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the Bowling Green be permitted to remove the Pump now standing
in front of their Lots, to the opposite side next the Bowling Green
at their own expence."

(sign'd) Eldad Holmes:
Leonard Kip :
John Remmy:
Jno. M c Comb, St. Comm r
which was approved.

The Market Committee, on the Petition of Solomon G. Dean for
Stall No. 43, Catherine Market, Reported in his favor and that [62]
it be granted to him which was approved.

The Market Committee, on the Petition of A. Buckman for con-
tinuance of Grocery Store under the Duane Market, Reported :

" That they have examined the Petition, and in their opinion the
prayer of the petition ought not to be granted, and the Mayor call in
his License and return him his money; and in future no License be



366 CITY or NEW YORK 24 Nov. 1817

granted for the purpose of retailing spirituous liquor under any of our

public Markets." , .

(signd) G. Buck-master:

William Stone:
Stephen Allen:
Jno. B. Coles:

A. L. Underbill,
which Report was approved.

The Market Committee, to whom was referred the Petition of the
Butchers holding Stalls in the Collect Market, and of other Butchers
for stalls in the New Market, made the following Report :

' That they have had the subject of said petitions under considera-
tion, and [63] respectfully recommend to the Board, that the persons,
hereafter named, be Licensed to sell at the Stalls situated and num-
bered in Said Market, as follows :

No. 1 Asa W. Wesson. No. 8 John Fash.

2 Joseph Blackwell. " 9 Thomas Moore.

" 3 William H. Gross. " 10 William Bowen.

" 4 John Hilliker. " 11 James Simson.

" 5 Jacob Tiere. " 12 John Basely.

" 6 William Reeves. " 13 William Moore.

" 7 Stephen Hilliker. " 14 John Trigler.

The Committee beg leave further to recommend that the said
market be hereafter known & distinguished by the name of the Centre

Market.' , . , JN ~ ^ ,

(signd) G. Buckmaster:

Stephen Allen:
A. L. Underbill:
Jno. B. Coles:

William Stone,
which was approved.

[64] The Chief Engineer certifying the Vacancies, the following
persons were appointed Firemen : to wit

" Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1."

W m A. F. Pentz, Druggist, 4 Old Slip, 1 st Ward, vice Rich. G.
Lowerre, Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 6."

Abraham Campbell, Carpenter, 153 Duane S, 5 th W d , vice Rich.
Lafurgie, Expelled.

Jesse Howard, Grocer, Leonard c. Church, 5 th W d , vice George
Davidson, Resigned.



24 Nov. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 367

"Fire Engine Company, No. 15."

George Horton, Mason, 145 Chatham S. 4 th W d , vice Nehemiah
Ludlum, Resigned.

Miles Sowerby, Cab 1 Maker, 134 Division S. 10 th W d , vice Thomas
Parker, Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 36."

Rich. Moore, Blacksmith, 28 Harrison S, 5 th W d , vice William
Knapp, Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 40."

Increase C. Baker, Grocer, 210 Bowery, 10 th W d , vice Valentine
Losea, Resigned.

The Committee, to whom was referred the Communication of the
Street Commissioner respecting a Basin about to be made at the foot
of Spring Street on the Hudson River, [65] presented a Report, which
was referred back to the same Committee for Amendment who
immediately reported it amended, as follows : to wit

" That they have taken the same into consideration, and fully
approve of the proposed alteration therein stated that is, to extend
the North Pier at the foot of Spring Street 230 feet with the L beyond
west Street into the Hudson River also two Blocks and Bridges in
part of the South Pier the further extension of said Pier which will
be necessary to complete the aforesaid Basin is recommended to lie
over for the present and for the future consideration of the Board
And that the Street Commissioner be authorised to Contract, agreeable
to a former Report, for the erecting of the aforesaid North Pier 230
feet with the L beyond West Street and two blocks arid bridges in
part of the South Pier as above stated the Expence of which on this
plan will not exceed ten thousanfd] Dollars for the Corporation part,
and under the sum first authorised by the Board on a former plan
for this pur- [66] pose ." All which is respectfully submitted.

