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upon condition that the same shall be the property of this Board and
in all respects subject to its controul.

A Petition of John Sherman for a road near the house at Harlaem
Creek was referred to the Street Commissioner.

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Peter G
Stuyvesant reported as follows to Wit.

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Peter G
Stuyvesawt Report

That the improvement of a Dock Contemplated by M r Stuyvesant
would be of infmate service and great accommodation to the inhabi-
tants residing near the 2 Mile Stone,

Your Committee having examined the premises and find that it
will not interfear with the fishery as the place is so very Rockey,
and almost impossible to draw a Sein with safety; we therefore
recommend that the Petitioner have a grant, for Two hundred and fifty
feet in front of his ground on the East River, on such terms as has
been Customary to grant to proprietors of land adjoining [33] the
said River.

Abraham King
New York May 19 th 1806

Jacob Shute

Ordered that the same be confirmed

Ordered that Peters and Gedney be permitted to Build a Lime
house in Pearl Street, Harmanus Talman in Vezey Street, and that
Benjamin Bailey be permitted to build a Vault in Wall Street under
the direction of the Street Commissioner

A Petition of William Baker and others to dig out Montgomery
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner

The Committee appointed to examine the Comptrollers account for
filling dirt into the Collect, report that they have examined the above
account current and compared the same with the vouchers rendered
and find that on [a] Balance in [is] due the Comptroller of $298.6524
for monies expended by him beyond the sum advanced for the above
purpose. This balance includes the balance on last settlement due the



208 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 May 1806

Comptroller there being no warrant issued for the said last men-
tioned balance due on the settlement of 14 April 1806.

Jacob Mott

12 May 1806 Simon Van Antwerp

J D L Montagnie

Ordered that the said report be confirmed and that a Warrant
issue to the Comptroller for the said balance.

[34] A Return from Captain Beekmans Watch Company was re-
ferred to the Watch Committee.

A Petition of Nicholas Romaine was referred to the Street Com-
missioner and Comptroller.

Resolved that twelve additional Watchman be appointed and
stationed in such manner as the Watch Committee shall direct
. Ordered that a Warrant issue to the Comptroller for $133 5 %oo
to take up a note given by Peter P Wyckoff for Manure and that the
Comptroller take the best security he can obtain

Ordered that the plan presented by the Street Commissioner for
laying out Streets between the Bowery and Greenwich be and the same
is hereby adopted

Ordered that the Attorney of the board proceed agreeably to
Law for the recovery of all sums which have been advanced by the
Common Council and which are a lien upon property

William Bridges was appointed a City Surveyor.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to build a Bulk-
head at Beekman Slip

Ordered that the same do pass.

[35] The Street Commissioner to whom was referred a petition to
defer the regulation of Spring Street reported against the prayer
thereof. Ordered that the said report be confirmed.

A Report of the Street Commissioner on the petition of Andrew
Blank was referred to Alderman Wood, M r Torbert and M r Shute

Resolved that the Street Commissioner take order for opening the
outlet of Bertavers Killatie through Village Street to the Hudson
River and that when the expence thereof is ascertained he present
to this Board the draft of an Ordinance for Assessing the same upon
the owners and Occupants of lots benefitted thereby agreeably to
Law.

Resolved that the Watch Committee be authorized to call in the
Watch boxes and place them in either the Bridewell or Alms house
Yard and cause them to be repaired if necessary.



19 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 209

William P Roome was appointed to superintend the City Scaveng-
ers pursuant to the late Ordinance.

Bell

A Proposition of Enos Tompkins to furnish dirt Carts was re-
ferred to the superintendant of Scavengers

Resolved that the Street Commissioner under the direction of the
Road Committee present [36] to this board a Map or plan of the
Dove lots nearly one acre lots with all convenient speed

Ordered that the Aldermen and assistants of the respective Wards
report the Jury list at the next Meeting.

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and
removal of Nuisances numbered from 2513 to 2529 inclusive Ord-
ered that the same do pass

Resolved that the Street Commissioner take immediate measures
for

I st For finishing the regulation of the Middle Road, from the
South side of the Bridge near the powder house to John Murray's
gate, agreeably to the profile. The hill is to be dug out forty feet wide,
and the hollow filled in fifty feet wide on the line of the profile, and
the rocks removed to the Bridge. If the earth from the hill should
be found insufficient, more may be taken from the side Banks.

