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Report of the Committee.

A communication of Joseph Coppinger in relation to the construc-
tion of the proposed Market at Fulton Slip was read and laid on the
table.

Alderman Tooker presented the following resolution. Resolved,

That the Evening Post be discontinued as an advertising paper for
this Board, and that the American be substituted in its place. The
question being taken thereon, it was carried in the affirmative

The Ayes and Noes having been called by the Recorder, were as
follows.

Ayes. Tooker, Anthony, M c Queen, Mann, Board, Allen M r
Crane, Town, Parker, Brittain, Emmons, Depeyster, Hammond. 13.

Noes. M r Recorder. Ald n Townsend. Kip. M r Bolton. Valen-
tine. 5.



26 Feb. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 521

[240] The Board then resumed the consideration of the revised
laws, when the following laws were adopted.

1 st A law relative to the Park, Battery and Bowling Green.

2 nd A law to regulate digging of Vaults, and the construction of
Cisterns in the Streets, and for other purposes.

A law to prevent the firing of guns, and discharging of
Rockets, squibs, crackers, and other fire works, and for other purposes.

4 th A law for removing snow and ice from the side walks and
gutters.

5 th A law to regulate the raising and lowering of Merchandize.
6 th A law to prevent fraud in the sale of vegetables.

7 th A law to prevent the blowing of Horns and other Instru-
ments.

And a law to regulate pawn brokers, and dealers in the purchase
and Sale of second hand furniture Metals or clothes.

The law to prevent the ringing and tolling of bells for funerals
which was on 27 th November last laid for consideration was called
up. A clause being under consideration which prohibited the ringing
a Bell of any church in the city on Sunday more than one hour before
the commencement of Divine [241] service in said church, Alderman
Mann moved that the section do not extend to the 7 th Ward, it passed
in the Negative.

The Ayes and Noes being called by M r Crane were as follows.

Negative. Mr Recorder. Ald n Tooker, Townsend Anthony,
M c Queen, Board, M r Bolton, Valentine, Crane, Town. 10.

Affirmative. Ald n Kip Mann, Allen, M r Parker, Brittain, Emmons,
Depeyster, Hammond. 8. The Question was taken on the Clause
and it passed in the Negative

The question was taken then on agreeing to the law, and it was
carried in the affirmative.

The Counsel agreeably to directions presented the draught of a
law to provide for the expence of extending the Battery, which was
read and after some discussion was referred to him for amendment.

He according/^' to the reference to him reported with the amend-
ment that had been suggested a Memorial to the Legislature, and corre-
sponding bill relative to raising a Tax for the improvement of the
Battery, which being read was in the words following.



522 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Feb. 1821

To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York, in
Senate and Assembly convened.

The Memorial of the Mayor, Aldermen [242] and Commonalty of
the City of New York,

Respectfully sheweth,

That within the two last years in consequence of a violent storm,
the greater part of the Bulk-head of the "West side of the Battery in
said City gave way, and a large quantity of earth was washed into
the River. That as your Memorialists must necessarily be subject to
a heavy expense in repairing the injury they deem it proper, as well
for the purpose of preventing the recurrence of a similar misfortune in
future as of rendering the Battery more commodious as a place of
recreation, that a reef of rock should be sunk in front of it, a stone
wall erected thereon, and that the intermediate spaces between the
wall and the Battery should be filled in with earth. That in order to
carry their intentions into effect they must necessarily be subject to
a very heavy expense, far beyond \vhat the ordinary revenues of the
City would enable them to meet.

Your Memorialists further shew that as by extending the Batter}'
they must encroach upon the navigable waters of the State, they are
unwilling so to do without first obtaining the sanction of your Hon-
orable body.

Your Memorialists therefore pray that [243] your Honorable body
would be pleased to pass a law authorising your Memorialists to
[impose] an annual Tax of Twenty five thousand dollars upon all the
AYards of the said City except the Xinth, and in the proportion stated
in the bill herewith submitted until a sum not exceeding one hundred
and fifty thousand dollars shall be raised. And to vest in your Memo-
rialists the soil under water within six hundred feet of the Battery.

