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EXTRACTS FROM EARLY NEWSPAPERS.
From a volume containing the New York Journal and New York Gazette for the years 1733 and 1734 the following extracts were made in the year 1838 by an antiquary of this city. They are not the same as those contained in the Corporation Manual of 1864:
“ Col. Wm. Cosby [then Governor of the Province] honored the Hum-drum Club of the city of New York with his company last night (Jan. 28, 1733), and was then admitted and received as a member of that ancient and truly honorable association.”
The following are among the advertisements : “ This is to give Notice that George Brownell continues his School, at the House where he now lives in Broad street."
“ To be sold by John Kelly of the City of New-York, Two hundred Acres of Land at Seatauket in Suffolk County.”
“ Dr. John Van Solingen, intending to Remove out of this City, he gives this publick Notice, to all Persons that have any Demands on him, to bring in their Accounts, in order to be satisfied. And those that are indebted to him are desired to Balance their Account, to prevent further Trouble. He has sundry sorts of Shop Goods to sell, either at Wholesale or Retail, at very reasonable rates of him, at his House in Hanover square. “N. B. He intends to go to Jamaica on Long Island."
Joseph Scot of New-York, Merchant, intending for London in the Spring, gives this timely Notice to all the Persons indebted to him, to Pay the Balance of their Accounts. Also, any Person that has any Demands on the said Scot, by Application may receive Satisfaction."
Very good Cheshire Cheese to be sold, by Nathaniel Hazard, near the Old slip Market, in New-York.”
“ The Printer hereof [J. P. Zenger] intends to remove to Broad street, near the upper End of the Long Bridge."
“ James Wallace, who sells the Beatman Drops, removes from where he now lives to a house belonging to Mr. James Livingston, in the Broadway, a little below alderman Van Gelder's house on the other side of the street, where every one that wants these
drops may be supplied, and also at the shop of Mr. Proctor, Watch Maker, living in the square, and also Mr. Thomas Hall, shoemaker, corner of the Old Slip Market.”
“ To my subscribers.-I must beg you will excuse your poor printer (the Journal of May 6, 1734] for the shortness of this weekly Journal, he being obliged to follow the custom of the town at May Day, and change his habitation. I hope you the rather will be induced to pardon me, for that I have often exceeded my sheet to oblige you.
J. Peter Zenger." “To be sold, a young Negro Woman, about 20 years old, that does all sorts of house work; she can brew, bake, boyle soft soap, , wash, iron, and starch, and is a good dairy woman; she can card, and spin at the great wheel, cotton, linen and woollen ; she has another good property, she neither drinks rum or smokes tobacco; cooks pretty well for roast and boyled ; speaks no other language but English ; she had the small pox in Barbadoes when a child. N. B. She is well clothed. Enquire of the printer.”
The following grand jurors were sworn in New York in February, 1733: Gerrard Beekman, foreman, David Schuyler, Abrahamn Lynsen, Nathl. Marston, Jun., Robert Livingston, Jun., Gabriel Crooke ,John Abrahamson, Richard Van Dam, Henry Beekman, Jun., Josias Stoutenburgh, John Blake, Jeremiah Tothill, Jacobus Quick, Daniel Bountecou, John Symes.
“New-York, March 10, 1733. Last Friday being the Anniversary of her Majesty's Birth Day, the same was celebrated in this City with the utmost Demonstration of Loyalty and Affection. At Twelve o'Clock the Magistrates and Chief Officers, with a great Number of other Gentlemen waited upon his Excellency, our Governour, to drink the Public Healths, when at the same Time the Guns upon the Ramparts were discharged. In the Evening there was a Ball at the Fort, and a very rich and splendid Entertainment for a vast Concourse of the best Gentlemen and Ladies in the Place, who were there assembled upon that Occasion, and concluded the Night, with universal Mirth and Satisfaction; his Excellency (Cosby] and his Lady having to the utmost of their Power contributed thereto."
“ New-York, March 18, 1733.—We hear from Albany, that one William Ratcliffe, carrying a log of wood from the water-side to
wards the house, slipt and fell: the log falling on his head, fractured his skull so that the brains came out. He did survive the fall an hour.
“We hear from Livingston's Manor, that one Jacob Scherp, a trader there, had the misfortune to be drowned in Livingston's Creek, by the stumbling of his horse.”
“ Last Saturday night died in child-bed the wife of Cornelius G. Van Horn. She was a gentlewoman very well respected by all that had the happiness of conversing with her, who lament the loss greatly."
Anthony Rutgers advertises a claim upon property offered for sale by Capt. A. Schermerhorne, in Queen street, bounded south by the river. [Now there are three streets where the river ran.]
In those days, Joseph Broome, a German, performed slight of hand tricks at the house of Charles Sleigh, in Duke street. “ Price of admission for best seats, one shilling-farther off, nine pence —and farthest off, six pence.”
