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Roger Strong

Wynant Van Zandt Junior

Nicholas Fish

John P. Ritter

Jacob Le Roy

Thurston Wood



Stephen Ludlam
Samuel Torbert

Esquires John Hopper Junior

Aldermen Gerard De Peyster
Andrew Morris
Robert Bogardus



Assistants



An Application of Samuel M. Hopkins that the Rent of Ground
to be leased to the academy of Arts may be fixed was referred to the
Comptroller.

A Petition of William Hardenbrook & others that the fire Engine

* Marginal note reads X.B. See the Meeting of the second of February 1807
entered after the sixteenth Instant see Page. 312. ED.



9 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 347

N 19 may be permitted to remain in its present station was received
and granted

Jeremiah Sproull House Carpenter. Moses Marsh House Carpen-
ter. Stephen Beagle Grocer Jordan Downing House Carpenter. Abra-
ham Anderson House Carpenter and Jasper Miller Boat Builder were
appointed Firemen to Engine N 2 and Peter Yerrick was appointed
a Fireman to Company N 26.

[294] A Petition of James Skaats to be appointed a Watchman
was referred to the Watch Committee

A Petition of Philip Brasher to be exonerated as Security of the
Estate of John Munro was referred to the Comptroller.

A Petition of William Rutledge for an Allowance for a Pump was
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the eighth Ward

Richard L. Mott was appointed a fire Warden in the Sixth Ward
instead of Stephen Ludlam Elected a member of this board

Upon receiving the Application of John Tiebout Ordered that the
Deed Lot N 31 Enclinburgh be drawn in the name of Howard Fur-
man

Ordered that John C. Shaw be permitted to Assign his Lease of the
Lot N 73 in the Common Lands to John Rivington

A Petition of Elizabeth Laight for a Settlement of her claim
was referred to the Street Commissioner and Comptroller

The Comptroller reported that he has examined the Accounts and
Vouchers of DeW'itt Clinton Esquire Mayor of the City of New
York for money received by him for Market fees from the first day of
November 1805 to the first day of November 1806 inclusive, that it
appears that the Mayor has received from the Deputy Clerk of the
Market Seven thousand four hundred and twenty three Dollars and
five Cents exclusive of Fees of Collection and expences of sweeping
and Cleaning the Markets [295 J That the Mayor has retained one half
of the said Sum to his own use and has paid to Daniel Phoenix ihe
balance of said Account being $4288 S 7'ioo

The Comptroller further reports that he has examined the accounts
of the Mayor for monies received and paid out by him on Tavern
Licences from the first of November. 1805. to the first of November
1806 inclusive, that he has received for 1759 Licences the Sum of
$6956 2; yioo- That he has retained by agreement % of the said Sum
to his own use, and that he has paid $128 5 % u for Sundry charges
and Printing. Stationary Copies of Charts Laws &c. That he has
paid $200 as Counsel fees to Messieurs E Benson and Emmett in
Controversies of Powder house Land and Powles Hook Claims and to



348 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Feb. 1807

Daniel Phoenix City Treasurer the balance of said Account
$3711. 53/ 100

New York February 1807. Jacob Morton

Comptroller

Ordered that the said Report be confirmed

The Committee on that Subject reported the following Draft of
a Petition to the Legislature to enable this Board to appoint its own
Clerk

To the Honorable the Members of the State of New York in
Senate and Assembly convened

The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City
of New York

Respectfully Sheweth

[296] That your Petitioners relying on the Wisdom of your Hon-
orable Body to aid them in any useful and reasonable Measures which
they may request to have adopted relative to the concerns of the Cor-
poration of the City or the Interest of the Citizens

Respectfully pray that a Law may be passed relieving and re-
straining the Common Clerk as denominated in the Charter of the
said City now usually called the Clerk oi the City and County of
New York for the time being, for ever after the passing such Law
from doing or performing any duties or services or [otherwise acting
in any way or manner whatsoever as Clerk of the Common Council.
And that your Petitioners, the said Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty
in Common Council convened may by such Law be Authorized and
empowered to choose and appoint a Clerk of the Common Council and
to remove such Clerk and appoint another from time to time at the
Pleasure of the Common Council

And Your Petitioners will ever Pray &c

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a Copy of the same
be transmitted to the Legislature under the Seal of this Board

