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was committed in 1813 Mr. Brinckerhoff and Mr. Emmet being re-
tained with Mr. Bogardus as Counsel for the Plaintiff that the cause
was warmly contested, the Trial at the Sittings having occupied Two
days, and a very long and special case made for argument before the
Supreme Court and that no Counsel fees have yet been paid by the
Corporation, either for the trial of the cause or the preparation for
the Argument before the Court."

Respectfully submitted
May 9. 1818. (sign'd) D. S. Jones.

A Petition of Richard G. Ryder for License as a Butcher for the
Town of Harlaem in the 9 th ward, was read and granted.

A Petition of Benjamin Williamson to be relieved from a Judg-
ment [249] recovered against him for encumbering the Street, was
read and referred to the Committee of Charity.

A Petition of Abraham Stagg for payment of a Balance due him
on the assessment for regulating and paving Orange and Mulberry
Streets, was read and referred to the Street Committee and Street
Commissioner.

A Petition of Joseph Graff, stating that he had a License for Stall
No. 23 Washington Market for a number of years that he lately en-
gaged with Charles Gillman to sell meat on said Stall in partnership,
and that said Gillman has lately renewed the Licenses in his own name
without the consent of Petitioner and thereon praying relief; was
read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Benjamin Hyde for Stall No. 19 Fly Market was
read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Benjamin Bruff, stating that he had completed a
Model of the machinery for mechanical Chimney Sweeping, and
praying an examination of the same, was referred, to the former
Committee on that subject with the addition of Aldermen Morss &
Taylor in place of [250] Alderman Holmes and Mr. Remmey no
longer members of the Board.

A Petition of M. Ditmis, complaining of the situation of Lots in
the vicinity of property owned by him in Leonard Street near Orange
Street was read and referred to the City Inspector.

Petitions, of Robert M c Gill for permission to construct a Vault in
Chamber Street; of William Roe for a Vault in Murray Street; and
of Daniel Boardman for a Vault in Warren Street were read and
granted on the usual terms under the direction of the Street Com-
missioner.



646 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1818

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants that Broadway may be paved
and the side walk flagged from Bleecker Street to Art Street was
read and referred to the Street Committee & Street Commissioner.

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants of this City and of New Jersey,
that Hoboken Ferry may be removed from Murray Street to Vesey
Street and a Letter from Robert Swartwout as Agent for Philip
Hone joining in said request were read and, together [251] with
other papers referred to the former Ferry Committee and not reported
on, were now referred to the Ferry Committee appointed at this Ses-
sion of the Board.

A Letter from H. and G. Barclay, offering to the Common Coun-
cil for the purpose of facing the Bridewell and Gaol the Composi-
tion called " Parker's Roman Cement," was read and referred to the
Committee on Arts and Sciences.

A Communication, on behalf of the Assessors of the several
Wards, objecting against the Assessment Books as prepared lately un-
der the direction of a Committee of the Common Council, as being
inconvenient, was read and referred to the Committee on Assessments,
with authority to give such direction in the Premises as they shall
judge expedient.

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants that Greenwich Street may be
regulated from Bank Street to 13 th Street, the Curb-Stone laid and the
side-walks gravelled : and a petition that the Curb Stone may be
laid in Washington Street from Le Roy Street to Hammond Street
were read and referred to the Street Committee and Street Commis-
sioner.

A Petition of Jacob Rabineau, praying [252] for the use of the
Waters at the foot of Murray Street to place there his Salt Water
Floating Bath on such terms as should be deemed just and equitable
was read and referred to the Committee on Wharves, Piers and
Slips.

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants that the Side walks of Eli-
zabeth St. between Hester and Broome Streets may be paved, was
read and referred to the Street Committee and Street Commissioner.

