Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1828

Saturday, January 8th 1828

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The Council met at the Mayor's Office agreeably to a call by the Mayor at 6 O'clock P M

Present
R Lewis, Mayor
G Cox, Recorder
P Harrison
Wm A Knox
Thos H Botts
B R Wellford
Geo Rothrock
Geo Ellis

Absent
Wm Browne
Jno Roy
Jno Hart
J B Hall
R Johnston

Mr Cox, from the Committee appointed to enquire and report how far it will be advisable to extend the limits of the Town, reported a plat showing the proposed extension which it was recommended to the council to ask for

On Motion of Mr Knox, the said Report & plat were laid on the Table

Ordered, that J Goolrick's account for making the above named plat, amount $25.00 be paid by the Chamberlain

Rob't Lewis, Mayor

Wm F Gray, C C

Monday January 21, 1828

This being the day for the regular monthly meeting of the Council the following gentlemen me at the Mayor's office, Viz;

R. Lewis, Mayor
Thos H Botts
Wm Browne
B R Wellford

Absent
R Johnston
Geo Cox
Geo Ellis
Wm A Knox
John Roy
John Hart
Geo Rothrock
John B Hall
P Harrison

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There being no quorum the gentlemen present waited until 7 O'clock and then adjourned

Robert Lewis, Mayor
Wm F Gray, C C

March 8th 1828

The Council me at the Mayor's office agreeably to a notice by the Mayor published in the Newspapers

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
Geo Cox, Recorder
Geo Ellis
B R Wellford
Wm Browne
John Hart
John B Hall
John Roy

Absent
Rich'd Johnston
Wm A Knox
T H Botts
Geo Rothrock
Phil Harrison

Ordered that the Sergeant have credit in his account of taxes assessed for 1827 for $2, Poll Tax assessed upon John Lewis, a free man of colour, who by reason of personal infirmaties has become unable to pay it

Present Wm A Knox

Absent B R Wellford

Ordered that the following accounts be passed and paid by the Chamberlain
J Gore's account for
$2.75
J D Hamers account for
7.58

Present Richard Johnston

Ordered that the following accounts be paid by the Chamberlain
Wm B Peake's account $20.95
Lindsay Pullen's account 20.80

Present Thomas H Botts

Ordered that John M Shepherd's account for $64.30 be paid by the Chamberlain

Mess'rs Knox, Cox, and Hart, were appointed a committee to examine and settle the accounts of the Serjeant and Chamberlain

Ordered that the account of J Minor for $6.33 be paid

Ordered that the Mayor do call on the representative of R S Chew, late Chamberlain of this Corporation and make a preemptory demand [Page 406] of the balance due the Corporation from his Testator as Chamberlain aforesaid; and if payment be not made, nor satisfactory security given for payment in a reasonable time, with interest, that then the Mayor be, and he hereby is instructed to take the proper measures to coerce payment without further delay

And then the Council adjourned
Robert Lewis, Mayor
Wm F Gray, C C

Monday March 17th 1828

The Council met at the Mayor's office at 10 O'clock A M

Present
R Lewis, Mayor
Geo Cox, Recorder
B R Wellford
Geo Rothrock
John Roy
Wm Browne
Geo Ellis
Thos H Botts

Absent
P Harrison
R Johnston
Wm A Knox
J Hart
J B Hall

Geo Cox from the Committee appointed to settle the accounts of the Serjeant and Chamberlain reported that the same were found correctly stated and supported by proper vouchers; That there is a balance due the Chamberlain of $227.52 cents and that there is of the Taxes of last year $28.72; and of the rents $43; the collection of which has been necessarily defered; Ordered that the same be approved

Ordered that the Mayor, in his official character do give the Chamberlain a negotiable note at 60 days with interest added on, for the balance due him from the Corporation

Present Philip Harrison

Ordered that the accounts of R Lewis, Mayor for Fuel, Inquests &c amount $34.80 be allowed & that the same be paid by the Chamberlain

