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the same as to situation and some of them much worse in condition;
and if the power of generating yellow fever is good reason for filling
up the Old Slip, it will hold equally good for filling up all the others
a measure, it is presumed, too absurd to be seriously recommended.

The cost of carrying the object of the petitioners into effect, in
the opinion of your Committee cannot be estimated at a less sum than
30,000 dollars; and, while they [282] are unable to see the necessity



13 Dec. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 657

of the measure, they are unwilling to burthen the owners of property
in the vicinity with an expence so great and that too in opposition to
the remonstrance of a large majority of them.

Your Committee beg leave to remind the Board also that one third
of the cost for filling Slips is paid from the Public Treasury, and as
it is well ascertained that the disbursements for the next year will not
only absorb the ordinary Revenue but all that can be obtained through
the Legislature, they cannot recommend a measure which will only
tend to embarrass the finances of the City without producing any
beneficial result.

Your Committee beg leave to suggest one other consideration
against the measure referred to their consideration. There is no sub-
ject which has been so much insisted on for the last [283] three years
and has engaged so much the attention of the Board as that there is
a want of Slip room in this City, and, altho' during that period there
has been an annual expenditure of 60,000 dollars and more for that
purpose and 3 or 4 new Slips have been added to those in public use,
we are still occasionally informed that more room is wanted and more
money is required to build piers and enlarge the public basins, it
would therefore, in the opinion of your Committee, be the worst of
policy to comply with the wishes of the petitioners and thereby lessen
the Slips on the one hand by filling one of them up, while on the other
we are expending a large sum yearly to increase and enlarge them.
With these considerations the Committee propose the following reso-
lution :

Resolved that it is at present inexpedient to fill up the Old Slip."

Steph. Allen
Sam 1 Stevens
H. Tallman

which was approved & the resolution adopted.
[284] The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 6 th inst $8.03

Received for rents 7015 . 37

Tax 1819 9th Ward 700.

Canal Street Sewer 500.

Excise 55. 8278.40



23 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek Watch 1st dist 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark do. 2ddo 731.50

Bleakley & Brower 3d do 462.

C. D. Colden Esqr. Mayor one qr's Salary 2 d instant 1750.



658 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Dec. 1819



Philip Becanon Insp r of Bread one quarter 10 th instant... 100.

W m W. Gilbert error in Assessment of Tax 9 th Ward 1818 35.70
John M. Lester to pay 9 Peace Officers at City Hall 25 th

Nov. 13.50

Joseph P. Simpson expences for Weights & Measures

adjusted 4.87

Henry Cochran on account paving Washington Street 1000.

[285] John Bailey on account paving Varick Street 500.

H. Smith on ace* paving Washington St. from Cedar to

Carlisle St 500.

C. Mooney on ace* paving Bowery from Broome to North

Street 500.

Abraham Kidney for inspecting the paving of Streets 418.25

Pinkerton & Forgye on account paving Hammond Street. 200.

James Meghan paving Warren St 200.

William Mackin repairs Side walks on public property... 161.99
William Bailey on ace* regulate North St. from 2 d Avenue

to Willet St 100.

James Meghan on account paving Chamber Street 100.

John Gallagher on account of a Well in Lombardy near

Walnut St 166.

J. Gallagher bal. Well in Bancker St 36.75

R. Pettigrew 1 st instalm* Well in Broome near Clark

Street 30.96

[286] Thos. Barnum Superintends Wharves 24 days to

12th Dec 48.

George B. Raymond to pay officers conveying persons to

the City prison & Bridewell 3 months to 26 th November 140. 8266.77



Balance $11.63

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock

[287] In Common Council Dec. 20. 1819.

Present. The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor, President.
Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

Leonard Kip Samuel Stevens

John P. Anthony Herms Tallman

John Morss Benjamin Crane

Robert McQueen Jno. J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor David Board

George B. Thorp Judah Hammond
Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.



20 Dec. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 659

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board the Report of the
Keeper of the City Prison or Bridewell of the persons confined in said
prison, made agreeably to the Resolutions of the Common Council
which was directed to be filed.

[288] A memorial from sundry Citizens complaining of some of
the Auction Sales as injurious to the Morality of the Citizens, was
read and referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legislature.

