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Clerk was directed to cause them to be printed together with the
Rules adopted at the last meeting.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board the monthly report



898 CITY or NEW YORK 17 May 1819

of the Keeper of the Bridewell of the persons confined therein. He
observed that the late Hour at which it had been furnished to him
this day precluded any written communication from him respecting
it.

[110] He therefore only observed that the Calendar was small in
number and that there were but two cases above the degree of Grand
Larceny for Forgery and Crimes relating to counterfeiting and
uttering false money, Offences which had been lately so prevalent there
was not one person committed Whereupon the Report was directed
to be filed.

The Superintendent of the Alms house presented the Annual
Return of the persons admitted, discharged or died and remaining
in the Alms house between the 1 st April 1818 and the 1 st April 1819.
which was as follows :

Annual Report of the Superintendent of the Alms House, Bride-
well and Penitentiary of the City of New York; shewing the num-
ber of Paupers, who have been admitted into the Alms House, from
the 1 st day of April 1818 (including those at that time in the House)
to the [111] 1 st day of April 1819; and the number discharged, and
who died in the house during the same period, also the number of
Paupers now in the House designating their sex and places of Birth,
the Prisoners and Vagrants in the City Prison, Bridewell and Peni-
tentiary, the Maniacs in the City Asylum also an account of Money
&c distributed amongst the Outdoor poor by the Commissioners dur-
ing the time aforesaid.

Paupers in, and admitted in the Alms house from the 1 st day of April

1818 to the 1st day of April 1819 3449

Paupers Discharged 1577. Died 379. Total discharged and died 1956



Remaining in the House April 1. 1819 1493



Men 396. Women 468. Boys 374. Girls 255. Total 1493.
City of New York 740. State of New York 93. United States 153.
England 81. Scotland 30. Ireland 318. Germany 46. France 16.
West Indies 11. African, 5. Total 1493

[112] Number of Vagrants in the City Prison and Bridewell on the
1 st on the 1 st day of April 1819 Men 69. Women 40. Total 109.

Number of Prisoners and Vagrants in the Penitentiary on the
1 st day of April 1819. Men 244. Women 119. Total 363.



17 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 399

Cash distributed to the Out-door poor from 1 s * day of April 1818 to
the 1st day of April 1819 $4315.51

Wood distributed 1059 Loads at 14/ IS/ & Carting &
Pileing $2695.01

Potatoes distributed 2000 Bushels at 3/6 Carting & Measur-
ing 922.24

$3617.25

Hospital Accounts for supporting Maniacs during the last 12 Months $3491.85

New York April 1 st 1819.
(signed) Richard Furman, Super 1

Which was directed to be filed.

Petitions from Richard Suydam and [113] Giles M. Whitney for
permission to construct two Vaults in Pearl Street between Coenties
Slip and Broad Street a similar petition from Thomas L. Ogden
for a Vault in Nassau Street and a similar Petition from Isaac Hat-
field for Vault in Greenwich Street were severally read and granted
on the usual terms and under the direction of the Street Commis-
sioner.

A Petition for a Well and Pump at the North West corner of
Greenwich and Beach Streets was read and referred to the Alderman
and Assistant of Ward and Street Commissioner to report Ordinance
therefore.

A Petition of Lawrence Martin for Stall N 11 Spring Street
Market was read and granted.

A Petition of William Passman for permission to exchange Stall
N 9 Spring Street Market now held by him for Stall N 12 [114] of
same Market which is vacant and to be licenced for the Latter Stall
was read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Henry Hyde for Stall N 2 Greenwich Market.

A Petition of John Taylor for Stall N 12 Spring Street Market.

A Petition of Samuel T. Weekes to be restored to Stall N 55 Fly
Market formerly occupied by him A Recommendation in his favor
from sundry persons Creditors of the Said S. T. Weekes were sev-
erally read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants in the vicinity of Spring
Street Market stating that the present Market is not sufficiently spa-
cious to accomodate the Butchers attending the same and praying that
a new Market may be erected or the present Market enlarged was
read and referred to the Market [115] Committee to report.

A Letter from Jonathan Burrall in behalf of the Managers of the
State Lottery requesting the use of a room in the Hall for the pur-



400 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 May 1819

pose of drawing the said Lottery was read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Public Offices.

A Letter was received from a Committee on behalf of the York
& Jersey Steam Boat Company stating that the South Pier of the
Steam Boat Basin at Courtlandt Street was greatly out of Repair and
requesting the same may be repaired without delay was read and re-
ferred to the Ferry Committee.

