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A VOLUME 



RECORDS 



RELATING TO THE 



EARLY HISTORY OF BOSTON 



CONTAINING 



MINUTES OF THE SELECTMEN'S MEETINGS, 1799 TO, 
AND INCLUDING, 1810 




BOSTON 

MUNICIPAL PRINTING OFFICE 
1904 



[DOCUMENT 93. 1904.] 




REGISTRY DEPARTMENT 



CITY OF BOSTON 




(Formerly called Record Commissioners' 1 Reports) 



This volume, which is the thirty-third in the series formerly 
issued under the direction of the Record Commissioners, contains 
the minutes of the Selectmen's Meetings from 1799 to, and in- 
cluding, 1810, completing the eighteenth and nineteenth books of 
the original records of Selectmen's Minutes. 



EDWARD W. McGLENEN, 

City Registrar. 



OLD COURT HOUSE, BOSTON. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 



BOOK EIGHTEENTH. 

( Continued, ) 



[255.] Boston Ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y 9. 
1799. Present Mess: Edwards, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Porter, Harris, Austin 

John Jarvis being chosen by the Company of Engine N. 4 in 
the room of M r . Thompson who has left the State as certified by 
the Clerk of said Company the choice is approved by the 
Board 

A special Meeting warned for the choice of an auchtioneer 
M r . Benjamin Wiggen applying for an appointment 

4 O Clock a special Meeting M r . Benj. Wiggen appointed 
an auchtioneer for this Town 

M r . Ripley approved of as an inholder 

A Committee to examin the Acco*. of Charges for the late 
Fever & see what is proper to lay before the G. Court 

M r . Edwards & M r . Tilden a Comm 66 . for this purpose 

The Officer of Police is directed to see that the Trucks & Carts 
are marked & numbered according to Law & that the length of 
the Truck be according to the vote of the Town 

sent 

M r . Gooch Clerk of the Market is directed to draw out his 
Accounts & lay them before Selectmen next Wednesday 
sent 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 16 th . '99 
Present Mess". Tileston, Tilden, Hancock Porter, Edwards, 
Harris, Austin, 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 23 d . 1799 
Present Mess : Tilden, Austin, Hancock, Tileston, Porter, Harris, 

M r . Luther Ernes approved as an Inholder for a large House in 
Wings Lane lately occupied by M r . Bryant 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 28. 1799 
Present Mess : Hancock, Tileston, Tilden, Edwards, Porter, 
Austin, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[256.] Voted, that M r . Foster who has the charge of the 
Hay Engine, have allowed him for his services including taking 
care of the Bulls, from the last Day of May 1795 to the last 
Day of December 1798 at & after the rate of five hundred 
& fifty Dollars p Annum, and that the Treasurer settle his 
Accounts accordingly 

sent Treasurer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 1799 
Present Mess rs . Sherbume, Tyleston, Tilden, Porter, Edwards, 
Hancock, Austin. 

Voted that the Inspector of Police be directed to contract for 
the Sale of the Manure & other dirt to be taken from the Streets 
of the Town of Boston at his direction & to Account for the 
same to the Selectmen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 6. 1799 
Present Mess : Tileston, Hancock Porter, Edwards, Tilden, 
Harris, Austin. 

A Meeting of Selectmen called at % P a st 3 o'Clock to consider 
the application of Robert Gould Shaw for his appointment as an 
Auchtioneer 

This being the Meeting for choice of an Auchtioneer M r . 
Robert Gould Shaw, was appointed an Auchtioneer agreable to 
his application as above 

* 

18 Grand Jurors & 36 Petit for S J Court were drawn out of 
Box, & entred & posted in Jury Books 

A special Meeting warned for choice of an Auchtioneer for 
this Town 

"William Cleland appointed an Auchtioneer for the Town of 
Boston 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 3 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 13. '99 
Present Mess : Porter, Tileston, Austin, Harris, Sherburne, 

M r . Fenno directed to make a Hose for Engine N. 5 

Voted, that Col. Thomas Dawes with such other Person as 
may be appointed by M r . Thomas Dennie be a Committee to 
[!357.] estimate the value of a piece of Land belonging to 
said Dennie at the west part of Boston & if any disagreement 
arises upon the Price such a Comm ee . to choose a third Person & 
the report of a major part of them to be conclusive & the Select- 
men Vote that whatever Sum the said Land may be appraised 
at, that the Town pay therefor, on condition that M r . Dennie 
agree to the determination of said Committee 

Upon the application of M r . Enoch Glover Cap 1 , of Engine 
N. 5 that a new Hose be furnished for the same as the old one 
is irreparable & hearing M r . Fenno's opinion thereon 

Voted, that M r . Fenno be directed to make a 
new Hose for the aforesaid Engine as soon as may be 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 20. 1799 
Present Mess rs . Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Hancock, Harris, Sher- 
"burne, 

M r . Nazro is directed to call upon the Captains of Engine 
Companies, for a return of Buckets belonging to their respective 
Engines 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 25. '99 
Present Mess : Edwards, Tileston, Porter, Hancock, Harris, Til- 
den, Austin 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 27. 1799 
Present Mess. Edwards, Tilden, Harris, Tileston, Porter. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Voted, that William Gooch Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market have 
allowed him for his sendees from the 25 May 1799 to the 15 day 
of Decem r . last at & after the rate of $550 Dollars p annum, & 
that the Treasurer settle his account accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen March I 1 . 1799. 
Present Mess rs . Tileston, Tilden, Edwards, Hancock, Austin, 
Porter, Sherburne 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warr'.for calling the Annual 
March Meeting on Monday the 1 1*. Ins*. 

Rev d . D r . West to be requested to open the Meeting with prayer 
& M r . Porter & Col. Hancock a Comm ee . to wait upon him for 
the purpose 

M r . Edes to have the printing of Notifications 

[258.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
6. '99 Present Mess rs . Tilden, Harris, Tileston Sherburne, 

Passed upon Accompts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen March 13 l . 1799 
Present Mess 18 . Tilden, Howard, Porter Hancock Bulfinch, 
Sherburne Sturgis Cobb May 

M r . Henry PurMtt applies for his being appointed Inspector of 
Barrelled pickled Beef Pork & c . for the present Year 

On a Question of organization of the Board, it was stated that 
Charles Bulfinch Esq. had served at the Board for the Years 
1792. 1793 & 1794 & was elected for 1795 but resigned; that 
David Tilden Esq had served for the Years 1796. 1797. 1798 
when about to determine which of those Gentlemen should be 
considered as entitled to the Chair, M r . Tilden and M r . Bulfinch 
withdrew, when after a full discussion by the residue of the 
Board, it was unanimously agreed, that M r . Bulflnch has the pre- 
cedence by seniority of election and he was introduced to the 
Chair accordingly 

Voted, that the Trustees of the Franklin Donation be requested 
to meet at 4. o. 'Clock next Wednesday Afternoon at the Select- 
men s Chamber 

_, Voted, that M r . Porter be a Committee to procure a sufficient 
number of Buckets to provide each Engine with six Pair the 
Buckets to be painted & marked. 

Voted, that M r . Porter be a Committee to enquire of M r . 
Tileston, who was last Year a Comm 66 . of the Board for this pur- 
pose what progress he has made in procuring Timber for fencing 
the Towns Lands & that M r . Porter be requested to complete 
the said Commission 

Voted, that M r . Bulfinch be a Committee to enquire of M r . 
Austin, (who was of the Board last Year & a Committee to pro- 
vide a site & erect an Engine House in Ward No. 7.) what pro- 
gress he has made in the business ; and to complete that Com- 
mission as soon as may be 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 5 

[259.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March '99 
Present Mess 18 . Howard, Porter, Sturgis, Tilden, May Sherburne, 
Bulfinch, Cobb, Hancock 

Upon application of Cap'. Norton asking the opinion of the 
Selectmen respecting his right to build a Shop or other Building 
in front of his House in Back Street on- the line with the other 
Buildings in the Street whereupon Voted, that M r . Tilden & M r . 
Sherburne be a Committee to view the House & Report thereon 

Voted, that at the future Meetings of the Selectmen the pro- 
ceedings of the preseding Meeting as recorded shall be read, as 
introductory to other business 

Voted, that the Inspector of Police be & he hereby is directed, 
to cause each & every Cart & Truck, owned or used by any In- 
habitant of this Town to be number'd and marked with the 
Owners name in some convenient part as required by Law, & in 
case of neglect or refusal of any Owner of any Cart or Truck, 
for to mark & number his or her Cart Trucks or Sled during the 
space of ten days after public notice of this order, the Inspector 
is hereby directed to prosecute such Delinquent without favour or 
partiality. 

A Report of Hon ble Thomas Dawes & Sam. Parkman Esq 
Referees chosen to appraise a piece of Land between Middlecot 
& Temple Street belonging to Thomas Dennie was read & ac- 
cepted. (Mem , on file mix'd Papers) 

A Committee from the Board of Health came up and proposed 
a conference whereupon 

Voted, that the Selectmen will meet at their room to Morrow 
Afternoon 3. o. 'Clock for the special purpose of conferring with 
the Board of Health and M r . Sturgis & M r . Cobb are a Committee 
to wait on them with their decision 

Voted, that the Chairman M r . Sturgis & [26O.] M r . May be a 

Committee to adjust the cases provided for the keeping of the 
Records & Papers of the Town & other Furniture of the Select- 
mens Room and do the needful therein. 

Voted, that M r . May & M r . Cobb be a Comm ee . to enquire into 
the Claims of the Town to the Lands between Middlecot & 
Temple Streets at the upper or South end of the same ascertain 
as far as they can all facts necessary to be known preparatory to 
open a new street & Report as soon as may be 
see March 21 below 1. 2 Votes 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a meeting of Selectmen March 21 s Present 
Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden Hancock, Sherburne Porter, Sturgis May, 
Cobb, 

Voted, that a Comm ee . of two be appointed to make out a clear 
& correct list of all the Estates of the Town ; exhibiting the 
Towns title, with Plans as far as can be had, with the Butts & 
bounds, the income if occupied & the Occupiers names with 
such other minutes as may elucidate the subject ; with power to 
employ such assistance as the Committee may think necessary. 
Voted that M r . May, M r . Sturgis be this Com- 
mittee. 

(Mem , the preceding Votes unanimously at their 
meeting on yesterday) 

As was proposed at the last meeting a conference took place 
with the Board of health when the Board of health submitted 
to this Board sundry points for consideration, wherein the 
respective Jurisdiction were questionable after a free discussion 
of every thing deemed necessary which was thought of and a 
Joint Comm^. of the two Boards having been proposed the Board 
of health withdrew, when it was Voted, that Mess : Tilden & 
Sturgis be chosen on the part of the Board a Committee to Join 
such as the Board of Health may appoint for the purposes of 
defining & explaining the subjects of the powers of the respective 
Boards, where any [261.] doubts may arise respecting them 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen March 25. 1799 
Present Mess". Sherburne, Sturgis, Hancock, Cobb May, 

Town Clerk directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town Meeting 
the 1. Monday of April next being the 1 st . Day of said April, for 
the choice of a Governor, Lie*. Governor, Senators & c . 

M r . Sherburne & M 1 '. Howard a Committee to wait upon the 
Rev d . D r . Stillman and request his Opening the Meeting with 
Prayer 

M r . Benj e . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications of 
said Meeting 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen March 27. 1799 
Present Mess 18 . Sherburne, Bulfinch, Howard, Sturgis, May, 
Hancock, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Mess". Bulfinch Hancock & Porter appointed a Committee for 
the Year for the care of the Common 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 7 

M r . Cobb, Porter, Sherburne a Committee to view the Street 
leading up Beacon Hill & to Report what measures shall be taken 
to dig away & make the same passable 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen April 3 d . 1799 
Present Mess. Sturgis, Hancock, Tilden, Porter, Bulfinch, Cobb, 
Sherburne, Howard 

M r . Whittemore applies for being appointed as an Inspector of 
Barrel'd pickled Fish Pork Beef & c . for the Year ensuing 

The Chairman & M r . Sherburne a Comm ee . to examine into the 
powers of the Surveyors of High Ways with respect to the 
Nuisances occasioned by Shop keepers & Auchtioneers incum- 
bring the Streets with Goods & Boxes & to Report the Law 
with an amendment if necessary 



M r . Hancock & M r . Howard a Committee to enquire 
into the subject of the Petition of Levy Lane & others that the 
Dock at the bottom of Wood Lane called the Slip, should be 
filled up 

M r . Cobb & M r . Porter a Committee upon the Petition of 
Josiah Knapp proposing to fill up a Dock at the South part of 
the Town between M r . Knapp & M r . Heely 

M r . Sturgis added to the Committee upon the subject of the 
Land at the head of Middlecot Street 

The Inspector of Police is directed to apply to M r . Edwards 
to prosecute to issue before the Court of Common pleas the 
delinquent Drivers or Owners of Hacks who have appealed from 
the Judgement of the Justice of Peace 

Mess rs . Benjamin Clark 
Benjamin Owen 
Smith Woodward 
Elisha Tower 
Nathaniel Spear 
John McElroy 
John Lombard 
Thomas Barber 
Thomas Poole 
Edward Burt 
Benj a Whittemore 
Henry Purket 

see April 10 

were chosen Packers of Barrel'd Beef pickled Fish Pork &c for 
the Town of Boston for the ensuing Year, & the Town Clerk is 
directed to give them Certificates accordingly 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10, 1799 
Present Mess rs . Hancock, Porter, Sturgis, Sherburue, Bulfinch, 
Tilden. 

M r . James Barry is appointed an Inspector of pickel'd Fish 
Pork & Beef for the ensuing Year commencing the 3 d . Ins 1 
see other side the next 

[263.] Liberty was granted M r . Aaron Cummings to open 
the Common Shore near Jeffry & Russells Whorff for the pur- 
pose of draining his Cellar, on the usual conditions 

Upon Report of the Committee to confer with the Committee 

of Board of Health- 
Voted, that it be recommended to the Inhabitants to enclose 

all such vacant Lands, as in the opinion of the Board of health 

may become receptacles of dirt & filth 
sent 

Voted, that the Marsh at the bottom of the Common near the 
Rope-walk be assign'd as a place for depositing dirt & the 
sweepings of the Streets 
sent 

Voted, that the Keeper of Rainsford Island be directed to 
receive all sick or contagious persons Clothes or merchandize, that 
may in the opinion of the Board of health be infectious, & to 
conduct with them as they shall direct, & the keeper of the Island 
is directed to call at the Board of healths office as often as he may 
come to Boston to receive such instructions as the Board may 
have to give, & to conform himself to them, untill further orders 
from the Selectmen Copy of Letter to Command 8 , officer of 
y e . Castle on the file mix'd Papers, also of one to D r . Welsh 
resid 8 . at Castle William 

On application of the Fire-wards M r . Porter & M r . Sturgis are 
a Committee to examine the Engine N. 7 & to report the 
expediency of repairing that Engine or having a new one built 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Tilden Comm ee . on application of D r . 
Parker to examine relative to a conveyance by the Town of a 
passage way thro the late Rope-walk, bend in Hutchinsons 
Street 

M r . Bulfinch M r . Sherburne & M r . Sturgis Committee to exam- 
ine into a bond given by Richard Perkins to convey land of the 
new State-house to the Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 9 

The Comm ee . to whom was referred the Petition of sundry Per- 
sons for the removal of Incumbrances in the Streets Reported the 
following for publication which was adopted & [264] Voted to 
be printed in the Mercury & Centinel for three Papers viz 4 

Whereas great complaints have been made by 
many respectable Gentlemen of the Town to the Board that the 
obstructions in several of the Streets by Goods & Merchandise 
being placed thereon by Shopkeepers Auchtioneers & others ; have 
become so great as to render it almost impossible to pass & 
re-pass with safety and as no Citizen has a right to such an 
indulgence to the prejudice of any of the Inhabitants therefore 
this Board feel themselves in duty bound to see the laws in such 
cases duly observed, do now give public notice to all Shop keep- 
ers Auchtioneers & others who may after the last day of April 
inst*. incumber any of the Streets or sides of the Streets with 
such Goods & Merchandise or with any other Article whatsoever 
to the damage or inconvenience of the Inhabitants that they shall 
give peremtory orders to have such Person or Persons prosecuted 
to the extent of the Law without further notice 

sent for Mercury & Centinel 

Thomas Emmons & Jonathan Gushing are appointed packers 
of Beef & c . for the term of one Year commencing the 3 d of 
April Ins 1 . 

M r . Porter M r . Cobb & M r . Hancock a Committee on the appli- 
cation of M r . Haskins for the approbation of the Selectmen for a 
Street thro' his Ground leading from Pleasant Street to Eliot 
Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen April 13 th 1799 

M r . David Corbit was appointed an Inspector of pickled bar- 
reld Fish Pork & Beef by a majority of the Selectmen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen April 17 '99 Present 
Mess rs . Sturgis, Porter, Bulfinch, Tilden, Cobb, May, Sherburne 
Howard 

"William Fenno John Cartwright, approved of as packers & 
Inspectors of pickled Barreld Fish Pork & e . 

Passed upon a number of Persons for Inholders & Retailers 
and return made to the Justices of the Court of Sessions 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Bulfinch on the application of the Judge of 
[265.] Probate for the County of Suffolk, are a Comm 66 . to 
examine into the Circumstances of Benjamin Hall represented to 
said Judge as a person non compos 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The application of Col. Brazier & others that the Common 
Sewer through Market Square may be cleansed this matter was 
referred to the Board of Health for consideration 

On application of M r . [blank] for liberty to remove the 
Cellar Door from the front to the end of his House M 1 . How- 
ard & M r . Sherburne are a Committee, thereupon 

M r . Porter M r . Hancock & M r . Cobb are a Comrn 66 . to enquire 
into the term of the Lease of Towns Land to M r . Doll to see 
the Fences put into immediate repair & to make enquiry into 
the state of such Land, & to Report thereon 

The application of Col. Amory for liberty for the Boston 
Cavelry to exercise on the Common referred to the Comm ee . 
who have the care of the same. 

On complaint of the state-house watch against their Constable 
Voted, that M r . Burdick be no longer considered as Constable 
of that Watch and the Watch is directed to appoint one of 
their own number for their Constable untill further orders of this 
Board 

The following return was made on the Warrant recieved from 
the Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk to enquire into 
the circumstances of Benjamin Hall who had been represented to 
said Judge as incapable to take care of himself & c . viz* 

That having in pursuance of said Warrant examined into the 
circumstances & state of mind of said Hall, they find him to be 
as represented a Person so weak & disorder'd in mind as to be 
unable to take care of his own affairs 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24. 1799 
Present Mess r8 . Hancock, Sherburne, Bulfinch, Porter, Howard, 
Tilden, Sturgis, Cobb 

M r . Stickney applies for being appointed an Auchtioneer for 
this Town & a special Meeting has been warned for the [266.] 
purpose of considering said Application 

4. o Clock P : M : M r . Thomas Stickney is appointed an Auch- 
tioneer for this Town for the present Year 
see May 15 

It is agreed that the Selectmen attend on their sitting Days at 
4 o'Clock P : M : precisely 

M r . James Euson being well recommended is appointed an In- 
spector of pickled Fish Beef & Pork 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 11 

Voted, that the consideration of new licensed Persons be 
referred over to July next, being the usual time for considering 
& granting such Licenses 

M r . Samuel Abbot was appointed an Inspector of barreld 
pickled Fish Pork & Beef 

Maj r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Comm 66 . on the application of 
D r . Dexter & others relative to raising Milk Street 

The Committee appointed to consider & Report on the Article 
of the Warrant relative to applying to the General Court for 
restrictions on the Aqueduct Corporation 

Report That by the Act passed the 

27*. of February 1795, the Associates in the above Corporation 
are invested with full power to open the ground in any part of 
the streets & hig[h]ways in the Towns of Roxbury & Boston at 
any time for the purpose of sinking or repairing such Aqueduct 
without any controll assent or restriction from the Selectmen or 
Surveyors of the Highways of either of those Towns 

These unqualified powers have been productive already of some 
complaint & may lead to consequential injury by subjecting the 
Town to Litigations with the Aqueduct Proprietors, or sadling 
the Inhabitants with the expence of extra repairs of their 
Streets 

Your Comm 66 . therefore propose that the Town Instruct 
their Representatives in the General Court to obtain an additional 
one in amendment of the same to the following effect viz 1 . 

[267.] 1 st . That no pavement be taken up previous to the 1 st 
Day of April, nor after the first Day of October in any year 

2 nd . That the Selectmen or the Persons whom they shall 
appoint shall determine on what part of the Street the pavement 
shall be removed for the purpose of sinking the Pipes of the 
Aqueduct & to what extent untill the repair is compleated. 

3 d . That the Selectmen or Surveyors of the High "Ways be 
impower'd to direct the re-pavement so as to have the same 
substantially & effectually done 

These Resolutions appear reasonable because when the Town 
when on the 7 th . of Feb y . 1795.. assented to the Proprietors being 
incorporated it was with the express proviso, that the Proprie- 
tors should be holden to put the Streets which should be opened 



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

in as good repair, as they were previous thereto, & that such 
other guards & restrictions should be inserted in the Act as 
should effectually secure the Town from injury 

All of which is respectfully submitted 
Boston Decem r . 5. '98 p Order 

WILLLAM TUDOR Chairman 

At a legal Meeting of the Town of Boston at Faneuil Hall the 
5 th of November & continued by Adjournment to the 5 of 
Decem r . 1798 

The 'foregoing Report was considered & accepted by the 
Town 

Att : WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 

Commonwealth Massachusetts 
In the House of Representatives Feb y . 26. 1799 
On the Memorial of the Town of Boston praying for alterations 
in the Act for incorporating Luther Ames & others into a Society 
for the purpose of bringing fresh Water into the Town of Bos- 
ton [268.] by subterraneous Pipes. Ordered, that the said Town 
of Boston notify the said Corporation by leaving an attested 
Copy of the Vote of the said Town on this subject & this order 
thereon, with the Clerk of said Corporation, thirty Days at least 
before the second Wednesday of the first. Sessions of the next 
General Court that they may then appear & show cause if any 
the said Corporation have why the prayer of the said application 
should not be granted 

Sent up for Concurrence 

EDW D . H. ROBINS Spker 
In Senate Fe^. 28. 1799 

Read & concurred 

SAMUEL PHILLIPS President 

Original of the aforegoing is placed on the file of mixed Papers 
and an attested Copy to be sent the Clerk of the Corporation 
without delay 

Major Tilden was requested to have the Centre Writing 
School white washed. 

The Clerk of the Market is directed to have the Cellar of the 
Market-house examined & cleared of every thing that may prove 
offensive 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard a Comrn 66 . upon the application 
of M r . Smith for leave to form a Foot-path Brick with an abut- 
ment, in Cross Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 13 

Wednesday next assign'd for coming to the choice of an 
Orator for the 4 th of July next As also for making out a War- 
rant for May Meeting 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen April 29. '99 
Present Mess". Sturgis, Howard, Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne 
Porter, May, Cobb, 

Passed upon Accounts 

William Parsons applies for liberty to open a Drain from his 
House into the Common Shore Liberty was accordingly granted, 
he complying with the usual conditions 

M r . Joseph Adams has liberty to open a Drain in Center 
Street upon the usual conditions, 

M r . William Speed is appointed Captain of the Town-house 
Watch 

[269.] Voted, that the Constables of the Town shall in 
future bring in their accounts quarterly, other ways they are not 
to be allowed 

Voted, unanimously, that this Board will to Morrow week wait 
upon the President of the United States, and pay their respects 
to him 

Voted, that Maj r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis be a Comm 66 . to meet 
Benjamin Weld & others, who have asked liberty to level the 
Fortifications on Fort-hill ; to grant permission, and advise with 
them concerning the same 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1. 1799 
Present Mess 1 *. Sturgis Howard Hancock, Porter Sherburne, 
Bulfinch, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Henderson having produced vouchers that he had paid the 
several Treasurers of the State County & Town the full Sums 
committed to him as Collector of Taxes for 1797 to collect of 
the Inhabitants the Town Clerk was directed to give up the 
Bonds he had given for said Year 

M r . Israel Cook appointed a Searcher of barrel'd pickled Fish 

& c . 

Bennet Dunbar appointed one of the State Street Watch. 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Upon application of Prince Hall & others that M r . Nester 
Pendleton a black man be licensed as a Schoolmaster to Instruct 
their black Children Voted that the said Pendleton be licensed 
agreeable to the request of the Petitioners ; & to be at their 
expence, during the pleasure of the Board 
sent 

M r . Tilden of the Comm ee . on the application of Aaron Dexter 
& others that the lower part of Milk Street should be so raised 
as to carry the Water & wash of the Street above ground 
Reported, that the Comm 66 had examined the Street & considered 
fully the Subject, & were of opinion that it was not expedient to 
comply with the request of the Petitioners as it would be attended 
with great expence, & wonld throw the Water back upon the 
adjoining Streets 

[27O.] The Comm ee . to whom was referr'd the application of 
M r . Weld & others Reported that One hundred & fifty Dollars 
be allowed for the purpose of levelling the Breast work on Fort- 
hill, & compleating the Street over the Hill from Oliver Street 
the whole to be done under the direction of the Selectmen Voted, 
to accept the Report with the addition of fifty Dollars to the Sum 
granted, making in the whole 200 Dollars ; and the before men- 
tioned Com 6 , was desired to attend to and inspect the said 
work. 

On application of Cap*. Caldwell & M r . Perez Bryant for 
liberty to open the Common Shore at the bottom of Cold Lane 
Liberty was granted under the usual Conditions 

M r . Sherburne of the Comm ee . to consider the Application of 
Levi Lane & Robert Treat Reported as follows viz*. 

M r . Levi Lane & Robert Treat agree to fill up the Dock at the 
bottom of Procters Lane, and make a suitable Drain from the 
head of the Dock to the End, & keep it in good repair the Town 
continuing the Passage way always open as any other publick 
Street 

LEVY LANE 
ROBERT TREAT 

The above Report being accepted by the Selectmen the Town 
Clerk is directed to furnish M r . Lane & Treat with a Copy 
thereof Mem , the Agreement is placed on the file of mixt 
Papers) 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d . 1799 
Present Mess ra . Howard, Tilden, Porter, Hancock, Bulfinch, 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for May 
Meeting on the 14. Ins* 10 o Clock 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 15 

M r . Howard & Sherburne a Committee to wait on the Rev d . 
D r . Stillman and to request his opening the Meeting with prayer 

M r . Benj n . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications for 
said Meeting 

On application of Cap*. Ruben Carver he is permitted to open 
a Drain from his Pump in Procters Lane into the Common 
Shore 

M r . Howard & Sherburne a Comm ee . to [271.] confer with 
the Abuttors on Lyn Street respecting the repairing & paving 
that Street 

Cap*. Lemuel Gardner appointed an Inspector packer & c . of 
Barrel'd pickled Fish Pork & Beef. 

Wednesday next assigned for signing Licenses for the Owners 
of Hacks 

Voted, that the following arrangement of Committees be 
adopted, who are to attend in their respective divisions to the 
removal of obstructions in the Streets occasioned by the expo- 
sure of Goods & c . contrary to late Advertizement 

M r . Howard & M r . Sherburne Division from the Mill Creek 
northerly containing 5 Wards 

M r . Bulfinch & M r . Mays d. - Wards N. 6 & 7 

M r . Sturgis Tilden & Cobb d. Wards N. 8- 9. & 10 

M r . Hancock d. Ward-N. 11 

M r . Porters d. Ward N. 12 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 7*. 1799 Present 
Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Sturgis, Hancock, Sheirburne, Cobb 

M r . Jepson & M r . Thompson having produced Vouchers that 
they had paid the several Treasurers of the State County & 
Town the Sums committed to them as Collectors of Taxes for 
1797. to Collect of the Inhabitants the Town Clerk is directed 
to give up the Bonds they had given for said Year. 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard desired to view the Street called 
Doggets Lane near Jeffry & Russells Wharff & to Report on the 
expediency of repairing the same 

Fryday Afternoon 4. o Clock assigned for giving the Licenses 
to the Owners of Hackney Carriages and M r . Nazro is directed 
to notify the Owners thereof by application to them & by posting 
up a notification on their Stand. 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Cap*. John Gray M r . Bussey & Cap*. Preble residing in 
Summer Street made objections to opening the Common Shore 
in that Street 

[272.] M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Committee to view Pur- 
chase Street & see what repairs are necessary 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard a Comm e . to view the Whorff & 
Land near Winnisimit Ferry-way, respect [ing] an incumbrance 
said to be made by M r . Houghton 

On application of M r . Bell for liberty to sell fruit Liquors & c . 
in the Mall Voted, that no Person be allowed to keep a Stand 
in the Common or Mall for such purposes 

M r . Sherburne desired to procure such Books of Law & c . as 
may be necessary for the use of the Selectmen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 10. '9 9 Present 
Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hancock, Sturgis, Porter, Tilden, May, Sher- 
burne 

M r . Bayley having produced Vouchers that he had paid the 
several Treasurers the Sums committed to him to Collect for the 
Year 1797 the Town Clerk is directed to deliver up the same 

Cap*. Robert Caldwell & M r . Perez Bryant apply for liberty to 
open a Common Shore at the bottom of cold Lane in order 
to clear & repair the same 

Ordered, that said Applicants cause all Persons interested in 
said Common Shore or where private Drains empty into the same 
to appear at Wednesday next at the Selectmens Chamber, to 
show cause if any they have why liberty shall not be granted 
according to the application made for said purpose 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
(sent) 

M r . Hancock & M r . Porter Committee to agree with M r . Law- 
rence or some other Person to dig such Ditches in the Marsh east 
of the Dike on the Necke as may be necessary & to examine the 
Dike & to report the state of it. 

Martin Conning has liberty to enter a drain from his House in 
Orange Street into the Common Shore 

[273.] Voted, that the Sum of 600 Dollars be appropriated 
for the Expences of the Office of Police for the ensuing Year 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 17 

Voted, that an Officer be appointed with the Title of Superin- 
tendent of Police 

Voted, that such number of Assistants be appointed monthly 
as the Board may think proper 

The Board came to the choice of a Superintendent of Police by 
Ballot and it appeared that Charles Bulfinch Esq was chosen 
unanimously 

M r . Amos Lewis, M r . Enoch May & M 1 '. Thomas Stevenson 
Constables were chosen Assistants in the Office of Police for the 
Current month 

Voted, that ten Dollars p month be allowed to each of the Con- 
stables for their services with such proportion of the fines aris- 
ing in the execution of their Office as the Board may Judge proper 

Voted the following Address be printed in the Papers viz* 

THE SELECTMEN 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 

Whereas the Byelaws of the Town as well as many excellent 
Laws of the Commonwealth, calculated to promote order, safety 
& the public good, have not had such attention paid to them by 
the Citizens as they required & such as would ultimately tend to 
the ease convenience & happiness of the People : Therefore 
Public Notice is hereby given That Charles Bulfinch Esq. is 
appointed Superintendent of Police, who with the Assistance of 
three Constables, is directed to attend to the breaches of all Laws 
in the minutest particular, & to see them enforced according to 
the tenor of said Laws. And it is hoped & expected that the 
good Citizens of this Town will not only cheerfully comply there- 
with, but give such information & aid to the said Superintendant 
as may be necessary for so valuable a purpose 

By Order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

N 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15. 1799 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden, Hancock Sturgis, Howard, 
Porter. 

M r . William Allen having applied for being appointed an Auch- 
tidneer a meeting is warned to consider the same 5 o'Clock in 
the Evening 

[274-.] M r . Joseph Adams applies for liberty to open a drain 
from a Well in new North Ally into the Common Shore Liberty 
was granted on the 1 usual conditions 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

5 O'Clock P : M : M r . William Alline appointed an Auchtioueer 
for this Town for the remainder of the Year 

The following return was made on the Warrants of the Judge 
of Probates for the County of Suffolk to the Selectmen viz 1 

In 

compliance with the within precept We the Subscribers Selectmen 
of the Town of Boston have attended to the representation that 
has been made of the situation & circumstances of John Lord 
therein named are fully persuaded that he requires a Guardian to 
be immediately appointed to take the care & charge of him & his 
effects, at the same time do not consider him as by any means an 
Inhabitant of the Town of Boston & therefor the present rep- 
resentation is not to be received as such 

Signed by Selectmen 

M r . Sherburne of the Comm ee . to apply to D r . Perkins for the 
Deed of a part of the Land on which the new State House is 
built, produced the Deed compleated & properly Registred 
whereupon 

Voted, that D r . 
Perkins Bond for the delivery of such Deeds be given up to him 

M r . Porter, Hancock & Cobb a Comm ee . a [to] Advertise & 
proceed to Lease by Audition untill the 1*. of April next, all the 
Towns Lands on the Neck in such seperate portions & on such 
conditions as they may Judge most for the interest of the Town, 
reserving a right for staking out roads or lots in or through the 
same, the time of Leasing such Lands to be thursday the 21 st . 
Ins*. 4 o'Clock Afternoon 

The same Committee are desired to apply to the Proprietors of 
Lots on each side of the Neck that they would put the roads in 
immediate repair according to their Agreement 

[275.] The said Committee are also desired to attend to 
such repairs on the other part of the Neck as may be wanting 

M r . Bulfinch M r . Sturgis & Cap*. Howard a Comm 66 . to act 
upon the application of Josiah Knap which was referred to the 
Selectmen by the Town at the late Meeting they are also to view 
the piece of Land in Beach Street ordered for Sale by the Town & 
Report thereon 

The Selectmen agree to meet at M r . Porters house in Pleasant 
Street on Saturday next 5. o Clock Afternoon for the purpose of 
viewing the Street 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis Comrn 6 . to view Sister Street & 
make report 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 19 

The Board agree to meet at M r . Sturgis 's House on Saturday 
next 4. o.' Clock Afternoon, to view the Land on Fort-hill, upon 
the application of Oliver Wendell Esq which was referred to 
Selectmen by the Town 

M r . Sturgis to notify Judge Wendell M r . Hallowell & M r . 
Edward Jones to meet the Selectmen on said Hill at the time 
before mentioned 

The Board proceeded to the choice of an Orator for the 4 e . of 
July next by ballot, & the Votes being taken it appear'd that 
John Lowell Jun 1 '. was unanimously chosen And the Chairman 
is desired to acquaint him with the choice 

The Comm ee . to view Doggets Lane Reported, that the same 
ought to be repair'd at the Expence of the Abuttors but that 
the Drain should be done at the Towns expence also 

Voted, that the 
above Comm ee . be desired to have said Drain repair'd 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 22 1799 Pres- 
ent Mess rs . Tilden, Sturgis, Bulfinch, Porter, Sherburne, Cobb, 
Hancock, 

A Schedule of the Expences of the Town for the year 1798 
[276.] being presented was read & approved of, & Voted that 
3000 Copies be printed to be deliver'd to the Inhabitants agreably 
to the Vote of the Town 

M r . Sturgis was desired to attend the printing of the same 

M r . Perez Bryant appeared & stated that the Abuttors on Cold 
Lane had been all Notified respecting the repair of the Common 
Sewer, & none having made objection thereto Liberty was given 
for opening and repairing the same under the usual regulations & 
conditions 

M r . Bryant appeared & applied for liberty to pave a part of 
the Street leading from Board Alley to Marshalls Lane at their 
own expence whereupon M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard we [re] 
desired to view the same and direct the paving thereof 

M r . Hancock M r . Porter & M r . Cobb a Committee to Adver- 
tize & make Sale at Auchtion of the Peace of Land in Beach 
Street applied for by M r . Knapp conformable to the Vote of the 
Town at the late Meeting 

M r . Prebble applied for liberty to build a Tomb in the Com- 
mon Burying Ground which was granted on the usual con- 
ditions 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Cornm ee . for Leasing the Towns Lands on the Neck 
Reported that they had leased the same in two portions the 
Bull Pasture so called for 39 Dollars to M r . Howe & all the other 
Lands to M r . Jeremiah Gore for $200. both untill the 20 l . of 
April next the Conditions expressed in the Lease 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 26. 1799 Pres- 
ent Mess". Bulfinch, Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, How- 
ard, Cobb, Porter, Sturgis 

Met at the request of the Board of Health, to confer with 
respect to late arrivals from the Havanna & c 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 27. 1799 
Present Mess ra . Tileston, Porter, Bulfinch, Sturgis, Hancock, 
Cobb, Sherburne, Tilden, Howard 

[277.] Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Tileston was desired to view the Latin School & to have 
such repairs done as may be necessary 

M r . Porter requested to sell a quantity of Iron & c . now in the 
hands of M r . Thayer, remains of Engine which he has repair'd 

D r . Whipple has leave to open a Drain from his Pump in How- 
ard Street 

M r . Josiah Knap has leave to open a Drain in Howard 
Street 

M r . Joseph Coolidge has leave to open a Drain to the Common 
Shore in Milk Street 

M r . Nathaniel Copeland has leave to open the Common Sewer 
in Wood Lane all the above under the usual regulations & 
restrictions 

M r . Tileston added to the Committee who have the care of the 
Common assigned them 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 1799 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Sherburne, Porter, 
Tileston 

The Committee appointed on the 22 d . Ins 1 , to make Sale at 
Auchtion of a piece of Land situate in Beach Street. Reported. 

That they had conferred with the Abuttors upon 
the said Land & with Persons residing in the Neighbourhood & 
found that it was the wish of the Abuttors & Neighbours that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 21 

M r . Josiah Knap might become the purchaser of said Land to 
enable him to carry into effect his plan of improvement the 
Comm 66 . therefore propose that this Board make Sale of the 
aforesaid Land to M r . Knap & to give him a Deed of the same, 
agreable to a Vote of the Town passed the 14 th . of May instant 
impowering the Selectmen so to do 

Voted, that the aforegoing Report be accepted & that the 
Board will sell & dispose of the aforesaid Land to M r . Josiah 
Knap for the Sum of 1600 Dollars being the Sum agreed by him 
278.] to give for the same & that this Board will make & 
execute to him a Deed therefor accordingly & that M r . Porter 
be requested to inform M r . Knap of the aforegoing Vote 

M r . Sherburne was desired to draw a proper conveyance for 
the same 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5 99 Present 
Mess. Bulfmch, Tileston, Sturgis, Sherburne, Cobb, Porter, 
Howard, 

Nathaniel Copeland & William Grubb apply for liberty to open 
a Common Shore from Fish Street thro' the Town Slip to the 
Water, in order to repair the same 

Ordered, that said Applicants cause all Persons interested in 
said Common Shore or whose private Drains empty into the 
same to appear at Wednesday next 4. o Clock Afternoon at the 
Selectmens Chamber to show cause if any they have why liberty 
should not be granted according to the Application made for said 
purpose 

By Order of Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
see form April 12. 1797 

M r . Clark applied respecting a Tomb in the Granary Burying 
Ground 

M r . Hezekiah Hudson being well recommended is approved of 
as an Inspector of barrell'd pickled Fish Beef & Pork 

The Deed of Land in Beach Street from the Selectmen in behalf 
of the Town to M r . Josiah Knapp was signed by a majority of 
the Board 

The Comm e . to view Sister Lane reported that some loads of 
Gravel should be placed there to convey the Water off the same 
Comm 86 . are desired to see the same compleated 

M r . Hancock & Porter a Comm ee . for repairing Marlborough 
Newbury Orange & Washington Streets likewise all Streets west 
& east to the South of Liberty Tree so called. 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[279.] M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston a Comrn ee . to repair 
Streets to the Eastward of the Main Street Ward No. 10 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard all the Streets below the Bridge 

M r . Bulfinch, Sturgis & Cobb to repair the Streets on the other 
parts of the Town 

Saturday Morning 6 o'Clock assign'd for the whole Board to 
visit Lynn Street, to see what repairs shall be done thereon 

M r . Bulfinch Sturgis & M r . Tileston a Comm 6 *. to view the 
Ground under Faneuil Hall & to Report as to the practibility of 
digging a Cellar 

Leonard Tearant, bound as an Apprentice to Thomas Clements, 
with the approbation of the Selectmen & one of the Indentures 
to be placed on the File of mix'd Papers 

The Hay -weigher is directed not to weigh any Hay which is not 
well made & sufficiently dried 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11. 1799 
Present Mess. Sturgis, Howard, Sherburne, Tileston, Hancock, 
Porter, Bulfinch, 

M r . Joseph Ackley had liberty on the 17. & 18*. of May last to 
open Drains from his House in Wings Lane & in Hanover Street, 
under the usual restrictions 

Leonard Tarrant, Indenture with Thomas Clement approved 
by the Selectmen & one of the Indentur[e]s placed on the file of 
mix'd Papers 



VOTED, that in testimony of respect to the memory of 
his late Excellency Gov r . Sumner, the Bells be tolled from 
the hour of 7. to 8 in the Morning of the 12 th . Ins 1 . & from 
1 to the close of the Funeral And it is recommended that 
the Stores & Shops should be shut from 1. o,' Clock, when 
the tolling of the Bells will commence 



[28O.] Agreed to visit Rainsfords Island on Thursday the 
27*. Day of June Ins*. (Mem , on account of sickness Deer 
Island is to be visited) 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 23 

On application of M r . Ring for liberty to keep a private School 
for teaching reading, writing, & Arithmetik liberty was accord- 
ingly granted 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen June 19 1799 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston, Sherburne 
Porter, Hancock, Howard 

M r . George James applies for liberty to open & repair a Com- 
mon Sewer leading through White Bread Alley into Ship Street 
whereupon 

Ordered, that said Applicant cause all Persons interested in 
said Common Shore or whose private Drains enter into the same 
to appear at the Selectmens Chamber on Wednesday the 26 Ins*. 
4. o.' Clock Afternoon to show cause if any they have why lib- 
erty should not be granted, for the purpose mentioned by the 
said Applicant 

Att 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

M r . Makepeace made objections against a Chimney being built s' 
in the Engine-house on the Mill Creek as being dangerous to the 
Neighbourhood - - - - whereupon 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis were added to the Comm ee . for / 
enlarging that Engine house the Comm ee . to act thereon as they * 
may Judge proper the same Comm ee . desired to enquire into M r . 
Makepeace right of passage on the Creek. 

Samuel Parkman Esq. applies for liberty to shut up the pas- 
sage way leading to Greens Wharff during such time as may be 
necessary for paving the same Liberty is granted & the Town 
Clerk is directed to give M r . Parkman a Copy thereof. 

sent p M r . Nazro 

The Comnr 9 . of the Common are desired to attend to such 
repairs of the South School house as they may Judge necessary 

[281.] On the 17 4 . Ins*. Charles Gushing Esq applied for 
liberty to open a Drain from Maj r . Forbes Tavern into Dock 
Square Liberty was accordingly granted on the usual 
conditions 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20'. '99 
Present Mess re . Hancock, Tileston, Bulfinch, Howard, Sturgis, 

The Selectmen went in a Body to Lyn Street to see what 
repairs were necessary & to meet the Abuttors for a regulation 
of the same 



24: CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston as: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24. '99 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Sturgis Howard, 
Porter Tileston, Cobb 

Passed upon Accounts 

Upon representation from the Fire Wards of the necessity of 
a .number of lengths of new Hose for the several Engines, & 
recommending that the same should be imported fi-om London 

Voted, 

that Samuel Parkman Esq. be requested to import for the use of 
the Town and at the Towns Expence the following quantity of 
x \ Engine-hose of the very best quality 

8 Hose 20 feet long ----- 1| Inches Diam 1 '. in ) 

the clear | 

8- ditto 30 feet If d. 

8 ditto 60 feet If-d . 

On the Petition of Isaac P. Davis for the liberty to extend a 
platform in addition to his Rope Walk of about 120 yards in 
length 

Voted, that M r . Davis 

have liberty to build the Platform as requested on condition that 
he shall pay at the rate of ten Cents p foot annually as a ground 
rent for every foot in length which shall exceed the Grant of the 
Town to the Proprietors of the Ropewalks the same to be con- 
tinued at the pleasure of this Board 

sent 

Voted, that M r . Codman or M r . Rogers be required to remove 
the Platform erected by them in addition to their Rope-walk the 
last Year 

sent 

v Voted, that the new Engine lately built by M r . [282.] Thayer 
' be placed at the Engine-house in State Street & that the Engine 
now in State Street be placed at the new Engine-house at West 
Boston 

Voted, that M r . Gideon French be appointed Master of Engine 
\N. 13. now ordered to be placed at New Boston & he is desired 
to furnish a Comp y . therefor, not exceeding fifteen, & to Report 
their names to this Board for their approbation 

sent by M 1 . Nazro 

The Communications from the Captains of the Engines read & 
committed to M r . Sturgis, Tileston & Cap*. Howard 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 25 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be directed to advertize the 
Shops belonging to the Town in the Market to be let at Auchtion 
on the 1 st . Day of July next, for the term of one Year ; on the 
following Conditions 

1 st . No Person who is at present in arrears for rent, shall be 
allowed to bid for any Shop 

2 d . No Person shall be allowed to occupy such Shop for the 
purpose of retailing Liquors of any kind & should any Person 
make such use of any of those Shops, he shall be deprived of 
his Lease 

3 d . Payment is to be made to the Town Treasurer Quarterly 
& security given to his satisfaction for punctual payment 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. 1799 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis, Tileston, Hancock, 
Porter, Cobb, Sherburne Howard 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston are desired to pave the spot of 
about 160 y ds . of new pavement at the bottom of Summer Street 
near M r Gorham Parsons House. 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard were desired to confer with the 
Abutters on Lynn Street & estimate the Expence of opening 
levelling & paving said Street & to ascertain what part the Town 
should bear 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston were desired to attend [283.] the 
paving of Franklyn Street, to have the same done as soon as may 
be conformable to new Law 

M r . John Brown applied for liberty to open a Drain in Back 
Street Liberty is granted under the usual restrictions 

The Account of the Expences on opening & repairing the Com- 
mon Shore leading from Procters Lane to the Town Slip, was 
laid before the Selectmen & by them examined & allowed M r . 
Nath 1 . Copeland at the same time informed that he had warned 
every Person concerned according to Law, & no objection having 
been enter'd to his proceeding, Assessment was made & an order 
for payment delivered M r . Copeland which is as follows Viz 1 

Boston ss : WHEREAS the Drain or Common Shore in Procters 
Lane in Boston aforesaid has been lately repair'd by M r . Nathan- 
iel Copeland, the whole Expence whereof according to an account 
examined by us the Subscribers amounts to two hundred & six 



26 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



Dollars 22 Cents ; and as such Expence is to be paid by such 
Person or Persons whose Drains enter said Common Shore or 
receive benefit thereby, & in such proportions as shall be 
adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or a major part of them, 
who are impower'd by Law to apportion the same, And the said 
Copeland having agreable to a late Law Notified all the concerned 
before he proceeded upon the Business, and no objection having 
been made thereto 

Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
do hereby Certify that having considered of said Expence, & by 
whom & in what manner it ought to be paid ; Do adjudge that 
the same be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons 
hereafter named Viz* 



Nathaniel Copeland - - - 
William Grubb - - - - 
Cap*. Carver - - - - - 
Samuel White - - - - 

[284.] John White 

David Marston - - - 
Thomas Page ----- 
David Darling - ... 
John Cogswell - - - - 
Thomas Parker - - - - 
Thomas Moor - 
Widow Ridgway - - - - 
Jonathan Wilds - - - - 
Ebenezer Burdet - - - - 
Samuel Townsend - - - 
Doctor Isaac Rand - 

Turell Tuttle 

Will : Homer 

Widow Hickman - ... 
Samuel Lord - - - - - 
Jonathan Loring - - - - 
John Jenkins - - - - - 
Thomas & Rowland Christy 
Cap*. John Bulkley - - - 



Drain 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
Drain 
1 Drain 
1 Drain 
1 Drain 



$8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 56- 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 
8 ,, 56 



And we do hereby appoint M r . Nathaniel Copeland to receive 
of the aforenamed Persons the Sums affixed to their respective 
Names, and give discharges therefor a 



Mem , this Assessment 
set aside on Account of 
other Owners of Drains 
being found see Aug. 14 
Boston June 26. 1799 



CHARLES BULFINCH 1 
DAVID TILDEN 
JOHN TILESTON 
JOSEPH HOWARD 
WILLIAM SHERBURNE j "fj 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 27 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1. 1799 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden Hancock Sturgis Sherburne 
Porter Tileston, 

On the 27*. of June last the Selectmen Visited Deer Island, 
instead of Rainsfords Island, as the Hospital was not free from 
sickness found the Island in good order, save that larger 
ravages had been made by the Sea on the Bluff or [285.] head 
Land the last Year, than usual, the Day was pleasant and every 
thing agreable & the Company returned in season 

Agreed to have a Dinner on Tuesday the 9*. Ins*, as has been 
usual on the Day of General Visitation of the Publick Schools 

M r . Howard appointed to direct the white washing of the 
North Schools & any other thing that may be necessary 

M r . Porter was desired to have Pleasant Street put in good 
order by levelling the irregularities & laying gravel on the 
same 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1799 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Sturgis Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Han- 
cock, [Porter, sic] Cobb, 

The Auchtioneers of last Year apply for the renewal of their 
Licenses the present Year, and 5. o. 'Clock assigned for taking 
the same into consideration 

see July 29*. 

On a representation from D r . Joshua Thomas that the per- 
formance of military duty was incompatible with his business as 
a Physician & Surgeon Voted that in the opinion of the Board 
it is expedient D r . Thomas should be exempted from the per- 
formance of military duty 

M r . Roger Bartlett objects to the Common Shore in White 
Bread Alley being opened & to bearing any proportion of the 
expence, as he supposes the obstruction in the Sewer arises 
wholly from the Buildings of M r . George & Joseph James also 
objection made in behalf of the Widow Hayward in the same 
House 

M r . Perkins has liberty to retail Spirits in the Shop lately 
hired by him of the Town near the Market any former Vote to 
the contrary notwithstanding 

On application of Major Wild for a Gun-house to be built at 
the expence of the Town Voted that this Board do not consider 
themselves as authorized to build the Gun-house as requested 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[286.] Voted, that M r . Sherburne be desired to enquire 
into the cost of y e . Gun-house lately built at Cops-hill & to Report 
at the next Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 11. 1799 Present 
Mess : Bulflnch, Hancock Tileston, Porter, Howard, Sherburne 
Tilden 

Upon representation from the Committee for paving Newbury 
Street & Orange Street that several Abuttors on these Streets 
were persons in indigent circumstances & unable to pay the 
expence of paving the foot walk, conformably to the late Law 
Voted that the said Committee be impowered to compleat the 
foot walk in front of the Lots of M r . Hunt & Polly Yorkees in 
Newbury Street & M r . Simpson in Orange Street, at the expence 
of the Town the two former having lost their Houses & Prop- 
erty at the late Fire The same Committee was impower'd to new 
pave a piece of pavement of about 200 Yards in Orange Street 
near Pleasant Street 

On complaints against Cap*. Watts of encroaching upon the 
Street called Snow hill Street M r . Sherburne is desired to 
enquire into the same & to determine thereon as should appear to 
him Just, after examining the Deeds of the Abuttors & c 

M r . Bulfinch & M r . Tilden a Comm ee . to prepare the Accounts 
against the State for their proportion of the expence of the sick- 
ness at Rainsford Island last Year 

M r . Crosby applies for liberty to open a Drain in Newbury 
Street liberty is granted on the usual restrictions 

M r . Stevenson, May & Lewis continued as Assistants in the 
Office of Police for the month ensuing 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 15 1799 Present 
Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Hancock, Sherburne Sturgis, Tileston, Porter, 
Howard Tilden Cobb 

The young Men of Boston having by their Committee [287.] 
requested of the Selectmen permission to have the Bells of the 
Town rung from 6. to past 7. o. 'Clock on the Morning of the 
17*. Ins*, in commemoration of that act of their Governm*. which 
absolved America from those ties which France by her unprinci- 
pled conduct had proved on her part to be no longer obligatory 

Voted, unanimously that in compliance with the request of the 
young Men of Boston as expressed by their Committee they 
have permission to have the Bells rung on the Morning of the 17*. 
Ins*, for one hour 

sent 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 29 

M r . Tileston desired to have a form made for the Centre Read- 
ing School also that the South Writing School be white washed 
if in his opinion, it is necessary 

M r . Foster the Hayward is directed to have two of the Town 
Bulls confined, which have been complained of as being unruly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 16. 1799 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Sturgis, Tileston, Cobb, Sherburne, 

Committee for repairs of pavement at north part of the Town 
are desired to have the Town slip paved leading from Fish Street 
near D r . Mountfords 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24* Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Sherburne, 
Porter, Howard 

Next Fryday assign 'd for acting upon the List of Persons 
licensed the last year S.o.Clock P : M : 

Wednesday next assigned to examine the Accounts of M r . 
Copeland, for repairing the Common Sewer in Procters Lane M r . 
Copeland and the Abutters notified to attend 

M r . Hitchborn chosen Sealer of Wood for the Wharves North 
of the Mill Creek- 
sworn 

M r . Daniel Sargeant Jun r . ditto, for Wharves South of the 
Mill Creek to Sears Wharff 

sworn 

M r . William Andrews ditto for the Wharves South of Sears 
Wharff the above choice to be published 

sworn 
all were serv'd with Copys 

[288.] M r . William Hitchborn chosen Suryeyer of Onions 
and was sworn by the Town Clerk 

sent 

M r . Frothingham has liberty to open a drain from Marshalls 
Lane to Mill Creek on the usual conditions 

The Captain of the State Street Engine is directed to take the 
new Engine from M r . Thayers in Washington Street to be placed 
in the State Street Engine-house, provided that House should be 
found large enough to receive it He is also desired to Notify 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Cap 4 . French of West Boston to be present in State Street with 
his Company to receive & take charge of the Engine appropri- 
ated to them N. 13 

sent 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston are desired to view Pecks Alley, & 
to have the Fence removed, said to be on the Towns Land and to 
act as their Judgment may direct, relative to repairing said Alley 

The above Committee are also desired to have a Wooden head, 
built to the Dock at the end of South Street ; for the purpose of 
having the same Dock filled up 

M r . Sherbune & M r . Howard are desired to view the Alley 
leading from Prince Street to north of Bennet Street to have 
the Fence removed said to be on the Towns Land, & to make 
what repairs in their Judgment may be necessary 

The above Comm ee . are also requested to have the Planks 
replaced in Clarks Alley & to make such other Repairs as they 
may think necessary 

The Committee for Repairs of the Centre of the Town are 
desired to view the bottom of Water Street near Olivers Dock, to 
see what may be necessary to carry off the Water & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 26. 1799 Present 
Mess rs . Tileston, Bulfinch, Sherburne Tilden, Porter, Hancock, 
Sturgis, Cobb, Howard 

Passed upon the List of Persons licensed as Inholders & 
Retailers the last Year & a return made thereon to the Justices 
of the Court of Sessions, as p list to be placed on [289.] the 
file of mixt Papers 

M r . Tilden desired to furnish the Public Schools with Fire- 
wood for the present Year; nine Cords being allow'd to each 
School except the Latin' Grammar School, which is allow'd six 
Cords 

The Sealers of Wood allowed three Cents p Cord for all Wood 
measured by them 

Upon considering the expediency of having a Chimney built at 
the Engine House over the Mill Creek, it was Voted that no 
Chimney be built therein 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29. 1799 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Tilden, Tileston, Hancock, Sturgis, Bulfinch, 
Howard Porter. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 31 

The following Persons were at a special Meeting called for the 
purpose, on the 3 d . of July Ins 1 , approved of as Auchtioneers for 
the Town of Boston by the Selectmen, and Licenses were signed, 
& delivered to the Town Clerk for such of them as should pay 
for the same 

Viz 1 . 

Mess r8 . Thomas Kilbey Jones Mess rs . Robert Gardner 
x Lewis Hoyt Thomas Fisher 

Samuel Clap John Perkins 

x Timothy Wiggin Thomas Clark 

Benjamin Wiggin John W. Quincy 

x Appleton Prentice x William Alline 

John Badger Robert G. Shaw 

John B. Green x William Cleland 

Samuel Bradford Thomas Stickney 

William Eustis x John W. Fulsome 

Joshua Eaton 

Passed upon Accounts 

[29O.] M r . Asa Harnmand has liberty to place a Post to 
hang Beam & Scales at the Store North side the Market lately 
occupied by Edward Brinley 

- The following was ordered to be printed 

Caution and request 

It having been represented that the practice of proving Cannon 
at the bottom of the Common has become frequent whereby the 
lives of the Inhabitants have been endangerd 

And as many Persons are guilty of firing Guns upon the Neck 
& in other places 

The Selectmen hereby caution the Inhabitants & others from 
firing Guns on the Common, or on Boston Neck, or in any of the 
Streets wharves or other parts of the Town 

All Officers of the Town 

& other Citizens are requested to give information to the Super- 
intendent of Police of any Offenders, that they may be prosecuted 
with the utmost rigour of the Law 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 '99 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hancock, Sherburne, Porter, Howard, 
Sturgis, Tileston, Cobb, 

Passed upon other Accounts 
The following was order'd to be printed 
Twenty Dollars reward 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Whereas some Persons have taken away Lighter loads of 
Stones from Deer Island, by reason whereof said Island is more 
exposed to the Inroads of the Sea & in danger of being wholly 
destroyed & the Harbour in consequence materially injured. For 
prevention of this Evil the Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
hereby offer a reward of twenty Dollars to any one who shall 
give information of any Person or Persons who may take away 
Stones or Ballast from said Island on conviction of the Offender. 

By order of the Selectmen 

WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 
Boston Aug*. 1. 1799 

Upon representation from the Abutters upon the Common 
Sewer in Procters Lane of some errors in M r . Copelands Account 
of [291.] the expence of opening & repairing the same Voted 
that M r . Copeland with some Person appointed on the part of the 
Abutters be desired to measure the Pavement also that M r . 
Copeland & the aforesaid Person in behalf of the Abutters be 
desired to give in a List of Persons who ought to be Assessed for 
the repairs 

The Committee on the Common impower'd to confer with John 
Jay Esq respecting laying out a Street through his Land ; 
agreable to application from H. G. Otis & Jonathan Mason Esq. 
& to take measures for effecting the same. 

The Comm ee . to whom was referred the application from the 
Masters of the Engines reported a particular answer to this 
application, which was accepted, and an attested Copy was 
directed to be sent to M r . Parmenter & the same was sent. 
Communication & Report have been placed on the file of mix'd 
Papers 

Voted, unanimously that One thousand Dollars be appropriated 
for the opening regulating & paving of Lynn Street ; to be paid 
to the Committee of the Proprietors of that Street upon its being 
compleated to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

M r . Bulfinch M r . Sturgis & M r . Cobb added to the Comm ee . on 
Purchase Street to confer with the Abuttors & determine what 
is expedient to be done for regulating & paving said Street 

Wednesday next assigned to consider the Applications for new 
Licenses 

Saturday next 4. o. 'Clock P. M : is appointed for the Selectmen 
to meet on the Neck to view the Dike & determine what repairs 
may be necessary 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 33 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen August 7*. 1799 
Present Mess 18 . Hancock Tileston Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, 
Porter, Sherburne, Cobb, 

J. Smith Boies, applies for liberty to open a Drain leading 
from his House near Boston Stone into the Common Shore 
Liberty was accordingly granted on the usual Conditions 



.] John Williams bound Apprentice to Nathaniel Chad- 
wick, with the approbation of the Selectmen and one of the 
Indentures placed in the File of mixt Papers of the Selectmen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 9 1799 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch Tilden Howard, Tileston, Cobb, Sturgis 
Porter, Hancock 

Passed upon the applications for Licenses as Inholders & Retail- 
ers & return made to the Justices of the Sessions of such as were 
approved of for the Year ensuing 

M r . William Marshall & Ezra Whitney have liberty to build a 
Tomb in the South Burial Ground on the usual Conditions 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 14. 1799 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Hancock Porter 
Howard Sherburne, Cobb, Tileston, 

The Account of the Expences in opening and repairing the 
Common Shore leading from Procters Lane to the Town Slip, 
was laid before the Selectmen & by them examined & allowed, 
M r . Nathaniel Copeland at the same time informed that he had 
warned every Person concerned according to Law, & and no 
objection having been entred to his proceeding, Assessment was 
made & an order for payment deliver'd M r . Copeland, which is as 
follows Viz 1 . 
Boston ss : 

WHEREAS the Drain or Common Shore in 
Procters Lane in Boston aforesaid has been lately repaired by 
M r . Nathaniel Copeland, the whole Expence whereof according 
to an account examined by us the Subscribers amounts to one 
hundred ninety eight Dollars & 8 Cents ; and as such Expence is 
to be paid by such Person or Persons whose Drains enter said 
Common Shore or receive benefit thereby, & in such proportion 
as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or a major 
part of them, who are impower d by Law to apportion the same 
& the said Copeland having agreable to a late Law, Notified all 
the concerned before he proceeded on the business, and no 
objection having been made thereto 

Therefore 



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[293.] We the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
do hereby Certify, that having considered of said Expence & by 
whom & in what manner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the 
same be paid in the proportion following & by the Persons 
hereafter named viz*. 

Nathaniel Copeland 1 Drain $.7,, 7 

William Grubb 1 Drain 7, ,7 

Cap*. Carver 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Samuel White 1 Drain 7,, 7 

John White 1 Drain 7,, 7 

David Marston 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Thomas Page 1 Drain 7,, 7 

David Darling 1 Drain 7,, 7 

John Coggswell 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Thomas Parker 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Thomas Moor 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Wjdow Ridgway 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Jonathan Wilds 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Ebenezer Burdet 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Samuel Townsend 1 Drain 7,, 7 

D r . Isaac Rand 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Turrell Tuttle 1 Drain 7,, 7 

William Homer 2 Drain 14,, 14 

Widow Hickman 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Samuel Lord 1 Drain 7,, 7 

John Jenkins _'_-_! Drain 7, ,7 

Thomas & Rowland Christy- - - 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Cap 1 . John Buckley 1 Drain 7, ,7 

Widow Drewet 1 Drain 7, ,7 

Widow Hopkins 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Miss Marble 1 Drain 7,, 7 

Jonathan Loring 1 Drain 7,, 7 

And we do hereby appoint M r . Nath n . Copeland to receive of 

the aforem d Persons the Sums affix'd to their respective Names 

& give discharges therefor 

Boston Aug*. 14. 1799 CHARLES BULFINCH 



DAVID TILDEN 
RUSSELL STURGIS 
JOSEPH HOWARD 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 



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[294.] The Petition from the Wood Wharfingers was read 
& their Committee heard upon the subject after discussion 

Voted, that the further consideration of this subject be post- 
poned to Wednesday next 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 35 

An application being read from the Agents for building the 
new State house, requesting that a division may be had respect- 
ing the new Street, proposed to be laid out back of the State- 
house 

Voted, 

that the whole Board will proceed on Monday Morning at 
8. o. 'Clock to lay out the said Street & that the Proprietors of 
the Land & the Agents for the new State-house, be desired to 
attend. 

Voted, that the Board will then proceed to lay open the North 
End of Leaveret Street, & that the Proprietors of the Building 
which now incumbers the same be desired to attend at 10. 
o.' Clock- 
Voted that the Board will attend to widen the Southerly part of 
Back Street & the Proprietors of the Buildings proposed to be 
removed be desir'd to attend 

Voted, that the Board think it expedient that the Street called 
blind Lane should be widened, & will attend to lay out the 
same 

Voted, that Six hundred Dollars be appropriated for the pav- 
ing Purchase Street beginging at the Pavement by the House of 
William Boardman & to meet the Pavement by the House occu- 
pied by J. Green the same to be paid when compleated to the 
satisfaction of the Selectmen ; & it is recommended to the Abut- 
tors to choose a Committee of their number to have the same 
effected, under the direction of the Selectmen 

Whereas the Town at a late Meeting granted the Petition of 
the Company of Artillery, that they might erect a Gun-house at 
the bottom of the Common adjoining the East Wall of the Bury- 
ing Ground, & the Committee of said Company requesting that 
it might be placed at the North End of the said Wall the Board 
after full consideration 

Voted, that the Gun house be erected at the North End of the 
East Wall of the Burying Ground, agreable to their request 

[295.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
21-'99 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Sturgis, Cobb, 
Hancock, Porter, Howard, Sherburne 

The Chairman & M r . Cobb a Committee to arrange with M r . 
Amory the terms of reference respecting Leaveret Street con- 
formable to Minutes agreed upon by the Board 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman & M r . Strugis Committee to confer with the 
Agents for building the new Alms-house respecting the propriety 
of advertising the Township of Land granted to the Town and 
to Report the form of Advertizement 

Voted, to allow sixty six Dollars in addition to the grant for 
the paving of Purchase Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 26-1799 
"Present Mess 18 . Tilden, Porter, Tyleston, Sturgis, Cobb, Sher- 
burne, Howard, Hancock, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Voted, that M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard inform M r . Steele 
now occupying an old House in Back Street, that the Selectmen 
intend to take down that House, & he is desired to remove from 
there immediately 

M r . Sturgis M r . Tileston & M r . Cobb, a Comm 66 . to enquire 
into the terms of widening Blind Lane to confer with the Abuttors 
& to Report thereon 

Voted, that the Thanks of this Board in behalf of the Town 
be presented to Harrison G. Otis Esq. for his conduct at the late 
tryal at Dedham before the Supreme Judicial Court, for his 
unsolicited & voluntary exercions to establish the power of the 
Town & of its Officers in the regulation of the Market, a subject 
in which the Town as a Corporate Body & as Individuals are so 
nearly interested 

senti 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 28. 1799 
Present Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Sturgis, Sherburne, Porter, 

On representation from M r . Foster that one of the Town Bulls 
was unruly & dangerous to run at large he had directions to 
have the same killed for the use of the Alms-house 

[296.] M r . Thomas Barber represented that Benj n . Robin- 
son an Apprentice bound to him by the Selectmen had absconded 
from him & enlisted on board the Constitution Frigate, that he 
had gone on board to claim, but the Captain had refused to 
release him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep r . 2 1799 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Hancock, Tileston, Sherburne, Sturgis, Howard, 
Porter 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 37 

Five Extra Jurymen chosen for S. J. C. & entred into the Jury 
Books 

In the Afternoon proceeded to stake out Cambridge Street 
leading to Bowdoins Square, according to a Plan lodged in the 
Selectmens Room 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Septem r . 4. 1799 Pre- 
sent Mess rs . Bulfinch Sturgis Hancock Sherburne Howard, Cobb, 

A special Meeting warned to take into consideration the appli- 
cation of M r . Daniel Wild for being appointed an Auchtioneer 

3. o. Clock P: M: Daniel Wild, agreable to his application is 
appointed an Auchtioneer for the Town of Boston 

Voted, that the Engine now placed at State Street be numbered 
5. & retain the name of Marlborough to conform to their minutes 
& records an that the Engine at West Boston be numbered 13. 
& named President Adams & M r . Sturgis is desired to have these 
Votes carried into effect 

M r . Cobb, Sherburne & Bulfinch are a Committee to draw up 
a subscription Paper for receiving money to defrey the Expence 
of widening Quaker Lane 

M r . Tukesbury allowed one thousand feet of Boards 4 thous d . 
Shingles one thousand 10 d . Nails & 4. m. 4 d . Nails for repairs 
on the Bam & Wall on Deer Island the expence to be paid by 
him out of the Rent 

Upon application from M r . Beals for liberty [297.] to take 
off Ballast from Deer Island 

Voted, unanimously, that no Person be allowed to take Stones 
& Ballast from any part of the Island 

Mess 1 " 8 . Manning & Loring to have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions for the Town Meeting about to be called. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septein r . 11. 
1799 Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Tyleston Han- 
cock Sherburne, Howard, Cobb Porter 

The Chairman & M r . Sherburne appointed to procure a List of 
the Inhabitants for the Jury Boxes, from the Assessors 

Voted, that the Town Meeting be postponed to Wednesday 
25*. Ins 1 . 



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Maj r . Tilden, M r . Tileston & M r . Cobb a Committee to view 
Board Alley & Report the Expences that -may be necessary 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r 18 1799 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tileston, Cobb, Sherburne, 

Not enough to make a Board 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 19. 1799 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Tileston, Sherburne, Porter, 
Cobb, 

Warrant for Town Meeting next Wednesday the 25 of Septem r . 
Ins*. 10. o Clock this Day issued 

Manning & Loring to have the printing of the Notifications 

Voted, to procure a List of the Inhabitants for the Jury Boxes 
from the Assessors they to be allowed fifty Dollars for this 
service > 

M r . Gawen Brown has liberty to open- the Common Sewer in 
Willsons Lane for the purpose of repairing the same he to notify 
the Abuttors according to Law 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep r . 25 1799 Pres- 
ent Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Hancock Howard Sherburne 
Tileston Porter 

[298.] In compliance with the Vote of the Town of this 
Day enjoining the Selectmen to proceed to open Quaker Lane 

Voted, That the Chairman & M r . Sturgis be desired to take a 
Subscription Paper for the purpose of obtaining monies in part 
for that object & that Papers of the same nature be given to 
Major Hawes & M r . Brooks & their assistance be requested in 
obtaining Subscriptions 

Judge Minot apply 'd for liberty to open a Drain into the Com- 
mon Sewer in Spring Lane which was granted on the usual 
conditions 

General Eliot has liberty to build a Tomb in the Common Bury- 
ing Ground, on the usual conditions 

The Comm ee . on Franklin Street are authorised to have a Gut- 
ter paved from said Street, through Franklin place 

Voted, that fifteen hundred Dollars be appropriated on the part 
of the Town towards opening Quaker Lane 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 39 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sept r . 30 th . 1799 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Tileston, Porter, How- 
ard Cobb Hancock Sherburne 

Passed upon Accounts 

James Thompson Collecto [r] proposes Isaiah Doane & Eben r . 
Parsons Esq. as his Bondsmen for 1799, which were approved of 

see October 17 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 2 d . 1799 
Present Mess ra . Bulfinch, Tilden Tileston, Sturgis, Porter, Sher- 
burne Hancock, Howard, Cobb, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

3 Grand Jurors & 4 petit Jurors drawn out of Box. & posted in 
Jury Books 

M r . Howard & M r . Sherburne desired to view the Pump in the 
North Square, to see what repairs are wanting & to Report 

M r . Howard & M r . Cobb a Comm 66 . to enquire the price of Oil 
& at what rate & terms a quantity may be procured for the use of 
[299.] the Town the ensuing season 

Voted, that M r . Howard may be desired to take upon himself 
the charge of superintending the Lamps the present Year also 
That the Lamps be lighted 6 months & 18 Nights in each month 
& that he be desired to take measures to procure Lamp Lighters 
& to lay an estimate of the Expence before the Board 

M r . John Morgan approved as a Watchman to fill the vacancy 
in the Market Watch 

The Chairman M r . Sturgis & M r . Cobb, to consider the state 
of the Market, what improvements are expedient & to make 
Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 9 1799 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Tileston, 
Porter, Howard, Cobb, 

John Saunders bound to William James with the approbation 
of the Selectmen as an Apprentice as by a Copy of the Indent- 
ures on file of mix'd Papers 

Voted, that the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes, Stephen Gorham 
Joseph Coolidge Esq rs be proposed to the Proprietors of Wood- 



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

wards Wharff so called to decide the Question of the Towns 
Claims on the Proprietors for the Dock filled up by them 

Scipio Adams applied for a Badge as a Chimney Sweeper 
which was granted 

Voted, that when the Comm ee . appointed to Collect Subscrip- 
tions for paving Quaker Lane shall be ascertained of the Sum of 
1000 Dollars they may be authorized to commence the Improve- 
ment 

The Comm 66 . appointed to consider the state of the Market & 
to Report any improvement that may be necessary reported the 
expediency of carrying into effect the Plan adopted by the Town 
in 1791 which report is on the file of mix d Papers 

Voted 

unanimously that the Report be accepted & the Comm ee . is 
desired to carry the same into immediate effect. 

[3OO.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 17. 
1799 Present Mess: Bulfihch Tilden, Sturgis Sherburne Cobb 
Tileston, Porter, Hancock Howard 

The Collectors offer'd the following Persons as their Bonds- 
men for the present Year viz*. 

M r . Bayley presents James Bayley & Henry Bass approved 
M r . Thompson Isaiah Doane & Eben r . Parsons Esq- ap- } 

proved j 

M r . Henderson Enoch James & Thomas Parker-approved 

M r . Jepson Joseph Callender & Benj n . Sumner-ap- ) 

proved j 

The Chairman is desired to apply to "William Gushing Esq 
Judge of the Circuit Court that he would excuse M r . Wheeler 
from service as a Grand Juror at the next Court 

Monday next P : M : Assigned for regulating the Jury Box 



M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard the Comm ee . upon Lyn Street 
are desired to take measures for removing the remaining obstruc- 
tion in that Street & to settle the Claims of the Abuttors as they 
shall Judge best 

M r . Timothy Goodwin made complaint against Chandler one of 
the market watch for abuse on the night of the 15 Ins 1 . M r . 
Goodwin and M r . Chandler were heard & on consideration Voted. 
That all the Members of the said Watch be directed to appear 
before the Board on Wednesday next 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 41 

M r . Cooper was directed to deliver to the Collectors their Cer- 
tificates upon the Bonds being Compleated 

On application of Cap*. Prince & M r . Sumner that some 
Gravel may be laid in Chambers Street agreed that the amount 
of forty Dollars be laid out on that object 

The Engine-hose imported from London to be placed under 
the direction of the Fire- Wards to be distributed to the several 
Engines of the Town's 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 21. 1799 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Howard, Tileston 
Hancock Sherburne 

The Selectmen met on the business of regulating the Jury 
Box 

[3O1.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 23 d 
A: M: Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard Han- 
cock Porter Tileston 

The Selectmen met again on the business of regulating the 
Jury Box 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 23 d . 1799 
P. M Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Tilden, Howard, Tileston, Bulfinch, Porter, 
Hancock, Sherburne Cobb Sturgis 

Voted unanimously that all the Bells be directed to be rung on 
the Morning of Wednesday the 30*. Ins*, from the hour of seven 
to Eight in honor of the Birth Day of the President of the United 
States 

\ 

Upon the complaint of M r . Tim . Goodwin for the insult & 
abuse offer'd him on the Night of the 15 Ins 1 , by Benjamin 
Chandler one of the Watchman The Board having heard the 
Parties respectively & taking into consideration the difficulty of 
executing the Office of Watchman, with caution, impartiality & 
a due regard to the Duties incumbent on him are of Opinion that 
M r . Chandler acted consistently with his duty in questioning & 
examining M r . Goodwin ; but that he exceeded the duty enjoined 
him by the Board on his appointment, in detaining him after he 
became acquainted with him ; And that M r . Chandler be directed 
that in future he exercise every degree of prudence that is neces- 
sary while in the execution of his dutys so as not to give future 
occasion for the like complaint 

sent Copies to each 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28*. 1799 
Present Mess : Tilden Howard, Porter Hancock Tileston, Sher- 
burne, Sturgis, Cobb, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 6 1799 
Present Mess rs . Tilden, Tileston, Sturgis, Bulfinch, Hancock, 
Porter, Howard, Cobb, 

M r . Foster directed to have the two Bulls now in keeping who 
are not of service killed for the use of the Alms house & to pur- 
chase one belonging to M r . Wells, paying twenty Dollars for the 
same 

[3O2.] On application from the Judge of Probates M r . 
Sherburne & M r . Howard are a Comm ee . to enquire into the situ- 
ation & circumstances of Eunice Holland represented to be a 
Non Compos 

The Comm ee . for opening the entrance of Quaker Lane directed 
to proceed upon that business next Monday Morning 

The Board proceeded to act upon the business of M r . Thomas 
Boylstons Donation & bequest to the Town, which was referred 
to the Board by the Town and came to the choice of the follow- 
ing Persons as Agents in behalf of the Town, in England 
viz* 

Christopher Gore George Erving Samuel Williams, Esquires 
also 

Voted, that George Rich d . Minot & William Sherburne Es- 
quires be desired to make a draught of such Papers as may be 
necessary to empower the Agents & of a Letter to accompany 
the same from the Selectmen 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston & M r . Sturgis Comm 66 to meet the 
referrees respecting the Towns Claim to Olivers Dock 

M r . Tileston desired to have the Cellar Doors to the Centre 
School-house, repaired 

Voted that a quantity of Gravel & Stone to the amount of 50 
Dollars be carried into the Easterly part of Essex Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 12-1799 
Present Mess : Tilden Sturgis Howard Tileston Porter, Cobb, 
Bulfinch 

Richard Edwards applies for liberty to open a Drain North 
side of Market Square 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 43 

The principal business of the Meeting was to examine sign 
& execute the necessary Writings to be forwarded the Agents 
appointed in England relative to M r . Thorn 8 Boylstons Donation 
to the Town 

[3O3.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novr. 
13 th - Present Mess rs : Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Porter Tileston, 
Cobb, 

M r . Foster Reports that he has killed two of the Town Bulls 
and deliver'd them to Cap*. Freeman for the use of the Alms 
house 

M r . Sturgis is requested to contract with Lewis Gorham for 
paving Stones for the Town at 20 Cents p Yard 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 20. 1799 
Present Mess rs . Tilden, Tileston, Sturgis, Porter, Bulfinch, 
Cobb, 

The following Persons are appointed Sweeps for this Town on 
the conditions mentioned in their Certificates viz 1 
Martin Birkes 
Jonas Barker 
Cesar Capen 
Scipeon Adams 
William Robinson 
Michael Williams 
Daniel D. Briton 
Thomas Williby 
John Fairfield 
Charles Wyman 

Harry Williams & "> Boys of Willibys & 
Thomas Smith f he accountable 

An Advertizement relative to Lamps, & Lamp lighters & a 
reward offer'd for the information of Selectmen of ten Dollars 
as p Copy on file of mix'd Papers 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25. 1799 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Sturgis Tileston, Porter 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Nov r . 27. 1799 Present 
Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tileston, Howard, Hancock, Bates 

Passed upon other Accounts 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Upon considering the application of Daniel D. Rogers Esq 
that the Selectmen would direct a Wall to be built to secure his 
Ground & Fence abutting upon Gentry Street, where said Street, 
has [3O4.] been dug away; and this application appearing to 
involve questions of great importance to the Town 

Voted, that the Chairman be a Committee to confer with the 
Hon ble . James Sullivan Esq. & John Lowell Jun r . Esq r . 
respecting the rights of the Town as Surveyers of High Ways in 
this and similar Instances, and to Report their opinion 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 4-'99 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Porter, Sturgis, Howard 

Voted, to Advertize, the Township granted the Town by the 
Genearal Court for Sale 

M r . Thomas Farrington chosen a Sealer of Wood brought into 
this Town by Land 

The opinions of James Sullivan & John Lowell Jun r . Esquires 
respecting the rights of Surveyers of High Ways in regulating 
the Streets, were read & are as follows Viz*. 

We understand centry street to be an ancient way, allowed by 
the town, the proof of which is shown by the Records or lists on 
ancient reputation. We know of no law of the Commonwealth 
or principle of common law on which M r . Rogers can compel the 
Town to erect a defensive wall where the way is dug, or on 
which he can recover damages for an injury by his land being 
washed down he can make a wall on his own land if one is 
necessary to him or as an accommodation to his case the 
Selectmen can, if they please, allow him to support one on the 
verge of the Street against the bank if he chooses to make one 
there 

JAMES SULLIVAN 
JOHN LOWELL JUN T . 

I am of opinion that the Selectmen as Surveyers of the 
high ways have a right to dig up any Earth or other materials so 
as to make them convenient for passing without being in any 
degree responsible or rendering the Town responsible for any 
injury or inconvenience which may result therefrom to the 
Abuttors on such high ways 

JOHN LOWELL JUN F . 

The [3O5.] Chairman is desired to communicate the 'fore- 
going to M r . Rogers 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1799. 45 

On the application of Jeremiah Allen Esq. that a head Wharff 
or Abutment might be built at the intersection of Cambridge 
Street & Grove Street adjoining West Boston Bridge 

Voted, that the sum of thirteen Dollars be allowed on the part 
of the Town, the Proprietors of the Bridge engaging to find all 
the Materials that may be wanted, & J. Allen Esq. to pay 17 
Dollars to compleat the said Wharff or Abuttment The Proprie- 
tors of the Bridge & J. Allen Esq. to obtain no special privileges 
or right that may be made in the Land, the same being wholly a 
Town Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 11. 1799 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Sturgis, Hancock, Porter, Howard, 
Tileston, 

This Day met the Selectmen of Roxbury at the boundary Line 
of said Town & Boston and perambulated the same ; viewed the 
Land marks ; and signed Duplicates of proceedings one of which 
is on the file of mix'd Papers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 18. 1799 
Present Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis Hancock, Porter, Howard 
Tileston Sherburne, 

William Waters appointed an inspector of pickled barreld Fish 
Pork & Beef, for the remainder of the Year, & was sworn to the 
faithful discharge of his trust by the Town Clerk for the remain- 
der of the Year 

A Letter from James Sullivan Esq was read presenting to the 
Town a piece of Land adjoining to Bishops Alley 238 f long & 
8 - - - 4- Inches wide, for the purpose of widening the Street 
whereupon 

Voted to 

accept the above piece of Land, & that the Street which is so 
improved, shall in future be called & known by the name of 
Hawley Street 

Voted, that the Lamps be lighted eighteen Nights in each 
month after the present lighting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24. -1799 
Present Mess re : Hancock Howard, Sherburne, Tileston Bulfinch, 
Tilden, Porter, Sturgis 

A request received from a number of Persons that [3O6.] 
a Meeting of the Town be called to determine what mode to 
adopt as to the disposal of the Old State-house 



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for a Town Meeting on the 
30*. Ins 1 , more especially to consider what measures shall be taken 
by the Town on occasion of the sorrowful & distressing event, 
of the Death of the late Lieu'. General GEORGE WASHINGTON 
In testimony of the high respect & esteem of his Fellow Citizens 
for so illustrious a Character 

Voted, that Manning & Loring have the printing of the Notifi- 
cations for said Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30. 1799 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch Sturgis, Hancock Tilden Tileston Porter 
Sherburne Howard Cobb 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Selectmen as a Comm 66 . met relative to adopting a mode 
to express the feelings of the Inhabitants & the highest respect 
to the memory of so illustrious a Character as Washingtons 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 1. 1800 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Sturgis Sherburne Tileston Hancock 

Passed upon Other Accounts 

The Account of the Expences of repairing the Common Shore 
in Willsons Lane was laid before the Selectmen & by them ad- 
justed the same amounting to $357 Dollars 37 Cents & there 
being 16 Shares, at 22. 33. p share M r . Gawen Brown was 
appointed to collect the same and give discharges, all which will 
more fully appear by the Papers on file 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen January 8 th . 1800 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden, Hancock, Howard, Tileston, 
Sturgis, Sherburne 

Nothing transacted, which was matter of Record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 15. 1800 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Howard Porter Tileston, Sherburne, Han- 
cock Sturgis Cobb. 

[3O7.] Daniel D. Rogers Esq being desirous of referring 
the question of the right of the Town to dig down the Street West 
of his Land, to the opinion of the Judges of the Supreme Judicial 
Court The Board considering that their proceedings have been 
regular & authorized by the Law decline taking any further 
measures thereon. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 47 

Voted, That the several Persons -who are indebted by Bond or 
otherwise to the Estate of M 1 " 8 . Joanna Brooker, be called upon to 
pay the amount of their several obligations, & upon default 
thereof, the Treasurer is directed to put the same in suit at the 
next April Court also Voted, that the Sum so received be 
vested in the eight p Cent Funds of the United States 

Voted, that the Chairman & M r . Sherburne be a Committee to 
apply to the General Court for a revision of the Law directing the 
mode of choosing Sealers of Weights & Measures 

Voted, that an Advertizement be inserted in the Papers desiring 
the Inhabitants not to purchase any Hay that is not weighed at 
the Town Scales. sent 

Voted, that Wednesday next be assigned to come to the choice 
of a Town Cryer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 22. 1800 
Present Mess re . Tilden Tileston, Porter, Sherburne, Bulfinch, 
Hancock, 

On the application of the Holders of Stalls in Faneuil Hall 
Markethouse M r . Tileston appointed to have the Doors & Win- 
dows repaired & any holes on the Floor & elsewhere 

This time being assigned for a choice of a Cryer the Board 
proceeded to choose by Ballot and the Votes being taken it 
appeared, that M r . Samuel Adams was chosen 

On application from Daniel D. Rogers Esq that the Question 
of the Towns right to dig down the ground next to his land, be 
brought before the Court of Common pleas, to be legally carried 
before the Judges of the Supreme Judicial Court for their decision 

Voted, that the Board give their consent to the same & the 
Chairman is desired to ask M r . Lowell to attend to the [3O8.] 
Business on the part of the Town 

Voted, On the application of the Abuttors upon Hutchinson 
Street that the same shall in future be called Pearl Street 

Voted, that on the application of the Abuttors on Quaker 
Lane & Dalton Street the same shall in future be called CON- 
GRESS STREET 

Voted, that on the application of the Abutters on Beer Lane 
or Bridges Lane the same shall in future be called RICHMOND 
STREET - 

Voted, that M r . Porter be a Comrn 68 . to have a fence built at 
the head of the Dock at the bottom of Rainsfords Lane at the 
expence of the Abutters 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 27. 1800 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock Porter Sher- 
burne Tileston Cobb 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 29. 1800 
Mess 1 ' 8 . Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hancock Porter, Howard, 
Sherburne, Sturgis, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Comm 66 . to revise the law regulating weights & measures 
& directing the mode of appointing Sealers Reported the draught 
of a Bill comprising all the old Laws & making some alterations 
also 

The draught of a Letter to the Representatives of this Town, 
requesting them to endeaver to obtain a Law accordingly fur- 
ther Voted, that the Chairman furnish our Representatives with 
Copies of the Bill to be presented 

Voted, that M r . Foster the Hay weigher be desired to bring in 
his Accounts on Wednesday next for settlement 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 5-1800 
Present Mess. Tilden Porter Hancock Tileston Howard, Bul- 
finch, 

Jurors for S. J. C. drawn & posted 

[3O9.] Upon application from the Marshalls appointed by 
the Committee of Legislature to arrange the ceremonies of the 8*. 
Ins*. Voted, that the BeUs of the several Churches in the Town 
be tolled on the 8*. Ins*, as requested, at the expence of the 
State 

Upon application of the Committee of the Grand Lodge that 
the Bells may be tolled on the 11*. Ins*. 

Voted that their request be complied with & at their Expence 
both the days being devoted to testimonies of respect to the 
memory of the late General Washington 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 12. 1800 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Sherburne Porter Han- 
cock Tileston 

Upon application of the Abutters on a new Street west of 
Jeffrie & Russells Ropewalk & running parallel thereto 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 49 

Voted, that the said Street shall be called & known by the 
name of Poplar Street 

Examined the returns of the Captains of the Engines of the ^ 

number of Men, & found several that exceeded the number f 
allowed by Law whereupon 

Voted, that the Captains of Engines that exceed the number f 
viz 1 . N. 1. 2. 3. 4. 7 & 9 th . be desired to attend on Wednesday 
next 

Complaint made of Thomas Green for taken Ballast from Deer 
Island against the Order of the Board also of M r . Kingsbury 
for allowing & aiding M r . Beals in taking Ballast from the same 
place 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 19 1800 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Sherburne Porter, Tileston, 
Hancock, 

An invitation from the President & Trustees of the Mechanic 
Association was received, requesting the Company of the Select- 
men at the Oration to be deliver'd before the Mechanic Interest 
[Institute] on the 22 d . Ins*. 

Voted, that the Selectmen will attend 
as requested 

Whereas the number of Engine-men directed by the law of 
March 1785. to be appointed by the Selectmen to the several 
[31O.] Engines has been found in some instances inadequate to / 
the services required Voted that our Representatives be desired 
to bring in a Bill at the present Session of the General Court to 
impower the Selectmen to increase the number of Engine-men to 
the several Engines as to them may appear necessary also, that 
the Engine-men be in future exempted from the performance of 
the duty of Jurors 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24. 1800 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Porter Sherburne, 
Tileston, Howard, Cobb, Hancock 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 26. 1800 
Present Mess : Tilden, Porter, Sherburne, Tileston Bulfinch, 
Hancock, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Return was made from M r . Salisbury of the expence attending 
the repairs of the Common Shore in Summer Street and Order 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

passed, that the same be Assessed on the Persons interested as 
follows Viz 1 . 

The Accompt of the Expences in opening & repairing the Com- 
mon Shore in Summer Street was laid before the Selectmen by 
Mess. Samuel & Stephen Salisbury & by the Selectmen exam- 
ined and allowed, they being informed at the same time that they 
had caused to be warned every Person concerned, according to 
Law, & no objection having been entred to their proceeding; 
Assessment was made, and an order for payment delivered the 
said Samuel & Stephen Salisbury, which is as follows 

Whereas a Drain or Common Shore in Summer Street in Boston 
aforesaid has been duly repaired, by the aforenamed Samuel & 
Stephen Salisbury, the whole Expence whereof according to an Ac- 
count examined by us the Subscribers amounted to four hundred & 
eighteen Dollars, and as such Expence is to be paid by such Per- 
son or [311.] Persons whose Drains enter said Common Shore, 
or receive benefit thereby, and in such proportion as shall be 
adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or a major part of them, 
who are impower'd by Law, to apportion the same, and the said 
Samuel & Stephen Salisbury, having agreable to said Law, noti- 
fied all the concerned, before they proceeded on the business, and 
no objection having been made thereto Therefore we the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston do hereby Certify that 
having considered of said Expence, and by whom and in what 
manner it ought to be paid do Adjudge, that the same ought to 
be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter 
named viz*. 

Richard Austin 1 Drain - - - - $7 ,, 74 

Ebenezer Oliver ----- 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Allen Crocker 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Elizabeth Cole 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Timothy Goodwin 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

John Gardner 2 ditto - - - - 15 ,, 48 

Amos Dashwood 2 ditto - - - - 15 ,, 48 

Caleb Hopkins 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

William Donnison 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Samuel Richards ----- 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

D r . John P. Whitwell - - - 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

John G. Shoults 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Thomas & Andrews - - - - 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

James Morrel - 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Abigail Amory 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Rev d . William Walter - - - 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Proprietors of Trinity Church - 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,', 74 

Hon ble . James Sullivan Esq - - 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Beniamin Bussey 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 

Marston Watson 1 ditto - - - - 7 ,, 74 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 



William Parsons - - 

[312.] Grorham Parsons - - 

Thomas Walley 

Ebenezer Parsons 

Jeremiah Kohler - - - - - 
George Langley ----- 
Joseph Pierce Jun r . - - - - 

Samuel Smith 

Jane Crawford 

Sampson Reed 

Standfast Smith 

Sarah Luce 

Frederick W. Geyer 

Proprietors of Old Brick Church 

Ebenezer Preble 

Estate of Caleb Rea 

Jonathan Hunnewell 

Henry Hill 

Luke Baker 

Joshua Beals 

Ebenezer White 

Gov r . Samuel Adams 

Samuel Sweet 

Thomas English 

S. S. Salisbury 

John Sullivan 

William Conant 



ditto 
Drain 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
2 ditto 
1 ditto 
1 ditto 
1 ditto 



ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
ditto 
2 ditto 
1 ditto 
4 ditto 
1 ditto 
1 ditto 



67 74 
7,, 74 
7 ,, 74 
7,, 74 
7 ,, 74 

15 48 
7,, 74 
7,, 74 
7,, 74 
7 ,, 74 
7,, 74 
7 ,, 74 
7,, 74 
7 ,,74 
7,, 74 
7 ,,74 
7,, 74 
7,, 74 
7,, 74 
7 74 
7 ,,74 
7,, 74 

15 48 
7,, 74 

30 ,, 96 
7 ,,74 
7,, 74 



And we do hereby appoint the afore named Samuel & Stephen 
Salisbury to receive of the Persons within named, the Sums af- 
fixed to their several Names & give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^ ^ 
DAVID TILDEN g a 

WILLIAM PORTER f 2 ^> "i 
WILLIAM SHERBURNE ~ ^ 
JOHN TILESTON J 

Boston February 26. 1800 

[313.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
1-1800 Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Tilden, Howard, Porter, Tiles- 
ton, Sherburne, 

Town Clerk to prepare a Wan-ant for March Meeting to be 
held 2 d . Monday of March Ins*, being the 9 th . of March 

Manning & Lorain [Loring] to have the printing of Notifications 

Mess 18 . Bulfinch & Maj r . Tilden a Committee to wait on 

D r . Howard and request his opening the Town Meeting with 
Prayer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1800 
Present Mess ra . Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Sherburne. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 



BOOK NINETEENTH. 



18OO. 

