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in the following words.

" The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of
John Cornelison, praying that the award for his lot of ground at the
corner of Washington and Courtlandt Streets may be paid him ;
Report, That the Lot [297] alluded to was taken for straightening
Washington Street, for which the petitioner was awarded by the
Commissioners $2707. That the Assessment was confirmed, and the
improvement directed to be carried into effect on the first day of June
last, and that therefore the petitioner has no claim for the payment of
his award until four months thereafter, which will be on the first day
of September next : that in addition the collection of the Assessments
are incomplete, there being a less sum collected, than the award to the
petitioner. The Committee are of opinion therefore, that it is inexpe-
dient to grant the prayer of the petitioner, and offer the following
Resolution accordingly.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the petitioner.

Respectfully Submitted

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

\Vhich was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the petition of [298] Isaac Russell Re-
ported in the following words :

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of
Isaac Russell, praying that he may be releived from the payment of
several Assessments on a House and Lot of ground held under lease
from the Corporation ; Report,



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 285

That the premises alluded to is a gore lot fronting on Chaple,
Walker, and Beach Streets, and is held by the petitioner under Lease
from the Corporation for seven Years from the first day of May 1819.
at the Annual Rent of 190 Dollars.

That the premises have been repaired by the petitioner and other
buildings added, at an expence of nearly one Thousand Dollars ; that
in consequence of these expences and the lack of business, he is so
impoverished as to be unable to pay the aforesaid Assessments.

The Committee are of opinion, that under all the circumstances of
the petitioners case, he is entitled to some relief from the Board, and
they therefore propose the following ;

That the Assessment for building the Sewer in Chappie and Canal
Streets, for repaving Chappie Street, and for the paving of [299]
Beach Street be paid by the Corporation, and that the interest on the
Amount of said Assessments be added to the Rent of the premises to
be paid quarterly by the petitioner ; and further, that the time for pay-
ing the Assessment for paving \Yalker Street be extended to the first
day of November next, with interest till paid ; and the following Reso-
lution is proposed accordingly.

Resolved, that the Comptroller be instructed to arrange and carry
into effect the subject of the foregoing report.

Respectfully Submitted

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

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The *Committee on Wharves &c presented the following Report
respecting the Mud Machine which was approved and the resolution
adopted. Viz 4

The Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips beg leave to inform
the Board, that the [300] Mud Machine having performed the neces-
sary cleansing of the Slips for the season, has been laid up in Dock ;
but owing to the situation of her bottom from the destructive operation
of the worms, it becomes necessary to new sheath and caulk it, to
prevent her filling with water and sinking.

The Committee have received proposals from several ship-wrights
for the above repairs, the lowest of which amounts to Two hundred
and fifty eight Dollars and seventy five Cents, and they now ask per-

* Marginal note in pencil reads Should be Wharves Piers & Slips. ED.



286 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Aug. 1820

mission from the Board, to cause the same to be made, and for that
purpose propose the following resolution.

Resolved, that the Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips be
authorised to have the necessary repairs done to the Mud Machine.

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
(Signed) Asa Mann

Robert M c Queen

The Committee on Public Lands and Places to whom was referred
the Complaints against the African Burying ground ; against the mode
of Interment in Potters-field, and a memorial of [301] Sundry In-
habitants in the vicinity of Potters-field, Reported in the following
words.

The Committee on Public Lands and Places to whom was referred
the memorial of sundry inhabitants of Chrystie Street in the vicinity
of the African burying-ground as a Nuisance; also a representation of
the Assistants of the Board of Health, stating objections to the keepers
present manner of interments in Potters-Field ; likewise a petition of
sundry persons residing near Potters-Field, complaining of a Nuisance
in that neighborhood, occasioned by a Manufactory for extracting the
substance from Animal bones while in a state of putrifaction, carried
on by M r William Deacon.

Pray leave to Report ;

That they have examined the African Burying-ground, as well as
Lewis Francis the Sexton, who has it under care, and have reason to
believe there has been some cause of complaint, in as much as said
Sexton admits, that owing to his own illness, his son had conducted
the business in a careless manner, sometimes leaving the Vault-door
but partially covered ; but which circumstance he promises most faith-
fully shall never again occur, and that other evils [302] complained
of, shall be corrected.

The Committee however are of opinion, that the Stench complained
of, may frequently have arisen from the filthy state of the neighbouring
Slaughter Houses.

