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for collecting the same.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of Sundry
nuisances, which were passed :

1 C * a y. wn 'h42 Front St. a Privy
J. Harrington Occ. \

2 D. Sullivan Own.) 10<7 ,, r c

[ 127 Water St. do.

J. W. Walker Occ. \

3 Hen y M c Keon Les. ) _ c ,

J. 77 Bancker St. do.

do. Occ. \



21 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 741

4 A. M c Donald Own.) CQ

S. D. Vandenburg 58 Chad St




5 J. Mowatt Jr. .

T ^ ,, ' ~ I 87 Nassau St. do.

J. Connolly Occ. \

6 Thos. W. Thorne Own. & Occ. 1 Hudson St. do.

7 [53] Mr. Oliver Own.) _

n -r r ~ > 3 Hudson St. do.

C. Kelly Occ. ^

(Signed) Geo. Cuming City Inspector

The Comptroller reported that he had examined the Account of
Stephen Allen Esqr. Treasurer of the Board of Health, and stated as
follows :

" Agreeably to vouchers produced there has been expended from July

1. 1819 to Feb. 1. 1820 .......................................... $4,506.87

The Treasurer has received by Warrants ........................... 4,500.



Leaving a balance due to him of $6.87



For which sum a Warrant is reported this day.

(Signed) G. N. Bleecker Comptroller,
which was directed to be filed.

He also reported the following list of public property which may
be disposed of the present season : Viz.

The Cellar under Duane Market.

do under Greenwich Market.

The Flag Staff at the Battery.

The Engine house Room in Rose Street.

do. do. in Roosevelt Street.

[54] The Engine-house room in Beaver Street.

The easterly part of Lots 31. 32 Common Lands at the Powder
House.

The Lots 84 110. 163. 188 Common Lands.

The House & Lot at Brooklyn occupied by John Gildersleeve near
the Ferry.

The Dock and Wharf at Brooklyn occupied by William Cutting.

The leases for the above will expire the 1 st May next.

Several lots at Brooklyn under lease are to be renewed as may be
agreed on by Arbitrators.

The pier at Whitehall Slip for the use of a Steamboat let to Aaron
Ogden.

The Ferry at Hoorn's Hook.



742 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Feb. 1820



The Docks & Slips and Street Manure Contracts will expire the
1 st May next.

Several portions of ground remaining unproductive are comprised
in the annual report published in May last.

(Signed) G. N. Bleecker Comptr r

. Whereupon the subject of the Docks & Slips [55] was referred to
the Committee on Wharves, the subject of the Street Manure to the
Special Committee on that subject of which Alderman Taylor is
Chairman and the remainder to the Finance Committee.

The Alderman and Assistant of the Ninth Ward, on the petition
of the Inhabitants of Harlaem for the establishment of a Horse Market
in that Village, reported :

That the prayer of the petitioners, in the opinion of your Com-
mittee, ought to be granted and they accordingly offer the following
resolution :

Resolved that the Inhabitants of Harlaem and its vicinity be per-
mitted to establish a Horse Market in that village

(Signed) George B. Thorp
William A. Davis
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Market Committee, on the petition of John Keyser for Stall
No. 22 Washington [56] Market, reported the following resolution:
Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner be granted.

(Signed) Herm s Tallman
Stephen Allen
J. J. Westervelt
John Hone.

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Market Committee, on the petition of John M. Hall to vend
improved butter in market, reported :

That they have examined the butter prepared by the petitioner
and consider it an improvement calculated to excite emulation in those
who supply our Market with that article of consumption.

The principal process prepared by the petitioner appears to be the
reworking of the Butter, putting it in handsome form by means of
moulds prepared for the purpose and, by the aid of vessels so con-
structed with tin tubes as to admit a sufficiency of ice, [57] bringing
it to Market in the summer months in a hard and firm condition.

The Committee cannot perceive that any injury will arise from
granting a limited permit to the petitioner but some improvement in



21 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 743

the Article may result from it, and they therefore propose the follow-
ing resolution :

Resolved that the Market Committee be authorized to grant a
permit to John M. Hall to vend butter prepared by himself in the
public markets of this City, provided such permit shall not be for a
longer period than nine months from this date.