Ordered that the following accounts be allowed and that the same be paid by the Chamberlain
Daniel G Redds account $1.87
James West 4.50

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The Mayor presented a statement of his receipts during the past year for affixing the seal of the Corporation, amounting to $10.50

Ordered that he account for the same with the Chamberlain

The Chamberlain presented an abstract statement of the Revenue and expenditures of the Corporation from Mach 19th 1827 to March 17th 1828, prepared in pursuance of an ordinance of Council

Ordered tha the same be published for the information of the public

This being the day appointed by law for the election for a Common Council for the ensuing year, a poll was opened for that purpose, and the free-holders and house keepers being notified thereof met at the Mayors Office and having deposited their ballots, upon examination thereof, the greatest number of votes were found to be favour of the following persons to wit
1 Robert Lewis 111
2 Wm A Knox 111
3 Geo Ellis 99
4 Geo Rothrock 98
5 John Goolrick 87
6 H T Philips 85
7 J H Wallace 84
8 Wm Harvey 81
9 John S Caldwell 75
10 Robert Dickey 74
11 Fayette Johnston 72
12 Geo Cox 67
13 John Roy 63
14 John Hart 38
15 Peter Hord 39
16 B R Wellford 38

The first named twelve were accordingly duly elected and proclaimed as such

Ordered that the Council meet tomorrow morning at 10 O'clock, and then the council adjourned

Robert Lewis, Mayor

Wm F Gray, C C

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Tuesday, March 18th 1828

The Council met at the Mayor's office according to adjournment

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
Geo Cox, Recorder
Geo Rothrock
Fayette Johnston
John S Caldwell
H T Philips
Robert Dickey
Wm Harvey
John H Wallace

The gentlemen present were qualified by the Mayor, and took their seats accordingly, Mr Lewis in the Chair
On motion of Dr Wallace it was
Resolved, that the Salary of the Mayor for the ensuing year be fixed at $500.00
The Ayes and Noes having been ordered, those who voted in the affirmative were Mess'rs Philips, Cox, Harvey, Wallace, Rothrock and Caldwell, 6; Thos who voted in the Negative were Mess'rs Johnston and Dickey, 2

The Council then proceeded to the election of a Mayor for the ensuing year when Robert Lewis was duly elected

A letter from Wm A Knox, declining the office of a councilman to which he has been elected, was received and read; on motion of Mr Caldwell it ordered that the same be accepted

The Council then proceeded to the election of a member to supply the vacancy occasioned by the appointment of the Mayor, when James Murphy was duly elected

The Council then proceeded to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Wm A Knox, when Stephen J Blaydes was duly elected

Mr Blaydes appeared, was qualified and took his seat

Mr Murphy appeared, and asked to be excused from serving, on motion of [Page 409] Dr Wallace it was ordered that Mr Murphy be excused

The Council then proceeded to ballot for a member to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Mr Murphy when Mr J Hart was duly elected

The Council then ballotted for a Recorder when George Cox was duly elected

The Messenger of the Council announced that he had informed Mr J Hart of his election, and that Mr Hart begged to be excused from serving, ordered that he be excused

Ordered that the Council do now adjourn until 6 O'clock P M this day

Robert Lewis, Mayor
Wm F Gray, C C

Tuesday Evening, 6 O'clock

The Council met according to adjournment

Present
R Lewis, Mayor
Wm Harvey
H T Philips
J S Caldwell
F Johnston
Robert Dickey
S J Blaydes
George Rothrock
John Goolrick
Geo Cox, Recorder
John H Wallace

The Council then proceeded to supply the vacancy in the Council occasioned by the refusal of Mr Hart, when Anthony Kale was duly elected

The Messenger of the Council announced that he had waited on Mr Kale and informed him of his election and that he declined serving, ordered that Mr Kale be excused

On Balloting for a member to supply the vacancy occasioned thereby Mr William Warren was duly elected

Mr Warren appeared, was qualified and took his seat

Ordered that the following sums be [Page 410] and they are hereby allowed to the several officers of the Corporation as their salaries for the ensuing year viz;
To the Chamberlain 75.00
To the Clerk of Council 75.00
To the Clerk of the Market 120.00
Police Officer and Messenger to the Council 150.00
2 Constables, each $150 300.00
Jailor in addition to the allowance that may be made by the Hustings Ct 50.00
Superintendants of the Pumps 90.00

The Council then proceeded to ballot for a Clerk of hte Council when Wm Gordon was duly elected.

