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Ayes. Alderman Anthony, Swartwout, Board, Thorp, Allen. M r
Tallman, Crane, Town, Brittan, Emmons, De Peyster & Ham-
mond. 12.

Noes. Alderman Tooker, Townsend, M c Queen, Mann, M r Bolton,
Valentine, Parker. 7.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in the Treasury 24'h July $24.99

Received Subscription to City Loan 1 st Instalment 13,570.00

DO DO DO 2d Instalment 186,430.00 200,024.99



67 Accounts Audited.

Mechanics Bank 4 Bonds and Interest to 1st Instant 70,812.01

[271] State of New York, 1 Bond and Interest to l t In-
stant 33,600.00

Gerardus A. Kuypers, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 st Instant... 3,166.25

Peter Schermerhorn, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 st Instant 15,787.50

Simon Remsen, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 s * Instant 2,742.56



7 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 273

Rem Remsen, 1 Bond and Interest to 1st Instant 2,742.55

David Stebbins & H. Overing's bond assigned 4,399.55

Thomas S. Townsend, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 st Instant.. 1,907.51

Samuel Thome, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 st Instant 634.90

John Hunter, 1 Bond and Interest to I 8 * Instant 965.26

Silas Lord, 4 Bonds and Interest to 1 st Instant 8,901 .91

Peter Bonnett, 1 Bond and Interest to l s t Instant 3,269.03

Joseph Dederer, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 st Instant 4,394.67

Egbert Benson, 1 Bond and Interest to 1st Instant 2,070.00

[272J Elisha W. King, 1 Bond and Interest to 1st Instant.. 1,899.22
Ocean Insurance Company, 1 Bond and Interest to 1 st In-
stant 8,706.62

John Vanderbilt, Coroner 1 Quarters fees 1 st July 457.25

166,456.79

The above were issued 31 st July, agreeably to a Resolution of the
Common Council on the 24 th July.

Anderson & Leek, Watch 1st District 981 . 75

Hibberd & Clark, DO 2<l DO 645.75

Bleakley & Brovver, D 3<* DO 393.75

R. Furman, Superintendant Alms House and Officers 1

Quarters Salaiy 1st Instant 537.50

W m Hogland, Keeper Penitentiary and 3 Assistants 1 Quar-
ters Salary 1st l ns t 500.00

R. Graves, Assistant Street Commissioner 1 Quarters Salary

1st lnst 325.00

G. Sickels, Keeper City Prison and 2 Assistants 1 Quarters

Salary 1 lnst 300.00

Jacob Morton, Clerk C. Council 1 Quarters Salary 1st in-
stant 275.00

John Fleming, Treasurer 1 Quarters Salary 19th J u iy 100.00

J. Burger, Regulating 4 public Clocks 1 Quarter 1st Instant 50.00
[273] Samuel Hutchings, Street Inspector 1 Month 1st In-
stant 54,25

Jonathan Pinckney, Street Inspector 1 Month 1 st Instant... 54.25
Abraham Ackerman, Street Inspector 1 Month 1 st Instant.. 54.25
W m J. Waldron, Assistant City Inspector 1 Month 1 st In-
stant 45.50

Obadiah Ayres, Assistant City Inspector 1 Month 1st In-
stant 45.50

Astin & Cochran, Messengers 1 Month 1 st Instant 52.00

Daniel H. Magee, Keeper Potters Field 1 Month l*t Instant 38.75

Charles Gillman, Keeper Battery 1 Month 1st Instant 34.87

Andrew McCready, Keeper Park 1 Month 1st Instant 34.87

B. Skaats, to buy fuel for City Hall and Watch Houses. . . . 600.00

O. Ayres, removing Nuisances 3 Months 5th Instant 65.31

Wm B. Cozzens, Dinner 4th j u i y 792.59

Thos Brown, Music DO 30.00

J. Ritchie, preparing Ammunition for Troops 4 th July 89.53



274 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 Aug. 1820

[274] George L. Birch & Co., printing 1 Quarter lt Instant 340.50
N. Phillips, Subscription National Advocate 1 st Feby to 1 st

