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Ward and Street Commissioner to report [49] an Ordinance therefor.

A petition from sundry Inhabitants that Hubert Street may be
regulated was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of Charles Thurston for remission of fine incurred by
one of his boys bathing on Sunday contrary to law was referred to the
Committee of Charity with authority to remit.

Petitions were received from Nicholas Schureman. Elizah Guion,
Amos Jordan, Azel Conklin, George Reynolds and Oliver Waldron
for appointment to the office of Captain of the City Watch for the 2d
district ; and of Ebenezer Whiting, Holly Waterbury and Nathaniel L.
Astin for appointment of Assistant to the City Watch of the same
district : which were severally read and referred to the Watch Com-
mittee.

A- petition that the Sidewalks in Elizabeth Street between Broome
and Spring Streets [50] may be paved was referred to the Street
Committee.

A petition from owners of property in Gold, Beekman and Fulton
Streets, praying that Gold Street may be widened & straightened be-
tween Fulton & Beekman Streets, was read and referred to the Street
Committee and Alderman and Assistant of the 2 d Ward.

A petition was received from John Anderson stating that he made
a Contract with the Corporation for building a pier at the foot of
Vesey Street : that he had sunk five of the blocks but that by some un-
foreseen circumstances one of the blocks sunk in one night ten feet
owing to the muddy state of the bottom : that the Inspector could not



4 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 565

of course give him a Certificate of the completion so as to entitle him
to the first payment. He therefore prayed that the first payment might
be made [51] and the subject referred to the investigation and direc-
tion of a Committee. Whereupon the same was referred to the Com-
mittee on Wharves, piers and Slips.

A petition of Lewis Derauche for remission of a personal tax
assessed on him of $6 3 % o which from his reduced circumstances he
is unable to pay, was read and referred to the Committee of Charity.

The following persons were appointed firemen the Chief Engineer
certifying the vacancies :

" Fire Engine Company No. 40.

James Goodman butcher 47 Mulberry St. 6 Ward vice Philip
Derick resigned.

George C. Baker Accountant Bowery c. Rivington 10 Ward
vice Philip Berry resigned.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Assessments,
which were confirmed and John G. Betts appointed Collector in each :
Viz for regulating Washington Street from [52] Canal to Spring
Street ; for paving Varick Street from Laight to Vandam Street ;
for regulating and paving Albany Street from Greenwich Street to the
bulkhead, and for paving Washington Street from Dey to Fulton
Streets.

He also presented an Assessment for a Well and purnp in Cannon
near Delancey Street which was confirmed and Morris De Camp ap-
pointed Collector.

He also presented a corrected Copy of the Assessment for regulat-
ing and paving Broadway from Bleecker Street to Art Street as the
one that was confirmed at the last Common Council was incorrect.
Whereupon it was resolved that the confirmation made of the said
Assessment on the 20 th ulto. be & the same is hereby revoked, annulled
and made void, and resolved that the present assessment now presented
be and the same is hereby confirmed and that Morris De Camp [53]
be and he is hereby appointed Collector of the same.

He also presented the following Ordinances which were passed and
John Brower, Abraham Baudouine and Benjamin Prince were ap-
pointed Assessors in each: Viz for a Well and pump in Arden
Street between Herring & Bedford Streets ; for one in 8 th Avenue be-
tween Greenwich Lane and 14 th Street and for one in Carmine Street,
between Bedford and Varick Streets.

He also presented the following Ordinances which were passed and



566 CITY or NEW YORK 4 Oct. 1819

Abraham Bloodgood, John Targee & John Brower were appointed
Assessors in each: Viz for regulating West Street and paving one
side walk between Dey and Fulton Streets; for regulating Washing-
ton Street and paving the easterly side from Carlisle Street to Rector
Street and for regulating and paving Washington Street from Dey to
Courtlandt Street.

[54] He also presented returns of delinquents on the following
Assessments and Warrants were ordered to issue to John G. Betts
the Collector for collecting the same Viz for improving Market
Street, repaving Orchard Street, repaving Greenwich Street, paving
Hudson Street and for regulating North Street.

The Attorney presented the following complaints which had been
made to him and which were referred to the Committee on public
Offices : viz against John Ellis for selling liquor without licence :
against Messrs Hitchcocks several complaints for not sweeping and
cleaning the Streets : against Margaret Scarsline for using Scale beams
not agreeable to standard: against Daniel Ensly, James Heaton and
Hippolite Barrere for keeping their gardens open on Sunday and
against Thomas Burling for leaving a dead horse in the Street.

