Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1789

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At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on Monday 2nd March 1789

Present
Chas. Mortimer Mayor
George French Recorder
George Weedon )
James Somerville )
Benjamin Day ) Aldermen
William Harvey )
William Smith )
Thomas Cochran )
William McWilliams ) Common Councilmen
James Duncanson )
William Lewis )

An Ordinance for providing a Court House & Goal for the Corporation of Fredericksburg was read and unanimously agreed to and ordered to be recorded.

James Somerville, Benjamin Day, William McWilliams & Robert B. Chew Gent. or any of them are appointed to meet the Justices of Spotsylvania court tomorrow to consult with them respecting the Ordinance for providing a Court house and Goal in this Corporation and this day agreed to by the Council.

The Minutes were signed
Charles Mortimer

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At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg the 11th day of March 1789

Present
Charles Mortimer Mayor
George French Recorder
George Weedon William Smith
James Somerville Thomas Cochran
Benjamin Day James Duncanson
William Harvey William Lewis

The Council proceeded to adjust the following accounts against the Corporation.
To Timothy Green Printer per account 1 19 0
To Benjamin Day for sundry articles furn. poor 5 7 10
To Godlove Heiskell per account 2 11 0
To John Chew Junr. Clerk to this Board 20 0 0
To do. his salary by law 1248 lb tobo. 10 8 0 30 8 0
To John Minor Attorney 12 0 0
To Wm. Wiatt Sergt. his services 9 0 0
To ditto salary by law 1248 lb tobo. 10 8 0 19 8 0
To Joseph Berry for attending this Board 7 10 0
To ditto as Clerk of the markett 6 0 0
To ditto for keeping the streets on Sundays 7 0 0 20 10 0
To John Legg pr. acct. pd. Timy. Green printer 0 9 0
To Joseph Berry for weights for hay scales 0 13 6
To John Callender balls. his a/c Building Hay Scales 32 2 2
125 8 6
Ordered that Joseph Berry pay the Chamberlane for ballce. tax on weighing hay to this date 6 17 5
Ordered that John Legg pay the Chamberlane for amt. his coms. As V. Master to this date 5 1 7 11 19 0
113 9 6
To Joseph Berry for apprehending sundry vagrants 2 1 9
115 11 3

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Charles Mortimer, Benjamin Day, William Harvey & William Lewis Gent. or any three of them are appointed to settle the accounts with the Sergeant for his collections & disbursements of the taxes for the last year and make report to the Court.

Ordered that the same Gent. do settle the Chamberlane's accounts with this Corporation and also his accounts with the Markett house and make report thereof to the next Council.

Ordered that the Sergeant pay James Somerville Eighteen pounds five shillings and seven pence out of the first Monies he shall collect for the support of the poor in this Corporation.

Ordered that Joseph Berry give public notice to the Inhabitants of this Town that they meet at the Markett House on Monday the 16th of this Inst. at the hour of Ten o'clock in order to elect by ballott 12 persons to serve as Mayor, Recorder & Aldermen & Common Councilmen the ensuing year.

Ordered that the Chamberlane pay Capt. John Callender 6.17.5 out of the money recd. of Joseph Berry for weighing hay.

The Minutes were signed
Charles Mortimer

At a Common Council held the Corporation of Fredg. on Monday the 16th day of March 1789

Present
Charles Mortimer Mayor
George French Recorder
James Somerville William Smith
George Weedon Thomas Cochran
Benjamin Day William McWilliams
William Harvey William Lewis
Robert B. Chew

The Commissioners appointed to settle the accounts with the Sergeant returned their report which is recd. by the Council & ordered to be recorded.

The Commissioners appointed to settle the accounts with the Chamberlane returned their report which is recd. & ordered to be recorded.

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The Commissioners appointed to settle the accounts of Subscriptions on account of the Markett house returned their report which is Ordered to be recorded.

The Commissioners appointed to settle the accounts of the Chamberlane with William Wiatt Sergeant returned their report which is ordered to be rec'd.

Also an account of advances made on account of the poor in this Corporation returned and ordered to be recorded.

Also an account of the markett house with James Somerville is returned and ordered to be recorded.

Ordered that the Trustees of the Markett House pay to the Chamberlane 4.2.1 in their hands due the Markett House.

