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Common Lands $2,153

Ground Rent 14,312

House Rent 2,919

Water Lot Rent 7,884

Ferries 10,118

Market Cellars 1,013

Docks & Slips 32,000

Street Manure 7,000

Mayoralty fees 1,700

Tavern Licences 7,200

Excise Licences 14,000

Vendue Sales (paid by State 10,000

Commutation for Aliens... 2,000



Carried over 112,299



[375] Probable Receipts

Brought forward 112,299

Deficit to be raised by tax
or otherwise 373,477



Probable Disbursements 1820.

Alms' house $120,000

Watch 60,000

Lamps 25,000

Fire Department 15,000

Repairs in City 25,000

Streets 10,000

Third Avenue 6,000

Roads 3,000

Salaries 34,000

Charities 3,500

Execute Dog Law 500

Police Office 6,200

Int. on Bonds 18,000

Commrs Sts. & Roads 1,500

Docks & Slips 60,000

County contingencies 28,000

Free School Society 1,500

Int. City Stock 54,000

Probable Expenditures

Board of Health 2,200

Common Schools 7,376

Bills of Credit 5,000



$485,776 $485,776

B

The following sums are claimed by the State Comptroller for
arrears of tax due the State :
For the year 1815 $4,978.83



the 6th Ward O'Neal Collector

the year 1816

the year 1817

the year 1818

Interest charged by Comptroller

Am* rec d by Mr. Fish, as per his books, not p d State.



8,405.

5,248.40

4,786.99

2,304.32

4,310.97

6,298.14






Deduct Commissions allowed for collecting.



36,332.65
1543.41



Total amount claimed by the State $34,789.24



692 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 Jan. 1820

C.

Statement shewing the difference between the books of the late
Comptroller & Treasurer:

[376] To Comptroller's balance in the Treasury due by Mr. Fish at

the time of his resignation 22,690.51

To sinking fund 12.74

To unclaimed dividends 5,613 . 50

To state taxes received by him 6,298. 14



34,614.89
Balance due by Mr. Fish as per his books 22,647.35



Difference 11,967.54



Of this difference there has already been discovered as follows :

Warrants not credited him by Comptroller 7,730.

Sundry items twice returned by him & twice charged in his account 781.93

$8,511.93



As the examination of the books is still incomplete, it is presumed,
from the errors already discovered, that the whole amount of differ-
ence arises from the same source and will have to be provided for by
the Board.

D

Shewing the total amount of Bills of credit issued by authority of
the [377] Corporation, what amount is redeemed and the amount still
in circulation :

30,100 bills of 1 cent each $301 .

30,100 do. of 2 cents do 602.

30,100 do. 3 do 903.

109,000 do. 4 do 4,392.

215,600 do. 6 do 12,936.

109,800 do. 9 do 9,882.

211,600 do. 12* do 26,450.

239,734 do. 25 do 59,933.50

132,008 do. 50 do 66,004.

58,002 do. 75 do 43,501.50

2,500 Sheets of $5.50 do 13,750.

3,601 do. 1.50 do 5,251.50

1000 do. 2. do. 2000.



Total amount issued 245,906.50

Of which have been cancelled & destroyed 216,956.33



Leaving the amount unr [e] deemed at $28,950. 17






10 Jan. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



693






Amount of outstanding
purpose issued :

[378] To Mechanics' Bank

Richard Varick

State of New York

Peter Schermerhorn

Silas Lord

Ocean Insurance Co. . . .

David Stebbins

Thos. S. Townsend

Samuel Thorn

John Hunter

Henry Overing

Egbert Benson

Gerardus Kuypers

Simeon Remsen

Rem Remsen

Joseph Dederer

Peter Bonnett

Elisha King

George Talbot



Bonds, to whom payable and for what



185,999.81
26,620.
30,000 .
15,000.
8,437.61
8,590.65
3,441.78
1,882.10
625.45
899.17
899.17
2,000.
3000.
2,641.88
2,641.87
4,223.84

3,251.33
1,835.
714.68



Total amount $302,705 .40



borrowed for disbursements,
ground foot of Vesey St.
purchase of government house,
purchase of Fulton Slip E. River.
Award for Canal St.
purchase Slip n. Roosevelt St.

do.

do.

do.

do.

do.

