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are accordingly to be borne by the Lessees (provided their Leases are
similar to M r Cashmans which is believed to be the case) The
Council has deemed it expedient to give information to the Board of
this adjudication, as soon as he was acquainted with it as he has
understood that several settlements have been delayed until the deter-
mination of this suit

respectfully submitted

(Signed) D S Jones

The Comptroller made a communication [314] on the subject of
the commutation of quit rents which was referred to the Finance
Committee He also stated that the contract for Street Manure would
expire on the 9 th April next and he was directed to advertize for
farming the same under the Law upon that subject

The Street Commissioner on the memorial of Garrit Storms &
others reported that he is of opinion that leave should be given to
construct vaults under the direction of the Street Commissioner
according to a late ordinance on the subject, which was agreed to.

The Street Commissioner upon the petitions referred to him
reported an ordinance for regulating M c Dougal Street from Spring
to Houston St, And also an ordinance for regulating Prince's St from
M c Dougal to Thompson Street, Which were passed and George
Ireland Lemuel Skidmore Stephen Kingsland John Brower & Solo-
mon Wheeler, were appointed Assessors in each

The Street Commissioner on the petition [315] of Henry Bull-
winkle, reported that Petitioner have leave to withdraw his petition,
which was agreed to

The Committee of Charity on the Memorial of the Trustees of
the N Y City Dispensary reported

That from the annual report of the Society and other information
your Committee are in possession of respecting their funds and from
the extraordinary and immediate relief given to the sick poor they
are of opinion that perhaps no Society exists in New York founded
upon more laudable principles

The applications for medical and surgical aid are daily increasing,
and by the immediate attention given by the Gentlemen of the faculty
it must make it obvious to every discerning mind that it has a great
tendency to give immediate relief, which if neglected in the first stage
of a disorder would doubtless add considerably to the number of



15 March 1813 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 407

objects, who would become a prey to some violent disease and would
ultimately create a public expence in the Alms House or Hospital

Your Committee cannot but feel grateful to those Gentlemen who
with such unremitted diligence have paid the earliest and particular
attention to the sick poor, therefore [316] earnestly recommend that
this Board grant them an additional sum of $200 so as to make the
annual donation $500 this will enable them to extend their laudable
exertions to answer the numerous calls of misery & woe, give imme-
diate relief, health restored, and the Father or Mother of many a
distressed family enabled to prosecute their lawful avocations and
support their dependant offspring, which if neglected in the first stage
of sickness might be the cause of the whole family becoming a public
charge

all which is respectfully submitted

(Signed) Jn Vanderbilt J r
W m J Waldron
James Palmer
Peter Mesier
Which was agreed to

The Committee on the subject of renting the Flag Staff at the
Battery reported

That in their opinion the Flag Staff should be rented for the
ensuing year to Henry Marsh and Henry B Moore for the same rent
and on the same conditions as it was rented last year, the term
[317] to commence from and immediately after the expiration of the
present lease

All which is submitted

(Signed) Peter Mesier
T Nitchie

On the question of agreing to the same it passed in the negative-
It was then moved to reconsider the vote which was agreed to The
question being again taken on the Report, it was again negatived

It wa? then moved that the Flag Staff be rented to Henry Marsh
& Hathaway agreably to the terms in said report, which

was agreed to

A Communication was received from Richard Smith Lessee of
Homes Hook Ferry stating that he had received notice from Jacob
M c Key not to use his ground for a landing after the First of next
Month. This subject together with Smith's Account with this Board,
was referred to the Ferry Committee



408 CITY or NEW YORK 15 March 181 3

The Comptroller was directed to accept of Alexander Fink and
Samuel Ackerly as sureties in a Bond with David M Mills [318] for
the lease of the public Docks & Slips for the ensuing year.

Ordered that the Street Commissioner report an Ordinance for
the repairing the public Sewer in Broad Street

Ordered that it be referred to the finance Committee to enquire as
to the official conduct of M r G N Bleecker the late Comptroller while
in the employment of this Board

The Comptroller reported

Cash in the Treasury 79.175.86

Warrants not presented 2746.69



76.429.17

Whereupon Warrants were Ordered to be issued for payment of
the following Accounts

Lawrence & V Wart Watch 498.75

Farrington & White " 621.25

Hays & Bogart " 670.25

Angevine & Hedden " 315.

J Brower Assess 1 "* on Pumps & Wells in Christopher St 12.

John Brower Ditto Cortlandt S* Slip Bulk Head 60.

[319] W H Field attendance as Witness on the part of the people by

order of Recorder 6.