On the subject of Potters-Field, the Committee are happy to say
they have found no cause of complaint against the keeper, having
reason to beleive he had strictly adhered to the rules stipulated by the
former Committee who had that subject under their care. The Com-
mittee however have thought proper to make some alterations in the
former mode of interments, they have directed



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 287

That no Corpse shall be left at any time, without a covering of
earth of at least two feet deep, and no grave shall be left from one day
to another day, without being entirely filled up with earth.

No Corpse, shall be deposited nearer the surface of the ground
than four feet.

Nor shall any person whose death was occasioned by any contagous
or putrid fever be interred otherwise than in a single grave six feet
deep.

These regulations will cause additional la- [303] bor, more than
one man can perform, the Committee therefore recommend a small
additional allowance to the keepers pay during the Summer Months.

In relation to the Manufactory complained of near Potters Field,
the Committee have examined it, and found it in a very offensive state,
owing to a large mass of Cattle's bones lying in a putrid state in the
open air, M r Deacon was examined on the subject, who seem'd not
aware of the offensive nature of his factory, and manifested every dis-
position to remedy the evil ; he is a poor man, an Englishman lately
arrived in this Country, a Chymist by profession, and seems industri-
ously striving to obtain a support for a large family from the offals
of our Markets, hitherto of no use to any one.

To remedy the evil complained of, M r Deacon proposes to erect
an additional boiler, by which means he will be enabled to use up the
bones as fast as he obtains them, and before they become putrid.

Under this regulation the Committee have consented to let him
proceed for the present.

All which is Respectfully Submitted,

(Signed) Sam 1 Tooker
[304] Isaac Emmons
Shivers Parker
Gerard De Peyster
Robert M c Queen

Which was approved, and directed to be filed.

The Committee on Arts and Sciences to whom were referred a
Communication from John Stevens Esquire respecting the construction
of water Closets Reported in the following words.

" The Committee to whom was referred D r Hosack's letter enclos-
ing a Communication from John Stevens Esquire of Hoboken, respect-
ing the construction of privies and water Closets, entirely concur in
the sentiments expressed by the Resident Physician in his said letter,



288 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Aug. 1820

viz. " that the subject in our City calls for a reform, as intimately
connected with health and comfort.

They therefore respectfully recommend, that the following Reso
lution be adopted.

Resolved, that the Street Commissioner be requested to designate
such position for placing one of M r Stevens's water Closets, in that
part of the Old Alms House, which is under the controul of the Cor-
poration, as, in [305] his opinion may be deemed most eligible.

Robert M c Queen
(Signed.) Sam 1 Tooker

Isaac Emmons
Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Report on the subject of Rates of Cartage, which had been
laid for consideration was called up amended and agreed to, and it
was referred to the Counsel with directions to Report an Ordinance
agreeably thereto.

A Petition from the Executors of the late Treasurer or Chamber-
lain Whitehead Fish Esq r was presented, stating that they had been
furnished with a statement of differences said to exist in the Books of
the late Chamberlain ; that upon a careful comparison of that Account
with original Vouchers in their possession, many errors have been
detected, inasmuch as the warrants correspond in numerous instances
with the entries on his Book, it was therefore fair to infer that most
of the differences may be set aside in like manner: as therefore they
are desirous to bring the business to a close, they propose that a Com-
mittee should be appointed to confer with them on the [306] subject
with full powers to make an immediate and final settlement.

Whereupon it was Resolved, that it be referred to the Finance Com-
mittee with full powers to make an adjustment and final settlement
of said Account with the Executors of the late Whitehead Fish
Esquire late Chamberlain.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in the Treasury 7* h Inst $8,797.38

Received for Tax 1819. 1. 3. 4. 6. 10 Wards 5,128.58

" Streets 8,067.77

" Wells & Pumps 220.44

" Vendue Sales 2,500.00

" Tavern Licenses 500.00

" Mayoralty Fees 119.00

Commutation Alien Passengers 335.00

" Justices Courts l*f 2<i 3d Wards 246.14

25,914 31



21 Aug. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 289

44 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leeke, Watch 1st District 981.75

Hibberd & Clark, DO 2 d DO 645.75

Bleakley & Brower, DO 3d DO 393.75

G. N. Bleecker, Comptroller 1 Qr 15th Inst. & postage 438.42

[307 J Jacob P. Roome, Superintendant Repairs 1 Q r 14 th

Inst 250.00

W m S. Smith, Collector City Revenue 1 Quarter 22 A Inst.

