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the 12 th ins 1 during the fire in Neilsons Alley near Pike Street, that
Dougal M c Michael a foreman of Engine Company N 22 did peremp-
torily and insolently, refuse to [10] comply with the directions of one
of the Engineers ; and altho' it is with much reluctance that this com-
plaint is made, yet notwithstanding, he beleives it his indespensible
duty rigidly to support the authority of the Engineers, as without
which, the greatest confusion and disorder is to be apprehended by
a non compliance with the well regulated system laid down by the
Corporation for the Government of the Fire Department, and having
carefully investigated the subject, he is satisfied of the correctness
thereof, and therefore respectfully recommends (in order to put as
speedy a stop as possible to such conduct) that the said Dougal
M c Michael foreman of Engine Company N 22 be dismissed from the
fire department, and that the Clerk of the Common Council notify

him accordingly." . ..

Respectfully submitted

(signed) Thomas Franklin

Chief Engineer

[11] Whereupon Resolved that Dougal M c Michael be and he is
hereby dismissed from the Fire Department and that the Clerk of the
Common Council give him notice thereof

The following person was appointed Fireman, the Chief Engineer
certifying the vacancy

Fire Engine Company N 26

Henry Day Locksmith, 7 Division Street Vice George W. Dodge
resigned

The Counsel presented the following

" The Counsel herewith respectfully submits to the Board for their



26 April 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 359

acceptance Deeds from Robert H. Bowne and wife, Stephen Allen
and wife, David Stebbins and wife, John Hunter and Henry Overing
and wives and Samuel Thorne and wife, of the property belonging to
them respectively, which is required for the purpose of forming a
[12] public Slip between Roosevelt Street and James' Slip. Also a
release from the Ocean Insurance Company to Robert H. Bowne,
releasing his property from a Mortgage which they hold against it.
The deeds were delivered to the Counsel as escrows and are not to
take effect until the consideration is paid. The consideration for R. H.
Bowne's property is to be paid to the Ocean Insurance Company.
John Mason who ownes the property which belonged to John Clark
declines conveying his property in pursuance of the arrangements
made with the other proprietors. Clark and Ingersoll also decline
unless they are paid Four hundred Dollars more than the finding of
the Jury on account of a part of the pier at James Slip.

Respectfully submitted

(signed) O. Edwards

Which Deeds were directed to be [13] accepted, and the Comp-
troller was directed to make out the Bonds to David Stebbins for the
amount due to him agreeably to the former Report on that subject.

The Counsel also presented for execution Deeds to Robert R.
Hunter, Charles Denison and C. Bolton for property purchased by
them respectively from the Corporation which Deeds were directed
to be duly executed.

M r Allen from the Finance Committee presented " a Law to amend
the Law prescribing the Duties of Comptroller and Chamberlain "
which was passed.

The Market Committee presented the following:
" The Market Committee beg leave to Report to the Board, that they
have received Returns from the Deputy Clerks of the Butchers now
standing and the [14] number of Stalls they now occupy in Washing-
ton, Fly, Catharine, Duane, Spring Street, Greenwich, Centre, Essex,
Grand Street and Gouverneur Markets, and beg leave to offer the
following Resolutions:

Resolved, That they be licensed agreeably to the Returns of the
Deputy Clerks of the different Markets and that the price of license

be reduced to One Dollar. f . , , /- T> i

(signed) G. Buckmaster

Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier
Which was agreed to,



360 CITY or NEW YORK 26 April 1819

The same Committee on the Petition of Matthew Rose, Reported:
" The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioner

be granted and offer the following Resolution,

Resolved, that his Honor, the Mayor be requested to grant him a

[15] license as a butcher to sell meat in the Village of Greenwich.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier

Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The same Committee on the Petition of Jeremiah Kilpatrick and
Gilbert Myer, Reported:

" The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioners
be granted and offer the following Resolution :

Resolved That his Honor the Mayor be requested to grant Jere-
miah Kilpatrick and Gilbert Myers, Licenses as Butchers to sell meat
at Manhattanville.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
" Stephen Allen

" Peter Mesier

[16] Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The same Committee on the Petition of John Norman Reported:
" The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted and offer the following Resolution ;

Resolved, That Stand N 39 Fly Market be granted to John Nor-
man and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
" Peter Mesier

Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The same Committee on the Petition of Effingham Marsh Re-
ported :

1 The Market Committee Recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted and offer the following [17] Resolution,

" Resolved, That stand N 57 Fly Market be granted to Effingham
Marsh and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
" Stephen Allen

" Peter Mesier

Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.



