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1784 1831 



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VOLUME IV 



MAY 20, 1805 TO FEBRUARY 8, 1808 




PUBLISHED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK 

NEW YORK 

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PROPERTY OF THE 
CITY OF NEW YORK 





VOLUME FIFTEEN 

OF 

MANUSCRIPT MINUTES 

(Continued) 
MAY 20, 1805 TO APRIL 28, 1806 




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[218] In Common Council, May 20, 1805, 
Present, Dewitt Clinton Esquire Mayor, 



Philip Brasher, 
Jacob Dela Montagnie, 
James Drake, 
Abraham King, 
Mangle Minthorne, 
James Fairlie, 



Esquires 
Aldermen. 



Abraham Bloodgood, " 
Jacob Mott, 
Jacob Shute, 
Andrew Morris, 
Simon Van Antwerp, 
Samuel M Hopkins, 
George J Warner, 
Clarkson Crolius, 



Assistants. 



Henry Riker and Martin P Powles were appointed firemen to 
Company No 27 instead of Gerardus Riker and Cornelius Blackledge 
resigned Peter Devow was appointed a fireman to Company No 24, 
Stephen Egbert and John Tyson were appointed firemen to Company 
No: 8; instead of George Kayler deceased and James H Ward re- 
signed ; John Hall Currier was appointed a fireman of Company No. 
7: instead of John Smith resigned; Luke Torboss was appointed a 
Fireman of Company No 20, instead of Peter H Wendover; William 
Seaman was [219] appointed a Fireman of Company No 11 instead 
of John Young resigned; and Gurdon Manwaring Seabury Tredwell, 
and John L Embree were appointed firemen of Company No 18, in- 
stead of Alsop Hunt, Sands Ferris, and Edmund Fanning resigned. 

A Return, from Captain Lawrences Watch Company, was re- 
ferred to the Watch Committee. 

A Petition of Benjamin Bailey for the Office of Weighmaster, 
and of William Ellsworth for that of Inspector of wood, were referred 
to the Committee on Petitions for Offices. 

A Petition of Matthew Vogle and others for leave to deposit ma- 
nure on the vacant lots in the neighborhood of Corlaers hook was 
granted during the pleasure of Common Council and on condition 
that the same be removed whenever it becomes offensive. 

A Petition of David Bayard and others that measures may be 
taken to prevent drunkenness in East George's Street, was referred 
to the Alderman and Assistant of the seventh ward. 

Resolved, that the Mayor be requested twice in every month during 
the warm season to Order the Constables and Marshalls to go 
through the City and apprehend and bring before the Magistrates of 



2 CITY OF NEAV YORK 20 May 1805 

this City all vagrants they may find, in order that they may be dealt 
with according to Law 

[220] Alderman Fairlie, i were appointed a Committee together with the 
Brasher, I Brigadier general of Artillery to carry into effect 
and M r Warner, j the resolution of this board made the 20 June 
1803 relative to exchanging set of colours. 

Ordered, that the Attorney of the board take measures to enforce 
the order directing Beach and Bussing to fill in their ground at the 
foot of Cortland Street. 

Resolved, that a Watchman be placed at the foot of Cortland 
Street near Powles hook ferry, and that the Watch Committee take 
measures to carry the same into effect. 



Mott 1 

n ,. were appointed a Committee to report such regulations 

Crolms ^ .... 

, cu a s may be necessary in relation to riding timber 

Messieurs Murray and Cunningham presented a bill to the Board 
of monies paid by them for Wood to replace the Wood lent by them 
to the Corporation last winter; Ordered, that the same be referred to 
the Committee of Supplies. 

Jonas Humbert was appointed Clerk of the Alms house. 

Resolved, that the City Inspector cause an extract from the Law 
of the State relative to driving carriages to be published in such a 
manner as in his opinion will have the best effect. 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances, numbered from 1732 to 1734, inclusive, Ord- 
ered that the same pass the board. 

[221] Resolved, that James Hardie, be directed to furnish an ab- 
stract or table of contents of the Ordinances of the Common Council* 
in a State for publication by the next meeting of the Common 
Council. 

The following report was received from the Ferry Committee, 

The Ferry Committee to whom it was referred to report a state 
of facts relative to the Ferry house & c at the upper ferry at Brooklyn. 
Report, 1, That a lot of ground was conveyed by Joshua Sands to the 
Corporation near the upper Ferry for the use and accomodation of the 
same. 

2, That in the Beginning of December last the said Lot was 
leased by the Comptroller to Henry Stanton Jun r for seven years 
with the reservation of the lower front room in the house erected on 
the said Lot for the accomodation of the ferry, which the Committee 

* Marginal note reads Index to Ordinances. ED. 



20 May 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 3 

have examined, are of opinion, that it is not sufficient for the 
accomodation of the said ferry. 

3, Joshua Sands is willing to convey to the Corporation in exchange 
for the said Lot one nigher the ferry stairs and containing more 
ground for the use and accomodation of the said Ferry, as will appear 
by a note from M r Sands annexed The Committee recommend the 
said exchange 
20 May, 1805. Jas. Fairlie Chairman 

[222] Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

M r Mott, 1 Were appointed a committee to devise and report a sys- 
Crolius, [ tern for the more effectual execution of the ordinances 
and Morris, J against incumbering streets 

The following report was received from the Market Committee 
The Market Committee to whom was referred the Petition of 
Jacamiah Akerly and others praying the Corporation to Build a Fish 
Market at Catherine Slip are of opinion that the request of the peti- 
tioners ought to be granted, and that by driving about half a dozen 
piles in the Slip on the Easterly side thereof and by raising the 
Market about 18 inches from the present plates on the Slip and to 
be 30 feet on Water Street and 18 feet on the Slip, and would be no 
inconvenience to the Ferry, and by Standing so high from the Water, 
Market Boats could safely lay under the market and by having a 
stairs under one end of the market would be a great convenience to the 
Fishermen and Market Boats, and we are of opinion that the expence 
would not exceed 500 Dollars : 

all which is submitted, 

Tas : Drake 1 

_, . ,. > Committee 
Jas: .bairlie ^ 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed 

[223] Ordered that Doctor Van Solingen be permitted to put up 
his frame in the street under the direction of the Alderman and as- 
sistant of the 3 Ward. 

Ordered, that the Street Commissioner be directed to report the 
regulation of Harman Street by the next meeting. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
together with Assessments for regulating fourth Street between 
Pump and Grand Street, Hester Street, Norfolk Street between Di- 
vision and Grand Streets and Essex Street 

The Street Commissioner has the honor to present Four Assess- 



4 CITY or NEW YORK 20 May 1805 

ment lists for the confirmation of the Common Council, And for the 
appointment of persons to Collect the money therein mentioned. 

Delays have frequently happened in Collecting money upon the 
assessments much to the injury of the persons who contract to do the 
Work. The Common Council may be convinced of this evil, if they 
revert to the numerous petitions last winter on this subject. The 
Street Commissioner to prevent in some measure this evil in future ; 
begs leave to recommend that the Collectors to be appointed be limited 
as to the time they make their returns of delinquents, and these limi- 
tations ought to be no longer than One month after the period within 
which each contractor engages to complete the work [224] If the 
Collectors to be appointed for these assessments were limited to 
Three months from this day for Hester, and two months for the 
other three, it would come within the periods above mentioned 

All which is respectfully submitted, 
May 20, 1805 John S Hunn Street Comm r 

Ordered, that the said report and assessments be confirmed, and 
that Hugh Montgomery be appointed Collector. . 

The Street Commissioner reported ordinances for repaving 
Chatham Street, and paving part of Harman Street opposite to the 
horse market and also for paving the East side of the Fly market Slip 
and for paving Magazine Street ; Ordered that the same be passed, and 
that Elkanah Doolittle, Leonard Fisher, Moses Taylor, Samuel Nos- 
worthy, and John P Anthony be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for paving part 
of Suffolk Street; Ordered; that the same pass, and that John Youle, 
Thomas Timpson, Whitehead Hicks, Benjamin Thurston and Ben- 
jamin North be appointed Assessors 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 

pay, 

Iss d Warrts 

No* 1418 Nicholas Lawrence City Watch $197 9 %oo 

1419 Will Van Wart, Do 197 9 %oo 

1420 Magnus Beekman Do 197 9 %oo 

[225] 1421, William Peterson Do $197 9 %oo 

1422, Hugh Gobel Do 148 9 %oo 

1423, Gad Dumbolton Do 122 3 9ioo 

1424, Abraham Leggett, for blacksmith work 97 8 %oo 

1425, Cornelius Clopper, a years interest 62 5 9ioo 

1426, Proprietor of Evening Post, for printing 37 5 %oo 

1427, Abraham Dally, ship Chandlery 33 8 %oo 

1428, Jacob Smith for fire engine 600. 

1429, Richard Furman balance of Alms house Account., 2634 4 %oo 



27 May 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



1430, Thomas Hazard for constables and marshals convey 

vagrants to bridewell ............................... $100 3 %oo 

1431, John H Sickles for building committee ................ $4000. 

1432, Jacob Dela Montagnie Esquire for Board of Health ---- $200. 



[226] In Common Council May 27. 1805 



Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



George Janeway 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Fairlie 

Abraham King 

Mangle Minthorne 

James Drake 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Abraham Bloodgood 
George J Warner 
Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Clarkson Crolius 
Jacob Mott 
Jacob Shute 



Assistants 



The Treasurers monthly account was received and filed 

A return from Captain Dumboltons Watch company was received 
and referred to the Watch Committee 

A petition of John S Moore for the appointment of Weighmaster 
was received and referred to the Committee on petitions for offices 

A petition of David Burgher Senior stating that he is unable to pay 
an assessment of $3 % o made upon a Lot of ground in John Street 
for the widening of Cliff Street Ordered that a Warrant issue upon 
the Treasurer for the payment of that sum 

A petition of David Crone for liberty to sell household furniture 
in Chatham Street was referred to Alderman *[228] Janeway Dela 
Montagnie and Board. 

Returns of Delinquents in the assessments for regulating Leonard 
and Chappel Streets, Brannon and Spring Streets and Vesey Street 
Slip were received Ordered that Warrants issue 

Jonas Humbert presented his resignation as Clerk of the Alms 
house the same was accepted 

Resolved that the sixth section of the Law for establishing the 
assize and regulating the Inspection of Bread be and the same is 
hereby repealed and in lieu thereof the following be substituted to wit. 

Be it further ordained that this City shall be divided into two 
inspection Districts, that the first of the said districts shall include all 
such parts of the City as are Southward and westward of a line com- 
mencing at Roosevelt Street on the East river thence proceeding along 
the middle of said Street to Chatham Street, thence along the middle 

* Clerk's error in numbering ; no page 227. ED. 



6 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 May 1805 

of said Street to Magazine Street, thence along the middle of said 
Street to Broadway, thence along the middle of said Street to Anthony 
Street, thence along the middle of said Street to Hudson Street thence 
along the middle of said Street to Jay Street, thence along the middle 
of Jay Street to the Hudson River And that the second district shall 
include all the remainder of the City beyond the aforesaid boundary 

Upon receiving the petition of Gabriel Van Norden and others 
against the practice of blowing horns [229] at the ferries at the foot of 
Vesey Street, the following ordinance passed the board 

A Law to prevent the practice therein mentioned 

Be it ordained, etc, that it shall not hereafter be lawful for the 
ferryman or any other persons concerned or employed in any of 
the ferries at the foot of Vesey Street to blow or make a noise, with 
horns shells or other instruments under the penalty of five dollars to 
be recovered with costs of suit 

A petition of Daniel Lawrence and others to equalize the business 
of Measurers of grain was referred to M r Board. Bloodgood anc 1 
Van Antwerp. 

Dennis Doyle, grocer. Abraham Bell, merchant. Walter Titus 
Merchant. Thomas Harding grocer, and Stephen Latham grocer were 
appointed Firemen of the floating Engine Company 

The attorney of the board reported that a complaint has been ex- 
hibited against John F. La forgue for erecting a building Contrary to 
the law Ordered that a suit be commenced against him unless the 
building is taken down in ten days. 

Upon receiving the report of the Attorney of the board the fol- 
lowing amendment was made to the fourth section of the Law to 
regulate the fees of Weighmasters and measurers. 

" And if any person not holding an appointment under this Cor- 
poration shall exercise the office of Measurer to measure any article 
for himself or for any other person for any purpose whatsoever ex- 
cept for the immediate and sole use of such person so measuring and 
not for the purpose of sale thereafter such person shall forfeit and 
pay Ten Dollars for each offence, and in case of measuring Lumber 
such unauthorized person so measuring shall forfeit and pay the sum 
of Fifty Dollars for each Offence 

[230] A petition of John R Livingston and others to regulate Di- 
vision Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

The Committee appointed for the purpose of enquiring what meas- 
ures ought to be adopted for the more effectual execution of the law 
respecting obstructions in the Streets of this City, reported that upon 



27 May 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 7 

account of the great extent of the City and the increasing duties of the 
Street Commissioner it is necessary that two suitable persons should 
be appointed Assistant Street Commissioners. Resolved that the Clerk 
be directed to draw an Ordinance agreeably thereto. 

Ordered that the fourth section of the Ordinance concerning Dogs 
be repealed and that the Attorney of the Board be authorized to pay 
such part of the fines arising under such ordinance to persons afford- 
ing information which may enable him to prosecute Offenders to 
conviction as he may think proper not to exceed one half thereof. 

Upon receiving the report of the attorney of the board Ordered 
that Beach and Bussing be directed to make the ferry stairs at the foot 
of Vezey Street agreeably to the conditions of their grant in three 
weeks from this day. 

John Quackenbos resigned his office as an Inspector of bread and 
Jonas Humbert was appointed in his stead 

The following report was received to wit 

John Hunn Esquire | Report about a Survey made 1 May 1805 
Street Commissioner ^ to find out the proper North east corner of 
Greenwich Street and Harison Street. 

In order to ascertain this corner with [231] proper precision I 
went to Thomas Barrow, and examined the Trinity Church maps 
and the cession made by the Corporation to the Corporation of this 
City, and find Rhinelanders corner the South side of Harison Street. 
Harrison Street ceded to the Corporation of this City 65 feet wide. 
The block from Harison Street to Provoost Street 175 feet and then 
Provost Street 65 feet wide 

I surveyed accordingly with a line and a 10 feet standard, begin- 
ning at the corner of R. Strongs house, measured 65 feet and find the 
corner or the fence of M r Boards lot to be one foot in the Street or 
too far South. Measuring M r Boards two lots 50 feet I find the 
foundation of M r Dobbs house 5 l /> inches too far south and on M r 
Boards lot. Measuring 125 feet more to the corner of Provoost 
Street I find the corner 6 inches in the Street. Measuring from the 
mark across the Street I find Provoost Street 65 feet wide and the 
whole corresponding with the map of the Trinity Church Corporation 

Charles Loss. 
Surveyor of the City 

The Committee to whom it was referred to ascertain the north east 
corner of Greemvich and Harison Streets report that in their opinion 
by the return or survey hereunto annexed the same is ascertained. 



Drake > Were appointed a committee to report regulations 

i . f 



8 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 May 1805 

The Committee request that the said return may be considered as their 
report they having approved of the same. 

Ja s Fairlie 
George Janeway. 

Ordered that the same be accepted and entered on the minutes. 
Ordered that the Clerk and Street Commissioner report a state of 
Facts relative to the proceedings in relation to Roosevelt Street 
[232] Alderman Fairlie 
Drake 
and Mr Warner j ^pecting foot passengers. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 
to wit. 

The Street Commissioner to whom it was referred to direct a 
survey to be made across the East River at Corlaers hook with a 
view of ascertaining the distance, situation, course of the tides and 
eddies and other circumstances in order to determine the place most 
proper for a permanent ferry has the honour to report 

That he has examined the ground on both sides of the River and 
that M r Loss and M r Stilwell two of the City Surveyors have made a 
Survey the map or plan of which is herewith presented with a report 
of M r Loss on the subject 

That the distance from the foot of Grand Street to Morrells Land- 
ing is 3000 feet, while the distance from Bullock Street to Woodhulls 
is 3560 feet 

That the course of the tides is also most favorable to the landing 
at Morrells. passages can be generally made with expedition and 
safety between those points, while on the other hand it very frequently 
happens from the nature of the wind and tides, that passages to and 
from Woodhulls will be much more tedious, and attended with con- 
siderable difficulty 

The ground of M r Woodhull on the Long Island *[234] shore is 
situated in a cove which from the best information the Street Com- 
missioner can collect is generally obstructed by ice during the greatest 
part of the winter season. The land of Morrell on the contrary in 
addition to its being more directly opposite and more favorably situ- 
ated with regard to the tides and eddies is placed upon a point which 
is generally free and open and from which passages can be made dur- 
ing all seasons of the year 

It is only at favorable periods that Horse boats can pass between 

* Clerk's error in numbering ; no page 233. ED. 



27 May 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 9 

Woodhulls and Willetts landings, and near to Woodhulls on the oppo- 
site shore there is said to be a reef of rocks which occasions rough 
water whenever the wind is high. This reef is entirely out of the 
course to Morrells landing but cannot be avoided in a passage to 
Woodhulls. 

From these circumstances the Street Commissioner believes that 
the foot of Grand Street would be the most convenient and eligible 
place for a public ferry. It is not only the widest street in that part of 
the City but it also receives the greatest number of intersecting 
Streets and affords the readiest communication with other parts of the 
town. A public bason is reserved at the foot of Grand Street in the 
East River, and in all probability whenever a Market is erected, it will 
be built at that place, and it appears probable to him from the reser- 
vation of a bason that it must have been the original intention of the 
Corporation to establish the ferry there. 

All which is respectfully submitted 
May 27. 1805 John S Hunn St Com r 

Resolved that the report of the Street Commissioner [235] respect- 
ing the ferry at Corlaers hook together with the several applications 
on that subject be referred to a Select Committee and that such Com- 
mittee be requested to examine the premises and to make report with 
all convenient speed 

Mr Mott 
Alderman Dela Montagnie 



Minthorne 
King 



were appointed the said committee 



Mr Shute 

Bloodgood 
and Warner 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance for regulating 
Arundel Street Ordered that the same do pass and that William 
Hunter, Benjamin North Thomas Timpson, John Youle and White- 
head Hicks be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for extending 
Front Street from Dover Street to James Slip Ordered that the same 
pass. 

Upon receiving the Report of the Street Commissioner Ordered 
that Spring Street be made Sixty one feet wide from Brannon Street 
to Broadway and that six feet be taken from the Lots on the South 
side and five feet be taken from the Lots on the North side of the 
said Street for that purpose. 



10 CITY OF XEW YORK 27 May 1805 

The Street Commissioner reported that it would be proper to pay 
to M re Laight in advance the value of property taken to continue 
Cherry Street Ordered that the same be rejected 

[236] Ordered that the Committee of public repairs report the plan 
of a new fern- house at Brooklyn by the next meeting of the board 

Ordered that the sum of $23 2 %oo being the proportion of Eliza- 
beth Baker in the Estate of her father Gardner Baker be paid to her 
upon her giving such security as the Comptroller shall approve 

The Treasurers report concerning the estate of Colin Peacock 
was referred to the Attorney of the Board. 

The following report was received from the Comptroller to wit. 

The Comptroller begs leave to state that he has agreeably to the 
order of the Board settled accounts with M r John Thurman and paid 
him a balance of $650 3 %oo an d taken his receipt for the same 

It is supposed to be necessary that the Board pass a resolution 
directing the Treasurer and Comptroller to charge the said Balance 
to account of the City of New York 

The following resolution is therefore offered, 

Resolved that the Treasurer and Comptroller are hereby author- 
ized to charge the sum of S650 33 ioo to account of the City of Xew 
York, being a balance of all accounts with John Thurman to 25 
March last. 

B. Romaine 
27 May 1805 Comptroller 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and the resolution therein 
recommended pass accordingly. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and 
suppression of Nuisances numbered from 1736 to 1737 inclusive, 
Ordered that the same do pass 

Ordered that the Committee of repairs be directed [237] to build 
a machine for the purpose of driving Piles and also to cause boards 
containing the names of Streets to be put up 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 

pay 

Issd Warrts 

X s 1433 John Hardie for services $30. 

1434 Thomas Hazard for Salary including Keepers 437 5 9ioo 

1435 Robert Sickles, lighting and cleaning City Lamps 300 5! ftoo 

1436 Robert Sickels for Salary 33 3 %oo 

1437 Bartholomew Skaats for Salary and of assistants 119^00 



3 June 1805 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



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[238] In Common Council. June 3. 1805 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esquire, Recorder. 



Jacob Dela Montagnie 
George Janeway 
Abraham King 
Mangle Minthorne 
James Fairlie 
William W Gilbert 
\Yynant Van Zandt Junior 
Philip Brasher 
James Drake 



, Esquires 
Aldermen 



Abraham Bloodgood 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 
Jacob Mott 
Samuel M Hopkins 



Assistants 



A petition of the inhabitants of the upper part of the Bowery 
lane praying a Butchers stand to be established there was referred to 
the Market Committee 

A petition of Robert Buchan and David Clark for remission of a 
penalty for incumbering the Streets was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner and Attorney of the Board 

A petition of Margaret Douglas that the pedestals of a Coffee 
house in Wall Street erecting by her may be permitted to stand was 
referred to Alderman Van Zandt, Janeway and M r Morris with au- 
thority to grant permission for that purpose 

[239] A petition of Walter Degraw for the office of wood In- 
spector was referred to the Committee on applications for offices 

Robert Vandenbergh, Lewis Keeler, Smith Place Grocer, comer 
of Rivington and third Street. Peter Powell rope maker Rivington 
Street. Charles Fisher cartman Second Street. James Carstang Rope 
maker Orchard Street. Peter Westerfield Cooper Second Street. 
Isaiah Pittman Rope maker, third Street. Elijah Knapp Rope maker 
fourth Street. Cornelius Benscouten Rope maker Orchard Street. 
John Fisher Rope maker, third Street were appointed Firemen to 
Company N 30 and John Mansfield Grocer X 1 Magazine Street 
was appointed a Fireman to Company N 8 instead of Lewis Hartman 
resigned 

An Ordinance for the appointment of Assistants to the Street 
Commissioner passed the board. 

A valuation of the fern' boats belonging to the Brooklyn ferries 
were referred to the Comptroller 

Petitions to pave Duane Street between Hudson and Staple Street, 
Orchard Street between Division and Hester Street, and Henry Street 
were referred to the Street Commissioner 



1-2 CITY or XEW YORK 3 June 1805 

Petitions of Josiah Shippey and Lewis Langstafl to be Clerk of the 
Alms house were received. Ordered that the appointment of Clerk of 
the Alms house be the order of the day of the next meeting 

[240] A report was received from the Street Commissioner rela- 
tive to improving Chamber and Cross Streets Ordered that so much of 
the report as relates to improvements be referred to Alderman Brasher 
M r Crolius and M r Hopkins and that the Street Commissioner be di- 
rected to have a Survey made of the ground 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances to regulate Stanton, 
Arundel and Orchard Streets. Ordered that the same pass the board 
and that "\Yilliam Hunter Benjamin Xorth. John Youle. Thomas Timp- 
son and Whitehead Hicks be appointed assessors 

A report of the Committee in relation to a Bason and Market at 
the foot of Duane Street was received Ordered that the consider- 
ation thereof be postponed and that the Committee report their opin- 
ion when it will be proper to erect the same 

Resolved that the Lamp Committee cause Lamps that will afford 
conspicuous light to be placed in the following places to wit On the 
point of the Batten-, near the Fly market ferry Stears. At Catharine 
Slip. At Powles hook ferry Stairs at the end of the dock and at the 
Hoboken fern,- Stairs. 

Resolved that the lamp committee be directed to make an experi- 
ment on a small scale in order to determine the ceconomy and con- 
venience of reflecting Lamps and to report in convenient time the 
result thereof and also their opinion as to the expedience of introduc- 
ing the same in general use. 

The Counsel of the board presented a report in relation to the 
estate of Colin Peacock, and it appearing that the [241] powers of 
Attorney and documents with respect to two thirds of the said Estate 
appear to be sufficient Ordered that it be referred to the Comptroller 
to take proper Security and report thereon to the Board And that 
upon such Security being given a Warrant issue to pay the monies to 
the claimants 

A petition of Anthony Brown late Collector of the sixth ward 
praying that his property may not be sold for the payment of ar- 
rearages was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the ward and 
the Comptroller 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from 1738 to 1746 inclusive. Ord- 
ered that the same do pass 



3 June 1805 COMMON CoiJXCIL MlXUTES 13 

The Committee to whom it was referred to report upon the 
expediency of building a new ferry house at Brooklyn and the prob- 
able expence thereof Reported upon the subject Ordered that Such 
Report be confirmed and that such building be erected under the direc- 
tion and superintendance of the Committee of repairs. 

Ordered that the petition and papers of Charles Smith relative to 
the settlement of his Accounts as Lessee of the public wharves and 
slips be referred to the Comptroller. 

An ordinance for the establishment and regulation of Hackney 
Coaches was reported to the board Ordered that the consideration 
thereof be postponed 

The Recorder ] Were appointed a Committee to enquire into the 
Alderman Drake > propriety of [242] passing a Law to regulate pawn 

and M r Hopkins J brokers 

Alderman Gilbert "I were appointed a committee to report upon the 

Van Zandt > propriety of establishing Terms and regulations 

and M r Board J respecting the erection of vaults in the Streets. 

Ordered that Alderman Van Zandt be permitted to erect a vault in 
\Yall Street. The Recorder in Street, Alderman Gilbert 

in Dey Street, and M r Edgar and James Arden in front of houses they 
are erecting. Under the direction of the Street Commissioner. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay the following accounts, to wit. 

Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $197 9 %oo 

William Van Wart DO 197^oo 

Magnus Beekman d 197^00 

William Peterson d 197 9< noo 

Hugh Gobel do 148 9 %oo 

Gad Dumbolton d 148 9 %oo 

Beekman M Van Beuren, working public roads 220 7< Hoo 

John Quackenbos Salary as Inspector of Bread 309 5 $ioo 

James Carter for groceries furnished the Alms house 56 9 %oo 

James Hardie for Services 62 5 %oo 

Abraham Stagg for articles furnished Alms house 169 5 %oo 

Philip J Arcularius in advance for support of the Alms house 3000. 



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CITY OF NEW YORK 



17 June 1805 



[243] In Common Council. June 17. 1805 
Present Maturin Livingston Esquire. Recorder 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Philip Brasher 
James Fairlie 
James Drake 
Jacob De la Montagnie 
Abraham King 
William W Gilbert 
George Janeway 
Mangle Minthorne 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
George J Warner 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Abraham Bloodgood 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Clarkson Crolius 
Jacob Shute 
Jacob Mott 



Assistants 



Enos Alley Shoemaker and Latham Stratton were appointed Fire- 
men to Company N 5 

Joseph Brotherton resigned his appointment as Assistant to Cap- 
tain Petersons company of Watch. Several petitions for that ap- 
pointment were received and referred to the Watch Committee 

Returns of Delinquents in the following assessments for regulating 
Elizabeth Street from Bayard Street to Hester Street. Elizabeth Street 
from [244] Grand Street to Prince Street. Water Street from the 
point of Corlaers hook to the West of Gouverneurs Street. Mott Street 
from Bayard Street to Hester Street, and Division Street to the 
centre of Clinton Street were received and Warrants ordered to 
issue 

Whereas the public pump Situate in liberty Street near Greenwich 
Street is represented by the Superintendant of repairs as totally 
irreparable owing to the quick sand that constantly flows into the 
well Resolved that the said Superintendant be authorized to construct 
a new well at the public expence in some other convenient adjacent, 
place under the inspection of the Alderman and assistant of the ward. 

A Pump in Grand Street was ordered to be made on the usual 
terms under the direction of the Alderman and Assistant of the ward. 

Petitions to pave Leonard Street between Broad way and Church 
Street and Sixth Street between Division Street and Grand were re- 
ferred to the Street Commissioner. 

Abraham Van Gelder Collector of the Assessment for regulating 
Grand Street from Pitt Street to Goerck Street reported that he 
had not been able to collect any part thereof and requested that an- 
other Collector be appointed in his stead John Bussing was appointed 
to collect the same 

A presentment of the Grand Jury against the Bakers of this City 
for baking bread of bad and unwholesome flour was laid before the 



17 June 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 15 

board Ordered that the same be referred to Alderman King. M r 
Vv'arner and M r Morris. 

A return from Captain Dumboltons company was [245] received 
and referred to the Watch Committee 

A petition of Anthony Dey for a water grant opposite to South 
Street was referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

A petition of the proprietors and inhabitants of ground in the 
vicinity of Abingdon Road that the same be regulated was referred to 
the Street Commissioner 

Resolved that the City Treasurer do at each meeting of this 
Board lay before the same a Statement of monies received and paid 
during the week preceding and of the balance actually in hand. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner lay before the board a plan 
for opening Beekman Street in continuation to Water Street, and for 
opening and improving Maiden Lane from Nassau Street to Broadway 

Josiah Shippey junior was appointed Clerk of the Alms house 

Herman Le Roy was permitted to erect a vault at the corner of 
Broadway and chamber Street, and Abraham Bloodgood in Varick 
and Laight Streets under the direction of the Street Commissioner 

An account of William Furman as Superintendant of the ferry was 
referred to Alderman De la Montagnie. Brasher and the Comptroller 

A report of the Street Commissioner relative [246] to the land of 
M r Kennedy in Broadway was referred to the Alderman and assistant 
of the first ward and the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Benjamin Vredenburgh for a water grant at Harlaem 
was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 9 ward and the 
Comptroller 

James Savage was appointed Inspector of Wood at Georges and 
Charlotte Slip 

A return was received of the delinquents in the Assessment for 
regulating Church Street. Ordered that a Warrant issue 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered 1747 ordered that the same pass 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of the Meas- 
urers of grain praying a regulation of their business so as to produce 
an equality therein having reported upon the Subject and Several 
Counterpetitions having been received the said report was recom- 
mitted. Alderman Gilbert and M r Warner added to the Committee 
and the several petitions referred to the Committee 

The petition of C Thomson and others for liberty to sell goods at 



16 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 June 1805 

the places therein mentioned was referred to Alderman Janeway. 
De la Montagnie and M r Board. 

M r Hopkins moved the following resolution to wit Resolved 
that all future meetings of this Board be held with open doors and 
called a division thereupon 

[247] The said Resolution was carried as follows to wit, 

Affirmative 

Alderman Van Zandt M r Morris 

King Hopkins 

Gilbert Bloodgood 

Janeway Van Antwerp 

Minthorne Crolius 

Negative 

Alderman Brasher M r Warner 

Fairlie Shute 

Drake Mott 
De la Montagnie 

M r Hopkins moved the following resolution to wit Resolved that 
the future meetings of this Board be held in some large and con- 
venient room sufficient to accommodate such Citizens as may choose 
to attend to hear the proceedings and called a division thereupon the 
same was negatived as follows to wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Van Zandt Alderman Brasher 

Drake Fairlie 

Minthorne Dela Montagnie 

M r Morris King 

Hopkins. Gilbert 

[248] Van Antwerp Janeway 

Crolius Mr Warner 

Bloodgood 

Shute 

Mott. 

Resolved that the Chairman of the Committee on the ferry at 
Corlaers hook inform the parties interested in the same when they 
are ready to report 

Resolved that the parties on the above business be informed that 
they have permission to be heard by Counsel or in person on the 
same. 

A petition of William Cutting for a water grant at the North 
River was referred to the Comptroller 

Resolved that permission is hereby given to M r Keef under the 
direction of the Alderman and assistant of the first ward to erect a 
temporary shed around the flag staff on the Battery and an awning 



17 June 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 17 

above the Stone work Surrounding the same to be continued during 
the pleasure of the Common Council 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
Edward Mariner be appointed a Watchman and Peter Letson, Peter 
Debaun, James Frost, Abraham Odle and Abraham Debaun Substi- 
tutes of Captain Dumboltons Company 

[249] Petitions to regulate Bedlow Street, to improve the Roads 
at Harlaem and to improve the upper part of the Broadway were re- 
ferred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Thomas Williams to be allowed a Salary as driver 
of the hearse was referred to the Board of health 

Thomas Foote was permitted to erect a vault in Washington Street 
under the direction of the Street Commissioner 

Ordered that the Committee on improvements at the Battery to- 
gether with the Street Commissioner and Comptroller be directed to 
report a proper System to be adopted in relation to water grants 

Ordered that the Assessment for ground taken for the purpose of 
improving Roosevelt Street be referred to the Alderman and assistant 
of the fifth ward and the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Benjamin Vredenburgh for a grant at Harlaem and 
the report of the Committee thereon were referred to the Comptroller 
and Street Commissioner 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire into the situa- 
tion of the buildings belonging to Thomas Post and others that were 
partly destroyed by the fire between Peck and New Slips and report 
to the Board whether they have not infringed the Law of this State in 
the repairing of the said Buildings. 

[250] Alderman Drake 1 

Mr Bloodgood > Were appointed the said Committee 
and M r Crolius J 

A petition of Richard Dark for permission to sell meat was re- 
ferred to the Market Committee 

The Recorder ") ... , 

... ^. , ,, . Were appointed a Committee of arrange- 

Alderman Dela Montagnie !... r *u x T i 

ments for the celebration of the 4 July. 
Janeway 

1.. . .. and directed to report a permanent sys- 

tem for the celebration of that day 
and M r Warner 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
permission be given to William Kline to sell Meat in the Bowery Lane 
at such place as the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward shall direct 
on payment of the usual market fees. 



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CITY OF NEW YORK 



24- June 1805 



Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 



pay the following accounts to wit 

Hugh Gobel for notifying the Aldermen 

Patrick Cannon for carting earth to Vesey Street 

Benjamin Romaine for two lost fire buckets 

David Longworth for City Maps 

Cornelius Warner Superintendant of repairs. 
Benjamin Romaine for public repairs. 

Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 

William Van Wart DO 

Magnus Beekman d 

William Peterson d 

Hugh Gobel d 

Gad Dumbolton d 

Jacob Mott and Son. sundries furnished Alms house. 

Samuel B Waldron for working public roads 

James Hardie for making indexes 



$3. 

41 5( Hoo 
4. 
188 



197 9 %oo 
197 9 %oo 
197 9 %oo 
197 9 %oo 
1 48 9 %oo 



706 47 /4oo 
80. 



John H Sickels for building Committee 2000. 



[251] In Common Council. June 24. 1805 



Present. De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
William W Gilbert 
Jacob De la Montagnie 
Philip Brasher 
James Fairlie 
Abraham King 
Mangle Minthorne 
George Janeway 
James Drake 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Abraham Bloodgood 
George J Warner 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Jacob Mott 
Joseph Board 
Clarkson Crolius 



Assistants. 



Proposals from Linus and Henry Parmele to build mud machines 
were referred to the Board of Health. 

Abraham Van Gelders return of delinquent proprietors in the 
assessment of Walnut Street. Petitions for a well in Hudson Street. 
to pave Pump Street from Second to Division Street and complaints 
of nuisances near Laight Street and Hudson Square, also the upper 
part of Broadway were referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Walter W Heyer for the office of Wood Inspector 
was referred to the Committee on petitions for offices 

[252] Resolved that the Comptroller and Street Commissioner be 
directed to examine the situation of the White hall Slip and report 
their opinion at the next meeting of the Board, what would be neces- 
sary for the accommodation of the boats that frequent the said Slip, 



24 June 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 19 

and in order to obtain from the Staten Island and Elizabeth town 
ferry boats a yearly revenue 

The Street Commissioner and Attorney of the board to whom was 
referred the petition of Buchan and Clark praying the remission of 
a fine for incumbering the Streets reported against the prayer of the 
said petition Ordered that the said report be confirmed and the 
prayer rejected. 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of Robert 
Kennedy reported that it would be proper to release to him the ground 
he has now in possession and convey to him the residue to Washing- 
ton Street as it now is, in fee simple for fifteen hundred Dollars 
Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

A petition of Andrew Hageman and others against equalizing the 
business of Measurers was referred to the Committee on that Subject. 

The following report was received to wit. The Comptroller and 
Street Commissioner to whom the Communication of John Lawrence 
was referred with directions to treat with him if they thought proper 
for a gore of Land belonging to the Corporation on Elm Street and 
corner of Leonard Street have the honor to report 

That they have had several conferences with M r Lawrence and 
M r King upon the subject, but could come to no decision relative to 
a sale. 

That your Committee are of opinion it would not comport with 
the interest of the Corporation to sell this ground at this time as Elm 
Street will by being widened become a much more valuable Street, 
than it could have been before that alteration. 

[253] Your Committee therefore proposed to M r Lawrence to have 
one hundred feet from Elm Street towards Broadway, divided into 
lots, and to leave it to the opinion of two disinterested persons to 
decide what portion of these lots each should have upon the same 
principle the board are now negociating with Messieurs Jay. Munro 
and Morris. 

Your Committee further proposed that the ground on M r Law- 
ranees lots which will be unnecessary should at the Corporation ex- 
pence be applied to filling up Elm Street and that part of the Corpo- 
ration property which is below the intended regulation and that the 
residue of the earth should be carted away by the Corporation as their 
property. 

The Committee have to inform that Messieurs Laurance and 
King have agreed to this plan of settlement and will appoint one 
referee on their part to unite with another to be appointed by the 



20 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 June 1805 

Common Council, provided the negociation with Messieurs Jay Munro 
and Company is carried through as has been represented 

Your Committee therefore recommend that a person be appointed 
as aforesaid by the Common Council and have caused a map to be 
drawn shewing the situation of the property which is with this report 
respectfully submitted. 

June 24. 1805 John S Hunn St Com r 

Bj. Romaine 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and William Denning ap- 
pointed a Referee on the part of the board. 

[254] Peter Allane and Robert Robertson were permitted to erect 
vaults in John Street under the direction of the Street Commissioner 

Jacob Bro\ver was permitted to erect a Lime house in Beaver 
Street under the direction of the Alderman and assistant of the ward. 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances to pave Orchard 
Street to Grand Street. Henry Street from Fayette to Grand Street. 
Leonard Street from Broadway to Church Street. Duane Street east 
of Greenwich Street. Washington Street, to repave Ann Street from 
Nassau Street to Broadway, and Broadway opposite the park. Ord- 
ered that the same pass the board. 

Abraham Bokee Collector of the Assessment for the ground taken 
to regulate Cliff Street, presented a report of delinquent proprietors. 
Ordered that upon his taking the necessary affidavit of demanding 
payment that a Warrant issue. 

Resolved that in all cases when assessments are made for the re- 
pairing any pavement or the repaving of any Street the pavement of 
which has been injured by the Manhattan Water Works that a pro- 
portion of the money received by this board from the said Company 
on account of damages to the pavements be allowed to the persons on 
whom the assessment shall be laid. And that the Comptroller and 
Street Commissioner prepare and lay before the board an estimate 
for the purpose aforesaid and the like allowance be made in like cases 
where the assessment has already been collected. 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner receive the monies from the 
different Collectors of Assessments and that he open distinct ac- 
counts with them and likewise with the Contractors for regulating 
Streets and that he pay to the Contractors such sums of money from 
time to time [255] as he may deem reasonable and in proportion to 
the work performed 

Assessments were received for the drain in Beaver Street and 



24 June 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 21 

Broad Street and for repaying Beaver Street Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and John Bussing appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner presented a report for improving and 
extending the upper part of the Bowery road Ordered that the same 
be referred to Alderman Van Zandt. Gilbert and Drake. 

Richard Nixon was appointed assistant to Captain Petersons 
Watch Company 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
Daniel Gannon and Abraham Verbryck be reinstated as Watchmen 
of Captain Dumboltons Company 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 1748 to 1755 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the City Inspector be directed to procure proper 
furniture for the Office of the board of health 

The following report was received from the Comptroller to wit. 

The Comptroller to whom was referred the Several papers relat- 
ing to the claims of Charles Smith Respectfully reports 

That the claims of M r Smith for an abatement of dock hire are 
founded upon his being deprived of the piers at Fly market. Coffee 
house, and Old [256] Slips, also Remsen and Rikers wharf at Burling 
Slip and at Charlotte Slip by Isaac Clason 

M r Smith makes the amount of damages $3501 this claim was pre- 
sented to the Corporation 28 June 1804 two reports of the former 
Comptroller have been presented in relation to them and no decision 
had. 

M r Smith hired the public slips and wharves 1 May 1802 for two 
years for $33.000 and he has since hired them for two years for 
$30.000. the Corporation having leased the public wharves and Slips 
for $3000 less the present term (it is believed) in consequence of 
M r Smiths being now deprived of the benefit arising from those piers 
by a decision of the Supreme Court. 

It appears that in the first report of the former Comptroller which 
it may be proper now to read an attempt is made to make a calculation 
of the probable damages sustained by M r Smith. It is therein stated 
that the sum of $2361 would be the most that M r Smith in all proba- 
bility could have lost by being deprived of these piers slips and 
wharves 

Every information has been diligently sought on this subject in 
order to render equal justice. It is therefore believed that if the sum 



22 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 June 1805 

of $2000 be allowed to M r Smith for the privations he has sustained, 
it will be a full compensation 

A considerable sum of money is withheld by M r Smith in con- 
sequence of the board not coming to a decision on his claims. It is 
therefore recommended that the sum of $2000 be allowed him. pro- 
vided he pay without delay the balance now due to the Corporation 
into the City Treasury. All which is respectfully submitted. 

June 17. 1805 Bj. Romaine 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a deduction of 
$2000 be made to M r Smith, upon his immediately paying the balance 
into the Treasury 

[257] The following reports were received, to wit. 

The Alderman and Assistant of the Ninth ward to whom was 
referred the petition of Benjamin Vredenburgh 

Report, that there is no dock near the village of Harlaem, and 
as it would be a public convenience to the inhabitants we therefore 
recommend that the petitioner have a grant for 21 years subject to 
such rent as the Common Council may think proper 
New York June 15. 1805 Abraham King 

Jacob Shute 

The Street Commissioner and Comptroller to whom was referred 
a reconsideration of the above report beg leave to state that they have 
viewed the situation above mentioned, and recommend that Benjamin 
Vredenburgh have permission to erect a wharf from high to low 
water mark fronting to his Land at Harlaem at a point of rocks to the 
South ward of his house and that he build the same fifty feet in 
breadth along the River at right angles with the main road running to 
the River through Harlaem town. That the same be granted subject 
to the future regulations of the Corporation, when other wharves and 
Slips shall be laid out to be erected at Harlaem. That for the present 
M r Vredenburgh pay the Yearly rent of fifteen Dollars commencing 
[258] from May 1. 1806. That the said rent of $15 per annum be not 
raised during the term of 21 years unless some permanent regulation 
shall be made generally respecting docks and Slips at Harlaem 

All which is respectfully submitted 

John S Hunn St Com 1 " 
Bj. Romaine 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that M r Vredenburgh 
have liberty to erect a wharf agreeably to the terms thereby recom- 
mended. 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 23 

Resolved that the Road masters be authorized without delay, to 
call upon the late Road masters who may have any part of the tools 
belonging to the Corporation in their possession and to receive the 
same in behalf of the Common Council 

Resolved that the Lamp Committee cause a Lamp or Lamps to 
be placed at the Dock at Brooklyn near the ferry stairs similar to 
those heretofore ordered at the other ferries in this City. And that 
the Comptroller take measures to have the same lighted. 

Resolved that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss d Warrts 

NOS 1471 Benjamin Romaine for earth to be carted into Collect.. $1000. 

1472 John H Sickles for Building Committee 2000. 

1473 James Cheetham printing for Street Commissioner.... 100. 

1474 Thomas Boyle for repaying Broadway 100. 

1475 Charles Loss for Surveying 50. 

1476 Samuel Stilwell for Surveying 58 5 %oo 

1477 John Hardy for Services 30. 



[259] In Common Council, July 1 st 1805 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Mangle Minthorne 
George Janeway 
Jacob De la Montagnie 
Abraham King 
James Fairlie 
James Drake 
William W Gilbert 
Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Philip Brasher 



Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Mott 

^Esquires. Abraham Bloodgood 
Aldermen. Andrew Morris 

George J Warner 
Clarkson Crolius 
Joseph Board 



[-Assistants. 



A Petition of James Baker for his proportion of the Estate of his 
father Gardner Baker deceased was referred to the Comptroller. 

A Petition of George Lewis that a debt due to his Brother James 
Lewis deceased be paid out of the Estate of Thomas Smith in the 
City Treasury as far as the same will extend was referred to the City 
Treassury. 

The Memorial of the Trustees of New York Dispensary praying 
liberty to Erect Wings to the [260] House used as a Kine pox institu- 
tion and for a donation for that purpose was received and referred to 
Alderman Drake. M r Bloodgood and M r Shute who reported in favor 
thereof Ordered that the said Petition be granted and that the sum of 
$200 be given to enable the Trustees to carry the same into effect 



24 CITY OF NEW YORK l July 1805 

The Petition of Arthur Smith and others that the paving a part of 
Greenwich Street may be deferred was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner. 

Petitions of Eliakim Ford and others against paying the monies 
assessed to them for regulating New Slip, to regulate Delancey and 
Lewis Streets, for a bulkhead at Cortland Street were referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

A Petition of William Baker for a Water grant between Water 
and Front Streets was referred to the Comptroller 

Petitions of Thomas Stagg and others to regulate the foot of 
Dover Street of Robert Lylburn relative to his grant in the Com- 
mons and of Edward W Laight and others for the payment of 
Monies due to them for the assessment of property taken to regulate 
and continue Cherry Street were referred to the Comptroller and 
Street Commissioner 

Lawrence Moore. House Carpenter Church Street and Jacob 
Blank Cartman. Elm Street were appointed Firemen to Company N 
23. and Ephraim Marsh Rector Street. Stone Cutter, was appointed 
a fireman [261] of Company N 24 in the place of Charles Tunder 
resigned 

A Petition of Garret B Abeel and others against taking Manure 
from the New Slip was referred to the Board of Health 

A Petition for a Pump in North Moore Street was referred to the 
Alderman and Assistant of the fifth Ward 

A return from Captain Gobel of the Officers who attended to 
apprehend Vagrants and disorderly persons on the 23 June, and of 
persons offending against the police Laws was reffered to the Attorney 
of the board. 

A return from Captain Gobels Watch Company was referred to 
the Watch Committee. 

The following report was received from the market Committee 

The Market Committee Report. I That the ground on which 
Hudson market now stands is too valuable to be appropriated for a 
market, and is situated in a Street too important for the purpose. 

II That the said Market is in a state of Decay will be useless in 
two or three Years, it being built upon a construction that is incon- 
venient to the public not productive of such a revenue as a new one 
upon an approved plan will undoubtedly be 

III That the Corporation Slip is at present a Nuisance, it being 
so Shallow, that a considerable part [262] of the bottom lays bare at 
Low Water which renders it dangerous to the health of the Citizens in 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 25 

that part of the City that the dock around it is rotten and has part of 
it already given way. The Committee therefore, are of opinion it will 
be for the public advantage to run a Xew bulkhead across the Slip in 
the manner laid down in a map now presented drawn by M r Mangin. 
and proceed to fill up the same, and to Erect a substantial and commod- 
ious market, on the ground to be filled up. to be built of Brick &C 

George Tanewav 1 
Ti Drake Market 

|.l l_/Ii.lNC c f~* 

. ,. Committee 

Ja s rairhe 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed 

The following report was received from the Committee to whom 
was referred the applications respecting a new ferry at Corlaers hook. 

The Committee to whom was referred the report of the Street 
Commissioner and also the several papers in relation to the applica- 
tion for a Xew ferry at Corlaers Hook. 

Respectfully Report. 

That your Committee have examined the subject referred to them 
with considerable attention a Majority of them have viewed the situa- 
tion of the land on both sides of the River, and all the subscribers have 
also heard the several parties for. and against the application. 

Upon a subject of so much importance as well [263] to the public 
interest, as to the individuals concerned. 

Your Committee did not form an opinion without a proper degree 
of caution and deliberation, in presenting their report they have con- 
sidered it their duty to assign the reasons and the principles by which 
their decision has been ground. 

In the first place ferries are establishments of the greatest public 
importance. And in creating them the convenience, safety and ac- 
commodation of the Community are the principal objects to be attained 
the Charter of this City having invested the Common Council with 
the right of forming those establishments at their discretion. Your 
Committee considers that right in the nature of a trust which they are 
bound to exercise in such a manner as shall best promote the con- 
venience and benefit of the public. 

Your Committee believe it perfectly immaterial and totally foreign 
to the principles which should govern the decision of this board, to 
enquire whose property is benefitted. or is not benefitted by those in- 
stitutions, such enquiry might lead to favoritism and partiality, but 
never could advance the general interest. As representatives of this 
City, it appeared to your Committee that the public is entitled to ex- 



26 CITY OF NEW YORK I July 1805 

pect that the board will invariably adopt such measures as are calcu- 
lated to benefit its constituents in general. 

Two questions therefore presented themselves to the Committee. 
First whether the place proposed by the petitioners is in reality the 
best? and Secondly whether if that should be the Case any circum- 
stances [264] did exist which should induce the Board to reject the 
better place? 

Upon the first of these heads your Committee entertained no 
doubt, for Independent of the examinations which had formerly taken 
place the spot had been recently viewed by the Street Commissioner 
and by two of the City Surveyors, the result of their investigation was 
such as to convince them that the natural advantages of the situation 
proposed by the petitioners afford it a manifest superiority and of 
course entitled it to the preference of the board. 

Upon examining the report of the Street Commissioner your Com- 
mittee found it to be correct and they are decidedly of opinion that 
from the foot of Grand Street to Merrills point is not only the best 
place for a public ferry, but that it would be unwarrantably hazard- 
ing the interests of the public to permit the present opportunity of 
securing it to pass by. 

In Stating to the board, the most important particulars in which 
the situation of the present petitioners is entitled to a preference, we 
shall only enumerate the following. 

I The Landings between Willetts and Woodhulls are not nearly 
opposite to each other, while those between Cannons and Morrells are 
sufficiently so. the difference in distance is also very great, being more 
than one sixth part of a passage across the River. 

II The ferry at Woodhulls is situated in a Cove which during 
the winter season is generally obstructed with ice. It appeared to 
your Committee by very satisfactory evidence that during Seven 
Weeks of the last season the [265] landing at Woodhulls was entirely 
useless and the boats were frequently drawn by horses to Merrills 
point [which] is generally accessible and notwithstanding the severity 
of the last season boats could ply between thence and Cannons every 
day. It was indeed contended before the Committee on the part of M r 
Willett that as the last season was uncommonly rigorous no conclusion 
should be drawn from thence they cannot however but view it as af- 
fording a very strong reason in favour of Merrills landing for as that 
was accessible during a Winter so unusually severe it may reasonably 
be inferred that it will generally remain so and again it is well known 
that even ordinary winters produce a considerable quantity of ice and 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 27 

though the Channel of the River may remain unobstructed yet the 
Creeks and Coves are usually filled. 

III. The favorable position of Cannon and Merrills Landings, in 
relation to the situation, course and direction of the tides and eddies 
affords another ground of superiority, equal to those which have al- 
ready been mentioned, the course of the flood proceeds from the point 
of Corlaers hook to Morrills and from thence in an opposite direc- 
tion it strikes the Brandemula shore, with the flood tide when the 
wind is up the river to effect a passage from Woodhulls to Willetts 
would always be difficult and with a horse boat most frequently im- 
practicable for the tide points along the opposite shore are so strong 
and rapid as to render it very nearly impossible to pass them with a 
large boat, and unless they are passed so as to admit of putting [266] 
across near Morrells the boat will not reach nearer than Brandemula 
many other cases of difficulty might be mentioned, but the Committee 
content themselves with observing that in general passages can be 
made with much more certainty, safety, comfort, and expedition be- 
tween Cannons and Morrells that [than] at the present place 

IV. The foot of Grand Street on this side appears to your Com- 
mittee the best, and most eligible spot for the establishment of a ferry, 
because it is by far the widest Street in that part of the City, because it 
communicates with the greatest number of intersecting Streets be- 
cause a public bason of seventy feet is there reserved, and because 
the Market to supply that portion of the City will in all probability be 
established there, and it appears obvious to your Committee that the 
Market and the ferry should be United and communicate at the same 
landing 

V. It appears to your Committee that in general the present ferry 
is alone adapted to the Summer Season and to mild and clement 
weather. It is only at favorable periods and with suitable tides that 
large boats, capable of transporting horses and Carriages can be 
made to ply. but that between Cannons and Morrills a passage can be 
generally effected at all periods. 

In addition to the aforegoing reasons the Committee might mention 
several others also entitled to considerable weight, near woodhulls 
Wharf on the opposite side there is situated a reef of considerable 
extent which is said to occasion rough Water and to be considerably 
dangerous whenever the Wind is high [267] this reef which cannot 
be avoided in a passage from Woodhulls to Willetts. is entirely out of 
the Course from Cannons to Morrills. Upon the whole the result of 
the investigation exercised by your Committee has been to convince 



28 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 July 1805 

them that the present ferry is established at an improper and incon- 
venient place that it is not calculated for permanent duration and that 
the place proposed by the Petitioners is far the most suitable for a 
valuable and durable establishment. 

With regard to the second point whether any circumstances existed 
which unfortunately committed the board to select the worst place 
and to refuse the best for a permanent establishment? Your Com- 
mittee have also endeavoured to consider that question with all the at- 
tention it deserves, they submit to the board the opinion they have 
matured together with the facts and the reasonings which have led to 
its formation. 

It appears from an examination of the Minutes that some time 
in 1802 a petition having been presented to the board for the establish- 
ment of a ferry from the Ground of M r Willett. to that then owned 
by Samuel Titus, that on the 29 November following the Committee 
reported that such an establishment would be usefull. shortly after- 
wards the board proceeded to consider such report and agreed to 
establish a ferry at that place to commence at a future period. 

on the 14 February 1804 and before any Grant was made or 
ordered to be made to M r Willett Thomas Morrell presented a petition 
for a ferry. [268] this petition was ordered to lie upon the table, and 
no Notice was afterwards taken of it on the 27. February upon re- 
ceiving the Report of the then Comptroller, a lease was directed to be 
made to M r Willett for six Years without rent upon condition of his 
making the necessary Wharves and ferry Stairs and restoring them to 
the Corporation in good order. 

M r Woodhull having become possessed of the land of Samuel 
Titus, a similar lease was afterwards directed to be made to him 
which was afterwards extended for a twelve month longer as a 
further Compensation for his improvements. 

No agreement was made with either of those parties that such 
ferry should remain a perpetual one. indeed none could have been 
made. 

Alderman Minthorne one of your present Committee was also a 
member of the Committee who reported upon the subject of the 
present ferry he perfectly recollects that such former Committee 
were solicitious to procure an establishment at or near the place pro- 
posed by the petitioners and that they endeavoured to obtain the con- 
sent of the proprietors for that purpose a ferry being deemed neces- 
sary the former Committee reported in favour of the establishment as 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 29 

the best that could then be procured but certainly did not imagine 
that the public became thereby precluded from the better place. 

Your Committee being fully of opinion that the public interest will 
be promoted by granting the prayer of the petitioners it therefore only 
remains to be considered [269] whether any valid impediment exists in 
the engagement with Woodhull and Willett. Your Committee are 
equally decided in their opinion that no such impediment can be found. 

For in the first place the petitioners are contented with receiving 
a lease to commence from the expiration of those of Woodhull and 
Willett in the next place they do not pray an exclusive right, but 
are willing to receive a concurrent one. 

What is the interest of M r Woodhull and M r Willett in the ferry 
and how would such a grant affect them? It is plain to Your Com- 
mittee, that their only right is as Lessees, the whole ultimate and 
proprietary right of the establishment is in the Corporation From the 
expiration of the Leasses all the interest of the Lessees ceases and it 
is in the power of the Corporation to direct whatever regulation may 
be thought proper : In this view of the subject it must be evident 
that the interests of Woodhull and Willett cannot be effected, by an 
act which is limited to take place after those interests expire 

It was also urged to your Committee that Woodhull and Willett 
had been at considerable expence in building Wharves and other ac- 
commodations for the ferry on this head the Committee would ob- 
serve that although it is always a subject of regret when individuals 
lose by an enterprize. Yet that circumstance cannot operate as a sub- 
stantial ground of argument. For M r Woodhull and M r Willett must 
have known that the board could not be considered as pledged to them 
for a longer period [270] than their leases express, and it would have 
been perfectly absurd in them to have imagined that the board would 
remain forever bound to continue an infeiror [inferior] ferry when a 
far superior one can be procured. 

Your Committee further observe that any expences in which they 
have engaged are also the result of a fair negociation and for which 
they have received the very consideration they contracted for. A 
Lease for six years without rent was granted to them as the stipulated 
price of those improvements, and if in the event they should not realize 
the benefits they anticipated still it furnishes no sufficient inducement 
in this board to sacrifice the interests of the public in their behalf. 

Another argument against the adoption of this measure has also 
been suggested which on a slight view appears to possess some spec- 
iousness and is therefore worthy of reply It has been said that it 



30 CITY or NEW YORK 1 July 1805 

would be legislating for a future board on this head your Committee 
would observe that the measure recommended by them is not to be 
considered as an act of Legislation for a future board but that it is 
making such provisions for the permanent welfare of the public as is 
not only justifiable but strictly necessary, and they take the present 
opportunity of refuting an idea which if sanctioned would nearly 
destroy the usefulness of this Corporation, for if it was considered 
that the common Council were only to direct such regulations as are 
to Commence or be Completed during the period for [which] its pres- 
ent members are elected it is plain that few [271] undertakings of an 
extensive or durable nature could ever be accomplished. The powers 
of the Common Council would be subject to continual diminution and 
would vary with the seasons of the Year In December and January 
its authority would be greater than in September and October be- 
cause in the former period members would have near a twelve month 
to serve, but in the latter they would be confined within the compass 
of a few weeks, the regulation of a Street the construction of a Com- 
mon Sewer or the erection of a market would be considered as im- 
proper because the measure could not be completed until the inter- 
vention of another board. In opposition to an idea so extremely 
pernicious Your Committee would observe that though the Common 
Council in respect to the periods of its election is annual yet in its 
public relations it is always the same body and is bound to consult the 
permanent interests of the Community a future board is properly 
bound by the Acts of its predecessors when those acts are judged ex- 
pedient for the public benefit, nothing is more common and more nec- 
essary than the adoption of measures of a permanent nature and such 
is the practice of every day. In all affairs which concern the property 
or the more important and durable Interests of the public it is neces- 
sary to look beyond the present hour, thus leases are granted foi 1 
twenty one Years or for a longer period, how often have leases been 
renewed for several Year[s] before their expiration? Thus property is 
purchased or sold in fee, Thus an exclusive establishment is consid- 
ered [272] as vested in M r Willett for six years and inasmuch as it 
was necessary to provide a ferry the present board is properly bound 
by the Act of its predecessors though a far superior establishment 
could now be procured Thus likewise the ferry leased to M r Willett 
was established by one Common Council and by them directed to be 
put into operation during the administration of another. When the 
building of a New City Hall was directed it was never mentioned as 
a valid objection to that measure that it could scarcely be commenced 



l July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 31 

/ 

by the members who directed it and that it was legislating for many 
future boards. It was never deemed an impediment that it was antici- 
pating the revenues of several Years over which the then members 
could have no controul and engaging their Successors into unvoidable 
expenditures of an extent so great as to prevent other improvements 
which they perhaps might deem more necessary. It cannot be requisite 
to cite a greater variety of instances in support of a principle thus 
obvious should such an objection be suffered to prevail, it would 
prevent every solid and substantial improvement, destroy the useful- 
ness of the Corporation, and confine its powers within a very narrow 
sphere. Your Committee are convinced that it is the duty of the 
board to provide for the best and permanent interests of the City 
whether those interests are future or immediate and that if they should 
be convinced that the contemplated establishment is necessary they 
would not be justifiable in hazarding it by the Caprice of individuals 
the accidents of time or the vicissitude of events. It is plain to [273] 
Your Committee that nature has constituted that spot the best for a 
ferry It will ever remain so It is therefore necessary and proper to 
secure it It was also mentioned to Your Committee as improper to de- 
termine the place of a New ferry before the expiration of the present 
Leases inasmuch as it may tend to diminish the value of the property 
of M r Woodhull and M r Willett and prevent them from selling their 
lots at as high a price as they might otherwise obtain 

And your Committee are aware that this consideration furnishes 
the principal motive of their objection 

The opinion of the Committee on this head has already been men- 
tioned. The effect of a ferry upon the value of private property has 
been regarded by them as totally foreign to their enquiries. They 
have considered themselves as acting in behalf of the public, and as 
bound to promote the public interests satisfied that the spot proposed 
by the petitioners is by far the best and that [it] is the duty of the board 
to secure for public purposes while an opportunity exists. Your Com- 
mittee have considered that a former Committee was desirous of ob- 
taining it but could not procure the consent of the then proprietor that 
consent has now been obtained but it may hereafter be with drawn 
the property may fall into the hands of infant proprietors who are un- 
able to cede, ground to the public and indeed a variety of impedi- 
ments might occur which would prevent the public from obtaining an 
establishment so essential to their accommodations under these cir- 
cumstances, and acting with a view to [274] promote the general 



32 CITY OF NEW YORK l July 1805 

benefit, your Committee are decidedly of opinion that it is proper and 
necessary to secure the best establishment for the public while it is at- 
tainable. 

Indeed the very reasoning which has been most strenuously urged 
in opposition to the immediate adoption of the measure, upon being 
duly investigated by your Committee appears to dictate a prompt de- 
cision. 

Ferries are not established with a view to any effect upon private 
property but if they are calculated to increase its price, and if a con- 
viction should exist that it will hereafter be necessary to change the 
place of their establishment. Justice and duty to the public most evi- 
dently dictate that instead of concealing such intention, notice should 
be given to the inhabitants. Why should M r Woodhull and M r Willett 
be permitted to dispose of property under an idea and with representa- 
tions which this board are convinced to be fallacious? 

The suspension of a measure which is deemed to be essential, lest it 
should diminish the value, or embarrass the sale of lots would in the 
opinion of the Committee render the board instrumental in the decep- 
tions which might ensue. If therefore the board shall be of opinion 
that in the establishment of Ferries, it is bound to select the best place 
and that the place proposed by the petitioners is in reality the best 
it appears to Your Committee that the earliest publicity should be given 
to its intentions. 

In a Case which is governed by principles so evident, your Com- 
mittee deem it unnescessary to refer to precedent. Yet they may ven- 
ture to appeal to the [275] ordinary practice of this board, there are 
several Wehauk ferries and several to Elizabeth town. 

When it was found that one ferry to Brooklyn was not sufficient 
to accommodate the inhabitants, another was established from Catha- 
rine Slip to the vicinity of the same Brooklyn Wharf. Again Budds 
ferry was established between the Hoboken and Paulus hook ferries 
during the existence of their leases and though the establishment was 
in some measure the effect of a compromise the board in adopting the 
report expressly recognized the principle that it took no concern in 
the calculations of individuals but was governed by a " single eye " 
to the public interest. And it is further to be observed that in the 
very instance before the Committee the ferry at Corlaers hook was 
directed to be established more than a twelve month before it was 
to be put in operation. 

Upon the subject of ferries generally an idea has been suggested 
which deserves the serious and deliberate attention of this board. It 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 33 

has been asserted with great probability that the only effectual method 
of accommodating the public is by the creation of rival establishments. 
The competition produced by jealous and hostile interests, it has been 
reasonably supposed will afford the public a choice, and prevent those 
impositions which are frequently practised when the power of accom- 
modation is vested in a single man, should this idea hereafter receive 
the sanction of the Common Council, it will be optional with the board 
at the expiration of the present Leases to maintain both establishments 
But if, they should then consider [276] the present ferry to be so 
inferior in point of situation as to be incapable of being supported 
Your Committee upon a due consideration of the subject, and to pre- 
vent any complaint of hardship, are of opinion that it would be proper 
to restore to M r Woodhull and M r Willett the property they have 
ceded, together with all improvements thereon. 

The present petitioners have offered to cede to the public a lot of 
ground at the foot of Grand Street together with sufficient ground on 
the opposite shore to erect thereon sufficient accommodations for the 
ferry and to surrender the same to the board for public purposes 
upon receiving a lease similar to that made to Woodhull and Willett 
and commencing at its expiration Your Committee consider such 
proposition to be fair and reasonable and that it would conduce to 
the public interest to accede to it. but they recommend that an imme- 
diate cession of the ground be directed in order to prevent any acci- 
dents which might intervene to deprive the public of the establish- 
ment. 

In presenting this report. Your Committee offer to the board the 
result of their reflections upon a full and impartial examination of the 
subject referred to them while they have patiently attended to the 
Claims of individuals whose private interests are supposed to be con- 
cerned and while they have been anxious to despense strict and equal 
justice to each of those individuals they have been particularly studious 
to promote the public interest and to perform the duties with which 
they are more immediately intrusted They might indeed have [277] 
observed that M r Cannon one of the petitioners is the oldest settler at 
Corlaers hook, that he has kept a ferry at that place near fifty Years, 
and had been led to form a reasonable expectations that whenever a 
regular ferry was established the first lease would have been granted 
to him, but the pretensions of M r Cannon on the one side and those of 
M r Willet on the other, in the opinion of your Committee are alike 
immaterial and should equally Yield to those measures which the sub- 
stantial and general interest of the public requires. 



34 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 July 1805 

Another objection was also stated in the Counter petition as con- 
siderable stress appears to have been the principal ground of objection 
with many of the petitioners. Your Committee have thought it worthy 
of a particular reply. This objection is that the proprietors of the 
Turnpike would sustain material injury and that the neighbouring 
Inhabitants would be put to considerable expences in altering their 
fences in consequence of the diversion of the Road. This objection 
appears to your Committee to be altogether ill founded for in the 
first place it is obvious that an improvement of the ferry will increase 
the travelling on the road and so far from injuring will considerably 
benefit the proprietors of the Turnpike. Secondly M r Morrell has 
stipulated that he will cede a public road equal in breadth to the Turn- 
pike to communicate with it and to form a continuation to his landing 
of consequence the Turnpike itself would become improved without 
[278] any inconvenience being sustained by the Inhabitants, and Your 
Committee also observe that the Turnpike would be rendered more 
conformable to the act by which it was established for by a recurrence 
to the act of 1803 constituting such Turnpike Company, it is found 
that they were directed to lay out and open the road in such a manner 
as to terminate at a place opposite or nearly opposite to Cannon Tavern 
by name this is not the case with respect to Woodhulls landing but is 
strictly so as it regards the landing of Morrell. 

M r Woodhulls in his verbal communication to the Committee also 
mentioned that he owned a landing superior to the present at a place 
termed the Drumpoint. and that is was his intention to erect a Wharf 
there this point which divides his land from that of M r Morrells is at 
a very inconsiderable distance from the present ferry and is formed by 
the reef which has been already mentioned, it must always be liable 
to very great objection on account of the roughness of the water and 
no labour which can be bestowed upon it can render it equal in point 
of situation, safety and convenience to the land of M r Morrell. 

Your Committee have been thus particular in order that the reasons 
and motives which have governed their determination might be fairly 
presented to the board upon a full and impartial examination of the 
subject they are decidedly of opinion that the place proposed by the 
petitioners is by far the best [279] and most eligible for a permanent 
public ferry, and that as no sufficient obstracles exist to prevent its 
being established after the present leases terminates the public Interest 
requires that such establishment should take place. 

Your Committee therefore recommend the following Resolutions. 

Resolved that a ferry be established from the foot of Grand Street 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 35 

to the point of land belonging to Thomas Morrell at the opposite shore 
to commence from the expiration of the present leases granted to M r 
Woodhull and M r Willett and that a lease similar to that made to 
Woodhull and Willett be granted to Cannon and Morrell to com- 
mence from the termination of the leases of the present ferry upon 
their immediately ceding a lot of ground at the foot of Grand Street 
and suitable ground on the opposite Shore both to be selected by the 
Comptroller, undertaking to make suitable accommodations for the 
ferry and agreeing to surrender the possession of the same and all 
improvements thereto [to] the board at the expiration of their lease. 

Resolved that if at the expiration of the present leases, the board 
should deem it inexpedient for the public interest to continue a ferry 
from Willetts Wharf to Long Island, that the property ceded to them 
by Woodhull and Willett be restored to the said Woodhull and 
Willett. 

Jacob Mott 
J D L Montagnie 
[280] Mangle Minthorne 
Ab m Bloodgood 
Jacob Shute 
Abraham King 

But if the reasoning contained in the proceeding Report should 
not be deemed conclusive by the Board there is a method of securing 
every contemplated advantage to the public upon such terms as to 
remove every dificulty and silence every possible objection provided 
the present Petitioners should agree to the same that is to direct the 
new Ferry, immediately to take place, and the public to have the imme- 
diate benefit of the Landings, and in order that Mess" Woodhull and 
Willett should have no pretence of complaining, that in addition to 
their present Lease a Lease of such new Landing shall also be granted 
to them during the present term without Rent, and to compensate 
the petitioners for their Grant to the board that a lease be granted to 
them commencing from the expiration of that of Woodhull and Willett 
By that means the public would have the immediate use of the ferry. 
Woodhull and Willett would receive an additional grant and no objec- 
tion could be urged that it is and act of which the operation is to be 
in future though your Committee are inclined to prefer the resolution 
first offered in order to afford the petitioners time to make suitable 
improvements and accommodations Yet if this board should not think 
proper to concur with them in sentiment in that Case on account of 



36 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 July 1805 

the superior advantages of the situation and the necessity of securing 
it to the public, they would [281] offer the following Resolution. 

Resolved that if the present petitioners for a New ferry from the 
foot of Grand Street to Morrells landing shall consent to such ar- 
rangement and make immediate cessions of a lot of land at the foot 
of the said Street and of suitable land on the opposite Shore that a 
New ferry be immediately established from the foot of Grand Street 
to Morrells point on the opposite Shore and that a lease of the said 
landing be<? also granted to M r Woodhull and M r Willett without rent 
during the continuance of their present term and to compensate 
Cannon and Morrell for their Cession of ground that a similar lease 
be made to them commencing from the expiration of that of Wood- 
hull and Willett upon their undertaking to furnish suitable accommo- 
dations to have the same ready at the Commencement of the lease 
granted to them and surrendering the same to the board at the ex- 
piration of their term But if the said Woodhull and Willett should 
refuse to accept of such grant that then a lease shall be made to 
Cannon and Morrell for Six Years to commence immediately upon 
their making such improvements and agreeing to surrender the same 
to the board at the expiration of their term 

Jacob Mott 
J D L Montagnie 
Mangle Minthorne 
Ab m Bloodgood 
Jacob Shute 
Abraham King 

[282] Ordered that a Copy thereof be furnished the parties inter- 
ested and that the board will meet on Wednesday the 10 th instant to 
hear them, thereon 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition for a well at 
the South West Corner of Hudson and Harrison Streets reported en- 
favor thereof. Ordered that a Well be sunk at such place upon the 
usual terms. 

The following report was received to wit 

The Committee to whom was recommitted their former report 
relative to Duane and Reed Streets Bason, beg leave to present the 
following in addition, viz, 

That they have maturely considered the subject recommitted to 
them, and are of opinion, That the present is the most proper time to 
construct a Bason, at the foot of Duane and Reed Streets ; and that 
it consist of two piers with Ends in the form of an : L : agreeably to 
the plan herewith submitted, instead of three piers recommended in 



1 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 37 

the former report, This will not only make the expence less, but enable 
the Contractor to put the Work in such a State of forwardness as will 
render it secure from the Effects of the weather the ensuing Winter 
The Committee have reason to believe, that the Expence of making 
This Bason will be far below their former estimate, yet to bring it 
accruately [accurately] before the board, They beg leave to offer the 
following resolution. Viz. 

Resolved, that the Street Commissioner advertize [283] for esti- 
mates of the Expence of constructing a Bason at the foot of Reed 
and Duane Streets agreeably to the plan and that he report a view 
thereof to this Board 

J D L Montagnie 
Joseph Board 
John S Hunn 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The following report was received to wit. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of David Crone, 
as also the petition of the Constable and Marshalls of this City Report 
as follows, viz, 

That they cannot with propriety recommend the granting permis- 
sion to sell Household furniture at the place stated in M r Crone's 
petition, but as great convenience to the Inhabitants in the vicinity 
will result, and as no injury to the public can arise, They recommend 
That permission be given to the auctioneers generally, to sell House- 
hold furniture, in Chatham Square, the place assigned as a Horse- 
market With respect to the petition of the Constables and Marshalls, 
The Committee are of opinion, it would be improper to grant it in its 
fullest extent, and that in addition to the places now assigned. They 
have permission to sell their Goods & c at the Corner of East George 
and Lombard Streets, and to rectify a mistake in the ordinance, upon 
this subject, That they have permission to sell Goods & c taken in Execu- 
tion in front of Joseph [284] Burjeau's in Vesey Street, instead of in 
front of Joseph Burjeau's in Greenwich Street, no such person living 
in Greenwich Street. To embrace the objects in this report, The Com- 
mittee beg leave to present the following supplementary ordinance 

A Law, Supplementary to the Law entitled " A Law to regulate 
sales at auction. 

Be it ordained by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York in Common Council convened. That it shall be 
lawful for the auctioneers to sell House hold furniture and articles 



38 CITY OF NEW YORK l July 1805 

of Lumber at the place assigned as a Horse market, near the Xe\v 
\Yatch house and that it shall be lawful for the Sheriff and his Depu- 
ties, Constables, Marshalls or other officers, to sell Goods & in Execu- 
tion at or in front of the house of Joseph Burgois in Vesey Street 
and at the Corner of East George and Lombard Streets in addition 
to the places now assigned by Law. 

George Janeway 
Joseph Board 
J D L Montagnie 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to pave Pump 
Street from the Easterly Canal of second Street to the North canal of 
Division Street ordered that the same be confirmed and that "William 
Hunter, John Youle Benjamin North [285] Whitehead Hicks and 
Thomas Timpson be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to pave Division 
Street Ordered that the same be referred to Alderman Drake, M r 
Mott and M r "Warner. 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance for cleansing the 
Fly market Slip Ordered that the same be referred to the Board of 
Health with power to take such orders as they may deem expedient. 

The following report was received to wit 

The Committee to whom was referred the unsettled accounts of 
Mess 1 ^ Ash and Pearsee respectfully Report 

That it appears from the Books of the Corporation, that a balance 
of One thousand six hundred and eighty five Dollars and fifty five 
Cents, has remained due to the Corporation for the hire of the public 
Docks and Slips by the said Ash and Pearsee, since the first day of 
April 1799 

It also appears that a suit was commenced by the Corporation 
against the said Ash and Pearsee several years since and no decision 
had. It further appears by the Petition of Mess 1 ^ 5 Ash and Pearsee. 
that sundry impediments have prevented them from obtaining the 
Docks Rents from several Individuals and that by the ordinances of 
the [286] Corporation certain Docks, and Slips have been taken from 
them by filling and other privations. The account exhibited for those 
privations is inadmissible in the opinion of your Committee, at least 
to its full amount. 

In order however to bring this business to a close your Com- 
mittee recommend that Mess rs Ash and Pearsee pay without delay the 



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39 



sum of fifteen hundred Dollars into the Treasury; and discharge all 

the Costs of suit accrued on the case. 

J. D L Montagnie 
Philip Brasher 
Bj n Romaine 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that the resolution thereby 
recommended pass accordingly 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrants 

N os 1479 Philip J Arcularius Superintendant of Alms House in 

advance 

1480 Clarkson Crolius Chairman of Committee of repairs... 

1481 Nicholas Lawrence City Watch 

1482 William Van Wart d 

1483 Magnus Beekman d 

1484 William Peterson d 

1485 Hugh Gobel d 

1486 Gad Dumbolton d 149 7 %oo 

1487 John Pintard Salary as City Inspector 326 7 %oo 

1488 James Hardie for services 62 5 %oo 

1489 Beekman M Van Beuren for Working public roads 294 79 Aoo 

1490 Thomas and James Swords for Laws of New York.... 11. 

1491 Peter Hegeman for Rye flour 45 7 %oo 

1492 Conrad Jordan repairing public Lamps 4 8 %oo 

[287] 1493 Robert H Sickles lighting and cleaning City Lamps.... 308 3 %oo 

1494 James Cheetham for printing 4 37 Aoo 

1495 Benjamin DeMilt for regulating public clocks 133 3 %oo 

1496 Christian Nestell for Salary as Inspector of Bread 43 3 %oo 

1497 Thomas Boyle for paving 100. 

1498 John Maghan for paving 100. 

1499 Thomas Riley for paving 40. 



$3000. 
200. 
197 9 %oo 
197^00 
197 9 %oo 
197 9 %oo 



Present 



[288] In Common Council July 8. 1805. 
DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Assistants 



William W Gilbert 

Philip Brasher 

Mangle Minthorne I Esquires 

Abraham King Aldermen 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior. 

A Petition of Samuel, Ebenezer, Thomas and John Winship for 
stands in the Fly market, of Leonard Kline for a Stand in Hudson 
market and of Jonathan Winship for a stand in Hudson market was 
referred to the Market Committee 



Clarkson Crolius 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
George J Warner 
Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 



40 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 July 1805 

Matthias Crane. N 60 Courtlandt Street. George Kaylor Tobac- 
conist Orange Street and William Adams Slater N 30 Chapel Street 
were appointed Firemen to Company N 3 Christian Moore Tobac- 
conist N 2 John Street was appointed a Fireman to Company N 14 
instead of Lewis Lorton expelled, and Evert [289] Van Freighten- 
burgh Cartman of Norfolk Street, and Gilbert Dean Grocer were ap- 
pointed Firemen of Company N 26 instead of James Carman and 
James Van Keuren resigned 

Thomas Taylor was permitted to pile his brick on the side of 
Chamber Street while erecting a Vault for Herman Le Roy. 

A returns from Captain Peterson and Dumbolton Watch Compa- 
nies were referred to Watch Committee 

The Mayor communicated to the board a letter from the Phoenix 
fire Assurance Company of London stating the said Company had con- 
ferred upon the Corporation a new fire Engine of a new construction 
together with suitable hose and stated that the same had arrived and is 
ready to be received Ordered that the Chief Engineer be authorised to 
receive and take charge of the same in behalf of the board and to 
make a public trial of its powers in conveying Water, and that the 
Mayor be requested to return an answer with proper acknowledge- 
ments. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from 1753 to 1758 inclusive Ordered 
that the same pass. 

Resolved that M r Remmey be authorized to employ Scavengers to 
sweep the Streets and cleanse the Gutters before the houses and lots 
of absentees in Case of their neglect so to do and to keep an account 
of the same in such a manner as to receive the [290] expence from 
the proprietors of such lots and houses. 

The Market Committee having made a Report with a Map there- 
unto annexed that it was expedient to erect a market on the Corpora- 
tion bason and the board having agreed to the said report. Resolved 
that the Superintendant of repairs, under the direction of the Com- 
mittee of repairs proceed to build a bulkhead across the said Bason 
and fill up the same in the manner laid down in said map or in any 
other way that shall appear proper to the said Committee. 

The Watch Committee reported that it would be proper to allow 
a gratuity of $23 to the Marshals and Watchman who apprehend 
Francisco Son* a Portuguese charged with the Commission of Mur- 

*Marginal note reads aftenvards condemned & executed. ED. 



8 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 41 

der, to wit $5 to Richard Nixon and $2 each to N. Hill, J Lockwood, 
J Williams, Stephen Hall, Robert Furlong, [Jacob] Banta, P. Pauld- 
ing, Thomas Darling and Thomas Freeburn. Ordered that the same 
be Confirmed and a Warrant issue accordingly. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee Ordered that a well 
be sunk between the Corner of North Moore and Varick Streets upon 
the usual terms 

The Street Commissioner reported that it is at present inexpedient 
to fill in Cortland Slip Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported and Ordinance Compelling the 
proprietors to fill in the [291] lower part of Barclay Street to Vesey 
Street and an ordinance to fill in two sunken Lots on South Street. 
Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported that it is at present unnces- 
sary to regulate Lewis and Delancey Streets, especially as the pro- 
prietors of lots therein are engaged in the expence of regulating other 
Streets. Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

A Petition of Samuel L Mitchell and others inhabitants of the 
Seventh and Eighth Wards praying the establishment of a ferry from 
the foot of Grand Street to Morrells point to Long Island was read 

Alderman Gilbert was made a member of the Tunnel Committee 
instead of M r Warner who resigned 

Ordered that the Superintendant of repairs place benches on the 
Battery. 

John Bussing Collector of the Assessment for a drain in Beaver 
Street and for repaving the said Street presented a return of delin- 
quent proprietors Ordered that Warrants issue 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 
Is d Warrants 

N 1500 Jacob DelaMontagnie Esq r Treasurer of the board of 

health $200. 

1501 John Sickles Treasurer of the building Committee 2000. 

1502 Cornelius Warner Salary as Superintendant of repairs 2l7 5 %oo 

1503 Jacob DelaMontagnie Esq r donation to Watchman 23. 

[292] 1504 G and D Buck and Company for Gun powder for celebra- 
tion of the 4 July 184. 

1505 Thomas Boyle for repaving Streets 100. 

1506 Thomas Riley for paving 25. 

1507 Samuel B Waldron for working public roads 270 s %oo 

1508 Edward Watkeys for Candles 4 3 %oo 

1509 Andrew Otterson for services. . 44. 



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9 July 1805 



Is d Warrants 

N 1510 Edward Moran for services $44. 

1511 E Higgins for painting 14 9 ^ioo 

1512 Cornelius Warner for public repairs 248 %oo 

1513 Cornelius Warner for public repairs 1022 3 %oo 

[293] Board of Supervisors. July 9. 1805 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Abraham King 
James Fairlie 
Mangle Minthorne 
Jacob De La Montagnie 1 
George Janeway J 



i Esquires 
Aldermen 



The Comptroller having represented that the Assessors of the sev- 
eral Wards have not yet completed their tax books. Ordered that the 
Board of Supervisors meet on Tuesday next and that the Comptroller 
notify the Collectors to have their Books prepared by the time. 



[294] In Common Council. July 10 1805 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob De La Montagnie 

Abraham King 

James Drake 

William W Gilbert 

James Fairlie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Philip Brasher 

Mangle Minthorne 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Abraham Bloodgood " 
Clarkson Crolius 
Jacob Mott 
Joseph Board 
George J Warner 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 



Assistants 



The Board commenced the hearing of Council upon the question 
depending respecting the establishment of a new ferry at Corlaer 
hook. 

Returning School monies were received from Christ Church, the 
Methodist Episcopal Church and the German Reformed Church. 



15 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



[295] In Common Council July 15 1805 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



George Janeway 
William W Gilbert 
James Drake 
Abraham King 
Jacob De La Montagnie 
Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Mangle Minthorne 
Philip Brasher 
James Fairlie 



.Esquires 
Aldermen 



Jacob Mott 
Andrew Morris 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 
Clarkson Crolius 
Abraham Bloodgood 
George J Warner 



Assistants 



Petitions of Jacob Graaf. John Scilk and J Hill for the remission 
of penalties on account of their bread being too light was referred to 
the Bread Inspectors 

A communication of Cornelius Ray and A L Bleecker Loan 
Officers stating that the Estate of George B Ewart advertized by 
them for [296] sale is defective was referred to the Counsel of the 
board 

An application of Robert R Livingston Esquire for a Lot of 
ground for the use of the Academy of Arts was referred to Alderman 
Fairlie, Van Zandt and De La Montagnie. 

Petitions of Peter Chappel for a Butcher Stand and of William 
Chevvis for stand N 24 Hudson market and of Daniel Ensley Junior 
for a Stand in the Fish Market were referred to the Market Com- 
mittee. 

A Petition of John Murray that the Streets on Randalls ground* 
may be opened was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A Communication of R Seaman Captain of the State prison guard 
stating that Thomas Dunn one of his men is now confined on a 
Charge of Bastardy was received Ordered that the Mayor be author- 
ized to order his liberation on such terms as he may think proper. 

On receiving a recommendation of the Board of health Ordered 
that the City Inspector be appointed a member of that Board. 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner be authorized to number the 
houses in Mott and Bayard Street and such other Streets as he may 
think proper. 

A Petition of John Freeland and [297] others that the side Walks 
of Bowery may be paved was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 



* Marginal note reads Sailor's Snug harbour. ED. 



44 CITY or NEW YORK 15 July 1805 

Gershom Mills William Thomson John Van Gelder and James Cregier 
be appointed Watchman in Captain Lawrence [s] Company and James 
M c Cracken, Daniel Sherwood Frazer Baker and William Delabee be 
appointed Watchman in Captain Van Warts Company that James 
Kent Junior John Brown. Thomas Whittle and George M c Cammon 
be appointed Watchman and Abraham Quackenbos Daniel See Ryer 
Demarest Peter Night and George Pearce be appointed substitutes in 
Captain Gobies Company that Dugall Campbell and William Letson 
be appointed Watchman in Captain Beekmans Company instead of 
Abraham Verbryck and David Townley. 

An application of William Hardy for the return of his petition 
for an office under the board was referred to the Committee on 
application for offices 

John Clapp Merchant of 33 Vande Water Street was appointed a 
fireman of Company N 12 instead of David Cunningham resigned 
Thomas Gilchrist. Baker N 83 Fair Street. Second Ward was ap- 
pointed a fireman of Company N 21 instead of Walter Nixon re- 
signed and Samuel L Page Junior Repacker. Tunis Van Pelt and 
Jacob Skaats were appointed firemen of Company N 27 instead of 
[298] Harman Blowet, Richard Davis and William Riker resigned. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner for improving the South 
line of Magazine Street was referred to M r Crolius, Board and Shute. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner and resolution respecting 
Maiden Lane was referred to Alderman Drake, M r Hopkins and M r 
Bloodgood. 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance for the extention 
of the pier at Charlotte Slip. Ordered that the same pass. 

Upon receiving the recommendation of the Street Commissioner 
for that purpose Ordered that he be authorized to have the block 
w r hich connects the middle pier at Coenties Slip with the main Wharf 
to be paved. 

An Assessment for paving the intersection of Division Street 
between Rutgers and Clinton Streets was received and confirmed 
Ordered that Hugh Montgomery be appointed Collector 

John Bussing returned a report of the delinquent proprietors in 
the assessment of Grand Street Ordered that a Warrant issue 

A Petition of the inhabitants of Theatre Alley for Lamps was 
referred to the Lamp Committee. 

[299] A Return of School monies was received from the Mora- 
vian Church. 



15 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 45 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
suppression of Nuisances numbered from 1759 to 1767 Ordered that 
the same do pass. 

A Petition of Thomas Ivers for payment of the monies due to 
him on the assessment for regulating and extending Cherry Street 
together with the assessments for such purpose were referred to Alder- 
man King Gilbert and Brasher. 

Ordered that the respective parties concerned in the question 
depending before the board concerning the ferries from Corlaers hook 
to Long Island be directed to examine Witnesses in Writing and that 
from this time until Tuesday the thirtieth instant be allowed them 
for that purpose and that the testimony thus taken be reported to the 
board and that the said parties respectively furnish to each other 
two days notice of the time and place of examining Witnesses. 

Ordered that Alderman Fairlie, Gilbert and Janeway be appointed 
a Committee to report rules of proceeding proper to be adopted in 
determ[in]ing the question relative to the ferries at Corlaers hook. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner have erected on the best and 
Cheapest [300] manner and previous to the next Winter a pier on 
the south side of the bason proposed to be formed at the foot of 
Duane and Reed Street agreeably to the plan submitted to the board 
some time since. 

Archibald Gracie was permitted to erect a Lime house in Pearl 
Street under direction of the Street Commissioner. 

The Committee to whom it was referred to examine the buildings 
of Thomas Post and others reported upon the subject Ordered that 
the said report be referred to the Counsel of the board. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be authorized to advertise 
for the construction of a Machine for ramming the pavement of 
newly paved Streets and capable of being easely removed from place 
to place by the person engaged in ramming the same and that he be 
authorized to offer a reward of One hundred Dollars for such a 
machine the model of which shall have been previously approved by 
the board, the above resolution being proposed to the board was re- 
ferred to M r Warner, Morris and the Street Commissioner. 

Resolved that the superintendant of repairs under the direction of 
the Committee of repairs cause the Corporation bason to be extended 
as far out as the permanent line. 



46 



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22 July 1805 



Ordered that the Mayor [301] issue his Warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay 
Is d Warrants 



NOS 



1514 
1515 



Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $197 9 %oo 



William Van Wart 



do 

1516 Magnus Beekman d 

1517 William Peterson d 

1518 Hugh Gobel d 

1519 Stephen Coles and Son for Rum furnished Alms house.. 

1520 G and J Abeel for powder 

1521 James Drake for Blankets for Alms house 

1522 Robert Stanton for Articles furnished Superintendant of 

Scavengers 

1523 Jacob De La Montagnie Esq r a quarters Salary as special 

Justice 

1524 Theophilus Beekman Esq r the same 

1525 Bernard Oblenis. Clerk to special Justices 

1526 John S Hunn Street Commissioner 

1527 Benjamin Romaine Comptroller 

1528 Abeel W Hardenbrook for a fire Engine 

1529 William Willis for Soap furnished Alms house 



197 9 %oo 
197 9 %oo 
197 9 %oo 
148 9 %oo 

80 4 %oo 
9 2 %oo 

55. 

52 7 %oo 

250. 
250. 
250. 
375. 
250. 
550. 
755 2 %oo 



Jacob Mott 
Abraham Bloodgood 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Aldermen Andrew Morris 

Samuel M Hopkins 
Clarkson Crolius 
George J Warner 



.Esquires 



Assistants 



[302] In Common Council. July 22 nd 1805 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior" 

Philip Brasher 

William W Gilbert 

Mangle Minthorne 

James Drake 

Jacob De La Montagnie 

Abraham King 

George Janeway 

James Fairlie 

A Petition of John English for a Pump in the neighbourhood of 
Potters field, and of Oliver Waldron for a Pump in the Middle and 
Kingsbridge roads were referred to the Alderman and assistant of 
the Ninth Ward. 

[303] A Return from Captain Dumboltons Watch Company was 
referred to the Watch Committee. 

A Petition of Richard Wilkeson and others stating that they are 
injured by the dirt which covers the Street in Broadway near the 
Health Office was referred to the Street Commissioner and City In- 
spector with power to use tan bark for that purpose. 

A Petition of Claude Grapin that his Wife may be admitted in the 
Alms house on his paying her board was referred to the Commis- 



22 July 1805 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 47 

sioners of the Alms house with power to take such order as they may 
deem expedient. 

A Return of School Monies were received from the Protestant 
Dutch Church. 

A Communication was received from the Inspectors of bread and 
referred to Alderman Van Zandt. Gilbert. Fairlie. M r Hopkins and 
the City Inspector. 

John Broome was permitted to erect a Vault at N 75 Stone Street 
under the direction of the Street Commissioner. 

A Communication of William Furman respecting his Accounts 
with [304] the Corporation was referred to the Comptroller. 

A Petition for a Pump in Barclay Street between Chappel and 
Greenwich Streets was granted under the direction of the Alderman 
and Assistant of the Ward. 

A Petition of Charles Loss and others that Brannon Street may 
be continued of the breadth of sixty five feet according to the Cession 
thereof was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of William I Waldron and others respecting the filth in 
Canal Street was referred to the Committee on the Canal. 

William Post was appointed a Fireman to Company N 1 instead 
of Jacob Acker resigned. 

A Petition of Jacob S Mott and others to pave Thames Street and 
a petition of Thomas Ivers and others to regulate the descent in Di- 
vision and Grand Streets were referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The following report was received to Wit. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Communication of the 
Street Commissioner upon the subject of Straitening Magazine Street, 
beg leave to report 

That they have examined the premises [305] and find that the regu- 
lation contemplated by the Street Commissioner is a very proper and 
necessary one. as it will add very much to the beauty of the Street, as 
well as convenience of the Inhabitants and can be done at a trifling 
expence there being no buildings in the way except a small Stable of 
but little value The ground that would be taken for this purpose prin- 
cipally belongs to the Corporation but as it would essentially benefit 
the whole Street. Your Committee are of opinion that it would be 
proper to take it by the usual mode of assessment 

respectfully submitted 
Clarkson Crolius 
Jacob Shute 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 



48 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 July 1805 

A Petition of Abraham Legget and others for a Market near the 
Belvidere Montgomerry Street was referred to the Market Committee 

The following report was received to wit 

The Attorney of the Board has the honor to recommend the Words 
scored in the following extract from the Laws of the Corporation for 
the appointment of a Superintendant of Scavengers & c " as amend- 
ments thereto. 13 th and be it further ordained that no Oysters shall 
be brought into or sold or kept in the said City between the first day 
of [306] June and the thirteenth day of September in any year and 
if any person do or shall bring into the said City any Oyster, or do 
or shall sell, or do or shall have in his or her possession in the said 
City any Oysters Contrary to this Law such person shall forfeit and 
pay as a fine two Dollars for any quantity of such Oyster so brought 
sold or possessed as aforesaid, not exceeding One hundred, and in that 
proportion for any greater quantity. 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed and the said ordinance 
amended accordingly. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner relative to the Road at 
Kissing bridge was referred to the Road Committee. 

John Slidell Junior was appointed a firewarden of the first Ward 
and Isaac Wright was appointed a fire warden of the second ward in- 
stead of John Kane resigned. 

The City Inspector reported an Ordinance for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered 1768 Ordered that the same pass 
the board. 

*Ordered that this board will purchase the instruments appertain- 
ing to the Office of Street Commissioner. 

[307] M r Hopkins ^ Were appointed a Committee to examine the Hydraulic 
Warner j> Machine invented by M r Tomlinson and to report their 
and Mott J opinion respecting it to the board. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner respecting the Whitehall Slip 
was referred to Alderman King. M r Morris and M r Crolius. 

A Petition of Joseph Sidney for remission of a fine for incumbering 
the Street was referred to the Street Commissioner with power to 
take such order as may be proper. 

The following report was received from the Comptroller to wit 

The Petition of Isaac Clason, referred to the Comptroller States 
two sources of grievance The first is that he has erected a Pier into 
the East River on the East side of Charlotte Slip without any orders 

*Marginal note reads Vol. 19. P. 124. ED. 



22 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 49 

from the Corporation, which Pier forms one intire side of said Slip 
that the Dock master, Charles Smith has and still continues to collect 
the Wharfage of the Slip side of the said Pier where since it has been 
erected. The second, states that, for erecting the Bulk-head across the 
said Slip, he has been assessed between five and six hundred Dollars, 
and prays redress in the premises. 

With respect to the first. It has been an established [308] rule and 
practice of the Corporation not to relinquish the Wharfage of the 
public Slips on either side; and no inducement has been discovered 
why in this instance they should yield this right, especially when it is 
considered that, by erecting and extending this Pier M r Clason formed 
a Compleat Bason and safe harbour on the East side, which is wholly 
his property; and without having erected this Pier no Bason could 
have been formed, and his own Waters would have remained exposed 
to the Westerly Storms. Again the Corporation have rented to Charles 
Smith all the public Docks and Slips, and have so far put it out of 
their own power to grant M r Clason the Wharfage on the Slip side. 
With respect to the over assessment for erecting the Bulk head, some 
considerable enquiry, and inspection, has been made. It appears that 
M r Clason has a very large property on the East side of said Charlotte 
Slip, and extending from the river to Harman Street, all in the ad- 
jacent Neighbourhood of the place, and no fact has been discovered 
that the assessors should have rated M r Clason more than an equitable 
portion according to the benefit received by him. as correct a view of 
the premises as could be made from bare inspection is hereunto 
subjoined 

All which is respectfully submitted 
18 May 1805 Bj n Romaine 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed. 

[309] Alderman De La Montagnie ") Were appointed a Committee to examine 
Brasher and > the accounts of the Comptroller for 

Mr Shute J filling in the Collect. 

The said Committee reported that they had examined the Accounts 
and find them right. Ordered that the said Report be confirmed. 

M r John Sullivan was permitted to Erect a Vault at the Whitehall 
Slip under the direction of the Street Commissioner 

Ordered that the Committee of public repairs be authorized to put 
the Court room in order. 

The Assessment for the ground taken to improve and continue 
Cherry Street were referred to Alderman King. Gilbert and M r 
Shute. 



50 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



29 July 1805 



The Street Commissioner reported and Ordinance to regulate 
Crosby Street Ordered that the same pass the board. 

Assessments were received and confirmed for regulating Ferry and 
Cliff Streets and for repaving a part of Pearl Street Hugh Mont- 
gomery was appointed Collector for Ferry and Cliff Streets and John 
Bussing of Pearl Street. 

Assessments were received [310] and confirmed for regulating a 
part of Leonard and Washington Streets and Oliver Jaques appointed 
Collector 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrants 

Benjamin Romaine for dirt to be Carted in Collect 

John H Sickles Treasurer of building Committee for 

use of said Committee 

Latham Bunker for Lamp Oil 

Jacob Barker for Lamp Oil 

A Pattrick for Dock logs 

Samuel L Whitelock for making Cartridges 

John Hardie for services 

Patrick Shay for selling a lot of ground 

Peter Clark for transporting powder etc 

John S Hunn for Books and Stationary 

Gad Dumbolton for City Watch 148 9 %oo 

Thomas Boyle for paving 50. 



$1000. 

2000. 
2381 9 %oo 



722*%oo 
35*^00 
30. 
8. 
17 9 Hoo 



[311] In Common Council July 29. 1805 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



William W Gilbert 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Jacob De La Montagnie 

Mangle Minthorne 

Abraham King 

James Fairlie 

George Janeway 

Philip Brasher 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Clarkson Crolius 
Jacob Shute 
Samuel M Hopkins 
George J Warner 
Joseph Board 



Assistants 



A Petition from Stephen Coles and others proprietors in ferry 
Street against paying for the drain was referred to the Assessors. 

The Inspectors of Bread reported in favour of remitting the fines 
of Jacob Grife, John Hitt and John Siel on account of their bread 
being to light Ordered that the said report be confirmed and the fines 
remitted. 



29 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 51 

*A Report was received from the Inspectors of Bread and referred 
to the Committee on that subject. 

A Return from Captain Dumboltons Watch Company was referred 
to Watch Committee 

George Mitchell Grocer was appointed a fireman of Company N 2 
instead of David Angevine resigned and Jacob T Dominick of 31 
Cherry Street Merchant instead of William Wilson removed. 

A Petition of Benjamin B Beekman for a Water Grant near Dover 
Street was referred to the Comptroller. 

A representation from Garret Heyer that William Neilson has sold 
meat out of market was referred to the Market Committee. 

The Counsel of the board to whom was referred the Communica- 
tion of the Loan Officers reported as follows to Wit. In pursuance of 
the reference made to me in this Case I have enquired into the title of 
George B Ewart deceased to a certain Lot of ground in Rutgers Street 
which I find was purchased by Benjamin Hildreth deceased on the 
nineteenth day of April One thousand seven hundred and ninety one 
from Jeremiah Vanderbilt and Lambert Suydam (as per their deed 
recorded in the Clerks Office in Book N 48 p 371) and afterwards 
conveyed by his Executors to Ewart, but as the will [312] of Hildreth 
was made on the 18 th of April 1790 I am of opinion that his Executors 
had no power to dispose of real Estate purchased after that time and 
consequently that Ewart had no title to the house and Lot Mortgaged 
by him to the Loan Office 
July 19. 1805 Richard Harison 

Ordered that the Clerk furnish the Loan Officers with a Copy of 
the above report 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee. Ordered that 
Cyrus Beedle be removed as a Watchman of Captain Dumboltons 
Company, and that Henry Voorhis be appointed a Watchman of 
Captain Gobies Company intead of James Kent deceased and that 
James Gaman be appointed a substitute of the said Company 

An account of Adolph Degrove for sweeping the Chimnies in the 
Gaol was referred to the Comptroller. 

Resolved that this board will give a premium of $500 for the first 
quantity of good pit coals not less than ten Chaldrons which shall be 
brought to this City having been taken from any pit or mine in this 
State within ten miles of the Sea Shore or of any part of Hudsons 
River below the town of Waterford in the County of Saratoga 

* New page not numbered through error of clerk. ED. 



52 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 July 1805 

The following report was received to Wit 

In addition to the former reports [313] upon the subject the Com- 
mittee to whom was referred the several applications respecting the 
ferries at Corlaers hook report that the several parties interested 
therein have agreed to terms substantially the same with these which 
were recommended in the first report upon the subject and that satis- 
factory testimony has strengthened the conviction of the Committee 
that a ferry from Grand Street to Morrells point would proved a 
valuable accommodation to the public. The public will be benefitted by 
the acquisition of valuable Lots on both sides of the River they will 
acquire the immediate use of the best landings and the progress of im- 
provement in that part of the Town will be greatly facilitated and 
promoted by the constant and easy intercourse that will be afforded 
with Long Island with a view of submitting the question to the board 
in a specific shape the Committee beg leave to submit the following 
resolution in which they have been studious to attend to the public 
interest, and to prevent any misunderstanding which might hereafter 
place the rights of the board in question 

Resolved that a ferry be, and the same is hereby established from 
the foot of Grand Street to Morrells point on Long Island, upon con- 
dition that Abraham Cannon immediately cede to this board in fee 
simple a suitable lot fronting on Grand Street and Thomas Morrell im- 
mediately cede in fee simple to the board two suitable Lots at the 
aforesaid point and that leases of the said ferry be granted [314] 
Marinus Willett and Richard M Woodhull during the continuance of 
their lease of the ferry from Willetts Wharf to Williamsburg. and to 
Abraham Cannon and Thomas Morrell for Six Years from and after 
the expiration of the aforesaid lease granted to Willett and Woodhull 
provided the said Abraham Cannon and Thomas Morrell shall erect 
good and convenient ferry Stairs and other proper accommodations 
for the said ferry and have the same in readiness by the commence- 
ment of their lease, and surrender the same to the board for the use 
of the public at the expiration thereof, and resolved further that the 
lease of the ferry from Willetts Wharf to Williamsburg granted to 
the said Willett and Woodhull be extended and enlarged for the 
space of six Years from the expiration of their present lease thereof, 
the said Lessees respectively always to remain subject and be bound 
to conform to such rules and regulations as the Common Council shall 
from time to time think proper to order and direct with respect to the 
number of men and boats to be employed, the qualifications and de- 
scription of Men and boats, and in respect to every other particular/v 



29 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 53 

which shall be deemed necessary for the better governing and conduct- 
ing the said ferries. And likewise that a clause be inserted in the said 
leases that the board retain the right of instituting other ferries [315] 
and of licencing boats of [if] the public convenience should require it. 

Jacob Mott 
J D L Montagnie 
Ab m Bloodgood 
Mangle Minthorne 
Abraham King 
Jacob Shute 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that the resolution thereby 
recommended pass accordingly. 

The following report was received to Wit. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Resolution of the 24 th 
June and the Report of the Comptroller, respecting White hall Slip 
and the pier on the West side for the accommodations of Hay and 
ferry Boats. 

Reports, that having viewed the said Slip at Low Water, [they] are 
of opinion that it ought to be filled in about 25 feet, and the ferry stairs 
on the East side moved nearer the end ; as the neighbours in the vicinity 
complain, that it is almost impossible for them to live there particularly 
when the Slip is bare and as we have been witnesses of the facts, We 
therefore recommend that the Street Commissioner be directed to ad- 
vertise for estimates and report to this board with all convenient 
speed, [316] having also examined the pier on the West side, we find 
about 4 feet Water and upon further examination for upwards of 
200 feet in the river, we found the depth of Water about 12 feet, the 
Committee are therefore of opinion that the said pier ought to be ex- 
tended to the permanent Line with an L of 20 feet north Easterly as 
the water is very shole. and the expence would be but very trifling, 
when compared to the great accommodation it would a ford to the vast 
number of boats resorting this Slip, and as the owners of the wharfs 
on the East side are only waiting for the pier now in contemplation 
to be run out. Your Committee are also of opinion that that the west 
side of the Slip ought to be exclusively for Hay boats, we are credit- 
ably informed that between 20 and 30 ferry Boats resort this Slip, 
would therefore recommend that the East side together with the L 
on the West side be for the sole use of the respective ferry boats, and 



54. CITY OF NEW YORK 29 July 1805 

the yearly revenue that will be received from the ferrys will no doubt 
be sufficient for to defray the expences. 

New York July 25 th 1805 Abraham King 

Clarkson Crolius 
And w Morris 

Ordered that the [report] be confirmed 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Oliver 
Waldron for a Well at the Corner of the Middle and Kingsbridge 
[317] roads reported that he have liberty to dig a Well at such place 
at his own expence provided he does not extend ten feet from the 
Stone fence Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of John English 
for a well at Old Pottersfield reported that he have liberty to dig 
a Well at his own expence not to extend ten feet from the stone 
fence Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The Road Committee to whom was referred the report of the 
Street Commissioner respecting the New road intended to be cut 
through to Harlem Commons from the improvements made by M r 
Smith at Kissing Bridge Report that it would be necessary to finish 
this piece of Road before any use can be made of that part which 
is already compleated If it is therefore intended that this road shall 
be publicly travelled next year, it will then be absolutely necessary 
that the Street Commissioner be directed to advertise for estimates and 
report them to this board with all convenient speed 
July 29. 1805. Abraham King Chairman 

Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

Assessments were received for regulating Suffolk. Orchard. Henry 
and Third Streets 

[318] Ordered that the same be confirmed and John Bussing ap- 
pointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances to regulate Barley 
and Cross Streets Ordered that the same be confirmed 

An application of the Fisherman respecting lying at the Fly 
Market Slip was referred to the Market Committee. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner relative to Division Street 
was referred to Alderman Gilbert Van Zandt and Drake 

A Report of the Street Commissioner in relation to North Street 
was referred to Alderman Drake M r Crolius and M r Warner 

The Counsel of the board presented the draft of an answer in 
Chancery at the suit of Remsen and Riker. Ordered that the seal 
of the board be affixed thereto. 



29 July 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 55 

The City Inspector reported an Ordinance for the removal and 
correction of Nuisances numbered 1769. Ordered that the same do 
pass 

M r Morris was appointed a member of the Committee to report re- 
specting the the running through of Chamber Street instead of M r 
Crolius resigned. 

[319] The following Report was received from the Comptroller 
to Wit. 

The Comptroller begs leave respectfully to state to the Common 
Council That the monies in the Treasury have been expended, and 
that Warrants issued by the board, have been accepted and paid by 
the Manhattan Company, amounting nearly to ten thousand Dollars 
which remain unredeemed. 

It may be proper to remark that, from the unusual severity of the 
last winter, which called into exercise every charitable emotion, and a 
corresponding disposition to relieve the distresses of the poor, the 
Corporation took a lively interest in affording them relief; which oc- 
casioned the expenditure of [a] large sum of money. From this cir- 
cumstance, the provision made for the last year has not been able to 
meet the demands on the Treasury. 

It is believed that, four or six weeks will elapse before any re- 
sources can be expected from the newly assessed Tax. The sums 
remaining due from sundry individuals for Water Lot rents and other 
dues will give some relief from time to time, nevertheless it is be- 
lieved adviseable that the Corporation take a loan from the Manhat- 
tan Company of twenty thousand Dollars, which may enable them to 
answer the demands against the board until relief can be had from the 
tax. 

The following order is therefore recommended to the Board Viz. 
Ordered, that the [320] Comptroller under the direction of his Honor 
the Mayor negotiate a loan of the Manhatten Company for the sum 
of twenty thousand Dollars to be refunded in a reasonable time and 
that the Mayor be authorized to affix the seal of the Corporation to 
the above to be given for that purpose 

All which is respectfully submitted 
29 July 1805. Bj n Romaine 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The following report was received to Wit 

The Comptroller to whom was refered the Letter of William Fur- 
man to Alderman Montagnie, stating the error of six months of the 



56 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 July 1805 

Charge against himself & Thodocious Hunt for the hire of Catharine 
Slip Ferry, begs leave to state 

That on a further investigation of this business which had become 
envelloped in obscurity ; it does appear as stated by M r Furman, that 
the charge in the books made against them of half a year beyond the 
time for which they rented the said ferry is incorrect and that Mess re 
Stanton and Waterberry who bought the ferry establishment of M r 
Furman previous to the termination of the lease, are justly charge- 
able with the half year rent charged to Hunt & Furman 

The acct of Mess rs Hunt and Furman therefor will stand thus 

[321] Mess 1 " 3 Hunt and Furman 

To the Corporation D r 
N. York 
1800 

March To ballance of rent for the New Ferry $340. 

" Interest from March 1800 to July 1805 126.93 



$466.93 



By Blacksmiths work for ferry stairs ............. $50. 

" Dock builders ace* admitted ................... 47.50 

" Bill for plank " ................... 41.84 

" Ditto for timber " ................... 45. 

" DO for stone " ................... 20. 

" half years rent deducted ...................... 60. 



264.34 

Interest on the above from March 18 to July 1805. 96.66 
Ballance of W m Furmans ace* as Superintendant of 
the fly Market Ferry 254.83 



617.83 



Issued Warrt Balance due W m Furman $150.90 

NO 1557 

Errors Excepted. 
July 29. 1805 Bjn Romaine 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and the Resolution thereby 
recommended pass accordingly 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrants 

1543 Jacob De La Montagnie Esq* Treasurer of board of 

Health $400. 

1544 Richard Terney for paving 180. 



12 Aug. 1805 COMMOX COUNCIL MIXUTES 57 

NOS 1545 John Meghan for paving $120. 

[322] 1546 Thomas Boyle for paving 100. 

1547 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 211.96 

1548 William Van Wart D 211 9 %oo 

1549 Magnus Beekman DO 197 9 %oo 

1550 William Peterson DO 197 9 %oo 

1551 Hugh Goble DO 148 9 %oo 

1552 Gad Dumbolton D 148 9 9ioo 

1553 Malcom M c Euen for repairing lead pipes 5 . 

1554 Bartholemew Skaats ringing Bells 21. 

1555 Henry Gattey for Mathematical Instruments 62. 

1556 Robert Sickles for lighting and Cleaning City Lamps 308.91 

In Common Council August 12. 1805 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor. 



Mangle Minthorne 

George Janeway 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Abraham King 

William W Gilbert 

James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Philip Brasher 

James Fairlie 



Jacob Mott 1 

. Joseph Board 

^Esquires Jacob Shutg ^Assistants 

- rmen Simon Van Antwerp ! 
Samuel M Hopkins J 



A petition of the Congregation of Shearith Israel [323] stating 
that Caleb Vandenberg had improperly used a seal resembling theirs to 
affix upon meat was referred to the Market Committee 

Returns from Captains Petersons Beekmans and Dumboltons 
watch companies were referred to the Watch Committee 

John Striker junior was appointed a fireman of Company N 3 
instead of Samuel Downing resigned Samuel Nichols was appointed a 
Fireman to Company N 7 Charles Roe Cartman of Chamber Street 
was appointed a Fireman to Company N 1 instead of Sebe Brinker- 
hoff resigned Richard Kip N 154 Broad way was appointed a Fire- 
man to Company N 24 instead of Richard Panter removed and 
Richard M Bowne Druggist was appointed a Fireman to Company 
N 13 instead of Thomas Phcebus removed 

Petitions of Philip Romaine. Stephen Hilliker Junior and Christian 
Harriot for Butchers stalls was referred to the Market Committee 

A petition of Hercules Mulligan to be employed in inspecting 
Wood at the Corporation slip was referred to the Committee on that 
subject 

Ordered that the Counsel of the board issue a Writ of possession 



58 CITY OF NEW YORK 12 Aug. 1805 

in the ejectment Suit, against Kip whenever a judgment shall be ob- 
tained. 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
the Suspension of Daniel Gannon a Watchman in Captain Dumboltons 
company be confirmed. 

A petition of certain Bakers for compensation for baking during 
the inclement season last winter was referred to the Superintendant of 
the alms house 

A petition of Charles M c Carthy for remission [324] of a penalty 
for selling liquors without licence was referred to the Attorney of 
the Board. 

Petitions of Leonard Kline. William Kline Matthias Tiers and 
John B Smith for stands in the Fish market were referred to the 
Markets Committee 

On reading the representation of William Lawrence G. N. Bleecker 
and Stephen Van Wyck Attorney of John Thurman Ordered that the 
Street Commissioner be authorized to fix the line where the blocks 
of the petitioners on Front Street shall be sunk 

Petitions of Caleb Vandenbergh for a stand in Catharine Market 
and of David Marsh for a stand in the Fish market were referred to 
the Market Committee 

A petition of Christian Nestell and others for an additional watch 
in Hague Street was referred to the Watch Committee 

A petition for a well at the corner of Hammond Street was re- 
ferred to the Alderman and Assistant of the eight ward 

Ordered that the Market Committee be directed to report upon the 
subject of selling meats out of market 

A petition for a well in Lombard Street was referred to the Alder- 
man and Assistant of the Seventh ward. 

