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it appeared that Herman Ruggles had offered the sum of $42,500.
which was the highest sum offered. It was Resolved that his offer be
accepted and that the public Docks & Slips be leased to the said Her-
man Ruggles for one year from the 1 st of May next, he giving good
and sufficient security, to be approved by the Finance Committee for
the payment of the said sum of $42,500 in quarterly payments & per-
forming the Covenants of the said Lease. The Clerk was directed to
inform Mr. Ruggles that it was expected his Surety would be given
and the Contract completed on or before Monday next the 15 th in-
stant.

The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury 1 st inst 7121.61

Received for Rents.. 2078.12 9199.73



Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leake Watch 1st dist* 1142.75

Hibberd & Clark- do. 2d do 682.50

Bleakley & Brower do 3d do 462.

[280] Matthew Dubois 36 Watch Caps 3d district 144.

C. D. Colden Esqr. Mayor One Qr's Salary 2d instant 1750.

B. Skaats to pay 6 accounts expences at General Jackson's

Visit 308.26

Anthony Bleecker Examiner in Chancery fees, case of R.

Varick versus the Corporation 97.14

Jno. Richardson attends Justices' Court one quarter to 1 st

instant 56.25

George Chown Coach hire for Alms' House Committee... 12.
Isaac Pike Watchman Witness at Court 6 th inst. versus

W. Plunket 2.

P. Debaum on ac* regute Greenwich Street from Christ-
opher to Bank St 300.

James Meghan balance for paving Vestry Street 171 .44

Charles Mooney balance for paving Provost Street 41.

J. M c Comb Street Commissioner for earth at Charlton St.

Basin 500.

Thos. Barnum Superint? Wharves 24 days to 7 th instant.. 48.
[281] O. Edwards Court Charges and Attorney's fees

opening Sixth Avenue & Carmine Street 334.56



15 March 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 287

Henry Meigs Commiss rs fees and expences opening Sixth
avenue & Carmine Street 293 .

J. Hays for Officers conveying prisoners to Penitentiary
One quarter 26 th February 87.

Elisha W. King Esqr. Int. on Bond to R. Bogardus as-
signed 1 year to 1st Feby. 1819 128.45

J. P. Roome Superint. of Repairs for Repairs 500.

J. P. Roome Superint. of Repairs for repg pier No. 13
Albany Basin 191 .

J. P. Roome Supt. of Repairs for reprg. Lamps in Feb-
ruary 73. 7324.35



Balance $1875.38
Board Adjourned to meet Monday next 5 oclock

[282] In Common Council March 15. 1819.

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor Presid 1

Richard Riker Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anthy. L. Underbill Jno. P. Anthony

W m F. Van Amringe Jno. J. Westervelt

John Morss Shivers Parker

Robert McQueen Samuel Akerly

Geo. Buckmaster David Board

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A petition [was read] from Joseph Constant for permission to con-
struct Four Vaults in front of his Lots in White Street near Broadway
which was granted on the usual terms under direction of the Street
Commissioner.

A petition from sundry Inhabitants, stating [283] that the Well
and pump at the intersection of Division and Ludlow Streets was dry,
and praying the same may be deepened, was read and referred to the
Alderman and Assistant of the Ward and Street Commissioner.

A Remonstrance from sundry Inhabitants against the opening and
extending of Lispenard Street to Broadway was read and referred to
the Street Committee.



288 CITY or NEW YORK 15 March 1819

A petition of David Dunham was received, stating that he is the
sole proprietor of the Williamsburg Ferry; that he is also proprietor of
the Grand Street Ferry ; that he has become possessed of them at great
sacrifices and greatly with a view to the public benefit as the former
proprietors of Grand Street Ferry found it impossible for the two
ferries to exist together. He therefore prayed to be permitted to make
use of the landing at York-town for his Boat now plying between
Delancey Slip and Williamsburgh and that he be released from the
terms of the Lease of the said Ferry and that the two ferries be for
the present consolidated and requests a lease agreeably to such ar-
rangements. Whereupon [284] the same was referred to the Ferry
Committee.

A Letter was received from John Nitchie Esqr. exhibiting, in con-
formity with the Resolution of February last, a statement of
his account as former public Administrator. A similar letter was
received from Judah Hammond Esqr. the present public Administrator,
with the Statement required of the estates of Intestates which had
come to his hands. Whereupon the same were referred to the Finance
Committee.

