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718 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 March 1801

of the Act of the Legislature entitled " An Act for the encouragement
of Schools " passed the 9 th April 1795.

Ordered that the Treasurer report to the Board at the next Meet-
ing a Statement of the amount of all the Monies which he has received
of the State Treasurer & from the Taxes under the said Act for the
encouragement of Schools Also the Amount of such of the said

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Monies as have from time to time been distributed, among the Charity
Schools in this City by order of this Board.

[173] On Motion of M r Brasher.

Resolved that in future no Member of this Board be appointed
to any Office under the authority of this Board.

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

issd Goodeve & Brown for a Box Candles .................. 2 : 18 : 6

Tho s Mitchell Assist 1 to Rinier Skaats for 1 Month's

Services ............................................ $15

j ss d \y"m Humphryes for 1 lost fire Bucket .................. $2

issd Willet Seaman for 2 DO ............................... $4

issd Hugh Gobel for the City Watch ....................... 62: 2: 6

issd Alagnus Beekman for the like ......................... 62 : 2 : 6

i ss d W m Van Waert for the like ........................... 85 : 4 : 6

issd Nichs Lawrence for the like ........................... 85 : 4 : 6

Tho s Hazard for the Constables Marshalls & Watchmen

i c cd

in conveying Vagrants & c to Bridewell ............... 42 : 5 :



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

New York \ J March 23 d 1801

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Robert Lenox
Selah Strong
John Bogert
Mangle Minthorne
Jotham Post
Joshua Barker



John Nitchie
Philip Ten Eyck
Philip Brasher
John P Ritter
Jacob J Arden



The following Report was read & agreed to by the Board viz 1
The Committee to whom was referred the Memorial of John

Oothout and others respecting the lying of Vessels in Coenties Slip

Report

That the Memorialists state that some time past by Consent of the
Corporation, they Erected at their own expence a Middle Pier in
Coenties Slip as they Supposed for the Accommodation of North
River Vessels only, but of late Sea Vessels are permitted to lie in the



23 March 1801 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 719

Slip in the Winter Season and particularly from the 25 th of December
to the 25 th of March to the exclusion of North River Vessels that would
otherwise be laid up in that Slip for the Winter, that the penalty
against large Vessels coming into the Slips is too small, as the owners
had rather pay the penalty than remove out of the Slips that the Dock
Master or persons who hire the public Slips permit & encourage Ves-
sels for their own profit to come into the Slips which the Law does
not authorise. The Memorialists further pray that the Corporation
would take such measures as to secure to the North River Vessels a
preference in [175] that Slip and to allow them such other privileges
as shall be proper and necessary to carry on the trade to that part of
the Country.

Although the Corporation did give permission to Certain persons
residing in the Neighbourhood of Coenties Slip, at their own request
to erect a Pier in that Slip for the Accommodation of Vessels yet the
Committee are of opinion it was never intended to give any exclusive
privilege to the North River Vessels to use that Pier. It appears that
the Petitioners have not well understood the Law to regulate the
Public Wharves and Slips as that Law forbids all Sea Vessels of any
Size, and Coasters above 80 Tons to Come into the Slips at any time
of the year unless by Special permission in writing from a Magistrate

The Committee believe the existing Law would be fully adequate to
the relief of the Petitioners with some little alterations Viz 1 to increase
the penalty to Ten Dollars upon every Sea Vessel of any Size or any
Coaster above 80 Tons that shall come into any of the Slips without
a written permission from a Magistrate, the Dock Master has no
Authority to permit any Vessel to come into the Slips which the Law
forbids but the Master of such Vessels are liable to be fined notwith-
standing his permission.

The Committee are of opinion that it would not be proper to grant
to the North River Vessels any exclusive privileges in Coenties Slip
as it would give just cause of offence to other parts of this State and
to the Neighbouring States, all which is Submitted by.
March 23 d 1801 Selah Strong

Rob Lenox
John Nitchie

Aid" Strong & Lenox & M r Nitchie to whom was referred the
Petition of John Willis Richard Harnet & Garrit Fountain pray [ing]
that the Weighmasters be prohibited from purchasing any Articles
which they are permitted to weigh, report that in their Opinion the



720 CITY or NEW YORK 23 March 1801

Prayer of the Petitioners ought not to be granted ; which was agreed
to by the Board.

[176] Ordered that the Neighborhood be permitted to sink a Well
at such place at or near the Corner of Hester & Catharine Streets as
the Ald n & Assist 1 of the Ward shall direct.

