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7 Finance

Aid Hammond
Aid Wyckoff
M r Crane
M r Cooper
M r Town

8 Fire Department
Aid Anthony
Aid McQueen
M r Ireland



Mr Bolton

11 Markets
Aid Wyckoff
Aid Gelston
Aid Townsend
Aid Emmons
M r Town

12 Police
Mr Bolton
M r Mead
Mr Parker
Aid Thorp
Aid Gelston

13 Public Lands & Places
M r Valentine

M r Parker
M r Depeyster
Aid Emmons
Aid McQueen

[463] 14 Public Offices
M r Crane
Mr Thorn
M r Valentine
M r Mead
M r Cooper

15 Repairs
M r Thorn
M r Crane
Aid Thorp



14 May 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 625

16 Roads ' 18 Watch
Mr Depeyster Aid Mann
Mr Valentine Aid Bingham
Mr Parker Mr Valentine
Aid Hammond M r Cooper
Aid Townsend M r Town

17 Streets 19 Wharves Piers & Slips
Mr Cooper Aid Emmons

Mr Ireland Aid Hammond

Aid Wyckoff Aid Mann

Aid Mann Aid Townsend

Aid Thorp Aid Gelston

[464] A Letter from M r John Hunter Agent of the Commissioners
of the Alms House was received stating that four Indians stating
themselves of the Cherokee Tribe had applied to him for some
pecuniary relief, was read and referred to the Committee on Charity,
with authority to grant such aid as they should judge necessary

A Letter from the Rev d John Stanford tc the Mayor was pre-
sented, stating that he was about making a visit to Philadelphia with
a view of gaining information on the subject of the management of
the Penitentiary and Charitable Institutions and suggesting a wish, that
a letter of introduction to the Mayor of Philadelphia might be given
to him. His Honor the Mayor stated, as M r Stanford was imme-
diately setting out for Philadelphia he had given the letter required,
which was approved

A Petition, that Water Street between Catharine Street and
Market Street may be widened was referred to the Committee on
Wharves Piers and Slips

[465] A Petition that a Bell may be placed on Centre Market, to
give alarm in cases of Fire, was read, and referred to the Committee
on the Fire Department

A Petition of J D Riviere for Stall No 31 Fly Market

of Joseph Smith for stall No 5 same Market & of James Werden
for stall No 32 same Market were referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Isaac Pierson for permission to construct a vault
in front of No 5 Wall Street was referred to the Street Commis-
sioner, to grant on the usual terms.

A Petition of the Justices of the Marine Court stating, that they
are incommoded in the transaction of their business by persons as-
sembling about the windows of their Court, which, inconvenience they
think can be remedied by placing an Iron railing around the Win-
dows, was read and referred to the Committee on Public Offices



626 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 May 1821

A Petition of Stephen Gould, requesting he may have the privi-
lege of furnishing to [466] the Corporation, the Copies Laws of the
State, which may be required for the Members, was referred to the
Finance Committee

A Petition of Benjamin Disbrow for remission of fines and Pen-
alties incurred as contractor for Street Manure, by not removing the
dirt from the Streets was read and referred to the Finance Com-
mittee

A Petition of Edward Fitzgerald to be licensed as a Butcher for
stall N 32 Fly Market, he having received a permit from the Market
Committee to occupy said stall & having paid the Collector of the City
Revenue One Quarters rent advance on said stall was read and Re-
solved that he receive license as a Butcher

An Account of Messrs Dobbs & Furman amounting to $31. 7 %oo
for removing snow from several Markets was referred to the Finance
Committee

A Petition from James Dobbin and [467] Joseph Trulock Execu-
tors of John Vickery Deceased, stating that they were in January
last ordered to empty Six sinks which for want of funds was not im-
mediately complied with, but has since been done and that they have
received from the Attorney notice that costs amounting to $6 for each
sink is due, and praying as the property belongs to Orphans, that they
may be relieved from said costs, whereupon the same was referred
to the Committee on Public Offices

A Petition from H L Seixas & Co Auctioneers praying to be per-
mitted, to sell goods at Auction in front of their store No 73 Water
Street was referred to the Street Committee

A Petition was received from the Collectors of Taxes of the Sev-
eral Wards stating that on account of the stagnation of business, they
had not been able to collect with that facility, they formerly exper-
ienced, and praying that the time for settling their Books, may be ex-
tended from the 21 st May to the 21 st June or 1 st of July [468] was
read, and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition was received from Townsend Cock to be appointed City
Inspector of Weights and Measures, was referred to the Committee on
Public Offices.

