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at No. 14 Jay Street & a similar petition of G. L. Theriott for a Vault
at No. 10 Murray Street were granted on the usual terms under direc-
tion of the Street Commissioner.

The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engineer
certifying the Vacancies :

" Fire Engine Company No. 5."

Adam Spier Accountant 65 Nassau St. 2 d Ward vice John A.
Hicks resigned.

No. 18.

Oliver T. Hewlett, Merchant 258 Pearl St. 2 d Ward vice Leonard W.
Lawrence Resigned

No. 32.

Elias Mills Cartman Cannon n. Delancey 10 th Ward [80] vice
W m Romaine, removed

No. 40.

Stephen Frost Shoemaker 167 Bowery 8 th ward vice Oliver Ed-
wards resigned

Manley Wells Carpenter 222 Bowery 8 Ward vice Henry H.
Traver resigned.

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for a Well &
Pump in Burton near Bedford Street which was passed and Abraham
Bloodgood, John Targee and John Brower were appointed Assessors.

He also presented the following Assessments which were con-
firmed : for regulating Amity Street from Broadway to John Ireland's
Line and N. Jarvis was appointed Collector: for paving the Bowery
from Broome to North Street and for a well & pump in Henry near
Catharine Street and Morris De Camp was appointed Collector in
each : for paving Warren Street from Washington Street to the Bulk-
head, for paving Desbrosses Street from [81] Greenwich to Washing-
ton Street & for paving Chamber Street to Washinngton Street and
John G. Betts was appointed Collector in each.

He also presented an Assessment for building a Sewer in Canal
Street, which was directed to be referred to the Special Committee ap-
pointed this evening on the Remonstrance against said Assessment.



18 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 577

The City Inspector presented several Ordinances for filling in sun-
dry lots which were passed. Those directed to John Jay, Peter Jay
Munro, and Dominick Lynch for lots on Canal Street were extended
for completing the same to the first of March next.

The Attorney presented the following complaints which had been
made to him which were referred to the Committee on Public Offices
Viz against George Henderson for using a small Tail board to his
cart : against James Turman for taking improper quantities of water
from one of the public pumps: against Daniel Marsh, Butcher, [82]
for using a Scale in weighing meat not conformable to Law ; against
Peter Crawbuck for selling meat in the Street and against the Widow
Small for not having her weights regulated.

The Counsel presented for execution Certificates of Sale of the
following property sold for Assessments, in pursuance of the Statute,
by the Street Commissioner on the 3 d and 10 th of August last past:
Viz.

" All that certain piece or parcel of land situate in the 7 th Ward
of said City, bounded westerly in front by Montgomery Street, North-
erly by a line drawn parallel to and at the distance of 88 feet Southerly
from the former southerly side of Lombardy Street, Easterly by a
line drawn parallel to and at the distance of 60 feet easterly from
Montgomery Street and southerly by a line drawn parallel to & at the
distance of 110 feet southerly from the former southerly side of Lom-
bardy Street: [83] sold to William L. Simers on the 10 th of August
last for 27 years from the 10 th of August 1821 for $34.52.

" Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 6 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot No. 650
on Bayard's East Farm, fronting on Grand Street, owner unknown,
sold to William T. Lawrence on the 10 th of August last for 13 years
from 10 th Aug. 1821 for $41.87.

" Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying &
being in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot
No. 40 on Livingston's Map, fronting on Elizabeth St. owner un-
known. Sold to David Wilkins on the 10 th of August last for 16
years from Aug. 10. 1821 for $26.85.

" Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & be-
ing in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York designated as lot No.
129 on Livingston's Map, fronting on Mulberry Street, said to belong
to J. M. D. Lawrence. Sold to Andrew Jackson on the 10 th of August
last for 19 years from the 10 th of August 1821 for $31.54.



578 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of [84] the City of New York, designated as Lot No.
247 on Bayard's East Farm, fronting on Elizabeth St. Sold to Thomas
Scott on the 10 th of Aug. last for 18 years from 10 th of August 1821
for $62.

