Council Minutes
City of Fredericksburg, Virginia
1829

January 17th 1829

The Council convened at the Mayors Office agreeably to a summons from the Recorder

Present
Geo Cox, Recording Presiding
Geo Ellis, Common Councilman
Geo Rothrock, Common Councilman
Jno S Caldwell, Common Councilman
Jno H Wallace, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman
Wm Warren, Common Councilman
H T Phillips, Common Councilman

The Board were informed by the Recorder that he had convened them, in consequence of the death of Robert Lewis Esq'r late Mayor of this Corporation and with the view to afford them an opportunity to take such order upon the subject, as the circumstances of the case might be thought to require

Whereupon, on the motion of Jno H Wallace, the following presentment and Resolutions were unanimously adopted; Viz't

Whereas It has been announced that Robert Lewis Esq'r Mayor of the Corporation of Fredericksburg, is no more; and the members of the Common Council, in common with their fellow citizens feel a deep sense of gratitude for the long and faithful services which he has rendered the Corporation in his official capacity,

Therefore, Resolved,

as a testimony of respect to the memory of our deceased fellow citizen we will wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days;

Resolved, that the members of the Common Council meet at the [Page 421] Town Hall tomorrow at half past ten O'clock A. M. for the purpose of attending in procession the funeral of the deceased;

Resolved, That the Magistrates and other officers of the Corporation be individually requested to unite with the Council in the above named tribute of respect;

On Motion the Council adjourned to meet again on Tuesday evening next at 6 O'clock

Geo Cox, Recorder

Wm Gordon, C C

January 20th 1829

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

Present
Geo Cox, Recording Presiding
Jno Goolrick, Common Councilman
Geo Ellis, Common Councilman
Jno S Caldwell, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
George Rothrock, Common Councilman
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
John H Wallace, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman

The Committee appointed at the meeting of the Council on the 29th Dec'r last, to address Mr Silas Wood of New York on the subject of the Present received from him, submitted to the Board a copy of the letter they had addressed to him, together with his reply thereto;

Resolved, that the said correspondence be entered of Record and an extract from the proceedings had on the subject, together with the correspondence be published in the Virginia Herald, under the superintendance of J S Caldwell and Fayette Johnston in conjunction with the Clerk of the Council

The Council then went into the consideration of the subject of fixing the salary of the Mayor; and on the motion of Jno S Caldwell it was; Resolved, that the salary of the Mayor be three hundred dollars per annum

In consequence of the death of Rob't Lewis Esq'r late Mayor of the Corporation of Fredericksburg, the Council proceeded to fill the vacancy occasioned thereby. The ballot having been taken and examined it appeared that Mr Thomas Goodwin was duly elected Mayor of the Corporation of Fredericksburg until the third Monday in March next

Mr Goodwin appeared and was qualified to the duties of [Page 422] his office by Arch'd Hart Esq'r, a Justice of the Quorem for the County of Spotsylvania, and took his [chair?] as the presiding officer of the Board of Common Council men

On the motion of John H Wallace it was Resolved that the thanks of the Common Council be, and they are hereby tendered to Mr George Cox, Recorder for the faithful performance of the duties of Mayor which devolved on him during the protracted period of the late Mayors indisposition

On Motion of Mr F Johnston it was Resolved that the Mayor Recorder and members of the Common Hall, meet a the Mayor's office on Wednesday morning the 21st Inst at 10 O'clock for the purpose of joining in the procession in celebration of the commencement of the opening of the Rappahannock Navigation

On Motion the Council then adjourned

Tho Goodwin, Mayor

Wm Gordon, C C

Copy of the letter from the Committee appointed by the Council to Mr Silas Wood of New York

Fredb'g Jan'y 2d 1829

The undersigned a Committee of the Common Council of Fredericksburg appointed to communicate to your the high sense of obligation entertained by them for the liberal and useful donation made to the Corporation, take great pleasure in the discharge of that duty; Individuals conferring benefactions so valuable and useful for the benefit and utility of a large community deserve the grateful and respectful thanks of the Citizens and authorities constituting the same; The Common Council of this Town influenced by this consideration, and properly appreciating the value of your gift, have expressed their acknowledgements by the adoption of the resolutions which we have the pleasure to transmit herewith.