Petitions for Buckets in the Alms house were referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Fire department 

[325] An account from the Comptroller of monies expended for 
filling in the Collect was referred to Alderman Gilbert De la Mon- 
tagnie and Board who reported the same to be correct. Ordered that 
the same be confirmed. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and re- 
moval of nuisances, numbered from N 1770 to 1774 Ordered that the 
same pass the board 

Ordered that the proceedings with respect to the drain in Beaver 
Street be suspended until the next meeting of the Board And that 



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the papers respecting the same be referred to M r Bloodgood Van 
Antwerp and Hopkins 

The Street Commissioner reported assessments for regulating 
Bowery lane Stanton Pearl and North Streets. Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and John Bussing appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported assessments for regulating 
Division, Orchard and Arundel Streets Ordered that the same be 
confirmed and Hugh Montgomery appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances for paving parts of 
Ann Street and Broadway Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
Edward Moran appointed Collector 

Ordered that David Jacobs have leave to erect a lime house in 
Harison Street and Alderman King in Stanton Street under the 
direction of the Alderman and Assistant of the ward 

Resolved that the Road Committee cause a profile of the middle 
road to be made with a view to regulate the same in a permanent man- 
ner and that they report so much thereof as ought to be completed 
this Season 

[326] Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treas- 
urer to pay 
Issd Warrts 
Ns 1558 Philip J Arcularius. Superintendant of Alms house in 

advance for the support of that Establishment $3000. 

1559 Jacob Dela Montagnie Esquire Treasurer of the Board 

of health 500. 

1560 John H Sickles Treasurer of Building Committee 2000. 

1561 Benjamin Romaine for dirt to be carted into collect 1000. 

1562 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 217 5 %oo 

1563 William Van Wart d 217 5 %oo 

1564 Magnus Beekman D 197 9 %oo 

1565 William Peterson do 197 9 %oo 

1566 Hugh Gobel d 148 9 %oo 

1567 Gad Dumbolton d 148 9 %oo 

1568 James Cheetham. printing for Superintendant of 

Scavengers SO^oo 

1569 James Hardy for services 62 5 9ioo 

1570 Tunis Wortman a quarters salary as Clerk 150. 

1571 Beekman M Van Beuren working public roads 361 6 %oo 

1572 James Hogan for paving 100. 

1573 William Mooney for upholsterers work 125 1! H.oo 

1574 Edward Moran for Services 54. 

1575 Andrew Otterson for Services 54. 

1576. John McRenzie for attending potters field 92. 

1577 William M c lntosh for attending observatory 52. 

1578 John Bogert for carriage hire 



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1579 John J Post for rugs $18. 

1580 Inspector of State prison, articles furnished Alms house 208 7 %oo 

1581 John Burger Coroners fees 168 97 Aoo 

1582 Thomas and James Stevenson Blacksmiths work 178 77 Aoo 



[327] In Common Council. August 19. 1805 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Mangle Minthorne 
Abraham King 
Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
James Drake 
George Janeway 
William W Gilbert 
James Fairlie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Trinity 



Jacob Shute 
Andrew Morris 
Clarkson Crolius 
Abraham Bloodgood 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Joseph Board 



Assistants 



A petition of the English Church praying for a foot of ground 
along the fence of the yard of S* Pauls Church was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

A petition of Jacob Tier for a stand in the Fish market or in 
Catherine Market. A petition of John Harman for stand N 35 
Hudson market, of Benjamin Davis for stand N 37 Hudson market. 
A petition of John Hilleker to sell meat in the ninth ward, and of 
Thomas Corleys for a stand in Catherine Market were referred to 
the Market Committee 

A petition of the inhabitants in Roosevelt Street respecting the 
Arch in that Street was referred to Alderman Van Zandt King and 
M r Mott 

A Complaint of Samuel Cox against Captain Gobel was referred 
to the Watch Committee 

[328] An account of the Attorney of the Board was referred to 
Alderman Drake M r Crolius and M r Van Antwerp 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board commence proceedings 
against the Ship Polly for bringing passengers from Ireland and the 
Sloop Fanny for bringing them from Amboy 

Ordered that the Lamp Committee enquire with respect to Lamps 
broken in the neighbourhood of the State prison and in Greenwich 
Street 

A communication of John Murray respecting the Water Lots be- 
tween the new and Catherine Slips was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner and Comptroller 

A communication of George Wallgrove respecting infringements of 



19 Aug. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 61 

the law for the sale of hay was referred to Alderman Janeway. Min- 
thorne and M r Van Antwerp 

A petition of Anthony Lispenard and others for a new ferry 
across the Hudsons river between Deklyns ferry and the Market was 
referred to Alderman Janeway, M r Van Antwerp and M r Board. 

A petition against raising the Bowery lane was referred to M r 
Mott, Crolius. and Bloodgood. 

Returns of delinquents for regulating Elizabeth Street between 
Grand and Prince Streets and for the Bulk head at Charlotte [329] 
Slip were received. Ordered that Warrants issue 

A petition of Daniel Brooks and others that Robert Kenah have 
liberty to sell meat in Division Street was referred to the Market 
Committee 

In consideration of the extraordinary and meritorious services 
heretofore rendered this City by James Hardie during the prevalence 
of malignant fever, and the necessity that may hereafter exist for 
them Resolved if the said James Hardie in the execution of his duty 
as Secretary or agent of the Board of health during the prevalence of 
malignant fever in this City should by exposing or exerting himself 
unfortunately take the same and thereby lose his life that this board 
will make adequate provision for his family 

Ordered that the Market Committee report upon the propriety of 
permitting any persons but regular Butchers and Country people who 
vend the Meat they raise from selling the same in market 

Ordered that this board will allow to Thomas Williams driver 
of the public hearse the sum of Fifty Dollars for his past services and 
an annual salary of One hundred Dollars for his services in future 
commencing from the first of August instant 

The board of health reported a contract with Henry Carpenter and 
George Tompkins to build two mud machines Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and the seal of the Board affixed thereto. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner together with the Attorney 
of the Board be directed to make the necessary investigation touching 
the right of John Kortright to a piece of Land lately taken possession 
of by him, and which there is cause to [330] believe is a part of the 
public road leading to Harlaem lane 

Ordered that this board will contribute the usual allowance to- 
wards a well at the corner of Hammond and George Street 

Ordered that the Superintendant of repairs remove two pumps in 



62 CITY or NEW YORK 19 Aug. 1805 

Mulberry Street and one in Catherine Street which stand in the 
middle of the same 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for paving Sixth 
Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and John Bussing ap- 
pointed Collector 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner. 

The Street Commissioner has been frequently applied to for the 
determination of the Common Council relative to the plan he pro- 
jected for improving the Bowery road; and it is with considerable re- 
luctance he brings forward a subject which has already been reported 
upon by the Committee to whom it was referred; and he only feels 
himself excusable as the report has laid over for further consideration. 

The Board will confer a considerable obligation upon the pro- 
prietors of Ground through which the road is to pass, if they revive 
the subject, and determine [331] upon the principle, "whether this 
plan is not preferable to the former, and if so, whether they determine 
to order it in that direction." 

The difficulties which have arisen at the Common Council Board 
relative to the angular line near M r Morris's may be left for future 
consideration, if the Board have not made up an opinion upon that 
particular, But the importance of a decision upon the whole Street 
ought not to depend upon such a small objection. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

John S Hunr<, 

Street Com r 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 
The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 

The Street Commissioner has the honor to represent, That he 
has been appli d to by M r Barrow in behalf of the Corporation of 
Trinity Church for permission to set their intended Brick Wall on the 
North Side of S l Pauls Church one foot further in Vesey Street, to 
preserve a row of valuable trees unfortunately placed too near the 
present fence. 

Vesey Street is about 64 feet wide, These trees are large & 
beautiful ; and it would be a pity to cut them down. No inconvenience 
would result from granting the request, as the walks on that side of 
the Street will be [332] unincumbered with stoops or cellar doors. 

The Street Commissioner understands from M r Barrow that they 
will leave out an equal number of Square feet in Church Street, if this 



19 Aug. 18C5 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 63 

application is granted, or execute a Lease for the ground in Vesey 
Street subject to an annual moderate quit rent, and for a determined 
period. 

If it is not altogether inconsistent to suffer this encroachment on 
the Street The Street Commissioner hopes he will be excused by 
offering his opinion, that the application of the Corporation of Trinity 
Church ought to be complied with. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

John S Hunn S !t C m 
Ordered, that the Same be confirmed. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 

The Comptroller, & Street Commissioner to whom it was referred 
to treat with Mess: Laurance & King for ten feet of ground to widen 
Leonard Street, from Broadway to Elm Street have the honor to 
report, 

That they have had several conversations with those gentlemen on 
that subject, and that the lowest offer they have been able to procure 
was an actual Sale to the Corporation upon [333] the same terms 
the ground on the other side of Broadway was attained from M r 
Quackenboss (which was at the rate of twenty three hundred dollars 
for about One hundred & Sixty feet) & that they be released from any 
assessment the Corporation may impose to raise the money 

Your Committee have calculated the price now demanded to 
exceed Five Thousand dollars and as they are of opinion, it is too 
much, considering the advantages a wide Street will be to the residue 
of these gentlemens property, they have informed them that they de- 
clined to report favorably of their proposals. 

Your Committee therefore recommend that the ten feet of Ground 
from Broadway to Elm Street (including some belonging to the Cor- 
poration) be taken by the usual mode; which Mess 1 " Laurance & King 
have no Objection to. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

B n J Romaine 
John S Hunn S 1 C m 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 

The Street Commissioner to whom it was referred to Treat with 
the Heir of M r Frederick Rhinelander for the Lot of ground on the 
North side of Jay Street, has the honor to report, 

That he has called several times on M r Rhinelander his son & Heir 



64 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Aug. 1805 

to Know what he was willing to take for his right in the premises 
[334] to be taken to widen Jay Street without being able to obtain 
from him a definitive answer. That M r Rhinelander has no objection 
that the same be taken by assessment and has deferred building in con- 
sequence of this contemplated improvement. 

The Street Commissioner has made some enquiry, and consulted 
M r Harrison relative to M r Rhinelanders Title, from which it appears 
M r Rhinelander purchased upon a Forty foot Street and That he 
has a fee simple claim to the lot in question. It is therefore the Opin- 
ion of the Street Commissioner that a precept ought to issue to take 
it by the usual mode. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

John S Hunn St C 
Ordered that the Same be confirmed ; 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
The Street Commissioner represents to the Board that the house 
erected to cover the floating engine at the bottom of Roosevelt Street 
stands several feet into front Street, and it will be necessary to re- 
move it further into the river to enable the dock Builders to sink a 
Block to form Front Street agreeably to the order of the 27. day of 
may last. 

The Corporation owning the ground [335] adjoining Roosevelt 
Street on the West Side, are Dound (as an individual in the like 
cases) to make half of front Street, as mentioned in the Ordinance. 
M r Beekman, M r Agnew, M r Miller, & M r Franklin, who own the 
Lots contiguous to this spot are willing to unite with the Common 
Council to carry out the blocks together and fill in the same by con- 
tract. Each person to contribute in proportion to their front, and to 
the quantity of ground to be covered: And have applied for the con- 
sent of the Common Council to the plan. 

As it will cost considerably less money to do this collectively, 
there is no doubt in the mind of the Street Commissioner that the 
Common Council will comply ; and he asks their permission to unite in 
the Contract as aforesaid. 

John S Hunn St C mr 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

Alderman Drake "] Were appointed a Committee, to examine 

Mr Van Antwerp and take orders upon the case of Patrick 

and AI r Bloodgood J Gannon a pauper. 



26 Aug. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



65 



Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the treasurer, to 



pay, 



\Varrt s 

X 1586, Cornelius Warner for dock logs ......................... $622 4 Hoo 

1587, Clarkson Crolius Esq r chairman of Committee of repairs 

for building ferry house at Brooklyn .................. 600. 

1588, Joseph Webb, repairing City Lamps ..................... 45 87- ioo 

1589, Edward Meeks Blacksmiths work ........................ I52 31 /lo 

1590, Thomas Boyle, repairing Streets ......................... 78 7 %oo 

[336] 1591, Arthur Johnson, Carting ................................ I43 5 %oo 

1592, Abraham Stagg, Carting dirt ............................ 33. 

1593, John Hoogland, Watch hats ............................. 28 1 %oo 

1594, Abraham Bininger, Do Do ............................. 18 7 %oo 

1595, John Hardy, Services ................................... 36 7 %oo 

1596, Philip Jones, Watch hats ................................ 25. 

1597, Thomas Hazard a quarters salary inclusive of keepers'... 437 5 %oo 

1598, Conrad Jordan, repairing Lamps ........................ 16 9 %oo 

1599, R Dodge, Do Do ........................ 39 3 %oo 

[337] In Common Council, August 26, 1805 
Present, Dewitt Clinton, Esquire, Mayor 



William W Gilbert, 
Mangle Minthorne, 
Jacob Dela Montagnie, 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Abraham King, 
George Janeway, 
Philip Brasher, 
James Drake, 



Esquires, 



Andrew Morris, 
Abraham Bloodgood, 
Jacob Mott, 

' Afdermen, Simon Van Antwer P, 
Jacob Shute. 

Clarkson Crolius 
Joseph Board j 



Assistants, 



A Petition, of Isaac L Miller, for a stand in Catherine market, of 
John B Tenbroeck for a stand in the same market, of John Fitz- 
gerald for a stand in the same market, of Matthias Flager for Stand 
No 51, Fly Market, of Henry Rosekrantz for a stand in Catherine 
Market, of John K Flou for a Stand in the Fish or Catherine Market, 
of George Washington Varian for a Stand in the Fish Market, of 
Peter \Yilson for leave to sell meat in the Bowery, of Samuel Martin 
for a stand in Hudson Market, and of Thomas Hobbs for a Stand in 
the Fish or Catherine Market, and of Adam Kartell for a stand in 
Hudson Market ; were referred to the Market Committee. 

[338] A Petition, from several of the Inhabitants that Butchers 
stands be placed in the Fish Market, was referred to Alderman Dela 
Montagnie, King, M r Morris, Mott, and Crolius. 

Petitions, respecting amendments in the regulations of measurers 



66 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Aug. 1805 

of grain were referred to Alderman Gilbert, M r Board, Bloodgood, 
Van Antwerp, and Warner. 

A Petition of John Prows to be employed in lighting Lamps, was 
referred to the Lamp Committee. 

The Petition of Charles Langley to be relieved from a fine for 
selling Liquors without licence was referred to the Attorney of the 
Board. 

A Petition of Gulian M c Evers and Company, that John Fink may 
be permitted to sell meat in the 9, Ward, was referred to the Market 
Committee. 

Proposals, of Anthony Smith to complete the road near his house, 
was referred to the Road Committee. 

Upon, receiving the report of the Watch Committee ; Ordered, that 
the suspension of Abraham Odell, John Richardson, and James Frost, 
of Captain Dumboltons Company be confirmed ; That Joshua Sher- 
wood, Abel Halbroock, Peter Paulding, Moses Bishop, Jacob Banta, 
Richard Wheeler, Robert Furlong and Henry Mead, be appointed 
Watchmen to Captain Petersons Company, instead of Joseph Brother- 
ton, Henry Storms, John Strang, John [339] Sibert, Nicholas Pitt, 
Adam Hyler, and John Benson, resigned, and Thomas Forbes dis- 
placed, and that Henry Lownsberry, Paul Green, Edward Sutton 
John Bennet, and William Duncan be appointed substitutes to the said 
Company, that Stephen Thorn, John Addington, John M c Mannis 
Lewis Noe, John Mahanay, John Trenchard, Joseph Alden, and 
George Philips, be appointed Watchmen of Captain Beekmans Com- 
pany, instead of Bazillar Ransom, Joseph Parker, Lewis Guest, 
Timothy Clark, William Campbell, Isaac Pangburn, Cornelius Lud- 
lum, and Arthur Miller resigned ; and that Thomas Jennings, Leonard 
Quackenboss, Abraham Bracaw, Adam Miller, James Homes, Thad- 
deus Smith, Jacob Shaut, David Wheeler, Abraham Hart, and William 
Hyer, be appointed Substitutes of the said Company. 

James Roberts of No: 16, Liberty Street Painter, was appointed a 
Fireman, to Company No ; 16 ; instead of Archibald Davie resigned. 

A complaint of Jacob Banker against the attorney of the Board 
was referred to Aldermen Gilbert, Van Zandt, & M r Van Antwerp 

A Petition of John Quackenboss and others respecting the assess- 
ment of Cherry Street, was referred to the Committee on that subject. 

A Petition of Samuel Brewster to be permitted to reside with his 
family in the alms House, was referred to the Committee appointed to 
consider of the application of the Superintendant of the alms House, 
with respect to a compensation in lieu of residing in the said house. 



26 Aug. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 67 

Models for curing smoaky chimnies presented by W m Moore, were 
referred, to M r Crolius, Hopkins & Board. 

[340] The following report was received, to wit, 

The Committee to whom was referred a Communication from one 
of the weighers of Hay report, 

That they have examined the Late Ordinance, regulating the sale 
of Hay, and find no provision is made designating Certain Docks and 
Slips for regulating the Landing of that usefull and necessary Article ; 
We recommend that the Eleventh Section of an Ordinance passed 18 th 
april 1803 be revised; 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

Geo : Janeway 
Mangle Minthorne, 
Simon Van Antwerp, 

Resolved, that the Clerk be directed to draw a Suplimentary Law 
Comporting with the afore mention [ed] report. 
Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

The Committee to whom it was referred to consider and report 
upon the assessment for extending the upper part of Cherry Street, 
having reported the same to be unequal, and recommend that a new 
assessment be ordered. Ordered, that the former assessments be dis- 
approved ; that a new assessment take place, and that Thomas Timp- 
son, John M c Comb, John Youle, Richard Furman, and Gilbert Cou- 
tant be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner, reported the assessment of ground taken 
to widen Warren [341] Street; Ordered that the same be confirmed 
and John Bussing appointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner reported estimates for making the road 
near Kissing Bridge, the same was referred to the road Committee. 

The Street Commissioner reported that he is unable to discover the 
Owners of the Lots of Ground returned by the Collector as delinquents 
in the Assessments for regulating Walnut Street : Ordered, that the 
Sum of $254 % 00 be paid to Abraham Van Gelder the Collector, 
whenever the contract for the said Street shall be completed ; and that 
the same remain a lien upon the Lots assessed according to Law.* 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner; Ordered, 
that a lease for 63 Years be granted to the Corporation of Trinity 
Church for one foot of ground of Vezey Street adjoining the Church 
yard fence at the annual rent of Five Shillings. 

* Marginal note reads Lien on Lots in Walnut Street $254.8. ED. 



68 CITY or NEW YORK 26 Aug. 1805 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
and Comptroller. 

The Comptroller and Street Commissioner to whom the petition of 
John Murray was referred, have the honor to report, 

That they have examined the premises mentioned by the petitioner, 
and find they are inconveniently situated for commerce and within the 
permanent line. 

That as front Street has been Ordered, to be made to the West 
Side of James's Slip ; it would not be improper to extend the line to 
[342] Catharine Slip; but that it would be improper so to do, unless 
additional peirs were made to protect the Shipping. 

Your reporters, are however of Opinion that the proprietors ought 
to petition the Corporation, (if there is a majority of them inclined to 
this measure) to extend their peirs as aforesaid. And that when such 
petition is preferred, it ought to be granted, Provided they would 
engage to abide by the regulations of the Common Council ; as to the 
position of said Piers, take out their grants within three months after 
the Corporation may fix the prices thereon & pay the quits on said 
grant from the date of their petition. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 
Augt 26, 1805, B n Romaine 

John S Hunn S C 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
to wit. 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the petition of 
Garret B Abeel and relative to an assessment for intersections of 
James Slip and Water Street, has the honor to report, 

That the report of a Committee upon the petition of Abraham 
Stagg on the 13. of February last, recommending that the prayer of 
the petitioner to be paid for having said intersections be granted, was 
agreed to by the Board, and an [343] Ordinance was passed in con- 
formity thereto, to assess the amount thereof upon the inhabitants 
benefited thereby. 

It appears to the Street Commissioner that this Committee did not 
advert to the situation of ground for which M r Stagg was to be paid ; 
for they have allowed him for the intersection at the same rate he did 
the rest of the Street including brick and curbstone ; when it is plain 
it ought to have been much less ; as neither brick or Curbstone are 
included in the space for which he claimed compensation. 

By a law of the State, passed in April 1801, the Corporation are 
to be charged with one third of the expence of improving the Public 



26 Aug. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 69 

Slips This has been omitted by the assessors in the case before us ; 
but with no good reason as this intersection fronts the head of the Slip, 
and the open space between the Slip and Cherry Street, containing 
about seventy feet, along the Slip by thirty five feet in breadth, as 
stated in the petition. 

It is only certain that if this work had been done separately from 
M r Staggs Contract it would not have cost above one hundred dollars, 
but by the statement, it is estimated at Dolls 184.90 besides expences 
of assessing and Collecting. 

The Street Commissioner is therefore of the Opinion, that as the 
Corporation are bound to pay one third, and the assessment is far 
beyond a reasonable sum for the work that has been done. The Com- 
mon Council ought to pay one half of the above, to wit, Dolls, 92.45, 
toward [344] the said assessment. 

Street Comm r All which is respectfully Submitted 

office Augt 5, 1805 John S Hunn St : C ra 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 
to wit. 

Agreeably to a resolution of the Common Council Authorizing the 
Street Commissioner to contract for sinking a pier at the lower end 
of Reed Street; he has the honor to report, That he has Contracted 
with Peter and Elias Dob to build said Pier in the best and most sub- 
stantial manner, two hundred & fifty feet beyond the permanent line, 
to consist of blocks of thirty feet square & a solid Ell of 90 feet in 
front, as well as to repair the Old Wharf, and fill in the whole with 
earth without farther Costs to the Corporation For Ten thousand 
Dollars ; being two thousand one hundred & fifty dollars less, than 
the same was estimated for a few weeks ago. 

The payments they have agreed to to except are these ; 

A Note of the Comptroller, or any other person the Corporation 
may authorize to sign in their behalf to be executed in ten days, and 
payable on, 

The 25 October next for $2000. 

Cash On 1st December 2000. 

Cash on 1, January. 2000. 

Cash on 1, February 1000. 

Cash on 1, March 1000. 

Cash on 1, April 1000. 

and the residue on the 1 st of May 1000. 

Di 10.000. 



70 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Aug. 1805 

[345] Mess" Dobs have already begun the work & made consid- 
erable progress therein, and in their contract have engaged to com- 
pleat the whole by the first day of December next, & warrant the same 
to stand firm for one year thereafter 

The Street Commissioner believes it to be his duty to make this 
Communication to the board, and hopes the arrangement of payments 
will meet their approbation. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

Street Comm r office John S Hunn S 1 Comm r 

Aug* 5, 1805. 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner. 

The Street Commissioner believes it to be his duty to communicate 
to the Common Council, that the Jury impannel to declare the recom- 
pence to be paid to the persons supposed to be injured by extending 
Broadway ; Delivered this Verdict to the Court in writing, signed by 
them respectively, on the 24, ultimo ; and of which the following is a 
summary Viz. 

David Dunham for Building $1000. DS 

and for land 1450. 

William Schatzel for land 457 . 

Michael Degray for land 450. 

Thomas Burling for Building 900. 

and for Land 1335. 

Samuel Burling for land 1187. 

and for removing his fence 50. 

Henry Post & Christ. M Slocum for land 62.50 

John Hanmar for land 50. 

Abraham Cargell for land 45 . 

W m Schatzel for an Other piece of land not connected with 
the above . 35.00 



1950. 



amount for Land 5071 . 50 

amount for Buildings 1950. 



Making together Dolls. 7021.50 



[346] The Street Commissioner further informs that Thomas 



26 Aug. lHOf> COMMON COITNIMF, MINITTKS 71 

Burling has moved for a new trial upon the ground, that the verdict of 
the Jury does not allow him a compensation for his I'.nildings. 

All Which is respectfully Suhmilted. 

S C Office John S llmm S l Com' 

Aug 1 5, 1805. 

Ordered that the same he confirmed. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner relative to Chatham Street 
was referred to the Committee on that suhject. 

A Petition of Henry S I', rooks to he released from a penalty for 
permitting persons to tipple in his house, was referred to the Attorney 
of the Board. 

A Communication of the Coroner, stating the dangerous situation 

of a part of the Collect, w;is referred to the Coi illee of I'nhlic 

repairs with authority to take proper measures to remove the danvr. 

The following Ordinance passed the Ilic Hoard, to wit. Whereas, 
many Boys and others are in the constant practise of Hying or raising 
Kites in and near the City therehy occasioning frijdil to horses, and 
endangering the lives of persons travelling. 

lie it Ordained, hy the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of the 
City of New York in Common Council convened, that I rom and alter 
the passing of this Ordinance, if any person or persons whomsoever 
shall raise or ily any kite in any highway, Street, lane or alley within 
two miles of the City Hall, he or they so offending shall forfeit and 
pay the sum of JMVC Dollars for cadi offence to he recovered with 
COStS of suit, ill any Court having cognizance of the same; and if the 
person or persons so [347j olTending, shall he a minor, apprentice, or 
slave, the said fine shall he rccovcrahlc from his or their father, 
Mother, Master, or Mistress, together with costs of suit. 

The following report heing received, to wit, 

The Street Commissioner is under the necessity of again mention- 
ing to the Hoard that M' Stuyvesant further opposes the regulating of 
Streets on Delancy's ground wherein he is interested. I le owns part 
of Stanton, from Orchard to Norfolk Streets, which is included in his 
fence, and he ohjects to opening the street, unless he is exoneiali-d 
from the expence of regulating it. 

as this case is similar to that of North Street, the Street Com- 
missioner hegs leave to propose a reference to the same Commitlee. 

All which is respectfully suhmitted, 

Street Com r John S I hum 

office, Aug 12. 1805 



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2 Sept. 1805 



The Committee to whom the above communication was referred, 
have the honor to report, That they are already acquainted with the 
situation of the premises, and are of opinion that the street be opened 
by the usual course of Law. 

Ja s Drake 
Clarkson Crolius, 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 
Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 

pay: 

Is d Warrts 

N s 1599 Clarkson Crolius Esq r chairman of Committee of Public 

repairs for ferry House at Brooklyn $600. 

1600 Jacob Dela Montagnie Esq r Chairman, of Board of 

Health 1200. 

1601 Nicholas Lawrence, City Watch 217 5 %oo 

1602 William Van Wart Do 217 5 %oo 

1603 Magnus Beekman Do 197 9 %oo 

[348] 1604 William Peterson, City Watch 197 9 %oo 

1605 Hugh Gobel, Do 148 9 %oo 

1606 Gad Dumbolton Do 148 9 %oo 

1607 John Miglan, for paving 87 7 %oo 

1608 James Cheetham for Printing 452 4 %oo 

1609 Cornelius Warner, for Dock logs 1854. 

1610 John Farrington for Attending Battery 8. 

1611 Bartholemew Skaats Y+ salary including assistant 134 2 9ioo 

1612 Charles Van Orden a quarters rent of room for City 

Watch 25. 

1613 Samuel Montgomery & Barnet Newkirk for attending fly 

Market 54. 

1614 Richard Terny for paving 66 5 %oo 

1615 Thomas Boyle for paving 67 2 %oo 

1616 James Hogan Do 100. 

[349] In Common Council, September 2, 1805. 

Present, Dewitt Clinton Esquire Mayor, 

Maturin Livingston Esquire, Recorder, 

Andrew Morris, 
Jacob Mott, 
Abraham Bloodgood, 
Simon Van Antwerp, 

Aldermen. J acob Shute > 

Samuel M Hopkins, 

Clarkson Crolius, 



Philip Brasher, 
James Drake, 
Mangle Minthorne, 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Abraham King, 
George Janeway, 
William W Gilbert. 



Esquires, 



Joseph Board, 



Assistants. 



A petition of Samuel B Harper and others, against placing stalls in 
the Fish Market, was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



2 Sept. 1805 COMMON COUXCIL MIXTJTES 73 

Petitions of Joseph Watkins and Others for a new ferry from the 
market in Greenwich Street; and of Gabriel V Ludlow and others for 
a Ferry from the Foot of Duane Street ; were referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. 

A Petition of Charles McCarthy respecting his lease at the corner 
of Cherry Street; was referred to the Comptroller. 

The Petition of William Lawrence [350] respecting filling up his 
Water Lot at the foot of Dover Street, was referred to Aldermen. 
Janeway, Drake and M r Mott. 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee ; Ordered, that 
Isaac Varian, Peter Valentine, and Philip Bowerham, have stands in 
the Catherine Market, and Peter Chapel a stand in the Oswego Market. 

The following report was received from the Watch Committee, 

The Watch Committee to whom was referred the suspension of 
' Dugall Campbell and Samuel Dunn, for being suspected of detaining 
in an unlawful way a Black Lead Pencil, and a silver case, from 
Daniel Cromwell," submit the following report 

That they have diligently investigated the circumstances of the 
above case, and find that not the least cause of suspicion attaches to 
the above named Samuel Dunn, in that case, and as he produces un- 
exceptionable testimonials of his good character, and of his being a 
good Watchman ; The Committee recommend that he be restored to his 
former situation, in Captain Dumbolton's Company. As respects the 
Case of M r Campbell, the Committee cannot at present undertake to 
pronounce, as it is in a Train of legal Investigation. Sept 2 nd 1805. 

J D L Montagnie 
George Janeway. 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

[351] The Petition of Isaac Emmons and others, for the opening 
Bayards Street, of John Murphy to purchase a strip of ground in 
Augustus Street, and of W r illiam Smith and others, to make the pier 
in George Street, were referred to the Street Commissioner. 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee, in the case of 
Caleb Vandenberg, for affixing the Jewish Seal to meat; Ordered, 
that he be suspended, as a Butcher. 

A Petition of Garret B Abeel respecting the proceedings against 
the ship Polly, for landing passengers contrary to law, was referred to 
Alderman Brasher, Drake, and M r Crolius 

The Petition of Moses Scott and others farmers of Troy, and 
Lansingburg for the regulation of measurers of grain, was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 



74 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Sept. 

Resolved, that it shall be lawful for the Mayor, whenever he shall 
think proper to grant Licences, or permissions to such persons as he 
may think lit, to carry about, and sell meat, in Carts or other carriages, 
at any place northward of the Three mile stone, in the ninth ward. 

The Lamp Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John 
I 'row to be employed in lighting Lamps, reported, against the prayer 
of his petition. Ordered, that the said report be confirmed. 

A 1'etition, of Samuel II I'urdy to be released from a penalty for 
selling liquors contrary to Law, was referred to the Attorney of 
Board. 

[352] A Petition of Nicholas Boyce for a stand in the Catherine 
Market, was referred to the Market Committee. 

Returns from Captains Lawrences's and Petersons Watch Com- 
panies, were referred to the Watch Committee. 

A Proposition of M r Zabriske to furnish wood to the board, was 
referred to the Superintendant of the Alms house 

The Attorney of the Board reported, in favor of the remission of 
the fine of Henry S Brooks, for selling Liquors contrary to Law; 
Ordered, that the Board do not consent to remit the same. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner. 

The Street Commissioner to whom the petition of John Vreelandt 
and others, was referred, praying that an Ordinance might be passed 
to brick the walks of the Bowery road, has the honor to report. 

That an Ordinance has been passed, to order that portion of the 
Bowery to be filled in with gravel, & curbstones laid ; and that a con- 
tract bad been made with Mess rs ( iosman and M c Coml> to do the Work 
previous to the reference of the above mentioned petition. That if an 
( )nliii:uire was now lo lie passed, to Till in tin- walks with sand, it 
would not only delay the execution of the work until very late in the 
Fall, but so materially interfere with the contract already made with 
(iosman and M c Comb, as to produce great confusion with the work- 
men [353] and great difficulty in apportioning the Assessments 

That be has consulted Mess rs Cosman and Macomb and finds they 
will be willing to substitute sand in the place of the Gravel, and lay 
the walks for such of the proprietors as wish it, at a fair price to be 
agreed upon between them, without the necessary interference of the 
Corporation. 

The- Street Commissioner believes under these circumstances, that 
the prayer ol" the petitioners, so far as it relates to the compulso/r/ry 
measure of the Common Council, ought not to be granted; I'.ut that 



2 Sept. 1S05 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTKS 7.> 

they be recommended to agree with the present Contractors, to make 
the desired alteration. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

S' Com r office John S 11 mm S 1 Com r 

Sep 1 2' 1 1805 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 
The Street Commissioner has the honor to present to the Common 
Council two Ordinances to compell the proprietors of Water Lots 
between Georges Slip, and Charlotte Slip to finish a Bulk head and fill 
in the same, which they were directed to do by an Ordinance passed 
near a year ago. It becomes necessary to enforce this by a new Ordi- 
nance, as the Bulkheads have all been sunk, except one hundred feet, 
owned by Basil Bartow and Nicholas Depeyster, which being 
neglected, leaves an opening in the wharf, and prevents the other 
proprietors from filling in to advantage 

All which is respectfully submitted 

John S Tlunn S' Com 

[354] Ordered, that the same be confirmed, and the Ordinance^ 
thereby recommended, passed accordingly. 

The Street Commissioner presented a report respecting Leonard 
and Maga/ine Streets Ordered that the same be referred to the 
Recorder Alderman Brasher, M r Hopkins, and the Street Commis- 
sioner. 

The following ordinance being presented to the Board, to wit, 

A Law to prevent unauthorized persons from 

exercising the Office of Measurer, passed 1S05. 

1 st 1'e it < )rdained by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty of 
the City of New York in Common Council convened, that if any 
person not holding an appointment Under this Corporation shall exer 
cise the Office of a measurer, to measure any Article except I. umber, 
or Wood of any description for himself, or for any other person, for 
any purpose whatsoever except for the immediate and sole use of 
such person so measuring, and not for the purpose of Sale thereafter, 
such person shall forfeit and pay ten Hollars for eaeh nflVnre ; and 
in case of Measuring Lumber or Wood of any description, such unau- 
thorised person so measuring shall forfeit and pay the sum of fifty 
Dollars for each Offence. 

2 nd And Be it further Ordained, that the Law entitled, " A Law 



70 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Sept. 1805 

to amend the Law, concerning measurers," passed 27 th May, 1805 be 
and the same is hereby repealed: And that so much of the 4 th Section 
of the Law entitled, [355] " A Law to regulate the fees of Weigh- 
masters, and Measurers ", as relates to the penalties for measuring 
be and the same is hereby repealed. Alderman Brasher moved the 
division thereupon, and the same passed as follows, to wit, 

Affirmative, Negative, 

Alderman, Drake, The Recorder, 

Af inthorne, Alderman, Brasher, 

Janeway, Van Zandt 

Gilbert, King, 

M r Mott, Morris, 

Bloodgood Van Antwerp 

Shute Hopkins. 

Crolius 
Board 

Ordered, that the Mayor be authorized to negociate a Loan for 
$20,000, and that the Seal of the Corporation be affixed to a Bond for 
the same. 

Ordered, that Jacob Barker be permitted to erect a vault in Beek- 
man Street, under the direction of the Street Commissioner. 

Resolved, that the sum of $500 be advanced to W Tomlinson to be 
applied by him in constructing such machinery upon upon the principle 
of his new invented [356] hydrautic Engine as he may think likely to 
be applicable to the service of this Board, and most useful therein, 
said sum to be accounted for on Oath, and repaid to the Board before 
any other subscribers in such machinery as he may make, and in an 
account of expences incident thereto. Such advance to be issued, 
upon account to be signed by the Mayor, when he shall receive satis- 
factory assurances that the sum of One thousand Dollars has been 
subscribed for the same purpose by individuals And when the said 
Tomlinson shall give satisfactory security for the due application of 
the said sum of 500 Dollars to the Object aforesaid. 

Ordered, that the Mayor be authorised to issue his Warrants on 
the Treasurer, to pay : 

Iss d Warrants 

N 1637, John H Sickles Treasurer of Building Committee, for the 

use of the said Committee $4000 

1638, Samuel Cowdry Attorney of the Board for Money advanced 

by him $200 



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77 



[357] In Common Council, September 9, 1805 
Present. Dewitt Clinton, Esquire, Mayor. 



Mangle Minthorne, 
George Janeway, 
Jacob Dela Montagnie, 
James Drake, 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Philip Brasher, 
Abraham King, 



.Esquires, 
Aldermen. 



Jacob Mott 
Abraham Bloodgood, 
Jacob Shute, 
Clarkson Crolius, 
Andrew Morris, 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel M Hopkins 



'Assistants 



A Petition of John M c Cawl to be released from a penalty for sell- 
ing Liquors without licence, was referred to the Attorney of the Board. 

A Petition of William Few for Liberty to place bricks and lime in 
Robinson Street; was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of Caleb Vandenburgh to be reinstated as a Butcher, 
was referred to the Mayor with authority to grant the prayer of the 
petition if he shall deem it expedient. 

A Petition of Dirck Amerman to repair the ferry house at Brook- 
lyn, was referred to the Committee of repairs, with instructions that 
it be done. 

[358] A Petition of Samuel Piercy to sell meat at Corlaers hook, 
A Petition of Charles Weatherspoon for stand No : 33 : Hudson Mar- 
ket, and a Petition of Miles Greenwood to remove his vitualling tables ; 
were referred to the Market Committee. 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee; Ordered that 
John Harriot have the Stand in I ludson Market, lately occupied by 
Isaac Varian. 

Samuel Rosett of No. 43, Partition Street, Shoemaker, was ap- 
pointed a fireman of Company No 14, instead of CJarret Neefee 
resigned. 

A Petition of Asa Hall, and others against filling up a street rind 
of Frederick Risler for permission to make a drain from Skinner to 
Frankford Street, were referred to the Street Commissioner. 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee; Ordered, ibni 
Moses Dunenbcrry be suspended as a Watchman, and that, Joshua 
Sherwood be reinstated as a Watchman of Captain Peterson's Com- 
pany; 

Assessments for regulating Pump and Chatham Streets, were re- 
ceived, and confirmed; and John Bussing appointed Collector of the 
assessment in Pump Street, and Edward Moran of the assessment in 
Chatham Street. 

[359] Resolved that the sum of $250 be advanced to M r Tomlinson 



78 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Sept. 1805 

in such security as the Mayor may deem sufficient for faithful appli- 
cation of that sum towards carrying into effect the construction of 
machinery upon the principle of his new invented hydraulic Machine, 
and in other respects to be accounted for upon the principles con- 
tained in the resolution of this Board of Monday last. 

Resolved, that the Comptroller under the direction of the Mayor, 
be authorized to borrow, from time to time a sum of money not not 
exceeding $50,000, on the Credit of this Board, and to affix the public 
seal to a Bond, or Bonds for that purpose, and to place from time to 
time at the disposition of the Board of Health such sums as the public 
emergences may require. 

Resolved, that the Watch of this City be put under the direction of 
the Board of Health, during the prevalence of the Epidemic, subject 
nevertheless to the control of the Common Council ; and that the said 
Board of Health be empowered to increase the number and compen- 
sation of the Watch, and to order the payment for their services, and 
to vary their stations, and make such other arrangements into, in 
relation thereto as the public arrangements may require. 

Resolved, that it be earnestly recommended [360] to the Board of 
Health to perform the requisite measures for the preservation of the 
City against fire, and that the fire department be also put under the 
direction of the said Board of Health during the prevalence of the 
Epidemic as aforesaid. 

Resolved, that the Board of Health be also empowered to take 
such measures as may be requisite for the accomodation and support 
of the poor who may be deprived of subsistence during the existence 
of the decease aforesaid. 

Resolved, that the Butchers of this City be authorized to remove 
to such positions, south, of the three miles stone as may be assigned 
to them by the Market Committee. 

Resolved, that every member of the Common Council shall be a 
constituent member of the Board of Health, and have a voice in their 
proceedings: provided nevertheless, that five members of the said 
Board of Health shall be a quorum as heretofore to transact business. 

Resolved that all the officers of the Board be enjoined to obey the 
directions of the Board of Health in relation to the duties of their 
respective departments during the recess of the Common Council. 

Resolved, that the Justices of the police be authorized to remove 
the police Office to the Bridwell, or to such other place as [361] the 
Board of Health may from time to time assign during the continu- 
ance of the Epidemic aforesaid. 



18 Sept. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



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Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants, on the Treasurer, to 
pay; 

Nicholas Lawrence, City Watch $217 5 %oo 

William Van Wart, Do, 217 5 %oo 

Magnus Beekman, Do, 197 9 %oo 

William Peterson Do 197 9 %oo 

Hugh Gobel Do 148 9 yioo 

Gad Dumbolton Do 148 9 %oo 

W m Shatzel for rent of Court room 93 7 %oo 

James Hardy, for services 62 5 %oo 

Cornelius Warner, public repairs 1099 7 Aoo 

Cornelius Warner. Do Do 995 %oo 

Beekman M Van Beuren, Making public repairs 383 77 Aoo 

Jonas Humbert, salary, as Inspector of bread 82 7 ?loo 

Robert Sickles, Do, as superintendant of lamps 100. 

Andrew Otterson, for services 54. 

Edward Moran, Do Do 54. 

Richard Degroat for repairing floating Engine 137 4 tioo 

James Hogan, for paving 100. 

John S. Hunn, for carting dirt to Vesey Street 500. 

David King, for dinner on 4 July 500. 

M r Tomlinson agreeably to resolution of this day 250. 

Abraham Stagg for filling intersection of James Slip 92 2 ^ioo 

Philip J Arcularius for support of alms House 4000. 



[362] In Common Council, September 18, 1805. 
Present, Dewitt Clinton, Esquire, Mayor, 



William W Gilbert, 
Jacob Dela Montagnie, 
Mangle Minthorne, 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Philip Brasher, 
Abraham King, 
George Janeway, 
James Drake, 



Esquires, 
Aldermen. 



Jacob Mott, 
George J Warner, 
Jacob Shute, 
Andrew Morris, 
Clarkson Crolius, 
Joseph Board, 



Assistants. 



The Committee, to whom was referred the petition of William 
Lawrence for a grant of a Water Lot from the lower end of Dover 
Street, to South Street, reported in favor of the application. Re- 
solved, that a Water grant issue in favour of William Lawrence from 
the front of his grants on the east side of Dover Street to the south 
side of South Street upon such general quit rent, as the Corporation 
may establish, and upon Condition that he keep open at least fifteen 
feet in width from his westerly line along the wharf at Dover Street, 
and from front to South Streets as a public thoroughfare. 



80 CITY or NEW YORK 18 Sept. 1805 

[363] The Mayor informed the Board, that the sum of $20,000, 
directed to be borrowed by an order of the 2 nd instant, had been ob- 
tained from the Manhattan Company, and that the further sum of 
$10,000, parcel of the sum of $50,000, directed to be borrowed by an 
order of the last meeting, had also been obtained from the said Man- 
hattan Company ; which said last mentioned sum of $10,000, had been 
appropriated as follows, to wit, $4000 to the superintendant of the 
Alms house, towards the support of that establishment, $3000, to the 
Board of Health, to be accounted for by that Board, and $3000 to the 
Comptroller for the contingent expences of the City. 

A petition of Barnet Deklyn, respecting the ferry from the state 
prison wharf ; was referred to the ferry Committee. 

A report of the Street Commissioner respecting the application of 
William Few, to deposit Brick and Lime in Robinson Street, and a 
petition of Hector Sinclair and others against the same, were referred 
to M r Mott, Board and Morris. 

A Petition for a Pump at the corner of Hester and Mulberry 
Streets was granted upon the usual terms under the direction of the 
Alderman and Assistant of the ward. 

A Petition of Samuel L Page and others to erect a ferry stairs at 
Brannon Street ; was referred to the ferry Committee. 

[364] Ordered, that the Attorney of the Board take immediate 
measures to have the Writs of Possession executed in the judgment 
against M r Kip for ground adjoining to Bellevue. 

The Street Commissioner reported assessments for paving, Orchard 
Street, from Hester to Grand Street, and for the ground taken to 
widen Leonard Street; Ordered, that the same be confirmed, and that 
John Bussing be appointed to collect the first, and Oliver Jaques to 
collect the latter. 

A Petition of Robert Bucner, and others against the regulation of 
the Bowery road, was referred to Alderman King, M r Gilbert, and 
M r Shute. 

A memorial of M r Stuyvesant, respecting the laying out of his 
streets, was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Seventh 
ward. 

Alderman Drake, 1 Were appointed a Committee, to devise a proper 

De la Montagnie and > plan for defraying the expences of laying out 
M r Warner. J new Streets, and keeping Streets in repair. 



25 Sept. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 81 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 

pay, 

John Hardy, for services $35 . 

Tunis Wortman ^ a quarter salary as Clerk 75. 

[365] Cornelius Warner for public repairs 692.68 

Cornelius Warner for public repairs 314. 3 

Walter Allen for repairing ferry stairs, at Brooklyn 219.63 

John M c Kenzie attending Potters field 31 . 

Kimball and Skaats for painting at Bellevue 100. 

[366] In Common Council, Sep* 25, 1805 
Present, De Witt Clinton Esq r Mayor, 



William W Gilbert, 
Mangle Minthorne, 
Jacob Dela Montagnie 
James Drake, 
George Janeway 



Jacob Mott 
Abraham Bloodgood 



,1 



Esquires Joseph Board ^Assistants 

Aldermen Andrew Morris 



Clarkson Crolius 



It was referred to the Lamp Committee to take such measures for 
the regulation of the City Lamps as they may think expedient. 

The Chief Engineer was authorized to station fire Engines at 
Greenwich, and to form a New Company. 

Divie Bethune ^ 

Jeremiah F Randolph 

Hector Scott L ^ere a PP in ted Fire Wardens of the Eighth 

Peter H Wendover Ward 

and Samuel L Page Jun r 

A Petition of Francis Cooper for the regulation of the two first 
streets parallel and west ward to Broadway, was referred to the Street 
Commissioner. 

[367] The road Committee reported, that D r Van Beuren, the 
road Master, has on hand a considerable quantity of stone ; Ordered 
that road master or Street Commissioner be authorized to dispose of 
the same. 

The Attorney of the Board reported that the Sheriff had deliv- 
ered possession of the ground lately recovered against Samuel Kip 
to the Street Commissioner. 

A Letter from William L Bakewell was received, respecting the 
specimen of American Coal sent to this board ; Ordered, that the Clerk 
be directed to answer the same 

Resolved, that an Ordinance be passed to Direct the proprietors 
of Water Lots on Bullock Street to sink a Bulkhead and fill in the 
same, between the Bulkhead erected by Abraham Cannon and Marinus 



82 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 Sept. 1805 

Willett, and that the Street Commissioner prepare such Ordinance 
by the next Meeting of the Board. 

Alderman De la Montagnie 1 were appointed a Committee with authority 
Drake, > to appropriate a sum not exceeding $100, 

and M r Morris J for the relief of George B. Raymond the 

Marshall who was dangerously wounded by Henry C. Williamson in the per- 
formance of his public Duties. 

[368] Ordered, that the Attorney of the Board be directed to 
pursue legal measures for opening Orchard Street. 

Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 

pay, 

Iss d Wrrts 

No : 1649. John H Sickles for Building Committee $4000. 

1650, John Hogan, for paving 42.28 

[369] In Common Council ; Sep 1 30, 1805 
Present, Dewitt Clinton Esquire Mayor, 
Philip Brasher, 



Jacob Dela Montagnie 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
James Drake, 
Mangle Minthorne, 
George Jane way, 



Abraham Bloodgood "i 
. Andrew Morris, 

Clarkson Crolius, ^Assistants. 



Aldermen. 



Jacob Mott, 
Jacob Shute 



Abraham King, 

An Application was received from William Lawrence respecting 
his Water grant at the foot of Dover Street. Ordered, that Dover 
Street be continued in its present width from Water Street to front 
Street ; and that M r Lydig, and M r Lawrence each give an equal 
quantity of Land for that purpose. 

Alderman Van Zandt, " 

Drslct? 

Were appointed a Committee to examine the 

,,. Treasurers Accounts. 

M r Bloodgood, 

Crolius, 

[370] A Petition of Nicholas Lawrence to be appointed a Weigher 
of Hay at Wallegroves Scales, was referred to the Comptroller, with 
authority to appoint a person for the present. 

A Petition of Benjamin Page and others for the regulation of 
Hammond Street, was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The following report was received from the road Committee, 
to wit, 

The Road Committee, agreeably to the tenor of a resolution of 
the 12 th of August last, directing them to procure a profile of the 
Middle road, with a view to a permanent regulation thereof, and to 



30 Sept. 1805 COMMOX COUNCIL, MINUTES 83 

report how much ought to be completed this season; have the honor 
to make the following partial, 

Report, 

That in consequence of the absence of the Surveyors, and 
the sudden appearance of Malignant Fever, they have not yet been 
able to obtain a complete survey of the Middle road, but they here- 
with submit a profile of about 1600 feet [371] between the Bridge 
near the powder house and "\Yilliam Ogden's gate ; which they are of 
opinion deserve the first attention ; and is as much as it is probable 
can be compleated before the ensuing winter. 

The regulating red line on the profile cuts down more of the Hill 
than might be supposed necessary on a slight view of the premises, 
and this opinion might be supported by a remark, that a faint black 
line on the profile, which is considerably steeper, is the ascent usually 
given to hills on a Turnpike. In opposition to this it must be taken 
into consideration, that although the ascents of the turnpike hills 
(which are 8 or 9 inches on 10 feet) are sufficiently small to answer 
the purpose of slow carting in the country, they would be found ex- 
tremely inconvenient near the City when the passage of carriages are 
so frequent, and that it is beyond a question that the hill will soon be 
sunk to that level, if it is not now done. It is further to be observed 
that the proposed regulation (being above 4^2 inches on 10 feet) is a 
very considerable ascent [372] for a continued line of that length, 
and that it can be dug down cheaper by one operation, that [than] by 
detached periods. 

The Committee believe that a considerable sum may at this time 
be saved in the expence of this road if as many of the men at Bellevue 
Gate that are able were employed at such wages as the Street Com- 
missioner in his discretion may suppose they merit, after deducting 
therefrom a reasonable charge for their diet ; The Street Commis- 
sioner represents that there are 15 or 20 at that place who are willing 
to engage in this way, and may be the means of rendering them a real 
service, while it will be an easy and cheap method of affecting this 
object. 

The Committee intended in a short time to explore the road gen- 
erally and report what further repairs are in their opinion necessary 
at this period : But they believe no time ought to be lost in com- 
mencrrffing] that above mentioned. They therefore propose the sub- 
joined [373] resolutions relative to that subject. 

all which is respectfully submitted 
September 30 th 1805 



84 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 Sept. 1805 

Resolved, that the Middle road from the Bridge near the powder 
house, to W m Ogdens Gate being a distance of 1586 feet be regu- 
lated with a regular ascent of four inches and five hundredths of 
an inch on every ten feet, conformably to a red line on a profile there- 
of made by Charles Loss, and dated the twenty fourth instant. To 
effect which the following alterations will be necessary, Viz ; At 100 
feet north of the Bridge, it will require 5 feet 6 inches filling, thence 
120 feet further requires 6 feet filling, thence 200 feet further it re- 
quires 5 feet, 6 inches, thence 100 feet further it requires 3 feet 6 
inches filling ; then [c]e 80 feet further it remains as it now is, thence 60 
feet further it requires 2 feet 6 inches, digging thence 125 feet further 
it requires 9 feet, 9 inches digging thence 162 feet further it requires 15 
feet 4 inches, digging thence 260 feet further it requires 9 feet 9 
inches, digging thence 150 feet further it requires 6 feet 9 inches, dig- 
ging thence 230 feet further at M r Ogdens gate it is to remain as it 
is now 

Resolved that the Street Commission [374] Commissioner be di- 
rected to employ the men now accomodated at Bellevue gate and other 
persons as he may find necessary to regulate the portion of the Middle 
road described in the preceding resolution. 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed and the resolutions thereby 
recommended passed accordingly. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to sink a Bulk 
head, at the east end of Bullock Street ; Ordered, that the same pass 
the Board. 

Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 

pay, 

Issd Warrts. 

No. 1651, Cornelius Warner for sundries $24.62 

1652, Cornelius Warner for Boards 71.90 

1653, Cornelius Warner for Boards etc 239.97 

1654, Cornelius Warner for Dock stone 70. 

1655, Cornelius Warner for Dock stone 105 . 

1656, Cornelius Warner for Dock stone 45 . 

1657, Adam Boland for iron work 20 8 %oo 

1658, Elias Haviland for Carpenters Work 128 25 /ioo 

1659, Peter Tersele for drawing dock Logs 131 S7 /ioo 

1660, Abraham Lawson for dock stone 160. 

1661, Cornelius Chatterton for Dock stone 146 25 /ioo 

1662, Edward Hemper for Dock stone 16 2 %oo 

1663, John Hilyer for Dock stone 30. 

1664, Ezra Mead for Dock stone 45. 

1665, William Warner for Dock stone 37 5 %oo 



7 Oct. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 85 

[375] In Common Council, October 7, 1805, 
Present, Dewitt Clinton Esq r Mayor, 

Abraham Bloodgood, "" 

Abraham King, "| Jacob Mott, 

William W Gilbert, j Joseph Board, 

Jacob Dela Montagnie, I Esquires Andrew Morris, ^Assistants. 

Mangle Minthorne, Aldermen. j acob Shute) 

James Drake, J George J Warner, 

Clarkson Crolius 
John D Miller ^j 
Tunis Wortman 

Jameson Cox \- were appointed & sworn as Freemen of this City 

Francis Cooper 
John S Hunn J 

A Petition of Thomas Russell and others for a Pump at the upper 
end of Crosby Street was granted on the usual terms, under the 
direction of the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward. 

A Petition of John Bryan for compensation for cooking for the 
poor in the Alms house, was referred to the Superintendant of the 
Alms house. 

A representation was received from the Superintendant of the 
Alms house that the distresses of the labouring poor demand relief, 
Ordered, it be referred to him to relieve them at his discretion. 

[376] A report of the Committee respecting the late regulations of 
the Bowery Lane was referred to the Street Commissioner, with 
authority to direct the laying of the Curb stone as he may think proper. 

Ordered that a Special Sessions with a grand Jury be held on the 
first Monday in November next. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be requested to examine 
the ground North of Prince Street, between a street commonly called 
Bleeckers Street on the Bowery road, and report their opinion on the 
propriety of opening a new street in the direction of Prince Street. 

Ordered, that the Committee of Public repairs be directed to put 
the Court room in the City Hall into proper order. 

A Petition of Elisha Traviss respecting the hog Law, was referred 
to the Attorney of the Board. 

M r Warner was added to the present Lamp Committee, and the 
Lamp Committee were directed to report with respect to the present 
system of lighting Lamps. 



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Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 



pay, 



Warrts 
N 1666, Anthony Steenback for Masons work .................... 

[377] 1667, Robert Sickles for lighting & cleansing City Lamps ....... 

1668, John Manipenny for Carting Earth ...................... 

1669, John Pintard a >4 Salary as City Inspector .............. 

1679, Beekman M Van Beuren working public roads ........... 

1676, P Hamilton & H Maloy, Carting Earth .................. 

1672, Goold Canfield & Moses Archer, Carting Earth .......... 

1673, Alexander Campbell, Carting earth ...................... 

1674, Henry Carr & Arthur Hill, Carting earth ................ 

1675, John S Hunn, to pay for Carting Earth into Corporation 

Dock , 



316 2 %oo 
133 8 vioo 
312 5 %oo 
366 ^oo 
76 7 %oo 
71 87 Aoo 
75 . 
125. 

275. 



[378] In Common Council, October 30, 1805. 



Present, Devvitt Clinton Esq r Mayor, 



James Drake 
Abraham King 
Mangle Minthorne 
George Janeway, 
Philip Brasher, 
William W Gilbert, 
James Fairlie. 



Esquires, 
Aldermen, 



Jacob Mott, 
Joseph Board, 
Andrew Morris, 
Jacob Shute, 
Abraham Bloodgood 
George J Warner, 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Clarkson Crolius 
Samuel M Hopkins 



^Assistants, 



The Petition of John Lovell, for a Butchers stand was referred to 
the Market Committee. 

The Petition, that Hammond Street be opened, was referred to 
the Street Commissioner. 

A Representation of the Commissioner of the Alms-house, was 
referred to Alderman Drake, Brasher and M r Warner. 

A report of Capt Dumboiton respecting substitutes for the City 
Watch, referred to the Watch Committee. 

[379] A Petition, to be permitted to erect a Pump at Charlotte and 
Harmon Streets, granted, under the Inspection of the Alderman. & 
Assistant of the Ward. 

A Petition of Adolphus Loss to be appointed a City Surveyor, 
was received, & granted. 

The Coroner Reported verbally to the Board, respecting, a new 
born Infant near the Corner of Potters field, that was found dead 
supposed to be murdered ; Ordered, that the Mayor be authorized to 
offer a Reward of $100 to discover the perpetrator of the Crime. 



30 Oct. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 87 

Ordered, that the extra Watchmen be discharged, after this night, 
that have been employed during the sickness. 

A Petition of Robert Render & Co: to store Hemp at No: 12, 
Gold Street, was granted under the Inspection of the Alderman and 
Assistant of the Ward. 

Ordered, that the W r harf at the New Ferry be repaired, under the 
direction of the Committee of repairs. 

Ordered, that the Society of Arts, be permitted to deposit Pictures, 
Statues, and other Articles belonging to said society, in the Room 
lately occupied by M r Dela Cosste, during the pleasure of the Board. 

A Petition, of Andrew M c Cready & others against a well being 
sunk in Crosby Street, was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of 
the Ward. 

[380] Report, of the Street Commissioner respecting Cherry Street 
and Robert Vandeburgh was appointed Assessor in the room of John 
M c Comb Junior, who declines serving. 

Report of the Street Commissioner respecting Division Street, to 
lay over until the next meeting of the Board. 

Report of the Street Commissioner respecting Crosby and Duane 
Streets together with the Assessments, referred back to the Assessors. 

Report of the Street Commissioner respecting the Curb Stone in 
the Bowery, Confirmed: 

Ordered that the Mayor, Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 

pay, 

The Building Committee $6000. 

The Commissioner of the Almshouse 3000. 

Theophilus Beekman Esq r 250. 

Jacob Dela Montagnie Esq r 250. 

Bernard O Blenis 250. 

Benjamin Romaine 250. 

Stephen Sands 132 37 /ioo 

Charles Loss 97 5 %oo 

Robert Sickles 384 2 %oo 

Cornelius Warner 353 21 Aoo 

Cornelius Warner 83 9 %oo 

Edward Moran 

Andrew Otterson 

John Hardie 

Charles Warner 26 6 %oo 

John Youle 25 8 %oo 

Henry Watkeys 10. 



88 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Nov. 1805 

[381] In Common Council, Nov br 4, 1805. 
Present, Dewitt Clinton Esq r Mayor, 

Jacob Dela Montagnie ^ 

_. Jacob Alott, 

Wm W Gilbert J . 

., , v . Abraham Bloodgood 

Abraham King, 

,, r ., -7 At, Simon Van Antwerp 

Wynant Van Zandt, 

T-,. ... r, . inquires, Joseph Board, 

Phihp Brasher. f AU T I cu ^Assistants, 

nr 1 TIT- ^u Aldermen, Jacob Shute, 

Mangle Mmthorne 

T -p. , Clarkson Cronus, 

James Drake . 

T, . ,- bam 1 M Hopkins 

James Fairlie H 

,- T George J Warner 

George Janeway 

Ordered, that Garret B Abeel have leave to store hemp in a fire 
proof Store on the East side of the new Slip, under the direction of 
Alderman Drake. 

The Petition of Richard Lawrence and others, that the expences 
of repaving a part of Chatham Street be paid by the public, was 
referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The Petition of Josiah Brown for the remission of Rent at Brook- 
lyn Ferry, referred to the Ferry Committee. 

[382] The Petition of W m Falconer for Permission to deposit 
Bricks, and Build a Lime house at No : 8 Old Slip ; was referred to 
the alderman and assistant of the \Vard. 

Ordered, that the account of Richard Harrison Esq r Council of the 
Board this Day presented, be referred to the Comptroller 

The Petition of Kennith King for Permission to build a Lime 
house in W m Street, was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the 
Ward. 

The Petition of Thomas Phoebus to be appointed a Weighmaster; 
was referred to the Committee on Petitions for Offices. 

The Petition of W rm Droutwine of this City Butcher for a stand in 
Catharine Market was referred to Market Committee. 

The Representation of Philip Henriques respecting his Lot at the 
Corner of Hester and Suffolk streets ; was referred to the alderman 
and assistant of the ward. 

The Petition of John White of this City Butcher for a stand in 
Catharine Market; was referred to the Market Committee 

A representation of the Attorney of the Board, respecting a Suit 
brought in the Justices Court against Elisha Travis, in which he was 
cast, for taking up a Hog found trespassing on his premises : Ordered 



4 Nov. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 89 

that a warrant be issued by the Mayor in favor of the said Elisha 
Travis for $3, 5 %oo being Costs in the above suit 

[383] A Representation of Sam 1 M Hopkins Esq r for over rating 
his house, was referred to the assessors. 

A Report of the Committee respecting the Ship Polly, belonging to 
Garret B Abeel, that the said ship be sold on his giving security to 
abide the event of the suit agreed to, under the advice of the Council 
of the Board 

On the report of the Committee in the Case of George B Ray- 
mond a Marshall, who was assaulted and stabbed by Henry C Will- 
iamson, while in the Execution of his Office as a Marshall ; Ordered 
that the Mayor Issue his Warrant on the Treasurer for $200 as a 
gratuity to George B Raymond. 

Ordered, that the Executors of Cornelius Roosevelt, be Authorized 
to take up such part of Ferry Street as will enable them to Discover 
whether any part of the drain is defective, and if found so, at the ex- 
pence of the proprietors of the property in the vicinity; But at their 
own expence, if no defect in the drain is discovered. 

The following Inspectors were appointed for the next Election of 
Charter Officers, and the Polls directed to be held at the following 
places, to wit, 

First ward. City hall. William Edgar. Daniel MacCormick and 
Gulian Ludlow. 

Second ward. Andre Mathiens Tavern. John Tom. John De 
Peyster Richard L Walker. 

[384] Third ward. S l Pauls Church. Anthony Post. John L. 
Van Kleeck. Benjamin Ferris. 

Fourth ward, Places Tavern, James Tylee Andrew Morrell, 
Adrian Hegeman. 

Fifth ward. Tavern Thomas Street James Davidson. Thomas 
Demarest and Roger Strong. 

Sixth ward, at the English Lutheran Church in Mott Street. John 
Remmey. William Arnold, Peter Lorillard 

Seventh ward, at the house of Daniel Tier, Smith Hicks, George 
Buckmaster Abraham Dally. 

Eighth ward at the Washington Inn George Lindsay. Peter H. 
Wendover and David Marsh. 

Ninth ward at the house of Anthony Smith, Nicholas Fish, 
Jacobus. Dyckman and John Adriance 



90 CITY OF NEW YORK 11 Nov.1805 

[385] Ordered, that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treas- 
urer, to pay. 

Nicholas Lawrence, for City Watch $280 5 %oo 

Wm Van Wart, Do 280 5 %oo 

Magnus Beekman, Do 197 9 %oo 

Wm Peterson, Do 197 9 %oo 

Gad Dumbolton, Do 14S 9 %oo 

Hugh GobeL Do 148 9 %oo 

John Burger, Esq r Coroner fees 111. 

James Hardie, for Services 62 5 %oo 

Tunis Wortman, l / 2 quarters salary as Clerk 75. 

Peter Burtsell, for stationary furnished Inspectors Office 20 5 %oo 

[386] In Common Council, Nov br 11 th 1805. 
Present, Dewitt Clinton Esq r Mayor, 

Jacob Dela Montagnie, 
Abraham King, 



T-, , Abraham Bloodgood, 

James Drake, 

T -c- r Simon Van Antwerp, 

James Fairlie, 



Gilbert, 



George Janeway, 



Esquires Joseph Board, 



Philip Brasher, Ald 

Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
George Janeway, 
Mangle Minthorne 



^Assistants. 



A Communication was received from the Council of the Board, 
respecting the ejectment suit against the devisees of M r Kip ; Ordered, 
that he be authorized to make such arrangements in the premises as 
he may deem just, and most conducive to the public interest. 

A Petition of Samuel L Mitchel for leave to extend his pier near 
Roosevelt Street farther into the East river ; was referred to the 
Alderman and assistant of the Ward, together with the Street Com- 
missioner. 

[387] A Petition of James Green, and of George W Warran, for 
Butchers stands ; were referred to the Market Committee. 

Peter Roome, Sailmaker, No: 86 Liberty Street, Benjamin Mercer 
Druggist, No : 184 W m Street, and Baltus Moore Jun r Tallow 
Chandler No: 212 Broadway, were appointed Firemen to Company 
No 14, instead of Christian Schmeek, Ab m Moore and Henry Clement 
resigned : and Samuel Falconer No 364 Pearl Street, Joseph Petit No 
85 Chamber street, Richard Petit Murray Street, W m Bates No 41 
Hudson street, Benj n Dickinson Washington Street, Robert Sands, 
Washington Street, David Davis, Chamber Street, John T Henderson 



11 Nov. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 91 

No : 203 Greenwich Street, and Jacob Rich No : 284, Greenwich ; were 
appointed Firemen to Company No : 6. 

A Presentment of the Grand Jury at the Court of Special Sessions ; 
was referred to Alderman Dela Montagnie, Brasher & M r Warner. 

Ordered, that the fine of Robert Dawson of $7, 6 %oo be remitted, 
and that the Attorney of the Board be directed to return the money. 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee ; Ordered, that 
Philip Romine Caleb Vandenbergh, and John Fitzgerald have stalls 
assigned them in Catherine Market; that John B Ten Broeck have a 
stall in the place of No: 7, and Isaac L Miller of No: 9; Fly Market. 

[388] A Petition of the inhabitants of Detroit respecting Donations 
to relieve the sufferers of their Town, which was consumed by fire ; 
was referred to Alderman Van Zandt, Fairlie and M r Crolius. 

Upon receiving the report of Watch Committee: Ordered, that 
Samuel Brown be appointed a Watchman of Captain Petersons Com- 
pany, instead of Jesse Williams removed, to the Country; and that 
Benjamin Kiss and Thomas Devoter be appointed substitutes to the 
same. That Enoch Freeland, John Bennet, Ebenezer Samrins, Henry 
Lownsberry, Edward Sutton, and Paul Green be appointed Watch- 
men of the said Company instead of Peter Paulding, Joshua Sherwood, 
Samuel Reed, Moses Bishop, Stephen Hall and John Conrey removed 
to the Country ; and that Samuel Brown, Adam Hyler, Henry Blyden- 
burgh, Hugh M c Dowell John Sickles, and Samuel Cotterall be ap- 
pointed substitutes to the said Company ; and that Jacob Strandt, 
William Hyler, Abraham Hart, Matthew Calyer, Thomas Holmes, 
Adam Miller, Leonard Quackenboss, John Kingsbury. and Ira Mun- 
son, be appointed watchmen of Captain Beekmans Company; instead 
of Thomas Roshay and John Vallance deceased ; and Abraham Brocaw 
Stephen Thorn, John Trenchard, Lewis Noes, John Macharry, Abra- 
ham Deremer, and David Osmoon : And that Daniel Smith, John 
Smith, [389] Ira Monson, David Mann, Eli Goodale, Charles Shep- 
pard, James Always, Dan 1 Rice John Johnston, and George Taylor 
be appointed substitutes to the said Company. And that James Shot- 
well, Garret Ackerman, Henry Frederick, Ebenezer Ward, and James 
Carmer, be appointed watchmen of Captain Van Warts Company 
instead of Barnet B Speer, William Bothery, John Thomas, Joseph 
Willes, and Samuel Moore. 

The Petition, of Charles W Brinhuysen. for leave to erect a public 
pound, was referred to Alderman Gilbert, Minthorne, and M r Shute. 

Thomas Phoebus was appointed a Weighmaster. 



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A Petition of Anthony Smith for an extra compensation for mak- 
ing the road at Kissing Bridge, was referred to the road Committee. 

W'illiam Arnold was appointed Inspector of the Election in the 
sixth ward instead of Henry Jackson resigned. 

A Petition of Augustus Lawrence for a remission of rent was re- 
ferred to the Street Commissioner. 

The following resolution being proposed, to wit, Resolved, that in 
future where public pumps are necessary, they be paid for by a 
regular assessment on the Contiguous [390] property benefitted 
thereby, the usual proportion borne by the public to be allowed under 
the usual restrictions ; the same was referred to M r Warner, Crolius, 
and Van Antwerp. 

Ordered, that it be referred to the Committee of repairs to put 
the fire Engine house at the Gaol in a proper Condition. 

Ordered, that the Committee to whom were referred the petitions 
of Butchers for stands in Fish Market, report at the next meeting, 
and that the Consideration of the subject be postponed until that time. 

Isaac Wright was appointed a Firewarden of the 2 nd Ward. 

Ordered, that a new Inspection district for the Inspection of fire- 
wood be created from the north side of Gaines Dock, and that Enos 
Tompkins be appointed Inspector of the same. 

Ordered, that the sum of $4000 be advanced to the present Con- 
tractors, for furnishing marble for the new City Hall, payable on the 
1 st day of December next upon their giving such security for the 
same as the Building Committee shall approve. 

Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants, on the Treasurer, 
to pay, 

Philip J Arcularius Superintendant of the Alms house for the use of 
that Establishment $1000 . 

[391] In Common Council, NoV 18 th 1805, 
Present, Dewitt Clinton, Esq r , Mayor, 

Jacob Dela Montagnie, 
Abraham King, 
James Drake, 

Esqr 3 

Aldermen 



Philip Brasher, 
Wynant Van Zandt 
George Janeway, 
James Fairlie, 
Wm W Gilbert, 



Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Mott, 
Ab m Bloodgood, 
Jacob Shute, 
George J Warner, 
Clarkson Crolius, 
Andrew Morris. 



rAssistants 



The Petition of Ab m Stagg & C was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner. 



18 Nov. 1805 COMMOX COUNCIL MINUTES 93 

The Petition of Dorothy Smith for the Butchers stand of her late 
husband, John Smith, for George Smith, was read, and Granted. 

The Petition of W m Bond of this City Butcher, to be reenstated in 
his stand in the Oswego Market; was referred to the Market Com- 
mittee. 

[392] Two Letters were delivered to the Mayor, the one by Gen 1 
Boyd, the other, by Gen 1 Morton, wishing the usual quantity o'f 
Powder to be used on the 25 th Instant ; Ordered, that the Comptroller 
purchase the Same. 

The Petition of John Bradburn Teacher, of the Free School at 
the Alms house, was referred to the Superintendant of the Alms 
house. 

The Petition of John M c Kenzie, keeper of Potters field; was re- 
ferred to the Board of Health. 

The Petition of Caleb Concklin, of this City, Butcher, for the Stand 
No: 51, in the Fly Market; was referred to the Market Committee. 

The Petition of John Fasch of this City City, Butcher, for Stand 
No : 33, in the Hudson Market, was referred to the Market Com- 
mittee. 

The Petition of Isaac Selover, to be appointed an Inspector of 
wood, at the Whitehall Slip, was referred to the Committee on Peti- 
tions for Offices. 

The Petition of a Number of Fishermen for leave to Fish at the 
East river, was referred to the attorney of the Board: 

A Letter from John Murray to the Mayor, respecting M r Randalls 
Estate, Sailors Snug Harbour was referred to the Street Commis- 
sioner. 

[393] A Report of the Police Office that Edward Sutton belong- 
ing to Cap tn Peterson's watch, was found sleeping on his Post, was 
referred to Watch Committee. 

The following report of the Committee of the Board of Health 
was received, to wit, 

Resolved, that the report of the Committee on the subject of enum- 
erating the inhabitants* of this City be adopted, and that the same be 
presented to the Common Council for their approbation, and that Al- 
derman Montagnie, D r Miller, & M r Pintard be a Committee to pre- 
pare a schedule agreeably to the principles of the report to be presented 
therewith to the Common Council, on Monday next. 

James Hardie Sec y 
* Marginal note reads Census. See P. 402 552. ED. 



94 CITY or NEW YORK 18 Nov. 1805 

Report, 

Of the Committee of the Board of Health on the Subject of 
enumerating the inhabitants of this City. 

The Committee to whom it was referred, to consider the ex- 
pediency of taking an enumeration of the inhabitants who remained in 
the City during the late epidemic, report, 

That they believe such an enumeration to be important & desirable, 
for the [394] following reasons. Because it will supply the only 
means of calculating the extent, virulence & ravages of the disease 
and of estimating the danger which must have arisen from a longer 
continuance of the inhabitants in the more exposed parts of the 
City. 

Because the result will materially aid the selection of the safest 
situations in the City, in the event of a similar epidemic hereafter, 
will beget confidence in the healthfulness of such situations, and 
thereby will serve to diminish the evils and inconveniences of a 
general flight and a total suspension of Business. 

Because there is much reason to believe it will result from such an 
enumeration that the mortality in the City was far less, in propor- 
tion to the number of People, than has been generally supposed, and 
certainly less than took place in many Districts of the Surrounding 
Country. 

Because, as a medical document, this enumeration will Supply one, 
of a number of important data on which alone physicians will be en- 
abled accurately to compare the Character of the late [395] epidemic 
with former ones of a similar kind as well as with such as may occur 
hereafter, and thereby to Deduce inferences of a practical & perhaps 
of a very interesting nature. 

And finally, Because in the future developements of this pestilence, 
applications and uses of an important kind may grow out of such 
a Document, of which the present state of knowledge does not warrant 
the expectation. 

To obviate any reasonable Objection as to the expence that may at- 
tend this enumeration, Your Committee would suggest that the persons 
to be appointed by the 12 th Section of the Jury Act, for making and 
returning a list of proper persons to serve as jurors, and which, by the 
directions of the said act is necessary to be made about this period, 
should, in the execution of that duty make the enumeration required, 



18 Nov. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 95 

which can add very little to the expence of making, and returning the 
list of Jurors, 

Signed, E Miller, 

James Fairlie 
George J Warner, 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

[396] A Report of the Street Commissioner respecting Canal 
Street ; was referred to the Canal Committee. 

A Representation of the Inhabitants of Leonard Street; was re- 
ferred to the Street Commissioner, the Comptroller and the Attorney 
of the Board. 

Two accounts of George Buckmaster for Oars 8f, was referred 
to the Comptroller to examine. 

Ordered, that the assessment of Magazine Street, and Chatham 
Street, be confirmed, and that Oliver Jaques Collect the money on the 
same. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner respecting Chatham Street, 
between Tryon Row, and James's Street was referred to the Comp- 
troller, the Street Commissioner and Alderman Brasher & Fairlie. 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee, Ordered, that, 
Abraham D Lent, James Morehouse, David Fenton, Isaac Marsh, 
Andrew Ingersoll, and S Tompkins be appointed substitutes of Cap- 
tain Dumboltons Company. 

William H Morris, Jeweller, Broadway, Isaac Brown, Grocer, 
West Street, John Johnson, Blacksmith, Leonard Street, [397] and 
Cornelius Earle, Blacksmith, North Moore Street, were appointed 
Firemen to Company No : 23, instead of Joseph Bunyan, Stephen 
Baxter, Daniel Lee, and Josiah Benedict resigned. Gilbert Haight, of 
the 2 d Ward, Sadler, and James Ronalds Jun r of the 2 d Ward Book- 
seller, were appointed Firemen of Company No : 13, instead of Thomas 
S Willet resigned and Daniel Keene Deceased ; Samuel Lord, and 
Charles Bird, of the Bowery Lane, were appointed Firemen of Com- 
pany No: 10: instead of Samuel Hallet, and Robert Vandenbergh 
resigned ; and Henry Luther, Ropemaker of the 7 th ward, was ap- 
pointed a Fireman of Company No: 31, instead of Lewis Keeler re- 
signed. 

Resolved, that it is not expedient to allow any Butchers stalls to be 
erected in that part of the Fly market, called the Fish Market, at this 
time. 

Ordered, that the Clerk of the Fly Market Do report by the next 
meeting of this Board, the Names of such persons with their place of 



96 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 Nov. 1805 

residence, who are in the habit of exposing Butchers meat for sale in 
the lower or Fish Market. 

Ordered that the Ship of M r Abeel, having been delivered to him, 
on security to the satisfaction of the Mayor, that the Passengers 
[398] which came in the same, do not become Chargeable to this 
City, according to Law, such measures be approved of by this Board 
And Also, that the Sloop of M r Oliver Drake be given up to him on 
the payment on Costs. 

Ordered, that the Floating Engine be repaired under the Inspection 
of the Committee of Repairs. 

Ordered, that the Comptroller notify those persons who are in- 
debted to this Board, that they pay their arrears to him without Delay, 
and take up their Grants and Leases for Common Land. 

Ordered, that Alderman Brasher, Montagnie, M r Warner, and 
M r Pintard, be a Committee to make the necessary arrangements for 
Celebrating the ensuing 25 th day of November. 

Ordered, that the Mayor, Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 



1706, Nicholas Lawrence City Watch .................. $21756/100 

1707, W Van Wart. Do .................. 217 56/100 

1708, Magnus Beekman Do .................. 197 96/100 

1709, Win Peterson, Do .................. 197 96/100 

1710, Hugh Gobel Do .................. 148 96/100 

1711, Gad Dumbolton Do .................. 151 . 

1712, Beekman Van Beuren, Working Roads ............ 397 98/100 

1713, John Hardie, for services ......................... 35. 

1714, Sam' B Waldron, Working roads .................. 1307 23/100 

1715, Thos Hazard, his salary &c ........................ 437 50/100 

[399] 1716, Philip J Arcularius, for his Balance Due ........... 922 7954/100 

1717, Richd Harison Esqr his salary &c .................. 348 79/100 

1718, Charles Van Orden for Rent of Watch house ...... 25. 

1719, Christian Xestell. Inspecting Bread ................ 53 65/100 

1720, John Leveridge & others, attending as Officers at 

the Market & Ferry ............................ 54. 

1721, Kay & Homer. Cleaning Wells &<= ................. 618. 

1722, Benjn Demilt. regulating City Clocks ............... 66 66/100 

1723, Jacob J Lansing & Henry J Wyckoff for Assessing 

the first ward .................................. 5650/100 

1724, John Ellis & Jno : Kane, Assessing 2 d ward ........ 66. 

1725, Benjn Haight & John L Van Kleeck for Assessing 

the third Ward ................................. 63 6/100 

1726, Willet Coles & Peter Bonnet for assessing the fourth 

Ward ......................................... 85 25/100 

1727, Fredk Eckert & Jas : Voley assesse 5'h ward ........ 78 56/100 



26 Nov. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 97 



Wrrts 

1728, Caleb Pell & Jno : Hopper Jun r for assessing the 6 

ward .......................................... $89 93/100 

1729, Sam 1 Torbert & Jacob Morrell for assessing 7 th 

ward .......................................... 102 . 

1730, Sam 1 Delaplane & Christopher Beckley for Assessing 

the 8th wa rd .................................... 102. 

1731, John Adriance & Sam 1 Kipple assessing the 9 th 

Ward ......................................... 61 25/100 

[400] In Common Council, Nov br 26, 1805 
Present, Dewitt Clinton, Esq r Mayor, 



Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Ab m King, 
Jas : Drake, 
James Fairlie 



Andrew Morris, 
Jacob Shute 

George J Warner. 
Esquires Abra BIoodgood> 



Aldermen. 



Jacob Mott, 



Assistants. 



P.hilip Brasher J Simon Van Antwerp, 

Samuel M Hopkins, 

Thomas Tucker, Merchant Taylor, Pearl Street, was appointed a 
Firemen to, Com: No 4, instead of John Fisher, resigned, James Riker, 
Mason, of the 3 r Ward, and John Russel, painter, of the 5 th Ward, 
were appointed Firemen, to Company No : 27, instead of Jacob 
Badgely and John F Randolph resigned ; and Sam 1 C Wessells Cooper, 
No : 60. Front Street, and Joseph Meeks, Cabinet Maker, No 61 
Broad Street, were appointed Firemen, to Company No : 9, instead of 
Andrew Ten Eyck and Robert Parkerson resigned. 

The Clerk of the Fly Market, reported a List of the persons who 
sell meat in the Fish Market; the same was referred to the Market 
Committee. 

[401] A Petition, of Wager Hull, for remission of a penalty for 
storing Rozin, within the limits prohibited by law, was referred to the 
Attorney of the Board. 

The petition of Joseph Dela Montagnie for the appointment of 
Inspector of Wood, was referred to the Committee on the Inspection 
of Firewood. 

The Petition of Daniel Smith for repairing the Drain in Beaver 
Street, was referred to the Street Commissioner, with Directions to 
have it done. 

The Committee appointed to Examine the accounts of the City 
Treasurer, reported as follows, to wit, We the subscribers being a 
Committee appointed by the Common Council, for examining the 



98 CITY OF XEW YORK 26 Nov. 1805 

revenue Books of the Corporation, Do report, that there has been re- 
ceived for the notes of A Brown. 437 : 4, From Josiah Brown, 
192:1:4. From D Amerman, 133:6:8, From Ebenezer Clark 
240, and from the revenues of the Corporation 25766: 2: 1, which 
several sums, with the Balance due on last Years settlement of 
2205:17:9}$ amounts to, 28974:11:1031. That there has been 
paid out by order of the Common Council. 28365 : 4: 8. which leaves 
a balance Due the City of Xew York of 609: 7: 23.4, Carried to new 
Account. 

\Yynant Van Zandt Jun r . 
October, 8, 1805, Ja s Drake 

Abraham King. 

Ordered, that the same be confirmed. 

[402] *Pursuant to a resolution of the last meeting the following 
persons were appointed to take the list of Jurors in the respective 
\Yards of this City ; to wit, Jacob J Lansing, & Garret Keteltas in 
the 1 st Ward, John Hardenbrook. and William Tredwell, in the 2 d 
Ward : John Salisbury and John Murphy, in the 3 d Ward. Jacob 
Cholwell and W m Jones, in the 4 th Ward; Edward J M c Laughlin & 
Wandell Van Antwerp, in the 5 th Ward. Leonard Seaman and Jacob 
Peterson, in the 6 th Ward. Sam 1 T Wright, and Isaac Keeler, in the 
7 th Ward ; Samuel L Page Jun r and William I Waldron in the 8 th 
Ward ; and Peter Myer and John Cozine, in the 9 th Ward. 

Ordered, that the Balance of Monies unexpended in the hands of 
the Comptroller, which were paid to him for filling in the Collect, be 
transferred to the Street Commissioner, to be applied towards the 
wages of the men, who have worked the Public roads, near Bellevue 
gate. 

The Street Commissioner presented a report, concerning the regu- 
lation and continuance of Orchard Street : the same was postponed. 

The following report was received from the Counsel of the Board 
in relation to the Estate of Colin Peacock. 

I think it appears sufficiently by the affidavit of, Robert Mitchell, 
and Andrew Graham, [403] that James Peacock, Robert Peacock, and 
William Peacock, are Brothers & next of Kin of Colin Peacock, De- 
ceased. 

Consequently, they are entitled to the surplus of Colin Peacock's 
personal estate, after payment of his Debts. 

I think further, that the power of attorney, executed by James & 
Robert Peacock, is sufficient for their shares of the surplus ; but I 

* Marginal note reads See P. 393. 552. ED. 



26 Nov. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 99 

can say nothing as to William's share : his Power executed in Caro- 
lina only extending to a settlement with M r Anderson. 

If the Corporation is satisfied to make payment, the Parties may be 
required to give Bond to refund, in Case Debts should hereafter appear. 

Rich : Harrison 

28 may, 1805.. 

Since the writing the within, I have seen certain papers in the 
Hand of the Comptroller of the Corporation, being the affidavit & 
Letter of attorney, of \V m Peacock, and upon the whole think that 
they are sufficient to authorize justify the Payment of the Balance 
in the Hands of the Chamberlain. 

22d Xov 1805 

Rich: Harrison. 

Ordered, that the Same be confirmed, and that a Warrant issue for 
the Payment of the monies, to Thomas Irvin the attorney of the 
representatives of the said Colin Peacock, upon his giving security 
pursuant to the said report, to be approved of by the Comptroller. 

The Clerk presented to the Board. Certificates from the Inspectors 
of the last Election for Charter Officers, by which it appears [404] 
that the following persons were Elected, to wit. 
First Ward. 

\Vynant Van Zandt Tunr Esqr Alderman, 

Andrew Morris. Assistant. 

Jacob T Lansing, ) 

Joshua Jones. j Assessors, 

Cornelius C Wynkoop. Collector, 

James W Green. 1 

John Farrington, j Constables 

Second. Ward, 

Elias Xexsen Esquire, Alderman 

Samuel M Hopkins. Assistant. 

John Ellis ) 

John Griffiths \ Asses ^rs. 

Jeremiah Marshall Collector. 

David Saffen 

Samuel Montgomery j Constables. 

Third Ward. 

Tames Fairlie Esquire. Alderman, 

Simon Van Antwerp. Assistant. 

John L Van Kleeck ) 

George Gosman \ Assessors. 

John Striker Collector. 

Tames Thompson ) 

Thomas Martin j Constables, 



100 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Nov. 1805 

Fourth Ward, 

James Drake, Esquire, Alderman, 
Adrian Hegeman, Assistant, 
Willet Coles, ) 
Peter Bonnet, j Assessors 

David Harriot, Collector, 

Edward Sands ) 

James Crooker (Constables, 

1405] Fifth Ward, 

Jacob Dela Montagnie Esq r Alderman, 

Joseph Board, Assistant, 

Amos Corning, ) 

Frederick Eckert, {Assessors, 

William Berrian, Collector, 

Abraham Manning, ) 

Abraham Collard, j Constables 

Sixth Ward, 

Caleb Pell Esquire, Alderman, 
John D Miller, Assistant, 
Elias Haviland ) 
Stephen Ludlum {Assessors, 

Stephen Bourdett, Collector, 

John Ackerman ) 

John Becker, J Constables, 

Seventh Ward, 

Jacob Mott, Esquire Alderman, 
Samuel Torbert, Assistant, 

Jacob Morrell, ) 

T i_ -*7 i V Assessors, 

John Youle, \ 

Abraham Van Gelder Junr Collector, 

Jonathan Allen, ) 

Morris Oakley ] Constables, 

Eighth Ward, 

Thurston Wood, Esq r Alderman, 
Gilbert Coutant, Assistant, 
Samuel Delaplaine | 
Christopher Beckley J Assessors ' 
Andrew Hegeman, Collector, 
Henry G Disbrow ) 
Thomas Darling j Constables 

[406] Ninth Ward, 

Abraham King Esq r Alderman, 
Jacob Shute. Assistant, 
Peter Myers ) 
John Cozine \ Assessors, 

Jacob Myers. Collector, 

Henry Low ) 

Edward Vermilyea \ Constables 



26 Nov. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 101 

Ordered, that the Superintendant of Scavengers cause the Streets 
of this City to be properly cleansed under the direction of the City 
Inspector. 

Ordered that the Clerk draw a Law to regulate the admission of 
Paupers into the Alms house, in such a manner that they be examined 
and admitted by the Aldermen and assistants of the respective wards' 
who are to attend in rotation for that purpose at the Alms-house, on 
the Saturday in every week, from, and after, the first day of Decem- 
ber next. 

Ordered, that the several Committees of this Board report upon 
unfinished Business, so that the Board may proceed thereon. 

Ordered, that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 

pay, 

Issd Wrrt 

No* 1732, Danl Wooley, for Carting earth $120 1 %oi 

1733, Wm Roy for same 62 37 /io* 

1734, Alexr Campbell, Do &yVu 

1735, Jas : Black Do 13 3T /ioo 

1736, Mulheran & Dearie, Do 32 x ?ioo 

1737, John Bradshaw Do 45 . 

[407] 1738, Hamilton & Maley for Carting earth 25. 

1739, Ja Wheelan, Do Do 62 5 %oo 

1740, John M c Lean for repairing Cannon etc 177 9 9ioo 

1741, James Hogan, for paving 33 2 %oo 

1742, Sam 1 Montgomery & Barnet Newkirk, for Attending as 

peace Officers at Fly Market 6. 

1743, James Cheetham, for Printing 277 1 V4oo 

1744, John S Hunn, a J4 salary as Street Comm r 375. 

1745, Amos Rooke, attends Signal Poles at Staten Island 165. 

1746, Post & Russel, for Lamp Oil 1445 2 *ioo 

1747, Bartholemew Skaats, for salary, etc 117 7 %oo 

1748, Hamilton Little & Co : for Carting Earth 215 5 %oo 

1749, Deklyn & Cunningham, for Dock Logs 1632 9 *ioo 

1750, Simon Van Antwerp, for Ironmongery 255 %x> 

1751, Edward Meeks, for Blacksmith work 607 4 *ioo 

1752, Philip J Arcularius for Support of Alms house 3000. 

1753, Thomas Irvin, Attorney of the Representatives of the 

Estate of Colin Peacock pursuant to a resolution of 

this Day 222 T %oo 



102 CITY OF XEW YORK 28 Nov. 1805 

[408] In Common Council. November 28. 1805 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Joseph Board 

James Fairlie Clarkson Crolius 

James Drake Andrew Morris 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior ^Esquires Simon Van Antwerp Assistants. 

George Janeway Aldermen. Abraham Bloodgood 

William \V Gilbert Samud M Hopkins 

Abraham King George ; Warnef J 

A petition of William Gibson for a Butchers stand was referred 
to the Market Committee 

A report was received from the Committee on the inspection of 
Bricks and building stone and ordered to be postponed. 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment list for paving 
Harman Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Oliver 
Jaques appointed Collector 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner and Comptroller be au- 
thorized to pass their note for Four thousand Dollars upon the con- 
tract of P and E Dob under the faith of the board 

Robert Yandenbergh was appointed an assessor for the monies 
upon the ground taken [409] to continue Cherry Street instead of 
John Macomb Junior resigned. 

Ordered that the present assessors of Cherry Street do not charge 
the expences of former assessments upon the proprietors 

Abel Hardenbrook junior was appointed to take the jury list in 
the Second ward instead of John Hardenbrook, and James Thomson 
in the third ward instead of John Salisbury 

Ordered that if any person appointed to take the lists of Jurors 
should decline serving the Alderman and assistant of the ward shall 
appoint others in their stead 

An account was received from the Committee of supplies, Ordered 
it be filed 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrant on the Treasurer to 

pay 

O Donald and McBrady. carting earth 



2 Dec. 1805 COMMOX COTXCIL MlXUTES 103 

[410] In Common Council. December 2. 1805 
Present, De "Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Jacob Mott 

Joseph Board 

James Drake ^ Clarkson Crolius 

Jacob De la Montagnie i George J Warner 

Philip Brasher Samuel M Hopkins >A-istants. 

Abraham King Aldermen Andrew Morris 

James Fairlie J Abraham Bloodgood 

Simon Van Antwerp j 
Jacob Shute J 

Joseph Burrows measurer was appointed a Fireman to Company 
X 24 instead of Ephraim Marsh deceased 

An assessment of the ground taken to continue Cherry Street was 
received and confirmed except with respect to the expences of the 
former assessments which the present assessors were instructed to 
deduct from the amount of their assessment 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
the stand X 29 Hudson Market be granted to William Gibson and 
the stall X 51 Fly market to Edward Patten Junior 

The following Ordinance passed the board to wit 

[411] A Law to regulate the admission of paupers into the Alms 
house 

Be it ordained by the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of Xew York in Common Council convened that all paupers 
shall hereafter be admitted into the Alms house in manner following 

o 

and not otherwise that is to say The Alderman and Assistant of each 
ward respectively shall on being notified by the Superintendant of the 
alms house meet at the Alms house on the Saturday in each week in 
rotation and successively commencing with the first ward and shall 
form a committee to enquire and decide upon the situation and claims 
of all such paupers as shall be offered for admission in the said house 
and their decision shall be final unless otherwise directed by the board, 
and if it should happen that the Alderman or assistant of either of 
the said wards should be absent or unable to attend upon the day when 
it is made his duty to attend as aforesaid it shall then be the duty of 
the Alderman or assistant of the next ward in numerical order to at- 
tend in his stead upon receiving due notice for that purpose. Pro- 
vided Always that it shall be lawful for the Superintendant of the Alms 
house pursuant to the first section of the second clause of the law 
entitled a law for the better regulation and government of the Alms 
house to admit and receive paupers into the Alms house pro tempore. 



104 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



2 Dec. 1805 



and until the next meeting of such weekly Committee, so that their 
final admission shall be decided by the said Committee. 

[412] This being the day appointed by law for swearing in the 
Charter Officers elect, the following persons appeared before the 
board and took and subscribed their respective oaths of office to wit. 

First ward. Wynant Van Zandt Junior Esquire Alderman 

Andrew Morris. Assistant 

Jacob J Lansing 

Assessors 



Second ward. 



Constables 



Assessors 



Constables. 



Third ward 



Fourth ward 



James W Green 

John Farrington 

Elias Nexsen Esquire, Alderman 

Samuel M Hopkins. Assistant 

John Ellis 

John Griffiths. 

David Saffen 

Samuel Montgomery 

James Fairlie Esquire Alderman 
Simon Van Antwerp Assistant 

John L Van Kleeck ) 

1 Assessors. 



Constables 



Assessors 



Constables 



Fifth ward. 



James Thomson 
Thomas Martin 

James Drake Esquire Alderman 

Adrian Hegeman Assistant. 

Willett Coles | 

Peter Bonnet f ^ : 

Edward Sands } _, 

James Crooker f 

Jacob De la Montagnie Esquire Alderman 

Joseph Board Assistant 

/ Assessors 

Abraham Manning f 
Abraham Collard Constables 

[413] Sixth ward. Caleb Pell Esquire, Alderman 
John D Miller Assistant 
Elias Haviland ) 

Stephen Ludlam \ f 
John Ackerman ) 
John Becker { Constables. 

Seventh ward. Jacob Mott Esquire, Alderman 
Samuel Torbert Assistant 
Jacob Morrell 



Assessors 



Jonathan Allen 
Morris Oakley 



-Assessors 



Constables 



2 Dec. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



105 



Eighth ward. 



Ninth ward 



Thurston Wood Esquire, Alderman 
Gilbert Coutant Assistant 
Samuel Delaplaine ) 
Christopher Beakley \ Asses 
Henry G Disbrow / 
Thomas Darling [Constables. 

Abraham King Esquire, Alderman 
Jacob Shute Assistant 
Peter Myers ) 

John Cozine 
Henry Low 



Assessors 



Edward Vermilyea { Constables 
Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 



pay 

Jacob Dela Montagnie Esquire Treasurer of the board of health.. 

David King balance of old account 

David King for anniversary Dinner, November 25 

John H Sickles Treasurer of Building Committee for their use 



$3000. 
74. 

SOS^oo 
3000. 



[414] In Common Council. December 2. 1805 



Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior" 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 

James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

Abraham King 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Adrian Hegeman 
Joseph Board 
John D Miller 
Samuel Torbert 
Gilbert Coutant 
Jacob Shute 



Assistants 



Daniel Phoenix was unanimously appointed City Treasurer, and 
took and subscribed the oaths of Office required by law. 

The City Treasurer presented the usual bond for the due per- 
formance of the duties of his Office with John Broome and Daniel 
M c Cormick as securities. Ordered that the same be approved and 
filed. 

Whereas a large proportion of the Reverend the Clergy of this 
City have recommended that the 18 December instant, being the Third 
[415] Wednesday in the same be observed and set apart as a day of 
humiliation, thanksgiving and prayer on account of the late dispensa- 
tions of Divine Providence towards this City, and have requested 
the concurrence of this board, therein. Therefore we the Mayor, 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York in Common 



106 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



9 Dec. 1805 



Council assembled do earnestly recommend to our fellow citizens that 
the said clay be accordingly set apart and solemnized as a day of 
humiliation, thanksgiving and prayer and that they abstain from all 
manner of business on the same. 

Resolved that the Mayor be authorized to vote in behalf of this 
Board at the ensuing election for Directors in the Manhattan Company 
on the shares held by this board and that the Clerk be directed to affix 
the seal of the Board to a proper power for that purpose. 



[416] In Common Council. December 9. 1805 



Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior' 
Jacob Mott 
James Drake 
James Fairlie 
Elias Nexsen 
Abraham King 
Thurston Wood 
Jacob De la Montagnie 
Caleb Pell. 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel Torbert 
Gilbert Coutant 
Andrew Morris 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller. 



Assistants 



Resolved that a standing Committee be appointed to consider and 
report from time to time with respect to all applications made in rela- 
tion to the docks wharves piers and Slips in this City. 

Resolved that a standing Committee be appointed for the purpose 
of revising the laws of this board and preparing and reporting such 
orders and resolutions as from time to time shall be referred to them 
and also to draft and report such Bills as may be necessary to trans- 
mit to the Legislature 

Ordered that the Clerk present to the presiding Officer of this 
Board at the opening of each [417] meeting the names of such select 
Committees who have not reported upon business referred to them 
and that the President may in his discretion at each meeting call upon 
the Standing Committees, the select Committees, and officers of the 
board to whom references have been made for their reports. 

The following Standing Committees were appointed, to wit, 

f Alderman Drake 
Market Committee Nexsen 

Mr Van Antwerp 



Lamp Committee 



Alderman Pell 

M r Morris 
Torbert 



9 Dec. 1 805 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



107 



Road Committee 



Committee of repairs 



Watch Committee 



Committee for building the New 
City hall 



Alderman King 
Wood 
Fairlie 
Mr Shute 
Coutant 

Mr Board 
Alderman Pell 
Wood 

Alderman Dela Montagnie 
Fairlie 
Van Zandt 

Alderman Fairlie 

Dela Montagnie 
Van Zandt 
Drake 
Mr Board, 

Van Antwerp 
Miller. 



Alderman Mott 
M r Miller 
Hegeman 

M r Morris 
Hegeman 
Torbert 

Alderman Mott 

Van Zandt 

Nexsen 

M r Hopkins 

Hegeman 
Alderman De la Montagnie 

Alderman Wood 
M r Torbert 
Coutant 
Miller 
Shute 

Alderman Van Zandt 

King 
Mr Shute 

Coutant 
I Hopkins 

An ordinance passed for the appointment of a Board of Health 
and the Mayor Recorder Commissioners of the health Office, Alder- 
man Van Zandt Nexsen, Fairlie, Drake, Dela Montagnie and the City 
Inspector were appointed to constitute such board 

The petition of Philip Henriques respecting an Assessment in Suf- 



[418] On the Fire department 



Ferry Committee 



Wharves Slips and piers 



On the preparing and revising 
Laws and Ordinances 



Canal Committee 



For bringing water into the City 



108 CITY or NEW YORK 9 Dec. 1805 

folk Street was referred to the [419] Alderman and Assistant of the 
Seventh ward and the Street Commissioner 

Several petitions to be appointed keeper of the Battery were re- 
ceived and postponed 

Petitions of J Graaf and Thomas Hobbs for Butchers stalls were 
referred to the Market Committee 

A report of the Building Committee and accounts accompanying the 
same were referred to the Comptroller 

A petition of Abraham Stagg that monies coming to him for the 
regulation of Streets be paid was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of the Fire Company N 13 stating that their Engine 
house is in an improper and inconvenient place was referred to the 
Committee on the Fire department 

A petition of John Duffie and others stating that the old slip is in a 
state of nuisance was referred to the Board of Health 

James Heath Sailmaker N 12 Roosevelt Street was appointed a 
Fireman to Company N 8 in the place of N Weathershine resigned. 
Jacob Crygier painter 41 Hudson Street was appointed a Fireman to 
Company N 20 instead of Joseph Thomson resigned, John Michaels, 
Blacksmith N 119 Harman Street was appointed a Fireman to Com- 
pany N 26 instead of James Wade resigned William I Van Alen N 
76 Reed Street Coach maker was appointed a Fireman to Company 
N 20 instead of Gideon Tucker removed. Lewis Decker Cabinet 
maker was appointed a Fireman to Company N 20 instead of Isaac 
Torboss deceased and Henry C. Harr[i]son of N 7 New Street was 
appointed a Fireman to Company N 11 instead of Jacob Boerum 
deceased. 

A report of Captain Peterson's Company was referred to the 
Watch Committee 

[420] It was ordered that a Committee be appointed for the pur- 
pose of preparing and reporting a respectful address to Congress to 
place the port and harbour of this City in a State of proper and 
Sufficient defence and the Mayor, Alderman Fairlie and M r Hopkins 
were appointed the said Committee 

A petition of the Superintendant of the Alms house with respect to 
certain slanderous publications in the Evening post in regard to him 
was referred to the Committee who are to attend to that house on 
Saturday next. 

Alderman Drake ~| Were appointed a Committee on the representation 
M r Miller i> of the Superintendant of the Alms house con- 
Hegeman J cerning paupers 



9 Dec. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 109 

A proposition of S Jones and others to cede certain Streets for 
public purposes was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A report of the City Inspector relative to cleansing the Streets of 
this City was referred to Alderman Van Zandt Wood and the City 
Inspector 

A report of the Street Commissioner in relation to payment of the 
workmen employed at the road at Kissing bridge was referred to the 
Road Committee 

Ordered that Alderman Drake, M r Van Antwerp and M r Morris 
be appointed a Committee to examine the accounts of the Street Com- 
missioner with respect to the expences of the middle road. 

The assessment of Cherry Street as altered agreeably to the reso- 
lution of last meeting was confirmed and Thomas Timpson appointed 
Collector 

[421] A petition of Thomas Knight for compensation for taking 
passengers from on board a Newburgh sloop was referred to M r 
Hegeman, Torbert and Coutant. 

Ordered that the Clerk write to the Assessors of the different 
wards who have not qualified requesting them to appear and take the 
oaths of Office or signify to the board in writing in case they should 
decline accepting of the same. 

Ordered that the Comptroller report with respect to leases, which 
are about expiring 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrants 

NOS 1759 John H Sickles Treasurer of the Building Committee... $3000. 

1760 Philip J Arcularius Commissioner of alms house for the 

use of that establishment 3000. 

1761 John S Hunn, Street Commissioner, expences of middle 

road 534 . 36 

1762 Bartholomew Skaats for fuel 100. 

1763 Nicholas Lawrence City Watch 217.56 

1764 William Van Wart do 217.56 

1765 Magnus Beekman d 201 .40 

1766 William Peterson DO 197.96 

1767 Hugh Gobel do 148.96 

1768 Gad Dumbolton d 148.96 

1769 Benjamin Romaine, Comptroller, for completing tax 

books 210. 

1770 Israel Haviland for hose for Engines 844.76 

1771 Samuel L Whitlock making Cartridges 29.30 



110 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Dec. 1805 



NOS 1772 


James Hardie for Services 


$62.50 


1773 


Edward Moran for Services 


104. 


1774 


Peter Clark for transporting powder 


15.44 


1775 


Proprietor of Evening post for printing 


37.50 


1776 


Daily Advertiser for printing 


37.50 


1777 


Jonas Humbert as Inspector of bread 


80.64 


1778 


Andrew Otterson for Services 


104. 


1779 


Robert Sickles lighting and cleaning City lamps 


324.35 


1780 


Joseph Webb repairing Lamps 


62.71 


1781 


Jacob Smith for turning Screws for Engines 


85.79 


1782 


Benjamin Romaine to pay Clerks and Constables for 






Services at late Election 


70. 


[422] 1783 


Thomas Duboys for Dock stone 


52.50 


1784 


William Hays do 


65. 


1785 


David Midlers do 


135. 


1786. 


John Woolsey do 


105. 


1787 


William Weaver do 


56.25 


1788 


John Bogert do 


250. 


1789 


Abraham Lawson do 


160. 


1790 


Nicholas Storms do 


112.50 


1791 


Joseph Weldeys do 


75. 


1792 


Jonathan Lyon do 


60. 


1793 


John Powles do 


87.50 


1794 


Nicholas Bice do 


90. 


1795 


William Davids do 


12.50 


1796 


Jonathan Lawrence do 


60. 


1797 


John Pauls do 


315. 


1798 


Benjamin Westevelts do 


55. 


1799 


Henry Ross do 


75. 


1800 


Teller Jaycocks do 


93.75 


1801 


John T Blauvelt do 


127.50 


1802 


David Sherwood do 


25. 


1803 


John Hellicar do 


90. 


1804 


James Lane do 


25. 


1805 


Cornelius Seaman do 


50. 


1806 


Abraham Stephens do 


93.75 


1807 


William Jaycocks do 


140. 


1808 


James Angewine do 


63.75 



16 Dec. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



111 



[423] In Common Council December 16. 1805 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

James Fairlie 

Elias Nexsen 

James Drake 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

Thurston Wood 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel Torbert 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 
Andrew Morris 
Gilbert Coutant. 



'Assistants. 



A return from Captain Petersons Watch Company was referred 
to the Watch Committee. 

A petition of Coert Went for an extension of his lease in Chatham 
Street was ordered to lie on the table 

A petition of Josiah Shippey junior for an increase of his salary 
as Clerk of the Alms house was received Ordered that it is at present 
inexpedient to grant the prayer thereof. 

Ordered that the managers of the Lottery be permitted to use a 
room in the City hall for its drawing 

Ordered that the Corporation of Trinity church be permitted to 
erect a Lime house in Broadway 

An application from some of the Militia for the use of a room 
in the City hall for military lectures was referred to Alderman Fairlie, 
De la Montagnie and M r Morris 

Ordered that the sum of $28 2 % o being the proportion of James 
Baker in the Estate of his father Gardiner Baker in the hands of the 
City Treasurer be paid to him 

[424] It being recommended by the board of Health to allow to 
the City watch the same Compensation which was afforded them dur- 
ing the year 1803 Ordered that the said report be confirmed and such 
allowance made accordingly 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that the 
Suspension of John Flock a Watchman of Captain Petersons Company 
and of Alexander Black a Watchman of Captain Lawrences Company 
be confirmed. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of the Fire 
Company belonging to Engine N 13 at the Fly market. Reported, that 
they had viewed it, and are of opinion that it ought to be removed 
And on taking a view of Burling Slip think that the most eligible 
situation for the said Engine would be near the head of the said 



112 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Dec. 1805 

Slip. Ordered that the said Report be confirmed, and executed under 
the direction of the Chief Engineer 

Ordered that the propriety of paying the Watchmen stationed at 
the Banks be referred to the Watch Committee 

On receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
Thomas Corleys have the stand N 29, and Charles Weatherspoon the 
stand N 34 Hudson Market 

The Committee to whom was referred the accounts of the Street 
Commissioner relative to the work at the middle road reported the 
same to be correct and just, Ordered that the said report be con- 
firmed 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of Thomas 
Knight for Compensation [425] for taking passengers from on 
board a Newburgh Sloop, reported that it would be inexpedient to 
grant the same, Ordered that such report be confirmed. 

The Committee appointed to prepare and report a petition to Con- 
gress to fortify the port and harbour of this City reported a petition 
for such purpose Ordered that the same be confirmed and trans- 
mitted under the seal of this board 

An application of John Curran respecting the road at Kissing 
Bridge was referred to the road committee 

The petition of Isaac R Winans to be relieved as bail for Ransom 
Wake upon a charge of Bastardy was rejected 

Upon receiving the report of the Road Committee Resolved that 
the West road be opened to Bridgens cross Road and parallel to the 
middle road, that it then be continued and opened parallel to the 
powder house road until it comes to the Old post road, and that the 
whole of the said middle road be made at least of the width of 60 
feet and to be extended to the width of 100 feet if it can be obtained 
without considerable expence to the public 

Resolved that the Cross road commonly called Bridgens road 
from its intersection with the middle road be run and opened to the 
Hudson? River on the north side of the Cove between the property of 
M r Norton and M r Rapalje and as nearly in a straight line as prac- 
ticable, so as to escape the dwellings and other valuable improvements 
of M r Norton 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner, 
to wit. The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the Com- 
munication of M r Jones relative to Streets near the two Mile stone has 
the honour to report 



16 Dec. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 113 

That he does not find that the Common Council have ever laid out, 
adopted or proposed any Streets [426] in the block encompassed by 
Broadway, Art Street the Bowery and Bleecker Street which in- 
cludes the ground delineated on the plan presented by M r Jones. 

Since the reference of M r Jone's communication he has consented 
to alter his plan to meet a regulation of Minthorne Street proposed by 
Alderman Minthorne, and the subject as it is agreed to by these 
Gentlemen stands thus. 

1. That Minthorne Street be made 75 feet from the Bowery to 
be taken from the South side and to be opened free of expence, to the 
Corporation by Alderman Minthorne to Orchard Street 

2. That the Street proposed by M r Jones to be called Jones Street 
be 75 feet South of his Northerly corner on the Bowery and be opened 
75 feet wide to Broadway. By this regulation Minthorne Street and 
Jones Street will come out opposite each other in the Bowery 

3 That a Street proposed by M r Jones to be called Bond Street be 
opened 70 feet wide from the Bowery to Broadway parallel to Jones 
Street and two hundred feet South of it 

The Street Commissioner believes it will be a good regulation and 
recommends the acceptance of these cessions 

The distance from the Bowery to Broadway at Bleecker Street is 
more than One thousand feet but at Art Street not more than 400 It 
will be too large and inconvenient to have blocks of the extent of the 
first Street, and as it is necessary to stop several streets at Bleecker 
Street It is recommended to continue the Center Street [427] called 
Mulberry (or Catherine Street) to Art Street and parallel to Broad- 
way, it will then divide the block described in equal parts. This plan 
has been submitted to M r David Jones who thit.ks well of it but 
cannot determine to give cession without first consulting his father. 
Upon examining the City Map it will be seen that Bleecker Street 
comes out in the Bowery too far Southerly. It could be altered to 
suit public convenience without any reasonable objection. It is there- 
fore proposed that it be run from the Bowery more northerly until it 
comes out in Broadway at a point opposite to the Mouth of David 
Street continued to that Street by this alteration there will be almost 
a straight communication from the East River to the State Prison and 
it will be more parallel to the Streets to the North and South of it 

Agreeably to an order of the Board in September the Street Com- 
missioner has caused a Survey of the Block between Bleecker and 



114 CITY or NEW YORK 16 Dec. 1805 

Prince Streets, which is herewith presented, and he recommends that 
a Street be opened from Broadway to the Bowery through the said 
Block to the points and in the direction of the red lines drawn upon 
the said survey And that the said Street be at least fifty feet wide 
and if it is not materially more expensive that the same be of the 
width of Sixty feet. 

All which is respectfully submitted, 
December 16. 1805 John S Hunn. St Commiss 1 " 

Ordered that the same be confirmed upon condition that proper 
cessions are made. 

A report of the Street Commissioner was received relative to Di- 
vision Street, Ordered that the same be confirmed, and Ordered 
further that the sum of $200 be advanced to James Smith upon his 
contract for repaving the said Street 

[428] The Street Commissioner presented reports of delinquents 
in the assessments for regulating Cannon, Grand, and Walnut Streets, 
Ordered that Warrants issue to enforce payment. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for the regula- 
tion of Bullock Street Ordered that the same pass the board. 

A statement of the City Treasurer with respect to bad debts owing 
to this board was referred to the Comptroller 

A resignation of George Gosman as Assessor of the third ward 
was received and accepted Ordered that a new Election for an 
Assessor in his stead be held on the first Tuesday in January next, 
and that the same Inspectors, and the same place of Election last 
directed, be Ordered and appointed. 

An account of Joseph Dela Croix for the rent of a room occupied 
by the Justices Court during the last epidemic was referred to Alder- 
man Dela Montagnie M r Hopkins and M r Miller 

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for the Correc- 
tion and removal of Nuisances numbered 1775 and 1776 Ordered that 
the same pass 

Ordered that the Hay Scales in this City be leased for the term of 
One year at the rents reported by the Comptroller provided always 
and upon Condition that the Corporation retain the power of remov- 
ing the place where they are affixed 

[429] Ordered that authority be given to the Superintendant of 
repairs to remove a pump in William Street. 



23 Dec. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



115 



Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 



pay 

Iss d Warrts 
NOS 1809 

1810. 
1811 
1812 
1813 
1814 
1815 
1816 
1817 
1818 
1819 
1820 
1821 
1822 
1823 
1824 

1825 and 1826 
1827 
1828 
1829 
1830 
1831 
1832 
1833. 



Lothrop and Kelly upon their contract for the road at 

Kissing bridge 

Beekman M Van Beuren for working public roads 

Nicholas Lawrence for City watch 



William Van Wart 
Magnus Beekman 
William Peterson 
Hugh Gobel 
Gad Dumbolton 



do 
DO 

do 
do 

d 



T Wortman half a quarters salary as Clerk 

Constables and Marshals for apprehending vagrants.. 

John Hardie for Services 

Edward Meeks for Blacksmiths Work 

Cornelius Warner for public repairs 

Timothy B Crane for Carpenters Work 

George Tappen for pump in Mulberry Street 

George Woolsey for building docks 

Lewis Ford for Carpenters Work 

Donaldson and Sleith for Work at Catherine Market. 

Joseph F Mangin for Surveying 

Matthew Dikeman for repairing pumps 

Conrad Jordan for repairing Lamps 

George Buckmaster for oars and Sweeps 

Gurdon and D Buck for powder 

Thomas T Woodruff for Carpenters Work 



$400. 
323.61 
217.56 
217.56 
197.96 
197.96 
148.96 
148.96 

75. 
148.75 

30. 