"Also all that certain pi[e]ce or parcel of Land situate, lying &
being in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot
No. 248 on Bayard's East Farm, fronting on Elizabeth Street : Sold
to Thomas Scott on the 10 th of August last for 16 years from 10 th Aug.
1821 for $67.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & be-
ing in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot No.
1229 on Bayard's East Farm fronting on Crosby Street. Sold to
Lewis C. Hammersly on the 10 th of August last for 14 years from
the 10 th of Aug. 1821 for $44.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot No. 258
on Bayard's East Farm, fronting on Broome Street. Sold to Andrew
[85] Jackson on the 10 th of August last for 9 years from the 10 th
of August 1821 for $45.72.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & be-
ing in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, being one equal 5 th
part of a Lot designated as No. 810 on Bayard's East Farm, front-
ing on Broome Street, owner unknown. Sold to Stephen N. Bayard
on the 10 th of August last for 16 years from the 10 th of August 1821
for $46.90.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
m the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a Map of
Bayard's West Farm as Lot No. 374, fronting on Spring Street,
owner unknown. Sold to William T. Lawrence on the 10 th of August
last for 16 years from the 10 th of August 1821 for $64.06.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a map of
Bayard's West Farm as Lot No. 234 fronting on Green Street, owner
unknown. Sold to William L. Simers on the 10 th of August last for
29 years from the 10 th of August 1821 for $48.48.

[86] ' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land, situate, lying
& being in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, fronting on
Columbia Street assessed as the property of John B. Clark. Sold to
Lewis C. Hammersley on the 10 th of August last for 75 years from
the 10 th of Aug. 1821 for $25.34.



18 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 579

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 6 th Ward of the City of New York, known and distinguished
by No. 24 on Mulberry Street, owner unknown. Sold to Charles
Mooney on the 10 th of August last for 25 years from the 10 th of
August 1821 for $37.34.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land, situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot No. 90
on Livingston's Map, fronting on Mott Street, owner unknown. Sold
to William L. Simers on the 10 th of August last for 35 years from
the 10 th of August 1821 for $31.22.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel [87] of land situate, lying
& being in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated as Lot
No. 94 on Livingston's Map, fronting on Mott Street, owner unknown.
Sold to Charles Mooney on the 10 th of August last for 27 years from
the 10 th of August 1821 for $31.22.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a Map of
Bayard's West Farm as Lot No. 138, fronting on Mercer Street,
owner unknown. Sold to William L. Simers on the 10 th August last
for 30 years from the 10 th August 1821 for $41.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a Map 01
Bayard's West Farm as Lot No. 139, fronting on Mercer Street,
owner unknown. Sold to William L. Simers on the 10 th Aug. last
for 29 years from 10 th Aug. 1821 for $41.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 6 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a Map [88]
of Bayard's East Farm as Lot No. 503, fronting on Pump Street,
owner unknown. Sold to William S. Lewis on the 3 d day of August
last for 14 years from the 3 d of August 1821 for $38.49.

4 Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, being one equal fifth of a
piece or parcel of land designated on a Map of Bayard's East Farm
as Lot No. 273 fronting on Orange Street, owner unknown. Sold to
Stephen N. Bayard on the 3 d of August last for 5 years from 3 d Aug.
1821 for $46.61.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, fronting on Mott Street,
owner unknown, Assessed for opening Canal Street as the property
of Benjamin Wade. Sold to Edward Patterson on the 3 d of August
last for 27 years from the 3 d of August 1821 for $32.92.



580 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th [89] Ward of the City of New York, designated on Living-
ston's Map as Lot No. 93, fronting on Mott Street, owner unknown.
Sold to John Kent on the 3 d of August last for 15 years from the 3 d
of August last for $31.20.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a Map of
Bayard's West Farms as Lot No. 247 fronting on Mott Street, owner
unknown^ Sold to William L. Simers on the 3 d day of August last
for 60 years from the 3 d day of August 1821 for $48.48.

' Also all that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being
in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, designated on a Map of
Bayard's West Farm as Lot No. 689 fronting on Wooster Street,
owner unknown. Sold to William J. Waldron on the 3 d of August
last for years from the 3 d of August 1821 for $56.46.

