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carried on in its vicinity, they are satisfied, that the building of
Piers at the places disignated by the Petitioners will be an important
improvement to that part of the City; but although convinced of
this fact, still knowing the paucity of the means possessed by the
board, Your Committee could not recommend a measure which will
cost so large an amount, without first resorting to every expedient
within their reach to lessen the inconvenience ; and they have there-
fore entered into arrangements with the Proprietors of the Lots in the
vicinity on the one hand, & M r P. Hone, the Lessee of the Hoboken
ferry on the other, which in their opinion will considerably abate
the inconvenience of a want of finances [230] on the part of the
Corporation and at the same time prove a profitable undertaking to the
proprietors and an addition to the public convenience.

The Committee herewith present a Map of the contemplated im-
provement, by which it may be seen, that in its present situation, there
is a short pier extending 53 feet in the River & that the whole of the
water on the South side, and 25 feet on the north belongs to the
Corporation, (the Pier being built on the West side of Vesey street)
& also that there is a sunken block laying 80 feet north of said Pier;
The improvement intended by the Committee is to extend the pier at
the foot of Vesey Street to the permanent line & to sink a cross
block or L at its end ; to rebuild the sunken block alluded to ; & to
build a pier at the foot of Barclay Street to extend 290 feet in the
river all of which is designated on the map accompanying this re-
port

The arrangement made with Joshua Jones and his associates, by
your Committee [231] provided the Board concur, will be, that they
bind themselves to pay two thirds the value of the Pier now built
at the foot of Vesey Street, and also disburse two thirds the ex-
pense of extending said pier to the permanent line, and the same as
it respects the pier to be built at the foot of Barclay Street and to
rebuild and improve the sunken block at their own expense. They
are to stipulate further, that on their being paid such sum as shall be
awarded for the expense incurred in building the pier at the foot of
Vesey Street, they will relinquish all right and title to the same.
The North side of the last mentioned pier, will be occupied solely
for the benefit of the Ferry to Hoboken, and as the Corporation are
not bound to furnish the Lessee with any accomodations except the



446 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 June 1819

use of the bulk head at the foot of Barclay Street The Committee
have arranged with M r Hone, that he advance the amount necessary
to pay for one third of the cost of that piece which he is to reimburse
from the rent of the Ferry as it may fall due, until the whole amount
of principal shall be [232] liquidated. By this arrangement it will
be seen that the consideration to be paid by M r Hone for the use oi~
the North side of the pier, will be the interest of the amount ad-
vanced, & that no present calls will be made on the Treasury for the
expense to be incurred.

Your Committee have caused estimates to be made of the value
of the old pier & also the probable cost of the piers to be built &
have computed the amount which is to be provided for by the Board,
exclusive of the sum to be advanced by M r Hone at $5825 Dollars.

Your Committee are of opinion that the arrangement here pro-
posed, under all the circumstances, is the most eligible that can be
adopted by the Board for the improvement of that Section of our
City, and they therefore recommend the passage of the following
Resolutions,

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to prepare an article of
agreement, to be executed by Joshua Jones and his associates binding
them to the payment of two thirds [233] of the value of the old pier
at the foot of Vesey Street, & also two thirds of the cost of extend-
ing said pier to the permanent line, & of building a Pier at the foot
of Barclay Street, and that they be further bound to relinquish all
rights and title to the North side of the Pier at the foot of Vesey
Street, whenever required by the Corporation, & paid so much of the
amount expended as may be awarded by persons mutually chos'en
for the purpose.

Resolved that the Counsel also prepare an article of agreement to
be executed by Philip Hone, binding him to pay one third of the
expense of building a Pier at the foot of Barclay Street, and author-
ising him to reimburse himself for the principal thus paid, out of the
rent of the ferry as the same shall become due & payable,

Resolved that on the articles alluded to in the foregoing Reso-
lutions being executed, the Street Commissioner be authorised to
contract for extending the Pier at the foot of Vesey Street to the
permanent line & for building a Pier at the foot of Barclay Street
conformable [234] to the Map accompanying this Report.

Resolved, that Joshua Jones & his associates on complying with
their engagements, be authorised to use and occupy, until the same
shall be required by the Corporation, the North side of the Pier



14 June 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 447

already built, and also the one to be built at the foot of Vesey Street,
and that they be permitted to rebuild the sunken block in the vicinity
of said pier, and to occupy the same for their own use and benefit.

