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Bridge and to receive only half the Toll receaveable at Harlaem Bridge
That M r Macomb offered to erect the said Bridge and also to make
certain Roads and to receive only half the Tolls of Haerlem Bridge

That he has Erected the Bridge without permission from the Legis-
lature or from this Corporation. That the Bridge consisting of the
Dam which he has built for his own private Emolument, the expence of
it has been much less than if it had been built by any other Individual.

Your Committee therefore are of Opinion that the Common Council
ought not to unite in M r Macomb's present Application for a Toll
unless the same be restricted to the same or nearly the same amount
with that which was asked by M r Macomb himself in 1814. And then
that the grant of a Toll may be for a limited time in Order that its
amount may again be brought before the Legislature, and that it may
hereafter be increased or diminished as Justice and expediency may
require Your Committee therefore recommend the following Resolu-
tion. Resolved that this Board will unite with Robert Macomb in an



84 CITY OF NEW YORK 31 March 1817

Application to the Legislature requesting them to grant to him and
Assigns for the Term of Years the following Tolls for pass-

ing the Bridge by him erected from Bussings point to Devoes point.
to wit. For every four Wheeled Pleasur Carriage drawn by not more
than two Horses 20 Cents For every two Wheeled Pleasure Carriage
drawn by not more than two Horses 10 Cents, for every Pleasure
Sleigh drawn by not more than two Horses 10 Cents. For every
Waggon drawn by not more than two Horses 6 Cents. For every com-
mon Sled drawn by not more than two Horses 6 Cents. For every Ox
Cart drawn by not more that [than] two Oxen 6 Cents. For every
One Horse Cart 5 Cents, for every Man and Horse 5 Cents. For every
Horse Ox. Cow, Steer, Mule or Ass at large 1 Cent For every Hog,
Sheep or Calf y 2 Cent. For every Foot Passenger 2 Cents. And for
every Ox or Horse above two employed in drawing any Carriage Sled
or Conveyance 3 Cents

Peter Augustus Jay
Arthur Burtis

[310] A Petition of the Assistants to the City Inspector for an
Increase of Salary was read and laid on the Table

Resolved that the Finance Committee with the Comptroller be di-
rected to dispose of Ten thousand Dollars Seven per Cent Stock of
the United States for the purpose of redeeming the Corporation Bills
of Credit

Resolved that it be referred to the Superintendant of Repairs to
raise the Floor of Washington Market at the entrance or passage in
the center from Washington Street to a level with the main floor

Ordered that a Warrant Issue in favour of Richard Furman Super-
intendant of the Alms House for Five Thousand Dollars for the use
of the Alms house

Resolved that the Committee on Public Lands and places be In-
structed to report on the propriety of enclosing the Public Grounds in
the Rear of the City Hall with Iron Railing or otherwise

The Board then proceeded to appoint a Deputy Clerk for the Fly
Market in the place of John Rayner Deceased, when Peter Ammer-
man was unanimously appointed to fill that Office



7 April 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 85

[311] In Common Council April 7 th 1817
Present. The Hon ble Jacob Radcliff Mayor Presi 1
Richard Riker Esquire Recorder

Aldermen Assistants

John B. Coles. Jacob Lorillard

Jonas Mapes Anthony L. Underbill

Augustine H. Lawrence John Brown

Peter Conrey William Stone

Thomas R. Smith Robert McQueen

William Alburtis Samuel Akerly

George Buckmaster John H. Talman

Arthur Burtis Thomas Cooper
Nicholas Fish
Reuben Munson

The Minutes of the last Meetings were read and approved

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants for filling up the low Grounds,
between Canal and Spring Streets was read and laid on the Table

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants for paving the upper end of
Broadway was read and referred to the Street Commissioner & Street
Committee

[312] A Petition of George W. Hall and A Bolton stating that
there is a bend in the Road between the Houses of Aaron Post and
Jacob Hyatt near Kings Bridge and praying they may be permitted to
carry the Road straight, and they will give the Ground for the pur-
pose, and make the Road on the Corporation granting the use of the
Old Road Which was read and referred to the Road Committee with
Authority to grant the Prayer of the Petition