A petition of William Sliter to be permitted to continue a small
wooden building of 11 feet in length in which no fire is kept and
which is used for a shop to sharpen saws was read and referred to
the Committee on the Fire Department.

His Honor the Mayor presented a report made by his direction
from the records of his office of the passengers who had arrived in
this City since the 2 d March 1818 by water designating the countries
to which they belong. Whereupon the same was directed to be filed.

[289] " A Memorial of Cornelius Ray requesting that the Con-
tractor for opening Lombardy Street may be directed to complete the
same was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of Underbill and Dusenberry for remission of fine for
selling liquor without licence was read & referred to the Police Com-
mittee.

A Memorial of the Fire Wardens requesting the Common Council
to take into consideration that part of the Ordinance for prevention
of fires which directs the Citizens to supply themselves with fire-
buckets, was read and referred to the Committee on the Fire Depart-
ment with the addition to the Committee of Messrs. Stevens and
Westervelt.

A petition of Samuel Helms for appointment as Inspector of Fire-
wood at the State Prison Dock was read and laid on the Table.

A petition of Duncan M c Farlane, Baker, [290] praying remission
of fine incurred by having Bread lighter than the Standard prescribed
by law was read and referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of James Hunt for appointment to the office of Inspector
of Firewood was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition of Richard Stagg for remission of fine for selling liquor
on Sunday was read & referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of S. S. Edmonstone, stating that he has invented a
machine for sweeping Chimnies and praying to be permitted to use
the same was referred to the Committee on Arts & Sciences.



660 CITY or NEW YORK 20 Dec. 1819

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

[291] " Fire Warden of the 3 d Ward."

John Van Nostrand Grocer 78 Murray St. 3 d Ward vice John
L. Van Kleeck resigned

" Fire Engine Companies."
No. 6.

Samuel Moore, Carpenter Grand c. Elizabeth 8 th Ward vice
James Dobson Deceased.

No. 8.

Benjamin Fuller Shoe Maker Spring c. Mott 8 th Ward vice
Valentine Luff resigned

No. 14.

Henry T. Ramp Grocer Barclay c. Church 3 d Ward vice Abra-
ham Day deceased.

The Street Commissioner presented a Return of delinquents on an
Assessment for paving Broadway from Bleecker to Art Street. Where-
upon a Warrant was ordered to issue to the Collector for collecting
the same.

He also presented the following Assessments which were confirmed :
Viz for regulating and paving Elm Street from Grand to Broome
[292] Street and for paving Washington Street from Cedar toward
Courtland Street and John G. Betts was appointed Collector in each;
also for paving the Bowery from North to Jones Street and Morris
De Camp was appointed Collector.

He also presented an Ordinance for regulating and paving part of
Barclay & Washington Streets, which were passed and Abraham
Bloodgood, Abraham Baudouine and John Brower were appointed
Assessors therein.

The Attorney presented the following complaints which had been
made to him, which were referred to the Committee on Public Offices :
Viz against William Frost and Raymond Chanfraud, Tavern Keep-
ers, for permitting Gambling in their houses and against Mrs. Free-
land for selling Butter wanting in weight.

[293] The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of
the following Nuisances, which were passed :

1 G. H. Van Wagenen Own. orAgt.) ^

T _. . , '44 Dey St. a privy

J. B. Montgomery Occ.^

2 William Beers Own. Thompson St. A Lot.

(signed) Geo. Cuming City Insp r



20 Dec. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 661

The Counsel presented a memorial to Congress requesting payment
of advances made in defence of the Third Military District during the
late War, which was directed to be duly executed.

The Market Committee, on the petition of Stephen Burdett for
Stall No. 14 Washington Market, Reported the following:

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

(signed) H. Tallman
L. Kip
S. Allen

J. J. Westervelt
J. Hone

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[294] The same Committee, on the petition of Isaac Valentine for
Stall No. 1 Gouverneur Market, reported the following:
Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be granted.

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

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of Joshua S. Place, reported
the following:

Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be granted.

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

which was approved and the resolution proposed adopted.

[295] The Committee on Arts and Sciences, on the petition of Rich-
ard Lough, reported:

That they have had repeated interviews with Mr. Lough, who has
explained to them fully the objects he has in view, the particulars of
which are detailed in the draught of a contract which is herewith sub-
mitted. The Committee are of opinion that it is expedient to enter into
a contract with him embracing the substance of what is contained in
that contract. They, therefore, recommend the adoption of the fol-
lowing resolution:



662 CITY or NEW YORK 20 Dec. 1819

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to prepare the draught of
a contract with Richard Lough embracing the substance of the one
herewith submitted, making such alterations therein as the Committee
on Arts and Sciences may deem expedient, & report the same to this
Board at their next meeting for their approbation.