M Banks Blacksmiths work for Pumps 39.31

H Brush repairs " "

E Jennings Lighting Lamps 628. 16

F Lynch Inspector of Bread to 9th Mar 2 Mo 63 .96

G Thresher painting Diploma for Capt Jones of the U S Wasp 35.



2976.68



Balance 73452.49



22 March 1813 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



409



[320) In Common Council March 22 d 1813
Present Pierre C Van Wyck Esq r Recorder President



Peter Mesier
John Vanderbilt J*
Charles Dickenson
Richard Cunningham
John Morss
George Buckmaster
Peter H Wendover
Nicholas Fish
John Pell



I Aldermen



John Nitchie
Joseph W Brackett
Augustine H Lawrence
Elisha W King
Thomas R Smith
Josiah Hedden
Asa Mann
Wm J Waldron
W m A Hardenbrook
James Palmer



^Assistants



The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved

A Letter from Col" George Izard of the U S Army recommending

an additional Battery for the defence of the City was read and

referred to the Committee of Defence

An invitation of Major Gilbert of the 1 st Reg mt U S Volunteers
to attend a review of the Troops under his command at the [321]
West Battery on Thursday next 4 O Clock was read and acepted

A Petition of John M c Farland to be appointed a Measurer of
grain, was read, and Petitioner was appointed a Measurer of grain

A Petition of Wilson Lyons for Stand N 29 in the Fly Market-
from George M Patten for Stall N 1 in Greenwich Market, from
John Schuyler for permission to exchange Stall N 13 for N 6 in
the Fly Market and from Margaret Downing for Hucksters Stand in
said Market were severally read and referred to the Market Com-
mittee

Petitions for a Well in Delancy Street near Willett Street & Pitt
Street, were read and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the
Wards & Street Commissioner to report ordinances

A Petition of Robert Carnley for an advance of one hundred
Dollars to enable him to finish his contract for Willett Street, was
read and referred to the Street Commissioner

[322] The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief
Engineer certifying the vacancies

Floating Engine

W m King. Mason, 19 Rose St, 4 th W d , Vice J Doughty resg d
Peter Coffee. Rigger, 52 Charlotte St 7 W d , Vice Jos V n Orden
enlisted



410 CITY or NEW YORK 22 March 1813

F Eng 6 Compy N 26

Alanson Weed, Shoemaker 135 Lombardy St 7 W d Vice Dav d
Covert resgd

A Memorial of the Owners of Hackney Carriages, and a Mem-
orial of Livery stable keepers on the subject of the late ordinance
regulating Hackney carriages, were read, and laid upon the Table

A Memorial of A T Goodrich stating that he was an Artillerist
and therefore by law exempt from personal Tax, but that he had
been assessed and compelled to pay the same, and praying relief, was
read, And thereupon Resolved that Petitioner have leave to withdraw
his petition

A Petition of Charles Day praying remission of a Fine incurred
under the Street law was read, and ordered that [323] proceedings
thereon be stayed, on payment of costs until the further order of the
Board

A Petition of Fire Engine Company N 5 for a new Engine
House, was read and referred to the Chief Engineer

A Petition of James Hanraham for appointment as Wood
Inspector was read and referred to the Committee on applications

The Street Commissioner presented a Return of Delinquents on
the Assessment for Bulk-head and filling in Courtlandt Street Slip
which was read and a Warrant ordered to issue to the Collectors, for
collecting the same

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for a Well
and Pump in Ridge Street between Rivington and Delancy Street,
which was passed.

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Gilbert
Van Mater, reported

That they have had an interview with the Petitioner on the sub-
ject referred to them [324] and after making what they considered
a fair estimate of the annual value of the unleased lots at Brooklyn,
Under the power vested in them by the Common Council they offerred
the Petitioner a lease for twenty one Years on seven Lots of ground
at the annual rent of $900 which he declined to accept, your Com-
mittee have been offered the same Sum from another person with a
reasonable addition for the Houses lately purchased of M r Van Mater
which your Committee are unauthorized to accept But from the
liberal offer which has been made and from the extensive improve-
ments contemplated by the person who made it, your Committee



22 March 1813 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 411

recommend that the said property be let by private contract agreably
to the plan formerly reported by your Committee

All which is respectfully submitted

(Signed) E W King

A H Lawrence
Jno Vanderbilt Jun r
Which was approved

Upon the report of the Attorney penalties [325] were remitted on
the usual terms to Captains Bancroft & Alverez for not reporting
passengers

