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to build a new Engine for [405] the Company having charge of N
12. and that he dispose of the Old Machine in such way as he may
think most to the interest of the Common Council

(Signed) Henry J Wyckoff
James Hall
Robert McQueen.

Which was approved and the resolution adopted.

The Same Committee on the Petition of Jacob Drake reported as
follows.

The Committee on the Fire Department to whom was referred the
Petition of Jacob Drake who represents that he has performed the
duties of Fireman & Fire Warden for about 18 years but owing to
mistake or neglect of the then Clerk the date of his appointment does
not appear on the Minutes of the Common Council and as he has served



224 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Aug. 1823

much longer than required by Law he now wishes to resign & be
dicharged

Report

that they have investigated the subject referred to them
and find the facts set forth by the petitioner are true and that by the
Law of 1816, entitled an Act granting privileges to the Firemen of the
City of New York he is Entitled to be discharged. Your Committee
therefore [406] Submit to the Common Council the annexed
resolution

Resolved that the resignation of Jacob Drake be accepted and that
the Clerk furnish him with the usual certificate of discharge

(Signed) Henry J Wyckoff
James Hall

Which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Comm ee on the Fire depart* on the petition of Fire Engine
Company N 39 for an Enlargement of the Engine House reported
as follows. The Committee on the Fire DePartment to whom was
referred the petition of a Committee of Engine Company N 39 Stat-
ing the inconvenience of their Engine House owing to its Contracted
size it not being large enough to afford room for drying their Hose
and is otherwise very inconvenient & praying that it may be so
enlarged as to give them about 10 feet more room in depth.

Report

that from an examination of the premises and the informa-
tion obtained from the proper departments. Your Committee are of
opinion the prayer of the petitioners ought to be granted they there-
fore Submit the following resolution to the consideration of the
Board.

Resolved that the Superintendant of Repairs [407] be instructed to
enlarge Engine House N 39 agreably to the prayer of the Petitioners

(Signed) Henry J. Wyckoff
James Hall
Robert M c Queen

Which was approved and the resolution adopted.

The Alderman & Assistant of the 7 th ward & Street Comm r on the
petition for a Well in Lombardy st. reported as follows.

The Alderman & Assistant of the Seventh ward and the Street
Commissioner to whom was referred the annexed petition of White-



18 Aug. 1823 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 225

head Hicks and others for a Well & Pump in Lombardy st. between
Scammel & Walnut Streets

Report

that it is their Opinion the request of the petitioners ought
to be granted and accordingly recommend the following resolution
Resolved that the request of the Petitioners be granted.

(Signed) Asa Mann

William Thorn
R Graves St. Com r

Which was approved and the resolut n adopted

The Finance Committee to whom was referred [408] the Report
of the Comptroller on the subject of a Commutation proposed by Fred-
erick De Peyster reported as follows.

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the communication
of the Comptroller Submitting for the approbation and Sanction of the
Common Council two releases of Quit Rent on Water lots in the first
ward which Releases had been drawn in a different manner from those
now used in general in Compliance with a request of Frederick De
Peyster Surviving Executor of Dr John Charlton, Mr De Peyster
wishing to have the releases so drawn that it shall appear that he has
paid the whole of the Commutation and the premises contained in the
Grants are discharged from the Quit Rents.

Report

that they have conferred with the Counsel of the Board and have
examined the draft of said Releases and cannot perceive any objection
to their being executed they therefore Submit the following resolution

Resolved that the said releases be engrossed and that his Honour
the Mayor be requested to execute them during the recess of the Com-
mon [409] Council.

Signed James Hall
S. Cowdrey
George Zabriskie
W m H Ireland
Henry J. Wyckoff

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips on the Petition of John
Pinckney for appointment of Inspector of Fire Wood reported as fol-
lows

The Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips to whom was referred



226 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Aug. 1823

the annexed Petition of John Pinkney praying to be appointed an
in inspector of Firewood beg leave to report. That in consequence of
the indisposition of Lewis Guest inspector of the first inspect 11 District
Mr Pinckney has for some time acted as his Deputy paying part of
the proceeds arising from the Office to Mr Guest, whose infirmities
continuing to increase have finally Compelled him to retire altogether

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

Resolved that John Pinckney be and he is hereby appointed an
Inspector of Firewood for the first Inspection district.

[410] (Signed) W m H Ireland

Asa Mann
Shivers Parker
James Hall.

Which was approved and he was appointed accordingly.

