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of Herman Le Roy and others against the Corporation during the
recess of the Board

Ordered that the Law entitled a law for the paym 1 of the
officers of the corporation Chapter 59 be amended by striking out in
the Section the words $400 and inserting 800 Dollars

The Board took into consideration the several Law r s which had
been revised, and proceeded to reenact the following Laws

1 A Law relative to Suits. Fines, and Penalties

2 A Law for the due observance of the first day of the Week
called Sunday

3 A Law to prevent the disorderly assemblage of Persons.

4 A Law to prevent gambling in Public Places in the City of
New York

5 [162] A Law to prevent Masquerades in the City of New
York

6. A Law to prevent swimming and Bathing, at improper times
and places and for other purposes



25 June 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 705

7 A Law to regulate the Driving of Horses and Carriages

8 A Law prescribing the duties of the City Inspector

9 A Law for the establishment of the Board of Health

10 A Law to prevent Nuisances, and to provide for the security
of the Public Health.

11 A Law respecting Bills of Mortality

12 A Law for the appointment of a Street Commissioner, and
to regulate the Paving and Keeping in Repair, and to prevent obstruc-
tions in the Streets of the City of New York

13 A Law to regulate the Compensation of Assessors

14 A Law to regulate Surveyors.

15 A Law prescribing the duties of the Comptroller and Cham-
berlain

16 A Law directing the mode of collecting certain Revenues and
for other purposes

17 A Law to regulate the sale of Firewood, for the appointment
of Inspectors thereof, and for the Division of the City into Inspection
Districts

18 [163] A Law relative to the Public Seals of the City of New
York

19 A Law to regulate Public Porters in the City of New York

20 A Law relative to Persons licensed by the Mayor to retail
Spritous Liquors

21 A Law to regulate the Fees of Weighmasters and Measurers

22 A Law to regulate the sale of Certain Wares

23 A Law directing reports from Measurers, Weigh Masters
and Inspectors.

24 A Law for establishing the assize, and for regulating the In-
spection of Bread.

25 A Law relative to Awnings in the Streets

26 A Law to regulate the Inspection, Sale and Cartage of Lime

27 A Law to regulate the Measure and sale of Coal

28 A Law to regulate the sale of Horses, and to prevent their
running loose, and racing

29 A Law to prevent obstructions in the Rivers

30 A Law to regulate the Sale, Cartage, and Inspection of
Manure exported from the City of New York and for other purposes.

31 A Law to Compensate the Aldermen for attending the Gen-
eral Sessions of the Peace

32. [164] A Law making provision for the redemption of the
New York City Stock



706 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 June 1821

33. A Law for preventing and extinguishing Fires

34 A Law to regulate to [the] City Watch

35 A Law for the regulation of the City Prison and Bridewell,
and for the appointment of a Keeper thereof.

36 A Law to regulate Hackney Coaches and Carriages

37. A Law to regulate the Landing and Sale of Hay in the City
of New York

38 A Law concerning Dogs

39 A Law to prevent the Ringing and Tolling of Bells for
funerals

40. A Law to regulate Sales at Auction in the City of New York

41 A Law to regulate Carts and Carmen in the City of New
York

42 A Law to regulate the removal of Filth and Dirt from the
Streets in the City of New York

43 A Law to regulate the Lying of Vessels at the Public Wharves
and in the Slips, and to establish the rates of Wharfage

44 A Law to regulate the Digging of Vaults, and the Construc-
tion of Cisterns in the Streets and for other purposes

45 [165] A Law to prevent the firing of Guns, and discharge of
Rockets, Squibs, Crackers, and other Fire Works, and for other pur-
poses.

