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mitting Awning posts to remain permanently in the Streets of this
City Report that they have given the subject their deliberate considera-
tion and are of the Opinion that such posts may with propriety be
permitted to remain fixed in the streets provided they are made as
prescribed by the existing Ordinance of the Board Accordingly the
following resolution is submitted

Resolved that all such Awning posts as now are or may be here-
after fixed in the Streets of this City may continue to be [193] perma-
nently so fixed, provided they are constructed and placed according
to and in compliance with the existing Ordinance of the Corporation
of this City in such case made and provided

Gideon Ostrander
Jno R Peters
William S Coe
Campbell P White

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Memorial of
the Heirs of Cornelia T Genet relative to a Water grant in front of
their Lots on the North River presented the following Report against
the same

The Finance Committee respectfully report on the within memorial
of the Heirs of Cornelia T Genet relative to a Water Grant in front
of their Lots on the North river Your Committee heretofore made
a report on this subject, on a former petition : And the Memorial
now under consideration, is intended to produce a change in the former
decision of the Board, Notwithstanding the elaborate Memorial now
before your Committee, and the documents which were laid before
your Committee to fortify the same, they think that it will be the most
prudent Course for the Board not to make out Water Grants for the
present [194] In case the parties interested do not hereafter agree
among themselves as to the manner in which they will respectively
take out their grants, it will remain for this Board to determine in
what manner they will make out the same. At all events until the
United States arrange respecting Fort Gansevoort, nothing ought to
be done under present circumstances. Your Committee regret that
they cannot recommend Water grants to be made out, owing to many



19 Nov. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 597

difficulties ; but entertain hopes that before long, the course that will
be adopted by the parties interested will obviate all objections, at
present your Committee cannot alter the opinion heretofore expressed
as to the expediency of acting in this matter at the present time, And
therefore respectfully submit the following Resolution for the consid-
eration of the Board

Resolved that it is inexpedient to make out Water Grants to the
heirs of Cornelia T Genet as prayed for in the above mentioned
Petition

All which is respectfully submitted

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

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

[195] The Finance Committee to whom was referred the petition
of Phineas Underwood praying for some Compensation from the
Board because a Water course had been constructed through his
ground near what was called Peter street near the Bowery pre-
sented the following Report against the same

The Finance Committee respectfully report on the within petition
of P Underwood The petitioner claims remuneration or compensa-
tion from the Board, because a Water course runs through his ground
near what was called Peter street near the Bowery ; And he states that
such Water course was carried through his Lot many years ago, and
that he has suffered damage therefrom Your Committee find that by
Law, which has existed for many years in this City, although power
is expressly given to make such drains and \vater courses through
private lands, that no compensation can be claimed by the owner of
such Lands. The damage is [if] any must be inconsiderable in such
cases ; and the Law considering that in general the making of water
courses and drains would not be of any detriment, provides for no
compensation In the case of M r Underwood, it is apparent that if the
Water course was a damage to him, this Common Council upon peti-
tion, might have directed the same to be changed if they deemed the
interests of the petitioner to require such change, or if they could
[196] carry off the water by a less inconvenient or injurious course
altho' the petitioner insists that he was always opposed to the water
running over his land, it does not appear that the Board ever was



598 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Nov. 1827

petitioned to change its course or if they were that they con-
sidered the petitioners case as calling for compensation On the con-
trary it is understood that several years ago, the subject of compen-
sation^ was brought before the Board by the petitioner and rejected
The law for regulating streets, is precisely the same in principle as
that relating to water courses Neither contemplate damage to any
person, and neither make any provision for compensation Upon the
whole your Committee do not find upon investigation any thing in the
case of M r Underwood that requires or calls upon this Board to afford
him compensation. And they therefore respectfully submit for con-
sideration the following resolution