(signed) R. M c Queen
J. Hone
J. B. Taylor

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[296] The Committee of Applications, on the petition of Martin
Okie to be appointed Inspector of Firewood, reported the following
resolution :

Resolved that Martin Okie be and is hereby appointed a Wood In-
spector.

(signed) D. Board

L. Kip
which was adopted.

The Committee on Applications to the Legislature, on the com-
munication from Samuel D. Craig Esqr. respecting the binding of
Witnesses on Penal actions by recognizances to appear & testify
reported :

That in the opinion of the Committee such a measure would be
both impolitic and unwise. They nevertheless are satisfied that frauds
are practised to a considerable extent.

They therefore recommend the following resolution :

Resolved that the Attorney of [297] the Board be and he is hereby
instructed to enforce the 96 th Section of the Act to reduce several
laws relating to the City of New York into one act, in such cases as he
may think proper, against all delinquent witnesses in all suits hereafter
to be commenced in the name of the Mayor, Aldermen & Commonalty
for fines or penalties in any Justice's Court, so as to compel the attend-
ance of such witnesses and every of them.

(signed) J. Hammond
S. Allen
J. B. Taylor
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the subject of increasing the price of
Excise Licences, reported :

That in the opinion of the Committee so much of the foregoing
Resolution as goes to increase the maximum price ought to be car-



20 Dec. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 663

ried into effect. They therefore respectfully recommend the following
resolution :

Resolved that the Counsel be in- [298] structed to prepare the
draught of a law and also a petition to the Legislature so to amend
the 4 th Section of the Act entitled " An Act to lay a duty on strong or
spirituous liquors and for regulating Inns and Taverns." that the
maximum price of the Excise licence in the City of New York may be
raised from 50 to 100 dollars, and further that the Commissioner of
Excise in the said City be authorized to receive, together with the
sum paid to him for each excise licence to be hereafter granted by him
from the person receiving such licence, the further sum of 100 cents
as a fee to the said Commissioner for granting such licence, to be paid
to him before the issuing of such licence, in lieu of his present Salary.

(signed) J. Hammond S. Allen

J. B. Taylor J. P. Anthony

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[299] The same Committee, to whom was referred the resolu-
tion respecting the alteration of the Charter and Statutes so as to re-
lieve the Mayor from his duties as Judge of the Court of Sessions and
Common Pleas and for appointing a First Judge of the County to per-
form those duties, presented a report which was read and laid for con-
sideration. Alderman Allen presented a resolution directing a Clause
to be added to the Bill above proposed, to repeal so much of the Act
of April 20. 1818 as authorizes any of the Aldermen to execute the
act for relief against absconding and insolvent debtors, which was
also laid for consideration, and the Clerk was directed to cause the
said report & Resolution to be printed for the use of the members.

The Committee of Charity, on the Memorial of the Committee of
the Humane Society, reported:

That your Committee believe it is well known to every member of
this Board that the Humane Society has been established [300] in this
City for many years. It was first organized for the purpose of giving
food and other aid to suffering prisoners confined in the gaol of this
City, and the benefits of the Institution have since been extended by
the Managers by the gratuitous distribution of Soup to the indigent.
The Managers convinced of the utility of this Charity are still desir-
ous of continuing their exertions for relieving the Prisoner and the
indigent poor, but from the pressure of the times they find that many
of the sources from which they have hitherto received aid have now
failed while the calls upon them for assistance have increased. Their



664 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Dec. 1819

funds, it is believed, are not adequate to the expected demands of
the ensuing winter and they ask for pecuniary aid. The Committee
are of opinion that the request of the Society ought to be granted and
they beg leave to [301] offer the following resolution:

Resolved that a Warrant issue for 300 dollars in favor of the Treas-
urer of the Humane Society of this City, to be paid out of the first
monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.

(signed) S. Parker
T. Bolton
D. Board

which was approved, the resolution adopted and the Comptroller di-
rected to report a Warrant agreeably thereto.

