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1784 1831



VOLUME II



APRIL 8, 1793 TO JUNE 12, 1801




PUBLISHED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK

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APRIL 8, 1793 TO MAY 30, 1796



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[1] City of | At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ 8 the 8 th day of April 1793

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Peter P Van Zandt 1



John Campbell
Gabriel Furman
Isaac Stoutenburgh
Wynant Van Zandt
Theophilus Beekman



Frederick Stymets "1

Garret Harsen

Esq rs Ald n A/r , ,,. ,, ("Assist*

Mangel Minthorne

Tobias Van Zandt J



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A Petition from the Inhabitants in Warren Street praying an
alteration in the Survey or Regulation of that Street was read.

Thereupon ordered that an alteration in the Survey of the said
Street be made so that the said Street be lowered 2 feet 10 Inches at
Great George Street and thence to ascend one Inch on 10 feet until
it meets the Surfice.

A Petition of the Inhabitants of King George Street complaining
of certain Nuisances in the said Street occasioned by some vacant Lots
was read & referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of James Sculthorpe praying the appointment of Per-
sons to view his Lot in Gold Street whether it is capable of sustaining
a Building [2] of Brick or Stone & covered with Slate or Tile was
read and John Stagg George Gosman, Robert Gosman John Moore &
John Day were appointed accordingly

The Street Committee reported the following Regulation of Water
Street from Pecks Slip to S* James Slip ; which was agreed to by the
Board.

" The East Kennel at Pecks Slip to be raised 1 foot and thence to
ascend to the Distance of 436 feet \ T /2 Inch on 10 feet. Thence with
a Descent of \y 2 Inch on 10 feet to the distance of 330 feet to Roose-
velt Street. Thence to ascend \y> Inch on 10 feet to the distance of
80 feet. And thence to decend \ l /2 Inch on 10 feet to S l James Slip.
Accordingly it must be raised at Dover Street 2 feet. At the said Dis-
tance of 436 from Pecks Slip which is the highest Ground 5 feet 5
Inches At the Angle at Aid" Beekmans House 2 feet. At Roosevelt
Street and S l James Slip to remain as they are."

Estimates & Assessments for the filling in & raising S* James Street



2 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 April 1793

Fayette Street Rutgers Street and Battavia Lane and the Lots bounded
on those Streets respectively were read and ratified by the Board and
Richard Furman was appointed to collect the Monies in the said As-
sessments mentioned [3] and to superintend the filling in and raising
of the said Streets and Lots accordingly

Ordered that the Committee on the purchase of Ground for the
opening of Franckfort Street into Queens Street purchase from M r
Augustus" Van Cortlandt such of his Ground as may be necessary to
open the said Street

Ordered that James Campbell be appointed an Inspector of fire
Wood vice Christopher Stymets resigned

Ordered that Robert Dougall be appointed an Inspector of Char-
coal And that so much of the Ordinance respecting Charcoal as con-
fines the Inspection thereof to the Inspectors of fire Wood be
repealed.

Ordered that Alsop Hunt be appointed a fire Man to Engine N 18
vice Christopher Lott resigned And Thomas Ross to Hook & Ladder
Company N 2 vice James Russel resigned.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 4 on the Treas-
issued urer to pay James Culbertson for his Compy City

Watch ............................................. 38 : 17 :



[4] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS * the 15 th April 1793

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Theophilus BeekmarT

arnt arsen ^

angel Minthorne



r- u i T? Garnt Harsen

Gabriel Furman



John Campbell

Wynant Van Zandt ^"Ald* Frederick Stymets ^Assist*

Isaac Stoutenburgh Anthony Post

Peter P Van Zandt '

A Petition of Henry M Van Solingen for permission to make a
Vault under the Street at the side of his House fronting the Old Slip
was read & granted provided it [be] made under the Inspection of the
Alderman & Assistant of the Ward

A Representation of John B Coles setting forth that he had lately
built a Vault under the Street in front of his House in little Dock
Street, not knowing that [it] was necessary & proper to have obtained
previous permission from the Board and praying that the Board would
not take Umbrage at his Conduct but permit him [5] to continue the
said Vault in it's present State was read & granted



22 April 1793 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 3

A Petition from several Young Gentlemen composing a Law
Society was read.

Ordered that they be permitted to participate in the use of the
Room in the City Hall lately granted to the Uranian Society until the
further order of this Board.

Ordered that Aid 11 Beekman & Campbell & M r Minthorne be a
Committee to enquire into and Report whether Medcef Eden has not
encroached on the Common Lands.