(sign'd) A. L. Underbill :
Eldad Holmes:
Jno. M c Comb St. Comm r :
Jacob B. Taylor:
Arthur Burtis.
which Report was approved.

The Counsel presented a Release for a piece of Ground at the
corner of Fulton and Cliff Streets to Samuel Parsons, which was
directed to be duly executed.



368



CITY or NEW YORK



24 Nov. 1817



The Street Commissioner presented the following Assessments,
which were confirmed, and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector in each:
to wit For Regulating Christopher Street from Washington Street
to Asylum Street- and, For Regulating and Paving Orange Street
from Chatham Street to Bayard Street.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for Correction of Sundry
Nuisances: to wit

President & Directors of the | TT , ^. T .



Bank of New York, OwnersC
Daniel Paris, Owner. Hudson c.
Laight do.
John Hurley, do. Stanton &
Eldridge. do.
[67] Robert Ainslie, Owner Sullivan St. do.
Thomas Ash, do. 33 Leonard St. do.
Jno. Johnson, Owner )
A. W. Robins & J. B. Loring, Occ] :ha P el St - Pnv y-
Mr. Ryer, Owner 1
Jno. Aikins, Occupant}
D. Murray, OwnJ
Jno. Arnoux, Occ. (
Mary Blauvelt, Own./
Occ. J do '
Leonard Martin, Lessee & Occ. 22. do. do.


E. Dickson.


Own. (








J. A.


Dulion,


Occ. \


25.


do.


do.


GilW


Rich,


Own. & Occ. J


29.


do.


do.


A. Herring,
Benj. Odle,


Own.
Occ. i


30.


do.


do.


A. Herring,
H. Villiers,


Own. (
Occ. '


i
32.


do.


do.


S. Baxter,


Own.








T. Wyant,


Occ. '


34.

1


do.


do.


Jas.


Mead,


Own. & Occ.


35.


do.


do.


Widow Miller,


Own.








Rob*


Hyslop,


Occ.


37.


do.


do.


Widow Miller,


Own.








O. Frost,


Occ.


39.


do.


do.


Jno.


Johnston,


Own. & Occ.


42.


do.


do.


P. Bogert,


Own. |


1






o

H Ludlum,


Occ.


* 44.
1


do.


do.



24 Nov. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



369



[68] P. Bogert,
Jas. Dougherty,


Own.J
Occ. $


46. Leonard St.


Privy


G. Concklin,


Own.)








C. Taylor,


Occ. J


50.


do.


do.


C. Debevoise


Own.J








G. Collins,


Occ. \


52.


do.


do.


C. Debevoise,


Own. & Occ.


54.


do.


do.


Jno. Van Allen,


do. do.


56.


do.


do.


J. Frederick,


do. do.


58.


do.


do.


W m Gaskee,


do. do.


60.


do.


do.


B. Strong,


Ag 1 J


61.


do.


do.


Miss Fletcher,


Occ. J








L. Ford,


Own.J


62.


do.


do.


E. Thomas,


Occ. J








Mrs. Pearsall,


Own. & Occ.


65.


do.


do.


Mr. Buskirk,


Own. ^


67.


do.


do.


U. Ryder & B. Horton,


Occ. {










(sign'd)


George


Cuming





City Inspector.

The Street Commissioner presented the following communication,
respecting an advance to Robert Latimer for his Contract on the 8 th
Avenue; to wit

" Agreeably to the intention of the Corporation he entered into a
Contract with Robert Latimer to work the Avenue, [69] for the sum
of $15,000. in divisions for the sums set to each division:

For the lt 11,911 feet $3,782.20

2d 13,100 " 10,541.80

3d 3,380 " 676.00



$15,000.00

The present state and progress of the work is, as follows :

