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of Vessels at the Public Slips, agreeably to said report and the Comp-
troller was directed to advertise to receive Contracts for the leasing
of the Public Slips and Wharves until the 9 th day of March next.

Mr. Allen presented a Resolution, recommending an Application
to the Legislature for a Law amending the Law touching the laying
out of Streets, so as to authorize the Corporation to direct the Com-
missioners of Assessment to assess to them such parts of former
Streets as they may judge proper which should be left out and not
wanted for improving any streets which Resolution was approved
and referred to the Attorney in the absence of the Counsel to report a
Memorial and Bill corresponding therewith.



498 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1818

Mr. Van Amringe presented the following Resolution :
" Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire into the
[364] propriety of dividing the City of New York into Districts and
of appointing proper persons in each district to prevent the settlement
of foreign poor and to prevent as far as possible Pauperism in the
City." which was referred to Messieurs Van Amringe Holmes and
Alderman M c Queen

Ordered that the Comptroller audit the Accounts of B. Hicks and
G. Mills, for their services from the 1 st of January last and that
they in future be attached to the Office of the City Inspector.

The Comptroller Reported :

Balance in Treasury 9 ins $71.82

Received for Wells & Pumps 100.00

" First Street 1,000.00

" Canal Street 1,000.00

" Docks & Slips 2,000.00

" Streets 3,325.94

Tax 1817 1st, 5th, gth wds 13,125.00 20,622.76



[365] The following 18 Accounts were Audited.

Jac. P. Roome, Sup* Repairs 1 Qr's Salary 14 ins 225.00

G. N. Bleecker, Comptroller, 1 Qr's Salary 15 ins 500.00

Thos. P. Low, printing for Corp*" 3 months 1 ins 247.00

A. Stevens, posting Bills, 3 months 1 ins 19.00

Thos. Gardner, for 2 bonds of B. M. Van Beuren, Interest

and Costs 892.87

Robert Provost, painting and glazing Lamps in Jan 71.58

James Meghan, Account for paving Greenwich St 400.00

Charles Golden, Account paving Hudson Street 200.00

Hugh Smith, Account, for paving Cliff Street 200.00

Charels Mooney, Account for paving Broad Way 100.00

Thomas Scott, Account for paving Orange Street 100.00

[366] Thomas Ridgway, balance on Well in Amos Street. . . 57.11

Reuben Ayres, CartK earth on Docks & Slips 32.75

Hen. Allen, last instalmt Pier Gouverneur's Slip 400.00

Peter Schermerhorn, Int. on Bond, 6 mo. 1 Feby 450.00

Steph. Ludlum, Surveys, Maps & Profiles for 1817 1634.46

Jno. McComb, Street Com' to pay Court, Commis & At-
torneys' fees, opening Pearl & Cherry Sts Franklin Sq.. 1100.38
Mrs. Bethune, House Indust. Donation Ordered 16 Feby... 500.00 14,130.15



Balance $=6,492.61
Adjourned to Monday next, at 4 o'clock.



23 Feb. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 499

[367] In Common Council February 23. 1818
Present. The Honble Jacob Radcliff, Mayor, President.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John B. Coles Samuel Stevens

Jos. Warren Brackett Leonard Kip

Eldad Holmes W. F. Van Amringe

Robert McQueen John Remmey

Arthur Burtis Jacob B. Taylor

Reuben Munson Effing. Schieffelin

Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.

An Invitation from John Scudder, Proprietor of the Museum, to
visit the Museum this evening was read and accepted. Mr. Scudder
also enclosed for each Member a free ticket of admission to the
Museum for the present year.

A Memorial from the Officers of the First Brigade of New York
State Artillery was received, stating that there [368] is not at present
a space of vacant ground sufficiently extensive on which the troops
of the Brigade were to be paraded and perform the necessary evolu-
tions required by the United States' System of Military Discipline
that in the plan of the City, as laid out by the Commissioners, a
spacious Tract is allotted as a Military Square and they request that
the same may be appropriated to that purpose as soon as is consistent
with the convenience of the Corporation. They also request that the
Upper Room of the Market about to be built at Fulton Slip may be
reserved for military purposes Whereupon the said Memorial was
referred to the Committee on Public Lands.

