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A number of these Maps were Sold by the Corporation with the
Title of " A Plan and Regulation of the City of New York made from
Actual Survey by Casmer Th. Goerck and Josep Fr Mangin City
Surveyor by order of the Common Council and protracted by Joseph
Fr Mangin Anno Domini 1800

[374] Some Alterations were afterwards made on the Map and
instead of the above Title a label was substituted in these Words
" Plan of the City of New York drawn from actual Survey by Carmer
Th Goerck and Joseph F. Mangin City Surveyors. This Plan shews
the Wards of the City as lately altered by the Legislature, and desig-
nates with Accuracy most of the Streets and Wharves and Slips &c a
lying to the South Ward of a line beginning at the North River at
Watts Street, thence extending thro' said Street to Hudson Street,



400 CITY OF NEW YORE 15 April 1807

thence to Leonard Street thence to Broad Way, from thence in a line
to Bayard Street, thro' this Street to Bowery Road, thence to Bullock
Street, and thro' this Street to the East River. Except Brannon and
Spring Streets, none of the Streets to the North Ward of the line
above mentioned have been ceded to the Corporation, or have been
approved and opened under their authority ; they are therefore to be
considered, subject to such future Arrangements as the Corporation
may deem best calculated to promote health, introduce Regularity, and
conduce to the conveniency of the City. New York Nov r 1803

By an Act of the Legislature pass'd the 8 th March 1803 entitled
" an Act to increase the number of Wards in the City of New York
and to equalize the same, the Boundaries of the Seventh Ward are
described in these words " The Seventh Ward shall begin at the
South Easterly corner of the fourth Ward ; thence along the Northerly
boundary of said Ward to the boundary of the sixth Ward thence
along the Boundary of the Sixth Ward to the Bowery Road, thence
along the Middle of the Bowery Road to a place opposite to the
Middle of Stuyvesant Street, then along the [375] Middle of Stuyve-
sant Street in front of S 1 Marks Church to the East River, and on a
direct course to low Water Mark on Nassau Island &c a

By three Acts of the Legislature severally entitled an Act to
enable the Corporation of the City of New York to raise Monies by
Tax pass'd April 6: 1804, March 28: 1805 and February 17. 1806.
The lamp and Watch District of the City is described to be " to the
South Ward of a line beginning at the North River at a place call'd
De Klines ferry a little to the North Ward of the State Prison ;
thence Eastwardly in front of the new Banking houses, to a Road
commonly call'd the Sandy Hill Road, thence along the said Sandy
Hill Road to the North W r ard of Potters field, and the house of
William Neilson to the Bowery road, thence across the Bowery Road
to a Street commonly call'd Stuyvesant Street, and thro' the Middle
thereof to the East River

The said Piece of Ground or Street has never been actually ceded
by Deed, from the said Peter Stuyvesant or any other person or per-
sons to the Corporation

The Proprietors of Ground bounded by the said Street have peti-
tioned the Corporation to cause the said Street to be regulated by
ordinances in the Usual Way

The Corporation are now desirous to know if by the Acts of the
said Peter Stuyvesant, the Legislature and themselves, the said Street
has been regularly opened, named, approved, and sanctioned,- as a



15 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 401

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public Street or high Way, and if it is not a public Street, and it can

be shut up, have they the Power so to order

Answer

Tho there are several Circumstances in this Case which might lead
to the Idea that the Ground call'd [376] Stuyves'ant Street was con-
sidered as a a public Street, yet I am of Opinion that they are not
binding on the Corporation

The Charter gives the Corporation full Power and Authority to
establish and appoint the laying out of all Streets, and the altering
mending and repairing them

This Grant woul'd be Nugatory if every Individual had a Right to
lay out Streets over his Grounds according to his own Fancy

The Several Acts of the Legislature mentioned in the Case do not
in my Opinion destroy the Original Power. They only restrain the
Corporation from removing the Buildings, unless they are valued and
paid for in the Manner prescribed by Law

I think therefore that the Corporation may if they deem it proper,
order this Street to be shut up, provided no Act was passed at the
late Session of the Legislature which may deprive them of that Right

The Expediency of such a Measure they alone are competent to
decide

Rich : Harison

13 th Ap 1 1807

The Petition of Abraham Stagg requesting the Payment of
$1937 %oo which he states to be due to him for the paving and regu-
lating of Streets was referrd to the Street Commissioner

A letter was read from M r Harison [377] informing the Board
that a Declaration had been served on him in a Suit commenced in
the Circuit Court of the United States against this Board for having
authorized the use of certain Mud Machines to cleanse the public Slips
by the Patentee of the said Machine and requesting Directions with
regard to the defence which he is to make, thereupon ordered that the
Attorney of the Board do prepare for the Counsel a Statement of such
facts as may be necessary for the said defence

