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1784 1831



VOLUME XVI



JANUARY 2, 1827 TO FEBRUARY 25, 1828




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VOLUME FIFTY-NINE

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MANUSCRIPT MINUTES

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JANUARY 2, 1827 TO FEBRUARY 1, 1827




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[222] In Common Council January 2 d 1827

Present The Honorable Philip Hone Mayor President
Richard Riker Esq r Recorder

Aldermen Assistants

John Yates Cebra Thomas Bolton

Samuel Gilford Junr William W Mott

Campbell P White Pierre C Van Wyck

John Agnew Isaac Brown

Anthony Lamb John Shepherd Jun r

John Lozier James Lynch

Jameson Cox William S Coe

Stuart F Randolph Tho T Woodruff

Jacob B Taylor John R Peters

Gideon Ostrander Ab m M Valentine

Lemuel Pittman Jeremiah Dodge

Effingham Schieffelin Henry Storms

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved
Alderman White from the Committee to inform M r Paulding of
his Election to the Mayoralty reported they had performed that duty
and that Gen 1 Paulding was in waiting to attend the further pleasure
of the Board, It was moved that the Committee formerly appointed
wait upon General Paulding and [223] introduce him to the Common
Council. The same being agreed to Alderman White and M r Coe of
the Committee left the Common Council Chamber and in a few
moments returned with M r Paulding whom they presented to the Com-
mon Council as the Mayor elect The President stated to him that he
had the honor to inform him he had been elected Mayor of the City
of New York for the ensuing year, and requested to be informed if
he was now ready to take the Oath of Office and to take on himself
the duties of the Office. M r Paulding signifying his assent, the Presi-
dent proceeded to administer to M r Paulding the Oath prescribed by
the Constitution after which M r Hone handed M r Paulding to the
chair of the President M r Paulding being seated M r Hone addressed
the Common Council as follows

In retiring from the Office which I have had the Honor to fill during
the last Year. I cannot deny myself the pleasure of making my
acknowledgements to the Members of the Common Council for the
kind treatment which I have uniformly received from them. And



2 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Jan. 1827

for the cordial support which they have afforded to me in the dis-
charge of my official duties. I entered upon those duties with the
diffidence which naturally arises from the consciousness of inexperi-
ence, but with a firm determination [224] that they should be dis-
charged with zeal uninfluenced by party considerations or personal
prejudices I cannot pretend that I have succeeded at all times even
to my own satisfaction. But I have the happiness to believe that those
of your number with whom I have been associated will award to me
the merit of having acted with zeal and impartiality.

I sincerely hope Gentlemen that your deliberations may continue
to be marked with all the Harmony and good feeling which have con-
tributed during the last year to render the performance of your ardu-
ous duties agreeable to yourselves and useful to the Public. And I
bid you all an affectionate Farewell

M r Hone then retired and M r Paulding made the following address
Gentlemen of the Common Council

Circumstances to which it is unnecessary to advert more particu-
larly, render me deeply sensible of the Honor you have done me, in
choosing me to preside over your deliberations. I should do great
injustice to myself and to you, were I to omit the present occasion to
acknowledge how hig[h]ly I estimate your confidence, and with what
grateful feelings I am at this moment impressed Receiving this new
proof of support, as a testimony of your approbation [225] of my
past conduct, I shall content myself with only professing that I mean
to continue the same course; and if add nothing to, I will certainly
not diminish my exertions, to do my duty to all ; honestly, impartially,
and to the best of my ability.

To the performance of our ordinary duties, both in private and in
public life, nothing is so indispensably necessary, Gentlemen, as com-
mon sense, guided by honest intentions, and impelled by a zealous
industry in the discharge of our proper bussiness Attention and
punctuality have become more than ever indispensible to the manage-
ment of the concerns of this great, & growing metropolis ; now the
first City of the new, and second only to one in the Old World, in that
vast commerce, internal and external, of which it is daily becoming
more and more the centre. Our duties will be many and arduous, but
with the exercise of those qualifications I have just named, much I
trust will be done, and but little left undone, that the welfare of the
community may actually require.

