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Jacob Mott



Abraham King John

Thurston Wood Esquires Abraham Bloodgood



Samuel M. Hopkins
John Bingham



Mess" Simon Van Antwerp
Thomas J. Campbell



Assistants.



Aldermen. Stephen Ludlam
Samuel Torbert

Jasper Ward
John D. Miller John w Mulligan .

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

A Report from the Police Office, that Captain Anderson had sus-
pended Daniel Smith for sleeping on his post, was referred to the
Watch Committee.

*A memorial of Colonel Aaron Ogden of Elizabeth town, applying
for the removal of the Elizabeth town ferry at Whitehall Slip to
Market- [44] field Street, with proposals for leasing the same, for ten
years, at the rent of One hundred Dollars per year, the improve-
ments to be valued and paid for at the expiration of the lease, was
referred to the Ferry Committee.

An application of Colonel John Trumbull to be paid, on account,
for the portraits executing by him, for the Corporation was read.
Warrant Ordered that a warrant be issued in his favour for
N 690. $600.

* Marginal note reads See Report. P. 76. ED.



18 Jan. 1808 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTES 713

A Petition of Stephen Van Rensselaer, by his Attorney Thomas
Cooper, and Dominick Lynch for the regulation of *Orange Street,
from Hester Street to the pavement near Cross Street, was referred
to the Street Commissioner; who forthwith reported an Ordinance
for the regulation of said Street, which was passed, and Richard Ber-
rian William Tabele Anthony Steenbach John A. Crolius and Leonard
Warner were appointed Assessors.

Petitions of Matthew Gibson and Thomas Skillman butchers for
the grant of Stand N 32 Hudson Market occupied by Henry Rosen-
crantz, who resigns the same, were referred to the Market Com-
mittee [45] who forthwith reported in favour of granting said Stall
to Thomas Skillman, which was confirmed.

A Petition of Charles Oilman, occupant of Stand N 28. Hudson
Market, and of

William Gibson, occupant of stand N 6. Duane Market, to inter-
change said stands, was granted.

A Communication from the fHumane Society, stating the defi-
ciency of their Funds, and requesting the aid of the Corporation, was
referred to Aldermen Mesier King and M r Torbert.

Petitions of

Charles Buxton, to be appointed City Inspector and JBernardus
Ryder, to be appointed Measurer, were severally read and referred to
the Committee on applications for Offices.

A Petition of the inhabitants in the vicinity for extending Crosby
Street, above Prince Street, was referred to the Street Commissioner.

A Petition of several proprietors of Lots at Corlaers hook, pray-
ing that a new Ordinance may be passed, to compel such proprietors
who have neglected to fulfil a former Ordinance to fill their lots
between Water Street and Grand [46] Street, was referred to the
Street Commissioner with instructions to report the names of the
defaulters.

The following Report was presented.

The Committee of ways and means

Report

That in the course of the last week, eighteen Seamen have signed
the Article required of them, and have received orders to be admitted
by Captain Chauncey at the Navy Yard Only one Sailor, however, it
is understood, had gone over yesterday.

* Marginal note reads See P. 274. ED.

f Marginal note reads See. Report P. 75. ED.

t Marginal note reads See. P. 167. ED.



718 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Jan. 1808

[54] Ordered that the same be confirmed and that the Law for
regulating Surveyors, and for regulating the weighing and sale of
Hay, be referred back to the Committee on Laws and Ordinances for
reconsideration.

Resolved that a new Edition of the Ordinances of this Board be
printed under the direction of a Committee: that they be authorized
to advertise for the printing thereof on the best terms they can pro-
cure the same to be done, and if possible, upon the principle of giving
the copy to the printer who may agree to give the Board therefor the
greatest number of copies printed according to a given sample.

Alderman Miller "}

Mr Ward L we re appointed the Committee,

and

M r Bloodgood J

The following Report was presented.

*The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Dirck
Amerman, praying the grant of a new lease for the ferry from Cath-
erine Slip to Brooklyne.

Report

That they are of opinion that if the time of leasing the
Ferry should be altered from the 1 st of May to the 1 st of February
beneficial conveniencies would result therefrom, as that is the usual
time of renting dwelling houses [55] it would doubtless be a great
accommodation to those that may wish to lease that or any other ferry
to know whether he is to have it or not before he takes a house for
the ensuing year, and likewise to every applicant, in case they should
not be successful in their application, as in that case under the present
regulation they would very probably have on hand a house that would
be very inconvenient for whatever other occupations they should
think proper to employ themselves in.