A Representation was received from Morris DeCamp, Collector of
Assessments, stating that assessments laid on Lots owned by different
proprietors, that he understands a Law was passed at the late session
of the Legislature authorising an apportionment of the assessment
amoung the several proprietors and praying direction in the Prem-



14* May 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 627

ises, was referred to the Committee on Assessments with powers &c

A petition was received from John Gillelan representing, that a
mistake had been made in an assessment for opening Rinder & 3 Street
on a Lot owned by him on Carmine near Patrick Street, which he
requested might be corrected. Whereupon it was referred to the
Committee on Assessments

[469] A Petition of the Inhabitants of Nassau Street stating that
be [by] the present Law, as said Street is only 36 feet in width they
are not allowed to erect awning posts, but as their walks are ample,
and the Street is exposed to the direct rays of the Sun they pray the
Privilege may be extended to them, which was referred to the Street
Committee

A Petition of Samuel G Clark Collector of the 8 th Ward was re-
ceived, stating that having been recently elected and from the peculiar
circumstances of the Ward, There having been three elections for
Collector in the Ward, the Collector of the Taxes has not been as
successful as usual and praying that the time for his settling his Books
with the Corporation may be extended. Was referred to the Fi-
nance Committee

A Petition of Elizabeth Roff for relief from a Personal Tax as-
sessed on her, was referred to the Committee of Assessments.

A Petition that the side Walks in Allen Street from Grand to North
Streets might be Paved [470] Was referred to the Street Committee

A Petition of Eve Lake was received stating that having received
a notice for paving the side walk in front of her house in Varick
Street (paving stones only excepted) she caused the same to be
paved with building stones, that she has lately received an order to
take up said stones, and repave it with Brick, and praying to be re-
lieved from said order, was referred to the Street Committee, with
authority to act on the premises

Upon Motion of Alderman Mann Alderman Thorp, was placed
on the Committee for erecting a Market in Fulton St in place of
Alderman Tooker, no longer a member of the Board.

Resolved, that the Clerk of the Common Council, furnish to the
newly elected members, the Charter of the City the Ordinances of the
Corporation, a Sett of the Laws of the State and Longworths Map

of the City.

Also ordered that the Superintendant [471] of Repairs furnish to

them the Staves of Office

The Committee on Assessments, on the Petition of Simon Van

Beuren reported



628 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 May 1821

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred the Petition
of Simon Van Beuren, representing that he had been assessed in the
8 th Ward for Tax on $1000 Personal Property, that he has no per-
sonal property, but, on the Contrary is in debt $800. and prays that
the Tax may be remitted

Report, that on an examination of this case they are fully satisfied,
of the Correctness of the Statement made by the petitioner, in addi-
tion to which they have the Testimony of the Assessors of the Ward,
Your Committee are of Opinion, that the prayer of the Petitioner
ought to be granted, and respectfully recommend the adoption of the
the following resolution

Resolved that the Collector of the 8 th Ward be instructed, to de-
cline Collecting the Tax assessed on the personal property of Simon
Van Beuren for the year 1820 and that he return the same, in the list
of errors and insolvencies of said Ward

Charles Town Ch n
Thomas Bolton
Rob 1 Swartwout
Tho s S Townsend

which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

[472] The Comptroller Reported

Balance in the Treasury 30 April 477. 19

Received 75 per Cent on City Loan of 1821 154.680.

