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Own.


3 Orchard St.


Mrs. Herbert


Occ.




M. H. Guion
Mrs. Adams


Own.
Occ.


, 10 Chrystie St.


Jno. Skilman


Own.


2 Allen St.


M. Robinson & C. Dean


Occ.




J. Skilman


Own.


4 do.


L. Brashiere & W. Giles


Occ.




Antony Elton Own


& Occ/ 11 Bayard St.


Jane Ring Les.


& Occ. 13 do.


Mary M c Leod do.


& do. 15 do.


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Less. 54 Division St.


Privy


18


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Own.


& Occ. 60


do


do


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James Jetson


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John Lamere




Occ.


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F. Ward




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Judah Hammond


Own.


& Occ. 140


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Mrs. Cath ne Gordon


Les.


& Occ. 108


do


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26


Miles Oakley


do.


do. 142


do


do


27


Mrs. Mary Ackerman do.


do. 144


do


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Saml. Perry


do.


do. 152


do


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John Akley


do.


do. 150


do


do



(signed) Geo. Cuming

City Inspector.

The Street Committee, on the petition of James R. Mullany,
Reported : " That they have examined and find that the Stairs he
erected are contrary to an Ordinance of the Corporation They there-
fore offer the following Resolution : " Resolved that the Street Com-
missioner inform Mr. James R. Mullany that he must remove his
Stairs erected in Warren Street forthwith."

(signed) J. B. Taylor
Leon d Kip
Shivers Parker
Jno. Morss

which was approved

and the Resolution approved was agreed to.

[283] The same Committee, on the petition for regulating certain
Streets in the vicinity of Greenwich Village, Reported : " That they
have examined the Situation of Greenwich and are of opinion that the
prayer of the petitioners ought to be granted. They therefore offer
the following Resolutions:

" Resolved that the Curb Stone be laid and the Sidewalks and
Carriage Way gravelled in Hudson Street from Charlton to Hammond
Street.



80 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Oct. 1818

; ' Resolved that the following- Streets have the Curb Stone laid
and Side Walks gravelled

Perry Street from Washington to Asylum Street
Charles do. do. do.

Amos do. do. do.

Herring from Christopher to Hammond Street
and that the Street Commissioner prepare Ordinances for the same."

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
Shivers Parker
Samuel Akerly
John Morss
which was approved

The Committee of Repairs, on the account of J. P. Roome,
reported :

" That they have examined the accounts of Jacob P. Roome, Super-
intendant of Repairs, from 9 th April to 15 th October 1818 and
find that he has received by Warrants from [284] the Corpora-
tion $15,125.

For Sundry Articles sold by him 186.01

Balance due the Corporation on last Settlement and now credited.. 31. 5



$15.342.06
He has paid, agreeably to Vouchers produced, 180 Accounts, Amount 15,305.98



Leaving a balance due Corporation to be carried to credit of New

Account 36.08



(signed) Geo. B. Thorp
Leon. Kip
G. N. Bleecker.

The Committee of Repairs would embrace this opportunity of
stating to the Board that the duties of the Superintendant have become
more arduous and extensive than formerly in consequence of many
branches of business coming immediately under his direction. The
economy introduced into this Department by the purchase of sundry
articles wanted for public purposes and the work being done at the
yard, together with the increasing demands necessarily made on the
time and attention of the Superintendant, united with the fidelity and
industry of this public officer, are considerations which have induced
the Committee [285] to recommend to the Board the adoption of the
following Resolution:



26 Oct. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 81

" Resolved that the Salary of the Superintendant of Reprs be
increased Three hundred dollars per annum, making the yearly sum of
Twelve hundred dollars, to commence on the 14 th of November next."

(signed) Geo. B. Thorp
Leonard Kip
W. F. Van Amringe

whereupon the Account was directed to be filed and the Resolution was
agreed to.

