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CITY OF NEW-YORK.
PUBLISHED PURSUANT TO AN ORDER OF COMMON COUNCIL, PASSED
JUNE 14th, 1819.
CITY OF NEW-YORK.
GEORGE the second, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, king, defender J. Montgome
rie, governor, of the faith, &c. To all whom these present letters shall come, greeting : Whereas, on the twenty-second day of April, Recital of the
old Charter by in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred Gov. Dongan,
of April, 22, eighty and six, Thomas Dongan, then lieutenant 1680. governor and vice-admiral of New-York and its dependencies, under our predecessor, James (the second) then king of England, &c. did make and execute a certain grant, or instrument in writing, under the seal of the province of New-York, in these words following,
In hæc verba. Thomas Dongan, lieutenant-governor and viceadmiral of New-York, and its dependencies, under his majesty James (the second) by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, king, defender of the faith, supreme lord and proprietor of the colony and province of New York, and its dependencies in America, &c. To all to Recital that whom this shall come, sendeth greeting : Where- New-York is as, the city of New-York, is an ancient city within an ancient city.
the city of
& the citizens the said province, and the citizens of the said city anciently a body politic and have anciently been a body politic and corporate; corporate. And enjoy
and the citizens of the said city have held, used, ed sundry franchises, &c.
and enjoyed, as well within the same, as elsewhere, By charters, in the said province, divers and sundry rights, ligrants, pre scriptions, &c. berties, privileges, franchises, free-customs, pre
eminences, advantages, jurisdictions, emoluments, and immunities, as well by prescription as by charter, letters patents, grants, and confirmations, not only of divers governors and commanders in chief, in the said province, but also of several governors, directors, generals, and commanders in chief, of the
Nether Dutch nation, whilst the same was, or has Recital of been, under their power and subjection. And grants of sunlands and whereas divers lands, tenements, and hereditaments,
jurisdictions, liberties, immunities, and privileges, the corpora
have heretofore been given and granted, or men
tioned to be given and granted, to the citizens and By sundry inhabitants of the said city, sometimes by the name names & titles. of Schout, Burgomasters, and. Schephens of the
eity of New-Amsterdam; and sometimes by the name of The Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the city of New-York; sometimes by the name of The Mayor, Aldermen, and Sheriff, of the city of New-York; sometimes by the name of, The Mayor and Aldermen of the city of New-York; and by divers other names, as by their several letters patents, charters, grants, writings, records, and minu
ments, amongst other things, may more fully apSundry pub- pear. And whereas the citizens and inhabitants lic buildings and conveni
of the said city have erected, built, and appropriby the city; as
ade, ated, at their own proper costs and charges, sevethe City-Hall, ral public buildings, accommodations, and conveni