A Petition of James Vandenburgh for Stall No. 51 in Fly Market,
was read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Remonstrance from Sundry Inhabitants, against opening the
Tenth Ave- [369] nue from the Bloomingdale to the Kingsbridge
Road, was read and referred to the Road Committee & Street Com-
missioner.

A Petition from Sundry Confectioners and Dealers in fruit, com-
plaining of the practice of persons selling Oranges and Limes in the
Streets was read and referred to the Committee on Laws with the
addition of Alderman Holmes and Mr. Stevens.

A Petition for a well in White Street near Stable Alley, was read
and referred to the Aldermen & Assistants and Street Commissioner
to report an Ordinance therefor.



500 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 Feb. 1818

A Petition of Stephen Smack, to be permitted to continue to sell
meat at the Upper end of Broadway was read and rejected.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants, that Lispenard Street might
be opened from Broadway to Church Street [370] was read and
referred to the Committee on Streets and Street Commissioner.

A Recommendation, in favor of John Johnson to be appointed
Wood Inspector for the 13 th district, was read and referred to the
Committee on Applications.

A Remonstrance of Henry Lawson, Superintendant of Chimney
Sweepers, for himself and Associates against the Law about to be
passed on the subject of Chimney Sweepers was read and laid on the
Table.

A Petition of Magdalen Eagles, for remission of Assessment laid
upon a Lot owned by her for opening Canal Street was read and
referred to the Committee of Charity.

A Petition of John Hone and Jeremiah T. Randolph was received
stating that they were Purchasers of Two Lots of Ground formerly
known as Government House Lots that at the time of the sale of
those Lots a [371] Map of the ground was exhibited, and a Lot
reserved on White Hall Street for an Engine House that they have
erected buildings in conformity with said reservation and arrangement
that they learn that the Corporation are about erecting a Three
Story Building on said lot, which will be attended with great injury
and expence to the Petitioners. They therefore pray that the Cor-
poration will apply that Lot to the erection of such a building as was
described at the time of sale, or that they will sell the lot to the Peti-
tioners, for which they are willing to give the sum of One thousand
dollars whereupon, the same was referred to the Finance Committee.

A further petition of Abraham Stagg for advance of money on
his Contract for regulating Mulberry and Orange Streets, was read,
and leave was given to Petitioner to withdraw his Petition.

[372] A Petition of Isaac Underhill was received, stating that he
is Owner of a Store in Cliff Street, which he is desirous of converting
into a Dwelling House that from the late Regulation of that Street
he cannot have access to the House without a flight of Stairs that
by the present law the Platform cannot exceed five feet from the
level of the Street and praying to be permitted to raise his to the
height of Six feet which request was directed to be complied with,
and authority was given accordingly.

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, praying the Removal of John



23 Feb. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 501

N. Johnson from the Office of Wood Inspector, was read and referred
to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of Matthias Bruen, praying Remission of fine incurred
under an Ordinance on the subject of a Nuisance, was read and
referred to the City Inspector.

[373] The following persons were appointed Firemen, (the Chief
Engineer certifying the Vacancies:)

" Fire Engine Company, No. 5."

Pet. D. Vroom, Account*, 25 Wall St., 1 ward, vice Royall Hewins,
Departed.

Jas. Delemater, Account 1 , Pearl c. William, 1 ward, vice Jac.
Defandorf, Departed.

V. J. Benham, Taylor, 68 Front St. 1 ward, vice Rich. E. Reynolds,
Departed.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 37."

Mat. V. Caistang, Rope M r 38 Rivington, 10 w d vice Robert Lee,
Resigned.

Thos. Blair, Grocer, Rivington c. Ludlow, 10 w d vice Peter Yer-
rick, Departed.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 39."