Resolved that the Treasurer exhibit to this Board next Meeting an
Ace 1 of the Monies in his hands arising from the Estates of Intestates
on which by Law he is directed ex officio to administer designating the
Sum rec d from each Estate And that in his future monthly Acc ts to be
reported to this Board he distinguish those Monies & the amount of
School Money from other Monies arising from Revenue & Tax.

On a representation of the S l Commiss rs that in order to facilitate
the working of the Mud Machine & Scow in cleansing & removing the
Filth & Mud from the public Slips before the setting in of the hot
Weather, and Ordinance will be necessary to prevent the lying of
Vessels in such Slip as the said Machine & Scow shall be employed
in without leave of the Commiss rs

An Ordinance to prevent the lying of Vessels in such Slip as the
Mud Machine & Scow may be employed in was agreed to by the Board
and passed & ordered to be published accordingly.

Ordered that the S* Commissioners report a Plan & Estimate of
the Expence for carrying out a Pier on the West side of Pecks Slip
to the permanent Line.

Ordered that the Aid" of the 2 d & 3 d & the Assist 1 of the 3 d Wards
be a Committee to enquire into the expediency of granting a certain
number of Butchers Standings in the Fish Market & Catharine
Market.

[177] On a reconsideration of an Allowance to Anthony Dey as
Prosecutor on behalf of this B d The Board determined that in future
M r Dey as their Attorney be allowed one half of the Penalties recov-
ered on all Suits brought in the Justices Court under the Corporation
Bye Laws or Ordinances And they also determine that under the Law
for the due observance of the Sabbath one half of the Penalties recov-
ered be paid to the Informer

Resolved that the old Ferry from the Fly Market Slip to the Ferry
Stairs at Brooklyn As also the new Ferry from Catharine Slip to Sands
Wharf at Brooklyn be let for one Year from the first day of May next
on the following Conditions viz 1 At the old Ferry there must be four
large & three small Boats of the usual Size & Form & at the new

2

Ferry three large & two small Boats of like Size & Form Each Boat



23 March 1801 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 721

to be worked and managed by two sufficient Oarsmen & one competent
Helmsman The Lessees must be subject to the Regulations estab-
lished by the Act of the Legislature & such Rules & orders as shall
from time to time be made & established by the Common Council
touching the said Ferries Written Proposals sealed to be received at
the Clerks Office until 12 O'Clock on Saturday the 4 th April next The
Person making the best Offer to be entitled to a Lease (provided the
Common Council shall adjudge him competent to the due management
of the Business) on his entering in Bond with approved Surety for his
good Conduct & payment of the Rent quarterly

[178] Ordered that for the four ensuing Sundays two of the Con-
stables or Marshalls be employed to attend at the Battery, the Bowling
Green & the Park respectively to prevent the Boys or disorderly Per-
sons play [ing] in those Places & injuring the Trees or Grass and that
each Constable or Marshall be allowed for this Service one Dollar for
each Sunday

Ordered that the Butchers in the several Markets provide them-
selves with Scales & Weights at their respective Stalls ; and that the
Deputy Clerks of the Markets see to the observance of this Order &
report all such as shall neglect or refuse to comply therewith.

On a Representation of Waters Furman, who was appointed by
this Board to collect & receive the Monies assessed for the paving of
Harman Street from Charlotte Street to East Rutger's Street purs*
to an Ordinance of this Board, that among other Lots four vacant Lots
were assessed to Roger Alden as Proprietor at the Sum of 34: 15:4
and that he has not been able to find the said Roger or any other
Person claiming the said Lots to demand the said Money of.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr ts on the Treasurer to
ri P a Y Waters Furman the said Monies so assessed on the

1SS

said Lots to be charged to & remain as a Lien* on the said
Lots purs* to the Statute in such Case made and provided.
And to pay

iss d Willet Seaman Jun' for one lost fire Bucket $2

iss d James Woods for repairs Lamps 28 : 1 1 : 3

issd And Nichs Carmer on Ace' $1000



* Marginal note reads Lien on Lotts of Roger Alden 34: 15:4. ED.



722 CITY or NEW YORK 25 March 1801

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

New York (ss. day the 25 th day of March 1801

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor



John Nitchie
Selah Strong > Nkhs Carmer

Jotham Post Jacob j Arden

Joshua Barker LEsqrsAld" John p Rkter
John Bogert philip Brasher

Robert Lenox Henry Verveelen



!Assist s



On Motion the Board proceeded to reconsider the Resolution of
last Meeting for letting Brooklyn Ferries and Resolved that the said
Ferries be let for the Term of three Years from the first day of May
next That the number of large Boats at the New Ferry be re-
duced to two instead of three And that the number of Men to each
Boat at both Ferries be reduced to two.

