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respects the right of way he has gained no exclusive right : the fence
therefore, which he has erected, is a common nuisance, and may be
indicted as such, or may be abated, or removed by any Person The
Counsel therefore recommends that the Street Commissioner be in-
structed to remove it

(Signed) Ogden Edwards

which was approved, and the Street Commissioner was instructed to
remove [289] the same

The Counsel presented a lease to William Cutting for Lot N 17.
at Brooklyn, and of the Wharf in front, and also a lease of another
wharf and two Piers, which were leased at auction Whereupon the
said Leases were directed to be duly executed

The Counsel reported, that the Supreme Court had confirmed the
Report of the Commissioners of Estimate, relative to Orange and Pro-
vost Streets, and that it was necessary to appoint Collectors for the
same Whereupon Noah Jarvis was appointed Collector for Orange
Street, and Morris De Camp for Provost Street.

The Counsel on the Petition of John. E. Van Antwerp, reported,
That at the request of the Petitioner, a lease was some time since
reported to the Board for the above mentioned Premises in favour of
Samuel Blackwell Jun r That as the Premises are much out of repair,
he objects to accepting it, unless he is relieved from the Covenant
to leave them in good and tenantable repair Under [290] these cir-



282 CITY or NEW YORK 8 Sept. 1817

cumstances, the Counsel respectfully recommends, that he be author-
ized to alter the Lease, so that the Tenant shall only be required to
leave the Premises in as good repair, as he receives them

which was approved , . JN ^ , ^ , .

(Signed) Ogden Edwards

The Counsel submitted the Draft of a Lease to William Hunter,
William Vail, and Thomas Morrell for Ferry at the foot of Grand
Street to Morrell's Point on Long Island, which was directed to be
duly executed

The Counsel presented Grants for Three Water Lots at Brooklyn,
to David Clarkson, John Clarkson, and Catharine Clarkson, which
were directed to be duly executed

The Committee of Applications, on the Petition of Silvanus Conck-
lin to be appointed Damage Viewer in the Ninth Ward, reported in
favour of the Petitioner, and he was appointed accordingly

The Committee on the Petition of Thomas [291] & George Lovett,
reported ; That they have enquired into the merits of their claim, and
find that the Corporation made a contract with the Petitioners, to fill
in the Albany Basin on the Hudson River, reserving to them all the
earth to the level of the Streets on the public ground sold near the
Battery: a part of which they were deprived of by a reserve made
by the Comptroller at the sale of aforesaid grounds, for Building Sand
to purchasers to erect their Buildings, of which the Petitioners ask
remuneration Your Committee recommend that One hundred and
fifty Dollars be given as compensation

(Signed) A. L. Underbill
Eldad Holmes
G. Buckmaster
Jn M c Comb S' Com r

which was approved, and a Warrant for One hundred and fifty Dol-
lars was directed to be reported by the Comptroller for payment of
the same

The Committee on the Petition of Ann Renouf for a Stand in the
Hall to sell fruit, reported as their opinion, that it [292] would be
improper to grant any Stand in the Hall for purposes of sale : which
was approved

The Committee of Wharves on the Petition respecting the Basin
at foot of Spring Street, presented a Report, which was read, and laid
on the Table

The Committee on the Petition of Jacobus Dyckman and others,
presented a Report in favour of Petitioners, and allowing to them the



8 Sept. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 283

sum of Two hundred Dollars to put said Bridge in repair, which was
disagreed to M r Schieffelin gave notice, that he would at the next
Meeting, move for a reconsideration of the question

The Committee on the Petition for regulating Lewis Street, re-
ported in favour of the same, and presented an Ordinance for regu-
lating Lewis Street, from Rivington to Stanton Street, which was
passed; and Jacob. C. Mott, John Brower, and Abraham Baudouine
were appointed Assessors

M r Akerley presented a Resolution directing [293] the publishing
of Assessments, which was directed to be referred to the Committee

on Laws

The following were appointed a Committee to carry into effect, the
Report of the Committee on the subject of building a Market on the
Gore of Land, bounded by Grand, Orange, Collect, and Broome Streets.
as agreed to at the last Meeting of the Board viz : Alderman Burtis
Alderman Thorp M r Allen

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

Fire Engine Comp. N. 1

Isaac Porter Carpenter 187 Church S l 5 W d vice James Camp-
bell deceased.

