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His Honor the Mayor stated that he had called this meeting at the
request of the Chairman of the Finance Committee understanding
that that the late fire at Fulton slip made it necessary that some steps
should be taken in relation to certain Policies of Insurance which
were upon some of the property there distroyed.

The following communication from the Counsel of the Board was
then read.

The Counsel begs leave to inform the Board that on the [140]
twelfth day of January Instant the report of the Commissioners who
were appointed to estimate the value of the property lying between
Fulton Street and Crane Wharf and between Front Street and South
Streets was finally confirmed by the Supreme Court.

The Act by virtue of which those Commissioners were appointed
provides that on the " final confirmation of the report of the Commis-
sioners by the Supreme Court, the Corporation shall become and be
seized in fee simple absolute of all the Lands, tenements hereditaments
and premises mentioned in that Act, and of the appurtenan[ces] prive-
leges and advantages to the same belonging or in any wise apper-
taining." The buildings of course which were situated upon that
Block, were the property of the Corporation at the time they were
destroyed by the late fire. It is ascertained that the buildings which
belonging to the heirs of the late John Rogers Fronting on Fulton
Street, and extending from Front to South Streets and also the Store
which belonged to Townsend and Rogers were Insured.



29 Jan. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 465

In pursuance of instructions from the Finance Committee and
from the Comptroller, the Washington and Eagle Insurance Com-
panies have been notified of the Loss, and that the Corporation claim
to be entitled to remuneration from them. By the conditions of the
Insurance it is required that all persons sustaining loss or damage
by fire, shall as soon after as possible deliver in a particular account
of their loss or damage ' signed with their own hands," and shall
also make the necessary proof of Loss. This account in the case of
a Corporate body must be under their Corporate Seal.

Under these circumstances the Counsel respectfully recommends
that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Common Seal to such [141]
documents or instruments as may be necessary to comply with the
requisitions of the Policy of Insurance.

He also recommends that the Comptroller be instructed to make
out an account of the loss or damage which the Corporation have sus-
tained, and also to furnish the necessary proofs of the same.

As the Counsel has been given to understand by the Secretaries of
the Insurance Companies that they will probably resist the payment
of the losses, he respectfully submits to the Board the propriety of
authorising him to retain Counsel to aid him in the prosecution of

Respectfully submitted,
(signed.) Ogden Edwards
Alderman Allen then presented the following Resolutions,

Resolved, that the Mayor be authorised to affix the Common seal
to such documents as may be necessary to comply with the requisition
of the Policies of Insurance upon the property belonging to the Corpo-
ration, between Fulton Street and Crane Wharf which has been re-
cently destroyed by fire.

Resolved, that the Comptroller be instructed to make out an ac-
count of the loss or damage which the Corporation have sustained
thereby, and also to furnish the necessary proof of the same.

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed to prosecute (if necessary)
the claim of the Corporation against the Insurance Companies, for
the loss and damage which the Corporation have sustained by the late
fire, and to retain Counsel to aid him in the prosecution.

Alderman Kip stated that being interested in the Insurance [142]
Offices in which the abovementioned property was insured, he begged
to be excused from voting thereon. On motion Alderman Kip was
excused from voting. The question was then taken on agreeing to the
resolution, and it was carried in the affirmative.



466 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Feb. 1821

Thirty one petitions, signed by a number of Inhabitants, were pre-
sented soliciting the Corporation (without thereby affecting any legal
or equitable right) again to consider the propriety of building a Mar-
ket on the ground near Fulton Slip, now 7 made by the late conflagra-
tion entirely waste and unoccupied, which were directed to be re-
ferred to a special Committee.

On motion it was resolved that the Committee be appointed by
the President, when the following gentlemen were appointed consist-
ing of Seven. Aldermen. Mann. Tooker, Swartwout, Townsend,
Allen, M r Town and M r Emmons.

The Street Commissioner presented a communication stating that
that the Report of the Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment, for
extending Lispenard Street having been lately confirmed by the Su-
preme Court, the proprietors of the property were anxious to know
when it will be required for the improvement, in order to give suit-
able notice to their Tenants when they were to remove :

Whereupon, it was resolved that the improvement be carried into
effect on the 1 st of May next.

[143] In Common Council. February 5 th 1821.

Present. The Hon 1 Cadwallader D Colden Mayor President.

Peter A Jay Esquire Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker. Thomas Bolton.

Thomas S Townsend. Abraham Valentine

Leonard Kip. Harmanus Tallman.

John P. Anthony. Benjamin Crane.

Robert McQueen. Charles Town.