II. For erecting a substantial Stone Bridge across the road
above mentioned in place of the present Bridge, with Walls on each
side about ten feet high in the Centre, and one hundred and fifty
feet long; besides a parapet wall three feet high and two feet thick
above the surface of the Road. The arch must be seven feet high,
[37] five feet wide, and fifty feet long, and be laid with good Masons
Work in lime and sand. The side Walls are to be put up dry, faced
on each side, battered, and sufficiently thick to resist the pressure of
the earth which will be filled in between them.

III. For erecting a substantial arched Bridge of Stone on the
Middle Road, over the stream South of M r Post's in lieu of the pres-
ent Bridge. The arch is to be eight feet high, five feet broad, and
sixty feet in length across the road, and laid in lime and sand. The
side Walls are to be put up dry, battered as aforesaid, and to be about
twelve feet high, besides three feet parapet, two feet thick, and two
hundred feet in length, on each side. In addition to the stone work
of this Bridge, the Contractor must engage to fill in between the walls
of the Bridge and at each end thereof, agreeably to the line of the
profile .nd dig out and regulate so much of the Road as will be neces-
sary to obtain the Earth for that purpose.



210 CITY or NEW YORK 19 May 1806

The materials on the Ground and in the adjacent parts of the Road
will be at the disposal of the Contractors ; from whom security will
be required, that the work will be done at least equal to the walls laid
by Anthony Smith, at Kessing Bridge.

IIII. For the regulating of Hudson Street, from Brannon Street
to the South side of Hetty Street [38] from Greenwich Street to a
point within thirty six feet of M r Astor's fence agreeably to the
profile.

The two last estimates be delivered by the first of April, and the
work completed by the first of June and that the Street Commissioner
be and he is hereby authorized to accept the proposals for the same
which in his opinion shall be most for the public interest.

Resolved, That the Street Commissioner be directed to cause the
Streets pourtrayed by him on the Map of the ground between Green-
wich Lane & the Bowery Road, this day presented to & adopted by
this Board to be surveyed & staked out at the several Corners, to en-
able the proprietors to ascertain with precision the quantity of Ground
that will be taken from them for that purpose.

Resolved, That the Street leading from the intersection of Ham-
mond Street & Greenwich Lane to the mouth of the lane between
Samuel Burling & Thomas Burlings land on the Bowery be opened of
the breadth of sixty feet, & that the Street Commissioner take meas-
ures to carry the object of this Resolution into effect.

And be it further Resolved, That in all cases where the Cession of
the said Street or any part of it cannot be obtained Gratis, The [39]
Street Commissioner be directed to take the usual course of Law to
cause the same to be opened.

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to
pay.

Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $217.56

William Van Wart DO 217.56

Magnus Beekman D 197.96

William Peterson D 197.96

Hugh Gobel DO 148.96

Gad Dumbolton DO 148.96

Gad Dumbolton City Watch 148.96

Nathan Stanberry on Contract for Hudson Street 100.

Magie and Kelly on Contract for Broome Street 300.

Abraham Stagg money assessed to Susan M c Claskie on Division

Street 41 . 93

Henry Hulsart for money assessed to Susan M c Claskie on Norfolk

Street 140.56



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211



Henry Hulsart for money assessed to Richard Downing on Hester

Street $37.60

Thomas Hazard for salary of himself and Assistants 437.50

Wandell Van Antwerp for lime 16.50

James Hogan for paving at Catharine Market 74.68

Tate and M c Niven repairing a Grate 5. 4

Arthur Johnson Carting Dirt 50.31

Caparus Romaine Carting sand 17. 6

Charles Warner repairing wheels 42.25

F. Carlle and Company for Lamps 31.55

Rufus Beach for enforcing Sunday Law 7.

Josiah Shippey for attending observatory 13.

[40] William Hertell for Guaging oil -5.

Benjamin Romaine ballance of his Collect account 298.64

Benjamin Romaine for Clerks of election 134.

Benjamin Romaine for Constables at election 102.50

Benjamin Romaine to pay a Note of Peter P Wyckoff 133.58

Abraham Stagg money assessed to Edward Livingston for regulating

Orchard Street 63.80

Jacob Dela Montagnie for Soupe house 200.



