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(signed) Stephen Allen

W. F. Van Amringe
Reuben Munson
Peter Mesier
Samuel Akerly
which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Special Committee on the subject of regulating Greenwich
Village presented a Report which was read and the consideration
thereof postponed: 50 copies were directed to be printed for the use
of the members.

Mr. Allen presented a Communication containing Resolutions
for the regulating of the Weighmasters which was read and laid for
consideration. One of said Resolutions recommending the increase
of the number of Weighmasters to 23 was considered and agreed to
and upon motion afterwards extended to 24. The Board then pro-
ceeded to appoint an additional number of Weighmasters when the
following were appointed :

[137] Abraham Ackerman Andrew R. Miller Eben r Coles
Elihu H. De Camp Andrew Smith John Turk John Marschalk.



12 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 Sept. 1818

An Invitation from the Columbian Society to attend the celebra-
tion of the victories of Champlain and Plattsburg on Friday next at
Washington Hall was presented and accepted.

The following Resolution was presented & agreed to :
" Resolved that it be referred to a Committee to consider the ex-
pediency of prohibiting the Manhattan Company from digging up and
leaving the Streets of this City unpaved in such manner as to be dan-
gerous to passengers, and also to consider of the propriety of taking
measures to obtain compensation for injury done by the said Company
to the pavements in this City."

whereupon the same was referred to Alderman King Alderman Morss
Alderman Allen

Resolved that the Committee to whom was referred the subject
respecting Dyers be requested to report at the next meeting of the
Board.

[138] The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 24th Augt 80.37

Reed f r Rents 6744.67

" " Streets 4425.19

" " Arrears of Tax 600.

" Tax of 1817 Ninth ward 543.64

" Commutation Alien passengers 584.

" Fourth Street 400.

" " Mayoralty Fees 166.50

" Wells and Pumps 124.65

Loan of Mechanics' Bank 10,000. 23,669.02



Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Walton Watch 1st Dist 1142.75

do. Addition from 15th July do 94.50

Clark & Hibberd Watch 2d district 682.50

Bleakley & Brower do. 3d do 413.

C. D. Colden Mayor's Salary 2 qrs. 2 d inst 3500.

Saml. Hutchings St. Insp r 1 mo. 1 st ins 52.

Jonathan Weeden do. do. do 52.

W 1 " J. Waldron Ast City Inspr do. do 52.

Obadiah Ayres. do. do. do 52.

Astin & Cochrane Messengers do. do 60.

And. M c Cready Park keeper do. do 46.50

Dan. H. Magee Potters' field keeper do. do 46.50

Benj. Birdsall bal. Iron fence at Park 688.81

Geo. Platt Work at Mud Machine 12 May to 8 Aug 626.11

[139] Allen & Truslow builds Grand St. Market 586.12

Thos. H. Smith 4 sets China 2 sets waiters 155.50



7 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 13

Isaac Baptist Iron work for Mud Machine 87.72

Ab m Dally Ship chandlery for do 76.40

Jno. Richardson attends Justice's Court one quarter to

first of September 58.50

Jac. Warner Special Justice 1 qr. Saly 26 Aug 187.50

Jac. Hopson do. do. do 187.50

Chs. Christian- do. do. do 187.50

Berd O'Blenis Clerk Police do. do 250.

Resolvert Stephens As* do. do. do 200.

J. Hays for Officers conveys Vagrants from Police to

Penitentiary 4 April to 26 Augt 134.

Geo. Snethen Sups & lights lamps 1 mo. 1st i ns t 823.50

Jac. P. Roome Supt Reprs. reprs. to Lamps 140.

Higgins & Parks filling at Crane Wharf 900.

Geo. Lovett 2d Instal* piers Spring St. Basin 2000.

Rodman Bowne reprs. at Catharine Slip for ferry 200.76

A. S. Morwood Juror's fees valuing ground taken be-
tween Oliver and Catharine and Roosevelt and New Slips 180.

Robt. Pettigrew Well in Beach Street 29.25

do. 1st Instalt Well in Cherry St 83.50

Jac. Smith Jr. repairing Engines ". . . . 25 . 25

Aid. Munson Treasr Board of Health 250.

[140] Hugh Smith paving Water St 800.

Chs. Mooney regs Collect Street 400.

John Hunt Award for Henry St 361 . 13

W m Vonck do. do 200.

Chs. Mooney paving Franklin St 300.

Jno. Stanley regulating Bond St 200.

Hugh Smith paving Water St 200.

