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passed in 1812 ; that the Registers for this City have kept a general
Index of all mortgages since that time excepting for about 2 years, but
that they have not made any general Index of the conveyances. The
Committee, under these circumstances, deem it inexpedient to make
any application to the Legislature for relief, as the expence of making
an Index for the time during which the Registers have failed to com-
ply with the law will [252] be too inconsiderable to make it an object
for legislative intervention.

(Signed) S. Stevens
J. Morss
B. Crane
which was read and directed to be filed.

Alderman Mann presented certain resolutions on the subject of
straightening Oliver Street, which were referred together with the
petition presented this evening on the subject of Oliver St. to. Alder-
man Mann Taylor Mr. Stevens Aid. Anthony Mr. Brittain

The Comptroller presented the proposals he had received for the
lease of the public Docks & Slips for the ensuing year when on
motion the Gallery was cleared and

The Doors Closed.

[253] The several proposals were opened and Samuel C. Reid
having offered the sum of $39000 3 % 00 for the lease of the public



3 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 59

Docks & Slips for One year from the 1 st day of May next, the said
offer was accepted on condition that he give such sureties for the per-
formance of the Contract as shall be approved by the Finance Com-
mittee.

The Minutes of the transactions last meeting with closed doors in
relation to M r Bunn were read and confirmed Aider 11 Allen stated the
propositions which had been made by M r Bunn for the settlement of
the demand against him- -\Yhereupon it was resolved that the Finance
Com ee be authorised to settle the demand in such way as they shall
judge advisable

The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury 27 th inst 186.60

Rec'l for Tax 1819 6th & 9th Wards 3000.

" Arrears of Tax 1173.56

" Streets 4735.35

" Wells & Pumps 730.55

" Rents 1432.86

[254]" " Mayoralty fees 235.25

Commutation Alien passengers 80.

Docks & Slips balce o f St Comnr 61.05

Streets do. do 134.65

3<1 Avenue do. do 24.80

Canal Street 265 .40

Fees Justices Courts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8th Wards 560.10
Penalties, of Attorney 15.52 12,635.69



29 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek Watch 1st dist 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark- do. 2ddo 756.

Bleakley & Brower- - do. 3d do 462.

Lewis Furman Services in examining books of late Treas r 250.
Cyrus Munn- do. do. do. 100.

Holly Waterbury Work at Mud Machine 12 days to 1 st

inst ." 96.06

A. Spooner Subscription to Columbian 6 mo. 1 st inst

Jonath n Pinkney St. Insp r 1 mo. 1 st instant

Saml Hutchings St. Insp r 1 mo. 1st inst

[255] Abm Ackerman Street Inspr O ne month 1 st inst

W m J. Waldron Asst City Inspector 1 mo. 1st i ns t 47.25

Obad h Ayres Ass* City Insp r 1 mo. 1 st inst 47.25

Geo. Mills Asst Board of Health 1 mo. 1st inst 47.25

Benjn Hicks- do. do.

Astin & Cochran Messengers 54.

Andrew McCready Keeper Park

Dan. H. Magee Keepr Potters field

Robt. Provoost reprs lamps 75.75



60 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 April 1820

F. B. Winthrop Treasurer of City Dispensary Donation

to Vaccine Department 1 year to 16 Mar. 1820 600.

Pinkerton & Forgye ace 1 paving Broadway 500.

Pinkerton & Forgie account paving Market St 200.

John Sloan ace 4 regulating Wooster Street 200.

John Bailey ace 1 paving Harrison Street 100.

Jno. Bailey ace 4 pave Varick St 100.

[256] John Hillyer reprs Crosswalks & intersections 17.78

Robt. Pettigrew building a Well in Bancker Street 70.

Geo. Lovett bal ce repairs pier west side Pike Slip 580.

J. P. Roome Sup* repairs reprs to Bulkhead & Piers

Lent's Basin 1130.