[55] The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of
sundry Nuisances which were passed :

1 Sam 1 Goodrich Own.) T

r> T u r\ f Essex c. Grand St. a Lot

P. Jacobs Occ. ^

2 Elias Randall Own. Allen Street. do.

3 W m Arden Own & Occ. do. do

4 James & Pittman Own. do. do

5 J. R. Livingston Own. Little Water c. An-

thony do.

6 Edmond Kirby Own. Leonard St. do.

7 H. Smith Own. Bleecker c. Green do.

8 Jas. C. Roosevelt Exec. Grand Street do.

9 Mrs. Beekman Own. Allen c. Grand do.

10 G. Lorillard Own.) ,

TJ ... 8 T , T } Orange St. do.

Hamilton & Latham



11 Mrs. Abeel Own.) .

, T-,, , A r- Crosby St. do.

Leonard Bleecker, Agt.l

12 R. M. Livingston Own. Chapel St. do.

13 Robt. Lenox Own. Ludlow St. do.

14 Rector, Church Wardens &c. of) ,

T- v m. u f Varick St. do.

Trinity Church ^

15 A. L. Stewart Own. do. do.



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567



16 A. L. Stewart

17 [56] H. Overing
J. Bronson

18 S. Thorn
J. Stewart

19 Mr. Jennings
R. Holmes

20 Mr. Jennings
Lean & Lynch

21 A. M c Donald
J. M c Gaviston

22 J. R. Livingston
S. Reeves

23 Josh. Worlds

24 P. Place
P. Carl

25 Andrew Paff
J. Woolsey



Varick St.
344 Water St.



do.



do.



Own. & Occ.
Own.}

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Own.
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Own. I
Occ. p

Agt ? 331

,~^ f *J\J 1

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^325 do.
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Agt hl7 Cherry St.
Occ. y

Own.) _ ,
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11 Henry St.



13 do.



92 Bayard St.



a Lot

a privy

do.
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George Cuming
City Inspector.



The Counsel presented a Lease to William King for the Lot &
Dwelling house No. 265 William Street which was di- [57] rected to
be duly executed.

The Comptroller presented a list of balances due the 1 st of May
last amounting to $23,463 1 %oo which was referred to the Finance
Committee.

He also presented a Bond to the Mechanics' Bank for money bor-
rowed. Whereupon Resolved that the Mayor affix his signature to
such bonds for money borrowed under the resolution of the 6 th of
September last not exceeding in amount $51,000. as the Chairman of
the Committee of Finance shall present to him.

The Committee on the Fire Department, to whom was referred
the Communication of the Chief Engineer respecting an Engine house
for No. 31, Reported:

" That your Committee concur with the Chief Engineer in his
recommendation that the ground be accepted and a suitable building
erected for Engine No. 31 and respectfully offer the following resolu-
tions :

[58]" Resolved that this Board accept the ground offered by the
Methodist Society for the purpose of erecting an Engine house thereon.



568 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Oct. 1819

" Resolved that the Superintendant of repairs be and he is hereby
directed to erect a wooden house on the said ground for engine No.
31."

(signed) Jno. P. Anthony

Hermanus Tallman

which was approved & the resolutions adopted.

The market Committee, on the petition of John H. Tier, reported
the following resolution licensing him for Stall No. 5 Grand Street
Market :

" Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be granted."

(signed) H. Tallman
L. Kip
J. Hone
j. J. Westervelt

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[59] The same Committee, on the petition of George Faff, reported
the following resolution :

" Resolved that George Paff be licensed for Stall No. 2 in the Essex
Market in Grand Street."

(signed) H. Tallman
L. Kip
J. Hone
" J. J. Westervelt

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on petition of Henry Hammond, reported
That they have examined the said Henry Hammond and the present
holder of Stall No. 3 Spring Street Market under oath and they do
declare that no money has been paid or [is] to be paid by either of
them or either of their agents in relation to the said Stall. They
therefore beg leave to offer the following Resolution :

" Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be granted and that
Henry Hammond be licensed for Stall No. 3 in [60] Spring Street
Market."

(signed) H. Tallman

J. J. Westervelt
L. Kip
J. Hone

which was approved & the resolution adopted.



4 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 569

The Street Committee, on the petition of Elizabeth Gardner &
Mary Doane, reported That the request of the petitioners ought to be
granted. They therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that Mary Doane and Elizabeth Gardner the above peti-
tioners be permitted to continue their buildings on Harman Street to
the first day of May next and no longer."