The Ferry Committee on the Petition of M Jaques & Others
owners of Steamboat Atalanta for an Extension of their Lease reported
as follows

The Committee on Ferries to whom was referred the petition of
Moses Jaques and Elias D B Ogden praying that on account of the
great Expence they will be obliged to incur in preparing a Suitable
landing place at White Hall Slip for the Steam boat Atalanta and for
other reasons Set forth in their petition an extension of the lease
[be] authorised to be made to them & Matthias Haugheewout on the
21 st Ultimo

Report.

That in their opinion there can be no reasonable objection to Ex-
tending the Said lease beyond the time mentioned in the report of
the Ferry Committee on that Subject upon condition that the Said
Lessees pay at and after the rate of $200 per annum for every year
the Said Lease Shall be so Extended, the Com- [411] mittee therefore
recommend the adoption of the following resolutions

Resolved that ten Years be added to the term of the Lease author-
ised to be made by this Board on the 21 st Ultimo to Moses Jaques,
Elias B D Ogden & Matthias Haugheewout for the Ferry from White
Hall Slip to Merceraus Point Staten Island and to Elizabeth town
Point upon Condition that the Lessees pay at and After the rate of
$200 per annum for each and Every year the Said Lease shall be so
extended



18 Aug. 1823 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 227

Resolved that the lease for the Said Ferry shall in Every other
respect be made conformable to the Report and resolutions of the
Ferry Comm ee adopted by the Board on the 21 st of July last

(Signed) George Zabriskie

Asa Mann.
Which was approved the Resolutions adopted.

The Street Committee on the Petition for opening Pike Street to
Allen Street reported as follows.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the petition for &
remonstrance against the opening of Pike Street
Report.

That they cannot perceive any [412] reason to alter the opinion
they expressed in a former report on the Same Subject and accord-
ingly offer the following resolution

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

(Signed) Jacob B Taylor
David Marsh
Asa Mann
Samuel St John
W m H. Ireland
Which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Street Committee on the Petition for paving Front St. between
Gouverneurs lane & Old Slip reported as follows.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Sun-
dry owners of property between Gouverneurs lane & Old Slip in Front
Street
Report

That they have viewed the premises and find the pavement much
broken and too low to carry off the water freely and are of the opinion
the request of the Petitioners Should be granted they therefore recom-
mend the adoption of the following resolution

[413] Resolved that the prayer of the Petitioners be granted and
that the Street Commissioner report an ordinance accordingly

(Signed) Jacob B Taylor
David Marsh
Asa Mann
Samuel St. John

Which was approved and the Street Commiss r reported an Ordi-
nance therefore which was passed.



228 CITY or NEW YORK 18 Aug. 1823

The Street Committee on the Petition to regulate Thompson Street
reported as follows.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the petition of Nicolas
Low and others praying that Thompson Street may be regulated and
paved from Spring to Bleecker St.

Report that on viewing the premises they are of the Opinion that
the request of the petitioners is reasonable and ought to be granted
they therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution

Resolved that the prayer of the Petitioners be granted and that
the Street Commissioners report an Ordinance that the Same be
carried into effect.

(Signed) Jacob B Taylor
David Marsh
Asa Mann
Samuel St John.

[414] Which was approved and the Street Comm r reported an
Ordinance therefore which was passed

The Street Committee on the Petition to repair Front Street be-
tween Coenties Slip & Old Slip reported as follows.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the Annexed Petition
of Stephen Whitney & others praying that Front Street may be re-
paved from the Old Slip to Coenties Slip and also a remonstrance
against the Same Signed by Edmund Smith & others.

Report, that they have examined the Premises carefully and find
the pavement Broken & Irregular and that to repair the Same would
cost the Proprietors of Lots a Sum but little Short of a complete repav-
ing of the whole and besides the pavement would be left in a State
near as uneven as it is at present Your Committee are therefore of
the opinion that it be for the interest of the Proprietors as well as for
the Convenience of the Public that the Street be repaved and respect-
fully recommend the adoption of the following resolution.

Resolved that Front Street be repaved and the Side walks laid to
their proper width [415] and paved from the Old Slip to Coenties
Slip And that the Street Commissioner report An Ordinance Ac-
cordingly. (Signed) Jacob B Taylor

David Marsh
Asa Mann
Samuel St. John

Which was approved and the Street Commissioner reported an
ordinance therefore which was passed



18 Aug. 1823 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 229

The Street Committee on the Petition to pave Herring St. from
Carmine to Christopher St. reported as follows.

