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said works this Board do appoint Gerrit Van Sante and Peter W. Yates a Committee for that purpose.
This Board appoint the members of the third ward or a majority of them a Committee for building and erecting a Bridge in the main Street across the Foxes Creek.
This Board appoint Gerrit Van Sante, Robert Yates, and Thomas Hun or any two of them as a Committee to make a Report to this Board at their next meeting of the situation of the Ground sold or leased to John W. Wendell and the Lot adjoining thereto.
This Board also appoint the members of the first ward or the majority of them to amend or build the Bridges across the Bever Kill and Rutten Kill.
This Board do also appoint the members of the second ward or the majority of them as a Committee for repairing the Drains and Cisterns in that ward.
The Committee or any two of them appointed the last Common Council to lay out and take in proposals for building an additional Dock to the North side of the middle Dock are further continued as a Committee for said purpose, and that they or any two of them do make report at the next meeting of this Board.
That John Radleff have 3 Skipple of wheat on account and that the Chamberlain do furnish him therewith.
April 30. Resolved by this Board that the Treasurer pay the several watch men of this City their arrears to the 8th day of April instant.
It is also Resolved by this Board that Daniel Hushon be appointed one of the Watch for said City from the eight day of April inst. in the steat of Benjamin Hilton, who is to be under the same regulations as the others.
Resolved that the Lot lying near the Foxes Creek heretofore struck of at Publick Vendue to Philip Wendell be at the desire of the Parties conveyed to Mr. Abraham Ten Eyck on the same terms that Mr. Wendell was to have it.
This day was published the following Ordinance: An Ordinance for the regulating the running at large of Swine within the Limits therein mentioned. [Law recites that the great increase of swine was found to be a nuisance, and prescribes yokes and impounding.]
May 6. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay Albert Hansen 18s. for attending the Ferry three days.
May 13. This Board have appoint Mr. Mayor with the members of the second ward or any three of them a Committe to agree with Cap" M'Alpin for the rent of the ground he has enclosed back of the Fort.
And also to order the people out of the Hospital.
Resolved by this Board that the Chamberlain pay Step" De Lanccy Esq. £20 on account.
Resolved also that Abraham Deforeest have adjoining to his the Land he has from this Board by the Deed dated the 19th of Dec 1734, towards the road the full length of his ground of 200 yards with the breath towards the road of 25 yards, and that the Mayor execute the Deed for the same under an annual rent of one shilling.
May 19. It is resolved by this Board that an addition be made to the middle Dock adjoining the North side thereof to wit, ninety feet in length and thirty-two feet in breadth and of the same height with said Middle Dock and a piece adjoining the north west end of said addition of twenty feet long and sixteen feet broad, that it be compleated by the first day of September next, that under the inspection of Aldermen Van Santc, Mersells and Ten Broeck, and Councillors Rosebooin, Schilluyne and Ten Eyck, or any three of hem, that the sum of £250, the consideration money, be paid as follows: one third thereof when the said Dock is laid and sunk, one third when finished and the remaining one third in six months after completion, and that said Gent" do enter into written engagement with Fish in behalf of this Board for the true performance of said work and in such manner and form as they shall think expedient in the penalty of £250. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw half a dozen Advertisements to be put up at the most public places in this City for the sale at Vendue of several Lots of ground in the third ward and adjoining the Lot of Jacob Van Schaick, the Vendue to be held on the premises the second day of June at ten o'clock in the forenoon.
June 1. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw an order on the Treasurer to pay William Hilton £2:2.
June 2. This day being appointed by a former resolution for the sale of several Lots lying to the south of Jacob V. Schaick in the 3d ward of this City, the same was set up at Vendue but no person offering a sufficient sum for any of said Lots the same remain unsold for want of buyers.
It is resolved by this Board that the purchase money of the Lots of Ground of this Board heretofore leased to several Inhabitants of this City as also the rent due on the Leases be collected and paid on or before the eleventh day of July next, and that all those who have not yet renewed their Leases apply for them to the Treasurer of this Board on or before that day and the Clerk of this Board is ordered immediately to advertise this Resolution.
It is resolved by this Board that Messrs. Robert Yates, Jeremiah Van Renselaer and Thomas Hun or either of them lay out and survey the Bounds of this City and lay out the Wards with their divisions and subdivisions, Streets, Lanes and Alleys and make a return to this Board of a Plan or Chart thereof within three months from this day, and it is further resolved that they or either of them report to this Board of all encroachments made on the property of this Board!
