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Clerk of the Market

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Date: 5 Oct 1762 to Aug 1766
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamap
Surnames/tags: garrigues Macpherson
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Oct 5th 1762. Samuel Garrigues petitioning the board for an allowance for overlooking the corders of wood and taking care of the public wharves and fire engines, and for sweeping and cleaning the market, and ringing the market bell. The board do agree to allow the said S. G. in consideration of all his services of that sort, the sum of twenty five pounds per annum.

Source: Hazard's Register of Pennsylvania: Volume 2,edited by Samuel Hazard.

Newspaper ad.

Philadelphia, May 19th, 1766.

Was passed, last Saturday, in the Market, a Three Pound Jersey Bill, for a Three Shilling one. Whoever has passed the same, by applying to Samuel Garrigues, Clerk of the Market, proving their Property, and paying Charges, may have it again.

Captain John Macpherson seems to have had a vendetta against Samuel. They had a very public disagreement, which was published in the Philadelphia (and New Jersey) newspapers. See the story: - The_Nemesis_of_Samuel_Garrigues_Sr.

After the war of words in the papers, MacPherson brought a complaint pertaining to Samuel Garrigues before the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia.

From the Minutes of the Council meeting: dated 23 June, 1766.

Captain John McPherson having made a Complaint to this Board, against Samuel Garrigues for some misdemeanors in his Office, as Clerk of the Market: It is agreed that the Board will hear any evidence that can be given in Support of the said Complaint, and likewise the said Sam’ Garrigues in his Defense; Captain McPherson first leaving a particular Charge, in writing, with the Mayor; and when the said Garrigues is furnished with a Copy of the Charge and has reasonable time to prepare for his Defense, the Mayor is desired to call a Board to determine there-upon.

From the Minutes of the Council meeting: dated August, 1766.

Captain John McPherson having exhibited Articles of Complaint against Samuel Garrigues, Clerk of the Market, The Board proceeded to hear the Prooffs and Allegations, as well as the Complaint as of the said Garrigues, and having maturely considered the same, were of opinion that no prooff of appeared of any Misbehaviour in the said Garrigues in his Office of Clerk of the Market.

Source: ‘Minutes of the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia: 1704-1776’, by Philadelphia (Pa.) Councils. Common Council.

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