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established for the ostensible purpose of relieving the Poor is doubted
by the Committee It is believed, that the dependence placed by the
Poor on the relief afforded by these Institutions, is a great and lead-
ing cause of Pauperism, inducing them to [186] neglect all provision
for the future, by dissipating what they earn, beyond their present
necessities, in tipling and idleness : The consideration, that in the event
of sickness or death, their family may be left to the support of some
Charitable Society, may not have sufficient influence on their minds
to deter them from spending all they earn, beyond the necessities of
the moment, at a Tavern: yet, were they assured, that in either of
these cases, their wives and children would be left to starve, or be
fed by casual bounty, they might be induced to hesitate in thus dissi-
pating their earnings The limited resources of the Corporation ap-
propriated to the support of the Poor, in consequence of a large re-
trenchment by the Legislature, from the duties on Sales at Auction,
is a sufficient reason, in the opinion of the Committee, for refusing,
at this time, the prayer of the Petitioners It is a question, also, which
merits the attention of the Board, whether under any circumstances,
the money paid by our Citizens for the support of the Poor, ought
to be applied to any object, except through the regular channel of the
Commissioners of the Alms House

[187] Under these Considerations, it is recommended, that the
Petitioners have leave to withdraw their Petition

(Signed) Stephen Allen
Eldad Holmes.
Arthur Burtis
John. B. Coles
which was approved



14 July 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 237

The Ferry Committee on the Petition of Samuel Evans, reported ;
That in the lease of the Ferry to Rodman Bowne, there is a reserva-
tion on the part of the Corporation of the right of establishing a Ferry
from the foot of Walnut Street or its vicinity to the Wallabout This
reservation, the Committee are of opinion, would not warrant the Cor-
poration in granting the prayer of the Petitioner, They are however
of opinion, that the Public would be convenienced by establishing a
Ferry from the foot of Walnut Street, or its vicinity to the Wallabout,
and therefore respectfully recommend that a lease be granted in pur-
suance of the above mentioned reservation

(Signed) G. Buckmaster
Eldad Holmes.
J. Warren Brackett

which was approved Alderman Buckmaster [188] presented a Reso-
lution on the subject, which was read, and laid on the Table

The Committee on Wharves, upon the Petition for a Pier "to be
run out at Gouverneur's Slip, presented a Report, which was referred
back to the same Committee, to report as to the probable expense of
said Pier The same Committee were also requested to report as to
the terms, upon which the grants on the West side, were made

The Committee of Wharves on the Petition respecting Piers at the
Basin near Washington Market, reported ; That they have viewed the
situation of the Piers and Slips at the Washington Market: that in
consequence of a Bulkhead being sunk at the entrance, commonly
called Varick's basin, at the foot of Dey Street, precludes about thirty
Market boats from being accommodated as formerly in that Basin
Besides being excluded from the adjacent Slips by the sinking of a
Bulkhead to complete the line of West Street along the Hudson River
agreeable to an Ordinance of this Board Your Committee have taken
the same into serious [189] consideration, and recommend, for the
accommodation of the Market Boats and the public good, that the Pier
at the foot of Fulton Street, North side of the Washington Market
be extended to the permanent line in the Hudson River, and that the
Street Commissioner be authorized to have the same carried into effect,
either by contract, or by day's work The completion of this Pier will
only require two Blocks without the ell

(Signed) A. L. Underbill
G. Buckmaster
Eldad Holmes
which was approved



238 CITY OF NEW YOKK 14 July 1817

The Committee of wharves on the Petition of the Executors of
P. P. Van Zandt, reported ;

Your Committee recommend that the prayer of the Petition be
granted for one year longer to August Eighteen hundred and eighteen

(Signed) A. L. Underhill
Eldad Holmes

" Geo. Buckmaster

which was approved

The Committee of "Wharves on the Petition of Matthias B. Tall-
madge, reported,

[190] Your Committee recommend that the prayer of the Petition
be granted for one year longer, to August, Eighteen hundred and
eighteen (Signed) A. L. Underhill

Eldad Holmes

" Geo. Buckmaster

which was approved

The Committee on the Petition of Jacob Halsey, reported; That
the Corporation contracted with Jacob Halsey for building a Pier
at Catharine Slip, and that there is still due him upon that Contract,
Seven hundred and sixteen Dollars and forty six cents, which of
course the Corporation is liable to pay John. R. Murray is liable
in pursuance of his grant to pay one half the expense of making that
Pier, to the Corporation ; which he can be compelled to pay upon pain
of forfeiting his Water privileges The undersigned therefore, are
of opinion, that a Warrant should issue in favour of Jacob Halsey for
the above mentioned amount (Signed) Ogden Edwards