This being the day appointed by law for the annual election of twelve members to serve the Corporation and the Inhabitants being notified and having deposited their ticketts in the ballott box on Examination thereof the Greatest numbers stand as follows: for George French 79 for Charles Mortimer 78, for Geo. Weedon 76, for William Harvey 74, for James Somerville 73, for Benjamin Day 72, for William McWilliams 71, for William Smith 60, Thomas Cochran 57, for William Lewis 56, for Robert B. Chew 45, for Chas. Urquhart 36, for William Lovell 24, for Fontaine Maury 24, for Thomas Colson 20 and James Duncanson 16, so that the first named twelve were duly elected who proceeded to the choice of Mayor when Geo. French was duly elected - They then proceeded to the Choice of Recorder when Benjamin Day esqr. was duly elected.

They also proceeded to the choice of 4 Aldermen when Chas. Mortimer, George Weedon, James Somerville & William Harvey esqr. were duly elected and the remaining six to wit: William McWilliams, William Smith, Thomas Cochran, William Lewis & Charles Urquhart are Common Councilmen.

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Charles Mortimer, esqr. late Mayor administered the oath of Fidelity to George French Esqr. the present Mayor and also the oath of a Justice of the Peace, Justice of the Corporation Court in chancery and Justice of Ayer and Terminer according to Law, and then the said George French administered the said Oaths to Benjamin Day, Charles Mortimer, George Weedon, James Somerville & William Harvey, Gent.

William Smith, Thomas Cochran, William Lewis, Robert B. Chew and Charles Urquhart Gent. qualified as Common Councilmen.

John Legg, Gent. unanimously appointed Vendue Master and ordered that he give security to the Court & take the oath of office.

John Chew Junr. unanimously appointed Clerk to this Court.

Thomas Miller unanimously appointed Gauger and likewise Geographer the ensuing year.

John Coakley appointed Ballast and Harbor Master at this Port.

Charles Mortimer, George Weedon, James Somerville & Charles Urquhart Gent. are appointed Trustees to the Markett House the ensuing year.

Joseph Berry is appointed Clerk to the Markett.

The Minutes were signed
George French
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Dr. The Corporation of Fredericksburg in a/c wth. W. Wiatt Sergt.
1788
July 9 To Cash paid James Somerville esq. Chamberlaine per rect. 169 3 5
To the following taxes remitted by order of Council viz:
To John Cokely shop tax 2 8 0
To Collender & Henderson Bray tax 1 0 0
To Susannah Heath's do 1 0 0
To Charles Leemans Shop do. 2 8 0
To May & Marshall dray do 1 0 0
To John Proudfit 1Levy 0 3 0
To William Willsons shop tax 2 8 0 10 7 0
1789
Mar. 10th Cash pd. Jas. Somerville esq. Chamberlains at sundry times as per ret. & statement on tax list 59 15 5
To overcharge in T. Eddy's taxes 0 2 0
To Taxes uncollected p the late Sergeants list 99 2 1
To do do p my list for tax 1788 35 10 6
To my commission on 239.7.8 collected 11 19 4
386 9 10
To Ballance due p contra 2 0 6
1788 Cr.
Mar. By list taxes p the late Sergeants return 99 15 7
May To do for this years tax pr. list 275 4 9
To Elisha Hall's dray tax not in the Gen'l list 1 0 0
Elizer. Callender's a/c as Harbour master due 13th March 84, to collect pr. order Council 10 Apr. 88 3 8 11
To James Mercer's note to Patterson Dancing Master 4 0 0
Ballance due W.W. Serg. 2 0 6
386 9 10

Fredg. 12 March 1789. In obedience to an Order of Council dated the 10th Inst. we have Exd. above statement of the Sergt. a/c find it Just and properly supported by vouchers & that a ballce. of 2.0.6 is due to him. Given under our hands & date above written.
William Harvey
Chas. Mortimer
William Lewis
Benjamin Day

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Dr. Mr. William Wiatt Sergt. of the Corpn. of Fredg. wth. Jas. Somerville Chamberl.
1789
Mar 12th To the Corpn. of Fredg. per Statement of date 229 8 10
1788 Cr.
16th Jun. By Cash 41.18.10 & 12.5.7 54 14 5
26th By Cash 20 4 0
July 9th By Cash 74.7.4. & 20.7.7 94 14 11
Sept. 28 By Cash 5 2 2
174 15 7
1789
March 9 By Cash per acct. recd. this day & fd. 53 4 3
Cash attd. you for my tax 1 9 0
229 8 10