' Also all those two certain pieces or parcels o f land situate lying
& being in the 8 th Ward of the City of New York designated as Lots
[90] Nos. 41 & 42 on Dyckman's Map fronting on Mott Street, owner
unknown, assessed for opening Canal Street as the property of Charles
Gordon & William Houston. Sold to James Boyle on the 3 d of
August last for 60 years from 3 d August 1821 for $52.76.

' All that certain piece or parcel of land situate, lying & being in
the 8 th Ward of the City of New York, being one equal fifth part of
a piece of land designated on a map of Bayard's East Farm by No.
244 fronting on Elizabeth Street, owner unknown. Sold to Stephen
N. Bayard on the 3 d of August last for 20 years from the 3 d day of

August 1821 for $114.81. _. ,

(signed) Ogden Edwards.

Whereupon resolved that the same be executed.

The Counsel also presented to the Board Articles of agreement
signed by Henry Rutgers, Catharine Depeyster, Ann Bancker, and
William B. Crosby relative to Harman Street, together with the fol-
lowing report :

[91] 'John Beekman who is one of the members of the Rutgers
family is now absent and has not signed the agreement. The Counsel
however is assured by Mr. Crosby that Mr. Beekman has not any
lot under lease on the North side of Harman Street. The agreement
provides for the payment of all Assessments for widening Harman
Street which may be imposed upon lots leased by them prior to the
1 st of January 1813 upon the conditions mentioned in the resolution
of the Board. The time fixed in that resolution was the 1 st of January
1817. They however decline entering into an agreement to pay any



18 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 581

Assessments excepting upon lots leased prior to the 1 st January 1813
and allege as a reason for so doing that they had then determined to
widen all their Streets and that very explicit Covenants were intro-
duced into all leases after that term requiring their tenants to pay all
Assessments & that their rents were regulated accordingly. The
agreement is not signed in behalf of Catharine Hedges for the reasons
stated in the report of the Committee.

[92] " The Counsel also herewith submits to the Board a petition
to the Supreme Court for the appointment of Commissioners of Esti-
mate & Assessment in the case of Harman Street for the purpose of
having it signed & sealed provided the before mentioned articles of
Agreement are satisfactory. As the Supreme Court meets this day
it will be necessary in order to save the Court that it should be
executed before the next regular meeting of the Board."

(signed) Ogden Edwards.

It was moved by Alderman Mann that the Articles of Agreement
as reported by the Counsel be accepted and be directed to be duly
executed. The question having been taken thereon viva voce by
Ayes & Nays, Alderman Mann moved that the question be taken by
the members rising.

Those in the Affirmative having risen and having been counted
and those in the Negative having also risen & been counted, [93]
Alderman Mann then moved that the question be taken by calling the
ayes & nays. The Mayor declared that according to the practice of
the Board the motion was out of order. Alderman Mann appealed
from the opinion of the Chair to the Board, and moved that the ayes
& nays be taken. The question being taken on the appeal & those
who were of opinion that the direction of the President was right
voting in the Affirmative & those of the contrary opinion voting in
the negative it was carried in the Affirmative as follows :

Affirmative Aid. Hone King Kip Anthony Morss M c Queen
Thorp Messrs. Bolton Tallman Crane Westervelt Parker Hammond

Negative Mr. Recorder Aid. Mann Taylor Allen Messrs. Brit-
tain Stevens Board Davis

The question was then taken on Alderman Mann's motion to
execute the Articles of Agreement & the Ayes & Noes having been
called by Alderman Mann it was carried in the Affirmative as follows :

[94] Affirmative Mr. Recorder. Aldermen Anthony Mann Tay-
lor Thorp Allen. Messrs. Bolton Stevens Crane Brittain Board Davis

Negative Ald n Hone King Kip Morss M c Queen Messrs. Tall-
man Westervelt Parker Hammond



582 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

It was then ordered that the petition to the Supreme Court be
authenticated in the recess of the Board And also to such petitions
to the Supreme Court for the opening of such Streets as have been
ordered to be opened by the Common Council.

The Counsel, agreeably to order presented an Ordinance relative
to Drains & Sewers which was read & referred to the Law Com-
mittee.

