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to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition of Sundry Inhabitants praying that Frankfort Street
may be widened on the North side of said street from Chatham to
William Street. A Remonstrance against said measure which was
presented at the [148] last meeting and laid on the table was now
called up and together with the petition referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

A petition from John M c Comb for permission to construct a vault



230 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Fdb. 1819

in front of his lot in Washington Street between Duane and Jay
Streets, was read and granted on the usual terms.

A petition from sundry Inhabitants that Grand Street may be con-
tinued to Sullivan Street and that Thompson Street be extended from
Vestry to Canal Street, was read & referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of Leonard Toms for relief from a fine incurred by sell-
ing liquor without licence, was read & leave given petitioner to with-
draw his petition.

A petition of Whitehead Hicks and Michael M. Titus, stating that
a complaint had been made against them for having a pile of boards
in Water Street between Pike & Market Streets: that said [149]
boards were piled under the direction of Mr. Weeden one of the
Street Inspectors and praying relief, was read and referred to the
attorney with authority to remit.

A petition of Francis Wunnenburg for an appointment to some
office and of John Price to be appointed Keeper of Potters' field were
read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

An application was received from Gouverneur Kemble in behalf of
the West Point Foundry Association, offering to supply to the Cor-
poration Cast Iron Railing to be placed around the Park & Battery
and referred to the Committee on Repairs.

A petition of James Lowerre to rent the Slip or Basin on the West
side of the City at the foot of Canal Street offering therefor the sum
of $500 per annum for 8 or 10 years or $400 per annum for the same
until the same is devoted by the Corporation to public use, was read
and referred to the Finance Committee.

A petition from L. & Joseph Webb was received, [150] stating that
under the expectation that the permanent Sewer would be carried
through Hamersley Street where the Drain now is they had taken out
their Water grant at the foot of Clarkson Street and made ground at
the expence of $13000 for the purposes of a Ship yard. They there-
fore pray that the permanent sewer may not be carried thro' Clarkson
Street but may be carried thro' Hamersley Street. Whereupon the
same was referred to the Committee on Greenwich Village.

A petition from sundry Owners of lots in Harman Street praying
that the improvement of opening said street may be carried into effect
after the 1 st of May next, was read and referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

A petition from Nathaniel & Harvey Weed and Benjamin Bailey,
praying that Greenwich Street in front of Albany Basin and that Cedar



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Street be regulated agreeably to the survey made prior to the sale of
the property at that place, was read & laid on the Table.

[151] The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief
Engineer certifying the vacancies : viz.

Fire Engine Companies.
No. 6.

James Sharp Mason. No. 3 Thomas St. 5 th Ward vice Conrad
Brooks Resigned

No. 15.

Jas. B. Ackerman Chair Maker 91 Murray St. 6 th Ward vice
John Hyer. Resigned.

No. 40.

Oliver Edwards Chair Maker 150 Grand St. 10 th Ward vice
Thomas Harrison Resigned.

Henry H. Traver, Carman, 231 Mulberry St. 8 th Ward vice Oliver
Secor, Removed.

Lewis Singer Ship Wright 67 Forsythe St. 10 th Ward vice
Adam Thompson, Resigned.

Dav d W. Reymer Accountant 64 Forsythe St. 10 th Ward vice
Robt. M c Farran, Resigned.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of Sundry
Nuisances, which were passed: viz.



1 Benj. W. Coles
Heny. Johnson

2 Mrs. O'Neil
Jas. Sergeant

3 [152] C. H. Ball
Thos. Palmer

4 Andrew Ogden
Chs. Debost

5 Kinnan & Mead

6 Owen Murphy
M. Sexton

7 Thos. A. Morris
Owen Murphy

8 Owen Murphy
John Hull

9 Owen Murphy



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City Inspector

[153] The Street Commissioner presented the following Return
of Delinquents on Assessment and Warrants were ordered to issue
to the Collector for collecting the same. viz.

For regulating Perry Street $226. 17

do. Washington Street 293.47

do. Asylum Street 182.65

do. Hudson Street 20.37

do. Charles Street 159.38^

do. Amos Street 13.01

do. Hammond Street 56.47

do. Greenwich Street 1080.38

For Curbing Washington Street 621 .

For a Well & Pump in King Street 4.

do. do. Laight Street 7.

do. do. Vandam Street 7 .

do. do.