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the petitioner

All which is respectfully submitted

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

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

[197] The Finance Committee to whom was referred the subject
to enquire whether any loss had been sustained on the Amount for-
merly appropriated and invested by this Corporation for the benefit
of the Child or Children of the Late Captain James Lawrence pre-
sented the following Report

The Finance Committee respectfully report on the annexed Resolu-
tion that they have examined into the subject & ascertained that this
Corporation resolved in the year 1813 to appropriate a sum of money
which, with the accumulations of interest thereon, was to be for the
benefit of the Children of the late Captain James Lawrence, who died
in defending the rights of his country. That but one child now sur-
vives, to whom the said appropriation it is understood will be payable
upon her coming to the age of 18 years which will be in the course
of the next year That the said fund was first invested by this Board
about the year 1819 in Government Stock amounting to the sum of
$2700 And that upon the said stock being paid off, a few years ago,
it was again invested in stock of the Tradesmens Bank at a consider-
able advance beyond the par value of such Bank Stock; And that
owing to the losses sustained by that Institution a short time ago, and
the consequent reduction of its Stock, the fund so invested by the
Commissioners of the sinking fund for the benefit of Cap 1 Lawrences



19 Nov. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 599

[198] children has suffered a loss of about 1000 dollars to supply
which deficiency, Your Committee conceive this Board to be under an
equitable if not legal obligation The dividends of this Stock have
been invested by deposit in the Savings Bank from time to time. And
your Committee consider that the whole deficiencies which exist in
this fund ought to be made good at once Inasmuch however as the
fund will probably be called for before the expiration of another year
Your Committee consider it unnecessary to invest the deficiency in
any new Stock They therefore recommend that the Comptroller be
directed to report a Warrant in favor of the Commissioners of the
Sinking Fund for the amount of principal and interest so deficient as
aforesaid, and that such amount be deposited in the savings Bank at
Interest As the remaining Stock in the Tradesmens Bank is doubt-
less a good and safe investment ; by supplying the deficiency as above
suggested, the fund appropriated by the Board will be made good
according to the original intentions with which that fund was created
Under this view of the subject, and considering that these deficiencies
of principal as well as interest ought to be fully made good by this
Board, and the whole fund preserved agreeably to the patriotic and
laudable intentions of the Common Council which made [199] the
appropriation Your Committee offer for the consideration of the
Board the following Resolution

Resolved that the Comptroller report a Warrant for Ten hundred
and ninety dollars to cover the losses of interest and principal in the
fund above mentioned and the same be deposited to the credit of that
fund in the Savings Bank

All which is respectfully submitted

Campbell P White
Thomas Bolton
John Agnew
Anthony Lamb

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Finance Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
Mary Gorman to be released from an Assessment in Henry street
presented the following Report against the same

The Finance Committee respectfully report on the within petition
of Mary Gorham [Gorman] The petitioner it seems is a lessee on
Henry street and is assessed for widening that street of this Assess-
ment she complains because she alleges that the Commissioners for that
improvement did not compensate her for removing back her house to



600 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Nov. 1827

the rear line of the street. Under these circumstances the petitioner
wishes to be released from the payment of the Assessment Your Com-
mittee have frequently [200] reported against similar applications, be-
cause such matters are to be finally acted upon by the Commissioners in
such cases, whose proceedings are examined and confirmed by the
Supreme Court After such confirmation Your Committee deem it
inexpedient for this Board to revise all such proceedings, or to correct
errors that may have occurred therein To entertain such applications,
would lead to great difficulty, and constant appeals Your Committee
therefore offer for the consideration of the Board the following Reso-
lution

Resolved that it is inexpedient to grant the prayer of the above
mentioned Petition

All which is respectfully submitted

Campbell P White
William W Mott
Tho 3 Bolton
John Agnew
Anthony Lamb

Which was approved and the Resolution adopted

The Committee on the Canal Celebration presented a report stating
that the accounts have all been closed &c which was read and referred
to the Finance Committee