Among the most important of our duties, as I conceive Gentlemen,
is that of giving a proper direction to the means placed in our hands,



2 Jan. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 8

by the liberal munificence of our fellow citizens. A just proportion of
these, to all objects of general improvement, it is our duty to con-
tribute, so far as the resources of the City will warrant But to objects
of mere individual speculation, or plans resulting in personal profit,
rather [226] than the public good, neither justice nor propriety call
for the application of those resources contributed by the Citizens at
large, and in which the citizens at large should as far as possible, in
just proportion, equally participate. A due protection of the various
interests of the community is our first duty; and this duty I feel confi-
dent you will invariably perform.

An acknowledgment is due to my respected predecessor for the
useful public information he has recently imparted to me, and for the
frank and friendly manner in which it has been communicated.

I have only to add, Gentlemen, that with the same, and even with
more confidence, than I assure you of my best endeavours in the per-
formance of my own duties, do I rely on your constant co-operation
in every measure that may be proper and practicable, for the welfare of
that community which has intrusted you with the administration of
its affairs.

Alderman Agnew presented the following Resolution which was
adopted and referred to the Committee on Arts and Sciences to carry
into effect

Resolved that the thanks of the Common Council be presented to
the Honorable Philip Hone for the zeal and fidelity with which he has
discharged the duties of Mayor of the City of New York and that he
be requested to sit for his Portrait to be placed in the Gallery of Por-
traits of the Common Council

[227] A Communication was received from the Commissioners of
the Alms House and Bridewell relative to the Law passed at the last
Session of the Legislature which was found to be very oppressive to
the City which was read and referred to the Committee on Applications
to the Legislature

A Petition of a number of Inhabitants to have Lamps placed on the
Second Avenue near thirteenth Street was read and referred to the
Lamp Committee

A Petition of Elias Dob to be appointed a Wood Inspector or
Inspector of streets was read and referred to the Committee on
Wharves Piers and Slips.

A Petition of the Marshals & Constables who have attended the
present and late Court of Oyer & Terminer for additional compensa-
tion was read and referred to the Finance Committee



4 CITY or NEW YORK 2 Jan. 1827

A Petition of John Smith to have a fine remitted for incumbering
the Street was read and referred to the Police Committee

A Petition of Peter & George Lorillard for the renewal of Lease
of Lot N 46 Chatham [228] street was read and referred to the
Finance Committee

A Petition of Peter Simmons and others for a Market to be located
on the North side of Spring street between Washington and West
streets on Grounds belonging to the Estate of Joseph W T atkins deceased
was read and referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of John Gibson praying relief respecting an Assessment
on the Well & Pump lately made at the corner of Greenwich & Amos
street was read and referred to the Committee on Assessments

A Petition of a number of persons for a Well and Pump corner of
Clinton and Madison street 7 th Ward was read and referred to the
Alderman & Assistant of the 7 th Ward & Street Commissioner

A Petition of John Hyer & James Gardner Executors of John
Gardner dec d for the remission of a penalty for lifting the Flagging
of the side walk in front of a Lot owned by Testator and which the
Lessee was bound to lay was read and referred to the Police Com-
mittee

[229] A Petition of the owners of Property in Lombardy street
praying that the same may be widened on the North side from Cath-
erine to Jefferson street was read and referred to the Street Com-
mittee

A Petition of Parmenas Jackson to [be] appointed to the Office of
Inspector of Hackney Coaches was read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Applications for Office

A Petition of John Shotwell for relief from an Assessment was
read and referred to the Committee on Assessments

A Petition of Thomas M Weeks for the appointment of Weigher
of Hay at Harlaem was read and referred to the Alderman & Assistant
of the 12 th Ward

A Petition of John G Bogert to be appointed Inspector of Hackney
Coaches was read and referred to the Committee on Applications for
Office.