& ferriage 188.00

Thos Franklin, Chief Engineer 1 Quarter 18'h Inst 125.00

G. Gilbert, Register writing up Index on Ace* 600.00

John M. Lester, to pay 9 peace Officers at City Hall 4 th

July 13.50

F. Harris, & 3 others attends at Governors room 9 th Inst.. 4.00

Fine See & Co., Coach hire for Road Committee 13.00

Geo. Buckmaster, repairs Mud Machine 173.13

H. Waterbury, work at Mud Machine 12 days 19th i nst 66.08

Tho s Fessenden, Ass 1 Justice 1 st 2 d 3 d wards 1 Q r Salary

14th Inst 437.50

Herman Ruggles, Asst Justice 5 th 8 th wards 1 Q r Salary

14th Inst 437 . 50

John Leveridge. Asst Justice 7 th 10 th wards 1 Q r Salary

14th Inst 437 . 50

Geo. Betts, Clerk Asst Justices Court 5th 8th wa rds 1 Qr

Salary 14th i nst 187.50

f308] William H. Smith, Clerk Asst Justices Court 7th iQth

wards 1 Qr Salary 14th Inst 187.50

Alexr Young's, 1 Qr Rent Room Justices Court 4 th & 6th

wards 1st i ns t 37.50

Ja* Wallace, Acct building Minetto Sewer 9,000.00

Thos Lovett, Acct regulating Canal Street 3,000.00

Ja s Wallace, Acct building Minetto Sewer, Amot Assessed

to Corporation on Potters Field 1,340.00

John Quin. Acct filling block at Charlton Street 1,000.00

H. Smith, balance Curbing and flagging Washington Street

from Rector to Carlile Street 547.02

H. Weeks, Acct Sewer Collect Street Amot Assessed State

Arsenal 514.50

Tho* Lovett, Acct paving Beach St from Washington Street

to Bulkhead 500.00

Ab ni Baudouine & Associates making sundry Assessments.. 286.50
Thos Lovett, Acct paving Provoost Street from Washing-
ton to West 200.00

Tho s Lovett, Acct regulating Green Street from Grand to

Spring 200.00

[309] J. Sloan, Acct regulating Bleecker Street from Broad-
way to Wooster Street 150.00

H. Smith, Ace* paving Hubert St. 100.00



290 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Sept, 1820

Jon a Thompson and Associates making Assessment Minetto

Sewer balance 80.00

Henry Cochrane, in part of Contract Hudson Street 850.00

Henry Cochrane, DO DO DO 150.00

Charles Mooney, balance paving sundry Streets 320.74

J. Sloan, Ace* regulating Wooster Street from Broome to

Spring 200.00

H. Smith, Ace* paving Washington Street from Cedar to

Courtlandt 100.00

H. Cochrane, balance paving Cedar Street, from Nassau to

Broadway 39 . 94

John Brower, and Associates making Assessments Wooster

& West Streets 33.00

Rob* Pettigrew, balance Well in Charlton Street in full.... 28.35

John Beekman, award to widen Market Street 5.73

Jacob P. Roome, Superintendant of Repairs for Repairs... 970.00

[310] Jacob P. Roome, Superintendant of Repairs, repair-
ing Piers Coenties Slip 430. 00

Jacob P. Roome, Superintendant of Repairs for Markets... 160.00

25,823.16



Balance 91.15

The Board adjourned to this day fortnight at 5 Clock.

In Common Council September 4 th 1820.

Present. The Hon bl Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President

Peter A. Jay Esquire Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker Thomas Bolton

Thomas S. Townsend Abraham Valentine

John P. Anthony Hermanus Tallman

Robert M c Queen Benjamin Crane

[311] 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 the last meeting were read and approved.

A Petition of Stephen Doane for Stall N 7 Grand Street Market;
of Willet Rayner for Office of Deputy Clerk of Fly Market, in case
it should become vacant ; of several Butchers who sell by permits in
the lower Fly Market, praying the fees paid by them may be reduced ;
and of Henry Cochran Lessee of Cellar N 12 under Washington Mar-



4 Sept. 182.0 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 291

ket, praying permission to transfer the Lease of the same, were sever-
ally read and referred to the Market Committee; that of Cochran with
authority to grant the prayer of the petitioner.

A Petition of the Trustees of the African Methodist Zion Church,
praying on Account of their reduced finances, that the Corporation
would repair the fence around their Burial Place, was read and
referred to the Committee on Public Lands and Places.