The 1st Division is complete $3,782.20

" 2<i " is work'd to Amot. say 2,500.00

" 3d " is nearly complete 500.00



6,782.20
Paid him sundry times on acct 4,500.00



Balance in favor of Work $2,282.20



370 CITY or NEW YORK 24 Nov. 1817

The Street Commissioner exceedingly regrets that the Contractor
has not been able to procure the security usually required to Contracts
for the performance of the work. Robert Macomb Esqr. was the
person named by Mr. Latimer as security, and who it was understood
had given assurances to that effect but who has not as yet been pre-
vailed on to do so, altho' waited on by Mr. Latimer, and also by the
Assistant Street Commissioner Mr. Latimer's straightened circum-
stances have as yet [70] prevented him from getting any other person
to enter into security for him The Street Commissioner has withheld
the payment of the last $1000 which was granted for this work,
until security was given, but he presumes that unless the Contractor
can be indulged with money as the work progresses that he must
abandon the Avenue The Street Commissioner would therefore
recommend that Mr. Latimer be paid as the work progresses, in such
a way however as that there remain a sum in the hands of the Cor-
poration sufficient to secure them against any loss.

And as at present there is work performed to the value of more
than $2000 over and above the monies which have been paid him,
there can be no risk on the part of the Corporation to advance him
$1000 by receiving which he informs me that he will be able to
prosecute the work, without which he will be under the necessity of
selling his teams."

(sign'd) Jno. Macomb S l Cm.

which was approved, and he was authorised to advance to Mr. Lati-
mer $1000

[71] A Resolution respecting a Gore of Land between Water and
Front Streets and near the property of S. Miller, was presented, as
follows :

" Resolved, that the Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment for
widening Roosevelt Street be authorised to assess upon the Corpora-
tion the value of a Gore of land between Water and Front Streets,
and between the property of Silvanus Miller and a line running south-
erly in the direction of the Westerly Side of Roosevelt Street "
and ordered to be referred to the Street Committee, Street Commis-
sioner and Comptroller.

A Resolution was presented directing the Counsel to take the
necessary steps for opening Ei[g]hty-Sixth Street from the Western
Extremity of the present Hell Gate round to the Intersection of said
Street with the 3 d Avenue which was referred to the Road Com-
mittee and Street Commissioner.



24 Nov. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 371

A Resolution was presented, directing an [72] enquiry into the
propriety of altering or obtaining an alteration of the present Rates
of Wharfage allowed by law to Corporation Piers or Slips which
was referred to the Committee on Legislative Applications, namely, to
Munson: Brackett : Jones: Akerly : and the Counsel.

The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 17th ms $9,271 .73

Received for Rents 5,004.50

" Tax for 1817 8,300.00

" Excise 100.00

" Streets 4,000.00

" Canal Street 15,000.00 41,676. 23



14 Accounts Audited.

Thos. Franklin, Chief Engineer, 1 Quarter's Salary 18 th

ins 200.00

W m Smith, Collect 1 " City Revenue, 1 Quarter's Salary 22 d

inst 200.00

B. Skaats, Keeper Hall, 1 Quar. 24 inst. and Expences.... 306.64

Jac. Parsell, 3 Qrs. Rent of Room for Engine No. 34 1 st

ins 25.50

M. Reid, Balce Well & Pump, Reid St 52.88

[73] John Parsons, Well, Cherry St. near Pike St. 1st i lls . 35.95

J. Meghan, Paving Broadway 400.00

Thos. Scott, do. Lombardy St 200.00

J. M c Comb, Addtnl Int. to 24 th ins. on Amt refund d to Leon.

Fisher 20.65

Jno. Anderson, Pier Rep rs Vesey and Fulton Streets, North

River 1,000.00

Th. & Geo. Lovett, Reprg Pier, West Side Fulton Slip, E.

River 820. 5

Henry Allen, Pier at Gouverneur's Slip, 2 d inst 400.00

Jac. P. Roome, Sup dt Repairs, to pay Workmen for Mate-
rials 1,300.00

Rich. Furman, Supdt Alms House 5,000.00 9,961.68



Balance $31,714.55
Adjourned to Monday next 6 o'clock.



