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pences attending the Election in the 9 th Ward, held at his house last
Spring, which was certified by the Inspectors amounting to $22.75.

Warr'

N 509 Ordered that a warrant be issued in his favour for the same.

Warr 1 Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of John H.
N 511. Sickles on account of the Building Committee for $500.
Warr' Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of Jacob Chol-
N 510. well, Contractor for lighting the public Lamps, for $1000.

The following persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engineer
certifying correspondent vacancies.

N 1.
Martin Pulis, vice William Chrystie, resigned.

N 12.
Ira C. Day, Merchant, vice, Samuel Burling d

NO 14.
Jackson Haines, Grocer, vice, John Hallowell. d

NO 30

William Spinegle, vice John A. Harris. d

[352] Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay.

NO 489. Cap* Nichs Lawrence, City Watch $237. 16

490. " William Van Wart. d 237. 16

491 " John Farrington d 217. 56

492 " John White do 217.56

493 " Jacob Hays do 188. 16

494 " George Goodheart d 188. 16

495. Margaret Van Orden, quar' rent of Watch house 25.

496 March & Saffen, Marshals executing Sunday law 6.

497. Deklyne & Cunningham, Dock logs for Slips 15.81

498 Thomas Smith for Blacksmiths work for Pumps 53.20

499 do do Gaol 66.22

500 do do Bridewell 55.83

501 Gosman & McComb ; paving intersections of Streets 178.60

d do before Duane market 140.68

503. Caleb Archer, Plank for Engine House 52.8

do do Plank ... 70.81

505. Daniel Davis, Repairs to Pumps 80.62

506. William Dustan, Collector for Assessments for paving inter-

sections of Pine & Greenwich S 1 ' 172.36

507. William Bridges, City Surveyor, on acc 50.



23 Nov. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 637

NO 508. John Meghan, on ace 1 for paving Whitehall Slip $200.

509. Anthy Smith expences of Elecn of 9th Ward 22.75

510. Jacob Cholwell, Contractor for lighting public lamps 1000.

511 John H. Sickles, on ace 1 of Building Committee 500.

512. Gosman & M c Comb, for stone & paving before Markets 671.46

[353] In Common Council, Nov r 23 d 1807.
Present Marinus Willett, Esquire, Mayor



Roger Strong,

Deputy Mayor
Selah Strong
Wynant Van Zandt, Jun r
Thurston Wood
Nicholas Fish
Jacob Mott
John P. Ritter
John D. Miller



Aldermen.



Mess rs Gerard Depeyster ^
John Hopper, Jun r
Thomas Demarest
Stephen Ludlam
Benjamin Haight
Samuel Torbert
Andrew Morris
Robert Bogardus
John W. Mulligan^



Assistants.



The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.

A Report of Cap 1 Goodheart, on the State of the public Lamps
was referred to the Lamp Committee.

*A Petition of John M c Kesson for a water grant opposite his
property on the North side of Stanton Street was referred to the
Comptroller.

[354] A Petition of the inhabitants and proprietors for repaving
Hague Street, was referred to the Street Commissioner.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Communication.

The Street Commissioner, agreeably to the order of the Boardf has
the honour to present Lewis Angevine's report of Delinquents on the
Assessment for opening Broadway, and recommends that a warrant
issue to the said Angevine to collect the money.

The Street Commissioner begs leave to call the attention of the
Board to the enclosed report made by him, respecting Broadway on
the 9 th inst. the principle of which is entirely unconnected with the
report of M r Angevine.

The Arbitrators were duly appointed, and having made the award,
it is believed the board are bound to comply therewith, as far as re-
spects the money to be paid to Mess" Clarke, Ross and Wheaton. Any
demand the Board may have against M r Spingler, as stated in said
report, is a separate business and can as well be adjusted afterwards.

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 18. P. 68. En.
t Marginal note reads See P. 324. ED.



