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The Finance Committee to whom was referred a Communication
from John R Murray attorney for Hannah Murray, complaining that
an award due him in opening [383] Green and Wooster Streets is
withheld, in consequence of the non payment of the assessment on his
property for building the Sewer in Canal Street Report

That the assessment on M r Murrays property for building the
sewer and regulating Canal Street amounts to $7380.85, and was ad-
vanced by the Corporation to the Contractors in 1819; but that M r
Murray and others have deemed it proper to withhold the payment
of said amount, and have instituted proceedings in the Supreme
Court for the purpose of making void the assessment, That the Award
due M r Murray for property taken in opening Green & Wooster
streets only amounts to $4756.57, which was payable on the 28 th day
of February last, and is withheld by the Street Commissioner, on the



16 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 589

advice of your Committee, untill the question respecting the validity
of the assessment for Canal street shall be settled- -The Committee
cannot conceive, that the least injustice is done to M r Murray by the
withholding of this payment, as the sum due the Corporation is much
the largest in amount, and as Interest will of course be mutually
charged and allowed, on that due each party; and perticularly as the
precedent has been established by himself in withholding the Money
due the Corporation [384] and instituting proceedings which preclude
a speedy settlement of the matter in controversey

The Committee therefore propose the following resolution
Resolved, that it is inexpedient to pay the award to Hannah Murray
for opening Green and Wooster Streets, untill the proceedings in the
Case of Canal Street sewer be adjusted

Resolved, that Interest be allowed on said award from and after
the 28 th day of February last

Respectfully Submitted

Stephen Allen
B Crane
J Hammond

which was approved and the resolutions adopted

The Law relating to drains and sewers was called up and after some
discussion was referred to a Special Committee consisting of Alder-
man Tooker Alderman Board Alderman Mann

A Resolution was proposed by Alderman Mann, refering it to the
Alderman and [385] assistant Alderman of the several Wards to-
gether with the assessors to correct and make out a list of Jurors, to
serve in the several Courts during the present year, on the question
of agreeing to the same it passed in the negative

It was afterwards reconsidered and was after some discussion
referred to a Special Committee Consisting of Alderman Mann M r
Bolton Alderman Thorp

The Doors on Motion were closed.

The Comptroller presented the sealed proposals which had been
offered for the Lease of the Public Docks & Slips

The Proposal of Edward Hitchcock for One Year from the first
day of May next offering Twenty five Thousand Three Hundred
Seventy Dollars and offering Robert Bogardus and Jonas Mapes as
his sureties, was accepted and the Counsel directed to prepare the
necessary papers

Doors were again opened



590 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 April 1821

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[386j The Comptroller Reported

Balance in the Treasury 2 nd Inst 301 . 70

Received for Tax of 1820. 2<i 5th & ;th wa rds 10.500.

" Streets 4667.99

" Rents 1697.16

Justices Courts 4 Districts 473 . 50

17.640.35
27 Accounts Audited

Anderson & Leek Watch 1st Distk 981 .75

Hibberd & dark do 2 " 645.75

Bleakley & Brower do 3 " 414.75

Legrand Jarvis for a Map of 6 th Ward 50.

Charles H Robinson for 16 Casks Oil 619.12

Robert Provoost Repairing lamps 1 Mo 1 st Inst 108.44

F B Winthrop Treasurer of City Dispensary Donation to

vaccine Department 1 Year to 16 March 600.

F Yeomans 2 d Instalment filling Canal St Basin 2500.

Tho Lovitt Acct paving Grand Street from Arundel Street

to East River 500.

C Mooney Acct paving side walks Canal Street & Inter-
section Broadway 400.

H Smith Acct paving Collect Street 300.

Jas. Meghans Acct paving Harman St 300.

Peter Parcels & C in full for all claims for regulating

certain Streets at Greenwich 240.

H Smith for stone at foot of Canal St Sewer 160.62

H & W Cochrane Acct paving Hudson St from Canal to

Sprfing] 100.

[387] Jas Pinkerton for paving a[t] Lents basin 66.45

do paving Crane wharf to abate nuis-
ance 63 .

J. McComb " regulating & curbing 2 d Avenue.. 53.78

G Lovett 3rd Instalment rilling Roosevelt St Slip 674.42

J Anderson for completing pier foot of Vesey St 400.

J. Halsey balance building sewer Roosevelt St 390.75

J Pinkerton for regulating & paving at Exchange Slip 324.80

H Waterbury Work at Mud Machine 108.33

J McComb Street Commiss r for repairing Roads 500.

