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Ordered that Richard Ten Eyck be appointed Inspector of Loaf
Bread offered for sale in this City

The Board determine & order that to continue Rector Street of it's
breadth to the Broad Way parcel of the Ground appertaining to the
old Lutheran Church & now belonging to the United German Lutheran
Church [81] is required and it is ordered that the Street Commiss"
treat with the Proprietors of the Ground so required as to the Price
to be given for the same.




648 CITY OF NETT YORK 18 Aug. 1800



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

New YorkJ ' the 18 th day of August 1800

Present/ Richard Harison Esquire Recorder



Jacob De La Montagnie
Selah Strong
John Bogert
Richard Furman
John B Coles
Jotham Post



John Crolius Jun r
Nicholas Carmer

Philip Brasher
Esq- Aldermen Mangle Minthorn



Philip J Arcularius
Philip Ten Eyck



Assistants



A Petition of John L Norton respecting Certain Lots situate in
Moore Street praying to be relieved from Certain Judgments obtained
against him for not filling up the said Lots was read and postponed.

A Petition of John Rayner of Kings County Butcher praying that
the stand N 61. in the fly Market now holden by Andrew Ross who is
unable longer to follow his Business be granted to him was read and
postponed.

An Estimate and Assessment for Paving Duane Street from Green-
wich Street to Washington Street was read and approved Ordered that
John Pier Groshon be the Collector and that John M c Comb do the
Work of the same

Ordered that in all cases of Work to be performed for the Cor-
poration by any person or persons whomsoever he or they shall give
Security for the due performance of the same.

A Petition from the Inhabitants and Proprietors of Houses and
Lots of Ground in Catharine, Church and Leonard Streets Praying
that a pump might be erected at the North West Corner of the Hos-
pital Yard in the intersection of Catharine and Church Streets or in
such other place near the same as the Board may Judge proper was
read and Granted under the direction of M r Carmer

[83] A Communication from the Commissioners of the Alms
House and Bridewell of the City of New York was read and post-
poned until the Report of the Committee on the Alms House and
Bridewell is taken into Consideration.

Ordered that George Gosman and others stand in the place of
Edward Livingston with respect to Certain Lots in Hudsons River
from high to Low Water mark as by referrence to the proceedings of
this Board of the 9 th November 1797 may Appear



25 Aug. 1800 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 649

Ordered that M r Recorder issue his Warrant on the Treasurer
to pay.

The Street Commissioners on Account of the Exchange Slip

1 Q C*!

Sewer ................................................. $800

iss d Rinier Skaats for one Quarters Allowance & disbursements 57 : 12
Magnes Beekman one of the Captains of the City Watch for

the Watchmen ......................................... 155 : 31

iss<* Hugh Goble d d do 155 : 31

issd William Van Wart d d d 213 : 6

iss j Nicholas Lawrence d d d 213 : 6

A Communication from Doct r Mitchell respecting Sinks and Privies
in the City was read and Considered by the Board Ordered that Al-
derman Coles be requested to thank the Doctor on behalf of this Board
for his Attention to the promotion of the Health of this City and that
he be requested to alter the same Communication in such manner that
it may be published for the information of the Citizens

Ordered that a publication be made in the News Papers that pro-
posal's Sealed up will be received at the Clerks Office in the City Hall
until the 27 th instant for the fees of Wharfage and Slippage from the
1 st September next to the 1 st May 1802.



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

New YorkJ : the 25 th day of August 1800

Present/ Richard Harison Esquire Recorder

Jotham Post Philip Brasher

John B. Coles Nicholas Carmer

Jacob De La Montagnie r-Esq rs Aldermen John Crolius Jun r f-Assistants

Selah Strong Mangle Minthorn

John Bogert Philip Ten Eyck

A Petition of Andrew Van Deursen of the City of New York
Butcher praying that a stand might be given him in the Market now
Building at the foot of Catharine Street instead of his stand N 32 in
the fly Market was read and postponed

A Petition of Arthur Darly of the City of New York Stone Cutter
praying that he might be granted the priviledge to remove a Wooden
Building from one end of his Lot to the other was read and Ordered
to lie on the table.

A Report of the Committee relative to the White hall Slip with
sundry other Communications relating thereto was read and Postponed
until Monday next.

An Estimate and Assessment for paving Henry Street from George
Street to Charlotte Street was read and approved Ordered that



650 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 Aug. 1800

Thomas Whytlow and George Walton do the work upon their Comply-
ing with the General order and that Waters Furman be the Collector
for the same.

