New York City – Curious Items

New York, February 28, 6 O’Clock, P. M.—Just now we received the melancholy account, That this Morning the Wife of Capt. Hermanus Rutgers of this city, being in perfect Health, eat her Breakfast as usual, and about nine or ten o’Clock was taken with a Fit, and dyed about Four in the Afternoon, without speaking a word, to the great Surprise of her sorrowful Husband, Family and Friends. N. Y. Gazette, March 1, 1737.

Last week a man who goes by the names of Patrick Butler, John Lovell, Luce, and several other Names, was taken up here for passing counterfeit Pistoles and Dollars, he is a Tinker and in his Budgett was found Tools and some Mettle for making such false Money. Being tryed he was convicted, and pursuant to his Sentence, on Thursday last he stood in the Pillory, on Friday he was whipt throu the Town and banished out of the County. Some time ago he stole a Horse and a Mare in Connecticut, they pursued him to Westchester in this Province, and carried him back, where according to their Law, they Whipt him, then he came back to Westchester, and their marries a Wife, and has another in New England. He meets with a poor Widdow in New York, who had a suit of her Husbands Cloaths to sell, he pretends to buy them, and asked leave to put them on to try if they did not fit him, & then ran away with them. Many other Thefts and Cheats, it’s said, he has committed.—N. Y. Gazette, March 8, 1737.

All Sorts of Garden Seeds, lately Imported from England, by the Governor’s Gardiner, Enquire of the said Gardiner in the Fort, where you may be Supply’d with the said Seeds at a Reasonable Rate. N. Y. Gazette, March 8, 1737.

Publick notice is hereby given, That Nicholas Bayard of the City of New York has erected a Refining House for Refining all sorts of Sugar and Sugar Candy, and has procured from Europe an experienced Artist in that Mystery, At which Refining House all Persons in City and Country may be supplyed by Wholesale and Retale with both double and single Refined Loaf-Sugar, as also Powder and Shop Sugar, and Sugar-Candy, at Reasonable Rates. N. Y. Gazette, August 17, 1730.

A Scheme by striking Twenty Thousand Pounds (Paper Money) to encourage the raising of Hemp, and the Manufacturing of Iron in the Province of New York, with some observations, shewing the Necessity and Advantages therefore. Sold by the Printer hereof. Price 6d. N. Y. Gazette, March 29, 1737.

A Fire Engine that will deliver two Hogsheads of Water in a Minute in a continual stream, is to be sold by William Lindsay the Maker thereof. Enquire at Fighting Cocks, next door to the Exchange Coffee-House, New York—N. Y. Gazette, March 29, 1737.

Moses Slaughter, Stay Maker from London, has brought with him a Parcel of extraordinary good and Fashionable Stays of his own making of several Sizes and Prices. The Work of them he will warrant to be good, and for shape, inferiour to none that are made.

He lodges at present at the House of William Bradford next Door but one to the treasurer’s near the Fly Market, where he is ready to suit those that want, with extraordinary good Stays. Or he is ready to wait upon any Ladys or Gentlewomen that please to send for him to their Houses. If any desire to be informed of the Work he has done let them enquire of Mrs. Elliston in the Broad street, or of Mrs. Nichols in the Broadway, who have had his work.—N. Y. Gazette, Oct. 3, 1737.

Last week one of the Prize Vessels lately brought into this Port and condemned ; being refitted and very richly loden for Boston, had the misfortune to be cast away in going through Hellgate, and it is thought the Ship and Cargo will be intirely lost.—N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, Oct. 29, 1744.

We have had pretty much blustering, windy Weather, the Week past which we apprehend has detained both the Eastern and Western Post Riders, as neither of them are come in this Morning;—and on Saturday last a Newark Shallop was drove ashore on Oyster Island, in our Bay, and continued there all Day yesterday, very much exposed to the Fury of the Wind, but we can’t tell whether she is damaged or not. N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, Dec. 11, 1752.

Last Week arrived here a Company of Comedians from Philadelphia, who, we hear, have taken a convenient Room for their Purpose in one of the Buildings lately belonging to the Honl. Rip Van Dam, Esq., deceased, in Nassau street; where they in-tend to perform as long as the Sason lasts, provided they meet with suitable Encouragement: For the time of their Beginning, see the Advertisements.—N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, March 5, 1750.