For regulating & paving Sixth Street 160.23

For repaying James Street 5 . 13

do. Provost Street 30.03

do. Roosevelt Street 93.57

(signed) John M c Comb

Street Commissioner

[154] The Street Commissioner presented a communication recom-
mending permission to be given to erect Lime houses in all streets of
50 feet wide and upwards from this time and to be a general privilege
from and after the 1 st of March provided the Buildings are actually
progressing. Whereupon the same was referred to the Alderman and
Assistant of the 3 d Ward with authority to grant permission to erect
Lime-houses within that Ward.

He also presented the following Ordinances, which were passed,
and John Targee, Abraham Bloodgood and Jacob C. Mott were ap-
pointed assessors in each. Viz. for regulating and paving Albany



8 Feb. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 233

Street from Greenwich Street to the Bulkhead; Cedar Street from
Greenwich Street to the Bulkhead ; Washington Street from Cedar
Street to Carlisle Street, and Greenwich Street from Alhany Street to
Cedar Street.

He also presented an Ordinance for a Well and Pump in Spring
Street near the junction of Orange & Spring Streets which was
passed and Jacob C. Mott, Abraham Ban- [155] douine and John
Brower were appointed assessors.

The Counsel submitted for execution the following Deeds for lots
of land upon the Block near Washington Market which were directed
to be duly executed : Viz.

A Deed to Leonard Kip & Henry E. Ingraham for Lots Nos.
1 &2.

A Deed to William H. and Joseph Ireland for Lot No. 6.

A Deed to Joseph Newton for Lot No. 16.

He also presented a Communication, stating that the Report of the
Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment on Harman, Grand &
Carmine Streets and on Avenue ' D ' have been confirmed by the
Supreme Court and he recommended that Collectors be appointed to
collect the assessments in such of the cases as it is intended shall be
carried into effect on the 1 st of May Which Report was ordered to
be filed. It was afterwards ordered that the subject of Harman,
Grand and Carmine Streets be referred to the Street Committee and
that of Avenue ' D ' to the Road Committee.

[156] He also presented the draught of a Memorial and Remon-
strance to the Legislature upon the subject of regulating Streets which
he had prepared in conjunction with the Street Commissioner agree-
ably to the order of the Board which was directed to be referred to
the Committee on Applications to the Legislature to insert in said
Memorial the further steps which the Common Council had taken in
relation to the regulation of the Streets and Roads by causing a model
in wood to be constructed giving the heights, levels and courses of
the Streets as contemplated to be improved. The same Committee
were authorized to cause the said Memorial to be authenticated during
the recess of the Board and to be transmitted to the Legislature.

The Committee on Public Lands & Places and the Committee on
Applications to the Legislature, to whom jointly were referred the
First Resolution of the Report of the last mentioned Committee made
on the 28 th of December last and the amendment proposed thereto by
Mr. Parker and also the Memorial of the Owners and Representatives



234 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Feb. 1819

of owners of Lands lying in the Military [157] Square complaining
of the neglect of the Corporation in not complying with the views of
the Legislature and praying them to purchase the same or, if more
desirable, to concur in an Application to the Legislature for permission
to abandon the same, Report

" That their attention has been frequently engaged in examining
the subjects referred to them and that they find both highly deserving
nay requiring the immediate attention of the Corporation. The
injury done to the Battery by the storm in December last has been
so extensive and has so effectually ruined the whole front line as to
render the erection of an entire new Bulkhead indispensible ; and as
enlarging the area of the Battery at the same time will contribute
essentially not only to the improvement of the City but promote the
convenience and comfort of the citizens to a degree infinitely beyond
the expence. your Committee cannot but approve of the Report and
plan in relation to this subject presented by the Battery Committee
and adopted by the Board.

' With respect to the Military Square your Committee, notwith-
standing they acknowledge the justness of the claim of the Memorial-
ists and feel in a measure the hardships represented, still [158] they
think the propriety of the views of the Corporation in not having
relieved them before are animadverted on with rather too much asper-
ity. The necessity of extinguishing as soon as possible the rights of
individuals in the places and squares laid down by the Commissioners
appointed by the Act of 1807 has more or less occupied the attention
of the Corporation since the filing on record their Map, and though no
particular scheme of finance to effect the object has been proposed
still great solicitude to relieve the Memorialists and those similarly
situated has always been expressed by every member of the Board.

