said acc^. sworn to and allowed 
of by this Board 

Orderd the like to John Balthas Dash or order the Sum 
N? 2546 of £21 :7 :3 for making & mending several of the publick 
Lamps of this City as pf his said ace* sworn to & allowed 
of by this Board 

Orderd the like to George Brewerton Esq'" or order the 
N? 2547 Sum of £2 : 3 for so much by him advanced and paid for 
a Committee of this Corporation; as p^ his said acct al- 
lowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Abraham Van Gelder or order the 
N? 2548 Siun of £1 : 2 for his Trouble & Expence in bringing over 
two Sick Men from Bedlows Island &c : as pf his said acct 
sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

[250] Ori^rd the like to John Brower or order the Sum of 
N? 2549 £0 : 18 : o for a Lamp Post & Lamp Lighters Ladder found 

for the use of this Corporation ; as p^ his said acct sworn to, 
ft allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Abraham Van Gelder or order the 
N? 2550 Sum of £93 : 4 : 8j4 ^^ f^H for a years Sallary for taking 
Charge of the City Lamps due & ending the 24*? of April 
Last & for Money by him Advanced & paid to the Lamp Lighters for 
Cleaning ft Lighting the City Lamps &c: as p^ his said acct audited 
by the Committee Sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Francis Child or order the Sum of 
N? 2551 £30 : 3 : 3 in full of his acct for Victualling sundry Crim- 
inals from the 15*? of December Last to the 14*?^ of March 
following & for sundry other Expences attending the New Goal, as p' 
his said acct sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

The Clerk produced to this Board two Engrossed Grants from this 
Corporation for Water Lots in the South Ward of the City of New 
York, one to Samuel Bayard Jun'^ & the other to Edward Nicol : or- 



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DERD that Mr Mayor execute the same, and that the Qerk deliver them 
to the parties on their Executing Counterparts thereof 

The Clerk also produced to this Board a Lease from this Corpora- 
tion to John Bingham for the wharfs & Slips, Stalls & Standings for the 
term of two years from the i*t of May Last; orderd the like as above. 



[251] City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on friday the 18*^ of 

June Anno Dom 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Benj? Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Geo: Brewerton Jun^ 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John Abeel 
Abraham Mesier 
John W*? Vredenburgh 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 



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The Clerk agreeable to an order of this Board produced the Draft 
of a Law Entitled 

A Law for Appointing Inspectors of Hay Brought to this 
City for Sale, and to Oblige the Weigh Masters to Take an 
Oath of Office 

which being Read was Approved of & is in the words following : 

Whereas it has frequently happened, that Hay has been brought 
to this City for Sale, which has not been well Cured, dry nor Merchant- 
able, to the Injury of the Inhabitants purchasing the same; for a 
remedy therein for the future. 

Be it Ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of the 
I City of New York, in Common Council convened and it is hereby 

Ordained by the Authority of the same That from & after the pub- 
lication hereof, no Cartman shall presume to Cart any Hay brought to 
this City for Sale but such who shall first take an Oath, well and Care- 



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fully to inspect all the Hay he shall so Cart, that thereby he may see 
if it is well & Sufficiently cured, dry & Merchantable, under the Penalty 
of forty Shillings for every Load that any Cartman not qualified as 
aforesaid, shall Cart 

And Be it further Ordained by the Authority aforesaid, that 

2 no such Cartman qualified as Aforesaid, do presume to Cart any Hay 
brought to this City for Sale but such Hay as shall be well Cured, 

dry & Merchantable, under the Penalty of ten shilling for every Load 
he shall so Cart 

[252] And Be it further Ordained by the Authority Afore- 

3 said, that if any dispute shall happen to Arise between the owner. 
Possessor, Inspector, or Purchaser of any Hay whether the same is 

well Cured, dry or Merchantable, or not, upon Application made to the 
Mayor, Recorder, or any one of the Aldermen of the said City he shall 
& his [he is] hereby required to Issue his Warrant to three indifferent 
Judic[i]ous persons of Skill & Integrity to view & Examine the said 
Hay, one of them to be named by the Owner or Possessor of such Hay, 
the Second to be named by the Purchaser or Inspector and the third 
to be named by the said Mayor, Recorder or any one of the Alder- 
men of the said City, which three persons shall be duly sworn, care- 
fully to view and examine the said Hay and Report forthwith, Accord- 
ing as they find the same, and the said Mayor, Recorder or Alderman, 
is hereby impowered to Give Judgment Agreeable to the Report of the 
said Persons so named, or to the Report of any two of them, & in Case 
the said Hay is Judged not Merchantable, the said Mayor, Recorder 
or Aldermen, shall Award or order the owner or Seller of the said Hay 
to pay the Costs of the said Trial or Examination, but if such Hay upon 
such Examination shall be found to be well Cured, dry and Merchant- 
able, according to the Directions of this Act, the Charges of such Pros- 
secution shall in such Case be paid by the Person at whose Request the 
View & Examination was made 

And be it further Ordained, by the Author- 

4 ity Aforesaid, that no Hay, which shall not be 
deemed well Cured, dry and Merchantable by the 

Unmerchantable Inspectors aforesaid, or Judged so by the Persons 
Hay not to be appointed to examine & Report on the same (in 

Sold under the Case of Dispute Aforesaid) shall be sold in this 
penalty of £5. City, under the Penalty of five pounds for every 

Cart Load that shall be sold, and to be forfeited 
by every person selling the same 



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And be it further Ordained by the Author- 
5 ity Aforesaid, that the Several Persons Already 

Appointed, and which shall hereafter be Appointed 
Weigh Masters to the Office of weigh Master, for weighing of 
to take an Oath Hay within this City do take an oath, well & faith- 
fully to execute the said Office according to the 
best of his skill & understanding 

^ [253] And be it further Ordained by the Au- 

•■ ■* thority aforesaid that all fines & forfeitures men- 

Penalties tioned & imposed in & by this Law, shall & may be 

how recovered recovered before the Mayor Recorder or any one 

of the Aldermen of this City with Costs of suit by 
any person or persons who shall Sue & prosecute for the same 

Orderd that the same be published in Mess"^ Gaine & Rivingtons 
next Papers 

Joseph Bull who was Appointed the presiding Officer for holding 
an Election of a Constable for Montgomery Ward in the Room of 
Vincent Montania deceased made return to this Board, that John Cams 
was duly Elected a Constable for said Ward in the Room & Stead of the 
said Vincent Montania 



City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj Hall of the said City on Thursday the i»S of 

July Anno Dom 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
George Brewerton 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacobus LeflFerts 
Geo: Brewerton Jun' 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
John W? Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
Theop? Hardenbrook 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 433 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2552 of this City to pay to Adam V : D : Bergh or order the Sum 
of £10 for Repairing the publick Roads or high Way be- 
tween this City & Kings Bridge by order of this board 

Orderd the like to John Targier or order the sum of £20 
N? 2553 in full of his account for 20 fire Buckets made by order of 
this board 

