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422 CITY OF NEW YOEK 31 May 1819

[172] A Petition of Silas Lockwood for permission to remove a
Frame Building from Chatham Street to Grand Street was read &
referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of 4 th & 10 th Wards.

A Petition of Captain Samuel Evans requesting the use of the
Mud Machine for cleaning the Launching slip on Long Island &
preparing the ways for the United States Ship of 74 Guns now building
was read & referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips with
authority to grant the request.

A Resolution of the Board of Managers of the Society for the
promotion of Agriculture & Domestic Manufactures was transmitted
by William North Esq re the President requesting of the Corporation
the use of a room in the City Hall or elsewhere wherein the Meetings
of the Society may be holden was read & referred to the Committee
[173] on Public Offices.

A Letter of Thomas & James Swords offering to supply the Cor-
poration with the Laws of the State ordered for the newly elected
members was read.

A Petition of W m Craig of the City of New York Merchant was
presented, stating that Edward Rogers, late of the City, Mariner,
departed this life on or about the month of August 1815 and by his
last Will & Testament devised all his Estate Real & Personal to
Eleanor Hull wife of George Hull ; that said George & Eleanor have
from motives of affection duly assigned & transferred all the monies
due to the Estate of said Edward Rogers to said Petitioner in Trust
and for the use of Alice Rogers Widow of said Edward Rogers
That in pursuance of the Act in that case made & provided the Public
Administrator administered upon the Estate of said Edward Rogers
and the Proceeds [174] thereof have been some time since paid by
him to the Chamberlain or City Treasurer, and praying that said
Proceeds may be paid over to Petitioner in pursuance of said Assign-
ment Whereupon the same was referred to the Comptroller.

A Petition for a Well & Pump in Elisabeth Street near Prince
Street was referred to the Alderman & Assistant of Ward and Street
Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor.

A Representation from Robert Abbatt that the Drain between King
& Hammersly and Washington & West Streets had given way that
the foot of LeRoy Street between Washington & West Street required
filling up and requesting the attention of the Board thereto, was re-
ferred to the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of Andrew Colvin for remission [175] of fine for not



31 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 423

having the Rates in his Hackney Carriage was read & referred to the
Police Committee

A Petition of Catharine Arundel for a stand in the Park for the
purpose of vending fruit &c was referred to the Committee on Public
Lands & Places.

A Petition of John A Martin for Stall N 1 Grand Street Market
at Corlaers hook a Petition of John G. Thompson for the same stall
& a petition of John A. Ten Brook for Stall No. 12 Centre Market
were read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Memorial of sundry Inhabitants complaining against the conduct
of Jonathan Weeden Street Inspector & requesting his removal from
Office was read and referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Alexander Campbell for the [176] appointment of
Street Inspector was read and referred to the Committee on Appli-
cations.

The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engineer
certifying the vacancies.

Fire Engine Company N 7

James Seguine bookseller 33 Hudson Street vice Jesse Harvey
expelled

Fire Engine Company N 26

John Day book binder 17 Oliver Street vice Jonah Cutting re-
signed

Fire Engine Company N 30

Peter Vreeland Carpenter Grand S 1 near Forsyth S l vice Abra-
ham Delamater soldier on Bedlows Island

Fire Engine Company N 41

John Hyer Painter 35 Forsyth Street vice Jonathan Baker
resigned

Seth Wheeler Carpenter Forsyth near Delancey S 1 vice Henry
Lake expelled

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for laying the
Curb Stone in [177] Hudson Street from Charlton to Hammond Street
& for gravelling the Carriage way & side walk & for regulating and
paving Anthony Street from Collect to Orange Street which were
passed & Jacob C Mott, John Brower & Abraham Baudouine were ap-
pointed Assessors in each.



424



CITY OF NEW YORK



31 May 1819



The City Inspector presented ordinances for correction of sundry
nuisances which were passed



1 George Lorillard

2 M rs Webster

3 Charles M c Evers

4 Jn Beekman

5 Peter Ogilvie

6 D

7 Nic s Shureman Lessee

8 Rob* Cochran
D. Robertson

9 P. Conway

C. & D. Haight

10 L. Van Loon
J. M c Cormick

11 [178] C. Cutter,
R* De Grushe,
Ja s Chaple,

12. E. Anderson



Owner 191 Water Street A Lot
Owner Thompson Street do.
Owner Thompson Street do.
Owner Spring & Broome

Street

Delancey Street
Rivington Street
Spring Street
144 Chrystie Street



do.
do.
do.
do.