168.82 
128.40 

32.50 
240.17 
145.12 
5. 

75. 
292.68 

25.50 

70.98 
170.50 
212.75 



[430] In Common Council. December 23. 1805 



Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



James Fairlie 

Jacob Mott 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Drake 

Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

Thurston Wood 

Elias Nexsen 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior- 1 



., Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 



Assistants 



Returns from Captain Lawrences watch company were received 
and referred to the Watch Committee 

Jeremiah Warner of N 58 Franckfort Street Bricklayer was ap- 
pointed a Fireman of Company N 7. Levi Arnold of N 20 Read 
Street Carpenter was appointed a Fireman of Company N 4 instead 



116 CITY or NEW YORK 23 Dec. 1805 

of Joseph Skelton resigned. Tunis Egbert House Carpenter Barley 
Street, and Samuel Wynans Cartman of Greenwich Street were ap- 
pointed Firemen of Company N 23 instead of Stephen Allen deceased 
and Jacob Blank expelled, and Abiel Swift Grocer of N 204 Front 
Street was appointed a Fireman [431] of Company N 12 instead of 
John P Anthony resigned 

A petition of Peter and George Lorillard for the extension of 
their lease in Chatham Street was ordered to lie oi\ the table. 

A petition of Benjamin S Judah was referred to the Comptroller 

A petition of John M c Cann for a Butchers stand was referred to 
the Market Committee 

Several petitions for pumps were received and referred to the 
Aldermen and Assistants of the respective wards. 

A petition of Richard Smith keeper of the Horns hook Ferry was 
referred to the Ferry Committee 

John Peterson was duly elected to keep charge of the Battery and 
Flag Staff, and it was ordered that he reimburse the widow Keefe for 
the improvements made by her late Husband who was formerly 
appointed to keep the same. 

A petition of William Nexsen to be appointed a Weighmaster was 
referred to Alderman Drake, M r Morris and M r Van Antwerp 

A memorial from Mangle Minthorne Esquire was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

A deed of Cession of Jones and Bond Streets received from 
Samuel Jones Esquire was accepted 

Resolved that it be the duty of the Alderman and Assistant of 
each ward at least once in every week at such hour as they may deem 
proper to visit the watch houses and if possible the several Watch 
posts and inspect into the Conduct of the Captains Assistants and 
Watchmen, and report weekly to the Common Council, and that it be 
the duty of the Watch Committee or one of them to notify the Alder- 
men and assistants in rotation beginning with the first ward. 

Resolved that the Repairs of the ferry stairs at the Hudson Street 
market be done under the directions of the Alderman and Assistant 
of the ward. 

A report of the Street Commissioner respecting Abraham Stagg 
and others was referred to the Committee on wharves piers and slips. 

[432] Resolved that the English laws in relation to the police and 
corporation of London be referred to the Committee on the revision 
of the Laws with a view of ascertaining whether any improvements 
can be derived from thence in the institutions of this board. 



23 Dec. 1805 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 117 

A report was received from the Comptroller in relation to certain 
outstanding debts. Resolved that the Treasurer liquidate the same 
agreeably to the said report by charging the same to the City and 
County of New York 

A report of the City Inspector accompanied by a letter from 
Messieurs Griffiths and Gifford representing an infraction of the 
building law by R and G. Waite of Maiden lane was read 

Matthew Bolmer was appointed a Firewarden of the Sixth Ward. 

The Superintendant of the Alms house to whom was referred the 
petition of John Bradburn praying a compensation reported against 
the same Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

The Superintendant of the Alms house reported that he had caused 
the following paupers to wit Dinah Williams and three children, Mar- 
garet M c Evoy and three children, Margaret Gordon and two children 
and Sylvia a Black to be removed to their respective places of set- 
tlement. Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

A report of the Attorney of the Board respecting the valuation of 
ground at the head of Burling Slip was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner and Attorney of the board. 

Resolved that the Committee on the subject of a Communication 
from the Attorney of the Board be revived and that Alderman Drake 
and M r Miller compose the same. 

M r Miller, M r Hopkins, and Hegeman were appointed a Committee 
to investigate the conduct [433] of the Physician of the Alms house 
relative to the duties of the office. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to advertise for 
proposals for filling in White hall dock, and that he submit them for 
the consideration of the Board without delay. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer, to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrts 

N s 1834 John H Sickles Treasurer of the Building Committee 

for their use $3,000. 

1835 Joseph Board Chairman of the Committee of public re- 

pairs 200 . 

1836 James Cheetham for advertising 75. 

1837 Watson and Campbell for Timber 158.86 

1838 Richard Burchan for reporting passengers 50. 

1839 John Bussing money assessed to the Board for repairing 

Pearl Street 32. 18 

1840 William and John Clapp for flour for Alms house 77.31 

1841 Samuel M Hopkins, for cash paid for refreshments at a 

fire 2.25 



118 



CITY OF XEW YORK 



30 Dec. 1805 



1842 Benjamin Romaine to pay labourers at the Middle road S139.74 

1843 Cornelius Warner to pay for dock work 128.93 

1844. Henry Remrney to pay labourers for cleaning Streets.. 113. 6 

[434] In Common Council, December 30. 1805 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esquire Recorder 



Jacob Mott 

\Vynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Elias Xexsen 

Thurston Wood 

Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Fairlie 



.Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 



-Assistants 



A petition of John R Lawrence for a water grant was referred to 
the Comptroller 

An application of Abraham Stagg for a settlement of monies due 
him for paving streets was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Letter from George Clinton Junior and Gurdon S. Mumford 
representatives of this City in Congress acknowledging the receipt of 
the petition of this board for placing the harbour in a state of defence, 
and promising to use their exertions to promote that object was 
received. 

A petition of William Butler that he may be permitted to pay the 
assessment of the Lot X 175 Division Street in monthly instalments 
was granted upon his giving security to be approved by the Comp- 
troller 

[435] A return from Captain Peterson's company was referred to 
the Watch Committee 

A communication of M r Stevens complaining of the keeper of the 
Hoboken Ferry- was referred to the Fern- Committee 

A petition of Thomas Buckley for a water grant was referred to 
the Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

Alderman Pell 

V 7 Ht I ere a PP m ted a Committee on applications tor 

and Drake 



offices. 



A petition of John Hooghlan for an Office was referred to the said 
Committee 

William Xexsen was appointed a Weigh Master 



30 Dec. 1805 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXTJTES 119 

An account of John S Delamater of Four Dollars for cash paid 
by him for removing a man whose leg was broken, to the Hospital 
passed the Board. 

On receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
the Stand X 35 Hudson Market be assigned to Tobias Sims. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Josiah 
Brown Lessee of the Brooklyn ferry reported against the prayer 
thereof Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
Adam Hyler, and John Sickles be appointed Watchmen and John 
Conry, Frederick Bolton, Peter Paulding, John Sibert and Joseph 
Marks be appointed Substitutes of Captain Petersons company 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of the Super- 
intendant of the Alms house reported that no donations should be 
granted to the Out door poor without a recommendation from the 
Alderman or Assistant of the ward. And that it would be proper 
that two Aldermen should attend weekly at the Alms house for the 
purpose of regulating admissions, and directing the removal of 
paupers. __ Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

The Committee to whom was referred the subject of considering 
the propriety of sweeping and cleansing the public Streets and gutters 
at the public charge Reported [436] their opinion that the Experiment 
ought to be made that the Law for the appointment of a Superin- 
tendant of Scavengers be amended accordingly and that provisions be 
made in the estimate of taxes for the ensuing year to defray the Con- 
tingent expences. Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Robert Wal- 
lace was appointed to collect the monies on the Warrant for the drain 
in Beaver Street instead of John Bussing 

A report of the Street Commissioner and a letter of John R Liv- 
ingston in relation to the assessment for Division Street was referred 
to Alderman Mott M r Torbert and the Street Commissioner 

On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that 
a Warrant for Sol : 3 fi o issue in favor of William Dustan Collector 
of the assessment for regulating Broadway being the monies assessed 
on the estate of Nicholas Bayard and that such sum be a lien on the 
same in pursuance of Law.* 

The Street Commissioner presented a report containing an assess- 
ment for regulating Duane Street Ordered that the same be confirmed 
and Oliver Jaques appointed Collector 

* Marginal note reads Lien. ED. 



120 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 Dec. 1805 

Resolved that the Lamp Committee be requested to report their 
opinion on the propriety of farming out the Lamps of this City by 
the next meeting of the Board. 

Alderman Fairlie "| Were appointed a Committee to examine the 

Van Zandt I accounts of M r Mangin one of the City 

and De la Montagnie J Surveyors. 

The Committee on the Tunnel reported [437] that it would be 
proper to take legal measures for obtaining that part of Canal Street 
between Broadway and the Hudson which has not been proposed to 
be ceded and that the Attorney of the Board be directed to serve with 
the precept a notice from the Street Commissioner purporting that if 
Cession is made to the Corporation before the return of the said pre- 
cepts all further proceedings will in that case be stayed, Ordered that 
the said report be confirmed and the necessary measures taken 
accordingly. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered 1777 and 1778 Ordered that the same 
pass. 

An application of John B Coles and others for a canal from the 
North to the East River at the Battery was referred to the Board of 
Health. 

A report of the Committee upon an application of the Superin- 
tendant of the Alms house concerning a slanderous publication in the 
Evening post was received and recommitted 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrts 

XQS 1845 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $217 . 56 

1846 William Van Wart do 217. 56 

1847 Magnus Beekman d 197.96 

1848 William Peterson DO 197.96 

1849 Hugh Gobel do 148.96 

1850 Gad Dumbolton d 148.96 

1851 John H Sickles Treasurer of Building Committee 4000. 

1852 Samuel Covvdrey Attorney of the Board in advance 200. 

1853 Benjamin Romaine to pay expence of Middle road 500. 

1854 Peter Nailor for masons work 16.84 

1855 George Warner for sacking bottoms 64.75 

1856 John Stoutenburgh for docks 28. 

1857 Daniel Woolsey do 46.62 

[438] 1858 Abraham Kurd do 130. 12 

1859 James Crum do 17.12 

1860 Henry Watkeys for candles 10. 62 

1861 William I Waldron for taking Census 28. 



6 Jan. 1806 C-OMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 



121 



Ns 1862 


Samuel L Page for taking Census 


$28. 


1863 


Robert Sickles for two months Salarv 


66.66 


1864 


Benjamin Demilt for regulating clocks 


66 66 


1865 


James Cheetham printing for Street Commissioner 


102 81 


1866 


Peter White for moving Fire Engine house 


40 92 


1867 


Henry Berrv for Carpenters work 


52 25 


1868 


Henry Hilman for Carpenters work. 


110.77 



[439] In Common Council. January 6, 1806 



Present. DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Fairlie 

Abraham King 

Thurston Wood 

Jacob Mott 

Elias Nexsen 

Caleb Pell 



> Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Samuel Torbert 
Gilbert Coutant 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Simon Van Antwerp 
John D Miller 



-Assistants 






A petition of Charles Dickinson and others was referred to the 
Counsel of the Board. 

A petition of William Hilly er and others was referred to the Com- 
mittee on piers, slips and wharves. 

A return from Captain Beekmans company was referred to the 
Watch Committee 

The Committee to whom was referred the letter of John R Liv- 
ingston respecting the assessment of Division Street reported that the 
said assessment ought to remain confirmed 

Ordered that such report be adopted 

Ordered that the Lamp Committee be directed to try the Experi- 
ment of reflecting Lamps suspended in the middle of Streets, and also 
to examine the practicability of lighting the City by Furnaces 

Alderman De la Montagnie was added to the Committee on the 
representation of the Superintendant of the Alms house 

[440] Mr Shute 

Coutant and \~ ere a PP inted a committee to report suitable 

Alderman Wood j places for establishing pounds for cattle 

A petition of Stephen Gould for a lease of the house at the corner 
of Wall and Broad Streets was referred to the Comptroller 

A petition of John Dawson was referred to the Ferry Committee 
A report of the Comptroller concerning the public land was re- 



122 CITY OF NEW YORK 6 Jan. 1806 

ferred to Alderman Van Zandt Fairlie, M r Shute, and the Comp- 
troller. 

A representation of Thomas Stagg respecting the Engine house 
N 26 was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A grant of a water lot to William Lawrence passed the board. 

A resolution was presented respecting the physician of the Alms 
house Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to examine into the performance of the duties of that office 

Ordered that M r Shute be appointed a member of the Committee 
on Streets and roads. 

On receiving the report of the Committee on that subject Ordered 
that the South Court room be assigned for military lectures during 
the pleasure of the board 

James H. Todd N 238 Water Street and Henry P Havens N 
228 Water Street were appointed Firemen to Company N 21 instead 
of Frederick Davoe and Thomas Gilchrist resigned, John B Smith 
of the Bowery was appointed a Fireman of Company N 10 instead 
of William Kline resigned, and Peter Chappel of N 25 Bowery Lane 
was appointed [441] a Fireman of Company N 15 and Clarkson 
Leferdge was appointed a Fireman of Company N 3 instead of John 
Rutger resigned 

The Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for the correction 
and removal of nuisances numbered from 1779 to N 1816 inclusive 
Ordered that the same pass. 

Ordered that the Ordinance to compel the proprietor of the Lot 
N 79 Fair Street to fill in the same be repealed 

Resolved that the Comptroller be directed to present to this board 
a statement of the money due to the Manhattan Company with the 
money in the Treasury and his opinion whether the Corporation can 
pay a part of it off, and how soon the whole and that it shall be his 
duty at every meeting of this board to present a statement of the 
money in the Treasury. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss d Warrts 

N s 1869 Philip J Arcularius for Support of Alms house $4000. 

1870 John Trumbull for paintings 200. 

1871 Robert Sickles lighting and cleaning City lamps 326 7 %oo 

1872 John Pintard for Salary 312 5 9ioo 

1873 James Hardie for Services 62*>ioo 

1874 John Hardy for Services 30. 

1875 James Crum, carting earth 125 . 



13 Jan. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



123 



NOS 1876 


Peter Myer taking 


Jury list 


$16. 


1877 


John Cozine 


do 


16. 


1878 


Benjamin Brower 


for dock stone 


380. 


1879 


Cornelius Seaman 


do 


50. 


1880 


David Medlar 


do 


30. 


1881 


B. Westervelt 


do 


25. 


1882 


John De Noyelles 


do 


127.50 


1883 


J Lawrence 


do 


30. 


1884 


James Delancey 


do 


17.50 


1885 


Daniel Van Wart 


do 


140. 


1886 


John Woolsey 


do 


262.50 


1887 


John Hilliker 


do 


75. 


1888 


Abraham Lawson 


d 


180. 


1889 


Albert Remsey 


do 


88.75 


1890 


Nicholas Storms 


do 


27.50 


1891 


H. Wood 


do 


17.50 


1892 


Jacob Acker 


do 


17.50 


1893 


A R Stevens 


do 


18.75 


1894 


William Weaver 


DO 


18.75 



[442] In Common Council, January 13, 1806 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



James Drake 

Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

Thurston Wood 

Abraham King 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Jacob De la Montagnie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Joseph Board 
Samuel Al Hopkins 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
John D Miller 
Gilbert Coutant 
Andrew Morris 



Assistants 



Ordered that the Mayor and Recorder be vested with power to 
direct the admission of paupers in the Alms house 

Petitions of John Pessinger and Jacob Fash for Butchers stands 
were referred to the Market Committee. 

The Treasurer presented a communication to the Board, inclosing 
the Bond which was given by the Corporation to the Bank for $45000 
to defray the expence of fortifications in the year 1799 Ordered that 
the Treasurer be authorized to make a proper entry on his books of 
the said Bond and that the same is cancelled. 

An application of Peter Schermerhorn was referred to the Comp- 
troller. 

An application of the practising Attornies in the Mayors Court 



124 CITY OF NEW YORK 13 Jan. 1806 

that this board petition to alter [443] and extend the terms of such 
Court was referred to the Committee on the revision of the Laws. 

A request from the Widows Society that this Board will pay the 
tax on a house in Partition Street, purchased by them for charitable 
purposes was received and granted 

An application of Henry Luquier and others was referred to the 
Committee on leases. 

A communication of the Superintendant of the Alms house was 
referred to Alderman Dela Montagnie. Van Zandt and M r Miller 

A return from Captain Petersons Watch Company was referred to 
the "Watch Committee 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that the 
suspension of James Van Houten a Watchman of Captain Beekmans 
Company be confirmed 

On receiving the report of the Committee on Docks and Slips 
Ordered that they wait on the Counsel of the Board and request him 
to draw a Bill to be presented to the Legislature for extending the 
powers and interests of this board in relation to piers. 

Resolved that the Ordinance by which the Board agreed to accept 
of the Cession of streets of fifty feet in breadth be and the same 
is hereby repealed 

A report of the Committee relative to improvements of Streets 
in this City, was referred to the Counsel and Attorney of the Board 
with instructions to prepare and report the draft of a Law for that 
purpose. 

Alderman Drake ^ Were appointed a Committee to draft and report an 
Mott and L ordinance for farming out the manure in the 
Mr Torbert j Streets. 

A map of the harbour of this City made under the authority of 
the general government was directed to be purchased and framed. 

Ordered that the Mayor be authorized to cloathe [444] and pay the 
expences of certain Southern Indians now in this City and to defray 
the expence of their passage home 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to compel Mes- 
sieurs Dunlap and Grant to sink a pier on the west side of Charlotte 
Slip Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for making a 
Bulkhead in Bullock Street between the property of Abraham Cannon 
and Marinus Willett by the first day of May next Ordered that the 
same pass 



13 Jan. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 125 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances for making Bulk 
heads between George and Charlotte Slips Ordered that the same pass. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 1817 to 1849 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Resolved that the Committee on docks and Slips be instructed to 
view the present situation of the Fly market Slip and to suggest such 
improvement as they may think proper. 

Ordered that 

Alderman Drake ") be appointed a Committee to draft and report a 

Van Zandt L petition to the Legislature to raise the sum of 
Mr Torbert J $100,000 by a lottery or lotteries to defray the 
extraordinary expences of this City. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss d Warrts 

NOS 1895 Jacob De la Montagnie Esquire Treasurer of the board 

of health $1000. 

[445] 1896 Nicholas Lawrence, City Watch 217.56 

1897 William Van Wart do 217.56 

1898 Magnus Beekman do 197.96 

1899 William Peterson DO 197.96 

1900 Hugh Gobel d 148.96 

1901 Gad Dumbolton do 148.% 

1902 Nicholas Lawrence extra compensation to City Watch.. 430.56 

1903 William Van Wart do 411.84 

1904 Magnus Beekman do .. 278.76 

1905 William Peterson DO 266.64 

1906 Hugh Gobel do 209.76 

1907 Gad Dumbolton do 200.64 

1908 Matthew Dikeman work to pumps 246.87 

1909 Abraham Hurd, Blacksmiths work 70.25 

1910 Kay and Homer work to Wells 224.50 

1911 John McKie for timber 175.73 

1912 Walter Allen, for work at Slips and ferries 146.46 

1913 Daniel Woolsey for timber 71.31 

1914 Daniel Woolsey for dock work 49.46 

1915 John Armstrong for hawling dock logs 

1916 Nathan King for work to Machine 

1917. P and E. Dob for Sinking block at Roosevelt Street 341.30 

1918 Jacob Gerhart for Carpenters Work 10.43 

1919 Oliver Jaques for money assessed to the board for pav- 

ing Washington Street 

1920 Thomas Smith for carting dirt 

1921 James Woods for lamp work 

1922 John B Brooks for repairing lamps 117.99 



126 CITY OF XEW YORK 20 Jan. 1806 

N 08 1923 Gilmore and Mariner Constables at election ............ $4. 

1924 William A Seely Clerk at Election .................... 4. 

1925 Henry Watkeys for Candles .......................... 9.58 

1926 Henry Remmey Cleaning Streets ...................... 95.81 

1927 Peter Burtsell Stationary .............................. 26.93 

1928 James Smith for repaying Division Street ............. 500. 

1929 Anthony Smith on his Contract for road at Kissing 

Bridge ............................................. 1000. 

1930 Widows Society for tax on house in partition Street... 

[446] In Common Council, January 20. 1806 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior"! 

Jacob Mott J hn D Miller 

James Drake J acob Shute 

Abraham King Esquires Samuel Torbert 

Caleb Pell Aldermen Adrian He S eman Assistants. 

Thurston Wood Simon Van Antwer P 

Andrew Morris 



Jacob De la Montagnie 
James Fairlie 



Samuel M 



A petition of Robert Lylburn respecting his land in the Commons 
was referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

A petition of John Holdron for a well in Cozine Street was re- 
ferred to the Alderman and Assistant of the eighth ward with author- 
ity to grant the usual allowance. 

A petition of A Hutchinson to be appointed Measurer of Lime was 
referred to the Committee on applications for offices 

A petition of Several inhabitants of Canal Street for improvements 
was referred to the Canal Committee 

A petition of Abijah Arden was referred to Alderman Wood, M r 
Miller and M r Hageman 

A petition of the inhabitants of Brannon and Spring Streets against 
Nuisances was referred to the Street Commissioner 

[447] The Committee appointed for that purpose reported the 
draft of a petition to the Legislature to enable and authorize this 
Board to raise the sum of 8100,000 to defray the extraordinary ex- 
pences of the City. Ordered that the same be adopted and transmitted 
under the seal of the Board. 

A petition of John Doughty for liberty to exchange his stall was 
referred to the Market Committee 

A Communication was received from M r Strong stating that M r 



20 Jan. 1806 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 127 

Vanderlyn wished to dispose of paintings to the board Ordered that 
the Board do not incline to purchase them 

A report of the Attorney of the Board in respect of the valuation 
of the property of Thomas Burling was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner 

A report of the Street Commissioner relative to repaving Streets 
was referred to Alderman Van Zandt, M r Mott and M r Hegeman. 

A petition of Amos Corning and Lemuel Skidmore for water 
grants was referred to the Comptroller 

The Street Commissioner presented returns of delinquents in the 
assessments for Broad, Sixth, Henry, Third and Division Streets. 
Ordered that "Warrants issue. 

An account of the Manhattan Company for water was referred to 
the Comptroller. 

The Comptroller presented an estimate of the expences necessary 
for the current year, Ordered that it be referred to the Clerk and 
Comptroller to prepare the draft of a law for a tax 

The Comptroller presented a report upon the petition of Stephen 
Gould praying a lease of the house at the corner of Wall and Broad 
Street. The same was referred to the Committee on leases. 

Ordered that the Road Committee be directed to report upon the 
expediency of farming out the public roads. 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
the suspension of Ebenezer Symmes and Robert Little be confirmed. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 1850 to 1875 inclusive. Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

[448] Alderman Fairlie ^ Were appointed a Committee to inform the Loan 
De la Montagnie L officer of the United States, that the Board will 
and M r Morris J have occasion of the room now occupied by him 

on the first day of May next 

A petition of George Dieterich and others of the Bakers com- 
plaining of the incompetency of the present inspector of flour and 
praying that an application be made by this Board to the Legislature 
for an alteration of the Law for the inspection of flour was referred 
to Alderman Pell, De la Montagnie and Wood. 

A petition of Thomas Buchanan and others, for the improvement 
of the road at Haerlam was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Resolved that it is highly important that a correct Survey and 
map be made of the Island of New York laying down as well the 
individual as the Corporation property, and also the heighths. valleys, 



128 CITY OF XE^ YORK 20 Jan. 1806 



roads and wharves, the same was referred to Alderman Fairlie, M r 
Hopkins and M r Shute 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire and report if 
any what alterations should be made in the keeping the accounts and 
payment of monies on account of this Board. Alderman Mott, M r 
Torbert, and Alderman King were appointed the said Committee 

Resolved that the Committee on the revision of the Laws be dis- 
charged from reporting upon the expediency of extending the term 
of liability for passengers. 

Ordered that the sum assessed for the property taken from Samuel 
Burling be paid to [449] him and that Alderman King. M r Shute and 
Alderman Wood be appointed a Committee to dispose of Buildings 
thereon. 

Ordered that the collection of the Assessment for Beaver Street 
be suspended and that the Alderman and Assistant of the first ward 
report such cases of hardship as may exist therein 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Issd Warrts 
Ns 1931. John H Sickles Treasurer of the Building Committee.. $3000. 

1932. Jacob De la Montagnie Esquire Salary as Special Jus- 

tice ................................................ 250. 

1933. Theophilus Beekman Esquire the same .............. 250. 

1934. Bernard Oblenis Clerk to d .............. 250. 

1935 Benjamin Romaine Salary as Comptroller ............. 250. 

1936. John S Hunn Salary as Street Commissioner .......... 375. 

1937 Andrew Otterson for Services ........................ 52. 

1938 Edward Moran for Services ........................... 52. 

1939 John Sharp for timber ................................ 8.93 

1940. John Sharp for timber ................................ 13.92 

1941 John Sharp for lamp posts ............................ 78 . 6 

1942 John Sharp for Dock logs ............................. 400.52 

1943 Estate of Cornelius Clopper for interest on Bonds ...... 187.50 

1944 Christian Nestell balance as Inspector of Bread ......... 62.90 

1945 Oliver Jaques Assessment in Duane Street on this board 180.14 
1946. Oliver Jaques money assessed to this Board on Chatham 

Street ............................................. 78.91 

1947 Lewis Ford for work to Stanton Street ................ 20.25 

1948 James C Brasher attending Battery on Sundays ......... 15. 

1949 Gosman and McComb for work to Stanton Street ...... 



27 Jan. 1806 COMMON CoUXCLL MlXUTES 



129 



[450] In Common Council. January 23. 1806 
De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Samuel Torbert 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 
Andrew Morris 
Samuel M Hopkins 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Assistants 



Present 

Jacob Mott 

James Drake 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

Abraham King 

Thurston Wood 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Fairlie 

Petitions of several inhabitants of Brannon and Spring Streets 
were respectively received and referred to the Street Commissioner 

A return from Captain Dumboltons company was referred to the 
Watch Committee 

A petition of Josiah Shipper for increase of salary as Clerk of the 
Alms house was referred to Alderman Mott Drake & M r Coutant 

Ordered that the Clerk furnish a list of the standing committees 
for the use of the Board. 

The Committee on the revision of the laws reported drafts of 
acts for altering and extending the terms of the Mavors Court, and 

C5 O / 

also to invest this board with more extensive powers in relation to the 
police of this City. Ordered that the same be transmitted to the Legis- 
lature with petitions under the seal of the Board 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 

pay 

Issd Warrts 

N os 1950 Philip J Arcularius for Support of the Alms house $1000. 

1951 John S Hunn to pay a Note to P and E Dob on their con- 

tract 2000. 

1952 John S Hunn to pay another note to the same 2000. 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



[451] In Common Council. January 27. 1806. 
James Fairlie Esquire. Deputy Mayor 

Andrew Morris 

Samuel Torbert 

Simon Van Antwerp 

Joseph Board 

Jacob Shute r" Assistants 

Adrian Hegeman 

Samuel M Hopkins 

Gilbert Coutant 

John D Miller 

James Fairlie Alderman of the third ward produced his Commis- 
sion as deputy Mayor of this City with the approbation of the Gov- 
ernor thereon, and in the presence of the board took and subscribed 
the oaths of office required by law before Tunis Wortman one of the 



Present 



Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Abraham King 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Caleb Pell 



130 CITY OF XEVT YORK 27 Jan. 1806 

Commissioners named in the Commission of Dedimus Potestatem in 
and for the City and County of New York 

A petition of John Jones against running a road through his land 
was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

Petitions of George and Richard Downing and of Thomas Clark 
to be relieved from penalties for not sinking Bulk heads pursuant to 
Ordinances of this Board were referred to the Alderman and Assist- 
ant of the Seventh Ward. 

A petition of Lewis D Bruyerre that the City Treasurer may con- 
sent to the revocation of letters of administration on the estate of his 
son was referred to Alderman Dela Montagnie M r Hopkins and M r 
Van Antwerp 

[452] Samuel Rosett. Shoemaker of X 43 Partition Street was 
appointed a Fireman to Company X 14 instead of Garret Xeafie. 

A Law to provide for sweeping and cleansing the streets was re- 
ported, and recommitted to the same Committee 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that the 
suspension of Henry Focht and Jacob Banta, be confirmed. 

A question was taken whether this board would consent to peti- 
tion the Legislature to raise the sum of $156,540 4 -i,;.o by tax. being 
the amount of the Comptrollers estimate, the division being taken 
thereon, it was negatived as follows to wit. 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman De la Montagnie Alderman Mott 

Van Zandt Wood 

M r Morris Drake 

Van Antwerp Nexsen 

Hegeman King 

Hopkins Pell 

Miller Mr Torbert 

Board 
Shute 
Coutant 

The question was then taken on the sum of $140.000, and carried 
as follows to wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Nexsen Alderman Mott 
Dela Montagnie Wood 

Van Zandt Drake 

M r Morris King 

Van Antwerp ?t : 

[453] Board Mr Torbert 

Hegeman Shute 

Hopk:: Coutant. 

Miller 



27 Jan. 1806 COMMOX COUXCEL MlXUTZ* 131 

A report of the Committee respecting the leasing of the pro: ri 
of the board was adopted. Resolved that a Committee be appointed to 
prepare a map or plan of the public ground which i: :? intended to 
lease, and that such Committee have power to employ the Street Com- 
missioner, and one or more of the Surveyors for that purpose. And 
also that such Committee be instructed to report the terms of leasing 
such property in pursuance of the report adopted 

Alderman Van Zandt "| 

King c Were appointed the said committee 

M r Hegeman 

The petition of Robert Lylburn was referred to the same 
Committee 

Ordered that the Mayor be requested to give a sum not exceeding 
thirty dollars to the Indians now in this Civ 

On receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that I 
Mayor be authorized to license M r Bond as a Butcher to be a Co- 
partner with M r Fash in the business of the stall granted to M r Fash 
if he thinks proper. 

A report of the Comptroller on the petition of Abraham Brevoort 
for a renewal of his lease was referred to Alderman Van Zandt. King, 
and M r Hegeman 

The following report was received from the Comptroller, respecting 
the settlement of the Mayors accounts. I do Certify that I have ex- 
amined the accounts of De Witt Clinton Esquire M . : the L 
for Tavern licences issued by him from 1 November 1804 to 1 
November 1805. That 169S Licences have been issued at , : 
each, amounting as appears [454] by the account currer: stated 
to S6367. 5 " 1 ,, 1 , The within account current exhibits sundry cha - 
being expenditures in the issuing of said Licenses amounting : $233 
9 100 leaving a balance of $6134 41 i,,,,. By agreement the Mayor re- 
tains 112 : _ Cents on each license amounting to $1910.- 3 lt -..> leavir, . 
neat balance of >-224 16 10 o in favour of the Corporation which sum 
has been paid by the Mayor into the City Treastu ting >100. 
I do further Certify that I have examined the returns rendered to the 
Mayor by the Clerks of the several Ma sts the neat amount of 
Fees, and that it appears $6644."'-,.,,, has been received from 5 No- 
vember 1804 to 2 November 1805 as appears by the within account 
current together with an estimate annexed. The Mayor has retained 
the one half of the Market fees to his ow:i use and paid the remaining 
one half into the City Treasury being $3322 - It ther. : re ap- 
pears that the Mayors accounts are fully adjusted with the Corpora- 



132 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 Jan. 1806 

tion respecting the several sums of money received by him on Tavern 
licenses and Market fees. As the same is more particularly stated in 
the within account current, excepting $100 which remain due to the 
Corporation on the Tavern Licence account 

B n Romaine 
24 January 1806 Comptroller 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

The Street Commissioner reported a clause proper to be annexed 
to the law for vesting additional powers in this board for the more 
speedy and sure collection of assessments on vacant Lots 

[455] Ordered that the same be transmitted to the Legislature 

The Street Commissioner reported a return of delinquents in the 
assessment for East Rutgers Street Ordered that a Warrant issue 

The Street Commissioner reported deeds from Samuel Burling, 
John Hanmer, Abraham Cargill and William Shatzel for the property 
taken to continue the upper part of Broadway Ordered that the same 
be accepted. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Nicholas Lawrence City Watch $217.56 

William Van Wart do 217.56 

Magnus Beekman D 197.96 

William Peterson d 197.96 

Hugh Gobel d 148.96 

Kimball and Skaats for painting Bellevue 891 . 93 

Kimball and Skaats for painting 75.42 

Kimball and Skaats d 34. 12 

William Weyman for cloathing 49 . 12 

Arthur Johnson for carting dirt 61 . 62 

Robert Sickles lighting and cleaning City lamps 355. 8 

Abraham Kurd for work at Bellevue 139.37 

John M c Comb for paving 322 . 38 

John Pintard cash advanced for cleansing sink 10. 50 

Jacob Shearburn for passage of Indians 60. 

Andrew Otterson for Services 44. 

Edward Moran d 44 . 

Despard and Thomas for Gin furnished at Fire 7.50 

Samuel Burling for his ground 1237 . 

Abraham Cargell d 45 . 

John Hanmer d 50. 

William Shatzel d 492. 



3 Feb. 1806 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



133 



[456] In Common Council, February 3, 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire. Deputy Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

James Drake 

Abraham King 

Thurston Wood 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob De la Montagnie. 



Esquires 
Aldermen. 



Andrew Morris 
Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Adrian Hegeman 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Samuel Torbert. 



"Assistants. 



On receiving a report of the Market Committee Ordered that the 
Corporation property at the Fort called Rhinelander's fort be leased 
at auction for the term of Seven Years and that the Street Commis- 
sioner be directed to present a plan of the Lots for that purpose. 

A petition from Several of the Lamplighters for an increase of 
Salary during the late Epidemic was referred to the Lamp Committee. 

Petitions from John Delamater for a renewal of his lease, from 
Mary Hogan for the use of a gang way, and of John Good for the 
extension of a lease were ordered to lie on the table. 

Resolved that three persons be appointed to value without delay 
buildings on Corporation [457] ground the leases of which expire 
agreeable to the Comptrollers report and that such valuation be made 
under oath and the persons appointed shall receive Two dollars and 
fifty cents per day each, during the time they may be so employed. 

Resolved that Andrew Morrell, John M c Comb and George Ireland 
be and they are hereby appointed for the purposes contained in the 
preceding resolution, and that the Comptroller be the proper Officer to 
have the object contained in the said resolution carried into effect. 

The Committee appointed for that purpose, reported the draft of 
an Act for the appointment of Commissioners to regulate and lay out 
Streets in this City beyond certain limits. M r Morris moved to amend 
the second section of such act by directing those limits to run down 
the Bowery Road and extend to North, with the exception of Min- 
thorne, Street, And a division being taken thereon the same passed in 



the negative as follows. 



Alderman Van Zandt 



Affirmative 
M r Morris 



M r Hopkins. 



134 CITY OF NE\V YORK 3 Feb. 1806 

Negative 

Alderman Mott M r Board 

Drake Van Antwerp 

King Hegeman 

Wood Shute 

Pell Coutant 

Dela Montagnie Aliller 

Torbert 

[458] Ordered that the said Bill be referred to M r Hopkins, Hege- 
man and the Street Commissioner 

A petition of James and William Sterling for the estate of Bryan 
Healy in the hands of the City Treasurer was referred to the Attorney 
of the Board. 

A petition of Samuel Martin for a Butchers stand was referred 
to the Market Committee. 

Resolved that the Comptroller be requested to advertise for public 
auction with all speed the property that the Corporation owns the 
buildings thereon, the leases expiring the first of May next, for lease 
for the term of five years and the person who may lease the same to 
give security to be approved of, by the Common Council 

Resolved that it be the duty of the Clerk of the Alms house to 
attend to the duties of his office at all times when the Office requires 
his attendance 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee for that purpose 
Ordered that the salary of the Clerk of the Alms house be increased 
to Six hundred Dollars per annum. 

The following report was received to wit The Committee ap- 
pointed to examine the Attorney's accounts and fix upon the principle 
as respects his charges have the honour to submit the following. 

It appeared by examination of the former Attorney of the Cor- 
poration accounts that he received one half the fines sued for and 
recovered. 

Such rate of allowance does not appear to be correct, inasmuch 
as in some cases of [459] the same nature in principle, different de- 
grees of labour and attention are necessary on the part of the 
Attorney. 

The present Attorney is willing to receive as a compensation Two 
dollars in each case of complaint, where the fine is under $25 and in 
cases under the charter for selling liquor he thinks himself entitled 
to Five dollars for each case, and in all cases for twenty five Dollars 



3 Feb. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 135 

and upwards. Five Dollars. The rate of charges mentioned Your 
Committee think reasonable. 

Ja s Drake 

J. D Miller 

Simon Van Antwerp 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

The account of the Attorney of the Board was referred to the 
Comptroller. 

A petition of William Thomas and others for the regulation of 
the upper part of Broadway was referred to the Street Commissioner 

An account of the Superintendant of Scavengers was referred to 
the Committee on farming out the manure. 

David Bryson. Tanner N 48 Frankford Street was appointed a 
Fireman to Company N 12 instead of John Van Norden resigned, 
and Gilbert B Mott Accountant N 14 Thames Street was appointed 
a Fireman to Company N 20 instead of Henry I Kip resigned 

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred the petition of M r 
Smith respecting his Buildings and improvements at Hellgate Ferry. 
Reported, that they have viewed and examined the said Buildings and 
improvements, and are of opinion that it would be advisable for the 
Board, to purchase the same of M r Smith, provided he will agree to 
dispose of them for such price or valuation as may be set upon them, 
by a Committee to be appointed for that purpose [460] And the Com- 
mittee are also of opinion that it would be expedient to take the boats 
now belonging to said ferry at a fair valuation. 

And w Morris 

February 3. 1806. Samuel Torbert 

Adrian Hegeman 

Ordered that the same be confirmed, and that the Ferry Committee 
be appointed to value the said Boats and improvements. 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances to fill up vacant 
lots in Brannon Spring and Bullock Streets. Ordered that the same 
be confirmed. 

Ordered that Warrants issue on the Treasurer to pay the Assess- 
ments of Andrew S Norwood Heirs of M rs Stewart, J Craighton, 
Tenant, and Richard Ten Eyck for the drain in Beaver Street, and 
that the Collector proceed to procure the residue of the assessment. 

The Street Commissioner reported in favour of opening Varick 
Street between Brannon and Budd Streets, Ordered that he be au- 
thorized to treat for Cessions for that purpose 



136 CITY or NEW YORK 3 Feb. 1806 

Ordered that the Eleventh section of the law for preventing and 
extinguishing fires in the City of New York be amended so " that the 
firewardens or any of them shall in every year at such period as may 
be most expedient examine the houses and Buildings, etc' 

Alderman Van Zandt ^ 

De la Montagnie L Were appointed a Committee of Finance 
and Mott J 

[461] The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction 
and removal of nuisances from N 1899 to 1952 inclusive ordered 
that the same pass. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Issued Warrts 

Ns 1975 Henry Remmey Superintendant of Scavengers $400. 

1976. William Shatzel for rent of Justices Court 100. 

1977 Gad Dumbolton for City Watch 148.96 

1978 James Hardie for Services 62.50 

1979 David Longworth for Maps 53 . 50 

1980 John Hardie for Services 

1981 John Burger for Coroners fees 128.87 

1982 Timothy B Crane for Carpenters work 

1983 John M^Kenzie for keeping Potters field 153. 

1984 James Cheetham for printing 

1985 Proprietor of Daily Advertiser for printing 

1986 John Holdron for pump 

1987 John S Delamater carrying man to Hospital 

1988 Thomas Brown for Chief Engineers account 916.55 

1989 Arthur Johnson for carting Earth 

1990 John N Riker for Stone to pumps 

1991 Abraham Riker do 

1992 Walter Allen for Work to docks 61 .42 

1993 Daniel Woolsey d 

1994. 1995. 1996 Lewis Ford, for Carpenters work 171 .87 

1997 Dikeman and Varian for work 314.46 

1998 Jean Baptiste for boarding Indians 

1999 A S Norwood drain in Beaver Street 

2000. J Craighton d 42.93 

Richard Ten Eyck for drain, in Beaver Street 54 1 Vioo 



Esquires J hn D Miller 
Aldermen Adnan Hegeman 



Assistants 



10 Feb. 1806 COMMON COUXCIL MlNUTES 137 

[462] In Common Council. February 10. 1805 
Present James Fairlie Esquire. Deputy Mayor 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Drake Andrew Morns 

Thurston Wood Coutant 

Caleb Pell 

Elias Nexsen 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior Samuel Torbert 

Jacob Mott Simon Van 

Abraham King J se P h Board 

A petition of Robert Cay for services in the Alms house was 
received, and ordered to lie on the table. 

Benjamin S Hendrickson, Sailmaker of N 55 William Street was 
appointed a fireman to Company N 20 instead of Henry Rankin 
resigned, and William Reynolds Joseph Clark and Nathaniel Hart 
were appointed Firemen to Company N 10 instead of Robert Wade 
Gilbert Coutant and Samuel Lord resigned. 

Ordered that the law of this board respecting Fires and Firemen 
be published and that 200 copies be printed for the use of the 
Firemen. 

A memorial of several inhabitants of Brooklyn respecting the 
Brooklyn Ferry was received and Ordered to lie on the Table. 

[463] A petition of Jacob K Duryee for an Office was referred 
to the Committee on applications for offices. 

A petition of Miss Vaillant to be paid for working a set of Colours 
was referred to Alderman Fairlie, Van Zandt, and De la Montagnie 

A return from Captain Lawrences Watch Company was referred 
to the Watch Committee 

A petition of Samuel Degroat to be relieved from a fine for not 
cleaning the streets of snow opposite to the dutch church was granted 
upon payment of costs. 

A petition of G and R Waite that a building erected by them in 
Maiden lane contrary to law may remain, was ordered to lie on the 
table. 

Petitions of Henry Rosenkrantz and Thomas Skillman for 
Butchers stands were referred to the Market Committee. 

A petition of John Stevens respecting the Hoboken ferry was 
referred to the Ferry Committee 

The Attorney of the Board presented a report respecting the estate 
of Bryan Healy Ordered that the same be referred to the City 
Treasurer. 



138 CITY or NEW YORK 10 Feb. 1806 

The City Treasurer reported to the Board that he has paid into 
the hands of L P Briere all the money that was in his hands, and has 
delivered him the letters and papers excepting the Books of account, 
these were put into the hands of Samuel M Hopkins Esquire for col- 
lection by consent of M r Briere, that on consulting the Surrogate he 
is of opinion that after the expiration of the term mentioned by the 
act for paying into the Corporation any balance in his hands a new 
administration de bonis non may be granted to M r Briere, indemnifi- 
cation to be given. The Committee to whom was referred the appli- 
cation of M r Brierre, together with the above report submitted the 
same to the Board, Ordered [464] that the same be confirmed 

An application respecting the house of M rs Laight was referred to 
the Alderman and assistant of the Seventh ward 

Ordered that the Committee of Finance formerly appointed be dis- 
charged and that a Committee of five be appointed by ballot, the board 
proceeded to ballot for a Committee of finance and Alderman King, 
Mott, Drake, M r Torbert and M r Miller were appointed accordingly 

A law respecting Tavern keepers was referred to the Counsel of 
the Board. 

Alderman De la Montagnie ^ Were appointed a Committee to restrain 
M r Hopkins i> Pawn Brokers and buyers of second hand 

and M r Hegeman j articles. 

Alderman Pell T 

Mr R rl [Were appointed a Committee to examine and report 

M'll \ u P n tne P reser >t state of the Collect 

Resolved that the Comptroller lay before the Board at their next 
meeting a statement of the amount received from the Collectors of 
the several wards on the last annual tax, and also a statement of the 
amounts of the tax and of the balance due in each ward. 

Resolved that the Treasurer lay before the Board at their next 
meeting a detailed statement of the Sums of Money actually received 
from the Collectors of the respective wards upon [465] the last annual 
tax, 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to pay. 

Issd Warrts 

N os 1 Philip ] Arcularius for support of Alms house $2625.24 

2 Tunis Wortman half a quarters salary 75. 

3 Nicholas Lawrence, for City Watch 217.56 

4 William Van Wart do 217.56 

5 Magnus Beekman d 197 . 96 

6 William Peterson DO 197.96 

7 Hugh Gobel do 148.96 

8 Gad Dumbolton do 148.96 



17 Feb. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 139 

N s 9 Kelley and Lothrop work at Kissing bridge $200. 

10 David Robertson, work at Bellevue 113%oo 

1 1 Kay and Horner work to pumps 481 . 62 

12 Commercial Advertiser for printing 3.30 

13 Henry Brooks for tan 31 . 

14 Andrew Richardson for planks 8 . 75 

15 Cornelius Warner Salary etc 532. 

16 Charles Van Orden rent of Watch house 25. 

17 William M c lntosh meteorological observations 26. 

18 George Stanton attendance in purchasing a Lot 10. 

19 James Crum, carting dirt 65.87 

20 Thomas Burling for ground taken to continue Broadway.. 2575. 

21 Dr De Gray d 450. 

22 Joseph Board for Committee of repairs 444.50 

23 William Dustan money assessed to the heirs of Nicholas 

Bayard for regulating Broadway 31 .38 

24 Benjamin Romaine for money advanced to Indians 15. 

[466] In Common Council. February 17. 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire. Deputy Mayor 

Andrew Morris 
James Drake 

Thurston Wood 



Simon Van Antwerp 

Caleb Pell /-.,, ^ 

, Tr Esauires Gilbert Coutant 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior r c i T K O ^-Assistants 

Elias Nexsen Aldermen Samuel Torbert 

1.1 Icti IN C ASCII A J T T 

Adrian rlegeman 
Abraham King T , y>. ,,. 

John D Miller 
Jacob Dela Montagme , -o , 

Joseph Board 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of several of 
the Bakers relative to the imperfections in the present laws for the 
inspection of Flour reported that it would be proper to have three 
inspectors, each of whom should be a Miller or a Baker, Ordered 
that the Clerk prepare the draft of a memorial and Bill to be pre- 
sented to the Legislature accordingly 

A petition of Tunis Van Pelt and others for a pump at the corner 
of Budd and Greenwich Streets was directed under the direction of 
the Alderman and Assistant of the ward. 

A petition of William Drontwine for a Butchers stand was referred 
to the Market Committee 

[467] A petition of John Stilwell for the regulation of Brannon 
Street was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the ward 

A petition of the Overseers of the roads was referred to the Road 
Committee. 



140 CITY OF NEW YOBK 17 Feb. 1806 

A petition of John Townley and others respecting the collect was 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 

The petition of John Hopper to be recommended as an Inspector 
of Flour was received and Ordered to lie on the table 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition on that subject 
reported that it would be adviseable to leave Brannon and Spring 
Streets as originally ceded to the Corporation Ordered that the same 
be confirmed. 

A resolution that the Comptroller call on persons indebted to the 
Corporation to make payments and a report of the Comptroller re- 
specting water grants, together with a petition of Peter G. Stuyvesant 
was referred to the Committee of Finance. 

On receiving the petition of Amos Corning, and Lemuel Skidmore, 
Ordered that a water grant be made to them opposite to their prop- 
erty at the foot of Provoost Street upon the same terms as were 
granted to Messieurs Clarkson. 

A Memorial of Abraham Cannon praying that the grant formerly 
ordered to be made to him opposite his property at Corlaers hook 
may be executed was received and granted Ordered that the Comp- 
troller be directed to make out the grant accordingly. 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that the 
suspension of Edward Earle one of the 'Watchmen of Captain 
Lawrence's Company be confirmed. 

A petition of Fire Engine Company N 1 for a new Engine was 
referred to the Committee on the Fire department. 

[468] James Quackenbos Shoemaker of N 294 Pearl Street was 
appointed a Fireman to Company N 7 instead of John Smith re- 
signed Dugald M c Kenzie grocer of N 22 Peck Slip was appointed a 
Fireman to Company N 7 instead of William Cook resigned James 
Denham was appointed a Fireman to Company N 11, instead of John 
Crigier resigned, and Philip E Ruckel was appointed a Fireman to 
Engine N 23 instead of David Hakle who is absent. 

A petition from Mary Woodcock to be relieved from her tax 
amounting to $2.18, was received and granted 

Ordered that the Board of Health be augmented by the remainder 
of the members of this board, and that five members shall form a 
quorum to transact business. 

A petition of M r Amerman respecting the Ferry was referred to 
the Comptroller. 

The Road committee presented a report for the improvement of 
the middle road. Ordered that the same be confirmed. 



17 Feb. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 141 

The City Treasurer reported to the Board that he is willing to pay 
the balance of the estate of Bryan Healy to M r Sterling upon receiv- 
ing a proper and sufficient indemnity. 

The Street Commissioner reported the proposals for filling in 
White hall Slip and it appearing that the proposal of Robert Davis to 
perform the same for $118 is the lowest Ordered that the same be 
accepted. 

The Street Commissioner reported to the Common Council that 
the Collector for Cherry Street had collected about $1100, that the 
[469] damages awarded to George Janeway were $1000 and he has 
been assessed $288 that the damages awarded to Thomas Ivers were 
$1347.80 and he has been assessed 936.6. and that they are willing to 
receive their balances and to convey the property, the Street Com- 
missioner therefore requested permission to make such disposition of 
the money collected, Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for Division 
Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Abraham Stagg 
appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances for regulating 
Hetty and Hudson Streets. Ordered that the same pass the board. 

The City Inspector Reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2000. to 2074 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass 

An application of John S Delamater was referred to the Comp- 
troller. 

An application of Henry Remmey was referred to Alderman Mott, 
Drake and Shute. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss d Warrts 
NOS 25 Samuel M Hopkins Esquire for the use of Mr Tomlinson 

towards his Hydraulic Machine $125. 

26 David King for Beer 63.93 

27 Duncan Sinclair, public repairs 74.93 

28 Morrell, M c Comb and Ireland, for appraising property 30. 

29 John Sharp for pine logs 4. 

30 Watson and Campbell for timber 25 . 39 

31 S Gould and Company for Stationary iS^oo 

A Law, to provide for the sweeping and cleaning of the Streets in 
the City of New York, was passed at this meeting. 

vide Printed Laws. P. 161 



142 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



20 Feb. 1806 



[470] In Common Council. February 20. 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire, Deputy Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

Thurston Wood 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Elias Nexsen 



.Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Adrian Hegeman 
John D Miller 



Assistants 



The Market Committee reported that they have Contracted with 
Samuel "Winship to supply the Bridewell with beef, and with the old 
Butcher for the supply of the Alms house, Ordered that the said 
report be confirmed. 

On receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
Samuel Martin have the stand N 37 Hudson Market. 

The Committee on leases presented a report. Ordered that the 
same be referred to Alderman De la Montagnie Pell and Drake except 
with respect to the lots necessary to continue Chamber Street 

The persons appointed to appraise certain Buildings standing on 
Lots belonging to the Corporation, reported the following valuation 
to wit. 

NO 108. Corner of William and Barley Street $930 

161. William Street 50 

132. do 250 

[471] 

131 William Street 90 

130 do 750 

127 do 1200 

126 do 700 

102 South side of Chatham Street 500 

103 do 75 

104 do 225 

105 do 1250 

Part of N 104 and 105 Barley Street 350 

Barley Street, rear of lot NO 104 and 105 425 

NO 106. Corner of William and Barley Streets 500 

118 South side of Chatham Street 550 

117 do 1250 

116 do 320 

2. North side of Chatham Street 175 

5 do 250 

25 South side of Augustus Street 75 

24 do 

23 do 175 

do 500 



22 Feb. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



143 



Improvements on Lot of Peter Stevens, Bloomingdale road $160 

d Henry Sickner do 180 

do Frederick Pinehoven, Middle and cross roads 220 

do Michael Heaviner, Middle road 135 

NO 9. North side of Barley Street ISO 

11 d 400 

A question being taken on accepting the said valuation and the 
division being called the same was carried in the affirmative as fol- 
lows to wit 

Affirmative 



M r Morris 
[472] Shute 

Van Antwerp 

Hegeman 

Miller 



Alderman Mott 

Pell 

Van Zandt 

Dela Montagnie 

Nexsen 

Negative 
Alderman Wood Alderman Drake. 

A petition for the regulation of Hammond Street was referred 
to the Street Commissioner 

Ordered that the hiring of men and providing horses for the mud 
machine be referred to the Committee on that subject. 

Ordered that a new Election be held for a Collector of the second 
ward in the stead of Jeremiah Marshal resigned on the 
day of And that the same Inspectors and place 

of election be reappointed 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to pay. 

Warrts 

32, John H Sickles Treasurer of Building Committee $2000 

33, Joseph F. Mangin for a Suit of colours 25 



Present 



Caleb Pell 

James Drake 

Jacob Mott 

Elias Nexsen 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior. 



[473] In Common Council. February 22. 1806 
James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 

Samuel Torbert 

Andrew Morris 

Adrian Hegeman 

Gilbert Coutant ["Assistants. 

Simon Van Antwerp 

Samuel M Hopkins 

Joseph Board 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



The Clerk reported to the Board a memorial to the Legislature to 
alter the act for the Inspection of Flour in this City. Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and transmitted under the public seal. 

An application from the keeper of Staten Island Ferry was re- 
ferred to the Ferry Committee 



144 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 Feb. 1806 

[474] In Common Council February 24. 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire. Deputy Mayor 

Samuel Torbert 



Abraham King 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Drake 

Jacob Mott 

Elias Nexsen 



Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 



Aldermen 



Antwerp 
Joseph Board 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Adrian Hegeman 



Assistants. 



An application of the Humane Society for a house to be used as 
a soup house for the poor was referred to Alderman De la Montagnie, 
Nexsen and M r Hopkins. 

Lodowick Medler, Cartman Hester Street, and Edward Thiel Cart- 
man Grand Street were appointed Firemen to Company N 26 in- 
stead of Philip Smith and Ezekiel Bishop resigned. Thomas Sinken 
Coach maker N 2 Leonard Street, James Ginnings Coach maker N 
63 Murray Street and John Hill, Cage maker N 4 Broad Street 
were appointed Firemen to Company N 3 instead of John N Luff 
and John Kelly resigned and Richard Van Varick removed Frederick 
Ridebuck, Cabinet Maker of N 6 Read Street was appointed a Fire- 
man of Company N 24 instead of Jacob Rezew resigned, and Peoly 
Young Cabinet maker 73 Broad Street was appointed a Fireman of 
Company N 24 instead of Alexander Hutchinson 

[475] On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered 
that the suspension of John Robison, William Morgan and Adam 
Pulis. Watchmen of Captain Lawrence's company be confirmed. 

An account of David Kings for rooms for the use of Grand Juries 
was referred to the Comptroller 

A petition of George Codwise was referred to the Committee on 
wharves piers and slips. 

A petition of William Winthrop and others respecting the Hell- 
gate ferry was referred to the Ferry Committee 

A report of the Street Commissioner of an Ordinance to assess 
the expence of opening Broadway in continuation above Art Street 
was received and confirmed, and Nicholas Fish, George J Warner, 
Elbert Kip. John Thompson and William Waldron were appointed 
assessors. 

The Alderman and assistant of the Eighth ward were directed to 
enquire into certain Trespasses committed by felling trees in the upper 
part of Broadway. 



24 Feb. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 145 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of Stagg. 
Ward, and others, relative to the Building a pier eastward of Peck 
Slip reported that the proprietors on releasing to the Common Council 
the right of forty feet from a line of the East side the said Slip and 
half the wharfage at the South end of the said pier that they have 
permission to sink and build a pier Two hundred and fifty feet in 
length and thirty feet in width falling back from a line of the said 
Slip forty feet the Common Council pay the one half the expence and 
the other proprietors bears theirs jointly and that the said pier be 
sunk under the direction of the Street Commissioner [476] And also 
that the proprietors have permission to build a pier on a line, with 
Dover Street of the width of 30 feet and to extend two hundred and 
fifty feet into the river under the direction of the Street Commis- 
sioner. Ordered that the same be confirmed 

A petition of John Jacob Astor was received and referred to the 
Comptroller 

A report of the Committee of Finance respecting the new City 
hall was referred to the Building Committee. 

An application of Rufus King. Peter Jay Munro, and others was 
referred to M r Board, Hegeman and Hopkins. 

A report of the Street Commissioner relative to the laying out 
Streets in the upper part of Broadway was referred to the Alderman 
and assistant of the eighth ward. 

On receiving a report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that a 
precept be issued for the opening of Varick Street from Brannon to 
Budd Street 

A report of the Committee on the Collect was referred to the Street 
Commissioner and Comptroller 

Alderman Mott 1 , ., , 

r-k i j I Were appointed a committee to assign deposits of 
Drake and > .. . , 

XT manure in the several districts advertised for contract 

Nexsen. J 

On receiving the report of the Comptroller Ordered that the house 
now occupied by John S Delamater be rented to him for the additional 
term of one year but that this board will make no repairs thereto 

[477] On receiving the report of the Comptroller. Ordered that 
the improvements of M r Smith at Horns hook ferry be purchased, the 
buildings and improvements at $750 and the Scows and boats at $250. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2075 to 2136 inclusive, Ordered 
that the same do pass. 



146 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 Feb. 1806 

Ordered that the City Inspector prosecute offenders for trespasses 
in the Streets and foot walks. 

Resolved that the Mayor be authorized to employ one or more 
marshals to drive away idle boys on Sabbaths from Bayards ground 
and its neighbourhood 

Ordered that the Comptroller be authorized to pay the several 
accounts for taking Jury lists, upon the persons appointed, qualifying 
thereto 

Resolved that the books containing the lists of Jurors be referred to 
the Aldermen and assistants of the respective wards to prepare and 
report lists of Jurors. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrants 

N os 34 Benjamin Romaine to pay Note of P and E Dobs $3000. 

35 Nicholas Lawrence City Watch 217.56 

36. William Van Wart do 217.56 

37. Magnus Beekman d 197.96 

38. William Peterson D 197.96 

39. Hugh Gobel do 148.96 

40. Gad Dumbolton d 148.96 

41 Bartholomew Skaats for Salary 121 . 7 

42 Thomas Hazard for Salary 437.50 

43. Joseph Webb repairs to Lamps 44^00 

44. Thomas Martin for Chair hire 86 . 58 

45. Andrew Leary for Carpenters work 94.93 

46. Lang and Turner for advertising 2. 

47 Robert Dodge for repairs to Lamps. 90.70 

48. Beekman M Van Beuren repairing public roads 136. 6 

49 Samuel B Waldron repairing public roads 542.82 

50. Wright and Keeler taking census, Seventh ward 140. 

51. Murphy and Thompson taking census, third ward 100. 

The City Inspector Reported the Census of the Inhabitants of this 
City together with the persons who retired, during the Malignant 
Fever last season. See Report. P. 552. 



3 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



147 



[478] In Common Council, March 3. 1806 



Present James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt. Junior 

Elias Nexsen 

Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

Caleb Pell 

James Drake 

Abraham King 

Jacob De la Montagnie 



Esquires 
Aldermen. 



Samuel Torbert 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 



-Assistants. 



An application of William Few Esquire Commissioner of loans for 
the use of a room in the City hall was received and ordered to lie on 
the table. 

An application of Waters Furman respecting assessment monies 
on a lot of ground due by John Michaels was referred to the Attorney 
of the Board. 

A petition of Daniel Winship and others to regulate Delancey 
Street to Arundel Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Reuben Ayers and others to regulate Mary Street 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 

[479] The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Adolph 
Carter to remit his tax reported that there was a mistake in copying 
the Books Ordered that the same be referred to the Comptroller to 
settle the same according to the justice of the case 

A petition of Abraham Day and others relative to measuring 
American Coals was referred to the Committee for the revision of the 
Laws. 

A report of the Ferry Committee respecting the Hoboken ferry 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of John M c Kie for a water grant was referred to the 
Comptroller 

A petition of several commandants of Militia uniform Companies 
for the use of ground for a drill room was referred to Alderman 
De la Montagnie, M r Miller, Hegeman 

A petition of Henry Masterton and others for the regulation of 
Elms Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Isaac Worden respecting the removal of his house 
in Brannon S l was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the 
eighth w r ard 



148 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 March 1806 

An application of Joseph Watkins and others respecting the Bulk- 
head in Brannon Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Resolved that the Superintendant of repairs be directed to cause 
the park to be manured, and to close the several gates for the space 
of Thirty days, and that a proper person be appointed to oversee the 
same during that time 

Resolved that the Superintendant of repairs under the direction of 
the Alderman and assistant of the first ward cause the Battery to be 
manured and to provide Lombardy Poplars to replace such trees as 
may be deficient, and to cause the trees now on the same to be trimmed 
in such a manner as may benefit them 

Resolved that the Lamp Committee cause an experiment to be 
made by putting reflectors in such number of small [480] Lamps as 
they may think proper 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to examine the proposals 
that may be given for cleansing the Streets and report by the next 
meeting of the Board the list of the applicants And also which of the 
Candidates are the most proper, the same was referred to the Com- 
mittee on applications for Offices. 

David Morgan N 82 James Street was appointed a Fireman of 
Company N 17 in the stead of Robert Stanton removed, Richard 
Chew Inn keeper of Dover Street and George Mason of Peck Slip 
were appointed Firemen of the Floating Engine. Joseph Dorsett, 
Shoemaker of Water Street, Simeon Brown Ship Wright Water 
Street, Benjamin H Davoue, Merchant of Pearl Street and Benjamin 
Birdsall Currier of Frankford Street were appointed members of the 
Floating Engine Fire Company. Charles M c Pherson was appointed a 
Fireman of Company N 6, Ely Frost was appointed a Fireman of 
Company N 11 instead of William Seaman resigned. Luduwick 
Harpel was appointed a Fireman of Company N 10 instead of James 
Palmer resigned. James Ferguson accountant of the seventh ward 
was appointed a member of Company N 8 instead of Abraham 
Heller, Bush Brown and Hugh M c Do\vell were appointed Firemen 
of Company N 22 instead of John Polhemus and Benjamin Douglass 

A petition of Joseph Brotherton for release of the rent of the 
Watch house was received and ordered to lie on the table, Ordered 
that no part of the Watch house be rented in future. 

[481] An application of M r Ogden stating that he has been as- 
sessed in two wards was referred to Alderman Drake M r Hopkins, 
and M r Hegeman 



3 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 149 

A report of the Chief Engineer was referred to the Committee on 
the Fire department 

The Committee appointed to aid the Street Commissioner in pro- 
jecting two streets on the west side of Broadway between Art and 
Bleecker Streets beg leave in part to report. That they have viewed 
the premises and taken the subject under their consideration, and that 
in consequence of the situation of the property they have agreed and 
now recommend that a Street be run from Broadway to Bastaven 
Killitie through the ground of Henry M Van Solingen as represented 
by the red lines on the map, taking the whole of his front on broadway 
which is 52 feet 1 inch, and opposite the South lines of Jones Street, to 
be called Amity Street, in lieu of Amity Street which lay diagonally 
to the South of it and which they recommend to be shut up, Ordered 
that the same be confirmed 

Resolved that all out door donations cease in future from the Alms 
house, unless a special order is given from the Aldermen and assistants 
of the respective wards 

Resolved that M r Shippey be appointed to take charge of the ob- 
servatory at the Alms house instead of D r M c lntosh resigned. 

Resolved that White Street, Walker Street, and Sugar loaf Streets, 
be run straight from Church Street to Elm Street and be respectively 
fifty feet in breadth and that Elm Street be continued straight from 
Leonard Street to Pitt Street and be of the breadth of Sixty feet 

[482] On receiving the report of the Committee of Finance Re- 
solved that the Treasurer and comptroller be directed to use every 
mean in their power without delay, to notice all persons indebted to 
this Corporation that prompt settlement be made on or before the 
first day of April next, and in case of refusal or neglect that the Comp- 
troller immediately place such accounts into the hands of the Attorney 
of the Board for recovery 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed without delay to 
cause to be reassessed on the inhabitants, the several sums of money 
paid by this board, (together with the charges on the person or persons 
benefitted by opening Streets, And that the Street Commissioner with 
the Attorney of the Board use all lawful means without delay to re- 
cover the monies that have been advanced by this Board to con- 
tractors for regulating and paving Streets from such delinquents as 
could not be found by the different Collectors 

Resolved that in future all monies to be collected for assessments 
on Streets and otherwise shall be paid into the hands of the Treasurer 
by the several Collectors employed who shall give surety to the 



150 CITY OF NEW YORK 3 March 1806 

Chamberlain for the faithful performance of the duties of Collector in 
a similar manner enjoined on the Collectors of taxes. And that the 
Street Commissioner transmit a true copy of all assessments now in 
his care, or such as shall in future come under his direction to the 
Treasurer together with the Collectors names and that the Street Com- 
missioner be directed to render a statement of his Accounts respecting 
all monies received and paid by him to the Comptroller who shall 
present the same to this board. 

[483] Ordered that the Treasurer of the Board of Health exhibit 
his accounts and vouchers to the Comptroller and that a final ad- 
justment be made in that department in order to ascertain the extra 
expenditures of the past season of fever. 

A petition of Thomas Duggan was referred to the Canal Com- 
mittee 

A representation of William Mariner that he has a claim, against 
the Estate of Ann Meeks in the hands of the City Treasurer was re- 
ferred to the Counsel of the Board. 

On receiving the report of the Road Committee, Ordered that 
the sum of Fifty dollars each be allowed to the Overseers of the public 
roads as an extra compensation for the use of their saddle horses 
during the last season. 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of M r 
Burling respecting the purchase of the house lately bought by the Cor- 
poration from the said Burling, and which is intended to be taken 
down on account of its standing in the Street. Reported, that in their 
opinion it would be improper to make any private sale of the aforesaid 
house but recommend that it be sold at public auction to the highest 
bidder some time in the month of April next on the premises. 

Abraham King 
New York March 3. 1806 Jacob Shute 

Thurston Wood. 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

Resolved that an annual rent of $20 be imposed upon each of the 
Lots at Inklesburgh as the same are laid down as the same arc laid 
down in the map lately made of the same and that the leases of the 
said lots be sold by the Auctioneer of the board at public auction 
for the term of thirty years, And that it be referred to the Committee 
of Finance to frame proper conditions to be inserted in such leases and 
to cause the property to be advertised accordingly 

The Comptroller to whom was referred the petition of [484] 
Peter Schermerhorn praying a compensation for damages sustained 



3 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 151 

by filling in the Collect reported against the prayer of the said petition, 
Ordered that such report be confirmed. 

The Comptroller reported, that, agreeable to the order of the Com- 
mon Council, the store at Peck Slip, and the house at the corner of 
Wall and Broad Streets were disposed of at public auction on the 
first day of March instant, the store at Peck Slip was leased by 
Mott the present Tenant at $362.50 per annum, for 
the term of Five years, and the house above described, leased to the 
present tenant for the same term at $250 per annum, The purchasers 
are to keep the property in repair during the term, and pay all taxes 
and assessments, 

All which is respectfully Submitted. 

Bj n Romaine 
March 3. 1806. Comptroller 

Ordered that the said report be Confirmed. 

An application of Henry Hulsart for payment of monies due on 
the assessment of Norfolk Street was referred to the Committee of 
Finance 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances to compel M r 
Lynch, the representatives of Edward Livingston and others to fill in 
their ground adjoining the Collect, Ordered that the same pass. 

On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that 
precepts issue for opening Orchard North, Arundel and Stanton 
Street. 

The Street Commissioner presented a return of the delinquents in 
the assessment for paving Chatham [485] Street, Ordered that a 
Warrant issue. 

Resolved that the Office of Superintendant of Scavengers, cease 
from this time, and that M r Remmey be requested to settle his ac- 
counts without delay with the Comptroller And that the Comptroller 
furnish him with a copy of this Resolution. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2137 to 2242 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the Mayor do issue his warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay. 
Issd Warrts 
Ns 52. Philip J Arcularius for Support of Alms house $3000. 

53. Jacob Mott for use of Mud Machine 200. 

54. Samuel Cowdrey balance of Account as Attorney of the 

board .. 689.87 



152 



CITY OF NEW YORK 10 March 1806 



N s 55. 


David King use of room for Grand Jurors 


$115. 


56. 


Robert Sickles lighting and cleaning City Lamps 


358.50 


57. 


Conrad Jordan repairs to Lamps 


20.25 


58. 


Samuel B Waldron repairs to public roads 


119. 9 


59. 


Brower and Galatian for upholstery 


70.12 


60. 


Kav and Horner, for repairing wells 


352.25 


61, 


James Hardie for Services 


62.50 


62. 


John Hardy for Services 


30. 


63. 


New York Dispensary for Subscription 


25. 


64. 


Cornelius Warner for Dock stone 


217.50 


65. 


Cornelius Warner for public repairs 


104 2 %oo 


66. 


David Dunham for property taken by Assessment 


2450. 


67. 


Beekman M Van Beuren for use of Saddle horse 


50. 


68. 


Samuel B. Waldron do 


50. 


69. 


William Hardenbrook census in Second ward 


38. 


70. 


William Tredwell d 


38. 


71. 


Bourdett and Peterson d in sixth ward 


116. 


72. 


Lansing and Keteltas d in first ward 


113. 



[486] In Common Council, March 10. 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire, Deputy Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Abraham King 

Thurston Wood 

Elias Nexsen 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob De la Montagnie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
John D Miller 
Samuel Torbert 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Adrian Hegeman 
Joseph Board 



Assistants. 



An application from the Attorney of the Board stating that a 
Bond belonging to the Corporation from Daniel N Train is in the 
hands of Anthony Dey Esquire, and that he refuses to deliver it 
without a written order from the clerk Ordered that the Clerk be 
authorized to give such written Order accordingly 

Several claims for the apprehension of Banks upon a charge of 
murder agreeably to the proclamation directed by this board were 
referred to Alderman Dela Montagnie, M r Hopkins and M r Hegeman 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board draw the necessary con- 
tracts, and that the Attorney and Comptroller take sufficient security 
of the persons who have contracted to cleanse the public Streets. 

[487] Peter Parsells, Cartman. Greenwich. Jasper Mabie, Peter 
Trophagen Isaac Heron, Martin Van Orden. Garret Tinkey, and 
John Rees of Greenwich were appointed Firemen to Company N 29 



10 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 153 

Isaac Badgeley, Bricklayer N 42 Barley Street was appointed a Fire- 
man to Company N 23 instead of James Craft, William Tilton Car- 
penter N 21 Vandewater Street, Isaac Hatch Hatter N 413 Water 
Street, Charles Miller, Leather dresser N 14 oak Street, James W 
Hawxhurst. Hatter N 413 Pearl Street. Robert Morris Grocer of 
Church Street, James Campbell Turner of N 80 chamber Street. John 
Burns Bookbinder N 29 Warren Street John Hunn, Leather dresser 
N 14 Oak Street, John Faupell Hair dresser N 206 Greenwich 
Street, James L Orr. Umbrella Maker N 225 Broadway were ap- 
pointed Firemen to Company N 25 instead of David Taylor, David 
Colon, John L Cock Barray Collis, Henry Sickles, James Rice, Jordan 
Coles, John T. Henderson, Samuel Leggett and Francis Brown, Jacob 
Smith Turner and Engine maker, Daniel Slocum Taylor. Cornelius 
C Van Alen auctioneer. Hugh Wishart Silver Smith, Robert Thomp- 
son, merchant, Peter Aymar Grocer, William King, grocer, Duncan 
Phyfe cabinet maker Daniel B Brasher Cabinet maker and Alexander 
Wishart Silver Smith were appointed Firemen to Company N 16. 
Robert Hardy Coach maker of N 14 Barley Street was appointed a 
Fireman to Company N 24 instead of Isaac H Bogert removed to 
Albany. 

The following Ordinance passed the Board to wit. 

A Law to regulate the measure of Coals. 

Be it Ordained, by the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of 
the City of New York in Common Council convened. That for the pur- 
pose of preserving uniformity in the measure of Coals, the measures 
to be used by the measurers under the Controul of this board for the 
measuring of coals shall be in future of the same size and capacity 
with those used by the custom house officers under the controul of the 
government of the United States in the port of New York and that 
the measurers acting under this Board shall give and make such 
measure as is used by the said Officers. 

[488] A petition of Herman Vosburgh for the renewal of a lease 
was received. A motion was made that it lie on the table, Alderman 
Drake called for the division, the same was carried as follows. 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Mott M r Van Antwerp Alderman King 

Wood Torbert Drake 

Nexsen Hopkins. Pell 

Van Zandt Hegeman De la Mon- 

M r Morris Board. tagnie 

Shute Mr Miller 



154 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 March 1806 

A petition of Abraham Brevoort for the renewal of his lease was 
referred to Alderman Van Zandt Drake and M r Nexsen 

A Communication of Cornelius Ray and Anthony L Bleecker re- 
specting the estate of George B Ewarts was referred to the Counsel of 
the Board. 

The inspectors of the election for a Collector of the second ward 
in the stead of Jeremiah Marshall resigned reported to the Board 
that Gulliam Cornell having the greatest number of votes is duly 

elected. 

A memorial of James Sowarby and others respecting the assess- 
ment of Division Street, was referred to the Alderman and assistant 
of the Seventh ward 

[489] The Committee of finance reported upon the petition of 
Henry Hulsart that it is proper to pay to him the sum of $79.86 
being money assessed to the heirs of John Lamb for regulating Nor- 
folk Street, and that proceedings be taken to recover back the same 
without delay. Ordered that the same be confirmed 

A return from Captain Beekmans Watch Company was referred to 
the Watch Committee. 

Divie Bethune, Hector Scott, Samuel L Page, Peter H Wendover, 
Jonathan Pinckney, and Samuel Osburn, were appointed Firewardens 
of the eighth ward 

An application of F. Vaillant for the advance of $100 upon a 
Suit of Colours was granted under the direction of the Committee 
on that subject. 

Were appointed a Committee to entertain the 
Alderman Van Zandt I 

Mott J 

Permission was granted to J. H. Schmidt to erect a vault at N 
68 Maiden lane 

A resolution respecting a water grant to Divie Bethune, was re- 
ferred to M r Hopkins. Hegeman and Torbert. 

Resolved that the sum of $20,000 and no more be appropriated by 
this board towards the expences of building the New City hall, for a 
year, to be computed from the tenth day of March 1806 and that the 
said sum include all debts and contracts incurred by reason of the 
said building, And that Warrants for such sum be issued in such 
manner as shall be directed by the board. 

Ordered that the sales of public property at Inklenberg be post- 
poned until a fortnight from tomorrow. 



10 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 155 

M r Hopkins moved that the Bill for appointing a permanent 
Board of Commissioners for regulating the Streets in certain parts of 
the City be approved and sent to the Legislature with a petition that 
the same [490] be passed, 

On motion of Alderman Mott, resolved that the consideration 
thereof be postponed until the next meeting of the Legislature 

M r Hopkins called the division on Alderman Motts, motion, the 
same was carried in the Affirmative as follows. 

Affirmative 

Alderman Mott M r Morris 

King Shute 

Wood Van Antwerp 

Nexsen Coutant 

Van Zandt Miller 

Drake Torbert 

De la Montagnie Hegeman 

Board 
Negative 

Alderman Pell Mr Hopkins 

A report of the Street Commissioner, respecting Division Street 
was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the Seventh ward. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
The Street Commissioner agreeably to a resolution of the Board 
of the third instant has the honor to inclose his account with the Cor- 
poration for monies received by him on assessments. 

[491] Upon the back of the account he has drawn a statement 
of Contractors orders, which he has accepted, and for which he is 
responsible, and submits to the Board whether it would not be ad- 
visable, to permit him to pay off those acceptances out of the balance 
he owes the Corporation 

All which is respectfully Submitted. 

John S Hunn 
March 10. 1806. Street Commissioner 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that the Street Commis- 
sioner settle all the old contracts. 

A report of the Street Commissioner respecting proposals of 
Van Solingen and Duryee was referred to the Alderman and assistant 
of eighth ward and Comptroller 

On receiving the report of the Comptroller, Ordered that a Water 
grant be made to John M c Kie upon the same terms as were granted 
to Corning and Skidmore 



156 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 March 1806 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for regulating 

Grand Street from Broadway to Rynders Street Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and John Bussing appointed Collector 

M r Board and ^ Were appointed to value the improvements of 
Alderman Van Zandt ^ the widow Keefe on the Battery. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 

removal of nuisances numbered from 2243 to 2324 inclusive Ordered 
that the same pass 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Nicholas Lawrence, City Watch $217 . 56 

William Van Wart do 217.56 

Magnus Beekman d 197 . 96 

William Peterson DO 197.96 

Hugh Goble do 148.96 

Gad Dumbolton do 148.96 

[492] Jacob Mott Esquire, for Mud Machine 300. 

Dikeman and Varian, work to pumps 169 . 6 

Robert Davis for earth in Whitehall dock 50. 

Edward Meeks, iron work to lamps 136.75 

Samuel Montgomery and David Jaffren attending as Constables at the 

election of second ward 2. 

George Schmelzel Senior for Well in Budd Street 14.50 

Oliver Jaques for the intersection of Chatham Street 124. 10 

Jonas Humbert balance as Inspector of bread 89.49 

Elisha Wise Clerk of Election second ward 2. 

Henry Watkeys for Candles 9. 

Morrell Ireland and McComb for valuing two houses on Barley Street 5; 

Jonathan Lyon for filling in at the foot of Roosevelt Street 80. 

Charles Eagleson for carting dirt to Corporation dock 4.75 

Proprietors of Daily Advertiser for advertising 6. 

Campbell and Ryer taking Jury list in 5 ward 96. 

Henry Hulsart money assessed to the heirs of John Lamb in Norfolk 

Street 79.86 

Samuel Wood, lost fire bucket 2. 



12 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



157 



[493] In Common Council March 12 th 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Thurston Wood 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Abraham King 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 
Jacob Shute 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller 



Assistants 



Ordered that Alderman Van Zandt, Failie, Nexsen, Mott and 
King be a Committee to confer with a Committee of the Merchants 
relative to petitioning for fortifying the port and Harbour of this 

City. 

Alderman Fairlie 1 Were appointed a Committee to determine 

Mott j- whether it would be proper to furnish a Mili- 

Van Zandt J tary [494] with any powder for their parade 
on Saturday Next, and to direct it to be furnished them should they deem it 
proper. 

A memorial to Congress, and also a Memorial to the Legislature, 
to fortify the harbour of this City were severally read and agreed to. 

Resolutions passed 

Resolved that it be recommended to the Citizens of this City to 
meet in their respective Wards for the purpose of considering the de- 
fenceless situation of this City and harbour and of presenting such 
representations as they may may think proper in relation to the same 
to Congress and the Legislature of this State 

Resolved further that it be recommended to the Citizens to meet for 
these purposes on Friday the 14 th instant at Seven OClock in the 
evening and that the Meetings be held as follows 

In the First Ward at the City Hall 

In the Second Ward at Union Hotel 

Third Ward at Elias Hatfield Tavern 

Fourth Ward at Piersons formerly Crooks Tavern 

Fifth Ward at Mooneys Tavern 

Sixth at Trowbridges Tavern 

Seventh at Daniel Tiers Tavern 

Eighth at the Washington Inn 

Ninth at Marreners Tavern Harlaem 

The following report was received from the Committee of Finances 

[495] The Committee of Finance with great solicitude have seri- 
ously reflected on the present arrangement respecting the disposition 
of the public property 



158 ClTY OF NEW YORK 12 March 1806 

This subject embraces three leading and important considerations. 
The first is The improvement of the City and suburbs in such parts 
of it, where the public property is situate. The second is. To secure 
to the public a reasonable compensation from the Tenants, and the 
third is, to reconcile the inhabitants on the public Estate, as far as may 
be consistant with justice, and the public expectation from this Board 
as trustees of the general interest. 

It was supposed that the arrangements, and disposition of the 
public property the last Year, embraced the above stated important 
objects. The Common Council however have supposed that, an im- 
provement on the plan of the last Year would be made, by disposing 
of the public property at auction. 

It is therefore only necessary to state, what we have done already, 
in the prosecution of the plan, for the disposal of the public Estate. 
We have instituted a valuation, and appointed the time when this prop- 
erty shall be disposed of at public auction, and what remains to be de- 
termined is, the terms on which the Leases shall be granted 

With respect to the property in Town The Committee after the 
most mature reflection recommend that, the conditions and terms of 
the Leases be as follows Viz 

The Leasees or their Successors or assigns, shall, [496] before the 
expiration of twenty one years, erect good & substantial Brick build- 
ings, covered with Slate or tile, of at least two Stories high, besides the 
Garret, from the Ground sills thereof to the plates. That if buildings 
as aforesaid shall be erected, the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty, shall 
again Lease to the person or persons who may hold the original Lease 
(at the end of the term) the said premises for a subsequent term 
of twenty one Years, on such terms and conditions as shall at that day 
be agreed upon between the parties or as shall be determined by two 
sworn appraisers, one of whom to be chosen by each of the parties, 
and in case of non-agreement they to choose a third Unless the Cor- 
poration at that day shall choose to dispose of the public property at 
Auction, in such case a fair valuation shall be made of the Buildings 
and improvements by sworn appraisers are to be chosen by the Cor- 
poration and the other by the Leasee in manner aforesaid. And if it 
shall so happen that buildings as above mentioned shall not have 
been erected, at or before the expiration of the term of twenty one 
years that, in such case the owner or owners shall remove the same 
within ten days. It is also recommended that when any of the present 
buildings shall be taken down, or otherwise removed that, no buildings 
shall be erected other than mentioned above. 



12 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 159 

That in all cases when Leases expire which shall be given in 
pursuance of the above plan, it is expressly understood that it shall be 
optional with [497] the Corporation, either to take the buildings and im- 
provements at a fair valuation as aforesaid or to grant a further term 
in the manner and form above stated. That the usual clauses and pro- 
visors be also stipulated in the said leases, that the Tenant or tenants 
shall pay all assessments impositions & which may be levied and raised 
on the said property during the term. 

Your Committee believe that the above recommended plan, fully 
embraces the three above stated important objects and considerations. 
That while it gives encouragement and security to persons who shall 
purchase leases on the public property at the same time holds the 
controll of the public Estate under the direction of the Corporation 
at the expiration of any term. 

All which is respectfully submitted 

Abraham King 

12 March 1806 Ja Drake 

J D Miller 
Jacob Mott. 

The question being taken upon adopting the said report was carried 
in the Affirmative as follows to Wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Mott Mr Board Alderman Van Zandt 

Pell Van Antwerp Mr Hegeman 

Wood Contant Shute 

Dela Mon- Miller Hopkins 

tagnie 
King 
Drake 
[498] Nexsen 

The following Resolution being proposed to Wit, Resolved that 
the lots belonging to the Corporation about to be disposed of at 
Enklebergh and on the Bloomingdale Road as laid down in the Map 
be sold in perpetuity subject to an annual rent of twenty bushels of 
good Merchantable Winter Wheat on each Lot the question being 
taken thereon and a division called it passed in the affirmative as 
follows to wit, 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Mott M r Board Alderman King 

Pell Van Antwerp Drake 

Wood Contant Nexsen 

De la Mon- Hegeman 

tagnie Hopkins 

Miller 



160 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



13 March 1806 



[499] Ordered that the Conditions of sale be twenty five per Cent 
on the day of sale and the residue in six and twelve months secured 
by Mortgage. 

Ordered that John Titus have leave to assign his lease of the 
ground in the Commons to Andrew Ogden. 

Petitions of Herman Nosburgh and others and Patrick M c Kay 
and others were referred to Alderman Drake, Wood and Pell 

A Representation of the Society for the relief of O[r]phans was 
referred to Alderman Nexsen. De la Montagnie and M r Van Antwerp 

Abraham Praal was appointed a Firewarden of the second Ward 
instead of Nathaniel Hitchcock deceased 



[500] In Common Council March 13. 1806 
Present James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Elias Xexsen 

Thurston Wood 

James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie I 

Caleb Pell 



Esquires 
Alderman 



Samuel Torbert 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 



Assistants 



The following resolution being moved, to wit 

Resolved as the sense of this Board, that the Recorder having 
attended only two meeting [s] of the Common Council since the 
seventeenth day of June 1S06 [1805] has greatly neglected his duties 
as a member of the same. 

Alderman Nexson moved to strike out the Words has greatly 
neglected his duties as member of the same 

M r Hopkins called a division thereon, the same passed in the 



negative as follows to wit 



Alderman Xexsen 



Affirmative 
Mr Miller 

[501] Negative 



M r Hopkins 



Alderman Mott 
Wood 
Drake 

De la Montagnie 
Pell 



Torbet 

Hegeman 

Coutant 

Shute 

Board 



The question was then taken on the resolution and the division 
called for by M r Hopkins, the same passed in the affirmative as fol- 
lows, to wit. 



17 March 1806 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 161 

Affirmative 

Alderman Mott M" Torbert 
Wood Hegeman 

Drake Contant 

De la Montagnie Shute 

Pell Board 

Miller 
Negative 

Alderman Xexsen M r Hopkins 

[502] In Common Council March 17. 1806 

Present James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 

Jacob Shute 
Jacob Mott Adrian Hegeman 

Thurston Wood Joseph Board 

James Drake Fsauires Samuel Torbert 

Elias Nexse " idermen Gilbert Coutant Assistants 

Jacob De la Montagnie Simon Van Antwerp 

Caleb Pdl Samuel Hopkins 



Abraham King 



John D 



Resolved that in future when a fireman is elected it shall be the 
duty of the Fireman to call on the Treasurer of the fire department 
and obtain the Certificate within one month from the date of his 
election 

Resolved further that any fireman resigning his firemanship, 
being expelled from the Company or leaving it under any pretence 
whatever shall if re elected take up a new Certificate and that the 
Chief Engineer be directed to Certify on [503] each Certificate 
whether a vacancy exists in the Company to which each Fireman 
shall be elected 

And further, that the name or number of the Company to which 
each Fireman shall be appointed, shall be inserted in the certificate to 
be given to such Fireman. 

James Meeks. Carpenter of Hudson Street was Appointed a Fire- 
man to Company N 14 instead of Abraham Brower resigned Harman 
King Baker N 100 Bowery Lane was appointed a Fireman of Com- 
pany N 15 instead of John Perren resigned 

On receiving the report of the Building Committee together with 
an estimate of M r M c Comb. Ordered that the Board consent to ap- 
propriate the sum of Twenty two thousand two hundred and fifty 
dollars towards defraying the expences of the New City hall during 
the ensuing Year. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Isaac 



162 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 March 1806 

Worden praying a Compensation for the removal of his house on the 
line of Brannon Street Reported that it would be proper to allow him 
the sum of Two hundred and fifty Dollars for that purpose. Ord- 
ered that the said report be confirmed and that a Warrant Issue in 
favor of M r Worden for such sum. 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee. Ordered that 
the suspension of Amos Squires be Confirmed. 

A Report was received from Captain Beekmans Company Ord- 
ered that so much of the same as respects the Watch be referred to 
the W r atch [504] Committee and so much thereof as respects the 
Lamps to the Lamp Committee 

Ordered that the Comptroller be authorized to purchase the 
Ground of Van Solingen and Duryee at the prices mentioned by the 
Committee on that subject And that an Ordinance be drawn to 
Assess the same upon the individuals who are benefitted And that 
Samuel Stilwell, George J Warner, David Marsh, Peter H Wendover 
and William I Waldron be appointed assessors.* 

On receiving the report of the Committee on that subject, Ordered 
that the Building in the Alms house Yard which was erected for the 
use of the Carpenters engaged at the New City Hall, may be used by 
the Military Companies for a Drill room during the pleasure of the 
Board. 

William Day resigned his appointment of measurer of Lime. 
Ordered that the same be accepted And that the Committee on Appli- 
cations for Office report a proper person to fill the vacancy by the next 
meeting 

A Representation of the Superintendant of the Alms house of 
monies paid to his predecessor and for which no Credit appears on 
the Books of the Alms house was referred to the Committee of 
Finance. 

A Petition of Thomas Storm and others relative to the regulation 
of Leonard Street [505] was referred to the Alderman and Assistant 
of the fifth Ward and Street Commissioner. 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
John Ackerman, David Medlar and James Day be appointed Watch- 
man in Captain Lawrence's Company instead of John Robinson. 
William Morgan and Adam Pulis suspended. 

The Petition of Bryan Connelly Claiming a right to a lease in 
Augustus Street was referred to the Comptroller who reported against 
the same, Ordered that the said report be Confirmed. 

* Marginal note reads to make Amity Street. ED. 



17 March 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 163 

A Petition of Robert Sands and others against being included in 
the assessment for opening Varick Street was referred to the Alder- 
man and Assistant of the Eighth Ward. 

A motion being made to appoint a standing Committee for the 
leasing at private sale all such property of the Corporation as has 
improvements thereon, a division being called on the said Motion the 
same was carried in the affirmative as follows to wit. 

Affirmative 

Alderman Wood M r Board 

Drake Contant 

Dela Montagnie Van Antwerp 

Pell Miller 

[506] Negative 
Alderman Mott Mr Shute 

Nexsen Hegeman 

King Torbert 

Hopkins 

The Committee of Finance was appointed the said Committee. 

A Petition of the Methodist Episcopal Church for a release of tax 
of ground belonging to them was received and the prayer thereof 
granted. 

Robert Lenox Esquire was permitted to have the use of one of the 
large Engines with its apparatus for the purpose of removing water 
from a Vessel. 

An application of M r Moses Rogers with respect to Building in 
State Street was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A Report from the Attorney of the Board respecting the opening 
of Canal Street and the Jury fees thereon was referred to the Com- 
mittee of finance. 

An application of Benjamin Romaine for a Water grant was re- 
ferred to the Alderman and Assistant of the fifth Ward. 

Elijah Ferris was permitted to erect a Vault in Beekman Street 
under the direction of the Street Commissioner. 

[507] A memorial respecting the Road at Harlaem was referred 
to the Road Committee. 

A Petition of Inhabitants of the Seventh Eighth and Ninth Wards 
for a Wharf at the East River was referred to the Comptroller, 

Resolved that the Mayor be authorized to purchase the Govern- 
ment house and grounds thereunto appertaining in fee simple absolute 
provided that the same can be procured without any Condition in 
relation to its tenure, 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for filling in 
Sunken lots in Barley Street. Ordered that the same pass. 



164 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 March 1808 

Ordered that this Board will pay the valuation made of the im- 
provements upon their property on the Bloomingdale Road and Enkle- 
burgh. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating 
Delancey Street Ordered that the same be Confirmed and Thomas 
Timpson. William Hunter. Whitehead Hicks Abraham Van Gelder 
Junior and John Youle be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances to regulate Mott, 
Orange and Elm Streets. Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
Lewis Ford. A.mos Corning. John Rem[sen] Samuel Stilwell and 
Benjamin Thurston be appointed assessors 

The Street Commissioner presented a [508] Return of the de- 
linquencies in the assessment for Division Street. Ordered that a 
Warrant issue 

Resolved that the Bloomingdale road from its junction with the 
Albany Post road to Stuben Street be of the Width of 80 feet and thaf 
the same be made as straight as the circumstances will admit by 
taking in and leaving out parts of the present Road to be adjusted by 
the several proprietors according as their several interest therein may 
appear 

Resolved further that this Corporation will relinquish all their 
Claim to and immediately open so much of their property as may 
upon a survey of the said Road be found necessary for the said pur- 
pose and that the Street Commissioner cause the same to be Surveyed 
and laid out in Conformity thereto without delay. 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and re- 
moval of Nuisances numbered 2325 to 2384 Ordered that the same 
do pass 

Resolved that the Committee of Finances report at the next meet- 
ing of the Board the best mode of leasing out the lots of ground 
where the mud machines are building on the West side of West 
Street, at Rhinelanders Battery. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Issued Warrts 
Ns 96 John H Sickles, Treasurer of Building Committee $2000. 

97 Peter Clarke for making Cartridges 30.98 

98 T Wortman half a quarters Salary as Clerk 75. 

99 George Weeks for Carting Oil 21 . 

[509] 100 Robert Wallace for Assessments in Beaver Street 191.27 

101 Joseph F. Mangin for Surveying 100. 

102 Adolphus Loss for Surveying 75.50 

103 Isaac Worden for removing his house in Brannon Street 250. 



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165 



Present 



[510] In Common Council. March 24. 1806 
James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 



Jacob Mott 
James Drake 
Thurston Wood 
Jacob Dela Montagnie 
Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Elias Nexsen 



usqmres 
Aldermen 



John D Miller 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel Torbert 
Andrew Morris 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman. 



Assistants. 



Deeds were received from Henry Van Solingen and Elizabeth 
Duryee, for four Lots of ground in Broad Way. four lots in Mercer 
Street, and four lots in Green Streets, for the purposes of regulating 
the upper part of Broad Way. Ordered that the same be accepted And 
that the Clerk be authorized to execute bonds thereof to M r Van 
Solingen for the ( sum of $10,400, and to the Widow Duryee for 
$3930. payable in Six months and to affix the City seal to the said 
Bonds accordingly 

Ordered that the Ferry Committee be [511] authorized to have 
a sufficient Ferry Stairs bui[l]t at the Corporation dock. 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance to 
regulate and pave Leonard Street from Church to Chaple Street. 

The Street Commissioner inclosed Assessments for regulating 
Barley and Cross Streets Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
Oliver Jaques appointed Collector. 

Ordered that a Water Grant be issued to Benjamin Romaine in 



report 



pursuance of the respect of the Committee on that subject. 

The City Treasurer reported that the sum of $35 5 % o was carried 
to the Credit of the City and County of New York as the balance of 
the Estate of Ann Meeks Ordered that he be authorized to liquidate 
and settle the account of Edward Mariner against the said Estate upon 
his receiving sufficient and proper security. 

Ordered that the Commissioner of repairs under the direction of 
the Comptroller be directed to have a sufficient Number of Staffs made 
for the Constables, and Marshals of this City. 

Returns from Captain Petersons. Beekmans and Dumboltons 
Watch Companies were referred to the Watch Committee. 

A Petition of John Money penney for permission that a Cistern 
may remain in the Street was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

[512] A Petition of John Bachelor and others respecting the ex- 



166 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 March 1806 

pences of opening Varick Street was referred to the Committee of 
Finances. 

A Petition of Robert Watts and others to regulate Hester Street 
from Mulberry Street to Broad Way was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner 

Ordered that M r Schieffelin have leave to withdraw his proposals 
to relinquish a piece of land for the purpose of opening a Road from 
the Haerlem Cove to the Kingsbridge Road 

A Petition of Henry Kermit respecting a Lamp was referred to the 
Lamp Committee 

Ordered that the Superintendent of the Alms house be authorized 
to procure a sufficient number of Buckets for the use of the said house 

Isaac Wilsey Cartman of the Corner of Hester and third Street 
in the Seventh Ward was appointed a fireman to Company N 26 in 
the stead of Caleb Pell. 

A Petition of Bryan Connelly for the renewal of a lease was re- 
ferred to the Committee of Finance 

A Petition of Jonathan Lawrence respecting Arundel Street was 
referred to the Street Commissioner 

Alderman Van Zandt 1 

KT were appointed a Committee to examine the 

M r Heeeman I Comptrollers account on the Collect. 

The said Committee reported that they have examined [513] the 
account and find that a Balance of $39. % o is due the Comptroller 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

A Communication Was received from Waters Furman relative to 
Monies due on the Assessment of Grand Street -Ordered that the 
same be referred to the Committee of Finance. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to procure one 
of each such ancient maps of this City or island as are to be found 
and to Cause the same to be framed and Glazed for the use of the 
Board. 

The Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and removal 
of nuisances numbered from 2385 to 2428 inclusive Ordered that the 
same do pass 

Ordered that the Mayor be authorized to Issue his Warrants on 
the Treasurer to pay 
Iss d Warrts 

104 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $217.56 

105 William Van Wart do 217.56 

106 Magnus Beekman d 197.96 



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167 



NOS 107 William Peterson for City Watch $197.% 



108 Hugh Gobel d 

109 Gad Dumbolton d 

110 Cornelius Warner for public repairs 

111 James Cheetham for printing 

112 Saltus Son and C for Cordage 

113 G and D Buck for powder 

114 Proprietors of Morning chronicle for advertising. 

116 E McLaughlin for lost fire Bucket 

117 John H Slidell d 



148.96 

147.20 

89.68 

280.00 

8.29 
127.50 

3.16 

8. 

2. 



[514] In Common Council March 31. 1806 



Present James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior^ 
Jacob De la Montagnie 
Caleb Pell 
Abraham King 
Jacob Mott 
Thurston Wood 
James Drake 
Elias Nexsen 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Andrew Morris 
Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel Torbert 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller 



Assistants 



The following report was received from the Lamp Committee 

The Lamp Committee to whom as referred the Petition of M r 
Henry Kermit respecting a Lamp in Greenwich Street in dispute 
between the petitioner and M r James Arden 

Report 

That the Committee after Viewing the premises recommend that 
the superintendent of Lamps [515] be directed to Light the two Lamps 
as erected one by M r Henry Kermit and the other by M r James 
Arden that the expence of one Lamp be paid by the Corporation the 
other by M r Kermit and M r James Arden Jointly forever But if the 
said parties should not agree to bear the expence as recommended. 
Then the Committee are of opinion that the Lamp Post be erected 
where it formerly stood all which they respectfully submit 

Caleb Pell 
Samuel Torbert 
And w Morris 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

A Petition of John Charters and others for paving Leonard Street 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 



168 CITY OF NEW YORK 31 March 1806 

A Petition of D r Gardner Jones that the name of Jones Street may 
be continued to the Street formerly ceded by him to the Board was 
referred to Alderman Van Zandt, Drake and King. 

The Petition of Jacob Blank for relief on account of having horse 
drowned in the Collect was referred to the Committee on the Collect 
A Petition of John Murray to be directed by the board in laying 
out new Streets was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The Committee to whom was referred the application for erecting a 
Soup house for the use of the poor reported in favor of the same. 
A motion [516] having been made to Confirm the said report Alder- 
man Mott moved the division thereon the same was carried as follows 
to wit 

Affirmative 
Alderman Van Zandt M r Board 

De la Montagnie Van Antwerp 

King Hegeman 

Nexsen Hopkins 

M r Coutant Miller 

Morris 

Negative 
Alderman Pell Mr Shute 

Mott Torbert 

Wood 

Drake 

A Communication of Maturin Livingston Esquire Stating that he 
had been taxed for two much ground in Stanton Street and praying 
relief was ordered to lie on the table. 

The Street Commissioner presented a deed from John Stilwell for 
the property taken to extend Varick Street and Stated that Five 
hundred Dollars is due by Mortgage to John Bachelor which M r 
Stilwell is desirous should [517] be immediately discharged Ordered 
that' the same be referred to the Attorney of the Board to report what 
arrangements ought to be made. 

The Street Commissioner reported drafts of Ordinances to regulate 
Leonard Street from Church to Chapel Street and Delancey Street 
from Suffolk Street to the East River. Ordered that the same pass. 

On receiving the report of the Committee on application for 
Officers Ordered that William Bussing be appointed Inspector of 
Lime 

An Ordinance passed the board for building a bulk head across 
the Fly Market and filling in the same with good and wholesome Earth 
under the direction of the Street Commissioner so as to extend about 



31 March 1806 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 169 

fifteen feet to the Southward of the North side of South Street And 
that the drain be continued to the same distance. John Ellis John 
Griffith, Abraham Prall, John Ciendening and Harry Peters were 
appointed assessors 

Resolved that the Committee on Wharves Slips and piers be au- 
thorized to have the above ordinance immediately carried into effect. 

Ordered that 75 Dollars be loaned to Jacob Blank to enable him 
to purchase a New horse payable in a year without interest and that 
his note be taken for the same. 

A Petition of Hannah Dunlevy respecting a lease was referred to 
the Comptroller 

[518] Ordered that the Comptroller lease the Bulls and Wehawk 
ferries to Lewis Concklin for the residue of the term which was 
granted to Garret Neafie and on the same terms 

Ordered that the situation of the ferry of Barnet Deklyn be re- 
ferred to the ferry Committee 

The Committee of Finance reported the prices proper to be 
affixed to the property to be leased by the Corporation Ordered that 
the same be confirmed except as to the Lot of Abraham Brevoort. the 
Lots in Augustus Street and such Lots as are necessary to continue 
Chamber Street. 

Alderman Van Zandt "1 were appointed a Committee to report the dispo- 
King |- sition proper to be made of the vacant lands of 

Shute j this Board. 

A Petition of Garret H Van Wagenen and others for a Water 
Grant was referred to the Comptroller. 

The following report was received from the Comptroller. 

The Comptroller believes it to be his duty to State to the Common 
Council in order that a record may be made in the minutes. That the 
sale of the Corporation Lands at Incklenbergh on the twenty fifth 
instant at public Auction comprising fifty nine half acre Lots (or 
nearly that quantity) amounts to Sixty one thousand nine [519] 
hundred and ninety Dollars. That conformable to the order of the 
Beard, a perpetual and anual revenue is reserved en each Lot. of 
twenty bushels of good merchantable Wheat. The additional revenue 
from this source anually. is one thousand one hundred and eighty 
bushels of "Wheat or the value thereof, in good and lawful money of 
the United States of America 

The twenty five per Cent, stipulated to be paid in advance on the 
Amount of the sale of each lot has been received for 20 Lots being 
Six thousand One hundred and ninety nine dollars. It is probable 



170 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 April 1806 

that in the course of the week the whole of this advance money will 
be received and subject to the control of the Common Council 

All which is respectfully submitted 

31 st March 1806 Bj n Romaine 

Comp r 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and entered on the Minutes 
Resolved that the Committee of Finance be Authorized to let a 

part of the house and the Grounds at Bellevue in such manner as they 

may deem most advantageous to the public 

Resolved that the Militia Companies be prohibited from parading 

in the Park and on the Battery until the further order of the Board 

[520] In Common Council April 1 st 1806 

Present James Fairlie Esquire Deputy Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esquire Recorder 



James Drake 

Caleb Pell 

Thurston Wood 

Jacob Mott 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Elias Nexsen 



Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 

Esquires Adrian Hegeman 
Aldermen Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Gilbert Coutant 



Assistants 



Ordered that the Attorney of the Board report with respect to the 
Cherry Street Assessment by the next meeting 

The following report was received from the Attorney of the Board 
The undersigned has the honor to state that in Compliance with 
the request of the Common Council, he has seen M r Stilwell who 
agrees that One thousand dollars of the Amount awarded to him for 
his house & Lot in Varick Street shall remain until the other pro- 
prietors are paid. And as to the remaining Nine hundred dollars his 
Circumstances are such that he would be greatly [521] obliged for a 
Warrant for it 

All which is respectfully submitted 
1 April 1806 S Cowdry 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a Warrant for the 
said $900. be issued to the Attorney of the Board. 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board draft an Ordinance to 
regulate the Collection of fines under the Law for farming out 
manure 

Ordered that the petition of Hannah Dunlevy be referred to the 
Committee of Finance 



1 April 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



171 



On receiving the report of the Committee of finance Ordered 
that the several sums, of 

On Lot N 269 ^ f $36.1454 

379 Y owners unknown J 38.45. 
650 J [ 34.58. 



109. 
244 of Nicholas Bayard 144. 

being Assessments in Grand Street be paid to Waters Furman the 
Collector and that the Attorney of the Board and Street Commis- 
sioner be instructed to take the necessary to receive the same.* 

A Petition of Jasper Ward to fix the line of Magazine Street was 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth Ward and the 
Street Commissioner. 

The following plan was received respecting the deposit of Manure 

[522] 

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for 
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25 


60 




60. 


25 



Agreeable to the above plan of the Corporation property at Rhine- 
landers where the fort lately was situate The finance Committee 
recommend to the Common Council, that the Comptroller be directed 
to lease the said Lots being four in number, to the best advantage for 
one year only reserving 66 feet by 70 feet for the accommodation of 
Manure Abraham King 

31 st March. 1806. Chairman 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed 

Ordered that a Water Grant be issued to Rachel Deforeest Widow 
of Gerardus Deforeest for a Water lot next above the late Rhine- 
landers fort in trust for the benefit of her Children. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of the Society 
for the relief of O[r]phans praying a grant of land for their use and 

* Marginal note reads Lien on Lots in Grand Street $109.17^ 144.15^. ED. 



172 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



7 April 1806 



other Assistance reported that it would not be proper or adviseable at 
present to appropriate any of the public lands or funds to the use of 
any Society. Ordered that the consideration of the same be pos[t]- 
poned 

Ordered that the Application of Robert Lilburn and the papers 
accompanying the same be [523] referred to the Counsel of the Board 
to report whether he has any legal claim. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal [of] nuisances numbered from 2429 to 2473 inclusive Or- 
dered that the same pass. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Dikeman and Varian for pumps $109 . 50 

Christian Nestell balance as Inspector of bread 67.11 

Abijah Wells. Carting dirt 10.50 

Robert Sickles lighting and cleaning City lamps 358 . 14 

John Hardy for Services 30. 

Simon Van Antwerp for Ironmongery 105.11 

Barnes Hardie for Services 62 . 50 

John B Brooks for Glass 5.37 

Lewis Ford for Carpenters Work 143 . 53 

John Smith repairing Street 65 . 62 

John S Hunn for Money paid into the Treasurer by Thomas Timson 

on the Cherry Street assessment 480.60 

Kay and Horner for repairing wells. , 159.87 

Jacob Mott Esquire for Mud Machine 300. 

Samuel Cowdry to pay M r Stilwell 900 . 

Waters Furman for Assessments on Vacant ground in Grand Street.. 109.17 
Waters Furman for assessment on Bayards ground on Grand Street.. 144.57 

John S Hunn to pay P and E Dobs 2000. 

M r Blank as a loan to purchase a horse 75 . 



Present 



Abraham King 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob Mott 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Elias Nexsen 



[524] In Common Council. April 7 1806 
James Fairlie. Esquire Deputy Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

John D Miller 

Samuel Al Hopkins 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 
Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Assistants 



His Excellency the Governor by and with the advise and consent 
of the Council of Appointment having been pleased to Appoint Pierre 



7 April 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES ITS 

C Van Wyck Recorder of this City. M r Van Wyck appeared and took 
his seat at the Common Council 

A Petition of John Bachelor and others for the payment of the 
assessment monies for the ground taken to regulate Varick Street 
was Ordered to lie on the table. 

[525] A Petition of Michael Prince and others to regulate Hudson 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to build a bulk- 
head across The fly Market Slip and fill in the same, Ordered that 
the said Ordinance pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances for regulating 
Hester Street from Broad Way to Mulberry Street and Spring Street 
from Broad Way to the Bowery. Ordered that the same do pass. 

A Petition of John Colter to be appointed Inspector of Wood was 
referred to the Committee on applications for officers 

Barney Waldron House Carpenter of N 44 Barley Street and 
Peter S. Titus of the Corner of Chatham and Pearl Streets were 
appointed Fireman to Company N 23 instead of Isaac Brown de- 
ceased, and Cornelius Decker expelled. 

A Petition of Ann Mott stating that a Mistake has been made in 
the Assessment of her property in the Bowery for the last City tax, 
Ordered that the same be referred to the Comptroller to rectify such 
mistake. 

A Petition of Henry Rutgers and others to regulate Cherry Street 
and for a Slip at the end of the same. A Petition of Daniel Hubbart 
and others for a Slip at the end of Scammel Street A Petition of 
Adam Brown and others for additional Wharves and roads near Cor- 
lears Hook. A Petition [526] for regulating Gouverneurs Street. A 
Petition for Slip at the end of Walnut Street, and a Petition of Isaac 
Clason and others for a Slip at the end of Grand Street were severally 
referred to the Street Commissioner and the Alderman and Assistant 
of the Seventh Ward. 

The following report was received from the Committee appointed 
to examine and report 'the best manner of disposing of the vacant 
property of the Board 

The Committee appointed for the purpose of recommending to the 
Board the mode in which the residue of the Common Lands should 
be disposed of beg leave to report That the most Valuable property 
which belongs to the Corporation is what is Commonly called the Dove 



174 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 April 1806 

Lots this piece of Land is well situated & will no doubt meet with 
ready and advantageous sales either on a lease or in fee the Committee 
had it in contemplation to recommend to the Board to reserve as 
much of this Land as would probably be required for public purposes 
it being however suggested that the Board have piece of Land nearer 
the City & quitfe] as elligably situated for public purposes as the Dove 
Lots the lease of which will expire in about five Years will render it 
un[ne]cessary and improper to deprive the Board of embracing the 
present favorable apportunity of disposing on Lease or otherwise of 
the whole of the Dove Lots the Committee however recommend that a 
small piece say one acre he [be] reserved for Building [527] a 
Church by any Congregation who will cause one to be erected in one 
Year, with regard to the Dove Lots the Committee offer the foll s 
resolution 

Resolved That the Street Commissioner without delay cause the 
Dove Lots to be Surveyed and laid out in Lots of one Acre each and 
that each Acre be Leased at public Auction for the term of thirty 
Years the Corporation to fix on Moderate Annual Wheat rent the 
Leases to be given in the usual form for Cash on the delivery of the 
same 

The Board also possess a piece of Land opposite the place of 
Edward Dunscomb supposed to Contain about Ten Acres this Land is 
ruff, lays low & is not well situated for building spot. There is also 
a piece of Land near the place of John Shaw similarly circum- 
stanced with the land opposite Edward Dunscomb as their two pieces 
of land are only fit for Pasture Lots & well [will] require consider- 
able expence to Clear the Committee offer the following resolution 

Resolved that the two last mentioned Lots of Land be Surveyed 
immediately & laid out in Lots of five Acres each as near as may be & 
that the same be leased at public Auction for thirty Years to the 
highest bidder the Ground rent payable Annually 

All which is submitted by 

Wynant Van Zandt Jr. 
Abraham King 
Jacob Shute 

[528] A Motion was made to lease the Dove Lots for the term of 
thirty years pursuant to the said report And Alderman Drake called 
a division thereupon, the Votes were as follows to wit 



7 April 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 175 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman King The Recorder 
Drake Alderman Pell 

Van Zandt Mott 

M r Hopkins Dela Montagnie 

Shute Nexsen 

Coutant M r Miller 

Hegeman Torbert 

Board Morris 

The Deputy Mayor gave his casting Vote in the negative. 

The residue of the said report was confirmed 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to report to this Board 
whether any and what proportion of the Dove lots ought to be sold 
in perpetuity and what part of the same ought to be reserved. 

The Committee appointed to report with respect to the disposition 
of the vacant property of the Board were appointed the said Com- 
mittee [529] directed by the preceding resolution. 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner be directed to draft an 
Ordinance to Assess the property taken to open Varick Street and that 
Joseph Watkins. William Dustan. Amos Corning Samuel L Page 
Junior and Robert Buchan be appointed Assessors 

Whereas it is considered Ornamental to this City as well as condu- 
cive to the health of its inhabitants to plant trees on each side of the 
several Streets And it has been suggested to this Board that a Num- 
ber of the inhabitants of Bowery Lane are desirous of Lining their 
Walks with suitable trees, if the rest of their neighbours would Unite 
with them in this laudable expence 

Therefore Resolved that it be particularly recommended to the 
inhabitants of the Bowery Lane, and all others residing on Streets not 
less than 40 feet in Width to plant trees in front of their respective 
houses and lots, not more than twelve feet apart and in such manner 
as the alderman and Assistant of the Ward or the Street Commis- 
sioner shall direct : 

A Petition of Alexander Fink and others to pave Grand Street 
from the Bowery Lane to Second Street was received and the prayer 
thereof granted Ordered that the Street Commissioner be directed 
[530] to draft an Ordinance for such purpose 

An Ordinance to provide for lighting the City Lamps by Contract 
was received and the Consideration thereof postponed. 

Resolved that the Comptroller be directed to advertise for pro- 
posals for leasing the public Slips and Wharves the same to be received 
on or before the eighteenth instant 



176 CITY OF XEW YORK 7 April 1806 

A Report of the Committee on the application of Jasper Ward 
relative to the property to be taken to continue Cross Street was 
referred to the Attorney of the Board to ascertain and report the facts 

The following persons were Appointed Inspectors of the ensuing 
election for the respective Wards to wit 

"} William Hillyer "\ Rogers Strong 

1 Ward L Moses Rogers 5 Ward I David Davidson 

J Nicholas Evertson J John I Westervelt 

1 John Targee "I Stephen Bourdett 

2 Ward L Henry Masterton ' [-Stephen Ludlam 

J Isaac Burr \\ardj Thomas White 

"1 John Mills ^j Ephraim Brasher 

3 Ward f, Abraham E Brower 7 Ward ^Abraham Dally 

J John Bogert J John Townsend 

1 Jasper Ward "] Henry Brevoort 

4 Ward Uacob Cholwell 8 Ward I David Marsh 

J Garret B Abeel J Joseph Watkins 

"1 William Molenaer 
9 Ward ^-Benjamin Vredenburgh 
i Jacob Harsen 

On receiving the reports of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
the suspensions of Ira Munson and George Taylor Watchmen of 
Captain Beekmans Company be taken off and that they be rein- 
stated as Watchmen that the suspension of William Jewel a 
Watchman of Captain Petersons Company be confirmed that the 
suspension of Daniel Smith a Watchman of Captain Beekmans Com- 
pany be taken off and that he be reinstated as a watchman that the 
suspension of Samuel Woodluff a watchman of Captain Beekmans 
Company be taken off and he be reinstated, that the suspension of 
William Sitcher a Watchman of Captain Beekmans Company be Con- 
firmed That the suspension of Samuel Dunn. Frederick Storms and 
James Skaats Watchman of Captain Dumboltons Company be Con- 
firmed. And that the suspension of John [532] Quackenbos a Watch- 
man of Captain Gobels Company be confirmed 

A Petition of William Ellsworth for the remission of a tax was 
referred to the Comptroller 

The Petition of Jacob Fulmer for permission to sell meat was 
referred to the Market Committee 

On receiving the report of the Superintendant of public repairs 
Ordered that a new fire Engine house be erected on the ground of 
the new Dutch Church in Liberty Street. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 



14 April 1806 C-OMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 



177 



removal of nuisances numbered from 2474 to 2483 inclusive. Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

A Petition of David Crone for leave to sell goods by Auction at 
the ne\v Slip was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the 
fourth Ward. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to examine the 
Common Sewer in Roosevelt Street and report what alterations would 
be for the better and also to examine Roosevelt Street and report 
what alterations may be made for the general good. 

