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1 st 1819. to 1 st July 1820.

The Amount received by him in that time is $12,913.22

Cash paid into the Treasury $10,588.98

" Counsel for 31 Certificates 124.

Errors in Taxes overpaid and refunded 30.55

Commissions 2,169 . 69

12.913.22



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 237

It is but justice to the Collector to state that his Accounts are kept
in a Methodical neat manner ; and the arrangement of the business
under his charge appears to be very correct and satisfactory.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) G. N. Bleecker Comptroller

[196] Which was directed to be filed.

He also presented the following Report.

The Committee of Repairs and the Comptroller respectfully re-
port;

That they have examined the Accounts of Jacob P. Roome Super-
intendant of Repairs, from 15 th January to 14 th July 1820. and find
that he has received by warrants from the Corporation

$9,330.45

for sundry Articles sold by him 52.37

Balance due the Corporation on last settlement, and now credited.... 49.05

9,431.87

He has paid agreeably to Vouchers produced. 143 Accounts Amount.. 9401.71
Balance due Corporation Juh r 14 th 1820. to be Carried to Credit of
New Ace* 30. 16

Geo. B. Thorp
Signed, S. P. Brittan

G. N. Bleecker Compt 1 "
Which was directed to be filed.

The Superintendant of the Alms House [197] agreeably to a Reso-
lution of the 8 th of May, requiring him to lay before the Board an
Estimate of the Supplies necessary for the Aims-House. Bridewell and
Penitentiary for one year, presented a Report, which was referred
to the Finance Committee.

The Attorney presented Reports of the following Cases, which
were referred to the Committee on Public Offices. Viz 1

Against M r John Mowatt for not correcting a Nuisance ;

Against a M r M c Dermott for keeping a Dog that was trouble-
some;

Against Dobbs & Furman Street Contractors from [for] not
removing the dirt from Bowery Lane and Forsyth Street; and

A statement of the case of Benjamin Conway a Cartman fined for
forestalling fuel.



238



CITY OF NEW YORK



24 July 1820



The City Inspector presented Ordinances
Nuisances, which were passed, Viz*

N 1. F. V. C. White, Owner,

W m Cruikshank, Agent

2. James Morris, Owner,
W m Cruikshank, Agent,

3. [ 198] Tho s S. Clarkson, Owner,



for correction of sundry



Franklin Street, a Lot.



4. W m B. Crosby,

5. Stephen Gorham,
H. Lot,

6. John Bingham
S. Tracy,

7. Elias Burger,
J. R. Mullany,

8. J. Money-penny,
H. E. Ingraham,

9. J. Wood,

J. S. Roulet,

10. J. Wood,
T. Kelly,

11. Ja s D. Westervelt,
J. C. Ackerman,

12. S 1 Bradhurst,

D. Salters,

13. S 1 Bradhurst,

E. Patterson,

14. S 1 Bradhurst,
M r Collins,

15. Jn Battin,



Owner,
Owner,
Occupant,
Owner,
Occupant, (
Owner, )
Occupant, (
Owner, )
Occupant, ^
Owner, |
Occupant, ^
Owner,
Occupant,
Owner,
Occupant, ^
Owner,
Occupant,
Owner,
Occupant, C
Owner,
Occupant,
Owner,
& Occupant,
Owner, )
Occupant, C



16. D. Rogers,
A. Stagg,

17. [199] J. Money-penny,

Owner & Occupant,

18. E. Burger, Owner,

J. C. Halsey, Occupant,^

19. E. Burger, Owner,

20. Will m Batchelor, Owner,

21. The Rev d Jn F. Jackson,

Owner,
J. C. Baker. Agent,



D



D



D D, D

Henry & Market, D

Warren Street, D
D D D

D D D

Washington Street,

DO

D D



D D



D



Chambers S 1 ,



D



Greenwich S 1 , D (



DO



D



D



D



DO,



DO,

D D

Varick Street,

Bowery,



DO
D
DO

DO

D

DO
D

DO



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



239



22. R d Varick,


Owner,


Bowery,


a Lot


23. Geo. Janeway,


D


Corlears S 1 ,


D


24. Rt R. Hunter,


D


Albany S*,


DO


25. J. B. Murray,


D


Church & Cham-






bers St,


D


26. J. I. Glover,


D


Bensons Alley,


D


27. S. Prince,


D


DO


D


28. R. H. Muller,


D


DO


D


29. J. M. Erick,


D


DO


DO


30. Fran 5 Depau,


D


DO


DO


31. D r Berger,


Agent,


DO


DO


32. Jn Bowman,


Owner,


DO


D


33. Jn Heath,


D


D


DO


34. Geo. Bowman,


D


D


DO


35. Walter Bowne,


D


Canal Street,


D


36 T Marsh


D )






