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meeting of this Board in favor of Peter Allaire, for $12 5 %oo being
the sum remitted to him as an excess of tax imposed in the year
1817.

(Signed) J. J. Westervelt
E. W. King
J. Morss

which [283] was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Canal Committee, on the petition for extending the Sewer
in Chapel Street to Duane Street, reported:

That they have had the subject under consideration & are of
opinion that the extending of the said Sewer to the southerly side of
Thomas Street would be of great advantage to the property on & near
that part of the Street thro' which it would be continued; that that
part of Chapel Street is narrow, very flat & with but a small descent;
that it is flooded by almost every rain and which leaves it in a very



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muddy and filthy state ; that most of the cellars have either been filled
up with earth or are occasionally filled with water. By extending the
Sewer it is calculated that these evils will be effectually remedied.

If the Board should deem it advisable to extend the Sewer, the
Committee are of opinion, that as the Assessors have [284] not
as yet proceeded in laying the Assessment for the section built last
season in that street, it would enable them to lay it more just &
equitable and at a considerably less expence to make out the Assess-
ments for the 2 sections at the same time. The Contractor for the
part completed, who is to be paid as the Assessment is collected,
will accede thereto, provided an interest is allowed for the delay,
which is to be determined by the assessors and added to the expence.
In conformity with the directions of the Committee, the Street Com-
mission has advertised for 2 weeks for any objections to continuing
the Sewer and none having been made, the Committee recommend
the adoption of the following resolutions:

Resolved that the Street Commissioner, under direction of the
Canal Committee, take the necessary measures for building by con-
tract a sewer in Chapel Street from the southerly extremity of
[285] the one built therein last season to the southerly side of
Thomas Street, the same to be paid for as the Assessment to be laid
therefore is collected.

Resolved that it be recommended to the Assessors to postpone
the making out of the Assessment for the sewer now built in Chapel
Street until the Assessment for the part intended to be built by
the foregoing resolution can be made at the same time, and that
the Assessors allow the contractor such interest for the delay as is
just, the same to be charged in the Assessment.

(Signed) John Morss
J. B. Taylor
S. Parker
H. Tallman

which was approved & the resolutions adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition for the sewer in Laurens
St., reported :

That they have had the subject under consideration; that the
proprietors [286] of the lots of ground fronting on that part of
the Street thro' which the sewer will run have signed the petition;
that by extending this Sewer to Broome Street Laurens Street may
be regulated so as to take the water from Spring Street, thereby



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dividing the immense body of water which was intended to be
carried thro' the Sewer in Thompson Street.

The Committee directed the Street Commissioner to advertise
2 weeks for objections. None having been made the Committee
think that a Sewer in this Street would be of great benefit in
regulating the streets in the vicinity and save many feet of filling
in. It becomes necessary to determine in relation to this sewer, that
the Street in the vicinity may be regulated conformably thereto.
Perhaps the sewer will not be required to be built in some time.
The Committee recommend the adoption of the following:

Resolved that Laurens Street, [287] when regulated, be regulated
with a common sewer to extend from the sewer in Canal Street to
Broome Street.

(Signed) John Morss
: J. B. Taylor

S. Parker

Which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Attorney reported the following complaints made to him, which
were referred to the Committee on Public Offices : Viz. against
Messrs. Hitchcocks, contractors, for not sweeping sundry streets :
against Duncan Graham for not complying with an ordinance respect-
ing a nuisance : against Joseph Antonio, an Innkeeper, for permitting
gambling in his house: against John B. Fiora for a similar offence:
against Hugh Gorragher & Felix Crone for encumbering the side walks
with baskets of oranges for the purpose of vending the same.

He also made a representation of the case of the demand against
the surety [288] of Nathan Eisenhart, deceased, late Clerk of Cath-
arine Market which was referred to the same Committee.

The Committee of Charity, on petition of Sarah Denny, reported :
That they have had the subject under consideration and also
made enquiry into the facts respecting the above mentioned im-
provement, and from the best judgment of your Committee they
believe it to be a great saving to the City.

