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A Petition of Marinus Willet, stating that some time since an
Ordinance was passed for widening Delancey street at the East river
and that a house on the North side thereof should be removed; that
said house still remains, and requesting the attention of the Corpora-
tion to the subject was referred [160] to the Committee on Streets.

A Petition of Christian Brewer for appointment of Measurer of
Grain, and one of John Regna for appointment to some office were
read and referred to Committee on Applications.

Petitions from Samuel Harner and John Bridle for Stalls in the
Fly Market and from Nicholas Cowen for Stall No. 12 in Centre
Market were read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of James Beekman, one of the heirs of Benjamin P.
Beekman deceased, for payment of a sum awarded for opening and
improving Roosevelt street was read and referred to the Finance
Committee.

A Petition of sundry Pawnbrokers, complaining of the non execu-
tion of the law against persons who are exercising the business of
Pawnbrokers without having taken license was read and referred to
the Attorney.

A Remonstrance from a number of citizens [161] against the
mode of executing the Dog law was read and referred to the Police
Committee.

A Petition of Henry Smith for permission to assign by way of
Mortgage to the Mutual Insurance Company the Lease of lot No. 2.
Magazine Street was read and referred to the Comptroller.

A Petition of Albert Bogert for further time for payment of an
Assessment on a lot in Bancker Street and one in Chesnut Street
was read and leave given petitioner to withdraw his petition.

A Petition for a Well and Pump in the Second Avenue between
North and First Streets was read and referred to the Alderman and
Assistant of the Ward and Street Commissioner to report an Ordi-
nance therefor.

Petitions from N. Morss, J. Jennings, Roorbach and Mitchell and
John Nexsen praying remission of fine incurred for selling liquor
without license were severally read and leave given petitioners to
withdraw their petitions.

A Remonstrance of Sundry Boatmen and others [162] against
the petition of Aaron Ogden was read and laid until the reading of
the report of the Committee on said petition.

A Petition by the Committee, on behalf of the Inhabitants of
Greenwich Village, praying the Corporation would farther postpone



24 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1818

the consideration of the Report of the Committee on the regulation
of said Village, in order that the petitioners may have time and oppor-
tunity to examine the same was read and the consideration thereof
postponed until the next meeting of the Board.

A further petition of Peter L. Webb, praying he may be reim-
bursed for the seizure of some Loaf Bread by the Inspector on account
of being light, alleging said bread was baked by contract to be sold
at Harlaem and that the Inspectors of Bread are in the habit of pass-
ing light bread and not considering the same when to be sold out of
the City was read and leave given petitioner to withdraw his petition,
and it was referred to the Committee on Public Offices to enquire into
the alleged practice of the Inspector of Bread.

[163] A Letter from T. C. Augustus Uz to the Recorder was read
requesting permission to alter one of the Corporation Engines so as
to affix thereto his newly discovered Patent Compound Lever so as
to develop the power of the said Lever. Whereupon it was resolved
that the Committee on the Fire Department be authorised to permit
Mr. Uz to apply his newly invented Compound Lever to one of the
Corporation Fire Engines.

The Street Commissioner presented a Return of Delinquents on
sundry Assessments whereupon a Warrant was ordered to be issued
to Noah Jarvis to collect the same.

He also presented a return of Delinquents on the Assessment for
widening and improving Roosevelt Street, and a Warrant was issued
to Morris. De Camp to collect the same.

He also presented an Assessment for a Well and Pump in Beach
Street, which was confirmed and Morris De Camp appointed Collector.

He also presented the following Ordinances which were passed :
Viz. For paving Leonard Street between [164] Elm and Orange
streets and for regulating Roosevelt Street from Batavia Street to the
East River, in which Abraham Baudouine, Jacob C. Mott and John
Brown [er] were appointed Assessors: Also for paving Beaver Street
bet\veen Broad and William Streets, in which Abraham Bloodgood,
Jacob C. Mott and John Brower were appointed Assessors.

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engineer
certifying the Vacancies :

" Fire Engine Company, No. 8."

William Brisco plater 249 William 4 ward vice John S.
j enkins Resigned.

Matthias Conklin Carpenter 103 Fulton 2 ward vice Thos.
Morgan deceased.



21 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 25

No. 17.

James Florentine, carpenter 65 Mulberry 6 ward vice Robert
Wood, Resigned.

William Anderson, Carpenter 69 Mott 6 ward vice Isaac Baptis,
Resigned.

