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Laws and Regulations of the Corporation upon the subject of the
Markets.

The Committee also recommend that all the rents for the Stalls
be collected by the Collector for the Corporation revenues. For the
purpose [of] carrying these views into effect the Committee recom-
mend the adoption of the following resolutions, to wit :

Resolved that it shall be the duty of the Mar- [334] ket Com-
mittee on or before the first day of May next to rent at Public Auc-
tion or otherwise, as they may deem expedient, for One or more years
all the Butcher's Stalls in the several Markets of this City.

Resolved, that the Market Committee be authorised to lease, from
time to time, as they may deem expedient so many of the stands for
fishermen, Country people and sellers of vegetables and fruit as they
may have suitable applications for, for one or more years.



566 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 April 1821

Resolved, that the rent of all stalls and stands shall be paid quar-
terly in advance, and shall be in lieu of Market fees, and that the
Leases shall contain a provision that if the rent shall not be punctually
paid, or if the Lessees shall not conform to the provisions of the
Law to regulate the public Markets, and to such Ordinances and regu-
lations as the Common Council may hereafter make, that their Leases
shall be forfeited.

Resolved, that it shall be the duty of the Collector of the Corpo-
ration revenues to collect the rents for said stalls and stands.

Harm 8 Tallman,
(signed.) Charles Town,
Stephen Allen.

Which was approved, and the resolutions adopted.

[335] The Committee on the Fire Department on the petition for
an Engine in the vicinity of S* John's Church reported,

The Committee on the Fire Department to whom was referred
the Petition of John Morss, and others Inhabitants of the Fifth Ward
in the vicinity of S* John's Church praying that a Fire Engine should
be made, placed and established near said Church for the benefit and
safety of that part of said City,

Respectfully Report, that they have had the said petition under
consideration, and that it appears to your Committee that the present
number of Fire Engines is sufficient for the extinguishing of fires.

That there are a number of Fire Engines in the vicinity of said
Church that may be used to extinguish fires in that vicinity in less
time than would be required in a number of other situations in this
City, and therefore are of opinion that it is inexpedient to grant the
prayer of the petitioners, and offer the following resolution.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the peti-
tioners.

John P. Anthony,
(signed.) Harm 5 Tallman,
Robert M c Queen.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted.

[336] The same Committee, on the petition of John Addington,
reported,

The Committee on the Fire Department to whom was referred the
Petition of Fire Company N 15, stating that John Addington was
duly admitted a member of said Company the 8 th day of November
1804, and that from some mistake the time was not duly entered on



2 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 567

the public books, and praying the priveleges authorised by Law may
be granted to the said John Addington as they are well satisfied that
he is entitled to the same.

Report, that they had the same under consideration, and are satis-
fyed that the facts set forth in the petition are true, respectfully offer
the following resolution.

Resolved, that the Clerk of the Common Council be, and he is
hereby authorised to amend the Minutes in conformity to the prayer

of the petitioners. ~

John P. Anthony,

(signed.) Harm 8 Tallman,
Robert M c Queen.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of John W. Hinton reported.

The Committee on the Fire Department to whom was referred
the Petition of John W Hinton [337] stating that he was admitted
a Fireman in Company N 20, the 11 th November 1805, has faithfully
served as such in said Company from that period, and is at present a
Member of the said Company That on application to the Clerk of the
Board for a Certificate, he stated that, his name did not appear on the
Minutes, and praying that his name may be placed on the Minutes, as
a Fireman, appointed November 11 th 1805.

Report, that your Committee have made the necessary enquiries,
and are satisfyed that the statement made is correct, respectfully offer
the following resolution. Resolved,

That the Clerk of the Common Council be, and he is hereby author-
ised to enter the name of John W Hinton on the Minutes in con-
formity to the prayer of the petitioner.

John P. Anthony,
(signed.) Harm 3 Tallman,
Robert M c Queen.

Which was approved and the resolution adopted.

The Street Committee on the petition of the Auctioneers in rela-
tion to Sales in the vicinity of the Coffee House reported,

The Street Committee to whom was referred the remonstrance
of sundry persons against, and also [338] the petition of sundry Auc-
tioneers in favor of continuing the Sales at Auction in Wall Street
between Water and Front Street, Report, that in the opinion of the
Committee the prayer of the Petitioners (for the reasons set forth
in the remonstrance ought not to be granted, and offer the follow-
ing resolution, Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer



568 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 April 1821

of the petitioners to hold Sales at Auction in Wall Street between

Water and Front Streets.