We are instructed to say to you Sir, that the care and presentation of the Bell will be the particular charge of the Common Council and will be regarded as a memorial to your benificence and as evidence of your interest in the welfare of the Citizens of Fredericksburg

The Committee in tendering to your the expression of their respect and esteem accompany it with their sincere wishes for your happiness and prosperity

Signed
Jno S Caldwell
Fayette Johnston
Jno H Wallace
Wm Warren
Geo Cox

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Copy of the replay to the foregoing Letter

New York Jan'y 6th 1829

To Mess'rs
Committee of the Common Council of Fredericksburg
Jno S Caldwell
Fayette Johnston
Jno H Wallace
Wm Warren
Geo Cox
Gentl'n
I have received your letter of the 2nd Inst with a copy of the proceedings of the Common Council in relation to the small service which duty and inclination alike had prompted me to render them

The very respectful and complimentary character of these proceedings, and your manner of communicating them has placed me under additional obligations to my late fellow Citizens of Fredericksburg, among whom the happiest days of my life have been spent, and for whose individual and general prosperity I shall ever feel much interest,
I am Gentlemen
Your sincere friend &c
Silas Wood

February 23d 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office pursuant to a summons from the Mayor

Present
Thomas Goodwin, Mayor
Geo Cox, Recorder
F Johnston, Common Councilman
Jno S Caldwell, Common Councilman
Wm Warren, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
John H Wallace, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
H T Phillips, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman

At the Suggestion of the Mayor it was Resolved, that the Mayor, Jno S Caldwell, F Johnston and the Recorder, constitute a Committee to examine the papers of the Mayor's Office, and have the same properly arranged and to hand over to the Executor of the late Mayor such papers as belonged to him

On Motion it was Ordered that the sum of Twenty Five dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of repairing a part of Commerce Street, and the Expenditure of the same be under the direction of the Street Committee, who are hereby authorized to draw on the Chamberlain for the aforesaid appropriation

On Motion the council adjourned
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

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February 28th 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office pursuant to a Summons from the Mayor

Present
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman
Jno S Caldwell, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
John Goolrick, Common Councilman

The Clerk of the Council being absent Jno S Caldwell was appointed Clerk pro-tem

The Mayor communicated to the Council that two cases of Small Pox, within the jurisdiction of the Corporation, had been reported to him, and that the Magistrates (the authorized persons) had given ordered for their removal, and that further proceedings were necessary on the part of the Council, according to Law

The Mayor further reported that the Magistrates had rented the House called the Old Academy for the reception of the persons infected and a requested a confirmation of their proceedings on the part of the Common Council; which on motion was granted

Doct'r E'd H Carmichael was appointed Physician to the Hospital

On Motion Thos Goodwin, Mayor, Geo Cox, Recorder, H T Phillips, Jno S Caldwell and Sam'l Phillips were appointed a Committee to superintend the Hospital, and make all necessary arrangements for the same according to law

On Motion, the Council then adjourned

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno S Caldwell, C C pro tem

March 13th 1829

The Council met a the Mayors office pursuant to Notice given by the Mayor in the News Papers

Present
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman
Jno Goolrick, Common Councilman
Jno S Caldwell, Common Councilman
Wm Warren, Common Councilman
George Ellis, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
John H Wallace, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman

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

Lindsey Pullins acct for killing dogs $14.50
Ben'n R Hillyards acct for killing dogs 7.19
Mich'l Ames acct for Blacksmith work 2.00
Jacob Gore's acc't for work on Pumps 4.12
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Wm M Blackford account for advertising $1.50
Jno Minor's account for advertising .33
Jno J Chews acc't for fees &c two bills 4.03
Geo Ellis acc't for sundry work 2.50
Jno M Shepherd 28.26