The Alderman & Assistant of the 4 th Ward and Street Commis-
sioner, to whom was referred the Petition of Manuel Joseph, pre-
sented the following report: ' That [95] having personally viewed
the premises & street where it is proposed to build the Cistern they
are of opinion that the prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted.
They therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution:

" Resolved that Manuel Joseph be permitted to build a cistern in
front of his house No. 8 Bancker Street not to exceed 36 Superficial
feet on the usual terms."

(signed) John P. Anthony
B. Crane
J. M c Comb, St. Comm r

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Street Committee & Alderman & Assistant of the 2 d Ward,
on the petition for widening Gold Street, Reported :

" That in the opinion of the Committee the request of the peti-
tioners ought to be granted as it would manifestly improve the Street ;
and inasmuch as there have been no objections thereto after having
been duly advertised Your Committee would therefore offer the
fol- [96] lowing resolution:

" Resolved that Gold Street be widened, straightened & improved
between Fulton Street & Beekman Streets agreeably to the request of
the Petitioners therefor and that the Counsel of this Board take the
usual measures to have the same carried into effect."

(signed) E. W. King J. B. Taylor

S. Stevens Asa Mann

S. P. Brittain S. Parker
J. Morss

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Lamp Committee, to whom was referred the resolution
respecting the discontinuing of a part of the Lamps on the First
Avenue, Reported:

" That there are on the 1 st Avenue, between 1 st and 13 th Streets,



18 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 583

27 lamps in which distance there are only 3 or 4 buildings and that
the lamps are placed 100 feet apart, the same as in the compact part
[97] of the City, which in the opinion of the Committee is unneces-
sary. They therefore offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the Superintendant of Lamps be and is hereby
directed to take down & remove %ds. of the lamps from between
1 st and 13 th Streets on the First Avenue."

(signed) Leonard Kip
B. Crane

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Market Committee, on the petition of Joseph Bull for a Stall
in Grand Street Market reported the following resolution " Resolved
that the prayer of the petitioner be granted." which was agreed to
and he was directed to be licensed therefor.

The Street Committee, on the petition for regulating Hubert
Street, reported:

" That in their opinion the prayer of the petitioners ought to be

granted. They therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution :

[98] " Resolved that Hubert Street be paved from Greenwich

Street to Hudson Street and that the Street Commissioner prepare

an Ordinance to that effect.

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

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

It was stated by Alderman Taylor that Henry Howard appointed
Assessor in the Ordinance for the Sewer to be built in Clarkson &
Carmine Streets declined acting. Whereupon his resignation was
accepted and John Targee was appointed Assessor in his place.

The Finance Committee, to whom were referred the petitions of
Elijah Guion & John Patterson by his Agent John Dennis, reported:
" That in consideration of the unfortunate situation of the City & the
[99] precedents already adopted in similar cases ; your Committee
recommend the passage of the following Resolution :

" Resolved that the time for payment of the Assessment on the
property of Elijah Guion for opening Oliver Street be extended to
the 1 st day of March 1820 ; and the time for the payment of the Assess-
ment on the property of John Patterson be extended to the 1 st day



584 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Oct. 1819

of February 1820 and that interest be charged on the amount of said
Assessments for the time thus allowed."

(signed) S. Allen B. Crane

J. Hone J. Hammond

S. P. Brittain

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Comptroller, by direction of the Finance Committee, pre-
sented a Bond to the Mechanics' Bank conditioned for the payment
of $9000 on the 20 th day of October next with interest at 7 per cent
& dated the 20 th day of October 1819, which was directed to be duly
executed.

[100] The following resolution was presented:

" Resolved that the Comptroller, under the direction of the Finance
Committee, be authorized to borrow on the credit of the Corporation
any sum not exceeding Forty thousand dollars and that his Honor the
Mayor, on the request of the Comptroller, execute the necessary Bonds
for the whole amount or any part of said amount."

It was moved that the Interest be limited to 6 per cent which
was negatived. The resolution was then adopted.

The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 4 th inst $1 .62

Reed for Streets 4050.

" " Wells & Pumps 100.

