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mittee with authority to correct the nuisance.

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Ab m
Van Ranst, Reported as follows

" The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Abraham Van Ranst stating that by a lease he has taken of the Pro-
prietors of the Ferry at the foot of DeLancy Street he is compelled to
keep his house open on the Sabbath day, And by an [344] Ordinance
of the Corporation he is obliged to keep his door shut on that day,
Report, That they have examined the Ordinance or Law for the due
Observance of the first day of the Week called Sunday and find
nothing therein that compels him to keep his house shut upon said
day, they therefore recommend the following Resolution Resolved
that the Petitioner have leave to withdraw his Petition.

(signed) Asa Mann

John P Anthony
E. W. King

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Finance Committee on the Petition of Richard Jennings Re-
ported as follows

" The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Richard Jennings stating that he was collector of wharfage for the
proprietors of the Bulkhead and [345] Piers between Roosevelt Street
and James Slip and that the same being purchased for public purposes
he is deprived of an income of 175 dollars per year, and hopes to be
granted a compensation for his loss, Report that in the opinion of
Your Committee the request of M r Jennings is entirely inadmissable



26 July 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 491

and they therefore recommend the following Resolution Resolved
that Richard Jennings have leave to withdraw his Petition.

Respectfully submitted

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

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.
The same Committee on the Petition of Elizabeth Gedney Reported
" That the amount of the award payable to the Petitioner on the
[346] first day of September next is 562 dollars and the sum required
to compleat the moving and repairing of her House is 300 Dollars.
The Committee are of opinion that the petitioner ought to be accomo-
dated by an advance of the amount requested, & therefore recommend
the following Resolution Resolved that the Comptroller report a War-
rant in favor of Elizabeth Gedney for Three hundred Dollars, as part
of the Sum awarded her for ground taken to widen Grand Street, and
that on paying her the balance of said award, he deduct so much as
will amount to the interest on the Sum thus advanced.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) Stephen Allen
" J. Hammond

B. Crane
S. P. Brittain
John Hone

Which was approved and the Comptroller directed to report a War-
rant [347] accordingly.

The Same Committee on the Petition of Abraham Bloodgood Re-
ported

" That the several sums awarded in the above case, except that to
M r Bloodgood was paid the proprietors of the ground, in cash or Bonds
of the Corporation in June 1810; and that it appears by a Memorandum
made at the time by the Comptroller that M r Abraham Bloodgood re-
fused to receive the amount of his award, tendered him on the first
day of June 1810 by the Chamberlain. What were the reasons which
induced M r Bloodgood to refuse the Sum thus tendered him, the Com-
mittee have not been able to learn, but they have no hesitation in say-
ing, that by such refusal, he has forfeited all claim either in justice or



492 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 July 1819

equity, to the interest on the Sum due him, and they therefore recom-
mend the following Resolution, directing a Warrant for the [348]
original amount of the award.

Resolved that the Comptroller report a Warrant in favor of Ab m
Bloodgood for One hundred Dollars, being the amount awarded for
ground taken to open Canal Street.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) Stephen Allen
J. Hammond
B. Crane
S. P. Brittain
John Hone

Which was approved and the Comptroller directed to report a War-
rant agreeably thereto.

The Street Committee on the Petition for paving Desbrosses
Street Reported

" That your Committee having examined the situation of Des-
brosses Street, are of opinion that the request of the Petitioner ought
to be granted, especially as that part of Washington Street is now to be
[349] paved They therefore beg leave to offer the following Reso-
lution

Resolved, that Desbrosses Street be paved between Greenwich and
Washington Street and that the Street Commissioner prepare an Or-
dinance for that purpose.

(Signed) Jacob B. Taylor
Shivers Parker
" John Morss

Asa Mann
S. P. Brittain

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee on the Fire Department presented the following
communication

" The Committee on the Fire Department respectfully represent to
the Board that in consequence of Oliver Street running through to
Chatham Square the Engine Houses in Fayette Street have been re-
moved and Engines N os 15 and 17 are deposited in the Public Yard.
N 42 [350] is without a permanent place It becomes necessary that
a suitable place be assigned for those Engines Your Committee have
made inquiry and are of opinion that Roosevelt Street would be a
proper place for two of those Engines, and respectfully inform the



26 July 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 493

Board that on the rear of a Lot in Roosevelt Street leased from the
Board by M r Jedediah Waterman is a Building that at at a small ex-
pense can be made suitable for the reception of Two Engines. Your
Committee have annexed to this Communication the opinion of two
respectable Citizens as to what would be a just compensation to M r
Waterman for the building per year for the remainder of his lease to
which the Committee refer this Honorable Board, and offer the fol-
lowing Resolution

Resolved that the Committee on the Fire Department are hereby
impowered [351] to lease from M r Jedediah Waterman a Building on
the Rear of his Lot of Ground in Roosevelt Street for the remainder
of his Term for a Sum not exceeding Two hundred Dollars per year.