HamWe[il]ton Square Lots,
loan to defence Committee,
purchase of Burling Slip.

do.
Mortgage of Hardenbrook's



property.



do.



HamWe[il]ton Square lots,
do.



The following sums have been paid [379] by the Corporation more
than has been received on Streets for a period of 19 months, & on
Roads & Avenues for a period of years.

For 1st, 4th an d 28th Streets 5,049.93

Streets in City from May 1817 96,616.97

1st, 3d, 8th & 9th Avenues 73,897.95

Fixing Monuments, mapping &c 49,103 . 50

Roads from 1813 to 1819 19,882.66



$246,551.01



The following sums have been paid by the Corporation for the
public docks & Slips more than has been received for a period of
about 5 years

For the Year 1814 14,780.59

1815 15,961 .01

1816 6,895.09



94 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 Jan. 1820

For the Year 1817 2,253.05

1818 56,930.61

1819 to 7th December 35,238.54



$132,058.89

[380] Mr. Stevens, on the subject of dividing the duties of the

Mayor, presented a Resolution, the consideration of which was post-
poned.

The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 3 d inst 47.78

Reed for tax 1819, 1st 5th & 8* Wards 7300.

" Mayoralty Fees 73 .

" Wells and Pumps 225.

" Excise 57.

" Interest on Common Lands 300.90

" Fines on light flour 63.40

" Rents 701.87

" Fines &c. Police Office 83.

" Arrears of Tax 380.

" Streets 2354.48 11,786.43



27 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek Watch 1st district 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark do. 2<i do 731.50

Bleakley & Brower do. 3 d do 462.

Jno. Vanderbilt Jr. Coroner's fees 1 quarter 1 st instant... 432.43

[381] O. Edwards drawing sundry laws &c 124.26

S. Allen Esqr. for Binns* edition of Declaration of Inde-
pendence, frame & glass, paid to George Kempt 28.

J. Hays, expences apprehends R. M. Goodwin 40.

Peter Townsend, Clerk Police Office expences from 17 th

July to 31 Dec 154.06

P. Bonnett Int. on Bond 6 mo. 3 d inst 113.79

Robt. Provoost repre lamps in December 55.22

H. Smith on acct pavK Liberty St 500.

H. Cochrane acct pave Washington St. from North Moore

to Watts St 500.

P. Debaun acct regulating part of Bleecker and Herring

Sts 400.

C. Mooney ace 1 pavs Orange Street from Broome to

Prince Street 300.

T. Scott acct paving Fulton St. from Washington St. to

the River 300.

H. Smith bal. paving Carlisle St 204.67

H. Smith acct pave Greenwich St. between Cedar &

Albany Sts 200.



17 Jan. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 695

J. Bailey ace* pavs Varick Street from Vandam to Laight

St 200.

[382] T. Scott acct pave Dey St. from Greenwich to Wash-
ington St 200.

H. Smith ace 1 pavB Washington St. between Cedar &

Courtland Sts 100.

Gerard Rutgers award widens Grand St 24.

Robt. Pettigrew 1 st instal* Well in Thompson near 4 th

Street 42.

R. Pettigrew bal. Well in Burton St 36.33

Lewis Moore half expence repring pier E. side Fulton

Slip E. River 932.40

Thos. Barnum Supg Wharves & piers 24 days to 9 th inst. 48.

