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Gerard De Peyster.

Judah Hammond.

Richard Riker Esquire, appointed, at the late meeting of the
Council of Appointment, Recorder of the City of New York, ap-
peared and took his seat as a Member of this Board.

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



19 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 543

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board [287] a letter from
the Honorable John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, of the United
States, stating that a retrocession of the site of Castle Clinton had
not been authorised by Congress at the last session. He also stated
that the specific application by Congress of the appropriation for
fortifications for the current year had put it out of his power to con-
tribute to the repairs of the Battery, and obliged him [to] rescind the
conditional promise of cooperation with the Corporation on the exe-
cution of that work, communicated by his letter of the 31 st January,
1820,

Which being read was referred to the Committee on that sub-
ject.

A Return was [received] from John L Broom Esquire Clerk of
the City and County of the Election held in the 8 th W'ard on the 14 th
and 15 th days of March Instant, for the election of a Collector of said
Ward in the place of Robert Murden deceased, by which return it
appeared that Samuel Y Clark was elected:

Whereupon, the Clerk of the Common Council was directed to give
notice to M r Clark of his Election.

A Petition of Horace Holden, complaining of an Assessment of a
personal tax on him where the sum has been carried out in the Book
[288] $50 instead of $5.

A Petition of Edward Arrowsmith and others praying relief from
an Assessment imposed on them for turning the water from Bayard
Street into Orange Street,

And

A Petition from Peter G Stuyvesant complaining of a mistake in a
charge against him in the Assessor's Books in the 9 th Ward, were
severally read and referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A Petition was received from William Mooney stating that he had
made an agreement with the General Society of Mechanics and
Tradesmen for a proportion of the ground held under Lease from the
Corporation, and requesting the assent of the assent of the Corporation
thereto, and that they will consolidate the remainder of the ground in
one Lease to him ; which being read was referred to the Finance Com-
mittee with authority to make the requisite arrangement on the subject.

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Manhattan Ville for the establish-
ment of a Fire Engine at that place was referred to the Committee on
the Fire Department, and the Alderman and Assistant of the 9 th Ward

[289] A Petition of Mary Taylor, complaining that the House N
560 Broad Way, belonging to the Estate of Thomas Ellison deceased,



544 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 March 1821

projects three feet beyond the House of Petitioner adjoining, and
subjects her to considerable inconvenience and praying relief, which
being read was referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Samuel Winans, for appointment of Measurer of
Lime, was referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of Stephen M c Elroy for remission of fine for not having
rates in his Hackney Carriage was read and referred to the Police
Committee.

A Petition that Wooster Street may be paved from Bleecker Street
to Spring Street was referred to the Street Committee, and Alderman
and Assistant of the Ward.

A Petition of William Cornell for appointment as Measurer ^f
Grain, was read and referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition of George P Rogers for himself and other Owners of
Seven stores at Fulton Street [290] Wharf, stating that on 12 th Janu-
ary 1821, the above property in pursuance of the confirmation by the
Supreme Court of the report of the Commissioners of Estimate in
relation to Lands at Fulton Slip intended as a site for a Market, be-
came the property of Corporation. That he has been called upon by
the Collector of 2 nd Ward for the Tax for the whole year on said
property that he is willing to pay the Tax up to January 1821, but
he considers a demand for the residue of the year unreasonable :

Whereupon the same was referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition that Green Street may be paved between Spring Street
and Broome Street, was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of John Duffy for appointment of City Guager was re-
ferred to the Committee on Applications.

A remonstrance from a number of Inhabitants against the estab-
lishing of a Market at Fulton Slip was laid on the table until the
proposed for reconsideration of that subject was under consideration.
After the motion for reconsideration was lost, it was then [291]
moved to refer this Memorial to the Committee on building said
Market, but it passed in the Negative.

A remonstrance from the licenced Butchers of the City against
the resolution for letting at Auction the Stalls in the several Markets
in the City was read and laid on the table. It was afterwards called
up and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of D S. Lyon, in behalf of M rs Murden Widow of
Robert Murden, late Collector of 8 th Ward was presented, stating that
said Robert Murden had died Intestate That the Widow was at
present sick, and that until some arrangement could be made of the



19 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 545

affairs of the Estate, she requested that the Tax-Books of the Ward
might be placed in the hands of some person under the direction of
the Corporation: Whereupon the subject was referred to the Finance
Committee to give the necessary directions in the premises.