Your Memorialists have caused a Bill to be prepared for these
purposes which will be herewith submitted, and which they pray may
receive the sa[n]ction of your Honorable body.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

An Act to provide for the expense of extending the Battery in the
City of New York, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York repre-
sented in Senate and Assembly, That it shall be lawful for the Mayor
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York, to extend that
part of the said City usually called the Batten- into the Bay and North
and East Rivers such distance as they may deem proper, not exceed-



26 Feb. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 523

ing six hundred feet: And further' that all the title of the people of
this [244] State in and to the land and the land under water in front
of and adjoining to the said Battery and extending from thence into
the Bay and North and East Rivers a distance not exceeding six hun-
dred feet shall be and the same is hereby vested in the Mayor, Alder-
men and Commonalty of the City of New York and their successors
for ever to remain for the purpose of extending the said Battery for a
public walk, and for erecting public buildings and works of defence
thereon, but without any power to dispose of the same for any other
use or purpose whatsoever, and without any power of selling it or any
part thereof.

II. And be it further enacted, That the Mayor, Recorder and
Aldermen of the said City or a Majority of them, of whom the Mayor
or Recorder shall be one, shall be and are hereby authorised and re-
quired as soon as conveniently may be, after the passing of this Act.
and once in each and every year thereafter, until a sum which will be
sufficient to defray the expense of extending the Battery as herein-
after mentioned, not exceeding One hundred and fifty thousand dol-
lars, shall be raised, to order and cause to be raised by tax on the
estates real and personal of the freeholders and [245] Inhabitants of
and situated within the Wards of the said City hereinafter mentioned,
and to be collected the sum of Twenty five thousand dollars, which
sum shall be assessed and taxed on the said Wards in the proportion
herein after mentioned, to wit : On the first Ward of the said City
the sum of six thousand six hundred and sixty six dollars : On the
second Ward the sum of Five thousand dollars ; on the Third Ward the
sum of Five thousand dollars : On the Fourth Ward the sum of Two
thousand three hundred and thirty four dollars : On the Fifth Ward
the sum of One thousand six hundred and sixty six dollars: On the
Sixth Ward the sum of One thousand three hundred and thirty four
dollars : On the Seventh Ward the sum of One Thousand dollars :
On the Eighth Ward the sum of One thousand Dollars, and on the
Tenth Ward the sum of One thousand dollars.

III. And be it further enacted that the said tax shall be assessed,
levied and collected in the manner directed by the Act entitled "An
Act for the Assessment and collection of taxes."

IV. And be it further enacted, That the whole of the money
which shall be so raised, shall be appropriated towards defraying the
expenses which have or may be incurred by extending the Battery as
aforesaid.



524 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 March 1821

[246] The question being taken on approving the same was carried
in the affirmative.

The Ayes and Noes having been called by Alderman Allen were
as follows.

Ayes. M r Recorder. Ald n Tooker, Townsend, Kip. Mann. M r
Bolton. Crane, Brittain. Town. Depeyster. 11.

Noes. Aid" Anthony. M c Queen. Board, Allen. M r Parker, Em-
mons, Hammond. 7.

It was then directed to be duly authenticated, and transmitted to
the Legislature now in session.

The law to regulate and licence Chimney sweepers was read and
referred to the Committee on Laws.

[247] In Common Council. March 5 th 1821.
Present. Peter A Jay Esquire. Recorder. President,

Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker. Thomas Bolton.

Thomas S Townsend. Abraham Valentine.

Leonard Kip. Harmanus Tallman.

John P Anthony. Benjamin Crane.

Charles Town.

Robert McQueen. Shivers Parker.

Asa Mann



David Board Isaac Emmons.

Gerard De Peyster
Stephen Allen. Judah Hammond.

The Minutes of the Regular Meeting, and of the Special Meeting
were read and approved.

A Letter was presented which had been received from Clarkson
Crolius Esquire one of the Members of the House of Assembly from
the City and County of New York, enclosing a Law which had been
transmitted to them by M r Hildreth in relation to the alphabetical
Index to the Records in the Office of the Register in and for the [248]
City and County of New York, and expressing the wish of the Delega-
tion to be informed of the opinion of the Corporation respecting said
Law : Whereupon the same was referred to the Committee on Public
Laws, say, on Public Offices.

A Petition of David S Brooks praying relief from an undue As-
sessment for personal Tax on him.

A similar petition from Gilber[t] L Thompson

A similar Petition from Doctor W m Moore.



5 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 525

A Petition from George J Banks praying relief from an assessment
on his personal property, when through a mistake the value of his
property was carried out in the Assessors Books at $17.000, instead of
$17.000.*

A petition from William Moore, for relief from Tax on his real
Estate, which by mistake was carried out in the Books at $18.000.
instead of $18.00. And

A petition of Alfred S Pell for relief from personal tax for the
year 1820. he having been assessed for and paid personal tax in the
County of [249] Dutchess, were severally read, and referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

A Petition of J. Bradley for remission of fine for selling liquor
without licence, was referred to the Police Committee.