372 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Dec. 1817

[74] In Common Council. December 1 st 1817.
Present : The Honorable Jacob Radcliff, Mayor, President

Aldermen. Assistants.

John B. Coles : Samuel Stevens :

Jos. Warren Brackett : W m F. Van Amringe :

Anthony L. Underhill : William Stone :

Eldad Holmes : John Remmy :

Thos. R. Smith : Samuel Akerly :

Robert McQueen : Jacob B. Taylor :

Geo. Buckmaster : Effingham Schieffelin :

Arthur Burtis : Stephen Allen.
George B. Thorp :
Reuben Munson.

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.

A Petition from Robert Latimer, for an advance of money on his
Contract respecting the 8 th Avenue, was read and referred to the
Road Committee, and Street Commissioner.

A Petition from John Diaz, for permission [75] to remove a
house through the Streets, was read and referred to the Aldermen
and Assistants of the Ward and Street Commissioner.

A Petition of Richard P. Lawrence, for remission of Fine re-
covered against him under the Hackney Carriage Law, was read
and referred to the Counsel.

A Petition of the Teachers of Sunday School No. 4. for the use
of a Room in the Hall or Old Alms House was read and laid on the
Table.

A Petition of the Trustees of the African Zion Church to be re-
leased from payment of an Assessment for Canal Street, was read
and referred to the Committee of Charity to report.

A Petition of Benjamin Romaine, for a Vault in Hudson Street
was read and referred to the Street Commissioner to grant on usual
terms.

A Petition of the Female Missionary Society, that a Lamp may be
placed opposite [76] the Church in Bancker Street erected by them,
was read and referred to the Lamp Committee with authority.

A Petition of Tompkins O. Treadwell, for License as a Carman, he
being a Minor, was read and laid for Consideration.

A Memorial of Joseph Delaplaine was received, stating that he is
about establishing a Gallery of Portraits of distinguished Americans,
and that he would be desirous of establishing the same in the City
of New York if a suitable Lot upon which to erect the same could



1 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 373

be procured, and he therefore solicited from the Corporation a Grant
of such Lot and to be informed of the terms whereupon, the same
was referred to the Committee on Arts and Sciences.

A Petition of Silvester Gilbert for Remission of Fine for selling
Liquor without License, was referred to the Attorney to Report.

A Petition of David J. Hubbs for appoint- [77] ment of Guager
was read, and also a Remonstrance from Ralph Duncan against the
appointment whereupon, on Motion, David J. Hubbs was appointed
to the Office of Guager.

Petitions of Owners of Market and Wood Vessels frequenting
James' Slip, and also a number of Inhabitants and Owners in the
Vicinity, praying that the Waters Between Roosevelt Street and
James' Slip may be taken for a Public Slip or Basin, were read and
referred to the Committee of Wharves, Street Commissioner &
Comptroller.

A Petition of Matthew Byrne for License to sell at Stall No. 33.
Catharine Market, was read and granted.

A Petition of James Bashford for a Stall in Centre Market was
read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Daniel Ewing for appointment of City Surveyor was
read and referred to the Street Committee and Street Commissioner.

[78] A Petition of the Society of United Christian Friends for a
Lot whereon to erect a Place for Public Worship, was read and
referred to the Comptroller.

A Petition from Henry Rutgers and others stating that great loss
and inconvenience will result from the Direction of the Board to col-
lect the Arrearages of Taxes in the 7 th Ward, as for other reasons
the List upon which the Collection is to be made was made out by the
Collector from memory after the original had been destroyed by fire,
and praying the Interference of the Board, was read whereupon the
same was referred to the Finance Committee and Comptroller.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants, that the ground at the Point
of Corlear's Hook be reserved for a Public Walk or Parade, and that
the Space south of Lombardy Street and East of Corlaer Street be
taken for that purpose, was read and referred to the aldermen and
assistants of the 7 th and 10 th Wards, the Comptroller and Counsel.

[79] A Petition of E. Wheaton, on the subject of a Building erected
by him within the Fire Limits, was read and referred to the Committee
on Fire Department and Street Commissioner.