An application was received from the City Dispensary for the
Annual Donation of $500 which was read and the Comptroller directed
to Report a Warrant therefor

[230] A Petition of John S Smith & others for a Market to be
located on the North side of Canal street between Washington & West
street was read and referred to the Market Committee



2 Jan. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 5

The Market Committee to whom was referred the Petition of P
Wilt to have Stall N 21 Fulton Market presented the following Report
in favor

The Market Committee to whom was referred the annexed Peti-
tion of P Wilt to occupy stall N 21 Fulton Market, at present occu-
pied by Isaac S Schuyler and a communication from Isaac S Schuyler
relinquishing the said Stall in favor of P Wilt respectfully Report that
they have made the necessary investigation and recommend the adop-
tion of the following Resolution

Resolved that the prayer of the Petitioner be granted

John Yates Cebra
Ab m M Valentine
Jeremiah Dodge
P. C. Van Wyck
Stuart F Randolph

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Market Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John
Starr for [231] the Stall N 4 Washington Market presented the
following Report in favor

The Market Committee to whom was referred the annexed Peti-
tion of John Starr for permission to occupy the Stall N 4 Washington
Market lately occupied by his father Thomas Starr deceased accom-
panied by a communication from the Widow, together with a Strong
recommendation in favor of said John Starr having made the necessary
investigation beg leave to recommend the adoption of the following
Resolution

Resolved that a Butchers Licence be granted to John Starr for the
Stall N 4 Washington Market

John Yates Cebra
Ab m M Valentine
Jeremiah Dodge
P C Van Wyck
Stuart F Randolph

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted.

The Market Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John
Singer for the Stall N 4 Essex Market presented the following Report
in favor

The Market Committee to whom was referred the annexed Petition
of John Singer to occupy the Stand N 4 Essex Market [232] at
present ocupied by Thomas Sibert and a communication from Thomas



6 CITY or NEW YOIIK 2 Jan. 1827

Sibert relinquishing the said stand in favor of said Singer respectfully
Report That the[y] have made the necessary enquiries and beg leave
to recommend the adoption of the following Resolution
Resolved that the prayer of the Petitioner be granted

John Yates Cebra
Ab m M Valentine
Jeremiah Dodge
P C Van Wyck
Stuart F Randolph

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Market Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Jacob
Ridabock for the Stall N 52 Washington Market presented the fol-
lowing Report in favor

The Market Committee to whom was referred the annexed Peti-
tion of Jacob Ridabock to continue in the occupation of Stall N 52
Washington Market formerly occupied by Peter Bancel accompanied
by a communication from the Widow Philena Bencel relinquishing the
said Stall in favor of Jacob Ridabock respectfully Report That they
have made the necessary investigation and beg leave [233] to recom-
mend the adoption of the following Resolution

Resolved that the prayer of the Petitioner Jacob Ridabock be

granted

John Yates Cebra
Ab m M Valentine
Jeremiah Dodge
P C Van Wyck
Stuart F Randolph

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Law Committee to whom was referred the communication
from the Public Administrator presented the following Report

The Law Committee to whom a part of the Report of Silvanus
Miller Esq r the Public Administrator was referred

Respectfully report That this communication of the Public Ad-
ministrator is ably written & contains suggestions highly important
to the Public interests of this City Your Committee therefore recom-
mend that the same be read and afterwards printed for the use of
the Board

As the subjects treated of, are matters proper for the Consideration



2 Jan. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 7

of the Committee on Applications to the Legislature it is also recom-
mended to refer the communication to that Committee

P C Van Wyck
Tho s Bolton
E Schieffelin

[234] Which was referred to the Committee on application to the
Legislature and directed to be printed for the use of the Members

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Samuel Boyd for a Water Grant in front of his premises between
17 th & 18 th Streets presented the following Report in favor

The Finance Committee respectfully report on the annexed peti-
tion of Samuel Boyd Esq r for a Water Grant in front of his premises
between 17 th & 18 th Streets. That your Committee consider his
request reasonable, and that it ought to be granted, upon the same
terms as simular grants in that vicinity have been made. They there-
fore offer for the consideration of the Board the following Resolution
Resolved, that the Counsel make out a Water Grant to M r Boyd
upon the same rates of Quit rent, and terms and conditions as are
contained in the Grant recently made to Clement C Moore and that
the same be executed in the usual manner during the recess of the
Board