Owner

D

& Occup 1
Owner
Occup 1
Owner
Occupt 5
Lessee|
Occup* ^
Owner!

Agent 1 145 Lombardy Street do.
OccuptJ
Owner 16 Broome Street D



Chrystie &
Grand Street

56 Harman St



A Privy
do.



do.



(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector

The Attorney presented the following cases of complaints of In-
fractions of the Laws which had been made to him: viz John W.
Phillips a Cartman for driving his cart without a number Matthew
Jordan for selling liquor without license Mess" Hitchcocks Street
Contractors for not sweeping Orange Street Levi Forshee for selling
liquor without licence upon which case M r Tallman presented a Reso-
lution remitting the penalty on payment of costs, which was referred
with the Petition Noah Brown for incumbering the Street John
Murray for leaving the Grate of his Vault in the Street open without a
Curb round it and against Captain James W. Travis for delivering
[179] Stock from his Vessel to Butchers on Sunday accompanied with
a Petition from Captain Travis Whereupon the above cases were re-
ferred to the Committee on Public Offices And it was Resolved that
in all references of Complaints from the Attorney unless otherwise
specially directed the said Committee on Public Offices have power to
give such directions respecting the prosecution of suits on the re-
mission of Penalties as they shall judge right & proper without report-
ing thereon to the Board.



31 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 425

The Committee on the Fire Department to whom was referred the
Resolution impowering them to purchase a Lot of Ground whereon to
place the Engine House standing in Canal Street Reported,

" That they purchased of M r John Ferguson for Forty two Years,
Nine Months and Ten days a piece of Ground Fifteen feet on Watts
Street and Twenty five feet deep for the sum of Three hundred & fifty
dollars Respectfully offer the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the Comptroller be [180] requested to Report a
Warrant in favour of J. P. Anthony, chairman of Committee on Fire
Department for the sum of Three hundred & fifty dollars.

(signed) John P. Anthony
Robert McQueen
Harmanus Tallman

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Special Committee to whom was referred the Subject of the
Breach made in the Battery together with other matters relative thereto
Reported

" That the injury to the Battery occasioned by the Storm of Last
Summer, owing to the state of the Bulkhead which supported the
adjacent ground, is extended nearly around the whole of that Prome-
nade ; and unless some effectual measures are adopted to stop its pro-
gress, the next storm in all probability will destroy that part of the
Bulk head still remaining, and carry [181] with it a great portion of
the Earth forming the main walk of the Battery. The Committee are
of opinion therefore, that no time should be lost by the board in
adopting such measures as will be at least a preventative to further
injury ; as any delay will only tend to widen the breach and utimately
increase the expense of repairing it. The Subject is one of consider-
able magnitude, both as it respects the amount to be expended and the
time required to compleat the work, and as the resources of the Cor-
poration are inadequate to the necessary disbursement for such under-
taking, without a Special tax for the purpose ; and one Season is evi-
dently too short to compleat the whole of the work, the committee are
of opinion that the necessary sum should be raised by a special tax
on the City, to be apportioned by the Supervisors among the several
Wards, as in their judgement will be just and equitable ; and that only
so much of the work should be contracted to be done this summer, as
will prevent the injury already [182] sustained from increasing, and
preserve the earth forming the battery in the state it now is.

The Committee herewith present a Map and plan of the contem-



426 CITY OF NEW YORK 31 May 1819

plated improvement being the same reported by a former Committee on
this subject, except that the present line is extended 25 feet less in the
River than the former was, and will in their oninion form a promenade
sufficiently large for every useful purpose, and at the same time lessen
the expense several thousand Dollars.

The plan proposed by the Committee is to form a reef of common
dock stone on the line shewn by the Map to be raised to the height of
Low water mark, and when compleated to have a surface of 15 feet at
it's top. This it is presumed will be a sufficient foundation to erect such
barrier as will resist the pressure of the water on the one hand, and
the earth on the other. The Committee beleive that the construction
of this reef will be all that can conveniently [183] be performed in
the present summer; and even if more could be performed, the Com-
mittee doubt the policy of permitting it, as some time ought to be al-
lowed for the settling of the Reef or foundation, besides the saving in
expense, by procuring the filling to be done through the winter months
and preparing the materials for building the wall or barrier will be
considerable, and thus the work will be in progress against the next
spring, when that part of the plan ought to go into full operation.