Ordered that the Sergeant have credit in his account of taxes for 1828 for the sum of seventeen dollars and fifty five cents for assessments improperly made against the following persons, Viz't

Thos S Clarke one tythe twice charged 1.50
Susan Chewning on one slave 1.50
A G Lucas on one slave 1.50
Jack Minor exempt by order of Court 10th March 1826 2.00
Betty Minor exempt by order of Court 13th March 1826 1.50
Andrew Morton improperly charged as a Slave 2.00
Estate of Wm Smith on a lot 1.05
Wm Lewis a colr'd Man 2.00
Jas Dainan 1 Tythe exempt by Council some years past 1.50
Sarah Graham to two slaves removed from Town before the Taxes became due 3.00
$17.55

Ordered that the sum of Five dollars and twenty five Cents be refunded and paid by the Chamberlain to Thos B Barton, being for over assessment on the part of the Commissioner of the Revenue, on the Houses and lots of said Barton

Ordered, that Fayette Johnston, Jno S Caldwell and Wm Warren be a Committee to examine the accounts of the Chamberlain and Sergeant of the Corporation and that they make report on the same at a meeting of the Council on Monday the 16th March

Ordered that the further sum of Seven dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of continuing the repairs of Commerce Street, and that the same be expended under the superintendance of the Street Committee, and that the said committee be, and they are hereby authorized to draw on the Chamberlain for the amount of said appropriation

Ordered that the Council do adjourn until nine o'clock on Monday morning the 16th Inst

Thos Goodwin, Mayor

Wm Gordon, C C

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Monday March 16th 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office at 9 Oclock A. M

Present
Thomas Goodwin, Mayor
George Cox, Recorder
John H Wallace, Common Councilman
Fay't Johnston, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman
John S Caldwell, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
William Warner, Common Councilman
Geo Ellis, Common Councilman

The Committee appointed on 23d Feb'y last to examine and arrange the papers in the Office of the late Mayor, and to deliver such are private to his Executor; handed in the following report, which was accepted and approved, Viz't

That you Committee examined all the papers in the late Mayors office, and such as were of long standing, and not considered worth preserving, were destroyed, such as old Peace & Civil Warrants of long date and endorsed satisfied; and such as were deemed private were left with the present Mayor to be delivered to the Executor of the late Mayor

Signed
J S Caldwell, Committee
F Johnston, Committee
Thos Goodwin, Committee

Ordered that the following accounts be pass'd & p'd by the Chamberlain Viz't

Jas D Harrows acc't for printing $10.00
E'd McDowells account for paper 4.00
Wm B Tupman, claim allowed for an over assessment .52

The Committee appointed to examine and settle the accounts of the Sergeant & Chamberlain of the Corporation, reported, that the said accounts were found correctly stated and supported by proper vouchers and that there remains in the hands of the Chamberlain a Balance of Six hundred and Sixty eight dollars & two Center and that there is of the Taxes of the past years, the sum of Twenty five dollars & fifty five cents, the collection of which has necessarily been deferred

Ordered that the same be accepted and approved

This being the day appointed by law for the election of a Common Council for the ensuing year, a Poll was opened at the Mayor's office for that purpose, and the Free Holders and House Keepers having been duly notified thereof met at the said office and deposited their Ballots, upon examination thereof the greatest number of votes were found to be in favour of the following named persons to wit

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1 Thomas Goodwin 69
2 Jno Goolrick 66
3 Jno H Wallace 65
4 H T Phillips 65
5 Wm Harvey 65
6 John S Caldwell 64
7 Robert Dickey 64
8 Geo Ellis 62
9 Geo Rothrock 60
10 Fay't Johnston 57
11 Will'm Warren 55
12 S J Blaydes 54
13 Geo Cox 31
14 B R Wellford 14

The first named twelve were accordingly duly elected and proclaimed as such in the usual form

