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St. Augustine Council and
Board of Health Minutes
August 27, 1821 - Dec 29, 1823
Minute Book of the St Augustine Council Meetings from August 27th 1821 to December 29 1823 With Additional Information
from the Board of Health


An Ordinance No. 2
Establishing a Patrol in the City of St. Augustine.  ... That there shall be established in the City, from after the 9 inst a City Patrol,
consisting of a leader and eight men, whose duty it shall be to assemble at 8 o'clock p.m. at the watch house and patrol the streets
for the maintenance of good order during the night. The City is considered divided for this purpose into four wards, viz Castle
Ward, Custom House Ward, Church Ward and Barrack Ward from each of which there shall be appointed a leader by the mayor
who shall have power to regulate the watch and whose duty it shall be to make report of his proceeding to the Mayor....all able
bodied men eighteen to fifty-five.  Refusal $2 fine

Sept 6 1821 J G Forbes, Mayor

Council consisted of
James G Forbes, Mayor
Anelin Gay
Daniel Copp
Charles Robiow
Francis Fatio

George Murray was elected Clerk
Patrick Lynch and William Livingston aperies?
Amos Arnold Clerk of the Market
John Colpoy? and
John Lowe Constables
Charles Vignoles office of City Surveyor
August 27, 1821

On August 30
Philo Andrew was appointed by Gov Jackson as an Alderman for the city.

A committee was appointed to call on
Wm Entralgo Clerk of the old Council for city documents in his possession.

Fort was used to confine mentally ill residents.

September 10
John DuBose was added to the Council by Gov Jackson.

Beginnings of Huguenot Cemetery
A committee was formed to apply to Mr. Gobert to allow the use of a lot next to the Roman Catholic Burying ground to bury the
late Judge Fetch and be used as a public burying ground.

Sept 11 given authority to find a public burying ground for Protestants looking first for public property then to buy
City agreed to purchase lot Sept 27 1821

Board of Pilotage appointed:
John Rodman
Chester ?
E F Robinson

Oct 5, 1821
Set a committee to find  site for a hospital for the indigent. Edinboro his house over the bridge.

Council will pay $5 for each coffin for the indigent sick who may die.

Oct 8
George Murray Clerk of the Council resigned.
John Bird was appointed Superintendent of the Hospital

Oct 17
Miss Sally Vignolles was appointed Commissioner of the hospital.

Sept 28 1821
Dr. Micah Stone appointed Resident Physician for the Port of St Augustine.

Oct 22, 1821
John Dubose was elected Clerk of the Council

Oct 26, 1821
A negro fellow nam'd Sharper Welters was brought before the Council on the complaint of the High Constable for killing a hog,
contrary to the Ordinances.  He was pardon'd on his promise of good behavior.

Oct 29, 1821
Squire Streeter was appointed Collector of the Taxes and offer'd as his security John Beckley and Wm Livingston, who were
approved of, and their bond order'd to be taken in presence of the clerk of the council.

A Negro fellow, named
Tom Frederick a slave the property of F Swartz of Charleston appeared before the Council with his
Agent John Marshall on a charge, of killing sheep within the limits of the City, which was postpon'd until Wednesday next.

Cap Brown was recommended to be paid the sum of $16 as part of his salary, as Superintendent of the hospital.

Oct 31, 1821
From the governor:
Mr.
Monets de Oca, be allow'd to retain the stall he has formerly occupied in the market, on his paying monthly four dollar for the
use of the same and also his proportion of the Market Tax heretofore paid. And there shall be erected, as soon, as considered
necessary one or more stalls, which shall be let out monthly, to any persons requiring the same, on the same terms.

Nov 5, 1821
Resolved the accounts of Juan de Entralgo and son as clerks of the former council be paid.

Nov 9, 1821
Mr. Porter and Mr. Gwyott were appointed commissioners for Hospital.

Nov 19
Accounts paid P Mitchell for hire of Negroes $15

Rob' Rowley for 3 coffins $15
Rob' Dowling bal due him $5
John Johnson for work on Hospital $10
Charles Robiou for lumber $40
Wm Brown $10

Nov 23
Account received from Tho Campbell for $10.50 and ordered to be paid
Alexander McCoye account as steward of the hospital for $29.00 recd and ordered to be paid.