Jno. H. Brown, Mercht. Ann St. c. B d way, 2 ward vice William
B. Read, Departed.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 40."

Jos. Curtis, Cartman, 215 Bowery, 10 ward, vice Sam. Crumell,
Resigned.

The Street Commissioner presented an Assessment for cleaning the
Drain in Ferry Street which was confirmed, and Noah Jarvis was
appointed Collector for the same.

[374] The City Inspector presented Ordinances for Correction of
the following 24 Nuisances : to wit

J. J. Woodruff Owner. Thompson c. Broome. Lot.

J. & P. Stagg do. Grand c. Broome. do

G. B. Abeel Owner)

J. Cullen Occup.J 25 Cross Street Pnv y

J. M c Kay Own.orAgt.J

J. M'Laughlin Occ. \ 29 Lombard y St - do

C. Heeney Own.)

n/r /- i r\ c 13 Elm St. do

Mrs. Cook Occ. $

J. Earle Own. & Occ. 14 do do



502 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 Feb. 1818

M. Parsells Own.)

A. M'Kay Occ. ( 2 Re P ublican A11 .v Privy

J. Morton Own.)

J. Miller Occ. f 3 do

M. Parsells Own.}

W m Forsyth Occ. f

A. Campbell Own.)

W. Fisher Occ. \ 7

D. Waters Lessee)

A. Duncan Occ. (

P. Boyle Own.) __ _^

T T?tr : , r\ t 47 Duane St do

J. Elliott Occ. C

J. Connolly Own. & Occ. 48 do. do

P. Ruly [Rooney] Own.)

M. Barber Occ. \ 48 ^ do do

[375] G. B. Abeel Own.}

J. M- Crery Occ. { do

Rob. M c Queen Own.)

G. Cullum Occ. f 73

Rob. M c Queen Own.)

J. Duncan Occ. { 75

C. Heeney Own.)

J. M'Conkey Occ. J 78

J. M c Clure Own. & Occ. 82 do do

D. S. Lyons Own.)

T T ^ > 86 do do

J. Lowere Occ. \

E. Meeks Own.)

^ n r\ f 93 do do.

T. Gray Occ. $

L. Baum Own. & Occ. 95 do do

M. Parsells Own.) __

A T7 ^ 98 do do

A. .Forrester Occ.



M. Miller Own.) irv ,

A TT i . i rs 1-102 do do

A. Vosburgh Occ. ^

(sign'd)*
which Ordinances were passed.

The Alderman and Assistant of the Eighth Ward and Street Com-
missioner, on the petition of Richard Varick, respecting encroachments,
Reported :

" That they have caused [376] a Survey to be made by two of the
City Surveyors, (a Certificate of which accompanies this Report,)

* Signatures not given. ED.



23 Feb. 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 503

by which it will appear that Mr. Varick has no cause to complain of
an encroachment as his Stable stands within 2 inches of the true line,
and his fence stands 10 feet on Bleecker Street, giving all the ground
according to the Map of the Block he purchased.

" Your Committee are therefore of the opinion that the Contractor
for regulating Bleecker Street ought to be permitted to proceed, as he
is suffering considerable damage by delay."

(sign'd) Arthur Burtis
Jacob Taylor
R. Graves

St. Com r pro. tern.

To which Report of the Committee was subjoined the following
Certificate of the Survey: towit

" We have as directed measured the Block of Ground owned by
R. Varick Esqr. between Houston and Bleecker Streets on the North-
west side of Thompson Street, and find [377] that the North East end
of Mr. Varick's Stable is 407 feet 10 inches from the North East
side of Houston Street, being 2 inches back from the line of Bleecker
Street; the fence of Mr. Varick's enclosure stands 10 feet 6 inches on
Bleecker Street, allowing said Bleecker Street to be 50 feet wide at
that point."

(sign'd) Steph. Ludlum
Edwd. Doughty

City Surveyors.

whereupon, the Report of the Committee was approved.