The superintendant of repairs, by permission of said Denny, has
adopted the same in every instance where a new pump has been sunk
for the 3 years last past. Your Committee therefore recommend the
adoption of the following:

Resolved that the Comptroller present a Warrant at the next
meeting of the Board for $200. in favor of the superintendant of



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repairs, to be paid by him to Sarah Denny, widow of [289] the late
William Denny, block & pump maker, for the benefit the public have-
& may hereafter receive from the improvement invented in pumps by
her late husband.

( Signed > S. Parker
D. Board

Which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee of Wharves. Piers & Slips, on the petition for
regulating filling in Roosevelt St. reported:

That an Ordinance has lately passed this Board enjoining it on
the owners of property between Roosevelt & Dover Sts. to have
the Bulkhead forming the line of South Street made & completed
by the 1 st day of August next, and in the opinion of your Com-
mittee the nuisance complained of by the petitioners cannot be cor-
rected until said Ordinance is carried into effect. The Committee
in a former report have expressed their opinion of the necessity of
this measure; and in order to facilitate the object of the [290]
petitioners, they propose the following :

Resolved that the St. Commissioner be instructed to inform the
owners of property fronting on South Street between Dover &
Roosevelt Streets that the Corporation are ready to proceed with
that part of the Bulkhead to be completed at the public expence, and
that any information required on this subject or assistance in making
the Contract for completing the whole line will be cheerfully afforded
at his Office.

(Signed) S. Allen
A. Mann
S. Stevens
H. Tallman

Which wa" approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on petition for repeal of law respecting
wharfage at Public Slips, reported :

That the Common Council, on petition of certain captains &
owners of coasting vessels modified the law alluded to [291] so as to
make it unopperative during the winter months, and the Committee
are of opinion that the law, as it now exists, is salutary & useful
and ought not to be repealed, especially as the offers lately made for
a contract of the public slips was predicated on the existence of this
law & the advantages to be derived therefrom will be expected by
the lessee. They therefore propose the following resolution:



74 CITY or NEW YORK 17 April 1820

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the
Petitioners.

(Signed) S. Allen
A. Mann
S. Stevens
H. Tallman

Which was approved & the resolution adopted.
The same Committee, on petition of Samuel Evans, reported :
That the Memorialist holds a lease from the Corporation of a Ferry
from Walnut Street near Corlaer's Hook to Little St. [292] on Long
Island : that the said ferry is at present conducted by Row & Sail
Boats, but that the Memorialist has made arrangements to have
built & put in operation in a few weeks a Horse or Teamboat on
said ferry. He rinds, however, on examination that the shoalness
of the water in Walnut Slip and the rapidity of the tides in the
vicinity make this place very unsuitable for running said Boat &
therefore requests the privilege above stated.

Your Committee have duly considered this subject and are of
opinion that the request of the Memorialist cannot be granted for the
following reasons :

The lease to Rodman Bowne for the ferry from Catharine Slip
contains a clause which makes it very doubtful to the Committee
whether the privilege secured him would not be infringed by per-
mitting the ferry at Walnut St. to be removed farther west, and
on exa- [293] mining the Slip at the foot of Gouverneur Street it
appears that the Corporation only possess the uncontested right to the
centre pier and that said pier is now occupied, and has been for
some time past, by the boats bringing hay to this City & cannot
be dispensed with, and that therefore the ferry could not be ac-
commodated in this slip without extreme inconvenience to that part
of the City or an infringement of the rights of others guaranteed
by the Common Council. The Committee therefore propose the fol-
lowing resolution :

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the
Memorialist.

(Signed) S. Allen
A. Mann
S. Stevens
H. Tallman

Which was approved & the resolution adopted.



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The same Committee, on the petition respecting the Sewer in
Broad St. reported:

[294 1 That an ordinance having passed the Board for filling in
Exchange Slip, it became necessary to extend the sewer in Broad St.
to the river ; and as the owners of property, for whose benefit the said
sewer was constructed, will have to be assessed for said extension,
the Committee are of opinion that the sewer ought to be cleansed &
the expence included in the Assessment for extending the same, &
they accordingly recommend the following resolution:

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be instructed to direct the
Sewer in Broad Street to be cleansed, and that the expence for cleans-
ing said Sewer be included in the assessment for extending the Sewer
to E. River.