A petition from the Governors of the New York Hospital was re-
ceived, stating that tho' the principal of the Arrears of their demand
against the Corporation up to the 31 st December last was paid, yet
a sum amounting to $1171.2 was due to them for interest which they
requested might be paid to them. Whereupon the same was referred,
to the Finance Committee.

A petition of Oliver A. White was received, stating that he is one
of the Constables of the 3 d Ward: That in that capacity he received
[285] an execution at the suit of the Corporation against one Charles
Day; that by artful practices the said Day effected his escape from
petitioner ; that said petitioner has been prosecuted for the escape, a
recovery had against him and he is now in prison therefor; that he
is poor and has a family to maintain and praying to be relieved from
the said judgment. Whereupon the same was referred to the Police
Committee with authority to release the judgment against him.

A Recommendation from a number of Citizens in behalf of the ap-
pointment of Abel W. Hardenbrook as a Sealer of Weights & Meas-
ures. A petition of William S. Clark for some appointment under the
Board with a recommendation in his favor from his Excellency D. D.
Tompkins : A petition of Samuel Littlefield for appointment of Meas-
urer of Grain: A petition of Abraham M. Valentine for appointment



15 March 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 289

of Inspector of Lumber were severally read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Applications.

A petition of David D. Deming, praying [286] on account of his
indigent circumstances to be relieved from a personal Tax laid on him,
was read and referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition from a number of the Inhabitants of this City to the
Legislature, remonstrating against the repeal of the Act to protect the
fishing in Hudson River and to prevent obstructions in the Navigation
thereof passed 11 th April 1815, was presented with a request that the
Common Council would give their sanction to said petition ; whereupon
the same was referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legis-
lature.

A petition from Alexander Black, stating that he had made great
improvements in Lamps by means of heating the Oil used in them and
by which means Summer strained oil is of equal use with winter oil,
and requesting the patronage of the Common Council, was read and
referred to the Lamp Committee.

[287] A complaint of sundry Inhabitants of Kings' County against
the Inspectors of Manure, alleging that insufficient loads were in-
spected and passed by them, was read and referred to the Committee
on Public Offices.

A petition of Conelius Harsin, on subject of Lot No. 1. extending
from Washington to West Street which lot is directed to be filled up,
and proposing that the expence of the same should be advanced by the
Corporation and that he would assign to them Lot No. 2 as a col-
lateral security for the repayment of said expences, was read and re-
ferred to the Finance Committee.

A petition from Thomas Fairchild, praying relief from payment of
a personal tax assessed on him he being from his straitened cir-
cumstances unable to pay the same, was read and referred to the Com-
mittee of Charity with authority to grant the prayer of petitioner.

A Letter from William B. Crosby, addressed to Alderman Buck-
master, was presented by him to the Board, detailing the number [288]
of lots on Harman Street owned by the Rutgers' family and furnishing
a Schedule of the same, which was read and directed to be referred to
the Street Committee.

The Counsel presented a Lease of a house and Lot at the corner of
Chapel & Beach Streets to Isaac Russell, which was directed to be
duly executed.



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CITY OF NEW YORK



15 March 1819



He also presented a Lease to James Lowerre of the inside of a Slip
at the foot of Canal Street, which was referred to the Finance Com-
mittee.

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

1 Jno. Mildeberger
William Wa[t]kins

2 Thos. Lufborrow

do.

3 Benjn. Townsend.
Mrs. Eliza Barber

4 Andrew Dunham
Mrs. C. Wood

5 [289] Benj n Townsend

do.

6 Benjamin Dibbs

do



^ wn '?213 William St. a
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privy


Own. &
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221 do


do


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243 do


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Own.
Occ.


263 do


do


Own.
Occ.


17 Duane St.


do


Les.
Occ.


9 Water St.
\


do


(signed) George Cuming
City Inspector



The Street Commissioner, on the petition complaining of the As-
sessment of Collect Street, presented a Report which was referred to
the Street Committee.

He also presented an Ordinance for a Well and pump in Arundel
Street near Delancey Street and for one in Cannon Street near
Delancey Street which were passed and Jacob C. Mott, Abraham
Baudouine and John Brower were appointed Assessors in the former
and John Targee, Abraham Bloodgood and Jacob C. Mott in the
latter.