No. 19.

Francis Marschalk Founder, 237 Bowery 10 w d vice Joseph
Hyde, Resigned

No. 22.

Nicoll Downs Cartman 174 Bancker 7 ward [165] vice
William Willet Expelled

William Martin Shipwright 120 Harman 7 ward vice Edmund
Anderson Expelled

No. 29.

William Cranston, grocer Hammond c. Greenwich 9 ward vice
Jonathan Dyckman, deceased.

William Lake Carpenter Charles c. Washington 9 ward vice
Moses Rolf Resigned.

No. 31.

James H. Clark, Coach Maker Rynder n. Grand 6 ward vice
Caleb Smith, Resigned

No. 34.

Peter P. Roome Butcher Bedford St. 8 ward vice Abraham
Brower Resigned

Freeman Cole Mechanist Greenwich Lane 9 ward vice Jacob
Van Wart Declined

No. 40.

Eli Traver grocer Mulberry n. Spring 8 ward vice Lewis K.
Henshaw Expelled.

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

1 Nathan M c Vickar Agt. Forsythe St. Lot

2 John Deitz^ Les. ) .

>,,,., ~ ( r Spring St. do

G. Michells Occ.



3 Robt. Ferguson Own. do. do.

[166] F. Depeyster Own. do. do

5 J. Smith Own. & Occ. do. do

6 N. M c Vicker Own. Wooster St. do

7 P. Lorillard do. Laurens St. do




26 CITY or NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1818

8 President, Directors & Co. ]

of Mechanics' Bank. Own. [- Washington St. Lot

John Odel

9 President, Directors

of Mechanics' Bank Own. 1- do. do

Robert Morrison
10. President, Directors

of Mechanics' Bank Own. L do. do

John Marschalk

11 President, Directors

of Mechanics' Bank Own. \~ do. do

George Moore

12 President, Directors ^ ^^.
of Mechanics' Bank

LO. I\. .LcltUS v^ 11. r f f. , T-,

56 John St. Pnvy

E. Wheeler

14 L. Van Buskirk ^,,~,

,, ri1 . TT p ,, ^ 86 Reed St. do

William Honey & others

15. Read & Anderson Own.,

,.. AT ^43 Mott St. do

D. Norcross Occ. ^

(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector

[167] The Comptroller, on petition of Henry Smith for permission
to assign lease of No. 2 Pearl Street by way of Mortgage to the Mutual
Insurance Company, referred to him this evening, reported in favor
of Petitioner which was approved and leave given to assign the same.

The Attorney, on the petition of Joseph Green, reported : " That
a complaint was made in his Office against said Green for selling
liquors without license at the foot of Spring Street. There have been
other complaints of the same nature made at his Office against said
Green, who does not deny selling, nor does he pretend that he has a
license for so doing. " The Attorney has no reason to believe that
Mr. Green's application for a license was suspended or specially laid
over for consideration by his Honor the Mayor on that subject, how-
ever, he would refer to his Honor the Mayor as the only correct source
of information."

" Green has received no license to retail liquors formerly."

Respectfully submitted

(signed) A. Sherman

whereupon it was resolved that petitioner have leave to withdraw his
petition.



21 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 27

[168] He also, on the petition of Gilbert Davis, reported: "That
Mr. Gilbert Davis the petitioner was complained of for selling liquor
without license at the corner of Delancey and Allen Streets, the cir-
cumstances of which case appear to be as follow : Mr Davis has
for some time past and still continues to keep a grocery store at No.
Division Street for which place he still holds a license to retail
liquors. In the course of last year he set up in business at the corner
of Allen and Delancey streets a young man by the name of Coles who
obtained a license to retail liquors at that place for that year, which
expired in May last and was not renewed. Coles failed in business,
and Mr Davis, to secure himself, took the remaining stock in trade off
his hands, and put a young man in the place who proceeded on to
selling and retailing liquors, as was usual, without any license having
been taken out for the present year. Mr. Davis is about discontinuing
business at that place, or has already done so." Respectfully submitted.

(signed) A. Sherman

whereupon it was resolved that petitioner have leave to withdraw his
petition.