[1.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Porter, Tileston How- 
ard, Oliver 

The Board came to the choice of a Messenger for the Year 
ensuing the ballots being taken M r . Matthew Nazro, was 
declared, unanimously chosen 

The Board proceeded to the choice of a Superintendent of 
Police and the Ballots being taken Charles Bulfinch Esq. was 
declared, unanimously chosen 

Voted, that next Wednesday Week be assigned for the choice 
of a Hay-weigher, for the Year ensuing 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12-1800 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Sherburne, 
Porter, Tileston Howard Oliver 

Major Mellvill, applied on behalf of the Fire- Wards that a 
new Pipe should be mad[e] immediately for Engine N. 6 also a 
Ladder whereupon 

Voted, that the Fire- Wards, be desired to procure said Articles 
accordingly 

Col. Boyle applied for liberty to make use of Faneuil Hall for 
the drawing of the Philanthropic Lottery whereupon 

Voted, not to comply with the above application 

M r . Wild applied for liberty to lay out a frame of a House at 
the north end of Governors Alley & to shut up the Passage for a 
few Days The Chairman M r . Hancock & Cap*. Howard are a 
Comm 66 to view the Ground & act their Judgement thereon also 
to view the spot where*M r . Wild intends Building, represented as 
an encroachment 



54 CITY DOCUMENT No. 98. 

M r . Hancock M r . Porter M r . Tileston & M r . Oliver to have the 
care of the Common & Fences the ensuing Year 

Voted, that the pay for the Year ensuing to the [2.] Hayward, 
shall be two thirds of the amount of the Sum received for weigh- 
ing the Town to be at no other expence than that of keeping 
the Machine in repair. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 19 th . -1800 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Hancock Sher- 
burne Tileston, Howard Oliver 

Mess 18 . Porter, Oliver & Sturgis a Cornm 66 . to view Pleasant 
Street, and to confer with the Abuttors respecting the Water 
Courses, which may be necessary to lead the Water, therefrom 
and to Report 

The Board came to the choice of three Sealers of Weights & 
Measures the Votes being taken it appeared that Mess. 
Richard Faxon Richard Austin & Timothy Green were chosen 

Voted, that the Persons so appointed be desired to divide the 
Town in convenient Districts & to Report the same unto the 
Selectmen on Wednesday next 

The Chairman Maj r . Tilden & M r . Sherburne are a Comm 66 . to 
wait on the Lieu*. Grovernour & to request him to postpone the 
nomination of the Town Judge until! after the May Meeting ; 
provided it shall be convenient, & agreable to his arrangements 

The Committee on the Common desired to take Measures for 
erecting a Pound in some suitable situation 

Voted, that as a number of Persons have made application for 
the Office of Hay-weigher the following Duties are enjoined 
upon the Person who may be appointed to the same viz 1 

First, He shall give his con- 
stand attendance at his Office at all necessary Hours for that 
business in each Day of the Week Sundays excepted 

Second He shall be careful to examine all Hay brought to 
Market for Sale & not to weigh any, which shall not be mer- 
chantable or well made 

[3.] Third He shall keep & exact account of all monies 
he may receive for weighing Hay or other things & render an 
account thereof to this Board at least once every three months, 
without notice 

Fourth If at any time he shall discover in the Loads of Hay 
brought for Sale, or to be weighed, any Stones or other improper 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 55 

Lumber in the Cart, he shall expose the Person by Advertizing 
him in one of the Papers, if to him it shall appear intentially 
done to defraud the buyer 

Fifth Such Hay-weigher shall have the whole care of the 
Bulls, that are or may be owned by the Town, & shall see them 
properly kept ; the expence of their support to be paid by the 
Town 

Sixth The Person who may be chosen to the aforesaid Office, 
discharging his duty agreable to the aforegoing directions shall 
continue therein during the pleasure of the Board, & be entitled 
to two thirds of the gross sums he may receive for weighing 
as aforesaid, paying out of his f ds for the fuel paper & tickets, 
& the other expences accruing to be paid out of the other third 

sent 

The Board then came to the choice of a Hay-weigher, and the 
Votes being taken it appear'd, that 

M r . Hopestill Foster was chosen 

On the application of Col. Boyle, liberty was granted to the 
Managers of the Philanthropic Lottery to make use of the Boxes 
for the drawing of that Lottery they to make good any damage 
that may [be] done to them 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26 t -1800 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 . Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Sturgis, Porter, Oliver, 
Hancock, Sherburne Howard 

The Comin 66 . to view Pleasant Street were impower'd to have a 
Drain constructed to convey the Water from that Street 

On appli cation of the Board of Health Voted [4. ] that the 
Bells be rung on Wednesday next to assemble the Wards of the 
Town for the choice of a Board of Health 

A Warrant for a Meeting in April next : being 7 th day for 
choice of Governour & c was issued by Selectmen 

M r . Edes to have printing of Noti- 
fications 

M r . Porter & M r . Tyler a Comm ee . to request Dr. Thacher to 
open the Town Meeting with Prayer 

A Warrant was also issued for another Town Meeting on Tues- 
day April 8 10. O Clock A : M : to affix Salaries & c 

Maj r . Tilden was added to the "Committee to ascertain the 
balance due to M r . Rufus Amory & M r . Lowell for the House 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

taken down at the entrance to Leveret Street & to Report on 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31 st 1800 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden, Howard, Hancock, Tileston 
Porter, Oliver, Sturgis 

Passed upon Accompts 

M r . Benjamin Henderson Collector of Taxes for. 1798 having 
produced Vouchers of the State County & Town Treasurers of 
his having paid unto them the whole Sums committed to him to 
Collect for that Year the Town Clerk is directed to give up the 
Bond given for that Year 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be desired to renew the 
Leases for the Towns Land on the Neck to the Persons who 
improved the same the Year past & upon the same conditions 
reserving the right to state [stake.] out Roads or Lots in or 
through the same sent 

Voted, that the Districts for the Sealers of Weight & Measures 
be as follows, Viz* 

M r . Faxons from the Roxbury line to Winter & Summer 
Street, throug[h] high Street to Sears Wharff , & all west Boston 
from Sudbury Street 

M r . Austin from Winter Street Summer Street High Street to 
State Street, to include the Long Wharff 

M r . Green from State Street northerly 

M r . Green is authorised to call upon M r . Dakin y e . late Sealer 
[5.] and to receive of him the Town Standards 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Oliver a Comm 66 . to revise the regulations 
for the Owners & Drivers of Hackney Carriages & to Report 
such alterations & additions as they may Judge necessary 

The Chairman is requested to make a demand upon the 
Administrator to the Estate of Ambrose Vincent for the cost of 
payment of foot walk in Franklin Street in front of their 
Estate 

Voted, that M r . Foster the Hay weigher be desired to make 
enquiry of the cost of three Bulls for the use of the Town & to 
inform M r . Porter 
sent 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen April S'-IHOO Present 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 57 

Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Howard Tileston, Hancock, 
Oliver 

M r . Richard Richardson applyed by M r . Patterson for liberty 
to open the common Shore in Wings Lane, for the purpose of 
repairing it, & directions were given to notify all Persons con- 
cerned in said Common Shore, to give in their objections on or 
before the 12 Ins*. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen April 9. 1800 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Howard Tileston Hancock Sher- 
burne Oliver Porter 

On the application of M r . Luke Baker for liberty to make some 
improvement in the Common Burying Ground the Comm 66 . on 
the Common are desired to view the Spot in Company with M r . 
Baker & make Report 

M r . Hancock M r . Sherburne & M r . Oliver, on the application 
of M r . David West are appointed a Comm 66 . with liberty to 
remove part of the Stable in the Yard of the Lattin School-house 

On application from the Board of Health, order'd that the Sedan 
Chairs belonging to the Town be delivered to them for their use 

Liberty was granted to M r . Swett to build a Tomb [6.] At the 
N. East Corner of the South Burying Ground the Tomb to be 
dug into the Common 

The Chairman was desired to write to M r . Smith Bois of Mil- 
ton to inform him that the Selectmen intend taking down part 
or the whole of a House owned by him in Back Street, for the 
purpose of widening that Street, & to request him to appear 
in order that the Referrees may be appointed to consider & award 
the damages that may be done to him thereby 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16. 1800 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden Sherburne, Sturgis, Tileston, 
Hancock, Porter, Oliver, Howard 

Major G. Blanchard applies for liberty to open the Common 
Sewer in Atkinson Street, whereupon Ordered that the Proprietors 
& Abutters be notified to appear on or before the 24*. Ins*, to 
show cause why they should not be assessed their proportion. 

M r . James Philips, M r . William Leach, & M r . Abijah Adams 
have liberty to build Tombs in the South Burying Ground 

M r . Abijah Crane has liberty to open a Drain into the Common 
Sewer in Nassau Street, upon the usual conditions 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. .93. 

M r . Amasa Thayer has liberty to open a Drain into the Com- 
mon Sewer in Leveret Street from Salters Court on the usual 
conditions 

The Comm 66 . on application of Luke Baker. Reported that 
they had conferred with him & viewed the part of the Burying 
Ground which he wished to inclose, & are of opinion that it would 
be for the interest of the Town to allow M r . Baker to level the 
Earth & Sods on the Graves & to inclose a part of the Burying 
Ground with Ladders hitched upon parts which shall be the 
property of the Town & for their use, in case of fires & 
removable at the pleasure of the Board M r . Baker also engages 
to keep the little Mall in clean order and the report was 
accepted by the Board 

The Comm 66 . on application of M r . David West, Reported as 
their opinion that part of the Building might be [7] removed 
without any injury to the Town whereupon Voted, that the same 
Comm 66 . be desired to attend to this business & have the Building 
alter'd at the expence of M r . West the Town holding the right 
to Erect any other Building on the Land at their pleasure 

Upon the representation of M r . Edward C. How that Thomas 
King a black, bound to him on the 29 th Jan y . is insane and unable 
to acquire a trade, or to comply with the terms of his Indentures 
it was Voted, that M r . How be released from the obligations of 
the Indentures upon his engaging to convey the said Tho 8 King 
to the Overseers of the Town of Marblehead of which he is a 
Native 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d . 1800 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Howard, Oliver, Tileston, Tilden Stur- 
gis, Sherburne, Porter. 

M r . James Duck has liberty to open the Drain from his House 
in North Square to the Common Sewer, on the usual conditions 

M r . Tilden, Sturgis & Tileston a Comm 66 . to view a Well in a 
Street near M r . Robert Hallowells & to Report their opinion 
thereon 

M r . Samuel [J. Smith] Boies appeared & named M r . Allen 
Crocker as Referee on his part to estimate the amount of dam- 
ages that would be sustained by him by the removal of his 
House in Back Street ; & the Board on the part of the Town 
nominated Col. Procter, which nominations were mutually 
agreed to the above named Referrees to have liberty to call in 
any one Person that they may choose provided they cannot 
agree in their Judgement 

A number of Abutters on Buttolph Street for leave to open 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 59 

said Street for the purpose of laying a Common Sewer thereon 
Liberty was granted on the usual conditions 

The President & Directors of the Union Bank apply for liberty 
to open a Common Sewer in Exchange Lane whereupon 

Ordered, that the Abutters be notified to appear on or before 
the 30. Ins*, to make their objections 

[8] Whereas it is the opinion of this Board, that all the 
Abutters upon the Streets in this Town have an equal right by 
Law to lead their Drains into the Common Sewer paying their full 
proportion of laying building & from time to time repairing the 
same That the application of a number of Persons for leave to 
open a Common Sewer in Cambridge Street towards the Bridge 
ought therefore to be complied with, & they have hereby leave 
granted to them accordingly subject to the Superintendance & 
control of this Board, & that when the said Sewer is so laid that 
Cap 1 . Mackay is equally entitled to the privilege of his Drain 
running from his Distillery to empty itself therein as any other 
Abutter, as he must necessarily be subject to the penalties of the 
Law if he or his Tenants should occasion any Nuisance to the 
Neighbourhood thereby. sent 

Liberty granted to Mess 18 . Elliston & Parminter to build a 
Tomb in the South Byrial Ground on the usual conditions 

Mess rs . Frank and Batterman had the same liberty on the like 
conditions 

Voted, the Monies recived of the Proprietors of "Woodwards 
Wharff, for the Towns release & quit claim of Olivers Dock, be 
paid to the Town Treasurer, & that it be recommended to him to 
make use of it to discharge in part the draft passed in favor of 
M r . Howard for Oil. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28, 1800 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 . Bulfinch, Tilden Howard Tileston, Oliver, Porter, 
Sturgis 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Jepson, Bay ley & Thompson Collectors of Taxes for 1798 
having produced from the State County & Town Treasurers 
Receits for the whole sums committed to them to Collect for that 
Year the Town Clerk is directed to give up to them their 
respective Bonds given for that Year 

The Comm 66 . to view the Well near Robert Hallowells, 
reported as their opinion that the same should be covered, and it 
has been done accordingly. 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[9] The Chairman M r . Sturgis, & M r . Oliver, a Committee 
to confer with Mess. J. L. Austin & M r . Benjamin Austin 
respecting the removal of a part of their Rope walks, to connect 
Clapboard Street & Belknap Street 

Mess rs . Allen Proctor & Edward Proctor Referees to view & 
estimate the value of the House belonging to M r . J. Smith Boies 
in Back Street Reported in conjunction with M r . George 
Makepeace, they had valued said House at 950 Dollars also the 
House occupied by Steel at 250 Dollars this Report is accepted 
& the Original placed on file 

Voted, that the Chairman be desired to have the En try- way 
leading to the Selectmens Room, white washed & well cleansed 
and that in future M r . Nazro be directed to sweep the Stairs, 
entry, & room three times every week 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 1800 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Howard, Tileston, 
Hancock, Oliver, Sherburne, 

Ordered, that the Owners & Drivers of Hacks be notified to 
appear on Thursday the 1 st . of May next for the renewal of their 
Licenses, at 12. o: Clock 

On application of Elias Shaw & Benjamin Edwards for the use 
of Arms, & having represented that they were unable to furnish 
themselves therewith Voted, that they have the use of a Stand 
of Arms each for that Day, & that the wish of the Board be 
expressed to the Captain or Commanding Officer of the Ward, 
that they may be excused from any fine, if they thould appeal- 
deficient in any particular equipment, 

Representation having been made that Samuel Thatcher M r . 
Clark & M r . Wyman have opened private Schools, without recom- 
mendation or the approbation of the Selectmen 

Voted, that they be directed to appear .before the Board on 
Wednesday next 

The Board made choice of M r . [1O] William Mock to Collect 
& receive the Sum of seventy five Cents, for each & every Cow 
that may go at large within the Town the present Year & 37 
Cents for each & every Cow that may be kept in Pasture or 
Inclosure, and that he be allowed one third of the sum so col- 
lected for his services & it is expected that he make return of his 
proceedings once each month to the Chairman 

Voted, that M r . Sherburne be requested to inform M r . Rogers 
that the Selectmen are willing & desirous to have the question 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 61 

respecting his Fences in Summer Street determined by the 
Supreme Court but as this Court will not be in Session untill 
August next the Board would recommend that M r . Rogers should 
have his fences repaired and the Ground secured to his satifac- 
tion & an account kept of the expence which will finally be paid 
according to the Judgement of the Court. As the Selectmen con- 
cieve that this advance of money, can be of no inconvenience to 
M r . Rogers, and as the payment thereof by the Town before the 
decision of the question, would materially alter the grounds of 
the dispute, they think their proposition fair & equitable; and 
protest against any further delay, and any damages that may 
hereafter arise 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7. 1800 
Present Mess rs . Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Sherburne, Hancock, 
Tileston Porter Bulfinch Oliver 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for May 
Meeting on the 13 th . Inst. 10. o : clock A : M : 

Rev d . D r . Eliot to be requested to open the Meeting with 
prayer & M r . Howard & M r . Sherburne a Comm 66 . to wait on 
him for that purpose 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications 

Col. Hancock M r . Porter & Tileston a Comm 66 . to view the 
Neck for the purpose of considering the best mode of putting it 
into repair and to effect the same 

M r . Fuller has liberty to open a Drain in Lyn Street on the 
usual conditions 

M r . Steven Francis applies for [11.] Liberty to open the Com- 
mon Sewer or Drain in Williams Court Ordered that notice be 
given to all Persons whose Drains enter therein to appear at the 
Selectmens Room on or before the 14 Ins*, to show cause why 
liberty should not be granted 

On Complaint of the Proprietors of several Tombs in the 
Common Burying Ground against the liberty that has been granted 
to Luke Baker to enclose a part of that Ground 

Voted that M r . Baker be directed to remove the Posts, Lad- 
ders & Gate, to fill the holes made by the posts and replace the 
Ground in its former order, as soon as may be 

M r . Stephen Thatcher having produced recommendations from 
the Rev d . M r . M c . Keen of Beverly & two School Committees of 
that Town he was approved as a keeper of a private School in 
this Town 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Josiah Clark having produced recommendations from the 
*Rev d . M r . Mellen of Barnstable & the School Comm 66 . of that 
Town he was approved as a keeper of a private School in this 
Town 

sent 

M r . Joseph Aikin having produced recommendations from the 
Rev d . M r . M c . Keen of Beverly & from a number of the Propri- 
etors of the School at West Boston he was approved as a 
Keeper of a private School in this Town 

The following Persons were permitted to build Tombs in the 
South Burial Ground viz*. 

Tombs 

Abraham Gibson - 1 

Edw d . C. How, Arthur Langford & Nath 1 . | 1 

Meriam ) 

Humphrey Clark 1 

D r . Samuel Hayward 1 



4 Tombs 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 13 th . 1800 
Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis Howard, Sherburne 
Hancock Tileston Porter Oliver 

No Business was transacted which became matter of Record 

[13.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21. 
1800 Present Mess rs . Tilden, Sturgis Howard Hancock Sherburne 
Tileston Porter Oliver 

Agreeable to a Warrant received from the Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk, the Selectmen examined into the Circum- 
stances of Abigail Howard & finding her to be a non compos 
mentis as represented to the Judge a return was made accord- 
ingly 

Mess r8 : Gridley & Stevenson, were attending Constables at 
this May Meeting 

M r . Jos a . Roby has liberty to lay Drain from his House in 
Moon Street to the Common Sewer 

D r . Joseph Whipple has liberty to open a Drain from his 
House in Harvard Street into the Common Sewer 

William Adams & Christop r . Smith have liberty to build 
a Tomb in the new Burying Ground on the usual conditions 

Nath a . Johnson has the like liberty, on like conditions 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 63 

David & Nath 1 . Bradley has liberty to build a Tomb in said 
Burying Ground on like conditions 

Shrove Rowland has liberty to open his Drain in Pleasant 
Street on usual conditions 

William Bartlet has liberty to open his Drain in Pleasant 
Street, on the usual conditions 

The consideration of the Letter of Stephen Gorham Esq 
respecting conveying "Water over ground in Milk Street, 
referred untill the next Meeting 

M r . Hancock & Porter a Comm 66 . for repairing Marlborough 
Newbury Orange & Washington Streets, likewise all Streets 
West & East to the South of Liberty Tree so called 

M r . Tilden & Tileston to repair Streets to the Eastward of 
Main Street Ward N. 10 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard, all the Streets below [13] the 
Bridge 

M r . Bulfinch Sturgis & Oliver to repair the Streets in the other 
parts of the Town 

Whereas the superintending of the Police of this Town 
enforcing the Laws for the due regulation thereof, and executing 
them with that spirit & vigor which they necessarily require, are 
objects of great importance to the wellfare and happiness of the 
Inhabitants : & unless the Officer appointed thereto, employs 
the greatest portion of his time therein, some omission of 
his duty must occur Therefore in order that he may dis- 
charge it with that zeal firmness & energy which is expected by 
the Town, & for his further encouragement so 1o do the present 
Year It is unanimously Voted by this Board that the whole sum 
of $600 granted by the Town this Day for executing that 
Office shall be applied to the payment of the Superintendant of 
the Police only, & that he be & hereby is authorized by this 
Board to employ as many Constables from time to time (not 
exceeding three) to aid him therein as he may Judge necessary, 
& the Board will give orders upon the Treasury for this purpose 
accordingly at the rate they are now employ'd 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen May 23. 1800 
Present Mess : Tilden Sturgis Howard, Hancock Sherburne 
Porter Tileston Oliver Bulfinch 

The Board came to the choice of an Orator for the 4 th . of July 
next, and the Votes being taken, Joseph Hall Esq. was declared 
to be chosen 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Voted, that M r . Hall be furnished with information of the 
choice & a Copy of the Towns Vote authorizing the appointing 

sent 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26. 1800 
Present Mess rs : Porter, Tilden, Sturgis, Sherburne Tileston 
Oliver Hancock, Howard, 

Passed upon Accounts 

"William Wyman had liberty to open a Drain in Newbury 
Street 

Col. Dawes in behalf of Massachusetts Bank d. in Corn 
Court 

both on usual Conditions - - - 

[14.] M r . Foster the Hay weigher has liberty to purchase a 
Bull for the use of the Common on as good terms as he is able 

Col. Scollay a Comm 66 . from the Old South Church applys for 
the removal of the Fire Engine which stands on their Lands 

Voted, that Wings Lane on the application of Samuel Whitwell 
& other Abuttors thereon, be henceforward known by the Name 
of Elm Street 

Voted, that the Comrn 66 . for the district which includes Elm 
Street, be desired to view said Street & Report to the Board 
what ought to be the proportion of the Abuttors towards paving 
said Street 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 1800 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Howard Hancock, 
Sherburne, Tileston Porter Oliver 

Upon invitation from the Comm 66 . of Gentlemen to devise 
proper testimonies of respect, for the reception of the Governor 
P^lect Voted, that the Board will attend the procession in Car- 
riages, agreeable to invitation 

Voted, that the Bells be rung at the time of the Governours 
entrance into the Town, & to continue ringing half an hour 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Oliver added to the Conam 66 . for repairing 
the Neck 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 31. 1800 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Hancock, 
Tileston Porter Oliver 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 65 

Ephraim March & Benjamin Wheeler have leave to build 
Tombs in the South Burying Ground 

Voted, that M r . Clap the Town Treasurer be desired to pay 
Mess" 5 : Spooner & Otis, 150 Dollars on account of their Contract 
for the Market 

Voted, that a reward of fifty Dollars be offer'd to discover the 
Person or Persons who have injured the Trees on Fort Hill 

[15.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4. 1800 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Sturgis Tileston Sherburne Oliver, 
Howard Hancock 

Return was made from Samuel Whitwell of the Expence 
attending the Repairs of the Common Shore in Wings Lane and 
order passed that the same be Assessed on the Persons inter- 
ested as follows viz 1 . 

The Accompt of the Expences in opening & repairing the Com- 
mon Shore in Wings Lane was laid before the Selectmen by 
M r . Samuel Whitwell & by the Selectmen examined & allowed, 
they being informed at the same time that they had caused to be 
warned every Person concerned according to Law & no objec- 
tion having been entred to their proceeding Assessment was 
made and an order for payment delivered to said Samuel 
Whitwell which is as follows 

WHEREAS, a Drain or Common Shore in Wings Lane in Boston 
aforesaid, has been duly repaired by the aforenamed Samuel 
Whitwell, the whole expence whereof according to an account 
examined by*us the Subscribers amounted to four hundred seventy 
five Dollars thirty six cents & as such expence is to be paid by 
such Person or Persons whose Drain enters said Common Shore 
. or recieves benefit thereby, and in such proportions as shall be 
Adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or major part of them, 
who are impower'd by Law to Apportion the same, and the said 
Samuel Whitwell having agreable to said Law notified all the 
Concerned before they proceeded on the business, and no objec- 
tion having been made thereto therefore We the Subscribers 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston [16.] Do hereby Certify, that 
having considered of said Expence, & by whom & in what man- 
ner it ought to be paid do Adjudge that the same ought to be 
paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter 
named - - - Viz*. 

Heirs of Moses Gill - - - 1 Drain - - $9 , 14 

William Marean - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 , 14 

f Rufus G. Amory - - - - 3 Drains - - 27 , 42 

Samuel Danforth - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 , 14 

Owen Callahan - 1 ditto - - 9 , 14 

John Wier 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



Ebenezer Watts 1 ditto - $9 ,, 14 

John G. Amory 2 ditto - - 18 ,, 28 

Edward Edes 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Holbrook & Mason - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Samuel Whitwell - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

John C. Jones 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

William Doll 2 ditto - - 18 ,, 28 

Widow Cooper ----- 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Widow Bayley 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Bayley 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

William Welch f or Will: Hobby 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

William Smith 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Samuel Bradford ... - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

John Codman ----- 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 
Gilead Morse or Tho 8 Lar- 

nard 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

Heirs of Gov r . Sumner - - 2 ditto - 18 ,, 

Edward Brinley 1* ditto - - 9 ,, 

David S. Eaton 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

Samuel Griggs 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

Daniel Rea 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

M r . Amory 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

Thomas Jackson - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

David Bradley ----- 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

John Gardner 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

[17.] Isaac Rand Jun r . - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

Samuel Whiting 1 ditto - - 9 , , 

Joshua Blanchard - - - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

M r . Newell or Jn S. Boies 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

M r . Vesey 1 ditto - 9 ,, 

William Doll Jun r - - - - 1 ditto - - 9,, 

William Miller 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 

Estate of Jon*. Amory ) 

David Whitman } - 1 ditto - - 9 14 

Rich d . Richardson - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 14 

M rs . Hixon 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Samuel Gore 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

Isaac Townsend - - - - 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

William Boardman Jun r - - 2 ditto - - 18 ,, 28 

M r . Turell 2 ditto - - 18 ,, 28 

James Vila 1 ditto - - 9 ,, 14 

And we do hereby Appoint the aforesaid Samuel Whitwell to 

recieve of the Persons withinnamed the Sums affixed to their 
several names & give discharge therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH") "o 

RUSSELL STURGIS g a 
JOSEPH HOWARD }> js -g 
WILL : SHERBURNE & 



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Boston June 4. 1800- 



JOHN TlLESTON J 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 67 

Voted, that Elm Street, late Wings Lane be paved immediately 
and that the Abuttors be notified to lay their foot walks without 
delay 

M r . William Mock has paid fifty seven Dollars on Account of 
the money collected from the Owners of Cows 

Voted, that Doggets & Mumfords Alleys be paved immediately 
& M r . Howard & M r . Sherburne are to attend to executing the 
same 

Voted that Bowdoin Square be paved with all convenient dis- 
patch & the Comm 66 . on that business are desired [18.] to proceed 
immediately 

M r . Tileston is desired to have the Lane called Flounder Alley 
repair d with Gravel 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis appointed a Comm 66 . to confer with 
the Comrn 66 . of the Board of Health or any matters which may 
require the concurrence & consideration of those Boards 

Voted that the Treasurer be desired to give in a Statement of 
M r . Tukesburys Accounts on next Wednesday 

Voted that the Constable of West Boston Watch be directed to 
forbid any Person making use of the Watch house as a Shop or 
otherwise 

Boston ssx At a Meeting of Selectmen June 11. 1800 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Hancock Howard Porter Tileston Sher- 
burne Oliver 

M r . Tukesbury Jun r . having represented that M r . Batterman 
had taken two loads of rough cast Gravel from Deer Island It 
was ordered, that he be prosecuted for said trespass 

M r . Tukesbury applies for repairs on the Back-kitchen of his 
House on said Island, and for a new Vault for the same 

M r . Wyman not having produced recommendations & testimo- 
nials of his character as a suitable Person to keep a School he 
is ordered to desist from keeping a School in this Town from 
this day, as he would avoid the penalties of the law from a prose- 
cution that will otherwise be commenced against him 

sent 

M r . Knowlton having applied for liberty to erect a Slaughter- 
house at West Boston near Bartons Point it was Voted unan- 
imously that the above request be not granted 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Sherburne a Comm ee . to confer with M r . 
Henry AVilliams respecting the terms for a new lease for Winni- 
simet Ferry 

On the Petition of Oliver Johonnot & Abraham Edwards 
Voted, that the Board will relinquish unto the Petitioners for the 
use of the Artillery Company, all the Right [19.] which the 
Town has or may. have in the old Gun -house 

M r . Porter appointed to enquire into the expediency of having 
a Pump at the South Schoolhouse 

On application from the Abuttors on Eliot Street the Comm ee . 
for that quarter were desired to confer with the Abuttors, view 
the Street & Report what should be done 

M r . Porter is desired to enquire of M r . Gridley respecting two 
old Engines formerly taken into his possession 

Benjamin & Nathaniel Goddard, have liberty to build a Tomb 
in the South Burying Ground, on the usual conditions for such 
liberty 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18. 1800 
Present Mess rs . Tileston, Howard, Oliver, Sturgis, Tilden, 
Porter, Hancock, Bulfinch, 

On application from M r . Steven Francis that the Assessment 
might be made on the Parties concerned, of the Expence of re- 
pairing the Common Sewer in Williams Court Ordered, That 
M r . Nathaniel Balch & M r . Luke Baker be notified to appear on 
Wednesday next to state their objections & to show cause why 
thev should not be assessed a proportion of the above expence 

Wednesday next 3. O : Clock assigned to meet in Milk Street 
to view the Street near M r . Gorhams 

Voted, to agree to the proposition of M r . Rogers for the 
repairs of his Fence the Town to be at one half the expence 
thereof 

M r . Tukesbury is allowed to make the necessary repairs to 
the Well, the Kitchen & the Necessary-house at Deer Island, to 
pay the charge thereof, from the Rent 

The piece of Land at the head of Middlecot Street, belonging 
to the Town is to be advertized for Sale applications to be made 
to the Chairman of the Board 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 69 

The Comm 66 . to view Eliot Street reported the necessity of 
spreading 200 loads of Gravel thereon ; which Report was 
accepted & the Comm e authorised to proceed 

The Pump in Quaker Lane to be removed to the Well at the 
South School-house 

[2O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen June 25-1800 
Present Mess :. Porter, Bulfinch, Tilden Hancock Porter, Tile- 
ston Sherburne Oliver Sturgis 

Return was made from Steven Francis of the Expence attend- 
ing the Repairs of the Common Shore in Williams Court ; and 
order passed that the same be assessed on the Persons interested 
as follows viz 1 . 

The Accompt of the Expences in opening and repairing the 
Common Shore in Williams Court, was laid before the Selectmen 
by M r . Stephen Francis, and by the Selectmen examined & 
allowed, they being informed at the same time, that he had 
caused to be warned every Person concerned according to Law, 
and no objection having been entred to his proceeding Assess- 
ment was made by the Selectmen, and an Order for payment 
delivered to the said Stephen Francis which is as follows 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Williams Court in 
Boston aforesaid has been duly repaired by the aforenamed 
Stephen Francis, the whole Expence whereof according to an 
Account laid before and examined by us the Subscribers, 
amounted to one hundred sixty nine Dollars fifty Cents, and 
as such expence is to be paid by such Person or Persons whose 
Drain enters into said Common Shore, and receives benefit there- 
by, and in such proportion as shall be adjudged by the Select- 
men of the Town or the major part of them, who are empower'd 
by Law to apportion the same, and the said Stephen Francis 
having agreable to said Law, notified all the concern'd before 
they had proceeded on the business, and no objection having 
been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston, do hereby Certify that having considered 
of said Expences, and by whom and in what manner it ought to 
be paid do Adjudge that the same ought to be paid in the [21.] 
proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter named 
viz 1 . 

Daniel Rogers 2 Drains $13 ,, 48 

Moses Peck 1 ditto 6 74 

M r . Richardson 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . James Lloyd 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Andrew Brimmer 2 ditto 13 ,, 48 

M r . Gray 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Kneeland 1 ditto $6 ,, 74 

M r . Cunningham 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Balsh 1 ditto 6 74 

M r . L. Baker 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Foster 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Vose 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Coffin 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Dalton 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Pomroy 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Swann 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Brooks 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Foster 1 ditto 6 74 

M r . Dashwood 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Hollis 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Francis 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Stackpole 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

M r . Amory . 1 ditto 6 ,, 74 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed Samuel Dashwood 
to receive of the Persons within named the Sums affixed to 
their several Names and to give discharge therefor 

JOSEPH HOWARD CHARLES BULFINCH ~) g g 

WILLIAM PORTER DAVID TILDEN YS^S 

I tj O * 

JOHN TILESTON t RUSSELL STURGIS ) 

Boston June 25. 1800 



The Board proceeded according to appointm 1 . to view 
the Sink in Milk Street, and heard the arguments of the Abutters 
for and against raising the Street to carry the Water over the 
Surface and upon full consideration. Voted, that it is not 
expedient to comply with the request of the Petitioners 

M r . Balch, Francis & Dashwood were heard respecting some 
objections on the part of M r . Balch & Mess : Baker, Gray Davis 
& Kneeland to bearing any proportion of the Expence of repair- 
ing the Common Sewer in Williams Court, and after the hearing 
of the Parties 

Voted, that the amount of the expence of repairing said Sewer 
be assessed equally upon all the concerned according to Law 

Thomas Dawes Esq. has Liberty to build a Tomb in the South 
Burying Ground, on the usual conditions 

Voted, that M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston be authorized to repair 
the Pavement in Milk Street Atkinson Street & Battery March 
Street wherever it may be necessary 

Voted, that the Proprietors of the Mill Pond be called upon to 
repair the Planks on the Draw Bridge 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 71 

Voted that M r . Ludden the Sexton be directed to cut up the 
"Weeds in the Chapel Burying Ground at his own charge 

Received of M r . Mock of Cow Money collected by him twenty 
three Dollars, which with 47 Dollars before received amounts to 
80 Dollars on that account 

Voted, that William Smith Esq. be called upon to repair his 
proportion of the Wall at Pembertons Hill, and that the Comm 66 . 
of that quarter proceed to compleat the Towns part 

[23.] The Town Clerk is to prepare a list of Auchtioneers 
for the Year ensuing, to be acted upon Wednesday next 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer lay a statement of the Occu- 
pants of the Towns Shops in the Market, with a particular state- 
ment of their Accounts of Rent 

Voted that the Comm e . of Atkinson Street and Quaker Lane 
be authorized to give leave for taking paving Stones from Deer 
Island for the compleating those Streets 

Voted, that the Chairman be desired to Notify the Abutters on 
the 1400 feet on the Neck to put their sides of the Neck in repair 
conformably to their Contract 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30, 1800 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Russell, Sturgis Howard Han- 
cock Tileston, Sherburne Porter 

Passed upon Accounts 

Voted, that the Treasurer be directed to call upon the Occu- 
pants of the Towns Shops in the Market for the immediate settle- 
ment of their accounts for Rent and to warn them to vacate 
them immediately, as the Selectmen have determined to appropri- 
ate them otherwise 

The Committee of Conference are desired to confer with the 
Comm ee . of the Board of Health respecting the opening of Drains 
in the Streets, & the Dirt in the Streets, what kinds of dirt or 
filth are to be removed, by the Board of Health Carts, and what 
is under the order of the Selectmen 

On application of M r . Mellony for liberty to take rough cast 
Gravel from Deer Island Voted, that he have liberty to take 
five Lighter loads of that Gravel, paying therefor at the rate of 
three Dollars for each load and to have a special order from 
the Chairman for each load, and the payment to be made to him 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1800 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Hancock Howard Tileston Porter 
Sherburne Oliver Sturgis 

[24.] This being a special Meeting called for the purpose 
the following Persons were approved of as Auchtioneers for the 
Town of Boston for the present Year Certificates were sign'd 
by the Selectmen, and the Auchtioneers are to apply to the 
Chairman for their Certificates 

Mess rs . Thomas K. Jones p d . C. Azor G. Archbold - ) 
p d . C Samuel Clap Esq see July 7 } 

p d . C Benjamin Wiggins p d . C Daniel Wild - - - 9 
John Badger p d . C Nicholas Roucelet ~) 

[Rousselet] v 

p d . C John. B. Green Esq 9 ) 

p d . C Samuel Bradford Esq p d . C Samuel Blagge ) 

p d . C William Eustis Esq July 30 j 

Joshua Eaton p d . C Robert G. Shaw 

Robert Gardner Lewis Hoyt Nov r . 12 

p d . C Thomas Fisher p d . Appleton Prentice 12 

p d . C. John Perkins p d . John A. Dunn Dec r . 3 

p d . C. Thomas Clark p d . Nath 1 . P. Hewes 29 

p d . C John W. Quincy 
p d . C William Alline Esq 

Thomas Stickney 
p d . C Nicholas Brown 
p d . C John Jutau see July 7*-9 th . & 30* 

Voted, unanimously that M r . Robert G. Shaw be not appro- 
bated as an Auchtioneer. & that 

M r . Samuel Blagge not being an Inhabitant of Boston, cannot 
be approbated as an Auchtioneer 

Voted, that the Occupants of the Shops in the Market be 
informed, that it is expected they leave their Shops on or before 
the 15 th Inst. - 

Voted, that the regulation of Cambridge Street be under the 
direction of the Comm ee . of that quarter to raise it with Gravel 
according to their Judgement 

Voted, that the Bells be rung on the Morning of the 4 th . of 
July from the hours of 6. to 7. being the anniversary of Indepen- 
dence, and that 4 Constables be employ 'd to preserve good [35.] 
order in the Common on that Day 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 7 th . 1800 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden Sturgis, Sherburne Tileston, Porter 
Oliver, Howard 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 73 

A special Meeting appointed to consider the application of 
Azor Archibald, for being an Auchtioneer at 12 o Clock 

12. o: Clock M r . Azor Archibald, was accordingly appointed 
an Auchtioneer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July. 9. 1800 
Present Mess rs : Tilden, Oliver, Hancock, Sturgis Sherburne, 
Howard, Tileston, 

past 4. o Clock assigned for considering the application of 
Daniel Wild for an Auchtioneer 

* 

M r . Daniel Wild approved of as an Auchtioneer 

5 o'Clock assigned for the consideration of the application of 
M r . N. Rouselet, for the appointment of an Auchtioneer 

M r . Nicholas Rouselet appointed an Auchtioneer for this 
Town 

The Selectmen permit on the application of William Welch to 
open a Drain into the Common Shore in Willsons Lane, that a 
permit may be granted by the Chairman Permission was 
accordingly given to Will : Menzies who applied in behalf of 
Welch 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 15. 1800 
Present Mess": Howard, Tilden, Hancock, Sherbume, Porter, 
Tileston, 

On application of Levi Lane to open a Drain from his Pump in 
Ann Street to the Common Shore like wise Gibbin [Gibbs] 
Atkins to lay a Drain from his Pump into the Common Shore 
Liberty was granted on the usual Conditions 

M r . Porter, a Mason & Lemuel C. May applies for leave to 
open & turn a Drain in Orange Street into the Common Shore 
Liberty is accordingly granted on the usual conditions 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 23 d . 1800 Present 
Tilden, Sherburne, Sturgis, Tileston, Porter, Hancock. 

[26.] Whereas a Vote passed this Board on the 24*. of June 
last requesting the Chairman to Notify the Abuttors on the 1400 
feet of Land on the Neck to put their sides thereof in repair 
agreable to Contract which notice having been given, & no 
observance thereof taken place therefore Voted, that such 
Abuttors be notified that unless such repairs are made & com- 
pleated within 20 Days that the Board will proceed to do the 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

same at the charge of the Town, & that immediately thereon the 
Contract with such Abutters shall be put in suit without further 
information . 

Voted, that the Comm 66 . on Market Square be requested to 
have all the paving done on said Square that they may think 
necessary 

Voted, that Mess : Hancock Tileston Porter & Oliver be a 
Comm**. to repair M 1 '. Daniel D. Rogers 's Wall & Fence as soon 
as possible & likewise to compleat the stops near the same 

Voted, not to renew the license to Enoch Patterson, untill the 
sidewalk before his House is compleated 
(reconsidered) 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26. 1800 
Present Mess : Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Howard, 

Passed upon the List of Persons licensed the last Year, & made 
return on the same as by a Copy of the same on file, to the Clerk 
of the Sessions for the County of Suffolk 

John Sweetser has liberty to build a Tomb in S. Burial 
Ground 

Owner of Hack N. 2. cited to appear next Wednesday to an- 
swer to the complaint of Israel Loring 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 28 1800 Present 
Tilden, Howard, Sherburne, Hancock Oliver Sturgis Tileston, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[27.] Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 
1800 Present Mess 1 " 8 : Tilden, Tileston, Howard Hancock Sher- 
burne, Oliver, Porter, Sturgis, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

6.0'. Clock assigned for taking up the application of M r . Blagge, 
for being appointed an Auchtioneer for thisTown 

Samuel Blagge Esq. approved of as an Auchtioneer for this 

Town- 
Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug*. 6. 1800 Present 

Mess 18 : Bulfinch Sturgis, Porter, Sherburne Hancock, Tileston 

Tilden, Oliver, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 75 

William Callender & others, having applied for the same have 
liberty to open & repair the Common Sewer in Middle Street, or 
to lay a new one if necessary upon the usual Conditions and 
Restrictions 

The Selectmen have agreed to Visit Deer Island on Fryday the 
15 Ins*, the Company invited & c . will appear by a List on the files 
of Visitation business 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 13 th Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Howard, Sherburne, Porter, Oliver, 
Hancock , 

M r . Jonathan Gushing appointed a packer of Beef Pork & 
pickled Fish 

M r . Elias Shaw having applied is to have the use of a stand 
of Arms for public Trainining on the 14*. Ins* 

M r . Nuttage has liberty to dig a Drain from M r . Greens house 
in Marshalls Lane to the common Sewer on condition of securing 
the same & putting the Street into repair 

M r . Williams & Hayes apply to the Board to ascertain the 
amount which the Abutters on Middle Street ought to pay to the 
Proprietors of the Common Sewer in Cross Street for liberty of 
carrying their new Drain thereon 

Voted, as the opinion of the Board that the sum [28.] of 25 
Dollars be paid by M r . Hays & Associates in full compensation 
for liberty to enter into the Drain in Cross Street & that it be 
understood that the new Common Sewer in Middle Street & the 
old one in Cross Street, in future form one Drain at the Joint 
charge of all the Abutters entring therein 

On application of James Sullivan Esq in behalf of the Directors 
of the Aqueduct, for liberty to alter the pavement to enable them 
to carry their pipes over the Mill Bridge 

Vo- 
ted, that M r . Bulfinch & Sherburne be a Comm 66 . to view the 
spot, & to determine what accommodation may be given to the 
Aqueduct Proprietor 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 20. 1800 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sherburne, Tileston, Hancock 
Porter, Oliver 

On application of M r . William Callender, gave Orders to Notify 
the Concerned in the Common Sewer in Cross Street, before he 
should proceed to repair the same objections to be entred on or 
before the 27 th . Ins*. 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

* 

The Chairman was desired to attend the Repairs of South 
School-house 

Voted, that the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes & John Lowell Jr Esq 
be Agents on the part of the Town to defend the Towns Claim 
to the Old Town house before the Supreme Judicial Court 

Voted, that the Abutters on Lynn Street be directed to remove 
all incroachments on that Street on or before the 26 Ins*, that the 
Street may be prepared and levelled for paving 

Voted, that the Sum of three hundred Dollars be allowed 
towards widening Hanover Street in the Centre near the House of 
John Codman Esq 

The Chairman & M r . Tileston a Comm ee . to [29.] Advertize 
for Contracts for raising a Story & putting a new Roof, on the 
Latin Grammar School-house 

The Comm ee . of South part of the Town are empowered to 
repair Orange Street Pavement, where in their Judgem*. it may 
be necessary 

Henry Blainey applied for liberty to open the Drain from his 
House in Newbury Street granted on the usual restrictions & 
regulations 

Samuel Phillips applies for liberty to open the Drain from his 
House in Hollis Street granted as above 



The Comm 66 . for directing the new Buildings in the Market are 
authorized to have Benches placed under the Eaves of the South 
Building 

John McKendry approved of as a Watchman for the North 
Watch in the 'room of Eli Thayer 

Agreed to refer the subject of compensation to be paid M r . 
Hancock for Land laid into the new Street back of the New 
State-house to Nath 1 . Balch, John Andrews & John Winslow 
Esquires 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 22 d . 1800 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Porter, 
Oliver. 

The Board met in order to have a conference with M r . Ward 
Nicholes Boylston, relative to the Donation made the Town of 
Boston by the Will of the late Thomas Boylston deceased. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 77 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 25. 1800 
Present Mess ra : Tilden, Howard, Bulfinch Tileston, Hancock 
Oliver, Sherburne, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug*. 27. 1800 - - 
Present Bulfinch Tilden, Howard, Hancock Sherburne Porter 
Tileston Oliver Sturgis 

Passed upon Accounts 

[3O.] M r . William Callender having notified the Proprietors 
of the Common Sewer in Cross [street] according to Law has 
liberty to open said Common Sewer & to proceed in the Repairs 
of the same on the usual conditions of repairing the Street & 
proceeding as the Law prescribes 

M r . Gayly, [Gealy] M r . Oliver M r . Hayden & M r . Williams 
object to bearing any proportion of the Expence of repairing the 
Drain in Cross Street 

M r . Tukesbury has liberty to repair & shingle the Roof of the 
Barn on Deer Island to be accounted for in the arrears of Rent 
also to repair the Shed adjoining to said " Barn, which Shed he 
built & is to be considered in future as the property of the 
Town without further expence He has also liberty to cart off 
from the Pasture & Mowing Lands, the loose Stones now laying 
thereon. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 3 d . 1800 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Howard, Tileston, Sherburne, 
Sturgis, Oliver Hancock 

M r . Wallis applies for liberty to place a Post at the Corner of 
his Store on Town Dock referred to the Chairman 

Voted, that the Chairman be requested to advertize in the 
Papers the names of all Affricans & Negroes resident in this 
Town, who are not permitted to remain by law, & to warn them 
to depart by the 1 st . of October next & that M r . Sherburne with 
the Chairman be a Comm 66 . to prepare the Advertizement. 

M r . Enoch James & others complained of M rs . Gould the 
Occupant of a House at the bottom of Cross Street which com- 
plaint is referred to the Town Attorney for prosecution 

M r . Howard is directed to contract with some Person to take 
down the Houses in Back Street, ordered down by the Board, 
upon such terms as may appear to him best 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . M c . Learned is to be informed that the Board have deter- 
mined to take down part of his House in Hanover Street [31.] 
and that he be notified to appear to choose Referrees to value the 
same 

Voted, to have Bromfields Lane paved as far as the old pave- 
ment to have Hanover Street paved to Cold Lane to have a 
Gutter on the S. side of Cambridge Street & to have Gutters 
in Oliver Street as far as may be necessary in the Judgement of 
the Committee 

The Committee on "Water Street are desired to enquire what 
proportion the Abutters on that Street will pay towards raising 
& paving the Street 

The Chairman M r . Sturgis & M r . Sherburne are a Committee to 
arrange the Applicants for Stalls in the Market 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present Mess : 
Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Hancock Tileston Sherburne Oliver 

M r . Learned having appointed D r . Hill of Cambridge as a 
Referree on his part to view his House in Hanover Street & to 
award the damage that will be done to him by taking part of said 
House to widen the Street, the Board made choice of the Hon ble . 
Thomas Dawes on the part of the Town the above named 
Gentlemen to call in any one Person that they may agree upon in 
case they cannot unite in their Judgement 

Major Tilden was requested to supply seven & a half Cord of 
Wood to each of the Reading & Writing Schools, & five Cords to 
the Latin Schools 

Voted, that some loads of Gravel be laid in the Street at the 
bottom of the Mall and along the Hay Market 

The Chairman is desired to apply to M r . Winthrop Agent to 
G. Temple to put the Foot Walks in Repair in front of the 
Estate of the late Thomas Russell Esq in Summer Street 

[32.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 17 
1800 Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Howard Porter 
Sherburne, Tileston 

Approved of the Indentures of Daniel Robins a Minor to 
William Collins Hathway as on file 

Had a conference with a Comm ee . from the Persons who fre- 
quent the Market, for the purpose of selling Meat and Vegetables, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 79 

heard their proposals and objections to the arrangement of the 
Stalls & to the price demanded for the rent of Stalls 

After consideration of the subject Voted, to suspend the 
decision on those points untill next Wednesday 
Acted upon sundry applications for Licenses 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24*. Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Porter Tileston, Sherburne, Oliver, 
Hancock 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be directed to drop the suits of 
such occupants of the late Town Shops in the Market as will give 
him satisfactory security for the payment of their arrears of 



The Chairman & M r . Sturgis a Comm 66 . to confer with the 
directors of the Aqueduct and to request that the Streets should 
not be taken up for the laying Pipes after the 1 st . of October 
next 

On application of Cap 1 . Amasa Stutson for 43 pounds of 
Powder, an order was accordingly granted him 

The Comm 66 . to view the Roof of the Latin School, are desired 
to have the same repair'd, without putting on a new roof, which 
is te be postponed for the present said Comm ee . are requested to 
order necessary repairs to the roof of the S. Writing School 

Voted, that the Stalls in the Market be let for one year from 
the 1 st . of October, by the Week Month or Quarter at the rate of 
Fifty Cents p Week and that the Rent of a Stall to any Person 
who shall occupy the same for a shorter time shall be 12 Cents 
p Day 

[33.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 
29 th Present Mess' 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Tileston, 
Sherburne, Hancock 

Passed upon Accounts 

On application from a Comm 66 . from a large number of the 
Inhabitants' of Ward N. 7 requesting that some measures should 
be adopted for the security of the Inhabitants of said Ward 
against riotous & disorderly Persons 

Voied, that the several Constables within this Town be requested 
to aid & assist the Inhabitants of said Ward or any number of 
them to patrole that part of the Town every night from 9. o Clock 
untill Sun rise for the purpose of suppressing all rioters disturbers 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

of the peace, & other lawless dissipated Persons, & secure them 
in such manner as they think best, till they can be brought to 
suffer the penalties of the Law 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1 1800 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Sherburne, Howard, Hancock 

An application was received from the Venders of Meat and 
Vegetables in the Market and after consideration 

Voted, that this Board will adhere to the regulations of the 
Market which they have adopted, &.that M r . Gooch be directed 
to give the choice of Stalls to the Persons who may first apply 
therefor & who will agree to said regulations & that all other 
Persons who do not engage Stalls p the Week shall be considered 
as holding them p the day, & upon refusing to pay the rent of 
the same as fixed by this Board, that prosecution shall commence 
against them immediately. 

The ' Comm ee of that quarter are authorised to pave the en- 
trance into Southwick Court 

M r . Oliver is desired to have the Fences repaired at the Chapel 
Burying Ground 

On the application of M r . Joseph Callender, the [34.] Board, 
visited the Street near his House, and viewed the part that has 
been raised by M r . Clap & determined that M r . Clap be directed 
not to put any more Gravel into Middle Street ; and that it be 
recommended to him, to place a range of butting Stones West of 
his House to the Southernmost Tree of M r . Callender, to turn the 
water from his House 

An application was received from a number of the Abutters 
on Russell Street West Boston stating that they had had a Com- 
mon Sewer in that Street at the expence of 415 D 21 Cents, & that 
several other Persons wished to enter their Drains into the same ; 
& praying that the Board would regulate the price which such 
Persons should pay, according to Law whereupon 

Voted, that it is the opinion of this Board, for the encourage- 
ment of Persons to undertake such works, that 10 p c*. should be 
added to the amount of the cost, & the whole expence should 
then be divided by the number of Houses & Lots, which have & 
will have occasion to make use of s d . Sewer & the am , of such 
division shall be consid d . as the Sum which each and every 
Person shall pay in future for the privilege of entring a Drain 
therein 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 81 

M r . Henderson a Collector of Taxes offers Cap*. Enoch James 
& Francis Green Esq. for his sureties which were accepted 

M r . Jepson, Collector offers Benjamin Sumner & M r . Joseph 
Cal lender which were accepted 

M r . Thompson, Collector offers Eben r . Parsons Esq. & M r . 
Isaiah Doaue, as Sureties which were accepted 

M r . Bayley, Collector offer'd as his Sureties M r . Henry Bass & 
M r . James Bayley M 1 . Bass accepted & the Collector is desired 
to propose another Person as Surety 

see Octo r . 8 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 5 1800 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch Sturgis, Hancock, Howard, Porter Sher- 
burne Tileston Oliver 

An Advertizement was order'd to be inserted in the Tuesday & 
"Wednesday Papers ; advertizing the Stalls in the Market to 
be let 

Voted, that M r . Gooch be directed to accommodate all Persons 
who may apply for Stalls in the Market & will agree to the 
regulations that have been adopted. That he give the preference 
to [35.] new applicants ; and that the former holders be suffered 
to remain by the Day, untill approved by the Selectmen, except- 
ing the following Persons who are not to hold Stalls untill every 
one else are accommodated 

Ruben White William Heath 

Samuel Andrews Ebenezer Sever 

Ebenezer Smith Ebenezer Davis 

John Mayo - Richard Richardson 

John Jones Daniel Learned 

Benjamin Bromsden Samuel Slack 

Stephen Farrington Elisha Whitney 

Obediah Thayer - - Joseph Ruggles 

Peter Dyer Joseph Williams 

Daniel Jones John Daniels 

Daniel Spear 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 8 th . 1800 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Howard, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Oliver, 

M r . James Bayley is accepted as one of the Sureties for 
Thomas Bayley Collector 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Tfromas Hearsey having been presented by the Company 
f Engine N. 9, as their Captain in the room of M r . Peirce, 
resign'd he was approved of by the Selectmen 

M r . Wheelock Sexton of Chapel Church, on his application for 
the privilege of taking care of the Common Burying Ground It 
was granted him for the term of one Year 

The business of regulating the Market was taken up and sev- 
eral Persons admitted to hold Stalls 

M r . Seth Wells having engaged 4 Stalls in the Market Voted, 
that no one of the old Occupants shall be admitted to either of 
said Stalls, without being first approved by the Board 

Voted, that in consequence of the great number of Applicants 
for StaUs, no Person shall be permitted to occupy two Stalls 

Voted, that on application to the [36.] Chairman any person 
of the old Occupants may be furnished with a Stall in the Market 
except the following viz*. 

Reuben White Samuel Andrews 

Ebenezer Smith ------- Benjamin Bronsden 

William Heath Ebenezer Sever 

Eben r . Davis Rich d . Richardson 

Elisha Whitney Joseph Ruggles 

Voted, that the Town be lighted six months the present Year 
& 18 Nights in each month, to commence the 7 th . of Novem r . 
next 

M r . Howard is desired to take charge of the Lamps this 
Season & to make enquiries respecting the price of Oil 

The period of time having nearly elapsed, when the Blacks 
were ordered to leave the Town & Commonwealth it was deter- 
mined that upon the 11* Ins* prosecution should be commenced 
against any number of such Persons as are riotous & dis- 
orderly 

An abstract of the Law forbidding the Owners of Hackney 
Carriages from driving out of Town on Lord's day, is to be 
printed in the Papers 

The Town Clerk is authorised to com pleat the Bonds of the 
Collectors with their Sureties which have been approved of by 
the Selectmen & to give them Certificates accordingly 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 83 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15, 1800 
Present Mess 18 : Bulflnch, Tilden, Oliver, Howard, Hancock, 
Sturgis, 

M r . Nazro having resigned as Captain of Engine N. 6, the 
Company made choice of M r . Hugh Widdefield in his room, 
which choice is approved of by the Selectmen, & a Warrant 
order d for the new Master as also for Cap 1 . Hearsay of Engine 
N. 9 

On application of Cap*. Hollis & M r . Dyer respecting their 
Stalls in the Market 

Voted, that in consideration that Cap*. Hollis has ever appeared 
ready to agree to the Regulations adopted by this Board, that he 
have liberty to stand in Stall N. 45 

[37.] M r . Weld applies for a Stall formerly occupied by 
him, for the term of a Year from this date, in the mean time to 
be improved by any other Person his application did not 
obtain 

M r . Baldwin & M r . Winchester holders of Stalls under Faneuil 
Hall, having been admitted to Stalls in the Square, contrary to 
regulations, & there being a great demand for Stalls determined 
that they cannot hold but one Stall each 

On application of M r . Edward Smith & recommended from a 
number of Inhabitants, he is admitted to have a Stall in the 
Market 

M r . Bronsden & M r . Ruggles admitted to Stalls 

Complaint made by Cap*. Arnold of the conduct of the Watch 
on the Evening of Fry day last, for Personal abuse he together 
with the Constable of the Watch were notified to appear to 
Morrow 5. Clock 

The foot ground along the Chapel burying ground to be paved 
with Brick & edge Stone 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 22 d . 1800 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden, Hancock Tileston, Bulfinch, Sturgis, 
Porter, Oliver, Howard, 

M r . Murrow [Mero] has liberty to carry on the business of a 
Tallow Chandler & Soapboiler in the House of M r . Howard in 
Fore Street ; the same being an old licensed situation 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Andrews & M r . Heath, as recommended, are permitted to 
hold Stands in Faneuil Hall Market 

The Comm 66 . of Centre Schools are to direct such repairs for 
those Schools as they may Judge necessary 

Voted, that all the Bells be directed to be rung on the Morning 
of Thursday the 30 th . Ins*, from the hour of 7 to 8 in honor of 
the birth Day of the President of the United States 

In consequence of a complaint of Cap*. Arnold against the 
Market Watch, Voted, that the Board disapprove of the improper 
conduct of the Watch to Cap*. Arnold & others & that Mess r8 : 
The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Sturgis be a Comm ee . to consider 
what regulations & instructions may be proper to be adopted for 
the [38.] Watch in future, that they may be informed of their 
duty & excited to vigilance, & at the same time proper treatment 
secured to Passengers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 27 Pre- 
sent Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock, Porter Tyleston 
Sherburne Howard 

The Board have issued a Warrant for a Town Meeting on 
Monday next being the 3 d . of Novem r . 10 o'clock A : M for the 
purpose of choosing 1 Representative of the first Middle District 
in this Commonwealth in the next Congress 

M r . Tilden & M r . Porter a Comm ee . to wait on the Rev d . M r . 
Eckley & to request [h] is opening the meeting with Prayer 

M r . Edes to have printing of the Notifications for the ensu- 
ing Town Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 29* Pre- 
sent Mess ra : Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Sherburne Hancock Bul- 
finch Oliver Howard Sturgis 

M r . Capen has liberty to open the Drain from his House into 
the Common Sewer in Union Street under the usual restrictions 

Upon application from Cap*. Brazier as a Comm ee . for the use 
of Faneuil Hall for the purpose of holding a Caucus there it was 
Voted, that in the opinion of the Board there would [be] an im- 
propriety in granting the use of the Hall as requested 

Six Constables to attend the Meeting on Monday next, & the 
Assessors & Collectors to be desired to attend 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 85 

M r . Peter Spring has liberty to open a Drain from his Cellar 
in Pleasant Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 5. 1800 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden, Sherburne, Tileston, Porter, Howard, 
Hancock, Bulfinch, 

On application from a number, on the North side of [39.] 
Cambridge Street near West Boston Bridge agreed to have the 
Gutter paved on that side of the Street 

M r . John Jackson was approved as an Inspector & Packer of 
Barreld Pork Beef & Fish 

M r . Porter desired to consider the expediency of several up- 
right Pipes from the Aqueduct at the South part of the Town to 
be used in case of fires & also to confer with the Agents of the 
Aqueduct on the best mode of placing the Pipes & to Report the 
expence 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 12 th . 1800 
Present Mess rs : Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Porter Tileston, Bul- 
finch, Oliver, 

4. o : Clock assigned as a Meeting to consider the application 
of M r . Lewis Hoyt as an Auchtioneer & M r . Appleton Prentice 

4. o. Clock P : M : The above named Applicants were ap- 
proved of & appointed Auchtioneers for this Town 

Stephen Hall & Solomon Twist, Tollmen at West Boston 
Bridge, appointed Measurers of Wood coming from the Country 
over said Bridge 

The Board agreed to publish some recommendations respecting 
the driving & standing of the Carriages in the Streets as on file 

The Chairman is directed to commence prosecution against 
those Blacks & Mulattoes which have been warned to depart this 
Town & still remain ; as by list on file 

Agreed to allow M r . Pierpoint the possession of the Stalls built 
by him in the Market, free of rent for two Years from the 1 st of 
November Ins*, upon condition that said Stalls shall be ever 
under the direction of the Board ; that he shall have a foot way 
paved with Brick & secured with edge Stones along the front of 
said Stalls, and at the expiration of the time, the same shall be 
the property of the Town & delivered up in good repair 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman was authorized to make such arrangements with 
the Carts in Market Square, as may appear to him neces'sary, & 
to alter such arrangements as experience may suggest to be 
proper [4O.] And the Persons who regularly frequent the 
Market with Vegetables, may be permitted to take stands in the 
lower division of the new Buildings 

M r . Porter was desired to have suction pipe formed into the 
Aqueduct pipes on the Neck, to be of use in case of fire 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r 19 1800 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Porter Tileston 
Sherburne, Oliver, 

M r . Jacob Hall has liberty to open a Drain from his House to 
the Common Sewer in Prince Street, on the usual restrictions 

M r . Thomas Fessenden & others have liberty to lay a Common 
Sewer, from the N. End of Nassau Street, to meet the Common 
Sewer in Eliot Street 

Enquiry made as to the state of Pumps in the several Streets 
and the Comm 66 . in the Wards are desired to examine more 
particular & Report at the next Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 24. ] 800 
Present Mess : Tilden, Howard Sherburne, Porter Tileston, Sturgis 
Hancock 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26 Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Porter Hancock Tileston, Oliver 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Whereas a number of Gentlemen have at a considerable expence 
imported a large & valuable Fire-Engine, which they call by the 
name of the Cataract and as the directors of the Fire & Marine 
Insurance Office have offer'd to accommodate said Engine in the 
out building back of their office the Board hereby consent to 
appoint a Company for the management of said Engine with the 
privileges attached to such Companies and request the Gentlemen 
Fire Wards to nominate a Captain & Company for said Engine 
& to present the names as soon as may be, for approbation. 

Voted, that the Board will not consider [41.] the expence of 
the Constables who may attend the Patroles of Ward N. 7. as 
to be defrayed by the Town after the 30 th . Ins*. but that the 
Citizens who form such Patroles be authorized and impower'd to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 87 

command the assistance of any one of the "Watchmen of that 
Ward, in case of riotous and disorderly conduct, which may in 
their opinion require the interference of a legal Officer 

Also that the Constable of the Watch at West Boston be 
directed to aid & assist the patrole either by himself or any one 
of his Men, whenever called on for that purpose by the Officer of 
the Patrole 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 1800 
Present Mess rs : Bulflnch, Sturgis, Tileston, Hancock, Sherburne, 
Oliver, Howard 

A Meeting warned 4. O Clock P. M : for the consideration of 
M r . John A. Dun's application for an appointment as an 
Auchtioneer 

M r . John A : Dunn agreable to his application has been 
appointed an Auchtioneer for this Town see 2 d last July 

On application from the Mechanick Association for the use of 
Faneuil Hall for a dinner on the anniversary of the choice of 
Officers permission was granted 

Voted unanimously, that the Lamps be lighted 18 nights in 
each month, during the present season 

The Board considered and prepared the draft of a letter to the 
Agents upon the Towns claim under the will of the late Thorn 8 . 
Boylston Esq. in London, which is recorded in the minutes of 
their proceedings 

Samuel Curtis licensed as a Chimney Sweeper for the term of 
one month also a Lad by the name of Joseph Flower for whose 
conduct Curtis is to be accountable 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 10 1800 
Present Mess rs : 

The Selectmen did not make a Board 

[42.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 11 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, Tilden, 
Porter, Oliver Sturgis 

M r . Israel Mead appointed a measurer of Wood from the 
Country on the Neck 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Voted, that our Representatives in the General Court be fur- 
nished with the Votes of this Town respecting the restrictions on 
the Aqueduct Corporation and Copies of the proceedings of the 
Legislature thereon 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 17* 1800 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Howard Hancock 

Porter Sherburne Tileston Oliver 

i 

Agreed to have a dinner for the School Committee after the 
Semi annual visitation, on Friday the 9 th . Day of January of the 
Schools 

Approved of the Indentures of Alexander Martin a black Lad 
to Michael Williams as on file 

Received a communication from George Blanchard Inspector of 
the Legionary Brigade in this Town on the subject of the Towns 
provision of military equipments ordered to be examined into, 
previous to the inspection 

On application from the Undertakers of the common Sewer in 
Cambridge Street, that the amount may be determined, which 
they might demand from any Person who should enter said Com- 
mon Shore with their Drains in future whereupon. Voted, that 
the same principles which was adopted in Russell Street, be 
adheered to to assess the whole amount upon the number of 
Lotts in the Street equally & that ten per cent be added to this 
sum, to form the amount which every Person should pay for the 
privilege of entring a Drain therein in future 
Cost of Common Shore. 1247 

deduct Subscriptions from Russell Street j 

from Buttolph Street } 250 



Whole number of Abutters. 37 in each 26, ,94 

add 10 p c*. as above stated 2,, 69 



Amount of a right in future - - - $29 ,, 63 

[43.] On application from the Society of the first Church, 
liberty was granted to make use of the Latin School House two 
Evenings in the Week 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24 th 
Present Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Hancock Sherburne, Porter 
Tileston, Oliver 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1800. 89 

On application from M r . Jonathan Grout for liberty to erect 
machinery for a Telegraph on fort hill, to make an experiment of 
its usefulness Liberty was granted for the erection of such 
machinery under the direction of the Selectmen 

M r . Seargent has liberty to bring paving Stones from Deer 
Island for the use of the Town, during the Winter to be landed 
on the Towns Slip near Rowes Wharf, or any other place where 
they may be deposited free of expence M r . Tilden is desired to 
give orders & directions for the same 

M r . Faxton Sealer of weights & measures is directed to accom- 
modate the County Treasurer, with the use of the Standards in 
his possession when ever called upon by him for that purpose 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Decem r . 29. 1800 
Present Mess : Tilden Bulfinch, Hancock Porter Tileston Oliver 
Howard 

Passed upon Accounts 

4. o Clock a Meeting is to be held for taking up the request of 
M r . Nathaniel Phillips Hewes that he may [be] appointed an 
Auchtioneer for the remainder of the present Year 

4. o Clock. 

The above named Person was 
appointed an Auchtioneer accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 7. 1801 Present 
Mess re : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston, Hancock, Oliver, 

On application from the Captain of the Engine in School Street, 
agreed to have a Chimney built to that Engine House 

The Chairman & M r . Sturgis a Comm ee . to view the Scales in 
the Market-house, & to order what repair may be necessary 

Passed upon a List of Licensed Retailers & c . 

[44.] Mess 1 " 8 : Whelock & Simmons made return of their 
proceedings respecting a Stray Horse taken up by them & 
requested that they might be recorded & are as follows, viz 1 . 

Suffolk ss : To Mess ra : Isaac Trask & Andrew Morton 
both of Boston, both disinterested & Judicious 

Men Greeting 

By Virtue of the power & authority to me given, in & by a law 
of the Commonwealth entitled " An Act respecting lost Goods & 
Stray Beasts" I do hereby appoint you to Appraise upon oath, 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

at the true value thereof in money according to your best skill & 
Judgement a Bay horse about 14 hands high, with a white Star 
in his fore-head, about 10 years old, been docked & nicked, found 
by David Parminter at Boston in the inclosure of A\ r heelock & 
Simmons having performed this service, you are to make return 
of this Warr 4 . into the Town Clerks Office of said Boston within 
seven day from the date hereof 

Given under my hand & Seal of Office this 1 st . Day 
of January Anno Domini 1801 

WILLIAM SHERBURNE Jus peace, 

Boston January 3 d . 1801 

The above named Andrew Morton & Isaac Trask personally 
appeared and made oath, that they would faithfully & impartially 
perform the service for which they are appointed by the foregoing 
Warrant . 

Before W m . SHERBURNE Just, peace, 

Boston January 3 d . 1801 

Pursuant to the foregoing Warrant we the Subscribers have 
attended the service therein appointed us to perform and have 
carefully viewed & examined the Horse described by the said 
Warr 1 . and considered his age qualities & defects (being broken 
winded & are of opinion that the full value of said Horse is 
Twenty Dollars and no more. Witness our hands the day & 
Year aforesaid 

ISAAC TRASK 
ANDREW MORTON 

[45.] On representation that Ballast had been taken from 
Deer Island for the supply of Ships under cover of the permit 
given to take such Ballast as may be wanted for the use of the 
new Alms-house Ordered that M r . Tukesbury be directed to per- 
mit no Ballast whatsoever to be taken from the Island untill 
further orders Also Voted that Mess : Green who are repre- 
sented as guilty of the above trespass, be immediately prosecuted. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 14 1801 
Present Mess rs : Tilden, Hancock, Tileston, Bulfinch, Sturgis, 
Howard, Porter Oliver 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Committee to endeavour to procure 
a situation for the Cataract Engine & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 21. 1801 
Present Mess ra : Tilden Sturgis Hancock Sherburne Tileston, 
Oliver, Porter 

Whereas Samuel N. Gushing has applied to this Board for leave 
to erect a Shed upon a passage way between his House & a Barn 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 91 

of Meletiah Bourn, for a few months only Voted, that 
Maj r . Tilden M r . Sturgis & M r . Tileston be a Committee to repair 
to the passage way aforesaid, consider the expediency of comply- 
ing with M r . Cushings request, & if they think it advisable grant 
him the privilege desired, they have full liberty for so doing, 
taking said Cushings obligation to remove said Shed whenever 
required by this Board so to do 

Several Persons approved of for licenses to retail as by list 
given the Town Clerk 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 26. 1801 
Present Mess": Bulfinch Tilden, Hancock, Tileston, Sturgis 
Howard Porter, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Barnabus Connor on the 26 Ins 1 , as Hayward, made report of 
proceedings respecting two Stray Beasts taken up & impounded 
by him which are as follows viz* 
Boston ss : Suffolk County 

To Mess re : Benjamin 
Simpson & Edward 
Jones both of said 

, Boston & Judicious 

& disinterested Men 
Greeting 

Agreeable to the authority vested in me by a law of this [46.] 
Commonwealth in titled " An Act respecting lost Goods & Stray 
Beasts " You are hereby appointed & impowerd to appraise upon 
Oath at the true value thereof in money according to your best 
skill & Judgement a Mare of a black colour with a Saddle & 
Bridle : also a Bay Colt with a Star in his Fore-head, both taken 
up & impounded by Barnabus Connor, who has entred posted & 
cryed the same as the Law directs and you are to make Return 
of this Warrant with your doings therein into the Town Clerks 
Office of said Boston within seven days from the date hereof 

Given under my hand & 
seal this 1 st . Day of January Anno Domini 1801 

WILLIAM COOPER Clerk of said Town of Boston 

Suffolk ss : Boston January 12. 1801 

The above named Benjamin Simpson & Edward Jones Per- 
sonally appeared & made oath that they would faithfully appraise 
the Mare Colt & Saddle & Bridle mentioned in the foregoing 
Warrant, according to their best Judgement 
Before me 

WILLIAM COOPER Clerk of said Town 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston January 13, 1801 

Pursuant to the 'foregoing Warrant, we the Subscribers have 
attended the service therein appointed to us to perform, and hav- 
ing carefully viewed & examined the Mare & Colt, described by 
said Warrant, together with the Saddle & Bridle We are of 
opinion that the full value of said Mare is 2 Dollars that of the 
Colt, 15 Dollars and that of the Saddle & Bridle 1 Dollar, amount- 
ing in the whole to eighteen Dollars 

Witness our hands the Day & Year aforesaid 

BENJAMIN SIMPSON 
EDWARD JONES 

At a Meeting for drawing Jurors for the Supreme Judicial 
Court, this Day proceeded to fill up the number of Jurors in the 
room of three excused Adjourned the Meeting for choice of 
Jurors to Wednesday the 4*. of February next 

[47.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 28. 1801. 
Present Mess rs : Tilden, Hancock, Sherburne, Tileston, Howard, 
Bulfinch, Sturgis, Porter, Oliver 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Chairman was desired to procure two compleat Scales & 
Beams for Faneuil Hall Market and to have the two others 
repaired and any new weights added that may be wanting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 4. 1801 Present 
Mess Bulfinch, Tileston Howard Hancock, Porter, Sturgis, 
Oliver, Sherburne, 

M r . Sturgis is desired to confer with Mess rs : Parsons and 
Doane Sureties for M r . Thompson, Collector deceased, respect- 
ing the Collection of the residue of the Taxes given him to 
Collect, and to Report on Fryday next - 

On the Petition of Oliver Hartshorne & others, that a Street 
bordering on their lots at West Boston should be laid out to 
ascertain their boundaries the Chairman was desired to view 
the situation of the Street & to ascertain the situation of the old 
Street and to Report 

The Chairman M r . Sturgis, M r . Oliver & M r . Hancock a Com- 
mittee to attend the Committee of the General Court on the 
subject of the Towns Memorial requesting restrictions on the 
Aqueduct Corporation 

Voted, that M r . Howard & M r . Clap the Town Treasurer be 
requested to borrow of the Union Bank, two thousand Dollars 
for the purpose of paying for the Oil used in the Lamps this 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 93 

season, the same to be repaid to the Bank as soon as the Monies 
shall be paid in by the Collectors 

The Chairman is desired to apply to our Representatives in the 
General Court for their exertions to obtain an addition to the Act 
forbidding Foreign Africans to reside in this State ; the addi- 
tional Act to extend to Molattoes Lascars and East Indians 

Josiah Knap exhibited an Account of the Expence of building 
a Common Sewer, & filling up the dock between him & M r . 
Healey, amounting to the Sum of 1069 Dollars 91 Cents pur- 
suant to his agreement with the [48.] Selectmen on the 29* Day 
of July 1799 which is on Record, and the above mentioned 
Account is on file 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 11, 1801 
Present Mess rs : Howard, Tileston, Tilden, Sturgis, Bulfinch, 
Sherburne, Oliver, 

Approved of the Indentures of Charles Bolt to Cap 4 . Jeremiah 
Rea, as on file 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 18 1801 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis, Sherburne Tileston 
Porter, Oliver, 

M r . Dearborn having made an offer to present to the Town for 
the use of Faneuil Hall Market one of his Patent Vibrating 
Steel Yards Voted to accept the same & that the Thanks of the 
Board be presented him and propose that the Beam be marked 
Town of Boston, presented by Benjamin Dearborn 

The Board heard & examined several Persons on the subject of 
an alarm by fire discover 'd yesterday in the Porch of D r> Lothrops 
Meeting House, & endeavoured to ascertain whether the same 
was occasioned by accident or design but after full examination 
could obtain no satisfactory evidence on the subject N. B. An 
Advertizement recommending vigilance was inserted in the 
Centinel last Wednesday 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 23 d . 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston Hancock Sturgis Sher- 
burne Howard, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 25. 1801 
Present Mess : Tilden Sturgis Howard Hancock Sherburne 
Porter Tileston Oliver 

Passed upon other Accounts 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Howard Tileston Sturgis Porter 
Hancock Oliver 

A Meeting called at 4. O. Clock to consider the application of 
John W. Folsom as an Auchtioneer 

[49.] Town Clerk to prepare a Warrant for March Meeting 
to be held the 2 d . Monday of March Ins 1 , being the 9* of said 
Month 

M r> Edes to have the printing of the Notifications 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard a Comm 66 . to wait on Rev d . M r . 
Baldwin & to request his opening Town Meeting with Prayer 

4. o Clock M r . John W. Folsome according to his request is 
appointed an Auchtioneer for the remainder of [of the year] 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9 l 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Howard Sherbume Han- 
cock Porter Tileston Oliver 

Approved of the Indentures to John Chapman to Daniel Lillie 
Jun r . Boat Builder as on file also approved of the Indentures of 
Joseph Morgan to Benjamin Conney Mast Maker as on file 

Cap 1 . Howard was desired to call upon M r . Welch the Agent 
of the Mill Proprietors, to have the Fence repaired on the West 
side of the Mill Bridge, & to exhibit his Account for the Towns 
proportion 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Howard Sherburne Porter 
Tileston Oliver Hunnewell 

On application of Aaron Dexter & others, for liberty to open 
the Common Sewer leading from Milk Street to Olivers Dock for 
the purpose of repairing the same Ordered 

That the Applicants give notice to all the Proprietors in said 
Common Sewer, or where Drains enter therein to appear & show 
cause why said Repairs should not be undertaken & assessed on 
them generally according to Law, they to appear on or before 
Wednesday next at the Select Mens Room, or every Day pre- 
vious thereto ; between the hours of 12 & 1. o : Clock 

Upon complaint from Thomas O. Selfridge Esq. of abusive 
[5O.] conduct from Timothy Coffran the Driver of Hackney 
Carriage N. 34 owned by Cap*. Patrick Connor Voted, the 
Parties having been heard, and the cause of complaint being 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 95 

proved Voted, that M r . Connor be required to dismiss the said 
Coffran immediately from his service as a Driver, otherwise that 
he will be deprived of his License for that Carriage 

Voted to adopt the Regulations for the Office of Hay-weigher, 
which were passed the last Year on the 12 l . Day of March, as on 
Record to be in force for the present Year 

Wednesday next assigned for the choice of a Hay- weigher for 
the present Year 

The Board came to the choice of a Messenger for the Year 
ensuing, and the Vote being taken, it appeared, that Matthew 
Nazro, was chosen 

The Board came to the choice of a Superintendent of Police 
for the Year ensuing, and the Vote being taken it appeared that 
Charles Bulfinch Esq. was chosen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18. 1801 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Howard, Tileston, Sherburne, Porter, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, Tilden, Sturgis 

D r . Aaron Dexter made return of the Names of the Proprietors 
of the Common Sewer from Milk Street to Olivers Dock who had 
been notified conformable to the order passed on "Wednesday 
last It was agreed that the applicants should proceed to repair 
the same if in their Judgement it should appear necessary, upon 
examination of the same 

M r . Porter M r . Tileston M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell a Com- 
mittee for the care & improvement of the Common the present 
Year 

M r . Porter & M r . Oliver a Committee for repairing Marl- 
borough Street, Newbury, Orange & Washington Street, like wise 
all Streets West & East to the South of Liberty Tree so called 

[51.] M r . Tilden Tileston & Hunnewell to repair Streets to 
the Eastward of the Main Street Ward N. 10 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard all the Streets below the Bridge 

M r . Bulfinch & M r . Sturgis for the Streets in the other parts of 
the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard Porter Sher- 
burne Tileston, Oliver Hunnewell 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Edward C. How applies for a Deed of the Land on which Ms 
Ropewalk stands at the bottom of the Common 

Jonathan Wild has liberty to lead the Waste water from his 
Pump into the Common Sewer in Middle Street on the usual 
Conditions 

Wednesday next assigned for coming to the choice of a Hay 
weigher, for the Year ensuing 

M r . Zephenia Spurr, was approved of & appointed Captain of 
the new Cataract 'Engine and a list of Engine Men was pre- 
sented by him which was approved and ordered to be entred in 
the Book 

On application from the Fire-wards of the Town that the 
Selectmen would direct the Constables to prosecute any Person 
who shall carry any fire thro : any Street or Lane or on any 
Wharff in this Town except in some cover 'd Vessell, or who shall 
smoke or have in his possession any lighted Pipe or Segar in any 
Street or Lane or on any Wharff contrary to Law : and the Fire- 
wards agreeing by their application which is on file, to relinquish 
to such Constables, that part of the Fine which by Law accrues 
to them Voted, that the several Constables of the Town be 
directed to prosecute the breaches of the law in this respect 
which come within their notice & observation & that they be 
informed of the encouragement offer'd them by the Gentlemen 
Fire-wards in relinquishing their proportion of the Fines 

sent 

Meeting for choice of Jurymen for C. C. P. April term [52.] 
Adjourned to Wednesday next. 4. O.' Clock P : M : 

Application having been made to this Board by several respect- 
able Gentlemen a Committee from a number of Inhabitants of 
the Town, that leave be granted them to meet at Faneuil Hall on 
some Evening previous to the 1 st . Monday of April next 
Voted, That the said request be so far complied with that the 
said Inhabitants so applying, have the use of the Hall on any 
Evening they wish, previous to the said Monday of April, Satur- 
day & Sabbath Evenings excepted, and in order that it may not 
be considered that the /Selectmen act with any partiality, they 
now inform the Inhabitants of the Town at large, that any other 
application that may be made for the like purpose, will be 
granted 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30. 1801 
Present Mess : Sherburne, Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis Tileston, 
Oliver Hunnewell Howard Porter 

Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 97 

On "Wednesday the 25 of March Ins*, a AVarrant was issued by 
the Selectmen, for convening the Inhabitants on the 1 st . Monday 
of April next, for the choice of Gov r . L 1 . Gov r . & 4 Senators as 
by y 6 Law directed 

Voted, that M r . Benjamin Edes have the printing of the 
Notifications 

M r . Bulfinch & Oliver a Comm 6 *. to wait on the Rev d . M r . 
Freeman with the request of the Selectmen, that he would open 
said Meeting with prayer 

M r . Benjamin Henderson & M r . Thomas Bayley Collector for 
1799, having produced discharges from the several Treasurers 
for the Sums committed to them to Collect the Town is to 
deliver them their Bonds for said Year 

The Chairman is desired to view the fence lately put up by M r . 
Policy & to Report Wednesday next, whether any encroachment 
is made on the Street 

The Committee on Common, to enquire for Popler Trees & 
Report the Price 

[53.] M r . Tileston Sturgis & Hunnewell a Comm 66 : to view 
the Common Sewer which is now repairing from Milk Street to 
Olivers Dock to consider the propriety of altering the course of 
part thereof, which runs under the Buildings of M r . Magnor 
also what part of the expence of said alteration should be paid by 
M r . Magnor 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1-1801 Present 
Mess : Porter, Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Tileston Sherburne 
Tileston Hunnewell Oliver 

This time being assigned for coming to the choice of a Hay- 
weigher, the ballots were taken & it all appeared that M r . George 
Trott was unanimously chosen ; his appointment to commence 
from this Day and the Town Clerk is to furnish him with the 
Vote of the Selectmen for regulating the Duty of the Hay-weigher, 
which passed the last Year 

sent 

The Comm 66 . to view the Common Sewer from Milk Street to 
Olivers Dock Report That part of said Sewer runs under Buildings 
the property of M r . John Magner, that there is danger of injuring 
said Buildings & of incurring a very great additional expence in 
any attempt to clear or repair that part. M r . Magner having 
proposed that the course of such part of this Common Sewer 
should be altered so as to lead into the Street clear of the 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

foundations of his buildings the Comm ee . have agreed that he 
shall pay one half of the whole expence of digging, laying & 
compleating the new part of said Common Sewer, Materials 
included & shall remove his necessary-house from its situation 
over the Sewer, and that Mr. Magner shall be exempted from any 
proportion of the Assessment for the present repair of the other 
part of said Common Sewer 

sent 

M r . Marshall lately chosen a Collector of Taxes by the Town, 
having proposed Eben r . Parsons & Isaiah Doane Esqrs as his 
Bondsmen, they are approved of for his Bondsmen 

On application of D r . Townsend & others for liberty to plant a 
Row of Poplar Trees in front of the Common leave is gfanted 
on condition of their being placed 4 feet only from the Brick Wall 

[54.] The Chairman & M r . Porter a Comm 66 . to view the 
spot of Ground in Pleasant Street, where M r . Whitmarsh intend 
to erect a Building to ascertain the line of the Street in that 
place, or to vary it as the public convenience may require 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 4*. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Sherburne Sturgis Howard Tileston 
Hunnewell 

Upon representation that M r . Elisha Sigorney was making an 
incroachment on the new line of Cambridge Street & that he per- 
sisted in doing it after being requested to desist 

Voted, that the Chair- 
man be desired to enter a complaint before the Town Advocate 
that M r . Sigorney may be brought to tryal at the next Municipal 
Court for this trespass 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8. 1801 
Present Mess Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Tileston Sherburne Porter 
Oliver, 

The Committee chosen to view Pleasant Street Reported that 
the[y] had drawn a line on the Easterly side of said Street, from 
the Corner of Eliot Street Southerly, to be considered in future 
as the boundary line of that part of said Street. beginning from 
the corner of Eliot Street which is 30 feet 6. inches from the 
house of John Tuckerman & 38 feet from the opposite side of 
Pleasant Street on land of John Bowens thence running on a 
straight line Southerly to the north corner of y e house of M r . 
Stevens ; said Pleasant Street being 38 feet 6 inches wide from 
the north corner of Stevens 's house to the South corner of the 
House of Simon Hastings this Report was accepted & confirm'd 
by the Board & order'd to be entred on record 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 99 

Col. Dawes a Comm 66 . from Massachuset Bank applies for 
liberty to open the ground in Corn Street to lay a drain from 
their Bank to the Common Sewer condition'd to repair the 
pavement & properly securing it. 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Tileston were desired to procure the Towns 
proportion of Powder Ball & Camp Equipage against the next 
Brigade inspection 

[55.] Inspected M r . Tukesbury Acco*. of Repairs on the 
Buildings at Deer Island & directed him to make an addition to 
the East end of the Hall 14 feet long and to plant 20 Poplar 
Trees in front of the House the expence to be allowed out of 
the Rent Agreed to allow M r . Tukesbury the privilege of taking 
Ballast from the two points of Deer Island called Cedar point & 
Secured point, he to pay 100 Dollars for this privilege, for one 
year only all the paving Stones to be reserved for the use of the 
Town. The above sum of 100 Dollars to be considered as addi- 
tional to the Rent of 200 Dollars for the Island for the Year 

The Board appointed M r . Mock to Collect the Cow money for 
the Year ensuing he to receive d . of the sums he may collect, 
for his services 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 15. 1801 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Oliver Porter, Hunne- 
well Tileston, Howard, 

The Town Clerk is to draw a Bond for Christopher Marshall 
Esq. appointed by the Assessors to collect the balance of Taxes 
given to the late Collector Thompson to Collect the Bond was 
accordingly drawn & being approved of by the Selectmen, was 
executed by M r . Marshall & placed on the Town file of Bonds, 
he was also sworn to the faithful discharge of his duty, by the 
Town Clerk 

The Committee of the Common was authorized to plant a 
number of Trees round B[e] aeon-hill & to fence the same 

The Chairman is authorized to confer with the Abuttors on 
Belknap Street respecting the expediency of opening a passage 
through the Rope-walks of M r . Austin & to determine what part 
of the expence they will defrey, & to confer with M r . Austin on 
the subject 

The Chairman is desired to inform the Agents of the Aqueduct 
Corporation, that the Board would be ready to confer with them 
or any Committee of them on the subject of their proposal for a 
Reservoir on Fort-hill, next Wednesday P : M : 4 o'Clock 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen April 22 d . 1801 Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hunnewell, Tileston, Oliver, Sturgis, 
Sherburne, Porter, 

M r . Mock appointed to Collect Cow money was directed to 
advertize the Tax on the Cows for the present Year at 75 Cents 
for such as go at large & 37 Cents for those that are kept up 

[56.] The Board had a conference with the Committee of 
the Agents of the Aqueduct upon their proposal for a Reservoir 
on Fort-hill 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1801 Present 
Mess : Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, Sherburne, Bulfinch, Oliver, 
Howard Tilden 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Benjamin Jepson Collector having produced Receits from 
the State County & Town Treasurers for all the taxes of 1799 
given him to collect the Town Clerk is to deliver him his Bond 
for that year 

On application of Col. Seth King & others for liberty to open 
the Common Sewer in Dock Square for the purpose of repairing 
the same Ordered that the Applicants give notice to all the 
Proprietors in said Common Sewer, or where Drains enter therein, 
to appear & show cause why said Repairs should not be under- 
taken & assessed on them generally according to law they to 
appear on or before "Wednesday the 6 th . of May next at the 
Selectmens Room or any day previous thereto, between the hours 
of 12. & 1. o. 'Clock- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston Porter, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Warrant for a Town 
Meeting on Wednesday the 13*. of May next 10. o Clock A : M : 

Rev d . M r . Emmerson to be requested to open the Town Meet- 
ing with prayer & M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston a Committee to 
wait upon M r . Emmerson for that purpose 

M r . Edes the Elder, to have the printing of the Notification 

The Administrators on the Estate of M r . James Thompson 
late Collector having produced Receipts from the State County & 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 101 

Town Treasurers for the sums given him to collect for 1799 
the Town Clerk is to deliver the Bonds given for that Year 

M r . Richard Faxon M r . Richard Austin M r . Timothy 
Greene are chosen Sealers of Weights & Measures in the several 
Districts assigned to them the last Year 

[57.] Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6 th . 
1801 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Sherburne, Sturgis, Porter, 
Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, Tilden, 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen the 1 st . of May Ins 1 . On 
application from John Osborn, John Welles & Jonathan Amory 
for liberty to open the Common Sewer from back of the Houses 
on the North side of Franklyn place, for the purpose of repair- 
ing the same, Ordered that the Applicants give notice to the 
Proprietors in said Common Sewer, or where Drains enter therein, 
to appear & show cause why said repairs should not be under- 
taken & assessed on them generally according to law they to 
appear on or before Wednesday the 6 l . Ins 1 , at the Selectmens 
Room or every day previous thereto, between the hours of 12 & 
1. 0. 'Clock- 
On application from M r . Samuel Hastings for liberty to open 
the Common Sewer in Newbury Street for the purpose of repair- 
ing the same Ordered that the Applicants] give notice to the Pro- 
prietors in said Common Sewer or other Drains entring therein, to 
appear & show cause why said repairs should not be undertaken 
& assessed on them generally according to Law, [that] they do 
appear on or before Wednesday the 13 Ins*, at the Selectmens 
Room on any day previous thereto^ between the hours of 12 & 1. 
O. 'Clock- 
On complaint of the Proprietors of the Common Sewer in 
Middle Street against a Drain which M r . Josias Nottage in behalf 
of M r . Devens, is carrying into the same & to be made of 
Wood M r . Nottage is directed to lay that part of the Drain 
which is in the Street with Brick or Stone & to cover all with 
Slate 

M r . Israel Cook is approved as a packer of Pork & pickled Fish 
for the Year ensuing 

Mess rs : Tilden, Sherburne & Hunnewell a Comm ee . to consider 
on what conditions & restrictions the Petition of the Aqueduct 
Corporation fora Reservoir on Fort Hill may be complied with 

[58.] On the application of Stephen Gorham Esq & others 
that the Board would direct the part of Water Street at the bot- 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

torn of Pearl Street to be raised to carry the Water over Ground 
into the Sea 

Voted 

unanimously, that upon consideration that the Street has lately 
been paved at the expence of the Town & the Common Sewer 
has been throughly repaired, which its hoped will remove the in- 
convenience complained of, the Board cannot think it expedient 
to make the proposed alteration at the expence of the Town ; but 
that the Petitions may have liberty, to make the proposed im- 
provement at their own expence, upon condition that they indem- 
nify or otherwise satisfy all the Abutters for every injury that 
may be done them by so raising the Street. 

sent 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7 1801 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Bulfinch, [Blank] 

Return was made by D r . Aaron Dexter of the Expence attend- 
ing the Repairs of the Common Shore from Milk Street to Olivers 
Dock, and Order passed that the same be assessed on the Persons 
interested as follows Viz 

The Accompt of the Expences in opening and repairing the 
Common Shore from Milk Street to Olivers Dock, was laid before 
the Selectmen by D r . Aaron Dexter, & by the Selectmen exam- 
ined & allowed ; they being informed at the same time, that he 
had caused to be warned every Person concerned according to 
law, and no objection having been entred to his proceeding 
Assessment was made by the Selectmen, and an Order for pay- 
ment delivered to the said Aaron Dexter, which is as follows 
Viz* 

X 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore running from Milk Street 
to Olivers Dock so called in Boston aforesaid has been duly 
repaired by the aforenamed Aaron Dexter, the whole Expence 
whereof according to an Account laid before, & examined by us 
the Subscribers amounted to four hundred sixty three Dollars 
nine Cents, and as such Expence is to be paid by such Person or 
[59.] Persons whose Drain enters into said Common Shore, & 
receives benefit thereby, and in such proportion as shall be 
Adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major part of 
them, who are empower'd by Law to Apportion the same, & the 
said Aaron Dexter having agreable to said Law Notified all con- 
cerned before he had proceeded on the business, and no objection 
having been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers, Select- 
men of the Town of Boston, do hereby Certify that having con- 
sidered of said Expences, and by whom and in what manner it 
ought to be paid do Adjudge that the same ought to be paid in 
the proportion following, and by the Persons hereunder named 
Viz 1 . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 



103 



David Wild - 
James Bowdoin - 
Thomas K. Jones 
James Wakefield 
Joseph Shed - 
Samuel Parkman 
John Gushing 
David Hill 
Isaac Rand te 
Stephen Gorham 
Henry Smith - 
James Level - - 
Thomas H. P 
Simeon Polly 
Sarah Tilden - 
Samuel Thwinj 
Jonathan Fowles 
Aaron Dexter 
Peter R. Dalton 
[Blank] Julian 
Ebenezer Niles 
John Fleet - 
Ebenezer Dorr 
Daniel Tuttle 
M r . Appleton 
William Collman 
Isaac 

[6O.] M 18 . 1 
Jefferi 
Capt 1 . 

James Carter 
George Blanchard 
William Tilden 
Thomas Davis 
Russell Sturgis - 
Mark Pickhard - 
Edward Blanch ar( 
Robert T. Paine - 
D r . Sprague 
John Sullivan 
Elisha Sigorm 
Thomas Walley 
Charles Miller 
Ditto, for Hui 
Joseph Foster 
Simeon Eliot 
John Coats 
Jeremiah Bulfinch 
Nathaniel Foster 



------ 1 Drain - - 


$5 ,, 


65 


in 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


ones - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


ield - - - - l ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


nan - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


; 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 


65 


irtius - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


66 


lam ... - 1 ditto - 


5,, 


65 


1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


- - - - - - ditto - - 


2,, 


82, 


'erkins - - - \ ditto - - 


2,, 


82i 


1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65' 


1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


ag Jun r . - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


des - ... 1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 


65 


: 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


on 1 ditto - - 


5" 


65 


nl flitto 


n 


fi^i 




n 


o o 


js 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


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5,, 


65 


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x 


6T 




" 55 


uu 


1 ditto 


z 


fi's 




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UtJ 


1 ditto - - 


^ 51 


65 


nan - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 




* 


fi^ 







DO 


ight - - - - 1 Drain - - 


5,, 


65 


lardson - - - 1 Drain - - 


5 ,, 


65 


------ 1 Drain - 


5 


Kf, 




5 


U w 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 


65 


hard - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


sn 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


9 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


is 1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 


65 


d 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


ihard - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


ine 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


------ 2 ditto 


1 | 


QA 




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O\j 


1 ditto 


r 


fi^ 




5> 


Uw 


^y.Treasu 1 '. Theatre 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 




K 


fi^ 




u 


Dw 


r 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


nts House - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


ri rHttn 


r. 


fi^ 




5> 


Ut> 


1 Hittn 


^ 


ft 1 ! 







DJ 


1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


finch - - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


?ter - ... 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 


;inson - - - 1 ditto - - 


5,, 


65 



104 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



Thomas Hows - - 
John Cobourn 

John F. Williams - 

Widow Eliot - - - 

Jokn Ashton - - - 

Robert How - - - 

Stephen Hall - - - 

M r . Walleys House - 
M r . Sumners House 
John Simkins 

William Hall - - - 
M r . Furnis - 

M r . Russells Estate - 

Thomas Winthrop - 

Benjamin [Blank] - 

John Adams - - - 

John Fillebrown - - 

John Stoughton - - 

[61.] Gardner Green - - 

John M c Lane - - 

Thomas C. Amory - 

John Wells - - - 

John Osborn - - - 

Lady Temple - - - 

M r . Woods Estate - 
Widow Mary Coffin 

Treasurer Coffin - - 

Shubael Hews - - 

M r . Wall --- - 

Cap*. Johnson - - 

M r . Whites House - 

Joseph Pope - - - 

Joseph Coolidge - - 



1 ditto - - 


$5 , 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 , 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 , 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 , 65 


ditto - - 


2 , 82 


ditto - - 


20.) 7 
. O^JJ 


1 ditto - - 


5 , 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 Drain - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 


1 ditto - - 


5 ,, 65 



And we do hereby appoint 
the aforenamed Aaron 
Dexter to recieve of the 
Persons within named, the 
Sums affixed to their 
several Names and to give 
discharges therefor 
CHARLES 



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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 105 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20 1801 Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Sturgis Oliver, Tilden, Tileston, Sherburne, 
Hunnewell, 

M r . George Hiler approved as a Packer of Pork Beef & pickled 
Fish 

D r . Noyes & M r . Bradley apply for repairs on Fitches Alley 
Charles Gushing Esq for repairs on Beacon Street 

Liberty is granted to Edward Gray Esq. to place a range of 
Posts in front of his House in Brattle Square, at the Distance of 
six feet from [62.] the same upon condition that he shall first 
take down the large Tree now standing in the Square and 
hereafter place a row of Trees, at a suitable season immediately 
within the Posts and the Neighbours on the same side of the 
Square to Belknaps Alley, are allowed the same liberty, on 
condition of placing Trees as above directed. 

The Chairman is desired to have a Drain laid from the Town 
Pump to the Common Sewer in Cornhill, with suitable sinks & 
grates 

M r . Porter Oliver & Hunnewell a Committee to confer with 
M r . Josiah Knap respecting a brick front to the Towns Watch- 
house in Orange Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25. 1801 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston, Porter, Howard, 
Oliver Hunnewell Sherburne 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Board proceeded in conformity to the Law of the Common- 
wealth passed March 7. last, to make choice of a Person to ascer- 
tain the capacities of all Boats & Lighters employ'd in the Town 
to bring Stones Gravel or Sand & to mark the same as prescribed 
in said Act and unanimously chose M r . Caleb Beals to this 
Office, by ballot Mem . M r . Beals has been sworn to the faith- 
ful discharge of his duty 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Sherburne, 
Porter, Sturgis, Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Board came to the choice of an Orator for the 4 th . of 
July next, and unanimously Voted, to apply to Charles Paine 
Esq. to deliver an Oration according to the Vote of the Town 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman & M r . Oliver were desired to wait on M r . Paine 
with the above Vote 

M r . Z. Adams applied for liberty to keep a Machine called the 
Federal Balloon in the place where it now stands near the Com- 
mon Ordered, that the proprietors be directed to remove the 
said Machine from the view of the Street 

Voted to allow fifty Dollars towards the Expence [63.] of 
paving Fitches Alley, the same to be done with flat stone through- 
out, & the sum to be paid upon the work being compleated to the 
satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Agreed to the proposal of M 1 '. Josiah Knapp for building a 
Brick front to the Watch House in Orange Street the cost of 
the same not to exceed thirty Dollars on the part of the Town. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10 1801 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch Tileston, Porter Sherburne Oliver, 
Tilden, Sturgis Hunnewell, 

Four Jurors drawn for District Court & 24 Jurors for tha 
Court of Common Pleas & adjourned to Wednesday next 4. 
o : Clock the Names of the Persons chosen are entred on the 
Jury Books 

On application from George W. Erving Esq. for a new Refer- 
ence to appraise Land taken into Back Street from an Estate 
claimed by him the Board were of opinion, that their proceed- 
ings respecting said Land were regular, & that they could take 
no further measures relative thereto 

M r . David Bradley applied for compensation for a piece of 
Land taken into Brattle Street from an Estate lately owned by 
M r . Lee of Cambridge in consideration that the s d . Land had 
been taken into the Street nearly 20 Years has been paved at 
the expence of the Town & that the present Fences were erected 
by the Owners or with their consent ; the Board were of opinion, 
that the said Land is now part of the Street or Highway, & that 
it is not expedient to take any measures respecting it. 