A Memorial from the Inhabitants in the vicinity of the corner of
Division and Norfolk street praying that the Well at that place may be
deepened, and that the Street around it may be paved was read
That part relating to the Well was referred to the Superintendent of
Repairs, with authority to comply with the request of petitioners, and
the part relating to the Street to the [292] Street Commissioner and
Alderman and Assistant of the Ward with like authority.

A petition from Stephen Gould representing that he had purchased
from the Publisher, Ingersoll's Digest of the Laws of the United
States, and offering the same at $6.75, was referred to the Com-
mittee on Laws.

A Petition of Peter Parcells and Co for payment of a sum due to
them on a Contract for regulating the Streets in the Village of Green-
wich, was read and referred to the Street Committee.

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

Fire Hose Company N 1.

John Stebbins, Clerk N 295 Front Street 4 th Ward

Vice. Edward Simpson. Resigned.

Hook and Ladder Company N 1

William Van Antwerp, Hardware March* N 57 Pearl S* 1 st do
Vice. Thomas Shapter, served his time out.

H. & L. N 2.

James F Palmer, Grocer, N 13 Suffolk S l 10 th Ward

Vice. Isaac Underbill. Resigned
Fire Supply Engine Company.

W m Bleakley, Grocer, N 288 Greenwich S' 3 rd do

[293] Vice. John Bowman. Resigned.
Fire Engine Company N 9

John Hooghkerk, Ho Carpenter, N 124 Broad S l 1 st Ward

Vice Jacob Haff, Resigned.

N 10.

John Flandrea, Carpenter. 307 Rowewery 10 th do

Vice William Hoogland, Deceased.



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CITY or NEW YORK



19 March 1821



Stephen Morris, Cordwainer, 69 Wooster Street

Vice. Isaac Bird. Resigned.



8 th Ward



10 th do



1 st do



1 st do



2 nd do



1 st do



4 th do



Jotham Force, Cordwainer, 305 Bowery

Vice. Abraham Merlett. Resigned.

wr n irl N 11

Thomas G. Talmadge, accountant, 114 Pearl S 1

Vice. Charles Gregory. Resigned.
George Van Nest. Merchant. 105 Pearl S*

Vice. William Crane Resigned.

NO 18.

Eli Vail, Accountant, N 255 Pearl St . .....

Vice, Abraham H Shotwell Resigned.

N 20. -

James T Harding Liv^ Stable Keeper 8 Lumber S*

Vice, William Bleakley. Resigned.

N21.

William H Earl, Mechanic, N 15 Rose S 4

Vice, David Funk. Resigned.

N 25.
William Lawton, Broker, N 32 Reed St

[294] Vice. John Hanmer, Time Expired

N 40.

Thomas Sigison, Chair Maker, 160 Grand S 1

Vice. John Vonck. Enlisted as a Soldier.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for paving
Hudson Street from Canal Street to Spring Street, which was con-
firmed, and John G Betts was appointed Collector.

He also presented an Ordinance for regulating Herring Street
from Carmine to Christopher Street, and that Jones, Burrowe and
Commerce Streets be regulated throughout, \vhich was passed, and
Abraham Bloodgood, John Bedient and Benjamin Prince were
appointed Assessors.

Also, an Ordinance for regulating and paving the Intersection of
Canal Street and Varick Street and paving the side Walks in Varick
Street, and Abraham Baudouine, John Brown [er] and Alexander
Clark were appointed Assessors.

Also, upon the report of the Canal Committee ; this evening he
presented an Ordinance for building a sewer in Thompson Street from



6 th Ward



10 th Ward



19 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



547



the Sewer in Canal Street to about 100 feet above Broom Street,
which was passed and Roger Strong John Targee and Abraham
Baudouine were appointed Assessors.

[295] The City Inspector presented sundry Ordinances for correc-
tion of Nuisances: One of which for 8 Lots on Delancy Street,
belonging to Peter Ogilvie, and One on Sheriff Street belonging to
J. F Delaplaine ; the cost of which it was supposed would exceed
$100, were, under the late Rule of the Board, referred to the Street
Committee, the residue were passed.

The City Inspector respectfully reports the following Ordinances
for correcting Nuisances, viz.