Ordered that this Board will allow to Thomas Williams driver of
the Public Hearse the Sum of Fifty Dollars for his past Services and
that his Salary in future cease

The following Report was received from the Street Commissioner

The Street Commissioner to whom- was referred the Application
from the Corporation of Trinity [297] Church to have the lines of
Washington & Greenwich Streets established has the Honor to Re-
port

That he attended with M r Barrow and M r Loss upon the premises
to consult upon the best positions from which to run the lines of



9 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 349

said Streets and that they were unanimously of Opinion that it would
be most conducive to the Interest of the Individuals proprietors of
property and beneficial to the public to run Greenwich Street from
Village Street as pourtrayed on the printed Copy Maps and to coincide
with a Street running through Richard Amos's Ground at Greenwich.
That it would be adviseable to run Washington Street on a straight line
from Brannon Street to the Street in front of the State Prison and

West

that Best Street be continued from a Point One hundred and ninety
feet West of Washington Street at Brannon Street to the Westerly
Wall of the State Prison yard agreeably to the Plan thereof made
by Charles Loss and herewith presented

The Street Commissioner is authorised to inform the Board That
the Corporation of Trinity Church will submit to such line as they
may think most to the advantage of the Public, and that they will
prefer these lines to any others that have been heretofore proposed for
the reasons above mentioned, and because they have sold M r Astor a
Tract of Land which will be trenched upon by any other plan

The Intersecting Streets deleniated upon the Map as such as the
Corporation of Trinity Church have long since laid out and which they
will so cede being Sixty five feet wide and of Suitable distances [298]
there will be no objection no doubt to them

Trinity Church is about disposing of part of the premises above
described and wish these lines permanently adopted to effect which the
Street Commissioner proposes the following Resolutions viz 1

1 st Resolved that the Easterly line of Greenwich Street extending
Northerly from Village Street be run from the Northwesterly corner
of a Dwelling house standing on the South Easterly corner of the
Intersection of Village & Greenwich Streets in a direct line to the
North Westerly corner of a Dwelling house built by Richard Amos
on the East side of a Street opened through his Ground as the Con-
tinuation of Greenwich Street, and that the said Greenwich Street be
Sixty six feet wide measureing Westerly from the line aforesaid and
at right angles thereto

2 nd Resolved that the Westerly line of Washington Street extend-
ing Northerly from Brannon Street and run from a point Two hun-
dred and twenty feet from the Westerly line of Greenwich Street
(being ten feet Westerly of the Corner of a pole fence) on a straight
line to the South Easterly corner of the State Prison Wall, and that
the said Washington Street Sixty feet wide, measuring Easterly from
the line aforesaid and at right Angles thereto. And



350 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Feb. 1807

3 d Resolved That the Easterly line of West Street extending
Northerly from Brannon Street be run from a point on the North
side of Brannon Street. Four hundred and ten feet from the Westerly
[299] Westerly line of Greenwich Street on a straight line to the most
Southerly corner of the State Prison Wall and that the same be
Seventy feet wide measuring Westerly therefrom and at right angles.

All which is respectfully Submitted
Feby 9 th 1807. John S. Hunn

Ordered that the same be confirmed

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board discontinue proceedings
for the opening of Orchard Street

A Report of the City Inspector respecting using boats of a new
Construction to avoid the Ice in the Winter Season was referred to the
Ferry Committee

Upon receiving the Report of the Market Committee Ordered that
Henry Lovell be permitted to Assign his Stand N 64 Flymarket to
Elkanah Underbill. That a Stand in Grand Street Market be granted
to Gershom Ludlam and that from and after the first the first of April
next 125 Cents per Week be allowed to George Sugers for Sweeping
Catharine Market

The Market Committee Reported that they have examined the
Complaint of William Money against John K. Floor and William
Warlow and that the same is unfounded

Ordered that the same be Confirmed

The City Inspector Reported Ordinances for the correction and
removal of Nuisances numbered from [300] N 3034 to N 3057 In-
clusive.

Ordered that the same do pass.

Ordered that the Recorder Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer
to pay.