VX VX 1 .A T A I V 1 vJ A A

P. Slowry,


Occupant, ^


2 Lombardy S t ,


D


37. S. Van Ransellaer,
N. Jarvis,


Owner, ^
Agent, \


Mulbery S*,


DO


38. J. C. Roosvelt,
D. Doyle,


Owner, ^
Lessee, ^


Oak Street, a


Privy,


39. [200] W. Bowne,


Owner, |


D


D


B. Odell,


Lessee, ^


-L-'


"- -"


40. W m & G. Post,
E. Matthews,


Owners, ^
Lessee, ^


James Street,


DO


41. Miss Crygier,
A. Parker,


Owner, ^
Occupant, C


Liberty Street,


D




(signed)


George Cuming





City Inspector

The Street Commissioner presented a profile of Lispenard Street
between Broadway and Church Street in order that the regulation
might be determined on ; which was referred to the Street Committee.

He also on the Petition of Robert Hobson and Benjamin Bull for
appointment of City Surveyors, presented the following Report, which
was directed to be filed.

" The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the Petitions of
Robert Hobson and Benjamin Bull praying to be appointed City
Surveyors,

Respectfully Report, that he has duly considered the subject, and
also taken the opinion and advice of the Street Committee thereon,



240 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

there are now six acting Surveyors and as the [201] business is dimin-
ished in proportion to the improvements that are going on ; he is satis-
fied that the public service does not require any more City Surveyors,
and that in his opinion, it would be inexpedient to make any appoint-
ments at present.

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) John M c Comb

Street Commissioner.

He also presented the following Assessments which were confirmed,
and John G. Betts appointed Collector on each, Viz 1

For a Well and Pump near Willet Street,

For regulating Bedford Street from Carmine Street to Low's line,
And for paving Beach Street between Hudson and Chapel Street,
And for paving Walker Street, between Chapel and Beach Street.

The Counsel presented the following Communication. Viz 1

The Counsel herewith submits for execution the Draught of a
Lease to Rodman Bowne and Samuel Bowne of the Ferry from Cathe-
rine Slip to the foot of Maine Street at Brooklyn for nine- [202]
teen years from the first day of May last. This Lease has been pre-
pared in pursuance of the Report of the Ferry Committee upon this
subject and of subsequent directions given by them.

These directions were, first, that the Lease should be made to
Samuel and Rodman Bowne, second, that the Ferry granted should
be from Catherine Slip to the foot of Maine Street at Brooklyn, in-
stead of from Catherine Slip to Brooklyn. To this alteration M r
Bowne has consented. Third, that the Lessees shall have the Ferry
House and the Lot appertaining to the Ferry during the continuance of
this Lease. This House and Lot M r Rodman Bowne has considered as
an appurtenance to the Ferry, although it is not expressly mentioned
in his Lease, and has heretofore occupied it as such.

The Counsel also submits for the acceptance of the Board a re-
lease from Rodman and Samuel Bowne and wife of the westerly side
and half part and Northerly or outer side of a certain pier on the
Easterly side of the Ferry Slip at Brooklyn, now used by Mess"
Bownes, and also a small block or pier at the outlet of the Slip. This
release is made in pursuance of a former agreement with the Corpora-
tion,

[203] Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) Ogden Edwards



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 241

Whereupon the Lease was directed to be duly executed, and the Re-
lease was accepted, and directed to be filed in the Office of the Comp-
troller.

The following persons were appointed Fire Wardens and Firemen,

the Chief Engineer certifying the Vacancies.

Fire Wardens 2 d Ward.

Cyrenus Beers, Merchant, 4 Cliff Street, 2 d Ward, vice John R.
Willis Resigned, time expired.

William Colgate, Tallow Chandler, 43 John S l , 2 d Ward vice
Latham Stratton, removed out of the City.

Fire Engine Company N 4.

David Wallace, Accomptant, 180 Pearl Street, 1 st W d vice Stephen
Frost, Deceased.

NO 12.

John Leake, House Carpenter, 496 Pearl Street, 6 th Ward vice
Peter Riker, served his time out.

[204] Fire Engine Company
NO 13.

John B. Wright Accountant, 307 Pearl Street, 2 d W d vice Henry H.
Treadwell, left the City.