R. Furman Supt Alms house 5000. 11,959.21



Balance $676.48

Balance 676.48
W m B. Cozzens refreshments for Court & Jury from Mar.

14 to 17. 283. 283.



Balance 393.48

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock

[257] In Common Council Apr. 10. 1820

Present The Hon. Cadwallader D. Colden Mayor President

Peter A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John Hone Thomas Bolton

John P. Anthony Samuel Stevens

John Morss Herm s Tallman

Asa Mann Benjamin Crane

Jacob B. Taylor John J. Westervelt

George B. Thorp Shivers Parker

Stephen Allen Stephen P. Brittain

David Board
Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved.

A petition from the N Y. & Brooklyn Steam Ferry Boat Com-
pany, stating the necessity of having an additional Wharf at Brooklyn
for the accommodation of their Boats, was read & referred to the
Finance Committee.

[258] A representation from sundry Inhabitants that the Main
Drain in Broad Street was nearly filled up, and requesting the same
may be ordered to be cleansed, was referred to the Committee on
Wharves, Piers & Slips.



10 April 1820 COMMON CorxeiL MlXUTES 61

A proposal of John D. Walsh to rent the room over the Fire
Engine house corner of Rose & Frankfort Streets was referred to
the Finance Committee.

A petition of Thomas Brooks for permission to construct a Vault
opposite Xo. 52 Barclay Street and to erect a Lime House in the
Street, was referred to the Street Commissioner to grant on the usual
terms.

A petition of Cornelius Hinchman. to be relieved from an Assess-
ment laid by mistake upon him. was referred to the Committee on
Assessments.

A Memorial of the Fishermen attending [259] at Catharine
Market, complaining that the privilege of fastening their Fish-Cars
to the Float at the Ferry at -aid Slip formerly enjoyed by them, has
lately been refused to them by the present lessee of the Ferry, and
praying some relief - \vas read and referred to the Market Committee.

A petition for regulating & paving Desbm^es Street from Sulli-
van to Varick Street, and Sullivan Street from Watts Street to the
Canal was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of Thomas & (Julian Ludlow remonstrating against the
Assessment laid on them for building a Sewer in Clarkson & Carmine
Streets was referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition of Thomas Cooper to be appointed a Measurer of Grain
c. was referred to the Committee on Applications.

[260] A petition of Benjamin Hide to be permitted to build a
cistern under the Street in Canal Street, was referred to the Alderman
& Assistant of the Ward and Street Commissioner with authority to
grant the prayer of the petition.

The Comptroller reported that in conformity with a resolution of
the Board on 6 th March last he advertised several portions of public
property to be disposed of at auction on the 6 lh inst. The following
were leased :

The Dock & Wharfage near the Old Ferry at Brooklyn, now occu-
pied by William Cutting, leased to Daniel Wright for 3 years from
1 st Mav next at an annual rent of $60.

J

The House and lot of ground at No. 13 near the Old Ferry at
Brooklyn, at present in possession of John Gildersleeve, leased to
John R. Bedell for 7 years from 1 st May next at $400 per annum.

[261] The residue of the property advertised was not disposed
of, as there did not appear bidders sufficient to create a competition
and it was deemed best for the public interest to postpone the sale.



62 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 April 1820

Should the Board think proper to empower the Comptroller, under
direction of the Finance Committee, to lease such part of the property,
either at public or private Sale, as they shall judge to be most ad-
vantageous, it is apprehended that some favorable disposition may be
made prior to the 1 st of May next.

(Signed) G. N. Bleecker Comptroller.

Alderman Allen presented the following resolution, which was
adopted :

Resolved that the Comptroller, under direction of the Finance
Committee be authorized to rent such of the Corporation property
advertised to be rented at public auction for which no bidder appeared
on the day fixed for renting the same.

[262] A petition for a lamp in Essex Street between Grand and
Broome Streets, was referred to the Lamp Committee with authority
to grant the prayer of the petition.