NO 960 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $237. 16

961 William Van Wart for DO 237. 16

962 Magnus Beekman for DO 217.56

963 John Farrington for D 217. 56

964 Charles Van Orden for DO 168.56

965 Jacob Hays for DO 168.56

966. Alexander Dobbin for Carpenters Work 119.44

967 William Bridges for Surveying 36.50

968 Josiah Shippey Jun r for Attending Observatory 13.

969 Anderson and Hurd for Timber 26. 19

970 S. Gould and Company for Stationary 22. 19

971 John McComb for Sand 15.

972 Adam D. Mount for lost fire bucket.. 2.



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351



NO 973 John B. and J Brooks for Painting & Glazing $5.68

974 William Shatzel for Rent of Court Room 50.

975 Benjamin Hill for Cartage 3.37

976 John McKenzie Keeper of Potters Field 92.

977 Benjamin Curtis Clerk of Election in the 9 th Ward 4.

978 Edward Meeks for Iron Work 367.50

979 Edward Meeks for Iron Work 114.50

980 Henry Hillman for Stone 114. 2

981 Joseph Boyd for Carting 91.94

982 Abraham Riker for Stone 21.81

983 William Kay for Work at Wells 91.97

984 John Woolsey for Work at White Hall 5.

985 Lemuel Skidmore for Carting 15. 6

986 Jacob Acker for Stone 70.

[301]987 John Woolsey for Stone 35.

988 Richard Jaques for Dirt 2.12

989 Edward Sales for Masons Work 43.60

990 Arbuckle & Stoudinger for Carting 9.37

991 John Mackie for Timber 61. 8

992 John L. Van Kleeck for Lime 18.37

993 Thomas Riley for underpinning Stable at Hell Gate 3.

994 Charles Morris for Carpenters Work 13.12

995 Isaac Blew for Carpenters Work 30.

996 John Burger Balance of Coroners fees 11.

997 Israel Haviland making and mending Hose 531 . 9

998 Abel Hardenbrook on Account for Bill for Engine 500.

999

1000 Jacob Morton for Dirt to Collect 1000.

1001 John H. Sickels for Building Committee 1000.

1002 Richard Furman for Support of the Alms house 2000.

1003 John Clark for a lost fire bucket 2.

1004 Thomas Williams for driving hearse 50.

1005 Jacob Morton to pay the Extra fees of Inquest in the Case

1006 of David Thompson 38.



[302] In Common Council February 16 th 1807
Present Pierre C. Van Wyck Esq r Recorder



Selah Strong
Jacob Le Roy
John P. Ritter
Nicholas Fish
Thurston Wood
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r
Roger Strong



Aldermen



John W Mulligan
Thomas Demarest
Samuel Torbert
John Hopper Jun r
Stephen Ludlam
Robert Bogardus
Andrew Morris



^ Assistants



The Petition of David Fowler to obtain a Lease of Lots the
property of the Corporation in Magazine Street was referred to the
Comptroller



352 CITY or NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1807

A Representation of John Fellows Superintendant of the Man-
hattan Water Works stating that the Manhattan Company have paid
$32.22 for regulating Cross Street more than their proportion and
which Sum by right ought to be charged to George Janeway together
with a Certificate of the Street Commissioner to that effect was re-
ferred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner

The Petition of Oliver Vanderbilt to [303] Purchase and Lease a
Lot of Common Land adjoining Archibald M c Cullum and the
Haerlem line was referred to the Comptroller

The Petition of James Davidson and others requesting that a Lamp
might be placed at the corner of Washington and Vestry Streets was
referred to the Lamp Committee

The Petition of Abraham Ressegue praying to be appointed In-
spector of Wood was Ordered to lay over for Consideration

The Petition of Thomas White and others praying that Orange
Street be regulated from Hester to Grand Street was referred to the
Street Commissioner

The Report of Jacob Hays Captain of the Watch for the third
district was referred to the Watch Committee

The Street Commissioner reported the Assessment for regulating
Ridge Street between DeLancey and Stanton Streets amounting to
$668. which was confirmed and Simon Ackerman appointed Collector

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the Petition of Edward
W Laight in behalf of Elizabeth Laight recommending a Warrant to
be Issued on the Treasurer in favour of Edward W Laight for the
Sum of $708 3 %oo being the amount Assessed to the Corporation for
opening Cherry Street was confirmed and a question respecting Doctor
Romaines Deed which is said to exempt him from any expence for
opening Streets in the vicinity of the Lands ceded by him to the Cor-
poration for Public Streets was referred to Mess rs Bogardus. Mulligan
& Roger Strong