A Petition of Thomas Dennison was read stating that he is Owner
of the Brig Hannah that said Vessel arrived with a number of Alien
Passengers at New Port in Distress, that said Passengers were there
landed and brought to this Port in the Sloop Susan of New Port. That
the Captain of the Susan was prosecuted for bringing said Passengers
and not reporting them, in which Suit the Petitioner was Bail

That the Petitioner Immediately Reported and entered into Bonds
for said Passengers, and he Prays that the Suit Commenced against
the Captain may be discharged, and the Penalty if any is incurred be
remitted

Ordered that it be referred to the Attorney of the Board with
Authority, to remit the Penalty on payment of Costs

A Petition of William Smith for the [313] Appointment of Meas-
urer of Grain and of Thomas Lesly for Appointment of Street In-
spector was Read & referred to the Committee on Applications



86 CITY or NEW YORK 7 April 1817

A Letter was received from Leffert Lefferts Offering to the Cor-
poration (to be valued at the present time) his Water Lots Numbers
Two hundred and three and Two hundred and five Front Street which
he understands will be required for the Seite of the proposed Market at
Fulton (late Beekman) Slip. Ordered that the same be referred to
the Street Commissioner

A Memorial of Henry Simmons praying to be exonerated from
his liability as Security for John Rayner late Assistant Clerk of the
Fly market, which was read and leave given to the Petitioner to with-
draw his Petition.

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants Praying that Front Street may
be opened from Gouverneur Slip to Walnut Slip was read and referred
to the Street Commissioner, with Authority to comply with the Request
of the Petitioners.

A Petition of Minton and Higgins praying remission of a fine in-
curred by selling Liquor without Licence was read and referred to
the Attorney to Report

A Petition of the Inhabitants residing near [314] Rutgers Slip for
building a Bulkhead across Rutgers Slip on the South side of Water
Street was read and referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers and
Slips and the Street Commissioner

A Petition from John Jackson and Samuel R. Marshall in favour
of granting the Prayer of Samuel Evans for the Ferry at Gouverneur
Street to Bridge Street on Long Island was read and referred to
the Ferry Committee

A Memorial of Robert Macomb Praying that the Common Council
will rescind the Resolution of last Meeting, directing the Report of the
Committee made on his Petition to be inserted at length on the Minutes,
as the report does not in the Opinion of the Memorialist contain a com-
pleat and full statement of facts. Ordered that the Memorial be re-
ferred to the former Committee

A Petition of Isaac Demilt Praying on Account of his straitened
Circumstances and Age (being in his ninetieth Year) that an Assess-
ment laid on him for Taxes and for sinking a Well amounting to twelve
Dollars may be remitted to him

Ordered that it be referred to the Committee of Charity

A Petition of Auguste Gaitan stating that a mistake had been made
in the carrying out of the [315] Assessors Tax Book of the Fifth Ward,
whereby his Property had been estimated at Five thousand Dollars in-
stead of Five hundred Dollars, and a Certificate to that Effect from the



7 April 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 87

Assessors being read, it was directed to be referred to the Comptroller
to correct the mistake

A Petition of Mary DeGroot was read stating that the Corporation
in the Year One thousand eight hundred and seven, renewed to her
Mother Catharine Maccavee and her Aunt Mary Carston two aged
Females for their Natural lives the Lease of Lot Number One hun-
dred and twenty seven William Street from the Corporation That
said Catharine and Mary have departed this life That the Petitioner
always lived with and aided in the Support of said Persons That the
Petitioner is now advanced in life being above Sixty Years of Age. and
having no dependance for support but her own labour prays the Cor-
poration to continue to her during her life the Lease of said premises
Ordered that the same be referred to the Comptroller to Report