[312] A Remonstrance from a number of Inhabitants on Long
Island against the occupation of the Buildings at Fort Stevens for
an Hospital, was reported to the Committee of the Board of Health
to whom that subject was referred.

A Petition of Richard Shields a Cartman praying remission of
fine incurred by forestalling Firewood was read and referred to
the Police Committee.

A Petition of Robert Dodge that his house may be permitted
to remain a few weeks before it is removed, was referred to the
Street Committee with authority to grant the prayer of the Petitioner.

A Petition of Pinkerton and Forgay, praying payment of a balance
due to them on Contract for paving Broadway, was read and referred
to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Jacob B. Clark praying that interest charged on an
arrear of Tax due may be remitted, was referred to the Committee
on Assessments.

[313] A Petition of G. Dominick and Simeon Brown for per-
mission to remove a wooden building through the Streets from the
corner of Oliver Street and Chatham Square to the North side of
Grand Street, was referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of the
4 th & 10 th Wards with authority to grant the prayer of the petitioner.

A request of M r John Vanderlyn that a warrant may issue for
payment of the balance due for painting the Portrait of Major General
Jackson when the same is finished, and that M r V. may be permitted
to retain the portrait until the close of this Month for the purpose
of placing the same in his Exhibition room, was read and referred to
the Finance Committee.

A proposal of John Randel Jun r to furnish to the Corporation on
certain terms his Map of the City, was read and laid on the table,
to be taken up when the Report of the Committee on that subject
is considered.

A Petition of Swallow & Lockwood to be permitted to construct
a Vault in Broadway between Grand and Broome Streets ; and a
Petition [314] from John Lang to construct one in Broadway a few



292 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Sept, 1820

doors above Spring Street, were granted on the usual terms, under
the direction of the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of John Anderson, praying that the Corporation would
pay to him the balance due to him agreeably to an Account annexed
for Extra work performed by him at the Corporation Pier at the
foot of Vesey Street, was read and referred to the Committee on
Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A Petition of George Bnmn to be appointed a Weigher of Hay
at Harleam in the 9 th Ward was read and the prayer thereof was
granted and he appointed accordingly.

A Petition of Abijah Hammond, praying for a grant of the Land
under water opposite to a Lot owned by him, bounded Southerly
by the Northern line of the State Prison ground. Easterly by Wash-
ington Street, Northerly by Hammond Street and Westerly by the
North River, and extending to West Street, which was read and re-
ferred to the Finance Committee.

An invitation to the Members of the Common [315] Council
from the Columbian Society to attend on the 11 th Instant at W r asli-
ington Hall the delivery of an oration in commemmoration of the
Victories of Erie Champlain and Plattsburgh, was read and ac-
cepted.

A Petition for a Well and Pump in Pearl Street in the 6 th Ward,
and a Petition for a Well and Pump in Grand Street between the
Bowery and Forsyth Street, was referred to the Aldermen and Assist-
ants of the respective Wards, to report Ordinances therefor.

A Petition of Stephen Gorham for extension of time for payment
of Assessment for widening and improving Washington Street, was
read and referred to the Finance Committee with authority to grant
the Prayer of the Petitioner.

A Petition of Richard Byrd to be releived from payment of a
personal Tax assessed on him in 1819. was read and referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of Thomas J. Bartow for himself and others Guagers,
praying that the Law prohibiting Guagers holding a License, under
[316] the Corporation, from holding an appointment under the In-
spector of Domestic Spirits for the State may be rescinded ; was read
and referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition was received from Elizabeth Kraff stating that she
is owner of four Lots of ground adjoining Greenwich Lane, that
by a Resolution of the Common Council the Sixth Avenue is to be
opened and continued through her premises ; that she is thereby



4 Sept. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 293

prevented from selling or leasing her property, and praying some
relief ; whereupon it was referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Samuel Henderson for remission of fine incurred
by selling liquor without License, was referred to the Police Com-
mittee

A Petition from a number of Inhabitants praying that the Hack
Stand may be removed from the present situation on the North
west side of the Park, was read and referred to the Committee on
Public Lands and Places.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants at [317] the foot of Moore
Street praying for the use of the Mud Machine to remove a Bar
that has been formed in the adjacent Slip, was read and referred to
the Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips, with authority to grant
the prayer of the Petition.

A request from William B. Van Nortwick to hire from the Cor-
poration for a term of Years the room over the Engine House in
Beaver Street was read and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition that the side walks in Mulberry Street between Spring
and Broome Streets be paved, was referred to the Street Commis-
sioner with authority to grant the request.

