Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1817

At a Council held for the Town & Corporation of Fredericksburg the 4th day of February 1817

Present
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Alexander Walker, Recorder
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Robert Parrott, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman

It being represented to the Council that there are strong reasons to believe that some persons in Town are infected with the small pox. On motion, Resolved that Robert Mackay and Robert Parrott be a Committee to enquire into the facts relating to the matter & take such steps as may seem to them most proper in relation thereto and if necessary report to the Council

Signed

G Minor, Mayor

Attest

R S Chew C C

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At a Council held for the Town and Corporation of Fredericksburg the 22nd of February 1817

Present
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Alexander Walker, Recorder
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Wm A Knox, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman

It appearing to the Council that several persons at the upper end of William Street are infected with the Small Pox, It is ordered that John M Shepherd procure a suitable place out of the Town and remove the said persons together with all the inhabitants of the house in which they are, to the said place; and also employ a physician and proper nurses to attend them, and draw upon the Chamberlain for the expences incurred in carrying this order into effect. It being understood that this order is to embrace any other cases that may occur

(Signed)

Garrit Minor, Mayor

R S Chew, C C

At a Council held on the 25th day of February 1817

Present
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Alexander Walker, Recorder
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman
Robert Mackay, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman

Resolved that Thomas Goodwin, Charles Austin, John Mundell and Horace Marshall be appointed a committee to put the warehouse of Robert Mackay in a proper state of repair for the reception of persons infected with the small pox, and that they cause all such persons to be removed thereto with as little delay as possible and procure nurses to attend them and furnish any thing they may find necessary for their comfort and also to employ a guard to prevent any communication with those persons and make such reasonable compensation for their services as they may thing proper and draw upon the Chamberlain for all expences incurred

It being suggested by several Physicians that it would be proper that a committee of themselves should examine whether such persons as have been vaccinated formerly and within a short time back, received the same and the Physicians having tendered their services for that purpose, it is requested that Doctors French & son, Carmichael & Browne, Wallace, Bailey, & Wellford & Son & Carter do adopt such measures among themselves as may be necessary to carry into effect the object above stated

Garrit Minor, Mayor
R S Chew C C

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At a Council held at the Town Hall on Thursday the 13th day of March 1817

Present
Garrit Minor, Mayor
Alexander Walker, Recorder
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman

Ordered that John Mundell, Charles Austin, William A Knox and Robert Mackay or any two of them do settle with Horace Marshall Chamberlain and John M Shepherd, Serjeant their several accounts and make report to the next Council

The Council proceeded to examine and allow the following claims against the Corporation and it is ordered that the Chamberlain pay the same Viz't
To Carter L Stevenson, attorney for the Comm'eth (rescinded by ord of 17th inst) $66.67
To Robert S Chew, Clerk (himself) $66.67
To William F Gray, printer for salary (del'd Ca'dy) 24.00
To William F Gray, pr acc't for books (del'd Ca'dy) 19.00
To William F Gray, pr acc't for extra printing (del'd Ca'dy) 12.00
To Green & Cady pr a/c (del'd Ca'dy) 19.00
To Jno M Shepherd, Serg't for attending Council &c (himself) 75.00
To Jno M Shepherd, allowed by law for public services (himself) 25.00
To Jno M Shepherd, as Jailor (himself) 25.00
To Jno M Shepherd, pr account (himself) 37.68
To David Almond (Shepherd pr ord) 4.7.6
To Alexander Walker pr a/c (himself) 2.50
To Mark & Shutt pr acc't (street) 9.00
To William Wells pr a/c 3.66
To Robert S Chew pr a/c (copd) 41.67
To Charles Stewart Constable his salary (himself) 100.00
To Charles Martin Constable his salary (himself) 100.00
To Gerard McKenney Constable his salary (himself) 120.00
To Gerard McKenney pr account for ringing bell at night for the count & shooting dogs(himself) 80.00
To Garrit Minor pr account (himself) 12.00
To John M Shepherd salary as police officer (himself) 400.00
To John M Shepherd for stamping dog collars (himself) 10.00

Ordered that the chamberlain pay to John Stannard $2 improperly paid by him to the Serjeant for tax on two wheels

(Signed) Garrit Minor, Mayor

R S Chew, C C

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At a council held at the Town Hall on Monday the 17th day of March 1817

Present
Alexander Walker, Recorder
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
William A Knox, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman

The Council upon a reconsideration of the subject of the salary of the attorney for the Commonwealth, doth allow him the sum of 75 on account of his salary for the years 1813, 1814 & 1815 which has heretofore not been levied for him, and the sum 45 for his salary for the year 1816 ending this day, agreeable to the Order of the Court of Hustings, and it is ordered that the allowance for his made on the 13th be rescinded

(Signed)

A Walker, Recorder

R S Chew, C F

March 17th 1817

This being the day appointed by Law for the Election of 12 persons to serve the Corpo 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 & having deposited their ballots upon examination thereof the greatest number of votes were formed in favour of the following persons Viz't
Robert Mackay 93
John Mundell 86
Charles Austin 85
Horace Marshall 74
John T Ford 73
Thomas Goodwin 72
Joseph Walker 71
Anthony Buck 66
Alex'r Walker 60
William A Knox 60
John Ross 57
John Robinson 55
David Almond 44
Zachary Lucas 42

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The first named twelve persons were accordingly duly elected and the council adj'd till tomorrow Evening 3 O'clock

(Signed)
A Walker, Rec'd
R S Chew C F

Tuesday March 18th 1817

The Council met according to adjournment

Present
Robert Mackay
John Mundell
Charles Austin
Horace Marshall
John T Ford
Thomas Goodwin
Joseph Walker
Anthony Buck
Alexander Walker
John Ross
John Robinson

They then proceeded to the Election of a Mayor when Robert Mackay was duly elected and qualified accordingly

Pres't Wm A Knox

They Then proceeded to the Election of a Recorder when Wm A Knox was duly elected and qualified & the following gentlemen to wit John Mundell, Charles Austin, Horace Marshall, John T Ford, Thomas Goodwin, Joseph Walker, Anthony Buck, Alexander Walker, John Ross & John Robinson were duly qualified as common Councilmen

Robert S Chew was unanimously re-elected Clerk of the Council for the present year & qualified & it is ordered that he receive the sum on $100 for his services

Horace Marshall is re-appointed Chamberlain for the present years & qualified & it is ordered that he receive the sum of $150 for his services & enter into a bond in the penalty of $10,000 with approved security, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of his officer

George Cox is appointed guager in this corporation qualified accordingly

Wm F Gray is appointed printer for the purpose of printing the orders &c of the board for which he is to receive the sum of $24 for his services

Thomas Goodwin, Horace Marshall, John Mundell, & Charles Austin are appointed Trustees of the Market House the present year, also to rent out public warfs & to take care of the fire hooks, ladders & Engine & also to rent out the Hay scales

Anthony Buck, Joseph Walker & John Robinson are appointed to superintend the pumps the present year & they are authorized to draw upon the Chamberlain for such sums as may be necessary to keep them in repair

[Page 260] Wm Ragan is appointed Measurer of coals and salt for the present year who qualified accordingly

John M Shepherd is reappointed clerk of the Market & police officer for the present year, who qualified accordingly & it Ord'd that he receive the sum of $400 for his services

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

John Goolrick is appointed Geographer in this Corpo the present year

The Committee appointed to settle the accounts of the Chamberlain this day made their report by which it appears that the sum of $5093.12 is due from the Chamberlain & after allowing him the sum of $300 for all services as well in relation to the issuing and redeeming the Corpo notes, as for others services as Chamberlain, leaves the balance of $4593.12 cents now in his hands due to the Corpo to which settlement the Chamberlain consented

(Signed)

Robert Mackay, Mayor

R S Chew, C F

At a Council held at the Court house on the 4th day of April 1817

Present

Robert Mackay, Mayor
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John T Ford, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman
John Robinson, Common Councilman
Wm A Knox, Recorder
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman

Thomas Goodwin, John Mundell, Horace Marshall & Charles Austin are appointed Commissioners to superintend the repairs of the streets and to have scraped from time to time as they shall see cause; and it is ordered that they proceed to erect a market for fish in the cross sheet near the old bank and draw upon the Chamberlain for the expence attending the drains

(Signed)
Robert Mackay, Mayor
R S Chew C F

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At a Council held for the Town & Corporation of Fred'g on Saturday the 24th of May 1817

Present

Robert Mackay, Mayor
Wm A Knox, Recorder
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Alex'r Walker, Common Councilman
John T Ford, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman

The Commissioner of the Revenue returned an abstract of the rents & property subject to taxation in this Corpo for the present year, Viz't
Amount of Rents $64,701.33
390 White Males above 16 years
654 slaves above 12 years
55 free males of colour above 16
80 free females of colour above 16
142 horses
116 Carriage wheels