A Petition of Thomas Storm praying remission of Personal Tax
improperly Assessed upon him in the Ninth Ward, he having been
assessed and paid his Personal Tax in the first Ward was read and
referred to the Comptroller to Report

A Petition of Terence Quin for remission of [316] a Penalty in-
curred by constructing a Cistern in the Street was read and granted
on payment of Costs

A Memorial of Thomas Lawrence & others stating that the Drain
in Pearl Street leading to the Common Sewer at the Fly market was
obstructed and their Cellars filled with Water and Praying that a
Drain may be Constructed similar to the one lately made leading to
Burling Slip was read and referred to the Street Commissioner who
Immediately Reported an Ordinance therefor which was passed and
Abraham Bloodgood. Jacob C. Mott and John Brower were Appointed
Assessors therein

An Application was made in behalf of Eliza Evertson, that pay-
ment of an Assessment of Forty Dollars laid upon a House belong-
ing to her might be postponed until a Son now Ten years Old might
arrive of Age was read and leave given to withdraw the Application

A Petition of George West for payment of Ground taken for open-
ing Hudson Street was read and leave given to withdraw the Petition

A Petition of Alexander S. Glass for remission of penalty Incurred
under an Ordinance respecting a Nuisance, was read and referred to
the Attorney of the Board and City Inspector with Authority to remit

[317] A Remonstrance from a Number of Inhabitants against the
Petition for widening Harman Street was read and referred to the
Committee on that Subject viz the Alderman and Assistant of the
seventh Ward and Street Commissioner



88 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 April 1817

A Request of the Trustees of the First Baptist Church, to be per-
mitted to construct a Vault for the Interment of the Dead in the Street
in front of their Church Yard in Gold Street, was read and leave
given to withdraw the Application.

The Street Commissioner on the Remonstrance against the Assess-
ment for a Well and Pump in Leonard near Elm Street, presented a
Report recommending that the Assessment be referred back to the
Assessors, but stating that a part of the Money due on the Assessment
had been collected. Whereupon it was Resolved that the Report be
disagreed to that the Petitioners have leave to withdraw their Petition.

The Street Commissioner presented the following.

The Street Commissioner begs leave to represent to the Common
Council that the Supreme Court did confirm the Report of the Com-
missioners of Estimate and Assessment for opening and extending
Hudson Street from Greenwich Lane to the ninth Avenue on 24 th of
October last. And also for Opening and extending Hudson Street
from Christopher Street to Greenwich Lane on [318] 17 th January last

He would therefore respectfully suggest the propriety of an Order
being given to open said Street Immediately after the first of May
next, and that the Buildings and other Incumbrances thereon be sold at
Auction on first Monday of May

7 th April 1817. Respectfully Submitted

Jn M c Comb S* Com r

Which was approved and he was directed to take measures ac-
cordingly

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for a Well and
Pump in Goerck Street between Goerck and Broome Streets which
was passed & Abraham Bloodgood. Jacob C. Mott and John Brower
was appointed Assessors therein

The Street Commissioner presented Returns of Delinquents on the
following Assessments and Warrants were Ordered to Issue to the
Collectors for Collecting the same. viz.

Assessment for opening the eighth Avenue

Surplus on D

Opening tenth Avenue

Opening Seventieth Street

Widening Thompson Street

[319] The City Inspector presented Ordinances for Correction of
Nuisances which were passed viz



7 April 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES



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N 1. H> Sinclair Owner A. Mabie Occup*