(signed) J. B. Taylor
A. Mann
S. Parker
J. Morss
Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

[61] The Street Committee, to whom was referred the communi-
cation of the Street Commissioner respecting a house standing in
Broadway, reported :

' That they have duly considered the subject and are decidedly of
opinion that said house ought to be removed. They therefore beg
leave to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the house No. 585 situate on the westerly side of
Broadway between Houston and Bleecker Streets and which now en-
croaches on the Street be removed therefrom on or before the 1 st day
of June next."

(signed) J. B. Taylor
A. Mann
S. P. Brittain
S. Parker
J. Morss
which was approved and the resolution adopted.

[62] The same Committee, on the petition for paving Sullivan
Street, reported the following resolution :

"Resolved that Sullivan Street be paved from the pavement at
Broome Street to the Southerly side of Watts Street and that the
Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance to that effect."

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

which was approved & the Resolution adopted. The Street Com-
missioner immediately presented an ordinance agreeably thereto which
was passed and Abraham Baudouine, John Brown [er] and Benjamin
Prince were appointed Assessors.



.570 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Oct. 1819

The Market Committee, on the petition of Robert P. Denike for
a stand in Duane Street Market, reported the following :

[63] " Resolved that Robert Palmer Denike, be licensed as a
Butcher for Duane Street Market."

(signed) H. Tallman
L. Kip
J. Hone
J. J. Westervelt

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on petition of Nathaniel Nott, reported the
following :

" Resolved that Nathaniel Nott be licensed for Stall No. 6 in the
market at the foot of Grand Street."

Also on the petition of William J. Deforest they reported the
following:

" Resolved that William J. Deforest be licensed for Stall No. 7
in Spring Street Market."

Both of which were approved and the resolutions proposed adopted.

Resolved that the Superintendant of Repairs [64] cause the small
wooden building in the rear of the Old Alms' house to be removed.

Resolved that the Counsel be directed to report an ordinance to pro-
hibit the using of any private drain or Sewer leading into any of the
public Common Sewers into this City for the purpose of carrying off
the contents of privies or Water Closets.

The following was presented and referred to the Lamp Com-
mittee :

" Resolved that the Committee on Lamps be authorised to discon-
tinue the lighting of the lamps on the First Avenue above Street."

On motion the Board proceeded to elect a person to fill the office
of Resident Physician to the Alms' House. Mr. Recorder mentioned
Dr. Egerton [65] Winthrop as a Candidate for that office.

The petition of Dr. Belden was called up and read with the ac-
companying recommendations. Upon counting the ballots it appeared
Dr. Belden was chosen, and he was therefore declared duly appointed
to the Office of Resident Physician of the Alms' House.

The Comptroller reported:

Balance in Treasury Sept. 20 $31 .38

Reced for Mayoralty fees 75.50

" Intestate Estates 360.29

" Commutation Aliens 2637.



4 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 571

Reced for Arrears of Tax 800.

6th Avenue 300.

Streets 3340.37 7544.54



Accounts Audited.

Pierre C. Van Wyck on ace 1 fees as District Attorney

Warrant passed 20*h Sept 500.

Anderson & Leake Watch 1st dist 1142.75

do. do. extra 194.25

[66] Hibberd & Clark Watch 2d dist 707.

Bleakley & Brower do. 3d do 413.

Jonathan Pinckney City Intendant & St. Inspector to 1 st

inst 103.33

Samuel Hutchings St. Insp r 1 mo. 1 st inst 54.

Ab m Ackerman St. Inspector 10 days 1 st inst 20.

Jonath n Weeden late St. Insp r 1 mo. 1 st inst 52.

\Vm j. Waldron As* City Insp r 1 mo. 1st j ns t 52.

Obad h Ayres As 1 City Insp r 1 mo. 1 st inst 52.

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

Danl H. Magee Keepr Potters' field 1 mo. 1st m st 45.

Andrew M c Cready Keeper of Park 1 mo. 1 st inst 45.

Edward Fenno services in examining accts. of late Treas-
urer 200.

[67] Leond Kip Esqr. 11 Casks Oil bought of. C. B. Hussey 346.76

G. Snethen Sups & lighting lamps 1 mo. 1st instant 878.50

Hen. D. Sedgwick Attorney for Chapin Ward remaining

moiety of Intestate estate of Geo. Ward 127.33

Chs. Mooney on act paving Bowery from Grand to

Broome St 350.