Asa Mann. Shivers Parker.

Stephen Allen. Stephen P Brittain.

Isaac Emmons.

Gerard DePeyster.

Judah Hammond.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

A Committee consisting of Isaac Lawrence, Abraham Bloodgood,
Grove Wright, William Bayard, and John Hone, appointed in pur-
suance of resolutions, passed at a Meeting of Freeholders, and Les-
sees of real Estate on the 30 th of January last, attended and presented
a Memorial, signed by a great number of Freeholders and Lease hold-
ers, representing that they had felt the heavy responsibilities to
which they have, for many years, been subjected by Assessments for



5 Feb. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 467

laying out Streets and Roads, without any advantage Sufficient to
compensate for their losses and expenditures That under the [144]
operation of the present system of Government of the City, owners
and Lessees of real Estate are taxed at the discretion of persons over
whom they have no control, and that the present Election franchise is
of no practical use or benefit to them. The remedy for these evils
they conceive to be a reform in the Constitution of the Common Coun-
cil, and that reform they would recommend to be to provide for the
Election of another Board of Common Council to act in concurrence
with the present, and that this additional Board be elected by the Free-
holders and Lessees of real Estate in the City.

The Committee added that a Committee was appointed at the Pub-
lic Meeting on the 30 th of January of which Colonel Few was Chair-
man, who were authorised to confer with any Committee appointed
on the part of the Corporation. The several Communications having
been read, it was resolved that the same be referred to to a special
Committee. The Mayor accordingly, appointed on that Committee,
The Recorder, Aldermen Tooker, Allen. M r Brittain M r Parker.

A petition from Butchers stationed at the Fly Market a petition
from a number of Inhabitants of King's County, attending the said
Market, and a number of petitions from the Inhabitants of the City
praying the erection of a New Market at Fulton Slip and discontinu-
ing the Fly Market were severally read and referred to the Special
Committee appointed on that subject.

A Remonstrance signed by a number of Inhabitants against the
removal of the Fly-Market, was also presented and referred to the
same Committee.

[145] A Memorial from the Committee of the Vestry of S* Luke's
church was received stating that they had lately been given to under-
stand that it was expected that they would pay rent for the room, cor-
ner of Hudson and Christopher Streets, occupied by them as a place
of public worship. That when it was granted to them, it was sup-
posed it was gratuitous, but to be surrendered when required, thai
they expected to erect a Church in the ensuing summer, but that would
require all their pecuniary resources, they therefore requested a gra-
tuitous grant of the room for one year, should its occupation be neces-
sary.

Whereupon, the same was referred to the Finance Committee, with
authority to act in the premises as they should judge advisable.

A statement of the funds and annual Income of the Sailor's snug



468 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Feb. 1821

Harbor was presented, and directed to be filed. The amount of In-
come was stated to be $7.958.51.

A petition from William B Hill for remission of a fine under the
Hack law, was read and referred to the Police Committee.

An account of Thomas H Westley (of Baltimore State of Mary-
land) for sundry expences incurred, and five months board of William
M c Donough Lavis son of Thomas La vis of New York who was taken
from the possession of a female fugitive from justice, amounting to
fifty dollars, was presented and referred to the Commissioners of the
Alms House.

A petition in behalf of the Reverend Matthew La Rue Perrin for
remission of Assessment of personal tax of last year, he being, by
law as a Clergyman, exempt therefrom, was referred to the Com-
mittee on Assessments.

[146] A complaint against the present Superintendent of the Mud
Machine, and a recommendation in favor of Silas Barmore for the
appointment to that office was read and referred to the Committee on
Wharves Piers and Slips.

A petition from W m Van Wart for remission of fine for selling
liquor on Sunday, was referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of Eliza Hull for remission of fine for selling liquor
without licence, was referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of Dennis Kenan complaining of the slaughter house
of John Davenport adjoining to his house, as being kept in a very
filthy state, was read and referred to the City Inspector.

A petition of Jane Wymber for remission of a fine for selling liquor
without licence, was referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of Frederick G Bull complaining of an undue Assess-
ment on him for personal Tax, was referred to the Committee on As-
sessments.

A further complaint of John A Hardenbrook of the house N 112
Bowery, adjoining his house, and that the water from the house and
yard of said premises is thrown upon his ground and into his Cellar,
was read and referred to the City Inspector, with direction to report
thereon at the next meeting of the Board.

[147] A petition of Samuel Haskell for further time for pay-
ment of an Assessment laid on the property of Mary Mann, now his
Wife, was referred to the Finance Committee.