[41] In Common Council May 26. 1806



Present



DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor

Jacob De la Montagnie

James Fairlie

Jacob Mott

Wynant Van Zandt Junior

Elias Nexsen

Abraham King

Thurston Wood



Caleb Pell
James Drake



Esquires
Aldermen



Joseph Board
Samuel Torbert
Simon Van Antwerp
Andrew Morris
Gilbert Coutant
John D Miller
Adrian Hegeman
Samuel M Hopkins



Assistants.



A Petition of John Quackenbos for the return of his Bond given
to secure the title of property taken to improve Leonard Street was
referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner.

A Petition of George M Woolsey and others to repair Greenwich
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner.

[42] A Communication of George Caines was referred to the
Street Commissioner and Comptroller

A Map of the City of Philadelphia having been presented to the
board by the Common and Select Councils of that City. Ordered that
the same be framed and placed in the Common Council Chamber.

A Petition that Washington Street be completed was referred to
the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of Mary and Winne Barrett to be relieved from a fine



212 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 May 1806

for selling liquors Contrary to law was referred to the Attorney of
the Board.

A Petition to regulate Roosevelt Street was referred to the Street
Commissioner

An application of Waters Furman to be paid $12.81 being the
assessment of John Michaels upon Lot N 367 Mott Street was re-
ceived and granted.*

A Petition of Ephraim Hart that a Water course be made near his
Lots at the Collect was referred to the Street Commissioner

A Petition of Peter Fenton for a Water grant Opposite his prop-
erty in Greenwich Street was reffered to the Comptroller. f

A Petition of Nathaniel Tucker and others respecting the regula-
tion of Murray and Spring Street was refferred to the Alderman and
assistant of [43] the Seventh and Eighth Wards and the Street Com-
missioner

An application of Arthur Smith and William Dustan for a Water
Grant opposite their property at Greenwich was referred to the Comp-
troller.

An application of Catharine Stonehouse stating that the pump
before her house in Beaver Street is a Nuisances was referred to the
Alderman^ and assistant of the first Ward.

Abner Wood, of N 49 Water Street was Appointed a Fireman of
Hook and Ladder Company N 1 instead of Stephen Heustace re-
signed, Alexander M c Farlane of N 52 Water Street was Appointed a
Fireman of Hook and Ladder Company N 1 instead of James Shaw
resigned. Edward Vermilla and Najah Wildman were appointed
Firemen to the Haerlem Company instead of Benjamin Benson and
Samuel Myers removed, William J Roome and John Wyley were ap-
pointed Fireman to Company N 3 instead of John Rutgers and
Matthias Crane resigned.

An application of George Dieterick for the Office of inspector of
Bread was referred to the Committee on applications for offices.

An application of John Murray Junior for leave to build a Vault
in Pearl Street was [44] granted under direction of the Street Com-
missioner

A Petition of Margaret Davis stating her inability to Contribute
towards the regulation of Grand Street was referred to the Comp-
troller and Street Commissioner.

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject.



* Marginal note reads Lien on 367. Mott St. ED.
t Marginal note reads See. Vol. 17. P. 369. 415. ED.



26 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 213

Ordered that Abraham Brevoorts lease be renewed for lot N 2 for
twenty one Years at 8 per annum with the usual Covenants.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to regulate Mont-
gomery Street Ordered that the same do pass and that Thomas Timp-
son, Whitehead Hicks, William Hunter, Thomas Ivers and George
Buckmaster be appointed Assessors for the same.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating
Washington Street Ordered that the same pass and that Lewis Ford,
Amos Corning, William Ryer, John Sharp and Frederick Eckert be
appointed assessors for the same.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for building a
Bulkhead at the foot of Scammel Street, Ordered that the same do
pass.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to dig out and
regulate Attorney Street from the Northerly kennel of Stanton Street
[45] to the Southerly kennel of Broome Street Ordered that the
same do pass and that Thomas Timpson Whitehead Hicks, Abraham
Van Gelder Junior Benjamin Thurston and William Hunter be ap-
pointed assessors.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for extending
three piers at the White hall Slip Ordered that the same pass.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to assess the
Monies found for the Assessment of Canal Street. Ordered that the
same do pass and that Leonard Bleecker, Nicholas Van Antwerp,
Jasper Ward John H Sickles and John Bingham be appointed As-
sessors.

Ordered that Abijah Arden and Frederick Babcock have per-
mission to Assign their leases to Andrew Ogden.