A Petition of Samuel Littlefield to be appointed Superintendant of
Repairs of Docks and Wharves, was read and referred to the Com-
mittee of Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A Complaint of D. Whitehead against the conduct of the Officers
of the Street Commissioner's Department, was read and leave given
Petitioner to withdraw his communication

A Request of John Hull and of sundry Inhabitants, that a small



18 May 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 647

shed erected by said Hull at No. 84 Bowery Lane near Broome Street
over his shop door and. window may be permitted to remain was
read and [253] referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward
with directions to report thereon.

A Petition of John Magrath for permission to sell Oranges and
other fruit in the Street, was read & leave given to withdraw the
petition.

A Petition of Isaac Adriance, that the Corporation would take
measures for closing the old road between 125 th Street and Harlaem
Bridge, as the same is useless since opening said Street and the 3 d
Avenue, was read and referred to the Road Committee.

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants, that sundry Lots said to belong
to Jno. Stockholm fronting on Little Water Street in the Sixth Ward
may be ordered to be filled up and enclosed in fence, was read and
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of 6 th Ward & City Inspector.

The Street Commissioner presented a return of Delinquents on the
Assessments for opening Canal Street, and a Warrant was ordered
to issue to the Collector for collecting the same.

He also presented a report on the petition of B. U. Coles, which
was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 1 st Ward and
Street Commissioner.

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

" Fire Engine Company, No. 6."

F. F. Valentine, grocer, 29 Leonard St. 5 ward, vice C. Dederer
Jr. Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 9."

Steph. H. Herrick, grocer, 41 Beaver St. 1 ward, an additional
member.

" Fire Engine Company No. 10."

Jos. Richard, doctor, Spring c. Bowery, 8 ward, vice Jac. Downing,
Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 24."

Jac. Duryea, Cabinet M r , 30 Gold St. 2 ward, vice Hen. Thomas,
Resigned

Dav. Woods, grocer, 3 Fulton St. 2 ward, vice Thos. Constantine,
Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 27."

Randolf Lowery, Meat-packer, 427 Greenwich St. 5 ward, vice
Abraham Taylor, Resigned.



648 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1818

" Fire Engine Company No. 30."

Willett Worshburn, Cartman, Eldridge n. Stanton, 10 w d vice John
Brewer, Resigned.

Jac. Westerfield, Rope M r , Orchard n. Stanton, 10 w d vice Gilbert
Platt, Moved.

Martin Flock, Rope M r , Broome n. Elliott, 8 w d vice Geo. Craw-
ford, Moved.

[255] " Fire Engine Company, No. 36."

Jos. Conklin Jr. Bricklayer, 527 Greenwich St. 8 ward vice Christ 1 "
Heiser, Resigned.

Isaac Marshall, Carpenter, Watts n. Sullivan, 8 w d vice Abraham
Acker, Resigned.

Elkana Mead, Cartman, 56 Spring St. 8 ward vice John Beby,
Resigned.

Alex r Jerolliman, Butcher, 474 Greenwich St. 8 w d vice Ben.
Chrisey, Expelled.

" Fire Engine Company, No. 40."

Isaac Skaats, Cartman, Broome c. Forsythe, 10 ward, vice William
Mallet, Resigned.

" Fire Engine Company No. 41."

Henry Crumb, Carpenter, Delancey n. Attorney, 10 ward, vice
Alexander Stewart, Resigned.

Truman Bartholomew, Carpenter, Cannon n. Delancey, 10 w d vice
Cornelius Williams, Resigned.

" Fire Wardens of the 2 d Ward."

Jacob Drake, Grocer, 79 Beekman St. 2 ward, vice Isaac Wright,
Resigned.

The City Inspector presented Ordinances for correction of the
following nuisances :

J h Smith Own.;

D d Smith Occ.

Miller & Baker Own/

Chs. De Bevoise do j- front* on Vestry lSts. Lots.

Will. Westerfield do J Thompson]

Widow Smith, Exec x A. Smith Leonard St. do.

