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some part of the Funds appropriated by Law for that purpose shall
have been raised and collected, they therefore recommend the follow-
ing resolution

Resolved that it is inexpedient to pass the said resolution

J Hammond
B Crane
Fra s Cooper
Cha s Town

which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Same Committee on the Petition of Isaac Russell reported.

The Finance Committee to [189] whom was referred the Peti-
tion of Isaac Russell respectfully report That from the facts set
forth in his petition, he appears to have been somewhat imprudent in
his disbursements in repairing the premises mentioned in his Petition,
but your Committee dont think that a good reason for remitting to
him the Seventy Nine Dollars and Sixty three Cents assessed upon
the said premises, for paving and regulating Walker Street.

Your Committee further report that the upper part of the prem-
[i]sses alluded to were hired by the Common Council for the accom-
odation of the Justices Court of the Fifth and Eighth Wards, of



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 717

the said Isaac Russell in the spring of the year 1820 for Six years
from the 1 st Day of May 1820, at the yearly Rent of Seventy five
Dollars by Deed under the Common Seal, with permission to the said
Common Council to give up the said prem[i]sses, at the End of
any One Year provided Three Months notice was previously given
to the said Isaac Russell of such intention, and that the said Justices
Court, was removed [190] from the said premises on the first day
of May last past, without such notice being given by reason whereof
the Common Council is liable to pay the Rent for the Current Year
The Committee therefore recommend the following resolution

Resolved, that the sum of Seventy five Dollars being the Rent of
the Court Room above alluded to for the current year, be set off as
far as it will go against the assessment of $79. 6 % o ^ or paving
Walker Street, in respect of the above premises and that Isaac Rus-
sell be required only to pay the balance which may remain due on the
said Assessment after deducting the said rent, on the said Isaac
Russell surrendering the Lease of the said Court Room by which he
devised the same to the Common Council, and releasing them from
all the covenants in the said Lease contained

All which is respectfully submitted

'; [191] J Hammond

Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Fra* Cooper
Cha* Town

which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Same Committee on the Petition of Philip Milldollar re-
ported

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Philip
Milldoler respectfully report That the Ground alluded to in the Peti-
tion, lies on both sides of the scite on which the Bridge heretofore
called Wards Bridge was erected, and is a water Lot

Your Committee admit, that the Bridge which was only tempo-
rary, as might have been expected was long since swept away, and
that the Water Lot in question is not so productive to the Petitioner
as it would have been if the Bridge had been strong enough to have
sustained itself. But your Committee, cannot perceive in that cir-
cumstance a sufficient reason for continueing the Lease, and at the
same time releasing the Rent, They therefore submit the following
resolution






718 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 July 1821

[192] Resolved that it is inexd[p]edient to grant the Prayer of the
Petitioner

Respectfully submitted

Judah Hammond
Henry J WyckorT
B Crane
Fra g Cooper
Cha Town

which was approved and the resolution adopted.

The same Committee on the accounts of Alpheus Sherman late
Attorney and Michael UlshoefTer present Attorney Reported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the accounts of
Alpheus Sherman late Attorney of the Board and also the Account
of Michael Ulshoeffer Attorney to the Board report, That they have
examined the same and recommend the following resolution

Resolved, that the said Accounts be filed in the Comptrollers office

J Hammond
Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Fra* Cooper
Cha 9 Town

[193] which was approved, the Resolution adopted and the accounts
directed to be filed accordingly

The same Committee on the Balance Sheets and Accounts, stated
by the Comptroller on the 13 th November last, and which were
referred to the Finance Committee, reported a Resolution that the
same be filed, which resolution was adopted

The same Committee to whom had been referred the Resolution,
for extending the Iron fence, now erecting around the Park so as
to Connect it with that already erected Reported,

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the resolution for
extending the Iron Fence, now erecting in Bro[a]d Way so as
to connect it, with that already made and for removing the Engine
House to the Public Ground on Chamber Street : Respectfully Report
That the building the New Market will cost about Two Hundred
Thousand Dollars and the Building so much of the Iron Fence as
has been already Contracted for and ordered, amounting to about
[194] Fifteen Thousand Dollars, are sufficient undertakings for any
one Year, and that some respect ought to be had to the amount of the
Public Debt, and the manner and means of its payment, which must



