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46 CITY or NEW YORK 5 Oct. 1818

and a petition of Mary Jones for a Huckster's Stand in one of the
Markets were read and referred to the Market Committee.

A petition of Ebenezer Allen, stating that a prosecution had been
commenced against him for encumbering the Street with an Anchor
[209] which Anchor was not the property of petitioner, and praying
said Suit may be discontinued was read and leave given petitioner
to withdraw his petition.

A Petition of Caleb Sutton for appointment of Measurer of Grain
was read and granted and petitioner accordingly appointed.

A petition of David Dunham, in behalf of himself and others in-
terested in the Ferry at the foot of Delancey Street, praying per-
mission to erect at the gateway of the bridge two small lodges or one
story buildings to accommodate the Ferry Master and persons waiting
for a passage, was read and referred to the Ferry Committee, with au-
thority to grant the prayer of the petition.

A petition of Sundry Pawnbrokers, stating infractions of the law
respecting pawnbrokers according to their construction of the law
was read and referred to the Committee on Laws.

A Request from the Commissioners of Estimate & Assessment for
opening Varick Street, to be furnished with a profile of the intended
regulation of said street [210] from the North side of Vandam Street
to the centre of Hamersly Street was read and ordered that the Street
Commissioner furnish the profile requested.

A further petition of Joseph Tremain for appointment of Weigh-
master, was read and laid on the Table.

A petition of a number of persons licensed as Dirt Cartmen, pray-
ing an alteration in the late Law amending the Law respecting Cartmen
so as to authorize them to cart stones used in building, was read and
referred to the Committee on Laws.

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants that Beach Street may be paved
and the side-walks laid was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Andrew Allen for remission of fine incurred by en-
cumbering the street with Firewood was read and the fine remitted on
payment of Cost.

A petition of Eliza Norman, William Norman [211] and Eveline
Norman, Infants, by Eliphalet Wheeler their guardian, was presented,
stating that they are heirs of John Norman deceased, that there has
been awarded by the Commissioners of Estimate on opening Fourth
Street to said petitioners and to John Norman their brother and Ann
Dally, Wife of Abraham Dally sister of petitioners, the sum of Seven


thousand five hundred dollars, and praying that the portion of said
Sum belonging to petitioners may be deposited with the Clerk of the
Supreme Court, in order that petitioners may apply to said Court in
the ensuing October term for a disposition of the same agreeably to
law. A similar petition from Abraham Dally and Ann his Wife, by
Eliphalet Wheeler Guardian of said Ann Dally his wife, formerly Ann
Norman, and one of the heirs of said John Norman, stating the interest
of said Ann to one fifth of said award of Commissioners and praying
the same may be paid into the Supreme Court were read and referred
to the Finance Committee and Counsel with authority to comply with
the requests of said petitioners.

The Comptroller, reported respecting a Deed from Trinity Church
for ground for a Market in [212] Christopher Street as follows:
" That, agreeably to a Resolution passed at the last meeting, he called
on the Clerk of the Corporation of Trinity Church and obtained the
draft of a deed of cession for a piece of ground on the Southerly side
of Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets for
a Market. A Blank is left in this Deed, to be filled with the breadth
of a passage way which is to be left open for public accommodation
on the Southerly side of the Market house. As the vegetable Market
place, together with the building, will occupy 30 feet, there will remain
20 feet of the ground ceded for a Street. It is respectfully recom-
mended that the blank should be filled accordingly, and that the
Counsel of the Board should prepare a Counterpart and have the
regular conveyances executed and exchanged."

(signed) G. N. Bleecker (Compt.)


Whereupon it was resolved that the Deed be referred to the Market
Committee to fill up the Blanks and that the said Deed be accepted and
entered on record.

[213] The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief
Engineer certifying the vacancies:

" Fire Engine Companies."
No. 3.

John F. Miller Carver Moore c. Water Sts. 1 ward vice John
Shedden removed

No. 41

Henry Lake Butcher Broome c. Sheriff 10 th ward vice Rich-
ard Funnell resigned

48 CITY or NEW YORK 5 Oct. 1818

Joseph Mills Cartman Cannon n. Delancey 10 w d vice Charles
Garret removed

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for regulating
and repaving Depeyster Street from Water Street to South Street
which was passed and Abraham Bloodgood, John Targee and Aquila
Giles were appointed Assessors therein.