The Committee of Wharves, Piers and Slips, on the petition of
John Anderson, Reported:

That on an investigation of this subject they are satisfied no direc-
tion has been given the said Anderson prejudicial to the interest of
the work he had undertaken to complete, but that the difficulties he
has experienced have arisen from his own improper measures, in the
first instance by commencing the building of the Blocks before [302]
the Contract was executed or an examination of them was had by the
Superintendant or Street Commissioner, and in the second, as the
Committee believe, from an imperfect knowledge of the bottom of the
River.

The contract with the said Anderson binds him to complete the
pier alluded to on the 1 st of October last in such manner as is therein
described, and that the work shall be approved by the Committee and
Street Commissioner and be upheld and kept in repair by the Con-
tractor for 8 months thereafter; by which it is evident that not only
the risk in sinking the Blocks but the stability of the whole work for
a period of 8 months is to be borne and supported by the person making
the Contract and that these risks were to be taken into calculation in
estimating the amount of cost.

[303] The Committee are of opinion, therefore, that the subject
of a reference is inadmissible. They are willing, however, to accom-
modate the said Anderson as far as it can be done with security to
the parties concerned, and they are of opinion that the work has so
far progressed as to authorize an advance of 200 dollars, and they
recommend the following resolution accordingly :

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be instructed to draw on
Joshua Jones Esqr. for 200 dollars in favor of John Anderson, as part



20 Dec. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 665

of the amount to be paid by said Jones toward building the pier at the

foot of Vesey Street.

(signed) S. Parker

J. B. Taylor
S. Stevens
G. B. Thorp
J. Morss

which was approved and the resolution proposed was adopted.

[304] The Committee on Public Offices, on the petition of Silvanus
Miller, Surrogate of the City & County of New- York, presented a
report which was read and laid for consideration.

Resolved that the Committee on Applications to the Legislature
be instructed to take into consideration the propriety of presenting a
petition to the Legislature praying the passage of a Law to extend the
Lamp District to 13 th Street from River to River.

Alderman Allen presented the following which was adopted (and
he, as Chairman of the Finance Committee, was added to the Com-
mittee therein mentioned:)

Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on Streets to enquire
if any and, if any, what alteration is necessary in the method at present
pursued in sweeping the Streets and [305] removing the Manure, and
also whether the public convenience will not be promoted by increasing
the number of Districts and suffering no individual to take a contract
for more than one district.

Resolved that the Market Committee be requested to direct the
Butchers of the several markets not to exhibit meat for sale on Wed-
nesday next, the day appointed by the State Executive as a day of
thanksgiving & prayer, and that the Markets be kept during the whole
day of Tuesday next.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 13 th inst 1 1 . 63

Received for tax of 1819 5^ Ward 1000.

" Common Lands 3021 .26

" Streets 8365.52

" Wells & Pumps 276.50 12.674.91



22 Accounts Audited.

And w M c Cready Keeper of Park one month 1 st instant.. 45.
[306] W m Slosson Chancery fee Richard Varick" vs.

Corporation 50 .

P. A. Jay Chancery fee Richard Varick vs. Corporation. 50.

John W. Wyman Clerk of Sessions to pay 7 Witnesses. . 63.






666 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 Dec. 1819

Thos. Scott on ace* paving Dey St. from Greenwich St.
to Washington St 500.

Jno. Sloan on ace* regg Amity St 500.

Hugh Smith on ace* regg Grand St. between Forsythe &
Suffolk Sts 500.

Pinkerton & Forgye. on ace* paving Cedar St. from Green-
wich St. to Bulkhead 400.

C. Mooney on ace* of Bowery from Broome to North
Street 400.

Terence Tiffany bal. regg Sheriff St 294.46

George Lovett on ace* regg West St. from Fulton to Dey
St 250.

H. Cochran on ace 1 pavg Washington St. from North
Moore to Watts St 200.

H. Smith on ace* pavg Greenwich St. from Albany to
Carlisle St 100.

[307] H. Smith on ace 1 pavg Greenwich St. from Cedar
to Albany St 100.

J. Targee & Associates for assessing Washington & Green-
wich Streets 63 .

J. Targee & Associates assessing expence of Canal St.
Sewer 625 .

A. Corning & Legrand Jarvis for surveys maps & Assess-
ment list for Canal St. Sewer 529.33

J. Randell Jr. on acct maps &c. 9 th Ward 410.

J. P. Roome Sup* reprs. for Repairs 1010.

Rich d Furman Sup tdt of Alms' house for work 3 d Avenue 1000.