2. E. Billington D A. Debon D .

3. D. L. Haight D & Occup*

4. Miss A. Arden Owner C. Postly

Occup*

5. M rs Isabella Knowlton Owner &

Occup*

6. M. Brownhill Owner W m March

Occup*

7. J. Mowatt Jun r D P. Shields d

8. P. Van Zandt D

W. H. Maxwell do

9. P. Wilson Owner. J. Hewett Occup*

10. A. Hassey d E. Sweeney d

11. M rs C Lawson Owner & Occup*. . . .

12. R. Varick Owner. J. D. Everingham

Occup*

13. J. Brown D J. Constantine d

14. M rs E. Mills D J. Morrison d

15. J & S. Magennis Owners & Occup ts

16. Jacob Antony Owner & Occup*. . . .

17. J. Holdron Owner E. J. White Occup 1

18. H. Ten Brook D W m Swan d

19. M. LeCount D J. J. Mumford d

20. W. G. Forbes Owner & Occup*

21. E. Dunscomb Owner J. B. Remyn

Occup 1

22. J. Jennings D J C. Jaques D

23. M. Bates Owner & Occup 1

24. A. Lozier Owner M rs J. Stoutenburgh

Occup*

25. J. Hyslop D W m Allen d

26. [320] Den s Coyle Lessee

27. D r D. Hosack Owner M rs E Williams

Occup*

28 D D E Baldwin d

29 W m Cairns D Den s Jones d

30 J. Sturges D G. Carter Occup*
31. D D M. Carr d
32 H. Sinclair D M rs W. Deter d



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A Privy

4 Chapel S* D
195 Broadway D

14 Roosevelt S* D



137. Fulton S 1

169 Duane S*
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29 Hester S* D

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90 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 April 1817

33. Arthur Hill Lessee & Occup 1 26. Dey S* A Privy

34. D r Borrowe Owner S. K. Olmstead

Occup' 33. D D

35 Clark d Groshon & Gibbons d 37. D D

36. E. Lyell d E. Childs d 41. D D

37. A. Brown d M. M c lntire d 42. D D
38 John De La Montagnie

Owner J. Miller Occup' 51. D D

39. J. Patterson d Z. Sickles d 55. D D

40 T. Brooks d J. Ford d 58. D D

41. Edw d Nicholls Owner & Occup 1 . ... 62 D D

42. Judah & Lazarus do M rs E. Sher-

wood Occupt 62^ D D

43. Davis Hunt Owner & Occup 1 65. D D

44. M. Jones d D Stridges Occup' 67. D D

45 D d R. M. Penoyer d 69. D D

46 R. M. Penoyer d M rs M. Thome d 71. D D

47. Jn Ackerman Owner & Occup 1 . ... 78. D D

48. P. Rhynlander d E. Lankekover

Occup* 79. D D

49 D" d W. Thompson d 81. D D

50 D d S. Cairns d 83. D D
51. John Gardner Owner of Lots N s 1101. 1102. 1103.} . T

1104 & 1105. Prince & Mulberry \

[321] The Council of the Board presented, a Law. Entitled a Law
for the " Appointment of an Overseer of the Public Roads and High-
ways and of a Road Committee " which was read by Paragraphs and
passed

He also presented a Lease to Charles Smith for the Public Docks
and Slips for one Year from the first of May next, which was directed
to be duly executed and delivered, on Security being given to be ap-
proved by the Mayor and Comptroller

'He also presented the draft of a Petition to the Supreme Court
for the Appointment of Commissioners of Estimate and Assessment in
Relation to certain Lands adjoining Fulton Street in pursuance of the
Act of the Legislature passed fourteenth of March One thousand eight
hundred and seventeen. Entitled " An Act Authorising the Mayor
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York to take possession
of certain Lands " which said Petition was directed to be engrossed and
duly authenticated



7 April 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 91

He also presented agreeable to Order a Lease to Daniel D Tomp-
kins. Adam Brown and Noah Brown for a Pier at the South East end
of the Battery which was directed to be executed

A Petition of John Stevens requesting permission to transfer the
Lease of Hoboken Ferry from Vesey Street and from Spring Street
to Mess rs John [322] Robert and Samuel Swartwout was read and re-
ferred to the Comptroller with Authority to cause the transfer to be
made

The Ferry Committee on the Petition of Mess rs John Robert and
Samuel Swartwout Reported as follows.