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 719

be chiefly by direct Taxation The Committee also think, that it would
be improper to lay open the Bridewell Yard to the view, from the
Public Street, and that it will be far better to wait until it may be
determined, and seen, what ulterior measures will be most proper in
respect of that part of the western line of the Park Grounds, They
therefore recommend the following resolution
Resolved that said resolutions are inexpedient

J Hammond
B Crane
Fra* Cooper

before the question being taken on the first Resolution, it was moved
to strike out the Words, that said resolutions are inexpedient, The
question being taken thereon, it was carried in the affirmative,

It was then moved to insert the Words, [195] "It is expedient
to Continue the Fence ' which was agreed to. It was then Moved
by M r Parker that the Street Commissioner make the necessary agree-
ment to have the Iron Fence on Broad Way connected with that
on the upper Park, which was agreed to. Upon the question being
taken on the Second Resolution, it was referred to the Committee
on the Fire Department.

The Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips, on the Petition of
William Van Wart and John Gaffit, for extension of 7 th Wood In-
spection District, reported.

The Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips to whom was referred
the Petition of William Van Wart and John Gaffit praying to add
the 7 th Wood Inspection District to the 6 th begs leave most respect-
fully to report

That your Committee has had their subject under Consideration
and are of the Opinion that they prayer of the Petitioners ought to
be granted they therefore offer the following resolution,

Resolved that the prayer [196] of the Petitioners be granted

Isaac Emmons

J Hammond

Tho s S Townsend

which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Same Committee on the Petition of Peter Schermerhorn and
others for Erecting a Pier on West side of Peck Slip reported

The Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips, to whom was re-
ferred the Petition of Peter Schermerhorn and others proprietors of
Water Lots between Crane Wharf Street and Peck Slip, requesting



720 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 July 1821

that a pier may be built in the East River fronting Crane Wharf
Street,

Report, That your Committee have bestowed upon the subject
that attention, which its importance seems to merit, and are of
Opinion, that the request of the Petitioners should be granted under
the conditions of Simular Situations namely, that the Individuals,
proprietors of the Water Lots aforesaid, bear and pay two third parts,
and the Corporation [197] of this City One Third Part of the Expense
of said Pier, and accordingly offer the following resolution

Resolved that a Pier be built in the East River at the foot of
Crane Wharf Street, of such dimensions, and in such manner as shall
be directed by the Committee on Wharves, Piers and Slips, and the
Street Commissioner. Provided the proprietors of Water Lots be-
tween Crane Wharf Street and Peck Slip, bear and pay two third

parts of the expense thereof T -,-.

Isaac -bmmons

T Hammond
J

Tho s S Townsend
which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Street Committee on the Petition of John Bowden and
Others respecting paving side Walks in Allen Street and a remon-
strance against the same reported

The Street Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John
Bowden and others relative to flagging the side [198] Walks in Allen
Street from Broome to North Street, and the remonstrance of Thomas
Gardner and others on the same subject, respectfully report.

That they have carefully examined the side Walks in Allen Street
from Broome to North Streets, and find a great part of them flagged
and in good order, excepting the West side from Delancy to Riving-
ton Streets, and the greater part occupied by Gardens, and likewise
some of the owners of Houses and Lots have represented to your
Committee their inability at present to flagg their side Walks, but
are willing to have them gravelled as is usual in the out parts of the
City. They therefore are of opinion that the prayer of the Peti-
tioners ought not to be granted, and offer the following resolution.

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the Peti-
tioners

Fra s Cooper
H J Wyckoff
W m H Ireland
which was approved and the Resolution adopted



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 721

[199] The Committee on Assessments on the Petition of Eliza-
beth Jobe, reported

The Committee on Assessments to whom was referred to [the]
petition of Elizabeth Jobe, Complaining, that she had been unjustly
assessed for personal Tax in the 5 th Ward for the year 1820, and
praying to have it remitted

Report, That they have given this case an examination, and from
the representations made by the petitioner together with the certifi-
cate of the Assessors of the Ward they are of opinion that her
prayer ought to be granted, and respectfully recommend the adoption
of the following resolution,

Resolved, That the Collector of the 5 th Ward be instructed to de-
cline collecting the Tax assessed on the personal property of Eliza-
beth Jobe for the year 1820, and that he return the same in the list
of Errors and insolvencies of said Ward

Cha* Town Ch n
John P Anthony
John Bingham
William Thorn

which was approved and the Resolution adopted,

[200] The Canal Committee to whom was referred the communi-
cation of the Street Commissioner in relation, to the cleansing of
the Sewers in Canal Street Collect and Chappel Streets, reported,

The Canal Committee to whom was referred the communication
of the Street Commissioner in relation to the cleansing of the sewers
in Canal Street, Chapel and Collect Streets,

Report, That they have had the subject under their particular
consideration and have had them examined throughout, there
appears to be a considerable accumulation of sand and Mud, but
not in such quantities in any one place, so as to obstruct the free
passage of Water.

