Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1808

At a Council held at the House of William Jackson on Wednesday the 3d day of February 1808

Present
William Smock, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston
William Pearson
Charles Wardell
David Almond
Walker R Carter

The account of Mary Cooks for Expences incured in the support of Charles Oneil who was a pauper & who died at their House amounting to $56 was presented to the board who inspected the same and on consideration of the subject are of opinion that the sum of $30 in addition to what she has already received would be a reasonable allowance, but the board being of opinion that payment of the said account ought be directed by the overseers of the poor and not the board. Therefore resolved that it be recommended to the Overseers of the poor for this Corporation to give an order on the Chamberlain for the same

An account of John England against the Corporation amounting to 8.5.6 is allowed and it is ordered that the Chamberlain do pay the same

Wm Smock

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At a Council held at the Town Hall on Wednesday the 2d day of March 1808

Present
William Smock, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
John Taliaferro, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
William Pearson, Common Council
Richard Johnston, Common Council
Charles Wardell, Common Council
Joseph Walker, Common Council

The Council proceeded to allow the following claims against the Corporation and it Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to the same

To Benjamin Day pr a/c $5.60
To Richard Johnston pr a/c for rent 150.00
To Thomas S Johnston pr a/c 2.33 del'vd
To Robert Hening attorney for Corpo 66.27
To William Jackson pr a/c 13.47 himself
To David Almond pr a/c 15.25
To Robert S Chew Clerk pr a/c 123.70
To William Jackson Serg't for his salary 50.00
To William Jackson further account 5.17
To Zachariah Lucas pr a/c 5.00
To Robert Hening pr a/c 4.50
To Timothy Green his Salary for printing 12.00 del'vd
To Timothy Green pr a/c rendered 16.00 del'vd
To George W B Spooner pr a/c 2.80
To James Beck pr a/c 20.42 himself
To John Chew[n]ing Constable pr a/c 22.75 himself
To Gerard McKenny Constable pr a/c 22.25 himself
To Charles Stewart Constable pr a/c 17.67 a Parker
$555.58

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Thomas Legg exhibited an account with the Corporation by which it appears that the sum of 2.4.10 is due the Corporation. It is Ordered that the Sergeant do collect and pay the same to the Chamberlain

George W B Spooner, Charles Wardell & William Pearson are appointed to settle an Account between the Corporation and Godlove Heiskill and make report to the next Council

John Taliaferro, Richard Johnston and Robert S Chew are appointed a Committee to examine the accounts of Wm Jackson Sergeant Thomas S Johnston Chamberlain and the Trustees of the Markett House and make report to the next Council

On motion made & Seconded, Ordered that Richard Johnston do wait on Anthony Buck & Thomas Legg auctioneers in this Corporation and request a statement of their Commissions on public Sales to be laid before the next Council and [if] they refuse to comply with this order the Attorney for the Corporation is directed to take such measures against them as will be necessary.

Adj'd
W W Smock

At a Council held at the Town Hall in Fred'g on Friday the 18th of March 1808

Present
William Smock, Mayor
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
John Taliaferro, Common Council
Richard Johnston, Common Council
Charles Wardell, Common Council
Alexander Walker, Common Council
Joseph Walker, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council

On motion made & Seconded, Resolved that the accounts of the Chamberlain are satisfactory and Ordered that the same together with the report of the Committee to it was refered be published in the Virginia Herald.

W W Smock

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At a Council held at the Town Hall on Monday the 21st day of March 1808

Present
William Smock, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
Joseph Walker, Common Council
Richard Johnston, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council
Charles Wardell, Common Council

The Committee appointed to examine the account of William Jackson Sergeant of the Corporation this day received the same which appears to be balanced & is ordered to be filed

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to James Cunningham 15 pr his account this day allowed (delivered himself)

W W Smock

March 21st 1808

This being the day appointed by Law for the Election of 12 persons to serve the Corporation of Fred'g as Mayor, Recorder & Common Councilmen for one year, The freeholders and house keepers being notified thereof met at the Town Hall and having deposited their ballots in the ballot box, upon examination thereof, the greatest number of votes were found to be in favour of the following persons viz.