Resolved that the Comptroller call on the proprietors of the Wharf
the West side of the Fly market Slip to ascertain whether they will sell
the Common Council the one half of said pier and the right of Wharf-
age to the same on the East side of the said pier it being the Slip side
and the one half of the Wharfage at the end and report their deter-
mination on Monday next to the board

The following report was received from the finance Committee

The finance Committee to whom was referred the letter of the
Treasurer, respecting the monies [46] to be collected from Streets by
assessments

Reports

That the practice under the former Street Commissioner D r Brown
was that the respective Collectors, were ordered to pay the several



214 CITY OF NEAV YORK 28 May 1806

Contractors from time to time such sums of money as they collected,
in proportion as the work progressed ; and when the Contract was com-
pleated and examined by the Street Commissioner the Contractor re-
ceived the whole of his Money from the Collector

The present Street Commissioner having altered the mode of pay-
ing the Contractors and having already opened a set of Books re-
specting Streets, as recommended by the Treasurer Your Committee
are of opinion on reconsidering the subject that it will be most ad-
viseable to place the operations on this subject, in the mode already
arranged by the Street Commissioner, as his Books will at all times
be ready for any examination the Board may direct. The Committee
on investigating this subject do not discover the necessity of keeping
any Books on this subject if the assessments were regularly filed all
the purposes would be, in their opinion answered

They however have no objection to the mode arranged by the
present Street Commissioner

26 May 1806 Samuel Torbert Jacob Mott

Abraham King J. D Miller

Ja Drake

[47] Ordered that the same be confirmed

The following report was received from the Committee on
Wharves piers and slips.

The Committee on Docks & Slips recommend that Peter Schermer-
horn's line be continued from front Street to South Street on a line
say 31 feet 8 inches on front & the same dimentions on South Street
The Committee are of opinion that Peter Schermerhorn ought to pay
an equivalent for this excess of Ground If this is agreed to it will
make the south side of Beekmans Slip uniform & leave ought [out] the
break of 5 feet 8 inches. The committee offer the following resolu-
tion

Resolved. That Peter Schermerhorn's line on the south side of
Beekmans slips be continued from front Street to South Street say at
31 feet 8 inches on front Street & the same dimentions on South
Street he paying therefor the value of the excess of Ground beyond
his grant and that the Comptroller be & he is hereby authoriz d to treat
with Peter Schermerhorn & Report to this Board the value therefor

All which is submitted to
Jacob Mott
Elias Nexsen
W. Van Zandt J r

Ordered that the same be confirmed



26 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 215

A Petition of the Captains of Vessels stating that the Albany Slip
is very much incumbered [48] was referred to the Committee on
wharves, Slips and piers

A Petition to complete the pier at the Albany bason was referred to
the Committee on wharves Slips and piers

Ordered that the Collector of the sixth ward have time until the
first of July to settle his books.

On receiving the petition of Ephraim Brasher and others the fol-
lowing resolution was proposed by Alderman Van Zandt to wit
whereas a Number of Slaughter houses in this City are represented
to this Board as great nuisances whereby the health of the inhabi-
tants in their vicinity is greatly endangered Resolved that no slaughter
house be built or erected in any part of this City without the au-
thority of this Board under the penalty of $250 to be received with
Costs of suit. It was moved to refer the said petition and resolution
to the Board of health a division being called upon the said Motion
the same was carried as follows to wit.

Affirmative

Aldermen Dela Montagnie M r Torbert

Fairlie [49] Board

Mott Van Antwerp

King Morris

Wood Coutant

Pell Miller

Negative

Aldermen Van Zandt M r Hegeman

Drake Hopkins

The Building Committee reported to the Board that in their opinion
it is expedient to make an additional appropriation of $10,000 for the
expences of progressing in the building of the New City Hall for the
current Year agreeably to an annexed document furnished by M r
M c Comb. A division being called upon the said Report the same was
negatived as follows to wit.

Affirmative
Aldermen Fairlie M r Board

Van Zandt Van Antwerp

Morris
Negative

Aldermen Dela Montagnie M r Torbert

Mott Coutant

Nexsen Miller

King Hegeman

[50] Wood Hopkins

Pell
Drake



216 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 May 1806

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and
removal of Nuisance Numbered from N 2530 to 2540 inclusive Ord-
ered that the same pass.

The City Inspector reported with respect to the regulation of the
Alms house Yard the same was referred to the Aldermen and Assist-
ant of the fifth and sixth Wards.