638 CITY or NEW YORK 23 Nov. 1807

It will be impossible to collect the residue of the money, unless these
matters are decided and the Street opened

Which is respectfully submitted

Nov r 23 d 1807. John S. Hunn.

S* Comm r
Whereupon Ordered that a warrant to enforce [355] pay-

ment be issued in favour of Lewis Angevine, and that a
vVarr
, To - warrant be issued, in favour of the Street Commissioner,



on the Treasurer, to pay the amount of damages awarded
to Mess" Clarke,* Ross and Wheaton.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Communication.

fThe Street Commissioner has the honor to communicate to the
Board, That Mess rs Ogden and Riggs the arbitrators appointed to
adjust the area of ground for which M r Duggan ought to be paid,
are ready to enter upon that business, but will not proceed until Bonds
are interchanged between M r Duggan and the Corporation and put
into their hands to stand to their award.

The Street Commissioner having no authority to sign such Bonds
and conceiving that there would be no impropriety in making such en-
gagement, recommends that an Order pass that the seal of the Cor-
poration be affixed to an Arbitration Bond for the aforesaid purpose,
in like manner as was directed in the case with M r Janeway.

Which is respectfully submitted.
NoV 23d 1807. John S. Hunn.

S* Comnr

Ordered that the same be confirmed.

Reports of the Comptroller in favour of the Petitions of John
ThurmanJ: and Thomas Post for Water grants in the East river. East
of Dover Street, were read and ordered to lie for consideration.

[356] The Comptroller presented the following Report.

1 1 The Comptroller to whom was referred the several Petitions of
Henry A. Coster and John G. Coster, praying for water grants,

Reports that the Petitioners are purchasers of the estate of
Theophylact Bache dec d situate in the First Ward, consisting of Two
Warehouses in South Street and a Pier extending into the East river.
That it is represented by the Petitioners that although an Order had
passed the Board for granting to said T. Bache the soil under water

* Marginal note reads See P. 137. 321. ED. f Marginal note reads See P.
250. ED. t Marginal note reads See P. 304 & Vol. 16. P. 326. See V. 18. P. 433.
ED. || Marginal note reads See. P. 330. ED.



23 Nov. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 639

upon which the said Ware houses are built, yet that from some neglect
on the part of M r Bache the grant was never issued. The Comptroller
has searched the minutes of the Board, as far as they are indexed, but
cannot find any such order as that alluded to. For part of the water
Lot applied for, he believes no grants are ever given, as it extends
beyond the line of 400 feet owned by the Corporation. But he is
induced to believe that M r Bache has built upon a part of the water
lot for which no grant has ever been given, and, for that, he would
recommend a grant to issue upon the usual terms and upon the further
com/dition that the Petitioners pay a quit rent upon the same, from
the time at which M r Bache took the same into possession.

All which is respectfully submitted.

Nov 23 d 1807. J. Morton

Compf

[357] Ordered that the same be confirmed and that grants be
made to Henry A. Coster and John G. Coster, provided it should
appear, on further examination, that no grants have heretofore been
made for the same premises.

The Comptroller presented the following Report

The Comptroller to whom was referred the account of Stephen
Gould for printing done during the Mayoralty of Edward Livingston
Esq r

Reports that upon examining the accounts of the former Chief
Magistrates of this City, he finds that similar charges have been
paid by the Corporation, and those services being for objects respect-
ing the due administration of the Police of the City, he is of opinion
that they are properly chargeable to the Board.

All which is respectfully submitted.

J. Morton

NoV 23 d 1807 CompF

Warr 1 Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a Warrant
N 527. be issued in favour of Stephen Gould for $.55.

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the purpose of rais-
ing sunken Lots and correcting other Nuisances, from N 3286 to
3291. inclusive

Ordered that the same do pass.

The *Report of the Committee on the petition of Mary Hazen
and James Nesbitt, presented at the last meeting, was called up
and confirmed.



* Marginal note reads See Page. 346. 366. ED.