46 A Law relative to the Park, Battery, and Bowling Green

47 A Law for the removal of Snow and Ice from the Side Walks
and Gutters

48 A Law to regulate the raising and lowering of Merchan-
d[i]ze

49 A Law to prevent Fraud in the sale of Vegetables

50 A Law to License and regulate Chimney Sweepers

51 A Law to prevent the Blowing of Horns, and other Instru-
ments

52 A Law to regulate Pawnbrokers and Dealers in the purchases,
and sale of second Hand Furniture, Metals or Cloaths

53 A Law to regulate the Public Markets.

54 A Law for the Government of the Alms House

55 A Law for the goverment of the Penitentiary and other
purposes

56 A Law to prevent the exposure of Certain Hand Bills

57 A Law to regulate surveyors and Buildings

58 A Law to prevent Damages to Pumps



25 June 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 707

59 [166] A Law regulating the Fees, on Making Distress for
rent

60 A Law to regulate partition Fences and Walls

61 A Law regulating the sale of Certain Fish

62 A Law to prevent sifting of Lime in the Streets

63 A Law for the appointment of an Overseer of the Public
Roads and highways, and of a Road Committee

64 A Law relative to Drains and Sewers

65 A Law to establish the Salaries of the Mayor and Recorder

66 A Law respecting Weights and Measures

67 A Law to prevent Swine from running at large

68 A Law to regulate the Collectors of Assessments

69 A Law regulating the Salaries and Compensation of the
Officers of the Corporation of the City of New York

Resolved, that the Printed book of Laws printed under the au-
thority of this Corporation, by George L Birch entitled * Laws and
Ordinances, Ordained and [167] established by the Mayor, Alder-
men, and Commonalty of the City of New York in Common Council
Convened during the Mayoralties of Cadwallader D. Colden, and of
Stephen Allen Esq rs New York, Printed by G L Birch 1821 be and
the same is hereby made and Constituted the Book of Laws and
Ordinances of the Corporation of the City of New York and that
the Clerk of the Common Council do authenticate the same by affixing
thereto the Common Seal of the City

The Comptroller Reported

Balance in the Treasury 11^ Inst 17280.62

Received for Tax 2d 3. 4. 5. 6. 7 8. 10 Wards 24570.

Rents 11015.70

Tavern Licenses 7921.20

Streets 6090.70

Ju[s]tices Courts 715.55

" Fulton Market Ground 531.

Mayoralty Fees 287.25

" Arrears of Tax 156. 7

" Fines of Sherriff from Court of Gen Ses 151 . 6

Wells & Pumps 51.72

[168] Rec d for Commutation Alien Passengers 40.

Interest 15 .

" Penalties of late Attorney 7.57

$72.932.94



708 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 June 1821

32 Accounts Audited

Leek & Walton Watch 1st Dist 981.75

Hibberd & Clark " 2d " 645.75

Bleakley & Brower " 3'd " 414.75

J Miller Watchman iy 2 Months pay ordered 11 Inst 78.75

Ja s M c Keen Examing Accounts of J Cooks [& books] of late Col-
lector* Arrears of Tax 20 .

G L Birch & Co Printing Laws &c 274.92

Editor Evening Post Advertising Arrears of Tax, Subscription &c... 237. 6

J Pierson & Inspectors Election 1 st Ward June 52.

E Williams & do " 2<i do 52.

J C Hamilton & do " 3 52.

A Bloodgood do " 4 " 52.

J D Westervelt do " 5 " 52.

R L Walker do " 6 " 52.

A Dally do " 7 52.

S M Thompson do " 8 52.

T Miller do " 9 " 52.

R Clark do " 10 " 52.

[169] H Maxwell Dist Atty 1 Q r Salary 16th i ns t 750.

B Skaats Crier of Court of Sessions 1 do 2 " 25.

J Richardson atts Mayors Court as Marshall 1 Q r 1 st May 44.25

G Snethen Supers & Lighting Lamps 1 Mo 650.78

N Comstock 12 Casks Oil 575.36

H Waterbury Work? Mud Machine 12 dy to 20 131 .77

J Sutphen Paints Engine No 4 16.

M Dodd, Bal building drain Canal St 650.

H & W Cochrane Acct paving Hudson St from Canal to Spring 200.

H Weeks, bale O n Collect Street Sewer 31 . 18

W B Crosby Executor Estate M M c Crea, Award Harman Stret 28.

H Voorhes 1st Inst Well Augustus St 29.75

J P Roome Sup Repairs for repairs Docks & Slips 1988.61

do do for repairs 840.

Mechanics Bank for 9 Bonds & Int. 62912.



$72046.45

Balance 886.49

Board Adjourned



Thomas W. Gilbert is the Collector to whom reference is made. En.



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 709

[170] In Common Council July 9 1821

Present The Hon 1 Stephen Allen Mayor President

Richard Riker Esq r Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants

Henry J Wyckoff Abr. Valentine

Thos S Townsend W m H Ireland

John P Anthony Benj Crane

John Bingham Cha s Town

Rob* McQueen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann William Thorn

Isaac Emmons Francis Cooper

George B Thorp Gerard De Peyster

Judah Hammond Henry Mead

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and Approved

A Petition from the Trustees of Columbia College, was received,
stating that by a Release to the Corporation of grounds for opening
Murray Street, they are bound to have the side Walks of Murray
Street [paved] [171] with good and Sufficient Flagging That the
Trustees have lately paved the side Walks in Church Street and as it
has now become necessary that those in Murray Street should be also
paved, they pray that it may be ordered to be done.