Mr Gordon was in like manner elected Chamberlain

John M Shepherd was elected Clerk of the Market

John M Shepherd was in like manner elected Police Officer and Messenger of the Council

Robert Parrott was duly elected Guager

John Goolrick was duly elected Surveyor

Samuel Philips was duly elected Measurer of coal, salt and Grains sold at the wharves

John Terrier was duly elected measurer and Inspector of lumber arriving at the Wharves

On motion it was ordered that the standing Committees be appointed by the Mayor. The following were accordingly appointed

Committee for renting Market stalls, hay scales and public wharf
Fayette Johnston
Geo Ellis
J H Wallace
Robert Dickey

Committee for Superintending Streets
Geo Rothrock
Wm Harvey
Geo Cox
J S Caldwell

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Pump Committee
H T Philips
S J Blaydes
Wm Warren
John Goolrick

Jacob Gore was duly elected superintendant of the Pumps

On motion of Mr Johnston seconded by Dr Wallace it was Resolved, that a committee of three be appointed who shall make application to the Trustees of the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches in the Town for the use of one or other of their Bells to be rung at night at such hour as the Mayor may direct; and also on the days that the Hustings Court hold their sittings, and further that they make report of their proceedings to the next regular meeting of the Council

Committee were accordingly appointed consisting of Mr Johnston, Dr Wallace and M Stevenson

John M Shepherd was duly qualified as Superintendant of Police and Clerk of the Market

And then the Council Adjourned

Robert Lewis, Mayor
Wm F Gray, C C

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March 20th 1828

The Council met at the Mayor's office pursuant to a summons from the Mayor

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
Jno H Wallace, Common Council man
Jno Goolrick, Common Council man
Geo Rothrock, Common Council man
Stephen J Blaydes, Common Council man
William Warren, Common Council man
Robert Dickey, Common Council man
William Harvey, Common Council man
Fayette Johnston, Common Council man

William Gordon, who had been duly elected the Clerk of the Council and Chamberlain of the Corporation appeared, was qualified by the Mayor and entered upon the duties of his office

On Motion made and seconded it was ordered that the Commissioner of the Revenue be allowed the same compensation as heretofore

Ordered, that the sum of one dollar & fifty cents be refunded and paid to William Waring, the same being for an overcharge in his tax account

Mr George Ellis appeared, was qualified and took his seat at the Council board

On motion, made and seconded, it was ordered that a sum not exceeding fifty dollars be, and the same is, hereby appropriated to defray the expense of having the Bell rung at night, and on the days that the Hustings Court hold their sessions

On motion of Jno H Wallace, the yeas and Nays were ordered to be taken on the foregoing, those voting in the affirmative were Geo Rothrock, S J Blaydes, William Warren, Robert Dickey, Wm Harvey & F Johnston; those voting in the Negation were George Cox, Jno H Wallace, J Goolrick, H T Phillips & Geo Ellis

Resolved, that the Commissioner of the Revenue be requested to take a list of the owners and harbourers of Dogs within the Corporation, distinguishing the male and female kind

Ordered, that the Council do now adjourn

Robert Lewis, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

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May 3rd 1828

The Council met at the Mayor's office in accordance with his summons

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
Henry T Phillips, Common Council man
John S Caldwell, Common Council man
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Wm Harvey, Common Council man
George Ellis, Common Council man
Jno Goolrick, Common Council man
Wm Warren, Common Council man