June 4. An Ordinance to amend an Ordinance entitled An Ordinance for regulating the running at large of Swine within the limits herein mentioned.
It is Resolved that every person who shall be guilty of breaking the Pound made for pounding of Hogs, &c. shall forfeit and pay for every offence twenty shillings to be recovered by Warrant under the hand and seal of any one of the Aldermen of said City.
June 11. At the request of Mr. Ten Broeck and Mr. Livingston for the Charter and some of the Deeds belonging to the Corporation relative to the Lands at the Verrebergh. It is resolved that the Chamberlain attend the Court with the Charter but not with any Deeds. It is further Resolved that this matter be taken into consideration by a future full Board.
June 28. Whereas the Mayor and Chamberlain were served with a Subpoena and Ducostecum to appear at the Supream Court to begin to day and produce several Deeds therein mentioned, it is resolved by this Board that the Mayor and Chamberlain attend the Court with those Deeds, but object against producing them because those Deeds being given in Evidence will affect and interfere with the claim and property of this Board. But if upon the whole the Supream Court should order the said Deeds to be produced and given in Evidence, then the same is to be done.
July 21. Resolved by this Board that the Chamberlain sell all the wheat of the Corporation which he has now in his custody at 5s. I? Skipple except fifty Skipples for the use of the creditors of this Board each one Bagg at 5s ^ Skipple.
Aug. 8. Resolved by this Board that the Clerk draw orders on the Treasurer to pay the following accounts: Leballus Heligas £2:6; Michael Wageman of £5:11; Jacob Bogart £11:18:9; Abraham Hoghkerk, £7:14:9; Willis Van Den Bergh, 8s. 9d; Philip J. Connor 2s. 6.
Resolved by the Board that the Chamberlain let John Radliff have three Skipple of wheat on account.
Resolved that sis it is reported by Mr. Mayor that Mr. Peter Douw has encroached on some Ground of this Board in the first ward at Rutten Kill, that Messrs. Peter W. Yates, Guyi G. Marselis and Tho" Hun and Jeremiah Van Renselaer or any three of them be a Committee to have a meeting with Mr. Douw on the subject and make report of the result of their meeting with all convenient speed.
It is also resolved that those Gent" apply to the Attornies who have suits in hand of this Board in order to see what progress they have made in such suits and what monies they may have received for this Board, and that they also inquire at the Chamberlains what purchase monies are due to this Board on the sales of Lots of Ground westward of the City and make report accordingly to this Board as soon as possible.
It is Resolved by this Board that the Marshell do immediately give notice to all person and persons whomsoever, now residing or possessing any of the Rooms or Cellars in the Hospital to give up his or their possession on or before the 22d day of August inst., and that in case of a non compliance of a refusal of this resolution the several Constables of this City do attend on the 23d of Aug' inst. in order to dispossess and remove such person or persons as shall so neglect or refuse as aforesaid.
On application of Gerrit Van Sante Esq. it is resolved that he have a Lot of Ground lying in the third ward of this City on the north of the Lot formerly granted to Sir Wm Johnson, being in front and rere thirtyseven feet, for the consideration of eighty-nine pounds and if less so in proportion, and Jer1l Van Renselaer be appointed to survey and draw the Deeds for the same.
It is farther ordered by this Board that John Ten Broeck, Peter W. Yates and Robert Yates be a Committee to make a Draft of an Ordinance to regulate the Elections of the different officers of the City and that they lay the same before this Board with all convenient speed.
At a Common Council held at the House of John Knickerbacker at Schactekook the 12th of August, 1774.
It is resolved by this Board that Harmiu Quackenboss have one hundred acres of Wood Land at Schactekook @ six pence ^jj acre a year, and also another piece adjoining Peter Beuneway and Peter Vielen of seven or eight acres more or less, and that he is to pay the same proportion that Benneway and Veleu do for theirs, and survey be made thereof previous to the execution of the Deed.
Resolved that the Mayor do execute a Deed to Dirck T. Vaghten fore one hundred and three acres of Wood Land at Schactekook at six ^ acre yearly and every year, the first payment thereof to be made on the first day of January 1770, which Deed was accordingly executed. And also to execute a Deed to Jacob Port for sjxty-fbur acres at thirty-two shillings yearly rent, the first payment thereof to be made on the first day of January, 1776. which Deed was accordingly executed agreeable to a resolution of the second day of April last.
It is Resolved by this Board that Peter Devenport is to have the quantity of one hundred acres more or less adjoining the woods and of Harmin Quackenboss at the yearly rent of six pence 'i? acre and that a survey be made thereof previous to the execution of the Deed.