Campbell P White
John Agnew
Anthony Lamb
Tho s Bolton
William W Mott

[235] Which was approved and the resolution adopted

The Report of the Street Committee on the Communication of
the Street Commissioner respecting 4 th & 5 th Streets & Avenues A &
C. which was presented on the 25 th of December last and laid on the
Table was now called up and referred back to the Street Committee

The Comptroller presented a Report stating the Receipts and
Expenditures of the year 1826 and also the account of the Commis-
sioners of the sinking Fund which was referred to the Finance Com-
mittee with authority to print the same for the use of the Members

The Street Commissioner presented the following Assessment for
building 7 Public Cisterns

The Street Commissioner herewith covers an Assessment for build-
ing Public Cisterns in the following places viz One in the Bowery
and One in Elizabeth street both near Pump street Two in Mott



8 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Jan. 1827

street in front of Zion Church One in Eldridge street in front of the
Watch House One in Mulberry street in front of the African Free
school And one in Hester street opposite the Gas Works, in order
that it may be Confirmed and a Collector appointed the same having
been advertised and no objections [236] off erred

Respectfully submitted

R Graves S* Comm r

Which was confirmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector

The Street Commissioner also presented an Assessment for
repaving Broadway from Chamber to Canal streets which was con-
firmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector

Also for paving Bleecker street from Broadway to the Bowery
which was confirmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector

Also for a Well & Pump in Wooster street Between Bleecker &
Amity street which was confirmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Col-
lector

Also for regulating & paving Cherry street from Clinton street to
Governeur street which was Confirmed and Morris D Camp
appointed Collector

Also for the paving of Suffolk street from Stanton to North street
which was confirmed and Morris D Camp appointed Collector

[237] Also for a Well & Pump in Mulberry near Bleecker street
which was confirmed and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector

The Chief Engineer presented the following Return and the resig-
nations therein mentioned were accepted and the appointments made
Viz*

Fire Engine

N 2
William Pinckney Ship Wright 74 Essex S*

V c Benjamin Fuller Resigned

N 17
Samuel D Bedford Rigger 91 James Street

V c Maleck Makevoy Resigned
John W Stevens Tinman 365 Grand S*

V c Thomas W Harris Resigned

N22
Henry Bloodgood Shipwright 78 Ludlow S*

V c Benjamin D Yates Resigned



2 Jan. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



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N 27
James Merkle Wheel Wright 24 Rhinelanders Alley

V c James R Howell Resigned
Joseph Deshays Painter 11 Dessbrosses S 1

V c John Smith Resigned
Obediah Stevens Painter 60 Provoost S*

V c John Kidney Resigned

[238] Fire Warden C 6 th Ward
John Gates Merchant 478 Pearl S l

V Ezekiel J Moore Time Expired

The City Inspector presented the following Report of Ordinances
for correcting Nuisances

The City Inspector respectfully reports the following Ordinances
for correcting Nuisances Viz*

NO 1 M Mabbe
S Abrams
J Morrison
D Mead
W m Spencer
Ann Smith
E Steam [J Strains]
M Baker
9. M Hope
10. H Kidney
E Morris
J Cumnan
A Hanks
W J Dunlap
T Ridgway
P Denville [Denoielle]
M Stymets
J Smith
M Parks



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34. J Whitman


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64 Warren S 1


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35. C Ripp


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36. E McGuire


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37. J Hunt


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38. S Ray


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39. W Milligan


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40. W Dekins


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George Cuming Cy Inspector
Which were passed

The Street Commissioner presented on the 16 th of January last an
Ordinance for regulating & paving Exchange street which was laid
on the Table it was now called up and passed and John Targee Gary
Dunn and Francis Peckwell were appointed Assessors