Ordered that a Court of Special Sessions of the Peace with a Grand 
Jury be directed to be held on the twenty second day of April instant 

[533] Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay. [Rest of page blank] 



Present 



\Vynant Van Zandt Junior 

Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

James Drake 

Thurston Wood 

James Fairlie 

Abraham King 

Elias Nexsen 



.Esquires 
Aldermen 



[534] In Common Council. April 14 1806 

De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

Jacob Shute 

Simon Van Antwerpt 

Joseph Board 

Samuel M Hopkins 

Adrian Hegeman ^-Assistants 

Gilbert Coutant 

John D Miller 

Samuel Torbert 

Andrew Morris 

A Lease from the Surveyor General of the State to William Ovutt 
for the ground at old Potters field was referred to the Committee of 
finance 

Henry Reiser was appointed an Inspector of the ensuing election 
for the fifth ward instead of James Davidson resigned and Anthony 
Steenback for the Sixth Ward instead of Thomas White resigned 

[535] A Petition of John Swain for permission to sell meat was 
referred to the Market Committee 

A Petition of Elnathan Underbill for the stand X 64 Fly market 
was referred to the Market Committee 

A Petition of David Marsh and others with respect to the laying 
out of North Street was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of 
the Eighth Ward 

A Petition of James W Lent and others for piers between the 
Battery and Coenties Slips was referred to the Committee on Docks 
and Slips 



178 CITY or NEW YORK 14 April 1806 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner advertise proposals for 
completing a pier at the Battery 

A Petition of John Jacob Astor for a Water Grant at Greenwich 
was referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of Thomas Ivers and others for the regulation of Fir 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner and to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the Seventh Ward 

An application of James Arden respecting a Lamp was referred to 
the Lamp Committee. 

A Petition of John Townsend and others against making \Vater 
Grants between Youles furnace, and Corlaers hook was referred to the 
Committee on W'harves Piers and Slips 

A Petition of James Skaats Complaining of the Conduct of Cap- 
tain Dumbolton was [536] referred to the Watch Committee 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to pave Grand 
Street from the Bowery to Second Street Ordered that the same do 
pass and that John Youle, Whitehead Hicks, \Villiam Hunter Abra- 
ham Van Gelder Junior and Thomas Timpson be appointed Assessors 

The Committee to whom was referred the application for a Soup 
house reported in favor of the same Ordered that a Sum not exceeding 
$600 be appropriated for that purpose, and that the building so erected 
shall remain the property of the Board and be occupied during its 
pleasure. 

A Communication of the Street Commissioner relative to assist- 
ants in his office was referred to Alderman Mott, M r Fairlie and M r 
Morris 

The Street Commissioner presented a report to the Board Com- 
plaining of the Conduct of Edward Ferris for interrupting him in the 
discharge of his duties Ordered that he be directed to enter a Com- 
plaint before the police 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to Assess for the 
expences to be incurred in opening Varick Street Ordered that the 
same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to regulate Riving- 
ton Street Ordered that the same do pass and John Youle, Whitehead 
Hicks, William Hunter, Abraham Van Gelder Jun r [537] and Thomas 
Timpson be appointed assessors 

Resolved that the line of partition as settled by the Commissioners 
in 1774 between the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of New York 
and Haerlem be run and marked under the direction of the Com- 
mittee consisting of three members of this board and the Street Com- 



14 April 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 179 

missioner so far as to ascertain the said resolution was referred to 
Alderman Fairlie, M r Coutant and M r Shute 

A Petition of Thomas Timpson and others to regulate Lombard 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner and to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the Seventh Ward 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
William Drontwine have the stand in Greenwich Market lately occu- 
pied by M r Smith 

Proposals for hiring the Horns hook ferry were referred to the 
ferry Committee and the Comptroller 

A Petition of Richard Hazard to be reinstated in employment as 
a Carver at the New City Hall was referred to the Building Com- 
mittee 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2484 to 2487 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

The following report was received from the Attorney of the Board 
(respecting Cross Street) 

The Attorney of the Board to whom [538] was referred the state- 
ment of M r Jasper Ward respecting his ground in Cross Street with 
directions to enquire into the situation of proceedings heretofore 
instituted for the purpose of opening the said Street 

has the honor to Report 

That upon Inquiry he finds that proceedings were some time since 
instituted by his predecessor for the purpose of opening the said 
Street, but were set aside on the ground of all the Owners not being 
included & some of them being Minors 

New proceedings must therefore take place, which however need 
not interfere with any agreement with M r Ward, as the Corporation 
have a right to take ground either by the Valuation of a Jury or by 
Conveyance from the party S : Cowdry 

April 14. 1806. 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
(respecting Division Street) 

The Street Commissioner has the honor to represent to the Board 
that it is necessary for them to determine the sum they are willing 
to pay towards the repairing Division Street, in order that an Ordi- 
nance may pass for the residue It is unpleasant to the Street Com- 
missioner to call up this affair so often, as it is unjust the Corporation 



180 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 April 1806 

should pay the whole of the expence of repairing that Street, but the 
Contractor ought to have balance due him & it only remains for the 
Board to [539] deside upon the sum to be assessed. 

Two thirds of the expence of the Carriage way was recommended 
to be Charged to the Corporation but even if they consent to pay 
the whole of the Carriage Way There must be an assessment upon 
the people for the Curb & Walks which they are satisfied with & 
will pay if it is so ordered by the board The Street Commissioner 
hopes this will be decided to day, that he may present the ordinance 
on monday next. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

Street Comm rs Office John S Hunn 

3 d March 1806 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

Ordered that Peter Dustan be permitted to erect a Vault in front 
of his house N 104 Pearl Street under the direction of the Street 
Commissioner 

A Law for farming out the City Lamps was passed Ordered that 
the City Inspector be directed to publish said Law and to receive 
proposals accordingly 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasury to pay. 

Jacob Mott Esquire for mud machine $300. 

James Colgan for the apprehension of Banks 200. 

Jones and Cholwell for census in fourth ward 104. 

Andrew Leary for works to pumps and wells 24.91 

Andrew Leary for Carpenters work at Bridewell 42.21 

David Pearson for Carpenters work to pumps and wells 55.62 

[540] David Pearson for Carpenters Work at City hall 64.25 

John Moneypenney for Cartage to pumps and wells 158.75 

Peter Burtsell for Stationary at Inspectors office 43.25 

Jacob Dela Montagnie Esquire for a quarter Salary 250. 

Theophilus Beekman do 250. 

Bernard Oblenes d- 250. 

Benjamin Romaine a quarter Salary as Comptroller 250. 

John Edwards for Carpenters work at Goal 11.11 

Henry Brevoort for Glazing at the Goal C9 10 

Anthony Steenback for Mason work at Goal 3.29 

J. Sidney for tubs to Goal 25. 



21 April 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



181 



In Common Council April 21 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



James Drake 

. ,, - j. T 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

T .,, . 

Jacob Mott 

,,. 
Abraham King 

_ , , , . 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 
V,,. ,. T 
Ehas Nexsen 
. ,. 

James Fairhe 
;. .,, , 

Thurston Wood 

Caleb Pell 



c 

[5411 

h-squires 

/ 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller 



Assistants 



fees 



A Petition of the Measurers for an increase of Salary was re- 
ferred to Alderman King Nexsen and M r Hegeman 

An application for Lamps at the Brooklyn ferry was referred to 
the ferry Committee 

A Petition of Blaze Ten Broeck for a Stand in Greenwich Market 
was referred to the Market Committee 

A Petition of the Society for the relief of O[r]phans was referred 
to Alderman Dela Montagnie, Fairlie and Van Zandt. 

An Account of the Manhattan Company for water furnished to the 
City was received. Ordered that the same be referred to arbitration, 
that John Macomb be appointed arbitrator in behalf of the board, and 
that the arbitrators be authorized to appoint an umpire. 

A Petition of William Chivvis and others to suspend the regulation 
of Mulberry Street North of Bayard Street was referred to the alder- 
man and assistant of the Eight Ward. 

Gillian 

A Petition of Gilbert Cornell Collector of taxes of the second 
ward and William Berrian [542] Collector of the fifth ward for an 
extension of the time of collecting the taxes was referred to the 
Attorney of the Board 

A Petition of James Milligan and others against an alteration of 
Hammond Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of the heirs of N Gouverneur to be released from the 
assessment for Cherry Street was referred to the Alderman and 
Assistant of the Seventh Ward and the Street Commissioner 

An Application of John Hills stating that he is in possession of a 
military plan to prevent this City from attack was referred to M r 
Hopkins Miller and Board 

Resolved that the name of Bullock Street in the Seventh Ward 



182 CITY or NEW YORK 21 April 1806 

of the City of New York be and the same is hereby changed to 
Broome Street after our Lieutenant Governor 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
Benjamin Kip and Frederick Bolton be appointed Watchman and 
Henry Budd, Daniel Townsend, Alexander Mackee and John Lowns- 
berry substitutes of Captain Petersons Company. 

Proposals for leasing the wharves and Slips for two Years from 
the first day of May next were received and opened, the offer of 
William Johnson for the sum of $17000 per annum being the highest 
was accepted. Ordered that the Comptroller be directed to take proper 
security 

[543] A Petition of William Shop for a Butcher stand was re- 
ferred to the Market Committee. 

A Communication of M r Arden respecting a Lamp was referred to 
Alderman Mott, M r Van Antwerp and Alderman Wood. 

The City Treasurer recommended to the Board that John W Yates 
Esquire Cashier of the State Bank at Albany be appointed agent of 
the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York to 
receive the Monies which become payable for the duty on Goods sold 
at auction Ordered that the recommendation of the City Treasurer be 
agreed to, and that the said John W Yates be accordingly appointed 
Agent of this board to receive the said monies in its behalf. 

The Comptroller reported that there is a Sufficiency of Money in 
the Treasury to discharge $20,000 of the debt due to the Manhattan 
Company together with the interest on that Sum 

Resolved that the Treasurer, be, and he is hereby directed to pay 
the sum of $20,000 together with the interest thereon to the Man- 
hattan Company. 

The following report was received from the Committee respecting 
the Haerlem line 

The Committee appointed to run the Harlem line, have the honor 
to Report that they pursued the survey from a flat Rock mentioned 
in the Report of the former Commissioner & found a pepperige stump 
with shoots springing out of it, which from the discription given by 
the [544] Commissioner, the distance it bears from the Cross Road 
to Bloomingdale, the opinion & information of David Waldron who 
was with the Commissioner at the time they settled this line, and other 
circumstances the Committee are unanimously of opinion that it is the 
stump of the pepperige Tree particularly mentioned by the said Com- 
missioner. That from this tree they run its Course formerly run by 
the Commissioner in 1774 & crossed a Stone shewn to them as one of 



21 April 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 183 

the line Stones put in the ground by the direction of the said Com- 
missioner which they believe to be the true line of division. And 
they recommend that at least four square stones be set in this line and 
noted as the division line by writing the words New York on one 
side & the word Harlem on the other. 

All which is respect fy submitted 
April 21. 1806 Ja Fairlie Chairman 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The Committee appointed upon that subject reported an Ordinance 
to regulate Lombard Street from Walnut Street to the East river 
Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to regulate the 
Broad Street Walks Ordered that the same do pass. 

Thomas Burtis was appointed a Fireman to Company N15 in- 
stead of Joseph Lyons deceased 

[545] A Petition of Thomas O Neale for the Office of Inspector 
of Wood or any other appointment was referred to the Committee on 
applications for Officers 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for paving 
Leonard Street, from Chapel to Hudson Street. Ordered that the 
same pass. 

A Communication of Henry Hulsart was referred to the Attorney 
of the Board. 

A Communication of Messieurs Stagg and Hulsart respecting the 
assessment on M r Claskey for regulating Norfolk Street was referred 
to the Attorney of the Board. 

The Comptroller presented an account of expenditures for filling 
in the Collect. Ordered that the said account be referred to Alderman 
Van Zandt Drake and M r Miller. 

The said Committee reported that they have examined the above 
account and Compared it with the vouchers rendered and find that a 
balance is due the Comptroller of $233 56 Vioo f r Monies expended 
beyond the sum advanced for the above purpose. Ordered that the 
said Report be confirmed. 

William I Waldron and Andrew Otterson were appointed assist- 
ants to the Street Commissioner and Edward Moran assistant to the 
City Inspector. 

A Petition of Whitehead Hicks and others to pave Bedlow Street 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 

[546] The City Inspector presented ordinances for the correction 



184 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 April 1806 

and removal of nuisances numbered from 2488 to 2493 inclusive 
Ordered that the same do pass. 

An Ordinance for the prevention of nuisances passed the Board 
A part of the Corporation bason at the North River having been 
filled up by order of this Board for the purpose of having a market 
erected thereon agreeably to a resolution of the Common Council 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to prepare a plan of a sub- 
stantial and Commodious Market to be built on the said site and to 
report the same to the Common Council without delay. 

The Recorder ~| 

Alderman Fairlie Lwere appointed the said Committee 
and Mr Board J 

Resolved that this board do order two ladders to be made and 
placed in or adjoining the Fly market and that they be of such dimen- 
sions as the Committee of the Fire department may Judge proper. 

M r Simon Schermerhorn was permitted to erect a lime house in 
Broad Way under the direction of the Alderman and Assistant of the 
ward 

Resolved that Joseph Dela Croix be permitted to make the walk in 
front of his premises in the Bowery Road provided it is done agree- 
ably [547] to the regulation of the said Street under the direction of 
the Street Commissioner 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Philip J Arcularius for support of Alms house $4000. 

James Fairlie Esquire to pay Miss Vaillant towards a suit of colours 100. 

Lathorp and Kelley on their contract for the road at Kissing Bridge 400. 

Benjamin Romaine for filling in the collect 1000. 

Bartholemew Skaats to purchase fuel 50. 

John H Sickles Treasurer of the Building Committee 3000. 

Nicholas Lawrence City Watch 217. 56 

William Van Wart d 217.56 

Magnus Beekman d 197 . 96 

William Peterson d 197.96 

Hugh Gobel d 148.96 

Gad Dumbolton do 148 . 96 

John Hardie for services 22. SQ 

Jacob Smith for a New Engine 615. 

Augustus Lawrence, allowance for a pump 13 . 50 

Henry Crum for services 55 . 75 

John S Hunn a quarters salary 375. 

Ephraim Brasher for bad bills received and for printing 49.22 

Abraham Stagg for an advance to William Butler to pay the assess- 
ment in Division Street 100.50 



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185 



^Esquires 
Aldermen 



John D Miller 
Gilbert Coutant 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Joseph Board 
Samuel Torbert 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Adrian Hegeman 



-Assistants 



[548] In Common Council. April 26. 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 
Jacob Mott 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Jacob Dela Alontagnie 
James Drake 
Thurston Wood 
Abraham King 
James Fairlie 
Caleb Pell 
Elias Nexsen 

The Mayor laid before the Common Council 

The Mayor laid before the Common Council two affidavits, re- 
specting the atrocious conduct of the British, in murdering John Pierce 
one of our fellow Citizens, while on board the Sloop Richard one of 
our Coasting Vessels, near Sandy Hook, and [549] also in violating 
the jurisdictional Rights of the United States. 

Therefore Resolved that in testimony of the lively indignation 
which this board feels respecting the atrocious murder of a Citizen of 
the United States and this daring aggression upon our national rights 
that the said John Pierce be interred with the assent of his relations 
at the public expence on Monday next at 12 OClock, that Aldermen 
Fairlie, Mott & M r Miller be a Committee to make the necessary 
arrangements on this occasion that this Board will attend the funeral 
in a body that all the Captains of American Vessels in the harbor be 
requested to hoist their colors half mast on that day that the bells be 
tolled during the solemnity and that our fellow Citizens generally be 
invited to unite with us on this melancholy occasion 

The Mayor having informed the Common Council that he had 
immediately communicated to the President of the United States, a 
statement of the improper conduct of the British Ships of War off 
our port. 

Resolved that the Board approve of the Mayor's prompt attention 
to the interest's of our City and that he be requested to obtain such 
further information as may be practicable respecting illegal Captures, 
impressments and detentions off our port by the said Ship and to 
transmit the same to the national executive in full confidence that 
proper measures will be adopted for the vindication of our national 
honour and interest. 

[550] M r Hopkins moved the following amendment 
That a Committee be appointed to consult with the friends of the 
deceased and to concur with them in such arrangements as may be 
proper in order that the solemnity of the funeral of the deceased may 



186 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



28 April 1806 



Alderman Van Zandt 



be conducted in most public and impressive manner and that this 
Board will attend the same 

Alderman Dela Montagnie called a division upon the said amend- 
ment, the same was negative as follows to wit. 

Affirmative 

M r Hopkins Mr Morris 

Negative 
The Recorder 

Mr Miller 
Coutant 
Van Antwerp 
Board 
Torbert 



Alderman Mott 

Dela Montagnie 

Drake 

Wood 

King 



Fairlie 

Pell 

Nexsen 



Hegeman 



Present 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Gilbert Coutant 
Jacob Shute 
John D Miller 
Joseph Board 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel M Hopkins 



^Assistants 



[551] In Common Council, April 28 1806 

DeVVitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 
Jacob De la Montagnie 
Elias Nexsen 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Jacob Mott 
James Fairlie 
Abraham King 
Thurston Wood 

A memorial was read to the President of the United States, pray- 
ing that a naval force to consist of three or more frigates may be 
immediately sent to the protection of our port and harbour the same 
was agreed unanimously 

[552] *Census of the Inhabitants of the City of New York. 

The City Inspector has the honour to 

Report 

That, in conformity with the order of the Common Council, an 
Enumeration has been taken of the Jurors in the City and County of 
New York, agreeably to an " Act of the Legislature for regulating 
" trials of issues, and for returning able and sufficient Jurors," passed 
31 st March 1801 This Enumeration also comprehends the number 
of inhabitants who retired from the city during the prevalence of the 
Malignant Fever in 1805 together with the Total Population. 

Which is respectfully submitted 

, _ John Pintard. 

City Inspector s Omce 

February 24th. 1806. 
* Marginal note reads See. P. 477. ED. 



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[554] List of Jurors. 1806 

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2d " 822 

3d " 362 

4th " 372 

5h 337 

6th " 159 

7th 140 

8th 175 

9th 148 

Total.. 3,037 



VOLUME SIXTEEN 

OF 

MANUSCRIPT MINUTES 

MAY 5, 1806 TO JUNE 8, 1807 



[1] In Common Council. May 5. 1806 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior" 

Jacob De La Montagnie 

Abraham King 

Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 

Thurston Wood 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



John D Miller 
Gilbert Coutant 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Samuel Torbert 
Joseph Board. 



Assistants 



A Petition of John Le Maire to build a lime house in Barley 
Street was granted 

A Petition of Peter B Van Beuren respecting Bulls ferry was 
referred to the Ferry Committee 

A Petition of Thomas Dunning for a Butchers stand was referred 
to the Market Committee 

[2] A Petition of Edmund Kirby and others respecting Houstoun 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner and Alderman and 
Assistant of the Eighth Ward 

An application of Richard Smith respecting the Horns Hook ferry 
was referred to the Comptroller 

An application of William Gardner was referred to the Comptroller 

A communication of the City Treasurer respecting the taxes was 
referred to the Attorney of the Board with direction to report at the 
next meeting 

A Petition of John Fellows for liberty to sell furniture in Cherry 
Street, together with the application of David Crone was referred to 
the Aldermen and Assistants of the 4 and 7 wards 

A Petition of Joseph R. Leggett and others to postpone the regu- 
lation of Spring Street was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of Cornelius Van Voorhis that this Board will pay a 
tax of two dollars on a vacant lot was received and granted. 

On receiving the petition of Thomas Stagg and others. Ordered 
that the pier next to Peck Slip be made of the breadth of forty feet. 



191 



192 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 May 1806 

A Petition of William Holmes for [3] the Office of Measurer of 
Grain was referred to the Committee on applications for Offices. 

his 

A Petition of Andrew Blank respecting a house standing in 
Brannon Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Several certificates and papers respecting the mud machine were 
received and referred to Alderman Mott, Wood, and Drake. 

An application of the Commissioner of loans to use the room now 
occupied for his Office until the 1 October next was rejected. 

A return from Captain Beekrnans Watch Company was referred to 
the Watch Committee 

A Petition of Christopher Prince and others for an increase of 
Salary as Measurers of Coal was referred to the Committee appointed 
on the petition of the Measurers of Grain. 

A memorial of the Society, for establishing a free School in the 
City of New York was referred to the Recorder, Alderman Van 
Zandt and M r Morris 

Ordered that permission be given to sell goods before the door of 
Joseph Burjeau N 74 Vesey Street 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of James 
Arden respecting a Lamp in Greenwich Street reported as follows 
to Wit 

The Committee to whom was referred [the application] of M r 
James Arden Report 

That [4] they have examined the sittuation and find the Lamp 
Erected by M r Arden is within a few feet where the one stood previous 
to his Commencing his Buildings and at a proper distance to corre- 
spond with those in the Vicinity Your Committee have examined sev- 
eral others similarly sittuated which are adopted and Light at the Pub- 
lic expence Your Committee are of Opinion the Lamp Erected by 
M r Arden ought to [be] accepted upon the terms contained in his 
letter and light at the publick expence and the one lately Erected on 
the Edge of the Walk at the public Expence removed to some other 
place as it would be superfluous to Light them both 

Which is respectfully Submitted 

Thurston Wood 
New York 5 May 1806 Jacob Mott 

Simon Van Antwerp 



5 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 193 

A division being called on the said report the same was negatived 
as follows, to Wit, 

Affirmative [5] Negative 

The Recorder Aldermen Van Zandt 

Alderman King Dela Montagnie 

Mott Drake 

Pell Nexsen 

Wood Fairlie 

Mr Miller M* Morris 

Coutant Shute 

Van Antwerp Hegeman 

Board Hopkins 

Torbert 

The Lamp Committee reported that they have received proposals 
for lighting the City Lamps and that the proposal of Jacob Cholwell 
at the Rate of $11 per lamp is the lowest. Ordered that the same be 
accepted and that the Comptroller take security for the performance 
of the Contract. 

Nicholas Romaine Blacksmith Bowery Lane was appointed a Fire- 
man of Company N 30 instead of Smith Place resigned. 

A Petition of William Shatzel respecting the laying out a Street 
adjoining the land of Samuel Burling at the Upper end of Broad Way 
was referred to the Committee on that subject. 

An application of John Devore was referred to Alderman King. 
Pell and Drake 

A Petition of the Fireman N 8 was referred to the Chief Engi- 
neer. 

[6] Several accounts were received from Captain John Haff for 
the provisions which were intercepted from being sent to the British 
ships which lately infested our harbour, and which provisions were 
principally sent to the Alms house Ordered that the sum of $783.54 
being the amount of the said accounts be paid to Captain Haft* and 
that a Warrant issue for the same. 

The following report was received from the Building Committee 
respecting the Contract of Johnson and Stevens for Marble 

The Building Committee Report That they have had an interview 
with M r Stevens one of the Contractors for furnishing Marble for 
the New City Hall, and received from him the annexed Statement, 
which they submit to the Common Council. It appears to the Com- 



194 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 May 1806 

mittee that there is good reasons to doubt of the ability of Johnson 

& Stevens to fulfill their Contract 

which is for.. 32000 feet 



The Quantity received is 17,379. 3 



Remaining to be delivered 14,620. 9 



The Money Advanced 21,992.50 

Amo* in Marble received 18,422. 



Sum now owing by the Contractors 3570. 50 



Of which sum there is secured by Mortgage on the Quarry 2000. 



15,70.50 
For which notes are held with Indorsers as security 

[7] The Committee recommend to the Board that the sum of Fif- 
teen hundred Dollars be advanced to Mess rs Johnson & Stevens upon 
sufficient security they undertaking to deliver Marble to the Amount 
by the first day of September next, as also a Quantity sufficient to 
satisfy the Corporation for the sum of 1570.52 now in arrears by the 
said Contractors there will then nothing remain due the Corporation 
but the sum of Two thousand dollars secured by Mortgage on the 
Quarry 

All which is submitted. 

Ja Fairlie Ch r man 

25 May 1806 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed and security taken accord- 
ingly 

To the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York 
We the subscribers humbly shew that on the third day of Novem- 
ber One thousand Eight hundred and three we entered into a Contract 
with the Corporation aforesaid to deliver in New York such a Quan- 
tity of Marble as might be necessary to Build the principal front and 
both ends of the New City Hall in said City at the price of one dollar 
and six Cents per foot every Cubic foot, and that we have exhausted 
our own resourses in attempting to fulfill the Contract and find our- 
selves unable to progress further in the business unless we can have aid 
from the Corporation aforesaid, that not [8] more than two thirds of 
the Marble stipulated for in the Contract has been yet delivered we 
therefor pary [pray] that the Corporation will consider our Case and 



5 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 195 

make us a further grant of Money over and above the sum stipulated 
in the Contract Aforesaid to enable us on our part to fulfil the same 
without the aid prayed for were we obliged to full the Contract inevit- 
able ruin to ourselves and Bondsmen must follow we entered into the 
Contract Aforesaid without sufficient knowledge of the great expence 
we must naturally incur in fulfilling the same we however by close ap- 
plycation have exerted ourselves to deliver the Marble stipulated for 
with a full reliance on the Justice of the Corporation believing that 
the Corporation would never be brought to consider that ruining a 
few individuals to augment the great wealth of the Corporation is 
consistent with Common Justice and that they would eventually make 
us a Compensation which would at least Amount to day Wages from 
the time really spent in our attempts to fullfill over and above all 
necesary expences. we are fully determined to exert ourselves to the 
utmost to deliver the remaining part of the Marble required but un- 
less we can receive some aid from the Corporation all our exertions 
and endeavours will end in our own ruin we therefore humbly pray 
that the Corporation will let the Six thousand dollars last advanced 
to us by with the securety on which it was advanced [9] until the 
Contract is finished and advance payment to us for Marble as fast as 
delivered and that if we shall fulfill the Contract to the acceptance 
of the Corporation then and in that Case the Six thousand dollars be 
given to us gratis over and above the price stipulated in the Contract. 
New York 28 th april 1806 Johnson & Stevens 

The following is a statement of expences in attempting to fulfill 
the Contract made wade with the Corporation of the City of New 
York 

Transporting from the Quarry to New York $14470.00 

Labourers Wages employed in the Quarry 3468.00 

Boarding Labourers 1989.00 

Expence of Tools and keeping them in repair 341.00 

Wages of Johnson & Stevens two Years and half.. 7200.00 



27468.00 

Cash received on Contract 15991.00 

DO D advanced , 6000. 



21991.00 

The Contract engages for about 32,000 feet 

Received on account 17,620. 3 

14,620. 9 



196 CITY or NEW YORK 5 May 1806 

Cash paid & advanced $21,992.52 

17,379^ feet Marble a 106 Cents 18,422. 



3,570.52 

Ordered that the lease made by the Surveyor General of the State 
to Simon Ovutt be confirmed, and that the Comptroller be directed to 
receive the rent due upon the premises. 

[10] Upon receiving the opinion of the Counsel of the Board upon 
the Claim of Robert Lilburn, Ordered that the Land formerly agreed 
to be sold to M r Lilburn be conveyed to him agreeably to the terms of 
the Resolution of 14 January 1799. and that the Street Commissioner 
and Comptroller be directed to have the division line between the 
property of the board and that of M r Buchanan settled. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from 2494 to 2500 inclusive Ordered 
that the same pass. 

The City Inspector reported that great Quantities of filth are col- 
lected about the Engine house near the New Albany bason and that 
it would be proper to remove the same to a more eligible situation. 
Ordered that the same be removed to the Centre of the vacant place 
between the North and South sides of the Slip 

A Law providing for the regulation of Partition fences and party 
Walls for supporting Ground in the City passed the board 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject 
Ordered that permission be given to John Fellows to sell furniture at 
Auction in Cherry Street, and to David Crone near Catherine Slip. 

[11] The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for repay- 
ing Division Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and John 
Bussing be Appointed Collector 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
relative to the assessment in Grand Street 

The Commissioner has the honor to represent to the Board, that 
the heirs of Edward Laight have been Assessed for Regulating Grand 
Street Three hundred & fifty one dollars & 68 cents which they say 
they are unable to pay unless the Corporation pay them part of the 
money due on the Assessment of Cherry Street The Street Commis- 
sioner has in his hands more of the Cherry Street Money than would 
be sufficient for the discharge of this debt, and he requests the permis- 
sion of the Board to pay it to M r Laight for the purposes aforesaid 
and he is the more an[x]ious to do this, as M r Reeveau who has con- 



5 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 197 

tracted for regulating Grand Street cannot receive money from a 
number of the people who have been largely assessed for that work 

All which is respectfully Submitted 
May 5. 1806 John S Hunn 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

[12] On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner resolved 
that an entire new road to be called Hudson Avenue be laid out and 
Opened from Bank Street at Greenwich of the width of Eighty feet 
on a course of about North 23 degrees East and in a straight line until 
it strikes the division fence between the property of M r John Wilkes 
and Louis Simond that it then turn on a Course about North 34 East 
and be Continued until it intersects the Cross Road commonly called 
Harsens Road and that it be continued in the last mentioned direction 
until it comes into the old Bloomingdale road. And further that the 
cross Road Aforesaid be opened to the North River and that the 
Street Commissioner take orders to carry this resolution into effect. 

The Street Commissioner presented ordinances for the repaving 
front Street between Wall Street and Gouverneurs Lane. Beaver 
Street beUveen Greenwich and Washington Streets, and Water Street 
between Peck and James Slip Ordered that the same do pass. 

A report of the Street Commissioner respecting Water grants 
between Burling and Beekman Slips was referred to the Committee 
on Docks piers and Slips. 

Simon Schermerhorn was permitted to erect a vault in Broadway 

[13] Resolved that the public block placed in the Presbyterian 
Church in East Rutgers Street be regulated at the public expence and 
that Isaac Loughborough be employed for that purpose at the same 
rate as is given to the person for regulating the other public blocks. 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board be directed to report the 
state of the Brooklyn Ferries. 

Ordered that the City Inspectors be directed to report the situation 
of the Streets. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Jacob Mott Esq r for Mud Machine $500. 

Michael Heavener for improvements at the Middle road 135. 

Andrew Morris Esq r advance for School Monies for S' Peters Church 

to be repaid by the State agreeably to law 

Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 217.56 

William Van Wart D 217.56 

Magnus Beekman D 197.96 



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12 May 1806 



William Peterson for City Watch $197.96 

Hugh Gobel DO 148.96 

Tunis Wortman half a quarters Salary as Clerk 75. 

Henry Remmey on account as late superintendant of Scavengers 500. 

Abraham Stagg on his Contract for Grand Street 400. 

Robert for Whitehall Slip 68. 

Hill and Hoyt regulating Cross Street 200. 

James Smith for Barley Street 100. 

C. C. Van Alen for interest on bond of C Clopper 62.50 

[14] Frederick Eckert for Tables in Bear Market .1.41 

Hutchins Crane and C for manure 303. 

Richard Harison, Salary as Counsel 250. 

John Horn, Iron work at Bellevue 3.75 

Thomas W Gilbert for Baize 1 . 7 

William Shatzel for rent of Court room 50. 

John McGrah for Mould on the Battery 27.81 

Edward Meeks for Iron Work to docks 395.82 

George Stanton for assessing Cherry Street 60.00 

Conrad Jordan for mending ladders 13.18 

Robert Sickles for lighting and cleaning City Lamps 357.25 

Proprietors of Daily Advertiser for subscription 37.50 

Samuel Stilwell for Surveying 122. 

Henry J Disbrow, attending to enforce Sunday law 10. 

John McRenzie attending Potters field 89. 

James Hardy for Services 62 . 50 

Hulsart and Stagg for Carting dirt 9 . 50 

John M c Kay for painting 18. 7 

James Patten for Iron Work to pumps 325.40 

Carpenter and Tompkins on their Contract for Mud Machine 1000. 

Peter Stevens for improvements at Enklebergh 160. 

Henry Fietner d 180. 

Frederick Pinehoven d 220. 



[15] In Common Council May 12. 1806 
Present/ De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior^ 

Thurston Wood 

James Drake 

Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob Mott 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Joseph Board 
John D Miller 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 
Simon Van Antwerp , 



Assistants. 



Streets 



An application of John Murray respecting laying out 
through his land was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

An application of the Commissioners of loans for Interest on the 



12 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 199 

debt due by the Estate of George B Ewart was referred to the Counsel 
of the Board. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on Wharves, Piers 
and Slips. Resolved that Beekman Slip be filled up to the South line 
of the Street. 

[16] The Petition of John Declew to be appointed Inspector of 
Bread was referred to the Committee on Applications for Offices. 

Upon receiving the report of the Attorney of the Board Ordered 
that time be given to the Collectors of taxes of the second and fifth 
Wards to settle the amount of the same until the first day of July next, 
provided nevertheless that their respective sureties remain responsible 

Permission was given to Joseph Constant, William G Miller, and 
David Boardman to Erect lime houses opposite to their lots in Broad 
Way. 

The following ordinances in addition to the Law concerning Hay 
passed the Board. 

Addition to the Law regulating the landing and sale of Hay 

And be it further ordained. That the boats employed in bringing 
hay for sale to this City shall have the privilege in preference to all 
other Vessels, of the West side of Whitehall Slip from the head there- 
of to the Ferry Stairs, and of the \Vest side of George Slip from the 
head of said Slip to the end of the pier And any Coasters Market boat 
or other vessel that shall interfere with boats so employed in bring- 
[ing] Hay, or prevent their approach to the West sides of the Slip as 
aforesaid shall forfeit the sum of 10 dollars for each offence to be 
recovered with Costs of suit 

[17] A Petition of Joshua Concklin for a Butchers stand was re- 
ferred to the Market Committee 

An application of George Lewis for the Monies of the Estate of 
Thomas Smith in the hands of the City Treasurer towards the pay- 
ment of a debt due to him as administrator of his late Brother was 
referred to the Attorney and Counsel of the Board. 

A communication of the City Treasurer was referred to the Com- 
mittee of Finance. 

An application to repair the pump at the Corner of Henry and 
Charlotte Street was referred to the overseers of pumps and Wells 
for the Seventh Ward. 

The finance Committee to whom it was referred to report upon the 
best method to dispose of the Vacant lands adjoining the Harlem 
Commons Recommended that the Street Commissioner be directed to 
have the said lands surveyed and laid out immediately in five Acre lots 



200 CITY or NEW YORK 12 May 1808 

each or as near as may be and that the above lots be sold at Auction 
to the highest bidder for the term of thirty Years payable in Yearly 
payments and that the purchaser pay the rent in advance every year 
during the said term. Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The following report was received from the Committee on the ap- 
plication respecting the Measurers [18] of Grain and Coal 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petitions from the 
Measurers of Grain & Coal 

Report that the fees for Measuring One hundred Bushels Grain 
is 75 Cents and for the same Quantity Coal only 50 Cents. The Peti- 
tioners prays for an encrease of fees and states that they are princi' 
pally men with large familys and from the largeness of their Num- 
ber, the fees are inadequate to support them. Your Committee there- 
fore recommend that the fees for Measuring Coal be raised to 75 
Cents the same as the fees on grain. The Committee are of opinion 
that the fees would be a reasonable compensation and would un- 
doubtedly afford a decent living for 20 We therefore beg leave 
mearly to sigest whither it would not be better for the Common 
Council to reduce them to that Number, or for them to Cast lots 
amongst themselves provided they are all willing 
New York May 12 Abraham King 

1806 E Nexsen 

Ordered that so much as respects the increase of compensation be 
confirmed and that the consideration of the residue of the said report 
be postponed 

John Bussing Collector of the Assessments for regulating Sixth 
and Suffolk Streets returned the following Lots to be vacant and that 
[19] the owners of the same could not be found to Wit 

* Lot NO 1281 in Sixth Street $35.97 

1282 " DO 35.97 

1283 " DO 35.97 

1284 " DO 35.97 

1610 in Suffolk Street 27. 

1611 " DO 27. 

1612 " DO 27. 

1613 " DO 27. 



$251.88 

Ordered that the said sum be paid to the Collector and remain a lien 
upon the respective lots assessed Agreeably to Law. 

* Marginal note reads Lien on these Lots. ED. 



12 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 201 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of John 
Devore praying an alteration to be made in the present districts for 
the inspection of Wood reported that the same can not conveniently be 
done. Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The following report in favor of a New Street in lieu of Firr 
Street was received to Wit 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Thomas 
Ivers, James Jones and others relative to a new Street between Scam- 
mel & Walnut Streets, have the honor to Report 

That they have viewed the premises mentioned by the petitioners 
& maturely considered the subject referred to them, and are of opinion 
that [20] a Street to extend from opposite Sheriff Street to run to 
the East River parrellel to Scammel Street & between it & Walnut 
Street, would be usefull to the public and beneficial to the proprietors 
of the land, as it would divide the property into Blocks of about three 
hundred feet and run on the division line of the said proprietors 

The Committee therefore recommend that a Street be laid out 
in that direction, in lieu of Firr Street, and that the Street Commis- 
sioner be directed to apply to the several proprietors for that pur- 
pose. 

All which is respectfully submitted 
May 12 th 1806 Jacob Mott 

Samuel Torbert 
John S Hunn 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The following report was received from the Committee relative to 
regulating Cherry Street 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Henry 
Rutgers and others praying that Cherry Street be regulated to the East 
river divided by three distinct Ordinances have the honor to Report 

That they have considered the subject & are of opinion that Cherry- 
Street ought to be regulated without delay, but that it is in their [21] 
opinion premature to decide upon the propriety of dividing the regula- 
tion into several Ordinances until a profile is exhibited to them for 
further Consideration, which they have directed to be taken for that 
purpose, 

The Committee will here suggest, that it will be of no use to 
remove the house of the heirs of Ivl r Laight, until the digging Cherry 
Street may require it to be taken down to Complete the regulation, 
and they recommend that it remain undisturbed until that time, on 



202 CITY or NEW YORK 12 May 1806 

Condition that the occupant opens a passage for Carts on either side if 

it should be required by the Contractors 

May 12 th 1806 Jacob Mott 

Samuel Torbert 
John S Hunn 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The Committee appointed upon that subject reported the draft of 
an Ordinance to erect a Bulkhead in Water Street between Scammel 
and Montgomery Street Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to fill a sunken 
part of Laight Street between and Greenwich Streets. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for Building a 
Bulkhead at the [22] foot of Murray Street. Ordered that the same 
pass 

The following report was received respecting the regulation of 
Gouverneurs Street 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Peter 
Ogilvie and others, praying a regulation of Gouverneur Street from 
Division Street to the East River, have the honor to Report. 

That a considerable quantity of earth will be required to fill in 
the space between Water Street and the contemplated Bulkhead be- 
tween the Shipyards of M r Berg & Adam & Noah Brown, which will 
be Carted there at less expence from Gouverneur Street, than any 
other place. 

That it would be adviseable therefore to regulate Gouverneur 
Street from the places aforesaid, and the Committee recommend that it 
be divided into two Ordinances, the first to begin at Division Street & 
to extend to Lombard Street & the other from the termination of 
the first to the South side of Water Street and they therefore recom- 
mend that the Street Commissioner be directed to cause a profile 
thereof to be made & to present Ordinances to the Board for that 
purpose 

All which is respectfully submitted 

A/T n 10 r\z Jacob Mott 

May 12: 1806 J ' ^ , 

Samuel Torbert 

John S Hunn 

[23] Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The following report was received from the Committee relative to 
Slips at Corlears Hook 



12 May 1806 COMMOX COUNCIL MlNUTES 203 

The Committee to whom the petitions of sundry inhabitants at 
Corlears Hook were referred, relative to Slips at the terminations of 
Grand, Cherry & Walnut Streets have the honor to report, That 
it is impossible to Judge with precision, where reservations for Slips 
ought to be made in this neighbourhood until an actual Survey of the 
Shore & soundings is effected, so as to lay down on a Map the different 
Channel & middle grounds, to the main Channel of the East River. 
They therefore recommend that a Survey of the premises be imme- 
diately directed from Scammel Street at least as far as Broome (late 
Bullock) Street, to the end that the Corporation may be possessed of 
the necessary information on this subject, and they further recom- 
mend and no Grants be issued to proprietors of Ground adjacent to 
these shores until the said Survey is complete 

All which is respectfully submitted 
J acob 



May 12. 1806 u 

Samuel Torbert 

John S Hunn 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

[24] Permission was given to William Tabele to Build a Lime 
house opposite to his lot N 84 Chatham Street. 

A Petition for a pump at the Corner of Grand and Orchard Streets 
was received and granted under the direction of the Alderman and 
Assistant of the Seventh Ward 

Resolved that the dock at the Ferry at Horns hook be improved 
and enlarged so as to render the same a convenient public landing and 
that Alderman King, Van Zandt and M r Shute be a Committee to 
carry this resolution into effect. 

Resolved that the sum of $500 be paid to Richard Smith in part 
of the boats at Horns hook ferry purchased of him. And that a Note 
for $500 being the residue be given to him payable in six Months 
from the first day of May instant 

The following law in addition to the Law to prevent Nuisances 
passed the board 

Addition to the Law to prevent Nuisances 

10. And be it further ordained. That whenever any putrid or 
unsound beef, pork fish, hides or skins of any kind, or any other 
putrid or unsound substance, shall be found within the said City, it 
shall be the duty of the City Inspector, his assistant or any person ap- 
pointed under him for that purpose to cause the same to be de- 
stroyed [25] by casting them into the stream of the Hudson or East 



204 CITY OF NEW YORK 12 May 1806 

rivers, below low water mark, or to be disposed of in such other 
manner as in their discretion may most effectually secure the public 
health. 

The following law in addition to the law for sweeping the Streets 
passed the board. 

Addition to the law providing for sweeping the Streets 

VIII And be it further ordained that a suitable person be ap- 
pointed to superintend the Streets of said City, whose duty it shall be 
to examine that the owners, Occupants and persons having charge 
of houses and other buildings and lots of ground as Aforesaid do per- 
form the several duties enjoined by this law in their several districts, 
and in case of neglect do cause the Offender or Offenders to be prose- 
cuted. And it shall moreover be his duty to examine that the several 
contra [c] tors for collecting and selling Manure as aforesaid, do cause 
the heads of Slips and other public grounds in their respective dis- 
tricts to be swept and cause the filth, dirt and rubbish to be imme- 
diately removed : And in case of disputes between the contractors and 
any of the Citizens with respect to the removing any filth dirt or rub- 
bish, the said superintendent shall, on view thereof, determine which 
of the parties shall remove the same. And it shall moreover be the 
duty of the said superintendent [26] to see that the Contractors afore- 
said cause all the filth and Offals swept and collected for the purpose to 
be removed from the public markets in their respective wards imme- 
diately after market hours And do also cause the filth and Offals to 
be removed from said Markets every Sunday Morning before nine 
O'Clock until the first day of November, at the expence of the Cor- 
poration. And it shall moreover be the duty of the said superintendant 
to attend daily at the office of the City Inspector to receive all com- 
plaints that may be lodged there of infringements of this law, and to 
apply such remedy as the subject may require, and also to fulfil such 
instructions as he may receive from the City Inspector respecting the 
removal of nuisances from the Streets of said City. And it shall 
moreover be the duty of said superintendant to execute all orders 
of the Common Council or of the Board of health providing for the 
removal of Nuisances and cleansing the public sewers and Kennels in 
this City. And the compensation for the services of of the said super- 
intendant shall be at the rate of two Dollars a day during the time he 
shall be employed by the Common Council 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances Numbered from 2501 to 2521 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass 



19 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



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A Petition of John A Crolius for [27] the office of Inspector of 
Bread and of William P. Roome to be appointed Superintendant of 
City Scavengers were severally referred to Committee on applications 
for offices. 

Alderman Mott "1 Were appointed a Committee to examine 

De la Montagnie > the Comptrollers accounts for filling in 
Mr Van Antwerp J the Collect. 

The Comptroller reported that he has examined the situation of the 
Water lots requested to be granted to Garret Van Wagenen, Adam 
Brown, Noah Brown and Thomas Smith and finds that the said 
Water lots are above the line of the 400 feet extent into the River 
and consequiently the board commonly grant from high to low water 
mark and that there appears no impropriety in granting the petition 
upon the usual terms. Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

The Comptroller reported that it would be proper to deduct ten dol- 
lars a Year from the lease of William Gardner at the corner of 
Thomas and William Street Ordered that the said Report be Con- 
firmed 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrant on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Cornelius Van Voorhis for a 2. 

Benjamin Romaine to pay the funeral expences of John Pierce $441.83 

Philip J Arcularius for supporting Alms house 4000. 

Richard Smith on Account for boats and building pursuant to an 

order of this day 500. 

[28] Benjamin Romaine for filling in Collect 1000. 

John Burger for Coroners fees 101 . 50 

Dikeman and Varian work to pumps 233 . 47 

Charles Van Orden rent of watch house 25.00 

[29] In Common Council May 19. 1806. 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Jacob Mott 

Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 

Abraham King. 

Thurston Wood 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



John D Miller 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant. 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Samuel M Hopkins 



Assistants. 



Permission was given to Thomas Burling to build a Vault at 
N 339 Pearl Street under the direction of the Street Commissioner. 



206 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 May 1806 

Upon receiving the reports of the market Committee a stand in 
Greenwich Market was Granted to John Blaze Ten Brook and the 
stand N 9 oswego Market to Joshua Concklin. 

[30] Petitions of John Hopper Junior and Abraham Brevoort to 
be appointed Inspectors of Bread were referred to the Committee on 
applications for Offices. 

A Petition from several of the Auctioneers to be allowed a Cryer 
was referred to Alderman Nexsen, M r Miller and M r Van Antwerp 

James M c Evers was appointed Inspector of wood in the district 
formerly assigned to M r Johnson. 

Hugh M c Cormick of N 2 Jacob Street was appointed Fireman of 
Company N 7 instead of John Minuse resigned Nehemiah Ludlam. 
Philip Ruckle and Walter Whitehead were appointed Firemen to 
Company N 15 instead of James Bertine Jeremiah Woods and Jacob 
Peterson resigned and Abraham Duryee, David Hubbs John Gillmour 
and Benjamin Haight were appointed Firemen to Company N 13 
instead of John Heyer, Frederick Miller Samuel Burtis and John 
Cavenagh. 

A Petition of Lewis Moore was referred to the Committee on 
Wharves, Piers and Slips. 

A Petition of Philip J Arcularius to laying Building materials in 
Magazine Street was granted under the direction of the Aldermen 
and assistant of the ward. 

The Chief Engineer to whom was [31] referred the petition of 
Fire Engine Company N 8 reported that he has examined the Engine 
house of the said Company and that there is a sufficient Quantity of 
Ground to admit of its necessary enlargements. Ordered that the 
Commissioner of public repairs be directed to carry the said report into 
effect. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on Docks piers and 
slips. Resolved that an ordinance pass for improving the Waters situ- 
ate between the Whitehall and the Exchange Slip agreeably to the plan 
presented, and that this board will pay their proportion of such im- 
provements agreeably to law 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner cause Notice to be given 
to the proprietors adjoining the Waters aforesaid and that this Notice 
be conformable to the late law. 

A Petition of Thomas Blauvelt and others to pave Washington 
Street between Barclay and Robinson Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

Resolved that the Street lately opened from Bowery Road to the 



19 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 207 

Broad Way by Samuel Jones shall be called Great Jones Street and 
the Street opened by Doctor Jones at Greenwich shall be called 
agreeably to its original name Jones Street. 

Upon receiving the petition of Abraham [32] Cannon and others 
for that purpose. Resolved that permission be given to the proprietors 
at their own expence to erect a Market by the name of Grand Street 
Market, at the foot of Grand Street under the direction of the Alder- 
man an assistant of the Ward and at such place as they may appoint 
upon condition that the same shall be the property of this Board and 
in all respects subject to its controul. 

A Petition of John Sherman for a road near the house at Harlaem 
Creek was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Peter G 
Stuyvesant reported as follows to Wit. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Peter G 
Stuyvesawt Report 

That the improvement of a Dock Contemplated by M r Stuyvesant 
would be of infmate service and great accommodation to the inhabi- 
tants residing near the 2 Mile Stone, 

Your Committee having examined the premises and find that it 
will not interfear with the fishery as the place is so very Rockey, 
and almost impossible to draw a Sein with safety; we therefore 
recommend that the Petitioner have a grant, for Two hundred and fifty 
feet in front of his ground on the East River, on such terms as has 
been Customary to grant to proprietors of land adjoining [33] the 
said River. 

Abraham King 
New York May 19 th 1806 

Jacob Shute 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

Ordered that Peters and Gedney be permitted to Build a Lime 
house in Pearl Street, Harmanus Talman in Vezey Street, and that 
Benjamin Bailey be permitted to build a Vault in Wall Street under 
the direction of the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of William Baker and others to dig out Montgomery 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

The Committee appointed to examine the Comptrollers account for 
filling dirt into the Collect, report that they have examined the above 
account current and compared the same with the vouchers rendered 
and find that on [a] Balance in [is] due the Comptroller of $298.6524 
for monies expended by him beyond the sum advanced for the above 
purpose. This balance includes the balance on last settlement due the 



208 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 May 1806 

Comptroller there being no warrant issued for the said last men- 
tioned balance due on the settlement of 14 April 1806. 

Jacob Mott 

12 May 1806 Simon Van Antwerp 

J D L Montagnie 

Ordered that the said report be confirmed and that a Warrant 
issue to the Comptroller for the said balance. 

[34] A Return from Captain Beekmans Watch Company was re- 
ferred to the Watch Committee. 

A Petition of Nicholas Romaine was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner and Comptroller. 

Resolved that twelve additional Watchman be appointed and 
stationed in such manner as the Watch Committee shall direct 
. Ordered that a Warrant issue to the Comptroller for $133 5 %oo 
to take up a note given by Peter P Wyckoff for Manure and that the 
Comptroller take the best security he can obtain 

Ordered that the plan presented by the Street Commissioner for 
laying out Streets between the Bowery and Greenwich be and the same 
is hereby adopted 

Ordered that the Attorney of the board proceed agreeably to 
Law for the recovery of all sums which have been advanced by the 
Common Council and which are a lien upon property 

William Bridges was appointed a City Surveyor. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to build a Bulk- 
head at Beekman Slip 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

[35] The Street Commissioner to whom was referred a petition to 
defer the regulation of Spring Street reported against the prayer 
thereof. Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner on the petition of Andrew 
Blank was referred to Alderman Wood, M r Torbert and M r Shute 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner take order for opening the 
outlet of Bertavers Killatie through Village Street to the Hudson 
River and that when the expence thereof is ascertained he present 
to this Board the draft of an Ordinance for Assessing the same upon 
the owners and Occupants of lots benefitted thereby agreeably to 
Law. 

Resolved that the Watch Committee be authorized to call in the 
Watch boxes and place them in either the Bridewell or Alms house 
Yard and cause them to be repaired if necessary. 



19 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 209 

William P Roome was appointed to superintend the City Scaveng- 
ers pursuant to the late Ordinance. 

Bell 

A Proposition of Enos Tompkins to furnish dirt Carts was re- 
ferred to the superintendant of Scavengers 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner under the direction of the 
Road Committee present [36] to this board a Map or plan of the 
Dove lots nearly one acre lots with all convenient speed 

Ordered that the Aldermen and assistants of the respective Wards 
report the Jury list at the next Meeting. 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from 2513 to 2529 inclusive Ord- 
ered that the same do pass 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner take immediate measures 
for 

I st For finishing the regulation of the Middle Road, from the 
South side of the Bridge near the powder house to John Murray's 
gate, agreeably to the profile. The hill is to be dug out forty feet wide, 
and the hollow filled in fifty feet wide on the line of the profile, and 
the rocks removed to the Bridge. If the earth from the hill should 
be found insufficient, more may be taken from the side Banks. 

II. For erecting a substantial Stone Bridge across the road 
above mentioned in place of the present Bridge, with Walls on each 
side about ten feet high in the Centre, and one hundred and fifty 
feet long; besides a parapet wall three feet high and two feet thick 
above the surface of the Road. The arch must be seven feet high, 
[37] five feet wide, and fifty feet long, and be laid with good Masons 
Work in lime and sand. The side Walls are to be put up dry, faced 
on each side, battered, and sufficiently thick to resist the pressure of 
the earth which will be filled in between them. 

III. For erecting a substantial arched Bridge of Stone on the 
Middle Road, over the stream South of M r Post's in lieu of the pres- 
ent Bridge. The arch is to be eight feet high, five feet broad, and 
sixty feet in length across the road, and laid in lime and sand. The 
side Walls are to be put up dry, battered as aforesaid, and to be about 
twelve feet high, besides three feet parapet, two feet thick, and two 
hundred feet in length, on each side. In addition to the stone work 
of this Bridge, the Contractor must engage to fill in between the walls 
of the Bridge and at each end thereof, agreeably to the line of the 
profile .nd dig out and regulate so much of the Road as will be neces- 
sary to obtain the Earth for that purpose. 



210 CITY or NEW YORK 19 May 1806 

The materials on the Ground and in the adjacent parts of the Road 
will be at the disposal of the Contractors ; from whom security will 
be required, that the work will be done at least equal to the walls laid 
by Anthony Smith, at Kessing Bridge. 

IIII. For the regulating of Hudson Street, from Brannon Street 
to the South side of Hetty Street [38] from Greenwich Street to a 
point within thirty six feet of M r Astor's fence agreeably to the 
profile. 

The two last estimates be delivered by the first of April, and the 
work completed by the first of June and that the Street Commissioner 
be and he is hereby authorized to accept the proposals for the same 
which in his opinion shall be most for the public interest. 

Resolved, That the Street Commissioner be directed to cause the 
Streets pourtrayed by him on the Map of the ground between Green- 
wich Lane & the Bowery Road, this day presented to & adopted by 
this Board to be surveyed & staked out at the several Corners, to en- 
able the proprietors to ascertain with precision the quantity of Ground 
that will be taken from them for that purpose. 

Resolved, That the Street leading from the intersection of Ham- 
mond Street & Greenwich Lane to the mouth of the lane between 
Samuel Burling & Thomas Burlings land on the Bowery be opened of 
the breadth of sixty feet, & that the Street Commissioner take meas- 
ures to carry the object of this Resolution into effect. 

And be it further Resolved, That in all cases where the Cession of 
the said Street or any part of it cannot be obtained Gratis, The [39] 
Street Commissioner be directed to take the usual course of Law to 
cause the same to be opened. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $217.56 

William Van Wart DO 217.56 

Magnus Beekman D 197.96 

William Peterson D 197.96 

Hugh Gobel DO 148.96 

Gad Dumbolton DO 148.96 

Gad Dumbolton City Watch 148.96 

Nathan Stanberry on Contract for Hudson Street 100. 

Magie and Kelly on Contract for Broome Street 300. 

Abraham Stagg money assessed to Susan M c Claskie on Division 

Street 41 . 93 

Henry Hulsart for money assessed to Susan M c Claskie on Norfolk 

Street 140.56 



26 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



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Henry Hulsart for money assessed to Richard Downing on Hester 

Street $37.60 

Thomas Hazard for salary of himself and Assistants 437.50 

Wandell Van Antwerp for lime 16.50 

James Hogan for paving at Catharine Market 74.68 

Tate and M c Niven repairing a Grate 5. 4 

Arthur Johnson Carting Dirt 50.31 

Caparus Romaine Carting sand 17. 6 

Charles Warner repairing wheels 42.25 

F. Carlle and Company for Lamps 31.55 

Rufus Beach for enforcing Sunday Law 7. 

Josiah Shippey for attending observatory 13. 

[40] William Hertell for Guaging oil -5. 

Benjamin Romaine ballance of his Collect account 298.64 

Benjamin Romaine for Clerks of election 134. 

Benjamin Romaine for Constables at election 102.50 

Benjamin Romaine to pay a Note of Peter P Wyckoff 133.58 

Abraham Stagg money assessed to Edward Livingston for regulating 

Orchard Street 63.80 

Jacob Dela Montagnie for Soupe house 200. 



[41] In Common Council May 26. 1806 



Present 



DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Fairlie 

Jacob Mott 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Elias Nexsen 

Abraham King 

Thurston Wood 



Caleb Pell 
James Drake 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Joseph Board 
Samuel Torbert 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Gilbert Coutant 
John D Miller 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel M Hopkins 



Assistants. 



A Petition of John Quackenbos for the return of his Bond given 
to secure the title of property taken to improve Leonard Street was 
referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of George M Woolsey and others to repair Greenwich 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

[42] A Communication of George Caines was referred to the 
Street Commissioner and Comptroller 

A Map of the City of Philadelphia having been presented to the 
board by the Common and Select Councils of that City. Ordered that 
the same be framed and placed in the Common Council Chamber. 

A Petition that Washington Street be completed was referred to 
the Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of Mary and Winne Barrett to be relieved from a fine 



212 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 May 1806 

for selling liquors Contrary to law was referred to the Attorney of 
the Board. 

A Petition to regulate Roosevelt Street was referred to the Street 
Commissioner 

An application of Waters Furman to be paid $12.81 being the 
assessment of John Michaels upon Lot N 367 Mott Street was re- 
ceived and granted.* 

A Petition of Ephraim Hart that a Water course be made near his 
Lots at the Collect was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of Peter Fenton for a Water grant Opposite his prop- 
erty in Greenwich Street was reffered to the Comptroller. f 

A Petition of Nathaniel Tucker and others respecting the regula- 
tion of Murray and Spring Street was refferred to the Alderman and 
assistant of [43] the Seventh and Eighth Wards and the Street Com- 
missioner 

An application of Arthur Smith and William Dustan for a Water 
Grant opposite their property at Greenwich was referred to the Comp- 
troller. 

An application of Catharine Stonehouse stating that the pump 
before her house in Beaver Street is a Nuisances was referred to the 
Alderman^ and assistant of the first Ward. 

Abner Wood, of N 49 Water Street was Appointed a Fireman of 
Hook and Ladder Company N 1 instead of Stephen Heustace re- 
signed, Alexander M c Farlane of N 52 Water Street was Appointed a 
Fireman of Hook and Ladder Company N 1 instead of James Shaw 
resigned. Edward Vermilla and Najah Wildman were appointed 
Firemen to the Haerlem Company instead of Benjamin Benson and 
Samuel Myers removed, William J Roome and John Wyley were ap- 
pointed Fireman to Company N 3 instead of John Rutgers and 
Matthias Crane resigned. 

An application of George Dieterick for the Office of inspector of 
Bread was referred to the Committee on applications for offices. 

An application of John Murray Junior for leave to build a Vault 
in Pearl Street was [44] granted under direction of the Street Com- 
missioner 

A Petition of Margaret Davis stating her inability to Contribute 
towards the regulation of Grand Street was referred to the Comp- 
troller and Street Commissioner. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject. 



* Marginal note reads Lien on 367. Mott St. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See. Vol. 17. P. 369. 415. ED. 



26 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 213 

Ordered that Abraham Brevoorts lease be renewed for lot N 2 for 
twenty one Years at 8 per annum with the usual Covenants. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to regulate Mont- 
gomery Street Ordered that the same do pass and that Thomas Timp- 
son, Whitehead Hicks, William Hunter, Thomas Ivers and George 
Buckmaster be appointed Assessors for the same. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating 
Washington Street Ordered that the same pass and that Lewis Ford, 
Amos Corning, William Ryer, John Sharp and Frederick Eckert be 
appointed assessors for the same. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for building a 
Bulkhead at the foot of Scammel Street, Ordered that the same do 
pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to dig out and 
regulate Attorney Street from the Northerly kennel of Stanton Street 
[45] to the Southerly kennel of Broome Street Ordered that the 
same do pass and that Thomas Timpson Whitehead Hicks, Abraham 
Van Gelder Junior Benjamin Thurston and William Hunter be ap- 
pointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for extending 
three piers at the White hall Slip Ordered that the same pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to assess the 
Monies found for the Assessment of Canal Street. Ordered that the 
same do pass and that Leonard Bleecker, Nicholas Van Antwerp, 
Jasper Ward John H Sickles and John Bingham be appointed As- 
sessors. 

Ordered that Abijah Arden and Frederick Babcock have per- 
mission to Assign their leases to Andrew Ogden. 

Resolved that the Comptroller call on the proprietors of the Wharf 
the West side of the Fly market Slip to ascertain whether they will sell 
the Common Council the one half of said pier and the right of Wharf- 
age to the same on the East side of the said pier it being the Slip side 
and the one half of the Wharfage at the end and report their deter- 
mination on Monday next to the board 

The following report was received from the finance Committee 

The finance Committee to whom was referred the letter of the 
Treasurer, respecting the monies [46] to be collected from Streets by 
assessments 

Reports 

That the practice under the former Street Commissioner D r Brown 
was that the respective Collectors, were ordered to pay the several 



214 CITY OF NEAV YORK 28 May 1806 

Contractors from time to time such sums of money as they collected, 
in proportion as the work progressed ; and when the Contract was com- 
pleated and examined by the Street Commissioner the Contractor re- 
ceived the whole of his Money from the Collector 

The present Street Commissioner having altered the mode of pay- 
ing the Contractors and having already opened a set of Books re- 
specting Streets, as recommended by the Treasurer Your Committee 
are of opinion on reconsidering the subject that it will be most ad- 
viseable to place the operations on this subject, in the mode already 
arranged by the Street Commissioner, as his Books will at all times 
be ready for any examination the Board may direct. The Committee 
on investigating this subject do not discover the necessity of keeping 
any Books on this subject if the assessments were regularly filed all 
the purposes would be, in their opinion answered 

They however have no objection to the mode arranged by the 
present Street Commissioner 

26 May 1806 Samuel Torbert Jacob Mott 

Abraham King J. D Miller 

Ja Drake 

[47] Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The following report was received from the Committee on 
Wharves piers and slips. 

The Committee on Docks & Slips recommend that Peter Schermer- 
horn's line be continued from front Street to South Street on a line 
say 31 feet 8 inches on front & the same dimentions on South Street 
The Committee are of opinion that Peter Schermerhorn ought to pay 
an equivalent for this excess of Ground If this is agreed to it will 
make the south side of Beekmans Slip uniform & leave ought [out] the 
break of 5 feet 8 inches. The committee offer the following resolu- 
tion 

Resolved. That Peter Schermerhorn's line on the south side of 
Beekmans slips be continued from front Street to South Street say at 
31 feet 8 inches on front Street & the same dimentions on South 
Street he paying therefor the value of the excess of Ground beyond 
his grant and that the Comptroller be & he is hereby authoriz d to treat 
with Peter Schermerhorn & Report to this Board the value therefor 

All which is submitted to 
Jacob Mott 
Elias Nexsen 
W. Van Zandt J r 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 



26 May 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 215 

A Petition of the Captains of Vessels stating that the Albany Slip 
is very much incumbered [48] was referred to the Committee on 
wharves, Slips and piers 

A Petition to complete the pier at the Albany bason was referred to 
the Committee on wharves Slips and piers 

Ordered that the Collector of the sixth ward have time until the 
first of July to settle his books. 

On receiving the petition of Ephraim Brasher and others the fol- 
lowing resolution was proposed by Alderman Van Zandt to wit 
whereas a Number of Slaughter houses in this City are represented 
to this Board as great nuisances whereby the health of the inhabi- 
tants in their vicinity is greatly endangered Resolved that no slaughter 
house be built or erected in any part of this City without the au- 
thority of this Board under the penalty of $250 to be received with 
Costs of suit. It was moved to refer the said petition and resolution 
to the Board of health a division being called upon the said Motion 
the same was carried as follows to wit. 

Affirmative 

Aldermen Dela Montagnie M r Torbert 

Fairlie [49] Board 

Mott Van Antwerp 

King Morris 

Wood Coutant 

Pell Miller 

Negative 

Aldermen Van Zandt M r Hegeman 

Drake Hopkins 

The Building Committee reported to the Board that in their opinion 
it is expedient to make an additional appropriation of $10,000 for the 
expences of progressing in the building of the New City Hall for the 
current Year agreeably to an annexed document furnished by M r 
M c Comb. A division being called upon the said Report the same was 
negatived as follows to wit. 

Affirmative 
Aldermen Fairlie M r Board 

Van Zandt Van Antwerp 

Morris 
Negative 

Aldermen Dela Montagnie M r Torbert 

Mott Coutant 

Nexsen Miller 

King Hegeman 

[50] Wood Hopkins 

Pell 
Drake 



216 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 May 1806 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisance Numbered from N 2530 to 2540 inclusive Ord- 
ered that the same pass. 

The City Inspector reported with respect to the regulation of the 
Alms house Yard the same was referred to the Aldermen and Assist- 
ant of the fifth and sixth Wards. 

Jonas Humbert and Christian Nestell having resigned their ap- 
pointments as Inspectors of bread the board proceeded to ballot for 
proper persons to fill the vacancies, and John Declew and John A 
Crolius having the greatest number of Votes were appointed accord- 
ingly. 

Alderman Mott 

TTT . were appointed a Committee to examine and report 

,, r c * * f with respect to the New road to be laid out near 
,p , J the property of Samuel Burling to Greenwich. 

[51] Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay. 

Waters Furman for the assessment on John Michaels $12.81 

Jacob Mott Esq r for the Mud Machine 1000. 

Samuel Crowdrey to pay expences of opening Canal. Varick. and 

Leonard Streets 570. 

Carpenter and Tompkins on their Contract for Mud Machine 500. 

John Bussing for Assessments on vacant lots in Sixth and Suffolk 

Streets 251 .88 

Bartholemew Skaats for Salary of himself and Assistant 126.50 

Thomas and James Stevenson for Blacksmith Work to Engines 519.51 

Andrew Leary for work 33.00 

Hicks Jenkins and Company for Oil 2000. 

David Burger for paper etc at election in the second ward 2. 

Kay and Homer for work at pumps 84 . 31 

Thomas Riley for painting at Goal 2 . 48 

James Woods for Iron Stoves 157.95 

Charles M c Pherson for work at Alms house 121 .59 

Dikeman and Varian for work to pumps 160.37 

Samuel Lloyd as Clerk of Election 4. 

Thomas Smith Blacksmith Work 111.46 

Kimball and Skaats for painting 155.26 



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217 



[52] In Common Council, June 2 nd 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Jacob Mott 

James Drake 

Caleb Pell 

James Fairlie 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Elias Nexsen 

Abraham King 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Andrew Morris 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
John D Miller 
Adrian Hegeman 
Joseph Board 



> Assistants. 



A Return from Captain Petersons Watch Company was referred 
to the Watch Committee 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee 

Ordered that Daniel Smith, John Smith, Eli Goodale, Charles 
Sheppard, John [53] Johnston and George Taylor be appointed watch- 
men in Captain Beekmans Company instead of Phineas Pelton, Abra- 
ham Deforeest, James Van Houten Joseph Curtis, and Coddington 
who have absented themselves, and Isaac Tuckerman and William 
Heyer suspended. And that Peter Britt, John Webb, John Wright, 
Matthias Roome, John Bloomfield, John Morgan, John M c Clan and 
William Gerrard be appointed substitutes to the said Company. 

A Report of the Attorney of the board respecting a violation of 
the Building Act was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
second Ward. 

A Petition of Samuel Jackson for a Water Grant was referred to 
the Comptroller. 

An application of Johnson and Stevens was referred to the Market 
Committee. 

An application of James Desbrosses and others concerning the 
Bulkhead at New Slip was referred to the Alderman and assistant of 
the Seventh Ward. 

A Petition of John Jackson and others for a New ferry from 
Corlears hook point, to the Wallabout was referred to the Ferry 
Committee 

A Petition to regulate Mulberry Street was referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. 

[54] The Committee to whom was referred the petition of four 
of the Auctioneers praying for the indulgence of having Cryers or 



218 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 June 1806 

Bellmen to be allowed them in attending their sales at public auction 
Reported that in their opinion the prayer of the said petition ought not 
to be granted. Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

A Petition for opening Frankford Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

An application of Charles Christian Concerning sales at Auction 
at Burling Slip was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the 
second Ward. 

A Petition of Nicholas W Stuyvesant for a Water grant was re- 
ferred to the Comptroller 

David Mann resigned his stand N 37 Fly Market. Ordered that 
the said resignation be accepted and that Henry Shop be appointed in 
his stead. 

A Petition of Samuel Cannon for the remission of a penalty 
against the law for the inspection of flour was received and granted. 

A Petition of John Marschalk to be appointed a Weighmaster was 
referred to the Committee on applications for Offices 

[55] Resolved that the superintendant of Repairs be directed to 
construct two additional gates to Communicate between Marketfield 
Street and the Battery. 

An application of John Delafield for permission to extend his 
Wharf was Committed to the Committee on Wharves Slips and piers 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
and the Collector for Walnut Street 

To the Honourable Corporation of the City of New York 
*The Petition of Abr m Van Gelder Jr Humbly Shewt that your 
Petitioner being appointed to Collect the assessment list for diggen out 
and regulation of Walnut Street and on account of a number of 
Lotts being described by their Numbers on the Assessment list Your 
petitioner has not been able to Collect the same Viz 

Lott No 89 21.17 

90 21.17 

1 84.72 

42 21.17 

41 21.17 

40 21.17 

39.. 21.17 



211.74 



* Marginal note reads Lien on Lolts in Walnut Street. ED. 



2 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 219 

I doe Solomley sware in the presence of Almighty God that I 
have deligentley enquired after the owners [56] of said Lotts and have 
not been able to find them 

Abr m Van Gelder Jun r 
Sworn before me. ) 

this 2 nd day of June 1806J 
J D Montagnie Ald n 

The subscriber recommends that a Warrant issue to M r Van 
Gelder for the above sum to enable him to close this assessment. 
June 2 d 1806 John S Hunn 

Street Comm r 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and a Warrant issue ac- 
cordingly. 

A Petition of Miller, Baker and others respecting the Assessment 
of Canal Street was referred to the Street Commissioner and Attorney 
of the Board 

A Report of the Street Commissioner relative to Fishermans Carrs 
was referred to the Market Committee 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance for repairing 
Roosevelt Street Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to make Wash- 
ington Street from Marketfield Street to Beaver lane Ordered that 
the same pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported assessments for Elm, Leonard, 
Hudson and Hetty Streets. Ordered that the same be confirmed [57] 
and Oliver Jaques be appointed Collector, assessments were also re- 
ported for Orange, Mott and Spring Streets. Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and John Bussing appointed Collector. 

An Ordinance to pave George Street passed the board and Thomas 
Timpson, William Hunter, Benjamin North, Whitehead Hicks and 
John Youle were appointed assessors. 

The following reported was received from the Comptroller 

The Comptroller beg leave to state 

That the sum of One thousand & seventy seven Dollars & forty 
five Cents remains out standing on account of manure sold by Henry 
Remmy late Superintendant of Scavengers and the further sum of 
four hundred & forty six dollars ninety Cents out standing on Ace* 
of Manure disposed of by Stephen Hitchcock the former Super td 

The Comptroller not being acquainted with any of the persons in 
debted to this department recommends that Henry Remmy be ap- 



220 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 June 1806 

pointed to Collect those outstanding debts as he is best known to the 
persons in arrear. 

The following resolution is offered Resolved that Henry Remmy 
the late superintendant of Scavengers is hereby authorised and re- 
quested to collect the several sums of Money due to this Board for 
manure and to prosecute for the same without delay if refusal or 
neglect shall [58] be made in the payment 

Respectfully 
under the direction of Compt r 

2 June 1806 Bj n Romaine 

Compf 
Ordered that the same be confirmed 

A Resolution in the following words having been proposed to wit. 
Resolved that a pier and L be constructed to the South side of the 
one constructed last Year, so as to complete the intended bason at 
the North River between the lower end of Partition Street and Vezey 
Street and that the Street Commissioner take immediate measures for 
carrying this resolution into effect Ordered that the same be referred 
to the Committee on Wharves Slips and piers. 

Ordered that a pump in Roosevelt Street be removed under the 
direction of the Overseers of pumps in the fourth Ward. 

The City Inspector reported the draft of Ordinances for the cor- 
rection and removal of Nuisances numbered from 2541 to 2561 in- 
clusive, Ordered that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the Committee appointed to direct the Mud machine 
have power to send the horses used by them to the alms house instead 
of those at present belonging to that establishment in case they shall 
consider the same superior and more serviceable. 

Ordered that the Committee on that [59] subject be authorized to 
write to M r Hasler and defray his expences to this City and back 
again to Philadelphia in order that he may be able to treat with this 
board relative to making a proper survey of this Island 

Ordered that Alsop Hunt have liberty to erect a lime house in 
Water Street under the direction of the Street Commissioner 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

John Ennesen on Contract for regulating Magazine Street $100. 

Abraham King to pay Lathorp and Kelly on their Contract 200. 

William Mariner for his claim against the Estate of Ann .. 19.24 

Edward Meeks Blacksmith work.. 59. 2 



9 June 1808 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



221 



John Shepherd repairing a boat $9.50 

George for spikes etc 13.43 

John T Blawvelt for dock stone 85. 

Edward Meeks Blacksmith Work ." 188.98 

Edward Meeks Blacksmith Work 53.31 

Robert Sickles lighting and cleaning City Lamps 178.87 

James Wood repairing Lamps 27 . 62 

Robert Dodge repairing Lamps 108. 5 

Conrad Jordan repairing Lamps 16 . 

Robert Brown for spars 84.56 

[60] Jonas Humbert Salary as Inspector of Bread 100. 

Richard Burchan for reporting passengers 50. 

Henry Watkeys for Candles 8 . 60 

George Walter on contract 229.84 

Hugh Colbert Carting dirt 27.56 

James Smith paving 62.43 

Nicholas Lawrence City Watch 217.56 

William Van Wart DO 217.56 

Magnus Beekman DO 210.56 

William Peterson DO 208.46 

Hugh Gobel DO 148.96 

Gad Dumbolton DO 148.96 

Ichard Prall lost Buckets 4 

Joseph Webb repairing Lamps 41 . 75 

James Hardie for services 62.50 

Edward Moran for services 70. 

Andrew Oterson for services 70. 

[61] In Common Council June 9. 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior^ 

Thurston Wood 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 

Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob Mott 

A Return from Captain Dumboltons Watch Company was re- 
ferred to the Watch Committee 

A Petition of Robert Kenah for liberty to sell meat was referred 
to the Market Committee. 

An application of Catherine Kip for permission to make a drain 
at 51 Pearl Street was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the 
Word [Ward]. 



^Esquires 
Aldermen 



Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel M. Hopkins 
Andrew Morris 



> Assistants 



222 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 June 1806 

A Petition of Beekman M Van Beuren [62] and Samuel B Wal- 
dron Overseers of the roads for an increase of compensation was re- 
ferred to the road Committee 

Ordered that Messieurs N M c Vickar and Theodorus Polhemus 
and David Stebbins be permitted to erect lime houses under the direc- 
tion of the Aldermen and Assistants of the Wards. And Joshua Wad- 
dington a Vault under the direction of the Street Commissioner. 

A representation of George Clinton and others respecting the Air 
furnace was referred to the Comptroller. 

A petition of J. Grant was referred to the Committee on docks 
wharves and piers. 

Resolved that Bell Carts be provided as heretofore and that the 
superintendant of Streets be authorized immediately to agree with 
a sufficient Number for that purpose. 

A Petition of Thomas and John Gardner for a water grant was 
referred to the Committee on docks wharves and piers. 

A Petition of the inhabitants in Division Street between Orchard 
and East Rutgers Street was referred to the Alderman and Assistant 
of the Seventh ward and Street Commissioner. 

The Counsel of the Board to whom was referred the application of 
the Commissioner of the loan Office respecting the debt of George 
[63] B Ewart reported as follows to wit. 

New York May 9 th 1806 
Gent n 

There appearing no probability of speedily recovering Geo. B. 
Ewarts Mortgage to the Loan Office out of his Estate, we apprehend 
the Law for loaning the Money, makes it our duty to ask you for the 
Amount with the interest that has become due thereon 
We have the honor to be very respectfully Gent n 

Your most obed 1 Serv* 

Corn Ray Loan officers 

A L Bleecker 



G. B. Ewarts Mortgage on property to which it is believed he had no 
legal Title ...................................................... 45. 

2 Yrs Interest due thereon to the 1st Tuesday in the present Month.. 29. 8 



274. 8 



Upon the 20 th & 28 th Sections of the New Loan Office Act I am of 
opinion that the Corporation is bound to make provision for Ewart's 



9 June 1806 COMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 223 

Debt and should have the Amount of it added to the next Tax upon 
the City, which however can only be done by Act of the Legislature. 

Rich Harison. 
20 May 1806 

[64] Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a \Yarrant issue 
accordingly 

A presentment of the Grand Jury against the situation of pave- 
ments, Gutters, and heaps of dirt was referred to the City Inspector 

A presentment of the Grand Jury against the situation of Streets 
was referred to the Street Commissioner and City Inspector 

A presentment of the Grand Jury against Ferry and Jay Streets 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 

An application of D r Hosack to have his Mortgage cancelled was 
referred to the Attorney of the Board with Authority to have the 
Mortgage cancelled 

An application of General Morton was received for furnishing 
powder to celebrate the fourth of July. Ordered that the Comptroller 
be directed to provide and furnish the usual quantity 

A Report of the Street Commissioner concerning a New Street 
near Magazine Street was referred to Alderman Pell, Van Zandt and 
Fairlie 

A Petition of the inhabitants of Mulberry Street was referred to 
the alderman and assistant of the Ward and Street Commissioner 

On receiving the report of the Committee on that subject Resolved 
that the Street Commissioner be directed to make a Survey of the 
intended North Street between Bower}- and [65] Broadway agreeable 
to the above plan and take every necessary step for opening the same. 

A presentment of the Grand Jury against Lottery Officers was 
received and filed. 

An application of William Moore respecting an invention for 
ventilating pumps was referred to M r Hopkins, Hegeman and Board. 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for regulating 
Delancey Street from Bowery Road to Suffolk Street Ordered that 
the same be confirmed and Abraham Stagg appointed Collector 

Abraham Stagg returned that John R Livingston has neglected to 
pay the assessment of his property in Division Street between Clinton 
and Grand Street Ordered that a Warrant issue to Compel payment. 

Upon receiving a report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that 
Frankford Street between Skinner Street and Pearl Street be made 
of the width of thirty five feet, by taking a sufficient Quantity of 



224 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 June 1806 

Ground for that purpose from the Lots on the North side and that 
the Street Commissioner take immediate measures to carry the same 
into effect. 

William Hopkins Carver and Gilder N 111 William Street, Wil- 
liam Spencer Bricklayer N 318 Pearl Street, Joseph Curtis Merchant 
N 98 Maiden lane, Foster Nostrandt merchant [66] N 269 Pearl 
Street and Thomas Schenck Grocer Corner of South Street and Fly 
Market were appointed firemen to Company N 5. Isaac Lounsberry 
and William Simpson were appointed firemen to Engine N 10 instead 
of Frederick Rigur resigned 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the petition of 
D Mitchell relative to sinking a pier in front Street having reported 
in favour of the same Ordered that D r Mitchell have liberty to erect a 
small pier adjoining to that of M r Agnew in Front Street to the West 
of Roosevelt Street in the fourth Ward in such manner as to enable 
him to receive the Wharfage of the same. 

Resolution passed. 

Whereas it is essential to the Convenience of Citizens who have 
business depending before this board that the Records and minutes 
thereof be kept at the same place where the other public Offices of 
this Board are kept and it is also important to the proper dispatch of 
the public business that the Members of this board have the means 
of access to the Records and Minutes aforesaid in same public place 
therefore Resolved that all the records minutes and public papers 
and documents of this Board be kept in the Office designated for that 
purpose at City Hall and that the same to be kept open by the Clerk 
or his deputy on all usual days and hours of business. 

[67] The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction 
and removal of Nuisances Numbered from 2562 to 2576 inclusive 
Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Road Committee to whom was referred the petition of Beek- 
man M Van Bueren and Samuel Waldron for increase of Salary as 
Overseers of the road reported in favor of the same Resolved that 
the sum of fifty Cents be allowed them per day more than the present 
allowance to commence at the time they began to work upon the roads 

Resolved that Washington Street between the Centre of Partition 
and Vezey Streets be regulated and paved the same being in a very 
bad condition and that the Street Commissioner present an Ordinance 
for the same, 

Resolved that immediate measures be taken for Compleating the 
Corporation bason at the North River by erecting a pier and L at the 



16 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



225 



South side thereof and that the Street Commissioner be and is hereby 
authorized to Carry this resolution into effect as soon as M r Varicks 
right be ascertained 

Ordered that the list of Jurors in the several wards be approved 
and that the Clerk be authorized to have them Copied as soon as 
possible. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his [68] Warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay. 

Philip J Arcularius for support of Alms house $4000. 

Anderson and Kurd on Contract for Fly Market Slip 500. 

Dob and Dearman Clocks at Peck Slip 1000. 

Smith and Day for regulating Delancey Street 240. 

Abel Hardenbrook repairing engines 1532.27 

Lewis Ford Carpenters Work 110.25 

John Sharp Timber 187 . 8 

[69] In Common Council June 16 th 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esq r Recorder 



Jacob Mott 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

Caleb Pell 

James Fairlie 

Thurston Wood 

Abraham King 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen. 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Samuel Torbert 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 
John D Miller 
Joseph Board 
Samuel M Hopkins 



Assistants 



On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that the 
suspension of Ira Munson be confirmed that Adam Hyler be restored 
as a Watchman and that Seebe Banta, Richard Skinner, John Lee, 
Henry Brown, Zacaraiah Mayfield, William Selson, John Day, Joseph 
Caywood and Andrew [70] Ingersol, be Appointed substitutes to 
Captain Dumboltons Company. 

An application of John Jackson for a Water Grant at Brooklyn 
was referred to the Comptroller. 

A return from Captain Beekmans Watch Company was referred 
to the Comptroller 

The following report was received from the Committee relative to 
Magazine Street* 

The Committee to whom was refer'd the Street Commissioner ['s] 
report respecting Cross Street from Magazine to Anthony Street 

* Interlinear note reads Cross Street or Collect? ED. 



226 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 June 1806 

Inform the Board that they have view'd the said Street and are of 
opinion that the Cross Street running from Magazine to Anthony 
Street should be 75 feet at its Opening on Magazine and 60 feet wide 
on Anthony Street this will answer every purpose and save the neces- 
sity of a heavy assessment The Committee offer the following reso- 
lutions 

Resolved, That the Cross Street running from Magazine to 
Anthony Street be 75 feet wide on Magazine and 60 feet wide on 
Anthony Street. 

Resolved. That the Street Commissioner together with the Attorney 
of this Board take means for carrying into effect the foregoing 
resolution 

All which is submitted by 

Caleb Pell 

W Van Zandt. Jr 

[71] Ordered that the same be confirmed and the resolutions 
thereby recommended pass accordingly 

A proposition, of the Daughters of the late Peter Stuyvesant to 
cede certain Streets to the public, providing the Board will defray the 
expence of opening and regulating the same was referred to the Street 
Commissioner. 

Ordered that a private Street used as a part of Orchard Street be 
granted. 

A Petition of Ely and others to raise the wharf in South Street 
between Burling Slip and the Fly Market was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Wharves Slips and Piers. 

A Petition of Richbill Mott and others to regulate Grand Street 
below Elizabeth Street and to pave Grand Street from Elizabeth 
Street to the Bowery was referred to the Aldermen and Assistants of 
the Sixth and Eighth Wards 

The following report was received from the Committee to whom 
was referred the report of the City Inspector. 

The City Inspector has the honor to present draft of Ordinances 
for the purpose of removing sundry nuisances from N 2530 to 2540 
inclusive, which in his opinion ought to be passed by the Common 
Council. 

M r Roome to whom was referred the subject of Bell carts reports 
the proposals of [72] Enos Tomkins and the arrangement that can be 
made by him to cleanse the Streets adjoining the public Markets on 
Sundays and the removal of Dead carcases & 03 which is submitted 



16 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 227 

The privies of the Alms house are in an abominable state of 
nuisance and require immediate attention. On consultation with the 
Superintendants of the Alms house and repairs, it appears practicable 
to construct new privies in such manner as to discharge the contents 
by means of the common sewer through Chamber Street into the 
North river, which may be sufficiently scoured by means of the almost 
constant flow of Water from the pumps of the Alms house to keep 
them clean The plan appears so extremely feasible as to deserve the 
experiment in which case the yard of the Alms house will be kept 
pure and wholesome otherwise it must progressively become a sink of 
pollution, should new vaults be opened as the old ones are filled 

All which is respectfully submitted 

City Inspector John Pintard 

office May. 12. 1806 

The Committee to whom that part of the within report relating to 
the foul state of the sinks in the alms house Yard was referred, 
recommend That sinks in the Vicinity of those Complained of and of 
the [73] same size be immediately constructed and Masoned up with 
Stone and Mortar and as soon as possible. That the present necessary 
houses be put over them, and the old sinks be filled up with unslack'd 
lime, and covered over 

The Committee are of opinion That the filth will be so neutralized 
by the lime That it may be removed without inconvenience before the 
new sinks are filled. June 16 th 1806 

J D L Montagnie 
Caleb Pell 
J D Miller 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

An application of D r Hosack stating that there was an overcharge 
of interest on his Bond was referred to the Comptroller 

The following report was received from the Attorney of the Board 

The Attorney of the Board to whom was referred the Petition of 
James Halliday, Thomas M c Conaghy, Augustus Lawrence, & John 
Oilman praying to be indemnified, against the demands of Peter 
Lorrillard for the Rent of Lots leased by them, of him in Canal Street 

Reports 

That in his Opinion the claims of which the petitioners are 
apprehensive are unfounded and consequently [74] that there is 
nothing to indemnify them against Perhaps it may be said by these 



228 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 June 1806 

Gentleman, if the Corporation hazard nothing by granting us the 
Prayer of our petition, it is of Course at most a nugatory Act, and 
cannot involve them, while it will essentially relieve us from what we 
are informed by Counsel may possibly happen With as much pro- 
priety might it be demanded of a Grantor to Warrant the Grantee 
against the tortious and illegal acts of Strangers while in the Case now 
under consideration this Consequence might result, in addition to the 
trouble of drawing & executing the required instrument of indemnity, 
the claims of M r Lorrillard might receive a stronger Colour of pro- 
priety and foundation from the Circumstance that the petitioners 
would eventually be relieved against them, or the petitioners might be 
rendered less assiduous in repelling them It cannot be determined 
what might be the Extent of this Consideration either on the minds 
of a Court and Jury or on the applicants But certain it is, in respect 
to the former, that individuals are Viewed and dealt with in a more 
favorable manner than the public, and in respect to the latter con- 
sidered as individuals, it may with much appearance of probability be 
said that security might lead to inactivity on their part, it will follow 
then that the Corporation ought not, unless for very strong & con- 
clusive reasons [75] to interfere in a Case like the present In order 
to determine this the more satisfactorily, the following Concise state- 
ment of facts is presented. 

M r Lorrillard is intitled to the reversion in fee of the 4 Lots in 
Canal Street spoken of by the petitioners, he having granted Leases 
of them respectively for the Term of 20 Years from the 1 st of May 
last, to the Petitioners Sometime since a Jury was summoned pursu- 
ant to the act for laying out Streets, to value such parts of these Lots, 
as were required for the opening of Canal Street The Jury were 
sworn and gave in their Verdicts which it must be Supposed were 
Satisfactory to M r Lorrillard as he did not move for a new Inquest 
The Directions then of the Act, in respect to M r Lorrillard have been 
complied with, what these Directions are will be seen from the fol- 
lowing Extract. " Which Jury shall inquire of and assess such dam- 
ages and recompence as they shall under all the circumstances Judge 
fit to be awarded to the Owner or Owners of such ground for their 
respective losses according to their several interests and Estates 
therein " Some time after similar proceedings were had respecting 
the Petitioners, the Lessees of the same lots. They say they are satis- 
fied with the Verdicts But complain of their liability to M r Lorrillard 
for the whole Rent of the Lots, and his threat to inforce such liabil- 
ity It remain [s] therefore to be seen whether such liability exists. M r 



16 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 229 

[76] Lorrillard has received a Valuation according to his Interest and 
Estate in the Premises. 

The Attorney of the Board cannot state what were the calcula- 
tions of the Jury on the subject. But on principle, M r Lorrillards 
Claim is unquestionably extinguished He demands rent, now Rent is 
defined to be a certain profit issuing yearly out of Lands and Tene- 
ments. It Constitutes therefore a part of his Interest & Estate, and 
according to his Interest and Estate, the Valuation must be presumed 
to have preceded He has therefore received a satisfaction, in legal 
Contemplation, for the Rent which he now makes the subject of 
demand 

But upon a broader View of the subject and without reference to 
technical definitions M r Lorrillard must be supposed to be compen- 
sated by the verdict of the Jury, to the full Value of his Estate in 
the premises so that what he was worth in Land is now made up 
to him in Money 

The Jury must have considered their Verdict in this point of view, 
or they could not have supposed that they were allowing him such 
damages & recompence as were fit to be under all the Circumstances 
to be awarded to him But supposing for a moment that Complete 
Justice had not been done to M r Lorrillard still the Lessees have 
nothing to apprehend from his demand of rent because their being 
deprived of the Land by force of the Act referred to, must be con- 
sidered [77] as tantamount and equivalent to an Eviction at Common 
Law, in which Case the rent ceases of Course and the plea of Evic- 
tion is a good bar to the action for rent 

The injustice of the demand apprehended by the Petitioners is 
strikingly evident in asmuch as the Lessor has been paid for the 
Ground its full Value (this must be supposed) which becomes the 
principal in his hands. And can be put out & Interest secured upon 
it, in addition to which he proposes to demand Rent or Interest at the 
hands of his ejected Lessees, thus making double interest out of the 
same sum A proceeding in which he cannot reasonably expect to be 
sanctioned by any Court or any principle of Justice From these Con- 
siderations the Undersigned has the Honor to recommend that the 
petitioners have leave to with draw their petition It may be proper to 
state that M r Harrison Counsel of the Board concurs in this recom- 
mendation 

All which is respectfully submitted 
New York 16 th June 1806. S. Crowdrey 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 



230 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 June 1806 

A petition for a drain in ferry Street was referred to the Street 
Commissioner. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of James 
Desbrosses and others praying that the Northerly side of Front Street 
may be run in a direct line from the front of their [78] Stores to the 
New Slip Reported that the prayer thereof be granted and that the 
contemplated line commence from the South Easterly corner of 
Franklin Stores. Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

A Petition of Robert Kennah for the remission of a penalty was 
referred to the Attorney of the Board. 

A Petition of Edward Ferris to regulate a part of Oak Street was 
referred to the Street Commissioner. 

Daniel Aim was appointed a fireman of Company N 6 instead of 
Elijah Heustace resigned. John Winship was appointed a Fireman to 
Company N 10 instead of Nicholas Romaine resigned, and Nathaniel 
Mertine instead of Nathaniel C Hart resigned Charles Ames, James 
Corwin and Abraham A Slover were appointed Fireman to Company 
N 11 instead of Samuel Wooley. Jacob Boerum and "William Bogar- 
dus, and \Yilliam Mott was appointed a Fireman to Company N 12 
instead of Henry Aubeck. 

On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that 
Arthur Smith be appointed an Assessor for Varick Street instead of 
Samuel L Page Junior who declines. 

The Street Commissioner reported ordinances to regulate Mulberry 
Street, and to pave Bedlow Street, and to lay the walks on [79] the 
South side and also for paving a part of Washington Street. Ordered 
that the same pass the board 

A return of delinquents was received from Oliver Jaques Collector 
for Barley and Cross Street. Ordered that Warrants issue 

A Petition to regulate Prince Street was referred to the Street 
Commissioner. 

On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner. 

An Ordinance to make a new brick drain in ferry Street passed 
the board 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be requested to examine 
Front Street West of Franklins Stores and report the proper line of 
said Street in conformity with front Street on the East side of said 
Stores 

A Petition of the Member of Fire Company N 30 for a larger 
Engine was referred to the Chief Engineer. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 



16 June 1806 COMMON COUXCIL MlXUTES 231 

removal of Nuisances numbered from 2577 to 2603 inclusive. Or- 
dered that the same do pass. 

Resolved that William Wright, Daniel Winship, Jacob Tier, Wil- 
liam Chivvis, David Marsh Jacob Varian and Christian Miller be ap- 
pointed Inspectors to inspect the Slaughter Houses in the City, and to 
carry into effect such parts of the law [80] for preventing Nuisances 
as regard butchers and to punish transgressors of such regulations as 
the butchers may adopt among themselves for the purpose of con- 
ducting their business with every possible propriety. 

Alderman King and Fairlie were added to the Committee for 
exam [in] ing the new Streets near Burlings property and the said 
Committee directed to report on Monday next. 

A Petition of Robert Dyde for remission of a penalty for selling 
liquors without licence was referred to the Attorney of the Board, 

A Proposition of Gerard Walton and others to sell the East side 
of the pier next to the Fly Market Slip to this board for the sum of 
$8000 was received. Ordered that it be referred to the Comptroller 
with Authority to offer $5000 therefore and should such sum not be 
accepted that the Street Commissioner carry out a suitable pier on 
the Waters of the Corporation 

Alderman Van Zandt " Were appointed a Committee to examine the 
Mott and <, Comptrollers last account for filling in the 
Nexsen Collect. 

Resolved that a Warrant issue to [81] Richard Smith for $500 to 
be paid out of any unappropriated money being the Amount of a note 
held by him given by the Comptroller as part of the consideration 
Money for the improvements at Hellgate ferry purchased by the 
Corporation 

Alderman Van Zandt ~] 

Drake Were appointed a Committee of arrange- 

M r Miller ments for the celebration of the fourth 

Alderman Dela Montagnie of July 

and M r Morris J 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of John Grant 
praying further time to build a pier at Charlotte Slip reported against 
the prayer of the said petition and that such pier ought to be made 
as soon as possible 

Ordered that the said report be Confirmed 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Charles 
Christian reported thereon 



232 CITY or NEW YORK 16 June 1806 

Resolved that the City Inspector be directed to see the Law regu- 
lating sales at auction regularly carried into effect. 

Resolved that the Alderman and Assistant of the first Ward be 
associated with the Street Commissioner to build Whitehall Slip 

The Committee to whom was referred the last account of the 
Comptroller of expenditures for filling in the Collect reported the 
same to be [82] correct and that a balance is due the Comptroller of 
One hundred and sixty dollars and five Cents Ordered that the said 
report be confirmed and that a Warrant issue for such balance. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Nicholas Lawrence City Watch $217.56 

William Van Wart d 217.56 

Magnus Beekman d 212 . 66 

William Peterson do 212.66 

Hugh Gobel d 148.96 

Gad Dumbolton d 149.96 

Hugh Gobel City Watch boxes 2.62 

Beekman M Van Beuren working public roads 301 . 51 

Samuel B Waldron working public roads 642. 5 

Oliver Jaques assesment on Harman Street 17. 18 

Nathaniel Underbill work for superintendant of repairs 100.00 

Benjamin DeMilt regulating Clocks 116.66 

Proprietor of Evening post for subscription 37.50 

Hicks, Jenkins and Company for Oil 2159.39 

John M c Kean Carting dirt 66. 16 

Richard Turney laying brick Walks 75 . 33 

Enos Tompkins for bell Carts 22. 

Richard Turney for paving 17.81 

Anderson and Hurd for Contract at Fly Market Slip 250. 

Benjamin Romaine balance of last Collect account 160.50 

Benjamin Romaine for Collect 1000. 

John H Sickles for building Committee 2000. 

Bartholomew Skaats for fuel 400 

[83] John H Sickles to pay on the Contract of Johnson and Stevens 

for Marble pursuant to a former order of this board 1500. 

Richard Smith pursuant to resolution of this day 500. 



23 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 233 

[84] In Common Council June 23. 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esq r Recorder 

Simon Van Antwerp 

Jacob Mott -\ Andrew Morris 

Caleb Pell. j acob Shute 



Jacob Dela Montagnie ! Esquires Samue i Torbert 



Abraham King 

Thurston Wood 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



Aldermen GUbert Coutant 

John D Miller 
Adrian Hegeman 



Assistants 



A return from Captain Lawrences Company was referred to the 
Watch Committee. 

Petitions of John and Peter Chappel for Butchers stands were 
referred to the Market Committee 

Thomas Winship having surrender [ed] his stand at N 23 Hudson 
Market the same was given to Jonathan Winship 

A Petition of Isaac Emmons and others for lamps in Elizabeth 
Street was referred to the lamp Committee. 

[85] An application of Thomas Cooper and others Against the 
enlargement of Grand Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

William Underhill 242 Water Street Joel Sayre 100 Maidenlane, 
John Downing 377 Pearl Street, James Jarvis 50 Maiden lane and 
John Leonard 104 Maiden lane were appointed Firemen to Company 
N 5. Edward Meeks N 14 Broad Street, Jacob Coutant of N 7 
South Street, and James Connor of N 71 Front Street were ap- 
pointed Firemen to Company N 9 instead of Peter Dustan, Cornelius 
Crygier and Robert M c Brett, and Adam Miller was appointed a Fire- 
man of Company N 11 instead of Matthew Somerindyke. 

Greenwich 

A Petition of Solomon Cock and others stating the New Market 
to be in a State of Nuisance was referred to the City Inspector 

Resolved that it be the duty of the Treasurer to furnish Weekly 
upon application the Comptroller with a statement of the Treasury 
with the receipts and expenditures and that it shall be the duty of the 
Comptroller to lay the same before the Board at every meeting. 

Alderman King was appointed a Member of the Committee re- 
specting the employment of M r Hasler. to make a Map of the Island 
and M r Torbert and M r Shute added to the said Committee 

[86] The following report was received from the Committee re- 
specting the celebration of the 4 July. 

The Committee appointed to adopt arrangements for the celebra- 



234 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 June 1806 

tion of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Independence of the United 
States, report the following plan. 

1. That a national Salute be fired at the Battery at sun rise, noon 
and sun set and that the Bells of the several Churches in this City, 
be rung at the same hours. 

2. That the National colours be displayed at the Battery and City 
Hall, throughout the day, from sun rise to sun set, and That the 
Masters of American Vessels in the harbour be also requested to hoist 
their Colours. 

3. That the Brass Ordinance taken from the enemy during the 
revolutionary "War. be removed from the Arsenal to the Battery on 
the afternoon of the 3 d of July and be returned to the Arsenal on the 
afternoon of the 5 th 

4. That the Common Council assemble at the City Hall at 11 
O'clock and wait on the Mayor at noon. 

5 That a public dinner be provided in the City hall at 4 O'clock 
and that invitations be sent to the officers of the General and state 
Governments, the several officers and suite of the militia Foreign 
Consuls and strangers of distinction. 

[87] 6. And in order, as far as possible, to prevent riots and con- 
fusion on the day, That permission be Granted for the erection of 
Booths in the vicinity of the Battery and that suitable positions be 
Assigned for the purpose by the City Inspector or his deputy. 

7. That the expences incurred on this occasion be defrayed by the 
Common Council. 

Which is submitted 

N York 23 d June \Y Van Zandt 

1806. Chairman of Committee 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed 

A communication of the Attorney of the Board and several affida- 
vits respecting the Brooklyn Ferry was referred to the Ferry Com- 
mittee. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee upon that subject. 
Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed to take the neces- 
sary steps for regulating and paving Grand Street from Bower}' lane 
to the intersection of Elizabeth Street and likewise for digging down 
so much of Grand Street as will carry off the water that now remains 
in the said Street. 

A Petition of John C Schoft for an Office was referred to the 
Committee on applications for Offices. 



23 June 1806 CoMMOX CouxciL MlXUTES 235 

A remonstrance of the Corporation of Trinity Church against 
making [88] certain \Yater grants was referred to Alderman Mott, 
Van Zandt and Pell 

A report of the Comptroller on the petition of George Clinton and 
others was referred to the same Committee. 

Ordered that the fine of Robert Kenah for selling meat contrary 
to Law. and the proportion of the Corporation in the fine of Robert 
Dyde for selling liquors without licence be remitted upon payment of 
Costs. 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee. Ordered that 
Ryer Demarest and Richard Earl be appointed Watchman and Francis 
Depew and John Bourdett substitutes in Captain Gobies Company. 

*A Petition of Thomas Buchanan that a Conveyance may be exe- 
cuted for the lot formerly sold to him was referred to the Comptroller 
and Street Commissioner 

A complaint of the bad situation of several pumps in the Sixth 
"Ward was referred to the overseers of wells and pumps in the said 
Ward. 

A Petition to regulate Mulberry- Street from Bayard Street to 
Houstoun Street was referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for filling in 
sunken lots at the Collect. Ordered that the same pass. 

[89] The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment of Delancey 
Street from Suffolk to Lewis Streets Ordered that the same be con- 
firmed and John Bussing appointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for opening Amity 
Street Ordered that the same pass and that Peter H Wendover Henry 
Brevoort George J Warner Samuel Stilwell and David Marsh be 
appointed assessors. 

Upon receiving the report of the City Inspector Ordered that the 

Greenwich 

Xew Market be raised and that a cellar be made under the same and 
that the same be executed under the direction of the Superintendant 
of repairs 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances Numbered from 2604 to 2615 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Upon receiving the report of the City Inspector Ordered that the 
auctioneers in Yezey Street and Burling Slip who are in the habit of 
selling Goods by retail in the Street have time until the first day of 
July next to sell of their goods on hand. 

* Marginal note reads Sec J'ol. 17 P. ISS.Eo. 



236 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 June 1806 

The following ordinance passed the board 

Be it ordained by the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty in Com- 
mon Council convened That it shall not be law full to burn any shav- 
ings in any Street road or lane or to kindle any Fire [90] of any other 
combustible matter in any Street road or Lane in this City under the 
penalty of Ten Dollars for each offence to be recovered from every 
person or persons aiding or assisting therein 

And be it further ordained that in all cases of Offences against 
this ordinance by any apprentises. Minors or servants the penalties by 
them respectively Incurred shall be payable by and recoverable from 
their parents Guardians Masters or Mistresses respectively with costs 

And be it further ordain'd that so much of the ordinance hereto- 
fore passed as relates to the burning of shavings be and the same is 
hereby repealed 

Ordered that the Bond given by John Quackenbos to secure the 
title of the property taken to improve Leonard Street be delivered up 
to him. 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of Divie 
Bethune for a Water grant reported on the subject Ordered that the 
said report be recommitted and that the said Divie Bethune and Abijah 
Hammond who opposes the said application be directed to furnish 
testimony to the said Committee in support of their respective claims 
within thirty days and that the Committee report without delay 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

NO 350 Dikeman & Varian for Pumps $226. 6 

[91]351 Thomas Hazard for Constables 81.26 

352 John Moneypenney for Lumber 88.00 

353 Mark M c Cammon for services 69 . 

354 Abraham Bloodgood for Lamblack 2.43 

355 Barker Pierson & C for Iron work 23.16 

356 Andrew Leary for work 23 . 37 

357 James Horner for repairing wells 98 . 

358 Daniel Robertson for work at Bellivieu 17.80 

359 Sands & Dickinson for Rope 11 . 57 

360 Hill and Hoyt for filling in fly market slip 500. 

361 James Hogan for paving Intersections 262.25 

362 Tunis Wortman for half Quarters Salary 75. 

363 Cornelius Warner to pay Laborefr] s 150. 

364 David King for Beer &c 90.81 

365 Hugh Culbert for Carting 34.12 

366 Daniel Woolsey for erecting ferry stairs 250. 

367 James Smith for paving Intersections 140.96 

368 William Pierce for masons work.. 9.62 



30 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 237 



NO 369 


John A King for Timber 


$9 46 


370 


Arthur Johnson for Carting sand 


54 68 


371 


Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Cart , 


36 


372 


William P. Roome for superintending Streets 


79.87 


373 


Samuel Westervelt for lime.. 


71.25 



[92] In Common Council June 30. 1806 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor 



James Drake 

James Alott 

Thurston Wood 

Abraham King 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Elias Nexsen 

Caleb Pell 



Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Samuel Torbert 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 
Joseph Board 



- 



Simon Van Antwerp - 

A Petition of Abijah Arden was referred to the Comptroller and 
Attorney of the Board. 

A Petition of Peter N Tilyou and others against taking up Cath- 
erine and Cheap side Streets was referred to the Street Commis- 
sioner 

A Petition for opening Reason [93] Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

A Petition of Simon Nathan and others Auctioneers praying per- 
mission to sell goods as heretofore was referred to Alderman Pell, 
Drake and M r Miller. 

A Petitions of Edward Laight and others and of Benjamin Aycrigg 
for Water Grants was referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of George Limbert and Conrad A Fritz stating that they 
have been improperly taxed for property in the Bowery was referred 
to the Comptroller. 

An application of the Superintendant of the Alms house complain- 
ing of the conduct of Samuel Brewster the Stewart and applications 
of Richard Nixon and Robert Townsend Junior for the appointment 
were referred to Alderman Van Zandt, Mott and Drak. 

James Palmer was appointed a Fireman of Company N 26 instead 
of Christian Burgh resigned George Wardell and George Polhemus 
were appointed a Fireman of Company N 25 instead of Jacob Smith 
Junior and Joseph Cook resigned and Henry Turnier was appointed a 
Fireman of Company N 12 instead of Thomas Willets resigned 

It being represented to the Board that a Bulkhead is constructing 



238 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 June 1806 

to be placed at the foot of Grand Street in order to prepare a [94] 
suitable site for the New Market agreeably to the directions given for 
that purpose and that Andrew Garr has a Quantity of timber lying 
at that place which he refuses to remove Ordered that the said An- 
drew Garr be directed to remove the said timber within 48 hours 
from the receipt of a Copy of this order And that upon his neglect 
or refusal the persons employed to construct the said Bulkhead be 
directed to remove the same to some place of safety. 

Resolved that the Alderman and Assistant of the Seventh Ward 
be Authorized to Appropriate a Sum not exceeding $300 for the pur- 
pose of building a cellar under the New Market to be erected at the 
foot of Grand Street 

M r Schermerhorn was permitted to erect two Vaults at the Cor- 
ner of Greenwich and Cortlandt Streets and Cornelius Heyer to Build 
a lime house in Beaver Street and to have the privelege of putting a 
trunk in the main drain. 

A Petition of Thomas Winship for liberty to sell Meat at Corlaers 
hook and for a stand in Grand Street Market was received and 
granted, 

A report of the Comptroller and Street Commissioner respecting 
the Bond of indemnity given by M r Quackenbos to secure the property 
taken to continue Leonard Street [95] was referred to the Attorney of 
the Board. 

A Petition of Hulsart and Stagg respecting their contract for dig- 
ging out Stanton Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ichabod 
Prall and Rathbone were appointed Assessors for filling in Beekman 
Slip instead of John Wilson and Abraham Prall. Ordered that the 
\Vork be postpone [d] until the next spring. 

The following report was received. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the subject of 
of having a survey and Map made of the Island of New York 

Report, that they have duly considered the subject and are of 
opinion that the obtaining a correct Map of this Island is a matter 
of very great importance to the public, and that M r Hassler and the 
person Associated with him are commended as possessing the Talents 
requisite for making such survey and Map The Committee therefore 
recommend that they be employed for three months begining at such 
time in the ensuing month as may be agreeable to them and in such 
place or places and in such manner as may be directed by the Com- 
mittee who will examine their Work and furnish them from time to 



30 June 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 239 

time with such [96] advice & directions as will render the same on 
the Score of accuracy & dispatch most to the advantage of the Cor- 
poration. 

Estimate of the Expence beyond which it cannot go for the time. 
Viz 

M r Hassler 5 Dollars per day 

M r (his associate) 4 d for their services 

They to find their own Instruments of every kind and each to be 
allowed one dollar per day. for their subsistance 

four. Chains bearers & flagmen a p r day. each including 

their expences 

All which is submitted & c 

Ja Fairlie Ch. man 
Samuel Torbert 
27 June 1806 J D Miller 

Abraham King 
Jacob Shute 

BgiP'N. B. it was thought proper not to keep Mess Hassler & C any 
longer in the City at the expence of the Corporation their acct was 
presented and I advanced the Money, by which means four or five days 
expence of each was saved I request a Warrant for the Amo 1 M r 
Pintard will hand the ace* & receipt 

In case the Board agree to this Report M r Pintard is to write to 
the persons to be imployed through M r Vaughn at Philadelphia 

Ja s Fairlie. 

[97] Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered 
that the present occupants surrender the buildings taken to improve 
Canal Street by the 26 August next and that the said buildings be sold 
at Auction and delivered to the purchasers on the 1 September and 
be removed from the premises on the 1 May 

The Street Commissioner reported Assessments for regulating 
Hester and Attorney Streets. Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
Oliver Jaques appointed Collector of the former and John Bussing 
of the latter 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to regulate 
Cherry Street. Ordered that the same pass and that Ezekiel Bishop 
Benjamin Thurston, Abraham Van Gelder Junior Solomon Wheeler 
and John H Sickles be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to regulate part 



240 CITY or NEW YORK 30 June 1806 

of Mulberry Street, between Bayard and Hester Streets Ordered that 
the same pass and that Lewis Ford, Amos Corning, Frederick Eckert, 
John Remmey and William Ryer be appointed assessors 

Ordered that the Note given to Messieurs Dob on their Contract 
be renewed 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances [98] Numbered from 2616 to 2623 inclusive 
Ordered that the same pass. 

The Comptroller presented his last Account of expenditures for 
filling in the Collect. Ordered that the same be referred to M r Miller. 
Hegeman. Hopkins. 

The said Committee reported that they have examined the account 
and find it correct and that a balance of $2 62 ^ 00 remains in the 
Comptroller's] hands unexpended. 

Ordered that the Committee on the revision of the laws report a 
new ordinance for the better extinguishment of fires. 

Ordered that Alderman Nexsen be repaid the Monies advanced by 
him for removing property at a late fire. 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board enquire into violations of 
the Law against racing horses in the Street, and if the present penalty 
should be deemed insufficient to report an increase thereof, 

Ordered that John Merritt be permitted to erect a lime house in 
the Bowery. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Westervelt and Giles on Contract for Soupe house $400. 

Benjamin Romaine for Collect 1000. 

Nicholas Lawrence City Watch 237 . 16 

[99] William Van Wart City Watch 237. 16 

Magnus Beekman d 217 . 56 

William Peterson d 217.56 

Hugh Goble d 158.76 

Gad Dumbolton d 158.76 

James Otes for Carpenters Work 29. 53 

Cornelius Warner for Adam Smith Watch 25. 

Henry D Tupp for taking care of park 15. 

Arbuckle and Stoudinger for Carting timber 12. 12 

Andrew Leary for Work at pumps 24. 6 

Enos Tompkins for Work at Bell Carts 36. 

James Fairlie Esq r for paying passage of M r Hassler 60. 

Joseph P Smith allowance for a Well 37. 

James Hardie for Services 62 . 50 

John M c Laughlin allowance for a Well 36 . 



7 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 241 

[100] In Common Council. July 7 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esq r Recorder 



Jacob Mott 



James Drake 



Simon Van Antwerp " 
Gilbert Coutant 



Thurston Wood Samud M Hopkins 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 
Abraham King 



Esquires Jacob Shute 



Aldermen 



Assistants 



Andrew Morris 



Caleb Pdl Joseph Board 



Adrian Hegeman 



A Petition of the proprietors in Broad Way and Spring Street was 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Eighth Ward and 
Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of John Goodwin and others for a Hay Scale at the 
intersection of the Broad Way and Bowery was referred to the Alder- 
men and Assistants of the Eighth and Ninth Wards. 

On receiving the report of the [101] Watch Committee. Ordered 
that the suspension of Enoch Earle and William Hammond Watch- 
man of Captain Lawrences Company be confirmed and that the sus- 
pension of Stephen Tompkins a Watchman of Captain Dumboltons 
Company and John Smith a Watchman of Captain Beekmans Com- 
pany be also confirmed. 

A Petition of John Dawson for relief against a penalty for bring- 
ing his boat into the new Slip was referred to the Attorney of the 
Board. 

An application of Miss Vaillant respecting a Suit of Colours was 
referred to the Comptroller. 

Returns from Captains Petersons and Beekmans Watch Compa- 
nies were referred to Watch Committee. 

Upon receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
John Chapel have the stand N 7 and Peter Chapel the stand N 9 
Fly Market. 

