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(after the ringing of three bells at the City Hall, and Proclamation made for silence) published accordingly.
Forasmuch as the marketts of this city are chiefly supplyed by the country people with victuals and provisions, hy water carriage, from the neighboring countys and colonies, at different times and seasons as the tides, wind and weather permitt, By reason whereof no particular times or days can conveniently be appointed for holding the said marketts, Be it therefore Ordained by the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Assistants convened in Common Council, That every day in the week (Sunday excepted) are appointed publick markett days from sun-rising to sunsetting- marketts to be held at the Markett. house, at the Slip, commonly called Coenties Dock—at the Old Slip, commonly called Burgher's Path-at the lower end of Wall street, and at Countess Key, called Counteses Slip; Where the country people and others may stand or sit in such part or parts, not appropriated and allotted to other persons by Lease from the Corporation, and there vend their Flesh, Fish, Poultry, Herbs, Fruit, Eggs, Butter, Cheese, Bacon, and other necessary provisions and commodities; and be it further Ordained, That, (in regard the marketts are principally intended for the benefitt of housekeepers, who buy for their own use,) The Hucksters and Retailers within this City, who buy to sell again, shall not enter into any of the aforesaid marketts to make their Provisions, and buy to sell again any sort of Markett Provisions of any of the Markett People there, to sell again, or carry the same, to their several Houses and Shops, until the afternoon of every day, to the end, that the Housekeepers may provide themselves in the forenoon of every
day, at the first hand, with Provisions at moderate rates; upon pain, that every such Huckster and Retailer shall for every offence forfeit the sum of ten shillings, current money of this province.
And be it further Ordained, (to the intent, that forestalling, regrating and engrossing of victuals, &c., may be the better prevented) that no person or persons from and after publication hereof, shall buy, or cause to be bought, ang victuals or things whatsoever within the said City of New York, or the Libertys thereof, coming to any of the marketts, or bargain or contract to buy, before the same shall be brought into one of the said marketts, ready to be there sold; or shall offer to sell again in the markett or elsewhere, any thing so coming to their hands or possession, shall for every such offence forfeit the sum of forty shillings.
And be it further Ordained, That no unwholesome or stale victuals, no blown meat or leprous swine, be sold or exposed to sale, under pain of forty shillings for every offence.
All Butter exposed for sale, in Pound Rolls, Pots, Dishes or other vessells, not exceeding six pounds, shall have the weight of the same marked thereon. Any pound deficient in weight, or fraud discovered, shall be seized by the Clerk of the Markett, and forfeited to the poor of the City.
And in order for making the several marketts of this City more commodious and convenient for the future, as well for the Butchers, being freemen of this City, as of all other persons who resort thereto for the supply thereof, a Standing Committee shall be appointed by the Common
Council, who shall be empowered and authorized to enlarge, alter, repair, and support from time to time, all and every the said Market-houses, and to order and give directions for repairing and enlarging the same at the expense of the City, as they shall find occasion. Also, to apportion the size of (and to mark and number) the several stalls therein, and to contract for the Letting and Setting of the same to the several Butchers, for such reasonable rents as they can agree for, and made payable every month in the year to the Chamberlain of the City for the use of the same.
Provided, That no more than two stalls or standings in any one of the said marketts, shall be let or leased to any one Butcher
Also, That it shall and may be lawful to, and for all and every, the country people and others, who shall come to the several marketts other than and excepting Hucksters, who are hereby excluded and intended to be excluded all stalls and standings in the same) with any sort of provisions, &c., to take such stalls, standings and places, not appropriated, as they shall first happen to get possession of, without any fee or reward for the same, for the more plentiful supply of the marketts with all sorts of provisions, at the most reasonable rates and prices
All penalties and forfeitures, recovered by virtue of this act, for which no particular direction is given: The one half to be paid to the Chamberlain, and the other half to the informer.
And whereas, by virtue of divers Laws of this Corporation for many years past, the Clerk of the Markett had, took, and received certain Fees for all neat Cattle, Hogs, Shoats, Sheep, Calves and Lambs, that were killed for the market: the last of which laws expires on this fourth day of November-Be it therefore further Ordained, by the authority aforesaid, that it shall not be lawful for the Clerk of the Marketts of this City, for the time being, from and after the publication hereof, to intermeddle with the receipt of Dutys, Fees or Profits, or take any money of any Butchers or other persons, resorting to, or standing in any of the Common Marketts aforesaid, by virtue of any law, pretended usage or custom of this Corporation, or upon any pretence whatsoever, other than for examining and sealing of weights and measures, by virtue of his office.
10 December, 1735.—Market Committee reported the letting of butchers' stalls, as follows:
MARKET-HOUSE AT BURGER'S PATH. Stalls Nos. 1 and 2.....
0.9.200 No. 3
3 00 5
16 0 0 6
600 100 200 4 0 0 5 00 300 5 00
3..... 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.
£72 0 0
21 October, 1736,-Ordered, that Inhabitants of East Ward, have liberty, at their own charge and expense, to enlarge the Market-houses at Countess Key, and the Old Slip called Burger's Path, in such manner as the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward shall from time direct and appoint. The Market Committee of the Board to regulate the new Stalls, and see that the Country people are accommodated.
22 March, 1737.-Butchers' Stalls rented for one year.
13 April, 1738.-On petition of Inhabitants of West Ward, for liberty to build at their own expense, a conTenient Market-house for publick use, to be forty and two foot in length, and twenty-five foot in breadth, in the middle of Broadway, opposite Crown street. Ordered, that the prayer of petitioners be granted, and the same to be finished within three months.
4 May, 1738.-On petition of Inhabitants of Dock Ward and South Ward, for liberty to erect a Publick Market. house, at their own cost and charge, in Broad street, between the Watch-house and the Dwelling-house of John Laehly, for the benefit of the said Wards and City. Ordered, that prayer of petitioners be granted, and the Aldermen and Assistants of said Wards be a Committee to