Your Committee therefore recommend that the said Ferry, with
the privileges thereunto appertaining be leased to the said Dirk
Amerman for the term of two years and nine months to commence
on the first day of May next on the same terms, conditions and
reservations as he the said Dirk Amerman holds the said ferry of the
Corporation at the present time except as to the term as above stated,
Reserving to the said Corporation and their successors the right if
they shall, at any time during the terms of said lease, think it advise-
able to establish a ferry at or near the foot of Walnut Street, across

* Marginal note reads See. P. 23. ED.



18 Jan. 1808 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 719

the east river, to or near the Wallabout on Long island with the
privileges usually attached to other ferries.

All which is respectfully submitted.

Jacob Mott

Jany 18th. 1808. Simon Van Antwerp

Step n Ludlam.

[56] Ordered that the same be confirmed.
The following Report was presented.
The Building Committee report

That they have reduced the daily pay of the Journeymen Stone
cutters at work at the New City Hall, from 125 cents to One Dollar,
and have now Twenty five Journeymen employed in that business
for the same sum, that they before paid Twenty.

During the present exigency, the Committee are of opinion, that
the interests of the City would be promoted by employing an addi-
tional number of Journeymen Stone cutters at this reduced price.
The workshops where they are employed can conveniently accommo-
date a larger number, and are made very comfortable by the means of
stoves, and the Superintendants of the Building assure us, that they
can do as great a days work as in the summer season. Should the
Board sanction this measure, the Committee will only employ such
additional Journeymen who have families, and from the present
scarcity of employment, would become pensioners on the bounty of
the Corporation. Thus a twofold good would result, the employment
of our citizens who are in distress, and their labour obtained at a
reduction of 20 per cent [57] from the usual rate of wages.

Jacob Mott
Jany 18 th 1808 Abraham King

Jn Slidell.
Ordered that the same be confirmed.

The Street Commissioner presented a return of Delinquents on
the Assessment for paving part of Rivington Street, between the
Bowery and Norfolk Street, amounting to S343.60.

Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of William Dustan
to enforce payment.

The Street Commissioner reported that, agreeably to the order of
the Board, he had advertised the Assessment for repaving Broad
Street, which he again presented, having received no objections
against it from the parties interested.



720 CITY OF XEW YORK 18 Jan. 1808

A Communication from John Delafield and Samuel Lockman was
read, complaining against the insufficiency and unworkmanlike execu-
tion of said repavement.

\Yhereupon Ordered, that the Assessment be confirmed, and that
William Dustan be appointed Collector: But that the Stree: Commis-
sioner retain in his hands 15 P r O of the amount, until the Alderman
and Assistant of the First ward report their approbation of the work.

[58] *The Street Commissioner presented the following Award
and his remarks thereon.

The Corporation of the City of Xew York on the one part, and
Rufus King and John Lawrence of the other part, having submitted
to the Subscribers William Denning and Henry J. Wyckoff to make a
division and adjustment between them of certain Lots of ground in
the said city, bounded in Front by Elm Street, and owned by them in
certain proportions as specified on a Map of the said ground made by
Robert Bridges one of the City Surveyors. Now we the said William
Denning and Henry J. Wyckoff having previously examined the said
ground, do hereby determine that the Lots marked on the Map by
Numbers, One, three, and five, be the separate property of the said
Corporation, and the Lots marked on the said Map by Numbers two,
four and six be the separate property of Rufus King and John Law-
rence, each of the said Lot being Twenty five feet in width in Front
and rear and Ninety feet in length on each side. Also, we do further
determine, that the said Corporation pay to the said Rufus King and
John Lawrence the sum of One Thousand three hundred and Forty
Dollars lawful money of the United States of America, payable on
Demand.

New York W m Denning

23 d Dec r 1807 Henry J. Wyckoff



* Marginal note reads See. P. 406. 465. ED.



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The Street Commissioner has the honor to cover the Award of
the Arbitrators appointed by the Corporation and Mess rs Lawrence
and King to divide in an equitable manner the property at the corner
of Elm and Leonard Streets and to make such exchange as might be
just and right ; by which it appears that the Corporation are to pay
Mess rs Lawrence and King $1340 for the difference between their
former ground and that now assigned to them by the award.