A Petition of William M c Kenney for a Water Grant was referred 
to the Comptroller 

A Petition of John Vanderpool respecting an encroachment of 
John Hyslop was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
second ward 

An award of the referees appointed to settle the account of this 
board and the Manhattan Company for water supplied to the City 
was referred to the Comptroller. 

[102] The Market Committee recommended that Robert Kenah 
be permitted to sell meat at or near Colonel Rutgers's Store at Rutgers 



242 CITY OF NEW YORK 7 July 1806 

Slip during the summer and fall Ordered that leave be granted 
accordingly 

A Petition of Archibald Kerly and others praying that the pave- 
ment in Water Street between Peck and New Slips may be repaired 
and that the ordinance for repaving the same be repealed was granted 

A Petition of Matthias Flager to be permitted to sell meat by the 
quarter in the lower part of the Fly Market was referred to the 
Market Committee. 

A Report was received from the Committee to whom was referred 
the petition of the Trustees of the Society for establishing a free 
school 

Ordered that the same be recommitted and that Alderman Nexsen 
and Mott be added to the Committee. 

John L Cock Grocer was appointed a Fireman of Company N 30 
instead of Cornelius Bunscouten resigned 

The Chief Enginer reported that he has been offered $75 for 
the small Engine formerly used by Company N 5 Ordered that he 
be authorized to dispose of it for that sum. 

[103] The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for pav- 
ing Grand Street from the Bowery to Second Street. Ordered that 
the same be confirmed and that John Bussing be appointed Collector. 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered 
that an Ordinance pass for assessing the property taken to widen 
Leonard Street on the East side of Broad Way. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for paving Cross 
Street. Ordered that the same pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for filling in and 
regulating Prince Street from Broadway to Mott Street Ordered that 
the same pass. 

A Report of the Counsel of the Board with respect to the rights 
of M r Varick near the Slip at the foot of Dey Street was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

On receiving the report of the Attorney of the Board Ordered that 
the bond given by John Quackenbos to secure the property taken to 
continue Leonard Street be delivered up to him. 

Resolved that the Comptroller under the direction of the Mayor 
be requested to negociate a Loan from the Manhattan Company for 
$20,000 and to give a Corporation Bond or Bonds for the [104] same, 
and that the interest due the said Company on the Bonds heretofore 
given be paid out of the dividends on the shares of the Corporation if 
in his opinion it shall be necessary. 



14 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



243 



Upon receiving the report of Attorney of the Board Ordered that 
the sum of $394 6 %oo- being the money of the Estate of Thomas May 
paid in the City Treasury be paid to John Bedient and Garret H Van 
Wagenen they having executed a Bond of indemnity to this board 

It being moved to appointed an additional Weigh master the di- 
vision was called upon That Motion the same was negatived as fol- 
lows to wit. 

Affirmative 
Alderman Van Zandt 
King 

Negative 
Alderman Mott 
Wood 
Pell 
Drake 



Hopkins 
Morris 



M r Van Antwerp 
Coutant 
Shute 
Board 
Hegeman 

[105] Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treas- 
urer to pay. 

Philip J Arcularius for support of Alms house $2000. 

John H Sickles to pay for marble for the New City Hall 2400. 

Loss and Budge for surveying Enkelburgh lots 68. 

A Richardson for laying across Delancey Street 24.88 

Enos Tompkins for Bell Carts 30. 

William P Roome to pay Sweepers 30. 50 

John Pintard a Quarters salary 312 . 50 

Edward Moran for services 52 . 

Andrew Otterson for services 52 . 

Miller and Paxton for Stone Cutters work 29.56 

Cracher and Allen for attending to enforce Sunday law 54. 

William Matthews for bridge near powder house 350. 



Present 



[106] In Common Council. July 14. 1806 
DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Abraham King 

James Drake 

James Fairlie 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Caleb Pell 

Thurston Wood 

Elias Nexsen 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 
John D Miller 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Samuel M Hopkins. 



Assistants 



A Petition of John Wood relative to his property in Fair Street, 
and stating that the same is not a Nuisance was referred to the Alder- 
man and Assistant of the second Ward. 



244 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1806 

A Petition of the Medical Society for the use of a room was re- 
ferred to Alderman Fairlie M r Van Antwerp and M r Morris. 

[107] Ebenezer L Burling Cabinet maker N 26 Beekman Street 
was appointed a Fireman N 12 instead of Christopher Mildeberger re- 
signed, George Tait, Grocer of N 32 Old Slip was appointed a Fire- 
man of Hook and Ladder Company N 1 instead of Christopher 
Duyckinck Junior resigned and Walter Nexsen Merchant of N 174 
Front Street was appointed a Fireman of Company N 21 instead of 
Henry P Havens resigned. 

A Communication of the Superintendant of the Alms house stating 
that he has sent a Small pox patient to the Bellevue Hospital, Ordered 
that he be permitted to remain there, 

A Petition of James Moore praying that the Marshals may be per- 
mitted to sell goods before his house was referred to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the third Ward. 

Returns from Captain Lawrence and Gobels Watch Companies 
were referred to the Watch Committee, 

Petitions of Isaac Anderson and Charles Thurston to be appointed 
Assistant to Captain Gobel were referred to the Watch Committee. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee upon the petition of 
several of the Auctioneers Ordered that so much of the law [108] 
as prohibits the sale of dry goods and hard ware out of doors be sus- 
pended until the first day of May 1807. 

The Ferry Committee to whom was referred several Complaints 
against the keeper of the Brooklyn Ferry report that they have as- 
surance from him that the same will be better conducted in future, 
ordered that such report be accepted. 

An application of Henry Kermit for a Water Grant was referred 
to the Comptroller. 

A Petition of Abraham Reynolds and others respecting a privy 
on Delafields Wharf was referred to the Alderman and assistant of 
the first Ward with authority to make such order as they may think 
necessary 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
Henry Brown be appointed a watchman in Captain Dumboltons Com- 
pany instead of Stephen Tomkins suspended and Abraham Debaun 
and Richard Dunn instead of Cornelius Cole and John King resigned, 
and that John Evert. William Hedden. John O Blenis, Josiah Donald- 
son and Joseph Hawkins be appointed substitutes in Captain Dum- 
boltons Company that Peter Paulding be appointed a W'atchman of 
Captain Petersons Company instead of Hugh M c Dowl resigned and 



14 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 245 

that Henry Bird, [109] Jonathan Lownsberry, James Twaddel, and 
Stephen Hall be appointed Watchmen of the said Company That 
Timothy Briggs, John Devere, Stephen Mills, Joseph Butman and 
John Ackerman be appointed substitutes of Captain Lawrence Com- 
pany that John Vredenberg and Matthew Conklin be appointed 
\Yatchmen in the said Company instead of William Hamman sus- 
pended and Barney Wood resigned and that William Ross and John 
Dusenberry be appointed substitutes in the said Company that Peter 
Bull and John Webb be appointed Watchman of Captain Beekmans 
Company instead of Samuel Hyler resigned and John Smith suspended 
and John Wright. Matthias Roome John Morgan and John Bloomfield 
be appointed Watchman of the said Company that Alden Hatch. 
Daniel Lyons, Robert Merritt, Jonathan Green. Henry Tice, Robert 
Little, Joseph Freeland Xoah Silvers, James Gerrard, Jonathan Bur- 
well Daniel Sickels, Gilbert Post and Daniel Knapp be appointed sub- 
stitutes of the said Company and that Garret Ackerman, Frederick 
Voorhis Robert Serviss Michael Norris, Henry Fountain Peter Wal- 
dron, Henry Peacock, John Wootress Alexander Ward, Laurence 
Turnere. James Servent James Barr, Cornelius Ryder John Ogden, 
John Woodruff and Peter Willis be appointed substitutes of Captain 
Van Warts Company. 

[110] Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject 
Ordered that $500 be advanced to Hulsart and Stagg on account of 
Stanton Street and $500 on account of Arundle Street and that the col- 
lectors be directed to make a return of delinquents without delay.* 

Robert Robertson was permitted to erect a Vault in John Street 
under the direction of the Street Commissioner 

Richard Nixon was appointed Stewart of the Alms house instead 
of Samuel Brewster. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating 
the upper part of Broad Way Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
that George Warner Senior Daniel Winship, Jonathan Pinckney, 
Charles Christian and William Shiver be appointed assessors 

James Greatman was appointed an Assessor for Amity Street in- 
stead of Peter H Wendover resigned 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner the order 
for erecting a pier on the West side of Charlotte Slip was renewed 

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for paving 
Chapel Street between Anthony and Leonard Streets Ordered that the 

* Marginal note reads Arundle Street $500 advanced to Hulsart & Stagg. 
per Assess ts ED. 



246 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1806 

same pass. And that Lewis Ford, Amos [111] Corning. Frederick 
Eckert, John Remmey and William Ryer be appointed assessors. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner relative to Grand Street was 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth And Eighth 
Wards. 

Resolved that the Watch Committee be authorized to have the 
Watch house in the second district repaired so as to Accommodate the 
Watchman and also to have as many New Caps made as are necessary 
for the additional men and to have as many of the Old Caps painted 
and Numbered as may be found to want it 

Resolved that the superintendant of Public repairs be directed to 
take immediate measures for raising and pinning the Greenwich 
market. 

*Upon receiving the report of the Road Committee Resolved that 
a Road of sixty six feet in breadth be immediately opened agreeably 
to the Survey of Charles Loss from the Hudson River to Harlaem 
and that the Street Commissioner take order to have the same made 
passable for carriages of burthen and pleasure. Provided nevertheless 
that sufficient ground shall be ceded to the board for that purpose 
free of expence. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and re- 
moval of Nuisances [112] Numbered from 2634 to 2641 inclusive 
Ordered that the same do pass. 

A Law to amend a Law entitled a Law to regulate the sale of 
Horses to prevent their running loose in the Streets and to prevent 
racing in the Streets and highways passed the Board 

A communication of the Reverend M r Milledoler respecting a 
Water Grant lately made to M r Benson and assigned to him and re- 
questing that the Grant may be made out in his name was referred to 
the Comptroller. 

The following report of the Committee of finance was received 

The finance Committee Report That the sum sum of Forty 
Canal three thousand will become due and payable to sundry 

Street persons for the Assessment of Canal Street as follows 

Viz. 

On 26th Augst 1806 y 3 of $43,000 is $14333.33 

" Nov " V 3 " " " 14333.33 

Febx 1807 V 3 " " 14333.34 



43000. 



* Marginal note reads Hudson Avenue. ED. 



14 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



247 



Amity On Oct r 1806 will become due to D r Vansolingen & M rs 

Street. Duryea for the opening of Amity Street $14,400. 

Am* for which Corporation Bonds have been given sundry pay- 
ments already advanced by the Corporation for the opening of 
Broadway $7021 . 



Broadway 
Advance 
for opening 
$7021. 



$64,421 . 

[113] From the above statement it appears that the sum of 
Fifty seven thousand four hundred dollars, will become 
due & payable on Corporation Bonds issued for the 
opening of Canal & Amity Streets between 26 th day of 
August & 26 th of Feb^ next. And that the sum of 
Seven thousand & twenty one Dollars have been ad- 
vanced for the opening of Broad Way. These several 
sums are again to be raised and refunded to the Cor- 
poration from the persons benefitted by the respective 
arrangements. 

The Committee recommend that the proper Officers be and they 
are hereby ordered to use their utmost exertions in forwarding the 
several Assessments above. And without delay obtain the reimburs- 
ment of the above sums, together with all other Monies due to this 
Board, which have been advanced for the opening and regulating of 
Streets. 

The Committee having seriously taken into consideration 
the State of the finances, Recommend that the opening 
of Orchard Street be suspended this season, and that the 
verdict of the Jury be only confirmed. 

It is believed inexpedient to proceed this season in erecting 
a pier and Bason at the Corporation Dock near Hudson 
Market, as the funds are not adequate to meet this ex- 
penditure at present. 

And further that the piers between White [114] Hall & 
Exchange Slips be also suspended untill the proprietors 
take their respective Grants to South Streets & dis- 
charge the back rents on the improvements made in the 
river to South Street 



Orchard 
Street. 

Basin 

at Hudson 

Market 

Piers 
at White 
Hall& 

Exchange 



Slips. 

The Committee further recommend that William J Waldron be re- 
quested to Assist the Comptroller in collecting the Monies due this 



248 CITY OF NEW YORK 14 July 1806 

Corporation, at all such times or intervalls as his other duties to the 

Street Commissioner will permit. 

Abraham King 
Jacob Mott 
J. D Miller 
Ja Drake 
Samuel Torbert 

Ordered that so much as respects a pier and bason at the Cor- 
poration dock be suspended and that the residue of the said report be 
confirmed. 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that 
the Attorney of the board be directed to institute the necessary pro- 
ceedings to obtain the ground necessary to widen Frankfort Street. 
Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to pay. 

Ithamar Bouker & C on Ace* of their Contract to Build a Bridge 

near M r Posts on the middle road $500. 

Peter Dobb and Justist Dearman for sinking two Blocks at the East 

side of Peck Slip 1000. 

[115] Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237.16 

William Van Wart DO 237. 16 

Magnus Beekman D 217.56 

William Peterson DO 217.56 

Hugh Goble DO 158.76 

Gad Dumbolton D 158.76 

Benjamin Romaine for Quarter salary 250. 

Theo Beekman for Quarter salary as a special Justice 250. 

Jacob DelaMontagnie for Quarter salary as a special Justice 250. 

Bernard Oblenis for three months services 250. 

Gilbert Van Mater for two old houses at Brooklyn ferry 20. 

Saml B \Valdron for work on the roads 455 .81 

Beekman M Van Bueren for work on the road 450.27 

The Manhattan Bank for interest 2693 . 33 

Mark M c Cammon for services to superintendant of repairs 28. 

Calvin Otis for pumps & wells 133 . 37 

Calvin Otis for County Contingencies 117.44 

Andrew Leary for Carpenters 22 . 68 

Cornelius Warner for one Quarters salary 156.50 

Elias Nexsen for expenditures at the late fire 8.25 

Enos Tompkins for Bell Carts 36. 

Ebenezer Bassett for Iron work at ferry S* 255.22 

Robinson & Curtis for Carriage hire for road Committee 24. 

John Mills for Bucketts for Alms house 110. 

Henry Watkeys for Candles 9 . 68 

Fanny Van Slaut for working a Colour 150. 

Hulsart & Stagg on Ace* of Stanton Street 500. 

Hulsart & Stagg on Ace* of Arundle Street 500. 



21 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 249 

[116] In Common Council July 21 st 1806 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esq r Mayor 
Jacob Mott 



Thurston Wood Samuel Torbert 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior dr lan Hegeman 

Gilbert Coutant 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Simon Van Antwerp 



James Fairlie i 



Assistants 



Abraham King 
James Drake 
Elias Nexsen 
James Fai 
Caleb Pell 

A Petition of John Baisley for a Butchers Stand was referred 
to the Market Committee 

A Petition of Several Inhabitants of the Seventh Ward to Com- 
plete the West side of the Wharf at Rutgers Slip was referred to the 
Committee on W r harves piers and Slips 

A Petition of John B Coles re- [117] pecting building Piers be- 
tween Whitehall and Exchange Slips was referred to the Committee 
on Wharves Piers and Slips. 

Collins 

Joseph Callings. Carpenter of N 15 Pell Street was appointed 
a Fireman to Company N 2 instead of Jarvis. 

Ordered that the Treasurer and Comptroller be directed to obtain a 
settlement of the arrearages due upon Water Grants at Wliite hall 
slip. 

A Petition of John Holdron stating that several persons carry 
passengers to Paules Hook during the races in violation of his ferry 
right was referred to the Attorney of the Board. 

A Petition of Edward Seabury and others for the usual allowance 
for a pump at the Corner of Hester and third Streets was granted 

A representation of several Butchers in the Catherine Market 
Against the grant of a Stand to Robert Kenah was referred to the 
Market Committee. 

A Petition of Garrit Gilbert and others for the usual allowance 
for a pump at Cornelia Street (Greenwich) was granted. 

Petitions from Joseph Brotherton, John Dunham and Peter Pauld- 
ing to be appointed Assistant to Captain Peterson were referred to the 
Watch Committee. 

[118] A Petition of Jonathan Lawrence respecting his Assessment 
in Broome late Bullock Street was referred to the Street Commis- 
sioner. 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee on that subject, 



250 CITY OF NEW YORK 21 July 1806 

Ordered that the Ordinance compelling John Wood to fill in the 
Vacant Lot X 79 Fair Street be repealed 

*A Petition was received from Daniel Winship, David Marsh, 
George G. Messerve, John Pell. William Chivvis, William Messerve, 
Jacob Tier. William Kline, John Perrin, John B Smith, Francis 
White. Samuel Winship. John Winship and Ebenezer Winship It 
was moved that the prayer of the said Petition be granted and that the 
Market Committee be directed to assign Stalls to the Petitioners in 
the said Market a division being called for upon the said Motion the 
same was carried in the affirmative as follows 

Affirmative 

Alderman Mott Mr Torbert 

Wood Hegeman 

King Coutant 

Fairlie Morris 

Pell [119] Van Antwerp 

Miller 
Negative 

Alderman Van Zandt Alderman Nexsen 

Drake [Mr] Shute 

Petitions of Daniel Ensley Junior and William Pullis for Butchers 
stands were referred to the Market Committee. 

A Petition of Silas Lord and others against permitting the Marshals 
to hold their sales in Vezey Street was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for opening 
Varick Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques 
appointed Collector. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of John Geib 
for praying to be indemnified for extra expences in regulating his 
fences in Leonard Street reported against the prayer of the said peti- 
tion Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for regulating 
Bedlow Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Abraham 
Stagg appointed Collector. 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 

[120] The Street Commissioner has been applied to by M r George 
Codwise J r to state to the board the propriety of sinking the Bulkhead 
at Beekman Slip as soon as possible, which will give it time to settle 
previous to the filling in with earth. 

* Marginal note reads See P. 124 226 236 ED. 



21 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 251 

M r Codwise is peculiarly situated in this particular, as he [is] 
anxious to fill in & improve his premises to inable him to build Stores 
thereon to let in February next. And he cannot fill up his ground until 
M r Schermerhorn fills his which M r Schermerhorn will not do until 
the Bulkhead is sunk as it will be washed into the River 

The sum that will in this case be Charged to the Corporation will 
not be above 8 or 900 dollars. The Dock builders will wait for it 
until next May, if desired, & without Interest. The Street Commis- 
sioner under these circumstances, is of opinion the Bulkhead ought 
to be sunk without delay. 

All which is respectfully submitted 
July 21 1806 John S Hunn 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported the delinquents in the assess- 
ments for Leonard Street. Ordered that a Warrant issue to Compell 
payment. 

[121] On receiving the report of the Watch Committee. 

Ordered that Timothy Briggs John Devere, Peter Balin, Stephen 
Mills, Joseph Beetman, Peter D Germoo and John Yredenburgh be 
appointed Watchman to Captain Lawrence Company instead of Abra- 
ham Day, Barney Wood, William Herbert, Nathaniel Wyant. Enoch 
Earle Abraham Vooris. and Gideon Fuller and that the suspension of 
John Ackerman be confirmed 

M r Winthrop was permitted to erect a Vault in Wall Street under 
the direction of the Street Commissioner. 

The Attorney of the Board reported that he has received from 
John Quackenbos a deed for the Land taken to widen Leonard Street. 
Ordered that the Bond of indemnity given by M r Quackenbos be re- 
turned to him to be cancelled. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

N 434 Philip J Arculurius for support of Alms house $3000. 

435 Benjamin Romaine for filling in Collect 1000. 

436 Nathaniel Underhill on Ace* of Cartage 50. 

437 William P Roome for Superintending Streets 76.50 

and Sweeping markets 76.50 

438 Bartholomew Skaats for ringing Bells on fourth July.. 25.50 

439 Enos Tompkins for Bell Carts 36 9ioo 

440 Crane and Hutchins for cleaning markets in the Month 

of June 33 "Hoc 

[122] 441 Peter Clark for Catridges &= 4th j u i y 451^00 

442 A Girard for powder 150 



252 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



28 July 1806 



443 George Limbert & Conrad A Fritz for an Error in the 

tax Books of the sixth ward $10 4 9ioo 

444 Daniel Wolsey on Ace* of Dock work 300. 

445 Christian Nestle balance of his Ace* as Inspector of 

Bread 51.70 

446 James Homer for repairs of pumps and wells 268.68 

447 J. B & J. Brooks for Lamp work 66.87 

448 William Kay for repairs to pumps & wells 137. 



Present. 



Jacob Mott 

Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob De La Montagnie 

James Fairlie 

Elias Nexsen 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 



[123] In Common Council July 28 th 1806 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

John D Miller 
Samuel Torbert 
Andrew Morris 
Gilbert Coutant 

Aldermen Joseph Board f* Assistants 

Samuel M. Hopkins 
Adrian Hegeman 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Jacob Shute 



A Petition of James Scott and others stating the filthy situation of 
Hudson Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Proposition of Richard Varick to sell the Slip in Dey Street 
in De\ Street was referred to Aldermen Fairlie King and M r Morris 

Isaac Anderson was appointed Assistant to Captain Gobies and 
Peter Paulding to Captain Petersons Company 

[124] A Petition of Nicholas Romaine for a Water Grant was 
referred to the Committee on Wharfs Slips & Piers 

A Report of the Attorney of the Board on the Petition of John 
Holdron was referred to the Ferry Committee 

j 

Proposals of Doctors Hosack. M c Neven and Pascalis to attend the 
Goal and Alms house was referred to Al[d]erman Fairlie, Pell & M r 
Torbert 

A Petition of William Humphreys for an Office was referred to 
the Committee on Application for Offices 

The following Report was received from the Market Committee 

*The Market Committee to whom was referred an arrangement to 
be made of fourteen Butchers Stalls to be erected in the Fish market 
Beg leave to report. That they have deliberately Considered the na- 

* Marginal note reads See P. 118. 226 236 ED. 



28 July 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 253 

ture of the duty enjoined on them (and with all due deferance to the 
Judgment of this Board) do give it as their opinion that it wo d be 
improper and unjust to give away these stalls to any Individual what- 
soever in as much as an offer has been made for one of those middle 
Stalls at the rate of 120 Dollars per Annum and numbers of Butchers 
stand ready to give the same amount Yearly for the remainder of 
them (and more money if required) they are clearly of an opinion that 
a considerable revenue may be derived to the Corporation funds by 
Leassing the said Stalls for 1. 3. 5 or 7 Years to give away these 
Stalls in the manner Contemplated by the Resolution of last monday 
will [125] Certainly cause a very great Clamor and discontent by the 
Citizens (with an exception only of those who are immediately Inter- 
ested therein) Besides they are further of an Opinion that there is 
no immediate necessaty of such a measure going into Effect at this 
time for until the Slip is filled up settled and compleated there will be 
evidently a want of Room for the Country People bringing into 
Market their Supplies of every kind, as also a deficiency for the use 
of the Fishermen's Stalls &c All which is most respectfully submitted. 

Ja s Drake 
July 28. 1806. Elias Nexsen 

Simon Van Antwerp 

The following resolution being proposed to the Board to wit. Re- 
solved that the Market Committee be and they are hereby Ordered 
not to proceed in the execution of the resolution of the Board of the 
twenty first Instant relative to assigning Stalls in that part of the Fly 
market called the Fish Market until the further order of this Board. 
It was moved to amend such resolution by striking out the words " the 
further Order of this Board, and inserting instead thereof " proper 
accommodations are made for the Fish market : a question being taken 
upon the said amendment the same was carried as follows. 

Affirmative Negative 
Alderman Mott Alderman Fairlie 

King Van Zandt 

Pell Drake 

De La Montagnie Nexsen 

Mr Miller M r Hopkins 

Torbert Hegeman 

Coutant Van Antwerp 
[126] Board 
Shute 



254 CITY OF NEW YORK 28 July 1806 

A question was then taken upon the said resolution as amended 
and the same was carried as follows to wit 

Affirmative Negative 
Alderman DeLa Montagnie Alderman Mott 
Fairlie King 

Nexsen Pell 

Drake Van Zandt 

Mr Morris M" Miller 
Coutant Torbert 

Board Hopkins 

Hegeman 
Van Antwerp 
Shute. 

M r Hopkins moved the following Resolution to wit. Resolved that 
the late Resolution of this Board granting Stalls to Butchers on that 
part of the Fly Market called the Fish Market be rescinded. Alderman 
De La Montagnie moved to postpone the Consideration of the same 
until the next Meeting a question being taken upon the Motion for a 
postponement the same was negated as follows to wit. 

[127] Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Mott Alderman King M r Miller 

Pell Van Zandt Torbert 

Fairlie Drake Coutant 

Nexsen Hopkins 

M r Board Hegeman 

Shute 

The question being taken on the Resolution of M r Hopkins the 
same was negatived as follows to wit. 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Nexsen Alderman Mott 

Van Zandt King 

Drake Pell 

M r Hopkins Fairlie 

Hegeman M r Miller 

Shute Torbert 

Coutant 
Board 

Resolved that the Market Committee present to this Board at the 
next meeting a plan for a Fish Market to be erected at the East end 
of the present Fish market 

Upon reading a report of the Building Committee Ordered that 
M r Leamaire be authorized to employ an additional Apprentice in his 
department in the building of the City Hall 



28 July 1806 COMMOX COUNCIL MINUTES 255 

Hector Sinclair was appointed a Fireman of Company N 8. in- 
stead of John Tyson resigned 

[128] The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance to pave 
upper Barley and upper Reed Streets Ordered that the same do pass 

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment for paving 
Hudson Street from North Moore to Beach Street Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner presented a return of delinquents on the 
Assessment list for Delancey Street Ordered that a Warrant Issue 
to Enforce payment 

Upon receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered 
that George G. Messerve be appointed an Assessor for Broadway in- 
stead of George Warner who declines serving 

An Ordinance to regulate and pave Henry Street passed the Board 

The Comptroller reported in favour of Issuing Water Grants to 

Henry Kermit and M r Mackenney in front of their respective Lots in 

Greenwich Street Ordered that the same be Confirmed and that Grants 

be made accordingly 

Ordered that Minturn and Champlin be permitted to erect a lime 
house in Water Street and Theophylact Bache in South Street 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

NO 450 John H. Sickels for Building Committee $2000. 

451 John Anderson & Abraham Hurd on Ace* of their Build- 
ing a Bulkhead at the Fly Market 500. 

[129] 

N 452 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237.16 

453 William Van Wart for DO 237. 16 

454 Magnus Beekman for D 217 . 56 

455 William Peterson for DO 217.56 

456 Hugh Gobel for DO 158.76 

457 Gad Dumbolton for DO 158.76 

458 Peter Burtsell for Paper &c for the Inspectors Office 33. 1 

459 Day & Warts for Painting at the Alms house 105.95 

460 John M. Riker for Stone 20.37 

461 Simon Van Antwerp for Ironmongery 95.58 

462 John Moneypenny for Carting Clay Sand &c 130. 

463 The Manhattan Company for Water at different places... 1244.43 

464 Joseph Webb for repairing Lamps 2.78 

465 Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Carts 36. 

466 Captn Lent for Lime 22.50 

467 John McLean for Labor and Flannel 18.46 

468 Dikeman & Varian for repairing Pumps 202 . 50 



256 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 Aug. 1806 



469 Hugh Smith & C for Carting Sand to fill in at the Hay 

Scales at the North River $23.44 

470 Peter Burtsell for Stationary for the Street Commissioner 13. 7 

471 John S. Hunn one Quarters Salary as Street Commissioner 375. 

472 John Kingsbury for Stone at Whitehall 82.50 

473 Theodorus Bailey for Postage of Petitions &c last Winter 10.50 

[130] In Common Council August 4 th 1806 
Present. 

Pierre C. Van \Vyck Esquire Recorder 

Jacob Mott 

Andrew Morns 



Caleb Pell 

Wvnant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake *..:_ Torbert 

James Fairlie 

Abraham King Adnan 

Thurston Wood Gllbert Coutant 



Elias Xexsen 



Esquires 

' Aldermen Simon ^ an Antwer P 



Joseph Board 



Assistants 



A Petition of Thomas Bartow was referred to Alderman Drake. 
M r Morris and M r Hegeman 

Petitions of John Hutton and Josiah Brown were referred to the 
Market Committee 

A Petition of Thomas Timpson was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner 

John Ennis was appointed a Fireman to Company N 19 instead 
of John Furman resigned. 

A Petition of Bryan Conolly was referred to the Alderman and 
Assistant of the Sixth Ward and the Comptroller 

A Petition of Abraham Slover for the [131] Appointment of a 
Measurer of Lumber was referred to the Committee on Applications 
for Offices 

A Petition of the African Church was referred to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the fifth "\Yard and the Comptroller 

A Report of the Committee on the Application of Divie Bethune 
for a \Yater Grant in front of his Land at Greenwich was referred 
to the Street Commissioner 

A Representation of Henry Stanton respecting the upper Brooklyn 
Ferry was referred to the Fern- Committee and the Comptroller 

The Street Commissioner reported of an Ordinance for repairing 
the Sewer in Roosevelt Street. Ordered that the same do pass 

The Street Commissioner presented a return of delinquents on the 
Assessment of Fourth Street Ordered that a \Yarrant Issue to en- 
force payment 



4 Aug. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 257 

The Street Commissioner presented returns of the delinquents on 
the Assessment of Stanton. Pump and Warren Streets and the 
Bowery. Ordered that Warrants Issue to compel payment 

The Street Commissioner presented returns of the delinquents on 
the Assessments of Crosby. Hudson and Duane Streets. Ordered that 
Warrants Issue to enforce payment 

An Account of James Hogan for paving was referred to the 
Alderman and Assistant of the second Ward and Street Commissioner 

Resolved that in future the Officers in the employ [132] and pay 
of this Board be paid Quarterly and not otherwise 

A Representation of Thomas Killer and Stephen Baker respecting 
Canal Street was referred to the Committee of Finance 

The City Inspector reported that the Contractor for that purpose 
demands Twenty shillings a day or Seven Dollars and a half per 
Week to remove the Offals from all the Markets, Ordered that the 
said Compensation be allowed to him 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2658 to 2665 Inclusive. Ord- 
ered that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the Watch Committee hear Testimony on Oath re- 
specting the conduct of Captain Gobel 

A Report of the Comptroller and City Treasurer was referred to 
the Committee of Finance 

A Petition of Nicholas Romayne was referred to the Comptroller 
& Street Commissioner. 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the City Treasurer 
to pay 
NO 4/4 Naome Dunbar for a lost fire Bucket 

475 Montgomery & Saffen for attending Flymarket 

476 John Burger for Coroners fees..' 

477 Andrew Otterson for services to Street Commissioner.... 

478 Edward ^Soran for services to City Inspector 

479 Hutchings & Crane for cleaning Markets on Sundays 

480 William P. Roome for Sweeping Streets 

481 Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Carts 36. 

[133]482 James Hardie for one Months Salary 62.50 

483 Tunis Wortman for half a Quarters Salary 

484 Fosdick & Davis for Glazing Lamps 8.62 

485 William Scott for Carting Dirt to the Collect 10.40 

486 Thurston Wood for Auctioneers fees 231.50 

487 Gilbert Coutant for Carting Dirt in Bowery Lane 12.50 



258 CITY OF NEW YORK 11 Aug. 1806 

In Common Council August 11 th 1806 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Joseph Board 



Jacob Mott 
Caleb Pell 
Elias Nexsen 
Thurston Wood 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Simon Van Antwerp 

Samuel Torbert 

Jacob 

Andrew Morris. 



Assistants 



Abraham King J Adrian Hegeman 

Gilbert Coutant 

Ordered that the Mayor be authorized to appoint a person to see 
the Sunday Law enforced 

A Petition to regulate Mulberry Street was referred to the Street 
Commissioner 

Francis Cooper was appointed a Fire Warden of the first Ward 
instead of John T. Duryee removed out of the Ward 

[134] Samuel De La Plaine was appointed an Assessor for Amity 
Street instead of Henry Brevoort resigned 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for paving Beach 
Street Ordered that the same pass the Board. 

James Webb. House Carpenter was appointed a Fireman of 
Company N 4 instead of Thomas Tucker resigned. Philip Lockwood 
Joiner. John Trafferd. Grocer, and William Egbert Grocer were ap- 
pointed Firemen of the Floating Engine Company Isaac Sherman 
Mason. William Lockwood Silversmith and Jacob I. Roome Clerk 
were appointed Firemen of Company N 16. instead of John R 
Mesier Daniel B. Brasher and Alexander Wishart resigned and Daniel 
Burger Junior Blockmaker was appointed a Fireman of Company N 
18 instead of Oliver Cock resigned 

A Petition to pave third Street was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner 

A Petition of John Hibberd respecting a Lease in Chatham Street 
was referred to the Comptroller 

A Copy of the Presentment of the Grand Jury against the Fly 
Market Slip as a public Nuisance was referred to the Committee on 
Wharves Slips and piers 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for repaving 
Beaver Street. Ordered that the same be confirmed and William J. 
Waldron appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported Assessments for regulating 
Rivington and Mulberry Streets. Ordered [135] that the same be con- 
firmed and Abraham Stagg appointed Collector of the first and John 
Bussing of the latter 



11 Aug. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 259 

The Street Commissioner reported Assessments for regulating 
Gouverneur and Montgomery Streets and for repaying Roosevelt 
Street. Ordered that the same be severally confirmed and John Buss- 
ing appointed Collector 

A Petition of John M c Lean for a Lease of Ground near the Goal 
was referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of William Rutledge respecting a Well at the Corner 
of Bowery Lane and Spring Street was referred to the Alderman and 
Assistant of the eighth Ward 

Robert Robertson was permitted to erect a Vault in John Street. 

A Petition of Samuel Perry to be appointed Apothecary of the 
Alms house and to receive therefor his Board Washing and Lodging 
therein without any other Compensation was received and the Con- 
sideration thereof postponed 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances Numbered from 2666. to 2268 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass 

Returns from Captain Lawrence & Beekmans Companies were re- 
ferred to the Watch Committee 

Petitions of William Everitt. Nicholas Boyce and Simon Acker- 
man was referred to the Market Committee 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

[136] 

NO 488 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $237. 16 

489 William Van Wart for DO 237. 16 

490 Magnus Beekman for D 217.56 

491 William Peterson for DO 217.56 

492 Hugh Gobel for DO 158.76 

493 Gad Dumbolton for DO 158.76 

494 John M c Kenzie Keeper of Potters Field for Services 92. 

495 Enos Tompkins for Work with Bell Carts 36. 

496 Beekman M. Van Beuren for Work on the Public Roads in 

the Alonth of July 341.68 

497 Beekman M. Van Beuren for Work at Powder house hill 

in the Month of July 410.46 

498 Abraham Tompkins for Stone at Whitehall Dock 90. 

499 DeKlyn & Cunningham for Pine Logs 137.62 

500 John Bogert for Dock Stone 32.50 

501 Lewis Ford for Work at the Alms house 58.50 

502 Lewis Ford for Work at Engine house 55.50 

503 Lewis Ford for work at Pumps 18 . 

504 Andrew Leary for Carpenters Work 24. 



260 CITY OF NETV YORK 18 Aug. 1806 

In Common Council August 18. 1806 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Abraham King 

Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

James Fairlie 

Elias Xexsen 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



[137] Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
E ^' reS John D Miller 






Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 



Assistants 



A Petition of John Marschalk to be appointed a Weighmaster was 
referred to the Committee on Applications for Offices 

A Petition of Garret H. Van Wagenen and others respecting Beek- 
man Slip was referred to the Committee on Wharves Piers and Slips 

John Vreelandt was appointed an Assessor for Amity Street in- 
stead of Samuel Stilwell resigned 

A Petition of Isaac Clason to regulate Pitt Street, Petitions of 
Abraham Stagg, and, James Smith, A Petition to regulate Columbia 
Street and a Report respecting sunken Lots in Magazine Street were 
severally referred to the Street Commissioner 

The Assessors and Street Commissioner to whom was referred 
the Petition of John Bachelor stating that he has been improperly 
Assessed for opening Varick Street reported against the prayer of the 
said Petition. Ordered that their report be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for filling in the 
Sunken Lots in Magazine Street Ordered that the same pass 

[138] A Petition of George Schmelzel and others for a Water 
Grant opposite his property at the North River and Petition of 
William Hunter for a Grant in Cherry Street, and of Cornelius Du- 
bois for a Grant in Marketfield Street were severally referred to the 
Comptroller, the Latter Petition in conjunction with the Street Com- 
missioner 

Several Petitions were received for the Appointment of Apothe- 
cary to the Alms house Ordered that the Consideration thereof be 
postponed until the next meeting 

Petitions of Charles Bird and William Mooney for Butchers 
Stands were referred to the Market Committee 

Returns from Captain Beekman and Van Wart's Watch Com- 
panies were referred to the Watch Committee 

A Representation of James Dunn respecting an Engine house in 
Murray Street and a Petition of John Keyser for the removal of an 
Engine house from his Lot were referred to the Chief Engineer 



18 Aug. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 261 

Ordered that Ninety and One hundred and eighty Days be allowed 
to Charles Smith late Lessee of the Public Slips and Wharves for the 
payment of the balance due this Board upon his giving two good 
and approved promissory Notes with sufficient endorsers payable as 
aforesaid 

Resolved that the Ordinance passed by the Board of 26 May last 
relative to the improvement of the Waters between Whitehall and Ex- 
change Slips be [139] carried forthwith into effect under the direc- 
tion of the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward together with the 
Street Commissioner and Conformably to the Law of the State in 
such case made and provided 

Ordered that the Comptroller under the direction of the Mayor be 
authorized to negociate a Loan for Ten thousand Dollars from the 
Manhattan Bank upon the Conditions formerly agreed upon 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from 2669 to 2690 inclusive Ord- 
ered that the same do pass 

A Petition of the Humane Society for the use of a room in the 
City hall was received and granted Ordered that they be authorised to 
meet in any Room unoccupied at the time of meeting 

The following Committee were appointed to expedite the Collec- 
tion of the Assessment of Streets to Wit, 

Alderman De La Montagnie ) 

. .-. T 'j of Varick btreet 

and M r Board \ 

Alderman Wood ] 

,-..-_>, of Amity Street and Broadway 

and Mr Coutant \ 

Alderman Drake and ) 

,,_ -IT * -of Canal Street 

M r Van Antwerp \ 

Resolved that the Committee to whom the proposal of Richard 
Varick was referred be Authorized to confer with him on the subject 
of permitting the Corporation to erect a pier from the West end of 
his pier and adjoining the same upon [140] such terms as to the said 
Committee shall appear reasonable and report the result of such con- 
fer^rence to the Common Council 

William Fairbank Cartman was appointed a Fireman of Company 
N 27 instead of David J Secor resigned, and Andrew Mathers Grocer 
of Hook and Ladder Company instead of Abner Wood 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

N 505 Dobbs and Dearman for building Pier at Peck Slip $1500. 

506 Dikeman & Varian for repairing Pumps 250. 



262 CITY or NEW YORK 25 Aug. 1806 

NO 507 Isaac Hadley for Stone $150.87 

508 Edward Martling for Boards 29.62 

509 George Youle for Lead leaders for Pumps 540.87 

510 Andrew Leary for Carpenters Work 8.25 

511 Gosman and M c Comb for flaging & Curb Stone at the 

Alms house 12 . 70 

512 Watson & Campbell for Timber Shingles &c 15. 4 

513 Josiah Shippey Junr for Attending Observatory 13. 

514 Nathaniel Underbill for Carting for the Superintendant of 

Repairs 239. 

515 James Votey for Lumber 591 . 13 

516 Samuel B. Waldron for work on Roads 367.92 

517 William P. Roome for sweeping Streets 19.72 

518 Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Carts 36. 

519 James Hogan for paving at Burling Slip 33.44 

520 Walter Allen for Dock Work at Charlotte Slip 125.20 

521 Daniel Woolsey on Ace* for Dock building 350. 

522 Jacob Cholwell the Contract for Lamps on Ace* 2000. 



[141] In Common Council August 25 th 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Thurston Wood "1 
Jacob Mott 
James Fairlie 
Abraham King 
James Drake 
Elias Nexsen 
Caleb Pell 



Samuel Torbert 
Gilbert Coutant 

Joseph Board 
Esquires Simon Van Antwerp 

Aldermen Andrew Morris 

Adrian Hegeman 
John D. Miller 



Assistants 



Returns from Captain Beekmans Company were referred to the 
Watch Committee 

On receiving reports of the Market Committee Ordered that 
William Pullis have the stand N 8 Fly Market and John Baisley the 
Stand N 13. Fly market 

The Market Committee reported that it would be improper to per- 
mit Butchers to sell Meat in the Bowery unless the prevalence of 
Sickness should here after render it necessary but that as M r William 
Kline is willing to surrender his Stand N 6 Flymarket provided 
permission to sell Meat near the Two Mile Stone [142] be continued 
to him it would be proper that his request be acceded to. Ordered 
that the said report be confirmed. 

A Petition to extend Crosby Street was referred to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the eighth Ward and the Street Commissioner 



25 Aug. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 263 

A Petition for the Alteration of the Ferry Street drain was re- 
ferred to the Aldermen of the second and fourth Wards and the 
Street Commissioner 

The last Account of the Comptroller for Expenditures towards 
rilling in the Collect was referred to Aldermen Nexsen. Drake and 
Wood 

A Communication was received from D r M c lntosh against the 
appointment of other Physicians to the Alms house 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for the laying 
out and regulating Canal Street. Ordered that the same be confirmed 
and Oliver Jaques appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported Assessments for repaving Front 
Street and Washington Street from Murray to Barclay Street. Ord- 
ered that the same be confirmed and that John Bussing be appointed 
to collect the first and Oliver Jaques the latter 

The Street Commissioner presented an Ordinance for the regulat- 
ing of Great Jones Street Ordered that the same be confirmed 

Peter Schermerhorn was permitted to erect a Lime house in Cort- 
landt Street and Leonard Kip to build a Vault in front of his house 
N 179 Washington Street 

[143] The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction 
and removal of Nuisances numbered from 2691 to 2699 inclusive 
Ordered that the same do pass 

The Committee to whom was referred the Report of the Street 
Commissioner respecting widening Maiden Lane reported that the 
measure would be too expensive to be adopted by this Board. Ord- 
ered that the said Report be confirmed 

Alderman Nexsen M r Van Antwerp and M r Hegeman were ap- 
pointed a Committee to report upon the regulations which would be 
proper for the upper part of the Bowery Lane 

A Petition against the Assessment of Canal Street was referred to 
M r Board. M r Coutant and the Street Commissioner 

Doctors David Hosack and William James M c Niven were ap- 
pointed Physicians to the Alms house and Doctor Felix Pascalis to the 
Goal and Bridewell and Richard Seaman resident apothecary to the 
Alms house. And it was Ordered that the Salary of the present Phy- 
sician Doctor M c lntosh to the Alms house be continued untill the 
first day of November next, and that his services be required until that 
period 



264 CITY OF XEW YORK 1 Sept. 1806 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrant on the Treasurer to 
pay 

X 523. David King for Anaversary Dinner the fourth of July last.. $514. 

524 Charles Van Orden for one Quarters Rent of the Watch 

house in the fifth Ward 25. 

[144] 

525 William Shatzell for one Quarters Rent for the Justices 

Court in the Sixth Ward 50. 

526 Thomas Hazard for one Quarters Salary himself and two 

Turnkeys 437. 50 

527 Richard Dusenbury for Boards &c 46.75 

528 Bartholomew Skaats for one Quarters Salary for himself 

and Assistant &c 122 . 65 

529 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch , 237 . 16 

530 William Van Wart for DO 237. 16 

531 Magnus Beekman for DO 217. 56 

532 William Peterson for DO 217.56 

533 Hugh Gobel for DO 158.76 

534 Gad Dumbolton for DO 158.76 

535 Thomas Riley for underpinning the Market at Greenwich.. 59.94 

536 Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Carts 31 . 

537 William P. Roome for Sweeping Streets 65.25 

538 John Enever for filling in Lots in Magazine Street 118. 

539 Derick Amerman for work at the Ferry house at Brooklyn 302.28 

540 Abraham Lawson for Dock Stone 280. 

541 Abraham Tompkins for Dock Stone 22 . 50 

542 John Bogert for Dock Stone 70. 

543 Richard L. D. Groat for work &c at floating Engine 118.34 

544 William Mathews for Bridge at Powder house 400. 

545 Benjamin Romaine for Collect 1000. 

546 John H. Sickles for the Building Committee 2000. 

[145] In Common Council September 1 st 1806 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 
Thurston Wood John D Miller 



Jacob Mott 
James Drake 



Samuel Torbert 
Esquires Jacob Shute 



James Fairlie f Aldermen Simon Van Antwerp ^ Ass 

Abraham King Andrew Morris 

Elias Xexsen Joseph Board 

A Petition of Joseph Byrd for a Water Grant at Haerlem was 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the ninth Ward and the 
Comptroller 

The Market Committee reported that Stand N 6. Fly market be 
given to Nicholas Boyce. Ordered that the said Report be confirmed. 



1 Sept. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 265 

An Application of James Hardie stating that his Circumstances 
are such as require his Salary to be paid Monthly was received and 
granted 

An Application of Abraham Stagg stating that money is due to him 
on several Assessments was referred to the Street Commissioner 

An Application of Thomas and John Gardner for a Water Grant 
at Corlaers Hook was [146] referred to the Alderman And Assistant 
of the Seventh Ward and the Comptroller 

An Application of Stephen Gould respecting his lease near the 
City Hall was referred to the Comptroller 

An Application of Colonel Few respecting a Tax on the house 
occupied by him in Broadway was referred to the Comptroller 

A Return of Captain Beekmans Company was referred to the 
Watch Committee 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment of the expences 
for regulating the Fly Market Slip and it appearing that some of the 
Assessors were Considered to be interested. It was Ordered that the 
same be rejected, that a Xew Assessment pass and that Henry Ten 
Brook. Samuel Prince. Garret H. Van Wagenen. John De Peyster 
and John Hardenbrook Junior be appointed Assessors 

The Street Commissioner repprted an Assessment for opening 
Broadway Ordered that the same be confirmed and that Samuel L. 
Page Junior be appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported delinquents on the Assessment 
of Hetty Street. Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a War- 
rant Issue to enforce payment 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for paving third 
Street from Stanton to Rivington Street Ordered that the same pass, 
and that John Youle. William Hunter. Benjamin Thurston Whitehead 
Hicks and Ezekiel Bishop be appointed Assessors 

[147] Ordered that the Comptroller under the direction of the 
Mayor be directed to obtain a further Loan of Fifteen Thousand Dol- 
lars from the Manhattan Company 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from X 2700. to 2716 inclusive 
Ordered that the same do pass 

Ordered that the Watch Commiltee report with regard to the Com- 

A. O 

plaint against Captain Goble by the next meeting of the Board 

Upon receiving the Report of the Comptroller with respect to the 
subject of the proposition depending between this Board and Richard 
Yarick relative to his Slip at the foot of Dey Street Ordered that the 



266 CITY OF XEW YORK 1 Sept. 1806 

Comptroller be authorized to offer him the Sum of Twenty five Thou- 
sand Dollars for the purpose of ceding his Interest in the same, and to 
signify to him that the Board will not give a greater price 

The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for opening 
Amity Street. Ordered that the same be confirmed, and that Samuel 
L Page Junior be appointed Collector 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

NO 547 John Meghan for paving at Charlotte Slip $129. 6 

548 John Knapp for Carting 28. 

549 Oliver Jaques for the Corporation Proportion of Assessing 

and Paving Magazine Street 401 . 7 

550 William Bridges for Sweeping for the Street Commissioner 18. 

551 Loss and Bridges for Chair Hire 17.50 

[148] 

552 Hugh Culbert for Carting 29.75 

553 Elill Reed. E Banker & C for balance on their Contract 

for Road & Bridge near Posts 700. 

554 Andrew Otterson for Services up to the 31 st of Augt 52. 

555 Edward Moran for Services up to the 31 st of Augt 52. 

556 Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Carts 36. 

557 Thomas Orange for the Corporation Allowance for a Well 

in Cornelia Street 18 . 

558 Abel Hardenbrook for a New Engine X 5 650. 

559 John DeClew for balance of Account as Inspector of Bread 85. 

560 John B and J. B. Brooks for Painting &c 39.24 

561 John Harman for Pine Wood 5 . 58 

562 William Kay for Cleaning Wells 214.68 

563 James Homer for Cleaning Wells 97.81 

564 Nathaniel Underbill for Carting 97. 

565 Beekman M. Van Beuren for Work on Public Roads 388.29 

566 Beekman M. Van Beuren for expenditures at powder house 

hill 408.90 

567 Philip J Arcularius for the Alms house 2000. 

568. Thomas Dick for Ground in Canal Street 1291 .66 

569 James Halliday for Ground in Canal Street 250.60 

570 James M c Conachy for Ground in Canal Street 245.60 

571 Augustus Lawrence for Ground in Canal Street 270. 

572 John Gilman for Ground in Canal Street 2.45 



8 Sept. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 267 

[149] In Common Council September 8 th 1806 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

Jacob Mott 

Jacob De La Montagnie i Samuel Torbert 



Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

James Drake 

James Fairlie 

Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 



Simon Van Antwerp 
Esquires Gilbert Coutant 

Aldermen Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
John D. Miller 



^Assistants 



Elias Nexsen 

A Petition of John Elliot to be appointed Inspector of Wood was 
referred to the Committee on Applications for Offices 

A Petition of Stephen Colver stating that his Patent for using 
Mud Machines has been infringed in the service of this Board and 
praying Compensation was referred to Alderman Mott 

Permission was granted to John Le Maire to build a Vault in front 
of his house X 12 Barley Street. 

On reading the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that Gold 
Canfield be suspended as a Watchman [150] of Captain Van Warts 
Company. That the suspension of James Gerrard as a Watchman of 
Captain Beekmans Company be confirmed. That the Suspension of 
Robert Merritt in the said Company be likewise Confirmed. That the 
suspension of Francis Heyle as a Watchman of Captain Lawrence's 
Company be confirmed. That the Suspension of Alden Hatch. Thomas 
Reynolds. John Wright Thomas Silvers and John Webb. Watchmen 
of Captain Beekmans Company be confirmed That Joseph Freeland. 
Jonathan Burwell Daniel Sickles. Gilbert Post. Daniel Knapp Robert 
Little. Jonathan Green and John Tice be appointed Watchmen in Cap- 
tain Beekman's Company, and that James Hall. Benjamin Conroad 
John Horn. Jonathan Dennis. John Sopher. George Widdis. Hosea 
Jones. James Pettit and Asa Carpenter be appointed Substitutes to 
the said Company 

A Petition of Christian Schulz and others for filling in Vacant 
Lots in fourth Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Returns from Captains Gobels Lawrences and Van Wart's Watch 
Companies was referred to the Watch Committee 

A Statement of M r Van Hook late Attorney of the Board respect- 
ing Suits brought against Comfort Sands was referred to the Comp- 
troller 

A Petition of Charles Smith for an exemption of Interest upon his 
Bond from the first of May last was referred to the Comptroller 



268 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Sept. 1806 

The following Report was received from the [151] Comptroller 

To the Hon ble Mayor and Commonalty of the City of New York. 

Gent" About twelve years ago I purchased the Lease of a vacant 
piece of Ground in Chatham Street and Built thereon, that at the 
Expiration of the Lease the person I bought it from sold his buildings 
which stood on part of the said Lot and the adjoining one with his 
right to the new Lease unto Rich d P. Lawrence reserving unto me my 
Buildings and right to a new Lease on the same Terms which the 
Hon ble Corporation may grant unto him, but when the new Leases 
were delivered we found a Clause which prohibits any transfer what- 
ever without leave of your Hon ble Body. I therefore humbly beg Your 
Honors will be pleased to grant the said Rich d P. Lawrence (who now 
holds the new r Lease for two Lots) leave to give a new Lease for that 
part which belongs to me And I having also a Lease of a Lot N 55. 
in the same St being a corner Lot, on which is a good Substantial 
House will also be glad to be allowed the Liberty of parting with a 
few feet of the said Lot unto my Neighbour Herman Vosburgh as he 
now r has it in possession and has had it many Years. In granting this 
reasonable Request I shall feel myself gratefully oblig'd 

To the Hon ble Mayor and Commonalty of the City of New York 
August 6. 1806. John Hibberd 

To be presented to Common Council 

M r Romaine. Sir Will be glad if you will please to [152] make 
out a transfer from my Lease to Patrick M c Kay for that part which 
originally belonged to John Hibberd the Boundaries of which will be 
seen from the old Lease. Subject to a Ground Rent of Thirty pounds 
P An m 
March 14 th 1806. Richard P. Lawrence 

On the within Petition of M r Hibberd the Comptroller begs leave to 
State that a lease was granted to Richard P. Lawrence on the first 
of May 1805 for two Lots of Land in Chatham Street. M r Hibberd 
who sold the property to said Richard P Lawrence previous to the 
giving of the new Lease had also previously sold a small house which 
stood on a part of these Lots to Patrick M c Kay. and in Order that M r 
Hibberd can be enabled to fulfill his agreement with M c Kay. it is 
requisite that the board should grant permission to Richard P. Law- 
rence to Assign this part of one of the said Lots to M c Kay for the 
Term of his Lease The Board are advised to grant this permission to 
transfer on the Condition that the regular size of the Lot be not broken 
in upon at the expiration of the present term 



8 Sept. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 269 

And Also that a similar transfer be made in the opposite side of the 
way in Chatham Street in the Case between said Hibberd and Herman 
Vosburgh 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

8 th Sept r 1806. B. J. Romaine, CompF 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed 

A Report of the Comptroller on the Petition [153] of Hannah 
Dunlevy was referred to the Committee of Finance 

The following Report was received from the Comptroller 

The Comptroller is under the Necessity of Stating to the Common 
[Council] that the Balancing of the Corporation Accounts takes place 
this Month and that it is previously expedient and requisite that the 
Accounts of the Board of health be adjusted To effect this object the 
Finance Committee some considerable time since obtained the adoption 
of a resolution that the Officers who had the charge of that department 
should settle with the Comptroller This was not done, and I am in- 
formed that this adjustment has since been transferred to a Committee 
The time when this took place is not known to me The Committee 
however have not yet reported The Sum of Two thousand Dollars 
was paid by me to John H Sickles by request of the Mayor of the 
money placed into my hands during the Fever for the immergency 
of the Building Committees demands for which no Warrant has been 
Issued. It is necessary that a Warrant Issue for that amount and 
that the same be delivered to the Treasurer as he has been charged 
in my Books with the whole of the money borrowed from the Man- 
hattan Bank during that time. M r Sickles Receipt is herewith pre- 
sented for that Sum. for which he will Account on Settlement 

The mode of paying monies by the Board of health is not known 
to me. some of these Accounts however do not pass thro the regular 
Audit of my Office [154] The deviation in this respect took place 
during the last fever and has in fact been continued to this time 

All which is respectfully Submitted. 

8 th Sept r 1806 B. J. Romaine 

N. Y. 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a Warrant Issue 
Accordingly 

Ordered that the Warrant Numbered 508 for $29.62. and Issued 
in favour of Edward Martling be altered so as to be payable to Henry 
Bartholf Junior to whom the monies are really coming 

The Comptroller presented a list of out standing Debts presented 



270 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Sept. 1806 

by Henry Remmey the late Superintendant of Public Scavengers, and 
recommended Samuel Hutchins to be appointed to collect the same. 
Resolved that Samuel Hutchins be and he is hereby authorized to 
collect the said Monies without delay and make a return to the Comp- 
troller of such monies as he may from time to time Collect retaining 
to his own use the Sum of five per Cent 

A Petition to pave Barley Street between Cross and Elm Streets 
was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Ward and the 
Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner pursuant to an Order of the last Meeting 
of the Board presented an Ordinance for assessing the expences of 
regulating Flymarket Slip Ordered that the same pass the Board 

The Street Commissioner reported to the Board that his Note to 
P. & E Dobb for $1021 for [155] the balance on the Piers at Duane 
Street becomes due tomorrow Ordered that the same be paid and that 
a Warrant Issue for the said Amount in favour of the Street Com- 
missioner 

A Report of the Street Commissioner Stating that George Janeway 
Esquire has undertaken to enclose and obstruct the passage of a con- 
siderable part of Cross Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 
City Inspector and Attorney of the Board who were Authorized to 
take proper measures to remove the same 

*The Street Commissioner reported that it would be proper to 
advance the Sum of Five hundred Dollars to Abraham Stagg on his 
Contract for Hester Street to be deducted from the Assessment when 
Collected. Ordered that the said Report be confirmed. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to regulate Mul- 
berry Street. Ordered that the same be confirmed, and that Lewis 
Ford. Amos Corning. Frederick Eckert. Arthur Smith and William 
Ryan be appointed Assessors 

Ordered that Abraham Bloodgood be appointed an Assessor in the 
Ordinance for regulating the Fly market Slip instead of John Harden- 
brook Junior 

Resolved that the Comptroller be Authorized to confer with John 
Bonsai on what terms he will immediately construct a pier from the 
end of his present pier and report the result to this Board 

[156] Ordered that the resolution approving of the Assessment of 
Amity Street be rescinded and that the Assessment be recommitted to 
the same Assessors 



* Marginal note reads Hester Street advance to Ab m Stagg $500 to be 
reimbursed from Assessment. ED. 



8 Sept. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 271 

M r Torbert. M r Board and M r Miller were appointed a Com- 
mittee to confer with the Governors of the Lying Inn Hospital 

A Petition for a Pump in Maiden Lane between the Otwego 
Market and Gold Street was referred to the Alderman and Assistant 
of the Second Ward 

David Dunham was appointed a Fire Warden of the first W r ard 
insstead of Richard Duryee absent in Europe 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and re- 
moval of Nuisances Numbered from 2717 to 2720 inclusively Ord- 
ered that the same do pass 

Ordered that the Comptroller and Street Commissioner be Author- 
ized to make a sett off with James Walker between the monies pay- 
able by him on the purchase of Lots at Enklenbergh and monies com- 
ing to him on the Assessment of Canal Street. 

Ordered that it be referred to the City Inspector and Attorney of 
the Board to Report upon the propriety of passing an Ordinance to 
prevent the dangers which may arise from the deposit of too great a 
quantity of Wood in the Yards of Bakeries 

Resolved that the Committee of Finance Report whether any and 
if any what Alterations are necessary in the mode of Settling and 
passing [157] the Accounts of this Board, and that the[y] report with 
all Convenient Speed 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

NO 573 To Joseph Eldridge for digging a Trench in Village Street. . $126. 

574 Benjamin Romaine for Dock building 1021 . 

575 Abel W. Hardenbrook for repairing Lamps &c 184.27 

576 John Meghan for paving sundry Intersections 43.12 

577 James Hogan for paving Church Street 86.50 

578 Beekman M. Van Beuren for Carting Earth in Bowery Lane 120. 

579 Enos Tompkins for work with Bell Carts 32. 

580 William P. Roome for sweeping Streets 20. 

581 James Hardie for Services in the Month of August 62.50 

582 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237 . 16 

583 William Van Wart for DO 237. 16 

584 Magnus Beekman for DO 217.56 

585 William Peterson for DO 217.56 

586 Hugh Gobel for DO 158.76 

587 Gad Dumbolton for DO 158.76 

588 James Cheetham for Printing 507. 

589 Abraham Stagg & C on Account of their Contract for regu- 

lating Hester Street 500. 



272 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



22 Sept. 1806 



[158] In Common Council September 22 d 1806 
Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 
Caleb Pell 
James Fairlie 
James Drake 
Abraham King 
Jacob De La Montagnie 
Thurston Wood 
Elias Nexsen 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
Samuel M. Hopkins 
Jacob Shute 
John D Miller 



^Assistants 



Upon reading the Report of the Watch Committee. Ordered that 
Peter Valleau. Henry Fetter. Isaac Dusenberry. Jacob Cregier and 
Abraham Day be appointed Substitutes in Captain Lawrence's Com- 
pany. That the Suspension of John Woodruff a Substitute of Cap- 
tain Van W T arts Company be confirmed. That the suspension of 
Robert Little of Captain Beekman's and Cornelius Decker of Captain 
Lawrence's Company also be confirmed. 

A Return from Captain Beekmans Watch Company was referred 
to the Watch Committee 

A Memorial of Richard Nixon Stewart of the Alms house that 
he be permitted to take his Son with him was referred to the Super- 
intendant 

[159] A petition to regulate Rynder Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner together with the Alderman and Assistant of 
the ward 

A communication of Leonard Bleecker proposing a Cession of the 
Streets fronting his ground in Green Mercer and Wooster Streets 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition to regulate Suffolk Street was referred to the Street 
Commissioner and Alderman and Assistant of the ward. 

A petition of Isaac Halsey for reimbursement for digging W'alnut 
Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Zeri Smith of the second ward grocer was appointed a fireman of 
Company N 13 instead of Abraham Valentine resigned 

A petition respecting the regulation of Mulberry Street was re- 
ferred to the Street Commissioner and Alderman and Assistant of the 
ward. 

A petition for a pump between George and Catharine Streets was 
granted under the direction of the Alderman and assistant of the 

o 

ward. 



22 Sept. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 273 

A petition of Thomas Dick that his house be sold and that he be 
exonerated from the purchase was referred to the Street Commis- 
sioner and Comptroller 

A petition of several inhabitants of the fifth ward for a fire Engine 
was referred to the Chief Engineer 

The finance Committee to whom was referred the petition of 
Hannah Dunlevy reported that a lease of the premises in dispute 
ought to be made [160] to Patrick M c Kay. Ordered that the said 
report be confirmed and that a lease be made accordingly 

The Committee appointed to examine the mud machine recom- 
mended to pay Carpenter and Tompkins for building and repairing 
the old as well as the new machine in full settlement the sum of 
$509 9 %oo Ordered that the said report be confirmed, and that a 
warrant issue. 

The Comptroller presented a report of the expenditure of monies 
for filling in the Collect Ordered that the same be referred to Alder- 
man King. Wood and M r Coutant 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for regulating 
Prince Street. Ordered that the same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques 
be appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported returns of delinquents on the 
assessments for Spring and Orchard Streets. Ordered that Warrants 
issue. 

A petition of Engine Company N 16 for an increase of members 
was referred to the Chief Engineer 

A petition of Garrit H. Van Wagenen for a water grant was 
referred to Alderman Mott, Nexsen, and Pell. 

A report of the Committee on the claim of George Janeway Esquire 
to ground required for opening Cross Street was referred to the 
Counsel of the board. 

[161] The Committee to whom was referred the last account of the 
Comptroller of monies expended for filling in the Collect reported that 
they have examined the same and find it correct and that the balance 
of $702 62i /ioo remains due to him on the same. Ordered that the 
said report be confirmed and a warrant issue accordingly 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to pay 

Issued Vv"arr ts 

N s 590 Benjamin Romaine, balance of collect account $702.62 

591 Benjamin Romaine in advance for filling in collect 1000. 

592 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237 . 16 

593 William Van Wart DO 237. 16 

594. Magnus Beekman d 217.56 



274 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Sept. 1806 

Issued Warrts 

NOS 595 William Peterson for City Watch $217.56 

596. Hugh Gobel d 158.76 

597 Gad Dumbolton d 158.76 

598 William P Roome for superintending streets 81.25 

599 Daniel Woolsey for work at Whitehall dock 310.53 

600. Daniel Taylor for fenders at Whitehall dock 201 . 

601 John A Crolius, balance as Inspector of bread 98.37 

602 Benjamin Brower for dock stone 522.50 

603. Abraham Tompkins do 67.50 

604. John Bogert do 52.50 

605 Abraham Lawson do 20. 

606 John Strictland do 11 .25 

607 James Delanoy do 35 . 

608. John Paul do 22.50 

609 Abraham Lent do 78.75 

610 Lewis Ford work at ferries 64.50 

611 Lewis Ford work at markets 35. 

612 Lewis Ford work at pumps and wells 36. 

613 William Few for a tax paid on state property 34.30 

614 Nathaniel Underbill for carting 34. 

615. Enos Tompkins for work with bell carts 72. 

[162]616 Edward Alecks for blacksmiths work 396.65 

617 Edward Meeks for blacksmiths work 61 .70 

618 Edward Meeks for blacksmiths work 96. 7 

619 Edward Meeks for blacksmiths work 32. 

620 Daniel Woolsey for pinewood 7.91 

621 Cornelius W r arner for pinewood 5.33 

622 John Cooper for cedar pipes 9 . 62 

623 Cotheal and Bailey, for ground rent 20.31 

624 Andrew Leary for carpenters work 34. 3 

625 John Kingsbury for dock stone 27.50 

626 Jacob Acker do 105 . 

627 M c lntire and Bradford for an Ensign in the affair of 

Pierce 16. 

628. Stephen Gould for repairs 17 . 78 

629. Benjamin Demilt for winding clocks 50. 



29 Sept. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



275 



[163] In Common Council. September 29. 1806. 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

James Drake 

James Fairlie 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



Esquires 
* Aldermen 



Gilbert Coutant 
Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Adrian Hegeman 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Andrew Morris 



Assistants 



Upon receiving the application of D r Henry M Van Solingen re- 
questing immediate payment of the Bond due from this board Ordered 
that the Comptroller be authorized to direct a warrant for such sum 
as can conveniently be spared from the Treasury, and to give a note 
for the residue payable at 60 days 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
the suspension of Samuel Wordling a Watchman of Captain Beek- 
mans company be confirmed. 

Upon receiving the report of the City Inspector relative to the late 
fire at Benjamin Bakewell's Ordered that the Mayor be authorized to 
offer a reward of $200. for the discovery of any of the incendiaries 
who may have occasioned the same, or been instrumental in any 
[164] of the late fires to be paid upon the Offender being prosecuted 
to conviction. 

A petition of Jonathan Spader for compensation on account of his 
house being ruined by the excavation of ground occasioned by digging 
Mulberry Street was referred to Alderman Drake M r Torbert and M r 
Coutant 

A petition of Jeremiah Bennet to be relieved from an assessment 
for regulating Orange Street was referred to the Alderman and 
assistant of the ward 

A petition of John L Fink for a Butchers stand was referred to 
the Market Committee 

A representation of D r Pascalis respecting a deceased pauper was 
referred to Alderman Fairlie. Van Zandt and D r Torbert 

The resignation of Daniel Van Voorhis as one of the City Weigh- 
ers was received and accepted. 

A report of the Street Commissioner relative to the Assessment of 
the upper part of Broadway was referred to the assessors formerly 
appointed. 



276 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 Sept. 1806 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for building a 
bulk head at the foot of Gouverneur Street, Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and Abraham Stagg appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for paving 
George's Slip. Ordered that it be [165] confirmed and William J 
Waldron appointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner reported a return of delinquents in the 
assessments for regulating Orange and Attorney Streets. Ordered that 
a warrant issue 

The Committee to whom that subject was referred reported that 
they have placed the well and pump near the corner of Maiden lane 
and William Street Ordered that their report be confirmed and the 
usual allowance granted. 

A petition of Catherine Watson stating her inability to pay her 
assessment in Canal Street was referred to the Alderman and assist- 
ant of the sixth ward. 

A petition of Bailey and Bogert for leave to store hemp at 
Gouverneurs wharf was rejected 

Resolved that the public lamps intended as beacons on the batteries, 
and at or near the ferries, and on the North and east rivers, be lighted 
every night and that this board will make a proper allowance to the 
Contractor therefor. 

The Chief Engineer to whom was referred the petition of the Fire 
Company N 16. praying an increase of members reported in favour of 
the same and that their number be increased to twenty four. Ordered 
that the said report be confirmed. 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and re- 
moval of nuisances numbered from 2733 to 2753 inclusive. Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss d Warrts 

N os 630 Carpenter and Tompkins for mud machines in full $509.90 

631. Cornelius Warner for a quarters salary 156.50 

632. Mark M c Cammon for services 68. 

[166]633. Anthony Smith for contract at Kissing bridge in full 200. 

634 Joseph Eldridge, work at Village Street 163.84 

635 Enos Tompkins, work with bell carts 34. 

636. Henry M Van Solingen upon his bond 4000. 



6 Oct. 1806 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



277 



In Common Council, October 6. 1806. 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire. Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

Caleb Pell 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Abraham King 

James Fairlie 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Alderman Nexsen ^ 

Van Zandt 
Mott 
King 
Wood 



Assistants 



Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Esquires Samuel Torbert 
Aldermen Samuel M Hopkins 
Andrew Morris 
Joseph Board. 
Adrian Hegeman 



Were appointed a Committee to examine 
Revenue accounts of the Treasurer 



the 



[167] Returns from Captains Petersons and Dumboltons watch 
companies were referred to the Watch Committee 

Petitions of William Hedden and John Richardson to be reinstated 
as watchmen were referred to the Watch Committee 

An application of Charles McCarthy for the payment of an account 
due from the estate of Mark Hylence was referred to the City 
Treasurer 

The Market Committee recommended that the stand N 5 Green- 
wich market be granted to John L. Fink. Ordered that their report 
be confirmed 

A petition for a pump at the corner of Church and Sugar loaf 
Streets was granted on the usual terms under the direction of the 
Alderman and assistant of the ward. 

The Superintendant of the Alms house to whom was referred the 
petition of Richard Nixon praying that his son may be taken with 
him in the establishment reported that it would be proper to grant 
the prayer thereof upon his making a Suitable allowance for board. 
Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

A petition of John Devore was referred to the Committee on 
applications for offices. 

A petition of James Steadman to delay the regulation of Streets 
through his grounds was referred to the Alderman and assistant of 
the Seventh ward and Street Commissioner 

A petition from a number of the members of the church in Broome 
Street for lamps was referred to the lamp Committee with power to 
grant the same 



278 CITY or NEW YORK 6 Oct. 1806 

A petition to regulate and pave Church Street between Leonard 
and Lispenard Street was [168] referred to the Alderman and Assist- 
ant of the ward and the Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner reported a return of the delinquents in 
the assessment for paving Duane Street. Ordered that a Warrant 
issue 

Henry B Roome sailmaker was appointed a Fireman of Company 
N 14 instead of Christian Moore resigned and Elisha Valentine 
grocer was appointed a fireman of Company N 2 instead of Cornelius 
Peterson 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to pave the car- 
riage way in Barley Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
Lewis Ford, Amos Corning, Abraham Van Gelder Junior, Solomon 
Wheeler and Richard Berrian be appointed assessors 

The Street commissioner reported an ordinance to raise and re- 
pave Oak Street from Roosevelt to James Street, Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and Samuel Russel, John Brown, John Abeel, Jacob 
Drake, and Simeon Skellin be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for regulating 
Broadway from Prince to Great Jones Street. Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and Samuel L Page Junior appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for paving Mul- 
berry Street from Bayard to Hester Street, Ordered that the same be 
confirmed and John Bussing appointed Collector 

[169] The City Inspector reported drafts of ordinances for the 
correction and removal of nuisances, numbered from 2755 to 2763 in- 
clusive. Ordered that the same do pass. 

The City Inspector reported that a vacant lot at the corner of 
Cheapside and Catherine Street is dangerous to passengers and ought 
to be fenced in Ordered that the same be done at the expence of the 
board and charged to the proprietors. 

On receiving a petition relative to that subject Ordered that the 
assessment in Canal Street be referred to Alderman Fairlie. Nexsen 
and M r Morris. 

Ordered that the bond to William Batchelor for $650 be paid, but 
that it be referred to the Street Commissioner first to deduct there- 
from the money due by him upon assessments 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner be directed to make out the 
apportionment of monies for extending Whitehall Slip and to collect 
the same. 



6 Oct. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 279 

Ordered that the situation of the woman who lately lied in at the 
Alms house be referred to Alderman Fairlie. Van Zandt and D r 
Torbert 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss-i Warrt 

Xs 637. Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 52 . : ~ . 16 

v William Van Wart d : : M6 

639 Magnus Beekrnan d 217': 

640. William Peterson d - " : 

641 Hugh Gobel EX> 

642 Gad Dumbolton d 

643. John Pintard a quarters salary : . - _ : 

[170]644 Andrew Onerson for services : - 

645 Edward Moran d 52. 

646. Tames Hardie 62 : 

647 Valentine Bernard a 1:?: fire rv.cke: 

648 Er.os Tomkir.s work wirh bell carts 

649 William T Waldron paving Beaver Street : - 

650 John Sharp for dock timber 

551 John Blauvelt for dock stone 55_ : 

o52 Tuyle Jacocks for do 340. 

653 John Woolsey do 140. 

: - William Delanoy do -J.50 

o55 Sherwood and Mark do 37 : . 

: ? William P Roome for sweeping streets 18. 

p57 Isaac Hadley for stone and cartage 60. 

5> Anthony Sperling for dock fenders B _ 5 

: Enoch Dunn do JJ . 

660 Tames Horner repairing wells 

661 Andrew Blank for setting back his house in Brannon Street - : 

662 John H Sickles, tot - I Building Committee 2500. 

663 Philip T Arcularius for <i:?por: of alms house 4000. 

664. William Matthews on account of contract for building 

Bridge at Powder house : 



280 



CITY OF XE\V YORK 



13 Oct. 1806 



[171] In Common Council. October 13. 1806. 



Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

Thurston Wood. 

Abraham King 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 

\Yynant Van Zandt Junior 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 

Gilbert Coutant 

Simon Van Antwerp 

Samuel M Hopkins f-Assistants. 

Joseph Board 

Andrew Morris 

John D Miller 



A communication of the physicians of the Alms house respecting 
arrangements in the infirmary was referred to M r Torbert, Morris and 
Shute. 

A report of the Street Commissioner respecting the regulation of 
the ground of Isaac Clason, Charles Dickinson and others was referred 
to the Alderman and Assistant of the Seventh ward and the Street 
Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to regulate 
Rynders Street, Ordered that the same be confirmed and Lewis Ford. 
Amos Corning. Frederick Eckert. Arthur Smith and William Ryer be 
appointed Assessors. 

[172] The Street Commissioner presented a report relative to 
Crosby, Hetty and Delancey Streets Ordered that the same be re- 
ferred to the Alderman and assistant of the seventh ward and Street 
Commissioner 

On receiving the reports of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
the suspension of Moses Cox a Watchman of Captain Lawrences 
company be confirmed, that the suspension of William Letson a Watch- 
man of Captain Dumboltons company be confirmed, that the suspen- 
sion of Alexander M c Kie a Watchman of Captain Petersons company 
be confirmed. That Benjamin Lawrence. John J Retan. Jacob Hen- 
drickson. Amos S Vuyers. Daniel Lascels William Clark. Cornelius 
Earl. Benjamin Carr. David Harned and George Ryers be appointed 
Substitutes of Captain Gobels Company and that Isaac Blauvelt. 
Jonathan Kelly. Duncan M c Donald William Simmons. Thomas Kelly. 
Thomas Hazard, and Stephen Westervelt be appointed substitutes in 
Captain Dumboltons company. 

Petitions of William P Roome and William Peters for the office 
of captain of the City watch were referred to the \Vatch Committee. 

A petition of William Thomas for a \vater grant at Corlaers hook 



13 Oct. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MrxTTEs 281 

was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the seventh ward and 
the Comptroller. 

The petition of Thomas O'neil for the office [173] of weighmaster 
was referred to the Committee on applications for offices 

The City Inspector reported drafts of ordinances for the correction 
and removal of nuisances numbered from 2764 to 2767 inclusive. 
Ordered that the same pass. 

The City Inspector reported that in consequence of the advanced 
season he has suspended the duties of the bell carts, and desired to 
know the pleasure of the board. His conduct was approved. 

Jacob Acker. Cartman of Water Street was appointed a Fireman of 
Company X 28 in the room of Henry Yeomans resigned and Tames 
Betts last and heel maker was appointed a fireman of Company X- 8 
instead of Richard Speaight resigned 

The Chief Engineer to whom was referred a petition of several of 
the inhabitants of the fifth ward, praying for a fire Engine reported 
that it would be proper to assign them the Engine now possessed by 
Company X 1 when that Company shall be furnished with a larger 
one. Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

A communication of Stephen Colver respecting the infringement of 
his patent for a mud machine was referred to the Committee on that 
subject with direction to consult the Counsel of the board. 

The Street Commissioner reported the assessment for the drain in 
Ferry and Gold Streets. Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
David Harriot appointed Collector 

Resolved that the request of the humane Society that their soup 
house may be supplied with Indian [174] meal and potatoes at the 
expence of said Society by the Commissioners of the Alms house be 
granted And that the Commissioners open an account with the 
humane society for that purpose at the same rate the said Commis- 
sioners purchase for the Alms house 

A petition of Leonard Lispenard and others for a water grant 
was referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner. 

The Comptroller presented the following leases to wit for twenty 
one years from the 1 may last, for their respective lots, to Abraham 
Brevoort at the yearly rent of $20. Patrick May $100. John Good 
$100. Stephen Gould $250 and Benjamin Mott So62.50 Ordered 
that the same be executed 

Ordered that the report of the Watch Committee stating the 
examination of facts upon the complaint against Captain Gobel be 
postponed until the next meeting 



282 CITY or NEW YORK 20 Oct. 1806 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to pay 
Issued Warrants 

N s 665 Jacob Mott Esquire, for balance on account of mud machine $217.56 

666 Benjamin Romaine for compleating nine tax books and 

Counterparts $200. 

667 William Allen for his first and second instalment for sink- 

ing a pier near the Exchange Slip 750. 

[175]668 John Eldridge for work at Village Street 103.18 

669 Theophilus Beekman Esquire, a quarters salary as special 

justice 250. 

670 Jacob Dela Montagnie Esquire d 250. 

671 Bernard Oblenis as Clerk to d 250. 

672 John Anderson for his first and second instalment for sink- 

ing a pier near the White hall Slip 1166.66 

673 Enos Tompkins for work with bell carts 36. 

674. John S Hunn for a flag and carting 2.50 

675 Matthew Dikeman for repairing pumps 236.56 

676. Richard Harison Esquire Six Month salary as Counsel of 

the board 250. 

677 Beekman M Van Beuren for work on roads 219.26 

678 Beekman M Van Beuren for work at Powder house hill... 385. 7 

679 William Batchelor for balance of bond for ground in 

Varick Street 568.50 

680 Simon Ackerman on account of regulating Crosby Street.. 150. 

681 James Davis on account of regulating Hetty Street 300. 

682 John Lovett on account of regulating Delancey Street 500. 

[176] In Common Council. October 20. 1806. 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire, Recorder 



Jacob Mott 
Jacob Dela Montagnie 
James Fairlie 
Caleb Pell 
Abraham King 
James Drake. 



Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Gilbert Coutant 

Esquires Samuel M Hopkins 

Aldermen John D Miller 

Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 



Assistants 



A petition of William Ellsworth stating his inability to pay a tax 
was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth ward 

An application of Benjamin Aycrigg for a water grant in Green- 
wich Street was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the ward 
and the Comptroller 

An account for costs in the suits against Comfort Sands was 
referred to the Comptroller 



20 Oct. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 283 

Thomas Cornwall Cabinet maker was appointed a Fireman to 
company N 15 instead of Richard Wheeler resigned. William 
Carmer, Carpenter [177] was appointed a fireman to company N 
15 instead of George Heneger. Andrew Maverick. Copper plate printer 
Edw r ard L Schieffelin Druggist, Robert Boldridge, Turner and John 
King. Carpenter were appointed additional members to Company N 
16. John Jay and Elijah Morris were appointed Firemen to Company 
N 17 instead of William Dykes and Matthew Bunce resigned. 

Alderman Drake "I Were appointed a committee to examine the 

Mott L last account of the Comptroller for filling 

Mr Van Antwerp J Collect. 

A petition of Engine Company N 5 for an increase of members 
was referred to the Chief Engineer 

Alderman Drake 1 Were appointed a committee upon the claim 

Dela Montagnie 1> of George Janeway to a part of the land 
King J necessary to open Cross Street. 

A petition of Frederick Merchant and others for a pump at the 
corner of Elm and Magazine Streets was referred to the Alderman 
and assistant of the sixth ward with power to grant the same. 

The Street Commissioner presented an assessment for repairing 
the Fly market Slip. Ordered that the same be confirmed and William 
Nexsen appointed Collector. 

Upon receiving the report of the Ferry Committee Ordered that 
piles be drove in at the Corporation bason in order to protect the ferry 
boats 

A petition of Demarest and Huestis for the payment of a bond 
was referred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

Upon receiving a petition from Hulsart and Stagg praying that 
they be directed how to proceed in the regulation of Stanton and 
Arundel Street, Ordered that their contract shall at present stop at 
M r Stuyvesants fence and that the [178] Collector proceed to collect 
the monies 

A communication was received from M r Hasler stating that sick- 
ness had prevented him from making a Survey of this island pursuant 
to his engagement, Ordered that the City Inspector inform him that 
it is too late in the season to commence it at present. 

The Committee to whom was referred the report of the Street 
Commissioner recommending that Isaac Clason and other proprietors 
be permitted to regulate Pitt and Columbia Streets at their own ex- 
pence reported that it would be proper to confirm the same, Ordered 
that the same be confirmed accordingly 



284 CITY OF NEW YORK 20 Oct. 1806 

The Committee to whom was referred the assessment of regulating 
Mulberry Street between Hester and Grand Streets reported in favor 
of its confirmation Ordered that it be confirmed, and that Abraham 
Stagg be appointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner presented an ordinance, for the regula- 
tion of Suffolk Street from Broome to Stanton Street, Ordered that 
the same be passed and that John Youle. William Hunter. Benjamin 
Thurston. Ezekiel Bishop and Whitehead Hicks be appointed assessors. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered 2769. Ordered that the same pass the 
board. 

The Street Commissioner presented an assessment for repairing 
the drain in Roosevelt Street [179] Ordered that the same be con- 
firmed and Samuel L Page junior appointed Collector 

Ordered that Adam Thomson and Abel W Hardenbrook be per- 
mitted to regulate Mulberry Street opposite to their respective lots 
provided they do it immediately under the direction of the Street 
Commissioner 

Ordered that M r Coutant be authorized to assign his lease in 
Chatham Street 

Resolved that the fence at the North west corner of the park be 
removed on a line with the work shop under the direction of the 
Alderman and assistant of the ward. 

Resolved that the Committee on the fire department report on the 
expediency of forming hose companies 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Issd Warrts 
Ns 683 Nicholas Lawrence City watch $237.16 

684 William Van Wart do 237.16 

685 Magnus Beekman d 217.56 

686 William Peterson do 217.56 

687 Hugh Gobel DO 158.76 

689 Gad Dumbolton d 158.76 

688 William J Waldron paving Georges Slip 272.53 

690 Luke Perciany taking care of mud machine 16.64 

691 James Bingham washing Fly market 32.50 

692 John Ferris. Scrubbing markets 30. 

693 James Horner, digging a well 40. 

694 John S Hunn a quarters salary 375. 

695 Benjamin Romaine do 250. 

696 John H Sickels for the use of Building Committee 1000. 



27 Oct. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



285 



[180] In Common Council. October 27. 1806. 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Thurston Wood 

Jacob Mott 

Caleb Pell 

James Fairlie 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Elias Nexsen 

Abraham King 

Jacob De la Montagnie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Gilbert Coutant 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Joseph Board 
Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 
John D Miller 



Assistants 



A petition of Anthony Smith to purchase a gore of land near his 
house was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the ninth ward 
and the Comptroller. 

The City Inspector to whom was referred the application of George 
Lewis administrator of James Lewis, requesting that monies of the 
estate of Thomas Smith in the hands of the City Treasurer may be 
applied towards the payment of a debt due from the estate of the said 
Thomas Smith to that of his intestate reported that the balance of 
$84 1 %oo was remaining in his hands which was carried to the credit 
of the City and County of New York and remains unclaimed by any 
other Creditor Ordered that such balance be paid to the said George 
Lewis 

[181] A petition of Thomas Ten Eyck for a water grant was re- 
ferred to the Alderman and assistant of the first ward and the Comp- 
troller. 

A petition of Anthony Jones requesting compensation for being 
obliged to pull down his house in Thomson Street was referred to the 
Alderman and assistant of the ward and the Street Commissioner 

A petition of David Grim and others complaining of the assess- 
ment of Gold Frankford. Jacob and Ferry Street was referred to the 
Aldermen and assistants of the second and fourth wards and Street 
Commissioner 

Thomas O Neil was appointed a Weighmaster instead of Daniel 
Van Voorhis resigned. 

An application of John M c Lean for the lease of a lot of ground 
near the gaol was referred to the Comptroller. 

A petition of Samuel Sears stating his inability at present to pay 
his assessment in Canal Street was referred to the Alderman and 
assistant of the ward and the Street Commissioner 

John Dowdish Carpenter and John Gilmore Carpenter were ap- 



286 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 Oct. 1806 

pointed Firemen to Company N 30 instead of Isaiah Pittman and 
John Fisher 

An application from Messieurs Stagg and Hulsart stating that they 
have nearly completed the regulation of Stanton Street and requesting 
that the collector be directed to obtain the monies and that they be 
paid for the work performed was received and granted Ordered that 
the Collector proceed accordingly 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2769 to 2777 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Upon receiving a report of the Street Commissioner Ordered that 
he be authorized to convene a meeting [182] of the proprietors in 
Spring Street to assist him in ascertaining its true line 

The Street Commissioner reported that the Jury impanelled in the 
case of widening Jay Street from Greenwich to Washington Street 
have awafded $5500 to be paid to the heirs of Frederick Rhinelander. 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for regulating 
Cherry Street Ordered that the same be confirmed and Samuel L 
Page appointed Collector 

The Committee to whom was referred the last account of the 
Comptroller for filling the Collect reported the same to be correct 
and the balance of $167.37 due to him. Ordered that the same be 
confirmed and a warrant issue. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Issd Warrts 
N os 696 Jacob Mott Esquire for cellar in Grand Street market $300. 

697 John H Sickles for use of Building Committee 1000. 

698 George Lewis pursuant to order of this day 84.17 

699 Lathrop and Kelly, balance on road at Kissing bridge 100. 

700 Benjamin Romaine. for rilling Collect 1000. 

701 Charles Morris carpenters work at alms house 32.31 

702 Peter and Elias Dob for corporation part of pier at Pecks 

Slip 1516.66 

703 William P Roome superintending Streets 56. 

704 John Hooghland for Watch Caps 150. 

705 Peter Burtsell, stationary for Inspectors office 47.15 

706 Abraham Stagg for corporations proportion of assessment 

at Governeur Bason 654.50 

707 Ebenezer Bassett for iron work at the drain in Roosevelt 

Street 115.12 

708 Samuel B Waldron for work at roads 747. 5 

[183J709 Benjamin Romaine for balance of Collect account 167.36 



3 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



287 



N os 710 John Wooley for dock stone 

711. Abraham Lav/son do 

712 Humphrey Wood do 

713 John Paul do 

714 Abraham Tompkins do 

715 Charles A W. M c Pherson for masons work at alms house. 

716 Lewis Ford, for carpenters work 

717 Andrew Leary do 



$70. 

200. 

140. 

382.50 
22.50 
61.82 

143.12 
38.50 



In Common Council. November 3, 1806 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

Abraham King 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

James Fairlie 

Caleb Pell 

James Drake 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Elias Nexsen 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Joseph Board 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller 
Andrew Morris 
Adrian Hegeman 
Gilbert Coutant 



Assistants 



A petition of Eldad Holmes and others respecting the situation of 
Oak Street between James and Roosevelt Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

A petition of John Sigison for payment of a [184] claim against 
the estate of Ann Witchen was referred to the City Treasurer 

A petition of James Holliday and others to be exempted for the 
payment of rent for that part of ground which has been taken to make 
Canal Street was referred to the Committee on that subject 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the petition of 
Kinder and Bakewell for Compensation for ground taken to regulate 
Cheeseman and Steuben Street reported that it would be proper to 
appoint a person to confer with them Ordered that the Comptroller be 
appointed accordingly 

A petition of Samuel Alburtis praying that the line of Grand 
Street may be fixed was referred to the Street Commissioner 

Isaac Sherwood, Currier and Thomas Bryan Cabinet maker were 
appointed Firemen of Company N 7 instead of John Mason and 
James Quackenbos resigned 

An account of Potts and Moore for carting dirt into the Bowery 
lane was referred to the Committee on that Street 



288 CITY OF NEW YORK 3 Nov. 1806 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of David Grim 
and others respecting the assessment for the drain in Gold, Frankford, 
Jacob and Ferry Streets reported that an error existed in the assess- 
ment by the Surveyors transposing two names which caused one 
charge for a cellar improperly and that the assessors have now altered 
the assessment in such a manner as in the opinion of the Committee 
is just. 

[185] The Street Commissioner obtained permission to apply to 
the Secretary of State for a plan of Delanceys ground 

The Street Commissioner reported assessments for paving Grand 
Street from the Bowery to Elizabeth Street, Washington, from Parti- 
tion to Vesey Street, and Beach, from Greenwich Street to Hudsons 
Square Ordered that the same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques ap- 
pointed Collector of the two first and Samuel L Page Junior of the 
latter 

The Street Commissioner reported the delinquents on the assess- 
ments for repaving Division Street from Orchard to Essex Street, 
Spring Street, from Broadway to Bowery Grand Street from Broad- 
way to Rynders Street, and Grand Street from Bowery lane to Second 
Street. Ordered that warrants issue 

The Committee appointed to examine the account of the Corpora- 
tion revenue reported that there has been received of Amerman and 
Brown for boats 486: 1:9. from R Kennedy for land sold 607:7 
from Corporation revenue 28464 : 12 : 1 ^4 which several sums with 
the balance of 609:7:2^4 due the last settlement makes 30167:8: 
1^2, that there has been paid out by orders from Common Council 
33683 :~6 which leaves a balance of 3515: 17: Wy 2 in favour of the 
City Treasurer 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and re- 
moval of nuisances numbered from 2775 to 2781 inclusive. Ordered 
that the same do pass 

Resolved that whenever permission shall be given for the erection 
of lime houses in any Street the same permission shall not be con- 
sidered as extending for a time longer than the building for the use 
of which such lime house is erected, is roofed. 

Resolved that Thompson Street be made to run parallel to Broad- 
way from where it now crosses [186] Spring Street and immediately 
easterly of a foundation laid by John Stevens at the corner of Spring 
Street, and that the intermediate streets between Thompson Street and 
Broadway be surveyed parallel thereto and in such a manner as to 



3 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 289 

cause the deficiency of ground if any to be divided between the several 
blocks as equally as possible 

Ordered that the following persons be appointed Inspectors of the 
ensuing election for Charter Officers and the polls directed to be held 
at the places hereafter mentioned, to wit. 

f James W Lent 
First ward < Nathan Sanford 
( John Remsen. 

Poll to be held at the City hall 

{John Clendining 
John Depeyster 
William W. Ludlow 

At the North church 

f William Few 
Third ward < Garrit Gilbert 
[ George Stanton 

At Thurston Woods auction room in Vezey Street. 

f Samuel Russel 
Fourth ward -j Gabriel Havens 
[_ James Tylee 

At Pearsons tavern, William Street. 

f John Bingham 

[187] Fifth ward J Cornelius Crygier 
[ James Davidson 

At Mooneys tavern. Thomas Street 

r Richard L Walker 
Sixth ward -j John Caldwell 
[ James J Myers 

At Trowbridges tavern. Bulls head. 

f Abraham Dally 

Seventh ward J George Buckmaster 
[ William Weeks. 

At Daniel Tiers. Bowery lane. 

{Henry Brevoort 
David Marsh 
Joseph Watkins 

At John Thompsons. Broadway, late the Washington inn 

f John L Norton 
Ninth ward < Jacobus Dyckman 
[ Joseph Mott 

At William Betts formerly the Dove tavern 



290 CITY OF NEW YORK 10 Nov. 1806 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrts 

N s 718 Tunis Wortman a quarters salary due first instant $150. 

719 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237.16 

720 William Van Wart DO 237.16 

721 Magnus Beekman d 217.56 

722 William Peterson d 217.56 

723 Hugh Gobel d 158.76 

724 Gad Dumbolton do 158.76 

725 John Pintard, for making Jury lists 51 . 

726. Lewis and Decker for Dock stone 17.50 

[188]727 Abraham Tompkins for Dock stone 20. 

728. John S Hunn, for assessment on John Lawrence and Rufus 
King for widening Leonard Street on the east side of 

Broadway 342.83 

729 Hooghland and Onderdonk for powder 10. 6 

730 Joseph Elldridge work at Village Street 125.69 

731 James Hogan repairs at Fly market 110. 16 

732 William P Roome Sweeping Streets 46. 

733 William Shatzel, rent of Court room 50. 

734. Edward Watkeys, for candles 10.21 

735 John Ferris Scrubbing markets 3 . 

736. John Burger Coroners fees 98.50 

737 Edward Moran for services 54. 

738 Andrew Otterson do 54. 

739 James Hardie , do 62.50 

740 John Hooghland, balance on watch caps 5 . 50 

741. Philip J Arcularius for support of Alms house 3000. 

[189] In Common Council. November 10. 1806 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire, Mayor 

Samuel Torbert 

Thurston Wood -\ Jacob Shute 

Jacob Mott Gilbert Coutant 

Jacob Dela Montagnie ! Esquires Adrian Hegeman 
Caleb Pell I Aldermen Simon Van Antwerp 

Elias Nexsen John D Miller 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior J Andrew Morris 

Samuel M Hopkins 

Nicholas Carmer was appointed an Inspector of the ensuing elec- 
tion for Charter Officers in the third ward. John Slidell in the first 
ward, and Roswell Graves in the Second ward, the first instead of 
George Stanton resigned. The second instead of John Remsen re- 
signed, and the latter instead of John Clendining resigned 



Assistants 



10 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 291 

A petition of Richard Varian and others for side steps to be made 
in Catherine Market was referred to the Market Committee. 

Petitions of William Gardner and of Abraham Brevoort for leave 
to assign their leases were referred to the Comptroller. 

A petition to regulate Pitt Street was referred to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the sixth ward and the Street Commissioner. 

[190] A petition of Richard Earl who was wounded while in ser- 
vice as a watchman praying compensation was referred to the Watch 
Committee 

A Law for preventing and Extinguishing Fires and to regulate the 
keeping and transportation of Gun powder, in the City of New York, 
was passed 

A report from the City Treasurer on the petition of Charles 
M c Carthy was received stating that the balance of $4 5 % o was in the 
Treasury belonging to the estate of Mark Hyland. Ordered that it be 
referred to the Attorney of the board. 

The petition of Henry Lovell praying that this board will purchase, 
his stall N 64. Fly market was referred to the Market Committee 

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment of Amity 
Street and the same being incorrect was recommitted to the Assessors. 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2782 to 2785 inclusive. Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Issued Warra* 5 

NOS 742 John S Hunn Stone for Whitehall dock $150. 

743 Josiah Shippey junior attending observatory 13. 

744 Estate of Moses Archer, instalments on bond 855.63 

745 Nicholas Carmer, putting up Street boards 5. 

746 Gosman and M c Comb, for dirt in collect 54.80 

747 Gosman and M c Comb, paving intersections 70. 70 

748 Richard Burchan for lists of passengers 50. 

749 John M^Kinzie, as keeper of Potters field 92. 

[191] 750 James Horner, digging a Well in Henry Street 40. 

751 Jacob Cholwell on account of his contract for lamps 2000. 

752 Bartholomew Skaats to purchase fuel 100. 



292 



CITY OF NEW YOEK 



12 Nov. 1806 



In Common Council, November 12. 1806. 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire. Mayor. 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Caleb Pell 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Adrian Hegeman 
Samuel Torbert 
Jacob Shute 
Andrew Morris 
Gilbert Coutant 
Joseph Board 



^Assistants. 



Isaac Sebring was appointed an Inspector of the ensuing Charter 
election in the first ward instead of John Slidell resigned and Joseph 
Strong in the third ward instead of Nicholas Carmer resigned. 

Alderman Drake "j 

Nexsen 

P 11 I Were appointed a Committee of arrangement for 

Mr H em f tne ce ' e bration of the 25 November. 
Hopkins. J 

Ordered that the usual quantity of powder be furnished to the 
military. 

[192] In Common Council, November 17. 1806 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 
Jacob Mort 



James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Abraham King 

Caleb Pell 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Joseph Board 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Andrew Morris 
Jacob Shute 
Samuel M Hopkins 
John D Miller 



Assistants 



William Molinaer was appointed an Inspector of election in the 
ninth ward instead of John L Norton resigned and Jacob Choi well 
in the fourth ward instead of Gabriel Havens absent 

Petitions of Robert Thomson and others against the assessment 
in Amity Street was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
eighth ward and Street Commissioner 

A petition of Elnathan Underbill for a Butchers stand N 64 Fly 
market, and a petition of Matthias Tier for stand N 5 Catherine 
Market was referred to the Market Committee. 

[193] A petition of William Simmons and others against the 
assessment at the Fly market was referred to the Alderman and 



17 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 293 

Assistant of the Second ward and the Street Commissioner. Resolved 
that the collection be postponed until the said Committee report. 

John Stewart N 16 Broad Street was appointed a fireman of Com- 
pany N 3 instead of Thomas Lowndes resigned. Harman Tremper. 
Blacksmith of Company N 22 instead of William Clark resigned. 
John Van Benthuysen. Cooper of Company N 22 instead of Thomas 
Egenton resigned. John Gilmore of Company N 30 instead of Elijah 
Knapp resigned, Thomas L Rich, Taylor, John Striker, Tallow Chand- 
ler, Isaac M c Combs, Mason, Henry Poulis, Carpenter, Daniel Craig, 
Carpenter, John Disbrow, Taylor, David D Bush, Carpenter, Aaron 
Westervelt, Carpenter, and William Milliard, Carpenter, of the new 
Engine left to the charge of Company N 1 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that the 
suspension of Gilbert Post a Watchman of Captain Beekmans Com- 
pany be confirmed. 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that a 
gratuity of $30 be allowed to Richard Earl a W r atchman who was 
injured while on duty 

Messieurs Morris ) 

Shute 1 Were appointed a committee to examine the Comp- 

Miller I tro ^ ers ' ast account for filling in the Collect 

The following section was added to the law for regulating the 
lying of vessels at the public slips 

[194] Section 3. And be it further Ordained that no Sloop, 
Schooner, boat, or other Vessel, or small craft whatsoever shall be in 
any of the aforesaid slips a longer time than for the convenient load- 
ing and unloading which shall be determined by the Mayor, Recorder 
or the Alderman or Assistant of the ward, or the Lessee of the public 
wharves and slips, who may at their discretion order and direct the 
removal of any vessel out of any of the slips aforesaid nor shall any 
vessel lie in the entrance of any of the aforesaid slips at any time so as 
to shut up the same or incommode any other sloop schooner boat or 
other vessel or small craft from coming into, or going out of the 
same under the penalty of Ten Dollars for every tide. 

And be it further Ordained that the third section of the law entitled 
a law to regulate the lying of vessels at the public wharves and in the 
slips, and to establish the rates of wharfage be and the same is hereby 
repealed 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and an hundred hand bills 
printed. 

The Road Committee recommended that $500 be advanced to 



294 CITY OF NEW YORK 17 Nov. 1806 

Abraham Boukee and $300 to \Yilliam Matthews upon their respec- 
tive contracts. Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

[195] The Committee to whom was referred the petition of the 
inhabitants of Church Street, from Leonard Street to Lispenard Street, 
reported an ordinance to regulate the same Ordered that such ordi- 
nance do pass. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of the inhabit- 
ants of Pitt Street between Hester and Grand Streets reported that it 
would be proper to regulate the same and that the Street Commis- 
sioner obtain a profile and report an Ordinance without delay. Ordered 
that the same be confirmed. 

The Street Commissioner to whom w'as referred the petition of 
Hulsart and Stagg reported that it would be proper to advance them 
$500 upon account of their contract for regulating Spring Street.* 

Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2786 to 2824 inclusive Ordered 
that the same do pass 

The Chief Engineer reported that it would be proper to add six 
additional members to Company N 5. Ordered that the said report 
be confirmed 

A return was received of the delinquents in Rivington Street, 
Ordered that a warrant issue 

The Committee to whom was referred the report of the Street 
Commissioner together with an ordinance for regulating Rynder Street 
from Grand to Broome Street, reported that such ordinance ought to 
pass. Ordered that it pass accordingly and that Lewis Ford. Amos 
Corning. Frederick Eckert. Arthur Smith and William Ryer be ap- 
pointed assessors 

M r Hopkins presented the following [196] resolution, to wit. 

Resolved that the Comptroller lay before the board at the next 
meeting a complete statement of the accounts of M r James Cheetham 
for printing and all other charges so far as the same have been settled, 
and also a particular statement of all work not yet paid for, on account 
of which said Cheetham has or may hereafter have demands upon this 
board, and that said statement include work unfinished as well as 
finished for which bills have not been rendered 

The following substitute was moved and a division taken there- 
upon 

* Marginal note reads Hulsart & Stagg $500. advanced to on Ace* of Spring 
S' ED. 



17 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 295 

Resolved that the Comptroller lay before this board at their next 
meeting a complete statement of all accounts audited and paid for 
printing by and on behalf of this board for the last Seven years. 

The said substitute passed as follows, to wit, 

Affirmative 

Alderman Mott Mr Torbert 

Drake Board 

Dela Montagnie Van Antwerp 

King Shute 

Pell Miller 

Xexsen 
Fairlie 

[197] Negative 

Alderman Van Zandt M r Hopkins 

Morris. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 

pay- 
Issued Warrts 
N s 754 Richard Earl for injury received as a Watchman S30. 

755 William Matthews, on contract for bridge in Middle road. . 300. 

756 Abraham Bouker on contract for bridge at Manhattan 

avenue 500. 

757 Hulsart and Stagg on their contract for Spring Street 500. 

758 Benjamin Romaine for filling collect 1000. 

759 Thomas Hazard a quarters salary for himself and assistants 437.50 

760 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237 . 16 

761 William Van Wart DO 237. 16 

762 Magnus Beekman do 217.56 

763 William Peterson d 217.56 

764 Hugh Gobel do 158.76 

765 Gad Dumbolton do 158.76 

766. John Cozine and Peter Myers assessing ninth ward 40. 

767 Peter Bonnet and Willet Coles, assessing fourth ward 80. 

768 Samuel Delaplaine and Christopher Beakly..d 8 ward 110. 

769 Jacob Morrell and John Youle do 7 ward 147. 

770 Amos Corning and Frederick Eckert do 5 ward. ... 115. 

771 Van Kleeck and Dickison do 3 ward .... 72 . 50 

772 John Griffith and John Ellis do 2 ward .... 75 . 

773. Joshua Jones and Jacob J Lansing do 1 ward. ... 82. 

774. S Gould for Stationary 30. 17 

775. Wandle Van Antwerp for lime at Greenwich Market 9.50 

776 Charles Van Orden a quarters rent of room for watch 25. 

777 Proprietors of Daily advertiser, subscription and printing.. 40.50 

778 Crane and Hutchins cleaning markets 191 . 

779 Abraham Tompkins dock stone at Whitehall 22.50 

780 John Woolsey do 175 . 

781 Nathaniel Underbill for carting 50. 



296 



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24 Nov. 1806 



Issued 
782 
783 
784 



William Kay, repairing wells ............................. $184. 6 



James Homer d 

Lewis Ford for carpenters work 



785. John Money-penny for carting 



15.56 
129.75 
125 . 



[198] In Common Council, November 24. 1806 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire, Mayor 

Pierre c Van Wyck Esquire Recorder. 



James Drake 

Jacob Mott 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Jacob Dela Montagnie 

Thurston Wood 

Caleb Pell 

Elias Nexsen 

James Fairlie 

Abraham King 

Freemen. 

John Hatfield ^ 
James Drake 
Jacob Mott 
Samuel Torbert 
Samuel Cowdrey 
and Joseph Board 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Joseph Board 
Samuel Torbert 
Adrian Hegeman. 
Andrew Morris 
John D Miller. 



Assistants 



appeared before the Mayor and Aldermen and took 
the Oath as Freemen of the City of New York 



John Edsall grocer was appointed a fireman of Company N 23 
instead of Simon Cruger resigned Daniel Hawkhurst Merchant was 
appointed a Fireman of Company N 4 instead of Thomas L. Rich 
resigned and James Shearman Carpenter was appointed a fireman of 
Company N 8 instead of Jacob Fought resigned 

On receiving the report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
stand N 5 Catherine market be assigned to Matthias Tier 

The Mayor informed the board that he has appointed Robert 
Morris, Inspector of the ensuing election in the first ward instead of 
Isaac Sebring resigned, there not being sufficient time to [199] con- 
vene the board to make the appointment. 

A petition of Ebenezer Backus for leave to sell goods at auction, 
at the new slip, was received and referred to the Alderman and 
assistant of the fourth ward. 

The said Committee reported that it would be proper to grant such 
liberty until the first day of May next Ordered that the same be 
confirmed 



24 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 297 

A petition of Samuel Jones and others respecting the regulation 
of Great Jones Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Henry Luthausen and others against the assessment 
of the Ferry Street drain was referred to the Street Commissioner 
and Attorney of the board 

Hugh Gobel resigned his appointment as a Captain of the City 
witch. Ordered that such resignation be accepted 

The board proceeded to ballot for a successor Charles Van Orden 
having the greatest number of votes was accordingly appointed. 

The Superintendant of the Alms house, communicated to the 
board, the decease of the purveyor M r Elijah Cock. 

The following report was received upon the petition of Nicholas 
Romaine to wit. 

The Street Commissioner and Comptroller to whom was referred 
the petition of Nicholas Romaine, dated 28 July 1806, beg leave to 
report. 

First, that it appears from the minutes of the board of 30 August 
1801, that the said Nicholas Romaine had complied with all the regu- 
lations of the Corporation, and that nothing more remained to be 
required of him [200] on that subject, and that from a report signed J 
Bogart, entered on the minutes, it was the opinion of the Reporter, 
that a grant be made to the said Nicholas Romayne for the part of 
his land from high to low water mark, on such terms and conditions, 
as is customary in that part of the City The consideration of this 
report was postponed, until M r Strong was appointed Comptroller, 
then on the 29 November 1802, the then Comptroller M r Strong to 
whom it was referred to fill up the blanks for granting water lots to 
Nicholas Romayne, with the proper sums, intimated to the board, that 
it would be proper to charge an annual quit rent and no other con- 
sideration, and it was thereupon ordered, that the water lots from 
high to low water mark which extends to Front Street be granted to 
Nicholas Romayne he paying 40 cents per foot along his whole front 
for ever and that in case the said front be made a slip he the said 
Nicholas Romaine relinquish the right of wharfage, it is presumed 
that as usual the Corporation in that case would pay the expence of 
front Street. 

Secondly it appears that the facts stated in the said petition (and 
herewith presented) are well founded, that the petitioner is subject to 
inconvenience from sundry resolutions, which would prevent the 
necessity of the considerations of the report made by Alderman 
Bogert respecting reserving this front for a Slip. There is now a 



298 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 Nov. 1806 

large [201] and extensive slip made and reserved adjoining and east 
of the land of the said Nicholas Romayne. Therefore the Street 
Commissioner and Comptroller recommend that the grant to front 
Street be made to the said Nicholas Romayne upon the present estab- 
lished price of quit rent from high to low water mark which is fifty 
cents per foot per annum and that he have the right of wharfage in 
front in the stead of the forty cents per foot recommended to be paid 
by former reports. 

New York 24 November 1806. 

Benjamin Romaine 
John S Hunn 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

The Street Commissioner reported returns of the delinquents in 
the assessments for Bullock Street from the Bowery to Broadway and 
Mulberry Street from Broome to Prince Streets, Ordered that war- 
rants issue. 

The Petition of Henry Rutgers for leave to lead water from a 
pump at the corner of Bedlow and Jefferson Streets to the East River 
was received and the prayer thereof granted he to pay the expences of 
paving 

The Street Commissioner recommended that the ground necessary 
to be taken to improve Magazine Street be valued by arbitrators chosen 
on the part of this board, and of the proprietors, Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and Anthony Steenback appointed in behalf of the 
board* 

A report of the Street Commissioner respecting the repaving of 
Roosevelt Street was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
fourth ward 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2825 to 2842 inclusive. Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

[202] The City Inspector reported a list of the Engineers. Fire- 
wardens and Firemen Ordered that the same be publishedf 

A petition of Benjamin Romaine respecting his grant at the Com- 
mons was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the ninth ward. 

Ordered that Abraham Brevoort and William Gardner have liberty 
to assign their respective leases. 

The Comptroller presented the last quarterly account of the Super- 
intendant of the Alms house together with a report thereon that he has 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 18. P. 429 ED. 
t Marginal note reads See P. 232. ED. 



24 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 299 

examined the same and finds it correct and that the balance of 
$1231. 4 % oo is due to the Superintendant Ordered that the same be 
confirmed and that a warrant issue for such balance 

The Comptroller presented the accounts of the late board of health 
with a report that he has examined the same and finds it correct 
Ordered that the said account be filed. 

The Comptroller presented an account of the monies advanced by 
him during the fever of 1805 Ordered that the same be referred to 
Alderman Van Zandt, Nexsen and Pell 

On receiving the report of the Watch Committee Ordered that 
George Widdes. Jonathan Dennis. John Horn. Samuel Hall. Hosea 
Jones. Asa Carpenter and John Sopher [203] be appointed Watchmen 
and that Peter Waldron, John Striker, Sellick Waterbury, Azel Conk- 
lin and Abner Shabboth be appointed Substitutes in Captain Beekmans 
company 

The Comptroller presented the water grants, formerly Ordered to 
Henry Rutgers and Abraham Cannon Ordered that the same be exe- 
cuted under the seal of the board. 

The Comptroller presented the Water grant, Ordered to be made 
to himself by a resolution of the board 

M r Hopkins moved the following resolution 

Resolved that a case be made and stated for the opinion of the 
Counsel of the board stating the situation and duties of M r Benjamin 
Romaine Comptroller of this City, also the facts in relation to the 
grant made to him in front of the ground of Trinity Church and 
stating also whether or not the Corporation of Trinity Church have 
refused to accept the same, and the time when and the consideration 
for which the same was made or ordered, and thereupon requesting his 
opinion whether in equity this board is compellable to make the same. 

A division being called and taken upon the said resolution the same 
was negatived as follows to wit. 

Affirmative 
Alderman Van Zandt M r Hopkins 

Morris 
Negative 

The Recorder [204] Mr Shute 

Alderman Mott Van Antwerp 

De la Montagnie Torbert 

Wood Hegeman 

Pell Miller 

Nexsen 
Fairlie 
King 



300 CITY OF NEW YORK 24 Nov. 1806 

A motion was made that the said grant be executed the same was 
carried in the affirmative as follows, to wit 

Affirmative. 

The Recorder Mr Shute 

Alderman Mott Van Antwerp 

Dela Montagnie Torbert 

Wood Hegeman 

Pell Miller 

Nexsen 
Fairlie 
King 

Negative 

Alderman Van Zandt M r Hopkins 

Morris 

The Recorder moved the following resolution Resolved that the 
opinion of the Counsel of this board be requested whether the grants 
made to Richard Varick and Joshua Barker, and to others while 
members of the board and the grant lately made to Benjamin Romaine 
while Comptroller be valid 

A division being taken thereupon the same passed in the affirma- 
tive as follows. 

[205] Affirmative 

The Recorder M r Van Antwerp 

Alderman Mott Hopkins 

Van Zandt Torbert 

De la Montagnie Morris. 

Wood 
Pell 
Nexsen 
King 

Negative 

Alderman Fairlie M r Hegeman 

Shute Miller 

The Clerk presented the returns of the late election for Charter 
officers by which it appears that the following members and officers 
are duly elected to wit. 

First ward. Wynant Van Zandt Junior Esquire. Alderman 
Andrew Morris. Assistant. 
Peter Mesier ) 

John Jacob Lansing ( Assessors 
Cornelius Wynkoop. Collector 
John Farrington ) 
James W Green 'f Constables 



24 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



301 



Second ward. 



[206] Third ward. 



Fourth ward. 



Fifth ward. 



Sixth ward. 



[207] Seventh ward. 



Eighth ward. 



Assessors 



Constables 



Selah Strong Esquire. Alderman 
John W Mulligan Assistant 
John Thompson ) 
Harry Peters \ Assessors 

Gilliam Cornell Collector 

David Saffen ) , 

tr ir t. r Constables 

Henry Marsh \ 

Jacob Le Roy Esquire. Alderman 

Benjamin Haight Assistant 

John Striker Collector 

Charles Dickinson } 

Thomas Taylor 

Thomas Martin ] 

David Townley 

John P Ritter Esquire, Alderman 

Robert Bogardus. Assistant 

Garrit B Abeel ) . 

T>> i ir -TT t- i r Assessors 
Daniel M Hitchcock J 

David Harriot Collector 

James Crooker ) 

John Wark \ Constables 

Roger Strong Esquire, Alderman 
Thomas Demarest. Assistant 
Amos Corning ) 

John Morse Junior 
William Varian Collector 

George G. Doremus ) 

A , , /- 11 j r Constables 
Abraham Collard \ 

John D Miller Esquire Alderman 
Stephen Ludlam Assistant 

Henry Ackerman ) 

A1 /-i i r Assessors 

Alexander Clark \ 

John O Neal Collector 

John Ackerman 

John Becker 

Jacob Mott Esquire, Alderman 

Samuel Torbert Assistant 

John Pell I . 