640 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 Nov. 1807

[358] An Account of William Wilmerding & S. Halle employed
to take the Census of the 9 th Ward was referred to the Comp-
troller.

Resolved that the Aldermen of the Seventh and Ninth Wards,
together with the Street Commissioner and Comptroller be a Com-
mittee to examine and report suitable reservations for public Slips
along the East river from Corlaer's Hook northward as far as the
Corporation right to grant soil under water extends.

*Ordered that the Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance
for regulating South Street, in front of the property belonging to
Lewis Moore and the Heirs of John Rogers deceased.

Ordered that the City Inspector prepare Ordinances for raising
the Lots on the North side of Front Street, from Peck Slip to New
Slip, level with the Street.f

Whereas some person or persons, as yet unknown, broke up,
sometime since, part of the pavement at the foot of Roosevelt Street,
therefore

Resolved that the Street Commissioner, without delay, cause the
same to be repaved : And that the Attorney of the Board commence
a suit against the person or persons who broke up said pavement as
soon as discovered.

$A Motion of M r Bogardus to allow Oliver Jaques the sum of
One Hundred Dollars, in lieu [359] of 5 per cent heretofore granted,
as a compensation for collecting the assessment for opening Canal
Street, which was set aside, was carried in the affirmative, a division
being called, as follows:

Affirmative Negative

Alderman Wood Mess rs Hopper Alderman R. Strong

Fish Demarest S. Strong

Mott Ludlam Mess rs Haight

Ritter Morris Mulligan.

Miller Bogardus

Ordered that a Warrant)) be issued in favour of Anthony
Warr 4 Jones for $150 agreeably to the report of the Committee
N 528. for damages for suspending the progress of his building in

Thompson Street.

The Comptroller presented Deeds for the following Grants for
Water Lots, which were severally confirmed, and the Seal of this
Corporation ordered to be thereunto affixed ; Viz 1 to

* Marginal note reads See. P. 411. ED. f Marginal note reads See P. 374.
ED. | Marginal note reads See P. 291. ED. || Marginal note reads See. P.
344. ED. Marginal note reads See P. 330. ED.



23 Nov. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 641

Divie Bethune, Grant on Hudson River between M rs Elder and
Hector Scott, dated 26 th Octo r 1807.

[360] John Gardner, Grant on the East river, between Cherry
Street and grant to Thomas Gardner dated 3 d Nov r 1807.

Thomas Gardner, Grant on the East river, between John Gardner's
grant and Water Street, dated 3 d Nov r 1807.

William Rhinelander Jun r Grant on Hudson river, between Hari-
son and Jay Streets dated 16 th Nov r 1807.

D on D between North Moore & Beach Streets, same date.

D on D between Chamber & Reed Streets, same date.

*Theodorus Bailey, a Gore of land at Old Potters Field, on the
Albany Avenue, in exchange for a gore of land adjoining Potters
field on Bloomingdale Road, same date.

fUnited States, Part of Old Potter's field as a site for a public
Arsenal, and on that condition, otherwise to revert to the Corpora-
tion; dated 17 th Novem r 1807.

N B The triangular piece of ground, in front of the preceding
Grant at the junction of the Post & Bloomingdale Roads is condi-
tioned to be left open as a public Square, forever.

$United States, Soil under Water at the Battery, for the pur-
pose of Fortifications, of same date.

[361] United States, Soil under water in Hudson river between
Hubert and Laight Streets, || for the same purpose and of the same date.

The following Return of Charter Officers was received from
Thomas Morris Esq r Clerk of this City and County.

To the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New
York in Common Council convened :

I do hereby certify, that from the Returns on file in my Office it
appears that the following persons were duly elected to the Offices
set opposite to their respective Names at an Election for Charter
Officers held for the City and County of New York, on Tuesday the
seventeenth and Wednesday the eighteenth days of November, One
thousand eight hundred and Seven.

