wards the channel ; but the space to be limitted by two parallel lines
three hundred feet distant from each other and perpendicular to the
front line of the wharves and a water lot of fifty feet on each side of
the works that shall be actually made. The Corporation may further
restrict, if they please, that the Bridge to be made to connect the Fort
with the shore shall have a draw in it sufficient for vessels to pass and
I inclose an extract of a letter from the Governor, by which it
appears that the grant of Pottersfield must be made by this Corpora-
tion and I would propose to have the place designated by the existing
fences in the open square behind the house and garden of that place
at the angle of the intersecting roads now occupied. The Magazine,
Arsenal, Labaratory, Workshops &c : &c : proposed to be built should
 not be exposed to any buildings near them on either side on
account of the danger of Fire. I should therefore think it proper for
the line to extend to the road on each side and so wide as to admit a
568 CITY OF XEW YORK 14 Sept. 1807
large yard to be inclosed which may also serve for a deposit for vari-
ous purposes. The metes and bounds of this may be ascertained by
the City surveyor; and I will attend him at any moment that may
be agreable, on notice being given me the day before.
Your ob d hum. Serv 1
Selah Strong Esq Jonathan Williams
Chairman &c a
Extract of a letter from His Excellency Governor Tompkins to
New York. 25 th July. 1807.
' The land around the Bastion of the old Battery belongs to the
Corporation of New York, together with the land on the Battery
which will be necessary to answer the purposes of fortification."
' The land at Pottersfield originally belonged to the Corporation.
They granted it to the State for the use of an Arsenal, but as it has
not been applied to that use by the State, and as by an act of the Legis-
lature a lease which the  Surveyor General had given of it was
directed to be assigned to the Corporation and the rent which had
been received in the mean time was ordered to be refunded to them,
it is presumed the right of the State was relinquished and that the
property revested in the Corporation. At any rate I think their title
will be deemed adequate, and that you will have nothing to apprehend
from any interference with you by the Agents of the State."
' The resolution of the Corporation of the 13 th inst. embraces the
whole property belonging to them. It will therefore be necessary for
you only to furnish them with the precise limits and boundaries of
the land required to answer your objects and a conveyance will be
forthwith executed therefor."
Ordered that the Comptroller prepare a deed in conformity, on
condition that the premises be applied by the United States for the
sole purpose of erecting a Fortification for the defence of this city
to be commenced forthwith.*
Resolved that the Street Commissioner cause the survey of the
shores of this city, lately ordered to be made, to be completed and a
plan thereof presented to this Board at the next  meeting.
The Comptroller and Street Commissioner were directed to confer
with M r Thomas Ten Eyckf on the subject of his petition for reim-
* Marginal note reads See. P. 217. ED.
f Marginal note reads See P. 19. 93. 267. ED.
14 Sept. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 569
bursement of part of the expence for making a Pier on the East side
of Coenties slip.
Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized to employ a suitable
person, on his own responsibility, to collect the public revenues, in
place of M r Cornelius Wynkoop who declines the duty.
Resolved that the Watch Committee* confer with the Fire Depart-
ment, on the subject of a late resolution of this Board prohibiting
Watchmen from being Members of Fire Companies.
Resolved that the east side of Broad Street between the mouth of
the Common sewer and the intersection of Front Street be taken up
and repaired and that the collateral entrances to the Main sewer,
within that space, be taken up, repaired and constructed upon such
plan as the Street Commissioner shall direct : And that the Street Com-
missioner be and he is hereby directed to prepare an ordinance for that
purpose, as well as an ordinance for the paving the head of Whitehall
Slip and the adjacent grounds where paving may be necessary. f
Warr f  Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of Rich-
N 328. ard Furman Superintendant of the Alms House for $3000.
The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engi-
neer certifying correspondent vacancies.
Henry Denney Jun r Cooper. 61 Front. S l v. Rich d Ten Eyck res d
D. Crawley Tinman. 31. Nassau S* v. Ja s Connor d
Webley Slocum. Shoemaker, 24. Liberty S' v. Edw d Schieffln
Ichabod Craig, Carpenter, v. Lawrence Moore.
Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants to pay.