Mary Crocker & Mary Moncrief acct. award for Roose-
velt Street 200.

John Sloan reguls Houston St 182. 8

J. Meghan pavs Greenwich Street 145.93

Terence Tiffany regs Sheriff St 100.

Jas. Pinkerton paving Orange St 100.

W m Miller pavs & repairs Intersections 40.37

Richd Furman, Sup* of Alms' House 6000. 23,481 . 18



Balance $187.84
Adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock



14 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Sept. 1818

[141] In Common Council Sept. 14. 1818

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

Aldermen. Assistants.

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anth. L. Underbill Leonard Kip

W. F. Van Amringe John P. Anthony

John Morss John J. Westervelt

Robert McQueen Shivers Parker

George Buckmaster Samuel Akerly

George B. Thorp David Board

Reuben Munson Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A Petition of William Harriman for continuance of appointment
of Weighmaster, and one of Joseph G. Sidney to be appointed to
paste up notices of the Corporation in the Streets were read and
referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition for a Well and Pump near Vestry and Hudson Streets
and one for a Well in Washington [142] Street near Hubert Street-
were read and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward
and Street Commissioner to report Ordinances therefor.

A Petition of P. Schermerhorn and others, owners of Water lots
between Fulton Street and the Pier on West side of Peck Slip pray-
ing that the pier, agreeably to the general plan of South Street, may
be run out was read and referred to the Committee on Wharves,
Piers & Slips.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants in Roosevelt Street, praying
that the Assessments for opening said Street may be immediately col-
lected, was read & referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Henry Hutchins that Collister Street may be regu-
lated was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of John Van Sice, praying that the time for paying of
Assessment on Lot No. 44 in Roosevelt Street laid for improving said
Street may be extended three months was read and referred to the
Finance Committee.

[143] A Petition from owners of lots in Roosevelt Street and
Streets adjacent, recommending the adoption of the plan proposed
for regulating said Street by conveying the water under the side
walks was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Ebenezer Storer keeper of the Tontine Coffee house



14 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 15

was received, stating that he has received a note from the Attorney
of the Corporation informing him that he has incurred a penalty by
not having up a sign as a Retailer of Spirituous Liquors: that since
the Establishment of said house no other sign has been exhibited than
the Keeper's name ; but if the Board consider it necessary he will com-
ply with the Ordinance ; and praying a remission of the fine. Where-
upon it was resolved that the fine be remitted on payment of costs.

A Letter addressed to Alderman Buckmaster from "William B.
Crosby was received, stating that he had received an order to pave in
front of his property in W r ater Street, and suggesting the propriety of
directing the North side of said Street only to be paved, and referred
to the Street Committee, and the paving of the South side suspended
till the [144] further [order] of the Board.

A Petition of Deborah Morris, by her agent Diana Gardner, pray-
ing that the payment of the Assessment on the lot corner of Roosevelt
and Oak Streets for opening Roosevelt Street may be delayed until
it can be collected from the tenants of said property, for which a
sufficient authority will be given to the Collector was read and re-
ferred to the Finance Committee, with authority to grant the prayer
of the petitioner.

Petitions from Terence Tiffany, John Graham and others, stating
that they have entered into contracts for digging out streets and fill-
ing up Docks and Streets and have carts engaged in that business : that
they have received a letter from the Attorney informing them that
they have incurred a fine by so using these carts not having license as
Cartmen ; and praying that said fines may be remitted and that an or-
dinance may be passed authorising carts to be employed for such pur-
poses was read and referred to the Committee on that subject viz
Committee on Public Offices.

[145] A Petition of Mary Waldron, praying that the time for pay-
ment of Assessment on her laid for opening Fourth Street may be
extended six months was read and referred to the Finance Com-
mittee.

A Remonstrance against granting to Aaron Ogden the right of the
Pier at Whitehall Street was read and referred to the Ferry Com-
mittee.

A Petition from \V m Van Beuren, Commander of the Custom house
Revenue Barges of the United States, praying permission to erect a
Boat house adjoining the Bridge at Whitehall erected by D. D. Tomp-
kins and Noah Brown, which will be made more ornamental to that
part of the City than the Boathouse at present used by them, and which



16 CITY or NEW YORK 14 Sept. 1818

will contain a room for the accommodation of the citizens using the
Steam boat, was read, together with a certificate of the assent thereto
of D. D. Tompkins and N. Brown whereupon the same was referred
to the Ferry Committee and the Alderman and Assistant of the First
ward.

