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of Corlaer's Hook which has not been regulated, which required the
interference of the Board.

Whereupon the same was referred to the Street Committee.

He also stated that numbers of persons are driving carts without
numbers on them and carrying off earth, sand, gravel &c. the property
of others. Whereupon the same was referred to the Police Committee.

He also presented the following communication :

" The Street Commissioner has the honor to represent that the fol-
lowing described property was sold for non payment of Assessments &
the time for which it was sold having expired he would respectfully
suggest the propriety of public notice being given in order that the
rightful owner may [192] claim possession or if no person appears
after 3 months notice that the Corporation may improve the same as
the law directs.



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CITY OF NEW YORK



15 Nov. 1819



[193] The Attorney presented a complaint that had been made to
him against E. & W. Hilton for not sending their beams and weights
to the City Sealer : also complaints against E. and M. Hitchcock for
not removing the dirt from Elizabeth & Frankfort Streets: which were
referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

The Comptroller presented a return of the Census & Jury List
which was directed to be entered on the minutes & published in the
papers employed by the Board :

Census of the City of New York
1819.



Wards


Total
of

Jurors


White

Inhabitants


Aliens


Free Coloured
persons


Slaves


Total
of

Inha-
bitants


Male


Fe-
male


Male


Fe-
male


Male


Fe-
male


Male


Fe-
male


1


740


4,293


4,998


246


2


359


721


26


34


10,679


2


559


2,906


3,086


309


187


109


343


15


11


6,966


3


521


3,318


3,840


190


105


329


590


7


6


8,385


4


769


4,031


4,418


1,064


767


184


406


11


53


10,934


5


444


4,880


5,632


451


390


633


930


8


11


12,935


6


506


4,730


5,249


2,102


1,723


786


1,127


3


13


15,733


7


269


4,920


5,605


1,006


958


343


461


2


6


13,301


8


537


5,947


6,745


354


300


319


452


5


6


14,128


9


384


4,413


3,937


349


322


519


406


14


14


9,974


10

1816
Increase


749


7,345


7,677


489


450


263


393


4


1


16,622


5,478
3,793


46,783
41,424


51,187
43,819


6,560
3,891


5,204
3,094


3,844
3,198


5,829
4,576


95

228


155
389


119,657
100,619


1,685


5,359


7,368


2,669


2,110


646


1,253


Decrease


367


19,038



Total 1819. Males 57,282 Females 62,375 119657
" 1816 " 48,741 " 51,878 100,619



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[194] The Comptroller presented a communication recommending
amendments to, the Law relative to the collection of Taxes, which was
referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legislature.



1 5 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



623



The City Inspector presented
dry Nuisances, which were passed

1 Jno. Colvil

2 J. Smith

C. M c Dermot

3 M. Price
J. Ludlum

4 M. Price

5 O. Murphy

J. Fitzpatrick

6 J. Ball

J. Blauvelt

7 J. Ball

8 W. Matthews

9 R. Jaques
M. Decker

[195] J. B. Murray
W m Nixon
I. D. Dessosway
R. B. Pell

12 H. Remsen

W m Jaques & Sons

13 J. B. Murray
W m Trane

14 M. Price

M. Stephenson

15 J- Jaggar
B. Dibbs
Widow Kain
A. Patterson



Ordinances for correction of sun-
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(signed) Geo. Cuming, City Inspector.



The Committee of Applications, on petition of Charles F. Bunner
for appointment of City Weigher, reported the following resolution:

" Resolved that Charles F. Bunner be & is hereby appointed a City
Weigher."

(signed) D. Board: W. A. Davis
Leon. Kip

which was approved & he was appointed accordingly:



624 CITY OF NEW YOEK 15 Nov. 1819

[196] The Committee of Assessments, on the petition of Cornelius
C. Blatchley, reported :

" That your Committee have made diligent enquiry in the matter
set forth in said note. Your Committee have good ground to believe
that he ought to be exonerated from paying the fine imposed on him.
Your Committee therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution :

" Resolved that the fine imposed on Cornelius C. Blatchley for not
doing military duty be remitted."