The Commissioner of the Revenue returned an account of the Taxable property and amount of rents in this Corporation as follows, Viz't
Amount of Rents $45,291
White Persons above 16 years of age 337
Slaves above 16 years of age 593
Free Males, Negroes & Mulattoes 48
Free Females, Negroes & Mulattoes 82
Horses 120

The following Preamble and Resolution was submitted and adopted, Viz;
Whereas, Robert Lewis, Mayor and George Cox, Recorder, in their official capacities have had a note of $573.50 discounted at the Farmers Bank of Virginia for the purpose of paying certain debts due by the Corporation to that amount, Resolved therefore that the Common Council approve and ratify the same and the Mayor and Recorder be, and they are hereby authorised to execute other notes for the purpose of renewing and continuing said debt so long as they may deem it necessary

Ordered that the Council do now adjourn until Tuesday next at 6 O'clock P M

Rob't Lewis, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

May 7th 1828

The Council met at the Mayors office according to the order of adjournment

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
Geo Cox, Recorder
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Jno S Caldwell, Common Council man
George Rothrock, Common Council man
George Ellis, Common Council man
Robert Dickey, Common Council man
H T Phillips, Common Council man
F Johnston, Common Council man
Wm Harvey, Common Council man
Wm Warren, Common Council man

A Petition from Sundry draymen for a reduction of their licence was presented and read

On Motion, Ordered that the consideration of the same be [Page 414] postponed indefinitely

The Chamberlain submitted an estimate of the expenditures of the Corporation for the current year, Whereupon it was

Resolved, that the Taxes for the present year be as follows, Viz't
On the amount of Rents of Real Estate 3 pr cent
On all white males, slaves above twelve years of age, and on all horses $1.50 each
On all free Male Negroes and Mulattoes 2.00 each
On all free female Negroes and Mulattoes 1.50 each
On all four wheeled riding Carriages (except Park Pheatons, Carryalls and Jersey Waggons) of two hundred dollars value and under 2.00
On all such Carriages above two hundred dollar values 1 pr cent on value thereof
On all Gigs and chairs, Park Pheatons, Jersey Waggons and Carryalls of $100 dollars value and under 1.00 each
on all such over the value of $100 1 pr cent value thereof

On Motion made and seconded, it was Resolved that the ordinance passed by the Common Council on the 13th day of May 1826, in relation to Dogs be and the same is hereby repealed

Ordered that the Clerk of the Council prepare and submit Ordinances on the subject of Dogs going at large, and concerning the regulation of Carriages, Drays, Carts, Waggons & Horses

Ordered that the Council do now adjourn

Rob't Lewis, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

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June 3d 1828

The Council met at the Mayors Office in pursuance of his summons

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
Geo Cox, Recorder
Fayette Johnston, Common Council man
George Ellis, Common Council man
H T Phillips, Common Council man
Robert Dickey, Common Council man
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Geo Rothrock, Common Council man
Wm Harvey, Common Council man
Jno Goolrick, Common Council man

It being represented to the Council by Mr F Johnston that Saml Gordon and others required of the Council an appropriation of the sum of dollars for the purpose of clearing out the Canal in the Rear of the Town, Thereupon, it was ordered that the Street Committee or any two of them be requested to examine the said Canal and if in their opinion such an appropriation be considered necessary they are authorised to draw on the Chamberlain for any sum not exceeding twenty dollars

Ordered that the account of Wm F Gray for Stationary &c amounting to $7.87 be paid

In obedience to the order of the Council of the 7th May last the Clerk of the Council reported the two following ordinances, which being approved were ordered to be passed and to be published in the Virginia Herald, to wit;

Ordinance Concerning Dogs
Be it Ordained by the Mayor and Commonalty of the Town of Fredericksburg, and it is hereby Ordained by the authority of the same, that it shall be the duty of the Constables of the Corporation, and they are hereby empowered and enjoined to perform the same, to kill all Dogs going at large within the limits of the Corporation between the 12th day of June and the first day of October in the present year; And be it further Ordained that it shall be the duty of said Constables to cause the Dogs so killed to be immediately removed without the limits of the Corporation and buried or so disposed of, as not to become a nuisance, and such Constables shall have and receive the sum of fifty cents as full compensation for each and every Dog so Killed by them when satisfactory evidence is produced to the Council of the number killed

