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3. Aug s Clawson, Agent, Sheriff Street, D

4. A. L. Stewart, Owner, Watts Street, D
5- DO Agent to } DO D(>

Anna Hunter ^

6. S 1 Booz Lessee & Occupant, D D

7. S 1 Cuff D DO D DO

8. S 1 Delamater, Executor or Agent Beach Street, D*
10. Ja s Beekman Owner ]

John Beekman Agent &}* 12 Essex Street, a Privy

Silvia White Occupant]



226 CITY or NEW YORK 10 July 1820



9. J. Evans, Owner,

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10 Essex Street a Privy



H y Williams C Occupants

11. Frederick Shonnard, Owner, ( ~r ^ <- t

A. Thorne Occupant C

(Signed) George Cuming

City Inspeccur.

The Counsel presented for Execution a Lease to John Vreeland
which was directed to be duly executed.

He also on the petition of Clement Moore and John Jacob Astor
Reported as follows;

[171] "The Counsel to whom was referred the petition of Clement
C. Moore and John Jacob Astor, praying that the Board would consent
to some arrangement by which a judicial decision might be ex-
peditiously obtained as to the right of the Corporation to Assess the
expence of working the Avenues upon those whose property is bene-
fitted thereby.

Respectfully Reports,

That the Board long since after a full investigation of this
subject, were satisfied of their right to impose such Assessments, and
accordingly ordered them to be made; That the petitioners have not
stated any facts, nor is the Counsel aware that any thing has since
transpired, which would tend to show the opinion of the Board
is incorrect. The circumstance of certain individuals wishing to obtain
a judicial opinion upon this subject cannot be a sufficient reason for
deviating from the ordinary course of proceeding. The Courts of Jus-
tice are open to the petitioners in common with all others, and it is not
therefore necessary in order to enable them to obtain justice, that their
request should be complied with, and it is much to be feared, that such
a compliance would essentially interfere with the collection [172] of
other Assessments, by making an impression that this Board entertained
doubts as to their right to levy such Assessments.

The Counsel is therefore of opinion that it is inexpedient to grant
the prayer of the Petitioners.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) Ogden Edwards

Which Report was directed to be filed, and the Street Commissioner
ordered to proceed to Advertise the property for sale.

The Street Committee on the petition for paving Eldridge Street
Reported :



10 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 227

That in their opinion the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be
granted; They therefore offer the following Resolution.

Resolved, That Eldridge Street be regulated and paved from
Broome to Delancey Street and that the Street Commissioner be
instructed to prepare an Ordinance to that effect.

Rob. Swartwout Ch n
S. P. Brittan

(Signed) Isaac Emmons
Asa Mann
Shivers Parker

[173] Which was approved, the Resolution adopted, and the Street
Commissioner immediately presented an Ordinance agreeably thereto,
which was passed.

The Committee of Assessments on the petition of Robert Cheese-
borough Reported as follows.

'The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the Petition
of Robert Cheeseborough, complaining that in the Year 1817. he had
been Assessed for personal Tax in two wards of this City, that he
had paid the Tax in the 9 th Ward amounting to $3 6 %oo and praying
to be relieved from paying $90. assessed on him in the 6 th Ward.

Report, That on an examination of the case, it appears the petitioner
resided the first five months of the Year 1817. in the 9 th Ward, that
on or about the 1 st of June in the same year, he moved into the
6 th Ward, and was a resident there at the time he was assessed.

The fact having been clearly ascertained, that the petitioner did
reside in the 6 th \Vard in 1817. and was regularly Assessed there,
Your Committee are of opinion, that he is [174] bound to pay
the Tax in that ward, deducting however, the $3 6 %oo paid in the
9 th Ward, to effect which, the following Resolution is respectfully,
submitted.

Resolved, that the Collector of Arrearages of Taxes be instructed
to receive from Robert Cheeseborough, Eighty six Dollars and Forty
Cents and the Interest thereon in full of all demands against him for
personal Tax in the 6 th Ward for the Year 1817.

Cha s Town Ch n
Rob. Swartwout
(Signed) Tho s S. Townsend
John P. Anthony
Tho. Bolton

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.