The Alderman and Assistant of the 6 th Ward and Street Commis-
sioner, on the petition of Joseph Constant, Reported:

' That they have examined the situation and are of the opinion
that it will be very in- [290] convenient to the petitioner and that it
may be removed a few feet farther to the eastward without being any
inconvenience to the neighbourhood.

' The sketch annexed will more particularly shew the intended
alteration They therefore beg leave to present the following Resolu-
tion:

" Resolved that Joseph Constant be authorised to cause the Well



15 March 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 291

and Pump in White Street to be removed at his own cost and charge
from its present situation to the north corner of Courtlandt Alley and
that the new Well be built and furnished in such manner as may be ap-
proved by the Superintendant of Repairs."

(signed) Robert M c Queen
Shivers Parker
J. M c Comb St. Com r
which Report was agreed to.

The Street Committee and Alderman and Assistant of the Second
Ward, on the petition and remonstrance on subject of opening Beek-
man Street, Reported:

"That they have considered the [291] subject of opening this
Street on the old plan and on the proposed plan. The adopted plan
of improvement makes the Street so crooked as renders it impossible
to see the river from the upper part of Beekman Street, and from the
jogs in it it will be particularly unpleasant to the eye as you ascend
this Street from the water. On the whole your Committee are of
opinion that the old plan should be relinquished and the plan petitioned
for adopted which plan commences at Abraham S. Hallett's house in
Beekman Street and runs until it strikes the Southwest corner of
Mrs. Byvank's Water Grant in South Street.

" The opening of the Street on this plan will cost the Corporation
about Nine thousand dollars more than the opening of the Street on the
old plan, and the expence to the neighbourhood will be also consider-
ably greater. The Committee think that a permanent improvement to
the City should not be adopted on a wrong plan from the consideration
of such an expence to the Corporation. It will be necessary for tne
Corporation on the adoption of this plan also to take two additional lots
for to bring their market and [292] ground up to the proposed line of
this Street, and though this will also increase in another way the ex-
pence to the Corporation yet they will obtain additional ground for
their market which in opinion of your Committee is required. Your
Committee offer the following Resolution :

" Resolved that the Counsel of the Board prepare a law and me-
morial to the Legislature, requesting that the Commissioners who have
been appointed by the Supreme Court for the opening of Beekman
Street be directed to open the Street and assess the property on the
plan proposed in the above report and that the Commissioners for
taking the ground for a site for the new market also take out, in



292 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 March 1819

addition to what they have already been directed to take, the ground
up to the Southwestern line of Beekman Street on the new plan."

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
Samuel Akerly
Shivers Parker
E. W. King
Saml. Stevens.

The question being taken thereon, it [293] passed in the Negative.
The Ayes & Nays having been called by Mr. Stevens the Members
voted as follows :

Negative Aldermen Mesier Underhill Morss M c Queen Buck-
master Taylor Thorp Munson Messrs. Bolton Westervelt Board
Allen 12 '

Affirmative Mr. Recorder Aldermen King Van Amringe Messrs.
Stevens Anthony Parker Akerly. 7

Mr. Stevens presented the following:

" Resolved that the Resolution passed this Board requesting the
Commissioners for opening Beekman Street to suspend their pro-
ceedings be and the same is hereby repealed and that the Clerk furnish
the Commissioners with a copy of this Resolution."

Which was agreed to.

[294] He also presented a Resolution directing the Counsel to
prepare the Report of the Commissioners for taking the ground for the
new Market and present the same to the Supreme Court at the next
term which was read & the consideration thereof postponed.

The Committee on Public Offices, on the complaint against Jacob
Acker, Reported:

" That they have examined the Certificates and the parties com-
plaining and the Inspector complained against, and feel satisfied that
the load which was the subject of dispute contained the legal quantity."

(signed) Samuel Stevens

" Stephen Allen

which was directed to be filed.

Alderman King moved that the Resolution presented by him on the
8 th of February last and which had been laid for consideration be now
considered which was agreed to and the same being read was as
follows :

" Resolved that his Honor the Mayor [295] be and he is hereby
respectfully requested not to grant more than Tavern

Licences in this City the ensuing year "



15 March 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 293

After some debate thereon Mr. Stevens moved the following
amendment to precede the Resolution

" Resolved that the Common Council approve of the reduction
which his Honor the Mayor has made in the number of Tavern
Licences during the last year, and "

The question being taken thereon, it passed in the Negative.