The Petition of John Sigeson stating that Ann Witchin died in-
debted to him in the Sum of two hundred and fifty Dollars, that forty
dollars were paid to him by the Surrogate on Account and the residue
was paid into the City Treasury, Daniel Phoenix having administred,
and praying that after the said Debt may have been ascertained to be



402 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 April 1807

due to him that the same may be paid, the said Petition was referr'd
to the Attorney of the Board

Ordered that John H Sickles and Edmund Seaman have leave to
build Vaults in Broadway opposite to their houses under the Direc-
tion of the Street Commissioner

William Mathews having pray'd that this Board will appoint some
person on their part to Value the extra Work done by him at the
Bridge near the Powder house Ordered that John B. Macomb be
authorized on the part of this Board to appraise the said Work

The application of Thomas Dick to [378] to lease a house and Lott
now in his Possession for another Year was referr'd to the Street
Commissioner

A Letter was read from Leonard Bleecker offering to pay for the
Purchase of one of the Inklenberg Lotts out of a Corporation Bond
held by him for two thousand four hundred Dollars and requesting
that the Balance after deducting the amount of the said purchase
money may be paid to him, was ordered to lie on the Table

A Report was made from the Police Office relative to the Sus-
pension of two Watchmen and the same was referr'd to the Watch
Committee

The Petition of William Philips praying to be appointed a Meas-
urer of Salt was postponed until the next Meeting of this Board

The Petition of Augustus Lawrence and others stating that they
are the Lessees of Lotts under Peter Lorillard, that the opening of
Canal Street has cut off a part of the said Lotts, that M r Lorillard
will exact Rent for the whole, and the Petitioners pray that this Board
will pay him for as much thereof as have been taken for public pur-
poses, the same was referr'd to the Canal Committee

The Attorney of the Board having reported on the Petitions of
Patrick Barry James M c Clean George Gier and Anthony Smith who
were severally complained of for selling Liquor without a Licence
from the Commissioner of Excise. Ordered that the Penalty accruing
to this Board be remitted on their paying the Costs

The Memorial of John S Hunn [379] stating the inconveniencies
to which Masters of run away Slaves are subjected in consequence of
their not being permitted to send them to Bride Well, was referr'd to
Alderman Mott M r Bogardus and D r Torbet

Ordered that a Court of Special Sessions of the Peace in and for
the City and County of New York be held on the first Tuesday in
May next



20 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 403

Ordered that the draft of the Law to determine the Width of
Walks & for other purposes be referr'd to the Alderman and Assist-
ant of the second Ward

The Street Commissioner having requested leave of the Corpora-
tion to change the security of Mess rs Thomas and John Gardner
for that of M r Gabriel Furman for digging out a part of Cherry
Street & that he may prolong the time limited for the performance
of the same, the said request was granted

Ordered that the Mayor employ as many Marshalls as he may
think proper & necessary on Sundays to cause the Sabbath Laws to be
enforced and that this Board will pay them a reasonable Compensa-
tion therefor

Ordered That The Mayor Issue his Warrants to pay

N 93 To Richard Furman as Superintendant of Alms House... $3000.

94 To James Homer for repairs of Pumps 98.78

95 To Nathaniel Pendleton for Costs in two Suits 233. 4

96 To Joseph Cholwell on Account of City Lamps 1000.

97 To Edward Watkeys for Candles 11.45

98 To Amos Rooke for one quarters Salary attending Signal

Polls 70.

99 To Hoogland & Onderdonk for Powder 3. 6

100 To Edward Meeks for Iron Work for Lamps 30.

101 To Peter Burtsell for Stationary to City Inspectors office 27.25

102 To DO D D for Comptrollers office 43.74

104 To Jacob Halsey for Scow & Piling Machine 35.

105 To Abel Hardenbrook for two fire Engines 580.

106 To John Stilwil for Interest on his Bond 31.66

[380] In Common Council April the 20. 1807
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor
Jacob Le Roy



Assistants



Jacob Mott ;L ohn "P pe p r J

Selah Strong Gerard De Peyster

Thomas De Marest



Esquires
Aldermen St ?P h !" L " d ? m



Thurston Wood

Nicholas Fish

T-, c , John W. Mulligan

Roger Strong J

T , T>. ,,.,. bamuel lorbet

John D. Miller

T t. r> T>-^ Andrew Morris

John P. Ritter

The Petition of Jedediah Waterman stating that he leased a House
of this Board, that he has expended in Additions and Repairs on the
same the Sum of fifteen hundred Dollars. That when his Lease was
renewed no abatement was made in the Rent in consequence of his Ex-