26 April 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 361

The same Committee on the Petition of George Messerve, Re-
ported :

" The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted and offer the following Resolution:

Resolved, that stand N 55 Fly Market be granted to George
Messerve and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier

Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

[18] The same Committee on the Petition of Nathaniel Moore,
Reported :

" The Market Committee Recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted and offer the following Resolution Resolved that stand
N 1 Gouverneur Market be granted to Nathaniel Moore and that he
be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier

Which was approved and the Resolution agreed [to]

The same Committee on the Petition of James Mook, Reported:
" The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioner

be granted and offer the following resolution :

Resolved, That Stand N 8 Spring Street Market be granted to

James Mook and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
[19] Stephen Allen

Peter Mesier
Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The same Committee on the Petition of Adam Kartell Jun r Re-
ported :

' The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted and offer the following Resolution

Resolved, That the Stand N 41 Washington Market be granted
to Adam Kartell and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier
Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.



362 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 April 1819

The same Committee on the Petition of Amos Wood Reported:
" The Market Committee recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted [20] and offer the following Resolution

Resolved, That a Stand in Grand Street Market Corlaers Hook
be granted to Amos Wood and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier
Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The same Committee on the Petition of Lawrence Martin, Re-
ported :

' The Market Committee Recommend the prayer of the Petitioner
be granted & offer the following Resolution,

Resolved, that Stand N 33 Fly Market be granted to Lawrence
Martin and that he be licensed for the same.

(signed) G. Buckmaster
Stephen Allen
Peter Mesier
Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

[21] The Alderman and Assistant of the First Ward and the
Street Commissioner to whom was referred the Petition of Anthony
Dey on the subject of building Vaults, corner of Nassau & Cedar
Streets, and to vary the openings, presented the following Report :

' That they have duly considered the subject to them refered, and
are of opinion that ; that part of the Petition relating to the size, and
building on the intersection of the Street ought to be granted. but that
part relating to fixing the Grate holes in a different position from what
is directed by the ordinance it is inexpedient to grant. Therefore
present the following Resolution Resolved, that the Petitioner be
permitted to built a Vault in front of his Lot along Nassau and
Cedar Street and to connect the same at the intersection of the Street
of the dimentions expressed in the Petition, on the usual [22]

terms. _. .... .

(signed) Peter Mesier

Tho s Bolton

John M c Comb, S 4 Comm r

Which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.
The Street Committee to whom was refered the Petition of
Charles Sherry Reported :

" Respectfully Report That they have personally attended to the



26 April 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 363

survey of M r Sherry's Lot, and are of opinion that the line established
by the Street Commissioner (under all circumstances) is the most
proper one, as it permits him to build his front in a line with the
adjoining houses the buildings on this part of Greenwich Street
have encroached about five inches on the Street Your Committee
are therefore of opinion that M r Sherry has no cause of [23] com-
plaint as he has been permitted to intrench on the Street as far as his
Neighbours Altho' he states that his old building did occupy several
inches farther into the Street.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Samuel Akerly

Which being read was directed to be filed.

The same Committee on the Petition of the Society of United
Christian friends for permission to build Vaults in the Street in from
of their Church presented the following Report and Resolution:

' Having viewed the situation where it is proposed to build the
Vaults are of opinion, that the request of the Petitioners ought to
be granted; Therefore beg leave to present the following resolution.
Resolved, that the [24] Trustees of the Society of United Christian
Friends be permitted to build four Vaults in front of their Church on
Augustus Street, not exceeding Five feet, on the usual terms.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Samuel Akerly

The question being taken thereon it was carried in the affirmative.
The Ayes and Noes having been called by M r Stevens were as follows.

