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posals to contain the names of the sureties offered for the due perform-
ance of the proposition.

(Signed) Stephen Allen
Samuel Stevens
Asa Mann
Robert M c Queen
Hermanus Tallman
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee of Charity, on the application from the Society for
Promotion of Industry soliciting a larger donation [165] than here-
tofore allowed reported :

That they have had the subject under consideration and have had
an interview with one of the directresses and were informed that
unless the Corporation would grant a large sum they could not open
their House, having expended all their funds the last season.

Your Committee have also learned that the Board of Directresses
have finally closed their Institution without any expectation of again

re-opening it. /0 . ~, .

(bigned) bhivers Parker

Thomas Bolton
David Board
whereupon the same was directed to be filed.

The Committee on Public Offices, on the Communication from the
City Sealer of Weights & Measures, reported :

That they have had this subject under consideration and they agree
in opinion with him that many inconve- [166] niences arise to the City



13 March 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 23

from having two Sealers of Weights and Measures, but that this is an
evil which can be avoided by the Board in no other way than by
abolishing their own office of Weighmaster which the Committee pre-
sume the Board would not agree to do. In relation to so much of the
communication as recommends the appointment of a new Officer, to be
called the Inspector of Weights and Measures, your Committee believe
that we have offices enough already.

In relation to so much of the Communication as relates to the
diameters of the dry measures your Committee observe that the Board
have not the power to remedy the evil.

And in relation to the recommendation of not permitting any
measures to be sold unless first sealed, your Committee do not know
that the Corporation have power ; and if they have, your Committee
think it would not be expedient [167] to use it, even tho' it appears
that the people of Philadelphia do so.

In relation to examining the Scales, as well as the Balances, your
Committee think it would be proper in the revision of the Laws to
insert a clause on this subject making a penalty for having the scales
as well as the balances incorrect.

In relation to the not allowing of lead \veights to be used, your
Committee think that the Board ought to prohibit the use of them,
altho' the Sealer thinks there would be a saving to the grocers in the
expences of sealing by so doing.

In relation to the last subject of the City Sealer's communication,
which is John Edwards' Scale Beams, your Committee believe it is not
necessary for the Board to interfere, but that they (the said Edwards
and the City Sealer) both be left to exercise their rights and to per-
form their duties.

The Committee hope that they have expressed an opinion & given
consideration [168] to all the subjects which can grow out of the Office
of the City Sealer, and conclude their report by offering the following
resolution :

Resolved that the Counsel, in revising the Laws, insert a clause,
making it penal to have the Scales out of order or incorrect or which
do not of themselves balance.

(Signed) Samuel Stevens
John Morss
Benj n Crane

which was approved & the resolution adopted.



24 CITY OF NEW YORK 13 March 1820

The Committee of Retrenchments, on the subject of abolishing the
Office of Superintendant of Wharves & Piers, reported:

That they have had the subject of said resolution under considera-
tion and are satisfied that the said Office may be done away without
any inconvenience, as the Superintendant of repairs is willing to attend
to the duties thereof. They therefore recommend the [169] adoption
of the following resolution :

Resolved that the Office of Superintendant of Wharves, Piers &
Slips be and the same is hereby abolished.

(Signed) John Morss
W m A. Davis
John Hone
Samuel Stevens

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Street Committee, on the petition for extending Lispenard
Street, reported :

That Lispenard Street is already opened to within about 200 feet
of Broadway: That it is about 50 feet wide and is built on both sides
with good substantial houses, most of which are of brick and many of
them valuable. That by extending it to Broadway the Street will be
much improved and the property materially advanced in value : That
most of the proprietors of the property fronting on the Street are
very desirous of having the Street extended, and that all the [170]
proprietors of the premises required for extending the Street to
within 200 feet of Broadway, except Messrs. Isaac Lawrence and
Elbert Anderson, have agreed to vest in the Corporation all the prem-
ises required for that purpose & that they own but two lots which
front on Canal Street. The Committee are of opinion that the value
conferred upon the property benefitted would so far exceed the dam-
ages that the Commissioners could not with propriety and therefore
would not assess any sum upon the Corporation on account of the
Buildings. The Committee therefore recommend the adoption of the
following resolution :

Resolved that Lispenard Street be extended to Broadway, provided
all the proprietors of the property required for that purpose to within
200 feet of Broadway, with the exception of Isaac Lawrence & Elbert
Anderson vest the same in the Corporation for a public street.