Robert Swartwout.

(Signed.) Asa Mann.

Isaac Emmons.

\Yhich was approved, and the resolution adopted.

The Law regulating Sales at Auction was then taken up, and
amended agreeably to said report of Committee,

A Letter was received from Alpheus Sherman Esquire, resigning
his Office of Attorney to the Corporation, and tendering his acknowl-
edgment for the kind attention which he had received from the Mem-
bers of the Common Council, and for the confidence reposed in him :
Whereupon it was resolved that his resignation be accepted. M r
Hammond presented the following Resolutions, which [339] were
unanimously adopted,

Resolved, that Alpheus Sherman Esquire be authorised and re-
quested to finish all business begun by him as the Attorney of this
board, and now unfinished. And that he continue to act as Attorney
for the Board until M r Ulshoeffer shall be ready to take upon him
the duties of the Office.

Resolved, that the thanks of this Corporation be given to Alpheus
Sherman Esquire for the faithful manner in which he has executed
the Duties of the Office of Attorney of this Board.

The Board then proceeded to ballot for a person to fill the vacancy,
when Michael Ulshoeffer was elected.

The Board also proceeded to ballot for a person to fill the Office
of Deputy Clerk of Greenwich, Spring Street, Centre, Essex and
Gouverneur Markets in place of John Varick, when Ezra Frost was
chosen.

The Board also proceeded to elect by Ballot a person to fill the
place of Loan Officer for the City and County made vacant by the
resignation of John T Irving Esquire, when Jacob Drake was chosen.
The Board proceeded agreeably to Law to elect persons to serve as
Inspectors, in the several Wards, [340] of the ensuing annual State
and Charter Elections, when the following persons were chosen.

Inspectors of Election.

John J Lawrence. 1

Isaac Sebring. > First Ward.

Stephen Whitney J

Stephen Van Wyck. "1

Jonathan J Coddington. *> Second Ward.

Elam Williams.



2 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 569



John Salisbury.
Benjamin Stephens.
John C Hamilton

Abraham Bloodgood.
Jacob Van Derpool.
John Robins.

James D Westervelt.
Benjamin Strong.
Arthur Smith.

William Al Burtis.
Richard L Walker.
William Coulthard.

[341] Abraham Dally.
Michael M Titus.
Henry Brooks

Gilbert Coutant.
Jacob Aimes.
Stuart F Randolph.

Jacob Dyckman.
Dirck Ten Broeck.
Thomas Miller.

David Seaman.
Reuben Clark.
Jeremiah Lounsberry.



Third Ward.



Fourth Ward.



Fifth Ward.



Sixth Ward.



Seventh Ward.



Eighth Ward.



Ninth Ward.



Tenth Ward.



A resolution was proposed by M r Crane, the sums being in blank,
which was adopted and the blanks filled up as follows.

Resolved, that the Counsellor of the Board be instructed to pre-
pare an Ordinance in conformity to the Statute dividing the Mayor-
alty duties, and for the appointment of a First Judge, so far as re-
lates to the Salary of the Mayor and Recorder, and that the Salary
of the Mayor be fixed at $3000 per Annum, and of the Recorder [342]
$1500. per Annum, payable quarterly.

The following resolution was presented and agreed to,
Resolved, that the Comptroller be instructed to give notice in the
papers employed by the Corporation, that sealed proposals will be re-
ceived at his Office until 2 O'Clock on Monday the 16 th day of April
Instant for a Lease of the public Wharves, Piers and Slips, for one
year from the first day of May next, subject to the ordinance of the
Common Council.

A Resolution directing five men to be added to Hook and Ladder
Company N 3, was referred to the Committee on the Fire Depart-
ment.

Resolved, that the Law regulating the lying of Vessels at the Pub-



570 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 April 1821

lie Wharves and Slips be printed in the papers employed by the Cor-
poration.

Resolved, that the Superintendent of repairs be instructed to pre-
pare 10 Ballot Boxes for the reception of the Votes which may be
given in at the ensuing election for or against a convention.