James De Lancey was then Chief Justice of the Province.
The late Isaac Gouverneur's property, near New Brunswick, is advertised for sale in 1734. The purchaser to apply to Nicholas Gouverneur, in New York, or Cornelius Low, at Raritan Landing.
"The master of a sloop from Curacoa, arrived from New York, reports : On Friday morning, saw two ships ahead of him, standing this way, which outsailed him, and which he took for Londoners; but since they are not arrived here, we suppose they are gone into some other port not far off.?”
The British Navy, including those getting ready for service, in the year 1734, consisted of one of 110 guns, two of 90 guns, seven of 80, nineteen of 70, seventeen of 60, ten of 50, five of 40, and twenty-five of 20 guns—the whole carrying 4,390 guns, and manned by 83,302 men.
THE WILL OF JACOBUS ROOSEVELT.
I give to Catherine Van Ranst, the wife of Abraham Van Ranst, of Bushwick, on Long Island, my dwelling house, lands and real estate at Rariton Landing in East New Jersey, which I purchased of Evert Duyking. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Catherine Van Ranst my farm or parcel of land in the township of Bushwick, in Kings county, on the Island of Nassau, whereon her father lately lived, being the same farm which I purchased of the heirs and devisees of John Alberson, for and during her natural life. I devise and bequeath to Catherine Van
I Ranst that dwelling house and two lots of ground thereunto belonging in the Out Ward of the said city, on the northeast side of a certain street, called Roosevelt's street, and distinguished on a certain map or chart, made of those and sundry other lots, by lots number forty-seven and forty-eight, during her natural life. I give to Catherine Van Ranst the other following houses and lots of ground in the City of New York: A house and lot of ground in the Out Ward, in St. James's street, lot number one hundred and ninety-three, in breadth twenty-five feet and in length one hundred feet; also one other house and lot of ground lying in the North Ward, in John street, now in the occupation of Walter Hyer, Junior, in breadth twenty-six feet and in length one hundred and eight feet, for and during her natural life. Immediately after her decease, then I give, devise and bequeath my aforesaid farm at Bushwick, as also my aforesaid houses and lots of ground last mentioned, unto such child or children as she may leave at the time of her decease, share and share alike. I give and bequeath to Catherine Van Ranst that lot of ground lying at Peck's slip in Montgomery Ward, lot number three, bounded southwest towards the said slip, southeast on the house and lot of ground in the possession, now or lately, of one Mitchener; northeast to the house and lot of ground of Andrew Barclay, deceased, and northwest to one other lot of ground belonging to me, and contains in breadth, both front and rear, twenty feet, and in length forty-eight feet, for her natural life only; and immediately after her decease I bequeath
the aforesaid lot of ground, number three, unto her son, John Roosevelt Van Ranst; but in case John Roosevelt Van Ranst and such other child or children which my said granddaughter Catherine Van Ranst may have shall all die before they respectively attain to the age of twenty-five years, and without lawful issue, in such case I devise and bequeath the estate given unto them respectively unto and among my sons Isaac and Adolphus, my grandchildren, born of the body of my daughter Helena Barclay, deceased, and my four other grandchildren, Nicholas Roosevelt, James Crommeline, Peter Roosevelt and Jacobus Roosevelt, Junior; one seventh part to my son Isaac, one seventh part to my son Adolphus, one seventh part to the children of my daughter Helena Barclay, deceased, and one seventh part to each of my grandchildren, Nicholas Roosevelt, James Crommeline, Peter Roosevelt and Jacobus Roosevelt, Junior.
I bequeath to my grandson Jacobus Roosevelt, the only child of my son Christopher, deceased, the following houses and lots of ground: Two houses and lots of ground in Montgomery Ward, now in the occupation of Capt. Ritchie and one Lewer, bounded southwest on Peck's slip, northwest on Queen's street, northeast on Dirck Leffert's house, and ground of the late John Burger; also that lot of ground in Montgomery Ward aforesaid, lot number one, now in the occupation and possession of John Cargill, bounded southwest on the pier of Peck's slip, northwest on Water street, northeast to Andrew Barclay's lot, and southeast to lot number two, being twenty feet in breadth and forty-eight feet in length ; and also two other houses and lots of ground in a certain street, called St. James's street, in the Out Ward, known by lots number one hundred and sixty-nine and one hundred and seventy, for and during his natural life; and immediately after his decease then I give the same to his lawful children share and share alike; but in case my grandson Jacobus Roosevelt, Junior, shall die without lawful issue, then I bequeath the estate given him among my sons Isaac and Adolphus, my aforesaid grandchildren, born of the body of my said daughter Helena Barclay, deceased, and my four other grandchildren, Catherine Van Ranst, Nicholas Roosevelt, James Crommeline and Peter Roosevelt.