Ordinance respecting Cart, Drays, Waggons, Carriages &c
Be it ordained by the Mayor and Commonalty of the Town of Fredericksburg, and it is hereby Ordained by the authority of the same, that no driver of dray, Cart or Waggon, shall drive his Horse or Horses within the limits of the Corporation faster than a walk; any free person offending herein, shall upon conviction before a Magistrate forfeit and pay the sum of one dollar for [Page 416] every such offence; and every slave offending in like manner shall up like conviction be subject to like penalty, which if not paid by himself, his owner, or employer, he shall receive ten lashes at the public whipping post

Be it further Ordained by the authority aforesaid that no person shall driver or cause to be driven, any carriage, gig, Chair, or Carryall, within the limits of the Corporation, faster than an ordinary travelling gait, or gallop or otherwise force any horse out of such ordinary traveling gait; nor shall any person within the limits aforesaid, ride or take any horse through the streets without a Bridle or halter attached thereto; any free person offending herein shall upon conviction before a Magistrate, forfeit and pay the sum of one dollar for every such offence, and every slave offending in like manner shall upon like conviction, be subject to like penalty, which if not paid by himself, his owner, or employer, he shall receive ten lashes at the public whipping post

This ordinance shall be in force from and after the publication thereof,

On Motion the Council then adjourned
Rob't Lewis Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

August 7th 1828

The Council met at the Mayors office agreeably to a summons from the Mayor

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
Jno Goolrick, Common Council man
Geo Rothrock, Common Council man
Fay't Johnston, Common Council man
Rob't Dickey, Common Council man
William Warren, Common Council man
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Wm Harvey, Common Council man

A Petition from the Butchers of the Corporation was presented and read, after duly considering the same, it was, on motion, Resolved, that the Petitioners have leave to withdraw their Petition

Ordered, that the following accounts be passed and paid, Viz't

Jacob Gores a/c up to 10th June 1828 $17.67
Geo Rothrocks being J Gores order on him for pump work 3.00
Jno Terriers a/c for 1827 2.00
Jno Terriers a/c for 1828 5.49

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Ordered that the Chamberlain pay to the following named persons the sum of one dollar and fifty cents each being for taxes improperly assessed against them, Viz't; Rich'd Williams, Hough & Tunis, and George Cox

Ordered that the sum of Thirty dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of repairing the streets, drains &c; to be expended under the directions of the Street Committee, and that the Chamberlain pay the amount of the said appropriation to the order of the said street Committee, or a majority of the same

On motion, the Council then adjourned
Rob't Lewis, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

October 8th 1828

The Council met at the Mayors office pursuant to notice

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
Fayette Johnston, Common Council man
H T Phillips, Common Council man
Wm Harvey, Common Council man
Jno S Caldwell, Common Council man
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Wm Warren, Common Council man
Robert Dickey, Common Council man

Ordered that the following accounts be passed & paid, Viz't
Jno Terriers account of 8th Octo'r $4.41 2/3
Michael Ames account of 8th Octo'r $5.25

A communication from Mr Silas Wood of New York to the Recorder, was presented and read, wherein Mr Wood generously tenders as a present to the Citizens of Fredericksburg a suitable bell for the public use; Whereupon the following gentlemen were appointed a committee to examine & recommend a suitable seite for erecting the same, and to consult some known architects on the subject; Viz, Geo Cox, F Johnston, H T Phillips, Wm Harvey and Robert Lewis, Mayor, and were instructed to report thereon at the next meeting of the Council

Ordered that the sum of seven dollars & forty four cents be paid to John M Shepherd, Sergeant the same having been paid by him [Page 418] for the hire of hands employed to fill up the Tan vats in F Lucas's Tan yard