August 54. 16

W m Gee, posting Bills 49.00

M. M c Clonehan, 1 Quarters Rent Room Justices Court 7 th

& 10th Wards 1st Instant 31 .25

J. Vanderpool, 1 Quarters Rent Room Justices Court 1 s * 2 d

3d Wards lt Inst 20.00

P. Townsend, Clerk Police Office Expenses 6 Months 1 st

July 21 . 79

H. Waterbury, work Mud Machine 12 days 5 th Instant.... 96.25

David Lyon, Hose for Engines and repairs 7 th Feby to 15 th

July 435.67

Pierre C. Van Wyck, District Attorney in full to 1 st July

1819 2,057.65

H. Smith, filling Lot, Little Water Street, M. L. Davis

lein on Lot 186.80

H. Smith, D corner Spring and Orange Street,

Lein on Lot 35.12

Ja* Wallace, Acct Contract Minetto Sewer 2,700.00

H. Smith, Ace* paving Elm Street from Hester to White

Street 1,300.00

[275] J. Thompson and Associates, making Assessment

Minetto Sewer 800.00

H. Weeks by his Attorney J. Fleming Acct Collect Street

Sewer 700.00

T. Lovett, Acct regulating Green Street from Grand to

Spring 200.00

J. Bailey, Acct paving Bowery side-walks from North to

Jones Street 150.00

R. Strong, J. M c Kesson and T. C. Taylor, Commissioners

opening Dover Street 395 . 37

R. Pettigrew, lt Instalment Well Charlton Street 28.35

G. Snethen, Superintending & Lighting Lamps 1 Month 1 st

Inst 722. 11

Chs H. Robinson, 21 Casks Oil 877.29

Robt Provoost, repairing Lamps 1 Month 1 st Inst 80.88

Daniel Biggs, work at Lamps 1 Quarter lt Inst 31 .62

Mechanics Bank, Interest on 8 Bonds at 7 per O Exchanged

for 9 Bonds at 6 per O same Amo* 1 Month 1st Instant. . 356.59

Richard Furman, Superintendant Alms House 5,000.00

[276] Richard Furman, Superintendant Aims-House for 3 d

Avenue 2,000.00

191,227.61



Balance 8,797.38



Board adjourned to this day fortnight at 5 Clock.



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 275

In Common Council August 21 st 1820.

Present. The Hon bl Cadwallader D. Colden Esq r President.

Peter A. Jay Esq r Recorder
Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker Benjamin Crane

Thomas S. Townsend Charles Town

John P. Anthony Shivers Parker

Robert Swartwout Isaac Emmons

Robert M c Queen Gerard De Peyster

Asa Mann Judah Hammond
David Board
1277] George B. Thorp
Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

His Honor the Mayor presented the Return from the keeper of the
Bridewell of the persons now confined therein, which was directed to
be filed.

A Petition was presented from Philip Durnford for Release from
a fine incurred by selling liquor without License upon which he was
imprisoned, which on being read, it was Resolved that the prayer of
the petitioner be granted.

A petition of Sarah Pell wife of Joseph Pell praying a delay of six
Months in the collection of the Assessment on Lots corner of Wash-
ington and Courtlandt Streets, assessed for improvement of said
Street ; was read and referred to the Finance Committee with authority
to grant the prayer of the Petitioner.

A representation was received from Garrit [278] Gilbert Register
of Deeds for the City and County of New York, stating that the
present room assigned for his office was not sufficiently spacious for
keeping the Records, and praying another may be assigned to him, was
read and referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Matthew Ochlmayer, praying for pecuniary aid to
enable him to return with his family to Germany, from whence he had
lately emigrated ; was read and referred to the Commissioners of the
Aims-House.

A Petition of Thomas Zabriskie for remission of fine for not re-
newing his Hack License in the time prescribed by Law, was referred
to the Police Committee with authority to grant the prayer of the
Petitioner.