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John.
Robert & Samuel Swartwout Beg leave to Report

That they have agreed to recommend to this Board the transfer of
the Lease of the Hoboken Ferry to the Petitioners at present held by
John Stevens, and that the same be extended to them for the Term of
Ten Years at the Yearly Rent of Five hundred and sixteen Dollars and
twenty five Cents. Also the Lease of a Ferry at the foot of Spring
Street for the same time for the Yearly Rent of Twenty five Dollars,
and that they have the Liberty to remove the Bridge at the North
wing of the Pier at the foot of Vesey Street. Also the Ferry stairs
at the foot of Spring Street to the first step above (with the Consent
of Joseph Watkins owner of the Slip) which will be more for their
Accomodation. Provided they place on the lower Ferry Two good
and substantial Horse boats each Boat to be propelled with not less
than eight horses to be completed and running on the Ferry in Six
Months from the first of May next. And as many Sail or Ferry Boats
on the Spring Street Ferry as the Corporation may deem necessary,
also that they receive the same Rates of Ferriage as the New York
and New Jersey Steam Boat Company

All which is Respectfully Submitted
New York April 9. 1817. Peter Conrey

W m Alburtis
J. Mapes

Which was approved

[323] The Ferry Committee on the Petition of Rodman Bowne
presented a Report which was read and Referred back to the same
Committee with the Addition of the Councel of the Board and Comp-
troller

The Ferry Committee on the Petition of the Inhabitants of Brook-
lyn to permit a Horse Boat to be placed Immediately on the Old Fefry



92 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 April 1817

instead of a Steam Boat &c. presented a Report which was read and
laid for Consideration.

The Committee on the Petition of Lewis K. Storms Reported as
follows.

The Street Commissioner. Comptroller & Council to whom was
Referred [the Petition] of Lewis K. Storms Respectfully Report

That they are of Opinion that the Statements Contained in his Peti-
tion are true, and that it would be proper to grant the Petitioner Relief.
They therefore recommend that the Chamberlain be requested to dis-
continue the Suit, which has been commenced upon the Petitioners
paying the Costs Respectfully Submitted

31. Mar. 1817. Ogden Edwards

Jn M'Comb
Which was Approved

The Counsel of the Board to whom was referred the Petition of
J. B. A. M Deseize Reported as follows The Counsel of the Board to
whom was [324] referred the Communication from J. B. A M Duseze
Chancellor to the French Consul requesting to be relieved from the
payment of Personal Taxes.

Respectfully Reports

That by the Law of Nations Consuls are not Entitled to Exemption
from Taxation That the Counsel has been informed by M r Vanderlyn
who resided many Years in Paris that the American Consul there was
exemt from Taxation. But whether Consuls enjoyed this Privilege in
other parts of France and whether it is continued under the present
Dynasty he is uninformed M r Deseize is Chancellor to the French
Consul and holds his appointment from the French Government

There is no such Officer attached to the Consuls under the American
Government The Counsel is however of Opinion, that if the present
Government of France do exempt American Consuls and their Suites
from Taxation, that it is proper that the same Courtesy should be
extended to their Consuls and those Attached to them by their Gov-
ernment He has requested M r Deseze to furnish him with such Infor-
mation as can be Obtained upon the Subject and would respectfully
recommend it to the Common Council not to make any Order upon the
Subject until such information is furnished

Respectfully Submitted
New York 7 th Ap 1 1817. Ogden Edwards

Alpheus Sherman
Which was approved



7 April 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 93

[325] M r Akerly presented the following

Resolved that the Keeper of the Hall be directed to Inform the
Sheriff of the City and County of New York, that it is improper and
Inconvenient for him to hold Juries at Night in the Office Assigned to
him on the lower floor of the Hall, and that for the future he be
requested to discontinue said practice

Which was agreed to

Alderman Munson presented a Resolution directing the Counsel to
prepare a Lease to William Hunter for Grand Street Ferry agreeable
to the Resolution of the twenty fourth of March last which was read
and the Consideration postponed until the next meeting of the Board

M r Talman presented a Resolution directing the Grounds in the
Rear of the City Hall to be enclosed with an Iron railing which was
read and laid on the Table

Alderman Burtis presented a Resolution on the Subject of putting
the Laws in force against Gambling which was read and laid on the
Table

Resolved that the Subject of providing a Suitable place for the
Deposit of Oil be referred to the Lamp Committee

Ordered that the Law for the removal of the [326] Horse Market
from Elm Street be published

The Board proceeded agreeably to Law to appoint Inspectors of
the Ensuing Annual Election when the following Persons were
appointed

FIRST WARD SECOND WARD ;

Ebenezer Irving Gabriel Havens.