Resolved that the taxes of the present year be as follows, Viz't
On the amount of rents 4 per cent
On all white males above 16 years $1.50 each
On all slaves above 16 years 1.50
On all free males of colour above 16 years 2.50
On all free females of colour above 16 years 1.50
On all horses 1.50
On all Pleasure carriage wheels 1.50
On all dogs 2.00
On all Bitches 5.00

Resolved that John Mundell, John T Ford, Charles Austin & Wm A Knox or any two of them be appointed a Committee to receive from the Chamberlain the Corporation notes which he has & may from time to time redeem, & upon counting and ascertaining the amount thereof to cancel the same and give the Chamberlain receipts for the amount so cancelled

A Communication from Robert Parrott upon the subject of laying tax on Vessels arriving at this port was received and the consideration thereof postponed until the Council

An account of John M Shepherd, Serjeant of the Corpo [Page 262] was returned & approved by the council & ordered to be recorded

A Communication from the Vestry of the Episcopal Church upon the subject of the use of the Church Bell was received; on Consideration whereof the council is of opinion that no other than an officer of the Corpo should ring the Bell for Corpo purposes & a committee is app't consisting of John Mundell, Thos Goodwin & Horace Marshall to ascertain the respective right of the Corpo & vestry to the sd Bell and report to the Council

Ord'd that the Chamberlain pay to Alexander Walker $4 for a coffin for Simon a coloured man (del'd himself)

Ord'd that the Chamberlain pay to John Scott $10 for rent of house one month for the use of persons infected with the small pox

For reasons apply to the council, it is Ord'd that the Mayor be authorized whenever whenever he may see cause to join in the insurance of property on the Markett House lot, with those who may request the same

adj'd
Robert Mackay, Mayor
R S Chew, C C

At a Council held for the town and Corporation of Fred'g the 1st day of June 1817

Present

Robert Mackay, Mayor
Wm A Knox, Recorder
John Mundell, Common Councilman
John T Ford, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman
John Robinson, Common Councilman
Joseph Walker, Common Councilman

John Mundell, John T Ford & Horace Marshall are appointed a committee to confer with Mr Wayt or any other person upon the subject of repairing the streets & report to the Council the most economical mode of repairing the same

Ordered that Anthony Buck and John Mundell do lease out to the highest bidder that part of the Markett House lot next to Charles Austins leaving a 12 foot alley in the sd lott to be leased out upon such terms as the Committee may direct

John Mundell is permitted to use the new burying ground lately purchased by the Corpo for pasturing his horse upon his paying the sum of 2 dollars pr month

Robert Mackay, Mayor
R S Chew

[Page 263] At a council held at the Town hall on Wednesday the 23rd of July 1817

Pres't

Robert Mackay, Mayor
Wm A Knox, Recorder
John T Ford, Common Councilman
John Mundell, Common Councilman
Horace Marshall, Common Councilman
Charles Austin, Common Councilman
John Ross, Common Councilman
Thomas Goodwin, Common Councilman
Anthony Buck, Common Councilman

The Com'rs appointed to lease out a part of the Markett House lot reported that they had leased the same to Joseph Y Smith for the sum of $3 per foot. A lease has been executed to sd Smith and a Bond taken from him with security to comply with the terms of the lease which is herewith returned to the Council

Ebenezer P Cady is duly elected guager in this Corpo in the room of George Cox resigned, who qualified accordingly

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to John Goolrick $2 pr a/c this day allowed (pd himself)

On Motion resolved that Anthony Buck & Horace Marshall be app'd a committee to removed the nuisance on the lot belonging to the Estate of Thos S Johnson dec'd provided the expence does not exceed the sum of $30 & that the sd committee notify Rob't Stanard agent for the adm't that the sd Estate will be held responsible to reimburse the said expence.

Ordered that the chamberlain pay to trustees of the Charity School of Fred'g $60 for the rent of Corpo Office due 1st of June last

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Wm F Gray $6.25cents for a record book furnished the Clerk of the Corpo Court

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to Silas Wood $114.53 cents for building an Engine house now on his lot provided the sd Wood will enter into a contract to suffer the house to be removed

For reasons appearing to the Council, it is Ordered that the Hope Fire Company have the control of both the Engines

Ordered that the street Com'rs have permission to draw on the Chamberlain for any sum of money not exceeding $500 to be applied towards the repairs of the Streets

John T Ford is on motion added to the Committee to superintend the pumps

Anthony Buck is on motion added to the Committee to cancel the Corpo notes

Robert Mackay, Mayor

R S Chew, C C

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