228 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 July 1820

The same Committee on the petition of John Griscom Reported
in the following words ;

"The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the
Memorial of John Griscom, stating, that he had for several years
past been called upon for taxes Assessed on his Academy in Green
Street, and which, he has hitherto paid ; but it appears very clearly in
his opinion, [175] that this property is by the existing law exempt
from taxation, and prays an immunity from the Taxes now Assessed,
and a remuneration for the sums already paid.

Report, that on examining the Case, it appears that the Academy
in question, is the private property of the petitioner, therefore not
exempt from taxation; the Law exempting only those belonging to
the public, Incorporated Societies or any Religious Society. In the
list of exemptions the words "nor any Schoolhouse" are used, but in
the opinion of the Committee only intended to apply to such as are
erected at the expence of the Inhabitants of Villages. Corporations
or Societies, in which a Schoolmaster is employed to teach; and not
where an Academy or Schoolhouse is the private property of an
individual, and who, of course is receiving the emoluments arising
from the establishment, as is the case in the present instance.

With these views of the subject, Your Committee are of opinion,
that the petitioner is not entitled to relief ; and respectfully recommend
the adoption of the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be
granted.

Cha s Town Ch n
Rob. Swartwout

[176] (Signed) Tho s S. Townsend

John P. Anthony
Tho. Bolton

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Canal Committee to whom had been referred the Report of
the Street Commissioner on the subject of the public Sewers, and
recommending that those on Canal Chapel and Collect Streets be
cleaned out.

Reported, that they have examined the subject, and are of opinion,
that the Sewer in Canal, Collect and Chapel Streets ought to be
cleared out ; for which purpose, they submit the following Resolution.



10 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 229

Resolved, that the Superintendant of Repairs, be instructed to
cause the Sewer in Canal, Collect and Chapel Streets, to be cleansed.

Rob. Swartwout Ch n
(Signed) Isaac Emmons

Gerard De Peyster
Shivers Parker

[177] Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips, on the petition of
William Allen, Inspector of Firewood for appointment to some other
District ;

Reported, That the petitioner is one of the oldest Inspectors of
wood in this City, and it is beleived has performed the duties of
that Office with fidelity and correctness ; that his present income has
been nearly nominal for some time past, owing to the removal of
the Vessels that formerly frequented his District; that he has a
family to support and is now too old to engage in any laborious
occupation that the District he prays for is the ninth, which has lately
been added to the one held by John Smith, and produces an income
together of only $441. This sum is nearly the average income of each
Inspector if we except those to the 1 st and 7 th District, which brings
less than $100. and those to the 4 th and 11 th which brings exceeding
$700. each. To the 4 th and 11 th there are two Inspectors appointed,
and their income for the last year, was between [178] Eight and Nine
Hundred Dollars each, twice the Amount of the general average.

The Committee are of opinion, that an additional Inspector may
be appointed to the fourth District, without injustice to the persons
on that station ; as their income would still be greater than the
general average of the other Districts, and as the petitioner is an
old and respectable Citizen, and for more than Twenty Years has per-
formed the duties of Inspector of this City, they beg leave to recom-
mend to the Board his appointment to the aforesaid 4 th District,
and therefore propose the following Resolution.

Resolved, That William Allen be and he hereby is appointed
Inspector of Firewood to the fourth Inspection District, and that he,
together with the Inspectors now on that station, perform the neces-
sary duties of that office jointly, and receive and equally divide the
income derived from the performance of said duties.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen

(Signed) Harmanus Tallman
Asa Mann



230 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 July 1820

Which was approved, the Resolution adopted, and he appointed
to the 4* District accordingly,

[179] The same Committee on the petition of the Importers of
Hay for further accommodation for Hay Boats at Duane Slip,
Reported,

That the present accommodation of the Hay Boats comprises one
birth at the Bulkhead, and the whole of the North side of the pier
N at the foot of Duane Street ; that in the opinion of your Com-
mittee, additional accommodations are necessary for these Boats, but
owing to the rights secured the Lessee of Public Wharves, Piers and
Slips, they have not felt themselves authorised to recommend an ex-
tension of the present accommodation without his concurrence ; that
they have applied to him for that purpose, and have now obtained
his consent to appropriate, in addition to their present priviledge the
west side of the pier they now occupy, which will give them the
exclusive right to the whole of said pier ; the Committee therefore
propose the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the Boats bringing Hay to this City for sale, shall
have the priviledge in preference to all other Vessels, to occupy the
whole of the Pier at the foot of Duane Street, forming the west
side of that Basin.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen

[180] (Signed) Harm 8 Tallman

Asa Mann

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee of Applications on the petition of Walter Fowler
for the appointment of Measurer of Grain Reported in the following
words.