155.157.19

40 Accounts Audited

Anderson & Leek. Watch 1st Dist 981 .75

Hibberd & Clark do 2d " 645.75

Bleakley & Brower do 3 do 414.75

J J Astor rent for G[r]ound in Spring St 6 Mo 15.

W m Hoghland Keeper Penitentiary & 3 assts 1 Qr 500.

G Sickels Keeper of City Prison & 2 assts 1 " 400.

Jno Fleming Treasurer 1 " 100.

Jno Burger regulating 4 Public Clocks 1 " 50.

Danl H Magee Keeper Pottersfield 1 Mo 37.50

Charles Gillman do of Battery 1 " 33.75

Jos Leonard furnishing lists of Passengers 6 " 50.

Geo L Birch & Co Printing 1 Qr 167.50

J Sidell to pay Officers attending election in apl 256.

N Phillips advertising Lots for Arrears Taxes 200.

Ja Bleecker selling at Auction do do 80.

Harms Tallman Coroner fees 22 Feb to May 1 257.37

M M Noah Sherriff for officers attending in Court 1

Quarter 1211



14 May 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



629



H Maxwell Dist Attorney in full fees due at Sessions

Court 15 March 331.50

S Montgomery & others serving Sepoenas 127.25

L Richardson Ground rent for Engine No 30 15.

J Smith Jr repairs for engines 21 .

[473] R Provoost repairing Lamps 80.44

J Mullanphy 1 Qr Rent wharf Courtlandt St 75.

Lewis Moore Award for Fulton Market Ground 34137.59

Jno Rogers. Geo P Rogers & W Rhinelander do do 29448.29

Mary Wilkes balance do do 10929.77

Peter R Livingston do do 22679.38

Silvanus Miller do do 14488.38

James Jackson do do 14317.80

Epenetus Smith do do 7736.82

Melancthon Townsend & W Rogers. do 6320.24

Patrick Downey Award for Harman St 752.

Job Furman do do 6.

C Mooney Acct Side Walks Canal St 200.

J Hammond Asst Justice 1. 2. 3 Wards 350.

M Cunningham do 5.8 267.35

Ge Betts Clerk Justices Court 5.3 " 160.11

A Youngs room for Court 4. 6 1 qr 37.50

J Russell do do 5. 8 " 18.75

Mary McQouchen do do 7. 10 " " 31.25

147931.79

Balance $7.225.40

Board adjourned to this day fortnight



VOLUME FORTY-THREE

OF

MANUSCRIPT MINUTES

MAY 28, 1821 TO OCTOBER 1, 1821



[1] In Common Council May 28 1821

Present The Hon 1 Stephen Allen. Mayor President

Richard Riker Esq Recorder

Aldermen Assistants

Henry J Wyckoff Thomas Bolton

Thomas S Townsend Abr Valentine

Maltby Gelston W^ H Ireland

Jno P Anthony Benj Crane

Jno Bingham Cha* Town

Rob* McQueen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann William Thorn

Isaac Emmons Francis Cooper

Ge B Thorp Garard Depeyster

Judah Hammond Henry Mead

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

A Report from the Keeper of the Bridewell, of the Prisoners con-
fined therein, was presented and laid on the Table. Alderman Thorp
Moved that the resolution directing the Keeper to made said Report
be resinded, after some discussion, the further consideration was [2]
postponed till the next meeting.

A Petition of Hannah Johnson for further time for payment of
assessment laid on her propery for opening Lispenard Street, was
read and referred to the Finance Committee, with authority to grant
the prayer of the petitioner

A Petition from J & Isaac Hatfield for permission to construct a
vault at 39 Dey St and from M rs Cutting in Broadway next to the
Corner of Franklin Street were referred to the Street Commissioner,
to grant on the usual terms.

A Remonstrance from Sundry owners and Lessees of Lots on
Dominick Street between Clark and Varick Streets, against the further
regulating and paving, that part of the Street at present, \vas referred
to the Street Committee

Petitions from John Insley. Isaac Segoine Henry N Ogden, Daniel
Carman & John Dela Montagne for the appointment of Street In-
spector of John Requa, and John Van Wart for some employment
under the Board.