G. N. Bleecker Compf
Jn M c Comb, S* Com r

which was approved, and a Warrant directed [191] to be reported
therefor, which was done this evening

The Committee on the Petition for opening Henry Street, reported,
That they have examined the situation of the Property along said
Street, where it is required to be opened, and are of opinion that the
prayer of the Petitioners is reasonable, and ought to be granted;
wherefore your Committee propose the following Resolution Re-
solved that the Counsellor of the Board be directed to make the neces-
sary application to the Supreme Court for the appointment of Com-
missioners to open Henry Street, and widen the same to Sixty feet,
from Clinton Street to the intersection of Henry Street with Grand
Street (Signed) G. Buckmaster

" Samuel Akerley



14 July 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 239

whereupon the Counsel was directed to take legal measures for open-
ing the same

The Commissioners of the Alms House on the Petition of the
Grand Lodge for a room in the old Alms House, reported, That they
have duly considered the said application, and are unanimously of
opinion, that the said Rooms [192] cannot be disposed of in the man-
ner requested by the applicants, without much inconvenience and dis-
advantage to the Public

Signed by order of the Commissioners

u - , Peter Stagg Secretary

which was approved

The Committee on Arts and Sciences on the Petition of John
Edwards, and on the Resolution respecting Weights and Measures, re-
ported That they have taken the subject into consideration, and en-
quired into the operation of the Ordinance of the Corporation en-
titled, " A. Law respecting Weights and Measures " passed Fifth of
May Eighteen hundred and seventeen, and are of opinion that the
provision of the first Section of that law is oppressive upon many
of our Citizens, and ought to be altered or repealed : Wherefore your
Committee beg leave to introduce the following Ordinance, to correct
the evil complained of, viz.

" A Law to amend the Ordinance entitled a Law respecting
" Weights and Measures "

Sec: 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor, &c

That all persons using Weights, Measures, or Scale Beams in
weighing or measuring any [193] article for sale in the City of New
York, shall cause such Weights, Measures, and Scale beams to be
sealed and marked by a Sealer of Weights in the said City ; and if
any Person or Persons shall use any Weight, Measure, or Scale beams
not so sealed and marked, in weighing or measuring any article for
sale within this City, every such person or persons shall forfeit and
pay the sum of Fifty Dollars, for each and every such offence

Sec : 2. And be it further ordained, &c That the first section
of the Law hereby amended, be, and is hereby repealed

(Signed) Samuel Akerley
John Remmey
Arthur Burtis
Ogden Edwards
Thomas. R. Smith

which was approved ; the Ordinance reported by the Committee passed,
and directed to be published The subject of Weights and Measures



240 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1817

was also referred to the same Committee for their further considera-
tion

The Road Committee and Street Commissioner, to whom was re-
ferred a communication from John Randel Jun r praying compensa-
tion [194] for services in taking the elevations of Monuments, &c,
presented a Report, which was read, and laid on the Table

A Proposal from John Randel Jun r to execute by contract, a Map
of the City, was read, and referred to Aldermen Munson Coles Smith

The Counsel, to whom was referred to report the state of the
proceedings relative to the opening of Franklin Square, reported
verbally, that he understood from the late Counsel, that the proceed-
ings were before the Supreme Court, and no longer under the control
of this Board

Alderman Underbill presented the following

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be authorized to advertise
for proposals to fill by contract the Basin, South side of Washington
Market commonly called Varick's Basin on the Hudson river, and
that he enter into a Contract to have the same filled up which Reso-
lution was agreed to

[195] Alderman Coles called up the Ordinance respecting paving
State Street presented on the Eighth of July Eighteen hundred and
sixteen ; and he moved a Resolution directing the Street Commissioner
at the time the Street is paved, to widen the Street agreeably to the
Resolution of the Board of the Ninth of October Eighteen hundred and
fifteen On the question of agreeing to the Resolution, it passed in
the Negative The Ordinance for repaving State Street from Market-
field Street to Whitehall Street was then passed : and Abraham Blood-
good, Jacob. C. Mott, and John Brower were appointed Assessors

On motion of Alderman Burtis, it was referred to a Committee
to consider how far the present mode of regulating the price of Bread
by Assize, was beneficial to the Community and to report their opinion
thereon to the Board The Committee appointed Aldermen Burtis
Coles M r Taylor

M r Akerley presented a Resolution respecting the cession by Henry
Rutgers of certain Lots, to widen Harman Street, which was read
[196] and laid on the Table

Resolved that the Committee on Public lands be requested to pro-
vide a room in the Hall for the use of N. Jarvis Collector of Assess-
ments on Canal Street

The following Resolution was presented and agreed to Resolved
that all Persons entitled to Grants of Water Lots between the. State



14 July 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 241

Prison and the Battery, and between Seventh Street on the East River
and the Battery be, and they are hereby required to take them out prior
to the First day of November next
The Comptroller reported,

Balance in the Treasury 30 th June 43.36

Received for Tavern Licenses 519.40

" Tax 850.91

" Canal Street 500.