[201] The Counsel of the Board presented a Report stating the
finding of the Juries in the cases of property required for a Market
place foot of Spring & Canal streets which was read and referred to
the Finance Committee

The Street Commissioner presented the following Assessments
which were Confirmed and Collectors appointed thereto Viz 1

For regulating and paving West street from Cedar to Courthndt
street and Liberty street from Washington to West street and Morris
D Camp appointed Collector

For a Well and Pump in Wooster near Houstoun street and
Nicholas C Everitt appointed Collector

For laying Cross walks in the Eight ward Nicholas C Everitt
appointed Collector

The Street Commissioner recommended the appointment of Col-
lectors on sund[r]y Assessments Viz 1

The Street Commissioner respectfully recommends that Thomas
Cottrell be appointed to Collect the Assessments for opening Vestry



19 Nov. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 601

street and Troy street respectively That Morris D Camp be appointed
to Collect the Assessment for opening Nassau street And also that
Nicholas C Everitt [202] be appointed to Collect the Assessment for
opening and forming the Washington Parade ground

Respectfully submitted

R Graves S 1 Com r
Which was approved and the appointments made agreeably thereto

The Street Commissioners presented the following Return of De-
linquents on sundry Assessments

The Street Commissioner herewith covers returns of Delinquents
on sundry Assessments Viz 1

For paving Minetto street from Herring to Carmine street For
paving Burrows street from Hudson to Herring street For regulating
Mulberry street from Prince to Bleecker street And for a W r ell and
Pump in Great Jones street near La Fayette Place in order that War-
rants may issue to Nicholas C Everitt the Collector thereof

Respectfully submitted

R Graves S* Com r

Whereupon Warrants were ordered to issue to Nicholas C Everitt
to Collect the same

The Street Commissioner presented a return of Delinquents on an
Assessment for regulating and paving Cherry street from Walnut to
Gouverneur street. Whereupon a [203] Warrant was ordered to issue
to Thomas Cotterell to Collect the same

The Chief Engineer presented the following return of Firemen
The appointments were made and the Resignations accepted

Fire Engine C

N 5.
Robert Furlong Accountant 28 Maiden Lane

V c James Whitlock Resigned
Charles L Stebbins Accountant N 186 Greenwich S l

V c James D Bissett Resigned
NO 15
James McCullum Butcher 5 Hester S*

V c Robert Barker Resigned
John J R B Tyrie Carpenter 49 Suffolk S*

V c Theodore Fassit Left the City

N24
Adam DeGrush Accountant 36 Allen S* V c John Boss Resigned



602 CITY or NEW YORK 19 Nov. 1827

NO 25
Henry E Riell Accountant 74 Ch r

V c Samuel Seaman Time expired

N27
John S Van Pelt Carpenter 25 Watt street

V c John T Haines Resigned
Henry Ferguson Carpenter Canal & Wooster S ts

V c Joseph Deshay Resigned

[204] N 32
William Moore Black smith 133 Chrystie S*

V c Smith Ellison Resigned
N 36
Brooks Parmley Carpenter 464 Washington S*

V c Abraham Purdy Resigned
N 37
George Golden Carpenter 99 Orchard S*

V c Levi Sandford Resigned
Nerva N. Hudson Carpenter 99 Orchard S l

V c William Lee Appointed Warden
Charles Miller Blacksmith Stanton & Clinton S*

V c Moses Kip Resigned

Fire Hook & Ladder C

N 1
John Edgar Clarkson Mechanic 78 Broad S 4

V c Hugh Spier Resigned
N 3
Thomas West Carpenter C r Hudson & Charles S*

to fill a vacancy
John Jones Carpenter 194 Varick S* Do

N 5

Smith Ellison Accountant 572 Water S* Robert J Place resigned
Charles Church Cordwainer 3 Christey S*