The agreement with B. Birdsall for the Iron work of the fence
around the Park, which was [343] laid for consideration, was now
called up, approved and directed to be executed.

Resolved, that it be referred to the Mayor and Recorder to procure
copies of such laws relating to this City that have been passed at the
late Session of the Legislature, as they shall judge advisable.

Resolved, that an Index to the Laws of the Corporation be made
under the direction of the Counsel.

The Board then proceeded to consider the Laws revised by the
Committee on Laws and the Counsel.

The Law respecting Weights and Measures was referred back
to the Committee on Laws to make it conformable to the State Law
passed on that subject.

The Law relative to Drains and Sewers was, after some discus-
sion, directed to be postponed and printed for the use of the Mem-
bers.

The following Laws were then considered and passed.

A Law for the appointment of an Overseer of the Public roads and
Highways, and of a Road Committee.

A Law to prevent the firing of guns, and discharging [344] of
Rockets, squibs, crackers and other fire works.

It was agreed that a special meeting of the Board should be held
on Monday Evening next at 5 O'Clock.

[345 and 346 blank.]



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[347] Special Meeting. In Common Council April 9 th 1821.

Present. The Hon 1 Stephen Allen, Mayor, President.

Richard Riker Esquire Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.



Samuel Tooker. Thomas Bolton.

Thomas S Townsend. Abraham Valentine.

John P. Anthony. Benjamin Crane.

Robert Swartwout. Charles Town.

Robert McQueen. Shivers Parker.

Asa Mann. Isaac Emmons.

David Board. Gerard DePeyster.

George B Thorp. Judah Hammond.

The following resignations were received from persons appointed
Inspectors of the ensuing Election, and the persons herein after named
were appointed in their stead.

Isaac Sebring first Ward Resigned.

Henry J. Wyckoff. Appointed.

Stephen Van Wyck, Second Ward. Resigned.

William M. Hewlet. Appointed.

[348] John Salisbury, Third Ward. Resigned.

John W. Hinton. Appointed.

Michael M Titus. Seventh Ward. Resigned.

David Lyon. Appointed.

Gilbert Coutant, Eighth Ward, Resigned.

Jacob B Taylor, Appointed.

A Petition of the Inhabitants in Catharine Street, between Bancker
Street and Catharine Market praying, in consequence of the many
robberies that have been lately perpetrated in that vicinity, that a
Watch may be stationed in that District, was referred to the Watch
Committeee,

A Petition from Fire Engine Company N 2 complaining of the
great weight of the Engine and praying it may be reduced, was re-
ferred to the Committee on the Fire Department.

A Petition for a Well and Pump in the Bowery corner of First
Street, was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward, and
the Street Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor.

A Petition for paving the side Walks in El- [349] Eldridge Street,
between Broome and Delancey Street, was read and referred to the
Street Committee.

A Petition from William G Bulkley for a Vault in Broad Way
between Broome and Grand Street.



572 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 April 1821

A Petition from Henry Wandell for permission to construct a
Vault in Pike Street, opposite the corner of Lombardy and Pike
Street

and

A Petition from the President and Directors of the North River
Bank to construct a Vault opposite their Banking House in Green-
wich Street, between Vesey and Fulton Street, were severally read
and referred to the Street Commissioner, and the Aldermen and As-
sistants of the respective Wards, to grant on the usual Terms.

A Petition for paving the side Walks in Broome Street from the
Bowery to Allen Street, was referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of Barnard Kelly for a Huckster's Stand in one of the
Markets, was read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of sundry Owners of real Estate on [350] Grand
Street, praying that a Sewer may be constructed through the Middle of
Grand Street, to the sewer to be made in Thompson Street, to the
main Sewer in Canal Street, was read and referred to the Canal Com-
mittee.

An account was presented from Richard Hatfield of articles of
Office furniture left by the late Clerk of Sessions, allowed for by said
Hatfield as Public property amounting to $125, and praying to be
paid therefor, was referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of William Henderson and William Denning Executors
of William Denning deceased, complaining that a certain portion of
ground purchased by their Testator from the Corporation of Trinity
Church, and lying between Murray and Warren Street, and the East
side of Geeenwich Street and the River had been taken from them for
widening Washington Street, without any allowance having been made
to them therefor, and praying relief was read and referred to the
Counsel to report thereon.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board [a] certified copy of a
Law passed at the last Session of [351] the Legislature, entitled "an
Act respecting the Sealers of Weights and Measures in the City of
New York," which was referred to the Committee on Public Offices
and the Counsel.