[169] He also, on the petition of James Rogers, reported:
" The complaint against Mr. Rogers is for selling liquors at Man-
hattan Island without license. The circumstances attending the case
of Mr. Rogers being somewhat special, are as follow :

Last year he and one parsons were in partnership and did business
together under the firm of Rogers and parsons at the above mentioned
place. Altho' Rogers was the principal man of the firm, the License,
as has been frequently the case, was taken out in the name of parsons
the other partner. Before the license had expired in the course of
the last year they dissolved partnership. Rogers bought out Parsons,
paid him for his half of the expence of the licenses, and was to have
the benefit of the same, and continued the business in his own name.
Parsons moved to another part of the City and opened a grocery Store
at New Slip in company with one Jennings. In May last Parsons
finding out that he could not procure license to retail liquor without
producing and surrendering up the license he held for the last year,
called upon Mr. Rogers and requested the loan of the old license
until the next day, when he would return it. Rogers, without knowing
that it would prevent him from renewing the same, let him have it.
[170] Parsons proceeded with it to the Mayor's Office, got his license,
gave up the old one to be cancelled and left Rogers in the lurch, who



28 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1818

afterwards applied for a license and was refused on account of not
having the former license to be given up."

(signed) Alpheus Sherman.

whereupon it was resolved that petitioner have leave to withdraw his
petition.

The Counsel presented the draught of a Law entitled " A Law to
amend the law to regulate the public markets." which was read by
paragraphs and passed.

The Finance Committee, on the petition of Deborah Morris, Ann
Smith, John Van Sice and Mary Waldron, reported :

' That as the Corporation are merely the legal agents for collecting
and distributing the amount assessed for improvements in opening
streets, and are bound to pay the awards of the Commissioners at the
period fixed by law, they have no alternative left them except to
insist on the payment of the money due from the petitioners or to
advance it from funds required [171] for other purposes, which under
existing circumstances is inadmissible. The Committee are of opinion,
also, that in addition to the inability of the Corporation to advance
money for the purposes alluded to, it would be improper, inasmuch as a
precedent would be established which would tend to encourage similar
applications and thereby embarrass future collections for the like pur-
poses. They therefore recommend the following resolution :

" Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the peti-
tioners."

(signed) Stephen Allen

Reuben Munson
Samuel Akerly
Peter Mesier
which was approved.

The same Committee, on petition of Julia M. Lawrence, reported:
" That they are unable to assign any reason why the money thus ap-
propriated has not been set apart and vested in the Commissioners of
the Sinking Fund as directed by the resolutions adopted on the oc-
casion, and altho' they entertain doubts as to the constitutional powers
of the Common Council in matters of national policy, unconnected
with the immediate interests of this City they nevertheless consider the
present Board bound [172] to carry into effect the liberal intentions of
their predecessors, and therefore recommend the passage of the fol-
lowing Resolution:

" Resolved, that the Comptroller be instructed to report a warrant



21 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 29

for the principal and interest of the appropriation made the children
of the late Captain James Lawrence, agreeably to a Resolution of the
Corporation passed the 14 th of September 1813, and that the same be
vested in the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund."

(signed) Stephen Allen

Reuben Munson
Samuel Ake[r]ly
" Peter Mesier

which was unanimously agreed to.

The Special Committee, on the petition for a Bell in the Market

lately erected in the Tenth Ward, reported the following Resolution :

" Resolved that the Superintendant of Repairs be and he is hereby

directed to have a suitable Bell put upon said Market as soon as the

same conveniently can be done."

(signed) R. Munson S. Allen
J. B. Taylor D. Board
S. Akerly
which was approved

[173] The Committee of Applications, on the petition of William
Freeman for appointment of measurer of grain &c. reported that he
was a suitable person to receive said appointment Whereupon he was
appointed a Measurer of grain &c. in this City.

The same Committee, on the petition of Abel Smith, made a
similar report which was approved, and he was accordingly ap-
pointed a Measurer of grain &c. in this City.

The Alderman and Assistant of the Tenth Ward and Street Com-
missioner, on the petition for a Well in Willet Street, reported in
favor of the same which was approved and the Street Commissioner
was directed to report an Ordinance therefor.

The Committee of Public Offices on the petition of Oliver Vander-
bilt, Sealer of Weights and Measures, reported: "That they find
that the City and County of New York have never obtained the sets of
Weights and Measures directed to be procured by the Act of the
Legislature passed the 13 th March 1813. Your Committee find that
there has been much irregularity and difference in the standards used
to seal by, and that the measures now used [174] on the North side
of the City are different dimensions to those used on the East Side,
and that even the City standard half bushel is different from the State
standard half bushel. Under these circumstances your Committee beg
leave to offer the following Resolution:



30 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1818

" Resolved that the County Sealer be authorised to procure from
the Secretary of State, at the expence of this Board and under the
direction of this Committee, a complete set of weights and measures,
in conformity to the act of the Legislature passed the 13 th March

(signed) Saml. Stevens
Steph. Allen
Saml. Akerly
which was approved.