Respectfully submitted

(Signed) John P. Anthony

Robert M c Queen !T ".
H. Tallman

Whereupon the Resolution therein proposed was adopted.

The same Committee to whom was referred the Communication of
the Chief Engineer in relation to the Floating Engine presented the
following Report

' The Committee on the Fire Department to whom was referred
the Report of the Chief Engineer stating that the late floating Engine
is now permanently erected in the Corporation Yard on Leonard
Street for the express purpose of a supply Engine for extinguishing
Fires in that part [352] of the City and as he deems it expedient that
a Sufficient number of able bodied Men should be selected to take
charge of the Machine, he therefore respectfully suggests for the con-
sideration of the Board that a Company be formed to consist of at least
Twelve Men and Respectfully proposes the following persons Jacob

P. Roome as Foreman Jacob Smith Jun r as Assistant. W m Roome

Isaac Skaats, William M. Wilson and John Bowman, Report that they
are of opinion that the Report of the Chief Engineer ought to be
adopted and Respectfully recommend the following Resolutions

Resolved that the late Floating Engine be and is hereby denomi-
nated Supply Engine N 1.

Resolved that Jacob P. Roome be Foreman and Jacob Smith J r
Assistant and William Roome, Isaac Skaats William M. Wilson and



494 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 July 1819

John Bowman Members of Supply Engine Company [353] N 1, and
they are hereby made Fire men of the City of New York.

Respectfully submitted by

(Signed) John P. Anthony
" Robert M c Queen

H. Tallman

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.
The Special Committee to whom was referred a Resolution on the
subject of the ground for the New Market at Fulton Street presented
a Report which was read and directed to lay on the table M r Allen
presented the following Resolution which was agreed to Resolved
that it be referred to the Finance Committee to devise ways and means
for the paying of the Amount at which the ground between Beekman
Slip and Crane Wharf may be valued by the Commissioners. A Reso-
lution proposed by the Committee in their Report was called up con-
sidered and agreed to in the [354] words following Resolved that the
Counsel of the Board take such means as to him appear advisable to
prevent the further improvements of the Premises if there is any
probability of those improvements being assessed to the Corporation.

The Street Committee and the Alderman & Assistant of the 4 th
Ward to whom was referred the Petition for Straightening the West-
erly line of Oliver Street presented the following Report

" That they heard the arguments of the Petitioners in favor of the
improvement, and also those who have remonstrated against the alter-
ation. And your Committee on mature consideration are of opinion
that the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be granted as it will not only
improve the appearance of the Street but will be a Public improvement
by giving a more direct view through the [355] Street They therefore
beg leave to submit the following Resolution.

Resolved that the Westerly line of Oliver Street be straightened be-
tween Chatham Square and Bancker Street so as to agree with the line
between Bancker and Oak Streets, and that the Counsel be instructed
to take legal measures for carrying said improvement into effect.

Also Resolved that the Easterly line be extended about 13 feet on
Chatham Square & running to a Point at Bancker Street so as to be
parallel to the West line provided there is no legal objections thereto.

(Signed) Asa Mann

S. P. Brittain
B. Crane
John P. Anthony
John Morss



26 July 1819 COMMON CouNCii, MINUTES 495

Upon the question of agreeing to the first Resolution it was carried
in the Affirmative the Ayes & Noes having been [356] called by M r
Parker were as follows.

Ayes M r Recorder Ald r Hone King Kip -Anthony Morss
M c Queen Mann Thorp Allen Mess r Bolton Stevens Tallman
Crane Westervelt Brittain Board. Hammond [17]

Noes Ald n Taylor M r Parker

The Question was then taken on the Second Resolution & agreed
to It was then ordered that the Seal of the Common Council be placed
to the Petition to the Superiour Court during the recess of the Board.