A Petition of Philip Hone Lessee of Hobofroken Ferry, was re-
ceived stating that, as Lessee of Ferry he had covenanted to put an-
other Horse Boat on said Ferry, which he was about doing when he
was served with a Declaration in Ejectment from M r John Stevens
Proprietor of Hoboken for the purpose of reentering on said Ferry:

As the Issue of said suit is uncertain, he prays he may be excused
putting said Boat on the Ferry until the termination of said suit, and
should that be adverse to petitioner's claim, that the Corporation would
assign to him some other place for his ferry on the Jersey shore.

Which having been read was referred to the Ferry Committee.

A Petition of John Bailey for payment of balance due him on
Contract for North Street, was referred to the Finance Committee,
with power to grant the prayer of the petition.

[250] A petition from the Inhabitants of Varick Street praying
that the Intersection of Varick and Canal Street, and the side walks
from Beach to Van Dam Street may be paved, was referred to the
Street Committee.

A petition of Henry N Disbrow for appointment as Measurer of
Grain.

Of William M c Kean for appointment of Inspector and Measurer
of Lumber.

Of Ebenezer Nickerson for appointment of Street Inspector.

And

Of James Burgess for appointment to some Office were severally
read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of Charles H Robinson for relief from a penalty in-
curred by shipping 15 barrels of flour without having them inspected

* Clerk's error for $1700. ED.



.526 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 March 1821

arising from his ignorance of the Law, was referred to the Police
Committee, with power to remit the penalty accruing to the Committee.

A Petition of Joseph Toms for appoint [251] merit as Inspector
of Firewood, was referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers and
Slips.

A Petition of the Watchmen of the 1 st Watch District praying that
a person may be employed at the expence of the Corporation to sweep
the floor of the Watch House, was referred to the Watch Committee.

A Memorial was presented from a Committee appointed by the
General society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in the City of New York
praying for Lease of a Lot of ground fronting on Chamber Street for
the purpose of erecting a Mechanics School, and Apprentices Library.
The said Lot is at present under Lease to William Mooney, with whom
the Committee think they could make the requisite arrangement for
the assignment of the Lease. Whereupon the same was referred to
the Finance Committee.

A Petition of John Miller a Watchman who while in the exercise
of his duty as a Watchman had the misfortune to lose one of his eyes
by the riotous act of a person in the Watch house, and praying for
some appointment or aid, was read and referred to the Committee of
Charity.

[252] An Account of George B Raymond and other Peace officers
for fees for serving subpoenas in February Term 1821. was referred
to the Finance Committee.

A Memorial was received from sundry Inhabitants of Harlaem in
the 9 th Ward, stating that the Scales used by James Flannagan for
weighing of Hay \vere incorrect and false, and praying said Flannagan
may be removed from the office of Weigher of Hay, was read and
referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Smith Bloomfield for payment of Balance due to him
on Contract for building the Sewer in Chappie Street, was referred
to the Finance Committee, with authority to grant the prayer of the
petitioner.

A Petition of Cornelius Brown for appointment as Inspector of
Lime, was read and referred to the Special Committee on the Petition
of Measurers of Lime, of which M r Brittain is Chairman.

A Memorial of Thomas Gibbons in behalf of the Butchers of the
City, remonstrating against the regulations respecting the sales at
[253] Public Auction of the stalls in the several Markets of the City
as proposed by the Resolutions in the Report of the Special Commit-



5 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 527

tee on the proposed erection of a Market at Fulton Street, was read
and referred to the said Special Committee.

A Petition of Jane De Gray for further time for payment of an
Assessment on a Lot in Harman Street, assessed for expences in open-
ing said Street, was referred to the Finance Committee, with authority
to grant the prayer of the petitioner.

A Petition of Thomas Lovett for payment of amount due to him
on Contract for regulating and filling in Dey Street from Washington
Street to the Bulk head, was referred to the Finance Committee, with
authority to grant the prayer of the petitioner.

A petition of Henry K Frost was received, stating that he is one
of the Marshals of said City, and received an Execution from the
Attorney of the Board against Samuel Kline, upon a judgment re-
covered against him for selling meat in the Market without licence.
And that by direction of the Attorney he levied upon some meat said
Kline had on his stall in the Market. That said Kline prosecuted
him therefor, and a Judgment has been recovered against him [254]
and praying to be indemnified therefor. Whereupon the same was
referred to the Committee on Public Offices with authority to grant
the prayer of the petitioner.