J P Roome Supt Repairs Docks & Slips 1560.

do do for Repairs 424.

R Furman Superintendant Alms House., 5000. 17485.96



Balance $154.39
Board Adjourned to this day fortnight



23 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 591

[388] Special Meeting. In Common Council April 23 d 1821
Present The Hon 1 Stephen Allen Mayor President

Aldermen. Assistants.

Samuel Tooker Thomas Bolton

Thomas S Townsend Abr Valentine

Harmanus Tallman
Jn P Anthony. Benj Crane

Cha 8 Town

Asa Mann Shivers Parker
David Board



Ge B Thorp Isaac Emmons



His Honor the Mayor stated that he had called this meeting at the
request of the Committee on the proposed Market between Fulton
Street and Crane Wharf

The Committee appointed to procure plans and estimates, and to
superintend the building a Market House between Fulton Street &
Crane Wharf reported

[389] The Committee appointed to procure plans and estimates for,
and to superintend the building a Market House between Fulton Street
& Crane Wharf Report

That in Conformity with the duties assigned them, they have had
advertised for, and received plans for the proposed market buildings,
and have given the subject that attention and deliberation which its
magnitude and importance seemed to require

In making a selection from amoung the variety of plans which have
been presented they have been actuated by the important considera-
tions of combining Strength and Elegance with Utility and Economy,
and have therefore made choice of the plan presented on the draw-
ings made by James ODonnell Architect, as uniting more of the views
of the Committee, than any other which have been presented, and
which with some alterations that May suggest themselves to the Com-
mittee in the course of their having the Work executed, they recom-
mend to the Board for their approbation and adoption, and accordingly
offer the following Resolutions

[390] Resolved that the plan presented by James O'Donnell for a
public Market on the grounds between Fulton Street & Crane Wharf
be adopted, with the exception of substituting an open, instead of a
close [d] market



592 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 April 1821

Resolved that a \Yarrant be reported for $100 to pay James ODon-
ndl the premium for the plans adopted for the Fulton Market

Asa Mann
Thos S Townsend
Abr Valentine
Jn P Anthony

which Report was approved and the Resolutions adopted

A Letter was received from Henry J Wyckoff resigning his ap-
pointment as Inspector of the 1 st Ward, which was accepted and
George Griswold was appointed in his place

Upon Motion the Confirmation of the Assessment for repairing
the Intersection of Orange and Bayard Streets, was reconsidered, and
it was referred to the Committee on Assessments

[391] A Petition of Hezekiah Rutledge for relief from a Personal
Tax, was referred to the Commissioner on assessments

A Petition of Joseph Townsend for stall N 52 Fly Market was
read and referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of the Inhabitants and owners of Houses and Lots in
Chappel Street between Reed & Barclay Streets praying that the name
of said Street may be changed to Hudson Street, was read ^and re-
ferred to the Street Committee and Alderman and assistant Alderman
of 3 rd Ward

A Petition of the Chimney Sweep Masters praying that the Owners
of the patent Machine Chimney sweepers, may be subjected to the
same regulations, with the chimney sweepers, was referred to the Com-
mittee on Public Offices

The Committee on Public Lands and Places, on the Petition of
Benjamin Bull for erecting a new invented scale for weighing Hay
&c reported

[392] The Committee on Public Lands and Places, to whom was
referred the application of Benjamin Bull, for permission to erect a
new invented Scales for weighing Hay Cattle &c near the Bulls Head
report,

That they have made the necessary enquiry, and find that the In-
habitants of Bayard street are willing that an experiment should be
made by erecting said scales in their Street. The Committee therefore
recommend the following resolutions.

Resolved that Benjamin Bull have the privaledge of erecting his
Scales in Bayard Street, between Elizabeth Street and the Bowery,
in front of Property of John Fink on the North side of said street



23 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 593

Resolved, that Benjamin Bull, be and is hereby appointed a Public
Weigher

Sam 1 Tooker
Isaac Emmons
Shivers Parker

which report which [was] approved and the Resolutions adopted

The Finance Committee to whom was [393] referred the com-
munication from the Mechanics Society declining to accept a lease
on the terms prescribed by the board, of the Ground now in possession
of M r W m Mooney together with a resolution on the same subject
reported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred a communication
from the Mechanic's Society, declining to accept a Lease, on the terms
prescribed by the Board of the piece of Ground now in possession of
William Mooney, together with a resolution on the same subject
Report

