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that he is entitled to relief, for which purpose, they respectfully sub-
mit the following Resolution.



29 May 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 167

Resolved, That the Comptroller instruct the Collector of the Ninth
Ward, (on being shown the receipt given to Charles Wilkes for the
personal Tax for the Year 1819. paid in the First Ward) to decline
collecting the personal Tax assessed on him in the Ninth Ward in
the same Year, noting in the margin of his Tax Book the reason
therefor.

Cha s Town Ch r
Rob. Swartwout

(Signed) Tho* S. Townsend
Tho. Bolton
John P. Anthony

\Vhich was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Road Committee on the Petition of the Proprietors of Land
adjoining the Tenth Avenue presented a Report which was read, and
the consideration postponed.

[43] The Committee on Public Lands and Places on the Petition
of Sophia Usher Reported :

That the Petitioner prays leave to erect a small building on the
west edge of the Park, opposite this Hall for the purpose of vending
Soda water, she represents that her late husband was the first person
who introduced the use of Soda water in this City or in the United
States ; that she is a widow with four small Children to support, and
is without property. She further says, she is willing to pay a reason-
able ground rent if required.

Your Committee are however of opinion, that the prayer of the
Petitioner ought not to be granted, in as much as the proposed Build-
ing would be an improper incumbrance, and particularly so when the
Iron fence is completed on that side of the Park. The Committee
therefore recommend the adoption of the following Resolution.

Resolved, That Mrs. Usher have leave to withdraw her Petition.

Isaac Emmons

(Signed) Gerard De Peyster
Sam 1 Tooker
Shivers Parker

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

[44] The same Committee on the Petition of Thomas Patrick,
Reported :

That said Patrick asks leave to exhibit Fire Works on the fourth
of July next in the Park, for the amusement of the public, and also
for the benefit of some Charitable Institution.



168 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 May 1820

The Committee beleive that the advantages to be obtained by such
an exhibition will not be an equivalent for the damage likely to be
done to the fences and public grounds. They are therefore of opinion,
that the proposal ought not to be accepted.

Sam 1 Tooker

(Signed) Shivers Parker
Isaac Emmons
Gerard De Peyster

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of Inhabitants residing near
Potters Field, complaining of the interments at that place which was
presented on 6 th September last, presented a Report, recommending a
reference of the subject to the Board of Health. Whereupon, it was
Ordered, that the same be handed to the Board of Health when the
same shall be organized.

[45] Alderman Tooker presented the following:

Resolved, That a Committee of five persons be appointed for the
purpose of opening a correspondence with the Secretary at War, or
other proper Officer of Government at Washington with the view of
ascertaining on what terms a relinquishment of the ground and Fort
called the W T est Battery may be obtained for the public use of this
City ; which was referred to, Alderman Tooker, Alderman Thorp,
Alderman Swartwout, M r Parker & M r Bolton.

M r Emmons presented a Resolution directing the Street Commis-
sioner to enforce the Law respecting sweeping the Streets, which was
directed to be referred together with a consideration of the whole
subject to the Street Committee.

His Honor the Mayor informed the Board that he had received
from Commodore Evans an invitation for the Members of the Board
to assemble at his House at the Navy Yard on Long Island tomorrow
at Y* past 10 Clock and to view from thence the launching of the
Line of Battle Ship lately built by the United States at that place.

