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Hen. Voorhies balce do. McDougal St 52.75

Robt. Pettigrew do. Laight St 36.13

Jac. P. Roome Sup. Reprs. for Repairs 700.

do. reprs. Lamps in Oct r 70.

W. Fish Treas r on ac* 25 th dividend City Stock due 1 st

inst 8000.

Rich. Furman Supt Alms' house 1100. 16,201 .34



Balance $2.69

Adjourned to meet Monday next at 5 o'clock.

[328] In Common Council Nov. 16. 1818.
Present.



Aldermen. Assistants.

Elisha W. King Thomas Bolton

Anth. L. Underbill Saml. Stevens

W. F. Van Amringe Jno. J. Westervelt

John Morss Shivers Parker

Robert M c Queen Saml. Akerly

George Buckmaster David Board

Jacob B. Taylor Stephen Allen
George B. Thorp
Reuben Munson

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved.
A Petition of Samuel Helms for an Appointment of Inspector of
Firewood was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of John Turner for remission of fine incurred by com-
mencing the digging of a Vault in the Street contrary to the law in
that case made and provided, stating that having lately removed into
the City he was ignorant of the law on the subject. Whereupon it was
resolved that [329] the same be referred to the Police Committee.

A Petition of Thomas Egenton, stating that Leonard Street had
been paved in an unworkmanlike manner and praying to be permitted
to have the Street in front of his houses repaved at his own expence
was read and referred to the Street Commissioner with authority to
grant the prayer of the petitioner.

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Carmine Street stating that the
Sewer which carried off the Water of the Manetta Brook was nearly
closed up, and praying that a Sewer of durable materials may be con-



16 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 103

structed was read and referred to the former Committee on Green-
wich Village.

A Petition of George J. Duryee for grant of a Ferry from foot of
Spring Street to Hoboken was read and referred to the Ferry Com-
mittee.

A Petition of Thomas L. Ogden and others praying a regulation
of the Foot-walks in Nassau Street was read and referred to Street
Committee and Street Commissioner.

A Petition for a Pump at the corner of Bleecker and [330]
M c Dougall Streets was read and referred to the Alderman and Assist-
ant of the Ward and Street Commissioner to report an Ordinance
therefor

A Petition of Amos Bacon praying remission of fine under the law
respecting Cartmen was read and a motion made to refer it to a Special
Committee which was lost. It was then agreed to be referred to the
Attorney.

A Petition of Effingham Marsh for Stall No. 57 in Fly Market at
present occupied by Jacob Manold who was willing to relinquish the
same was read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Letter from Charles Christian Esqr. one of the Police Magis-
trates explaining the cause why the Police Officers had been employed
by the Police Justices in taking up disorderly persons at night instead
of the Watchmen was read and ordered to be filed.

A Petition of John J. Vanderpool Keeper of the Steam Boat Hotel
No. 1 Washington Street praying for the accommodation of pas-
sengers travelling in the Steam Boat that he may be permit- [331] ted
to keep the doors of his Grocery Store open on Sunday was read and
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the First Ward.

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the Vacancies:

" Hook and Ladder Company No. 1."

Jas. Patterson Cooper 9 Front Street 1 st ward vice Frederick
Pentz Resigned.

Allen M c Dougall Cooper 32 Old Slip 1 st ward vice Thomas
Bletcher Resigned.

" Fire Engine Companies."

[Moses Marsh Builder )

XT ci iwuv C4. c j c v - Gilbert Hyslop Removed.
, J No. 51 White St. 5 ward. j

' 1 Jno. Dennis Sash Maker )

AT n or r v - J onn Bush Expelled

[No. 60 Provost St. 5 ward.



104 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Nov. 1818



. CW m H. Oliver Hatter

\96 Water St. 1* Ward. f V "

\Fisher F. Valentine Grocer/

10 " /3d Avenue c. Bowery 10 ward] v Nicholas Grower-Resigned
Jno. Ridley, Engraver /
5 Bancker St. 4"> ward C v " J ohn L ^ard-

Robt. Cromwell Merchant ) , A , ....