The Alderman & Assistant of the First Ward presented the fol-
lowing Report of their visit agreeably to the Resolution of the Board
to the Alms house and Penitentiary Establishment at Belle-vue which
was directed to be filed

[357] " The Alderman and Assistant of the first Ward whose duty
it was to visit and inspect the Alms House and Penitentiary in con-
formitv to a Resolution of the Common Council

j

Respectfully make the following Report

We devoted the whole of Monday the 19 th Instant to the examina-
tion of those highly important Public Institutions, and found the apart-
ments in as good order and generally as free from filth and offensive
smells as could reasonably be expected and the Persons who reside or
are confined in them clean and orderly. In justice to the Gentlemen at
the head of both establishments we must add that they received no
previous intimation of our intended visit.

The Children in the Alms house and the Boys in the Penitentiary
appear to have been much benefited by the instruction they have re-
ceived, the writing of some of the Boys in the Alms House proves that
they possess talent, and that their teachers have not been inattentive to
the discharge of their duty. We particularly examined the Kitchen,
Bake, [358] and Wash houses and found them in perfect order. The
Manufactories are also in good order and apparently well conducted, on
the limited Scale to which it is thought prudent now to confine them.

The Female Maniacs are still confined in the low uncomfortable
situation described by their honours the Mayor and Recorder in the last-
Monthly Report, it however appears to us that the keeper does every
thing in his power to have their apartments kept as well aired and
clean as possible, and we were pleased to find that most of these un-
fortunate women are sometimes permitted to walk in the Yard.



496 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 July 1819

There are now in the Alms house
Men Women Boys Girls

~343 369 363 244 total 1319.

In July 1818 there were 1184.

Now in the Penitentiary
Males Females

190 153 total 343

In July 1818 there were 318

[359] the highest number that has been confined in this Building at any

former period was 380.

There were about One hundred Convicts at work on the third
Avenue, their appearance and deportment gave us great satisfaction in-
stead of the squalid, emaciated Wretches that appear on trial in our
Courts for offences against the Laws, it gave us pleasure to see clean,
healthy, robust Men most of whom were labouring without apparent
reluctance.

We cannot refrain from expressing our entire approbation of this
mode of employing the unfortunate Men whose Crimes or Misde-
meanors, subject them to exclusion from the more virtuous part of the
Community.

(Signed) John Hone

Thomas Bolton

The Market Committee on the Petition of Joel Post Reported as
follows

' The Market Committee to whom [360] was refered the an-
nexed Petition of Joel Post, praying to be released from a contract
made by William Innis & C (of which firm he is the surviving Part-
ner) for a lease of the Cellar under Grand Street Market.

Offer the following Resolution Resolved that it is inexpedient to
grant the prayer of the Petitioner.

(Signed) H. Tallman
Leonard Kip
Stephen Allen
John Hone
J. J. Westervelt

Whereupon the Resolution proposed was adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of Amos Wood for Stall N
18 Fly Market Reported

" The Market Committee to whom was refered the Application of



26 July 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 497

Amos Wood for license for Stall N 18 Fly [361] Market offer the
following Resolution

Resolved that the above prayer of the Petitioner be granted.

(Signed) H. Tallman
Leonard Kip
J. J. Westervelt
Stephen Allen
John Hone

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee on Assessments to whom was refered a Communi-
cation from the Street Commissioner relating to Delinquents on As-
sessments Reported as follows

' The Committee on Assessments to whom the above Communica-
tion was referred having duly considered the subject are of opinion that
the property ought to be advertised and sold according to Law They
therefore beg leave to submit the following Resolution

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be instructed to advertise
the Delinquent prop- [362] erty as described on the List herewith and
to sell the same agreeably to Law.

(Signed) J. J. Westervelt
" John P. Anthony

" John Morss

Tho s Bolton

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of Alexander Ritchie Reported
as follows

" The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the Peti-
tion of Alexander Ritchie praying that the mistake may be rectifyed
which is made by the Assessors They have rated him at Seven Thou-
sand Dollars by mistake, as appears by the certificate of the Assessors,
which they the Assessors confess ought to be only Seven hundred Dol-
lars. Your Committee beg leave to report that they have the certifi-
cates of the Ninth Ward [363] Assessors before them stating that the
mistake happened by copying the Books, Your Committee beg leave to
state that it is the opinion of the Assessors, as well as of the Com-
mittee that Alexander Ritchie ought not to pay the full amount of that
Assessment, but that he only pay ten per cent of said Tax Your Com-
mittee therefore beg leave to recommend the following Resolution,

Resolved that the Collector of the ninth Ward be instructed to



498 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 July 1819

collect no more than Ten per Cent of the Money Assessed on M r Alex-
ander Ritchie all of which is respectfully submitted.