[256] And w Stockholm Agt. Anthony St. do

Moses Field Own. do do

Mat. L. Davis do Little Water St. do

Edm d Kirby do Leonard St. do



2 Crane wharf Lot.
Canal 1



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Jno. R. Livingston
Will. Van Tassel
Abr. Jacobs
Rich. S. Clark,
T. Stevenson
W. Van Wyck
Mrs. Kane
A. Patterson
W. Nixen,
Mr. Gibbs
Dav. Tallman
Dan. Tooker
Pet. G. Hart
Dan. Tooker
W. Van Amringe
Dan. Tooker
H. M c Cormick
Mr. Ortley
M. Van Horn
M 1 Ortley
Robt. Mitchell
Pet. Lorillard
Tobias Green
Mr. Carlisle
Will. Wilton
Dan. Burger
Geo. Gilpin
Dan Burger
Peter Roome
[257] Charles Miller
Ann Warner
Morris Shipley
Ann Warner



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Little Water St. Lot.
7 Van Damme St. Privy



17 Beaver St.
30 Broad St.

15 Water St.
87 Gold St.
96 do

98 do

100 do

102 do

106 do

108 do

12 Frankfort St.

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Will. Meyers

(sign'd) George Cuming

City Inspector,
which Ordinances were passed.

The Counsel informed the Board that the Reports of the Commis-
sioners of Estimate and Assessment for widening Roosevelt, Cross and
Spring Streets, and for opening and extending Fourth and Henry



650 CITY or NEW YORK 18 May 1818

Streets were confirmed by the Supreme Court whereupon Morris
De Camp was appointed Collector of the Assessment for Roosevelt
and Fourth Streets, and Noah Jarvis Collector of Cross, Henry and
Spring Streets.

He also presented a Deed to George Lorillard for Lot No. 21 Collect
Lots which was directed to be duly executed.

The Street Commissioner, on the Petition of Abraham S. Hallett,
reported :

' That as there is not room on the Lot for a Cistern he would
recommend that Mr. Hallett be permitted to build a Cistern in front
of his Gangway between his two houses, provided it is constructed of
stone or brick, and that the Mouth be placed within the [258] Gang
way."

Respectfully submitted

*

(sign'd) John M c Comb

Street Commissioner
which Report was approved.

The Report of the Comptroller of the Accounts of the Corporation,
and designating the sources of Revenue belonging to them, which was
presented at the last meeting was referred to the Committee of Finance
with authority to cause to be printed such parts of them and in such
form as they shall judge expedient.

Mr. Stevens presented the following Resolution, which was
agreed to :

" Resolved, that the Clerk of the Board supply such of the new
members, as have not heretofore been supplied, with a map of the
City & County of New York, and the Laws of the State, and the Ordi-
nances of this Corporation: And that the Superintendant of Repairs
supply the new members with the usual Staves of Office."

Resolved, that Broom Street be numbered under the direction of
the Street Committee: (Taylor, Morss, Akerly, Kip, Parker.)

[259] Mr. King presented the following:

" Resolved, that a Committee of Five be appointed with authority
to cause a complete Index to be made of the Records of Deeds and
Mortgages in the office of Register of this City, in such form as the
said Committee may deem most expedient: and that such allowance
be made to the person or persons who shall perform the service as the
said Committee shall determine to be reasonable."



18 May 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 651

which resolution was agreed to, and a Committee appointed of, Alder-
man King Van Amringe Taylor Messrs Bolton Board.
The Comptroller reported:

Balance in the Treasury on the 11 th instant 933.90

Rec d for Mayoralty fees 228 . 25

" " Tavern Licenses 4112.00

" " Rents 4903.74

" Wells & Pumps 210.00

" Streets 6900.00

" Tax of 1817 2 & 6 wards 2200.00

" Commutn Alien passe 55.00 19,542.89



[260] Accounts Audited.

Watch.