Thomas S Johnston 82
Joseph Walker 80
David Almond 79
Richard Johnston 79
Adam Cooke 79
William Pearson 78
Charles Wardell 77
Zach'y Lucas 75
Henry White 75
Keeling Terrell 75
Horace Marshall 73
Charles Jones 67

[Page 104] Which persons were duly elected & qualified they then proceeded to the choice of Mayor when Richard Johnston was duly elected and qualified accordingly

They then proceeded to the choice of Recorder when Zachariah Lucas was duly elected and qualified accordingly

Thomas S Johnston is duly elected Chamberlain who qualified accordingly & it is ordered that he give bond & Security in the penalty of $5000 at the next Council

Robert S Chew was unanimously elected Clerk to this board the present year

Bartholomew Fuller is appointed Geographer for this Corporation for the present year

Adam Darby is appointed guager in this Corporation for the present year

Benjamin Hooten is appointed Clerk of the Markett and Manager of the Hay Scales who qualified accordingly

Thomas Taylor is appointed measurer of the coals in this Corporation for the present years who qualified accordingly

Horace Marshall, Adam Cooke & Henry White are appointed Trustees of the Market house the present year and also to rent out the County Wharf & to take care of the fire hooks ladders and Engine

David Almond Charles Jones & Joseph Walker are appointed to superintend the pumps for the present year and they are authorized to draw on the Chamberlain for what money may be necessary for that purpose

Timothy Green is reappointed Printer for the purpose of Printing the orders &c of this board for which he is to receive the sum of $20 per annum

Richard Johnston

R S Chew, Clerk

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At a Council held at the Town Hall on monday the 28th day of March 1808

Present
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
Joseph Walker, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council
Adam Cooke, Common Council
William Pearson, Common Council
Horace Marshall, Common Council
Charles Jones, Common Council

Thomas Taylor is appointed Measurer of Salt in this Corporation for which he is to receive the sum of 25 cents for every hundred Bushels of Salt measured & It is ordered that he qualify before some magistrate of the Corporation immediately

Adam Darby is appointed Inspector of Whisky in this Corporation the present year for which he is to receive the sum of 4 cents for Barrels and 6 cents for Hhds & Tierces to be paid by the seller, and it is Ordered that he mark with Irons the 1st Quality thus O the 2nd quality thus O- and the 3rd quality thus O+ & that which is refused with the letter R. It is further ordered that if any person shall buy or sell whisky not inspected & marked shall forfeit and pay $2 each, for each and every Barrel sold or purchased by them to be recovered by warrant before a single Magistrate of the Corporation. The above orders ord'd to be published

Ordered that the Mayor do affix the assize of bread in Corporation from time to time as he shall see cause

Ordered that the superintendants of the pumps cause a well to be dugg at the Corner of Caroline and Wolf Streets upon the best terms they can, and draw upon the Chamberlain for the sum expended for the same

Thomas S Johnston gave bond and security as Chamberlain in this Corporation which is ordered to be filed

The Commissioner of the Revenue is ordered to take a list of the taxable property in this Corporation agreeable to the list taken the last year and lay the same before the next Council

Adj'd
Rich'd Johnston

R S Chew, Clk

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At a Council held at the Town Hall on Saturday 23rd day of April 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Joseph Walker, Common Council
Horace Marshall, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council
Adam Cooke, Common Council
Charles Jones, Common Council
Charles Wardell, Common Council

Zachariah Lucas Horace Marshall & Adam Cooke are appointed to confer with Overseers of the Streets in the two lower wards upon the best method of repairing the Street between Bucks and Hieskills & also the Street between Mrs Hardias & Hugh Mercers and to request effectual manner and upon the lowest terms and they are authorized to draw upon the Chamberlain for the amount expended thereon

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to William Burnett 15/ pr his account this day allowed for hauling gravel to the Markett House Square

adj'd
R'd Johnston, Mayor
R S Chew, Clerk

At a Council held at the Town Hall on Saturday the 30th day of April 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
David Almond, Common Council
Adam Cooke, Common Council
William Pearson, Common Council
Charles Mundell, Common Council
Charles Jones, Common Council
Henry White, Common Council
Keeling Terrell, Common Council