The Chairman was desired to make an agreement with some 
suitable Person for printing the Abstract of the last Years 
expences 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 17 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Tileston, Oliver, Howard, 
Tilden, Sherburne, Howard [sic] Sturgis 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 107 

The Town Clerk directed to Notify the Public that the Hay- 
weigher would not weigh any Hay that was not merchantable & 
well made 

Meeting for Jurors adjourned to 4 : Clock next Wednesday 

[64.] The Board proceeded to view a piece of Land in Elm 
Street, where M r . Whentworth is about erecting a House and 
conferred with him on the subject of taking a part thereof into 
the Street and determined that so much of his Land should be 
added to the Street as would make the same as wide on his East 
line as it now is on the West line of his land, so as to measure 
30 feet from the East Corner of the Brick house, now occupied 
by M r . Edward Edes Jun r 

On the application of Cap*. Amasa Davis for the repairs of a 
Gutter in Orange Street the Committee at that Quarter was 
desired to attend the same, & to have it- effectually repaired 
the Applicant to pay half the Expence, if it should be found 
necessary to sink the Water under Ground 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24. 1801 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden, Porter, Howard, Tileston, Bulfinch, 
Hunnewell, Sturgis, Oliver, 

Warrant issued for a Town Meeting the 4 th . of July next at 

Faneuil Hall. 9. O Clock- 
Voted, that the Bells be rung on the Morning of the 4 tb . of 

July next from the hour of 6. & [to] 7. being the Anniversary of 

Independence, and that four Constables be appointed to preserve 

good order in the Common on that Day 

The following Persons, on application to the Selectmen viz 1 . 

Mess rs : Elisha Sumner Samuel Morse 

William Homer Elisha Ticknor 

Oliver Johonnot Andrew Dunlap 

Samuel Hall & M r . Furness) Eben r . Lewis & j 

Abraham Wild Elijah Williams j 

Abijah Crane D r . John Warren 

John Peirce Rufus Tower 

have liberty granted to build Tombs on the West Line of the 
South Burying Ground, no Tomb to exceed 7 feet front and 
8 feet deep 



It having been represented that two Boards have been placed 
at the Corners of a Lane leading from Kilbey Street wilh the 
name of Magnors Row upon them Voted 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[65.] That the same Boards be removed, and that two 
others be placed there, with the former Name of Lindalls Lane 

Agreed to have a Dinner at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday the 
8 th . of July next after the Visitation of the Schools & M r . Bui- 
finch & M r . Oliver, a Comm 66 . to provide the Dinner 

Agreed to appropriate the following Sums to the pavement of 
new Streets ; the same to be paid to such Persons as shall under- 
take to inspect & execute the work to the satisfaction of the 
Board the side pavement being also compleated according to 
Law viz 4 . 

To the whole of S. Street, & that part of Essex Street ) 

from S. Street to the Glass-house Land ... j$1700 
To the S. part of Kilbey Street from Water, to Milk ) 

Street j 400 

To Henchmans Lane from Charter to Lyn Street 200 

To S. Bennet Street, from Orange Street to the Water 300 
To Cambridge Street West from Chambers Street to 1 

the Bridge} .1700 

$4300 

also Voted, to pave & repair the following Streets Viz 1 . 
Water Street, from M r . Bass's Easterly. 
Marlborough Street near Old South Church 
The upper part of Milk Street 
The Easterly part of Cambridge Street 

Return was made by M r . Seth King of the Expence attending 
laying a Drain from Brattle Square to the Dock 

The Account of the Expences in opening and laying a Drain 
as mentioned above, was by the Selectmen examined & allowed, 
they being informed at the same time by said King, that he had 
caused to be warned every Person concerned, according to law, 
and no objection having been entred to his proceeding Assess- 
ment was made by the Selectmen ; and an Order for payment 
delivered to the said Seth King, which [66.] is as follows 
viz*. . 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore has been laid 
from Brattle Square to the Dock, by the above named Seth King, 
the whole expence whereof according to an account thereof laid 
before & examined by us the Subscribers amounted to One hun- 
dred & ten Dollars, & as such expence is to be paid by such Per- 
sons whose Drains enter mto said Common Shore, & recieve 
benefit thereby & in such proportion as shall be Adjudged by the 
Selectmen of the Town or the major part of them who are 
empower'd by Law to Apportion the same ; and the Said Seth 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 109 

King having agreable to said Law notified all concerned before he 
had proceeded on the business, & no objection having been made 
thereto therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town 
of Boston, do hereby Certify, that having considered of said 
Expences, and by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid 
Do ADJUDGE that the same ought to be paid in the proportion fol- 
lowing, and by the Persons here-under named Viz 1 . 

D r . \Loring 1 Drain - $13 ,, 75 

M re . Welsh 1 Drain - 13 ,, 75 

M r . B 1 ditto - - 13 ,, 75 

Daniel Greanleaff - - - - 1 ditto - - 13 ,, 75 

Charles Gushing Esq - - - 1 ditto - - 13 ,, 75 

M r . Valentine 1 ditto - - 13 ,, 75 

M r . Miles (Occupant) - - 1 ditto - - 13 ,, 75 

And we do hereby appoint the afore named 
Seth King to receive of the Persons within 
named, the Sums affix'd to their several 
Names & give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH^) g 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
W M . SHERBURNE 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 

[67.] Return was made byM r . Seth King of the Expence 
of digging covering & c . a Drain in Market Square 
from Court Street 

The Account of the Expence in digging covering & c . the Drain 
mentioned above, was by the Selectmen Examined & allowed, 
they being informed at the same time by the said King, that he 
had caused to be warned every Person concerned according to 
law, and no objection having been made to his proceeding 
Assessment was made by the Selectmen, & an Order for pay- 
ment delivered to the said Seth King which is as follows viz*. 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore has been laid in Market 
Square by the above named Seth King, the whole Expence 
whereof according to an Account laid before & examined by the 
Selectmen amounted to two hundred & fourteen Dollars 27 Cents, 
and as such Expence is to be paid by such Persons whose Drains 
enter into said Common Shore & receive benefit thereby, and in 
such proportion as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the 
Town or the major part of them, who are appointed by law to 
Apportion the same ; and the said Seth King having agreable to 
said Law, notified all concerned before he had proceeded on the 
business, and no objection having been made thereto therefore 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston do hereby 
Certify that having considered of said Expences, & by whom and 
in what manner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge, that the same 
ought to be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons 
hereunder named Viz. 1 



Mess rs : John Brazier 


3 Drains 


- 620 10 


[68.] John Willis 


1 Drain - 


- 6 70 


Union Bank - 


1 do - - 


- 6 70 


Charles French 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Benjamin Hitchborn - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


[Blank] Lane & others - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Gowen Brown ----- 


2 d. - - 


- 13 ,, 40 


Jonathan Harris - - - - 


2 d. - - 


- 13 ,, 40 


John Codman 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


William Welsh 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Samuel Eliot 


2 d. - - 


- 13 ,, 40 


Peter Richardson - - - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 




) 1 d - 


fi 70 


Jeremiah Belknap - ... 


1 u . 


" fi i L/ 


Drownes Estate - - - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


[Blank] Bazin (DrownsHeirs) 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Thomas Perkins - - - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


John Carnes 


Id -- - 


- 6 70 


Samuel Hall 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


John Simkins 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Margaret Phillips - - - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Andrew Brimmer - - - - 


1 d. - - 


- 6 70 


Ebenezer Larkin - ... 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


Tuttle Hubbard ... - 


I'd . - - 


- 6 70 


Caleb Bingham (Occupant) - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 


[Blank] Thompson - - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 7Q 


Rufus G. Amory - - - - 


Id .- - 


- 6 70 



And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
Seth King to receive of the Persons within 
named the Sums Affixed to their several 
Names & to give discharges therefor 
CHARLES BULFINCH 
DAVID TILDEN 
W M PORTER 



W : SHERBURNE 
EBENEZER OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 



[69.] Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29. 
1801 Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Tild en, Porter, Sherburne, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. Ill 

On application from the Auchtioneers of the last Year a Meet- 
ing of the Selectmen will be beld on the 4 Ins*. 9. Clock for the 
special purpose of appointing Auchtioneers for the present Year 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 4. 1801 9. 
Clock Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Sherburne, 
Howard, Tileston, Oliver Sturgis 

This being a Meeting for the special purpose of considering the 
applications made for the appointment of Auchtioneers for the 
present Year the following Persons were appointed by the Select- 
men Viz' 

Mess 18 : Thomas K. Jones 
Samuel Clap 
Benjamin Wiggins 
John B. Green 
Samuel Bradford 
William Eustis 
Joshua Eaton 
Robert Gardner 
Thomas Fisher 
John Perkins 
Thomas Clark 
John W. Quincy 
William Alline 
John Jutau 
Azor. G. Archibald 
Daniel Wild 
Eobert G. Shaw 
Samuel Blagge 
Appleton Prentice 
John Dunn 
Nathaniel Phillips Hews 

see October 7*. 21* 26 Sep r . 29 Jan? 25 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7, 1801 Pre- 
sent Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Tilden, Hunnewell, Sher- 
burne, Oliver, 

[7O.] In order to ascertain the value of a piece of Land 
laid into Cambridge Street, for the purpose of widening the same ; 
which Land belongs to Eliphalet Fitch Esq. of Jamaica, or other 
Persons claiming under him 

Voted, that this Board in concert with M r . Sigorney who now 
claims the said Land ; Agree to make choice of four disinterested 
Persons, for the purpose of viewing & appraising said Land ; & 
to estimate the damages if any, which the Town ought to pay to 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the Owners of said Estate for the part so taken into the Street 
as the Fence now stands The division & Award of the major 
part of such Referrees to be final ; and in case the major part of 
said Gentlemen cannot agree upon an Award, that they have lib- 
erty to appoint any one disinterested Person in addition to their 
number, and the Award of the major part of the Referrees then 
to be conclusive The Persons agreed upon are Judge Tudor, 
Gener 1 . Winslow Josiah Knap & John Andrews, And the 
Chairman M r . Sherburne & M r . Oliver were desired to attend the 
Meeting of said Referrees, in order to state the circumstances on 
the part of the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10. 1801 Pre- 
sent Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Howard Porter Sherburne Oliver 
Hunnewell 

Proceeded to draw 20 Grand Jurors & 36 Petit Jurors for the 
Supreme Judicial Court, August term, as entred on the Jury 
Books & then Adjourned to Wednesday the 22 d . Ins 1 . 

On application, the following Persons have liberty to build 
Tombs in the South Burying Ground viz 1 . 

John Kennedy ------- John Appleton 

M ra . McGee Seth Wright 

James Cassell Thomas Williams 

Peter Osgood Thomas Berry 

Samuel Abbot 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 17. 1801 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Porter Sherburne, 
Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell Howard, 

Passed upon the* List of Persons Licensed last Year and made 
return on the same (as p a Copy of the same on file) to the 
Clerk of the Court of Sessions for the County of Suffolk 

Agreable to a Precept from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate, for 
the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of John Welch Billings, when it appeared that he was 
and long [71.] had been non compos and certificate was made 
accordingly 

The following is the award of the Referrees appointed to 
consider the Claim of M r . Elisha Sigorney on the Town viz* 

The Subscribers Referrees mentioned in the above Agreement 
have attended to the business submitted to their consideration, 
have viewed the Ground & heard the respective Parties, and after 
duly weighing all circumstances do Award That the Town of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 113 

Boston shall pay to the Owners of the Land the sum of one 
hundred Dollars, as a full compensation therefor ; as soon as the 
Owners shall execute & deliver to the Selectmen in behalf of the 
Town a good & legal Deed of the same Premises, to be & remain 
for ever open and form part of Cambridge Street Witness our 
Hands this 17*. Day of July 1801 

WILLIAM TUDOR 
JOHN WINSLOW 
JOSIAH KNAP 
JOHN ANDREWS 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 1801 
Present Mess 18 : Tileston, Hunnewell, Sherburne, Oliver, Tilden, 
Sturgis, Porter Bulfinch, 

The Meeting on Jurors adjourned to next Wednesday 

To the Hon ble . George Richards 
Minot Esq Judge of Probates 
within the County of Suffolk 

It having been represented to the Selectmen of the Town of 
Boston that one Patty Burdeken is an idle disorderly and debauched 
Person that she posses some Real Estate in said Town but by 
her conduct her Children are destitute in a great measure of the 
necessaries of life, & her Estate will soon be wasted & spent, and 
she with her Family become an expence to the Town They 
therefor pray that your Honor would take the premises into your 
serious consideration & upon hearing the evidences that you will 
proceed therein as the Law entitled, " An Act impowering Judges 
of Probates to appoint Guardians to Minors & others impowers 
& directs Charles Bulfinch, David Tilden Russell Sturgis, Joseph 
Howard, W m . Porter, W m . Sherburne, John Tileston 

SELECTMEN OF BOSTON 

[72.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 
1801 Present Mess ra : Howard, Porter, Tilden Sturgis Tileston 
Hunnewell Sherburne Oliver 

Passed upon Accounts 

Cap*. Christopher Marshall one of the Collectors of Taxes, 
having produced a Receipt from the Town Treasurer of his pay- 
ment of the balance of the Tax due from the late Collector M r . 
Thompson for the Year 1799, given him to Collect the Town 
Clerk is directed to deliver him his Bond for that Year, when 
called for 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Sturgis, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accompts 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The following Persons having applied for liberty to build 
Tombs in the South Burial Ground ; liberty was accordingly 
granted on the usual conditions 

Mess ra : Timothy Tileston 
Nathaniel Wales 
Joseph Stevens 
John Joy 
Richard Thayer 

M r . Reals Sealer of Lighters is authorised by the Selectmen to 
demand & receive Six Dollars for weighing sealing and marking 
each Lighter 

Passed upon a number of applications, for being licensed as 
Inholders and Retailers of Spirituous Liquors for the present 
Year as p lists on file 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 5 1801 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Porter, Sherburne, 
Tileston, Oliver Hunnewell, Howard, 

The Committee appointed to lay oujb a Passage Way from 
Creek Lane, East of the House of Philip Wentworth, Report 

That the East Line of the Street or Passage Way, should 
begin ten feet from the South Corner of the Brick House of 
Philip Wentworth, and run thirty feet six Inches in a Northerly 
direction to a point ten feet from the North Corner of said 
House, thence in same direction Seven feet nine Inches ; thence 
to turn more [73.] Westerly and to run seven feet five Inches, 
to the South West Corner of the House of David Rich the same 
Street or Passage way being ten feet wide in the whole of the 
above described length And the same having been stated 
[staked] out by the Comm ee . as above described; the same is 
confirmed by the Board, and ordered to be recorded the Appli- 
cants for the above to be at the expence of the same, agreable 
to their engagement on file 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Comm 66 . to confer 
with the Board of Health on such matters as are of mutual con- 
cern, with the Selectmen & that Board. 

Maj r . Tilden M r . Sturgis & M r . Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to view 
the spot of ground belonging to the Town in Atkins's Street ; to 
measure the same & report their opinion as to erecting an Engine- 
house thereon 

M r . William Mock, Collector of Cow money, paid on account 
of those Collections for the present Year, fifty Dollars 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 115 

M r . Sherburne added to the Central Comm 66 . to consider the 
expediency of paving near the Post Office 

The North Comm 66 . was desired to confer with M r . Mills upon 
the subject of removing his Shop from Back Street, for the pur- 
pose of widening said Street 

The several Committees for the purpose are empower 'd to send 
the following quantities of Gravel to the Streets named viz* 

At the bottom of the Mall not exceeding 20 Loads 
Beach Street 30 

Pleasant Street 50 

Sea Street 50 

Near the Granary 30 

Hancock Street 20 

The following Persons are allowed to Build Tombs in the South 
Burying Ground Viz 

Henry Purkit 1 Tomb Abijah Cheever 

Sam : D. Davenport 1 d - - Edw d . Wild 
[74.] Joseph Ripley - - 1 d - - John Wells 

Lemuel Clark ~\ 
Abijah French > 
Benj n . Howland ) 1 d - - 

M r . Nicholas Peirce Jun r . who has built a number of Tombs in 
the South Burying Ground this season for the Persons to whom 
liberty has been granted Applied for Liberty to build as many 
more Tombs as will compleat the Line This request is complied 
with on condition, that he immediately proceed upon & compleat 
the same & the Wall to enclose the Burial Ground ; & that no 
Person be admitted to hold such Tombs to be built by him until 
he has applied & been approved by this Board ; the said Peirce to 
be paid the same price, as for the other Tombs in the same range ; 
& to receive his pay from the Persons, to whom they may be 
granted 

Deacon Benj a . Henderson has liberty to build a Tomb in the 
North Burying Ground on the spot formerly assigned to Josiah 
Copeland, and which he has neglected to improve 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 12 th . 1801 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hunnewell, Sherburne, Howard, 
Sturgis, Tileston, Porter, 

Benjamin King Churchill applies for a License as an Auchtioneer 
the present Year A Meeting warned for 4. o Clock, to take up 
this matter Adjourned 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Application having been made to this Board by Ralph Smith & 
others for leave to Erect twenty Stalls on the West side of the 
Market house agreable to a plan proposed therefor & the expence 
to be born by them Voted, that the said request be so far 
complied with, as that the said Ralph Smith & others be permitted 
to build the afores d . Stalls in the manner & agreable to the plan 
annexed, and that the whole expence attending the compleation 
of them, be born & paid by the Applicants, & all others who 
occupy Stalls in the afores d . place & wish to bear their proportion 
thereof, in consideration of which, this Board agreed that they 
shall hold the same for one year from [Blank.] 

& [75.] no longer, in full compensation for all 
costs & charges arising in & about the Building , & finishing the 
same at which period they are to deliver up the said Stalls in good 
order to the Selectmen or any person they may appoint to receive 
them ; at the same time the Selectmen consent that the then 
holders may continue to occupy said Stalls in preference to others, 
paying what may by the Board be Judged reasonable therefor ; 
but nothing herein contained is to preclude all those who now 
have Stalls there from being concerned in the aforesaid Building, 
if they think proper so to do, in which case the present Occupants 
shall at all events hold the Stands they now hire, or as near 
thereto as may be, which if any doubts arise will be determined 
by this Board 

On the application of M r . Henry Swift for liberty to build a 
head to the Dock formed by the Town Slip between his Wharff 
& that of M r . Adams's near the North Mills, & also to fill up the 
said Slip with Earth Voted that M r . Henry Swift have liberty 
to build a head to the aforesaid Town Slip & to fill up the same, 
provided that the said Slip shall not be incumbered with any 
fence or building, & shall ever remain open for the Towns use, 
& subject to their disposal 

The Coinm 66 . to view a suitable place for the new Engine- 
house Reported, that the Towns Land over the Sewer in Water 
Street, is the most suitable place, & that the Building should 
be 10 feet wide & 36 feet long & that it be built of Wood that 
in case of a future appropriation of the Ground it may be 
removed The Report accepted & the Comm 66 . desired to have 
the Building erected 

,^ The Comm 66 . of the North quarter of the Town is desired to 
nave the necessary Repairs done on the Engine house in Back 
Street 

Agreed to pay to M r . William Minns the sum of ninety dollars 
for a piece of Land on Back Street for the purpose of widening 
said Street being 6 feet wide & about 26 feet in length on that 
Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 117 

[76.] Voted to make application to the Hon ble . Judge of 
Probates for a Guardian to be appointed to [blank] Austin a 
Foreigner, represented as a common drunkard, & possessed of 
some personal property 

Agreed to have a Wooden head built to the Dock at the head 
of South Street for the purpose of filling the Dock provided the 
Expence shall not exceed fifty Dollars & M r . Hunnewell is 
desired to attend to the same 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 18*. 1801 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Sturgis, Sherburne, Tileston, 
Hunnewell, Tilden, 

M r . Turel Tuttle has liberty to build a Tomb in the North 
Burying Ground, next to the one the last granted ; conditioned 
as usual 

Voted, that as many of the Board as can attend to meet in 
Pleasant Street on Thursday Morning 10 o :Clock to determine 
the Line of the House in that Street, proposed to be built by 
M r . I. P. Davis- 
Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 26. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Oliver, Tilden, Hunnewell, 

Last "Wednesday the Selectmen, a large number, accompanying 
them Visited Deer Island, and found everything to their satisfac- 
tion on the Island the Weather favorable & all circumstances 
agreable 

David Everet Esq. made return that he had Notified the Pro- 
prietors in the Common Sewer in Court Street relative to the Re- 
pairs' to be done thereto in consequence of a Warrant dated the 
the 10 l . Ins 1 Liberty is therefore granted to open & repair the 
same 

M r . Thomas Amory & M r . Thomas Chase have liberty to pur- 
chase Tombs in the 8. Burying Ground, now Building by M r . 
Pierce 

M r . John Whitney late Assistant at the North Reading School, 
having applied for liberty to keep a private School in this Town 
Liberty is accordingly granted 

The Chairman with the Committee are [77.] desired to view 
the Gutters near John Joys & at the head of Winter Street to 
have such additions & repairs thereto as may be proper also, to 
view Belknap Street & Report what is necessary to be done to 
make the same passable 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston SB: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 30 1801 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Howard, Sherburne 

Passed upon Accounts 

On application of William Emmerson Jon 1 . Merry & Thorn 8 . 
Godfrey liberty is granted to each of them, to build a Tomb in 
the North Burying Ground also, 

The same liberty is granted to Gorham Parsons & George Pills- 
bury to build Tombs in the South Burying Ground 

Maj r . Tilden is requested to supply the usual quantity of Wood 
to the several Schools 

The Chairman, M r . Tileston & M r . Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to 
make repairs on Belknap Street 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 11. 1801 
Present Mess. Bulfinch Tilden Porter Sherburne Tileston Oliver 
Hunnewell 

Gave an order on the Keeper of the Powder Magazine for 300 
pounds of Powder for the use of the Brigade at the Review the 
15. Ins 1 & another order afterwards for 100 pounds 

Agreed with Cap*. Groves to refer to the consideration of 
Col. Proctor M r . John Stodder & M r . Joab Hunt, what damage 
would arise to the Estate of said Groves in Back Street by the 
Towns taking Six feet of his House & Land, for the pmpose of 
widening said Street 

/ 

The Chairman & M r . Hunnewell are desired to direct the 
Eepairs of the Brick Wall in Tremont Street, and to have such 
guards of Stone placed along the same, as may effectually secure 
it from Carts & c . 

Voted, that on the compleation of the Pavement of Essex 
Street to the East Line of Short Street the further Sum of one 
hundred Dollars be allowed the Proprietors on that Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Septem r . 14. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Howard Sherburne Oliver 

Proceeded to draw six Jurors to serve at a special District 
Court to be held the 18 Ins* which Jurors are entred in Jury 
Book 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 119 

[78.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 
16. 1801 Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden Porter Tileston Hunne- 
well, Sherburne Oliver Howard 

Proceeded to draw 23 Petit Jurors for the Court of Common 
Pleas at October term which names are entred on Jury Book 
then the Meeting was adjourned to Wednesday next 

Mess 18 : Nathaniel Valentine, Robert Crocker, & William 
Andrews have liberty to build a Tomb in N. Buryal Ground 

Voted, that M r . Marston, who has undertaken to lay a Drain 
from the Crescent Buildings to Federal Street, be informed that 
it is expected the said Drain be- covered substantially with Slate, 
as far as the same extends in the Street 

Upon application for the removal of a Tree in Sheaff Street, it 
was determined that M r . Bennet be directed to alter his Cellar 
Door to make it flat, and that the Tree be trim'd under direction 
of M r . Howard 

Agreed to advertize the Peice of Land belonging to the Town 
at the head of Middlecot Street, North of Beacon Hill, to be 
sold at Auchtion on Monday the 5. of October next 

M r . Porter was requested to have a cap Timber put at the head 
of the Towns Slip in Beach Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 23. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulflnch, Howard, Porter, Sturgis Sherburne 
Oliver Hunnewell 

Liberty is granted to M r . John Burns D r . Joseph Whipple to 
purchase Tombs in the South Burying Ground of the number 
built by M r . Peirce also M r . Whelock 

Voted, that the Town be lighted six months the present Year 
& 18 Nights in each month, to commence the 26 th . Octo r . next 

The Board having considered the expediency of widening the 
Southerly part of Back Street, have conferred with the Abut- 
tora whose Houses it will be necessary to remove in part & have 
referred the estimate of damages to Gentlemen chosen by the 
Owners & the Selectmen, it is found that the expence of remov- 
ing the Buildings & repairing the Fences & C will amount to 1600 
Dollars exclusive of the paving of the Streets The Board in 
consideration that they have already expended 1000 Dollars in 
the course of the last & present Year, do not feel themselves 
authorized to defrey the whole of the above charge, but do Agree 
that [79.] they will pay on the part of the Town, one half part 



120 CITY DOCUMENT Xo. 93. 

of the sum required, as soon as the residue shall be collected 
from such Individuals or public Bodies as may feel interested in 
carrying the proposed improvement into effect 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep r . 28 1801 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Sherburne Tileston, Oliver 
Hunnewell 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep 1 '. 30. 1801 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Porter Sherburne Tileston Huimewell, 
Howard, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

past 4.' a Meeting warned, to consider the application of 
Louis Hoyt for the appointment of an Auchtioneer 

M r . Hoyt not living in Town, his application was not taken 
up 

M r . Henderson Collector of Taxes, proposes Cap*. Enoch James 
& Francis Green for his Bondsmen the Year ensuing 

In consequence of an application from a great number of the 
Inhabitants of Market Square, stating the great nuisance & incon- 
veniences experienced from the Boys who sell Bread & c . in the 
Streets near the Market & in Market Square 

Voted, that no Person be suffered to take a Stand with a Wheel 
Barrow or Basket for the Sale of Bread, Biscuit or Ginger Bread 
in Market or Dock Squares or iu any part of the Streets contig- 
uous thereto, without special License from this Board and that 
the Clerk of the Market be directed to carry this resolution into 
effect 

Boston ss: At a Meeting 0f Selectmen Septem r . 29*. 1801 
Present Mess": Bulfinch Sturgis Sherburne, Howard Tileston 
Hunnewell 

The Board proceeded to consider the expediency of widening 
part of Elm Street, (late Wings Lane) & in consequence of the 
powers vested in them by the 3 d . Section of the Act of the Legis- 
lature entitled an Act " to regulate the paving of Streets [8O.] 
in the Town of Boston & for removing obstructions in the 
same, they determine to lay out the following described peices 
of Land, to be in future considered as parts of the public Streets 
or Highway. Beginning at the North West Corner of the new 
Brick Store of M r . Samuel Torey, four feet 4 inches wide, to run 
Westerly 19 feet 6 inches to a point six feet South from the front 
of the House of Charles Paine & John W. Gurley Esquires, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 121 

which land is now the property of said Paine & Gurley also 
another peice of Land, beginning at the N. East Corner of the 
new Brick house of M r . Edward Wentworth, being Three feet 
wide, and running Easterly 28 feet 2 Inches to a point 5 feet 
South from the front of the House of Ebenezer Wells the Street 
there being 30 feet wide which Land is the property of Samuel 
Eliot Esq 

Voted that the Chairman be desired to confer with M r . Paine 
& Gurley & M r . Eliot on the subject of the compensation, if any, 
which they will expect for the above described Land 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octob r . 7. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Porter Tileston, Oliver, 
Hunnewell 

At a special Meeting called for the purpose this Day 5. o Clock 
M r . Benjamin Tucker & M r . John Webb Vance were approbated 
as Auchtioneers for this Town 

The application of M r . Thomas Boston Campbell to be 
appointed an Auchtioneer, was considered and it appearing that 
he was not an Inhabitant of the Town Voted to suspend acting 
thereon, untill he shall become a Resident & Inhabitant ; and 
that M r . Campbell be informed that the Board know of no 
objection to his appointment 

M r . Bayley offers for his Bondsmen as a Collector the present 
Year Henry Bass Merch*. & William Porter 

M r . Jepson another Collector offers William Tudor Esq. & 
M r . Benjamin Sumner Merch* 

Mess rs : Henderson Bayley & Jepsons Bondsmen as Collectors 
of Taxes the present Year, having been offer'd & accepted by 
the Board the Town Clerk is to prepare their Bonds & give the 
Certificates accordingly 

[81.] Cap 1 . Joseph Gleason is appointed Sealer of Wood 
at the North part of the Town, in the room of M r . Thomas 
Hichborn deceased and was sworn by Town Clerk 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 15. 1801 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Sturgis Porter Hunnewell, Howard, 
Tilden, Sherburne, 

A Committee from the Society in Brattle Street requested to 
have liberty to make use of the Centre Reading School for the 
purpose of instruction in singing to their choir of singers. 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Tilden on the part of the Society of the Old Brick Church 
made the same request for the use of the Latin School 

Liberty i8 granted to the above mentioned Societies to make 
use of the Latin School for the purposes of their application ; 
and the Committees are requested to take special care to preserve 
good order, and it is expected that any damages that may occur 
shall be made good 

A Remonstrance was received from several of the Auchtioneers 
praying that the Board would not grant any license as Auch- 
tioneer to any Foreigner which was considered & debate being 
had thereon ; it was determined that the application of M r .Thomas 
Boston Campbell could not be complied with 

M r . Lewis Hoyt was approved of as an Auchtioneer in this, 
agreable to a former application 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1801 Present 
Mess re : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, Sherburne 

Richard Senson Indentures, to Eliakim Morse approved of by 
the Selectmen, as on file 

The Board then proceed to view the Streets at West Boston 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Porter Sherburne Tileston 
Howard Oliver Hunnewell 

Passed upon Accounts 

Christopher Marshall Esq offers for his Sureties in the Office of 
Collector of Taxes for the Year ensuing Ebenezer Parsons & 
Josiah Doane Esq. which were approved 

[82.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Oct r . 28. 
1801 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Sherburne, Tileston, Oliver, 
Porter, Tilden, Hunnewell Sturgis Howard 

Passed upon other Accounts 

A special Meeting warned at 4. o Clock to consider the appli- 
cation of Cornelius Coolidge, for his being appointed an Auch- 
tioneer also on the application of M r . John Swett for a like 
appointment 

The aforenamed Persons were appointed Auchtioneers for the 
present Year 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 123 

Collector Bayley offers M r . Stephen Gore Gentleman as his 
Bondsman in the room of M r . Henry Bass who was accepted 

The following Advertizement was agreed upon to be inserted 
in the Papers viz 1 

Whereas the concourse of Carts & Waggons from the Country 
with produce, is very great at the present season & inconveniences 
& obstructions arise from their standing in Market & Dock 
Squares, & the Streets contiguous thereto. The Selectmen give 
public notice that they have determined that the Carts & Waggons 
with Cyder shall stand in future in Congress Street late Quakers 
Lane in one range on the east side, & in Water Street in one 
range on the North side ; & the Carts with Wood in Coruhill from 
the Town-house southerly As the situations are central & 
equally convenient to the buyers & sellers of those Articles, it 
is hoped that a regulation so obviously intended for mutual 
convenience will be generally complied with After this notice 
the Selectmen will feel themselves authorised to prosecute any 
Person, who may take a stand in any other place than such as 
are pointed out above, & who shall refuse to move after being 
requested so to do 

Voted, that an Advertizement be inserted in the public Papers 
for any Persons Inhabitants of the Town, who may be disposed 
to undertake the sweeping of Chimnies to apply for License and 
that they be informed that no licence will be granted to any 
Sweeper who shall not give security to the satisfaction of the 
Board- for his good behavior & faithful discharge of his duty 

[83.] Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 4. . 
1801 Present Mess rs : Tileston Sturgis Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, 
Hunnewell, Sherburne 

Return was made by John Heard & David Everet Esquires of 
the Expence attending opening & repairing the Common Sewer 
in Court Street ; and the Accompt thereof having been duly ex- 
amined by the Selectmen, was by them allowed ; they being in- 
formed at the same time, by the said Heard & Everet, that they 
had caused to be warned every Person concerned according to 
Law, and no objection having been entred to their proceeding 
Assessment, was made thereon by the Selectmen and an Order, 
for payment made out and delivered to the aforenamed David 
Everet Esq. which is as follows Viz* 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer in Court Street Boston, 
has been duly repaired by the aforenamed Heard & Everet, the 
whole Expence whereof, according to an Account laid before & 
examined by the Subscribers amounted to One hundred ninety 
eight Dollars eighty Cents ; and as such Expence is to be paid by 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 98. 

such Person or Persons whose Drain enters into said Common 
Shore & receives benefit thereby ; and such proportion as shall 
be Adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major part of 
them, who are impowered by Law to Apportion the same ; and 
the said Heard & Everet having agreable to Law Notified all the 
concerned before they had proceeded on the business, and no 
objection having been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston, do hereby Certify, that having 
considered of said Expences, and by whom and in what manner 
it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE that the same ought to be 
paid in the proportion following and by the Persons hereafter 
named Viz* 

D r . Samuel Parker - - - 1 Drain - - $19 ,, 88 

William Tudor Esq r - - - 1 do - - - 19 88 
[84.] Ebenezer Sever Esq ) 

County Treasu r - - - ) 2 do - - 39 ,, 68 

M r . Joseph Loring ... 1 do - - - 19 ,, 88 

M r . Jonathan Amory - - - 1 do - - - 19 ,, 88 
Committee of Brattle ) 

Street Church - - - f 1 do - - - 19 ,, 88 

William Powell Esq - - - 1 do - - - 19 ,, 88 

David Everet Esq - - - - 1 do - - - 19 ,, 88 

John Heard Esq - - - - 1 do - - - 19 88 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
David Everet Esq. to receive of the Persons 
within named the Sums affixed to their several 
Names, and to give discharge therefor 

"\ a 
i /! 

CHARLES BULFINCH 
DAVID TILDEK 
RUSSELL STURGIS 
WILL : PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 11. 1801 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden, Bulfinch, Sherbume, Howard, Hunne- 
well , 

At the last Meeting a Petition was recieved from a number of 
Gentlemen, at the South part of the Town requesting that the 
Selectmen would enquire into ,the Towns right in a Passage Way 
from Orange Street near M r . Henry Bass's Store, & cause the 
obstructions to be removed Committed to the Chairman to 
examine the Records respecting the same. 

Voted, that the Assessors be requested to lodge in the Town 
Clerks Office, the Invoice or Valuation or a Copy thereof, from 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 125 

whence the Rates or Assessments are made that the Inhabitants 
& others rated may inspect the same conformable to the Law 
relative to [85.] regulating the choice & appointment of Assessors 
& c . 

In consequence of an application from a number of Gentlemen 
it was agreed to insert a Card in to Morrows Papers requesting 
the Inhabitants to meet at Faneuil Hall, to consider what measures 
of precaution it was necessary to adopt, at this uncommonly dry 
Season, to guard against the danger of Fire 

In consideration of the expediency of making some progress 
this season in widening Back Street & the embarasment Cap 1 . 
Groves is thrown into by the general opinion that his House is to 
be taken down in parts which prevents his making Sale of the 
same, as from his Curcumstances he is compelled to do It is agreed 
to appropriate the Subscription money raised for widening Back 
Street amounting to about four hundred Dollars to defrey the 
charge of taking down & repairing Cap 1 . Groves House; the 
remainder of the sum that may be wanting to be paid by the 
Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18. 1801 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Tileston Porter Oliver 
Howard, 

A number of Person approved for License to Retail & c 

The Chairman to whom was referred the Application of Wales 
& others, that the right of the Town to a passage way from 
Orange Street Easterly should be examined into & ascertained 
Reported that he had examined the Town Records, & could find 
no mention of such Passage way 

The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Porter were chosen a Comm ee . 
to examine the right of the Abuttors on the supposed Passage 
Way : and to ascertain the Towns right 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25. 1801 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Porter Sherburne Tiles- 
ton, Oliver, Hunnewell, 

Mess rs : Tilden Sturgis & Hunnewell a Coinm 66 . to consider 
what regulations may be necessary for the stand 8 , of Hackney 
Carriages, to Rep 1 

The Chairman and M r . Tileston a Comm ee . to examine the 
Accounts of the Clerk of the Market 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[86.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30. 
1801 Present Mess re : Tileston, Tilden, Howard, Sturgis, Bui- 
finch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

On the application of D r . Samuel Stillmam in behalf of the 
Baptist Societies in this Town M r . David Darling is appointed 
a Funeral Porter 

The Chairman & M r . Tileston a Comm ee . to view the Stove, in 
the State Street Watch-house, & have such repairs made as may 
be necessary 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 . 2. 1801 
Present Mess : Tileston Sherburne Tilden, Sturgis Oliver, Hunne- 
well Sherburne Porter 

Passed upon other Accounts 

On the application of the President & Trustees of the Mechanic 
Association ; liberty was granted for their making use of Faneuil 
Hall & the Room adjoining on Thursday the 1 7 th . of Decem r . Ins*. 

M rB . Priscilla Gardner approved of as an Innholder at a House 
in Fish Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 9 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis, Tileston, Porter, Sherburne, 

Gave an order in favor of [Blank] on M r . Callender 

& M r . Lord for the amount subscribed & collected towards 
widening Back Street 

M r . Sturgis M r . Tileston & M r . Hunnewell a Committee to 
view the Street back of Beacon Hill & Belknaps Street ; to con- 
sider what shall be done to make the same more commodious ; & 
to remove any obstructions therein & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 15. 1801 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Tileston 

23 Petit Jurors for Court of Common Pleas were drawn & 
entred on Jury Books when the Meeting for Jurors, was 
adjourned to Wednesday the 23. Ins 1 

Approved of several Persons as Inholders & Retailers as by 
list on file 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 127 

[87.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r 
13 th 1801 Present Mess : Bulfinch Sturgis, Tileston, Snerburne, 
Hunnewell 

The Comm 66 . appointed to view the Street at the foot of 
Beacon-hill Reported 

That in their opinion so much of the Land of M r . Green 
should be laid into the Street as to make it straight ; and that 
the same be Appraised according to law provided that the spot 
of Ground belonging to the Town 10 feet wide lying south of 
John Homer be sold to the said Homer for the same sum as the 
Land of M r . Green shall be valued at 

On representation of the obstruction & inconvenience occa- 
sioned at the Winnisimit ferry ways by M r . Hooton laying Ves- 
sells at his Wharf, which incroaches upon the Town property 
there ; the Chairman is directed to inform- M r . Hooton that the 
Board expect he will give an acknowledgement of the Towns 
right to the Dock according to the bounds expressed in the deeds, 
& that in future he pay to any person who may have the ways, 
such consideration for the maintenance occasioned by his Ves- 
sells, as the Board shall Judge equitable 

Voted, that M r . Gooch be informed that the Board expect that 
his Accounts as Clerk of the Market, be settled to the 1 st of July 
next, & that the balance be then paid, or security be given there- 
for and that the Board will then proceed to the choice of a 
Clerk of the Market, & that it shall be conditioned, that he give 
security that the proceeds of the Market be paid monthly to the 
Treasurer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 16-1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston Sturgis, Porter Sherbume 
Tilden Oliver Hunnewell, 

This Morning between the hours of 2 & 3. o.' Clock a Fire 
broke out in this Town, beginging at the Wharff of M r . Gardner 
& after consuming the Buildings on that Wharff, spread to the 
Neighbouring Houses in Fish Street & threatened destruction to 
the whole of that quarter of the Town, but by the unceasing 
exertions of the Inhabitants was providentially & happily arrested 
in its progress after consuming about 16. Houses As the Cir- 
cumstances attend g . this fire gave [88.] reason to suppose that 
it was the effect of design from some abandoned Incendiary, 
either for the purpose of plunder, or devastation the Selectmen 
for the ease & security of the Inhabitants have determined that 
each Constable of the Watch should employ five Men in addition 
to his number for two succeeding nights for the purpose of 
patroling the Streets from the hours of 10 to 6 in the Morning; 
& have agreed to allow each of such Men, one Dollar p Night for 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

his services. It is also agreed that one Man from each Watch 
house give constant attendance at the ruins of the late fire during 
the present night to guard against any further spread of the 
same ; which men shall be relieved by others of the Watch as 
occasion may require 

The Chairman is requested to give the several Constables of 
the Watch the Instructions conformably to the above 

Voted, that an Advertizement be inserted in the Papers offer- 
ing a reward of 500 Dollars for the discovery of any person 
guilty of setting fire to the buildings consumed last Evening to 
be paid upon conviction, also engaging tha,t the Selectmen will 
use their influence to obtain the pardon of any one concerned in 
this transaction who shall deliver over the Offenders to Justice 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 17. 1801 
Present Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Tileston Sherburne, Oliver 
Howard Hunnewell Porter 

After a conference with a number the Fire Wards & others 
lately chosen by the Inhabitants to devise means to secure the 
Town from the danger of fire, it was agreed that the several 
Constables of the Watch be directed to procure 5 Men in addition 
to each Watch, untill further orders, the same to be paid at the 
same rate of wages as the other Watchmen 

The Chairman is desired to give Instructions to the Constables 
of the Watch for their- direction in going their rounds & c 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 23. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Howard, Tileston Porter, 
Sherburne Oliver, Hunnewell * 

[89.] Mess rs : Tilden Sturgis Hunnewell, a Comm ee . to wait 
on the Gentlemen, who are said to have first observed the Fire 
in Fish Street, & to enquire of them any particulars relative 
thereto, which have come to their knowledge 

Agreed to have a Town Meeting on Thursday the 31 st Ins*, at 
9.o. 'Clock A : M : and the Town Clerk is desired to prepare a 
Warrant for signing on Monday next 

On application from Comm ee . of Long Wharff Proprietors that 
the Lamps on the Wharff, might be lighted at the charge of the 
Town read and considered & ordered to lay for further con- 
sideration 

The Chairman was desired to Advertize a Meeting of the Board 
on Wednesday the 6 th . of January next, to take measures for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 129 

ascertaining what compensation, if any, should be paid by the 
Town for Land taken into Fish Street, for the purpose of widen- 
ing the same, & for parts of Buildings to be taken down for that 
purpose, & to request the attendance of all Persons concerned 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 28. 1801 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Howard Tileston, Porter, 
Sherburne Oliver Hunnewell 

Passed upon Accounts 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 31. 1801 

Passed upon other Accounts also 
Passed upon Licenses for Retailers & Inholders 

See [Blank] for pro- 

ceedings in laying out and widening Fish Street after the Fire 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 6. 1802 

The Meeting on the subject of Fish Street Claimants being 
postponed by public Advertizement untill the 13 Ins 1 , no business 
was done 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 13, 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Porter, Tiles- 
ton, Hunnewell 

The Chairman & M r . Tileston a Comm 66 . to adjust the Acco te . 
of M r . Gooch to the 1 st . of January last & to take his Note on 
demand upon Interest for the balance that may be due 

[9O.] The Board came to the choice of a Clerk of the 
Market to be in Office from the 1 st . of January Ins 1 , to the 15* 
of March next when a new choice must be made according to 
the By Laws of the Town M r . [Blank] accordingly chosen 

Upon representation of Ebenezer Smith & others who have 
been at the expence of erecting Stalls at the West End of 
Faneuil Hall that the charge of raising the roof of the same 
has considerably increased the expence it was agreed to allow 
them the use of said Stalls, free of Rent, untill the 1 st . day of 
March 1803 The said Occupants & Contractors agreeing to com- 
pleat the same by plastering the ceiling, painting the Posts & 
Gutters, finishing the pavement & otherwise conforming to the 
former Vote of the Board 



130 . CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Board had a conference with the Proprietors of Land 
taken into Fish Street, who proposed the following Gentlemen- 
any five of them they consented should be Referees to ascertain 
the damage if any, sustained by them for the loss of their Land, 
taken to widen said Street, or for portions of Buildings to be 
taken down for that purpose, & that the Award of such Referees 
shall be final 

General John Winslow Deacon Daniel "Wild 

M r . Elisha Sigorney Cap 1 . Francis Green 

Col. Edward Proctor Benjamin Pickeman Jun r . Esq 

M r . Daniel Tuttle M r . Robert Williams Jun r 

M r . Nathaniel Bradley 

M r . Samuel Stutson 

The Selectmen then made choice from the above number of the 
following Gentlemen Viz* 

General John Winslow 
Col. Edward Proctor 
M r . Nathaniel Bradlee 
Cap 1 . Francis Green 
M r . Daniel Tuttle 

declines see next side 

The Chairman was desired to inform the above named Gentlemen 
of their appointment & to request their acceptance of the charge 
also to desire the Town Attorney to draw a proper Instrument to 
be signed by the Parties 



Voted, that the Chairman be desired to inform the Assessors 
that the new law regulating Elections will be in force [91.] on 
the 1 st . of March next, when it will be necessary they should 
return a list of qualified Voters, & to ask their attention thereto 

A number of Jurors were drawn at a Meeting called for the 
purpose on this Day as entred & posted in the Jury Books, and 
the Meeting then Adjourned to this day fortnight for filling up 
vacancies that may immediately happen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 20 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Hunnewell, 
Oliver 

On the application of the Captain & Members of Engine 
Company N. 4 for liberty to have a Chimney in their Engine 
House M r . Tileston & M r . Hunnewell were desired to view the 
situation of the Engine-house & to have a Chimney built if it can 
be done with safety to the Neighbours 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 131 

The Chairman & M r . Tileston a Comm ee . to have the Pumps on 
Fort Hill repaired in the best manner; with the new patent 
improvement of M r . Perkins 

M r . Daniel Tuttle one of the Persons named at the last Meeting 
as a Referree upon the claims of the Abutters on Fish Street 
declining that trust, The Board made choice of Col. John May 
in his Room 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25 1802 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Porter, Howard 

Passed upon Accounts 

Agreed to have the roof of the Wood house at Latin School 
repaired 

A Communication from the Fire-Wards was received & read as 
on file whereupon 

Voted that M r . Sturgis & M r . Howard, make enquiries of the 
Fire wards what quantity of Hose & of what dimensions may be 
wanting for the Engines also to enquire the costs of M r . Per- 
kins's moveable Pumps 

Voted, that the Engine Men be informed that it is the opinion 
of the Selectmen & Fire-wards that it would tend to produce 
[92.] order & other good effects at Fires, if they would always 
wear their Caps & Badges and to request them to do so in 
future 

The Chairman is desired to communicate the above Vote to the 
Cap*, of each Engine 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 27. 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tileston, Porter, Hunnewell, Oliver, 
Tilden 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Hartshorn who has purchased a piece of Land of the Town 
on the North side of Beacon-hill, applies for liberty to dig a Well 
so far into the Street in part of his lots as that the Pump shall 
stand outside of the Building Liberty is granted to him on con- 
dition that he convey the Waste Water under Ground from the 
Pump into the Common Sewer either into Temple Street or Mid- 
dlecot Street 

M r . Benjamin Hall & Asa Hatch apply that their Names should 
[be] entred in the plan of the Granary burying Ground on Tomli 
N. 11, formerly owned by Webster[,] M r . Hale being the 



132 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

legal Heir, under Webster, & having sold one half of said Tomb 
to M r . Hatch 

Voted that the several Captains of the Watch be directed to 
discharge the extra number of Men now attached to their Watch, 
after this Month 

Philip Cartwright is approved & licensed as a Chimney Sweeper 
in this Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 3 d . 
Present Mess rs : Hunnewell, Tileston, Porter, Bulfinch, Oliver, 
Sturgis, Tilden, 

A Meeting notified to meet at 5. o Clock to consider the Appli- 
cation of M r . Samuel Bridge for his being appointed an Auch- 
tioneer for this Town 

At a special Meeting for the above purpose, M r . Samuel 
Bridge was appointed an Auchtioneer, for this Town 

The Law passed this present Session of the General Court was 
received, impowering the Selectmen to appoint & regulate Watch- 
Men in the Town of Boston whereupon the Chairman was 
directed to Advertize for any Person who may incline to under- 
take the duty of [93.] Head Constable of the Town Watch, to 
make application with suitable recommendations on or before 
Wednesday next 

Pursuant to a Vote of the Town at the last Meeting the Board 
made choice of the following Persons to inspect the several 
Wards of the Town, to make a Weekly return of the Names of 
all Vagrants & disorderly Persons, & Strangers of suspicious 
characters 

John May, Ward N. 1 Daniel Johnson - - War'd N. 7 

Amos Boyington - - 2 Jn. Trash 8 

Joseph Smith - - - 3 Cap*. Haddaway [Hathaway] 9 

John How - - - - 4 William Cluston 10 

Palfrey Collins - - - 5 Cap*. Jones - - - - - -11 

Thomas French - - - 6 Samuel Moore - - - - - 1 2 

the Chairman was desired to inform the above named Persons of 

their appointment & duty 

The Board came to the resolution to appoint two Persons as 
Inspectors of Chimnies in the Town for six months in two 
divisions of the Town to be called the North & South Districts 
the North Districts to include all that part of the Town N. of 
State Street & Court Street with the northerly side of said Streets 
and all West Boston The South District to comprehend all that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 133 

part of the Town, South of State Street, Court Street & Southac's 
Court Voted, that each Inspector to be appointed, enter into the 
following Agreement 

1 st . That he will immediately engage & continue to employ 
three or more persons, as may from time to time be required by 
the Selectmen, who are able of Body & suitably instructed in 
the business of sweeping Chimnies 

2 d . That on application of any Inhabitant, the Inspector shall 
within 12 hours send some Person to sweep his or her Chimney 
or Chimnies, & shall follow & inspect the same to see that the 
same be carefully & effectually done 

3 d . Upon information of any Chimney, that from neglect of 
sweeping, is in danger of taking fire, or from any defect or from 
age has become hazardous the Inspector shall immediately give 
notice to the Super Intendent of Police that legal measures may 
[94.] be taken to compel the Proprietor of the same to have it 
swept, or repaired as the case may be 

4 fc Each Inspector shall keep a Book in which he shall Register 
the Chimnies swept under his direction, with the Name of each 
Person employing him to sweep the same & the date of the time 
when the same was swept- and for the encouragement of the 
Persons so to be appointed Inspectors, the following Rates of 
sweeping are agreed upon 

Kitchen Chimnies 50 Cents 

Smoke Jack 50. d. 

Parlour Chimnie with Stoves ----- 50 d. 

Parlour Chimnies -..--. - 40 d. 

Chamber Chimnies - 3,2 d - 

M r . Samuel Cartwright was chosen for the N. District 
M r . [Blank] Winter, for the South District 

and the Chairman is directed to publish the purport of the above 

in the Papers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 6. 1802 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Tileston Oliver 
& Hunnewell 

Voted, that Mess : Tilden Tileston & Oliver be a Comni 66 . on 
the part of the Board to sign the Agreements before the 
Referrees, relative to the Claims of those Persons, whose Lands 
or Buildings have been taken to widen Fish Street also that the 
same Comm 66 . be desired to attend the Meeting of the Referrees 
to state to them such circumstances as the interest of the Town 
may require 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 10. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston, Oliver Hunne- 
well 

Voted, that the Chairman, M r . Sherburne & M r . Hunnewell be 
Comm ee . to consider a plan of Organization of the Watch for 
this Town, to Report at the next Meeting ; also the rates of pay 
to the head Constable, Cap 1 . & Privates of the Watch in their 
opinion competent to insure a faithful discharge of their impor- 
tant duties 

[95.] Application recived from sundry Persons for the 
Office of Head Constable of the Town Watch, the choice re- 
ferred to next Meeting 

Voted, that the Tombs in the South Burying Ground, be 
numbered by numbers cut upon the Stones, & that a plan of the 
Ground be taken previous to the Certificates being given to the 
Persons who have built Tombs therein & the Chairman & M r . 
Hunnewell are desired to attend to the same 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 17 1802 
Present Mess : Porter, Tileston, Bulfinch Tilden, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Sturgis, 

Agreed to have a Notification for a Town Meeting on Monday 
the 1 st . of March, & M r . Edes to have the printing of the same 

The Town Clerk to prepare the Warrant accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 22 d . 1802 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston & Hunne- 
well 

Passed upon Accounts 

On application of Thomas Boyle now confined in Prison, upon 
sentence of the Municipal Court, for suffering gaming in his 
House which he was licensed to retail Spirits in praying that he 
may be released from the fine he was sentenced to pay, being 
totally unable to pay the same, & being now at the charge of the 
County the Selectmen agree that the Officer may return the 
[Blank] 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter Tileston, Howard, Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Town Clerk to prepare a Warrant for March Meeting on Mon- 
day the Eighth of March next. 9. o Clock. A : M 



SELECTMEN'S MLNUTES, 1802. 135 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications 

Mess : Bulfinch & Sturgis a Committee to wait on Eev d . 
M r . Popkin & to request his opening the Meeting with prayer 

The Comm ee . appointed the last Meeting to consider the sub- 
ject of [96.] the Town Watch, made the following Report 

That there be employ 'd as a 

Town Watch every night 2 Con- 
stables of the Watch & 30 Watch- 
men 

That there be two Guard -houses in central situations 
One in State Street 
one in Market Square 

That 14 Stations or Stands, be determined upon in the various 
parts of the Town for one Watchman each 

That one Captain & 15 Men assemble Nightly at 10. o'Clock at 
each Guard-house, & from thence proceed to place 7 Men at 
their different Stands that the stands be number'd & the Men 
take their Stations every night by Lot or in rotation after the 
Cap*, shall have thus stationed his Men he shall return to the 
Guard-house, & proceed from thence with 7 Men, who have been 
at rest, to relieve those who are upon duty, once every two hours 
in succession thro', the Night untill Day break 

The Constable in setting or relieving the Watch, shall be care- 
ful to pass thro', as many Streets as possible & [vary] his walks 
that a thorough observation may be made of all parts of the 
Town- 
Each Man' shall be accommodated at his Stand, with a house 
or Box to shelter him occasionally from the inclemency of the 
Weather it shall be his duty, to walk in various directions to & 
from the Station but no further than to be within call of the 
Officer of the Watch, when he shall come to the Stand to place 
the relief 

That the Stations be as follows 1 st . Division at the Engine 
Jipuse Washington Street Engine-house Essex Street corner of 
Orange Street. Engine-house Purchase Street 

On B[e] aeon-hill 
On Fort- hill 
Engine-house. Liberty Square 

Engine-house, School Street 
Main Guard Watch-house State Street 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

2 d . Division 
Main Guard Watch house at Market Square 

Watch-house Bowcloin Square 
Powder-house Watch-house West Boston 

Engine-house Mill Creek, Hanover Street 
Engine-house Mill Creek Ann Street 
Engine-house North Street by D r . Eliots 
Watch-house Ship Street 

Cops-hill 

That Watch Boxes 3 feet Square be placed in each of the Hills, 
& that [97.] the Men stationed there be each furnished with 
a Bell of sufficient size to be rung as an alarm at the first appear- 
ance of fire in any part of the Town 

That the pay be as follows 

2 Constables at 30 Dollars p month - - - - $720 
30 Watchmen - at 15 Dollars - - - d 5400 



6120 
Expences - - - - 130 



$6250 

The aforegoing Report being read & amended, was accepted & 
the Chairman was directed to publish the substance of the Report 
for public information, and to invite suitable Persons to under- 
take the duties pointed out 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Howard, Porter, Tileston Oliver 

Approved of the Indentures of Jupiter a black Lad to John 
Salter as on file 

Voted, that the Treasurer be directed to take a Note from 
Thomas Boyle now confined in Jail for 50 Dollars, at 6 months 
date, being the amount of the fine for which he is committed & 
to discharge him 

The following are the proceedings of the Selectmen in laying 

v out & widening Fish Street where it was desolated at the Fire of 

the 15. of December & the parts adjacent. Present Mess: 
Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Sherburne Oliver & Hunne- 
well. Decem r . 21. 1801 

The Board proceeded to Fish Street on that part which had 
been laid waste by the late Fire & the parts adjacent, viewed the 
Ground & staked out the line of the Street in future & its bounds 
which are as follows 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 137 

On the Easterly side 

beginning at the North West Corner of the House of Philip 
Wentworth the Street being there 29 feet wide, to run Northerly 
through Land of Samuel Hitchborn & Amasa Stutson to the 
South West Corner of Stoddards Cellar Wall, thence Northerly 
along the former line of the Street, in a straight line to the North 
West Corner of the Cellar of [98.] Samuel Swett; thence to the 
Corner of Moores Wharff as the Buildings now stand & through an 
old Building of D r . Simeon Howard, 9 feet on the South side & 
4 feet on the North line thereoff measuring on the Easterly side 
as follows From the Corner of E. Wells Store upon the Shop 
adjoining to darks Wharff, the Street to be in width 35 feet 

From the Door of Babcocks Store to darks old Building occu- 
pied by Ernes, & upon the same -------35 feet 

From the Corner of Swetts Cellar to & upon R. G. 
Amory 35 feet 

From the Corner of A. Wild to & upon the portion between 
Martin & Loring 35 feet 

From the Corner of Stoddards Cellar up Cross 
Street - 35 feet 

From the Stake at Stutsons Cellar up Cross Street on the 

North side of House of John C. Jones - - - 33 

and thro', the said House of J. C. Jones to a point in the 

South Line thereof in said Fish Street 

At all the intermediate Stations & through the whole length of 
the Street from Cross Street to the Brick house of the Heirs of 
D r . William Clark the Street to be 35 [ft.] wide 

The Chairman was requested to have an accurate survey of the 
Street made conformable to the above 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Howard, Hunnewell, Tileston 
Oliver, 

The Chairman & M r . Oliver a Committee to employ one or 
more Persons to compleat the Lists of qualified Voters agreable 
to the Returns from the Committees of ttye different Wards The 
same Comm ee . is desired to have the same Lists printed agreable 
to the Vote of the Town 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Comm ee . to agree 
upon a Referree on the part of the Town to decide upon the 
Claims of the Town & State to the old Town House, in con- 
junction with such other Referrees, as shall be chosen by the 
Attorney General & the Judges of the Supreme [Court] agreable 
to the Resolve of the Legislature the above Comnr 36 . is to con- 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

fer with M r . Lowell who has been employ'd as Attorney to the 
Town in this case, for his [99.] advice & Assistance therein 

A Copy of the Census lately taken in this Town, was presented 
by M r . Charles Storer, Assistant to the Marshall of this District 
Voted, that the Thanks of the Board be presented to M r . 
Storer, for his communication, & that he be informed, the same 
shall be carefully preserved among the Town Records 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12. 1802 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Howard, Tileston, Porter, 
Tilden, 

Voted, to publish the following Advertizement respecting the 
Lists of qualified Voters 

The Selectmen hereby inform their fellow Citizens that in pur- 
suance of the Law of the Commonwealth, on Monday next 
March 22 d . there will be posted up at Faneuil Hall, on the Floor 
of the Old Townhouse, & at the Office of the Board of Health, 
complete Copies of the Corrected Lists of Persons in the Town 
of Boston qualified to Vote in the choice of Governor, L 1 . 
Governor, Senators, Representatives in the General Court & 
Representatives in Congress 

Copies of the Lists are also deposited iii the hands of the several 
Committees who corrected the same by order of the Town. Notice 
is also given that the Selectmen will be in Session at their Room 
from the hours of 9 to 1 1 . on the Morning of the 5*. Day of April 
next, previous to the Election of Governor L l . Governor & Senators 
for the purpose of receiving evidence of the qualifications of 
Persons whose Names have not been entred on the Lists publish'd 

That each Member of the Comm 66 . appointed by the Town to 
Correct the Lists be furnished with ten Copies of the same, for 
the use of his Ward 

Voted, that the Gentlemen of the above Committees be requested 
to attend at the ensuing Election of Governor & c . to assist the 
Selectmen that the Benches at the West end of the Hall be 
appropriated for the Comm 66 . of the Wards and that the Numbers 
[1OO.] of the Wards, be painted in large characters in front of 
the Seats 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Howard are desired to attend to have the 
Seats prepared & the proper numbers painted. 

The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Porter a Comm 6 *. to view 
Beiknap Street, to ascertain the line of said Street where the same 
is laid through M r . Austins Rope- Walks 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 139 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 24 th . 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Porter, Oliver, Howard. 

A Meeting warned at -5. o Clock to act upon the application of 
M r . Isaac Eaton Jun r . for an appointment as an Auchtioneer 

A Warrant this Day issued by the Selectmen for Convening the 
1 st Monday of April next being the 5 th . Day, for the choice of a 
GOVERNOR, IA Governor & 4 Senators for County of Suffolk as 
by Law directed 

Voted, that M r . Newell , have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions 

Mess rs : Howard & Sherburne a Comm ee . to wait on the Rev d . 

M r . Haskel 

with the request of the Selectmen to open the Meeting with 
prayer 

At a special Meeting for the purpose ; the Application of M r . 
Isaac Eaton Jun r ., for being appointed an Auchtioneer was taken 
up, and he was according [ly] appointed 

Application made by a Comm ee . from the Fire-wards, propos- 
ing that an Engine should be built in the room of the Extin- 
guisher N. 7 and that it be upon the same construction 

Application, by a Comm ee . of New North Church to ask a Rent 
in future for the use of their Land on which an Engine house 
stands & which the Town has occupied gratis for a number of 
Years 

[1O1.] The Board came to the choice of two Constables of 
the Watch and Mess : Jonathan Trask & M r . John Spear were 
unanimously chosen 

M r . William Gooch was chosen Clerk of the Market he to give 
security to the satisfaction of the Board from the 1 st . of January 
last 

M r . George Trott chosen Hay-weigher for the Year ensuing 

M r . Porter, Tileston, Oliver & Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to have 
the care of the Common, the Year ensuing 

The Board came to the choice of a Superintendent of the 
Police, and Charles Bulfinch Esquire was unanimously chosen 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26 th . 1802 
Present Mess Howard, Porter, Tilden, Bulfinch, Sturgis, Tileston, 
Hunnewell, Oliver, 

23 Jurymen for C. C. P. drawn from Box & entered on Jury 
Book & Jurors for Circuit Court 

The following Notification was directed to be printed & dis- 
tributed to the Inhabitants 

In conformity to the Votes of the Town passed at the Meeting 
on the 17 Ins*. 

The 

Inhabitants of the several Wards are hereby Notified, after they 
have made choice of a member of the Board of Health on 
Wednesday the I 1 , of April next, to proceed to choose & appoint 
2 Persons in each Ward to assist the Town Assessors in taking 
the list of the Polls, in estimating the value of the personal 
property & in appraising the value of all real Estates in their 
own ward The Clerks of the Wards who preside at the Meeting 
are requested to make return of the Persons so chosen to the 
Chairman of the Selectmen & in case of death or resignation of 
any one so chosen, they are directed [1O2.] to call a new Meet- 
ing of their respective Wards to supply such vacancy 

The Chairman M r . Sturgis & M r . Hunnewell a Comrn 66 to con- 
fer with the Constables of the Watch chosen at the last Meeting, 
respecting their duties & the organization of the new Watch 
the same Comm 66 . are desired to consider whether any improve- 
ment can be made in the Market with respect to arrangement, 
cleanliness & c . and whether any measures can be adopted to pro- 
mote the cleanliness of the Stalls 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Tilden, Howard, Porter Oliver Hunne- 
well Tileston 

M r . Benjamin Henderson one of the Collectors having pro- 
duced Receits from the State County & Town Treasurers of his 
proportion of the Tax for 1800 given him to collect the 
Town Clerk is directed to deliver up his Bond for that Year 

On the application of the Fire Wards Voted, that M r . Park- 
man be requested to import 450 feet of Engine Hose of such 
lengths & dimensions as may be agreable to the Fire-Wards 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31 1802 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Tileston, 
Hunnewell, Oliver, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 141 

M r . Porter & M r . Oliver a Comm 66 . for repairing Maryborough 
Street Newbury Orange & Washington Street, likewise all 
Streets West & East to the South of Liberty Tree so called 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston to repair Streets to the Eastward of 

the Main Streets Ward N. 10 

M r . Sherburne & M r . Howard all the Streets below the Bridge 
M r . Bulfinch M r . Sturgis & M r . Hunnewell to repair the 

Streets in the other parts of the Town 

The Comm 66 . of the South Quarter were requested to confer 
with M r . Joshua Davis Jun r . respecting the Towns proportion of 
the Fence on his Land in the Neck, to see what repairs may be 
necessary & whether the same should be borne by the Persons 
who leased y e . Lands last Year 

[1O3.] M r . William Porter proposed to the Board to have a 
drain laid with Brick & Slate from Pleasant Street through his 
Land 130 feet to the Salt Water (at the expence of the Town) 
for the purpose of sinking & carrying off the Overground water 
from said Street ; & in consideration of such Drain being laid 
said Porter Agrees to give the Town the right of improving said 
Drain for ever, for the purpose aforesaid the above proposal 
was agreed to by the Board, provided the expence shall not 
exceed the estimated price of 67D. 50 cents & they further 
consent that M r . Porter & his Successors shall have the right of 
compensation for any other Drain or Drains that may in future 
enter therein, he to keep the Drain now to be built by the Town 
in repair for ever 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 9 1802 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis, Porter, Tileston, Hun- 
newell, Oliver, 

M r . Samuel Brintnel has liberty to build a Tomb in the North 
Burying Ground on the West side M r . John Sullivan has liberty 
to Build another Tomb on the east side of said Burying Ground 

The Chairman was authorized to sign Certificates in behalf of 
the Board, to the Proprietors of Tombs in the S. Burying Ground 

The Chairman M r . Sturgis & M r . Hunnewell are desired to 
take measures to build Stairs suitable to lead from the West end 
of the Hall, to accommodate the Inhabitants at future Elections 

Mess 18 : Tilden Sturgis & Tileston a Comm ee . to view the slip at 
the bottom of Cross Street, to consider the expediency of filling 
it up, & to report thereon 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14, 1802 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Tilden, Sturgis, Tileston, 
Oliver, Howard, Porter, 

M r . Gurley & M r . Paine requested the Board to take measures 
to ascertain the compensation due to them for the Land taken 
into Elm Street, & the following Gentlemen were agreed to as 
Referrees viz* John Andrews, Edward Proctor Rufus G. Amory 
Esq rs 

On application of Judge Wendell for an exchange Land on 
Fort-hill the Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis & M r . Hunne- 
well [1O4.] were appointed a Comm ee . to confer with him and 
Report 

The Comm 66 . to whom was referred the consideration of the 
expediency of filling up the Dock at the bottom of Cross Street 
Reported That the Abuttors have liberty to fill the same the 
distance of 15 feet, provided that they build a new Stone-head & 
continue the Common Sewer ; all at their own expence 

Samuel Denis & Theophilus Witherill were approved & 
Licensed as Chimney Sweepers for one Year, under the Inspector 
of the South District 

The application of John Andrews Esq & others, praying for 
the use of Faneuil Hall the Evening previous to the Election in 
May next was read & liberty granted accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21 8t . 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden, Bulfinch, Sturgis, Tileston, Hunnewell, 

M r . John Jones having applied for his being appointed as an 
Auchtioneer for this Town a special Meeting is warned, to meet 
at past 4 : O Clock 

Voted, that M r . Wheelock have the care of the Chapel Burying 
Ground the ensuing Year, & that he be directed to keep the 
Gates & Fences in order; and clear the Ground of Incurn- 
brances 

A Billet from John Codman Esq. requesting that his right to 
the Flatts in part of his Wharff, might be enquired into 

Agreed to meet M r . Codman or his Attorney to Morrow 
12- o.' Clock for the purpose expressed in his letter 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 26, 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Howard, Tileston, Hunnewell, Sturgis, 
Oliver, Tilden, 

Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 143 

M r . Bayley & M r . Jepson two of the late Collectors of Taxes 
having produced Receits from the several Treasurers of State, 
County, & Town, for the Sums given them to Collect of the 
Tax of 1800 the Town Clerk is directed to give them up their 
Bonds for that Year 

An application was received from a number of Wood Wharf- 
ingers praying [1O5.] for liberty to carry six feet of Wood on 
their Carts & Trucks the subject being considered it was deter- 
mined, that it was not in the power of the Board to dispence 
with a law of the Town, which had been approved by the Court 
of Sessions and that the same be communicated to the Persons 
who made the application 

The Board made choice of Mr. Edward Vanever as Head or 
Constable of a third division of the Watch 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22. 1801 [2] 
Present Mess re : Bulflnch Tilden Sturgis Howard Hunnewell, 
Tileston 

The Board had a conference with John Codman Esq respecting 
preparations which he was making for carrying out his Wharff 
a considerable distance into the Harbour and after examining 
his Deed & the Records of the Town he was requested and 
consented to desist from the work untill the opinion of Counsel 
could be had upon the rights of the Town 

The Board unanimously made choice of the Rev d . M r . Emmerson 
to deliver an Oration on the 4*. Day of July next being the 
Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28 f . 1802 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell, Howard, Sturgis, 
Oliver, Tilden, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

At a special Meeting, on the application of Mess": Jones, 
Samuel Prince & Joseph Ripley ; they were appointed Auchtioneers 
for this Town, the remainder of the Year 

The Board came to the choice of 2 Sealers of Weights and 
Measures in this Town for the Year ensuing and M r . Richard 
Austin & Timothy Green, were chosen 

M r . Mock was chosen to Collect the Cow Money for the Year 
ensuing also to enter all complaints against any infringements 
on the Laws respecting the Common 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[1O6.] Warrant signed for May Meetings to be held on 
Wednesday & Thursday the 12 th . of May next 

M r . Newall to have the printing of the Notification for said 
Meeting the number printed to be 3000 

M r . Sturgis appointed to wait on Rev d . M r . Murray, to request 
his opening the ensuing Meeting with prayer 

The Board proceeded to view the entrance into Hanover Street, 
& staked out the same to be widened as follows at the North 
East Corner of the House & Land adjoining to D r . Isaac Rand 
10 feet 8 Inches at the South West Corner of the House & 
Land on Hanover Street 13 feet & on the same Corner on Sud- 
bury Street 6 Feet and the North west Corner of the said House 
& Land on D r . Isaac Rand 11 feet thence to a point on said 
Rands Land, and on the Street 10 feet from the Line of Land of 
John Dorby [Derby] Esq 

Voted, that M r . Tilden Mr. Sturgis & M r . Howard be a Com- 
mittee to submit to reference on the part of the Board what 
compensation the Town should pay for Land taken into the 
Street as above 

Voted, that Samuel Clap Esq, M r . Allen Crocker & M r . 
Samuel Todd, be requested to act as Referrees, to consider this 
subject & award the Damages sustained by the Owners of the 
said Land 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5. 1802 
Present Bulfinch Sturgis Howard Tileston Sherburne Hunnewell 
Oliver, 

The Chairman was desired to apply to the Secretary of the 
State for the use of the Watch-house near the Magazine for one 
Stand for a Town Watchman 

The Chairman & M r . Hunnewell, a Cornm 66 . to confer with M r . 
Cobb & M r . Hartshorne, respecting an exchange of Land for the 
improvement of Belknap Street, that they may be impower'd to 
make the exchange, if the Parties can agree upon the propor- 
tion or to refer the same to the Judgement of disinterested 
Persons 

[1O7.] M r . John Wait has liberty to build a Tomb in the 
North Burying Ground, on the South side, on the usual Con- 
ditions 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 145 

M r . Oliver was desired to confer with the Trustees of the 
Aqueduct Corporation, respecting the repairs necessary to be 
done to the Pavement in consequence of their Pipes in the 
Streets 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20'. 1802 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Howard, Hunnewell, Oliver, 
Tilden, Tileston 

M r . Jonathan Balch applies for liberty to open the Ground in 
Cross Street, for the purpose of clearing & repairing the Common 
Sewer ; whereupon he was directed to Notify the Proprietors of 
said Sewer to appear on Thursday next between the hours of 1 1 & 
1 . to show cause why they should not bear their proportion of 
the expence. 

M r . Porter was requested to employ M r . Blake to repair the 
floor of the Centre Writing School & to have a new Vault dug 
at the South Schools 

On the application of Cap'. Parket, the Gentlemen associated 
to form a Troop of Horse have liberty to exercise on the Com- 
mon on the Southwesterly part near the Frog Pond the Gentle- 
men are requested to enter the Common near the place assigned 
to them 

At a special Meeting called for the purpose this day past 6. 
o. Clock William H M c .Neil & Caleb Hay ward were on their 
application appointed Auchtioneers for this Town 

On the application of a number of the Abutters on Common 
Street praying that the Carts of Hay may be placed under cer- 
tain restrictions & regulations 

Voted, that the West side of Common Street from the Burying 
Ground Gates southerly, be appropriated for one range of Carts 
Sleds & Waggons of Hay that the opening of the Street leading 
up by the Granary be kept clear & unincumbred that M r . Doyle 
be employed & impower d to carry these regulations into effect & 
to make complaint of any Person who shall offend against them 
that they may be prosecuted according to Law 

[1O8.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 31 
1802 Present Mess": Bulfinch, Porter, Howard, Sturgis, Oliver, 
Sherburne, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

In consequence of the Application of a number of Persons of 
the South part of the Town, that the bounds of a Passage AYay, 
belonging to the Town leading from Orange Street to the Sea 
should be examined into & clearly ascertained ; a Comm ee . of 
the Selectmen examined into the subject & made four several 
visits to the spot, had measures & surveys taken thereof, & on 
the 6 day of April 1802 The Comm 66 . viz*. Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, 
Porter, Oliver & Hunnewell examined the Stone Wall of a Cellar, 
formerly belonging to a House of more than 60 Years old, which 
Deacon Bayley attests to have lived in many years before the 
Revolutionary war ; the Comm 66 . finding this Cellar & the remains 
of several Posts of a Fence to be in one continued range they 
determined that course to be the South line of the Towns Passage 
way, & placed Stakes three feet North of said line, as in some 
parts the obstruction of Buildings would not allow of placing 
stakes on the line the Comm 66 . also directed M r . Wales to place 
a range of Posts or Stakes 14 feet from the first mentioned 
Stakes to serve as the North boundary of the Passage Way 
Which Passage way is hereby established to be seventeen feet 
wide & extending from Orange Street to the Sea, and Chanel, 
betweed Land of M r . Henry Bass on the South & M r . Nathaniel 
Wales on the North. The extracts of the Deeds & substance of 
the above are on file. 

M r . Christopher Marshall one of the Collectors of Taxes for 
1800, having produced Receipts from the State County & Town 
Treasurers in full for the Money, he had to Collect in said Year 
the Town Clerk is to give him up his Bonds, when called for. 

The Chairman is to write M r . Cookson, to inform him, that the 
Board wish him to take measures for taking down the part of his 
House in Fish Street which is to be removed to widen the Street, 
agreable to the award of the Referrees the convenience of the 
public & of the Neighbours, requires it should be done early in 
the next week 

[1O9.] Boston ss : Granted by the Selectmen June 2 d 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Sherbume Sturgis, 
Oliver, 

Passed Accounts 

Maj r . G. Blanchard is directed to Notify the Proprietors of the 
Common Sewer in Athkinson Street to appear on Wednesday 
next to state their objections to the repairs of said Common 
Sewer 

Return was made by M r . Samuel Hastings of the expence 
attending opening & repairing the Common Sewer in Newbury 
Street ; and the Accompt thereof having [been] duly examined by 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 147 

the Selectmen was by them allowed ; they being informed at the 
same time, by the said Hastings, that they [he] had caused to be 
warned every Person concerned in said Drain according to Law, 
and no objection having been entred to their proceeding Assess- 
ment, was made thereon by the Selectmen and an Order, for 
payment made out and delivered to the aforenamed Samuel 
Hastings which is as follows Viz*. 

WHEREAS, a Drain or Common Sewer in Newbury Street Boston 
has been duly repaired by the aforenamed Samuel Hastings, the 
whole Expence whereof according to an Account laid before and 
examined by the Subscribers, amounted to One hundred thirty 
three Dollars 47 Cents and as such expence is to be paid by such 
Person or Persons whose Drains enter into said Common Shore, 
and receives benefit thereby ; and in such proportion as shall be 
Adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major part of 
them, who are empower 'd by Law to apportion the same ; and the 
said Hastings having agreable to Law Notified [11O.] all the 
concerned, before they had proceeded on the business, and no 
objection having been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston do hereby Certify, that having 
considered of said Expences, and by whom and in what manner 
it ought to be paid 

Do ADJUDGE, that the same shall be paid in the proportion fol- 
lowing, and by the Persons hereafter named Viz*. 

- 2 75 

- 2 75 

- 2 75 

- 2 ,, 75 

- 2 75 

- 2 75 

- 2 75 

- 2 ,,75 

- 2 ,,75 

- 5 50 

- 5 ,, 50 

- 2 ,,75 

- 2 75 

- 5 ,, 50 

- 2 ,, 75 

- 8 ,, 25 

- 2,, 75 

- 2,, 75 

- 2 ,, 75 
-2,, 75 

- 8,, 25 

- 2,, 75 

- 5 ,, 50 

- 5,, 50 





- 1 do - 
- 1 do - 
1 do 


Martin Brimmer - 




1 Ho 


" 




1 Ho 




- 1 do 
- 1 do 
- 1 do 


Daniel Messenger - - 
John Avery - ... 


James Bumstead - - - 


- 2 do 
- 1 do 

- 1 do 
- 2 do 

3 Ho 


M r . Baker & Sister - - 
Stephen Thayer - - - 




Thomas Williams - - 


- 1 do 
i do 


Cap 1 . Callahan ... 


- 1 do 

1 Ho 


Benjamin Green - 
John Haskins - ... 
Samuel Hastings - - - 
Robert Hews - - - - 


- 3 do 
- 1 do 
- 2 do 
- 2 do 



D l . Hayward ----- 


3 do 

3 rln 




1 fin 


John Jarvis ----- 


1 do 

1 rln 


Abrah 1 " Adams - - - - 


1 do 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Rowe 1 Drain - - $2 ,, 75 

- Cunningham - - - Ido - - - 2,, 75 

M rs . Merret 2 do - - - 5 ,, 50 

- - 2 75 

- - 8 ,. 25 

- - 8 25 

- - 2 ,, 75 

- - 2 75 

- - 2 75 

- - 2 75 

And we do hereby appoint the afore Named 
Samuel Hastings to receive of the Persons 
within named the Sums affixed to their 
several Names, and to give discharges 
therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^ a 
JOSEPH HOWARD 
WILLIAM PORTER 
WILLIAM SHERBURNE J^f 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBENEZER OLIVER 

j 

Boston ss : Granted by the Selectmen June 9, 1802 Present 
Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Sherburne, 

M r . Walley appeared, & objected to pay any proportion of the 
repairs of the Drain in Atkinson Street, as he & Charles 
Miller Esq. bore the whole expence of a Drain from Federal 
Street to Atkinsons Street, which amounted to $195 

M r . Oliver represented that M r . Jonathan Balch was now carry- 
ing out his Wharff, as he supposes beyond the Circular Line, & 
begs the attention of the Board or the Committee, to prevent the 
supposed incroachment whereupon the Chairman was desired to 
call upon M r . Balch to ascertain his right, & to forbid his 
extending the Wharf beyond said Line 

The Town Clerk is directed to make out a Draft upon the 
Town Treasurer in favour of the Persons whose Land & Build- 
ings have been taken from them to widen Fish Street ; according 
to the Award of the Referrees 



On the application of M r . Nathaniel Emmes, liberty 
is given him to portion off part of the Upper Room over Faneuil- 
Hall, for the use of an Armory or place to deposit the Arms of 
the Company of Winslows Blues 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 149 

M r . Porter, M r . Tileston & M r . Oliver a Comm 66 . to ascertain 
the Bounds of Castle Street leading from Orange Street 

On the application of a number of the Persons whose Lands & 
Buildings have been taken to widen Fish Street it is Agreed 
that the Town Treasurer be desired to borrow of the Union Bank, 
according to the Vote of the Town the Sum of $3210 to be paid 
as follows," in part of the Amount awarded, by the Referrees 

To Samuel Tuttle - - $100 

Thomas Kast 422 

Jonathan Loring -------- 288 

Joseph Smith & others 266 

Joseph Mortain -------- 500 

Joseph Churchel 300 

John Clark 134 

Samuel Hitchborn 330 

Amasa Stutson 330 

John Jenks & Isaac Reed 300 

Benjamin Hitchborn -------240 

$3210 
sent Treasu r . 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 16. 1802 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Tileston, Oliver, Porter, 
Sturgis, 

In consequence of a Precept from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate 
for the County of Suffolk, that inquisition should be made into 
the Circumstances of Rich d . Whitcomb represented as a Non 
compos mentis & incapable of taking care of himself a Comm 66 . 
of the Board made enquiry & certified to the Judge of Probate 
that he was incapable of taking care of himself or his property, 
& recommended that a Guardian be appointed for him 

[113.] On an application from the Board of Health the 
Chairman was desired to have a Valve made to the mouth of one 
of the Sinks in Market Square to prevent the return of noxious 
& offensive air from the Drain 

M r . Howard & M r . Sherburne were requested to have the Bell 
frame at the North School repaired, that the Bell may be rung at 
the regular School hours 

M r . Porter was also desired to have the like repairs made at 
the Centre & South School-houses 

A complaint was made against M r . Low a Funeral Porter of 
the Town Ordered that M r . Low be directed to attend next 
Wednesday, to answer the charges brought against him 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The following Advertizement was ordered to be printed in tue 
News Papers viz 1 

The Selectmen having observed that great numbers of Children 
& young Men, have lately adopted the practise of going into 
Water on the Lord Days, at the Wharves, the bottom of the 
Common & Mill Pond & other public Places to the encourage- 
ment of idle habits & the offence of the seriously disposed part 
of the Community ; All Parents & Guardians are requested to 
prevent this practice in the Youth under their care and after 
this practise any Person transgressing, will be prosecuted accord- 
ing to the Law of this Commonwealth providing for the due 
observance of the Lords Day ; which exacts a penalty of 4 
Dollars for every such offence 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 23 d Present 
Mess rs : Bulflnch, Sturgis, Howard, Porter, Sherburne Tileston, 
Oliver, Hunnewell 

A complaint of M r . Vinton & the other Inspector of Chimneys 
against M r . Michael Williams who employs Lads [114.] for 
sweeping Chimneys It was agreed that Michael Williams be 
allowed to employ under him the black Lad, who was bound to 
him by the Selectmen & no other : & that M r . Vinton drop the 
prosecution that he has commenced against him 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Tileston a Comm 66 . to examine the Engines 
represented as defective or nearly useless ; and that they be 
desired to request a Comm 66 . of the Fire Wards to accompany 
them, & two experienced Workmen 

M r . Mock the Collector of Taxes from the Owners of Cows 
paid into the hands of the Chairman fifty Dollars and had his 
receipt therefor 

On application from M r . Thomas Bradford for liberty to open 
the Common Sewer in White Bread Alley, for the purpose of 
repairing the same Ordered that he Notify all the Proprietors of 
said Common Sewer, whose Drains enter therein to appear at 
the Selectmens Chamber on or before Wednesday next, between 
the hours of 10 & 1, to show cause why such repairs should not 
be made & assessed on them in their several proportions according 
to Law 

Representation was made that M r . Blaney Sexton of the South 
Meeting House had procured a Hearse suitable for the use of the 
Town at Funerals It is Agreed that the regular charge for the 
use of the same to the Town, shall be one Dollar for the Hearse 
& half a Dollar for the Horse and that the Chairman be directed 
to recommend the use of the Hearse to the Inhabitants in the 
Papers 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 151 

Voted, that as soon as the Referrees shall make return of their 
Award for Land to be taken into Back Street the Committee be 
desired to take measures to have the Fences removed 

[115.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Sturgis, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30 Present 
Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch Tileston, Sturgis, Hunnewell, Porter, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Warrant issued for Town Meeting, in commemoration of Inde- 
pendence, at Faneuil Hall on Monday the 5. of July Ins*. 9. 
o Clock A : M : the 4 1 . of said month being Lords Day 

M r . James Hudson Voax 

Joshua Ellis 

Dan 1 . Batchtold 

[Jabez] Newell 

Robert Partridge 

Margaret Webb 

William Collier 

object to bear any proportion of the repair of the Common Sewer 
in Love Lane 

Voted, that the Bells be rung on the Morning of the 5. of July 
Ins*, from the hours of 6. to 7. being the Anniversary of Inde- 
pendence ; and that four Constables be appointed, to preserve 
good order in the Common on that Day 

On application from M r . Blaney one of the Abutters on Nassau 
Street for liberty to open & cleanse the Common Sewer in said 
Street, Ordered, that M r . Blaney Notify the Proprietors of said 
Common Sewer or whose Drains enter therein, to apply at the 
Selectmens Room on Wednesday next, to show cause why said 
Repairs should not be undertaken, & the expence assessed on 
them generally according to Law 

Liberty is granted for the use of Faneuil Hall, for a public 
Dinner on Monday next, for a number of Gentlemen, who apply 
for the same 

The Committee of the South part of the Town are desired to 
proceed to repair the pavement in their quarter agreable to the 
estimate given in by the Committee 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[116.] The Persons who had licenses the last Year for Auch- 
tioneers, apply for the like appointment the present Year, together 
with Benjamin Alline, & William Dehone connected with T. K. 
Jones & Stoddard Capen & Philip Ammidon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8. 1802 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell, Sherburne Oliver, 
Howard, Porter, 

On the application of the Board of Health & a number of the 
Physicians, a Warrant w-as this Day issued for a Town Meeting 
on the 14 of July Ins 1 . 3. o Clock P : M : 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications 

On the application of M r . Morrell & M r . Andrews an order of 
notice was given to the Proprietors of the Common Sewer in New- 
bury Street & Summer Street to appear on or before Thursday 
next, to show cause why said Common Sewer should not be re- 
paired & the expence assessed generally on them according to 
law 

A major part of the Board signed a Deed to M r . Samuel Cobb 
of a twelve feet passage way, leading from Hancock Street to 
Clapboard Street at West Boston in exchange for part of his 
Land to improve the last mentioned Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 14 Present 
Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Porter Sturgis Sherburne, Tileston 

3 Extra Jurors chosen & entred in Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectm[en] July 14'. 1802 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Sherburne, Tileston Hunnewell 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 21 st . 1802 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Sturgis, Porter, Sherburne Tileston, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, 

On the application of M r . Getting for liberty to dig a Well in 
Belknap Street the Chairman & M r . Hunnewell a Committee to 
confer with M r . Getting on the subject and to report 

[117.] M r . Sherburne & M r . Sturgis a Comm ee . to consider 
what place will be suitable to remove the Engine-house from the 
Land of the new North Church agreable to the request of the 
Comm 66 . of that Church 

Voted to appropriate 1000 Dollars to have Essex Street under 
the direction of M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell in addition to the 
Comm 66 . of that Quarter 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. , 153 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 26. 1802 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Sturgis, Tileston Sherburne, Oliver, 
Hunnewell 

Passed upon Accounts 

Passed upon the list of Persons licensed as Inholders & Re- 
tailers of Spiritus Liquors the Year past, and made return of the 
same to the Clerk of the Court of Sessions for the County of 
Suffolk as p Copy of the same on file 

M r . Sturgis added to Comni 66 . of North Division to view the 
Street near Union Wharff & White Bread Alley & to make such 
repairs as they may Judge proper in the Pavement 

Agreed to pay M r . Minns in Back Street for the cost of a 
Drain from his Land to the Common Sewer such Drain having 
become necessary for the widening of said Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26. 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter Sturgis Tileston Sherburne 
Oliver Hunnewell 

Return was made by Major George Blanchard of the Expence 
attending opening & repairing the Common Sewer in Atkinson 
Street ; and the Account thereof being duly examined by the 
Selectmen is by them allowed, they being informed at the same 
time by the said Blanchard that he had caused to be warned 
every Person concerned in said Drain, according to law ; and no 
objection having been entred to their proceeding ASSESSMENT 
was made thereon by the Selectmen an Order [118.] for pay- 
ment made out & delivered to the aforenamed George Blan- 
chard, which is as follows Viz* 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer in Atkinson Street 
Boston, has been duly repaired by the aforenamed George 
Blanchard, the whole Expence whereof according to an Account 
laid before and examined by the Subscribers, amounted to seven 
hundred & forty two Dollars 25 Cents, and as such Expence is to 
be paid by such Person or Persons whose Drains enter into said 
Common Shore, and receive benefit thereby, and in such propor- 
tion as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the 
major part of them, who are empower d by Law to Apportion the 
same ; and the said Blanchard having agreable to Law Notified 
all the concerned before he had proceeded on the business, and 
no objection having been made thereto therefore we the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston, do hereby Certify, 
that having consider'd of said Expence, & by whom and in what 
manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE, the same shall be 
paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter 
named Viz' 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

William Cowell .... 1 Drain - - $18 ,, 50 

George Blanchard - - - 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

Benjamin Gray ----2 do--- 37 

Eliza Tilden 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

William H. Simmer - - - 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

Russell Sturgis - - - - 1 do ^ - - 18,, 50 

Thomas Davis - - - - Ido- - - 18,, 50 

Ebenezer Francis- - -- Ido- - - 18,, 50 

Edward Blanchard - - - 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

M re . Wheelwright - - - 2 do - - - 37 

[119.] Isaac Winslow - - - - Ido- - - 18 50 

Samuel Parkman - - - - 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

Jeffry Richardson - - - Ido- - - 18,, 50 

Daniel Sergeant - - - - Ido- - - 18,, 50 

John Codman - - .- - - Ido- - - 18,, 50 

Isaac Townsend - - - - Ido- - - 18,, 50 

William Hall 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

Isaac Rand Jun r - - - - 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

M r . Appleton 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

David Tuttle 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

Stephen Gorham - - - - 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

James & Thomas Lamb - Ido- - - 18,, 50 

William Hall 1 do - - - 18 ,, 50 

John Grigory Ido- - - 6, ,50 

Joseph May Ido--- 6,, 50 

John B. Green - - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

William Tudor - - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

WiUiams Crafts - - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

James Perkins - - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Samuel Cobb 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

Rev d . John Murray - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

George Blake 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

John Marston Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Isaac Hall 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

Edward Blake - - - - 1 do - - - 6 50 

E. Tuckerman Jun r - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

George Higginson - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

Joseph Foster - - - - Ido- - - 6, ,50 

John Stoughton - - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Gardner Green - - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Thomas K. Jones - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Elizabeth Amory - - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Thomas C. Amory - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

John Wells 1 do - - - 6 50 

Lady Temple Ido- - - 6,, 50 

Samuel Rogers - - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

William Scollay - - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 

John Fillebrown - - - - Ido- - - 6,, 50 

[ISO.] John F. Williams - - 1 do - - - 6 50 

John Simkins - - - - 1 do - - - 6 ,, 50 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 



155 



Simon Eliot - ... 
Thomas Russell's Heirs - 
John Coats - - - - 
Jeremiah Bulfinch - - 
John Deverell - - - - 
John Cobourn .... 
Widow Eliot - --- 
Stephen Hall - - - - 
Samuel N. Gushing - - 
Heirs of D r . Sprague 
Isaac P. Simpson - - 
Widow Simpson - - - 

D r . Welch 

John Fumass - - - - 
John W. Blanchard - - 
John Powers - - - - 
Thomas Powers - - - 
Elisha Sigorney - - - 
M r . Lamb - - - - 



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And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
George Blanchard to receive of the Persons 
within named the Sums Affixed to their 
several Names, and to give discharges there- 
for 

CHARLES BULFINCH 
RUSSELL STURGIS 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R OLIVER 
JONATH N HUNNEWELL 



[121.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tileston, Oliver, Sturgis, Porter, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 4. 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tileston. Tilden, Sherburne, Sturgis, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, Porter, 

A special Meeting called for considering the applications for 
Appointments as Auchtioneers, 5. o. Clock this Afternoon 

Agreed to have an Engine-house built on the East side of the* 
School-house in Bennet Street for the Engine to be removed from 
the House near the New North Church, to be built under the 
direction of the Committee appointed last Week to find a situa- 
tion therefor 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Tilden & M r . Sturgis a Comm ee . to consider what would be 
the best mode of procuring Oil & lighting the Town the ensuing 
Year 

The Board agreed with M r . Adams the Carpenter to proceed on 
Monday next to take down the part of the House belonging to 
M r . Cookson in Fish Street, which has been laid into said 
Street 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston were requested to supply the Schools 
with Fire Wood, the quantity as usual 

Voted, that the Street from Clark Street to the Union Wharff 
be paved under the direction of the Comm 66 for that Quarter 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Tileston a Comm 66 to confer with the Fire 
Wards upon the necessity of procuring new Engines 

5.o: Clock 

At a special Meeting for the purpose, the Selectmen approved 
of and accordingly appointed the following Persons as Auch- 
tioneers for the Town of Boston for the present Year Viz*. 

Mess rs : Samnel Clapp 

Thomas K. Jones 
John B. Green 
Samuel Bradford 
Joshua Eaton 
Robert Gardner 
John Perkins 
Thomas Clark 
John W. Quincy 
William Alline 
AzorG. Archibald 
Daniel Wild 
Robert G. Shaw 
Samuel Blagg 
Appleton Prentiss 
Nathan 1 . P. Hewes 
Benjamin Tucker 
John Webb Vance 
Lewis Hoyt 
Cornelius Coolidge 
John Swett 
Samuel Bridge 
John Eaton Jun r . 
John Jones 
Joseph Ripley 
Caleb Hay ward 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 157 

William H. McNeil 
Stoddard Capen 
Phillip Ammadon 
Benjamin Alline 
William Dehone 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 6. 1802 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Tileston, Hunnewell, Oliver 

A number of Petitions for Licenses as Inholders & Retailers of 
Spirituous Liquors were laid before Selectmen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 18 1802 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sherburne, Sturgis, Tileston, 
Hunnewell, Oliver, Howard, 

A number of new Applicants for, for [sic] being licensed as 
Inholders & Retailers approved of as p list on file 

[123.] The Committee of West Boston are empower d to 
proceed & pave the part of Green Street near Cap 1 . Barnards 
the Comm 66 . are also requested to have the Street by the Hay 
Market, levelled & properly regulated 

Voted, to Appropriate One hundred & fifty Dollars for paving 
Salutation Alley, the said Alley to be widened & the paving to 
be completed to the satisfaction of the Selectmen 

Voted, to appropriate fifty Dollars toward paving White Bread 
Alley, the same to be done to the approbation of the Board 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 30 1802 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Tileston Porter, 
Sherburne, Howard, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 1. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

On application from Comm ee . of Brattle Street Church & the 
Abutters on that Street Agreed to have the unpaved part of 
"that Street, paved 

Agreed to allow Major Moses Wallach for Land given by him 
into Essex Street, as much as the expence of removing his Board 
Fence on the same Land, amounts to 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 8 th 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hunnewell, Oliver, Porter, 

The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee to view 
the Fences between the Burying Ground & Land of R. G. 
Amory to consider what proportion the Town should bear of 
the Expence of repairing the same 

On the application of M r . Elisha Sigorney Voted, to approve 
of the Stable on his land in Southack's Court to be kept as a 
Livery Stable provided in other respects it be conformable to 
Law 

Passed upon Applications for Licenses for Retailers. 