(Signed) J. J. Westervelt
" John P. Anthony

John Morss
Tho s Bolton
E. W. King

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee to whom was [364] referred the Petition of
Nicholas Fish Reported

" That sometime since North Street was regulated from Chrystie
to Willet Street That an Assessment therefore was made and after-
wards only confirmed by this Corporation Against which assessment
M r Fish complains

That from the opinion of the Counsel of this Board hereunto an-
nexed, and to which the Committee beg leave to refer, it appears that
the Corporation do not possess the power of annulling an Assessment
for regulating a Street after the same has been confirmed by them, and
that of course the request of the Memorialist cannot be granted.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) J. J. Westervelt
John P. Anthony
John Morss
Tho s Bolton

Alderman King moved that the [365] Report and Petition be re-
ferred to a Special Committee the question being taken thereon it
passed in the Negative It was then ordered to be filed, and on motion
the Collector was directed to proceed in the collection of the Assess-
ment.

Alderman Allen presented the following Resolution which was
unanimously agreed to.

" Resolved that the Committee on Finance be instructed to enquire
if the provisions of a Resolution passed the 13 th day of March 1813.
granting the freedom of the City with a piece of plate to the Late
Captain James Lawrence have been complied with, and if not, whether
it is now expedient and proper to carry into effect said Resolution so
far as to present to the family of Captain Lawrence the mementos of
his gallantry in the capture and destruction of the British Sloop of
War Peacock.



26 July 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 499

[366 j An Ordinance was presented by the Recorder entitled " an
Ordinance to prevent the clandestine Introduction of Aliens into the
City of New York " which was read by paragraphs & passed.

The Comptroller Reported.

Balance in the Treasury 12 Ins* 15.500.40

Reed for Tax of 18181. 2. 3^ Wards 3.186.51

Arrears of Tax 177.78

Excise 3.200.

Lamps 513.58

Police Office 53.39



$22.631.66
Accounts Audited

Anderson & Leake Watch 1 st Disc 1 including extra 1172.50

Hibberd & Clark Watch 2d Disc* 707.

Bleakley & Brower Watch 3d Disc* 413.

Henry Leek Cap* 1st Disc* Extra Duty 22d June 93.

Jacob Morton Clk. Common Council 1 Q rs Salary 1 st

' August 312.50

[367] Andres Van Orden Keeper of the Battery 1 Month

19th Instant 45 .

W m B. Cozzens Dining for Corporation 5 th July 831.50

John Ritchie preparing ammunition for Artillery 5 th July.. 56.62

W>" Whittaker poor Witness Order'd by Court 17th Inst... 6.
Johnson Concklin poor Witness Order'd by Court 15 th

Inst 3.

Fred k Yoemans on Ace 4 regulats Mercer Street 1000.

John M c Comb Street Commissioner for paving stone 500.

Ja s Meghan balance paving Walker Street 386.39

Jacob C. Mott & Associates making sundry Assessments... 353.

Pinker ton & Forgye on ace 1 paving Hammond Street 300.

John Culbert on ace 1 paving Beach Street 150.

Cha s Mooney paving Leonard Street 377.99

[368] Rich ct Moran paving at foot Oliver Street & at

Catharine Markt 95.85

Ja s Meghan repairing intersections Streets 90.28

Henry Voorhis paving intersections 10.31

Henry Voorhis 1 st Installment Well in Lombardy Street.. 35.

Hugh Smith for Earth on Corporation Ground at Collect.. 78.75

Geo. Lovett on acct filling and forming a Reef at the Bat-
tery 5000.

John Anderson driving piles on new line Battery 35.

Geo. Lovett on acct building Pier at New ferry Brooklyn.. 1170.

Tho s Barnum Supers Wharves 24 days to 25 July 48.

