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mittee on Arts & Sciences.

[107] A petition of Messrs. Cambreleng & Pearson for remission
of penalty incurred by the Brig Iris's occupying a station in the Cor-
poration Dock in the North River, was referred to the Committee on
Public Offices.

A petition of Lewis Valloo was presented stating that he is owner
of House No. 56 Harman St. that it would be attended with great
inconvenience to remove the same and praying it may be permitted



25 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 587

to remain until the final regulation of the Street ; which being read
was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of David Munson, Lessee under the Corporation of
house No. 1 Chatham Square the Lease of which will expire on the
first of May next, and praying for the reasons therein stated that
the lease may be renewed to him, was referred to the Finance Com-
mittee.

A petition from Thomas Teats for relief from penalty incurred
by not having his Weights regulated [108] by the Sealer of Weights
& Measures, was referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Memorial was received from Sundry Inhabitants in behalf of
Isaac Valentine, stating that a Suit had been commenced against him
for removing dirt from the Street, which dirt had in fact been left
by the Street Contractors until it had become offensive to the neigh-
bourhood and praying the Suit may be discontinued; which was
referred to the Committee on public Offices with authority to direct
the said suit to be discontinued.

The Attorney reported the following complaints which had been
made to him which were referred to the Committee on Public Offices :
Viz against Captains Howard, Green, Fosdic, Grafton and Davis for
lying with their vessels in Burling Slip & interfering with the coasters ;
also against the Captain of the Ship Atlantic for not [109] obeying
an order for removal so as to give a birth to another Vessel.

He also reported that a judgment had been obtained against Jacob
Stagg, a porter, for not having his number & rates on his barrow, that
said Stagg was poor and had since complied with the law which
was referred to the same Committee.

He also presented a statement of the facts in the case of John
Hatfield, a Cartman, and his son which was directed to be referred
to the Committee of Charity.

The following person was appointed Fireman, the Chief Engineer
certifying the vacancy :

" Fire Engine Company No. 16."

Peter Mesalear Accountant Market c. Front St. 2 d Ward vice
Edwin Curtis resigned.

The City Inspector presented ordinances for correction of the
following Nuisances which [110] were passed Viz

1. Ludlow Dashwood exec r South Street a Lot

2 Mrs. Underbill Own.)

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(signed) Geo. Cuming- C. Inspector.

The City Inspector, on the petition of Baker & Sandford, reported :
" That he has examined with attention the lots alluded to and finds
that they are now filled in with earth to a level with the adjoining lots.
The few lots on which stagnant water rests do not belong to the
Memorialists. The owners of these last named lots have been ordi-
nanced to correct the same, which when completed will remove every
remaining nuisance, and as the Memorialists, with [111] other pro-
prietors of property there, state that they are in treaty (in order to
meet the growing improvements in that quarter) to raise to the neces-
sary height their lots, it is respectfully recommended that the penalty
incurred by the Memorialists be remitted on payment of costs."

(signed) Geo. Cuming C. Inspector,
whereupon resolved that the fine be remitted on payment of costs.

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for a Well &
pump in Franklin Street near Broadway which was passed & Abra-
ham Baudouine, John Brower & Benjamin Prince were appointed
Assessors.

He also presented the following Assessments which were con-
firmed : Viz. for a Well & Pump in Bancker Street near Market Street ;
for paving Essex Street from Grand to Broome Street & Morris De
Camp was appointed Collector in each, and for a Well & Pump in
Carmine Street near Varick St. and John G. Betts was appointed
Collector.

[112] The Comptroller presented a report to the Board stating
that there had been paid into the Treasury from the 17 th March 1819
to this day for commutation of Alien Passengers $11,819. which was
directed to be filed.

The Counsel presented a Communication on the subject of the
opening of Lispenard Street, which was referred to the Street Com-
mittee & Counsel.

He also presented for acceptance a Lease from Jedediah Waterman
to the Corporation for a house & Lot in Roosevelt Street leased from
him by the Committee of the Fire Department and also the counterpart



25 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 589

of said Lease. Whereupon said lease was directed to be accepted &
the Counterpart executed.

He also, agreeably to order presented " A Law to amend a law
" for establishing the Assize & for regulating the Inspection of Bread "
which was passed.