Birchett Bower is appointed to mend the Cross Streets between Mrs Hardias and Hugh Mercers between Bucks and Hieskells and William Pearson and Adam Cooke are appointed Commissioners to superintend the repairs of the said Streets and to draw upon the Chamberlain for the amount expended thereon

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On motion made and Seconded. It is Ordered that the Clerk of the Markett under the penalty of $1 for every offence do make it known to the Waggoners not to encamp or feed their horses on the Markett House lott & every Waggoner who shall refuse to comply with the orders of the Clerk of the Markett shall be subject to a fine of one dollar to be recovered by warrent & to be appropriated to the use of the Corporation

On motion made and Seconded. It is Ordered that the Trustees of the Market House be authorized required to procure nine fire hooks in addition to the present number with rope sufficient to work them

Zachariah Lucas having informed this board that he hath undertaken to send the Engine to Baltimore in order to be repaired without any authority for so doing from this board. On motion made and Seconded the board doth justify the said Zachariah Lucas in the exercize of the said authority that they will appropriate money for the repairs of the said Engine when the same is returned properly repaired

Adj'd
R'd Johnston, Mayor
R S Chew, Clk

At a Council held at the Town Hall on Monday the 15th day of May 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston, Council
Joseph Walker, Council
David Almond, Council
Adam Cooke, Council
Charles Mundell, Council
Henry White, Council
Horace Marshall, Council
Charles Jones, Council

John Minor former attorney for the Commonwealth in this Corporation having presented to the Council an account against the Corporation on amounting to 71.10.4 which was allowed him by the Court of Hustings of Fred'g but it being the opinion of this board that the Council are not bound to pay account settled and allowed by the Court of Hustings. It is ordered that the said John Minor be notified to lay his account properly stated including a complete statement of fines received by him before the next Council and that they will then proceed to settle the same [Page 108] & pay any balance that may appear to be due him

William Jackson having represented to this board that he is sued in the district Court by Charles Yates for collecting the sum of $3.12 the amount of tax due on certain property of the said Yates. It is the opinion of the board that the said Jackson be indemnified by the Council and that John W Green esq, be appointed to defend the said suit

It is ordered that John W Green & Thomas R Roots esqs be employed to defend a suit brought by Mary Daingerfield against William Jackson in the District Court of Hustings to recover the Court House lott & It is further ordered that Zach'y Lucas Horace Marshall & David Almond & Richard Johnston be appointed a Committee fo rthe present year to superintend all suits by or against the Corporation and they are authorized to draw upon the Chamberlain for such sums of money as may be necessary to defray all expences

Resolved that the following taxes be paid by the inhabitants fo this Corporation and others owning property within the same to wit on all improved lotts 3 pr cent on the amount of rents thereof, on all free males above the age of 16 & on all Slaves above the agre of 12 years $1 each. On all drays or Carts owned and worked within the Corporation $5, on all Waggons owned and worked within the same $8 each. On all pleasure Carriages $1 pr wheel. On all horses mares mules & Colts $1 each. On all Stud horses the price of covering a mare by the season, all persons carrying on or exercising the trade or occupation of auctioneer within the limits of this Corporation shall pay 5 pr cent to this Corporation on the amount of their Commissions on all Sales made at public auction for which purpose they shall render a statement of their Commissions to this board when thereunto required. All Exhibittors of Theatrical performances Rope dancers &c who shall or may be authorized to exhibit within this Corporation shall pay to the Chamberlain $5 for each night they exhibit to be collected & accounted for according to the ordinance of the Corporation respecting the Revenue

It is Ordered that the sum of $900 be levied on the inhabitants of this Corporation to be paid into the hands of the Chamberlain for the use of the poor Establishment, and that the same be [Page 109] subject to the orders of the Inspectors of the poor establishment and overseers of the poor from time to time to be drawn in favour of the Stewards or of poor persons