Fire Engine Comp. N 2.

Charles Atkins Tallow Chandler 111 Mulberry S 1 6. W d vice
Jacob Bolmer Resigned.

Fire Engine Comp. N 5

Edward Copeland Grocer 73 Water S l 1 st Ward vice William
Thompson Resigned

[294] Fire Engine Comp N 5

Sam 1 J. Hicks Accountant 226 Water S 1 2 d W T ard vice William
H. Oliver Resigned

Fire Engine Comp. N 16.

John. G. Mott Grocer 20 Liberty S l 2d Ward vice Hugh
Wishart Resigned

Fire Engine Comp. N 19.

Henry Willet Smith 165 Bowery 10 W d vice James Marsh-
Expelled for neglect of duty

George Jacobs Sugar Refiner 75 Second S l 10 W d vice Peter.
W. Field Expelled for neglect of duty



284 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Sept. 1817

Fire Engine Comp. N 25

Robert Woods Leather Dresser 20 Ferry S* 2 d Ward vice
William Roe Resigned

Alderman Coles presented the following :

Resolved that the Street Commissioner employ a suitable Person,
to lay a foot walk upon the east side of the Battery in Whitehall
Street, and that the materials taken out of the foot walk along side of
the Battery in State Street, be used for that purpose

Resolved that the Street Commissioner take the necessary measures
to remove the Hay Scales from the Street at the Head of Whitehall
Slip which [295] were agreed to

Alderman Munson presented a Resolution on the subject of reciev-
ing a certain sum for Alien Passengers, in lieu of giving Bonds to
secure the City against their becoming chargeable which was referred
to the Finance Committee and Counsel

Ordered, that the Street Commissioner cause all obstructions in
Orange Street to be removed with all convenient speed

The Comptroller reported,

Balance in the Treasury 25 th Augt $110.

Reed f r Tax 1033 .

" Excise 100.

" Tavern Licenses 166.60

" Canal Street 3000.

" Rents 5690.87

" Streets 13985.8



$24.085.55

W T hereupon Warrants were ordered to be issued for the payment of
the following Accounts

Norris & Anderson Watch. Is Dis* $1118.25

Walton & Hibberd " 2d " 682.50

[296] Bleakley & Brower Watch 3d Dis* 413.

O. Edwards. Counsel 1 Qr 27. Augt & drafts 131 .

S. McCormick. Park-Keeper 3 M 1. Sep* 138.

Astin & Cochran Messengers 1 M 1 Sept 60.

Jon. Weeden Street Inspr 1 M 1 " 52.

Saml Hutchings " 1 " 1 " 52.

Wm J. Waldron Ass* City Inspr 1 " 1 " 52.

Obadiah Ayres 1 " 1 " 52.

Dan' H. Magee Keeper Pottersfield 1 M 1. Sept 45.50

J. Hays for Police officers Extra services 3 Mo 26. Augt 320.25

J. Hays for officers conveys Prisoners to Penitentiary 1 Febv to 12

Augt 122.



8 Sept. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 285

Jo s Leonard List Passengers 6 M 1 Augt 25.

P. H. Schenck flannel for Cartridges 4th j u j y 23.96

P. Schemerhorn 1 Year's Rent Engine H. 1 Sept 75.

Lemi Richardson 1 " " Ditto NO 30 Rivington St 1 May 1817 15.

G. Snethen Supers & Lights Lamps 1 MO Is Inst 616.35

W Berrian Collector 5th Wardoverpaid Tax Rec'i for 1816 928.45

Danl D. Tompkins bake due by Comtee Defence 469.88

Jno Anderson Is Instalt Pier Fulton St N. River 1500.