Rich d Furman Superintt of Alms' house 5000. 12,589.79



Balance $85.12

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[308] In Common Council Dec. 27. 1819

Present. The Hon. C. D. Colden, Mayor, President

Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.
Aldermen Assistants

John Hone Thomas Bolton

John P. Anthony Samuel Stevens

John Morss Herm s Tallman

Robert M c Queen Benj n Crane

Asa Mann J. J. Westervelt

Jacob B. Taylor S. Parker

George B. Thorp S. P. Brittain

Stephen Allen D. Board

J. Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.



27 Dec. 1819 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 667

The following Communication was presented by the Comptroller
& ordered to be filed :

The Comptroller respectfully reports that the Communication from
the new Loan Officers, which was re- [309] f erred to him on the 22 d
November last, has not been acted on, from an impression that the
examination of their books and papers could only be made by the
Board of Supervisors agreeably to the 2 d Section of an Act of the
Legislature passed the 12 th of March last. He, therefore, respectfully
suggests the propriety of having the Books of Accounts, minutes and
vouchers of the Loan Officers submitted to the inspection of the Board
of Supervisors.

(signed) G. N. Bleecker Compt r

A petition of Walter W. Townsend, for appointment of City Meas-
urer, was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

An Account of Jacob Hays for expences of an express to appre-
hend Robert M. Goodwin, amounting to 40 dollars, was referred to
the Police Committee with authority to audit the account and, if
allowed by them, that a Warrant issue for payment of the same.

[310] "A petition of John Brown, Cartman, for remission of fine
for employing more than one cart was read and referred to the Police
Committee.

A petition of the inhabitants of James Street, complaining of the
Street being kept closed for the purposes of constructing a Vault in
the Street by a Mr. Lambert, was read and referred to the Street Com-
missioner.

An Invitation from the Society for prevention of pauperism to
the Common Council to attend the Annual meeting of the Society on
Wednesday next was read and accepted. Several numbers of a report
to the managers of the Society by their Committee on Idleness and
Sources of employment were presented to the Board for the use of
the members.

[311] The following person was appointed a Fireman, the Chief
Engineer certifying the vacancy:

Fire Engine Company No. 19.

Henry Fisher carman 1 Allen St. 10 th Ward vice Henry Willet
resigned.

A Communication was received from Thomas Franklin, Chief En-
gineer, accompanied with the Annual Return of the Department with
the names of the Engineers, Firemen, Fire Wardens, the places of



668



CITY or NEW YORK



27 Dec. 1819



deposit of the Fire Engines, with their implements and the condition
of the same which was referred to the Committee on the Fire De-
partment.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances, for correction of 15
Nuisances, which were passed :

1 Heirs of N. Bayard Own.}
S. N. Bayard Agt. J

2 J. J. Lockwood Les. & Occ, do.



Rhynder St.



a Lot

do.



3. J. Beekman agent to estate of ) _.

., , T , _ , ^Rhynder c. Hester do.

Abraham K. Beekman }

4. [312] Jas. & W m Sterling Own.)

o.i- f 43 South St.



Sterling & Bonner

5 Jas. R. Stuart

6 Joshua Jones
James D. Wolf Jr.

7 H. A. Coster
M. Wheeler

8 T. Egerton
D. Graham

9 J. Linkliter

10 Robert M c Cormic

11 J. Jones
L. Long

12 J. Jones

13 B. Bailey
Bailey & Russel

14 Henry Abell

15 Alex r L. Stewart



Occ.

Les. & Occ. 50
Own.}
Occ. \

79 Front St.



do.

do.



a privy
do.
do.



do.



83 do.



Occ.

Own. & Occ. 85
do. & do. 89

Own.}

Occ. I

Own. 101

Own.}

Occ. I L

Les. Rivington St.

Own. Thompson St.

(signed) G. Cuming, City Insp r



do.



do.
do.

do.

do

do.



do.
do.

do.
do.
do.

a Lot
do.



The Street Commissioner presented the following Ordinances,
which were passed :

For a Well and pump in Walker Street [313] near Church Street,
for a Well and pump in Laurens Street near Spring Street and for



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