The Committee on the Sunday Law, to whom the Complaint against
the concourse of boys near the corner of Oak and Pearl Streets and
the Ordinance proposed relative to the same [were referred],
Reported :

" That they have had the same under consideration, and are of
opinion that the Law was well drafted, well amended & well revised.

" But that the season is too far advanced to enact the same
[378] " and therefore recommend that the subject be left for the
consideration of another Board."

(sign'd) Robert M c Queen
Reuben Munson
Samuel Stevens

The question being taken on agreeing to said Report, and a Division
having been called by alderman Holmes, it was carried in the Affirma-
tive :



504 CITY or NEW YORK 23 Feb. 1818

Affirmative. Aldermen Coles M'Queen Burtis Munson Messieurs
Stevens Taylor Allen 7

Negative. Aldermen Brackett Holmes Messieurs Kip Van Am-
ringe 4

Mr. Allen presented a Resolution for taking the Waters between
Catharine and James Slips for a Public Slip or Basin which was
read and referred to Committee on Wharves Street Commissioner and
Comptroller.

[379] Alderman Munson presented a Resolution recommending an
Application to the Legislature for a Law to authorize the Corporation
to lay a Tax on Carriages similar to the late Tax laid by the United
States, to be appropriated solely toward the expences of making and
keeping in Repair Streets, Roads & Highways which was read and
referred to the Committee on Applications.

The Comptroller Reported:

Balance in the Treasury on the 16 instant 6,492.61

Received for Rents 5,038. 12

" Tax 1817 in the 6*h and 9th wards 3500.00

" Wells & Pumps 100.00

" Tavern Licenses 78.30

" 8th Avenue 300.00

" Canal Street 500.00

" Streets 6,074.87



$22,083.90

[380] 21 Accounts Audited.

Morris & Anderson, Watch lt district 1118.25

Walton & Hibberd, Watch 2d district 682. 50

Bleakley & Brower, Watch 3d district 413.00

Win Smith, Collec r Revenue, 1 qr. 22 ins. & Carriage hire. . 201.50

Jonath. Pinckney, Cit. Intend. 1 qr. 19 ins 250.00

Thos. Franklin, Chief Engin. 1 qr. 18 ins 200.00

Jos. Varick, Inspector Bread, 1 qr. 17 ins. balance 90.50

Jno. B. Dash, 2j^ doz. hammer wrenches, fire depart 4 43.00

And. I. McLaughlin, Reprs. Flagstaff Battery in 1809 150.00

Margaret Walker, Award for Pearl & Cherry Streets 4750.00

Peter Parsells, regg Streets at Greenwich Village 800.00

Richard Moran, Account regulating Lewis Street 500.00

[381] Corlis & May, Account for flagging Broadway 500.00

James Meghan, Account paving Greenwich Street 200.00

Jos. Willoughby, Account regulating Hammond St 200.00

John Sloan, on Account regulating Bleecker St 200.00

John Culbert, Account paving White Street 200.00

Hugh Smith, pavK Orange St. from Bayard to Pump St 100.00



2 March 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 505

Jac. P. Roome, Sup^t Reprs, to pay bills & Workmen 860.00

Jac. P. Roome, Sup* Reprs. for Engine Houses 106.00

L. S. Burling, Redemption bills of Credit 1000.00 12,564.75

Balance $=9,519.15
Adjourned to Monday next, 4 o'clock.

[382] In Common Council March 2. 1818.
Present. The Honble Jacob Radcliff, Mayor, President.
R. Riker Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen. Assistants.

John B. Coles Samuel Stevens

Jos. Warren Brackett Leonard Kip

Anth. L. Underbill W m F. Van Amringe

Eldad Holmes John Remmey

Thos. R. Smith Samuel Akerly

Robert McQueen Jacob B. Taylor

Geo. Buckmaster Stephen Allen
Arthur Burtis
Geo. B. Thorp
Reuben Munson

The Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved.

A Petition from a number of Inhabitants, praying for the Estab-
lishment of a public Slip or Basin at the foot of Oliver Street, between
James and Catharine Slips, accompanied with a Map of the same, was
presented [383] and referred to the Committee on Wharves, Comp-
troller and Street Commissioner.