Your Committee are therefore of opinion that it is inexpedient, to
have them cleansed at this season of the year, whereby a quantity of
Mud will be exposed to the rays of the Sun, and the whole neighbor-
hood of the Sewers impregnated with noxious vapours, and poisonous
exhalations

They therefore submit the following Resolutions

[201] Resolved, that it is inexpedient and improper to have the
sewers in Canal Collect and Chapel Streets cleansed at present

Resolved, that the sewers in Canal, Collect and Chapel Streets, be



722 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 July 1821

cleansed as soon as the coolness of the Season will admit it to be

done with propriety

Ge B Thorp
Gerard DePeyster
Isaac Emmons
Francis Cooper
W m H Ireland

which was approved and the Resolutions adopted

A Communication, which was made to the Board of Health this
day, from his Honor the Mayor and Alderman Wyckoff on the sub-
ject of Nuisances existing in the Eighth Ward occasioned by the
discharge of offensive and noisome Water from several Distilleries
in the vicinity, and which had been directed by the Board of Health
to be laid before the Common Council, was now presented and read,

Whereupon the same was referred to [202] a Special Committee
Viz M r Ireland Crane Town Aid Gelston M r Bolton

A Communication was received from the Commissioners of the
Aims-House stating that they had endeavoured to carry into effect
the Law of the Corporation relating to Swine, but that the persons
employed by them, had been resisted and opposed in the execution of
their duty by a collection of Persons who exercised great violence
towards them.

Whereupon the same was referred to the Police Committee

His Honor the Mayor and the Commissioners of the Alms House,
to whom had been referred a communication from the Reverend
John Stanford on the subject of establishing an Asylum for Vagrant
Youth, presented the following report which was accepted and
directed to be filed

[203] The Mayor and Commissioners of the Alms House to whom
was referred the Communication of the Rev d John Stanford of the
19 th June relative to the situation of the vagrant children in the Peni-
tentiary Report,

That they have considered with attention the subject matter
thereof : they concur fully in opinion with the writer that bad as
these vagrants are, they may become still more depraved by asso-
ciating with the Criminals of the Penitentiary : and indeed that the
very fact of their being committed to this place of confinement
attaches to them a disgrace which is not easily wiped away.

Under these impressions the Commissioners of the Alms House
had, previous to the communication of M r Stanford, transferred a



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 723

number of the vagrants, Boys, from the Penitentiary to the Alms
House, placing them on an equal footing with the Paupers : it was
not long however, before nearly half of them escaped during the
Night by scaling the Walls of the enclosure.

They have notwithstanding, now [204] determined to make a
further experiment: and have therefore directed the residue of
these prisoners amounting to 17 between the ages of 12 and 16, to
be placed in the Alms House, in a Comfortable Ward of the middle
Building; there to be regularly kept at school, and at night dispersed
in the other wards among the sober and orderly inhabitants of the House

A School Master will be obtained from among the Paupers, so
that no additional expense, in any shape, will fall on the Public.

It may however, not be in the power of the Commissioners to
continue this arrangement beyond the commencement of the ensuing
Winter, as the number of poor, then greatly encreased will probably
require that this Ward should, as heretofore be appropriated to
their use

The whole number in this apartment will now be about 25. but
will of course vary by additions from the Police: by expiration of
[205] Sentences, and also by escapes, which it will be impossible to
prevent.

Your Committee cannot unite with M r Stanford in the proposition
for erecting an "Asylum for Vagrant Youth" at the present time:
however desirable such an establishment might be at some future
period; at present in their opinion, neither the urgency of the case
requires it, nor will the finances of the City admit of it.