A petition of Ford & Stansberry for remission of fine incurred by
selling liquor without licence, was referred to the Police Committee.

A petition of Robert Stoddart, stating that in consequence of his
house No. 120 Leonard St. (which has a Brick front) settling, he was
under the necessity of rebuilding it and had carried it up to appear
as a three story house, which is said to be an infringement of the law
respecting fires and praying relief- -was referred to the Committee
on the Fire Department.

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment for the Sewer
constructed to carry off the Minetta Water which was referred to the
Committee on Assessments.

[263] He also presented a return of delinquents on the following
Assessments Viz.

For repaving Grand Street from Broadway to the Bowery

For regulating Grand Street from Forsyth to Suffolk Street and

For a Well & Pump in Ludlow near Grand St.

Whereupon Warrants were ordered to issue to the Collector to
collect the same.

He also presented a report recommending an amendment to the
Law relative to Drains and Sewers which was referred to the Street
Committee.

He also presented an Assessment for regulating Canal St. from
Washington to Collect Street, which was confirmed & Noah Jarvis ap-
pointed Collector.



10 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 63

He also reported that Mr. Joshua Jones having expressed a wish to
have the old pier at the foot of Vesey Street valued in [264] con-
formity to the resolution of the Common Council, passed on 14 th
June last, the undersigned would respectfully recommend Mr. George
Lovett as a suitable person to be appointed on the part of the Cor-
poration for that purpose.

(Signed) Jno. M c Comb St. Comm r

whereupon George Lovett was appointed Appraiser on the part of the
Corporation.

He also, on petition of Joseph Willoughby [reported]
That he is satisfied by the Affidavits accompanying Mr. Willough-
by's account that the quantity of earth, as charged by him, is correct
and has been deposited on the Corporation property. He would there-
fore recommend that Mr. Willoughby be allowed the sum of $39. as
payment for the same.

(Signed) Jno. M c Comb. St. Com r

whereupon a warrant was directed to be reported for payment thereof.

[265] The Counsel presented the draught of a lease to Samuel W.
Reed for the public Docks & Slips and a Lease to Furman & dobbs for
the Street Manure which were ordered to lie on the Table.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of sundry
nuisances, which were passed.

1 Geo. Ferguson Les. & Occ. * Jacob St. a privy

2 Mr. Burden

F. Camerden Agt. J. 136 Pump St. do

G. Gourland

3 J. Ball Own./

T ni . u ~ . Moore do

J. Blauvelt

4 B. Lowerre ^w^. ,

V- 95 Broad . do

J. Clark




5 J. B. Murray Own./ ,
^_ 7 _ 3 Water do
\V m Frame

6 Robert Lenox vywu./ ~ ., ,-,

A -U - 11 r\ ( 26 Barclay do

Arthur Hill

7 W m M. Price

S. H. Bradford Agt. J. 28 Pearl do.

J. Ludlum

8 [266] Owen Murphy Les ? 4g pear ,
J. Fitzpatnck

9 Hull, Bowne & Co. Les. & Occ. 146 do. do.



64 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 April 1820

10 R. Jaques Own./ 4 Front St. a privy
M. Decker Occ. (

11 J. B. Murray Own./ Q do
W 1 " Nixon Occ. \

12 J. Delafield Own.) ^ ^ do
J. Bloomer Occ. \

13 L. Lefferts Own./ 44 do
H. S. Belden Occ. (

14 R.Lenox Own 'h 17 Flv Market do.
R. Ely Occ. J

15 Dr. Watts Agt. \ 15? do do
W" Clark Occ. J

(Signed) Geo. Cuming City Insp r

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the Vacancies:



1 Fire Engine Companies."
No. 12.

Mich 1 K. Ortley Currier 36 Rose St. 4 th Ward vice Jonah Tilly
served time out.

[267] Edward Wade Morocco dresser 35 Rose St. 4 th Ward
vice James R. Mount Resigned.

, ., J No. 20.