Henry Allen Labour & Stone Pier NO 1. Whitehall 1 June to 19

Augt 860.84

The* & Geo. Lovett. repK Wh'f East side James Slip 132.50

Tho s Barnum Supg Piers &c. 36 days to 6 Sept 72.

[297] Caleb Filsch Is Instalt Well. Orange St 51 . 2

Geo. Allison bake Award. Hudson St 4227.96

J. McComb. St Com r to pay Commiss r ' s Atty's & Court charges-
opens Hudson St from Duane to Chamber Street 1655.23

J. McComb. S* Com r pay Expences Work. 3 d Avenue 1150.

John Frederick Award Mott Street 750.

Ja s Meghan. Accot pavK Broadway 600.

J. McComb. S* Comr bake Award Heirs of N. G. Ingraham Cliff St. 587.92

M. H. Burrell Award Mott St 400.

Cha s Mooney Accot pavs Cross " 200.

Jas Pinkerton " " Mott" 200.

Chs Mooney " Bridge " 181 . 19

Thos & Geo. Lovett bake Drain Pearl S 4 181 .

Jas Kelly bake pav g Rider S 4 113.

Corlies & May Accot pavs sidewalks in Broadway 100.

J. McComb St Comr bake Award for Euphemia Pelor Fulton St. . . 43.20

Richard Moran pavs Intersections 21 .41

Richd Campbell " " 8.89

J. P. Roome Superintend 1 Repairs for Repairs 1300.

Ditto Supert Repairs for Lamps 100.

Richard Furman Supert Alms House (new) 2000.

[298] Richard Furman Sup* Alms House 1500.

Abel Hardenbrook Accot Engines from 25. June 1816 to 10 th May

1817 500.



$23.829.30

Balance $256 2 %oo

Adjourned to this day fortnight



286 CITY or NEW YORK 22 Sept. 1817

[299] In Common Council September 22 d 1817.
Present The Honb le Jacob Radcliff Mayor President

Aldermen. Assistants.

John. B. Coles Samuel Stevens

Eldad Holmes Leonard Kip

George Buckmaster William Stone

Arthur Burtis John Remmey

George. B. Thorp Samuel Akerley

Reuben Munson Jacob. B. Taylor

Effiingh m Schieffelin

The Minutes of last Meeting were read, and approved

A Warrant reported by the Comptroller in favour of John. H.
Douglass, was directed to be referred to the Street Commissioner and
Counsel, to issue on their being satisfied with the receipts given

A Petition from Thomas Hazard Jun r for permission to break
ground for digging a Cellar for a house, he is about to erect near Pike
Slip; was read, and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the
Ward with [300] authority to act in the Premises

A recommendation in favour of James Bashford for Butcher's
Stand in Collect Market; and Petitions from Hannah Carter, and
Jacob Folmar for Huckster's Stands in the Market, were referred to
the Market Committee

A Petition from the Inhabitants of the Vicinity, praying that
the Street at the junction of Orange Street and Bayard Street may
be regulated, was read, and referred to the Alderman and Assistant
of the Sixth Ward, and Street Commissioner

A Petition for a Well corner of Cherry and Pike Street, was read,
and referred to the Alderman and Assistant, and Street Commissioner
to report Ordinance

Petitions of William Weston for a Vault in front of his Lot on
Bowling Green, and of William Berrian for Vault in Hudson Street
corner of Reade Street, were referred to the Street Commissioner to
grant on the usual terms

[301] A complaint of the Inhabitants in the vicinity of Catharine
Market, against Market Waggons incumbering the Street, was read,
and referred to the Market Committee

A Petition of Thomas. W. Gilbert for appointment of Collector
of Arrearages of Taxes, was read, and referred to the Committee on
Applications

A Petition of Ann Rice for permission to have a Stand in the



22 Sept. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 287

Street to vend fruit, was read, and referred to the Alderman and
Assistant of the Third Ward

A Petition of John. S. Somers, that his license as a Pawn Broker
may be renewed to him, and that a Committee might be appointed to
enquire into his conduct as a Pawn Broker, was read, and referred
to M r Stevens M r Remmey Ald n M c Queen