J. P. Roome Sup. Reprs. for Repairs 490.

R. Furman Sup* of Alms house 4000. 11,785.91



Balance $0.52

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock

[383] In Common Council Jan. 17. 1820.
Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Golden Mayor President.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

John P. Anthony Samuel Stevens

John Morss Hermanus Tallman

Robert M c Queen Benjamin Crane

Jacob B. Taylor Shivers Parker

George B. Thorp Stephen P. Brittain

Stephen Allen David Board

William A. Davis
Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board a Letter from W. K.
Armistead, Colonel of Engineers, requesting an estimate of the ex-
pence of building a Wall at the Battery in front of the United States'
line, to connect the walls that are to be built by the Corporation, [384]
and also an estimate of the same made by the Street Commissioner
which were read, and the Mayor requested to forward the said esti-
mate to the Secretary of War.

The Commissioners of the Sinking Fund reported as follows:
The Commissioners of the Sinking Fund represent to the Common
Council that they herewith present an account by which it appears that



696 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 Jan. 1820

there is in their hands a balance to the credit of the said fund of
$13,704.50. The price of the City Stock and of other Stock in which
the Commissioners are authorized to invest the said balance is at this
moment such that the Commissioners deem it would be disadvantage-
ous to invest the said Balance, but they believe there is great proba-
bility that there may be in a little time such a change [385] in the
Stock Market that the monies in the hands of the Commissioners may

be invested with advantage.

The Commissioners have reason to believe that the Mechanics'
Bank will allow an interest of 5 per cent on so much of the monies
of the Sinking Fund as may be left in the said Bank for 30 days, and
until there shall be a favorable change in the Stock Market the Com-
missioners recommend that they be authorized to deposit the monies
of the said fund in the Mechanics' Bank, provided the said Bank will
allow interest as aforesaid.

(Signed) C. D. Golden
S. Allen
G. N. Bleecker.
Which was agreed to.

The Account presented was as follows :

City Stock purchased.... 8,105.15 Balance in favor May 10 '19. 6,226.81

U. States Stock do 17,294.02 Int. on City Stock 4,155.

Balance in favor Com r s Pawnbrokers' Licences 650.

Dec. 18. 1819 8,506.20 Hack Licences 634.

25 p. ct. on Sales Com. Lands 19,215.

33,905.37 Street Vaults 1,241.99

Balance 5,198.30 Market fees 4,974.65

Water lot rents 1,241.22

Int. on U. States Stock.. 765.



Total balance.... 13,704.50 39,103.67 39,103.67

[386] A petition of John Farrington & others, marshalls, praying
for remuneration for attending Coroner's Inquest, and a Communica-
tion from the Coroner on the subject, were read and referred to the
Committee on Public Offices.

A Letter from Charles Graham, enclosing a petition from sundry in-
habitants of New Utrecht in relation to the fishing of that place, was
read and referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legislature.

A petition of Catharine Megarey for remission of fine incurred for
selling liquor contrary to law was read & referred to the Police Com-
mittee with power.

A petition from certain persons confined in the Debtor's Prison



IT Jan. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 697

for a supply of fuel, was read and referred to the [387] Commis-
sioners of the Alms House.

A petition from Thomas Tonge and Ralph Hall for relief from
penalty incurred for selling liquor without a licence, accompanied with
a recommendation of E. M c Laughlin, Commissioner of Excise, was
read & referred to the Police Committee.

Petitions from John A. Sidell, Henry K. Frost, Ezra Frost,
William H. White, Warmoldus Cooper, Simeon Van Antwerp, Samuel
C. Sutton, Samuel Y. Clark. Allan Clark, J. W. Kern, John Rogers,
Andrew Blakely, William H. Smith and Charles Brookes for appoint-
ment as Clerks of the District Courts about to be organized in this
City were severally read and referred to the Committee on Applica-
tions.

A petition of James Buckley for permission to remove a Building
from foot of Clinton Street to a Lot near Rutger Slip, was referred
to the Alderman & Assistant of the Ward.

[388] A petition of sundry members of Fire Engine Company
No. 8, praying for a new Engine for said Company, was read and
referred to the Committee on the Fire Department.

A petition of Joshua Jones and Son for permission to store Hemp
in their Store house in the First Ward of this City, was read and re-
ferred to the Committee on the Fire Department.