The Special Committee, to whom were referred the Remonstrance
of Bailey and Russell and sundry others and also of several of the
Weighmasters against the provision of the late Law regulating Weigh-
masters, reported : " That after the mature consideration that your
Committee have given the subject referred to them they cannot for
a moment hesitate to recommend to the Common Council that the Sub-
scribers to the Remonstrance referred to your Committee have liberty
to withdraw the same. Your Committee would observe that the Law
to regulate the Weighmasters of this City was recommended to the
Common Council as a remedy for the many evils existing in that De-
partment. [286] They could then have but a theoretical knowledge of
the result of its operation in practice ; but from cases analogous they
believed that the full execution of the law would satisfy every reason-
able expectation they had formed. It was stated to be an experiment
which your Committee thought was well worth the trial. If the ex-
periment failed an alteration or a repeal could be speedily made and
but trifling inconvenience ensue to the public. From further reflection
your Committee are still more sanguine that the said law will have
a very beneficial tendency, and that none of the evils represented in the
said remonstrance as likely to result therefrom will arise from its
complete operation. The following Resolutions are respectfully sub-
mitted : "

The first Resolution proposed was as follows :

" Resolved that the Subscribers to a Resigned [Remonstrance] by
Bailey and Russell and others against the Law to regulate Weighmast-
ers have leave to withdraw the same."

The question being taken thereon, and a Division having been
called, it was carried in the affirmative.

[287] Affirm. Aid. Underbill, Morss Taylor Thorp Munson
Messrs. Bolton Anthony Westervelt Parker Akerly Board Schieffelin
Allen. 13.

Negat. Aid. King Van Amringe Buckmaster. Mr. Stevens. 4



82 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Oct. 1818

Alderman Munson then stated that he was requested by Mr. An-
drew R. Miller one of the Subscribers to the Remonstrance from the
Weighmasters to withdraw his name therefrom and he moved that the
same be done which was agreed to. The Second Resolution was
then read in the words following:

" Resolved that the Resignation of the Weighmasters, excepting
Andrew R. Miller, whose names are subscribed to a Remonstrance
on the same subject be accepted by the Common Council."

The names of the Subscribers were called for and appeared as
follows :

William Vandervoort Israel Bedell Sylvester Marius A. R.
Miller Reuben Wright P. R. Pearsall D. D. Crane.

The question being taken on agreeing to the Resolution and a Di-
vision called, it was carried in the Affirmative :

Affir. Aid. Underbill Morss Taylor Thorp Munson Messrs.
Anthony Westervelt Parker Akerly Board Schieffelin Allen 12

Neg. Aid. King V n Amringe Buckmaster. Messrs. Bolton
Stevens 5

[288] The question was then taken on the whole Report and
agreed to.

Mr. Stevens then proposed the following :

' Resolved that the Law lately passed this Board regulating
Weighmasters and appointing a Weighmaster General be suspended,
and that it do not take effect until the fifteenth day of November en-
suing, and that in the mean time the Weighmasters continue the per-
formance of their duties under the present Law, and that a Com-
mittee of this Board be appointed to confer with the Chamber of
Commerce as proposed by them."

The question being taken thereon and a Division called, it passed
in the Negative as follows :

Negative. Ald n Underbill Taylor Thorp Munson Messrs. Anthony
Westervelt Parker Akerlv Board Schieffelin Allen 11.

j

Affirmative. Ald n King Van Amringe Morss Buckmaster Messrs.
Bolton Stevens 6.

The Remonstrance of Sundry Merchants, Traders and Retailers,
the Remonstrance of the Chamber of Commerce and the Memorial
from several Weighmasters, which had been read and [289] laid on the
Table, were now called up and were referred to the former Committee
on Weighmasters.



26 Oct. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 83

Mr. Allen presented the following Resolution :

" Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on the subject of
applications to the Legislature to report their opinion as to the ex-
pediency of applying for laws on the following subjects :

' To authorise the Corporation to raise a Revenue by tax on all de-
scription of pleasure Carriages kept in this City.

' For authority to license all persons following the business of a
Stock or Money Broker and to fix the price per annum for such license.

' For authority to levy a duty on all goods sold by auction in any
of the Streets of this City.

" For authority to enforce the payment of the Commutation Money
due from the people called Quakers in lieu of Militia duty.

' For a law to reduce the fees of the Coroner on persons dying in
the Alms' house, Penitentiary and Bridewell to the same as he receives
at the State Prison." Which Resolution was agreed to.

Mr. Akerly also presented a Resolution referring to the same Com-
mittee to enquire into the propriety [290] of extending the Fire Limits
which was agreed to.

Alderman Taylor presented a Resolution directing the Side Walks
in Hammond Street to be gravelled from Washington Street to Asylum
Street and that the Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance therefor
which was agreed to.