A Petition from Moses Cunningham Collector of the 8 th Ward,
praying in consideration of the difficulties in collecting the Taxes of
the said Ward, that an addition of One per Cent be added to his
allowance for collection was referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of John S. King for release from a Judgment obtained
against him for not [318] registering a Dog, was referred to the
Committee of Charity, with authority to grant the prayer of the
Petitioner.

A Petition of Abraham Jacques and a number of Inhabitants
that a Hay Scale may be established at the foot of Charlton Street,
and that said Jacques may be licensed as a Weigher of Hay, was
referred to the Committee on W'harves, Piers & Slips.

A Petition of Henry Smith for relief from a Judgment recovered
against him on an Ordinance for filling in a Lot, was read and
referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Levi Parse for remission of fine for selling Spiritous
Liquors without License, was referred to the Police Committee with
authority to remit the fine.

A Petition of Abraham Stagg praying payment of Balance due
on Contract for regulating and paving Grand Street between the
Bowery and Broadway was referred to the Finance Committee.



294 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Sept. 1820

[319] A Petition that Herring Street between Carmine and Jones
Street be regulated and the owners be permitted to take the dirt
opposite their respective Lots for their own benefit, was referred
to the Street Committee.

A Proposal from Robert Gill to light the public Lamps of the
City was presented, read and referred to the Lamp Committee.

A Petition of James Boyd for himself and the Heirs of Archibald
Smyth deceased, praying that the sale of two Lots corner of Canal
and Greenwich Street, advertised for non-payment of an Assessment
may be postponed till after the 25 th Instant, was referred to the
Finance Committee, with authority to grant the request.

The Cheif Engineer returned the following persons for appoint-
ment as Fire Wardens and Fireman, who were accordingly ap-
pointed.

He also stated that mistakes sometimes occurred in the returns of
the names of persons to be appointed, by omitting a letter [320] c.
to the name, which, as it was immaterial he suggested the propriety
of authorising the Clerk to correct such mistakes on the Minutes ;
which recommendation was agreed to.

o

Fire Warden for the 10 th Ward.

David Seaman, Butcher, cor. Christie & Stanton S 1 10 th W r d vice
Peter F. Cisco time expired.

Hook & Ladder Company N 2

William C. M c lntosh, Mason, 66 James S* 4 th Ward vice James
Dorset, Deceased.

N 3.

Cornelius Van Valer, Carpenter, Greenwich S l , 8 th W d vice James
Martine Resigned.

Samuel Carl, Grocer, Sullivan Street, 8 th Ward vice James Reeves,
Resigned.

Fire Engine Company N 7.

Edward Arrowsmith, Sail maker, 67 Orange S* 6 th \Y d vice James
Corse, resigned.

N 11.

Nathan Joy, Grocer, 26 Orange Street, 6 Ward vice Francis T.
Luqueer, appointed Fire Warden

[321] Fire Engine Company N 24.

Selah Van Duzer, Grocer, West Street, 3 d Ward vice John Pearce
Resigned.



4 Sept. 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 295

N 29.

Nicholas Vosburgh, Inn-keeper, cor. Hudson & Perry S l 9 W d vice
Peter Hennion, Deceased.

N 30.

John Phillips, Butcher, Ludlow near Rivington S* 10 W d vice
William Hassell, Resigned.

William H. Fowler, Carpenter, Rivington n r Pitt S* 10 th W d vice
Peter Vreeland Resigned.

N 38.

James W. Anderson, Gentleman, Bloomingdale 9 W d vice Jonathan
Moorehouse, left the City.

N 42.

Thomas Morrison, Hatter, 327 Pearl Street. 4 th \V d vice John
Thompson, Resigned.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of sundry
Nuisances which were [322] passed. Viz 1

Nl Archibald Dunlap, Owner, 88 Banker Street, a Lot

2. Cooke, D, Franklin Street, D

3. D. Ward Lessee & Occup 1 , 58 Pearl Street, a privy

4. I Seaman. Lessee ) DO
M. Vermilvia, UccupM

5. W m Slam, Owner, 54 Lombardy Street, D

(Signed) George Cuming

City Inspector.

The following Report of Complaints made to the Attorney was
presented by him and referred to the Committee on Public Offices.
Viz 1

Against Murtagh Byrne and M r Thornton Innkeepers for per-



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