A Letter from Col. Murray enclosing an Account of expences in-
curred by a Detachment of Troops under his command on the re-
ception of General Jackson amounting to $20. was read & referred to
the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Jacob Brant praying on [116] account of his age
and Poverty exemption from payment of an Assessment for opening
Grand Street was read and referred to the Committee of Charity.

A Petition from Alexander S. Glass for relief from Tax imposed
on him for Lots in Ninth Ward which are not owned by him was
read and referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of Simeon Freeland to be appointed a Lamp Lighter
was read and referred to the Lamp Committee.

A Letter was received from Judah Hammond Esq re stating that
having been elected a Member of the Common Council he consid-
ered it inconsistent with the usages of the Board that a Member should
retain any Office under the Board and therefore begged leave to
resign the Office which he held of Public Administrator

[117] He stated that there was some unfinished business which
required that a successor should not be appointed until the 7 th of
June next The same having been read it was directed to be laid
on the Table.

Petitions from Lewis Rogers Joseph Miller Joseph Osborn
George Duryea and of George Betts for appointment of Street In-
spector and of James Buckmaster for the appointment of Public
Administrator were severally read and referred to the Committee on
Applications.

A Petition from Nicholas Fish praying relief respecting an As-
sessment for regulating North Street was read and referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of Martinet & Roe on subject of a complaint made
to the Attorney against them for incumbering the Street, and of
Ab m L. Smith on complaint against him [118] for leaving the grat-
ing of his Vault in the Street open were read and referred to the
Police Committee.



17 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 401

A Petition that Grand Street between Suffolk and Eldredge Streets
may be paved was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition that the side walks in Mott Street between Hester and
Broome Streets be paved was referred to the Street Committee

A Petition that Varick Street may be regulated and paved between
Laight and Vandam Street was referred to the Street Committee.

A Communication from the Street Commissioner stating that two
Frame Houses which were erected on the Northerly side of Grand
Street encroach upon [119] the Street and as the Street is about
to be opened he recommend [s] said Houses should be removed was
read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Communication from the City Inspector stating that a Lot on
Orange Street N 1110 of Bayard's East Farm was in a state of
Nuisance was referred to the Street Committee.

A Report of the Street Committee on the Petition for paving Grand
Street from Arundel Street to the East River which was presented
on the 5 th of May and laid for consideration was called up and re-
ferred to the Street Committee and the Aldermen and Assistants of
7 th & 10 th Wards.

A Letter was received from Alexander Robertson Secretary of
the American Academy of the Fine Arts inviting the Members of the
Common Council to visit their Gallery at [120] the opening of the
Exhibition on the 18 th instant which being read was accepted.

A Petition from John Anderson and Joshua Jones owners of
Property on the North River between Vesey and Barclay Streets
stating that there is great want of accomodation for River Craft in
that part of the City and praying that orders may be given for running
out piers from Vesey and Barclay Streets which being read was re-
ferred to the Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips.

A Letter was received from Joshua Barnard stating that he has
been a long time employed in boring and searching for Coal Mines
both in Europe and in this Country that he beleives he has discov-
ered a place on the Hudson River where a Bed of Coal will be found
and tendering his services to search for the same, which being read
was referred to the Committee on Arts & Sciences.

[121] A Petition from Jesse Wood for appointment as Assistant
to 3 rd Watch District was read and referred to Watch Committee.

The Council reported as follows :

" The Counsel begs leave to inform the Board that the Report
of the Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment in the Cases of
Market and Oliver Streets have been confirmed by the Superiour Court.



402 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 May 1819

The Counsel respectfully recommends that Collectors be appointed
to collect the Assessments, And as the Owners of Property fronting
on those Streets are desirous that those improvements should go
into effect immediately, he suggests the propriety of instructing the
Street Commissioner to take the necessary measures for removing
the buildings with all convenient speed,

The Commissioners appointed to estimate the value of Ground re-
quired for the purpose of extending the inclosures at the New Alms
House have made their Report and it has been confirmed by the
Superiour Court. [U2] Respectfully submitted

(signed) O. Edwards

Whereupon Morris De Camp was appointed Collector of Assess-
ment on Oliver Street and John G. Betts on Market Street.

A Petition from sundry owners and occupants in Market Street
was received stating that they understood the Report of the Com-
missioners of Estimate on the Petition for widening said Street
had been confirmed by the Superiour Court and praying said improve-
ments may go into immediate effect was read.

