Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1815

At a Council held for the town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on Thursday the 19th of January 1815

Pres't
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Wm Allen, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman

A Committee appointed to draft an ordinance upon the subject of issuing small notes returned the following

Be it ordained by the Mayor & Commonality of the Town of Fredericksburg that for the purpose of furnishing the inhabitants of the Corporation of Fred'g with convenient change the Mayor do cause to be prepared and issued notes of 4, 6, 12, 25 & 50 cents not exceeding $13,000 in the whole to be signed by him as Mayor and made payable [Page 224] to the order of the Chamberlain for the time being which notes shall be deposited with the Chamberlain & passed to the credit of the Corporation to be by him sold at par & assigned to such of the inhabitants of the Corpo as may request him; And be it further Ordained that when ever any person shall produce to the Chamberlain the said notes to the amount of one dollar or more dollars the said Chamberlain shall pay and take in the same and the proceeds of the sales of such notes shall be held as a fund for the redemption of the said notes and in all settlements with the Chamberlain he shall be entitiled to a credit for the amount of such note which he may have in hand; This ordinance shall have effect from the passing thereof, Which ordinance is unanimously approved & adopted by the Council

James Newby is elected a Common Councilman in the room of John Smith deceased

William Ragan is appointed a clerk of the Market and Measurer of salt and grain in the Room of Roger Cary dec'd who was duly qualified

Ordinance that the Chamberlain pay to James Beck $15.25cents for drilling the Cannon & that he give a receipt for the same, It is further ordered that the said amount be presenter to the next Court Martial for payment

Richard Johnston presented a claim for Eight Keys of gunpowder and its appearing that the said powder was furnished by him on the 7th Dec'r last on account of the state when the British Ships were in the Rappahannock and all the ammunition sent by the executive of Virg'a to Fred'g has been taken away by Gen'l Madison Brigade which powder was made into cartridges and is now in the arsenal for the use of the Commonwealth. The Council therefore refused to pay the amount (Cop'd)

Ordered that Robert S Chew purchase a press for the use of the Clerks office and Draw upon the Chamberlain for the price thereof

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Be it ordained that all whiskey apple & Peach Brandy hereafter brought to the Corpo in Kegs or Barrels for sale shall be guaged and inspected by some person appointed for that purpose by the Mayor & Common Council; And be it further ordained that the Guager and inspector so appointed shall ascertain the quality of all such whiskey & brandy by Dicar's Hydrometer & shall mark upon each key or barrel the quantity contained & its proof of the spirits and if the spirit be not proof he shall mark the degrees which the spirit shall want of proof, such Inspector & Guager shall receive from the owner thereof 20 cents for guaging, inspecting and marking each key or barrel, And be it further Ordained that if any person shall purchase any such whiskey or Brandy so brought to the Corpo of Fred'g in barrels or kegs for sale without being first inspected, guaged & marked, he or she so offending shall forfeit & pay $15 to the use of the Corporation to be recovered by warrant or other [?] by the Chamberlain for the time being

Anderson McWilliams is appointed Gauger & Inspector of whiskey and brandy in this Corporation and shall execute the office as soon as he shall be qualified before a magistrate

(Signed)
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Attest
R S Chew

At a Council held at the Court House for the Town & Corpo of Fred'g March 13th 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Recorder
Wm Allen, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Jos'h Walker, Common Councilman
Chs Austin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Edm'd Hollinger $1 improperly charged to hiim in his tax account (del'd himself)

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Isaac King $1 improperly charged to him in his tax account (del'd himself)

(Signed)

John Scott, Recorder

Attest

R S Chew

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At a Council held at the Court House in the Town of Fredericksburg the 16th day of March 1815

At a Council held at the Court House for the Town & Corpo of Fred'g March 13th 1815

Pres't
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
Chas Austin, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
John W Green, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Wm Allen, Common Councilman

The Council proceeded to examine and allow the following claims against the Corpo and It is ord'd that the Chamberlain pay the same

To Carter L Stephenson attorney (Salary) $66.67
To Robert S Chew, clerk (cop'd) 66.67
To Green & Cady for printing (de'd body) 24.00
To James French Physician to poor pr a/c [nv]
To Rob't S Chew pr a/c (cop'd) 53.17
To John Mundell pr acc't 54.31
To Alex Walker pr acc't for a coffin 2.00
To Benjamin Day pr acc't for inquest (himself) 15.00
To George Rothrock pr acc't (himself) 11.25
To Lemuel Thompson pr acc't (himself) 16.96
To Lemuel Thompson pr acc't (himself) 3.33
To Charles Stewart constable (himself) 50.00
To Gerard McKenney constable 80.00
To Gerard McKenney for his service ringing bell to this day 60.00
To John W Shepard, Serj't pr acc't (himself) 121.55
To John W Shepard, Serj't for extra services (himself) 25.00
To Garrit Minor pr acc't 30.00
To Roger Cary as clerk of the Market a/c to the 19th Jan'y 1815 100.00
$779.91
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To William Ragan for 2 months service as clerk Market to this day (himself) 20.00
[Total] 799.91