That they deem it unnecessary again to enter into a recital of the
reasons already offered to the Board, in favor of the objects for which
the aforesaid Lease is required; and have therefore concluded to rec-
ommend the adoption of the following resolution which they have
ascertained will be acceded to be [by] the Society

Resolved that a Lease for Sixty Years be granted the General
Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York, for
the piece of Ground alluded to, at the annual rent of One Hundred
& twenty five Dollars, so long as the buildings to be erected thereon
be used as a Mechanics School and Apprentices Library; and that,
whenever the said buildings shall [394] Cease to be used as such, the
rent for the residue of the term shall be fixed and determined by
apprisers mutually appointed by the parties provided the said prem-
ises be occupied as aforesaid, on or before the first day of May 1822
otheways to revert back to the Corporation

Respectfully submitted

Stephen Allen
Sam 1 Tooker
B Crane

which report was approved and the Resolution adopted
Board adjourned



594



CITY OF NEW YORK



80 April 1821



[395] In Common Council April 30. 1821
Present The Hon 1 Stephen Allen Mayor President
Aldermen. Assistants.



Samuel looker
Tho s S Townsend
Leonard Kip
Jn<> P Anthony
Robert Swartwout
Rob* McQueen
Asa Mann
David Board
Ge B Thorp



Thomas Bolton
Abr Valentine
Harmanus Talman
Benj Crane
Cha s Town
Shivers Parker

Isaac Emmons
Gerard De Peyster
Judah Hammond



The Minutes of the last Meeting and of the Special Meeting were
read and approved

An Invitation from the American Academy of Fine Arts to the
members of the Corporation and their Families to a private view of
their Gallery on Saturday next prior to its being opened to the Public
was read and accepted

[396] The following Return from John L Broome Esq clerk of
the City and County of New York of Persons elected to Office at
the late Charter Election was presented and read

Thereupon the clerk was directed to give notice to the persons
elected to attend at the Common Council Chamber on the 2 d Mon-
day of May next (14 th ) to take the Oaths prescribed by the Charter
and Laws

By the Returns filed in my Office it appears that at the late Elec-
tion of Charter Officers for this City, the Persons herein after named
were elected to the offices set opposite to their respective names 30 th
April 1821

Alderman
Assistant



Henry J Wyckoff
Thomas Bolton
Elisha Tibbits
John H Bailey
Daniel J Ebbetts
Robert Graham
John S Delamater

Thomas S Townsend
Abraham Valentine
William W Fox
Jacob Drake

[397] Henry W Peckwell
Jno Wintringham
Richard Ellis



J



Assessors
Collector

Constables

Alderman
Assistant

Assessors
Collector

Constables



First Ward



Second Ward



80 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



595



Maltby Geiston
William H Ireland
Nathaniel C Griffith
Isaac Graham
Abraham King
Henry Graham
Simon VanAntwerp

John P Anthony
Benjamin Crane
Peter Bonnett
Lewis Hartman
Adolph L Degrove
James G Finn
Rufus Seeley

John Bingham
Charles Town
George Sutton
Leonard Warner
William Bernan
John Striker
John M Lester

[398] Robert McQueen
Shivers Parker
Henry Ackerman
Pierson Halstead
Thomas Mooney
Thomas Parker
Caleb Crane

Asa Mann
William Thorn
Jameson Cox
James M Tuthill
Moses Oakley
Robert Philips
Azel Conklin

Isaac Emmons
Francis Cooper
Gilbert Coutant
James N Wells
Samuel Y Clark
Cornelius Stagg
David C Hick
George B Thorp
Gerard De Peyster
Thomas Miller
[399] John Adriance
Jeremiah Pangburn
Joseph Madden
Stephen Huestis



Alderman
Assistant

V Assessors
Collector

> Constables

Alderman
Assistant

Assessors
Collector

> Constables

Alderman
Assistant

Assessors
Collector

Constables

Alderman
Assistant

/ Assessors
Collector

^ Constables

Alderman
Assistant

r Assessors






Collector



Constables

Alderman
Assistant

j- Assessors
Collector

Constables

Alderman
Assistant

Assessors
Collector

> Constables



Third Ward



Fourth Ward



Fifth Ward



Sixth Ward



Seventh Ward



Eighth Ward



t Ninth Ward



596 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 April 1821



Judah Hammond Alderman

Henry Mead Assistant

Gideon Ostrander



Samuel Purdy



Assessors



John Palmer Collector

William F Stephenson)