NO 1 Lewis Silvester
2 James Oakley
2 James Oakley
4 Jane Gray

McDonald



6 N. Francis

7 D S Murey

8 Mrs Ann Taylor

9 Aaron Ely

10 Burns Trumble

11 Jas H. McCready

12 Chs D Cashman

13 Chs George

14 Joseph D Smith

15 Rd Hunt

16 M r s D Sprague

17 Daniel Jagger

18 Mills & Bedient

19 [296] M" Raymond

20 Joseph Gilbert

21 Patrick Managhan

22 Joseph Bartlett

23 J. Daliere

24 Jas Cornell

25 Peter Hatfield

26 John Chase

27 J. Jauncey

28 Js Williams

29 John M. Bradhurst

30 John Shadden

31 John Montgomery

32 Elizabeth Lewis

33 J. C Cornwell

34 E Ring

35 Daniel Dodge



Occupant


28 Oliver Street


do


31 Wall


do


85 Beekman "


do


125 Pump


do


145 Chamber "


do


149 do


do


6 Dover


do


8 do


do


9 Frankfort "


do


250 Front


do


252 do


do


258 do


do


272 do


do


7 Peck's Slip


do


15 do


do


27 do


do


29 do


do


31 do


do


261 Water Street


do


270 do


do


272 do


do


275 do


do


276 do


do


295 do


do


307 do


do


309 do


do


315 do


do


317 do


do


314 Pearl


do


316 do


do


318 do


do


320 do


do


342 do


do


372 do


do


374 do



a Privy
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
do
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CITY OF NEW YORK



19 March 1821



36 Mrs Turner


Occupant


376 Pearl St


a Privy


37 James Sacket


do


378 do


do


38 Rt Beatty


do


384 do


do


39 Miss Schenck


do


386 do


do


40 Mr Gautfield


do


388 do


do


41 Js Willing


do


390 do


do


42 E. Underhill


do


396 do


do


43 N Hawxhurst


do


416 do


do


44 A B. Woodruff


do


436 do


do


45 [297] S. Arden.


do


438 do


do


46 E L Williams


do


440 do


do


47 Joseph Derbrow


do


442 do


do


48 L Heiser


do


446 do


do


49 G Clusman


do


448 do


do


50 TS Chatterton


do


452 do


do


51 Dl Hall


do


462 do


do


52 Wm Skidmore


do


119 Chatham


do


53 Mr Lee


do


121 do


do


54 Mr Hyat


do


123 do


do


55 J. Bracket


do


127 do


do


56 J. Morrison


do


137 do


do


57 Mr Strang


do


143 do


do


58 J. Odell


do


149 do


do


59 J. G Horton


do


151 do


do


60 Rt Snow


do


167 do


do


Lot Ordinances.


61 P. Bishop


Owner


56 Orchard Street


a Lot


62 R d Jennings


do


305 Water


1 do


63 W m Edgar


do


Cannon


1 do


64 Peter Ogilvie


do


Delancy


8 do


65 J. F Delaplaine


do


Sheriff


2 do


66 J s Robertson


do


do


1 do


67 Jh Dodge


do


Columbia "


1 do


68 Mrs Brown


do


Willet


1 do


69 Cornelius Ray
70 W m Woolsey


do , (Varick
do Fenced -j do


1 do
2 do


71 [298] A Stewart


do


do


1 do


72 John Ricord


Lessee


273 Water do


1 do



(signed) George Cuming

City Inspector.

The Attorney presented the following which was referred to the
Committee on Public Offices, viz. a complaint against J Samuel for
selling liquor without Licence, a similar complaint against M r Gibbs,
also a petition of Daniel Stewart against whom a similar complaint had
been made.



19 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 549

The Counsel presented a Contract with Gideon Tucker and Thomas
T Woodruff for the Mason work of the fence around the Park, which
was directed to be duly executed. Also a Contract with Benjamin
Birdsall for the Iron work of said Fence, which was laid for con-
sideration.

The Committee on Assessments on the Petition of Gilbert L
Thompson reported.