[46] He also added, that in behalf of the Fulton Steam Boat Com-
pany, he had the pleasure to offer to them for their conveyance across
the River, the use of the Steam Boat Connecticut, which would start
precisely at 10 Clock ; Whereupon it was Resolved, That the Board
accept the said Invitations.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in the Treasury 22d Inst $94. 12

Rec'd for Tax 1st, 2*, 4th, 7th Wards 13,500.00

13,594.12



29 May 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 169

28 Accounts Audited.

Anderson Leek, Watch 1st District 981 . 75

Hibberd & Clark, DO 2d DO 645.75

Bleakley & Brower, DO 3d DO 393.75

Ogden Edwards, Counsellor 1 Q" Salary 27 th Instant 100.00

Heirs of Daniel Smith, Expenses on a Lot of ground sold

for Arrears of Tax, and not disbursed by the Corporation 8.00

Amos Corning, Sundry Surveys, Maps and profiles 1,237.17

P. Debaum, Ace 1 regulating Bleecker and Herring Street

from McDougal to Carmine 700.00

[47] J. Bailey, Acct regulating North Street from Willet to

Lewis Street 500.00

H. Smith, Ace 4 Curbing and flagging Washington Street

from Carlisle to Rector 200.00

S. Bloomfield, Acct paving Chapel Street from Canal to

near Leonard 200.00

Ja s Pinkerton, paving side walk of Lot corner Bowling

Green and State Streets of M r Dale, a Lein on the Lot. . 100.54

Alex r H. Mooney, repairing sundry Intersections Streets.. 12.40
H. Donocho, balance of Well Laurens Street near Bleecker

St 42.90

John Conway, 1st Instalment Well Roosevelt Street between

Batavia and Cherry 20.00

Ab m Storms, Acct building Bulkhead foot of Broad Street

pr Contract 596.90

G. Snethen, Superintending and lighting Lamps 1 Month to

1st June 636. 15

G. Sickels. Keeper City Prison in full for fees to 1 st May

1820 273.75

[48] James Warner, Special Justice 1 Q" Salary 26th Instant 189.55

James Hopson, DO DO 1 Qrs Salary 26th Instant 189.55

Charles Christian, DO DO 1 Qrs Salary 26th Instant 189.55

Peter Townsend, Clerk Police 1 Q r s Salary 26th Instant. . . . 189.55

R. Stephens, Asst Clerk DO 1 Qrs Salary 26th Instant.... 200.82
Geo. B. Raj-mond, for Officers conveying persons to City

Prison 1 Qr 26th i nst 81 .87

J. Hays, for Officers Extra Service in Police Office 1 Q r
26th i ns t 53.00

J. Hays, for Officers conveying Prisoners to Penitentiary 1
Qr 26th Inst 41.00

H. Waterbury, work at Mud Machine 12 days to 28 th Inst. . 86.12

J. P. Roome, Superintendant Repairs, for repairing Pier
west side Burling Slip, Corporations one half, and Cor-
poration pier foot of Roosevelt street 624.00

Richard Furman, Superintendant Alms House 5,000.00

13,494.07



Balance $100.05



[49] The Board adjourned to Monday next 5 Clock.



170 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 June 18-20

In Common Council June 5 th 1820.

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

Peter A. Jay Esquire Recorder,

Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker Thomas Bolton

Thomas S Townsend Abraham Valentine

John P. Anthony Hermanns Tallman

Robert Swartwout Charles Town

Robert M c Queen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann Stephen P. Brittan

David Board Isaac Emmons

George B. Thorp Gerard De Peyster

Stephen Allen Judah Hammond

The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

A Petition of Solomon Seixas Auctioneer [50] praying to be per-
mitted to sell goods at Auction in Wall Street as heretofore allowed ;
was read and referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A letter was received from Edward M c Laughlin Commissioner of
Excise, stating, that several Tavern Keepers had refused to take out
the Excise License from him, alledging that according to the Charter
of the City, they having taken the Mayors License for retailing
Exciseable Liquors by small measures to be drank in their Houses,
no other License is necessary; and that the Law of 1801. directing and
authorising such a License is unconstitutional. That the opposition
to taking out such License is very general throughout the several
Wards; that he has directed Suits to be brought against several of the
delinquents, which he understands will be contested ; that able Counsel
have been employed by them, and as he understands a considerable
sum raised to support the defence ; that he submitted these facts to
the Common Council for their consideration, that he might receive
their advice and direction in the premises. Whereupon, the same was
referred to the Counsel.