The Street Committee to whom was referred the petition of
Charles Oakley & others owners of Property on Herring Street from
Carmine Street to Christopher Street praying that the Street may
be regulated and paved

Report.

That in their opinion the request of the Petitioners ought to be
granted and accordingly offer the following resolution.

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petitioners be granted and that the
Street Commissioner report an ordinance accordingly.

(Signed) Jacob B Taylor
David Marsh
W m H. Ireland
Asa Mann
Sam 1 St John

[416] Which was approved and the Street Comm r reported an
ordinance accordingly which was passed.

The Committee on Applications on the Petition of Alexander
Frazer for appointment as measurer Reported as follows.

The Committee of Applications to whom was referred the Petition
of Alexander Frazer to be appointed a City Measurer in place of
William Cummings who has retired have duly considered both Cir-
cumstances and think his Prayer ought to be granted therefore re-
spectfully offer the following resolution

Resolved that Alexander Fraser be and is hereby appointed a City
Measurer

(Signed) David Marsh

Jacobus Dyckman
George S Doughty

Which was approved and he w r as appointed accordingly.

A Resignation of W m Gumming of the office of City Measurer was
presented and the resignation accepted

The Law to regulate Public Markets was called up read by para-
graphs and passed under the title of " A Law to regulate the Public
Markets It was Ordered that one hundred Copies be [417] printed in
Pamphlet form under the direction of the Committee on the Revision



230 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Aug. 182a

of the Laws, It was also Resolved that the Said Comm e cause the
Laws which have been approved of by the Board to be printed.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Ordinances
agreably to the direction of the Board which were passed and
Assessors appointed therein Viz*

An Ordinance for a Well and Pump near the Intersection of Broad
Way and 13 th Street & John Bedient, John Targee & John Brower
were appointed assessors.

Also for a Well and Pump in Amos Street near Herring Street &
Isaac Kip Gary Dunn Jun r & Francis Peckwell were appointed As-
sessors.

Also for a Well and Pump in Lombardy Street between Scammel
& Walnut Street & Abraham Dally Benj n Prince & John Bedient were
appointed assessors.

Also for repaving Front Street from the Old Slip to Coenties Slip
& James Bleecker John Targee and James Bedient were appointed
Assessors.

[418] Also for repaving Front Street from the Old slip to
Gouverneurs lane & James Bleecker John Targee and John Bedient
were appointed Assessors

Also for regulating and Repaving Dover Street from Front st. to
the Bulkhead & Ab. Dally Benjamin Prince & Isaac Kip were app d
assessors

Also for regulating and Paving Herring Street from Carmine St.
to Christopher Street & John Targee John Bedient & Francis Peck-
well were appointed Assessors

Also for Regulating and Paving Thompson Street from Spring to
Bleecker st & Isaac Kip Cary Dunn Jun r & John Salisbury were
appointed assessors.

A Resolution was presented by Aid Hall Chairman of the Fi-
nance Committee authorising the Comptroller to borrow on account of
the Corporation & under the direction of the Com ee the Sum of Fifty
thousand dollars at an interest not exceeding Six per Cent per Annum
which being read was adopted

A Resolution that the Board proceed by Ballot [419] to the ap-
pointment of a Chamberlain or City treasurer was presented & read
A Motion was Made to postpone the consideration of the Same the
question being taken thereon & a division called it was carried in the
affirmative the Members voted as follows.



18 Aug. 1823 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 231

Affirmative Aid. Wyckoff Hall Zabriskie McQueen Taylor
Dyckman Mead Mr Bolton St John Ireland Cowdrey Webb
Downing 13.

Negative Mr Recorder Aid King Mann Messrs Parker Thorn
Marsh 6.

The Report of the Committee to whom was referred to Consider
the Propriety of Directing a discontinuance of the Appeal to the
Court of Errors in relation to the Canal Street Assessment Which Re-
port was approved at the meeting of the 4 th of August and was at the
Special meeting of the 11 th agreed to be reconsidered was now called
up and read in the Words following

The Committee to whom it was referred to Consider the Propriety
of directing a discontinuance of the appeal to the Court of Errors in
Relation to the Canal Street Assessment

Respectfully Report.