XT u u T ji \ Constables

Nehemiah Ludlum



Tenth Ward



Jn L Broome Clerk of the City &
County of New York

A Petition of Jonathan & Isaac Hatfield for permission to con-

struct a vault on third Lot south of Cedar Street in Greenwich Street

-was referred to the Street Commissioner to grant on the usual terms

A Petition of Peter Demilt for appointment of Guager of Solomon
D Gibson for some appointment under the Corporation and of
Wright Carpenter for appointment of Street Inspector were severally
referred to the Committee on applications

[400] A Petition of John Gillelon complaining of assessment on
him for filling up part of Downing Street was referred to the Com-
mittee on assessments

A Petition of William Orr for further time to comply with an
Ordinance directing the filling in a Lot, was read and the time ex-
tended to the first of June next

A Petition from John Bingham Esq for relief from an assessment
for Personal Tax in 9 th Ward having been assessed and paid Personal
Tax in the 5 th Ward, was referred to the Committee on Assessments
with Authority to grant relief

A Petition of Ann Renon for permission to occupy a stand in the
City Hall for the sale of Fruit &c, was referred to the Committee
on public Offices with authority &c

A Petition of John Davenport Butcher objecting to the payment
of Rent for the stall held by him in Washington Market was re-
ferred to the Market Committee

[401] A Petition of William Doyle Master of Sloop Traveller
praying remission of Penalty, for not having inspected thirteen Bar-
rels of course middlings, he understanding that coarse Flour of that
description was not liable to Inspection, was read and referred to the
Police Committee, with authority to remit the portion of the penalty
accruing to the Corporation

A Petition of Simeon Van Beuren for relief from assessment for
Personal Tax he not possessing any Personal property, was referred
to the Committee on assessments



30 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 597

A Petition from John Bartine for appointment of City Sealer of
Weights and Measures was referred to the Committee on Public
Offices

A Petition of Joseph Dean for Permission to remove a Frame
House through the Street was referred to the Alderman & Assistants
of 3 d & 5 th Wards and Street Commissioner

An account of Hugh Maxwell District Attorney for services at
the Court of Sessions in March last Balance due $331 5 %oo was
presented, and Warrant directed to issue for the same.

[402] A Communication was received from Ralph Bulkley stat-
ing that he is the Inventer of a machine called the Fire Shield, by
means of which persons may with safety approach within a few feet
of a Building while on Fire, and offering the same on certain Con-
ditions to the Corporation was referred to the Committee on the
Fire Department

A Memorial from Abel C Clapp and others recommending a place
between North Street and Rivington Street as a proper place of De-
posit for the street Manure, was referred to the Street Committee

A Further Petition from Dobbs & Furman late Contractors for
Street Manure praying some abatement of the sum due on their con-
tract, was referred to the Finance Committee

The Counsel presented the following Leases of Land, heretofore
Sold for non payment of Taxes, which were directed to be duly exe-
cuted

The Counsel of the Board, herewith [403] reports for execution
the following Leases of Land hertofore sold for the payment of
Taxes, to wit

A Lease to James Vincent, of a Lot of Ground on the Eastern
Post Road, at Kips Bay in the Ninth Ward, for the term of 40 Years
from the 3 rd of November 1821, in consideration of his advancing the
assessment thereon amounting to $173.63

A Lease to Cornelius R Duffle of a lot of Ground situated at Kips
Bay, in the Ninth Ward fronting on Third Avenue, for the term of
80 Years from 6 th of March 1819, in consideration of his advancing
the assessment thereon amounting to $159.51

And a Lease to Cornelius R. Duffie of a Lot of Ground situated
at Kips Bay in the ninth Ward, fronting on Third avenue, for the
term of 30 Years from the 6 th March 1819. in Consideration of his
advancing the assessment thereon amounting to $186.03

Respectfully submitted

Ogden Edwards



598 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 April 1821

The Counsel also presented agreeably to order a Lease to the Gen-
eral Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York
of a Lot of Ground fronting of Chamber Street.

also a Lease to William Mooney of so much of the two Lots of
Ground heretofore [404] Leased to him as will remain after Leasing
the above mentioned Lots to the Mechanics Society, which were
directed to be duly executed. He also presented the Draught of the
Leases to be given to the Butchers for the stalls in the several
markets in the City, which was referred to the Finance Committee, to
adopt the form of said Lease, or of any other that should be by them
judged advisable and it was Resolved that authority be given to
the Mayor to cause to be executed in the recess of the Board such
leases as should be determined by the Committee to be given for stalls
in the several Markets

The Counsel also presented a Lease to Edward Hitchcock for the
Public wharves and slips for one Year which was directed to be ex-
ecuted