CITY OF NEW YORK 20 April 1807

penditures, the said Petition was referr'd to Alderman Ritter Alder-
man Mott & M r Morris*

A letter was read from the Clerk of the Police Office notifying
this Board that Cap t Magnus Beekinan had suspended one of his
Watchmen for sleeping on his Post and the same was referr'd to the
Watch Committee

]381] Ordered that Alderman Roger Strong & Mes rs Mulligan
and Morris be a Committee to report to this Board the Amount of
Corporation Bonds due and unpaid and that they also report such
Measures as in their opinion ought to be taken for the payment of the
same

The Memorial of Paul B. Loyd praying that this Board will pay
him the Balance due on his Bond amounting to Six hundred & thirty
three dollars thirty four Cents together with the Interest due on
the same

The Petition of Manis Fury praying to be exempted from a fine in
consequence of having sold Liquor without a Licence from the Com-
missioner of Excise was referr'd to the Attorney of the Board

The Petition of John Persinger and others Butchers having stands
in the Fly Market complaining that persons other than Farmers oc-
cupy the lower part of the said Market Sc sell Meat by the quarter
which the Petitioners pray that they may be prevented from doing,
the said Petition was referr'd to the Market Committee

The Petition of Seth Kneeland and others Inhabitants of Oak
Street praying that part of said Street be paved according to the
new Mode lately adopted in the City was referr'd to the Street Com-
missioner

The Certificate of Benjamin Gilmore & others stating that the
Lotts lately ordered to be fill'd up at the Foot of George Street are
not in a Situation to require the same was referr'd to the Alderman
& Assistant of the Seventh Ward

The Petition of Timothy B. Crane & others Inhabitants of Sugar
Loaf Street praying for the [382] Regulation of the said Street was
referr'd to the Street Commissioner

The Committee to whom was referr'd the Communication of John
Murray Junior respecting the remission of the taxes of William Els-
worth reported in favor of granting the prayer of the Petitioner
which said Report was agreed to

The Committee to whom was referr'd the application of Jacob
Wilkins recommended a Survey of the Premisses mentioned in the

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 121 ED.



20 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 405

said application under the direction of the Ferry Committee to whom
the said Report was referr'd

The Street Commissioner made a Return of Delinquents on the
Assessment for building a Common Sewer in Gold & Ferry Streets
and recommended that a Warrant be directed to issue to Hugh Mont-
gomerie Collector to obtain the Money and the same was agreed to

The Street Commissioner on the Petition of Jonathan Lawrence
reported That no Relief ought to be given and that M r Lawrence has
no just cause of Complaint which said Report was agreed to by the
Board

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the application
of Abraham Bussing recommended the adoption of the following
Resolution and the same was agreed to.

Resolved that Alderman LeRoy M r Haight and the Street Com-
missioner be a Committee with ample Powers to treat with the Pro-
prietors of the Lotts of Ground [383] in Courtland Street between
Washington & Greenwich Streets fronting on the former Slip, about a
reasonable compensation to be given by them to this Board, for the
Priviledge of advancing their fronts on a line with the houses built on
the East thereof

The Street Commissioner returned a List of the Delinquents on
the Assessment for paving the Intersections of Rutgers Street and
James Slip and Warrants were directed to issue in favor of James
Van Gilder J r to collect the Money

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petition of M r
Ogilvie and M r Clason reported against their having leave to remove
Dirt pray'd for, and in favor of regulating the Street mentioned in
their Memorials

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment of Beekman
Slip thereupon Ordered that he give Notice of the same in the Papers
employed by this Board

The Street Commissioner presented an Account of the ballance due
from the Corporation for sinking a Bulkhead at the lower end of
Gouverneur Street and recommended the payment of Six hundred and
fifty four dollars and fifty Cents to Abraham Stagg J r as Collector,
and the same was agreed to

The Street Commissioner presented the draft of an Ordinance for
regulating White Street which was agreed to and John Desbrow
John P. M c Combs Abraham Russell and Moses Coddington and
Abraham Coddington were appointed the Assessors

[384] The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for cor-
recting of Nuisances from N 3314 to N 3324 which were pass'd