(Signed) S. Allen
A. Mann
S. Stevens
H. Tallman

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Finance Committee, on petition of [295] P. Charles L'Enfant,
reported :

That it appears Mr. L'Enfant, at the request of the citizens,
furnished a plan for altering & improving the old City Hall, so as to
render it suitable for the reception of the Congress of the United
States, and at the same time performed the superintendance of the
work until completed. The Committee have discovered nothing on
the Minutes of the Common Council relative to any stipulation for
compensating Mr. L'Enfant for this undertaking, and they are led to
infer that it was altogether voluntary on his part & that his object was
trie honor of the performance rather than pecuniary reward.

On the 12 th October 1789 the Common Council, after reciting the
generous services of Mr. L'Enfant, resolved that the thanks of the
Board, together with the freedom of the City be presented to him, and
also that a lot of Common Lands, containing the quantity of 10 acres,
be conveyed to him in fee simple. The location of this land [296]
was decided by the Board on 30 th December 1789, and on 6 th April
1790 the Clerk, presented a Survey & Map of said land, and on the
16 th he laid before the Board the draft of a grant to P. C. L'Enfant.
On the 30 th of April the Board was informed that Mr. L'Enfant de-
clined accepting the proffer of the Corporation : whereupon it was
ordered that the Clerk communicate to him this information and in



76 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 April 1820

the mean time that the execution of the grant be suspended. The Clerk
reported on the 14 th May 1790 that he had written to Mr. L'Enfant
and received an answer stating "that it was perfectly agreeable with
his sentiments & disposition to refuse the gift."

On the 26 th January 1801 a Memorial from P. Charles L'Enfant
claiming compensation for his services &c. was presented to the Com-
mon Council & the Board determined to allow him $750. in full dis-
charge of all further claims [297] against the Corporation for, or on
account of his said services and on the 16 th of February following
Elias Kane, in behalf of L'Enfant, communicated to the Board the
unwillingness of him, the said L'Enfant, to accept the $750 & re-
quested the Common Council to reconsider the subject and to make
him a greater allowance ; whereupon it was determined not to recon-
sider the same.

The foregoing comprises a brief statement of all the facts that
have come to the knowledge of your Committee on this subject, and
they are such as plainly evince on the part of Mr. L'Enfant a dispo-
sition to value his services far above what they were deemed to be
worth by the gentlemen composing the Common Council at the time
they were rendered. The Committee do not pretend to judge of the
value of these services, nor are they willing to decide as to the justice
of Mr. L'Enfant's claim farther than what may be inferred from the
entries in the Minutes of the Common [298] Council, and from these
it is concluded that, whatever his services were, they were rendered
voluntarily & without any stipulation for or expectation of a reward.
It is a question for the Board to decide, therefore, whether, after the
repeated rejection by Mr. L'Enfant of the liberal offers made him by
the Common Council, he has still any claim on this Board. The Com-
mittee think not & they therefore offer the following resolution :

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the request of P. C. L'En-
fant.

(Signed) S. Allen
J. Hone
J. Hammond
B. Crane
S. P. Brittain

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on the petition of Stephen Brown, reported:
That the Salary allowed the House [299] Physician & Surgeon

of the Alms House is $250 per annum: that the Board on a former



17 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 77

occasion refused to increase this Salary from a conviction that re-

*

spectable young men in abundance might be obtained, everfn] if no
salary was allowed, and that the situation is desirable for young prac-
titioners on account of the information to be obtained in the line of
their professions. The Committee are informed, however, that during
the prevalence of the fever in this City Dr. Brown rendered essential
services at the Hospital, established by the Board of Health near the
Alms' house, and that for one year of the time he has been in that
establishment he had to perform the duty both of physician & Surgeon,
which duties were very arduous. Under these considerations the
Committee deem it their duty to recommend that a small compensa-
tion be allowed Dr. Brown for extra services and they propose the
following resolution accordingly: Resolved that [300] the Comp-
troller report a Warrant in favor of Stephen Brown for $150. for extra
services rendered at the Alms' house Hospital during the prevalence
of the late fever in this City.