13 March 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 25

Resolved that the Counsel of the Board take the necessary meas-
ures for [171] carrying the resolution into effect.

(signed) Jacob B. Taylor
John Morss
Shivers Parker
Steph. P. Brittain
Asa Mann

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

Resolved that the Street Committee, to whom on the 31 st of January
last had been referred the petition of William Paulding and others
praying that the Sewer now building in Chapel Street be extended to
Duane Street, be discharged from the further consideration thereof
and that it be referred to the Canal Committee.

Resolved that the Aldermen and Assistants of the 5 th and 8 th
Wards be authorized to hire for one year from the 1 st of May next
Rooms for the accommodation of the District Court for those Wards.

[172] The Comptroller reported

Balance in Treasury 6 th inst 25.93

Reed for penalties of Attorney 334.29

" Fines & Costs Justices Court 7* & IQth Wds 87.94

" 4th Street opening 237.

" Wells & Pumps 100. 785.16



6 Accounts Audited.

Jno. Mullanphy rent Wharf Courtland St. 1 quarter 1 st

February 75 .

Chs. Mooney ace* pavs Orange St 200.

Jno. Williams bal. regg Green St 161 .70

Jno. Bailey ace* pave Ludlow St 150.

Wm Bailey on ace* of North St 95.

Hugh Donocho 1st Instalment Well in Mott St. 48.34 730.04



Balance $55.12

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.



26 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 March 1820

[173] In Common Council March 20 1820.
Present. The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor, President

Peter A Jay Esqr. Recorder.
Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

John P. Anthony Herm s Tallman

John Morss Benj n Crane

Robert M c Queen Jno. J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Steph. P. Brittain

George B. Thorp David Board

Stephen Allen W m A. Davis

Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last meeting were read & approved.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board the Return of the
Keeper of the City Prison or Bridewell of the persons confined therein.
He observed that he had [174] visited the prison since the last re-
port and found it neat and in perfect order.

Whereupon the report was directed to be filed.

A remonstrance against extending Lispenard Street to Broadway
was presented and referred to the Street Committee

A petition from Rachel Underwood, Lessee of Cellar No. 12 Wash-
ington Market and of Henry Cochrane, her surety, praying on account
of losses and misfortunes of said Rachel that the quit rent, which will
be due 1 st May next, may be remitted to her was read & referred to
the Market Committee.

A petition of John Fisher for Stall No. 12 Catharine Market and
of John J. Fink for Stall No. 14 Washington Market were read and
referred to the Market Committee.

A petition of Richard Varick that the permanent line or North
Boundary of Dey [175] Street from the southeasterly side of Green-
wich Street may be duly established was read and referred to the
Street Committee.

A petition of Messrs. Pott & M c Kinne, praying that a suit insti-
tuted against Captain Donald Mackay, Master of Ship Chauncey
from Canton, for neglecting to report his passengers may be discon-
tinued was read & referred to the Police Committee with authority to
remit the penalty.

Petitions from G. B. Storm and from Samuel Y. Allaire, for re-
mission of fines incurred by selling liquor without licence was read
and referred to the Police Committee with like authority.



20 March 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTfcS 27

A petition of Samuel Evans stating that he has contracted for a
Horse Boat to run upon the Ferry granted to him by the Corporation,
but upon examining the situation of Walnut Street Slip, where the
Ferry is at present [176 located he finds it unsuitable for the purpose
and therefore prays he may be permitted to run his Boat from Gou-
verneur Slip to Little Street on Long Island was read and referred to
the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A Letter to his Honor the Mayor, from John T. Irving Esqr. a
Representative in the Legislature of this State from this City, com-
municating the substance of a Bill now before the House of Assembly
altering the Poor-Law, which he considered as materially affecting the
interest of the City was read and referred to the Committee on Appli-
cations to the Legislature.