Ordered that the Council meet at 10 O'clock tomorrow and that they now adjourn

Thos Goodwin, Mayor

Wm Gordon, C C

March 17th 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office pursuant to the last order of adjournment

Present

Thomas Goodwin
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman
Jno S Caldwell, Common Councilman
Geo Rothrock, Common Councilman
Stephen J Blaydes, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
Will'm Warren, Common Councilman
Fay't Johnston, Common Councilman
George Ellis, Common Councilman
Jno H Wallace, Common Councilman

The Council men present were then duly qualified by the Mayor and took their seats, as such accordingly

On motion of Fayette Johnston, Doct'r Jno H Wallace was called to the Chair

On the Motion of Jno S Caldwell duly seconded, the salary of the Mayor was fixed at three hundred dollars for the ensuing year

Thomas Goodwin was then duly elected Mayor of this Corporation for one year from the 16th March 1829, and was duly qualified thereto, by Hugh M Patton Esq'r a Justice of the Quorem for the County of Spotsylvania

The Council ballotted for a Recorder and Mr Jno T Caldwell was duly elected and qualified in the same form and manner as the mayor

Order that the following sums be, and they are hereby allowed to the several officers of the Corporation as their salaries for the ensuing year, Viz't

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To the Chamberlain of the Corporation $75
To the Clerk of the Council 75
To the Clerk of the Market 100
To the Police Officer 75
To the Jailor 50

Two constables at $150 each
Commissioner of the Revenue $60
Messenger to Council, two dollars for each meeting

On Motion made and seconded, Resolved, that the Office of Superintendant of the Pumps be, and the same is hereby dispensed with

The Council then proceed to ballot for a Clerk of the Council when it appeared that William Gordon was duly elected to that office

In like manner William Gordon was duly elected Chamberlain of this Corporation

Jno M Shepherd was duly elected Clerk of the Market, Police Officer and Messenger to the Council

Robert Parrott was duly elected Guager

John Goolrick was duly elected Surveyor

Sam'l Phillips was dulyl elected Measurer and Inspector of Coal, Salt, and Grain arriving at the Wharves

Jno Terrier ws duly elected Measurer and Inspector of lumber arriving at the Wharves

The aforesaid Officers were then duly qualified by the Mayor

Ordered that the Commissioner of the Revenue be allowed the same compensation for his services as heretofore

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
George Ellis
John H Wallace
Robert Dickey

Committee for Superintending the Streets
George Rothrock
William Harvey
Jno S Caldwell

Committee for superintending the Pumps
Henry T Phillips
Stephen J Blaydes
William Warren
Jno Goolrick

Mr Jno Goolrick appeared, was duly qualified and took his seat at the Board

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On Motion, made and Seconded, it was Resolved that the Mayor, Recorder and William Warren be, and they are hereby constituted a Committee to Collect and arrange for publication, all the laws and Ordinances of the Council that are operative, and that they make report to the next Council

On Motion made and Seconded, Resolved that in consideration of the low state of funds of the Corporation, it be requested of the Magistrates of the Corporation to make the compensation of the Attorney of the Commonwealth, one hundred dollars per annum

On Motion, the Council adjourned
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

March 24th 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office this day pursuant to a summons from the Mayor

Present

Thomas Goodwin, Mayor
Jno S Caldwell, Recorder
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
H T Phillips, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
John H Wallace, Common Councilman
Geo Rothrock, Common Councilman

It being represented to the Council that some new cases of Small Pox existed within the Town, On motion, it was Resolved that William Harvey, William Warren & S J Blaydes be, and they are hereby added to the Committee appointed by the Council on the 28th Feb'y last for the purpose of superintending the Hospital &c

The Council then proceeded to elect a member to fill the vacancy in their body occasioned by the election of Thomas Goodwin, to the Mayoralty. On an examination of the Ballot it appeared that Doct'r Beverley R Wellford was unanimously elected to fill the aforesaid vacancy; Doct'r Wellford being in attendance, was duly qualified by the Mayor and took his seat at the Board