Respectfully submitted
(signed) Stephen Allen

Asa Mann
" Robert M c Queen

Harmanus Tallman

Which was approved and the Resolutions agreed to.
The Street Committee to whom had been referred back their re-
port on the regulation of Grand Street presented again the same Re-
port which was directed to be referred to a Special Committee. The
Committee [235] appointed was Aldermen Hone M c Queen Kip
& King and M r Davis.

The Finance Committee presented the following communication.
' The Finance Committee beg leave to state to the Board that a
ballance sheet of the Books of the Late Chamberlain has been laid
before them, by which the amount in the Treasury is made to appear
much less than that shewn from the books kept by the Comptroller.

The time that will be necessary to examine and compare the nu-
merous items composing these accounts of years standing, is
more than your Committee can conveniently appropriate, or in their
opinion the board require of them : they therefore request authority
to employ such assistants as the case may demand, in order that
the Accounts of the Late Treasurer may be properly liquidated and
a statement of the result presented to the Board with all convenient
speed; and they accordingly request the passage of the following
Resolution. Resolved that [236] the Finance Committee be author-
ised to employ one or more persons, as they shall deem expedient,
for the purpose of auditing, under the superintendance of the Comp-
troller the accounts of the Late Chamberlain of this City.

Respectfully submitted
(Signed) Stephen Allen
S. P. Brittain
J. Hammond

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.
M r Allen presented the following which was adopted
" Resolved that the Superintendent of Repairs be instructed to
cause Division Street from Chatham to Arundel Street to be Re-
numbered.



448 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 June 1819

Alderman King presented the following Resolution which was
adopted.

" Resolved that the Counsel of the [237] Board be authorised to
accept an assignment of the Interest of Mess" Lord & King in the
Slip or Basin at the foot of Roosevelt Street at the sum found by
the Jury impannelled to assess the same, and that in the event of such
being made previous to the next meeting of this Board that the Comp-
troller report a Warrant for the amount thereof.

The following was presented

" Resolved that the ordinance for paving Orange Street from
Spring to Prince Street be amended so as to read from Broome to
Prince Street, which was agreed to & the Street Commissioner im-
mediately presented an Ordinance agreeably thereto which was passed.

The following was presented and agreed to, and a Warrant directed
to issue therefor,

" Mess rs Pangburn & Blanch having completed the cellar under
the market at Christopher Street, agreeably to their Contract, and to
the entire satisfaction of the Superintendent of Repairs [238] on or
about the first of May last

Therefore Resolved that the Comptroller be authorised to pay to
Mess rs Pangburn & Blanch Five hundred & Seventy five Dollars in
full for building a Cellar Wall &c, under the Market house in Christo-
pher Street, out of any monies that may be in the Treasury during the
recess of this Board.

The following were appointed a Committee to make the necessary
arrangements of the celebration of the ensuing Anniversary of Ameri-
can Independence.

Aldermen Morss Allen King & Hone, and M r Stevens

M r Board presented the following Resolved that Thomas W. Gil-
bert be and he is hereby removed from the Office of Collector of Ar-
rearages of Taxes The question being taken thereon, it was carried in
the Affirmative.

The Ayes & Noes being called by Aid" King were as follows:

[239] Ayes: Aid" Hone Anthony Morss M c Queen Mann
Taylor Thorp Allen. M r Crane Westervelt Parker Brittain
Board Davis Hammond. (15.)

Noes: Aid" King Kip M r Bolton, Stevens, Tallman (5.)

The Board then proceeded to ballot for a person to fill the va-
cancy when George B. Smith was chosen.

Alderman Allen presented the following

" Resolved that the Comptroller be instructed to request T. W.



14 June 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 449

Gilbert the late collector of arrears of taxes to deposit in his office
all the Books and Vouchers relative to his office now in his posses-



sion."



Which was agreed to.

The Resignation of Judah Hammond Esq re of the Office of Public
Administrator presented on the 17 th day May and laid for consid-
eration [240] was now called up & it was Resolved that the same be
accepted.

The Board then proceeded by ballot to elect a person to fill the
vacancy when on counting the Ballots it appeared Benjamin Prince
was chosen Whereupon Resolved that Benjamin Prince be and he
is hereby appointed to the Office of Public Administrator.