:< The Committee of Applications to whom was referred the petition
of Walter Fowler for Measurer of Grain, have made the necessary-
enquiry, and are of the opinion that the prayer of the petitioner
ought to be granted ; And offer the following Resolution.

Resolved, that Walter Fowler be, and he is hereby appointed a
Measurer of Grain.

(Signed) David Board

Gerard De Peyster

Which was approved, and he was appointed accordingly.

The same Committee on the petition of Isaac Wilkins Jun r for
the appointment of City Weigher Reported in the following words.



10 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 231

"The Committee of Applications to whom was [181] referred
the petition of Isaac Wilkins Jun r for Weighmaster, are of the opinion
that the prayer of the Petitioner ought to be graned; And offer the
following Resolution.

Resolved, that Isaac Wilkins Jun r be and he is hereby appointed a
City Weigher.

(Signed) David Board

Gerard De Peyster

Which was approved, and he was accordingly appointed.

Alderman Thorp presented the following,

Resolved, that a Committee be appointed to select a Scite for a
public Bath, and Report the same to this Board, which was adopted
and the following Committee appointed.

Alderman Thorp, M r Parker, M r Brittan, M r Town & M r Tallman.

Resolved, that the Commissioners of the Alms House, have
authority to appoint, if in their opinion necessary, two additional
keepers of the Penitentiary ; and that if in their opinion proper, some
of the Convicts be employed in cleansing out the Sewers in Canal,
Chappie and Collect Streets.

[182] The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in the Treasury 26th June $44.03

Received for Tax of 1819, 2d 3d, 4th, 5th ;th 5 gth & 9th war ds 14,235.39

Streets 4,654.84

6th Avenue &c 160.56

Wells & Pumps 41.43

Mayoralty Fees 126.50

Commutation of Alien passengers 90.00

Canal Street Sewer 600.00

Collect Street Sewer 300.00

Minetto Sewer 2200.00

Justices Courts, 4 & 6th 5th & gth, ;th & iQth

wards 751 . 58

Arrears of Tax 380.00

Penalties of Adam Mott for light Flour 36.30

23,620.63

25 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek, watch 1st District $981.75

Hibberd & Clark, DO 2d DO 645.75

Bleakley & Brower, DO 3d DO 393.75

Daniel H. Magee, Keepers potters field 1 Month 1st Instant 37.50

Charles Gillman, Keeper Battery 1 Month 1st Instant 33.75

[183] Andrew McCready, Keeper Park 1 Month 1st Instant 33.75

John W. Wyman, to pay Witnesses at Court Sessions 11.50

H. \Vaterbury, work at Mud Machine 12 days 8th Instant.. 93.75



232 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

Haydock & Jenkins, 7 Casks Oil 456.45

Robert Provoost, repairing Lamps 1 Month 1st Instant 86.57

Mechanics Bank, Interest on 12 Bonds 6 Months 1 s * Instant 4,596.62

Peter Bonnett, Interest on Bond 6 Months 3d Instant 113.79

Jas Wallace, Ace* building Minetto Sewer 5,500.00

O. Edwards, Costs in Supreme Court on widening Harman

St 981.68

W m Church, Ace 1 regulating Carmine & Clarkson Street

and 6 th Avenue 500.00

John Randel Jun^, Acct Maps &c. 9th Ward 378.00

H. Weeks, Acct building Sewer Collect Street 300.00

H. Smith, filling Lot corner of Warren & Washington

Streets E. C. Genets lien on Lot 93. 12

[184] Alexander H. Mooney, repairing Intersections, Streets 30.12
Reuben Ayres, for Earth and Stone at sundry Docks &

Slips 139.78

H. Smith, balance regulating and paving Liberty Street

from Greenwich Street to Bulkhead 375.52

H. Cockrane, balance paving Desbrosses Street from Wash-
ington Street to Bulkhead 225.99

T. Lovett, balance Regulating and paving Reed Street from

Washington Street to Bulkhead 1597.96

Richard Furman, Superintendant Alms House 5000.00

S. Allen Esqr, Treasurer Board of Health 1000.00 23,607.10



Balance $13.53

The Board adjourned to this day fortnight.