A Petition from John Van Zandt and from Oliver Vanderbilt for
appointment of Inspectors of Weights and Measures, were referred
to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Report of the Keeper of the Bridewell of persons confined in
that Prison on 19 th March last was presented and ordered to be filed.



9 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 573

The Committee on Public Offices on the subject of providing a
room for the First Judge reported,

The Committee to whom was referred the subject of providing a
Room for the First Judge,

Respectfully Report,

That they have had several conferences, and after mature de-
liberation have concluded, that, in their opinion, the only proper place
for the location would be the Office now occupied by the Sheriff, in
as much as the First Judge receives no salary but in lieu thereof, gets
the fees arising from first motions, together with a proportion of
Chamber business.

[352] Your Committee would therefore recommend the adoption
of the following resolutions, in order to put the First Judge and Re-
corder on an equal footing,

Resolved, that the Superintendent of repairs of Repairs be in-
structed to fit up the room lately occupied by the Register on the first
floor of this building for the use of the Sheriff, and so soon as the
same shall be completed, the first Judge to take possession of the room
now occupied by the Sheriff.

Resolved, that the Clerk notify the Sheriff of the above arrange-
Respectfully submitted by

B. Crane Ch n

(signed) Gerard De Peyster,
Ab m Valentine.

Which was approved and the resolution adopted.
The Committee on Assessments on the Petition of David S Brooks
reported,

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the peti-
tion of David S Brooks praying to be liberated from paying a Tax
assessed on his personal property in the 10 th Ward for the year 1820

He also states that he removed from the State of Connecticut to
this City in the month of May last, that he was a stranger to our
Laws, and had no [353] knowledge of the Assessment until called on
by the Collector for payment. Report,

that on an examination of this case it appears from the evidence
of the Assessors of the Ward in which he resides, that the Petitioner
did know that he had been assessed. One of them says that he gave
him a Notice stating the amount of the Assessment, and of the time
and place of correcting errors, if any had been made, and that he had
neglected to attend.



574 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 April 1821

The Assessors further state, that at the time of making said As-
sessment they had good reason for believing it to be correct, and
that they still adhere to that opinion.

Your Committee are therefore of opinion that the prayer of the
petitioner ought not to be granted, and respectfully recommend the
adoption of the following resolution.

Resolved, that the prayer of the Petitioner ought not be granted.

;. Cha s Town. Ch n

(Signed.) Rob 1 Swartwout.
Thomas Bolton.
Tho s S Townsend.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the petition of Stephen [354] Richard re-
ported,

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the Petition
of Stephen Richard praying to be relieved from paying the tax as-
sessed on his personal property in the 9 th Ward, for the year 1820,
Report,

That on an examination of this case, it appears that the Petitioner
resides at Manhattan-ville, and that he also occupies and does busi-
ness at the House N 153 Broad Way at which place he has been rated
and assessed to pay a personal Tax of $50, and has paid the same,
as fully appears from the receipt of the Collector of the 3 rd Ward;
Your Committee are therefore of opinion that the prayer of the peti-
tioner is just and reasonable and ought to be granted, and respectfully
recommend the adoption of the following resolution,

Resolved that the Collector of the 9 th Ward be instructed to
decline collecting the tax assessed on the personal property of Stephen
Richard for the year 1820.

Cha s Town. Ch n
(Signed.) Robert Swartwout.
Thomas Bolton,
Tho 9 S Townsend.

W T hich was approved and the resolution adopted.

[355] The same Committee on the Petition of Edward Pollock
reported,

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Edward
Pollock, praying to be relieved, in part, from paying the Tax assessed
on his personal property in the 2 nd \Vard for the year 1820,

Report, that on an examination of this case, it appears from a



9 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES

certificate of the Assessors of the 2 nd Ward, that the Petitioner,
residing at N 304 Pearl Street, was rated by them as being worth
Ten thousand Dollars, personal estate, and to pay a tax of Fifty
Dollars, that upon examination they find, a mistake has been made
in said assessment, the Petitioner's personal property should have
been rated at Five hundred Dollars, and he taxed Two Dollars and
fifty cents. The Committee are decidedly of opinion, that this is a
case in which relief ought to be given, and in order to effect it respect-
fully offer the following resolution.