An Account was presented from James L. Bell High Sheriff for
services of Peace Officers in attending the Courts of the City, which
was referred to the Board of Supervisors.



276 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Aug. 1820

A Petition of William Thurman for remission of fine incurred by
selling liquor without [279] License, was referred to the Police Com-
mittee with authority to grant the prayer of the Petitioner.

A request of George T. Trimble Treasurer of the Free School
Society, that the sum of $1500. granted to the Institution by the Legis-
lature out of the Excise fund might be paid, was read and referred to
the Finance Committee.

A Communication was received from Abraham Foster of a Model
for Gates to be used in public Enclosures, was referred to the Finance
Committee.

A Petition of John Brown for remission of penalty incurred by tak-
ing dirt from the Streets was read and referred to the Police Com-
mittee.

A Petition of Joseph Townsend for Stall N 5 Spring Street
Market, was referred to the Market Committee.

The following Report from the Board of Supervisors, which was
directed to be laid before the Common Council, was presented and
[280] read.

: The Committee to whom was referred the Accounts of John W.
Wyman Clerk of the Sessions Reported, that not yet having given said
Accounts that deliberation which they consider them entitled to, and
as M r Weyman has represented himself as in great want of the Bal-
ance due him (say about $1400.) the Committee recommend an ad-
vance of $500. on Account, and for that purpose offer the following
Resolution ;

Resolved, that the sum of $500. be paid John W. Wyman on Ac-
count, and that the Comptroller report a \Varrant accordingly.

Sam 1 Tooker

(Signed) Stephen Allen
Peter A. Jay
David Board

Whereupon Resolved, that a warrant be reported for $500. in favor
of John W. Wyman agreeably to said Report.

A Memorial of Silvanus Miller as Trustee of LefFert Lefferts
Owner of Lots N 203 & 205 in the second Ward, which lots are part
of the ground and premises intended for the Scite of a New Market,
and which upon an application of the Corporation

[281] to the Supreme Court have for that purpose been valued by
Assessors appointed by the said Supreme Court, and praying that the
Corporation would take the said premises at the valuation of the As-



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 277

sessors, which having been read was referred to a special Committee,
consisting of,

The Recorder, Alderman Swartwout, Thorp, M r Hammond & M r
Bolton.

And it was also Resolved, that the petition of David Dunham pre-
sented on the 10 th July last and referred to the Committee on Streets,
be now referred to the above Committee.

A Petition that Clark Street may be paved and regulated, was re-
ferred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants that Canal Street between Broad-
way and Church Street may be paved, and that an alteration may be
made in the Flues of the Canal, was referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of John Williams for payment of balance due him for
regulating fourth Street, was referred to the Finance Committee.

[282] A Petition of John Stoothoof for appointment of Deputy
Clerk of Fly Market, was referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition for a Well and Pump corner of Delancey and Essex
Street, was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward, and
Street Commissioner to report Ordinance therefor.

A Petition of Jesse Warner for appointment as Measurer of Grain,
was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of Jotham Handy to be permitted to remove a Frame
House from Harman Street to Collect Street on rollers, was referred
to the Alderman and Assistants of the 7 th & 6 th Wards, with authority
to grant the prayer of the petitioner.

A Petition from Fire Engine Company N 28 praying that a larger
Engine may be granted to them ;

And a Petition from Fire Engine Company N 8, praying that
certain alterations and repairs may be made to said Engine, which
[283] being read, were referred to the Committee on the Fire De-
partment.

A Petition of John Fleetwood Marsh for remission of Interest on
a Tax assessed on him in the 9 th Ward, was read and referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

A Petition from A. Arden for relief from a Tax imposed on her,
she being a resident of New Jersey, was read and referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

A presentment of the Grand Jury of the August Session was laid
before the Board and directed to be published in the papers employed
by the Corporation.

A Report was received from George B. Smith Collector of arrears



278 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Aug. 1820

of Taxes of property on which there remained arrearages due from
1811. to 1818, which was directed to be referred to the Street Com-
missioner.