He also presented a Return of Delinquents on an Assessment for
widening Spring Street whereupon a Warrant was ordered to issue to
the Collector for collecting the same.

He also presented an Assessment for a Well and Pump in Vandam
Street and for one in Mott Street near Chatham Street, which was
confirmed and Morris [214] D. Camp appointed Collector in the
former and Noah Jarvis in the latter.

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

1 C. Debevoise Own.)

J. Webb & A. Jennings Occ. \ 91 Chapel St. Privy

2 Mr. Smith Own.]

Jas. Grant Agt. \. 25 Oak St. do.

L. Carroll Occ. J

(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector

The Counsel presented Two Deeds to Elbert Anderson, one for
a Triangular piece of ground fronting Chamber Street and the other
for a Lot of ground fronting on the same Street which were directed
to be duly executed.

The Special Committee, to whom was referred the remonstrance
of a number of persons, owners of landed Estates lying in the Village
of Greenwich, made a report on the 7 th of September which was
laid, and now being called up and read was as follows :

1 The regulation of this Village from [215] its vicinity to the City
is a subject of great public importance, as it soon will become united
to and make a component part of the thickly populated part of the
City. It is also a subject of much individual interest to the proprie-
tors on whom the burden of the regulation falls. Your Committee
have therefore given this subject their particular consideration: they
have personally inspected and viewed the ground, they have examined
the Maps and models, they have heard the gentlemen remonstrating,
their Surveyor and their Counsel, and if the plan which your Com-
mittee herein recommend should hereafter be found not to have been


the best possible one which might have been adopted, your Com-
mittee will only have to regret the want of experience and information
on a subject of this nature which may have led them to a wrong con-

' The part of the Village of Greenwich which is the subject of the
regulation lies principally between Herring Street (which may be
termed the natural ridge or backbone of this part of the village) and
the high ground at and near Broadway. The Water east of Herring
Street naturally descends in a direction from the Hudson, forms the
Streams called the Minetta, flows parallel [216] with the river, then
circuitously, discharging themselves into the Hudson. The ground
covered by the Minetta Streams, as well as considerable lands ad-
jacent, lies too low to be improved for agricultural purposes, much
less for the purpose of building on, to constitute the part of a populous
City. A considerable part of the land, however affected by the regu-
lation, lies sufficiently high for all the purposes of building, but re-
quires to be raised to give its water the necessary descent, whether
it is discharged over the surface of the Streets or thro' Sewers: but
as Sewers require less descent to carry off water than the surface of
streets, it results that the farther the Sewer is extended into this Vil-
lage the less rilling in will be required and on this subject (the ex-
tension of the Sewer) has arisen the difference of opinion existing be-
tween the major part of the proprietors and the Street Commissioner
in relation to the plan remonstrated against. This plan raised Asylum
Street and made the water west of that Street flow directly into the
Hudson and extended the Sewer to Carmine Street, making the Sewer
about Two thousand six [217] hundred and eighty feet. As the water
by this plan has to be carried over Streets to the Mouth of the Sewer
at Carmine Street, it results that the ground has to be very consider-
ably raised in many places to give the Streets the necessary descent.
The raising of the ground, and the plan itself of the Street Commis-
sioners, is, in the opinion of your Committee, the best plan which
could have been projected to render the Surface of this village suit-
able to build on, yet it is to be regretted that the low value of prop-
erty in the village and i[t]s total present unproductiveness should have
made many of the proprietors unwilling that a plan should be adopted
which would carry with it so extensive and permanent advantages,
tho' it must be admitted that these advantages would have been pur-
chased at very considerable expence but by no means at so great
an expence as has been frequently stated in formal memorials and
petitions where correctness of information is certainly expected from

50 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Oct. 1818

gentlemen possessing character and reputation in the community.
That the Board may form an opinion of the real expence of raising
the surface of this land your Committee state :

' That from most of the Streets west of Asylum Street which were
regulated the last season, there [218] was a large quantity of Surplus
earth taken away and which might have been used to fill in the lots
and regulate the Streets of this village at an expence of from 4 to 8
cents per load.

