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appears to have been within the last 12 or 15 years about 800 of these
discharges or satisfaction pieces in relation to which some of the pre-
ceding registers have not complied with the statute but have left the
Mortgages on record uncancelled, and tho' the discharges are on file
in the office yet the statute required the additional duty of minuting
them on record and allowed a compensation therefor and it is important
that it should have been done.

" There is much irregularity, as well as deficiency in the books of



538 CITY or NEW YORK 6 Sept. 1819

the office; no uniform system as to certain classes of conveyances has
ever been pursued.

[470] " In the books of conveyances have been recorded Insolvent
Discharges, Powers of Attorney, Certificates of Manumission, Articles
of Agreement &c. &c.

" While your Committee express an opinion that this state of things
should be remedied, they admit that it is the duty of the State to see
that their own officers do their duty and that they should remedy evils
attendant on such omissions of their officers, Yet the probability is that
as this is a question of interest only to our City the State would not
incur the necessary expence. Under this view of the subject we recom-
mend to the Board to meet the wishes of the highly respectable peti-
tioners and to incur the expence necessary to put this Office on a proper
footing. What these expences will amount to is a subject of some un-
certainty. Mr. Gilbert has estimated the expence of indexing the books
of conveyances at 10 dollars per volume and there are about 200
volumes of this description [471] and about 50 of mortgages, but your
Committee are satisfied that it can be done for much less. For making
the minutes of the discharges or satisfaction pieces the Statute allows
the register 25 cents for each certificate which will make a further ex-
pence of One hundred and fifty or Two hundred Dollars.

' Your Committee think that the expence should not deter the Board
from the undertaking. The subject is important and has interested the
attention of our citizens almost all of whom are in one way or another
interested in titles of property being clear and indisputable.

" Your Committee conclude by offering the following resolution :
" Resolved that the Committee on Public Offices have made a Gen-
eral Index of all the books of Conveyances, and mortgages in the
Register's Office and that they be authorised either to contract for or
have the writing done by a person on wages as they may think proper.
[472] " Resolved that the said Committee be authorised, if they
should judge it expedient, to cause the mortgages to be cancelled for
which satisfaction pieces are filed."

(signed) S. Stevens
B. Crane
J. Morss
W. A. Davis
T. Bolton

which was approved and the resolution adopted: an[d] on motion of

Alderman Allen



6 Sept. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES ->39

" Resolved that application be made to the Legislature at their next
Session for relief in defraying the expence incurred by making the
Indexes &c. alluded to in the foregoing resolutions and that the Com-
mittee be instructed to prepare such application & report the same to
this Board."

The Street Committee, on the petition respecting Bleecker Street,

reported :

" That they have examined the situation of those streets and found
Bleecker [473] Street to be in a dangerous state and they are of opin-
ion that said Streets ought to be regulated. They therefore beg leave
to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that Bleecker Street be regulated from M c Dougal to
Herring Street and that Herring Street be regulated from Bleecker to
Carmine Street. Also

" Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to prepare an
Ordinance accordingly.

(signed) J. B. Taylor
" A. Mann

J. Morss
S. P. Brittain
S. Parker.

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the petition against raising Washington &
Greenwich Streets, reported :

" That they have personally examined the situation of Carlisle,
Washington and Greenwich Streets and are fully of opinion that
Carlisle Street oght to be raised & repaved [474] in order to make it
correspond with the new pavement in front of the Albany Basin. They
therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the pavement in Carlisle Street be taken up, raised
and repaved with so much of Greenwich and Washington Streets as
may be necessary in order to make them conform to the regulation of
the adjoining Street, and that the Street Commissioner present an
ordinance forthwith for that purpose."

(signed) J. B. Taylor
A. Mann
S. P. Brittain
S. Parker
J. Morss

which was approved & the resolution adopted.



540 CITY or NEW YORK 6 Sept. 1819

The same Committee, on the petition respecting Essex Street, re-
ported the following resolution:

' Resolved that Essex Street be regu- [475] lated and paved from
Grand to Broome Street and that the Street Commissioner be in-
structed to present an Ordinance forthwith for that purpose."

(Signed) J. B. Taylor
A. Mann
S. P. Brittain
S. Parker
J. Morss

which was approved and the Street Commissioner presented an Ordi-
nance agreeably thereto which was passed.

