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B Crane
Cha s Town
Francis Cooper
which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Same Committee on the petition of Lewis & Joseph Webb
Reported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of
Lewis and Joseph Webb, representing that the Minetto Sewer between
Washington and W T est Streets is too high and complaining of great
injuries by reason thereof, and the subject having been thoroughly
investigated by the Committee They are of opinion, that the complaint
is well founded, and that the sewer is too high in that neighborhood.

They therefore recommend the following Resolution

Resolved that so much of the Minetto sewer be taken up, and low-
ered as will be sufficient to correct the [330] Evil complained of

J Hammond
Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Cha s Town
Fra s Cooper
which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Same Committee on the Communication from Alexander L
Stewart reported

Report entered commencing on Page 342

[331] The same Committee on the Petition of the Trustees of
Spring Street church reported



20 Aug. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 775

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of the
Trustees of the Spring Street Church suggesting that the four Lots
of Ground in Spring Street upon which the church stands were as-
sessed for opening Canal street Sixty dollars and Eighty Cents on
which there is a charge of Interest Thirty Eigh[t] Dollars Eighty three
Cents making together ninety nine dollars Sixty three Cents, pay-
ment of which has been demanded by the Collector That a Fire
Engine House was erected on the front part of one of the Lots by
the Common Council about the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and
Eleven, where it still remains and occupies nearly one fifth of the
whole front That during the time the Engine House has been there,
the memorialists have paid for paving and regulating on account of
the said Lots Two Hundred and Fifty Eight Dollars Eighty Cents,
to which if One Hundred Sixty nine dollars fifty four Cents be added
for Interest the amount will be Four Hundred twenty Eight dollars
thirty four Cents and the memorialists represent that the Common
Council ought to permit a sett off to be made of the assessment for
Canal Street

[332] The Committee are aware that the use of the Ground in
question was intended to be gratuitous, and that no Rent was to be
paid, but they do not perceive any great objection to the prayer of
the Memorialists and they recommend the following resolution

Resolved that the Collector of the assessment for opening Canal
Street be directed to decline collecting the above mentioned assess-
ment from the Spring Street Church, and the church discharged from
any further liability to pay the same

Henry J Wyckoff
B Crane
Charles Town
Francis Cooper

On the question of agreeing to the same the Board were equally
divided, and the President giving his vote in the affirmative the Report
was approved and the Resolution adopted

The same Committee on the memorial of William Cunningham re-
ported

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the memorial of
William Cunningham [333] respecting a Water Lot grant at Brooklyn

Respectfully Report that from the circumstances set forth in the
former report of the Finance Committee on this subject, and the addi-
tional facts set forth by M r Cunningham in Relation thereto, the Com-
mittee are of opinion that the grant in question ought to be made



776 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Aug. 1821

to M r Cunningham on the terms contained in the following Resolution
that is to say

Resolved that the grant be made to William Cunningham of the
Water Lot in question reserving a Rent of One Cent per foot from the
first day of May One Thou[sa]nd Eight Hundred and twenty One an-
nually until the first day of May One Thousand Eight Hundred and
forty five, and Twenty five cents per foot annually thereafter for ever

Respectfully Submitted

J Hammond
Henry J WyckofT
B Crane
Cha s Town
Francis Cooper

which was approved and the Resolution adopted

[334] The Road Committee to whom was referred the Petition
of the Inhabitants of Kips Bay praying the 34 th Street may be opened
&c Reported

The Road Committee to whom was referred the Petition of the
Inhabitants of Kips Bay praying that the 34 th Street may be opened
from the 2 d to the 3 d Avenue,

Beg leave to state that they have had the subject under mature con-
sideration and are of the opinion that the opening of said Street
would add much to the convenience of the Inhabitants living in said
Neighboorhood, and since M r Chesterman through whose land it
principally passes has no objection (having signed the petition) [they]
would recommend the following resolution

Resolved that 34 th Street be opened from the Easterly side of the
Second Avenue to the Third Avenue and that the Counsel of this
board take the necessary measures to carry the same into effect

Gerard DePeyster
J Hammond
Tho 9 S Town [s] end
Abr Valentine

which was approved and the Resolution adopted

[335] The Market Committee on the Petition of Frederick Bennett.
John Smock and Joseph Hill reported

The Petitions of Frederick Bennett John Smock and Joseph
Hill praying to be licensed as Butchers having been referred to the
Market Committee, they have examined into their recommendations
and conceive them to be such as to induce your Committee to recom-



20 Aug. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 777

mend the prayer of their petitions be granted for which purpose they
offer the following Resolution

Resolved that Frederick Bennett John Smock and Joseph Hill be
severally licensed as butchers for this City.