[254] Orderd the like to John Blagge Esq^ or order the 
N? 2554 Sum of £6 : 15 : 2 in full of his ace* for takmg Sundry In- 
quests as Coroner of this City to the 30*^ of June Last as pf 
his said ace! sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd that the Clerk hereof, prepare the Draft of a Grant to Jacob 
Brewerton for the Water Lot in front of his Store House in the East 
Ward of this City to Extend from the South Side of the wharf or 
Street, two hundred feet into the River under the Yearly Quit Rent of 
3/ p^ foot for ever & under the usual Covenants Also that the said 
Jacob Brewerton do Erect & make at his own Expence for the use 
of this Corporation a Street or Pier of 18 feet on the North East 
Side of the Water Lot to be Granted him the whole length thereof 
to be Contiguous to a Certain Slip Called & known by the Name 
of Burlings Slip & that the Streets & pier there to be built be finished 
on or before the 25*? of March 1777 & the same for ever thereafter 
to be kept in Continual Repair by the said Jacob Brewerton his heirs 
or Assigns 

Orderd that the Clerk of this Board do likewise prepare the Draft 
of a Grant to William Lupton for the Water Lot in front of his House 
& Lot of Ground in the East Ward of this City to Extend from the 
South Side of the wharf or Street 200 feet into the East River imder 
the yearly Quit Rent of 3/ foot for ever & under the usual Covenants 

The Clerk produced to this Board two Engrossed Grants from 
this Corporation for Water Lots in the South Ward of this City the 
one to the Ex*? of Francis Silvester and the other to Peter Goelet. 
Orderd that M^ Mayor Execute the same and the Clerk deliver them 
to the parties on their Executing Counterparts thereof to the use of 
this Corporation. 
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[255] This Board having adopted the following Table of the Assize 
of Loaf Bread in pounds & Ounces Calculated for the Various Prices 
of Flour that has passed the Inspection from 12/ to 30/ p^ hundred 
Vizt. 

A Table of the assize of Loaf bread in pounds & ounces Calculated 
for the Various prices of Inspected flour from 12/ to 30/ p^ hundred 



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This Table is Calculated 
allowing II2'^ of flour when 
baked, to deliver 146^ of bread 
& allowing for baking wood 
& yeast 7/ pf htmd? of flour 

for Example 
119 loaves at 4 Cop-) ^ 

pers J 

flour at 27 pT hund? \ 

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The Mayor produced to this board the draft of a Law Entitled a 
Law in addition to a Law for paving and Cleaning Streets, Lanes k 
Alleys within the City of New York and for preventing Nusances 
within [the] Same, which being Read was approved of, and is in the 
words following. Whereas it is and by the aforesaid Law. &c [Law 
not entered.] Orderd [the] Clerk of this board Insert the Same in the 
next Several Newspapers in this City 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2555 urer of this City to pay to William Mitchel or order 

Warrt Issued the Sum of £5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him as 
publick Whipper of this City, the 5*1* Instant. 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 435 

City of 7 ^,^ , At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkJ Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 13*^ 

day of July 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Geo. Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
And^ Gautier 
Geo: Brewerton Jun 
[256] John Abeel 

Benj? Huggit 
Ab^P Mesier 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 



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>. Assistants 



The Petition of Peter Van Zandt was preferred to this Board & 
Read, praying a Grant of a Water Lot fronting his Dwelling House in 
the East Ward of this City. Orderd that the Consideration of said 
Petition be deferred for further Consideration 

The Petition of Alexander Montcriff was preferred to this board 
& Read, praying that as William Dobbs the present keeper of the Bride- 
well Intends shortly to decline Executing said Office, he may be ap- 
pointed to the said Office in the Room of the said William Dobbs & for- 
asmuch as the said William Dobbs hath lately Signified to Several of 
the members of this board his Intention of giving up said Office, orderd 
therefore that the said Alexander Montcriff be appointed to the said 
Office of Keeper of the said Bridewell accordingly, and that he enter 
upon the Execution of the same, the i*t of August next under the Sal- 
lary of £20 p^ annum 

It is agreed & Orderd by this Board that the Severall Marshalls & 
Constables of this City be Allowed the Sum of two Shillings for Every 
Vagrant that they shall apprehend Wandring in and about this Cit}% 
the same to be paid, to such Marshall and Constable on the Vagrants 
being Orderd by one of his Majestys Justices of the peace, to be re- 
moved to the place from whence such Vagrant hath Gained a Legal 
Settlement and not otherwise 



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[257] City of ) ^,^^ At a Comon Council held at the City 

New York^ Hall of the said City on Friday the 23? of 

July Anno Dom: 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq'" Mayor 



Francis Filkin 
Geo: Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
And'?' Gautier 
Geo : Brewerton Jun*" 
John Abeel 
Benjamin Huggit 
John W Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
Ab? Mesier 



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Assize of Bread flour at 19/ p^ Cent : 
A White Loaf of the finest flour to weigh. .i"»: 9>^*^* for 4 Coppers 

Orderd that the Above Assize be till further Order and that no other 
Bread be made for Sale within this City than According to the Above 
Assize (hard Biscuits only Excepted) and that all Bakers take Notice 
thereof, and make their Bread Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2556 urer of this City to Samuel Guilford or order the Sum of 
£30 for one Year's Interest of his bond for £600 from this 
Corporation due the 24*? of January Last ; and also the further Sum of 
£20 for one Years Interest of another Bond for £400 from this Cor- 
poration to the said Samuel Guilford due this ii*t of June Last 

The Clerk produced to this board a Bond from this Corporation 
to M*"? Elizabeth ShirreflF of New London in the Colony of Connecticut 
widow for the payment of £800 on or before the 23? of July next, with 
Interest for the same at the Rate of £5 per Cent; Ordered that M«" 
Mayor Execute the same, and that the said Money be Applied to the 
Discharge of the Bond from this Corporation to Cap* W? M?Cleod. 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2557 of this City to pay to Jabez Johnson or order the Sum of 
£6:6:8, being the Interest due on a Bond from this Cor- 
poration to Cap^ W? M?Cleod which Bond this [258] Board has lately 
paid oflF & discharged 



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Ordered the Like to Lawrence Burriss and Baltus 

N? 2558 Creamer or order the Sum of £15 19 : 5 for their Trouble 

and Expence in Going to New Haven & bringing from 

thence a Felon named Darcus, who lately robbed his Excellency the 

Governor of some silver plate 

Orderd the Like to Thomas Ogilvie or order the Sum 
N? 2559 of £22 : 15 : I in full of his two ace*? for work by him done 
at the CoflFee House Bridge and Burlings Slip as ^ his said 
acc^ sworn to and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Dirk Ammerman or order the 

N? 2560 Sum of £20 : 19 in full of his ace*, for Carting Dirt for 

Warri Issued the filling up of Pecks Slip & for paving Stone &c : for 

the use of this Corporation ; as p^ his said acct sworn to 

& allowed of by this board 

Orderd by this Board that some part of the Ground formerly be- 
longing to the Estate of John Harris deceased and now to this Cor- 
poration be fenced in for the Reception of Lumber & for other Uses 
of this Corporation 

Ordered by this Board that the Long Bridge at the North End of 
the Exchange be planked, and that the Carriage Way, that is now 
Arch'd be Continued, not to Exceed fourteen feet, and that the Aid? 
& Assistants of the South & Dock Wards be a Committee to see the 
same Done with all Convenient Speed 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 12*^ 

of August 1773 

[259] Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Geo: Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
. Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Geo: Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benj° Huggit 
Henry Brevort 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Ab*? Mesier 



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Assize of Bread Flour at 20/ per Cent 

A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh. . i*^ : Syi^^ for 4 Coppers 