Wednesday Evening last, departed this Life, Mr. Thomas Tarpey, a Native of Ireland, aged upwards of 100 years, formerly a considerable Merchant in this City; but for many years in the latter Part of his Life, liv’d retied: He was always accounted a very upright honest Man. N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, April 23, 1750.

On Monday the 5th Day of March next, will be presented The Historical Tragedy of King Richard III Wrote originally by Shakespeare, and alter’d by Golly Cibber, Esq;

In this Play is contain’d The Death of K. Henry VI the artful Acquisition of the Crown by K. Richard; the Murder of the Princess in the Tower; the Landing of the Earl of Richmond, and the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Tickets will be ready to be Deliver’d by Thursday next, and to be had of the Printer hereof ; Pitt, 5s; Gallery, 3s.

To begin precisely at Half an Hour after 6 o’clock, and no Person to be admitted behind the scenes. N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, March 5, 1750.

One day last Week a young Man who is a considerable Trader on Long Island, found since to be Lunatick, came early in the Morning to the House of two of the most eminent Merchants in this City, with whom he had Dealings, and causing them to be call’d up out of Bed, earnestly requested them to go with him over the Ferry; where he said he had Matters of the utmost Importance to impart to them; and they with much Importunity were prevailed to go;—He had no sooner got them alone near the Ferry, but instantly he held forth to them; assuring them that he had brought them over there, out of a particular Regard he bore them; That the City of New York would certainly be destroy’d in three Days Time, and therefore beg’d, as they lov’d their Souls, not to return again, but go with him, and turn Quaker; out of which Religion there was no Salvation; with Abundance more such like Stuff : The Gentlemen kindly thank’d him for his Good Will, but at that Time, had too much Regard to their Fellow Citizens, to leave them to perish alone; and so returned back the same Day they went out—N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, March 19, 1750.

Yesterday we had a very refreshing Rain, attended with a pretty deal of Thunder, one Clapp whereof Struck the Steeple of the Lutheran Church in this City, tore some of the Shingles off of it, as also a Strip down the Roof, and set it on Fire; but what with the rain and timely Help, it did no other Damage.—N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, Aug. 6, 1750.

This is to inform all Peruke Makers, That there’s lately arrived in Town from London, a Person who has brought a large Assortment of Hair, all prepared to sell; he assures them that they are as good and fresh as Hair can be, and that they may depend upon it, they have had particular Care taken of them in the manufacturing; they need not fear of their wearing well; Likewise a Parcel of Cauls to be disposed of. The above goods are to be seen at Mrs. M. Mullen’s in the Square, and will be sold very reasonable, the Person designing to leave this Place soon. N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, Aug. 27, 1750.

Thursday Evening last, The Tragedy of Cato, was play’d at the Theatre in this City, before a numerous Audience, the greater part of whom were of Opinion, that it was pretty well perform’d: As it was the fullest Assembly that has appeared in that House, it may serve to prove that the Taste of this Place is not so much vitiated, or lost to a Sense of Liberty, but that they can prefer a Representation of Virtue to those of a loose Character. N. Y. Weekly Post Boy, Sept. 24, 1750.

Putting Out a Fire 1794

About the year 1794 the fire-engines were of a very inferior quality; we had no water, except from wooden-handle pumps. By a law of the Corporation every owner of a dwelling was obliged to procure a fire bucket for every fire place in the house or back kitchen; these buckets held three gallons, made of sole Ieather; they were hung in the passage near the front door. When the bell rang for fire, the watchman, firemen and boys while running to the fire, sung out, “Throw out your buckets.” They were picked up by men, women, and boys running to the fire. Two lines were formed, from the fire to the nearest pump ; when the pump gave out, the lines were carried to the nearest river; one line passed down the empty, the other passed up the full buckets; if a person tried to break through the lines he was compelled to fall in, or get nearly drowned by buckets of water thrown over him. The buckets were marked by the name and number of the owner. Every morning after a fire the Corporation carmen went to the streets near the fire, picked up the buckets, and dumped them in the lobby of the old City Hall, which then stood where now stands the Custom-house; people then sent their children or servants to bring home the buckets, when they were hung up in the front entry to await the next fire. De Voe’s Market Book.

The Myriad Marvels of Manhattan

There be who love to sneer and mock At this, the town of me and you; Who say they never get a shock, Who find no thing unique and new.

They err. The strange, the new shall lurk Within this town while it endures. Why, just last night a soda clerk Asked only once of me “What’s yours?”