Henry J WyckofT
Charles Town
Isaac Emmons

which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Market Committee to whom was referred the Resolution re-
specting Centre Market reported*

[336] The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the petition of
Philip Hone John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens Reported

The Committee on Ferries to whom was referred the petition of
Philip Hone John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens, stating that they
had made a Conditional agreement for the transfer on the One Side
and the purchase on the other of all the right of ferriage heretofore
granted by the Corporation to Philip Hone, and requesting the Cor-
poration to transfer the Leases of the Ferries from Barclay and Spring
Streets to Hoboken to John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens,

Report That Philip Hone holds a lease from the Corporation of
the Ferry from Barclay Street to Hoboken [337] dated August 10
1818 for 12 years from the first of May 1818, and which will conse-
quently expire of [on] the 1 st of May 1830. at an average Rent of $595
per Annum from the 1 st May 1821. That by the conditions of this
Lease Hone is to keep upon this Ferry a suitable number of good
and substantial Boats, sufficiently large, and adapted as well to trans-
port Horses and Carriages, as passengers, and in addition to these,
Two good and substantial Team Boats each to be propelled by not less
than 8 good Horses and also that the said Philip Hone holds another
lease from the Corporation of the ferry from Spring Street (without
the Slip, and within Two Hundred feet of the foot of said Street;
to Hoboken, dated October 2 d 1820 for 15 years from the 1 st of May
1820. which will therefore expire on the 1 st of May 1835 at the fol-
lowing Rent Viz. the First Five Years at One Cent per annum the
next Five Years at $50 per annum and the last Five Years at $200
per annum, and the said lease contains an Extension of Five Years
for the Ferry from the foot of Barclay Street to Hoboken at $800
per annum for the time extended (in consequence of [338] which
extension both leases will expire at the same time) Provided Hone



The report is not entered. ED.



778 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Aug. 1821

puts in the Ferry from Spring Street to Hoboken Two good and
substantial Sail Boats immediately, and also one good good and sub-
stantial Team Boat before 1 st May 1821. That Hone has complied
with the Conditions Except putting a Team Boat on the Ferry, he
states that he was about contracting for the building of a Team Boat
for this purpose, when to his surprise M r John Stevens Proprietor
of the Island of Hoboken, for reasons unknown to him (Hone) issued
a Writ of Ejectment for the purpose of reentering on the Ferry, and
that he being ignorant of the Cause of M r Stevens proceedings, and
aware of the uncertainty of the decisions of Juries, and of the time
which it might take to settle the question, did not think it prudent to
incur the expense of Building a Team Boat, and that he petitioned the
Corporation on 26 th February last to grant him a reasonable exten-
sion of time to put the Team Boat on said Ferry, after the result of
M r Stevens suit should be known [339] and whereas John C Stevens
and Robert L Stevens agree to make very great improvements on said
Ferries by putting on the ferry from Barclay Street to Hoboken in
place of the Two Team Boats now running a very superior steam
Boat from 90 to 100 feet on deck, and 42 feet beam, the boat to be
built of the best Cedar and Oak, and the said John C Stevens and
Robert L Stevens further agree, that if the Steam Boat does not
accomodate the Public as well as the Two Team Boats now on said
Ferry, they will at any time during the lease, when required by the
Corporation, put on one Team Boat, in addition to the said Steam
Boat, and the said Boats are to be approved by the Corporation.