A Communication from Thomas Ash relative to the Public Slips
& Wharfs was read and postponed until the next Meeting.

Ordered that M r Recorder issue his Warrant on the Treasurer to
pay

iss d Thomas Hazard for the Lamp Lighters $229.66

iss d The Justices of Police for the S* Domingo Refugees 100.

[85] The Board having Revised and Amended "A Law to Regu-
late 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 " Ordered
that the same be published and that a further time for receiving pro-
posals with respect to the Public Slips and Wharfs be given and Ad-
vertized until Friday next at 1 OClock P. M. in the Clerks Office in the
City Hall.

City of ^ At a Common Council held on Friday

New Yorkj 5 the 29 th day of August 1800

Present/ Richard Harison Esquire Recorder

Jotham Post "1 Philip Brasher 1

Jacob De La Montagnie I Mangle Minthorn

John Bogert ^Esq" Aldermen John Crolius Junr f Assistants

Richard Furman Philip Ten Eyck J

The following proposals respecting the Slips and Wharfs having
been handed in the Clerks Office, Sealed, were opened by the Board
and Read as follows to Wit.

Alexander Mowatt Offers to give at the Rate of twelve thousand
and ten Dollars per year from the 1 st of September next to the first
day of May. 18027"

Charles Smith (N 272 Water Street) Offers to give twelve thou-
sand Dollars Per year for the same period.

Stephen Bourdett Offers to give Eighteen thousand Dollars for the
whole Period.

Thomas Ash Offers to give Seventeen thousand Dollars for the
whole Period

D. Thompson offers to give at the Rate of Ten thousand three hun-
drew Dollars per year for the same Period

It appearing to the Board that Alexander Mowatt's [86] Offer was
greater than any other delivered, Resolved that he have the same on



1 Sept. 1800 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 651

his giving approved Security for the payment of the purchase Money
in Quarterly Payments.

An Estimate and Assessment for paving Broadway from the end
of the pavement now laid to the South side of Leonard Street was
read and approved of, Ordered that John M c Comb do the Work on his
Complying with the General Order and that Anthony Brown be the
Collector for the same.

An Estimate and Assessment for filling up Thomas Street was
read and approved of, Ordered that Robert Watts & C do the Work
on Complying with the General Order and that John Pier Groshon be
the Collector for the same.

An Estimate and Assessment for filling up Chappie Street was
read and approved of, Ordered that Robert \Vatts & C do the Work
on Complying with the General Order and that John Pier Groshon
be the Collector for the same.

An Estimate and Assessment for filling up Catharine Street was
read and approved of Ordered that Robert Watts & C do the Work
on Complying with the General Order and that John Pier Groshon be
the Collector for the same.

An Estimate and Assessment for filling up Church Street was read
and approved of Ordered that Robert Watts C do the Work on
Complying with the General order and that John Pier Groshon be the
Collector for the same.

It having been represented to the Board that some Convenient
and proper place for a Public Pound was requisite and necessary to
be made in the City

The Board Order that Richard Furman, Jotham Post and Mangle
Minthorn be a Committee to enquire what place would be most proper
to have the same kept and report thereon with the necessary regula-
tions with all Convenient speed.



[87] City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS ' the 1 st day of September 1800

Present/ Richard Harison Esquire Recorder

John Bogert ] John Nitchie

Jotham Post Nicholas Carmer I

Jacob De La Montagnie Es rsAldermen Mangle Minthorn f Ass

John B. Coles Ph jli P Brasher

A Letter from Alexander Mowatt informing the Board that the
proposal which was given in by him respecting the Slips and \Vharfs



652 CITY or NEW YORK 10 Sept. 1800

on the 29 th of August last was given in on Account of Jotham Post
Senior and a request that the Board should Consider M r Post as the
Purchaser was read The Board agree to Consider M r Post as the
purchaser

Ordered that Peter Degroat Ward Shipwright be a fireman to
Engine N 22. Vice Philip Lockwood who has Joined Engine N 17.

Ordered that M r Recorder issue his Warrant on the Treasurer to
pay.

Nicholas Lawrence one of the Captains of the City Watch

for the Watchmen ...................................... $213: 6

issd William Van Warts do d do 213 : 6

iss d Magnus Beekman d d d 155 : 31

Hugh Goble do d" d 155 : 31




[88] City of 1 At a Common Council held on Wednes-

New York f day the 10 th day of Sept r 1800

Present/ Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Richard Furman 1

Mangle Minthorn

Jotham Post ' ,.

c . , c , Lrr re Ai^n John Crolms

Selah Strong fEsq f sAld n ;

L T-> T HT Nicholas Carmer

Jacob De La Montagnie

Philip J Arculanus
John Bogert

A Representation of Moses Coe & Daniel Coe was read stating that
they had agreed with Jotham Post Esq r (provided it should meet the
approbation of the Board) to take the collection of Fees of the public
Slips & c on the like Terms M r Post had agreed to take them.