" Excise 200.

" Streets 5016.31

" Rents 2249.82

" Vendue Sales . 2083.33



$11.463.13

whereupon Warrants were ordered to be issued [197] for the payment
of the following Accounts

Norris & Anderson Watch 1st District 1118.25

Walton & Hibberd " 2nd 682.50

Bleakley & B rower " 3rd " 413.

J. Radcliff Esq. Mayor 1 Qr Sab 18th Inst 1750.

John Bedient Coroner's fees 1 Q r 1 st " 455. 6

Abm Dally 1 American Ensign for Battery 90.

Mercantile Advertiser 6 M Subscrip n 1 st Inst 75.

R. F. Muller Int on Bond 6 MO 3d " 280.49

Peter Bonnett " " " 6 " 3d " 97.54

Isaac Halsey Ace 1 regulate Rivington St 600.

Archd Dunlap Award for Cliff St 589.64

J. M c Comb St Com r to pay Commissn r s & Counsel, widens & improve

Water St 368.19

Tho. Scott balance pave Fulton St 64.35

Richd Moran repairing Intersections 36.97

Abm Storms accot Bulkhead Crane Wharf 800.

Jacob Halsey bake due on J. R. Murrays proportion Pier West side

of Catharine Slip 716.46

Thos Barnum Inspects Pier foot of Cedar S l 79.

Jacob Frost repairs Docks Peck Slip & Fly Market Corp n y 2 16.75

J. McComb St Comr to pay Balance due Counsel on 13th Street 100.

Jacob. P. Roome Superintendent for Repairs 1100.

[198] Richard Furman Supert Alms House 2000.



$11.433.20

Balance $29 9 %oo

Adjourned to meet this day fortnight



242 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 July 1817

[199] In Common Council July 28 th 1817

Present The Honb le Jacob Radcliff Mayor President
Richard Riker Esq. Recorder

Aldermen. Assistants.

John. B. Coles. Saml Stevens.

Jos W. Brackett. W Stone.

Anthy L. Underbill. John Remmey.

Eldad Holmes. Sam' Akerley.

Thomas. R. Smith. Jacob. B. Taylor.

Robert M c Queen. Stephen Allen

George Buckmaster.
Arthur Burtis.
George. B. Thorp.
Reuben Munson.

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved

A Petition from the Inhabitants in the vicinity of the Albany Basin
near the foot of Cedar Street, adding their solicitations to those of for-
mer Petitioners, that a Middle Pier may be run out in said Basin-
was read, and referred to the Committee, on Wharves &c

[200] A Petition that Orange Street, between Pump and Hester
Streets may be regulated and paved: was read, and referred to the
Street Committee and Street Commissioner

A Petition from the Inhabitants of Front Street that a Basin may
be constructed on the East River between James Street and Roosevelt
Street: was read, and referred to the Committee on Wharves and
Street Commissioner

A Petition of Henry Van Pelt, to be appointed Inspector of Pave-
ments ; was read, and referred to the Street Commissioner

Petitions of Archibald Gracie for permission to construct a Vault
in front of his new house in State Street of Joseph Skinner, and
John Coit for Vaults in Fulton Street and of Benjamin Bartram for
Vault South side of White Street; were read, and referred to the
Street Commissioner to grant on the usual terms

A Request of Joshua Jones for a Water grant for Lot next to the-
corner of Dover Street, for which, Petitioner states he made applica-
tion [201] in the Year Eighteen hundred and twelve; was read, and
referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner

A Petition of the Inhabitants in the Neighbourhood of Rutgers
and Lombardy Streets, remonstrating against the Petition for filling
in and regulating Lombardy Street above Rutgers Street, was read

The Street Committee and Street Commissioner on the Petition for



28 July 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 243

regulating and paving Lombardy Street between Rutgers and Jeffer-
son Streets, reported in favour of the Petition, which was approved,
and the Street Commissioner was directed to report an Ordinance
therefor