[124.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 9. 
1802 Present Bulfinch, Tilden Howard Sherburne, Oliver Porter 

The Board met at Noon this day & proceeded to Fish Street 
to view the same in the part which has been widened, whether it 
was in a suitable State to proceed to paving said Street 

Upon viewing an encroachment of a Brick Wall of the House 
at the Corner of Cross Street Order'd that the Workmen be 
directed to cut off 4 Inches of the Wall from the foundation 
upwards, the same exceeding the front of the House, & being on 
the publick High Way, 

Visited that part of Ship Street now paving & inspected 
Salutation Alley, which is now widening & preparing to be paved 
also viewed White Bread Alley, to consider what improvements 
were practicable and expedient to be made there 

NB. On the 8 th . Ins*, approved of the Indentures of Thomas 
Mitchell, a Minor, to Henry Wendell Baker as an Apprentice 
from this date to May 18 1809 at which period said Mitchell 
will be of the Age of twenty one years 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 15 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis Howard Porter Tileston Hunnewell 

On the application of John D. Robins for liberty to fill up the 
Dock at the bottom of Summer Street M r . Sturgis M r . Tileston 
& M r . Tilden appointed a Comrn 66 . to consider whether it be 
expedient that the request of M r . Robins be complied with & upon 
what terms ; or whether it should be done at the expence of the 
Town- 
Voted, to procure for the use of the Town the new Engine 
made by M r . Thayer to be placed at the discretion of the Fire- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 159 

Wards also to procure one of the new Patent Engines of the 
size which the Fire- wards may approve, to be also stationed by 
their direction 

[125.] M r . Sturgis added to the Comm 66 . for paving Atkinson 
Street, and said Comm 66 . are empowered to widen that Street in 
front of M r . Tuttles, Mess 18 : Lambs & M r . Perkins Lots in such 
manner as they may think expedient ; to confer with the Proprietors 
on the subject & to appoint three disinterested Persons to appraise 
the Land so taken 

Agreed to call a Town Meeting on Thursday the 23 d . Ins*. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 16. 1802 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Sherburne, Porter 

In consequence of the Military review in this Town on Thurs- 
day next, Agreed to postpone the Town Meeting to Monday the 
27 th . Ins 1 . 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 27*. 1802 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Porter, 
Sherburne 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . William Fennelly applies for a License as Auchtioneer for 
this Town 

A special Meeting called for the consideration of this applica- 
tion at past 4. o Clock this day 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r 29. 1802 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch Howard, Porter, Sturgis Hunnewell, 
Oliver, Tilden, 

Pass upon other Accounts 

Jury Men for Court C. Pleas & District Court chosen & entred 
& posted in Jury Books 

On the request of the Officers of the Light Infantry Company, 
Liberty is granted them to partition off part of the Upper Room 
over Fanueil Hall, for the use of an Armory or place to deposit 
the Arms of that Company 

Complaint having been received against Persons frequenting 
the Cellar under Centre School-house in School Street, & of the 
uses to which that cellar is put the Chairman was desired to 
inform M r . Eaton & M r . French that the Board have determined 
[126.] that the Cellar shall no longer be kept as a place to 
Retail Liquors and that they be called upon to remove there- 
from as soon as possible 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . William Fennelly Appointed as an Auchtioneer agreable 
to his application the 27. Ins 1 . 

M r . John G. Gannon being chosen Sexton to Trinity Church, 
is approved of as a Funeral Porter 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 6. 1802 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Sherburne Hunnewell, 
Porter, Oliver, 

M r . Cyrus Perkins from Bridgewater, on application to keep a 
private School in this Town, having produced recommendations 
from President Wheelock & M r . Elisha Ticknor was accordingly 
approved 

Approved the Indenture of Apprentice-ship of Thomas Evans 
a Minor, to Joseph Dennis Mariner of Ipswich untill the age of 
21 Years which will be on the 22 d . Day of March 1808 

On the request of Cap 1 . Messinger the Company of Winslow 
Blues, have liberty to use Faneuil Hall, for a Dinner on Monday 
next 

Perez Gardner being appointed Sexton of the Old Brick 
Church, is approved of as a Funeral Porter 

The Board came to the choice of a Person to Inspect and 
direct the lighting of the Lamps the ensuing Season the Votes 
being taken David Tilden Esq. was chosen 

M r . Tilden was directed to procure Lighters & Oil for the 
Season and it was Voted that the Lamps be lighted for Six 
Months & 18 Nights in each month 

On the application of M r . Thomas C Amory Attorney to M rs . 
Rowe praying that the paying the expence of paving the foot- 
walk in Essex Street in front of Land of M rs . Rowe may be 
Assessed on the Lp.nd, & M re . Rowe be relieved from paying the 
same, she having only a life Estate therein whereupon Voted 
that it is the opinion of the Board, that the above expence should 
be paid by the Owner, Occupant or Tenant, and that M ra . Rowe 
must be considered as the Owner, & that demand be made upon 
her for the amount 

[127.] "William Smith Esq & Josiah Quincy Enquire were 
approved as Sureties in the Bond to [be] given by the Town 
Treasurer 

M r . Porter Oliver & Hunnewell were desired to view Pecks 
Alley, to see what repairs were necessary & to Report the same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 161 

Comm 66 . was desired to view the Street leading up Beacon Hill, 
to consider whether a Gutter was necessary to be laid by the new 
foot walk 

M r . Porter directed to attend to the removal of the Engine 
house by M rs . Mays in Orange Street, to such part of the Land 
as may be more convenient for her 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 12 l . Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch Howard Porter Sherburne Oliver Hunnewell 

12 extra Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas and the 
Names entred & posted in Jury Books 

M r . Cooper applies for liberty to open ground from his House 
in Hanover Street, to clear his Drain from stoppage 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen October 13. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Sturgis, Sherburne, Porter, Tilden, 
Oliver, 

The Board have issued a Warr*. for Town Meeting on the 1 st . 
Monday of Novem r . next being the 1 st . of Novem r . 11. o Clock 
P M : for y e . choice of a Representative of the Suffolk District in 
this Commonwealth in the next Congress 

M r . Sturgis & M r , Oliver a Committee to wait on the Rev d . 
M r . John Gardner & to request his opening Town Meeting with 
prayer 

M r . Edes to have the printing of the Notifications for the ensu- 
ing Meeting 

Voted, that M r . Howard be informed that Major Tilden has 
been appointed to the care of the Lamps the ensuing season, & 
that he be desired to deliver to M r . Tilden the Implements of 
Ladders Touchers & any other Articles in his possession 

Drew four Jurors for Court of Common .Pleas & entred & 
posted in Jury Books 

[128.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 20. 
1802 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Sturgis Howard, Tileston 
Porter 

Agreed to have a Gutter paved along the new foot walk lead- 
ing up Beacon Hill and the ascent of the Hill regulated for the 
convenience of Carriages passing the same 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Upon application of a Cornm 66 . consisting of D r . Jarvis 
Nathaniel Fellows, Samuel Brown Benj n . Austin Jun r . Cap 1 . 
Brazier, George Blake Cap*. Prince Cap 1 . Barnard, liberty is 
granted for the use of Faneuil Hall on Sunday Evening the 31 st . 
Ins*, being the Evening preceding the Election of a Member of 
Congress 

The Common Committee were desired to attend the application 
of M r . Mason Otis & B. Joy respecting some Repairs in Beacon 
Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 25 Present 
Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Sherburne, Hunnewell, Sturgis, 
Oliver, Porter, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo br . 27, 1802 
Present: Mess. Bulfinch, Tilestone, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, 
Sturgis 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Return was made by M r . Thomas Bickford of the Expence 
attending opening & repairing a Drain in White Bread Alley, & 
the Account thereof being duly examined by the Selectmen is by 
them allowed, they being informed at the same time by the said 
Bickford that he had caused to be warned every Person concerned 
in said Drain according to law & no objection having been entred 
to their proceeding Assessment was made thereon by the Select- 
men an Order for payment was made out & delivered to the 
aforenamed Thomas Bickford, which is as follows Viz*. 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in White Bread Alley 
Boston has been duly repaired by the aforenamed Thomas Bick- 
ford, the whole expence whereof according to an Account laid 
before & examined by the Subscribers, amounted to [129.] 
One hundred thirty nine Dollars, & as said Expence is to be paid 
by such person or Persons whose Drain enter into said Common 
Shore & receive benefit thereby, & in such proportion as shall be 
Adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major part of 
them, who are empower'd by law to apportion the same & the 
said Bickford having agreable to law Notified all the concerned 
before he had proceeded on the business & no objection having 
been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having considered 
of said expence & by whom & in what manner it ought to be 
paid Do ADJUDGE the same shall be paid in the proportion fol- 
lowing & by the Persons hereunder named Viz*. 

Thomas Binford [Bickford] 1 Drain - $27 ,, 80 
Lamb - - - - d - - - 13 ,, 90 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 163 

M r . Bartlett - - - - Drain 13 ,, 90 

Thomas Vincent - - - - 1 d - - - 27 ,, 80 

Thomas Foster - - - - d - - - 13 90 

Samuel Toole }d- - - 13 ,, 90 

M r . Howard |d- - - 13 ,, 90 

Cesar Spear | d - - - 13 ,, 90 

5 Drains 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 

Thomas Bickford to receive of the Persons 

within named the Sums affixed to their 

several Names, & to give discharge therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^| g 

DAVID TILDEN 

RUSSELL STURGIS 

WILLIAM PORTER 



JOHN TILESTON 
EBENEZ R . OLIVER 



James Baker being chosen Sexton to the Chapel Church is 
approbated as a Funeral Porter 

Ebenez r . Storer Esq. having proposed James Scott, William 
Smith & Benjamin Joy Esq rs . as Sureties for him in his Offices 
of Town Treasurer & Collector of Taxes [13O.] the same were 
approved 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7. 1802 
Present Mess rs : Tilden, Sturgis, Bulfinch Howard, Hunnewell, 
Sherburne, Tileston 

Upon complaint against a piece of paving in Elm Street done 
under the direction of D r . Morse Voted, that M r . Tilden Stur- 
gis & Tileston, be a Comm ee . to attend to the complaint of M r . 
S. Whitwell & others, & that the Comm 66 . be empower'd, if they 
find the said complaint to be well founded, to call upon D r . Morse 
to alter the same ; & in case of his refusal or neglect to proceed 
to alter or remove the cause of complaint at the expence of D r . 
Morse 

Mess 18 : Willet & Ballard having laid a new Drain by the per- 
mission of the Board from a new Cellar in Atkinson Street to 
the Common Sewer, it is agreed that they shall pay for their 
privilege a proportionable part with the other Proprietors of the 
late Repairs of the said Common Sewer ; being seventeen Dollars 
4 Cents for one twenty sixth part of the same 

M r . Tileston & M r . Oliver a Committee to sign the Agreement 
of Reference respecting Land of Moses Wallack taken to widen 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Blind Lane the Referrees General Winslow Deacon Wright & 
M r . Nathaniel Bradlee 

In compliance with a Warrant from the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes 
J r Esq Judge of Probate within the County of Suffolk the 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston have made Inquisition of the 
circumstances of Thomas Stevens Eayres, and find the said 
Eayres to be non compos & incapable of taking care of himself ; 
and are of opinion that a Guardian should be appointed for him 

sign d by the Selectmen 

It having been represented that one Walkinshaw is an idle 
disorderly & intemperate Person, that he is Heir to some 
Estate of a Brother deceased, that from his conduct he is unable 
to take care of, & will in all probability soon waste said property 
& become a charge to the Town 

Application [131.] was 

therefore made to the Judge of Probate that he would take the 
same into consideration, & act thereon as the Law directs 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 10 1 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sherburne Porter Tileston, Oliver 
Hunnewell 

M r . Nathaniel Emms having produced the account of the 
Expences attending the laying of a new Drain in Fish Street, and 
the names of the persons who have made use of the same for 
conducting their private Drains therein, it appears that the whole 
expence including the allowance for his trouble amounts to Ninety 
one Dollars 11 Cents, which is to be divided into four Shares of 
twenty two Dollars 78 Cents each to be paid as follows Viz 1 . 

By Nathaniel Emmes 1 share- - $22 ,, 78 

Samuel Cookson ld- - - 22 78 

John James ld- - - 22 ,, 78 

Abraham Babcock - - - - ld- - - 22 ,, 78 



$91 ,, 12 

On an application from D r . Lathrop & D r . Eliots Societies for 
the use of one of the North School-houses for the purpose of a 
singing Scliool Agreed that these Societies shall be accommo- 
dated with the use of one of those Schools, as may be most con- 
venient to the Town School Masters 

In compliance with a Warrant from the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes 
Jr. Judge of Probate within the County of Suffolk ; the Select- 
men made inquisition as to the circumstances of Bartholomew 
Broaders, and find the said Broaders incapable of taking care of 
himself & are of opinion that Guardians should be appointed 
for him 

Signed by the Selectmen 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 165 

An application -was made by General Henry Jackson for liberty 
to convert the Building commonly called the Granary into a 
Livery Stable the Board attended to the same & in considera- 
tion that the appropriating said Building to such uses,- would 
incommode the Street leading to the Mall & to the State House 
[132.] and the quantities of Manure there collected, would 
occasion an offensive stench to those Persons who for health or 
recreation should frequent the Mall & Common the Board deter- 
mined that General Jacksons request could not be complied 
with 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 17. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard Tileston, Por- 
ter, Hunnewell, Oliver 

Return was made by M r . William Appleton of the Expence 
attending opening & laying a Drain in Middle Street; and the 
Account thereof being duly examined by the Selectmen is by 
them allowed, they being informed at the same time by the said 
Appleton, that he had caused to be warned every Person con- 
cerned in said Drain, according to Law & no objection having 
been made to his proceeding ASSESSMENT was made thereon by 
the Selectmen an Order for payment was made out & delivered 
to the aforenamed William Appleton, which is as follows Viz 1 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Middle Street has been 
duly repaired by the aforenamed William Appleton, the whole 
Expence whereof according to an Account, laid before & 
examined by the Subscribers amounted to Thirty eight Dollars & 
as such Expence is to be paid by such person or persons whose 
Drains enter into said Common Shore & receive benefit thereby, 
& in such proportion as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of 
the Town or the major part of them, who are empower'd by law 
to apportion the same, and the said Appleton having agreable to 
Law, Notified all the concerned before he had proceeded on the 
business & no objection having been made thereto therefore we 
the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston do hereby 
Certify, that having considered of said Expence & by whom & in 
what manner it ought to be paid, Do ADJDDGE, the same shall be 
paid in the proportion following, and by the [13^] Persons 
hereunder named Viz 1 



Joseph Tuttle - - - - 1 Drain - - $6 ,, 91 

Thomas Wallis - - - 1 Drain - - 6 ,, 91 

M r8 . Hillman - - - 1 Drain - - 6 ,, 91 

M re . Appleton - - 1 Drain - - 6 ,, 91 

M re . Hill - --- 1 Drain - - 6 ,, 91 

Josiah Quincy ... 1 Drain - - 6 ,, 91 

Dinah Adams - - - - 1 Prain - - 6 ,, 91 

7 Drains - - - 



5 ,,43 
5 ,,43 
5 43 



43 
43 
43 
43 



166 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
William Appleton to recieve of the Persons 
within named, the Sums affixed to their 
several Names and to give discharges there- 
for 

VI 

CHARLES BULFINCH 
J HOWARD 
WILLIAM SHERBURXE 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
EBENEZ B . OLIVER 

J 

M r . William Remington & M r . John Chadwick, at a Meeting 
warned for the purpose, were agreable to their application, being 
well recommended ; were appointed Auchtioneers for this Town 

At the request of the Comm 66 . from the Mechanick Associa- 
tion, liberty is granted them to make use of Faneuil Hall on the 
16 th . of December next; being their Annivesary Meeting 

On the application of M r . Tyler, that a Passage Way leading 
from Aliens way or lane Northerly to his Rope walks was incom- 
moded & closed by Buildings lately placed thereon the Chairman 
& M r . Tilden were desired to examine the place & the Records 
relative thereto, & Report 

A Petition was received from a great number of the Abuttors 
on Dock Square, praying that the Boys with Wheelbarrows of 
Bread, might no longer be suffered to stand in the Square for the 
sale of Bread, for reasons stated in [134.] the Petition as on 
file, Order'd that prosecution be commenced against any Persons 
who shall take a stand in the public Streets with Wheelbarrows 
of Bread & c . after notice given them to desist from so doing 

The 'Selectmen having in the course of the present Year 
engaged M r . Vinton & M r . Cartwright as Inspectors of Chimnies 
in this Town, whose duty it should be to provide a sufficient 
number of able Sweepers to be ready at the call of any Person 
who should require their services ; the Board being desirous to 
give such Inspectors all the encouragement in their power without 
depriving those Persons who have been formerly licensed of their 
means of support Do agree & determine that the said Vinton & 
Cartwright shall be licensed on the following conditions viz*. 
That each of them shall enter into a bond to the amount of five 
hundred dollars, that he will faithfully execute the duties that 
shall be imposed by the Selectmen according to the tenor of their 
former Votes of the 3 d . of Feb y . last, & shall keep in readiness 
such numbers of Sweepers as the Board shall Judge necessary 
from time to time 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 167 

It is also agreed, that any of the old Sweepers who may be of 
decent character and also may apply shall be Licensed on the 
following conditions, that he sign an agreement that he will 
faithfully execute the business of a sweeper in his own Person & 
that he will not employ under him any Journeyman or Apprentice 
for the sweeping of Chimnies under the forfeiture of two dollars 
for every chimney so swept by his Journeyman or Apprentice 

Return was made of the Expence of opening a Common Sewer 
in Prince Street by M r . Appleton & filed & the Town Clerk 
directed to make out a Warr*. for collect 8 , the same Assessing 
each share 5 ,, 43 see last page Nov r . 17 

[135.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 24 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Sherburne, 
Tileston, Hunnewell, Howard, 

At the request of the Fire- wards ; the new hose lately imported 
is directed to be kept in the possession of M r . Tilden, to be 
delivered to the order of the Secretary of the Fire- wards for the 
use of the Engines and that any pieces of Hose that are out of 
repair, or not in use, shall be deposited with M r . Tilden 

On the application of Judge Sullivan Ordered , that the Lamps 
at his House in Summer Street, & the other private Lamps in 
that Street, be lighted at the expence of the Town 

M r . Howard & M r . Sherburne were desired to view a situation 
on Barretts Wharff , where a Bakehouse is said to be about to be 
erected, to inform the Proprietor of the law in this case, 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novemb r . 29. 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Sherburne, Sturgis, 
Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 1 st . 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Hunnewell, Tileston, Howard, Bulfinch, Tilden, 
Sturgis, Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Hunnewell was desired to attend the repairs of the Roof of 
Faneuil Hall, to prevent its leaking 

M r . Zeal Skidmore being appointed Sexton of the Church in 
Hollis Street, is licensed as a Funeral Porter 

Agreed that M r . Vannevar should have the care of the Granary 
Building [Burying] Ground 



168 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Baker Sexton of the Chapel to have the care of the Chapel 
Burying Ground 

M r . Zeal Skidmore the care of the South Burying Ground 

[136.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decenr. 
gtii p res ent Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter, Tileston, 
Sherburne, Oliver, Hunnewell, 

Upon the Application of M r . William Ratchford to build a 
Bake house on Barrets Wharff near Ann Street Agreed to ap- 
probate the same M r . Ratchford is directed to get the consent 
of the major part of the Justices in this Town, according to Law 

The Chairman was directed to obtain a plan of the Street, at 
West Boston, from Popler Street to Cambridge Street, for the 
use of the Town 

On the application of John Simmons & Calvin Fisher for 
liberty to open a Livery Stable in the new Brick Fire proof 
Building in Bromfields Lane It is Agreed to give licenses to the 
Applicants for that purpose & they are directed to place or 
paint a Sign in front of the Building with this Inscription' 'Ap- 
proved by the Selectmen according to Law " 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 . 14. 1802 
Present Mess rs : Hunnewell, Bulfinch, Tileston, Sherburne, Sturgis, 
Howard, 

Ordered, that a Warrant be issued for calling a Town Meeting 
on Thursday the 23 d . of Decem r . Ins*. 10 o'. Clock A : M : 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications for the 
above Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 . 22 d . 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Tileston, Sher- 
burne Oliver 

23 Petit Jurors for C. C. P: drawn and entred in the Jury 
Books as usual and then Adjourned the Meeting for Jurors to 
Wednesday next 3. o Clock 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 27. 1802 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Hqward Porter, Hun- 
newell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[137.] In compliance with a Warrant from the Hon ble . 
Thorn 8 Dawes Jr Esq Judge of Probate within the County of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 169 

Suffolk the Board made requisition into the circumstances of John 
Rice Esq. & find the said Rice to be a distracted Person and in- 
capable of taking care of himself, & are of opinion that a 
Guardian should be appointed for him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 29. 1802 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis, Tileston Sherburne Oliver 
Porter, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

On the application of the Fire-wards for a new Engine M r . 
Porter was requested to examine one lately built by M r . Thayer 
& to Report at the next Meeting of its Dimensions & powers & 
its price 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 5. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Hunnewell, Tileston, Sturgis 
Sherburne, Porter, Oliver, 

M r . Parsons has liberty to place a Fish Box over the Slip at 
the bottom of Cross Street, to be subject to removal when ever it 
shall be found inconvenient or prejudicial to the Public 

Voted, that the Fire wards be informed, that a new Engine 
built by M r . Thayer is now compleat & ready for delivery, that 
the Board wish the same to be inspected by the Fire wards & if 
approved by them that it will be placed at the House on the Mill 
bridge 

M r . Porter & M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee . to consider a suitable 
place for the Engine-house now in Essex Street 

The Chairman a Comm ee . to consider a suitable place for the 
Watch house now in Bowdoins Square 

M r . John Haskins at a Meeting specially appointed is agreable 
to application appointed an Auchtioneer for this Town 

The Chairman was requested to advertise for Sale the several 
small Engines which have been lately replaced with others more 
suitable to the demands of the Town 

[138.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan?. 12 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter Tileston, Oliver, 

M Derby Robins is authorized to build a head to the Dock at 
the bottom of Summer Street, & fill up the Dock, he to be at the 
whole expence thereof & to lay a Common Sewer therein of the 
dimensions that may be agreable to the Comm 66 . 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 19 Present 
Mess : [Blank] 

M r . Jacob Wendell applies for liberty to build a Bake house 
in the vacant lands west of Newbury Street near the Lynn 
Tavern ; the situation having been examined by M r . Porter & 
M r . Oliver, they represent the same as suitable for the purpose 
whereupon Voted, that M r . Wendell have liberty to build a 
Bake house in the place mentioned, provided it be wholly of 
Brick or Stone and otherwise to the approbation of the Board 

M r . Sturgis & M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee . to view the old En- 
gines now at M r . Thayers & to Report what in their opinion is 
adviseable to be done with them 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 31. 1803 
Present Bulfinch Tilden Sturgis Porter Tileston Sherburne 
Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 2 d . 1803 
Present Mess : [Blank] 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 9. 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Sherburne Porter, 
Oliver, Howard, Sturgis, 

The Comm 66 . on the Market were desired to view the Stalls 
built by M r . Peirpoint to consider what use shall be made of them 
in future & to Report 

[139.] Mess rs : Joseph & William Heard apply for liberty 
to build a Bakers Oven in a building at the Corner of Grove 
Street & May Street 

The Chairman M r . Sturgis & M r . Howard a Comm ee . to view 
the Building & Report also to view a Bake house back of M r . 
Spears Barn in Salem Street 

M r . Tilden, M r . Porter & M r . Tileston, a Comm 66 . to consider 
the fees of the Funeral Porters, what alterations are necessary to 
be made & to Report them 

On application of the Fire- Wards for several of Perkins Pat- 
' tent Pumps to be used in case of Fire M r . Sturgis & M r . 
Tileston are a Comm ee . to enquire the price & Report 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 171 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 16. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Porter Sherburne 
Tileston, Oliver 

The Board proceeded to sign a Deed to John Homer of a peice 
of Land at the head of Middle Street conditioned that he should 
convey to the Town another peice of Land of the Estate of 
Andrew Green whenever the same shall be laid into the Street & 
appraised according to Law, and took a Mortgage Deed & Bond 
from him to secure the performance of his engagement 

The Comm 66 . appointed to view M r . Heards Building at West 
Boston Reported that the Building is wholly of Wood 50 feet 
long & near 20 feet Broad, situated in the Summit of the Hill 
near M r . Austins Rope walk, & other large Wooden Buildings, 
that in their opinion it would be unsafe to allow it to be improved 
for a Bake-house, & Report that M r . Heards request cannot be 
complied with which Report was accepted & agreed to by the 
Board 

Upon the subject of procuring Patent Pumps to be used in fires 
the Comm 66 . Reported that upon enquiry the[y] found such 
Pumps much larger heavier & more expensive than was supposed, 
that it would be difficult to accommodate them for use at the 
Creeks & wharfs of different depths the Comm 66 . recommend that 
instead of such pumps, the Engines on the Creek be furnished 
with a number of short ladders to be used at the Creeks & 
Wharves in time of fire Voted, that the same Comm 66 . be 
desired to communicate their Report to the Secretary of the 
Fire-Wards 

[14O.] The Committee on the Fees to Funeral Porters 
Report d which was accepted as follows Viz 1 

That there be allowed to Funeral Porters & Undertakers in 
future 

For digging a Grave or opening a 1 

Tomb }l Dollar 

Use of a large Pall ------ 1 

Use of a small ditto ------ ,,50 Cents 

To each Porter for carrying Corpse - 75 

Tolling Bells, for each time of tolling > 

Bells ("20 

Waiting on Pall holders, inviting Relations > 

[50] families Neighbours included - ) 2 

the same in proportion for a greater 

number 

Removing & returning Chairs & Attend- 
ance 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Extra service of tarred Sheet & c - - - 1 ,, 50 

For use of a Hearse 1?00 

hire of a Horse for ditto ------ ,,75 

Voted, that the above regulations be printed in the Papers & 
that the Sextons be directed to make out their Bills, in separate 
articles conformable thereto 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 23 d . 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Sturgis, Porter Tileston Oliver 

Issued a Warrant for Town Meeting for Wednesday the 2 d . 
day of March next 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications 

Upon a Representation that M r . Trask Constable of the 
North Watch was confined to his House by sickness Voted that 
M r . Peter Doble be appointed to take charged of the Watch, 
untill M r . Trask shall be able to resume his place & the watch- 
men are hereby directed to conform to his orders accordingly 

M r . Abraham Babcock exhibited accounts of the expence of 
a Main Drain or common Sewer, laid by him in Fish Street 
amounting to $49, ,25 the same was approved by the Board 
& ordered to be paid one half by the said Babcock & the other 
half by the Heirs of Clement Collins being 24 D. 62 C to each 
half 

[141.] Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 28*. 
Present Mess rs : [Blank] 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present Mess 18 : 
Bulfinch, Tilden, Sturgis, Howard, Tileston, Porter Sherburne 

Oliver Hunnewell 

* 

A Warrant issued for a Town Meeting March 14 for the choice 
of Town Officer, on Monday the 14 l . Ins 1 9. o. 'Clock A : M : 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications of said 
Meeting 

The Chairman a Comm ee . to wait on D r . Howard & request 
that he would open said Meeting with Prayer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9 th 1803 
Present Mess : [Blank] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 173 

Passed upon sundry Accompts of which a Return & order for 
payment was made the Town Treasurer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, Porter 
Howard, 

A Meeting warned for 4. o. 'Clock P : M : for the special pur- 
pose of considering & acting upon the Petition of M r . Caleb 
Field that he might be appointed an Auchtioneer for this Town 

M r . Caleb Field was agreable to his application appointed an 
Auchtioneer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 23 d . 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Howard, 

Upon application from D r . M. Smith & others for liberty 
to open the Common Sewer in Middle Street from his House to 
Procters Lane for the purpose of repairing the same Ordered, 
that the Proprietors & others concerned be Certified to appear on 
Wednesday next, to show cause why said repair should not be 
made & Assessed upon them generally, according to Law 

[142.] A Warrant this day issued for a Meeting of the 
Inhabitants on Monday the 4*. of April next, for the choice of 
Governor & c 

M r . Howard & M r . Tileston a Comm ee . to wait on Rev d D r . 
Stillman & to request him to open the Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications for said 
meeting 

On the application of M r . Robert Robinson for liberty to put 
a Fish Box at the bottom of Summer Street, it is agreed that the 
request be granted ; the Box to be placed under the direction of 
the Selectmens Comm ee . M r . Tileston & M r . Hunnewell 

Agreed to print 50 Copies of the corrected List of Voters 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28 1803 
Present Mess rs : Howard, Porter, Bulfinch, Tilden, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Benjamin Sweetser having applied for an appointment as 
an Auchtioneer a special Meeting is warned, at 4 O Clock. 
P : M : & being taken up the situation he mentioned, as the 
intended stand was not approved of 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Porter & M r . Hunnewell were desired to direct the moving 
of the Engine-house in Essex Street to Land of M rs . Rowes, where 
she has consented it should be placed 

M r . Hunnewell desired to have the necessary repairs made to 
the roof on Faneuil Hall 

Agreed to distribute notifications for the Meeting of the Wards 
on the 1 st . Wednesday of April for the choice of Assistant 
Assessors 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30 th . Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

D r . Smith made return of the Owners of the [143.] Com- 
mon Sewer in Middle Street, and was impowered to proceed to 
repair & cleanse the same the persons who appear 'd were Sam : 
Townsend Turel Tuttle & M r . Cogswell 

Drew from the Box 23. Petit Jurors for the Common Pleas & 
adjourned to Wednesday next 12. o'. Clock to fill such vacancies 
in the List as may occur Names posted in Jury Books 

M r . Miller & Cap*. Powers apply for liberty to lay a Common 
Sewer from Federal Street through Bury Street into Atkinson 
Street Agreed that they have liberty to open the ground for this 
purpose provided the descent will be sufficient to finish the Drain 
at the Common Sewer directly opposite Bury Street, & that the 
Applicants open the ground at the Common Sewer for the pur- 
pose of trying the depth ; or that they' repair the same in the old 
direction & course 

Agreed with the present Occupiers of the Stalls West of Faneuil 
Hall, that they should continue to improve said Stalls for one 
Year from the 1 st . of March Ins*, they to pay quarterly to the 
Treasurer at the rate of 50 Cents p Week, for each of the twenty 
Stalls 

Approved of M r . Oliver C. Wyman as an Inholder at the 
House Corner of Exchange Lane 

Boston ss : At a special Meet 8 , of Selectmen April 5. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Howard, Tileston, Oliver, 
Hunnewell 

M r . Benjamin Sumner lately chosen by the Town their Treas- 
urer & Collector, proposed as his Sureties in Bonds for 60000 
Dollars, Mess rs : Samuel Sumner, Josiah Snelling Joseph Loring 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 175 

J r . Benjamin Jepson, Jon 1 . Balch who were approved, & the 
Town Clerk was directed to prepare the Bond accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12*. 1803 
Present Mess": Tileston, Bulfinch, Porter, Tilden, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, 

[144.] M r . John Badger an old Auchtioneer having applied 
for an appointment this Year, a Meeting is warned at 4. o Clock 
this day for the special purpose of considering his application 

At said Meeting he was accordingly appointed 

M r . Hudson M r . Edward Hall object to bearing any part of the 
expence of repairing the Common Sewer in Middle Street, near 
Thomas Edwards Esq. they having repaired a large quarter of 
the same the last Year at their own charge M r . Stephen Gibson 
objects upon the same principle 

The Board being informed that the new Engine built by M r . 
Thayer to supply the place of N. 5 is ready for delivery Voted, 
that the Master & Co. of N. 5 be desired to take possession of 
the same & try its powers & if approved of by the Gentlemen 
Fire-Wards that it be placed in the Engine-house under the 
Town house 

Upon application from the Abuttors on Chambers Street desir- 
ing some assistance towards levelling that street that they may be 
enabled to erect a row of Trees on each side & regulate the side 
walks at their own expence Agreed to allow sixty Dollars 
toward the same 

The Comm 66 . of the new North Church apply that the Engine- 
house may be removed from their Ground in North Street; the 
Chairman is desired to endeavour to procure a situation for the 
same on part of the Land of the Rev d . D r . Eliot 

A number of the Proprietors in Buttolph Street New Boston, 
made return of the Expence of laying a new Common Sewer in 
that Street amounting to 240 Dollars which expence was born by 

Thomas Kendall 

Moses Gardner 

Thomas Tilden 

George Lightener 

Benjamin Bayley 

Titu's Thayer 

Reuben Carver 

John Johnson 

[145.] And exhibited Bills to that amount & receipts for 
the same they request that the Board would determine the sum 
which they should demand of two other Persons who wish to enter 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the said Common Sewer whereupon Voted, that ten per cent be 
added to the amount of the cost to compensate the original 
Proprietors for their trouble, and that the whole Sum be divided 
by the number of Persons who now use said Common Sewer, and 
who enter their Drains into it ; which proportion shall be the 
amount to be paid by those who shall enter it as follows 

Dollars 

The cost is - - - - 240 
add 10 p c 1 - - - - 24 



$264 



The number of original Proprietors - 
The new Applicants - - - - 



10, the 

above Sum divided by [10] gives the amount of 26 Dollars 40 
Cents to be paid by each of the two Persons now applying viz* 
Henry Hill Esq. & Peter Virginea 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19 Present 
Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston, Oliver Hunnewell 

M r . Eber Lawrance approved as an Auchtioneer for this Town, 
having been well recommended by a number of Citizens 

Agreed that the Master & Comp y . of Engine N. 3 be desired 
to take the new Engine lately built by M r . Thayer into possession 
& deposit it at their Engine-house provided that upon trial of its 
powers it should meet the approbation of the Fire-wards 

M r . Porter & M r . Tileston desired to view the Southerly end 
of Belknap Street, between John Joys & Cap*. Scotts Land, & to 
Report what is necessary to be done to put that Street into a 
suitable condition for use 

M r . Lemuel Capen & M r . Caleb Loring Jun r [146.] were 
appointed Measurers & weighers of Boats & Lighters, for Stones 
Sand & Gravel according to Law 

The Board proceeded to make choice of ten Constables for the 
Year ensuing ; having determined each Person to be chosen, 
should enter into a Bond with two Sureties to the approbation of 
the Board, to the amount of 1000 Dollars for the faithful perform- 
ance of the duties of his office 

The Votes being taken the following Persons were chosen & 
the Gentlemen annexed to their names were approved as Bonds- 
men Viz 1 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 177 

Sureties 
Thomas Stevenson - - sworn - - Dudley Walker 

William Richardson 
Jirah Holbrook - - - sworn - - Levi Lane 

Edward Staples 
Henry Lane - - - - sworn - - Whiting 

Danforth 

Solomon Twist - - - sworn - - Moses Gardner 

Jonas Twist 
Moses Thayer ... sworn - - Nath 1 . Frothingham 

Asa Hatch 
Samuel White ... sworn - - David Marsh 

Eben r . Clough 
Elisha Copeland - - - sworn - - Abraham Gibson 

John Perry 
Amos Lewis - - - - sworn - - Thomas Lewis 

John Bosson - ... resigned - Abraham Gibson 

John Gibson 

Cornelius Fuller - - - sworn - - William Jennings 

Peter Mclntosh 

see May 30 

The Chairman is desired to apply to the Town Attorney for a 
suitable form, for a Bond, for said Constables to execute 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25. 1803 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Tilden, How- 
ard, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[14:7.] Oaths of Office administred to Mess: Snelling Dun 
& Boils, [Boyle] Assessors for the present Year, by the Town 
Clerk- 
On a representation from the Members of the North Watch 
that M r . Ambrose Salisbury had been neglectful of his duty, it 
was determined by the Board that M r . Salisbury be dismissed 
from the Watch after the 30 Ins 1 . the Captain of the Watch is 
directed to propose a suitable Person in his stead 

The Board considered the application of James Bowdoin Esq. 
& a respectable number of Gentlemen a Comm 66 respecting the 
use of Faneuil Hall for a public Dinner on the 4 th . of July next 
& agreed to the following Billet to be sent M r . Bowdoin by the 
Chairman 

Sir 

I am directed by the Selectmen to inform you that they 
cheerfully consent to the request of the Gentlemen who have 
applied for the use of Faneuil Hall for a public Dinner on the 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

anniversary of American Independence provided it will not in- 
terfere with the arangement of the Cadet Comp y . in the early 
part of the Day, which they doubt not may be made mutually 
convenient 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1803 
Present Mess : Tilden Bulfinch, Porter Tileston, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accounts 
Warrant signed for May Meeting 

M r . Porter to wait on Rev d . D r . West to request his opening 
Town Meeting with prayer 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 th Present 
Mess r8 : Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Bulfinch, 

[148.] M r . Richard Austin was chosen Sealer of Weights & 
Measures for the year ensuing, in the South Division 

M r . Timothy Green was chosen Sealer of Weights & Measures 
in the North Division for the Year ensuing their Districts or 
Divisions to be the same as last Year. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 d . Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston Oliver Hunnewell, Tilden, 

M r . Richard Edwards having applied that he may be appointed 
an Auchtioneer 4. o Clock a Special Meeting for taking up 
this matter is appointed he was at said Meeting accordingly 
appointed 

Return was made by M r . Obediah Thayer of the expence at- 
tending opening & repairing Common Shore in Sudbury Street, 
& the account thereof being duly examined by the Selectmen is 
by them allowed ; they being informed at the same time by the 
said Thayer, that he had caused to be warned every Person con- 
cerned in said Drain according to Law, & no objection having 
been entred to his proceeding ASSESSMENT was made thereon by 
the Selectmen an Order for payment was made out & delivered 
to the aforenamed Obed Thayer, which is as follows Viz*. 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Sudbury Street has 
been duly repaired by the aforenamed Obed h . Thayer the whole 
expence whereof according to an account laid before & examined 
by the Subscribers amounted to eighty six Dollars 13 Cents, & 
as said Expence is to be paid by such Person or Persons whose 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 179 

Drains enter into said Common Shore & receive benefit thereby & 
in such proportions as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the 
Town or the major part of them, who are empower'd by law to 
apportion the same, & the said Thayer having agreable to Law 
notified all concerned [149.] before he had proceeded on the 
business & no objection having been made thereto therefor we 
the Subscribers Selectmen of the said Town of Boston do hereby 
Certify that having considered of said Expences & by whom & in 
what manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE the same- to be 
paid in the proportion following & by the Persons hereunder 
named Viz*. 



Samuel Parknian 
John Heard Esq 
Abraham Bazin 
William Taylor 
Alden Bass - 

Mrs f< fl lp _ 


Esq. - - - 


1 Drain - 
id -- 

1 d - - 
1 d - - 

i 1 d - 


- 812 ,, 30 
- 12 ,, 30 
- 12 ,, 30 
- 12 ,, 30 

1 2 SO 


O. Thayer- - 
Bradleys Heirs 


_ _ _ 


( * u 
1 d - - 
Id -- 


1 > ' ' 

- 12 30 
- 12 ,, 30 



7 Drains 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
Obediah Thayer to receive of the Persons 
within named the Sums affixed to their sev- 
eral Names & to give discharge therefor 



CHARLES BTJLFINCH 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 



EBENEZ R . OLIVER 
JONATHAN HUNNEWELL 






The Chairman M r . Tileston & M r . Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to 
examine the situation for the Fence about to be built by M r . 
Wendell on Fort Hill, & to see that the bounds are accurately 
s-taked out on the Towns Land 

Upon application from James Sullivan Esq & others for liberty 
to open & repair the Common Sewer in Summer Street Ordered 
that the Proprietors & others whose Drains enter therein be 
Notified to appear on or before Wednesday the 11 th Ins 1 , to 
make their Objections 

[15O.] The Board came to the choice of a Superintendent 
of Police for the Year the Vote being taken by Ballot Charles 
Bulfinch was declared to be chosen 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . George Trott was chosen Hay weigher for the current 
year, with the same rate of pay & under the same regulations as 
in the last Year 

M r . William Mock was appointed to collect the Cow Tax for 
the present year, under the same regulations as the past Year 

Passed upon a List of Persons as Inholders and Retailers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12. Present 
Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Tileston 

For the special purpose of acting upon the Petition of M r . 
Edward Edes Jun r . to be appointed an Auchtioneer when said 
Edes was accordingly appointed 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Chapman, May, Oliver, Wright, Tiles- 
ton, Porter, Tilden Hunnewell 

No business transacted at this Meeting which is matter of 
record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, May, Wright, Oliver, Hunnewell, Chap- 
man, Porter, 

At a special Meeting for the purpose the application of M r . 
William Leverett for an appointment as an Auchtioneer was con- 
sidered, and the said Applicant is appointed an Auchtioneer for 
the remainder of the Year, which commenced in July last 

Return was made of the Names of the Proprietors of the 
Common Sewer in Summer Street, & the branches therefrom, 
whereupon Voted, that the Applicant James Sullivan Esq. be 
impower'd to proceed to open & repair the same as may be found 
necessary 

[151.] On application of D r . Smith Passed an Order of 
notice for the Proprietors of a Common Sewer in Fish Street, 
leading from North Square to the Water, to appear on or before 
Tuesday the 24. Ins 1 , to make their objections to opening & 
repairing the same 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Comm ee . to enquire into the 
state of the Common Sewer in Federal Street whether the 
repairs lately made has been effectual or whether it is necessary 
to continue it to Atkinson Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 181 

The above Gentlemen are appointed a Cornm 66 . to inspect the 
repairs in the Common Sewer in Summer Street about to be 
undertaken, & to see that the same is well & sufficiently done 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Oliver a Comm 66 . to 
ascertain the bounds of Gooch's Lane leading from Green Street 
to Mill Pond 

The Board came to the choice of an Orator for the 4*. of July 
next the Votes being taken, William Sullivan Esq. was 
declared, unanimously chosen the Chairman was then desired 
to inform M r . Sullivan of the choice, & to present him with a 
Copy of the Vote of the Town explaining the design of the 
Town in this Institution 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulflnch, Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Chapman, 
Wright, Hunnewell, Oliver, May, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Upon application from M r . Ruggles Occupant of one of the 
Stalls in Faneuil Hall Market-house for a deduction of Rent upon 
his Stall in consequence of his being deprived of the use of part 
of thereof M r . Hunnewell & Deacon Wright are a Comm 66 ,, to 
view the Stalls in the Market-house & Report their opinion 
respecting M r . Ruggles Claim & the subject at large 

[152.] M r . Porter & M r . Tileston a Comm 66 . to treat with 
M r . Gore on the subject of his last Years Lease of the Neck 
Lands, to consider what deduction should be made from his Rent, 
in consequence of the Towns entering upon & disposing of part 
of said Land ; also to treat with him respecting the use thereof, 
the present Year. 

The Board came to the choice of one Constable in the room of 
M 1 '. Bosson, who declines serving when M r . Levi Joy was 
declared to be chosen, & M r . Joseph Bennet & Edward Went- 
worth are approved as his Bondsmen sworn 

M r . Porter & M r . Oliver a Comm**. to view Frog Lane, to 
confer with the Abutters respecting widening and paving that 
Street 

The following division of the Board was made into Committees 
for directing the paving in the several parts of the Town 

M r . Porter & M r . Oliver, for repairing Maryborough Street, 
Newbury, Orange & Washington Street, likewise all Streets west 
& east, to the South of Liberty Tree so called 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Deacon Tilden & M r . Tileston to repair the Streets to the 
Eastward of the above, & in Ward N. 10 

Col. May & Cap*. Chapman all the Streets below the Bridges 

M r . Bulfinch, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright to repair the 
Streets in the other parts of the Town 

Voted, to proceed to compleat the paving of Essex Street; 
and the Comrn 66 . was desired to take measures accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7. 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, Oliver, Chapman, May, 
Porter, Wright, 

Col. May & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to look out for a situa- 
ion for the Engine-house now in Middle Street 

[153.] The Chairman was desired to have a piece of Timber 
placed in front of D r . Danforths Land in Leaveret Street to 
regulate & level the Street in consideration of his giving the 
use of the Land for the Engine House 

The Comm ee . on the Common Shore in Federal Street, reported 
that it was necessary to continue the repairs from the sink to 
where it enters in Atkinson Street Voted, that the Proprietors 
be directed to compleat the said Repairs as soon as may be 

The Board having considered the rapid and increasing growth 
of West Boston, are impressed with the necessity of having the 
situation of the Towns Streets in that quarter well ascertained to 
prevent encroachments thereon, therefore Voted that M r . William 
Tayler be empowered in behalf of the Selectmen to survey & lay 
out the several Streets at the Westerly part of the Town, lying 
west of Lynde Street & the easterly part of Leveret Street, & 
north of Cambridge Street, agreable to the minutes of the sev- 
eral Records & the plans which he has laid before the Board, and 
that he make returns of his doings therein with a plan of the 
same as soon as may be 

Agreed to pave the upper part of Hanover Street & the parts 
of Sudbury Street & Court Street adjoining- Also to pave Back 
Street from Cross Street to D r< Stillmans Meeting House 

Upon a representation from the Overseers of the Poor of the 
great expence of committing Vagrants of the Justices of the 
Peace to the Work house or House of Correction, Voted, that 
the Constables be directed to make complaint against all Vagrants 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 183 

or Disorderly Persons to the Overseers of the Poor of the Ward 
in which such Persons may be found, who will issue his Warrant 
for [154.] their Commitment to the Alms house 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, TUden, Tileston Oliver Hunnewell, 
Wright Chapman Porter 

Return was made by D r . Nathaniel Smith of the expence 
attending opening & repairing Common Sewer in Middle Street 
from the House of said Smith to Procters Lane ; and the 
Accompt thereof being duly examined by the Selectmen is by 
them allowed ; they being informed at the same time by the said 
Smith that he had cause to be warned every person concerned in 
said Drain according to Law, and no objection having been 
entred to his* proceeding. ASSESSMENT was made thereon by the 
Selectmen, an Order for payment was made out and delivered to 
the aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith, which is as follows Viz*. 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Middle Street has been 
duly repaired by the afore named Nath 1 . Smith, the whole Ex- 
pence whereof according to an account laid before & examined by 
the Subscribers amounted to $150 and as said Expence is to be 
paid by such Person or Persons whose Drain enters into said 
Common Shore & receive benefit thereby, in such proportion as 
shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major 
part of them who are empower'd by law to apportion the same ; 
and the said Smith having agreable to law notified all concerned 
before he had proceeded on the business & no objection having 
been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of 
said Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having considered of 
said Expences, & by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid 
Do ADJUDGE the same to be paid in the proportion following 
[155.] and by the Persons hereafter named Viz 1 . 

Nathaniel Smith - - - - 1 Drain - - $6 ,, 80 

Nicholas Smith - - - - 1. d - - - 6 ,, 80 

, Wild 3. d - - - 20 ,, 40 

Thomas Moore - - - - 1. d - - - 6 ,, 80 

Rev d . M r . Grenough - - - 2 d - - - 13 ,, 60 

David Martin Id --- 6 ,, 80 

Stodder Id --- 6 80 

John White Id --- 6 ,, 80 

Samuel White Id --- 6 ,, 80 

Cap 1 . Carver Id --- 6 ,, 80 

William Mackay ----Id --- 6 ,, 80 

Thomas Christy ----Id --- 6 ,, 80 

John Jenkins Id --- 6 ,, 80 

M rs .Loring Id --- 6 ,, 80 

Peter Gillman Id --- 6 80 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Nath 1 . Copelancl .... 1 Drain- - $6 ,, 80 

- Marvil Id --- 6 ,, 80 

- Howard id --- 6 ,, 80 

John Foster Id --- 6 80 

22 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
Nathaniel Smith to receive of the Persons 
within named, the Sums affixed to their 
several Names, and to give discharges 
therefor 

CHARLES BDLFINCH 
DAVID TILDEM 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBENEZER OLIVER 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JONATHAN CHAPMAN 1 
JON T . HUNNEWELL } 

[156.] Return was made by D r . Nath 1 . Smith of the Ex- 
pence attending opening & repairing a Common Sewer in Fish 
Street, & the Account thereof being duly examined by the Select- 
men, is by them allowed, they being informed at the same time 
by the said Smith, that he had caused to be warned every Per- 
son concerned in said Drain according to law & no objection 
having been entred to his proceeding ASSESSMENT was made 
thereon by the Selectmen an Order for payment was made out 
& delivered to aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith, which is as follows 
Viz* 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Fish Street has been 
duly repaired by the aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith the whole Ex- 
pence whereof according to an account laid before & examined 
by the Selectmen amounted to $152. -50 and as such Expence is 
to be paid by such Person or Persons whose Drains enter into 
said Common Shore & receive benefit thereby, in such propor- 
tion as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the 
major part of them, who are empower'd by law to apportion the 
same ; and the said Smith having agreable to law notified all 
Persons concerned before he had proceeded on the business & no 
objection having been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers 
Selectmen of said Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having 
considered of said expence & by whom & in what manner it 
ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE the same to be paid in the pro- 
portion following, & by the Person hereafter named Viz*. 

[157.] Nathaniel Curtis - - - - 1 Drain - $12 ,, 70 

Joseph Shed ld- - - 12 ,, 70 

John Badger 2d- - - 25 ,, 40 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 185 

William Dodd L Drain - $12 ,, 70 

M rs . Hearsey id --- 12 70 

M r . Richardson - - - - 1 d- - - 12 ,, 70 

M r . Collins- - - - - - ld- - - 12 70 

Joseph Allen 1 d - - - 12 ,, 70 

John Brazier ld- - - 12 70 

Nath 1 . Smith 1 d- - - 12 ,, 70 

11 Drains 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
Nat 1 . Smith to recieve of the Persons within 
named, the Sums affixed to their several 
names, and to give discharge therefor 

CHARLES BCLFINCH 
DAVID TILDEN 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JON A . CHAPMAN 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 



The Common Comm ee . were desired to attend the pruning of 
the Trees in the little Mall ; which have been injured by the Fire 
of the opposite Buildings 

Agreed to License M r . John Kennedy as an Auchtioneer 

The Comrn 66 . on M r . Gores application respecting his Lease of 
Land on the Neck Reported that an allowance of thirty five 
Dollars be made to him for the loss & inconveniences sustained 
by him from the Towns entry upon the land & letting [158.] 
the same for Sale this Report accepted, and the same Comm**. 
is empower'd to lease such portions of Upland & Marsh as they 
find applications for, upon the best terms which they can obtain 
for one Year 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Chapman, Oliver, 
May, Porter, Tilden, 

Upon application from Nath 1 . Balch Esq. & Cap*. Ozias Good- 
win for liberty to open the Common Sewer in Cornhill from their 
Houses so far as may be necessary to convey off the filth of 
part of said Common Sewer, which passes thro', their Cellars 
& stagnates there 

Ordered, that the applicants notify all the Proprietors in said 
Common Sewer, or whose Drains enter therein, to appear at the 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Selectmens Room on or. before "Wednesday next, to show cause 
why such repairs should not be made & assessed on them gener- 
ally according to Law 

The Chairman, M r . Tilden, M r . Porter & M r . Hunnewell a 
Comm ee . to view the New Street from Beacon Street to Middlecot 
Street, to regulate the Ascent & descent thereof 
I 

Deacon Wright Col. May & Cap 1 . Chapman a Comm ee . to 
view the Alley leading from Mountfords Corner to the Centre 
to ascertain the Towns Rights & the width of the Alley 

Deacon Tilden, Deacon "Wright & M r . Tileston a Comm ee on 
Back Street to consider the expediency of taking off the 
Corner of a House belonging to M 1 '. Asa Lawrance to heighten 
said Street 

The Chairman M r . Porter & M r . Oliver a Comm ee . on High 
Street to confer with M r . Langley & the Neighbours and Abutters 
on that Street, relative to widening the Southerly end of said 
Street to make estimates of the expence & of the assistance 
that will be afforded, by Persons interested in that improve- 
ment 

Agreed to allow One hundred Dollars for Gravel [159.] to be 
spread in "Warren Street under the direction of M r . Porter, the 
Inhabitants having already levelled & regulated the Ground at 
their own expence 

The Town Clerk is directed to apply to the Clerk of the 
Sessions, for a list of licensed Persons, to be acted upon also 
to make out a List of Auchtioneers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27* Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, Tileston, Wright, Porter, 

Passed upon Accounts 

5. o Clock 

At a special Meeting for the purpose, the Selectmen agreable 
to application approved of, & accordingly appointed the follow- 
ing Persons as Auchtioneers for this Town the present Year 
Viz*. not finished untill July 6* see below 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30 Present 
Bulfinch Tilden Hunnewell, Tileston Oliver 

Warrant issued for Town Meeting on Monday the 4 th of July 
next, at Faneuil Hall 9. O Clock A. M : whereupon 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 187 

Voted, that the Bells be rung on the Morning of the 4 th . of 
July next from the hours of 6 to 7. being the Anniversary of 
American Independence and that 6 Constables be appointed to 
preserve good order in the Common & at the Meeting house on 
that Day 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6 1803 Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, 

Mess : Samuel Clap 

Thomas K. Jones 
John B. Green 
Samuel Bradford 
Robert Gardner 
John Perkins 
Thomas Clark 

[16O.] John W. Quincy 

William Alline 
Azor G. Archibald 
Daniel Wild 
Robert G. Shaw 
Samuel Blagge 
Appleton Prentiss 
Nath 1 . Phillips Hews 
Benjamin Tucker 
John W. Vance 
Lewis Hoyt 
Cornelius Coolidge 
John Swett 
Samuel Bridge 
John Eaton Jun r . 
John Jones 
Joseph Ripley 
Caleb Hayward 
William M c Neil 
Stoddard Capen 
Phillip Ammadon 
Benjamin Allen 
William Dehone 
William Fennelly 
Thomas Fisher 
John Chadwick 
[William?] Remington 
John Haskins 
Caleb Field 
Benjamin Sweetser 

John Badger see August 17 

Eber Lawrance 
Richard Edwards 



188 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Edward Edes Jun r 
William Leverett 
John Kennedy 
John Jutau 

[161.] Liberty is granted to the Military Company of "Ward 
N. 11. to make use of Faneuil Hall on Thursday the 7*. Ins*, 
for the choice of Officers 

M r . Chairman was added to the Comm 66 . of the South Quarter 
for the purpose of Agreeing with M r . Wells upon suitable 
Referees, to ascertain the damage which he will sustain by his 
Land ; being taken to widen Frog Lane the same Comm ee . is 
directed in case M r . Wells will not agree upon the Referrees, to 
proceed to remove the Fences & Buildings agreable to the deter- 
mination of the Board when they had viewed the said Street 

Upon request of Harrison G. Otis Esq. he is permitted to take 
the Manure from the Horse Pond, in the Common, to be done 
under the direction of the Common Committee 

M r . Tileston was requested to employ persons to clear the Mall 
& Common 

Agreed to Advertize the Town House for the Sale of the Lease 
of 20 Years the Sale to be on the 21. Ins*. 

It is Agreed that M r . John Peirce shall have liberty to build 
ten Tombs in the South Burial Ground in a range between the 
Gates ; nine of the said Tombs are to be sold by M r . Peirce to 
Persons whom the Board may approve at the price of those last 
Built on the west Wall and the Town to have the other Tomb 
at their disposal 

An appb'cation was received from the Trustees of the Associa- 
tion for Town improvement, asking liberty to form & compleat 
100 feet in length of the new Street leading from Pleasant Street 
to Beacon Street paralell with the Rope Walk, in order to 
ascertain the expence of compleating the whole of said Street 
Voted, that the Gentlemen applying have liberty to proceed 
under the. direction of the Board ; and that the Pound be removed 
from the Street, onto the Common 

[162.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13. 
A : M. Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston, May, Wright 

4 extra Jurymen were drawn for C. C. P. as entred on Jury 
Books 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 189 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13. P : M : 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Porter, Wright, Chapman, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, 

Deacon Wright & Cap*. Chapman, a Comm 66 . on an applica- 
tion to widen White Bread Alley, in order to ascertain what 
would be the expence thereof and to Report 

M r . Porter is desired to take measures for the repairs of the 
Dike on the Neck, so as to make it secure against the Sea 

Approved of the Indentures of William Downing to John 
Vinton 

Col. May and Cap 1 . Chapman a Comrn 66 . to view Boarded 
Alley leading from Middle Street to Fish Street, to Report what 
repairs are necessary, & to consider whether it be expedient & 
practicable to widen the Alley, to make a Carriage Way through 
it 

M r . Trask of N. Watch appeared for Instructions respecting 
the commitment of Vagrants & disorderly Persons in the Night 
the Board conferred with M r . Hartshorn, the Jailer, and agreed 
that the Keeper of the Jail be desired to keep in his custody, all 
Persons committed by the Watch untill 8. o Clock in the Morn- 
ing, and then to dismiss them unless the Captain of the Watch 
shall appear before that time to prosecute according to Law 

Col. May & M r . Chapman a Comm 66 . to view the Street back 
of the North School-house, examine the cause of complaint made 
by the neighbourhood against M r . James Williams who is said to 
incumber that Street with Carriages, and to keep a Livery Stable 
without being approved also to view the Pavement & to 
Report 

[163.] The Board agreed to the proposition of M r . George 
Langley to appoint General Winslow M r . Nathaniel Bradley and 
M r . Solomon Cotton as Referrees to consider & determine what 
compensation shall be made to M r . Langley, for part of his Land 
& Buildings, abutting on High Street, which was intended to be 
taken for the purpose of widening the said Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 20. 1803 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, May, Chapman 
Wright Oliver Porter, Hunnewell 

Signed an order for collection of the Assessment on the Drain 
laid by M r . Appleton in Prince Street the 1 7 l . of November last 
as on Record 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 98. 

Agreed to grant liberty to erect a Fish Stall at the bottom of 
Short Street on the Water 

Mess : Tileston Hunnewell & Wright a Comm ee . to view Bel- 
knap Street upon complaint of several of the Abutters against 
the proceedings of M r . Collins, who is carting a quantity of 
Earth into the Street, & as they apprehend will injure their 
Houses 

The application of Mess r8 : David Bradlee & Samuel Whitwell 
was considered respecting Land claim'd by them now making part 
of the Street which leads from Elm Street to Brattle Square 
Having view'd the Premises & obtained all possible information 
thereon it appears that said Land was laid into the Street about 
the Year 1 784 with the verbal consent of the Owners, that it was 
paved at the expence of the Town & has ever since been con- 
sidered part of the Street ; that when M r . Bradlee purchased the 
Estate in. 1801, he & M r . Whitwell consented that the Fences 
should remain as they now stand, which consent appears by an 
agreement in writing signed by Samuel Whitwell & David W. 
Bradley who acted as his Fathers Agent in his absence which 
Agreement is as follows " Whereas M 18 . Mary Turrel & Edward 
Gray have been very assiduous in obtaining a [164.] Deed from 
Jane Lee of Real Estate in Wings Lane, which estate she is 
about to convey to David Bradlee now we do promise them that 
the Estate now remaining in Brattle Street, which is outside the 
Fence shall not be inclosed, & that if compensation should be 
assessed for the same neither she or said Gray shall pay any part 
of it 

May 23. 1801 

Witness SAM : WHITWELL 

ALLEN POLLOCK DAVID W. BRADLEE 

for 
DAVID BRADLEE 

The Board therefore having considered the above circumstances 
& the precedent it would afford for others to bring forward their 
claims under similar circumstances ; are of Opinion, that it is not 
in their power to alter the line of said Fence by taking any part 
of the Land from the Street, & that it is their duty to remove 
any thing that may be placed there to incumber the High Way 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, May, Chapman 
Tilden, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27 1803 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Porter, Oliver, Chap- 
man, May, 

Passed upon other Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 191 

Return being' made of the repairs of several Common Sewers 
in various parts of the Town the Board came in to the con- 
sideration of the principles to be adopted in making Assessment 
for such repairs after deliberation it was agreed that in any 
repair of a Common Sewer all Persons above or below the place 
which should be so repaired, & who are connected by Drains 
with said Common Sewer, should bear an equal proportion of the 
Expence 

In consequence of the above resolution, the Town Clerk was 
[165.] directed to make out a new Assessment for the Repairs 
made in Middle Street by D r . Smith 

A rough draft for a lease of the Town house drawn by the 
Attorney General was examined & considered, & a conversation 
on the principles of it ensued with the Lessee D r . Rand the Copy 
of the Lease was given to him to examine & advise upon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 3 d . 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver 

On application from a Comm 66 . of the Ancient & Hon ble . Artil- 
lery Comp y Liberty is granted them to occupy a part of the upper 
Story of Faneuil-Hall for the use of an Armory for their 
Company 

M r . Porter was desired to attend, the making a Sink in Pleas- 
ant Street to the Drain through M r . Wheelers Land, also a top 
with Hinges to the Drain through the Land 

M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston were desired to supply the Schools 
with Wood for the next season 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, May, Wright Chapman 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Atigust 3. 1803 Return was 
made by Nathaniel Balch & Ozias Goodwin Esq rs of the Expence 
attending the opening & repairing the Common Sewer in Corn 
hill & Spring Lane ; and the Account thereof being duly exam- 
ined by the Selectmen is by them allowed they being informed at 
the same time by the said Balch & Goodwin, that they had caused 
to be warned every Person concerned in said Drain, according to 
Law, and no objection having been entred to their proceeding 
ASSESSMENT was made thereon by the Selectmen ; an Order for 
payment was made out, and delivered to the aforenamed Nath 1 . 
Balch & Ozias Goodwin which is as follows Viz 1 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[166.] WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore' in Comhill to 
Spring Lane has been duly repaired by the aforenamed Balch & 
Goodwin, the whole Expence whereof according to an Account 
laid before & examined by the Subscribers, amounted to three 
hundred & eighteen Dollars & as said Expence- is to be born by 
such Person or Persons whose Drains enter into said Common 
Sewer & receive benefit thereby, in such proportion as shall be 
adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major part of them, 
who are empowered by law to apportion the same, and the said 
Balch & Goodwin having agreable to Law notified all concerned 
before they had proceeded on the business, & no objection having 
been made thereto Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of 
said Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having considered of 
said Expence & by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid, 
Do ADJUDGE the same to be paid in the proportion following, 
& by the Persons hereafter named 



Benjamin Green - 


_ . _ 


2 


Shares 


- $15 


55 


50 


Daniel D. Rogers - 


. _ _ 


2 


d - - 


- 15 


55 


50 


Andrew Brimmer - 


. 


2 


d - - 


- 15 


55 


50 


William Thurston 


. . _ 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


James H. Foster - 


. . - 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Samuel Dashwood 


. _ _ 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Stephen Francis - 


. _ _ 


1 


d - - 


7 


J1 


75 


Enoch Huse in House of \ 


A : Hill Esq - - 


' ' J 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Abrahim Brazin in House of ) 
Abijah Adams - - - - j 


1 


d - - 


- '7 


fl 


75 


William Richardson 


. _ 


1 


d - - 


- 7 


,, 


75 


John Bumstead - 


. 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 






1 


d - - 


- 7 


55 


75 






M r . Davis - - - 


. . _ 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Nath 1 . Balch - - 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


- 7 


55 


75 


Ozias Goodwin - 


. 


1 


d - - 


- - 7 


,, 


75 


John West in house 


of John ) 












Cunninghams Estate 


- - r 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Sam : Hill in House 


of M r . | 












Davidson - 


- - - ) 


1 


Drain - 


7 


55 


75 


[167.] John Driscoll - - 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


- 7 


55 


75 


James Campbell - 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


- 7 


55 


75 


William Stackpole 


. . . 


2 


d - - 


- 15 


JJ 


50 




. . . 


1 


d - - 


7 


>J 


75 




Peter R. Dalton - 


. _ . 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Hugh Kendall- - 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 






1 


d - - 


7 


5 


75 






James Thwing 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


Mungo Mackay - 


- - *', 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


"Drt - pv/~|ff~ 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


7 


55 


75 


j. ) i ! i n, i \ji. u 


John Magnor - 


. . . 


1 


d - - 


- 7 


,, 


75 


William Hews - - 


- - - 


1 


d - - 


- 7 


55 


75 



SELECTMEN'S MINUT 

S. Goldsbury. D. Spears^ 
Estate ; 

T"^rl -I cil/-* 


ES, 1803. 

> 1 Drain - 
1 d - - 
1 d - - 
1 d - - 
1 d - - 
1 d - - 
1 d v ; . 
Id -- 


Allan Pollack ----- 
Nath 1 : Emmons - ... 
William Homer - ... 
Andrew Homer - ... 
James Carter 
Christopher Marshall 



193 



75 

75 
75 
75 
75 
75 
75 
75 



41 Shares 

And we do hereby Appoint James Minzies to receive of the 
Persons within named, the Sums Affixed to their Names ; and to 
give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER a 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27 1803 
return having been made by Thomas Edwai'ds Esq of the Ex- 
pences attending the opening and laying a Drain in Middle 
Street, & the. Account thereof having been duly examined by the 
Selectmen was by them allowed and they being informed that the 
said Edwards had caused to be warned every Person concerned in 
said [168.] Drain, according to law, & no objection having 
been made to his proceeding Assessment was made thereon by 
the Selectmen : an Order of payment is now made out & de- 
livered to the aforenamed Thomas Edwards, which is as follows 
Viz'. 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer in Middle Street Boston 
has been duly repaired by Thomas Edwards Esq. the whole 
Expence whereof according to an Account laid before & exam- 
ined by the Selectmen amounts to Sixty one Dollars 50 cents, 
and as such expence is to be paid by such Person or Persons 
whose Drains enter into said Common Shore & recive benefit 
thereby ; and in such proportion as shall be Adjudged by the 
Selectmen of the Town or the major part of them, who are em- 
power'd by Law to Apportion the same, and the said Edwards 
having agreable to Law, Notified all the concerned before he had 
proceeded on the business, and no objection having been made 
thereto, Therefore, we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of 
Boston do hereby Certify that having considered of said Expence, 
and by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE 
the same shall be paid in the proportion following, and by the 
Persons hereinafter named Viz 1 . 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Edward Haynes - ... 2 Shares - $15 ,, 38 

Benjamin Bowland - - - 1- Share - 7 ,, 69 

Abraham Gibson - - - - 1- d - - 7 ,, 69 

Andrew Townsend & ) 

Edward Hall J - - 1 d - - 7 ,, 69 

M rs . Conant & ) 

Joseph Williston j - - - 1 d - - 7, ,69 

Thomas Howe Id -- 7 ,, 69 

Thomas Edwards ----Id -- 7,, 69 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed, Thorn 8 . Edwards 
Esq r [169.] to receive of the Persons within named, the Sums 
affixed to their names, and to give discharges therefor 

-\ a 
! 2 
CHARLES BULFINCH 

DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBENEZER OLIVER 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 3 d . 

Return having been made by D r . Nathaniel Smith of the Expence 
attending the opening & repairing the Common Shore in Middle 
Street from the House of said Smith in Procters Lane ; the 
Account thereof was then duly examined by the Selectmen & was 
by them allowed, they being informed at the same time by the 
said Smith that he had caused to be warned every Person con- 
cerned in said Drain according to Law, and no objection having 
been entred to his proceeding, Assessment is now made thereon 
by the Selectmen, an Order for payment is now made out and 
delivered to the aforenamed Nathaniel Smith, which is as follows 
Viz 1 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Middle Street has been 
duly repaired by the aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith, the whole 
Expence whereof, according to an Acco*. laid before & exam- 
ined by the Selectmen amounted to $150 and as said expence is to 
be paid by such Person or Persons whose Drains enter into said 
Common Shore & receive benefit thereby in such proportion as 
shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major 
part of them who are empower'd by Law to Apportion the same ; 
& the said Smith having agreable to Law notified all concerned 
before he had proceeded on the business, and no objection having 
been made thereto Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of 
said Town of Boston do hereby Certify [17O.] that having con- 
sidered of said Expence & by whom and in what manner it 
ought. to be paid Do ADJUDGE the same to be paid in the 
proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter named 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1802. 



195 



Nathaniel Smith - - - - 

Nicholas Smith - 

Wild 


1 Drain 
1 d - 
3 d - 
1 d - 
2 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d a - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
2 d - 
1 d - 
1 cl - 
1 d - 
1 d - 
1 ri 


Thomas Moore .... 
Rev d . M r . Greenough - - 

StnrlHnr 


John White 

Cap*. Carver - - 
M r . Buckley 
Thomas Christy - - - - 
John Jenkins 
M r . Loring 
Peter Gillman ----- 
Nath 1 . Copeland - - - - 

Wirrril 




John Forster ----- 


M ra . Hopkins 
M r . Druitt 
Turel Tuttle 


M. Parker 
M r . Cogswell 


iragc 




Samuel White 

William Grubb - - - - 

TTnffman . 



34 Shares 



*4 4- 
4,,4- 

L2 ,, 12 
4,, 4 
8,,8 
4,, 4 
4,, 4 
4,,4 
4 ,,4 
4,, 4 
4,, 4 
4 ,,4 
4,,4 
4,, 4 

4',i 4 
4,,4 
4 ,,4 

4,, 4 
4,, 4 

4,,4 

^ 11 * 
4,, 4 
4,, 4 

4^', 4 
4,, 4 
4,, 4 
4,,4 
4 4 



And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith 
[171.] to receive of the Persons within named the Sums Affixed 
to their Names and to give discharges therefor 



CHARLES BULFINCH 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R OLIVER 



ll 

) % 



Return was made by M r . Samuel Blagge & Cap*. Thomas 
Powers of the Expence attending the opening & repairing the 
Common Sewer in Federal Street & from thence to Atkinson 
Street, the Account thereof having been duly examined by the 
Selectmen, was by them allowed they being informed at the same 
time, by the said Blagge & Powers, that they had caused to be 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

warned all concerned according to Law, and no objection having 
been made to their proceeding, ASSESSMENT was made thereon by 
the Selectmen, & an Order for payment made out, & delivered to 
the aforenamed Samuel Blagge & Thomas Powers, which is as 
follows Viz 1 

WHEREAS. A Drain or Common Sewer in Federal Street Boston, 
has been duly repaired by the aforenamed Blagge & Powers, the 
whole Expence whereof according to an Account laid before & 
examined by the Subscribers amounted to Eight Hundred & sixty 
seven Dollars 50 Cents and as such expence is to be borne by 
such Person or Persons whose Drains enter into said Common 
Shore & receive benefit thereby & in such proportion as shall be 
adjudged by the Selectmen of the said Town or the major part of 
them, who are empower'd by law to apportion the same, & the 
said Blagge & Powers having agreable to law, notified all the 
concerned before they had proceeded on [the] business, & no 
objection having been made thereto. Therefore We the Subscrib- 
ers Selectmen of the Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having 
considered of said Expence, & by whom & in what [172.] 
manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE that the same ought to 
be paid in proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter 
named Viz* 

The Town of Boston for the Expence of the Repair of 



the Sink in Federal Street - 


_ 


$45 , 


, 22 


Stephen Higginson - - - 
Jeremiah Bulfinch ... 


3 Drains - 
1 d - - 


52 , 
17 , 


, 10 
, 36 


George Burroughs - - - 
John Coats 


2 d - - 
2 d - - 


34 , 
34 , 


, 73 
, 73 


Simon Eliot 


2- d - - 


34 , 


, 73 


Joseph Foster ----- 
Charles Miller ----- 


2- d - - 
2- d - - 


34 , 

34 , 


, 73 
, 73 


Thomas Walley - - - - 
Joseph May ----- 
John Fillebrown - - - - 


1 d - -/ 
1 d - - 
1 d - - 


17 , 
17 , 
17 , 


, 36 
, 36 
, 36 


John Hanners 


Id -- 


17 , 


, 36 


Rachel Fox - - X* - - 


1 d - - 






M ra . Foster 


Id -- 


17 , 


, 36 


Thorn 8 . Welch or D r . j 








Spragues Heirs - - j 
Thomas Powers - - - - 


1 d - - 
1 d - - 


8 , 
17 , 


, 96 
, 36 


Samuel Gushing - - - - 
Stenhen Hall . 


2 d - - 

2 d - - 
2 d - - 


34 , 
34 , 

34 , 


, 73 
, 73 
, 73 


John Ashton 


M ra . Sarah Eliot - - - - 


2 d - - 


34 , 


, 73 


John Gregory ----- 
Eliza Wallace or John Bowen 


Id -- 

2 d - - 


17 , 

34 , 


, 36 
, 73 


Oliver Hide 


1 d - - 


17 , 


, 36 



*Mem. those Names with an X against them, were inserted by mistake see August 17'. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 



197 



M rs Hews - - - 


1 Drain - 


$17 36 




John Blanchard - 


2 d - - 


34 73 


Eben r . Parsons - ... 


Id -- 


8 96 


John Gray - 


1 d - * 


8 ,, 96 




D r Jeffries ... 


2 d - - 


17 92 




Edward Blanchard - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


Eben r . Francis - - - * 


1 d - - 


8 96 


John F. Williams - - - - 


1 d - - 


17 ,, 36 


Benjamin Bussey - - - - 


1 d - - 


8 96 


Proprietors of Romish Chapel 


1 d - - 


8,, 96 


Proprietors of Theater - - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


William Tudor - ... 


Id -- 


8 ,, 96 


Benj". Green Jun r . ... 


1 d - - 


8 96 


James Perkins - 


Id -. 


8 ,, 96 


John Russell 


ia-. 


8 ,, 96 


f 1 73 1 Samuel Cobb - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 




John Murray - - X* - - 


1 d - - 




William Scollay - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


George Blake - - - - - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


Joseph Foster 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


William Payne - - - _ 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


Samuel Wells say John - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


Isaac Hall 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


John Mars ton 


1 d - - 


8 96 


John Brazier 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


William Welch - - - - 


1 d - - 


8 ,, 96 


Edward Tuckerman - - - 


d - - 




Parkman (Edward Blake - - - - 


2 d . - 


17 92 


Lady Temple - - X - - 


2 d - - 




John Wells - - X - - 


1 d - - 




M r . Amory - - X - - 


Id -- 




Thorn 8 . C. Amory X - - 


1 d - - 




Thorn 8 . K. Jones - X - - 


1 d - - 




Daniel Sergeant Jun r X - 


2 d - - 




Don Juan Stoughton X - 


2 d - - 





62 Shares 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed 
Thorn 8 . Powers to receive of the Persons 
within named the Sums Affixed to their 
several Names, and to give discharges there- 
for 

CHARLES BULFINCH ") fl 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN E . OLIVER 
JON. HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
THOMAS WRIGHT 
JON A . CHAPMAN 

*Mem. those Names with an X against them, were inserted by mistake see August 17*. 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Board met to consider & come to a determination respect- 
ing the Lease to be given to D r . Rand of the Old Town House & 
after full deliberation and Vote taken by yeas & nays in writing a 
form of Lease was accepted, & it was determined that the said 
Rand should give a Bond with two sufficient sureties to the 
amount of ten thousand Dollars that he would repair the said 
Building before the last Day of October next, to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen 

Agreed to meet on Monday next the 8 Ins 1 , to execute the 
Leases 

[174.] Boston ss:'At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 
8 th . Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, May, 
Chapman Porter, Hunnewell, 

A special Meeting of the Selectmen was held for the purpose 
of compleating the Leases of the Town-house ; the Papers being 
signed, it was agreed to make a deduction from the Rent of one 
third of a mouth, in consequence of the unavoidable delays 
which have taken place in compleating the Lease 

On the application of M r . Samuel Perkins the Chairman & 
M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee . to view a Cellar now building at the 
Corner of Green Street and a Lane through Land late of John 
Tucker Esq. to determine the Line of said Streets as may be best 
for the Interest of the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 10. 1803 
Present Mess rs : Wright, Tileston, Tilden, Porter, May Hunne- 
well Chapman, Bulfinch, 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & Deacon Wright, a Comm 66 . to 
enquire into the circumstances attending a piece of Land in Con- 
gress Street in front of some old Buildings late the property of 
John Amory Esq now belonging to the Suffolk Insurance Comp y . 
to ascertain the Towns rights to said Land, or whether the late 
Purchasers have a right to cover it with their proposed new 
Buildings the same Comm ee . to view M r . Kendals Estate late 
Marshalls opposite the above to consider on what terms he may 
be allowed to occupy a small portion of the Towns Land a few 
inches wide, which will give him a new front in Congress Street 

It is Agreed to allow for the paving of Summer Street ; the 
Sum of One thousand one hundred Dollars to be paid to any 
Comrn**. of the Abutters on that Street who shall superintend 
the work the Street to be paved throughout and the descent new 
regulated, and the work done to the satisfaction of the Board 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. . 199 

M r . Tileston desired to attend the repair of Purchase Street 
Engine-house 

M r . Hunnewell desired to view M r . Duballets Land on Gouch's 
Lane, and to permit Posts to be placed thereon, according to his 
Judgment 

[175.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug*. 12. 
1803 Present Bulfinch, May Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright Chap- 
man, Oliver 

A new light infantry Comp y . commanded by M r . 
Passed upon new Licensed Persons as by List on file 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 17 th . 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, 
Chapman, May, Hunnewell, 

A new, light infantry company commanded by M r . Josiah 
Loring J r . apply for the use of Faneuil Hall for exercise in the 
Morning the Board consent to the request of the Gentlemen, 
provided that they make use of the Hall in the Evenings, when 
it shall not be engaged to other Companies 

Voted that the Masons & Carpenters who have contracted to 
build the new School-house at West Boston have an order on the 
Treasurer for the amount of one third of their contract being 
897 Dollars to Mess 1 " 8 : Fessenden & Woodbury & 733 dollars 
to Mess rs : Spooner Thaxter & Otis this order to be regularly 
passed in the next monthly draft 

This being the Meeting for considering the application of M r . 
Samuel Rogers for an appointment as an Auchtioneer in this 
Town he was accordingly appointed 

Cap*. Powers represented to the Board that he had made an 
opening in Federal Street for the purpose of determining whether 
the Houses on the North side of Franklin Place had any connec- 
tion by their Drains with the Federal Street Common Sewer, and 
that he had ascertained that they had no connection therewith, 
but went across Land of M r . Furnass into the Milk Street Drain, 
whereupon a new assessment was ordered of the Expences of the 
late repairs of the common Sewer omitting all the Owners of 
Houses on the North side of Franklin place 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 23 d . 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Chap- 
man, Wright, 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Hunnewell & Col. May a Conim 86 . to look for a suitable 
position for Town House Engine N 5 

[176.] The Comni 6 * 5 . for widening White Bread Alley, was 
desired to make application to the new North Society for so much 
of their Land as may be wanted for the proposed improvement 

Ebenezer Storer Esq. the late Town Treasurer having rendered 
his Accounts, which Jiave been audited & accepted by the Town, 
& having paid the balance in his hands & delivered the Books to 
Benjamin Sumner Esq. the present Treasurer the Town Clerk 
is directed to deliver 5l r . Storer his Bonds 

M r . Oliver is added to the Committee on Sumner Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 29 th Present 
Mess : Tileston, Chapman, Oliver, Bulfinch, May, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 7. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Oliver, Chapman, May, 

Mess": Porter, Tileston & Hunnewell a Comm 66 . on the 
application of M r . March, that a conveyance should be made for 
the Water, that falls on Pleasant Street, through the Land to the 
Sea to view & report 

The Chairman, M r . Tileston, a Comm 6 *. respecting paving 
Oliver Street 

On the application of the Association of the Mechanics by 
their Trustees Liberty is granted to said Association to make use 
of Faneuil-Hall for their Quarterly Meetings, provided they 
shall use the Hall at such times only as it shall not be engaged 
for other purposes 

M r . Robert Hews applied for the use of Faneuil-hall as a 
School to teach the exercise of the broad Sword whereupon the 
Chairman was requested to inform M r . Hews, that his request 
could not be complied with 

A Report was made by the Cornm 66 . for widening White Bread 
Alley, that the Comm** 5 . of the New North Society, were willing 
to give a piece of their Land to improve the Alley 106 feet long 
4 $ wide [177.] At one end & 2 feet wide at the other end, 
whereupon it was agreed to annex a new Fence on the said Land 
to the satisfaction of the Society 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1801. 201 

The Chairman, M r . Tilden, M r . Chapman, May and Oliver a 
Comrn 66 . to view the Dock lying between Butlers Row & Greens 
Wharff to consider the expediency of filling up a part thereof, 
to make a Street to connect those places & to endeavour to 
ascertain the claims of the Abuttors & others concerned & the 
amount of the expence of the proposed, improvement 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 14 th . 
1803 Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Porter, Oliver, Tilden, 
Tileston, Wright, May, Chapman. 

The Board had a conference with a Comm 66 . of the Board of 
Health respecting the crowded state of the Burying Grounds 
several instances were mentioned of Bodies being disturbed by 
digging of Graves, particularly one a few Days since in the 
South Burying Ground opened by M r . Low A letter was also 
received from M r . Avis, stating that the Body of his Father had 
been disturbed & the Coffin broken to pieces by M r . Low in 
digging a Grave in the North Burying Ground 

M r . Low was sent for & examined & offer' d in excuse for his 
conduct, that he had been much pressed for time & could not 
begin to dig in another place after he had found the spot he had 
chosen was occupied 

The Chairman M r . Porter & Deacon Wright were appointed a 
Comm 66 . to take the above into consideration to ascertain the 
facts & other circumstances & to Report 

The Town Clerk was desired to make out a Warrant to the 
Assessors for the Town Tax for the present Year agreable to a 
Vote of the Town and to request the Assessors to use their 
endeavors to get the Tax Bills ready for delivery as soon as 
possible, that the Treasurer may be enabled to meet the demands 
upon him 

(The same has been performed) 

The Comm 66 . for widening White Bread Alley reported that 
they had agreed with the Comm ee . of the new north Society to 
build a new fence of boards placed upright, planed & painted 
[178.] in compensation for so much of their land as would be 
taken into the Alley the Comm ee . was authorized to proceed to 
widen other parts of the said Alley according to law 

M r . Asa Foot applied for approbation as an Inholder in the 
House lately occupied by M r . Seth King ; after producing satis- 
factory recommendations and asserting that he had no connection 
whatever with M r . King in the business, it was agreed to appro- 
bate him 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Upon the proposal of the Proprietors of Land in High Street, 
commonly called Whites Garden to widen & straighten said 
Street, it was agreed to remove the Fence & level the foot walk 
with Timber & Gravel in consideration of the land which will be 
added to the Street, being about 9 feet wide in the center & run- 
ning to a point at each corner of the lot in the Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep r . 21. 1803 Pres- 
ent Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Chapman, Wright, 

Drew 25 Petit Jurors for C. C. P. & then adjourned the Town 
Meeting untill Wednesday next 4. O. Clock P. M : 

The Comm 66 . appointed to consider the application of the 
Board of Health upon the State of the Burying Grounds & the 
letter from M r . Avis Reported that they had examined M r . 
Newman & M r . Shedmore who have the care of the North & S. 
Burying Grounds, who represent that there is sufficient room in 
both places for the interment of a great number of Persons if 
the places for the Graves are Judicially [judiciously ?] chosen 
they were both acquainted with the circumstances attending the 
Graves lately dug by M r . Low, that he had dug up Coffins which 
were perfectly sound & had dispersed the remains of the Bodies 
which were in them The Committee did not think it necessary to 
examine any further evidences of the facts against M r . Low, 
but were of opinion that his conduct was such, as ought to meet 
with the pointed disapprobation of the Board & that he should be 
deprived of his License as a Funeral Porter 

The [179.] above Report being read & considered, was 
unanimously adopted ; and the Chairman was desired to inform 
the Comm 66 . of the West Boston Society & the Board of Over- 
seers of the above decision that M 1 '. Low should not in future 
be employed by them in that capacity. 

Cap 1 . John Brazier & the Officers of the Fusileers Company 
request liberty to inclose part of the upper Story of Faneuil Hall 
for an Armory upon viewing the situation it was agreed that 
they might inclose the space between the Rafters nearest the east 
and west partitions, which would leave a window open at each 
end, & that a passage way of 10 feet wide to be left in front of 
the Armory of Cap*. Messengrs Comp y & continued in a 
straight line to the Rafters first mentioned. 

Agreed to the request of the Officers of the Boston Brigade that 
they might have the use of the Hall on the 4*. of October next for 
a Dinner after the review also that they might make use of the 
Hall for exercise, any Evening previous to that time, when it 
shall not be otherwise engaged 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 203 

Joseph Stevens is permitted to occupy the Fish Stall at the 
bottom of Summer Street, lately allowed to Robinson who con- 
sents thereto M r . Tileston & M r . Hunnewell were desired to 
direct the alterations in the Stall which M r . Stevens proposes 
to make 

M r . Porter, Tileston, & Oliver a Comm 66 . to view a Wooden 
Building in Essex Street which the Owner intends making into 
a Bake House, to consider whether it is proper to license the 
Building for that use & to report 

Approved of the Indentures of Stephen Robinson a Minor & 
a black to Eben r . Oliver Esq. as a Servant untill the 25. Day 
of April 1810, as on file 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 25. 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Chapman, 
Hunnewell, AV right, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[18O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep r . 28 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Chapman, Wright, 
Porter, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston ss : Agreed to the Indentures of Cudit Morris, a Minor 
to Lewis Everet Confectioner, untill the time of his coming of 
age, being the I 8t . Day of Decem 1 ' 1811 

4 Jurymen drawn & entred on Jury Books 

The Board had a conference with the Officers of the several 
Companies who have Armories in Faneuil Hall stating their 
objections to the grant made last Meeting to the Fusileer Com- 
pany the Officers of the Fusileers were also present to answer 
the objections 

Agreed that Col. Wells & Cap*. Brazier should view the 
vacant space in the upper Story of the Building & determine 
what part could most conviently be appropriated to the business 
whether the Entry opposite the Assessors Room, with an 
addition of 5 feet inside the partition or the space within the 
partition to include one Window 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting of the Selectmen 
Present the whole Board 

The Board was called together to consider what measures were 
proper to be taken with respect to the Funeral of the late Samuel 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Adams Esq. formerly Governor of this Commonwealth. It was 
agreed that the Bells of the several Churches in the Town should 
be tolled that the Selectmen would attend the Funeral as a 
Board & that the Chairman should insert a Card in the public 
papers inviting all the Town Officers to attend the Funeral in 
honor of the deceased 

A Comm 66 of Gentlemen from the particular Friends & Family 
Connections of Governor Adams attended to know the determina- 
tion of the Board on this subject and expressed their satisfaction 
at the Resolutions which had been adopted & the wish of the 
Connections, that there should be no military parade 

[181.] Boston ss : At a special Meeting of the Board 

Present the whole Board except M r . Porter 

The present Meeting was called in consequence of a previous 
Communication from the Comm 66 . above named stating that it 
was the wish of a great number of the late M r . Adams Friends 
that there should be some military parade at his Funeral & as the 
Governor was not in Town to give orders to the purpose, they 
urged the Selectmen to request the Major General to order out a 
military escort the subject having been considered, it was deter- 
mined that the Chairman should wait on the Comm 66 . & enform 
them that it was the wish of the Board to show every testimony 
of respect on the present occasion that was consistent with their 
Office ; but that they considered any military arrangements out of 
the line of their duty 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 5. 1803 Present 
Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, May, Wright, Chapman, 

On the application and recommendation of the Proprietors of 
the Catholic Church, M r . Thomas Doyle, Sexton to the Society is 
approved as a Funeral Porter 

Mess 18 : Tileston Hunnewell & Chapman a Comni 66 . to view a 
Building in Sudbury Street, to consider whether it may be proper 
to approbate it for a 'Livery Stable. 

The Chairman was desired to recommend in the public Papers, 
that the Shops should be shut in the Streets through which the 
Funeral Procession of the late M r . Adams will pass, & that the 
Shipping in the Harbour & all the Wharves display their Colours 
at half Mast 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 12. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulflnch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Chapman, 
Wright, May, Hunnewell, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 205 

On the application of M r . Asa Hammond a Comm ee . of M r . 
Tileston, Oliver, May, Wright & Chapman, were raised to view 
the situation of the Warehouse in Market Square called Fayer- 
wethers to consider the expediency of allowing M r . Hammond to 
[182.] bring his intended new Building forward in Market 
Square in consideration of his widening the Passage Way to M r . 
Codmans Wharff 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Wright a Committee to 
enquire & confer with the Abutters' & Claimants of the Dock 
between Butlers Row & Greens Wharff, for the purpose of filling 
up the Dock to form a Communication for Carriages the Comm ee . 
is empowered to choose Referrees in conjunction with M r . Bray 
or any other Claimant to determine the damage which they will 
sustain by the procedure, & to carry the proposed improvement 
into effect 

The Chairman M r . Tileston M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell a 
Comm 66 . to view Pleasant Street to determine the line of the 
Street in front of the Lot where M r . Marsh intends to build a 
House ; & to examine respecting incroachments of Buildings on 
said Street now occupied by M r . Minot 

M r . Richard Austin one of the Sealers of Weights & Measures 
has liberty to exchange his set of Standards for those in the 
hands of the County Treasurer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 19. 1803 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver Wright, Hun- 
newell, Chapman, 

In compliance with a direction from Thomas Dawes Jun r . Esq. 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, the Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston have made inquisition into the circumstances 
of Nicholas Peirce of said Boston & found him to be a Person 
Non Compos & incapable of taking care of himself 

On the application of M ra . James for liberty to open the Com- 
mon Sewer in Fish & Clark Street, Order passed to Notify the 
Proprietors to appear on & before Wednesday next to state their 
objections 

Passed upon a List of Applicants for approbation to retail 
Spirits 

M r . Stephen Lilley applied for liberty to build a Distillery of 
Spirits of Turpentine & c . on the North side of Copps Hill [183.] 
this request was considered & it was determined that works of 
that kind were unsafe, & improper to be established in a Popu- 
lous Town, and accordingly that liberty could not be granted 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 26, 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 
Chapman May, 

M rs . James having made return of the Proprietors in the Com- 
mon Sewer in Clark Street agreable to order passed the 19 th . Ins*. 
& no Person having appeared to make objections she has liberty 
to proceed to open & repair said Common Shore 

The Comm ee . for filling the Dock between Butlers Row & 
Greens Wharff made Report of a number of Claimants in the 
Dock, some of whom were ready to relinquish their right others 
being Minors could not act on the subject the Comm 66 . was 
directed to endeavor to ascertain the expence of the head Walls & 
the amount of the Claims & Report 

A conference was had with M r . Asa Hammond & several pro- 
posals were considered for straightening the line on Market 
Square no determination was made, but the subject left for 
further consideration 

The Chairman presented to the Board a Copy of the Record, 
relative to the Mill Pond to ascertain the rights of the sale, 
whether it lay in the Proprietors so called or in the Town the 
subject led to some general conversation, & was referred for 
Consideration 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the. Selectmen Octo r . 31*. 1803 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Porter, 
Wright, Chapman, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accompts 

On the representation of a Comm ee . of the Overseers of the 
Board of Health that Nancy & Sally Delarue were idle dissolute 
& intemperate persons & in danger of wasting their property & 
becoming a charge to the Town the Board made application to 
the Hon ble . Judge of Probate that a suitable Guardian might be 
appointed for them 

The Comm ee . appointed to determine the line of Pleasant 
Street on M r . Marshs front & to enquire respect 8 , encroachments 
[184.] of M r . Minots Buildings, reported that it would be an 
advantage to the Street to draw the line from the west corner of 
John Francis's house to the west corner of Minots Kitchen, & as 
the supposed encroachments were not made by M r . Minot but by 
his Predecessor many years since, it was reasonable the Town 
should be at the expence of removing the Buildings, if M r . 
Minot would relinquish the Land taken into the Street, which he 
agrees to do by his billet on file, & to pay ten dollars towards the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 207 

expence of a new Necessary the Report accepted & the Comm 66 . 
empowerd to proceed immediately upon the improvement 

M r . Ephraim Marsh executed a deed to the Town conveying to 
the Inhabitants the privilege of a Common Sewer from Pleasant 
Street to the Water the same to be laid at the Towns charge & 
ever afterwards maintained by the said Marsh 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Novem r . 2d. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Porter, Tileston, Oliver Hunne- 
well Wright Chapman 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Return having been made by D r . Nathaniel Smith on the 15*. Day 
of June last of the Expence attending the opening & repairing 
the Common Sewer in Middle Street, from the House of the said 
Smith to Procters Lane ; the accounts thereof were then duly 
examined by the Selectmen & by them allowed ; they being 
informed at the same time by the said Smith that he had caused 
to be warned every Person concerned in said Drain according to 
law & no objection having been entred to his proceedings, Assess- 
ment is now made thereon by the Selectmen & order of payment 
is now made out and delivered to the said Nath 1 . Smith which is 
as follows Viz' 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Middle Street has been 
duly repaired by the aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith, the whole Expence 
whereof according to an account laid before & examined by the 
Selectmen amounted to $150, and as said Expence is to be born 
by such Person or Persons whose Drains [185.] enter into said 
Common Sewer & receive benefit thereby in such proportion as 
shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of the Town or the major 
part of them who are impower'd by law to apportion the same, 
& the said Smith having agreable to law notified all concerned 
before he had proceeded upon the business & no objection having 
been made thereto Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of 
said Town of Boston do hereby Certify, that having considered 
of said expence & by whom & in what manner it ought to be 
paid Do ADJUDGE the same to be paid in the proportion follow- 
ing and by the Persons hereafter named 

Nathaniel Smith 1 Drain - - $21 ,, 43 

Nicholas Smith Id --- 21 ,, 43 

Jonathan Wild 2 d - - - 42 ,, 86 

D. for Deacon Ridgeways 

Heirs Id -- 21 ,, 43 

Thomas Moor 1 d - - 21 ,, 43 

Rev* 1 . M r . Grenough - - - 1 d - - - 21 ,, 43 

7 Drains 



208 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

And we do hereby appoint the aforenamed Nath 1 . Smith to 
recieve of the Persons within named, the Sums affixed to their 
Names, and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH^ 
DAVID TILDEN 
W M . PORTER 
J N0 . TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JON TH . HUNNEWELL 
F. WRIGHT 
JON T . CHAPMAN 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 9. 1803 
Present Mess rs : Hunnewell, Tileston, Bulfinch, Wright, Tilden, 
Chapman, Oliver, May 

An application was signed by Thomas Dawes Jun r . Esq Judge 
of Probate for the County of Suffolk stating that Joseph Han- 
bury was in the Jayl in this Town as a Person of an idle dis- 
solute character & that there is danger of the wasting the prop- 
erty [186.] of his Children & thereby occasion their becoming 
a charge to this Town the Board therefore request that a suit- 
able Guardian may be appointed to the said Children 

On the application of Thomas Bartlet & others Proprietors of 
Land in a new Street leading from Southacks Court to Beacon 
Street requesting that said Street may be laid out & Recorded 
according to law M r . Tilden, Oliver, & May were appointed a 
Comm 66 . to confer with the Applicants 

The Chairman Mess re : Chapman & May a Comm 66 . to examine 
into the circumstances of y e . Lease of the Winnisimit Ferry Ways, 
and to call upon the Executors of the Estate of the late Henry 
Williams the Lessee for Settlement 

Acted upon a List of Persons applying for license to retail 
Spirits 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 16. 1803 
Present Mess : Tilden, Bulfinch, Tileston, Porter, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Chapman, Wright, May 

M r . Michael Homer who is laying the Common Shore from 
Ship Street across a Passage way leading to Parsons Wharff, 
appear'd & informed that M r . Parsons had forbid his proceeding 
any further than the old Sewer had been laid ; and that it was 
necessary to continue it further to get a sufficient out-let the 
subject being considered, Voted that M r . Homer be authorized to 
proceed to lay the Common Sewer as far as to the East end of 
the House on the Passage way & from thence to turn it North 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 209 

into the Dock below the new Stone head built by Col. John May, 
who consents it shall be carried in that direction & remain so for 
ever for the use of the Town 

It was agreed that the following letter from the Chairman 
should be sent to M r . John Peck one of Proprietors of the Mill 
Pond addressed to him & the other Proprietors 

Sir 

I am directed by the Selectmen to acquaint you that 
having been informed of your offering land, for sale on the borders 
of the Mill Pond, which was formerly within the limits of the 
Pond, & also that it is your intention to lay [187.] out Streets 
across the Pond & to offer other lots for Sale they conceive it 
their duty to forbid your proceeding Altho'. the Board of 
Selectmen feel convinced that the right of Soil in the Mill Pond 
belongs to the Town and was granted to the Proprietors so called 
for specious uses only, they will be ready to confer with you 
any day which shall be agreed upon respecting your title & claims 
& to consider any proposals which you may offer for the public 
good 

The Comm 66 . appointed to confer with Thomas Bartlet & others 
who request the Street from Beacon Street to Southwicks 
[Southack's] Court maybe laid out according to law Reported that 
in their opinion it was not expedient to take any measures 
respecting said Street for the present and said report was 
accepted 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 21. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Porter, Wright, Chapman 

The Board had a special Meeting to consider the request of 
Eben r . Parsons Esq. that the work in the Common Sewer in the 
passage way leading to his wharff ought to be suspended for the 
present 

M r . Parsons & Daniel Sergeant Esq appeared & stated that 
the Wharff through which the Drain pass if it is continued is 
made wholly of sticks of Pine Timber laid Cross ways which are 
only 12 feet long, that by cutting through them the work would 
be much injured & might endanger the total ruin of the passage 
way that the business of the Wharff would be greatly incommoded 
during the winter, they therefore request that the work may be 
suspended untill. Spring, & engaged that the Drain may be carried 
in that season in any direction which the Selectmen may consider 
most advantageous to the public and the Proprietors of the 
Common Sewer, even if it should be thro', land which is their 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

property the subject being considered it was unanimously agreed 
to suspend the work untill the Spring, and orders were given to 
M r . Homer accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 23 d . 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tileston, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Chapman May 

[188.] Cap*. Brazier informed the Board that Col. Welles 
declined pointing out the most convenient position for an 
Armory in the upper Story of Faneuil Hall as requested by Vote 
of the [Blank] and 

wished the Selectmen would decide on the subject the Gentlemen 
present view'd the situation & determined that Cap 1 . Braziers 
Comp y . should enclose a space for their Armory within the 
partition on the N. side to extend from the Partition to, the 
rafter next beyond the Window being about 20 feet long & to 
leave a passage of 6 feet wide 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Nov r . 28. 1803 Present 
Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston Oliver Hunnewell Wright May 
Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

Approved of the Indentures of William Morris to Thomas 
Appleton to continue untill the 17 l . of Jan y 1807 

On the Application of the President & Trustees of the Me- 
chanick Association, liberty is granted to make use of Faneuil- 
hall on the 15. of Decem r . next for a publick Dinner 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Nov r . [30] 1803 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Porter Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, May. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Acted upon a list of Persons applying for approbation, as 
Taverners & Retailers of Spirituous Liquors 

The Town Treasurer applied for directions respecting the Rent 
of one of the Stalls under Faneuil Hall M r . Asa Page who oc- 
cupies the Stall Claims a deduction in the rent as he has been 
deprived of a part of the Stall to accommodate M r . Brown in con- 
sequence of the Stalls being built in the S. West Corner It was 
Voted, that the Rent of the Stall occupied by M r . Page be at the 
rate of forty Dollars p Year, from the time the alteration took 
place, & that the Stall occupied by Brown be at the rate of 60 
Dollars from the same time 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1803. 211 

[189.] Voted that the Town Treasurer inform the Occu- 
pants of the Stalls under Faneuil Hall, that the Rent of the sev- 
eral Stalls will be as follows after the I 1 , of January next viz* 
The two Stalls at the east & the two Stalls at the West end to 
be at two Dollars p Week each & the four middle Stalls to be at 
1 Dollar p Week each, the Rent to be paid quarterly 

Voted, that the Persons who have neglected to pay their 
Assessments for the repairs of the Common Sewer from Cornhill 
down Spring Lane, be again called upon for their proportions, & 
that they be informed that the prosecution will commence against 
them, unless they come to an immediate Settlement 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 7. 1803 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston Oliver, Chapman, 
Wright 

It was agreed that the Fusileers Company have liberty to make 
a Door into their proposed Armory thro.' the plastered Partition 
of the entry subject to removal whenever it should be found 
inconvenient or the entry way should be differently appropriated 
by Order of the Selectmen 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 14 1803 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver Wright, 
May, Chapman, Hunnewell 

Jurors drawn for C. C. P. and entered in the Jury Books 

A Committee from the West Boston Society, applied that M r . 
Low may be restored to the Office of Funeral Porter & presented 
the Vote of the Comm 66 . of their Society to that effect also a 
Certificate from M r . Avis expressing his consent the Subject 
was considered but no determination on the subject & it was 
referred to this Day fortnight 

The Board proceeded on Selection of Names for Jury Boxes 

Warr*. issued for a Town Meeting at Faneuil Hall on the 21*. 
Ins 1 . 10. O.' C : A : M : 

M r . Newell to have printing of Notifications 

[19O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 
26. 1803 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, 
Wright, Chapman May, 

Passed upon Accounts 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 28. 1803 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Porter, Wright, May, Oliver, 
Chapman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Return having been made by M r . Moses Barker of the Expence 
of laying a new Common Sewer from said Barkers house in Ship 
Street to Clarks Street & of the Repairs of the Common Sewer 
leading from Clark Street to the Sea ; the accounts thereof were 
duly examined by the Selectmen & by them allowed ; they being 
informed at the same time by the said Barker, that he had 
caused to be warned every Person concerned in said Drains 
according to law. No objection having been entered to his pro- 
ceeding Assessment is now made thereon by the Selectmen, and 
Order of payment is now made out which is as follows Viz*. 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Ship Street has been 
laid conformable to the directions of the Selectmen & part of 'the 
Common Shore leading from Clark Street to the Water has been 
repaired the whole Expence whereof, according to an account 
laid before & examined by the Subscribers amounted to $332 
and as such expence is to be bom by such Person or Persons 
whose Drains enter into said Common Sewer & receive benefit 
thereby, & in such proportion as shall be Adjudged by the Select- 
men of the said Town or the major part of them, who are 
empower'd by law to apportion the same, & the said Moses 
Barker having agreable to Law Notified all the concerned before 
he had proceeded on the business & no objection having been 
made thereto Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said 
Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having considered of said 
Expence & by whom & in what manner it ought [191.] to be 
paid do ADJUDGE that the same ought to be paid in proportion 
following & by the Persons hereafter named Viz* 

Moses Barker fifty feet length of ) 

YX > 62 ,, oO 

new Dram j 

M rs . Mackay forty feet of d - - - - 50 

M r . James ten feet - - d - - - - 12 ,, 50 

Moses Barker Clark Street Drain - - - - 8 ,, 65 

William Mackay - - - d - - - - 8 ,, 65 

M r . James d .... 8 ,, 65 

Alexander Hill ... d - - - - 8 ,, 65 

M rs . Clark - - 8 65 

George Hyler 8,, 65 

Brown 8,, 65 

Samuel Mather 8,, 65 

Cap*. Curtis 8 ,, 65 

New N. Society 8 ,, 65 

Cap*. Appleton 8,, 65 

Wild, Guardian 8 ,, 65 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 213 

Eumons Guardian --...... $g 55 

Anna Farnum & Elizabeth Walter ... 8 ,',' 65 

Thomas Binford 8,, 65 

Cesar Spear 

James Lamb 

Thomas Foster 

William Pool 

Job Turner 

Widow Polly Colesworthy - - - - 

Widow Abigail Hayward 

Charles Shelton - ... 

