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Balance $4.51

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[23] In Common Council February 14. 1820.

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor President

Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

John Morss Samuel Stevens

Robert McQueen Hermanus Tallman

Asa Mann Benjamin Crane

Jacob B. Taylor John J. Westervelt

George B. Thorp Shivers Parker

Stephen Allen Stephen P. Brittain

David Board
William A. Davis
Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A petition of John Dennis, in behalf of the owner of House No.
123 Anthony Street, praying further time for payment of an asses-
ment laid upon said House, was read [24] and referred to the Finance
Committee with authority to grant the prayer of the petition.

A similar petition from Benjamin T. Onderdonk, Executor of the
Reverend Henry Moscrop deceased, praying like indulgence respect-
ing an Assessment on a House belonging to the Estate of the deceased,
situated on the corner of Greenwich and Thomas Streets, was read
& referred to the same Committee with like power.

A Memorial from the Trustees of the Inhabitants of Brooklyn,



730 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Feb. 1820

praying that a house in Water Street in said Village owned by the
Corporation may be removed as it prevents the intended improvement
of said Street, was read and referred to the Committee on Public
Lands and Places.

A Letter from Chauncey Hall containing a communication he
states to have made to the President of the United States of some
[25] improvement he has discovered, but in what he does not state,
was read and referred to the Committee on Arts and Sciences.

A petition of Pattison Jolly to be allowed on his Assessment for
Grand Street a sum he has advanced to Abraham Stagg the Contractor
for regulating said Street; A petition of Noah Jarvis, as Agent for
Stephen Van Rennselaer, requesting that the sum of $40. be deducted
and allowed to him from the amount due to Abraham Stagg, Con-
tractor for regulating Grand Street, to compensate for work done to
said Street by him in consequence of the neglect of said Contractor;
And a Communication from the Street Commissioner, to whom had
been referred the petition of Abraham Stagg praying payment for
contract for regulating Grand Street, stating that said Stagg had not
fulfilled his contract, were severally read and referred to the Street
Committee.

[26] A petition of Jacob Boyce for Stall No. 18 Washington
Market, and of John Keyser for Stall No. 22 same market were
read and referred to the Market Committee.

A memorial was received from the Inhabitants of Coenties Slip,
complaining of the practice of vessels from the eastward occupying
said Slip for the purpose of vending in their vessels Codfish and
excluding therefrom Market Vessels and praying a Law may be passed
to remedy said evil ; Also praying that the middle Pier in said Slip
be extended parallel with the Piers east and west of it, was read &
referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers & Slips.

A petition of Francis Spicer, praying remission of fine incurred by
his Servant's washing his horses at a public pump, was read and
referred to the Police Committee.

A Letter from the Mayor of New Orleans, trans- [27] mitting a
copy of the Ordinances of the City Council of said City was presented
and read: whereupon his Honor the Mayor was requested to reply to
the same and to transmit to the Mayor of New Orleans a Copy of the
Ordinances of this City.

A Communication was also received from the City of Philadelphia
of a report of the diseases and deaths in that City in the year 1819:
Whereupon his Honor the Mayor was requested to acknowledge the



14 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 731

receipt of the same and to forward a Copy of the Inspector's report
of the diseases and interments during the past year.

A Letter was received from Moses Rogers enclosing a Copy of a
Memorial intended to be presented to the Legislature from the Inhabi-
tants of the First Ward, remonstrating against the application of the
Corporation to the Legislature for a Law to raise the sum of $150,000.
for the purpose of repairing and extending the Battery, presuming it
[28] was the intention of the Corporation to assess upon the First
Ward a greater proportion of said expence than upon the other Wards.
Whereupon the same was referred to the Committee on subject of the
Battery.

A petition of a number of the Inhabitants of Harlaem, praying
that a Market for the Sale of Horses may be established in said Vil-
lage, was read and referred to the Alderman & Assistant of the 9 th
Ward.

A petition for a Well and Pump in Mott Street between Grand
and Broome Streets, was read & referred to the Alderman & Assistant
of the Ward and Street Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor.

A Memorial was received from William Hendrick, Patentee of the
Forcing & Lifting Pump, stating a former petition presented by him
offering to contract for the use of said Patent, and accompanied by
Certificates [29] from certain firemen of the utility of said pump as
experienced at a late fire in Cheapside Street, was read and referred
to the Committee on Arts & Sciences.