The Committee of Charity, on the petition of Schuyler Baxter, re-
ported :

' That they believe him to be a poor man and not himself very
deserving, but if the above fine is not remitted his family will be very
much distressed. They beg leave to present the following resolution :

Resolved that the Attorney of the Board discharge the suit against
Schuyler Baxter for violating the Sunday Law on [476] payment of

costs." , .

(signed) S. Parker

T. Bolton
D. Board
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on petition of John Powell, Reported:
' That said Powell is a very poor man with a large family to sup-
port & he also states he did not intentionally violate the law. They
offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the Attorney of the Board discharge John Powell
from the above fine on payment of costs."

(signed) S. Parker
T. Bolton
D. Board
which was approved & the Resolution adopted.

The Finance Committee on petition of Colonel James B. Murray,
reported :

" That the expenditure alluded to [477] has been viewed by the
Committee as an unauthorised expenditure and they had therefore de-
clined troubling the Board with the consideration of the question ; but
from further proof being laid before your Committee they are of



6 Sept. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 541

opinion the bill, considering the circumstances under which the ex-
penditure was made, ought to be paid by the Board. They therefore
report the following resolution :

' Resolved that a Warrant pass in favor of Colonel James B.
Murray for twenty dollars being the amount expended by him in
furnishing refreshments for General Jackson's Escort."

(signed) John Hone

S. P. Brittain
J. Hammond

Assistant Alderman L
10 th Ward.
B. Crane

which was approved and the Comptroller directed to report a Warrant
therefor.

[478] The following Resolution was presented and agreed to :

" Resolved that it shall be the duty of the City Inspector and the
persons attached to his Department to perform such duties in relation
to the cleansing of the houses, yards and Streets and filling up lots
and cellars of this City as may be required by the Board of Health
until the first day of November next."

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to contract for
filling in that part of the public lane west of Washington St. between
Albany and Cedar Streets.

A Member stating he had confidential business to communicate,
the Gallery was cleared and

The Doors Closed.*

[479] The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 23* Aug 59.81

Reed for Streets 25,610.14

Rents 8,842.41

" Commut n Alien passengers 1703.

Arrears of Tax 1600.

6th Avenue 1500.

Canal Street 868.90

4th Street 400.

Tavern Licences 222.40

Wells & Pumps 148.98

1st Street 133.35

Mayoralty fees 98.50

Penalties 2. 41,189.49



* No entry, although space was left for the same. ED.



542 CITY OF NEW YORK 6 Sept. 1819

61 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leake Watch 1st dist 1142.75

Hibberd & Clark do. 2d do 707.

Bleakley & Brower do. 3 d do 413 .

C. D. Golden Mayor 1. qr. 2d inst 1750.

O. Edwards Counsel 1 qr. 27 Aug 125.

G. Cuming City Inspr 1 qr. 28 Aug 312.50

[480] W m J. Waldron Ast City Inspr i month 1st i nst 52.

Obadiah Ayres As* City Insp r 1 month 1st inst 52.

Samuel Hutchings St. Insp r 1 mo. 1 st inst 52.

Jonathan Weeden St. Inspector 1 mo. 1 st inst 52.

Astin & Cochrane Messengers 1 mo. 1 st inst 60.

Ab m Brevoort Inspector of Bread 1 qr. 21 August 97.80

D. H. Magee Keeper Potters' field 1 mo. 1 st inst 46.50

Andrew M c Cready Keeper of Park 1 mo. 1 st inst 46.50

George Buckmaster repairs to mud machine 99.39

Fine, See & Co. Coach hire for Road Committee 18.

James Warner Special Justice 1 qr. 26th Augt 250.

Jas. Hopson do. do. 250.

[481] Chs. Christian Special Justice 1 qr. 26th August 250.

Peter Townsend Clerk of Police 38 days 26th August... 104.10

R. Stephens Clerk Police Office 1 qr. 26 f h Augt 225.

J. Hays to pay Officers conveying persons to penitentiary

1 qr. 26 Aug 88.

J. Hays to pay Officers, extra service Police Office 1 qr.

26 Aug 100.83

Leonard Kip to pay Supe & lights lamps 1 mo. 1 st inst. . . . 879.25

Robert Provoost repairs lamps in August 54.08

Patk Mehan balce award Anthony St 3932.56

David Crone- do. do. do 1934.58

Terence Waters do. do. do 1545.13

N. M. Delonguemare do. do. do 440.17

Corn 3 Henchman Award Carmine St 321 .

Thomas Stone do. do. 205 .

Smith Clark do. do 79.

John C. W r est do. do 79.