A Memorial of Garrit Wallgrove Lessee of the Hay Scales at
Whitehall Slip, stating that the order for their removal [302] is
attended with great injury to him, and requesting some other place
may be assigned, where they may be erected, was read, and referred to
the Committee of Wharves, &c, to consider, and select some proper
scite for them

A Petition of John Ferris for extension of time for payment of
Assessment for opening Hudson Street, was read, and referred to the
Street Commissioner

A Recommendation in favour of Isaac Tompkins for the appoint-
ment of Measurer, was read, and referred to the Committee on
Applications

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Greenwich Village, that certain
Streets in said Village may be regulated, was read, and referred to the
Street Commissioner, who immediately reported in favour of the
Petition, and presented the following Ordinances, which were passed,
and Abraham Baudouine, Jacob. C. Mott, and John Brower were
appointed Assessors: viz for regulating Perrry Street: Charles
Street: Asylum Street: [303] Herring Street: Amos Street: Barrow
Street : Morton Street : Le Roy Street : Clarkson Street and for regu-
lating Washington Street.

A Memorial of the Pawn Brokers, complaining of the proportion,
directed by law to be taken for Licenses, which have expired: was
read, and referred to the Finance Committee

A Petition from the Inhabitants near Washington Market, that the
Street around the Market may be paved, was referred to the Street
Commissioner to report an Ordinance therefor

A Petition of W. Pye, proposing to exchange a triangular piece of
ground on Chamber Street for another of equal size, was read, and
referred to the Committee on Public Lands and Street Commissioner ;
who immediately reported in favour of the proposition, and that it be
referred to the Counsel, to examine the Title and see that the neces-
sary papers are prepared and executed: which Report was approved

A Petition of John. B. Coles for the establishment [304] of a
Ferry from lands owned by him at Harsimus in New Jersey, to some



288 CITY or NEW YORK 22 Sept. 1817

part of the City between Chamber Street and Spring Street, for such

a period of time, and on such terms, as should be judged fit and

proper; was presented, and being read, was referred to the Ferry

Committee and Comptroller

A resignation of John. G. Scholtz of his appointment of Weigh-

master, was read, and accepted And a recommendation in favour of

P. M c Keon to the Appointment of a Weighmaster, was read, and

referred to the Committee on Applications

A request of George Wilson in behalf of William West and Joseph

Bloomer for payment of an Account for work done in raising a vessel

in Spring Street Basin, was referred to the Street Commissioner and

Comptroller

A Petition of John Turk for appointment of Weighmaster, was

read, and referred to the Committee of Applications

[305] A Petition of Maria Williams and Matthew V. Gibson, for

remission of Penalty under Fire law, was read, and referred to the

Committee on Laws, and Counsel

The Street Commissioner and Comptroller, to whom was referred

the Petition of A. L. Stewart, stating that there were due to him the

following sums viz :

For regulating Hudson Street with Earth, from Laight Street to
Spring Street 1496. 9

For the Award to Anne Post in the matter of opening Hudson Street
into Chamber Street to which your Petitioner is entitled by Assign-
ment duly executed, and ready to be produced 2985. 16

For the Award to David Campbell in the matter last mentioned, and
duly executed, and ready to be shown as aforesaid 2750.

making together the sum of $7231 .25

And your Petitioner further shews, that the Assessment on his
Property for the aforesaid opening of Hudson Street into Chamber
Street amounts to the sum of Thirty [306] five hundred and ten
Dollars; and that there are also claims on his Property to a con-
siderable amount for the Canal Street Assessment Your Petitioner
therefore respectfully prays that out of the said sum of Seven Thou-
sand, Two hundred, and thirty one Dollars and twenty five cents, your
Honourable Board will retain the said sum of Thirty five hundred
and ten Dollars for his said Hudson Street Assessment, and that the
Balance of the said $7231. 25 / 100 Dollars, which is Three Thousand,
Seven hundred, and twenty one Dollars, and twenty five cents be
retained and received by your Honbl 6 Board on account of his said
Canal Street Assessment (Signed) A. L. Stewart reported, that they