The Clerk produced to the Board the Draft of a Grant of a Water
Lot to George Bowne & on examining the Map it appears that cer-
tain of the Water Lots between Burlings & Beekmans Slips are laid
out to carry their full breadth into the River while others of them
diminish in their breadth considerably Whereupon it was ordered that
the Surveyor make an actual Survey of the Lots between those two
Slips & that they be so laid out as that each Lot bear it's proportion
of the loss as they advance into the River.

[6] Ordered that Ordinances be prepared for erecting the Drain
or Common Sewer for conveying the Water from Roosevelt Street
into the River; and for the paving of Water Street from Pecks Slip
to S 1 James Slip; and Pecks Slip Street from Queen Street to the
River

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his \Varr ts on the Treasurer to pay

issued Alex r Lamb for his Compy of Watch" 38 : 17 : -

issued Willson Rawson for Lamp Oil 319: 6:10

issued Edmund Prior for the like ^197 : 5 : 2

issued W m J Elsvvorth Coroner for Inquests 27 : :

issued John Goodeve for Candles 2 :

City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New York J SS> the 22 d day of April 1793.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

John Campbell "^ . , -^

L. F _ , Anthony Post ^

Theophilus Beekman __i M ; Mf i, rtrnA



Peter P Van Zandt
Wynant Van Zandt
Gabriel Furman



Mangel Minthorne
Christopher Stymets ^Assist's
Garret Harsen



George Janeway
Isaac btoutenburgn






A proposition of James Watson to render more uniform the line
of the Ground by him lately purchased on [7] Whitehall & Copsey
Streets with a Map or Survey of the Lines by him proposed was read
& referred to the Committee on Improvements at the Battery.



4 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 April 1793

An Estimate & Assessment for filling in the Lots on the West side
of Catharine Street And an Estimate & Assessment for digging out
Catharine Street were respectively read & ratified by the Board And
Richard Furman was appointed to collect the Monies on the said As-
sessments and to superintend the filling in of the said Lots & the
digging out of the said Street

Ordered that Thomas Duggan be permitted to lead a private Drain
into the Main Drain of Broad Street

A Request of John Watts Esq r for permission to plant Trees in
front of his House in Broad Way was read & granted under the In-
spection of the Aid" & Assistant of the Ward

Ordered that the Surveyor make a proper Plan or Survey of the
Land & Meadows at and about the * fresh Water Pond with the
Streets which may be necessary marked thereon.

Ordinances for the making and constructing of a Drain or Com-
mon Sewer to convey the Water of Roosevelt Street into the River,
And for paving Water Street from Pecks Slip to S l James Slip; [8]
were respectively read & passed by the Board.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay

Stagg & Gosman for paving in front of the Lot of

Eliz th M c Clanagan in Broad Street & Garden Street.. 6: 2:

issued in front of a Lot of Benja Booth in Market field Street 3: 6: 9
and in front of a Lot of John Silvester dec d in Garden

Street 3: 8: 2

issued James Culbertson for his Company of City Watchmen.. 39: 17:

issued George Janeway for Repairs to the Gaol 18 : 6:11



City of 1 At a Common Council held on Mondav

' Q<?

New YorkJ ' the 29 th April 1793

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor
Isaac Stoutenburgh



Nicholas Bayard
John Campbell
Peter P Van Zandt
Gabriel Furman
Theoph 5 Beekman



Nicholas Carmer
Garret Harsen

EsqrsAld" Anthony Post [-Assist*

Mangel Minthorne
George Janeway



J



Wynant Van Zandt

A Petition of George Merrels to sink a Well partly on Greenwich
Street was read & referred to the Street Committee

[9] A Petition of a considerable number of Masters of Albany
& other River Vessels complaining of the want of a safe Bason at the

* Marginal note reads Collect. ED.



6 May 1793 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 5

North River & recommending the making of one at the Slip opposite
to Thames & Little Queen Streets was read and referred to Aid"
Stoutenburgh, Furman & Beekman & Mess rs Harsen and Stymets.

On reading a petition of the Inhabitants of Barley Street praying
an Ordinance for digging out that Street Ordered that an ordinance be
prepared for digging out the said Street from the West side of Little
Chapel Street to the rear of Aid" Campbells Lot 103 feet from Great
George Street.