And whereas also John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens agree to
put on the Ferry, from Spring Street to Hoboken, in addition to the
Two Sail Boats now in use, a good and substantial Team Boat to be
propelled by not less than 8 Good Horses by the 1 st of May 1822 (the
said Boat to be approved by the Corporation)

Therefore your Committee, having duly examined the business,
are decidedly of opinion that the Public will be much better accomo-
dated by having a Steam Boat in the place of the Two Team Boats,
now [340] running on the Ferry from Barclay Street to Hoboken
since (among other advantages they believe that the Steam Boat will
make the passage in less than half the time taken by the Team Boats,

Your Committee therefore recommend the adoption of the fol-
lowing Resolutions

Resolved, That upon John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens placing
on the Ferry from Barclay Street to Hoboken a Steam Boat of the
dimensions above stated and to be approved by the Corporation, in



20 Aug. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 779

addition to the sail Boats now on said Ferry, and Philip Hone sur-
rendering to the Corporation, the Lease which he now holds of said
Ferry, that the Counsel of the Board be instructed to prepare in Con-
formity to the tenor of this Report a new Lease to John C Stevens
of the said ferry from Barclay Street to Hoboken for 9 years from the
1 st of May 1821 at a Rent of $595 per year payable quarterly

And further Resolved that upon John C Stevens and Robert L
Stevens placing on the Ferry from Spring Street [341] (without the
Slip and within 200 feet of the foot of said Street) to Hoboken one
Good and Substantial Team Boat in addition to the two Sail Boats
now in use on said Ferry, on or before the 1 st day of May 1822, and
Philip Hone surrendering to the Corporation the Lease which he
now holds of said ferry, that the Counsel of the Board be instructed
to prepare in Conformity to the tenor of this Report, a new Lease
to John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens of said Ferry from Spring
Street to Hoboken for 14 years from the 1 st of May 1821 at the fol-
lowing Rent, for the first 4 years at 1 Cent per year for the next 5
years at $50 per year and for the last 5 years at $200 dollars per year
payable Quarterly and that this Lease shall contain an extension of
the lease of the ferry from Barclay Street to Hoboken for 5 years
(which will cause bothe leases to expire on the 1 st May 1835) at a
Rent of $800 per year payable quarterly for the time so extended.

Resolved that the leases mentioned in the preceeding resolutions
be so drawn as to comprehend all the conditions, restrictions c which
are contained in the corresponding leases to Philip Hone, and that the
foregoing [342] Resolutions shall not be binding upon the Corpora-
tion until the leases which shall be prepared by the Counsel shall be
ordered to be executed by them and the counterpart thereof shall be
executed by the said John C Stevens and Robert L Stevens

Respectfully Submitted

Tho s S Townsend
Jno P Anthony
Asa Mann

which was approved and the Resolutions adopted
The Finance Committee to whom was referred the memorial of
Alexander L Stewart remonstrating against the appropriation of the
Ground or Slip commonly called Canal Street Basin to private pur-
poses, and putting in a claim to have the ground in question laid out
for public uses : and remonstrating against a sale thereof



780 CITY or NEW YORK 20 Aug. 1821

i

Respectfully Report, that previous to filling up Canal Street Basin
it had become so very offensive by reason of impure matter deposited
therein by the sewer, that pressing applications were made to [343]
the Common Council for filling it up, alledging it to be, as your Com-
mittee believe it was, an intollerable nuisance: and in order to abate
which the Common Council directed the Basin to be filled up as the
only means of correcting the evil That by the 267 th Section of the
Act to reduce several Laws relating to the City of New York in par-
ticular, into one Act, The Mayor Alderman and Commonalty of the
said City in Common Council convened are authorized to make and
pass such By Laws and ordinances, as they shall from time to time
deem necessary and proper for filling up, altering and amending all
Public Slips in the said City, at such times and in such manner as they
may deem proper. In virtue of which authority the said Basin or
Slip was filled up for the reason above stated; the expense whereof
was wholly paid out of the Treasury and amounted to

That two third parts of the expense of filling up, altering or amend-
ing public Slips are usually defrayed by the proprietors of the adjoin-
ing and adjacent Lands, and the other third part is paid out of the
Treasury

That no part of the expense of filling [344] this Basin or Slip was
paid by the proprietors of the adjacent and adjoining Lands And the
Committee are of opinion that the claim of M r Alexander L. Stewart
is entirely without foundation. But the Committee do not see any
objection to leaving the ground in question for a public Square pro-
vided the owners of the adjoining and adjacent Lands pay two thirds
of the costs of extending the sewer and filling the basin above men-
tioned together with the Interest thereon amounting to the sum of

provided they signify their assent

thereto by the third day of September next by a memorial to be
addressed to the Mayor Alderman and Commonalty of the City of New
York.