Whereupon the same was referred to the Street Committee

A Petition of David Lyner, was received stating that he had been
indicted and fined for suffering Gambling in his House that from
the manner in which he was hurried from his House by the Peace
Officers, the Drawer in his Store was left open and it was robbed of
$135 That the various expense attending the trial and Conviction
had amounted to near $500. That there was now a prosecution
pending against him on his recognizance, that he was a poor man
and unable to sustain these expenses and praying that the suit on the
Recognizance may be discontinued.

Whereupon it was referred to the Police Committee

A Petition of Amos Rand to be [172] permitted to Continue to
keep a Hucksters stand in the Washington Market.

Was referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of the Inhabitants residing in the vicinity of White
Hall Slip stating that said Slip had not been cleaned for a number
of years and that it had now become offensive and praying that orders
may be given to have it cleaned

Was referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips



710 CITY OF NEW YOKK 9 July 1821

A Petition was received from Leonard Bleecker praying to be
permitted to remove the surplus Earth from Green Mann & Wooster
Streets which had been Ceded by him

Was referred to the Street Committee with authority

A Petition of Henry Clapp for remission of fine incurred by sell-
ing vegitables on the side walks and for which he is now imprisioned

[173] Was referred to the Market Committee with Authority

A Petition of Jacob Rivier, and of Jacob Lobell for appointment
of Inspectors of Fire Wood

Was referred to the Committee on wharves Piers and Slips

A Petition of B V De Russi Widow of Thomas De Russi, Dec d ,
complaining of an undue assessment of Personal Tax on her late
husband was read, and referred to the Committee on Assessments

A Petition of James Swan Lessee of Lots N 453 and 455 near
Chatham Street in 4 th Ward, praying in Consequence of the great
depression of the value of Real Estate, that the rent he had cove-
nanted to pay, may be lessened, was read and referred to the Finance
Committee

A Petition of Isaac T Ludlam for the appointment of City Sur-
veyor, was read and referred to the Street Committee

[174] A Petition of Sundry Farmers of the Counties of Kings
Queens and Richmond was received stating that in Consequence of
the losses they sustained in purchasing manure from the City which
was always short of Measure they petitioned for and obtained, an
act of the Legislature authorising the election of Measurers in the
Counties of Kings Queens and Richmond that they have agreeably
to said Act elected Measurers in said Counties and assigned them
their districts that as they have to pay said Measurers for measur-
ing, they consider the present Law of the Corporation, for the appoint-
ment of Inspectors of Manure a grievance to them and unnecessary
and they therefore pray that said office may be abolished

A Petition from Dobbs & Winans Contractors for Street Manure
stating that they considered the above petition just and necessary and
praying that the request may be complied with

Were severally read and referred to the Street Committee

A Petition of John A Martin for [175] Butchers Licence, and
to be assigned to a Stall in Greenwich Market was referred to the
Market Committee

A Petition of Charles Cotter for appointment of a Weigher of
Hay, was read and on Motion his prayer was granted, and the Peti-
tioner appointed accordingly



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 711

A Petition from Alexander L Stewart was received stating that he
was owner of certain Lots on the North River near the foot of Canal
Street, and therefore had a right to the Water Lots in front thereof,
that the Corporation some time since, set apart those Lots for the
purposes of a public Basin that he understands it is proposed to sell
those Lots for private purposes, against which he remonstrates That
he understands there is a petition for applying that property to a
Public Market, and he prays that such application of the Ground may
be made.

Whereupon the Same was referred to the Finance Committee

A Petition of the Executors of Charles [176] M c Carty deceased
Lessee of two Lots of Ground corner of Cherry and Roosevelt Street
praying permission to assign the same to Alexander H Mooney.

Was referred to the Finance Committee with authority

A Petition of the Watchmen of the first district was received
stating that Captain Anderson, late one of the Captains of said Dis-
trict had received a portion of their pay, which he had not paid over
to them, and praying that they mig[h]t be paid by the Corporation
their arrearages.