,, \ Assessors 

Aspmwall Cornwall \ 

Abraham Van Gelder Junior. Collector 

Jonathan Allen ) 

,, . ^ , , }- Constables 

Morris Oakley \ 

Thurston Wood Esquire, Alderman 
John Hopper Junior, Assistant 

Arthur Burtis ) . 

_ i T-. i i r Assessors 

Samuel Delaplame \ 

Andrew Hegeman Collector 

Thomas Darling ) 

TT ^ TV i. '(-Constables 

Henry G. Disbrow ( 



Assessors 



Constables 



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28 Nov. 1806 



Assessors 



Ninth ward Nicholas Fish Esquire, Alderman 
Gerard Depeyster Assistant 
John Adriance } 
Elbert Kip ] 

Benjamin Vredenburgh Collector 

Reuben Ryder ) 

r>> -j T-> u- c Constables 

David Robinson \ 

Issued Warrts 

N os 786 Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treas- 
urer, to pay. 

787 Miss Vaillant towards a suit of colours 

788 Philip J Arcularius for support of alms house 

789 Philip J Arcularius, for balance of his last alms house ac- 

count 

790 Daniel Woolsey, for work at White hall dock 

790 John Vanderbeck for carting 

791 John Ferris, sweeping streets at Hudson Market 

792 Matthew Dikeman repairing pumps 

793 Charles Loss Surveying 

794 Jacob Cholwell on account of lighting lamps 



$200. 
4000. 

1231.43 
309.77 
20.12 
65. 

162.96 
322. 
2297.84 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Joseph Board 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Jacob Shute 
Andrew Morris 
Gilbert Coutant 



Assistants. 



[208] In Common Council. November 28. 1806 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire, Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire. Recorder. 

Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

James Fairlie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

James Drake 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Elias Nexsen 

Caleb Pell 

Abraham King 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch Committee, Isaac Odell, 
Daniel Lancey, John M c Millen, Joseph Silleck, Stephen Merrett, and 
Samuel Dunn were appointed Watchmen to Captain Van Warts 
company. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Benjamin 
Romaine stating that a large deficiency of ground in his purchase of a 
lot of common land existed, reported that it would be proper to make 
the same allowance, as was afforded to Edward Dunscomb Esquire 
under similar circumstances [209] Ordered that the said report be 
confirmed. 

Charles Meeks. Harness maker, was appointed a Fireman of Com- 
pany N 24 instead of Henry Watkeys, resigned, Simon Crooker, 



28 Nov. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 303 

grocer, and Matthew Vanderhoof Shoemaker were appointed Fire- 
men of Company N 15 instead of Caleb Daulton and William Ball re- 
signed 

The following report was received from the Building Committee, 
to wit 

The Committee for superintending the building of the new City 
hall, appointed on the 5 day of December 1805. Report 

That the amount of the money received by M r Sickels on account 
of the building by virtue of sundry warrants passed by the 
Common Council on the City Treasurer from the day from the 
time of their appointment of the Committee to this day as appears 
by the Schedule hereunto annexed A is $34,400. 

There has also been received for materials which was deemed for 

the public benefit to sell during the aforesaid period 382.82 



Which will make the whole receipts amount to 34,782.82 

At the period the present committee was appointed 
there was due the like Committee of the preceding 
year, a balance of 1833.94^ 

How the money has been expended during the year past 
will be found particularly set forth in the said sched- 
ule. The vouchers for which have been inspected by 
the Committee, and are now ready to be examined by 
the Comptroller including a sum now due to Johnson 
and Stevens for marble* amounts to 36,979. 44^ 



$38,813 

[210] Which leaves a balance due the Committee $4030.57 

There are two Items, in the account of disbursements in 

Schedule A, that do not properly belong and therefore 

should not be carried to the Building account, to wit. 

1. Money paid for building the office of the board of 
health in the Summer of 1805 which should in the ac- 
counts of the Corporation be carried to its proper head 
amounts to $991 . 

2. Sundry materials furnished the Superintendant of re- 
pairs, such as could be spared from the hall and neces- 
sary in his department the particulars are in Schedule B 403.31 $1394.31 



Which leaves a balance due the Committee 2636.26 

Schedule C exhibits the quantities of the different species of work 
finished and also of marble, stone, and other materials now on 
hand amounting to $56,946.50 



* Marginal note reads Amounting to $1209.49. ED. 



304 



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1 Dec. 1806 



Of marble and other stone work cut and carved besides the col- 
umns and capital now ready to be laid there is sufficient to carry up 
the building above the sills of the windows of the second story which 
is as far in the contemplation of the architect as the work will be ad- 
vanced during the ensuing Summer, and which will be proceeding as 
fast as is consistent with that solidity which is indispensibly requisite 
in an edifice of such magnitude as the one now erecting. 

By order of the Committee 

James Fairlie Chairman 

[211] Ordered that the said report be confirmed. 

A report was received from the Committee on the regulations at 
the Fly market slip. Ordered that the consideration of the same be 
postponed. 

A bond due from this board to M r Curtenius was referred to the 
Comptroller and Street Commissioner to report whether there is any 
set off. 

The board proceeded to ballot for a Purveyor of the Alms house 
instead of Elijah Cock deceased John J Westervelt having the greatest 
number of votes was appointed. 

The Comptroller presented deeds for the following grants, to wit. 
To Lemuel Skidmore and Amos Corning, John M c Kie, Nicholas 
Romayne, Mary M c Crea, John Beekman, Henry Bedlow, Anna 
Bancker, William B. Crosby. Ordered that the same be respectively 
executed under the seal of the board. 



[212] In Common Council, December . 1. 1806. 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire, Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Thurston Wood 

Jacob Mott 

Jacob De la Montagnie 

Caleb Pell 

James Drake 

James Fairlie 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Jacob Shute 
Simon Van Antwerp 
Gilbert Coutant 
Adrian Hegeman 
John D Miller 
Samuel M Hopkins 
Andrew Morris 



Assistants. 



Resolved that a large treble lamp be erected on the end of the 
Corporation pier lately built at the South end of the battery and 
that the same be lighted as the other lamps on the battery are 



1 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



305 



The following Charter Officers appeared in Common Council and 
took and subscribed the oaths of Office required by law. 



First ward. 



[213] Second ward. 



Third ward. 



Fourth ward. 



Fifth ward. 



Sixth ward. 



Seventh ward. 



[214] Eighth ward. 



Assessors 



Constables 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior Esquire. Alderman 

Andrew Morris. Assistant 

Peter Mesier 

Jacob John Lansing 

John Farrington 

James W Green ( 

Selah Strong Esquire. Alderman 

John W Mulligan, Assistant 

John Thomson ) , 

u -D i }- Assessors. 

Harry Peters \ 

David Saffern ) 

TT - u f Constables. 

Henry Marsh I 

Jacob Le Roy Esquire. Alderman 
Benjamin Haight. Assistant 
Thomas Taylor Assessor 

Thomas Martin ) 

T^ . , f Constables. 

Uavid lownley | 

John P Ritter, Esquire, Alderman 
Robert Bogardus. Assistant 
Garrit B Abeel ) 

Daniel M Hitchcock 

f 

Tames Crooker ) 

John Wark J Constables 

Roger Strong Esquire, Alderman 
Thomas Demarest. Assistant 
Amos Corning / 

John Morss Junior } Assessors. 

George G Doremus ) 

A L t- / 11 j /-Constables 
Abraham Collard \ 

John D Miller Esquire, Alderman 
Stephen Ludlam Assistant 

Henry Ackerman ) 

A1 , /-MI r Assessors. 
Alexander Clark I 






-Constables. 



John Ackerman 

John Becker 

Jacob Mott Esquire, Alderman 

Samuel Torbert Assistant 

John Pell ) 

Aspinwall Cornwall ^ Assessors 



Jonathan Allen ) 



Constables. 



Morris Oakley 

Thurston Wood Esquire, Alderman 

John Hopper Junior Assistant 

Arthur Burtis 

Samuel Delaplaine 

Thomas Darling 



Assessors. 



T-T r* r\- L r 

Henry G. Disbrow \ 



Constables. 



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1 Dec. 1806 



Ninth ward. Nicholas Fish Esquire, Alderman 
Gerard De Peyster Assistant 
John Adriance ) 
Elbert Kip } Assessors - 
Reuben Ryder ] 
David Robertson 



Constables. 



In Common Council. December 1. 1806 

Present De Witt Clinton Esquire, Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Selah Strong 

Jacob Le Roy 

John P Ritter 

Roger Strong 

John D Miller 

Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

Nicholas Fish 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
John W Mulligan 
Benjamin Haight 
Robert Bogardus 
Thomas Demarest 
Stephen Ludlam 
Samuel Torbert 
John Hopper Junior 
Gerard Depeyster 



Assistants 



[215] Alderman Van Zandt moved that the board proceed to ap- 
point a City Treasurer by ballot. The Recorder moved for a division 
thereon. The said motion prevailed as follows to wit. 

Affirmative 

M r Morris. 
Mulligan 
Haight 
Bogardus 
Demarest 
Depeyster 
Negative 
The Recorder 



Alderman Van Zandt 
S. Strong 
Le Roy 
Ritter. 
R. Strong 
Fish 



Alderman Miller 
Mott 
Wood 



M r Ludlam 
Torbert 
Hopper. 



Whereupon the board proceeded to ballot according and Daniel 
Phoenix was unanimously reappointed. 

Alderman Miller moved the following resolution to wit 

Resolved that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to vote upon 
the Manhattan Stock belonging to this board. 

Alderman Van Zandt moved a substitute for the same in the fol- 
lowing words to wit. 

Resolved that a proxy be made out in the usual form signed by 
the Mayor and Clerk with the seal of the City thereunto affixed ap- 



l Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 307 

pointing to vote in behalf of this 

board for directors of the Manhattan company at the ensuing election. 
The question being taken upon such substitute the same was carried 

Alderman Van Zandt moved to fill the blank with [216] a name 
to be determined by ballot, and the Recorder with the name of DeWitt 
Clinton, a division being taken upon the former motion the same was 
carried as follows to wit 

Affirmative the same as in the preceding division 

Negative, the same as in the preceding division. 

The board proceeded to ballot accordingly and Alderman Selah 
Strong having the greatest number of votes was appointed to vote in 
behalf of this board at the ensuing election for Directors of the Man- 
hattan Company 

A Communication of Sir James Jay respecting an improved plan 
of this City, and also concerning the fortification of the harbour was 
received and ordered to lie on the table. 

An account of M r Anthony Dey for defendants costs in the causes 
of John Grant at the suit of this board was referred to the Attorney 
of the board. 

The Committee appointed to enquire into the medical department 
of the Alms house reported that it would be proper to allow $150 for 
the purchase of surgical instruments. Ordered that such report be 
confirmed, and the allowance made. 

Resolved that the Comptroller be directed to report to this board 
at their next meeting the state of the funds of the Corporation dis- 
tinguishing the cash in hand, the amount of the tax of this year that 
has been collected, The amount of the notes or bonds which the Cor- 
poration owe either to any of the banks or to individuals what con- 
tracts have been made on the part of the Corporation upon which 
money is yet to be paid, and which contracts have not yet been ful- 
filled. 



308 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



8 Dec. 1806 



[217] In Common Council. December 8. 1806. 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire. Mayor 

Pierre C Van Wyck Esquire, Recorder 



Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Selah Strong 

Jacob Le Roy 

Roger Strong 

Jacob Mott 

Thurston Wood 

Nicholas Fish 

John P Ritter 

John D Miller 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
John W Mulligan 
Benjamin Haight. 
Thomas Demarest 
Gerard Depeyster 
Robert Bogardus 
John Hopper Junior 
Stephen Ludlam 
Samuel Torbert 



Assistants 



The following communication was received from the Reverend 
the Clergy to wit 

At a meeting of a number of the Clergy of this City, of different 
denominations, on Thursday the fourth instant, for the purpose of 
considering the dispensations of Divine Providence towards the City, 
and the propriety of taking a public and special notice of the same : 

Resolved unanimously, that the goodness of God towards our 
City, especially in granting to it, during the past Season, an unusual 
exemption from the Epidemic disease, which has proved so distressing 
in former years, An exemption which has extended, in a remarkable 
degree, to the other Cities and towns of the United States, calls for 
our public and grateful acknowledgments. 

[218] Resolved that it be recommended and it is hereby recom- 
mended to the Congregations under our pastoral care, to set apart and 
observe Thursday the twenty fifth instant as a day of special Thanks- 
giving and Prayer ; That, abstaining from servile labour and recrea- 
tions on that day they come together to praise the God of all grace 
for his mercies to our City; to pray for the sanctified improvement of 
those mercies ; and to implore the influences of the Holy Spirit to re- 
vive the cause of truth and righteousness among us, as the only sure 
basis of prosperity and happiness. 

Signed by order of the meeting 

John Rodgers. Chairman 

Resolved that this board unite in the recommendation of the Rev- 
erend the Clergy of this City upon the above occasion, and accordingly 
recommend that Thursday the twenty-fifth day of December instant 
be observed and set apart as a day of public and special thanksgiving 
and prayer to Almighty God for his benevolent dispensations of 
mercy to this City, and we therefore recommend to our fellow Citizens 



8 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 309 

that they carefully abstain from all recreations and secular employ- 
ments on that day. Ordered that the preceding Communication and 
resolutions be published. 

The usual bond was received from the City Treasurer for the due 
and faithful performance of the duties of his office Ordered that the 
same be approved and filed. 

[219] The following standing Committees were appointed to wit 

Building Committee Alderman Van Zandt 

Selah Strong 
Le Roy 
Mott 
Miller 
M r Torbert 
Morris. 

Lamp Committee M" Torbert 

Morris 
Bogardus 

Public repairs Mr Demarest 

Haight 

Road Committee Alderman Fish 

Wood 

Selah Strong 
M r Depeyster 
Hopper. 

Watch Committee M' Miller 1 

Haight I 
Alderman Wood J 

Ferry Committee Alderman Selah Strong 

M r Bogardus 
Ludlam. 

Market Committee Alderman Ritter 

Miller 
M r Demarest 

Fire Department Alderman Mott 

Ritter 

M r Mulligan 

[220] For preparing and revising laws Alderman Roger Strong 

M r Mulligan 
Bogardus. 

Canal Committee Mr Bogardus 

Alderman Fish 

Roger Strong 
M r Mulligan 
Ludlam 

Wharves and Slips Alderman Le Roy 

Van Zandt 
Mott 



310 CITY or NEW YORK 8 Dec. 1806 

For bringing water into the City Alderman Fish 

Le Roy 
Wood 
M r Hopper 
Morris. 

A petition of Jacob M c Keag stating that his contract for the road* 
near Hell gate is completed and that the sum of $600 is due to him 
thereon was referred to the road Committee. 

A communication of D r Pascalis, respecting the medical depart- 
ment of the Alms house was referred to M r Torbert, Morris and 
Depeyster. 

A communication of Sir James Jay received at the last meeting was 
referred to the Street Commissioner, Ordered that the thanks of the 
board be presented to him for the same 

[221] Petitions of Southwick and Hardcastle, and Stephen Gould 
to be employed in transacting the printing business of the Corporation 
was referred to the City Inspector. 

A petition of Benjamin Underbill and others, stating that they are 
aggrieved in the assessment of Roosevelt Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner. 

A petition of George Goodheart and also of Jacob Hays to be ap- 
pointed Captain of the City watch was referred to the Watch Com- 
mittee. 

A resignation of John Mills of his appointment as a Commissioner 
of the alms house and Bridewell, was received, Ordered that the said 
resignation be accepted. M r Mills, also, in the said communication, 
suggested several ideas for the improvement and better education of 
the poor children belonging to the establishment. The consideration 
of the latter branch of his communication was postponed. 

A communication of Thomas Hazard, keeper of the bridewell, stat- 
ing that he has dismissed Samuel Hull one of his turnkeys : together 
with an application of Samuel Hull to be continued, were severally re- 
ferred to M r Bogardus, Mulligan and Alderman Roger Strong. 

A petition of Owen Trayner and others for a pump at the corner 
of Bedlow Street was referred to the Alderman and assistant of the 
Seventh ward with power to grant the same, upon the usual terms 

Peter Ely, cabinet maker, was appointed a Fireman of Company 
N 20 instead of George Parker resigned William Timpson Confec- 
tioner [222] was appointed a Fireman of Company N 20 instead of 
John Disbrow resigned Isaac Randall Grocer, Ebenezer Nickerson 



* Marginal note reads Horn's Hook Ferry road. ED. 



8 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 311 

Blacksmith John M c Clyment Silversmith, and Abel Hardenbrook, 
carver and gilder, were appointed Firemen to Company N 25 instead 
of John M c Comb. David Fowler, Silas Hicks and John Burns, Benja- 
min Castles Cooper was appointed a Fireman of Company N 12 in- 
stead of Robert Nichols resigned and Elias M Stilwell was appointed 
a Fireman of Company N 13 instead of Benjamin W Strong resigned. 

The Attorney of the Board to whom was referred the bills of An- 
thony Dey for costs in the causes against M r Grant reported the same 
to be correct and that the sum of $42.26 is due to M r Dey Ordered 
that the said report be confirmed and a Warrant issue. 

The Committee to whom was referred the assessment for regulat- 
ing Amity Street, recommended that the same be recommitted to the 
assessors. Their report was confirmed and the recommitment ordered 

The Street Commissioner presented the assessment for repaving 
Gold and Ferry Streets, Ordered that the same be confirmed and 
Hugh Montgomery appointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner presented the assessment for paving 
Third Street from [223] Rivington to Stanton Street. Ordered that 
the same be confirmed and John Bussing appointed Collector. 

The Street Commissioner reported the assessment for paving 
Chapel Street from Anthony to Leonard Street Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques appointed Collector. 

A report of the Street Commissioner with the draft of an Ordi- 
nance to raise the deficiency for repaving Roosevelt Street. Ordered 
that the same be referred to the Alderman and assistant of the fourth 
ward and the Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner recommended the following resolution 
to wit 

Resolved that the Pitt Street upon the ground of the late Alderman 
Bayard be hereafter called and known by the name of Elm Street, 
so that Elm Street be continued and known by that name from Reed 
to Spring Streets. The said resolution passed the board. 

The Street Commissioner likewise presented an ordinance for the 
regulation of Elm Street, Ordered that the same pass and that Lewis 
Ford, William Dustan Arthur Smith, Amos Corning and Joseph W r at- 
kins be appointed assessors. 

The Street Commissioner presented the assessment for paving 
Cross Street and part of Barley and Reed Streets, Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and Oliver Jaques appointed Collector 

*The Street Commissioner presented a return from Abraham Van 

* Marginal note reads Lien on Lotts in Walnut S* $211.74. ED. 



312 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Dec. 1806 

Gelder Junior, Collector, of vacant lots in Walnut Street amounting 
to $211.74, Ordered that a Warrant issue for the payment of that sum 
and that the same become a lien agreeably to law. 

[224] The Committee to whom was referred the last account of 
the Comptroller for expenditures, in filling in the collect report that 
they have examined the same and find it correct and that the Sum of 
$151.68 remains in his hands unexpended. Ordered that the said re- 
port be confirmed. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2843 to 2875 inclusive, Ordered 
that the same do pass. 

The City Inspector reported that he had received from the Com- 
mon Council of Philadelphia, a set of the laws of Pennsylvania, and 
recommended that a set of the laws of this State be transmitted in 
return, Ordered that the City Inspector be authorized to purchase a 
complete edition of the laws of this State and transmit the same to 
the Common Council of Philadelphia. 

An Ordinance for the appointment of a board of health was 
passed. 

The Comptroller reported to the board that he has adjusted and 
settled the accounts with Henry Rutgers, Mary M c Crea Anna Bancker, 
John Beekman, Henry Bedlow and William B. Crosby, and that the 
Balance received from Henry Rutgers is ........................ $1169.77 

Mary McCrea .......................... 168.27 

Anna Bancker .......................... 168.27 

[225] John Beekman .......................... 37. 3^ 

Henry Bedlow .......................... 37. 3 l / 2 

William B Crosby ....................... 37. 



$1497.4154 

Ordered that the said report be filed. 

A petition of Benjamin Waldron for a lease of the mill rock 
and a report of the Comptroller in favour thereof was referred to the 
Alderman and assistant of the ninth ward. 

The Comptroller reported that the quantity of ground contained in 
his lease which M r Hibbert desires to transfer to M r Herman Vos- 
burgh is only a few feet and that no inconvenience will be incurred by 
acceding to his request Ordered that the said report be confirmed, 
and that M r Hibbert be authorised to assign to M r Vosburgh such 
portion of the lot as is covered by the building of the latter during the 
term of M r Hibberd therein 

An account current of the City Inspector of expenditures for the 
board of health was accepted and filed 



8 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 313 

An account of Potts and Moore for dirt carted into the Bowery 
lane was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Miss Vaillant for a farther compensation for a Suit 
of colours made by her for the Artillery was referred to Alderman 
Vanzandt, Fish and LeRoy 

The Comptroller presented an account of expenditures for filling 
in the Collect Ordered that the same be referred to Alderman Ritter, 
M r Ludlam and Demarest. 

John Marschalk was appointed Weighmaster 

[226] *M r Bogardus moved the following resolution. Resolved 
that the resolution passed the 21. July last granting stands in the Fish 
market to Fourteen Butchers be and the same is hereby rescinded. 

M r Morris moved the following Substitute Resolved that in addi- 
tion to the fourteen stalls partly granted in the Fish market that a 
number of butchers be removed from the upper to the lower market, 
and that in future all Poultry, small meats etc. be sold in the upper 
market near Pearl Street, that all stands erected in the lower market 
and other good situations pay a yearly rent and that a sufficient Fish 
market be built close by the water. The consideration was postponed. 

A petition from Bartich Wright to be appointed keeper of the Flag 
Staff of the Battery, of Jacob Wright to fill such office as he may be 
enabled satisfactorily to discharge and praying the appointment of 
Superintendant of the alms house. Of William Brower to be ap- 
pointed Weighmaster, of Jacob K Duryee for any office, Of Alexander 
Hutchinson for Measurer of lime. Of John Hooghland for an office 
of Hugh OConnor for an office and of William M Summers for the 
appointment of an Inspector of bread were severally received and 
ordered to lie on the table 

[227] The Comptroller presented the grants directed to be made to 
John Kemp. Benjamin Romaine. William M c Kenney. Isaac Moses and 
Henry Kermit. Ordered that the same be respectively executed under 
the common seal. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay. 

Iss d Warrts 

NOS 797 Nicholas Lawrence City Watch $237. 16 

798 William Van Wart DO 237. 16 

799 Magnus Beekmar, d 217.56 

800 William Peterson d 217.56 

801 Hugh Gobel do 158.76 

802 Gad Dumbolton d 158.76 

* Marginal note reads See P 118 124 236 ED. 



314 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 Dec. 1806 

NOS 803 Beekman M Van Beuren Salary and work to roads $151.31 

804 Beekman M, Van Beuren, work to Powder house hill 603.74 

805 Samuel B Waldron, work to roads 465 . 22 

806 John Sharp for timber 1996.56 

807 Edward Moran for services 50. 

808 Andrew Otterson do 50 . 

809 James Hardy do 62.50 

810 William J Waldron money advanced for bridge at Manhat- 

tan avenue 100. 

811 John Declew Salary as Inspector of bread 88. 

812 David King, anniversary Dinner November 25, and sundries 654.87 

813 Beekman and Bogert carriage hire 13. 

814 John M c Comb, carting dirt to pumps 5 . 

815 Amos Rooke Salary as keeper of Signal poles Staten Island 354. 6 

816 Bartholomew Skaats Salary 125. 

817 William Bridges Surveying 76. 

818 S Ludlam and E Haviland, assessing Sixth ward 95. 

819 Proprietor of Evening Post for subscription 37.50 

820 Daniel Barward work at Village Street 362.41 

821 Daniel Barward, timber for drains at collect 24.33 

822 Joseph Elldridge work to Village Street 187.56 

823 John A Crolius. Salary as Inspector of bread 93.50 

[228J824 Benjamin Brower, dock stone 593.75 

825 William P Roome, Superintending Streets 58. 

826 John Paul dock Stone 67.50 

827 John Woolsey dock Stone 35. 

828 Simon Van Antwerp Ironmongery 118.52 

829 Joseph Boyd carting 60. 

830 Daniel Neal do 30. 

831 John Smith iron work 53. 

832 Robert Brown carting 34. 

833 James Homer, work to wells 69 . 37 

834 Andrew Leary carpenters work 33.37 

835 Tuyl Jacocks dock stone 280. 

836 Daniel Woolsey error in his account of 24 November 39. 

837 Proprietor of Mercantile Advertiser for printing 27.50 

838 Peter Clark for cartridges 14.83 

839 John T Blauvelt dock Stone 467.50 

840 John H Sickels building Committee 1200. 

841 Abraham Van Gelder junior, deficiency on assessment of 

Walnut Street 211.74 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner present in writing to this 
board at their next meeting or as soon as may be the necessary infor- 
mation in relation to the following objects. 

[229] 1. What Ordinances have passed this Board for opening 
and regulating Streets which streets have not been completed and 



15 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



315 



what causes exist to delay their completion designating the different 
Streets and wards in which such streets are situated. 

2. What assessment, with the amount of each which have been 
confirmed by the board for collecting monies for regulating and open- 
ing streets not completed with the names of the different assessors 
and collectors, what amount has been collected, how much still re- 
mains due, and what sums of money if any are at present in the hands 
of the different Collectors designating the particular Street and ward. 

3. The names of persons who have made Cessions or agreed to 
make cessions of land for the purpose of opening streets not completed 
and also the conditions if any on which such Cessions have been made 
or agreed to be made with the names of such persons who have re- 
fused to make cessions designating the particular Street and ward 

4. What amount remains due to this Board in assessments for 
streets which have been either opened, regulated, or otherwise com- 
pleted with the names and amount due from each person, and also 
the names of the Collectors designating the particular Streets 

[230] In Common Council December 15. 1806 
Present. DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Nicholas Fish 

John D. Miller 

Jacob Le Roy 

Selah Strong 

Roger Strong 

John P. Ritter 

Jacob Mott 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Andrew Morris 
Gerard De Peyster 
Robert Bogardus 
Samuel Torbert 
Stephen Ludlam 
Benjamin Haight 
John Hopper Junior 
John W. Mulligan 
Thomas Demarest 



Assistants 



A petition of Daniel M c Gie and Abner Concklin administrators 
of Joseph Kelly praying a Settlement of Accounts for regulating 
Broome Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of John Jay and others relative to raising the grounds 
near the Collect was referred to the Canal Committee 

A. Petition of George Shayers Sweeper of Catharine Market for 
an increase of Salary was [231] referred to the Market Committee 

Samuel Nichols Tin plate worker. Joseph D. Everingham Ac- 
countant. Oliver White Hatter Henry W. Peckwell Printer and 
Elisha D. Baker Cooper were appointed additional Firemen to Com- 
pany N 5 



316 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 Dec. 1806 

A Communication of the Superintendant of the Alms House re- 
specting the admission of Paupers was referred to Alderman Roger 
Strong. Miller and M r Morris 

A Petition of Fire Company N 5 for Iron runners to their Engine 
was referred to chief Engineer 

The Street Commissioner reported that he has not been able to 
complete the several Statements required at the last meeting. But that 
he will report the same at the next meeting 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the account of 
Potts and Moore for dirt carrted into the Bowery reported that as it 
is a public outlet from the City it appears reasonable to pay the same 
ordered that the said account be paid and that it be referred to M r 
Torbert. Bogardus and Mulligan to report whether the money ought 
not to be refunded to the Board by assessment 

The Street Commissioner reported that it [232] would be proper 
to pay the following sums To wit to John Anderson on his contract 
for west pier at the Battery $583.83 Walter Allen on his contract for 
East Pier at the Battery $375 Ordered that the said Report be con- 
firmed and that warrants issue accordingly 

A Report of the Attorney of the Board respecting the claim of 
Stephen Colver for an Infringement of his patent right for a Mud 
Machine was referred to the Attorney and Counsel of the Board 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the Correction and re- 
moval of Nuisances numbered from 2875 to 2892 inclusive Ordered 
that the same pass 

*The City Inspector presented a report respecting the lists of Fire- 
men and also concerning cleaning the Streets near the markets the 
first Branch of the report was referred to the Committee on the fire 
Department the latter to the Market Committee 

A report of the City Inspector respecting forestalling the Markets 
was referred to the Committee on the revision of the Laws 

The Committee to whom was referred the several petitions of 
Thomas Hazard and Samuel Hull reported that it would be proper 
to pass [233] an amendment to the Law for the regulation of the 
City Prison and Bridewell in the words following To wit 

That for the better and safe keeping of the City Prison and Bride- 
well there shall be two Turnkeys or Deputy Keepers to be appointed 
by the Keeper aforesaid who shall be Subject to the orders and direc- 
tions of the said Keeper and who shall receive for their Services each 

* Marginal note reads See P. 202. ED. 



15 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 317 

the sum of $250 per Annum to be paid quarterly out of the City 
Treasury 

Ordered that the said report be confirmed and the aforesaid 
Ord[i] nance amended accordingly 

The Comptroller presented an Account of his disbursements for 
the Board of Health during the fever of 1805 Ordered that the same 
be filed 

An account of M r Pendleton for Costs of Non Suit in the Causes 
against Comfort Sands was referred to the Counsel of the Board 

The following report was received from the City Inspector, " The 
City Inspector to whom were referred the petition of Stephen Gould 
and Mess rs Southwick & Hardcastle Soliciting the the employment of 
Printers to the Corporation [234] has the Honor to report 

That in his opinion it would Essentially conduce to the dispatch of 
Business and Especially to the Correctness of the work if the Job 
printing of the Public Offices under the Corporation were Executed 
by Book Printers, whose materials are generally more Suitable and 
whose time and attention are less Subject to interruption and delay 
than can possibly be the case with the Printers of daily News papers. 

which is respectfully Submitted 

City Inspectors Office John Pintard 

Dec r 15. 1806 

Ordered to lie on the Table 

The following resolution passed the Board 

Whereas the weak and defenceless Condition of the City and Port 
of New York and the Danger to which they must necessarily be ex- 
posed in case of an attack by an Enemy have Justly Excited the 
most Serious apprehension in the minds of the Citizens 

And whereas it is the duty of the Common Council to Co-operate 
with them [235] in their Earnest Endeavours to obtain an adequate 
defence for this City and Port a defence indespensible to their protec- 
tion and Security and on which most important national interests must 
depend 

And whereas Congress being by the Constitution vested with the 
power are charged with the duty of providing for the Common de- 
fence 

Therefore Resolved That Aldermen Nicholas Fish, Wynant Van 
Zandt Jun r & John D. Miller be a Committee to prepare and report to 
this board with all convenient Speed a respectful memorial to be pre- 
sented to Congress Expressing the deep Interest felt by this board in 
common with Citizens of New York on this Subject and Earnestly 



318 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 Dec. 1806 

Soliciting that Effectual means may be provided without delay to 
afford them that Security and protection their peculiar Situation and 
their Importance to the Union Eminently require 

Alderman Ritter 1 

M r Ha'eht L- were appointed a Committee to report concerning 



Mr Ludlam line of Harrison Street 

Resolved that the following Officers hereafter to be appointed by 
this board before they enter upon the duties of their respective Offices 
give such security as may be approved of by the [236] Mayor or any 
three of the Aldermen faithfully to account to this board for all 
monies received by them respectively To wit 

The Comptroller in the sum of Ten thousand Dollars 

The Street Commissioner in the sum of four thousand Dollars 

The Superintendant of the Alms House in the sum of Ten thou- 
sand Dollars and the Superintendant of Public repairs in the sum of 
Two thousand Dollars 

*M r Bogardus renewed his motion of last meeting in the following 
words To wit 

fResolved that the resolution passed the 21 July last granting 
Stands in the Fish Market to Fourteen Butchers, be and the same is 
hereby rescinded Alderman Miller made a motion for postponing the 
same as follows 

Resolved that the Consideration of this resolution be postponed 
until the next meeting of the Board and that all the papers appertain- 
ing to the resolution with a Copy of the same which makes an appro- 
priation of Fourteen Stalls to Fourteen Butchers be referred to 
Richard Harison for his opinion [237] whether this board is not 
bound by good faith to make good the same 

A Division being taken upon Alderman Millers Motion to post- 
pone, the same passed in the negative as follows 

Affirmative 

The Recorder M r Torbert 

Alderman Miller Ludlam 

Mott Hopper 

Negative 

Alderman Fish M r Morris 

Le Roy De Peyster 

S. Strong Bogardus 

R. Strong Haight 

Ritter Mulligan 

Van Zandt Demarest 



* Marginal note reads See P. 226. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See P. US 124,E.v. 



15 Dec. 1806 COMMOX COUNCIL MlNUTES 319 

A Division was then taken upon M r Bogardus's Original resolu- 
tion the same passed in manner following 

[238] Affirmative 

Alderman Fish M r Morris 

Le Roy Depeyster 

S. Strong Bogardus 

R. Strong Haight 

Ritter Mulligan 

Van Zandt Demarest 

Negative 

The Recorder M r Torbert 

Alderman Miller Ludlum 

Mott Hopper 

M 1 " Morris then renewed the resolution proposed by him at the 
last meeting in the words following To wit 

Resolved that in addition to the fourteen Stalls partly granted 
in the Fish Market that a number of Butchers be removed from the 
upper to the lower market and that in future all Poultry, Small meats 
etc be sold in the upper [239] market near Pearl Street. That all 
stands Erected in the lower market and other good situations pay a 
yearly rent and that a Sufficient Fish Market be built close by the water 

Resolved that the preceding resolution be amended by striking out 
the words 

' In addition to the fourteen Stalls partly granted in the Fish 
Market," 

Alderman Van Zandt moved the following resolution 

Resolved that Benjamin Romaine Comptroller to this board be and 
he is hereby removed from Office, and that he forthwith deliver to 
his Successor in Office all the monies in his hands belonging to the 
Public with all books vouchers and every other thing relating to the 
said Office 

A division being then taken upon Alderman Van Zandts resolu- 
tion the same passed in the affirmative as follows 

Affirmative 

Alderman Fish Morris 

Le Roy Depeyster 

S. [S]trong Bogardus 

R. Strong Haight 

Ritter Mulligan 

Van Zandt Demarest 

[240] Negative 

The Recorder Ludlum 

Alderman Miller Hopper 
Mott 






320 CITY or NEW YORK 15 Dec. 1806 

The Board proceeded to ballot for a Comptroller M r Isaac Stouten- 
burgh was appointed to the said office 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire and report to 
the board without delay by what means Richard Varick. Benjamin 
Romaine and Joshua Barker obtained Water Grants while trustees on 
the Corporate property of this City 

The Recorder "1 

Alderman Roger Strong |- were appointed the said Committee 
M r Bogardus J 

Resolved that this board will proceed to the appointment of a 
Measurer of Lumber 

The Board proceeded to ballot for a Measurer of Lumber. Jere- 
miah Marshall was appointed 

Petitions were received from Jacob Tabele for the office of In- 
spector of wood, of Daniel Stagg to be Employed as a Carpenter of 
Daniel Warham to be employed as a Carpenter, from John Farring- 
ton to be appointed Captain [241] of the Watch. Of Abraham Bre- 
voort for the Office of an Inspector of Bread from Joseph Brotherton 
to be appointed Captain of the Watch of Thomas I. Bartow for the 
office of private Guager Of John R. Ross for an office Of Christian 
Small to be appointed keeper of the Flag Staff at the Battery and of 
Robert Quinn to be appointed a Public Measurer \vere received and 
ordered to lie on the Table 

A Petition of John Pisinger and others for the removal of their 
Stalls lower down in the Fly Market was referred to the Market 
Committee 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

842 Wynant Van Zandt Junior Esquire for the use of the Board of 

Health $500. 

843 Paul B Lloyd for instalments on a Bond given to William J. 

Waldron & assigned to him 1266.67 

844 Hill and Hoyt upon their Contract at Fly Market Slip 500. 

845 John H. Sickles for the use of Building Committee 3000. 

846 Potts and Moore Carting Dirt in Bowery 205.80 

847 John Anderson on his Contract for Pier at the Battery 583.33 

848 Walter Allen on his contract for Pier near the Battery 375. 

849 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237.16 

850 William Van Wart D 237.16 

858 Magnus Beekman DO 217.56 

859 William Peterson DO 217.56 

851 Gad Dumbolton DO 158.76 

852 Philip Jones for Watch Caps 55. 

853 John Ogden for Carting Dirt 10.50 



22 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



321 



[242] 

854 Adolphus Loss for Surveying $68. 

Anthony Girard for Powder 249.66 

Thomas Hazard Conveying Vagrants to Bridewell 118.13 

Isaac Stoutenburgh for the use of the Clerks and Constables at 

the last Election for Charter Officers 78. 



855 
856 
857 



Present 



Jacob Mott 
Jacob Le Roy 
Selah Strong 
Roger Strong 
John P. Ritter 
Nicholas Fish 
John D. Miller 
Thurston Wood 



[243] In Common Council December 22. 1806 

DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

Stephen Ludlam 

John W Mulligan 

Andrew Morris 

Benjamin Haight 

Samuel Torbert ^Assistants 

John Hopper Junior 

Robert Bogardus 

Gerard Depeyster 

Thomas Demarest 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



A. Petition of fire Company N 1 for the removal of their Engine 
House was referred to the Chief Engineer 

A Petition of Hugh Gaine for a Water Grant in front of his 
property in Greenwich and Desbrosses Streets was referred to the 
Comptroller 

[244] A return from Captain Lawrences watch Company was re- 
ferred to the Watch Committee 

A Bond given by this Board to D r Van Solinger was referred to 
the Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

The *Counsel of the board to whom was referred the bills of Costs 
in the causes commenced against Comfort Sands and others reported 
that the defendants have a legal right to their taxed Costs Ordered 
that the said bills be paid when taxed 

A Petition for the regulation of Ridge Street was received and re- 
ferred to the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of Andrew R. Miller and others respecting Sales at 
Auction in Chatham Street was referred to M r Bogardus. Ludlam and 
Haight 

A representation was received from Abraham Stagg that Balances 
are due to him on the regulation of Several Streets the same was 
referred to the Street Commissioner 



* Marginal note reads Nath 1 Pendleton. ED. 



322 CITY OF NEW YORK 22 Dec. 1806 

A Petition of John Garrison and others Inspectors of Lumber to 
be continued in Office was received and ordered to lie on the Table 

Abraham Stagg Collector of the assessment of Rivington Street 
presented a return of the delinquents on the said assessment Ordered 
that a [245] warrant Issue to compel payment. 

The Committee to whom was referred the representation of the 
City Inspector respecting cleaning the Streets and intersections in the 
Vicinity of the Public Markets reports that it would be expedient to 
make an Engagement with M r Hutchins to remove the filth at the rate 
of Seven Dollars and fifty Cents per week when employed and that 
the Deputy Clerks of the Market be requested to notice the Execution 
of the work Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

Ordered that proceedings for the Enlargement of Frankfort Street 
be discontinued 

The following report was received from the Counsel of the Board 
-"A number of papers relative to Land on Staten Island or adjoining 
to it, having been placed in my hands by the late Comptroller, I have 
perused the same and am of Opinion that the Land granted to Thomas 
Carhart by Patent dated 13 th April 3 rd W m and Mary is bounded to 
the South East by the Bay at Common High Water Mark & Conse- 
quently that none of the Land above High Water Mark included in 
that patent could pass by the patent to Lancaster Symes of the 7th 
October 1708 

Anthony Fountain, therefore, in my opinion, can have no land to 
grant, adjoining the land purchased by the Corporation from Jacobson 
[246] & Van Deventer & between that and the Bay 

Rich Harison. 20 Dec r 1806 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Miss Vail- 
liant praying farther Compensation for Embroidering the Colours pre- 
sented to the Artillery reported that it would be proper to allow to 
General Morton $50 for his reimbursement and that out of the same he 
present $32 to Miss Vailliant for her claim 

The resignation of Bell as a Fire warden of the Fifth ward was 
received and accepted and Thomas L. Rich appointed in his stead 

A Petition of Matthew Redett to be appointed Inspector of Wood 
in Crums District was referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
third and fifth wards. 

Stephen Horton Grocer was appointed a Member of Fire Com- 
pany N 8 instead of James Betts resigned 

The Street Commissioner presented an assessment for regulating 



22 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 323 

Suffolk Street from Broome to Stanton Streets Ordered that the 
same be confirmed and Waters Furman appointed Collector 

The City Inspector reported ordinances of the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from 2893 to 2902 inclusive ordered 
[247] that the same be passed. 

The Bond given by this board to Thomas Dick was referred to the 
Comptroller 

Ordered that the papers and reports respecting the assessment at 
the Fly Market Slip be referred to Alderman Selah Strong. M r 
Mulligan and M r Bogardus with directions to confer with the Counsel 
of the Board 

Isaac Stoutenburgh resigned his appointment of Comptroller 

Alderman Selah Strong "j were appointed a Committee to perform the 
Miller L duties of Comptroller pro tempore, to adjust 

Van Zandt j and audit accounts and ordered that the Clerk 
present the accounts in his possession to the said Committee 

The following report was received from the road Committee, 
1 The Road Committee report that from the Shortness of the day 
& the condition of the ground by reason of Frost & Snow, it would be 
inexpedient to continue working the roads during the present Season 
& therefore recommend that the working parties on the roads be 
forthwith dismissed & the work suspended for the Winter under 
these impressions the Committee have presumed to give directions to 
the Road Masters [248] to discharge their men & to discontinue 
works the roads until the pleasure of the Board shall be known De- 
cember 22. 1806 Nich s Fish Chairman Ordered that the same be 
confirmed 

Petitions of Henry Remmey and Samuel Dodge to be appointed 
Superintendant of Alms House of Levi Gansey to be appointed 
Superintendant of Public repairs Of Andrew R. Miller to be ap- 
pointed Weigh Master Of Miles Kirkley to be appointed a Weigh 
Master Of Matthew Gallalee to be appointed Inspector of Bread 
Of Daniel Dodge to be appointed Measurer of Grain Of Peter 
Wilkes Green for an Office and of Christian Rook to be appointed a 
Carpenter to the Public, were received and ordered to lie on the Table 



324 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



29 Dec. 1806 



[249] In Common Council December 29. 1806 



Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Jacob Le Roy 

John P. Ritter 

John D. Miller 

Thurston Wood 

Selah Strong 

Roger Strong 

Nicholas Fish 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



^Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
Stephen Ludlam 
Benjamin Haight 
Robert Bogardus 
John Hopper Junior 
Andrew Morris 
Gerard Depeyster 
John W. Mulligan 
Thomas Demarest 



Assistants. 



A representation of D r Chapman that the family of M r Ross in 
Reed Street are in a distressed situatio'n was referred to the Alderman 
and assistant of the fifth ward with power to grant relief 

A petition of Adam Pentz to be exonerated from a fine was re- 
ferred to the Attorney of the Board 

[250] Returns from Captains Petersons and Lawrences Watch 
Companies were referred to the Watch Committee upon receiving 
the report of the Watch Committee ordered that Peter Valon and 
Henry Felter be appointed Watchmen and Jacob Roome. Freeman 
Hamilton. George Doremus Joseph Wentworth and David Lawrence 
Substitutes of Captain Lawrences Company and that the suspension 
of Cornelius Decker be confirmed 

Ordered that a Watch Box be placed at and adjoining the fence of 
the Health Office in Chamber Street and that a Watchman be there 
stationed 

A Petition of Patrick M c Kay to be compensated for damages re- 
ceived at the late Riot in Augustus Street was referred to Alderman 
Miller. Ritter and M r Morris 

* A Memorial of John Hunter and others respecting a fire En- 
gine House in Duane Street was referred to the Chief Engineer and 
Alderman and assistant of the fifth ward 

A Petition of Edward Laight in behalf of Elizabeth Laight for 
payment of the assessment monies due TO her was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

A Petition of John Knapp for payment of the monies due to him 
for digging out Gouveneurs Street was referred to the Street Com- 
missioner 

Ordered that the Mayor be authorized [255] to take all proper 



* Marginal note reads See P. 260. ED. 



29 Dec. 1806 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 325 

Measures to preserve the peace and prevent disturbances on New 
Years Eve and day 

A Petition of Joshua Waddington and others stating that repeated 
attempts have been made to set fire to stores and buildings in Pearl 
Street & Pine Street for the purposes of Plunder ordered that Alder- 
man Van Zandt be authorized to take measures to place Watchmen in 
that neighbourhood 

Alderman Fish Were appointed a Committee to report upon 

Van Zandt the propriety of appropriating public Ground 

Miller for the purpose of Erecting a building to 

Cover a Park of Heavy Artillery to be Erected by the General Government and 

also upon the propriety of appropriating certain parts of the intended projection 

of the Battery for the purpose of Constructing works for the defence of the 

City and further upon the propriety of providing a suitable scite on each side of 

the northern parts of this City on which Batteries may be built to destroy 

Vessels of War that may pass the other Batteries and attempt a Cannonade. 

A Communication of the Cashier of the Manhattan Bank respect- 
ing a dividend on the Stock of the Corporation was referred to the 
Comptroller 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee to whom was referred 
a Communication of the Superintendant of the Alms House Ordered 
that two or three hundred additional loads of wood be provided if it 
can be done on reasonable terms and that a proper person be employed 
to make enquiry and report [252] to the Superintendant the Situation 
and necessities of persons applying for Bounty 

A report of the Street Commissioner and an opinion of the Counsel 
of the board respecting the Piers at white Hall Slip was referred to 
the Alderman and assistant of the first ward and Street Commis- 
sioner 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referred the petition of 
Benjamin Underhill and others against the assessment for the drain 
in Roosevelt Street reported that it would be inexpedient to make any 
alterations in the assessment Ordered that the said report be con- 
firmed 

The Street Commissioner to whom were referred the petitions of 
Magie and Conklin. and Abraham Magg [Stagg] reported against 
making any further advance upon their contracts Ordered that the said 
report be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported an additional assessment for 
the intersections of Henry Street ordered that the same be confirmed 
and John Bussing appointed Collector 

Thomas I. Bartow was appointed a Guager 



326 CITY OF NEW YORK 29 Dec. 1806 

Alderman Miller moved that the Board proceed to the appointment 
of a Comptroller a division being taken thereupon the same was 
negatived as follows To wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Mott M r Torbert Alderman Le Roy M r Haight 

Miller Ludlam Ritter [253] Bogardus 

Wood Hopper S. Strong Morris 

Demarest R. Strong Depeyster 

Fish Mulligan 

Van Zandt 

The City Inspector reported drafts of ordinances for the Correc- 
tion and removal of nuisances numbered from 2902 to 2912 inclusive 
ordered that the same do pass. 

Daniel Dodge was appointed a Measurer of Grain 
M r Mulligan moved the following resolution To wit Resolved 
that so much of the resolution of December 10 th 1804 as directs that 
the *Editor of the American Citizen be Employed to execute the print- 
ing of this Board and its officers be and the same is hereby rescinded 

A division being taken thereupon the same was carried in the 
affirmative as follows To wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Le Roy M r Haight Alderman Mott 

Ritter Bogardus Miller 

S. Strong Morris Wood 

R. Strong Depeyster Torbert 

Fish Mulligan Ludlam 

Van Zandt Demarest Hopper 

[254] The Comptroller to whom was referred the petition of 
Matthew Redett and Henry Crum praying a change in their Wood In- 
spection districts reported that they have withdrawn their petition and 
that no further proceedings are necessary 

The Committee appointed for that purpose reported a petition to 
Congress for placing our Sea Port and Harbour in a State of de- 
fence the same was adopted Ordered that the seal of the Board be 
affixed thereto and the same transmitted 

Petitions were received from John W. Patterson for the office of 
Attorney to the Board from Alexander Crawford for the Office of 
Superintendant of repairs from John M. Riker to be appointed In- 
spector of Wood and from Tunis Riker to be appointed a Public 
Carpenter the same were ordered to lie on the Table 

* Marginal note reads James Cheetham. ED. 



5 Jan. 1801 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



327 



Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the treasurer to pay 


Ns 860 


Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 


$237.16 


861 


William Van Wart D 


237.16 


862 


Magnus Beekman D 


223.16 


863 


William Peterson D 


217.56 


864 


Charles Van Orden D 


158.76 


865 


Gad Bumbolton D 


158.76 


866 


Selah Strong for dirt Carted into Collect 


1007.43 


867 


Samuel B. Waldron for work to roads 


964.31 


868 


Joseph Kimball painting and Glazing 


354.49 


869 


John Requa work to Village Street 


71.69 


870 


Daniel Banward drain in Village Street 


141.36 


[255] 871 


Oliver Jaques repairs on Washington Street 


199.46 


872 


Oliver Jaques paving Chapel Street 


9.40 


873 


James Steadman trunk in Rivington Street 


12.02 


874 


Edward Watkeys Candles 


12.71 


875 


Benjamin Demilt regulating dock 


50. 


876 


Kimball and Skaats painting & Glazing 


194.50 


877 


Charles Van Orden City Watch 


158.76 



[256] In Common Council January 5. 1807 
Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Jacob Le Roy 

Selah Strong 

Thurston Wood 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Nicholas Fish 

Roger Strong 

John P. Ritter 

John D. Miller 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Gerard Depeyster 
John W. Mulligan 
John Hopper Junior 
Benjamin Haight 
Thomas Demarest 
Stephen Ludlam 
Andrew Morris 
Robert Bogardus 



v Assistants 



A return from Captain Lawrence's watch Company was referred to 
the Watch Committee 

A proposal of John T. Crane and Samuel Hutchings to cleanse 
the Streets was referred to the City Inspector 

A petition of Andrew Ross and Thomas Duvall respecting the 
regulation of Crosby Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Stephen Gould to obtain the printing business of the 
Corporation was referred to the City [257] Inspector 

A petition of William Post for a grant of the stand N 59 Fly 
Market was received and granted 

A petition of Caleb Forclham and others for a pump in Bedlow 
Street between Charlotte and East Rutgers Streets was granted on the 



328 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Jan. 1807 

usual terms under the directions of the Alderman and assistant of the 
Seventh ward 

A representation was received from M r Macomb that Johnson 
and Stevens stand in need of an advance of $3000 upon their Con- 
tract for Marble ordered that the same be made upon their giving 
proper security to be approved by the building Committee that $1000 
parcel thereof be immediately paid and the residue when convenient 
to the board 

The following report was received from the Committee relative to 
the Piers at White Hall Slip 

The Committee appointed to Superintend the Erecting of Piers 
between the Exchange & White Hall Slips have the Honor to Report 
that the questions offered to M r Harison by the Street Commissioner 
together with his answers have been shewn to M r Coles who has Con- 
sented to Contribute his proportion towards the piers upon the follow- 
ing principles 

1' That the Ell projecting Easterly from the west pier be paid 
for and the wharfage thereof be considered the Exclusive right of 
the proprietors in the same [258] manner as is agreed with respect to 
the Center pier 

2 That the Corporation relinquish their right to half the Wharf- 
age at the Ends of the Piers in consideration of M r Coles & M r 
Goelet relinquishing their claim to damages for receding from the 
Slip, the half of the End of said Piers to be the Exclusive right of the 
said Coles & Goelet 

3 That the Corporation receive the Wharfage on the Slip sides 
and the proprietors all the residue according to their several interests 
which several interests shall in this case be determined by the width of 
their respective fronts and in all cases the width of the Street leading 
to the river or such parts thereof as hath been made by the owners 
of the Corner lots shall be added to said Corner Lots 

The Committee are aware that M r Harisons Opinion respecting 
the interests of the several proprietors is different from the above 
propositions which are founded upon the Statement C M r Harison 
having decided in favor of the Statement A But it ought to be under- 
stood that the law upon which he founded his opinion supposes or 
may be deemed to suppose the term of the water rights and the Ex- 
pence of making the water into land to be in proportion to the width 
of their several fronts Whereas it is clear that the corner lots on Slips 
or Streets have been Obliged to expend a Considerable additional sum 
The proposition of M r Coles is therefore to put the Corner lots upon 






5 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 329 

an Equal footing as to their payments [259] & interest in the revenue 
with the other proprietors 

The proposition of M r Coles to give up his claim to damages for 
the Bulk head and Waters and take as an Equivalent the half of the 
End of the Pier claimed by the Corporation appears to the Committee 
to be such as the Corporation ought to comply with ; for they will re- 
ceive a front on the Slip of Twenty feet in lieu of fifteen feet and 
the End of the pier & thereby be released from a difficult and doubt- 
ful settlement of damages which might be attended with the Expences 
of a suit at Law 

The committee having taken up this subject in various points of 
View and believing that further delay will increase the difficulties of 
settlement recommend that the Corporation Accede to the propositions 
now made as a permanent adjustment of this affair. There does not 
appear any disposition in the other proprietors hostile to this mode of 
settlement and the Committee know of no objection to it except that 
M r Goelet has not been Consulted in this particular But as he has 
uniformly refused to contribute the Corporation may be considered his 
Successor and they will consequently have to advance towards the 
piers already built for his rights &c therein $603 3 %oo which the 
Committee recommend to be paid to the Contractors And that M r 
Goelet have Six months to refund the money to be advanced by the 
Corporation on paying interest for the same and that the Street Com- 
missioner give him notice accordingly. 

[260] All which is respectfully Submitted 

10 _, Wynant Van Zandt J r 

January 6. 1806 ^ 

John S. Hunn 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

Upon receiving the report of the Watch committee ordered that 
Ebenezer Stevenson. Joseph Ayres. Henry Storms. Aaron Duval. John 
M c Manus. Alexander M c Kay John Bennet and Isaac Boice be ap- 
pointed Substitutes to Captain Petersons Company that the Suspen- 
sion of Benjamin Spear and Jacob Beveline and Timothy Briggs be 
confirmed 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered 2913 to 2923 inclusive ordered that 
the same do pass 

The Committee to whom was referred the Communication concern- 
ing M rs Ross reported that in their opinion the law would not author- 



330 CITY or NEW YORK 5 Jan. 1807 

ise the Board in affording her pecuniary relief out of the ordinary 
course and that she be referred to the proper Officers in case she 
should be disposed to make an application as a pauper Ordered that 
the said report be confirmed 

Upon receiving the report of the Committee to whom was referred 
the petition of *John Hunter and others and also the petition of Fire 
Company N 1 Resolved that the New Engine House made or mak- 
ing for Fire Engine N 1 be set up and [261 j Established until the 
further order of the Common Council at the pb.ce where the old one 
now Stands and under the direction of the Chief Engineer 

The Committee appointed to examine into the State of the Public 
funds presented the following report 

The Committee that was appointed to enquire into the State of the 
Public Funds. Report. That by the City Treasurers Cash account 
given on the 26 Dec r last there was in the Treasury $2733 2 %oo and 
warrants had been drawn previous to that date upon the Treasury 
which had not been paid to the amount of $2550 % o consequently 
the actual balance due from the Treasury at that time was only 
$183 2i/ 100 

The Committee further report, there has been Collected of the 
new Tax $37.471 87 / 100 

The amount of debts which the Corporation owe the Committee 
have not been able to ascertain with that Exactness they could wish. 
The Comptroller's Books do not furnish the necessary information 
but they have learned from other sources that the Corporation owe to 
the Manhattan Bank for money loaned (the principal and interest) 
amounting to $102.715 8 % o that they owe upon Bonds given to Indi- 
viduals after deducting what money has been already paid on them 
$44.223 there is also Owing on Contracts for building Bridges Docks 
Piers &c a the proportion which the Corporation is bound to pay is 
$12.713 these several sums making altogether $159.656 8 %oo Dollars. 
It is expected that some part of this sum will be refunded by assess- 
ments that [262] are intended to be laid on New Streets that have 
been opened. It is not likely that more than $40.000 can be raised 
from these assessments which will still leave $1 19.656 8 %oo to be 
provided for either by additional taxes or by the Sale of Public prop- 
erty for it is believed that the part of the Tax that still remains un- 
collected and the remainder of the Corporation revenue will scarcely 

* Marginal note reads respecting Engine House in Duane Street. Vid. 250. 
En. 



5 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 331 

be sufficient to defray the Current Expences of the City during the 
year 

All which is Submitted 

Selah Strong 
January 5. loCY ,,, ' 

Wynant Van Zandt J r 

Ordered that the same be published. 

Ordered that the Alderman and assistant of the Second Ward be 
authorised to discontinue the attendance of Constables at the Fly 
Market on Sundays 

A report of the Street Commissioner together with the assess- 
ment for opening and continuing Broadway was referred to M r 
Bogardus Alderman Roger Strong and M r Depe\ ster 

The following report was received from the Committee respecting 
the Cession of ground to the General Government for a Building to 
Cover a Park of Heavy A/[r]tillery. The Committee to whom was re- 
ferred a Communication to the Mayor from the Secretary at War on 
the Subject of fortifying the City and Harbour of New York Re- 
port that from [263] the above mentioned Communication it appears, 
" That the Secretary at War is desirous that this Board should ap- 
propriate a Suitable site for a building to Cover a Heavy Park of 
Artillery mounted on travelling Carriages also certain parts of the 
intended projection of the Battery for the purpose of Constructing 
Batteries thereon for the protection of the City and a suitable site on 
each side of the northern part of the City for Erecting large wharves 
on which Batteries can be built for annoyance of any Vessels of War 
that may pass the other Batteries & attempt to Cannonade the City." 
And your Committee being of Opinion that [it] is incumbent on this 
Board to afford all the Aid & Co operation in their power to promote 
an Object so important to the safety welfare & happiness of their 
Constituents as the fortifying the City & Harbour of New York 
recommend the adoption of the following Resolution Resolved that 
this Board will cheerfully appropriate and make over to the United 
States so much ground in a Central part of the City formerly the 
Collect and now marked A as shall be necessary for buildings to Cover 
a Heavy Park of Artillery together with all the Carriages and appa- 
ratus suitable for the same, or if the Secretary of War shall prefer 
a place more distant from the populous part of the City for that 
purpose that he may be at liberty to Select a Sufficient quantity of 
ground at the Old Potters Field about three miles from the City and 
also so much of the intended projection of the Battery being ground 



332 CITY OF NEW YORK 5 Jan. 1807 

at present under Water [264] & marked B as shall in the Judgment 
of an Engineer to be appointed on the part of the United States be 
proper for works of defence to the whole extent of the Corporation 
right viz about four hundred feet into the water 

Also a suitable Site for Erecting a Battery & wharf on the North 
River near Rhinelanders & marked C including as much Land & 
ground under water as shall be necessary for those objects on condi- 
tion that the necessary measures be forthwith taken & continued on 
the part of the United States for carrying the contemplated Objects of 
fortifications & defence into complete Effect Resolved that the Mayor 
be requested to transmit without delay a Copy of the preceding re- 
port & resolutions to the Secretary at War Nich s Fish Chairman W 
Van Zandt J r J. D. Miller Ordered that the same be confirmed 

Ordered that the Canal Committee be directed to consider and re- 
port upon the propriety of immediately paying the Bonds given for 
ground for regulating Canal Street 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner and Comptroller be directed 
to report the most (Economical way of filling in the Collect 

A Petition of Nicholas Anderson was received for the office of 
an Inspector of Bread 

The Board proceeded to ballot for a [265] Comptroller instead of 
Isaac Stoutenburgh resigned Jacob Morton Esquire having the greatest 
number of Votes was accordingly appointed 

Resolved that Thomas Gill one of the \Veigh Masters appointed by 
this board be and he is hereby removed from office 

Alderman Ritter moved the following resolution 

Resolved that William Peterson be removed from his office of 
Captain of the City Night Watch in second District, also that John 
A. Crolius be removed from his office as Bread Inspector. A division 
was called upon each Branch of the said resolution Separately The 
Division being taken with respect to the removal of William Peterson 
the same was carried as follows To wit 

Affirmative Negative 
Alderman Le Roy M r Depeyster Alderman Mott 

S. Strong Mulligan Wood 

Van Zandt Haight Miller 

Fish Morris M r Hopper 

R. Strong Bogardus Ludlam 

Ritter Demarest 

The division was then taken upon so much of the said resolution 
as directs the removal of John A Crolius the same was carried in 
the affirmative the votes being the same as in the preceding division 



5 Jan. 1807 COMMOX COUNCIL MlNUTES 333 

Alderman Roger Strong moved the [266] following resolution Re- 
solved that Gad Dumbolton be removed and he is hereby removed from 
the office he now holds as Captain of the Watch of the third Watch 
District 

A division being taken thereupon the same was carried in manner 
following to wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Le Roy M r Depeyster Alderman Mott 

S. Strong Mulligan Wood 

Fish Haight Miller 

Van Zandt Demarest M r Hopper 

R. Strong Morris Ludlam 

Ritter Bogardus 

The board proceeded to ballot for Captains of of the Watch 
instead of William Peterson and Gad Dumbolton removed and for an 
Inspector of Bread instead of John A. Crolius removed. The fol- 
lowing persons having the greatest number of Votes were accordingly 
appointed. John Farrington Captain of the Watch for the Second 
district Jacob Hays Captain of the Watch for the third district and 
William M. Summers an Inspector of Bread 

M r Haight moved the following resolution Resolved that John 
Payne be and is hereby removed from the office of Inspector of fire- 
wood 

A Division being taken upon the said resolution [267] the same 
was carried as follows To wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Le Roy M r Depeyster Alderman Mott 
S. Strong Mulligan Wood 

Van Zandt Haight Miller 

Fish Morris M r Hopper 

Ritter Demarest 

i 

Ludlam 

The Board then proceeded to ballot for an Inspector of wood in- 
stead of John Payne removed and Jacob Tabele having the greatest 
number of votes was appointed accordingly 

Resolved that so much of the tenth Inspection District as is com- 
prised in Varick and Bonsalls Bason with the Entrance and front 
wharf to the Center of partition Street Pier be and is hereby al- 
lotted to Jacob Tabele 

And further, resolved that the remainder of of said tenth District 
together with the Bulk head of Corporation Bason heretofore be- 



334 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



12 Jan. 1807 



longing to the Eleventh District be and is hereby allotted to John 
Younge 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Issued Warr ts 

N 878 Anthony Dey for Costs in the suits against M r Grant pur- 
suant to order of December 8 $42 . 26 

879 John H. Sickels treasurer of Building Committee to pay 

for Marble 1000. 

880 Jacob Morton to pay Cartmen for riding Dirt into Collect.. 462.81 
[268]881 John Pintard a quarters Salary 312.50 

882 Elam Williams a lost fire Bucket 2. 

883 Edward Moran Services 54. 

884 Andrew Otterson DO 54. 

885 James Hardie DO 62 . 50 

886 Samuel Montgomery and David Saffin for attending Fly 

Market on Sundays 34. 



[269] In Common Council January 12. 1807 



Present De Witt Clinton Esquire Mayor 



Jacob Mott 

Nicholas Fish 

Selah Strong 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

John P. Rirter 

John D. Miller 

Roger Strong 

Thurston Wood 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Samuel Torbert 
John W. Mulligan 
Thomas Demarest 
Robert Bogardus 
Stephen Ludlam 
Andrew Morris 
Benjamin Haight 
Gerard Depeyster 
John Hopper Junior 



^Esquires 
Assistants 



A Communication respecting the situation of John Guest recom- 
mending him to fill some Easy Office was ordered to be filed 

An application of a committee of the American Academy of Arts 
requesting the Consent and Concurrence of the Common Council in 
behalf of their proposed request to the Legislature for the liberty of 
Erecting a Building on the Public Ground fronting the Battery was 
referred to Alderman Van Zandt Messieurs Depeyster and Torbert* 

[270] fAn Application of Robert Lilburn for a deed of the Com- 
mon Lands granted to him. the Boundaries thereof have been Ad- 
justed by Samuel Stilwell City Surveyor in 1804 was referred to the 
Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

A Communication of Gurdon S. Mumford and George Clinton 

* Marginal note reads See Report P. 282. ED. 

t Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 171. ED. 



12 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 335 

Junior Esquires our respresentatives in Congress respecting the peti- 
tion for fortifying the Harbor was read and filed 

An application of Mess" Collins and Perkins to supply Stationary 
and perform the printing of the Board was referred to the City In- 
spector 

A representation of Benjamin Romaine respecting Henry Hender- 
son confined at the suit of the Corporation for $50 for arrearages due 
on Manure sold him by Samuel Hutchings was referred to the Comp- 
troller 

An application of John Charles stating his Intention to build on 
the lot N 13 Chatham Street was referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of Thomas Stagg and others owners of Lots in Front 
Street between Peck and New Slips to have the same regulated was 
referred to the Street Commissioner 

A petition of Adam and Noah Brown for a grant of water in front 
of their Lots near north Street was referred to the Comptroller* 

[271] A Petition of William Mathews for an allowance of $200 
upon his Contract for building Walls adjoining the Bridge near the 
Powder House was referred to the road Committee 

A Petition of Peter G. Stuyvesant and others for the regulation of 
Stuyvesant Street was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A representation of Abraham Stagg requesting that the Height of 
Canal Street be determined was referred to the Canal Committee 

A return of Abraham Stagg of the delinquents in the assessment 
of Bedlow Street was received Ordered that a Warrant Issue 

A Petition of B and H. Morgan for a renewal of their Lease of 
two lots at Peck Slip was referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of Peter Lorillard for payment of Land taken from 
[him] for making Canal Street was referred to the Canal Committee 

On receiving a report from the Watch Committee ordered that a 
Watch Box be placed at the Corner of Pearl and Pine Streets and a 
Watchman of the first Watch District be stationed there 

Alexander Denniston and Isaac Little were appointed Firemen of 
Company N 1 instead of Thomas L. Rich appointed fire Warden and 
Jacob Gerrard resigned 

Ordered that an Error in the account for filling in the Collect of 
nine Dollars be rectified and that a warrant issue therefor in favor of 
the Comptroller 

[272] Ordered that the Engine in the Hands of M r Hardenbrook 
be delivered to Company N 1 

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 33. ED. 



336 CITY OF NEW YORK 12 Jan. 1807 

A representation from the Superintendant of the Alms House was 
referred to M r Morris. Demarest and Ludlam 

A report of the Street Commissioner relative to Ground at the 
Collect was referred to the Street Commissioner and Comptroller 

The following report was received from the Street Commissioner 
relative to the tenants in Chatham Street The Street Commissioner 
has the Honor to represent to the Board that an application of the 
Tenants of the Corporation in Chatham Street to be released from 
part of the Expence of repairing that Street was referred to the 
Comptroller and Street Commissioner who presented a report thereon 
to the Board on the 3 November last recommending a Warrant for 
169 5 %oo Dollars to be issued in favor of the Comptroller to pay off 
the several persons therein Expressed 

The Street Commissioner has understood that the report was 
agreed to. But the warrant has not been made out. owing probably to 
the Circumstance of the account coming in form of a report 

The Tenants are frequently applying for their portions of this 
money which has been advanced by them Twelve months ago 

The Street Commissioner therefore recommends that the warrant 
be directed to be made out according to the Conditions of the said 
report a Copy of which is here [273] with presented 

All which is respectfully Submitted 

Street Comm r Office John S. Hunn 

January 12. 1807 S' Com r 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that warrants issue ac- 
cordingly 

Resolved that the Second assessment for filling the Fly Market 
Slip and building the Bulk Head be confirmed and that the Collector 
be instructed to Collect the monies agreeably to the principles of the 
first assessment 

A report of the City Inspector respecting proposals of Printers was 
postponed until the next meeting 

Street Commissioners report relating to Jury Cases in Jay Street 
Chamber & Burling Slip was confirmed and Samuel Cowdry ordered 
to report Ordinances in conformity 

City Inspector reported ordinances for Correcting Nuisances from 
N 2924 to 2949 inclusive [which] was passed 

City Inspectors report on the proposals of John T. Crane and 
Samuel Hutchings for farming the privilege of Collecting manure was 
referred to the Committee for revising laws 



12 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 337 

Report of the Attorney in favor of remitting the fine recovered 
against Adam Pentz was confirmed 

[274] Representation of Oliver Jacques Collector respecting the 
distraining goods the property of John Requa and his doubts of the 
Legality of the measure Referred to the Attorney of the Board 

Resolved that another Inspector of Wood be appointed and that 
the usual form of appointing by Ballot be dispensed with 

Resolved That John Paine be appointed Inspector of firewood. 

Resolved that the East side of Peck Slip be assigned to John 
Young Inspector of wood in place of his present situation on the 
North River 

Resolved that John Paine Inspector of Wood Occupy the place 
held by John Young on the north River and that the Alderman and 
assistant of the third ward further assign to said Paine such addi- 
tional part of the bulk Head on Washington Street as they may deem 
proper 

Resolved that Mess ers Morris Haight & Hopper be a committee 
to enquire into the expediency of appointing an Inspector of Stone & 
Bricks 

Resolved that hereafter the Common Council meet in the front 
Court room in the City Hall 

Resolved that the Committee lately appointed to Enquire into the 
state of the Public funds be a Committee to report to the Board the 
state of the Several Offices of the Corporation how they have been 
conducted and in what manner the Public accounts have been kept and 
also whether a greater number of assistants or [275] attendants are 
not employed in the said Offices than are necessary 

The proposition from Benjamin Romaine offering his Bond with 
interest payable in one year for a Lot purchased by him in the Com- 
mon lands was referred to the Comptroller 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Issued Warrants 

NO 887 Philip J. Arcularius for support of Alms House $3000. 

880 Jacob Morton a mistake in the last Collect account 9. 

889 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 257. 4 

890 William Van Wart DO ' 252.66 

891 Magnus Beekman D 233.6 

892 William Peterson DO 139.82 

893 Charles Van Orden DO 177.94 

894 Jacob Hays DO 90.72 

895 William Kay for digging a well 23. 



338 



CITY or NEW YORK 



19 Jan. 1807 



NO 896 Robert Brown Carting Dirt to white Hall Slip $38. 

897 Andrew Leary Carpenters work 38.50 

898 William Leary DO 30. 

899 Cornelius Warner Salary 156.50. 

900 Benjamin Kip Carting Watch Boxes 3 .25 

901 Robert Merrit Collecting Timber 1.25 

902 William P. Roome for Services 52. 

903 Samuel Stilwell for Surveying 62.50 

904 Jacob Morton to pay Miss Valiant for balance on Colours 50. 



[276] In Common Council January 19. 1807 

Present DeWitt Clinton Esquire Mayor 

Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 



Jacob Mott 

Nicholas Fish 

Roger Strong 

Thurston Wood 

W T ynant Van Zandt Junior 

John P. Ritter 

Selah Strong 

John D Miller 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



John Hopper Junior^ 
Thomas Demarest 
Andrew Morris 
Benjamin Haight 
Robert Bogardus 
Samuel Torbert 
Gerard Depeyster 
John W. Mulligan 
Stephen Ludlam 



Esquires 
Assistants 



A Communication was received concerning the Free School lately 
Established in this City and referred to Alderman Van Zandt. M r 
Torbert and Morris 

A Petition of Several of the Watchmen for an Increase of pay 
was referred to the Watch Committee 

An Account for interest on the Bond to the Estate of Cornelius 
Clopper a Bond to John Stilwell [277] a petition of Thomas Dick for 
payment of his Bond and a petition of Stephen Paret for payment of 
a claim for Stone were Severally referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of Gersham Ludlam for a Butchers Stand was referred 
to the Market Committee 

A Petition of Henry Astor and others for a fire Engine House 
was referred to the Alderman and assistants of the Seventh and 
Eighth wards together with the Chief Engineer 

A Petition of Elnathan Underhill for a Butchers Stand was re- 
ferred to the Market Committee 

A Representation of the Grand Jury against Lottery Offices was 
referred to the Committee on the revision of the Laws 

A Petition for a \Yatchman to be stationed near Lispenards 
Meadows was referred to the Watch Committee 



19 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 339 

The Committee to whom was referred a Communication from the 
Superintendant of the Alms House on the Subject of Compensation to 
be allowed to Charles M c Pherson who has been appointed by him to 
investigate the claims and real situation of applicants for assistance 
reported that they have enquired into the Services of M r M c Pherson 
and find him to be an useful and intelligent man and his appointment 
a necessary one and recommend an allowance of Twelve Shillings per 
day Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The Comptroller to whom was referred [278] the case of Henry 
Henderson who was confined in goal for the sum of $50 being the ar- 
rearages on the Sale of manure to him reported that he had visited 
him in prison and found him Extremely indigent with a family to 
maintain and that upon consulting with the Mayor and several of the 
Aldermen he directed the Attorney of the Corporation to take a note 
from Henderson for the debt and Costs and to liberate him thereupon. 
Ordered that the said report be confirmed 

The Street Commissioner presented returns of Delinquents in the 
assessments for regulating Broadway between Prince and Great Jones 
Streets and for altering the sewer in Roosevelt Street. Ordered that 
Warrants issue 

The Street Commissioner reported Ordinances for assessment of 
the sums due for the property taken to Widen Jay Street from Green- 
wich to Washington Streets for removing a Shop near Burling Slip 
and for removing a House Standing in Chamber Street Ordered that 
the same pass, that Elias Burger. Ezra Weeks. Leonard Lispenard. 
John P. Groshon and John I. Westervelt be appointed assessors for 
Jay Street. Henry Ten Brook John Griffith. John Depeyster. Daniel 
Cromwell and Isaac Burr be appointed assessors for removing the 
Shop near Burling Slip and Grove Wright. Joshua Barker. William 
Dustan. Robert Buchan and John I. Westervelt for removing the 
House in Chamber Street 

The Street Commissioner reported the assessment for opening 
Amity Street Ordered that the same be [279] confirmed 

Ordered that the suit against Dominick Lynch be discontinued 
upon his payment of Costs 

Amos Underbill. Grocer George Lord. Carpenter Job Furman. 
Carpenter John White. Grocer Jacob Bolmer. Cartman Daniel 
Williams. Carpenter Thomas Fairweather Shoemaker and John 
Strang. Carpenter were appointed additional firemen to Company N 
2 David I. Secor was appointed a fireman to Company N 27 George 
Gilpin Currier and William Lawrence Currier were appointed Firemen 



340 CITY OF NEW YORK 19 Jan. 1807 

to Company N 7 instead of Henry Ortley and Jeremiah Warner re- 
signed and James Lorton was appointed a fireman of Company N 
27 instead of James Riker resigned 

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for the Cor- 
rection and removal of Nuisances numbered from N 2950 to 2975 
inclusive Ordered that the same do pass 

The City Inspector also reported that the Chief Fire Warden re- 
quests the liberty of having Blank returns printed of delinquents under 
the fire law. Ordered that the same be printed accordingly 

Dirck Ten Broeck was appointed an assessor in the ordinance for 
regulating the upper part of Broadway instead of Alderman Fish 
whose appointment is vacant on account his having become a member 
of this Board 

A report of the Lamp Committee respecting [280] placing Lamps 
in Stuyvesant Street was received Ordered that the said report be 
recommitted to the said Committee with power to direct Lamps to 
be there, if they shall think proper 

Resolved that the City Inspector complete a Contract for printing 
with Mess rs Southwick & Hardcastle upon the Terms Stated in his 
report for one year and that the Board Ballot for such person 

The Board proceeded to ballot for a name or names to fill such 
Blank Southwick and Hardcastle having the greatest number of 
Votes the said Blank was ordered to be filled with their names 

Resolved that the Comptroller present to this Board at the next 
meeting the usual Annual Estimate for the Tax necessary to defray 
the Expences of the Current year and that he also present the draft of 
a Bill and an application to the Legislature 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Issued Warrfc* 

N 905 Samuel Myers Attending as a Witness $15 . 

906 I Bouker for work at the Bridge and Road near Henry 

Posts 700. 

907 William Mathews on Contract at Powder House Hill 200. 

908 Gad Dumbolton for City Watch 80.20 

909 Mathew Dikeman work to pumps 115.18 

910 Isaac Blew Carpenters work 27.50 

911 John Martin for Cartage 3 . 55 

912 Day and Warts for painting 79.76 

913 James Horner for work to wells 109.75 

[281J914 Arbuckle, Stoudinger and Wilson Carpenters work 16.56 

915 Deklyn & Cunningham for Timber 303 .27 

916 Jones Son and Clinch for Cordage 5.41 



26 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 341 

NO 917 Mathew Dikeman for Pumps $119.25 

918 Henry D. Tripp for taking charge of Park 38.75 

919 Charles Morris Carpenters work 47.90 

920 Isaac Keeler Carpenters work 66. 3 

921 John S. Hunn a quarters Salary 375 . 

922 Estate of Theophilus Beekman a quarters Salary as assist- 

ant Justice 250. 

923 Jacob De La Montagnie a quarters Salary as assistant Jus- 

tice 250. 

924 Bernard O'Blenis a quarters Salary as Clerk to assistant 

Justices 250 . 

925 Alexander Morton for Cartage 71 . 

926 Daniel Woolsey for work at White Hall Slip 717. 18 

927 John H. Sickles for use of building Committee 500. 

928 Jacob Morton to pay the tenants in Chatham Street pur- 

suant to order of last meeting 169.49 

[282] In Common Council January 26. 1807 
Present Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

Stephen Ludlam 
Jacob Mott Samud Torbert 

Thurston Wood John Hopper Junjor 

Esquires John W. Mulligan 

Roger Strong > Alderman Andrew Morris Assistants 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior Gerard D 

John P. Ritter . . , , 

Benjamin Haight 

Mlller Robert Bogardus 

*Upon receiving the report of the Committee to whom was re- 
ferred the Communication of a Committee of the Academy of Arts. 
Resolved that this board will lease to the Academy of Arts one or 
more Lots of ground on Broadway on such terms and conditions as 
shall hereafter be agreed on between this Board and the Academy of 
Arts 

An application of the Corporation of Trinity Church to fix the 
lines of Washington and Greenwich Streets was referred to the Street 
Commissioner 

An application of William Edgar and others [283] that this board 
apply to the Legislature to purchase the Government House and 
grounds was referred to Alderman Van Zandt. M r Torbert and M r 
Mulligan 

A Petition of Catharine Westervelt and others for a Water Grant 
was referred to the Comptroller 



* Marginal note reads See P. 269. ED. 



342 CITY OF NEW YORK 26 Jan. 1807 

A Petition of Jonathan Spader for compensation on account of an 
Injury done to his building by the Regulation of Mulberry Street was 
referred to the Alderman and assistant of the Eighth ward and the 
Street Commissioner 

A Petition of Jacob Morton and others for additional Watchmen in 
the Eighth ward was referred to the Watch Committee 

A Petition of Elizabeth R. Skaats stating that she is injured by 
digging out a lot in Church Street was referred to the alderman and 
assistant of the fifth Ward 

A resignation of Thomas Bartow as a City Weigher was received 
and accepted and Anthony V Bartow was appointed in his stead 

Petitions of David Lydig and Isaac Cock for a renewal of their 
Leases were referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition from Kay & Horner stating that a balance is due to 
them from the Commissioner of Public repairs being monies received 
by him from the Corporation for their use was referred to the Com- 
mittee [284] appointed to enquire into the manner in which the 
Offices of this Board are conducted 

A Complaint of William Mooney against John K. Floor and 
William Warlow. Butchers was referred to the Market Committee 

The following report was received To wit The Committee to 
whom the petition of Andrew R. Miller Henry Doyer and others 
relative to the improper practices of several auctioneers 

Report That the present ordinance regulating Sales at Auction is 
sufficient to prevent the Evils complained of if properly enforced 

The Committee therefore recommend that the City Inspector with- 
out delay cause a Copy of the said Ordinance to be served upon each 
of the said Auctioneers and at the same time inform them by a 
notice signed by himself that Complaints are so frequently made and 
appear to be so well founded of the non observance of the said Ordi- 
nance hereafter Breach of the said Ordinance will be noticed and the 
penalties Exacted Jan. 26. 1807 Rob 1 Bogardus Step h Ludlam Benj n 
Haight Ordered that the same be confirmed 

Upon receiving a report of the Committee to whom was referred 
the application of the Trustees of the Free School Resolved that this 
Board will Contribute Dollars towards defraying [285] 

the Expence of building a School House for the purpose of Educating 
the Children of the poor of the City 

The Committee to whom was referred the report and papers re- 
lative to the ordinance to raise the deficiency of the Estimate of the 



26 Jan. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 343 

Assessors for repairing Roosevelt Street reported their opinion that 
the said Ordinance ought to be passed Ordered that the said report 
be confirmed ; and that John Clarke and Jacob Drake, John Abeel. 
John Brown and Simeon Skelling be appointed assessors 

Robert M c Gill Grocer and Joseph Labrey Cartmen were appointed 
firemen of Company N 23 in the stead of Elijah Briggs and Tunis 
Egbert resigned and that Joseph Pudney be appointed a fireman to 
Company N 24 instead of William Waters resigned 

A Petition to regulate Crosby Street from Hester to Grand Street 
was referred to the Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner reports an assessment for regulating 
Pitt or Elm Street from Hester to Grand Street ordered that the 
same be confirmed and that Waters Furman be appointed Collector 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment of the intersec- 
tions of Washington Street Ordered that the same be Confirmed 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner [286] be appointed to Col- 
lect the assessment of Amity Street 

*A report of the Street Commissioner respecting the Jury Em- 
pannelled to Estimate the damages for the Albany Avenue was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the revision of the Laws 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance to regulate Ridge 
Street from Stanton to Delancy Street Ordered that Ezekiel Bishop. 
Whitehead Hicks. William Hunter Benjamin Thurston and John 
Youle be appointed Assessors 

A report of the Committee on the petition of Patrick M c Kay 
praying a Compensation for damages Occasioned by the late riot 
was referred to the Counsel of the Board 

On receiving the report of the Street Commissioner Ordered 
that warrants issue to Messieurs Anderson and Allen for the three 
Instalments due to them from M r Goelet for the Whitehall and Ex- 
change piers 

A Bill of the fees for Assessing the Albany Avenue was referred 
to the Counsel of the board and Comptroller 

Ordered that the Comptroller give notice to all persons having 
claims against the [287] Corporation to present the same 

The Comptroller presented an Estimate of the City Expences for 
the year 1807 and also the draft of a bill to raise the same by Tax 
and the draft of a petition to the Legislature for the passage of the 

* Marginal note reads See. Vol. 18 P. 435. ED. 



344 CITY OF XEW YOKK 26 Jan. 1807 

said bill Ordered that the same be confirmed and that the Blank in 
the said petition be filled with SI 20.000 

Upon receiving the report of the Comptroller Ordered that he be 
Authorised to sell the Stone at Hell Gate 

The Watch Committee reported in favour of stationing a Watch- 
man at Lispenards Meadows Ordered that they be empowered to 
direct the same and to have a Watch Box made 

Resolved that the Opinion of the Counsel of the Board be re- 
quested to the following case 

An assessment for opening a Street is made and Confirmed by 
the Common Council and part of the monies Collected if, it should 
be discovered in that Stage of the business that two of the assessors 
were interested, can this Board revoke or rescind the assessment? 

A report was received from the Canal Committee, and the Consid- 
eration thereof postponed 

Alderman Selah Strong. M r Mulligan [288] and M r Ludlam were 
appointed a Committee to revise the petition to appoint Commissioners 
for laying out the Streets in this City 

The City Inspector reported ordinances for the Correction and 
removal of nuisances numbered from 2976 to 3000 inclusive Ordered 
that the same pass the Board 

Resolved that Cornelius Warner be discharged from being Super- 
intendant of public repairs to this Board 

A question being taken upon the preceding resolution and a divis- 
ion called the same was carried in the Affirmative as follows To wit 

Affirmative 

Alderman Van Zandt M r Depeyster 

Selah Strong Morris 

Roger Strong Bogardus 

Ritter Mulligan 

Haight 
Negative 

Mott Ludlam 

Demarest Torbert 
Hopper 

[289] The following resolution being proposed by M r Bogardus To 
wit Resolved that Philip T. Arcularius be and he is hereby removed 
from the Office of Superintendant of the Alms House from and after 
the first Monday of February next and that he on that [date] deliver 
up to this board all the papers vouchers and other property belonging 
to the said Alms House 



26 Jan. 1807 COMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 345 

A division being called on the said resolution the same was carried 

as follows to w r it 

Affirmative 

Alderman Van Zandt M r Depeyster 

Selah Strong Morris 

Roger Strong Bogardus 

Ritter Mulligan 

Haight 
Negative 

Alderman Mott M r Demarest 

Miller Hopper 

Wood Ludlam 

Torbert 

Resolved that the road Committee be authorised to receive Esti- 

Manhattan Avenue 

mates for removing the rock out of the Xew or Middle road and 
report the same to this board 

Resolved that the Committee heretofore [290] appointed to take 
charge of the Office of Comptroller together with the Comptroller be a 
Committee to ascertain and report to this board with all Convenient 
Speed 

The revenue and monies belonging to or received by this board 
from the first Monday in December 1804 to the first Monday in De- 
cember 1806. 

The amount of monies paid by this board and to whom and par- 
ticularly for what purpose the same was so paid The amount of 
the monies paid by this board upon assessments and which by the law 
are to be refunded and also the amount of Materials for the Xew 
Hall paid for and on hand on each of the said days 

Resolved that Peter Fenton be appointed assessor for Jay Street 
in the room of Joshua Barker declined 

Resolved that M r Bogardus Alderman Roger Strong and M r Tor- 
bert be a Committee to Consider of what improvements the Police de- 
partment may be susceptible 

The following resolution being proposed To wit Resolved that 
the place of John Peterson Keeper of the Flag Staff on the Battery 
be vacated 

A division being taken thereupon the same was Carried in the 
affirmative The Yeas and nays [291] being the same as upon the 
removal of M r Arcularius 

Resolved that another person be appointed to take charge of the 
Flag Staff, the board proceeded to ballot accordingly and the Widow 
Keefe having the greatest number of votes was appointed 



346 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Feb. 1807 

William Brower was appointed a Weigh Master 

Alderman Roger Strong "1 

*r r r> j I were appointed a Committee to devise a System 

.r jj- f for the better regulation of the Alms House. 

Alderman Roger Strong "] were appointed a Committee to enquire and 
Mott \- report with respect to the Mayors Salary and 

Miller j Clerks Office 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

Iss d Warrants 

NOS 929 Nicholas Lawrence City Watch $237.16 

930 William Van Wart DO 237.16 

931 Magnus Beekman DO 217.56 

932 John Farrington DO 310.80 

933 Charles Van Orden D 158.76 

934 Jacob Hays DO 158.76 

935 John A. Crolius balance as Inspector of Bread 43.44 

936 Lewis Ford Carpenters work 56.62 

937 Elias Haviland DO 32. 

938 Cornelius C. Van Alen for interest on Bonds due the Estate 

of Cornelius Clopper 1250. 

940 James Horner for digging a Well 40. 

941 James Patten for Iron work 807. 18 

942 Jacob Smith inventing a Reel to a fire Engine 12. 

John Anderson for Instalments due from M r Goelet on 

White Hall & Exchange Slips 275.44 

[292] To Allen for instalments due from Mr Goelet 

on White Hall and Exchange Slips $117. 7 

[293] *In Common Council February 9 th 1807 
Present, Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder. 
Jacob Mott 



Selah Strong 

Roger Strong 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 

Nicholas Fish 

John P. Ritter 

Jacob Le Roy 

Thurston Wood 



Stephen Ludlam 
Samuel Torbert 

Esquires John Hopper Junior 

Aldermen Gerard De Peyster 
Andrew Morris 
Robert Bogardus 



Assistants 



An Application of Samuel M. Hopkins that the Rent of Ground 
to be leased to the academy of Arts may be fixed was referred to the 
Comptroller. 

A Petition of William Hardenbrook & others that the fire Engine 

* Marginal note reads X.B. See the Meeting of the second of February 1807 
entered after the sixteenth Instant see Page. 312. ED. 



9 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 347 

N 19 may be permitted to remain in its present station was received 
and granted 

Jeremiah Sproull House Carpenter. Moses Marsh House Carpen- 
ter. Stephen Beagle Grocer Jordan Downing House Carpenter. Abra- 
ham Anderson House Carpenter and Jasper Miller Boat Builder were 
appointed Firemen to Engine N 2 and Peter Yerrick was appointed 
a Fireman to Company N 26. 

[294] A Petition of James Skaats to be appointed a Watchman 
was referred to the Watch Committee 

A Petition of Philip Brasher to be exonerated as Security of the 
Estate of John Munro was referred to the Comptroller. 

A Petition of William Rutledge for an Allowance for a Pump was 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the eighth Ward 

Richard L. Mott was appointed a fire Warden in the Sixth Ward 
instead of Stephen Ludlam Elected a member of this board 

Upon receiving the Application of John Tiebout Ordered that the 
Deed Lot N 31 Enclinburgh be drawn in the name of Howard Fur- 
man 

Ordered that John C. Shaw be permitted to Assign his Lease of the 
Lot N 73 in the Common Lands to John Rivington 

A Petition of Elizabeth Laight for a Settlement of her claim 
was referred to the Street Commissioner and Comptroller 

The Comptroller reported that he has examined the Accounts and 
Vouchers of DeW'itt Clinton Esquire Mayor of the City of New 
York for money received by him for Market fees from the first day of 
November 1805 to the first day of November 1806 inclusive, that it 
appears that the Mayor has received from the Deputy Clerk of the 
Market Seven thousand four hundred and twenty three Dollars and 
five Cents exclusive of Fees of Collection and expences of sweeping 
and Cleaning the Markets [295 J That the Mayor has retained one half 
of the said Sum to his own use and has paid to Daniel Phoenix ihe 
balance of said Account being $4288 S 7'ioo 

The Comptroller further reports that he has examined the accounts 
of the Mayor for monies received and paid out by him on Tavern 
Licences from the first of November. 1805. to the first of November 
1806 inclusive, that he has received for 1759 Licences the Sum of 
$6956 2; yioo- That he has retained by agreement % of the said Sum 
to his own use, and that he has paid $128 5 % u for Sundry charges 
and Printing. Stationary Copies of Charts Laws &c. That he has 
paid $200 as Counsel fees to Messieurs E Benson and Emmett in 
Controversies of Powder house Land and Powles Hook Claims and to 



348 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Feb. 1807 

Daniel Phoenix City Treasurer the balance of said Account 
$3711. 53/ 100 

New York February 1807. Jacob Morton 

Comptroller 

Ordered that the said Report be confirmed 

The Committee on that Subject reported the following Draft of 
a Petition to the Legislature to enable this Board to appoint its own 
Clerk 

To the Honorable the Members of the State of New York in 
Senate and Assembly convened 

The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of New York 

Respectfully Sheweth 

[296] That your Petitioners relying on the Wisdom of your Hon- 
orable Body to aid them in any useful and reasonable Measures which 
they may request to have adopted relative to the concerns of the Cor- 
poration of the City or the Interest of the Citizens 

Respectfully pray that a Law may be passed relieving and re- 
straining the Common Clerk as denominated in the Charter of the 
said City now usually called the Clerk oi the City and County of 
New York for the time being, for ever after the passing such Law 
from doing or performing any duties or services or [otherwise acting 
in any way or manner whatsoever as Clerk of the Common Council. 
And that your Petitioners, the said Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty 
in Common Council convened may by such Law be Authorized and 
empowered to choose and appoint a Clerk of the Common Council and 
to remove such Clerk and appoint another from time to time at the 
Pleasure of the Common Council 

And Your Petitioners will ever Pray &c 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that a Copy of the same 
be transmitted to the Legislature under the Seal of this Board 

Ordered that this Board will allow to Thomas Williams driver of 
the Public Hearse the Sum of Fifty Dollars for his past Services and 
that his Salary in future cease 

The following Report was received from the Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner to whom- was referred the Application 
from the Corporation of Trinity [297] Church to have the lines of 
Washington & Greenwich Streets established has the Honor to Re- 
port 

That he attended with M r Barrow and M r Loss upon the premises 
to consult upon the best positions from which to run the lines of 



9 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 349 

said Streets and that they were unanimously of Opinion that it would 
be most conducive to the Interest of the Individuals proprietors of 
property and beneficial to the public to run Greenwich Street from 
Village Street as pourtrayed on the printed Copy Maps and to coincide 
with a Street running through Richard Amos's Ground at Greenwich. 
That it would be adviseable to run Washington Street on a straight line 
from Brannon Street to the Street in front of the State Prison and 

West 

that Best Street be continued from a Point One hundred and ninety 
feet West of Washington Street at Brannon Street to the Westerly 
Wall of the State Prison yard agreeably to the Plan thereof made 
by Charles Loss and herewith presented 

The Street Commissioner is authorised to inform the Board That 
the Corporation of Trinity Church will submit to such line as they 
may think most to the advantage of the Public, and that they will 
prefer these lines to any others that have been heretofore proposed for 
the reasons above mentioned, and because they have sold M r Astor a 
Tract of Land which will be trenched upon by any other plan 

The Intersecting Streets deleniated upon the Map as such as the 
Corporation of Trinity Church have long since laid out and which they 
will so cede being Sixty five feet wide and of Suitable distances [298] 
there will be no objection no doubt to them 

Trinity Church is about disposing of part of the premises above 
described and wish these lines permanently adopted to effect which the 
Street Commissioner proposes the following Resolutions viz 1 

1 st Resolved that the Easterly line of Greenwich Street extending 
Northerly from Village Street be run from the Northwesterly corner 
of a Dwelling house standing on the South Easterly corner of the 
Intersection of Village & Greenwich Streets in a direct line to the 
North Westerly corner of a Dwelling house built by Richard Amos 
on the East side of a Street opened through his Ground as the Con- 
tinuation of Greenwich Street, and that the said Greenwich Street be 
Sixty six feet wide measureing Westerly from the line aforesaid and 
at right angles thereto 

2 nd Resolved that the Westerly line of Washington Street extend- 
ing Northerly from Brannon Street and run from a point Two hun- 
dred and twenty feet from the Westerly line of Greenwich Street 
(being ten feet Westerly of the Corner of a pole fence) on a straight 
line to the South Easterly corner of the State Prison Wall, and that 
the said Washington Street Sixty feet wide, measuring Easterly from 
the line aforesaid and at right Angles thereto. And 



350 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 Feb. 1807 

3 d Resolved That the Easterly line of West Street extending 
Northerly from Brannon Street be run from a point on the North 
side of Brannon Street. Four hundred and ten feet from the Westerly 
[299] Westerly line of Greenwich Street on a straight line to the most 
Southerly corner of the State Prison Wall and that the same be 
Seventy feet wide measuring Westerly therefrom and at right angles. 

All which is respectfully Submitted 
Feby 9 th 1807. John S. Hunn 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board discontinue proceedings 
for the opening of Orchard Street 

A Report of the City Inspector respecting using boats of a new 
Construction to avoid the Ice in the Winter Season was referred to the 
Ferry Committee 

Upon receiving the Report of the Market Committee Ordered that 
Henry Lovell be permitted to Assign his Stand N 64 Flymarket to 
Elkanah Underbill. That a Stand in Grand Street Market be granted 
to Gershom Ludlam and that from and after the first the first of April 
next 125 Cents per Week be allowed to George Sugers for Sweeping 
Catharine Market 

The Market Committee Reported that they have examined the 
Complaint of William Money against John K. Floor and William 
Warlow and that the same is unfounded 

Ordered that the same be Confirmed 

The City Inspector Reported Ordinances for the correction and 
removal of Nuisances numbered from [300] N 3034 to N 3057 In- 
clusive. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

Ordered that the Recorder Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay. 

NO 960 Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch $237. 16 

961 William Van Wart for DO 237. 16 

962 Magnus Beekman for DO 217.56 

963 John Farrington for D 217. 56 

964 Charles Van Orden for DO 168.56 

965 Jacob Hays for DO 168.56 

966. Alexander Dobbin for Carpenters Work 119.44 

967 William Bridges for Surveying 36.50 

968 Josiah Shippey Jun r for Attending Observatory 13. 

969 Anderson and Hurd for Timber 26. 19 

970 S. Gould and Company for Stationary 22. 19 

971 John McComb for Sand 15. 

972 Adam D. Mount for lost fire bucket.. 2. 



16 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



351 



NO 973 John B. and J Brooks for Painting & Glazing $5.68 

974 William Shatzel for Rent of Court Room 50. 

975 Benjamin Hill for Cartage 3.37 

976 John McKenzie Keeper of Potters Field 92. 

977 Benjamin Curtis Clerk of Election in the 9 th Ward 4. 

978 Edward Meeks for Iron Work 367.50 

979 Edward Meeks for Iron Work 114.50 

980 Henry Hillman for Stone 114. 2 

981 Joseph Boyd for Carting 91.94 

982 Abraham Riker for Stone 21.81 

983 William Kay for Work at Wells 91.97 

984 John Woolsey for Work at White Hall 5. 

985 Lemuel Skidmore for Carting 15. 6 

986 Jacob Acker for Stone 70. 

[301]987 John Woolsey for Stone 35. 

988 Richard Jaques for Dirt 2.12 

989 Edward Sales for Masons Work 43.60 

990 Arbuckle & Stoudinger for Carting 9.37 

991 John Mackie for Timber 61. 8 

992 John L. Van Kleeck for Lime 18.37 

993 Thomas Riley for underpinning Stable at Hell Gate 3. 

994 Charles Morris for Carpenters Work 13.12 

995 Isaac Blew for Carpenters Work 30. 

996 John Burger Balance of Coroners fees 11. 

997 Israel Haviland making and mending Hose 531 . 9 

998 Abel Hardenbrook on Account for Bill for Engine 500. 

999 

1000 Jacob Morton for Dirt to Collect 1000. 

1001 John H. Sickels for Building Committee 1000. 

1002 Richard Furman for Support of the Alms house 2000. 

1003 John Clark for a lost fire bucket 2. 

1004 Thomas Williams for driving hearse 50. 

1005 Jacob Morton to pay the Extra fees of Inquest in the Case 

1006 of David Thompson 38. 



[302] In Common Council February 16 th 1807 
Present Pierre C. Van Wyck Esq r Recorder 



Selah Strong 
Jacob Le Roy 
John P. Ritter 
Nicholas Fish 
Thurston Wood 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Roger Strong 



Aldermen 



John W Mulligan 
Thomas Demarest 
Samuel Torbert 
John Hopper Jun r 
Stephen Ludlam 
Robert Bogardus 
Andrew Morris 



^ Assistants 



The Petition of David Fowler to obtain a Lease of Lots the 
property of the Corporation in Magazine Street was referred to the 
Comptroller 



352 CITY or NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1807 

A Representation of John Fellows Superintendant of the Man- 
hattan Water Works stating that the Manhattan Company have paid 
$32.22 for regulating Cross Street more than their proportion and 
which Sum by right ought to be charged to George Janeway together 
with a Certificate of the Street Commissioner to that effect was re- 
ferred to the Comptroller and Street Commissioner 

The Petition of Oliver Vanderbilt to [303] Purchase and Lease a 
Lot of Common Land adjoining Archibald M c Cullum and the 
Haerlem line was referred to the Comptroller 

The Petition of James Davidson and others requesting that a Lamp 
might be placed at the corner of Washington and Vestry Streets was 
referred to the Lamp Committee 

The Petition of Abraham Ressegue praying to be appointed In- 
spector of Wood was Ordered to lay over for Consideration 

The Petition of Thomas White and others praying that Orange 
Street be regulated from Hester to Grand Street was referred to the 
Street Commissioner 

The Report of Jacob Hays Captain of the Watch for the third 
district was referred to the Watch Committee 

The Street Commissioner reported the Assessment for regulating 
Ridge Street between DeLancey and Stanton Streets amounting to 
$668. which was confirmed and Simon Ackerman appointed Collector 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the Petition of Edward 
W Laight in behalf of Elizabeth Laight recommending a Warrant to 
be Issued on the Treasurer in favour of Edward W Laight for the 
Sum of $708 3 %oo being the amount Assessed to the Corporation for 
opening Cherry Street was confirmed and a question respecting Doctor 
Romaines Deed which is said to exempt him from any expence for 
opening Streets in the vicinity of the Lands ceded by him to the Cor- 
poration for Public Streets was referred to Mess rs Bogardus. Mulligan 
& Roger Strong 

[304] The following Resolution reported by the Street Commis- 
sioner was adopted 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be directed forthwith to 
require all persons appointed by this Board Collectors of money on 
Assessments confirmed previous to the first day of May last a par- 
ticular and prompt Settlement of the Monies by them received on 
said Assessments respectively and a return on Oath of such Sums as 
they have not Collected and in case they do not in one week after 
such settlement pay the same to such persons as shall be duly Au- 
thorized to receive the same that they shall offer Satisfactory security 



16 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 353 

therefor and Resolved further that in case of the delinquency of said 
Collectors to comply with the conditions specified in the foregoing 
Resolution the Street Commissioner shall be and is hereby directed and 
appointed to prosecute the same to effect in behalf of this Board 

The Street Commissioner Reports respecting the damages Occa- 
sioned by the late heavy Rain in Hester Street and recommending 
that Ordinances be passed directing the Lots adjoining said Street 
to be filled up was adopted and the Ordinances reported in Con- 
formity were passed 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the proposition of 
Robert Thompson assessed $1747 for opening amity Street to be in- 
dulged in the extension of time for payment of the same was Ordered 
to lay over for Consideration 

The following Memorial to the Legislature with a Bill in Con- 
formity therewith was read and [305] Approved and the Seal of the 
Common Council Ordered to be thereunto affixed viz 1 

To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York in 
Senate and Assembly convened 

The Memorial of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York in Common Council convened most respectfully 
Sheweth 

That the laying out Streets and Roads in the City of New York 
form a branch of their duties highly interesting and important. The 
necessity of projecting them in such a manner as to unite regularity 
and order with the public convenience and benefit and in particular to 
promote the health of the City must be obvious in the prosecution of 
this subject however various and complicated difficulties and em- 
barresments exists. The first which naturally presents itself is a 
radical defect in the power of your memorialists any regulation how- 
ever promotive of utility adopted by one Board unless carried fully 
into execution may be disregarded or annulled by its successors! 
There are others equally palpable and of very considerable magnitude. 
The diversity of Sentiments and opinions which has heretofore existed 
and probably will always exist among the members of the Common 
Council, the incessant remonstrances of proprietors against plans 
however well devised or beneficial wherein their individual Interests 
do not concur and the Impossibility of completing those plans thus op- 
posed but by a tedious and expensive course of Law are obstacles of a 
serious and very perplexing nature 

[306] As these evils are continually Accumulating by reason of our 
increasing population and the rise of frequent Subdivisions of prop- 



354 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1807 

erty. Your Memorialists find it necessary to appeal to the Wisdom of 
the Legislature for relief in the premises 

Your memorialists do therefore pray that such measures may be 
adopted by your Honorable Body as will obviate the Difficulties which 
at present lie in the way of public improvements in the City of New 
York or at least in such parts thereof as shall appear most suscept- 
able of advantage from the interposition of your Honorable Body 

The Recorder was requested to forward the preceeding Memorial 
and Bill to the Hon ble DeWitt Clinton 

A Law for the appointment of a Superintendant of Streets was 
passed 

Alderman Selah Strong gave notice that he should move for a re- 
consideration of the preceeding Law at the next meeting 

A Petition of Charles Christian and others that Pitt Street may 
be regulated was referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of Lawrence Heyer praying to Lease a part of the Lot 
of Ground N 103. Chatham Street to John Sullivan Jun r was referred 
to the Comptroller 

An Aplication of the Widow Nestle to purchase a Small Gore of 
Ground the property of the Corporation in Chatham Street adjoining 
her premises was referred to the Comptroller and the Street Com- 
missioner 

The Report of the Committee to whom was referred the Petition of 
William Rutledge praying the [307] usual allowance for a Pump and 
well placed by him for the Public accomodation at the corner of 
Bowery Lane and Spring Street Reported that Forty Dollars be 
granted in favour of the Petitioner which was confirmed and a War*- 
rant Ordered to be Issued accordingly 

Resolved that the Accounts of the late Superintendant of the Alms 
hc'ise be referred to the Comptroller and Supervisors for Settlement 

Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized to settle the account 
of Jacob M c Keag Lessee of Horns Hook Ferry, upon said M c Keags 
making Oath to the truth of the same and that a Warrant be Issued 
in his favour for the balance due him 

Resolved that a Warrant be Issued in favour of Oliver Jaques 
Collector for $122.63 for Sums assessed to the Corporation for the 
paving Intersections in Washington Street opposite the Corporation 
Dock 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner be authorized to contract on 
behalf of this Board with such person or persons as he may think 



16 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 355 

Manhattan Avenue 

proper for the removing a certain Rock in the Middle Road Provided 
the same shall not exceed Eight hundred Dollars 

Resolved that the Comptroller without delay call on the several 
Collectors of the City Taxes and ascertain from them the amount of 
the monies collected by them and remaining in their hands and that 
they pay the same within five days into the Treasury 

[308] Resolved that the Committee to whom was referred the 
finances of the former Board be requested to report on the same on or 
before the first day of March next 

Resolved that the allowance for keeping the Observatory at the 
Alms house be and the same is hereby discontinued 

Resolved that no person be hereafter appointed a Watchman for 
the City of New York unless the Watch Committee shall have re- 
ported to the Board that they have seen the person proposed and 
approved of him as a person proper to be appointed 

Resolved that every person who shall be appointed by the Board 
to collect monies on Assessments before entering on the duties of their 
Office give Bond with at least one Security to be approved by the 
Mayor or Recorder and in such penal Sum as either of them shall 
direct faithfully to perform the duties of their Office and to account 
for and pay all monies which they shall collect 

Resolved that Alderman Roger Strong and Mess rs Bogardus and 
Mulligan be a Committee to enquire and point out the most fit mode of 
applying for a Grant of the Lands under Water contiguous and ad- 
joining to the Shore and Margin of the City of New York on Man- 
hattan Island 

Resolved that the Petition of the Common Council to the Legis- 
lature that a Law may be passed to enable said Common Council to 
appoint the Clerk of this Board be entrusted to Alderman Roger 
Strong to be forwarded to Albany 

[309] Resolved that the Bill passed at the last meeting of the 
Common Council respecting the Mayor's Salary be reconsidered 

Resolved that the Petition hereunto annexed (being a Petition to 
the Legislature that a Law may be passed to allow the Mayor of the 
City an Annual Sallary in lieu of fees c) be together with the Reso- 
lution entered on the Minutes of the Common Council. And that a 
fair Copy of the said Petition now produced to the Common Council 
be duly signed and Sealed with the Common Seal of the Corporation, 
and that the said Petition so executed together with the draft of a 
Bill now thereto annexed be given in Charge to the Comptroller to be 



356 CITY OF NEW YORK 16 Feb. 1807 

by him forwarded to Richard Harison Esquire the Council of this 
Board to be by him presented to the Legislature 

To the Honorable the Members of the Legislature of the State of 
New York in Senate and Assembly convened 

The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of New York 

Respectfully Sheweth 

That your Petitioners confiding in the Wisdom of the Legislature 
to promote the Interest of the Citizens and to grant them reasonable 
Requests Respectfully pray that a Law may be passed enabling the 
Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York in Com- 
mon Council convened to fix upon assign [310] and allow from time to 
time at the pleasure of the Common Council to the Mayor of the 
City of New York for the time being an Annual Salary of not less 
than Five thousand Dollars to be paid Quarterly out of the City 
Treasury in Lieu and Stead of all Wages. Rewards Fees Perquisites 
and profits whatsoever now claimed recmired demanded accepted 
taken received held kept or enjoyed as belonging to the Office of 
Mayor of said City under or by Virtue of the Charter of said City 
or the Constitution and Laws of the State (except as Judge of the 
Mayor's Court) and that all and every such Wages Rewards fees 
perquisites and Profits now claimed required demanded Accepted 
taken held or enjoyed by the Mayor of the said City or which now of 
right may can or ought to be claimed required demanded accepted 
taken held or enjoyed by the Mayor of the said City for the time 
being (Except as aforesaid) may be demanded taken and Collected by 
the said Mayor for the time being and paid into . u he City Treasury for 
the use of the City And your Petitioners will ever Pray &c 

Resolved that the Committee appointed to report on the Conduct of 
Joshua Barker. Richard Varick and Benjamin Romaine Trustees for 
the Board be requested to report at the next meeting 

The City Inspector Reported Ordinances for correcting Nuisances 
from N 3058 to N 3092 inclusive which were passed 

M r Bogardus gave notice that at the next meeting of the Board 
he should make a Motion to enter a protest against the appointment 
of any person as Mayor of this City who is not qualified according 
to the Charter 

Resolved that the Comptroller be authorized [311] to proceed to 
Albany and take charge of the Business of this Board before the 



2 Feb. 1807 



COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 



357 



Legislature, and that Mess rs Ritter and Morris and the City Inspector 
discharge the duties of the Comptroller during h : s absence 

Resolved that the Superintendant of the Alms house be authorized 
to purchase not exceeding One hundred Loads of Wood for the use 
of the Indigent Poor 

Ordered that the Recorder Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay 

NO 1007 John Cholwell for Lighting Lamps &c $4175.58 

1008 Jacob McKeag for repairs at Horns hook 385.87 

1009 Oliver Jaques for paving Intersections in Washington 

Street opposite the Corporation Dock 122.63 

1010 Charles Van Orden for one Quarters Rent for the Watch 

house in the third District 25 . 

1011 Newhouse & C for Timber 122.37 

1012 David Crone for three lost Fire Buckets 6. 

1013 The Office of the Mercantile Advertiser for Printing 6.25 

1014 Thomas Smyth for Iron Work 36.49 

1015 Edward W Laight for Elizabeth Laight 708.34 

1016 William Rutledge for Corporation allowance for a Pump 

at the corner of Bowery Lane and Spring Street 40. 



Jacob Mott 

Selah Strong 

Roger Strong 

Jacob Le Roy 

John P. Ritter 

John D Miller 

Wynant Van Zandt Junior 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



^Assistants 



[312] *In Common Council February 2 nd 1807. 
Present Pierre C. Van Wyck Esquire Recorder 

Stephen Ludlam 
Samuel Torbert 
Gerard De Peyster 
John W Mulligan 
Thomas Demarest 
Andrew Morris 
Robert Bogardus 
John Hopper Jun r 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of William 
Edgar and others requesting this board to apply to the Legislature to 
purchase the Government house and Grounds for the use of this City 
reported in favour of the measure together with the draft of an 
Application for that purpose. 

Ordered that the said report be confirmed and the Application 
thereby recommended immediately transmitted 

The following report was received, to wit The Committee ap- 

* Marginal note reads NB. This meeting ought to have been entered between 
the twenty sixth of January and the ninth day of February last past but was 
omitted by mistake see page 293. ED. 



358 CITY OF NEW YORK 2 Feb. 1807 

pointed to report a proper scite for the purpose of allowing the Trus- 
tees of the Free School to erect a Building 

Report that the piece of Ground at present [313] unoccupied situ- 
ated between the health Office and the work shop on Broadway 
appears to be the most eligable and best calc/'/ulated for a School 
house therefore 

Resolved that this board will appropriate the piece of Ground men- 
tioned in this Report on which the Trustees of the Free School may 
erect a suitable building for the School house on such Conditions as 
shall be agread upon in writing between the said Trustees and this 
board All which is submitted 

W. Van Zandt Junior 
Andrew Morris 
Samuel Torbert 

Ordered that the said report and Resolution be confirmed and that 
Alderman Van Zandt M r Mulligan and Alderman Selah Strong be a 
Committee to confer with the said Trustees accordingly 

An Application of the late Superintendant of the Alms house for 
Compensation for extra services was referred to alderman Selah 
Strong Mott and M r Morris 

George Lamplin. Thomas Tanner. Jasper E. Ruckle. Adolph 
Brower. Rinier Wortendyck. John Perry. John Anderson. Henry Mer- 
ritt. Josiah B Bennedict. David Sutton. Daniel S. Baker. Elijah Briggs. 
George Hains. Elijah Hains Peter Hoffmere and Peter R. Bogert 
were appointed Firemen to Company N 31. and William Keef Cabinet 
maker of Company N 11. instead of Frederick Mauny 

A report of the Committee upon the revision [314] of the Laws 
upon a presentment of a Grand Jury against Lottery Offices was 
recommended to the same Committee to draft an Ordinance agreeably 
thereto 

A Petition of Aaron Ogden for leave to erect a Crane at White 
Hall was referred to the Comptroller and Alderman and Assistant 
of the first Ward 

An Application of Martin Hoffman to purchase or Lease a Lot 
near his Lot on the Commons was referred to the Comptroller 

A Petition of Anthony Jones for Compensation on account of an 
Injury done to his house was referred to the Street Commissioner and 
Alderman and Assistant of the seventh Ward. 

The Alderman and Assistant of the fifth Ward to whom was re- 
ferred the Petition of Elizabeth R. Skaats presented the following 
Report to wit. 



2 Feb. 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 359 

City of New York Common Council 2 d Feb* 1807. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Elizabeth R. 
Skaats 

Report 

That it appears to the Committee that notice or coppies of an Ordi- 
nance for a general regulation lowering and reducing certain Lots of 
Ground or Yards situate at or near the corner of Church and Barley 
Streets were served on the several proprietors or occupants of the said 
Lots or Yards sometime on or about the first day of November last, 
and that in pursuance of such Ordinance or Notice Tunis Van Winkle 
a proprietor of one of the said Lots there fronting on Barley [315] 
Street has preceded to regulate his Yard and in so doing hath dis- 
turbed the Ground and Stable of the said Elizabeth contiguous and 
adjoining thereto, that is to say. by digging and reducing his Ground 
six or eight feet below the Lot or Yard of the said Elizabeth which 
she hath not provided to regulate as required by said Ordinance, and 
which gives way falling down into and upon the the premises of the 
said Tunis. 