[304] The following Resolution reported by the Street Commis-
sioner was adopted

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed forthwith to
require all persons appointed by this Board Collectors of money on
Assessments confirmed previous to the first day of May last a par-
ticular and prompt Settlement of the Monies by them received on
said Assessments respectively and a return on Oath of such Sums as
they have not Collected and in case they do not in one week after
such settlement pay the same to such persons as shall be duly Au-
thorized to receive the same that they shall offer Satisfactory security



16 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 353

therefor and Resolved further that in case of the delinquency of said
Collectors to comply with the conditions specified in the foregoing
Resolution the Street Commissioner shall be and is hereby directed and
appointed to prosecute the same to effect in behalf of this Board

The Street Commissioner Reports respecting the damages Occa-
sioned by the late heavy Rain in Hester Street and recommending
that Ordinances be passed directing the Lots adjoining said Street
to be filled up was adopted and the Ordinances reported in Con-
formity were passed

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the proposition of
Robert Thompson assessed $1747 for opening amity Street to be in-
dulged in the extension of time for payment of the same was Ordered
to lay over for Consideration

The following Memorial to the Legislature with a Bill in Con-
formity therewith was read and [305] Approved and the Seal of the
Common Council Ordered to be thereunto affixed viz 1

To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York in
Senate and Assembly convened

The Memorial of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the
City of New York in Common Council convened most respectfully
Sheweth

That the laying out Streets and Roads in the City of New York
form a branch of their duties highly interesting and important. The
necessity of projecting them in such a manner as to unite regularity
and order with the public convenience and benefit and in particular to
promote the health of the City must be obvious in the prosecution of
this subject however various and complicated difficulties and em-
barresments exists. The first which naturally presents itself is a
radical defect in the power of your memorialists any regulation how-
ever promotive of utility adopted by one Board unless carried fully
into execution may be disregarded or annulled by its successors!
There are others equally palpable and of very considerable magnitude.
The diversity of Sentiments and opinions which has heretofore existed
and probably will always exist among the members of the Common
Council, the incessant remonstrances of proprietors against plans
however well devised or beneficial wherein their individual Interests
do not concur and the Impossibility of completing those plans thus op-
posed but by a tedious and expensive course of Law are obstacles of a
serious and very perplexing nature

[306] As these evils are continually Accumulating by reason of our
increasing population and the rise of frequent Subdivisions of prop-



354 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1807

erty. Your Memorialists find it necessary to appeal to the Wisdom of
the Legislature for relief in the premises

Your memorialists do therefore pray that such measures may be
adopted by your Honorable Body as will obviate the Difficulties which
at present lie in the way of public improvements in the City of New
York or at least in such parts thereof as shall appear most suscept-
able of advantage from the interposition of your Honorable Body

The Recorder was requested to forward the preceeding Memorial
and Bill to the Hon ble DeWitt Clinton

A Law for the appointment of a Superintendant of Streets was
passed

Alderman Selah Strong gave notice that he should move for a re-
consideration of the preceeding Law at the next meeting

A Petition of Charles Christian and others that Pitt Street may
be regulated was referred to the Street Commissioner

A Petition of Lawrence Heyer praying to Lease a part of the Lot
of Ground N 103. Chatham Street to John Sullivan Jun r was referred
to the Comptroller

An Aplication of the Widow Nestle to purchase a Small Gore of
Ground the property of the Corporation in Chatham Street adjoining
her premises was referred to the Comptroller and the Street Com-
missioner

The Report of the Committee to whom was referred the Petition of
William Rutledge praying the [307] usual allowance for a Pump and
well placed by him for the Public accomodation at the corner of
Bowery Lane and Spring Street Reported that Forty Dollars be
granted in favour of the Petitioner which was confirmed and a War*-
rant Ordered to be Issued accordingly

Resolved that the Accounts of the late Superintendant of the Alms
hc'ise be referred to the Comptroller and Supervisors for Settlement

Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized to settle the account
of Jacob M c Keag Lessee of Horns Hook Ferry, upon said M c Keags
making Oath to the truth of the same and that a Warrant be Issued
in his favour for the balance due him

Resolved that a Warrant be Issued in favour of Oliver Jaques
Collector for $122.63 for Sums assessed to the Corporation for the
paving Intersections in Washington Street opposite the Corporation
Dock

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be authorized to contract on
behalf of this Board with such person or persons as he may think