Had the funds of the Corporation been adequate no complaint
would have been heard and the powers contained in said Act would
have been executed within the period contemplated perhaps by the
Legislature. But now, however, your Committee think this subject
ought to be attended to, and as the claims for relief by the proprietors
of the Military Square are so just and so earnestly made they would
suggest the policy of an immediate endeavour to satisfy them.

Notwithstanding a considerable reduction [159] has been author-
ized by the Legislature of this parade still your Committee are per-
suaded a further curtailment may be made without prejudicing in the
least the convenience of this spot for military exercise. The Square



8 Feb. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 235

contains at present about 89 Acres and if reduced on the plan proposed
by one of the subjoined Resolutions to somewhat about 57 acres, it
will yet answer every purpose contemplated by the Commissioners:
and as the amount required to make the purchase will thereby be
brought more within the reach of the ability of the Corporation, your
Committee beg leave to recommend the measure.

" The sum to effect these important objects must necessarily be
very considerable as as our taxes are perhaps already sufficiently
burthensome. your Committee have concluded it would be more
advisable to raise gradually a fund for this purpose by a small addi-
tional Tax on real & personal property for a few years than to excite
discontent by a levy of heavy contributions at any one time, and
therefore humbly submit the following Resolutions :

I. Resolved that Application be made to the Legislature for power
to lay a Tax of one third of a Mill on a Dollar on the real [160] and)
personal property in this City annually until the proceeds thereof shall
amount to a sum adequate to pay for repairing and improving the
Battery and also to purchase the Military Square.

" II. Resolved that a similar application be made for power to
reduce at the discretion of the Corporation the Military Square by
selling oft' a range of lots on each side not to exceed 200 feet deep.

" III. Resolved that a similar application be made, in case any
part of the Military Square cannot be obtained by purchase, that then
on Application to the Supreme Court they shall be authorized to
appoint Commissioners to fix the value of the part which cannot be
purchased and that so much of the law as relates to assessing the
amount of monies expended by the Corporation on account of the
purchase of said Square on the property benefitted thereby may be
suspended."

(signed) Peter Mesier E. W. King-

Samuel Stevens R. M c Queen.

Geo. B. Thorp E. Schieffelin

" W. F. Van Amringe Shivers Parker

The same having been read and the [161] first Resolution being
under consideration it was moved to divide and consider separately
the proposals in relation to the Battery and the Military Square
which was agreed to.

The first part of the first Resolution being under consideration, Mr.
Allen moved to insert after the word ' Battery ' the following :
' and for the purpose of paying the expence of regulating and paving
' one third part of the Bowery '



236 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Feb. 1819

The question being taken thereon it passed in the Negative. Alder-
man Morss then moved after the Word Legislature to insert as
follows : ' to raise $120,000 by a Tax on the real & personal estate
' in this City to be assessed on the several Wards in such proportions
' as the Supervisors may determine to be applied to improving and
' repairing the Battery.' Mr. Board moved to amend the amendment
by striking out the word ' improving.' The question being taken
thereon and the Ayes & Nays having been called by Alderman Van
Amringe it passed in the Negative

Negat. Mr. Recorder Aid" Mesier: King: Underbill Van
Amringe : Morss : M c Queen Buckmaster : Taylor : Thorp Messrs.
Bolton : Stevens : Kip Anthony : Schieffelin

Affir Aldn. Munson Messrs. Westervelt Parker Board Allen
[162] The Question was then taken on the amendment proposed
by Alderman Morss and lost, the Members upon the ayes & nays
having been caleld by Alderman Buckmaster voting as follows :

Negative Mr. Recorder Aldn. Mesier King Underbill Van
Amringe M c Oueen Thorp Messrs. Bolton Stevens Kip Schieffelin
Allen

Affirmative Aid 11 . Morss Buckmaster Taylor Munson Messrs.
Anthony Westervelt Parker Board.