Anderson & Walton, 1 district 1118.25

Clark & Hibberd, 2 do 682.50

Bleakley & Brower 3 do 413.00

G. N. Bleecker, Comptroller 1 qr. salary 15 inst 500.00

Jonath. Pinckey, City Intend* 1 qr. 19 inst 250.00

Jac. P. Roome, Sup* Reprs. 1 qr. 14 inst 225.00

Joseph Varick, Bread Inspect. 1 qr. 17 inst 96.75

Jno. Burger, regK public clocks, 1 qr. 1 inst 66.66

Jno. Sidell, 1 s * Marshall, to pay officers attending Polls 230.00

O. Edwards, Counsel, drafting sundry Laws &c 168.00

Amos Corning, 2 Maps Canal St. approved by Canal Com-
mittee 160.00

Jac. Hays, Apprehending Geo. Foote Nov. last, ord d by

Police Comee 50.00

Jesse Dowe, Carriage hire March 12 and May 11 33.00

Rich. Buchan, Lists passengers 6 mo 1 inst 25.00

Sam. Stillwell, 1 year rent, Lot for Engine, 19 Chrystie

St. 1 ins 20.00

Lemi Richardson, 1 year rent, Lot for Engine, 30 Riving-

ton St 15.00

[261] Jno. McComb, S. C. repairs Roads 500.00

Geo. Charlton, Well, White St 59.37

Caleb Felch do Columbia St 45.88

Hill & Ayres, fills Dey St. Basin ordered 11 inst 1000.00

Higgins & Parks, 3 d instalment, fills Water-lots at Crane

Whf 900.00

Jno. Sloan, regs Houston Street from Broadway to Thomp-
son St 100.00

Thos. Scott, bal c e pavs Orange St. from Pump to Hester St. 139.58

Jno. Stanley, regs Anthony St 351 . 90

Jno. Culbert, bal. pavs Oliver St 149.57

Pet. De Baun, regK Hudson St. from Charlton to Christ-
opher St 3000.00



652 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 May 1818

Will. Willersey, Aw<* Bancker St 2500.00

Exec" Est Jno. Dixon do 1450.00

Thos. Collins do 1450.00

Isaac Halsey do 1268.50

Jno. Turney do 600.00

Pet. Ogilvie do 508.50

Rich. Furman, Supt Alms H 1000.00=19,076.46



Balance $=466.43
Adjourned to Monday next, 4 o'clock.

[262] In Common Council May 23. 1818.
Present. The Honble. C. D. Colden, Mayor, President.
Aldermen. Assistants.

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Elisha W. King Samuel Stevens

Anth. L. Underhill Jno. P. Anthony

W. F. Van Amringe Jno. J. Westervelt

John Morss Shivers Parker

Robert M c Queen Samuel Akerly

Geo. Buckmaster David Board

Jacob B. Taylor Stephen Allen
Geo. B. Thorp
Reuben Munson

His Honor the Mayor stated that he had called the Board together
at the request of several members for the purpose of taking into con-
sideration the subject of the public Slips or Basins to be formed at the
foot of Roosevelt & Oliver Streets.

Mr. Allen, after some prefatory observations, presented the fol-
lowing Resolution :

" Whereas by an event lately transpired it has been ascertained
that the occupation of the waters between James' Slip and Roosevelt
Street, and also the waters between Oliver Street and Catharine Street
as public slips will [263] cost the Corporation a much larger sum
than what was anticipated, therefore

" Resolved that the Counsel be directed to apply to the Court to
stay all proceedings on the subject of occupying said waters until the
further order of the Board.

" Resolved that the subject be referred to a Committee to devise
and report a plan which under all the circumstances shall be most con-
ducive to public utility, and at the same time least burthensome on the
finances of the City."