[113] The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the Comp-
troller's List of Balances due the Corporation on the 1 st day of May
last, reported the following resolution :

" Resolved that the Comptroller be instructed to notify all persons
who were indebted to the Corporation in any sum of money on the
1 st day of May last & which sums are still due & unpaid that unless
payment shall be made on or before the 15 th day of November next
a suit will be commenced for the recovery of the same."

(signed) S. Allen B. Crane

J. Hone S. P. Brittain

J. Hammond
which resolution was adopted.

The same Committee, on the subject of Commutation for Alien
passengers, reported:

" That they have bestowed on this subject the consideration which
its importance merits. They confess, however, that the question pre-
sents difficulties on both hands not easily obviated [114] except by
the exercise of a sound and well guarded discretion: for if bonding
only is permitted you have the risk of failure in the sureties to
encounter, and if proper sureties shall be hard to obtain, which is
generally the case, a strong inducement is given to evade the law by
clandestine landing or the entry of the vessel at some contiguous port
when the passengers are thrown upon us unperceived and unsuspected :
and on the other hand, if all are permitted to commute an inducement
is held out to foreign governments to rid themselves of their paupers
at a trifling expence and with little trouble. Your Committee are of
opinion, therefore, that the plan heretofore pursued of bonding or
commuting according to circumstances is more conducive to the
interests of the City than if it was confined to either the one or the
other without discretion.

Your Committee do not hesitate to give it as their opinion that so
far as Commu- [115] tation has been permitted by his Honor the
Mayor no injurious consequences have as yet ensued: for altho' there
appears to have been no account kept by the Commissioners of the
Alms' house, whereby it may be known what number of those who



590 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 Oct. 1819

have commuted has become chargeable on the City, they nevertheless
have good reason to conclude that the number is comparatively small
& that the amount received has been more than sufficient to bear the
expence. Your Committee are of opinion, however, that the price of
commutation for each passenger ought to be Five Dollars instead of
three as at present, and that, for the purpose of forming a more cor-
rect judgment as to the loss or gain by the operation a register should
be kept by the Commissioners of the Alms' house shewing the number
of each description of Aliens that shall become chargeable on the City.
To carry the foregoing suggestions into effect, the Committee propose
the following resolutions:

" Resolved that hereafter on the arrival of any vessel at this port
with Alien Passengers his Honor the Mayor be. & he is hereby author-
ized [116] to leave it at the option of the Captain or Consignee of
such vessel either to bond in the usual way for securing the City against
such aliens becoming chargeable thereon or of paying the sum of Five
dollars in lieu of said Bond for each Alien so arriving : Provided, how-
ever, if in the opinion of his Honor the Mayor the said option shall
in any case operate injurious to the public interest, bonds shall be
insisted on with the necessary sureties.

" Resolved that all monies so received be paid to the Chamberlain
and be appropriated to the foreign poor and that the Comptroller
render quarterly to the Corporation a statement thereof.

" Resolved that the Commissioners of the Alms' house be instructed
to register in a Book provided for the purpose all such Aliens as shall
become chargeable on the City within two years from their arrival
and, as near as may be, the amount of such [117] charge, designating
those who have been bonded for from those who have paid the commu-
tation and such other particulars tending to shew the operation of the
two systems as to the loss or gain to the City, and that the Clerk of the
Common Council be instructed to furnish the Commissioners from
time to time with such information touching Alien passengers as they
may require "

(signed) S. Allen B. Crane

J. Hone S. P. Brittain

J. Hammond

which was approved & the Resolution adopted and the Clerk was
directed to publish in the Newspapers the substance of the Resolution.
The same Committee on a petition of John Jackson for remunera-
tion for certain services in the Mayor's Office, reported :



25 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 591

" That they have no knowledge of Mr. Jackson as a public Officer
or of his services as such, and if they have not misunderstood the
explanation given by his Honor the Mayor [118] on this subject the
charge of the petitioner for services rendered is altogether unauthor-
ized. They therefore offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the prayer of the petition be rejected."