A Petition was also received from the Trustees of the Baptist
Church in Fayette Street praying they may be permitted immediately
to commence the building of their Church which agreeably to the
late Regulation of the Street will occupy a part of said Street was
also read.

Whereupon the said Two Petitions [123] were referred to the
Street Committee with authority to act in relation to the immediate
carrying into effect the Improvements of Oliver Street, and Market
Street as they shall judge expedient.

The Counsel presented the following:

: The Counsel herewith respectfully submits for execution a Deed
to Isaac Concklin of Lots N os 12 & 13 of the Lots sold by the Cor-
poration near the Washington Market, between Fulton and Dey
Streets, which Lots were purchased by him at the Public Sale under
the direction of the Comptroller.

Also a Lease to Charles Hall of a lot of Ground in the Tenth
Ward fronting on First Street & distinguished by lot Number Two
hundred & forty, for the term of sixteen years. This Lot was sold
on the 6 th March 1817 by the Street Commissioner in pursuance of
the Statute to satisfy an assessment for opening the Second Avenue.

(signed) O. Edwards

[124] Which were directed to be executed.



17 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 403

The Street Commissioner presented the following communica-
tion.

" The Street Commissioner begs leave to state, to the honorable
the Corporation, that your honorable body did on the 24 th day of
March 1817 Ordain, that the Proprietors of Water Grants between
Courtlandt Street and Duane Street, should on, or before the 1 st day
of August the next ensuing " build up, and make a good and suffi-
cient Bulk head fronting on and extending along the Westerly line
of \Vest Street Some few of the Proprietors, neglected to comply
with the said Ordinance, among whom were the Assigneess to the
Estate of Robert Fulton, deceased it now becomes necessary that
a Bulk head should be made in Front of that Estate, in order that
the Earth used to regulate Dey Street may be prevented from passing
into the river.

The Street Commissioner, therefore [125] herewith presents the
draft of an Ordinance, that the Object of this communication may
be carried into Effect.

All which is respectfully submitted

(signed) John M c Comb

Street Commissioner

Which was approved and the Ordinance therein recommended was
passed.

The Attorney represented that complaints had been made at his
Office against the Mess rs Hitchcocks, Street Contractors for the fol-
lowing causes Viz : for not sweeping and cleaning Chappie Street
for the like respecting Sloat lane for the like respecting Beaver
lane for the like respecting Beaver Street for the like respect-
ing Greenwich Street from the Battery to N 31 and for not remov-
ing the filth from Catharine Market He also reported that a Com-
plaint had been made against Garrit Storm for encumbering the
Street against James Graham for a similar offence and against
Joseph Dean a Cartman for throwing coal on the side [126] walk
Whereupon the said several communications were referred to the
Street Committee.

The Attorney also requested that the Petition of John Cannon
against whom a judgement had been obtained for suspending dyed
articles in the Streets may be decided on in order that the same may
be closed, which was referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

The Comptroller presented a communication stating that an offer
had been made to him for the renting of the Lot corner of Nassau



404 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 May 1819

& Wall Streets, whereupon the same was referred to the Finance
Committee authorising to act in the Premises.

The City Inspector presented ordinances for the correction of
sundry nuisances which was passed.

1. [127] Elias Burger Lessee Washington Street A Lot

2. Tn Anderson Own) , , .

\ ^Washington Street D

Asa Hall, Lessee}

3. Whitehead Hicks Own Bancker Street D

4. Nath 1 Smith Lessee Peck Slip & Water St. D

5. Rob* Montgy Livingston Own Leonard Street D

6. John R. Livingston Own Chapel Street D

7. Jn M c Dougall Lawrence Own Leonard St D

8. D D D Elm Street D

9. M rs Wiggins Lessee & Occup 1 Grand Street A Privy
10. The Agents of the Estate of the^l

late Charles Stewart and I 25 Murray Street D

George Wilson OccupH

11 Edw d Wilson Lessee| i ? TT c t rv>
Cha s Crowley Occup 1 (

12 T. A. Runnells Own 147 Water Street D
13. D r Gerardus Cooper Agent,^| Duane Street

M rs Moore Clark & Eggleso and D

Occupants] Broadway

(signed) George Cumings

City Inspector.

[128] A Letter was received from John G. Betts resigning his
appointment of City Weigher and returning to the Corporation his
acknowledgments for their favors conferred on him Whereupon
Resolved that said Resignation be accepted.