The Street Committee, on the petition for paving Elm Street, re-
ported in favor of the same which was approved, and the Street
Commissioner immediately presented an Ordinance for the same,
which was passed.

The same Committee, on the petition for paving Beaver Street, re-
ported as their opinion that the same should be paved between Broad
and William Streets which was approved, [175] and the Street Com-
missioner immediately reported an ordinance therefor which was
passed.

The same Committee, on the petition for regulating Collister Street,
reported as their opinion that the prayer should be granted and that the
Street Commissioner should be directed to report an Ordinance there-
for which was approved.

The Committee of Laws, on the subject of licensing Dirt Cartmen,
reported the following resolutions :

" Resolved that from and after the 15 th day of October next no
person shall be permitted to cart any earth or dirt within this City for
hire or reward without a license for that purpose from his Honor
the Mayor under the penalty of Ten dollars for each offence.

' Resolved, that the Counsel of this Board be requested to draft
and prepare an Ordinance in conformity to the foregoing report."

(signed) W. F. Van Amringe
E. W. King
Thos. Bolton

which was approved and the Counsel was directed to report an ordi-
nance agreeably thereto.

[176] The Ferry Committee, on the petition of Thomas Morrell
and others, reported : ' That they have examined the condition of the
said Slip and find that the water there is too shallow to admit boats
of any considerable size and will require to be filled for some distance
before it can be used as a public Slip, and, as it is now leased to the
petitioners for several years as a landing place for their ferry, your



21 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 31

Committee can perceive no reason to refuse the prayer of their petition
and accordingly offer the following Resolution :

" Resolved that permission be granted to Thomas Morrell and his
associates to sink a block or drive piles in Grand Street Slip in such
manner as to afford a convenient landing place for their ferry, pro-
vided the same be done under the inspection or according to the
direction of the Street Commissioner "

(signed) E. W. King

G. Buckmaster

which was approved and the Resolution therein proposed adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of Aaron Ogden, reported the
following Resolution:

[177] " Resolved that the exclusive privilege of a birth be granted
to Colonel Aaron Ogden for his Steam Ferry Boat at the South-
westerly side of Whitehall Slip at any place between the Ferry Stairs
and the head of the said Slip from the present time until the 1st day of
May 1820 on his paying therefore the sum of Fifty dollars

' Provided that in the absence of the said Boat the birth shall be
free for any other vessel And provided also that the privilege hereby
granted shall not be construed to authorize the said Aaron Ogden to
lay up his boat in the said Slip during the winter season."

(signed) E. W. King

John P. Anthony
G. Buckmaster
which was approved.

The Ferry Committee and the Alderman and Assistant of the
First ward, on the petition of William Van Beuren, reported. ' That
in their opinion the prayer thereof is reasonable and ought to be
granted. They therefore recommend the adoption of the following
Resolution :

" Resolved that permission be granted to William Van Beuren to
erect a Boat house on the East side of Pier No. 1 at the Battery under
the [178] direction of the Street Commissioner."

(signed) E. W. King

G. Buckmaster
Jno. P. Anthony
Peter Mesier
Thos. Bolton
which was approved and the resolution proposed adopted.



32 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1818

The following Resolution was presented by Mr. Allen and agreed
to : ' Resolved that the Finance Committee be authorised to treat with
Silvanus Miller Esqr. for a certain gore of ground adjoining the land
belonging to him near the corner of Water Street, being 14 feet on
Water Street and 161 feet deep, extending along Roosevelt Street to
Front street ; and that the said Committee, in the event of their being
unable to treat as aforesaid, be authorised to sell the said gore of
ground at public auction to the highest bidder." which was referred to
the Finance Committee.

Mr. Allen also presented a Resolution directing the Comptroller to
call on the Collectors of the 1 st , 2 d , 3 d and 4 th wards for the Tax books
of the [179] years 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815 and 1816 and in the
event of their refusal to report the same to the Board which was
agreed to.