22 Sept. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



289



had examined the Statement, and that it was correct; and therefore
recommended that his request be complied with; which Report was
approved

The Street Commissioner on the Petition of Daniel Demarest,
reported ; that in his opinion, the Building should be sold on Monday
next, and removed immediately [307] thereafter : which was approved

The Street Commissioner presented a corrected Assessment from
the Assessors, for the expenses of the Bulkhead at Rutger's Slip,
which was directed to be referred to the Committee on Assessments,
and Street Commissioner

He also presented an Assessment for a Well and Pump on corner
of Orange and Franklin Streets, which was confirmed, and Noah
Jarvis appointed Collector

He also reported an Ordinance for repaving a part of Oak Street,
which was passed, and Jacob C. Mott, Abraham Baudouine, and John
Brower were appointed Assessors

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for the correction of
sundry nuisances, on the Premises of the following Persons, which
were passed

Richard Jerhenn [Terheun] Owner Canal S 1 a Lot

Peter Lorillard

Rob 1 M. Livingston

[308] Jos h De La Montanye

Owner & Occp' 75 Vesey S l a Lot

Abijah Hammond



Canal

Broome

Hudson

75 Vesey
Lawrence



Rob* M. Livingston

And w Morris

Catharine Gunn

Tho s L. Ogden

W m Bunting

R l Lenox

Ditto

Ditto

Ditto

John. R. Livingston

Ditto

Ditto

Ditto

Ditto

Ditto



Owner



106 Broad

Grand
it

50 Ludlow

52

54

56

Delancey



Arundel



290



CITY OF NEW YORK



22 Sept. 1817



John. R. Livingston Owner

Ditto

Peter Stagg
Lewis Hartman
Ja s Campbell
Arthur Smith

Estate of Jacobus Van Valen "

Arthur Smith Agent

Geo. Lorillard Owner

W m Ja s Proctor "

[309] Francis Child
S 1 Tooker



Arundel S' a Lot



Thompson



to Isaac Clason's (Dec d ) Estate



Owner
Agent J



Thompson S l a Lot
Columbia "



John. R. Livingston Owner

Ditto " " " "

Ditto

Ditto

Moses Hoyt Lessee Water " "

(Signed) George Cuming.

City Insp r

Upon the report of the Attorney, Penalties were remitted to Cap-
tains Buddington ; Spencer ; Smith ; Molina ; Brickhead ; Upham ;
Johnson; and Morris; for not reporting Passengers agreeably to law.

The Counsel presented for execution a Grant for a Water Lot
between Crane Wharf and Peck Slip, to * Elizabeth Underbill : Benja-
min. F. Underbill: Letitia Hunter: William Edwin Underbill: and
Louisa Julia Van Zandt A Grant has passed the Board to Elizabeth
Underbill for that Property, but it has not been delivered, and it now
appears that the Persons above named are interested [310] in the said
Property: Whereupon it was ordered that the former Grant be
vacated, and the one now presented, duly executed

He also submitted for execution, Deeds for Lots fronting on
Hudson Street between Duane and Chamber Streets, which were sold
at Public Auction by the Comptroller to John Van Orden W m L.
Symers Christopher Heiser and John B. Murray The Lot sold to
John Van Orden has been sold by him to Daniel Clark; and that
sold to W m L. Symers has been by him sold to Benjamin Romaine;
and the Deeds submitted, were to Clark and Romaine Whereupon
the Deeds were ordered to be duly executed

* Marginal note reads See page 181. ED.



22 Sept. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 291

The Comptroller made a representation on the subject of a Com-
munication he had received from the Comptroller of the State respect-
ing the valuation of real Estates in the City, made under the authority
of the United States Whereupon the Communication was directed
to be referred to the Board of Supervisors, and the Counsel

[311] He also presented an Account from the Clerk of the Police
Office, which was referred to the Finance Committee

The following Persons were appointed Firemen, the chief Engineer
certifying the Vacancies

Fire Engine Comp. N 7.

Everitt Marsh vice William Willis Resign'd

Fire Engine Comp. N 40.