Nov 30
Wm Roberton appointed an Alderman.

Dec 10
A letter was reeiv'd from Samuel Fairbanks one of the security for G Darling as High Constable praying to be released from any
future responsibility on his security bond which was granted.

The acct of Mary Connely for $28.00 was received and ordered to e paid.

Geo Gibbs and William Reynolds were appointed Commissioners of Pilotage.

Dec 22 1821
Sam Walker was appointed Clerk of the Market.

Mr. Arnold the former Clerk of the Market be directed to deliver over to the present clerk, the House he now occupies.

Jan 4 1822
James Guyott was appointed as Constable.

Jan 15
Jan Lowe for nursing $18 ordered to be paid.

(1821 a Map of the City of St. Augustine was submitted to the US House of Representatives).

Jan 24
R Gibson appointed as an Alderman.

Jn Gonzales, ? Quevada, and M Solana and John Greene were appointed Directors of he Patrol in the different Wards of the City.

Ordinance No 10
No Negro or Person of Color, shall be permitted to go abroad in the Streets after 9 o'clock at night, unless if a slave he or she be
provided with a written pass from his or her Master or Mistress, and if free, from the Mayor or one of the Aldermen,. And all
persons of Color, shall be subject to the examination of the Patrol, if found in the streets after the hour before mentioned.

No persons of color, shall be permitted to hold meetings for dancing or other sports at any time of night after 12 o'clock without
written permission from the Mayor or one of the Aldermen.....

Jan 28
Dr. Richard Murray's account for services render'd to the Hospital was referr'd to the Charitable society.

Feb 4
Rodman had given judgment against Gaspar Arnau, Don Montenoca and Antnio Merae and had fined them $30 each under the
Ordinance of he Board of Health.

Feb 25
Mary Struder for nursing the orphan children of the late Joshua Devlin for 10 weeks

Ebenzer Tyrrell be appointed a constable for the city.

March 4
Dr. Robinson and Gibson were appointed to a committee to regulate the selling of meat in the market.

April 1
Walters Smith appointed an alderman.

John Greene elected by the Council as High Constable.

April 8
Thomas H. Penn appointed an Alderman.
Thomas Penn appointed as one of the Committee on Streets.

April 15
Dr. William McCrossky appointed alderman.

April 22
John Rodman Acting as Mayor
Dr Wm McCrosky
D. Robertson
E R Gibson

May 27
Franes G Fatio as interpreter of the Public Acts of the Council was approved (the account of)

July 15
Accounts were settled showing that John DuBose was acting treasurer from 15 Oct to 15 July 1822..

Sept 9
John Lowe was appointed Sexton of the City.

Sept 24 (Board of Health)
Doctor Micah Stone appointed resident Physician of this City appear'd and took his seat as President of the Board of Health.

Sept 27 (Board of Health)
Requested the Council to move the hospital away from the center of the city.....for the health of the inhabitants of the city.

Oct 4 (Board of Health)
Whereas it appears from the aff' of Richard Murray MD that a Mulatto man nam'd Geoffry Turner had been administering
medicine to the prejudice of the inhabitants of this City and interfering with the practice of the regular Physicians, it was therefore
resolved:

That the said
Geoffry Turner, be prohibited from practicing medicine from this day, under the penalty of one hundred dollars for
the first offence and to be banished from the said province on eviction of the Second, And that the said
Geoffry Turner be
immediately notified of the above resolution by the High Constable.

Oct 5 (Board of Health)
That from and after this date there be established a Board of Physicians, to be compos'd of the Resident Physician and Dr. C
McCrossky who are authoriz'd to examine all persons now practicing physick in this City, and all those who may hereafter wish to
practice  And that the said Board be authorized to frame such regulations, as they may deem necessary for the same, and that this
resolution be published in the Gazette.

Oct 8 (Board of Health)
Geoffry Turner, a free Man charg'd with violating a resolution passed on the 4th in' prohibiting him from practicing physick, was
found guilty, but the Board in consideration of the circumstances, under which he acted, remit the penalty on condition the he give
satisfactory security to the Board of Health that he will not again practice physick in the City of St Augustine.

Resolved that
Col Jn Johnson and Jn Drisdale be appointed commissioners for the present week.