Resolved that all such Lots of the Common Lands which were
sold at Public Auction as the Purchasers thereof have hitherto
neglected or refused to accept their Deeds & pay the consideration
Money be again put up & sold to the highest Bidder at the City Hall
on Tuesday the 14 th day of April next at 12 OClock under the direc-
tion of the Street Commiss rs & a Committee of this Board.

[180] The Committee for the purpose appointed made the fol-
lowing Report on the Application of the Manhattan Company relative
to the Colick or Fresh Water Pond ; which was agreed to by the
Board viz*

' That they have had a Meeting with a Committee of that Com-
pany that the said Committee have caused a Survey to be made of the
Colick & the Ground around it & have marked out the Lines of the
Ground that will be wanting for the use of the said Company as will
appear by the Survey accompanying this Report Your Committee are
of Opinion that it would be inexpedient for this Board to take any
Measures on the subject; but leave it to the operation of Law ' :

John Bogert
Selah Strong

Ordered that the S l Commiss rs agree with a competent Person to
take the Charge of regulating the public Clocks in this City for any
Sum not to exceed $200 per Annum.

Ordered that the follow^ firemen be appointed
Engine N 4 Tho s L Rich 2 d W d Merch 1 Taylor vice Peter Loril-
liard resigned



30 March 1801 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 723

N 8 Joseph Tate 7 th W d Baker vice George Minuse resigned
NO 7 \ym Dyke 5 th W d Baker vice Gideon Waterbury resigned.
The Clerk presented the D r of Deeds to Hugh Gaine, Peter P Van
Zandt & W m & Ab m K Beekman of Parcels of the Common Lands
agreed to be sold to them in the Year which were approved &

ordered to be engrossed

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

New York^ March 30 th 1801.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder



Jotham Post
Joshua Barker
Selah Strong
Mangle Minthorne
John Bogert
Robert Lenox



Esq-Aldn



John Nitchie
Philip Brasher
Nichs Carmer



John P Ritter
Philip Ten Eyck



Assist ts



The Poll List of an Election held in the 3 d Ward of an Assessor
was read And John M c Queen (who was elected at the said Election)
together with Andrew Morris & Edward Nicoll for the 1 st Ward &
Abraham O Bogert for the 5 th Ward elected Assessors at former
Elections, attended & took & subscribed the Oaths by Law prescribed
& directed

A Petition for paving Cherry Street between George & East Rut-
gers Streets was read & referred to the Street Commiss rs

Ordered that the Neighborhood be permitted to sink a Well in
such part of Becllow Street, near Birmingham Alley, as the Aid" &
Assist 1 of the W d shall direct.

On reading a Report of the S 1 Commiss rs An Ordinance was
passed to make front Street & Wharf compleat from De Peyster's
Store House to the northerly side of Dover Street Wharf by the
15 th day of June next.

[182] The engrossed Deeds to Hugh Gaine, Peter P, Van Zandt &
W m & Ab m K. Beekman for Parcels of the Common Lands adjoining
their respective Lands were read & approved And it was ordered that
the Common Seal be affixed thereto & that M r Mayor subscribe the
same on behalf of this Board

Ordered that John Riker 4 th W d Coachmaker be appointed a Fire
Man to Engine N 20 vice Antli Glean absent from this City.

Ordered that M r Carmer take measures for collecting & securing



724 CITY OF NEW YOKK 6 April 1801

the Timber drifted from the Wharf at Belle Vue during the late
Storm.

A Petition of Johan Rocloss Master of the Brig 1 Mentor from
Hamburgh praying Relief on a Suit brought ag* him for landing Pas-
sengers contrary to Law was read. Ordered that on his entering into
Bond as the Law directs the Suit be discontinued on payment of Costs.

Ordered that Peter M c Carty be permitted to lead the private Drain
from his House into the Common Sewer in Jacob Street.

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

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

j ss d \V~m Van Waert for the like ............................. 85 : 4 : 6

issd Hugh Gobel for the like ................................ 62: 2: 6

Magnus Beekman for the like ........................... 62 : 2 : 6

Tho s Hazard for lighting Lamps ........................ 92 : 16 : 4



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

New York^ the 6 th day of April 1801.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

Philip Brasher

John Bogert 1 Jacob J Arden

Alangle Minthorne John Nitchie

Joshua Barker ^Esq r sAldn John P Ritter [^Assist 5

Jotham Post Nich s Carmer

Robert Lenox Henry Verveelen

Philip Ten Eyck

The Clerk presented to the Board the Proposals, sealed which he
had received, for Brooklyn Ferries, & on opening of which Townsend
& Nostrandt's Offer of $2600 Dollars per annum for three Years for
the old Ferry & Jonathan Titus's Offer of $404 per annum for the
like Term for the new Ferry were determined by the Board to be the
best Offers & accepted.