A Complaint of the situation of the Well and Pump in Broadway
corner of Murray Street [284] was referred to the Superintendant of
Repairs to remedy the evil complained of.

A Memorial from sundry Owners of Lots in Harman Street, pray-
ing that the digging out and regulating of said Street East of Rutgers
Street may be postponed until the Spring, was referred to the Street
Committee.

A Petition of Jane DeGray for relief for an Assessment laid on her
for improving Harman Street, was referred to the Finance Committee
with authority to give relief.

A Petition of Abraham Hart Lessee of Hav Scales at the foot of

^

Duane Street, stating his inability to pay the rent due from him, and
offering to devote the future receipts of the Scales to the extinguish-
ment of the debt, was read and the whole subject was referred to the
Finance Committee to act as they should judge adviseable for the inter-
est of the Corporation.

A Petition of Peter Robinson a Licensed Pedlar for relief from a
suit instituted against him for selling Goods in the Market, was [285]
read and referred to the Police Committee.

A Communication of Joseph Simpson City Sealer on the subject of
the regulation of Weights and Measures, was read and referred to the
Committee on Laws.

A Petition of Hugh Smith for remission of penalty incurred by
taking dirt out of the Street contrary to the Ordinance in that case
made and provided, was read and leave given petitioner to withdraw
his petition.

The Street Commissioner presented for the inspection of the Board
a new Map of the City by John Randel Jun r . which was referred to
the Finance Committee.

The Street Commissioner represented that some time last fall the
regulation of Dey Street between Washington and West Street was
compleated and the Assessment confirmed ; but a remonstrance hav-
ing been presented, it was referred to the Committee on Assessments,
but the papers having been mislaid on the change of the Committees, it
has not been acted on ; that [286] the Contractor is desirous of re-
ceiving his pay as the Contract is compleated, and the Street Commis-
sioner recommended the case to the consideration of the Board;
Whereupon it was referred to the Finance Committee.



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 279

The Street Commissioner made a return of certain Lots of Land
which had been sold on Lease for non-payment of Assessments the
period for which they had been sold having expired, he recommended
that they be advertised agreeably to Law for the Owners to claim
them, which was approved, and he was directed to advertise them ac-
cordingly.

He also agreeably to the request of James Fairlie Esquire laid on
the table a Map of the City, which M r Fairlie presented to the Common
Council ; whereupon Resolved that the same be accepted, and that the
Clerk of the Common Council be directed to return the thanks of the
Common Council to M r Fairlie for his Donation.

He also presented an Assessment for paving Broome Street from
Varick to Sullivan Street which was confirmed, and John G. Betts
appoint- [287] ed Collector.

He also presented the following Ordinances which were passed. Viz 1

For paving the side-walks in Hudson Street from Beach to Charl-
ton Street, and the Carriage way from Canal to Spring Street, and for
regulating Cornelia Street from Herring Street to the Sixth Avenue,
and Abraham Baudouine, John Bedient and John Brower were ap-
pointed Assessors.

Also for regulating and paving Division Street from Arundle
Street to Grand Street, and Abraham Bloodgood, Abraham Dally and
Alexander Clark were appointed Assessors.

Also for regulating Bedford Street from Carmine to Christopher
Street, and Abraham Bloodgood. Benjamin Prince and John Bedient
were appointed Assessors.

Also for regulating and paving Harman Street from Chatham
Square to Rutgers Street, and John Targee, John Brown [er] and Abra-
ham Bloodgood were appointed Assessors.