The Street Commissioner conceives it to be his indispensable duty
to guard the interests of the Corporation in all matters submitted to
his discretion, and to present to them such remarks thereon as may
suggest themselves as necessary for their information when delib-
erating upon the subjects. Impressed with this duty the Street Com-
missioner cannot refrain from communicating to the Board his dis-
appro- [60] bation of the decision of the Arbitrators above mentioned :
and he begs leave to offer the following statement of the circum-
stances in support of that opinion.

The Corporation, in order to increase the value of their prop-
erty on Elm Street, originally laid out but Forty feet wide,
agreed to cut off ten feet from their grounds on each side and
make the Street Sixty feet in width. They also gave up Ten
feet in width along the south side of their grounds at the corner
of Elm street to make Leonard Street of the width of Fiftv feet:



722 CITY OF XEW YORK 18 Jan. 1808

although Mess rs Lawrence and King, at the same time, were paid
exclusive of the assessment. One thousand Dollars for a slip of Ten
feet required of them for the same purpose, and adjoining the ground
of the Corporation, and above Three hundred and forty Dollars of
that sum was paid by the Corporation, and the residue by M r Clarke
who owned the opposite ground.

The Corporation, further to improve their property there, regu-
lated the whole of Elm Street at their expence: having previously
regulated the whole of Leonard Street, Three hundred and fifty feet
along the property of Mess rs Lawrence and King, through massy
hills, without any expence to them.

Notwithstanding these sacrifices on the part [61] of the Corpora-
tion, to enhance the value of their property, the Arbitrators have
apportioned the lots they were to exchange, according to their sev-
eral Areas, by a nominal value, without regard to their situation with
respect to the Streets : and have actually valued front and corner lots
belonging to the Corporation at no greater sum than other grounds
belonging to Mess rs Lawrence and King in the rear of those lots and
to which there is no communication from the Streets.

The Street Commissioner is persuaded the Common Council,
upon a slight inspection of the Map of the property, herewith pre-
sented, will see the impropriety of agreeing to the arrangement pro-
posed by the Arbitrators; but he will do these Gentlemen the justice
to state, that he has reason to believe they have been led to make this
decision from misunderstanding the subject and the principles upon
which they were to act. For it is evident that a front upon a Street
is worth considerably more than the same area of ground in the rear
of it. And such has been the invariable practice and opinion of other
Arbitrations. The Street Commissioner will only recite one recent
instance, where the Corporation, in exchanging ground with General
Bailey at Pottersfield, have been obliged to give at the rate of two
square feet on Albany Avenue, an intended Street of Sixty feet, for
one foot on the Bowery road, and the [62] only reason assigned was,
that the one was accessible and the other not.

The Street Commissioner is sincerely of opinion the property of
the Corporation to be exchanged, as proposed, is worth at least as
much as that included in the award to be taken from Mess rs Law-
rence and King ; and he therefore recommends that the award be dis-
agreed to for the reasons above stated, or that a Committee be ap-



18 Jan. 1808 COMMON COUXCIL MlXUTES 723

pointed to investigate the merits of it with directions to report their
opinion before it is approved.

All which is respectfully submitted.
Jany 18th. 1808. John S. Hunn.

Ordered that the same be referred back to the Arbitrators for
further consideration.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Report
The Street Commissioner has the honor to state to the Board,
that warrants sometime since issued in favour of the following per-
sons proprietors or Lessees of ground in Canal Street for the amount
of the awards in their favour, deducting the sums they were assessed.
That as the assessment has been annulled, it is reasonable and just
they should be paid the sums so assessed ; and therefore recommends
that Warrants be directed in favour of

[63] James Halliday for $28.

Thomas M c Connaghey 35

John Oilman 67

Sears, assignee of Augustus Lawrence. . 25



Making a sum of $155 due to them upon their awards.

It may be necessary to observe that these persons never had any
bonds from the Corporation.

Which is submitted.
Jany 18th. 1808. John S. Hunn.

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a warrant be issued
in favour of the Street Commissioner to pay the said awards.

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for correcting
nuisances from N 3934 to 3951. inclusive.

Ordered that the same do pass.

