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Elam Williams Samuel B Harper

James Fairlie Lewis Ford

James Hall Shivers Parker

Wm Paulding Junr W' n Thorn

Jacob B Taylor David Marsh

Gerard De Peyster Nath 1 Reynolds

Henry Mead. David Seaman

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved

A Report was received from W m Hooghland keeper of the Peni-
tentiary of the escape of Lewis Cisco & Robert Todd convicts confined
in said Prison

A Request from Jonathan Thompson Esquire [165] Collector of
the Port of New York stating that in case of the future progress of
the Pestilential disease now prevailing in the City it might be neces-
sary to remove the offices attached to the Custom House & requesting
for that purpose in case of suche an event the use of the Fire Engine
House at Greenwich which was read and referred to the Finance
Committee with powers.

A Petition of Robert Warnock W m McLauglin & John Quin
Assignees of Alexander H Mooney requesting that the lease of the
property situated at the corner of Cherry & Roosevelt Streets lately
held by said Mooney may be assigned to them was referred to the
finance comm ee with powers

The following Petitions praying an Appointment to the office of
Street Inspector were read and referred to the Committee on Appli-
cations Viz 1 Nicholas B Lyon Elkanah Smith Pierson Halstead,
Jacob Coutant, Peter Berton W m Cargill Oliver Jaques [166] David
Oakly Thomas Demarest, John L Everitt Isaac A Isaacs Aaron
Brinckerhoff and Nicolas Campbell.



19 Aug. 1822 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 507

A Petition from a number of Owners of property and Inhabitants
of the 4 th ward complaining of the present confined situation of Dover
Street & praying that it may be widened from Pearl to Water St. was
read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of the Inhabitants residing in the vicinity of Spring
Street Market stating that from the encreased population of that part
of the City the present market is not sufficiently large to accomodate
the inhabitants & praying that it may be enlarged from the present one
to Washington Street was read and referred to the Market Com-
mittee.

A petition from the Inhabitants in the vicinity of Charlton Street
praying that the same may be paved from Greenwich Street to the
North river was read and laid on the table it was afterwards called
up & referred to the Street Committee.

[167] A petition from the Inhabitants of Carmine Street praying
that the pavement, of said St. may be extended from Herring Street
to the intersection of the 6 th Avenue was read and referred to the
Street Committee.

A request from the New York & Jersey Steam boat Company
stating that the proximity of the Ferry (Courtlandt Street) to the
infected district occasioned uneasiness and alarm to those frequenting
said Ferry & requesting permission to remove the same to some place
of greater Safety was read and referred to the Ferry Committee with
powers.

A petition of Leonard Baker imprisoned at the suit of the Cor-
poration for a penalty incurred by running a Hackney Carriage one
year without a license stating his utter inability to pay the amount of
the Jud[g]ement and praying to be discharged therefrom was referred
to the Police Committee with Powers.

[168] A Petition of Jacob Campbell agent of David S Skaats in
relation to a Stoop which he had erected to an Old building higher
than the Law allows, was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of George Richards to be permitted to place an Iron
railing or wooden around his distillery at the corner of Green &
Broome Street was read and referred to the Street Comm ee

A Memorial from the Inhabitants of Old Slip and its vicinity
stating that since the erection of Franklin market they had been
greatly annoyed by the rioutous conduct of Boys & Dissolute Charac-
ters who make said market a place of resort in the Evenings and of
Sundays & praying that a Peace officer may be placed there at night



508 CITY or NEW YORK 19 Aug. 1822

& during the day on Sundays was read & referred to his honor the
Mayor.

A petition for a Well and Pump in Canal Street between Varick
& Hudson Street was referred [to] the Alderman and Assistant of the
ward and Street Commissioner to report an ordinance therefore

[169] A Remonstrance from the Inhabitants in the Vicinity of
Vaux Hall Garden against the Fire works exhibited there & praying
the Corporation to prohibit such exhibitions in future was referred
to the Police Committee

A Memorial from certain Swiss Passengers in the Ship Elbe from
Havre for themselves and fellow passengers was received Stating
that their object in Coming to this Country was to settle in the states
of Ohio & Illinois that the law requiring Alien Passengers either to
give bonds or pay a Commutation of Five Dollars each is oppressive
on them as they were not apprised of the necessity of it before arriving
in the Port of N. York & being Strangers it is difficult if not impos-
sible to procure sureties and the payment of the commutation money,
as many of them have large families of Children for each of whom
five dolla[r]s is demanded, would be distressing to them: As they
intend immediately to depart from the City, they are persuaded the
City will run no risk of their [170] becoming chargeable to it and they
therefore respectfully request to be exempt from the said Regulation.