A Petition of Letitia Woolsey, praying relief from payment of
Assessment on her for Canal Street, was read and referred to the
Finance Committee.

A Petition from James Clermont and Gabriel L. Lewis, praying
relief from excessive rate of personal Tax on them, were read and
referred to the Committee on Assessments.

A Remonstrance from Francis Cooper, against digging out Thomp-
son Street, was read and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of
the 8 th Ward and Street Commissioner.

A Petition of John Briant, praying he may be continued in the
office of Measurer of Grain &c. was read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Public Offices.

[384] A Petition of George Cornelius, to be appointed a Watch-
man, was read and referred to the Watch Committee.

A Remonstrance of Elizabeth Downie, against the Removal of her
House No. 214 Bowery, and praying it may be permitted to remain,



506 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 March 1818

was read and referred to the Street Committee and Street Commis-
sioner.

A Petition of Patrick Barry, for relief from Penalty said to be
incurred under the Fire Law, was read and referred to the Committee
on the Fire Department.

A Petition of John Fitzgerald, for a Stall at the upper end of Fly
Market was read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of the Executors of John Gardner deceased was
received, stating that their Testator at his individual expence built a
Pier on the Southerly Side of Broome Street [385] that the
Wharfage arising from said Pier has been received from the
Lessee of Public Slips, who declines paying any proportion of
the same without the order of the Corporation they therefore re-
quested that the Corporation would either direct the Wharfage now
due, and which may hereafter accrue, to be paid to them, or that they
would direct that proportion of the expence of constructing the Pier
to be paid to them as is customary in like cases whereupon, the same
was referred to the Committee on Wharves & Street Commissioner.

A Recommendation in behalf of Charles Coftis, Lamp lighter, to
receive an increased compensation for lighting the Signal Lamps at the
Battery, was referred to the Lamp Committee.

A Remonstrance against extending Lispenard Street, was read
and referred to the Street Committee and Street Commissioner.

[386] The following persons were appointed Firemen, (the Chief
Engineer certifying the Vacancies:)

" Fire Engine Company, No. 7."

Henry Blade, Currier, 1 Jacob St. 4 ward, vice Rich. Townly, Re-
sign'd.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 12."

Jas. Kissam, mercht, 367 Pearl St. 4 ward vice Thos. Tucker, Re-
signed.

Dan. Berrian, Brush M r 1 Hague St. 4 ward vice Rich. Poillon,
expelled.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 18."

Jas. M. Hoyt, Mercht. 42 Cherry St. 4 ward, vice Gerard. C.
Langdon, Resign'd

" Fire Engine Company, No. 23."

Thos. Maurice, Tallow Ch dlr , White c. Elm, 6 ward, vice Thos.
Fenwick, Resign'd.



2 March 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



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" Fire Engine Company, No. 26."

Ed. Smylie, Brass Found 1 ", Pike c. Henry, 7 ward, vice William
Burk, Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company No. 27."

Will. Sharp, Stone Cutter, 420 Greenwich S. 5 w d vice Jos. B.
Gaffit, Expelled

" Fire Engine Company, No. 39."

Nath. S. Prentiss, Perfum r 149 B d way, 3 ward, vice Rich. Canfield,

Departed.

Jno. C. Tallman, 64 Vesey, vice H. Westervelt, Res d

[387] The City Inspector presented Ordinances for Correction of

the 34 following Nuisances :



Jno. J. Astor
Jas. E. Betts
R. Kinnier
E. Mitchell
J. Lowerre
D. Waters
A. Adams

Mooney

S. Kilroy
T. Van Beuren,
Jas. Meinell
J. J. Campbell
A. Maverick
A. Benford
C. Rowland
A. Benford
S. MOeady
P. Ogilvie
J. Holmes
M. Wymbs
Mrs. Higgins
H. Mulvey
W. M c lntire
[388] P. Oglevie
C. Gillespie
C. Gillespie
C. Featherston



8 Charlton St.
150 William St.

86 Duane St.
32 Reed St.



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22 Ferry St
24 do

50 Hudson St.



46



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48 do.