Michael Pagan do. do 79.

[482] Thos. Robertson Award Carmine St 79.

Corns Bogert bal. Award Grand St 3392.50

Thos. Monilaws Award do 1988.52

Thos. P. Lawrence do. do 905 .

John Charles do. do 700.

W m Osborn do. do 607.

W' Marshall, bal. do. do 666.72

W m Green Attorney for Jos. Dean Award for Grand

Street 408.

Jackson & Bagot Award Grand St 356.

Elizabeth Gedney bal. do. do 260.80

Barnet Storing. [Story] do. do. do 228.30



6 Sept. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 543

Francis Fagan Award Grand St 100.

Mrs. Davis do. do 50.

Wynant Van Zandt do. do 9.

Chs. Mooney ac* pavs Bowery 800.

Hen. Cochrane do. do. Hudson St 500.

Fred. Yoemans bal. in full regulating Mercer St 477.98

Pinkerton & Forgye account paving Hammond St 300.

Thos. Lovett account paving Greenwich Street 250.

[483] Abisha Smith balance curbing Washington St 104.37

Hugh Smith ac* pavK Anthony St 100.

do. act. regs & curbs Grand St 100.

Jno. Williams acct regg 4* St 400.

W m Slosson Attorney for J. R. Livingston judgment of

Supreme Court for bulkhead at Goerck St 2214.98

Richd Furman Sup* Alms' house for work 3 d Avenue 1500.

J. M c Comb St. Commissioner Award to unknown own-
ers of ground at Bellevue to be paid into Court 2800.

Richard Furman Supt Alms' house 6000. 41,141 .31



$48.18
Adjourned to meet this day fortnight.



VOLUME THIRTY-NINE

OF

MANUSCRIPT MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 10, 1819 TO JANUARY 31, 1820






[1] Special Meeting. In Common Council Sept. 10. 1819.

Present. The Hon. C. D. Colden, Mayor, President
Peter A Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Hermanus Tallman

Leonard Kip Benjamin Crane

Jno. P. Anthony Jno. J. Westervelt

Jno. Morss Shivers Parker

Robt. McQueen S. P. Brittain

Asa Mann Judah Hammond
Geo. B. Thorp
Steph. Allen

His Honor the Mayor stated that he had summoned the Board in
consequence of an omission to direct the issuing of bonds in pursuance
of the report of the Canal Committee of the 23 d ultimo which directed
bonds to be issued on certain contingencies to the Canal [2] Contractors
but there had yet been no positive direction of the Board on the sub-
ject. The Comptroller then laid before the Board the following bonds
which he had prepared agreeably to the directions of the Finance Com-
mittee and which the Canal Contractors had agreed to accept : Viz

One Bond to the President, Directors and Company of the Mechanics'
Bank dated 23d August 1819 payable 23d August 1820 with interest

at 7 per cent conditioned for the payment of $3000.

One do. dates &c. as above for 3000 .

One do. do. do 3000.

One do. do. do 3000.

One do. do. do 3000.

One do. do. do 3000.

One do. do. do 3000.

One do. do. do. 4647.37



$25,647.37
Whereupon said Bonds were directed to be executed.

[3] A complaint from sundry Inhabitants of the situation of the
Street at the foot of Barclay Street and praying it may be paved was
read and referred to the Street Committee.



547



548 CITY OF NEW YORK 13 Sept. 1819

[4] Special Meeting. In Common Council Sept. 13. 1819.

Present. The Hon. C. D. Colden Mayor President.
Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Samuel Stevens

Leonard Kip Hermanus Tallman

Jno. P. Anthony Shivers Parker

Jno. Morss S. P. Brittain

Asa Mann David Board

J. B. Taylor W. A. Davis

G. B. Thorp Judah Hammond
Stephen Allen

His Honor the Mayor stated that in consequence of a consultation
with the Board of Health it was deemed expedient to call a meeting of
the Common Council to sanction expenditures which were likely to be
incurred during the prevalence of the present malignant [5] fever
and also to consult as to what further measures of precaution might be
necessary to be pursued at the present crisis.

Mr. Stevens presented the following resolutions which were unani-
mously adopted : Viz.

" Resolved that the Commissioners of the Alms' house be directed to
provide for the support of the poor inhabitants who may remove to the
places provided for them by the Board of Health, and also to provide
medical Assistance for the sick who may be removed:

And farther

That this Board will make provision for all necessary expences
which the Board of Health may incur in removing & providing for the
poor owing to the present pestilential disease."