John Shelton - - - - 

And we hereby appoint M r . Michael Homer to receive of 
the Persons within named the Sum affixed to their names & to 
give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH^) a 

WILLIAM PORTER 

JOHN TILESTON 

EBENEZ R . OLIVER 

JOHN MAY 

F R . WRIGHT 

JON A . CHAPMAN J J 

[192.] Upon a requisition of the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes 
Esq Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, that Inquisition 
be made into the Circumstances of Francis Robins represented as 
a Non Compos the Board made return that the said Robins was 
incapable to take care of his property, & that a Guardian ought 
to be appointed for him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 4. 1804 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Tileston, Chapman, Hunnewell, Wright, 

In pursuance of a Vote of the Town at a late Meeting it was 
Agreed to call a Meeting of the Inhabitants in their respective 
Wards on Thursday the 12 Ins 1 . & the Chairman was desired to 
communicate the Vote of the Town to the Clerks of the Wards & 
to acquaint them to preside at the Meeting, and make return of 
the proceedings 

On the application of Col. Tudor & M r . Gardner Green a 
Warrant was Mgned for a Town Meeting to be held on Monday 
16 l . Ins 1 . 

Upon a requisition of the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes Jun r . Esq 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk that Inquisition be 
made into the circumstances of Mehitable Hagger represented as 
a Non Compos the Board made return that the said Mehitable 
was incapable to take care of her property & that a Guardian 
ought to be appointed for her 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 9. 1804 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell May 
Wright Chapman 

The Board was called together to take measures in consequence 
of an error in the Notifications which have been distributed for 
the Town Meeting the 16 Ins*. 

Col. Welles appeared in behalf of a number of the Gentlemen 
at the South part of the Town to request that the proposed Town 
Meeting should be postponed to give them opportunity to make 
Survey the sense of the Board was taken, & it was unanimously 
determined not to postpone the Meeting 

[193.] It was agreed to insert a correct Notification for a 
Town Meeting to be assembled on the 16. Ins 4 , in all the public 
Papers & at the foot to make the following addition. 
N : B. From an error in transcribing the Notifications which are 
distributed mention Monday the 15 for the time of Meeting in- 
stead of the 16*. as in the above 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 11. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Wright, Chapman, Oliver, 

The following Advertizement was agreed upon to be inserted 
in the Papers 

Whereas doubts have arisen respecting the boundaries of 
Wards N. 7 & 9. which makes it uncertain, in what ward the 
inhabitants' of the new Buildings south of the Rope walks in May 
Street should assemble at the ensuing [meeting] of the Wards 
Voted in consideration of the great extent of Ward N. 7. that 
all persons residing in the Buildings between the line of M r . 
Austins Rope walk & thence Southerly to Beacon Street, be 
considered Inhabitants of Ward N. 9. for all civil purposes & 
they are desired to govern themselves accordingly. 

The Board had a conference with M r . John Peck one of the 
Proprietors of the Mill Pond, he produced the legal opinion of M r . 
Parsons respecting the title & that of the other Proprietors 
after conversing upon the subject generally he was requested to 
hand in his proposals in writing for filling up & disposing of the 
Pond for the consideration of the Board 

A Paper was received from General Donison one of the Comm ee . 
of Proprietors of the Common Sewer in Summer Street requesting 
the opinion of the Board upon certain queries proposed for 
consideration relative to the propriety of Assessing several Persons 
to the repairs of said Common Sewer It was agreed, that the 
Chairman inform M r . Donnison that the Board declines answering 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 215 

the queries, particularly but wish a return to be made of all 
Persons benefitted by the Repairs as the Law requires 

[194.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 
1804 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, May, Chapman, Oliver 

A Billet was received from the Comm 66 . of the Old South 
Society, consenting to the use of their place of worship on the 
question at present to be decided by the Town, it was agreed by 
the Board, that all the Constables be directed to attend the Town 
Meeting with their Staves to prevent Persons from standing on 
the Pews & otherwise doing injury to the House 

The Workmen of the new School house, delivered the Keys of 
the same having fulfilled their engagements the Comm e for 
Superintending the Building & House were desired to view it & 
to Report whether it was finished agreable to contract 

The Board proceeded to consider the application of M r . Low 
& the Comm 66 . of West Boston Society, that he might be rein- 
stated in the Office of Funeral Porter after full consideration, 
it was Voted to adhere to the former Vote of the Board 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 21 1804 

The Indentures of William Gibson a Minor to Ebenezer Davis 
of Truro in the County of Barnstable Marriner was approved 
being unto the 1 st . Day of Jan y . 1809 

Representation being made of the dangerous situation of the 
Walls of the Stores in State Street consumed last Night by fire, 
it was agreed that M r . Sprague Blaney & Francis master Masons 
be requested to view the Walls & take down as much as in their 
opinion would be necessary for the public safety & otherwise 
secure them by suitable fences & shores 

Damage having been done to the Old South at the late Town 
Meeting, the Comm 66 . of that Society informed that they could 
not consent to the Towns making any further use of the Building 
whereupon the Chairman was desired to write to the Comm ee . & 
express the Thanks of the Town for the accommodation already 
afforded & request the further use of the House untill the Ques- 
tion of the annexation of Dorchester point to the Town should 
be decided 

[195.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 1. 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, May, Tileston, Chap- 
man Hunnewell Oliver, Tilden 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Passed upon Accounts, a Town Meeting having prevented its 
being done on the Draft day 

Passed upon a number of Applications for being approved of 
as Inholders & Retailers of Spirituous Liquors 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 8 : 1804 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Chapman, May, 
Hunnewell, Wright, Oliver, 

Had a conference with a Committee from a number of Gentle- 
men, who were for filling up the Mill Pond the further con- 
sideration thereon, referred to next sitting Day 

The Chairman of the Board requested to hand into the 
Comm 6 *. of the General Court, the whole proceedings of the 
Town at their late Meeting, relative to a Bridge from Boston to 
Dorchester point & c . & c 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 15. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver Hunne- 
well, Wright, 

Examined the Accounts presented by the Comm ee . for the 
Common Sewer in Summer Street & directed Assessment to be 
made upon the Proprietors 

The Chairman was directed to apply to the Senators of the 
County & the Representatives of the Town to inform them that 
the Board think it important that a clause should be inserted in 
the Bill now under the consideration of the Legislature for annex- 
ing Dorchester point to the Town ; that the Streets Markets & 
public Squares, should be laid out by the Selectmen or a Comm 66 . 
chosen by the Town without any compensation in money being 
required by the Proprietors for the Land taken for such purposes 

Upon the application of M r . Thomas Godfrey that the line of 
the front of his house to be erected in Fish Street, may be deter- 
mined the Board proceeded to the spot, to view y e . Ground & 
to consider the expediency of widening that part of Fish Street 

[196.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 22 d 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver Chapman, Hun- 
newell Wright May, Tilden 

Warrant issued for a Town Meeting Wednesday the 29 th . 
Feb y . 10. o Clock A : M : 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 217 

Return having been made by James Sullivan Esq of the 
expence of laying a new Common Sewer thro.' AVinter Street part 
of Newbury Street & thro.' Summer Street to the Sea, the Acco te . 
whereof were duly examined by the Selectmen & by them allowed 
they being inf owned at the same time .that every Person con- 
cerned in said Common Sewer had been duly warned according 
to Law & no objection having been entred to his proceeding, 
Assessment is now made thereon by the Selectmen & order of 
payment is now made out which is as follows 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer in Newbury Street Winter 
& Summer Street has been laid conformable to the directions of 
the Selectmen the whole Expence whereof according to an 
account laid before & examined by the Selectmen amounted to 
$4102-^% and as such expence is to be born by such Person or 
persons whose Drains enter into said Common Sewer & receive 
benefit thereby in such proportion as shall be Adjudged by the 
Selectmen of said Town or the major part of them who are 
empower'd by law to apportion the same the said James Sulli- 
van Esq having agreable to law notified all the concerned before 
he had proceeded on the business, & no objection having been 
made thereto Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said 
Town of Boston do hereby Certify that having considered of said 
Expence and by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid Do 
Adjudge that the same ought to be paid in the proportion follow- 
ing & by the Persons hereafter named viz* 

John Amory ----- 1 Share - - $32 ,, 5 

James Morril 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Turel Andrews (2 houses) 4 d - - - 128 ,, 20 

Benjamin Weld Jun r . - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Widow Sohire - - - - 2 d - - - 64 10 

John Whitwell - - - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

[197.] Samuel Swett - - 2 Houses 4 d - - - 128 20 

Henry Blainey ----Id --- 32 ,, 5 

Estate of late Gov r . Adams 1 d - - - 32 ,, 5 

Ebenezer White - - - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Joshua Beale - - 2 Houses 3d - - - 96 ,, 15 

Luke Baker 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Samuel Cobb 1 d - - - 32 ,, 5 

John Peirce 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Ann Dashwood - 2 d - - 4 d - - - 128 ,, 20 

William Donnison - - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Mary Hopkins - - - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Samuel Salisbury 4 d - - 7 d - - - 224 ,, 35 

Edward Wild 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

Timothy Goodwin - - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 
Thomas Cole for Elizabeth 

Cole 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 

John M c . Farlane - - - 2 d - - - 64 ,, 10 



218 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



David Townsend - 2 Houses 3 Shares - 

Allen Crocker 2d -- 

John Parker 1 d - - 

Obediah Curtis - - - - 2 d - - 

John Bullard 1 d - - 

John Crosby 1 d - - 

John Ethridge - - - - 1 d - - 
John Ellis Agent for Rob*. 

Townsend 2 Houses 2 d. 
John Boyle 1 d - - 

Daniel Hews ld -- 

Town of Boston ----ld - - 
Samuel Richards ----ld -- 
Standfast Smith - - - - 1 d - - 
Estate of Sampson Read - 2 d - - 
M re . Sarah Badger - - - 1 d - - 
Trinity Church- Wardens & c 1 d - - 
James Sullivan ----2d - - 
Benjamin Bussey ----2d -- 
Greenwit Temple ----id -- 
Eben Parsons - - 2 houses 3d - - 

Henry Hill 

Thomas Walley - 3 houses 
Elizabeth Walcut - - - - 

Samuel Smith 

George Langley - 2 houses 
[198.] James Crawford - - - - 
Barstow Cook ----- 
John M c . Elroy - - - - 2 d 

John Taylor 1 d 

Joseph Peirce ----- 1 d 
Nehemiah Stone - - - - 1 d 
Elijah Peirce ----- 2 d 
Stephen HigginsonJr Agent] 

for Heirs of Widow Rus- I 

sell J 1 d 

William Parsons .---3d 
Jon*. Hunnewell - 2 houses 3 d 
Gorham Parsons - - - - 2 d 
James Rea --,---- 1 d 
Nath 1 . Goddard - - - - 1 d 
Eben r . Preble - - 2 houses 4 d 
First Cong 1 . Church - - - 1 d 
Sam : P. Gardner - - - 2 d 
John Experience & Sarah 

Luce 1 d 

William Andrews - - - - 2 d 
William Hunt, Agent for ) 

Ann Bethune - - - f 2 d 



64 ".10 

32 5 
64 10 
32 ,,5 

32 ,,5 
32 ,, 5 

64 ,, 10 
32 5 
32 ,,5 
32 5 
32 ,,5 
32 5 
64 10 
32 ,,5 
32 ,,5 
64 10 
64 ,, 10 
32 ,,5 
96 ,, 15 
32 ,,5 

192 ,, 30 
64 ,, 10 
32,, 5 

128 ,, 20 
64 10 

64 10 
32 ,,5 
32 5 
32,, 5 
64 ,, 10 



32 5 
96 ,, 15 
96 ,, 15 
64 ,, 10 
32 ,,5 
32 ,,5 
128 ,, 20 
32 ,,5 
64 ,, 10 

32 5 
64 ,, 10 

64 ,, 10 



128 do 



SELECTMEN'S MIIS ? UTES, 1804. 219 

And we do hereby appoint M r . George 
Sullivan to receive of the Persons above 
named, the Sums affixed to their several 
Names, and to give discharges therefor 

CHAKLES BULFINCH ~"| a 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JONATHAN HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
THOM S . WRIGHT 

Boston ss; At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 27 1804 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, May, Chapman, Hun- 
newell Oliver, Wright, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Pat Gorman applies for an appointment as an Auchtioneer 
A special Meeting warned 4 O Clock 

[199.] Mess : Oliver Tileston & May a Comm ee . on the ap- 
plication of Michael Kenard for liberty to build a Bakers Oven at 
his House near Leveret Street West Boston, Reported that the situ- 
ation was suitable for that purpose, & that the Neighborhood 
were destitute of such an accommodation whereupon Voted, 
that the request of M r . Kennard be granted so far as the Board 
approve of the proposed situation for a Bake house, provided y e . 
Building shall be made conformable to Law 

Upon a requisition of the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes Esq Judge 
of Probate for the County of Suffolk, that the Inquisition be 
made into the circumstances of M r . Mock represented as a 
Person Non Compos the Board made return that the said Wil- 
liam was incapable to take care of his property, & that a Guar- 
dian ought to be appointed for him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 29. 1804 A : 
M. Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston Oliver Wright May, Chapman 

Passed upon other Accounts 
Jurymen for Supreme J. Court & entred in Jury Books 

A complaint was made by a number of Gentlemen against 
Edwards Robins Owner of several Hackney Carriages for abusive 
conduct on the Night of 23 d . Ins 1 , at the Assembly House in 



220 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Court Street ordered that prosecution be commenced against 
said Robins for driving a Carriage at that time without any num- 
ber, & that he be notified to appear at the next Meeting of the 
Board the aforegoing passed at a Meeting the 26 Ins 1 

Voted, that a Warrant be issued for a March Meeting on the 
12 March next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1. 1804 a 
special Meeting Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Oliver, Hunnewell 
May, Wright Chapman 

This Meeting was called to consider the Bill now pending 
before the General Court for incorporating certain Persons with 
powers to build a new Street from Rainsford Lane to [2OO.] the 
Town Land in the possession of Cap 1 . Curtis The Bill was read 
& considered & the Board were of opinion that the Towns Rights 
were sufficiently guarded therein & recommend that security 
should be required of the Persons to be incorporated, that they 
should carry the propos'd work into effect 

The Comm 66 . upon the Town & County concerns presented 
their report & requested that the same might be distributed 
immediately & a Town Meeting called for the consideration 
thereof before the March Meeting whereupon 

Voted, to postpone the Meeting for the choice of Town 
Officers to Monday the 19. Ins 1 and signed a Warrant for Town 
Meeting to consider the Report of the Comm ee on the County & 
Town Government to Assemble on Monday the 12 Ins* 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright Chapman, 

Jurors drawn to make up deficiencies in last choice and entred 
in the Jury Books 

M r . Hammond appeared upon the subject of altering the line 
of the front of his Store on Market Square the Chairman & 
M r . Chapman a Comm 66 . to wait on M r . Codman who is confined 
to his house to confer with him upon the subject & Report his 
objections 

M r . Edward Robins appeared agreable to notice & undertook 
to Justify his conduct with his carriage on the night of the 23 d . 
Feb y . it was agreed to defer the decision on this subject, untill 
the parties had been heard thereon together to Morrow 12. 
o. 'Clock was Assigned for the purpose, &M r . Nazrowas directed 
to Notify the Parties to meet at that time, & also M r . Seth Cole 
as witness 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 221 

Boston 88 : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 8. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Oliver Wright, May, Chapman 

The Parties on the case of Edmund Robins appear'd & were 
fully heard, also Seth Cole & M r . Stevens two Witnesses 
[2O1.] when it appeared that the complaint was well founded 
whereup[on] Voted, That the Licenses of Hackney Carriages N. 
18. 21. & 23 the property of said Robins be annulled from this 
date to the 1 st . of May next, conformable to the powers vested 
in the Board 

The Committee appointed to confer with M r . Codman Reported 
that they had seen him, & that he objected to M r . Hammonds 
being allowed to advance any part of his Building into the 
Street upon this principle that the whole of said Street & 
Wharff was originally the property of the Persons under whom 
he holds his property on the Dock that by proscription & long 
use, the part in front of M r . Hammonds Store has become high 
way ; but that in case it should be put to any private use, it 
ought to revert to the Representatives of the original Owners 
Some general conversation ensued with M r . Hammond upon the 
subject & various propositions were made, when it was agreed to 
postpone the decision to the next Meeting 

Deacon Bayley & Henderson late Collectors having produced 
reciepts from the State County & Town Treasurers that they had 
paid to them respectively the amount of the Warrants of the tax 
of 1801 given them to Collect the Town Clerk was directed to 
deliver them their Bonds 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 14*. 1804 
Present Mess": Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, Tilden, 
May, 

M r . Asa Hammond the Owner of the old Ware house at the 
Corner of the Town Dock on Market Square (late Fayrweather) 
having some time since applied to the Selectmen for liberty to 
advance the N. East Corner of the new Building which he 
purposes to erect The Board took the subject into consideration, 
after several conferences with M r . Hammond & full enquiry into 
the antient Records & Deeds respecting the bounds of the high 
way they were unanimously of opinion that it would be for the 
advantage of the Town to straighten the line of the Street on 
[2O2.] Market Square and therefore agreed with M r . Hammond 
on the following propositions 

1 st . That upon condition of his building a new Brick front to 
the Store of M r . Andrew Newell, the same to be carried back to 
make a straight line with James Williams Store ; that his new 
Building should range from the South west corner of Newells 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

AY all, after it should be so removed to a point three feet in 
advance of the present North West Corner that M r . Hammond 
should indemnify the Town from any expence for Newells new 
front, & for the Land taken from him with the Street except the 
sum of one hundred dollars, which it is agreed to allow for the 
extra expence of a new foundation 

2 nd . That in case M r . Hammond should find it impracticable to 
alter the front of Newells Store, then the line of the new Building 
shall be carried back two feet on the S. West corner to run to 
the North west corner of the present Building, & that the land 
thereon with the Street by the alteration of his front he should 
be compensated by the Town agreable to the award of three 
disinterested Persons to be mutually chosen 

M r . Patrick Gorman Licensed as an Auchtioneer 

Approved & signed the Indentures of Philip Hamlin a Minor 
to Peter Balard to be in force untill the 6*. of August 1807 

Examined & passed upon M r . Trott the Hay Weighers 
Accounts to January last Ordered the neat amount of the pro- 
ceeds of the Scales for the Year past to be paid to the Town 
Treasurer 

On application of the Comm ee . of the new North society, they 
are allowed to make use of the North Reading School of Even- 
ings for the Instruction of their singers in psalmody 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21. 1804 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston Oliver, Hunnewell May 
Wright Chapman 

[2O3.] This being the first Meeting of the Board since the 
Town Meeting for choice of Town Officers, a general conversa- 
tion ensued upon the propriety of organizing the Board by coming 
to the choice of a Chairman for the Year when it was unani- 
mosly agreed that every public body had a right to form its own 
rules & regulations, and that it was adviseable to adopt the 
ancient practise of choosing a Chairman 

The ballots being taken it appeared that seven Votes were for 
Charles Bulfinch Esq 

A Warrant was signed for a Town Meeting for choice of 
Govenor Lieu*. Governor & Senators according to law 

M r . Oliver was desired to apply to Rev d . D r . Parker to request 
him to open the Town Meeting with prayer 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 223 

M r . Newell to have the printing of the Notifications for Town 
Meeting 

The following Advertisement was directed to be inserted by 
the Chairman in the Papers to be signed by him 

List of Voters. 

The Selectmen hereby inform their Fellow Citizens, that in 
pursuance of a law of this Commonwealth there are posted up at 
Faneuil Hall & at the Office of Board of Health, complete copies 
of the corrected list of persons qualified to Vote in the choice of 
Governor IA Governor, Senators & Representatives in the 
General Court & Representatives in Congress 

Notice is also given that the Selectmen will be in Session at 
their room from the hours of 12 to 1. every day previous to the 
Election & from the hours of 9 to 1 1 . on the morning of the 2 d . 
Day of April next, previous to the Election of Governor & c 
for the purpose of receiving evidence of the qualification of Per- 
sons whose names have not been entred in the lists published 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Porter Tileston Wright May Hun- 
newell Chapman 

[2O4.] Passed upon Accounts 

On application being made from a number of Persons of the 
West Boston religious Society, praying that M r . Low might be 
restored to the Office of Funeral Porter the Chairman & Deacon 
Wright were desired to state in Writing the charges against M r . 
Low & which had induced the Board to remove him & to com- 
municate them to the Comm 66 . of that Church, to be laid before 
the applicants 

M r . Christopher Marshall having produced Receits from the 
State County & Town Treasurers for the Sums given him to Col- 
lect in the Tax of 1801 the Town Clerk is directed to deliver 
M r . Marshall his Bonds for that Year 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright Chapman, Oliver, 
May, Tilden, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Ordered that Notifications be posted & distributed for a Meet- 
ing of the Wards on Wednesday the 4 th of April, for the choice 
of Assistant Assessor M r . Newell to Print the Notifications 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman was desired to furnish Each of the presiding Offi- 
cers of the Ward Meetings with a printed Extract of the Law, 
directing the choice of Assessors 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Chapman a Comm 66 . on 
the application of M r . Thomas Godfrey, to determine & mark out 
the line on which the front of his new Building on Fish Street 
shall stand ; & to view the adjoining Buildings & to Report what 
is expedient to be done for the further widening of that Street 
the same Committee were also desired to view the Alley leading 
from Fish Street to Middle Street near D r . Clarks, to consider 
what measures are advisable relative to the widening that Alley, 
as requested by a number of the Neighbourhood 

[2O5.] Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 
1804 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright 
Chapman, Hunnewell 

The Board met on the special request of the Gentlemen 
concerned in the new proposed Bridge to Dorchester to issue a 
Warrant for a Town Meeting on the 9 l . of April next to consider 
on what terms the Town will consent that they shall have the 
Land in Orange Street now occupied by Cap 1 . Nath 1 . Curtis, for 
the purpose of building the proposed Bridge therefrom 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 11*. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Tilden, May, Chapman, 

Mess rs : Smith & Ellis having applied for liberty to fill up that 
part of Bennet Street between the present capsill & the proposed 
new Street called Front Street, It is agreed by the Selectmen that 
they may have liberty to fill up the said Street continuing the 
Drain, or Common Sewer, under the direction of this Board, but 
that the Town shall not be at any expence for the same, agreably 
to the 7 Section of the act incorporating certain persons for 
building said Front Street. it is also determined by the Board 
that the Common Sewer must be at the least 2 feet in the clear 
& covered with roughing Timber and M r . Porter Tileston & 
Oliver are a Committee to inspect the above work 

The Chairman M r . AY right & M r . Chapman a Committee to 
consider & Report a System for the effectual execution of the By 
Laws of the Town 

The Town at a late Meeting having agreed to release to William 
Phillips Esq. a right to a strip of Land near Water Street & 
having empower'd the Selectmen to appoint Referrees to determine 
the value thereof have agreed to request the following Gentlemen 
to act as Referrees Samuel Brown William Sherburne & William 
Smith Esquires sent 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 225 

An application made by M r . Daniel Hastings & Joseph Newell 
requesting that the Board would agree to Referrees to apprise a 
strip of land formerly given in to the Street east of Faneuil Hall 
in front of their Stores, or that they may be allowed to cover the 
said Land with their proposed new Buildings 

[2O6.] Voted, that the Chairman be desired to inform the 
Applicants that the Board consider the present line of the point 
of those Stones to have been laid out & determined by y e 
Persons who built them about 30 years since, & that they thereby 
relinquished for public use & their own accommodation all 
lands in front of that line the Board therefore cannot consent 
to any new Buildings being advanced forward of the present 
front, nor make any allowance for land formerly added to the 
Street by the Owners 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18 th ; 1804 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, May, 
Chapman, 

On the application of M r . Godfrey the Chairman M r . Hunne- 
well & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to enquire into the expence of 
taking off the two Houses south of M r . Godfreys land in Fish 
Street & to Report 

The Board had a conference with Mess rs . Mason & Otis rela- 
tive to the Towns Land in Orange Street, where they purpose to 
build the new Bridge to Dorchester after conversing on the sub- 
ject the Board agreed to meet & proceed to view the said land in 
Orange Street to morrow 12 o. 'Clock 

The Comm ee . on the subject of the execution of the By-Laws 
reported ; which Report was considered, & referred for further 
consideration to the next Meeting 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell Oliver Tileston & Wright a 
Comm 66 . to view the Cellar wall now laying on Deacon Bates Lot 
in Essex Street, bottom of Short Street & that the said Comm ec . 
be empower'd to alter the line of said Cellar and to Agree with 
Deacon Bates respecting the same 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25, 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, May, Hunne- 
well, 

The Board agreed to allow M r . Asa Hammond the sum of 
$200 upon his engaging to comply with the proposal made to 
him the 14*. of March last as recorded respecting [probably 
referring to the next paragraph commencing at " the improve- 
ment of the Street, ete."] 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[2O7.] [sic] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen 
April 25. 1804 Present Mess 18 : the improvement of the Street on 
the East side of Faneuil Hall 

The Comm 66 . to fix the line of Essex Street Reported that 
they had examined the situation of the Street & of the Land 
adjacent and had agreed with Deacon Bates that Essex Street 
should be 35-f feet wide from the Corner of his House in Short 
Street to the opposite Corner, and that M r . Bates had agreed to 
remove his Cellar Wall on the proposed line, free of expence to 
the Town 

The Selectmen having visited the Towns Land in Orange Street 
to determine the position of the new Bridge the subject was 
considered with respect to the most advantageous disposal of the 
land M r . Bulfinch Tilden & Oliver were chosen a Comm ee . to 
confer with Deacon Brown & M r . Tuckerman relative to continu- 
ing the cross street, westerly with Cambridge Bay 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell 
May Wright Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Referrees chosen to estimate the value of the Towns Land 
in Water Street ; having given in their Award the Board pro- 
ceeded to execute a Deed of said Land to William Phillips Esq 
& received from him the sum of 2611 Dollars & an obligation to 
maintain the water course for ever as on file & recorded in the 
Town Record 

Agreably to law the Board proceeded to make choice of two 
Sealers of Weights & measures the Votes being taken M r . 
Richard Austen & M r . Green, were declared to be chosen and 
their Districts to be the same as last Year 

A number of the Claimants of the Dock at the bottom of 
Butlers Row, having signed their Quit Claims to the Dock & 
Wharves adjacent, so far as may be necessary to form a Street 
to lead from Butlers Row to Greens Wharff the Board came to a 
resolution to all[ow] 300 Dollars towards filling up the same, 
provided M r . Parkman will consent to effect the object, & satisfy 
M r . Bray for his Land, which will be taken for the Street on 
Greens Wharff 

[2O8.] The Chairman M 1 . Tilden & M r . Oliver a Comm 66 . 
to carry the above Resolution to effect The same Comm 66 . were 
desired to view the Land in Merchants Row belonging to D r . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 227 

Eckley, to confer with him respecting the front line of his new 
Building, to consider the most suitable direction for said front 
line & to Report 

A Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for choice of Repre- 
sentatives and the Business of May Meeting 

M r . Tileston & M r . Chapman a Comm**. to wait on the Rev d . 
M r . Baldwin to request him to open the Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Newell to have the printing of Notifications for said 
Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6 th . 1804 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright 

Rev d . M r . Baldwin being absent on a Journey the Chairman & 
M r . Oliver, a Comm 6 *. to request M r . Freeman to open the ensuing 
Town Meeting with prayer 

The Chairman was desired to insert an Advertizement in the 
Papers for those Persons who wish for the Office of Constables 
the ensuing Year to send written applications, on or before 
Wednesday the 16*. Inst. and that time is assign d for coming to 
the choice of Constables 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver Hunnewell, May 
Wright Chapman 

A number of Persons approved as Inholders & Retailers 

On the spplication of a number of the Inhabitants of Pearl 
Street, praying that the said Street should be paved ; it was 
agreed that the Chairman should inform the Gentlemen who apply, 
that the Board could take no measures for paving that Street 
[2O9.] Untill a good & sufficient Common Sewer should be laid 
in that whole length of the Street, to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen 

On the application of Richard Jaques, for liberty to open 
cleanse & repair the Common Sewer in Hanover Street Ordered, 
that he notify all the Proprietors of said Common Sewer or whose 
Drains enter therin : to appear on or before Wednesday next, 
to show cause why such repairs should not be undertaken and the 
expence assessed on them in general according to law 

Proceeded -to draw 4 Grand Jurors & 6 Petit Jurors for the 
next Circuit Court 



228 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Board came to the choice of an Orator for 4*. of July next, 
being the Anniversary of American Independance when D r . Thomas 
Danforth was unanimously chosen, and the Chairman was desired 
to communicate the choice to him 

The Chairman informed the Board that he had conversed with 
the present Owners of Copps hill, with a view to engage the 
refusal thereof to the Town, & had secured the right of purchase 
at twenty thousand Dollars ; this subject was fully considered 
the Board finding that a decision must be had immediately & 
a payment of $5000 must be made the next Day, which the 
treasurer was not able to meet and also considering that they 
were not authorized by the Town to make the purchase but must 
do it on their own risque to be afterwards approved by the Town, 
it was unanimously determined to proceed no further in the 
business at present M r . Getting who has the next right of 
refusal, having agreed that in case he should purchase the Hill, 
the Selectmen should have the disposal of the Ground into Streets 
free of Expence & might retain any part for the use of the Town 
at the same rate which the whole should be procured by him 

The following Report was made by the Committee upon the 

more effectual execution of the By Laws 

\ 

The Committee Report that the Board of Selectmen is em- 
powered by law to appoint a Super Intendent of Police [21O.] 
and as many Assistants as the Office may be found to require, 
and to give to each of them such pay as compensation as may be 
Judged Just & reasonable 

The Comm ee . therefore propose that the Board should make 
choice of a Superintendent as the Law directs, with powers & 
duties therein specified 

That one Person of respectable character should be appointed 
Assistant Police Officer, whose duty it should be to notice all 
breaches of the By-Laws & of the State Laws made for the 
special regulation of this Town, & make Report Dayly in Writ- 
ing to the Super Intendent of all such trespasses 

That upon complaint regularly made by the Assistant, the 
Super Intendent should issue his "Warrant against the offender 
for the amount of the fine required by law, which Warrant shall 
be served by a Constable, who shall receive the lawful fees for 
such service, from the Person against whom the warrant has 
issued : and in case such Person shall deny the charge against 
him or shall refuse to pay the fine & fee of service the Super- 
intendent shall then proceed to prosecute the Offender 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 229 

That the Superintendent shall keep a Record of all Warrants 
& prosecutions issuing from his office, & an exact account of all 
monies received for fines or upon Bills of costs which shall be 
appropriated to defrey the expence of the Office 

This Report having been repeatedly considered & corrected as 
above was accepted & the Board proceeded to appoint Charles 
Bulfinch Esq. and M r . John W. Folsom Assistant for the Year 
ensuing with a Salary of $600 to the former & $500 to the 
latter 

The Chairman was desired to prepare an Address to the Public, 
stating the above arangement 

The application for the Office of Constables was read & further 
proceeding thereon referred to next Wednesday 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 23 d 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, Chapman, 

On the application of M r . Jacob Eustis, the Proprietors of the 
Common Sewer in Sudbury [Street] were ordered to be Notified 
to appear on Wednesday next to state their objections to the 
same being repaired, & the expence assessed generally according 
to law 

Upon the application of William Phillips Esq. it was agreed, 
that he should have liberty to remove the Water course from the 
place it now occupies in the Land lately sold him by the Town 
upon condition that he shall at his own expence continue another 
Water course from Water Street, to the passage way which leads 
from Kilbey Street to Congress Street, thence through the same 
passage way to the Common Sewer, or sufficient outset in Kilby 
Street, the same to be made of the dimentions or not less than 
the same to be removed, and that he shall contract in writing to 
maintain the same in repairs for ever and also shall add three 
feet in width to the said Passage way thro.' the whole extent of 
his Land, making the passage way eighteen feet wide 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 th . 1804 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, Chap- 
man, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon Accounts 

A letter was received from Joseph Greenleaff Esq relating sev- 
eral charges against Mess : Twist & Joy, two of the Constables 
they being present, were questioned respecting the subject & 
were allowed to Justify themselves & produced witnesses to con- 
firm their assertions 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The opinion of the Board was taken respecting the By-Law 
which forbids the use of two Horses to a Cart when it was 
determined that the law did not allow more than two Horses 
except on special occasions, and that the Superintendent & Office 
of Police be instructed to give permission for the use of a greater 
number when circumstances shall in their opinion require it 

M r . John Gammell was chosen to collect the Cow Tax for the 
present Year to be allowed ^ d . of what he shall Collect for his 
services 

On the request of M r . Bradlee, it was agreed [212.] that in 
building a new Fence on his Land in the Passage way leading 
from Elm Street to Brattle Square, he should have liberty to 
make the Southerly part of the Fence in a curve line to extend 
from the North west Corner of his House so as to advance into 
the Street 11 Inches at the point where the present Fence makes 
an internal angle 

see Minutes-July 13. 1803 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 6. 1804 
Present Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston Oliver, Wright, Chapman, 

The following division of the Board was made into Committees 
for directing the paving in the several parts of the Town 

M r . Porter M r . Oliver & M r . Wright for Marlborough Street 
Newbury, Orange & Washington Street, likewise all Streets West 
& East to the Southward of Liberty Tree 

Deacon Tilden and M r . Tileston, the Streets Eastward of the 
above in Ward N. 10 

Col. May & M r . Chapman all the Streets below the Bridges 

The Chairman & M r . Hunnewell, the Streets in the other part 
of the Town 

An Instrument was signed by the Selectmen & William Phillips 
Esq. by which he conditions to build & forever maintain a Water 
course from the Drain in Water Street, which crosses land of 
Jonathan Fowle through the 15 th . Passage Way by his land to 
Kilby Street Common Sewer and the Board allows htm to 
remove the old Water course from the land lately sold him by the 
Town M r . Phillips also agrees to add three feet in width to the 
passage way as far as his land thereon stands Mem , the Deed 
in Suffolk Records of this date 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8, 1804 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Wright Chapman, May, Oliver, 
Hunnewell 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 231 

The present Meeting being assigned for the choice of Constables, 
it was Agreed, that the number for the present Year [213.] 
should not exceed twelve and that each one should give Bond 
as the Law directs in the sum of one thousand dollars with two 
Sureties to the satisfaction of the Board 

The Votes being taken, the following Persons were chosen & 
the Persons whose names are annexed were approved as Sureties 

(sworn Thomas Stevenson Sureties, Dudley Walker 

William Richardson 
(sworn Amos Lewis Thomas Lewis 

Joshua Ellis 
Elisha Copeland .... Abraham Gibson 

John Perry 
Cornelius Fuller - - - - William Jennings 

Peter Mclntosh 
(sworn) Moses Thayer Nath 1 . Frothingham 

Asa Hatch 
(sworn) Samuel White - ... Eben r . Clough 

Abraham Babcock 
sworn Jirah Holbrook ----- Edward Staples 

Jonathan Merry 

(sworn) Henry Lane ----- Whiting 

Danforth 
(sworn) Solomon Twist - - - - Jonas Twist 

Moses Gardner 
(sworn) Levy Joy Edward Wentworth 

Joseph Bennet 
(sworn) John Deverel, his Bondsmen may be 

seen entred June 20 Mess rs : Perkins Nichols 

R : G. Shaw- 
Application was made by the Owners of Trucks, praying that 
the regulations of the weights to be carried on Trucks should be 
considered as to allow them to carry two hogsheads at one time 
this subject was fully debated, & it was determined to adhere to 
the principle upon which the By Law appears to have been 
framed viz*. that all Articles capable of a division should be 
carried in loads, not exceeding one Ton & other Articles in 
crates or packages as would come nearest to the Ton weight 

And to avoid uncertainty with respect to such articles & to 
favor the business of that class of Inhabitants [214.] as much 
as possible, it was agreed that the following should be considered 
as loads to be authorized & allowed by the Super Intendent of 
Police , 

6 Chests of Tea 40 Bushells of Salt 

11 bbls. Flour 9 Barrels of Tar or 

8 d. Beef or Pork other Naval Stores 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

6 Caskes Pot Ashes 5 half hhds : Wine 

7 ditto Pearl Ashes 4 Casks of Rice 
6 Boxes Sugar 252 Gallons of Oil 

2 hhds : Molasses 2 hhds : of Sugar or 

2 d. Rum Wine 2 d. of Tobacco 

" " Brandy if not exceeding (200-each 

2 d. Salt Fish 

Application was made by a number of the Owners of Carts- 
praying that they may be allowed to use three Horses to draw 
their Carts with Wood & other Articles, in conformity to the By 
Law which empowers the Selectmen to grant such liberty upon 
special application 

The subject was considered & debated and it was Voted, That 
it was not expedient to grant a general permission as requested, 
but that the Super Intendent & Assistent should give special 
licenses on such occasion as in their Judgement should be 
necessary & proper 

M r . Joseph Robinson allowed to build a Bake House in Essex 

Street- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13. 1804 

Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver Hunnewell 

Wright May Chapman, 

A request was received from the Proprietors of the Wells & 
Pumps in Spring Lane that the Town would bear a proportion of 
the repairs that are now wanted on the Well as the Spring is of 
very general use in that Neighbourhood After conversation on 
this subject, it was agreed that as the Town had never borne any 
part of such expence, it must still be considered at the charge of 
the Proprietors subject to y e . regulation [215.] of the By-Law 
It was ordered that the Town Pump in Corn hill being now gone 
to decay & incommoding the public passage in that Street should 
be removed, & the Street paved over the Well, removing an open- 
ing to be covered- with flat Stone, sufficient to introduce a suction 
hose in case of fire 

M r , Chapman a Comm 66 . to confer with M r . Goodwin the Agent 
of M r . Ingersol who is the Owner of a House near the head of 
Moons Wharff in Fish Street, upon the terms on which part of 
said House may be laken down to widen the Street, & to obtain 
an estimate of the expence 

M r . Morrill Guardian to the .Heirs of Linel [Lendall] 
Pitts having objected to the filling up the Dock at the bottom of 
Butlers Row, a plan of said Dock & the Stores of M r . Pitts & 
Heirs was exhibited & a Copy of the Deed from Butler to Bowdoin 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 233 

in 1718. after considering the same it was Voted that great part 
of the Dock discribed in the deed having been filled many years 
since by the Abuttors for their own convenience, & a major part 
of the Claimants for the remainder having relinquished to the 
Town by Deed, all right to the part proposed to be filled that the 
Comm ee . be authorized to proceed to fill the same to form a Street 
from Butlers Row to Greens Wharff upon the conditions formerly 
offered to M r . Parkman & which he has agreed to 

Application was received from the Proprietors of the new Brick 
Stores at the head of the Long Wharff requesting liberty to place 
gates at the east & west ends of the passage way back of their 
Stores to prevent the filth & dirt being brought & placed there in 
the night which being considered it was determined, that the 
entrance of that passage way belonged to the Proprietors of the 
long Wharff, & that the application be referred to them 

On representation from the Board of Health that the Common 
Sewer in Newbury Street was clogged & required cleaning & 
repairs Orders that the Proprietors be notified to appear on or 
before Wednesday next to enter their objections 

[216.] Benjamin Sumner Esq Town Treasurer proposed for 
his Bondsmen Mess : Samuel Sumner Jon th . Balch Josiah Snelling 
Joseph Loring & Benj". Jepson the same are approved & the 
Town Clerk is directed to prepare a Bond in the Sum of sixty 
thousand Dollars 

A Billet was recived from James Bowdoin Esq Chairman of a 
Comm 66 . to request the use of Faneuil Hall for a public Dinner on 
the 4*. of July next It was agreed to grant the request of the 
Gentlemen & the Chairman was desired to return the same answer 
which was sent the last Year as Recorded in the proceedings of 
the 25. April 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May Chapman 

Upon viewing the wall of the cellar now building by M r . 
Hammond on Market Square, some doubts arose respecting his 
compliance with the spirit of the agreement with the Board as on 
record March 14 th . last The Votes of that date express that the 
new front line shall be from the South west corner of Newells 
wall to a point 3 feet in advance to the northwest corner of the 
old Store Upon making an accurate survey it is found that the 
described line would take off from M r . Hammond & M r . Newell 
6 feet 3 Inches instead of 2 feet or thereabouts which was M r . 
Hammonds proposition & what he thought to be the interest of 
the Board upon which his estimates & his contracts with Newell 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

had been made after fully considering the subject it was deter- 
mined by the Members present that the above bounden line would 
take off from M r . Hammonds & M r . Newells Land more than 
was expected, owing to the curve line of the Street, & that M r . 
Hammond be allowed to build his brick wall upon the present 
foundation, to carry it as far back as the inside face of the Wall 
so that the front should be 2-4. or 2-6 inches from his Ancient 
line 



M r . John Deverel proposed Mess rs : Perkins Nichols 
& M r . R. G. Shaw as his Bondsmen in his office of Constable 
which were approved 

Meeting for choice of Jurymen adjourned to Wednesday next 
to fill up any vacancies Jurors chosen entred on the Jury 
Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen June 25. 1804 Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright Chapman, May, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Warrant issued for a Town Meeting the 20 th . Ins*, being the 
4*. of July next the Anniversary of American Independence to 
meet at Faneuil Hall at 9 O Clock 

Bells to be rung in the Morning of the 4*. of July next from 
the hour of 6. untill 7. o 'Clock 

Six Constables are to be appointed, for the preserving good 
order in the Common, and at the Meeting House on that Day 

The Town Clerk directed to deliver up to M r . Sumner his 
Bonds as Treasurer & Collector, for the Year 1803. he having 
fulfilled the conditions of the same 

Deacon Tilden informed the Board that M r . Eben r . Cloften 
had been chosen Sexton of the old Brick Church, and that the 
Society requested, he might be licensed as a Funeral Porter 
which was agreed to 

On application by Deacon Wright similar to the above M r . 
Parsons Sexton to the Federal Street Society, was licensed as a 
Funeral Porter 

Mess : Tilden Oliver & Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to confer with 
the Proprietors of South Bridge, respecting the terms on which 
they may have part of the Towns Land on Orange Street to build 
their Bridge therefrom 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 235 

Josiah Knap Esq applied that measures might be taken to con- 
tinue the Towns Water Course which leads from Orange Street to 
the Sea, further East untill it shall pass through the new Street 
& head wall now building a Comm ee . having viewed the place 
[218.] & directed the course in which it should be laid, & M r . 
Knap producing an estimate of the expence, it was agreed to 
allow 150 Dollars towards such expence, being about one half of 
the estimate, the remainder to be paid by M r . Knapp the Drain 
to be made 4 feet by 4 in the clear to be well & substantially 
done to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, & to be forever after 
maintained in Repair by said Knapp & his heirs & c . they to 
have the privilege of using the ground above the said Drain in 
any such way as not to prevent the Towns having free access to 
it should occasion require 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27, 1804 Pres- 
ent Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Tileston Oliver Wright Chapman 
Hunnewell. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

James Sumner Jun r . was approved as a Deputy Collector of 
Taxes under the Town Treasurer & Collector the Town Clerk is 
directed to prepare a Bond from him to the Inhabitants of the 
amount of $5000 Benjamin Sumner George Homer & Thomas 
How Sureties 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Tileston a Comm 66 . to confer with M r . 
Curtis on the terms on which he will relinquish the lease of whole 
or part of the Towns Land now in his possession the same 
Comm ee . is empower'd to settle with Cap*. Curtis the terms of 
such release, and to inform the Comm 66 . upon the subject of the 
Bridge 

The Comm 68 . on the Bridge reported several propositions 
from the Proprietors of terms on which the Bridge should be 
brought to the Towns land the same were read & considered, 
and the Comm 66 . were impowered to grant to the Proprietors 40 
feet in width of the Towns land on the South line provided a 
suitable agreement can be made with Cap 1 . Curtis to release the 
same, & that the Bridge Proprietors will fill up the whole of the 
Flatts on the Towns Land to the East side of Front Street & 
make a Stone head for which it is agreed to pay them one 
thousand Dollars when the same shall be completed 

[219.] Boston ss : At a special Meeting of the Selectmen 
July 5. Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston, Oliver Wright 
Chapman 

The Comm 66 . on the subject of the Bridge landing Report* 1 , that 
they had met & had conferred with theComm 66 . of the Proprietors 



236 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

& offered them the terms proposed at the last Meeting which they 
would not consent to, but proposed the following That the 
Proprietors of the Bridge should fill up the whole of the Flatts 
before the Towns land to the east side of Front Street & should 
build a sufficient Stone head & secure the land sufficiently on 
the South line that the Town should bear one half of the 
expence of the above, and lay out a Street 40 feet wide from 
Orange Street to the Bridge & give as much of the flatts belonging 
to the Town as may be wanted to build a Wharff upon the 
dimensions & in the situation required by the Act of Incorporation 
of the South Bridge Proprietors 

This proposal having been considered was agreed to on condition 
that the Town should not be called upon for its proportion of the 
expence untill the work should be completed to the satisfaction of 
Selectmen the former Comm 66 . was desired to communicate the 
above resolution, and to attend to the drawing the lines of the 
Street through the Towns Land 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 11. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfmch Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, Chapman 

A special Meeting warned on the application of M r . Silas 
Field that he may be appointed an Auchtioneer of this Town 
referred 

Voted, that M r . Sam 1 . Rogers Sexton of the North Church, be 
appointed to the care of the North Burying Ground, that he be 
enjoined to keep the Ground in good order, and to permit no 
Graves to be dug by any one without his directions 

M r . Hastings having commenced the building of the Cellar wall 
of his Store opposite the East end of Faneuil-hall, about 4 feet 
in advance of the present front of his Wooden Store, the Chairman 
was desired to inform M r . Hastings, that the Board considered 
the present [22O.] line of his front as the true line of the Street 
on which the new Building should be erected, and to see the 
Cellar wall carried back accordingly 

At a special Meeting of the whole Board on the 7 th . Ins*, the 
Comm 66 . which was appointed to fix the landing of the S. Bridge 
on the Towns land Reported That in drawing the lines for the 
direction of the Bridge to the South side of the land, the Street 
would cross the land diagonally, and divide it to great disadvan- 
tage ; they had therefore suspended the work of the decision of 
the bounds Deacon Brown & Cap'. Curtis were present & com- 
municated verbally their propositions after full consideration of 
the subject it was determined that it would be a great injury to 
the value of the Towns land to attempt to carry the Street from 
Orange Street to Front Street in a perfectly straight line with the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 237 

Bridge, and that y e . Street should be laid out 40 feet wide thro.' 
the Centre of the Towns Land, which would occasion a small bend 
at the Bridge on Front Street Orders were accordingly given to 
the Workmen to drive their piles conformable to the above. 

At y e . present Meeting a billet was received from Captain 
Curtis & Deacon Brown stating proposals for carrying the new 
Street on a straight direction and the Chairman communicated 
the verbal request & application of many of the Inhabitants of 
the South part of the Town for the same a plan of the Street 
& Bridge was exhibited, & the subject maturely considered, when 
it was determined that the Bridge should be continued in the 
direction last fixed upon, and that the Street might be carried in 
future either through the Centre of the Towns Land, or to come 
to the North Corner of Deacon Browns as should be thought 
best, when the whole flatts should be filled. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 18. 1804 
Present Mess ra : Porter Bulfinch, Tileston, Chapman, Oliver, 
Tilden, May, Wright, 

Mess rs : Porter, Hunnewell & Oliver a Comm ee . on Nassau 
Street, to view the S. East Corner where its propos'd to place 
a new Building to consider whether any encroachments has been 
made on the Street & the expediency of widening the same 

[221.] On application from N. North Society p a Comm 66 . 
permission is granted to make use of the Central Reading School 
for the instruction of the Members of their Society in Psalmody, 
on any FA r enings when it is not previously engaged for other 
Societies 

Approved of the Indentures of Thomas Graves a Minor to 
Cap 1 . Thomas Appleton, to expire the 25 th Decem r . 1809 

A plan of Ground near Fort hill was exhibited shewing its 
connection with the Towns Land & the proposed direction of 
several new Streets the same was viewed & the subject con- 
sidered & the Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Wright a Comm 66 . to 
confer with M r . Cotton the Owner of the Land, and to lay out 
such Streets as to them shall appear to be for the public con- 
venience & for the benefit of the Towns Land 

A Communication was received from the Board of Health, stat- 
ing that they wished to build a platform from the end of Leverett 
Street into Charles River for the purpose of emptying the Night 
Carts Voted, that this Board had no objection to the using of 
the Towns Slip at the West end of Leveret Street for that 
purpose 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen June 25. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Oliver, Wright, 
Hunnewell, Chapman 

Town Meeting for choice of Jurymen, is adjourned for a fort- 
night to fill such vacancies as might happen Jurors chosen 
entred in Jury Book 

Application received from the Comm ee . of arrangem* 8 in honor 
of the late General Hamilton the following answer was agreed 
upon To the Chairman of the Comm ee . of arrangements 
Sir Agreeable to your wish I have laid your billet before the 
Selectmen wherein you request, in behalf of the Comm ee of 
Arrangements that they would direct the Bells to be tolled on 
Thursday at the time of the procession^ I am directed by the 
Board to inform you, that they decline acting on this occasion in 
any manner which would implicate the Town, & therefore can- 
not consent to your request the services of the Constables may 
be obtained without orders from the Selectmen 

Your most obedient 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29 
Present Bulfinch Tilden, Porter Tileston, Hunnewell Oliver, 
Wright, Chapman, 

Passed upon Accounts 

On a requisition from the Hon ble . Thomas Dawes Esq. Judge of 
Probate for the County of Suffolk that inquisition might be 
made into the circumstances of Abraham French, represented as 
a distracted Person Certificate was made to the Judge of Pro- 
bate, that he was incapable of taking care of himself, & it was 
recommended that a Guardian be appointed for him 

On application from a number of Persons of the South part of 
the Town, M r . Enoch May has liberty to place a Box for the Sale 
of Fish, at the Slip in Castle Street 

[223.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Aug*. 1. 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter Oliver, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Chapman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Committee to view the entrance of Nassau Street Report* 1 . 
that it was expedient to widen the same, & for that purpose to 
take down part of the Wooden Store belonging to M r . Edward 
Johnson M r . Johnson was present and after conferring with the 
Board on the subject, it was agreed that General Winslow M r . 
Paul Richards & M r . Nath 1 . Bradlee should be requested to 
estimate the damage that M r . Johnson would sustain by part of 
his land & building being taken to widen the Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 239 

The Selectmen having taken into consideration the applications 
of those who were licensed as Auchtioneers the last Year, that 
they might be licensed, the present Year approved of the 
Persons hereunder named, Viz 1 . 

Mess : Samuel Clap 

Thomas K. Jones 
Samuel Bradford 
Robert Gardner 
Thomas Clark 
John W. Quincy 
William Alline 
Azor Archibold 
Daniel Wild 
Robert G. Shaw 
Samuel Blagge 
Benjamin Tucker 
Lewis Hoyt 
Cornelius Coolidge 
John Swett 
Samuel Bridge 
Joseph Ripley 
Caleb Hayward 
Stoddard Capen 

[224.] Phillip Ammadon 

William Dehone 
[William] Remington 
John Badger 
Eber Lawrence 
Richard Edwards 
William Leveret 
John Kennedy 
John Jutau 

see August 27 th 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 8. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 
Chapman, 

The Common Sewer at the North end of Battery March 
Street, being represented out of repair, M r . Abraham Quincy 
having notified all the Proprietors, has liberty to open & repair 
the same 

M r . Nathaniel Emmes applied, that an equitable Assessment 
may be made upon several Persons who have conducted their 
Drains into the Common Sewer laid out at his expence in Fish 
Street in Novem r . 1802 the Names of the Persons are M r . 
Burchstead, Turel Tuttle, W m . Andrews, Aaron Brown, Mathias 
Crocker & John C. Howard The Board having considered this 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

application, and finding that the said Common Sewer, had been 
made use of by the Persons above named, who with the former 
proprietors amounted to ten in number ; it was determined that 
each of the Persons who had lately Join'd this Common Sewer 
should pay ten dollars to M r . Nathaniel Emmes for the use of the 
Old Proprietors, being one tenth part of the cost of the same 
with Interest 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen August 15. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston Oliver Chap- 
man 

Application having been made by M r . Thomas Amory, for 
liberty to build a range of Arches under part of Beacon Street 
M r . Tilden Porter Oliver Wright & Hunnewell were chosen a 
Comm 66 . [225.] to view the situation & consider the expediency 
of granting his request the same Comm 66 . , having viewed the 
Street & reported in favor of M r . Amorys proposal It was 
agreed that M r . Amory have liberty to build a range of wine & 
coal vaults, by forming brick arches under Beacon Street, the 
same not to project more than. twelve feet from the northwesterly 
line of his lot and upon special condition that he should enter 
into written engagements to repair the Street that should be dug 
up to replace the pavement to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, 
and ever afterwards to maintain the pavement in good order for 
the whole distance that said Arches should extend, and to the 
centre of the Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 22 d . 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, 

A Committee from the Firewards attended, and stated to the 
Board the continual & important services rendered to the Town 
f by the Secretary of the Wards that the late Building Laws had 
imposed upon him a great additional duty, which occupied a large 
portion of his time ; and that it was their opinion a salary or 
some suitable compensation should be given him after some 
conversation with the Comm 66 . they withdrew and it was agreed 
to postpone the subject for further consideration 

Complaint having been made against the North Watch for 
improper conduct towards a Person who they were carrying to 
Prison on the Night of the 15 th . Ins*. the Watchmen were pres- 
ent & were examined respecting the circumstances & stated that 
they had used no other violence than was necessary against their 
Prisoner who was exceedingly unruly M r . Orock was also pres- 
ent, & complained of a blow received from one of the Watchmen 

As it appeared that M r . Orock had already prosecuted the 
Watchman before a Justice for an Assault, and had recovered 
damages, the Board took no other measures than to caution the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 241 

Watch against using unnecessary violence upon any Person they 
might apprehend in the course of their duty & on no occasion to 
strike any of the Inhabitants 

[226.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
27 th . Present Mess : Bulfinch Tileston, Porter, Tilden, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Several Persons who had been licensed as Auchtioneers the past 
Year, applied for the renewal of their Licenses and the follow- 
ing Persons have been approved of as Auchtioneers for the pres- 
ent Year Viz* 

Mess rs : Samuel Clap 

Thomas K. Jones 
Samuel Bradford 
Robert Gardner 
John Perkins 
Thomas Clark 
John W. Quincy 
William Aline 
Azor Archibold 
Daniel Wild 
Robert G. Shaw 
Samuel Blagge 
Nath 1 . P. Hewes 
Benjamin Tucker 
Lewis Hoyt 
Cornelius Coolidge 
John Swett 
Samuel Bridge 
Joseph Ripley 
Caleb Howard 
Stoddard Capen 
Phillip Ammadon 
William Dehone 
[William] Remington 
Silas Field 
Eber Lawrence 
Richard Edwards 
William Leveret 
John Kennedy 
John Jutau 
Pat Gorman 
Benjamin Sweetser 
Appleton Prentice 
George Carter 
Elisha Field 
Sam : Repe Jun r . 
George Burrows Jun r . 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 
5 th Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Chapman, Porter, 
Oliver, 

Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas & entred in Jury 
Book 

A representation was made by M r . Trask Captain of the North 
Watch of the conduct of David Hendrick one of said Watch, 
which being considered it was determined that M r . Trask be 
instructed to dismiss the said Hendrick from the Towns employ 
as a Watchman and to return the name of some suitable person 
to supply his place, for the approbation of the Board 

Appleton Prentiss & George Carter were licensed as Auchtioneers 
for the Year ensuing see August 27 th . 

Meeting for choice of Jurors adjourned to the 12 th . Ins 1 , to fill 
up any vacancys that shall appear in the list 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 12 th Present 
Mess re : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell, Chapman, Wright, Oliver, 

Jurors for Circuit Court & other Courts drawn and the same 
entred & posted in Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 19. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, May Tileston Hunnewell, Oliver, Wright, 
Chapman, 

Approved of the Indentures of James Nichols to Cap*. Samuel 
Edes Marriner, untill the 20 th . of June 1810 

Signed the Indentures of Josiah Knapp, in which he engages 
to build & keep in repair a Water Course or common Sewer from 
Orange Street to the East end of Front Street, as on file & 
recorded in the Town Records 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Sep r . 24. 1804 Present 
Mess" : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, May 

Passed upon Accounts 
Jurors drawn to make up deficiencies 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 27 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Chapman Wright 

Passed upon other Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 243 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 3 d Present 
Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, 
May, 

The Chairman & M r . Wright a Committee chosen at the last 
Meeting to obtain legal opinions whether printed Votes might be 
received at the ensuing election of Electors of President & Vice 
President Reported That they had submitted the Question in 
Writing to the Attorney & Solicitor General & had received their 
written opinions which were read & are on file M r . Austen & M r . 
Blake then approved as a Committee from a large number of In- 
habitants, to express their wish that speedy information should be 
given to the public of the determination of the Board that the 
Voters might prepare themselves accordingly these Gentlemen 
having retired the subject was resumed, & the Board came unani- 
mously to the determination, that no printed Votes should be 
received, & directed the following advertisement to be inserted in 
all the papers 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 

Inquiry having [been] made of the Selectmen whether printed 
Votes would be received at the election of Electors of President 
& Vice President of the United States on the 5 th . of Novem r . 
next. The Selectmen have esteemed it their duty to refer a sub- 
ject of this importance to the consideration of the Hon ble . At- 
torney & Solicitor General in consequence of their official opinion 
the Inhabitants of this Town are thus early informed, that no 
votes would be received but such as are in writing & delivered by 
the Voters in person agreably to the following extract from the 
Law of this Commonwealth passed June 29. 1790 

"And be it further enacted that it shall not be lawful for 
Selectmen or Assessors of any Town District or Plantation pre- 
siding at the meeting of either of the Elections aforesaid to 
receive any Votes unless delivered in writing, by the voters in 
person, & the Selectmen or Assessors who shall offend therein 
shall forfeit & pay a sum not exceeding one hundred Dollars " 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen October 8. 
1804 A : M : Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston, Porter, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, May 

The Chairman communicated to the Board a letter from the 
Attorney General stating that the advertizement respecting the 
Votes to be received implies that the resolution of y e . Select- 
men is founded on His official opinion, which he considers an 
error, as that opinion which was given in writing is of a contrary 
nature and wishing that some explanation may be given in the 
papers 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

This subject was considered & various drafts of Advertizements 
were made to explain as the Attorney General appeared to wish 
it was then agreed that the Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Wright 
should confer with the Solicitor General M r . Davis & report at 

5 P: M: 

5 o Clock P : M : The Board met according to Adjourmn 1 . 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston Oliver Hunnewell May 
Chapman 

The Comm 66 . Reported that they had seen the Att y . & Soliciter 
General that M r . Sullivan was very desirous that his opinion 
might be explained, that it might appear consistent with what he 
had given to other persons the form of an advertizement was 
reported which would be satisfactory to M r . Sullivan & was 
consented to by M r . Davis, this was considered & fully debated, 
but the question being taken was not accepted by the board 
after considerable discussion it was proposed to erase the words 
in the former advertizem*. in consequence of their official opinion". 
and insert ''having received their opinion which differed upon this 
subject the Question being taken, this amendment passed in the 
affirmative 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 10. 1804 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter Tileston, Oliver, May 
Wright Chapman 

A Committee consisting of M r . Edward Tuckerman, D r . 
Spooner, M r . Benjamin Russell & others attended at the last 
Meeting to request the use of Faneuil Hall on the Evening previous 
to the [23O.] Election on the 5*. of November next 

A Committee consisting of Benjamin Austin Esq Cap 1 . Brazier 

6 James Prince Esq. attended at this Meeting for the same 
purpose the applications being considered, it was agreed that 
the Gentlemen who first applied shall have the use of the Hall on 
Friday Evening and the other Gentlemen on the Thursday 
Evening previous to the 5 th . of November 

The attention of the Board was occupied by the subject of 
lighting the Lamps the ensuing season, it was determined to 
employ twelve Lighters, who should each consider himself to have 
the care & lighting of 52 Lamps for the stated pay of 14 Dollars p 
month 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 13 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Oliver, Chapman, May 

In pursuance of a special precept 6 petit Jurors were drawn to 
serve at the Court of Common Pleas now in Session and the 
same are entered & posted in Jury Books 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 245 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 17. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Porter, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, 

A Warrant was signed for Town Meeting the 5 th . Day of 
November next 11. o Clock for choice of Elector of President & 
Vice President of the United States & for one Member of Con- 
gress 

M r . Newell to print the Notifications for ensuing Town 
Meeting 

Deacon Wright a Committee to wait on Rev d . M r . Channing to 
open the Meeting with prayer 

The attention of the Board was occupied in considering the 
most convenient mode of receiving the Votes for Representatives 
at the ensuing election after some discussion it was agreed to 
postpone the subject to Tuesday at Noon when a special Meet- 
ing will be called to determine the question 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 20. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, May 

The subject of the Meeting being to consider the most [231.] 
convenient mode of handing in, and receiving the Votes for 
Representative at the ensuing election, the same was fully dis- 
cussed, after which it was agreed that the following Advertize- 
ment, should be inserted in the public papers 

The Selectmen would inform the Inhabitants qualified to Vote 
at the Election on the 5 day of Novem r . next : that they have 
deliberated upon the most convenient mode of handing in & 
receiving the Votes on that Day, & have determined that the 
vote for Representative in Congress, shall be written on the same 
paper with the Votes for Electors This mode is the same which 
was adopted at the last choice of Electors by the People & is 
conformable to the practise at the election of Governor & 
Senators in this County. The Inhabitants are desired to conform 
to this determination and to prepare their Votes accordingly 

M r . Tilden & Wright a Committee to enquire of the Quarter 
Master General whether he had any powder in his possession 
belonging to the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 24. 1804 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
May 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Committee to enquire respecting Towns powder Reported 
that there [were] 1400. Cartridges in the hands of M r . Burbeck 
& produced his receipts for them, subject to order of the Board 

On a conference with the Brigadeer General it was agreed that 
the powder for the use of the Militia at the review on the 30 Ins 1 
should be delivered to the several majors to be by them distrib- 
uted to the Captains of the Companie's 

Elisha Field approved as an Auchtioneer 

Approved the Indentures of Mitchell Corne a Minor, to David 
Corbet Cooper to expire the 3 d . of August 1806 

M r . Hunnewell was desired to procure [a] new Stove for 
Centre School 

A number of Gentlemen attended, to ask some explanation of 
the order passed last Meeting respecting the mode of voting, a 
general conversation ensued, & the Gentlemen requested that the 
subject might [232.] be again considered & liberty granted to 
bring in the Votes on two papers upon their retiring, the Board 
agreed to defer the decision to Fryday next 3. O.' Clock 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 26. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston Oliver Hunnewell Wright 
May 

The mode of handing in the Votes again considered & fully 
discussed, & it was agreed to have them on separate papers & 
the Chairman was desired to advertize the same in the several 
papers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 29 th . 1804 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright, Hunnewell, 
Porter, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 31. 1804 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

A Committee consisting of Col. Perkins M r . Otis, D r . Spooner 
M r . Benjamin Russell, appeared in behalf of a number of their 
Fellow Citizens to request that they may [be] indulged with the 
use of Faneuil Hall on the Sunday Evening immediately preceding 
the Election ; they stated that the same privilege had been granted 
to Gentlemen who had applied for several years past the Comm ee . 
having withdrawn the question was considered, & after debate it 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 247 

was agreed to comply with the request the Chairman was then 
desired to inform the above Comm 66 . of this decision, & also to 
inform M r . Austin that the Gentleman in whose behalf he had 
applied might have the use of the Hall on Saturday Evening or 
any other, previous to the Saturday evening 

A large Comm 66 . of the Board having since the last Meeting 
taken a walk thro', the Streets on the Hill at West Boston and 
examined the state of the shops there ; the propriety of renewing 
& granting any licenses for retailing spirituous liquors in Southac 
Street was considered ; when it appeared to be the unanimous 
opinion of the Board, that it was necessary to prevent the sale of 
liquors on that hill as soon as the object can be completely 
effected But as several persons have already obtained licenses 
[233.] this Year, & others have been at considerable expence 
in hiring & filling up their places of business, it was determined 
to approbate for license M r . Thomas Darling Eben r . Bradley 
Silas Dunham & Mathias March and that the above named per- 
sons & all others who have been licensed on that Street the pres- 
ent Year, be informed that the Selectmen have resolved that no 
renewal of license shall take place after the 1 st . of July next, 
when they expire by law 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7. 1804 Pres- 
ent Mess : Bulfinch Tileston, Oliver Hunnewell, Wright, Chapman, 

A proposal from Josiah Knap Esq. was considered in which he 
offers to complete a Street leading from Orange Street to Front 
street on the south side of his dwelling house, provided the Town 
will convey to him that part of the stalls which may not be wanted 
for the said Street Agreed to Refer the proposal to the Town 
at the next Town Meeting 

The Chairman was desired to call a Meeting of the Comm ee . 
upon the Mill Pond to meet Wednesday next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 14. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden : Porter, Tileston, Oliver Wright, 
Hunnewell May 

Complaint was received from the Firewards that the repairs 
lately made upon the Stable back of Latin School were considered 
contrary to law The Chairman was directed to request the 
Secretary of the Fire Wards to have the Building examined, and 
if it should be still thought illegal, that it should be altered on 
any way which the Fire Wards might point out 



The Board Adjourned to view a Cellar now digging on High 
Street, to determine the South line of the same on the Street 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 25. 1804 
Present Mess : Tilden Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, Porter, 
Hunnewell, May 

Passed upon Accounts 

[234.] Upon application from a Comm 66 . of the Wood 
wharfingers praying for liberty to use three Horses to their Carts 
during the Winter Season in consideration of the shortness of 
the days & the presure of business, & that the Streets would 
soon be so frozen or covered with Snow, as not to be injured by 
this license The Board consented to the above request that three 
Horses should be allowed to the Carts & Sleds untill the I 8t . of 
March next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 28. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 

Approved of the Indentures of Yorick a black Lad, to Cap 1 . 
Moses Barnard to expire in Novem r 1804 

Approved of Samuel [Lemuel ?] Pope Jun r as an Auchtioneer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decenr". 5. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright, Chapman, 
Oliver, Porter 

Boston ss : Return having been made by Samuel Hastings 
Elkanah Gushing & Joel Crosby of the Expence of the repairing 
the Common Shore in Newbury Street, the Accounts whereof 
were duly examined by the Selectmen, & by them allowed, they 
being informed at the same time that every Person concerned in 
said Common Sewer, had been duly warned according to Law, & 
no objection having been entred to their proceeding Assessment 
is now made thereon by the Selectmen, and order of payment is 
now made out which is as follows Viz 1 . 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer in Newbury Street has 
been repaired & cleansed conformable to the directions of the 
Selectmen the whole expence whereof, according to a Acco* laid 
before & examined by the Selectmen amounted to Six hundred & 
seventy five Dollars 25 Cents, and as such expence is to be born 
by such Person or Persons whose Drains enter into said Common 
Sewer & receive benefit thereby, in such proportion as shall be 
adjudged by the Selectmen of said Town or the major part of 
them, who are empowered by law to apportion the same The 
Applicants having according to law notified all the concerned 
before they had proceeded on this business, and [235.] no 
objection having been made thereto therefore we the Subscribers 
Selectmen of said Town of Boston, do hereby Certify that having 
considered of said expence & by whom & in what manner it 
ought to be paid DO ADJUDGE that the same ought to be paid in 
proportion following, & by the Persons hereafter named 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1804. 



249 



Samuel Hastings - 
S Hastings & E. ( 
Elkanah Cushman 
Martin Brin 
Joel Crosby 
William Wyman - 
Josiah Fowle & 
Joseph Fowle - 
John Rowlstone - 
Daniel Messenger 
David Sawyer - 
Joel Hager 
John Avery 
Jeremiah Bumstead 
John Langley 

Clark & Billings 
John Langley - 
M r . Durivage - 
Stephen Thayer - 
Moseleys Estate - 
Samuel Welles 
Thomas Williams 
Polly Lowder - 
John Callahan - 
Israel Cook 
Benjamin Green - 
Newhill 

Henry Wainwright 
John Haskins - 
Widow Russell 
Hannah Row 
M r . Ray & E 
Andrew Cum 
M r . Merret - 

[236.] M r . Sweetser - 
John Lucas 
John Jarvis 
Abraham Adams - 
Woods - 
[John] Bellowes - 

And we do hereby appoint Elisha Copeland to receive of the 
Persons before named the Sums affixed to their Names, and to 
give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^ a 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
F R . WRIGHT 



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250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 12. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 
Chapman, 

A Committee from the Mechanic Fire Society waited on the 
Board to inform them, that they had at their expence procured 
four Ladders for the security & use of the Inhabitants in case of 
Fire The Thanks of the Selectmen in behalf of the Town were 
presented to the Gentlemen, and it was agreed that they should 
be placed as follows one on the west side of the Court house 
one the Rev d . M r . Murrays Meeting house, one the west Boston 
Meeting, [House] & one on Mr. Eatons fence Eaton Street, & 
the Chairman was desired to notify the Inhabitants of this liberal 
proceedure of the Gentlemen ;. &. to caution them from making 
use of the Ladders for any other purpose, than that for which 
they have been furnished 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 26. 1804 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston Hunnewell, Wright, Porter, 
Oliver, Chapman, May, 

Approved of the Indentures of Ann Batchelder, a Minor to 
Reuben Allen to be in force untill the 5 th . of Decein 1 . 1809, as on 
file 

In [237.] consequince of a Precept from the Hon ble . Thomas 
Dawes, Judge of Probate inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of Sarah Mulberry, & made return that she is incapable 
of taking care of herself, & that a Guardian ought to be appointed 
for her 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 31. 1804 
Present Mess": Bulfinch, Tileston, May, Wright, Hunnewell, 
Chapman, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 2. 1805 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Wright, Tileston, May 
Hunnewell, Chapman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 
School Comm ee . attended upon business 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 9. 1805 Present 
Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston Hunnewell Wright 

The attention of the Board was occupied by the subject of the 
Streets & public Letts in S. Boston ; after viewing the plans of 
the Streets drawn conformably to the principles adopted at the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 251 

Meeting of the Proprietors & the Selectmen, it was agreed to 
notify the Proprietors of the Land to meet the Board on Monday 
next to consider the most eligible situation for the public Lotts 

M r . Hunnewell was desired to enquire into the complaints 
respecting neglects of the present Sealer of Wood, coming over 
the Neck and to enquire respecting a suitable Person for that 
Office 

The Chairman was directed to the same subject relative to 
Wood brought in over the Bridges 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 16 th . 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bultinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, May, Chapman, 

Mess rs : Rufus G. Amory B. Bussy, & Will Getting appeared 
in behalf of themselves & Associates, & represented that they 
had it in contemplation at their own expence to form a spacious 
Street from State Street to Battery March Street, principally 
thro'. Land of which they are Proprietors : they exhibited a plan 
of the proposed Street [238.] and requested that the Board 
would take measures to lay it out according to law ; The Gentle- 
men having retired, the subject was considered & it was unani- 
mously agreed, that the proposed Street would be a great public 
improvement, it was determined to lay out the Street as follows 
To continue the west line of Battery March Street untill it shall 
meet a line in the direction of Milk Street, thence to run in a 
straight line to the westerly corner of Stone [Store?] N. 36 
in State Street that the said Street shall be 70 feet wide 
easterly of the above described line on State Street, & from 65 
to 70 feet wide on Battery March Street, it being understood 
that the Town should be at no expence for any land or building 
taken for said Street, nor for filling up or making it ; & that the 
Town shall not be considered as pledged or under obligation to 
widen the remainder of Battery March Street 

Voted, that the Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Wright be a 
Comm 66 . to meet the Applicants on this subject & to carry the 
proposed improvement into effect 

Mess rs : Steven Ha'll & Moses Hadley were chosen measurers of 
Wood brought into Town over West Boston Bridge 

M r . Josiah Holbrook was chosen measurer of wood brought 
over Charles River Bridge 

M r . [Caleb ?] Coolidge was chosen Measurer of Wood brought 
over the Neck. the Chairman was desired to Notify the above 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

named Persons of their appointment & to enjoin upon them to 
see the law put in execution respecting Wood brought into Town 
by Land (Mem , he declined see Jan y . 28) 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 23. 1805 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, Hunnewell, 

Had conferences with several of the Proprietors of S. Boston 

& the Mill Proprietors ; and Adjourned further consideration 

untill Fry day next 12. O Clock- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y 25. 1805 Present 

Mess": Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright, May, Chapman, 

Hunnewell, Oliver, Porter 

see under Jan y . 2<8 

[239.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 28*. 
1805 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright, Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

On January 25, being a special Meeting on application fora 
Town Meeting, it was agreed to issue a Warrant for Town 
Meeting on Monday the 4*. of February next 10. O'. Clock 
A: M: 

M r . Coolidge having declined the Office of Measurer of Wood 
& M r . John Hall residing in Washington Street, being recom- 
mended by a number of Gentlemen in that quarter, he was chosen 
measurer of wood brought into Town over the Neck & M r . Porter 
was requested to notify him of this appointment 

Approved of several Persons as Jnnholders & Retailers of 
Spirituous Liquors 

The following Resolution passed the Board viz 

Whereas a Bill is now pending before the Legislature of this 
Commonwealth explanatory of the Act entitled an Act to regulate 
the paving of Streets in the Town of Boston & for removing 
obstructions in the same Voted, that it is the opinion of this 
Board, that if the said Bill should pass into a Law, it ought to 
have no effect upon the question in dispute between the Selectmen 
& Mess rs : George Blanchard & Bryant P. Tilden relative to 
proceedings in High Street; but that said question shall be 
considered upon the construction of the existing laws at the time 
of said proceedings in November & Decem 1 . last. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 253 

The following are the proceedings alluded to above & are here 
entred together to afford a complete view of the subject 

Record of proceedings relative to High Street 

On the 14 th of November last M r . George Blanchard & M r . 
Bryant P. Tilden waited personally on the Selectmen then in 
Session at their room & complain 'd that D r . Aaron Dexter had 
given orders to his workmen to build the 8. Wall of his Cellar 
in High Street in Land which the former Proprietor of said land 
had given into the Street ; that if that is allowed the Town would 
suffer by having the Street reduced, in width, & that M r . Blanch- 
ard & Tildens houses would be much injured by D r . Dexters 
advancing in front of the line which they had considered the line 
of the Street, & in which they had accordingly built their Houses 

[24O.] After acting upon other business the Board Ad- 
journed to High Street to view the Premises, and to determine 
the line of the Street, being there assembled they determined that 
the northerly line of the Street from the westerly fence of George 
Blanchards Garden to the east end of Deacon Wrights Land 
should be along the front of Mess 1 " 8 : Blanchard & Tildens houses 
& continued in a straight direction in front of land of D r . Dexter 
to the lamp post at the end of Deacon Wrights ground and that 
all the land south of this line which had been formerly part of 
Whites Garden so called should in future be considered as high 
way. 

The Chairman being desired to communicate the above to D r . 
Dexter a billet was sent him the same evening containing the 
substance of the above & his workmen desisted from laying 
stones on the front line ; D r . Dexter afterwards called personally 
on the Chairman to express his readiness to conform to the de- 
cision of the Selectmen but expected as that he was not allowed 
to advance into the Street Mess. Tilden & Blanchard would not 
be permitted to encumber the Street with the steps to their 
houses, the foundation to which was now laying to extend nearly 
30 feet along the foot walk 

At the Meeting of the Selectmen the 21 st . of November D r . 
Dexters representation was laid before the Board & Mess : Bui- 
finch Tileston & Oliver were appointed a Comm 66 . to see Mess" : 
Blanchard & Tilden to state the objections that had been made & 
to propose another mode of entring their houses by steps within 
side This Comm 66 . waited on the Gentlemen at M r . Blanchards 
dwelling house and pointed out a mode by which the Street might 
be kept clear of encumbrance from steps, & they might conve- 
niently enter their houses under cover, at much less expence than 
any Stone steps & Iron Railing as proposed in the Street. The 
Gentlemen agreed to consider the proposal & to communicate 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

their decision to the Chairman which they did verbally the next 
day in State Street, that they " could not think of altering their 
plan ; ' ' the workmen then proceeded to level the foundation and 
to lay the first step, upon information of which the Chairman on 
Friday Morning the 23 rd . measured the foundation & the step 
already laid & found they would extend 29 feet along the front 
of y e . houses to project 3 feet 6 inches in the narrowest part & 
four feet in the center for an extent of 13 feet 9 inches, he im- 
mediately wrote to Mess rs : Blanchard & Tilden informing them 
that their steps would exceed the limits allowed by law & advis- 
ing them to desist before they had incurred any further expence 

A special Meeting of the Selectmen was held the next day 
Feb y . 24 at Noon present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden Tileston, 
Hunnewell Oliver May & Wright, when the Chairman informed 
the Board what had been done since the last Meeting, which was 
approved by the Board. It was then considered whether the 
former proceedings [241.] should be reversed, & all the Claim- 
ants be allowed to advance into the Street it was again deter- 
mined to continue the North line of High Street as it had been 
laid out the 14 Ins 4 . that the proposed steps would be an incum- 
brance & encroachment on the Street & that the Chairman should 
take measures to remove them. The above was communicated to 
Mess : Blanchard & Tilden by billet, copy on file 

At the regular Meeting of the Selectmen on Monday the 26 of 
November a letter from Mess rs : Blanchard & Tilden was read 
stating the circumstances of their land & what they considered 
their claims for indulgence, claiming as their own the land which 
in their first application they had called part of the Street, the 
following billet was agreed upon to be sent by the Chairman 

" I have laid before the Selectmen your last statement respect- 
ing the line of High Street in front of your Houses & your 
claims of indulgence in the liberty of building the steps as pro- 
posed. The Board has again considered the subject & after 
full deliberation have Judged it their duty to adhere to their first 
determination, that the land south of your houses is part of High 
Street & that the steps being an incumbrance should be removed, 
they consent to your having two steps into the Street, paralell 
with the front of your houses ; being in equal indulgence with 
that to M r . Sergeant & Higginson & hope for your ready com- 
pliance with their determination " 

The workmen notwithstanding the above proceeded to lay & 
complete the steps ; the Chairman gave orders to M r . Sergeant 
& Hart to take down the same, and on the 7 l . of December went 
with them and removed the upper step & a few days after the 
workmen took down the remainder & carefully piled them away. 



SELECTMEN'S MESTUTES, 1804. 255 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 20. 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, May, Wright, Oliver, 

No matter for entry 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb y . 25 1805 Present 
Mess Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Wright, Chapman, 
Oliver, Hunnewell 

Passsed upon Accounts 

[242.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 27. 
1805 Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston, Chapman, Wright, 
Porter, May, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

In compliance with the directions in the 3 d . Section of the Act 
of the Legislature of this Commonwealth entitled an Act to set 
off the Northwest part of the Town of Dorchester, & to annex 
the same to the Town of Boston, the Selectmen having viewed 
the land described in said act & having conferred with the Pro- 
prietors thereof relative to laying out such Streets & lanes thro', 
the said Tract as in their Judgement may be for the common 
benefit of said Proprietors & of the Town of Boston ; the Select- 
men have determined & agreed to lay out the Streets through the 
whole of the said Tract, now called South Boston, according to 
a plan drawn by Matthew Withington Surveyer dated October 
4-1804 & signed by him which plan is preserved among the 
records of the Town of Boston ; the Streets agreed upon & laid 
out are described as follows One principal Street to begin on the 
line which divides S. Boston from Dorchester at the place where 
the present road over the Marsh & Causeway crosses said division 
line, thence running North sixty three degrees E. the distance of 
42 chains 20 links being eighty feet wide & to be called 

Dorchester /Street 

From the northerly end of said Dorchester Street, another 
principal Street to run Southerly 84 ^ degrees East to the Sea & 
Salt Water & northerly 24 degrees west untill it meets the line of 
the turn pike, the above described Streets to be 80 feet wide & to 
be called 

Broad Way 

Also to the northward of Broad way & parallel thereto ; three 
Streets all of them 50 feet wide, the one nearest to Broad way 
being 310^ feet distance therefrom on the western branch and 
250 feet distance on the Eastern branch 

The next Street northerly to be 220 feet distant from the last 
mentioned Street on the westerly part & 250 feet distant from 
the same on the easterly part 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The other Street North of the above to be 250 feet distant 
from the last described Street 

Also on the westerly side of Dorchester Street & Southward of 
Broad way are 4 Streets each 50 feet wide running parallel to 
Broad way all of them commencing at Dorchester Street & 
continuing to the Turnpike thence bending in a direction parallel 
with y e . line of S. Boston bridge to the Sea 

The Street 

next South of Broad way to be 276 feet distance therefrom & all 
the others to be 250 feet apart ; on the Easterly side of Dorchester 
[243.] Street beside the Streets above described are 6 Streets 
lying South of Broad way, all of them 50 feet wide & parallel to 
Broad way at the distance of 250 feet from each other 

And 

it is determined that all the above described Streets shall be 
named & called as follows 

The Street on the Northern Shore on Boston Harbour to be 
called 

First Street East & West 

The Street next parallel thereto - - Second Street - - d. 

The Street next parallel - - - - Third Street - - d. 

The Street next parallel - ... Broadway - - - d. 

The Street next parallel - - - - Fourth Street - - d. 

The Street next parallel - - - - Fifth Street - - - d. 

The Street next parallel - - - - Sixth Street - - - d. 

The Street next parallel - ... Seventh Street - - d. 

The Street next parallel .... Eighth Street - - d. 

The Street next parallel - - - - Ninth [Street] - - d. 

The Cross Streets upon the said Tract are described as follows 
Viz 1 

One Street 500 

feet from the westerly end of Broadway & from the Turnpike to 
run exactly at right angles across Broad way to the westerly end 
of 5 th . Street, where it unites with the Turnpike said Street 
being 50 feet wide 

Also five other 

Streets West of Dorchester Street, all at right angles with West 
Broad way & parallel with the first described Cross Street, the 
first of them to be 500 feet therefrom, & all the others to be 500 
feet apart, each of these Streets to be 50 feet wide & all of them 
running from the boundary line to the Sea. 

Also on the Easterly side of Dorchester Street, are ten Cross 
Streets each of 50 feet wide, & at right angles with East Broad- 
way all of them running from the Salt Water on the South to the 
Harbour of Boston on the north of said Tract, & described as 
follows 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 257 

The first Street East of Dorchester Street as laid out so that 
the division line between land of Champney & Land of Jonathan 
Bird shall be in the division of the middle of said Street 

The next Street east of the above to be 680 feet distant 
therefrom 

The next Street easterly to be 376 feet distant from the above 
The next Street easterly to be 624 feet distant from -the last 
mentioned & the others to be 500 feet apart 

Also one 

other Cross Street in the same direction as the above laid out 
equally on each side of the line which [244.] divides the land of 
[Blank] Champney from land of Thomas Birds heirs, & of the 
Widow Mary Clap, said Street being 50 feet wide also one other 
Street leading from the South end of Dorchester Street at right 
angles with the last mentioned Street & terminating in the same 

And it is determined by the Selectmen that the Cross Streets 
above described shall be known & designated by the letters of 
the Alphabet as follows 

Beginning at the most easterly cross Street which shall be 

called A Street 

The second to be called B Street 

The third to be called C Street 

The fourth to be called - - - - - - D Street 

The fifth to be called E Street 

The sixth to be called F Street 

The 1 st . Street east of Dorchester Street d. G Street 

The second to be called H Street 

The third to be called I Street 

The 4 th . to be called K Street 

The 5 th . to be called L Street 

The 6 th . to be called M Street 

The 7 th . to be called N Street 

The 8 th . to be called O Street 

The 9 th . to be called P Street 

And the 10 th . to be called Q Street, near 

the water 

The short Street parallel with the Cross Streets Old Harbour 
Street & the Street at right angles with the same 

Telegraph /Street 

And it is determined that all the Streets which extend to the 
Sea or Salt Water, or any part of the said Tract of Land called 
South Boston, shall be considered as continuing in the same 
directions & of the same width as far upon the Flatts or into the 
Sea as the right of the Proprietors shall extend through whose 
land the same Streets shall be laid out 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 6. 1805 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, Chapman, 
Oliver, May 

Deacon Wright from the Comm ee . to view & ascertain the 
[245.] course & boundaries of a passage way leading from 
Fish Street to the sea near D r . Mountfords corner, reported that 
the Comm 66 . had viewed the Premises, & found that there was 
sufficient land in possession of the Abuttors to give to each 
Person the quantity which he had a right to by deed, & also to 
make an additional width to the passage way ; that they had laid 
[out] the passage way formerly four feet wide as follows At the 
distance of 86 feet from Fish Street said Passage-way measures 

feet 
in width 5 3 In. 

at 120 feet - - - - 76 

at 164 feet - - - - 6 ,, 10 

at 251 feet - - - - 4 feet 

which is at the lower end of old wharff & corner of M r . Levi 
Lanes Sail loft the Comm 66 . also stated that Mess : Levi Lane 
& John Gordon the Abutters, had agreed to remove their build- 
ings and fences at their own expence, to make the Passage-way 
of the above described width the above Report was accepted, 
& ordered to be recorded 

On the application of William Tayler Esq that the Board 
would consent to release the House in Sudbury Street formerly 
mortgaged by his Grandfather George Minot Esq for the sum of 
two hundred pounds of M r . Brookers Donation, & take a new 
mortgage for the same amount upon his land & buildings in 
Cambridge Street, it was agreed that M r . Tilden should make 
this exchange of security, provided he shall find by certificate 
from the Register of Deeds that the estate proposed for security 
is clear of all incumbrances 

Mess 1 ' 8 : Blanchard & Tilden having again proceeded to rebuild 
their steps to their Houses in High Street, of the same dimen- 
sions & projection as those removed by order of the Board 
Voted, that the Town Attorney be desired to commence prosecu- 
tion against them for encroachment on the Highway 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen March 13*. 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, Chapman, Wright, 

The list of qualified Voters presented by the Assessors according 
to law were examined & the Chairman was desired to have 
[246.] such of them reprinted as are couched with names & to 
have complete lists posted, as the law requires 

The following Advertizement to be inserted in the papers 
Monday the 18 th . 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 259 

List of Voters in the Town of Boston 

The Selectmen hereby inform their fellow citizens that in 
pursuance of a law of the Commonwealth there are posted up at 
Faneuil hall & at the Office of Board of Health complete copies 
of the corrected lists of persons qualified to vote in the choice of 
Governor L l . Governor, Senators & Representatives in Congress 

Notice is also given that one or more of the Selectmen will be 
in session at their room from the hours of 12 to 1. every day 
previous to the Election of Governour & Senators (Sundays 
excepted) for the purpose of receiving evidence of the qualifications 
of Persons whose names have not been entred on the lists published 

The Inhabitants are particularly reminded that these Lists are 
from a new return made by the Assessors according to law, 
every person is desired to examine whether his name is inserted 
in the list of the ward in which he resides 

By order of the Selectmen 

The application of M r . Josiah Knapp to the Town for part of 
their Flatts, having been referred to the Selectmen with powers 
to convey the same to him upon conditions that should be thought 
for the advantage of the Town M r . Porter & M r . Wright were 
chosen a Comm ee . to view the Premises, & confer with M r . Knapp 
on the subject and to make Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 20, 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Wright, Oliver, Tilden, 
Chapman, Hunnewell, 

The Board came to the choice of a Chairman for the Year 
ensuing by ballot when it appeared that Charles Bulfinch Esq. 
was unanimously chosen 

Proceeded to draw Jurors for Court Common Pleas in April 
next & adjourned the Meeting to this Day fortnight, to fill such 
vacancies as may occur 

Ordered that Notifications be printed & dispersed for a Meeting 
of the Wards on Wednesday the 3 d . day of April for the [247.] 
choice of Assistant Assessors The Chairman was desired to 
furnish each of the presiding Officers of the Ward Meetings with 
a printed extract of the law directing the choice of assisting 
Assessors 

Warrant signed & issued for a Town Meeting for the choice of 
Governour Lieu 1 . Governor & 5 Senators 

M r . Newell to have the printing of Notifications 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Col. May & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to request D r . Eliot to 
open the Meeting with prayer 

Upon the request of H. Gray Otis Esq. & a number of other 
Gentlemen, liberty is granted them to make use of Faneuil Hall 
on the Sunday Evening proceeding the Election for Govern 1 " & c 

M r . Wade & M r . Jacobs have liberty for themselves & a num- 
ber of persons residing in a new Street near the Almshouse 
to dig up as much of Copper Street as may be necessary to lay 
a common Sewer therein to convey the Water from their Cellars 
& c . to the Sea, at the west end of Leveret Street and upon con- 
sideration of the difficulty of getting a solid foundation for a 
brick drain in Copper Street, the same being new made land ; & 
also the drain will be filled with Salt water at every tide, it is 
agreed that the Applicants may build said Common Sewer of 
wood to be made not less than 18 Inches wide & covered with 
Slate or 4 inch Timber 

On application from the committee of fire-wards M r . Hunne- 
well & M r . Wright are desired to consider the best mode of 
obtaining a supply of Engine hose ; also to examine the hose 
now on hand at M r . Tildens Store, & to report the state & 
quality of it & what measure should be taken respecting it. 