(signed) S. Allen B. Crane

J. Hone S. P. Brittain

" J. Hammond

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of Edward M c Laughlin,
reported :

" That the Salary allowed the petitioner by law is 750 dollars : That
Mr. M c Laughlin has rendered essential services in the execution of
his official duty and has increased the revenue several thousand dollars
per annum. That so far as the Committee are informed he has given
general satisfaction to the public and is esteemed as an honest & faith-
ful Officer.

"Your Committee are aware of the ap- [119] parent impropriety
of increasing the Salaries of Officers appointed by the State, while
they are compelled to borrow large sums to defray the ordinary de-
mands on the Treasury : they nevertheless submit to the Board whether
in the present case a public Officer who by his diligent & unremitted
attention to the duties of his office has increased the revenue to a large
amount should not receive a pittance sufficient to keep his family from
starvation & beggary. The petitioner has a large family to support
consisting of 11 souls who in the vicissitudes of life have experienced
their full share of sickness & other misfortunes and the Salary he
receives is hardly sufficient, as the Committee from their own experi-
ence can testify, to supply the common necessaries of life. They have
concluded to submit to the Board, therefore, the propriety of granting
a temporary relief to the petitioner by allowing him, in addition to his
present Salary y 2 per cent on the net revenue collected which will be
an increase of about 350 dollars per annum and they offer the follow-
[120] ing resolution accordingly:

" Resolved that Edward M c Laughlin, the present Commissioner of
Excise, be and he is hereby authorized to retain for his own use and
benefit 2^2 per cent on the net amount, after deducting his salary and



.592 CITY or NEW YORK 25 Oct. 1819

expences, of the revenue received by him as Commissioner of Excise
during the present year."

(signed) S. Allen B. Crane

J. Hone. S. P. Brittain

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of George Betts, presented a
report, which was read & laid on the Table. The subject of the account
and demand of said George Betts was referred to the Attorney with
directions to report thereon at the next meeting of the Board.

The Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips, to whom was referred
the petition [121] of John Grant presented a *report, which being
read, it was moved to add to the resolution

" Provided said J. Grant relinquish any right or claim which he
" may have to Wharfage for vessels lying on the west side of said Slip."
which was agreed to & the Resolution thus amended was adopted.
(For report see page 150.)

The same Committee, on the petition in behalf of the heirs of
George Clinton deceased, reported:

" That the principal reasons offered by the petitioners are that one
of the heirs is a Minor ; that his guardian has no authority to expend
his money for the purposes mentioned, and that therefore application
must be made to the Chancellor for the necessary powers and time is
requested for that purpose.

' The Committee are of opinion that the reasons offered by the
petitioners are satisfactory and that an extension of time ought to be
allowed them to comply with the ordinance alluded to, and they pro-
pose the following resolution accordingly :

" Resolved that the time limited by the [122] Ordinance for com-
pleting West Street in front of the property of the Heirs of the late
George Clinton be extended to the 1 st day of April 1820."

(signed) S. Allen A. Mann

S. Stevens

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition for rilling in Exchange Slip,
reported :

" That the said Slip is of very small dimensions and, as they are
informed and believe, is of little or no use to the public but like many

* Marginal note reads see page 150. ED.



25 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 593

Slips on the Eastern shore of this City is the receptacle of a great
deal of filth and putrescent matter which when exposed to the rays of
a summer sun is offensive to the senses as well as injurious to the
health of the neighbourhood. The Committee are of opinion, therefore,
that the prayer of the petition ought to be granted: but as that part
of the City is much fre- [123] quented by vessels with the produce of
the country during the fall months and as the extending of the Sewer
cannot be executed during the prevalence of frost it has been judged
expedient by your Committee to defer the execution of the said work
till next spring, and they propose the following resolution accordingly :
" Resolved that the Street Commissioner be instructed to prepare
an Ordinance for extending the Sewer in Broad Street from its present
termination to the most easterly side of South Street, for sinking a
Bulkhead at the mouth of Exchange Slip in a line with South Street
and for filling up said Slip with good and wholesome earth and for
completing the same on or before the 1 st day of June 1820."

Respectfully submitted.

(signed) Stephen Allen
" Asa Mann

Samuel Stevens

which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

[124] The Street Committee, on the petition for repaving Cedar
Street, reported:

' That on examination of the pavement in Cedar Street they are of
opinion that the prayer of the petitioners ought to be granted: For
which purpose they beg leave to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the pavement in Cedar Street between Broadway
& Nassau Street be taken up and relaid and that the Street Commis-
sioner prepare an Ordinance to that effect."