Orderd that the Above Assize be till further order; and that no 

other Bread be made for Sale within this City than According to the 

Above Assize (hard biscuits only Excepted) and that all Bakers take 

Notice thereof, and make their Bread Accordingly 

Upon the Complaint of Francis Dominick & Sundry others being 
a Committee of the Firemen belonging to the Engine in St Georges 
Square, that Benjamin Ogden one of the persons belonging to the said 
Company by his Conduct & Behaviour is become disagreeable to them 
& therefore praying, that he may be discharged from being any Longer 
a Fireman of their Company ; orderd therefore that the said Benjamin 
Ogden be discharged from his said Office of Fireman, and he is hereby 
discharged accordingly 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2561 of this City to pay to Ab*? Van Gelder & John Faulkner or 

order the Sum of £25 which this Board the 17^? of June Last 

offered as a reward to those who would bring to justice Francis Per- 

sonel, who lately murdered Robt White Esq^ 

Orderd the like to pay to William Dobs or order the Stun 
N? 2562 of £44 : I : 9 in full of his acct for sundry Expences attend- 
ing the Bridewell, as p^ his said acct audited by the Com- 
mittee sworn to & allowed of by this board 

[260] The Petition of the Honourable Henry Cruger Esq'^ lately pre- 
fer'd to this board was this Day Read setting forth, that he is Seized 
in Fee of a Lot of Ground fronting the East River or Harbour of this 
City to the West Ward of & Adjoining to a Pier commonly Called 
Crugers Pier, the said Lot being 19 feet in Breadth; that from the 
Shoalness of the Water opposite to his said Lot, his Interest is not 
only affected but the Trade of the City greatly prejudiced: that he is 
therefore desirous of Obtaining a Grant under Water of the Extent 
of 200 feet into the said East River from his pres^ wharf, and also to 
Continue the said Pier with its present breadth into the said River the 
Distance Aforesaid ; that he did some time since Obtain a Grant from 
this Board of the Benefit of the Wharfage of one Vessell on the East 
Side of the said Pier as it now is, and is desirous if he Obtains the 
Liberty of extending it further into the said River, agreeable to the 
prayer of his prest petition, that he may Also have the wharfage of a 
vessel at the Extreme part of the Pier as it may be thought convenient 



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from time to time to extend it and that he is desirous in Consideration 
thereof to surrender & Yield up to this Board the said Privilege of the 
w[h]arfage of a Sea Vessel as he now enjoys it and therefore praying 
a Grant of the said Water Lot of the breadth of his said Lot, extend- 
ing from his presi wharf or Street 200 feet into the said River, as 
also the Benefit of one Vessel in such Manner as is Above set forth 
in Lieu of, and upon his Surrendering up the Privilege of such wharf- 
age as he now enjoys it; The Prayer of which Petition being taking 
into Consideration & Ordered by this Board that the same be Granted 
upon the Like Conditions as the Water Lots to Augustus Van Cort- 
landt and others in that Neighbourhood were lately granted by this 
Corporation and that the Clerk prepare a Grant to him for the same. 



[261] City of ^^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 24^ of 

August 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Geo: Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Geo: Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
jno w Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Ab? Mesier 



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Assize of Bread Flour at 22/ pf Cent 
A White Loaf of the finest Flour to weigh . . i*^ : y^^ for 4 Coppers 

Orderd that the Above Assize be till further order; and that no 
other Bread be made for Sale within this City than According to the 
Above Assize (hard biscuits only Excepted) and that all Bakers take 
Notice thereof and make their Bread Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2563 urer of this City to pay to Alex^ MontcriflF, the Keeper of 
the Bridewell or order the Sum of £20 to be by him laid out 
in purchasing Wood for the Bridewell 



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Orderd the Like to John Brandon or order the Sum of 
N? 2564 £60 in part of the Sum agreed to be Given him for filling up 
the pond on the Battery 

Orderd the like to Garret Waldron or order the Sum of 
N? 2565 £20 on ace* of Work done for this Corporation at the Long- 
Bridge 

Orderd the Like to John Simmons or order the Sura of 
N? 2566 £2 : 9 : 6 for Liquor found for the Jury who sat to enquire 
of the Death of Mary Murphy 



[262] City of I ^^, At a Common Council held at the City 

New York! Hall of the said City on Monday the 30*^ of 

August 1773 

Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Geo: Brewerton 
Andrew Gautier 
Benjamin Blagg 
Geo: Brewerton Junf 
Jacobus Lefferts 
John Abeel 
John W Vredenburgh 
Henry Brevoort 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Ab? Mesier 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2567 of this City to pay to Johannes Myer, Messenger & Door- 
keeper to this Board or order, the Sum of £3 : 15 for a quar- 
ters Sallary due unto him & ending the 28*^ of August Instant 

Orderd the Like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N? 2568 Sum of £185 : II for monies by him advanced to sundry 
Wt Iss? Watchmen for watching this City, from the 19*? of April 
last to the 19*1* of July following; as p^ his said accl au- 
dited by the Committee, sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to the said Jacobus Stoutenburgh or or- 

N? 2569 der the Sum of £62 : 10 : 4 in full of his acct for one Years 

Wt Iss^ Sallary for attending & keeping clean several Fire Engines 

belonging to this Corporation, and for work done & Sundry 



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Sums laid out for the use of this Board : as pf his said acci audited by 
the Committee, sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to George Dominick or order the Simi 
N? 2570 of £27 : 6, in full of his ace* for Work done for this Corpora- 
tion &c as p'" his said acd audited by the Committee sworn to 
& Allowed of by this Board 

[263] Orderd the Like to Abraham Van Gelder or order 
N? 2571 the Sum of £57 : 16 in full of his acd for monies by him ad- 
W! Iss^ vanced to sundry Lamp Lighters for Lighting the City 
Lamps, from the i^\ of May Last to the i^\ of August In- 
stant & for money by him paid to John Brower for work done to the 
said Lamps &c. as p'" his said acd audited by the Committee sworn to & 
allowed of by this Board 

Order'd that a Grant be made to Mary Ten Eyck for her Water 
Lot in the Dock Ward of this City, upon the Like Conditions as Water 
Lots in her Neighbourhood have been Granted to sundry Persons 
there, she building a Pier on the South West Side thereof 

^^ Orderd the Mayor issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

^j J ^ of this City to pay to M'' John Lasher or order the Sum of 
£10 for 10 Buckets made for the use of this Corporation 



City of ) ^^, At a Common Council held at the City 

New York] * Hall of the said City on Friday the 17*? 

day of September 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkia 
Geo: Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
Jac^ Lefferts 
Geo: Brewerton Jun*" 
Benj? Huggitt 
Abraham Mesier 
Jn? W Vredenburgh 
Theop? Hardenbrook 



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Mt Mayor informed this Board that Col. Robinson signified his 
Desire to him, to obtain Leave of this Corporation to put a Number of 
Soldiers on Bedlows Island in the Hospital there and that he would 



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engage to repair any Damage that they may do to the same ; orderd 
therefore that he have Leave Accordingly until further order of this 
G>rporation 

[264] Assize of Bread Flour at 20/ p'' Cent 

a white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i"^ : 8>^^' for 4 Coppers 

Orderd that the Above Assize be till further order, and that no 
other Bread be made for Sale within this City than According to the 
Above Assize (hard biscuits only Excepted) and that all Bakers within 
the same take Notice thereof, and make their Bread Accordingly 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer of 

N? 2573 this City to pay to Garrit Waldron or order the Sum of £25 

on acc^ for work done at the Coenties Slip and the Exchange 

Orderd the like to John Bancker or order the sum of 
N? 2574 £25 on Acct for Work done at the Coenties Slip and the Ex- 
change 

XT^ Ordered the like to John Brandon or Order the Sum of 

vi. 2K7K 

^^^ £40 on Acc^ for filling up the Battery Pond. 

