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as a Lien on the Property which petition was ordered to be referred
to the Aldermen and Assistants of the 4 th Ward, the Counsel and Street
Commissioner.

A Memorial from sundry Inhabitants, requesting the sanction of
the Common Council to an Application to the Legislature by the Gro-
cers of the City requesting that the appointment of the Inspectors of
domestic Spirits in this City may be made by the Corporation was
read and referred to the Committee on the subject of applications to
the legislature.

A Complaint of the Inhabitants of Chrystie Street that the House
No. 75 in said street encroaches on the Street, and praying that it
may be removed to the line of said Street [167] was read and re-
ferred to the Aldermen and Assistants and Street Commissioner.



414 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 Dec. 1817

A Petition of James Waring, praying Remission of a Fine under
the Market Law, and a Remonstrance of Isaac Auld, City Measurer,
against granting the prayer of Petitioner, were read and referred to
Aldermen Holmes : Munson : and Underhill.

A Petition of Samuel Tooker and Isaac Pierson. declining to ac-
cept of the Lease of the Lots in Augustus Street upon the terms pro-
posed by the Report of the Committee, and praying an Extension of
the present Lease for Eight years upon the Rent at present reserved
was read and referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition of Peter Crawbuck, Butcher, praying that, agreeably
to the prayer of the Petition of the Inhabitants in the vicinity of
Whitehall, he may be permitted to continue to sell Meat at his Stall at
the corner of Broad and Front [168] Streets was read, and the
prayer thereof granted.

A Petition of R. Bowne. Lessee of Catharine-Slip Ferry was re-
ceived, stating that in April last he had presented a Petition request-
ing on certain terms by him proposed an Extension of the period of
his Lease that the Committee to whom the Petition had been referred
reported thereon favorably to Petitioner, but the Board had not yet
acted upon it He therefore prayed the Board to consider and deter-
mine on the same Whereupon the said petition together with the Re-
port of the former Committee were referred to the Ferry Committee.

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Perry Street for a Well and
Pump in said Street near Herring Street was referred to the Alder-
men and Assistants of the Ward and Street Commissioner to report
an Ordinance therefor.

The Street Commissioner presented a Return of Delinquents on
the Assessment [169] for altering Provost Street whereupon a War-
rant was directed to issue to the Collector for collecting the same.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for Paving
White Street from Broad Way to Elm Street which was confirmed
and Noah Jarvis appointed Collector.

He also presented a Profile of Henry Street, as directed by the
Board, for the Commissioners of Estimate on improving and opening
said Street which Profile was approved and confirmed.

The following persons were appointed Firemen, (the Chief En-
gineer certifying the Vacancies,) to wit

" Fire Engine Company No. 11."

Hugh Munro, Mercht 5 Varick St. 5 th Ward vice Uriah Halsey,
Resigned.



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Phin. P. Carman, Mercht 45 Beaver St. 1 st Ward vice Daniel
Hasbrook, Resign'd.

" Fire Engine Company No. 28."

Abr. Vanderberk Black Smith Crosby St. 8 th Ward vice Parley
Sullard, Expelled.

[170] The City Inspector presented Ordinances for the Correc-
tion of sundry Nuisances : to wit



Miller

David Crone
M. H. Guion
A. Sutton
T. Legget

D. L. Owens
J. B. Murray
F. D. Cheavou
A. Boyer

J. Rounault

J. Robinson

S. Sherman

A. Boyer

Dr. Ben. Dewitt

A. L. Poyer

Dr. Ben. Dewitt

T. Reice

Jno. R. Murray

W. Crane

Dr. Ben. Dewitt

Jno. Disbrow

L. Jouy

J. Romaine

J. Gassen

[171] R. Hudson

E. West
D. Berdan
J. Phenix

T. S. Talbot
J. Howard
S. Baxter
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which Ordinances were passed.

The Counsel presented a Law to regulate the Lying of Vessels in
the Stream of the North River which was read and passed.