Mr. Akerly presented a Resolution directing the Street Commis-
sioner to enquire into the propriety of paving the Side walks from
Water Street to Gouverneur Street which was agreed to.

A Resolution was presented, referring it to the Committee on
Wharves, Piers and Slips to consider and report on the expediency of
continuing West Street from Charlton Street to the North side of the
Pier at the foot of Spring Street which was agreed to.

Mr. Stevens presented a Resolution referring to the Committee on
Finance to enquire into the State of the Funds and general concerns
of the Society of the Sailor's Snug Harbour and to report to the Board
which Resolution was agreed to.

[291] The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 19th inst 32.66

Reed for Rents 3494.42

" Tax 1818 2d 3d and 8th wards 5750.

" Arrears of Tax 500.

" " Vendue Sales 2500.

" " Streets 1728.61

" Common Lands Sales 3870. 17,875.69



84 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Oct. 1818



Accounts Audited.




Matthew Duboise 15 Watch Caps for First District


60.


Comercial Advertiser 6 mo. Subscrip. 1st ms t


75.


S. McCoun and J. V. B. Varick, Assessors of Tax 1st Ward


271.


A. Valentine and W m M. Fox Assess 1 " 3 2 d ward


265.


H. Talman & N. C. Griffith do. 3 do


275.


L. Hartman & P. Bonnett do. 4 do


230.


G. Sutton & R. Kidney do. 5 do


281.


A. Clark & A. Baudouine do. 6 do


311.


D. Lyon & J. Cox do. 7 do


266.


J. Emmons & N. Schureman do. 8 do


342.50


J. Willoughby & J. Adriance do. 9 do


393.


W. Howell & J. Brown do 10 do


257.


Geo. W. Pitman fixing Drag Rope for Fire Department. .


34.84


[292] Chs. Mooney Acct. pavs Pine St


700.


Jas. Pinkerton do do. Franklin Square


500.


Chs. Mooney act pavs Front St. from Wall to Depeyter St.


200.


Jas. Pinkerton act pavK Mill St


200.


Dav d West do. do. Ludlow St


100.


Jno. Stanley do. regg Bond St


100.


Chs. Mooney bal. pavK Franklin St


137.31


J. M c Comb St. Com r to pay publishs Notices to redeem




lots sold for Assessments


77.33


Allen Shepherd repay* lot purchas d by him in Cliff St




Error in Sum paid


59.44


W m Miller repairs Intersects Streets


7.59


Jno. M c Kinne, B. M c Kinne & Jos. P. M c Kinne Award for




Fourth Street


2998.


Jac. P. Roome Supt Reprs. for Repairs


1200.


Jac. P. Roome do. Corporat n proport n of Reprs.




to Pier No. 12 East River


398.


Jac. Morton Charges Hack hire & 32 d Vol. Minutes Index


113. 9,852.01




Balance $8,023.68



Adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock



2 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 85

[293] In Common Council. Nov. 2. 1818
Present. The Hon. C. D. Colden, Mayor, President.
Aldermen. Assistants.

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anth. L. Underbill Leonard Kip

W. F. Van Amringe John P. Anthony

John Morss Jno. J. Westervelt

George Buckmaster Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Samuel Akerly

George B. Thorp David Board

Reuben Munson Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.

The Mayor presented the Calendar of the prisoners confined in the
Bridewell or City Prison which was directed to be filed. He also made
the following observations respecting the same :

" It appears that there were at the period of that return Fifty seven
persons in confinement, of whom 34 were convicts. Of these 8 are
sentenced by the several Sessions and 26 by the Police Magistrates as
Vagrants or disorderly persons. Four of the remain- [294] ing persons
are indicted and are waiting their trials, and there remain only 19 who
are detained to answer for crimes. Of these 19 one is committed for
counterfeiting, two for grand Larceny, four for petit larceny and
twelve for assault and battery.

" This view of the State of the City Prison is certainly gratifying
inasmuch as it must evidence the remark that the crimes are compara-
tively few and so very few of any magnitude.

" The Mayor since his last report has paid his accustomed visits to
the Bridewell and is happy to observe that it is kept with a cleanliness
and order that do very great credit to the Keeper."

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the Ninth Ward, praying that
the Inhabitants of said Ward may be exempted from the payment of
the Tax laid upon Dogs, was read and referred to the Police Com-
mittee.