I An Additional Member

22 Oak St. 4 th ward C

. _ ( Daniel Dyke Jr. Shipwright / T T -i j -n

No. I/. ,> ~, /: - irull > v. Josep Haviland Resigned.

62 Chrystie St. 10 th ward



[332] The Street Commissioner, to whom was referred the petition
on the 12 th of October last praying that the Streets may be regulated to
the North of the South line of the Commissioners, reported in favor
of the petition and recommended that instructions be given to have a
plan and Model made for regulating all the ground between North and
25 th Streets in connection with the one already ordered for ground to
the Northward of Greenwich Village Whereupon said Report was
referred to a Special Committee consisting of Aldermen Munson
Underbill M c Queen Messrs. Bolton Kip.

He also presented an Assessment for regulating and paving Crosby
Street from Hester to Broome Street and for paving Vestry Street
from Washington Street to near Hudson Street which were con-
firmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector in each.

He also presented an assessment for a Well and [333] Pump in
the Second Avenue which was laid for consideration.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of sundry
nuisances which were passed Viz

1 W m Rhinelander Own. 55 Chrystie St. Lot

2 Mrs. Jane Feamster do. 52 Pump St. do.

3 T. E. Millet

P. Brown <"i-

4 John Tait

John Price Occ. { 74 Pum P St

5 David Bryson




B. Morton Occ. {

6 Geo. W. Dean Les. & Occ. 33 Eldridge St. do.

7 David Lambert Own. & Occ. 35 do. do.

8 John Hecker do. do. 128 Hester do.

9 B. Farrington _

E. Farrington ~~ ' 14 do ' do "



16 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



105



10

11


Rowland Powel
P. Crawbuck


Les. & Occ.
Own.)


43


Forsytlie


Privy




W m Ryan


Occ. \


45


do.


do.


12


Jas. Forrest


Own. & Occ.


49


do.


do.


13


H. Sherrer


Own. )










S. Cutler


Occ. J


53


do


do.


14


H. Sherrer


Own./










A. Sherrer


Occ. {


55


do.


do.


15


[334] J. Feamster
Jno. Feamster


Own.)
Occ. \


52


Pump St.


do


16


Hester Martin


Les. & Occ.


56.


do.


do.


17


M. Dixon


do. do.


56


do.


do


18


W m Shepard


do. do.


56


do.


do.


19


Lawrence Sinclair


Own. & Oc.


58


do.


do


20


Benj. Woods.


Les. & Occ.


68


do.


do


21


F. Gantz


Own. )










R. Arthur


Occ. \


76


do.


do


22


E. Valentine


Own.}










A. Bassford


Occ. \


80


do.


do


23


T. Cooper
J. Tomlinson


Own.)
Occ. \


46


Chrystie St.


do


24


J. Quackenbos
Jas. Couenhoven


Own. )
Occ. \


48


do


do


25


J. Quackenboss
W m Murter


Own.}
Occ. \


50


do.


do


26


W. Rhinelander


Own.)










W m Abial


(
Occ. (


55


do.


do


27


Jno. P. Baker


Own. }










H. M c Kay


Occ. \


57


do.


do


28


Dav. Grim


Own. & Occ.


58


do.


do


29


Geo. Harsin Jr.


do. do.


60


do


do


30


Jac. Hesch


do. do.


60


do.


do


31


Dav. Raymer


do. do.


64


do


do






(signed)


G.


Cuming C.


Insp r



[335] The Counsel, to whom it was referred to enquire and report
to the Board whether in the event of property being sold for the non-
payment of taxes and Assessments and it afterwards appearing by the
production of the receipt of the Collector that such Tax or Assess-
ment has been duly paid previous to such sale the Corporation can
maintain an action against such Collector for the amount at which



106 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Nov. 1818

said property was sold together with the expences attending the same
Reported : : That he has duly considered the case submitted to him
and is of opinion that the Corporation can maintain an action against
such Collector for the amount for which property was sold under
such circumstances together with the expences attending the same."