A report of the Comptroller on the subject of renewing the leases
of Ferries which expire on the 1 st of May next, was referred to the
Ferry Committee.

The Comptroller reported the sum of $3900. in the Treasury.

Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of the Comp-
Warr* troller for $3000. to discharge [64] the interest on the
N691 Bonds due by this Corporation to the Manhattan Com-
pany.

Warr* Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of John Bing-
N 689. ham Esq r on account of the Committee of ways and means,
for $1000.

A Recommendation of the Firewardens of the Sixth Ward to



724 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Jan. 1808

appoint William Bolmer Firewarden for said Ward, in the place of
Richard L. Mott removed, was ordered to lie for consideration.

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to examine into the Sys-
tem of the conduct and management of the Alms House, and to
report such improvements, as, in their judgment, may appear more
beneficial.*

Alderman Drake

M r Bloodgood

Alderman Mott ^ Wre appointed t Committee.

Bmgham

and
Mr Van Antwerp

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to confer with George
Janeway respecting an exchange of property in Magazine Street and
to report a description of the Buildings to be erected on the Cor-
poration property in said Street, and also to fix the prices or yearly
rents of the Lots to be leased.

[65] The Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth Ward were ap-
pointed the Committee.

Resolved that each and every Lessee or keeper of the different
ferries across the east and North rivers be directed to have the first
section of the Law, concerning the regulation of Ferries, put up in
some conspicuous place in the house occupied by them as a ferry
house on each side of the river, and that they keep the same so put
up during the term of their several leases, respectively, under the
penalty of Five Dollars for each and every neglect or offence.

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire what altera-
tion is necessary in the law for the Assessment and collection of taxes,
to enable the Corporation to levy and collect taxes on vacant lots,
where the owners are unknown or where the property is undivided.
Also to enquire if any, and if any, what alteration is necessary in the
Law authorizing the Corporation to regulate Streets and vacant lots
where the owners are unknown or where the property is undivided,
to enable the Corporation to compel the owners, speedily, to reim-
burse the expences incurred by such regulation.!

The Committee on the revision of the Laws and Ordinances were
appointed the Committee.

[66] ^Resolved that William J. Waldron, formerly Deputy Street
Commissioner, be hereby reappointed to his former office ; And also

* Marginal note reads See. Report P. 165. ED.
t Marginal note reads See Report P. 197. ED.
t Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 404. ED.



18 Jan. 1808 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTES 725

to assist in collecting the revenue of this Corporation at the rate of
Two Dollars per diem.

M r Bloodgood presented the following Resolutions, to lie for con-
sideration at the next meeting.

Resolved that John Pintard, now City Inspector and Clerk to the
Common Council, be dismissed from the several Offices holden by
him, and he is hereby dismissed.*

Resolved that Jacob Morton, now Comptroller, be dismissed from
that Office, and he is herebv dismissed.!

j

Resolved that Richard Furman, now Superintendant of the Alms
House, be dismissed from that Office and he is hereby dismissed.^

The following appointment of a Fireman was made, the Chief
Engineer certifying a correspondent vacancy.

NO 27.

Stephen Lownsbury, Carpenter, Hudson Street vice Martin P.
Powles: resigned.

[67] Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants to pay.

N 671 John Alackay, for painting & glazing $457.85

672 McDonald & Burt, work to Pumps 177.38

673 Samuel B. Waldron, repairs to Roads 109. 17

674 Daniel Davis, work to Pumps 57 . 12

675 Peter Burtsell, for Maps, and Stationary for City Inspec-

tor & Clerks office 150.70

676 d Stationary for Comptroller's d 21.76

677 do do Street Commrs d 13.

678 Watson & Campbell, Shingles for Bridewell 70.

679 do Materials for Oswego market 30.28

680 d do Goal 3.21

681 John Meghan, for paving Roosevelt Street 31.50

682 John S. Hunn, to pay for paving intersections 25.62 1 A

683 Buchan & Clark, timber for Rynder Street 4.53

684 Jacob Dela Montagnie, Sp. Justice of Police, salary 250.

685 Joshua Barker do do 250.

686 Bernard Oblenis Clerk to do do 250.

687 Jacob Morton, Comptrollers d 250.

688 James Lyons, exper.ces of Inspector of Charter election

for 6th. Ward 15 .