(signed) J. J. Westervelt : T. Bolton
E. W. King

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of Ebenezer S. Blatchley, re-
ported :

" That there were certificates produced to them of his inability to
do military duty, to their satisfaction. Therefore your Committee beg
leave to recommend the following resolution :

[197] "Resolved that the fine imposed on the said Ebenezer S.
Blatchley for not doing military duty be remitted."

(signed) J. J. Westervelt: T. Bolton
E. W. King

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Market Committee, on the petition of sundry butchers to be
released from penalty incurred by using Scales not recognised by law,
reported :

: That in the opinion of the Committee this kind of scale or
balance does not appear to be the kind of beams or weights contem-
plated by the laws of this State or of the Corporation of this City,
and the Committee believe they cannot be as correct as the common
beams and weights as they are more liable to be affected by the weather
& particularly by rust. They are however of opinion that as the
petitioners have offended innocently against the Laws to regulate
weights & measures they are entitled to relief, and offer the following
[198] resolution:

" Resolved that the penalty incurred by the above named petitioners
or either of them be remitted on payment of costs."

(signed) H. Tallman: L. Kip
S. Allen: J. Hone

which was approved & the resolution adopted.



15 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 625

The same Committee, on the petition of Amos Wood, reported that
they " have examined the said Amos Wood and the person holding
the Stall No. 8 in Catharine Market under oath and they do say under
their oaths 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 there-
fore beg leave to offer the following resolution :

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

(signed) H. Tallman : L. Kip
S. Allen: J. Hone

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[199] The same Committee, on the petition of Francis Passman,
reported the following resolution :

" Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be granted and that he
be licensed for the same." (No. 10 Spring Street Market.)

(signed) H. Tallman: L. Kip
S. Allen: J. Hone

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the communication
of James Campbell on the subject of the sale of the State Prison &
the grounds belonging thereto, reported :

" That in their opinion the possession of the State Prison by the
Corporation is so far important that it might be the means of re-
moving from their present situation in the Park the old gaol and Bride-
well, an object of much solicitude & one which your Committee would
feel proud to effect were the means at their command; but with the
knowledge they possess of the embarrassed state of the finances &
the burthens already [200] imposed and about to be imposed on the
City it would but ill comport with their present views on this subject
to recommend the purchase of the prison and they therefore advise
the Board to decline the proffer of the Commissioners.

" It has occurred to your Committee, however, that should the
Legislature determine to erect a prison better adapted to the purposes
than the present and in a more eligible situation and to abandon the
one now in use, there might possibly be a disposition to cede the old
prison to the Corporation gratuitously, provided proper & seasonable
application shall be made for the purpose & such reasons urged on the
consideration of the Legislature as the case will admit: and that the
subject may receive the attention due to its importance the Committee
recommend the following resolution:



626 CITY or NEW YORK 15 Nov. 1819

" Resolved that the Committee [201 ] on applications to the Legis-
lature be instructed to take into consideration the propriety of petition-
ing for a gratuitous grant of the State prison in the vicinity of this
City, to be used as a Debtors' and County prison in lieu of the present
gaol & Bridewell."

(signed) S. Allen S. P. Brittain

J. Hone B. Crane

J. Hammond

which was approved, the resolution adopted and it was accordingly re-
ferred to the Committee on applications to the Legislature.

The report of the Street Committee on Lispenard Street, which was
presented at the last meeting and laid on the Table, was called up &
referred back to the same Committee.

Alderman Allen presented the following resolution which was
adopted :

" Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on Applications to
the Legislature to take into their consideration the pro- [202] priety of
petitioning the Legislature to repeal the laws granting 1500 dollars
per annum to the New York Free School Society, to be paid by them
to the Corporation."

Alderman Allen presented the following resolution, which was
adopted :

" Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on applications to
the Legislature to take into consideration the expediency of petitioning
the Legislature to amend the Charter of the City of New York and the
Statutes of the State so as to relieve the Mayor of this City from the
duties incumbent on him as a Judge of the Court of Sessions and
Common Pleas and for appointing a First Judge of the County to per-
form said duties and also authorising the Common Council annually to
appoint a mayor and fix his Salary, provided such salary shall in [203]
no case exceed the sum of dollars."

The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 8& inst 2027.07

Reed for tax of 1819 1st & 3d Wards 7000.

" Arrears of Tax 400.

Vendue Sales 2500.

Streets 4660.

4'h Street 73.