A petition was received from Smith Bloomefield, stating that in
August last he contracted with the Corporation to build a Sewer thro'
the centre of Chapel Street; that he has completed the same agreeably
to Contract and praying payment for the same: which was referred to
the Canal Committee.

A petition of John Guest to be appointed to the Office of a City
Measurer, was read and referred to the Committee on Applications :

The following appointments of a Fire Warden & Firemen were
made, the Chief Engineer certifying the vacancies :

" Fire Warden of 6 th Ward."

John Ackerman Chairmaker 504 Pearl St 6 th Ward vice
Stephen Burdett Resigned.

[30] " Fire Engine Companies."

No. 9.

George Long, Bookseller, 71 Pearl St. 1 st Ward vice Elijah
Warner, resigned



732 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Feb. 1820

No. 13.

Richard J. Polhemus Account* 12 Peck Slip. 4 th Ward vice George
Long resigned.

No. 18.

James Barton account 4 259 William St. 4 th Ward vice William
S. Leggett removed

No. 20.

Bernard C. Tompson Baker 66 Cedar St. 1 st Ward vice Isaac
Torboss resigned

No. 41.

Robert Whitson Cartman Goerck n. Delancey 10 Ward vice
Walter Hyde removed.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for regulating
Wooster Street from Spring Street to Livingston's Line which was
confirmed and John G. Betts appointed Collector.

The City Inspector presented the following [31] Ordinances for
correction of Nuisances which were passed:

1 A. L. Stewart Owner Sullivan St. A Lot

2 AV m Lawrence do. Rhynder St. do.

(Signed) Geo. Cuming

City Inspector.

The Comptroller reported that, agreeably to the Resolution of the
Board, he had required of the several Officers of the Board an account
of the fees received by them in addition to the Salaries paid to them
by the Board and had received reports from them, which he presented
and they were directed to be referred to the Committee on Retrench-
ments.

The Honorable Cadwallader D. Colden informed the Board that
he had received from the Honorable the Council of Appointment the
re-appointment as Mayor of the City of New York and that he had
taken the oaths prescribed by Law.

[32] The Committee of Wharves, Piers & Slips, on the representa-
tion of Henry Carpenter relative to the Mud Machine, Reported :

That in their opinion another machine might be usefully employed
by individuals in deepening the water adjacent to the private docks and
piers, and they are not aware of any objections, even if the Corpora-
tion holds a patent, to granting the privilege to the petitioner of
building an additional Machine, and they therefore propose the follow-
ing Resolution :



14 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 733

Resolved that Henry Carpenter be privileged to build, at his own
expence, a Machine for cleaning or deepening the docks and Slips in
this City, notwithstanding any patent right possessed by this Corpora-
tion to the contrary : Provided, however, that such machine shall be
built & completed in 12 months from this date.

(Signed) S. Allen. S. Stevens.
A. Mann. H. Tallman
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[33] The same Committee on the petition of John Smith, reported:

That it appears from the returns made to the City Inspector that

the petitioner received during one year 288 dollars and that John

Young received for the same period 153 dollars & 3 cents making

together 441 dollars and 3 cents.

The Committee are of opinion that from the situation of these
districts, both may be attended to by one person without detriment to
the public and that the amount received will lar[g]ely compensate the
person who attends them. They therefore propose the following
Resolution :

Resolved that John Smith be appointed Inspector of Firewood for
the Eigth & Ninth Inspection Districts.

(Signed) Stephen Allen

Samuel Stevens
Asa Mann
Henn s Tallman

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[34] The same Committee, on the petition of Christopher Block-
berger, Reported :

That, in their opinion, the durability of said Caps would be very
limited, as their continual exposure to the weather and the salt water
spray from the River would so corrode them with rust as very soon
to prevent their usefulness and by those means rather enhance than
diminish the expence of the object. The Committee therefore propose
the following resolution :

Resolved that it is inexpedient to adopt the measure proposed by
the Memorialist.