Orderd the like to David Demoree or order the Sum of 
N? 2576 £15 : 15 in full of his acct for Carting divers Quantities of 
Dirt & Paving Stone for this Corporation, as p^ his said 
acc^ sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to James Emmot or order the Simi of 
N? 2577 £6 : 14 in full of his ace! for Carting Divers Quantities of 
Dirt & Paving Stone for this Corporation as p^ his said 
acct sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Jacob Rhinelander or order the Sum 
N? 2578 of £39 : 17 : 7 in full of his ace! for 8 Barrels of Oil deliv- 
ered to Ab™ Van Gelder for the use of this Corporation : as 
pf his said ace! allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to Isaac Stoutenburgh or order the Sum 
N? 2579 of £29 : 10 : 2j4 in full of his ace! for 4 Barrels of Oil de- 
livered [265] to Ab7 Van Gelder for the use of this Cor- 
poration : as p?" his said ace! allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Andrew Hopper or order the Sum of 
N? 2580 £5 : 16 : 5 in full of his ace! for Black Smiths Work done 
at the New Goal for this Corporation as p'" his said ace! 
sworn to & allowed of by this Board 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 443 

Orderd the like to Ab™ Mesier or order the Sum of 
N? 2581 £210 : 9 : 4J4 in full for the Ballance of his acd for sundry 
articles by him found for the use of this Corporation & Sun- 
dry Sums by him advanced for the use of the same: as p^ his acc^, 
audited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board. 

The Report of a Regulation made by Gerard Bancker City Sur- 
veyor, relative to Smiths Street was Read in the words following (to wit) 
By order, and in the presence of a Committee &c : of the Corporation 
of the City of New York I have Levelled Smith's Street from twenty 
feet South of the Railing at M^ Pitt's Statue down to the old Dutch 
Church Street Comer and so on to the North Side of the high Pave- 
ments at D. P. Prevoost's House and find as follows 

The Distance from the place of beginning near Mf Pitt's Statue 
to the high pavements above mentioned is 345 feet, the whole Descent is 
15 feet syi Inches which is equal to a Descent of 5 Inches & 4/10 of an 
Inch on every 10 feet 

This Regulation will make it Necessary to Lower Smith's Street 
at its Meeting with Old Dutch Church Street 4 Inches ; and to Lower 
it where the Gutter which runs between the Houses of Capt? Heyer & 
M' Wessels meets with the main Gutter 2 feet, Which Regulation being 
Approved of by this Board Orderd that the said Committee see the 
same Carried into Execution Accordingly 

Peter Elting of the City of New York Gentleman, sworn a Freeman 
and Orderd to be Registred 

[266] Whereas by an Act of the Legislature of this Province made 
& passed the i6*^ Day of February 1771 Entitled an Act for the better 
Regulation of Officers in the City of New York, chosen by Virtue of 
the Charters Granted to the said City, and other purposes therein 
mentioned; It is therein Enacted and ordained that the Mayor, Al- 
dermen & Commonalty of the City of New York or the Major part 
of them, shall & may on such Day in the Month of September, in 
every Year as to themselves shall seem meet, at Least 8 Days before 
the Day of Election, fix upon a proper place in each Respective Ward, 
where such Election shall be held, and Nominate & Appoint, a fit & 
Discreet Person for each Respective Ward in the said City to preside 
at, and be the returning Officer of the said Election of the said Officers 
which shall be Chosen for the said City, in the said Month of September 
for the Year next ensuing, to see that the same be fairly Conducted 
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so to be Nominated & Appointed for each Ward, shall be a Resident 
in the Ward for which he shall be so Appointed, and a Freeholder 
there, or a Freeman of the said City : 

This Board therefore in pursuance of the said Law do hereby 
Nominate and Appoint the several Persons herein after mentioned 
(they being Respectively Qualified According to the Directions of the 
aforesaid Act) to preside at & be the Returning Officers for the Elec- 
tion of Officers for this City for the Year Ensuing, each for the Ward, 
for which he is so Appointed, and that the place of Election in the said 
Respective Wards be as follows, yiz\ for the 

West Ward John Wetherhead at Crown Market 

South Ward Hon*'!^ J"? H Cruger Esq^. Exchange 

Dock Ward Dirk Brinckerhoff Coenties Market 

East Ward Anthony L Bleecker Coffee House Bridge 

North Ward James Jarvis City Hall 

Monty Ward Philip Brasher Pecks Slip Market 

Out Ward Peter Stuyvesant House of John Fowler 



[267] City of I ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York( Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

22^ Day of September Anno Dom : 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Thomas Jones Esqf Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Geo: Brewerton 
Benj? Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Geo: Brewerton Jun^ 
John Abeel 
Benj* Huggit 
Ab*? Mesier 
Thop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 



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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2582 of this City, to pay to John Crook & others Executors of 

WSIssu^ Charles Crook or order, the Sum of £50* for Two Years 

Interest of a Bond of £500 from this Corporation to the said 

Charles Crook, due the 7^ of May Last 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 445 

Orderd that the Committee for the Long Bridge cause 20 feet of 
the same to the southward of the Exchange to be arch'd and to Board 
the Remaining part to the End thereof & also that a Number of Posts 
be fixed at such places near the said Bridge as the said Committee may 
think sufficient to prevent Carts from passing over & injuring the same 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2583 of this City, to pay to Sarah Brock or order the Sum of 
Wl Iss? £5 : 6 : 6 in full of her acct for Liquor Given to the Con- 
stables on his Majestys Birth Day &c: as p^ her said acct 
allowed of by this Board (this W\ Issued to Geo. Brewerton Junf Esqf) 

This day the Petition of Jacob Brewerton for the Grant of a water 
Lot, fronting his Ground in the East Ward of this City, 200 feet into 
the East River, and also for leave to extend the present Pier of 18 feet 
adjoining thereto the whole length of the said Water Lot, was taken 
into [268] Consideration, and some Debate arising thereon, whether 
this Board should grant to the said Jacob Brewerton as well the Priv- 
elege of Extending the said Pier as the water Lot so prayed for, a Ques- 
tion was thereupon put whether he should have a Grant of the said 
Water Lot; which was Carried in the Affirmative, Nemine contra 
dicente; another Question was then put whether he should have the 
Privelege of extending the said Pier in Manner afores? which was 
Carried in the Negative : orderd therefore that the Clerk of this Board 
make out a Grant only for the said Water Lot to the said Jacob Brewer- 
ton & affix the Seal of this Corporation thereto 

Thomas Parsall of the City of New York Cordwainer sworn a 
Freeman & Orderd to be registred 

City of ) ^^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Tuesday the 28^ 

of Septf Anno Dom: 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

Benj? Blagge 

And^ Gautier 

George Brewerton Jun^ 

Jacob! Lefferts 

John Abeel 

Jn? W Vredenburgh I Assistants 

Benja Huggit ^Assistants 

Theop? Hardenbrook J 



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Orderd by this Board, that Garret Abeel be the Returning Officer 
for the Election of Officers for the Dock Ward, in the Room of Dirk 
Brinckerhoff, who was Appointed to preside at the said Election, but 
is now out of this City & is not Expected to return timely enough to 
perform that Office 