On a representation of some Defects in the Roof of the City Hall
and that it is become leaky Ordered that Ald n Furman & Mess rs
Stymets & Post be a Committee to inspect into the matter & to direct
such Repairs as may be necessary.

Ordered that the name of the Street called Copsey Street, begin-
ning at the White Hall and passing round by the Gov' House to
Kenndy's Lane or Slip, be changed to State Street

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.

issued Gerrit Van Denbergh for Repairs to Roads 20 : 19 : -

issued Alex r Lamb for his Compy of City Watch

issued Ab m Van Gelder for lighting Lamps 50 : 5 :

issued Sain 1 Edmonds for Lamp Oil 73 : 6 : 10

issued James Dickson for Repairs to Cath" Slip ferry Stairs.. 0:14:

issued Geo. Dominick for Plank for D

[10] City of 1 At a Common Council held at the Alms

New York^ SS ' House on Monday the 6 th day of May 1793.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Nicholas Bayard



Wynant Van Zandt
Theophilus Beekman
John Campbell
Isaac Stoutenburgh
Gabriel Furman



Garret Harsen
Anthony Post



I



J. ill L.A&WJ

Esq rs Aldn Mangel Minthorne ^Assist ts



George Janeway
Frederick Stymets



J



Peter P Van Zandt

M r Mayor & the Members proceeded to visit & inspect the State of
the several Wards in the Alms House & Bridewell and being returne
the Committee of Ace* reported that they had examined & audited
Books & Ace", with their respective Vouchers, of the Commissions
of the Alms House & Bridewell and found them right viz 1
Those of the Alms House for the last Quarter amounting to.. 12*
Of the Bridewell to 238:16:11/4



6 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 May 1793

An Estimate of the Commissioners for the ensuing Quarter was
read & agreed to viz 1

For the Alms House 1600::

For the Bridewell 200: :

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr* on the Treasurer for
issued i , ' ,. ,

the payment thereof accordingly.

[11] A Petition of Gilbert Van Mater to lease part of the Corpora-
tion Land at Brooklyn was read & referred to Ald n W Van Zandt &
Beekman & M r Janeway who are also to enquire into and report what
Improvements are necessary there.

A Petition of W m Luce to insert a private Drain into the Main
Drain or Common Sewer in Broad Street was read & granted under
the Inspection of the Ald n & Assist of the Ward.

An Ordinance for the digging out Barley Street was read & passed
by the Board.

A Estimate and Assessment for the opening and continuing Roose-
velt Street to the River.

The like for the raising of Roosevelt & the Lots adjoining on each
side.

And the like for the raising of Bancker Street & the Lots on

o

each side.

were respectively read & ratified by the Board and Richard Fur-
man was appointed to collect the Monies in the said respective As-
sessments mentioned and to superintend the Business of continuing &
raising the said Streets & Lots accordingly.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay

James Culbertson for the Watch 38 : 17 :

Ald n Stoutenbsh Expences Road Com tee 7 : 8:

W m Sloo for conveys Vagrants to Bridewell 17 : :

Clerks of Election.. 43: 4:



issued



[12] City of 1 At a Common Council held on Friday

New York] SS> the 10 th May 1793.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder

Isaac Stoutenburgh "j Garret Harsen

Wynant Van Zandt Anthony Post

Gabriel Furman ^Ald" George Janeway

John Campbell J Nicholas Carmer

M r Recorder having, at the request of the Board, revised and cor-
rected the Laws and Ordinances of this Corporation, and the same




10 May 1793 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 7

having been respectively read & considered by the Board were respec-
tively passed ordained and established to be & continue in force for
one Year ; viz 1

Law for the due observance of the Lords Day called Sunday.

A Law directing the Uses of the public Seals of the City of New
York

A Law to regulate the admission of Free-Men in the City of New
York.

A Law to regulate the public Markets in the City of New York.

A Law to establish the Assize of Bread in the City of New York.

A Law to regulate the paving & keeping in Repair the Streets and
to prevent Nuisances in the City of New York.

[13] A Law for the preventing and extinguishing of Fires in the
City of New York

A Law to regulate the keeping of Gun Powder in the City of New
York.

A Law to regulate Surveyors in the City of New York.

A Law to regulate Carts and Cartmen in the City of New York.

A Law to regulate the landing and sale of Hay in the City of New
York.

A Law to regulate the Sale of Lime in the City of New York.

A Law to regulate the Sale of Fire Wood in the City of New
York.

A Law to regulate the Sale of Charcoal in the City of New York.

A Law to ascertain the Quantity of a Load of Manure in the City
of New York.