Alderman Van Amringe then moved that the following preamble
be prefixed to the Resolution :

" Whereas his Honor the Mayor has requested the advice of this
Board as to the number of Licences for Taverns which should be
granted by him for the present year. Therefore "

The question being taken thereon, it passed in the Negative. The
Ayes & Nays being called by Alderman Mesier were as follows :

Negative. Mr. Recorder Aldermen M c Queen Buckmaster Taylor
[296] Thorp Munson Messrs. Anthony Westervelt Parker Akerly
Board

Affirmative Aldermen Mesier King Underhill Van Amringe Morss
Messrs. Bolton Stevens Allen

The question was then taken on the original Resolution and lost.
The Ayes & Nays having been called by Alderman Buckmaster were
the same as on the last vote.

Alderman King then presented the following:

" Resolved that the Counsel of this Board be instructed to pre-
pare a Bill and Memorial to the Legislature to limit the number of
Tavern Licences to for the ensuing year & to prohibit an

increase of the number of such licences for any future year of more
than

The question being taken thereon it was carried in the Affirmative.
The Ayes and Nays, having been called by Alderman Mesier, were as
follows :

[297] Affirmative Mr. Recorder Aldermen Mesier King Underhill
Van Amringe Morss Messrs. Bolton Stevens Anthony Westervelt

Negative Aldermen M c Queen Buckmaster Taylor Thorp Munson
Messrs. Parker Board Akerly Allen

It was then referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legis-
lature to consider as to the number of Licences with which the Blanks
in the Resolution shall be filled up and to report at the next meeting of
the Board. The Counsel was also directed to prepare the Memorial
and Bill and present the same at the next meeting of the Board.

Mr. Allen moved that the Board now proceed to the appointment of



294 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 March 1819

a Sealer of Weights and Measures, which was agreed to. The Board
accordingly proceeded to elect by ballot a person to fill the said Office,
when Joseph P. Simpson had a Majority of the Votes [298] and it
was Resolved that Joseph P. Simpson be, and he is hereby appointed
Sealer of Weights and Measures.

It was moved that the gallery be cleared for the purpose of taking
into consideration the subject of leasing the public docks and Slips,
which was agreed to and

The Doors were closed.

A Letter was received from Herman Ruggles stating that the
friends upon whom he had relied to become his Sureties in the Con-
tract for the public docks & Slips refused to join with him in a Bond
alleging that his offer had been two high and that therefore he was
obliged to abandon the Contract. Whereupon it was referred to the
Counsel to consider and report whether an action might not be sus-
tained against Herman Ruggles for refusing to comply with his pro-
posal in case the Board should not hereafter be able to lease the said
public docks and Slips for as much as had been offered by said Herman
Ruggles. It was also Resolved that the Comptroller advertise anew
for proposals for leasing [299] the docks and Slips for the ensuing
year and that the persons offering to contract be requested to mention
in their proposals the names of the persons whom they would offer
as their Sureties for the fulfilment of the Contract :

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 8th inst 1875.38

Received for Tax of year 1818 lt 2d 3d 5 th 7th 8 th 10 th

Wards 23,900.

Common Lands 2279.03

Streets 1700.

Wells & Pumps 167.50

Mayoralty fees 32.50

Commutation Alien passen rs 110.

Tavern Licences 151.90

Excise 62.

" Police received on Account of unclaimed goods.. 340.01 30,618.32



Accounts Audited.

Philip Becanon Inspector of Bread one quarter's Salary
10th i ns t 100.

[300] J. Hays for Officers conveying persons to Bridewell

1st Nov. to 26th February 120.

John Sloan on account regulating Wooster Street 1100.



22 March 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 295

Jonathan Carlton balance building Engine houses in Rose

Street 143.

Rich d Furman Sup* of Alms' house 5000.

President, Directors & Company of Mechanics' Bank Bond

$20,000 and Interest 2^ months to 15th j nst . a t 6 p. cent. . 20,250. 26,713.



Balance $3905.32
Adjourned to meet Monday next 5 o'clock.

[301] In Common Council March 22. 1819
Present Richard Riker Esqr. Recorder President

Aldermen. Assistants.