City of ( gg . At a Common Council held at the City 

New York j Hall of the said City on Wednesday the 

29*? Day of September 1773 

[269] Present/ Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 

Thomas Jones Esq^ Recorder 

Francis Filkin 
ab Geo: Brewerton 

Benj* Blagge 

AndT^ Gautier 

John Dikeman 

Geo : Brewerton Jun'" 

Jacobus LefFerts 

John Abeel 
ab Ab7 Mesier 

Benj* Huggit 

John W: Vredenburgh 

Henry Brevoort 

Theop? Hardenbrook 
ab John Hardenbrook 

Conformable to his Majestys Royal Charter Granted to the Mayor 
Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York, and Agreeable tb 
an Act of the Governor, the Council & General Assembly of this Pro- 
vince, Entitled an Act for the Better Regulation of the Election of 
Officers, in the City of New York, Chosen by Virtue of the Charters 
Granted to the said City, and other Purposes therein mentioned for 
Electing this Day, one Alderman, one Assistant two Assessors one 
Collector and two Constables in the Six Wards to the Southward of 
the fresh Water, and one Alderman one Assistant four Assessors, two 
Collectors & four Constables for the Outward of the said City, to 
serve in the respective Offices for the Year ensuing, the Respective 
Returning Officers of Each Ward made a Return this Day, under 
their Hands, of the Several Persons to Serve in the Several Offices 
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Jacobus Lefferts 
Henry Brevoort 
Thomas Witter 
Daniel Phoenix 
William Elsworth 
Abraham V : Gelder 
William Marriner 



Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 



[270] G? Brewerton Jun^ Alderman 



Abraham Mesier 
Aaron Gilbert and 
John T: Montanje 
Peter Kirby 
Balthazer Creamer 
William Day 
William Waddle 
Benjamin Huggit 
James Sacket 
Henry Ustick 
Anthony Ackerly 
William Bennet 
Moses Sherwood 
Francis Filkin 
John Abeel 
Thomas Brookman 
Adam Gilchrist 
Frederick Lasher 
Frederick Lasher 
Michael Hays 
An^lrcw Gautier 
Andrew Hamersly 
Conradt Vandle Ham 
Grove Bend 
James Creighton 
Manus Burger 
Thomas Parsall 
Benjamin Blagge 
Thcc^ Hardenbrook 
Peter Riker and 
William Butler 
William Hardenbrook 
Amout Cannon 
Daniel Goldsmith 



Assistant 
(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 

Alderman 
Assistant 

(Assessors 

Collector 

(Constables 



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>-for the North Ward 



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[271] John Dikeman 
John Hardenbrook 
John De Witt 
Martin Shire 
Thomas White 
Thomas White 
John Faulkner 
John Naugle 
Aaron Myer 
Lawrence Benson 
Henry Van Breme 
John Naugle 



Alderman 
Assistant 

Assessors 

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(Constables 

Resolved that the Honourable John Harris Cruger Esq^ be, and 
he is hereby Elected & Appointed Treasurer or Chamberlain of this 
Corporation for the Year Ensuing, he Giving such Security as the Law 
Directs 

His Excellency William Tryon Esq^ Captain Governor [General] 
& Commander in Chief, in and over the province of New York, and 
the Territories thereon Depending in America, by and with the advice 
& Consent of his Majestys Council was pleased to Appoint the follow- 
ing persons Officers for the City & County of New York for the Year 
ensuing Vizt. 

Whitehead Hicks Esq^ to be Mayor, Water Bailiff and Clerk of 
the Markets, of the City of New York 

John Roberts Esq^ to be Sheriff, and Edward Blagge Esq^ to be 
Coroner of the City & County of New York 

M^ Mayor Appoints Patrick Walsh high Constable of the City of 
New York for the Year Ensuing 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2584 of this City to pay to John Anthony or order the Sum of £10 
for 10 Fire Buckets made by order of this Board 

Orderd by this Board, that the Committee appointed for Regelating 
Smiths Street from M«" Pits Statue towards the Old Slip, do Observe 
that instead of Ending at M^ Provoosts pavements as recommended in 
a Late Report the same [272] be Continued Down to the Sloat Gutter 
which is 59 feet more Southerly & that in Levelling the Same Street 
to begin at the Distance of twenty feet from the Railing at Mf Pitts 
Statue, and from thence down to the said Sloat Gutter, the whole dis- 
tance being 404 feet & the whole descent thereon 17 feet i Inch which 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2585 of this City to pay to William Mitchell or order the Sum of 
WS Iss^ £5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him as Publick Whip- 
per of this City the s^^ of October next 

City of 7 ^^, At a Common Council held at the City 

New York V * Hall of the said City, on Thursday the 

14*1* of October Anno Dom 1773 
Present Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 

Francis Filkin 

Benjamin Blagge 
ab And^ Gautier 

John Dikeman 

Jacobus Lefferts 

George Brewerton Jun^ 

John Abeel 

Benjamin Huggit 

Abraham Mesier 

Henry Brevoort 

Theop? Hardenbrook 
ab John Hardenbrook 
This Day M'^ Mayor Attended by Several of the Alderman, Sheriff 
& Town Clerk between the Hours of Eleven & Twelve oClock, in the 
forenoon at the City Hall went from thence to Fort George and there 
Waited on his Excellency the Honourable William Tryon Esq^ Cap- 
tain General & Commander in Chief of the Province of New York, 
where the Oaths Appointed by Act of Parliament to be taken instead 
of the Oaths of Allegiance & Supremacy, the Test and Abjuration 
Oath, in the presence of, and by order of his said Excellency were 
Administred unto Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ as Mayor, Water Bailiff and 
Clerk of the Markets of the same City and Justice of the Peace, in 
the presence of the Aforesaid Several Members of this Court where- 
upon the said Mayor Attended as Aforesaid Returned to the City 
Hall, where after the Ringing of three Bells, and proclamation made 
for Silence the [273] Commissions of Mayor Water Bailiff & Qerk 
of the Markets, and the Commissions of High Sheriff & Coroner were 
Published, this Court then Returned to the Common Council Chamber, 
where the said Whitehead Hicks Esqf was placed in the Chair, who 
then & there, as Mayor of this Corporation, Administred the Oaths 
Aforesaid Appointed to be Taken by Act of Parliament Instead of the 
Oaths of Allegiance & Supremacy, The Test & Abjuration Oath, and 
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the usual Oaths for the due Execution of their Respective Offices fol 
lowing, unto the Respective Majestrates & Officers following VizJ 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
ab Andrew Gautier 
John Dikeman 
Jacob? Lefferts 
George Brewerton Jun'' 
William Waddle 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Ab*? Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
John Hardenbrook 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Andrew Hamersly 

To John Harris Cruger Esq*" Treasurer or Chamberlain of 
Corporation he having Entered into Bond (which this board 
proves of) for the due Execution of his Office 

High Sheriff of the City & County of 

New York 
Coroner of the City & County of New 

York 
high Constable, and to the following 
petty Constables Viz! 