(signed) Ogden Edwards,
which was directed to be filed.

The Counsel presented draught Certificates of the sale of certain
lots of ground by the Street Commissioner on the 3 d day of November
instant for Arrears due for Assessments, which certificates were drawn
in pursuance of instructions from the Street Commissioner. Where-
upon the same were directed to be duly executed.

[336] The Comptroller presented a Communication on the subject
of property which had been sold on Lease for default in payment of
Assessment, the term of years for which said lands had been leased
having expired and yet were retained in possession by the Lessees
also in relation to the Tax on Quakers in lieu of military duty, and
on the subject of Assessments for personal Estates which was read
and referred to the Committee on the subject of Applications to the
Legislature.

The Attorney, on the petition of Luke Gillen, reported: "That
a Complaint was made at his Office against the said Gillen for selling
liquor without license on various different times and also selling on
Sunday : that Gillen denied the charge : a suit was commenced in the
3 d Ward Justices' Court for selling liquor without licence : the cause
was tried and judgment given against the said Gillen for Thirty seven
dollars fifty cents."

Respectfully submitted

(signed) A. Sherman

Attorney
which was directed to be filed.

[337] The Attorney, on the petition of Alexander Carlow,
reported : ' That as stated in the said petition a complaint was made
against him for driving Two Trucks under One Licence and One
number: that a Suit was commenced and a judgment entered against
him by default and in the evidence of the Cartman who complained:
that he has enquired into the circumstances set forth in the petition
and has ascertained that he had the verbal permission of the late
Mayor, Mr. Radcliff, to continue driving his Two Trucks as stated,
which may have led him into an error, and as he has discontinued



16 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 107

driving one of the said Trucks he recommends a remission of the
penalty on payment of costs."

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) A. Sherman
which was approved and the fine directed to be remitted.

The Lamp Committee, on the petition for placing lamps in the
First Avenue Reported :

" That for some Twelve or more years past lamps have been put
in the Bowery and Broadway as far up as Art Street and so down to
Greenwich Village, and a considerable number are in the 9 th Ward
that were in the 10 th owing to the [338] boundary of the 9 th coming
down to 6 th Street from Stuyvesant Street making more lamps in the
9 th ward than there were formerly, and of course a part of those
lamps named in this Report will be in the 9 th ward and as that ward
pay no Tax for lamps your Committee would suggest whether it would
not be proper that application should be made to the next Legislature
to alter the law so that the 9 th Ward should pay in proportion the
same as the other wards. Your Committee offer the following :

" Resolved that lamps be put up at the corner of each Intersection
from First to Eighth Street in the First Avenue.

" Resolved that application be made to the Legislature at the next
Session to alter the law respecting Lamps so as to include so much of
the Ninth Ward as may from time to time be lighted and watched."

(signed) Reuben Munson

W. F. Van Amringe
which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The Road Committee, on the petition for working a part of the
Tenth Avenue, present- [339] ed a Report which was read and laid
for consideration.

The Committee of Arts and Sciences, on the petition of Benjamin
Dearborn, presented a Report which was read and laid for considera-
tion.