374 CITY or NEW YORK 1 Dec. 1817

The Following Persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief Engi-
neer certifying the Vacancies : to wit

" Hook and Ladder Company, N 3."
Peter P. Roome, vice

' Fire Engine Company No. 8."

John Burchan, Chair M kr , 8 Broad St. 1 st Ward vice Hector Sin-
clair, Resigned.

Rich. Ronalds, Chair M kr , 5 Courtland S. 3 d Ward, vice John Wat-
son Resigned.

Rich. Spellman, Chair M r , 2 Birginham [Birmingham] S. 8 th W d >.
vice More Lee, Resigned.

Rich. Langley, Shoe M kr , Greenwich St 5 th W d , vice Sebe Bogert,
Resigned.

' Fire Engine Company, No. 10."

William Hooghland, vice

The Ferry Committee, on the petition of Aaron Ogden for the
Renewal of his Lease [80] for his present Steam-Boat privilege &c.
Reported as follows:

" That the prayer of his Memorial should be granted subject,
however, to be at an end at the expiration of Eight Years, or at such
earlier period as this Corporation may require the said Leased Prem-
ises for public purposes and subject also to such Covenants as are
contained in his former Lease."

(sign'd) G. Buckmaster :

Rent. $ J. Warren Brackett :

Eldad Holmes.

which was approved, and the Counsel directed to prepare a Lease
agreeably thereto.

The Committee, to whom was referred the Resolution respecting
a Gore of Land lying in front of the Lots of Silvanus Miller Esqr.
on Front Street, presented a Report which was read and laid for con-
sideration.

The Finance Committee and Comptroller, to whom was referred
the Memorial of the Corporation of Trinity Church, with the Report
of the Street Commissioner and Comp- [81] troller thereon, reported
as follows :

" That the Statement then exhibited, on the 8 th September last,
has been corrected, in consequence of part of the principal sum hav-



1 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 375

ing been charged to other accounts, and an increase of Interest from
the 19 th September 1817 to the present date.

Agreeably to the Account Current, herewith presented, there is
a Balance of $12,178.24 due to the Corporation of Trinity Church,
which is now reported for a Warrant."

(Sign'd) Thos. R. Smith:

Stephen Allen:
Reuben Munson :
G. N. Bleecker, Compt r

which was approved, and the Warrant Reported this evening directed
to pass.

The Committee of Laws, on the Petition of the Justices of the
Justice's Court, Reported the following Resolutions : to wit

" Resolved, that the Superintendant of Repairs be directed to fit
tip the Room in the Basement Story of the City Hall, now occupied
as a Court Room by said [82] Justices, in such a manner as may be
deemed proper by the Committee on Repairs, (first hearing the wishes
and suggestions of the said Justices, ) for the more convenient accom-
modation of said Court.

" Resolved that this Board will pay an Officer, to keep order in
said Court, the usual sum paid in such cases, until some other provision
may be made by law for this purpose, or until the further order of
this Board."

(sign'd) J. Warren Bracket.!:
Samuel Akerly :
Effiingham Schieffelin.
which were approved.

The Comptroller made the following Report respecting a Deed
from Robert Steele to the Corporation: to wit

"The Comptroller respectfully presents to the Board a Deed from
Robert Steele for a piece of Ground in the 9 th Ward, part of Lot No.
31, formerly called the Inclinburgh Property, Reconveyed by him
agreeably to a Report of the Committee of Finance on the 17 th ulto.
and which was agreed to by the Board.

[83] " The Deed is approved by the Counsel, and a Warrant has
been reported at the present meeting in favor of Mr. Steele for the
amount due to him."

(sign'd) G. N. Bleecker, Compf

which was approved, and the Warrant reported this evening directed
to pass.



376 CITY OF NEW YORK l Dec. 1817

The Street Committee and Street Commissioner, on the Petition
that Orange Street between Grand and Hester Streets might be paved,
Reported in favor of the Petition, which Report was approved, and
the Street Commissioner directed to carry the same into effect.