A Petition of Samuel Stillwell & others for opening a Road
through Jacob Harsens Land & across the Commons was read &
referred to the Street Commissioners.

Petitions of Stephen Rawson Master of the Brig 1 Lidia & of W m
Marrenner Master of the Brig 1 Trio for Relief on Suits bro't ag'
them for landing Passengers contrary to Law were read & granted
on the usual Terms.

[184] On reading a Petition Ordered that the Neighborhood of
Cross & Orange Streets be permitted to sink a Well in such Place as
the Ald n & Assist* of the Ward shall direct.



7 April 1801 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 725

Request's of Ab m Brinckerhoof & of Swartwout & Dumont the
former to erect a Lime House in Coenties Lane & the latter in Pearl
Street were granted until their respective Buildings shall be under
Roof

Ordered that Simon Van Antwerp be appointed a Measurer of
Lime.

An Ordinance was passed requiring the Corporation of Trinity
Church to raise & fill up the Intersections of the Streets crossing
Greenwich S 4 between the termination of the present Pavement &
Bestaver's Killetie.

Ordered that M r Recorder be requested to enquire into the Cir-
cumstances & State of the Water Lots in front of the Estates of
Remsen & Riker on the East side of Burlings Slip & report to the
Board.

Ordered that M r Carmer enclose the whole of the Piece of Land,
purchased for a public burying Ground, adjoining the two Roads
with a tight Board Fence, and also to paint the Fence round the Park.

Ordered that M r Mayor issue his Warr 1 on the Treas r to pay
issd David Marshall for superintends the new public buryg Ground.. 21

At a Common Council held at the City

[185] City of ] ^ Hall of the City of New York on Tuesday

New York J S the 7 th April 1801 Pursuant to the Statute

for regulating Elections.

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Richard Harison Esq r Recorder

c John Nitchie

Selah Strong ^ T . T . ,

T , _ Jacob J Arden

John Bogert r,, ... D ,

r_. Philip Brasher

Mangle Mmthorne nt-i T- -c i A *

T-, fEsa" Aldn Philip Ten Eyck rAssist 5

Jotham Post XT . , ~

T , Nichs Carmer

Joshua Barker T , ,-, .

1. . T John P Ritter

Robert Lenox j

Henry Verveelen

The Board proceeded to the election of Inspectors for the ensuing
Election of Gov r Lieutenant Governor, Senators & Members of As-
sembly & the following Persons were duly elected viz 1

Nicholas Evertson Abraham Brinckerhoff

1st Wd Henry White 2d Wd Abraham Varick

Aquila Giles Peter Mackie

James Scott Anthony Post

3d Wd John Titus 4th Wd Bernard 3 Swartwout Jun r

Walter Bowne Joseph \Vinter



726 CITY OF NEW YoitK 13 April 1801



W m Rhinelander John Crolius

5th Wd Leonard Fisher 6th Wd John P Groshon

Rob* P. Lee Fred ck Rhinelander

William Neilson
7th \yd William Bayard
Jacob Morton

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

New York ( the 13 th day of April 1801

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

Mangle Minthorn 1 John Nitchie

Robert Lenox Jacob J Arden

John B Coles f Esq" Alda John P Ritter ^Assists

Selah Strong Philip Ten Eyck

John Bogert Philip Brasher

Ordered that Aid" Strong & Mess rs Nitchie & Arden be a Com-
mittee to attend & direct the Sale of such of the Common Land Lots
as the Purchasers have neglected or refused to accept their Deeds &
pay the consideration Money. That the Sale of the said Lots be post-
poned 'till the first Tuesday in May next And that in the meantime
the Deeds made out to the former Purchasers be sealed & signed by
M r Mayor to be tendered to the respective Purchasers by the Street
Commissioners, who are to preserve Evidence thereof in cases of
refusal to accept & pay the consideration Money.