Resolved, that the Collector of the 2 nd Ward be instructed to
receive from Edward Pollock, Two Dollars and fifty cents, in full for
tax assessed on his personal property in said Ward for the year 1820,
and that he return the Balance Forty seven Dollars fifty cents in the
list of Errors and Insolvencies of said Ward.

Charles Town, Ch n

[356] (signed.) Robert Swartwout

Thomas Bolton.
Tho s S Townsend.
Which was approved and the resolution adopted.

The Committee on Public Lands and Places on the Petition of
the Trustees of the Asbury African Church reported,

The Committee on Public Lands and Places to whom was referred
the Petition of the " Asbury African Church," praying for the use of
a small piece of ground in Potter's Field to bury the poor members
of their church in, Report,

That some of the Committee have examined Potter's field, and
find that a convenient spot may be assigned them without injury to
the general arrangement of the ground, and as a similar grant has
been already made to another society under like circumstances, the
Committee are of opinion that the prayer of the petitioners ought to
be granted, and therefore recommend the adoption of the following
resolution.

Resolved, that the Asbury African Society have the privelege of
fencing in [357] fifty feet square of the South east corner of Potter's
field, for the purpose of burying their dead therein, during the pleasure

of the Corporation. ~ , _

Sam 1 Tooker,

(signed.) Gerard De Pe[y]ster,

Robert M Queen,
Shivers Parker,

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted.



576 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 April 18*21

The Committee on Laws on the Petition of Stephen Gould
reported,

The Committee on Laws to whom was referred the Petition of
Stephen Gould, representing that he had and could sell Ingersolls
Digest of all the Laws of the United States at Six Dollars and
seventy five cents per copy.

The Committee are of opinion that one copy ought to he provided
for the use of the Mayor's office,

J. Hammond,
(signed.) Thomas Bolton.

Tho s S Townsend.

Whereupon, on motion it was resolved that a copy be purchased
for the use of the Mayor's office.

The Finance Committee on the communication of the Comptroller
on the subject of errors committed by the Assessors of the several
Wards in copy [358] copying the Tax Books, reported,

The Finance Committee to whom was referred a communication
from the Comptroller on the subject of errors committed by the
Assessors of the several Wards in copying the Tax books. Report,

That the petitions on this subject referred to the Committee on
Assessments, and their several reports thereon to the Board, have
shewn, that during the past year errors to a considerable amount have
occurred, and that in some instances, where the assessment has been
only hundreds of Dollars, it has been encreased to thousands by the
addition of a cypher thro' the error of the transcriber. That is a
question worthy of consideration w r hether it would accord with with
strict justice, or a liberal construction of the Statute, to assess the
remissions allowed for such errors on the respective Wards in which
they have occurred.

This question the Committee consider to be the province of the
Board of Supervisors to determine, and they therefore accord in
opinion with the Comptroller, that the Collectors make a seperate
return of all errors of the Assessors, for which a remission has been
allowed, and that the same be laid before the Supervisors for their
consideration, and they accordingly propose the following resolu-
tion,

Resolved, that the Comptroller instruct the several Ward Collectors
that in making their returns [359] to the Treasurer, it will be required,



9 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 577

that they furnish a List, shewing the amount ordered to be deducted
from the Taxes, in consequence of the errors of the Assessors.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen Allen,
(signed.) B. Crane.

J. Hammond.

Which was approved, and the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of Ebenezer Burling reported,

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Ebenezer Burling, praying that a new Warrant may issue in lieu of
one lost by him some time since, Report,

That the Warrant alluded to was numbered 1203. and was issued
on the 19 th February last for the payment of 62 Dollars and 50 Cents
That said Warrant has not been paid by the Treasurer, and the Com-
mittee have no reason to doubt that it is lost, as stated by the petitioner
and they therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolu-
tion,

Resolved, that the Comptroller be instructed to report a Warrant
for Sixty two Dollars 50 cents, in lieu of that lost by Ebenezer
Burling ; and that the said Burling be required to execute an indemnity
[360] bond to the Corporation to save them harmless from the pay-



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