John Crawford account 1 32 Anthony 5 th W r ard vice William
Knox Resigned

No. 21.

Sam 1 Low Cooper 12 Chestnut St. 4 th Ward vice Thomas Bar-
row, Resigned

Rich d Morrill Clerk 226 Water St. 2 d W'ard vice Sylvester R.

ut

Taber Resigned.

Alderman Allen presented the following resolution, which was
adopted :

Resolved that the Finance Committee be instructed to enquire into
the expediency of obtaining a valuation of the whole real estate be-
longing to this Corporation, and if expedient that they be authorized to
employ suitable persons, at the expence of this Board, to make such
valuation.



10 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 65

He also presented the following which was adopted :

Resolved that it shall be the duty of [268] the Clerk, on the adop-
tion of the report of a Committee or the passage of any resolution or
vote having relation to matters to be attended to by any of the Officers
of the Corporation or other persons to furnish, on the next succeeding
day, a copy of so much of such report, resolution or vote as may be
requisite to the officer or other person whom it may particularly con-
cern or whose duty it is to carry the same into effect.

The following was presented & adopted :

Resolved that the Committee on Police be instructed to enquire &
report if any and what amendments are necessary to the law now in
force respecting dogs.

Mr. Hammond presented the following which was adopted : Re-
solved that the Comptroller be requested to insert annually in his an-
nual report the items composing the public debt and the object for
which [269] the several items of the said debt were contracted and
the whole amount thereof.

Resolved that the Road Committee, to whom was referred the peti-
tion that a part of Avenue ' D." be worked be requested to report
thereon with all convenient speed.

This being the period for the appointment of Inspectors for the
ensuing Annual State and Charter Elections, the Board proceeded to
that duty & the following persons were appointed Inspectors for the
several Wards of the City:

1st Ward 2d Ward.

Isaac Pierson Joseph Riley

Peter H. Schenck William W. Todd

Augustus Wynkoop Elam Williams

3d Ward 4th Ward

W m C. Mulligan Abraham Bloodgood

Wm H. Ireland Eldad Holmes

Rennselaer Havens Aaron B. Woodruff
[270] 5th Ward 6th Ward

Benjamin Strong W m Al Burtis

Adrian Hegerman W m Coulthard

John Conrey Richd L. Walker

7th Ward 8th Ward

Benj n Prince Sam 1 M. Thompson

Abraham Dally Stewart Randolph

David S. Brooks Jacob Aimes

9th Ward 10th w r ard

John Swartwout Reuben Clark

Jacobus Dykeman Thomas Cooper

Dirck Ten Broeck Jeremiah Lounsbury



66 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 April 1820

N

The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 3 d inst 393.48

Reed Tax 18191. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10th Wards 45,250. 45,643.48



11 Accounts Audited

Jno. Vanderbilt Jr. Coroner's fees 1 qr. 1st inst 286.19

Jacob Smith Jr. repairs to Engines to 5 th inst 451 .61

Jno. Slidell Treas r Institution Deaf & Dumb 6 mo. 13 th

inst 200.

[271] Thos. Knox Exec r Estate N. Gouverneur Award

for Henry Street 640.12

Pinkerton & Forgie account paving Market St 250.

John Sloan account regulate Amity Street 200.

John Quin balance paving Sullivan Street 134.03

H. Smith filling a gore belonging to Corporation on Col-
lect St 19.40

Alex r H. Mooney bal. for Well in Mott between Grand

& Broome Sts 46.75

J. Fleming Treasr to pay Insolvents' State Tax of 1818. . . 2167.17

Mechanics' Bank Bond $40,000 & Interest $777.78 40,777.78 45,173.05



Balance $470.43
Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock

[272] In Common Council Apr. 17. 1820.

Present The Hon. C. D. Colden Mayor President.