First Ward, Peter Mesier for Alderman

John Slidell Assistant

Cornelius Wynkoop Collector

Jacob John Lansing &)

A , , , r ., >.. Assessors

Abraham Varick f

James W. Green & )

Tj.-t- ,, ( f Constables

Philip rulkerson I

* Marginal note reads See P. 232. 247. ED. f Marginal note reads See. P.
223. 235. ED. $ Marginal note reads See P. 223. ED. || Marginal note reads
See P. 296 ED.



642



CITY OF NEW YORK



23 Nov. 1807



Second Ward. Samuel M. Hopkins Alderman

John W. Mulligan Assistant

John Thomson & ]

Gilbert Haight j Assessors

Gilliam Cornell Collector

Henrv Marsh & )

Asa Eastwood \ Constables

[362] Third Ward. Abraham King for Alderman

Simon Van Antwerp Assistant

Thomas Taylor & )

Harmanus Tallman \ Assessors

John Striker Collector

Thomas Martin & )

James Thompson }" ...Constables

Fourth W r ard James Drake Alderman

Abraham Bloodgood Assistant

Peter Bonnett & /

Simeon Skillen j Assessors

Christopher Callow Collector

James Crooker & ) ~

~ , XT t. c Constables

Daniel Nash \

Fifth Ward John Bingham Alderman

Thomas J. Campbell Assistant

Amos Corning & )

_ , i T- 1 c Assessors

Frederick .hckert \

William Berrian Collector

Abraham Collard & )

. ,-, . . ( Constables

Amos Curtis \

Sixth Ward. John D. Miller Alderman

Stephen Ludlam Assistant

Alexander Clark & 1

TT . , , Assessors

Henry Ackerman \

John O. Neal Collector

John Ackerman & )

, Constables

John Beckner ^

[363] Seventh Ward. Jacob Mott for Alderman

Samuel Torbert Assistant

Aspinwall Cornwall & )

John Pell f

Abraham Van Gelder. Jun r Collector

Jonathan Allen & )

,,..-.., Constables

Morris Oakley (



-23 Nov. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 643

Eighth Ward. Thurston Wood Alderman

Jasper Ward Assistant

Christopher Beakley & )

Arthur Burtis f Assessors

Andrew Hegeman Collector

Henry G. Disbrow & )

Thomas Darling \ Constables

Ninth Ward Nicholas Fish Alderman

Samuel Kipp A -

John Adriance &

.-,.,,. ..... .. , Assessors

\\ ilham \\ ilmerding \

Edward Vermylia Collector

Reuben Ryder & )

David Robertson \

Thomas Morris
Clerk of City and County of X York.

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay.

N 513. Gosman & Macomb. for raising & repaying the intersection

at Beekman Slip $560. 54

514. Buchan & Clark, for timber for Docks 75 .

515. d d Markets 72.38

516 do do Alms House Jr. 51

[364]

517. Thomas Hazard, keeper of City prison ; for self and Turn-
keys 437. 50

518 Arbuckle & Stondinger. carting for Sup* of repairs

519 Tames Smith d d 5 . 62

520. Andrew S. Leary. do do

521. Proprietors of Evening Post, Subscription 37.50

: J_ d Commercial Advertiser, Advertising 19.91

525 Edward Watkey?, for Candles 26.62

524. Matthew Dyckman. repairs to Pumps 154.68

525. James Patten do 1S4.25

526. James Myers. Sup* of Roads 513 . 48

527. Stephen Gould, printing during Mayoralty of Edward Liv-

ingston Esq r 55 .

528. Anthony Jones, for damages for suspending his building in

Thompson Street 150 .

529 John S. Hur.n. to discharge Amount of Award for property

taken for opening Broadway 451 . 10



644 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Dec. 1807

[365] In Common Council. December 1 st 1807.

Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor

Maturine Livingston Esq r Recorder.