The Chairman & M r . Oliver a Comm 66 . to examine M r . Micah 
Homers Acco*. of repairs on drain in White Bread Alley 

[248.] M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Comm ee . to consider 
the best mode of obtaining a supply of paving stones for the use 
of the Town the approaching season 

The Board came to the choice of a Person to collect the tax 
upon cows the ensuing year, & chose M r . John Gammel for that 
purpose 

M r . Thomas Godfrey appeared & represented that he had now 
completed his house in Fish Street & that it had been set back 
from the street in compliance with the direction of the Selectmen, 
that he should find himself much injured unless the house of M r . 
Matchet was taken down on a line with his front After he 
retired it was agreed to request M r . Godfrey to obtain some 
estimates of the expence of removing M r . Matchets house & 
what amount he could obtain by subscription towards defraying 
the expence 

Rufus G. Amory Esq & M r . Colling exhibited a plan of the pro- 
posed new Street from Battery March Street to State Street to be 
called Broad Street, & requested the assistance of the Board, in 
obtaining by the mode pointed out by law, such pieces of prop- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 261 

erty either of land or buildings as they had not been able to pro- 
cure; & which were necessary towards carrying their proposed 
improvement into effect 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & "Wright chosen a Comm ee . on this 
subject to confer with the applicants & to Report 

Boston ss : At Meeting of the Selectmen March 25. 1805 Pres- 
ent Mess : Bulfinch Porter Oliver Tileston May Wright Chapman 
Tilden, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, Wright, Hunnewell Tiles- 
ton, May Chapman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[249.] Nothing further, matter of Record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tileston Wright, Chapman, 

8 Jurymen chosen for C. C. P. in the room of those who were 
absent & c to be entred & posted, in Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10. 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, 

On the application of M r . B. Goddard that measures may be 
taken for continuing the Drain which conveys the over ground 
Water from Orange Street to the Sea, may be continued thro', 
his land to the east side of Front Street M r . Porter & M r . 
Wright are appointed a Comm 66 . on this subject & to report 

The Chairman M r . Tileston & M r . Wright a Comm 66 . to con- 
sider what measures are most expedient relative to the Latin 
Schoolhouse ; whether to repair the present Building or otherwise 
<fc to Report 

The Comm ee . appointed to confer with the Agents of the Broad 
Street Corporation, reported that to carry the new street through, 
it would be necessary to come to an agreement with M r . Roby for 
his land & building, with the Guardians of the Heirs of Gushing 
for part of their land & building & with M r . Ezra Whitney for 
the unexpired lease of a part of a Building in Central Wharf 
that the Proprietors had made application to the above persons 
but could not agree upon terms with them The Chairman was 
desired to notify the above named Gentleman to appear on Wed- 
nesday next, to confer upon the subject 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Knap produced several papers to be executed relative to 
the Sale of a piece of the flatts & the filling up part of Kneeland 
Street the same being read & examined, it was the wish of the 
Board that the Papers should state more particularly the whole 
transaction; the subject was referred to Saturday next 12. 
o. 'Clock 

[25O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
17 th Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunne- 
well, Oliver, Wright Chapman 

On Saturday the 13*. Ins*. The Board met to execute Papers 
with M r . Josiah Knapp Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston 
Oliver, May, Wright & Chapman 

An instrument was signed conveying to M r . Knapp all the 
Flatts belonging to the Town which lie between his two Estates 
on Kneeland Street, -& from the present abutment to the West 
side of Front Street ; except a space of 30 feet in width thro', the 
whole length to be kept as a Highway to continue Kneeland 
Street from Orange Street to Front Street & M r . Knap agrees to 
relinquish to the Town one half of the amount of his demand 
upon a former Contract, being 535 Dollars, & to give so much of 
his land upon the part of Kneeland Street which is already filled 
up as to make it 24 feet wide upon Orange Street & 30 feet wide 
at the present abutment 

An application from M r . Benjamin Goddard was read with an 
estimate of the expence of continuing the Water Course near his 
land in Orange Street, to the East side of Front Street; the 
Chairman was desired to inform the Agents of the Front Street 
Corporation, that it was the opinion of the Board that the 
expence of such addition should be borne by said Corporation as 
they had rendered the same necessary in consequence of their 
forming their Street, and to ask their immediate attention to the 
same 

M r . Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell & Wright a Comm ee to ascer- 
tain the bounds of the bottom of South Street & Sea Street <fe 
to Report the same to be put on Record 

On a precept received from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made relative to Seth 
Harding & return was made that from intemperance & idleness 
he was in danger of becoming chargeable to the Town to which 
he belonged & the Board gave their opinion that a Guardian 
ought to be appointed for him 

[251.] A number of Gentlemen applying for the use of 
Faneuil Hall on the evening next preceeding the Town Meeting 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 263 

for the choice of Representatives their request is granted, & is 
on file 

M r . Roby M r . Whitney & the Guardians of the Heirs of Cush- 
ing appeared agreable to notice & stated their terms in which they 
would consent that the Broad Street Corporation should make use 
of their Lands & Buildings for the purpose of opening said 
Street the Chairman was desired to communicate these pro- 
posals to the President of said Corporation 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24*. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston Oliver, Hunne- 
well, May Wright Chapman 

M r . Goddard again appeared & wished, that some speedy 
measures should be taken to continue the Water course from 
Orange Street thro'. Front Street. It was agreed to propose to 
the Directors of the Front Street Corporation, that the Town & 
they should submit to an impartial & competent reference, the 
question at whose expence such addition ought to be made ; & 
that upon their consent to such reference signified in writing M r . 
Goddard might have liberty on the part of the Selectmen to lay 
the additional Drain, & keep an account of the expence to be 
paid him by the Parties according to the division of the 
Referees 

A Committee of the Proprietors of Broad Street waited upon 
the Board to inform them that they could not accede to the pro- 
posals of Mess rs : Roby & Gushing respecting their Land & 
Buildings ; & presented Copies of the Offers of the Corporation 
to those Gentlemen which they were willing to renew ; & claimed 
the attention of the Board to proceed according to law in open- 
ing the Street The Gentlemen having withdrawn, the subject 
was considered but no decision had thereon 

Upon complaint from Cap*. Atkins, Mess r8 : May & Chapman 
are desired to view the Wall of a Brick Distill-house near Back 
[252.] Street, belonging to M r . Bishop of Medford which is 
represented dangerous to the Neighbourhood 

Four extra Jurors were drawn for the Court of Common Pleas 
now in Session, & are entred in Jury Book 

The Committee chosen to ascertain the bounds of Sea Street at 
the Easterly end Reported 

That they had staked of the bounds of Sea Street as follows 
To be forty feet wide at the House called the Point-house to 
continue Southerly to the distance of eighty feet from the South 
East Corner of said house, thence to the Southerly side of the 



264 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Street to run westerly to a point in the direction of the Brick 
Partition Wall of Hatches & Phillips houses there being forty 
feet wide, thence to the East line of South Street, making the 
entrance to South Street Fifty seven feet wide This Report was 
accepted & the same ordered to be Recorded as the bounds of the 
Easterly part of Sea Street 

Mess : Cutting & Lowell have liberty to dig up Chambers 
Street, in Belknaps Street to their Distill-house for the purpose of 
laying Pipes to convey the Water to their works, provided that 
they shall put the Streets into good order & replace the 
Pavement 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29 e . 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Chapman, Tilden, 

Passed upon Accounts 

On the 24*. of April Ins 1 . Warrants were issued for two May 
Meetings on the 8 & 9 th . Ins*, at 9. & 10. o'. Clock A : M : 

A Committee to request the Rev d . [Dr. Baldwin] to open the 
Meeting with Prayer 

M r . Newell to have printing of Notifications for Town Meeting 

On the application of a number of Gentlemen a Warrant was 
isoued for a Town Meeting, on Fryday 3 d . Ins*. 10. o'. Clock A : 
M : to consider the expediency of Augmenting the number of 
Representatives 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 1. 1805 Present 
Mess": Bulfinch, Wright, Tileston, Tilden, Oliver, Porter, 
Chapman, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[353.] M r . Richard Austin & M r . Timothy Green were 
chosen Sealers of Weights & Measures in this Town for one Year 
from this date M r . Austin to have the inspection & care of the 
Southern & M r . Green of the Northern division of the Town 
as the Districts have been particularly described of late Years 

Ebenezer Sever Esq & several others of the Proprietors of the 
Common Sewer from Nassau Street to Kneeland Street entred 
their objections to having the said Common Sewer continued from 
the present end thereof to Front Street at their expence and 
stated that the Proprietors of Front Street having occasioned the 
necessity of such addition, that the expence ought to be borne by 
that Corporation 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 265 

The Chairman was desired to communicate the above to the 
President of the Front Street Corporation ; and ask their immediate 
attention to the subject 

Complaint was made of a Bow Window now fixing in front of 
a Shop in Winter Street the Board having considered the great 
exertion made by several Gentlemen the last Year to widen that 
Street, were of opinion that nothing should be allowed to project 
into the narrow part of the Street & that the Proprietor should 
be directed to remove the same 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, May, 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Wright, May, Chapman, 
Oliver, 

30 Petit Jurors for S. J. Court and entred in the Jury Books 
& c 

An order having been passed on the 9 Ins 1 , on the application 
of James Sherman to Notify the Proprietors of the Common 
Sewer in Middle Street to appear at this time to state their 
objections to the repairs proposed to be made a number of the 
Proprietors appeared & declared, that the Common Sewer was 
generally in good order & did not require repair, & that the 
obstruction therein near M r . Shermans house must be confined to 
that place, & that he ought to be at the expence of removing it 

[254.] The Gentlemen having withdrawn, the Chairman & 
M r . Chapman were desired to examine the openings that had been 
made in the Streets & direct to such measures as they should 
Judge proper 

M r . Geyer who lately had liberty to place a Fish Box at the 
End of Bennets Street over the Water appeared & stated, that 
some one of the Abuttors on that Street had objected to his using 
the same for that purpose M r . Porter, Oliver & Tileston a 
Cornm 66 . to view the place & Report their opinion 

The Board proceeded to the choice of 12 Constables & the 
following Persons were chosen & the Persons offered by them 
as Sureties were approved 

Sureties 

Thomas Stevens Dudley Walker 

Thomas Stevenson Jun r . 
Amos Lewis ------ Thomas Lewis 

Joshua Ellis 

Henry Lane ------ Whiting 

Dan forth 



266 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Samuel White - Abram Babcock 

Eben r . dough 
Jirah Holbrook Jonathan Merry 

Edward Staples 
Elisha Copeland Abraham Gibson 

John Perry 
Moses Thayer ------ Nath 1 . Frothingham 

Asa Hatch 
Levi Joy Edward Wentworth 

Joseph Bennett 
Cornelius Fuller William Jennings 

Peter M c . Intosh 
John Deverell Perkins Nichols 

Robert G. Shaw 
Farewell Brown 

Benjamin Bass Leeds Jere Gore Benj n . Bass 

& Nath 1 . Tucker- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 27. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

[255.] Representation being made that the steps to the 
Houses now building by M r . Skinner on Federal Street would in- 
cumber the foot walk Voted, that M r . Skinner be informed that 
the Board expect that the foot walk in front of his houses be 
built in a regular descent from the Northerly end of that before 
M r . Higginson Houses to the Southerly end of that in front of 
Cap*. Carvers and that the steps to M r . Skinners houses shall 
not project into the Street more than those of M r . Higginsons 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5. 1805 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston Oliver, May, 
Chapman 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Warrant issued for a Town Meeting Monday the 17*. of June 
Ins*. 9. 0'. Clock A: M: 

M r . Newell to have the printing of Notifications for the ensuing 
Town Meeting 

M r . Bishop having taken no measures to secure in a permanent 
manner the Brick Walls of his House, back of Cap*. Atkins near 
Back Street : The Chairman was directed to inform M r . Bishop, 
that unless such effectual repairs were made previous to the next 
Meeting of the Grand Jury, that a complaint would be then pre- 
sented against said Walls as a dangerous nuisance. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 267 

The Estimates of the expence of altering Lynn Street to con- 
vey the water over ground thro', the Town slip by IA Governor 
Robins Wharff, were considered ; and the Chairman & M r . Chap- 
man were empowered to take such steps to conduct the water in 
future as they should find most expedient, after taking the levels 
& fully considering the subject. 

Approved the Indentures of Alexander Welch a Minor to John 
Brown Mariner to be in force untill July 4. 1809 

Approved the Indentures of William Erving a Minor to W m 
Cunnington, Carver & Gilder 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting of Selectmen June 5. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Oliver May Wright & 
Chapman 

M r . Otis & Lloyd a Comm 66 . of the Proprietors [256.] of 
Broad Street appeared & made application that y e Board would 
take measures to remove the Buildings now occupied by M r . 
Whitney & also M r . Gushing & M r . Harris which obstruct the 
Street; and that the compensation for damages to the Parties 
should be made after such removal according to law 

The Gentlemen having withdrawn, the Chairman & M r . Chap- 
man, were desired to call upon the Occupants of the buildings .to 
be removed & to inform them that the Board would soon take 
measures to lay open the Street Adjourned to the next day 1 
o Clock 

Fry day one o ; Clock Present the same number as Yesterday 

The Comm ee . Reported that they had seen M r . Whitney who had 
stated the inconveniences he should sustain by the moving of his 
Building ; but that he should not oppose the regular proceedings 
of the Board, but would endeavour to accommodate himself with 
another Store & to remove his Goods immediately the Comm ee . 
had seen M r . Gushing & M r . Harris, who objected to the taking 
down of their buildings unless they were previously satisfied for 
the damages they should sustain 

The Board then went into the consideration of the place where 
the southerly end of the proposed new Street should terminate, 
at the north side of Cushings high wooden Store, or whether it 
should be carried through to the Store to the north side of M r . 
Tildens Store after considerable debate, M r . Oliver fy M r . 
Wright were chosen a Comm 66 . to confer with the Corporation or 
their Agents upon this subject, and to Report on Wednesday 
next 



268 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Oliver, Chap- 
man, Hunnewell, May. Wright 

In consequence of the appointment of a Comm 66 . at the last 
Meeting to confer with the Agents of the Broad Street Corpora- 
tion upon the place where said Street should terminate ; M r . Otis 
& Lowell waited on the Selectmen to inform them that the Cor- 
poration were unwilling to carry the new Street further than the 
north side of Cushings large Store The Gentlemen having with- 
drawn, a full [257.] discussion of the subject took place, & a 
Vote being taken it was declared to be almost the unanimous 
opinion of the Board that on the first proposal of the Gentlemen 
concerned they had engaged to carry the Street to M r . Tildens 
north line Whereupon Voted that the Chairman be desired to 
communicate to the Broad Street Corporation that whenever they 
shall give an obligation to defray the expence of removing M r . 
Whitneys Building, & to satisfy his claim for dockage & c . also 
to defray the expence of taking down & removing the Build- 
ings belonging to Cushings Heirs & for so much of their land 
as should make the Street from 65 to 70 feet wide on M r . Til- 
dens north line, the Board would then proceede to remove the ob- 
structions in the Street 

It having been represented that a Wharff was now building at 
the South part of the Town which might interfere with the Towns 
Streets running in a southerly direction ; the Chairman M r . 
Oliver & M r . Hunnewell were chosen a Comm 66 . to view the same, 
also to consider what improvement could be made in Beach Street 
to open the entrance into Front Street 

M r . Porter was empowered to employ a person to bring a 
quantity of stone chips to the east side of the Neck The Chair- 
man M r . Porter & M r . Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to consider the re- 
pairs necessary to be done to the pavement on the Neck & to 
Report 

At the Meeting of the Board June 5. Warren Button Esq. was 
chosen to deliver an Oration on the 4 th . Day of July next, being 
the Anniversary of American Independence 

Application having been made from two setts of Young Men 
styling themselves by different political names for the use of the 
centre Reading School house on the 4*. of July next to deliver 
an Oration therein the same was considered, & it was unani- 
mously determined that it was not expedient to grant the request 
of either of the Applicants 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 19*. 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 269 

M r . Tilden is requested to view the Sink in Liberty Square 
[258.] & take such measures to cleanse & repair the same as he 
may Judge best, after consulting the Comm 6 *. of the Board of 
Health 

Upon application of M r . Campbell & M r . Minott, order was 
issued to notify the Proprietors of the Common Sewer from 
Spring Lane thro'. Water Street to appear on Wednesday next 
to show cause why the same should not be cleansed & repaired at 
their Joint expence 

Upon application from D r . David Townsend a like order was 
given to notify the Proprietors of a Water course' leading from 
Aliens Tan Yard to Pleasant Street 

Upon representation made the Board respecting Levy Lane ; 
that from intemperate habits & his state of health there was 
danger of his wasting his property ; Voted to communicate the 
same to the Judge of Probate of the County of Suffolk, & to 
recommend that a Guardian should be appointed for him 

M r . George Burroughs Jun r . was approved as an Auchtioneer 

A Letter received from William Smith Esq accepting the Office 
of Town Treasurer & Collector of Taxes to which he had been 
chosen by the Town at the late Meeting : & proposing his Sure- 
ties Samuel A. Otis, H. G. Otis, Samuel Parkm an, Josiah Quincy, 
Samuel Brown & Benj n . Joy Esq rs M r . Smith stated that it was 
the wish of the Gentlemen above named, that the bond should be 
so drawn as to make each one answerable for his proportion of 
the amount, & for that only the subject being considered it 
was determined that the Sureties offered were satisfactory to the 
Board, but that the Bond should be drawn in the usual form 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, May 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. 1805 Pres- 
ent Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

At the last Meeting the subject of Broad Street was again dis- 
cussed [259.] & in consideration that the Agents for the Heirs 
of Gushing were much opposed to carrying the Street through 
their great Building on Battery March Street, also that the Broad 
Street Association had made a representation of the great ex- 



270 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

pences which they had already incurred, & of the additional 
burthen which the taking down said Store would occasion, for 
which reason they objected to doing it; it was Voted, to recon- 
sider the former Vote respecting the southerly termination of 
Broad Street, & it was determined by ballot, that said Street 
should be laid out to the northerly side of Cushings Store. The 
Chairman was desired to inform the Broad Street Association of 
this determination, & to desire them to execute a Bond to indem- 
nify the Town from all expence in their proceedings 

At the present Meeting the draft of said Bond was read & 
after determining that the amount of the penalty should be 20000 
dollars the Same was approved 

Ordered that said Street be recorded as follows Viz 1 

Whereas a number of Gentlemen have purchased several 
Stores in State Street & the greater part of the Land between 
those Stores & Battery March Street, & have been incorporated 
by the Legislature under the title of the Broad Street Association 
with design to carry a Street from State Street to Battery March 
Street, which design was approved by the Selectmen by their 
Vote of the 16 th . January last Be it known that the Selectmen 
being of opinion that the convenience of the Inhabitants of this 
Town requires the laying out of a spacious Street to connect 
State Street with the Northerly end of Battery March Street, 
have agreed that it should be laid out in the manner following. 
Viz*. Beginning in Battery March Street at a point on the Store 
now occupied by Samuel Harris in the direction of the Westerly 
side of said Battery March Street, as the same now runs from 
Fosters Wharff thence proceeding untill it shall meet a line drawn 
in the middle of Milk Street, thence running on a straight line to 
the Northwesterly corner of Store N. 36 in State Street now in 
the occupation of Putnam & Ingalls, said [26O.] Broad Street 
to be 70 feet wide on State Street & to run Southerly & continue 
of the same width from State Street to Milk Street ; the Easterly 
line of said Broad Street, from Milk Street to be continued to the 
North side of the Wooden Store belonging to the Heirs of Ben- 
jamin Gushing ; said Broad Street being in Battery March Street 
between 60 & 70 feet wide 

The Chairman was desired to employ Workmen to stake out 
the Street conformable to the above description & to notify the 
Owners & Occupants of Wharffs & Buildings thro', which said 
Street will pass that the Workmen will have orders to proceed to 
remove all Buildings & obstructions from said Street on Monday 
the 8*. of July next; & that after such removal, the Board will 
be ready to ascertain, in the mode pointed out by law & to com- 
pensate him or them accordingly 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 271 

Application was received for liberty to erect a Stage on. the 
Common for the exhibition of fire works on the Morning of the 
4 th . of July next Liberty was granted for the same, to be done 
under the direction of the Common Comm 66 

Ordered that the Bells be rung on Thursday next from the hour 
of 6 to 7 in the Morning being the Anniversary of the Declara- 
tion of American Independence 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Chapman, 

Sundry Applicants for Licenses as Auchtioneers were received, 
but being read were postponed untill the whole list could be 
acted upon 

A number of applications for the Office of Constables were 
read, & next Wednesday assigned for filling the vacancies 

Mess" : Bulfinch Hunnewell & Oliver a Comm ee . to view 
Common Street to consider with respect to paving or otherwise 
improving that Street & to Report 

A conference was had with some Gentlemen Abuttors in May 
Street, who apply that their Street may be continued in a [261.] 
direct line thro'. Land of M r . Taylor & others to Belknap Street; 
the same Gentlemen were requested to endeavour to ascertain 
the expence of the proposed continuation of the Street, & what 
sum could be raised from Persons interested in that Neighbour- 
hood. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Porter, May, Oliver 
Chapman, Hunnewell, 

The Board came to the choice of two Constables in the room 
of M r . Deverel who has removed from Town & of M r . Fuller 
who has resigned 

M r . Solomon Twist 
M r . Ralf Gore- 
were chosen Constables 

The following Persons were approved as Auchtioneers for the 
Year ensuing Viz' 

Mess : Samuel Clap Mess : Eber Lawrance 
Thomas K. Jones Richard Edwards 

Samuel Bradford William Leveret 

Robert Gardner John Kennedy 

John Perkins John Jutau 



272 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Thomas Clark Pat Gorman 

John W. Quincy Benjamin Sweetser 

William Alline Appleton Prentice 

Azor Archibold George Carter 

Daniel Wild Elisha Field 

Robert G. Shaw Samuel Pope Jun r . 

Samuel Blagge George Burroughs Jun r 

Nath 1 . P. Hews Amos Lewis Jun r . 

Benjamin Tucker Jonathan Allen 

Lewis Hoyt Benjamin Pollard 

Cornelius Coolidge 
John Swett 
Samuel Bridge 
Joseph Ripley 
Caleb Howard 
Stoddard Capen 
Phillip Ammaden 
William Dehone 
[William?] Remington 
Silas Field 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen July 17. 
1805 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunne- 
well, Wright, 

In consequence of a Precept received from the Hon ble . Judge 
of Probate for the County of Suffolk inquisition was made into 
the circumstances of M r . Levi Lane, & return was ordered to be 
made that the said Lane was non compos & unable to take care 
of his property, & that a Guardian ought to be appointed for 
him 

The Comm ee . appointed to view the Wharf building by Mess" : 
Smith & Baxter at the South part of the Town, Report That the 
said Wharf was already extended so far as to intersect the line of 
Rainsfords Lane ; and in their opinion if continued would interfere 
with the Towns rights as well as the claims of Individuals 
whereupon Voted that the Chairman inform Messr 8 . Smith and 
Baxter that the Board consider all the Wharf which extends 
beyond the line of Rainsfords lane is an incroachment on the 
Towns right, and that they be directed to remove the same 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Tileston Oliver Wright, May, 
Porter, Hunnewell, 

Approved of the Indentures of Robert Outlaw a Minor to 
Andrew Milne Marriner; term to expire in the 1 st . Day of Feb y . 
1812 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 273 

Application was received from a Religious Society worshipping 
in a Building at the bottom of Friend Street, praying for the in- 
terference of the Board to prevent disturbances which they ex- 
perience from Boys & other Persons on the Evenings of their 
Meetings conversing with the Comm ee . on the subject they were 
informed that the Board considered this Assembly under the 
same protection of the laws as other religious societies, that the 
services of the Constables might be commanded upon their pay- 
ing them for the time they were employed that the municipal 
Court being established particularly to punish all breaches of the 
peace, free of expence to the complainants ; the Selectmen were 
of opinion that no interference on their part was necessary or 
proper 

Application was lately made by a Company who [263.] had 
purchased M r . Austins Rope Walk, at West Boston for the opinion 
of the Board whether the Streets running from Cambridge Street, 
southerly up the hill, extended as far as the north line of the Rope- 
walk, Plans were exhibited & a deed was read by M r . H. G. 
Otis Esq. to prove his right to the land in question the subject 
was referred for further inquiry & consideration 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29. 1805 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hun- 
newel), May, Wright, Chapman, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Selectmen proceeded to West Boston to view the Streets run- 
ning from Cambridge Street & c 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 st . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, May, Wright, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Return was made by M rs . Mary Minot & M r . James Campbell 
of the expences attending the opening and repairing the Common 
Sewer from Spring Lane through part of Water Street, and the 
amount thereof being duly examined by the Selectmen is by them 
allowed, they being informed at the same time that every person 
concerned in said Drain had been duly warned according to law 
and no objection having been entred to their proceedings, Assess- 
ment was made thereon by the Selectmen, an order for payment 
was made out and delivered to the aforenamed Minot and Camp- 
bell which is as follows [264.] viz. Whereas a Drain or Com- 
mon Sewer in Spring Lane, through part of Water Street has 
been laid conformable to the direction of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof according to an account laid before and exam- 



274 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

ined by the Selectmen amounted to 437.70. and as such expence 
is to be borne by such person or persons whose Drains enter into 
said Common Sewer and receive benefit thereby, in such propor- 
tion as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of sa'id Town or the 
major part of them, who are empowered by law to apportion the 
same. The said Minot & Campbell having agreeable to law 
notified all the concerned before they had proceeded on the 
business, and no objection having been made thereto There- 
fore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston do 
hereby certify that having considered the said expence and by 
whom and in what manner it ought to be paid, do adjudge that 
the same should be paid in the proportion following and by the 
persons hereafter named viz 1 . 

Share .*. cte 

[265.] M r . James H. Foster - - 1 8.76 

Samuel Dashwood - - 1 8.76 

Andrew Brimmer - - 2 17.52 

Dan 1 . D. Rogers - - 1 8.76 

Benjamin Green - - 2 17.52 

Stephen Francis --1 -_-_. 8.76 

William Richardson - 1 8.76 

John Bumstead ---1 .-.-. 8.76 

M rs . Minot - - - - 2 17.52 

James Campbell - - 1 ----- 8.76 

A. Cunningham- --1 8.76 

W. Davidson - - - 1 8.76 

John Driscoll - - - 1 8.76 

W m . Stackpole - - - 2 17.52 

Andrews - - - 2 17.52 

P. R. Dalton - - - 2 17.52 

W. Page 1 8.76 

Samuel Clap- - - - 1 8.76 

James Thwing ---1 8.76 

Mungo Mackay ---1 8.76 

Peter C. Brooks- - - 2 17.52 

'Chris. Marshalls heirs - 2 17.52 

Abiel Smith - - - - 1 8.76 

[266.] Barney Smith - - - 1 8.76 

Benjamin Callender -1 8.76 

Josiah Quincy ---1 ----- 8.76 

Jonathan Mason --1 ----- 8.76 

Samuel Coverly - - - 1 8.76 

John Brooks- ---1 ----- 8.76 

Fales - - - - 1 8.76 

William Ritchie - - 1 8.76 

Bill Dow [?] - - - 1 8.76 

[John] Fleet ... 1 8.76 

R. Gr. Amory - - - 1 8.76 

C. Clark 1 8.76 

Peleg Coffins heirs - 2 17.52 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 275 

Loring .---1 8.76 

James Lloyd - ---1 ----- 8.76 

Heirs of M ra . Rowe -2 17.52 

M ra . Hollis - - - - 1 8.76 

50 

And we do hereby appoint M re . Mary Minot & M r . James 
Campbell within named to receive of the persons abovenamed the 
sums affixed to their names and to give discharges therefor. 
Charles Bulfinc-h, David Tilden [267.] William Porter, John 
Tileston, P^ben r . Oliver, Jon n . Hunnewell, F. Wright 

Selectmen 

Return was made by David Townsend Esq of the expence 
attending the opening & repairing the Water course from Aliens 
Tan Yard so called to Pleasant Street ; the account thereof being 
duly examined by the Selectmen is by them allowed ; they being 
informed at the same time, that every Person concerned in said 
Water course had been duly warned according to Law ; no objec- 
tion having been entred to his proceeding ASSESSMENT was made 
thereon by the Selectmen an Order for payment was made out ; 
and delivered to the aforesaid David Townsend, which is as 
follows Viz 1 . 

Whereas a Water Course near Pleasant Street leading from 
Aliens Tan Yard to said Pleasant Street has been laid conformable 
to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof 
according to an account laid before & examined by the Selectmen 
amounted to $120 85 Cents; & as such expence is to be borne 
by such Person or Persons, whose drains enter therein or who 
receive benefit thereby, in such proportion as shall be adjudged 
by the Selectmen of said Town or the major part of them, who 
are empower'd by law to apportion the same ; the said Townsend 
having agreable to law notified all the concerned before he had 
proceeded on the business, & no objection having been made 
thereto Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town 
of Boston do hereby Certify that having considered the said 
Expence & by whom and in what manner it ought to be paid, Do 
Adjudge, that the same shall be paid in the proportion following, 
and by the Persons hereafter named Viz* 

[268.] Josiah Allen 1 Share - $15 ,, 12 

Samuel Torrey - - - - 1 ,, d - - 15 ,, 12 

Beza Tucker 1 ,, d - - 15 ,, 12 

Loring 1 ,, d - - 15 ,, 12 

James Boiler - - - - - 1 ,, d - - 15 ,, 12 

Samuel Emmons - - - - l,,d- - 15, ,12 

William Forster - - - - 1 ,, d - - 15 ,, 12 

David Townsend - - - - 1 ,, d - - 15 ,, 12 

8 Shares 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

And we hereby Appoint David Townsed Esq to receive of the 
Persons within named the sums affixed to their names, and to 
give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH " 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
F : WRIGHT j | 

The Board having after their last Meeting visited the Streets 
South of Cambridge Street & copies of deeds having been laid 
before them, by which it appeared that the Streets were intended 
by the original Proprietors of the Land to be continued to the 
Ropewalks, it was determined that the obstructions should be 
removed from Garden & Centre Streets, so that said Streets 
should be cleared, to the North side of the Ropewalks, it was 
also determined that the Fence put up by order of M r . Tayler at 
the Southerly end of South Russell Street should be removed 
as it obstructs the Passage from Belkuap Street to South Russell 
Street and the Chairman was desired to see the above orders 
carried into effect 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5. 1805 
Present Mess : Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell r 
Wright, May 

Signed [269.] Deeds for three Lotts of Land sold, on Fort- 
hill 

The Chairman communicated to the Board Copies of Deeds 
under which M r . Tayler claims the land at the South end of 
Russell Street which he has fenced in which were read & con- 
sidered, when it was determined to be the opinion of the Board 
that said land was intended by the immediate Heirs of Buttolph 
to be a Street, and the Chairman was directed to cause the Fence 
to be removed 

Complaint in writing having been made against' M r . Farwell 
Brown one of the Constables for improper conduct in the service 
of a Warrant upon one of the Inhabitants, Ordered that M r . 
Brown & the three Gentlemen first named in the. application 
against him, be notified to meet the Selectmen, Thursday next 
12. o'. Clock- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 8. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 277 

The Gentlemen notified to appear to support the complaint 
against M r . Farwell Brown, attended & related the grounds of 
their complaint M r . Brown was also present with several Wit- 
nesses to explain & Justify his conduct. The Parties having 
been examined, were dismissed ; a general conversation on the 
subject took place at the Board when it was agreed not to come 
to any decision at this time but to refer the subject for further 
inquiry 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 15 1805 Pres- 
ent Mess : Tilden Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell May, Wright, 
Chapman 

M r . Samuel Cade entered a complaint against M r . Darling for 
opening his Mothers Grave & taking out his Child that lay on his 
Mothers Coffin ; distroying the Coffin & putting the several parts 
of Flesh which was not decayed loose in the Ground, & burying 
a Stranger in said Grave 

Ordered, that M r . Darling be Notified to appear at the Board 
next AVednesday 5 o'. Clock P : M : 

On application of the Hon ble . Judge of Probate for the [27O.] 
County of Suffolk, that examination be made by the Board into 
the circumstances of Robert Steel represented to the Judge as a 
Person Non compos & incapable of managing his concerns 
Mess : Tilden & Tileston were appointed to make examination 
accordingly, & Report thereon to the Board 

M r . Tileston appointed to see to the removing of the Fish Box 
at the foot of Summer Street, over the Water 

A number of Persons approved & recommended to the Court 
of Sessions for the County of Suffolk as Inholders & Retailers of 
Spirituous Liquors as p List on file 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 21 st . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 

The Persons Notified after the last Meeting to appear at this 
time to state their charges against M r . Darling, were present 
together with said Darling ; several Witnesses were produced by 
the Complainants to prove their charges, & Mr. Darling was 
heard in his own Justification after some time spent in consider- 
ing the subject it was agreed to postpone a decision thereon 
untill the members of the Board had viewed the part of the North 
Burying Ground, where the Graves had been dug by Darling 
and as many as could make it convenient were requested to view 
the spot before Monday next 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Mess r8 : Raymond & Batson who are building Houses on the 
new made Land near the bottom of Beacon Street appeared and 
represented that they had made attempts & at great expence to 
dig a well near their houses but from the nature of the ground 
& the great flow of Salt water upon them they had been obliged 
to give up the attempt ; they requested liberty to sink a well in 
the flatts below the present head Wharf in Beacon Street their 
proposal was agreed to on condition that the Town should have 
liberty to place a Pump in said well if they should ever desire it, 
& that the present consent should not prevent the Town from 
filling up & occupying the Street or from depriving the Appli- 
cants or their Successors of said Well if it should ever be found 
inconvenient or injurious to the Town 

[271.J Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 26 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston Oliver, Wright, May 
Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem 1 . 4. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell, Tilden, Wright, 
Chapman, Oliver, May, Porter 

Mess rs : Head & Randall having made return of the Expence 
of digging & compleating a new Common Sewer in Garden Street 
to lead into Cambridge Street, amounting in the whole to $315 
the same was examined & allowed It was determined to divide 
the above sum by the number of Houses & Lotts on said Street, 
& that the original Undertakers of the Drain should pay in pro- 
portion of the first cost according to their number of Lots ; and 
that all others who should hereafter enter Drains into said Com- 
mon Sewer should pay ten p cent in addition to the cost, as a 
compensation to the Undertakers for their trouble & advances 
the Assessment is as follows 

D 
Walter Russell ......... 26 ,, 25 

John Canouse - ........ 28 88 



Jacob Homer .......... 28 

Joshua Randall ......... 26 

Benjamin Hurd ---------26 

Joseph Russell ......... 28 

Walter Russell ......... 26 

Joseph Peirce ......... 28 



88 
25 
25 
88 
25 
88 
Pitts ........... 28 ,, 88 

Morris Sullivan ......... 28 ,, 88 

Doctor Jennison ......... 28, ,88 

William Welsh ......... 26 ,, 25 

333 41 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 279 

It was also agreed that each & every Person who should lead a 
Drain into said Common Sewer from the Streets above should 
pay to the Proprietors of said Common Sewer the sum of ten 
Dollars 

M r . Willam Mills applyed in behalf of the Heirs of [272.] 
[John?] Ruddock deceased for compensation for Land & part of 
a Building taken to widen the northern part of White Bread alley 
It was agreed to refer the Claims of said Heirs to Josiah Snell- 
ing, John Winslow & Ozias Goodwin Esqrs. upon M r . Mills 
giving an obligation to secure the Town from all future Claims 
of such of the Heirs as are now Minors 

The Chairman M r . May & M r . Chapman were desired to attend 
the business ; also that the same Referrees should determine the 
amount of damages to M r . William Welsh for part of his Land 
taken to widen the southerly end of said Alley 

The Board having lately had a special Meeting to make further 
enquires into the complaint against M r . Farwell Brown one of 
the Constables the Parties were heard upon the subject ; when 
it appeared to the Board that M r . Brown had served a Warrant 
upon M r . Washburn with such circumstances of severity as 
greatly to hurt the feelings of M r . Washburn, & a number of 
respectable Citizens of the North part of the Town after full 
consideration it was determined that M r . Brown should make 
concessions & an apology to M r . Washburn in the presence of 
the Selectmen ; & that they should be notified to appear at this 
Meeting Accordingly both being present M r . Brown was in- 
formed that it was the opinion of the Board that he had acted 
with undue severity, & of the concessions proper to be made 
he then asked pardon of M r . Washburn for his conduct towards 
him & acknowledged that had he been previously acquainted with 
his character, no inducement would have led him to conduct [him- 
self] as he had done M r . Washburn accepted his concessions, 
& M r . Brown was then admonished by the Chairman & others of 
the Board to be careful in future while executing the duties of 
his office with fidelity to avoid entering into the feelings of the 
Parties & to use that lenity and discretion of conduct which are 
due to every Inhabitant of the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 11. 1805 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 

A ppli cation was received from a number of Gentlemen [273.] 
upon Somerset Street so called requesting that the Selectmen 
would lay out & accept that Street in behalf of th Town the 
same was referred to the Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Wright to 
confer with the Applicants and to report 



280 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Parkman communicated to the Board a Subscription Paper 
for raising money for opening & widening Merchants Row am , 
to 2830 Dollars it was Voted to proceed to widen said Street 
immediately, & the Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright were 
desired to proceed upon the same & were empowered to make 
such Agreement with the Abutters, and enter into such Refer- 
ences for compensation as may be necessary 

An application was made for opening the entrance into Haw- 
kins Street from Sudbury Street, the Proprietors of the Board 
being about to build a Brick Stable upon the spot, it was deter- 
mined to open & widen the same provided the Applicants would 
raise by subscription the sum of four hundred Dollars 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 18. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell Wright, Oliver, 

M r . Benjamin Goddard again called the attention of the board 
to the subject of the Drain leading from Orange Street thro.' 
his Land to Front Street he related that the Front Street Cor- 
poration absolutely declined leaving the question to reference, as 
proposed by the Board he then offered to lay the drain and fill 
over it with earth to the proper level upon the Towns paying him 
125 Dollars being one half of the estimated expence this pro- 
posal was agreed to after full consideration & M r . Goddard was 
desired to proceed on the work 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be authorized and requested to 
present his note for 2000 Dollars to Directors of Branch Banks 
for discount on account of repairs on Faneuil Hall & that the 
same be made payable to the Chairman & endorsed by him 

The Claims of the Town upon Ward & Boylston Esq. for 
property lately recovered by law from the late Moses Gill Esq 
were considered & various records of former proceedings respect- 
ing the Boylston Donation, were presented by the Chairman 
M r . [274.] Wright was desired to hand the same to John Davis 
Esq for his consideration & to request of him a Meeting with the 
Board, when he shall have formed his opinion on the subject 

Received application from the Abuttors on Kilby Street, pray 8 
for the removal of Hackney Carriages from that Street, was par- 
tially considered, and referred to the next Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 25, 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, Hun- 
newell, May, Porter 

The list of Persons licensed to sell Spirituous Liquors the last 
Year, being handed in by the Clerk of the Sessions, the same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 281 

was revised and after full consideration it was determined not to 
allow any license to any person residing on the Hill at West 
Boston ; in order to check the gross immoralities committed 
there, & to discountenance the same as far as in the power of 
this Board : It was determined that the names of all Persons 
who should presume to sell liquors without license should be 
handed to the Town Advocate for prosecution 

Renewed application being made for the opening & widening 
the easterly entrance into Hawkins Street ; the same was referred 
to the Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell to confer with the 
Proprietors of the Land & with the Applicants the same 
Coinm 66 . to take so much of M r . Peirces land and building into 
the Street as they should think expedient, the Applicants agreeing 
to pay all the expence except $200 to be paid by the Town to 
Straighten the northerly side of the Street, at the expiration of 
the Lease of Buildings to be taken down 

Agreed that the Lamps should be lighted in the month of 
October the Chairman & M r . Wright a Comm ee . to divide the 
Town into Districts, each are to be under the particular inspec- 
tion of one Member of the Board, and to Report such regulations 
as they may think proper 

[275.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 1 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, Hunnewell May, AYright 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 2 d . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Porter, Tileston, Oliver Wright 
Hunnewell, May 

Passed upon Accounts 

Liberty was given to Deacon Jacob Holland, to open & repair 
the Common Sewer from his house in North Street, all the 
Proprietors having been notified according to law & no objection 
having been made to his proceeding 

M r . Stevens applied for liberty to erect a fish box over the 
Water at the bottom of Summer Street & presented a recommen- 
dation from a number of the Neighbourhood M r . Tileston was 
desired to give directions for building the same, as he should 
Judge proper 

The Comm 66 . to consider the Towns Claim upon W m : Boylston, 
reported their opinion that advice should be had of the best 
Counsel that could be procured, for the proper mode of prosecut- 
ing the business and the Chairman was desired to hand all the 
Papers to Samuel Dexter Esq for his perusal & consideration 



282 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 9 e . 1 805 
Present: Bulfinch Tilden, Porter Tileston Oliver Hunnewell 
Wright, 

M r . Porter was desired to direct the laying of a cross drain on 
the Neck on to the flatts belonging to M r . Wetherbee & to pave 
a broad gutter to lead into the Sink M r . Wetherbee to give the 
Town an obligation that the Town should for ever enjoy the right 
& use of said Watercourse over his flatts to the Sea to be laid 
& maintained at the expence of the Town 

It being stated to the Board that the Directors of the Insurance 
Company who are Proprietors of the Building [276.] at the 
corner of Exchange lane in State Street, have it in contemplation 
to make expensive repairs upon their house ; it was determined 
to appoint Mess : Tilden & Oliver a Comm 66 . to confer with the 
Abutters on Exchange Lane before such repairs commence to 
endeavour to ascertain the expence of widening that lane & what 
sum could be raised from the Persons interested, towards defray- 
ing the expence 

Mess : Porter Oliver & Hunnewell were desired to view Orange 
Street, to determine .what parts of the same it was expedient to 
pave this Season, & to employ workmen about the same immedi- 
ately 

Liberty was given to M r . Joshua Bull to build a Bakers Oven 
at his house in Fleet Street, provided he can obtain the consent 
of the Fire-wards 

In pursuance of a Precept from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate 
for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made respecting Lemuel 
Ludden, & return was made to the Judge that he was non compos 
& that a Guardian ought to be appointed for him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 16. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, May, Oliver, 

Several Petitions were received from Persons residing in 
Southack Street praying for renewal of their Licenses subject 
referred to next Meeting 

Verbal Reports were made by several Committees 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 23. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Wright, May, Chapman 

Passed upon a number of Persons for Retailers & Inholders for 
this Town 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 283 

The Petition of several Persons in Southack Street for Licenses 
were read & considered, & it was determined not to reconsider 
the Vote of of 25 Septem r . last 

The Town Crier having resigned the Chairman is requested 
to advertize for a suitable Person for that office 

[277.] A well attested complaint being made against M r . 
Jonathan Trask, Captain of the North watch Voted that M r . 
Trask be informed that he will not be considered as one of the 
Town Watch after the close of this month 

M r . Austin one of the Sealers of Weights & Measures has 
liberty to procure a new Standard sealed beam 

Representation being made that M r . Jon th . Balch was about 
leasing a piece of the Flatts lying Westerly of his Wharff for a 
Graving Yard the Chairman was desired to inform M r . Balch, 
that the Board considered the lease of any flatts below the Circular 
line an encroachment on the public property ; & that their duty 
will require that they should make complaint to the Attorney 
General against any incumbrance placed thereon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell 
Chapman Wright 

Passed upon Accounts 

Return was made on the 23 d . Ins 1 , by Deacon Jacob Holland 
of the expence attending the opening & repairing part of the 
common sewer in N. Street, the account thereof being duly 
examined by the selectmen is by them allowed, they being in- 
formed at the same time, that every person concerned in said 
drain had been duly warned according to law & no objection hav- 
ing been entr d to his proceeding ASSESSMENT was made thereon 
by the Selectmen, an order for payment was made out & deliv- 
ered to the aforenamed Jacob Holland which is as follows 

Whereas a drain or common sewer in North Street has been 
repaired conformable to the directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounts to sixty six dollars & as such expence 
is to be borne by such person or persons whose drains enter into 
said common sewer & receive benefit thereby, in such proportion 
as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of said town or the major 
part of them who are empowerd by law to apportion the same 
[278.] Therefore we the subscribers selectmen of said town of 
Boston do hereby certify that having considered the same expence 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



& by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge 


that the same should be paid in the proportion following & by the 


persons hereafter named Viz*. 






Rev 4 . D r . Eliot - - - - 


1 Share - 


$1 ,, 30 


Mary Laughton - - - - 


l_d - - - 


1 ,,30 




1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 




Lewis Leland - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


Michael Malcomb - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Joseph Adams - 


Id -- - 


1 30 




1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 




James Williams - ... 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Dolly Doubt 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


David Steel 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


[William ?] Mills - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


John Banister - - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


John D. Howard - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Thomas Godfrey - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


Benjamin Fuller - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


William Woodward - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


William Bell 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


John Trueman - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


William Dow - - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


William Collins - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


[Elias?] Tuckerman - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 




1 d - - - 


1 30 




William Butler - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,, 30 


Thomas Parker - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Jacob Holland - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


[Edward ?] Oliver - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 


Samuel Brown - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 


Joseph Burbeck - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 


Samuel Winslow - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 


Jacob Hiler ----- 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 




1 d - - - 


1 , 30 




John Lombard - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 


Henry Swift - 


1 d - - - 


1 , 30 


James Robinson - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


David Watson - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


[279.] William Pulcifer - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


Cap*. Cruft - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Paul Revere ----- 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Amos Lincoln for - - } 






Nath 1 . & Joseph Clark j 


2 d - - - 


2 60 


Robert Gardner - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Henry Hutchinson - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


Samuel Walls ----- 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


Cap*. Sampson - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 


Stephen Gibson - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


Josiah Batcheldor - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 30 


James Sherman - - - - 


1 d - - - 


1 ,,30 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 285 

Joseph Chandler - - - - 1 Share - - Si ,, 30 

[Aaron?] Clap ----Id --- 1 ,, 30 

Benjamin Varney - - - ld- - - 1,, 30 

Cap*. Burroughs ----Id --- 1 30 

Cap 1 . Webber - - - - 1 d - - - 1 ,, 30 

And we hereby empower & authorise Deacon Jacob Holland to 
collect & receive the above sums & to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ") 
DAVID TILDEN 

JON TH . HUNNEWELL 1 o 

FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JON TH . CHAPMAN 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 30. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Chapman, May 
Hunnewell Oliver 

Passed upon other Accounts 

A Committee from the American fire Society waited on the 
Board at a late Meeting, to inform them that they had at their 
own expence provided a ladder for the security & use of the 
Inhabitants in case of fire & proposed that the ladder should be 
placed on the South side of the Rev d . M r . Channings Meeting 
House 

A written communication was received from the Comm 66 . of 
the Amicable fire society, informing that they had also provided 
a ladder for the same purposes to be deposited in the wall 
opposite Concert hall 

[28O.] Voted, to present to the aforegoing Societies, the 
thanks of the Board in behalf of the Town ; & that the Chair- 
man insert the same in the public papers & caution the Inhabi- 
tants from making any other use of the ladders than in time of 
fire 

On the application of M r . Barker stating that his Cellar with 
others in Fish Street were overflowed, occasioned by the stoppage 
of the mouth of the Common Sewer where it empties into Ballard 
& Harts Yard the Chairman was desired to view the same & to 
endeavour to obtain Mess : Ballard & Harts consent that the 
water from the drain should continue to run on their ground 
untill a more suitable season for opening the passage way to 
Parsons wharf 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 7 th Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright, May, Oliver, Porter, 



286 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Jurymen drawn for Grand & Petit Jurors for Supreme Judicial 
Court, & entered & posted in Jury Books & Adjourned the 
Meeting to this day fortnight, for the purpose of filling up any 
vacancies that may unavoidably happen in the List of Jurors 

M r . James Low being well recommended by a number of Free- 
holders at the north part of the Town is appointed Captain of 
the North Division of the Watch 

Several Persons appeared & offered themselves for the place of 
Town Crier the choice was referred to the next Meeting 

Agreed to attend the perambulations of the bounds between 
this Town & Roxbury, on Monday next the 7 th . Ins*, the Select- 
men of Roxbury having been notified to meet for that purpose 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 13 th . 
1805 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Chapman, 

[281.] The Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Hunnewell a 
Comm ee to view the passage way in State Street next to 
Robert G. Shaw's Auction Office, to consider whether it is practi- 
cable or expedient to form a Street in that direction 

M r . John Green having produced recommendations from a 
number of respectable Inhabitants which is on file was chosen 
Town Crier, by a unanimous vote taken by ballot 

According to Agreement the Selectmen of Roxbury met at the 
time and place appointed on Thursday the 7 th . Ins 1 . & perambu- 
lated the bounds and renewed the marks, the particulars of which 
are on the mixed papers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 20. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright, May, Chapman 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Oliver a Comm**. to view 
Cambridge Street near M r . Chapmans house to consider what 
improvement may be made in widening the Street there 

M r . Goddard & M r . Knapp having requested in writing that 
the Board would order a suitable number of Lamps to be lighted 
in Front Street ; such lamps to be provided at the expence of the 
proprietors on that street it was agreed that the Chairman should 
inform the Applicants that as soon as the street was properly 
secured by fences on the sides, they would give orders to have 
the lamps lighted as requested 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 287 

The Chairman was directed to take measures to regulate the 
side walk to M r . Skinners new house on Sister Street to give 
M r . Skinner one week to make the necessary alteration, & in case 
of neglect after that time, to have it done & the Bills with 
charges to be presented to him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Novem r . 25. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[282.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Nov r . 25. 
1805 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Chapman, 
Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Petition of Andrew Parker a confined Debtor, praying 
for liberty to carry on his business of Picture frame making in 
the Cellar of the Centre School house was considered and it 
was determined that the building would be endangered by such 
use, & therefore the Petition could not be granted 

Upon the request of a Musical Association by their Comm 66 . 
Mess re : Merian & French, they have liberty to make use of the 
upper Room in the Centre School-house on such Evenings in the 
Week as may not have been previously engaged 

It was determined to widen the west entrance into Bowdoin 
Square, by drawing a line from the North West corner of M r . 
Chapmans house to the N. West Corner of M r . Boots Stable, & 
to proceed at present to lay out so much of M r . Chapmans & M r . 
Shimmins vacant land into the Street as will fall to the North of 
such line M r . Chapman and M 1 . Shimmin to be notified to appear 
on Wednesday next to agree upon Referees to ascertain their 
damages 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Decem r . 2 d . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Porter, Hunne- 
well, Chapman 

Proceeded to draw Jurors for District Court- -and the names 
have been entred & posted in Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 4 th . 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright, Chapman, 
Hunnewell May, Oliver, 

M r . George Erving Willson having produced a recommenda- 
tion from the Rev* 1 . M r . Harris of Dorchester is approved as a 
Master of a private School in this Town to teach Reading writing 
& Arithmetick 



288 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

An application for opening the westerly end of Broad Lane 
was committed to Mess r8 : Hunnewell & Wright 

[283.] The Chairman M r . Tilden Oliver, Hunnewell & 
Chapman a Comm 66 . to consider the expediency of widening 
part of Cambridge Street, where M r . Mackey & Newells land 
borders upon it also to view the foundation of Houses now lay- 
ing in Leveret Street, to consider the expediency of widening the 
Street in that place 

The board went into the consideration of the propriety of ap- 
pointing an agent to prosecute the suit of the Town against 
Ward. N : Boylston Administrator upon the estate of the late 
Thomas Boylston Esq before the Probate Court & to final Judge- 
ment in the Supreme Court the subject having been fully con- 
sidered, it was determined by a very full vote, that it was not 
expedient to appoint an Agent to transact the business, in the 
Courts of this Commonwealth 

It was then unanimously Voted, that Samuel Dexter & Perez 
Morton Esq re . be requested to prosecute the Towns claims 
upon the estate of Thomas Boylston in the capacity of Joint 
Counsel to the Selectmen, who were appointed by the Town 
Agents for this purpose by vote of October 23 d . 1799 

It was also Voted, that if either of the Gentlemen above named 
should in the course of the prosecution render essential & special 
services, the Board would consider them as entitled to liberal & 
special compensation 

Perez Morton Esq. having been invited to attend the above 
resolutions were communicated to him and after some conversa- 
tion he consented to act as Counsel for the Board upon the con- 
ditions proposed, & that the compensation to be allowed him 
should be left untill the termination of the suit 

M r . Morton then communicated an extract of a letter from 
George Erving Esq. of London & withdrew 

It was agreed that this communication should be considered & 
acted upon at a future meeting 

[284.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Dec r . 11. 
1805 Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well Wright Chapman 

The Board agreed with M r . Chapman to refer the consideration 
of the amount of damages for his land taken into Cambridge 
Street, to General John Winslow M r . Joseph Coolidge Jun r . & 
M r . Jonathan Loring 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1805. 289 

Agreed to recommend M r . Stockbridge Joslyn for a license to 
retail Spirits at his Shop in Grove Street one door south from 
Cambridge Street 

The Gentlemen who applied for lighting y e . Lamps in Front 
Street, having represented the difficulties in the way of fencing 
that Street at present according to the wish of the Board, & 
having expressed their determination to do it, as soon as the 
powers of the Corporation should be extended to that object at 
the next Session of the General Court Mr. Tilden was desired 
to employ another lighter & to have the Lamps lighted at the 
expence of the Town 

The attention of the Board was occupied in considering the 
memorial of a number of Inhabitants at West Boston who com- 
plain of the loss of the water from their wells, which they 
attribute to the very great use of water from a well in Chambers 
Street to supply Mess : Getting & Jacksons Distillery a number 
of statements from the Complainants & also from M r . Jackson 
were read & compared, & it was agreed for the further satisfac- 
tion of the Board, to have all the wells in that neighbourhood 
sounded daily, & a minute kept of the quantity of Water in them, 
& a return thereof made at the next Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 18. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Wright, 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem 1 '. 20. 1805 
Present Mess : Tilden, Hunnewell, Wright, May, Tileston, Bul- 
finch, Chapman, Porter, 

In pursuance of a Precept from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate 
[285.] Inspection was made into the circumstances of David 
Spear & return was made to the Judge that he was incapable of 
taking care of himself, & recommend that a Guardian should be 
appointed for him 

M r . Tilden & M r . Wright a Comm 66 . to offer to Judge Wendell 
a piece of land fronting on his Garden on Fort hill at the average 
price of the land lately sold by the Town in that Neighbourhood 
& in case he declines purchasing to offer the same to M r . Eaton 
who has applied for it 

The Chairman was desired to measure & stake out the land 
now owned by Deacon Brown on Orange Street formerly sold by 
the Town, that the true bounds of the land now belonging to the 
Town may be ascertained 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Decem r . 26. 1805 Pres- 
ent Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, Porter, Wright 
Tileston, Chapman 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman Reported that had in company with Deacon 
Brown measured the land now occupied by M r . Brown ; & found 
that it was agreable to the deed given by the Town then con- 
sidered & adopted certain terms of accommodation & proposals 
for reference to be offered to Deacon Brown respecting the 
bounds of the Towns land which are on file & the Chairman was 
desired to furnish Deacon Brown with a Copy of them 

Another Remonstrance was received & read relative to Mess : 
Cotting & Jacksons Well at west Boston & a statement of the 
depth of Water in a number of wells taken 7 Days successively 
& made by M r . Folsome the Chairman was desired to enquire of 
the Distillery whether there was a prospect of their selling their 
works & renewing their manufactory as the Board wish for 
such information previous to coming to a decision on the subject 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30. 1805 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Porter Tileston Oliver Hunnewell 
Wright 

Passed upon Accounts 

[286.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 3 d . 
1806 Present Mess rs : BulfinchTileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, May 

Return was made by M r . Benjamin Eaton of the expence 
attending the opening & repairing part of the Common Sewer in 
Cross Street the Account thereof being duly examined by the 
Selectmen, is by them allowed ; they being informed at the same 
time that every Person concerned in said Drain, had been duly 
warned according to Law ; and no objection had been entered to 
his proceeding. ASSESSMENT was made thereon, an Order of 
payment was made out & delivered to the aforesaid Benjamin 
Eaton, which is as follows 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer in part of Cross Street 
has been repaired conformable to the directions of the Selectmen, 
the whole expence whereof amounts to One hundred & eighty 
Dollars & thirty Cents and as such expence is to be born by such 
persons whose Drains enter into said Common Sewer & receive 
benefit thereby in such proportion as shall be adjudged by the 
Selectmen of said Town or the major part of them who are 
empowered by law to apportion the same therefore we the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston hereby Certify that 
having considered the same expence and by whom and in what 
manner it ought to be paid 

Do ADJUDGE that the same shall be paid in the proportion follow- 
ing, and by the Persons hereafter named 

D 

M r . Bright 1 Share - 18 ,, 3 

Daniel Tuttle 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 3 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 291 

D 

Christopher Smith .... 2 Shares - 36 ,, 6 

Benjamin Eaton 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 3 

[Patrick?] M c . Bride ... l ditto - - 18 ,, 3 

[287.] William Mackay 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 3 

Francis James ----- 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 3 

Estate of Enoch James - - 1 ditto- - 18 ,, 3 

Edward Rumney 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 3 

And the aforesaid Benjamin Eaton is hereby authorized to 
receive the above and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULPINCH ^ , 
JOHN TILESTON | g 

EBEN R . OLIVER [> I 

I u 

EBEN R . HUNNEWELL | 
JOHN MAY 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 8. 1806 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Wright, 
Hunnewell, Oliver, 

Deacon William Brown having agreed to submit the Question 
of his bounds on the Towns Lands to five disinterested Free- 
holders, the Board in conference with him, made choice of the 
following Gentlemen for that purpose 

William Sherburne 
John Jay 
William Parsons 
John C. Jones 
Samuel Cabot Esqrs 

and the Chairman was desired to notify the Gentlemen of the 
appointment, and to request their services 

Further discussion was had, respecting the complaints against 
M r . Cottings Well at New Boston, also respecting the suit in the 
Probate Court against W. N : Boylston Esq. but nothing decided 
upon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 15. 1806 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Porter, Hunne- 
well, Wright, 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be requested & authorized to 
give [288.] his Note of hand payable on demand & bearing 
interest after the 1 st . Day of April next to Tuttle Hubbard Esq 
for three thousand six hundred & sixty six dollars y 6 ^ being the 
sum awarded to him for part of his land & buildings taken by the 
Selectmen to widen Merchants Row 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Comm ee . to take 
suitable measures to mark the boundaries of the new Divisions of 
the Wards of the Town, by affixing boards at the Corners of the 
Streets and such other places as they shall Judge necessary. 
Also to have the description of the Wards printed and dis- 
tributed 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 22 d . 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Wright, Oliver, 

Approved of several Persons for licenses as Inholders & 
retailers of Spirits 

The Comm 66 . relative to designating the bounds of the new 
wards, reported the information they had received of the expense 
of bounds & painting and were desired to proceed upon the 
business 

On application of the heirs of John Rowe Esq. for the removal 
'"" -v of the Engine house now standing on their land, M r . Hunnewell 
was desired to look out for a suitable place for the same 

M r . Tileston to apply to M r . Patty for liberty to place the 
Cataract Engine house on his land near Liberty Square 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 27. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston, Wright, Oliver 
Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 29. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, Hunne- 
well, Chapman, May, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

An order of notice having been published respecting an appli- 
cation for liberty to make a Street across the Mill Pond, [289.] 
the Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright, were desired to 
attend the Meeting of the Committee of the General Court upon 
the subject, to explain the Towns right in the Pond, & defend 
the Towns interest therein 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 5. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 12. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Chapman, May, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Porter, Oliver, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 293 

The Committee chosen last Meeting to attend the subject of 
the Street across the Mill Pond, was desired to apply to the 
Attorney General & to William Sullivan Esq. for advice, & to 
proceed accordingly 

A Comm 66 . of the General Court having advertized that they 
should meet on Monday next, at a place named in Dorchester 
for the purpose of widening the route of a proposed continuation 
of the Brush hill Turnpike to lead to the Northern end of Front 
street in Boston : the Chairman, M r . Porter, M r . Oliver, M r . 
Wright & M r . Hunnewell were desired to attend the Comm ee . 
& were authorised to consent to the proposed Turn Pike on the 
following conditions. 

That on making the Street from Roxbury landing Place to the 
S. End of Front Street, the Earth to form the same should be 
taken wholly from the Flatts on the East side thereof That 
there never should be a Toll Gate erected within the line which 
divides Boston from Roxbury 

That the whole length of said Street, from Front Street to the 
Roxbury line should be lighted by Lamps, placed at the same 
distance from each other, as was determined by the law granting 
the continuation of the Norfolk & Bristol Turn-pike on the West 
side of the Neck. 

That the Town of Boston should have liberty at any time to 
lead Streets from Washington Street Easterly to the Turn Pike 
without any expence for the priviledge of entering thereon 

[29O.] That should the Town of Boston at any time here- 
after, dig a Canal across the Neck to unite the Waters with the 
East & West sides, they should have liberty to dig through the 
Turn pike making suitable abutments & Bridges at the expense of 
the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 19, 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Chapman, 

At a legal Meeting, 21 Grand Jurors & 48 Petit Jurors for 
Supreme Judicial Court drawn out of the Box, which are entred 
and posted in Jury Books 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Wright, 

Passed upon Accounts 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 26. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Porter, Chapman, 
May, Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Warrant was issued for March Meeting to meet at Faneuil-Hall 
Monday the 10 th . of Mai'ch Inst 1 . for the choice of Town Officers 
10. o.' Clock A: M. 

M r . Newell to print Notifications for March Meeting 

The Chairman was desired to request D r . Eckley to open Town 
Meeting with prayer 

Upon the application of M r . George Carter, he was approbated 
as an Auchtioneer to the end of last term 

M r . George Trott Hay-weigher having exhibited his Accounts 
to Decem r . 31 st . 1805 they were examined, & it appeared that 
the proportion of the Receipts of the Hay Scales which he 
recived for his services amounted to 672 Dollars & that there was 
due to the Town after deducting expenses the amount of 200 
Dollars the Accounts were approved and directed to be handed 
to the Treasurer for Settlement 

[291.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10 th 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, May, Oliver, 
Chapman, 

Approved of the Indentures of Thomas Wreath to Daniel 
Raymond Stucco worker, to expire the 22 d . of March 1809 also 
of Christopher Gill to the same D : Raymond to expire the 15 l . 
Day of March 1810 

Voted that the Town Treasurer be requested and authorised to 
give his Note of hand to Russell Sturgis Esq. for the amount 
of the sum awarded to him for part of his Land and Buildings 
taken by the Selectmen to widen Merchants Row the Note to 
bear interest from the first Day of April next & payable on 
demand 

Mess rs : Adam French & James Farrar have liberty to build 
a Tomb in the North Burying Ground M r . Joshua Ellis has 
the like liberty both to be on the East side of the Burying 
Ground 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 12. 1806 
Present Mess* 8 : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, Porter, May, Oliver, 

No business at this Meeting matter of Record 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 295 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen] March 19 th . 
1806 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Wright Kettle, 

The Board came to the choice of a Chairman & the Votes 
being taken by ballot, it appeared that Charles Bulfinch Esq was 
chosen 

Warrant Issued for a Town Meeting on the 1*. Monday of 
April next being the 7 th of April next, 9. o Clock. A: M: for 
the choice of Governor & c 

M r . Newell to have the printing of Notifications for the ensuing 
Town Meeting 

M r . Emmerson to open the Meeting with prayer & 

The Chairman a Comm 66 . to wait upon him & request 

his attendance 

[292.] The Chairman presented the printed list of Voters 
according to the return of the Assessors the same were ordered 
to be posted at Faneuil Hall & at the office of the Board of 
Health, and the following advertisement to be inserted in the 
public papers 

List of Voters in the Town of Boston 

The Selectmen hereby inform their fellow Citizens, that in 
pursuance of the Law of this Commonwealth, there are posted 
at Faneuil-Hall & at the Office of the Board of Health complete 
copies of the list of persons qualified to vote in the choice of 
Governor Lieu 1 . Governor, Senators & Representatives the 
Inhabitants are particularly reminded, that these lists are from 
a new return, made by the Assessors according to law, conform- 
able to the new division of Wards ; every Person is desired to 
examine whether his name is inserted in the list of the Wards 
in which he resides, and in case it should be omitted, to apply 
at the Selectmens Room Faneuil hall, any day previous to the 
election of Governors & Senators (Sundays excepted) between 
the hours of 12 & 1, at which time & place one or more of the 
Selectmen will attend to insert the names of any qualified voters 
which may have been omitted 

The Chairman was desired to furnish the Clerks of the several 
Wards with an extract of the law directing the choice of Assistant 
Assessors, and also to take measures to distribute notifications 
for the choice, to take place on the 1 st . Wednesday of April 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Kettle 



296 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

On the application of a number of Gentlemen residing at West 
Boston, requesting that the Bell taken from the old Meeting 
house, might be raised in some convenient place in that quarter 
of the Town, untill the new House should be ready for it the 
Chairman [293.] was desired to employ M r . Samuel Todd to 
build a suitable Stage for that purpose, in any situation that can 
be found convenient 

Written application having been made by M r . Stephen Codman 
& others for the use of Faneuil-hall on the Evening previous to 
the election of Governour & c . & Benjamin Austin & John Brazier 
Esq re . having made the same request to the Board in Person at the 
last Meeting the subject was now considered, and it was agreed 
that the request of Stephen Codman & others should be complied 
with, provided they should employ three faithful Men to watch 
the building through the night the Men to be approved & under 
the direction of M r . Hunnewell 

Approved the Indentures of Joseph Doak a Minor to Joseph 
Hudson Sailmaker. the term to expire the 13 th . of December 
1811 

Jurors were drawn to serve at the next Court of Common 
Pleas & entred on the Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31 st . 1806 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright,- 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 9*. 1806 
Present Mess rB : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Wright, 

A letter was received from the Committee of the Church in 
Brattle Street respecting the repairs of Dorsets Alley M r . 
Tilden was desired to enquire of the Abutters on the Alley, 
whether the repairs should be done at the expense of the Town, 
or at the charge of the Abutters 

M r . Tilden & M r . Hunnewell were desired to view the Towns 
' land on Water Street, and to endeavour to make an arrangement 
with M r . Harris, who has purchased the Land adjoining for the 
permanent accommodation of the Cataract Engine 

On the application of M r . Josiah Knapp for liberty to fill up 
the Dock at the bottom of Kneeland Street, on the East [294.] 
side of Front Street Mess 18 : Porter, Hunnewell & Wright were 
desired to view the place & consider on what conditions it would 
be expedient to comply with said request 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 297 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 16. 1806 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, Wright, Kettle, 

A communication was received from the Proprietors of the 
Ropewalks at the bottom of the Common, protesting against the 
Report of the Comm 66 . of the Town at the last Town Meeting 
the same was read & ordered to be put on file with the said 
Report 

The Comm ee . on M r . Knapps Petition Reported, that he have 
liberty to fill the Dock at the East end of Kneeland Street, 
reserving the same when completed as a public Street, without 
any exclusive priviledge of using or encumbring it the Report 
was accepted 

M r . Francis Wright J r . was appointed an Auchtioneer for this 
Town, 

The attention of the Board having been called to the expedi- 
ency of widening the Southerly side of the East end of State 
Street; it was agreed that whenever the Agents of the Long 
Wharff Proprietors or any other Persons shall indemnify the 
Town from the expense attending it, the Board would take 
measures to widen the Street 

It was agreed that such Military Companies as may wish for 
the use of the Armories in the upper story of Faneuil hall shall 
have the right of choice in succession according to the period of 
time which they had occupied rooms for the same purpose in the 
old building that the Company which first had the use of an 
Armory should have the first choice & the rest in rotation and 
for further explanation, it is determined to be the opinion of 
the Board that the ancient & hon ble . Artillery Company, has the 
right of first choice 

Signed a Deed of a piece of Land on Fort hill to Uriah Cot- 
ting for the Sum of one thousand Dollars 

This being the time assigned by public Advertisement [295.] 
for coming to the choice of Constables for one Year the following 
Persons were chosen Viz 1 

M r . Thomas Stevenson Sureties Dudley Walker and 

Thorn 8 . Stevenson Jun r . 
M r . Amos Lewis ------ Thomas Lewis & 

Joshua Ellis 
Levi Joy ..-...._ Edward Wentworth 

Joseph Bennet 
Samuel White ------- Abraham Babcock 

Eben r . Slough 



298 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Elisha Copeland ------ Abram Gibson 

John Perry 
Moses Thayer ------- Nath 1 . Frothingham 

Samuel Sanger 
Farewell Brown ------ William Wiley 

Thomas Edmunds 
Benj". B. Leeds Jere Gore, Benj n . Bass & 

Nath 1 . Tucker- 
John Deverel ------- Perkins Nichols 

Henry Lane Whiting 

Jirah Holbrook Edward Staples 

Jon a . Merry 

Solomon Twist ------- Moses Gardner 

Jonas Twist 

James Sumner - George Homer 

Thomas Howe 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be directed not to Administer the 
Oath of Office to either of the Persons above chosen until he shall 
produce a certificate from the Town Treasurer that he has given 
Bonds as the law directs 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d . 1806 
Present Mess": Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Oliver, Wright, May, Kettle, 

Six extra Jurors for C. C. P. drawn & posted in Jury Book 

The Board were occupied in considering the best mode of 
obtaining a correct list of Votes to be used in the election for 
[296.] Representatives, and agreed to return a Copy of the 
printed lists to the Assessors together with the additions made 
at the last Election ; from which they should be desired to furnish 
such lists as in their Judgement would be correct 

The Chairman proposed a division of the Town into districts, 
each under the especial superintendence of one Selectman, for 
the purpose of paving & other Town work the particulars of 
which are on file ; the same was adopted & each Gentleman to be 
furnished therewith 

On complaint that M r . Low Sexton of the West Boston 
Society, persists in executing the duties of a funeral Porter 
although not licensed for that purpose M r . Porter & M r . Wright 
were desired to prosecute him for so doing 

Mess" : Tilden Tileston & M r . May a Committee to view M r . 
Jonathan Balchs Wharff to inquire into any incroachments he 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 299 

may have made or incumbrances on the flatts east of the Circular 
Line & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulflnch Tilden, Tileston Porter Wright May 
Kettle 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver May, 
Wright, Kettle 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Application having been made from the Captains of the Militia, 
requesting that a suitable number of Arms & military equipments 
should be provided for such Inhabitants as are unable to furnish 
themselves ; M r . Wright was desired at the last meeting to make 
enquiry into the expence he now Reports, that the Town being 
provided with Arms, the cost of the other articles would be about 

5 Dollars for each stand of Arms It was agreed to suspend 
entring on the subject untill the Armories at Faneuil-hall should 
be completed 

M r . Richard Austin & M r . Timothy Green were chosen Sealers 
of weights & Measures for the current Year, [297.] to act in 
the same divisions of the Town as during the past Year 

Warrants were signed for Town Meetings for the choice of 
Representatives, & other matters to meet on Wednesday the 14 

6 Thursday the 15 1 . of May next 9. o. Clock & 10. o Clock 

D r . Kirkland to open the Meeting with Prayer, & M r . Hunne- 
well a Committee to make the request 

M r . Newell to have the printing of Notifications for May 
Meetings 

After a full consideration of the best mode to obtain a correct 
list of the persons qualified to vote for Representatives, it was 
agreed to hand the lists which have been returned by the 
Assessors, to the Gentlemen who checked the lists at the last 
Election, and to request them to correct the lists in their several 
Wards, and to return them to the Chairman 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7. 1806 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright, Kettle May 

A Comm 66 . of the Proprietors of the Long Wharff appeared 
& presented a Remonstrance against the proceedings of the 



300 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Broad Street Association, who they stated were laying a Wharff 
beyond the limits of the Circular Line a Plan of the Circular 
line was Exhibited, the Gentlemen having withdrawn the subject 
was considered, & the Chairman was directed to inform the 
Broad Street Association that the Board considered the Wharff 
now placing by their order as a trespass beyond the Ancient 
boundary 

The Chairman was desired to insert in the papers an Advertize- 
ment to forbid the throwing of Squibs Serpents or Crackers, 
according to the Law lately passed by the Legislature 

The Board having viewed the northerly end of Pleasant Street 
in front of the heads of the late Rope-walks, it was agreed to be 
expedient that the same should be widen'd by drawing a line from 
the North East Corner of the Cellar of Isaac P. Davis's [298.] 
Walk to the Northeast corner of the Brick Store of M r . P. B. 
Rogers M r . Emmons' Walk being reduced in length by this 
proceeding, he appeared & stated his objections ; when it was 
agreed that he should be compensated for the damage which he 
should sustain Mess : Bulfinch Tilden & Hunnewell were 
desired to view the ground & to ascertain whether the improve- 
ment would be effected without unreasonable additional expense 
to obtain a foundation to M r . Emmons Hemphouse 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20. 1806 
Present Mess sr : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, May, 
Wright, Kettle, 

Grand & Petit Jurors for the Circuit Court were drawn & 
entered & posted in the Jury Book 

A Comm 66 . appointed by the Gentlemen Associated to make a 
Street across the Mill Pond, presented a survey of the Land 
adjoining each end of the proposed Street which was examined, 
& after consideration agreed by the Board, that the Street should 
be sixty feet wide across the Pond & 40 feet wide from the shore 
of the Pond to the Bridge & from the easterly shore to Middle 
Street the Chairman was desired to inform the proprietors, and 
to stake it out accordingly 

M r . Charles Vose proprietor of a lot of land on the easterly 
side of Broad Street, abutting on State Street, appeared & 
informed that he had contracted with the proprietors of the Long 
Wharf, to take six feet 10. inches in width from the north end of 
his lot to add to the street upon their paying him the sum of 
2500 dollars M r . Vose then signed & acknowledged a deed of 
that piece of land to the town, to be added to the high way, & a 
certificate of the same was given him to present to the Clerk of 
the Long wharf proprietors in order to demand payment 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 301 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26. 1806 
Present Bulfinch, Tilden Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright & 
Kettle, 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Chairman reported that upon viewing the situation of 
[299.] [a] proposed street across the Mill Pond, he found the 
ground at the westerly end would allow of its being 45 feet wide, 
but at the easterly end it could not be more than 30 feet without 
occasioning unreasonable expence to the proprietors this Report 
being considered, it was agreed to lay out the street as follows 

The north & west line to begin on Charles River Bridge near 
the first lamp post from a point in the direction with the north- 
westerly capsill of the wharf belonging to the proprietors of said 
bridge, thence along said capsill & in the same direction seven- 
teen feet from the westerly end thereof ; then turning & continu- 
ing in a right line to a point five feet west of the most easterly 
corner of the mill house & through the same mill house to the 
pond thence making a bend more westerly across the pond to 
the easterly corner of the factory on the mill creek & through the 
same to the west side of the Towns passage way leading to 
Middle Street 

The north and the east line to begin at the toll house on 
Charles River Bridge thence to run fifty feet to a Shop belong- 
ing to the Proprietors of said Bridge to a point thereon, fifty feet 
distant from the north line, thence turning & running in a right 
line forty jive feet distant from the first described line untill it 
come to the Pond, then to widen on the easterly side to sixty feet 
across the pond, the line then to turn westerly along the shore 
of the pond to a point thirty five feet distant from the corner of 
the Factory; thence southerly through land of J. Bulfinch, and 
J. Howe to a point in said Howes westerly line which is 78 feet 
from Middle Street, thence along said Howes west line to Middle 
Street 

M r . Sylvanus Gray presented another memorial respecting the 
injury done to a number of wells at west Boston by the excessive 
use of Water from the well owned by Mess re : Getting & others 
after considerable conversation on the subject, the Chairman 
was desired to make particular examintion into the state of the 
wells at that part of the Town & to Report 

[3OO.] Boston ss : At a special Meeting of the Selectmen 
[June 2 d . 1806] Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, May, Kettle 

M r . Tilden confined to his House by sickness, was unable to 
attend 



302 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman informed the Board that he had understood from 
one of the Representatives of the Town in the General Court, 
that the return made to the Secretary of the Commonwealth 
of the Votes for Governour Lieut 1 . Governour & Senators in 
Apirl last, was incorrect in some particulars of form, for which 
reason he had summoned a Meeting that suitable measures might 
be taken to Justify the conduct of the Selectmen in signing such 
return 

The Town Clerk being then applied to & affirming that the 
return in April last was in the form & manner which he had 
always used on such occasions he was desired to write two 
Certificates to that effect which he did as follows 

I the Subscriber Town Clerk of the Town of Boston duly 
qualified & sworn, testify & declare, that I was Town Clerk of 
said Town, at the time of the adoption of the Constitution of this 
Commonwealth the 25 th . of October 1780 and have been annually 
elected to that office to the present time, and that return has been 
made of the Votes received at the April Elections for Governour 
IA Governour & Senators in the same manner & form annually, 
and that it has never come to my knowledge that either of those 
returns were ever objected to 

signed 
WILLIAM COOPER Town Clerk 

One of said Certificates was returned to the Senators of the 
County of Suffolk, and the other to the Representatives of the 
Town of Boston 

[3O1.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 4 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, May, Kettle, 
Hunnewell, Wright, 

Approved of the Indentures of John Murdough a Minor to 
Stephen Hall, Housewright ; to be in force untill May 20 th . 1810 

Agreed to lease the Stalls in the new part of Faneuil Hall 
Market, each shall be put up to lease at 50 Cents p Week, and 
the highest bidder over that sum to have the right of choice 

A Billet was received from Mess rs : Benjamin Russell & Thomas 
Danforth in behalf of a great number of Citizens requesting the 
use of Faneuil-hall on the 4 1 . of July next, for a publick Dinner 
granted 

Communication from the President of Broad Street Asso- 
ciation was read explaining the proceedings of their Agents with 
respect to the Circular Line the Report referred for further 
consideration 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 303 

Cap*. Badger having applied for 10,000 Cartridges for the use 
of the Militia at a publick parade about the middle of June M r . 
Wright was desired to procure a sufficient quantity of Powder & 
to employ M r . Burbeck to make the Cartridges, to be delivered to 
the several majors at the order of the Chairman 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 th . 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Kettle, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, Wright 

Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas & entred on Jury 
Books 

The Chairman presented a Report of the state of the Wells at 
West Boston in Hancock Street, Lynde Street & c . with a plan of 
those Streets & the Houses adjacent to exhibit the number of 
Wells & their actual conditions, the same was veiwed by the 
Gentlemen present and agreed to examine it further previous to 
next Meeting, when the remonstrance on that subject is to be 
acted upon 

[3O2.] A number of Gentlemen Abutters upon the Passage 
way leading from Kilby Street, lately to Doanes Wharf, now into 
Broad Street, having requested that the same should be made a 
publick Street ; the Selectmen having considered that the greater 
part of said Street has been pav'd at the expense of the Abutters, 
and that by accepting it, any incumbrances might be more readily 
removed by the Authority of the Town, it was agreed to record 
the same as a publick high way, by the name of Doane Street 

M r . Oliver & M r . Kettle a Committee to view the Cellar now 
digging for a Store for William Brown Esq at the Corner of 
Broad Street & Doane Street & to consider the expediency 
of taking any part of M r . Browns Land to widen the east side of 
the Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18. 1806 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Tileston, Kettle, 

Agreeable to Precept from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate from 
the County of Suffolk, Inquisition was made into the circumstances 
of Robert Steele, and return made to the Judge that the said 
Robert Steele was non compos & that a Guardian ought to be 
appointed for him 

The Town Clerk was directed to give Certificates of reappoint- 
ment as Auchtioneers, to such as have been appointed during the 
past year & wish to renew their Licenses 



304 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Comm 66 . to view Doane Street, & to consider the expediency 
of taking part of Deacon Browns land to widen the easterly end 
of said Street Reported that they had consulted Deacon Brown 
upon the subject, who was exceedingly averse to parting with 
any of his land for the purpose The Committee were of opinion 
that the proposed widening should have been done before the 
Land was sold by the Broad Street Association, and that it was 
not expedient to exert the powers of the Board on this occasion 
the Report was considered, & after hearing the Applicants the 
same was accepted 

Several Gentlemen who presented the Remonstrance at a late 
Meeting respecting their loss of Water at [3O3.] West Boston 
now appeared to urge that some conclusive trial might be made 
to prove how far the constant use of the Great Well in Chambers 
Street affected them after hearing", the Gentlemen & considering 
the subject, the Chairman was desired to notify Mess rs : Cotting 
Lowell & Jackson that the Board expected they would stop the 
use of their Well, or of the privilege of the Pipes through the 
Streets from Saturday Evening next, for one fortnight ensuing : 
That two impartial persons should be chosen by the Proprietors 
of the Well and by the Remonstrants to sound daily at the Wells 
in that Neighbourhood that were open, to keep an accurate 
account of the depth of Water, to be handed to the Selectmen at 
the expiration of the time 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 21. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, May, Kettle, 

This Meeting was called to draw Jurors for the District Court 
after completing that business proceeded to sign Deeds of 
three Lots of Land sold on the 1 9 th . Ins 1 , on Fort-hill 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25*. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter Tileston Oliver, Hunnewell, May 
Kettle, Wright 

On the application of a number of the Abutters upon the 
Street at the foot of the Steps on the North side of Beacon-hill, 
which Street leads from Middlecot to Hancock Street it was 
determined that Street should in future be called & known by 
the Name of Derne Street 

Upon Report of Comni 66 . appointed to view, it was agreed 
that a drain belaid from Warren Street Southerly into Pleasant 
Street to convey off the over ground Water, provided the Proprietors 
of the Land through which it shall pass, shall convey to the Town 
the use of such Land for ever M r . Porter was desired to 
have the same done at the Towns expense, on the most favoura- 
ble terms 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 305 

On the application of Isaac P. Davis & P. B. Rogers for lib- 
erty to extend their covered Ropewalks, by building a Shed over 
the [3O4:.] Platforms at the Westerly end of their Walks, it was 
determined that it was not expedient to grant such indulgence 
& that it exceeded the powers of the Board, the length of the 
covered walk having been determined by the Town in the original 
grant to the Proprietors 

An application, that the ground in the mall, might be staked 
out & let to such purchasers as would wish to occupy the same 
for Tents on the 4 th . of July next under certain regulations, was 
referred untill the sense of the Town could be known on the 
subject 

A Petition from a number of young men praying for liberty to 
throw Fire works of any description on the Common on the 
Evening of the 4*. of July, was read & considered ; and it was 
agreed in consideration of the discretionary power given to the 
Selectmen by law, to allow the throwing of all kinds of fire works 
in the Common on that Evening, provided it should be at the 
distance of 200 feet from the Rails 

The Chairman read a Copy of a letter which he had sent to 
Mess 18 : Cotton Lowell & Jackson on the subject of their well 
near Chambers Street & also their answer, both of which are on 
file In their answer they decline consenting to the proposal to 
stop the use of the Water after debate it was agreed that the 
Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright, be a Comm ee . to con- 
sult Judge Davis respecting the nature of the grant of Pipes 
from said Well & to ascertain the Towns rights to revoke the 
privilege given on the 24*. of April 1805, as by minute in the 
Selectmens Books 

Signed a Warrant for Town Meeting on the 4 e . of July next 
being the Anniversary of American Independence 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30*. 1806 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, 
Kettle, May 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Committee appointed the last Meeting to consult Judge 
Davis respecting the right of the Selectmen to suspend the 
privilege [3O5.] given to M r . Cotton & Lowell Reported that 
Judge Davis had fully considered the subject, & had given his 
opinion that the privilege of laying Pipes for the conveyance of 
Water through certain Streets having been granted as an indul- 
gence to those Gentlemen & without any consideration therefor, 
to the Town, that the Selectmen had a right to suspend or wholly 
stop such indulgences whereupon Voted, that the Chairman be 



306 CITY DOCUMENT No. 98. 

desired to inform M r . Cotton Lowell & Jackson that the privilege 
granted them of laying Pipes in Chambers Street & c . to their 
works will be suspended from and after the 15 e . Day of July 
next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1 806 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Kettle, Tileston, Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Selectmen having given liberty to M r . Thomas Heath to 
lay a Drain from the Northwesterly corner of the Burying 
Ground on Cops Hill to the Water for the purpose of draining 
the Tombs on said Burying Ground, the whole expence of which 
by an Account rendered and examined amounted to Ninety six 
Dollars They do hereby adjudge that said expence shall be 
borne by the Proprietors of the Tombs benefited thereby as 
follows 

Enoch Rust 1 - - - - $5 ,, 33 

Thomas Godfrey .... 1 - ... 5 ,, 33 
Caleb Loring & Benj n . Smith 1 - - - - 5 ,, 33 
Crocker & Valentine - - 1- - - - 5,, 33 
Samuel Brintnal ----1-.-- 5,, 33 

Henry Swift 1 .... 5 ,, 33 

Norcross. Sampson & Ben ford 1 - - - - 5 ,, 33 
Asa & Cyrus Holbrook --!---- 5,, 33 
Francis & Enoch James - 1- - - - 5,, 33 

Davis, Warren Jacobs ) 

& Seth Lothrop - - -Jl - - - - 5,, 33 
Elijah Lewis -----1--.- 5,, 33 

Jacob Hiler 1-... 5, ,33 

Daniel Ballard & J. Wash- 

burne ..----1---. 5, ,33 

Isaiah Thomas - - - - 1 - - - . 5,, 33 

[3O6.] Benjamin Varney & Eliz 1 . 

Rogers ------1---- 5,, 33 

Shelton Homes & Foster, - 1- - - - 5,, 33 

Jacobs Binford & Green - 1 - - - 5 ,, 33 
Edward Hart 1 - - - - 5 ,, 33 

18 Shares 

And we hereby empower the said Thomas 
Heath to receive the above sums of the 
Persons aforenamed, and to give discharges 
therefore 

CHARLES BULFINGH 
DAVID TILDEN 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JOHN MAY 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 307 

M r . Bulfinch Oliver & Tileston, Committee to confer with the 
Agents of Long Wharf Corporation relative to widening State 
Street, from M r . Voses Store to Long Wharf 

On a proposal from John Lowell Esq. respecting the School- 
house in School Street the Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . 
Wright were desired to view the Land & to consider M r . Lowells 
proposition & to Report 

Repeated remonstrances having been received against the great 
number of Hackney Carriages that usually stand in Kilby Street, 
Liberty Square & Adams's Street the subject was fully con- 
sidered, & it was determined that in future 15 Carriages only 
should be allowed to stand at one time in those Streets ; and to 
make this restriction operate equally it was agreed that the Car- 
riages numbered from 1 to 15 should have liberty for one week, 
the Carriages from 16 to 30 to stand there the 2 d . Week, from 
31. to 45 to stand there the 3 d . Week & from 46 to 60 to stand 
there on the 4 th . Week in succession after which they should 
begin again the rotation. It was also agreed that the Owners & 
Drivers of the other Carriages should be allowed to stand in the 
following places & as many & no more in such places as hereafter 
assigned Viz 1 . 

On [3O7.] th<} Square East of D r . Kirk- 
lands Meeting house. ------------8. 

on Tremont Street front of Chapel Burying Ground - - 6 

in Bowdoin Square 6 

in the North Square 6 

M r . Tilden was desired to view the Ground in Liberty Square 
& c . and to point out the most convenient stands for Carriages ; 
the Chairman to direct the Assistant Police Officer to arrange 
them accordingly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Kettle, 

Mess rs : Oliver Hunnewell, & May a Comrn 66 . to confer with 
M r . Harris respecting the Towns Land & Water Course near 
Water Street to agree with him for a suitable place for the 
Cataract Engine House, or to procure from him an obligation 
to pay for said Land & Water Course at the same rate which M r . 
Phillips paid by the award of the Referees 

The request of a number of Gentlemen of the South part of 
the Town for liberty to place a Fish Box near the entrance 
of South Bridge was considered ; that situation was not approved 
for the purpose, but liberty was given to place it at the Easterly 
end of Castle Street over the Water 



308 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

A Committee was received from the Board of health in con- 
formity thereto. Voted, that the Funeral Porter, be directed 
to make weekly returns to the Secretary of the Board of Health 
of all persons buried by them, in such manner as the Board of 
Health shall direct 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 16. 1806 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hun- 
newell, Wright, Kettle May 

Communication having been made by Mess r8 : Lowell & c . that 
they had desisted from the use of the Water of the Well near 
Chambers's Street, & requesting that measures might be taken 
to ascertain the effect of their well on others in the Neighbour- 
hood [3O8.] It was Voted that Mess r8 : Tilden Oliver & Hun- 
newell be a Comm ee . to direct such experiments & enquiries as 
they should think proper, & that the Parties be notified to meet 
on Friday next at Noon to agree upon the mode of proceeding 
under the direction of said Comm 66 . 

A Comm 66 . of Proprietors of Long Wharf appeared & stated 
that M r . Welch the Owner of a Store at the westerly end of State 
Street was taking measures to repair his Store at considerable 
expense, part of which they supposed ought to be taken down to 
widen the Street for public convenience ; that they had been at 
the expence of 5000 Dollars to widen the Street, so far as was 
already done, & were willing to leave to Referrees to state what 
further proportion they ought to bear if the Town would agree to 
pay the remainder the Gentlemen having withdrawn it was 
Voted, that the Comm 66 . of Long Wharff be informed, that the 
Board think proper to abide by their Vote of the 1 6 th . of April 
last 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d . 1806 
Present Mess r " : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Kettle, May, Wright, 

Approved the Indentures of William Hill to Edward Jenkins 
Blacksmith to be in force untill July 1813, when he will arrive at 
the Age of twenty one Years 

Application from Long Wharff Proprietors read, & referred 
to Monday next 

The Committee to examine M r . Tilestons Accounts of Frank- 
lins Donation Reported that they were correct, that loans had 
been made to 120 Persons, 68 of whom had now balances of the 
Sums loaned to them ; that there were 1153 Dollars in the hands 
of the Treasurer & 302 Dollars due, ready to be collected the 
choice of a Treasurer referred to Monday next 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 309 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28. 1806 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, May, Kettle, Wright, Porter, 
Oliver 

Passed upon Accounts 

[3O9.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30. 
1806 Present Megs rs : Bulfinch, Tileston, May, Oliver, Porter, 
Kettle, Wright- 
Passed upon other Accounts 

The Chairman M r . Tileston & M r . Wright a Comm 66 . to view 
Oliver Street to consider the expediency of widening the upper 
part thereof 

M r . Jonathan Phillips appeared & represented that a number 
of signs annexed to the Stores in Liberty square, had been 
injured in the evening by some persons unknown ; he requested in 
behalf of the neighbourhood, that the Board would take such 
measures as they should think proper it was agreed to advertise 
a reward of 100 Dollars upon conviction of any one who had 
perpetrated the above mischief M r . Phillips having agreed that 
the reward should be paid by the Gentlemen who had received 
the insult, and whose property had been injured. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 7. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Wright, May, Porter, 

M r o Porter Tileston & Kettle, were desired to confer with the 
Undertakers of the new Street across the Mill Pond, respecting 
the necessary openings or Sluices to be left through the Street, 
for admitting the Waters of the Pond, to the North & East of 
the Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 14. 1806 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oh'ver, Hunne- 
well, May, Wright Kettle, 

The Comm 66 . to view the street across the mill pond reported 
their opinion that two openings of 20 feet wide each would be 
necessary to prevent the accumulation of filth, on the north east 
side of the street at this meeting a petition to the same effect 
was handed by a number of gentlemen living on the borders of 
the pond M r . Nichols the Agent for the proprietors of the street 
was present Upon examining the grant of the street, by [31O.] 
the General Court, it was found that the undertakers could not 
be compelled to make any additional openings, but the Select- 
men recommended it to be done to prevent the fears of the 
Neighbourhood, and the agent agreed to leave the two openings 
as desired 



310 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

John Lowell Esq. having requested leave to remove the engine 
house in School street, back to the front line of the school & to 
/"put on a flat composition roof the request was immediately com- 
plied with 

Another application being received from the Proprietors of 
Long Wharff , praying that the Board would proceed to take down 
part of M r . Will m : Welchs Store in State Street the subject 
was fully considered, and the Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Wright 
chosen a committee to confer with the applicants to understand 
how far they meant to extend the improvements & what further 
measures would be necessary and to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 20*. 1806 
Present Mess": Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell, 
Wright, May, Kettle, 

M r . Andrew Sigorney applied in behalf of the Proprietors of 
the Building called Boston Theatre in Federal Street, for the 
approbation of that Building, to be used for one Year from the 
1 st day of Septem*. next, for the purpose of exhibiting Stage 
plays Interludes & other Theatrical performances at the same 
time M r . Snelling Powels applied in behalf of the Company 
under his management for the approbation of the Board, that 
they might perform one year from the 1 st . Day of Septem r . next, 
various kinds of Theatrical performances in the Building in 
Federal Street, called the Boston Theatre 

The applications were made in pursuance of a law of this 
Commonwealth passed in March last the subject being considered, 
it was Voted, to comply with their request, and Certificates of 
approbation were signed by a major part of the Selectmen 

The Comm ee . appointed to direct the measures to be taken to 
examine and ascertain the effect of the use of the great well in 
Chambers Street upon other wells in that Neighbourhood Reported 

[311.] That the parties had agreed, that Mess 18 : Allen 
Pollock & James Sumner should make the proposed examination 
& were now ready to make report of their proceedings Mess : 
Pollock & Sumner being present, the papers presented by them 
were read, & various enquiries made of them upon the subject 
but no decision had another statement was also received & read, 
from Cap*. Barnard 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 22 d . 1806 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, Wright, Kettle 

Passed upon Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 311 

Representation having [been] made at the last meeting that 
James Newman from idleness & habits of intemperance was in 
danger of squandering & wasting his property & that application 
should be made to the Judge of Probate for the appointment of 
a Guardian the subject was referred to Mess : May & Kettle for 
inquiry they reported that they had inquired of his Mother and 
other friends & had fully ascertain'd that the representation made 
to the Board was Just whereupon it was agreed to apply to the 
Judge of Probate for the appointment of a Guardian to the said 
James Newman 

The subject of the great well in Chambers Street was again 
resumed, the late returns were read & after considerable discussion, 
the Comm 66 . was requested to take the papers & to call a meeting 
of the parties to endeavour to effect a compromise or agreement 
between the Owners of the Great Well & the persons who it can 
be ascertained to be affected thereby 

A paper was received from [the] Proprietors of Long Wharf in 
which they engage to defray the expenses of widening the south 
side of the east end of State Street ; if the Board would take 
legal measures to effect it Voted to proceed to widen the Towns 
part of State Street, the Chairman M r . Oliver & Wright [to] be a 
Comm 66 . to apply to the Proprietors of the Stores to be taken 
down & to pursue the steps of the law to effect the improvement 

[312.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 3, 
1806 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
May, Kettle, 

Return was made by M r . Thayer the Constable of the number 
of lamps in several wards the same was examined 

Measurement of Love Lane was handed in, with an estimate of 
the expense of paving it the same was referred to Mess 18 : May 
& Kettle to consider the expediency of widening that Street and 
removing obstructions previous to paving it 

The Chairman was desired to attend to paving the Avenue to 
Brattle Street leading from Elm Street also to confer with the 
Committee of Brattle Street Church, relative to an effectual 
Repair of the Alley leading north from Court Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 10. 1806 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, May, Kettle, 
Tilden, 

Whereas the applications for the use of the military hall for 
exercises, are so numerous that the several Companies cannot be 
accommodated in the evenings of one week It was agreed that 



312 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

each company be restricted to one evening in the fortnight, and 
the Chairman was desired to certify the commanders of the 
different corps of the arrangement, & assign to them the same 
evening which they formerly assembled on, as far as could be 
done under the present increased number of Applicants 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem 1 . 1 7 th . 
1806 Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, May, Wright, Kettle 

M r . Wright was desired to procure a sufficiency of powder for 
the parade to take place early in October, & to have the same 
made into Cartridges to be delivered to the orders of the several 
Majors of the Sub-Legions 

Mess : Tileston, Hunnewell, & Wright a committee to [313.] 
view Leveret Street by M r . Dunlops to consider & direct the 
digging away the Street 

M r . Oliver added to Committee, on the Neck, to view and 
direct repairs 

M r . Jackson one of the Proprietors of [a] Well in Chambers 
Street, appeared & stated, that as it appeared from the returns 
of M r . Pollock that few persons were affected by their use of the 
water and prayed that a decision might be had in favour of him- 
self & his Associates the subject was considered & argued and 
after several motions made to bring it to a close which did not 
obtain the subject subsided 

Return was made by Joseph Bradley of the Expense attending 
the opening & Repairing the Common Sewer from Brattle Street 
to the Dock Square ; the account thereof being duly examined by 
them was allowed : they being informed at the same time, that 
every person concerned in said Drain had been duly warned 
according to Law, and no objection had been returned to his 
proceeding ASSESSMENT was made thereon, an Order of payment 
was made out and delivered to the aforesaid Bradley, which is as 
follows 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore from Brattle Street to 
Dock Square has been repaired conformable to the directions of 
the Selectmen, the whole expense whereof amounts to two 
hundred Dollars seventy six cents ; and as such expense is to be 
borne by such Persons whose Drains enter into said Common 
Sewer and receive benefit thereby, in such proportion as shall be 
Adjudged by the Selectmen of said Town or the major part of 
them who are empowered by Law to Apportion the same, Therefore 
we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston hereby 
Certify that having considered the said Expense & by whom and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 313 

in what manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE, that the same 
shall be paid [314.] in the proportion following, and by the 
Persons hereafter Named Viz' 

D. c 

John Joy 1 Share - - - 33 ,, 46 

Samuel Eliot ----- 2 ditto - - - 66 ,, 92 
Daniel Greanleaff - - - 1 ditto - - - 33 ,, 46 
John Brazier ----- 1 ditto - - - 33 ,, 46 
Charles Cushing - - - - 1 ditto - - - 33 ,, 46 

And the aforesaid J. Bradlee is hereby authorized to receive 
the above, and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ") J, 

DAVID TILDEN 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBENEZER OLIVER 
JONATH N . HlJNNEWELL 
JOHX MAY 

I "* 

J 03 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 24 1806 
present Mess re : Tilden, Porter, Kettle, Wright, Tileston', Oliver, 
May, Hunnewell, 

Deacon Kettle & Col. May, appointed a Committee to direct 
in the laying side Stone & c . before M r . Darlings Land 

M r . "White & M r . Welsh's Letters, referred to the Committee 
on State Street, they to consider and act thereon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 29*. 
1806 Present Mess: Tilden, Porter, Tileston, May, Kettle, 
Wright, Hunnewell, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

James Carricks Indentures to Cap 1 . William Hathway as an 
Apprentice were presented to the Selectmen, by them approved & 
placed on the Town files 

On application of T. Sumner & others for liberty to dig a Well 
at the lower part of Beacon Street Mess : Tileston Oliver & 
Hunnewell appointed a Comm ee . thereon Reported, that liberty 
might be given them, under proper restrictions 

[315.] Communication in writing from M r . Josiah Snelling 
respecting a proposal of M r . Darling, for some alteration in 
Salem Street referred to Mess : Tileston & Kettle 



314 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October I 1 . 1806 
Present Mess : Porter, Tileston, May, Oliver, Kettle, Hun- 
newell, Wright, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

The Committee on the Petition of Cotton Lowell and Jackson 
to have the Crown of Leveret Street taken off Report that it is 
unnecessary 

The Comm ee . on the application for widening Green Street 
Report, that it is not necessary to be done on the Towns expense 

Mess 1 " 8 . Hancock & others application, relative to Beacon Hill, 
referred to the next Town Meeting 

"Wednesday next, Assigned, to come to the choice of a Super- 
intendent of the Lamps for one Year 

Agreed to meet, for business at 3. o'. Clock P : M : 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 8. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright, May, Kettle 

Agreed to allow seventy five Dollars towards paving Pecks 
Lane, when completed to satisfaction of the Board 

The Chairman was desired to call upon J. Phillips Esq. & ask 
him to appear in behalf of the Town at the next Court of Com- 
mon Pleas, to answer in an action of Oliver Wendell Esq respect 8 . 
Land formerly sold by the Town to John Row Esq. on Battery 
March Street 

Agreable to Assignment came to the choice of a Superintendent 
of the Lamps, when David Tilden Esq. was chosen 

Mess : Oliver, Hunnewell & Wright were chosen a Comm 66 . to 
consider & Report suitable regulations of the Lamps & Lamp 
Lighters 

The Chairman was desired to inform the Proprietors of Stores 
intended to be taken down to widen State Street, that from the 
lateness of the season, the Board had concluded to suspend their 
proceedings untill the Spring 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octob r . 15. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Porter, Oliver, Hun- 
newell, May, Wright, Kettle 

[316.] Jurors drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court, and 
entered and posted in the Jury Books 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 315 

The Chairman, M r . Oliver, & M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee . on the 
application of the India Wharff Proprietors to confer with them 
relative to widening Battery March Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 22 d . 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Kettle, Oliver, 

A Warrant signed for a Town Meeting the 3 d . Day of Novem- 
ber next, 11. o'. Clock for the choice of a Representative for Con- 
gress, for the District of Suffolk 

Rev*. M r . Lowell to open Town Meeting with prayer 

M r . Newell to print the Notifications for the ensuing Town 
Meeting 

Approved the Indenture of Stephen Williams to Prince Hall to 
continue in force untill the 15 th . of February 1810 as on file 

Petition received from a number of Gentlemen residing on or 
near Bowdoin Square, that the Hacks might be removed from 
that place, referred for consideration to Wednesday next 

The Comm ee . upon Lamps Reported a number of regulations 
which were read & considered & handed to M r . Tilden to be 
communicated to the Lighters, that they may be informed of the 
services required of them 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 27. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tileston, Porter, Wright, Kettle, 
Hunnewell, Tilden, May, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

On application from the Judge Advocate of this Division of 
Militia stating that a Court Martial was to be held to Morrow, & 
that the County Court house was so occupied as to render it im- 
possible to meet there & no other public Room could be obtained 
for the purpose therefore requesting the use of the Center 
Reading School the Subject considered & liberty granted for 
the use of the School-house the Chairman was desired to inform 
the Masters to Assemble all the Children in the writing School 
and to use their exertions to keep them in order, & that they 
should not suffer by this arrangement 

[317.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 
29. 1806 Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hunnewell, Porter, 
Tileston, Wright, May, Kettle, Oliver, 

Passed upon other Accounts 



316 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Notice having been given to the Board, that Jonathan Harris 
Esq. had made an opening in Water Street & placed a sink for 
the purpose of conveying the over ground Water into the Common 
Sewer in that Street the Board having considered the same, are 
of opinion that this proceedure is in violation of his agreement 
made with the Committee of the Selectmen, and that the great 
flow of Water will cause a stoppage of the Common Sewer ; they 
therefore direct the Comm 66 . to state the above to M r . Harris & 
in case he does not immediately comply with his agreement, to 
proceed immediately to remove the sink and close the opening in 
the Drain 

Agreed that the Association of Officers should have the use 
of one of the Armories over the Hall to deposit their Arms 

On the application for removal of Hacks from Bowdoin Square 
& Tremont Street, it was determined that they should no longer 
be allowed to stand in those places but that 15 should be allowed 
in Liberty Square, 6 in North Square & the remainder by the 
Mall, in one line from the Gate opposite Winter Street south- 
erly 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 5. 1806 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Kettle 

Passed upon licenses for Retailers & c . 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Octo r . 23 d . 1806 

Return was made by M r . Daniel Bachtold of the expense at- 
tending the opening & repairing the Common Sewer in Love 
Lane & Bennet Street, the Account thereof being duly examined 
by the Selectmen was by them allowed, they being informed that 
every person concerned in said Drain had been duly warned 
according to Law, & no objection had been made to his proceed- 
ing ASSESSMENT was made thereon an Order of payment was 
made out and delivered to the aforesaid Bachtold, which is as 
follows 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Shore in Love Lane & [318.] 
Bennet Street has been repaired conformable to the directions of 
the Selectmen the whole expense whereof amounts to one hun- 
dred & twenty three Dollars 61 cents, and as such expences are 
to be borne by such Persons whose Drains enter into said Com- 
mon Shore & receive benefit thereby in such proportions as shall 
be Adjudged by the Selectmen of said Town or the major part of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 317 

them who are empowered by law to apportion the same, therefore 
we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston certify 
that having considered the said expence, & by whom & in what 
manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE that the same ought to 
be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons hereafter 
named 

Samuel Andrews - - - - 1 Share - - 3 Dollars 

Edward Burt 1 d. - - - 3 d. 