A petition of Robert Latimer, offering upon certain terms to work
the 3 d Avenue from Hell gate round to the first Mill Pond Bridge
near Harlaem Town and to board a number of the convicts at 20 cents
per day was read and referred to [177] the Road Committee.

A petition of Isaac Lawrence to be permitted to construct a Vault
in Duane Street corner of Broadway and a similar one from Joseph
T. Jacobs for a vault corner of Robinson and Greenwich Streets, were
read and referred to the Street Committee with authority to grant
on the usual terms.

A petition in behalf of G. W. Cooper to be permitted to make use
of an Area in front of his house corner of William and Beaver Sts.
by covering it over with plank, was referred to the Street Commis-
sioner.

A petition of Ammi Chase for appointment as Wood Inspector
was referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition of Henry Pritchard to be permitted to sell pies in the
City Hall during the sittings of the Courts was referred to the [178]
Committee on Public Lands & Places.

A petition of Parsells & Armstrong, on subject of a Contract re-
specting Streets was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of Charles Brooks, praying to be relieved from a tax
levied on him in the 4 th Ward, he being insolvent & unable to pay,
was referred to the Committee on Assessments.

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for regulating
& paving Green Street from the southerly side of Grand Street to
Spring Street which was passed and Abraham Baudouine, Abraham
Russel and John Brower were appointed Assessors.

Also an Ordinance for a Well and Pump in Laurens near Bleecker



28 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 March 1820

Street which was passed and Abraham Bloodgood, James Barrow and
Benjamin Prince were appointed Assessors.

[179] He also informed the Board that on the 14 th and 21 st Sep-
tember 1818 eight houses and Lots were sold for the payment of taxes,
all of which have been redeemed by the respective owners and that
the balance that remained in his hands, after having repaid the pur-
chasers, has been deposited in the Treasury amounting to $73.56 cents.

(signed) John M c Comb, St. Comm r
whereupon his report was ordered to be filed.

The Comptroller presented a report, recommending that the Coun-
sel be instructed to take measures for the appraisement of Corporation
property at Brooklyn, the leases of which had expired which was
referred to the Counsel.

The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engineer
certifying the vacancies :

No. 10.

George Foster shoemaker 31 Orange St. 4 th Ward vice Elisha
B. Shaw resigned.

[180] Moses E. Palmer carpenter: Christie St. 10 th Ward vice
Dan 1 Townsend, app d Fire Warden

Abraham Lent sail maker 79 Forsythe St. 10 th Ward vice Jacob
Parcel Expelled.

No. 20.

W m Carl Harness maker Pump n. Cross 6 th Ward vice
Thomas Hopper, resigned

No. 39.

Alfred A. M c Kenny account 4 24 Rector St. 1 st Ward vice Sam 1
S. Wyckoff resigned.

William Snell account 1 24 Rector St. 1 st Ward vice Sam 1 S.
Wyckoff resigned.

The City Inspector reported ordinances for correction of sundry
nuisances which were passed :

1 J. Stephens & Mr. Merceau [Mer-'j

sereau] Own- V 13 White St. a Privy

A. Judah Occ. J

2 Philip Brasher Own. 61 Beekman st. do.

3 G. Haight Own.) OA T ., _

T r 4.1 n c 90 Liberty St. do

J. Watkins Occ. \

4 G. Haight Own.) 00

W- S. Popham Occ. j 88 d ' d '



20 March 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



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5 J. K. Vanderbilt
[181] Mrs. Byron
M. Latham

7 J. Walton
J. Harris

8 Mrs. Byron
P. J. Mead

9 Mrs. Byron
J. C. Lopez

10 Mrs. Byron
A. Niven

11 Mrs. Byron
Mrs. R. Niven

12 J. Travis

13 G. Haight

C. Rosencrants

14 G. Haight

15 Mrs. Byron
W m Terry

16 Mr. Morton
J. Place

17 G. Janeway
A. Burling

18 E. Archer
Mrs. Sillcock

[182] J. Coster Own.