A petition of Abraham Stagg respecting his Contract for regulat-
ing and paving Grand Street from Broadway to the Bowery, was read
and resolved that petitioner have leave to withdraw his petition.

His Honor the Mayor presented the Monthly Calendar of persons
confined in the City Prison and Bridewell which was ordered to be
filed.

[389] The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for a
Well and Pump in Broome Street, which was confirmed and John G.
Betts appointed Collector.

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for correction of sundry
nuisances which were passed :

1 D. H. Haight Own. Stanton St. A Lot

2 W. A. Hardenbrook do. Allen St. do.

3 Chs. Mooney do. Mulberry St. do.

4 S. Richard do. )

-IT, rr , ^ ( f lo4 Hudson St. a privy.

W ir Taylor Occ.j

(Signed) Geo. Cuming. City Insp r






698 CITY or NEW YORK 17 Jan. 1820

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the vacancies :

" Fire Engine Companies."
No. 13.

James Finlay, account 1 174 Water St. 2 d Ward vice Samuel Post-
Resigned.

Hen. H. Tredwell, account 1 226 Pearl St. 2 d Ward vice George
Wheeler Left the City.

No. 16.

Tyzack Hodges, Account 1 15 Augustus St. 6 Ward, (a vacancy not
filled)

[390] No. 20

Isaac W. Bagley, painter, 80 Liberty St. 1 Ward vice John Ryker
resigned.

The Counsel presented a Memorial and Law relative to taxes,
also a Memorial and Law relative to creating a public Stock which
were directed to be duly executed.

The Committee of Repairs & Comptroller reported :

That they have examined the Accounts of Jacob P. Roome, Superin-
tendant of repairs from June 4. 1819 to Jan. 13. 1820 and find that

he has received by Warrants from the Corporation $14,258.

For Sundry Articles sold by him t 20. 74

From Treasurer of Board of Health 247.97

Balance due the Corporation on last settlement & now credited 119.05



14,645.76
He has paid, agreeably to vouchers produced, 203 accounts amount 14,596.71



Balce due Corporation Jan. 15. 1820 $49.05

[391] and which is to be carried to credit of new account.

(Signed) Benjamin Crane

Stephen, P. Brittain

George B. Thorp

G. N. Bleecker Comptroller

which was approved & ordered to be filed.

The Police Committee, on the petition of Richard Stagg & John
Brown, reported :

That nothing has appeared in the above cases to induce the Com-
mittee to recommend the petitioners or either of them for relief. Thev



17 Jan. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 699

think the penalties ought to be enforced and they beg leave to offer the
following resolution :

Resolved that the prayer of the petitioners above named ought not
to be granted.

(Signed) Thomas Bolton
Stephen Allen
Samuel Stevens
Geo. B. Thorp

which was approved & the Resolution adopted.

[392] The Road Committee, on the petition of Peter Myer, re-
ported :

That they have examined the premises alluded to and are of opin-
ion that the prayer of the petition should be granted. They beg leave,
therefore, to offer the following resolution :

Resolved that Peter Myer have leave to close up the Cross Road
from the 8 th Avenue to the Old Kingsbridge Road, which passes thro'
his premises, and to open & work, at his own expence, the 130 th Street
as a Common High Way and to convey the same to the Common
Council of the City.

(Signed) W. A. Davis
J. Hammond
G. B. Thorp
David Board.

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

An Invitation from Dr. Samuel Akerly, in behalf of the Institution
for [393] the instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, to attend the public
examination of the pupils of said Institution on the 19 th inst. in St.
George's Chapel, was read and accepted.

Alderman Allen presented the following resolutions, (respecting
Justices' Courts) which were adopted:

Resolved that suitable rooms be provided by the Common Council
for the accommodation of the Justices' Courts to be held in this City,
agreeably to a late law of the Legislature on that subject.