(Signed) Hermanus Tallman
Stephen Allen
Jno. J. Westervelt
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee on Public Offices, on the petition of J. Farrington
and others, reported:

That in their opinion the petitioners are entitled to a reasonab[l]e
compensation [58] for their services and therefore offer the following
resolution :

Resolved that a Warrant pass in favor of the Coroner for Six
dollars to be paid by him to the petitioners referred to in the annexed

(Signed) Benjamin Crane
Samuel Stevens
John Morss
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee on Public Lands & Places, on the memorial of
Robert Macomb on the subject of supplying the City with water, pre-
sented a report which was read, the further consideration postponed
and it was directed to be printed for the use of the Members.

The Street Committee, on the petition of Samuel Paxton, reported :
That they have considered the subject and are of opinion that the
prayer of the petitioner may be granted. They there- [59] fore pre-
sent the following resolution :

Resolved that Samuel Paxton be permitted to sell household furni-
ture in front of his premises on Chamber Street, he conforming to the
Ordinance regulating Sales at auction.

(Signed) Jacob B. Taylor
Asa Mann
John Morss
S. P. Brittain

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Special Committee, appointed by the resolution of last meeting
to consider if any and what retrenchments may be made in the public
expenditures, presented a report which was read, the consideration



744 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Feb. 1820



thereof postponed and it was directed to be printed for the use of the
Members.

The Draught of a Bill to be presented to the Legislature to amend
the Law in relation to the Assistant Justices was pre- [60] sented and
referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legislature.

The Counsel, agreeably to order, presented a Memorial to the Legis-
lature and a Bill corresponding therewith, entitled " An Act for the
establishment of a Court of Common Pleas in the City and County of
New York and for the appointment of a First Judge of the same ;
which was read and the further consideration postponed.

The Counsel, to whom had been referred the petition of James
Buckley, reported that in his opinion the petitioner would be subject
to the penalty of the Law if he removed the house in question: which
was read & referred to the Committee on the Fire Department.

The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury 14 th inst 183.44

Reed Tax 1819 2d, 4th 5th 6th Wards 9000.

[61] Received for Wells & Pumps 150.

" Canal Street Sewer 6000.

" Streets 2619.23

" Fourth Street 100. 18,052.67



27 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek Watch 1st district 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark- do. 2<* do 756.

Bleakley & Brower do. 3 d do 462.

G. N. Bleecker Comptroller 1 qr. 15th inst 500.

Thomas Franklin Ch. Engf 1 qr. 18th j nst 200.

William S. Smith, Collector of City Revenue 1 qr. 22 d

instant 200.

John Wyman Clerk of Sessions to pay Witnesses 12.

Stephen Allen Esqr. Treasurer to Board of Health

balance acct 6.87

Pinkerton & Forgye acct paving Broadway to Art Street. . 800.
Thos. Lovett acct pavs Reed St. from Washington St. to

Bulkhead 500.

John Quin account paving Thompson Street 300.

Pinkerton & Forgye acct pavs Market St 300.

[62] John Quin account paving Sullivan Street 200.

Henry Cochrane account paving Washington Street 200.

James Meghan account paving Elm Street 120.

William Mackin paving Side walks of 2 lots Eldridge

Street 18.29

William Mackin paving Side Walk of Lot 639 Eldridge

Street 7.10



28 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 745

W m Mackin repairing Side Walk corner Washington &

Warren Sts 6.40

Jno. Williams regg 4 th Street from Bowery to 6 th Avenue 200.

John Gallagher First Instalment Well in Green Street 39.60

Hugh Donocho First Instalment Well in Thompson Street 34.80

Mechanics Bank for Bond 9 July 1819 & Interest Canal St.

Sewer 5043.75

J. P. Roome Supt. Reprs. for repairs 750.

J. P. Roome Supt O f Repairs for Lamp Department 150.

(63] J. P. Roome Supt o f Repairs for Watch Department 24.

Richd Furman Super intendant of the Alms House 5000.

Richd Furman Supt Almshouse for 3d Avenue 1000. 18,028.06



Balance $24.61

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[64] In Common Council February 28. 1820.
Present Peter A. Jay Esqr, Recorder.

Aldermen Assistants

John Hone Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

John P. Anthony Herm s Tallman

John Morss Benjamin Crane

Robert McQueen John J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Steph. P. Brittain

George B. Thorp David Board

Stephen Allen Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

A petition of the Fishermen attending at Catharine Market, pray-
ing that the grocery stores in the vicinity of said Market may be
permitted to keep their stores open on Sunday morning until Market
hours, was read and leave given petitioners to withdraw [65] their
petition.