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anthony L. Underhill John P. Anthony

W. F. Van Amringe Shivers Parker

John Morss Samuel Akerly

Robert McQueen David Board

George Buckmaster Effing m Schieffelin

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

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved

A Letter was received from Robert R. Hunter stating that an ac-
tion of ejectment had been brought against him by Beverly Robinson
for the Lot bought by him of the Corporation and giving notice that
in case of recovery against him he shall look to the Corporation for
remuneration. Whereupon the same was referred to the Counsel to
take the necessary steps [302] to defend said Suit.

A petition of Benjamin Hills praying that Philip Rhinelander may
be directed immediately to fill in his part of the Lot at the foot of
Barclay Street adjoining the Water lot of John Anderson, was read
and referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A memorial from sundry Inhabitants residing in the vicinity of the
Bowling Green, stating that the said Bowling Green is at present a
public burthen and neither useful or ornamental and offering to take
charge of the same and cultivate it so as to be useful as a public walk,
was read and referred to the Committee on public lands & places.

A Communication was received from the Commissioners of Esti-
mate & Assessment in relation to the opening and improving Dover
Street between Cherry and South Streets, stating that after examining
the .same they find that the value of the property required [303] is so



296 CITY or NEW YORK 22 March 1819

great and the field of Assessment for the benefit is so limited that there
will be a balance of loss and damage above any benefit to be derived
from the improvement, which being read was referred to the Alderman
and Assistant of the Fourth Ward to report.

A petition of Abraham Bell for remission of fine for not placing a
Curb or box over the opening of his grate in the Street, he having
been uninformed of the law relative thereto, was read and referred to
the Alderman & Assistant of the Eighth Ward to report.

A similar petition from John Taylor was read and referred to the
Police Committee.

A petition of Hugh Walker for remission of fine incurred, as is
represented, by his not having his Scales & Weights sealed by the City
Sealer, was read and referred to the Attorney to report.

A petition of James Thompson for permission to construct a vault
opposite No. 21 in Wall Street was granted under direction of the
Street Commissioner

[304] A petition of Samuel E. Benson and of Robert Murden for
the Appointment of Deputy Street Inspector and of J. and D. B. Van
Doren for appointment of Guager were severally read & referred to
the Committee of Applications.

A petition of Thomas Wymbs in behalf of a number of the In-
habitants on the South side of Harman Street, stating that they under-
stand it is in contemplation to widen Harman Street by taking down
the houses on the South side, and praying that the same may be de-
layed at least for one year: A petition from Robert M c Dermut and
others praying that the contemplated improvement of widening Har-
man Street may be carried into execution forthwith ; and a petition
from a Committee of the Inhabitants of Harman Street who consider
themselves aggrieved by the Assessment for opening said Street, pray-
ing the Common Council will in pursuance of their Resolution of the
8 th instant take measures for vacating the order for opening said
Street were severally read and laid for consideration.

[305] A petition of Robert Sickles for appointment of Deputy
Keeper to the Penitentiary was read and referred to the Alms' house
Committee.

A petition of William Hendrick, stating that he has invented an
improvement in the boxes and handles or brakes of pumps which he
terms ' the united forcing and lifting pump ' by which means great
power is acquired and much larger quantities of water can be raised
than by the ordinary pumps and offering the same to the use of the
Corporation, was read and referred to the Committee on Arts and



22 March 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 297

Sciences with authority to use if required one of the public pumps to
make the experiment.

A petition for a Well and Pump in Suffolk Street between Grand
and Broome Streets, was read and referred to the Alderman & As-
sistant of the Ward and Street Commissioner to report an Ordinance
therefor.

A petition of Barent Gardenier for remission of fine incurred for
not clearing the Snow from the side walk, was read. Whereupon
[306] Resolved that the fine be remitted to him without payment ot
any costs.

A memorial of Isaac Wright and others, owners of property in the
Second Ward which has been assessed for the contemplated improve-
ment of opening Beekman Street, remonstrating against the late de-
cision of the Common Council and against the plan adopted, praying
the subject may be reconsidered and that they would direct Beekman
Street to be gradually widened from Abraham S. Hallett's house to
Pearl Street and extended to the River on a line to strike the South-
west corner of Mrs. Byvanck's property on South Street was pre-
sented.

A Memorial was also presented from a number of owners of lots



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