Alderman White presented the following Resolution which was
referred to the Committee on Repairs Resolved that the Committee
on Repairs be requested to provide a New Carpet for the Governors
Chamber

Alderman White presented the following Resolution which was
adopted

Resolved that the Comptroller report a Warrant in favor of the
Chairman of the Canal Committee for Two thousand seven hundred
and fifty dollars

[241] Alderman Lozier presented the following Resolution which
was referred to the Committee on Charity with powers

Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on Charity to
inquire into the expediency of directing the Physicians of the City
Dispensary to vacinate all citizens or strange [r]s gratis (who may
apply at the Dispensary) in order if possible to stop the further
progress of that baneful disease the Small Pox



2 Jan. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 11

Alderman Cox presented the following Resolution which was
referred to the Watch Committee.

Resolved that the Watch Committee be authorized to employ a
suitable Physician to attend the Watchmen that were injured while in
the discharge of their duty in Anthony near Elm street on the even-
ing of the 1 st Instant

M r Peters presented the following Resolution which was referred
to the Law Committee

Resolved that the Committee on Laws be desired to report to the
Board upon the expediency of employing a Reporter to the Common
Council who shall make accurate reports of its proceedings for pub-
lication to prevent mistakes which cause great inconvenience to the
Citizens

[242] Alderman Schieffelin presented the following Resolution
which was referred to the Committee on Applications for Office.

Resolved that William A Davis be and he is hereby appointed
printer to the Common Council

Alderman Schieffelin presented the following Resolution which
was referred to the Market Committee

Resolved that the Market Committee enquire into the expediency
of erecting a Public Market at or near the junction of 3 d Avenue and
Bowery Road

The Comptroller presented the following Report

Balance as per Act* 18 Decem r 3621 .02

Reed for Tax of 1826 27.600.

Streets 5623.60

Cartmen & Porters Licences 758 . 75

Fines &c Attorney 665.90

Mayoralty fees 126.50

Commutation Alien Passengers 65 .



$39.999.02
64 Accounts were Audited & ordered to be paid

[243] Blauvelt & Stewart Watch 1st Dis* 1272.25

Clark & Hibbard do 2d " 841.75

Stagg & Bleakly do 3d " 768.25

Wm S Smith Collec r City Revenue 1 Qr Salary 22d Deer &c 252.50

John Sidell First Marshall 1 Qr Salary 1 Janx 225.

Jacob Hays High Constable 1 Qu do " 125.

C Myers Keeper Pottersfield 1 Mo " 69.75

Astin & Higbie Messengers 1 Mo " 62.

O Ayres Ass* City Inspector " " 45.50

J Coffin do " " 45.50



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C Oilman Keeper of Battery 1 Mo Salary 1 Jany


31.


A McCready Keeper of Park " "


31.31


G Lathrop S* Inspector 1st Ward " "


38.75


P Wright do 2d " " "


38 75


J B Ebbetts do 3d " " "


38 75


N B Lyon do 4th "


38 75


I. A Isaacs do 5 " " "


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J M Thomas do 6 " " "


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B Fuller do 7 " " "


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J Stephens do 8 " "


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H Mott do 9 " " "


38 75


D Woodruff do 11 " "


38 75


D Hubbard do 10 " " "


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W m F Stevens Sunday service 10 tla Ward 1 year to 1 Jany
53 days
John Nixon do 4 days to 1 Jany
J W Timson do llth Ward 18 days do
J Thomas do do do do
[244] J Morton Clerk C C for Hack hire Accounts 26 Deer
R Riker Recorder 1 Qu r Salary 1 January
J Cox chief Engineer 1 year do
J O Woodruff
Keeper Penitentiary & Asst 1 O/ "
B Hicks Asst Board of Health 1 Mo
J Pinckney do
L Baum Clerk Washington Market "
J Bremner Clk Catherine
J Gilbert do 3 Markets
GDuryea do Fulton
I Asten Sweeper do
R Smith Clerk Franklin
G Snethen Lighe Lamps
G Snethen Super Lamps 1 Q r Salary
R Provoost repairs Lamps 1 Mo
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