NO 322. Daniel McFarlan, repairs to pumps $143.12
323. James Hogan, repaying intersections 97. 33
324. Zebulon Inslee, carting earth to Collect 120.70
325. John Downen, work in Chapel Street 3.
326. Richard Harison, Counsellor, half year salary 250.
327. I. Bouker, Balle awarded, by resolutn of this day 30.
328. Richard Furman, Sup* of Alms House 3000.
* Marginal note reads See. P. 166. ED.
f Marginal note reads See P. 234. ED.
570 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1807
 In Common Council Sept r 21, 1807.
Present Marinus Willett, Esquire, Mayor.
Mess 1 " 5 Thomas Demarest "\
^Aldermen Gerard Depeyster ^Assistants
Benjamin Haight !
Nicholas Fish "~'~
John D. Miller Robert B g^dus. J
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
A Report from the Police Office that Cap' Farrington had sus-
Stephen Hall, for sleeping on his post.
That Cap 1 Goodheart had suspended
John Brown, for intoxication,
John Taylor & William Morgan for sleeping on their posts
That Cap 1 White had also suspended
Hosea Jones, for the like offence
was read and referred to the Watch Committee.
 A Petition of the inhabitants for repaying Thames Street*
was referred to the Street Commissioner.
A Memorial of John J. Glover respecting the warrant issued
against him on the assessment for the regulation of Montgomery
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner.
A Petition of William Mooneyf for a stand in Duane Market was
referred to the Market Committee.
A Petition of Joseph Waldron for a stand in the same Market,
was referred to the same Committee.
A Petition of Cornelius King for a stand in the same Market
was referred to the same Committee.
A Proposal from Mess rs Roe & Hazard to hire the cellar under
Duane Market was referred to the Comptroller.!
An application of Philip Brasher Esq r to transfer the lease of a lot
of Common land N 85. to Doctor David Hosack, was referred to the
Comptroller with power to transfer.
A Letter from Robert Lylburne on the subject of his lot of Com-
mon lands was read  and referred to the Comptroller. |
A Petition of Alhamas Van Houten and others complaining of an
encroachment on Pump Street, was referred to the Street Commis-
* Marginal note reads See P. 250. 424 ED. f Marginal note reads See P.
296 ED. t Marginal note reads See Report P. 239. ED. II Marginal note reads
See Report P. 269. ED.
21 Sept. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 571
A Petition of the Owners and inhabitants for regulating Sixth
Street* between Rivington and Stanton Streets was referred to the
A Petition of Thomas Holliday grocer and tavernkeeper praying
the remission of the penalty for keeping a gambling house and selling
liquors on Sunday contrary to Law, was rejected.
An application of Philip Jacobs for permission to build a vault in
Broadway was granted under the direction of the Street Commis-
A Communication from the Street Commissioner inclosing an
Warr* account of Gershom Ansonf for digging out David Street,
N 243. amounting to $576.90. recommending the further sum of
$200 to be paid on Account was confirmed.
A further demand of said Anson for work in said Street was re-
ferred to Aldermen Wood, Fish and M r Hopper.
 The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for pav-
ing Rivington Street from Bowery to Norfolk Street which was li'as
confirmed and William Dustan appointed Collector.
The Street Commissioner reported returns of delinquents on
vacant Lots assessed for regulating Elm Street and Mulberry Street,
requesting authority from the Board to advertise the same as well as
all other vacant lots bound by a clause in an Act of the Legislature
relating to the subject passed April 2. 1806.
Ordered that said report be confirmed and that the Street Com-
missioner be invested with adequate powers to carry the same into
The Street Commissioner reported that the Contractor for regu-
lating part of Front Street has long since completed his work with-
out receiving any payment therefor and that the Assessors had hither-
to neglected to discharge this duty : whereupon
Resolved that the Assessors appointed to make an estimate and
assessment for regulating Front Street] between Peck slip and 
James Slip be requested by the Street Commissioner to prepare and
deliver to him such assessment before the next meeting of this Board
or assign, in writing, a sufficient reason for not performing the same.
The following Communication from the Street Commissioner was
The Street Commissioner has the honor to communicate to the
* Marginal note reads See P. 281. ED. f Marginal note reads See P. 200.
Eo. $ Marginal note reads See P. 31. ED. II Marginal note reads See P.