[185] In Common Council July 24 th 1820.

Present. The Hon bl Robert Swartwout Dep y Mayor, President.

Peter A. Jay Esquire Recorder.
Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker Thomas Bolton

Thomas S. Townsend Abraham Valentine

John P. Anthony Harmanus Tallman

Robert M c Queen Benjamin Crane

Asa Mann Charles Town

David Board Shivers Parker

George B. Thorp Stephen P. Brittan

Stephen Allen Isaac Emmons

Gerard De Peyster
Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

A Petition of William Bruce for remission of fine incurred by the
Sale of Fire works called Crackers, was read and referred to the
Committee of Charity, with authority to grant relief.



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 233

[186] A Petition of Henry Cochrane stating that he is Contractor
for regulating and paving sundry Streets, which Contracts he has
complied with, and as there is delay in collecting the Assessments for
the expences of the same, he prayed that some advance may be made
to him on Account of said Contracts ; which being read was referred
to the Finance Committee.

A Petition that Division Street between Arundle and Grand Street
may be regulated and paved, was read and referred to the Street
Committee.

A Petition for a Well and Pump in Eldridge Street between
Broome and Delancey Street;

For one at intersection of Prince and Mulbery Street ;

For one on corner Pike and Henry Street, were referred to the
Alderman and Assistant of the respective wards and Street Commis-
sioner to report Ordinances therefor.

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the 9 th Ward near the inter-
section of the Bowery and 3 d Avenue complaining of the want of
water, [187] and suggesting the deepening of a Well in Nicholas
William Street, which would remedy the inconvenience they suffer,
was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 9 th Ward to
report thereon.

A Petition of Henry Dickers, stating that he has been Taxed for
fifty six Acres of Land in the 9 th Ward as the property of the late
Hugh Gain, whereas he does not own more than twenty acres and
praying relief, was read and referred to the Committee on Assess-
ments.

A further Petition from Collectors of Corporation Assessments,
praying that as another room cannot be furnished to them in the Hall
for an Office, that the floor of the one they now occupy may be raised,
which will in some measure correct its dampness, which was referred
to the Committee of Repairs, with authority to grant the request.

A Petition of John Rathbone for permission to construct a Vault
at N 25 Cliff Street; and of Patrick Phelan to construct a Cistern
in the Street in front of his House in De Peyster Street were severally
read, and referred to the Street [188] Commissioner, to grant the
same on the usual terms.

A Petition of Morris Ackerman for appointment as Street
Inspector ;

of William Briant for appointment as City Measurer,

and of David Hartwell for appointment also of City Measurer,
were severally read and referred to the Committee on Applications.



234 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

A Petition of John Smock for a Stall in Catherine Market ; and of
John D. Crawbuck for a Stall in the lower Fly Market, were read and
referred to the Market Committee.

A further Petition of Abraham L. Smith for relief from the pay-
ment of personal Taxes Assessed on him, was referred to the Com-
mittee of Charity with authority to grant relief.

A Petition of William Winterton for relief from an under Assess-'
ment for personal Tax laid on him, was read and referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of Andrew Allen to be appoint- [189] ed one of the
lighters of the public Lamps, was referred to the Lamp Committee.

A Petition from a number of Inhabitants and proprietors of prop-
erty in and near Dover Street, praying the same may be opened and
widened as formerly contemplated, was read and referred to the
Committee on Assessments, and Alderman and Assistant of the 4 th
Ward. : ;

A Communication was received from John Stevens Esq r on the
subject of an improvement in the construction of Water Closets &c.,
which was referred to the Committee on Arts and Sciences.

A Petition of Reuben Snow Master of Brig Onslo, praying return
of Costs charged him by the Attorney for not reporting three American
passengers, which he was prevented from doing by being detained at
Quarantine, was referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of John De Hart for relief from fine incurred by fore-
stalling in the Market, and for which he is now in the Debtors prison,
was [190] referred to the Police Committee, with authority to remit
the penalty.

A Petition from the Owners and Inhabitants of Lots in Cornelia
Street, praying that that part between the junction of Herring Street,
and the junction at the 6 th Avenue may be regulated, was read and
referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Peter Smidt was received, stating that he is a
Lessee of the Corporation and indebted to them for rent, that he has
been prosecuted therefor and is in prison ; that he is utterly unable
to pay or to procure Bail, and praying to be discharged, which was re-
ferred to the Finance Committee, with authority to grant the prayer of
the petitioner.