It further appears that by the Time of the said Ordinance, which 
was served as well on the said Elizabeth as the said Tunis and others 
the regulation of the said Lots or Ground was required to have been 
compleated on or about the fifteenth day of December last It further 
appears that the said Tunis has no necessity to proceed further in the 
regulation of his Yard so as further to disturb the said Elizabeth till 
the Spring opens 

Your Committee are therefore of opinion that as the said Eliza- 
beth is a Widow, has a family and is not in sufficient Circumstances it 
would be proper to allow her time until the tenth day of March next 
to procure Guardianship for her said Children and then to regulate 
her said Lot or Yard (unless the Common Council shall see fit to 
regulate the same as the Act directs) and that in the mean time the 
said Tunis desist from further disturbing the Premises of the said 
Elizabeth 

All which is respectfully submitted 

Thomas Demarest 
R Strong 

Ordered that the same be confirmed 
The Committee to whom that Subject was referred 
[316] Reported that it would be proper to present an Application 
to the Legislature to Authorize the board to appoint their own Clerk. 



360 CITY OF XEW YCKK 2 Feb. 1807 

Ordered that the said Report be confirmed. And that Alderman Roger 
Strong. Alderman Mott and Alderman Miller be a Committee to draft 
a bill conformably thereto 

The Street Commissioner Reported an Assessment for regulating 
Rynder Street from Hester to Broome Streets. Ordered that the same 
be confirmed and Simon Ackerman appointed Collector 

Ordered that the Road Committee be instructed to improve the 
Road running from the Bloomingdale Road through Manhattan Ville 
to the North River and that the same be done by contract or otherwise 
provided the expences does not exceed Six hundred Dollars 

Accounts of John M c Canmon Mark M c Cammon and Alexander 
Dobbins for monies received by Cornelius Warner from this Board 
for their use were referred to the Comptroller 

An Account of Kay and and Horner against Cornelius Warner 
for monies received by him from this Board and which belongs to 
them was referred to the Attorney of the board 

Alderman Miller moved the following Resolution, to wit. 
Resolved that a Committee of be and is hereby appointed 

to obtain a Loan for the purpose of discharging the Debts due by 
the Corporation 

A Division being taken thereupon the same [317] negatived as 
follows to wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Mott Alderman S Strong 

Miller " R Strong 

Mr Ludlam " Le Roy 

Torbert Ritter 

Demarest Van Zandt 

Hopper Mr Depeyster 

Mulligan 
Morris 
Bogardus 

A Report of the Comptroller and Council of the Board against 
the Account of the Jury appointed to estimate the expence of opening 
the Albany Avenue was confirmed. Ordered that the Attorney of the 
Board comunicate the same to the Jury 

The following Report was received from the Comptroller 

The Comptroller to whom was referred the application of Benjamin 
Romaine requesting that the further time of one Year may be granted 
to him upon a Lot of Land purchased by him from the Corporation 

Reports That from the Situation of the funds of the Corporation 
it is inexpedient to Grant the request. The Comptroller is of opinion 



2 Feb. 1807 COMMOX CoiJXCIL MlXUTES 361 

that the Applicant and all others who are Indebted to the Corporation 
should be called upon Immediately to discharge the Accounts which 
they owe 



All which is respectfully Submitted 
Feb>" 2. 1807 Jacob Morton Compt r 

[318] The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the Correction 
and removal of Nuisances Numbered from 3001. to 3033 inclusive 
Ordered that the same do pass 

Ordered that the Attorney of the Board proceed with the opening 
of Orchard Street as far as his Information with respect to the names 
of the prroprietors extends 

Ordered that the Committee appointed respecting the Mayor's 
Salary be discharged 

Alderman Roger Strong reported the draft of an application to the 
Legislature to fix the Mayor's Salary The Same was referred to Al- 

o / * 

derman R Strong M r Torbert and M r Morris with directions that they 
also report the present perquisites of the Mayor 

Ordered that Joseph Board and John E \Yest be appointed to 
Value the property of John Peterson at the Batter}' 

Richard Furman was appointed one of the Commissioners of the 
Alms house & Bridewell 

M r Bogardus then Moved that Richard Turman [Furman] be ap- 
pointed Superintendant of the Alms house A division being taken 
thereupon the same was carried in the Affirmative as follows, to wit 

Affirmative Negative 

Alderman Selah Strong [319] Alderman Van Zandt Alderman Mott 

Roger Strong Mr DePeyster Miller 

Le Roy " Mulligan Mr Ludlam 

Ritter Morris Torbert 

" Bogardus M r Demarest 

Mr Hopper 

Ordered that the Comptroller and City Inspector be added to the 
Committee to devise alterations in the Police Office 

Ordered that the Mayor Issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

NO 943 T. Wortman a quarters Salary $150. 

944 Neil M c Kinnon for lost fire buckets 8 . 

945 Peter Burtsell for Stationary 66.25 

946 Edward Watkey for Candles 11 .45 

947 John Burger for Coroners fees 121. .25 

948 James Hallett for lost fire Buckett 2. 

949 Elijah Ferris for lost fire Buckett 



362 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 March 1807 



N 950 


William Leary for Carpenters Work 


$28.75 


951 


Andrew Leary for Carpenters Work 


31.12 


95 7 


James Hardie for Services 


62.50 


953 


Kdward Moran for Services 


54. 


954 


Andrew Otterson for Services 


54. 


9^5 


William P Roome for Services 


52. 


956 


Matthew Banks for Carpenters Work 


12.28 


957 


Daniel Davis for work to Pumps 


23.87 


958 


\Villiam Mooney for Upholstery 


38.21 


959 


Georee Lowther for Carpenters Work.. 


55. 



[320] In Common Council March the 4 th 1807 
Present Maturin Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Nicholas Fish 
Thurston Wood 
Roger Strong 
Jacob Le Roy 
Wynandt Van Zandt Jun r 
Selah Strong 
John P. Ritter 



John Hopper Jun r 

John W. Mulligan 

p. rs Gerrard De Peyster 



Aldermen 



Thomas Demarest r Assistants 
Andrew Morris 
Stephen Ludlam 
Robert Bogardus 



His Excellency the Governor with the Advice and consent of the 
Council of Appointment, having been pleased to appoint Maturin Liv- 
ingston Esq r to the office of Recorder and Thomas Morris Esq r to the 
office of Clerk of the City and County of New York their Commis- 
sions under the Great Seal of the State were severally read and pub- 
lished as usual, M r Recorder and the Clerk respectively took the Oaths 
of office prescribed by the Charter 

A Petition from Isaac Moses as Guardian of the Infant Heirs of 
Solomon Myers Cohen deceased praying that the said Heirs may be 
exempted from filling up five Lotts of Ground on Hester Street until 
after the twenty fourth day of March next, the prayer of the said 
Petition was granted until the first day of July next 

[321] A Petition from Daniel Woolsey stating that he has been 
employed for several Seasons in building & repairing the Corporation 
Docks and \Yharfs and praying to be continued in the same Employ- 
ment was ordered to lay over for Consideration 

The Petition of William Mathews praying for an Advance of two 
hundred & fifty dollars on Account of Extra Work done at the Bridge 
near the Powder House was referr'd to the Road Committee and 
Street Commissioner 

The Petition of Thomas Rossell and others owners of Houses in 
Crosby and Princes Streets stating that the raising of the said Streets 



4 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 363 

has rendered the Walking therein by night dangerous and praying for 
a few lamps was referr'd to the Lamp Committee 

A Statement from Daniel Tomlinson with an account of Expendi- 
tures and an Affidavit of the faithful application of the Sum of three 
hundred and Seventy five dollars advanced to him by the Corporation 
to enable him to build an Fire Engine on a new principle invented by 
him, and that a late Flood has carried away a part of his Works and 
Engine & some of the Implements and Machinery relating thereto, he 
also states that Samuel Miles Hopkins Esq r became Security for the 
faithful application of the Monies granted to him & that the Account 
exhibited by him is in Compliance with the Condition of M r Hopkins's 
Bond, and that with the Aid of a further Advance he will be able to 
complete the Engine which he cannot do without it. the said Statement 
with the Papers accompanying it were referrd to the Fire Department 

A Communication having been made by the Trustees [322] of the 
Society for establishing a Free School notifying this Board of their 
Acceptance of the Sum of five hundred Dollars and of the Occupation 
of the Old Work Shop adjoining the Alms House on the Conditions 
contained in the Resolutions of this Board at their last Meeting, there- 
upon ordered that a Warrant issue to the Treasurer of the said Society 
for five hundred dollars 

The Committee on that Subject having reported the draft of a 
Petition to the Legislature hereunto annexed ordered that a fair Copy 
be made of the same and that it be transmitted to the Honorable the 
Legislature under the Common Seal of the Corporation 

To The Honorable The Legislature of the State of New York in 
Senate and Assembly convened 

The Petition of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City 
of New York respectfully Sheweth 

That Various representations have been made to your Petitioners 
in Common Council respecting the exposed and dangerous Situation 
of the Powder Magazine belonging to the City near the fresh Water 
Pond in the Ninth Ward thereof and in which the Powder belonging 
to the State is kept That the said Magazine is in the Opinion of your 
Petitioners becoming dangerous to the Inhabitants of that Vicinity, 
but that the Common Council having assented to the keeping of the 
public Stores therein do not think themselves authorized to remove 
the same without the Concurrence of the Legislature That a Regard 
to the Public Safety has led to the practice of keeping Powder Maga- 
zines as much [323] as possible in retired and unfrequented places 



364 CITY OF XEW YOKK 4 March 1807 

where they woul'd be less exposed to Accidents, and woul'd endanger 
as few persons as possible if Accidents should happen 

That tho' the Situation of said Magazine was not improper in those 
respects when it was first established, yet at present it is surrounded 
on all sides by Inhabitants at short distances and that, in Seasons of 
general Sickness great numbers of the Poor are quartered near it by 
the City Corporation. That among the Works which with the Improve- 
ment of that part of the City are necessarily carried on, is the blowing 
of Rocks from which the Magazine has already been endangered, and 
that all these Causes of Alarm will probably increase w r ith the increase 
of Inhabitants and improvement, and that the Situation of said Maga- 
zine renders the public property less secure both in ordinary times & 
particularly in times of public Danger, than the Interest of the State 
seems to require. Your Petitioners therefore respectfully pray that 
the Legislature will be pleased to cause a Building to be provided for 
the keeping of the Powder belonging to the State in the Vicinity of 
Spyt den Duyvel or in some other place less dangerous to the public 
and more secure for the Military Stores than the present Situation 
of the said Magazine, and that the said Powder may be removed to 
such other place, or that some other proper remedy may be provided 
for the safety and quiet of the Citizens of this City respecting the 
Premisses. And Your Petitioners will ever pray &c a 

A Recommendation from Oliver Coles and others that George 
Xicolls be appointed a measurer of Grain was ordered to lie on the 
Table 

The Petition of William Kay stating that he was employed by 
Nicholas Carmar to Work for this Board and that there has been 
a balance due to him since the 20 th of July 1803 of Eighty two Dollars 
and six Cents was referr'd to the Counsel of this Board 

[324] the Comptrolling Committee made the following Report 

The Comptrolling Committee beg leave to state. That there are 
nineteen bills to audit certified by Cornelius Warner late Superinten- 
dant of repairs amounting to five hundred and fifty dollars, a small 
part thereof is for Work done since he was discharged, they have fur- 
ther to observe, that it is said the late Superintendant of repairs had 
received Warrants to pay certain Accounts which were never paid 
and are now again presented for payment the Committee wish the 
Board to decide upon measures to be pursued by them respecting 
those Accompts 

signed W m P. Ritter 
And w Morris 



4 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 365 

Ordered that the said Report be again referr'd to the Comptrolling 
Committee and the Counsel of this Board 

Ordered that Alderman. R. Strong & Mess rs Bogardus and Mulli- 
gan be a Committee to make a statement for the Counsel of this Board 
relative to the Claims exhibited by William Kay and the persons whose 
accounts have been certified as above by Cornelius Warner 

The following Resolution was moved. 

Whereas Cornelius Warner was discharged from being Superin- 
tendant of Repairs to this Board on the 26 th of January last and the 
said Cornelius W'arner doth still continue to employ Workmen and to 
certify their Accounts therefore ordered that the Clerk be directed to 
give Notice in the publick Newspapers that this board will not pay 
any Accounts for Work done by the order or under the Direction of 
the said Cornelius Warner since the twenty sixth day of February 
last, and not heretofore paid to him A question being taken on the 
said Resolution it was decided as follows to wit 

Affirmative [325] Negative 

Alderman Roger Strong Alderman Thurston Wood 

Wynant Van Zandt Jun r M r John Hopper Jun r 

Selah Strong Gerard De Peyster 

John P. Ritter Thomas Demarest 

Mr John. W. Mulligan Stephen Ludlam 

& & 

Andrew Morris Robert Bogardus 

The Recorder having given his casting Vote in the negative the 
Resolution was lost 

Resolved that the Clerk do cause Cornelius Warner late Superin- 
tendant of Repairs to be served with a Copy of the Resolution of this 
Board dismissing him from the said office 

It having been represented by the Attorney to this Board that 
Thomas Parkinson who had incurrd a Penalty in consequence of 
leaving a dead horse in Rivington Street, has now removed the said 
horse, ordered that the said Penalty be remitted 

An Application from Watson & Campbell for the payment of their 
Account for timber &c a was referr'd to the Comptroller 

A Certificate of the Election of James Lowrie Repacker & William 
Lorton Grocer as Firemen of Engine N 27 was referr'd to the Chief 
Engineer 

The Petition of Ann Walker & others owners of Lotts in Walker 
Street praying for the regulation of the said Street was referr'd to 
the Street Commissioner 



366 CITY OF NEW YOHK 4 March 1807 

The Committee appointed to enquire and point out the most fit 
mode of applying for a Grant of the Lands under Water contiguous 
and adjacent to the Shores or Margin of the City of New York or 
Manhattans Island reported as follows 

That upon Examination it appears that by a Law of the State 
certain Officers of the Government are authorized as Commissioners 
of the Land Office to make Grants of the Land under the Waters of 
navigable Rivers. It is also stated that the Legislature have since 
that Law was pass'd, by Grant authorized [326] the Corporation to 
extend Wharves into the East River beyond the Line of the old Water 
Grant. Whether a gratuitous Grant is expected now or a Grant upon 
Valuable Consideration or what will be expected by the Legislature 
or the Commissioners of the Land Office in case of an Application to 
either or both is a matter upon which your Committee have not had 
the Opinion of any gentlemen and consider the whole Subject as a 
matter of great importance to the City. Your Committee are there- 
fore of Opinion that those Questions had better be discussed in an 
extra meeting of the Board 

R Strong 
Rob* Bogardus 
John W. Mulligan 

Ordered that the said Report be referr'd to the same Committee to 
draft and Report a Memorial to the Legislature thereon 

A Petition from Thomas Post praying for the Grant of Water 
Lotts on the usual terms was referrd to the Comptroller* 

The following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that the Superintendant of Streets without delay take 
into his possession all the Horses Machines Books tools and other 
Property belonging to the Corporation and appertaining to his Depart- 
ment and that he report the same to this Board And also resolved 
that the Committee upon Laws and Ordinances draft an Ordinance to 
compel the Owners of Manure deposited in the Fort at Rhinelanders 
and upon other public grounds to remove the same 

The Memorial of Sarah Thomas praying for the renewal of the 
Lease of Lott N 161 in William Street was referr'd to the Comp- 
trollerf 

The Application of Susanna Bailey for leave to assign the Lease of 
her house and Lott in Chatham Street to William Cooley was referrd 
to the [327] Street Commissioner 

* Marginal note reads Sec Report. Vol 17. P. 355. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 198. ED. 



4 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 367 

*The Application of James Morris and Henry White to exchange 
a strip of ground on the East side of Elm Street for a strip on the 
West side of said Street was referr'd to the Street Commissioner 

The Street Commissioner reported the assessment for raising the 
Balance due for extending and opening Burling Slip thereupon 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that William A Nexsen be 
appointed the Collector to Collect the same 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for the paving of 
Church Street which was confirmed 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance for the Regula- 
tion of Elm Street 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that David Marshe, Gil- 
bert Constant, Jacob Tier, George Cleland, & Ebenezer Clarke be the 
Assessors 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating 
Front Street 

Ordered that the same be confirmed and that John Townsend, 
Gerrit B. Abeel, James Drake Simeon Skillin & Francis Dominick 
be the Assessors 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referrd the Petition of 
William Hunter & John La\vrence reported an Ordinance for their 
relief and the same was confirmed 

The Street Commissioner made a return of Delinquents on the 
Assessment for digging and regulating Arundel Street 

Ordered that a Warrant issue in favor of Abraham Stagg to col- 
lect the Money 

The Committee to whom was referr'd the Report of the Street 
Commissioner on the Petition of Edward W. Laight on behalf of 
Elizabeth Laight Report That in Consequence of the absence of the 
Counsel of the Board whom they wish to consult on the Subject of 
Doctor Romaynes Claim they are not fully prepared to report thereon, 
but that they [328] are of Opinion that a Warrant should issue in 
favor of the Petitioner for the Amount of the Sum assessed to Doctor 
Romayne without prejudice to Rights of the Corporation as it respects 
his Claim, dated the 4 th day of March 1807 

John W. Mulligan 
R Strong 
R. Bogardus 

Ordered that the Consideration of the above Report be postponed 
until the Opinion of the Counsel of this Board can be had thereon 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 18. P. 106. ED. 



368 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 March 1807 

A Re: :e. ; e r.tation by the City Inspector respecting a Lamp in Gold 
Stret: wraa referrd to the Lamp Committee 

The City Inspector reported Drafts of Ordinances for correcting 
and removing Nuisances from Number 3124 to Number 3158 all of 
which were pass'i 

Tr.j :r::ret Commissioner having informed the Board that John 
Brown Simeon Skillin and Jacob Drake refuse serving as Assessors 
for Roosevelt Street Eliakin Ford Peter Barrett & John Burger were 
appointed in their stead 

A Ballance Account of the former Suoerintendant of the Alms 

K 

House was presented to the Board and referr'd to the Comptroller 

The following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that after the Return of any A err.er.t hereafter to be 
made requiring the Confirmation of this Board at least one Weeks 
public Notice shall be given that the same will be confirmed at a 

.v.-g to be mentioned in such Notice 

The following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that the Attorney of this Board take legal Measures 
without delay to remove some free black persons from off the public 
Land s g and thai he Also commence Suits against [329] the persons 
aforesaid :":r :he recovery of the Fences sold and removed from the 
said Land 

Resolved that the Recorder do instruct the Counsel of this Board 
nov. ;r. Albany to recommend to the Council of Appointment the fol- 
lowing per.-:r.f :: wif Simeon De Witt. Gouverneur Morris and John 
Rutherford Esquirt: as nt and proper persons to be appointed Com- 

ssianers of Stred . ; in the City ;:' Xev,- York, shoul'd the 

Bill Relative to improverr. tr.: touching the laying out Streets and 
Roads in the C:t : : New York as petitioned for by this Board become 
i '^. v. : :' - - - - -- .=-. 

The Committee to whom was referr'd the Presentment of the 
j '-^- . -^-- ~:ting the Offices opened in this City & County for 
the Insurance of Lottery Tickets reported the following Petition to 
the Legislature which was ordered to be engrossed Sealed with the 
C:. Ret -ier and transmitted to the Honorable 

the Legislature now in Session 

To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York in 
Senate and Assembly convened The Memorial of the Mayor Alder- 
men and Commonalty of the C:t - ; York Respectfully Sheweth 

* . Marginal note reads At the Dove Lots. ED. 



4 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTEs 369 

That the Offices opened within the City and County of New York 
for the Insurance of Lottery Tickets have greatly increased, and 
produce very serious evils in the said City 

Many persons are thereby induced to venture small Sums in con- 
sideration of the large Amount to be returned in proportion without 
considering that the chances allowing for the disparity is nearly 
twenty five per Cent in favor of the Insurer. Success or ill fortune 
lead to the same consequences, the former increases the desire of 
gain, and lessens the apprehension of loss, the former incites to a 
continuation of the adventure, by the Anxiety to retrieve what has 
been lost a spirit of gambling is thus introduced in the Community 
[330] and operates most on that part of it who have the least ability 
to support loss 

The pernicious influence of these offices is extended even to Chil- 
dren, whose Morals are thereby corrupted in the very bud. as well 
by the example of those more advanced in years, as by the facility 
with which they find the means of participating in the practice 

At these Offices are to be found not only labouring poor, but eve- 
Mendicants, children and Servants who do not scruple to make a 
Crime the Instrument to enable them to become Adventure 

Whatever Motives of policy may justify the resort to Lotteries 
for supplies, Your Memorialists believe that in their most unexcep- 
tionable form they produce Evils and your Honorable body wiH see 
how far those Evils must be increased by the means of the insurance 
System 

Your Memorialists further observe to your Honorable body that 
the Grand Inquest for this City and County alarmed at the increase 
of that Evil have presented these Offices at the last Court of Over 
and Terminer held in this City a Copy of which Presentment was 
communicated by their request to Your Memorialists and is annexed 
to this Memorial 

Your Petitioners therefore pray that your Honorable Body will 
take such speedy and effectual Measures for the correcting of the 
Evils complained of as in your Wisdom you shall deem meet 

The Grand Tun,- in and for the Body of the City and County of 
New York Present 

The Offices opened within the said City and County for the in- 
surance of Lottery Tickets, as a serious Evil, and one which demands 
the interference of the Legislature, and they request that the Court 
will be pleased to cause a copy of this presentment to be communi- 



370 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



9 March 1807 



cated to the Common Council of the City, that Measures [331] may be 
speedily adopted to correct this growing Mischief 

Signed Walter Bowne 
January 16. 1807 Foreman 

The above is a true Copy of the Original Presentment on file in 
my Office 

sign'd John M c Kesson 

Clerk &c a 

the following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that Doctor Torbot be appointed on the Committee to 
enquire into the Conduct of Richard Varick Joshua Barker and Ben- 
jamin Romaine while Trustees of this Board in the Room of Pierre C. 
Van Wyck Esq r 

Ordered that the Recorder issue his Warrants on the Treasurer 
to pay 



N 1 James Hardie for Salary in the Month of February 

2 Richard Harison for his Allowance as Counsel for one half 

Year 

3 Tunis Wortman for one Months Salary as Clerk & for Cash 

advanced to Keeper of Pottersiield 

4 John M c Kay for cleaning and painting Watch caps 

5 Bartholemew Skaats for salaries for himself & assistant & 

sundry advances made for the board 

6 To the Trustees of the Society for establishing a free School 

in the City of New York 



Cents 

$62.50 

250. 

53. 
54.68 

115.59 

500. 



[332] In Common Council March the 9 th 1807 



Present Maturin Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Jacob Le Roy 
Jacob Mott 
Roger Strong 
Thurston Wood 
Nicholas Fish 
Selah Strong 
John P. Ritter 
John D. Miller 



Esq 
Aldermen 



Robert Bogardus 
John Hopper Jun r 
Gerard De Peyster 
Thomas Demarest 
John W. Mulligan 
Andrew Morris 
Stephen Ludlam 



Assistants 



The Committee appointed for that purpose reported the following 
Petition to the Legislature and the same was ordered to be engrossed 
signed by the Recorder and transmitted to the Honorable the Honor- 
able The Legislature now in Session 



9 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 371 

To the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York. The 
Memorial of the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of 
New York respectfully Sheweth That for the purpose of enabling 
the Corporation of the City of New York from time to time to im- 
prove the Docks, Wharves, Keys and Slips, to be erected, or made, 
in & upon or contiguous to the Margin of the said City, or Manhattans 
Island, and to render said Improvements more uniform and con- 
venient, and the Use of them more equal and beneficial to the Citizens 
and to the public [333] in general, and for the better accomodation 
of Trade & Commerce 

Your Petitioners pray that a Grant may be made to the Mayor 
Aldermen and Commonalty of the City of New York, of the Lands 
covered with Water, of the perpendicular breadth & to comprehend 
four hundred Feet, along the Easterly Shore of the North or Hudsons 
River, contiguous to and adjoining the Lands of the said Mayor 
Aldermen and Commonalty at and from Low Water Mark into the 
said River, from Bestavers Killetje, or rivulet, to Spyt den Duyvel 
Creek And the Lands covered with Water, of the Perpendicular 
breadth and to comprehend four hundred feet along the Westerly 
Shore of the East River or Sound contiguous to and adjoining the 
Lands of the said Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty, at and from 
Low Water Mark, into the said River or Sound, from the North Side 
of Corlies Hook, at the Northerly boundary of the Lands covered 
with Water, Whereof the said Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty are 
now seized, to Spyt den Duyvel Creek aforesaid, and one fourth part 
in breadth of the Land covered with Water by said Creek, adjoining 
the Lands of the said Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty, the whole 
length of the same Creek, from the East River or Sound aforesaid, 
to the North or Hudsons River aforesaid And Your Petitioners will 
ever pray &c a 

It being represented to this Board by Thomas Ogilvie & others 
that the Sabbath Law is frequently broken in the Suburbs of the City. 
Ordered that the Recorder give Directions to Six of the City Mar- 
shalls to patrol the same on Sundays and enforce the observance of 
said Law 

A Proposal from William Mathews to give one hundred and fifty 
Dollars for a Rock and parcel of Stones described in an advertise- 
ment of the Street Commissioner was ordered to lie on the Table 

The following letter was read and ordered to be inserted in the 
Minutes of this Board 



372 CITY OF NEW YOHK 9 March 1807 

Philadelphia February 27, 1807 
Sir 

At a Meeting of the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia 
on the 12 Instant M r Meredith presented [334] the following Resolu- 
tion which was unanimously adopted 

Resolved by the Common Council of the City of Philadelphia that 
the thanks of this Council be presented to the Mayor Aldermen & 
Commonalty of the Citizens of New York for the Copy of the Laws 
of the State of New York transmitted by John Pintard Esquire their 
Inspector 

I am very respectfully &c a 

Samuel Holmes 
Clerk of the Common Council 
John Pintard Esq: City 

Inspector of New York 

Application having been made to this Board by Garrit Heyer 
Richard Smith & W m Chevers deputy Clerks of the Markets to know 
to whom they ought [to deliver] the Market fees collected since the 
second of last February Ordered that the same be paid to the person to 
whom the last Monthly payment was made 

The Petition of James Abeel in behalf of his Son complaining 
of the Expence he has been put to in consequence of levelling some 
Lotts on Bayards Farm was referr'd to the Street Commissioner* 

The Petition of Charles M c Carty stating that during the life time 
of Samuel Akerly the Corporation demised to him a Vacant piece of 
Land at the Corner of Roosevelt and Cherry Streets, that he erected 
a Building thereon but omitted to take his Lease, that since his Death 
the Lease has been granted to his Executors, who assign'd the same & 
sold the Buildings to Samuel Webb to whom the Petitioner paid up- 
wards of Eight hundred Dollars for the buildings that he is now in- 
formed that in consequence of the Redemise to him the Buildings 
are considered as belonging to the Corporation. The said Petition 
was referr'd to the Comptroller and the Alderman and Assistant of 
the fourth Ward 

[335] The Representation of Theodosius Fowler and others Di- 
rectors of the Harlaem Bridge Company complaining of an illegal 
Assessment of a House and Bridge, the payment of the Monies so 
assessed having been enforced by Distress of the Goods of the Toll 
Gatherers was referr'd to the Counsel of the Board 



Marginal note reads See P. 351. ED. 



9 March 1807 COMMOX COUXCIL MlXTJTES 373 

The Petition of James Gray praying to be licensed as a Butcher 
and for a stand in Greenwich Market was referr'd to the Market 
Committee 

The City Treasurer exhibited an account of Intestate Estates which 
was ordered to be filed 

The Canal Committee having reported on the application of Will- 
iam Bridges a Warrant was ordered to issue in his favor for One 
hundred Dollars 

The Petition of Thomas T Stagg was presented praying for leave 
to build a Vault adjoining to his House in Norfolk Street. Ordered 
that leave be granted and that the Vault be built under the Direction 
of the Street Commissioner 

The Petition of Henry Hoffman praying for Stall N Eight in the 
Exchange Market was referr'd to the Market Committee 

The Petition of N. Dobbs stating that he lately built a House in 
Sullivan Street and in Compliance with the Law got the Ground on 
which it is built survey 'd by M r Loss one of the City Surveyors, that 
the said Survey proves to be incorrect and that his House stands 
back from the line of the Street, which he represents as being very 
injurious to him and for which he prays some Compensation, the said 
Petition was referr'd to the Street Commissioner and the Alderman 
and Assistant of the Eigth Ward 

The Application of P. G. Stuvensant stating that in the Year 1806 
he applied for a Grant of the Soil from High to low Water Mark in 
front of his Property, that his application was referr'd to the then 
Alderman & Assistant of the Ninth Ward who reported in favor of 
the Grant but that the quit Rent to be paid has never been determin'd. 
that being desirous of making immediate improvements on the prop- 
erty he wishes the quit Rents to be established, the said Petition was 
referr'd to the Comptroller & Aldermen [336] Ritter and Selah Strong 

The Representation of John Steyvesant & others complaining of 
the Regulation of Mott Street was referrd to the Alderman and 
Assistant of the sixth Ward 

The Petition of John Rhoads praying for the Vacant Butchers Stall 
Number thirteen in the Fly Market was referr'd to the Market Com- 
mittee 

The following persons were appointed Firemen to wit : Stephen 
Allen for Engine Number 17 in the place of Christopher Hughes re- 
signed, John Harris for Company N 30 James Lowrie and \Villiam 
Lorton for Engine N 27 in the room of Simeon Ackerman & Jacob 
Skaats resigned 



374 CITY OF NEW YORK 9 March 1807 

Resolved that Hays Fennel be appointed assessor for Pitt Street in 
the place of Jacob Tier resigned 

On reading a Communication from the Street Commissioner re- 
lating to Signs Ordered That the Street Commissioner be directed to 
notify the Citizens generally that the Laws and Ordinances of the 
Common Council relative to incumbrances of every kind will be 
rigorously enforced without respect to persons 

*The Street Commissioner having represented to this Board that 
M r George Jane way was willing to submit his Claim to a part of 
Cross Street to the determination of three Referees, one of whom to 
be appointed by this Board, one by the said George Janeway and 
the third to be chosen by the other two and to enter into Bonds to 
abide by their Decision thereupon resolved that this Board do 
accede to the said Proposal and that Anthony Steinback be the Referee 
on the part of this Board 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance relating to the 
filling up Beekman Slip and the same \vas confirmed 

The Street Commissioner made a return of Delinquents on the 
Assessment for regulating Prince [337] Street and a Warrant was 
ordered to issue to Oliver Jaques to collect the Monies due on the 
same 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petitions of 
Thomas "White & others & Thomas Thornton praying for the Regula- 
tion of Mulberry Street reported an Ordinance which was pass'd And 
Joseph Watkins George Smeltzel William Kline Thomas Rossel & 
fBarnet De Kline were appointed the assessors 

The Street Commissioner having informed this Board that Ichabod 
Praul \vho was appointed an assessor for opening Broad Way declined 
acting in that Capacity Isaac Burr was appointed in his place 

A Representation from the Street Commissioner relative to the 
Width of Streets and Side Walks with an Ordinance relating to the 
same was referrd to the Committee for the Revision of the Laws 
to report thereon 

The Comptrolling Committee to whom was referrd the Balance 
Account of the late Superintendant of the Alms House reported. 
That the said Account is conformable to the Manner of keeping the 
Alms House Books, but that having seen on those Books a Credit in 
favor of the Corporation for two hundred and fifty dollars, they are 

* Marginal note reads See. Vol. 17. P. 238 441. ED. 

t Marginal note reads W m Dustan App d in place of Barnt Deklyne removed 
from City. ED. 



9 March 1807 COMMON" COUNCIL MlXUT 375 

of Opinion that a warrant ought to issue to Philip T- Aucularius for 
Eight hundred and four Dollars and ten Cents being the Balance due 
to him after deducting the Sum so credited. And they recommend the 
Appointment of a Committee to confer with and recieve Explanations 
from M r Aucularius with regard to the said Credit of two hundred 
and fifty Dollars. Ordered that the said Report be confirmed and 
that Aldermen Selah Strong & Mott & M r A. Morris be the said Com- 
mittee 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the cor c of 

Nuisances from X" 3159 to 3213 which were confirmed 

Ordered that each Road Master shall for his Services and for 
the use of a Horse & Cart when furnished by him be entitled hereafter 
to three dollars per day & no more 

[338] Resolved that die Building Committee progress with build- 
ing the New Citv Hall and that the Sum of thirty thousand Dollars be 

o * 

and the same is hereby appropriated for that purpose 

Resolved that the Clerk enquire of Tunis Wortman Esq : late Clerk 
of this Board for the Petition of John Sigestun presented to this 
Board 

Resolved that the Clerk require from Tunis Wortman Esquire late 
Clerk of this Board information with respect to any papers or Docu- 
ments which may be discovered to be missing from the ofnce and that 
he report thereon to the Board 

A System reported to this Board for the Government of the Alms 
House was referrd to Aldermen R. Strong and Wood and Me?s rs 
Demarest Morris and Bogardus to report by Ordinance or otherwise. 

The following Resolution was agreed to Resolved that if the 
former Law respecting Swine has expired, the City Ii> . r do re- 
port an Ordinance on that Subject 

The Committee appointed on that Subject made the following Re- 
port 

That they have perused the Account presented by Daniel Tomlin- 
son and are of Opinion that the Me: :ieved by him have been so 

applied as to justify the discharge of hi- Seci tit] ( n the Bond given. 
But that they do not concieve it expedient to make .riy further ad- 
vances to the Petitioner 

sign'd J n P. Ritter 

j n W. Mulligan 

Ordered that the said Report be confirmed 

Ordered That the Recorder issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 



376 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



16 March 1807 



NO 7 To Thomas Dick for 1st Instalment on his Bond $12,91 8 94o 

8 [339] To Philip J. Aucularius late Superintendant of Alms 

House 04 1 9ioo 

9 To the Comptrolling Committee to pay for filling the Collect 184.36 

10 To William Bridges on Ace* of the Survey of Canal Street. 100. 

11 To Jacob Hays as Capt of Watch 168.56 

12 To Arthur Graham for his & Thomas Andersons attendance 

at Collect 36.63 

13 To David King for Beer furnish'd the Common Council... 29.75 

14 To Matthew Dikeman for Repairs 124.75 

15 To Charles V" Orden as Captn of Watch 168.56 

16 To Nicholas Lawrence D 237.16 

17 To William Van Wart DO D 237.16 

18 To Magnus Beekman DO DO 217.56 

19 To John Farrington DO DO 217.56 

20 To Mark M c Cammon for labor by his Son 150.71 

21 To John H Sickles Treasurer of building Committee 1000. 

22 To Richard Furman Superintendant of Alms House 2000. 

The following Resolution was pass'd 

Resolved that the Owner or Owners of the Manure deposited upon 
the Public Ground adjoining Magazine Street remove the same on or 
before the twenty third day of March Instant And Also Resolved 
that the Owner or Owners of Manure deposited on the public 
Grounds of this Board remove the same on or before the first day of 
April next or in default thereof that the Superintendant of Streets 
remove the same at the Expence of the Owners of said Manure 



[340] In Common Council March 16: 1807 

Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Selah Strong 
Jacob Mott 
Nicholas Fish 
Thurston Wood 
Roger Strong 
Jacob Le Roy 
John P. Ritter 
Wynand Van Zandt 
John D. Miller 



Esq" 
Aldermen 



Gerard De Peyster 
Andrew Morris 
John Hopper J r 
Thomas Demarest 
John W. Mulligan 
Samuel Torbot 
Stephen Ludlam 
Robert Bogardus 



Assistants 



His Excellency the Governor by and with the advice and Consent 
of the Council of Appointment [having] been pleased to appoint Mari- 
nus Willett Esq r to the Office of Mayor of this City M r Willett came 
into the Common Council Room and produced his Commission. The 
Common Council then adjourned to the Court Room where his Com- 



18 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 377 

mission was read and published with the usual formalities. M r Willett 
then took and subscribed the Oaths prescribed by the Laws and the 
Charter 

The Petition of Robert Dyde to be released from a fine for selling 
Liquor without a Licence was referr'd to the Attorney of this Board 

[341] In Common Council March 18: 1807 

Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Selah Strong 
Jacob Mott 
Thurston Wood 
Nicholas Fish 
Roger Strong 
Wynand Van Zandt J r 
John P. Ritter 



Esq" 



Gerard De Peyster 
Thomas De Marest 
Samuel Torbot 
Robert Bogardus 



Aldermen Andrew Morris 

Stephen Ludlum 
John Hopper J r 



Assistants 



The Petition of J. Wilkins praying for the concurrence of this 
Board in a block that he is forming, and that they will appoint a Com- 
mittee to fix on the place for the Stairs of the Ferry from this City 
to Paoles Hook was referr'd to the Street Commissioner and the Ald- 
erman and Assistant of the fourth Ward 

The Petition of Edward Ferris and James Grant praying for 
leave to put a drain from their Cellars in Oak Street to lead into the 
Mouth of the Common Sewer in Roosevelt Street was granted, the 
drain to be made under the Direction of the Alderman & Assistant of 
the fourth Ward 

The Petition of Cornelius J Bogert & others owners of Lotts in 
Collect Street praying for the Regulation of said Street was referrd 
to the Street Commissioner 

The Petition of Charles Oilman praying for a Butchers Licence and 
for Stand N 32 in the Bear Market for his Son [342] Thomas A 
Oilman was referr'd to the Market Committee 

The Petition of Christian Baehr & others Inhabitants of the Eighth 
Ward praying for a fire Engine in the Village of Greenwich was re- 
ferr'd to the Chief Engineer 

The Petition of John R Livingston praying for Water Grants on 
the usual terms was referr'd to the Comptroller.* 

The Petition of the President and a Committee of the Agricul- 
tural Society of Kings County of Kings County complaining of the 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 121. ED. 



378 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 March 1807 

Impositions of those who sell and boat away the City Manure and 
praying that this Board will adopt such regulations as will prevent the 
Evil complained of was referr'd to the City Inspector 

The Committee to whom was referrd was referrd the Petition of 
Henry Leuthausen made the following Report 

That on Examination they find that Ernest Aubick in his life time 
obtained a leave of the rear part of a Lot fronting on Beekman Streef 
and adjoining his own Lotts on Gold Street and by the consent of the 
Possessors of a Lott on Ferry Street was permitted to lay a Trunk 
for a drain under Ground through said lot ; which Lease has expired 
some few years since, and has not been renewed on Account of some 
disagreement And Altho' the use made of the said drain is connived 
at present Yet the same is daily liable to be stopped up either by en- 
closing the partition fence between the lot fronting on Beekman Street 
and that of the Petitioner, Or to obtain or exact some extravagant 
compensation, Or from a mere whim or Caprice to have the same 
stopp'd up, in either of these cases if the Sum assessed is paid by the 
Petitioner, it woul'd be for no benefit or purpose whatever to the 
Estate intended to be benefitted by the Drain in Ferry Street. The 
Committee are therefore of Opinion that the Sum assessed is a 
grievance justly to be complained of and that the same ought now to 
be borne by the Corporation and that a [343] Warrant issue in favor 
of Hugh Montgomerie Collector for fifty seven dollars & forty Seven 
Cents 

*The Petition of John Charles stating that he is the lessee of Lot 
N 13 Chatham Street, that his lease will expire on the first of next 
May when he is informed that this Board will ask Eighty pounds a 
year for the same, that the lot adjoining and of the same dimensions as 
his was leased last May to Richard P. Lawrence for twenty one years 
at sixty pounds a year and that his is not worth more than seventy, 
the said Petition was referr'd to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
Sixth Ward 

The Market Committee having reported in favor of the Petition of 
Henry Hoffman praying for Stall N 8 in the Exchange Market, and 
of the Petition of James Gray praying for a stand in the said Market 
the same was confirmed 

Carlow McAvee 

The Petition of Mary Castel & Catharine M c Wee stating that they 
are lessees of this Board and that the Rent to be paid by them of one 

* Marginal note reads The entry of This Petition was supposed to have 
been omitted vid. P. 487. ED. 



18 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 379 

hundred dollars a year is more than the House on the Lot so leased 
would rent for and praying for relief was ordered to lie on the Table* 

The Recommendation by Andrew Ogden and others of Andrew R. 
Miller as a proper person to be appointed a Weigher was ordered to 
lie on the Table 

The Petition of Moses Cunningham J r and others praying that a 
pump may be placed at the head of Hester & Pitt Streets was refer r'd 
to the Alderman & Assistant of the Sixth Ward with power to grant 
the prayer of the Petitioners 

The following persons were appointed Firemen to wit: George 
Griffin to Engine N 14. Sewell Dodge to Engine N 8 Ely Emmons 
to Engine N 11. John Shaden to Engine N 3. & John K Fisher 
to Engine N 30 

The Committee on that Subject reported an ordinance for the 
Regulation of Streets which was ordered to be left in the Office of the 
City Inspector until the next Meeting of this Board for the perusal & 
Examination of the members of this Board 

[344] The Committee on that Subject made the following Report 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Charles 
M c Carty Report 

That the piece of Ground at the corner of Cherry and Roosevelt 
Streets containing twenty feet in breadth and Seventy one in length 
was by this Board leased to Samuel Akerly in his life time that 
the said Samuel Akerly soon after built a house which now stands 
thereon. That Akerly died before his lease was delivered to him, and 
afterwards this Board granted to his Executors a lease for the then 
unexpired term and included in the lease the house which was so as 
aforesaid built by said Akerly and which the Committee believe be- 
longd to him That the Executors of said Akerly sold the said House 
and transferr'd the said Lease to Samuel Webb who shortly before 
the End of the term sold the same to said Charles M c Carty for Eight 
hundred Dollars That on the first day of November 1804 this Board 
demised the said Ground including the House to the said Charles 
M c Carty for the term of twenty one years at one hundred and Seventy 
five dollars per year and all taxes &c a That by the said last mentioned 
lease the said House so as aforesaid built by Akerly sold by his Ex- 
ecutors to Webb and by him since to said M c Carty are considered as 
the property of this Board, and he is bound to keep it in repair and at 
the End of the Term deliver the same to this Board. That the Com- 
mittee are satisfied no compensation heretofore has been made to the 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 198. ED. 



380 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 March 1807 

said Charles M c Carty for the said House. The Committee are there- 
fore of Opinion that the said Charles M c Carty is entitled to relief 
N York March 17 1807 

sign'd W. P. Ritter 
Rob 1 Bogardus 

Ordered that the above report be confirmed & that the Comptroller 
and the Alderman & Assistant of the fourth Ward report to this 
Board the Value of the Ground built on by the said M c Carty inde- 
pendent of the [345] Building 

The Application of Henry Heiser to be appointed Superintendant 
of public Repairs was ordered to lie over 

The Street Commissioner reported an ordinance for the Opening 
Broad Way, the same was confirmed and John De Peyster appointed 
assessor in the Room of Andrew R. Miller 

The Street Commissioner having informed this Board that William 
E. Nexen the present Collector for the Assessment for opening 
Burling Slip declined that Service Simon Ackerman was appointed in 
his stead 

On a Representation by the Street Commissioner that there is 
due to Walter Allen on his Bond three hundred & Seventy five dollars 
by this Board, for their proportion of the Easterly Pier between the 
Exchange & Whitehall Slips ordered That the Mayor issue his War- 
rant in favor of the said Walter Allen for the said Sum of three 
hundred & Seventy five dollars 

The Alderman & Assistant of the Eighth Ward who with the 
Street Commissioner were appointed a Committee to report on the 
Petitions of M r Dobs and M r Jones Reported. That Colonel Burr hav- 
ing having purchased a quantity of Land West of and bounding on 
Bayards Farm he put up a Fence on what he supposed to be the West 
line of Thompson Street. That M r Loss the City Surveyor in making 
the Survey for M r Jones considered M r Burs fence as the West line 
of Thompson Street & hence the line given to M r Jones is not as it 
shoul'd have been parralel to Broadway in consequence of which M r 
Jone's house is several feet on the Street. M r Dobs house being in con- 
formity to what is supposed to be the true line if M r Loss's Survey 
is adopted will be several feet back of the Street That if the Corpo- 
ration give Damages to either of those persons, it is recommended 
that Referees determine the amount of them. The Committee recom- 
mend that the Street Commissioner shoul'd be directed to report an 
ordinance to make the City Surveyors more responsible than they 



18 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 381 

have been, and to increase their Compensation the Committee being of 
Opinion that their present Allowance is too small 

[346] The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petition 
of Ann Walker & others reported an Ordinance for the Regulation of 
Walker Street, which was agreed to and John Desbrow John B. M c - 
Comb Abraham Russell Moses Coddington and Amos Coddington 
were appointed the Assessors 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd a Petition for the 
regulation of Stuyvensant Street made a Report on that Subject which 
was ordered to lie over for Consideration 

The Street Commissioner made a Communication touching the 
irregular Survey of Elm Street the same was ordered to lie over for 
consideration 

The City Inspector reported an ordinance to prevent Swine from 
running at large without being rung and the same was ordered to lie 
in the Office of the Street Commissioner until Monday next for the ex- 
amination of the Members of this Board 

Ordered that Alderman Fish Alderman Selah Strong Mess re 
Morris & Bogardus & the Recorder be a Committee to report to this 
Board their Opinions with regard to the Propriety of disposing of the 
Dove Lotts & of a Plan therefore 

The following Resolution was moved by the Recorder & a Division 
being call'd thereon it pass'd in the affirmative in manner following 

Affirmative Negative 

The Recorder Aldermen Jacob Mott 

Aldermen Selah Strong Thurston Wood 

Nicholas Fish M> Thomas Demarest 

Roger Strong [347] Samuel Torbot 

Wynand Van Zandt Stephen Ludlum 

M r Gerard De Peyster John Hopper Jr 
Robert Bogardus 
Andrew Morris 

for the affirmative Eight & for the Negative Six The Resolution on 
which the above Division was call'd is as follows 

Resolved that while this Board is transacting business no smoaking 
be permitted 

Ordered that the Clerk notify the Contractors for the purchase of 
City Manure that they remove the same from the public Grounds on 
or before the first day of next April 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the purpose of cor- 
recting Nuisances from N 3213 to 3244 which were pass'd 



382 



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23 March 1807 



Resolved that each of the Road Masters shall for his Services and 
for the use of a Horse and Cart when furnish'd by him, be entitled 
hereafter to three dollars per day and no more 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the City Treasurer 
for the following Sums of Money 

23 To the Widow Beekman on Account of her Bond $750. 

24 To Richard Furman Superintendant of the Alms House 2000. 

25 To John H Sickles Treasurer to the building Committee 1000. 

26 To Alex r Morton for carting 

27 To Joseph Boyd for carting 

28 To Edward Moran for Services render'd 

29 To James Cheethem for printing 

30 To Benjamin De Witt for regulating Clocks 

31 To Samuel B. Waldron Overseer of Roads 

32 To Andrew Leary for Carpenters Work 

To Sweene & Jackson for printing 



33 

34 To Luke Periany for taking care of Mud Machines. 

35 To Peter Bennet for the loss of two Fire Buckets. 

36 To John F. Gardner for DO DO 



37 To Walter Allen in part pay* of Pier between Exchange & White- 

hall 

38 To Hugh Montgomerie Collector 



69. 
38. 
48. 
121. 

50. 

243.90 
103.37 
2.50 
85.46 
4. 
4. 

375. 
57.47 



[348] In Common Council March 23 d 1807 

Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Jacob Le Roy 
Nicholas Fish 
Jacob Mott 
Thurston Wood 
Roger Strong 
Wynand Van Zandt J r 
John P. Ritter 
John D. Miller 
Selah Strong 



Esq" 
Aldermen 



Benjamin Haight 
Gerard De Peyster 
Thomas Demarest 
John Hopper Jun r 
Stephen Ludlam 
Andrew Morris 
John W. Mulligan 
Robert Bogardus 
Samuel Torbot 



"Assistants 



The Petitions of Leonard Kline praying for Butchers Stand N 
23 in the Hudson Market, of John Henning, John Harman, Henry 
Rosecranz, John Hutton and William Gibson for stand N 32 in 
Hudson Market were referr'd to the Market Committee 

The Petition of William Ball and John Cooper praying to be ex- 
onerated from Fines imposed on them in consequence of their having 
been complained of by two of the Fire Wardens was referr'd to the 
Alderman and Assistant of the sixth Ward 

The Petition of Ann Walker and others praying that a Pump be 



23 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 383 

fixed in Walker Street, was referr'd to the Alderman and Assistant of 
the fifth Ward with power to grant the prayer of the Petitioner 

The Petition of James Norris praying to be restored to fire Com- 
pany N 11 from which he was removed was ordered to lie over 

[349] The Petition of Abraham Bussing & others Owners of 
Lotts in Courtland Street stating that owing to a Slip in front of their 
Lotts they were formerly obliged to fall back from the Range of the 
Street, but that the Slip is now fill'd up and they pray for leave to 
range with the said Street was referr'd to the Street Commissioner 

The Petition of David Godwin praying for a Lease of the Hoboken 
Ferry was referr'd to the Comptroller 

The Petition of John D'Alvey praying to be appointed a Measurer 
of Grain was ordered to lie over 

A letter from William Lawrence stating that he has a piece of 
Land near Dover Street which he wishes to build on, but as it is sup- 
posed that the Public will want it, he proposes selling it to this Board, 
the same was referr'd to the Street Commissioner and the Alderman 
& Assistant of the fourth Ward 

The Petition of Joseph Silleck & others for the Regulation of Budd 
Street was referr'd to the Street Commissioner 

The Chief Engineer to whom was referrd the Petition of the In- 
habitants of Greenwich praying for a fire Engine reported in favor 
of the prayer of the Petitioner and the same was agreed to 

The Committee to whom was recommitted the Report on the Peti- 
tion of Charles M c Carty made the following Report 

That the Valuation set by three respectable Freeholders in the 
Vicinity of the Lot occupied by the Petitioner on Cherry Street to wit 
Nine hundred & fifty pounds is in our estimation a fair price. The 
Committee are therefore of opinion that the Annual Ground Rent 
thereon ought not to be more than one hundred & twenty five Dollars, 
And that a New Lease be granted in the Usual Form to the Petitioner 
bearing equal date with the former and that Credit be given to the 
Petitioner for the surplusage of Rent paid thereon 

signd J n P. Ritter ] 

N York March 23 d 1807 And w Morris [ , 

T , -_ Committee 

Jacob Mott 

Ordered that the above report be confirmed 

[350] The Petition of B P : Beekman & others praying for the Reg- 
ulation of Bedlow Street was referr'd to the Street Commissioner* 
The Memorial of Jonathan Lawrence complaining of unequal 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17 P 96. ED. 



384 CITY OF NEW YORK 23 March 1807 

assessments on his property was referr'd to the Street Commissioner 

The Application of Henry Tripp to be appointed Superintendant 
of the Park was referr'd to the City Inspector 

The Petition of Daniel N. Traine stating that he was fined under 
the Act concerning Buildings, that he paid the Costs of his Prosecu- 
tion and gave a Bond to this Board for two hundred Dollars and 
sixty two Cents on which he has paid Eighty dollars. That he has 
become impoverished and is now in Gaol, & that it will not be in his 
power to pay the residue of his said Bond, he therefore prays that 
this Board will discharge him therefrom, the same was referr'd to 
the Attorney of this Board 

The Attorney of the Board having reported on the Petition of 
Robert Dyde that he is not entitled to the interposition of this Board 
the said Report was agreed to 

The Street Commissioner having reported that there was due to M r 
Anderson & M r Allen one hundred and twelve dollars & Ninety Eight 
Cents for the Piers between the Exchange & Whitehall Slips Ordered 
that a Warrant issue in favor of John Anderson for one hundred and 
twelve dollars & Ninety Eight Cents 

The Street Commissioner presented to this Board the New as- 
sessment for opening Broad Way from Art Street to the Bowery and 
requested the Directions of this Board relative to the Mode of giving 
publicity to Assessments before the same are confirmed, thereupon 
ordered that in addition to publishing the same in the Newspapers 
employ'd by this Board that the Street Commissioner cause fifty hand 
Bills [351] to be struck off and put up in the Neighbourhood of the 
property to be assessed 

*The Street Commissioner made a Report on the Petition of James 
Abeel and the same was referrd to the Comptroller 

The Petition of Mary Castles and Catharine M c Wie presented at 
the last Meeting of this Board was directed to lie over 

Resolved that Andrew R. Miller be and he is hereby appointed one 
of the City Weighers 

Resolved that Alexander Crawfurd be & he is hereby appointed 
Inspector and Measurer of Lumber 

Resolved that if the office of Inspector of Wood for the 14 th 
District be vacant either by the abscence of the person heretofore ap- 
pointed to the same or otherwise that in such case William Dey be ap- 
pointed Inspector thereof 

The following Resolution was agreed to 

* Marginal note reads See P. 334. ED. 



23 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 385 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner cause the remainder of the 
Earth purchased by the Corporation on the East side of Broad Way 
to be removed to the Corporation Ground near the Collect on the best 
terms he can have the same done for 

The Street Commissioner having reported to the Board that the 
Building in Elm Street adjoining the Lott of a M r Fowler encroach 
about two feet on the Street and that the Houses on the opposite side 
are about as much back from it, owing to a mistake in the line of the 
Street, Ordered that the Street Commissioner permit the said Fowler 
to build on a line with the other houses erected on said Street and 
that he lease to him and to all other persons who in consequence of a 
similar mistake have encroached or may find it necessary to encroach 
on the public Streets the ground so occupied for the term of twenty 
one years 

The alderman and assistant of the Eigth Ward and the Street 
Commissioner having reported on the Petition of M r Dobs and M 1 
Jones, as much of the said [352] Report as relates to the inaccuracy 
of the Surveys therein mentioned, was referr'd to the Street Commis- 
sioner to report the cause of such inaccuracies and whether the same 
arose from the Misinformation or improper directions of the Peti- 
tioners to the Surveyor or otherwise ?nd the Street Commissioner was 
directed to prepare and report an Ordinance in conformity to that part 
of it which recommends the better Regulation of City Surveys 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for correcting and remov- 
ing Nuisances from N 3235 to N 3276 and the same were pass'd. 
he also stated that the Service in which M r Rome had been employed 
was performed and he was accordingly discharged 

Ordered that the Committee on Docks and Piers do contract for the 
Erection of Piers at the Corporation Bason and the Hay Scales Duane 
Street. 

The following Resolution was moved 

Resolved that Beekman Van Beuren and Samuel B. Waldron be 
and they are hereby dismissed from their respective offices of Over- 
seers of Roads. A Division having been call'd on the said Resolution 
it pass'd in the affirmative in manner following 

Affirmative 
Aldermen Le Roy Mr Haight 

Fish Depeyster 

R. Strong Morris 

S. Strong Mulligan 

Van Zandt Bogardus 
Ritter 



386 CITY OF XEW YORK '23 March 1807 

Negative 
Aldermen Mott Mr Torbot 

Wood Demarest 

-!er Hopper 

Ludlum 

for the affirmative Eleven & for the Negative Seven 
[353] The following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that the Committee to whom the Accounts of the late 
perintendant of the Alms House were referr'd Report at the next 
Meeting of this Board whether the Sum deducted with a view to 
future enquiry respecting the same, from the ballance claimed by him 
ought to be paid. And that they report at the same time a statement of 
the Facts on which their opinion in the premisses shall be formed 

The following resolution was moved and order'd to lie on the Table 
Resolved that a Committee be appointed to ascertain whether this 
Board has any, and if any what Powers to enforce the observance of 
order among persons admitted to be present at their deliberations 

Ordered that the Committee for the Revision of the Laws do report 
such Amendments as they may think proper & necessary to the Laws 
regulating Cartmen and Porters 

The Chief Engineer represented the Necessity of moving Engine 
House N 29 standing on Ground heretofore allotted to that purpose 
but now rented to M r Francis De Klyn who wishes for the removal 
of the said building. Ordered that the Alderman & Assistant of the 
Eigth "Ward do provide some proper place for the same 

Ordered that the Mayor issue Warrants on the City Treasurer in 
favor of the following persons 

39 To John Anderson for Piers $112.98 

40 To John Stilwill in payt of his Bond 1000. 

41 To Jas Horner for Work for Corporation 105 . 3 

42 To Nicholas Lawrence Cap* of Watch 237. 16 

43 To WE Van Wart Capt^ of Watch 237. 16 

44 To Jacob Hays D DO 165 . 'j 

45 To Charles Van Orden DO D 16S.56 

46 To John Farrington D D 217. 56 

47 To Magnus Beekman D D 217.56 

48 To Mathev.- Dikeman for Repairs 37. 3 

49 To John Anderson for building ferry Stairs 189. 19 

50 To Patrick M c Donough for riding Sand 

51 To Elaxder Morton for carting 9.46 

52 To John De Clew for one Quarters Salary as Inspector of Bread 79.80 

53 To John Cholwell for lighting public Lamps 1000. 

54 To Beekman V Beuren for Work on public Roads 617. 9 



30 March 1807 COMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 387 

[354] In Common Council March 30 1807 
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 
Jacob Mott 



Nicholas Fish 
Jacob Le Roy 



Samuel Torbot 
Thomas De Marest 






Wynand Y n Yandt Jr p. rs John W. Mulligan 

John P. Ritter "~ \ld -men Benjamin Haight -Assistants 



Selah Strong 
Roger Strong 
Thurston Wood 
John D. Miller 



Stephen Ludlam 
Gerard De Peyster 
Andrew Morris 



On Motion of Alderman Selah Strong Ordered that the Decision 
of this Board at their last Meeting on the Report of the Committee to 
whom was referr'd the Petition of Charles M c Carty be reconsidered. 
Ordered that the further Consideration of the said Report be post- 
poned until the next Meeting of this Board 

The Report from the Police Office of the Suspension of Richard 
Smith a "Watchman for sleeping on his Post was referr'd to the Watch 
Committee 

The Petition of Alexander Fink & others Butchers in the Oswego 
Market stating that their Lockers in said Market had frequently been 
broken open & their Meat stolen & praying that a Xight Watchman 
may be stationed at the said Market was referr'd to the Watch Com- 
mittee with Instructions to station a \Vatchman at said Market 

[355] The Petition of Abraham Stagg & others for a Pump was 
referr'd to the Alderman & Assistant of the Seventh Ward with Power 
to grant the same 

On the application of Hutchings & Crane for a prolongation of the 
time by which they are directed to have the City manure deposited on 
the public grounds removed from the same the time was extended to 
the Eighth of next April 

A Remonstrance from P. P. Van Zandt against his being assess'd 
for opening Burling Slip was referr'd to the Comptroller 

The application of William Betts stating that he is lessee of one 
of the Dove Letts and requesting (as the same are to be sold) to 
know whether the Corporation will pay for his Buildings on the same, 
or permit him to remove them. Ordered that he have leave to remove 
the said Buildings 

The Remonstrance of John Murphy stating that he is assess'd for 
a Lott of thirty Seven feet on Cross Street Whereas his Lott is only 
twentv five feet was referr'd to the Street Commissioner 



388 CITY or NEW YORK 30 March 1807 

The Petition of Lawrence White to be appointed Superintendant 
of Repairs was ordered to lie on the Table 

The application of Myers and Judah Auctioneers to sell the Dove 
Lotts for the Corporation was ordered to lie on the Table 

The Petition of W m M c Cullum and others for a pump was referr'd 
to the Alderman and Assistant of the Seventh Ward with power to 
grant the same 

The Petition of Lewis Ford & others praying for the Regulation of 
White Street from Broad Way to Chapel Street was referr'd to the 
Street Commissioner 

The application of Samuel Cowdrey former Attorney to this Board 
requesting an advance of one hundred & fifty dollars on Account of 
his demands against this Board was referr'd to the Comptroller with 
Instructions to audit his Account 

[356] The Comptroller made the following Report 

The Comptroller Reports that Agreeable to the Monthly Account 
rendered to him by the Treasurer there is now in the Treasury the 
Sum of five thousand five hundred and fifty Eight dollars and Eight 
Cents 

New York March 30: 1807 Jacob Morton Compf 

The Committee on that Subject made the following Report and the 
same was confirmed 

*The Committee who were appointed to report a Plan for laying 
out and disposing of the Corporation Lands commonly call'd the Dove 
Lotts, having duly consider 'd the Subject, and examined the several 
Plans submitted to this Board by the Street Commissioner for laying 
out the same are of Opinion, that a public Square or open Space 
shoul'd be left through the Center of the Tract, from East to West, 
of two hundred & fifty feet to be denominated Hamilton Square. 
That the same shoul'd be intersected in the Center, by a public Street 
at right Angles thereto, and Paralel to the Boston and Harlaem Ave- 
nues, of Sixty feet and to be denominated Harlaem Avenue, that the re- 
maining portion of the Land shoul'd be divided into twenty Eight Lotts 
of equal Size each Lot containing Sixty two feet Seven Inches front 
& Rear by three hundred & Sixty five feet in length, all which is par- 
ticularly delineated in a Plan or Diagram hereunto annexed and to 
which the Committee beg leave to refer. Your Committee are further 
of Opinion that the Lots thus laid out shoul'd be sold at Public Auc- 
tion to the highest bidder in fee Simple, subject to an annual Rent or 
Reservation of twenty bushels of Wheat or the Value thereof in lawful 

* Marginal note reads For Conditions of Sale, See Vol. 17. P. 45. ED. 



30 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 389 

Money for each and every Lot ; the Sale to take place on the Eighth 
day of April next at twelve OClock at the Tontine Coffee house and 
Subject to the following Conditions to wit. That all Dwelling Houses 
to be [357] erected on those Lotts shall front the Square ; That they 
shall be built on a line twenty feet from the line of the Street and 
that for the term of twenty years there shall be not more than one 
Dwelling House on each Lot; Ten per Cent of the purchase Money 
to be paid down, the residue in two equal payments of three & six 
Months, and the Title to be compleated on the payment of the last 
Instalment. That the Street Commissioner cause public Notice to be 
given of the time and place of Sale, And that he cause an accurate 
Map of the property to be made on a large Scale and suspended in 
some conspicuous part of the public Room at the said Coffee house, for 
four days at least prior to the day of Sale. All which is respectfully 
submitted 
New York March 23* 1807 

sign'd Nicholas Fish 
Rob* Bogardus 

Ordered that a Reservation of 125 feet square be taken from the 
Rear of Lots N 17 & N 15 for a Church and Accademy And 15 feet 
be also taken from the Rear of Lot N 15 to accomodate Lot N 17 
with a Cart way from the Street 

Resolved that the three Lots of Ground belonging to this Board 
and situated at the North Westerly point of the Common Lands ad- 
joining the Harlaem line & containing about five Acres each, and the 
Triangular piece of Ground situate above the Tavern of Anthony 
Smith & Adjoining the Harlaem line be disposed of at public Vendue 
on leases of forty two years 

Ordered that a Warrant issue in favor of Charles Brennuysen for 
four dollars in payment of two fire Buckets lost at a Fire 

The application of Isaac Clason for the Regulation of part of Pitt 
Street & for leave to remove Dirt from part of said Street was referr'd 
to the Street Commissioner 

The Application of Peter Ogilvie for leave to remove Dirt from 
Pitt Street was referr'd to the Street [358] Commissioner 

The Memorial of George Collins & others Trustees of the African 
Church complaining of their Worship's being disturbed on Sundays 
by Boys and unruly Persons & requesting that a Watchman may 
be stationed at said Church during their hours of public Worship was 
referr'd to the Watch Committee with Instructions to have a Watch- 
man stationed there accordingly 



390 CITY OF NEW YORK 30 March 1807 

Several Remonstrances against the Broad Way assessment were 
presented to the Board which together with the Report of the Street 
Commissioner on that Subject was referr'd to Alderman Fish M r 
Bogardus and Alderman Ritter 

The Petition of John L Fink for Stand Number forty Six in the 
Fly Market now occupied by his Uncle John Fink who is willing to 
relinquish the same to him was granted 

The Petition of several of the Inhabitants of the Eighth Ward for 
a Pump was referr'd to the Alderman & Assistant of the Eighth 
Ward with Power to grant the same 

The Memorial of Caspar Samlar stating that about Eleven years 
ago he fenced in a piece of Corporation property by the direction of 
one of its Members, that he has been three years out of possession, 
that he was not permitted when dispossessed to take away the fence, 
he now solicits leave to do so or that the Corporation will pay him 
the Value of it. the same was referr'd to the Comptroller 

The Petition of John Kehoe praying to be exempted from the 
payment of a fine in consequence of his having Liquor without a 
Licence from the Commissioners of Excise was referr'd to the At- 
torney of the Board 

William Mott was appointed a Fireman [359] to Engine N 
Eleven in the Room of Nathaniel Wells resigned David Wilson and 
John Sniffer were appointed to Engine N twenty two in the place of 
N. Grenard & Hugh M c Dole Jun r resigned 

The Petition of Florence Crowley praying to be appointed an In- 
spector of Wood was ordered to lie on the Table 

The Representation of Samuel Osborn & others complaining of the 
Manner in which Brooklyn Ferry is kept was referr'd to the Ferry 
Committee to enquire into the Causes of Complaint and report thereon 

The Market Committee having reported that Henry Rosencranz 
ought to be licensed as a Butcher & to have stand N 32 in Hudsons 
Market granted to him, that John Rhodes ought also to be licenced 
& to have Stand N 13 in the Fly Market, And that Henry Kline 
ought Also to be licensed and to have stand N 23 in Hudson Market 
the said Report was confirm'd 

The Consideration of the Law regulating the Width of Streets 
heretofore laid before the Board was postponed until the next Meet- 
ing of the Board An Account for Interest on a Bond to be paid to 
John Stilwil was referr'd to the Comptroller 

The Board proceeded to Ballot for a Superintendant of Repairs 



30 March 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 391 

and on counting the Ballots it appeared that Nicholas Carmar was 
chosen 

The following Resolution was agreed to Resolved that All Monies 
due to the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of the City of New York 
shall in future be paid to the City Treasurer or Chamberlain only and 
by him accounted for to the Comptroller of this Board 

The Street Commissioner having represented to the Board that 
owing to a Quantity of Earth's being wash'd into Grand Street, a 
part of said Street has been so raised as to cause the Water cast 
therefrom to spread over the neighbouring Streets and greatly incom- 
mode the Inhabitants thereof Ordered that the Street Commissioner 
do cause the said Earth to be carted away 

[360] The following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that the Sale of the Lotts known by the name of the Dove 
Lotts be made under the direction of the Committee appointed to Re- 
port relative to the Dove Lotts and that they have power to determine 
the Conditions of the Sale under the terms agreed on by the Board, 
And to procure from the Counsel a draft of an Agreement pursuant 
to such Conditions, to be signed by the Purchassers And also of a 
Deed in conformity to the Resolutions of the Board respecting the 
same 

The Street Commissioner having represented to the Board that 
repairs were wanted at Burling Slip, he was authorized by the Board to 
employ a Dock Builder to make the same 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petition to 
regulate Crosby Street from Grand to Hester Streets reported an 
ordinance for that purpose which was agreed to & Elias Haviland 
Leonard Warner Leonard Seaman & Charles Golden were appointed 
the Assessors 

Ordered that the Counsel of the Corporation be requested to in- 
form this Board whether in his Opinion the Ground call'd Stuyvesant 
Street is or is not a public Street 

The City Inspector presented drafts of Ordinances from N 3279 
to N 3307 and the same were pass'd 

Ordered that the Lamp Committee Report to the Board the Plan 
which in their Opinion it will be most expedient to adopt for lighting 
the City 

The City Inspector to whom was referr'd the Petition of Henry 
Tripp reported against the appointment of a person to take care of the 
Park as unnecessary. And the same was agreed to 



.392 CITY OF NEW YORK 6 April 1807 

[361] Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay 

NO 55 To John H Sickles on Account of Marble Contract 1000. 

56 To John H Sickles on Account of New City Hall 2000. 

57 To Abel Hardenbrook for Engines 400. 

58 To Bartholemew Skaats for fuel 50. 

59 To William Ray on Ace* of Manhattan Ville Road 150. 

60 To Charles Brennuysen for the loss of two fire buckets 4. 

61 To Daniel Woolsey for procuring Dock Logs 15. 

62 George Lowther for labor at prison Yard 3.50 

63 To Daniel Davis for repairing pumps 39.62 

64 To Wm P. Roome for his Services 108. 

65 To Hoogland & Onderdonk for Powder 3.75 

66 To Mathew Dikeman for Repairs 4.68 

67 To Robert Brown for Carting 67. 

68 To Bernard Hart for the loss of a fire bucket 2. 

[362] In Common Council April 6 th 1807 

Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 

Maturin Livingston Esq r Recorder 
Jacob Le Roy 



Thurston Wood 
Selah Strong 
Wynand Van Zandt J r 
Jn P. Ritter 
Jacob Mott 
Nicholas Fish 
Roger Strong 



Esq 



rs 



Aldermen 



John W. Mulligan 
Thomas Demarest 
Gerard De Peyster 
John Hopper J r 
Robert Bogardus 
Andrew Morris 
Stephen Ludlum 



Assistants 



Jn D. Miller 

A Letter from Eugene Lucette suggesting the propriety of rescind- 
ing Resolutions of this Board providing that certain Vacant Lotts in 
Magazine Street shall be a Deposit for the filth and Manure of the 
City, was referr'd to the City Inspector with directions to confer with 
the Resident Physician relative to the same and Report to this Board 

The Petition of George Rogers & others Fishermen complaining 
that their Carr's are ordered from the Wharf of Fly Market Slip was 
referr'd to the Street Commissioner 

The Petition of Hester De Witt complaining of her being assess'd 
for a Lot of Ground to which she has only a right of Dower was 
referr'd to the attorney of the Board* 

A Representation from John Murray J r [363] stating the poverty 
of William Elsworth who has been taxed & which tax he thinks 
ought to be remitted to him was referr'd to the Alderman and Assist- 
ant of the sixth Ward 



Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 19. ED. 



6 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 393 

The Petition of Peter Conover stating that in September 1805 
while doing duty as a Watchman he caught the Yellow fever that his 
Physicians Bill for attending him during his sickness amounts to 
fifty two dollars was referr'd to the Watch Committee 

The Petition of D. Kemper & others complaining that in Violation 
of the Law some of the Weigh Masters perform their duty by deputy 
was referr'd to Alderman Van Zandt & Mes rs Mulligan & Bogardus 

The Petition of George & Robert N Waite praying for leave to 
dig away part of a Hill near to the powder House and to remove the 
Earth from the same to their own Grounds was granted the same to 
be done under the direction of the Road Committee 

It having been represented to this Board by Oliver Waldron that 
he shew to Samuel B. Waldron a written order from the Chairman of 
the Road Committee to deliver to him the Tools belonging to his De- 
partment which he refused to comply with Therefore Resolved that 
the said Samuel B. Waldron one of the late Road Masters deliver to 
Oliver Waldron the present Road Master all the public Tools and 
other property belonging to that Department and in default thereof 
that the Attorney of this Board commence a Suit for the recovery 
thereof against the said Samuel B. Waldron 

The Attorney of the Board to whom was referr'd the Petition of 
John Kehoe reported That the Petitioner in subjecting himself to a fine 
acted more from incorrect advice than a desire to contravene the Law 
and that so much of the fine as accrues to this Board ought to be re- 
mitted, and the same was confirmed 

The Petition of Patrick Barry praying to be exempted from the 
payment of a fine incurr'd [364] in Consequence of his having sold 
Liquor without a Licence from the Commissioners of Excise was re- 
ferrd to the Attorney of the Board 

The Comptroller informed this Board of the Progress made in the 
several Bills which this Board had pray'd the Legislature to pass 
into Laws 

The Comptroller represented to the Board that there are a number 
of Accounts presented to him for Materials furnish'd and Work per- 
formed for the Corporation by the Order of Cornelius Warner late 
Superintendant of Repairs, and requested of this Board directions 
with regard to the Evidence he is to require from the persons pre- 
senting those Accounts. Thereupon Resolved that Cornelius Warner 
late Superintendant of Repairs do furnish the Comptroller with his 
Account Current and the Accounts of all the persons employed by 
him and of the Articles furnish'd on Account of and for this Board 



394 CITY OF NEW YORK 6 April 1807 

The Comptroller having informed the Board that the last Quarters 
Dividends on Manhattan Shares belonging to the Corporation have 
not yet been recieved no power having been given therefore & Also 
that a Warrant ought to issue for the payment of the Interest due to 
the Manhattan Company on the Corporation Bonds held by them 
Ordered that the Clerk do prepare the necessary Instrument to enable 
the Comptroller to recieve the Amount of the said Dividends and that 
the Comptroller ascertain the Amount of Interest money due to the 
Manhattan Company 

[365] The Petitions of George Grier and James M c Lean praying 
to be exempted from the payment of fines incurr'd for selling Liquor 
without Licences from the Commissioners of Excise were referr'd to 
the Attorney of the Board 

The Petition of Roger Crandel & others Fishermen complaining 
that Wharfage is demanded for their Boat at Fly Market Wharf was 
referr'd to the Attorney of the Board 

The Petition of Henry Brooks stating that a Well has been sunk in 
Magazine Street which has cost more than can be raised by Subscrip- 
tion was referr'd to the Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth Ward 

The following Resolution was agreed to Resolved that Samuel 
Hutchins and John T. Crane have time until Monday next to remove 
their Manure deposited on the public Grounds 

*The Attorney of the Board to whom was referr'd the Petition of 
Daniel N. Traine reported that the Suits commenced against him and 
his Surety ought to be discharged and the Bond cancelled on his pay- 
ing the Costs already accrued And the same was agreed to 

The Comptroller made the following Report The Comptroller re- 
ports That one of the former Attornies of the Board wishing to pre- 
sent an accurate Account of his payment to and his reciepts from the 
Board & not being able to accomplish it for the present Meeting of the 
Common Council, delays the Report of the Comptroller upon that 
Subject which had been committed to him 

The Comptroller having requested the Appointment of a Com- 
mittee to settle his Account for a small Sum deposited in his hands for 
the payment [366] of labourers employed at the Collect M r Morris and 
Alderman Ritter were appointed accordingly 

The Trustees of the New York Free School having requested the 
Use of about twenty feet of the Bridewell yard adjoining their School 
House for privies Ordered that the Superintendant of the Alms 

* Marginal note reads Corrected July. 13 1807. ED. 



6 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



395 



House assign to the said Trustees in such places as may be convenient 
for the above purpose the space required 

*The Committee appointed to superintend the Sale of the Dove 
Lotts reported the Draft of an Instrument to be signed by the pur- 
chassors of the said Lotts and the same was agreed to 

fThe Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth Ward to whom was 
referr'd the Petition of John Charles reported that they are of Opin- 
ion that the Sum of Seventy five pounds as formerly reported by the 
Comptroller as the Rent of the said Lot is a reasonable Rent for the 
same they therefore recommend that a Lease issue to the Petitioner on 
the Usual terms reserving the said Rent And the same was agreed to 

Ordered that the Reconsideration of the Report on the Petition of 
Charles M c Carty be discharged the same not having been moved for 
within the time limited by the Rules of this Board 

The City Inspector reported ordinances from N 3294 to N 3313 
and the same were pass'd 

The Street Commissioner having represented the necessity of Re- 
pairs being made at the Stairs of Brooklyn Ferry and the Middle Pier 
of Coenties Slip Ordered that the Superintendant [367] of Repairs do 
repair the same 

Ordered that the Clerk furnish each of the Inspectors of the en- 
suing Election for Governor Lieutenant Governor Senators and Mem- 
bers of Assembly with an Abstract of the 4 th Section of the Election 
Law 

The following Persons were appointed Inspectors of the Ensuing 
Election for Governor Lieutenant Governor Senator and Members of 
Assembly 



Samuel Boyd 

William Bayard 

William Hillyer 

Thomas L. Ogden 

John Bogert 

Gerrit Gilbert 

Daniel M. Hitchcock] 

John Brown f fourth Ward 

Peter M Cartee 

Samuel M. Hopkins 

James Heard 

Ichabod Prall 



1 for the first 
j Ward 

Uhird Ward 



J 



Leonard Lispenard ~] 



Ichabod Prall 



^fifth Ward 



J-Second Ward 

Dirck Ten Broeck 

Valentine Nutter 
Patrick McKay 



Ezra Weeks 

Gabriel Furman 

Andrew Paff 

John Crolius J r 

Peter G. Stuvesant 

Jamison Cox 

Jacob Morrell 

William H Robinson *| 

George Lindsay >Eighth Ward 

Gilbert Coutant 



-Sixth Ward 
[-Seventh Ward 



J 



[Ninth Ward 



* Marginal note reads Conditions of Sale entered Vol. 17 Page. 45. ED. 
t Marginal note reads Vide 2 d Entry P. 488. Supposed to have been 
omitted. ED. 



396 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 April 1807 

[368] Ordered That the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay to 

N 69 To Magnus Beekman for City Watch $217 . 5o 

70 To William Van Wart for City Watch 237.16 

71 To Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237. 16 

72 To John Farrington for City Watch 217.56 

73 To Jacob Hays for City Watch 168. 56 

74 To John Pintard for Salary as City Inspector 312.50 

75 To William M. Summers for Salary as Inspector of Bread.. 98.60 

76 To Edward Moran for Salary 52. 

77 To Charles Van Orden for City Watch 168.56 

78 To John Ogden for Carting 15.75 

79 To John Requa for labor at Roads 4.30 

80 To Jacob Morton for 1 Quarters Salary as Comptroller 250. 

81 To Richard Tierney for Materials & labor at Streets 16.25 

82 To James Hardie for one months Salary &c a 64. 

83 To Matthew Dikeman for repairing Pumps 37.90 

84 To Mathew Dikeman for repairing Pumps 17.34 

85 To Mathew Dikeman for repairing Pumps 3. 1 

86 To Andrew Leary for Carpenters Work at Gaol 72.75 

87 To Thomas Smyth for Locks &c a to Gaol 153.54 

88 To Watson & Campbell for timber & Engines for Gaol 84. 4 

89 To William & J. Ferguson for timber &c a for Engine houses 13.36 

90 To James Votey for Timber &c a for Engine houses 33.19 

91 To Edward Meeks for blacksmiths Work for Engine Houses 

& Gaol 61.46 

92 To Jacob Morton for Am* of Interest on Manhattan Shares 

belonging to Corporation 271 5 . 80 

[369] In Common Council April 15. 1807 
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 

Andrew Morris 

Selah Strong -v Samuel Haight 

Jacob Le Roy I Thomas De Marest 

Jacob Mott ^Esquires Samuel Torbet ^-Assistants 

Roger Strong John W. Mulligan 

Wynand Van Zandt J r j Stephen Ludlum 

Robert Bogardus 

The Petition of William Thomas praying for leave to Dock out 
beyond High Water Mark was referred to the Street Commissioner 
and Comptroller* 

The Memorial of Abraham Russell and others Trustees of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church complaining of the Interruption of their 
Service on Sundays by disorderly persons and requesting that Watch- 
men may be stationed at their Churches was referr'd to Alderman 
Van Zandt Alderman Selah Strong and M r Robert Bogardus 

* Marginal note reads See P. 394 428. ED. 



15 April 1807 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXTJTES 397 

The Petition of Henry Titus* stating that he is the lessee of three 
Corporation Lotts at the Corner of Pearl and Chatham Streets at a 
Rent of Eight hundred dollars per Annum which he states to be more 
than they are Worth was referr'd to Alderman Ritter Alderman Mott 
& Mes rs Morris and Torbet 

The Petition of Ann Walker Widow & Administratrix of James 
Walker deceased stating that her husband in his life time agreed with 
this Board to purchase some of the Inkleberg Lotts [370] for which 
no Conveyance has been executed nor was any payment made by him. 
That his Debts have absorbed more than the whole of his Personal 
Estate and that a compliance with the above Agreement will be at- 
tended with great Inconveniency to her in as much as it will lessen 
her means of supporting her family, and as in her Capacity of Execu- 
trix and Guardian she cannot take a Conveyance of said Lotts. She 
therefore prays to be relieved from a compliance with her Agreement. 
The said Petition was referr'd to the Comptroller and the Street Com- 
missioner 

The Petition of Lawrence Hyer stating that he is the Lessee of two 
Lotts of Ground belonging to this Board fronting on Chatham Street, 
that they were supposed at the time of his leasing them to contain 
thirty feet in breadth in consequence of which he was charged a Rent 
of four hundred and fifty Dollars, that they are only twenty five feet 
in front and one of them only Eighty feet in depth instead of one 
hundred in consequence of which he prays for an Abatement of the 
Rent, the same was referr'd to Alderman Mott & Mes rs Bo^ardus 

o 

and Torbet 

The Petition of George Riker and others Heirs of Dorothy Riker 
praying that the Sum of three thousand and Seventy five dollars 
awarded to them by a Jury for a piece of Ground and a Shop taken 
by this Board, with Interest thereon from the 14 day of January 1806 
may be paid to them was referr'd to the Comptroller and Street Com- 
missioner 

The Petition of John M. Mason and others praying that the Pave- 
ment in Pine Street may be repaired was referr'd to the Street Com- 
missioner 

[371] The Counsel of the Board who had been requested to inform 
this Board Whether in his Opinion the Grounds commonly call'd 
Stuyvesant Street are a public Street or not Submitted the following 
Statement and Opinion to the Board 



* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 215. ED. 



398 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 April 1807 

Case of Stuyvesant Street 

On the 30 th Nov r 1787 Evert Bancker Jun r one of the Surveyors 
for the City of New York, surveyed and laid out at the request of 
Peter Stuyvesant on his Farm in the then Out Ward of the City of 
New York, a piece of Ground intended for a Street then and since 
known and calFd by the name of Stuyvesant Street 

On the 30 th day of March 1789, the said Peter Stuyvesant con- 
veyed by Indenture of Lease, Lots of Ground bounded by the said 
Street, to John Coutant and Gilbert Coutant 

On the day of 179 the Ground on which S* Marks 

Church in the Bowery is erected, also bounded by the said Street was 
conveyed in fee to the Corporation of Trinity S* Marks in the Bowery 
was built in the Year 1795 before which time and since the said Piece 
of Ground has remained laid open, and has ever since been used by 
the Public for their enjoyment and Accomodation as an High Way 

The Legislature by an Act passed the 7 th of March 1793 vested all 
the Right Title Interest Claim and demand Whatsoever, of the People 
of this State of in and to all lands at any time heretofore left for 
Streets or high Ways in the City of New York, by any person or 
persons whomsoever, in the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York and their Successors, for the Use of Streets and 
High Ways 

[372] The Legislature by an Act pass'd the 30 th March 1799 de- 
clare " that no New Street shall thereafter be laid out in the City of 
New York except with the Approbation of the Mayor Aldermen and 
Commonalty in Common Council convened, and if any such Street 
should be laid out without such Permission it shoul'd be lawful for 
the Mayor Aldermen and Commonalty by Bye Laws or Ordinances to 
direct the same to be stopp'd up, and all Buildings adjoining thereto 
to be removed by the Proprietors or Occupants within such times and 
under such Penalties, as they shoul'd think proper, and that all Streets 
not then already named and approved of by the Mayor Aldermen and 
Commonalty shoul'd be considered as New Streets within the Mean- 
ing of that Act which had expired on the 30 th March 1802 

By an Act pass'd the Second of April 1803 the Legislature have 
made Similar Provisions to those contained in the Act of the 30 th of 
March 1799 with this Variation that by the last Act all Streets not 
then already named and opened shoul'd be considered as new Streets 
within the Meaning thereof 

On the 11 th of December 1797 contracted with Casimer Th. 
Goerck & Joseph Mangin City Surveyors to make a New Map of the 
City from the Battery to the Sandy Hill road at the two Mile Stone 



15 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 399 

and Easterly including the Street on which the New Episcopal Church 
stands on Stuyvesants Grounds to the East River, and Westerly to 
the North River so as to include the Sandy Hill Road and the State 
Prison. By the Contract the Map was to contain certain specific De- 
scriptions, and a Field Book to accompany the same and they were 
[373] to deliver another Map upon a smaller Scale which was in- 
tended for Sale to indemnify the Common Council &c a 

From the Minutes of the Common Council it appears that 

" On the 10 th of April 1799 the Mayor laid before the Board the 
new Map of the City made by M r Mangin which was committed to a 
Committee to examine and correct, as to the names of Streets, and 
also to Report a Mode for obtaining Subscribers to the Work 

" On the 15 of July 1799 Ordered that the Committee on the Sub- 
ject with M r Mangin, obtain the engraving of the New Map of this 
City by M r Mavrick or other competent person on the best terms 
they can 

On the 30 th March 1801. it appearing that great inconvenience is 
sustained in consequence of having several Streets designated by the 
same Names, Ordered that the Street Commissioner be directed to 
attend to the completion of the new Map of the City, and that he be 
authorized to employ M r Richard Furman to assist him in the execu- 
tion of that duty 

On the 14 th February 1804 Alderman Barker, Alderman Brasher 
& Alderman Oothout were appointed a Committee in conjunction with 
the Comptroller and Street Commissioner, to examine the New Map of 
this City now nearly ready to be published, and to take such measures 
as will be most proper to indemnify this Board and the persons who 
have executed the same for the expence that has been incurr'd 

A number of these Maps were Sold by the Corporation with the 
Title of " A Plan and Regulation of the City of New York made from 
Actual Survey by Casmer Th. Goerck and Josep Fr Mangin City 
Surveyor by order of the Common Council and protracted by Joseph 
Fr Mangin Anno Domini 1800 

[374] Some Alterations were afterwards made on the Map and 
instead of the above Title a label was substituted in these Words 
" Plan of the City of New York drawn from actual Survey by Carmer 
Th Goerck and Joseph F. Mangin City Surveyors. This Plan shews 
the Wards of the City as lately altered by the Legislature, and desig- 
nates with Accuracy most of the Streets and Wharves and Slips &c a 
lying to the South Ward of a line beginning at the North River at 
Watts Street, thence extending thro' said Street to Hudson Street, 



400 CITY OF NEW YORE 15 April 1807 

thence to Leonard Street thence to Broad Way, from thence in a line 
to Bayard Street, thro' this Street to Bowery Road, thence to Bullock 
Street, and thro' this Street to the East River. Except Brannon and 
Spring Streets, none of the Streets to the North Ward of the line 
above mentioned have been ceded to the Corporation, or have been 
approved and opened under their authority ; they are therefore to be 
considered, subject to such future Arrangements as the Corporation 
may deem best calculated to promote health, introduce Regularity, and 
conduce to the conveniency of the City. New York Nov r 1803 

By an Act of the Legislature pass'd the 8 th March 1803 entitled 
" an Act to increase the number of Wards in the City of New York 
and to equalize the same, the Boundaries of the Seventh Ward are 
described in these words " The Seventh Ward shall begin at the 
South Easterly corner of the fourth Ward ; thence along the Northerly 
boundary of said Ward to the boundary of the sixth Ward thence 
along the Boundary of the Sixth Ward to the Bowery Road, thence 
along the Middle of the Bowery Road to a place opposite to the 
Middle of Stuyvesant Street, then along the [375] Middle of Stuyve- 
sant Street in front of S 1 Marks Church to the East River, and on a 
direct course to low Water Mark on Nassau Island &c a 

By three Acts of the Legislature severally entitled an Act to 
enable the Corporation of the City of New York to raise Monies by 
Tax pass'd April 6: 1804, March 28: 1805 and February 17. 1806. 
The lamp and Watch District of the City is described to be " to the 
South Ward of a line beginning at the North River at a place call'd 
De Klines ferry a little to the North Ward of the State Prison ; 
thence Eastwardly in front of the new Banking houses, to a Road 
commonly call'd the Sandy Hill Road, thence along the said Sandy 
Hill Road to the North W r ard of Potters field, and the house of 
William Neilson to the Bowery road, thence across the Bowery Road 
to a Street commonly call'd Stuyvesant Street, and thro' the Middle 
thereof to the East River 

The said Piece of Ground or Street has never been actually ceded 
by Deed, from the said Peter Stuyvesant or any other person or per- 
sons to the Corporation 

The Proprietors of Ground bounded by the said Street have peti- 
tioned the Corporation to cause the said Street to be regulated by 
ordinances in the Usual Way 

The Corporation are now desirous to know if by the Acts of the 
said Peter Stuyvesant, the Legislature and themselves, the said Street 
has been regularly opened, named, approved, and sanctioned,- as a 



15 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 401 

/ 
public Street or high Way, and if it is not a public Street, and it can 

be shut up, have they the Power so to order 

Answer 

Tho there are several Circumstances in this Case which might lead 
to the Idea that the Ground call'd [376] Stuyves'ant Street was con- 
sidered as a a public Street, yet I am of Opinion that they are not 
binding on the Corporation 

The Charter gives the Corporation full Power and Authority to 
establish and appoint the laying out of all Streets, and the altering 
mending and repairing them 

This Grant woul'd be Nugatory if every Individual had a Right to 
lay out Streets over his Grounds according to his own Fancy 

The Several Acts of the Legislature mentioned in the Case do not 
in my Opinion destroy the Original Power. They only restrain the 
Corporation from removing the Buildings, unless they are valued and 
paid for in the Manner prescribed by Law 

I think therefore that the Corporation may if they deem it proper, 
order this Street to be shut up, provided no Act was passed at the 
late Session of the Legislature which may deprive them of that Right 

The Expediency of such a Measure they alone are competent to 
decide 

Rich : Harison 

13 th Ap 1 1807 

The Petition of Abraham Stagg requesting the Payment of 
$1937 %oo which he states to be due to him for the paving and regu- 
lating of Streets was referrd to the Street Commissioner 

A letter was read from M r Harison [377] informing the Board 
that a Declaration had been served on him in a Suit commenced in 
the Circuit Court of the United States against this Board for having 
authorized the use of certain Mud Machines to cleanse the public Slips 
by the Patentee of the said Machine and requesting Directions with 
regard to the defence which he is to make, thereupon ordered that the 
Attorney of the Board do prepare for the Counsel a Statement of such 
facts as may be necessary for the said defence 

The Petition of John Sigeson stating that Ann Witchin died in- 
debted to him in the Sum of two hundred and fifty Dollars, that forty 
dollars were paid to him by the Surrogate on Account and the residue 
was paid into the City Treasury, Daniel Phoenix having administred, 
and praying that after the said Debt may have been ascertained to be 



402 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 April 1807 

due to him that the same may be paid, the said Petition was referr'd 
to the Attorney of the Board 

Ordered that John H Sickles and Edmund Seaman have leave to 
build Vaults in Broadway opposite to their houses under the Direc- 
tion of the Street Commissioner 

William Mathews having pray'd that this Board will appoint some 
person on their part to Value the extra Work done by him at the 
Bridge near the Powder house Ordered that John B. Macomb be 
authorized on the part of this Board to appraise the said Work 

The application of Thomas Dick to [378] to lease a house and Lott 
now in his Possession for another Year was referr'd to the Street 
Commissioner 

A Letter was read from Leonard Bleecker offering to pay for the 
Purchase of one of the Inklenberg Lotts out of a Corporation Bond 
held by him for two thousand four hundred Dollars and requesting 
that the Balance after deducting the amount of the said purchase 
money may be paid to him, was ordered to lie on the Table 

A Report was made from the Police Office relative to the Sus- 
pension of two Watchmen and the same was referr'd to the Watch 
Committee 

The Petition of William Philips praying to be appointed a Meas- 
urer of Salt was postponed until the next Meeting of this Board 

The Petition of Augustus Lawrence and others stating that they 
are the Lessees of Lotts under Peter Lorillard, that the opening of 
Canal Street has cut off a part of the said Lotts, that M r Lorillard 
will exact Rent for the whole, and the Petitioners pray that this Board 
will pay him for as much thereof as have been taken for public pur- 
poses, the same was referr'd to the Canal Committee 

The Attorney of the Board having reported on the Petitions of 
Patrick Barry James M c Clean George Gier and Anthony Smith who 
were severally complained of for selling Liquor without a Licence 
from the Commissioner of Excise. Ordered that the Penalty accruing 
to this Board be remitted on their paying the Costs 

The Memorial of John S Hunn [379] stating the inconveniencies 
to which Masters of run away Slaves are subjected in consequence of 
their not being permitted to send them to Bride Well, was referr'd to 
Alderman Mott M r Bogardus and D r Torbet 

Ordered that a Court of Special Sessions of the Peace in and for 
the City and County of New York be held on the first Tuesday in 
May next 



20 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 403 

Ordered that the draft of the Law to determine the Width of 
Walks & for other purposes be referr'd to the Alderman and Assist- 
ant of the second Ward 

The Street Commissioner having requested leave of the Corpora- 
tion to change the security of Mess rs Thomas and John Gardner 
for that of M r Gabriel Furman for digging out a part of Cherry 
Street & that he may prolong the time limited for the performance 
of the same, the said request was granted 

Ordered that the Mayor employ as many Marshalls as he may 
think proper & necessary on Sundays to cause the Sabbath Laws to be 
enforced and that this Board will pay them a reasonable Compensa- 
tion therefor 

Ordered That The Mayor Issue his Warrants to pay 

N 93 To Richard Furman as Superintendant of Alms House... $3000. 

94 To James Homer for repairs of Pumps 98.78 

95 To Nathaniel Pendleton for Costs in two Suits 233. 4 

96 To Joseph Cholwell on Account of City Lamps 1000. 

97 To Edward Watkeys for Candles 11.45 

98 To Amos Rooke for one quarters Salary attending Signal 

Polls 70. 

99 To Hoogland & Onderdonk for Powder 3. 6 

100 To Edward Meeks for Iron Work for Lamps 30. 

101 To Peter Burtsell for Stationary to City Inspectors office 27.25 

102 To DO D D for Comptrollers office 43.74 

104 To Jacob Halsey for Scow & Piling Machine 35. 

105 To Abel Hardenbrook for two fire Engines 580. 

106 To John Stilwil for Interest on his Bond 31.66 

[380] In Common Council April the 20. 1807 
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 
Jacob Le Roy 



Assistants 



Jacob Mott ;L ohn "P pe p r J 

Selah Strong Gerard De Peyster 

Thomas De Marest 



Esquires 
Aldermen St ?P h !" L " d ? m 



Thurston Wood 

Nicholas Fish 

T-, c , John W. Mulligan 

Roger Strong J 

T , T>. ,,.,. bamuel lorbet 

John D. Miller 

T t. r> T>-^ Andrew Morris 

John P. Ritter 

The Petition of Jedediah Waterman stating that he leased a House 
of this Board, that he has expended in Additions and Repairs on the 
same the Sum of fifteen hundred Dollars. That when his Lease was 
renewed no abatement was made in the Rent in consequence of his Ex- 



CITY OF NEW YORK 20 April 1807 

penditures, the said Petition was referr'd to Alderman Ritter Alder- 
man Mott & M r Morris* 

A letter was read from the Clerk of the Police Office notifying 
this Board that Cap t Magnus Beekinan had suspended one of his 
Watchmen for sleeping on his Post and the same was referr'd to the 
Watch Committee 

]381] Ordered that Alderman Roger Strong & Mes rs Mulligan 
and Morris be a Committee to report to this Board the Amount of 
Corporation Bonds due and unpaid and that they also report such 
Measures as in their opinion ought to be taken for the payment of the 
same 

The Memorial of Paul B. Loyd praying that this Board will pay 
him the Balance due on his Bond amounting to Six hundred & thirty 
three dollars thirty four Cents together with the Interest due on 
the same 

The Petition of Manis Fury praying to be exempted from a fine in 
consequence of having sold Liquor without a Licence from the Com- 
missioner of Excise was referr'd to the Attorney of the Board 

The Petition of John Persinger and others Butchers having stands 
in the Fly Market complaining that persons other than Farmers oc- 
cupy the lower part of the said Market Sc sell Meat by the quarter 
which the Petitioners pray that they may be prevented from doing, 
the said Petition was referr'd to the Market Committee 

The Petition of Seth Kneeland and others Inhabitants of Oak 
Street praying that part of said Street be paved according to the 
new Mode lately adopted in the City was referr'd to the Street Com- 
missioner 

The Certificate of Benjamin Gilmore & others stating that the 
Lotts lately ordered to be fill'd up at the Foot of George Street are 
not in a Situation to require the same was referr'd to the Alderman 
& Assistant of the Seventh Ward 

The Petition of Timothy B. Crane & others Inhabitants of Sugar 
Loaf Street praying for the [382] Regulation of the said Street was 
referr'd to the Street Commissioner 

The Committee to whom was referr'd the Communication of John 
Murray Junior respecting the remission of the taxes of William Els- 
worth reported in favor of granting the prayer of the Petitioner 
which said Report was agreed to 

The Committee to whom was referr'd the application of Jacob 
Wilkins recommended a Survey of the Premisses mentioned in the 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 121 ED. 



20 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 405 

said application under the direction of the Ferry Committee to whom 
the said Report was referr'd 

The Street Commissioner made a Return of Delinquents on the 
Assessment for building a Common Sewer in Gold & Ferry Streets 
and recommended that a Warrant be directed to issue to Hugh Mont- 
gomerie Collector to obtain the Money and the same was agreed to 

The Street Commissioner on the Petition of Jonathan Lawrence 
reported That no Relief ought to be given and that M r Lawrence has 
no just cause of Complaint which said Report was agreed to by the 
Board 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the application 
of Abraham Bussing recommended the adoption of the following 
Resolution and the same was agreed to. 

Resolved that Alderman LeRoy M r Haight and the Street Com- 
missioner be a Committee with ample Powers to treat with the Pro- 
prietors of the Lotts of Ground [383] in Courtland Street between 
Washington & Greenwich Streets fronting on the former Slip, about a 
reasonable compensation to be given by them to this Board, for the 
Priviledge of advancing their fronts on a line with the houses built on 
the East thereof 

The Street Commissioner returned a List of the Delinquents on 
the Assessment for paving the Intersections of Rutgers Street and 
James Slip and Warrants were directed to issue in favor of James 
Van Gilder J r to collect the Money 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petition of M r 
Ogilvie and M r Clason reported against their having leave to remove 
Dirt pray'd for, and in favor of regulating the Street mentioned in 
their Memorials 

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment of Beekman 
Slip thereupon Ordered that he give Notice of the same in the Papers 
employed by this Board 

The Street Commissioner presented an Account of the ballance due 
from the Corporation for sinking a Bulkhead at the lower end of 
Gouverneur Street and recommended the payment of Six hundred and 
fifty four dollars and fifty Cents to Abraham Stagg J r as Collector, 
and the same was agreed to 

The Street Commissioner presented the draft of an Ordinance for 
regulating White Street which was agreed to and John Desbrow 
John P. M c Combs Abraham Russell and Moses Coddington and 
Abraham Coddington were appointed the Assessors 

[384] The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for cor- 
recting of Nuisances from N 3314 to N 3324 which were pass'd 



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20 April 1807 



The Comptroller reported to the Board the following Sales of the 
Dove Letts 

Lotts Dollars Purchassers 

NO 1 for 1300 Mr Ingraham 

2 1650 Jacob Barker 

3 950 Mr Ingraham 

4 1050 Mr Barker 

5 800 Mr Bogardus 

6 1050 Mr Jotham Post 

7 700 Robert Bogardus 

8 1050 Jotham Post 

9 600 Jacob Cholwell 

10 1100 John Mowatt 

11 600 Jacob Cholwell 

12 1100 John Mowatt 

13 650 David S. Jones 

14 1250 Peter W. Radcliff 

15 650 Mr Campbell 

16 700 Robert Bogardus 

17 530 E Leavenworth 

18 610 David S. Jones 

19 410 Isaac Heyer 

20 720 Peter W. Radcliff 

21 325 John S. Hunn 

22 490 Peter W. Radcliff 

23 330 Jacob Barker 

24 510 Edward Dunscomb 

25 360 Jacob Barker 

26 530 Robt McMenomy 

27 400 Jacob Barker 

28 520 John Jackson 

Doll. 20,935 

[385] Leases of Corporation Lotts for 42 Years sold 15. April 

1807 

5 Acres Purchassers Annual Rent 

James 

DXo ! Mr Abeel $27 

5 Acres 

ANo 2 Oliver Vanderbilt 25 

above 

6 Acres 

N 3 Oliver Vanderbilt 31 

nearly 
4 Acres 

B.Xo 4 Oliver Vander Bilt 68 

NO 199 

Edward 
l / 2 Acres M r Dunscomb ^ u 



20 April 1807 COMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 407 

[386] A letter was read from Abraham Prall requesting that this 
Board will cause Lott N 25 -purchased at the Sale of the Inkelbergh 
Lotts to be conveyed to George J. Warner and the said request was 
agreed to by the Board 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner add a clause to the Bill (to 
regulate the Walks and for the paving of the Streets in the City of 
New York) providing that whenever the digging away any Road or 
Street shall render the passing thro' the same dangerous that a fence 
shall be put up at the expence of the Contractors (if the work is 
done by Contract) and at the expence of this Board when not con- 
tracted for, so as to render a passage thro' the same safe And that 
the Law so amended do pass 

Andrew Paff one of the Inspectors appointed to superintend the 
ensuing Election for Governor Lieutenant Governor Senator and 
Members of Assembly having requested leave to resign the said Office 
of Inspector the question was taken by Yeas and Nays and pass'd in 
the Negative in manner following 

For the Affirmative For the Negative 

Aldermen Mott Aldermen Le Roy 

Wood S. Strong 

Miller Fish 

Mes Hopper R. Strong 

Demarest Ritter 

Ludlum Mes rs De Peyster 

Torbet Mulligan 

Morris 

for the Affirmative Seven for the Negative Eight 

[387] Resolved that the Auctioneer who sold the Dove Lotts be 
entitled to receive two Dollars and fifty Cents per Lott including those 
of which the Leases were sold 

Ordered that the Watch Committee be empowered on the Applica- 
tion of the Trustees of any Religious Society to station a Watchman 
at their place of Worship during the hours of such Worship 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay 

NO 107 To Paul B. Lloy'd for the balance due on his Bond $688.74 

108 To Abraham Stagg Junr for sinking Bulkhead 654.50 

109 To Jacob Morton for expences of Journey to Albany on 

Corporation business 102.71 

110 To Jacob Hays for City Watch 168.56 

111 To Charles Van Orden for D 168.56 

112 To Magnus Beekman for DO 217.56 

113 To John Farrington for DO 217.56 

114 To Nicholas Lawrence for DO 237.16 



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27 April 1807 



115 To W" Van Wart for City Watch $237. 16 

116 To Danl Woolsey for repairs to Docks 72.50 

117 To DO DO D DO 22.50 

118 To Jacob De la Montagnie for Quarters Salary 250. 

119 To B. O Blenis for one quarters Salary 250. 

120 To Edward Meeks for Blacksmiths Work at Docks 32.62 

121 To DO DO at Engines 24.37 

122 To Ephraim Brasher for Blanks for Tavern licenses 29.62 

123 To Cornelius Brinckerhoff for Pump Chambers 70. 

124 To Jacob Morton for pay* of Constables & Marshalls exe- 

cuting Sunday Law 47. 

125 To John Cozine for landing Dock logs 73.15 

126 To Simon Van Antwerp for Iron Mongery for pumps 4.65 

127 To DO DO DO for City Watch. 7.70 

128 To DO DO DO for Alms House 12.13 

129 To DO DO DO for Engines ... 36.34 

130 To Silas Balcom for blacksmiths Work at Pumps 36. 

131 To John Sharp for Timber for Docks &ca 64.83 

132 To W m Leary for Carpenter's Work at Engine houses 21.25 

133 To Andrew Leary for Work at Engine Houses 24.75 

134 To Hoogland & Onderdonk for Horse feed at Belle Vue. . . 15.25 

135 To Joseph Boyd for carting 6.75 

136 To Watson & Campbell for boards &c a for engine Houses.. 259.11 

137 To DO D for Watch houses 18.30 

138 To DO DO for Wells & Pumps 34. 6 

139 To DO DO for Alms House 123.14 

140 To DO DO for Streets 19.67 

141 To Geo A & T. Bebee for selling Dove Lotts at Auction 82.50 



[388] In Common Council April 27. 1807 



Present. Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 



Selah Strong 
Jacob Le Roy 
Jacob Mott 
Roger Strong 
Nicholas Fish 



Esq r s 
Aldermen 






Gerard De Peyster 
Benjamin Haight 
Thomas De Marest 
Samuel Torbet 
Andrew Morris 
John W. Mulligan 
Stephen Ludlum 



^Assistants 



A letter from Emmett & Van Slyck as Counsel for M r Dugan 
stating that a part of his Property in Canal [Street] was taken for 
public purposes and requesting that the Value of the same may be as- 
certained by a Jury was referr'd to the Canal Committee 

The Application of Abraham Binninger for a Lease of the House 
& Lott now in his Possession in Augustus Street until May 1809 was 
referr'd to the Comptroller 



27 April 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 409 

On the Application of \Villiam Mathews for a part of the Money 
which he states to be due to him for extra Work for this Board 
Ordered that a Warrant issue to him for two hundred Dollars on 
Account of said Work 

The Application of Cornelius Ray [389] for a Water Grant oppo- 
site his Ground at Greenwich was referr'd to the Comptroller 

The Petition of Charles Gilman for a Butchers Licence for his 
Son Thomas Gilman and a Stand in Duane Market when the same 
shall have been built was referr'd to the Market Committee 

The Petition of John Henning for a Butchers Licence and for 
Stand N 36 in Hudson Market now occupied by Thomas F. White 
who is willing to give it up to him was granted 

Sundry Alterations in the Law for preventing and extinguishing 
of fires having been pray'd for by the Engineers and Foremen of the 
Fire Department the same was referr'd to the Fire Department 

The City Inspector presented Drafts of Ordinances for the Preven- 
tion of Nuisances from Number 3325 to Number 3328 and the same 
were agreed to 

The Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd the Petition of 
Thomas Dick reported against the prayer of the Petitioner but that 
he have leave to remain in the House occupied by him until the first 
of next June. Ordered that the Consideration of the said Report 
be postponed until the next Meeting of the Board 

The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment of Beekman 
Slip for the further Consideration of the Board accompanied by a 
letter from Peter Schermerhorn complaining that tho' the whole of 
said Assessment amounts only to $6598 1 %oo & that he is charged with 
$3687 4 % oo which he thinks is more than his proportion, the said 
assessment and letter were referr'd to the Alderman & Assistant of 
the second Ward 

[390] The Street Commissioner presented to the Board an Ac- 
count of the Heirs of Dorothy Riker deceased for part of the Award 
of the Jury in the case of Burling Slip the said Account with the 
Interest thereon amounting to $3337*/< and the same was referr'd to 
the Comptroller 

The Street Commissioner made a Representation relative to the 
Monies due to the Proprietors of Ground taken to open Canal Street 
and the same was referr'd to Alderman R Strong & Mes re Mulligan 
and Morris 

John Vanderbilt was appointed a Fireman to Engine N 26 in the 
place of Edward Searles dismiss'd for neglect of duty 



410 CITY OF NEW YORK 27 April 1807 

The Petition of Charles Van Orden & others Watchmen stating 
that at the Riot on the 25 of December in Augustus Street they were, 
very much bruised and praying for some Indemnification for their 
loss of time and the expence they have been put to in consequence 
thereof was referr'd to the Watch Committee 

The following Resolution was agreed to Resolved that the Mayor 
keep a list of the different Committees of this Board and call on the 
Chairman thereof every Monday to report on such references as shall 
have been made to them respectively 

The following Resolution was agreed to 

Resolved that five hundred Dollars be appropriated for the making 
of a Cellar under the [391] Market to be erected on the West Side of 
Washington Street between Duane & Reed Streets under the Direc- 
tions of the Market Committee, the said Cellar when made to be for 
the sole Use and benefit of the Corporation 

A letter from James Hardie to the City Inspector relative to the 
digging out some Lotts in Barley Street was referr'd to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the fifth Ward 

Ordered that the Comptroller do call upon George Codwise J r for 
the payment of the Amount due on his Bond to this Board 

Resolved that Daniel Woolsey be no longer employ'd by this Board 
as a Dock builder 

Ordered that the Market Committee Report to this Board Whether 
in their opinion Butchers ought to be licensed to sell Meat in the 
Bear Market on Benches 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay 

Cents 
N 142 To John Burhead for securing Corporation Timber $1.25 

143 To Deliverance Butcher for Dockstone 122.50 

144 To Charles Morris for Carpenters Work at Engines 30. 

145 To D D DO for Watch boxes 12.50 

146 To John Baptiste for Board & Sundries found [furnished] 

Oneida Indians 56 . 

147 To Isaac Blew for Carpenters Work 21.25 

148 To Lemuel Skidmore for Cartage 15. 

149 To William & T Ferguson for Timber &c* for Docks 7.50 

150 To DO DO DO for Engine Houses 17.78 

151 To Daniel Woolsey for labor at Docks 279,79 

152 To Simon Van Antwerp for Iron Mongery 24.84 

153 To Sands & Dickerson for sundries furnish'd 51.20^ 

154 To Andrew Leary for Carpenters Work 97.37 

155 To William Bridges for Survey of Canal Street 108. 

156 To Adolphus Loss for Survey of Canal Street 191. 

157 To Archibald Smith for digging out Grand Street 55.25 



4 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTTTES 411 

N 158 To Hugh Culbert for carting $11 .55 

159 To Walton & Mighan for repaying Bo wry &c 193.92 

160 To James Homer for repairs to Pumps 31.21 

[392] In Common Council May 4 1807 
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 
Jacob Mott 1 John Hopper Jun r 



Thurston Wood 
Wynand Van Zandt J r 
John P. Ritter 
Roger Strong 
Nicholas Fish 
John D. Miller 
Selah Strong 



Benjamin Haight 
Gerard De Peyster 
Andrew Morris 
Thomas De Marest 
Stephen Ludlum 
Samuel Torbet 
John W. Mulligan 



Assistants 



A Letter was read from Abraham Stagg requesting a speedy deci- 
sion of this Board on his Application for the payment of Monies which 
he states to be due to him by the Corporation and the same was 
referr'd to the Street Commissioner with directions to report thereon 
at the next Meeting of this Board 

The Petition of Mary Cronan stating her extreme poverty and 
requesting relief from this Board was ordered to lie on the Table 

The Petition of John Van Wart stating that [393] in consequence 
of the caving in of some Ground while he was working for this 
Board, he lost his right leg, and requesting a licence to retail Liquor 
free from Expence, was granted 

Several Representations were made by the Police Office of the 
Suspension of Jonathan Kelly, Sieba Banta & Peter Waldron Watch- 
men in Capt Hay's Company, & Azel Concklin of Cap 1 Beekman's 
and John N. Warner of Capt : Van Orden's Company were severally 
suspended for sleeping on their respective Posts and the same were 
referr'd to the Watch Committee 

A letter from William Parker formerly a \Vatchman in Cap 1 Beek- 
mans Company stating that he was suspended & praying to be rein- 
stated was referr'd to the Watch Committee 

The Watch Committee to whom was referr'd the Application of 
the Watchmen who were hurt at the Riot in Augustus Street reported 
against the prayer of the Petitioners until Evidence shall be recieved 
of the Injury sustained by them and the said Report was recommitted 
to the same Committee to recieve and Report such Evidence 

The Remonstrance of Nicholas Romayne against a Grant's being 
made to M r Thomas on the East Side of the Bason reserved by the 



412 CITY OF NEW YORK 4 May 1807 

Corporation at the foot of Gouverneur Street and praying to be hear'd 
before the Board prior to the passing of such Grant, was referr'd 
to the Street Commissioner and the Comptroller 

An Application from George C Schroepel for [394] a Water 
Grant opposite to Property of his on the North River was referr'd 
to the Comptroller 

The Application of Gary Ludlow for the renewal of the Leases 
of two Lotts was referr'd to the Comptroller* 

jThe Comptroller and Street Commissioner to whom was referr'd 
the Petition of William Thomas praying for a Water Grant, reported 
in favor of the same's being made on such terms as may be agreed on 
between the Petitioner and Comptroller and the Consideration of the 
said Report was postponed until the next Meeting of the Board 

The Street Commissioner having represented to the Board that 
there is due to M r Peter Dob for sinking a Bulkhead in Beekman 
Slip the Sum of two thousand Dollars which he is much in Want 
of, and that he coul'd get the Comptrollers Note for the said Sum 
if given in behalf of this Board, discounted 

Ordered that the Comptroller give his Note for the said Sum of 
two thousand Dollars to the said Peter Dob in behalf of this Board 

The Street Commissioner recommended that the Superintendant 
of Repairs be directed to clear out the Ditch and lay small Bridges at 
the Intersections of Chappel w T ith Provost North Moore and Beach 
Streets, and in other Streets if he shoul'd deem it necessary and the 
same was ordered by the Board 

[395] The Street Commissioner presented the Assessment for 
regulating part of Elm Street, and the same was agreed to by the 
Board and Lewis Angevine was appointed the Collector 

The Street Commissioner applied to the Board for Information 
relative to the repairing of a Wharf on the North Side of the Albany 
Bason, being himself uncertain whether it belonged to this Board or 
to M r Morrell to make the said Repairs^ 

The Committee to whom was referr'd the Petition of John Stuyve- 
sant reported that the facts contained therein are true and that the 
Petitioner has sustained the Injury complained of by him in conse- 
quence of his accomodating the public with a Water course thro' his 
Land, and that he ought to be compensated for the Damages sus- 
tained by him. The Consideration of the said Report was postponed 

* Marginal note reads See P. 404. Vol. 18. P. 287. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See P. 369. 428 En. 
$ Marginal note reads See P. 425. ED. 