Was referred to the Watch Committee

A Petition for a Well and Pump in Orange Street opposite
Franklin Street was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of 6 th
Ward and Street Commissioner to report and Ordinance therefor

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Banker Street, complaining
of the Riotous and Indecent conduct of persons in that Street, par-
ticularly on Sundays, was read and referred to the Police Committee,

[177] A Letter from the Captain of the City Watch of the 1 st
District to Alderman Mann, chairman of the Watch Committee stat-
ing that the Caps of the Watch men were out of repair, and also
recommending the establishment of three additional Watch Posts or
Stations in said District, was read and referred to the Watch Committee

A Petition of Thomas B Marsh for remission of fine Incurred by
selling liquors on Sunday, was referred to the Committee of Charity

A Petition of Thomas Shaw Owner of Hack[n]ey Carriage N 46,
praying remission of fine for not having rates in his Carriage, the
same having been taken out unknown to the Driver, was referred to
the Police Committee

A Petition of Philip Bowerhans for a stall in Grand Street Mar-
ket, was referred to the Market Committee, with authority &c

A Petition of the Inhabitants residing in the vicinity of Delancy
Slip stating [178] that the same is too small for the present state of



712 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 July 1821

Business, in that part of the City, and praying that it may be enlarged,
was referred to the Committee of Wharves Piers and Slips

A Petition of Mary Sullivan complaining of an assessment on
her Lot, corner of Leonard and Chapel Street, was referred to the
Committee on assessments

A Petition of David Board in behalf of himself and Elbert Ander-
son was received, stating that in the year 1816 they received a grant
of a Water Lot at foot of Charlton Street, the terms of which they
were dissatisfied with, and petitioned the Corporation thereon that
said petition was referred, but the Committee never acted upon it
He therefore prayed that the subject might have a further reference

Whereupon it was referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers
and Slips.

A Petition from Abraham K Smedes and others, praying that
measures may be taken, for opening a free course for [179] the
\Vater, on the Easterly side of the First Avenue, and that the Ave-
nue may [be] levelled and regulated, was referred to the Street Com-
mittee with powers

The following Person were appointed Fireman the Chief En-
gineer certifying the Vacancy

Fire Engine N 21

Charles Pearsall Mechanic 63 Beekman St 2 d Ward Vice Edward
A Valentine resigned

The Comptroller presented a communication, stating that he had
received a proposal from John Thompson Lessee of Lots No 31. 32
Common Lands, to release the same to the Corporation and recom-
mending the acceptance of the release, was referred to the Finance
Committee, with authority &c

He also presented a communication proposing an alteration in the
Collection of the Taxes of the City, substituting one gen[er]al Col-
lector, in the place of the Collectors in the Several Wards, which
was referred to the Finance Committee and directed to be printed
for the use of the members

[180] The City Inspector presented the following Ordinances for
correction of nuisances which were passed

The City Inspector reports the following ordinances for correcting
Nuisances Viz

N 1 E Anderson Owner Mercer Street A Lot

2 Eagle Insurance Co do Hubert St do

3 Levinus Clarkson do do do



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



718



4 A L Stewart

5 E Anderson

6 P Crawbuck

7 S W Thompson

8 P Schermerhorn

9 A Hammond

10 L Skidmore

11 J Morrison

12 F Cooper

13 E Auguster

14 E Bardin



Owner

do

do

do

do

do

do
Occupant

do

do
Owner



Provost
Grand

Elizabeth St
Front

do

Grand
Provost
1 Roosevelt St
138 Elizabeth St
44 Howard St
West Street



A Lot
do
do
do
do
do
do

A Privy
do "
do
A Lot



Ge Cuming

City Inspector

The assistant Street Commissioner presented an ordinance for a
Weil and a Pump in Banker Street between Pike and Rutgers Streets
which was passed and David Board, Francis Peckwell and John
Brower were appointed assessors.

[181] He also presented a Communication on the subject of a
Bulk head on West Street which was referred to the Committee on
Wharves Piers and Slips

He also presented an agreement entered into some years since
amoung the proprietors on Columbia Street for widening the same, and
with which one of the Lessees of a Lot refuses to comply, whereupon
the same was referred to the Street Committee

He also presented an assessment for paving First Street from the
Bow r ery to the First Avenue which was confirmed, and Noah Tarvis
appointed collector

He also presented a communication stating that the assessment
for a Well in First Street near the Bowery presented last meeting
was incorrect, and he now presented a corrected assessment, where-
upon the Confirmation of the former was resinded, and the one pre-
sented confirmed and the same Collector appointed Viz N Jarvis

[182] He also presented an Assessment for a Well in Augustus
Street between Duane and Pearl Streets, which was confirmed and
John G Betts appointed Collector.

He also presented a return of Delinquents on Assessment for
Minetto Sewer, and for regulating and Curbing First Street from the
Bowery to the first Avenue,

Wherefore Warrants were ordered to issue to the Collectors for
Collecting the same.