A Petition of John Ireland was received, stating that on the 16 th
August 1817, he paid the sum of $391 4 %oo Assessed on Twenty six
Lots belonging to him near Potters field ; that this Assessment was
laid on the supposition that the waters from those Lots, would on the



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 235

future regulation of the City, flow into Canal Street [191] and thence
to the North River; that by subsequent regulation those waters ran a
different course and fall into the Sewer in Carmine Street for which
he is now Assessed $1140. that as the intention of the former Assess-
ment has been made null by the regulations of the Corporation and no
benefit derived by the Petitioner therefrom, he prays the Amount of
former Assessment and Interest may be deducted from the present
Assessment for the Sewer in Carmine Street; which being read was
referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of sundry Owners of the Wharves and Piers between
the Exchange and White Hall Slips, praying to be permitted at their
own expence to extend Pier N 3 further into the East River for the
accommodation of the North River Sloops ; was received and referred
to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A Petition of Samuel Ratcliff to be permitted to erect a Shed over
the door of his Grocery store corner of Hudson and Charlton Streets,
was referred to the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of sundry Owners and Occupants [192] of Lots in
Hudson Street, praying that the side walks may be laid from Beach to
Charlton Street, and the Carriage way paved from Canal to Spring
Street, was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition that the side walks in Crosby Street between Spring
and Prince Streets may be paved, was referred to the Street Com-
missioner to grant the request of the Petitioners.

A Petition of Levi Hart for an advance of part of the sum
awarded for damages on opening Harman Street, to enable him to
remove a House directed to be removed from said Street was re-
ferred to the Finance Committee, with authority to comply with the
request of the Petitioner.

A Memorial from the Trustees of the Free School Society in the
City of New York was presented stating, that from the liberality of
the State and of the Corporation they have been enabled to extend
their sphere of usefulness and have established five Schools in which
are gratuitously educated upwards of Twenty one hundred Children
of the poor, and that notwithstanding the [193] Bounty of the State
and the patronage of the Corporation, they are utterly unable to
comply with the increasing calls for admission. That the Corporation
on the 8 th of August 1808. granted to the Society and their Successors
forever the House and Lot in Chatham Street corner of Tryon Row
to be occupied for the purposes of the Institution. That the Trustees
are convinced that by the Sale of the said premises, they could erect



236 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

Buildings in other parts of the City, which would accommodate twice
the number of Scholars at present accommodated in said Building;
they for that purpose therefore solicit a grant in fee of said premises ;
whereupon the same was referred to the Finance Committee.

His Honor the Deputy Mayor stated that he had been served with a
Certiorari issuing out of the Supreme Court to the Mayor Aldermen
and Commonalty, directing them to certify to the Supreme Court all
the proceedings had by them in relation to the building of the Sewer in
Canal Street, and of the Assessment laid for the expences of the same,
which was directed to be referred to the Counsel.

[194] A communication was received from Garrit Gilbert stating
that the forming a General Index to the Records in the Registers office
of the City and County of New York, which had been committed to
him was in such a state of forwardness as to enable him to present for
inspection the Index of Mortgages, and which he was prepared to
present when convenient to the Board, or a Committee to examine and
inspect ; Whereupon the same was referred to the Committee on Pub-
lic Offices.

A Petition of Joseph Chadwick to be permitted to remove a Frame
House from the corner of Harman and Rutgers Street to the corner
of Delancey and Essex Street, was referred to the Aldermen &
Assistants of the 7 th & 10 th Wards with authority ;

And a Petition from James G. Reynolds to remove a House from
Harman Street to Orange Street, was referred to the Aldermen and
Assistants of the 6 th & 7 th wards with like powers.

An Account from John Vanderbilt for services and fees as Cor-
oner for the last Quarter was presented and referred to the Committee
[195] on Public Offices, and upon the audit of the said Committee, it
was Resolved, that a warrant should issue in favor of the Coroner for
payment of the same in the recess of the Board.

The Comptroller presented the following Report Viz*
1 The Comptroller respectfully Reports to the Board that he has
examined the Accounts of George B. Smith, Collector of Arrearages
of Taxes, from the commencement of the duties of his Office August



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