A Petition of James Johnston Lessee of a Cellar under Washington
Market, praying to be permitted to construct a chimney thro' the floor
of the Market; was read, and referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of certain Inhabitants in Pearl Street, complaining of
House N 38 Pearl Street and at the Northwest corner of Pearl and
Broad Streets, as being in a very offensive [202] state; was read and
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the First Ward, and Street
Commissioner, with authority to direct the Nuisance to be abated

A Petition of James M c Laughlin for a license as a Cartman, was
read and rejected

A Memorial of the Butchers of the Collect Market, and of the In-
habitants in the vicinity, praying that a new Market may be erected
on the Corporation Ground South of Hester Street ; was read and
referred to the Committee on that subject, viz : Aldermen and Assist-
ants of the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Tenth Wards

A Petition of John Carpenter Jun r for Stall N 1. or 3. m Grand
Street Market : was read, and granted

A Petition from the Inhabitants in the vicinity of Spring Street
Market, praying that Piers may be run out, and a Basin established
at that place ; was read, and referred to the Committee on Wharves ;
Alderman and Assistant of the Eighth Ward; and Street [203] Com-
missioner

A Petition that the paving of that part of Hudson Street, lately
opened into Chamber Street, may be delayed for some time : was re-
ferred to the Street Committee and Street Commissioner, with au-
thority to delay the same

A Petition of Ralph Duncan for appointment of Guager was read,
and granted on his surrendering his Commission as Weighmaster

A Petition of the Medical Society for the use of a room in the Hall
for their Quarterly Meetings ; was read, and referred to the Committee
on Public Lands

A letter from Major General Scott of the United States Army, com-
manding on this Station, stating his wish to erect two Offices on the
ground granted to the United States at the Battery; was read, and
referred to Mess rs Stevens Allen Alderman Coles Counsel



244 CITY or NEW YORK 28 July 1817

[204] A Petition of William Vincent for a Cartman's license for
his Son, a Minor, was read and rejected

A Report by the United German Lutheran Churches, of the dis-
position of the School money allotted to them, dated Twelfth of July
Eighteen hundred and Seventeen, was read and ordered to be filed

A Petition of David Whitehead for some appointment; was read
and referred to the Committee on Applications

An Application for the appointment of Public Porters, to attend
the Steam Boats on their arrival ; was referred to the same Committee

An Application of Herman Vosburgh to assign by way of Mort-
gage to the Washington Insurance Company the Lease held by him
of N 53 Chatham Street, was referred to the Comptroller with au-
thority

A Petition of John Sampson for Stall N 6. Spring Street Market;
was referred to the Market Committee

[205] A Petition of Uzal. W. Freeman for payment of a Map of
part of Fifth and Ninth Wards, made by order of the Corporation;
was read, and referred to the Finance Committee and Comptroller

A Petition of Sarah Taylor to be permitted to exhibit a small
luminous sign in front of her house of the Sale of Soda Water, was
read, and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Second Ward
and Street Commissioner

A Petition from Elsy Goble, and of Martin. C. Ramsay for pecu-
niary relief, were read, and referred to the Commissioners of the Alms
House

A Petition was received from Cornelius. D. Clark of the County
of Rockland, stating that he had invented a Water wheel, which will
supply itself with water so as to turn Wheels for Mills and other pur-
poses, and praying the use of some Public Grounds on the Margin
of either of the Rivers to exhibit his Machinery to the Public; was
read, and referred to the Committee on [206] Arts and Sciences

A Petition of George M c Kay and others, that George Street may
be named Court Street; was read, and laid on the Table

A Petition of Benjamin Romaine for permission to erect a Lime
House in Hudson Street; was read, and referred to the Alderman
and Assistant of the Fifth Ward, and Street Commissioner, with
authority to grant

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for the correction of sun-
dry nuisances on the premises of the following Persons : which were
passed



28 July 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



245



M rs M. Spraggs

C. Elliot

W m Few

Alex r Fink

Alex r L. Stewart

Rob 1 R. Hunter

Ernest Keyson

Widow Franklin

Geo. Ferris

Geo. Suckley

W m Lang

[207] Stephen. N. Bayard

Ja s Dawson

A. Stagg
W m Aikins
Geo. Englehart

B. M c Garaghan
Jn J. Astor
N. Jarvis
John Lewis

J. A. Mildeberger
D. Gross



Owner}

Occp 1

Owner



34 New Street. Lot

Grand
Eldridge "
Sullivan "
112 Reed
Mott



Agent C
Owner}
Agent
Owner



Occp 1

Owner/

Occp 1

Owner]