The following resolutions are recommended

Resolved that if a majority of the Land holders in quantity and
value in the vicinity or neighborhood of Canal Street Basin shall by
their memorial request that the said Basin be made a public square
and that the two third parts of the cost of filling the same including
the Bulk Heads and Sewer, and of all other expenses and [345] Interest
thereon be assessed upon the Lands in the immediate neighborhood
and present the said memorial to the Mayor Alderman and Com-



20 Aug. 1821 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 781

monalty of the City of New York, by the third day of September next,
that then the same shall be done accordingly

Resolved, that Alexander L Stewart be furnished by the clerk
with a Copy of the foregoing Report and Resolutions

Respectfully Submitted

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

which was approved and the Resolutions adopted

Resolved, that the Superintendant of Repairs, cause new Sleepers
and a new Floor to be put into the lower Market at Catharine Slip,
or to do such repairs to the present floor as may be required

A Resolution directing an amendment to the Law respecting the
Measure [346] and Sale of Coal was presented and referred to the
Committee on Public Offices

Resolved that the Superintendant of Repairs cause the wharf West
side of James Slip and also the wharf at the West side of Coenties
Slip repaired without delay

A Motion was made to add the Street Committee to the Finance
Committee on the subject of the Petitions and Remonstrances respect-
ing opening and widening Beekman Street.

The Question being taken thereon the Board were equally divided
and his honor the Mayor gave his vote in the negative so the motion
was lost

The Comptroller Reported

Balance in the Treasury 6th i ns t 333.78

Rec d for last payment on Loan for 1821 51560.



$51,893.78
[347] 33 Accounts Audited

John Vanderlyn on Acct of Portrait of President U S 150.

Leek & Walton Watch 1st District 1002.75

Hibberd & Clark do 2* do 645.75

Bleakley & Brower do 3d do 414.75

G N Bleecker Comptroller 1 Qr Salary 15th Inst 437.50

J P Roome Sup. Rep 1 do 14 " 250.

T Franklin Ch Eng 1 do 18 " 125.

T M Collins & S D Ingraham attends Park 3 days 6.

A Bleecker taking Census & Jury list 1 st Ward 120.

E Frost Clerk 6 Markets Salary &c 4 Months 133.



782 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Aug. 1821

R Smith clerk Washington Market 1 Qr to 1st 131.37

J Bremner do Catharine do 108.25

H Tallman Coroner Fees 1 Qr 1st l ns t 544.99

M M Noah Sheriff for Officers attends Court " 1225.50

do for Deputies Conveying Convicts to Penitentiary from

Court of Sessions 1817 to 1st l ns t , 215.

S Montgomery & others Serving Supoenas 1 Q r 201.75

P C Van Wyck late Dist Attorney fees June to Dec 1820 3100.18

J Fleming Treasurer to pay dividend on City Stock 17664.38

do " Bal of State Tax 1820 to be paid the State 1910.31

J Wallace Acct Contract for Minetto Sewer 1375.

J Culbert Acct Paving First Street 250.

J Quin Bal Paving Thompson St 201 .21

J Sloan Acct Curbing First St 90.

A H Mooney Bal Pavg Eldridge from Broome to Delancy 79.50

[348] G Tucker in full for Constructing and altering Culverts Corner

of Canal & Varick Sts 71.38

R Ayres Earth on different parts Public Property 65.77

J M c Comb Street Com r Repayment to Purchasers of Property sold

for Taxes & asst for 2d Adv & Leases 98 .

Tucker & Woodruff Acct Mason Work Fulton Market 5000.

P Woodruff Ace Carpenters Work do 5000.

J Halstead Supg Fulton Market 36 days 108.

B Birdsall on acct of Iron Fence at the Park 4000.

J P Roome Sup Repairs for Fire department 300.

do do for Repairs 855 .



$45880.34

Balance $6013.44
Board adjourned tc meet this day fortnight




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