" The plan herein after mentioned will produce more surplus
ground than the present plan, and your Committee are confident in
the opinion that the removal and filling-in will be done at an expence
of at least from 6 to l2 l / 2 cents per load : and your Committee further
confidently state that from 10 to \2 l / 2 cents per load are the highest
prices which have been given this season for earth within threefourths
of a mile of this situation.

' Your Committee nevertheless recommend a partial alteration of
the present plan. In doing so they have been influenced by a desire
to meet the views and opinions of the proprietors who have remon-
strated, and to lessen the expence of filling in as much as is consistent
with the proper raising and regulating the low lands and carrying off
the water of this village and your Committee think that even the
proposed plan should not be carried into execution until a large ma-
[219] jority of the proprietors wish the village regulated. By this
delay the property will become more valuable and the proprietors con-
sequently better enabled to pay the necessary Assessments.

" The plan, or alteration of the present plan, which your Com-
mittee recommend, is that the Sewer, to discharge the water from this
Village, be laid thro' Clarkson, Carmine Street and the Sixth Avenue
to about where Factory Street intersects the said Avenue, making the
surface of the Sixth Avenue at this point about Thirteen feet above
high water mark. This alteration will extend the Sewer from Car-
mine Street Eight hundred and forty feet, and will make the whole
length of the Sewer Three thousand seven hundred feet, and will
allow a descent on the bottom of the Sewer of about 2% of an inch
for every hundred feet.

" By this regulation the present surface of the ground at the inter-
section of the Sixth Avenue, Christopher Street and Greenwich Lane
will be about a proper height; the Sixth Avenue will have an ascent of
7 l / 2 inches on one hundred feet from the Sewer to Seventeenth Street,
where the present surface is of a suitable height, between which and
Twenty second Street the ground is so situated as to allow the water


to [220] be conveyed directly to the North River, with some deep dig-
ging between the Eighth Avenue and the River ; but the Surplus earth
will be required between the Sixth Avenue and Broadway or to fill
in along the river, when the wharfing out to the Channel is undertaken.
According to this plan all the Streets below Seventeenth Street will
at the Sixth Avenue be depressed, which will increase the ascent to
Broad way to about Ten inches on one hundred feet. The line will
then rise at Ten inches on the hundred feet from the Sixth Avenue
for four hundred feet, and then descend in a regular line to the North

" To prevent the lake or pond mentioned in the remonstrance, your
Committee find that it was proposed to form a temporary drain to con-
vey the Manetta Water to the intended Sewer, and which will be in-
dispensible until the whole of the regulation is completed as far north
as Twenty first street. A permanent culvert may therefore (if then
thought proper) be constructed to receive the water of the East branch
of the Manetta, which will tend to reduce the quantity [221] of fill-
ing in at that point, which will be a saving for the present : but your
Committee are of opinion that the best plan will be to convey the water
in a direct line from Broad Way to the Sixth Avenue.

" Your Committee have also paid particular attention to the manner
in which Asylum Street has been regulated, with a view to reduce the
height if practicable ; but on examining the different elevations they
do not find that it can be now done to advantage, for if the water
is carried to Greenwich Lane and from thence to the Sewer the de-
scent will not exceed Fourteen inches on the hundred feet and varies
to seven and an half in proportion to the distance the different Streets
are from the Sixth Avenue. Taking into view the situation of the
property to the Southward and Eastward, the water of which now
goes into the River, they are of opinion it would be unadvisable to
reduce the present height of Asylum Street and thereby discharge
considerable water, now falling to the Southward and West of it into
the Sewer.

" By this plan the highest point on Greenwich Lane will be between
Hammond and Bank Streets, where it will be about Six feet [222]
above the present surface, which will allow a descent of 7^/2 inches
on One hundred feet from this point to the Sewer, and the same to
Thirteenth Street The length of the Sewer being determined and also
the height of Sixth Avenue, Asylum, Seventeenth Street and Broad-
way, of course all the intervening Streets must be made to conform.

" Your Committee therefore recommend that the Street Commis-

52 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Oct. 1818

sioner be directed to make an exact plan and model in conformity
to this report, that the proprietors may know the heights and levels
agreed upon by the Corporation."

