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that the suspension of Enoch Earle and William Hammond Watch-
man of Captain Lawrences Company be confirmed and that the sus-
pension of Stephen Tompkins a Watchman of Captain Dumboltons
Company and John Smith a Watchman of Captain Beekmans Com-
pany be also confirmed.

A Petition of John Dawson for relief against a penalty for bring-
ing his boat into the new Slip was referred to the Attorney of the
Board.

An application of Miss Vaillant respecting a Suit of Colours was
referred to the Comptroller.

Returns from Captains Petersons and Beekmans Watch Compa-
nies were referred to Watch Committee.

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that
John Chapel have the stand N 7 and Peter Chapel the stand N 9
Fly Market.

A Petition of William M c Kenney for a Water Grant was referred
to the Comptroller

A Petition of John Vanderpool respecting an encroachment of
John Hyslop was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the
second ward

An award of the referees appointed to settle the account of this
board and the Manhattan Company for water supplied to the City
was referred to the Comptroller.

[102] The Market Committee recommended that Robert Kenah
be permitted to sell meat at or near Colonel Rutgers's Store at Rutgers



242 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 July 1806

Slip during the summer and fall Ordered that leave be granted
accordingly

A Petition of Archibald Kerly and others praying that the pave-
ment in Water Street between Peck and New Slips may be repaired
and that the ordinance for repaving the same be repealed was granted

A Petition of Matthias Flager to be permitted to sell meat by the
quarter in the lower part of the Fly Market was referred to the
Market Committee.

A Report was received from the Committee to whom was referred
the petition of the Trustees of the Society for establishing a free
school

Ordered that the same be recommitted and that Alderman Nexsen
and Mott be added to the Committee.

John L Cock Grocer was appointed a Fireman of Company N 30
instead of Cornelius Bunscouten resigned

The Chief Enginer reported that he has been offered $75 for
the small Engine formerly used by Company N 5 Ordered that he
be authorized to dispose of it for that sum.

[103] The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for pav-
ing Grand Street from the Bowery to Second Street. Ordered that
the same be confirmed and that John Bussing be appointed Collector.

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered
that an Ordinance pass for assessing the property taken to widen
Leonard Street on the East side of Broad Way.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for paving Cross
Street. Ordered that the same pass.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for filling in and
regulating Prince Street from Broadway to Mott Street Ordered that
the same pass.

A Report of the Counsel of the Board with respect to the rights
of M r Varick near the Slip at the foot of Dey Street was referred to
the Committee on that subject.

On receiving the report of the Attorney of the Board Ordered that
the bond given by John Quackenbos to secure the property taken to
continue Leonard Street be delivered up to him.

Resolved that the Comptroller under the direction of the Mayor
be requested to negociate a Loan from the Manhattan Company for
$20,000 and to give a Corporation Bond or Bonds for the [104] same,
and that the interest due the said Company on the Bonds heretofore
given be paid out of the dividends on the shares of the Corporation if
in his opinion it shall be necessary.



14 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



243



Upon receiving the report of Attorney of the Board Ordered that
the sum of $394 6 %oo- being the money of the Estate of Thomas May
paid in the City Treasury be paid to John Bedient and Garret H Van
Wagenen they having executed a Bond of indemnity to this board

It being moved to appointed an additional Weigh master the di-
vision was called upon That Motion the same was negatived as fol-
lows to wit.

Affirmative
Alderman Van Zandt
King

Negative
Alderman Mott
Wood
Pell
Drake



Hopkins
Morris



M r Van Antwerp
Coutant
Shute
Board
Hegeman

[105] Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treas-
urer to pay.

Philip J Arcularius for support of Alms house $2000.

John H Sickles to pay for marble for the New City Hall 2400.

Loss and Budge for surveying Enkelburgh lots 68.

A Richardson for laying across Delancey Street 24.88

Enos Tompkins for Bell Carts 30.

William P Roome to pay Sweepers 30. 50

John Pintard a Quarters salary 312 . 50

Edward Moran for services 52 .

Andrew Otterson for services 52 .

Miller and Paxton for Stone Cutters work 29.56

Cracher and Allen for attending to enforce Sunday law 54.

William Matthews for bridge near powder house 350.



Present



[106] In Common Council. July 14. 1806
DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor



Jacob Mott

Abraham King

James Drake

James Fairlie

Jacob Dela Montagnie

Wynant Van Zandt Junior

Caleb Pell

Thurston Wood

Elias Nexsen



Esquires
Aldermen



Samuel Torbert
Simon Van Antwerp
Andrew Morris
Adrian Hegeman
John D Miller
Jacob Shute
Gilbert Coutant
Samuel M Hopkins.