.572 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 Sept. 1807
Board that he has been at the Old Potter's field with Colonel Williams
to point out. more particularly, the ground intended to be ceded to
the United States, and mentioned to him that a Street lying at right
angles from Bloomingdale road to Albany Avenue cutting off an.
angle from the rear of the public grounds, was long since intended to
be opened by conversations with General Bailey upon that subject,
who owns the grounds adjoining thereto. Colonel Williams approved
of the arrangement as the public grounds would then be surrounded
by spacious streets and the property in the vicinity be more protected
from the explosion of a magazine in case such an accident should
happen. And he requested the Street Commissioner to obtain from
General Bailey his determination, and if possible to settle the streets
previous to the cession.*
 The Street Commissioner has further to communicate that
he has been, likewise, on the ground with Gen. Bailey and finds him
willing to make a fair exchange of ground which will be cut by the
aforesaid street according to such principle as may be settled by
referrees reciprocally chosen and named Jacob Shute as a referree on
his part, if the plan was agreed to by the Common Council.
The Street Commissioner believes it will be productive of public
good to comply with this arrangement, and recommends that George
Gosman, who resides in the vicinity, be appointed on the part of the
Corporation to settle the proportionate value of the ground in ques-
tion, the position of which may be better understood by inspection of
the annexed map to which the Street Commissioner begs leave to
The Street Commissioner also submits to the Board whether it
would not be better to straighten, or make straighter, the north side
of the old post road along the public grounds by bringing out the
line as marked on said map about 20 feet where the road is now 144
feet wide and where it has a considerable and unpleasant bend. This
alteration can be  made without any personal inconvenience and
will increase the triangle proposed by the subscriber to be reserved
on the east side of the Albany Avenue and which the United States do
All which is respectfully submitted
September 21. 1807. John S. Hunn.
Street Commiss r
* Marginal note reads See P. 247. 360. ED.
T Marginal note reads See P. 247. ED.
21 Sept. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES
574 CITY OF XEW YORK 21 Sept. 1807
 *The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for re-
paving part of Broad Street and the head of Whitehall Slip which
was passed and Nicholas Van Antwerp, Abraham Brinckerhoff Jun r
Samuel looker, James W. Lent and Jacob Sherrard were appointed
The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for the pur-
pose of raising sunken lots and correcting other nuisances from N
J755 to 3777 inclusive.
Ordered that the same do pass.
Ordered that the Street Commissioner and Comptroller report a
state of facts relating to Mess 1 " 3 Rhinelanders petition for water grants
in Hudson river. T
Resolved that a fit and convenient building be erected at the
charge and expence of this Corporation and under the direction of
the Market Committee and the Street Commissioner at some conven-
ient place at or near the foot of Duane Street on the North river for
the purpose of accomodating the Watchmen of the third Watch
The Comptroller reported a Ballance in the Treasury amounting
 Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay.
Xo 329. Capt Nicholas Lawrence City Watch $237. 16
330 " William Van Wart do 237. 16
331 " John Farrington d 217.56
332 " John White do 217.56
333 " Jacob Hays d 188. 16
334 " George Goodheart d 188.16
335 John Hardie, repair of drain at the Collect 27.25
336 William Gowdy. carting earth to Collect 3.70
337 Caleb Archer, Planks for Gaol 85.29
338 Castle & Fine, repairs to Pumps & Wells 52.
339 Daniel Davis d d 63.18
340 John Griffith, allow 6 for Pump & Well corner of William
Street & Maiden lane 17 .
341 Matthew Banks, repairs to Pumps & Wells 42.66
342 John E. Ciller Marshal executs Sunday Law 12.
343 Gershom Anson, on Ace* of digging David Street 200.
* Marginal note reads See P. 225. ED.
T Marginal note reads See Report P _'.v. ED.
28 Sept. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES
 In Common Council, Sept r 28 th 1807.
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor.
Mess" Samuel Torbert
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r
John Hopper, Jun r
John W. Mulligan
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
A Report from the Police Office that Cap* White had suspended
John Striker, and 1 , . .
J . , , . Y for sleeping on their posts.