Doct'r Wellford was then added to the Committee for superintending the Streets

On Motion the Council then adjourned

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

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April 23d 1829

Pursuant to a Summons from the Mayor the Council met this evening at the Mayors Office

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno S Caldwell, Recorder
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
B R Wellford, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
John H Wallace, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman

On Motion, made and Seconded, it was Resolved that the sum of Forty Dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated for the purpose of draining the Canal on the back part of the Town, and that the execution of the same be confided to the care and superintendance of Mess'rs Sam'l Gordon, Jno S Wellford & Jno Scott and that the Chamberlain be, and he is hereby authorized to pay the aforesaid appropriation to the order of any one of the aforesaid superintendants

On Motion, it was resolved that the Street Committee be required to ascertain some correcting system for regulating the repairs of the Streets and that they make report of the same at a Council to be convened on Thursday evening next the 30th Inst

Ordered, That the Police Officer be, and he is hereby directed, to have the brick wall which encloses the public burying ground, put in good order by having a brick coping placed thereon, and that he be authorized to employ some competent person, who will execute the work on reasonable terms and in a faithful manner

A Petition was presented and read from Edwin Carter & Robert Caldwell, acting on behalf of the Union Fire Company of Fredericksburg, praying for an appropriation from the funds of the Corporation of the sum of one hundred dollars for the purpose as set forth in said Petition of more effectually aiding said company in their operations; In connection with said petition was also presented and read, the copy of an Order passed by the Standing Committee of the Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia on the 7th Feb'y last, granting to the said Company the sum of three hundred dollars upon the condition that this Corporation will grant them the additional sum of one hundred dollars

On motion the consideration of the aforesaid Petition was laid down until the next meeting of the Council

A Petition from Sundry Citizens on the subject of procuring a new set of scale for weighing Hay, was presented and read, whereupon, on Motion the consideration of the same was postponed until the next meeting of the Council

Ordered that the rent incurred by Miss Sutherland for the use of the Town Hall be, and the same is hereby remitted

On Motion the Council then adjourned

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Wm Gordon, C C

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April 30, 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office according to the order

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno S Caldwell, Recorder
John Goolrick, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
Step J Blaydes, Common Councilman
B R Wellford, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman

Mr George Cox a member of the committee heretofore appointed by the Council for the management and superintendance of the Hospital presented his account for sundries furnished the Hospital and cash paid to individuals employed by them to attend the sick, amounting to $65 & 82 cents

On motion it was ordered that the aforesaid account be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

Doct Bev R Wellford was appointed a member of the Committee for Superintending the repairs of the Court House and the erection of a Cupola

On Motion further time was allowed the Street Committee to make the report required of them under the resolution of the Council passed on the 25th Inst

On Motion the Council then adjourned
Signed
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno Wm Gordon, C C

Fredericksburg May 22d 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office this day in pursuance of a summons from the Mayor

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno S Caldwell, Recorder
Jno H Wallace, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman
Geo Ellis, Common Councilman
Geo Rothrock, Common Councilman

John Metcalfe, Commissioner of the Revenue returned an account of the Taxable property and amount of Rents of the Corporation as follows, Viz

Amount of Rents $44419
White Persons above 16 years 334
Slaves above 559
Free Male Negroes & Mulattoes 49
Free Female Negroes & Mulattoes 83
Horses 124

The Chamberlain submitted an estimate of the receipts and expenditures of the Corporation for the present years, Whereupon on motion made [Page 432] and Seconded it was Ordered that the Taxes for the present year be, and they are hereby established as follows Viz

On the Amount of Rents of Real Estate 3 per cent
On White Males above 16 years $1.50 each
On all slaves above 12 years of age $1.50 each
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 Pheaton, Carryalls and Jersey Waggons) of $200 value and under the sum of $2.00 each
On all such carriages above $200 value 1 per cent of the value
On all Gigs, Chairs, Park Phaetons, Jersey Waggons, and Carryalls of $100 value and under $1.00 each
On all such over the value of $100 1 per cent on the value thereof