Also for opening, cleansing and repairing the drain in Mill Street,
and for relaying the pavement, and Abraham Baudouine, James [288]
Barrow, and Abraham Bloodgood, were appointed Assessors.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of Sundry
Nuisances, which were passed. Viz*

N 1. James J- Roosevelt,

Owner & Occup* Maiden Lane, a Lot

2. D Executor, D, D

3. p Murray, Executor, )

M rs Van Willingen, Occupant,^

4. Lewis Hartman, Owner, Renwick & Canal

S ts D



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21 Aug. 1820



5. Ja s M c Cready Sen r Owner,

6. Alex r L. Stewart D,

7. D : D,

8. ' D . D,

9. Jacob B. Taylor, Agent,
E. Owens, Lessee,

10. Stephen D. Beekman, Owner,

11. Lemuel W T ells. D,

12. Alex r L. Stewart, D,

13. W m Paulding Jun r D,

14. R. S. Kissam, D,

15. P. Rhinelander, D,

16. D D,



Renwick Street, a Lot
Watts & Canal S ts D
Thompson S 1 , D
Watts SS D



\



17. E. Clark,

R. Williamson,

18. [289] J s Robertson,

19. N. Misplee,

20. L. Lefferts, ;

21. Mott & Williams,

22. H y Simmons,

23. P. Stuyvesant,
C. Jordan,

24. Job Furman,

25. H y Pope,

M. M c Kittrick,

26. Steph" Van Courtland,

27. D

28. Beverly Robinson,

29. J. B. Taylor, -
E. Owens,

30. B. Strong,
J. Mercer,

31. A. Johnson,
A. Van Tassel,

32. J. Cox,

33. Seaman & Mott,
C. Powell,



Owner, ^

Occupant

Owner,

D !
DO,

DO,
D

Agent,
Lessee,



i

Occup 1 C
Owner,

D,

Agent,

D

Lessee
Owner,
Occup*
Owner, ^
Occupant C
Owner,

DO, }

Occupant, C
(signed)



Leonard S*,

Laurens S 1 ,
Hudson S 1 ,



Provoost
Jay SS



D

D

D

D
D
DO



Washington & Har-

D

D



rison S 1

23 Catherine Lane
Sheriff Street,

34 Fletcher S*,

36 DO, / :

38 DO, .

Chrystie S 1
Essex S*
Oak Street,

Elizabeth S l ,
Hester S*,
Greenwich S 1 ,



DO
D
D
D
D

D
D
D

D
D
D



Leonard S 4 , a Privy



5 Doyer S 4 ,

Mulbery S 1 ,
72 Forsyth S 1 ,
Grand S*,



D

D

D
D



George Cuming.

City Inspector



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 281

The Comptroller Reported, that the sum of [290] $665. had been
received as Commutation for Alien Passengers from 31 st January to
1 st Instant.

The Attorney presented Reports of the following complaints made
to him which were referred to the Committee on Public Offices. Viz*

Against William Baker, Hunt Randolph & Co. R. & W. Allison,
Isaac Anderson, Francis V. Many, C. & L. Denison and others Grocers
in the vicinity of Washington Market for incumbering the side-walks
with articles in the line of their business;

Also against Elijah Valentine, William King, Peter Schermerhorn,
William Bayard, and Samuel A. Lawrence for not complying with the
Ordinances for filling in sunken lots ;

Also against sundry Hackmen for not renewing their Hack
Licenses ;

And against M r Denison & M r Ritter residing in the 9 th Ward, for
having Dogs running at large and not registered.

The Committee on Assessments on the petition of Egbert Davis, re-
ported in the following words.

' The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the petition
of Egbert Davis, complain- [291] ing that in the year 1819. he had
been assessed for personal Tax in the 1 st & 2 d wards of this City, that
he had paid the Tax in the 1 st Ward, and had no personal property in
the 2 d Ward except his necessary wearing apparel, and prays to be
releived from paying the Tax assessed on him in that ward.

Report, that on a careful examination of the case, your Committee
are of opinion that he is entitled to relief, they therefore recommend
the adoption of the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the Collector of Arrears of Taxes be instructed to
decline collecting the personal Tax assessed on Egbert Davis in the 2^
Ward in 1819.

Cha s Town Ch n
(Signed) Rob. Swartwout

Tho s S. Townsend
John P. Anthony

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Street Committee on the petition of James Calhoon complain-
ing that the adjoining lot being lower than his is injurious to his
property

Reported in the following words.