Ordered that Ald n Coles Lenox Strong & Minthorn & M r Ritter
be a Committee to enquire into the subject & report to the Board such
Improvement as they shall judge may be made to the (Economy &
Management of the [187] Alms House with an Eye to the Rules for
the Government of the Alms House reported and agreed to by the
Board on the 6 th day of October last ; but which, thro' want of an Act
of the Legislature as petitioned for by this Board last Session, cannot
be carried into full effect

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

issd Theophs Beekman special Justice $187 5 %oo

issd Jacob D L Montagnie the like $187 5 %oo

issd Bernard O Blenis Clk Police Office $225

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

i ss d W m Van Waert for the like 85 : 4 : 6

issd Magnus Beekman for the like 62 : 2 : 6

issd Hugh Gobel for the like 62 : 2 : 6

issd Cotton Gelston for Lamp Oil 311: 7:



20 April 1801 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 727

City of ) At a Common Council held on Monday

New YorkJ SS> the 20 th day of April 1801

Present/ Richard Varick Esq r Mayor

John Bogert ^

c , , c , Nicholas Carmer

Selah Strong *

HT 1 AT- tu John Nitchie

Mangle Mmthorn . .

Philip Brasher I Assist^

F



Joshua Barker

T iU John P Ritter

Jotham Post -L _ .

-r , ~ . Jacob J Arden

John B Coles

[188] Ordered that the Street Commiss rs meet with the Persons
authorized for the purpose at Hallets Cove & confer with them on
the subject of the Ferry near Hellgate & report the Result to the
Board.

A Petition for suspending the Ordinance for paving Cherry S 1
between E t George & E l Rutgers Streets was read & referred to the
S* Commiss rs

A Petition of Stanton & Ross stating their Losses in keeping the
old Brooklyn Ferry from the termination of Van Maters Lease last
Fall during the Winter & praying a remission of the Rent was read
And on the Question whether the Board would grant their Prayer it
passed in the negative.

A Petition of Benj a Page, Consignee of the Ship Eliza from Liver-
pool for Relief against an Attachment on the said Ship for landing
Passengers contrary to Law; was granted on his complying with the
usual Terms in such Cases & to indemnify the City ag 1 such Pas-
sengers as were landed at Cape May & who are since come to this
City.

A Petition of Peter Lott for the use of the upper Room in the
new Watch House ; was read & referred to the S l Commiss rs

A Petition of Bernard 5 Swartwout Jun r for a Grant of the Soil
under Water in Hudsons River on the North of Thames Slip from
the termination of his present Grant out to the permanent Line was
read & the Draft of a Grant was ordered to be prepared accordingly.

[189] Ordered that on each Sunday for two Months to come two
of the Peace Officers be employed one at the Battery & the other at
the Park to prevent unruly Boys & others from playing in those Places
& injuring the Trees & Grass and that each Officer employed be
allowed one Dollar each Sunday.

The two following Reports of the S 1 Commiss rs were read &
agreed to by the Board viz 1

The S* Commiss rs on the Petition of Anthony Rutgers & others



728 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 April 1801

on the Subject of a Bason at the lower end of Reade & Duane Streets
for the accommodation of Hay Boats Report that they have examined
the Place mentioned in the Petition and find that the permanent Line
is there compleated agreable to the Plan laid down by the B d some
time since & from other existing Causes are of Opinion it would be
inexpedient for the Board to erect a Bason agreable to the wish of the
Petitioners.

On the Petition of Thomas Pearsall & others on the subject of an
Engine House in the vicinity of Burlings Slip they Report that they
have examined the situation at the head of Burling & Beekmans Slips
and are of Opinion that the most eligible Place for erecting the said
House is at Beekmans Slip directly in the rear of a Fountain erected
by the Manhattan C for supplying Shipping with Water

Rich d Furman
John Bogert

Ordered that Robert M c Dermot be permitted to make a Vault under
the Street in front of his new House in Greenwich Street

[190] The Treasurer presented the follow 8 Report viz 1

The City Treasurer begs leave to Present to Com. Council the
Sales of the property of Martin Morrison late Collector of the
Seventh Ward.

The Lease of the Houses to J. Dobbins 2250

Lot in Christopher Street 60



2310

The payment on the Lease 10 225

Cash for the Lot 60



285
Deduct Charges 17.77 17.77



Ball" of Cash in the hands of L Bleecker.. 267.23



Neat Amt of Sales 33 L Bleecker D 2292.23

Cash received from the Sheriff for the neat Amot of Goods Sold by
him 222.94



Whole Amot of property sold D r 2515 . 17



Notes due from J. Dobbins 2025

Ballance of Cash 267.23

2292.23



27 April 1801 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 729

The Board will be pleased to determine on the Sufficiency of the
Indorsers named by M r Bleecker and Direct an Assignment to James
Dobbins of the Lease and a Conveyance of the Lot to Robert G. Boyd.
who has paid the full Consideration Money to M r Bleecker

Dan Phoenix City Treas r
New York April 17. 1801.

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



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