[51] A Petition of Elizabeth De Peyster remonstrating against the
sum assessed upon her for the expenses of constructing the Minetto
Sewer ; was referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of John Evans for Stall N 14 Washington Market, was
referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of William S. Ross for purchase or lease of a small
gore of ground belonging to the Corporation adjoining his Lot N 133
Anthony Street, was read and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Martin Wallin for remission of fine for firing a
Squib in the Street, and a Petition of Patt Fitzpatrick for remission of



5 June 1620 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 171

penalty for not complying with an Ordinance directing the filling in of
a Lot, were referred to the Police Committee with authority to remit.

J

A Petition from John Charles for relief from an Assessment for
opening Canal Street laid on a Lot formerly owned by him and taken
to open Chamber Street with a Certificate of one of the [52] Special
Jury that the sum awarded M r Charles for his Lot was to extinguish
all claims on either side ; was referred to the Finance Committee with
authority to grant relief.

A Petition of Thomas Pringle was received stating, that the Com-
mittee of Assessment in their Report on his Petition of the 27 th March
last for relief from a Tax Assessed on him, directed that the sum of
$14 2 %oo be remitted to Petitioner, whereas Petitioner had already
paid the whole of the Tax to the Collector ; He therefore prayed the
Comptroller might be directed to report a Warrant in his favor for
said sum ; which was directed to be referred to the Committee on
Assessments.

A Petition of James Gray praying further time for paying an
Assessment laid on Lots owned by him corner of Canal and Chappie
Streets, was read and referred to the Finance Committee, with
authority to grant the request.

A Petition of Peter Young praying that the Sewer in Ferry Street
may be repaired, was referred to the Street Committee.

[53] A Petition of Hallock and Farnham for permission to place
building materials in the Street near Washington Market, was re-
ferred to the Street Commissioner with authority to comply with
request of Petitioners.

A Petition of Gould and Banks offering to supply the Corporation
with the Laws of the State at a discount of one third from the retail
price was referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition that Broome Street between Varick and Sullivan Street
may be paved, was referred to the Street Committee.

A Complaint of sundry Inhabitants against the present Deputy
Clerk of the Fly Market (Peter Ammennan) for incompetency and
neglect of duty ; and a recommendation of Isaac C. Loper for an
appointment to said Office, were referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition from J. Carrow for permission to construct a Vault in
Courtlandt Street, was referred to the Street Commissioner to grant on
the usual terms.

[54] A Petition of Samuel Evans Lessee of Ferry from foot of
Walnut Street, praying that in the extension of the Lease of the Ferry
at Catherine Slip to Rodman Bowne, he may be restricted to running



172



CITY OF NEW YORK



5 June 1820



two Horse Boats and no more on said Ferry was referred to the
Ferry Committee.

A Remonstrance against the Petition for regulating and paving
Sullivan Street was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Henry Hutchins for appointment as Deputy Clerk
to Fly Market or some other appointment, was referred to the Com-
mittee on applications.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants objecting to the assessment
for the expenses of the Sewer in Minetto Street. Also objections on
the part of Thomas W. Ludlow against said Assessment were severally
read and directed to be referred to the Committee on Assessments.

The following Report from the Board of Supervisors was received.
And the Comptroller was directed to report a warrant agreeably
thereto.

The Committee to whom was referred the Ac- [55] counts of the
Sheriff, and other Officers of Justice beg leave to make the further
Report.

They have examined the Accounts and Vouchers of James L.
Bell, Sheriff of the City and County, for services of sundry Peace
Officers, and find there is due to

Jacob Hays $502.50



John Sidell

George B. Raymond...

Abner Curtis

Thomas Cornell

John M c Mannus

Francis Tillou

John Farrington

Azel Conklin

Isaac Bogert

Isaac Trowbridge

Joseph Dunkley

William Dusenbury ....