He also presented the following Drafts of Laws to be presented
for Enactment to the Legislature at the ensuing Session : to wit

" An Act to enable the Mayor &c. to raise money by Tax " which
was laid for consideration and " An Act relative to the Commis-
sioner of Excise in the City of New York " which was referred back
to the Counsel.

The Attorney presented a Communication, stating that Complaints
had been made against sundry Tavern Keepers for permitting Gamb-
ling and disorderly Conduct in their Houses contrary to their Recogni-
zances, and recommending that their Recognizances [173] be di-
rected to be put in suit which was read and referred to the Watch
Committee.



29 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 417

The Counsel presented a Letter of Attorney from the Corpora-
tion to Thomas R. Smith and Ogden Edwards Esquires, constituting
them the Agents & Attornies of the Corporation to adjust and settle
with the proper Departments of the Government of the United States
the Claims of this Corporation against the United States for Monies
paid to the Owners of Lands on account of Damages which they
sustained by the Erection of Fortifications thereon for the Defence of
this City during the late War Which Letter of Attorney was directed
to be duly authenticated.

The Commissioners of the Sinking Fund presented the following
Report and Account : to wit They Reported that

"during the half year ending the Second Monday (10 th )
of November 1817. They have purchased during that time
Ten Thousand One hundred Dollars City Stock, which has been
has been paid for out of [174] the funds appropriated by Law for that
purpose. " Although purchases have been made above par, yet it was
thought advisable to invest the Cash on hand, from time to time, in
this species of Stock at the Market price. The main object of estab-
lishing the Sinking Fund was the lessening the public debt of the City
by purchases, and the Commissioners have considered it most prudent
to prefer buying the City Stock, on the best terms, in preference to
any other. " The whole amount redeemed, to the 10 th November last,
was Seventy four Thousand Dollars, since which purchases have been
made and more are shortly expected to be accomplished. The balance
on hand November 10 th 1817 is One Hundred and Twenty five Dollars
Twelve cents agreeably to the annexed Account."

(sign'd) Jacob Radcliff :
R. Riker:
Thos. R. Smith

Chairm 11 Fin ce Com ee
G. N. Bleecker, Comptr r

to which Report was annexed an Account, as follows (on p. 175.)
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29 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 419

[176] whereupon the Report was directed to be filed: and it was
referred to the discretion of the Finance Committee to direct the
Communication to be published.

The Committee on the Fire Department, on the petition of Peter
Schermerhorn and others, reported:

" That they have examined the subject, and are well aware of the
inconvenience the Petitioners are under who deal in the above-
mentioned articles and they therefore recommend that Hemp and
Sulphur may be permitted to be stored, during the pleasure of the
Board, in any Fire Proof Store in which neither fire or candle light
is kept yet, your Committee believe, that the security of the peti-
tioners, as well as that of the public, requires that such permission
should not be general, or apply to all the above named articles and
therefore further recommend, that the other articles petitioned for
may be permitted to be stored, under certain regulations and that any
person wishing to store any of the above articles within the limits pro-
hibited by the Act of the [177] Legislature without first obtaining per-
mission from this Board.

" We are of opinion that application should be made to the Fire
Warden of the Ward in which the same is proposed to be stored,
with the name of the Applicant, the place, articles and quantity; and
if a Majority of the Wardens may think it proper, they must then
report it to the Chief Engineer, and by him be presented to this
Board for approbation or otherwise."

(sign'd) Arthur Burtis :
A. L. Underbill :
Thos. Franklin,
which Report was approved.

The Finance Committee, to whom was referred the Resolution
respecting the raising the Rates of Slippage &c. presented a Report,
which was laid for consideration.

The Finance Committee and Comptroller, to whom was referred
the Account of U. W. Freeman for Services in surveying and making
Maps of the Eighth [178] and Ninth Wards, reported

" That they consider it as unreasonable and extravagant the
amount being upwards of of Sixteen hundred Dollars, and the work
appears by the dates to have been done at such times and seasons as
suited the convenience of Mr. Freeman comprising a period of Two
years and a quarter.