(Signed) S. Allen

S. Stevens
A. Mann
H. Tallman
which was approved & the resolution adopted.



734 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 Feb. 1820



The same Committee, on the petition of the owners and masters
of vessels usually frequenting Fulton Long Wharf, reported :

That they are informed that the Wharf [35] alluded to is the prop-
erty of the heirs of the late Robert Fulton and is very much out of
repair, and as all wharves are legally viewed as public highways and
are to be kept in repair by those who receive the emoluments arising
from them, the Committee propose the following resolution :

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be instructed to notify the
proprietors of the pier, known by the name of Fulton's Long Wharf,
that the said pier must, on or before the 1 st day of April next be sub-
stantially repaired at the expence of said proprietors.

(Signed) Stephen Allen
Samuel Stevens
Asa Mann
Herrn 3 Tallman

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of John Kendrick, reported:
That it does not appear to your [36] Committee that the subject
of deepening the Channel at Sandy Hook is one which properly comes
under the cognizance of the local authorities of this City and that the
Communication of Mr. Kenrick, therefore, might with more propriety
have been addressed to the General or State Government: and, so far
as the same relates to the cleaning of Slips in this City, the Committee
are of opinion that the Machine at present in use answers all the pur-
poses intended. They therefore propose the following resolution :

Resolved that it is inexpedient for this Board to adopt any measure
relative to the subject of the Communication alluded to.

Respectfully submitted,
(Signed) Stephen Allen
Samuel Stevens
Asa Mann
Herm s Tallman
which was approved and the resolution adopted.

[37] The same Committee, on the petition for and the remon-
strance against filling James' Slip, reported :

That in their opinion it is inexpedient to adopt the measure prayed
for by the petitioners. Your Committee are not convinced by the
reasoning of the petitioners that James Slip is a nuisance to the neigh-
bourhood any more than any other of the Slips on the East River, but
they are satisfied that the measure would be attended with a very



14 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 735

heavy expence to individuals as well as to the public, while the accom-
modation to the vessels resorting to that part of the City would be
lessened and a reason offered for a further demand on the Treasury
to supply new piers to make good the deficiency. The Committee
therefore offer the following resolution :

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the peti-
tioners.

(Signed) S. Allen S. Stevens
A. Mann H. Tallman

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

[38] Mr. Hammond presented the following resolutions, which
were severally read and adopted and the 40 th Section of the Bill was
accordingly stricken therefrom :

" Whereas at the last stated meeting of the Board the draught of
a Law entitled ' An Act to provide against infectious and pestilential
diseases ' was agreed to and the Committee on Applications to the
Legislature were instructed to prepare the usual petition thereon to
the Honorable the Legislature : and

Whereas doubts have arisen as to the legality and propriety of the
40 th Section of the said Bill : and whereas the requisite notice for
reconsidering the said Bill has not been given: Be it therefore

Resolved that the 18 th rule or order for the regulation of this
Board be & the same is hereby dispensed with for the purpose of
reconsidering the said Bill.

Resolved that said Bill be reconsidered.

Resolved that the 40 th Section of the said Bill be stricken out.

[39] He also presented a Memorial to the Legislature correspond-
ing with said Bill, which was approved, directed to be engrossed, duly
authenticated and transmitted together with said Bill to the Legisla-
ture now in Session.

The Committee on Applications to the Legislature, reported : That,
having taken into consideration the suggestion made by his Honor
the Mayor on the subject of Alien passengers arriving in this City,
they begged leave to propose the following resolution :

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to prepare the draught of
a Law to amend the ' Act to reduce several laws relating particularly
to this City into one Act,' making it obligatory on every master of
any vessel arriving from any foreign port or from any other of the
United States (whether he shall enter his vessel at the Custom House
or not) within 24 hours after his arrival to report in writing on oath
to the [40] Mayor or Recorder the name, age and occupation of every



736 CITY or NEW YORK 14 Feb. 1820

person who shall have been brought as a passenger in such vessel, upon
pain of forfeiting the sum of 100 dollars for every Alien and 75
dollars for every other person neglected to be reported as aforesaid :
and the owner or consignee of such vessel or cargo shall be liable as
well as the master for any penalties thus incurred: and if any pas-
senger, not being a Citizen of the United States, shall have been landed
from any vessel within 50 miles of this City, with the intent of pro-
ceeding to it, the master, owner or consignee of such vessel or cargo
shall be liable to a penalty of 500 dollars for every person so landing
& entering this City: and farther that every alien who shall land in
this City or enter it in any other manner, with the intent of residing
in it, shall within 24 hours thereafter report himself to the Mayor or
Recorder and give an account under oath of the means by which [41]
he entered the City or be subject to emprisonment until he shall render
the information required.