Respectfully submitted

Stephen Allen
Tho 8 R Smith
Peter Stagg
Rich d Furman
John Targee

The Committee on Public Offices, on the Petition of Garret Gil-
bert reported,

The Committee on Public Offices to whom was referred, a com-
munication from M r Gilbert, stating that he had compleated the
contract, entered into with the Corporation, in relation to the double
indexing the volumes in the registers office, and also praying that a
further Compensation be allowed him [206] in order to meet the
necessary expenses incurred, over and above the prices allowed him
by the Corporation, respectfully Report






724 CITY OF NEW YOHK 9 July 1821

That they have had the same under Consideration, and the fol-
lowing is the result, of their enquiry. Viz

It appears that in the summer of 1819. M r Gilbert addressed a
Letter to the Board, stating the office of Register to be in a very
imperfect state, owing to the number of satisfaction pieces, that
remained uncancelled, or standing open on the Books together with
a recommendation to have the whole number of volumes overhauled,
and a general Index made in conformity to the Statute, which he
stated had never been complied with

whereupon the subject was referred to the Committee on Public
Offices, Samuel Stevens Esq Chairman, several conferences were had
with M r Gilbert, as will appear by sundry Letters received from
M r Gilbert, who kept copies, the Committee regret that no part of
the correspondence between the chairman and M r Gilbert, was ever
handed over by the Chairman of the Committee, [207] But from a
recollection several of the Members have of the transaction, together
with a reference to the Letters as aforesaid, it appears the Corporation
were to pay M r G. Eight Dollars per Volume for the Mortgages, and
$5 for the Conveyances, and other volumes of a miscellanous kind,
It also appears that M r G. was to receive \2 l / 2 Cents a piece to write
up the satisfaction pieces that were found in the office, on his coming
into it

The Committee, endeavoured to ascertain the exact number of all
the Books in the Registers office, but were not able to do so during
the Administration of M r Gilbert. It was variously stated to be
about 50. of Mortgages, and about 200 of Conveyances &c, and from
the above representations, your Committee, were induced to make
advances, until, it appears the Corporation are in advance ?[o]ver and
above compleating the whole Ninety four Dollars

It appears, from a Statement received from M r M c Murray, one
of the Clerks in the Registers office, formerly employed by M r Gilbert,
and since retained by [208] M r Lent, that the number of Volumes fall
short of the verbar [verbal] statement, 67. which in the opinion of
Your Committee ought to be a sufficient excuse for their permitting
M r Gilbert to overdraw the number of volumes and as per statement

47 of Mortgages at $8 each 376

136 " Conveyances & others at $5 " 680



1056

Cash paid M r Gilbert as per Comptrollers Books 1150

exclusive of $90 3 %oo for writing up 723. Satisfaction pieces, an excess of $94.



9 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 7*25

Your Committee would beg leave further to state, that in the
progress of their enquiry, they were led to believe that M r G. could
not have expended more monies, than was appropriated by the Cor-
poration, As the enquiry was made in the presence of M r Gilbert
they presumed it must have been satisfactory to him

M r M c Murray. who as it has heretofore been stated, wrote in the
office under M r G. was examined before M r Gilbert, by the Com-
mittee, and stated as follows Viz. That he had been [209] employed
by M r Gilbert, to do a part of the writing, to the indexes, and from
a memorandum, which he had, he seemed to speak with a good deal
of certainty, as to what the zvord [work] had cost Viz For every
volume of Mortgages M r G Paid $3.77 and for every volume of
conveyances $4.84, But that on the latter 75 cents were added for
M r G's services in the examination

From which it appears that M r Gilbert retained in his hands, out
of the Monies received from the Corporation $314 5 % o Including
the $94 overdrawed add to that the amount received for Cancelling
satisfaction pieces $90.38 and the amount will be $404. 9 % o

Your Committee having extended their report to an unusual length,
for the purpose of being the more explicit, would therefore beg leave
to offer the following Resolution, believing as they do that M r Gilbert
has completely failed in making out his statement

Resolved, that the prayer of the petitioner ought not to be granted.

Respectfully submitted by the Committee

[210] B Crane Chairman
Heny Mead
William Thorn
Abr Valentine

which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

A Resolution directing the Superintendant of Repairs to cause the
Bulk Head, at Coenties Slip to be forthwith repaired was presented
and agreed to.