The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury 31 May $283.36

Reed for Common Lands 10,689.72

" Mayoralty fees 103.50

" Commutation Aliens 747 .

" Excise 4600.50

" Tavern Licences 3282.60

" Tax 1818. 2d 3d 5th 7th 8th Wards 7927.72

" Streets 3956.54

" 6th Avenue 100.

" Wells & Pumps 50.

" Rents 5930.55 37,671.49



[241] 30 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leake Watch 1st district 1142.75

Hibberd & Clark Watch 2d district 707.

Bleakley & Brower Watch 3d district 413.

C. D. Golden Mayor 1 qr's Salary 2d instant 1750.

P. Becanon Inspector of Bread 1 qr. 10 th inst 93.

D. H. Magee Keeper Potters field 1 mo. 1st j ns t 46.50

Geo. Platt work Mud Machine 4 weeks 6 th instant 187.12

F. Harris & W. Peters Peace Officers attending Mayor's

office issuing Tavern Licences 61 . 50

G. Gilbert Register recording Sundry Deeds 24.68

(242] Dederick Grim balance for Well in Essex Street... 63.75
Barent Strong [Barnet Story] on account award widening

Grand St 400.

J. M c Comb St. Commissioner for paving Stones 1000.

O. Edwards Sup. Court & Attorney fees for Oliver &

Market Sts. and ground at Bellevue 993.30

S. Ludlum Surveys & Maps 6 Jan. 1818 to 1 May 1819. . . 783.68

E. Doughty Surveys & Maps 11 Nov. 1818 to 4 May 1819 241.60
Chs. Mooney ace* paving Leonard St. from Elm to Orange

St. 200.



450 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 June 1819

Hugh Smith balance laying sidewalks Franklin St 119.26

John Sloan balance regulating Bleecker St 42.80

John Donaldson repairing Intersections 12.

Jno. Williams repair. Intersection at Pump & Orchard St. 6.51

[243] J. P. Anthony. Ch" Fire Depart* for lot on Watts

St. for Engine house 350.

J. P. Roome Sup* of Repairs for Fire Department 200.

J. P. Roome repair. Bulkhead Rutgers St. & Canal St 803.

J. P. Roome repairs lamps in May 131 .

J. P. Roome for Repairs 158.

R. Munson for 22 Casks Oil bought of M. Crosby 846.65

Leonard Kip 22 Casks Oil bought of M. Crosby 810.87

Leonard Kip 28 Casks Oil bought of Z. Lovell 761 .87

John Randel Jr. Account Maps &c. 9 Ward 430.50

Pangburn & Blanch building wall to cellar under Green-
wich Mkt.. 575. 13,354.84



Balance 24,316.65
Adjourned to this day fortnight.

[244] In Common Council June 28. 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

John P. Anthony H. Tallman

John Morss Benj n Crane

Rob* McQueen John J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Stephen P. Brittain

George B. Thorp W m A. Davis

Stephen Allen Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved.

His Honor the Mayor presented the Calendar of the persons con-
fined in the City Prison or Bridewell furnished by the Keeper of said
Prison which was directed to be filed.

[245] A Petition of Abraham Van Ranst was received stating that
he is Lessee of the Ferry House at the Team Boat Ferry foot of De-
lancy Street, that by the Terms of his Lease he is bound to keep his
house open at all times that by a Law of the Corporation he is
ordered to shut his house on Sunday & praying the indulgence of
keeping his house open on that day which being read was referred
to the Ferry Committee.



28 June 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 451

A Petition of Joel Post was received stating that he is the sur-
viving Partner of the firm of W m Innes & C that W m Innes, de-
ceased, rented the Cellar under Grand Street Market for his indi-
vidual concern and not on account of the Partnership. That the Col-
lector of the Corporation had called on him for payment of rent of
said Cellar & praying relief which was ordered to be referred to
the Market Committee.

A Petition of Amos Wood for Stall N 18 Fly Market was read and
referred to the Market Committee.

[246] A Petition of Walter T. Osgood for appointment of City
Guager was read & referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition from the Inhabitants residing near the Corner of Or-
chard Street praying that the upper end of said Street may be raised
so as to carry off the water freely, was read Whereupon M r Allen
presented a Resolution granting the prayer of the Petition and directing
the Street Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor which Reso-
lution was adopted.