P. A. Jay Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.



Jno. Hone Samuel Stevens

Elisha W. King Herms Tallman

John P. Anthony Benj n Crane

John Morss John J. Westervelt

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Steph. P. Brittain

George B. Thorp David Board

Stephen Allen W m A. Davis

Judah Hammond

The Minutes of last Meeting were read & approved.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board a Report from the
Keeper of the City Prison of the persons confined therein which was
directed to be filed.

[273] A Petition of the Trustees of the Mariner's Church, pray-
ing that a pump in Roosevelt Street which is directly opposite said



17 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 67

Church and interferes with an entrance therein was read and re-
ferred to the Alderman & Assistant of the Ward & Street Commis-
sioner,

The following resignations from persons appointed Inspectors at
the ensuing election were received, the resignations accepted and the
following persons appointed in their places : Elam Williams of 2 d Ward
& John J. Coddington appointed; Rennselaer Havens of 3 d Ward &
John Salisbury appointed; Adrian Hegeman of 5 th Ward & John
Hunter appointed; David Brooks of 7 th Ward & Nevison Greenhead
[Greenard] appointed.

A petition of Isaac Chauncey for settlement of the amount to be
paid to him for ground taken by the Corporation for accommodation
of the Ferry at Hell Gate, was read and referred to the Ferry Com-
mittee.

[274] A petition from Peter G. Stuyvesant for relief from a per-
sonal tax assessed upon him thro' mistake of the Assessors was read
& referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition of James Thomas for remission of fine for selling liquor
without licence, was read & referred to the Committee of Charity.

A petition of Charles Rhind for the use of the Borer owned by the
Corporation, was read & referred to the Committee on Arts & Sciences
with authority to grant the petition.

A Letter was received, of the 17 th instant, from Pierre C. Van
Wyck, on subject of his account for costs to be paid to him by the
Corporation as District Attorney; Whereupon Resolved that he have
leave to withdraw his said Application.

A petition of Jane Gibson for relief from an Assessment on 2 lots
corner of Carmine [275] and Henry Streets was read and re-
ferred to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition from a number of inhabitants residing in the vicinity
of Greenwich and Vesey Streets, complaining of auctioneers being per-
mitted to encumber the streets with goods for sale at auction and also
complaining of petty chapmen without licence as pedlars being per-
mitted to dispose of articles of merchandize in the Markets was read
& referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A petition of Evert Duyckink, stating that he had been appointed
a Fireman on the 2 d July 1787, but from some mistake of the then
Clerk his appointment was not entered on the Minutes & therefore the
present Clerk does not consider himself authorized to give the Certifi-
cate which the law requires of the time which he has served as a
Fireman to entitle him to the [276] discharge given by the Statute in



08 CITY OF XEW YORK 17 April 1820

that case made & provided, and praying that the Common Council
will authorize the present Clerk to give such certificate was referred
to the Committee on the Fire Department.

A petition from Fire Engine Company No. 13, praying that a new
Engine may be granted to them, their present one being very old &
almost useless was referred to the Fire Department Committee with
the Chief Engineer.

His Honor the Mayor laid before the Board a presentment which
the Grand Jury of the April General Sessions of the Peace requested
might be laid before the Corporation. The Grand Jury presented as
a nuisance the setting of Fish Poles in the Stream of Hudson River
and also the running at large of dogs in the City which being read
was referred to the Police Committee.

[277] A petition of Ebenezer Burling to be appointed a Measurer
of Lumber was read & granted & he was accordingly appointed.

A remonstrance of Alexander L. Stewart for himself & others
against granting the prayer of the petition for regulating Sullivan
Street, and a similar remonstrance from Abraham Van Orden, were
read & referred to the Street Committee.

A petition of William El wood for appointment to the Office of
Measurer of Grain, was referred to the Committee on Applications.

A petition that Grand Street may be paved from the eastward of
Arundel Street was referred to the Street Committee.