Seymour M Brown Resigned

[205] Fire Wardens 10 th Ward
Richard J Polhemus Merchant 75 Hester Street

V c Henry H. Gillett Left the City
Benjamin Fuller Cordwainer 114 Madison S*

V c George Jacobs Resigned



19 Nov. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



603



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

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

N 1. J. R Livingston

2. R M Livingston

3. J P Schermerhorn

4. A Wynkoop

5. H Rutgers

6. Z & S Hedden

7. P Row

8. J R Livingston

9. DO

10. J Monahan

11. J Appley

12. B Hicks

13. J Miller

14. R Vandanburgh

15. G Robinson

16. L Corwin
17 T Mooney

18. W Henry

19. [206] J Geerey

20. D Jones

21. M Cameron

22. W Mcllwain

23. J Guthrie

24. W Vultee

25. G Gardner

26. J M McHarg

27. J F Briggs

28. J Walsh

Geo : Cuming Cy Inspector
Which were passed

An Invitation was received from Major General Morton to review
the Troops on Monday the 26 th Ins* in front of the City Hall at 12
O Clock in celebration of the Anniversary of the 25 th of November
1783 Which was accepted and on Motion a Committee was appointed
to make the necessary Arrangements, receive the Officers on duty &c
The Committee were Aldermen Taylor, Cox and M r Stevens

M r Brown presented the following Resolution which was adopted

Resolved that the Police Committee be requested to Report to this

Board such regulations as they may deem best to prevent Cartmen

from [207] driving without numbers or some other mark whereby they

may be found if necessary



owner


Mulberry S*


A Lot


Do


DO


DO


DO


DO


DO


DO


North St


DO


DO


Henry S*


DO


DO


Spring S l


DO


DO


Washington S l


DO


DO


NO 64 Cross S*


A Privy


DO


66 do


DO


Lessee


88 do


DO


owner


156 Eldridge S*


DO


Agent


158 DO


DO


owner


268 Hudson S*


DO


DO


81 Mulberry S*


DO


DO


85 DO


DO


DO


93 DO


DO


DO


95 DO


DO


DO


9sy 2 DO


DO


DO


101 Mulberry S*


DO


do


106 do


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Lessee


115 do


Do


owner


117 do


Do


Occupt


Mulberry & Hester


Do


owner


N 13 Orange


Do


do


16 do


DO


do


31 do


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do


3 Roosevelt S*


Do


do


47 do


DO



604 CITY or NEW YORK 19 Nov. 1827

Alderman Schieffelin presented the following Resolution which
was adopted

Resolved that it be referred to the Committee on Applications to
the Legislature to report to the Common Council upon the expediency
of extending the Lamp and Watch District or either so as to include
such portions of the 12 th Ward as shall appear necessary for the
accommodation of the inhabitants thereof

M 1 " Dodge presente4 the following Resolution which was referred
to the Market Committee

Resolved that it is expedient to have a Post and) rail fence erected
around the Market square at the foot of Stanton street and to have a
Bell hung in the said Market and that the Market Committee have
authority to carry this Resolution into effect

Alderman Cox presented the following Resolution which was
adopted

Resolved that the Committee on Applications to the Legislature
enquire into the expediency of applying to the Legislature to extend
to the Assistants of the Common Council of the City of New York
the powers of Magistrates or Justices [208] of the Peace so that the
said Assistants may enjoy all powers of Magistrates and Justices of
the Peace which are now conferred on the Aldermen of the said City
excepting their powers of Associate Judges in the Criminal Courts
and as Supervisors of the City and County

Alderman White presented the following Resolution which was
adopted

Resolved that the Committee on Lands and Places be instructed to
enquire into the expediency of removing the Hay Scales from Duane
street Slip to the foot of Christopher street

M r Valentine gave notice that he would at the next meeting of the
Board call for the Report on the Resolution presented on subject of
the Law relative to Pawnbrokers

The Comptroller presented the following Report

Balance as per Account 5 th Ins 1 593 . 08

Reed for Tax of 1827 22.100.