406



CITY OF NEW YORK



20 April 1807



The Comptroller reported to the Board the following Sales of the
Dove Letts

Lotts Dollars Purchassers

NO 1 for 1300 Mr Ingraham

2 1650 Jacob Barker

3 950 Mr Ingraham

4 1050 Mr Barker

5 800 Mr Bogardus

6 1050 Mr Jotham Post

7 700 Robert Bogardus

8 1050 Jotham Post

9 600 Jacob Cholwell

10 1100 John Mowatt

11 600 Jacob Cholwell

12 1100 John Mowatt

13 650 David S. Jones

14 1250 Peter W. Radcliff

15 650 Mr Campbell

16 700 Robert Bogardus

17 530 E Leavenworth

18 610 David S. Jones

19 410 Isaac Heyer

20 720 Peter W. Radcliff

21 325 John S. Hunn

22 490 Peter W. Radcliff

23 330 Jacob Barker

24 510 Edward Dunscomb

25 360 Jacob Barker

26 530 Robt McMenomy

27 400 Jacob Barker

28 520 John Jackson

Doll. 20,935

[385] Leases of Corporation Lotts for 42 Years sold 15. April

1807

5 Acres Purchassers Annual Rent

James

DXo ! Mr Abeel $27

5 Acres

ANo 2 Oliver Vanderbilt 25

above

6 Acres

N 3 Oliver Vanderbilt 31

nearly
4 Acres

B.Xo 4 Oliver Vander Bilt 68

NO 199

Edward
l / 2 Acres M r Dunscomb ^ u



20 April 1807 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 407

[386] A letter was read from Abraham Prall requesting that this
Board will cause Lott N 25 -purchased at the Sale of the Inkelbergh
Lotts to be conveyed to George J. Warner and the said request was
agreed to by the Board

Ordered that the Street Commissioner add a clause to the Bill (to
regulate the Walks and for the paving of the Streets in the City of
New York) providing that whenever the digging away any Road or
Street shall render the passing thro' the same dangerous that a fence
shall be put up at the expence of the Contractors (if the work is
done by Contract) and at the expence of this Board when not con-
tracted for, so as to render a passage thro' the same safe And that
the Law so amended do pass

Andrew Paff one of the Inspectors appointed to superintend the
ensuing Election for Governor Lieutenant Governor Senator and
Members of Assembly having requested leave to resign the said Office
of Inspector the question was taken by Yeas and Nays and pass'd in
the Negative in manner following

For the Affirmative For the Negative

Aldermen Mott Aldermen Le Roy

Wood S. Strong

Miller Fish

Mes Hopper R. Strong

Demarest Ritter

Ludlum Mes rs De Peyster

Torbet Mulligan

Morris

for the Affirmative Seven for the Negative Eight

[387] Resolved that the Auctioneer who sold the Dove Lotts be
entitled to receive two Dollars and fifty Cents per Lott including those
of which the Leases were sold

Ordered that the Watch Committee be empowered on the Applica-
tion of the Trustees of any Religious Society to station a Watchman
at their place of Worship during the hours of such Worship

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay

NO 107 To Paul B. Lloy'd for the balance due on his Bond $688.74

108 To Abraham Stagg Junr for sinking Bulkhead 654.50

109 To Jacob Morton for expences of Journey to Albany on

Corporation business 102.71

110 To Jacob Hays for City Watch 168.56

111 To Charles Van Orden for D 168.56

112 To Magnus Beekman for DO 217.56

113 To John Farrington for DO 217.56

114 To Nicholas Lawrence for DO 237.16



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CITY OF NEW YORK



27 April 1807



115 To W" Van Wart for City Watch $237. 16

116 To Danl Woolsey for repairs to Docks 72.50

117 To DO DO D DO 22.50

118 To Jacob De la Montagnie for Quarters Salary 250.

119 To B. O Blenis for one quarters Salary 250.

120 To Edward Meeks for Blacksmiths Work at Docks 32.62

121 To DO DO at Engines 24.37

122 To Ephraim Brasher for Blanks for Tavern licenses 29.62

123 To Cornelius Brinckerhoff for Pump Chambers 70.

124 To Jacob Morton for pay* of Constables & Marshalls exe-

cuting Sunday Law 47.

125 To John Cozine for landing Dock logs 73.15

126 To Simon Van Antwerp for Iron Mongery for pumps 4.65

127 To DO DO DO for City Watch. 7.70

128 To DO DO DO for Alms House 12.13

129 To DO DO DO for Engines ... 36.34

130 To Silas Balcom for blacksmiths Work at Pumps 36.

131 To John Sharp for Timber for Docks &ca 64.83

132 To W m Leary for Carpenter's Work at Engine houses 21.25

133 To Andrew Leary for Work at Engine Houses 24.75

134 To Hoogland & Onderdonk for Horse feed at Belle Vue. . . 15.25

135 To Joseph Boyd for carting 6.75

136 To Watson & Campbell for boards &c a for engine Houses.. 259.11

137 To DO D for Watch houses 18.30

138 To DO DO for Wells & Pumps 34. 6

139 To DO DO for Alms House 123.14

140 To DO DO for Streets 19.67

141 To Geo A & T. Bebee for selling Dove Lotts at Auction 82.50



[388] In Common Council April 27. 1807



Present. Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor



Selah Strong
Jacob Le Roy
Jacob Mott
Roger Strong
Nicholas Fish



Esq r s
Aldermen






Gerard De Peyster
Benjamin Haight
Thomas De Marest
Samuel Torbet
Andrew Morris
John W. Mulligan
Stephen Ludlum