Agent i-

Occp* I

Owner}



Elizabeth

Clark
99 Attorney

3 Chatham
74 Hudson



Privy



Stanton &
Orchard
147 Water



u



Occpt
David Sternberg Jun r Lessee & Occp 1

(Signed) George Cuming

City Inspector

The Street Commissioner presented a communication, recommend-
ing the extending the paving of the Carriage way of Broadway from
Prince to Bleecker Street; which was approved, and he was directed
to report an Ordinance therefor He accordingly reported an Ordi-
nance for the same, which was passed, and Jacob. C. Mott, John
Brower, and Abraham Baudouine were appointed Assessors

He also recommended, that Walker Street should be regulated from
Broadway to Collect [208] Street; which was approved, and he was
directed to report an Ordinance He accordingly reported an Ordi-
nance, which was passed, and John Targee, Abraham Bloodgood, and
Aquila Giles were appointed Assessors

He also presented an Assessment for regulating and paving Cross
Street, which was confirmed, and Noah Jarvis was appointed Collector

The Street Committee and Street Commissioner on the Petition
for paving Spring Street, reported in favour of the Petition, which



246 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 July 1817

was approved, and the Street Commissioner directed to report an Or-
dinance He accordingly presented an Ordinance for regulating and
paving Spring Street from Greenwich Street to the Bulkhead at West
Street; which was passed, and Jacob. C. Mott, Abraham Baudouine,
and Aquila Giles were appointed Assessors

The Committee on the Petition for naming the range of Houses
opposite the Bowling Green " Bowling Green," and numbering them
from the East at the corner of Whitehall, reported in favour of the
Petition, which was [209] approved; and the Superintendent of Re-
pairs directed to cause the houses to be numbered accordingly

The following Persons were appointed Firemen, the chief Engi-
neer certifying the vacancies

Fire Engine Comp N 3

John Burchan Chairmaker 63 Pearl S* 1 st W d

vice Jacob Van Winkle Resigned
Nathan 1 F. Townsend Cabinetmaker 65 Pearl S l 1 W d

vice Ira. C. Day Remov'd from City

Fire Engine Comp N 39

Robert Bartow Accoun' 73 Gold S l 2 d Ward

vice Dan 1 Hasbrook Resigned

The Canal Committee on the subject of regulating Canal and
Collect Streets, presented a report, which was referred back to them
with a request to report the distance, which the Water can be carried
on the surface of the Streets ; the length and size of the Sewer, the
cost of rilling and paving, and making the Sewer, and the means of
raising the money for completing the same

The Street Committee and Street Commissioner on the subject of a
Petition for regulating the Streets in Greenwich Village, reported,
[210] That in their opinion, it will be most for the interest of that
part of Greenwich, that Hudson, Christopher, and Hammond Streets
be first dug out and regulated, agreeably to a profile which has been
lately adopted by the Committee, to whom the regulation of Green-
wich was referred They therefore recommend that the Street Com-
missioner be instructed to prepare Ordinances for the regulation of
Hudson, Christopher, and Hammond Streets, and that the Superin-
tendant of Repairs be directed to cause the present Drain in Ham-
mersley Street to be repaired, so as to carry off the water, until the



28 July 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 247

Corporation can make arrangements for constructing a new one
through Clarkson Street. &c

(Signed) Eldad Holmes
John Remmey
Jn M c Comb S* Com r
which Report was approved

The same Committee on the Petition for paving White Street,
presented a report, which was read, and laid for consideration

The same Committee on the Petition that Cross Street may be
straitened from Coulthard's [211] Brewery, presented a Report
A remonstrance from Jacob Lorillard in behalf of the Infant Chil-
dren of Blaze Lorillard against said measure, was read The Report
of the Committee, being read, was as follows,

That they have viewed the Premises, and are of opinion, that the
improvement asked for, would, if carried into effect, add very much
to the convenience of Persons residing in that District of the City, and
to the value of Property that might be subject to bear the expenses
of such improvement The Committee would further state, that in
their opinion, the ground taken from the present Street on the one
side will nearly compensate for the ground and improvements thereon
that would be required to be taken from the opposite side, and leave
at most but a small balance to be assessed on the Neighbourhood
They therefore recommend that the prayer of the Petitioners be
granted, and that the Counsel to this Board be instructed to take meas-
ures to have the same carried into effect

(Signed) Eldad Holmes.
John Remmey.
Jn M c Comb S* Com r

whereupon it was Resolved that the Report [212] of the Committee
be approved, and that the Counsel take the legal steps for effecting the



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