A petition was received from Eli Wads worth and Company, stat-
ing that they are building graduated scales for weighing large
draughts, which, in their opinion will be of great public utility, and



5 Feb. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 469

praying some suitable situation for weighing may be assigned to them
which was referred to the Committee on Arts and Sciences.

A communication was received from Noah Bartlett, offering to
lease for the purposes of a Court Room for the Justices of the 4 th
and 6 th Ward the Office in Tryon Row, now occupied by A Sherman
Esq r which was read and referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of
the 4 th and 6 th Wards.

A petition of B. Fleury for relief from an Assessment from per-
sonal tax on him, which he considered excessive, was read and referred
to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition of Samuel Frost for relief from penalty, said to be
incurred by acting as Pawn Broker, without licence therefor was read
and referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of William Boyce for stall in Fly market, and of
Thomas Varian for stall N 10 Catharine market, were referred to the
Market Committee.

[148] A petition of Mary Ludlow, to be released from payment
of an Assessment for personal tax, was referred to the Committee on
Assessments.

An Account of the District Attorney for fees due to him for the
Sessions of July, August, September, October, November, and De-
cember 1819. and of January, February, March, April and May 1820.
was presented and referred to the Finance Committee.

A petition from the Agricultural Society of the City and County
of New York for the use of a Room in the New York Institution for
a place of meeting and as a depository for the various seeds which are
from time to time transmitted to them, and for the purposes also of
a Library, was read and referred to the Committee on public Offices.

The following persons were appointed Fire Warden and Firemen,
the Chief Engineer certifying the Vacancies.

Fire Wardens of the 7 th Ward.

Thompson Price, Mason, N 102 Lombardy Street. 7 th Ward,
Vice Job Furman. Resigned.

Hook and Ladder Company N 3.

Peter Winant Junior, Carpenter, N 37 Vandam S* 8 th do
Vice Henry Bertholf. Resigned.

Fire Engine Company N 7.

Francis Lyon, Morocco-dresser, N 36 Reed Street 5 th do
Vice. William L Mott. Time of service expired.



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[149] Fire Engine Company N 12.

William M c Alpine, Leather dresser, N 17 Chesnut S t 4 th Ward
Vice. Jacob Van Nostrand. Resigned.

N 18.

Benjamin F Cheeseman, Accountant, Market co Banker S* 7 th do
Vice. Jethro Mitchell. Resigned.

N 35, Stationed at Harlaem.

John Adriance Junior Farmer, Harlaem. 9 th do

Vice. Isaac Devooe. Deceased.



N28.

Garret T Beekman, Carpenter. Sullivan near Broome S l 8 th
Vice. Jacob Skinner. Resigned.



do



N40.

Thomas G Harrison, Butcher, N 95. Orange Street. 8 th do
Vice. Jotham Sherwood. Resigned.

Thomas M c lntyre, Chair Maker. N 16 Hester S* 10 th do

Vice. Stephen Frost. Removoz/ed to the Count [r]y.

William B Ferguson, Chair Painter. N 17 Harman S l 7 th do
Vice. Increase C Baker, Expelled for repeated neglects of duty.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for repaving
Harman Street from Catharine to Rutgers Street, which was con-
firmed, and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for the correction of
sundry Nuisances, which were passed,

The City Inspector respectfully reports the following Ordi- [150]
nances for correcting Nuisances, viz,
NO 1 M Gloriana



Franklin, Owner, R. Sands,

2 P. Parks, Owner, R Green,

3 M rs Sammis Lessee. C. Walton

4 M rs Caves. Owner. J Walton

5 J. Marsh. do J Gordon

6 J. Hunt. do Wm Walden

7 J Heath do C. M^Gowan

8 S. Upson Occupant J. Heath

9 T. Gardner Owner D Love

10 J Gardner do D Cisco

11 J. H Baker do and

12 Coggershall do G W Teller



Occupant, NO 3 Oliver Street

A privy



Occupant


18 do


do


do


27 do


do


do


29 do


do


do


49 do


do


do


1 Henry


do


do


3 do


do


Owner


5 do


do


Occupant


30 Banker


do


do


30^ do


do


do


31 do


do


do


37 do


do



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471



13 P. Parks. Owner


J. Pierpont


Occupant


47


Banker


A privy


14 P. French do


P Trent


do


54


do


do


15 J. Smith Lessee.


L Sylvester


do


28


Oak


do


16 J. C. Roosevelt.












Agent.