The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the Vacancies

Hook & Ladder Company N 2

Nicholas Deane Clerk 110 Orange Street v Allan Doughty-
resigned

Isaac Underbill Grocer 20 Cheapside v Henry Peacock
resigned

Fire Engine Company N 5

Richard Rikeman Turner, corner of Nassau & Beekman Sts v.
Ja s R. Reynolds resigned



17 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 405

Fire Engine Company N 11

James Gulick, Merchant 83 Pearl Street v. Daniel M. Lord-
Removed in y e Country

Fire Engine Company N 12

John Purse Currier 48 Frankfort Street v. Peter Hegeman
term of service expired

[129] Fire Engine Company N 13

Gerard C. Aycrigg Watch maker Pearl S* & Burling Slip v.
Isaac Underhill resigned

Benjamin M. Underhill Accountan[t] 240 Water S l v. Jeremiah
Vanderbilt resigned

William W. Loines Accountant 168 Water Street v. Dan 1 Oak-
ley resigned

William Stoutenborough Account" 4 186 Water Street v. William
Clark resigned

Cornelius Agnew Accountant 313 Water Street v. Valentine
G. Hall, resigned

*See for remainder of Firemen page 131

The following Resolution was presented and agreed to.

" Resolved, That it be the duty of the City Intendent to attend
unto, and see that the Streets are swept and the Manure &c removed
by the Contractors according to their Contracts, and to Report each
and every case of neglect or omission to the Attorney of the Board
in order that the same may be prosecuted.

[130] The following Resolution was presented.

" Resolved that the Room in the basement Story of the New York
Institution granted to the Academy of Arts and which was for-
merly the Bake House of the Old Alms house, may be used by the
Trustees of the Bank for Savings for the office of said Trustees,
For and during the term, concurrent with the Lease aforesaid to the
Academy of Arts the said Academy thereunto consenting."

Which was referred to the Committee on Arts & Sciences with
power to grant the use of the room agreeably to said Resolution.

The following Resolution was presented and agreed to Resolved
that the enlarging extending and improving Harman Street be sus-
pended until the first day of October next.

Resolved that the Clerk of the Common [131] Council procure and
deliver to each of the newly elected Members of the Board, a Copy






406 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 May 1819

of the Charter of this City a Copy of the Ordinances of the City
a Copy of the Laws of the State of New York, and a Map of the
City Also ordered that the Superintendent of Repairs furnish to
them the staves of Office.

The following Persons were appointed Firemen the Chief En-
gineer certifying the vacancies.

Fire Engine Company N 23

John P. Bailey Clerk 87 Leonard Street vice Thomas Maurice
resigned

Fire Engine Company N 28

Frederick Hanigor Cartman Liberty Pole vice John H. Smith
resigned

Jacob Skiner Brush maker, 236 Orange Street vice Michael
Dietze resigned

Benjamin Davis butcher Mercer c r Green vice Pine Hopkins
resigned

Fire Engine Company N 31

Jotham Weeks Grocer corner of White & Chappie Streets, vice
Andrew Colvin resigned

[132] Edward Appleby Carpenter, Jews Alley vice Peter Wooley
resigned

Fire Engine Company N 37

Peter Hepburn, Carpenter, Orchard n. Rivington vice Richard
Dally resigned

Fire Engine Company N 39

Jesse Forshee, Accountant Chapel & Warren Streets vice John
Tallman left the City

Fire Engine Company N 40.

Absalom Traver, Grocer Bayard & Mulberry St. vice Isaac
Skaats resigned

John Cornell, Chair Maker, 37 Norfolk Street vice George Far-
rington Jun r resigned

Adam Blackledge, Mason, 59 Spring Street vice Benjamin Bedell
resigned

Henry Maxson, Carpenter, 3 Prince Street vice Elijah Sniffen,
resigned



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17 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 407

The Comptroller Reported

Balance in the Treasury !Qth Instant $13.355.02

[133] Accounts Audited

Anderson & Leake Watch 1 s * District $1142.75

Hibberd & Clark- " 2<i " 707.

Bleakley & Brower 3d " 406.12

G. N. Bleecker Comptr 1 Qr Salary 15 instant.. $500.
Tax p d for Land at Horn's hook ferry, Long

Island 1.62

Postage letters in Public business 1.90 503.52



Jacob P. Roome, Super* Repairs 1 Q r Salary 14 th instant.. 300.

Joseph Varick Inspector of bread 1 Q r Salary 17 th instant.. 96.75

John Burger regule 4 Public Clocks 1 Q r Salary 1 s * instant 66.66

Andrew M c Cready keeper of the Park 30 days to 11 th in-
stant 45 .

Ald n Mesier, attending Sessions 12 days Dec r 1818 48.