(Signed) Judah Hammond
Stephen Allen
Jacob B. Taylor

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

Alderman Allen presented the following Resolution, which was
adopted :

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be required to state to this
Board from the Books kept in his Office or any other source which
he may deem necessary, the amount of the balances remaining unpaid
on assessments for opening, paving or regulating Streets and Avenues
and for sinking Wells, and also the amount assessed on the Corpora-
tion both for property belonging to them and for gores of land left
out in opening widening & straightening streets and which have not
been sold and the money returned to the Treasury.

[42] The Comptroller reported:

Balance in Treasury 7 th inst 4. 51

Reed for Tax 1819 1st, 3d, iQth Wards 9500.

" " Streets 2250. 11,754.51



21 Accounts Audited.

R. Graves Asst St. ConT" 1 qr. 1st i ns t 375.

J. Morton Clerk C. Council do. do 312.50

J. P. Roome Supt Reprs. do. 14* inst 300.

Geo. Buckmaster reprs. to Mud Machine 423.97

J. Morton expences to & from Washington on business

relative to claim of Corporation for Defence 200.

Wm Craig balance of Intestate estate of Edward Rogers 206.28



21 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 737

C. Mooney acct paving Bowery from Broome to North

St 800.

Jas. Meghan ace* pavs Barclay St 400.

Jno. Targee & Associates making sundry Assessments 349.50

Jas. Pinkerton acct pavs Broadway from Bleecker to Art

Street 300.

W m Bailey bal. regg North St. from 2d Avenue to Willet

St 247. 18

[43] Thos. Scott ace* pavs Washington St. from Dey to

Courtland St 200.

Jno. Williams acct regule Green St 140.

Jno. Quin do. pavs Sullivan St 100.

H. Smith regg & pave at head of Albany Basin North

River 1451.14

Thos. Barnum Sups Wharves & piers 30 days to 13 th inst. 60.

Jno. Quin bal. filling at head of Canal Street Basin 173.10

Robert Pettigrew 1st Instalment Well in Laurens St 32.40

J. P. Roome Supt Reprs. for Repairs 500.

J. Fleming Treasr to pay 30th dividd City Stock due 1st

inst. balance 1500.

R. Furman Supt Alms House 3500. 11,571.07



Balance $183.44
Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[44] In Common Council February 21. 1820.
Present The Hon Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President.

Aldermen Assistants

John Hone Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

John Morss Hermanus Tallman

Robert M c Queen Benjamin Crane

Asa Mann John J. Westervelt

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 report or Calendar
of Persons confined in the City Prison or Bridewell made by the
Keeper thereof agreeably to the resolution of the Common Council,
which was directed to be filed.

[45] He also laid before the Board a Return received from the



738 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Feb. 1820

City of Baltimore of the Interments in that City during the past year,
which was directed to be filed and the Mayor was requested to transmit
to Baltimore in return the report of the City Inspector of the Inter-
ments in this City during the year 1819.

A petition of John Guest to be appointed a Measurer of Grain was
read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition of Stephen Gould offering for sale to the Common
Council at a reduced price Johnson's Reports of the Decisions in the
Supreme Court and Court of Errors of this State was read and
referred to the Law Committee.

A petition from Higgins and Parks, Contractors for digging out
Lombardy Street, stating that they found difficulty in disposing of the
earth which is to be removed from said Street and offering to fill in
New Slip at a low rate, [46] was read and referred to the Street
Committee.

A petition of Samuel Parsons for remission of fine for selling
liquor without licence, and a similar petition of John M c Gaviston,
were read and referred to the Police Committee.

A petition from sundry Inhabitants that Stanton and Lewis Streets
may be filled in and regulated was read and referred to the Street
Committee.

A petition of Catharine Kilgrove stating her wish to rent the rooms
above the Engine House in Roosevelt Street, was read and referred
to the Finance Committee.