Ordered that William Allen, Charles Austin & John Mundell or any 2 of them do settle with Horace Marshall Chamberlain and Jno M Shepard, Serjeant, their respective accounts and make report there upon to the next Council

(Signed)
Garrit Minor
Attest
R S Chew C F

At a council held the 18th of March 1815

Pres't
Garrit Minor, Mayor
John Scott, Recorder
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman

Be it ordained by the Mayor & Commonality of the Town of Fredericksburg, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, that from and after the date hereof no hog or hogs shall be permitted to go at large within the limits of the said Town and be it further ordained that it shall be the duty of the constable to kill any hogs or hog that may be hereafter found running at large within the limits of the Town, it shall be lawful for any owner or occupier of a house or lot to shoot or otherwise destroy any hog or hogs that may be found within his or her enclosure; Be it further ordained that the constables shall be entitled to have and posses all such hog or hogs as they may shoot in the streets under this ordinance; This ordinance is directed to be published

The Committee appointed to examine the Chamberlains account made report that they had examined the same & found it supported by proper Vouchers & that the sum of $1139.66 cents is due to the Corporation, ordered that the said report be recorded

The Committee appointed to settle John M Shepards account [Page 228] as Sergeant reported that they had examined the same & find the charges supported by proper Vouchers and that the balance of $36.19 is due the said Shepard

(Signed)
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Attest
R S Chew C F

March the 20th 1815

This being the day appointed by Law for the Election of twelve persons to serve the Corporation of Fredericksburg as Mayor, Recorder and Common Councilman for one year, the free holders and house keepers being notified thereof met at the Town Hall and having deposited their ballots upon examination thereof the greatest number of votes were found to be in favour of the following persons Viz't
Charles Austin 41
John Mundell 38
John W Green 38
Garrit Minor 37
John Scott 37
Horace Marshall 37
Robert Mackay 36
Jos Walker 33
Wm Allen 30
Alex'r Walker 30
Wm Gordon 28
John Goolrick 27
James Newby 13
Phillip Terrier 9
Robt Lewis 9

The first named twelve persons were accordingly duly elected

The Council then proceeded to elect a Mayor when John Scott was duly elected and qualified

Garrit Minor ws duly elected Recorder and qualified and the following gentlemen to wit: Chas Austin, John Mundell, Horace Marshall, Robert Mackay, Wm Allen, Wm Gordon & John Goolrick were duly qualified as Common Councilmen

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Robert S Chew was duly elected Clerk of the board and qualified

Horace Marshall is re-elected Chamberlain for the present year who qualified and it is ordered that he give bond & security on the penalty of $5000 at the next Council and it is ordered that he receive $50 for his service

John Goolrick is re-appointed Geographer for the present year who qualified

Anderson McWilliams is re-appointed Guager & inspector of whiskey and Brandy the present year who qualified accordingly

Mess'rs Green & Cady are re-appointed printers for the purpose of printing the orders of the board and it is ordered that they receive $24 for their services

Mr Ragan is appointed clerk of the Markett & Superintendant of the Fire Engine and water Hogsheads, also measurer of coals and salt for the present year who qualified accordingly

Horace Marshall, Robert Mackay & John Mundell are appointed Trustees of the Markett house the present year also to rent out the public wharf and to take care of the fire hooks, ladders and Engine also to rent out the Hay scales

Alex'r Walker, Jos Walker, Charles Austin & Wm Allen are appointed to superintend the pumps the present year and they are authorized to draw upon the Chamberlain for such sums as may be necessary to keep them in order

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

(Signed)
John Scott, Mayor
Attest
R S Chew, CF

At a Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on the 11th day of April 1815

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Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
John W Green, Common Councilman
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Wm Allen, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman

John W Green, Alex'r Walker & Jos Walker were duly qualified as Council men

It appearing to the Council that Measures are in progress under a late act of assembly for the sale of this Jail built upon a lott belonging to the Corporation. It is ordered that John W Green do propose for the future consideration of the Council an abstract of the title of the Corporation to the lott on which the Jail stands and of the title to the building in question

John Mundell is added to the commissioners heretofore appointed to superintend the building of the new Market House

(Signed)
John Scott, Mayor

At a Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg on the 16th day of May 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
Garrit Minor, Recorder
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
William Gordon, Common Councilman
William Allen, Common Councilman