The Same Committee, on the petition of Sarah Beach, Reported :
" That a Committee of the Corporation of 1817 in a certain Report,
dated the day of 1817, among other things recom-

mended the ascertaining the latitude of the City Hall which when
accurately taken should hereafter be considered as the latitude of the
City of New York. The aforesaid recommendation was approved
and ordered to be carried into effect under the direction of the Com-
mittee. Captain Jesse Beach, the husband of the petitioner, offered



108 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Nov. 1818

his services as stated in the petition and after comparing his several
observations of the heavenly bodies he determined the latitude to be
40 42' 43" which is introduced on the last Map of the City as pub-
lished by Mr. Longworth. Mr. Beach died without asking for the
compensation which appears to be due to him. His Widow therefore
applies for remuneration of those Services which her husband's death
prevented him from [340] seeking. Wherefore, in consideration of
his services, the Committee recommend that Thirty dollars be paid to
his widow, and for that purpose offer the following Resolution:

" Resolved that Thirty dollars be given to Sarah Beach, the Widow
of Captain Jesse Beach, in consideration of the services of the latter
in ascertaining the latitude of the City Hall in August 1817 and that
a Warrant pass for the same."

(Signed) Saml. Akerly
John Morss
Jac. B. Taylor
E. 'W. King

which was approved and the Comptroller directed to report a Warrant
agreeably thereto.

The Committee on Laws, on the petition of Solomon Seixas,
reported : That said Seixas has hired a Store in Wall Street and
pays a heavy rent and has a very large family to support who rely
wholly on his business, and that he only wishes the privilege until the
1 st of May next when he will provide a place to sell within doors.
Your Committee therefore offer the following Resolution :

" Resolved that Solomon Seixas be permit- [341] ted to sell goods
at Auction in Wall Street between Water and Front Streets until the
1 st day of May next, provided he does not incommode the Side W r alks
nor so much of the Street as to prevent the free passage of Carts, &c.

(Signed) W. F. Van Amringe
E. W. King
Thomas Bolton
which was agreed to.

Alderman King presented the following Resolution :
" Whereas the Lessee of the Hoorn's Hook Ferry is largely in-
debted to the Corporation for rent of the Said Ferry and is Supposed
to be unable to pay the same, Resolved that the Counsel of this Board
take the necessary legal measures to reenter into the Said demised
premises,
which was agreed to.



16 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 109

Alderman Underbill presented the following Resolution :
" Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire and report
to this Board if any deficiency exists on the part of the person em-
ployed by the Corporation in regulating the Clocks of this City "
which was agreed to, and the subject was referred to the Committee
on Arts and Sciences.

[342] The Comptroller reported:

Balance in Treasury 9th j ns t $2.69

Received for Rents 4216.45

Tax of 1818 2d, 5th, 7th, gth, 9th wds 6250.

Streets 700. 11,169.14



Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Walton Watch lt dist 1142.75

Hibberd & Clark do. 2ddo 682.50

Bleakley & Brower do. 3d do 413.

Jno. McComb St. Conr" 1 qr. Sal. 12 Oct 500.

G. N. Bleecker Compt r 1 qr. do. 15 ins 500.

Jac. Morton Clerk C. C. &c. do. 1 inst 312.50

W m Hoghland, Keeper of Penitentiary and 3 assistants 1

qr. 1st instant 587.50

G. Sickels Keeper of City Prison and 2 assistants 1 q r 1

instant 350 .

Jacob P. Roome Sup* of Reprs one quarter 14 th instant.. 225.

Richd Walker Physician to prison, Jail &c. 6 mo. 1 st inst. . 125.

Jno. Burger regg 4 Public Clocks One quarter 1st instant 66.66

And w M c Cready Keeper of Park One Month 1 st instant. 46.50

Jno. Sidell 1 st Marshall to pay officers executing Dog Law 168.
[343] Geo. Lovett balance of 3 d Instalment Piers at Spring

Spring Street 1200.

Benjamin Hill on act filling basin at Dey Street 500.

Jac. P. Roome Superintt of Repairs for Reprs. Piers Nos.

7 & 19 E. River 925.

J. P. Roome Supt Reprs. to pay bills for Engine House

Greenwich 351 . 25

Richard Furman Superintendant of Alms' House 1050.

Richd Furman Supt Alms' House for working 3 d Avenue 2000. 11,145.66



Balance $23.48

Adjourned to meet Monday next 5 o'clock.