Daniel Bachtold ... - 1 - - - - 3 

Sarah Vaux 1----3 

Joshua Ellis 1----3 

Rufus Baxter -----1----3 
Nancy Larkin -----1----3 

Thomas Pook 1 .... 3 

William Collin[s] ... 1 .... 3 
Edward Proctor ----1----3 
Henry Jones ....-1----3 

Nath 1 . Hews 1 -' - - - 3 

Jon th . Pitman - - - - - 1 - - - - 3 

John Tuton 1 .... 3 

Thomas Lambord ..-1----3 

John West 1 .... 3 

Susannah My rick ----1----3 
Hepzibah Barlin ----1----3 
Margaret Skillen ----1----3 
Ephraim Snow .---1----3 
Sarah Leach .--.-1----3 
William Waters .... 1 - - - - 3 
Jeddediah Parker _--!--- -3 
Joshua Atkins ...-1----3 
Edward H. Robins - - - 1 - - - - 3 

M r . Lillie 1 .... 3 

[319.] M r . S Saunders - - - - 1 ... - 3 
M r . [Jacob] Hiller [Heyler] 1 .... 3 
Will: Mackaey - - - - 1 - - - - 3 

M r . Jones 1----3 

M r . Coomby 1 .... 3 

Samuel Gardner ...-1----3 

John Bishop 1----3 

Rev d . D r . Eliot - - - - 1 - - - - 3 
Joseph Lee -.-.-1-..-3 

Charles Leach 1----3 

Benf. Gushing .... 1 - - - - 3 

John Newell 1 .... 3 

Cap 1 . Hill 1 .... 3 

John Touro 1 - - - - 3 

James Williams 

M r . Derrine 1 .... 3 

And we hereby appoint the aforesaid Daniel Bachtold to demand 



318 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

& receive of the Persons above named the Sums set against their 
Names, and to give discharges therefor 

THOMAS [CHARLES] BULFINCH 
DAVID TILDEN 
JOHN TILESTON 
EBEN E . OLIVER 
JON T . HUNNEWELL 

JOSEPH KETTLE ~ 

J 
At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 27. 1806 

Return was made by Joseph May Esq of the Expence attending 
the opening & repairing the Common Sewer in Peirces Alley, the 
Account of which having been duly exam d . by the Selectmen was 
by them allowed, they being informed that every Person concerned 
in said Drain had been duly informed according to law, and no 
objection having been made to his proceeding Assessment was 
made thereon, an Order of Payment was made out and delivered 
to the aforesaid Joseph May which is as follows 

[3 2O.] Whereas a Drain or Common Shore in Peirces Alley 
has been repaired conformable to law the whole Expence whereof 
amounts to five hundred & twenty eight Dollars ^^ and as such 
Expence is to be born by such Persons whose Drains enter into 
said Common Sewer & receive benefit thereby in such proportion 
as shall be Adjudged by the Selectmen of said Town or the major 
part of them who are impowered by them to apportion the same 
therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
hereby Certify, that having considered the said Expence & by 
whom and in what manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE that 
the same shall be paid in the proportion following and by the 
Persons hereafter named 

Shares 

Boston Bank President & Directors - 2 - - 132 16 



Boston Marine Insurance Office ---2--132 

Petties Heirs 2 - - 132 

Joseph Bradford 1-- 66 

D r . Noyes i - - 33 

T & J Bradley 4- - - 33 



16 
16 

8 
4 
4 



528 ,, 64 

And we hereby appoint the aforesaid Joseph May Esq to 
demand & receive of the Persons above named the Sums set 
against their Names and to give discharges therefor 

\ fl 
CHARLES BULFINCH 3 

DAVID TILDEN 

JOHN TILESTON 1 "3 
EBEN E . OLIVER 
JON T . HUNNEWELL 
JOSEPH KETTLE 

Passed on List of Inholders & Retailers 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 319 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 12. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden Tileston, Wright, Kettle, May, 
Oliver, 

Mess rs . Porter & Oliver a Comm 66 . to view S. Burying 
Ground & consider whether any additional number of Tombs 
may be made & to Report 

[321.] M r . Bulfinch & Oliver to have a piece of Brick Wall 
built & new Gates made to the Chapel Burying Ground on School 
Street 

Application for use of N. Reading School to Morrow Evening 
for the purpose of delivering an Address before the Library 
Association refused on the principle of the public School Houses 
not being safely or properly appropriated for the use of private 
persons or Associations 

On a representation from the Chairman that several owners of 
Hackney Carriages had taken out more licenses than they had 
Carriages for the purpose of altering the numbers to evade the 
regulation respecting the stand in Liberty Square the Chairman 
was directed to notify all such persons to return their supernu- 
merary Licenses before Saturday next & in case of refusal to 
inform them that they will be deprived of all their Licenses on 
Monday & the same advertised in the public papers 

The Board being informed that workmen were now employed 
to carry up an additional Story to the Store in State Street owned 
by M r . William Welch, the Chairman was directed to notify M r . 
Welch & M r . Ellis the Tenants that the Board having resolved 
to take down the part of that Building to widen the Street they 
should consider all expence now laid out upon it at the risque of 
the Owner ; & should protest against paying any part of it 
the Chairman was also desired to consult Counsel whether 
immediate possession on the part of the Town could be taken of 
that part of the Building intended to be taken down & still let 
the Owner & Occupant be in the use of it during the Winter, 
and to Report to the Comm ee . on that business 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 14 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tileston, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Kettle 

The Chairman represented to the Board, that in pursuance of 
their directions of the 12 l . Ins 1 , he had notified M r . Welch, that 
the Board protested against paying any part of the expence he 
was [322.] now going to, upon his Store in State Street He 
also stated that he had consulted Counsel, whether possession 



320 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

could be taken of the part proposed to be taken down, to prevent 
the unnecessary expence of the present addition & found that it 
could not be done 

The Board after considering the subject determined to lay out 
& widen the Easterly part of State Street as follows Begining 
at the N. East corner of the Store of M r . Charles Vose to run a 
line to the south capsill of the Long Wharff through the Stores 
of M r . William Welch M r . Enoch Huse & of M r . Isaac White, & 
all the portion of said Buildings & of the land on which they 
stand, which lies north of the above described line to be added to 
State Street, it being the Judgment of the Selectmen that the 
safety & convenience of the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston 
require it 

And it was unanimously determined that M r . Welchs Store be- 
ing now uncovered & without a Roof, that the reasons fur delay- 
ing the taking down that Store untill the Spring, did not any 
longer operate but that Workmen should be immediately employed 
to take off said Store to the line above described being nineteen 
feet on the front and six feet ten inches on the west end 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 19 th . 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Kettle, 
May, Wright, Porter, 

Communication received from Sam. Cobb Esq. offering to lay 
out a street through his land from Orange Street to Front Street, 
in exchange for land belonging to the Town near south bridge, 
the Chairman was desired to inform M r . Cobb that the Board did 
not think a street in the situation which he proposed, was so 
necessary for the publick as to authorise them to make any ex- 
change of land or to pay any thing therefor 

M r . Tilden stated from Jon th . Harris Esq that he was not yet 
able to give a deed of the piece of ground offered for the Cata- 
ract engine house in Milk street ; but was willing that the engine 
house should be immediately placed thereon, that he would point 
out the position of it & would procure the deed as soon as pos- 
sible the Committee were desired to proceed to have the engine 
house removed immediately 

[323.] Jeremiah Allen Sheriff of the County of Suffolk 
appeared & presented an order from the Court of Sessions for a 
Jury of twelve men to [be] drawn from the Box of the Supreme 
Judicial Court to hear the claim of Jonathan & Luther Ellis for 
damages for part of the Store of which they are Lessees which 
has been taken down to widen State Street the Jury was accord- 
ingly drawn & their names entered in the record of Juries 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1806. 321 

The Chairman was desired to procure a survey of Battery 
March Street from the southerly end of Broad street to India 
Wharff to be laid before the Board on Wednesday next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Nov r . 24. 1806 Present 
Mess r8 : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Wright Porter, May, Kettle 

Passed upon Accounts 

It being Reported that the Attorney General had offered to the 
Judges of the Supreme Judicial Court, some objections to the 
return of Jurors drawn for that Court ; the Chairman M r . Tilden 
& M r . Oliver were desired to attend the opening of the Court to 
morrow, to be ready to answer any objections that might be 
offered with respect to the regular filling of the Boxes, and draw- 
ing of the Jurors 

Passed upon Accounts 

Other business done, and various matlers discoursed on, but 
nothing determined, which is proper matter of Record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26. 1806 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston Porter, Oliver Hunnewell 
Wright Kettle- 
Passed upon other Accounts 

Mess rs : Bulfinch Oliver & Hunnewell a Committee to contract 
with some suitable Person to build a front wall to M r . Welch's 
Store in State Street, on the new line of the Streets, &'to direct 
& superintend the work 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 3 d . 1806 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Hunnewell Wright, 
May, Kettle, Tilden, 

[324.] Joseph Rowe Esq applyed for a Paper from the files 
to be used in Court, being a bill of sale of land at the south 
battery dated Septem r . 27. 1785 which was handed to him, to 
be accountable for the same 

Upon a representation from the Fire Wards, that an addition 
to the number of each company of engine men, would be of public 
utility, to enable them to appoint persons to have the entire 
command & use of axes & saws at fires Voted, that an addition 
of two persons be made to each engine company, and that the 
captains be desired to nominate such as shall appear to them 
suitable for the purpose 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 10*. 1806 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Oliver, 



322 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas, and entered in the 
Jury Books ; for January term 

The subject of widening Battery March Street, conversed upon 
no decision made 

Further regulations of Hackney Carriages proposed and 
considered, but no decision as matter of record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 17 th . 1806 
Present Bulfinch, Tileston, Kettle, Hunnewell, Wright, Oliver, 

A Certificate being presented from M r . Amos Biuney Secretary 
to the 2 d . Methodist Society, that they had chosen M r . David 
Clafling Sexton to their Society at their request he is empowered 
to act as Funeral Porter 

In consequence of complaints that have been received Voted, 
that no driver of an Hackney Carriage shall be allowed to alter 
the number on any carriage, but that each carriage may be known 
& distinguished by the number of the license taken out for the 
same 

Voted, that in consideration of the severity of the season all 
the Hackney Carriages which now stand by the Mall may be 
allowed to stand in Liberty Square & Adams Street every Evening 
after sunset untill further orders 

[325.] M 1 '. Oliver was desired to confer with the applicants 
for widening Battery March Street, to ascertain for what amount 
on the part of the Town, they would undertake to complete that 
improvement and to Report 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . "Wright, were desired to confer with the 
Abutters on Elm Street to ascertain for what amount paid by the 
Town, they would undertake to widen the easterly end of that 
Street thro' M r . Halls Store, and to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 24. 1806 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Wright, Hunnewell, Kettle 

Passed the monthly Accounts 
Filled vacancies in the Jury at the Court of Common Pleas 

Acted upon a number of applications for License to retail 
Spirituous Liquors 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 30 th . 1806 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 323 

Nothing has been acted upon at this Meeting, which is matter 
of Record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 7. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulflnch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, May, 
Kettle, 

M r . Clap the Proprietor of Land at S. Boston made applica- 
tion for the alteration of a Street which passeth through his Land 
& interferes with an House built by him before said Street was 
laid out After conversing on this subject, it was agreed to 
notify M r . Bird who is interested in other land bordering on said 
Street, to appear on Wednesday next with M r . Clap to examine 
the circumstances of the Street by the Plan 

A number of Gentlemen appeared who had lately built Stores 
in Broad Street to request that a number of Lamps may be put up 
& lighted in that Street they were informed of the practice 
which had become general, that the Abuttors on the Streets 
should provide lamps, & that if they would furnish such a 
number as the Board should approve, to be [326.] placed in 
suitable situations, that they should be lighted, and kept in 
repair at the expence of the Town 

Agreed to meet to morrow evening for the purpose of revising 
& separating the list for the Jury boxes as directed by a late vote 
of the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 8 th . 1807 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Kettle 

A Venire being received from the Justices of the Supreme 
Judicial Court, proceeded to draw thirty Jurors to serve at the 
same Court at the present term 

Commenced the examination of the Jury lists, proceeded thro' 
the four first wards and adjourned to Monday next 5. o'. Clock 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 12. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Tileston, Porter, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright, May, Kettle 

Continued the selection of the Supreme Court Jury Box through 
Wards. N. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9 & 10 

Adjourned to Wednesday next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Jan y . 14. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, Kettle, 



324 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

A Committee from the Fire wards presented a copy of regula- 
tions adopted by that Board to prevent too great a number of 
Engines & their companies from going to the neighbouring towns 
in case of fire taking place there, the same committee asked the 
concurrence of the Selectmen to said regulations 

M r . Jonathan Bird & Mess rs : Clap from South Boston appeared 
& made particular statements respecting the Streets which Mess re : 
Clap apply to have altered a long discussion took place on this 
subject, and it was deferred for future decision 

Proceeded to continue the examination of Jury lists, & went 
through the selection for Supreme Court Box in Wards 11 & 12 
adjourned to Friday the 16 th . Ins 1 , to meet at five o'. Clock 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 16. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, May, 
Wright, Kettle 

[327.] The Jury list having been once selected, and a 
sufficient number not being yet obtained for the Supreme Court 
Box," the list was now reexamined, and an additional number 
selected for that purpose to complete the number of 1200 names, 
Agreed to divide the lists among the Selectmen, each to select 
names that may [be] suitable, for the Common Pleas Box and 
to Report them for approbation 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 23 d . 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter Tileston, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Wright May Kettle 

In pursuance of a precept from the Judge of Probate for the 
County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circumstances of 
William Hickling mast maker, & return was made that he was 
incapable of taking care of himself & it was recommended to the 
Judge that a Guardian be appointed for him 

Cap*. Joseph Doble was appointed measurer of Wood coming 
into Town over Charles River Bridge 

M r . Clap from South Boston again appeared on the subject of 
the removal of the Street, the discussion of his Claim occupied 
the Board untill the adjournment 

By direction of the Board at the last Meeting the Chairman 
reported that he had notified the Assessors, that the law required 
of them a list of the persons qualified to vote in the choice of 
Gov r . & IA Governor, to be handed to the Selectmen on the first 
day of March next ; & that notice was given to them early, that 
they might take measures to have the list correct 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 325 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 26. 1807 Present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Wright- 
Passed upon Accounts 

[328.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 31 
Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston Oliver May, Kettle - - - 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Chairman was desired to apply to Christopher Gore, Samuel 
Dexter, Charles Jackson Esq to engage them to defend the Towns 
right to land on Beacon Hill against the claim of the Heirs of the 
late Governor Hancock 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 4. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston Oliver, Wright, 
May, Kettle 

Voted to appropriate 350 Dollars for the purpose of procuring 
an elegant picture with frame complete of Peter Faneuil Esq to 
be placed in a suitable position in Faneuil Hall M r . Wright was 
desired to employ M r . Henry Seargeant [Sargent] to paint the same 
in the best manner & to complete it as soon as possible 

M r . Oliver & M r . Wright a Committee to examine the Accounts 
of the Agents for the enlargement of Faneuil-Hall 



The Chairman Reported, that he had engaged Christopher 
Gore & Samuel Dexter Esq to defend the Towns rights to Land 
on Beacon Hill against the claims of the Heirs of the late 
Governour Hancock and that they would attend the examina- 
tion of the Towns papers on that subject as soon as the present 
Session of the Supreme Court should be at an end 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 9. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, May, Wright & 
Kettle 

Agreeable to Precept from the Clerk of the Supreme Court 
22 Grand Jurors & 38 Petit Jurors were drawn to serve at the 
Supreme Court in March next 

[329.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 11. 
1807 Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, 
Wright May, Kettle, 

A Petition was read from the Upper Class in the Latin 
School requesting that blinds may be furnished to the westerly 



326 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

"Windows of that School agreed to grant the request of the 
Youths & that M r . Porter be desired to procure the blinds to be 
made & painted 

An application was made by John Lowell Esq. that measures 
might be taken for laying out a Street or passage way to the 
eastward of his House in School Street, thro.' Land of the Town 
whereupon 

Voted, that the Chairman procure a survey of the land of the 
Town & County & what land may be between School Street & 
Court Street & the Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Wright, are a 
Committee to confer with M r . Lowell upon the subject 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 18. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Tileston, Oliver Kettle 

In pursuance of a precept received from the Hon blc . Thomas 
Dawes Jun r . Esq. Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, 
inquisition was made into the circumstances of Elizabeth Allen 
Widow, & return was made that she was incapable of taking 
care of herself, & recommend that a Guardian should be 
appointed for her- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 23 d . 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Tileston, Kettle, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts for the month 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 25. 1806 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Tileston, May Kettle. 

Passed upon other Accounts 

M r . Lane one of the Sextons appeared and made a request to 
the Board that the care of the burying grounds should not be 
confided to any particular Sextons for their private advantage 
but that any emolument which were derived from them, might be 
added to a fund which they were about to form for the assistance 
of any [33O.] of their number who might be disabled from 
business or become indigent the subject referred for consideration 

M r . Brigs has liberty granted him to build a Bakers Oven at 
his house in Ship street ; provided it be done agreably to law and 
under the directions of the Fire-wards 

The Chairman was desired to advertise to forbid any person 
taking mud from the Creeks or pond holes on the marshes on 
the Neck 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 327 

Warrant issued for Town Meeting, on Monday the 19 th . of 
March next, 10. o.' Clock A : M at Faneuil-Hall for the choice 
of Town Officers & c - 

M r . Newell to print Notifications for March Meeting 

M r . Porter & M r . Tileston to request D r . Stillman to open the 
March Meeting with prayer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Tileston, Oliver, Wright, May, 
Hunnewell, 

The Board had a conference with the Heirs of Governor 
Hancock respecting their claim to Land on Beacon Hill, they 
exhibited the original Deed on which their claim is founded and 
a general examination of their Claim took place and conversation 
relative to the subject It was agreed that it would be necessary 
to examine Records of a number of Papers to make a general 
report to the Town at the next Meeting, & ask time for further 
investigation 

The application of John Lowell Esq. for a Passage way from 
School Street on the Eastern Line of his Land was read & 
considered, the plan of the ground examined, after much 
conversation it was agreed, to be not expedient to decide upon 
the application at present, but to refer it to the Selectmen after 
the next Town Meeting 

M r . George Trott Hay-weigher, having exhibited his accounts 
to January 1807, they were examined & it appeared that the pro- 
portion of the Receipts of the Hay Scales which he had received 
for his services amounted to 629D 54C & that there was due 
[331.] to the Town after deducting expences the Sum of 1071) 
20 Cents which the Treasurer is directed to receive from him 

D r . Stillman being prevented by ill health from opening the 
Town Meeting on Monday next, with prayer, The Chairman 
was desired to request the Rev d . M*. Eaton to perform that duty 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Hunne- 
well, May, Kettle, 

This being the first Meeting of the Board since the Town 
Meeting of the 9*. Ins*, for choice of Town Officers, a printed 
Copy of an "act in addition to the several Acts regulating 
elections", was read, dated June 24*. 1806 signed by Perez 
Morton Speaker of the House of Representatives, and by John 
Bacon President of the Senate. Conformably to the 4 l . Section 



328 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

of said Act an oath was administred by John Gardner Esq. 
Justice of the Peace to each of the Selectmen present viz* To 
Charles Bulfinch, David Tilden, William Porter, Eben r . Oliver, 
Jon 1 . Hunnewell John May, Francis Wright & Joseph Kettle, 
"that they would faithfully & impartially discharge the duties of 
their Office respecting all Elections, and the returns thereof" 
And in conformity to the directions of said Act, I hereby Certify 
that the said Oath was administred to the Selectmen, previous to 
their entering upon the execution of their Office 

Attest 

WILLIAM COOPER. Town Clerk 

The Board now came to the choice of a Chairman for the Year 
ensuing, by ballot; the Votes being taken, it appeared that 
Charles Bulfinch Esq. was chosen 

Voted, that each Member of the Board be furnished with a 
Copy of the latest edition of S. Freemans Town Officer 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Committee to 
view & regulate the Market & Report any improvements of ar- 
rangem 1 or otherwise and to adjust the accounts of the Clerk 
of the Market 

[332.] On the application of William Porter Esq it is 
agreed that the Bull Pasture on the Neck shall be let to them for 
one Year at the rate of thirty Dollars p annum, being the same 
rent and on the conditions of fencing & c . as on the last Year 

The Chairman communicated to the Board a written application 
from Stephen Codman & Benjamin Russell in behalf of a number 
of their Fellow Citizens ; also an application made to him by D r . 
Charles Jarvis in person in behalf of others of the Inhabitants 
requesting the use of Faneul-Hall on the Evening next preceeding 
the first Monday of April next 

The Question was first taken whether the hall should be used for 
the purposes proposed on that evening which was agreed to 
There being two applicants one prior to the other it was 
considered that this did not give any advantage to either 
applicant it was determined to take this vote by ballot, which 
being done, it appeared that the request of Stephen Codman & 
others was complied with 

Another Vote was now taken whether Stephen Codman & 
others being the only applicants in this instance should have the 
use of the Hall on the 4 l . Day of July next, which was 
unanimously agreed to 

M r . Caleb Munroe having produced a certificate from the 
Committee of the New North religious society, that he had been 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 329 

chosen Sexton to that Society, it was agreed that he should be 
appointed one of the Funeral Porters of this Town to conform 
himself to the Orders of the Board & the stated fees & 
regulations 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Chapman, Kettle 

Jonathan Chapman Esq. having taken his seat as a Selectman, 
the same oath was now administred to him by Justice [333.] 
Gardner, which was taken by the other members of the board at 
the last Meeting The Town Clerk was directed to enter these 
proceed [ings] on the Town Records 

Warrant was signed for a Town Meeting for choice of 
Governor IA Governor & Senators the 1 st . Monday of April 
next being the 6*. of said April 

M r . May & M r . Kettle were desired to ask D r . Lothrop to open 
the Meeting with prayer 

M r . Wright appointed a Comm ee . to procure Notifications for 
said Meeting to be printed 

The Chairman was desired to insert in the papers the same 
advertizement which was printed the last year, respecting the* list 
of voters proposed & posted for inspection : also to take 
measures for the choice of Assistant Assessors on the first 
Wednesday of April 

On the application of the Comm 06 . of the Board of health, it 
was agreed that the Inhabitants of Ward N. 5. may meet in the 
West School-house & the Inhabitants of Ward N. 11 in the 
South Writing School, for the choice of Members of the Board 
of Health for those Wards 

M r . Tilden & M r . Hunnewell a Comm ec . to call upon M r . Harris 
to execute the papers respecting the Lands in Water Street & the 
Engine house lot in Milk Street 

The Chairman was desired to take measures to prevent Boys 
Servants & others from gaming in the Streets 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell May Wright, 
Chapman, Kettle 

Mess : Oliver Hunnewell & Wright a Comm 66 . to consult with 
M r . Dexter, & M r . Moreton, respecting the purpose of the Suit 



330 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

now pending with Ward Nicholas Boylston Esq Adm r . on the 
estate of Thomas Boylston Esq deceased that the said Comm e . 
take all suitable measures to bring said suit to an issue & that 
they have power to confer on that subject [334.] with M r . Boyls- 
ton or his Counsel if they shall think it for the service of the 
Town to effect a compromise 

The List of the Votes proposed by the Assessors having been 
examined & found very incorrect, it was determined to ask the 
assistance of two Gentlemen in each ward to go through the 
respective wards to correct the lists the names of the Gentle- 
men were agreed to & are on file. 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . May a Comm 66 . to view the situations of 
the houses on the north side of Lynn Street, & to direct in which 
course a Common Sewer shall be dug to drain their waters 

Mess : Hunnewell Wright & Chapman a Comrn 66 . to obtain of 
the Assessors the number of ratable polls in the several wards 
also particularly to ascertain the number between the age of 16 
& 21 Years- 
Mess 18 : Oliver, Hunnewell & Wright a Comm**. upon the appli- 
cation of John Lowell Esq. for a passage way from School Street 
to confer with the Comm ee . of Court of Sessions respecting the 
probable future appropriation of the Land belonging to the 
County South of the Jail 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright 
Chapman, Kettle, 

Passed upon Accounts 

M r . Chapman was desired to pay attention to the Ladder kept 
in the wall opposite Concert hall, to have the same properly 
secured 

M r . Wright was desired to apply to Mess 1 ' 8 : James & Thomas 
Lamb, to request of them to import for the use of the Town about 
300 feet of Hemp Hose from Holland, of the length & dimentions 
agreeable to the Fire-wards 

The Board came to the choice of a Superintendent of Police 
for the Current Year by ballot ; the Votes being taken it appeared 
that Charles Bulfinch Esq. was chosen 

The Chairman M r . Wright & M r . Hunnewell a Committee to 
consider the subject of police & the execution of the By Laws, & 
to Report a plan for more effectually carrying them into effect - 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 331 

[335.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8 th . 
1807 Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, 
Hunnewell Chapman Kettle Wright 

Mess rs : Hunnewell May & Kettle a Comm 66 . on the application 
of M r . Wilkinson for liberty to place steps to a House lately built 
by him in the Alley leading from Prince Street to North Bennett 
Street 

The Chairman & M r . Hunnewell a Committee to confer with 
M r . Parkman respecting the building which he proposes to erect 
at the corner of Federal Street & Milk Street to see what addi- 
tion ean be made to the Street without injury to the lot 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Committee to 
meet the Claiments of Land in Beacon Street to examine their 
Claims & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 14. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, May Chapman, Wright 
& Kettle 

The present Meeting called in consequence of a venire rec d . 
from the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for Jurors 
proceeded to draw 28. Jurors for that Court as will appear 
entred & posted in the Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 15. 1807 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Wright, Oliver, Kettle, 
Tilden, May, 

M r . Thomas Briggs laid before the Board the Will of M r . 
Godfried Kreuger, whereby it appeared that he had left the Poor 
of the Town of Boston, to be paid to the Selectmen ; one moiety 
or half part of his Estate ; after the payment of certain debts & 
legacies. M r . Briggs exhibited his Accounts as Executor to the 
said Will, which had been settled at the Probate Office, by which 
it appeared that the amount of 803 Dollars 84 Cents was due to 
the poor of this Town, under the management of the Selectmen. 

M r . Briggs then exhibited a Bond to be signed by the 
Selectmen, to bear him harmless from any future Claims which 
was signed by a major part of the Selectmen, being all that was 
present M r . Briggs then paid to the Chairman a check upon the 
Bank for [ 336.] 803D-84C and communicated a letter from 
Cap 1 . Clapham dated at Demarara relative to other property of 
the late M r . Kruger, and wished the advice of the Board, upon 
the best mode of obtaining such property from that Country 

After M r . Briggs had withdrawn, some discussion took place 
relative to the disposal of this bequest, how the generous design 



332 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

of the Donor might be best carried into effect, & it was agreed 
to add it to M r . Brookers Donation, the Interest to be applied 
annually to the Relief of Poor Widows & sick Persons the Check 
was then handed to M r . Tilden who with M r . Oliver was chosen 
a committee to vest the same in the most productive & safe 
public funds M r . Tilden was also desired to exhibit a statement 
of the Persons holding any property of M r . Brookers donation, & 
of the amount, that the Board might Judge of the expediency of 
vesting the same in the public funds 

An application from several free black men was made to the 
Board for advice & assistance relative to the school room in the 
new meeting house built by subscription for the blacks the 
papers were read & the subject referred for further consideration 

The Chairman was desired to enquire into the circumstances of 
an application from D r . Jennison, who has recovered Judgment 
for possession of a piece of land near Grove Street, & wishes the 
line of that Street to be ascertained 

Acted upon a list of Persons applying for approbation for 
licenses to Retail Spirits & c 

M r . John P. Orcutt 
M r . John H. Shaffer 
were approved as Auchtioneers, within this Town 

At a special Meeting of the Selectmen April 20. 1807 
The Board was assembled to view the lot belonging to S. Park- 
man Esq. at the north east corner of Federal Street present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch Oliver Porter, Hunnewell May, Wright Chap- 
man & Kettle 

After viewing the easterly side of that Street, & measuring 
[337.] the width in several parts, it was determined to reduce 
M r . Parkmans Land to 30 feet wide on Milk Street, which will 
make the entrance to Frederick Street, thirty three feet wide 
the said land to continue the same width of 30 feet, to the 
southerly side of the House proposed to be built thereon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d . 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, Chapman, 
Kettle 

A Petition was handed in by a Comrn**. from the Owners & 
Occupants of Stores on Broad Street, praying that measures 
should be taken for paving that Street after conferring with the 
Gentlemen, they retired & M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright were 
appointed a Comm ee . to consider the subject & Report 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 333 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to 
view Poplar Street, with the Proprietors of the Land where the 
Rope Walks lately stood to determine what quantity of Earth 
may be taken from that Street to regulate the descent & level of 
the same 

The following divisions of the Town were assigned to the care 
of the following Gentlemen 

All west of Middle & North Streets, from Winnesimit Ferry to 

Mill Bridge - - - to M r . Kettle 

All East of the same, to M r . May - - - to M r . May 

Wards N. 6 & 7 to M r . Bulfinch 

Ward 



N. 4 & 5 

"X 8 - 


to M r . Chapman 


X Q 


to"\lr Tilrlan 


N 10- - 


to M r Wright 


N. 11 - - 
X 1 9 - 


to M r . Oliver 

tn M r PnrtPi- 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1807 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Chapman, 
Kettle, 

Passed on Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29 1807 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, May, Tilden, Chapman, Oliver, Kettle, 
Wright, Hunnewell, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

[338.] The Board came to the choice of two Sealers of 
Weights & Measures according to law, by ballot, & chose M r . 
Richard Austin for the South District & M r . Timothy Green for 
the North District of the Town 

On the application of Christopher Gore William Paine & M r . 
Fletcher for liberty to build a number of Tombs on their Land 
adjoining on the West Wall of the Granary Burying Ground, 
with liberty to enter such Tombs through the Brick Wall the 
Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Chapman were desired to examine 
the state of the Ground ; to consider the subject & to Report 

The former application of the Sextons was agreed to after 
consideration, that the Perquisites & Emoluments arising from 
the care of the Burying Grounds should be given to them in aid 
of a Fund for their use and the following Persons were appointed 
to the particular care of the Burying Grounds Viz 1 

Levy Skid more at the South Ground 

Allin Locklin at the Granary 

James Baker at the Chapel 

Henry Lane at the North Ground 



334 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

On the application of the Committee of the Universal Church 
M r . Comfort Clafin the Sexton of that Society is licensed as a 
Funeral Porter 

Warrants issued for Town Meetings on the 13 th . & 14 of May 
for choice of Representatives and for transacting the usual 
affairs of the Town at May Meeting 

M r . Spear to have the printing of the Notifications for said 
Meetings 

M r . Kettle to request D r . Eliot to open the Town Meeting 
with prayer 

Upon a representation of the proceedings of M r . Cotton 
[Getting] & others laying a drain with Wood in Battery March 
Street the Chairman was desired to inform M r . Cottings 
[Cotton] that the Board would not consent that any part of said 
Drain should be made [339.] of Wood, & expected that he 
would immediately order his Workmen to take up the Wood 
already laid & to build it with Brick & cover with Slate 

On the application of Adam Babcock Esq & others that they 
might have liberty to make use of Faneuil Hall on the Evening 
preceeding the Election of Representatives 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen May 6 th . 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hunnewell, Chapman, Kettle, 
Oliver, May, Wright 

This time being assigned for the choice of Constables Certifi- 
cates were read from the Town Treasurer, that all the Constables 
had accounted & settled with him for the Taxes collected by 
them It was Voted to make choice of twelve Constables for the 
present year after some consideration of the subject, agreed to 
proceed to the choice of eleven out of that number, at this Meet- 
ing 

The Votes being taken the following persons were chosen, and 
the persons proposed by them as sureties, were approved Viz*. 

Thomas Stevenson his Sureties Dudley Walker 

Thomas Stevenson Jun r . 
Amos Lewis Thomas Lewis 

Joshua Ellis 
Elisha Copeland ----- Abraham Gibson 

John Perry 
Moses Thayer ------ Nath 1 . Frothingham 

Samuel Sanger 
Henry Lane ------ Caleb Whiting 

Josiah Danforth 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 335 

Benj a . B : Leeds Jeremiah Gore Jun r . 

Benjamin Bass Jun r . 
Samuel White ------ Abraham Babcock 

Ebenez r . Clough 
Jirah Holbrook Jon a . Merry 

Edward Staples 
Levi Joy - Edward Wentworth 

Joseph Bennet 
Solomon Twist Moses Gardner 

Jonas Twist 
James Sumner - - - - - George Homer 

Thomas Howe 

[34O.] And the Town Clerk is directed not to administer 
the oath to either of the Constables now chosen untill they shall 
produce certificates from the Treasurer, that he has executed his 
bond to him 

The Chairman, M r . May, & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to 
stake out the slip from Lynn Street to the Sea which lies in the 
direction of Fosters lane, and to procure all the evidence that can 
be had respecting the Towns right there 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell May, 
Wright, Chapman Kettle 

On the yesterday the Chairman & several Members of the 
Board agreeable to advertizement attended to the sale of the 
Towns land near the South Bridge : a number of the Gentlemen 
of the Neighbourhood being anxious to have the street leading 
to the Bridge made wider than has been proposed, the Sale was 
postponed, for the consideration of any propositions that may be 
made by the Abutters or others 

Mess : Curtis appeared & requested to know the terms on 
which the Lands near the S. Bridge & the flatts on the north 
side of the Bridge were to be sold, making the street 50 feet 
wide after consultation, it was agreed to ask the sum of 
thirteen thousand Dollars, and they were desired to give their 
answer to morrow 3. o'. Clock 

A billet was received from Deacon Brown stating the terms on 
which he would consent that the south side of that Street should 
be continued in a straight line from the Bridge to Orange Street 
through his land 

Boston ss : After the business of the Election of Representatives 
was completed the Board being together received an answer 
from [the] Mess": Curtis wherein they offer 10.000 Dollars for 
the land & flatts provided the street be continued straight through 
Deacon Browns Land 



336 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman was directed to reply, that the Board would 
accept the sum offered & agreed to the terms of [341.] payment, 
but on the condition that the street should not go upon Deacon 
Browns land, but should be wholly taken from the towns land 
this was sent & their answer expected to morrow 

Boston ss : After the Town Meeting another billet from [the] 
Mess : Curtis was laid before the Board, deducting 800 Dollars from 
their former offer in consequence of the street being carried in 
the direction proposed by the Board The Chairman was desired 
to reply that the Board adhered to terms & conditions proposed 
on the 13 th . 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting of the Selectmen present 
Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, Huunewell Wright, May Chap- 
man Kettle 

The Board was summoned to hear the request of the Pro- 
prietors of India Wharff that measures should be taken to con- 
tinue the width of Broad Street through land of M r . Tilden 
After much conversation agreed to meet on Monday next, 5. 
o Clock P. M. & M r . Cotton to be desired to attend the meeting. 
M r . Tilden was also desired to consider the terms on which he 
would consent to the proposed improvement 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, May. 
Chapman, Kettle 

M r . Tilden handed to the Board his proposals to accept the 
sum of 5000 Dollars for his land necessary to widen Battery 
March Street After M r . Tilden & M r . Cotting had withdrawn 
the subject was discussed, but no determination was had whether 
the Town should pay any proportion of said sum 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, May, Chapman 

Approved of sundry persons to retail spirituous liquors 

The Chairman & M r . Chapman a Comm 66 . to view several 
Cellar doors making to a new building in Devonshire Street & to 
take measures to prevent their incumbering the foot walk 

On application from a great number of persons respecting 
[343.] the custom of selling horses in State Street, & propos- 
ing the establishing of a market for horses the Chairman & M r . 
Oliver a Comm ee . to consider the subject & report 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 337 

M r . Porter & M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee . to view the easterly 
end of Pleasant Street, to prevent any incroachment from a 
Building now preparing to be erected & to consider the best 
means of discharging the over ground water from that part of the 
street 

On the application of Rev d . D r . Lothrop & Rev d . D r . Eliot it is 
agreed that the Clergy shall make use of Faneuil Hall on the Day 
after the General Election for a public dinner 

On application of the Captain of the Anc*. & Honourable 
Artillery Company, that Company has h'berty to use the Hall on 
their anniversary for a public dinner 

An application was received from a large number of the 
Inhabitants praying that the Board would take measures to widen 
Battery March Street through M r . Tildens Land at the expence 
of the Town several members of the Board being absent, 
agreed to postpone this business to Friday next 4. o. 'Clock and 
that absent Members be desired to attend 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, May, Hunnewell, Chap- 
man, Kettle, 

The Comm 66 . chosen to stake out & take possession of the 
Towns Slip in Lynn Street, running along the east side of Edward 
H. Robins to the Sea, Reported that they had attended to the 
business, had heard the representations of several aged persons 
who had long resided at that part of the Town & had found no 
cause to relinquish the Towns right to the slip & accordingly 
had staked it out 18 feet wide & had forbid M r . Holbrook & M r . 
Whitney from trespassing upon it The Comm 66 . also measured 
the land on Lynn Street & found that after measuring the 
quantity conveyed by the Union Bank to Ingersol & from him to 
Holbrook [and] Whitney of 123 feet, there remained 29 feet 4 
Inches, claimed by the Heirs of Benjamin Andrews to the bounds 
of M r . Alley & from that line 15 feet to Alleys house 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, Kettle 

[343.] Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 26. 1807 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Kettle 

The Board came to the choice of a Constable to complete the 
number required for the Year & chose M r . John Deverell and 



338 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

approved of the Bondsmen of the past year, to renew their 
Bonds for the present season 

The attention of the Board was occupied by the Report of the 
Comm 66 . on Poplar Street, who advised that the Abutters should 
have liberty to dig away & regulate said Street, under certain 
conditions this report being considered it was voted to postpone 
, acting thereon, untill next Wednesday four weeks; as the inter- 
ference of the Selectmen might have an influence on the location 
of Canal Bridge 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 1807 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Chapman, 
Kettle, Tilden, Hunnewell, 

Approved of the Indentures of James Powell a Minor to 
William Dorr Jun r . the term of Apprenticeship to July 4. 1812 

M r . Nath 1 . Emmes Bell, being recommended by the Comm 66 . of 
the New Brick society is approved as a Funeral Porter 

On a petition from a number of persons chiefly Owners & 
Residents on the Neck requesting that measures should be taken 
to remove the Candleworks from the situation at present occupied 
by that Manufactory the Chairman was desired to apply to M r . 
Thomas Blake Agent to the Proprietors to notify them to remove 
their works from the Towns Land as soon as possible 

On the application of Michael Homer for liberty to build a 
number of Tombs on the North side of the Granary Burying 
Ground The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Chapman, were desired 
to view the ground & Report their opinion of the expediency 
of the measure & the general state of the ground 

[344.] John Heard Esq appeared & entered a complaint 
against the Driver of Hackney Carriage N. 12. Owned by 
Andrew Morton ; M r . Morton & the Driver were also heard, & 
after full consideration Voted, that the Chairman inform M r . 
Morton that the license for his Carriage N. 12 will be sus- 
pended for one month from Monday next, unless before that 
time his Driver shall make such apology & concession to M r . 
Heard as shall be satisfactory to the Board 

The Abutters on the Easterly side of Hancock Street having 
regulated the side walk and paved the same with Stone & brick 
the Chairman has been authorized to have a gutter paved 4 feet 
wide along the edge stones 

An application being read from the Proprietors of Land in 
Poplar Street & considered the Chairman was desired to com- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 339 

municate to the Gentlemen the proceedings of the Board on that 
subject, which was had at the last Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, 
Kettle, 

A number of Jurors drawn to serve at the Court of Common 
Pleas in July next 

A letter was read from John Heard Esq. stating that the driver 
of Hackney Carriage N. 12 having called upon him and 
regretted his misconduct; he was perfectly satisfied that the 
complaint should be withdrawn & the license of the Carriage 
should be restored whereupon Voted, that the Owner & Driver 
of said Carriage had complied with the order of the Board of the 
3 d . Ins 1 . & that the license should be restored 

M r . Parker appeared & entered a complaint against M r . Simons 
& Fisher the Owners & Joseph Stone the Driver of Hackney 
Carriage N. 49, for demanding two Dollars for carrying three 
Persons to & from the Theatre, & for abusive language, upon his 
refusal to pay the sum demanded. The Owner & Driver being 
also present were heard & the parties having withdrawn, it was 
determined that the license of Carriage N. 49 be suspended for 
one mouth, & the same be published in the Papers 

[345.] Approved of the Indentures of Henry Benneen a 
Minor of the Age of ten Years a Native of the Sandwich Islands 
to David Nye of Wareham Mariner, to be in force untill the 1 st . 
Day of June 1811 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, having at the Town 
Meeting on Monday 8 th . Ins 1 , impowered the Selectmen to 
nominate & appoint seven Commissioners to treat & negotiate 
with the Proprietors of the Mill Pond, as fully expressed in their 
Vote of that date The Selectmen proceeded to execute the trust 
reposed in them by the Town, & after much deliberation, 
unanimously made choice of the following Gentlemen 

William Parsons Esq. 

Hon ble . John Davis Esq 

Hon ble . William Brown Esq 

Hon ble . John Adams Esq 

John Jay Esq 

Bedford Webster Esq 

Tristram Barnard Esq 

and the Chairman was desired to Notify the Gentlemen of the 
appointment 



340 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Wright a Committee on the 
application of M r . Samuel Torrey to direct in the laying of his 
steps & the side walk & regulating the sink in front of his new 
Houses in Atkinson Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 18 th . 1807 
Mess re : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, Chapman, 
Kettle 

On the application of M r . Samuel Todd the building formerly 
used as a Spermacti work at the bottom of Friend Street is 
approved & licensed as a Livery Stable 

The application of a number of the Inhabitants residing near 
Wheelers Point for a new Engine and the petition of a number 
near Pleasant Street, to have an Engine placed in their Neigh- 
bourhood ; having both been referred to the Gentlemen Fire- 
wards for their consideration, a Report was handed from their 
[346.] Secretary ; wherein they state that it was not expedient 
to procure another engine & give their reason for their opinion & 
refer to this Board the right of placing the Engine houses, as 
they may Judge for the public benefit & convenience It was 
then voted to accept the Report to be put on the file of mixed 
papers 

A letter from William Foster Esq. respecting a passage way 
between his Wharf & Powers Wharf, was read & committed to 
M r . Tilden & M r . Wright to view & report 

The Comm 66 . to regulate Broad Street, are empower'd to have 
as many sinks of Stone constructed as may be necessary to convey 
the over ground water into the Common Sewer & to proceed to 
cover the Street with gravel, provided the Abuttors or any of 
them shall make the necessary advances of money to be repaid 
in Decem r . next 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24. 1807 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Kettle, Tilden, 

D r . James Lloyd informed the Board that by consent of M r . 
Shrimpton Hutchinson he had sold the Tomb in the Granary 
Burying Ground belonging to M r . Hutchinson to Deacon Nye & 
Son & wished it to be so entered upon the Selectmen's Books, 
agreed that such communication should be entered on the Records 

Agreed that M r . Nicholas Peirce should undertake the new 
laying the Common Sewer in Nassau Street previous to paving 
the Street the expence of said Common Sewer to be paid by the 
Proprietors also that M r . Peirce should proceed to pave Nassau 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 341 

Street from the present pavement to Eliot Street he contracting 
& agreeing to pave anew any part of the Street over the Common 
Sewer, free of expence to the Town, if the same should settle 
& become necessary in the Judgement of the Selectmen 

The attention of the Board was called to propose suitable 
arangement for the celebration of the 4*. of July next The 
Chairman M r . Tilden & M r . Wright were chosen a Comm ee . to 
consider the subject and Report 

[347.] Boston ss : granted by the Selectmen June 28- 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Chapman, Kettle 

The Committee chosen at the last Meeting to consider of 
arangements proper to be adopted for celebrating the 4 th . of July. 
Report d previous to considering the Report it was agreed to 
send a Comm 66 . of Mess : Bulfinch Tilden & Oliver, to wait on 
the Governor to request the honour of his Company & that of the 
Hon ble . Council at the delivery of the Town Oration ; and to 
enquire whether he had assigned any place for the delivery thereof 

The Comm 66 . immediately waited on his Excellency, and 
returned to the Board & informed them, that they had conversed 
with the Governour on the subject of their commission, & were 
informed that he had made an arangement for the celebration of 
the 4*. of July on the part of the Commonwealth at an early 
hour of that day, that the performance might be over before the 
celebration of the'Town should commence, that he feared from 
the number of his engagements for that day he should not be able 
to attend the Town Oration but would direct a military escort 
for the Selectmen & afford them the use of the State house to 
assemble in if they should think that the most convenient place 
to proceed from 

The Board then Voted unanimously to attend the State Cele- 
bration of the Day agreeable to invitation previously received 
from the Governour & Council 

Voted, that application be made to the Comm 66 . of the old 
south church, requesting the use of their house for the accom- 
modation of the Town at the delivery of the Oration & that 
the Rev d . D r . Lothrop, being the senior Clergyman of the Town 
be requested to perform the religious service of prayer & thanks- 
giving previous to the delivery of the Oration & M r . May & M r . 
Kettle were desired to wait on him with this request & M r . 
Wright is desired to invite a suitable choir of Singers & to pro- 
vide musick proper for the occasion also that the following 
named publick Officers be invited to attend at the Representatives 
Room at 12. o Clock to form a procession to the Old S. Church 
Viz'. 



342 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[348.] The Members of Congress of this District 

Senators of the County of Suffolk 
Representatives of the Town 
The Clergy 

The Overseers of the Poor 
Fire-wards 
Board of Health 
School Committee 
Secretary & Treasurer of the State 
County Treasurer 

Judges of Supreme, Federal & Municipal Courts 
The masters & Ushers of the Town Schools 

M r . Oliver was desired to subscribe for 1 2 Seats at the public 
dinner to be given at Faneuil Hall, for the Selectmen Town Clerk 
Chaplain & Orator of the Day 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1 st . 1807 
Present Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Chapman, 
May Kettle 

Passed Accounts 

Signed a number of blank certificates of approbation for Auch- 
tioneers the Town Clerk is directed to renew the Licenses of 
those of the past year 

The consideration of the Report of the Committee upon regu- 
lating Poplar Street was now resumed, upon the application of 
William Paine Esq and was accepted as follows That the cor- 
ner of the hill to the eastward of the heads of the late Rope- 
walks be dug away to the depth of 4. or 5 feet beginning at a 
level of M r . David Wests land, at his back gate, & that a regu- 
lar descent be made from the east end of Poplar Street to Spring 
Street, nearly opposite the Almshouse, & as far as practicable to 
the water. and as two houses abutting on the Street will be 
affected by digging away the street, this liberty is granted to the 
Applicants upon condition that they make good to M r . Par- 
minter & to M r . Roulstone any damages their houses may receive 
& make such alterations as may be necessary in consequence of 
their proceedings and that the whole be done under the direction 
& to the acceptance of the Selectmen free of expences to the 
Town 

[349.] M r . Chapman was ordered to apply to Cap*. Machet 
to know on what terms & conditions he would consent to the 
Towns taking off part of his house in Ship Street on a line with 
M r . Godfreys 

M r . Tilden Wright & Oliver a Comm ee . to consider the applica- 
tion of a number of young men for liberty to give certain 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 343 

exhibitions in the Hall over Woods Museum North of Market 
Square 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8. 1807 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Tilden Oliver, Wright Chapman, Kettle, 
Porter, 

Mess 18 : Grigg & Eastie applied for liberty to use the Stable 
occupied by them in Beacon Street, for the purpose of a Livery 
Stable 

The planking over the Bridge in Ann Street being represented 
as hazardous & requiring repairs, M r . May was desired to have 
the same now planked & the Chairman to notify the Mill Pro- 
prietors that they are expected to pay two thirds the expence 
according to established custom 

Passed upon a number of applications for licenses to sell 
spirituous liquors 

The Chairman communicated a circular letter received by Post 
from Norfolk in Virginia, enclosing printed copies of the trans- 
actions of the People of that place on occasion of the late outrage 
upon the flag of the United States, by the attack of the British 
Frigate Leopard upon the United States Frigate the Chesapeak 
the same was committed to the Chairman, M r . Tilden & M r . 
Oliver, to Report the proceedings proper to be had thereon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, May, Wright, Oliver 

This Meeting was called to consider the report of the Comm 66 . 
upon the communication from Norfolk in Virginia when the 
Chairman presented a draft of a letter which he had prepared to 
the Comm ee . of Correspondence at Norfolk this letter being read 
& considered, it was determined to be most expedient on the 
present occasion that a Town Meeting should [35O.] be called 
to act upon the communication, & a warrant was drawn & signed 
for a Meeting on Thursday next the 16 Ins 1 . 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen the 16 th . of July. 
1807 Present Mess": Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver May, 
Wright, Chapman, Kettle 

The Town having directed the Selectmen, at the Meeting of 
this day to transmit the Resolves which had been passed to the 
Committee of Correspondence of the City of Norfolk the Chair- 
man was desired to prepare a suitable letter & at this meeting 



344 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the same was read & considered, & being approved was signed 
by all the Members of the Board, to be forwarded by this days 
mail together with the resolutions of the Town 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 1807 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch Tilden Porter, May, Chapman, Oliver, 
Kettle Hunnewell, Wright 

Approved the Indentures of John Rowland a Minor born in 
England to Richard Cammett, as a Mariner to continue in force 
to the 1*. day of July 1810 

Voted, that the Gentlemen Fire-wards be requested to provide 
a suitable number of Axes & Saws for the use of the Engine 
Comp ys . according to the late regulation & to certify the Am*, 
thereof to the Selectmen for payment 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Chapman added to the Comm ee of the 
Northern District, to view Unity Street & Sheaffe Street, & 
report the expediency of paving either or both these streets, & 

M r . Tilden Oliver & Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to view Bromfield 
lane & Winter Street, for the like purpose 

The Chairman from the Comnr*. to examine the state of the 
Treasury made a particular Report ; with Statements of the 
Treasurers mode of proceeding in collecting the Taxes & a return 
of all the persons who now owe taxes above the amount of 
30 D. each these papers were examined & the same Committee 
was desired to consider what effectual mode could be adopted for 
the Collection of the Outstanding debts 

[351.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
27. 1807 Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden Porter, Hunnewell May 
Wright Chapman, Kettle Oliver 

Passed upon Accounts 

The Comm ee . to view Unity Street reported that it was expe- 
dient the same should be paved & the Abuttors to lay a narrow 
side walk on each side under the direction of the Comm ee . of 
that District 

Agreed to the above report, also that a gutter be paved in the 
center of Hull Street leading to the burying ground & that the 
Street be gravelled & regulated 

On the report of the Comrn 66 . to view Bromfields Lane agreed 
that it should be paved upon the payment of the sum subscribed 
& the Abuttors to pave a side walk on the south side, & the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 345 

opening necessary to be left for entrance to the stable of Simons 
& Fisher to be paved with flat stones 

Agreed to have Congress Street, between Milk Street & Water 
Street paved 

The Chairman & M r . Oliver to view the Dam on the Neck & 
generally to inspect the Streets of Ward 12 & report the re- 
pairs necessary to be done 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29*. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Kettle, Oliver, Wright, 
May, 

A communication was received from the Commissioners chosen 
to treat with the Mill Pond Corporation, informing the Board 
that they had agreed upon terms & had signed the Instruments 
with an abstract of the Condition of the Agreement Voted 
to issue notifications for the Adjournment of the Town Meet- 
ing for Monday next, the papers then to be laid before the 
Town 

Very general complaints having been made of the disturbances 
occasioned at the places of Worship on Sundays by Persons driv- 
ing Carriages by them in a rapid manner ; The Chairman was 
desired to prepare a hand bill to be distributed to the owners of 
carriages & the keepers of livery Stables to caution them against 
such practice ; & to send one to such Religious Societies, re- 
questing them to appoint some person in their several churches 
to notice any who may break the law in this respect, & to return 
their names to the Chairman for prosecution 

[352.] The Chairman was desired to inform M r . Seth 
Thayer the Proprietor of a Building in Ann Street, that the use 
of his Hall for Theatrical Exhibitions was against the law of 
March 1806 & that he w r as subject to a penalty of 500 Dollars, 
& to caution him against such use of his Room in future 

M r . Hunnewell being absent from Town M r . Chapman was 
added to the Committee of Broad Street and M r . Oliver Chap- 
man & Wright a Committee on the subject of police in general 

The Committee to view the Neck Reported, that a repair in the 
Dam at the Northerly end was necessary on the Easterly side for 
about 300 feet and that from 150 to 200 loads of'Chips be 
spread on the sides of the Neck to the north of the Square The 
Abutters to be called upon to repair their proportion of the 
Towns former Grant of 1,400 feet 



34j6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 6c 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, Chapman, Kettle 

The Chairman communicated to the Board, that the Directors 
of West Boston Bridge wished to have the line of the westerly 
end of Cambridge Street described & revised previous to their 
filling up under a part of the Bridge the plan of the Street was 
exhibited, & the following was agreed upon by the Board 

Whereas the proprietors of west Boston bridge have it in their con- 
templation to fill up with Earth & Gravel a portion of the flats at 
the west end of Cambridge Street which are now covered by said 
Bridge ; and as the direction in which AVest Boston bridge extends 
westerly is not a continuation of the straight line of Cambridge 
Street, but bends at the present abuttment of the bridge in a 
northerly direction. It is hereby agreed by the Selectmen for the 
purpose of determining the rights of the Town & the bounds of 
the Abutters ; that the continuation of Cambridge Street from 
the present abutmen 1 . of the bridge westerly, shall be in the 
direction of the north side of said bridge & shall be 50 feet wide 
from the said north line, [353.] southerly, & may be extended 
as far westerly as the Proprietors of the Bridge or the Abutters 
shall incline to fill up & make solid provided that all such additions 
which shall be made to Cambridge Street shall be 50 feet in width 
& filled to such a level as the Selectmen shall approve ; that the 
common sewer shall be extended of its full dimensions, & that 
the whole expence shall be borne by the proprietors or the 
Abutters without any charge to the Town 

Passed upon the annual list from the Court of Sessions of 
Inholders & Retailers 

M r . Chapman was added to the Committee of the Market 

A return was made by the Chairman of the survey made by 
him of the part of Milk Street from Oliver Street across Battery 
March Street, by which it appeared that by raising the pavement 
from Oliver Street on a regular line, the water could be carried 
thro', the new part of Milk Street over ground into the dock 
It was agreed that the pavement should be raised from Oliver 
Street across Battery March Street, to remove the water that now 
settles & stagnates by Mess re : Colton & Marstons shop 

A Petition of M r . Michael Homer having been several times 
before the Board for liberty to build Tombs in the Granary bury- 
ing ground, reference was had to the doings of the Town in the 
Year 1795, when it appeared that the Town ordered that no 
new grave or tomb should be built in the Chapel or Granary 
burying grounds ; in consequence of this vote the Board deter- 
mined that it was not in their power to give liberty as requested 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 347 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 12. 1807 
Present Mess re : Tilden Porter, Oliver, May, Chapman, Kettle, 

M r . P6rter a Comm ee . on the request of Mess ra : Thomas & 
Andrews & others respecting the Towns Drain between Carver 
& Pleasant Street, and he is desired to comply with the wishes of 
the [unfinished] 

[354.] M r . Tilden & M r . Oliver were desired to wait on his 
Excellency the Governour & acquaint him with the order of the 
Visitations of the Schools on Friday next 

Agreed that M r . Tilden & M r . Tileston should furnish the 
Wood for the Schools the ensuing season 

At the last Meeting on the 6. Ins*, a Certificate was sign'd by 
the Members of the Board then present to appropriate the use of 
the Theatre in Federal Street for the purpose of exhibiting 
theatrical entertainments for one year from the 1*. of Sep r . next 
also another certificate to license the company under the man- 
agement of M r . Snelling Powell for the same period of time 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 19 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, May, Chapman, Wright, Kettle, 

An application from M r . Benjamin Willis committed to the 
Chairman & M r . Chapman to view the course of a Drain in a 
street next east of Copper Street, which is complained of by him 

The Account of the Expences of a new Common Sewer laid in 
Broad Street by M r . Samuel May, was handed to the Board by 
M r . Tilden, to whom it had been committed 

The Expence amounted to three hundred eighty one Dollars 

& twenty cents, which was adjudged to be paid by the follow 8 

Persons 

Thomas Dennie - - - - 1 share - - - 54 ,, 50 
Nath 1 : Saltonstall - - - 3 ditto - - - 163 ,, 50 
Alanson Tucker - - - - 1 ditto - - - 54 ,, 50 

John Grew 1 ditto - - - 54 ,, 50 

Samuel May 1 ditto - - - 54 ,, 50 

the Account & the Receipts for the above payments are on the 

file of mixed papers 

A Certificate having been presented by M r . Patrick Scholley 
that he had been appointed Sexton to the Roman Catholic Church 
he was approved of as a Funeral Porter, to conform himself to 
the regulations of the Selectmen in following that employment 



348 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Chairman was desired to procure a survey of the Streets 
contiguous to the entrance of the North Square, where [355.] 
several houses were burnt last evening, to ascertain the expedi- 
ency of widening the Streets in that neighbourhood 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 31. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, Chapman 

Passed upon Accounts 

In pursuance of a precept from the Hon ble . Judge of Probate 
for the County of Suffolk inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of Arnold "Wells Jun r . & a return made to the Judge that 
he was non compos & unable to take charge of his property & the 
Board recommend that a Guardian should be appointed for him 

Approved of the Indentures of Polly Morey a black Girl of the 
age of 13 Years to M rs . Mary Turell as a domestick Servant 
untill she come to the age of 18 Years 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 2 d . 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Hunnewell May Chap- 
man 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Complaint was made against the conduct of Thomas Davidson 
who was represented as wasting his property by habits of 
drunkenness & idleness his Wife with her Mother & several of 
her Neighbours stated the circumstances of his conduct after 
inquiring particularly into the same, it was determined to lay the 
complaint before the Judge of Probate & to request him to 
appoint a suitable Person Guardian over the said Thomas David- 
son 

The Chairman represented a survey which had been taken of 
Fish Street, Ship Street & the entrance of N. Square; after 
considering the most eligible mode of widening the Streets where 
the late Fire happened ; the plan was committed to M r . Chapman 
to confer with the Proprietors of the Land laid waste relative to 
the terms on which they would agree to add three feet to the 
width of the Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 9 th . 
1807 Present Mess": Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, May, 
Chapman, Kettle, 

[356.] Certificate being received from the Comm 66 . of the 
first Baptist Society, that M r . Samuel Winslow had been chosen 
a Sexton to that Society : the Board agree to appoint Mm a 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 349 

Funeral Porter, with the priviledges annexed to that office he to 
conform himself to the present & future regulations of the 
Selectmen 

A conference was had with some of the Proprietors of land on 
Fish Street relative to widening said Street & M r . Wright & M r . 
Chapman appointed a Comm 66 . to treat with D r . Smith respecting 
his land at Mountforts Corner so called 

M r . Porter handed an estimate of the expence of raising & 
paving part of the Neck which is subject to be over flowed by 
high tides referred to M r . Hunnewell to examine & Report 

An estimate for raising the Dyke on the Neck was also referred 
to M r . Hunnewell to examine & report 

Mess" : James Lloyd & others have liberty to enter a new 
Common Sewer from Somersett Street into the Sewer in Southacks 
Court now Howard Street 

The Chairman was desired to advertize the two Easterly 
Cellars under Faneuil Hall to be leased at Auchtion on Thursday 
the 17* 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 14. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, May, Wright Chapman 
Kettle 

The Plan of Poplar Street at West Boston & the Lots border- 
ing thereon, which are advertised for Sale at Auchtion on the 
17 l . Ins*, was laid before the Board for consideration whether 
any measure should be taken to widen & straighten the Street, 
before the Proprietors should proceed to the Sale of the Land 
A Comm 66 . from the Proprietors was present & the subject was 
discussed, & it was determined that they should proceed to sell 
according to their plan, as it was not expedient for the Town to 
purchase land to widen the Street 

The Chairman exhibited the plan of the southerly part of 
Battery March Street, where Pollys Distill house & other [357.] 
Buildings are now taking down, that the Board may determine 
whether any measures should be taken to widen the Street in that 
part or suffer the new buildings to be erected on the old line 
after full consideration it was determined [not] to alter the line, 
as the Street was of convenient width, & any alteration would 
lead to great expence 

The Board being informed that the Heirs of Gov r . Hancock 
had signified their intention to enter into the inclosed part of 
Beacon hill to morrow morning to dig away the earth & take 



350 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

possession the Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . "Wright were appointed 
a Comm ee . to repair to the Hill, with Peace Officers & proper 
Witnesses to maintain the Towns rights & prevent any encroach- 
ments thereon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 16. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, May, Porter, Wright, 
Chapman, Kettle, Hunnewell 

The Chairman Reported that on the 15 Ins*, agreeable to the 
direction of the Board, the Comm 66 . had repaired to Beacon hill, 
& there met with Eben r . Hancock Esq. & John Hancock & M r . 
Samuel Spear who appeared to claim & enter upon the enclosed 
part of the Hill in behalf of the Heirs of the late Governour 
Hancock Mess : Hancock & Spear each of them took a Shovel 
full of Earth & threw it into the Cart of M r . James Bird The 
Chairman then forbid them to proceed & ordered them to with- 
draw in the name of the Town & the Comm ee . taking each of 
them by the Arm led them from the enclosed part of the Hill into 
'the Street, & orderded them not to enter again for any such pur- 
pose M r . Rufus Tower, M 1 '. Levi Joy & M r . Thomas C. Dillaway, 
were present & were desired to take such notice as would enable 
them to be Witnesses of the transaction if called upon in future 

An application was received from a number of persons residing 
in Fish Street, praying that a patrol might be organized, & other 
I measures adopted to guard them from fire The Chairman was 
desired to inform the applicants that the Watch should [358.] 
be particularly directed to guard & visit the Streets near the 
place where a late Incendiary attempt was made, & to give every 
assistance in their power to a patrol that may be organised among 
the Gentlemen of that Neighbourhood 

Mess : Daniel & Ignatius Sargent having applied for a Deed 
of a Tomb in the Granary Burying Ground lately rebuilt by M r . 
Michael Homer, it was agreed that upon M r . Sargent paying three 
hundred dollars for said Tomb, the Chairman should be authorized 
to give a certificate as proposed by them ; & M r . Homer to 
exhibit to the Board his account of expences for allowance 

Voted, that in future, when any Tombs are gone to decay from 
the neglect of the Owners or from the want of any proprietors 
thereto, that they shall be advertised in the public papers, for 
any one who has a legal claim to appear & make the necessary 
repairs, & in case no such person is to be found, that the Board 
would employ workmen to rebuild or to repair the same, and sell 
them for the advantage of the Town. 

On the application of Mess : Gore & Payne for liberty to 
make openings thro', the west wall of the Granary Burying 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 351 

ground to obtain entrances to Tombs which they intend to build 
on their own land Voted, that they have the consent of the 
Board to their request provided they shall obtain a like consent 
from the Persons who own Tombs adjoining to that wall ; which 
consent shall be expressed in writing & signed by said proprietors, 
& put upon the Town files 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 23 d . 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, 
Chapman, Kettle, 

Jurors drawn for the C. C. & C. C. Pleas, & entred & posted 
in Jury Books 

The Comm ee . on the application of Benjamin Wells Esq relative 
to the Drain in Copper Street, reported a state of facts [359.] 
And it was agreed that he could not be allowed to fill up or cut 
off any part of said Drain, it having become the property of the 
persons who laid it ; but that he might have liberty to open the 
Street for the purpose of boxing his Cellar to prevent the tide 
from flowing therein 

The Comm 66 . to view Round lane on the petition for paving that 
Street reported the measure of it to be 675 yards and probable 
cost 550. dollars, agreed to allow $260 towards paving the 
centre part, the Abuttors to do the rest & complete the side 
walks 

The Chairman & M r . Porter a Comm 66 . to view the lands & 
flatts South of the S. Bridge to determine which part is most 
suitable for the Engine-house, now standing on M r . Dolls land 

An application was received from the Citizens in the neighbour- 
hood of the late Fire in Fish Street, praying for an increase of 
the North Watch, the Chairman was desired, to examine into 
the present state of that watch & to Report 

The Board having at several Meetings considered the expe- 
diency of widening the streets near the ruins occasioned by the 
late fire the subject was now resumed & two Petitions from that 
quarter of the Town were read ; the Board being convinced of the 
necessity of the measure determined to widen Fish Street 2 feet 
& the passage to N. Square 5 feet, Deacon Hunter the owner of 
one of the lots having expressed in writing his readiness to give 
his land on Fish Street M r . H [Blank] another of the Proprietors 
appeared & consented to give his land on Fish Street provided the 
passage to the Square should be widened as proposed It was 
then agreed to give seven hundred dollars to D r . Nath 1 . Smith 
for so much of his land as should be taken, & the Chairman & 



352 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Chapman were desired to confer with the other proprietors & 
to ascertain what assistance could be had from the subscriptions 
of the Neighbourhood 

Approved the Indentures of Samuel Scott a Minor to Richard 
Cope Cordwainer to be in force untill the 1 st . of Septem r . 1814 

[36O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 28 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, 
Kettle, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 30. 1807 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, May, Wright, Chapman, Kettle, Porter, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

An application having been received from Mungo Mackay Esq. 
dated the 20 th . of May last relative to the compensation which he 
should be entitled to receive from those persons who have or may 
hereafter convey Drains into the Drain laid by him from near his 
dwelling house to West Boston Bridge The same was referred 
to the Chairman & M r . Chapman for enquiry they now Report d 
that the cost of said drain by M r . Mackays Account was 500 D 
paid by him, besides labour done by his Distill house workmen 
which he had not charged. That Drains to accommodate 15 
Houses, had been laid into the main drain, for 4 of which he had 
received 10 D. each. The Board having considered this Report 
Voted, That the owner of each & every house which was accom- 
modated with a drain into the main drain of M r . Mackay, should 
pay the sum of 10. D. for each house, whether the drain was laid 
separately from the houses, or whether they were connected 
together & entered his drain by one pipe for two or more houses, 
and that those persons who have made use of said drain be 
assessed as follows 

D 

H. G. Otis 1 house - - 10. paid 

Widow Davis 1 .... 10 d. 

J. Ridgway 1 - - - 10 d. 

M: Heard 1 .... 10 d. 

Watson Freeman ----1 ._._ 10 
Benaijah Brigham .--2 .--- 20 
Jon*. L. Austin ----1 ...- 10 
Loring Jacobs -----1 -.._io 

Silvanus Gray 1 ----- 10 

Benjamin Austin ----3 ---- 30 

George Otis 1 - - - - 10 

Jon a . Thaxter 1 - - - - 10 

And the said Mungo Mackay is hereby impowered to receive 
[361.] the above sums & to give discharge therefor 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 353 

Several persons having made or renewed their applications for 
Licenses as Auchtioneer, the same was considered, & it was de- 
termined by vote, that it was not expedient to make any addition 
to the number of Auchtioneers 

William Foster Esq. & Son appeared to request liberty to 
place a flight of plank steps in the passage way leading from Pur- 
chase Street by the north end of their Store for the accommoda- 
tion of a Sail Loft in the upper part of the store Referred to 
the Chairman M r . Wright & M r . Chapman to view & with liberty 
to give permission, if it should not interfere with the public use 
of the passage 

M r . Peck the Agent of the Mill Corporation appeared & ex- 
hibited the plan of streets proposed to be made in the Mill Pond ; 
the same was examined & a general conversation ensued on the 
mode, to be preferred in filling the pond the Board agreed to 
examine the plan more minutely, & in the meantime authorized 
M r . Peck to fill Cross Street to the New Street already made, & 
to begin filling at the bottom of Cole Lane Gouches lane Pitts 
lane & the passage by M r . Tidds Distill-house he taking partic- 
ular care to prevent any obstruction of Drains, & to lay tem- 
porary additions to the drains untill the ground should be 
sufficiently settled for laying permanent common Sewers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 7. 1807 Present 
Mess re : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, Hunne- 
well, Kettle 

M r . Wright was requested to procure powder, to have a suffi- 
cient number of Cartridges made for the general review of the 
Militia on the 22 d . Ins*. 

In consequence of the Salt water having flowed across the Neck 
at the late high tides, agreed that the new paving be extended 
one hundred feet farther north & be raised one foot in the centre 
of the Street 

The Chairman & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to have a foot walk 
[362.] laid out on the westerly side of Court Street, opposite 
Concert Hall 

The Board proceeded to the choice of a Superintend 1 of 
the^ Lamps for the ensuing season, the Votes being taken M r . 
Wright was declared to be chosen 

Henry J. Thompson applied for license to sweep Chimneys, 
and produced several recommendations Agreed that M r . Vinton, 
the present Undertaker of that business, should be desired to 



354 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

appear at the next Meeting, that the Board might consider the 
expediency of making any new appointment 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectment Octob r . 14. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Kettle, Wright, Chapman, 
May, Oliver 

A petition was received from a number of the Abuttors on a 
new Street leading from Beacon Street to Middlecott Street, & 
which they have named JBowdoin Street, requesting that a cer- 
tain piece of land contiguous to the Estate of D : D : Rogers 
Esq might be added to the Easterly end of said Street, to widen 
the same; for which they engage to pay all the expence that 
should arise the same was referred to the Chairman M r . Oliver 
& M r . Chapman, to confer with the applicants & M r . Rogers to 
Report 

Upon consideration of the difficulty there would be to convey 
off the water from the north end of Broad Street & the incon- 
venience that would be experienced there from the ensuing winter 
Agreed to have that part of Broad Street paved as far south 
as Doane Street, the pavers contracting to do the same for 75 
Cents p yard 

t 

Agreed that the lamps be lighted on Monday Evening next to 
commence the season & that there be allowed two Dollars to each 
lighter for cleaning the lamps under his care, previous to 
lighting 

Information having been given that the Latin School continued 
to be occasionally used of Evenings as a singing school contrary 
to the vote of the School Committee the Chairman was desired 
to inform M r . Bigelow, that it was the wish of the [363.] 
Board, that the Keys should be kept at his House & that they be 
delievered to no person for any use of the School-house of an 
evening 

Some Gentlemen of the Board having observed that a quantity 
of earth had been taken fram the hilly ground at the bottom of 
the Common & carried into Pleasant Street & the new Streets by 
the Ropewalks, a debate ensued upon the expediency of using 
the earth from that situation for any purpose whatsoever and it 
was unanimously determined that no earth or gravel be taken in 
future from the Common for any purpose out of the limits of the 
Common and agreed to meet to morrow 5 o Clock at the new 
street to view & determine what further should be done absent 
Members to be notified 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 15. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Chapman, 
Kettle. Hunnewell, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 355 

The Board met agreeable to a vote of yesterday they viewed 
the street at the bottom of the Common leading to West Boston 
Bridge & agreed that it was necessary that a part of it about 10 
feet wide should be raised along by the side of the Rope walks 
to shut out the high tides the question was then considered 
whether the earth from the Common should be used for that pur- 
pose and it was Voted that the workmen should dig away the 
ridge8 of the Earth between the Marsh & the Hills for the above 
purpose & to repair the Street the vote being taken all the Gentle- 
men present were in favour of it except M r . Hunnewell & M r . 
Wright 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 21. 1807. 
Present Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Wright, Oliver, Chapman, Kettle, 

The Comm ee . of the Market informed the Board that the addi- 
tional Stalls were nearly completed at the west end of the Hall 
the following resolutions were adopted that for the future no 
Beef should be sold in any of the Stalls west of the Hall & that 
y e . Comm 66 . be authorised to lease the new stalls for one year at 
the rate of one Dollar p week for each Stall the Rent to be paid 
quarterly to the Town Treasurer 

[364.] The Sergeant of Joseph Lorings Company & one 
from the company of Fusileers, applied for their proportion of 
powder for their review the 22 d . Ins*, they were informed that 
the Board had directed a sufficient quantity of powder for all the 
Troops, to be made into Cartrdges, & that the Brigade Quarter 
Master Maj r . Phillips would deliver them to each Comp^. on the 
field 

A precept was received from the Judge of Probates to make 
enquiry into the circumstances of M r . Thomas Downey the 
same was handed to the Chairman to enquire & Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1807. 

A : M Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman, Wright 

Kettle- 
Additional Jurors drawn for Circuit Court to fill up vacancies, 

drawn the same entered on Jury Books & c 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1807 P: 
M Present. Bulfinch Tilden, Oliver, May, Wright, Chapman, 
Kettle- 
Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28. 1807 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Chapman, Kettle, Oliver Tilden 

Passed upon other Accounts 



356 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

In consequence of a report made of the circumstances of M r . 
Thomas Downey return was signed to the Judge of Probate 
recommending that a Guardian should be appointed for him 

A number of the Proprietors of Lands & Houses in Round 
Lane having agreed to remove their fences for the purpose of 
straightening & widening the street previous to its being paved ; 
the Comm ee . of that quarter, with the Chairman & M r . Chapman 
Reported, that they had viewed the Street & thought it highly 
expedient that the westerly end should also be widened, by set- 
ting back the fence of M r . Hunt on the north side & the fence of 
M r . Jenks on the south side but as neither of these Gentlemen 
are in Town to be applied to, they have requested M r . Ozias Good- 
win & Col. Joseph May to view the situation of the Street, & 
the land [365.] intended to be taken from eaeh Abuttor, that 
they may be able to give a correct opinion, if any claim for 
damages should hereafter be made by any of the Parties 

The Proprietors of the Candle makers on Boston Neck having 
applied for a licence to erect a Building for trying Tallow on the 
rear of the lot owned by M r . Blake the Overseer of the Works ; 
the situation was viewed by the Chairman & M r . Porter, who 
Reported that it would be convenient for the business ; it was 
agreed to license the same according to the I 1 , section of the law 
of this Commonwealth passed June 7. 1705 entitled "an Act 
for preventing Common Nuisances ' ' 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem 1 . 5. 1807 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Chapman, Kettle 

The Board was engaged in drawing 22. Grand Jurors and 60 
Petit Jurors for the Supreme Judicial Court & four for Circuit 
Court the same is entered on the Jury Books no "other business 
done which was matter of Record 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 11. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May Wright, Kettle,. 

Upon the recommendation of a number of the Inhabitants in 
favor of M r . Joshua Eaton it was agreed to renew his license a 
an Auchtioneer 

A Communication was received from the Overseers of the poor 
to inform the Board that M r . Leverett had in presence of witnesses 
entered upon part of the land on which the Almshouse stands, 
which he claimed for himself & others as a highway, originally 
laid out by the Leverett family, & now otherwise appropriated 
without their consent 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 357 

The Chairman was desired to hand to H. G. Otis Esq a copy 
of the original plan of said land & streets together with all copies 
relating to the division among y e . heirs of Leverett & the purchase 
made by the Town & to request him to defend the Towns 
possession Also that M r . Otis should be desired to appear & 
defend the proceedings of the Board at the Supreme Court in the 
case of William Welch's Store taken down in State Street 

[366.] Agreed that the Chairman should furnish the 
Gentlemen living in Somerset place, with a flat stone walk across 
said place to be laid wherever they should think most convenient 
& useful 

M r . Thatcher the Town Advocate having investigated the title 
of the Town & the Abutters of the Lane called Dorsetts Alley lead- 
ing from Court Street to Brattle Square, gave his opinion in Writing 
that it was a Town way for Horses & Carriages & that the 
Abuttors had no right to prevent the passing of Carriages and 
that the Town was obliged to keep the same in repair 

The Comm 66 . of Brattle Street having agreed to give 100 D. 
towards repairing & paving said Alley with a flat walk in the 
Centre, it was agreed to pay one half of the remaining expence 
the Abuttors agreeing to pay the other half 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 16. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Oliver, Porter, Wright, Kettle 

Jurors drawn to supply vacancies in the list drawn for Supreme 
Court, also 6 Jurors drawn for District Court which have been 
entered in Jury Book 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 18 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, Chapman, Wright, Kettle 

The application of Perkins Nichols for a Town Meeting con- 
sidered, the determination thereon referred to a special Meeting 
to Morrow 12. o.' Clock absent Members to be notified 

A special Meeting was called, but a sufficient number did not 
attend to transact business of such importance [as to be made 
matter of record] 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 25. 1807 
Present Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman, Oliver, 

No business transacted. 



358 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[367.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 
30 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Chapman, Wright, Kettle, Hunne- 
well, Porter, Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 2 d . Present 
Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Wright, May, Kettle, Oliver, 
Hunnewell Chapman 

Approved the Indentures of John Bellingham Palmer a Minor 
of the age of 18 Years to Cap*. Freeman Atkins, to be in force 
untill the 20 l . of March 1810 

M r . Samuel Cartwright was chosen Measurer of Wood coming 
from the Country, over West Boston Bridge 

Application being received from Engine Comp y . N. 12 for 
the enlargement of the Room lately added to their Engine House 
by the South Bridge and another application for a Room to be 
made to the Engine house in Orange Street after some discussion 
it was Voted to request the opinion of the Fire-wards, what 
dimensions would be most suitable for the use of the Engine 
Companies, to be added to such Engine houses as stand on land 
owned by the Town, or in such situations as may be considered 
permanent 

M r . Porter Wright & Hunnewell a Comm 66 . to look out for 
situations for the Engine house now on M r . Mays land in Orange 
Street, & for that called the Purchase Street Engine. 

Liberty having been lately given to M r . Haskins to lay a 
Platform from his Land at the bottom of Rainsford lane to the 
northerly end of Front Street, subject to be removed whenever 
the Board should require it information was given that M r . 
Haskins in consequence of the above indulgence, had built a fence 
& inclosed for his own use that part of the Dock which he had 
planked over Voted that M r . Haskins be directed to remove the 
fence immediately onto his own line & leave the Platform open 
for public use 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 16. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Chapman, Hunnewell, Wright, Tilden, 
Oliver, 

[368.] Application was received from M r . John Peck, Agent 
of the Mill Corporation, requesting that some mode might be 
adopted to designate the Towns .proportion of certain parts of the 
Mill Pond to enable him to make further progress in filling by 
sale & otherwise 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1807. 359 

This subject led to a discussion which occupied the principal 
part of the time and it was agreed that the plans of the Pond 
& the proposed Streets should be handed to the several Members 
of the Board for examination previous to next Meeting 

The Members of the Engine Company in Atkinson Street pre- 
sented a request for an enlargement of their Engine-house & that 
it might be removed to the bottom of Summer Street Agreed to 
view the situation proposed previous to coming to a decision 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 23 d . 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Kettle, Oliver, 

It having been observed that a number of Boys had assembled 
on the Frog Pond on Sunday last for skating the Chairman was 
desired to employ a Constable to attend on the Common to pre- 
vent such practises in future & to make return of the names 
of such as should persist in this breach of the Sabbath, for 
prosecution 

M r . Porter 'was desired to employ workmen to make an addi- 
tion to the Engine house in Orange Street with a Chimney 
therein provided M r . May will consent to sell a suitable piece of ; 
his land for this purpose, or will lease the Spot on which the / 
house now stands for ten years at the rate of ten dollars p 
Annum 

M r . Wright was desired to have a like addition made to the 
Purchase Street Engine house (so called) provided he can obtain ) 
a lease of land from the Heirs of Jeffery Richardson on High ' 
Street on which to place the said Engine house 

Representation having been made of the necessity of addi- 
tional measurer of Wood coming over the Neck M r . Daniel 
Oliver was chosen for that purpose Jurors to supply vacancies 
drawn & entered on Jury Books 

[369. J Boston ss : Granted by [At a meeting of] the 
Selectmen Dec r . 28 l Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman, 
Wright, Porter, May, Hunnewell, Kettle Oliver, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 30. 1807 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Hunnewell, Wright, Kettle, 
Chapman, Porter, May, 

Passed on other Acco te 



360 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston December 30. 1807 Return was made by Deacon 
Daniel Bates of the expence attending the laying a Common 
Sewer in Short Street the Account thereof being duly examined 
by the Selectmen, is by them allowed & an Assessment was made 
by them & an order of payment was made & delivered Deacon 
[Bates] as follows 

Whereas a drain or common shore has been laid in Short Street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole expence 
whereof amounts to Three hundred & sixty one dollars & such 
expence is to be borne by such person or persons whose Drains 
enter therein and receive benefit thereby in such proportion as 
shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of said town or by the major 
part of them who are empowered by law to apportion the same 
Therefore we the subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston 
do hereby certify that having considered the same expence by 
whom it ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the same shall be 
paid in the proportion following & by the persons hereafter 
named Viz 1 . 

Jarvis & Howland being the proportion agreed to be 
paid by Comm ee . of Short Street thro'. Wallaces 

Garden - 71 ,, 69 

Jonathan Hunnewell - - 1 Share - - 13 ,, 10 

David Bates 2 - - - - 36 ,, 20 

F. Tufts 1 - - - - 18 10 

S. Francis 1 - - - - 18 10 

J. Trask ' 1 - - - - 18 ,, 10 

M r . Welles 1 - - - - 18 10 

L. Ludden 2 - - - - 36 ,, 20 

J. Shed 1 - - - - 18 10 

Callender & Jenkins - - 2- - - - 36,, 20 
[37O.] James H. Foster - - - 1 Drain - - 18 ,, 10 
Estate of Thorn 8 . Bradlee - 1 ditto - - 18 10 
Estate of Hannah Row - 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 10 
Thomas Hearsay - - - 1 ditto - - 18 ,, 10 

And we hereby appoint Thomas Hearsey to demand & receive 
the same from the persons above named & to give discharges 
therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ~] 
DAVID TILDEN 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL , 
FR. WRIGHT 
JONA. CHAPMAN 
JOHN MAY 
JOSEPH KETTLE 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 4. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Kettle, Tilden, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright Chapman 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 361, 

This Meeting was called to consider the plans of Streets in 
Mill Pond & to adopt measures to enable the Mill corporation to 
proceed to fill the Pond The plans were exhibited & examined 
& various improvements & alterations suggested the subject was 
generally considered, but no decision had thereon. 

The Board being informed that an English Vessell was to sail 
on the Morrow for Grenoch ; the Chairman was desired to write 
to the Hon ble . James Bowdoin Esq. now in London to request 
him to secure such additional depositions in the suit of the Town 
against Ward. N. Boylston as appears deficient in the papers 
lately received from M r . Stackpole 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 6. 1808 
Mess rs : Bulfinch Hunnewell Kettle, Wright, Chapman, May, 
Oliver, 

[371.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Jan y . 13*. 
1808 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Chapman, Kettle, Oliver May 

At the last Meeting Mess re : Bulfinch Hunnewell & Chapman a 
Committee to examine into the state of the Town Watch and to 
Report to the Board to suggest what alteration or addition may 
be necessary 

The Mill Pond again under consideration, various plans were 
examined, but nothing decided upon 

An application was received signed by a number of Sailors 
stating their embarrassed situation in consequence of the Embargo 
& praying for relief & assistance 

This Petition was handed in by M 1 '. John White the first who 
had signed it, he was questioned on the subject of it & respecting 
the other persons whose names were on the paper after consid- 
ering the said petition it appeared to the Board that a large pro- 
portion of the applicants were not subjects of this Town or State ; 
and the Chairman was desired to endorse the petition to our 
Representatives in the General Court to be laid before the 
Legislature 

The Pond Street Corporation having petitioned the Legislature 
for a continuance of time to complete that Street The Chairman 
M r . Tilden & M r . Wright were desired to attend the Comm 66 . of 
the General Court to whom the same was committed & to lay 
before them the plans of the Mill Pond & to state the embarrass- 
ments which have arisen in consequence of the new Pond Street 
& in case a continuance of time should be granted to endeavour 



362 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

to obtain a condition in the Resolve that the Street Corporation 
should be under obligation to complete it in the time allowed 
without expence to the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 15. 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden Oliver Hunnewell Wright Chap- 
man Kettle 

This Meeting was called to meet a Comm 66 . of the Gen 1 . Court 
upon the subject of the petition of the Sailors for relief 

[372.] By desire of the Courts Comm ee . a number of the 
Sailors attended & answered to such enquiries as were made to 
them ; the Comm 66 . informed them that they would attend to their 
application & recommended them to conduct themselves quietly 
& not to assemble in great numbers in the Streets 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 20. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Oliver Wright May Chapman 
Kettle 

Two of the Sailors who had presented the Petition to the Board 
for relief appeared & were informed that their petition had been 
presented to the General Court but that they had returned it 
without making any provision for them 

They were then advised to behave quietly & not to assemble in 
numbers, but in case of suffering any distress to apply to the 
Overseers of the Poor for relief 

The Chairman was desired to publish an abstract of the laws 
relating to the measuring & sale of Wood brought into town by 
land & the names of the measurers 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, May, Wright, Kettle, 
Chapman, 

Passed Accounts 

, Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 7. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman Porter, Kettle, May, 
Oliver, Hunnewell Wright 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Agreed to pay M r . Edward Bell for Land taken from his lot in 
Fish Street for the purpose of widening the Street the sum of 
one hundred & ten dollars, he to give a deed of his land to the 
Town & an obligation to remove the Wooden Building now on 
the land upon the 1 st . day of May next 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 363 

M r . David Bradley appeared to request of the Board that the 
Scales in front of the Store owned by him at the West end of 
the Market should be allowed to remain having been in their 
present position for 13 Years & the house having been leased to 
the [373.] present occupant with that privilege the subject 
was fully considered & agreed to suspend taking away those 
Scales for the present 

The Committee of the Market directed to make a final arange- 
ment of the rent of the Stalls inside Faneuil Hall, and to con- 
sider whether any place on the Towns land could be appropriated 
for a set of Scales, the income for weighing in which should be 
for the benefit of the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 3 d . 1808 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, May, Kettle, Oliver, 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 10. 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Kettle 

Return was made of the expence of paving Round Street 
which amounted to 782 Dollars after deducting what had been 
allowed by the Board This Sum was proportioned upon the 
several Owners & Abutters on the Street as by papers on file of 
mixed papers 

Passed upon a number of Licenses for Sale of Spirits 

M r . Getting appeared & renewed his application for compensa- 
tion for land taken to widen Battery March Street from the Land 
he purchased of David Tilden Esq. after some conversation it 
was agreed to assign next Wednesday for the consideration of 
this subject & absent Members to be notified of the same 

Return was made by John Amory Esq. of the Expence attend- 
ing the opening & relaying the Common Sewer in Fitches Lane 
towards Sudbury Street ; the account thereof being duly exam- 
ined by the Selectmen an order of payment was made out & 
delivered to the aforesaid John Amory Esq. which is as follows 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer in Fitches Lane at West 
Boston & continued from thence towards Sudbuiy Street has been 
laid conformably to the direction of the Selectmen 

[374.] the whole expence whereof accord- 
ing to the accounts laid before & examined by us amounts to 
Four hundred & seven Dollars & thirty four cents, and as such 
expence is to be borne by such person or persons whose Drains 
enter into said Common Sewer & receive benefit thereby in such 
proportion as shall be adjudged by the Selectmen of said Town 
or the major part of them, who are empowered by law to apportion 



364 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the same The said John Amory having agreable to law notified 
all the concerned before he had proceeded on the business, & the 
objections that had been made having been considered Therefore 
we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston do hereby 
Certifie that having considered the said Expence & by whom & 
in what manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE that the same 
should be paid in the proportion following & by the Persons 
hereafter named viz 1 

Stephen Codman - ... 2 Houses - - $54 ,, 32 

M rs : Carter - 1 house - 2 shares - - 54 ,, 32 

D r . Carin 1 House - - 27 ,, 16 

Estate of John M c .lain - - 1 House - - 27 ,, 16 

John Amory 6 Houses - - 162 ,, 96 

S. & N. Appleton - - - 3 Shares - - 81 ,, 48 



$407 ,, 40 

And we do hereby Authorise & empower 
the said John Amory to Collect the same, 

and to give discharges therefor 

-N a 

CHARLES BDLFINCH f 
DAVID TILDEN 

WILLIAM PORTER . -g 
EBENEZER OLIVER ' 
JOHN MAY 
JOHN KETTLE 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 17. 1808 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Chapman 
Kettle, Oliver, 

Grand Jurors & Petit Jurors for G. & C. Court drawn & 
entred [in] Jury Books 

On the application of M r . David Jones the Board consented to 
license him as an Auchtioneer to carry on the business at the 
Office on the North side of the Market occupied by M r . John 
Jones who retires from the business in consequence of ill health 
The Town Clerk is directed to give a Certificate to M r . David 
Jones upon the former Certificate to John Jones being delivered 
to [by] him & cancelled 

[375.] This time being assigned for considering the applica- 
tion of M r . Uriah Cotton for land thrown into Battery March 
Street from the Estate purchased by him & others from David 
Tilden Esq. the papers were read & the subject fully considered 
when it was voted that the Chairman be instructed to inform M r . 
Cotting that the Board will allow three thousand Dollars for the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 365 

land added to Battery March Street ; & that the Treasurer be 
directed to give his note therefor payable in twelve months upon 
M r . Cotton & his Associates giving the Town a deed of all the 
lands added by them to Battery March Street & the Cross Streets 
laid out by them from that Street to India Street & engaging to 
level the said Streets with Gravel to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen 

M r . George Trott presented his account of the [proceeds of 
the] Hay Scales the present Year which was examined & approved 
and the Treasurer directed to settle said accounts upon his receiv- 
ing the ballance of One hundred & forty three dollars in full to 
the 1*. of January last 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 24. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, May, Chapman, 
Kettle, 

M r . Eleazer Homer produced a subscription paper wherein a 
number of Gentlemen engage to maintain an addional Watch of 
5 Men for two months for the security of the Houses & property 
in Fish Street & Ship Street 

Voted that the persons so employed as watchmen under the 
direction of John Kemp the Constable of said Watch, be vested 
with the powers of Watchmen according to law & that M r . Low 
the Constable of the North Watch be directed to give them all 
the aid in his power to promote the object of the Gentlemen who 
have subscribed & the security of the Town 

Plans of the Mill Pond Street under consideration 

Voted that M r . Bulfinch Hunnewell & Chapman bo a Comm ee . 
to arange a plan of the pond with Streets & Market Square & to 
confer with M r . Peck the Agent of the pond corporation for the 
final adoption of such a plan as shall be agreeable to all parties 

[376.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Feb>\ 29. 
1808 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Chapman, Kettle Porter, 
Hunnewell 

Passed upon Accounts 



Voted, that the Treasurer be desired to give his note for $7( 
to D r . Nathaniel Smith or his legal representatives for the land 
taken to widen Fish Street & the entrance of the North square 
also to give a note to M r . Thomas Curtis for 475 for his Land 
taken for the same purpose ; being from both Estates 2 feet in 
width on Fish Street & five feet wide on the entrance to the 
Square 



366 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Chapman, 
Kettle 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Warrant issued for Town Meeting on Monday the 14*. Day of 
March Ins 4 , at Faneuil Hall 10 o'. Clock A : M : for the choice of 
Town Officers & c 

Mess r8 : Oliver & Munroe to have the printing of the Notifica- 
tions for March Meeting 

Rev d . D r . Eckley to be called upon by the Chairman to request 
his opening the Town Meeting with prayer 

The Assessors handed to the Board a list of qualified Voters 
according to Law M r . Snelling was present & stated that the 
Assessors had taken great pains to make the list correct The 
Lists having been examined by the several Members present, it 
was ordered that they be printed part of them by Belcher & 
Armstrong & the remainder by Snelling & Simons 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Tilden, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell 
Chapman, May, Kettle 

Return was made by Jon'. Hunnewell Esq of the expence of 
repairing and now laying the Drain in Pecks Lane, [377.] 
Account whereoff being duly examined by the Selectmen was by 
them allowed, they being informed at the same time that jail 
Persons concerned in said Drain had been duly warned according 
to law the objections that were entered having been considered, 
Assessments were made thereon, an Order of payment was made 
thereon by the Selectmen and delivered to M r . Moses Thayer for 
a Collection as follows 

Whereas a Drain or Common Shore in Pecks Lane has been 
relaid & repaired conformably to the direction of the Selectmen 
the whole Expence whereof amounts to One hundred & fifty 
Dollars, which expence is to be borne by such Person or Persons 
whose Drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby ; Therefore 
we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston do hereby 
Certifie that having considered the same expence & by whom & 
in what manner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE that the same 
should be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons 
hereafter named 

Dollars 

William Boardman - - - - 1 Share - - - 17 
Joseph Russell (or Otis) - - 2 d - - - - 34 
John Louis 1 d - - - - 1 7 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 367 

Dollars 

Jon a . Hunnewell 1 Share - - - 1 7 

William White 1 d - - - - 17 

James Morse Id ---- 17 

M r . Corbet 1 d - - - - 17 

John May 1 d - - - - 17 



9 

And we hereby appoint M r . Moses Thayer to demand and 
receive the same from the Persons before named, and to give 
discharges therefor 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Tilden Porter Oliver Hunnewell Chapman 
May Kettle 

Exchanged with Jonathan Harris Esq the papers relative to the 
Water Course in Water Street viz 1 . Delivered him a Deed of said 
Water Course & received from him an Instrument by which he 
engages to keep a Common Sewer under his new Buildings in 
Water Street in repair for ever also a Deed [378.] of a peice 
of Land in Milk Street on which the Cataract Engine house 
stands 

Approved the Indentures of Francis Attole a Minor to Louis Le 
Grand Barber, to continue in force untill the 10. of Septem r . 
1815 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16 1808 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Kettle, Chapman, 

This being the first Meeting of the Board since the Town 
Meeting for choice of Town Officers, the Members present took 
the Oath prescribed by Law before John Gardner Esq. Justice of 
the Peace. 