Ordered that John M Shepard do sell the log house adjoining the Jail at public auction for cash upon Condition that the same be forthwith removed and pay over the proceeds of the sale to the Chamberlain for the benefit of the Corporation

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It appearing to the Council that Richard Johnston has commenced digging a cellarway in the alley leading from the Main Street to the New Markett House, upon consideration thereof it is the opinion of the Council that the sd Johnston has no right whatever to such cellar way in the alley & that he be duly notified thereof & that the sergeant of the Corporation do present a copy of this order to the said Johnston & notify him not to proceed further in erecting such cellar way & to fill up such opening as he has made

Garrit Minor, Chs Austin, Robt S Chew any 2 of them area appointed to draft a scheme of a lottery to raise a sufficient sum of money to pave the footways of the street in this Corpo & submit the same to the Council with every information that may be thought necessary by them to Carry the said Lottery into effect

Resolved by the Council that it would be a public benefit to join in behalf of the Corporation with the Trustees of the Male Charity School in the erection of a building on the Courthouse lot the lower part to be appropriated as officer of the Corpo's Chancery Court, the Court of which lower part to be paid by the Corpo provided it does not Exceed $1500.

Signed
John Scott, Mayor
Attest
R S Chew C F

At a Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fred'g the 11day of May 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
Garrit Minor, Recorder
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
William Gordon, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
William Allen, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman

The Committee appointed at the last Council upon the subject of the Lottery proposed to be drawn to raise a sum of money to pave the footways of the Main Street made the following report; In 1802 the Legislature by law authorised the Mayor & Corporate body of the Town of Fred'g to raise by Lottery a sum not exceeding $15000 to pave the Main Street. It is proposed to raise a sum sufficient to pave the footways of the Main Street in such Manner & such extent as shall be deemed a divisible. The sum of $2250 is proposed to be raised by the following scheme--3000 tickets at $5 = $15000
Scheme
1 prize of $2000 2000
1 prize of $1000 1000
2 prizes of $500 1000
3 prizes of $300 900
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5 prizes of $200 1000
10 prizes of $100 1000
10 prizes of $50 500
30 prizes of $20 600
100 prizes of $10 1000
1000 prizes of $6 6000
1162 prizes $15,000
1808 Blanks
3000 Tickets of $5 15,000
Deduct 15pr ct 2,250
Stationary Prizes
1st drawn blank after 300 tickets are drawn $200
1st drawn blank after 600 tickets are drawn $200
1st drawn blank after 900 tickets are drawn $200
1st drawn blank after 1200 tickets are drawn $200
1st drawn blank after 1500 tickets are drawn $200
1st drawn blank after 1800 tickets are drawn $200
1st drawn blank after 2100 tickets are drawn $300
1st drawn blank after 2400 tickets are drawn $300
1st drawn blank after 2700 tickets are drawn $500
1st drawn blank after 2900 tickets are drawn $500
Last drawn tickett whether blank or prize $2,000

All prizes to be paid in 20 days after the drawing is finished, for all purchases of Tickets amounting to $50 or upwards a negotiable note with an approved indorser may be taken payable in 30 days after the drawing is finished; all prizes not applied for within 6 months after the drawing is finished will be considered as relinquished to the Corpo; Whereupon resolved unanimously that the sd Scheme be adopted & that Garrit Minor, Robert S Chew & Chas Austin, William Gordon & William Allen be appointed a Committee to carry the same into effect

A Communication of the Council from the Trustees of the Charity School and Lodge No 4 having been made upon the subject of erecting a building on the Corner of the Court House lot the lower Story of which to be used as Clerks offices; Resolved that the Council join in erecting the sd building upon the terms mentioned in the resolution entered into at the last Council & that Horace Marshall, William Gordon be appointed a Committee on the part of the Council to associate with the Committee app'd by the Trustees of the Charity School and Lodge and proceed to erect the sd building

(Signed)
John Scott, Mayor
Attest
R S Chew, C F

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At a Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fred'g June 7th 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
Garrit Minor, Recorder
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman
Wm Allen, Common Councilman

The Commissioner of the Revenue returned an abstract of the property subject to taxation in this Corpo for the present year as follows Viz't

White Males above 18 years 352
Free Male Negroes & Mulattoes 65
Free Female Negroes & Mulattoes 105
Slaves above 12 years 641
Horses 201
Carriage Wheels 120

Resolved that the same species of property & persons subject to taxation the last year be again taxed at the same rates that were imposed on the 21st day of May 1814

Resolved that the erection of Clerks offices in connection with the Charity school & Lodge is suspended for the present