(Signed) S. Allen
J. Hone
J. Hammond
B. Crane
S. P. Brittain

which was agreed to & a "\Yarrant directed to be reported agreeably
thereto.

The same Committee, on the petition of the Committee in behalf of
the N. Y. Brooklyn Steam Boat Ferry Company, reported: That the
Memorialists claim by their lease the use of a small Slip at Brooklyn,
on the east of that used for landing the passengers, which they state
to be absolutely necessary for laying up the boats at night and when
out of repair and also for the storing [301] of the wood for the use
of the Steam Boat.

Your Committee beg leave to state that, in their opinion, if the
memorialists have any just claim to the Slip alluded to they have un-
accountably neglected their interest in not calling the attention of the
Board to the subject before this late period. In 1817 this Slip, to-
gether with other property, was reported to the Board by the Comp-
troller from which, in his opinion a revenue might be derived & was
referred to the Finance Committee. It was afterward advertised &
sold at auction on a lease of 3 years. During the advertising no
remonstrance was heard by the Common Council, altho' it is stated to
the Committee that to members of the Corporation remonstrance was
made. On the day of March last the Comptroller again re-



78 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 April 1820

ported this Slip as one the lease of which would expire on the 1 st day
of May. The report was referred to the Finance Committee who
recommended that it be leased at auction for a term [302] of 3 years.
The intention to lease was published in the papers employed by the
Corporation for several weeks, but no remonstrance was made to the
Board against the measure, only, as the Committee are informed, one
of the parties spoke to the Comptroller on the subject. On the day ap-
pointed for leasing the public property, neither of the gentlemen
appeared to object to the sale or to offer a bid for it and it was accord-
ingly struck off to Mr. Daniel Wright, the only person present who
made any offer at $60. per year.

The Committee have deemed it necessary to make this brief state-
ment of facts, in order that it may appear that if the lessees are de-
prived of any privilege which they may of right claim from this Board
it has arisen from negligence on their part in not enforcing such claim
in due season.

The Committee have had a conference [303] with the Memorial-
ists, and, to make a final settlement of this question, they propose "that
if the Corporation will execute a lease to them of the Slip alluded to,
together with a gore lot of ground now held by them in its vicinity
for the whole term unexpired of the lease for the Ferry they will
quiet the claim of Mr. Wright and pay to the Corporation $60. per
annum for the Slip & such equitable price for the gore lot as may be
agreed on." Your Committee are of opinion that the above proposi-
tion ought to be acceded to and recommend that the Board adopt the
following resolution :

Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized to accede to the above
stated proposition from the Committee for managing the concerns of
the N. York & Brooklyn Steam Ferry Boat Company and, on their
quieting the claim of Daniel Wright, the Counsel be instructed to pre-
pare the necessary leases & present them to the Board for execution

respectfully [304] submitted.

(Signed) S. Allen
J. Hone
J. Hammond
B. Crane
S. P. Brittain.
which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The same Committee, on petition of Abijah Hammond, reported :
That Mr. Hammond proposes to cede to the Corporation a piece



17 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 79

of ground to be appropriated for a Market, adjoining the State Prison
wall, nearly half of which is under water and to receive as an equiva-
lent a grant for a line on West Street of about 150 feet, free from
quit rent. The Committee have duly considered this subject and
cannot see the advantages to be derived by the public, attempted to be
shown by Mr. Hammond. The Market already erected in the vicinity
of this place is very commodious and has lately been improved at [305]
a considerable expence and will probably be sufficient to accommo-
date the population of that place for 50 years to come. The yearly
quit rent of the line of property owned by Mr. Hammond will be
about $300. and the expence to be incurred by the Board in making
the bulkhead in front of the premises offered to be ceded and filling in
that part which is now water will probably cost not less than $7000.
The result of acceding to Mr. Hammond's proposition, therefore,
would be that an interest of $790. per annum would be sacrificed for a
property that may be useful to the public some 30 or 40 years hence
when its cost would be enhanced to at least 4 times more than its
value. The Committee therefore propose the following resolution:

Resolved that it is inexpedient to accede to the terms proposed by
A. Hammond and that the Clerk be instructed to return him the Map
hereunto annexed.

respectfully submitted,

[306] (Signed) S. Allen

J. Hone
J. Hammond
B. Crane
S. P. Brittain

which was approved & the resolution adopted.