The Counsel presented for execution a Lease to Ebenezer &
Andrew Wilson of a Block of Ground between West and Washing-



714 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 July 1821

ton Streets and King & Charlton Streets which was directed to be
duly executed.

The Market Committee on the several Petitions of Edward Mer-
ritt, Alexander Peacock Henry Fegan and Aaron Woodruff to be
licensed as Butchers reported in their favor and they were directed
to be licensed accordingly

The Finance Committee to whom was [183] referred the Petition,
for the removal of the Market at Spring Street and Establishing one
at the foot of Canal Street, and the remonstrances against the same
reported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the memorial of
Sundry Inhabitants praying that a new Market may be erected on
the ground Called the Canal Street Basin, and that the Markets in
Spring and Duane Streets may be discontinued, and also a remon-
strance against it. Respectfully report, That the Common Council
have lately been compelled to take measures for the removal of the
Fly Market at the enormous expense of Two Hundred Thousand
Dollars exclusive of the expenses which may arise out of that meas-
ure, other than the cost of the Market; the reason assigned for the
removal of the Fly Market, was, that it stood over a sewer

Your Committee cannot perceive why the presence of the Mam-
moth Sewer of Canal Street should not be as valid an objection
against building a market on the scite alluded to, as [184] the little
sewer under the Fly Market was a good reason for removing it
with the recollection of that circumstance before them your Com-
mittee Cannot but think it would be the extremest folly to carry into
effect the project of the memorialists,

Your Committee are also of opinion that Individual speculations
ought not to be encouraged by misapplications of the public Money and
the[y] cannot conceive that the building a market on the Canal Street
Basin, would be under existing Circumstances, any other than a
wanton waste of public Treasure,

They therefore recommend the following resolution.

Resolved, that it is inexpedient to comply with the prayer of the
memorialists

J Hammond
Cha* Town
Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Fra 8 Cooper,
which was approved and the Resolutions adopted.



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 715

j

[185] The Same Committee on the Petition of Francis Gariel
reported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Francis Gariel, respectfully report, That the Lot of Ground in ques-
tion was sold, on the 26 th day of September in the year of our Lord
One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty together with the ad-
joining Lot for default in not paying the assessment for paving in
front thereof that the amount assessed on both Lots, and for which
the property was sold, is One Hundred and sixty two dollars forty
two Cents, that the proportion to be paid by the Lot in question being
a Corner is ninety seven dollars and forty Cents, the Interest on
which at Twenty per Cent is fifteen Dollars forty two Cents making
together the sum of One Hundred and twelve dollars Eighty two
Cents, to be paid by the Petitioner, on redeeming the said Corner lot;
the time allowed by Law for that purpose not being expired, the fol-
lowing Resolution is proposed.

Resolved that Francis Gariel be permitted to redeem the Lot at
the Corner of the Bowery and De Lancy Street [186] On? the pay-
ment of One Hundred and twelve Dollars and Eighty two Cents

Respectfully submitted

J Hammond
Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Cha* Town
Fra* Cooper

which was approved and the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the Petition of Benjamin Disbrow re-
ported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Benjamin Disbrow respectfully report, That on the 14 th day of May
last, by a resolution of the Common Council permission was given
to Benjamin Disbrow to assign his contract for thfc manure of the
Eastern District, to Charles Dobbs on their paying the sums respec-
tively mentioned in the resolution, for that purpose made, or securing
the same to be paid, which your Committee believe was done accord-
ingly That after the said arrangement was made [187] and before
M r Dobbs had actually signed his Contract, with the Common Council
but after he had entered upon the District, and had taken up manure
from the Streets, certain suits were commenced against the said Ben-
jamin Disbrow in respect of some streets that were not cleaned



710 CITY OF NEW YOIK 9 July 1821

according to the Ordinance in such case made and provided But
your Committee [think] that it [is] unreasonable that the fine should
be exacted of him They therefore recommend the following resolu-
tion, M r Dobbs having now signed the Contract as your Committee are
informed

Resolved, that the above mentioned Suits against Benjamin Dis-
brow be discontinued on his paying the costs thereof, and that the
same be no further prosecuted

J Hammond
Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Fra 8 Cooper
Cha f Town

which was approved and the Resolution adopted

[188] The Same Committee on the Resolution respecting improve-
ments at the Battery reported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the resolution re-
specting the propriety of Immediately commencing the contemplated
improvements at the Battery report That in the opinion of the Com-
mittee the operations at the Battery ought not to be Commenced until



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