Affirmative Aid" Mesier Underbill Morss McQueen Buckmaster
Taylor Thorp Munson M r Bolton Anthony Westervelt Parker Board
Schiefflin Allen 15

Negative Aid" King V 11 Amringe M r Stevens 3

[25] The Committee on Arts and Sciences to whom had been
refered the Memorial of the Rev d John Stanford respecting a
Catechism prepared by him, Reported:

" The Committee of Arts and Sciences to whom the Catechism of
the Rev d John Stanford (compiled for the use of the children of the
Alms-house) was refered, have had the same under consideration and
beg leave to report, that it appears proper to have the said Catechism
printed at the public expense for the use of the poor children in the



364 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 April 18 19

Alms house, and that the author be compensated for his labour in
compiling the same, wherefore they offer the following Resolution :

Resolved, that the Rev d John Stanford be paid ovtt of the Treasury
Four hundred Dollars for his valuable compilation of a Catechism for
the use of the Alms house, & for his services for the last year in that
institution, [26] and that the said Catechism be printed at the Public
expence, under the direction of the Rev d J. Stanford, for the use of
the poor children in the Alms house.

Respectfully submitted

(signed) Samuel Akerly
" Peter Mesier

E. W. King
John Morss

Which was approved and a Warrant directed to be reported agree-
ably thereto.

Alderman Mesier presented the following Resolution, which was
directed to be refered to the Committee on Arts and Sciences with
authority to act in the Premises as they should judge expedient:

Resolved that the Superintendant be hereby directed to take down
the monument lately erected to designate [27] the position of the South
West Bastion of Fort George on the Battery, and that he place the
marble slab on the top of said monument, under ground on the foun-
dation of said Monument, and that he cause a proper record of the
same to be made, so that the position may always be ascertained.

This being the period for the appointment of the Commissioners
for the School Fund the Board proceeded to that duty, When the fol-
lowing persons were chosen Peter H. Wendover Roger Strong
Abraham Russel Jacob Drake Francis Cooper

A Member stating he had confidential business to communicate the
Lobby was cleared and the Doors closed :

The following was presented by M r Allen [28] from the Committee
of Finance

" The finance Committee, to whom authority was given by the
Board to examine and audit the accounts of \Vhitehead Fish, Late
Chamberlain of this City, Report in part. That owing to the indis-
position of M r Fish, together with the peculiar manner of keeping his
accounts, they have been unable to proceed in the investigation of the
matters refered to them ; they have ascertained however, that a con-
siderable difference exists between him and the Comptroller in relation
to the ballance due the Corporation, and as the Committee have no



26 April 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 365

reason to doubt the correctness of the ballance shewn by the Comp-
troller inasmuch as it is founded on the acknowledged receipts of the
Chamberlain exhibited weekly at his office, they take it for granted,
until evidence is shewn to the contrary by M r Fish, that the ballance in
the Treasury on the [29] 21 st of the present month ought to be 27.977
Dollars and 66 cents, and they beg leave to subjoin the following state-
ment which will shew on what data they found their conclusions.
To ballance of Cash Account on the 21 st April 1819 as per the

Comptroller's books 21107.25

To Cash received by the Treasurer from M r Van Wyck, and not

included in the above ballance 569.

To Warrants unpaid at above date and gone to the credit of the

Treasurer 1293.81

To Cash received by the Treasurer for Street Vaults, and not ac-
counted for by him 129.60

To interest on the funded debt unclaimed on the 21st o f April, for
which the Treasurer has received a Warrant 4851 .



$27.977.66

o

By Ballance in bank to account of W. Fish Esq re Treasurer on the
21 s * April 15.228.32



$12.749.34

[30] From the foregoing statement it will appear, that their is a
deficet amounting to 12.749 Dollars and 34 cents, and for which the
sureties of the Late Chamberlain are liable ; and that the subject may
receive from them the necessary attention, the Committee propose the
following resolution.

Resolved, that the Clerk of the Common Council be instructed to
inform the surety of Whitehead Fish Esq re Late Chamberlain of this
City, that a settlement between the Corporation and the said White-
head Fish must be had immediately, and the ballance due paid to John
Fleming Esq re the present Chamberlain, or that a suit will be instituted
against said Surety.

Respectfully submitted

(signed) Stephen Allen
Samuel Akerly
Peter Mesier
W. F. Van Amringe
Reuben Munson

[31] Whereupon the Resolution therein proposed was agreed to.