" " Streets 14.888.81

" " Rents 7.058.79

" Police Office 951.39

" Commutation Alien Passengers 592 . 50

" Penalties $500, Lien on Lots 487.90 987.90

" [209] Fines &c of Attorney 429.19

" Wells & Pumps 327.67



19 Nov. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTKS 60.5

Reed for Justices Courts 192.71

" Docks & Slips 150.

" Mayoralty fees 51.



$48.323.04
79 Accounts audited and directed to be paid

Blauvelt & Stewart Watch 1st Dis* 1386.

Hibberd & Astin do 2d " 945.

Stagg & Bleakly do 3d " 945.

G. N Bleecker Comptroller 1 Qr Salary 15* Ins* & postage 450.56

Jacob P Roome Super Repairs 1 Q r Salary 14th Ins* 300.

John Burger reguls 4 public Clocks 1 Qu r 1 Ins* 50.

J Morton Clerks C C for Hack Acts &c 54.

H Graham Sunday service 3 d Ward 34 days to 1 Ins 4 51.

A Sinclair do 9th 27 days " .... 40.50

J Leonard furnishs Jury list Passengers 6 Mo " 50.

J. P Dietrich Auction fees on Butcher stands &c 15.

C Roosa Ass* Board of Health 1 Mo 1 Ins* 54.

J Coffin Ass* City Inspector removing Nuisance " 24.85

A Leggett Super Mud Scow 2 weeks to 18*h Ins* 103.69

J. P. Girard for Inspectors & Clerks of Election 1 Ward 60.

S B Harper " " 2 " 52.

R Hatfield " 3 " 60.

D Bryson " " 4 52.

G Concklin " " 5 " 60.

S Parker " 6 52.

[210] A Dally " 7 " 58.

Wn W Cowan " " 8 60.

A S Norwood " " 9 60.

N Schureman " " 10 " 60.

C Schuyler " " 11 " 60.

O Hibberd " 12 60.

J Hatfield " 13 " 60.

A W Turnbull " 14 60.

A Dally for Canvassers of Election 42.

J. Hopson Special Justice 1 Qr Salary 12 Ins* 400.

A M Valentine do " " 400.

J W Weyman DO " " " 400.

S LHommedieu Clerk Police 312.50

R Stephens Asst Clerk Do " " " 312.50

S LHommedieu Clerk do Expences of Office 6 Mo " 56.74

R Hatfield Clerk Sessions 1 Qr " 12 Inst 500.

R Hatfield do to pay Witnesses 1 Qr " 33.

John P Roome Crier of Court 1 Qr Salary 3d Ins* 50.

J B Hathaway Rent for Court 5. 8. 14 Wards 1 Qr 1 Ins*. . 31.25

P & H Van Pelt printing 1 Qr 1 I ns t 352.50

J Montgomery Stationary 1 Qr " 180.03

S Judd 28 Casks Oil 1067.22

S Fargay Act* repay Maiden Lane & other streets 1500.



606 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Nov. 1827

J Sloan Act' pav Amity S 4 fm Broadway to 6 Avenue 1100.

H Smith repav Chamber S 4 fm Broadway to Cross S 4 902.47

H Smith Act* repav Rutgers fm Division to Cherry S 4 900.

T Cummings Act 4 reg & pav Amos S 4 fm Greenwich Lane

to Washgt S 4 900.

[211] H Smith Act* repav Cherry S 4 fm Gouverneur to

Walnut St 700.

T Cummings Act 4 pav Burrows fm Herring to Christopher

S* 600.

T Cummings Act 4 reg & pa[ving] Commerce from Herring

to T Church line 550.

O McCabe bal reg & pav Water fr Cath to Market S 4 317.07

T Cummings Act 4 pav Mercer fr Amity S 4 to Coles line... 270.

J Culbert Act 4 reg Mulberry fm Prince to Bleecker S 4 200.

H Smith Act 4 repav Pearl fm Pine S 4 to Hanover square.. 180.