The Council presented the award of the Arbitrators in the case
of David Lydigg whereby it appeared that they had awarded to
David Lydigg for his damages in removing his Store the sum of
$300 and also $34 for expenses of the Arbitration to be paid by the
Corporation

Whereupon Ordered that the Comptroller report a Warrant for
payment of the same

The Council presented the following

The Council of the Corporation has the honor to present herewith
to the board for execution, a Lease to Jeromus Schenck, for Lot
N 1. Brooklyn, Three other Leases to William Willis for Lots
N os 2. 3. & 4 Brooklyn one other to Thomas W Birdsall for Lot
N 6 Brooklyn One Other to Burdett Striker for Lot N 12 Brooklyn
and one other to Abraham Hart for the upper part of the Watch
House in third Street in this City

These Leases have been drawn conformably to the Comptrollers
statement of the [326] Sale of Corporation Property on the 28 th
January last; except the Lease to Thomas W Birdsall, which at that
sale was purchased by William Willis, who has since with the appro-
bation of the Committee under whose direction the sale was made,
transferred the same to the said Birdsall

respectfully submitted

(Signed) D S Jones

Which were directed to be duly executed

A Resolution presented by Alderman Wendover on the subject
of the defence of the City was read, and ordered to lie on the Table

Resolved that the Superintendant of repairs be directed to have
the Pump at the intersection of Pump Street and the Bowery, removed
from the middle to the side of Pump Street at the public expense.



412 ClTY OF NEW YORK 22 March 1813

And Ordered that all Pumps similarly situated be also removed
by the Superintendant of repairs at the public Expence

Resolved that the Committee on Streets and Street Commissioner
be directed to [327] consider and report on the propriety of opening
Varrick Street from Vandam to Clarkson Street

M r Lawrence presented a Resolution, respecting the Park, which
was agreed to, and the Attorney was directed to report an ordinance
conformable thereto.

M r Bracket presented the following

Resolved that it be recommended to the Citizens of this City to
appoint a Committee on their part to confer with the Committee
of Defence on the part of this Board on the subject of the best means
of defending this City and Harbour in the present crisis and for the
temporary payment of the charges thereon :

And further resolved that it shall be the duty of the Committee
of Defence to enquire how many gun boats there are in this Harbour
not manned nor put in service by our general government: and that
said committee report thereon with all expedition: together with an
estimate of the expense of maning and keeping them in actual service
for the space of six months.

It was moved that the same be referred [328] to the Committee
of Defence, the question being taken thereon and a division being
being called it was carried in the affirmative as follows

Affirmative

Alde ns Mesier Vanderbilt Dickenson Cunningham Fish
Mess" Nitchie Lawrence King Hedden Hardenbrook. Palmer
11.

Negative

Alder ns Morss Buckmaster Pell Wendover

Mess rs Brackett Smith Mann Waldron 8

Ordered that the sunday Law be referred to the Council to report
such amendments as he may judge necessary to render the same con-
formable to the Constitution of the State

Ordered that if sufficient Sureties be not given by David M Mills
the Contractor for the public Wharves & Slips on or before Thursday
next that the Comptroller be directed to advertize the same to be
rented for the ensuing year

[329] The Comptroller reported

Cash in the Treasury 89963. 5

Warrants not presented 2593.69

$87.369.36



22 March 1813 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 413

Whereupon Warrants were ordered to be issued for payment of
the following accounts

Jas Warner Special Justice 26 Febx to 17 Mar". 52. 2

Charles Christian " " " 52.2

N Jarvis collecting Assess* Canal St 350.

Dd Stilwell repairs Pump Wells 4 6 Wards 32.50

J Fine " " " 1.58th" 117.6

Geo Collis Iron work for Pumps 3. 4 " 6.25

W m Kay repairing a Pump 8.

C Oneal " Pumps & cleaning Wells 19.25

Wm Castle " " 3. 7 Wards 37.63

Wm Butler Iron work for " 1.58th " 25.86

Comstock & Sawyer Lamp Oil 1358 . 36

Latham Bunker " " 267.95

Tho s Mingus Iron work for Lamps 51 .

Saml Nichols for Lam[p]s & Cups 94.25

M Hicks Asst St Corns'- Salx 1 to IQth March 18.

Waters Furman removing snow from the Markets during the Winter 8.75
Jn Vanderbilt J r Esq r reimbursement cash expended for J Wilhemus

a debtor 17 .

Wm P Rome Keeper Potters Field 1. to 12 Inst 18.