" The Committee possess no check on this account, nor have they



420 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 Dec. 1817

any means of ascertaining its correctness other than the declaration
of Mr. Freeman.

" After investigating the business thoroughly, it is respectfully
proposed that the Board allow the sum of One Thousand Seventy five
Dollars, fifty cents, as Compensation in full for these services ; which
sum is the result of the following statement to wit

" Chain Bearer 130 days a $1 is $130.00

" Actual Surveying 130 days a $4 520.00

" Time consumed in Mapping &c. supposing the Acct. correct 212J4

a $2 425.50



$1075.50
If from this is deducted the amount estimated in the Acct. for the

8th Ward 255.00



it will leave for the 9th Ward $820.50

[179] a sum much larger, it is believed, than was ever contemplated
to be given for surveying and mapping this ward."

(sign'd) Thos. R. Smith:
Samuel Akerly :
Reuben Munson:
Stephen Allen:
G. N. Bleecker, Compt.
which Report was approved.

The. Finance Committee and Comptroller, on the Petition of
Thomas Burling, reported:

" That they have examined into the particulars of this case, and
are of opinion that the petitioner is entitled to relief on the ground
that this property was destroyed by fire during the time when the
tax was collectable: they therefore recommend that Mr. Gilbert, the
Collector of Arrears be instructed to cancel the same."

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

G. N. Bleecker, Compt.
*Approved.

[180] The Finance Committee and Comptroller on the Petition
of Frederic C. Havemeyer, reported:

" That in their opinion it would be improper for this Board to



29 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 421

interfere in the case, and recommend that the applicant have leave

to withdraw his petition."

(sign'd) Th. R. Smith
Samuel Akerly
Reuben Munson
Stephen Allen
G. N. Bleecker, Comptr.

which Report was approved.

The Committee, to whom was referred the Representation of John
W. Weyman, Clerk of the Sessions, Reported :

" That they have taken the same into consideration, and have
made many enquiries and examinations on the subject, the result of
which has been that the several public Offices in the City Hall have
been fitted up at the expence of the Corporation.

" That the fixtures and furniture in most of them, and particularly
the [181] County Offices, have also been made at the public Expence.

" That the boxes and cases which at present contain the Records
and Papers of the Court of General Sessions of the peace, as well
as the seal, screw and press of that Court have been provided at the
expence of the present Clerk.

" Your Committee therefore can see no reason why the Office
in question should not be put on the same footing as the other public
offices in the City Hall.

" They accordingly recommend that the Superintendant of Repairs
be directed to make such fixtures and Repairs in that Office, under
the direction of your Committee, as will render more secure the
public Records and Papers, and also that the sum of $134 dollars,
being the sum actually paid by the present incumbent for boxes and
cases, in which the public Records and Papers are now contained,
and for the seal, press & screw of the court of which he is the clerk,
be refunded to him."

(sign'd) George B. Thorp:
Stephen Allen :
W. F. Van Amringe.

[182] which Report was approved, and the Comptroller directed to
report a Warrant agreeably thereto.

The Special Committee, on the subject of the Clerk's Office,
reported :

" That they find the Minutes or proceedings of the Board have
not been engrossed later than the 13 th May last : That the engrossed



422 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 Dec. 1817

Minutes for 6 months preceding that date have not yet, as they
understand, been compared with the Originals and corrected.

" That there appear a number of blanks in the engrossed minutes
of several years back, which seem to have been left for entries that
have never been made : the Committee however are informed that
this omission is not the fault of the Clerk, but to be attributed to
other causes.

" It also appears that the book of Ordinances, in which all the
ordinances or laws of a general nature should be regularly entered
as they are passed with the seal of the Corporation, does not contain
an entry since the year 1815 altho' [183] a number of new, and some
of them important laws have been passed since that time.

" The Committee are of opinion that the present is an improper
condition for the public Records to remain in, and that more atten-
tion should be paid to a matter of so much interest and importance
to the City.