(signed) J. B. Taylor S. P. Brittain

A. Mann S. Parker

John Morss

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition for paving Elm Street,
reported :

" That in their opinion the prayer of the petitioners ought to be
granted. They therefore beg leave to present the [125] following
resolution :

" Resolved that Elm Street between Grand and Broome Streets be



594 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 Oct. 1819

regulated and paved and that an Ordinance be prepared for that
purpose."

(signed) J. B. Taylor S. P. Brittain

" Asa Mann S. Parker

John Morss

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Police Committee, on the petition of Isaac Coutant, Reported :
" That they are satisfied that Mr. Coutant was ignorant of and had
not any intention of violating any ordinance of this Corporation in the
act referred to and they feel confident that the petitioner will hereafter
act strictly in conformity with the ordinance above mentioned. The
Committee think he ought to be relieved and they recommend the fol-
lowing resolution: Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be
granted on payment of costs."

(signed) J. Bolton: S. Allen: G. B. Thorp: S. Stevens,
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[126] The same Committee, on the petitions of John C. Teale,
Jacob Jackson. John Whittehar, Patrick Monaghan & Joseph Madden,
reported :

' That the above petitions respectively have been considered by the
Committee and in relation to the two first named petitioners judgment
has been regularly given against them for violating the ordinance of
the Board concerning Dogs.

' John Whittehar has been sued for driving a Hack without being
licensed, and Patrick Monaghan has had judgment given against him
for selling liquor on the Sabbath day.

" Nothing has appeared in either of those cases which could induce
your Committee to recommend the interference of this Board. They
think the penalties ought to be enforced.

" In relation to the case of Mr. Madden who was also prosecuted
for a violation of the Ordinance concerning dogs, very [127] great
doubts exist in the minds of your Committee whether any violation or
evasion of the Ordinance was intended and they are of opinion that
the penalty ought not to be collected. They beg leave to recommend
the following resolutions :

" Resolved that the prayers of the respective petitions of John C.
Teale, Jacob Jackson. John Whitteher & Patrick Monaghan ought not
to be granted.



25 Oct. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 595

" Resolved that the prayer of the petition of Joseph Madden be
granted on payment of costs."

(signed) T. Bolton S. Allen

G. B. Thorp S. Stevens

which was approved & the resolutions adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of Jacob Hays, High Con-
stable, reported:

" That they have had Mr. Hays' petition under consideration for
some considerable time and they feel great pleasure in saying that the
result of their enquiries has been very favorable to Mr. Hays a[s] a
public [128] Officer. From official documents laid before your Com-
mittee and which they have annexed to this Report it appears that
Mr. Hays does not receive any emolument whatever for his services
as High Constable, altho' the duties of that appointment occupy a very
considerable portion of his time and almost entirely prevent him from
attending to any other business for a livelihood.

" The following statement will give a concise and, as your Com-
mittee believe, a full and correct view of Mr. Hays' yearly income and
of the sources from whence the same is derived.

He receives for attending Court the same compensation as any other

Constable or Marshall $293.25

For services as a Deputy Sheriff 250.

For services in the Police Office 50.

$593.25



" From the foregoing it will appear that Mr. Hays' yearly receipts
do not [129] exceed the sum of 600 dollars: that less than one half
of that amount is derived from his attendance on the Courts, and that
no compensation is allowed him for his services as High Constable.

" After a careful view of the matters above stated your Committee
are of opinion that the public are indebted to Mr. Hays for his services
as High Constable & they beg leave to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that a Warrant issue in favor of Mr. Jacob Hays for
400 dollars as a compensation for his past services as High Constable
to be paid out of the first monies in the Treasury not otherwise appro-

pnated> " (signed) Thomas Bolton

Stephen Allen
Geo. B. Thorp
Sam 1 Stevens

which was approved, the Resolution adopted and the Comptroller was
directed to report a Warrant agreeably thereto.