6th Avenue 200.

8* Avenue 200. 17,060.07



15 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 627

40 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek Watch 1 s * district 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark- do. 2d do 731 .50

Bleakley & Brower do. 3d do 462.

G. N. Bleecker Compf 1 qr. Sal. 15th i ns t 500.

J. P. Roome Supt reprs. do. 14 th inst 300.

S. McCoun & J. H. Bailey Assessors Tax 1819 1st Ward. . 305.

W m W. Fox & Jacob Drake Assessors tax 1819 2d Ward 270.

N. C. Griffiths & J. Haines Assessors Tax 1819 3d Ward 300.

[204] P. Bonnett & L. Hartman Assessors tax 1819 4th

Ward 230.

G. Sutton & P. Wynkoop Assessors tax 1819 5th Ward.... 300.

A. Clark & A. Baudouine Assessors tax 1819 6th Ward. . . 281.

D. Lyon and J. Cox Assessors tax 1819 7th Ward 271.

J. Emmons & N. Schureman Assessors tax 1819 8th Ward. . 290.

T. Miller & J. Adriance Assessors tax 1819 9th Ward 396.

S. Cheeseman & G. Ostrander Assessors tax 1819 10th

Ward 291 .

John W. Wyman Clerk Court of Sessions to pay 6 Watch-
men attending Court as Witnesses $2 each 12.

Editor Mercantile Advertiser 6 months' subscription to

1st j u i y 75.

J. J. Astor 2 qr's rent of ground for Watch house

Spring St. lt inst 15.

Egbert Benson Int. on bond assigned by P W. Radcliff 6

mo. 1st Aug. $77.26 & on acct of principal $207.58 284.84

[205] Robert Clark filling 250 loads earth on lot No. 639

Orange St 31.25

Robert Pettigrew 1 st Instalment well 8 th Avenue near

Greenwich Lane 65 . 45

Jno. Gallagher 1st Instalt Well in Arden St 47. 12

do. Instmt Well in Bancker n. Oliver St 36.75

Ocean Insurance Co. Intt on Bond 6 months 10th instant... 257.72
Thos. Barnum superinte Wharves & piers 24 days to 14 th

inst 40.

C. Mooney on acct pave Bowery from Broome to North

Street 700.

Pinkerton & Forgye pav. Broadway to Art Street 600.

H. Smith pave Washington Street from Cedar to Carlisle

Street 400.

Jno. Quin regg Washington St. from Watts to Spring St. 300.

Jno Bailey on acct pavg Varick St 300.

Jas. Meghan paving Chamber St , . 250.

Pinkerton & Forgye paving Hammond St 200.

Chs. Mooney on act repavg Division St 200.

Hugh Smith on act pavg Albany Basin 150.

[206] C. Corbly on act pav g Essex St 100.

James Meghan pavg Warren St 100.

Benj n Brown & Seth Miller Award for widens Grand St.. 9.



628 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Nov. 1819



Editor Mercantile Advertiser adverts Assesstnts. for St.
Commr 118.12

Leonard Kip Esqr. 29 Casks Oil bought of M. Crosby 2235.50

Jno. Fleming Treas 1 " to pay 29 th dividend City Stock-
due 1st November 1819 on account 4000. 16,630.50



Balance $429.57
Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[207] In Common Council Nov. 22. 1819.
Present The Hon. Cadwallader C. Colden Mayor President

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

E. W. King Samuel Stevens

Leonard Kip Herm s Tallman

J. P. Anthony Benj n Crane

John Morss J. J. Westervelt

Robt. McQueen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann S. P. Brittain

J. B. Taylor David Board

Geo. B. Thorp W A. Davis

Steph. Allen Judah Hammond.

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved.

His Honor the Mayor presented a Calendar of persons confined in
the City Prison or Bridewell, reported by the Keeper agreeably to the
resolution of the Common Council, which was directed to be filed.

[208] A petition of Charles M c Carthy for some appointment
under the Corporation was read and referred to the Committee on Ap-
plications.

A memorial from the Society for the Promotion of Industry, pray-
ing further pecuniary aid from the Corporation, was read & referred
to the Committee of Charity.