Ab m Stagg on acct regulat. & paving Grand St 300.

Thos. Lovett on act paving Greenwich Street 200.

Chs. Mooney on ac 1 repaving Division Street 150.

William Ogilvie Award for Bancker Street 230.

J. P. Roome Supt of repairs for repairs piers & bulkheads 1320. 7542.92



Balance $1.62

Adjourned to meet this day fortnight.



572 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

[68] In Common Council Oct. 18. 1819

Present. The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President.

Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thos. Bolton

E. W. King Saml Stevens

Leonard Kip Herm. Tallman

J. P. Anthony Benj n Crane

Jno. Morss J. J. Westervelt

Robt. M c Queen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann S. P. Brittain

J. B. Taylor D. Board

Geo. B. Thorp W. A. Davis

Steph. Allen Judah Hammond

The minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A Memorial was presented from a number of Inhabitants com-
plaining of the undue and unequal assessment of the Commissioners
of Assessment in relation to the expences of the [69] Canal in Canal
Street which was read and referred to Aldermen Hone Mann
King Taylor and Anthony.

A petition of Peter M c Cartee, Auctioneer, for permission to sell
goods at auction in the Street in Broadway in front of the house to
which he has removed during the prevalence of the late epidemic
and of Oliver Dodge to be permitted to sell in front of the corner of
Fulton & Water Streets were read & referred to the Street Commit-
tee with authority to grant the prayers of petitioners.

A petition of George Peterson for relief from judgment recovered
against him for discharging a gun in the City contrary to law was
read and resolved that the Attorney discharge petitioner from Suit
without costs.

A petition of Edward M c Laughlin, Excise Officer in the City &
County of New York, praying some additional compensation for his
services was read and referred to the Finance Committee.

[70] A petition from John Lee for a Stall in Grand Street Market
was read and referred to the Market Committee.

A petition from John Van Arsdale & J. N. Johnson, Inspectors
of Firewood, 5 th District praying an alteration of the limits of said
district was read and referred to the Aldermen & Assistants of the
2<J & 4th \Va r d s with authority to make the alteration if they deem it
advisable.



18 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 573

A petition of Benjamin Watson, Register of Dogs, that his account
might be referred to a Committee for Settlement accompanied with a
statement of his account was read & referred to the Police Committee.

Petitions were received from Ebenezer -S. Blatchley & Cornelius C.
Blatchley for relief from taxes assessed on them in lieu of Military
services, they not being liable to the same. Which were referred to
the Corn- [71] mittee on Assessments.

A petition of John Jackson praying remuneration for services ren-
dered in Mayor's Office while the Tavern Licences were issued was
read & referred to the Finance Committee.

A petition from Eber Wheaton praying relief from an assessment
laid upon a Tenement erected by him for a School House and used as
such, was read & referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition was received from Benjamin P. Benson stating that he
is proprietor of a Mill near Harlaem, that by the 3 d Avenue cross-
ing the Stream over which his Mill-dam is built his mill is deprived
of water & praying permission to erect his floodgates inside of the
Bridge of the 3 d Avenue which being read was referred to the Road
Committee.

A petition was received from Nicoll & Augustus Floyd as agents
for certain heirs of George Clinton [72] deceased, praying that no
forfeiture may be incurred by non-compliance with an Ordinance of
the Corporation passed 17 th May last directing the building of a bulk-
head along the west of West Street by the said heirs as owners of cer-
tain lots fronting on West Street and praying an extension of the
time for complying with said Ordinance which being read was re-
ferred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers & Slips.

A petition was received from Isaac F. Coutant, Sexton of Trinity
Church, praying remission of fine incurred by interring a corpse in
the Grave yard of said Church at a less depth than 6 feet as by law
directed, which was referred to the Police Committee.

A petition from Stephen Baker and Charles W. Sandford for re-
mission of a penalty incurred by non-compliance with an Ordinance
respecting filling in certain lots on Canal St. was read and referred to
the City Inspector.

[73] A petition was received from John Grant stating that he is
owner of property running from Water Street to Front Street on the
west side of Peck Slip: that by order of the Corporation a Wharf
was built along the West Side of Peck Slip extending from Water
Street to near the South side of Front Street; that said Wharf was
made on the Water right of petitioner; that petitioner had previously



574 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

thereto erected a Wharf in front of the property of Dunlap & Grant
which with the wharf so built by the Corporation forms a small Slip
or Basin; that the Corporation have always received the Wharfage
of the East side of said Slip, and that petitioner has been called upon
to make repairs upon said Wharf, and praying relief which was re-
ferred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers & Slips.