Mr. William Wiatt & James Somerville settled their account of the Corpn. this day in presence of us and the above is a true copy thereof Certified this 12th March 1789.
Chas. Mortimer
William Harvey
Benjamin Day
William Lewis

Dr. Markett House Subscription in a/c wth. John Legg
1788
Sep. 23 To Cash paid Mr. James Somerville 38 3 4
To Comn. at 5 p ct. on 29.4.0 1 9 2
To Ballance due 6 15 10
46 8 4
1787 Cr.
Aug. 6 By Ball. pr a/c rendered 17 4 4
By Samuel Seldens subscription in full 1 6 0
By Abner Waugh in part 1 8 0
By J. Baylor in full 20 0 0
By Jas. Kemp do. 3 0 0
By Chs. Carter in full 3 0 0 29 4 0
46 8 4
By Balance pr. Contra 6 15 10

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This day we settled the Markett House account with James Somerville and he has given credit therein for the above sum of 46.8. 4 and charge 1.9.2 the Commission on 29.4 collected since the settlement of 1st August 1787. Certified under our hands this 12th day of March 1789.
William Harvey
Chas. Mortimer
Benjn. Day
William Lewis

Dr. The Corporation of Fredericksburg in account with Jas. Somerville, Chamberlane Cr.
1788
July 7th To cash paid Mr. John Chew per order of Council No. 1 27 9 2
Cash Paid William Jenkins per ditto 2 10 3 9
Cash paid do. 3 2 6 8
9 To Cash pd. John Richards do 32.1 cash paid Richd. Garner 4 & 5 37 3 6
Cash pd. James Pettigrew do 9/- pd. do. 30/10 6 & 7 1 19 10
Cash pd. John Legg do. 8 14 15 0
Cash pd. Andrew Buchanan do. 9 12 0 0
Cash pd. Jos. Brook do. 10 3 0 0
cash pd. Timothy Green do. 11 3 9 0
cash pd. Geo. McCutchen do. 12 0 6 0
cash pd. Philip Lipscomb 13 1 10 0
cash pd. William Wiatt 14 0 4 0
10th To cash paid David Blair do. 15 6 2 0
11th To cash paid Godlove Heiskell 16 3 7 0
To Cash pd. do. do. 17 23 1 8
14th To cash pd. John Richards 18 23 9 7
Aug. 14th To cash paid Joseph Berry 19 14 0 0
1789
Jany. 16 To Cash paid John Callender per Ord. of Council 20 10 0 0
Mar. 9th To cash paid per order of Council to Robt. Patton Com. P. Magazine 30 0 0
To cash paid Andrew Buchanan per cert.of Mr.J. Chew 22 15 6 6
12th To cash paid Capt. John Callender on order of Council pd 6 17 5 0 9 0
16 17 5 230 13 9
To Balance due at date 1 4 10

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ac. public scale
acc. Mcpherson's donation
1787
Aug.1 By Ballance due the Corporation per Acct Settd. 22 19 10
1788
Apr. 28 By Interest Warrants drawn with 1Jany last on
Certificate No. 227 1 Year 2 10
No. 917 do. 8 0
No. 163 do. 45 7 2 16 5
deduct p ct. 0 0 0
1789
Jany 16th By cash of Jos. Berry acct. Public sale per rect. 10 0 0
By cash of Jos. Berry act. Do. 6 17 5
Mar. 12 By William Wiatt per settlement this day as Sergt. 229 8 10
By balance 1 4 10
16 17 5 230 13 9

In obedience to an order of the Common Council of the Corpo of Fredg. dated the 10th day of March 1789 we have Examined the above statement of the Chamberlaine's accounts find a ballance due him of 1.4.10 specie exclusive of the credits of this a/c 22.19.10 and 2.16.5 being interest drawn on certificates relating to McPhearson's Estate.
Certified under our hands this 12 March 1789
William Harvey
Benjamin Day
Chas. Mortimer
William Lewis