Thomas Harrison Accountant 20 James S' 4 th W Td vice Isaac
Skaats Resigned in consequence of being decriped at a fire by
Burling Slip

The Street Committee on the Petition respecting Batavia Lane,
reported

That in their opinion, no other alteration ought to be made, than to
call it Batavia Street instead of Batavia Lane ; which alteration the
Committee do recommend should be made, believing it will be satis-
factory to the Petitioners, and no inconvenience to the Public

(Signed) Eldad Holmes
Leonard Kip
John Remmey
[312] which was approved

The same Committee on the Petition respecting Orange Street,
reported

That they have given the subject due consideration, and are
decidedly of opinion, that there is not a sufficient reason assigned for
changing the present name They therefore recommend that leave be
given to withdraw their Petition

Your Committee would take this opportunity of expressing their
disapprobation of changing the names of Streets When it is con-
sidered what trouble and perplexity it occasions in the searching of
Records: what labour and expense there is in altering Maps, &c not
only in our own Offices, but to the Publishers of Maps and plans of



292 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Sept. 1817

our City, they are convinced that altering the names of Streets, except
for some important reason, is highly improper and inconvenient

(Signed) Eldad Holmes
Leonard Kip
John Remmey
Jn M c Comb. S' Com r
which was approved

[313] The Committee of Arts on the communication of the Street
Commissioner, respecting placing the City Arms over the Attic Story
of the City Hall, reported,

That your Committee has enquired into the subject, and received
a calculation made by M r P. Cardelli, the Sculptor referred to by the
Street Commissioner, which amounts to Eight Thousand, Five hun-
dred, and fifty six Dollars, including the expense of Marble, and
Work necessary to complete the City Arms Wherefore the Commit-
tee recommend, that on account of the great expense of cutting the
City Arms in Marble, that it be not undertaken at present

(Signed) Samuel Akerley
John Remmey
Arthur Burtis
which was approved

M r Schieffelin agreeably to notice given at the last Meeting,
moved to reconsider the vote given on the Report of the Committee on
the Petition of Jacobus Dyckman and others On the question to
reconsider, it was carried in the affirmative The Report of the
Committee [314] being read, was in the words following:

The Road Committee, to whom was referred the Petition of
sundry Inhabitants at Kings Bridge and Neighbourhood, relating to a
Bridge and Road over Haerlem Creek, reported, That it is of con-
siderable benefit to said Inhabitants, and although said Bridge has been
built from time immemorial by said Inhabitants at their own expense,
yet your Committee think it of public convenience to that part of the
City, and would recommend that a Warrant be granted for Two hun-
dred Dollars to put said Bridge and Road in good repair under the
direction of the Road Committee and Street Commissioner

(Signed) Reuben Munson
Geo. B. Thorp
William Stone

On the question of agreeing to the same, it was carried in the



22 Sept. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 293

affirmative, and the Comptroller was directed to report a Warrant for
Two hundred Dollars agreeably thereto

The Report of the Committee respecting Spring Street Basin,
which was presented [315] at the last Meeting, was called up, and
being read, was as follows

The Committee of Wharves, &c. report,

That they have viewed the Premises, and find the Basin at the foot
of Canal Street so filled in, that it is impossible for the Boats to enter
at low water, leaving them without a harbour in that part of the
City, and as it is increasing so fast in population, your Committee is
of opinion that the prayer of the Petitioners ought to be granted As
it respects the Basin at the foot of Spring Street, the Estimate of the
Street Commissioner to complete this improvement, amounts to Six
Thousand, Six hundred and five Dollars

(Signed) A. L. Underbill
G. Buckmaster
Eldad Holmes
Arthur Burtis
Jn M c Comb S* Corn -
Jacob. B. Taylor

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to contract with
some person to complete the same, on or before the First day of
September Eighteen hundred and Eighteen, but not to commence the
[316] work until the First day of April next

Upon the question of agreeing to the same, and a division being
called, it was carried in the affirmative as follows

Affirmative 8 Ald n Burtis Thorp Munson Mess rs Kip Stone



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