A Petition was received from Richard Jennings stating that he
was Wharfinger of the Wharves in the vicinity of Roosevelt Street
lately taken for a Public Slip that his Emolument therefor was about
$175. per Annum, that by taking said wharves for public purposes
he has lost said emolument for which no estimate was made by the
Jury in assessing the damages & praying some compensation.

[247] Whereupon the same was referred to the Finance Com-
mittee.

A Petition of David Lyon for remission of fine for not having
rates in his carriage was read & referred to the Police Committee.

A Petition of John Johnson was received stating that he is about
erecting a Dwelling house adjoining Seventh Street and is desirous
of knowing what the elevation of said Street is that he may erect his
house agreeably thereto.

Whereupon the same was referred to the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of Joseph Burjeau praying permission to place Articles
for Sale at Auction in the Area in front of his Store N" 5 Coffee house
Slip was read & referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Memorial from sundry Inhabitants of Oliver Street was received
stating that in [248] opening said Street a Projection has been left
of about 13 feet on the Corner of Chatham Row running down to
the West side of said Street about 50 feet which destroys the sym-
metry of said Street and praying the Street may be straightened



452 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 June 1819

A Remonstrance from James M. Dominick against granting the
prayer of said Petition was also presented and read

Whereupon the Memorial & Remonstrance were referred to the
Street Committee and Alderman & Assistant of the 4 th Ward.

A letter was received from Gabriel Winter stating that John A.
Graham on the 26 th September 1811 mortgaged to Mess" S 4 John &
Scofield his Country seat called the " Temple " situated on Stewart
Street that M r Graham subsequently mortgaged the said premises
to the Corporation that Mess rs S 1 John & Scofield had directed him
to offer to transfer to the Corporation the mortgage on said Prop-
erty on their paying the amount due thereon being about $5700 or
if they [249] declined making the purchase that they would release
their Title thereto which would save them the expense which would
attend their being Parties to a suit in Chancery for the foreclosure of
the Mortgage Whereupon the same was referred to the Committee
on Laws & the Counsel with authority to release the right of the
Corporation to said property in case it should be necessary to act be-
fore the next meeting of the Board.

A Complaint from a number of Inhabitants residing in Pearl
Street of the Street being incumbered by Carts, Porters & Hand
Cartmen to the very great inconvenience & injury of that Neigh-
bourhood & praying that measures may be taken to remove said Nui-
sance was read & referred to the Alderman & Assistant of 1 st ward.

A Petition of Oliver Vanderbilt for compensation for services
while Sealer of Weights and Measures was read & referred to the
Committee on Public Offices.

[250] A Petition of Thomas White of Thomas Losee and of
Andrew Van Orden for appointment as Wood Inspector was read &
referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of William Winter for Stall N 30 Fly Market was
read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Memorial from sundry inhabitants residing in the vicinity of
Spring & Lawrence Streets praying that Lawrence Street may be
regulated from Broome to Spring Street & objecting against raising
Broome Street so as to throw the water into Spring Street, with a
memorandum signed Robert M. Livingston assenting to the Plan of
giving the greatest elevation at Spring Street was read and referred
to the Street Committee.

A Memorial from sundry Inhabitants complaining of indecent &
disorderly conduct of certain black persons who assemble in [251]
Bancker & Henry Streets on Sundays & disturb persons attending



28 June 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 453

Divine Worship in the Church in Banker Street & praying Peace
Officers may be assigned to prevent such disorderly behaviour was
read and referred to the Alderman & Assistant of the Ward with au-
thority to act in the Premises as they shall judge expedient.

A Memorial was received from sundry Inhabitants residing in the
Bowery praying the Corporation will reconsider the subject of paving
the Bowery above Broome Street and defer the same as from the pres-
sure of the times it would be greatly distressing to many of those who
would be assessed for said improvement, which being read was re-
ferred to the Street Committee.

A Memorial from sundry Inhabitants praying that the side walks
in Greenwich Street from Watts to Charlton Streets be regulated &
paved was presented & referred to the Street Commissioner with direc-
tions to report an Ordinance agreeably to the Prayer of the Peti-
tioners.

[252] A Petition of James Gourlay to be permitted to sell Goods at
Auction in Harman Street was read & referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

A Memorial from sundry Boatmen & Carmen complaining of the
incapacity & unfitness of James Hunt Inspector of Firewood & pray-
ing his removal from Office was read & referred to the Committee on
Public Offices.