Assistants



A Petition of John Wood relative to his property in Fair Street,
and stating that the same is not a Nuisance was referred to the Alder-
man and Assistant of the second Ward.



244 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1806

A Petition of the Medical Society for the use of a room was re-
ferred to Alderman Fairlie M r Van Antwerp and M r Morris.

[107] Ebenezer L Burling Cabinet maker N 26 Beekman Street
was appointed a Fireman N 12 instead of Christopher Mildeberger re-
signed, George Tait, Grocer of N 32 Old Slip was appointed a Fire-
man of Hook and Ladder Company N 1 instead of Christopher
Duyckinck Junior resigned and Walter Nexsen Merchant of N 174
Front Street was appointed a Fireman of Company N 21 instead of
Henry P Havens resigned.

A Communication of the Superintendant of the Alms house stating
that he has sent a Small pox patient to the Bellevue Hospital, Ordered
that he be permitted to remain there,

A Petition of James Moore praying that the Marshals may be per-
mitted to sell goods before his house was referred to the Alderman
and Assistant of the third Ward.

Returns from Captain Lawrence and Gobels Watch Companies
were referred to the Watch Committee,

Petitions of Isaac Anderson and Charles Thurston to be appointed
Assistant to Captain Gobel were referred to the Watch Committee.

Upon receiving the report of the Committee upon the petition of
several of the Auctioneers Ordered that so much of the law [108]
as prohibits the sale of dry goods and hard ware out of doors be sus-
pended until the first day of May 1807.

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred several Complaints
against the keeper of the Brooklyn Ferry report that they have as-
surance from him that the same will be better conducted in future,
ordered that such report be accepted.

An application of Henry Kermit for a Water Grant was referred
to the Comptroller.

A Petition of Abraham Reynolds and others respecting a privy
on Delafields Wharf was referred to the Alderman and assistant of
the first Ward with authority to make such order as they may think
necessary

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that
Henry Brown be appointed a watchman in Captain Dumboltons Com-
pany instead of Stephen Tomkins suspended and Abraham Debaun
and Richard Dunn instead of Cornelius Cole and John King resigned,
and that John Evert. William Hedden. John O Blenis, Josiah Donald-
son and Joseph Hawkins be appointed substitutes in Captain Dum-
boltons Company that Peter Paulding be appointed a W'atchman of
Captain Petersons Company instead of Hugh M c Dowl resigned and



14 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 245

that Henry Bird, [109] Jonathan Lownsberry, James Twaddel, and
Stephen Hall be appointed Watchmen of the said Company That
Timothy Briggs, John Devere, Stephen Mills, Joseph Butman and
John Ackerman be appointed substitutes of Captain Lawrence Com-
pany that John Vredenberg and Matthew Conklin be appointed
\Yatchmen in the said Company instead of William Hamman sus-
pended and Barney Wood resigned and that William Ross and John
Dusenberry be appointed substitutes in the said Company that Peter
Bull and John Webb be appointed Watchman of Captain Beekmans
Company instead of Samuel Hyler resigned and John Smith suspended
and John Wright. Matthias Roome John Morgan and John Bloomfield
be appointed Watchman of the said Company that Alden Hatch.
Daniel Lyons, Robert Merritt, Jonathan Green. Henry Tice, Robert
Little, Joseph Freeland Xoah Silvers, James Gerrard, Jonathan Bur-
well Daniel Sickels, Gilbert Post and Daniel Knapp be appointed sub-
stitutes of the said Company and that Garret Ackerman, Frederick
Voorhis Robert Serviss Michael Norris, Henry Fountain Peter Wal-
dron, Henry Peacock, John Wootress Alexander Ward, Laurence
Turnere. James Servent James Barr, Cornelius Ryder John Ogden,
John Woodruff and Peter Willis be appointed substitutes of Captain
Van Warts Company.

[110] Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject
Ordered that $500 be advanced to Hulsart and Stagg on account of
Stanton Street and $500 on account of Arundle Street and that the col-
lectors be directed to make a return of delinquents without delay.*

Robert Robertson was permitted to erect a Vault in John Street
under the direction of the Street Commissioner

Richard Nixon was appointed Stewart of the Alms house instead
of Samuel Brewster.