(signed) G. Buckmaster Jac. B. Taylor

Steph. Allen Saml. Stevens

Geo. B. Thorp Saml. Akerly

Jno. Morss E. W. King

whereupon Mr. Allen presented the following resolution, which was
agreed to :

" Resolved that the general plan of the report of the Committee
on the subject of regulating the Village of Greenwich be adopted, and
that the Street Commissioner prepare a model conformable thereto.

[223] The Finance Committee, to whom was referred a Resolu-
tion on the subject of treating with Silvanus Miller for a gore of
land adjoining his property near Roosevelt Street, reported: "That
said gore is 14 feet front on Water Street and 161 feet deep, extend-
ing to a point on Front Street, and was assessed by the Commissioners
for widening said Street at 2556 dollars and 3 cents. The Committee
are informed that according with a mutual understanding on the sub-
ject Mr. Miller was to possess the gore alluded to on his paying the
amount which it would be assessed by the Commissioners : and from
the following extract of a report made the 3 d day of February 1818
and adopted by the Board, it will appear that an arrangement of the
kind alluded to was actually agreed upon by Mr. Miller and a Com-
mittee of this Board :

" And that it (Roosevelt Street) be straightened from Water to
" Front Street, as shewn on the plan " which will tend to lessen the
" expence, as Silvanus Miller, who owns the property on the Westerly
" side is willing to take the triangular piece of ground that will then
" be left between his property and the proposed line of the Street at
" a fair valuation."

[224] The Committee have but one opinion on this subject, which
is that Mr. Miller ought immediately to comply with the agreement
thus entered into, and to effect this object they propose the following
Resolution :

" Resolved that the Comptroller be instructed to call upon Sil-
vanus Miller Esqr. requesting that he will pay the amount assessed
on a certain gore of land adjoining his property near Roosevelt Street
and receive a Quit claim from the Corporation for the same.

" The Committee beg leave farther to state that the Commissioners


have also assessed on the ground under water in front of the property
of Mr. Miller 600 dollars and 47 cents, and on that in front of the
property of John Agnew 455 dollars and 39 cents to be paid by the
Corporation ; neither Miller or Agnew having obtained a grant for
said ground. The Committee are not aware that any reason can be
assigned why the Corporation should pay the Assessments on this
property, particularly as a part of it is now occupied and built on by
the owners of the land in front and as grants from the Corporation
may be obtained by these gentlemen at any time on the [225] usual
terms. They therefore recommend on this subject the passage of the
following resolutions :

" Resolved that the Comptroller request Silvanus Miller and John
Agnew to pay the amount assessed on the ground under water in
front of their property near Roosevelt Street for widening said Street,
and that they be farther requested to take out their Water grants for
said property forthwith.

" Resolved that the Comptroller report to the Board the results
on the foregoing resolutions, in order that further steps, if necessary,
may be taken by the Corporation in the premises."

(signed) Stephen Allen

Reuben Munson
" Peter Mesier

Samuel Akerly

which was approved and the Resolutions therein proposed agreed to.
The Report of the Finance Committee, Street Commissioner and
Comptroller, on the application of S. Miller respecting a Water grant
which was presented on the Twenty second of December 1817 and
laid on the Table was now called up and referred to the Finance

[226] The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the applica-
tion of the City Dispensary for payment of the Donation to the Vac-
cine Department, reported :

" That the donation alluded to was granted on certain conditions
to be performed by the Trustees of the Institution, as will appear from
the annexed extract from the report of the Committee on that sub-

" The Committee therefore recommend the adoption of the fol-
lowing resolution:

" Resolved that the Clerk furnish the Trustees of the City Dis-
pensary with a copy of the report on the subject of vaccination adopted

54 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Oct. 1818

by this Board on the 16 th of March 1818, with a request that the pro-
visions therein contained may be complied with on their part."

(signed) Stephen Allen
" Peter Mesier

W. F. Van Amringe
Reuben Munson.
Saml. Akerly

which was approved and the Resolution therein proposed adopted.

[227] The Chairman of the Special Committee, to whom was
referred a report and certain Resolutions on the subject of Weigh-
masters, presented a Report, which, not being signed by a Majority
of the Committee, was considered irregular. Mr. Allen then pro-
posed the following Resolutions and rates for weighing, which having
been read and considered were agreed to : Viz.