The question was then taken on the first part of the first Resolution
and was carried in the Affirmative : the Ayes & Nays having been
called by Alderman Mesier the Votes stood as follows :

Affmt ve Mr. Recorder Aid. Mesier: King: Underbill Van
Amringe : M c Queen : Taylor : Thorp Messrs. Bolton : Stevens : Kip :
Parker Schieffelin

Negative Aid. Morss : Buckmaster Munson Messrs. Anthony :
Westervelt Board: Allen

[163] The Second part of the said first Resolution was then taken
under consideration and Mr. Schieffelin moved as an amendment after
the words ' Military Square ' to add ' and that an application be made
' to the Legislature of this State for a repeal of so much of the Act
' entitled " An Act relative to improvements touching the laying out
" of Street & Roads in the City of New York and for other purposes "
as prohibits ' the Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment to be
' appointed by said Act from allowing any compensation from Build-
' ings hertofore erected subsequently to the filing of the Map made
' by the Commissioners of Streets & Roads appointed by the before
' mentioned act on the public squares laid out by them.' A motion
was made by Alderman Taylor to refer this amendment and the subject



8 Feb. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 237

to the Committee from whom the Report had been received. After
some discussion Mr. Schieffelin withdrew his amendment. Mr.
Recorder then proposed as an Amendment that after the words ' Mili-
' tary Square ' should be added ' and also for taking and reserving
' under the authority of this Board a proper site at Corlaer's Hook on
' the East River and another proper site at or near Fort [164] Ganse-
' voort on the North River for public Walks.'

The question being taken thereon and the Ayes and Nays being
called by Mr. Stevens, it passed in the negative as follows :

Negative. Aldermen Mesier King Underhill Van Amringe Morss
Taylor Thorp Messrs. Bolton Stevens Kip Anthony Westervelt
Schieffelin

Affirmative. Mr. Recorder Aldermen M c Queen Buckmaster
Munson Messrs. Parker Board Allen

Alderman Taylor then moved that after the Words ' Military
Square ' there be added the words ' and the improvements thereon.'

The question having been taken thereon and Mr. Schieffelin at
his own request having been excused from voting it passed in the
Negative the members voting as follows, the Ayes & Nays having been
called by Alderman [165] Buckmaster:

Negative Mr. Recorder Aldermen Mesier King Underhill Van
Amringe Morss Buckmaster Thorp Munson Messrs. Bolton Stevens
Kip Anthony Westervelt Parker Allen

Affirmative Alderman Taylor Mr. Board

The question was then taken on the Second part of the first Reso-
lution and the Ayes & Nays having been called by Alderman Van
Amringe, it was carried in the affirmative as follows:

Affir. Mr. Recorder Aid Mesier: King: Underhill: M c Queen
Buckmaster: Taylor : Thorp : Messrs. Bolton : Stevens : Kip: Parker:
Board : Schieffelin : Allen

Neg. Aid. Van Amringe: Morss: Munson Messrs. Anthony:
Westervelt

[166] The question being then about to be taken on the whole of
the First Resolution, the Recorder moved that the previous question be
taken. His Honor the Mayor accordingly put the question as follows :
" Shall the main question be now put " and the Ayes & Nays being
called for by the Recorder, it was carried in the Affirmative as
follows :

Affirmative. Aldermen Mesier King Underhill Van Amringe
M c Queen Buckmaster Taylor Thorp Messrs. Bolton Stevens Kip
Anthonv Board Schieffelin



238 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Feb. 1819

Negative. Mr. Recorder Aldermen Morss Munson Messrs.
Westervelt Parker Allen

The question was then taken on agreeing to the whole of the first
Resolution and the Ayes and Nays being required by Alderman
[167] Munson it was carried in the Affirmative, the Members voting
as follows :

Affirmative. Mr. Recorder Aldermen Mesier King Underbill Van
Amringe M c Queen Buckmaster Taylor Thorp Messrs. Bolton Stevens
Kip Anthony Parker Schieffelin

Negative Aldermen Morss Munson Messrs. Westervelt Board
AUen

The Second Resolution was then taken into consideration and on
the question of agreeing to the same the Ayes & Nays having been
called bv Alderman Buckmaster it was carried in the Affirmative as

j

follows :

Affirmative Aldermen Mesier King [168] Underbill Van Amringe
M c Queen Buckmaster Taylor Thorp Messrs. Bolton Stevens Kip
Anthony Parker Board Allen

Negative Mr. Recorder Aldermen Morss Munson Messrs Wes-
tervelt Schieffelin

So the Second Resolution was agreed to.

The Third Resolution was then taken into consideration and on the
question of agreeing to the same it was carried in the Affirmative.

The question was then taken on agreeing to the several Resolutions
and was agreed to and the Counsel was directed to prepare and report
the necessary Memorial and Bill corresponding therewith at the next
meeting of the Board.