The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the Petition of
Theophilus Marselis, reported :

: That, in their opinion, there is no reason to doubt the facts therein
stated, as Mr. Peter T. Marselis states under oath that he himself paid
the Tax to the Collector ; and it is well known that this Collector kept
his Books in a very loose manner: It is therefore recommended that
Mr. Gilbert be instructed to close the account [84] of Mr Marselis,
amounting to $24.9."

(sign'd) Thos. R. Smith:
Stephen Allen:
Reuben Munson :
Samuel Akerly.
which was approved.

The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the Memorial of
David Longworth making application to furnish the Board with a new
Map of the City, Reported:

" That they have examined the same and are much pleased with
the neatness and the comprehensive manner in which it is executed
They have, by virtue of the power delegated to them by the Corpora-
tion, purchased 50 Copies which are now in the charge of the Clerk
30 of them are mounted, and might with propriety and advantage be
distributed to the Members of the Board, and to such Officers thereof
as the Committ ee should think fit. The Cost of the Map coloured and
mounted is two dollars and seventy five cents."

(sign'd) Thos. R. Smith:
Stephen Allen:
Reuben Munson :
Samuel Akerly.
Approved.

[85] The Ferry Committee, on the Petition of Samuel Evans rela-
tive to a Lease, made the following Report : to wit,

" That they have had the subject of said Petition under consid-
eration, and respectfully recommend to the Board that a Ferry be
granted to Samuel Evans, at the foot of Walnut Street in New York
to Little Street in Long Island, on the West Side and adjacent to the
Navy Yard, for the term of Fifteen years, for the accommodation of



1 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 377

said Mechanics and others in crossing. Your Committee beg leave to
offer the following Resolution

" Resolved that the Counsel of the Board be requested to make
out a Lease for Captain Samuel Evens for the term of fifteen years
the first seven years without rent the remaining Eight years at One
hundred Dollars per year."

(sign'd) G. Buckmaster
Eldad Holmes
J. Warren Brackett

which Report was approved, and the Counsel directed to prepare a
Lease agreeably thereto.

[86] The Police Committee, to whom was referred the account of
B. OBlenis, Clerk of the Police Office, made the following Report :

"That the Accounts commence as early as March 1811, and are
continued down to March 1817. The Debits against the Corporation
are principally for taking and transporting prisoners to the different
prisons, and for Stationary and Fuel for the Office.

" The Credits arise principally from Fines for breaking windows,
and for disturbing Amos Broad's Church And the balance of these
accounts against the Corporation amount to Sixty eight dollars seventy
eight cents and your Committee recommend that a Warrant issue for
the same.

" While on the subject of these accounts, your Committee must
express their disapprobation of the practice of letting these accounts
run so many years without a Settlement and recommend, that for
the future all accounts for De- [86A] bits against the Corporation, for
the expences of that office be presented semi-annually, and that the
amount of all Fines be also semi-annually deposited in the City Treas-
ury, with a view that in future the Expences of the Police Office
be paid by a Warrant and not by the credit of fines belonging to the
Corporation.

" Your Committee have also considered the Resolution relating to
Recognizances, likewise referred to them.

" They find that the Recognizances taken from Retailers of
Spirituous Liquors and forfeited for bad conduct, now belong to the
Corporation, but from a misapprehension of the present law they have
not been prosecuted. Your Committee recommend that the Attorney
of the Board examine into this subject, and prosecute for such for-
feited recognizances.

" There is another description of Recognizance (taken at the



378 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 Dec. 1817

Police) to keep the Peace and for good behaviour these by the pres-
ent law are taken in the name of the People the amount of the bonds
are frequently small, being taken from persons [86B] in indigent
circumstances, & are returned by the Police into the Court of Ex-
chequer, where they are never prosecuted or enforced, so that neither
Corporation or State get the benefit for such forfeited Recognizances.

' The Amount of such Recognizances, if collected, would prob-
ably more than pay all the expences of the Police Establishment. Your



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