A Petition of Solomon Seixas to be permitted to continue to sell
Goods at Auction in front of his store in Wall Street between Water
and Front Street was read and referred to the Committee on Public
Offices.

A Memorial was received from Benjamin A. Akerly, visiting sur-
geon to the New York Alms house tendering his resignation of said
Office and requesting an allowance may be made to him for Car-
riage hire paid by him on visits to the Alms [253] House during the
period of his serving in said Office Whereupon his resignation was
accepted & the subject of compensation was referred to the Finance
Committee.

A Memorial was received from Thomas Miller one of the Assess-
ors of the 9 th Ward stating that the Assessors found great difficulty
under the late Law for raising Money by Tax to ascertain the Boun-
dery line of the Lamp District & praying the aid of the Common
Council therein Whereupon the same was referred to the Committee
on Assessments.

A Memorial was received from sundry Inhabitants of Broome
Street remonstrating against the paving of the side walks in said



454 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 June 1819

street between Broadway and the Bowery was read and laid for con-
sideration.

A Memorial of Free holders, Lease holders and Inhabitants re-
siding in Chapel Street was presented stating that they have been [254]
informed it is in contemplation to construct sewers in the centre of
Chapel Street to commence at Leonard Street & to be continued to
the Canal Street Sewer & remonstrating against the measure stating
that the present mode of discharging the water over the surface of
the Street has been found by experience to answer every desirable
purpose and that they are perfectly satisfied therewith Whereupon
the same was referred to the Canal Committee.

A Petition of John W. Wyman for permission to sink a vault in
the Street opposite N 2 Park Place of Allen Clark for like per-
mission in Broome Street, and of Coenr[a]d Metzger for similar
permission in front of N 62 Market Street were severally read &
granted on the usual terms under the direction of the Street Commis-
sioner.

A Petition of W m M c Farland a soldier [255] in the late War
was received stating that by wounds received in the battle of Chippewa
he is unable to gain a livelihood by manual labor & praying an appoint-
ment to some office under the Corporation was read & referred to
the Committee on Applications.

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

Fire Engine Company N 1

Obadiah Stevens Painter N 3 Desbrosses Street vice David B.
Underbill resigned

Hook & Ladder N 4

Josiah Woodruff Shoemaker 123 Division Street vice Richard
L, Clark resigned

William Goldin Carpenter 113 Division Street vice Stephen
Barker resigned

James Clark Painter 33 Oak Street vice Mason Seely resigned

Fire Engine Company N 14

Benjamin Vreeland Bd. way opposite S l Paul's Church vice
Robert Cromwell left the Citv

r

[256] Fire Engine Company N 19.

Nicholas Bohne Grocer Elizabeth & Hester Streets vice George
Whittsel Resigned



28 June 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 455

Fire Engine Company N 24

John Whaley Gun Smith Water Street vice Ahasuerus Turk-
Resigned

Fire Engine Company N 25

Preston Merrifield Book binder 69 Pine Street vice Isaac Hatch
resigned

Elijah Durand Gilder 216 Grand Street vice Dennis Doyle re-
signed

Fire Engine Company N 30

John Palmer Carpenter Grand S l near Bowery vice Lewis Ellis

Resigned

Fire Engine Company N 33

Samuel Hooven Black Smith Cherry St, vice Cornelius Bogart

Resigned

Fire Engine Company N 40

George Dominick Butcher Eldridge S 4 between North & Stan-
ton Streets vice John Boman resigned

Fire Engine Company N 41

John O. Clark Carpenter Willet near Delancey S* vice John
Atkins resigned.

[257] A Communication was received from the Chief Engineer
stating that the late Floating Engine was now permanently erected
in the Corporation Yard on Leonard Street for the purpose of a sup-
ply engine for that part of the City & recommending the formation
of a Company to take charge of said Machine which communication
was referred to the Committee on the Fire Department.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of sun-
dry Nuisances which were passed, Viz :

1 Arch d Dunlap Owner 25 & 27 Lombardy St.

A Lot

2 Ezra W. Miller D Vesey & Washington

Sts. D

3 John J. Astor Owner?
R. Abbott Agent \

4 DT Eddy



Eldridee Street D
J. Eddy Agent \

5 R* Roberts Owner Rivington Street D

6 Aaron Stockholm Owner 598 Pearl Street D



456 CITY OF NEW YOKK 28 June 1819



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