England's Queen Anne grants local land to be used for St. Paul's parish. ** The Reverend Peter Peiret, minister of the French Church, dies.

Legislation against runaway slaves provides the death penalty for those found more than 40 miles north of Albany.




A closed season on deer hunting is imposed on Long Island.




Jan 23
Cornelius Sebering and 40 supporters petition New York's Royal Governor Lord Cornbury for permission to establish a ferry across the East River between Red Hook, Long Island, and lower Manhattan.

Feb 5
The mayor and aldermen and the Corporation of New York publish a remonstrance to Lord Cornbury, to reject the Sebering proposal, which would threaten the ferry profits of the municipality.

Apr 8
Lord Cornbury grants the municipality's request for exclusive rights to East River ferry service.

Ebenezer Wilson is appointed mayor; serves to 1710. ** Presbyterian Francis Makemie is tried and acquitted during a prosecution of dissenters.




Feb 10
French Protestant refugees petition Lord Cornbury to investigate claims of former French prisoner of war Morris Newinhuysen, regarding an alliance between the refugees and French citizens, to capture New York.

Feb 24
John van Brugh, shipmate of Newinhuysen, gives his deposition, attesting he found some letters on a French ship which he gave to Newinhuysen, who read them and tossed hem overboard.

Feb 25
Newinhuysen makes a deposition that while prisoner on a French privateer he came across letters, seemingly from Benjamin Fanueil of New York, inviting the French to capture the city. Commissioners Thomas Wenham, R. Mempesson and John Barborie report the two depositions to the governor, with the notation that they showed Newinhuysen letters written in French and that he understood "very little or nothing of either of them."

Mar 4
The council exonerates Benjamin Fanueil.

Mar 9
The French refugees in New York petition Lord Cornbury to do what he can to stop the rumors flying around the colony and to publish pertinent documents proving the accusations false.

Apr 19
New York colonial governor Montgomerie grants New York City a new charter, enlarging its municipal powers. The city is granted control over all Brooklyn lands between today's Navy Yard and Red Hook, lying between high and low water marks.

Apr 20
Britain's Queen Anne grants 1,500,000 acres of New York land, including most of the Catskills - the Hardenbergh (Great) Patent, to seven men, headed by Kingston merchant Johannis Hardenbergh.

Kings, Queens and Suffolk Counties close the hunting season on game birds, to protect dwindling supplies. ** Royal governor John Lovelace is instructed to enforce new rules for land grants - a uniform quit-rent rate of 2 shillings and six pence for every 100 acres; all landholders to cultivate 3 out of every 50 acres granted, within three years; a maximum size per individual of 2000 acres; and that grantees be given an equal amount of profitable and unprofitable land.

A bell is cast in Malaga. It will one day be placed in the steeple of the Episcopal Church in Ellicottville.




The Reverend James Laborie becomes pastor of New York's French Church.

Dec 13
Reverend Laborie having petitioned Royal governor Lord Cornbury for a salary of £20 a year, the amount his predecessor was allotted, has his request approved.

A slave market is built at the foot of the main street.

Peter Schuyler builds Fort Nicholson, named for English commander Colonel Francis Nicholson of Connecticut, at the Great Carrying Place (Fort Edward).

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