A petition of Edward W. Laight, William Stillwell and John
M c Kesson, stating that having been appointed Assessors for enlarging
Beekman Street and having acted thereon and other Commissioners
having since been appointed they pray their accounts for said services
may be allowed was read and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Memorial from Jacob Rabineau on subject of establishment of
his Marine Baths and praying a location therefor, was read & re-
ferred to the Committee on Wharves.



746 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 Feb. 1820

A Memorial of John Tucker stating that he had invented a machine
for cleaning Streets to which he requested the attention of the Com-
mon Council was read and referred to the Street Committee and the
Alderman of the Tenth Ward.

[66] A Memorial of sundry inhabitants, praying that Charlton
Street may be completed between Washington and West Streets was
read and referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A memorial from sundry inhabitants that Green Street between
Grand and Broome Streets may be filled in was read and referred to
the Street Committee.

A petition of Samuel B. White for further time for payment of
an Assessment on a lot owned by him fronting on Herring Street was
read and referred to the Finance Committee with authority to grant
the prayer of the petitioner.

A petition of John Ford for appointment to the Office of Measurer
of Lumber and a recommendation in favor of the appointment of John
Van Wart as Keeper of Potters' field, were read and referred to the
Com- [67] mittee on Applications.

A petition of Stephen Crane Jr. and Nathan Joy, praying remission
of fine incurred by selling liquor without licence was read and referred
to the Police Committee with authority to grant the prayer of
petitioners.

A petition of the Keeper and Assistant Keepers of the City Prison,
praying for reasons stated in said petition that the Salaries heretofore
allowed to them may not be reduced, was read and laid on the Table.

A petition of Peter Parsells, stating that he was Contractor for
digging out and filling in certain Streets and was to have for his own
use the high ground in Perry Street which he was interdicted by the
Street Commissioner from taking and praying relief was read and
referred to the Street Committee.

[68] A petition of Andrew Backus, stating that he owns a dwelling
house at the intersection of the 6 th Avenue and Cornelia Street and
praying that it may be permitted to remain until the public improve-
ments shall render its removal necessary was read and referred to
the Road Committee.

A Memorial from the President and Directors of the Manhattan
Company, praying to be refunded certain Assessments paid by them
for opening the 8 th and 9 th Avenues thro' the property of Thomas B.
Clarke was read and referred to the Counsel and Street Commis-
sioner.

A petition from Robert Latimer for permission to exhibit a



28 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 747

Camera Obscura in the Streets was read and referred to the Street
Committee.

A Memorial from certain Inhabitants, praying that the pay here-
tofore allowed to per- [69] sons serving on the City Watch may not
be reduced, was read and laid on the Table.

A remonstrance from sundry Inhabitants against permitting the
Sale of Articles by Auction, was read and referred to the Committee
on Public Offices.

A Presentment of the Grand Jury for the Sessions of February,
recommending that all persons under 15 years of age who may be
committed to Bridewell be confined in a separate apartment to preclude
intercourse with persons of mature age, as the confinement of young
with old offenders is in the opinion of the Grand Jury injurious, was
read and referred to the Commissioners of the Almshouse.

A petition from Peter Charles L'Enfant, addressed to his Honor
the Mayor, stating the services rendered by him in devising the plan
and superintending the erection of the Old City Hall for which he
received [70] no compensation altho' a grant of Ten Acres of land in
the outward \vas on 9 th October 1789 voted to him and praying the
Corporation to take his case into consideration, was read and referred
to the Finance Committee.

A Memorial from Joshua L. Pell, Clerk of the Justice's Court of
the 1 st , 2 d & 3 d Wards, in reply to the petition of Thomas Fessenden,
Justice of said Court, requesting the removal of said Pell, was read
and referred to the Committee on Applications to the Legislature.

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

Fire Engine Companies.

No. 9.

James O. Rich Taylor No. 9 Wall St. 1 st Ward vice Abraham
A. Slover Resigned

No. 10.

Fred k Honson Chair maker Crosby St. 8 th Ward [71] vice
Nicholas Andres Resigned.

No. 11.

William P. Evans. Mercht. 8 Front St. 1 st Ward vice Hugh
Monro resigned.