596 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 Oct. 1819

[130] Resolved that on granting Bills of Health by the Mayor to
Vessels or to persons, the fee for the Seal of Mayoralty be reduced to
One Dollar.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 18th inst 19.08

Reed for Rents 2758.51

" Commutation Alien passengers 1095 .

" Streets 700.

" Arrears of Tax 600.

" Wells & Pumps 198.81

" Mayoralty fees 117.75

" Excise 110.

" Common Lands 56.44

Bond Mechanics' Bank authorised 18th inst 40,000. 45,655.59



48 Accounts Audited.

J. McComb St. Comr 1 qr ' s Sal. 12th i ns t 500.

And w Van Orden Keeper Battery 1 mo. 19 th inst 45.06

Jno. Vanderbilt Coroner's fees 1 qr. 1st inst 515.78

Dani J. Ebbets Census lt Ward 1819 180.

Hen. W. Peckwell do. 2d do 150.

Francis V. Many do. 3 d do 150.

[131] Geo. B. Smith do. 4th do 180.

Abn Ackerman do. 5th do 200.

Jno. Coffin do. 6th do 200.

Morris Oakley do. 7th do 200.

Henry Howard do. 8th do 200.

Jno. Doughty do. 9th do 200.

Ezra Frost do. 10th do 200.

J. Morton Index 38 { h Vol. Minutes & sundry expences p d 107.

Sami R. Romaine Complete Tax books for 1819 350.

O. Edwards 25 Certificates Sale of lots for Assessments 100.

Editor Evening Post 6 mo. Subscrip n 6th inst 75.

Commercial Advertiser do. 1 st inst 75.

Editor Columbian do. do 75.

Dan 1 H. Magee removing 131 Skeletons from 4 th St 75.

Pet. Schermerhorn rent ground for Engine, 1 year 1st

Sept 75.

Jno. Vanderpool painting Engine No. 5 20.

L. Kip Esqr. 22 Casks Oil bought of M. Crosby 1485.75

Robert Provoost. repairs lamps in September 45.32

S. McCormick, J. Flood & W m Peters officers attending

Register of Dogs 32 days 96.

Silas Lord, Int. on 4 Bonds, 1 year 18th inst 590.63

G. A. Kuypers Int. on Bond 1 year, 16th inst 210.

Jno. Gallagher bal. Well in Henry St 55.68



1 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 59<

Mrs. Rogers Award for ground to enlarge Alms' house

Est 13,090.

[132] Geo. Lovett bal. making Reef at Battery 2722.08

Jno. Becker- do. do. do. 1293.63

Arthur Quin, on ace* filling Basin King St 2000.

Thos. Barnum, inspects Wharves & piers to 18th inst 48.

Heirs of M. M^Laughlin Award Oliver St 7901 .

Pet. Debaum on ac* regs McDougall St 2500.

Pinkerton & Forgye, on ac* pavK Broad Way 1100.

Henr Cochrane, do. do. Hudson St 700.

Jno. Barley do. do. Varick St 400.

Thos. Lovett do. do. Greenwich St 400.

Hugh Smith do. reg* Grand St 200.

Pinkerton & Forgye do. pavK Hammond St 150.

Philip Shaumberg Award Market St 366.74

Ab m Baudouine & Associates, maks sundry Assess* 8 345.

Editor National Advocate Advertise Assessments 118.12

LeGrand Jarvis, maks Survey & List for rege & paving

Grand St. from Broadway to Bowery 98.50

J. P. Roome Super* of Repairs, for repairs 1200.

do. do. repairs Bulkheads 436.

R. Furman Superintend* of Alms' house 4200.



Balance $30.30

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[133] In Common Council November 1, 1819.

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President

Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Hermanns Tallman

Leonard Kip Benjamin Crane

John P. Anthony Shivers Parker

John Morss Steph. P. Brittain

Robert M c Queen David Board

Asa Mann William A. Davis

Jacob B. Taylor Judah Hammond
George B. Thorp
Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board a Report from the
Keeper of the City Prison or Bridewell & the Calendar of persons
confined in said prison which was read & ordered to be filed.



598 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Nov. 1810

[134] A Complaint from a number of Inhabitants residing in Mul-
berry and Broome Streets against a Slaughter-house occupied by
William M c Cready in Mulberry Street was read and referred to the



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