A Petition of Isaac C Loper, for relief from a Judgment recovered
against him for forestalling Petitioner alledging the articles sold by
him were sent to him from the Country for sale, was referred to the
Police Committee, with authority to grant relief.

The following Firemen were appointed, the Chief Engineer certi-
fying the vacancies.

Fire Hose Company N 1.

William Angevine, Grocer, N 74 Mott Street. 6 th Ward

Vice. George Shaffer. Resigned.

Hook and Ladder N 2.

Thomas D Beaty, Grocer, N 52 Chatham Street. 6 th Ward

Vice. Joseph Carman. Left the City.

N 4 Hook & Ladder
John Varick, Butcher N 51 Pump Street 10 th do

Vice. David M C Mills. Resigned.

John Winchell, Grocer, N 86 Hester Street. 10 th do

Vice. Joshua Sawyer Resigned

Fire Engine N 1.

Jacob Haff. Clerk, Greenwich N [450] 5th $ Q

Vice. Thomas Whitechurch. Served time out.



528 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 March 1821

N 4.

Jacob Skates, Cooper N 5 Anthony Street 5 th Ward

[255] Vice. William C Burt. Resigned in consequence of ill health.

N 24.

Joshua Sawyer, Victualler, Fly Market. 1 st Ward

Vice. William H Earl. Expelled for improper conduct.
Michael T Shires, Cabinet Maker, Reed Street. 6 th do

Vice W T illiam Brown, Resigned.

NO 28.

John Francis, Carpenter, Love Lane 9 th do

Vice. John Edwards J r Expelled for non attendance
Nathaniel M Brown, Grocer, cor r Walker & Church 5 th do

Vice. John Craft. Resigned.

NO 30.

John A Yoemans. Ship Carpenter. Rivington S* 10 th do

Vice. Lawrence Devoe. Moved to the Country.

N 32.

John W Degrauw, Grocer, cor r Bowery & Hester S* 10 th do
Vice. David Seaman, Appointed a Fire Warden.

The Street Commissioner presented a Communication stating that
the Sewer in James' Street was wholly decayed and that it was neces-
sary that a new one be constructed, which was referred to the Canal
Committee.

He also presented returns of Delinquents on the following Assess-
ments and Warrants, were ordered to issue to Noah Jarvis Collector
to collect the same, viz

For opening Howard, Grand, Mercer, Greene, Wooster and Thompson

Streets $4.383.97

[256] For paving Collect Street 868.62

For regulating Bedford Street 31 .97

For paving Washington Street 34.63

For Well and Pump in Varick Street 47.25

For Well and Pump in Forsyth Street 35 .



$5.401.44

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



5 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



529



The City Inspector respectfully reports the following Ordinances


for correcting Nuisances,


viz.








N 1 James Stewart


Occupant


48 Courtlandt


S*


A privy


2 N. Conklin


do


6 Bayard


"


do


3 Westervelt & Quackenbos do


177 Greenwich




do


4 F D Brown


do


30 Bowery




do


5 William Palmer


do


32 do




do


6 Samuel C Jaques


do


52 Dey St




do


7 J. McCann


do


54 do




do


8 J. Mallow


do


5 Banker




do


9 W m Atkinson


do


Sy 2 do




do


10 Wm Silkworth


do


1 Chesnut do


do


11 M" Tilhurst


do


8 do


"


do


12 I. Baptist


do


10 do


"


do


13 G Tredwell


do


11 do


"


do


14 W m Farrell


do


27 do


11


do


15 Doctor T Lyon


do


5 Roosevelt


11


do


16 [257] J. Dyer


do


11 do


do


do


17 Rich d Jones


do


13 do


do


do


18 J. Jones


do


25 do


do


do


19 M^Keever


do


47 do


do


do


20 L Arion


do


51 do


do


do


21 Whitlock & Seely


do


57 do


do


do


22 W m Donnington


do


63 do


do


do


23 Josh Rill


do


65 do


do


do


24 Mary Ann Smith


do


67 do


do


do


25 John Burr


do


81 do


do


do


26 Hilton Newcomb


do


83 do


do


do


27 G Cullen


do


85 do


do


do


28 M rs Alexander


do


5 Dover


do


do


29 Samuel Bills


do


280 Water


do


do


30 S. Meliors [Mealio]


do


280^ do


do


do


31 C. Brown


do


290 do


do


do


32 A L Degrove


do


298 do


do


do


33 W m Little


do


300 do


do


do


34 W m Heronbrook


do


302 do


do


do


35 M Rogers


do


304 do


do


do


36 T. Morris


do


306 do


do


do


37 Pr Lovell


do


308 do


do


do


38 Sam* H Brower


do


312 do


do


do


39 F r Knowland


do


314 do


do


do


40 W m M c Alister


do


318 do


do


do


41 C* Collins


do


4 Cherry


do


do


43 [258] William M<=Elv


in do


8 do


t


do


44 J. Underbill


do


&/2 do


M


do


45 Dr Hy Webb (W)


do


10 do


"