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating
the upper part of Broad Way Ordered that the same be confirmed and
that George Warner Senior Daniel Winship, Jonathan Pinckney,
Charles Christian and William Shiver be appointed assessors

James Greatman was appointed an Assessor for Amity Street in-
stead of Peter H Wendover resigned

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner the order
for erecting a pier on the West side of Charlotte Slip was renewed

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for paving
Chapel Street between Anthony and Leonard Streets Ordered that the

* Marginal note reads Arundle Street $500 advanced to Hulsart & Stagg.
per Assess ts ED.



246 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1806

same pass. And that Lewis Ford, Amos [111] Corning. Frederick
Eckert, John Remmey and William Ryer be appointed assessors.

A Report of the Street Commissioner relative to Grand Street was
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth And Eighth
Wards.

Resolved that the Watch Committee be authorized to have the
Watch house in the second district repaired so as to Accommodate the
Watchman and also to have as many New Caps made as are necessary
for the additional men and to have as many of the Old Caps painted
and Numbered as may be found to want it

Resolved that the superintendant of Public repairs be directed to
take immediate measures for raising and pinning the Greenwich
market.

*Upon receiving the report of the Road Committee Resolved that
a Road of sixty six feet in breadth be immediately opened agreeably
to the Survey of Charles Loss from the Hudson River to Harlaem
and that the Street Commissioner take order to have the same made
passable for carriages of burthen and pleasure. Provided nevertheless
that sufficient ground shall be ceded to the board for that purpose
free of expence.

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and re-
moval of Nuisances [112] Numbered from 2634 to 2641 inclusive
Ordered that the same do pass.

A Law to amend a Law entitled a Law to regulate the sale of
Horses to prevent their running loose in the Streets and to prevent
racing in the Streets and highways passed the Board

A communication of the Reverend M r Milledoler respecting a
Water Grant lately made to M r Benson and assigned to him and re-
questing that the Grant may be made out in his name was referred to
the Comptroller.

The following report of the Committee of finance was received

The finance Committee Report That the sum sum of Forty
Canal three thousand will become due and payable to sundry

Street persons for the Assessment of Canal Street as follows

Viz.

On 26th Augst 1806 y 3 of $43,000 is $14333.33

" Nov " V 3 " " " 14333.33

Febx 1807 V 3 " " 14333.34



43000.



* Marginal note reads Hudson Avenue. ED.



14 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



247



Amity On Oct r 1806 will become due to D r Vansolingen & M rs

Street. Duryea for the opening of Amity Street $14,400.

Am* for which Corporation Bonds have been given sundry pay-
ments already advanced by the Corporation for the opening of
Broadway $7021 .



Broadway
Advance
for opening
$7021.



$64,421 .

[113] From the above statement it appears that the sum of
Fifty seven thousand four hundred dollars, will become
due & payable on Corporation Bonds issued for the
opening of Canal & Amity Streets between 26 th day of
August & 26 th of Feb^ next. And that the sum of
Seven thousand & twenty one Dollars have been ad-
vanced for the opening of Broad Way. These several
sums are again to be raised and refunded to the Cor-
poration from the persons benefitted by the respective
arrangements.

The Committee recommend that the proper Officers be and they
are hereby ordered to use their utmost exertions in forwarding the
several Assessments above. And without delay obtain the reimburs-
ment of the above sums, together with all other Monies due to this
Board, which have been advanced for the opening and regulating of
Streets.

The Committee having seriously taken into consideration
the State of the finances, Recommend that the opening
of Orchard Street be suspended this season, and that the
verdict of the Jury be only confirmed.

It is believed inexpedient to proceed this season in erecting
a pier and Bason at the Corporation Dock near Hudson
Market, as the funds are not adequate to meet this ex-
penditure at present.

And further that the piers between White [114] Hall &
Exchange Slips be also suspended untill the proprietors
take their respective Grants to South Streets & dis-
charge the back rents on the improvements made in the
river to South Street



Orchard
Street.

Basin

at Hudson

Market

Piers
at White
Hall&

Exchange



Slips.

The Committee further recommend that William J Waldron be re-
quested to Assist the Comptroller in collecting the Monies due this



248 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1806

Corporation, at all such times or intervalls as his other duties to the

Street Commissioner will permit.

Abraham King
Jacob Mott
J. D Miller
Ja Drake
Samuel Torbert

Ordered that so much as respects a pier and bason at the Cor-
poration dock be suspended and that the residue of the said report be
confirmed.

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that
the Attorney of the board be directed to institute the necessary pro-
ceedings to obtain the ground necessary to widen Frankfort Street.
Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to pay.

Ithamar Bouker & C on Ace* of their Contract to Build a Bridge

near M r Posts on the middle road $500.