20 P. Barry
T. Duff

21 W. Bowne

A. M c GargIe [Gargh]

22 C. Reed

23 Elias Matthews

24 C. Meeks

25 J. M c Anulty

26 R. Stoddard

27 T. C. Butler
J. Densmore

28 E. Matthews

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30 CITY or NEW YORK 20 March 1820

He also stated that a Lot on Rhynder Street had been sold on the
1 st inst. for non payment of an Assessment, but that the purchaser had
not appeared to pay for the same ; that it was in a state of Nuisance,
and recommended the Nuisance to be abated at public expence, the
cost thereof [183] to remain a lien on the land which was referred
to the Street Committee.

The Committee of Wharves, Piers and Slips, on the petition of
Stephen D. Beekman & others, reported :

That altho' the law requires the proprietors of ground fronting on
West & South Streets to make such parts of those Streets as lie in
front of their premises, when required so to do by the Corporation,
yet that it has not provided any mode of compelling them so to do,
and that all the grants under which those persons hold who have
failed to comply do not require them to make South Street.

Under these circumstances the Committee are of opinion that it
is expedient that application should be made to the Legislature to
amend the law. They have therefore procured a Law to be drafted
remedying the defects of the existing law and also a Memorial to the
Legislature [184] explaining the necessity of its being passed and
also praying that it may receive their sanction.

The Law and Memorial are herewith submitted and the Com-
mittee recommend to the Board that they should be forthwith sub-
mitted to the Legislature.

.(Signed) Stephen Allen
Asa Mann
Herm 9 Tallman
Samuel Stevens

which was approved & the Memorial directed to be duly executed &
together with the Bill accompanying the same to be transmitted to
the Legislature now in Session at Albany.

The Committee, to whom was referred the subject of renting a
room for the Assistant Justice's Court in the 7 th and 10 th Wards,
reported :

That they have procured the Room mentioned in the annexed
memorandum, [185] being the 2 d Story of the House known as Nos.
120 & 122 Division Street and that the rent of the same is $125. for
the said year, payable quarterly and they recommend the following
resolution :



20 March 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 31

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to prepare the counterpart
of a Lease in conformity to the said Memorandum.

(Signed) Asa Mann

S. P. Brittain

S. Allen

J. Hammond

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee of Wharves, Piers and Slips, to whom had been
referred the draught of a Law reported by the Counsel, entitled " A
Law to amend a Law entitled ' A Law to regulate the lying of vessels
at the public Wharves and in the Slips and to establish the rates of
Wharfage," reported the same amended in the words following:

Be it Ordained by the Mayor, [186] Aldermen and Commonalty
of the City of New York, in Common Council convened- -That if the
master, o\vner or person having charge of any vessel or small craft
whatever, excepting such as belong to the States of New York, New
Jersey and Connecticut or any or either shall after the 1 st day of
May next come into or lie at or within Coenties Slip, the owner,
master or person having charge of any such vessel or small craft
shall forfeit and pay for every such offence the sum of $25. and the
further sum of $10 for every 24 hours such vessel shall lie at or
within the said Slip."

Upon the question of passing the same, it was carried in the
Affirmative. The ayes and nays, having been called by Alderman
Mann, were as follow :

Affirmative. Mr. Recorder. Aldermen Hone : King : Anthony :
Morss : M c Queen : Thorp : Allen. Messrs. Bolton : Tallman : Crane :
Westervelt: [187] Parker: Brittain: Board: Davis: Hammond.

Negative. Alderman Mann : Mr. Stevens.

The Committee on Applications to the Legislature, to whom was
referred a report of a Committee on subject of the accounts of the
District Attorney and Clerk of the Sessions &c. reported :

That having examined the subject it appears to them that the
various statutes heretofore made, and now in force on this subject,
are so constructed that considerable embarrassment is likely to exist
for some time to come in this practice under them, inasmuch as these
Statutes are loose and the interfering interests arising under them
will, it is apprehended, require more time & labor for settling and
composing than would be requisite for the introduction of a new and
simple provision which might at once preclude the practicability of



32 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 March 1820



conflicting claims arising between the different officers of these [188]
courts on these subjects, and which should also at the same time pro-
vide against any large and unexpected drafts upon the Treasury for
services performed in the criminal courts. It is undoubtedly an
object of considerable importance that these courts, as far as may be
practicable consistently with the due administration of this depart-
ment of our jurisprudence should not become a public burthen. As
the laws now stand, however, it is not practicable to determine before-
hand the amount which the Board may be called upon to pay annually
out of the Treasury ; and conceiving it desirable not merely to reduce
what is now uncertain to a known standard but also to diminish the
amount to be paid out of the Treasury, your Committee have become
satisfied that the public will be benefitted by making these two officers
a reasonable compensation for their services by means of a fixed
salary [189] to be paid to them respectively in lieu of all fees for
services rendered by them in relation to any proceedings in the said
Courts.