William Chevers

John Ackerman

Thomas Parker

William Peters

Christian Brown



400.50

214. 5u

214.50

217.50

108.

214.50

214.50

214.50

267.

394.50

238.50

360.

396.

396.

90.

36.
7.50



Robert Phillips ...

James Norris

Samuel A. Smith. .

James G. Finn

Philip Garniss
John W. Campbell

Peter Hogar

Rufus Seely ,

Frazier Harris
Henry Graham
John Richardson . .

John Striker

John M. Lester. . . ,
Samuel Y. Clark. . .

Hugh Spence

Philip Fulkerson . .
John D. Bird.



$7.50
7.50
7.50

94.50

39.
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.50
7.50

96.

88.50

88.50

85.50

36.

31.50
187.50



$4,486.50

And that there is due the said Sheriff for refreshments ordered
by the Mayor



807.
4486.50

"$5,293.50
140.15



Dolls. 5,433.65



5 June 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 173

[56] Making the total Amount of Five Thousand four hundred
and thirty three Dollars and sixty five Cents which Amount the Com-
mittee beleive ought to be paid, and therefore recommend the adop-
tion of the following Resolution.

Resolved, that a Warrant be issued for Five Thousand four hun-
dred and thirty three Dollars and sixty five Cents, for the payment
of James L. Bell's Accounts in full for the services of Marshal's &c.
up to the 13 th May last.

(Signed) Sam 1 Tooker
Stephen Allen
P. A. Jay
Geo. B. Thorp

Which Report was approved and the Resolution adopted.

(Signed) J. Morton

Sec y Board of Supervisors.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for regulating
and paving Provost Street, between Washington and West Street,
which was confirmed and John G. Betts was appointed Collector ;

Also for a Well and Pump in Roosevelt Street between Batavia
and Cherry Street, which was confirmed and Morris De Camp ap-
pointed Collector.

The Street Commissioner on the Petition of [57] Richard Bell, Re-
ported in the following words :

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the Petition of
Richard Bell praying to be permitted to remove a building from Har-
man Street to Orange Street,

Respectfully Reports, That on 23 d day of June 1817. an Ordi-
nance was passed prohibiting the removal of any frame building,
along, or across any of the Streets of this City to the Southward of
Grand Street, and a line continued from the W T est end of Grand
Street through Sullivan and Canal Street to the Hudson River, under
the penalty of $250. for each offence.

But as several persons have been permitted to remove Houses on
trucks or Carriages by different Committees to whom their applica-
tions have been referred. The Street Commissioner offered the like
priviledge to M r Bell which he declined accepting; as his intention
was to remove it on rollers, but which the undersigned did not think
himself authorised to grant, especially when their [there] is an Ordi-
nance to the contrary.

There are but few cases where the removal of those old Buildinsrs,



174 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 June 1820

produce any great saving to the Owners, while on the other hand, the
incumbrance, hazard, and breaking up the pavements [58] is a serious
injury to the public, and subjects the Owners of property to the ex-
pense of repairing the Street through which they pass.

All which is Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) John M c Comb

S* Commissioner
Which was approved and directed to be filed.

He also on the Petition for paving S l Johns Alley Reported,
That in his opinion the statement of the petitioners is correct, and
that granting their prayer will be of advantage to the adjoining prop-
erty. He has therefore enclosed the Draft of an Ordinance for that
purpose, if it should meet the pleasure of the Common Council.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) John M c Comb

S* Commissioner

Which was approved, and the Ordinance presented was passed.