366 CITY OF NEW YORK 3 May 1819

The Comptroller Reported.

Balance in the Treasury 19th Instant 6057.92

Rec d for Mayoralty fees 51 .

" Commutation Alien Passengers 135 .

" Tax of 1818 1st 6h 7th Wards 14.300.

" Arrears of Tax 300.

" Wells and Pumps 223.79

" Streets 26.80

" Penalties 596. 21.690.51



Balance in the Treasury on the 21 st April 1819. as appears from the
books of the Comptroller, and transferd to the Account of John
Fleming Esq r City Chamberlain.

Accounts Audited

J. Morton, Clerk Common Council 1 Qr Salary 1 May 1819 312.50

[32] Geo. L. Birch & C Printing 11 Janx to 17th instant. ... 213.93

Jacob Smith J r for machine throwing down chimneys 50.

Isaac F. Bragg writing the freedom of the City on parch-
ment for General Jackson 26.50

Hugh Smith on Acct paving sidewalks in Franklin Street. . 150.

Higgins & Parkson on Ace 1 filling Lots at Crane Wharf. . . 500.

Henry Cochran on Acct filling at foot of Fulton Street

North River 400.

Robt Pettigrew lt Installment Well in Arundel Street 44.89

1697.82



Balance $19.992.69

[33] In Common Council May 3 rd 1819

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President

Peter A. Jay Esq re , Recorder

Aldermen. Assistants.

Elisha W. King Thomas Bolton

Rob 4 M c Queen Samuel Stevens

Jacob B Taylor Leonard Kip

John Morss John P. Anthony

Samuel Akerly
Stephen Allen

A Quorum not appearing His Honor the Mayor adjourned the
meeting of the Common Council until Wednesday next 6 Clock.



5 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 367

[34] In Common Council May 5 th 1819
Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor President

Aldermen Assistants

Anthony L. Underbill Thomas Bolton

W m F. Van Amringe Samuel Stevens

John Morss Leonard Kip

Robert McQueen John P. Anthony

George Buckmaster John J. Westervelt

Jacob B. Taylor Shivers Parker

George B. Thorp Samuel Akerly

Reuben Munson David Board

Stephen Allen

The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

A Petition for a well and pump in Ludlow Street corner of Grand
Street was read and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of Ward
and Street [35] Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor.

A Petition of W m L. Vandervoort for permission to construct a
Vault in Nassau Street was read and refered to Street Commissioner
to grant on the usual terms.

A Recommendation in favor of the appointment of George Mount
as Wood Inspector was read and refered to the Committee on Appli-
cations.

A Petition from W m Shields for appointment of a City Meas-
urer, and a Petition of John Lozin for appointment of Measurer of
Lumber, was read, and refered to same Committee

A Letter from W m W. Gilbert one of the sureties of Whitehead
Fish late Chamberlain of the City requesting the appointment of a
Committee to investigate the accounts of [36] said Chamberlain was
read and refered to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of John O. Eddo, Cartman was received stating that his
horse standing in the Street before his Cart on which he was put-
ting a Load was so injured by one of the Fire Engines which was
passing through the Street on an alarm of Fire as to be wholly use-
less to him and praying compensation for the loss of his horse, was
read and refered to the Committee on Fire Department with au-
thority to give relief to the Petitioner.

A request of Joseph Delaplaine to be permitted to take a Copy of
the Portrait of Gen 1 Williams in the Gallery of Portraits belonging
to the Corporation was read and refered to his Honor the Mayor
to grant the request.

[37] A Petition of the Directors of the Savings Bank praying to



368 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 May 1819

be accomodated with a Room in the Basement Story of the Old
Alms house for the transaction of the business of the institution
was read and refered to the Commissioners of the Alms House.

A Petition of Samuel T. Weeks to be restored to Stall N 55 Fly
Market, formerly held by him and a Petition of Henry Lyons for
stall N 3 Spring Street Market were read and refered to the Mar-
ket Committee.

A Petition of Hugh M c Kibbin for remission of fine for selling
Liquor without License a similar Petition from Samuel Carl, and
a Petition from Conrad Metzgar, (Baker) for relief from penalty
incurred by selling bread lighter than the weight fixed by the weekly
assize were read and refered to the Committee of Charity.