An Application of Thomas Ash late Collector of those Fees re-
questing that if the Board should be disposed to release M r Post from
his bargain, he might be preferred on the like Terms was also read.

Whereupon the Question was raised & put Whether this Board
would release M r Post from his Bargain & take Mess rs Coe in his
place, the same was carried in the Negative as follows, viz' 1
Affirmative Negative

Aid" Bogert Aldn De LaMontagnie M' Arcularius

Aid" Furman Ald " Stron g Mr Crolius

M r Carmer M r Minthorn

[89] A Petition of Cap 1 Edward Shoemaker praying, for the
Reasons therein mentioned, to be released from a prosecution com-
menced against him en the Statute relative to the landing of Pas-
sengers was read & granted on payment of Costs



10 Sept. 1800 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 653

A Petition of Eliz th Maunsel & others praying that the Road may
be so altered as to evade the steep Hill at Harlem Heighths was read
& referred to the Commiss rs for Streets & Roads.

A Petition of the Proprietors of Lots in Greenwich Street from
Provoost Street to Watts Street praying for the Reasons therein set
forth the Ordinance lately passed for paving that Street be suspended
for the present was read & postponed until the Estimate & Assessment
be returned to the Board.

Be it ordained that no Boat or Vessel of any description whatever,
except the Paulus Hook Ferry Boats, shall be allowed to come into
or lay in Cortlandt Slip : But that the said Slip shall be assigned to &
for the use of the said Ferry Boats And if any Boat or Vessel of any
description whatever shall or do come into or lay in the said Slip con-
trary to this Law, without the permission in writing from the Mayor
or Recorder or one of the Aldermen of the said City, the Master
Owner or Possessor of such Boat or Vessel shall forfeit & pay as a fine
five Dollars for each Tide such Boat or Vessel shall lay or remain in
the said Slip.

[90] The Street Commissioners who were directed to call on the
Trustees of the United German Lutheran Churches relative to a piece
of Ground belonging to said Churches at the head of Rector Street.

Report That they have performed that service That the said Trus-
tees are willing to dispose of a sufficient quantity of their ground to
widen Rector Street to the same width as below, but that they Cannot
agree as to the price, that the quantity requisite is Eleven feet in width
in the rear nine feet four inches in front on Broad\vay and ninety
seven feet six inches in length on each side the Commissioners are of
opinion it will be proper for the Board to have recourse to the Law
on that Subject New York 8 th September 1800

Rich d Furman
John Bogert

The Committee to whom \vas referred the Petition of Samuel
Blackwell and others relative to Establishing a Ferry and laying out
a Road at Horn's Hook Report That in their opinion the prayer of the
Petitioners ought to be granted that they have Caused a Survey to be
made agreeable to a plan herewith presented. They Also Report they
have waited on the proprietors for the purchase of the said Ground
and cannot agree for the same and therefore Recommend Submitting
it to a Jury to be appraised agreeable to Law.

The Boundaries are as follows of the said Road Beginning at the
East River at High Water Mark fifteen feet Northerly from the fixed



654 CITY or NEW YORK 15 Sept. 1800

Boundary line of Archibald Gracie and the heirs of Nicholas Cruger
and running along the East River South 29 D 45 M West 100 feet, thence
North 60 D 15 M 66 feet thence North 29 45 M East 55 feet thence 30
feet from the above mentioned Boundary in a Parellel line North 60
15 M West 1232 feet to a Cross fence, thence North 53 West 670 feet
to the Old Road thence along the old Road 75 D 15 M East 122 feet
[91] thence South 53 East 559 feet, thence South 60 15 M East 1298
feet to the place of Beginning Containing One Acre, three roods two
perches and Sixty three square feet

New York Sept r 10 th 1800 Rich d Furman 1 r

I Committee
Jotham Post J

The said two aforegoing Reports being duly considered were
respectively approved of & agreed to by the Board And it was ordered
that the Clerk prepare according to Law the necessary Precepts for
the empanelling & returning Juries to enquire of & assess the Dam-
ages & Recompence due to the Owners of the said Ground required
to make & continue Rector Street of a proper wedth to the Broad
Way And also to the Owners of the Land required for the making
& laying out of the said Road to the Ferry or Landing Place at Horns
Hook agreable to the said Reports.