Ordered that the Council do now adjourn until Monday the 13th Inst at 5 O'clock P M
Rob't Lewis, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

October 15th 1828

The Council not having met according to the order of adjournment were convened this day pursuant to a summons from the Mayor

Present
Robert Lewis, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
Henry T Phillips, Common Council man
Fayette Johnston, Common Council man
William Warren, Common Council man
Jno H Wallace, Common Council man
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Robert Dickey, Common Council man
Jno S Caldwell, Common Council man

The Committee appointed at the last meeting of the Council on the subject of the erection of a Town Bell &c not being prepared to report fully on the subject submitted to them, It was ordered that the said Committee be allowed until Monday next the 20th Inst to complete their report

Ordered, that the account of Benj'n Clark of 3d July last be passed and paid

Ordered, that the Council adjourn until Monday the 20th Inst at 5 O'clock P M

Rob't Lewis, Mayor

Wm Gordon, C C

October 21st 1828

The council not having met according to the last order of adjournment, convened at the Mayors office this day pursuant to a summons from the Mayor

Present
George Cox, Recorder, Presiding
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
Geo Rothrock, Common Council man
Robert Dickey, Common Council man
William Warren, Common Council man
Fayette Johnston, Common Council man
Jno H Wallace, Common Council man
Geo Ellis, Common Council man

On Motion of Mr F Johnston, seconded by Dr J H Wallace it was Resolved that Geo Cox, Wm Harvey, Geo Rothrock, Geo Ellis and [Page 419] John H Wallace be, and they are hereby appointed a Committee to superintend the repairs and alterations of the Court House and the erection of a Cupola thereon and that they proceed forthwith to have the work placed under contract; and that the Mayor & Recorder be and they are hereby authorised to negotiate a loan from either of the Banks with the Corporation for such sum as may be necessary (in addition to the amount of the Subscription, made by the Citizens) to defray the expences attending said work

On Motion of John H Wallace, Fayette Johnston was added to the aforesaid Committee

On motion, the Council then adjourned
George Cox, Recorder
W Gordon, C C

December 29th 1828

The Council met at the Mayors office pursuant to a summons from the Recorder

Present
George Cox, Recorder, Presiding
Fayette Johnston, Common Council man
S J Blaydes, Common Council man
William Warren, Common Council man
Jno S Caldwell, Common Council man
Rob't Dickey, Common Council man
William Harvey, Common Council man

A letter from Mr Silas Wood of N York addressed to the Mayor and presented to the Council by the Recorder, was read; it contained the information that he had forwarded the Bell he had heretofore promised to the Citizens of this Corporation, also, instructions and directions for the hanging and management of the same

Whereupon the following Preamble and Resolutions were adopted, Viz't

It having been heretofore stated to this Council that our late townsman, and worthy fellow citizen, Mr Silas Wood of New York intended, in consideration of his respect and attachment to the Citizens of Fredericksburg to present them with a suitable Bell for the public use

The intention of Mr Wood being amply fullfilled by the receipt this day of his promised donation; Be it therefore Resolved that this Council acting on behalf, and respecting the feelings and sentiments of the Citizens of this Corporation, view this mark of Favour to them on the part of Mr Wood as the emanation of a generous and liberal mind, highly flattering [Page 420] to our Citizens and honourable to himself, and moreover as a delicate and handsome acknowledgment of the respect and hospitality always awarded by our Citizens to wroth and integrity

Be it further Resolved, that a committee consisting of Mess'rs Jno S Caldwell, Fayette Johnston, John H Wallace, William Warren, and George Cox, be, and they are hereby requested to address a letter to Mr Silas Wood, expressive of the high sense entertained by this Council and the Citizens of Fredericksburg, for the very handsome and useful present made them; and that they annex to their communication a copy of the proceedings of this council upon the subject

On motion the Council then adjourned
Geo Cox, Recorder
Wm Gordon, C C


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