That Your Committee have [420] devoted to the Subject all the
attention that its importance demanded. The Committee have heard
the objections of the parties who complain that the Assessment is in-
correct. They have also heard the Assessors and ascertained fully
from them the principles upon which they predicated their Assess-
ment

Your Committee have also read and maturely Considered the
reasons assigned by the Supreme Court for reversing the Assessment
made by the Assessors And that your Committee might the more
clearly understand the principles upon which the opposition of the
Common Council to the decision of the Supreme Court will be pre-
sented to the Court of Errors, Your Committee have also examined the
Case made by the Counsel of the Board together with the Map attached
to the said Case upon which Case and map the question before the
Court of Errors must be determined.

Your Committee having had recourse to all the Sources of infor-
mation above stated have arrived at the conclusion that it is inex-
pedient in this Board to resist any further the decision of the Supreme
Court

Under this Conviction they respectfully Submit the following
resolutions

[421] Resolved that the Attorney and Counsel of the Board dis-
continue all proceedings on the Writ of Error to the Supreme Court in
relation to the Canal Street Assessment



232 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Aug. 1823

Resolved that a New Assessment be made and that* be

such assessors.

(Signed) R Riker

Henry J Wyckoff
Henry Mead
George S. Doughty
George Zabriskie

Aid King then moved to add to the first resolut n the following
" And that he forthwith give notice thereof to the adverse party."
which was agreed to the question was then taken on agreeing to the
Report and was carried in the Affirmative A Division having been
called by Aid Taylor the Members voted as follows.

Affirmative Mr Recorder Aid Wyckoff, King, Mead Hall Za-
briskie Dyckman Mr Bolton. St John Ireland Cowdrey Webb Marsh
Downing 14

Negative Aid. McQueen Mann Taylor Mr Parker Thorn 5.

Aid Taylor then gave notice that he would at the next meeting
move for a reconsideration

[422] Mr Bolton objected against the Same as being out of Order
the Question having been already considered The Mayor decided that
under the 18 th Rule of the Rules & Orders of the Board the Motion of
Aid Taylor was in Order the addition made to the report by Aid
King's motion making it a new proposition before the Board Mr
Bolton appealed from the Decision of the Chair to the Board the
question being taken on agreeing to the Decision of the Mayor it was
carried in the affirmative and a Division having been called the mem-
bers voted as follows.

Affirmative Aid McQueen Mann Taylor Dyckman Mr Cowdrey
Webb Parker Thorn Marsh Downing. 10.

Negative. Mr Recorder Aid Wyckoff King Hall Zabriskie Mead
Mr Bolton St. John Ireland. 9.

Aid. King then moved that the Board now proceed to reconsider
the question Some debates ensued thereon but previous to any ques-
tion being taken a motion was made that the board adjourn which was
carried in the affirmative.

The Comptroller presented the following

Cash Account

[423] Balance as per Account 4 th instant $303.36

Received for tax of 1822 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 wards 18.114.32

Rents 26.97.06



* Assessors appointed later ; see page 277. ED.



18 Aug. 1823 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 233

Received Vendue Sales $2500

Mayoralty fees *202.

Fire Department 362 50

$24679.24
43 Accounts Audited



Leek & Walton watch 1 s * district $813.75

Hibberd & Clark do 3d " 645.75

Bleakley & Brower do 4^ " 645.75

G N Bleecker Comptl 1 Qr Salary 15 Inst 437.50

Jacob P Roome Superintendant Repairs 1 Q r 14 th inst 250.

John Burger regulating 4 Pub. Clocks 1 Q r 1st i ns t 50.

Richard Smith Clk Washington market 1 mo. 1 s * inst 66.06

Peter Ammerman do 6 markets 51 .

W m Hooghland Keeper Penitentr & assists \ t Qr i ms t 537.50

George B Thorp Keeper City Prison & 2 depys do " 450.

John S Howe Physician do " " " 75.

James Hopson Special Justice 1 Q r 12 inst 400.

Henry Abell do do " 400.

Smith Ovutt do do " " 400.

S L Hommedieu Clerk Police " " 312.50

R Stephens Assist Clerk do " " 250.

Hugh Maxwell District Attorney " 625 .

Richard Hatfield Clk Sessions " 375.

Richard Hatfield do to pay witnesses 1, Q r 12 th inst 36.

[424] B Skaats Cryer Court of Sessions 1 Qr 12 inst 50.

Henry Meigs Justice 5 & 8 th Wards 1 Q r 1 Inst 400.

John Campbell Clk " " " 187.50

Samuel Titus 1 Q r rent for Court room 7 & 10 th 25.