The estimates of the expense of making the Reef or foundation
has been made with due care, and the Committee beleive it will not ex-
ceed the sum of 14,610 Dollars.

The manner of constructing the wall together with the expense of
that part of the plan including the filling, and the means for raising the
sum necessary to defray the whole amount required, will be reported
hereafter, and the Committee therefore close this report by offering
the following Resolution.

Resolved that the Street Commissioner [184] under the direction
of this Committee, be instructed to enter into contracts for the con-
struction of a Reef around the Battery, to be laid on a line designated
on the Map accompanying this report, such Reef to be formed of
common Dock Stone, and to be raised to the height of low water mark,
and when compleated to form a surface at its top of 15 feet and at its
base of 45 feet, & that he contract also for driving so many piles in
order to designate the Line of said Reef as may be deemed necessary.

Respectfully submitted

(signed) Stephen Allen
John Hone
John Morss
Jacob B. Taylor
George B. Thorp



31 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 427

The question being taken on agreeing to the Resolution therein pro-
posed it was carried in the affirmative, the Ayes & Noes having been
called by M r Board were as follows.

[185] Affirmative Alderman Hone King Kip Anthony Morss Mc-
Queen Taylor Thorp Allen M r Bolton Stevens Tallman Crane Davis
(14)

Negative Aldermen Mann M r Westervelt Parker Brittain Board
Hammond (6)

The Finance Committee on the Petition of Barent Story, Reported :

" That having made the necessary inquiries they are satisfied the
facts set forth by the Petitioner are true, and that the amount
awarded him by the Commissioners on Grand Street is 634 Dollars
payable on the first [186] day of September next.

The Committee beleiving the case of the Petitioner to be one which
is entitled to relief, and he being willing to allow the interest on such
sum as may be advanced him, until the same shall become due, have
agreed to recommend that his request be granted, and offer the follow-
ing Resolution accordingly.

Resolved that a Warrant pass in favor of Barent Story for 400
Dollars, leaving part of the sum awarded him for damage in widening
Grand Street ; and that the Comptroller be instructed that, at the time
of paying the balance of said award, he deduct such sum as will amount
to the interest on the 400 Dollars now ordered to be paid said Story
in advance.

Respectfully submitted

(signed) Stephen Allen
John Hone
J. Hammond
S. P. Brittain
Benj n Crane

[187] Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

An Account was received from Thomas W. Gilbert stating the
amount of monies received by him for arrears of Taxes which was
referred to the Finance Committee

The Street Committee on the subject of paving the Bowery from
Broom Street to Art Street Reported,

" That they have carefully examined the situation of the Bowery,
and are decidedly of opinion that it ought to be paved from Broome
to the Northerly side of Jones Street, and they beg leave to offer the
following : Resolution,



428 CITY or NEW YORK 31 May 1819

Resolved that the Bowery be paved from the present pavement at
Broome Street to the Northerly side of Jones Street, and that the
Street Commissioner be instructed to prepare an Ordinance to that
effect.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
Shivers Parker
John Morss

[188] Whereupon the Resolution was adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition for paving Orange Street
Reported,

" That the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be granted, and they
therefore beg leave to present the following Resolution

Resolved that Orange Street be paved between Spring Street to
Prince Street, and that an Ordinance be passed for that purpose.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Shivers Parker
S. P. Brittain
" Asa Mann

Whereupon the Resolution was adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition for paving Washington Street,
Reported

' That on a careful examination of the situation of Washington
Street, they are of opinion that the pavement ought [189] to be
extended to Watts Street, And they beg leave to offer the following
Resolution

Resolved that Washington Street be paved from the pavement at
North Moore Street, to Watts Street, and that the Street Commis-
sioner be instructed to prepare an Ordinance for that purpose.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss

" Shivers Parker

S. P. Brittain

" Asa Mann

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition for repaving Division Street,
Reported

" That they have examined the condition of the pavement in Divi-
sion Street, and are satisfied that it cannot be repaired, they are there-



31 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 429

fore of opinion that the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be granted,
They therefore beg leave to offer the following Resolution

[190] Resolved that Division Street be repaved from Chatham
Street to Orchard Street and that the Street Commissioner prepare
an Ordinance for that purpose.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
" John Morss

Shivers Parker
S. P. Brittain
" Asa Mann

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of Charles Byrne, Reported
' That they have given this application due consideration, and are
of opinion that the prayer of the Petitioner may be granted The[y]
therefore offer the following Resolution :

Resolved that Charles Byrns be permitted to sell goods at Auction
on the Street in front of his store at N 179 Chatham Street.