Selah Strong

Nicholas Fish

Jacob Leroy

Wynant Van Zandt, Jun r

John D. Miller

John P. Ritter



Mess rs Gerard Depeystef '
John W. Mulligan
Thomas Demarest
Esquires Robert Bogardus

Aldermen. Stephen Ludlam
Benjamin Haight
Samuel Torbert



Assistants



Andrew Morris.

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

Resolved that a proxy be made out in the usual form, signed by
the Mayor and Clerk with the Seal of this Corporation thereunto
affixed, appointing Robert Bogardus, to vote in behalf of this Board,
for Directors of the Manhattan Company, at the Election held this
day.

A Report from the Police Office, that Captain Lawrence had
suspended James Burrell one of his Watchmen, for sleeping on his
post, was referred [366] to the Watch Committee.

Reports from the Captains of the Watch on the State of the
public Lamps, were referred to the Lamp Committee.

A Petition of John Hibberd, for the renewal of the lease of a
Lot belonging to this Board, in Chatham Street, 25 feet by 58. at
the rate of $200 per annum, was read and referred to the Comp-
troller.

*A Petition of Mary Hazen, praying a reconsideration of the
Report of the Committee, w r hich was confirmed at the last meeting,
in favour of granting a Lease to James Nesbitt ; was read :

Whereupon Ordered that the Comptroller make out a lease to
said Nesbitt forthwith.

A Memorial of sundry Inhabitants of the Fifth Ward, against the
Election of John Bingham Esq^ returned as Alderman and M' r
Thomas J. Campbell returned Assistant for said Ward, as not being
qualified according to Charter, was read and referred to the Counsel
of the Board, that in case he should be of opinion, that the subject
rests with this Board for their decision, that an Extra meeting be
held for the purpose on Friday next, 4 o'clock P. M.

Ordered that a Copy of the Memorial together with this entry

* Marginal note reads See. P. 357. ED.



1 Dec. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 645

on the Minutes, be sent to Mess rs Bingham and Campbell respect-
ively.

[367] A Memorial of Oliver Vanderbilt, praying that the Lots of
Common lands, purchased by him at Auction last Spring, may be
exempted from the usual conditions for payment of taxes and assess-
ments during his term of lease, was read and rejected.

A Petition of the Inhabitants in Stone Street praying for the
removal of certain old Buildings N 14 & 15. projecting in s'aid
Street, was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the First
Ward and the Street Commissioner.*

A Petition of Samuel Winship to be allowed to transfer his
Stall N 1. in Hudson Market to John Chivvis, was granted.

f An Ordinance, for the better regulating of Public Porters in the
City of New York, was passed.

The Street Commissioner presented a return of Delinquents on
the Assessment for regulating Crosby Street from Hester to Grand
Street.

Ordered that a warrant to enforce payment be issued in favour of
John K. Furman.

JThe Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for regulating
Sixth Street from Delancey to Stanton Street which was confirmed
and William Peters was appointed Collector.

1 1 The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for regulating
Norfolk Street from Broome to Stanton Street which was confirmed
and Lewis Angevine was appointed Collector.

[368] The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for re-
paving Nassau Street, from Cedar Street to the City Hall, which was
confirmed and William Dustan was appointed Collector.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Communication

The Street Commissioner has the honor to mention that some time
since, the Common Council directed a Warrant to issue in his favour
for the balances due for repaving Roosevelt Street, whenever that
Balance should be ascertained.

The Statements lately received from M r Bussing and the return
of Delinquents amounting to $281.45. (which will be payable in the
Treasury) enables the Street Commissioner to state the Balance due



* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 18. P. 12. ED. f Marginal note reads
Vide Lazvs P. 24. See. P. 3. ED. t Marginal note reads See P. 281. ED. \\ Mar-
ginal note reads See P. 280. ED. Marginal note reads See. P. 265. ED!



046 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Dec. 1807

to individual workmen, besides the advances made by M r Waldron

and himself, to be as follows.

To A. Morrell, balance on sewer $8.48

Advertising 4. 19

Assessors 20.