The Attorney of the Corporation reported that complaints had
been made to him against Captains Maxwell. Church. Stinson and
Landon, Masters of square rigged vessels for taking their vessels into
the Public Slips which was referred to the Committee on [405] Public
Offices, with Authority to remit the penalties

The Street Commissioner presented a Deed of Cession from Peter
Myer for a part of 130 th Street lying between the 8 th Avenue " and the
Old Kingsbridge Road, which was directed to be accepted

The Street Commissioner also presented an Assessment for Regu-
lating Willett Street from Grand Street to Broome Street and an As-
sessment for regulating Pitt Street from Grand to Broome Street,
also for laying the Crosswalk, and Corner on Chatham Street and
Tryon Row, which were confirmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Col-
lector in each.

He also recommend [ed] John G Betts to be appointed Collector
of Assessment for opening and extending Lispenard Street, which was
approved and he was appointed accordingly

He also recommended that a building at Fulton Slip be sold, where-
upon, the following Resolution proposed by the Finance Committee
was adopted

The Street Commissioner would respectfully recommend that In-
struction be given to sell the Building [406] now r standing on the
Ground intended for the Fulton Market on the Eighth day of May next

Jn M c Comb Street Commiss r



30 April 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 599

The Street Commissioner also presented the following Ordinance
which was passed for a Well and Pump in Augustus Street between
Pearl and Duane Street and Abraham Bloodgood. John Brown [er] &
John Bedient were appointed assessors, For Paving Side walks on
north side of Broome Street from the Bowery to alien Street and
Abraham Boudoine, Alexander Clark & Jn Bedient were appointed
assessors

Also lor repaying Rose Street from the West side of Duane Street
to Pearl Street and Abraham Boudoine, John Brower and Alexander
Clark were appointed assessors

Also for Building Drains in James, Oak & Batavia Streets, and
Abraham Bloodgood John Brower and Alexander Clark were ap-
pointed assessors

The City Inspector presented the following Ordinance for the
correction of Nuisances which were passed,

[407] The City Inspector respectfully reports the following Or-
dinances for correcting Nuisances, Viz

N 1 William Marshall Occupant 282 Greenwich St A Privy

2 P Sherred do 72 Forsyth " do

3 W m Barnley do 111 Division do

4 Van Brunt & Doty do 10 Fulton " do

5 Woodhue & Smith do 12 do " do

6 Geo Pye do 15 Chamber St A Lot

7 William Wood do 111 Division St A Privy

8 T Barrow Agent Vandam St A Lot

9 L Clarkson Owner Spring St do
10 Alexr L Stewart do Broome St do

Ge Cuming

City Inspector

The City Inspector also presented an Ordinance for filling in cer-
tain sunken Lots on Broome Street, the Property of Alexander L
Stewart the expense of which would exceed $100 which was referred
to the Street Committee

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board Certified Copies of
Laws, passed at the Late Session of the Legislature Viz

Act to enable the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City
of New York to raise Money by a Tax

[408] An Act to amend an Act for the more effectual collection of
Taxes and Assessments in the City of New York

An Act providing for the compensation of the District Atterney, of
the County of New York, and for the Crier and Clerk of the Courts
of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery and General Ses-



600 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 April 1821

sions of the Peace in the City and County of New York and for other
purposes,

Whereupon the subject of the last Clause, of the last above men-
tioned Act which authorizes the Common Council to reduce the Sala-
ries of the assistant Justices to $1500. per Annum in Case they should
think proper, was referred to the Finance Committee

The Committee on Public Offices to whom was referred, the Act
respecting \Yeights and Measures reported*

[409] The Police Committee agreeably to the reference to them
Reported " a Law to prevent swine from running at large " which was
read by Paragraphs and passed

The Special Committee to whom was referred a consideration
of the Law respecting drains and sewers reported the same without
amendment, and it was passed under the Title of ' a Law relative to
Drains and Sewers " and was directed to be published, in the Papers
employed by the Board

The Canal Committee to whom was referred the Communication
of the Street Commissioner respecting a Sewer in James, Oak &
Batavia Streets reported

[410] The Canal Committee to whom was referred the annexed
Communication from the Street Commissioner recommending that a
Small sewer be built in James Street. Oak St and Batavia Streets and
also the petition on that subject from a number of the proprietors
who request that the size of the drain may not exceed 18 Inches
square Report

that they have personally examined the situation of the Property
on those Streets, and are of Opinion that the drains are indispensable ;
due notice has been given that drains are proposed to be built in



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