1788 The Parish Poor of Fredericksburg with the Overseers of the Poor George French Benjamin Day and James Somerville Dr
October 24th To cash paid Mrs. Allmen a weekly allowance from date till 9th March 1789 19 weeks both days pd. her besides 6/- gave her the day Almond died 6 0 0
Dec. 26 To cash paid Mrs. Collins at different times acct. of a poor dumb man named Twentyman 3 1/3 7 & 2/6 this day 27 & 28 which Dr. Mortimer found laying on the wharf in a low state & sent him to the Court House & by the coust of caro. 0 4 8
1789
Jany 15 To cash paid Nancy Vine a weekly allowance from date till 9th March 1789 9 @ 6/- 2 14 0
Carried up 8 18 8
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Amount bro. up 8 18 8
1789
Feby. 9th To cash paid Hannah Cobham a weekly allowance of 6/ Messrs. French & Day's note not to exceed 3 and then she promised to go to Rockbridge her place of abode 0 18 0
To cash omitted the 4th or 5th of November last to a woman a tenant of Mr. John Leggs who was just deld. & in a deplorable situation Dr. Geo. French present 0 6 0
March 2nd To cash paid Wm. Marry 6/ qt. 9th Dr. 6/ per Mrs. Marry's rect. 0 12 0
Sundries paid by Sergt. which is Cr. in his acct. as cash recd. by JS in the 54.13.3 of his Cr the 9th March 89 Viz
Mr. Ross for 5 yds sheeting 9/ P. Maley for diging grave pr. bills & rects 0 9 9
Thomas Miller making 2 coffins pr. rects 30 0
Mrs. Price 16 Dollars a weekly allowance) of 6/- this woman lived at Nancy Harvies has lost the use of her arm and is an object 96 0 7 5 9
18 0 5

In obedience to an order of the Common Council for the Corporation of Fredericksburg we have exd. the above account and find the above sum of Eighteen Pound and Five pence one farthing to be justly due Jas. Somerville an account of the Parish Poor.

Certified under our hands this 12th day of March 1789
Wm. Harvey
Chas. Mortimer
William Lewis

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Dr. Markett House of Fredericksburg in acct. with James Somerville

1787
Aug. 1 To Ballance per settlement this day agreeable to order of Council by Messrs: C. Mortimer, William Harvey & Robt. B. Chew signed certif. & reported filed in the office Mr. Archibalds subscription of 20 credit in former account to be reimbursed if not recd. of him 144 4 5
1789
Mar. 9 To John Legg Comr. on 29.4.0 @5 p. ct. 1 9 2
To interest on 144.4.5 from 1 Aug. 87 till date 1 yr. 7 moths. & 8 days 11 11 6
deduct on money recd. of Mr. John Legg per his acct. a state thereof on the back of this 1 14 9 9 16 9
To ballance due J.S. this day 90.18.6. 155 10 4
1788 Cr.
Aug. 14 By cash of Mr. Wm Smith as Commn. of Markett House 8 8 0
do. Jos. Berry ball. due by him acct. of do. pr. settlemt & ordered by the Council to pay me 9 15 5 18 3 5
1789
Mar. 9th By John Legg ballance due per settlement 1 Aug. 87 certd. & returned 17 4 4
John Legg collected by him since last settlement of markett house subscriptions per his a/c now reported a list due of 76/ 29 4 0 46 8 4
By balance due 90 18 6
155 10 4

In obedience to an order of the Common Council of Fredericksburg dated the 10th inst. we have Examined the within Statement and find a ballance due James Somerville of Ninety Pound Eighteen Shillings and six pence half penny specie which remains unpaid for money advanced by him in repairing the Markett House and as it has been long due and ought to be paid without delay.

Certified under our hands this 12th March 1789
William Harvey
Chas. Mortimer
Benjn. Day
Wm. Lewis

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At a Common Council held for the Town & Corporation of Fredericksburg on Tuesday the 17th day of March 1789 -

Present
George French Mayor
Benjamin Day Recorder
James Somerville William Lewis )
William Harvey Robert B. Chew ) Gent.
William Smith Thos. Cochran )
Thos. Cochran )

Ordered that the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen & Common Council or a majority of them together with the Sergeant and Geographer on Fryday the 20th day of this Inst. go around and procession the bounds of this Corporation and make report thereof to the next Council.

Ordered that James Somerville, Thomas Cochran, Robert B. Chew and Charles Urquhart or any three of them do call on the Geographer for a plan of the Markett House lott and that the Geographer do divide the same into so many Lotts as the above Commissioners may think proper & make report thereof to the next Council.

Ordered that the Vendue Master pay the Chamberlane 8 pr. cent on the amount of his Commissions recd. by virtue of his office for the ensuing year.