It was moved that the Doors be closed. Upon the question being
taken thereon the Board was equally divided and the Mayor gave his
vote in the Negative. So the motion was lost.

[6] An Ordinance was presented by the Recorder entitled ' An
Ordinance to prevent the spreading of malignant diseases in this City '
which was read by Paragraphs and agreed to. On the final question of
agreeing to the Ordinance it was carried in the Affirmative. The
Ayes and nays having been called by Mr. Stevens were as follow :

Affirmative. Mr. Recorder Aldn. Hone King Kip Anthony Morss
Mann Taylor Thorp Allen Messrs. Tallman Crane Brittain

Negative. Messrs. Bolton Stevens Parker Board Davis Hammond.



20 Sept. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 549

[7] His Honor the Mayor stated that a request had been made to
him by General Bernard and the Commissioners of the United States
appointed on the subject of fortifying the Sea Coast of the United
States for the use of the Charts and plan relative to this Harbor
which were in the possession of the Corporation that Copies or ex-
tracts might be taken from them. Whereupon it was resolved that the
request of the said Commissioners be complied with.

[8] In Common Council Sept 20. 1819.

Present. The Hon. C. D. Colden Mayor, President.
Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Saml. Stevens

Leonard Kip Herm s Tallman

Jno. P. Anthony Benj n Crane

Jno. Morss J. J. Westervelt

Robt. McQueen S. Parker

Asa Mann S. P. Brittain

J. B. Taylor D. Board

G. B. Thorp W. A. Davis

Stephen Allen Judah Hammond.

The minutes of the three last meetings were read and approved.

A petition of Mary Simonson on subject of a house built by her
husband on a leased lot which lease had expired two years [9] ago
and they had since paid several Assessments on said lots and the Cor-
poration had now entered into possession of said property and praying
repayment of said sums, was read and referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

A petition from William Shaw for permission to remove a frame
house from the College Yard in Park Place to the corner of Fourth and
Thompson Streets was read and referred to the Alderman and As-
sistant of the 3 d Ward with authority to grant the request.

A request from the Treasurer of the New York Free School
Society for payment of $1500 granted to them by the Legislature was
referred to the Finance Committee.

A complaint from sundry Inhabitants of the Situation of a lot be-
tween Fulton Street and Peck Slip was read and referred to the City
Inspector.

[10] A petition of N. U. Tompkins for permission to construct a



550 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Sept. 1819

cistern in front of his house at the junction of Pump & Division Streets
was read and referred to the Street Commissioner.

A petition that another room may be assigned to the Justices of the
Marine Court as a Court room was read and referred to the Committee
on Public Offices.

A complaint of the course of the Gutter in Front Street was re-
ferred to the Street Committee and Street Commissioner.

A petition of Henry M. Van Solinger for permission to construct
a Vault in front of No. 51 Cedar Street was granted on the usual terms
under direction of the Street Commissioner.

A petition for a Well & Pump in Carmine St. and for one near
Herring Street were referred to the Alderman & Assistant of the Ward
and [11] Street Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor.

A petition of Elizabeth Gardner for herself and Elizabeth Doan
praying that the houses Nos. 60 and 62 in Harman Street may not in
the contemplated widening of Grand Street be removed until next
spring was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of William J. Furman for permission to remove a frame
house from Roosevelt Street to a lot in Batavia Lane both situations
being within the Fire Limits was referred to the Counsel for his opin-
ion as to the legality of such removal.

A petition of Elijah Guion was received, stating that he is possessed
of an undivided right in lot No. 32 Oliver Street upon which an As-
sessment is laid for opening said Street, that measures are now taking
for a settlement of the right in said lot [12] and praying an extension
of time for payment of said Assessment, which was read and referred
to the Finance Committee.

A petition of Robert Thorburn for appointment of Measurer of
Grain and a similar petition from Jacob Brinckerhoff were read and
referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition of John Kent for a Stall in Corlaer's Hook market: of
George Paff for Stall No. 2 Essex Market: of Frederick Hegel for a
stand to sell Sausages in Washington Market and of Joseph Lawrence,
occupant of Stall No. 45 Catharine Market for permission to transfer
the same for a few months during an absence from this City were
severally read and referred to the Market Committee.