" Resolved that the number of Weighmasters appointed by the
Common Council shall not exceed Twenty five.

" Resolved that a suitable person, being one of the Weighmasters,
shall be appointed by this Board a Weighmaster general for the City
and County of New York: That it shall be the duty of the Weigh-
master general to provide and keep an office in a central part of the
City, and attend said office daily at the usual hours of business to re-
ceive applications for weighing, direct the Weighmasters to the per-
formance of their duty, and apportion the business among them in
rotation, agreeably to a regular list of their names to be furnished
by the Clerk of the Common Council for that purpose, in the first in-
stance, and afterwards as they shall make their returns to the office.
He shall copy the returns of the several [228] Weighmasters in a
Book to be provided for the purpose, to which all persons interested
may have free access at all reasonable times ; which returns, when
so copied, shall be carefully examined by the Weigher who has per-
formed the service and signed by him. In the event of any of the Said
Weighmasters refusing or neglecting to perform their duty or being
guilty of any mal practice in office or other improper conduct, he shall
report the facts and circumstances of the case to the Common Council,
to the end that such delinquent may be removed from office. He shall,
at the expence of the owner thereof, cause all scales and weights used
by the said Weighmasters to be carefully adjusted on or before the
first day of in each year, and oftener if necessary.

He shall report in writing to the City Inspector once in every three
months the total amount of receipts by the several Weighmasters.
In case of sickness or inability to perform his said duties, he shall


appoint one of the Weighmasters to act in his stead, who shall be en-
titled to the fees of said Office during such attendance. He shall be
entitled to receive for his said [229] services and for defraying the
expence of Office rent and other incidental charges Five per cent on
the whole amount of receipts by the Several Weighmasters, to be
paid him on making their returns to the office.

" Resolved that each Weighmaster shall, at his own expence, keep
one good and sufficient scales and weights, and shall weigh no article
unless the application for that purpose has been first made to the
Office and instructions received from the Weighmaster general ac-
cordingly. They shall make regular and true returns of their bills
to the Office, in order to their being recorded, and the fees of the
Weighmaster general promptly paid. They shall be entitled to de-
mand and receive the following fees, the one half to be paid by the
buyer and the other half by the Seller; but the employer shall be
liable for the payment thereof in the first instance: that is to say

For Weighing

Anchors 12 cwt. and under \2 l / 2 cts. per cwt.

do. from 12 to 20 cwt 18& cts. per cwt.

do. above 20 cwt 25 cts. per cwt.

Cables under 25 cwt 18^4 cts. per cwt.

do. from 25 & under 30 cwt 20 cts. per cwt.

do. 30 cwt. and upwards 25 cts. per cwt.

[230] Old Rigging, Junk, Copper Brass, old Iron,
Cassia in Bundles, Cork Wood, glue, Deerskins

loose, Moss and Oakum loose \2 l / 2 cts. per cwt.

Cheese when loose, Fish do. Fruits, Almonds,
Twine, Drugs and Dye Stuffs, Hollow Ware,
Brazil sugar in boxes, Bolts, Sheet Lead,
Sheets of Copper, Brass or Zinc, Brazilette
Wood, Carrots or Rolls of Tobacco, Iron Wire

when unpacked 5 cts. per cwt.

Hemp, Flax, Hides, Nicargua Wood 4 cts. per cwt.

Rolls of Hempen Yarns 25 cts. per roll.

Butter, Lard, Tobacco in Kegs or Firkins,
Ceroons of Tobacco, Kegs of Raisins, Nails 4 cts. per keg

and Spikes in kegs or Ceroon.

Cotton in Bales, Deer & other peltry in packs or
bundles, Bundles of Hay, Wool, Feathers, and
Rags in bales, Moss and Oakum in bales or 10 cts. per pack,

packs bale, bundle or bag.

Hogsheads of Tobacco 37]^ cts. per hhd.

Tea, Bohea, per chest 20 cts.

[231] Teas, Bohea, per half chest -. 10 cents

Quarter chests of Bohea and all other chests of per chest or package
Tea 5 cts.

56 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Oct. 1818

For Weighing
Cassia and Rhubarb in chests and Indigo Ceroons 6 cents each.

do. in Boxes per Box \2 l / 2 cents.

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