Adnan Marinus j
and that Cap 1 Goodheart had suspended
George M c Camman, for the like offence was referred to the Watch
 A Report from Cap 1 Goodheart that
Ambrose Dobbs, of his Company has resigned and recommending
William Harrison, to be appointed in his place, was referred to
the Watch Committee.
Petitions of Jacob Tier Jun 1 "* William Neilson, and Samuel Acker-
man Butchers for stands in Duane Market were severally referred to
the Market Committee.
A Petition of Anthony Jones, respecting the survey of Thompson
Street was referred to Mess 1 " 5 Bogardus, Torbert & Ludlam.f
A Petition of William J. Waldron and Thomas Duggan respecting
the House of John M c Cammon in Canal Street obstructing the same,
which house is said, was not included in the former estimate of dam-
ages, was referred to the Street Commissioner.
Representations were received from the Attorney of the Board
and Clerk of Police setting forth that
Tim Carry. N 50 upper Barley Street,
Lawrence Cristie, corner of Cross & Barley S tt
Thomas Smith 91. Bower)', and
Samuel Armstrong Henry Street,  taverakeeper, permitted
gambling in their respective Houses:
Ordered that the Attorney prosecute the recognizances of the
* Marginal note reads See P. 296. ED.
t Marginal note reads See Report P. S44. ED.
.576 CITY OF XETT YORK 28 Sept. 1807
The Street Commissioner reported that James W. Lent, on account
of sickness in his family, and Nicholas Van Antwerp, as being inter-
:ed. declined serving as Assessors on the Ordinance for repaying
part of Broad Street, whereupon
Henrv T. Wvckoff &)
T-, c 'were appointed in their places.
The Street Commissioner presented a draft of a bond to be signed
by the Corporation for the settlement of the question between them
and George Janeway Esq r relating to Cross Street, which was ap-
proved and ordered to be executed.*
A Report of the Comptroller and Street Commissioner on the
Petition of Peter Ogilvie-r relating to the extension of Cherry Street
into the East river : and on the Petition of John and Thomas Gard-
iner! relative to water grants opposite their property at Corlaers
Hook, was read and ordered to lie over for consideration.
 The Street Commissioner reported difficulties with respect to
paving Pine Street between Broadway and William Street, which were
referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of the First. Second and
Third Wards to be adjusted.
The following Report was read,
i|The Comptroller to whom was referred the subject of leasing
the cellar of the market at the foot of Duane Street.
Reports, that he is of opinion that a better rent would be obtained
by giving a Lease for a term of years than by leasing it yearly. He
would therefore recommend that it be leased for the term of twenty
one years, and as the business at that part of the town is not yet such
as to authorize the expectation of a high rent, he would recommend
that it be leased for the first Ten years at the rate of One Hundred and
Fifty Dollars per annum and for the remainder of the term at Two
Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
All which is respectfully submitted
Sept. 28* 1807. Compt'
Ordered that the premises be exposed by the Comptroller at
public auction to be rented to the highest bidder for the term of Five
Years from the 1 st day of May next.
* Marginal note reads See AiL-ard. P. 441. & Vol. 16 P 336 ED t Mar-
ginal note reads See. P. 196. 253. ED. $ Marginal note reads See P ' 197 ?53
| Marginal note reads See P. 228. ED. Marginal note reads See
Report P. 293. ED.
28 Sept. 180T COMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 577
 The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for the
purpose of raising sunken lots and correcting other nuisances from
X 3778. to N 3781. inclusive
Ordered that the same do pass.
Resolved that four of the Constables of this city be employed by
the Commissioners of the Alms House, for the purpose of bringing
up for examination all vagrants, negroes, common prostitutes and
other persons likely to become chargeable, whom they may suspect
have not gained a legal settlement, to the end that they may be re-
moved before the winter sets in.
Resolved further, that the Magistrates so arrange themselves as
that one of them attend with the Commissioners of the Alms House,
for the purpose of taking examinations, at 3 o'clock P. M. on each
day for the space of twelve days next ensuing, Sundays excepted.
Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire into the
facts stated in a certain petition of the inhabitants at the foot of
Vesey Street and that all proceedings, on the part of the Board, rela-
tive to the collection of the assessment be suspended, until the report*
of the Committee.