A petition from Daniel Marsh and others, butchers, was received
stating that they have been a long time in the habit of using certain
[13] patent scales for weighing meat in the market which have not
hitherto been objected to by the former Sealers of Weights and Meas-
ures; that the present Sealer Joseph P. Simpson has informed them



20 Sept. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 551

that such scales are not legal and they have therefore incurred a
penalty, and praying relief. Whereupon the same was referred to the
Market Committee.

A Complaint from sundry inhabitants in Greenwich Street near
Cedar Street that the owners of lots corner of Greenwich and Cedar
Streets have piled lumber on the side walks to a considerable height to
the great annoyance of the neighbourhood and praying relief, was
referred to the Street Commissioner.

A petition from Jacob Warner & William King was presented,
stating that an Order was issued for a lease for lot No. 265 William
street to said Warner but the lease has not been [14] made out and
praying that the lease may be now made for said lot to William King.
Upon reading said petition the Comptroller reported :

1 That the petition of Jacob Warner and William King which has
"been read was intended to have been presented at the last meeting of
the Board, and in order to facilitate the object contemplated thereby
he would now represent that a Lease was prepared by the Counsel in
March last to Jacob Warner for the house and lot of ground belonging
to the Corporation, No. 265 William Street, for 7 years from the 1 st
of May 1819 at an annual rent of 320 dollars. In consequence of illness
& other causes Mr. Warner has not executed the lease but paid the
quarterly rent due the 1 st of August last. It is respectfully recom-
mended that leave be given to William King to take a similar lease for
the property from the above date 1 st of May 1819 and that the Counsel
be authorized to prepare the same. The rent which has been paid will
be carried [15] to the credit of Mr. King's account.

respectfully submitted

(signed) G. N. Bleecker

Comptroller

whereupon it was resolved that the Counsel be directed to prepare
and report a lease for said lot to William King agreeably to the said
report of the Comptroller.

A petition that that part of Sullivan Street which is not paved may
be ordered to be paved was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of William M c Farland, a Soldier wounded during the
late war at the battle of Chippewa, praying pecuniary aid, was read and
referred to the Committee of Charity.

A petition of John Dennis in behalf of John Patterson, stating that
said Patterson is absent at sea on a voyage to India and is expected
soon to return ; that during his absence an Assessment has been laid



552 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Sept. 1819

upon his house & lot [16] No. 123 Anthony Street and praying an ex-
tension of time for payment of said Assessment, was read and referred
to the Finance Committee.

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

" Fire Engine Companies."
No 3.

Jacob Brower Accountant 49 Beaver St. 1 ward vice William
Burras resigned.

No. 9.

W m S. Roshore Grocer 62 Pearl St. 1 ward vice Matthias Val-
entine Deceased.

No. 28.

John Jones Slater Mott n. Bleecker St. 8 ward vice Robert
Boston resigned.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for repaving
Grand Street from the Bowery to Broadway and one for paving Broad-
way from Bleecker Street to Art Street which were confirmed and
Noah Jarvis appointed Col- [17] lector in the former and Morris De
Camp in the latter.

He also presented a Communication recommending that Reade
Street be regulated and paved from Washington Street to the Bulkhead
with so much of Washington Street as may be necessary to make it
conform to the regulation of Reade Street and he also presented an
Ordinance conformably thereto, which was passed and John Targee,
Abraham Bloodgood and Benjamin Prince were appointed Assessors
therein.

He also presented Ordinances for regulating Bleecker Street from
M c Dougall Street to the Sixth Avenue, for regulating and paving
Thompson Street from Spring Street to Broome Street, and for regu-
lating Wooster Street from Spring Street to Lispenard's line, which
were passed and the same persons appointed Assessors in each.

He also stated that the lower end of Harrison Provost and Beach
streets from Washington [18] Street to the River and North Moore,
Hubert and Laight Streets from Greenwich street to the River re-
quired regulating and paving and he presented Ordinances agreeably
therefor which were passed and Abraham Bloodgood, John Brower and
Abraham Baudouine were appointed Assessors in each.



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553



He also presented a return of Delinquents on the Assessments for
opening Oliver Street, whereupon a Warrant was ordered to issue to
the Collector for collecting the same.

He also presented a Communication respecting an Ordinance passed
24 th March 1817 directing a Bulkhead to be built on the westerly line
of West Street between Courtland and Duane Streets, which was
referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

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

1 Presid 1 Directors & Co. Manhattan Beach & Washing-
ton A Lot
Own. 281 Water St. do.
do. Washington &

Robinson do.

do. 6 Orange St. do.

do. James Slip &

Water St. do.



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