In pursuance whereof, it is the opinion of your Committee that
there ought to be allowed and paid to the District Attorney an annual
salary in lieu of all fees for services to be performed by him in the
criminal courts above mentioned and for services to be performed in
reference to proceedings in those courts, not exceeding $3000 nor less
than $2000. and that he be permitted to have and take to his own use
the taxable costs which shall be collected by him in all such civil suits
and proceedings as shall be carried on by him by virtue of his office
aforesaid in any of the Common Law Courts other than the criminal
courts above mentioned, and that nothing herein contained be con-
strued to enable the District Attorney in any event to call upon this
Board for the payment of any other or greater sum than such salary
as aforesaid [190] and that there should not be any allowance made
to him for disbursements, clerk hire or for stationary : That there be
allowed and paid to the said Clerk in lieu of all fees heretofore allowed
him for services to be performed by him as such clerk an annual
salary not exceeding $2000 nor less than $1500. and that a further
annual allowance, not exceeding $500 for under clerk hire & Stationary
be paid to the said Clerk.

Your Committee are of opinion that this would be a liberal &
sufficient allowance to those officers respectively that they should
once in every month render their accounts verified by oath & pay over
to the City Treasury all the monies collected by them in virtue of



20 March 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 33

their said Offices. The following resolution is therefore respectfully
submitted :

Resolved that the Counsel of the Board be instructed to prepare
the draught of a law in conformity with [191] the foregoing report
and the usual petition to the Legislature.

(Signed) J. Hammond
S. Allen
J. P. Anthony
E. W. King

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Street Committee, on petition of Abraham Stagg, reported:

That the facts as stated are true and that in their opinion the
Contractor ought to complete the work before any more money is
paid. They therefore beg leave to offer the following resolution:

Resolved that Abraham Stagg complete his contract for regulating
and paving Grand Street, to the satisfaction of the Inspector on or
before the 15 th day of April next.

Resolved that if said Stagg neglect or refuses to complete his con-
tract as aforesaid the Street Commissioner be authorized to employ
a suitable person to complete [192] the same agreeably to the tenor of
the Contract and to deduct the cost from the amount due and to allow
said Stagg the balance.

(Signed) A. Mann

S. P. Brittain
S. Parker
J. Morss

which was approved & the resolutions adopted.

The same Committee, on petition of John Sloan, reported:
That they have had the subject under their deliberate consideration
after having had surveys & calculations made of the earth remaining
in the several streets embraced in the contract made by John Sloan
with this Board, from all which your Committee are of opinion that
this Board do pay the said Sloan $40. for 1000 loads of earth deposited
in Green Street at 4 cents per load, the price mentioned in his con-
tract, & that said Sloan be permitted to remove all [193] the surplus
earth remaining in the said Streets for his own use, excepting 1757
loads which is the balance after fulfilling his said Contract. Your
Committee therefore recommend the adoption of the following reso-
lution :



34 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 March 1820

Resolved that John Sloan be paid $40. for 1000 loads of earth
deposited by him in Green Street.

Resolved that John Sloan be permitted to remove all the surplus
earth remaining in Thompson Street and Laurens Street, excepting
1757 loads which shall be retained to be disposed of by this Corpora-
tion.

(signed) J. B. Taylor
Asa Mann
S. P. Brittain
S. Parker
J. Morss

which was approved & the resolutions adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition for filling in Lewis & Stanton
Streets, reported the following resolution: Resolved [194] that
Stanton Street be regulated from Pitt Street to the easterly side of
the bulk-head.

(Signed) J. B. Taylor
S. Parker
J. Morss



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