[3] And of J G Farrington for the appointment of weigher of
Hay at Harlaem, were read and severally referred to the Committee
on applications

633



634 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 May 1821

A Petition from a number of Inhabitants of Hudson Street, was
read, stating that from the extension of said Street into chamber
street, and also Northwardly, the former numbers on the Houses are
now incorrect, and praying that the Houses and Lots, may be num-
bered anew, was referred to the Street Committee with authority to
direct the same to be done.

A Petition of John Quin to be permitted to remove a small stable
through the streets from Banker to Pike Street, was granted under di-
rection of the Street Commissioner

A Petition for a well to be sunk near the Intersection of Harman
and Rutgers Streets was referred to the Alderman & Assistant of that
Ward, with authority to report an ordinance therefor

A Representation, that the Court Room of the Justices of the 7 th &
10 th Wards wanted some repairs was referred to the Aldermen and
Assistants of [4] those \Vards, with authority to direct the necessary
repairs to be made

A Petition of Junia Curtis of the City of Albany was received,
stating that he has been for several years past exploring various parts
of the Country in search of Pit Coal that he is satisfied that quantities
of that article may be found adjacent to the waters of the Hudson
River, and he proposes, that the Common Council should as an induce-
ment for searching for that article, offer a Bounty for its Discovery,
which being read was referred to the Committee on Arts and Sciences
A Petition of William Civill for the hiring of the Cellar under the
Duane Street Market, lately occupied by M r M Codington, was re-
ferred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition from the Inhabitants of Rivington Street, that the side
walks of that street may be paved was referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

[5] A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants of Forsyth Street, pray-
ing, that the side walks in that street may be paved, and a remon-
strance against the same, from a number of Inhabitants, were read
and referred to the Street Committee

A Petition of Isaac Russell lessee of the Corporation, for a Lot
corner of Beach and Chapel Streets, praying to be relieved from an
assessment, laid on said Lot for regulating and paving Walker Street,
was referred to the Finance Committee

A Petition from Eliza Cumming praying that a fine imposed on her
husband Patrick Cumming for breaking a stoop for which he is now
imprisoned, may be remitted, was referred to the Committee on
Charity, with authority to remit said fine.



28 May 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 635

A Petition of James Farquhar praying relief from a mistake as he
supposes of the Tax of the last Year assessed on him, Was referred to
the Committee on Assessments.

[6] A Petition that Canal Street and Lispenard St from Broad
Way to Church Street be regulated and paved, and that the name of
Canal Street, be changed to Columbia Place, was referred to the
Street Committee

A Remonstrance from John G Coster Administ r to the Estate of
Henry A Coster deceased, and of Duncan P Campbell administrator
to the Estate of Thomas C Pearsall deceased, against the filling in
the Basin between Catharine and Market Slips, was read and referred
to the Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips,

A Petition from sundry Butchers of Catharine Market was
received, stating that they are in great want of a Public scale at said
Market, and praying that the stand occupied by Amos Wood be
vacated, and the place appropriated to that purpose, was referred to
the Market Committee

A Petition from Henry H Gillet to be employed at the Public
Yards, in the constructing and repairing of Fire Engines, and [7] a
Petition of a similar nature from Jacob Smith Jr. was referred to
the Committee on the Fire Department.

A Petition of Charles Mooney for payment of Balance due him
on contract for paving Sullivan Street, for paving the Walks of Canal
Street & for paving S* Johns Lane, were referred to the Finance
Committee.

A Petition of Gould & Banks to be permitted to furnish the Cor-
poration with the Laws of the State and such other Laws as they
may require and offering the same, at one third discount from the
Regular Prices, was directed to be attached to the Report of the
Finance Committee on the Petition of Stephen Gould

A Petition was received from Philip Hone, John C Stevens and
Robert L Stevens, stating that they had made an agreement for the
Transfer and purchase of the right of Ferriage heretofore granted by
the Corporation to Philip Hone conditionally, that the same is
approved by the Corporation and praying a reference of the same to
a committee, was Read and referred to the Ferry Committee

[8] A Petition of D H Wickham in behalf of the Trustees of
Spring Street Church, praying for the considerations therein men-
tioned that they may be relieved from the payment of an assessment,
laid on the 4 Lots occupied by said church, for opening Canal Street,
was referred to the Finance Committee.