A presentment of the Grand Jury held at the Sessions in November
instant, stating that the repeated escapes of the prisoners from the
Penitentiary required the attention of the Municipal authorities, was
read and referred to the Police Committee.

A memorial from Robert Benson and David S. Jones in behalf of
his brothers and himself, stating that they are owners of a block of
land formed by [209] Carmine Street or Sixth Avenue, Herring Street,
M c Dougall Street and Amity Street as contemplated to be opened,
that they are desirous of opening an Alley thro' said block and will
make the necessary cession of ground therefor was read and re-



22 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 629

ferred to the Street Commissioner to cause said Alley to be opened
and accept the cession therefor.

A petition of John Langdon to rent the lower part of the Engine
House in Roosevelt Street was referred to the Finance Committee
with authority to rent the same.

A petition from Hunt & Doty and Elijah Ward Jr. stating the con-
venience of erecting a public Scale for weighing Pork &c. at Nos. 23
and 25 in the Bowery and praying such may be established, was read
and referred to the Alderman & Assistant of the 10 th Ward with
power to grant the same.

A petition of Benjamin Bailey for payment [210] of rent due to
him for a building at Greenwich rented from him by the Board of
Health, was read and leave given to petitioner to withdraw his peti-
tion.

A Letter was received from John J. Irving and John Nitchie, new
Loan Officers, stating that by an act of the last Legislature of this
State they were directed to exhibit to the Board of Supervisors the
mortgages taken at their Loan Offices with the Books of Account,
Vouchers Minutes relating to the same; that the Board of Super-
visors are to report to the Comptroller of the State the situation in
which the monies are found upon such examination ; that the Super-
visors are prepared to exhibit their books and request to know to
whom they are to be submitted. Whereupon it was resolved that the
same be submitted to the Comptroller of the Corporation.

[211] A petition from William W. Gilbert, stating that by a mis-
take in the books of the Assessors of the 9 th Ward in the year 1818
the value of his property had been carried out as being worth $25,500
instead of $15000 and that he had been rated accordingly & praying
relief, was read & referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A remonstrance from sundry owners of property at and in the
vicinity of Old Slip against granting the prayer of the petition for
filling in the same, was read & referred to the Committee on Wharves,
Piers and Slips.

A recommendation in favor of appointing Daniel Bayles to the
Office of Wood Inspector was read & referred to the Committee on

Applications.

A petition of George Watson, Cartman, praying for remuneration

for the loss of his horse which fell from the easterly pier of Pike Slip
in consequence of said pier being out of repair & was drowned, was
read & referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers & Slips.

[212] A petition was received from Henry Rutgers, Anna Bancker,



630 CITY or NEW YORK 22 Nov. 1819

John Beekman, Timothy Hedges, W m B. Crosby and Jonas Mapes,
stating that they have been served with notices from the Street Com-
missioner directing them to pave the side walks in front of their
vacant lots in Market, Bancker, Henry and other Streets and praying
to be exempted therefrom at the present time : which being read, it
was resolved that the petitioners have leave to withdraw their petition.

A petition of Junius H. Hatch praying to be relieved from an
undue Assessment on him for a personal tax was read & referred to
the Committee of Assessments.

A memorial was received from John Jacob Astor by William B.
Astor, Clement C. Moore and Samuel Boyd stating [213] that they
have been assessed for regulating the 8 th & 9 th Avenues in the 9 th
Ward : that they do not consider themselves liable to said Assessment
and are desirous of taking the judgment of the Supreme Court on that
point in the shortest time & at the least expence and therefore request
that the Counsel of the Board may be authorized to make an arrange-
ment with them on that subject to that effect. Whereupon resolved
that the Counsel be authorized to make any arrangements with them
which will not prejudice the rights of the Corporation.

A petition of Thomas Daycock for relief from penalty incurred for
carrying on the business of a pawnbroker without licence, was read and
referred to the Police Committee.

A recommendation in favor of permitting a Mrs. Simpson to oc-
cupy a room in the Old Powder Magazine on the Middle Road was
read & referred to the Road Committee with power to grant the re-
quest.

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

" Fire Engine Companies."

No. 5.

Thos. B. Goelet. Account 1 59 Water St. 1 st w d vice Rich d Rikeman.
removed

No. 6.

John Shotwell. Cooper Murray n. Greenwich. 3 d W. vice Jas. Shot-
well, removed.