B. Oblenis Clerk Police Office Salary to 17 July & Expenses 248.58

Mechanics Bank Interest on Bonds to 1 July 1819 3402.65

Peter Bonnett Interest on Bond 6 Months to 3d Instant 113.79



500 CITY or NEW YORK 9 Aug. 1819

[369] John Randel Jr on acct Maps &c 9 Ward 359.50

Jacob P. Roome Sups Repairs for Repairs 2000.

J. P. Roome Sup 4 Repairs for repairs Piers 28. 39 & Ferry

Stairs at Catharine Slip 135.

19.530.21



Balance $3101.45
Board adjourned to meet this day fortnight 4 Clock.

[370] In Common Council August 9 th 1819
Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President

Aldermen Assistants

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Samuel Stevens

Leonard Kip Harmanus Tallman

John P. Anthony Benjn Crane

John Morss John J. Westervelt

Rob 4 McQueen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann Stephen P. Brittain

Jacob B. Taylor W m A. Davis

Geo. B. Thorp Judah Hammond
Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A Petition was received from John J. Staples stating that the
House N 34 Hudson Street the property of his infant daughter is
advertised for Sale on the 10 th for non payment of Assessment for
opening [371] Hudson Street to am 1 of $309 2 %oo that an applica-
tion to authorise the Sale of same is now depending in the Court of
Chancery, that the present intended Sale would generally depress the
value of said property and praying time may be given to the first of No-
vember for paying of the Assessment. A Petition from Elizabeth
Ruckle stating that a Lot corner of Duane and Hudson Street was ad-
vertised for Sale by the Street Commissioner on the 10 th ins 1 for Non
payment of Canal Street Assessment that the same is the property of
her infant Children and that an order has lately been obtained from
the Court of Chancery by the Guardians for sale of same & praying
farther time to make payment of the Assessment due Also a Petition
of Elisabeth Evertson stating that a small house and Lot in Thompson
Street near Broome Street was advertised for sale for non payment of
Assessment thereon and praying further time for [372] payment and
a Petition from James Riker for farther time to pay an Assessment



9 Aug. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 501

laid on him for opening Hudson Street were severally read and re-
ferred to the Finance Committee and the Street Commissioner was
directed to delay the sales of the foregoing property until the further
order of the Board.

A Letter from John Nitchie Esq r to the Clerk transmitting a Copy
of the 3 rd Report of the American Bible Society for each of the mem-
bers of the Common Council & their Officers was read and the Clerk
was directed to acknowledge the Receipt of the Same and to present
the thanks of the Common Council for this mark of attention.

A Petition of Schuyler Baxter for release of a Judgement recovered
against him for violating an Ordinance of the Corporation was read
and referred [373] to the Committee of Charity.

A Petition of Edward Hitchcock Lessee of Public Wharves stating
that the Bridge or Stairs at Whitehall had been carried away by the
late storm and praying it may be repaired was read and referred to
the Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips.

A Complaint of sundry Inhabitants of Greenwich Village of being
much annoyed by certain persons of color practising as Musicians with
Drums and other instruments through the Village was read and re-
ferred to the Committee on Police.

A Petition of John Givan for permission to construct a Vault in
Cedar Street was read and granted on the usual terms under the direc-
tion of the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of John Sutton [374] Master of French Ship L'Eugeme
was presented stating that he was engaged at Antwerp by a Company
denominated the Swiss Colonization Society to take a number of Pass-
engers intended to make a Settlement on the Illinois or Missouri Terri-
tory that he was engaged to land said Passengers at Amboy in New
Jersey that unacquainted with this Country he was informed Amboy
was contiguous to and in the waters of the Hudson of New York that
he accordingly came into the Port of New York but without landing
any of his passengers proceeded directly to Amboy where he landed
the Passengers and their Baggage the whole of whom have no intention
of coming to this State but have made contracts for lands in the
Missouri & Illinois Territory that after landing said Passengers at
Amboy he came to this City and has been prosecuted for violation of
the Law respecting [375] Alien Passengers and praying relief

Whereupon the same was referred to the Police Committee with
authority to remit the Penalty if in their Judgement proper.

A Petition of Michael Larkin for remission of fine for selling



502 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Aug. 1819

Liquor without License was read & referred to the Committee on
Public Offices.

A Petition of Benjamin Weaver for remission of fine incurred for
keeping Hogs within his yard upon which he was imprisoned was
read & referred to the Committee on Public Offices with power to



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