NO 14.

John Colgate, Tallow Chandler, 53 Robinson SS 3 d W d vice John
J. Crocheron, Removed to the Country.

NO 21.

James N. Gifford, Merchant, 134 Greenwich S fc , I 1 * Ward vice
George Burchill, Resigned.

N 33.

Charles Miller, Ship Carpenter, Water Street, 7 th W d vice John
Halsey Resigned.

George Rapelyea, Grocer, Grand near E. River, 7 th Ward vice
Jonathan C. Bennett, Resigned.

NO 37.

Schuyler Valentine, Grocer, Hester cor. Ludlow S*, 10 th W d vice
Whitman Platt, Resigned.

[205] The Superintendant of Repairs on the petition of the Vestry
of S* Marks Church for the repairing of a Well in Stuyvesant Street,
Reported, that in his opinion neither of the Wells were worth re-



242 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

pairing, and as they stood, the one in the centre of the 2 d Avenue,
and the other at the intersection of Stuyvesant and Eleventh Street, he
recommended that a new one be sunk ; which was referred to the
Alderman and Assistant of the 9 th Ward.

The Committee of Yv harves, Piers and Slips to whom was referred
the remonstrances of the Owners and Inhabitants at Exchange Slip
against being assessed for expence of filling in and building Sewer in
Exchange Slip, Reported as follows :

The Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips to whom was re-
ferred the Memorial of James W. Lent and others, remonstrating
against the propriety of Assessing their property for filling in, and
building the Sewer in Exchange Slip,

Report, That the Slip alluded to was ordered to be filled in, and the
Sewer extended, at the instance, and on the petition of some of the
present Remonstrators. That the justness of Assessing the expence of
extending said Sewer upon the property for which it is a Drain, can-
[206] not in the opinion of your Committee be doubted for a moment.

That the expence of building or repairing Sewers, and the two
thirds of that for filling Slips, has always been borne by the property
in the vicinity of the improvement, and should the Corporation depart
from this rule in the present instance, they would in justice be bound to
refund a large amount of money paid for these objects by the owners
of property in various parts of our City; Your Committee are of
opinion therefore, that the request of the Memorialists cannot be com-
plied with, and they propose the following resolution accordingly.

Resolved, that the complaints of the Memorialists are unfounded,
and it is therefore inexpedient to comply with their request.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
Harm 5 Tallman
(Signed) Ab m Valentine
Asa Mann
Robert M c Queen

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition for [207] extending the
Canal Street Sewer and filling in the Basin at the foot of said Street.

Reported, that the Basin alluded to is under Lease to M r J. Lowerre
at the annual rent of Five hundred Dollars, and is used for storing
Timber, the water being too shoal for the accomodation of Vessels ;
that the condition of said Basin is similar to other Slips on the margin



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 243

of our Rivers, which at low water emits a smell, to some very dis-
agreeable ; but that no more danger is apprehended to the health of the
Inhabitants in its vicinity, than to others who reside in the neighbor-
hood of the Slips on the East River; that in addition to the loss of
revenue which would be incurred, the expence of filling in this Basin
and extending the Canal Street Sewer, would be great; and in the
opinion of your Committee, neither the finances of the Owners of
property, who have already been heavily assessed on that Street, nor
that of the Corporation will warrant the measure prayed for. The
Committee are of opinion therefore that the prayer of the Petitioners
ought not to be granted, and they propose the following Resolution
accordingly.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to grant [208] the prayer of the
Petitioners.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
Harm 8 Tallman
(Signed) Ab m Valentine
Asa Mann
Robert M c Queen

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Finance Committee on the Petition of Dennis Doyle in behalf
of the Literary Institution Reported as follows.

' The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of
Dennis Doyle, praying that an error may be corrected in payment of
arrears of Taxes on property in the 9 th Ward, belonging to the Literary
Institution, Report,

That the property under the care of the petitioner was purchased
and Leased of the Corporation by the late Robert Lilburn, the Taxes
for which has been regularly paid except for the year 1815. That
Thomas W. Gilbert the then Collector of Arrears, presented to M r
Doyle a bill for sixty five Dollars seventy five Cents for Taxes due on
Lots N 56 & 59, designated by the Assessors of the 9 th Ward as the
property [209] of R. Lilburn or the Corporation ; that M r Doyle paid
this bill beleiving it to be for the property late R. Lilburns, and now
belonging to the Literary Institution, for which he was the Agent ; that
it appears however that Lots N 56 & 59 was then owned by the Cor-
poration, and was not disposed of untill May 1817. at which time,
they were Leased to George Strites for six years at an annual rent of
Forty Dollars ; that the taxes on the property under the care of M r



244 CITY OF NEW YORK 24. July 1820

Doyle for 1815. amounts to Sixty four Dollars & eighty Cents, and the
Taxes he has wrongfully paid is Sixty five Dollars seventy five Cents,
and he prays, that the error may be rectified by authorizing him to
liquidate the said sum of Sixty four Dollars Eighty Cents, by the
amount wrongfully paid as aforesaid.