And it is further resolved by this Board that the Mayor execute a Deed to John W. Groesbeek for twenty-six acres three rods and fifteen perches of Wood Land at Schactekook (w, six pence ^ acre yearly, the first payment to be made first Jany 1776, which Deed was executed accordingly, as also for a small piece of Land there containing seven acres and one rod at the yearly rent of three Skipples of wheat, the first payment to be made January the 1st, 1776.
It is further resolved that Henry Bleecker Esq. be Attorney to this Corporation to seize, take and distrain of the Goods and Chattles of Lewis Vielen of Schactecook for fourteen pounds for nine years rent due to this Board by him, and to pursue the proper remedy for the recovery of said rent, and this shall be sufficient warrant and power for the said Henry Bleecker. Whereupon the said Vielen gave this Board his note of hand for said rent.
It is further resolved that the Mayor Execute a Deed to Nicholas Young for thirteen acres and half of Wood Land at Schactekook @ one shilling I? acre a year, which Deed was accordingly executed, the first payment to be made the first day of January, 1776.
Mr. Gerrit Van Bombele requested the Corporation to suspend his rent for one other year on account of his late loss by fire, upon which the Corporation resolved to take the same into consideration and untill a full Board be met.
It is farther resolved that the Mayor execute a Deed to Martin Winne for seventeen acres of Wood Land at Schactekook at the yearly rent of eight shillings ^ year, the first payment thereof to be made on the first day of January, 1776, which Deed was accordingly executed.
August 22. An Ordinance for regulating the Election of Aldermen and Assistants in the City of Albany declaring the Qualification of the Voters.
Whereas by the Charter of Incorporation of the said City it is willed and appointed that the Aldermen and Assistants within the said City be yearly chosen on the Feast Day of St. Michael the Arch Angel forever, viz, two Aldermen and two Assistants for each respective ward, &C., and that by a majority of the Voices of the Inhabitants of each ward.
And whereas doubts and disputes have arisen in the said City respect
ing the qualificatiou of the Inhabitants necessary to constitute legal votes and many Elections have heretofore been drawn in question and upon a scrutiny of the Poles this Board has found great difficulty, for the preventing of which for the future and in order to ascertain who shall be entitled to and have a legal vote in consequence of the word Inhabitants mentioned in said Charter.
Be it therefore ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the said City in Common Council Convened, and it is hereby ordained by authority of the same, that from henceforth in every Election for Aldermen and Assistants for any of the wards of said City, the inhabitants of said City within the meaning of said Charter shall be persons actually residing within the said City or the Liberties or Precinct thereof and born there.
And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that every person tho not born within the said City or within the Liberty or Precinct thereof shall be entitled and have a right to vote if he is a natural born subject or made a subject of the Crown of Great Britain by an act or statute or Letters of Dinzation, provided such persons shall have actually resided in the said City or within the Liberty or Precincts thereof at least forty days previous to such Election and provided also he have obtained the Freedom of said City at any time before said Election.
And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid that every person who has a freehold Estate in the said City or within the Liberties or Precincts thereof, tho not born there nor having obtained the Freedom of the said City shall be entitled to and have a vote in such ward wherein his said freehold Estate lies, but shall have only one vote tho he has freehold Estate in several wards.
And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that every person so qalified to vote as aforesaid shall be entitled to and have right to vote only in the ward where he has his actual residence as aforesaid, and in case any person so voting as aforesaid has removed from one ward to another for the sole purpose of voting in such latter ward his vote so given shall be void.
And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that no person under the age of twenty-one years shall have a legal vote, nor an Alien, nor by Servant, nor an Apprentice, nor a Prisoner or Debtor in Goal.
And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that no other person or persons whatsoever other than those qualified as before mentioned shall be entitled to or have a legal vote in any of the said Elections but every vote given contrary to this Ordinance shall be and is hereby declared to be null and void.
And be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid, that on scrutinies of the Poles of any Election where other sufficient proofs cannot be had satisfactory to this Board concerning the validity or legality of any vote in such case the person whose vote shall be questioned shall be examined on oath, and in case of a neglect or refusal his vote on such scrutiny shall be held to be null and void.
Passed the 22d of August, 1774, in Common Council, and resolved that the same be immediately published and one copy of this Ordinance be fixed up in some public place in each ward as soon as convenient by the Marchel, and that the Clerk draw said Copies for that purpose, and that this Ordinance be filed and entered on the Records of this Board.
Abutm C. Cuyler, Mayor.