A petition of Holly Waterbury for appointment to the Office of
Superintendant of the Mud Machine was read and referred to the
Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

[47] A petition that a Well and Pump in Water Street between
Peck Slip and Fulton Street may be filled up and removed was referred
to the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward and Street Commissioner.

A Memorial was received from the Collectors of Assessments,
stating that great inconvenience was frequently experienced by them
in not having the Laws of the State to refer to for their own guidance
and for the information of persons from whom taxes and Assessments
were to be collected, and praying that a Set of the Laws of the State
may be furnished for their office, was read and Resolved that the
Clerk of the Common Council be directed to furnish them with a Copy
of the Laws of the State at the expence of the Corporation.

A petition from Michael Fash, praying to be allowed the period
of 60 days for payment of an Assessment on his house corner of



21 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 739

Houston and Green Streets, was read and [48] referred to the Finance
Committee with authority to grant the prayer of petitioner.

Petitions were received from Anthony Compton and John Ross,
stating that they were privates in the First Brigade of State Artillery
and as such were exempt from personal taxes to amount of $500:
that they had been assessed for a personal tax, and praying to be
exempt therefrom : Which were read and referred to the Committee
on Assessments with authority to grant the prayers of petitioners*

A Memorial from Thomas Fessenden, Assistant Justice of the 1 st ,
2 d & 3 d Wards of the City, complaining of Joshua L. Pell, Clerk of
the Court established in and for said Wards, and praying he may be
removed from said Office, was read & referred to the Law Committee.

A petition of William Rugan, Master of the Ship Richmond was
received, stating [49] that he sailed in said Vessel from Liverpool for
the Port of Philadelphia, bringing with him a number of Alien pas-
sengers ; that on account of the Delaware being closed with Ice, he
had put into this port where he arrived on the 7 th instant ; that some
of the passengers coming on shore, he was informed that he was
bound to report and give bond for the passengers ; that in the report
which he made, several children were thro' mistake omitted, whereby
he had incurred a penalty and had been prosecuted therefor, and
praying to be permitted to amend his report and give the usual Bond
and that the suit against him may be discontinued. Whereupon it
was referred to the Police Committee with authority to grant the
prayer of petitioner.

A petition of the prisoners confined in the Debtors' Gaol praying
a Supply of fuel was read and referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of Abel Sammis, stating that he [50] was desirous of
placing a Horse Boat on the Ferry between Hoorn's Hook and Long
Island commonly called Hell Gate Ferry if he could secure suitable
encouragement therefor from the Corporation, w r as read and referred
to the Ferry Committee.

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

" Fire Engine Companies."

No. 14.

Blasius Moore Clerk 151 Fulton St. 2 d Ward vice Robert
Buloid, resigned.

Ezra Dennison Clerk. 207 Broadway 2 d Ward vice Abraham
Coddington resigned.



740 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Feb. 1820

No. 30.

Elias B. Messerve Butcher Delancey St. c. Bowery 10 th Ward,
vice Marvel Garritson removed.

No. 32.

Philip Taber: Carpenter: Arundel St: 10 th Ward vice Martin L.
Wilsie Made Fire Warden.

No. 36.

Aaron Saffin Bricklayer 527 Greenwich St. 8 th Ward [51] vice
Robert R. Lorton Resigned.

Ab m Storms Jr. Account* 470 Greenwich St. 8 th Ward vice James
Clark Deceased.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for a Well and
pump in Laurens Street near Spring Street and also an Assessment
for regulating Chapel Street which were confirmed and John G.
Betts appointed Collector in each.

He also presented an Ordinance for a Bulkhead at the foot of
Broad Street and one for extending the Sewer in Broad Street -
which were passed and Abraham Baudouine, James Barrow and Abra-
ham Bloodgood were appointed Assessors in each. Also an Ordinance
for a Well & Pump in Mott Street between Grand and Broome Streets,
which was passed and Abraham Baudouine, Abraham Russel & John
Brown [er] were appointed Assessors.

He also presented a return of Delinquents [52] on the following
Assessments Viz : For regulating and paving Harrison Street :

do. do. Fulton Street:

do. do. Washington Street :

do. do. Barclay S

For a Well and Pump in the 8 th Avenue:
do. do. in Franklin Street.

whereupon a Warrant was ordered to issue to John G. Betts, Collector,



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