" The Clerk of the Common Council being also the receiver of
the Mayoralty fees, the Committee think it proper to state that by
one of our laws it is made his duty to render weekly to the Comp-
troller an account of these fees and to pay over the amount to the
Chamberlain ; but by the Comptroller's statement it does not appear
that any regular account has been rendered him for some time past,
altho' Mayoralty fees have been from time to time paid by him to the
Chamberlain.

" For the foregoing services it may not be improper to state the
Clerk receives

First as Clerk of the Common Council $750.

Second as Receiving Clerk 500.

[184] To which add as Secretary of the Board of Health 250.00



Making together $1500.00

" Upon the whole, the Committee propose the adoption of the
following Resolutions

" Resolved, that the Clerk of the Common Council cause the
Minutes to be engrossed by some person to be by him provided for
the purpose, in a fair and handsome hand, equal to those of Vol. 31
and carefully examine the same: that all the blanks in the Minutes
already engrossed be filled up as far as practicable: the whole to be
completed by the 15 th day of February next.

" Resolved, that thereafter, at any regular meeting of the Board,
the minutes in the business of engrossing and examination shall be
but two meetings behind the said regular meeting.



29 Dec. 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 423

' Resolved, that it be, and it is hereby made the duty of the
Receiving Clerk to provide a book or register ; in which he shall regu-
larly enter all [185] monies received by him in that capacity; par-
ticularly designating, under the proper head, the name of the payer,
the amount paid, on what account, and the date when received.

" Resolved, that the Office hours of the Clerk of the Common
Council shall hereafter be from 9 to 3 o'clock from the 1 st of May to
the 1 st of November, and from 10 to 3 o'clock during the rest of the
year.

" And further, as it is necessary in consequence of the revision of
the laws last spring to enter most of them anew, which would be a
considerable undertaking

" Resolved, that this Committee be empowered to employ a suit-
able person to enter the whole of general ordinances in the Book kept
for that purpose, and if necessary to provide a new one.

" Resolved, that there be added to the number of Standing Com-
mittees one to consist of three members, and to be denominated the
Committee on Public Offices; whose duty it shall be to [186] examine
and report to the Board quarterly : to wit, on the first Monday in April,
July, October and January, and oftener should they think proper, the
state and condition of the office of the Comptroller, of the Street
Commissioner, of the Clerk of the Common Council, of the City
Inspector, and of such other Offices as they may consider for the public
interest.

' The Committee in closing their Report beg leave to observe that
their confidence in the ability, and integrity of the present Clerk is
undiminished, and they are happy to learn that since their appoint-
ment arrangements have been made by him to remedy the existing
evils: it is neveretheless their opinion that the public interest will be
promoted by so defining the duties of the Officers of the Board, that,
if possible, nothing may be left to construction in the execution
thereof ; and therefore respectfully recommend the adoption of the

following Resolutions." ( . , . , .

(signd) Thos. R. Smith:

Stephen Allen:
*Approved Samuel Stevens.

[187] The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in Treasury 22* ins $416.43