 Alderman R. Strong
Demarest and | were a PP mted on this Committee.
the S* Commissioner J
fResolved that the Resolution of this Board of the 31 st day of
August last, providing for the sinking of eight piers in the channel
opposite Oyster reef, and the resolution of the seventh instant, ap-
pointing a Committee of Ways and meanst for protecting and fortify-
ing the harbour of Xew York, be and the same are hereby severally
The following Resolution was offered by Alderman R. Strong.'}
the consideration of which was postponed.
"Whereas on the 27 th Ult this Corporation did, under the then ap-
parent existing exigency, accept and adopt the Report of its Com-
mittee of the 24 th Ult made relative to the protecting and fortifying
the harbour of New York: therefore
be a standing Committee of this Board, and be denominated. " The
Committee of Defence," to devise, take and pursue such measures as
* Marginal note reads Sec Report P. 283. ED. t Marginal note reads See
P. 202. ED. i Marginal note reads See. P. 207. ED. || Marginal note reads
See P. 273. ED.
578 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 Sept. 1807
shall appear to the said Committee most fit  and best calculated
to carry the said Report and the objects therein contemplated and pro-
posed into effect; always submitting however the Acts, propositions
and doings of the said Committee to this Board, for its approbation
or rejection. And further Resolved, that the said Committee do forth-
with procure or cause to be copied or made a correct and ample Map
or Chart of the harbour and port of New York and its adjacent waters,
islands and head lands ; and delineate and lay down thereon a repre-
sentation of the plan of defence contemplated by the said report; to the
end that the same, together with a statement and calculation of the
expences necessary to make and complete the works or system of de-
fence, proposed by the said Report, to be also made by the said Com-
mittee, may be, under the direction of this Board laid before His
Excellency the President for the use of Congress. And also that the
said Committee cause a copy of such Map or Chart and statement and
calculation to be laid before the Executive of this State without delay,
to the end that His Excellency may submit the same to the Legislature
of this State; thereby to aid the Legislature or Executive in having
such Communi-  cation with the national government, on this
subject, as may be deemed requisite. And otherwise to aid the Legis-
lature in passing such Act, for the cession of ground and land under
water belonging to the State, to the United States, as may be deemed
fit and necessary.
NB. A copy of said Report and of this Resolution to accompany
the Chart &c a
Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay.
NO 344. Daniel Mcparlane, repairs of Pumps $181.62
345. John Bonsall, for Plank &c* furnished Supt of repairs 152.25
346. George Youle, Lead for pumps 465.55
347. Alexander McDougal, Iron work for Docks 252 . 10
348. John Burger, Coroner's bill 126.25
349. Saltus Son & O> for signal Flags 24.60
350 John Pintard, to defray expences attending surveying the
351 Daniel McFarlen, Pump in Hammond S* 27.
352. John H. Sickles, on Ace* of Building Comm* 1000.
353. Barthol* Skaats to purchase Fuel 100.
5 Oct. 1807
COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES
 In Common Council. Ocf 5 th 1807
Present Marinus Willett Esquire, Mayor
John D. Miller
Wynant Van Zandt
Mess" John W. Mulligan '
John Hopper, Jun r
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
A report from the Police Office that Cap 1 Hays had suspended
Tobias Sims and Peter Bennet for sleeping on their posts was referred
to the Watch Committee.
A Report of Cap 1 Jacob Hays recommending Joseph Shourte and
Richard Dunn to be appointed Watchmen  in place of Thomas
Sims & Peter Bennet suspended and Henry Mead removed was re-
ferred to the Watch Committee.
Petitions of Caleb Concklin* Philip L Luff James Owenf John
Ludlam$ & John Chapel butchers for stands in Duane Market, was
referred to the Market Committee
A Petition of the inhabitants and proprietors for repaving Nassau
Street, between the City Hall and Cedar Street was referred to the
Street Commissioner. ||
An application of Robert Kinder & C to be permitted to deposit
hemp in a Fireproof warehouse in South Street, was granted.
A Petition of the inhabitants in Hammond Street praying that the
same may be regulated and repaired, was referred to the Street Com-
A Petition of the inhabitants in the vicinity for a pump and well
at the lower end of Broome Street, was referred to the Alderman
and Assistant of the Seventh Ward with power to grant on the usual