An account of Sundry Peace Officers for services in attending to
enforce the Dog Law, having been ordered upon that duty by his
Honor the [295] Mayor, was read and referred to the Police Com-
mittee.

A Petition that Lamps may be erected on the First Avenue as far
as Eighth Street was read and referred to the Lamp Committee.



86 CITY or NEW YORK 2 Nov. 1818

A Petition of Lawrence Martin for Stall No. 47 in Catharine Mar-
ket at present held by Thomas Place who is willing to relinquish the
same, and a petition from Peter P. Roome for Stall No. 7 in Spring
Street Market were read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of James Davidson, stating that he had been charged
by John Marschalk, one of the City Weighers, an improper rate for
weighing some articles, was read and referred to the Committee on
Public Officers.

A Petition of William J. Brower, James W. Anderson, John Camp-
bell and Lewis Angevine for appointment of Weighmaster were read
and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of Alexander James Hamilton, stating that he has re-
ceived an order for filling in [296] Two lots, that those are two cellars
remaining from houses that were burnt and that petitioner intends re-
building them, and praying that instead of filling them up he may be
permitted to enclose the same in a fence, was read and referred to the
Alderman and Assistant of the 4 th Ward with authority to grant the
prayer of petitioner.

A Petition of Alexander Pilebut, to be permitted to set off a Balloon
which he has constructed from the Park in front of the Museum, was
read and leave given petitioner to withdraw his petition.

Petitions of Sylvester Marius, Peter R. Pearsall and Israel Bedell,
stating that they had signed the Remonstrance from the Weighmasters
without intending the same to be considered as a Resignation of their
office and without any idea that the same was couched in disrespectful
terms, and praying to be appointed to said Office, was read. Where-
upon it was Resolved that the prayer of the petitioners be granted and
that they be appointed to the Office of Weighmaster.

[297] A Petition of William J. Waldron and Obadiah Ayres, As-
sistants to the City Inspector, praying an increase of their Salaries,
was read and referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of William Vail, that the Corporation would lease to him
a Lot in Grand Street ceded to them by Abraham Cannon, was read and
referred to the Finance Committee and Comptroller.

A Petition of Nicholas M c Gaviston, praying remission of fine in-
curred by taking water from a pump contrary to the Ordinance re-
specting public pump, was read and the prayer thereof granted on
payment of Costs.

A Petition of James Butler for remission of fine under an Ordi-
nance respecting a Nuisance, was read and referred to the Alderman
and Assistant of the Second Ward.



2 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 87

A Petition of Isaac Valentine, Weigher of Hay, praying the Cor-
poration will devote Gouverneur Slip to the purpose of landing Hay
and forbid the landing of Stone at said Slip, was read and referred to
the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

[298] The Chief Engineer Reported that Engine House No. 16 was
in a decayed State, that the Consistory of the Dutch Church offered a
Lot for an Engine house in Liberty Street, and he recommended ac-
cepting said offer Whereupon the same was referred to the Com-
mittee on the Fire Department and Chief Engineer with authority to
act as they shall judge expedient.

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engineer
certifying the Vacancies :

" Hook and Ladder Company No. 1."

Hugh Speir Cooper Roosevelt St. 4 th ward vice Donald
M c Cleod Resigned.

' Fire Engine Company, No. 6."

John Poland, Blacksmith Murray St. 3 d ward vice Lorenzo
Hitchcock Removed.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of the fol-
lowing Nuisances :

1 Francis Spicer Own. & Occ. Allen St. Lot

2 Peter Wilt. do. do. Chrystie St. do.

3 J. Anderson Own.)

J . TT .. Barclay St. do

Asa Hall Les. \

4 [299] Ann White Own.]

Jas. Thompson Agt. J- 5 Ann St. Privy

W m Jewel Occ. J

5 Thomas Gibbons Own.) , . _

Chrystie St. Lot.
do Occ. \

(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector,
which Ordinances were passed.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for a Well and
pump in Laight Street near Hudson Street and for a Well and pump
in M c Dougal Street which were confirmed and Morris De Camp
appointed Collector in each.

The Street Commissioner presented a Report recommending it to
be referred to a Committee to direct the regulation of the ground in
front of the lots lately sold in front of the Albany Basin which was



88 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Nov. 1818

approved and it was referred to the Street Committee with authority
to act in the premises as they should judge expedient.