6 Catharine L ne

8 Catharine St.

22 Catharine L ne



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CITY OF NEW YORK



2 March 1818



G. Lorillard

J. Bolen

Mrs. Osgood

J. Pritchard

E. Mann

P. Cavenagh

E. Mann

E. Webber

J. Spencer

R. Cunningham and M,

J. Crolius

P. Conolly

J. Crolius

J no Mitchell

Mrs. Clark

R. Gender

G. Foos

J. Johnston,

E. Ward
P. Ogilvie

J. Fitzpatrick
[389] P. Ogilvie
W. Carrigan
P. Ogilvie
D. Haggerty
P. Ogilvie
A. Hannah

F. Freeborn

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D. Dougherty

C. Graham
J. Short



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Own. & Occ' 52
do. do 28
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(sign'd) Geo. Cuming

City Inspec
which Ordinances were passed.

The Comptroller, agreeably to the Resolution of 27 th October last,
presented a Report of the probable Receipts and Expenditures of the
present year which was referred to the Finance Committee: viz
Aldermen Smith Munson Messieurs Allen Kip Akerly



2 March 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES



509



[390] The Comptroller presented the following Report of Cor-
poration property sold and leased at public Auction on the 20 th Feby.
last under the direction of the Finance Committee : Viz.



Lot 15
16
17
18
19
20
48
49
50
51
52
53
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
92
[391]14
22
21
54
79
93
91


Leonard c. Collect


Geo. Lorillard


1025.00
925.00
950.00
925.00
925.00
975.00
1100.00
800.00
725.00
625.00
675.00
725.00
700.00
700.00
625.00
675.00
800.00
725.00
1175.00
850.00
800.00
750.00
1025.00
1050.00
1700.00
925.00
1200.00
850.00
400.00


25,325.00


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2892.53
1271.87
2658.37
2136.25


12,170.33


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490


5 "0" 14 " 250


7 " 1" 21# Dav.
10 " 2 " 29 fno.&J


Cargill ... 360
ac. Shrady 200

hompson. . .$35 p. an.')
. Smith 35
laine 35




35 "2" 7


Leased for i
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years
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225.00


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$225.



Upper part Watch house"! Jno. Manning $85 1 year from 1 May

in Spring Street / 1818



(sign'd)



which was directed to be filed.



G. N. Bleecker
Comptroller.



510 CITY or NEW YORK 2 March 1818

[392] His Honour the Mayor informed the Common Council that
he had received a Communication from Cadwallader D. Colden Esqr.
informing him that he had received from the Honorable the Council
of Appointment a Commission as Mayor of the City of New York,
and that he proposed taking the Oaths of Office in the presence of
the Common Council this afternoon whereupon, on motion of Alder-
man Smith, a Committee was appointed to wait on Mr. Colden and
inform him the Common Council were in Session and ready to receive
him, consisting of Aldermen, Smith Brackett & Mr. Taylor.

A considerable number of Citizens attending to witness the ceremo-
nial of the Induction of the newly appointed Mayor, and the Com-
mon Council Chamber not being sufficiently large to accommodate
them, the Board adjourned to the Room in the Hall assigned for
the holding of the Sessions and Oyer & Terminer Courts.

[393] After a short time Mr. Colden was introduced into the Room
by the Committee and was seated on the right of the President. The
Commission of Mr. Colden was then read by the Clerk of the Com-
mon Council. The Oaths prescribed by the Charter and the Law
were then administered to Mr. Colden by the Honorable the Mayor
Mr. Radcliff. After which Mr. Radcliff took leave of the Common
Council in a short address, and then introduced Mr. Colden to the
President's Seat. Mr. Colden, on taking the chair, addressed the
Common Council in a short appropriate address. The Board then
adjourned to the Common Council Chamber, and being again formed
the following business was transacted.

Alderman Buckmaster presented the following Resolution:



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