C Jasper


do


41


do


do


17 J. M c Lean. Owner.


J. Pierpoint


do


45


do


do


18 J. Weed do


W r m Cox


do


47


do


do


19 P. Shonnard do


and


do


89


Cherry


do


20 S. Purdy do


W m Crowsher


do


90


do


do


21 P. Shonnard do


A & W D Field do


91


do


do


22 S. Purdy do


A Canovillo


do


92


do


do


23 W m L Simers do


and


do


98


do


do


24 D r Bunel Lessee


M" Crawford


do


99


do


do


25 M rs Logan, Executrix


Mrs M c Laughlin do


100


do


do


26 [151] Wm John-












son, Owner


J. Marchison,


Occupant,


101


do


do


27 D. Lake do


F. Faverau,


do


103


do


do


28 D. Doyle, do


J. Caherty


do


104


do


do


29 S. Thompson do


and


do


105


do


do


30 Widow Lewis do


R. Turner


do


112


do


do


31 Jos h Marsh do


and


do


113


do


do


32 T. Stagg do


P. Fish


do


118


do


do



33 Si Heath

and his Wife do

34 J. Brown Owner

35 do do do

36 P. McLaughlin do

37 W m McLaughlin do

38 T. Griffen do

39 Js C Roosevelt

Agent,

40 G. Abeel Owner

41 do do do

42 Mrs Skilling do

43 Jno Gardner do

44 J. Gardner do

45 G. Newbold. do

46 R. Brown. do

47 James Russell do

48 Wm Bethel do

49 M" pisk. do

50 Ja s Crommeline do

51 [152] F Seely do

52 P Lockwood do

53 S. Hitchcock do

54 N. Corbet do

55 DO DO do

56 P. Shonnard do



Jews Alley



H. Demilt

H Blase,

C. Eddy

E. Stephenson

and

J. M c Cornel



do


and Banker S 1 do


do


NO 2


do


do


do


do


3


do


do


do


do


5


do


do


do


do


6


do


do


do


do


7


do


do


do



J. Mosher do

SI Tate do

J. Reeves do

J. P. Lacoste do

P. Green do

R. Burns do

R. Bannon do

J. Leonard do

and do

H. Miller do

J. Fekke do

W m Phillips and

Richard Frisbeck do 68 do

and do 88 do

and do 90 do

and do 92 do

E. Conway do 94 do

and do 94^ do

C Brannon do 98 do



362 Water do

364 do do

364 l / 2 do do

366 do do

14 James do

16 do do

18 do do

24 do do

56 do do

58 do do

60 do do



do
do



41
14



do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do

do
do
do
do
do
do
do



472 CITY or NEW YORK 5 Feb. 1821

57 J. Smith Owner N. H Lewis Occupant 34 James S* A Lot

58 J Baker do J Parker do 6 Beach do do

(Signed.) George Cuming.

City Inspector.

The Counsel presented the following communication.

The Counsel begs leave to inform the Board that the Supreme
Court at their last Term ordered, that all the proceedings in the case
of Dover Street be discontinued,

Als[o] that an argument was there had before the Court rela-
tive to the Common Sewer through Canal Street, which involved the
merits of the controversy, and that the Court deferred giving their
opinion until the May Term.

The Counsel begs leave to recommend that the Mayor be author-
ised, during the recess of the Board to sign and affix the Common
Seal to the answer of the Corporation to the Bill in Chancery filed
against them by Christian Bergh.

Respectfully Submitted.
(Signed.) Ogden Edwards.

The Counsel also informs the Board that the report of the [153]
report of the Commissioners in the case of Lispenard Street was con-
firmed and he recommends that a Collector be appointed to collect the
Assessments.

He also presented a Lease of the School room over Watch house
in Eldrige Street to Hart and Belden A Lease to Benjamin Smith
for Lots N 13 and 18 at Brooklyn A Lease to Abel Sammis for
Homes' hook ferry An assignment to Benjamin Disbrow of Street
Manure of Eastern District, and to John M Hitchcock of Western
District, which were directed to be duly executed.

He also presented draughts of Memorials to the Legislature and
corresponding Bills as follows, viz. the article relative to the duties
of the Coroner, and the Salaries of the Assistant Justices Act rela-
tive to the Commissioner of Excise, and an Act to enable the Mayor,
Aldermen and Commonalty to raise money by Tax, which were sever-
ally directed to be duly authenticated, and transmitted to the Legis-
lature.

The Report of the Finance Committee on the Fiscal concerns of
the Corporation, which was presented at the last meeting, was called
up, read, the resolutions adopted, and were directed to be published
in the papers employed by the Corporation.



5 Feb. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 473

The report was in the words following.