M r Crane presented a Resolution directing the Counsel to report
an amendment to the Ordinance preventing Nuisances, so as to pro-
hibit the emptying or cleansing any sink between the first day of
May and the first day of October, in each Year unless specially
ordered by the Board of Health which resolution was adopted.

A Law entitled " A Law in relation to the Imprisonment of Slaves
was presented by his honor the Mayor and read by Paragraphs and
passed



726 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 July 1821

[211] Resolved That the 15 th Section of the Law to regulate the
removal of Filth and Dirt from the Streets, in the City of New York
be published in the Papers employed by the Board for the information
of the Citizens

Resolved that the subject of Prohibiting the practice of Washing
Horses at the Public Pumps in the City, and of Dyers and Scourers
washing articles of their trade at the Pumps, be referred to the Com-
mittee on Laws to consider and report thereon

Resolved, That on the renewal of Licenses to Master Chimney
Sweepers the fee be reduced to One Dollar

Resolved, That the subject of setting apart certain parts of the
City, whereat, and no other place Carmen may stand for employment
with their Horses and Carts be referred to the Committee on Public
Lands and Places to Consider and report thereon.

Resolved, That the clerk be directed to furnish to each of the
newly elected members Randells Map of the City of New York,

[212] The Comptroller Reported

Balance in the Treasury 25 June 886.49

Received for Excise 100.

Tax 1. 2. 3. 4. Wards. 10157.43



$11143.92
38 Accounts Audited

Leek & Walton Watch lt District 981 .75

Hibberd & Clark do 2d " 645.75

Bleakley & Brower " 3d " 414.75

R Riker Esq Recorder Salary 1 Qr 375.

S Hutchings Street Inspector 1 Mo 52.50

J Pinkney do 1 " 52.50

A Ackerman do 1 " 52. 50

W J Waldron Asst City Insp 1 " 45.50

O Ayres do " 45.50

Austin & Cochran Messengers " 52.

D H Magee Keeper Pottersfield " 37.50

C Gilman do Battery " 33.75

A M^Credy do Park " 33 . 75

B Skaats do City Hall to buy Fuel for Hall 700.

A Moody dinner for Corporation July 4 542.

T Brown band of Music do do 30.

B Skaats to pay bell ringers do 38.

J Sidell do Peace Officers do 15.

Fine, See & Co Coach Hire for Road Com 20.

J Sidell to pay Peace officers attending Convention Election 180.

[213] H Waterbery Working at Mud Machine 12 days 97.27

R Provoost, repairing Lamps 1 Mo 67.53



16 July 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 727

G B Rapelye Clerk Police office Expenses 6 Mo 29. 5

Tucker & Woodruff Acct building Park Fence 1000.

A H Mooney do Paving 2 d Avenue from N[orth to 15 th ].. 400.

H & W Cochrane do do Hudson St from Canal to Spring. 300.

J Vincent for regulate Clarkson Street 372.45

W Church, bal regulats 6 th Avenue & Clarkson & Carmine 182.67

T & G Lovett regulating Grand St from Mercer to Green 216.

G Tucker bal building Drain Burling Slip 115.

J Meghan bal paving Broome from Varick to Sullivan 101 .39

do paving Harman & part Chatham Square 100.

A H Mooney repairing Intersection Streets & Public Places 127.49

J Williamson Repairs of Streets 9.81

N Philips advertising Sale of Property for assessments 30.

C Mooney repaving Area of Washington Market 184.63

Commissioners of Alms House for Pin Manufactory 800.

J Hammond Esq Treas Board of Health 1500.



Adjourned.



9981. 4
Balance 1162.88



[214] Special Meeting In Common Council July 16. 1821
Present. The Hon 1 Stephen Allen Mayor President

Aldermen Assistants

Henry J Wyckoff Thomas Bolton

Thomas S Townsend Abr Valentine

Maltby Gelston William H Ireland

Asa Mann Benj" Crane

Isaac Emmons Charles Town

George B Thorp Shivers Parker

Judah Hammond W m Thorn

Francis Cooper
Henry Mead

His Honor the Mayor stated that he had summoned the Board
at the request of the Committee to whom at the last meeting, had been
referred a Communication from the Board of Health, on the subject
of nuisances existing in the Eighth Ward, occasioned by [215] the
discharge of Offensive Water from certain Distilleries

The following Report was presented by the Chairman of that
Committee, M r Ireland.

The Committee to whom was referred a Communication from



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