An application of Oliver Vanderbilt, City Sealer, on the subject
of his office, was referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

[146] The following appointments of a Fire Warden and Firemen
were made, the Chief Engineer certifying the Vacancies : Viz

" Fire Warden of the Second Ward."

John Leonard Mercht. 119 William St. 2 d ward vice John Mowatt
Jr. Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company No. 4."

W m C. Burt House Carpenter 74 Hudson 5 w d vice Dan 1
Hawxhurst resigned.

' Fire Engine Company No. 11."

Jno. Van Nest Account 1 13 William 1 ward vice Henry
Lowry Resigned

Dan 1 M. Lord Ace 1 77 Water St. 1 ward vice John Wilcox re-
signed.

' Fire Engine Company No. 41."

Benjn. Defries Cordwainer Norfolk c. Broome 10 w d vice
George Kirk removed.

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

1. W m Bethel 2 P. Ogilvie (Own.) Willett St. Lots

3 Lemuel Wells ( do. ) Hudson do

4. A. L. Stewart ( do. ) do. do

5. W m Paulding Jr. ( do ) do. do

6 B. Bell (Own.)W.Wa[l]ker (Occ. ) 2 Pelham St. Privy

7 do. do. T. Wood ( do. ) 3 do. do

[147] The Street Commissioner, on the regulation of Water Street
from Pike to Rutgers' Slip, reported :

" That to fill up the Street to its permanent regulation is not re-
quired at present, as it would render it impracticable to land articles
at the Bulkhead adjoining. Instead therefore of raising the street to
its full height and setting Curb stone, he would recommend that the
street be only partially filled up for the present and that the curbing
be dispensed with. He would also recommend that the regulation be



14 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 17

continued to Clinton Street and that an Ordinance be passed to carry
the same into effect."

(signed) Jno. M c Comb St. Comm r
which was approved.

The Street Commissioner presented an ordinance for a Well and
Pump in Wooster Street near Spring Street which was passed and
Abraham Bloodgood, Jacob C. Mott and John Brower were appointed
Assessors. He also presented an Ordinance for regulating Water
Street from Pike Slip to Clinton Street which was passed and Jacob
C. Mott, Abraham Baudouine and John Brown [er] were appointed
Assessors.

He also presented the following Assessments which were con-
firmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector [148] in each Viz For
paving Bowling green Street : for a Well and Pump in Cherry Street
between Scammel and Walnut Streets ; and for regulating and paving-
Oak Street from Oliver street to Catharine Street.

The Comptroller reported: "That on the 1 st instant he wrote to
the Comptroller of the State requesting a draught for the sum of
$2051.47 which was appropriated by an Act of the Legislature of this
State, passed April 1 st 1818, to defray Assessments on Collect, Walker,
Pump, Rynder and Canal streets in this City.

" On the 7 th instant he received an order in favor of the City
Treasurer for the above sum, which has been deposited in the Treas-
ury by the Collectors of Assessments of the aforesaid streets."

(signed) G. N. Bleecker
which was directed to be filed.

The Counsel presented a grant of a Water Lot on the East River
near Walnut Street to John J. Post, Catharine Ritter, Deborah Doug-
lass, William Post and Peter R. Post which was directed to be duly

executed.

[149] The Counsel reported: "That some of the premises re-
quired for extending the Sixth Avenue and for enlarging and improv-
ing Carmine Street are under lease, and that the leases will expire on
the first of May next. As the report of the Commissioners in that case
cannot be confirmed before the October term of the Supreme Court,
when it will be too late to regulate those streets this season, the Coun-
sel respectfully recommends that an order be passed to suspend that
improvement till the first of May, as by so doing the owners of prop-
erty in that neighbourhood will be relieved from paying the sums
which will otherwise be awarded the Lessees for their damage. The
Counsel also recommends the adoption of a similar Resolution with



18 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Sept. 1818

respect to Harman, Grand, Oliver and Dover Streets, and for these
purposes he respectfully recommends the adoption of the following
Resolution : Viz

" Resolved that the opening, extending, enlarging altering and im-
proving of the Sixth Avenue from Greenwich Lane to Carmine Street,
and of Carmine Street ; and also of Harman Street, Grand Street,
Oliver street and Dover Street be suspended until the first day of May
next." Respectfully submitted

(signed) Ogden Edwards
which was approved and the Resolution therein proposed adopted.