Ordered that the consideration of the Report on the Alms House
& Bridewell be further postponed 'till next Monday Week.

Ordered that M r Recorder issue his Warr 1 on the Treas r to
iss

pay Nich s Carmer five hundred Dollars on Ace 4

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

New YorkJ the 15 th Sept r 1800

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Selah Strong

Jotham Post

John Bogert

John B Coles

Jacob De LaMontagnie

Robert Lenox



EsqrsAldn



Philip J Arcularius
Nicholas Carmer
Mangle Minthorn



John Crolius
Philip Brasher



Assist 3



A Bond of Jotham Post & his Sureties for the due execution of
the Business & payment of the Monies agreable to his Contract for
the Fees arising from the public Wharfs & Slips was presented to
the Board & approved & filed.

A Representation of Gilbert Van Mater Lessee of Brookly[n]
Ferry was read & referred to Ald n Lenox & Coles & M r Nitchie.



15 Sept. 1800 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 655

A Petition of Jacob Harsen & others for a Piece of the Common
Lands for a Church & Cemetery was read And thereupon resolved
that the public Grounds which remain unsold ought to be reserved
for the public City purposes & therefore that it would be inexpedient
to grant the prayer of the said Petition.

On a Request of D r Brown Superintend 1 of the Manhattan C
Water Works.

Ordered that the S l Commiss rs furnish him with the regulated
heighth of the Streets at the Corners of Cross S l & Chambers Street

[93] The follow^ Report was read & agreed to by the Board viz 1

Your Committee to whom was referee! the Petition relative to
the improvement of White Hall Slip Report That this Slip from its
local Situation Seems to be the natural point of Communication with
Staten Island, Elizabeth Town and many other parts of New Jersey,
and is the only Landing place for the Ferry Boats from those places,
but from its present unimproved State Horses and Carriages cannot
be taken into these Boats except at high Water, and their Numerous
Passengers some old and infirm and Women and Children, are not
unfrequently in bad and Windy weather obliged to Climb across the
Decks of Several Vessels loaded with Hay and other Lumber to get
out and into these Ferry Boats Your Committee therefore recom-
mend that a Peir be Built from the inner part of the White Hall Slip
out into the River along side of the Battery agreeable to a plan made
by Robert Valentine and now laid before the Board, which will like-
wise give very Considerable Accomodation, to the River Crafts and
the many Boats that are Constantly Communicating with the Shiping
in the lower Harbour M r Ryers and M r Crane have both Offered to
build this Peir at their own expence Provided the Corporation will
give them a Lease thereof for twenty one years, but your Committee
are of opinion that the Various Public Accommodations that this Peir
will afford are too important for the Corporation to put it out of
their Power and Controul.

There are thirteen Elizabeth Town and Staten Island Ferry Boats
M r Crane who has Leased the five former for three Years, Offers
thirty Dollars for each Boat per Annum for the Accommodation the
proposed Peir and Stairs will afford him, and the owners of the Staten
Island Boats will probably pay about half that Sum for each Boat
of theirs

New York 23. August 1800 Jn B Coles

Rich d Furman I Committee
John Bogert j



656 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Sept. 1800

[94] Ordered that the same Committee take Measures for ob-
taining Proposals to build the said Pier on Contract & report the same
to the Board

Ordered that M r Carmer take Order for putting the Rail Fence at
the public burying Ground in good Repair

A Petition of John L Norton for Relief on several Suits brought
ag l him for not complying with an Ordinance for raising certain Lots
in the 1 st Ward was read And it was determined that on his paying the
Penalties imposed by the said Ordinance the Costs of Suit be remitted

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to pay
. The Street Commiss rs on Ace 4 towards Cath n Slip

Market $1000

iss d David Marshall Superintend* of the public burying G d .. 16: 12:

iss d Evert Bancker for surveying 4 : :

iss d Nichs Lawrence for City Watch 85 : 4 : 6

issd Wm Van Waert for the like 85 : 4 : 6

iss d Magnus Beekman for the like 62: 2: 6

issd Hugh Gobel for the like 62:2:6

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

New York \ the 22 d day of Sepf 1800.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

John Bogert John Nitchie

Jacob De La Montagnie Philip J Arcularius

Selah Strong fEsqAldn Philip Brasher [-Assist**

Richard Furman Mangle Minthorn

John B Coles J John Crolius J

Ordered that the auditing Committee with Ald n Coles & Lenox be
a Committee to attend at the Treasurers Office to examine & audit his
annual Acc ts & to report to the Board.