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To John Roberts Esq^ 
To Edward Blagge Esq*" 
To Patrick Walsh 



Abraham Van Gelder 

Balthazer Creemer & 
William Day 
Moses Sherwood & 
William Bennet 
Frederick Lasher & 
Michael Hays 

[274] Manus Burger & 
Thomas Parsall 

Sick Amout Cannon and 
Daniel Goldsmith 
Thomas White & 
John Faulkner 
Henry Van Breme & 
John Naugle 



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for the north Ward 
for the South Ward 
for the Dock Ward 
for Mont? Ward 
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Ordered by this board, that Such of the Aldermen and Assistants, 
who have Succeeded those of the Last Year be Appointed to all such 
Committees, as they have from time to time been Appointed to 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2586 of this City to pay to Garret Waldron or order the Sum of 
£50 on further acct of Work done for this Corporation 

Orderd the Like to Augustus Van Cortlandt or order 
N? 2587 the Sum of £9 for so much by him advanced and paid to the 
Clerks of the Returning Officers, at the Late Elections 

William Marriner, having been Returned a Constable for the East 
Ward at the last Meeting of this Board & now refuses to Qualify, 
order'd therefore that he be fined the Sum of £5 for his said Refusal, & 
that he forthwith pay the same, & further orderd that the Alderman 
of the said Ward Cause a New Election of a Constable for said Ward 
for the Year Ensuing & that the Election be had on Thursday next at 
the fly Market 

Orderd that Alderman Blagge, Aid? Lefferts, Aid? Brewerton 
Jun^ and Aid? Waddle together with Mess*? Abeel, Huggit, Brevoort 
and Hamersly, or the major part of them be a Committee, to Audit the 
Treasurers books of Accounts and all other Acct? of this Corporation, 
and make Report thereof to this board from time to time, on the Audit 
thereof, with all Convenient Speed (N B Feb'T 7*? 1774. Theophilus 
Hardenbrook added to this Committee) 

Order'd by this Board that the Alderman & Common Council man 
of the Out Ward do without Deky (In pursuance of & Agreeable to 
[275] the Directions of an Act of the Lieutenant Governor the Cbun^ 
oil & General Assembly Entitled an Act to Enable the Mayor, Alder- 
men & Commonalty of the City of New York, and their Successors to 
prevent & Remove particular Nusances without the same to the south- 
ward of fresh Water made and passed in the 27^t Year of his Late 
Majesty's Reign, and also in pursuance of one certain other Act of the 
Governor Council & General Assembly of this Colony lately made and 
published. Extending the Several Matters & things Contained in the 
Above recited Act, to the Out ward of the said City) Enclose & fence 
in All that Certain Comer Lot fronting on the one Side to Rutgers's 
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other Lot of Ground lying on the North East Side of St James's Street, 
in a place Commonly Called the Swamp, both Lots Lying in the said 
Out ward, and make Report thereafter to this Board with all Con- 
venient Speed, relative to the Expence Attending the Same 

Orderd that Alderman Blagge, Aid? Brewerton Jun^ Ald*P Leflferts, 
Alderman Dikeman & Aid? Waddle, together with Mess^? Huggit, 
Mesier, Theop? Hardenbrook & John Hardenbrook, or the Major part 
of them, be a Committee for Regulating the Several Streets in the 
West, North, Montgomery and Out wards of this City, and make Re- 
port thereon, from time to time with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd that M^ Recorder, Alderman Lefferts, Aid? Dikeman, & 
Aid? Brewerton Jun^ together with Mess*? Abeel, Huggit, & Theop? 
Hardenbrook or the major part of them, be a Committee to Enquire 
into the Encroachments made in the Rights of this Corporation in the 
Out ward, and take into their Possession all Such Encroachments, & 
Conferr with the Possessors relative to the Leasing of the Same, and 
make Report thereof, from time to time with all Convenient Speed. 

Ordered that Aid? Blagge, Aid? Gautier & Aid? Waddle together 
with Mess*? Mesier & Hamersly or the major part of them be a Com- 
mittee to take into their Possession the Encroachments made on the 
Rights of this Corporation by Catharine Provoost and make Report 
thereof to this Board with all Convenient Speed 

Ordered that Aid? Dikeman Aid? Gautier & Aid? Brewerton Jun^ 
together with Mess^ Abeel, Huggit & Hamersly, or the major part of 
them, be a Committee to Superintend the Publick Roads 

[276] Orderd that Aid? Filkin, Aid? Gautier and Aid? Brewerton 
Jun^ together with Mess'? Abeel, Mesier, & Hamersly or the Major 
part of them, be a Committee to Regulate the Several Streets in the 
Dock and South Wards of this City, and make Report thereof to this 
board with all Convenient Speed 

Orderd that M'^ Recorder Aid? Lefferts Aid? Dikeman and Aid? 
Brewerton Jun^ together with Mess^ Huggit, Abeel & Theophilus 
Hardenbrook or the major part of them be a Committee to Enquire 
into the Encroachments made on the Rights of this Corporation at 
Nassau ferry, & make Report thereof to this Board, with all Con- 
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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 453 

Orderd that the Recorder and the Severall Aldermen of this City 
be a Committee to Enquire into the State of the Bridewell and to fall 
on ways and means to put the same upon a Good Regulation 



City of )' « At a Common Council held at the City 

NewYork| Hall of the said City on Monday the 8*^ 

of November 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esqf Mayor 
Benjamin Blagge 
Andy Gautier 
Geo : Brewerton Jun'^ 
William Waddle 
Benjamin Huggit 
Ab"? Mesier 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevoort 



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Ordered by this Board that the Assize of bread be till further order, 
flour at 21/ p'" Cent 
A white Loaf of the finest flour to weigh i^ : yj/i^^ for 4 Coppers 

And further Order'd, that no Other Bread be made for Sale with- 
m this City, than According to the above Assize (hard biscuits only 
Excepted) and that all Bakers within the Same take Notice thereof, 
and make their bread Accordingly 

Orderd that the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2588 urer of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger and 
doorkeeper to this Board or order the Sum of £12 for Sun- 
dry Extra Services by him done and performed the Last Year 



N? 2589 



[277] Orderd the Like to Phoebe Barnes or order the Sum 
of £30 for a years Interest of £600 due to her the 2^ Instant 



T,T.« ^ Orderd the Like to Philena Barnes or order the Sum of 

£35 for a years Interest of £700 due to her the 2^ Ins^. 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Grant of a Water 
Lot to Ab?* De Peyster in the South Ward of this City, which being 
read, was approved of and Signed 

The Like to Henry Cruger Esqf for a Water Lot in the Dock Ward 



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The Petition of Herman Zedtwitz pra3ring the appointment of Sole 
Inspector of Chimneys for a Certain term of Years &c Ore^sd by this 
Board that the said Petition be deferred for further Consideration 

The Petition of William De Witt & George Haspell for a Lease 
of some of the Common Lands, Near Inklawnbergh : orderd that the 
said Petition be also deferred for further Consideration 



City of ) ^,« At a Common Council held at the City 

New York \ Hall of the said City on Saturday the 13^ 



day of November 1773 



Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Andrew Gautier 
George Brewerton Jun^ 
William Waddle 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Henry Brevoort 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
John Hardenbrook 
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Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2591 of this City, to pay to John Brandon or order the Sum of 
£40 on account of filling up the Battery Pond 

Orderd that the Alderman of the East Ward, Cause a New Election 
of a Constable for the ^aid Ward, in the Room & Stead of William 
Marriner, who was Returned a Constable for said Ward, and was fined, 
for refusing to be Qualified to said Office, and that the said Election 
be held at the Coffee House [278] Bridge on Monday next at ten 
oClock in the forenoon 