On Motion made and Seconded, Ordered that the sum of One hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to the use and benefit of the Union Fire Company of Fredericksburg and the Chamberlain is hereby authorized to pay the said sum to the Order of the Commander and Secretary and Treasurer of said Company (Paid by Jno S Caldwell)

Ordered that the account of Doct E H Carmichael for service at the Hospital, amounting to $112.20 be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

Ordered that the account of Jesse Wayt for cleaning the Gunnery Spring amounting to $1.25 be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

On Motion it was ordered that it be entered in the Minutes of the meeting that the Messenger to the Council was not in Attendance

The Committee appointed to collect and arrange the publication of all the laws and Ordinances of the Corporation that are now in operation submitted their report on that subject, whereupon on motion it was Resolved that the Council will meet on every successive Monday commencing on Monday the 25th Inst at 5 O'clock P.M. for the special purpose of arranging, selecting, and adopting and publishing, such of the recorded laws and ordinances of this Corporation as may be necessary and expedient

On Motion, Resolved that Jesse White be and he is hereby appointed to ring the Town Bell, which duty is to be performed every nine o'clock and on all alarms of Fire, and that the salary of thirty dollars per annum be allowed and paid to the said White for the faithful performance of said duty

The Council then adjourned till Monday 25th Inst
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
Wm Gordon, C C

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May 25th 1829

The Council met this day at the Mayors Office according to the last order of adjournment

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno S Caldwell, Recorder
Jno H Wallace
Fayette Johnston
Geo Ellis
Henry T Phillips
George Rothrock
Wm Harvey
Robt Dickey
S J Blaydes
William Warren

William Gordon having notified the Council of his intention to resign his offices of Clerk and Chamberlain of the Corporation and requested that a Committee be appointed to examine and settle his accounts as Chamberlain. On Motion it was Resolved that Fayette Johnston and Jno S Caldwell constitute a Committee for that purpose and that they be requested to report without delay

On Motion the Council then proceeded to an election to fill the vacancies occasioned by the resignation of William Gordon, a Ballot being taken and examined it appeared that John S Caldwell was duly elected Clerk of the Council, in like manner John S Caldwell was duly elected Chamberlain of the Corporation

In consequence of his election to the aforesaid offices Mr Caldwell resigned his office of Recorder of the Corporation which resignation was duly accepted

On Motion the Council then proceeded to supply the vacancy in their body occasioned by the resignation of Mr J S Caldwell. The Ballot being taken and examined it appeared that Doct James Cooke was duly elected

On Motion a ballot was then taken to supply the vacancy in the office of Recorder, when it appeared that Doct Jno H Wallace was duly Recorder of this Corporation

Doct Jno H Wallace and Doct James Cooke were then duly qualified by the Mayor

Jno S Caldwell was also duly qualified by the Mayor to the performance of the duties of Clerk of the Council and Chamberlain of the Corporation

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
Wm Gordon

The Committee appointed to examine the account of Wm Gordon the late Chamberlain made their Report in the Words The undersigned Committee on the part of Council have examined the accounts of William Gordon Chamberlain and find the same properly stated and supported by proper vouchers and that the said account is fully settle by a transfer of the sum of Eighty Two dollars and four center by the said Wm Gordon to Jno J Caldwell who was this day appointed by the Common Council the successor of said Gordon to the office of Chamberlain

Doct James Cooke is [Page 434] is appointed a member of the Street Committee in the place of Jno S Caldwell resigned

Present Beverley R Wellford

On Motion made and Seconded it was Resolved that the Clerk of the Council arrange and revise the Ordinances of this Corporation of and make report to the next Council

(Signed)
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
Jno S Caldwell, C C

Fredb'g June 23 1829

The Council was Summoned by the Mayor to convene the morning at 8 O'clock, but a Quorum not being present, It was Ordered by the Mayor that the Council meet the day at 3 O'clock this evening