James W. Lent William W. Todd

Jacob Sherred Abraham S. Hallett

THIRD WARD FOURTH WARD

James Fairlie Abraham Bloodgood ,

Harmanus Tallman Richard Hatfield

John Bogert Robert Brown

FIFTH WARD SIXTH WARD

John Morss Alexander Clark

Jeremiah J. Drake Richard L. Walker

Martin S. Wilkins William Coulthard

SEVENTH WARD EIGHTH WARD

Benjamin Prince Samuel M. Thompson

William B. Crosby David Board

Nevingson Greenard Edmund Kirby



94 CITY or NEW YORK 7 April 1817

NINTH WARD TENTH WARD

Jacobus Dyckman Judah Hammond

Oliver Hibbert Stephen Allen

John Beekman Samuel Stillwell

The Comptroller Reported

[327] Cash in the Treasury 10202. 2

Warrants not presented 386.91



$9815.11

Whereupon Warrants were Ordered to be Issued for the payment
of the following Accounts

Van Wart & Gardner. Watch 1st District 498.75

Walton & Hibberd d 2d 682. 50

Norris & Anderson d 3d 670.25

Bleakley & Brower d 4*h 413.

Daniel H. Megie Keeper Pottersfield I MO 1st i ns t 46.50

Samuel Hutchings Street Inspector " 52.

John Smith DO " 52.

Jonathan Weeden DO " 52.

Wm J. Waldron Asst City Inspector 52.

Obadiah Ayres DO " " 52.

George Mills DO " " 52.

Benjamin Hicks DO " " 52.

Asten & Cochran Messengers 60.

Ogden Edwards balance for revising Laws & 29 Certificates sale of

Lands 366.

Manhattan Company Water for Jail 1 Year 1 st May 33.34

George Snethen Supg Lighting Lamps 1 M 1 st Ins* 610. 11

R. Munson Esq r for Comstock & Sawyer 11 Casks Oil 604. 6

R. Munson Esq r for Matthew Crosby 11 Casks Oil 522.21

Arch d Smyths Ace* paving Laight Street 600.

George Wragg award for Thompson Street 130.

Stephen Baxters Ace* for filling Corporation Lots at Collect 100.

Thos & Geo. Lovett Reps Pier Cedar S* y 2 352 . 94

J. P. Roome Sup* Repairs for work at Ground rear of City Hall 200.

J. P. Roome Sup* Repairs for Materials 1000.

Richard Furman Superintendant Alms house.. 2500.



9753.66



Balance $61.45



14 April 1817 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 95

[328] Special Meeting In Common Council April 11 th 1817.
Present. The Hon ble Jacob Radcliff Mayor Pres*

Aldermen Assistants

John B. Coles. Jacob Lorillard

Jonas Mapes. Anthony L. Underhill

Augustine H. Lawrence John Brown

Peter Conrey William Stone

Thomas R. Smith Samuel Akerly

George Buckmaster George B. Thorp

Arthur Burtis John H. Talman

Thomas Cooper

The Mayor informed the Board that the Common Council had been
Summoned at the request of several of the Aldermen for the purpose
of taking into Consideration the Revised Laws. The Board therefore
proceeded to a Consideration of the Laws, and after making progress
thereon the further Consideration was postponed.

A Law was presented. Entitled " A Law to regulate Buildings and
to prescribe the Duties of Surveyors in this City which was read by



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