A petition from Joseph Brewster to be relieved from Assessments
from personal tax for the year 1819 in the 5 th Ward, having been
assessed & having paid personal tax for [278] the same year in the
same Ward was referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A petition from William Al Burtis was received, stating that the
Corporation on the 6 th November 1809 leased lot No. 18 Duane Street
for 21 years from 1 st May 1805 to Patrick M c Kay; that M r M c Kay,
on 22 d April 1816 transferred the same to petitioner ; that, difficulties
arising in the title an action of ejectment was brought by the Corpora-
tion & a recovery had of the premises & praying a renewal of the
lease to him for 21 years. Whereupon the same was referred to the
Finance Committee, Counsel & Comptroller.

A petition that Courtland Alley may be paved was referred to the
Street Committee.

A petition of Michael Tully for remission of fine for selling liquor
without licence was referred to the Police Committee with [279] au-
thority to grant the prayer of petitioner.



17 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 69

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engineer
certifying the Vacancies :

Fire Engine Company No. 11.

Cornelius Fountain Account 1 4 South St. 1 st Ward vice Thomas
B. Goelet Resigned.

W m Van Antwerp mercht. 180 Pearl St. 1 st Ward vice John O.
Fox Resigned

No. 17.

Jac b Commerdinger dockbuilder 15 Essex St. 10 th Ward vice
Charles De Grushie Resigned

No. 27.

Jno. \\estervelt Stone Cutter I lubbard St. 5 th Ward vice David
Fowler Resigned

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of sundry
nuisances, which were passed.

1 Silvanus Miller Agt. Spring C. Orange a Lot

2 Richard Yeo Own. Skinner St. do.



3 xi'^-fP 1 ^ j 229 Water St. a Privy

N. Mills Occ.



4 Alex r Hanna Les. & Occ. 102 Anthony St. do.

5. [280] F. Gantz Own.}

1 \ \ 66 Pump St. do.

J. A[G]antz Occ. \

6 F. Gantz Own.) ^

J. Potter & B. Wood Occ. f ^ d ' d "

(Signed) Geo. Cuming C. Insp r

The Council presented a lease to John R. Bedell for the house &
lot of land at Brooklyn, known as Lot No. 13, for 7 years from 1 st
May next, which w r as directed to be duly executed.

The Contract for leasing the Street Manure to Messrs. Dobbs &
Furman, which was presented by the Counsel at the last meeting and
laid on the Table, was called up and directed to be duly executed.

The Street Commissioner presented a return of delinquents on
sundry Assessments, which he recommended should be advertised
& sold according to law which was approved & he was directed to
advertise & sell the same accordingly.

[281] He also presented an Ordinance for paving the sidewalk in
front of the lot corner of Bowling Green & State Streets which
was passed & Abraham Baudouine, John Brower & Abraham Blood-
good were appointed Assessors :



70 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 April 1820

Also an Ordinance for extending the Sewer in Chapel St. to the
southerly side of Thomas St. which was passed & John Targee, Peter
Hawes Roger Strong were appointed Assessors :

Also an ordinance for regulating Hamersley St. from Varick to
Houston St. & for regulating Downing St. from Varick to Herring
St. which were passed & Abraham Bloodgood, James Barrow &
Benj n Prince were appointed Assessors.

The Comptroller presented a report on the City Finances ; which
was directed to be printed for the use of the Members & laid for
consideration.

The Committee of Assessments, on the petition of Peter Allaire,
reported :

That they have enquired into the matter submitted to them & are
satisfied [282] that the facts set forth in the said petition are true
and that the petitioner has been compelled to pay $12 5 % 00 more than
his just proportion, but as a part of that tax was imposed by
authority of this State and has been collected and paid over, your
Committee are of opinion it \vould be improper to grant any relief
as to that part, but with respect to the residue your Committee think
the petitioner is entitled to relief and they respectfully recommend
that the sum of $12 5 %oo> being the excess of the tax imposed on
and paid by the petitioner be refunded to him and they recommend
the adoption of the following resolution:

Resolved that the Comptroller report a Warrant at the next



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