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno H Wallace, Recorder
Step J Blaydes, Common Councilman
Rob't Dickey, Common Councilman
Fay Johnston, Common Councilman
Geo Rothrock, Common Councilman
B R Wellford, Common Councilman
James Cooke, Common Councilman
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman

In Obediance to an order of Council the Clerk of the Council presented the following Ordinances which were read and adopted to wit

An Ordinance concerning Revenue
An Ordinance Respecting Buildings
An Ordinance Regulating Market &c
An Ordinance To prevent the straining or breaking of Horses in the streets
An Ordinance To Licence drays
An Ordinance Concerning Salt, Coal, Corn, Oats, and Potatoes
An Ordinance Concerning the Inspection and measuring Lumber
An Ordinance For Gauging Spirits
An Ordinance Prescribing the duties of the [Manager?] of the Hay Scales and concerning the weighing Hay and Fodder
An Ordinance To Prevent the discharge of Fire Arms or Crackers &c
An Ordinance To prevent Obstacles in the Streets and footways and injuries to the pumps
An Ordinance Concerning nuisances
An Ordinance Concerning the duty of the Chamberlain
An Ordinance Concerning the duty of the Clerk of Council
An Ordinance Concerning the duty of the Police Officer
An Ordinance Concerning the duty of the Constables
An Ordinance Concerning the duty of the Sergeant
An Ordinance Concerning the duty of the Mayor
An Ordinance Concerning the Common Seal

Ordered that the account of Jno S Caldwell of One dollars and nineteen cents be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

Ordered that the Chamberlain pay William Duncan, Trustee for Theodore and Josephine Tinsbloom, ten dollars for a bed burned at the Hospital by order of the Committee

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August 12, 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office the evening at past 4 O'clock


Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno Wm Gordon, C C

Fredericksburg May 22d 1829

The Council met at the Mayors Office this day in pursuance of a summons from the Mayor

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno H Wallace, Recorder
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
H T Phillips, Common Councilman
S J Blaydes, Common Councilman
Geo Ellis, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman
Adam Cooke, Common Councilman

In Obedience to an Order of Council made a report of the condition of the Streets and other matters thereon set forth, which was read and considered and thereupon a motion was made and carried that a sum not exceeding two hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the repairs of the Streets and the removal of nuisances, to be expended by the Commissioners of the streets, and the Chamberlain is hereby Ordered to pay the same to the Orders of the Commissioners of the Streets

On Motion made and seconded it was Resolved that all Hogs in the Town be permitted to run at large in the Streets until the 30th day of September next any ordinance to the contrary not withstanding

On Motion made and seconded it was Resolved that the note in the Banks of Fredericksburg be consolidated and that one note be given each Bank for the Amount due either Bank

The consideration of the motion concerning the Keeping Gunpowder in Stores or Shops was postponed till the next meeting of the Council

On Motion it was Resolved that the sum of Fifty Dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated and directed by the Chamberlain to be paid to the Clerk as compensation for reviewing and attending to the printing of the laws of the Corporation

Ordered that 100 copies of the Laws be put in the Clerks possession for sale at 25 cents pr copy and that he account for the sale of the same to the Chamberlain

Ordered that the account of Henry T Phillips of $17.94 for articles furnished the Hospital be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

Ordered that another account of H T Phillips of Ten Dollars for articles furnished the Hospital be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

Ordered that the account of Jno S Caldwell of Two dollars and sixty nine cents for articles furnished the hospital be passed and paid by the Chamberlain

Ordered that the account of Doctors Carmichael of $75.98 for medical services at the Hospital be passed and paid by the Chamberlain after the same shall have been sworn to according to the regulation of the Council

Ordered that Jno H Wallace, Fayette Johnston and John S Caldwell be a Committee to draft an ordinance to regulate [Page 437] auctions in the Town of Fredericksburg to be submitted to the council at their next meeting

It was Ordered to be noted in the proceedings of the Council the day that the messenger of the Council was absent and did not summon the Council