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the petition
of Gilbert Livingston Thompson, representing that his personal prop-
erty in this City has been assessed for the year 1820, at a valuation
[299] far exceeding its true amount. That during the period allowed
by Law to make oath before the Assessors, in order to reduce the Val-
uation, he was absent from the City and that consequently it was not in
his power to attend and reduce the same, and that he is ready and
willing, at any time, to prove the valuation of his personal property
in this City, and prays relief in the premises, Report,

That on examination of this case they are fully satisfied that the
valuation of the petitioner's property by the Assessors of the 3 rd Ward
is excessive and far beyond its true Amount, and that, owing to his
absence he was unable to attend to its reduction at the time allowed
him by Law so to do. Your Committee are therefore of opinion that
the petitioner is entitled to relief, and that his request ought to be
granted, and respectfully recommend the adoption of the following
resolution, Resolved, that the Collector of the 3 rd Ward be instructed
to receive from Gilbert Livingston Thompson the Tax on $2.500. per-
sonal property in lieu of $25.000. for the year 1820, and that he return
the balance in the list of errors and insolvencies of said Ward.

Cha s Town. Ch n

(signed.) Thomas S Townsend,
Thomas Bolton
John P Anthony

[300] Which approved and the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the petition of Alfred S Pell reported,

The Committee on assessments to whom was referred the petition
of Alfred S Pell of Dutchess County representing that he is assessed
for personal tax in the 8 th Ward for the year 1820, which he ought
not to be required to pay, inasmuch as he has been assessed and has
actually paid a personal tax for that year in the County of Dutchess,
the proof whereof is in his possession, and praying relief.

Report, that they have examined this case, and are satisfied that
the petitioner is a resident of the County of Dutchess, and that he has



550 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 March 1821

been assessed and paid personal tax in that County, for the year 1820.
on a much larger sum than that assessed on him in the 8 th Ward.

The Committee are therefore of opinion that the prayer of the
Petitioner ought to be granted and respectfully recommend the adop-
tion of the following resolution,

Resolved, that the Collector of the 8 th Ward be instructed to decline
collecting the tax assessed on the personal property of Alfred S Pell,
for the year 1820, and that he return the same in the List of Errors
and [301] Insolvencies of said Ward. c ^ s ^ QVfn Ch n

(signed.) Tho s S Townsend
Thomas Bolton,
John P Anthony

Which was approved and the resolution adopted,

The same Committee on the petition of William Moore reported,
The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the
petition of William Moore, stating that he is the owner of House and
Lot of ground at the corner of Lispenard and Church Street which
was valued by the Assessors at $1800, but that in transcribing the
book of Assessment it appears in the Collector's Book $18.000. and
praying that it may be altered to the original sum, Report,

That [they] have given this case an investigation, and find the
statement made by the petitioner correct, and are of opinion that his
request is just and reasonable and ought to be granted.
The following resolution is respectfully submitted,
Resolved that the Collector of the 5 th Ward be instructed to re-
ceive from William Moore the tax on $1800, assessed on his house and
Lot on the corner of Lispenard and Church Streets for the year
1820, in lieu of $1800,* and that he return the balance in the list of
errors [302] and Insolvencies of said Ward.

Cha s Town Ch n

(signed.) Tho s S. Townsend,
Thomas Bolton,
John P. Anthony.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted,
The same Committee on the Petition of Doctor William Moore
reported.

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the peti-
tion of Doctor William Moore, stating that he had lately paid to the
Collector of the 3 rd Ward Fifty dollars, as a Tax on his personal

* Clerk's error for $18000. ED.



19 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 551

property, which has been (in his opinion) improperly assessed at
Ten thousand dollars, and prays that a part thereof may be refunded,

Report, that on an examination of this case they find that it comes
within the rule adopted by them, of not granting relief in cases where
the petitioner acknowledged he was in the city a[t] the time the As-
sessor's books were open for public inspection, and that he had
neglected to examine them. Your Committee are therefore of opinion
that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted and re-
spectfully submit the following resolution

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted,

[303] Cha s Town, Ch n

Tho s S Townsend,
(signed.) Thomas Bolton,

John P. Anthony.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted,

The same Committee on the Petition of George I Banks reported,

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the peti-
tion of George I Banks, praying the correction of an error, made in
transcribing the original Book of Assessment for the 5 th Ward, in
an assessment made on his personal property, Report,

That on examination of the case, they find that the petitioner was
originally assessed $1700. but that in transcribing it is set down in the
Collector's book $17.000, accompanying the petition is the Assessor's
Certificate, which states that $1700, was the amount at which they
valued the personal property of the petitioner for the year 1820.
The Committee are therefore of opinion that the prayer of the peti-
tioner ought to be granted.

And respectfully submit the following resolution,

Resolved, that the Collector of the Fifth Ward be instructed
to receive from George I Banks the Tax on $1,700, personal prop 7
for 1820, in lieu of [304] $17.000 (personal property) and that he
return the balance in the list of Errors and Insolvencies of said Ward.