" The Street Committee having viewed the condition of the Lot



282 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Aug. 1820

described in the annexed [292] petition, are of the opinion that the
prayer of the petitioner ought to be granted ;
Therefore propose the following Resolution.

Resolved, that the City Inspector cause the Lot to be filled up so as
to abate the Nuisance, as stated in an Ordinance passed 26 th June last
and that the expence thereof be a lien on the property.

Rob. Swartvvout Ch n
(Signed) Asa Mann

Isaac Emmons
Shivers Parker

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.
The same Committee on the Petition for regulating Pitt and Willet
Streets, Reported,

That they have examined the situation of those Streets and are of
opinion that the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be granted.
Therefore offer the following Resolution.

Resolved, that Pitt and Willet Street be regulated from Broome to
Grand Street.

Rob. Swartwout Ch n
(Signed) Asa Mann

Isaac Emmons
Shivers Parker

[293] Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition for filling up a pond in Hud-
son Street;

Reported, that they have viewed the condition of Lots therein de-
scribed, and are of opinion that the Nuisance ought to be abated ;
Therefore offer the following Resolution,

Resolved, that the sunken lots lying west of S 1 Johns Square be-
tween Hudson and Collister Street, and between Beach and Laight
Street, be filled up so as to cast the water into the adjoining Streets,
and that the City Inspector present an Ordinance for that purpose.

Rob. Swartwout Ch n
(Signed) Asa Mann

Isaac Emmons
Shivers Parker

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.
The Finance Committee presented the following Report :
The Finance Committee beg leave to lay before the Board a valua-
tion of the whole [294] real estate of the Corporation, together with



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 283

such of the personal Estate as in their opinion ought to be taken into
the calculation.

This measure has been effected pursuant to a Resolution of the
Common Council passed the tenth day of April last, and was recom-
mended by the Committee on Finance for the purpose of opening the
Books kept by the Comptroller on more correct principles than hereto-
fore, and that the Members of the Board, as well as our fellow Citi-
zens generally, may at one view, ascertain, the extent, value and
situation of the public property.

The gentlemen who have been employed by the Committee in this
arduous undertaking, possess a perfect knowledge of the public prop-
erty as well as the value generally of Real Estate in this City, and the
Committee have every reason to believe therefore, that the valuation in
the aggregate at least, is conformable to the present low price of Real
Estate, and that no event, which can be reasonably anticipated, will
lessen the value at which it is stated.

The property is classed under appropriate heads, and every lot or
parcel is seperately valued, according to its local situation and advan-
tages.

[295] The following is a summary of the Amount of each Class,
and will show, the several and grand total of the whole Amount.

cts.

1st Houses & Lots, productive $405,200.00

2 d Lands and Buildings used for Public purposes 1,769,536.62

3 d Productive property at Brooklyn 62,150.

4 th Unproductive D DO 1,950.

5th Ferries, including the necessary Wharves and Piers 122,000.

6 th Common Lands, Productive 119,150.

7th D DO unproductive 37,800.

8 th Common Lands, Rent payable in wheat 2,650.

9 th Common Lands, perpetual leases, rent payable in Coin 1,260.

10th Public Wharves, Piers and Slips 842,257. 50

11 th City Lots, Rent payable in wheat 5,200.

12 th Personal Property 65,564.

Grand Total $3,434,718.12

The Committee herewith present the Bill of the Appraisers for the
expenses incurred in making the foregoing valuation amounting to
$635 8 %oo; and they recommend that it be [296] paid, and propose
the following Resolution accordingly.

Resolved, that a warrant pass for six hundred and thirty five Dol-
lars and eighty six Cents, in favor of John Targee, William S. Smith



284 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Aug. 1820

and Jonathan Thompson, for services rendered and expence incurred
in apprising the public property by order of the Corporation.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
(Signed) J. Hammond
Sam 1 looker
B. Crane

Whereupon it was ordered that the Report and the statement made
by the Appraisers be printed for the use of the Members, the book
filed in the Comptrollers Office, and that the warrant recommended be
reported.

The same Committee on the petition of John Cornelison Reported



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