Oct 18 (Board of Health)
Dr J J Owen this day appeared and informed the Board that Geoffrey Turner, did on 17 practice physick and surgery on a white
man named Mills by bleeding him.

Oct 22 (Board of Health)
Geoffrey Turner who had been cited to appear before the Board for acting in contradiction to the resolution of the board passed
on 4 and 5 instant ? picting his practicing Physick in this City, apper'd on which it was resolved.

That the said
Geoffrey Turner, be committed to prison under a ? from the Pres of the Board of Health until the fine imposed on him
be paid. and that he also be compelled to give bond and security to Amt of $500 that he will not practice physick again within this
City the said bond and security to be approved of by the Board of Health.

Resolved.
That it be recommended to the Head of families, within this City, As a matter of precaution that fire be kept in their house, and that
the rooms of the sick, particularly be fumigated with vinegar, sugar or tar.

Nov 4
Election
Walters Smith .... Mayor
Antonio Alvarez
Patrick Lynch
John Drysdale
Squire Streeter
Charles Robiou
Francis P Sanchez
Francis Gue
Edw R. Gibson

Antonio Alvarez was elected by the Alderman as President of the Council

Francis G. Fatio was city clerk

Nov 11
Francis G Fatio elected Clerk.
Eliminated City Constable and created the office of City Marshall
A letter was received from
Moses Hart soliciting the place of Clerk of the Market. Order'd that the clerk of this board pass the
same to his honor the Mayor.

Wallen, Travers and Hulbert were appointed to the Board of Pilotage.

Nov 15
Judge Smith, Mr. Rodman, and Col. Murray were appointed appraisers for government land and house in the city.

(Council had obtained the Spanish archive from
J S Tingle of two large and two small books and deposited the same with the City
Clerks office.

Nov 25
John Lowe was appointed messenger of the Board.

Dec 4 1822
Wm G. Davis was appointed City Marshall and Inspector.

An order was received from
William Brown soliciting the place of Branch Pilot. Ordered to lay on the Table.

Dec 16
A Letter to the Mayor from Joel Dickinson containing proposals for renting the Central Hospital was received by the Board.  
Ordered to lay o the Table until next meeting.

Dec 20
Hospital was leased to Joel Dickinson for an annual rent of $120

On a motion, resolved that the lower part of the City Hall be given to Mrs. Girty for the purpose of a school until such time as it
shall be wanted for a more important one, or for other purposes.

Jan 6, 1823
John Andreu and John Whalton were appointed Branch Pilots of the Barr and Harbor of St. Augustine.  They were authorized to
employ
Matias Capella, Pedro Capella and John Buchany as their agents.

Jan 7 (Board of Health)
Dr. J P C McMahon appointed Resident Physician of this City by the Acting Governor of the Province.

Jan 8
Elias Wallen was appointed Tax Collector and Treasurer by the Mayor and Thomas H. Penn and Peter Miranda offered securities.

Jan 20
Resolved that R. Lorings acct of Fifty Dollars for pulling down the Old Dragoon Barracks as per contract with the Mayor and
agreeable to a resolution of this Board of the 23 November last be passed for payment.

Jan 24 (Board of Health)
John Alden was appointed a member of the board.

(Council)
A letter was recd from Mr. Cotter and Waldo soliciting the Room in the lower part of the City Hall for the purpose of establishing
a Classical and English School. Resolved that the said Mr. Cotter and Waldo have the use of said Room for the space of two
months free of rent.

Jan 29 (Board of Health)
John Dubois was appointed secretary.

Members:
The Mayor
Ed Law
Jm Rochman
Jn Gibson
Wm Robertson
Mn Alden
Dr McMahon

Feb 24
Edward R Gibson resigned as Alderman of Castle Ward.

L Watterson's bill for a coffin for Philip A Caverly decd was rejected.
Francis Gue, John Geiger and Stephen Arnau were selected as commissioners for the special election to fill the seat of Gibson.

March 4 (Board of Health)
Resolved that the  Pilots be ordered to bring to at the Quarantine ground all vessels arriving from Baltimore, or any of the Ports of
North Carolina or otherwise, where the small Pox prevails and not to bring them nearer the Town until they have been visited by
the Health Officer. And have his report or permission to proceed. And that it be the duty of the Health Officer forthwith to visit
every such vessel, for which he shall be entitled to receive from the master or Commander, thereof the Sum of one dollar s full
Compensation for his Services.