16 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 355

Manhattan Avenue

proper for the removing a certain Rock in the Middle Road Provided
the same shall not exceed Eight hundred Dollars

Resolved that the Comptroller without delay call on the several
Collectors of the City Taxes and ascertain from them the amount of
the monies collected by them and remaining in their hands and that
they pay the same within five days into the Treasury

[308] Resolved that the Committee to whom was referred the
finances of the former Board be requested to report on the same on or
before the first day of March next

Resolved that the allowance for keeping the Observatory at the
Alms house be and the same is hereby discontinued

Resolved that no person be hereafter appointed a Watchman for
the City of New York unless the Watch Committee shall have re-
ported to the Board that they have seen the person proposed and
approved of him as a person proper to be appointed

Resolved that every person who shall be appointed by the Board
to collect monies on Assessments before entering on the duties of their
Office give Bond with at least one Security to be approved by the
Mayor or Recorder and in such penal Sum as either of them shall
direct faithfully to perform the duties of their Office and to account
for and pay all monies which they shall collect

Resolved that Alderman Roger Strong and Mess rs Bogardus and
Mulligan be a Committee to enquire and point out the most fit mode of
applying for a Grant of the Lands under Water contiguous and ad-
joining to the Shore and Margin of the City of New York on Man-
hattan Island

Resolved that the Petition of the Common Council to the Legis-
lature that a Law may be passed to enable said Common Council to
appoint the Clerk of this Board be entrusted to Alderman Roger
Strong to be forwarded to Albany

[309] Resolved that the Bill passed at the last meeting of the
Common Council respecting the Mayor's Salary be reconsidered

Resolved that the Petition hereunto annexed (being a Petition to
the Legislature that a Law may be passed to allow the Mayor of the
City an Annual Sallary in lieu of fees c) be together with the Reso-
lution entered on the Minutes of the Common Council. And that a
fair Copy of the said Petition now produced to the Common Council
be duly signed and Sealed with the Common Seal of the Corporation,
and that the said Petition so executed together with the draft of a
Bill now thereto annexed be given in Charge to the Comptroller to be



356 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1807

by him forwarded to Richard Harison Esquire the Council of this
Board to be by him presented to the Legislature

To the Honorable the Members of the Legislature of the State of
New York in Senate and Assembly convened

The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City
of New York

Respectfully Sheweth

That your Petitioners confiding in the Wisdom of the Legislature
to promote the Interest of the Citizens and to grant them reasonable
Requests Respectfully pray that a Law may be passed enabling the
Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York in Com-
mon Council convened to fix upon assign [310] and allow from time to
time at the pleasure of the Common Council to the Mayor of the
City of New York for the time being an Annual Salary of not less
than Five thousand Dollars to be paid Quarterly out of the City
Treasury in Lieu and Stead of all Wages. Rewards Fees Perquisites
and profits whatsoever now claimed recmired demanded accepted
taken received held kept or enjoyed as belonging to the Office of
Mayor of said City under or by Virtue of the Charter of said City
or the Constitution and Laws of the State (except as Judge of the
Mayor's Court) and that all and every such Wages Rewards fees
perquisites and Profits now claimed required demanded Accepted
taken held or enjoyed by the Mayor of the said City or which now of
right may can or ought to be claimed required demanded accepted
taken held or enjoyed by the Mayor of the said City for the time
being (Except as aforesaid) may be demanded taken and Collected by
the said Mayor for the time being and paid into . u he City Treasury for
the use of the City And your Petitioners will ever Pray &c

Resolved that the Committee appointed to report on the Conduct of
Joshua Barker. Richard Varick and Benjamin Romaine Trustees for
the Board be requested to report at the next meeting

The City Inspector Reported Ordinances for correcting Nuisances
from N 3058 to N 3092 inclusive which were passed

M r Bogardus gave notice that at the next meeting of the Board
he should make a Motion to enter a protest against the appointment
of any person as Mayor of this City who is not qualified according
to the Charter

Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized [311] to proceed to
Albany and take charge of the Business of this Board before the



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Legislature, and that Mess rs Ritter and Morris and the City Inspector
discharge the duties of the Comptroller during h : s absence

Resolved that the Superintendant of the Alms house be authorized
to purchase not exceeding One hundred Loads of Wood for the use
of the Indigent Poor

Ordered that the Recorder Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer



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