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In the following compilation of the Laws of the State, and Ordinances, &c., of the Common Council, relating to the Fire Department of the City of New York, in pursuance of a resolution of the Common Council, approved September 22, 1854, the compiler is aware, that although he has endeavored to execute the trust with faithfulness and accuracy, many defects will necessarily appear in consequence of the many imperfections in the records of the Common Council of the city, more particularly in those ordinances established anterior to 1832, which appear only in MSS. and loose and imperfect files.

The compiler is indebted to the Clerk of the Common Council for permission to search the manuscript records of early date, which will be found in the following work, as much from necessity in the form of history, as of transcript of ordinances, &c.

Trusting that the following compilation will fill up a blank, long and seriously felt by the Common Council, and the Fire Department generally, it is, with great deference, accordingly submitted by



21st. SESSION.

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AN ACT to incorporate the Firemen of the City of New York.

PASSED March 20th, 1798. Whereas, The firemen of the city of New York, have, by Preamble. their petition to the Legislature, prayed to be incorporated, the more effectually to enable them to provide adequate funds for the relief of disabled and indigent firemen, and for the purpose of extinguishing fires; therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly: That all such per- any or the sons as now are, or hereafter shall be, engineers of the the city of Fire Department, or firemen, belonging to any of the fire- declared to engines of the city of New York, shall be, and hereby are continue un ordained, constituted, and declared to be, and continue polic until the first Tuesday in April, one thousand eight hund- the "Fire red and eighteen, a body politic, in fact and in name, by of the City of the name of “ The Fire Department of the City of New York ;” and that by that name, they and their successors, for the term aforesaid, shall and may have succession, and shall be persons in law, capable of suing and being sued, pleading and being impleaded, answering and being answered unto, defending and being defended, in all courts and places whatsoever, in all manner of actions, suits,


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complaints, matters, and causes whatsoever; and that they and their successors may have a common seal, and may

change and alter the same at their pleasure; and also, that ime and coa: they and their successors, by the name of the Fire Departestate not ex ment of the City of New York, shall be in law capable of sum of twen purchasing, holding, and conveying any estate, real or

personal, for the use of the said corporation, provided that the amount of the real and personal estate of the said corporation shall not, at any time, exceed the sum of

twenty thousand dollars. ortion. And be it further enacted, That the engineers belonging to to be chosen the said Fire Department shall, on or before the first day

of December in every year, choose one representative; each company of eighteen firemen, two representatives; and under eighteen firemen, one representative; who shall have and exercise all such powers as are hereinafter committed to them.

And be it further enacted, That the said representatives shall choose, on the second Monday of December in every year, by ballot, out of their own body, a president and vice-president; and out of the whole body of the firemen, three trustees, a treasurer, secretary, and collector; that the first representatives shall be, Daniel Hitchcock, Thomas Tom, Nicholas Van Antwerp, James Parsons, jr., William Hardenbrook, Matthias Nack, Samuel Lord, Nicholas Roome, Leonard Rogers, Cornelius Brinckerhoff, Joseph Smith, Israel Haviland, John Pritchett, James Robinson, Robert McCullen, Augustus Wright, William Hunter, Elijah Pinckney, Isaac Hatfield, Garret Debow, Adam Pentz, John Perrin, Adam Hartell, Moses Smith, William Brown, John Lent, John Utt, Uzziah Coddington, jr., Peter Embury, James Van Dyck, Thomas Timpson, Joseph

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