A Law to regulate the Pay of the public Measurers in the City of
New York

A Law to regulate the lying of Vessels at the public Wharfs and
in the Slips of the City of New York and to establish the Rates of
Wharfage

A Law to regulate the ringing or tolling of Bells for Funerals in

the City of New York.

A Law for regulating Fences in the City of New York
A Law directing the Mode of Recovery of the Fines Penalties and
Forfeitures imposed by the Laws of the City of New York.

[14] Ordered that the Clerk take order for the printing of the said
Laws, together with the Charter of this City and an Appendix of such
of the Statutes of the State as immediately relate to this Corporation
or the Police of this City, in a convenient Pamphlet as soon as possible.



8 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 May 1793

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 1 on the Treasurer to
issued pay Alex r Lamb the Sum of 38: 17 / for his Company of

City Watchmen.

City of ^ At a Common Council held on Tuesday

New York{ SS> the 14 th May 1793

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Isaac Stoutenburgh



Peter P. Van Zandt



Gabriel Furman



George Janeway



Theops Beekman a Carmer

Nichs Bayard ^Esq-Ald" Garret Harsen



Frederick Stymets



John Campbell Man ^ el Minthorne



J



The Committee for burning small Change Notes reported that they
had burnt to ashes the follow g viz 1

10,000 of 3d 125: :

8500 2d 70:16: 8

8500.. 1 35: 8: 4



231: 5:

[15] A Petition of Catharine Buysher for remission of Rent of a
Lot in Augustus Street was read & referred to the Treasurer to report
the Facts.

A Petition of the Inhabitants in Winne Street to sink a Well in
that Street was read & granted under the Inspection of the Aid" &
Assistant of the Ward.

A Petition for the widening of Stone Street was read & referred
to the Street Committee.

The Committee on the Petition of John Holdran for an abatement
of the Rent of Powlus Hook Ferry made a Report and thereupon it
was resolved that, in consideration of the Bridges not being erected
across Hackinsac & Passaick Rivers as was contemplated at the time
of letting the said Ferry, the Treasurer be directed to remit 180 of the
last years Rent.

On a representation by M r Carmer that the Wall of Trinity Church
burying Ground would render it very inconvenient to pave Lumber
Street with foot Walks on each side it was ordered that a foot Walk
be made only on the West side.

Ordered that Mess" Janeway & Walters be permitted to assign
the Lease, to them as Ex rs of Peter Buysher, for Lot N 101 in Au-
gustus Street



20 May 1793 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 9

[16] Ordered that the Corporation of the Reformed protestant
Dutch Church in the City of New York be notified to cause the foot
Walks in front of their Land on King George Street to be imme-
diately paved.

Ordered that Ald n P Van Zandt & M r Minthorne be a Committee
to procure a Survey of the Lands from Buchanans to Marstons to as-
certain whether any and what Quantity of the Common Lands are
possessed by Individuals

The Committee on the Blooming dale Road reported

Whereupon it was ordered that the said Road from it's com-
mencement at Horns House to Nicholas De Peyster Barn be imme-
diately opened to its proper & legal Wedth of four Rods And thence
to the Post Road at M rs Watkins of the same Wedth if the proprietors
will give the Land.

Ordered that Aid" Furman & Campbell be a Committee to attend
to the opening of the said Road and to confer with the proprietors
of the Land on the Subject.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay.
Mr Nicholas [Gartner] on Ace* towards Improvements

issued at the Battery 300 : -: -

issued Gerrit Van Denbergh for Repairs to the public Roads.. 23: 13: 10
issued Daniel Burger for Repairs to the public Pumps 29:14: 6

[17] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York \ SS " the 20 th May 1793.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Theophilus Beekman"

John Campbell

, IT 'h I,. Anthony

Wynant Van Zandt

Gabriel Furman
Isaac Stoutenburgh



.,, Garret Harsen I

EsqrsAld" ^Assist* 3
Mangel Minthorne

Fred: Stymets J



Peter P Van Zandt
Nicholas Bayard

A Petition of John Murray Jun r relative to his Wharf was read &
referred to the Street Committee

A Petition of Garret B Abeel was read & referred to the same

Committee

A Petition of Moses Grumman was read & referred to the Land

Committee.

The Committee on the several Petitions of the Proprietors of
Lands at Corlaers Hook for Grants of Water Lots delivered in a Re-



10 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 May 1793

port on the Subject with a Survey of the said Lands and the Water
Lots; which was read & taken into Consideration and the further
consideration was postponed.