Joseph Jamison Sadler. 101 Pearl St. 1 st Ward vice Benjamin
M. Brown appointed Fire Warden of the First Ward.

John Gregory Jr. account 1 26 Moore St. 1 st Ward vice William P.
Harris resigned.



748 CITY or NEW YORK 28 Feb. 1820

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

1 George Janeway Own. Cherry St. A Lot

2 S. Jones Jr. do. Chapel St. do.

3 B. Armitage do. Rivington St. do.

4 J. Seely do. Hester St. do.

5 T. C. Butler do. do. do.

6 William H. Pinckney do. do. do.

7 James N. Wells do. do. do.

8 Daniel Mack do. } ^ Duane gt A Pri
J. Halsey Occ.^

(Signed) G. Cuming ity Insp r

[72] The Committee on Public Offices, on the account of the extra
Bill of the Attorney, reported: That the account is made out agree-
ably to the resolutions of the Board regulating his fees. They offer
the following resolution :

Resolved that the Attorney of the Board pay to the Chamberlain
the balance of this account.

(Signed) Samuel Stevens
John Morss
Benj n Crane
Thomas Bolton

which was approved, the resolution adopted and the balance $334.29
cts. directed to be paid accordingly.

The same Committee, on petition of the Reverend John Stanford,
reported :

That they consider the services of this gentleman as valuable to
these establishments and to the Community at large and that he should
be suitably rewarded [73] therefor. They therefore offer the follow-
ing resolution:

Resolved that a Warrant pass in favor of the Reverend John
Stanford for the sum of $300. in full for his past year's services.

(Signed) Samuel Stevens
John Morss
Benjamin Crane
Thomas Bolton

which was approved, the resolution adopted, and the Comptroller
directed to report a Warrant accordingly.



28 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 749

The Committee of Assessments, on the Memorial of A. Stagg and
others on the subject of Assessments on Washington Street, reported:
That they have made the necessary enquiry and find no reason why it
should be referred back to the Assessors again. It appears to your
Committee that the Assessment is all correct except that of Mr.
Abraham Stagg who is overrated by mistake in figures. He was put
down in the Assessment 271 instead [74] of 217 loads, which was 54
loads more than was intended by the Assessors : and it is also acknowl-
edged by the Contractor Mr. Smith that it is a mistake and that he is
willing to deduct 54 loads from Mr. Stagg. Your Committee there-
fore beg leave to offer the following resolution :

Resolved that 54 loads be deducted from Mr Abraham Stagg's
Assessment and that the Collector be instructed to collect the
remainder.

(Signed) J. J. Westervelt
E. W. King
Thomas Bolton
Jno. P. Anthony
John Morss

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Canal Committee, on the Memorial of Smith Bloomfield,
reported :

That they have enquired of the Street Commissioner in relation to
the matters set forth in the said Memorial [75] That the Street Com-
missioner represents to your Committee that the memorialist Mr.
Bloomfield entered into a contract with the Corporation to build the
Sewer in Chapel Street, to be done after the manner described in
said Contract, subject to the inspection of the Street Commissioner
and a Superintendant to be appointed ' for that purpose, and that any
work or materials disapproved by the said Street Commissioner or
Superintendant should be forthwith taken down or removed and the
same rebuilt so as to be approved by them :

That during the progress of building said Sewer the said Con-
tractor has repeatedly refused to comply with the directions of the
Street Commissioner and the said Superintendant in relation to the
workmanship and materials thereof, but went on in building the said
Sewer in his own way regardless of the directions of the said Street
Commissioner and Superintendants and of the covenants contained in
said contract, in consequence whereof the said Superintendant [76]
has refused to approve the said work and to give a certificate thereof,



750 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 Feb. 1820

and the Street Commissioner refuses to accept of it as being completed
according to the contract.

By the contract the Contractor is to be paid for the work as the
Assessment to be imposed therefor is collected. In consequence of
the difficulties as above stated no measures have as yet been taken to
make the Assessment. Of this the Contractor complains as a great
hardship, as he is thereby kept out of a large sum of money.

