The Eagle Fire Company of New York

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General Books, 2009 - 64 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...but declared and paid it as usual. As far as evidenced by the minute books of the company there was no disturbance of its business during the war of 1812-14 but it is certain that there was great excitement in the city in those years and most of the directors were active on citizens' committees and military staffs, preparing for the defense of New York against the threatened British invasion. One bit of testimony to the conditions existing in the city at the time is noted in the resolution adopted by the board December 29, 1813, as follows: "Resolved, that on account of the high price of the necessities of life, the secretary of this company be presented with the sum of $200. After that date and throughout most of the company's subsequent history, the payment of a bonus of from fifty to two hundred dollars a year to the secretary and clerks in addition to their regular salary and for efficient service rendered, became an established custom. In 1814 an interesting claim was made by one Martha Newton, for the amount of her policy on a house in Norfolk, Va., which had been blown up by gunpowder, by order of the magistrates, to prevent the further spreading of fire from adjoining property. The board, after liberal discussion, resolved that the company was not liable and that it would resist the claim, but several months later, the subject was reconsidered and on further proof being submitted, it was resolved to pay in full. It is extremely interesting to note that on May 28, 1814, the committee on loans was authorized by special resolution to grant the request of the vestry of Trinity Church for a loan of fifty thousand dollars. There is no record of what this money was needed for, but presumably it was to improve some of the property of the parish, ...

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