Robert Mackay, John Mundell, Wm Gordon & Wm Allen are appointed to superintend the repairs of the streets and they are authorized to employ some person under them for that purpose at a rate of expence not exceeding $2 pr day & draw upon the Chamberlain for a sum not exceeding Two Thousand dollars

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to George Baggott Jr $17 for taking down, removing and putting up the Hay Scales

Ordered that the Chamberlain refund to John Layton $8 it being the Tax on a waggon improperly charged to him (del'd himself)

(Signed)
John Scott, Mayor
Attest
R S Chew C F

At as Council held for the Town & Corporation of Fredericksburg August 30th 1815

Pres't
Garrit Minor, Recorder
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Wm Allen, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman

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Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman

Horace Marshall entered into and acknowledged bond with security as Chamberlain of this Corpo for the present year which is ordered to be filed

Ordered that Wm Gordon, John Mundell be appointed a Committee to confer with the Trustees of the Episcopal Church of this Town on the propriety of propriety of prohibiting in future the internment of Bodies in the Yard of that church & to report the next council the concurrence or non concurrence of the Trustees in such proportion

Ord'd that the Chamberlain pay to Gerard McKenney $5.62 cents for shooting dogs (del'd himself)

Ord'd that the Chamberlain pay to Gerard McKenney $50 it being an additional sum allowed him for services rendered the last year (del'd himself)

Be it ordained by the Mayor & Commonality of the Town of Fred'g that for the purpose of furnishing the Inhabitants of the Town with Convenient change (the former emission authorized by an ordinance of the 19th of Jan'y last proving insufficient) The mayor do cause to be issued notes of 6-10-25-& 50 cents not exceeding $5000 in the whole to be signed by the Mayor & made payable to the Order of the Chamberlain for the time being which notes shall be deposited with the Chamberlain & passed to the Credit of the Corporation to be by him sold at par and assigned to such of the inhabitants of the Corpo as may request him and be it further ordained that whensoever any person shall produced to the Chamberlain the said notes to the amount of one or more dollars the said Chamberlain shall pay & take in the same and the proceeds of the sales of such notes shall be held as a fund for the redemption of the said Notes and in all settlements with the Chamberlain he shall be entitled to a credit for the amount of such notes which he may have on hand; This ordinance shall have effect from the passing thereof

Signed
Garrit Minor, Recorder
Attest
R S Chew C F

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At a Council held for the Town & Corporation of Fred'g on the 31st day of October 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Garrit Minor, Common Councilman [?]
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman

John Scott, Garrit Minor & Charles Austin or any two of them are appointed a committee to make inquiry for a proper situation for a burying ground and the terms on which it can be obtained & make report to the next council

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay $3 to Jno Lewis for making a coffin

Signed
John Scott, Mayor
Attest
J T Ford

At a Council held for the Town and Corpo of Fred'g the 18th of Nov'er 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
Garrit Minor, Recorder
John Mundell, Common Councilman
John Goolrick, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman
H Marshall, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Rob't Mackay, Common Councilman

The Committee appointed to inquire for a proper situation for a new burying ground and the price for which it could be obtained reported that the lott of Wm A Knox, two lotts of Anthony Buck & one of Wm Gordon fronting 93 each on Barton Street could be obtained

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for $250 each & that an acre of Major Days lot situated conveniently to the former could be got for $500 all payable the 20th day of June next

Ordered that the Committee shall close with those Gentlemen on the terms aforesaid and to get the acre laid off from Maj'r Days lot & that this ground containing [blank] be set apart for a burial place and that the Commitee shall proceed to purchase materials for a plain list substantial wooden enclosure and to have the ground inclosed as soon as practicable

Ordered that William Gordon, John Mundell, Charles Austin, Rob't Mackay & John Scott or a majority of them do examine the old notes which have been issued by the Corporation & returned to the Chamberlain & destroy them giving the chamberlain credit for the amount

Signed John Scott, Mayor

At a council held for the Town & Corpo of Fred'g the 19 Dec'r 1815

Pres't
John Scott, Mayor
Garrit Minor, Recorder
Jos'h Walker, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
John Goolrick, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Wm Gordon, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
William Allen, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman

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Resolved that a petition be presented to the Legislature to enable the Council to choose from their own body annually such a member to act as magistrates in the Corporation as shall with those now or may thereafter be commissioned by the Executive amount to the number of eight

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to G W B Spooner the sum of five dollars for an inquest on the body of a slave named Ralph (del'd pr order, filed)

Ordered that the chamberlain be instructed in conformity to the ordinance respecting the issue of Corpo notes to have an additional number struck from the plate not exceeding in number five thousand five hundred dollars

Signed
John Scott



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