Ald n King, attending sessions 12 days Dec r 1818 48.

Ald n Underbill attending sessions 12 days Jany 1819 48.

[134] Aid" Van Amringe attending sessions 12 days Janu-
ary 1819 48.

Aid" Morss, attending sessions 12 days February 1819 48.

Aid 11 McQueen, attending sessions 12 days February 1819.. 48.

Ald n Buckmaster, attending sessions 12 days March 1819... 48.

Ald n Taylor, attending sessions 12 days March 1819 48.

Aid" Thorp, attending sessions 12 days April 1819 48.

Ald n Munson, attending sessions 12 days April 1819 48.

Geo. Platt, work at Mud Machine 4 Weeks to 9 instant 191.75

John O. Eddo for injury done his horse by a Fire Engine. . 150.

Josh. Leonard for Lists passengers foreign & coasting 6

M 1st instant 50.

George Bowen, Carriage hire 1 st & 10 th instant 37.50

W m W. Todd for Inspectors and Clerks of Election 2<i

Ward 52.

[135] David Bryson for Inspectors & Clerks of Election

4* Ward 52.

W m Sutliff, Watchman, Witness at Court 4 th instant 2.

Benj n S. Langdon, do Witness at Court 4 th instant 2.

James Gardener, Watchman Witness at Court 12 th instant. 2.

Abisha Smith on Acct flagging side walk Washington

Street 200.

Ch s Mooney bal c paving Spring Street fr. Wooster to

Thompson Street 177.43

Robt Pettigrew for a Well in Arundel Street 44.89

Thomas Scott bal c paving South Street 65.55

Higgins & Parks bal ce filling Market Ground at Crane

Wharf 667.50

Henry Cochran bal c filling at Fulton Street North River.. 511.68

John Randel Junr on Acct Maps &c 9th Ward 379.50



408 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 May 1819

Jacob P. Roome Super 4 Repairs for repairs: & Glazing

Lamps in April 152.

[136] Jacob P. Roome, Super* Repairs for repairs 250.

J. P. Roome, Supert. Repairs for Stone at the Battery 257.

Richard Furman, Super* Alms House 5000.

$11.992.60



Balance $1362.42
Board adjourned to meet Monday next 6 Clock.

1 137] In Common Council May 24 th 1819

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor, President
Peter A. Jay Esq re Recorder

Aldermen Assistants

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Samuel Stevens

Leonard Kip Hermanus Tallman

John P. Anthony Benjamin Crane

John Morss John J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Stephen P. Brittain

Geo. B. Thorp David Board

Stephen Allen W m A. Davis

Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved

A Petition of Andrew Malcom Commander of Brig Poacher was
received stating that he chartered said brig to one Samuel Hurry
for a Voyage to Cork and back to New York [138] that at Cork
Hurry took in 63 Alien Passengers whose Passage money he received,
that on their arrival at New York Hurry absconded without paying
the Charter Money or giving the requisite Bonds for the Alien Pas-
sengers for which said Passengers Petitioner was obliged to com-
mute that said Hurry is without funds or character and Petitioner
has no expectation of receiving any thing from him and praying some
relief Whereupon the same was referred to the Committee of Charity.

A Communication was received from Joseph P. Simson sealer of
Weights and Measures recommending a revision of the Law respect-
ing Weights and Measures and some Amendments therein which
was referred to the Committee on Laws.

A Petition of Charles W. Noyes, Commander of Ship William
from London stating that in a Report which he made of his Passen-
[139] gers an omission was made of the names of two Passengers



24 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 409

through the mistake of a Clerk who made out the Report that a suit
had been instituted therefor against him by the Attorney of the Board
and praying relief was read and referred to the Committee on Laws.

His Honor the Mayor stated that he had received a communica-
tion from the Clerk of the Common Council stating that having been
directed to furnish to the newly elected Members a Copy of the
Charter the same could not be complied with as the same was out of
print and could not be procured, and his Honor suggested the pro-
priety of directing Copies of the same to be printed, and to add thereto
the amendments made to the Charter and the Laws of the State in
relation to this City Whereupon the subject was referred to the
Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Michael Fash for further time for payment of an
Assessment for improving [140] Green Street A Petition of J. M.
Christie praying remission of a Tax assessed on him in the 5 th Ward
he being utterly unable to pay the same and a Petition from Samuel
Matthews for remission of fine incurred by selling liquor Avithout
licence as represented and praying relief Whereupon the said sev-
eral Petitions were referred to the Committee of Charity.



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