Ordered that the Council adjourn to next Wednesday past 4 o'clock

(Signed)
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
Jno S Caldwell, C C

August 21, 1829

The Council met this evening at 4 O'Clock at the Council Chamber

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno Goolrick, Common Councilman
William Harvey, Common Councilman
H T Phillips, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
Stephen J Blaydes, Common Councilman
Wm Warren, Common Councilman
Robert Dickey, Common Councilman
George Rothrock, Common Councilman

On Motion it was Resolved that the repairing the Corporation Wharf be let to the lowest bidder by the Market House Committee and that the Chamberlain pay the cost of the same to the Order of said Committee or a majority of them

A Motion was made that Henry T Phillips be added to the Market House Committee for the special purpose of superintending the repairing the Corporation Wharf, which was carried without dissent

The Council then Adjourned

(Signed)
Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
Jno S Caldwell, C C

[Page 1]

Fredericksburg October 6 1829

Pursuant to a summons from the Mayor the Common Council met at their Chamber this evening

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Jno H Wallace, Recorder
Jno Goolrick, Common Councilman
Rob't Dickey, Common Councilman
Wm Warren, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman
Jas Cooke, Common Councilman
Fay Johnston, Common Councilman

The Following ordinance was read & passed

An Ordinance imposing a tax on Theatrical and Circus Performances, Shows and other Exhibitions

Be it Ordained by the Mayor and Commonalty of the Town of Fredericksburg, in Common Hall assembled, that a Tax of Five dollars be and the same is hereby imposed for every nights performance in the Town of Fredericksburg of Theatrical or Dramatical, Equestrian or Circus Riders, Rope or wire dancers and slight of Hand [page 2] men and for every day or nights' exhibition of any publick show to be paid by the manager or managers of such performance and exhibition or exhibitions of such shows.
Be it further Ordained that the Sergeant of the Corporation is hereby authorized to collect the Tax hereby imposed and pay the same to the Chamberlain for the use of the Corporation aforesaid, And if any Manager of such performance or exhibitor of such shows shall refuse to pay the said tax the Sergeant is hereby authorized to warrant for the same.
Be it further that the Ordinance shall be in force from and after the first day of next November

Resolved that a further sum of one hundred dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the repair of the streets to be expended by the Commissioners of the Streets and the Chamberlain is hereby authorized to pay the same to their order

The Council then adjourned

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
Jno S Caldwell, C C

Fredericksburg November 23rd 1829

The Common Council met this evening in Common Hall

Present

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Henry T Phillips, Common Councilman
Geo Rothrock, Common Councilman
Geo Ellis, Common Councilman
Wm Harvey, Common Councilman
Bev R Wellford, Common Councilman
Fayette Johnston, Common Councilman
James Cooke, Common Councilman
William Warren, Common Councilman

On Motion made and Seconded it was resolved that the Ordinance passed the 7th day of May 1828 concerning Dogs going at large be revived adn that the same continue and be in force until the 10th day of January next. And it is further Ordered that the Constable forthwith proceed to execute the duties imposed on them by said Ordinance

Present Robt' Dickey and Stephen J Blaydes

Ordered that the account of John M Shepherd of Sixty Seven dollard and forty eight cents for money paid by him on behalf of the Corporation and for Taxes improperly assessed by the Commissioner of the Revenue be paid by the Chamberlain (paid)

[Page 3] On Motion of Beverley R Wellford it was Resolved that the Ordinance entitled and Ordinance Regulating Auctions in the Town of Fredericksburg be and the same is hereby repealed; which resolution was decided by the following vote upon a call for the Ayes and Noes

Ayes, Henry T Phillips, George Rothrock, William Harvey, Beverley R Wellford, James Cooke and George Ellis

Noes, Fayette Johnston, William Warren, Robert Dickey and Stephen J Blaydes

The Council the adjourned

Thos Goodwin, Mayor
Teste
John S Caldwell, C C


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