G N Bleecker Compf to 11 Inst 116.63

Jn McKie Timber for Docks & Slips 13.14

[330] Burtis & Woodward Spokes for Engine Ladders 6.50

John Watson Shingles for Houses for " 6.64

Decamp & Elridge repairs 10.63

Geo Downing Locust Posts 24.

Luke Torboss glazing Lamps 65 . 44

Josp h Watkins Lumber for Battery and Bridewell 5. 16*

Ja s Jenkins Ironmongery to 1 March 23.94

Jn Johnson repairs to Bridewell and public buildings 35.68

Furman Treasr N Alms House.. 5000.



7.841.66



Balance 79.527.70



414 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 March 1813

[331] In Common Council March 29 th 1813
present Pierre C Van Wyck Esq r Recorder President

John Nitchie 1

Peter Mesier Joseph w Brackett

John Vanderbilt Junr Augustine H Lawrence

Varies Dickenson misha w KJng



Richard Cunningham
John Morss
George Buckmaster



I Alderman



Thomas R Smith



Asa Mann



Assistants



Peter H Wendover Wm ; Waldron

N,choias F,sh Wm A Hardenbrook

James Palmer j

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved
A Petition of John Tenbroeck for Stall N 1 Greenwich Market,
of Simeon Travers for Stall N 38 Hudson Market of James Reeves,
and Asa W Wilson for exchange between them, of N 4 Greenwich
Market and N 6 Arsenal Market And from Reeves and Wilson for
Stand to sell garden seeds in Fly Market, were read and referred to
the Market Committee

[332] A Petition of Peter and George Lorrilard was received
stating that they are Lessees of Corporation Property in Tyron Row
Augustus Street and Chatham Street which have been assessed for
opening Chamber Street that agreably to the late decision of the
Supreme Court in Cashmans case, the Lessees are not bound to pay
the assessments as those leases are not on the same terms, but tho' the
petitioners are not bound to pay the Assessment on their Lots they are
willing to pay the same provided the Corporation will grant new leases
for the Lots corner of Tyron Row & augustus Street, and the other
in Chatham Street to commence on the expiration of the leases they
now hold.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Comptroller and Council.

A Memorial from the Inhabitants of Grand, Hester, and other
adjacent Streets praying, that one of the Streets leading to Corlears
Hook, and the Market may be dug out and regulated as soon as pos-
sible was read and referred to the Street Commissioner

[333] A Petition of Hook and Ladder Company N 3 for addi-
tional apparatus and for additional men was read and referred to the
Committee on the Fire Department.

A Petition of Darius D Johnson praying remission of penalty
under an Ordinance against setting off Squibs and crackers & c in the



29 March 1813 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 415

Streets was read and referred to the Attorney with authority to remit
if in his opinion proper

A Petition of Samuel Bensaker for remission of penalty incurred
by exporting Flour without being inspected, was read and referred to
the following Committee with authority to remit the proportion belong-
ing to the Corporation viz Aide 11 Mesier, Vanderbilt M r Nitchie

A Memorial from Marinus Willet for further time to regulate
Grand Street was read and referred to the Street Commissioner

A further petition from Charles Smith [334] and Ann his Wife
Executors of Wilkins deceased praying payment of Wharfage due for
occupation by Steam boat of Wharf at Courtlandt Street Slip, or that
the question may be referred to Arbitrators, and further that until
the decission of the same, that the collection of the Assessment for
filling in said Slip imposed upon them be delayed.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Wharves
with authority to direct the collection of the petitioners proportion of
courtlandt slip Assessment to be delayed until further order

The Council presented the lease for the Flag Staff for one year
to Marsh & Hathaway.

Which was directed to be duly executed.

The following persons were appointed Firemen the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the vacancies

Fire Eng. Compy N 29

Matthew Armstrong, Carpenter, Washington S 1 8 W d Vce John
Blauvelt removed [to] Country

Ab m Heyer, milkman, Christopher St, 8 W d Vce J Berdun Resg d

N 34

Corn ls Rider, Carman, Herring St 8 W d Vce J Warrd enlisted

[335] A Petition of Fire Engine Company N 33 for a larger
Engine was read and referred to the Committee on the Fire Depart-
ment and Chief Engineer

A Petition of John C Redmond complaining of the riotous con-
duct of assemblages of Boys in Henry Street was read and laid on the
Table

A Petition of Samuel Eldridge to be appointed a Measurer of grain
was read and granted

The Chief Engineer on the petition of Fire Engine Company N 5
for a new Engine House reported, that as the house would be perma-
nent, he would recommend that the Superintendant of Repairs be



416 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 March 1813

directed to erect one of Brick of the usual dimensions, which was
approved.