110 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 Nov. 1818

[344] In Common Council, Nov. 23. 1818

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor, President
Richard Riker Esqr. Recorder.



Aldermen. Assistants.

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anthy L. Underbill Leonard Kip

W. F. Van Amringe Jno. P. Anthony

Robert M c Queen Jno. J. Westervelt

George Buckmaster Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Samuel Akerly

George B. Thorp David Board

Reuben Munson Stephen Allen.

The Minutes of the last meeting were read & approved
The following Communication respecting the Parade of the 25 th
was read & ordered to be filed :

" General Morton begs leave to inform the Honorable the Corpo-
ration that the Troops assembled on the 25 th instant in commemora-
tion of the Evacuation of this City by the British Troops in 1783 will
form the Line in Hudson Street and be reviewed at 11 o'clock and
will [345] pass the Hall where the marching Salute will be received
by the Commander in Chief at a little before 12 o'clock.

Nov. 23. 1818.

The following Communication respecting the presentation of the
Standard voted to the Regiment under command of Colonel Murray
was presented and read : Viz : The Subscriber, to whom was re-
ferred the Arrangement respecting the presentation of the Standard
voted to the Regiment of Artillery under the command of Colonel
Murray, respectfully reports : That he has had a Communication with
the Commandant of that Regiment and, as the presentation on the 25 th
would interfere with the military duties of that day, they would wish,
if it is agreeable to the Corporation that the presentation be made
on the 1 st day of January next." respectfully submitted

(signed) J. Morton.

whereupon resolved that the Standard be presented on the First day
of January next.

A Letter from 'Richard Platt Esqr. on behalf of a Committee of
the Society of the Cincinnati, requesting the Members of the Com-
mon Council to sanction an Application of sundry citizens to Con-



23 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 111

gress in [346] which they recommend relief to be extended to the
Surv[iv]ing officers of the Revolutionary Army by making good to
them under certain regulations the promise made to them by resolu-
tions of Congress in 1779, 1780 and 1781 of half pay during life, was
presented & read. Whereupon it was resolved that the same be left in
the hands of the Clerk of Common Council for the signatures of the
members who wish to subscribe the same.

A Petition of James Latourettee and of Thomas C. Doremus,
complaining of an undue Assessment upon them for personal Tax
and praying relief, was read and referred to the Committee on Assess-
ments.

A Petition of Henry Dusenberry and others, Lessees of Cellars
under Washington Market, stating that they have received orders
from the Fire Wardens to remove the Stoves erected by them in the
said cellars, and praying relief, was read and leave given petitioners
to withdraw their petition.

A Communication from the Society for the [347] promotion of
Industry, praying the advice of the Board as to the mode of em-
ployment of the objects of the Society's care and for further pecuniary
aid, was read and referred to the Committee of Charity.

A Petition of John Fitzgerald, stating that a complaint has been
made to the Attorney of the Board against him for selling liquor
without licence; that a short time since he received a note from J.
L. Graham Esqr. directing him to call on him and pay a fine for Sell-
ing liquor without license, which he complied with and paid the Sum
of Ten Dollars ; and that the present complaint to the Attorney is for
'the Same offence, and praying the interference of the Board was
read and referred to the Committee on Laws.

The following Communication was received from D. S. Jones (late
Counsel of the Board) Viz:

" The Subscriber has the honor to communicate to the Common
Council that the Commissioners appointed by the Supreme Court in
the case of Varick Street made report of their Estimate and Assess-
ment in the premises at the late October term of the said Court
and that the report was confirmed by the said Court on the 22 d day
of October.

[348] " The legal proceedings being thus completed the Com-
mon Council may direct the improvement to be carried into effect as
soon as in their judgment it may be expedient.

" An Abstract of the Assessment has been furnished by the Sub-



112 CITY or NEW YORK 23 Nov. 1818

scriber to the Street Commissioner, for the collection of which Assess-
ment a Collector must be appointed by the Common Council."