636 , CITY OF NEW YORK 28 May 1821

A Petition of John Poole for further time for payment of an
Assessment on his property in Chapel Street, for erecting a sewer
therein was referred to the Finance Committee, with authority to
grant the request of Petitioner

A Petition of Richard Riker. praying to be relieved from payment
of Personal Tax assessed on him in the 9 th Ward, He having been
assessed and having paid personal Tax in the 2 nd Ward, was referred
to the Committee on Assessments

A Complaint of John Ball, one of the City Watch of having been,
without sufficient cause removed from his office of a \Vatchman, was
read and referred to the Watch Committee

A Petition of James Johnson for grant of Stall N 15 Washington
Market lately held [9] by Jacob Flager deceased, was read and
referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of R Donky for license as a Butcher, and that Stall
N 28 Fly Market may be granted to him. and

A Petition from Edward Merritt for license as a Butcher, and
that Stall N 23 Fly Market may be granted to him were read, and
referred to the Market Committee, with authority to grant the prayer
of the Petitioners

A Representation was received from Josiah Hedden Esquire one
of the Justices of the Police, of the Case of William F Pratt, who
had become bound in a recognizance for one Jeremiah Totten on a
Complaint of assault and Battery by Daniel Lane and which had
become forfeited, and recommending said Pratt for relief, was read
and referred to the Committee of Charity.

A Petition for a Well and Pump at the Corner of Washington and
Christopher Streets, was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of
Ward and the Street Commissioner, to report an ordinance therefor.

[10] A Petition of Aaron Van Vorhis praying relief from an
undue Assessment : for a Personal Tax, was referred to the Com-
mittee on Assessments.

A Petition that Gold Street between Frankfort Street and Ferry
Street may be Repaved was referred to the Street Committee.

The Following Persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the Vacancies.

Fire Engine Company N 2.

Minot Ripley Cabinet Maker 70 Orange Street 6 th Ward Vice
Ferris Finch resigned



28 May 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 637

N 5

George Thompson Tailor N 8 Catharine St 4 th Ward Vice Charles
Stuart Resigned

John W Hyatt Silversmith 27 Ann St 2 d Ward Vice John
Matthews Resigned

N 6

Solomon Smith Copper Smith 7 Gold St 2 d Ward Vice Samuel
Wright Resigned

Edward Marriner Carpenter 53 Leonard St 5 th Ward Vice John
Stimets time expired

N 25

John Roberts Leather Dresser 21 Oliver St 4 th Ward Vice John
Butler resigned

[11] N 8

George Went Accountant 83 Chatham St 4 th Ward Vice James
Stewart Resigned.

Otis Harrington Dry Good Merchant Chatham St 4 th Ward Vice
George Darby left the City

John Hazlett Tinman corner Chamber & Chatham St 6 th Ward
Vice Benj n Ogden Resigned.

N 11

John Drake Accountant 8 Stone St 1 st Ward Vice Corn 3 Fountain
Resigned

N 13.

George Furguson Accountant Vesey near Greenwich 3 d Ward
Vice Charles C Williams time expired.