do


46 Maria Day


do


19 do


II


do


47 C W. Loss


do


23 do


II


do


48 F Dominic


do


31 do


II


do



530



CITY OF NEW YORK



5 March 1821



Occupant 32 Cherry S*



36 do
40 do
93 do
1 Oak
do
do
do
do
16 do

(signed.)



9
10

14
15



A privy
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do



49 H. Y Delafieid

50 M rs Stebbins do

51 Ab m Mercerau do

52 M r s Logan do

53 Mrs Qiffland do

54 John Andrews do

55 Mary Hobbs do

56 William Wood do

57 Joseph Loyd do

58 Whitlock & Seely do.

George Cuming
City Inspector.

The Attorney presented the following Report of complaints made
to him which were referred to the Committee on Public Offices,
viz against Robert Wauchope for selling liquor without licence.
Against Thomas Devoe, William Demarest, Elizabeth M c Coy, James
M c Keever and Henriette Cochran for a similar offence.

[259] The Counsel presented a Memorial to the Legislature and
corresponding Bill respecting Interest charged on the Arrears of
certain Taxes which was directed to be duly authenticated and trans-
mitted to the Legislature.

He also presented the Draught of a Lease from Noah Bartlett to
the Corporation of a Room for the accommodation of the Assistant
Justice for 4 th and 6 th Wards which was directed to be executed on
the part of the Corporation.

The Comptroller presented the following communication.

The Comptroller respectfully informs the Board that Cornelius
Harsin has paid to the Treasurer the amount due by him for filling
the Block at Charlton Street, North River. His proportion of the
Contract is Principal and Interest $2599.78.

It is respectfully recommended that the Counsel of the Board be"
instructed to prepare a satisfaction piece for cancelling the Mortgage on
record, and that the Mayor be authorised to affix his signature thereto,
with the seal of the Corporation, to be delivered with the Bond and
Mortgage to M r Harsin.

(signed.) G. N. Bleecker. Comp r

which was referred to the Counsel to prepare the necessary satisfaction
piece to be executed under the Corporate seal during the recess of the
Board.

[260] The Committee on applications on the petition of Samuel
Bleeker Jun r reported,

The Committee of applications to whom was referred the an-



5 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 531

nexed petition of Samuel Bleeker Junior praying to be appointed a
Measurer of Grain, Report, [they] are of opinion that the prayer
of the petitioner ought to be granted, and offer the following Resolu-
tion,

Resolved that Samuel Bleeker Junior be, and he is hereby ap-
pointed a Measurer of Grain.

(Signed.) David Board.

Gerard DePeyster

Which was approved, and he was appointed a Measurer of Grain,
accordingly.

The same Committee, on the petition of Daniel Fash for appoint-
ment of Measurer of Lime, presented a report in his favor, which was
laid for further consideration.

The Committee of Charity on the subject of compensation to the
Reverend John Stanford presented the following report,

The Committee to whom w r as referred the application of the Rev d
John Stanford, as to making him a suitable compensation for his
services at the City Prison, Jail, Penitentiary and Alms House, Re-
port, that they consider his services as very valuable [261] at those
establishments, and that he should be suitably rewarded therefor. The
services of this Gentleman being well known to the Members of this
Board the Committee deem it unnecessary to say more but beg leave
to offer the following resolution.

Resolved, that a Warrant pass in favor of the Reverend John
Stanford for the sum of Three hundred Dollars, for his past year's
services.

respectfully,

Shivers Parker.
(Signed.) Thomas Bolton.
David Board.

Which was approved, and Warrant directed to be issued.

The Finance Committee on the petition of Right Carpenter pre-
sented the following Report.

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of
Right Carpenter praying for permission to erect a fire proof House on
a Corporation Lot held by him under lease, and that the said Lease
may be renewed at the expiration of the present term, Report,

that the Lot alluded to is situated at N 73, Chatham Street, and
is 13 feet front and rear, and 65 feet deep. That the annual rent of
said Lot is [262] $150. and that the present Lease will expire on the



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