^Assistants



A letter from Emmett & Van Slyck as Counsel for M r Dugan
stating that a part of his Property in Canal [Street] was taken for
public purposes and requesting that the Value of the same may be as-
certained by a Jury was referr'd to the Canal Committee

The Application of Abraham Binninger for a Lease of the House
& Lott now in his Possession in Augustus Street until May 1809 was
referr'd to the Comptroller



27 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 409

On the Application of \Villiam Mathews for a part of the Money
which he states to be due to him for extra Work for this Board
Ordered that a Warrant issue to him for two hundred Dollars on
Account of said Work

The Application of Cornelius Ray [389] for a Water Grant oppo-
site his Ground at Greenwich was referr'd to the Comptroller

The Petition of Charles Gilman for a Butchers Licence for his
Son Thomas Gilman and a Stand in Duane Market when the same
shall have been built was referr'd to the Market Committee

The Petition of John Henning for a Butchers Licence and for
Stand N 36 in Hudson Market now occupied by Thomas F. White
who is willing to give it up to him was granted

Sundry Alterations in the Law for preventing and extinguishing
of fires having been pray'd for by the Engineers and Foremen of the
Fire Department the same was referr'd to the Fire Department

The City Inspector presented Drafts of Ordinances for the Preven-
tion of Nuisances from Number 3325 to Number 3328 and the same
were agreed to

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petition of
Thomas Dick reported against the prayer of the Petitioner but that
he have leave to remain in the House occupied by him until the first
of next June. Ordered that the Consideration of the said Report
be postponed until the next Meeting of the Board

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment of Beekman
Slip for the further Consideration of the Board accompanied by a
letter from Peter Schermerhorn complaining that tho' the whole of
said Assessment amounts only to $6598 1 %oo & that he is charged with
$3687 4 % oo which he thinks is more than his proportion, the said
assessment and letter were referr'd to the Alderman & Assistant of
the second Ward

[390] The Street Commissioner presented to the Board an Ac-
count of the Heirs of Dorothy Riker deceased for part of the Award
of the Jury in the case of Burling Slip the said Account with the
Interest thereon amounting to $3337*/< and the same was referr'd to
the Comptroller

The Street Commissioner made a Representation relative to the
Monies due to the Proprietors of Ground taken to open Canal Street
and the same was referr'd to Alderman R Strong & Mes re Mulligan
and Morris

John Vanderbilt was appointed a Fireman to Engine N 26 in the
place of Edward Searles dismiss'd for neglect of duty



410 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 April 1807

The Petition of Charles Van Orden & others Watchmen stating
that at the Riot on the 25 of December in Augustus Street they were,
very much bruised and praying for some Indemnification for their
loss of time and the expence they have been put to in consequence
thereof was referr'd to the Watch Committee

The following Resolution was agreed to Resolved that the Mayor
keep a list of the different Committees of this Board and call on the
Chairman thereof every Monday to report on such references as shall
have been made to them respectively

The following Resolution was agreed to

Resolved that five hundred Dollars be appropriated for the making
of a Cellar under the [391] Market to be erected on the West Side of
Washington Street between Duane & Reed Streets under the Direc-
tions of the Market Committee, the said Cellar when made to be for
the sole Use and benefit of the Corporation

A letter from James Hardie to the City Inspector relative to the
digging out some Lotts in Barley Street was referr'd to the Alderman
and Assistant of the fifth Ward

Ordered that the Comptroller do call upon George Codwise J r for
the payment of the Amount due on his Bond to this Board

Resolved that Daniel Woolsey be no longer employ'd by this Board
as a Dock builder

Ordered that the Market Committee Report to this Board Whether
in their opinion Butchers ought to be licensed to sell Meat in the
Bear Market on Benches

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay

Cents
N 142 To John Burhead for securing Corporation Timber $1.25

143 To Deliverance Butcher for Dockstone 122.50

144 To Charles Morris for Carpenters Work at Engines 30.

145 To D D DO for Watch boxes 12.50

146 To John Baptiste for Board & Sundries found [furnished]



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