Upon Application of John Bancker of this City, House Carpenter 
to this Board, to be appointed to the Office of an Inspector & Measurer 
of Boards Timber & Plank in the Room Place & Stead of Isaac Sharde- 
vine late of this City deceased, Orderd that he be Appointed to the 



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said Office Accordingly, and that before he enter upon Execution of 
said Office, he first take an Oath to Execute the same According to Law 



City of ^ ^,« At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkl Hall of the said City on Friday the igH^ of 

November 1773. 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Benjamin Blagge 
And?^ Gautier 
Geo : Brewerton Jun^ 
Jacob? Lcfferts 
William Waddell 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
AbH* Mesier 
Henry Brevoort 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Jn9 Hardenbrook 
And^ Hamersly 

Orderd by this Board that Aid? Gautier be added to the Committee 
for Auditing the Accounts of this Corporation 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2592 of this City to pay to John Brandon or order the Sum of 
£50 on accoimt for Work done at the Long Bridge 

Orderd the Like to John Brandon the Sum of £20 on 



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^^'^ account for Filling up the Battery Pond 

Orderd the Like to Patrick Walsh or order the Sum of 
N? 2594 £20 for his Services as High Constable of this City for two 
year past 

Orderd the Like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or order the 
N^ 2595 Sum of £46 : 8 : 6 in full of his acct for Sundries provided 
Wt Iss^ for this Corporation, as p^ his said ace! audited by the Com- 
mittee sworn to & allowed of by this Board 

[279] Orderd the Like to M^ Henry Brevoort or order the 
N? 2596 Sum of £5 : 9 : 3 in full of his acct for Divers Quantities of 

Nails &c : found for the use of this Corporation ; as p*" his 
ace! audited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board 



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Orderd the like to Stephen Terhune or order the Sum of 
N? 2597 £34 15:3 in full of his acci for mending Sundry Lamps 
&c: as p'' his ace* audited by the Committee sworn to and 
allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Jacobus Stoutenburgh or Order 

N? 2598 the Sum of £181 : 7 in full of his acct for Monies by 

Warr^ Issued him paid to Sundry Watchmen &c : for Watching this 

City from the 2o4' of July Last to the ao^t* of October 

following as p'' his said ace* audited by the Committee, sworn to & 

allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Frederick Ransier or order the Sum 
N? 2599 of £2 : 5 for 6 Necessary Tubs made for the use of the Goal : 
as pf his acet audited by the Committee & allowed of by this 
Board 

Ordeio) the like to Sebastian Lucas or order the Stun of 
N? 2600 £2 : 13 in full of his acct for Sundry Keys & Locks made 
for the use of the Goal, as p'' his acct sworn to, audited by 
the Committee & allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the Like to John Brower or order the Sum of 

N? 2601 £2 : 9 for Sundry Lamp Posts by him found for the use of 

this Corporation; as p^^ his ace? sworn to, audited by the 

Committee & allowed of by this Board (this W\ Issued to Ab? V. 

Gelder) 

Orderd the like to Ab? V Gelder or order the Sum of 
N? 2602 £56 : 5 in full of his ace? for Monies by him advanced to 
Sundry Persons for Lighting the City Lamps as p^^ his said 
acci audited by the Committee and allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to Francis Child or order the Sum of 

N? 2603 £61 : 14 : 3 in full of his two Ace*? for Victualling Criminals 

Wi Iss? &e, and other expences attending the new Goal from the i6*? 

of March Last to the I7*t of Sept^ following, as p^ his said 2 

ace*? audited by the Committee sworn to & allowed of by this board 

[280] Orderd the like to Alexander Moncriff or order the 
N? 2604 Sum of £50 : 19 : 5 in full of his acct for Sundry Expences 

attending the Bridewell and for a quarters Sallary due to 
him the first Instant; as p^ his ace! audited by the Committee sworn to 
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Orderd by this Board that John Russell & Timothy 
N? 2605 Wood be appointed and they are hereby appointed Firemen 
for the Dock Ward in the Room & Stead of Stephen Steel 
& Peter V : Benthuysen. 

The Clerk produced to this Board the Engrossed Grant for sundry 
water Lots in the west ward to the Rector & Inhabitants of the City of 
New York in Communion of the Church of England as by Law Es- 
tablished, which was this day Read & approved of by this Board: & 
being Signed by the Mayor & Senior Aid? was orderd to be delivered 
to the said Rector &c on their Executing a Counterpart of the same, 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2606 of this City to pay to Rynier Nack or order the Sum of £7 : i 
for 5 Hogsheads of Lime and for Carting 46 Loads of paving 
Stone for the use of this Corporation 



City of ) ^« At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| Hall of the said City on Thursday the 25*^ 

of Nov'^ 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq*" Mayor 

Robert R Livingston Esqf Recorder 

Francis Filkin 

Benj? Blagge 

Andrew Gautier 

Geo : Brewerton Jun^ 

William Waddell 

John Abeel 

Benj* Huggit 

Ab*? Mesier 

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Aid? Lefferts reported to this Board that he had Caused an Elec- 
tion for a Constable for the East Ward to be had and that Richard 
Herbert was Chosen to serve in the said Office who appearing this Day 
in Common Council was duly Qualified for the Execution of the same. 

[281] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treas- 
N? 2607 urer of this City to pay to Richard Wenman or order the 

Sum of £12 for his Services as Cryer & Bell Ringer of the 
Supreme Court. 



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City of )' ^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| ' Hall of the said City on Wednesday the i«! 

day of December Anno Dom: 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Benj* Blagge 
Andrew Gautier 
Geo : Brewerton Jun*" 
William Waddell 
John Abeel 
Benj* Huggit 
Abraham Mesier 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Brevort 
And?' Hammersly 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2608 of this City to pay to Garret Waldron or order the Sum of 

£37 : 4 : 8 in full for the Ballance of his acd for Work 

done for this Corporation : as p^^ his said acct audited by the Committee, 

sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to John Bancker or order the Sum of 
N9 2609 £61 : 4 : 1 in full for the Ballance of his acc^ for Work done 
for this Corporation, as p^ his said acct audited by the Com- 
mittee sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

^^ , Orderd the like to William Winterton or order the Sum 

of £40 on acct for work done for this Corporation 

Upon the Application of Edward Blagge to be Appointed to the 
Office of an Inspector & measurer of Boards, Timber & Plank Orderd 
that he be Appointed to the said Office Accordingly, and that before 
he enter upon the Execution of the same that he take an Oath to 
Qualify him for the Execution of the said Office, according to Law. 