Jonas Humbert and Christian Nestell having resigned their ap-
pointments as Inspectors of bread the board proceeded to ballot for
proper persons to fill the vacancies, and John Declew and John A
Crolius having the greatest number of Votes were appointed accord-
ingly.

Alderman Mott

TTT . were appointed a Committee to examine and report

,, r c * * f with respect to the New road to be laid out near
,p , J the property of Samuel Burling to Greenwich.

[51] Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer
to pay.

Waters Furman for the assessment on John Michaels $12.81

Jacob Mott Esq r for the Mud Machine 1000.

Samuel Crowdrey to pay expences of opening Canal. Varick. and

Leonard Streets 570.

Carpenter and Tompkins on their Contract for Mud Machine 500.

John Bussing for Assessments on vacant lots in Sixth and Suffolk

Streets 251 .88

Bartholemew Skaats for Salary of himself and Assistant 126.50

Thomas and James Stevenson for Blacksmith Work to Engines 519.51

Andrew Leary for work 33.00

Hicks Jenkins and Company for Oil 2000.

David Burger for paper etc at election in the second ward 2.

Kay and Homer for work at pumps 84 . 31

Thomas Riley for painting at Goal 2 . 48

James Woods for Iron Stoves 157.95

Charles M c Pherson for work at Alms house 121 .59

Dikeman and Varian for work to pumps 160.37

Samuel Lloyd as Clerk of Election 4.

Thomas Smith Blacksmith Work 111.46

Kimball and Skaats for painting 155.26



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217



[52] In Common Council, June 2 nd 1806

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder



Jacob Mott

James Drake

Caleb Pell

James Fairlie

Jacob De la Montagnie

Elias Nexsen

Abraham King



Esquires
Aldermen



Samuel Torbert
Jacob Shute
Andrew Morris
Simon Van Antwerp
Gilbert Coutant
John D Miller
Adrian Hegeman
Joseph Board



> Assistants.



A Return from Captain Petersons Watch Company was referred
to the Watch Committee

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee

Ordered that Daniel Smith, John Smith, Eli Goodale, Charles
Sheppard, John [53] Johnston and George Taylor be appointed watch-
men in Captain Beekmans Company instead of Phineas Pelton, Abra-
ham Deforeest, James Van Houten Joseph Curtis, and Coddington
who have absented themselves, and Isaac Tuckerman and William
Heyer suspended. And that Peter Britt, John Webb, John Wright,
Matthias Roome, John Bloomfield, John Morgan, John M c Clan and
William Gerrard be appointed substitutes to the said Company.

A Report of the Attorney of the board respecting a violation of
the Building Act was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the
second Ward.

A Petition of Samuel Jackson for a Water Grant was referred to
the Comptroller.

An application of Johnson and Stevens was referred to the Market
Committee.

An application of James Desbrosses and others concerning the
Bulkhead at New Slip was referred to the Alderman and assistant of
the Seventh Ward.

A Petition of John Jackson and others for a New ferry from
Corlears hook point, to the Wallabout was referred to the Ferry
Committee

A Petition to regulate Mulberry Street was referred to the Com-
mittee on that subject.

[54] The Committee to whom was referred the petition of four
of the Auctioneers praying for the indulgence of having Cryers or



218 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 June 1806

Bellmen to be allowed them in attending their sales at public auction
Reported that in their opinion the prayer of the said petition ought not
to be granted. Ordered that the said report be confirmed.

A Petition for opening Frankford Street was referred to the
Street Commissioner

An application of Charles Christian Concerning sales at Auction
at Burling Slip was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the
second Ward.

A Petition of Nicholas W Stuyvesant for a Water grant was re-
ferred to the Comptroller

David Mann resigned his stand N 37 Fly Market. Ordered that
the said resignation be accepted and that Henry Shop be appointed in
his stead.

A Petition of Samuel Cannon for the remission of a penalty
against the law for the inspection of flour was received and granted.

A Petition of John Marschalk to be appointed a Weighmaster was
referred to the Committee on applications for Offices

[55] Resolved that the superintendant of Repairs be directed to
construct two additional gates to Communicate between Marketfield
Street and the Battery.

An application of John Delafield for permission to extend his
Wharf was Committed to the Committee on Wharves Slips and piers

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner
and the Collector for Walnut Street

To the Honourable Corporation of the City of New York
*The Petition of Abr m Van Gelder Jr Humbly Shewt that your
Petitioner being appointed to Collect the assessment list for diggen out



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