Harmanus Tallman Coroner fees 1 Q r 1 st inst 437.62

Thomas Barnum Sups work mud machine to 10 th inst 126.50

N Holmes Fodder for Horses at do do " 81.41

E & A Wilson repairs Bulk head at Charlton st 71 .06

G Tucker Building Culverts on 6 th avene at head of Minetto sewer.. 890.20

Thomas Cummings regular & Repavs do .. 266.97

G & Thomas W Ludlow for Earth in do do " .. 30.45

J McComb repave intesects on pavem 5 on Bulkheads 1, 2, 4 th wards.. 249.57

C Mooney do do in 5 th ward 73 . 60

David Fowler repave Culverts Grand & Chapel st Sewer 5.40

Thorn 3 Cummings filling 6 lots on Hudson Hubert & Collister st Lien.

L. Wells 417. 10

Tucker & Woodruff act building wall at Battery 5000.

Thomas & George Lovett acct filling at D 1710.

Benj n Brower 884 tons stone Wall at outside Battery 386.75

J. P. Roome Sup 4 Repairs for Pumps

J P Roome " " Battery fence 465.

J P Roome " " Fire Departmt 400.

J P Roome " " Alms House departmt 311.



234 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Sept. 1823

Arthur Burtis Sup* Amis House 5000.

P. &. H Van Pelt Printing for Board of Health 326.50



$24532.44

Balance $146.80

Board adjourned.

[425] In Common Council Sept r 1 st 1823.
Present. The Hon Stephen Allen Mayor President

Aldermen Assistants

Robert McQueen Thomas Bolton

Asa Mann Samuel St John

Jacob B Taylor Samuel Cowdrey

Jacobus Dyckman John Webb

Henry Mead Shivers Parker

W m Thorn
David Marsh

The Minutes of the last meeting were read & approved.

A Petition from Blackwell & McFarlane & others Stating that the
present location of the Sealer of Weights & Measures being in the
Bowery is extremely inconvenient to the business of the City & re-
questing that the office may be located in a Central part of the City or
another appointed with equal powers was read & referred to the Com-
mittee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Isaac Schuyler lessee of Stall [426] N 52 Fulton
market that he may be permitted to surrender his lease was referred
to the Finance Committee

A Petition of Elias B Messerve that a deduction may be made from
the rent of Stall N 3 Franklin market of which he is lessee was
referred to the Finance Comm ee

A Petition for a Well & Pump in North Street between Christy &
Eldridge Street was referred to the Aid & Assistant of the Ward & the
Street Commissioner.

A Petition of W m H Smith Clerk of 7 th & 10 th Ward for leave of
absence from the 6 th of September for the Period of 16 days, was read
and referred to the Committee On Public Offices with authority to
grant the request under Such restrictions as they shall Consider legal
& Proper.

A Petition of W m Baker & others Proprietors of Water lots be-
tween Catharine & Market Slips requesting further time for com-
plying with the Ordinance directing the rilling in & making South



1 Sept. 1823 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 235

Street to the permanent line [427] was read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Wharves Piers & Slips.

A Petition of M S Pike to be relieved from a penalty incurred by
acting as a Pawnbroker without license was referred to the Police
Com ee

A Petition that the Side walks of Rivington st may be paved from
the Bowery to Orchard Street was referred to the Street Committee

A Petition from the inhabitants in the vicinity of Stanton Street
between Ludlow & Pitt streets praying that a Watchman may be
stationed in that neighbourhood was referred to the Watch Com-
mittee

A Petition of Genet Archer to be appointed a Weigher of Hay in
the village of Harlaem in the place of George Brunn deceased was read
and the Prayer of the Petitioner granted And he was appointed
Accordingly.

A Petition of George Strite was received Stating that he was lessee
of a lot of Common lands the lease of which expired on the 1 st of May
last that he had agreed [428] to take a lease of One acre of the said
lot & a lease was made out for him but the lease is now refused to be
given him because as he understands the ground is to form part of the
public ground, that he has made considerable improvements on said lot
valued at $200, & if the lease of said lot is not given to him he prays
he may receive a Suitable compensation for his expenditures & losses
in not receiving a lease which being read was referred to the Finance
Comm ee

A Petition of Anson Hayden for relief from tax assessed on him
was referred to the Committee on Assessments

A Petition of James Fardon for Stall N 14 Spring street market
was referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Andrew Fash for permission to remove a wooden
Building from Lispenard to Cross St. was referred to Aid Assist.
of 5 th & 6 th wards

A Petition of Andrew Passman for Stall N 13 Spring Street
market was referred to the Market Committee.



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