" Loan of Mechanics' Bank authorized 6 th September.. 9000. 13,151.62



25 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leake Watch 1st dist 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark do. 2ddo 728.

Bleakley & Brower do. 3 d do 462.

f 101] Anderson & Leak Watch Is* dist, extra 147.

Jesse Williams Watchman Witness at Court 2.

Robert Pettigrew balance for a Well in Cannon Street... 65.71

John Gallagher on account Well in Bancker Street 60.72

Robert Pettigrew on account Well in Carmine Street... 29.75

Hugh Smith 200 loads earth carted to Dey Street 44.

Hugh Smith on ace* paving Anthony & Little Water

Street 400.

John M c Comb St. Com r for paving Stones 500.

Chs. Mooney on ace* paving Bowery from Grand to

Chatham St 150.

Rich d Moran reprs. to pavement at Oliver St. & Catharine

Market 95.85

Chs. Mooney pavsr Division St 350.

Archibald Morrison Award for Market Street 300.



25 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 585

Washington Benevolent Society award for Market Street 504.28

[102] Conrad Metzger Award for Market Street 504.55

Jno. Johnson Award Market St 520.63

Jas. Shields do. do 550.

Geo. Buckmaster Bal. do 645.

Widow Carlisle Award do 721 . 30

Felix Cunningham Bal. do 787.90

Wn Boid Award do 1600.64

Dennis McCarthy do. do 2595.96

Ab m Stagg on ac* paving Grand St 200. 13,132.54



Balance $19. 8

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[103] In Common Council Oct. 25. 1819

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

Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Sami Stevens

Jno. P. Anthony Hermanus Tallman

Jno. Morss Benj. Crane

Robt. McQueen Jno. J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

J. B. Taylor Steph. P. Brittain

Geo. B. Thorp David Board

Stephen Allen W m A. Davis

Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A Communication was received from Peter Schemerhorn stating
that he held a Bond from the Corporation for $15000 due on the 1 st
November next at 6 per cent per annum which they may [104] either
discharge or renew the Bond with interest at 7 per cent per annum.
Whereupon resolved that a new Bond be executed to Mr. Schermer-
horn with interest at 7 per cent per annum.

A petition from Leicester Carrington was received stating that on
the 1 st of January last past he enclosed $350. in a Letter to Nathaniel
Smith, Post Master at Torringford, Connecticut, and at the same time
$50 in a letter to Amzi Tallmadge, Plymouth; that the Mail con-
taining said letters was robbed and the money taken therefrom ; that
he understands & believes that the persons who committed said rob-
bery have been apprehended by the Police Magistrates of this City



586 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 Oct. 1819

and the money recovered & paid over to the City Treasurer; where-
fore he prays the same may be paid over to him. Whereupon resolved
that it be referred to the Police Committee.

A further petition of Oliver Vanderbilt, [105] requesting his claim
to compensation may be referred to Arbitrators was read and leave
given to withdraw the petition.

A petition of George Fisher for relief from a fine incurred by
occupying the Cross walk in the Street with his Cart was referred to
the Committee of Charity with authority to grant the prayer of peti-
tioner.

A Memorial of Ann Rogers praying payment of interest on the
sum due to her for ground taken contiguous to the New Alms' house
was read & referred to the Finance Committee.

A petition of Richard P. Hall for appointment as Superintendant
of the Hay Scales at Kip's Bay was referred to the Committee on
Applications.

A petition of John Ellis Jr. for remission of penalty for selling
liquor without licence was read and referred to the Committee on
Public Offices.

[106] A petition of Robert Pearsall for relief respecting a Militia
fine was referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A request of the Managers of the State Lottery for the use of a
room in the Basement Story of the Hall for the drawing of the Lot-
tery was referred to the Committee on Public Offices with authority
to grant the request.

A petition from Moses Dodd requesting that he may pay the rent
& Assessment due from him to the Corporation by an order on Mr.
Haviland Weeks, Contractor for the Canal in Collect Street, was read
and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Memorial of William Hall of Boston in Massachusetts, stating
that he has invented a Machine for cleaning and sweeping chimnies
& praying the patronage of the Corporation, was referred to the Com-



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