4 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 413 

until the next Meeting of this Board at which time the Street Com- 
missioner was directed to Report a Statement of facts 

The Application of Alexander Gifford and Michael Gardner who 
have contracted to build a *Church in Cedar Street, for leave to 
occupy half of the Street opposite to the said Church with a Building 
for their Materials was granted under the Direction of the Street 
Commissioner 

The Attorney of the Board to whom was referr'd the Petition of 
Manus Fury for the remission of a Fine incurr'd for selling Liquor 
without licence reported in favor of the prayer of the Petitioner and 
[396] the said fine was remitted by the Board 

Richard Nixon the Steward to the Alms House sent in his Resig- 
nation and the same was accepted 

Ordered that the Superintendant of the Alms House employ some 
person to fill the vacancy occasioned by the said Resignation until 
this Board shall chuse another Steward 

Ordered that the two additional Watchmen lately employ 'd by 
the Watch Committee be continued in employ 

The following Resolution was agreed to 

Whereas the Manure taken from the Collect and deposited in a 
Heap near the Intersection of Elm and Anthony Streets has become 
offensive to the Inhabitants in that Vicinity, therefore Resolved that 
the Superintendant of Streets be directed to advertise and sell the 
same at public or private Sale with a Condition that the same be 
removed on or before the 15. day of May Instant 

Ordered that Peter Dunstan have leave to build a Vault before 
his House in the Old Slip 

Ordered that the Clerk do notify the persons who have been ap- 
pointed Commissioners to lay out the City of their being so appointed 
and that he furnish each of them with a Copy of the Law for that 
purpose as soon as the same shall have been received and request 
them to meet as early [397] as they conveniently can 

The following Resolution was agreed to. Resolved that the Com- 
missioner of Repairs be directed to remove the two Pumps in Broad- 
way, to the side of the Street in the Usual Mode, one between Court- 
land & Liberty Street the other opposite Cedar Street 

The Common Council having received a Certified Copy of the 
Act of the Legislature restraining the Clerk of the City and County 
of New York from acting as Clerk of the Common Council and 

* Marginal note reads New Presbyter* Church. ED. 



414 



CITY OF XETV YORK 



11 Mav 1807 



enabling them to appoint their own Clerk On Motion of Alderman 
Mott M r John Pintard was appointed to the said Office 

The following Resolution was agreed to Resolved that Robert 
Quin be & he is hereby appointed One of the Measurers of Grain for 
this City 

Ordered that the Lamp Committee make Arrangements with the 
present Contractor for lighting the City until some other Arrange- 
ment be made relative to the same 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay 

NO 164 To John H Sickles Treasurer of Building Committee 52000. 

165 To Jacob Hays for City Watch 178.36 

166 To Charles Van Orden for City Watch 178.36 

167 Magnus Beekman for City Watch 217 .56 

168 To John Farrington for City Watch 217.56 

169 To Nicholas Lawrence for City Watch 237. 16 

170 To Wns Van Wart for City Watch 237. 16 

171 To John M=Kensie for Salary as Sexton of Potters field. 89. 

172 To Edward Moran for Salary 52. 

173 To Mathew Dyckman for repairing Pumps 34.86 

174 Robert Godney for Timber at Whitehall 7. 18 

175 To Rich d Burchan for furnishing returns of Passengers. :0. 

176 To Nicholas Westervelt for Dockstone &c a 77. 

177 To James Hardie for Salary 62.50 

[398] 

178 To Jacob Morton for Watchmen Marshalls &c a HZ^oo 

179 To William J. Waldron for Salary 626. 

180 To Daniel Taylor for Dock fenders 35.50 

181. To Dan 1 M c Kenzie for painting Watch boxes & Engine 

houses 25.19 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Assistants 



[399] In Common Council May 11 th 1807 
Present Marinus Willet Esquire Mayor 

Jacob Leroy 
Jacob Mott 
John P. Ritter 
Roger Strong 
Selah Strong 
John D. Miller 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Nicholas Fish 
Thurston Wood 

The Board met at the Alms House and having visited that Insti- 
tution, the Bridewell and Free School for the education of poor 
children not provided for by any religious Society, proceeded to 
business. 



Mess rs Stephen Ludlam 
Andrew Morris 
Gerrard Depeyster 
Robert Bogardus 
Samuel Torbert 
Benjamin Haight 
Thomas Demarest 
John Hopper Jun r 



11 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 415 

[400] John Pintard appointed Clerk of the Common Council at 
the last meeting of the Board appeared and took the Oath of Office 
prescribed by the Charter. 

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

The Report of the Clerk of the Police Office that William Slaiter 
Watchman, was suspended by Cap 1 Van Orden for sleeping on his 
post, was referred to the Watch Committee. 

The Comptroller reported that agreeably to the return of the 
Treasurer there is now in the Treasury a Ballance of Twenty One 
Thousand Dollars. 

The Petition of Daniel Rice Jun r requesting that a law might be 
passed authorizing Sales at Auction at New Slip, was read and 
ordered to lie on the table 

The Petition of John Van Wart setting forth that he is poor and 
had become a cripple in the service of the Corporation, and to whom 
a licence for keeping a grocery was directed to be granted without 
fees, requesting a further donation towards establishing him in busi- 
ness, was read, 

Whereupon Resolved that a warrant be issued in his favour for 
Fifty Dollars. 

[401] The petition of Thomas White and others inhabitants in 
the vicinity of Grand Street praying that a Fire engine may be 
granted for the protection of that quarter of the city, was read and 
referred to the Chief Engineer. 

The Report of the Committee relative to the Bonds due for open- 
ing Canal Street amounting, principal & interest, to $32.913 2 %oo 
was read and ordered to lie for consideration 

A Letter from John Jacob Astor requesting that a grant may be 
made him of the land under water fronting his property on Hudson 
Street, between Bastavers Killetje and Hetty Street, was read and 
referred to the Comptroller.* 

The Petition of Isaac Waldron and others inhabitants of Hetty 
and Hudson Streets requesting that a Lamp may be Erected at the 
corner of Hetty Street [was read] and referred to the Lamp Com- 
mittee. 

The Petition of William J. Waldron and Thomas Dugan respect- 
ing the removal of a building formerly owned by Thomas Dick and 
purchased for the purpose of opening Canal Street was read and 
referred to the Street Commissioner. 

[402] The Petition of Enoch Pardee & others requesting that the 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 309 ED. 



416 CITY OF NEW YORK 11 May 1807 

Basin at Duane Street may be finished and appropriated for the ac- 
commodation of vessels employed in bringing lime to this city for sale, 
was read and ordered to lie on the table 

The Petition of Jacob M c Keag lessee of Horn's Hook ferry to be 
permitted to make additional improvements to the ferry House at his 
own expence, to be repaid by the Corporation at the expiration of his 
lease, was read and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 
9 th Ward.* 

The Petition of John R. Livingston & others, proprietors of Lots 
in Columbia Street, requesting that the same may be regulated was 
read and referred to the Street Commissioner. 

The Petition of Peter Ogilvie and others proprietors of Lots front- 
ing on Sheriff, Willet Pitt and Ridge Streets, requesting that the 
same may be regulated was read and referred to the Street Commis- 
sioner 

The Petition of Henry Hyde and others praying that Doyer Street 
may be regulated was read and referred to the Street Commissioner. 

[403] The representation of John O Neale, Collector of the Sixth 
Ward, that Peter Jay Monro refuses payment of $357. Amount of 
taxes assessed on the property of John Jay Esq r on Broadway, for 
whom he is Agent And that difficulties existed in the collection of 
$91.80 amount of taxes on the property of Augustus V. Courtland, 
was read and referred to the Comptroller. 

The Report of Samuel Cowdrey Esq, late Attorney of the Board, 
on the application of John Murphy to receive the monies, in the 
hands of the City Treasurer, belonging to the estate of Robert Pender- 
gast dec d was read and, with the accompanying documents, referred 
to the Counsellor of the Board. 

The Report of the Watch Committee on the petition of Peter 
Conover praying relief, that Twenty five Dollars ought to be allowed 
him to discharge physicians Bill for medicine and attendance during 
his sickness with malignant fever in 1805. was confirmed. 

The Report of the Watch Committee in favour of reinstating 
William Dennis and William Parker Watchmen in Cap 1 Beekmans 
Company was confirmed. 

[404] fThe Report of the Comptroller on the application of Carey 
Ludlow for a renewal of his leases of Lots N 11 & 12 Chatham 
Street was referred to Alderman Ritter Mott, S. Strong and M r 
Morris. 



Marginal note reads See Report P. 446. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See P. 394. ED. 



11 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 417 

The Petition of Leonard Goetz and others* lessees of Corporation 
property in Chatham Street, praying an abatement of their rents, was 
referred to the same Committee. 

Resolved that the attorney of this Board ascertain and report 
whether the proceeds of the Sale of the property of Ann Witchin 
ought not to be paid into the city treasury. 

A Letter from the Superintendant of the Alms House to the 
Mayor, stating that the sum of Nine thousand Dollars will be required 
towards the expences of the Alms House and Bridwell for the en- 
suing quarter was read, whereupon 

Resolved that a warrant be issued in favour of said Superintendant 
for Three Thousand Dollars. 

A Petition of Thomas Brown, accompanied with recommendations, 
praying to be appointed Inspector of Lumber was read 

Whereupon resolved that Thomas Brown [405] be appointed an 
Inspector of Lumber for this city. 

An Application of Peter Curtenius for the payment of a Bondf 
due on Canal Street for $1800. with interest from Aug 1 26. 1806 was 
read and ordered to lie for consideration. 

Resolved that a further instalment be paid on the bond due M rt 
Archer. 

A communication from the Attorney of the Board was read, that 
he would be able to report certain facts respecting the suit instituted 
against the Corporation relative to the mud machines, at the next 
meeting. 

Resolved that his Honour the Mayor be desired to request the 
favour of His Excellency Governor Lewis to permit Col. Trumbull 
to take his portrait for the use of the Corporation of this City. 

Resolved that the Attorney of this Board, without delay, apply to 
Benjamin Romaine late Comptroller for payment of a lot of land 
contracted to be sold to him and for which it appears he has obtained 
a deed without paying therefor, and that in case of non payment the 
said Attorney, under the direction of the Counsellor of this Board 
[406] proceed in a legal manner to recover the consideration money 
for the said lot of land. 

Resolved that the Pump standing upon the walk in Banker Street 
between James arid Catherine Street be removed without delay from 
off the said walk, under the direction of the Superintendant of repairs. 

Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 215. ED. 
t Marginal note reads This Bond was discharged by resolution of May 25. 
1807 via. P. [451] ED. 



418 CITY or NEW YORK 11 May 1807 

Resolved that Casper Semler have leave to remove a fence be- 
longing to him from off a lot the property of this corporation at or 
near the Powder House. 

Resolved that the Street Commissioner without delay cause the 
drain in Roosevelt [Street] to be repaired. 

Resolved that the Clerk lay before the Counsellor of the Board a 
Case relative to Canal Street and obtain his opinion thereon by the 
next meeting of this Board. 

A Resolution, that the Comptroller be permitted to employ a dis- 
creet and proper person as a Collector of the public monies and that 
the said Comptroller be responsible for his honest and faithful con- 
duct, was presented and ordered to lie for consideration. 

[407] Resolved that the Comptroller notify, in writing, James 
Roosevelt and others to take out water grants in front of their re- 
spective lots within fourteen days and that he report their answers, 
that this Board may be enabled to pursue such measures as may be 
most conducive to its interests. 

Resolved that the order passed at the last meeting of this Board 
that the Comptroller should give his note, in their behalf to Peter 
Dobbs for $2000. be rescinded, and that a warrant be issued in his 
favour for $1225.79. on account of the Bulkhead at Beekman Slip. 

Resolved that the Pump in Suffolk Street be moved, by the Super- 
intendant of repairs, from the middle of said Street to the sidewalk. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner on the subject of repairing 
the Streets injured by the Conduit pipes of the Manhattan Company, 
at the expence of this Board, was read and ordered to lie for con- 
sideration. 

The Clerk informed the Board that he had received from the Sec- 
retary of State [408] a copy of the Act for taking a Census in this 
State with a Schedule directing that on or before the first Monday in 
June next, the Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council of this city 
shall appoint such and so many discreet persons as they may deem 
necessary to take said census which is to be compleated on or before 
the first day of December next and returned by the Clerk of this 
city to the Secretary of State on or before the first day of February 
next. The expences attending the said Census to be assessed, collected 
and paid as part of the contingent expenses of this county. 

The following persons were appointed Fire engine men viz 1 to 
N 7 Richard Morril, Shipwright Catherine Street vice Adolphus 
Carter, resigned. 



11 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 419 

14 John Hallowell, Sailmaker, Rector Street v. George Lamplin 
removed to N 

15. Samuel Saffen, Bookbinder, 31. Partition S* v. Peter Aymar 
resigned. 

d Charles Smith Jun r Merch 1 15. Peckslip v. Thomas Gibson, 
resigned. 

d Robert Gourlie, Watchmaker, 52 Maidenlane v. James Lock- 
wood resigned. 

[409] N 3. Robert Anderson, v. Joseph Moore resigned 
d George Dodd v. John Magraw, resigned 

Correspondent vacancies in the aforesaid Companies being certified 
by the Chief Engineer. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

N 1. James Homer, repairing wells & pumps $56.9354 

2. Amos Rooke, for signal Poles 22.12 

3. Oliver Waldron, work done on the public roads 374.25 

4. Thomas Morris, salary &c. as Clerk of Com. Coun 130.29 

5. Daniel Van Wart, stone for Whitehall dock 17.50 

6. Southwick & Hardcastle, printing 96.25 

7. Nicholas Carmer, work at Battery $31 . 

8 do Sundries 31.35 

9 do Pottersfield 18.56 

10 do Jail 50.33 

11 do Docks 22. 

12 d Engine Houses 23. 6 

13 d Salary 50. 

226.30 

14 Richard Furman, Sup* of Alms House 3000. 

15. John Van Wart donation 50. 

16 Peter Conover. Watchman, d for relief &c 25. 

17 Peter Dobbs, on Ace' Bulkhead at Beekman slip 1225.79 

18. 2d instalment on Bond due Moses Archer dec d .. 885.64 



420 



CITY OF NEW YORK 



18 May 1807 



[410] In Common Council May 18 th 1807 
Present Marinus Willett Esq r Mayor 



Selah Strong 
Jacob Mott 
Jacob Leroy 
Roger Strong 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
Nicholas Fish 
John D. Miller 
Thurston Wood 
John P. Ritter 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Mess" Thomas Demarest 
Samuel Torbert 
Stephen Ludlam 
Benjamin Haight 
John W. Mulligan 
John Hopper Jun r 
Andrew Morris 



Assistants 



The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

The nomination of Daniel Frazer as Fire engine man of Company 
N 24. was referred to the Chief Engineer for his certificate. 

The petition of David Ackerman and Peter Fenton, for a water 
grant in front of their property in Watts Street in the [411] Fifth 
ward, was read and referred to the Comptroller.* 

The Petition of Gilliam Cornell, Collector of the Second Ward, 
requesting further time of one month to complete the collection of 
taxes for said Ward, which had been delayed on account of his in- 
disposition, was read and referred to the Comptroller, with authority 
to extend the time if agreeably to law. 

The Petition of Henry C. Hawley, praying to be appointed 
Steward of the Alms House, was read and ordered to lie on table. 

The Petition of John Hink, praying to be appointed an Inspector 
of Firewood, was read and ordered to lie on the table. 

A recommendation of the Chief Engineer to provide Fire plugs 
in each Block of this city, on the principle of one lately constructed 
at the corner of William & Liberty Streets was read and referred 
to the Committee of the Fire Department. 

The petition of William Hunter & others Proprietors of Lots on 
Corlaers Street, praying that the same may be carried through from 
Grand Street to Cherry Street was read and referred to the Street 
Commissioner. 

[412] The report of Capt. Van Orden to the Police Office that he 
had discharged John Russel one of his watchmen, for neglect of duty, 
was read and referred to the Watch Committee. 

The Petition of Thomas Dick, praying that the Ballance due on his 
Bond, given for the opening of Canal Street, may be paid, was 

* Marginal note reads See Report. Vol. 17. P. 369. ED. 



18 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNTJTES 421 

granted: and a warrant ordered to be issued in his favour on the 
Treasurer for the amount. 

A Letter from Jacob Cholwell, contractor for lighting the Public 
Lamps respecting the regulation of private Lamps was read, where- 
upon 

Resolved that the owner of each private Lamp, lighted by or under 
the direction of this Board, pay for the providing Oil and lighting the 
same from and after the tenth day of May instant the yearly sum of 
Twelve dollars in half yearly payments and that they pay the same to 
the Superintendant of Lamps who shall account to this Board therefor. 
And also resolved that the said Superintendant collect from the sev- 
eral and respective owners the sums now due from them [413] re- 
spectively and report the same to this Board, together with the names 
of those persons who may neglect or refuse to pay. And also resolved 
that the said Superintendant without delay, report to this Board the 
number of private Lamps under the order of this Board, the names of 
the respective owners and where situate and of all others that may 
from time to time be set up, to the end that the Clerk of this Board 
may keep a regular list or account of the same. And also resolved 
that the said Superintendant report to this Board the names of the per- 
sons who collected the last sums for lighting private lamps to the end 
that the Comptroller may ascertain whether the money for said private 
lamps have been accounted for. 

The following opinion of Richard Harrison Esq r Counsellor of the 
Board on the remonstrance of Theodosius Fowler and others pro- 
prietors of Harlem Bridge was read and referred to the Comptroller. 

I have maturely considered the case of Harlem Bridge, and am of 
opinion that it is not, as such, a proper subject of taxation. This, 
as well as Turnpike roads and other similar undertakings, has been 
[414] sanctioned by the Legislature. The acts establishing them I 
consider as a compact by law, giving a certain toll or allowance to the 
individuals concerned, as a compensation for the benefit derived to the 
publick. It would therefore, I think, be a breach of publick faith to 
diminish the profits of the Bridge arising from such tolls, by the 
imposition of taxes, operating as a deduction from their amount. 1 
would not however be understood to say that property which would 
otherwise be subject to taxation is to be exempted, because it belongs 
to the proprietor of the road or bridge, for which a toll may be given, 
where there is no special exemption by law. But then the former 
state of the property should be considered, and the tax neither should 



422 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1807 

be imposed nor augmented on account of the receipts from the Bridge 
or road. The Board will therefore understand it as my opinion that 
the Bridge and Tolls are not, as such, proper subjects of taxation; but 
that if the land on which the Bridge and Toll house are erected were 
actually subject to taxation, they would still remain so, at their real 
value, independent of the [415] tolls, which ought not to be taken into 
consideration by the Assessors. If the land would not otherwise have 
been liable to taxation as belonging to the publick; then I think that 
it is not so when appropriated to the purpose of a Bridge under the 
sanction of a legislative contract." 

Richard Harrison. 

The Report of the Committee on the Petition of William Ball & 
John Cooper, respecting a complaint of the Firewardens of the Sixth 
Ward against them for heating cart tier in their respective yards, that 
to deprive them of that privilege would be detrimental to their 
families, and that an Ordinance ought to be passed, providing against 
any accidents which might arise from prosecuting such business, was 
read and referred to the Attorney of the Board to draft a Bill in con- 
formity 

The report of the Committee on the memorial of John S. Hunn 
in favour of confining slaves for misbehaviour, in Bridewell, was 
read and confirmed and referred to the Attorney of the Board to re- 
port an Ordinance in conformity. 

The report of the Chief Engineer on the Petition of Thomas White 
& others, that a new Fire Engine be stationed in the [416] Sixth 
Ward, nearly where N 19. formerly stood, was read and confirmed. 

The petition of William L. Rose and others owners of Lots in 
Sugar loaf Street praying that the same may be regulated between 
Broadway & Chapel Streets, was read and referred to the Street Com- 
missioner. 

The report of the Street Commissioner on the subject of repairing 
damages in the Streets by the Manhattan Water Conduit pipes, ord- 
ered to lie for consideration at the last meeting, was read and ordered 
to lie for consideration. 

The following report of the Street Commissioner was read, 
The Street Commissioner has the honour to present a plan of 
Streets through the property of the Corporation of Trinity Church, 
between Brannon and Christopher Streets, which that Corporation in- 
tend to cede to the Corporation of New York, and having agreed to 
name the Streets as written upon the Map, they wish the Common 



18 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 423 

Council to confirm the same in order that they may insert the true 
name in their deeds of sale. 

The alterations and arrangements [417] upon the map are as fol- 
low. That the Street formerly called Budd Street, be called Van dam 1 
Street ; that the street formerly called Hetty Street, be called Charlton 2 
Street, that the Street formerly called Hazard Street, be called King 3 
Street, that the Street formerly called Village Street, be called 
Hammersley 4 Street, that the Street formerly called Morton Street, 
be called Clarkson 5 Street; and that the Three Streets immediately 
North of those above mentioned be called Leroy G Street Morton 7 
Street and Barrow 8 Street. 

All which is respectfully submitted 
John S. Hunn. 

Resolved that the several Streets mentioned in the preceding 
Report be respectively named as therein mentioned 

The report of the Street Commissioner with an Ordinance to dig 
out Orange Street from Hester to Grand Street was read and con- 
firmed and Henry Brooks David Fowler, Leonard Seaman, Samuel 
Webb and Peter Lorillard were appointed assessors. 

On a representation of facts by the Street Commissioner in 

w t favour of allowing damages to Martha Stuyvesant for in- 

,- rj jury done to her house by inundation in [418] consequence 

of the regulation of Mott Street between Hester and 

Grand Street was confirmed. 

The Report of the Committee on the regulation of Lots at the 
corner of Reed and Church Streets, the property of M r Van Winkle, 
M r Skaites and others, was read and ordered to lie over for considera- 
tion. 

The following State of a case on the assessment for opening Canal 
Street which, agreeably to the orders of the last Common Council, was 
submitted to M r Harrison Counsellor of the Board together with his 
opinion thereon, were read and directed to be entered at large on the 
minutes. 

The Street Commissioner has the honor to cover a statement of the 
case in Canal Street and the opinion of M r Harrison thereon. 

* Marginal note reads after Anthony Vandam. ED. 
" Marginal note reads D r Charlton. ED. 

* Marginal note reads Rufus King. ED. 

4 Marginal note reads Andrew Hammersley. ED. 

3 Marginal note reads General Matthew Clarkson. ED. 

"Marginal note reads Alderman Jacob Leroy. ED. 

7 Marginal note reads General Jacob Morton. ED. 

8 Marginal note reads Thomas Barrow. ED. 



424 CITY OF XEW YORK 18 May 1807 

As this opinion is against the legality of the mode of assessment, 
the Board will probably consider the former assessment void, and it 
is submitted to their consideration whether it would not be adviseable 
to appoint new Assessors, or at least to permit him to present the 
draft of an Ordinance for that purpose. 

[419] The Street Commissioner takes this moment to observe, 
that Mess" Emmet & Van Slyck, council for M r Duggan have ap- 
plied to him for an answer to their communication and state that they 
will shut up the Street near Broadway (not ceded to the Board or 
agreed to be paid for) unless the Corporation come to some decision 
to effect a settlement of their claims ; and they state further that they 
will have no objection to let the ground in question be included in the 
award of the new Jury that must be impannelled to value other 
grounds in that Street. 

All which is respectfully submitted 
May 18. 1807. John S. Hunn 

State of the Case 

on the assessment for opening Canal Street 

The Corporation for the purpose of extending the width of Canal 
Street, proceeded in the mode pointed out by the Act, and a Jury, on 
the 26. Feb. 1806. awarded sundry large sums to several proprietors 
for their land taken for the aforesaid purpose, and for which sums 
the Corporation in several instances paid the money, and in others 
gave their bonds. 

[420] In Order to obtain a remuneration of the money so paid or 
secured to be paid, the Corporation passed an Ordinance dated the 
26 th May in the same year, to assess the amount of the award of the 
Jury and the expences of surveying &c a "among the owners and occu- 
" pants of all the houses and lots intended to be benefitted by the 
" aforesaid regulations, in proportion as nearly as might be to the ad- 
" vantages which each should be deemed to acquire," agreeably to the 
powers vested in them by the act of the Legislature, and appointed 
Five persons to make such assessment. 

The Assessors all qualified to make the Assessment directed by the 
Ordinance fairly and impartially, according to the best of their skill 
and judgment, and proceeded to the duty. 

Their first determination was to levy the whole of the award 
within a district 500 feet round Canal Street, within which district 
neither of the Assessors were interested in any landed or copyhold 
estate, and directed a survey to be made accordingly. 



18 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTES 425 

Upon a representation of the inhabitants [421] within this dis- 
trict, that the burthen on them would be great, and that others more 
remote from the Street would be benefitted almost as much as those 
near 500 feet from it, the Assessors agreed to extend the assessment to 
all Streets from whence the water would ultimately empty into the 
Canal. 

In order to facilitate the Collection of so much of the money to be 
raised as would be wanted in the month of August thereafter to pay 
an instalment upon the bonds, the assessors proceeded to assess so 
much as they thought expedient upon the persons within the 500 feet 
district, and presented it to the Common Council as part of the as- 
sessment directed by the Ordinance which being taken up by that 
board was ratified in the said month of August, when they also ap- 
pointed a Collector who received three or four hundred Dollars upon 
the said Assessment, part of which he deposited in the City Treasury 
at the direction of the Corporation. 

The object of the Assessors was solely to facilitate the collection 
of part of the money wanted, and it was their intention to levy all 
the money not included [422] in the first assessment upon the residue 
of the property from whence the water ran to the Canal, but from 
the information of the Surveyor, property owned by three of the As- 
sessors would be included within this last district, and nothing further 
has been done by them in consideration that they may be deemed in- 
terested. 

Is the first Assessment binding upon the inhabitants? 

Can the Corporation rescind it and direct a new assessment? 

If it is binding can the same Assessors continue to complete the 
second assessment? 

If not. can the Corporation appoint others in their stead? And 
finally, how is that Board to act in this case, to proceed to effect and 
agreeably to law? 

Opinion. 

All the Acts of the Legislature, empowering the Corporation to 
direct assessments for certain purposes, require that such assess- 
ments should be made by disinterested Person? : and even if the Legis- 
lature had been silent upon the subject, it would still, in my judgment. 
be essential [423] to the validity of the proceeding. 

In the case of Canal Street it is conceded that the assessors them- 
selves have considered the Benefit of the improvement to extend to 
property, of which three of them are proprietors. They would there- 
fore be interested not only in the Assessment last directed but in regu- 



426 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1807 

lating the proportions to be paid between Lots within the distance of 
five hundred feet round Canal Street, and those at a greater distance. 
Under these circumstances I think it would be unsafe to proceed upon 
the Assessment that has been made, and that new Assessors should 
be appointed, wholely disinterested in the property benefitted by the 
Canal. 

Rich. Harrison. 
May 18. 1807. 

Whereupon Resolved that the former assessment on Canal Street 
be rescinded, and that the Street Commissioner be directed to report 
an Ordinance for the appointment of new Assessors to assess the 
damages for opening Canal Street. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner with an Assessment on 
Roosevelt [424] Street from Chatham to Oak Street was read and 
ordered to lie over 'till the next meeting. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner containing an Ordinance 
for regulating Dover Street was. in consequence of said Street not 
being ceded nor accepted by the Common Council, referred to the 
City Inspector to report an Ordinance for regulating the same to 
prevent its becoming a public nuisance. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the petition of the 
Fishermen requesting the privilege of keeping their empty 7 Fish cars on 
the Wharf at the west end of the Flymarket, that the continuance of 
such practice was a real nuisance as well as incumbrance, was read ; 
Whereupon ordered that the Street Commissioner be directed to en- 
quire on what terms a water lot at Brooklyne can be purchased for 
the accommodation of Fishermen's cars. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the Petition of John 
R. Livingston, Peter Ogilvie and others for the regulation of Pitt. 
Ridge and other Streets in the vicinity of Corlaers hook, was read and 
Ordinances were passed directing the [425] same to be performed on 
or before the first day of June 1808. 

*The Report of the Comptroller respecting certain repairs neces- 
sary to be made at the Albany Basin, and his opinion that the As- 
signees of a grant made in the name of Robert Leake are bound to 
make the same, together with the draft of an Ordinance in conformity 
therewith, was read and confirmed. 

Resolved that Cornelius Wynkoop be and he is hereby appointed to 
collect the rents of this Board and that he receive for his services two 
Dollars per day while in the employ of this Board: And that he give 

* Marginal note reads See P. 395. ED. 



18 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTZS 427 

such security, as shall be approved of by the Mayor, for the faithful 
accounting for all monies which he may so collect. 

The appointment of Thomas Auston Fireman to Company N 19 
vice Andrew Pessinger, gone from this city, was approved The Chief 
Engineer certifying a vacancy in said Company. 

The Street Commissioner's recommendation that John An- 
derson be paid One Hundred & Seventy three Dollars 
Warr* 2 /loo being the ballance due from Peter Goelet for the 
N 40 middle pier between the Exchange [426] and Whitehall 

Slips was read and approved, and a warrant on the Treas- 
urer ordered to be issued accordingly. 

A Report of the Comptroller on the applications for grants of land 
under water was read. 

Whereupon Resolved that this Board will make no grant of Water 
lots North of the South line or bounds of that part of this city to be 
laid out by the Commissioners lately appointed by law, until after the 
survey of the said Commissioners shall be completed and filed. And 
further Resolved, that the Street Commissioner direct and obtain a 
complete survey of the shores of the rivers south of said South line 
or bounds, so as to show what water lots or grounds are granted, and 
what yet remains to be granted. 

The Comptroller reported that M r James Roosevelt to whom he 
had applied, in conformity with the orders of the Board, to take out 
his water grants, was ready to comply as soon as the terms were 
settled He further Reported that he found great difficulty in recur- 
ring to the Minutes of the Common Council for information, in the 
line of his duty, for want of a proper [427] index, Whereupon it was 
ordered that the Clerk provide an Index to the Minutes of the Com- 
mon Council. 

The Comptroller reported that he had received Returns of the 
Peace officers and Clerks who had served during the late election. 

Ordered that a Warrant on the Treasurer be issued in his 

,,, t favour to pay the accounts of the peace officers who had 

j. returned their names at the rate of One Dollar per day 

each, and the respective Clerks at the rate of Two Dollars 

per day each. 

The Comptroller reported that according to the Treasurers return, 
there was $16317.50 in the Treasury. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances for the purpose of cor- 
recting various nuisances from N 3329. to N 3338 inclusive. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 



428 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1807 

Resolved that a Warrant be issued in favour of Jacob 

Cholwell for One Thousand Dollars on account of his 
.N 3o 

contract for lighting the public lamps. 

Ordered that a Warrant be issued on the Treasurer in 

\\ a.TT 

favour of John H. Sickles for Three Thousand Dollars, on 
N 37 

account of the Building Committee. 

[428] The following Memorials of William Thomas, Nicholas 
Romaine and others relating to Scammel Street and the Soil under 
water in front thereof, were read and ordered to be entered at large 
on the minutes. 

To His Honor the Mayor, Aldermen and Gentlemen of the Com- 
mon Council 

*The Petition of W'illiam Thomas humbly sheweth ; 

That on or about the year 1785, upwards of twenty Years ago, 
Your Honorable Board gave permission to Thomas Ivers and James 
Blanchard to dock out below high water mark (subject to the running 
of streets) with a promise of a corporation grant of the water when 
grants were issued at that distance from the city. This Dock or 
piece of ground with the upland in fee, was sold and conveyed by the 
said Ivers and Blanchard and about seven years ago, Your Petitioner 
became purchaser of the whole at about Eight thousand Dollars. This 
wharf has been suffering for years, and in an unproductive state, for 
want of a grant and permission to dock out farther as granted to the 
neighbours of your petitioner. 

[429] Your Honorable Board will please to recollect, that for some 
years back Your Petitioners applications have been favorably received 
and variously referred, to former Street Commissioners, Comptrollers 
and Aldermen ; but the grant has been always suspended on a con- 
trariety of opinion, whether Scammel Street or Lane of 30 feet ought 
not to be continued through your Petitioners Wharf. 

Your Petitioner humbly submits, that whatever intention Your 
Honorable Board had formerly of extending Scammel Lane, the pres- 
ent permanent regulation of Gouverneur Street of Fifty feet, leading 
to the very centre of your ground, reserved for a Corporation Wharf 
and Bason, and to which Scammel lane is so very contiguous, will 
shew the inutility of extending that Lane further than it is at present. 

Your honorable Board must know that your Street Commissioner 
has contracted for, and has had sunk a bulk head and the space 
filled in to compleat your Corporation wharf of Two hundred & 
twenty two feet, along side of your Petitioners ground ; and has under 

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 15. 34. 67. 79. 84. 86. ED. 



18 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 429 

your directions assessed the owners of adjoining Lots f or the expence ; 
and that your Petitioner [430] has paid M r Stagg the Collector, One 
thousand and Forty one Dollars for his proportion. That from the 
state of your Petitioners wharf being lower than Water Street, and 
the Corporation Wharf, the ground of both is washing into his Wharf 
and also into the East river, for want of a bulkhead to prevent it, 
and also to secure the earth, that your Petitioner may cart to fill up 
his ground even with the Corporation Wharf. M r Bergh, your Peti- 
tioners tenant, threatens to quit it, and the neighbours to indict it; 
and imperious necessity compels your Petitioner to pray that your 
Honorable Board will grant him prompt relief in the premises, to 
enable him to embrace the present season to procure Dock Logs and 
earth, from the adjoining Streets now digging out, and your Peti- 
tioner as in duty bound will ever pray 

New York April 13. W m Thomas 

1807. 

To the Honorable the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York 

The memorial of the Subscriber respectfully sheweth; 

That your Petitioner has just been informed that the Street Com- 
missioner is about to report to your honourable [431] Board respecting 
a grant to be made to M r Thomas on the east side of the Bason 
reserved by the Corporation at the foot of Gouverneur Street, and 
which Grant, if made, as Your Memorialist is informed, will be in- 
jurious to the public and the proprietors of the adjacent Land. 

And therefore prays in behalf of himself and other Proprietors, 
that he and the other proprietors may have a hearing before your 
Honorable Board, before the said grant be made. 
New York. May 4 th Nich 8 Romayne. 

1807. 

To the Honorable the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York. 

The Memorial of the subscribers respectfully sheweth ; 

That Your Memorialists are owners of Lots, Houses or other 
tenements on Scammel Street, and the adjacent Streets, and feel a 
great interest in the improvement of that part of the city, especially as 
their interests are connected with the public good and convenience. 

That Your Memorialists are informed with deep regret that some 
of the Officers [432] of your Honorable Board have reported as 



430 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1807 

their advice to shut up the lower part of Scammel Street, and to 
sell to an individual the land heretofore appropriated as a public 
Street. 

Your Memorialists beg leave to remind Your Hon. Board that for 
near Twenty years there have been various applications to your Hon. 
Board for shutting up the lower end of Scammel Street and disposing 
of the same. That the subject has often heretofore been considered 
in all its relations, by men of judgment and talents appointed by Your 
Hon. Board, and has always until now been reported against. Your 
Memorialists might refer specially to those Reports, but they only beg 
leave to refer to the one hereunto annexed. 

Your Memorialists therefore pray that Your Hon. Board will 
refuse to shut or dispose of the lower end of the said Scammel 
Street, and if necessary that you will give them an opportunity to be 
heard by Council or otherwise before Your Hon. Board or before a 
Committee [433] appointed for that purpose. 

New York. May 9 th 1807. 

Witness Tho s Ivers 

Ch s W. Ivers. Nicholas Vincent. 

Thomas Knox. Exec 1 ' | 
N. Gouverneurs estate ( 
Peter Ogilvie. 
E. W. Laight 
Corn 5 Ray. 
Nich s Romayne. 

Extract from the minutes of the Common Council April 25 th 1803. 
The Street Commissioner and Comptroller to whom was referred 
the Petition of W m Thomas praying for a grant of the soil under 
water opposite his ground at Corlaers Hook, Report that the prayer 
of the petitioner be granted reserving Scammel Street to be continued 
Fifty feet wide from Water Street into the river, and also reserving 
Front and South Streets their usual width. 

All which is submitted. 
April 18 th 1803. signed 

Selah Strong 
Joseph Browne. 

[434] To the Honorable the Mayor Aldermen & Commonalty of 
the City of New York. 

The Memorial of the Subscribers respectfully sheweth 



18 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 431 

That Your Memorialists and others proprietors of Land situate 
on and near Scammel Street have for many years considered it im- 
portant to their property and the public good that Scammel Street 
should be extended to the East river, and their opinions on this subject 
have met the approbation of Committees formerly appointed by 
Your Honorable Board. Your Memorialists have now however much 
reason to believe that Your Hon. Board may consider it more for the 
interest of the public to derive a revenue from the said ground, which 
would be comprehended in Scammel Street were it extended from 
Water Street to the East river, than to permit it to be laid open for 
a street, and therefore they think themselves in duty bound to the 
public their neighbours and themselves to meet that point. 

Your Memorialists are therefore ready to give to your Hon. Board 
a [435] yearly rent of One Hundred and Fifty Pounds a year net rent 
forever from this date for the claims, Right and title of the Corpo- 
ration of the City of New York to such part of Christian Bergh's 
ship yard, situate near Scammel Street on the west side of the Lots 
of John Youle and extending from high water mark or from Water 
Street to Front Street and along Front Street, One hundred and Fifty 
feet: that they will comply with the usual contract for making Front 
Street, and whatever may be just in law or equity respecting the earth 
carted on the said land by Christian Bergh or others, and that Your 
Memorialists will also be ready at any time to open Scammel Street to 
the East river free from expence whenever your Hon. Board will per- 
mit the same to be done. 

Your memorialists further state that they are ready to meet a Com- 
mittee of your Hon e Board or any person or persons appointed by 
Your Hon. Board to explain any thing respecting the premises or any 
matter which might require further explanation. 
New York May. 18. Nich s Romayne. 

1807. Tho s Ivers. 

[436] Whereupon the following resolution was moved by Alder- 
man Van Zandt. 

Resolved that the Communications of Nicholas Romayne and 
others respecting Scammel Street be made to this Board in writing. 
The following amendment was proposed by Alderman Mott ; 

That Nicholas Romayne and others be heard in person or by 
Council respecting Scammel Street. 



432 CITY OF NEW YORK 18 May 1807 

M r Mulligan moved the previous question, which, a division being 
called was carried in the affirmative as follows ; 

Affirmative Negative 

Aid. S. Strong Miller Aid. Mott 

Leroy Ritter Wood 

R. Strong Mess" Haight Mes" Demarest 

Van Zandt Mulligan Torbert 

Fish Morris Ludlam 

Bogardus 

The Resolution moved by Alderman Van Zandt, was then put, and 

a division [437] being called, was carried in the affirmative as fol- 
lows: 

Affirmative Negative 

Aid. S. Strong Mess" Haight Aid. Mott 

Leroy Mulligan Miller 

R. Strong Morris Wood 

Van Zandt Mess" Demarest 

Fish Torbert 

Ritter Ludlam 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to 
pay 

NO 19. Th & Ja Stevenson, Ironwork to Fire engines $686. 8 

20. Henry Brooks, for a well in Magazine S* 19.50 

21. W Van Wart. Capt lt dist. City Watch 237.16 

22. Nichs Lawrence d d 237.16 

23 John Farrington d 2d d 217.56 

24. Magnus Beekman d d 217.56 

25. Chs Van Orden d 3d d 168.36 

26. Jacob Hays d d 168.36 

27. Thomas Hazard, salary as Keeper of Bridewell, for self & 

turnkeys 437.50 

28. Proprietors of Daily Advertiser 37.50 

29. DO Evening Post 37.50 

30. Andrew Otterson, salary for services 152. 

31. Job Furman, rent of Justices Court 50. 

32. John Burger, Coroners Fees 82.37 

33. [438] Alexander Martin, carting gravel to Battery 62. 

34. Andw S. Leary, carpenter's work under Sup* repairs 160.12 

35. Dennis Warham, d d 40.81 

36. Jacob Cholwell, Contract for lighting Lamps 1000. 

37. John H. Sickles, on Ace* of Building Committee 3000. 

38. Tho* Dick, Balle on bond for canal Street 1405.66 

39. Jacob Morton Compf for services of Clerks & Marshalls at 

Election Polls 188.50 

40. John Anderson, ball 6 due for Peter Goelets Prop n of middle 

pier, between Exchange & Whitehall Slips 173.23 






25 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



433 



[439] In Common Council, May. 25. 1807. 



Present Marinus Willett, Esquire Mayor 



Maturine Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Jacob Mott 
Selah Strong 
Jacob Leroy 
Thurston Wood 
Nicholas Fish 
Roger Strong 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 
John D. Miller. 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Mess" John W. Mulligan 
John Hopper Jun r 
Gerard Depeyster 
Benjamin Haight 
Thomas Demarest 
Andrew Morris 
Stephen Ludlam. 



Assistants 



The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

A memorial of Nicholas Romaine and Thomas Ivers, proprietors 
of Lots on or near Scammel Street, was read, and on motion that 
the same be entered on the minutes, a division being called it passed 
in the negative as follows : 



[440] Affirmative 
Aid. Mott 
Wood 
Miller 

Mess" Hopper 

Demarest 
Ludlam 



Negative 



The Recorder 
Aid. S. Strong 

Leroy 

Fish 

R. Strong 

Van Zandt 



Mess r Mulligan 
Depeyster 
Haight 
Morris 



Resolved that the Memorial of Nicholas Romaine and Thomas 
Ivers, presented to the Board this day, be returned to the Memorialists 
on account of the improper and indecorous language and insinuations 
it contains against this Board and individual members thereof. 

Which Resolution, a division being called, passed in the affirmative 
as follows. 



Affirmative 



The Recorder 
Aid. S. Strong 

Leroy 

Fish 

R. Strong 

Van Zandt 



Mess" Mulligan 
Depeyster 
Haight 
Morris 



Negative 
Aid. Mott 
Wood 
Miller 
Mess" Hopper 

Demarest 
Ludlam. 



[441] An Application of Samuel Engle and others to lease cer- 
tain Lots the property of the Corporation in Magazine Street was read 
and referred to the Comptroller. 

A petition of the inhabitants in the vicinity of Greenwich Market 
to repair the Bulkhead in front of the Slip, was read and referred to 
the Street Commissioner. 



484 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 May 1807 

A petition of John Moore Gunsmith praying that a lease of the 
ground in Chatham Street, adjoining the Arsenal, on which he has 
erected a building by permission of M r John M c Lean late Commissary 
of Military stores, was read and referred to the Comptroller.* 

A Report from the Police Office that Cap 1 Van Orden had sus- 
pended Francis Depew, one of his Watchmen, for neglect of duty 
and sleeping on his post, was read and referred to the Watch Com- 
mittee. 

A Petition of Jordan Mott and others inhabitants and proprietors 
of Lots in First & Second Streets, between Grand & Stanton Streets 
praying that the same be regulated, was read and referred to [442] 
the Street Commissioner. 

A petition of Abraham Cannon and others inhabitants in the vi- 
cinity of Corlaers Hook, praying that a Fire engine may be stationed 
in that quarter of the City was read and referred to the Chief En- 
gineer. 

A petition of Eliphalet Wheeler Butcher, praying to be permitted 
to supply families living beyond two miles from the city, by carrying 
meat to their doors, was read and referred to the Market Committee. 

A Letter from R. Clarkson to the Mayor, complaining of the sit- 
uation of Lots at the corner of Pitt and Grand Streets was read and 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 7 th Ward. 

A petition of several masters of vessels, paying yearly wharfage 
to the Corporation at Coenties Slip, complaining of an exaction for 
private wharfage at the end of the Pier, was read and referred to the 
Alderman & Assistant of the first Ward. 

A memorial from Abraham Stagg complaining of disappointments 
on the part of [443] Collectors of Streets on which he has been em- 
ployed, by which he is greatly distressed, was read and referred to the 
Street Comm r 

A petition of Edward Ferris and others objecting against a re- 
assessment of Roosevelt Street, was read and referred to the Alder- 
man and Assistant of the 4 th Ward. 

A Petition of Abraham Van Keuren and others requesting that the 
Basin at the Hay Scales, Duane Street, may be appropriated for the 
accommodation of Lime vessels, was read and referred to the Alder- 
man and Assistant of the 5 th Ward. 

A Petition of the inhabitants of Broadway above Jones and 
Amity Streets praying that the same may be regulated to Art Street, 

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 26. 126. Vol. 18. P. 253 ED. 



o 



25 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 435 

was read and referred to the Street Commissioner who is directed 
to report an ordinance in conformity. 

A Petition of the inhabitants of Greenwich Street, in the vicinity 
of Charlton & Hammersley Streets, praying that the same may be 
regulated and paved, was read and referred to the Street Commis- 
sioner with directions to enquire whether the proprietors, generally, 
are favourable to the petition. 

[444] A petition of William Bruce for a grant of land under 
water, in front of his property in Greenwich Street, corner of Ham- 
mersley Street, was read and referred to the Comptroller.* 

The following persons were appointed Firemen; the Chief Engi- 
neer certifying correspondent vacancies : 

N 3 John Shaddon v. Isaac Macomb removed to N 1. 
20 Peter Aymar, Grocer, 71. Courtlandt S 1 

v. Isaac Little, resigned. 
24. Daniel Frazer, Coach maker, John S 1 

v. Marselis Vangelon, d 

An Opinion of M r Harrison Counsellor of the Board, was read, 
confirming the opinion of M r Cowdrey late Attorney of the Board, 
that it would be safe for the Corporation to pay over to John Murphy 
such sums as have been deposited in their hands by the Treasurer, 
as belonging to the estate of Robert Pendergast dec d whose repre- 
sentative and heir, Patrick Pendergast his father, in Ireland, has 
authorized said Murphy to receive the same. 

Ordered that the Treasurer pay said sum to John Murphy on his 
giving security [445] to refund the same in case the Corporation shall 
be obliged to account to any other person. 

The Report of the Attorney of the Board on the Petition of John 
S. Hunn was read together with the draft of " a Law in relation to 
Slaves in the city of New York," which was amended, passed and 
ordered to be published-! 

Ordered that the 9 th Section of the Law for preventing and ex- 
tinguishing Fires &c a respecting the annual review of the Fire De- 
partment, be suspended. 

Resolved that the Comptroller be directed to advertize and receive 
proposals for the finding of Oil and lighting and cleaning the Lamps 
of this city for one year ; and make report to this Board at their next 
meeting. 

A Petition of Henry Remmey, formerly Superintendant of Scav- 

* Marginal note reads See. Vol. 17. P. 378. ED. 

t Marginal note reads Vide Common Coun. Laws. Page. 18. ED. 



436 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 May 1807 

engers,* indebted to the Corporation, stating his incapacity to pay the 
Ballance and the distressed state of his family and praying that the 
Comptroller may be authorized, in behalf of this Board, to sign his 
petition for the benefit of the insolvent Act, was read and referred to 
the Comptroller. 

[446] A Certificate, according to law, was presented by William 
Gillzow, of a Fire bucket lost at the late Fire in Chatham & Frank- 
fort Streets. 

Warr* Ordered that a warrant be issued on the Treasurer in his 
N 53 favour for two dollars. 

A Petition of Rachel Deforest & Hugh Fairley Executors of 
the estate of Gerardus Deforest dec d praying a grant of 75 feet in 
breadth to the permanent line in Hudson river, in front of the N. W. 
corner of Harrison Street, was read and referred to the Comptroller. f 

JThe Report of the Committee to whom was referred the Petition 
of Jacob M c Keag that he be permitted to make improvements for the 
better accommodation of the Ferry House at Horn's Hook, j for which 
a fair valuation should be allowed by the Corporation at the expira- 
tion of his lease and a reasonable compensation granted was read and 
approved. 

The Comptroller to whom was referred the request of Gilliam 
Cornell Collector of the 2 d Ward for further time to make the collec- 
tion of the Taxes due from that Ward, 

Reports that by the Act " for the Assessment [447] and Collection 
of taxes," the Collector of each Ward is bound, within one week after 
the time limitted by his Warrant to make a settlement with the City 
Treasurer for the amount of his tax list; and if the Collector shall 
neglect to do the same, the Treasurer is then bound within twenty 
days to issue his warrant against the Collector for the amount so 
unpaid and in default of issuing such Warrant the Treasurer becomes 
liable for the amount. Hence if any indulgence should be given by 
this Board, both the Treasurer and the securities of the Collector 
would be exonerated The Comptroller therefore recommends that a 
Resolution pass the Board, that upon the said Collector's renewing his 
security for the final collection of the taxes of the said Ward that the 

* Marginal note reads See P. 467. Vol. 18. P. 213 Vol. 19. P. 117. ED. 

t Marginal note reads See. Vol. 17. P. 286. 415 ED. 

i Marginal note reads See. P. 402. ED. 

|| Marginal note reads Vis* an addition to the present House. ED. 



25 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 437 

Treasurer be directed to stay the issuing the execution ordered by 
the Act. 

Which is respectfully submitted 
Jacob Morton. 

Compt r 

Whereupon Resolved, upon the Collector of the Second Ward 
renewing his security for the final collection of the Taxes of the 
said ward, that the Treasurer be directed to stay the issuing of the 
execution prescribed by the [448] Act of the Legislature ; and that the 
further time of six weeks be allowed to Gulliam Cornell the said 
Collector to compleat the collection of the taxes of said Ward. 

The Committee to whom was referred the objections of Peter 
Schermerhorne against the assessment of Beekman Slip, Report 

That they have examined the assessment, together with the ob- 
jections made by M r Schermerhorne, and by information from M 1 
Stillwell the surveyor the assessors have charged M r Schermerhorne 
2000 loads of earth more than his just proportion ; The Committee 
are also of opinion that the assessors have not extended the assess- 
ment so far as has been usual in similar cases ; they therefore recom- 
mend that the assessment be returned to the assessors with a request 
that they would review the subject and enquire into the objections of 
M r Schermerhorne and if they shall think proper, extend the assess- 
ments so as to make the burden come lighter upon a few individuals. 

All which is submitted 

May. 25. 1807. Selah Strong 

John W. Mulligan 

[449] Ordered that this report be confirmed. 

An Application of Abraham Stagg, certified by the Alderman of 
the Ward, requesting the usual allowance for sinking a Well and 
fixing a pump in Rivington Street, was read. 

Warr' Ordered that a Warrant be issued in his favour on the 
N 46 Treasurer for Nineteen Dollars. 

The Street Commissioner presented an Account for Work done, 
under his direction, towards filling in the Collect. 

..... Ordered that a Warrant be issued in favour of Joseph 

George on the Treasurer, for Two hundred and fifty 
eight dollars, 9 %oo to P av s& id Account. 
The Street Commissioner presented an account of James Hogan 

for paving intersection & gutters in Chamber & Reed Streets. 



438 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 May 1807 

Warr* Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of said Hogan, 
N 48 on the Treasurer, for Sixty Dollars 6 %oo- 

The Comptroller presented an account of Joseph Constant Esq r 
late Sheriff for expences attending the executions, last summer, of 
Francesco Son & John Banks severally for murder. 
Warr* Ordered that a warrant be issued in [450] favour of Joseph 
N 49 Constant for Fifty five Dollars. 

An Account was presented of expences incurred by the Inspectors 
of the Seventh Ward during the late election 

Warr 1 Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of Jamison Cox 
N 50. for Twenty four Dollars to discharge the same. 

A similar Account was presented of charges incurred by the In- 
spectors of the 4 th Ward. 

Warr T Ordered that a Warrant be issued in favour of John Brown 
N 51. for Thirteen Dollars 87 y 2 cents to discharge the same. 

An Account of Interest accruing on the Bond of the Corporation 
due to the estate of Peter Clopper dec d was presented by Cornelius 
C. Van Allen Exec r and referred to the Comptroller. 

The Comptroller reported that he had audited the accounts of the 
Superintendant of the Alms House, for the quarter terminating 30 th 
April last, & found them correct. 

The Comptroller reported that agreeably to the statement of the 
Treasurer, there was in [451] the Treasury $10.535.35. 

,,. Resolved that a Warrant be issued in favour of Peter Dobbs, 

~j -- on the Treasurer, for One Thousand Dollars on account 

of the Bulkhead in Beekman Slip. 

On application of the Superintendant of the Alms House, a 
Warr* Warrant was ordered to be issued on the Treasurer in 
N 52. his favour on account of the Commissioners, for Three 

thousand Dollars. 

The following Resolution was moved Resolved that the Street 
Commissioner deliver the several Bonds executed, and retained in his 
hands by a former order of this Board, for grounds taken for Canal 
Street, to the several Obligees or such of them as will receive the same, 
taking receipts therefor as usual by him. 

Ordered that the same lie over for consideration. 
... A Bond due Thomas Duggan assigned to Peter Curtenius, 

.- ... for opening Canal Street was presented and ordered to be 
discharged. 



25 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 439 

Resolved that no assessments presented to this Board for opening 
or widening any [452] Street, removing any buildings, sinking any 
bulkhead or filling in the same, shall be confirmed until they shall have 
been advertized at least one week in the Newspapers employed by this 
Board, to the end that all persons interested may have an opportunity 
to offer objections in writing previous to their being confirmed. 

Resolved further that the Resolution passed by this Board, a few 
weeks since upon this subject be and the same is hereby rescinded. 

*The Committee appointed to estimate the sum to be demanded 
from the Proprietors of Lots fronting on Cortland Street for permit- 
ting them to come out with their buildings on a line with the South 
side of said Street, between Greenwich & Washington Streets Report 

That they have viewed the premises and taken the subject under 
their consideration. It will certainly be to the advantage of the peti- 
tioners to have their petition granted, as their lots are not above 65 
or 70 feet deep, but as your Committee conceive that it is a subject 
of interest they are of opinion no decision of [453] theirs, even if 
adopted by the Board would be considered satisfactory ; for should 
they agree upon a large sum, it would be considered oppressive, and 
if upon a small one, granting undue favours. 

The Committee therefore beg leave to be discharged from this 
duty after recommending the subject to be left to referees with power 
to choose an Umpire to judge between them; and they recommend 
George Gosman as a referree in behalf of this Board. 

Jacob Leroy 
May. 25. 1807. Benj. Haight 

John S. Hunn. 
Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

The following representation of the Street Commissioner was read 
and the Resolution adopted : 

The Street Commissioner has the honour to represent to thq 
Board, that experience has convinced him that a plentiful watering 
the Streets after they are paved and previous to covering them with 
sand tends to consolidate the earth and prevent the pavements from 
sinking. The use of an Engine for this purpose saves much labour, 
particularly where pumps are not placed near the premises. 

[454] The Street Commissioner has been informed that he cannot 
obtain the use of an Engine without an order from this Board, and 

* Marginal note reads See Report P. 477. ED. 



440 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 May 1807 

as it is for an important public benefit, he solicits the Board to pass 
the following resolution upon the subject. 

Resolved that whenever the Street Commissioner, Inspector or 
Contractors for paving any Street shall require one of the public 
engines to water the new pavements, the same shall be permitted to be 
used for that purpose under the superintendence of one or more of 
the firemen belonging to said Engine, the Contractors or persons em- 
ployed in paving being answerable for all damages which may occur 
to the engine in consequence of such use and seeing it safely returned 
to its usual place of keeping. John S. Hunn. 

The Street Commissioner presented a return of delinquents on the 
assessments for paving Leonard Street from Church to Hudson 
Street, and a warrant was ordered to be issued in favour of Oliver 
Jacques to collect the money. 

[455] A representation of the Street Commissioner on the subject 
of draining the cellars in Chapel Street, by means of a wooden sewer, 
through said Street, was read and ordered to lie over for consid- 
eration. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance to repave Pine 
Street from Broadway to William Street, which was passed and 
John B. Dash, John Mills, William G. Forbes, John Dover and Robert 
Gosman were appointed Assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported a new Ordinance for Assessing 
Canal Street. But as some additional grounds, not included in the 
former estimate required to be valued; Ordered that the Attorney 
of the Board be directed to prepare a precept to the Sheriff, for that 
purpose, in the usual form, and that the Ordinance be suspended until 
the execution of said precept. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the petition for repay- 
ing Oak Street from Pearl to Roosevelt Streets, was read and referred 
to the Alderman and Assistant of the 4 th Ward and the Street Com- 
missioner. 

[456] A Communication from the Street Commissioner respecting 
the continuation of Crosby Street from Hester to Canal Street, that 
two lots on Hester Street, the property of the heirs of Solomon 
Myers Cohen dec d will be required to be purchased for the purpose, 
which Lots are now offered to the Corporation by Isaac Moses one 
of the Assignees of said Estate, was read, whereupon 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner enquire from M r Moses 
the terms on which said Lots can be obtained. 

The Street Commissioner reported an assessment for paving 



25 May 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlXUTES 441 

Church Street from Leonard to Lispenard Streets, which was read 
and confirmed and William Dustan was appointed Collector of said 
Assessment. 

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances for the purpose 
of correcting nuisances from N 3340 to 3342 inclusive. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

The Street Commissioner reported that the drain in Water Street 
is impeded and requires to be opened. 

[457] Ordered that he report an Ordinance for opening said drain 
at the expence of the parties benefitted. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner on the subject of widening 
and straightening Grand Street from the Bowery to Broadway was 
read and the consideration postponed until the sentiments of the pro- 
prietors of Lots on said Street can be known. 

Resolved that the Super intendant of repairs make a temporary 
drain at the public expence, at Beekman Slip under the direction of 
the Street Commissioner. 

Resolved that Books and paper cases be provided by the Clerk of 
this Board, at the public charge, for his accommodation and that of 
the Board, in which to keep and preserve more safely and conveniently 
the Books and papers belonging to the Corporation. 

Resolved that two persons be appointed, by ballot, in each ward 
to the Census of Electors in this City and County, agreeably to Law. 

The Board proceeded to ballot accordingly [458] and on counting 
the Ballots, the following persons appeared to be duly elected. 

For 1st Ward Garrit Kettletas 

Jacob J. Lansing. 

2d d Andrew R. Miller 

Jacob Tabele Jun r 
3d d Charles Dickenson 

Israel Purdy 

4 th d Leonard Fisher 

Thomas R. Mercein 

5^ d<> John P. Groshon 

James Davidson 

6 th d Gabriel Furman 

John Marschalk 

?tb d Henry Pope 

Ezekiel Bishop. 
8th do Aquila Giles 

Benjamin C. Stevenson 
9th do William Wilmerding 

Samuel Hake 



442 CITY OF NEW YORK 25 May 1807 

Ordered that the Qerk give notice to the aforesaid persons, re- 
spectively of their appointment. 

Resolved that the Superintendant of repairs be directed to employ 
Walter Allen no longer in the service of this Board. 

[459] Resolved that the Street Commissioner report, at the next 
meeting of this Board, the arrearages due on all assessments, the 
names of the owners and occupants of Lots and property charged 
with such assessments and also the property and Lots so charged and 
the sums of money collected and not paid over by the Collectors. 

Ordered that the Clerk provide proper Books for taking the 
Census of Electors of this City and County agreeably to the Schedule 
furnished by the Secretary of State, and that he make such addi- 
tions thereto as will include the whole number of Inhabitants of said 
City and County. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay 

N 41. James Horner for repairing pumps $80. 12 

42. Joseph H. Megie, carting earth to Whitehall Slip 56.29 

43. Bartholemew Skaats, Salary for self & Assist &c* 115.76 

44. Proprietors of Public Advertiser 4.50 

45. Walter Allen, work at Brooklyne ferry stairs 72.59 

46. Ab m Stagg, allow* for Pump in Rivington S* 19. 

47. Joseph George, for labourers at Collect 258.98 

48. James Hogan, paving intesec ns Chamber & Reed S te 60.63 

49. Joseph Constant Sheriff, expences attending execution of 

Francisco Son and John Banks 55. 

50. Jamison Cox, Expences of Inspectors, 7 th Ward 24. 

51. [460] John Brown, expences of Election of 4 th Ward 13.875^ 

52. Richard Furman, Sup* on Ace* of Alms House 3000. 

53. William Giltzow, for lost Firebucket 2. 

54. John Hoogland d 2. 

55. Peter Dobbs, on ace* of bulkhead at Beekman Slip 1000. 

56. Peter Curtenius, assignee of Tho s Duggan Bond for open- 

ing Canal Street 1894.50 

57. Martha Stuyvesant, damages rec d by regulation of Mott 

Street . 185.74 



1 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



443 



[461] In Common Council June 1 st 1807 
Present Marinus Willett Esquire Mayor 



Roger Strong 
Selah Strong 
Jacob Leroy 
Nicholas Fish 
John P. Ritter 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r J 



Mess rs Samuel Torbert 

Thomas Demarest 

Esquires Stephen Ludlam 

Aldermen Robert Bogardus 

John W. Mulligan 
Andrew Morris 



.Assistants. 



The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 
Resolved that the Resolution regarding the advertising Assess- 
ments for streets, passed at the last meeting of the Board, be rescinded 
and that the former resolution of this Board on the same subject, 
which was then rescinded, be revived. 

The Clerk informed the Board that he had served notices on the 
several persons [462] appointed at the last meeting of the Board to 
take a census of the Electors of this city and County, and that he has 
provided Books for the purpose, agreeably to the order of the Com- 
mon Council. 

A letter from James Davidson appointed to take the census of the 
Fifth Ward, declining to serve on account of indisposition was read 
and his resignation accepted. 

The Board proceeded to appoint, by ballot, a person in place of M r 
Davidson, when the votes being equally divided between Henry 
Remmey and William Bridges the Mayor gave his casting vote in 
favour of Henry Remmey who was appointed accordingly. 

A Letter from Henry Stanton requesting to be relieved from a 
suit brought against him by the late Comptroller, on account of 
Brooklyne ferry, was read and referred to the Comptroller. 

A Memorial of Elizabeth Duryee demanding payment of a Bond 
given on account of ground taken for making Amity Street for the 
sum of $3930 with interest [463] from March 21. 1806. was read and 
referred to the Street Commissioner to report a statement of facts. 

A Letter from Courtland Van Beuren requesting 
payment of a Bond given to John Bachelor, for opening 
Varick Street, and assigned to him, for the sum of $930 
Warr t N80 with interest from March 15. 1806. was read and the 
Bond ordered to be discharged, deducting any Assess- 
ment that may be due by said Bachelor for opening said 
Street. 



444 CITY OF NEW YOHK 1 June 1807 

A request of the Managers of the First Blackriver Lottery for the 
use of any unoccupied apartment in the City Hall, for the purpose 
of drawing said Lottery, was read and granted. 

A petition of Ephraim Hart, to be allowed to make use of a Fire 
Engine and Hose, under the direction of the Foreman for the purpose 
of draining the cellar of his House 87. Greenwich Street was read 
and the Board determined that it was inexpedient to grant the request. 

A petition of William White, remonstrating against any alteration 
in the present profile of Church Street, was read and referred to the 
Street Commissioner. 

[464] A Letter from Robert Lylburn requesting a settlement of 
his terms of payment for a Lot of Common lands, was read and re- 
ferred to the Comptroller to report his opinion how the same ought to 
be settled.* 

A Petition of William Butler praying to be appointed Inspector of 
Firewood, was read and ordered to lie on the table. 

A Memorial of Thomas Farmer and others complaining of the 
dangerous state of Broadway near the road leading to Potters field 
was read and referred to the Street Commissioner with injunctions to 
cause the same to be immediately remedied. 

A petition of the Devisees of Anthony Lispenard dec d praying the 
grant of soil under water, fronting their property on Hudson river was 
read and referred to the Comptroller.! 

The report of the Committee on the petition of Abraham Van 
Keuren and others respecting accomodating Lime vessels in the Basin 
at Duane Street, was read and ordered to lie for consideration. 

A petition of Eliphalet Wheeler and John K. Floor to be allowed 
to sell meat in carts beyond the two mile stone, was read and [465] 
referred to the Market Committee. 

A petition of William Wilson and others praying that Rivington 
Street, between Bowery and Norfolk Streets, may be regulated and 
paved, was read and referred to the Street Commissioner. 

A Letter to the Mayor from Tunis Van Winkle, complaining of 
the situation of M re Skates Lot at the corner of Church and Barley 
Streets was read, Whereupon 

Ordered that the Street Commissioner prepare an Ordinance for 
levelling the same. 

The Comptroller presented a Bond assigned by Doctor Van Solin- 

* Marginal note reads See Report Vol. 17. P. 171. ED. 
f Marginal note reads See . Vol. 17. P. 336. 378. ED. 



1 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 445 

gen to Leonard Bleecker given for ground taken for altering Amity 
Street on which a Ballance was due. 

Ordered that the same be discharged on M r Bleeckers 
Warr* N 79. paying what may be due from him on his purchase 

of a Lot at Inclenberg. 

The Clerk apologized in behalf of the Street Commissioner for his 
absence from the meeting of the Common Council, on account of in- 
disposition, which also prevented him from making out a statement 
of Abraham Staggs claim, as directed : and presented the following 
reports. 

[466] The Street Commissioner reported that he had discharged 
the labourers employed at the Collect, as they cannot work to advan- 
tage until Elm street be regulated. 

The Account of Wages presented with the report 
Warr* N 78 was ordered to be paid by a warrant on the Treasurer 

in favour of the Comptroller for the amount. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating 
Sugar Loaf Street which was passed, and John Van Orden, Lawrence 
Van Buskirk, William Gifford, Tunis Ryker and William Chrystie 
were appointed Assessors. 

The Street Commissioner reported an Ordinance for regulating 
Broadway from Great Jones to Art Street which was passed, and 
Aquila Giles, Lancaster Palmer, Joseph Watkins, Benjamin Sands 
and Abraham Skinner were appointed Assessors. 

The report of the Market Committee on the Petition of John 
Pessinger and others Butchers in the Flymarket, that the deputy 
Clerk of the market be instructed to use his utmost vigilance to detect 
such offenders as shall sell contrary to the 10 th section of the Law for 
regulating the public markets was read and confirmed. 

[467] The Report of the Comptroller on the Petition of Henry 
Remmey* was read and ordered to lie on the table. 

A petition of William Rhinelander Jun r praying for the grant of 
soil under water in front of his land in Greenwich Street, was read 
and referred to the Comptroller. 

The report of the Committee on the petition of Edward 
Ferris and others respecting a second assessment on Roosevelt 
Warr 1 Street being illegal ; and that a warrant be issued in favour of 
the Street Commissioner to be by him paid to the person or 
persons to whom the same may be due, was read and con- 
firmed. 

* Marginal note reads See. P. 445. ED. 



446 CITY OF NEW YORK 1 June 1807 

The Comptroller reported, that agreeably to the statement of the 
Treasurer there was a Ballance in his hands of $20.387 1 %oo 

The Clerk informed the Board that he had received from his 
predecessor Thomas Morris Esq r all the Minutes of the Common 
Council from the year 1675 to the present day, comprehended in 
seventeen Volumes Folio. 

In the apartment occupied by the Clerk of the Mayor's Court, 
there are several Boxes said to contain papers, deeds and documents 
[468] belonging to the Corporation. A case, the property of M r 
Wortman, in the Comptrollers Office, contains a large proportion 
of Memorials, Petitions, Reports &c a which have been presented and 
acted upon within the last few years. All these papers require ar- 
rangement, and demand more room to render them of convenient 
access than the present office, jointly occupied by the Street Com- 
missioner and the Clerk, affords. 

He therefore, respectfully proposed that a Committee be appointed 
to examine and see whether, without incurring any serious expence, 
some accommodation cannot be provided, within the City Hall, for 
repositing and arranging the public records in such manner as to 
render them more accessible. 

Whereupon, Aldermen Ritter, S. Strong and M r Mulligan were 
appointed a Committee to examine what accomodations were necessary 
for the Offices of this Board. 

The City Inspector reported Ordinances from N 3342. to N 3380. 
inclusive for the purpose of raising sunken lots in Thomas Street 
and correcting other nuisances. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

[469] The Comptroller presented proposals, which he had received, 
for lighting the public Lamps by contract, for one year from this 
date, which were laid before the Board and referred to the Lamp 
Committee and Comptroller to report which contract they may deem 
most advantageous to the public. 

Ordered that the services of Andrew Otterson and William J. 
Waldron in the employment of this Board be dispensed with for the 
present. 

Resolved that the Portraits of the several Mayors of this city and 
other portraits belonging to the Corporation be removed and placed 
in the Common Council Room under the care and direction of the 
Clerk of this Board. 

Resolved that the Mayor be requested to sit to Col. Trumbull for 



1 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 



447 



his portrait, for the use of the Corporation. To this request His 
Honour politely assented. 

Resolved that the Superintendant of Streets be directed without 
delay to clean and dig out the Exchange Slip, under the direction 
of the Aldermen and Assistant of the First Ward, together with the 
Street Commissioner. 

[470] A Suggestion on the propriety of providing Chains at Hud- 
son Market to prevent the interruption of Carriages during market 
hours, was referred to the Market Committee 

The following persons were appointed Firemen to the new Fire 
Engine Company N 32. 

1 Thomas Fennel Foreman Wheelwright. 

Adam Kartell, Assist Butcher. 

Arthur Burtis Clerk Grocer. 

George Lord Carpenter. 

Richbell Mott Tobacconist. 

Nicholas Steel Butcher 

7. Lodwick Harpell d 

8. Jordan Downing Carpenter 

Henry Lownsberry 

Thomas Brashford 

Thomas Burtis Grocer 

John Pell Butcher 

Leonard Kline 

George Hyde Carpenter. 

William Meserve Butcher 

Joseph Cox , Carpenter 

Abraham Vincent 

Reuben Munsen Combmaker. 

Samuel Patterson Carpenter 

Isaac Stevens " 

James Brush Carman 

Thomas Hobbs Butcher. 

Daniel Devoe Smith 

Martin Wilsey " 

James Martin Carpenter 



2 
3 
4 
5 
6. 



9. 
10. 
11 
12 
13 
14 
15 
16 
17 
18 
19 
20 
21 

[471] 22 
23 
24 
25 



128. Bowery 
North St 
148. Bowery 
199. do 
122. do 
101. Mott 

Elizabeth 
199. Bowery 
105. Mott 

First 

Spring 

Bowery 

Mott 

167. Bowery 
< 

First 
Elizabeth 
9. Stanton 
62 Fourth 
Broome 
100. First 

Nicholas S 1 
Elizabeth 



6. Third S* 



NB. The first Fifteen are transferred from other Companies, the 
Others are new Firemen. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants to pay 

Cap* Beekman, City Watch $217.56 

John Farrington. d 

Nicholas Lawrence d 

William Van Wart d 

Jacob Hays d 



NO 58 
59. 
60 
61 
62. 
63 



Charles Van Orden. d 



217.56 
237.16 
237.16 
188.36 
188.36 



448 



CITY or NEW YORK 



8 June 1807 



NO 64. James Hardie Salary $62.50 

65 Edward Moran. for services 52. 

66. Andrew Otterson. d 52. 

67. Corn 3 C. Van Allen, Exec r for Interest on Bond due Estate 

of Corn 5 Clopper dec d 62.50 

68. Charles Van Orden. quarter rent of Watch HO 25. 

69. David Robertson, timber for Horns Hook ferry 4.50 

70. Amos Rooke, Attending Signal Poles 82.50 

71. Daniel Davis, repairing pumps 58.75 

72. John De Clew, Salary, Inspect of Loaf Bread 78.90 

73. Nicholas Carmer, repairs of Engine Houses &c 113.73 

74 d do Drains &ca 73.37 

75. do do Wells 38.75 

76 d Salary as Sup* of repairs 52. 

277.85 

77. [472] Jacob Morton Compt r for compensating Clerks & 

Marshals attending late election.... 53. 

78. do to pay Labourers at the Collect 203.38 

79. Leonard Bleecker, assignee of Henry W. Van Solingen, 

Bond for ground taken for making Amity Street 1838. 16 

80. Courtland Van Beuren, Bond assigned by John Bachelor, for 

opening Varick S l 976. 1 1 



[473] In Common Council June 8 th 1807. 

Present Marinus Willet Esquire Mayor 

Maturine Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Jacob Mott 
John P. Ritter 
Jacob Leroy 
Roger Strong 
Selah Strong 
John D. Miller 
Wynant Van Zandt 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Mess rs Thomas Demarest 
Samuel Torbert 
John Hopper Jun r 
Andrew Morris 
Benjamin Haight 
Robert Bogardus 
Stephen Ludlam 



Assistants 



The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

A Communication from a Committee of the Highland Turnpike 
Company on the propriety of building a new bridge across Harlem 
river near Spittendevil, to correspond with the projected Turnpike 
road, commencing [474] at M r Alexander Macomb's in Westchester 
County, was read and referred to Alderman Fish, the Recorder and 
M r Bogardus. 

A Petition of Robert R. Livingston requesting a grant and con- 
firmation of all the land lying in front of his Lot upon Greenwich 
Street, which lays between the Lots late of John Stevens Esq r and 



8 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MINUTES 449 

John Watts Esq r and so extending along the said lots as far as the 
grant of Catherine Lodge extends into Hudson river, tho' the same 
should exceed in breadth the extent of the said Lot of Catherine 
Lodge now the petitioners, was read and referred to the Comptroller 
and Street Commissioner. 

A Petition of the proprietors for regulating Laight Street, on both 
sides of Greenwich Street, and for raising the adjacent sunken lots, 
was read and referred to the Street Commissioner & City Inspector. 

A Petition of George Codwise and Peter Schermerhorne for the 
privilege of building a pier in the centre of their ground between 
Beekman and Burling Slips was read and referred to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the second Ward and the Comptroller.* 

A Proposition of Richard Varick Esq r [475] to convey his right 
of soil under water at the foot of Dey Street was read and referred 
to Aldermen Selah Strong, Leroy and M r Demarest. 

A Petition of the inhabitants in the vicinity for a new pump to be 
placed at the corner of Jefferson and Harman Streets was read and 
referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 7 th Ward, with power 
to grant the prayer if proper. 

A Petition of the proprietors and inhabitants for regulating and 
paving Fourth Street between Pump and Division Streets was read 
and referred to the Street Commissioner 

A Petition of Francis Bibbins to be appointed keeper of the Park 
was read and referred to the Superintendant of the Alms House with 
directions to employ some suitable person, at the expence of this 
Board, to take charge of the Park. 

A Petition of the proprietors and inhabitants for paving Water 
Street from Clinton Street to Corlaers Hook was read and referred 
to the Street Commissioner. f 

[476] A Communication from the Foreman of Fire engine Com- 
pany N 4. informing that the Proprietors of the Theatre had given 
orders for the removal of said Engine from their premises, was read 
and referred to the Chief Engineer. 

A Memorial of George C. Schroeppel requesting a grant of Soil 
under water fronting his premises, was read and referred to the 
Comptroller. 

A Memorial of the Humane Society requesting that some accom- 
modation may be provided to seperate male and female debtors con- 



* Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 11. 13. 20. ED. 
f Marginal note reads See Vol. 17. P. 9. ED. 



450 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 June 1807 

fined in the goal of this city and county, was read and referred to the 
Committee of repairs. 

A Petition of John Hutton that he may be permitted to keep a stall 
in the market at the Hay scales North river was read and referred 
to the Market Committee. 

A Petition of the President and Assistants of the Columbian 
Insurance Company praying the privilege of leading a drain from the 
cellar of their premises N 66 Wall Street into the Common Sewer, 
was read and granted under the inspection of the Street Commis- 
sioner. 

[477] A presentment of the Grand Jury for the body of this city 
and county setting forth sundry existing evils and nuisances within 
said city, was read and referred to the Recorder, Alderman Fish and 
M r Bogardus. 

Resolved that the Mayor be authorized to employ as many Mar- 
shals at the expence of this Board as in his opinion may be necessary 
to enforce the laws for the order and good government of this city. 

*The following Report of the referres appointed to settle the value 
of ground to be granted to the proprietors of Lots on the South side 
of Courtland Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets, 
was read 

To the Honourable the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of New York. 

We the Subscribers agreeably to our appointment by your Hon. 
Body and the proprietors of Lots in Courtland Street between Abra- 
ham Van Gelders House and Washington Street, Report, that we have 
examined, measured and estimated the advantage which each pro- 
prietor will receive by being permitted to advance his buildings on a 
[478] line with the South side of Courtland Street and give as our 
opinion that the following sums be paid by each for his proportion 
as described in the annexed Plan. viz t 



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[479] Peter Aymar. Three Hundred Dollars $300 

John Holdron, Sixty Dollars 60 

James Stoutenburgh One Hundred & Ninety D 190 

Abraham Bussing, One Hundred & Eighty D" 180 



In all Seven Hundred & Thirty Dollars $730 



All which we respectfully submit 

George Stanton 
George Gosman. 

Resolved that this Report be confirmed, and that a war- 
Warr 1 N 93. rant be issued on the Treasurer in favour of George 
Gosman for Twelve Dollars for his expences as 
referee of this Board. 

The Report of the Watch Committee in favour of the Petition of 
the inhabitants of Greenwich Village, for Watchmen, and that Four 
additional Watchmen be employed and stationed in said Village was 
read and approved. 

A Communication from a Committee appointed by several Societies 
in this city for celebrating the 4 th of July was referred to Mess rs Mott, 
S. Strong R. Strong and the Clerk, who were appointed a Committee 
of arrangements on the part of this Board for celebrating the [480] 
Thirty first Anniversary of American Independence. 

Resolved that the Superintendant of public repairs make such re- 
pairs to the Hudson Market, as the Committee of repairs shall direct 
and under their superintendance 

A Report from the Police Office that Cap t Beekman has suspended 

Abraham Reeves and Daniel Fonga for intoxication and neglect of 
duty. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner respecting the repairs, 
ordered by the Board at the last meeting, in Broadway, with certain 
propositions for draining the collection of water occasioned by the 
present improvements, was read and referred to the Alderman and 
Assistant of the eighth Ward and Street Commissioner to confer with 
M r Anthony L. Bleecker on leading said water through his property 
in David Street. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner including a Statement of 
ballances due Abraham Stagg & C on contracts for improving Streets, 
recommending an advance in their favour on account was read and 
confirmed. 



8 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 453 

[481] Ordered that a warrant be issued in favour of 
Warr 1 N 95. Abraham Stagg & C on the Treasurer for Five Hun- 
dred Dollars, in conformity with the preceding report. 

The Street Commissioner reported two returns from Waters Fur- 
man of delinquents on the assessments for Elm Street and Suffolk 
Street. 

Ordered that a Warrant be issued in favour of Waters Furman, 
on the Treasurer for the following delinquents in Elm Street to oper- 
ate as a lien* on the property viz 1 

Aaron Balchvin 12.67 

Lot NO 729. Vacant 50.68 

Lot NO 680. do 56.70 



Warr* NO 99 Warrt f or $120. 5 

Also that a warrant be issued on the Treasurer in 
favour of said Waters Furman for $43.57 

to operate as a lienf on 

Lots NO 1734-j 

1735 Lat $10.97. each 
1736 

Warrt No 94. 1737.J 

Situate in Suffolk Street and assessed said lots for regulating said 
Street. 

[482] The Street Commissioner presented to the Board a map of a 
number of Streets through grounds belonging to Anthony L. Bleecker 
which he proposes to cede to the Corporation as public Streets, upon 
the same principles M r Jay has consented to cede Canal Street to wit, 
on condition that their grounds shall not be assessed for opening 
Streets through the surrounding premises. 

This principle, he reported, might operate to the disadvantage 
of the Board where a very small donation of this kind was proffered. 
But it is very different where a large grant of streets are made, the 
proper widths and in the direction desired by the Corporation. 

The Street Commissioner was of opinion that the terms of M r 
Bleecker ought to be agreed to. 

Resolved that the terms aforesaid be accepted. 

The following Report of the Street Commissioner was read and 
confirmed 

The Street Commissioner has not been able to bring M r Bussing 
to any settlement [483] nor to obtain from him any returns upon the 

* Marginal note reads Elm Sired Lien on Lots. ED. 

t Marginal note reads Lien on Lots in Suffolk Street. ED. 



45-4 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 June 1807 

assessments remaining in his hands : although it is probable he is 
daily collecting money upon them. 

The Attorney of the Board mentions that the Corporation can 
only recover from him at common law, such sums as they can prove 
he has received, and that they must file a bill in chancery, if they are 
in want of that proof. 

The Street Commissioner begs leave to suggest one plan, to prevent 
a further dilapidation, if such should be the case: namely, that the 
Corporation appoint some discreet active person to take up the assess- 
ments of which Bussing has the copies, and go amongst the proprietors 
to know whether they have actually paid him and to prohibit payment 
if they have not. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

June. 8. 1807 John S. Hunn 

S* Comm r 

Resolved that John Bussing be displaced as Collector, and that he 
deliver up to the Street Commissioner the Assessments in his hands, 
and that the Clerk publish notice of his being removed in the papers 
employed by this Board. And further resolved, that [484] Abraham 
Stagg be appointed Collector in place of said Bussing. 

The Street Commissioner reported the terms which M r Moses 
offered to accept for two lots, situate in Hester Street, and required 
for the purpose of opening Crosby Street to Canal Street. 

Ordered that this report lie over for consideration. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner with an Ordinance for regu- 
lating the Lot of M rs Skates, corner of Church and Barley Streets was 
read and passed. 

A Report of the Street Commissioner with an Ordinance for open- 
ing the drain in Water Street and cleansing the same, was read and 
passed : and Thomas Maule James Thompson, William Thomas, 
James Stewart and John C. Shaw were appointed Assessors 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the application of M rs 
Duryee for payment of her bond given for altering Amity Street, 
that the assessment for making said Street on her property ought to 
be deducted from [485] said Bond, and on her compliance that the 
ballance be paid, was read and confirmed. 

A Communication was read from Jehiel Jagger requesting that 
deeds might be made out for Lots N 18, 19 29, purchased at the 
Incleberg Sales, in the name of Arthur Kinder. 

Ordered that the Comptroller prepare Deeds accordingly. 



8 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 455 

The Report of the Comptroller on the petition of Peter P. Van 
Zandt respecting the Assessment at Burling Slip, recommending said 
Assessment to be returned to the Assessors for reconsideration, was 
read and confirmed. 

The Report of the Comptroller on the Petition of Catherine Wes- 
tervelt and others respecting a water grant, was read and referred 
back for reconsideration. 

The Report of the Comptroller on the application of David Fowler 
and others to lease the lots belonging to the Corporation in Magazine 
Street, that a lease of this valuable property cannot be made until the 
boundary line between the Corporation and George Janeway be ad- 
justed, and the ground equitably divided so as to render the Lots more 
convenient in front and depth, was [486] read and referred to the 
Comptroller and Street Commissioner to negociate with M r Janeway 
on the subject. 

The Comptroller reported that according to the Statement of the 

Treasurer there was in the Treasury $16,160.37 

And that the Collector of revenues had received 1,359.50 

The Clerk reported that the following subjects which passed the 
Board on the 23 d March last have been omitted to be entered on the 
Minutes ; viz 1 

" The Comptroller upon the several applications of Isaac Cock, 
" David Lydig and of Benjamin and Henry Morgan respecting the 
" renewal of the Leases which they hold from the Corporation for 
" Lots at Peck Slip. Reports." 

" That he thinks it would be proper to renew their leases for 21 
' Years upon the following terms 

" Isaac Cock, 2. Lots 22 feet each for each Lot $125 

"David Lydig, one Lot supposed to contain 35 feet front $6 p r foot... 210 

[487] " B & H. Morgan one Lot supposed 22 feet @ $6 pr foot 132 

" do 1 do 33 feet @ $6 $218" 

" The Comptroller would beg leave to observe upon the above, 
" that the lots are very shallow not being more than 23 feet in depth." 

" Upon the application of John Charles for the renewal of a Lease 
" for a Lot which he holds under the Corporation in Chatham Street, 
"adjoining the Lot of M r Lawrence, The Comptroller recommends 
" that the Lease be renewed to him at the annual rent of $17. 5 %oo 

" All which is respectfully submitted " 

Jacob Morton, 
"Feb. 19 th 1807. Comptroller 



456 CITY OF NEW YORK 8 June 1807 

" Ordered that the premises be leased to John Charles at the rate 
" of Two Hundred Dollars per. Annum." 

" The Petition* of John Charles stating that he is the lessee of 
" Lot N 13 Chatham Street, that his Lease will expire on the 1 st of 
' May next when he is informed that this Board will ask 80. a year 
' for the same that the Lot adjoining to and of the same dimensions 
"as his was leased last year to [488] Richard P. Lawrence for 21. 
" years at 60. a year and that his is not worth more than 70 was 
" referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the Sixth Ward." 

f" The Committee to whom the foregoing Petition was referred 
" are of opinion that the sum of Seventy five pounds as formerly re- 
" ported by the Comptroller as the rent of the said Lot, is a reasonable 
" rent for the same : they therefore recommend that a Lease issue to 
" the Petitioner on the usual terms reserving the said rent." 

John D. Miller 
Stephen Ludlam. 

" Ordered that the lease be granted to John Charles agreeably to the 
" report of the Committee." 

Ordered that the preceeding^ subjects be entered upon the Minutes 
of this day and be confirmed. 

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances from N 3381. 
to 3386 inclusive for the purpose of raising sunken lots and correcting 
other nuisances. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

[489] Ordered that a warrant be issued on the Treas- 
w tisjoOA urer * n f avour f Richard Furman Superintendant, 
for Two Thousand Dollars for expences of the Alms 
House & Bridewell. 

Ordered that a warrant be issued on the Treasurer in 
w t \ T O 07 favour of Jacob Choi well for One Thousand Dollars, 
on account of his Contract for lighting the public 
Lamps. 

Ordered that a warrant be issued on the Treasurer in 
t favour of Bartholemew Skates for Four hundred and 

Fifty Dollars for purchasing Fuel for the City Hall 
and Watch Houses. 

Resolved that the Comptroller deliver a Bond to Peter Lorillard 
in behalf of this Corporation for the Sum assessed to him for ground 
taken for making Canal Street payable in Six years with interest. 

* Marginal note reads This Petition is entered Vid P. 343. ED. 

t Marginal note reads This Report ivas entered originally Vid. P. 366. ED. 



8 June 1807 CoMMOX COUNCIL MlXUTES 457 

The Market Committee to whom was referred the Petition of 
Eliphalet Wheeler and John K. Floor for permission to supply 
families with meat by calling at their doors ; Reported in favour of 
granting them licence to sell meat agreeably to their petition in the 
9 th Ward. 

[490] The following Persons were appointed Firemen, the Chief 
Engineer certifying correspondent vacancies in the several companies 

Floating Engine 

Richard Doty, Brewer, v. Stephen Latham resig* 1 
Anthony Gryson, Innkeeper, v. Ge Townsend. dec d 
John Utt Jun r Upholsterer, v. W m Xexsen resig d 

N 12. 
Thomas Tucker, Merch' Taylor, v. John G. Cooke. d 

N 13. 

James Harris, Grocer, v. Dennis Miller, dec d 
Austin G. Reynolds, Copperplate printer, v. Caleb Horton. resigned. 
Ordered that the Mayor issue his Warrants on the Treasurer to pay 
N Warrt 

81. Jacob Morton. Comptr ball 6 due Clerks & Marshals attend- 

ance at the last Election $7 . 

82. Andrew Leary, for repairs to Engine Houses $50.62 

83. do do Watch Houses 73.12 

84. d d drains for streets... 18. 

85. d do Pumps 33. 

86. do do Ferry Stairs 2.28 

177. 2 

87. James Homer do Wells 83.71 

88. Wm J. Waldron Services 69. 50 

89. John Flinn labour at Collect 4. 

90 John Virtue d on roads 29. 6 

91 Mooney & Burke, repairing Streets 16.87 

[491] 

92. Oliver Waldron Supt Highways 439.31 

93. George Gosman expences as Referree on Cortland S f 12. 

94 Waters Furman for assessment due on lots for regulatin[g] 

Suffolk Street 43.57 

95. Abraham Stagg. advanced on account of contracts for Streets 500. 

96. Richard Furman, on Ace* of Alms House &c 2000. 

97 Jacob Cholwell on Ace* of public Lamps 1000. 

98. Bartholemew Skates, for purchasing fuel 450. 

99 Waters Furman assessments due on Lots for regulating Elm 

Street 120. 5 



VOLUME SEVENTEEN 

OF 

MANUSCRIPT MINUTES 

JUNE 15, 1807 TO DECEMBER 28, 1807 



MEMBERS 

OF THE 
COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. 

1807. 

Marinus Willett, Esquire, Mayor 
Maturine Livingston, Esquire Recorder. 

Wynant Van Zandt, Jun r Esq Alderman 

Andrew Morris Assistant 

Selah Strong, Esq Alderman 

Second do j ohn W . Mulligan Assistant 

I Jacob Leroy, Esq Alderman 

Third d Benjamin Haight Assistant 

John P. Ritter, Esq Alderman 

Fourth do Robert Bogardus Assistant 

Roger Strong, Esq Alderman 

Fifth d Thomas Demarest Assistant 

John D. Miller. Esq Alderman 

Sixth do Stephen Ludlam Assistant 

Jacob Mott. Esq Alderman 

Seventh do Samuel Torbert Assistant* 

( Thurston Wood. Esq Alderman 

Eighth do j John Hopper> j unr Assistant 

( Nicholas Fish, Esq Alderman 

I Gerard Depeyster Assistant 



460 



Present 



[1] In Common Council June 15 th 1807. 
Marinus Willet, Esquire Mayor 



Esquires 
Aldermen 



Mess rs John W. Mulligan 
Gerard Depeyster 
Samuel Torbert 
Stephen Ludlam 
Thomas Demarest 
Benjamin Haight 
Andrew Morris. 



Assistants. 



John P. Ritter 
Roger Strong 
Jacob Mott 
John D. Miller 
Thurston Wood 
Nicholas Fish 
Selah Strong 
Wynant Van Zandt Jun r 

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

A Report from the Police Office that John Trim of Cap' Farring- 
ton's Company had been suspended for non attendance, and that 

Azel Conklin of Cap 1 Beekmans Company had heen suspended for 
sleeping on his post, was [2] read and referred to the Watch Com- 
mittee. 

*A Petition of Daniel Thew and others inhabitants of the County 
of Rockland, concerned in Stone quarries, requesting that Inspectors 
of building stone may be appointed, was read and referred to the Com- 
mittee formerly appointed on that subject : M r Morris Chairman. 

|An Application of the Trustees of the Free School for the pay- 
ment of the monies appropriated by law, out of the excise licences, 
towards the support of their Corporation, was read and referred to the 
Comptroller. 

A Petition of Thomas Dunning, butcher requesting permission to 
build a market at Harlem, was read and referred to the Market Com- 
mittee and the Alderman and Assistant of the 9 th Ward. 

A Petition of John Connor and others for a well and pump at the 
corner of Green and Spring Streets, was referred to the Alderman 
& Assistant of the Eight ward with power to grant if right. 

The Chief Engineer to whom was referred the Petition of the 
inhabitants in the vicinity of Corlaers Hook for a Fire Engine, reported 

That the old Engine N 1. which stood at the Methodist Meeting 
having been replaced by a [3] larger Engine, may be stationed at 
Corlaers Hook. 



* Marginal note reads See Report P. 55. ED. 

t Marginal note reads Sec P. 292. ED. 

461 



462 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 June 1807 

Ordered that said report be confirmed and that the Chief Engineer 
deposit the Engine in such place as may be most conducive for the 
protection of that quarter of the city. 

The Chief Engineer to whom was referred the Communication of 
the Foreman of N 4 

Reported that the Engine House N 1. being too small for the new 
Engine, and being large enough for Engine N 4. and having obtained 
permission from the Consistory of the North Church to place one in 
their Church yard ; that he had removed said Engine to that place for 
the present as the proprietors of the Theatre insisted on its being 
immediately taken away. 

*The Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for regulating 
Crosby Street from Hester Street to Grand Street which was con- 
firmed and Waters Furman [was appointed] to collect the money. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on an application of Isaac 
Moses to know whether the Corporation will accept his terms for 
two lots in Hester Street, was referred to [4] Alderman Van Zandt. 

A Petition of Margaret Davis, representing that she is a Widow 
in low circumstances and incapable of paying, as lessee, the assess- 
ment on her lot for regulating Grand and Crosby Streets, was read, 
whereupon 

Resolved that said Assessment be paid by the Common Council to 
operate as a lien on the property. 

fThe Street Commissioner reported an Assessment for removing a 
House in Chamber Street in 1804. t Notice of which was ordered to 
be published the usual time in the papers employed by this Board. 

The Street Commissioner further reported that the Assessors ap- 
pointed to make an Assessment to raise the money awarded to M r 
Rhinelander for widening Jay Street have qualified, but state they can- 
not agree upon the mode of Assessment. 

Ordered that the subject be referred to the Alderman and Assist- 
ant of the 5 th Ward, the Street Commissioner and Comptroller. 

The Street Commissioner reported a profile of Elm Street, which 
was read, whereupon 

[5] Resolved that the following be the Regulation of Elm Street 
from Anthony to Canal Streets, viz : to commence at the northerly ken- 

K Marginal note reads See P. 367. ED. 

f Marginal note reads See P. 54. ED. 

t Marginal note reads See Vol. 14. P. 111. 247. 312. 613. ED. 



15 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 463 

nel of Anthony Street aforesaid, thence northerly with an ascent of 
One inch on every ten feet for the distance of ninety five feet, thence 
with a descent of One and three quarters of an inch on every ten feet 
for the distance of One hundred and four feet to the Southerly kennel 
of Leonard Street; thence to the northerly kennel of Leonard Street 
upon a level : thence with an ascent of One and half inches on every 
ten feet for the distance of seventy three feet : thence with a descent 
of one and a half inches on every ten feet for the distance of one 
hundred and forty seven feet to the southerly kennel of Sugar loaf 
Street; thence to the northerly kennel of Sugar loaf Street upon a 
level: thence with an ascent of one and a half inches on every ten 
feet for the distance of sixty nine feet: thence with an ascent of One 
inch and a half on every ten feet for the distance of One hundred and 
fifty one feet to the southerly kennel of White Street: thence to the 
northerly kennel of White Street upon a level : thence with an ascent 
of one and a half inches on [6] every ten feet for the distance of 
Eighty nine feet : thence with a descent of one and a half inches on 
every ten feet across W 7 alker Street for the distance of three hundred 
and twenty nine feet or thereabouts to the southerly kennel of Canal 
Street, which last mentioned kennel is to be six feet above high water 
mark in the Hudson river, agreeably to a profile thereof made by 
Samuel Still well one of the City surveyors dated the twenty second 
day of May, One thousand eight hundred and seven, and filed in the 
Office of the Street Commissioner. 

The Report of the Street Commissioner on the petition of Christian 
Shultz and others for regulating and paving Fourth Street, was read 
and recommitted to the Street Commiss r and City Inspector. 

The following was presented by the Street Commissioner. 

The Street Commissioner encloses an account of Oliver Jaques 
Collector for sums assessed upon vacant lots in Crosby Street for 
which no owners can be found and for the ballance due on vacant lots 
assessed to the Heirs of Nicholas Bayard upon which the money can- 
not be raised [7] altogether amounting to $168.90. And he recom- 
mends that a Warrant issue on the Treasury in favour of said Jacques 
for the said sum. The assessment on this property having been made 
previous to passing the Law authorizing the Corporation to sell vacant 
Lots for the sums assessed. 

All which is respectfully submitted 

June 15. 1807. John S. Hunn. 



4(54 CITY OF NE\V YORK 15 June 1807 

The Corporation of the City of New York 

To Oliver Jaques, Collec r for Crosby S l D r 

Doll" 
1807. For Assessmt on 1. lot to Hoffman of Westchester, not 

June. 12. found 11.40 

For d on 1. Lot to Sigismond Hugget of Newark, said 

not to own it 11.40 

For d on 2. Lots to *Will m Rickets said to be in Europe 22.80 
For d on Lots NO 1172 & 1173. of Bayards Map. vacant. 22.80 
For Ballance due on 323*%>o Doll rs assessed upon Heirs 
of Nichs Bayard after deducting H 4 91oo paid by A. H. 
Lawrence, 150 paid by the Corporation to Simon Acker- 
man and 61.76. paid by Gerard Rutgers 100.50 



Examined with the Doll 3 168.90 

Assessment. 

John S. Hunn. 

[8] Ordered that a Warrant be issued on the Treasurer in 
Warr 1 N 109 favour of Oliver Jaques for $168.90 to operate as a 
lienf on the aforesaid property. 

The Street Commissioner reported that John B. Dash and John 
Mills decline qualifying as Assessors for Pine Street. 

Resolved that James Anderson and Thomas W. Gilbert be ap- 
pointed in their place. 

He further reported, that William Thomas is unable, by indis- 
position, to serve as an Assessor for the drain in Water Street. 

Resolved that William Thomas Jun r be appointed in his place. 

He further reported that Barnt Deklyne appointed Assessor for 
Mulberry Street had removed from this city. 

Resolved, that W T illiam Dustan be appointed in his place. 

Resolved that Stephen Rich be appointed Assessor for Sugar loaf 
Street in place of Chrystie, vAio is interested in the Assess- 

ment. 

The Street Commissioner reported on the petition for regulating 
First and Second Streets, recommending [9] that the same be referred 
back to obtain a greater number of Petitioners and to designate the 
quantity of ground owned by each subscriber and the particular 
situation. 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

$The Street Commissioner reported on the Petition for paving 
Water Street, from M rs M c Creas, (Clinton Street) to Corlaers Hook 

* Marginal note reads James Rickets. ED. 

f Marginal note reads Lien. $168.90. ED. 

j Marginal note reads See Vol. 16. P. 475. ED. 



15 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 465 

that the improvement was essentially necessary, but recommended 
that the Petition be referred back to obtain a greater number of Sub- 
scribers. 

Ordered that the same be confirmed. 

*The Report of the Street Commissioner on the petition of Wil- 
liam Hunter and others requesting permission to make Corlaer Street 
from Cherry to Grand Street, was referred to the Comptroller and 
Street Commissioner for further investigation. 

The following Communication was presented by the Street Com- 
missioner. 

The Street Commissioner has the honor to represent to the Board 
that he notified the proprietors of Lots on Broadway and the Bowery 
last fall to open said Street, and that [10] he also notified them this 
Spring, but that they have hitherto neglected to comply, with one or 
two exceptions. That M r Dunham still occupies his house standing 
on the Street, although long since paid for the ground and the expence 
of removal. The Street Commissioner therefore requests to be in- 
formed what further steps he must pursue to open the said Street, in 
order that some plan may be devised to make it passable. 

All which is respectfully submitted 
June. 15 th 1807. John S. Hunn. 

fOrdered that the Street Commissioner with the advice of the 
Counsel and Attorney of the Board adopt legal measures to compel 
the opening of Broadway. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of Peter Scher- 
merhorn and George Codwise reported 

That the Petitioners own the whole of the property fronting on 
South Street between Beekman and Burling Slips being about 111 feet 
that they request permission to sink a pier into the river in the centre 
of their ground. 

The Committee are of opinion that the request of Mess rs Scher- 
merhorn and Codwise cannot be complied with, as the sinking a pier 
at that place would [11] materially injure both Burling and Beekman 
Slips, but in consequence of filling up Beekman Slip it has wholly 
destroyed the accomodations for market boats and materially injured 
the property and business in that quarter, which makes it necessary 
that piers should be made at that Slip without delay. The Committee 
therefore recommend that a pier of 40 feet wide and 240 feet in length 
be made at the east side of Burling Slip to be set back 30 feet from 

* Marginal note reads See Report P. 27. ED. 
f Marginal note reads See Report P. 52. ED. 



466 CITY OF NEW YORK 15 June 1807 

the present range of the Slip. This pier will be opposite to the prop- 
erty of Mess rs Schermerhorn and Codwise, who are by their grants 
entitled to the wharfage on South Street in front of their property 
and as this pier will deprive them of the wharfage, it is reasonable 
they should be compensated for that loss. 

*It is recommended that a Committee be appointed to confer and 
agree with Mess rs Schermerhorn and Codwise for a compensation for 
this Loss, and if they cannot agree that the Committee be authorized 
to appoint referrees on the part of this board, to meet such referrees 
as shall be appointed by Mess rs Schermerhorn and Codwise to deter- 
mine what compen [12] sation shall be allowed them by this Board 
for the right of wharfage opposite their premises. The Committee 
further recommend that another pier of 30 feet in width be made at 
the east side of Beekman Slip to be set 20 feet from the range of 
Beekman Slip and opposite to the property of John Rogers deceased, 
two thirds of the expence of this pier to be defrayed by the owners 
of lots on the east side of the pier agreeably as the law directs. It is 
further recommended by the Committee that two other piers be made 
out, the one on the east side of Fly market Slip and the other on the 
west side of Burling Slip, each pier to be set 20 feet from the range of 
the Slips and to be the usual length into the river : these piers to be 
each 30 feet wide and two thirds the expence of each pier to be borne 
by the proprietors of water lots opposite their premises. 

A draft of the piers recommended to be made accompanies this 

report All which is submitted. 

Selah Strong 
June 15 th 1807. John W. Mulligan 

J. Morton. 

[13] Ordered that the same Committee be authorized to negociate 
with Mess rs Schermerhorn and Codwise for the terms on which they 
will cede their property as stated in the preceding report ; and that the 
Clerk give notice, agreeably to law, of the intention of this Board to 
cause piers to be built between Flymarket and Beekmans Slips. 

The Comptroller to whom was referred the petition of Abraham 
Benninger praying the renewal of the lease of Lot N 33. in Augustus 
Street, reported that 

The said Lot would not be required for the purpose of opening 
Chatham Street until 1809 when the lease of N 34 would expire and 
recommending the renewal to M r Benninger. 

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 16. P. 474. also fonuard P 13. 20. ED. 



15 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 467 

Ordered that the Comptroller be authorized to let said lot on the 
best terms he can obtain from year to year. 

William Keefe represented that the halliards of the Flagstaff at 
the Battery are so worn as to be useless. 

Ordered that the Superintendant of repairs provide another set of 
halliards. 
The Comptroller reported that agreeably to the statement of the 

Treasurer there was [14] in the Treasury $13.050 

And in the hands of the Collector of revenues 1.594 

On application, permission was granted to Alderman Ritter and 
M r Andrew Hunt to make vaults in Greenwich Street, under the direc- 
tion of the Street Commissioner. 

Resolved that the Clerk of this Board cause the Ordinance for the 
due observance of the Lord's day to be published in the Newspapers 
employed by this Board, and also cause an extract of that part of the 
said Ordinance which relates to bathing and sporting in the waters of 
the North and East rivers to be printed in hand bills, to be set up on 
the North river from Provost Street to the State prison and from 
Catherine Market to Willetts Wharf on the East river. 

^Resolved that the Governor be requested to cause the public 
powder in the powder House near the 3. Mile Stone, Manhattan Ave- 
nue, to be removed and that the Mayor be desired to communicate to 
him a copy of this resolution and confer with him respecting a proper 
place or places to which the same may be removed. 

[15] Resolved that the Comptroller be directed to produce to this 
Board a statement of all the unappropriated lands, belonging to this 
Corporation between High and low water mark. 

Resolved that the pumps in the middle of Broadway and Broad 
Street be removed to the sidewalks, in the usual manner, by the Super- 
intendant of repairs, under the direction of the Aldermen and Assist- 
ants of the respective wards. 

Ordered that a warrant be issued on the Treasurer in 
.- 11n favour of William Ray for $150. on account of his con- 

tract for Manhattan ville road. 

fOrdered that the Lamp Committee report at the next meeting of 
this Board, on the proposals for lighting the public lamps, and in case 
of neglect on their part, that the Comptroller report the most ad- 
vantageous proposal. 

* Marginal note reads See P. 349. ED. 

t Marginal note reads See Report P. 26. ED. 



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CITY or NEW YORK 



22 June 1807 



*M r Mulligan gave notice that he would call up, at the next meeting 
the petition of William Thomas for a water grant in front of his 
property at Scammel Street, and the papers relating thereto. 

The City Inspector reported drafts of Ordinances [16] for the 
purpose of raising sunken lots and correcting other nuisances from 
N 3387 to N 3402. inclusive. 

Ordered that the same do pass. 

Fire Engine Company N 3. Abraham Hollenbeck was app d 
Fireman, vice Clarkson La forge expelled. 

Ordered that the Mayor issue his warrants to pay. 

NO 100. Cap* Nicholas Lawrence. City Watch $237. 16 

101 " William Van Wart. d 237.16 

102 " John Farrington. d 217. 16 

103 " Magnus Beekman d 217. 16 

104. " Jacob Hays. do 178.36 

105. " Charles Van Orden d 178.36 

106. David Longworth for city Maps 89.25 

107. Daniel Woolsey. " repairs to Docks 90.94 

108. David King, furnishing Rooms for G d Jury &c a 52.56 

109. Oliver Jacques, assessment of delinquent proprietors in 

Crosby Street, to operate as a lien on the property 168.90 

110. William Ray on Ace* of Manhattan ville road 150. " 

111. John Murphy Balle of intestate estate of Robert Pender- 

gast. dec d 46.67 



[17] In Common Council, June 22 d 1807. 

Present Marinus Willett, Esquire Mayor. 

Maturine Livingston Esq r Recorder 



Roger Strong 
Nicholas Fish 
Selah Strong 
Jacob Mott 
Jacob Leroy 
Wynant Van Zandt Jim 1 
Thurston Wood 
John D. Miller 



Mess" Gerard Depeyster^ 
Thomas Demarest 
Benjamin Haight 

Esquires Stephen Ludlam 

Aldermen Samuel Torbert 

Robert Bogardus 
Andrew Morris 
John W. Mulligan. 



^Assistants 



The Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

fA remonstrance of the inhabitants of Grand and Sixth Streets 
against a new Slaughter House about to be erected in Sixth Street, 
was read and referred to the Alderman and Assistant of the 7 th Ward 
and the City Inspector. 

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 16. P. 42S. Sec fonvard. P. 34. 58. 67. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See Report P. 42. ED. 



2'2 June 1807 COMMON COUNCIL MlNUTES 469 

[18] A Report from the Police Office, that William Parker and 
Allison Platt of Cap 1 Beekmans Company, had been suspended for 
non attendance and Abraham Laskee of Cap 1 Lawrence's company 
had been also suspended for sleeping on his post, was read and re- 
ferred to the Watch Committee. 

A Letter from John Stoutenburg Chief Fire warden, inclosing 
the resignation of William H. Ireland, Firewarden of the 3 d Ward 
and recommending Henry Rankin to be appointed in his place, was 
read, whereupon 

Ordered that the resignation of William H. Ireland be accepted 
and that Henry Rankin be appointed in his place. 

Ordered that Richard Duryee be appointed Firewarden for the 
First Ward in place of Joseph Newton, removed out of the Ward. 

A Letter from William Schultz Engineer from Holland, dated 
Philadelphia, informing of various inventions and improvements in 
Mechanics and Hydraulics, and proffering his services to the Board, 
was read ; 

Ordered that the Clerk answer said letter and inform him that the 
Board have no occasion for his services at present. 

An Application from Abel W. Hardenbrook [19a.] for a payment, 
on account, for Fire engines made by him, was read, 
Warr* Ordered that a warrant be issued in his favour for Five 
N 117 Hundred Dollars. 

*A Petition of Thomas Ten Eyck requesting payment of half the 
sum expended by him in making a pier on the eastern side of Coenties 
Slip in front of South street, was read and referred to the Alderman 
and Assistant of the First W 7 ard and the Comptroller. 

jA translation of a letter from Matthew Stohr of Herbolzheim 
near Windsheim in the principality of Layreuth [Bayreuth] in Ger- 
many, requesting intelligence concerning the Family of George Fisher 
and brothers, who emigrated to this country between the years 1747 & 
1779: was read and referred to the Attorney of the Board to make 
enquiry. 

t.A Report of the Attorney of the Board containing a verdict of 
the Jury for damages for opening Cross Street, from little Water 
Street to Magazine Street, was read and ordered to lie over for con- 
sideration. 



* Marginal note reads See Report. P. 93. 225. 267. ED. 
t Marginal note reads See Report P. 40. ED. 
$ Marginal note reads See P. 85. ED. 



470 CITY OF Xzw YOBK 22 June 1807 

*A report of the Attorney of the Board on the petition of Hester 
Dewitt respecting an ;.-- :ent of her Lot. as it ': stating that in 
consequence of an agreement among the heirs the interposition of 
this Board was unnecessary. 

[19b.] A Petition of Jacob Mancid Butcher, requesting the :. 
signment of the Stall X 57 in the Flymarket. occupied by Henry 
Astor who would relinquish the same in his favour, was read and 
granted. 

A Report of the Committee to whom was referred the presertt- 
ment of the Grand Tun., was read and referred to the same Com- 
mittee to prepare for publication. 

An Application from Zeno Weeks of Harlem, requesting com- 
pensation for a dinner prepared by order, for the road Committee in 
April 1806, was read and referred to the Comptroller. 

fA Petition of Thomas Duggan complaining of a denciency 
in his ground on Broadway in consequence of the regulation of said 
Street and Canil Street, -;ad and referred to the Alderman and 

Assistant of the Fifth Ward and the Street Commissioner. 

A Letter from Henry Hammond complaining against a vacant Lot 
adjoining his pTerr. ^.- rorner of Hudson and Thomas Street?, as a 
nuisance, was read. The C :; Inspector informed the Board that 
measures were taken to remedy the cause of complaint. 

[20] Ordered that a warrant be issued on the Treasurer 

in favour of Isaac Warden for seventeen Dollars, as an 

Warr* 113 allowance towards a new well and pump at the corner of 

Spring and Sullivar. Streets, agreeably to a certificate 

: : t .e Alderman of the Ward. 

rlered that a warrant be issved on the Treasurer in 
Warr 119. favour of William Kay for nineteen Dollars, as an al- 
lowance for a new well and pump in Walker Street, 
agreeably to a certificate of the Alderman of the Ward. 

The Committee appointed for that purpose reported arrangements 
for celebrating the thirty first Anniversary of American Independe: 
on the 4 A July r -e adopted. 

A Report of the Committee appointed to confer with the Direc- 
tors :f rhe Highland Turnpike Company respecting a new bridge 
across Harlem river at the northern extremity of this island, was read 
and referred back to the same Committee for further negotiation. 

* Marginal note reads See Vol. 16. P. 362 ED. 
I . Marginal note - . ;? Report P. 67. ED. 



22 June 1807 C'OMMOX COUXCIL MlXUTES 471 

*The Committee on the Petition of Peter Schermerhorn and 
George Codwise Tun r further reported 

That they have had an interview [21] with those gentlemen, but 
have not been able to agree with them for compensation for the 
right of wharfage in front of their ground at Burling slip: but the 
Committee have proposed to them that they should unite with the 
Corporation in building the Pier and that they should pay two thirds 
: : the expence ; for which consideration they should be entitled to 
receive the wharfage on the east side of the pier for two births of 
Ships, or for the use of th - not exceeding sixty feet from the 

pier. This proposition Me?- S rmerhorn and Codv J com- 

ply with, upon condition of their having the exclusive right of wharf- 
age at the end of the Pier. As this arrangement will relieve the 
Corporation from paying a considerable sum of mor.r ::r the right 
of wharfage and also from two thirds of the expence of building the 
Piers, it is recommended that these proposals be agreed to on the 
part of the Corporation, and that Mess 73 Schermerhoin and COG - : 
be permitted without delay to contract with such persons a- they 
shall think proper to build the said Pier and that this board will pay 
one third of the expence thereof. It is also recommended that a Pier 
be run out forming an L so as to complete the Corporation Basin at 
[22] the foot of Part:::::: Street on the North river and also 
other I . :th an L so as to complete the Basin already begun at 
the Hayscales near Duane 5 tree: : That the clerk be directed im- 
mediately to make out an Ordinance and have it published fox - : 
weeks as the Law directs, requiring all per,-:: _- interested in the 
property adjacent to these Piers, to signify their assent to be 
proportion of the expence for building the said Piers, and in default 
thereof their right will be granted to such other persons are will- 
ing to take it. 

All which :ted 

Tune. 22- ISO/. -elah Strong. 

_ 

" .:ob Morton. 
Ordered that this report be confirmed 

The Clerk presented the folk :: ~ ~ r '. which was passed. 

Be it ordained by the Mayor. Aldermen and Commonalty of the 
City of Xew York in Common Council convene; s twenty -erond 
day of June e thousand eight hundred and seven: That a good 
and substantial Pier composed of four Blocks and four Br