Upon Application of Elias Smith for a Renewal of the Lease for 
the two Lots which he now possesses at the Upper End of Queen 
Street : Ordered that the Clerk of this Board prepare a Lease to him 
for the Same, for the like Term of [282] Years and Subject to the same 
Rent as Sundry Lots of this Corporation were Leased to John Planton 
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City of ) ^,^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New York| Hall of the said City on Thursday the 2? 

day of December 1773 

Present Whitehead Hicks Esq'^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin 
Benj* Blagge 
Andr Gautier 
Jac^? Lefferts 
Will*?^ Waddell 
Benj? Huggit 
Ab™ Mesier 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
Henry Bevort 
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Be it Ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty of the 
City of New York convened in Common Council and it is hereby 
ordained by the Authority of the same, that the following Laws & 
Ordinances of this Corporation be Established, published & Continued 
& remain in full force & Virtue for one Year from & after the Date 
hereof, vizt 

1 A Law for the due Observation of the Lords day called Sunday. 

2 A Law to prevent Strangers from being a Qiarge to this Cor- 
poration. 

3 A Law to appoint sworn Surveyors of this City. 

4 A Law for the better preventing of Fire. 

5 A Law for Marking of Bread. 

6 A Law for Regulating Negroes, Mulattoes and other Slaves. 

7 A Law for Regulating Carts & Cartmen. 

8 A Law to regulate the Office of Guagers of Liquors & Packers 
of Beef and Pork. 

9 A Law relating to making Freemen. 

10 A Law for Regulating the Lying of Vessels in the Docks & 
Slips of this City and ascertaining the Rates to be paid for the same. 

11 A Law for preserving the Commons 

12 A Law for Regulating and Establishing Fees for the Inviters to 
Funerals. 

13 A Law for paving and cleaning the Streets, Lanes and Alleys 
within the City of New York, and for preventing Nuisances within the 
same. 



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14 A Law for Prohibiting Hawkers and Pedlars. 

15 A Law to regulate the Sale of Fire Wood in the City of New 
York 

16 A Law for Marking of Butter. 
[283] 17 A Law for Regulating of Fences. 

18 A Law for Regulating Midwives within the City of New York. 

19 A Law for Regulating the Office of Chamberlain or Treasurer 
of the City of New York 

20 A Law for the better Securing of the City of New-York from 
the Danger of Gun powder. 

21 A Law declaring to what Uses the Seal of this Corporation, 
the Seal of the Mayors Court, and the Seal of Mayoralty of this City 
shall be put unto. 

22 A Law for Regfulating the publick Markets within the City 
of New- York, and for preventing the Forestalling of Provisions coming 
to the said Markets. 

23 A Law to Regulate the Sale of Fruit and Oysters within the 
City of New- York. 

24 A Law to restrain & prohibit the Giving or selling of strong 
Liquors to any of the private Centinels of his Majesty's Garrison in 
the City of New-York. 

25 A Law to prevent Raffling in the City of New- York. 

26 A Law to ascertain the Size of Apple Barrels and the Weight 
of Onions that shall be brought to this City for Sale. 

27 A Law prohibiting the Sale of Hay by measure, and for ap- 
pointing Inspectors. 

28 A Law to ascertain the Size, Dimensions and Quality of Staves, 
Heading, Hoops, Boards, Timber, Shingles and Plank which shall be 
brought to the City of New- York for Sale. 

29 A Law for Regfulating the publick Slaughter House within 
the City of New- York 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 261 1 of this City to pay to Johannis Myer Messenger & Door 
keeper to this Board or order the Sum of £3 115 for a quar- 
ters Sallary, due to him the 28^^ of November Last. 

The Clerk produced to this Board a Grant from this Corporation 
to Isaac De Peyster for a Water Lot in the South Ward of the City of 
New York, which being Read and Approved of was Signed by the 
Mayor & Senior Aid*? and orderd to be Delivered to the said Isaac 
De Peyster on his Executing a Counterpart thereof. 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 461 

City of ) ^,^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New YorkC * Hall of the said City on Thursday the 16^ 

of December Anno Dom: 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^^ Mayor 

Robi R : Livingston Esq^ Recorder 
Francis Filkin 
Benj? Blagge 
And^ Gautier 
Jacb? Lefferts 
Geo: Brewerton Jun'^ 
William Waddle 
[284] John Abeel 

Benj? Huggit 
Ab7 Mesier 
Theop? Hardenbrook 
AndV Hamersly 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2612 of this City to pay to John Ide Myer or order the Sum of 
£0 : 13 : lyi for 3^ days Labour of his negro man for this 
Corporation 

Orderd the like to Michael Hays & John Scandlin or 
N? 2613 order the Sum of 18/ for Transporting Two Vagrants to 
Bedford on Long Island 

Orderd the like to Adolph Benson or order the Sum of 
N? 2614 £11 for work done at the publick Roads as p^ his acci au- 
dited by the Committee & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to Adolph Myer or order the Sum of 
N? 2615 £3 : 4 : 6 in full of his acc^ for Transporting Sundry Va- 
grants to Philipsburgh &c: as p^ his said acc^ audited by 
the Committee & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to Abraham Mesier or order the Stmi of 
N? 2616 £62 : 6 : loj^ in full of his ace! for Spikes & Nails fur- 
nished for the use of this Corporation & for sundry sums by 
him advanced & paid for their use. 

Orderd the like to Blake & Price or order the Sum of 
N? 2617 £44 : I : 3 in full of their ace! for work done for the use of 
this Corporation, as p^ their said ace! audited by the Com- 
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Orderd the like to Thomas White or order the Sum of 
N? 2618 £3 : 15 : 6 in full of his acct for Transporting simdry Va- 
grants from this City by order of the Majestrates &c: as 
p*" his said acct sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the Like to Ford & Skinner or order the Sum 
N? 2619 of £10 : 17 : ij4 for work done to the fish [285 [ Market & 
Sundry Materials by them furnished for the Same, as p^ 
their said acd sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd the like to Theophilus Anthony or order the 
N? 2620 Sum of £1 : 12 : 3 in full of his acd for Nails Bolts &c. fur- 
nished for the use of this Corporation as p'' his said acct 
Sworn to & allowed of by this Board. 

Orderd that Aid? Blagge, Gautier, Lefferts, Brewerton & Waddle 
together with Mess^? Abeel, Huggit & Hardenbrook or the Major part 
of them be a Committee to View & Consider of Proper Places for fixing 
of Centinal Boxes for Watching this City, also to adopt a Plan for 
Regulating the Watchmen & Lamplighters and to make an Estimate of 
the Expence thereof for the Ensuing Year & report the same to this 
Board with all Convenient Speed 

The Petition of Christopher Fegenham [Fegenhaen] was pre- 
ferred to this Board & read, praying a renewal of Edward Muckleroys 
Lease now assigned to him for the term of 42 Years from the 1^. day of 
May next. Orderd that the same be deferred for further Consideration. 



City of ) ^,^ At a Common Council held at the City 

New Yorkj ' Hall of the said City on Thursday the 23* 

Day of December Anno Dom : 1773 

Present/. Whitehead Hicks Esq^ Mayor 
Francis Filkin *^ 

Andrew Gautier 
Geo: Brewerton Jun^ 
W™ Waddle 
John Abeel 
Benj? Huggit 
Henry Brevort 
And^ Hammersly 



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OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 463 

Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 

N? 2621 of this City to pay to John Van Dolsen & Geo: Dominick 

or order the Sum of £8 : 16 : 3 for Work by them done in 

paving the Street before the French Church in this City &c : as p?" their 

acct allowed of by this Board 

Orderd the like to George Stanton or order the Sum of 
N? 2622 £18 : 16 : 1 for making a Fire Engine for the use of the 
West Ward in this City: as p^ his ace! sworn to, audited 
by the Committee, and allowed of by this Board 

[286] Orderd the Mayor Issue his Warrant to the Treasurer 
N? 2623 of this City to pay to William Mitchell or order the Sum of 

£5 for one quarters Sallary due unto him as Publick Whipper 
of this City the 5*!? of January next 



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