H Smith Act 4 repav South S 4 fm Coffe House to Ol d Slip. . 150.

H Smith bal repav Water S 4 fm Peck Slip to Roosevelt S 4 117.82
T Cummings bal reg & pav Burrows fm Hudson to Herring

S 4 109.26

C Mooney bal Reg & pav Hubert fm Washington to West S 4 29.36
A Baudoine & 32 other Assessors on Streets & Wells 6 Mo

1 Ins 4 2471.

M D Higgins Inspecting paving Streets 60.59

S Burgess 2<* pay 4 buidK Piers pub basin Riv[in]gton &

Stanton S 4 1905.

A Storms builds block at Catharine Slip Ferry 1000.

T Gumming bal filling bulk head at Chris tr Barrow &

West S 4 * 679.89

A Stagg bal in full buite Bulk head at Broome S 4 Slip 361.50

J Pinkerton repairs Intersections 1 st Ward 67. 16

J MacAuley repairs sewer Burling Slip 19.87

R Pettigrew for Well in William near Spruce S* 98.50

.[ Gallagher Jun r bal Well Orchard near Division S 4 61.50

J McBarren I* 4 pay 4 Well 5 th S 4 near 3d Avenue 58.94

J McBarren 1 st pay 4 do Bank near Assylum S 4 46.87

D Dunn bal Well Greenwich near Clarkson 33.44

Jacob P Roome Super Repairs for Fire Dep 4 1000.

J. P Roome do Battery 608.

J. P Roome do Pumps 500.

[212] J. P Roome do Markets 330.

J P Roome " Roads 204.

J. P Roome " Boring for Water in Park. . 125.

A Burtis for Alms House 2200.

J Fleming Treasr to pay Intr[e]st on City Stock 1 Q r 1 Ins* 18.500. 48.278.58



Balance $44.46

The Board then adjourned



3 Dec. 1827 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 607

[213] In Common Council Decem r 3. 1827

Present The Honorable William Paulding Mayor President
Richard Riker Esquire Recorder

Aldermen Assistants

John Yates Cebra William W Mott

Samuel Gilford Jun' Samuel Stevens

Campbell P White Isaac Brown

John Agnew John Shepherd Jun'

Anthony Lamb William S Coe

John Lozier Tho T Woodruff

Jameson Cox Ab m M Valentine

Stuart F Randolph Jeremiah Dodge

Jacob B Taylor Henry Storms

Gideon Ostrander James Lynch
Lemuel Pittman

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved

A Petition of a number of Captains of Coasting vessels praying
that a sunken Vessel may be removed from the side of the Wharf
at the foot of Chamber street Which was read and referred to the
Committee on Wharves Piers & Slips

[214] A Petition of B Pelitval Civil and Topographical Engineer
proposing a Plan for removing nuisances from the Public Buildings
in the Park was read and referred to the Police Committee

A Petition of Stephen Smith and others to have 5 th Street regu-
lated from the 1 st Avenue to the East River was read and referred to
the Street Committee

A Petition of J Smith and others praying that the Law prohibiting
the selling of Liquors on Sunday may be amended was read and
referred to the Law Committee

A Petition of the Huckster Women of the Fulton Market of the
City of New York praying for a reduction of fees was read and
referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of A Sammis to transfer the Lease of Hell Gate Ferry
was read and referred to the Ferry Committee with powers

A Petition of Nicholas M Delonguemare praying for a remission or
reduction of Taxes his premises having been destroyed by Fire was
read [215] and referred to the Committee on Assessments

A Petition of William Phillips for transfer of Stall N 7 Catherine
Market was read and referred to the Market Committee

A Communication from the Commissioners for closing Art street



608 CITY OF NEW YORK 3 Dec. 1827

between Broadway and the Bowery advising an application to the
Supreme Court to discontinue said proceedings, and that La Fayette
place be continued to 8 th Street by a separate proceeding which was



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