Resolved that the Aldermen & Assistants of the Wards composing
each district designated by said law be a Committee to select such
rooms in their respective districts as will be necessary for the accommo-
dation of the Court there to be located, and that they report at the next
meeting of the Board.

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to draft an Ordinance for
the appointment of Clerks to the said Courts respectively, [394] to



700 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 Jan. 1820

fix their Salary at the sum of dollars per annum, payable

quarterly by Warrant on the Treasury ; to designate the time they
shall open their Offices for the despatch of business, and such other
matters relative to said Clerks and said Courts as may be deemed
necessary and growing out of the law creating them : and farther that
hereafter the said Clerks shall be appointed on the first Monday in
February in each and every year, and, on their taking the oath pre-
scribed by law and giving Bond with the requisite security (to be ap-
proved by the Mayor), they shall severally be commissioned Clerks of
the Justices Court for the District of this City during the

pleasure of the Common Council."

N. B. The 1 st district included the 1 st , 2 d & 3 d Wards.
2 d do. 4 th & 6 th do.

3 d do. 5 th & 8 th do.

4 th do. 7 th & 10 th do.

[395] On a Statement made by Alderman Taylor on the subject of
lighting the Lamps in the upper Wards of the City :

Ordered that the same be referred to the Lamp Committee to report
thereon and in the mean time that the usual number of lamps be there
lighted.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 10 th inst 0.52

Received for Tax of 1819. 3d 6> and 9th Wards 7580.

Wells and pumps 100. 7680.52



17 Accounts Audited.

John M c Comb St. Commiss r one quarter's Salary 12 t]l

instant 500.

And. M c Cready Keeper of Park one month 1 s * instant... 46.50
G. N. Bleecker for making a Book of Jurors and writing

5485 Jury Tickets 150.

J. W. Wyman Clerk of Sessions to pay 3 Witnesses 11.50

[396] Mechanics' Bank Interest 19 Bonds to 1st instant... 4004.99

Simon Remsen Interest on 26 Bonds 1 year to 15th instant 369.86

R. Pettigrew balance for a Well in Franklin St 47.24

J. Gallagher balance for a Well in Arden St 47.11

Estate of Stephen Ludlum Surveys &c. to lt inst 579.22

H. Cochrane on acct. paving Washington St. from N

Moore to Watts Street 500.

C. Mooney account paving Bowery from North to Jones

St 400.

H. Smith account paving Liberty Street 300.

T. Scott account paving Fulton Street 200



24 Jan. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 701

T. Scott account paving Dey St. from Greenwich to Wash-
ington St 200.

Jas. Meghan ace 4 pavs Elm St. from Grand to Broome St. 150.

[397] H. Smith account paving Washington Street from
Cedar to near Courtland St 100.

James Meghan for 180 Loads earth to the Walks at public
yard on Collect & Leonard Sts 22.50 7628.92



Balance $51.60

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[398] In Common Council Jan. 24. 1820.
Present. The Hon. C. D. Colden Mayor President



Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

John P. Anthony Herms Tallman

John Morss Benj" Crane

Robert M c Queen Jno. J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Steph. P. Brittain

George B. Thorp David Board

Stephen Allen William A. Davis

Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board a certified Copy from
the minutes of the Assembly of the State of New York, referring
[399] to the Members of the House from New York that part of his
Excellency's Speech relative to the means of preserving the health of
the City of New York which was read and referred to the President
of the Board of Health, with power to employ a suitable person to
draft a Law in conformity with his opinion on the subject.

He also stated that he had received a Letter from Henry Meigs
Esqr. enclosing a communication on the subject of removing obstruc-
tions in Rivers &c. by John Henrick : which communication was read
& referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

Petitions from Otho V. T. Barberie, George Staley, Mott S.
Cannon, Andrew Van Orden, W m Stuart, D. A. Robertson, P. Shehee,
Alexander Colden, W m Tripler, John L. Cregier, Edward Trenor,
Geo. Zabriskie, Ab m Dally, W m Thompson and Gregorry Dillon, for ap-
pointment as Clerks to the District Courts about to be organized in



702 CITY OF NEW YOEK 24 Jan. 1820

this City were severally read & referred to the Committee on Ap-
plications.