The Superintendants appointed to mend the Street between Bucks & Hieskells are directed to cover the drain along the Street with Stone the expence of which to be paid by the Corporation

On motion made and Seconded. It is Ordered that the ordinance directing Waggoners to feed in the cross Streets be repealed and they are hereby authorized to feed where they please provided they do not stop up the passage of any Street

Adjourned
R'd Johnston
R S Chew, C C

At a Council held at the Town Hall the 2nd day of June 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council
Adam Cooke, Common Council
Henry White, Common Council
Horace Marshall, Common Council
Charles Jones, Common Council
Charles Mundell, Common Council

On motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that the Mayor be authorized to draw upon the Chamberlain for the amount of the premiums allowed to persons for carrying the Hogsheads of water to a fire

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that the Trustees of the Markett House be appointed to superintend the Hogsheads of water and the fire hooks & that they keep them always in readiness to see that they are brought to the fire with the greatest dispatch and the superintend their management at the fire

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that David Almond be appointed to provide six additional Hogsheads with funnels to be placed at the Markett Hosue with water and that the premium of $1 be given to the Drayman for each Hogshead [Page 110] of water at a fire

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that a Com'r of the Town be App'd by the Mayor with general powers to enforce the bye Laws of the Corporation so far as they relate to the Streets, Ladders, and all nuisances and that he keep the footways in good repair at the expence of the proprietors of the lotts adjacent thereto, and that he casue the footways to be made 11 feet wide instead of the former width to prosecute each person for every violation of the Laws and William Jackson is appointed Commissioner to carry this order into effect & it is Ordered that he receive the sum of $75 for his services for one year

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that Commissioner of the Town be directed to remove all the Post and Racks on the Main Street at the expence of the proprietors fo the lotts adjacent thereto

Adjourned
R'd Johnston
R S Chew, C C

At a Council held at the Town Hall the 3rd day of June 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
Joseph Walker, Common Council
Adam Cooke, Common Council
William Pearson, Common Council
Charles Wardell, Common Council
Henry White, Common Council
Keeling Terrell, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council
Horace Marshall, Common Council
Charles Jones, Common Council

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that the order made yesterday appointing a Commissioner for certain purposes therein mentioned be and the same is hereby entirely repealed, and that the order heretofore made requiring each individual to furnish himself with a ladder at his own expence under the penalty of $8 each be also repealed

R'd Johnston
R S Chew C C

[Page 111] At a Council held at the Town Hall on Monday the 18th day of July 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
Thomas S Johnston, Common Council
Adam Cooke, Common Council
Charles Wardell, Common Council
David Almond, Common Council

Ordererd that the Chamberlain pay to John W Green esq the sum of $50 for his fees in sundry cases pt his account this day presented to the board (copied)

Ordered that Chamberlain pay to Henry White $21 pr his a/c this day allowed for making medal

Present H White

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ord'd that David Almond & Joseph Walker be a Committee to provide 8 ladders for the use of the Corporation on to be made in the lightest manner & out of the best materials to be making use of any of the property of the Corporation to be from 20 to forty feet long, and it is ordered that any person who is found making use of any of the property of the Corporation for private purposes without cause shall forfeit and pay $5 for every offence to be recovered by warrent before a single Magistrate
Ord'd to be published

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that the pump commonly called the Brick yard Pump be placed in the same situation with the other Pumps in this Corporation and that it be kept in order at the expence of the Corporation so long as the Citizens are permitted to uses the Water

On Motion made & Seconded. It is ordered that the Overseer of the Street do remove the fence lately put across Ferdinand Street by Joseph Christy immediately, and that the Council will indemnify him for so doing

R'd Johnston
R S Chew, C C

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At a Council held at the Town Hall 23rd day of August 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Zachariah Lucas, Recorder
William Pearson, Common Councilman
David Almond, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Charles Joseph, Common Councilman
Henry White, Common Councilman
Adam Cooke, Common Councilman
Thomas S Johnston, Common Councilman

On motion It is Ordered that the Chamberlain pay Bartholomew Fuller five dollars for the damage his map has sustained during the time the Committee for the Corporation was using it. He is requested to keep the map