A Remonstrance from Mary M c Kennon against the proposed im-
provement of widening Gold Street was read and laid on the Table to
be considered upon the coming in of the Report of the Committee on
that subject.

[74] A petition for a Well & Pump in Franklin Street near Broad-
way and for one at the corner of Walnut & Lombardy Streets was read
and referred to the Aldermen & Assistants of the Wards & Street
Commissioner to report Ordinances therefor.

A remonstrance against the permission granted to the Church of
United Christian Friends to construct Vaults for the Interment of the
Dead in Augustus Street, was read and referred to the Street Com-
mittee, the Alderman & Assistant of 6 th Ward & Street Commissioner.

A petition of Hannah Day to be exempted from payment of any
Assessment for the contemplated filling in & regulating of Washington
and Dey Streets and to be reimbursed for expences incurred by said
measure, was read & referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of Patrick Gartlan for remission of fine incurred by
using Weights not sealed [75] by the Sealer of Weights & Measures,
was read & referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of Joseph Rogers for relief from penalties incurred by
him in relation to some dead Animal burned by him and also for driv-
ing a Cart without being numbered, was referred to the Committee of
Charity with authority to remit the penalties.

A petition of John J. Westervelt for permission to build a Brick
Cistern in the Street in front of No. 53 North Moore Street, was read
& referred to the Alderman & Assistant of the Ward & St. Commis-
sioner.

A petition of George Betts for payment of services in suits of the
Corporation, where Corporation have been nonsuited or discontinued
was read & referred to the Finance Committee.

Petitions were received from Captain Rivry of the French Ship
L'Ehre and Captain Lewis of the Schooner Hope stating that they have
[76] brought alien passengers in their vessels and that having no con-
signees they are unable to procure Sureties in a Bond for them & pray-
ing they may be permitted to commute for them on the terms pre-



18 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 575

scribed by the Resolution of the Common Council. Whereupon re-
solved that it be recommended to his Honor the Mayor to direct that
Commutations for the said Alien passengers be received, and it was
resolved that the consideration of the subject of permitting Commuta-
tion be referred to the Finance Committee.

A petition of Christian Brown and of Samuel Buckbee for ap-
pointment as Assistants to the Watch of the 2 d District were read &
referred to the Watch Committee.

A remonstrance from the Inhabitants residing in Ludlow Street
between Grand & Broome Sts. against paving the same was referred
to the St. Committee.

A petition of Philip Hone to be permitted [77] to erect certain
wooden buildings at the foot of Barclay Street for the accommodation
of Hoboken Ferry was read & referred to the Ferry Committee with
authority to grant the request of petitioner.

A petition of sundry Inhabitants that the Exchange Slip may be
filled up on a line with South St. was referred to the Committee on
Wharves, Piers & Slips.

A petition from the Inhabitants residing in the vicinity of the
Horse Market, complaining of it as a great inconvenience & praying
that it may be removed was referred to the St. Committee.

A Memorial was received from the Inspectors of Bread represent-
ing that the present Assize of Bread was established some years since
at the request of the Bakers in consequence of the high price of fuel
&c. that an increase of profit of 7 %oo on the barrel was allowed which
made the whole profit on the barrel $4.25 cents : that in their opinion
circumstances justify a reduction of the profit so as to allow them a
[78] profit of $3. and recommending the same.

A communication from John Fleming, the City Chamberlain, ac-
companied said Memorial wherein he expressed his opinion that the
proposed reduction was necessary.

Which being read it was referred to the Counsel to report an Ordi-
nance agreeably thereto.

A petition that Elm Street be paved from Grand to Broome Street
was referred to the Street Committee.

A Remonstrance from Peter Lorillard against the Assessment for
the Sewer in Canal Street was read and referred to the Special Com-
mittee appointed this evening on that subject.

A Memorial from sundry persons engaged in the transportation of
Hay to the City stating the want of room for their vessels at Duane
Slip & praying that the exclusive use of Pier No. 29 Duane Street may



576 CITY or NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

be given to them was referred to the Committee [79] on Wharves,
Piers & Slips.

A petition that Cedar Street may be repaved between Broadway &
Nassau Street was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition from George Ireland to be permitted to construct a vault



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