Alderman Mesier from the Market Committee presented the
following.

The Market Committee beg leave to report

That by documents exhibited to your Committee it appears the In-
habitants [336] in the neighbourhood of Gouverneurs Slip have raised
by subscription for the purpose of Building a Market the sum of 220
Dollars, and that the Market erected there in consequence thereof
actually cost 357 Dollars & 75 cents leaving a deficiency of 137 Dollars
& 95 cents also that this deficiency has been made up and advanced by
Christian Bergh notwithstanding he was the first and most liberal sub-
scriber. Your Committee therefore without enquiring into the pro-
priety of erecting public Markets by subscription beg leave to recom-
mend that the said deficiency of 137 Dollars and 95 cents be reim-
bursed to said Christian Bergh

They also in respect to the several applications before them, beg
leave further to recommend, That Stand N 17 in the Catharine Mar-
ket, lately occupied by M r Vandewater, deceased be granted unto
Joseph Hyde for and during the term or interest of the Widow of
the said Vandewater in the said Stand provided he relinquishes the
Stand N 6 in the Fly Market he now occupies

[337] That M rs Ship widow of the late Geo. Ship be permitted to
occupy the Stall or Stand in the Bear Market formerly held by her
said Husband for one year from his decease provided said Market
stands so long

That Elizabeth Kline widow of Leonard Kline deceased be per-
mitted to occupy Stall N 24 in the Bear Market formerly held by
her said Husband for and during the term of one year from his
decease ; provided said Market stands so long.

That Lawrence Vosburn be permitted to occupy Stall N 11. Bear
Market formerly held by George Goodheart deceased for and during
the term or interest of the Widow of said Goodheart provided said
Market stands so long.

That the stand formerly occupied in the Fly market by Geo Thomp-
son dece d be granted to his son Jn G Thompson he having already
occupied it for some time.

That Stand N 25 in the Fly Market now vacant be granted to
William Parkins Stand N 30 in said Market to Jn Deforrest Stand
N 36 in said Market to Jn Redmon and Stand N 42 in the Hudson
Market [338] be granted to John Scott provided Robert S Clarke the



29 March 1813 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 417

present occupant relinquishes his right thereto, and further that David
Marsh be permitted to exchange his Stand N 38 in the Fly Market
with Cornelius King Jun r for his Stand N 46 in said Market, provided
Money forms no part of the consideration of the exchange
All which is respectfully submitted

(Signed) Peter Mesier
John Pell
P H Wendover
Augus H Lawrence
J Hedden

Which was approved, and the Comptroller was directed to report
a Warrant in favor of M r Bergh agreably thereto

The Committee on the petition for establishing a Ferry at Spring
Street Basin reported, That from the great number of petitioners for
and against the establishment of a ferry at Spring St dock, they have
given the subject full and deliberate consideration and from the best
information they have been [339] able to obtain, it appears that the
Ferry at Greenwich by reason of its distance from the thick settled
parts of the City is not much frequented, and has latterly been but illy
attended, and altho' your Committee do not consider it expedient to
discontinue that Ferry at present, Yet they are of opinion that it will
contribute very much to public convenience to establish the one
requested at Spring Street Basin, and they accordingly recommend the
same to be established with all convenient speed, and in order to give
suitable encouragement to it Your Committee further recommend, that
it be rented for the term of Four years at the annual sum of twenty
five Dollars but that the Lessee shall without delay cause to be built
at the said slip at his own costs and charges a convenient Ferry Stairs,
which after the expiration of the term, shall be vested in the Cor-
poration, and remain for public use,

All which is respectfully submitted

(signed) E W King

Augu s H Lawrence
Jn Vanderbilt J r
Which was agreed to.

[340] The Ordinance for a Well in Ridge Street was called up and
Stephen Kingsland Solomon Wheeler & Peter F Cisco were appointed
Assessors

The Street Commissioner presented Ordinances, for a Well in De-
lancey St. between Pitt and Willett St s and for a Well in Mott St



418 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 March 1813

between Hester & Pump St s , which were passed, and Stephen Kings-
land. Solomon Wheeler and Peter F Cisco appointed Assessors in the
former, And Stephen Kingsland Solomon Wheeler, and William Stil-
well in the latter

The Council agreably to order reported an Ordinance entitled " A
Law for the due observance of the Lord's day called Sunday," and
also an Ordinance entitled " A Law relative to the Park " which were
passed.



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