[150] The Counsel, respecting the treating with owners of ground
in Fayette Street, reported:

" That the proprietors of the property fronting on the East side
of Fayette Street and of the property which lies near to the contem-
plated westerly side of Oliver Street between Bancker and Chatham
Streets are desirous of treating with the Corporation for the purchase
of such parts of Fayette Street and of such gores of lots as adjoin
their respective lots. The Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment
for extending Oliver Street and closing Fayette Street have been con-
sulted, and they, as well as the Counsel, are of opinion that the expence
of that improvement will be very much reduced by making such an
arrangement. The Counsel therefore respectfully recommends that a
Committee be appointed to treat with the said persons for the sale
of that property, and that the Committee be instructed to report the
result of their proceedings to the Board for their approbation."

Respectfully submitted

(signed) Ogden Edwards.

which report was approved, and it was referred to the Finance Com-
mittee to report thereon.

[151] The Counsel, agreeably to order, reported the draught of
a Law to amend the law respecting the Fly Market, which was re-
ferred back to him to report an Ordinance making the same regula-
tions applicable to the several Markets of the City.

The Committee of Laws, agreeably to the reference to them, re-
ported a law entitled " A Law respecting Public Pumps and to pre-
vent the drying of Cloth in the Streets " which was read by para-
graphs and passed.

The Ferry Committee, on the petition of Aaron Ogden and the Re-
monstrances against the same, presented a Report, the consideration
whereof was postponed and the same referred back to said Committee.



14 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 19

The same Committee, on the communication from the Counsel re-
specting granting permission to D. D. Tompkins and N. Brown to ex-
tend the size of the Ferry House which they have had permission to
erect, presented a Report, the consideration of which was postponed.

The Police Committee, to whom was referred the petition of Re-
solvert Stephens, reported: : That [152] they have enquired into
the matters set forth in said petition and find that Mr. Stephens has
been for some years past usefully employed as Assistant Clerk in
said office : that his punctuality and correct conduct have heretofore
been approved by this Corporation and in two instances rewarded by
an increase of Salary which is now eight hundred dollars per annum :

" That your Committee are well satisfied that Mr. Stephens still
continues faithfully, and with ability to discharge his official duties,
notwithstanding his time (by the gradual increase of the business of
that department) is now almost constantly employed in the public
service: And your Committee are of opinion that a small increase
might with great propriety be made to the Salary of Mr. Stephens.
They therefore recommend the following Resolution:

" Resolved that the Salary of Mr. Resolvert Stephens, Assistant
Clerk in the Police Office of this City be increased to nine hundred
dollars, to commence from the 26 th day of August being the last quarter
day."

(signed) T. Bolton : S. Allen

G. B. Thorp: S. Stevens
which was agreed to.

[153] The Committee of the Fire Department, to whom was re-
ferred the Communication of the Chief Engineer that Houses are
wanted for Engines Nos. 7. & 12, reported:

" That houses ought to be erected for Nos. 7 and 12, and that
they have obtained a plan for said buildings of the Street Commis-
sioner and the Estimate of Tucker and Maybie for erecting a build-
ing agreeable to said plan, which your Committee are of opinion ought
to be adopted. Your Committee beg leave to state that the Estimate
is for a One or a Two-story building. The estimate for a One Story
building is $1,430, for a Two Story building $2061 making a differ-
ence of $631 between a One or a Two Story building. Your Com-
mittee are of opinion that the house two stories high, altho' it may cost
$631 more, you will be enabled to rent the upper story for a sum equal
to the interest of the cost of the building and recommend the follow-
ing Resolution:

" Resolved that the Street Commissioner be, and he is hereby di-



20 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Sept. 1818

rected to erect a Two story building agreeable to the plan by which
they estimate for the sum of Two thousand and sixty one dollars."

(signed) John P. Anthony
A. L. Underbill.

which was approved, and the Street Commissioner directed to adver-
tise for contract for a building [154] agreeably to the plan recom-
mended by the Committee, and that the Committee be authorised to
contract for the said building with such person or persons as they
shall judge will do the work on the best terms.

The same Committee, on the report of the Chief Engineer respect-
ing the decayed state of Fire Engine No. 12 and respecting the Float-
ing Engine, reported: "That they have had the several subjects of
said report under consideration and concur in opinion of the Chief
Engineer and beg leave to recommend the following Resolution

" Resolved that the Chief Engineer be and he is hereby directed to
cause Two Engines to be built of the usual size, one for the Firemen
of No. 12 and the other for the Firemen of the Floating Engine.