[169] The Street Commissioner, to whom was referred the petition
of Legrand Jarvis, reported:

; That he has made due enquiry respecting the abilities of the peti-
tioner for a City Surveyor, and is happy to state that he can with con-
fidence recommend Mr. Jarvis to the attention of the Common Council
as a young man possessing the requisite qualifications for a Surveyor
He has had a suitable education, is sober, steady and industrious, and
the undersigned has no doubt that when he shall have acquired more
practical information he will prove a useful Surveyor, if it should meet
the pleasure of the Common Council to appoint him to that office.

' The map of the Sixth Ward herewith presented, which has been
drawn from actual Survey, is a specimen of his talents as a draftsman."

(signed) John M c Comb

Street Commissioner



8 Feb. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 239

Whereupon the said LeGrand Jarvis was appointed a City Sur-
veyor.

[170] The Committee of the Fire Department, to whom was
referred the Report of the Chief Engineer, stating that Engine Com-
pany No. 16 is destitute of a machine and suggesting the propriety
of furnishing said Company with a new Engine of the usual size
with the necessary apparatus. Reported :

" That it is the opinion of the Committee that Engine Company
No. 16 ought to be furnished with a new Engine and apparatus of the
usual size.

" Resolved that the Chief Engineer be and he is hereby directed
to procure a new Engine and the necessary apparatus of the usual
size for Engine Company No. 16."

(signed) John P. Anthony
" Robert M c Queen

A. L. Underbill

Which was approved & the Resolution agreed to.

The Committee on Public Offices, on the petition of Edmond
Elmendorf, reported:

" That the papers under the charge of Mr. Elmendorf are highly
important to the Community, as effecting the title to a very consider-
able part of the real Estate [171] in the State of New York, your
Committee think these papers should have a place of deposit in the
Hall. They recommend the following Resolutions:

" Resolved that the Clerk in Chancery have during the pleasure
of the Board the use of the back or North Eastern Room in the Third
Story of the City Hall.

" Resolved that the Keeper of the City Hall permit no lights to be
used in any of the Rooms in the Hall (excepting the Court Rooms
and those used by the Officers of the Board) without the special per-
mission of the Corporation."

(signed) Samuel Stevens
Stephen Allen.

which was approved and the Resolutions agreed to.

The Committee on Applications, to whom was referred the peti-
tions of Gurdon Manwaring, Lewis Angevine and James W. Anderson
for appointment of Weighmasters, reported:

" That they believe them to be fit and proper persons to receive
that appointment Thereupon your Committee offer the following
Resolution :



240 CITY or NEW YORK 8 Feb. 1819

'Resolved that Gurdon Manwaring, [172] Lewis Angevine and
James W. Anderson be appointed Weighers for the City and County
of New York."

(signed) David Board

Effingham Schieffelin
which was directed to lay on the Table.

A Resolution was presented by Mr. Board as follows :
' Resolved that the Resolution of this Board restraining the
appointment of any more Weighmasters until the number shall be
reduced to Fifteen be and the same is hereby repealed."

Mr. Allen moved to add as an amendment the words ' so far as
' respects Gurdon Manwaring, Lewis Angevine and James W.
' Anderson.'

The question being taken on the amendment it passed in the
Negative.

The question was then taken on the Resolution, and the Ayes &
Nays being called by Alderman Van Amringe, it passed in the Nega-
tive, the Members voting as follows :

Negative Mr. Recorder Aldermen Mesier King [173] Underbill
Van Amringe Morss Messrs. Bolton Stevens Kip Anthony West-
ervelt

Affirmative Aldermen M c Queen Buckmaster Taylor Thorp
Munson Messrs. Parker Board Schieffelin Allen

A motion was then made to postpone the further consideration of
the subject. The question being taken thereon and the Ayes & Nays
called by Alderman Buckmaster, it passed in the Negative as
follows :

Negative Mr. Recorder Aldermen Underbill M c Queen Buck-
master Taylor Thorp Munson Messrs. Stevens Parker Board
Schieffelin Allen

Affirmative Aldermen Mesier King Van Amringe Morss Messrs.
Bolton Kip Anthony Westervelt

[174] It was then moved that the Board proceed to appoint the
persons named in the Report of the Committee.

It was moved that the previous question be taken.

A motion was made for an adjournment which was lost.



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