Whereupon the same was referred to his Honor the Mayor to act
in the premises as he should judge advisable

A Petition of Benjamin Odell for the appoint 1 of Weigher of Hay
on the 3 d Avenue near Kips's Bay was referred to the Aid. & Assist*
of the 9 th Ward

A Petition of Nathaniel Cramer for license as a Butcher for Stall
N 38 Catharine market was referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of John Ashford to be appointed a Measurer of Char-
coal was referred to the Committee on Applications

A petition from the Inhabitants residing at the foot of Jay Street
praying that the Pier at that place may be immediately repaired was
referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips.

[171] A petition of the Owners and Inhabitants in vicinity of
Duane Street Park praying that the Side Walks between the Methodist
Church and Hudson Street which is now repaving may be also widened
was referred to the Street Committee.

The following were appointed " Firemen the Chief Engineer cer-
tifying the vacancies



19 Aug. 1822 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 509

Fire Engine Company

N 4.
Augustin J Battin Clk 121 Fulton St

vice John Sutphen time exp d

Samuel King Turner 14 John St. vice John Wintringham do
Francis Johnson Clerk 31 Ann St vice Jacob Skaats resigned

N 17
Andrew T Carpenter Tailor 28 Cherry

vice James Cock time expired
N 22

W m Makins Ship Wright N 2 Pelham St

vice Cornelius Concklin Dec d
N 25
George S Marschalk Accountant 13 Chatham St

vice John Hill res d

[172] Silas Butler Jun r Accountant 223 Pearl St

vice Isaac Collard time expired

N 30
George Crawford Shoemaker Spring n r Crosby St

vice John A Yeomans resig* 1

The Street Com r presented the following Assessments which were
confirmed and collectors appointed

An Assessment for regulating & repaving the Street at the Old
Slip and Noah Jarvis was appointed Collector.

For a Well and Pump in Sheriff St & Morris De Camp was
appointed Collector.

For a Well and Pump in Prince Street & John G Betts was
appointed Collector.

For a Well & Pump in Walker. Street and John G Betts was
appointed Collector.

For a well and Pump in Beach Street and John G Betts was
appointed Collector

He also presented the following ordinances which were passed and
Assessors appointed in each

For a Well and Pump in Sullivan Street near Canal Street and
Peter H Wendover John Salsbury & Isaac Kip were Appointed
Assessors

[173] For building a Cistern in Broome St in front of the Central
Presbyterian Church and James Bleecker Abraham Dally and Ben-
jamin Prince were appointed Assessors.



.510 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Aug. 1822

For regulating and paving Prince Street from Broadway to
McDougall St. & Peter H Wendover John Targee and John Bedient
were Appointed Assessors

For regulating Charlton Street and paving side walks in Charlton
St. from Greenwich to Hudson St.

He also on the petition of Francis P. Vidal to be appointed a City
Surveyor Reported as follows.

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the petition of
Francis P. Vidal praying to be appointed a City Surveyor

Respectfully Reports

that Mr Vidal is personally known to the

undersigned as possessing the necessary qualifications requisite for a
City Surveyor besides an excellent mathematical education [174] he
has had more than two years practice under one of our best Surveyors
add to to these an unimpeached Character

The Undersigned would therefore recommend that Mr Vidal be
licensed a City Surveyor

All which is respectfully Submitted

(Signed) R Graves St Comm r
Which was approved and he was appointed accordingly

The Comptroller on the subject of the Piece of ground at the
Corner of Elm Street and Grand St reported as follows

The Comptroller respectfully reports that agreably to directions
of the Finance Comm ee he advertised for sale at auction the piece of
Ground at the Southerly corner of Grand & Elm Street as described
in a report made to the Board on the 5 th instant

It was sold on the 12 th Instant to Edward Morris for three hun-
dred and ten dollars

Respectfully Submitted

(Signed) G. N. Bleecker Compf

Which was directed to be filed.

The Board of Health having upon the report [175] of a Committee
of their body agreed to recommend to the Common Council to pass a
law interdicting at the present time the interment of Dead bodies in the
Grave yard of Trinity Church the Counsel at the request of the Board
of Health presented a law agreably thereto entitled " a Law respecting
Interments in Trinity Church Yard which was passed.

He Also at the request of the Board of Health presented a law
entitled " A Law to amend the law to establish a board of Health which
was passed.