William Lewis, William Lovell, Thomas Cochran and John Legg are appointed to a list of Taxable property in this Corporation to witt all white tithables above the age of 12 yrs., all riding carriages and drays for hire all improved and unimproved lotts, horses (except dray horses) Cattle, billiard Tables, retailers of goods who have not a landed property, Tipling Houses and Ordinary Licence & make return to the next Council.

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George French, James Somerville, William Smith, Chas. Yates & Thomas Miller Gent. or any three of them are appointed to make an estimate of the expence in repairing the old court house and making temporary benches for the Judges of the district Court & an attornies barr in the Markett House & make a report thereof to the next Council.

The Minutes were signed
George French

At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on Wednesday the 1st day of April 1789

Present
George French Mayor
Benjamin Day Recorder

Chas. Mortimer William McWilliams
George Weedon Thomas Cochran
James Somerville William Lewis
William Harvey Robert B. Chew
Chas. Urquhart

Ordered that George French, Chas. Mortimer, George Weedon, James Somerville, Benjamin Day, Robert Benj. Chew, William McWilliams and William Lewis Gent. or any five of them do on the 30th day of next month lease to the highest bidders the Markett house lott in tenements agreeable to the plan now returned on a ground rent for three lives renewable forever at the option of the tenant.

Ordered that the following taxes be paid to the Sergeant of this Corporation to discharge the debts now due from said Corporation and for repairing the Court House and Goal Court to wit On the valuation of landed property p cent, on all white male tithables, and all slaves above 12 years 3/ p poll, on each carriage wheel 2/ on each dray 20/ on all horses except dray horses 2/ on each billiard table 48/ on each Tipling house 20/ on each head of cattle six pence, on each retailer of merchandize who have not improved landed property in this Corporation 3 p ct. on the amount of their respective rents. And it is ordered that the clerk make out two fair copies of the Taxable property adding those chargeable with rents, and deliver there to the Chamberlane, one of which lists is to be by him deld. to the

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Sergeant and that he collect and account for the same with the Chamberlane for the amount of said Taxes within two months from this date.

Ordered that John Hardia the keeper of the powder magazine pay to the Chamberlane the money arising from rents of said magazine and that the Chamberlane pay to Mr. Robert Patton 16.12.0 as soon as he shall receive that sum from said Hardia.

Ordered that Robert Patton commence suits against the delinquent subscribers for the building the Powder Magazine.

George French and William Harvey Gent. are appointed to let to the Highest bidder the county wharf as soon as the time expires for which it is at present rented.

On the petition of Charles Mortimer Gent. for leave to make an addition to the church in this Corporation, this board doth consent to the same and direct the same to be built by subscription on the south side of the said Church; so as to form the said Church into a cross and that the said addition be vested in the subscribers & their heirs and assigns forever, and that such additions be made under the direction of Charles Mortimer Thomas Colson, Benjamin Day, William Lewis, James Somerville, William Harvey, George French & Charles Urquhart, Gentlemen.

George French, James Somerville, Charles Yates & William Smith & William Lewis, Gent. or any three of them are appointed to agree with some workman for the repairs of the old Court House and Goal and for making a temporary bench and bar in the Markett House for the use of the Court of Hustings.

The Minutes were Signed
Geo. French

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At a Common Council held for the Town & Corporation of Fredericksburg on Tuesday the 28th of April 1789

Present
George French Mayor
Benjamin Day Recorder
George Weedon William Smith
William Harvey Thomas Cochran
James Somerville Charles Urquhart

For reasons appearing to the Council it is Ordered that the order of the first Inst. respecting the Markett House lott be reversed and the Commissioners appointed to lease the same be discharged from executing the same.

The Minutes were signed
Geo. French.

At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on Saturday the 6th day of June 1789

Present
George French Mayor
Benj. Day Recorder
Charles Mortimer ) William Smith )
George Weedon ) Thomas Cochran )
James Somerville ) Aldermen William McWilliams ) Councilmen
William Harvey ) William Lewis )
Charles Urquhart )

The Commissioners appointed to agree with a workman for the repairs to be made to the old court house in this Corporation reported that they had agreed for said repairs with Thomas Miller, Ordered that the Chamberlane be authorised to pay to said Miller such sums of money, and at such periods as may be necessary to carry the said agreement into Effect which is as follows: The said Miller is to make all the necessary repairs to the Court House and in case of Disagreement between said Commissioners & said Miller with respect to the price of the said repairs the same is to be referred to good Judges to fix the price thereof.