Peter Dobb and Justist Dearman for sinking two Blocks at the East

side of Peck Slip 1000.

[115] Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237.16

William Van Wart DO 237. 16

Magnus Beekman D 217.56

William Peterson DO 217.56

Hugh Goble DO 158.76

Gad Dumbolton D 158.76

Benjamin Romaine for Quarter salary 250.

Theo Beekman for Quarter salary as a special Justice 250.

Jacob DelaMontagnie for Quarter salary as a special Justice 250.

Bernard Oblenis for three months services 250.

Gilbert Van Mater for two old houses at Brooklyn ferry 20.

Saml B \Valdron for work on the roads 455 .81

Beekman M Van Bueren for work on the road 450.27

The Manhattan Bank for interest 2693 . 33

Mark M c Cammon for services to superintendant of repairs 28.

Calvin Otis for pumps & wells 133 . 37

Calvin Otis for County Contingencies 117.44

Andrew Leary for Carpenters 22 . 68

Cornelius Warner for one Quarters salary 156.50

Elias Nexsen for expenditures at the late fire 8.25

Enos Tompkins for Bell Carts 36.

Ebenezer Bassett for Iron work at ferry S* 255.22

Robinson & Curtis for Carriage hire for road Committee 24.

John Mills for Bucketts for Alms house 110.

Henry Watkeys for Candles 9 . 68

Fanny Van Slaut for working a Colour 150.

Hulsart & Stagg on Ace* of Stanton Street 500.

Hulsart & Stagg on Ace* of Arundle Street 500.



21 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 249

[116] In Common Council July 21 st 1806
Present DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor
Jacob Mott



Thurston Wood Samuel Torbert

Wynant Van Zandt Junior dr lan Hegeman

Gilbert Coutant



Esquires
Aldermen



Andrew Morris
Simon Van Antwerp



James Fairlie i



Assistants



Abraham King
James Drake
Elias Nexsen
James Fai
Caleb Pell

A Petition of John Baisley for a Butchers Stand was referred
to the Market Committee

A Petition of Several Inhabitants of the Seventh Ward to Com-
plete the West side of the Wharf at Rutgers Slip was referred to the
Committee on W r harves piers and Slips

A Petition of John B Coles re- [117] pecting building Piers be-
tween Whitehall and Exchange Slips was referred to the Committee
on Wharves Piers and Slips.

Collins

Joseph Callings. Carpenter of N 15 Pell Street was appointed
a Fireman to Company N 2 instead of Jarvis.

Ordered that the Treasurer and Comptroller be directed to obtain a
settlement of the arrearages due upon Water Grants at Wliite hall
slip.

A Petition of John Holdron stating that several persons carry
passengers to Paules Hook during the races in violation of his ferry
right was referred to the Attorney of the Board.

A Petition of Edward Seabury and others for the usual allowance
for a pump at the Corner of Hester and third Streets was granted

A representation of several Butchers in the Catherine Market
Against the grant of a Stand to Robert Kenah was referred to the
Market Committee.

A Petition of Garrit Gilbert and others for the usual allowance
for a pump at Cornelia Street (Greenwich) was granted.

Petitions from Joseph Brotherton, John Dunham and Peter Pauld-
ing to be appointed Assistant to Captain Peterson were referred to the
Watch Committee.

[118] A Petition of Jonathan Lawrence respecting his Assessment
in Broome late Bullock Street was referred to the Street Commis-
sioner.

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject,



250 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 July 1806

Ordered that the Ordinance compelling John Wood to fill in the
Vacant Lot X 79 Fair Street be repealed

*A Petition was received from Daniel Winship, David Marsh,
George G. Messerve, John Pell. William Chivvis, William Messerve,
Jacob Tier. William Kline, John Perrin, John B Smith, Francis
White. Samuel Winship. John Winship and Ebenezer Winship It
was moved that the prayer of the said Petition be granted and that the
Market Committee be directed to assign Stalls to the Petitioners in
the said Market a division being called for upon the said Motion the
same was carried in the affirmative as follows

Affirmative

Alderman Mott Mr Torbert

Wood Hegeman

King Coutant

Fairlie Morris

Pell [119] Van Antwerp

Miller
Negative

Alderman Van Zandt Alderman Nexsen

Drake [Mr] Shute

Petitions of Daniel Ensley Junior and William Pullis for Butchers
stands were referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Silas Lord and others against permitting the Marshals
to hold their sales in Vezey Street was referred to the Committee on
that subject.

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for opening
Varick Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques
appointed Collector.