[38] A Recommendation from a number of Citizens in favour
of Jacob C. Cisco's being appointed Assistant of City Watch of 3 rd
District, and a Petition of Alexander Henry for same appointment
were read and refered to the Watch Committee.

A Memorial from the Trustees of the Baptist Church in Mulberry
Street complaining of the riotous conduct of certain disorderly per-
sons who assemble at the Church on Sundays insulting the persons
attending the Church and disturbing the Congregation in their re-
ligious Solemnities and praying the establishment of a Watch in
the vicinity was read and refered to the Watch Committee.

A Petition from Hose Engine Company N 1 praying an addition
of three members to said Company was read and refered to the Com-
mittee on [39] the Fire Department.

The following person was appointed Fireman the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the Vacancy

Fire Engine Company N 23

John L. Smith Hatter 461 Pearl Street Vice Eli White resigned
The Street Commissioner presented a communication on the sub-
ject of the Resolution directing him to contract for the delivery of
a quantity of paving stones, which was referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

The City Inspector presented ordinances for correction of sun-
dry nuisances which was passed.

1 J. D. Kirck, Own & Occup 4 86 Reed Street A Lot

2 M rs Williamson Own 1

T7 /-u ^ t > 98 Church Street D

E. Chase OccupH

3. [40] S. Van Rensalaer Own ^ Spring &

N. Jarvis Agent | Ellizabeth Sts D



5 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



369



4 A. Baldwin
R. Gill

5 Peter A. Jay and
Peter Jay Munro Esq

6 Jn J. Astor Esq re

7 Tho s C. Butler



Own
Occup 1 <



Leonard St. A Lot



8 M rs Lawrence
Ab ni R. Luster
Mary White

9 G. Rutgers

R. Greenwood

10 A. Journey

11 B. Swartwout
J. Smith

G. W. Gray

12 M. Minture,
F. Sypher,

M rs Williamson,
L. West,
M rs Thome



Elm, Pump &

owners^ Collect Streets D
Own King S 1 D

Own Water &

Scammel St s D

Own
Ag*
Occup 1

.( 83 Maiden lane
Occup 1 \

Lessee & occup 1 Varick & Provost Sts. D
Own 1 jW h

Ag 1 Ll39 Washington St D
Occup 4 ]



7 Gold Street A Privy



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13

14



The rear of

208 Grand Street



160 Duane Street
41 Oliver Street
70 Bancker Street
97 Bancker Street



Own
Occup 1
Own
Occup 1
Own
J. Mould & M rs Barber Occupants

15 [41] J. P. Clement Lessee

and occupant^

16 Ja s Dobbin Own )
R 1 B. Gordon Occup* \

17 Isaac Graham, Own or Ag 1 ) in ,-, c .

^ %> 19 Fayette Street
R. Rhodes Occup 4

18 D 1 Robinson & Jn Alex-

ander,
M r Swezy

19 D r Berger,
Cha s Nicholls

20 John Rogers
S. Lock wood

21 W m C. Rhi[ne] lander,
R. Waite Jun r and

A. W. Trappan

22 J s Anderson
Ch s D. Vecchio



Lessees 1298 Greenwich St.
Occup 1 ]

.(. 95 Greenwich St.
Occup 1 ^

Own ) 100 T-,

-. . V 128 Broadway

Occup 1 \

own I

1 136 Broadway
Occupt 8 ]

.1140 Broadway
Occup 1 ^

(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector



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370 CITY or NEW YORK 5 May 1819

The Comptroller presented the following report received from the
Treasurer in [42] in pursuance of the Ordinance passed on 26 th April
last which was directed to be filed

" City Treasury

New York May 3, 1819
"Sir:

In compliance with a Law of the Corporation passed 26 th ultimo I
herewith enclose an account current of receipts and payments from
the date of my appointment until 1 st Instant inclusive, by which it
will appear the Balance in the Treasury on that day was 9910 7 %oo
Dollars.

I am respectfully

Sir, Your Obed* Serv 1

(signed) John Fleming

Chamberlain



5 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



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