The Committee are of opinion, that the request of the Petitioner is
reasonable and ought to be granted, and they therefore propose the
following Resolution.

Resolved, that the Collector of arrears of Taxes be authorised to
credit the property owned by the Literary Institution under the care
of D. Doyle with sixty five Dollars and seventy five Cents, being the
Amount paid by said Doyle [210] to the late Collector, for Taxes on
Lots N 56 & 59. : . .' > >r

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker
(Signed) B. Crane

J. Hammond
S. P. Brittan

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the petition of R. Strong J. M c Kesson and
Thomas C. Taylor praying their Ace 1 for services as Commissioners
for opening Dover Street be paid Reported :

That they have examined said Account and beleive the charges to
be just and equitable, and therefore propose the following Resolution.

Resolved, that a warrant be reported by the Comptroller for Three
hundred and ninety five Dollars thirty seven Cents in favor of R.
Strong, J. M c Kesson and Thomas C. Taylor for services rendered by
them as Commissioners in the matter of opening Dover Street.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker

[211] (Signed) S. P. Brittan

B. Crane
J. Hammond

Which was approved, the Resolution adopted, and a Warrant
directed to be reported accordingly.

The same Committee on the Petition of John Smith, praying
further time for payment of Assessment for Sewer in Canal Street
Reported, That in their opinion, the owners of property on Canal



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 245

Street, and its vicinity have no claim for indulgence on this Board,
inasmuch as every means have been sought for, by a majority of them
at least, to obstruct the collection of the monies expended in improv-
ing the property on that Street and its neighborhood, and the sums
which ought to have been received in the Treasury a Year ago, is still
withheld by them for the purpose of raising further objections to its
payment,

Your Committee are of opinion also, that the petitioner will ex-
perience no difficulty in borrowing the Amount necessary to pay his
As- [212] sessment on the security of his property; for it is notorious,
that there never was a time in this City, when money could be easier
obtained on Loan than the present, and they therefore propose the
following Resolution.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of John Smith
the Petitioner.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker
(Signed) B. Crane

J. Hammond
S. P. Brittan

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee presented the following.

The Finance Committee beg leave to state to the Board, that the
Collector of arrearages of Taxes is much embarrassed in the perform-
ance of his duty, in consequence of his not being furnished with a
Warrant to enforce payment on delinquents ; and the Committee be-
leiving it to be both necessary and expedient that such warrant should
be granted, beg leave to propose the following Resolution,

[213] Resolved, that the proper warrant be executed authorising
the Collector of arrears of Taxes to levy on the goods and Chatties of
delinquents returned to the Chamberlain by the Ward Collectors,
agreeably to the Act of the Legislature on that subject.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker
(Signed) B. Crane

J. Hammond
S. P. Brittan

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.



246 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

The Committee on Public Offices to whom was referred the Me-
morial of sundry Dealers in Grain praying a reduction of the fee for
measuring, Reported in the following words.

The Committee on Public Offices, to whom was referred the Peti-
tion of sundry Merchants of Albany, Troy, Lansinburgh and Water-
ford Dealers in Grain, praying a reduction in price of measuring from
One Dollar per 100 Bushels to Fifty Cents,

Respectfully Report,

That they investigated the subject, and do [214] beleive that such a
reduction would be inexpedient, inasmuch as it would be 33 per Cent
less than the price was 25 Years ago, when double the business was
done by half the number of Measurers.

In justice to the Measurers, Your Committee have to state that the
price of Measuring had been voluntarily lowered by them, some time
previous to the presentment of the aforesaid Petition from One Dollar
to Seventy five Cents per 100 Bushels.

They would therefore offer the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the Counsellor of the Board have the Ordinance re-
lative to the Measurers of Grain so amended, as that for every hun-
dred Bushels, they shall be entitled to receive seventy five Cents
instead of One Dollar.