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of John Geib
for praying to be indemnified for extra expences in regulating his
fences in Leonard Street reported against the prayer of the said peti-
tion Ordered that the said report be confirmed

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for regulating
Bedlow Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Abraham
Stagg appointed Collector.

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner

[120] The Street Commissioner has been applied to by M r George
Codwise J r to state to the board the propriety of sinking the Bulkhead
at Beekman Slip as soon as possible, which will give it time to settle
previous to the filling in with earth.

* Marginal note reads See P. 124 226 236 ED.



21 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 251

M r Codwise is peculiarly situated in this particular, as he [is]
anxious to fill in & improve his premises to inable him to build Stores
thereon to let in February next. And he cannot fill up his ground until
M r Schermerhorn fills his which M r Schermerhorn will not do until
the Bulkhead is sunk as it will be washed into the River

The sum that will in this case be Charged to the Corporation will
not be above 8 or 900 dollars. The Dock builders will wait for it
until next May, if desired, & without Interest. The Street Commis-
sioner under these circumstances, is of opinion the Bulkhead ought
to be sunk without delay.

All which is respectfully submitted
July 21 1806 John S Hunn

Ordered that the same be confirmed

The Street Commissioner reported the delinquents in the assess-
ments for Leonard Street. Ordered that a Warrant issue to Compell
payment.

[121] On receiving the report of the Watch Committee.

Ordered that Timothy Briggs John Devere, Peter Balin, Stephen
Mills, Joseph Beetman, Peter D Germoo and John Yredenburgh be
appointed Watchman to Captain Lawrence Company instead of Abra-
ham Day, Barney Wood, William Herbert, Nathaniel Wyant. Enoch
Earle Abraham Vooris. and Gideon Fuller and that the suspension of
John Ackerman be confirmed

M r Winthrop was permitted to erect a Vault in Wall Street under
the direction of the Street Commissioner.

The Attorney of the Board reported that he has received from
John Quackenbos a deed for the Land taken to widen Leonard Street.
Ordered that the Bond of indemnity given by M r Quackenbos be re-
turned to him to be cancelled.

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

N 434 Philip J Arculurius for support of Alms house $3000.

435 Benjamin Romaine for filling in Collect 1000.

436 Nathaniel Underhill on Ace* of Cartage 50.

437 William P Roome for Superintending Streets 76.50

and Sweeping markets 76.50

438 Bartholomew Skaats for ringing Bells on fourth July.. 25.50

439 Enos Tompkins for Bell Carts 36 9ioo

440 Crane and Hutchins for cleaning markets in the Month

of June 33 "Hoc

[122] 441 Peter Clark for Catridges &= 4th j u i y 451^00

442 A Girard for powder 150



252



CITY OF NEW YORK



28 July 1806



443 George Limbert & Conrad A Fritz for an Error in the

tax Books of the sixth ward $10 4 9ioo

444 Daniel Wolsey on Ace* of Dock work 300.

445 Christian Nestle balance of his Ace* as Inspector of

Bread 51.70

446 James Homer for repairs of pumps and wells 268.68

447 J. B & J. Brooks for Lamp work 66.87

448 William Kay for repairs to pumps & wells 137.



Present.



Jacob Mott

Abraham King

Caleb Pell

Jacob De La Montagnie

James Fairlie

Elias Nexsen

Wynant Van Zandt Junior

James Drake



[123] In Common Council July 28 th 1806

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder

John D Miller
Samuel Torbert
Andrew Morris
Gilbert Coutant

Aldermen Joseph Board f* Assistants

Samuel M. Hopkins
Adrian Hegeman
Simon Van Antwerp
Jacob Shute



A Petition of James Scott and others stating the filthy situation of
Hudson Street was referred to the Street Commissioner

A Proposition of Richard Varick to sell the Slip in Dey Street
in De\ Street was referred to Aldermen Fairlie King and M r Morris

Isaac Anderson was appointed Assistant to Captain Gobies and
Peter Paulding to Captain Petersons Company

[124] A Petition of Nicholas Romaine for a Water Grant was
referred to the Committee on Wharfs Slips & Piers

A Report of the Attorney of the Board on the Petition of John
Holdron was referred to the Ferry Committee

j

Proposals of Doctors Hosack. M c Neven and Pascalis to attend the
Goal and Alms house was referred to Al[d]erman Fairlie, Pell & M r
Torbert

A Petition of William Humphreys for an Office was referred to
the Committee on Application for Offices

The following Report was received from the Market Committee

*The Market Committee to whom was referred an arrangement to



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