[191] (signed) Jacob B. Taylor

John Morss
Shivers Parker
S. P. Brittain
Asa Mann

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition for paving Varrick Street
Reported,

' That in their opinion the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be
granted They therefore beg leave to offer the following Resolution,

Resolved that Varick Street be regulated and paved from the
present pavement at Laight Street to Vandam Street, and that the
Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance to that effect.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Shivers Parker
S. P. Brittain
Asa Mann

[192] Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.
The same Committee to whom was referred the Report of the
Street Commissioner on the subject of the Assessment for regulating



430 CITY OF NEW YORK 31 May 1819

& paving Collect Street presented a Report The Report of the Street
Commissioner was in the words following :

" The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the memorial of
Leonard Fisher & others complaining of the Assessment for regulating
and paving Collect Street.

Respectfully reports, that on the 23 rd March 1818 an ordinance
was passed for regulating Collect Street from Pearl to Canal Street
the expense of which regulation amounted to $6.714.80 and which sum
was regularly assessed on each of the four Blocks in proportion to the
quantity of earth required for filling [193] each, and that $300. only
was assessed on the block owned by your Memorialists, at the time the
Contract for filling & regulating was made, it was not determined when
the Street should be paved, of course it was filled up rather higher
than would have been necessary, if it had been known that the Street
was to have been paved immediately after, as the Order for paving
was given on the 29 th June following. As it respects the complaint of
your Memorialists, that the[y] have been overcharged for paving the
Street, the undersigned has carefully examined the Assessment, and
finds it correct, and has only to regret that the peculiar condition of
the Street owing to its soft and unsettled state, should have required
the work to be done in a more substantial & of course expensive
manner than is usual, whereby it has been more burthensome to the
owners of property on the Street generally as well as your memo-
rialists.

The undersigned is of opinion that your Memorialists are not more
intitled to relief [194] than the other proprietors on the Street, and
who have paid their assessments without complaint.

Which is respectfully submitted

(Signed) Jn M c Comb

Street Commissioner

The Report of the Street Committee was as follows;

" The Street Committee to whom the above Report of the Street
Commissioner was referred,

Report, that they have given the subject due consideration, and are
of opinion that the Assessment has been correctly laid with the
exception of $20. which your Committee think the Memorialists ought
not to be charged with they therefore beg leave to offer the following
Resolution,

Resolved, that a deduction of Twenty dollars be made on the Assess-
ment for regulating & paving Collect Street and which deduction the



31 May 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 431

Street Commissioner [195] is authorised to make on the Assessment
for paving between Pearl & Anthony Street.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Shivers Parker
S. P. Brittain
Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

Alderman Allen stated that a Petition had been presented to the
Board on the 20 th April 1818 for continuing South Street to its Junc-
tion with Front Street which had been referred to the Committee on
Wharves who on 22 d June reported thereon & that that Report had
been agreed to An Ordinance in pursuance of that Report had been
presented on 29 June & laid for consideration that a Remonstrance
against said Measure had been presented 13 th July & no further Pro-
ceedings had been had thereon As however the circumstances of that
application was now changed by the erection of a Public Slip or Basin
at that place he moved that the [196] whole of the subject be now
referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips which was
agreed to.

Alderman Mann presented the following

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to take into consideration
the opening of Harman Street which was adopted, and the following
were appointed the Committee Alderman Mann Taylor M r Brittain
Davis & Stevens.

Alderman Allen presented the following which was adopted

" Resolved that the Clerk provide a Book for the purpose for enter-
ing the standing resolutions which have been or may be passed by the
Common Council ; and that he procure such Resolutions to be recorded
in said Book and properly indexed, at the expense of this Board.

Alderman Morss moved that it be [197] extended to all Laws and
Amendments to Laws which shall from time to time be passed which
was agreed to.