A Petition of John Rayner to be licenced as a Butcher was read
& granted.

A Petition of Joshua Sands for a Grant of the Soil between high
& low Water Mark in the River in front of his Land at Brooklin was
read & referred to the Street Commiss" & Ald n Strong & De La
Montagnie & M r Brasher

A Proposal of Stephen Colver to furnish a patent Machine on a
new construction to clear the Slips & Docks of Mud & Filth ; was read
& referred to the Street Commiss" to enquire into and if they shall
find it expedient to make a Contract.

A Petition of Hugh Gaine for permission to erect a Market House
at his Ground in Greenwich Street.



22 Sept. 1800 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 657

Ordered that Joseph Newton be permitted to make an Area &
Vault in front of his new House building in Cortlandt Street

[96] A Petition of James Barry, an Alien Grocer lately arrived
from Europe, for a Licence to keep a Tavern was read & rejected.

Ordered that the Street Commiss rs cause Peter Benson's Land
which was taken for the new Road at Harlem to be put in good Rail
Fence at the expence of this Board ; which is to be considered in lieu
of the Sum awarded to him by the Jury as a Recompence for his
damage.

The Treasurer presented to the Board a List of outstanding Debts
due to the Board And on enquirs into it the follow* appear'd to be
irrecoverable & Lost and were ordered to be charged to the City of
New York viz 14

George Harris 3:10

Abraham Acker 22:-

W m Godby 22:-

Walter King 24 :-

Francis Colegrove 24:-

W m Roe 40 : -

Matthew Vogel 43 : -

Matthew Fox 42 : 10

James Reading 37 : 8

Thos McKean 32 : 13

Potter & Garritson 60 : -

Mead & Hubby 62:

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treas r to pay
. Tho s Hazard for the Constables & Marshalls who con-
veyed Vagrants to Bridewell 38 : 7 : 6

iss d Israel Haviland for Leaders to fire Engines 198 : :

At a Meeting of the Mayor Recorder

,_.. . . , and Aldermen of the City of New York

TSI l ^V I ( SS> as t ^ ie Supervisors of the City and County

) of New York held on Monday the 22 d day

of September 1800

Present/ Richard Varick Esquire Mayor

Richard Harison Esquire Recorder

John Bogert

Jacob De La Montagnie

Selah Strong h Esquires Aldermen

Richard Furman

John B Coles

In pursuance of the Statute of the State of New York passed the
7 th day of March last past entitled " An Act to enable the Mayor,



65 8 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Sept. 1800

Recorder and Aldermen of the City of New York to Order the
raising Monies by Tax for the Maintenance of the Poor and for
defraying the other Contingent expences arising in the City and
County of New York and for other purposes." The Board having
Considered of the Amount of the Monies necessary to be raised by
Tax for the several purposes in the said Statute mentioned Do order
that the Sum of Seventy five thousand Dollars be raised by Tax on
the Estates real and personal of the Freeholders and Inhabitants
within the said City and County of New York to be applied to the
Support and Maintenance of 'the Poor of the said City and County,
the support and repairs of the Bridewell, the Support and Mainte-
nance of Criminal Prisoners in the same, the making, repairing, regu-
lating and improving the Public Roads and Streets and the Defraying
of other Contingent Expences arising within and properly Chargeable
to the said City and County

And the Board do in pursuance of the said Statute further Order
that the Sum of Forty five thousand Dollars be raised in like Manner
by the said Tax in that part of the said City which lies to the South-
ward of a certain line in the said Statute particularly described, to
be Applied to the payment of so many Watchmen as the Mayor,
Aldermen and Commonalty of the said City in Common Council Con-
vened shall from time to time determine to be necessary for Guarding
the said City, to the purchase of [98] Oil, providing Lamps and re-
pairing and attending those which now are and hereafter may be
erected in the said City, to the Qeaning repairing and making the
Public Wells and Pumps in the said City and to defray the other
Contingent Expences arising in and properly chargeable to that part
of the said City which lies to the Southward of the line aforesaid as
the said Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty in Common Council
Convened may from time to time direct and for Supplying the De-
ficiencies of former Taxes upon the same part of the said City owing
to Insolvencies and fees of Collection as aforesaid And the Board do
in pursuance of the said first mentioned Statute direct and Appoint
that the said Several Sums of Money Ordered to be raised by Tax as
aforesaid be paid into the Hands of the Treasurer or Chamberlain of



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