(signed) D. S. Jones
whereupon Morris De Camp was appointed Collector.

A petition on behalf of the First Baptist Church and of the Metho-
dist Church was received stating that the Burying grounds belonging
to their respective churches had been Assessed toward the expences
of a Well and Pump in the Second Avenue and praying to be relieved
therefrom whereupon the same was referred to the Committee on
Assessments.

A petition of Isaac Labagh Jr. for appointment of Weighmaster
was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition of James Hunt requesting the Board [349] to Settle
a difference which existed as to the Bounds of the Ninth and Tenth
Wood Inspection Districts was read & referred to the Alderman and
Assistant of the Third Ward.

A Communication from John G. Betts, Weighmaster General, on
the subject of his Department, was read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Weighmasters.

A Petition of John Keyser for Stall No. 55 Fly Market and one
from Margaret Sauters for a Huckster's Stand in Washington Mar-
ket were read and referred to the Market Committee.

A petition of Elbert Anderson for permission to construct a Vault
at the corner of Broadway & Read Street, was read and granted on
the usual terms under direction of the Street Commissioner.

A Communication was received from the New York Institution
for the instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, stating that a youth named
James Kelley, a pauper in the Alms' House, was deaf & dumb, that the
Directors were willing to afford him instruction, and requesting he
may be permitted to attend for that purpose which was read and
referred to the Committee [350] on the Alms House with authority to.
act in the premises as they should judge advisable.

A petition of John Cannon for remission of fine incurred under
the law prohibiting the hanging of cloths in the Streets was read and
referred to the City Inspector.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of Sundry
Nuisances which were passed

1 Steph. Parret Owner. 19 Henry St. Lot

2 Benj. Berrian Own & Occ. 80 Hester St. Privy



23 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



113



3


P. Ebert
Jno. Luckey


( 15 Essex St.
Occ. ^


Privy


4


Ezek 1 Bishop Own. &


Occ 19 do.


do.


5


J. Sherwood
J. Osborn


Own.) ~. .
Occ. C


do.


6


W m Tucker Les. &


Occ. 52 do.


do.


7


J. Remer do.


do. 54 do.


do.


8


Widow Shultz


Own.) ,,- ,,,
', 37 Allen St.


do.




Jas. Miller


Occ J




9


A. M c Beth Own. &


Occ. 18 Orchard St.


do


10


J. Watts


Own. / ^r. j
<. 20 do.


do




D. Smith


Occ. \




11


E. M c Beth


V_y Wll / -* *

' 32 do


do




do


Occ. J




12


[351] D. Lewis


Own.) Ar .
\ 40 do


do




E. Webb


Occ. \




13


Jno. Allen Own. &


Occ. ' 46 Allen St.


do.


14


Mrs. C. Norton


Les. ) cr .
',- 50 do.


do.




W m Lownes


Occ. C




15


Mrs. C. Norton Les. & Occ. 52 do.


do.


16


T. Skillman
Mrs. M. Cornell


Own.) ~ c ,
( . 38 Pump St.
Occ. \


do.


17


R. Bloodgood


Own )
j. 4 do.


do.




Sam 1 Ross


Occ. \




18


T. Lewis


Own.)
V 8 do.


do.




David Key


Occ. \




19


H. Disbrow


Own.) 10
12 do.


do.




Jas. Rhodes.


Occ. \




20


Mrs. C. Galloway O.


& Oc. 14 do.


do


21


Geo. Black.


Own.) or .
I 20 do.


do.




Ira Munson


Occ. \




22


C. Williams


Own.) 00
', 22 do.


do




Hen y Wade


Occ. ^




23


Jas. Knox


Own.) ^ A
( , 30 do.


do.




P. Dooley


Occ. \




24


Jas. Egerton


Own.~|






S. Helmes J. Sheedy & P.


\ 7 Ludlow St.


do




Whaley


Occ. J




25


Jno. Lawrence


Own. )



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