25 May 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 653

Alderman Van Amringe moved as an amendment that the following
be inserted after the word occupying " the waters west of a line to be
drawn from the westerly line of the property of John Clark." The
question being taken thereon, and a Division being called by Alderman
Van Amringe, it passed in the negative as follows:

Negative. Aldermen Mesier Morss M c Queen Buckmaster Messrs
Bolton Stevens Westervelt Parker Board Allen 10

Affirmative. Aldermen King Underbill Van Amringe Taylor
Thorp Munson Messrs. Anthony Akerly 8

[264] The question was then taken on the Resolution and agreed
to: and it was referred to the Committee of Wharves, and the Alder-
man & Assistant of the Fourth Ward to report thereon. Upon motion
of Mr. Stevens, the Counsel was instructed, in case the Court should
not suspend the proceedings, to apply to vacate them and discharge the
Jury.

The following was presented by Mr. Stevens and agreed to :

" Resolved that the Rules of the Corporation and the Names of
the Members, the Standing Committees, the Officers of the Board, and
of the Departments be published by the Clerk under the direction of
the Committee on Public Offices."

The subject of the Books for taking the Assessments by the As-
sessors of the different Wards was referred to the Committee on As-
sessments with authority to direct such form to be pursued as they
shall judge expedient.

Adjourned to Monday next, 4 o'clock.

[265] In Common Council May 25. 1818.

Present. The Honble. C. D. Colden, Mayor, President.
Richard Riker Esqr. Recorder.

Aldermen, Assistants.

. - ____-, *!* .1

Peter Mesier Thomas Bolton

Anth. L. Underbill Samuel Stevens

W. F. Van Amringe Jno. P. Anthony

John Morss Jno. J. Westervelt

Rob. McQueen Shivers Parker

Geo. Buckmaster Samuel Akerly

Jacob B. Taylor David Board

Geo. B. Thorp Effingham Schieffelin

Reuben Munson Stephen Allen

The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

A Complaint from sundry Inhabitants against the situation of a



654 CITY or NEW YORK 25 May 1818

Lot at the corner of Broadway and Marketfield Street, and against
the Swine which are permitted to run at large without having rings in
their noses as directed by Law, was read Whereupon it was Resolved
that the subject respecting swine be referred to the City Intendant to
enforce the law, and the residue to the City Inspector and Superin-
tendant of Repairs with authority to take measures to remove the
complaint.

[266] A Letter was received from the New Loan Officers, stating
that it has become necessary for them to demand payment of the sum
due on the Mortgage given by the late Anthony L. Bleecker, and which
premises were purchased in on account of the Corporation. Where-
upon, it was referred to the Finance Committee, with authority to
pay off the same if deemed expedient.

A Remonstrance against granting the prayer of Benjamin U. Coles
for the use of the Sewer in Broad Street was read and laid for con-
sideration until the Report of the Committee on that subject is made.

A Petition of the African Free School Institution, stating that the
encreased numbers under their care made it necessary to erect an-
other School Room, and praying the aid of the Corporation to enable
them to effect that object, was read and referred to the Committee of
Charity.

A Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Roosevelt Street,
praying that the Corporation would immediately proceed to the con-
templated improvement of widening said Street [267] between the
East River and Batavia Street was read and referred to the Street
Committee.

A Petition was received from John Brown, stating that he was
about building on the North East corner of Chatham and James Streets
and was desirous of building in a line corresponding with the South-
west corner of said Streets. Which was referred to the Street Com-
mittee.

A Petition of Stephen Doane for permission to have a private Stall
for the sale of meat at his residence on the corner of Rutgers and
Division Streets, and of Thomas Place for a similar permission at the
corner of Norfolk and Division Streets were read and leave given
Petitioners to withdraw their petitions.

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants for a Lamp in White Street
was referred to the Lamp Committee.

A Petition of William S. Hunter & Co. to remove the Steps, now
in the Street which leads to their Counting Room, to a door within



25 May 1818 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 655

twelve feet of their present situation, was read and referred to the
Street Commissioner.

An Application from George Cooper for per- [268] mission to con-
struct a Vault in Beekman Street and also one in Barclay Street, and a
similar request from H. M. Beare for one in Chamber Street were
granted on the usual terms under the direction of the Street Com-
missioner.