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WHEREAS it appears from information to this board that certain work now carried on by James Brown on Rappahannock River, may be injurious to the navigation thereof by, filling up the depth of water at the County wharf and others below, resolved that William McWilliams, Benjamin Day, William Harvey, William Lewis and Elizer Callender Gent. or any three of them be directed to review what the said James Brown may have done and inform themselves of his further intentions respecting the same and make report to this board, and in the meantime the said James Brown is hereby forbid to proceed further therein.

William Smith, Thomas Cochran, Charles Urquhart and Thomas Miller Gent. are appointed to view the situation of the ladders made for the use of this Corporation and to have such others made as may be wanting and distribute the same in such manner & at such convenient places as they may think proper.

The Minutes were signed
George French

At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on Thursday June 10th 1789

Present
George French Mayor
Benjamin Day Recorder
Charles Mortimer ) William Lewis )
George Weedon ) Aldermen Charles Urquhart ) Councilmen
James Somerville ) Thomas Cochran )

The Commissioners appointed to view certain works now carried on by James Brown a Rappahannock River, returned this report which is approved of by the Council, and ordered that the said Brown have leave to proceed with such work provided he will compleat it in three months, and that the same Commissioners from time to time report the said Brown's process.
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On the motion of Benjamin Day Gent. ordered that when any member is about to propose anything to this board he shall rise and address himself to the Mayor, and that he meet with no interruption while speaking and after the subject is fully discussed, that the Mayor state the Question and Collect the vote thereon.

WHEREAS an ordinance passed by this board in the year 1782 to prevent hogs the property of the Inhabitants of this Corporation going at large therein, hath been construed to extend to hogs belonging to Gentlemen without the limits of said Corporation that may be found within the same, It is, therefore, ordered, that in future hogs belonging to any person or persons (except to the Inhabitants of said Corporation) shall not be subject to the penalties of the aforesaid ordinance and it is ordered that the Clerk give publick notice thereof by causing the same to be advertised in the Fredericksburg Herald.

James Somerville, David Blair, John Sunderland and William Lovell Gent. or any three of them are appointed to view the drain made by William Glassell, at the back of his lotts, and whether the said drain being carried further will not be publick advantage to this Corporation and that they make report thereof to this board.

The Minutes were signed
George French

At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg Monday July 6th 1789

Present
George French Mayor
Benj. Day Recorder
Charles Mortimer ) William Smith )
George Weedon ) Thomas Cochran )
James Somerville ) Aldermen William Lewis )
William Harvey ) Robert B. Chew ) Councilmen
Charles Urquhart )

Thomas Miller is appointed to make an Estate of the Expence in making an addition to the Court house in this Corporation to Extend twelve feet back, and make report thereof to the Council.

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William Smith, a member of this board, begd. leave to resign his appointment as Councilman which was granted him and Wm. Lovell is appointed in his room, Ordered that he be notified thereof.

James Tutt Gent. is requested to make an Estimate of the Expence of a drain one hundred and thirty four feet long two & a half feet in width and the same in depth with a wall of stone on each side and also covered at bottom with stone and report to the next Council.

The Minutes of these proceedings were signed
George French

At a Common Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg Tuesday the 10th day of November 1789

Present
George French esqr. Mayor
Benjamin Day esqr. Recorder
Charles Mortimer ) Thomas Cochran )
George Weedon ) Wm. Lewis ) Councilmen
James Somerville ) Aldermen Robert B. Chew )
William Harvey )

ORDERED that application be made to the present General Assembly for leave to bring in a bill to Explain the act entitled, An Act concerning fairs in the Town of Fredericksburg and the Court of Hustings thereof and for other purposes passed in October 1783 and to confirm the proceedings of the said Court of Hustings from the passing of that Act till the October session 1787 that may appear contrary to the first recited act, as some misconstruction have been put upon the third section of that Act, and It is also Ordered that Benjamin Day, James Somerville and William Harvey Gent. do prepare a petition to that effect and that they take under their consideration the several acts of Assembly respecting the said Court of Hustings and that they also prepare a petition respecting the militia of this Corporation.

William Lovell Gent. having been elected a Councilman in the room of Wm. Smith who has resigned, qualified according to law.

The Minutes were signed
George French



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