Received for Streets 4,500.00

" " Canal Street 500.00

" Arrears of Tax 380.00 5,796.43



424 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Jan. 1818



20 Accounts Audited.

Morris & Anderson Watch 1 dist 1,118.25

Walton & Hibberd do. 2d dist 682.50

Bleakley & B rower do. 3d do 413.00

Jonath. Weeder Street Inspectr. 1 Mo. Salary 1 January. 54.00

Sam. Hutchings St. Inspectr 1 Mo. Salary 1 January 54.00

W. J. Waldron Ass* City Inspec^ 1 Mo. Salary 1 January 54.00

Obad. Ayres Ass* City Inspec. 1 Mo. Salary 1 January.. 54.00

Astin & Cochran Messengers, 1 Mo. Salary 1 January... 60.00

Ch. Mooney flaggng Centre Market 413.31

Thos. Barnum, Sup n K Wharves and Piers, 24 days 48.00

Garni Smith Award 13*h Street 59.00

Corlis & May flaggs Broad Way 600.00

Jac. C. Mott and Associates, making sundry Assessments.. 393.00

[188] Abrah m Stagg, on account for paving Orange Street. 300.00

Robert Latimer, on acct. for forming Road thro' Hudson St. 300.00

Thomas Scott, on acct. for paving Lombardy Street 100.00

Thomas Corbley, for repairs intersections of Streets 50.63

Pangburn & Blanch, Mason work for Engine house Green-

wch 216.50

Jacob P. Roome, Superintend. Repairs, for Engine house

Greenwch 300.00

Jac. P. Roome, Sup. Repairs, to pay Workmen 320.00 5,590.19



Balance $=206.24
Adjourned to Monday next, 4 o'clock.

[189] In Common Council: January 5. 1818.
Present. The Honorable Jacob Radcliff, Mayor, President.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John B. Coles : Samuel Stevens :

J. Warren Brackett: John Remmy:

Anth. L. Underbill : Samuel Akerly :

Eldad Holmes: Jacob B. Taylor:

Geo. Buckmaster : Effiing. Schieffelin :

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

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.

A Petition of Colonel Murray (Commanding the 14 th Regiment of
the 1 st Brigade New York State Artillery, called the Governor's
Guard.) requesting to be complimented by the Corporation with a
Stand of Colours was read and referred to the Finance Committee
to report.



5 Jan. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 425

A Petition of Joshua Place and Samuel [190] Pearcy, to be per-
mitted to sell meat at Private Stalls in Division Street was read, and
leave given to Petitioners to withdraw their petition.

A Petition of Nicholas Steele and Matthias Smith, for Stalls No.
2 and No. 3, Fly Market, was read and referred to the Market Com-
mittee.

A Petition and Remonstrance of the Licensed Chimney Sweepers,
was read and laid for consideration.

A Petition of John Smith Inspector of Firewood for the 9 th Dis-
trict, praying to be permitted to inspect wood stored at the Corners
of Reed & Washington Streets and of Chamber and Washington
Streets, was read and referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of 3 d
Ward to Report.

A Representation from the Visiting Committee of the Humane
Society, recommending the erection of Stoves in the Rooms of the
Debtors' Gaol, was read, [191] and referred to the Committee of
Charity.

A Petition of Thomas Gardner was presented, stating that he holds
a mortgage for $750 with interest on property formerly belonging to
Beekman M. Van Beuren of which he understands the Corporation
have received a Release of the Equity of Redemption, and he informs
that he is proceeding on his Mortgage to recover the monies due
thereon in expectation that the Corporation will direct the amount
due to him to be paid in whereupon, it was ordered that the same be
referred to the Finance Committee and Comptroller.

A Petition of Lewis and Thaddeus Seymour praying that they may
be permitted to pay the due proportion of an Assessment laid upon a
Lot owned by them in Mott Street for improving said Street which
on the Assessment by the Commissioner was included with another
Lot owned by the Trustees of Zion Church but which said Lot has
been since purchased by them Ordered that it be referred to the
Finance Committee and Attorney.

[192] A Petition of Stephen Huestis to be appointed a Weigher of
Hay at Haerlem recommended by a number of Inhabitants, was read
and granted, and he was appointed accordingly.

A Petition that Oliver Street may be extended to Chatham Square,
was read and referred to the Street Committee and Street Commis-
sioner.

Resignations of John Doughty and Samuel D. Ingraham of the
appointment of Weighers of Hay at Haerlem, were read and accepted.

A Petition from a number of Inhabitants that an Ordinance may



426 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Jan. 1818

be passed restraining the Raking for Crabs in the Winter Season, was
read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition from John Baptiste Robin, Fruiterer, stating that he
was prosecuted on a charge of selling Liquor without License of
which he was innocent that he was persuaded to confess judgment
and [193] apply to the Honorable Corporation for redress that he
therefore solicited the interference of the Common Council Ordered
to be referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of the 4 th Ward.

A Petition of Nathan Morse, Tavern Keeper, for Remission of



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