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to David Almond 6.18.6 pr his account this day allowed

Ordered that Richard Johnston esq, Mayor of the Corporation of Fred'g be requested to write to Philadelphia for a fire engine of the third size with the necessary apparatus The pr[i]ce of the Engine only $370 He is therefore requested by this Board to write immediately for such an Engine

Rich'd Johnston, Mayor
R S Chew, C C

At a Council held at the Town Hall Thursday the 22nd day of September 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Thomas S Johnston, Common Councilman
David Almond, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Charles Jones, Common Councilman
Charles Wardel, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman

On the application of Porter & Farish they are appointed Auctioneers in this Corporation and It is ordered that they give Bond & Security at the next Court of Hustings

It appearing to the Council that Phillip Mayer has [Page 113] been improperly charged on the Books of the Commissioner of the Revenue of this Corporation with the tax on one Negro It is ordered that the Sergeant be directed not to collect the sd Tax

George W B Spooner, Commissioner of the Revenue in this Corporation having returned his Books of Taxable property under the ordinance respecting the revenue it is ordered that the Chamberlain pay to the said Commissioner the sum of $30 for his services

On application of Peter Smock, This board doth unanimously consent to join the said Smock in a declaration for insuring the houses on the Markett House Square, Lot No 8 leased out by the said Corporation & the said Smock doth hereby agree that he will pay all costs & changes & demands of what nature soever they may be incured by the said Insurance and that in case the said House should be consumed by fire the said Smock hereby agrees to appropriate the money received from the Insurance Company towards rebuilding it a house on the said lot but in case the said Smock should not be disposed to rebuild the said house that half of the Insurance money shall be for the benefit of the Corporation

It is ord'd that Geo W B Spooner, Commissioner of the Revenue do proceed to revalue all the Houses in this Corporation

William Pearson, Adam Cooke and Henry White being summoned to attend the Council this day and not attending. It is Ord'd they be fined $5 each unless they shew cause to the Contrary at the next Council

Rich'd Johnston, Mayor
attest R S Chew, C C

At a Council held at the Town Hall on the 6th of Nov 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
Z Lucas, Recorder
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Henry White, Common Councilman
Charles Jones, Common Councilman
Charles Wardell, Common Councilman
David Almond, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman

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A petition from the seafaring men of the port was presented setting forth that they had no place of landing for their ballast. Ordered that they have leave to land on the 10 feet of the Wharf at present occupied by Mr Donalson on the South side which extends 10 feet on the Street leading down from Mrs Hardias and it is also Ordered that a Wharf be constructed on the same Street as quick as possible and that Z Lucas Thomas S Johnston & Horace Marshall Gt be appointed to carry the same into execution and that they have power to advertize to be let to the lowest bidder the execution thereof

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to James Beck 5.15.0 pr his account this day allowed

Ordered that the fine imposed on Henry White for non attendance at a former meeting be remitted

Ordered that the Chamberlaine be empowered to make the best bargain he can respecting a debt due the Corporation from John Lewis esq taking a Replevy Bono of Hay Battailes

Adj'd Rich'd Johnston

At a Council held at the Town Hall on monday the 19th day of December 1808

Present,
Richard Johnston, Mayor
David Almond, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Henry White, Common Councilman
Keeling Terrell, Common Councilman
Adam Cooke, Common Councilman
Charles Wardell, Common Councilman
William Pearson, Common Councilman
Charles Jones, Common Councilman

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Ordered that Horace Marshall, Joseph Walker Charles Wardell & George W B Spooner (any 3 of whom may act) be appointed a Committee to examine into the State of the Account between the Corp'n and Thomas Miller, dec'd, and make report to the next Council

Ordered that the tax on a negro woman named Betty charged to Samuel Jones be remitted and that the Sergeant be not requested to collect the same

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to John Chewning $2.09 cents pr his account this day allowed (copied)

Adam Cooke is excused for his non attendance at a former meeting of the Council

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Keeling Terrell $30 pr his account allowed

Rich'd Johnston


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