Under all the circumstances of the case the Committee are of
opinion that it would be inexpedient for the Board to interfere, but
that the subject should be left with the Street Commissioner with
powers to make such arrangements to adjust the same as may be just
and equitable. They therefore recommend the adoption of the follow-
ing resolution :

[77] Resolved that the subject of the Memorial of Smith Bloom-
field, the Contractor for building the Sewer in Chapel Street, be re-
ferred to the Street Commissioner and that he be authorized to make
such arrangements for adjusting the same as may be just and
equitable.

(Signed) John Morss

Shivers Parker
Herm s Tallman

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee on the Fire Department, on the Memorial of J.
Jones & Son, reported :

That they have viewed the said Store situated in the First Ward
and find that there are two Counting Rooms, one on the first and one
on the second floor of the said Store in which fire is kept and also
that the hemp is stored against the chimney and in the opinion of your
Committee is dangerous. They respectfully recommend the following
resolution : Resolved [78] that the prayer of Joshua Jones & Son
ought not to be granted.

(Signed) J. P. Anthony
Herrn 3 Tallman
Robert M c Queen

which was approved and the Clerk was directed to furnish the peti-
tioners with a copy of the report.

The same Committee, on the petition of Peter Schermerhorn,
reported :

That your Committee have viewed the said Stores and are of
opinion that permission ought to be granted to the petitioners to con-



28 Feb. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 751

tinue the quantity they have in their Stores but not to increase the
same. The following resolution is respectfully submitted :

Resolved that Peter Schermerhorn and Sons be permitted to con-
tinue the quantity of hemp now in their stores No. 226 Front St. &
No. 241 Water Street but not to increase the same.

(Signed) R. M c Queen: H. Tallman
[79] which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee of Wharves, piers and Slips, on the Memorial of
sundry Inhabitants respecting obstructions experienced by Market
Boats at Coenties Slip by vessels from the eastward occupying the
same for a length of time for selling fish, reported :

That they have had the subject of said petition under consideration,
and, in order that a correct understanding of the grievances com-
plained of might be had, a personal conference with a Committee of
the petitioners was requested and obtained by your Committee. The
evils complained of by the petitioners are that within the last 2 or 3
years vessels from the State of Massachusetts, wholly laden with
salted fish, have almost exclusively occupied the Coenties Slip for the
purpose of retailing their said cargoes, thereby driving from their
accustomed place of resort the river craft with produce and the Market
Boats from [80] the surrounding country to the great injury and
inconvenience of the Inhabitants of the neighbourhood and of the
petitioners in particular. Your Committee are informed and believe
that many of the petitioners have contributed largely toward the
accommodation for Sloops and Market Boats in that part of the City
and have also loaned money to the Corporation at less than legal
interest for the purpose of building the necessary piers in that vicinity,
beside ceding to the public a valuable water right between Coenties
and Exchange Slips without any claim on the Treasury whatever
for said cession or the awards of large sums by a jury for improving
and increasing the value of their property as in a case very recent in
another part of this City. The only consideration expected by the
petitioners for the sacrifices thus made was an improvement in their
business by the accommodation offered to vessels bringing the produce
of our country from this and the ad- [81] joining States; but of this
they are now deprived by the admission of vessels to the said Slip not
entitled by the Corporation ordinance to enter on yearly pay.

The Committee are of opinion that the complaint of the petitioners
is well founded and calls for the interference of the Board, and that
measures ought to be adopted to remedy the evils they are experi-



752 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 Feb. 1820

encing; but they do not feel themselves authorized to recommend any
addition to the piers in that part of the City as the measure, in their
opinion, is not imperiously called for and the finances of the Cor-
poration will not permit additional expence for that object.

The Committee therefore recommend that an Ordinance be passed
excluding all vessels from lying in Coenties Slip from and after the
day of next, except such as are designated by law

as vessels which are to pay a yearly wharfage on their first coming
to lie at any of the Wharves or Slips belonging to the Corporation
under the [82] penalty of dollars for each day such excluded

vessel shall lie at or occupy any of the said Wharves or Slips : and the
Committee offer the following resolution accordingly :

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to prepare an Ordinance
in conformity with the above recommendation.

(Signed) Stephen Allen
Asa Mann
Herm s Tallman
Robert M c Queen

which was approved and the Counsel was directed to report an Ordi-
nance accordingly.

The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the first annual
report of the Bank for Savings, reported:

That they have read with no small degree of interest the document
referred to them, and in their opinion the Bank for Savings bids fair to
be a great and lasting blessing to this community, particularly to [83]



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