A Petition from Christian Reiser for permission to build a vault at
the northwest corner of Hudson and Reader Streets, was read and re-
ferred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 5 th Ward to report.

A Petition from George Bowen for remission of a Fine under the
Hackney Law was read and leave given to withdraw the Petition.

A Petition of Guilliam Cornell for appointment of Inspector of
Wood: of Robert Wood for that of Inspector of Manure: of Isaac
Loofborrow for an appointment : of Abel Smith for appointment of
Inspector of Bread; and of Ezra Frost for appointment of City In-
spector or Assistant Street Commissioner were severally read and
referred to the Committee on Applications.

A Petition from E. Secor & Co. stating that a Complaint has been
made a- [269] gainst them on the subject of an Awning erected by
them in the Street, and praying the same may be enquired into, was
read and referred to the Street Commissioner

A Petition of Boltis Moore to be permitted to sink a Cistern in
Catharine Street in front of his house, as his lot is not sufficiently
extensive to admit of one was read and referred to the Street Com-
missioner to report.

A Petition of Adam Ten Brook for Stall No. 14 Greenwich Market
was read and granted.

A Recommendation in favor of Joseph Townsend for License as a
Butcher at Harlaem, was read, and ordered that he receive License
therefor.

A Letter from John Kenrick dated Newton Massachusetts 4 th May
was received, stating that he had invented a plan by which Channels
may be opened thro' Sand Bars which obstruct the navigation of Bays
and Rivers: that it consists of a process of submarine ploughing and
harrowing, the machinery to be drawn by a Steam-boat: that if the
Corporation will offer the sum of One hundred thousand dollars he will
undertake to cut a chan- [270] nel of ten rods wide and four fathom
deep at Sandy Hook. Whereupon the same was referred to the Com-
mittee on Arts and Sciences.

A Petition of Henry White & James Morris for permission to sink



656 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 May 1818

a pier in the direction of Beaver Lane in the centre of the Wharves on
the North River owned by them, was read and referred to the Com-
mittee on Wharves, Piers and Slips.

A Petition of John R. Livingston that a Suit against him on the
subject of filling in certain Lots may be discontinued, was referred to
the City Inspector.

A Memorial of some considerable length was received from Ed-
mund C. Genet, urging from various considerations that the personal
Estates of Banking Companies and other chartered Money Institu-
tions are liable to assessment under the law to raise money by Tax,
and ought accordingly to be assessed and bear their proportion of the
public burdens : that the taxes on individuals would be thereby greatly
lessened by the sum which would be raised, as in the Returns of the
Assessors the personal [271] estate of the Inhabitants of the City was
rated at Twenty Million, Nine hundred and ninety nine thousand Dol-
lars, and the Capital of the Chartered Money Institutions amounts to
Twenty one million, nine hundred and sixty thousand dollars. Where-
upon the same was referred to the Finance Committee.

A Petition on the subject of permitting Foreigners to receive
License as Cartmen to be employed in carting dirt only, was read and
referred to the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition of the Special Justices to have the Room lately occupied
by the United States' Loan Officer assigned to them, was referred to
the Committee on Public Offices.

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants, that the Law respecting cart-
ing Manure may be altered so as to authorize Cartmen to take it from
places where it is made and put it on board of vessels at Slips adjacent,
was read and referred to the Street Committee.

A Petition of William Vandenburgh for Stall. No. 5 in Centre
Market : one of Thomas Harrison for Stall no. 5 in Grand St. Market ;
and one of John Simeson for Stall No. 5 [272] in Centre Market
were severally read and referred to the Market Committee.

A Petition of Benjamin Hills for extension of time for filling up
lots at the foot of Barclay Street owned by Messrs. Anderson, Burger
and Miller, as he has contracted to fill up the same and the time al-
lowed by the Ordinance is not sufficiently extensive to perform the



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