On motion of Alderman Allen Two Members were added to the
Police Committee & M r Stevens & Alderman Kip were appointed
And on motion of Alderman Morss two members were added to the
Committee on Public Offices & Alderman Morss & M r Davis were
appointed.

The Comptroller Reported.

Balance in the Treasury 24 Instant 4976. 17

Rec d for Common Lands 2052.

" Tavern Licences 1829.40



432 CITY OF NEW YORK 31 May 1819

Reed for Arrears of Tax 400.

Streets 2909.35

4* Street 1150.

6*h Avenue 100.

8th Avenue 100.

Wells & Pumps 157.28

Excise 3346.50

[198]" Vendue Sales 2500.



19.520.70

Loan of Mechanics Bank to pay J4 of Contract for build-
ing the Sewer in Canal St 19.450. $38970.70



Accounts Audited.

Anderson Leake Watch l*t Disct 1142.75

Hibberd & Clark Watch 2d DO 707.

Bleakley&Brower Wat[c]h3 r d DO 413.

Ogden Edwards Counsel 1 Q r Salary 27 Instant 125.

George Cuming City Inspector, 1 Qr Salary 28 Instant 312.50

W m J. Waldron Asst City Inspector 1 Month 1st j une 52.

Obadiah Ayres Asst City Inspector 1 Month 1 st June.... 52.

Samuel Hutchings Street Inspector 1 Month 1 st June... 52.

Jonathan Weeden Street Inspector 1 Month 1 st June 52.

Austin & Cochran Messengers 1 Month 1 st June 60.

[199] Ogden Edwards Counsel trying causes & drafting

sundries 160.39

Editor Evening Post 6 Months subscription 6 th April 75.

Fine, See & C Carriage hire Road Committee 18.

James Warner Special Justice 1 Q r Salary 26 th instant 250.

James Hopson Special Justice 1 Q r Salary 26 th instant... 250.

Charles Christian, Special Justice 1 Q r Salary 26 instant... 250.

B. Oblenis, Clerk in Police Office 1 Q r Salary 26 instant... 250.

R. Stephens, Asst Clerk in Police Office 1 Qr Salary 26 in-
stant 225.

John S Dusenberry for Officers conveys persons to Peni-
tentiary 1 Qr 26th instant 88.75

Jacob Hays for Officers conveys persons to Penitentiary 1

Qr 26* ins* 64.50

Jacob Hays Officers extra service in Police Office 1 Qr 26

instant 49.

[200] Fredk Yoemans on Acct regulating Mercer Street 400.

Jas Pinkerton sundry repairs of pavements 163.73

Henry Voorhis 1 s * Instalment Well in Suffolk Street 52.20

Geo. Lovett extending Pier on S West Side Spring Street

Slip 7297.45

Tho 3 Barnum, Supert Wharves & Piers 24 days to 30 th in-
stant 48.

G. Snethen, Supers & Lighs Lamps 1 Month to 1 June 740.32

Jacob Smith Jr Fire Engine N 16 $800 & Repairs $86.75. . . 886.75



14 June 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 433

Richard Furman Supert Alms house 5000.

Gideon Tucker One of the Contractors for building Sewer

in Canal Street. One fourth of payment 19,450.

$38.687.34



Balance $283.36
Board adjourned to Monday fortnight 5 Clock :

[201] In Common Council June 14 th 1819.
Present Peter A. Jay Esq re Recorder President

Aldermen Assistants

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Samuel Stevens

Leonard Kip Harmanus Tallman

John P. Anthony Benj n Crane

John Morss John J. Westervelt

Rob* M c Queen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann Stephen P. Brittain

Jacob B. Taylor David Board

George B. Thorp W m A. Davis

Stephen Allen Judah Hammond

The Minutes of Last Meeting were read & approved.

A Memorial was received from Daniel D. Tompkins Lessee with
Noah Brown of Pier N 1 at the Battery stating that indecent persons
were in the habit of bathing at the wharf destined for the Steam Boat
& in view of persons walking on [202] on the Battery & proposing to
run a fence across for the prevention of such indecencies at his own
expense & to be removed when required by the Corporation Where-
upon the same was referred to the Alderman & Assistant of First
Ward.

A Memorial was received from Jacob Hays High Constable,



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