All which is Respectfully Submitted

B. Crane Chairman
(Signed) Gerard De Peyster
Abr m Valentine
Thomas Bolton

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

[215] The same Committee on the petition of the Pawn Brokers
Reported in the following words

*" The Committee on Public Offices to whom was referred a peti-
tion from the Pawn Brokers praying that the Corporation would so
amend the Ordinance regulating Pawn Brokers, as to allow them to
purchase second hand or other goods after the setting of the Sun, also
to allow them an increase rate of premium on advances made and to
reduce the price of License from Fifty to Thirty Dollars.

Respectfully Report,

That the prayer of the Petitioners ought not to be granted; And
therefore offer the following Resolution.

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 40. ED.



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 247

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted,
and that they have liberty to withdraw their petition.

Respectfully Submitted

B. Crane Chairman
(Signed) Gerard De Peyster
Abr m Valentine
Thomas Bolton

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

[216] The Committee on Applications to whom had been referred
the Petition of sundry Dealers in Domestic Spirits Reported in the
following words.

The Committee of Applications to whom was referred the within
petition of a number of Distillers and Dealers in the article of Do-
mestic Spirits, praying to have the Resolution passed by this Board
(to prohibit an Inspector in that article being appointed a Guager)
rescinded.

Your Committee have examined the subject and find that great in-
convenience and delay result to the Dealers in that article, and that no
good can result to the community by that Resolution remaining in
force, and your Committee are of the opinion that it ought to be
rescinded ; And beg leave to offer the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the Resolution prohibiting an Inspector of Spirits,
being appointed a Guager, be and the same is hereby rescinded.

D. Board

Gerard De Peyster

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the petition of [217] William Stuart to
be appointed a City Weigher

Reported, that in their opinion the prayer of the petitioner ought to
be granted, and beg leave to introduce the following Resolution.

Resolved, that William Stuart be and he is hereby appointed a City
Weigher.

,. David Board

Gerard De Peyster

Which was approved, and he was appointed accordingly.

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Isaac
Brown, presented a Report, which was read and laid for consideration ;
and the Comptroller was directed to enquire from Aaron Ogden
whether he relinquished his Lease of that Slip.



248 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 July 1820

The Market Committee to whom the petition of John Harriot was
referred for Stall N 38 Catherine Market, beg leave to offer the
following Resolution.

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner be granted.

Harm 5 Tallman
(Signed) Cha s Town

Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker

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

The same Committee on the petition of Frazier Broadway for Stall
N 16 Fly Market Reported, and beg leave to offer the following
Resolution.

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner be granted.

Harm 8 Tallman
(Signed) Charles Town
Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee to whom was referred the Remonstrance against
the encroachment upon Dey Street by Richard Varick Reported ;

That in the Month of March last Richard Varick petitioned the
Corporation to establish the. permanent line or North Boundary of Dey
Street from the South Easterly side of Greenwich Street to Washing-
ton Street.

That his petition was referred to the Street Committee who had
an interview with him, and [219] agreed to report in favor of run-
ning the line of the North side of Dey Street, between Greenwich and
Washington Streets, from the corner of Greenwich Street along the
line of the new buildings below Washington Street It does not ap-
pear however that the Committee ever reported, or that the Board
took any further order upon the subject.

Col. Varick without waiting for the Committee to report, and for
the order of the Board upon their report, has commenced laying the
foundation of a building at the North East corner of Dey and Wash-
ington Streets, upon the line which that Committee agreed to report
in favor of.

The Owners of the property in the same block fronting on Dey
Street, conceive that they will be aggreived by his doing so, and have
remonstrated against it.

Col. Varick insists that the ground in question is his private prop-



24 July 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 249

erty. If such is the fact, he of course is entitled to the occupation of
it without the consent of the Corporation.

It however appears satisfactorily to the Committee, that it has
been used as a public highway for more than Thirty years. This use
has given to the public an absolute indefeasible right of way over it.
Of this right, the Corporation [220] does not possess the power of
depriving them for neither the Charter nor the Acts of the Legisla-
ture authorise the closing of any Street, or any part of a Street in
any other manner than through the intervention of Commissioners
appointed by the Supreme Court in pursuance of the Act of 1818.
under these circumstances, Your Committee recommend the adoption
of the following Resolution.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to alter the North line of Dey
Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets.

Rob. Swartwout Ch n
(signed) Harm 8 Tallman
Isaac Emmons
S. P. Brittan

A Resolution was offered by Alderman Mann directing the Street



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