689 John Bingham, Treas r of Comm e of ways and means 1000.

690 John Trumbull, on ace 4 of Portraits 600.

691 Jacob Morton, Comptroller, to discharge int. on bonds to

Manhattan Company 3000.

692 John S. Hunn, to pay ballance of awards on Canal Street. 155.

* Marginal note reads See P. 153. 174. ED.
t Marginal note reads See. P. 152. ED.
$ Marginal note reads See P. 154. ED.



722 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Jan. 1808

although Mess rs Lawrence and King, at the same time, were paid
exclusive of the assessment, One thousand Dollars for a slip of Ten
feet required of them for the same purpose, and adjoining the ground
of the Corporation, and above Three hundred and forty Dollars of
that sum was paid by the Corporation, and the residue by M r Clarke
who owned the opposite ground.

The Corporation, further to improve their property there, regu-
lated the whole of Elm Street at their expence : having previously
regulated the whole of Leonard Street, Three hundred and fifty feet
along the property of Mess rs Lawrence and King, through massy
hills, without any expence to them.

Notwithstanding these sacrifices on the part [61] of the Corpora-
tion, to enhance the value of their property, the Arbitrators have
apportioned the lots they were to exchange, according to their sev-
eral Areas, by a nominal value, without regard to their situation with
respect to the Streets : and have actually valued front and corner lots
belonging to the Corporation at no greater sum than other grounds
belonging to Mess rs Lawrence and King in the rear of those lots and
to which there is no communication from the Streets.

The Street Commissioner is persuaded the Common Council,
upon a slight inspection of the Map of the property, herewith pre-
sented, will see the impropriety of agreeing to the arrangement pro-
posed by the Arbitrators ; but he will do these Gentlemen the justice
to state, that he has reason to believe they have been led to make this
decision from misunderstanding the subject and the principles upon
which they were to act. For it is evident that a front upon a Street
is worth considerably more than the same area of ground in the rear
of it. And such has been the invariable practice and opinion of other
Arbitrations. The Street Commissioner will only recite one recent
instance, where the Corporation, in exchanging ground with General
Bailey at Pottersfield, have been obliged to give at the rate of two
square feet on Albany Avenue, an intended Street of Sixty feet, for
one foot on the Bowery road, and the [62] only reason assigned was,
that the one was accessible and the other not.

The Street Commissioner is sincerely of opinion the property of
the Corporation to be exchanged, as proposed, is worth at least as
much as that included in the award to be taken from Mess rs Law-
rence and King; and he therefore recommends that the award be dis-
agreed to for the reasons above stated, or that a Committee be ap-



18 Jan. 1808 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 723

pointed to investigate the merits of it with directions to report their
opinion before it is approved.

All which is respectfully submitted.
Jany 18th. 1808. John S. Hunn.

Ordered that the same be referred back to the Arbitrators for
further consideration.

The Street Commissioner presented the following Report
The Street Commissioner has the honor to state to the Board,
that warrants sometime since issued in favour of the following per-
sons proprietors or Lessees of ground in Canal Street for the amount
of the awards in their favour, deducting the sums they were assessed.
That as the assessment has been annulled, it is reasonable and just
they should be paid the sums so assessed; and therefore recommends
that Warrants be directed in favour of

[63] James Halliday for $28.

Thomas M c Connaghey 35

John Oilman 67

Sears, assignee of Augustus Lawrence. . 25



Making a sum of $155 due to them upon their awards.

It may be necessary to observe that these persons never had any
bonds from the Corporation.

Which is submitted.
Jany 18th. 1808. John S. Hunn.

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a warrant be issued
in favour of the Street Commissioner to pay the said awards.

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for correcting
nuisances from N 3934 to 3951. inclusive.

Ordered that the same do pass.

A report of the Comptroller on the subject of renewing the leases
of Ferries which expire on the 1 st of May next, was referred to the
Ferry Committee.

The Comptroller reported the sum of $3900. in the Treasury.

Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of the Comp-
Warr' troller for $3000. to discharge [64] the interest on the
N691 Bonds due by this Corporation to the Manhattan Com-
pany.

Warr* Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of John Bing-
N 689. ham Esq r on account of the Committee of ways and means,
for $1000.

A Recommendation of the Firewardens of the Sixth Ward to



724 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Jan. 1808

appoint William Bolmer Firewarden for said Ward, in the place of



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