19 Aug. 1822 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 511

He also presented for execution a deed to Edward Morris for a
Strip of Ground in Grand Street prepared agreably to directions from
the Comptroller which was directed to be duly executed

He also presented the following The Counsel begs leave to inform
the board that the Supreme Court have refused to discontinue the
proceedings for extending Beekman Street and to appoint Commis-
sioners of Estimate & Assessment and Assessment for the [176] pur-
pose of extending & enlarging it in the manner set forth in the petition

of the Corporation

Respectfully submitted

(Signed) Ogden Edwards

Which was directed to be filed

The City Inspector to whom was referred the Complaint respecting
a White lead manufactory reported as follows.

The City Inspector respectfully reports that he examined the Manu-
factory of White lead or Chalk at the foot of Harrison Street on the
petition of sundry complainants on that Subject at the last meeting of
the Board The proprietor of the manufatory conducts his business
under a lease of the place and however disagreable or inconvenient
it may be to the adjoining inhabitants yet as there is no Nuisance
there the City Inspector conceives it out of his power to offer any
remedy in this instance

respectfully submitted

Signed George Cumming

City Insp r

Which was ordered to be filed.

He also presented Ordinances for the [177] correction of sundry
Nuisances which were passed Viz 1

The City Inspector respectfully reports the following Ordinances
for correcting Nuisances
NO 1 T Stagg Junr Owner 249 Front St. A Lot.

2 Johnson Ver Planck Lessee 30 William D

3 James Neilson Owner Canal St

4 T & G Lovett D Lawrens St DO

5 Ab> [Ar] L Stewart DO Mercer St

6 E G Smith Agent Robinson St. D

7 Geo Warner Owner Greene St

8 Ezra Weeks D Thompson

9 J S Watkins DO Washington
10 David B Ogden DO D

Signed Geo Cumming

City Inspect 1 "



512 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Aug. 1822

The Committee of Applications on the petition of Charles Brown
to be appoint d a Measurer & Inspector of Lumber reported as follows,
The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Charles
Brown Ship Whright to be a measurer of Timber & Lumber Beg
leave to Report, that the Prayer of the Petitioner be [178] granted
and respectfully offer the following resolution.

Resolved that Charles Brown be appointed a measurer of Lumber
& Timber

Signed) David Marsh

Gerard De Peyster
Nath 1 Reynolds.

Which was approved and he was appointed accordingly.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the subject of opening
Amity Street through the grounds of John Ireland reported as follows.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the memorial of
Sundry persons stating that in the Year 1812 Certain Stipulations
were made by John Ireland for the opening of Amity Street through
his Ground which were agreed to on the part of the Corporation as
appears by an extract from the Minutes of the Board hereunto
annexed One of the Conditions is that as soon as the Corporation
shall Order the said Street to be opened or shall require possession of
the said Ground they Shall pay the value of the dwelling house one
[179] third of which shall be borne by the Corporation and the residue
assessed on the Street at large &c &c And also that the ground ceded
shall be delivered to them (the Corpor") On the 1 st day of May in
any year but at no other time giving six mo s previous notice

Your Committee are of opinion that the time has arrived when it
becomes necessary that Amity Street Should be opened and accord-
ingly recommend the adoption of the following resolution

Resolved that Amity Street be opened and continued through the
grounds of John Ireland agreably to the conditions as entered into in
the year 1812 and that the counsel to the Corporation take measures
to have the same carried into effect

(Signed) Jacob B Taylor

Henry J Wyckoff
David Marsh

Which was approved and the resolution adopted.
[180] The Street Committee on the petition for paving Prince
Street & Charlton Street made the following Report.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the petition of Sundry



19 Aug. 1822 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 513

Persons requesting that Prince Street may be paved from Broadway
to McDougall Street Abo that that the side walks on the Northerly
Side of Charlton St between Hudson & Greenwich Streets be paved
And that Charlton Street may be paved from Greenwich St. to the
Bulkhead Report that they have viewed the premises and on mature
deliberation thereon respectfully offer the following resolutions as
expressive of their opinions.

Resolved that Prince Street be regulated and paved from Broad-
way to McDougall Street

Resolved that the side walks on the Northerly side of Charlton
Street be paved from Greenwich to Hudson Street

(Signed) Jacob B Taylor

Henry J Wyckoff
David Seaman.

Which being read the first & third resolutions were adopted but
the Second resolution which was for regulating Charlton Street was
referred back to the same Committee for [181] further consideration.

The Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips to whom was referred
the request of John Eveleth for an advance on his contract for a new
Mud Machine reported as follows.

The Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips to whom was referred
the annexed petition of John Eveleth patentee of a Mud Machine
stating he had incurred considerable expence in getting his family on
from Washington and Soliciting the board to advance him about one
third the amount of his contract respectfully Report, that they can see
no impropriety in complying (in part) with Mr Eveleths request inas-
much as it will enable him to defray the expences of removing his
family and (as he states) place him in a situation to devote more of
his time and attention to the machine about to be constructed Your
Committee therefore recommend that the board make an advance of
three hundred dollars to Mr Eveleth and for their consideration offer
[182] the following resolution.

Resolved that the Comptroller be directed to issue a warrant to
John Eveleth for three hundred dollars and that his Honor the Mayor
be authorised to sign the same during the recess of this Board.

Signed) William H Ireland
Shivers Parker
Elam Williams
James Hall.

Which was agreed to and the resolution adopted.



514 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Aug. 1822

Mr Thorn presented a resolution requesting the Finance Comm ee
to enquire into and report respecting the occupation by H Rutgers &
others of Lots ceded tc widen [streets] between Catharine & Mont-
gomery Streets and which were to be given up on the expiration of
certain Leases on ihem & which Leases have expired was read and
agreed to.

The Comptroller reported Balance in the Treasury 5*h instant $211 .86

Received for tax of 1821 2d, 4, 5, 6, 8, wards 8535.33

Rents 6661.60

" Streets 2479.16

Tavern licenses 955.90

[183]" for Excise licenses 355.

Wells & Pumps 289.27

City Prison fees 280.50

Justices Courts 863 . 92

fines from Sheriff 343.18

" from Attorney 13.14

" Mayoralty fees 121.25

" Interest 32.60



$21142.73
39 Accounts Audited

Leak & Walton Watch lt dist* $855.75

Hibberd & Clark do 2nd " 645.75

Bleakly & Brower " 3d " 624.75

G. N. Bleecker Compf 1 Q" 15 instant 437.50

J. P. Roome Sup* Repairs DO 14 inst 250.

O Edwards Couns r Drafting Laws &c Certificates of Lots sold &

Arguing Case of Beekman St in Albany 262.02

Jacob Hays 3 officers attending on Sundays 110.

Thomas Longworth 6 Directories for 1822 10. 50

Richard Smith Clk of Washing" Mark* 1 mo 1st 60.

John Bremner Clk of Catharine Mark 58.

Peter Ammerman D of 6 markets 35.25

Samuel Titus 1 Q r rent Court room 7. 10. wards 31 .25

Harmanus Tallman Coroner fees 1 Q r 509.43

F Nostrand painting Eng. N 5 16 .

Leonard Baum DO NO 23 16.

[184] James Bleecker Selling lots at Auction for taxes 84.

Stephen Baxter filling 4 lots on Lawr St. a Lien 363. 19

T. Lovett. fills at Bulkhd foot of White Hall~STat Battx 1048.02

Tucker & Woodruff builds Stone Wall at do 416.60

John J Labagh Cut Stone for DO DO 314.06

C Mooney Corp" y 2 repag Ceenties Slip Water to South St 148. 10

James Pinkerton repg Chamber St. at the Park 73.63

A H. Mooney repaving Sundry intersections 32.36

Thomas Gumming " intersection Pearl St O. Slip 7.08



24 Aug. 1822 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 515

John Taylor InspK builds Fly Market, Sewr 52 .

J Baily acct Regs & pavg Essex from Broome to Delancy 200.

H Smith bal. reg? & repaR Front from Burls Slip to Fulton St 41.99

H Smith acct DO DO DO from Fulton St to Crane W* 350.

G Charlton 1st Paymt on Well Mercer n Spring St 59.84

Abraham Storms buite bulk Head on West. St fr Cham' to Duane St 2900.70

T Barnum Work at Mud Machine to 11 th inst 88.50

J. P. Roome Sup* Repairs for Repairs 939 .

Jacob P Roome do Fire Departmt 546.

J P Roome do Cost of add to Centre Markt 394.

J. P Roome do for battery fence at W Hall Slip 287.

J P Roome do for Pump Departm* 250 .

John Fleming to pay the State of N. Y. amt State tax for 1821 1565.06

Arthur Burtis Superintendant A. H 5000 .

Arthur Burtis D for working Convicts on avenues 2000.