The Attorney reported the following complaints made to him, which
were referred to the Committee on Public Offices, Viz 1

Against Mess rs Tucker & Carter for rebuilding [59] a pair of
Stairs higher than the Law permits,

And against Mess 1 " 3 Dobbs & Furman Street Contractors for not
removing the dirt from Vandewater Street, Pump Street and from
Hester Street.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of sundry
Nuisances which were passed, Viz 1

N 1 A. White, Owner, 74 & 76 Nassau S* Lots

2 J. Knox, Executor, Grand Street, D

3 T. L. Ogden, ' Owner, D D

4 Abijah Hammond, D D D

5 D D Green Street, D

6 D D D D
G. H. Van Wagener, D Laurens Street, D"

8 J. Bertolf, D Thompson Street, D a

9 Mrs. Everson, D D D

10 A. L. Stewart, D Sullivan Street, D

11 D D Watts Street, D

12 William S. Ross, D Anthony Street, D

13 Jesse Lyon, Occupant, Broom Street, D 3

14 Jonathan Archer, D Varick Street, D



5 June 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 17.5



15 Samuel Paxton, Owner, 10 , ,

_ ~, U24 Fly Market, a Privy

i. Thornton, Occupant,^

16. S. Miller, Owner, ) ^^ Qa

A. rlynn, Occupant,^

17 B. Pike, Lessee & Occupant, 12 Wall S fc , D

18. [60] W & G. Post, Owner J

J. H. Metzler, Occupant,^

19 T. Stephenson, Owner, ) n

W m Van Wyck, Occupant, \

20. The Trustees of S 1 Peters, 16 Barclay S l , D

21. Jno. Beekman, Owner, Hester S l , D

22. E. Nowlan, Lessee, ) ln ^ ct T ^

' 19 Orange S l , D

D. Cornen, Occupant,^

23. M. Bruen, Owner, } . . p , st DO

- *ii >^>v > XSf * Jt Cdl 1 O .

Mrs. Allen, Occupant, (

24. J. B. Coles, Owner, '] l s ^ h ^
Jno. B. Coles & Sons, Occupants, C

25. J. Bingham, O^vner, } ^ r&mn s DO
b. Iracy, Occupant,^

26. E Journay. O^vner, J ^ provQst DO
John Dennis, Occupant, \

27. R. Moore, Owner, j 3 Varkk gt DO
S. Vandenburg, Occupant,^

(Signed) George Camming

City Inspector

He also presented a Report, recommending that attention should
be paid to the Cellars in the City directing them to be cleansed and
strewed with lime, which was referred to the Police Committee.

[61] The following persons were appointed Fireman the Chief
Engineer certifying the Vacancies. Viz 1

Fire Engine Company

N 1.

Benjamin Pollock, House Carpenter, 3 Thomas S 1 5 th W d vice
John Cooper Resigned.

Richard Hunt, Painter, 241 Duane Street, 5 th Ward vice Isaac
Porter Resigned.

N 3

Oliver L. Clark, Painter, 60 Pearl Street, 1 st Ward vice Tyzack
Hodges joined another Company.



176 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 June 1820

N 6

Samuel Wright, Cordwainer, Greenwich S 4 5 th Ward vice James
Sharp, Deceased.

N 10

David Delancey, Shoemaker, 197 Bowery 10 th ward, vice Samuel
Graham, Deceased.

' ' N 33. ' ' '/

Adam W. Youle, Cooper, Water Street, 7 th Ward, vice Jasper
Miller, Resigned.

[62] John Anthony Weeks, Cooper, Water Street, 7 th Ward vice
Robert Whiston Resigned.

N 36.

Isaac J- Riker, Brick Layer, Hamersly n r Green S l 8 W d vice John
Targay, Deceased.

James Douglass, White & Black Smith, cor. Spring & Sullivan
S 1 8 W d vice John B. Clashing, Resigned.

David Fentin, Cooper, Renwick near Spring S 1 8 W d vice Isaac
Marshall, joined N 41.