No. 11.

Stephen Seaman. Sail Maker 44 Front St. 1 W d vice John Van
Nest, deceased

Daniel Dey. Sail maker. 44 Front St. 1 W d vice Matthew Sharpe
deceased



22 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 631

No. 12.

W m P. Harris, mercht. 33 Stone St. 1 st Ward vice Ebenezer Liddle.
removed

No. 17.

Alex r Hannan. grocer. 102 Anthony 5 th W d vice Benj. Watson,
resigned

No. 22

Nivingsen Grenard. Ship Joiner. 163 Cherry. 7 W d vice John Ben-
non. resigned

[215] No. 25.

William French Smith 113 Orange St. 8 th Ward vice Oliver T.
Hewlett resigned

Jacob G. Day, Lock Smith, 80 Pump St. 10 th Ward vice Wakeman
Burrett, Absent

\V m Day Book binder 80 Pump St. 10 th Ward vice Stephen
Westervelt Expelled.

No. 31.

Elijah P. Oliver Mason. Grand n. B'Way, 8 th Ward vice Beekman
Van Beuren. removed

No. 34.

Nathan Holden Card maker Asylum St. 9 th Ward vice Matthew
Schultz resigned

Isaac Van Wart Black Smith Gilbert St. 8 th Ward vice James
Mills Expelled.

The Comptroller presented the account of Alpheus Sherman, At-
torney of the Corporation, for fines received by him and his fees
thereon for the months of June, July and August last which was re-
ferred to the Committee on Public Offices.

[216] The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for work-
ing the 3 d Avenue prepared by the Counsel which was passed and
Jonathan Thompson, Henry Post and Thomas Miller were appointed
Assessors therein.

He also presented a return of delinquents on an Assessment for
regulating M c Dougall Street and one for regulating & paving Albany
Street. Whereupon Warrants were ordered to issue to the Collector
J. G. Betts for collecting the same.

He also presented an Assessment for a Well & Pump in Arden near
Herring Street and for one in the 8 th Avenue near Greenwich Lane
which were confirmed & John G. Betts appointed Collector in each.



632



CITY OF NEW YORK



22 Nov. 1819



of the



8 Thames St. a privy



8 South St.
52 Leonard St.

36 Chapel St.
13 Coenties Slip.
Front St.



The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction
following Nuisances, [217] which ordinances were passed:

1. P. Byrne Les. |

T. Atkinson Occ. \

2 Hen. Lowry Les. & Occ.

3 Court Debevoise. Own. & Oc.

4 G. White & C. Rush
H. Davis

5. S. Tooker
R. & L. Reed

6 J- Jaggar

J. Patterson

7 J. Delafield
J. Bloomer

8 W m N. Price

W m S. L. Bradford.
J. Ludlum

9 W m M. Price

W m S. L. Bradford.

10 G. White & C. Rush.
J. C. Corey

11 G. White & Charles Rush
P. Servens. [Sering]

12 [218] W m M. Price
W. S. H. Bradford
M. Stephenson

13 J. Quackenbos
P. Smith

14 B. Lowerre ^,,^. nc .

T y-i i ^95 Broad St.

J. Clark

15 Heirs of P. Goelet. v_,wn. 100

D ~ 128 do.

R. Grant




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(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector.

The Committee on Public Offices, to whom had been referred the
petitions of Caulfield & Toole, Richard Kirby and Patrick Gartland,
Reported :

" That the facts in these cases are similar, so far as your Com-
mittee have had an opportunity of judging of them. By the statement
of the City Sealer the deficiency in their respective weights and



22 Nov. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 633

measures were and had been for a long time very [219] considerable.

" Your Committee are not disposed to charge these individuals with
intentional fraud, tho' they do think them from the representations of
the City Sealer guilty of gross negligence in not seeing that their
weights & measures were more correct. The injury to the public is
the same whether an individual gives light weight and short measure
thro' negligence or design, and on the whole your Committee think that
the suits in these cases should proceed & therefor offer the following
resolution :

" Resolved that the Attorney proceed in the suits commenced
against the persons mentioned in this report."

(signed) S. Stevens J. Morss

B. Crane W. A. Davis

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

Alderman Allen presented the following resolution :



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