The Street Committee on the Petition for widening Stone Street
[18] reported that the Prayer of the Petitioners ought to be granted
and that the Corporation contribute 50. towards the expence of widen-
ing the said Street ; which was agreed to by the Board.

A Petition of John Ramsay for the Privilege of erecting a Mill on
the Stream of the Creek at Kings Bridge was read & referred to Aid 11
Furman & Campbell & M r Minthorne And that the Petition of John
Titus presented some considerable time since on the same Subject be
taken up by the same Committee.

Ordered that Jacob Harsen be appointed Overseer of the Repairs
to Bloomingdale Road.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay

Rinier Skaats for one Quarters Services 10: :

& for disbursements.. 3:



10: 3:

Lidia Wentworth for the support of herself & indigent
lssued family ............................................. 5:-:-



[19] City of ^ At a Common Council held on Monday

New York{ the 27 th May 1793

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Samuel Jones Esq r Recorder
Gabriel Furman



Peter P Van Zandt
Theophilus Beekman
John Campbell



Wynant Van Zandt



Esq



rs



Anthony Post
Alangel Minthorne
Nicholas Carmer



Isaac Stoutenburgh Garret Harsen



George Janeway



Assist 18



Nicholas Bayard J

The Committee on the Petition of John Murray Jun r made a verbal
Report on the Subject.

Whereupon it was resolved that M r Murray be informed that it is
not in the power of this Board to consent to the erection of any Build-
ing beyond 160 feet from the front of his Building on Front Street.

On reading a Petition of John Cochran Esq r Commissioner of
Loans of the United States in this State.

Ordered that he be permitted to occupy the Exchange for the use
of his Office Or if that should not be found convenient for him, that



27 May 1793 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 11

he be permitted to occupy the Room in the City Hall called the Council
of Revision Room And also the Room used as a Museum whenever it
shall no longer be used [20] for that purpose : provided that when-
ever the said two Rooms or either of them shall be required for the
public use of this State or of this City this Permission shall cease.

The Committee on the Petition of John Ramsay for permission to
erect a Grist Mill on the Stream at Kings Bridge report " That they
are of Opinion the prayer of the Petition ought to be granted so far
forth as to commence at the west side of Kings Bridge on the north
side of the Creek extending west along the Creek one hundred feet
And the same length on the south side of the Creek extending across
the Creek reserving a passage way of fifteen feet for small Craft to
pass & repass and to pay an annual Rent of five Pounds

f Gabriel Furman
Com tee J Mangle Minthorne
[John Campbell

Which Report was agreed to by the Board.

A Petition of Andrew Stockholm & C praying the preemption of
the Common Lands at the Kissing Bridge was read and referred to the
Common Land Committee.

A Petition complaining of the obstruction to the Walks at the Fly
Market by the Hucksters was read & referred to the Aid 11 of the
Ward.

[21] Estimates and Assessments for the paving of *Great George
Street from Vesey Street to Murray Street And Chatham Row from
Ann Street to the North Corner of the Presbyterian Church Yard
were respectively read [&] ratified by the Board And George Gosman
was appointed to collect the Monies in the said Assessments mentioned
And John Stagg and George Gosman were appointed to superintend
the paving of the said Streets.

Ordered that Aid" Beekman & Mess rs Janeway & Minthorne be a
Committee to take down as much of the Building on the Lot lately
purchased to open & continue Roosevelt Street to the River as may be
necessary And also to enquire about the Lot which will be required
to continue Banckers Street into Queen Street

On a suggestion that the Commiss rs of the Alms House had lately
recovered 20 for the maintenance of a Bastard Child and that they
wished to appropriate the said Money to the Releaf of several in-
digent Families

* Marginal note reads Broadway. ED.



12 CITY or NEW YORK 27 May 1793

Ordered that the Commiss rs apply the said Sum of Money to that
purpose accordingly

Ordered that M r Thomas Buchanan be informed that this Board
think he ought to fill up and make the Street at Rutgers Slip.

[22] Ordered that the following Persons be appointed fire Men of
this City, viz 1

Engine N 14 Jacob Brower vice Francis Moore resig d

N 19. Zeno Weeks vice George Brown resigned

N 5 W m Aymar vice And w Sitcher dec d

N 17 Rob 1 Brown, v. Sam 1 Kelly removed

N 10 Hayes Parsnell v : Cha s Anderson resign'd



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