The

Annual Report of the Finance

Committee, for the year 1821.

In Common Council, January 22 nd 1821.

and ordered to be printed.

[154] The Finance Committee beg leave to submit the following
Report ;

The Committee suggested it as their opinion, in a report of the 29 th
of December, 1819. that an annual examination into the City Finances
would prove useful and salutary : and having no cause to alter that
opinion, they have attempted a general review of the Financial con-
cerns of the Corporation, from May 1816. to the present period, to-
gether with an estimate of the probable receipts and expenditures for
the year commencing on the second Monday in May 1821. and ending
on the second Monday in May 1822, with such elucidations of the
subject as appeared to them proper and necessary.

The Committee make no pretensions to perfect correctness in their
calculations, for in their opinion, the nature and novelty of the under-
taking would not warrant the conclusion : and the limited time allowed
them from their ordinary avocations, precluded the possibility of givin;-
the subject that attention which its importance demands : but they
nevertheless hope that the attempt may be of some utility to the Board,
in conveying information not heretofore afforded, on a subject of in-
creasing interest to the community.

The ordinary receipts of the Corporation are derived from the
following sources : viz.

Rents of the public property, including the ferries and the pub-
lic wharves and slips ; street manure ; mayoralty fees ; tavern and ex-
cise licences ; a portion of the duty on Sales at vendue ; and the annual
taxes on the real and personal property in this city.

The extraordinary or casual revenue accrues from the re- [155]
ceipt of former advances made by the Corporation, together with some
small items, too precarious to be calculated on ; but principally from
the sale of public property, and from loans, either permanent or tem-
porary.

The ordinary disbursements comprise the following objects: Alms
House, penitentiary and Bridewell; City Watch; Fire-department;
lamps ; Interest on City debt ; Salaries ; repairs of the Public property
Police Office ; repairing roads ; common schools ; wells and pumps ;



474 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Feb. 1821

and a large amount of contingencies, unavoidable in the transaction
of public business.

The extraordinary disbursements comprise balances unpaid on
former contracts ; redeeming bills of credit ; working the Avenues ;
building docks and slips ; uncollected assessments on streets paid in
advance from the Treasury; and a number of incidental expenses that
cannot be anticipated.

That the Board may have a comparative view of the several items
of receipts and expenditures, both ordinary and extraordinary, from
May, 1816, to May, 1820, the Committee have arranged, from ihz
annual reports of the Comptroller the following exhibits.

The ordinary receipts into the Treasury from the following sources,
during the year ending on the 12 th day of May, 1817, were as fol-
lows:

Rents $40.672.95

Street-Manure 6.750.

Mayoralty fees 1 .533 . 21

Tavern and Excise Licences 12.192. 5 $61.148.21



[156] Vendue Sales 25.395.11

Taxes 187.941 . 58

Balance in the Treasury, May, 1816 7.836.89



$282.321.79
Extraordinary Receipts.

Sale of U. S. [Stock] held by Committee of Defence 39.212.97

Proceeds of issue of Bills of Credit 11.340.

Cash from Manager of Board of Health Lottery 4.713.88

Sale of Watch House, Wall-Street 6.520.37

Jury fines 11.12

Borrowed of Mechanics Bank 110.000.



Making a Total of Dollars 454.120.13

The ordinary expenditures during the same period were as follows :

Alms House 90.886 .

Watch 57.401.50

Fire Department 35.256. 75

Lamps 28.496. 41

Interest on funded and floating debt 54,280.63

Salaries 29.063.97

Repairs 25.341 .29

Police Office 4.213 . 71

Board of Health 2.168.75

Common Schools and Charities 8.844.26

Wells and Pumps 4.688 . 88



5 Feb. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 475

County Contingencies 22.049.39

Repairing Roads &c 6.258.77

$368.950.31
[157] Extraordinary Expenditures.

Return Receipt for Hamilton-square Lots 8.184.90

Redeeming Bills of Credit 16.908.44

Building of Alms House 30.000.

Intestate Estates and Signal Poles 211 .96

Streets and Avenues 12.873.33

Gass-light Experiment 5.927.25 74.505.88



Making a Total of Dollars 443.456.29

The ordinary receipts into the Treasury from the i-ame Sources
for the year ending on the 11 th day of May, 1818. were as follows:

Rents 43.049.43

Street Manure 9.000.

Mayoralty Fees 1.927.27

Tavern and Excise Licences 15.654.30

Vendue Sales 50.450.61

Taxes 199.216.45

Balance in the Treasury, May, 1817 11.063.94 330.362.



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