He also reported a List of Delinquents on the Assessment for open-
ing Canal Street, and as the Collector after due diligence had been un-
able to collect the same [300] he recommended that the property as-
sessed be advertised and sold agreeably to law which was approved,
and he was directed to proceed to advertise and sell the same agreeably
to the directions of the Statute in that case made and provided.

The Street Committee, to whom was referred the petition of Will-
iam M c Cartee, presented a Report which was read and laid for con-
sideration.

The same Committee, on the petition for regulating North Street,
reported : ; That they have examined the situation of North Street
and find that the prayer of the petitioners ought to be granted: there-
fore offer the following Resolution :

' Resolved that North Street be regulated from Chrystie Street to
Orchard Street and that the Street Commissioner prepare an Ordi-
nance for the same."

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
" John Morss

Shivers Parker
Samuel Akerly
which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

[301] The same Committee, on the petition respecting the paving
of Collect Street, presented a Report which was referred back to the
same Committee.

The same Committee, on the petition for regulating Fourth Street,
Reported : " That they have examined the situation of Fourth Street
and find that the prayer of the petitioners ought to be granted: there-
fore offer the following Resolution:

" Resolved that Fourth Street be regulated from the Bowery to the
Sixth Avenue and that the Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance
for the same."

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Shivers Parker
Samuel Akerly
which was approved and the Resolution agreed to.

The Finance Committee, to whom had been referred the petition of
a Committee of the Inhabitants of Haerlem praying that the collection



2 Nov. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 89

of the Assessments for the Third Avenue might be delayed, Reported :
" That the Assessment amounts to 749 dollars and has been due since
the 4 th day of December 1814 and that there are arrears of taxes due
on the said ground, including the present year, [302] of about 1000
dollars : that the lands alluded to have been advertised according to law
for the payment of said Assessment and Arrears of taxes and are to
be sold on the 3 d day of November instant, unless the claim of the Cor-
poration shall be previously satisfied.

" The Committee are of opinion that a final settlement of the several
claims to these lands is a very desirable event, and that such event
would be materially retarded, if not totally defeated, at least for some
time to come, by a sale of them agreeably to the advertisement alluded
to. They therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolu-
tions :

" Resolved that the people of Haerlem be allowed an extension of
time for the payment of the Assessment for opening the Third Ave-
nue and the Arrears of Taxes on their Common lands to the 1 st day of
October 1819; and that the Street Commissioner and Collector of Ar-
rears of Taxes be instructed not to sell the said lands until the further
order of the Board Provided, however, that the said Assessment, with
the taxes now due, together with the interest and other expences, con-
tinue a lien on said lands.

[303] " The Committee beg leave further to state that the difficul-
ties which appear to exist among the Inhabitants of Haerlem on the
subject of the lands alluded to have led them to believe that the ques-
tion of title can in no other way be so equitably and firmly settled as by
an Act of the Legislature authorizing an umpire between the parties
concerned ; and they therefore propose the following Resolution :

" Resolved that the Committee on Applications to the Legislature
be authorized to consult the subscribers to the annexed petition on the
propriety of petitioning the Legislature to vest the fee of the Common
Lands of Haerlem in the Corporation of this City under such restric-
tions as shall comport with the rights of individuals as well as the in-
terest of the public."

(signed) Stephen Allen

W. F. Van Amringe
" Peter Mesier

Reuben Munson
Samuel Akerly

which was approved and the Resolutions agreed to.



90 CITY or NEW YORK 2 Nov. 1818

The same Committee, on the petition of Thomas Morrell for the
Lease of Two Lots of ground on Long Island originally ceded by him
to the Corporation, reported: "That the said lots are situated [304]
on Long Island at a place called Merrill's point near the landing of
the Ferry at the foot of Grand Street : that they are 50 feet front and
rear and 100 feet deep and are at present entirely unproductive. The
Committee recommend the following Resolution :

' Resolved that a Lease be granted to Thomas Morrell for two
lots of ground belonging to the Corporation on Long Island at Mor-
rell's Point, and that said Lease be given for a term of years so as to
expire at the same time as that held by William Vaile and others for
the Ferry at the foot of Grand Street, at a rent of Forty dollars per
annum for the first seven years and seventy dollars per annum for the
remainder of the term Provided, however, that the lease shall be
executed on the part of said Morrell on or before the 1 st day of De-
cember next, otherwise the provisions herein contained shall be void."



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