Stephenson, for Curbstone 345.45

Ferris, balance of a/c 2.19



Amounting to $380.31

and for which he now solicits a warrant :n his favour to pay them off.

All which is respectfully submitted
Dec r 1. 1807. John S. Hunn.

t Ordered that the same be confirmed, and [369] that a warrant
1NJo _, . be issued in his favour for $380.31. to discharge the Bal-
lances due on Roosevelt Street.

The Comptroller presented the following Report.

*The Comptroller to whom was referred the Petitions of Peter
Fenton, David Ackerman and Simon Ackerman, praying for Water
Grants opposite their respective Lots.

Reports, that the Petitioners heretofore obtained Grants from high
water mark to Washington Street, on their several Lots which lie on
each side of Watts Street. That they now request a Grant to the
permanent line from Washington Street. That the Corporation some
time since made a reservation of the water at this place for a public
Slip or Basin. But as a reservation has lately been made at the foot
of Canal Street for a similar purpose, which is but a short distance
from Watts Street, The Comptroller is of Opinion, that it has now
become unnecessary to reserve the water at Watts Street, and would
therefore recommend that a grant issue to the Petitioners agreeably to
their request upon the usual terms.

All which is respectfully submitted.

Dec r 1. 1807. J. Morton

Compf

Ordered that the same be confirmed

[370] The Report of the Market Committee in favour of granting
the Stand N 3 in Oswego Market, lately occupied by Jacob Jeroleman,
removed to Duane Market, to George Ship, and that the Butcher's!
Stalls on the same side of the Market be removed higher up, was con-
firmed.

* Marginal note reads See Vol 16. P. 410. Vol 17. P. 415. 416. ED.
t Marginal note reads Phil. Luff. N 5. ED.



1 Dec. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 647

A recommendation of the Market Committee that the Stand in
Duane Market N 7. lately granted to Henry Hoffman, who declines
accepting the same, should be granted to Caleb Conklin,* was con-
firmed.

The following Report was presented.

fThe Committee on the Communication from the Street Commis-
sioner respecting the reserving a square between Hamilton and Man-
hattan Avenues

Report that the propriety of that measure will depend on the opin-
ion which the Board may have on a comparison between the probable
value of the ground leased to M r M c Koy, at the expiration of his
lease, and the public convenience and improvement and advantage the
neighbouring public property which will ensue from the contemplated
reservation.

By the annexed Sketch it appears, that at the expiration of the
lease the Corporation will hold two rows of contiguous City lots be-
tweeft Hamilton and Manhattan Avenues and two contemplated
Streets, 60 feet wide. If the Board shall be of opinion, that it may be
adviseable to have a [371] public square in the situation proposed, the
Committee conceive that it would be proper, by making the exchange
mentioned in the Street Commissioner's communication, on equitable
terms, to secure at once the means of conforming the reservation to
the line of Hamilton Square.

All which is respectfully submitted.

Dec r 1 st 1807. Gerard Depeyster

John D. Miller
John W. Mulligan

Ordered that the consideration of said Report be postponed.!

The following Report was presented by the Building Committee

The Committee appointed on the 8 th of December 1806. to Super-
intend the building of the New City Hall,

Report, That they have carefully examined the vouchers and com-
pared them with the charges of their Treasurer, and find that there has
been expended since the 26 th of November las: to the 26 th of Nov r
inst. for the purchase of materials and for erecting the building, the
sum of $37.768.81. which sum, together with $1426.80. that was due
the late building Committee amounts to $39.195 6 %oo- tnat during the



* Marginal note reads See P. 245. ED.
f Marginal note reads See. P. 324. ED.
t Marginal note reads See. P. 389. ED.



648 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Dec. 1807

above mentioned period, the Committee have received by warrants
drawn on the Treasury by order of the Common Council, $33.400.
together with $515.50 which has been received from the Sale of
Boards [372] and Planks amounting in the whole to $33.915.50. which
leaves a Ballance due the Committee of $5.280.11.



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