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Samuel Evans Esq r requesting that some place in the vicinity of
Walnut Slip be assigned him to run his Horse Boat to, and that the
Slip be extended ;

Report, That the Memorialist holds a Lease from the Corpora-
tion, for a Ferry from Walnut Street New York to Little Street
Long Island, and has now in operation a Horse Boat, running to the
end of the wharf at Walnut Street (tho j at a considerable risk to his
Boat) finding, upon examination that the state of the Slip at the
foot of [63] Walnut Street is such, that his Boat cannot be run
therein in its present condition, he requests that some place in the
vicinity of Walnut Slip be assigned him, to run his Boat to for the
present, by consent of the Owners of the property, and that the Slip
at the foot of Walnut Street be extended so as to afford a safe en-
trance and harbor for a Horse Boat, and stating that for any ex-
pense chargeable to the Corporation in the performance of this re-
quest, he will be responsible, on condition that they will refund him
the same, on taking possession of the property.

Your Committee having duly considered this subject, recommend
that permission be granted the Memorialist, to run his Horse Boat
to any place within 350 feet to the Eastward of Walnut Slip, provided
he obtain the consent of the Owners of the property, and provided



5 June 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 177

also, that it shall not be attended with any expense to the Corpora-
tion.

Your Committee however, are of opinion that the request of the
Memorialist, that the Slip at the foot of Walnut Slip be extended,
ought not to be granted, for the following reasons.

An extension of the Slip would be attended with a very con-
siderable expense; an expense by no [64] means Compensated by the
very low terms, on which the Memorialist obtained the grant of the
lease, Viz 1 Seven years free from Rent, and the last Eight years at
only $100. per annum ; and the Committee are further of opinion, that
the obstruction in Walnut Slip is occasioned by a Deposit of Mud,
which may be removed at a small expense by the Machine used for
that purpose, so as to answer sufficiently well for the accommodation
of a Horse-boat.

The Committee therefore propose the following Resolutions, Re-
solved, that permission be granted the Memorialist to run his Horse
Boat for the present to any place within 350 feet to the Eastward of
Walnut Slip, provided he obtain the consent of the Owners of the
property, and provided, that it be attended with no expense to the Cor-
poration.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to grant the request of the Me-
morialist, for extending the Slip at the foot of Walnut Street.

Respectfully Submitted

Tho s S. Townsend
(Signed.) John P. Anthony
Asa Mann

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee to whom was referred [65] the Report of
the Counsel respecting a lease to Rodman Bowne for the Ferry at
Catherine Slip to Brooklyn,

Reported, That on the 5 th day of January 1818. a Committee of
this Board reported in favor of extending Rodman Bowne's lease of
the Ferry above mentioned to the time at which the Lease of the Ferry
from Beekman's Slip to Brooklyn will expire on condition that he
would put on said Ferry another good and sufficient Horse Bo?t to
be propelled by not less than Eight horses to be approved of by the
Corporation on or before the expiration of one Year, and pay to the
Corporation for the first six years of the said term the sum of
Eighteen hundred Dollars, and for the last seven years the sum
of Two Thousand Dollars per Annum.



178 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 June 1820

That the time limited for putting the Boat upon said Ferry was
subsequently extended one year, that within the time so appointed
M r Bowne did put an additional Team Boat on said Ferry which is
propelled by Eight horses and which is approved of by your Com-
mittee ; Your Committee is therefore of opinion that M r Bowne is en-
titled to an extension of his Lease for the period above mentioned.
M r Bowne's Lease [66] expires on the first of May 1827. The
Lease of the Ferry from Beekman Slip to Brooklyn expires on the
first day of May 1839. twelve years after M r Bowne's Lease. The
report of the Committee above mentioned, provides that he shall pay
$1800. for the first six years of the term during which his Lease is to
be extended, and $2000. for the last seven years, making a period of
thirteen years. This error renders it necessary that a new apportion-
ment should be made of the rent : and the Committee are of opinion
that he ought to pay $1800. Dollars for the first five years and $2000.
for the last seven years of the term.

Your Committee further report that in the Lease which M r Bowne
now holds, there is a proviso, that it shall be lawful for the Corpora-



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