21083.30

Balance $59.43

Board adjourned

[185) Special Meeting August 24 th 1822.

Present The Hon. Stephen Allen Mayor President
Richard Riker Esq r Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

Henry J Wyckoff Thomas Bolton

Elam Williams Samuel B Harper

James Fairlie John D Brown

James Hall Lewis Ford

Robert McQueen Shivers Parker

Asa Mann William Thorn

Jacob M Taylor Nathaniel Reynolds

Henry Mead David Seaman

The Mayor Stated that he had called this meeting in consequence
of sundry applications on the subject of removing the Butchers from
the Washington market.

A Petition was received from sundry Butchers remaining in the
Washington market praying that they may be permitted to remove to
some other place

A Petition from a number of Inhabitants [186] of Hudson Square
stating they understood that the Butchers of Washington market are
desirous of establishing themselves during the prevailing sickness in
the vicinity of that place and signifying their appro/>obation of the
same And a Remonstrance from a number of Inhabitants of Hudson
Square against the establishment of the Butchers at that place were



516 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Sept. 1822

severally read and referred to the Market Committee, with authority
to assign Such place for the removal of the Butchers as they shall
judge expedient

A Pet. was received from Peter Crawbuck requesting to be per-
mitted to remove his Stall from Franklin Market as his Customers had
generally removed from that vicinity was read and it was resolved
that it be referred to the Market Committee with authority to permit
the Petitioner or any others of the Butchers of that Market to remove
to such place as the Committee shall designate.

A Request of John C & Robert L Stevens requesting permission to
remove the Hoboken Ferry from the foot of Barclay Street to such
[187] other place as the Board may deem advisable during the con-
tinuance of the present fever was read & referred to the Ferry Com-
mittee to grant as far as the power of the Corporation extends having
reference to other existing Leases.

A Complaint from a number of Inhabitants of the filthy condition
of the Steam Boat Wharf at Fulton Street was referred to the City
Inspector with direction to remove the nuisance complained of

A Petition from fire Engine Company N 34 requesting permission
to sell the same for which they are offered $225. & to procure another
of greater powers was read & referred to the Committee on the Fire
Department

It having been represented that suits had had been commenced
against some of the Butchers who had removed from Washington
Market & were selling meat at Hudson Square It was. Resolved that
the subject be referred to the Market Comm ee

[188] In Common Council Sepf 2 d 1822

Present. The Hon. Stephen Allen Mayor President
Richard Riker Esq r Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

Henry J Wyckoff Thomas Bolton

James Fairlie Samuel B Harper

James Hall Jno D Brown

Robert McQueen Lewis Ford

Asa Mann Shivers Parker

Jacob B Taylor W m Thorn

Henry Mead David Marsh

The Minutes of the last regular meeting and of the Special meeting
were read and approved.

A Petition for a Well and Pump in Goerck Street between Delancy



2 Sept. 1822 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 517

and Rivington Streets was read and referred to the Alderman &
Assistant of the Ward and Street Comm r

A Petition of John Growler Lessee of Cellar [189] N 14 under
Fulton market praying permission to relinquish his lease of the Same
was read and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Lewis Valloo for further time for payment of
interest on an Assessment due from him was read and referred to the
Same Committee

A Petition of A Pentz for relief from a fine incurred by incumber-
ing the Street was read and referred to the Police Committee.

A Proposal of J G Morgan Major 3 d Brigade of N Y State Infan-
try to establish a Military watch or guard for the purpose of protect-
ing the property of the inhabitants in the deserted part of the City
was read and directed to be laid before the Board of Health

A Complaint of Nathaniel Hunt stating that having been sum-
moned by the Watch Committee to attend as a Witness on a complaint
before [190] them against two of the Watchmen belonging to Captain
Reuben Clark's Watch & having given in his testimony before the said
Committee he was on his return home insulted & grossly abused by
Captain Clark in a rioutous & highly indecorous manner & requesting
that said Clark may be discharged & some more suitable person
appointed to take charge of the Watch which having been read was
referred to the Watch Committee.

A Petition of Jacob Seguine for appointment as Street Inspector
was referred to the Comm ee on Applications.

A Petition of W m Todd was received Stating that he is Owner of
Houses N 220 & 222 Harman Street that said Street having been dug
down for the purpose of regulating it and the houses being so con-
structed as not to admit of Stairs being placed on the inside He
prays permission to erect Stairs in front to the height of six feet which
was referred to the St* Committee with powers.

A Complaint from H P Robertson & A number [191] of inhabi-



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