[400] A further petition from Abraham Stagg, for payment of
money due him on paving Grand Street, was read and leave given
petitioner to withdraw his petition.

A petition from William Bailey, praying payment of balance due
him on his Contract for regulating North Street from the 2 d Avenue
to Willet Street, and for advance of one half of contract for regulating
North Street from Willet to Lewis Street, was read and referred to the
Finance Committee with power.

A Communication from the Chairman of the Committee of Con-
ference of the Society for prevention of pauperism was read and
referred to the former Committee on that subject, and the Clerk was
ordered to communicate to the Chairman said reference.

[401] A petition from the Inhabitants of Hamersly and Houston
Streets, praying that said Streets be filled up and regulated, was read
and referred to the Street Committee.

A Memorial from sundry owners and masters of vessels lying at
Fulton Long Wharf, on the subject of the bad condition of said Wharf
and praying the same may be repaired was referred to the Committee
on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A further petition from Benjamin Bailey, requesting payment of
$45. due him by the Corporation was read and ordered that petitioner
have leave to withdraw his petition.

A petition of John Smith for appointment of Inspector of Fire
wood to the Eighth District, in addition to the Office which he now
holds as Inspector to the 9 th District, was read and referred to the
Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

[402] A petition of John Langdon for appointment of Inspector of
Firewood, was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition from the Directors of the Manhattan Company, praying
that Bleecker Street, Amity Lane, Wooster and Green Streets be filled
in was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition from the Port of New York Society for promoting the
Gospel among Seamen, praying remission of tax assessed on ground
purchased by said Society for building a Church, was read and Re-
solved that the prayer of petitioners be granted.

A petition from Peter Schermerhorn and Sons for permission to
store Hemp in their Stores in Front Street was referred to the Com-
mittee on the [403] Fire Department (Aid. Anthony M c Queen
Mr. Tallman)



24 Jan. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 70S

A petition of Stephen D. Beekman, Nicoll Floyd and others re-
specting the Bulkhead at West Street between Murray and Warren
Streets, was read and referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers
and Slips.

A petition of John G. Munn for permission to keep the Flag Staff
at the Battery and there to sell spirituous liquors, was referred to the
Finance Committee.

A communication from the Delegates of the Fire Wardens on the
subject of the Storing of hemp in the City was referred to the Com-
mittee on the Fire Department.

A petition from Captain A. W. Welden for relief from penalty in-
curred for not giving Bonds for Alien passengers, was read and re-
ferred to the Committee on Public Offices with power.

[404] A petition of Jane M c Laughlin for remission of fine incurred
under the Street Law, was read and referred to the Police Com-
mittee.

The Street Commissioner presented a Return of Delinquents on
two Assessments, one for a Well and pump in Cannon Street and one
for a Well and Pump in Suffolk Street. Whereupon Warrants were
ordered to issue to Morris De Camp for collecting the same.

He also presented an Assessment for a \Vell and Pump in Thomp-
son St. which was confirmed and John G. Betts appointed Collector.

He also presented Ordinances for a Well and Pump in First Street
and for regulating and paving the sidewalks in the Bowery which
were passed and Abraham Bloodgood, Abra- [405] ham Baudouine
and John Brower were appointed Assessors in the former and John
Targee, Abraham Bloodgood and Benjamin Prince in the latter.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of the
following nuisances, which ordinances were passed.

1 G. Thomas Own.]

L. San ford Agt. [ 10 Pearl St. a privy

Mrs. M c Cullagh Occ. J

2 Thos. C. Clark Own.)

T i/r ^ f 12 do. do.

I. Marquand Occ. j

(Signed) Geo. Cuming City Inspector

The Attorney reported sundry complaints submitted to him
which were referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

The Counsel informed the Board that the reports of the Commis-
sioners of Estimate and Assessment in the cases of Washington and



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