" Resolved that the Chief Engineer be and he is hereby directed
to dispose of the Floating Engine and all her apparatus to the best
advantage."

(signed) Jno. P. Anthony
A. L. Underbill,
which was approved.

[155] The same Committee, on the Report of the Chief Engineer
respecting an Engine house for No. 28 reported : " That a house
for No. 28 ought to be erected on a lot of ground No. 747 in Mercer
Street belonging to the Corporation, which said lot is unoccupied, and
recommend the following Resolution:

" Resolved that the Superintendant of Repairs be and he is hereby
directed to erect a building of Wood suitable for Engine No. 28 on a
lot of ground No. 747 in Mercer Street."

(signed) John P. Anthony
A. L. Underbill

which was approved and the Resolution therein proposed adopted.

The Committee of Wharves, Piers and Slips, and Alderman and
Assistant of the Eighth Ward, to whom was referred the petition
for extending the South Pier at Spring Street Basin, reported : " That
a contract was made to build the North Pier and L and the two Blocks
and Bridges in part of the South pier at the foot of Spring Street
on the Hudson River for the sum of about $13,900. It was under-



14 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 21

stood at the time that this appropriation was made for this improve-
ment that the parties interested in the North pier of said Slip were
to pay two thirds of that expence.

[156] It now appears that some demur or delay is likely to take
place by the aforesaid parties, consequently the whole expence for
building said Basin is likely to fall on the Corporation. Your Com-
mittee therefore recommend that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer
of the petitioner at present."

(signed) A. L. Underbill
Sam 1 Stevens
G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen

which was received and the Report directed to be filed.

The following resolution was presented by Mr. Stevens and agreed
to : " Resolved that the Commissioners for the opening of Beekman
Street and for taking the ground between Fulton Street and Crane
wharf be requested to complete their reports without unnecessary de-
lay and that the Clerk of this Board furnish them with a copy of this
resolution."

The following was presented and agreed to :

" Resolved that the Market Committee and Street Commissioner
be authorised to regulate the ground where the Market stand in Chris-
topher Street [157] near the State Prison, agreeable to the regulation
of the Streets now under regulation in that part of our City, and to
put under said Market a Cellar if thought to be of public utility."

The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury

Received for Streets 4620.37

" Fourth Street 2500.

" Canal Street 1131.10

" Excise 404.

" Police Office

" Tavern Licenses 107.80

" Docks and Slips 33.06 9223.56



Accounts Audited.

Geo. Cuming City Inspf 1 qr. Sal. 28 Aug 312.50

Phil. Becanon Bread Inspr. 1 qr. 10*h Sept 96.30

Geo. Wragg Award for Spring street 1750.

Geo. Vaughan do. Henry do 669. 10

Jas. Pinkerton paving Mill street 100.

Geo. Charlton balce on Well in Mill St 20.

Leond Bleecker Treas r Free School Socx State grant 1500.



22 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1818

Pet. Schermerhorn Int. on Bond 6 mo. 1 Aug 4 450.

do. 1 year's rent ground Engine 1 inst... 75.

Jac. P. Roome Sup* reprs for reprs 200. 5,172.90



Balance $4,050.66
Adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[158] In Common Council Sept. 21. 1818

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

Aldermen Assistants

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anth. L. Underbill Leonard Kip

John Morss John P. Anthony

Robert McQueen Jno. J. Westervelt

Geo. Bttckmaster Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Samuel Akerly

George B. Thorp David Board

Reuben Munson E. Schieffelin

Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A Petition of Samuel Cheesman and Sarah Johnson, stating that
to widen Oliver Street a part of Lots Nos. 11 and 13 fronting on
Fayette Street and owned by them was taken leaving small gores of
ground and praying said gores may be sold to them was read and
referred to the Finance Committee.

[159] An account from the City Dispensary for the annual sub-
scription of $600 for the Vaccine Department of that Institution was
presented and referred to the Finance Committee with authority to
direct a Warrant to be reported therefor.

A Petition of Benjamin French, stating that he is employed in sup-
plying water to the Inhabitants of the City, that by a late law he is
prohibited from taking from any of the pumps unless the water is
carried from the Pump a considerable distance to the hogshead which
is to be filled, which from his age and infirmity he is unable to do,
and praying to be permitted to take 4 hogsheads per day from the 3 d
pump in Mulberry street was read and referred to the Committee
on Laws, and they were also requested to consider the expediency of
amending the late law so as to prohibit the cleansing of fish at the
public pumps.



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