Robert Forsyth Carpenter Frankfort corner Rose St 4 th Ward
Vice Peter R Rogers left the City

Rowland H Timpson Accountant 97 Beekman St 2 d Ward Vice
W m Stoutenburgh Resigned

N 31

Isaac Brown Carpenter Varick corner Dominick St 8 Ward Vice
Peter J Berry Resigned

N 32

John Romaine Shoemaker 120 Bowery 8 Ward Vice Ludwik Har-
pell time expired

N 34

William C Hough Milk Man Christopher St 8 th Ward Vice Henry
Felter Resigned



638 CITY OF NEW YOBK 28 May 1821

[12] N 36

Jacob Barger, Cartman 84 Varick St 8 th Ward Vice Aaron Saffin
Expelled

N 41

M c Kinzey Defries Cordwainer Arundel near Broome St 10 th
Ward Vice Ja s W Lathrop Expelled, left the City

The Street Commissioner presented returns of Delinquents, on
the following assessments and Warrants were ordered to issue to
N Jarvis Collector to collect the same. Viz

For Paving Grand St. from Arundel St to East River $2478.67

Repaving Harman Street 357 . 62

Paving Intersection of BroadWay & Canal Street & for Paving side

Walks in Canal St between Broad Way & Chapel Street 648. 8



$3484.37

He also presented an assessment for Paving Second Avenue from
North to First Street, and for regulating Gouverneur Street, on
Easterly Side at Division Street, which was confirmed and Noah
Jarvis appointed collector in each,

He also presented an ordinance for Regulating and filling up Lis-
penard Street from Broad Way to Church Street, which [13] was
passed & John Brown [er] John Targee and Benjamin Prince were
appointed Assessors

The City Inspector Presented a report, stating that a Lot, belonging
to the Corporation, at the Corner of Prince & Wooster Streets, required
to be filled up, which was referred to the Street Commissioner with
directions to cause the same to be done,

He also presented the following ordinances for correction of
Nuisances, which were passed.

The City Inspector respectfully reports the following ordinances
for correcting Nuisances Viz

N 1 Thomas & George Lovett Owners Laurens Street A Lot

2 Abijah Hammond do do do

3 R* M Livingston do do do

4 Isaac Wigham do do do

5 R d Dickenson do do do

6 Jno B Scott do do do

7 Jno Thompson do do do

8 Jno Jacob Astor do do do

9 Jno B Murray do do do



28 May 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



639



10 Hannah Murray

11 Js S Clarkson '

12 do

13 Rt M Livingston

14 [14] Tripler & Craig

15 Jno B. Murray

16 C Stembler

17 Rt Buchan Jr

18 Alfred S Pell

19 Jno Beekman

20 Norris L Martin

21 Mrs West

22 Rd Varick

23 Jno Graff

24 J Wallace

25 J Patterson

26 J Harris

27 D 1 Dusenbury

28 Wm Gayford

29 Jno Hurley

30 J Norris

31 Ezra Hedden

32 Wm Sibell

33 J. Mahan

34 E Kelly

35 Jno Van Bussum

36 Dan 1 [Van] Bussum

37 M Arden

38 R* Cockran

39 David Westervelt

40 [15] R Lewis

41 H White

42 B Hilton

43 Widow Pagan

44 T Feighan

45 S Howard



Owners Laurens Street A Lot

do Prince Street do

do do do

do Hudson do

do Lau[r]ens St A Lot

do Hudson St do

do Elizabeth do

do Hudson & Desbrosses do

Agent Mott St do

do Crosby do

do Jones do

Lessee Anthony do

Owner Bowery do

do Spring & Lawrence do

Occupant 197 Division A Privy

do 68 Murray do

do 164 Fly Market do

do 114 Lombardy do

do 49 Mulberry do

do 7 Chatham do

do 1 Jacob do

do 1 Pelham do

do 238 Greenwich do

do 34 Henry do

do 13 Hague do

do 55 Robinson do

do 57 do do

do 67 Water do

do 211 do do

do 42 Anthony do

do 121 Anthony St do

do 124 Banker do

do 185 Division do

do 31 Cross do

do 33 do do

do Rynders Street a Lot

Ge Cuming City Inspector



The Comptroller Presented the account of Alpheus Sherman Esq
late Attorney of the Board from the Month of September to March
last both Inclusive, which was referred to the Finance Committee

He also presented the following statement of the account from
George B Smith, Collector of Arrearages of Taxes, which was
directed to be filed.

The Comptroller respectfully reports, that he has examined the



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