The Committee on Public Offices, to whom was referred the peti-
tion of the Messrs. Hitchcocks praying an abatement on their con-
tract for sweeping the streets, presented a report which was read and
the further consideration postponed.

Alderman Allen presented a Law entitled a Law to regulate the
removal of filth & dirt from the Streets of the City of New York,
which was read by paragraphs & passed. Resolved that the law en-
titled " A law to amend a law to regulate the removal of filth & dirt
from the Streets in the City of New York" passed 4 th May 1818 be
& the same is hereby [307] repealed from and after the 1 st day of
May next ensuing.

This being the period prescribed by law for the appointment of



80 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 April 1820

Commissioners of the Common School Fund, the Board proceeded to
that duty & the following persons were reappointed - Viz.

Peter H. Wendover
Abraham Russell
Francis Cooper
Roger Strong
Jacob Drake

Alderman Allen stating that he had confidential business to com-
municate, the Gallery was cleared and

The Doors were Closed.

A Letter from Samuel C. Reid to the Comptroller was read stating
that if other sureties than those offered by him to the Board were
required he wished his proposal for leasing the Public Docks & Slips
might be withdrawn. Whereupon it was resolved that the Comptroller
[308] be directed to advertise in the papers employed by the Board
for proposals for leasing the public docks & Slips.

Alderman Allen stated that William H. Bunn had neglected to
comply with the terms proposed by the Finance Committee for the
settlement of the demand which the Corporation had against him.
Whereupon, on Motion of Alderman Allen,

Resolved that the Counsel be instructed immediately to commence
a prosecution against the said William H. Bunn for the amount due
from him to the Corporation; and it was resolved that the injunction
of secrecy heretofore imposed in relation to this subject be taken off.

The Comptroller reported :

Balance in Treasury IQth inst 470.43

Reed for tax 1819 6th & iQth Wards 2000.

" Excise 15.

" Costs &c. Justices' Courts 7th & iQth Wds 163.77

[309]" for Streets 1699.39

" Rents 1539.87 5888.46



16 Accounts Audited.

Anderson & Leek Watch 1st dist 1167.25

Hibberd & Clark do. 2d do 756.

Bleakley & Brower do. 3^ do 462.

Jno. Fleming Treasr Salary 1 year to 19th April 1820 487.66

Jno. M c Comb St. Commissioner Salary 12th January to

1st March 268.49

H. Waterbury Work at Mud Machine 12 days to 15 th

inst. 93.62



20 April 1820 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 81

Jno. Wyman to pay Watchmen as Witnesses at Court.... 12.

Joseph Willoughby for 390 loads earth deposited at Charl-

ton St. Basin 39.

Estate J. Haviland Hose for Engines & reprs. to 9 th Dec.

1819 403. 12

Robert Pettigrew account of a Well in First St 59.94

H. Donocho balance of a Well in Thompson, near Spring

St 40.60

[310] Abraham Stagg ace* paving Grand St. from Broad-
way to Bowery 1320.

Smith Bloomfielcl account paving Chapel St 300.

Pinker ton & Forgye account paving Cedar St 250.

Jas. Meghan bal ce pave Washington St. from Vesey to

Barclay St 119. 10

James Meghan balce paving Barclay St 61.08 5839.86



Balance $48.60

Board adjourned to Monday next 5 o'clock.

[311] Special Meeting In Common Council April 20. 1820.
Present The Hon. C. D. Colden Mayor President.

Aldermen Assistants.

E. W. King Hermanus Tallman

John P. Anthony Benj n Crane

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B. Taylor Steph. P. Brittain

Stephen Allen David Board

W m A. Davis
Judah Hammond

Alderman Allen stated that in consequence of the short time that
the lessee of the public Docks & Slips would have to make the neces-
sary arrangements for executing his contract it was deemed advisable
by a number of the members of the Board to direct that the receipt
of proposals should be limited to this day & his Honor the Mayor had
therefore been requested to summon a special meeting [312] of the
Board to receive & take into consideration the said proposals.



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