Cha 3 Town Ch n

(signed.) Tho s S Townsend,
Thomas Bolton,
John P. Anthony.

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee on applications on the petition of William M c Kean
for appointment of Measurer of Lime, presented a report which was
read, and laid for consideration.



552 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 March 1821

The Finance Committee to whom had been referred the report of
the Counsel on the subject of a Gore of Land in front of the prop-
erty owned by Silvanus Miller, Reported,

The Finance Committee to whom was referred a report by the
Counsel on the subject of certain resolutions passed by the Board, rela-
tive to the Gore of Land in front of the property belonging to Sil-
vanus Miller, Report, that they have directed an account to be pre-
pared which is hereunto annexed shewing the amount paid by the
Corporation for the Gore alluded to, for the assessment for ground
under water for opening Roosevelt Street [305] and for the filling
of said ground and making the Bulk head on the line of South Street,
together with the Interest on the whole up to the 12 th day of May
next, amounting in the aggregate to $6.420.68.

The Committee have also furnished M r Miller with a copy of said
account, and have received from him a proposition in writing, which
is also annexed, stating that he will pay $5.000, which he authorises
to be deducted from the award in his favor for ground taken between
Fulton Street and Crane Wharf ; and as reasons why this sum should
be accepted in lieu of the whole amount, he has urged to your Com-
mittee that the Gore alluded to was assessed much beyond its real
value. That he has suffered materially from the circumstances of the
case, and that he has received neither revenue nor emolument from
the property since the opening of Roosevelt Street.

The Committee have had M r Miller's proposition under considera-
tion, and altho', in their opinion he has no just claim for a deduction
in the amount exhibited, they nevertheless admit that his case is
severe and that the amount he has offered to pay is the full value of
the property he is to receive ; and as the subject is one that has caused
much perplexity to your Committee, and the aforesaid proposition is
made in such manner as to insure a settlement of this long protracted
business, they beg leave to recom- [306] mend to the concurrence of
the Board, and propose the following resolution.

Resolved, that the Board accede to the proposition of Silvanus
Miller, and that the Counsel be instructed to prepare the necessary
papers, in order that the same may be carried into effect.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen Allen,

(signed.) Samuel Tooker,
J, Hammond,
B. Crane.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted.



19 March 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 553

The same Commitee on the Petition of W m Cunningham reported,
The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of
William Cunningham, Report, that the Petitioner is the owner of a
piece of Land at Brooklyn near the new Ferry, and is also in possession
of a piece of land adjoining it which [was] reclaimed from the river.
That [he] prays a grant may be given him for that part of said Land
lying between high and low water mark, and that the rent may be fixed
at some inconsiderable sum, in consideration of his having thrown into
the Street a piece of ground about 25 feet by 120, as an accommodation
to the Ferry. The Committee think there [307] is some considera-
tion due for the accommodation afford ed by the petitioner to the Ferry
by widening the Street in its immediate vicinity and they accordingly
recommend that a deduction be made from the ordinary rent charged
for the Brooklyn water grants in favor of the petitioner. The grants
already issued are at the following rates 6^4 Cents per foot til May
1845, and \2y 2 cents per foot for ever after, and the arrears of rent
to be paid up from the time of improving the property until the date
of the grant.

The Committee beg leave to propose the following resolution,
Resolved,

that a grant be isssued to William Cunningham for the ground at
Brooklyn, between high and low water mark at a rent of 4 Cents per
foot til 1845, and 12v Cents per foot for ever after: Provided he
convey to the Corporation the piece of ground now forming a part
of Main Street, as shewn by the annexed Map, and pay the arrears
of rent from the date of improving the property.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen Allen,
Sam 1 Tooker,
J, Hammond,
B. Crane.

Which was approved, and the Resolution adopted.

[308] The Canal Committee to whom was referred the Petition to
have a Sewer constructed in Thompson Street reported,

The Canal Committee to whom was referred the annexed petition,
praying that a sewer be built in Thompson Street, respectfully report,

That, the[y] have carefully examined the situation of the said
Street, and are decidedly of opinion that the prayer ought to be
granted.



5,54 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 March 1821

They therefore beg leave to offer the following resolutions.
Resolved, that a sewer of a sufficient capacity be built in Thompson
Street from the main sewer in Canal Street to about One hundred feet



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