The memorial history of the City of New-York; from its first settlement to the year 1892

Press: (May 11, 2012)
Author Name:Wilson, James Grant


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1892 Excerpt: ...for such protection, among them the ordinance of May 31, 1647, against fighting with knives, a frequent occurrence in those days; of June 27,1652, against fast driving through the streets, which made it punishable for the drivers to sit or stand in their conveyances; of October 9, 1652, against shooting with firearms at partridges and other game within the limits of the Vol.
city.1 A temporary night-watch was established by the magistrates in 1653, when the disagreements with the New England people suggested a possible attack.
The whole body of citizens of suitable age was then called into service, with headquarters at the City HalL The restoration of friendly relations made such a large force for night duty unnecessary, but the previous alarm had in various ways demonstrated that a night police would be an assistance to the Fire Department.
After consultation with the Council of War, composed of the Director with Council and the chief officers of the troops, the Burgomasters and Schepens resolved to apply for the organization of a "ratelwaoht" of four or six men, whose duty should be to go about the city at night, announcing to the night-prowling evil-doer their whereabouts by a rattle and by calling out the hour.
This resolution was suggested "by considei-ation of the small accommodation and convenience for the citizens' watch (dissolved by the same resolution), and likewise because of the great cost of fire and light for the same, making it burdensome upon the citizens to sustain them during the winter." The Director and Council gave consent to this organization, but there the movement rested, probably because no men could be found to take upon themselves the duties of these new officers until October, 1658, when the Burgomast...

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