Alderman Taylor presented the following resolution:

" Resolved that the Street Commissioner be authorized to contract
for the completion of the Basin at the foot of Spring Street." Mo-
tions to refer it to the Committee on Wharves, the Committee of
Finance, to postpone and to adjourn were severally made and lost.
Mr. Stevens then proposed the following amendment to be added to the
resolution " As soon as the individuals interested in the Northerly
side pay their proportion of the expence of the pier now building on
the Northerly side of said Basin." The question being taken on agree-
ing to said amendment, and a division having been called, it was carried
in the Affirmative :

Affirmative Aid. Mesier King Underbill M c Queen Buckmaster
Messrs. Bolton Stevens Kip Anthony Akerly Allen

Negative Aid. Morss, Taylor Thorp Munson Messrs. Westervelt
Parker Board Schieffelin

The question was then taken on the Resolution as amended and
agreed to.

[180] The following was presented and agreed to:

' Resolved that Roosevelt Street be regulated and paved from
Batavia Street to the East River and that the Street Commissioner
report an Ordinance therefor." which was agreed to, and the Street
Commissioner immediately presented an Ordinance which was passed.

Alderman Taylor presented the following:

' Resolved that a Committee be appointed to consider and report
whether it would be proper to petition the Legislature at their next



21 Sept. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 33

Session to grant the Corporation of this City the privilege of insuring
property in the City and County of New York against loss or damage
by fire " which was referred to Aid. Taylor, Munson Messrs.
Stevens, Board Parker.

Mr. Allen presented the following :

" Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized to borrow on the
credit of the Corporation a sum not exceeding Thirty thousand dollars,
and that the same be borrowed in such amounts as the exigencies of the
Finances shall require, and at an interest not exceeding 6 per cent."
which was agreed to.

[181] The Report of the Ferry Committee on the Communication
of the Counsel respecting granting to D. D. Tompkins and Noah
Brown the privilege of extending the Ferry House at Whitehall, which
was presented at the last meeting and laid for consideration, was now
called up and being read was as follows : " No inconvenience can
result from increasing the size of the said Ferry House and your Com-
mittee recommend the adoption of the following Resolution on the
subject:

" Resolved that the consent of this Corporation be and the same is
hereby granted to his Excellency Daniel D. Tompkins and Noah
Brown to erect under the direction of the Street Commissioner a suit-
able Ferry house on the spot heretofore designated for that purpose,
not exceeding 11 feet square and not more than 15 feet high."

(signed) E. W. King

John P. Anthony
G. Buckmaster

The question being taken on agreeing to the same it was carried in
the Affirmative, the Resolution therein proposed agreed to, and the
lease reported by the Counsel to D. D. Tompkins and N. Brown in
relation to the Ferry was directed to be filled up agreeably to the re-
port and executed in the recess of the Board.

[182] The report of the Committee on the subject of Weighmasters
and the Resolutions on the same subject proposed by Mr. Allen on the
7 th inst. were called up and read and after some discussion were re-
ferred to the same Committee with the addition of Mr. Allen.

The Reports of the Committee on the subject of the regulations of
Greenwich Village were called up and the further consideration thereof
postponed until the next meeting of the Board.



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CITY or NEW YORK



21 Sept. 1818



The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury 14th inst $4050.66

Received for rents 4641.80

" Streets 16800.00

" Fourth Street 5,200.

" Arrears of Tax 1400. 32,092.46

Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Walton Watch 1st dist 1142.75

Clark & Hibberd- do. 2 d do 682.50

Bleakley & Brower do. 3 d do 413.

And w Van Orden Keeper of Battery 1 month to 15 th

instant 45 .

Columbian Office adv Arrears of Tax 108.

[183] Ann Payne Aw d for Roosevelt Street 4611.

Peter Griffen do. do 4075.

Heirs of B. P. Beekman Aw d do 3447.72

Dennis H. Doyle do. do 2866.

John Culbert do. do 1449.

John Marschalk do. do. 920.

James Bartine do. do. 881 .

Ann Crooker & Mary Moncrief bal. do 777.

Jemima Conkling Aw d do. 658.02

Heirs of J. Buchanan do. do. 585.

Titus & Conkling- do. do 192.48

Jac. Lorillard balce do. Cross St 524.06

Steph. Weeks do. Henry St 411.13

John W. Oddie- do. do 372.26

William Warner do. do 361 . 13

David West regs & pavK Ludlow St 200.



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