March 5
John Lowe being charged by the Mayor of having assisted in taking up the body of Philip A Caverly decd and he (J Lowe) having
pleaded not guilty it was resolved that the Mayor be requested to lay before this Board such evidence as may be in his power in
support of the charge that John Lowe aided and assisted in taking up the body of Philip A. Caverly dec'd after the interment
thereof in the public burying ground of this city.

March 12
Accepted the election results of Nehemiah Tilton winning over Stephen Arnau 29 to 1.

The Board having taken into consideration the offence of John Lowe in having assisted in taking up the Body of Philip A Caverly
decd Resolved therefore, that he be called before the Board and receive a reprimand with a strict injunction to commit the like
again.

March 19
Agreed to lease the public lots and lands reported to the board known as Old Powder House lot for one year at the rate of $2 per
acre to William R. Taber and $3 for 2 more years.

April 7
An account was presented from E. Wallen City Treasurer and Collector amounting to $37.50 for one quarter salary.

June 9
Resolved that the Street Committee be and it hereby is authorized to contract with Mr. John Lorenzo for building the public well
and taking down the north wall of the market and cleaning and piling up he stone thereof.

Resolved that the Mayor be authorized to have a seal with some suitable device struck for the use of the city.

Resoled that notice be given to Mr. Cotter that three dollars per month will be expected from him for the hire of the room which he
occupies as a school room from the first of July ext.

June 14 (Board of Health)
Dr. Richard Weightmann, President
J G Forbes
Jn Rodman
Dr. Robertson
Dr. Gibson
Dr. McCosky
W Smith
Thos H Penn

July 11 1823
William Livingston was clerk of the market from 2 Dec 1822 till 2nd July 1823.

July 14
An acct was presented from Joseph Sanchez and Peter Mitchell for the hire of two Negroes to clear out the ditch at the lines...

Resolved that the fines imposed on Jane Frenandez and William Sanchez for a breach of City Ordinance be remitted.

August 11
A letter was received from F J Fatio resigning his office as Clerk of the Board of Aldermen.... public notice of election by posting
up an advertisement at Starr tavern.

August 25
Thomas Penn and Mr. Menard applied for the position of clerk.  Thomas Penn was selected unanimously.

Sept 8
The resignation of Alderman Lynch was received. (Barrack ward)
John DuBose, P Poriers and E Gomez were selected as election commissioners.

Sept 20
Francis Marin was elected alderman.

Sept 22
A petition was presented by Marmaduke Dever praying that a fine inflicted on him for offering for sale Beef said not to be
marketable.

Oct 6
Commissioners appointed for general election
Castle Ward - Jn Gieger S Arnau and N Tilton
Church Ward F P Sanchez B Segui and Rich Murray
Hospital Ward - E Wallen Simeon Sanchez and G Gibbs
Barracks Ward B Llambias, John DuBoise and John Pierson

Oct 21
R Jorulmann? Was appointed commissioner for elections in Hospital Ward. Mr. Geo Gibbs resigned.

Oct 28th
Nehemiah Tilton was not eligible for the election post since he moved out of the Castle ward area

Nov 4
Election counts
Tho H Penn 124 votes   Walters Smith 49   MAYOR
Benjamin Chain 39 votes Jos Hernandez 39 Castle Ward
Richard Murray 38 votes Frans Ferrana 37 C Robiou 12 C Sully 3 F S Sanchez 2 - Custom House Ward
Simeon Sanchez 44 Jno B Strong 26, Wm R Taber 21 Cotter 5 - Hospital Ward
Frm Marin 32 George Murrey 31 Peter Porter 18 Barrack Ward.

Nehemiah Tilton served as clerk pro tem.

Results:
Thomas H Penn Mayor
Benjamin Chain
Joseph Hernandez
Richard Murray
Francis Fenara
John B Strong   J Simeon Sanchez
Francis Marine

Benjamin Chain was unanimously elected President of the Board.

Oct 2 1824 (Board of Health)
A memorial was proposed to congress praying a donation of fifty acres of land at Point Castle to build a Quarantine Hospital upon
also a donation of such sum as may be considered sufficient to build the same.....
Governor Andrew Jackson
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