The Board then proceeded to the choice of a Chairman by 
ballot; the Votes being taken, Charles Bulfinch Esq. was 
declared to be chosen 

The Chairman was desired to insert in the papers the same 
advertizement which was printed last Year respecting the list of 
Voters posted for inspection also to take measures for the 
choice of Assistant Assessors on the first Wednesday of April 
next 

On the application of a number of Gentlemen handed in by 
Benjamin Russell Esq. Liberty was granted them to make use of 
Faneuil Hall on the Evening previous to the first Monday in 
April next 



368 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Cap*. Purkets Comp y . have liberty to make use of the Military 
hall on Friday Evenings in the fortnight to commence from 
Friday next : also to take possession of any one of the Armories 
not yet appropriated to deposit Arms & c 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . to view a Stable in 
Sudbury Street belonging to the Estate of Eben r Storer Esq. 
Cyril Lee applies for liberty to use as a Livery Stable 

M r . Chairman Porter & Oliver a Comm 66 . to view the East end 
of Pleasant Street, to prevent any encroachment from y e . Build- 
ing now placing there, & to endeavour to straighten that part of 
the Street 

[379.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen March 23 d . 
1808 Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Chapman, Hunnewell, 
Wright May, 

Francis Wright Esq was sworn according to law by John 
Gardner Esq. previous to taking his seat at the Board 

A pe[ti]tion was presented signed by all the Abuttors on 
Pleasant Street, requesting that measures should be taken for 
paving that Street The Comm ee . appointed to view Pleasant 
Street at the last Meeting were desired to measure the same & to 
enquire into the state of the drains & common sewers also to 
consider whether any mode can be adopted to obtain gravel from 
Fox hill for the repair of streets 

A Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of the North part 
of the Town requesting that the Bell of the North Church should 
be rang at the usual hours was referred for consideration 

A remonstrance from Gentlemen bordering on Dock Square 
against the nuisance occasioned by fisherman & others, blowing 
horns & trumpets was committed to the Chairman 

Warrant was signed for the Town Meeting for choice of Gov- 
ernor & Senators on Monday the 4*. of April next 

The Chairman & M r . Porter desired to call upon Rev d . M r . 
Clay to request him to open the Meeting with prayer 

Pursuant to a venire from the Clerk of Common pleas 28 
Jurors were drawn for that Court & the Meeting Adjourned to 
the 30 th . Ins*, to fill such vacancies as should occur 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen March 28 1 . 1808 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch Porter Hunnewell May Chapman Wright, Webb, 
Foster, 

Passed on Accounts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 369 

M r . Nathan Webb & M r . Joseph Foster having been chosen at 
the Town Meeting this Day to fill the vacancies at the Board of 
Selectmen, they now took their places and the oath was admin- 
istered to them according to law by John Gardner Esq 



[38O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30 
[1808] Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, May, Webb, Foster, 
Hunnewell, Chapman, Wright, 

Passed upon other Accounts 
On the petition from the persons resident in Sea Street, 

Voted, that one hundred dollars be allowed in addition to the 
sums raised by the applicants for gravelling that street ; the work 
to be done under the direction of M r . Hunnewell and to the 
acceptance of the Board 

The Comm 66 . chosen to view the Stable in Sudbury Street 
Reported that it was not expedient to licence the same as a 
Livery Stable the Report was accepted 

The following Divisions of Committees was agreed upon 

M r . Webb, to have charge of that part of the Town west 

of Middle & North Streets to Milk Creek 
M r . May, all East of the same Streets 
M r . Bulfinch, Wards N. 6 & 7 
M r . Chapman, Wards N. 4 & 5 
M r . Hunnewell - - Ward N. 8 
M r . Wright - - - Ward N. 9 
M r . Foster - - - Ward N. 10 
M r . Oliver - - - Ward N. 1 1 
M r . Porter - - - Ward N. 12 

Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter & Hunnewell a Committee on the 
Neck 

Mess : Oliver Hunnewell & Foster a Comm ee . for the Common 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Foster a Comm 66 to con- 
sider the subject of the Market, generally, for the establishment 
of Rents, regulation of Carts & Scales to Report this day fort- 
night, previous to choice of Clerk of the Market 

M r . Chapman was requested to make inquiry of the Sheriffs 
respecting the Constables during the past Year 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13. 1808 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Chapman, 
Hunnewell, Webb, Foster 



370 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[381.] On the application of Capt. Thomas Howe it is 
ordered that M r Burbeck deliver him 28f pounds of powder, 
being the quantity which the Fusileer Company was entitled to, 
at the last public training, but which was not then delivered to 
them 

The Plan of Mill Pond Streets under consideration the board 
discussed the subject generally & agreed to meet on Saturday 
next 10. O Clock to view Back Street & the passage way leading 
therefrom to determine from, which, of them Cross Streets should 
be laid to Pond Street 

Market arangements were also discussed & the Corum 66 was 
directed to Report at next Meeting 

A number of Licenses for retailers acted upon and allowed 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Chapman, Hunnewell, 
Oliver, Webb, Foster, 

The Comm 66 . to consider the arangements to be adopted for 
the Market reported at length, which was read & amended & then 
accepted The Board came to the choice of a Clerk of the Market 
to commence the business, on the I 1 , of May the applications 
being read, the Votes were taken, when M 1 . Nathaniel Meriam 
was unanimously chosen 

A number of Gentlemen who occupy Stores in Broad Street 
applied to request that measures should be taken to forward the 
paving that Street as soon as the season would permit the 
Chairman was desired to advertize for proposals for supplying 
paving Stones & Gravel, 

On the application of proprietors of Land in Chestnut Street 
for liberty to lay a common sewer & requesting that legal measures 
should be taken to apportion the expences upon such persons as 
should enter the same with drains in future Agreed that such 
drain be laid with brick & covered with slate in all parts where 
the Salt water does not flow into it & that upon the proprietors 
making a return of the expences the Board would apportion the 
same to the present & future proprietors 

[382.] An application was received for a pound to be built 
at South Boston, also for another on the Neck referred for 
consideration to the Neck Committee 

Approved of the Indentures of Andrew Donnaldson a Minor & 
Forreigner to William Wyman, Leather Dresser to continue in 
force untill the 6*. of August 1814 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 371 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27*. 1808 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Chapman, Wright, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Porter 

Passed upon Accounts 

The permanent Assessors, had their oath of Office administred 
to them by the Town Clerk 

The Board came to the choice of two Sealers of weights & 
measures, and M r . Richard Austin was chosen for the southern 
district, and M r . Timothy Green for the northern district 

Warrant issued for Town Meetings on the 11 th . & 12 th . of May 
next, for choice of Representatives, and for transacting the usual 
business of the Town at May Meeting 

M r . True to have the printing of the Notifications for May 
Meetings 

M r . Chairman & M r . Chapman appointed to apply to M r . Buck- 
minster & to request him to open the Towm Meeting with prayer 

The Chairman presented such Members of the Board as are 
present with a Copy of the new Jury law, that they might pre- 
pare for the duties assigned them 

A new plan of Mill Pond Streets was presented by the Chair- 
man which was approved and directed to be handed to the 
Agent of the Mill Corporation for their consent and concurrence 

[383.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4. 
1808 Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Chapman, Porter, 
Webb, Foster, Wright, 

Applications for the Office of Constable were open'd & the 
Names, of their Sureties read after some consideration "Voted, 
to postpone the choice untill the 18 th . Ins 1 . 

The subject of an improved organization of the Police estab- 
lishment was considered, when it was proposed that two Assist- 
ants be chosen for two separate Districts of this Town this 
subject was referred for decision unto the next Meeting 



372 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



The remainder of the time was occupied in inspecting the lists 
of qualified Voters preparatory to making new lists for Jury Boxes, 
according to the late law of the General Court 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 19. 1808 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Wright, Chapman, Foster,. 
Webb, Hunnewell, 

This time being Assigned for the choice of Constables, the 
following Persons were declared to be chosen The Town Clerk 
was directed not to administer the Oath of Office unto any one 
untill he shall have brought a Certificate from the Town Treasurer 
that he had duly executed his Bond 
Constables 

Thomas Stevenson sworn. Sureties Dudley Walker 

Thorn 8 . Stevenson Jun r . 
(sworn) 



Amos Lewis 
Elisha Copeland - - - 
Henry Lane - (sworn) 
Moses Thayer - - - - 

Levy Joy 

[384.] John Deverell - (sworn) 

Jirah Holbrook - - - - 

Samuel White - - - - 
Solomon Twist - - - - 

James Sumner - - - - 
William Brooks (sworn) 
James Perkins - (sworn) 
see other side 1 more 



Thomas Lewis 
Joshua Ellis 
John Perry 
John Gibson 
Caleb Whiting 
Josiah Dan forth 
Nath 1 . Frothingham 
Samuel Sanger 

Joseph Batson 
William Whall 
Jon a . Merry 
Edward Staples 
William Babcock 
John Badger 
Moses Gardner 
Jonas Twist 
James Ridgway 
Thorn 8 . W. Sumner 
Timothy Fuller 
John Amory 
Timothy Green 
James Williams 



The Board having determined to come to the choice of a Super- 
intendent of Police & two Assistants, the Votes were taken, & 
Charles Bulfinch Esq . was chosen Superintendent for the Year 
ensuing John W. Folsom was chosen Assistant for North 
Division & M r . Jeremiah Bridge for the South Division of the 
Town The South division to include the Long Wharff, State 
Street Court Street, & all to the South of those Streets the 
North Division to include all to the North of the above named 
Streets 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 373 

M r . "Wright & M r . Foster a Cornm 66 . to confer with the Counsel 
employed in the Suit against W. N. Boylston Esq & to consider 
what further measures should be adopted to enforce the Towns 
Claims against him 

Agreed that M r . Wright should direct Workmen to lay a walk 
of flatt Stones cross the westerly end of Bury Street to Join the 
foot walk on each side in Federal Street 

The Committee on the Mill Pond Reported a plan of Streets & 
conditions to be offered to the Mill Corporation the Chairman 
was directed to hand the same in to the Agent of the Corpora- 
tion 

[385.] M r . B. B. Leeds appeared to answer some charges 
that had been made against him as a Constable & produced a 
number of recommendations & certificates in his favour M f . 
Leeds having been heard & the Board being satisfied with respect 
to his conduct, it was voted that he be continued a Constable for 
the ensuing year his Bondsmen (sworn) 

Jeremiah Gore 
Samuel Babcock 

A number of papers were read, lately received from the 
Assignes of Thomas Boylston Esq. relative to his affairs & the 
Towns future claims upon the residue of his property the papers 
were handed to M r . Wright & M r . Foster, the Committee on that 
subject, to confer with our Council thereon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Wright, Porter, Webb, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Wright, Porter, Foster, May, Oliver, 
Webb, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

A list of Applicants for Licenses to sell Spirituous liquors was 
acted upon 

M r . Benoit who has opened a Shop at the head of the Mall for 
Confectionery applied for license, but was refused, & the Chair- 
man was desired to notify him of the law which forbids the sale 
of any articles on the Sabbath and to prosecute him if he con- 
tinue to upon his Shop on that day 

M r . James Vila applies for license to keep a Livery Stable 
back of his house in Court Street M r . Hunnewell & M r . Chap- 
man a Committee to view the place & report 



374 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

On the application of M r . Godfrey for compensation for land 
taken to widen Fish Street, & of M r . Prince Snow relative to the 
intentions of the Board to widen that Street in future the [386. J 
Chairman M r . AVright & M r . May were appointed a Comm ee . to 
confer with the Applicants & Report 

Agreed to build a Pound at S. Boston, the expence not to 
exceed 40 Dollars and the Proprietors agreeing to provide a 
suitable place for it, free of expence to the Town 

M r . Samuel Prince was approved as an Auchtioneer 

The Board made choice of Andrew Ritchie Jun r . Esq. to 
deliver an oration on the 4 e . of July next, being the Anniversary 
of American Independence the Chairman was directed to 
Notify him of the choice 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8*. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Wright, Oliver, May, Webb, 

Jurors drawn for the Supreme Court, District Court & Court of 
Common Pleas all of which are entered in Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 15 th . 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Webb, Chapman, 

The Chairman M r . Wright & M r . Oliver, a Committee to make 
arangements for the celebration of the 4 l . of July next and to 
wait on the Governour to request the Company of the Supreme 
Executive at the Town Oration 

The Board came to the choice of a Chaplain to perform the 
Religous services on that day ; and the Rev d . D r . Eliot was 
unanimously chosen the above named Committee was desired to 
inform him of the choice 

Upon consideration of the proper disposal of the sum Voted by 

the Town for the Streets the ensuing season, it was agreed that 

the amount hereafter named should be appropriated as follows 

For regulating & paving Pleasant Street - - - $1500 

for ditto & paving Broad Street ----- 3500 

For d. - - d. - Short Street - - - - 400 

for d. - - d. - Rainsford Lane - - - 550 

for d. - - d. - Bromfields Lane - - - 300 



$6250 

[387.] And for the inspection & direction of the work in 
said Streets Voted, that M r . Oliver be Joined with M r . Porter 
for Pleasant Street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 375 

That M r . Oliver & Hunnewell be a Committee for Short Street 
& Rainsford Lane 

M r . Bulfinch & M r . Foster, for Bromfields Lane, and M r . 
Hunnewell & M r . Chapman & M r . Wright be a Committee for 
Broad Street, and that they apply to the Proprietors of India 
Street for liberty to land the paving Stones for Broad Street on 
their Wharff free of expence to the Town, & that this be con- 
sidered the condition on which the Board consent to pave that 
Street- 
Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May Wright, Chap- 
man, Webb, Foster, 

Jurors drawn to supply vacancies in the lists of such Persons 
as were absent from Town & entred in Jury Books 

A Communication was received from the Agent of the Mill 
Corporation proposing several alterations of the conditions last 
proposed by the Board which are on file the same was con- 
sidered, & a vote was taken on each article, when it was deter- 
mined to adhere to the former proposals & the Chairman was 
requested to communicate the above 

The Act of the Legislature was read, empowering the Pond 
street Corporation to reduce that Street to 45 feet wide, also M r . 
Pecks proposal to exchange with Perkins Nichols thirty thousand 
feet of land not filled up, on the south side of Pond Street for 
that portion of the said Street allowed by the Court to be 
deducted from it. 

Voted to agree to the above exchange & to convey to Perkins 
Nichols one eighth part of said 33000 feet when the Street shall 
be compleated from Hanover Street to Charles River Bridge and 
upon the Pond street Corporation releasing by Deed to the Town 
one eighth of the land taken from the north side of the Street 
the whole to be done within the time last allowed by the Legisla- 
ture. 

The new Lists for the Jury Boxes were examined and revised 
previous to being laid before the Town at the next Meeting on 
the 27 Ins 1 

[388.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 e . 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch Porter Hunnewell May Wright Webb. 

Passed upon Accounts 



376 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29. 1808 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Wright Hunnewell Chapman, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Rev d . D r . Eliot who was invited to perform the religious ser- 
vices of the 4 l . of July, being absent from Town, it was Voted 
the Chairman apply to Rev d . M r . Lowell to request him to offi- 
ciate on that occasion 

Ordered that the Sextons be notified to ring the Bells of all the 
places of worship in the Town on the Morning of the 4 1 . of July 
for one hour, to commence at 6. o'. Clock 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Wright, May, Webb, Porter, Foster, 

On an application from the Cap*, of the North Watch Col. 
May was requested to look out a more suitable place for a Watch 
House in that part of the Town 

The Chairman was desired to take Measures for having the 
Drain cleared & repaired from Common Street across the Mall & c 

Upon considering the application of M r . Oden & others in 
Hanover Street for liberty to lay a new Common Sewer in that 
Street, and having heard the Workmens statement of the present 
situation of the Drains, liberty is granted as requested 

Voted, to agree to the request of Thomas Dennie & others, 
that Temple Street should be regulated & crown'd with Gravel, 
on condition that the Abuttors first set a range of curb Stones on 
each side & gravel the side walks 

M r . Wright was desired to apply to Capen & Drake to furnish 
the usual quantity of Wood to the Schools at the rate of four 
Dollars p Cord 

The following named persons were approved as Auctioneers 
for the Year ensuing Viz 1 . 

[389.] Samuel Clap William Dehone 

Thomas K. Jones Silas Field 

Samuel Bradford Richard Edwards 

Robert Gardner William Leveret 

John Perkins John Kennedy 

Thomas Clark John Jutau 

John W. Quincy Benjamin Sweetser 

William Alline Appleton Prentice 

Azor G. Archbold George Carter 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 377 

Daniel Wild Elisha Field 

Samuel Blagge Samuel Pipe Jun r . 

Nathaniel P. Hews George Burroughs Jun r . 

Benjamin Tucker Amos Lewis Jun r . 

Lewis Hayt Jonathan Allen 

Cornelius Coolidge Benjamin Pollard 

Samuel Bridge Francis Wright Jun r . 

Joseph Ripley Joshua Eaton 

Caleb Hayward Samuel Prince 

Stoddard Capen John A. Parkman 

Philip Amadon George Spooner 

Mem . 1 more July 27 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13 th . 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright Chapman, 
Webb, Foster, 

The Chairman presented the form of an Indenture between the 
Agent of the Mill Corporation & the Selectmen relative to the 
adoption of Streets in the Mill Pond & the location of the Acre 
assign 'd for public use which Indenture had been prepared & 
agreed upon by the Counsel employed by both parties the same 
having been repeatedly read and some corrections made the 
Chairman was desired to have the same engrossed on the back of 
the original Indentures between the Towns Commissioners & the 
Mill Pond Proprietors, & to be ready for signing by the Parties 
at the next Meeting 

M r . Wright & M r . Hunnewell were desired to have a Gutter 
paved down the Passage way leading from Purchase Street to 
Fosters Wharff & to carry the same across the Street to the Dock 
if they should Judge it expedient 

The Chairman was empowered to have a gutter paved down 
Park Street & one or two gutters across Beacon Street to prevent 
the wash from the upper Streets doing damage to the Common 

[39O.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 20. 
1808 Present Mess : Bulfinch, May, Wright, Hunnewell, Chap- 
man, Porter, Webb, 

Boston ss : 

Mess. Joseph Wade & Warren Jacobs, having 
obtained liberty from the Selectmen on the 28 th . March 1808 to 
dig up as much of Copper Street as might be necessary to lay a 
Common Sewer therein to convey the Water from their Cellars to 
the Sea, at the west end of Leverett Street & the aforenamed 
Joseph Wade having on the 20 th . day of July 1808, made return 
of the expence of laying said Common Sewer & of the names of 
the persons who are benefitted thereby or have made use thereof ; 



378 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the same is now considered by the Selectmen, & the account 
having been found correct & to amount for that portion laid in 
Copper Street to One hundred & fifty seven Dollars 56 Cents & 
for that portion of the same Drain laid in Second Street to fifty 
eight Dollars 62 cents the same is apportioned as follows 

D. c 
Joseph Wade - ... 1 Share Copper Street - - 11 , , 24 

1 d. 2 d . Street - - - - 7 ,, 60 
Isaac Deverell - - - - 2 Shares Copper Street - - 22 ,, 52 

2 d. 2 d . Street - - - - 15 ,, 20 
Warren Jacobs - ... 1 Share Copper Street - - 11 ,, 26 

1 d. 2 d . Street - - - - 7 ,, 60 

Hiram Coburn - ... 1 Share Copper Street - - 11 ,, 26 

1 d. 2 d . Street - - - - 7 ,, 60 

Michael Kennard - - - 1 Share Copper Street . - 11 ,, 26 

1. d. 2 d . Street - - - 7 ,, 60 

John Brooks - - - - 2 Shares Copper Street - - 22 ,, 52 

2 d - - 2 Street - - 15 ,, 20 

Margaret Webb - - - 1 Share Copper Street - - 11 ,, 26 

William Scollay - - - 1 - d - - d - - - - 11 ,, 26 

Joseph Muncrief - - - 1 - d - - d - - - - 11 ,, 26 

Ebenezer Danforth - - 1 - d - - d - - - - 11 ,, 26 

BentBronsdon - - - - 1 - d - - d - - - - 11 ,, 26 

Daniel Hitchins - - - 1 - d - - 2 d . Street - 7 ,, 60 

Joseph Eaton - one half Share in 2 d . Street 3 ,, 80 

And we hereby impower M r . Joseph Wade to demand and re- 
ceive the above named sums 

And [391.] to give dis- 
charges therefore to the Persons respectively Assessed 
Boston July 20. 1808 

CHARLES BULFINCH^I g 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL | ^ 
JOHN MAY 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JON A . CHAPMAN 
NATHAN WEBB J 

Several Gentlemen Residents in Snow Hill Street appeared to 
represent the situation of that Street in consequence of great 
quantities of Earth being carted through it lately to fill the Mill 
Pond It was Voted that the Committee of that quarter be 
impowered to pave 9 feet in width from Prince Street to Sheaff 
Street, upon the Abuttors engaging to complete the paving of 
the Street to the satisfaction of the Board 

M r . Wright & M r . Chapman a Comm ee . on the application of 
M r . Benjamin Joy to view & ascertain the 1 st . line in the Street 
of the Old Brick Church & to determine how far forward the new 
building may be advanced 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 379 

The Chairman M r . Wright & M r . Chapman a Comm 66 on the 
application of the Directors of Charles River Bridge to consider 
the expediency of altering the course of Pond Street at the 
westerly end where it enters upon the Bridge 

This time having been assigned for the completing the new 
indentures relative to the Mill Pond Street Market place & c . 
the same were now duly executed by the Selectmen present as 
Commissioners on the part of the Town, & by John Peck Agent 
of the Mill Corporation & the same was acknowledged before 
John Gardner Esq. Justice of the Peace 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 2o l . 1808 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Chapman, Webb, 

Passed upon Accounts 

[392.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 
1808 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Chapman, Webb, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston July 27. 1801 Return was made by M r . Timothy 
Tileston of the expence attending the laying a Common Sewer in 
part of Nassau Street ; the account thereof being examined by 
the Selectmen, is by them allowed, & an Assessment was made 
by them & an order of payment was made & delivered to M r . 
Tileston as follows 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer has been made in the 
easterly part of Nassau Street conformably to the Instructions of 
the Selectmen, the whole Expence whereof amounts to two hun- 
dred & eighty dollars & as such expence is to be borne by such 
person or persons whose drains enter therein or who receive bene- 
fit therefrom, in such proportion as shall be adjudged by the 
Selectmen or the major part of them, who are impowered by law 
to apportion the same 

Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of 
Boston, do hereby Certify, that having considered the same 
expence and by whom it ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the 
same shall be paid in the proportion following & by the Persons 
hereafter named 

M p . Cheever 1 Share - - - - $20 

William Lovering - - - 2 d 40 

John H. Wheeler - - - 1 d 20 

William Gooch - - - - 1 d 20 

Edward Johnson - - - - 1 d 20 

Perrin May 1 d 20 



380 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Town of Boston - - - - 1 d (School house) $20 

Nahum Cutter - - - - 2 'd 40 

Milton Hall 1 d 20 

Joseph Hartshorne ---Id .---- 20 

Smith & Blake - - - - 1 d 20 

Perez Whiting - - - - 1 d 20 

And we do hereby impower M r . Timothy Tileston before named, 
to demand & receive the sums above named, and to give dis- 
charges therefor 

[393.] CHARLES BULFINCH^ 
EBEN K . OLIVER 
JOHN MAY J>s 

' 4> 

JON A . CHAPMAN 

t/3 

NATHAN WEBB J 

M r . Richard Meagher applied for a License to act as an Auch- 
tioneer having produced satisfactory recommendations, he was 
accordingly approved, and the Town Clerk directed to give him a 
Certificate 

A list of Inholders & Retailers licensed in the past Year was 
received from the Clerk of the Court of Sessions the same hav- 
ing been read & corrected, was signed by the Gentlemen present, 
and directed to be returned to the Court of Sessions 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 4*. 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, May, 
Webb 

The Chairman & M r . Chapman a Comm 66 . on the application 
of William Minott Esq. for liberty to build a Liver} 7 Stable on 
land back of his House in Court Street the Comm ee . to view & 
report 

M r . Hunnewell a Committee to ascertain the number of Drains 
that enter into the Sewer laid by M r . Skinner in Centre Street, 
also the number of Houses which receive benefit thereby 

M r . Rowe to be notified to fill the holes or otherwise to put into 
safe order for travelling, the Street opened by him through 
Land known by the name of Rowes Pasture 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 8, 1808 
Present Mess 1 * : Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Oliver, May, Chap- 
man, Webb 

Petitions were handed in signed by a large number of the 
Inhabitants requesting a Town Meeting to be called to be held 
tomorrow Agreed to issue a Warrant for that purpose 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 381 

M r . John Russell to print Notifications 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 17*. 1808 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch Porter Hunnewell, Oliver, Chapman, 
Foster, Webb, 

[394.] The Cornm 66 . chosen on the 20 th . of July to view & 
ascertain the line of the Street in front of the Old Brick Meet- 
ing house Reported, that in their opinion the Proprietors may 
have liberty to advance with their new building as far forward as 
the front of the porch now standing & the railing before the 
house & no further 

The above report was read & considered at the meeting of the 
Board the 4 th . Inst. and was accepted. The Chairman was 
desired to communicate a copy thereof to M r . Joy, the present 
proprietor of the land & building On the 5 Ins 1 , a letter was 
received from M r . Joy requesting to be heard respect g his claims 
& he & the owners of the adjoining estates, were notified to 
appear before the Board which they accordingly did, repeatedly, 
and the present meeting was assigned for considering & deter- 
mining the subject At this time M r . Joy appeared with Charles 
Pain Esq. & M r . Joseph Peirce with Thomas Dawes Jun r . Esq. 
M r . Joy stated his claim to the land in front of the old brick 
church to the line of Corn hill as established by the Justices & 
Selectmen after the great fire in 1711 Upon referring to the 
Town books of that period, it appeared that the west side of 
Cornhill from Court Street to Williams's Court, now so called 
was laid out on the 14. of Novem r . 1711 in a straight line M r . 
Peirces objections to this claim were heard ; that the land 
between the porch & the line of the street was forfeited to the 
public from having laid open more than 60 years 

After the parties had been heard & had withdrawn, the subject 
was considered & it was determined by the members present 
(M r . Hunnewell having withdrawn) that the west line of the 
street was as described on the record of Nov r . 14. 1711 and the 
land within the line having been occupied by the proprietors of 
the building had not been forfeited by law 

The Chairman was then desired to inform M r . Joy that the 
Board agreed to his proposal to bring his new building as far 
forward as the corner of Creases' estate & a line paralell at the 
same distance through the whole front, that no ornaments or 
pillars should advance further than this line, & that an angle of 
[395.] about 6 feet should be taken off from each corner of the 
Building and that he should give a deed to the Town of said 
angles or peices of land that they should be kept open & 
unincumbered with Buildings forever 



382 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Several Persons having applied for the Office of Town Cryer, 
M r . James "VVillson being very highly recommended was chosen to 
the Office 

M r . Joseph Bumsted was approved as a Book Auchtioneer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 1 . 24. 1808 
Present Mess": Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Hunnewell, 
Chapman, Foster, Webb, 

Voted, That a Comm 66 . of three be appointed to superintend 
the laying out of the Streets in the Mill Pond, according to the 
plan adopted by the Board & the Agent of the Corporation & to 
direct the course & level of all Common Sewers And that said 
Comua 66 . be empowered to adjust in behalf of the Board the 
claims of all or any of the Abutters on the Mill Pond, & for this 
purpose shall agree upon terms of sale to any of them of the 
Towns right of such portions of land or flatts as they may have 
taken possession of, or encroach'd upon & also of such portions 
of the skirts of the pond bordering on their premises, as in the 
Judgement of the Comm ee . shall be equitable & Just towards the 
Abutters, and shall not injure the adjacent Lots 

Voted, that in all cases where the Comm**. shall be unani- 
mously of opinion they shall have liberty to make & conclude 
the bargains with the Abutters, but when a difference of opinion 
shall prevail in the Committees they shall report the case to the 
Board for their consideration Voted that the Chairman M r . 
Chapman & M r . Foster be appointed on the above named Com- 
mittee 

On application from the occupants of cellars under Faneuil 
Hall & of Holders of Stalls in the Market house, praying for a 
deduction from their rent, was considered & it was Voted, that 
the Town Treasurer be directed to make a deduction from the 
Rents of the Cellars of 25 p cent upon the sums for which they 
were leased, to be reckoned from the l e . of June last, & to con- 
tinue untill the expiration of the embargo 

Edward Gray Esq appeared & presented a claim of the Heirs 
of the late John Erving Esq for compensation for Land taken in 
the Year 1800 to widen Back Street which land was [396.] then 
appraised by a Comm 66 . chosen by the Selectmen at 250 Dollars 
was valued by Appraisers chosen by M r . George Erving at 650 
Dollars It was requested that the Board would allow the amount 
of the last appraisement with interest or consent to the nomina- 
tion of a new Comtn 66 . to settle the sum to be paid M r . Gray 
having withdrawn the subject was considered, & the proceedings 
of that date being referred to it appeared that the appraisement 
on the part of the Selectmen was made by Judicious persons who 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 383 

also appraised other property taken at the same time to widen the 
Street It was agreed to pay to the Heirs of John Erving Esq. 
who have now obtained a legal right to said Estate the sum of 
250 Dollars with interest from April 25 1808 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 30. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Chap- 
man Foster, Webb 

Passed the monthly Accounts 

M r . Porter made a representation that in consequence of the 
unsettled claim of the Proprietors of the Roxbury Canal to a 
piece of Marsh land on the Neck, and of the proceedings of the 
Agent of said Proprietors in taking off the Hay for several Years 
past that the persons who hire said Marsh leased from the Town 
have not settled their accounts of rent, & consider themselves 
entitled to a deduction. It was agreed that M r . Porter should 
call on the Lessees to close their accounts of arrears, & that he 
should make them such deductions of rent as he should Judge 
proper under the present circumstances of the land 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 7. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May Wright, Chapman, 
Foster, 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 7. 1808. 
Return was made by M r . Adam Roop of the expence of new lay- 
ing a Common Sewer in Bulfinch Street the account whereof be- 
ing duly examined by the Selectmen was by them allowed, they 
being informed at the same time that all persons concerned in 
said Drain had been notified according to Law, & no objection 
having been made Assessment was made thereon, an order of 
payment was passed [397.] by the Selectmen & directed to be 
delivered to M r . Roop as follows viz 1 . 

Whereas, a 

Drain or Common Sewer has been laid in Bulfinch Street conform- 
ably to the direction of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof 
amounts to three hundred & eight Dollars, which expence is to be 
borne by such persons whose Drains enter therein & receive benefit 
thereby. Therefore we the subscribers Selectmen of said Town 
of Boston hereby Certify that having considered the same expence 
& by whom and in what manner it ought to be borne Do Adjudge 
that the same be paid in the proportion following & by the 
Persons hereafter named 

D r . William Spooner - - - - 1 share - - 28 Dollars 

George Storer l .... 28 

Charles Bulfinch - - - - 1 .... 28 

Estate of C. Southack - - 1 - - - - 28 



384 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Jonathan Howard - - - 1 share - - 28 Dollars 
Thomas K. Jones ---2---- 56 

Cap*. Matchet 1 .... 28 

John May Jun r . - - - - 1 - - - - 28 
William Dehon - - - - 1 - - - - 28 
Andrew Richie Jun r . --1--.-28 

And we hereby authorise & empower M r . Adam Roop to de- 
mand and receive the several sums above specified, and to giva 
discharges therefor 

WILLIAM PORTER 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JOHN MAY 

JON A . CHAPMAN | -|| 
JOSEPH FOSTER StS 



NATHAN WEBB J ^ 

Several of the Abuttors on South Russell Street at West Bos- 
ton appeared, and requested that a Gutter might be paved in that 
Street to prevent the great washing away of the Hill in heavy 
rains The Chairman M r . Chapman & M r . Foster, a Committee 
to view all the Streets in that quarter & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 14 th . 
1808 Present Mess rs : Bulfiuch, Oliver, Wright, Webb, 

[398.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 
14. 1808 

Return was made by M r . Nicholas Peirce Jun r . of the expence 
of laying a Common Sewer in Nassau Street, the account 
whereof being duly examined by the Selectmen, was by them 
allowed, they being informed at the same time, that all persons 
concerned in said Drain had been notified according to law, and 
no objection having been made, ASSESSMENT was made thereon, 
an Order of payment was passed by the Selectmen to be delivered 
to M r . Peirce as follows 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer has been laid in Nassau 
Street conformably to the direction of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounts to 245 Dollars & 70 Cents which 
expence is to be borne by such persons whose Drains enter 
therein & who receive benefit thereby Therefore we the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston hereby certify that 
having considered the same expence & by whom & in what man- 
ner it ought to be paid Do ADJUDGE, that the same be paid in 
the proportion following, and by the persons hereafter named 

John Q. Adams - ... 3 shares - - $92 ,,13 
James Thompson ... 2 ditto - - 61 ,, 42 



- SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 385 

Nicholas, Guardian to ") - 1 share - - $30 ,, 71 

Children of Cabet - j 

Estate of Laroyd - - - - 1 share - - 30 ,, 71 

John Douglass - - - - 1 ditto - - 30 ,, 71 

And we hereby empower M r . Nicholas Peirce Jun r . above 
named to receive the sums set against their respective names, & 
to give discharges thereon 

THOMAS [CHARLES ?] BULFINCH ") 

EBENEZER OLIVER 

FRANCIS WRIGHT 

NATHAN WEBB 

JON A . CHAPMAN 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 14. 1808 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer in Middle Street from the 
house of D r . Nathaniel Smith to the head of [399.] Procters 
lane, was cleansed & repaired in the Year 1 803 the expence of 
which amounting to 150 Dollars, was Assessed by the Selectmen 
upon those who at that time appeared to be interested therein as 
p Record of Nov r . 2 d . 1803 will fully appear, & whereas M r . 
Samuel Townsend has since conveyed a new Drain into the same 
Common Sewer : we the . subscribers do hereby determine & 
adjudge that it is equitable & right that the said Samuel Townsend 
should pay one eighth part of the whole of said expence being 
eighteen Dollars & eight cents and we hereby empower M r . 
Jonathan Wild to demand & receive the same for the benefit of 
the Proprietors in said Common Sewer 

CHARLES BULFINCH^ | 
EBEN R . OLIVER | g 
FRANCIS WRIGHT ^| 
NATHAN WEBB 
JON A . CHAPMAN 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 21. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Chapman, Foster, Webb, Oliver, 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Boston Sep r . 21. 1808 

Return was made by M r . John Odin of the expence attending 
the opening & new laying the Common Sewer in Hanover Street 
& the account thereof being duly examined by the Selectmen is 
by them allowed, they being informed at the same time that every 
person concerned in said Drain had been duly warned according 
to Law, and their objections to the same having been fully 
heard and considered Assessment was made thereon by the 
Selectmen, an order for payment was made out which is as 
follows 



386 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer in Hanover Street has 
been laid conformably to the direction of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounting according to an Account made out & 
laid before the Selectmen & by them examined to 443 D. 37 
Cents, & as such expence is to be borne by such Person or 
Persons whose Drains enter into said Common Sewer & receive 
benefit thereby, in such proportion as shall be Adjudged by the 
Selectmen of said Town or the major part of them who are em- 
powered by law to apportion the same ; [4OO.] the said Odin 
having agreeable to law notified all the concerned, before he had 
proceeded on the business and the Selectmen having heard & 
fully considered the objections that were made to his proceedings, 
and having notwithstanding directed the said work to be done 
Therefore We the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston 
do hereby certify that we have considered the said Expence & by 
whom & in what manner it ought to be paid do Adjudge that the 
same shall be paid in the proportion following, and by the 
Persons hereafter named viz* 

D r . Isaac Rand - - .- - 2 Shares - - $40 ,, 32 
Andrew Colhoun - - - id --- 20 ,, 16 
M rs . Catharine Codman - - 3d - - - 60 ,, 48 
M r . Learned ----- ^ 
William Boardman - - - 
William Porter for Estate ) \l share each 20 ,, 16 

of William Blanchard j 
Samuel Brown J 

John Odin 2 - - - - 40 ,, 32 

D r . Thomas Danforth - - ) 1 , 

-,_. TT . > 1 share each 20 ,, 16 

M rs . Hixon j 

Estate of Governor Sumner 3 - - - - 60 ,, 48 
Francis Amory ---. 2---- 40,, 32 
Samuel Nye ) 

D r . James Lloyd - - - - > 1 share each 20 , , 16 
Town of Boston - - - - ) 

And we hereby empower M r . Adam Roop to demand and 
receive the above Sums, and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFJNCH^I 
W M . PORTER 
EBEN B . OLIVER 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 

Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas and entered in Jury 
Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 26. 1808. 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Porter, May, Chapman, 
Webb, 

[4O1.] Passed upon monthly Accounts 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 387 

Approved of the Indentures of Dublin a black Lad to M r . 
Joseph Smith to expire November 14. 1811 

12 Jurors for Circuit Court were drawn & entered on the Jury 
Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 28. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Chapman, Oliver, Webb, 
Foster 

Passed upon other monthly Accounts 

Application made by the occupiers of Shops on the east side 
Of Market Square for liberty to place posts & chains to prevent 
the people from the Country encumbering the side walks liberty 
is accordingly granted 

The Board proceeded to view the entrance of Elm Street from 
Hanover Street, lately desolated by fire ; to determine whether it 
was expedient [to widen] the Streets 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting, present Mess 18 : Bulfinch 
Porter, Oliver Hunnewell, Wright, Chapman, May, Foster, Webb. 

This Meeting was specially notified to consider some proposals 
brought forward by the Comm 66 . of the Mill Pond chosen the 24 th 
August last, that the Board should select & designate on the plan 
certain portions of the Pond, which should be considered as the 
Towns eighth part of particular divisions of the pond After 
considering the proposals & viewing the relative positions of the 
parts pointed out by the Committee, the Board proceeded to affix 
names to the Streets proposed to be made in the pond, & directed 
them to be engrossed on the plan and then selected certain por- 
tions for the Town as follow 

All the Land north of Pond street measuring 151.686 feet the 
Towns eighth part is 18700 feet which is now selected southerly 
on Pond street 125 feet & westerly 150 feet on Cooper Street 

On the south side of the pond 

The piece adjoining M r . William Todd measures 1696 feet 

below Tuckers Land 3440 

below Calls Land 1022 

between Gouch & Pells Lanes 19048 

the most westerly block 24420 

the next adjoining block 37400 



87026 

[4O2.] The Towns proportion of the above 10878 feet, 
which is selected in the centre of the second block & running thro' 
to the shore 50 feet front in Merrimack Street & about 220 feet deep 



388 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

From Pitt's Lane to Tidds land is 29798. feet 

The Towns proportion is 3725 feet selected in the centre 
of the block forty seven feet & eighty feet deep 

From Tidds Lane to Cole Lane now called Portland Street is 
29903 feet the Towns proportion is 3738 selected at the corner 
of Tidds Lane 50 by 80 feet 

A Triangular block containing - - - - - - 4560 

another by Friend Street 2580 

block between Portland Street & Friend Street - - 32180 



39320 feet 

The Towns proportion is 4915 feet, selected on the large block 
130 feet on Market Street & 36 feet deep- 
Voted, that as the above selections for the Town was made by 
the Board to enable the Mill Pond Corporation to make contracts 
& sales of their proportion 

the Board will proceed to execute deeds of release for all such 
proportions whenever the land shall be filled according to the 
tenor of the Agreement made by the Towns Commissioners with 
the Mill Corporation 

Provided that the Section of the pond on the north side be 
filled up in two Years from the [this] date & that the section 
above described in the south side together with Merrimac Street 
shall be filled up in three years 

And it is hereby fully understood, that the above dimensions 
having been ascertained by Osgood Carlton on the plan shall be 
further corrected by actual measurement when the Land shall be 
filled and that the Board are not pledged or under obligation to 
do or execute any part of the above otherwise than as they are 
empowered by the contract between the Commiesioners and the 
Mill Corporation 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 5. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, Webb 

The Chairman reported that in consequence of Orders [4O3.] 
from the board after they had viewed the corner of Hanover 
Street & Elm Street on the 28 Septem r . he had staked off a 
portion of the land to widen said Streets, being seven feet wide 
at the west end of Elm street, & four feet eight inches wide on the 
west side of M r . Coopers, house now standing also measuring 
two feet on the North corner of buildings leased on Hanover 
Street thence to proceed in a straight line to the Corner of M r . 
Odins new Brick Store a plan of the same drawn by M r . Carlton 
was produced 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 389 

M r . Freeman Maybury one of the Heirs of Matthew Bayley, 
appeared in behalf of said Heirs & M r . Andrew Oliver in his own 
behalf to request that immediate measures might be taken to 
ascertain the amount of damages which they were entitled to 
receive from the Town. Upon their retiring the Board agreed 
upon the names of twelve Gentlemen to be offered to the Propri- 
etors of the Land, out of which they should select Jive to act as 
Referrees. 

M r . Maybury & M r . Oliver being called in, agreed to the pro- 
posal & selected from the list offered them, the following names, 
John Winslow, David Tilden, William Brown William Hammatt 
& Thomas Dennie Esquires 

The Chairman was desired to notify these Gentlemen and [of] 
the appointment, and to request their services 

M r . Wright was desired to procure a sufficient quantity of 
Powder & to have it made into Cartridges for the use of the 
Militia at the ensuing parades 

The Chairman to have 30. stands of the Towns Arms put in 
order & completely equipped, to be lent to each of the Inhabi- 
tants as are not able to supply themselves with Arms 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 12. 1808 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Chapman, Foster, Webb 

On the application of the late Comm ee . of the Proprietors of 
the Common Sewer in Summer, Marlborough, Winter, & Newbury 
Street Voted, that George Sullivan Esq be appointed Agent to 
Collect whatever moneys are now due or may be hereafter due 
from any Abutters on said Sewer, in order that the sums thus 
collected may be placed in the hands of William Doneson Esq 
[4O4.] And Deacon James Morrell, as a fund for any repairs 
of said Sewer, which in future may become necessary also Voted, 
That the said Agent be empowered to demand & receive of each 
& every person who has conveyed a Drain into said Common 
Sewer since the same was laid in 1803 or who shall in future con- 
vey any new drain therein, the same amount which was Assessed 
by the Selectmen on such Proprietor on the 22 d July 1804 being 
thirty two dollars 5 cents to each share 

The award of the Referrees chosen to determine the amount 
of damages for land taken to widen Hanover Street & Elm Street 
was opened & it appeared that they had allowed to the Heirs of 
Matthew Bayley five hundred & 14 Dollars and to M r . Andrew 
Oliver 128 dollars 



390 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

The Committee chosen some time since to view Fish Street, to 
consider the expediency of widening the Street to the South of 
M r . Gordons house through Land of George Blake Esq. & M r . 
Prince Snow Jun r . Reported that from the objections of the 
Proprietors to have any alteration made the present Season &. 
from the consideration of the expence that would attend it that 
it was not expedient to undertake it at present the Chairman 
was then empowered to offer M r . Gordon one dollar p square foot 
for the land taken from him to widen that Street 

An Account was presented by James Lloyd Jun r . Esq for 
Gravel used in Broad Street & Sea Street amounting to 438 
dollars 72 cents Voted that the Treasurer be desired to pay or 
settle said account ; in consequence of M r . Lloyds being under 
the necessity of leaving town, & that the same account be entred 
in the next monthly draft 

M r . Ladd appeared to request a certificate to enable him to 
import a Cargo of Flour in consequence of a letter from hi& 
Correspondent in Allexandria by which it appeared that the Col- 
lector of the Port would not allow Flour to be shipped without 
a Certificate from the Selectmen the object being considered 
[4O5.] a Certificate in the following form was signed by the Board 

Mess rs : J & I. Howe & William Ladd respectable Merchants of 
this Town wishing to import a full Cargo of Flour amounting to 
about 900 bbls : in their Schooner Elizabeth a regular trader We 
the Selectmen of Boston hereby Certify, that we consider the 
above mentioned quantity necessary & wanted for the use of this 
place 

M r . Doyle applied for liberty to perform a species of theatri- 
cal exhibition in the Building called the Museum in Tremont Street 

Voted, that it was not expedient to grant the License requested 

Boston BS : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 19. 1808 
Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, Chapman, Foster, 
Webb, 

An application was received from the persons residing in 
Myrtle Street, West Boston, praying that the Street should be 
widened & continued further at the west end that the easterly end 
should be covered with Gravel Agreed to have a . sufficient 
quantity of gravel spread on the street to make it convenient for 
passing but that it was not in the power of the Board to take 
any measures for widening the west end at present 

On an application for paving Love Lane Agreed to pave the 
same, if the Abuttors would lay a foot walk on the north side 3 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 391 

feet wide The Town to pay for 9 feet wide of common paving 
the length of the Street 

M r . Daniel Wild formerly an Auchtioneer, applies for renewal 
of his license, which is granted 

Proposal was made from the Mill Corporation, that the Board 
would Join with them in a deed to Perkins Nichols of the land 
agreed to be exchanged with him for the part of Pond Street 1 5 
feet wide in the east side which he is empowered by the General 
Court to deduct from that street this procedure is to enable M r . 
Nichols to take down the house owned by M r . Whalen at the 
entrance of Pond street from Hanover Street 

After some debate it was agreed to postpone the subject to a 
special meeting on Friday next 12 O.' Clock absent Members to 
be notified to attend 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen of Boston Oct r . 19. 1808 
[Names of Selectmen present omitted in original minutes.] 

[4O6.] WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer has been laid 
some years since through Ridgways lane at West Boston under 
the direction & at the expence of M r . Jon a Loring Austin & 
Sylvanus Gray, the expence whereof by accounts exhibited 
amounted to 1 72 Dollars. And whereas sundry other persons have 
since conveyed their drains into the said Common Sewer we the 
subscribers [a] major part of the Selectmen having considered the 
same expence & by whom it should be paid do Adjudge the same 
be paid by the following named persons & in the proportion 
affixed to their names 
Viz*. dollars 

B Brigham or Tuckerman - - 1 - - - - 13, ,23 

Jonathan L. Austin - - - 4 Shares - - - 52 ,, 92 

Joseph Blake Esq r . - 

Rev d . M r . Tuckerman 

Benjamin Hood 



M rs . Harris (Widow) 



1 share each 13 ,, 23 



Sylvanus Gray 
[John?] Jacobs 
M r . Mackay 
M rs . Irvin - - 

And we hereby empower Mess : Jon a . L. Austin and Sylvanus 
Gray to demand & receive the above sums & to give discharges 
therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH") 
WILLIAM PORTER 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
F. WRIGHT 
JON A . CHAPMAN 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 



392 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting Octo r . 21. 1808 Present all 
the Members of the Board 

This Meeting being called to consider & act upon conveying to 
Perkins Nichols the Towns proportion of land iu the Mill Pond, 
agreed to be taken on the 22 d . June last for the Land deducted 
from Pond Street on the west side This [4O7.] subject was 
fully considered & debated, and it was agreed by a majority of 
the Selectmen, six voting in favor & three against the proposal 
to give a deed of the Towns eighth part of said land upon M r . 
Nichols giving the Town & Mill Corporation a deed of the strip 
15 feet wide on the east side of Pond street & a deed of M r . 
Whalens house to be taken down also a mortgage of the land 
now to be conveyed to secure the completing of Pond Street from 
Hanover Street to Charles River bridge free of expence to the 
Town the Deed was accordingly executed 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Octo r . 26. 1808 Present 
Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May Wright Chapman 
Foster Webb 

Warrant signed for Town Meeting for choice of a Member of 
Congress for Suffolk District the 7*. of Octo r . Ins*. 

M r . Park to have printing of Notifications for ensuing Town 
Meeting 

M r . Hunnewell a Comm ee . to wait on Rev 4 . M r . Huntington to 
request him to open the ensuing Meeting with prayer 

M r . George Noble & M r . Henry White approved as Auctioneers 

M r . Gordon appeared to agree upon Referees to determine the 
amount of damages on land taken from him to widen Fish Street 
the following persons were chosen Referees Viz* 

John Winslow 
Josiah Snelling 
Red ford Webster 
Samuel Snelling 
Samuel Swett 

The Chairman M r . May & M r . Webb a Comrn 66 . to attend the 
Referees & complete the business 

Signed a Certificate for M r . Francis Lincoln to enable him to 
import 2500 bushels of Corn & Rye and one hundred Barrels of 
Flour in his Schooner the Rising Sun 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 393 

[4O8.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Oct r . [31] 
1808 Present Mess: Bulfinch, Oliver, "Wright, May, Chapman, 

Passed upon monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 2 d . 1808 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, Webb, 
Foster 

Passed upon other monthly Accounts 
\ 

Jurymen drawn for S. J. Court, and entred in the Jury Book. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 9 th . 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Chapman, Fos- 
ter, Webb, Hunnewell, 

M r . Underwood an Inhabitant of the Town appeared to make 
apology for having put 3 votes into the Box at the late Town Meet- 
ing for choice of Members of Congress his statement was heard 
and fully considered and it was determined by the Board that 
it was their duty to have the subject fully investigated by proper 
authority and voted that the Chairman make complaint to the 
Soh'citor General against M r . Joseph Underwood for putting three 
votes into the box on the 7 th . Ins*, in violation of the law for regu- 
lating Elections 

The Gentlemen Fire-wards having represented that Engine N. ( 
6. is much out of repair & unfit for Town service 

Voted, that a new engine which has been approved by the Fire- 
wards be purchased of M r . Thayer if he will allow 100 D for the 
old Engine [the company to] be notified to take the new Engine 
N. 6. under their care 

The Chairman was desired to apply to our Representatives, to 
use their endeavours in the present Session of the General Court, 
to have the Engine men of this Town excused from Jury duty 
Also to procure a law to be passed empowering the Selectmen to 
regulate Teams & Carriages of all kinds from the Country, while 
standing or passing thro' . the Streets of this Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 16. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Oliver, May, Wright, Webb, 

Jurors chosen for the Circuit Court & entered in Jury Books 

[4O9.] Roston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Nov r . [23 rd .] 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Chapman, Oliver, 
Webb, Wright, 



394 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

One Juror chosen for Circuit Court to supply a vacancy & en- 
tered in Jury Books 

M r . William Gridley Jun r . approved as a Book Auctioneer. 

M r . William Minot presented a statement relative to his appli- 
cation for license for a Livery Stable on his land near Dorsets 
Alley the same was read & considered, but it being represented 
that several of the Neighbours had objections to offer the subject 
was referred for further consideration 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 28. 
1808 Present Mess : Bulflnch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Chapman, Foster, 

Passed upon Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 30. 1808 
Present Mess: Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, Chapman, 
Foster, 

The Proprietors of Houses & Land adjoining to Dorsets Alley 
appeared to state their objections to the granting a license for 
the Livery Stable as requested by M r . Minot their objections 
were heard & M r . Minots answer thereto but no decision was 
had on the subject 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 7. 1808 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Chapman, Foster, Webb, 

A Comm 66 . from the Brattle Street Society remonstrating 
against a license being granted for a Livery Stable near Dorsets 
Alley the subject was resumed & Voted unanimously not to grant 
a license as requested by M r . Minot from the consideration of 
the increase of danger from fire & of the inconveniences that 
would result to the Neighbourhood & to the Public 

Approved a number of Applicants for License to retail 
Spirits 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 14. 1808 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Chap- 
man, Wright, Webb, Foster 

A Return was made by M r . Samuel French of the Expence of 
[41O.] laying a Common Sewer in Buttolph Street West Boston 
which including the work done in the Year 1803 amounted to 
Four hundred & sixty nine Dollars & 67 Cents Bills to that 
amount having been exhibited & examined it was determined 
that ten p cent be added to the amount of the costs to com- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 



395 



pensate the original Undertakers for their trouble & that the 
whole Sum amounting to five hundred & Twenty Dollars be 
Assessed upon the following Persons, & in the proportions as 
annexed to their names 



Thomas Kendall 
Moses Gardner - 
Thomas Tilden - - - 
George Leighton 
Benj a . Bayley - - - 
Titus Thayer - - - 
Reuben Carver [Carr?] 
John Johnson 
Sullivan - - - 



James Allen - - 
Joseph Saunders 
[Richard] Duff[ey] 
Cliff Hatch - - - 
Jonas Twist - 
Samuel French - 
Joseph Sawtell - - 
James Flaven - 
Samuel Swett - 
Edward Stevens 
Gushing & Jacobs 
Sweet & Fletcher 
Davidson - 



1 Share ^ 
1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 
1 D 


> 1 share each 


1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 




1 D 
4. F) 




1 D 1 




1 D 


> 1 share each 


1 D 
1 D - 





16 ,, 77 



67 



16 



16 



77 



77 



The following persons reside or have their drains from Pinck- 
ney Street whence they enter into Buttolph Street 



Ebenezer Farley 
Joseph Homer 



1 Drain - 
1 D- - 



Jarvis 1 D- 

. . . 1 D- 
Abna Bates 1 D - 



[Ichabod] Frost - 



16 77 
16 ,,77 
16 ,,77 
16 ,, 77 
16 77 
16 ,, 77 



And we hereby empower the aforesaid Samuel French 
to demand and receive the above Sums & to give discharges 
therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^ 
WILLIAM PORTER 
EBEN K . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JON A . CHAPMAN 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 



396 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

In pursuance of the request of the Committee of the Hon ble . 
Council, communicated to the Board by the Chairman 

Ordered, that all the Bells of the various places of public wor- 
ship in this Town be tolled on Friday next at the funeral of his 
late Excellency James Sullivan Esq, & that the Constables attend 
under the orders of the Marshall appointed by the Supreme exec- 
utive 

Voted, that the Board will attend the Funeral of the late Chief 
Magistrate 

Jurors drawn to serve at the Court of Common Pleas in Janu- 
ary next the same are entred in the Jury Books 

The Chairman & M r . Hunnewell a Committee to employ two 
suitable persons to patrole the town occasionally in addition to 
the regular Watch & to give them directions for the performance 
of their duty 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 21. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell Wright, Chapman, 
Foster, Oliver, 

At the request of a number of Inhabitants of the Northerly 
part of Pleasant Street. It is agreed to have two cross walks 
laid of flat Stones, one at the entrance of Eliot Street & one in 
such situation as will be most convenient to the Inhabitants 

M r . Whitcomb having built a Stable in Belknaps Alley, the 
Chairman was desired to inform him that the Doors opening 
[412.] Upon the Alley would be considered as an incum- 
brance or obstruction to the highway & would not be allowed 

M r . Charles Lerow made application for a licence as Auctioneer 
& produced special recommendations in his favor Agreed to grant 
a license the Town Clerk is directed to give him a Certificate 

The Committee to whom was intrusted the employing of two 
persons as a private Watch Reported that they had engaged two 
trusty persons & produced a return of their proceedings the first 
night which was read & approved of & the Comm ee . requested to 
continue their directions for walking on such nights as the 
Comm ee . should think best 

Two Copies of a letter to W m . Stackpole Esq was signed by 
the Members of the Board who were present in answer to the 
proposals of the Assignees of Lane Frazier & Boyston relative 
to compounding a debt of M r . Tyson in the West Indies the 
Copy of which is on the file of mixed papers 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1808. 397 

A Petition of the General Court & order of notice thereon from 
the Methodist Society was read 

M r . Wright was desired to confer with M r . Richie the Lessee of 
the Town house respecting delinquency of Rent & to Report 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen Decem r . 28. 1808 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter Oliver Hunnewell Wright May 
Chapman Foster 

Passed upon Accounts 

In consequence of a precept received from the Hon ble . Thomas 
Dawes Jun r . Esq. Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk 
Inquisition was made into the circumstances of Joseph N. Brad- 
ford and return was made that he was non compos and unable to 
take care of himself, & recommending that a Guardian should be 
appointed for him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan?. 4. 1808 [9?] 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, Chapman, 
Foster, Webb, 

On the application of a number of Gentlemen occupying 
[413.] Houses & Shops in Cornhill; the following persons were 
appointed as an additional watch for Cornhill & the Streets ad- 
joined at the expence of the applicants Viz*. 

Elias Howard 
William Carpenter 
Israel Morey 
Caleb Morey And the 

Chairman was desired to give them a Certificate of their appoint- 
ment & to direct the established Watch to give them aid & 
support 

Mess rs : Leverett having prosecuted a Suit against the Town 
for part of the Land on which the Almshouse stands, and the 
same being referred to the Opinion of the whole Court in March 
next The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright were chosen 
a Committee to confer with the Counsel employed by the Board 
in this Suit, to obtain their opinion what further measures would 
be most advisable to be pursued and to Report 

Agreed to attend the Funeral of Hon ble . Thomas Dawes Esq to 
morrow he having served the Town faithfully in a number of 
Important Offices 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 11. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Hunnewell, Wright, Webb, Oliver, 
Chapman, 



398 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Isaac Rand the 3 d . appeared to state to the Board that M r . 
Richie had assigned to him the Lease of the old State house, & 
offered some proposals to the Selectmen to reenter & discharge 
him from the Indenture the subject was generally discussed in 
his presence and after he had withdrawn, the Chairman & M r . 
Wright were desived to apply unto M r . Thatcher for his opinion 
of the powers of the Board under the Indenture & report what 
would be expedient in the present situation of affairs 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 18. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright Fos- 
ter, Webb, 

M r . Foster was requested to wait on David Tilden Esq & to 
receive from him the notes, mortgages & other papers relative to 
M r . Brookers Donation to the Selectmen for the benefit of poor 
Widows & sick Persons also any sums of money which he may 
have collected on that account also to receive any notes in his 
hands for money bequeathed to the Town of Boston by M r . God- 
fried Kreugher 

[414.] M r . Foster was also appointed to take charge of the 
above funds, and to Collect the Interest for distribution as soon 
as may be 

The Committee appointed relative to the Town house Reported, 
that it was not expedient to 'reenter into the Building at present, 
and to refer the subject to the Town at the March Meeting and 
that they had obtained orders from D r . Rand on Each of the 
Tenants to pay their Rents to the Town Treasurer 

Boston January 18. 1809 Return was made by M r . Samuel 
Williams of the expence attending the opening & cleansing a 
Common Sewer in Jarvis Row, leading from Newbury Street, the 
account whereof was duly examined by the Selectmen, & is by 
them allowed ; they being informed by them at the same time that 
every person concerned in said Drain had been duly warned 
according to law ; and their objections to the same having been 
considered Assessment was made thereon by the Selectmen ; an 
Order for payment was made out, which is as follows viz*. 

Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer in Jarvis Street so called 
has been opened & cleansed conformably to the direction of the 
Selectmen, the whole Expence whereof amounts to thirty eight 
Dollars y 6 ^ Cents and as such expence is to be borne by such 
person or person whose Drains enter into said Common Sewer & 
recieve benefit thereby, in such proportion as shall be adjudged 
by the Selectmen of the said Town or the major part of them, 
who are empowered by law to apportion the same 

Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 399 

Boston do hereby Certifie that we have considered the said 
expence & by whom & in what proportion it ought to be paid 
do adjudge that the same shall be paid in the proportion following 
and by the Persons hereafter named Viz 1 . 

[415.] Mess : Taylor & Wilson 1 Share - - 2 

M rs . John Jarvis - - - 2 Shares - - 4 

[Samuel] Crease ---!---- 2 

[Elisha] Woods ... 1 - ... 2 

Rea - --- 2 - - - - 4 

J. Cavanaugh - 1 Share - - 20 ,, 60 

M rs - - Andrews - - 1 - - - - 2 

Dan 1 Penniman - - 1 - - ' - - 2 



60 

And we hereby authorize & appoint M r . Samuel Williams to 
demand and receive the above Sums and to give discharges 
therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^ g 
WILLIAM PORTER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JON A . CHAPMAN 
NATHAN WEBB 
EBEN E . OLIVER 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 20 th 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Chapman, Foster, Webb, 
Wright, Oliver, 

Upon the application of a number of the Inhabitants that 
a Town Meeting should be speedily called to consider the present 
situation of our public affairs A Warrant for a Town Meeting 
was issued by the Selectmen to meet at Faneuil Hall the 23. Ins 1 . 
10. o'. Clock A: M: 

M r . Chapman & M r . Webb a Comm 66 . to wait on D r . Lothrop 
& to request him to open the Meeting with prayer 

Mess ra : Young & Minns to print the Notifications 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y . 25. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Chapman, Foster, 
Webb Porter, 

Approved the Indentures of Thomas Monk, a Minor, to 
William Snath, Cordwainer, to continue in force untill October 
8. 1813 



400 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Copy of Petition to General Court which was adopted by the 
Town at the last Meeting was examined & Certified by the Town 
Clerk and the Chairman was desired to hand it to the Senators 
for the County of Suffolk 

[416.] Agreed to employ M r . Prescott in addition to M r . 
Morton & M r . Dexter, to prosecute the Suit of the Town against 
Ward Nicholas Boylston Esq. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 1. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Foster Oliver, Hunne- 
well, Chapman, 

Passed upon the monthly Accounts 

Copy of a Petition to the Legislature from a number of Gentle- 
men, praying to be incorporated for the purpose of building and 
regulating a new Market at the South part of the Town, was read 
and an order of notice thereon the same was considered, and 
Voted that the Board had no objection on the part of the Town 
to the purpose of the Petition 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 8. 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Chapman, 

M r . Benjamin Wheeler made proposals to have a part of Deer 
Island to establish Salt works thereon the Chairman was de- 
sired to confer with M r . Wheeler relative to the part of the Land 
which he would want and on the terms of Lease 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y . 22 d . 1809 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, Oliver, Porter, May, Wright, Foster, 
Webb- 
Grand & Traverse Jurors were drawn for the next term of 
Supreme Judicial Court & entred in the Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 27 1 . 1809 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Foster, Porter, Wright, Oliver, 
Webb, 

Passed the Monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1. 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Foster, Oliver, Wright, 
Webb, 

Passed on other Accounts 

Warrant for Town Meeting issued to be held on Monday the 
13 Ins*. 10. o Clock A: M: 

The Chairman to invite Rev d . M r . Gary to open Meeting with 
prayer 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 401 

M r . Park to have the printing of the Notifications for this 
Meeting 

[417.] Lists of Persons qualified to Vote for Governor & c . 
were handed in by the Assessors After some consideration, it 
was agreed to hand the lists to a Committee in each Ward to be 
corrected previous to their being printed and the names of Gen- 
tlemen were selected for this purpose in each Ward 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 8*. 1809 
Present Mess ra : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Chapman, Webb, 

The Bond of the Town Treasurer which had been, executed in 
Sep r . last, was examined & approved by the Board & delivered 
to the Town Clerk to be Recorded 

It is agreed that an addition shall be made to the Barn on 
Deer Island 30 feet in length M r . Tukesbury to employ Work- 
men for that purpose and the Board to allow One hundred & fifty 
dollars for the expence of it 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 15. 1809 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, Webb, 
Hunnewell, Weld, 

This being the first Meeting of the Selectmen since the Town 
Meeting on the 13 th . Ins 1 . Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May Wright, Webb, & Weld, were sworn according to law 
before M r . Justice Stevenson 

The Gentlemen then proceeded to choose a Chairman and the 
Votes by Ballot being taken, Charles Bulfinch Esq was declared 
to be chosen 

The Chairman informed the Board that the lists of qualified 
Voters furnished by the Assessors, had been corrected by Com- 
mittees in the several Wards and were now in the hands of the 
Printers 

Voted, that an Advertizement be inserted in the papers to 
notify the Inhabitants that they would be ready for inspection on 
Monday the 20*. 

The Chairman & M r . Wright a Comm 66 . to consult the Towns 
Attorney respecting the mode of making a re-entry upon the 
Old State house in consequence of the breach of covenant of 
the Lessee & to proceed to execute the business 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Committee to 
[418.] attend to the suit brought against the Town by the 



402 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Heirs of Leverett to part of the Land on which the Alms house 
stands and to request the opinion of the Overseers upon the 
expediency of laking down part of the Building 

M r . Minchin was approved as an Auctioneer 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22 d . 1809 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Foster, Webb, Weld, 

M r . Wright, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Weld a Comm ee . on the 
application of M r . Frothingham to hire part of the Towns Lands 
near the Hay Market 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for the choice of Gov- 
ernor Lie*. Governor & 5 Senators 

M r . Park to print Notifications, for the ensuing Town Meeting 

M r . Holley to open the Meeting with prayer & M r . Porter to 
acquaint him therewith 

Agreed upon the request of Arnold Welles & Stephen Codinan 
Esq rs . in behalf of a number of Gentlemen, that they may make 
use of Faneuil Hall on Sunday Evening previous to the Election 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright to confer with the 
Committee of the Overseers & the Towns Counsel respecting 
measures to be taken relative to the suit of Mess 18 : Leverett for 
Land at the Alms house 

M r . Samuel Parker approved as an Auctioneer for this Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27. 1809 
Present Mess 1 ' 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Webb, Weld 

Passed upon Monthly Accounts 

28 Jurors drawn for Court of Common Pleas, and entered in 
the Jury Books 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29 th . 1809 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Porter Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster, Webb, Weld- 
Passed upon other Accounts 

[419.] The Board was occupied in arrangements for the 
April Elections and ordered a railing to be placed in the lower 
entry, to prevent the pressure of persons distributing votes 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 403 

Notifications were directed to be issued for the Meeting of the 
several Wards on the first Wednesday of April for the choice of 
Assistant Assessors 

A Committee of the Justices of the Court of Sessions appear'd 
to request the Board to take into consideration the most eligible 
situation for a new Court house 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright were chosen a 
Committee for the above purpose 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12. 1809 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell Wright Webb 
& Weld- 
Eight Jurors were drawn to supply vacancies in the list for the 
Court of Common pleas and entered on the Jury Books 

Plans of the Land belonging to the County near the Jail and 
also of the other land & buildings extending to School Street, 
were laid before the Board by the Committee chosen at the last 
Meeting who reported two places for the proposed Court house 
these plans were examined & compared, and the papers were 
delivered to M r . Hunnewell, and he was requested to confer with 
M r . Lowell on the subject of procuring part of his Land 

The Committee of the second Baptist Church exhibited a plan 
of land on the Mill Pond adjoining their Buildings & proposed 
to give a Passage Way from Back Street to Margin Street 12 ft 
wide at one & 7 feet at the other in exchange for a Gore of Land 
in addition to what was contracted to be given them by the Mill 
Corporation, and confirmed to them by the Town 

Agreed to refer the plan & application to the Mill Cor- 
poration 

On the complaint of M re . Bayley Wife of Benjamin Bayley. 
Baker; Representation to the Judge of Probate was drawn up 
and signed, informing the Judge that said Benjamin Bayley was 
wasting his estate and recommending that a Guardian be 
appointed for him 

A plan was laid before the Board of a new Meeting house pro- 
posed to be built on the Granary lot near the Common the 
[4 2O.] Proprietors wished for liberty to advance one angle of 
the porch into Common Street 

The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Weld were desired to confer 
with the Proprietors Committee, and were instructed to prevent 



404 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

any part of the Building from projecting into the Street and to 
inform the Proprietors that not more than three steps would be 
allowed to come beyond the Line 

Boston ss ; At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, Hunuewell, Wright, May, 
Foster, Webb, Weld, 

Mess : Porter, Hunnewell, & Foster, to view S. Bennet Street, 
to determine what quantity of Gravel if any should be carried 
there and at what price 

The following arrangement of Committees was adopted for the 
ensuing Year 

M r . May the Easterly north division of Streets 

M r . Webb the Westerly North division of Streets 

M r . Weld, Wards, N. 4 & 5 

M r . Bulfinch Wards N. 6 & 7 

M r . Hunnewell Wards N. 8 

M r - Wright Ward - - N. 9 

M r . Foster Ward - - N. 10 

M r . Oliver Ward - - - N. 11 

M r . Porter Ward - - - N. 12 

Mess rs : Bulfinch Porter & Hunnewell for the Neck 
Mess 18 : Oliver Foster & Weld for the care of the Common 

Mess re : Bulfinch Foster & Weld to direct the filling of the Mill 
Pond 

A Communication was received from the Assistant Assessors 
requesting the Board to appoint two persons in each Ward to aid 
them in taking a list of rateable Polls 

Upon consideration it was determined "that the Selectmen 
could not appoint any person for this duty and the Chairman 
was desired to consult M r . Thatcher & to communicate to 
Assessors his opinion of the best mode of proceeding 

M r . John W. Blanchard, approved as an Auctioneer 

[421.] Approved the Indentures of Perry M: Peckham, 
Minor to Peter Long Housewright to be in force untill the 14 th 
Day of August 1810 

Approved the Indentures of John Taylor a Minor to James 
Vassal Hair Dresser to be in force untill the 16 l . of March 1812 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 40,5 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulflnch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, Weld, 
Webb, 

Passed -upon monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 26. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Wright, Hunnewell, May, Webb, Foster, 
Weld, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston April 26. 1809. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, 
Return was made by M r . Adam Roup of the expence of repairing 
the Common Sewer leading from Brattle Street to Elm Street, the 
amount whereof being duly examined by the Selectmen, was by 
them allowed, they being informed at the same time, that all 
persons concerned in said drain had been notified according to 
law, and such objections as had been offered having been con- 
sidered Assessment was made thereon ; an order of payment 
was passed by the Selectmen and directed to be delivered to M r . 
Roup as follows viz 1 . 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer has been laid in Brattle 
Street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounts to one hundred & thirty nine dollars 
which expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter 
therein and receive benefit thereby. Therefore we the subscribers 
Selectmen of said Town of Boston hereby certify that having 
considered the same expence and by whom and in what manner it 
ought to be borne Do ADJUDGE that the same be paid in the pror 
portion following and by the Persons hereafter named 

[422.] M re . Lincoln ~\ 

William Doll VI share each 7 , , 78 

Edward Gray - - - - ) 

M re . Turrell 3 Shares - 23 ,, 34 

Beza Tucker 1 ... 7,, 78 

Joshua Blanchard --- -_2 ---15,, 56 

Tilly Whitcomb ----*] 

Samuel Billings 

Thomas Jackson - 

Jeremiah S. Bois - 

Caleb Bingham 

Nath 1 . Johnson (Vila) - j 1 

Q i /-. ^ 1 share each 7 , , / 8 

Samuel Gore - - - 

Robert Gardner Esq 

G n to M 18 . Delarne 
Deacon Moses Grant 

for Brattle Street 

Church 

18 Shares 



406 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

And we hereby appoint M r . Adam Roup to demand and receive 
the above Sums, and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH"} 
JON*. HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
FRA. WRIGHT 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJAMIN WELD j 

An application was received from M r . Tilley Whitcomb for a 
license for a Livery Stable in Dorsetts Alley the same considered, 
but not allowed 

M r . Hunnewell & Weld a Committee to view the Cellar now 
building at the Corner of Milk & Oliver Street said to project, 
improperly into Oliver Street the same Committee with M r . 
Wright in addition to regulate the Street on the top of Fort hill 
& lay out the first walks to the Houses lately built there also to 
view the [423.] Passage way between Rowes and Fosters 
Wharves, applied for by M r . Charles Foster 

The Chairman Reported that the Town Treasurer had demanded 
in the presence of Witnesses the Arrears of Rent due from D r . 
Isaac Rand Jun r . for the Old State House and that he had not 
paid the same whereupon Voted that the Board would proceed 
to morrow at 11. o'. Clock to take possession of the Building 
pursuant to the terms of the Lease and the vote of the Town 
passed at the March Meeting 

M r . Timothy Green was appointed Sealer of Weights and 
Measures for the North District and 

M r . Richard Austin for the South District the Districts to be 
divided as formerly determined by the Board 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 27. 1809 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, Fos- 
ter, Webb, Weld 

The Board met according to appointment & proceeded to notify 
such of the Tenants of the Town House in State Street; that 
D r . Isaac Rand Jun r . having neglected to pay the Arrears of 
Rent, demanded from him by the Treasurer ; that the Town now 
took possession of the Building and each Tenant was notified to 
pay his rent in future to the Town Treasurer 

On information that the Buildings now commenced by M r . 
Salisbury at the Corner of Milk Street projected into Oliver 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 407 

Street, so as to disfigure the appearance of the Street the 
Selectmen visited the spot and after viewing it, and drawing 
the Lines, determined that it was necessary to remove the S. 
East Corner of the Cellar wall one foot the Chairman was 
desired to inform M r . Salisbury of the opinion & determination 
of the Board, and as the wall did not project over the land for- 
merly occupied by the House lately taken down, that the expence 
of moving the Wall should be paid by the Town 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 d . 1809. 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster, Webb, Weld, 

[424.] The Committee chosen at the last Meeting to view 
Fort Hill & the Streets adjacent Reported, that when the Street 
on the Hill could be cleared from the Building Materials now lay- 
ing there a quantity of earth might be carried away to level & 
regulate the Street that the passage way leading from the Hill 
into Purchase Street by Pollys Distill-house ought to be widened 
as much as could be conveniently done that the passage way 
between Row[e]s & Fosters Wharfs, be kept open & free from 
incumbrances and that the steps be directed to be removed 
which M r . Foster had liberty to build in the upper part of the 
same passage way The above Report was accepted and ordered 
to be carried into effect 

The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Foster a Committee to 
view the Town house & consider what alterations & repairs are 
necessary 

A Petition was read from a number of persons at the westerly 
part of the Town praying that measures may be taken to prevent 
the payment of toll in future on that part of West Boston Bridge 
between Cambridge Street & Charles Street the same was 
committed to M r . Oliver M r . Hunnewell & M r . Weld. 

It being represented that the workmen were advancing the 
foundation of part of the new Meeting house by the Mall into 
the Street it was determined to proceed to view the same and 
forbid incroachments 

An oath of office was administered by the Town Clerk to the 
Surveyors of the High Ways 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 10. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright 
Foster, Webb, 

Warrant issued for Town Meetings May 17 th . & 18 th . for 
choice of Representatives & the other business of a May Meeting 



408 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Webb to request Rev d . D r . Eliot to open the Meeting with 
prayer 

M r . Park to have the printing of the Notifications 

[425.] M r . Chairman was desired to notify the Assessors 
to furnish the number or ratable polls in the Town, on Saturday 
next at Noon 

A Certificate was signed by the Judge of Probate of the 
County of Suffolk, stating that Richard S. Hill an Inhabitant 
of this Town, was an Idle disorderly person & requesting that 
a Guardian should be appointed for him 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24 l . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster, 
Webb, Weld, Oliver, 

Chairman & M r . Webb a Committee to view a House in Fish 
Street owned by Mess rs : Watter & Smith to consider what 
would be the expence of widening the Street in that place 

Several Petitions read from different quarters of the Town 
requesting the attention of the Board to paving & repairing 
Streets It was determined to have Pleasant Street Chambers 
Street, & Leverett Street as far as M r . Dunlops part of High 
Street a Gutter on each side of Belknap Street from Myrtle 
Street southerly the same in South Russell Street and to 

repair the following old Streets Winter Street, Water Street, 

west end Tremont Street northerly end, and Middle Street, 
from Cross Street to Proctors Lane 

The Chairman was desired to advertise for applications for 
Constables to be handed in on the 7 th . June 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 th . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Weld, 
Webb, Oliver, Wright, 

Passed on the Monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7. 1809 
Present Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Foster, May. 

A number of Applications for Licenses as Inholders and 
Retailers were laid before the Selectmen & approved 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 14*. 1809 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, May, Webb, Porter, Oliver, Wright, 
Hunnewell, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 



409 



Jurors appointed by drawing for the Courts of Common Pleas, 
also for the District Court which are entered & posted in Jury 
Books 

[426.] Votes taken for a Superintendent of Police, and 
Charles Bulfinch Esq. was declared to be chosen 

Voted, to appoint one Assistant Police Officer for the term of 
three months to be paid at the rate of 400 Dollars p Annum 
the Votes being taken, M r . Jeremiah Bridge was chosen 

On the application of M r . Tuck & M r . Hastings, the Comrn 68 . 
formerly raised to view the Street on Fort Hill, was desired to 
take measures to dig away & regulate said Street M r . Weld of 
that Comm 66 . being absent from Town ; M r . Wright is added in 
his stead 

Communication was received from Perkins Nichols stating that 
he had compleated Pond Street agreeably to his contract and 
praying to be discharged from his Contract or obligation, on that 
account 



The Chairman M r 
the Street & Report- 



Foster & M r . Webb, were desired to view 



The following named Persons were chosen Constables for the 
Year ensuing 



SURETIES. 



Thomas Stevenson 
Amos Lewis - - - 
Moses Thayer 
Solomon Twist 
James Sumner, Jr 
James Perkins 
Samuel White 
Elisha (Jopeland 


(sworn) 
do. 

do. 
do. 
do. 
do. 
do 


Dudley Walker - 
Joshua Ellis - - 
Samuel Sanger - 
Moses Gardner - 
Thomas W. Sumner 
Timothy Green - 
Abraham Babcock 
John Perry 




Thomas Stevenson Jun r 
Thomas Lewis 
John Mincbin 
Jonas Twist 
James Ridgway 
James Williams 
John Badger 


Lev! Joy 
Benj. B. Leeds 
William Brooks 
Josiah Holbrook 
[dead] John Deverell 
Henry Lane 
William Symmes 


do! 
do. 
do. 

do. 
do. 


Ezekiel Brown - 
Jer. Gore Jun* - 
Timothy Fuller - 
Edw d . Staples - - 
Joseph Balson 
Caleb Whiting - - 
Benja. Russell - - 




Jos. Bennett 
Sam : H. Babcock 
John Amory 
Jn. Merry 
William Whall 
Josiah Dan forth 
Shubael Bell 
see July 5'. 



Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 21. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Webb, 

Mess : Capen & Drake to furnish Wood for Schools 

[427.] The choice of an additional number of Constables 
postponed for the present 

Communication from the Judge of the Municipal Court re- 
questing measures might be taken for the choice of a Town Ad- 



410 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

vocate to transact the business of the Court, referred to Monday 
next 

Mess 18 : Samuel Whitwell Jun r . & George Bond being recom- 
mended for license as Auctioneers in the Office lately kept by 
Col. Bradford they were approved & directed to be licensed 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26. 1809 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Wright, Webb, 

Passed upon monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Foster, May, Wright, 

A Card was received from the Secretary of the Commonwealth 
informing the Board that the Supreme Executive had made choice 
of the Old South Meeting House for religious services on the 4 1 . 
of July next information was also given by the Secretary that 
it was the wish of his Excellency the Governor that the celebration 
of the Anniversary of Independence should be in the manner 
foi-merly observed, and which had been deviated from for 2 Years 
past The Chairman & M r . Wright were chosen a Committee to 
wait on his Excellency to request the Company of the Supreme 
Executive at the Oration to be delivered according to the 
institution of the Town, immediately after the religious services 
of the Chaplains of the General Court 

Ordered, that the Sextons be notified to ring the Bells of all 
the places of public worship in the Town on the Morning of the 
4 th . of July, for one hour, to commence at 6. o'. Clock 

A letter wa$ received from M r . Channing Counsel to M r 
Leverett, in which he proposes that the Selectmen should propose 
terms of compromise for the Land claimed by the Heirs of 
Leverett on which part of the Almshouse stands it was agreed 
to assign the consideration of this subject to Wednesday next, & 
to request the Comm 6 * 3 . of the Overseers to be present for their 
advice 

On an application from a number of Gentlemen, the Chairman 
was desired to insert a notification in the public papers [428.] 
to forbid persons who sell Fish in the Streets from blowing Horns 
or Trumpets to the disturbance of the Inhabitants 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 5. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May Hunnewell, Wright, 
Foster, Webb, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 411 

Representation was made that M r . William Boylston, Founder, 
was an idle & intemperate person, and in danger of wasting his 
property & becoming a Town charge M r . Davis, Founder, & 
Mess : Seymore & Richardson appeared & certified to the above 
statement, a certificate of the same was signed, addressed to the 
Judge of Probate, requesting him to take the legal measures to 
appoint a Guardian to him 

The Overtures for an accommodation with the heirs of Leveret 
for their claim of Almshouse land, were read & fully considered, 
& Voted that the sum of 3000 dollars be offered to the heirs of 
Leveret to be paid them in a note from the Town Treasurer 
payable in ninety days, with interest after, upon their giving a 
deed of the land claimed by them, defending the town from all 
claims & demands of each & every of the heirs of Knight Leveret 
Sarah Leveret & Mary Fennimon 

The Chairman M r . Oliver & M r . Webb a Committee to consider 
& propose regulations for Carriages in the Streets, agreeably to 
the powers granted to the Board by the late law 

M r . William Tupper was chosen a Constable for the ensuing 
year the Sureties John Howe John Gibson he has been sworn 

see Septem 1 . 6 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 12*. 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, Porter, Webb 

No business transacted, which was matter of Record for this 
Meeting 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26. 1809 
Present Mess" : Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Wild, Oliver, May, Wright, 
Webb, 

Warrant for Town Meeeting for choice of Town Officers & c . 
M r . Park to print Notifications 

M r . Samuel Singleton recommended for an Inspector of Pumps, 
but not acted upon 

[429.] Various requests for paving received, considered, 
but not acted upon 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31. 1809 
Present Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Weld Webb 

Passed upon monthly Accounts 



412 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 2 d . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, May, Hunnewell, Foster 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 9 l . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, May, Webb, Weld, 

Examined & passed upon the List of Inholders & Retailers of 
the past Year. 

At the request of M 1 '. Samuel Gore, ordered that a Post be set 
about the middle of the Alley called Belknaps Alley, to prevent 
Carriages from attempting to pass through 

Chairman & M r . Weld, Committee to view Russell Street to 
consider in what manner the water shall be conveyed away from 
that Street 

Proposals were received from M r . Leveretts, offering to receive 
ten thousand Dollars for their claims upon the Ahnshouse Land 
The Chairman M r . Wright & M r . Weld were desired to consult 
Counsel once more relative to this subject & Report 

Agreed to pave Eliot Street from Pleasant Street pavement to 
join the pavement in Nassau Street 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 6. 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch Porter, May, Wright, Weld 

Boston August 16. 1809. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, 
Return was made by M r . Josiah Rainsford of the Expence of 
repairing the Common Sewer in Ann Street ; the Account whereof 
being duly examined by the Selectmen, was by them allowed ; 
they being informed at the same time, that all persons concerned 
in said drain, had been notified according to law, and no objec- 
tion having been made ASSESSMENT was made thereon, an Order 
of payment was passed by the Selectmen as follows Viz' 

[43O.] WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer has been 
repaired in Ann Street, conformably to the directions of the 
Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts to thirty seven 
Dollars 43 Cents, which expence is to be borne by such persons 
whose Drains enter therein, and receive benefit thereby ; There- 
fore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston, 
hereby Certify that having considered the same expence, and by 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 413 

whom in what manner it ought to be borne Do ADJUDGE that the 
same be paid in the proportion following, and by the persons 
hereafter named Viz*. 

Estate of John Codman Esq - - - - 2 Shares- - $8 ,, 32 
M r . Hall ^ 

M r . Swift 

Ti.r IIT-I^ f 1 share each 

M r . White 



M r . Josiah C. Rainsford - - - - 

D r . Redford Webster 3 - - - - 12 ,, 48 

And we hereby authorize M r . Josiah C. Rainsford, to demand 
and receive the same, and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^ . 
WILLIAM P.ORTER 
JOHN MAY 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
BENJAMIN WELD J M 

On the application of a number of Gentlemen ordered that a 
Post be set in the Alley leading from Cornhill to Brattle Square 
to prevent the passing of Horses therein 

Return was made by the Comm ec . for viewing North Street, of 
the readiness of the Abutters to complete the side walks ; agreed 
that the Street should be paved immediately 

Approved & signed the Indentures of Edward Mider a Minor 
to Clark Emmes Cordwainer to continue in force untill the 7 day 
of May 1813. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 23 d . 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver Hunnew'ell, Foster, Webb 

[431.] At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 22 d . (23 rd ?] 
1809 

WHEREAS M r . Chandler Wright and others have had liberty to 
lay a Common Sewer in part of Leveret Street, and have made 
return of the expence of the same ; the Accounts thereof were 
now laid before the Selectmen, and being by them examined, are 
allowed and an Order of payment is directed as follows. Viz* 

WHEREAS M r . Chandler Wright & others have laid a Common 
Sewer in Leverett Street the Expences whereof amounts to Two 
hundred & thirty four Dollars, and which is to be paid by the 
Persons whose Drains enter therein, and who receive benefit 
thereby Therefore we the Subscribers Selectmen of said Town 
of Boston, having considered the same expence, and by whom 



414 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

and in what manner it ought to be borne Do ADJUDGE that the 
same be paid in the proportion following, and by the Persons 
hereafter named. Viz*. 

Chandler Wright ----} 
Mess". Wiggin - ... 



M r . Rogers - - - 
Cap*. Jackson - - - 
M r . William Horton 
Cap 1 . Thomas 

M r . Lovell - - 

M r . Jonathan Hastings - 



Dollars Cts 

1 share each 29 ,, 25 



[Total] 8 [shares] $234 

And we hereby Authorise and empower M r . Adam Roup to de- 
mand and receive the above sums, and to give discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH ^j , 
EBEN R . OLIVER j g 
JON A . HUNNEWELL \ | 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB J "> 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 28. 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver, Porter, Hunnewell, May, 
Weld- 
Passed upon monthly Accounts 

[432.] Agreed upon regulations for stands of Hackney Car- 
riages & Hay Carts, ordered that they should be provided with 
the new Law, and a Copy preserved on file 

Agreed that such parts of Congress Street & Federal Street 
as required it, should be repaired 

The Rooms in the Town House being now ready for use the 
Chairman was desired to advertise them for Lease at Auction 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 6. 1809 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch Oliver, Hunnewell Wright May. Webb 

Repeated applications having been made for an increase of the 
number of Constables, it was now determined to make an addition 
of 2. to the number, the following persons were chosen and their 
Sureties approved 

Sureties 
M r . George Jackson Charles Hall sworn 

John Loring 

M r . George Read - - - Martin Burr - - sworn 

James Farrar 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 415 

Several of the Occupants of Stores in Dock Square appeared 
& represented the inconveniences & injury which they sustained 
from the incumbrances & inconvenience of Carts & Benches & c 
before their Doors, and requested some relief 

It was agreed that M r . Meriam the Clerk of the Market should 
have the care & arrangement of Dock Square & Union Street 
and that he be directed to make such arrangemeuts and improve- 
ments in placing Carts Benches & c . as the Ground will admit 
and that M r . Gammell conform to M r . Meriams directions 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 13*. 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, Oliver, 
Foster, Weld, Webb, 

Boston Septem r . 6. 1809. At a Meeting of the Selectmen 

Return was made by the Hon ble . Justices of the Court of Com- 
mon Pleas of the expence of repairing the Common Sewer in 
Court Street the account whereof being duly examined by the 
Selectmen was by them allowed, they being informed at the same 
time, that all Persons concerned in said Drain had been notified 
according to law and no [433.] objection having been made 
Assessment was made thereon ; an Order of payment was passed 
by the Selectmen as follows viz 1 . 

WHEREAS a Drain or Common Sewer has been laid in Court 
Street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounts to three hundred & forty eight Dollars 
which expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains 
enter therein & receive benefit thereby Wherefore we the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of said Town of Boston Certifie that having 
considered the same expence, and by whom & in what manner it 
ought to be borne Do ADJUDGE that the same be paid in the 
proportion following and by the Persons hereafter named Viz 1 . 

Gardner Greene Esq - - - "] 

M rs . Powell 

Peter Thatcher for Brattle I ^ each 

Street Society - - - - 
Abraham Gibson - 
Joseph Loring ----- 
County of Suffolk - - - - 4 shares - 77 ,, 32 

William Tudor ~\ 

John Heard ----- ^ 1 share each 19 ,, 33 

John Lucas J 

Thomas Stevenson - - - 2 shares - 38 ,, 66 
James White ----- "^ 

John Q. Adams - - - - 1,10 

>, , >1 share each 19 ,, 33 

Peter. C. Brecks - - - - 

John Phillips J 



. 416 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

And we hereby Authorize & empower M r . James Meinzies to 
demand & receive the same from persons above named & to give 
discharges therefor 

CHARLES BULFINCH"") 
WILLIAM PORTER 
EBEZ R . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
FRANCIS WRIGHT 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJAMIN WELD 

[434.] Mess re : Russell Lovell & other Proprietors of 
Buildings on Leverett Street who had been assessed for the 
Common Sewer in that Street appeared & were questioned 
respecting their connection with the drain and it was determined 
that M r . Lovell not having any use for the Common Sewer nor 
any drain into it, ought not to be assessed for any share therein 
afterwards Committed to M r . Hunnewell, Wright, & Foster to 
examine 

On an application from a Committee of the Proprietors of Long 
Wharff , it was agreed to proceed to take down part of M r . Whites 
Store to widen State Street ; the Chairman was desired to inform 
M r . White and to ask him to make choice of the mode for 
ascertaining his damages 

28 Jurors drawn for the Court of Common Pleas, the Meeting 
Adjourned to this day week to supply any vacancies that may 
happen in the list Jurors entered in Jury Books 

The [A?] number of rules & orders were read to regulate the 
stands of Trucks & Carts & various Articles from the Country, 
& having been considered & amended the same was adopted & 
ordered to be printed & a Copy placed on file 

M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell a Committee to view Essex Street 
to consider what additions should be made to that Street from the 
Land opposite to M r . Sargents estate, and to take measures for 
that purpose 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 20. 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Webb, Weld, 

9 Jurors drawn to supply vacancies 

M r . White appeared & after conferring with the Board on the 
subject of widening State Street by taking off part of his Store 
made a proposal that if the Store could be suffered to stand untill 
the beginning of May, he would then agree to the Nomination of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 417 

Referees to determine his damages he having retired the proposal 
was considered, and to accommodate his business, the ensuing 
Fall it was determined to agree to it : the Chairman was desired 
to procure a suitable obligation from M r . White to be placed on file 

M r . Jesse Sanger having produced sufficient recommendations 
was appointed an Auchtioneer M r . Charles Lerows License 
removed 

[435.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 27. 
1809 Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Oliver, Wright Hunne- 
well Webb, Weld, 

Passed on the monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a special Meeting of Selectmen October 2 d . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, 
Webb & Weld 

This meeting was called for the purpose of receiving deeds of 
the Boston Mill Corporation of the Towns proportion of the 
land, which has been made part of Pond Street, and to give to 
said Corporation a deed of the remainder of the same land 

The Directors of the Mill Corporation were present and the 
deeds being read & examined were signed & duly executed by 
the Parties 

The land conveyed to the Town was the same which was 
selected the 30 th of Sep r . 1808, & contains 16525 square feet, 
fronting on Pond Street 122 - - feet & west on Cooper Street 
feet 



A Certificate was signed approving of the Building in Federal 
Street for the purpose of a Theatre for one year, and also approv- 
ing of Mess : Powell, Dickinson & Bernard with their Associates 
as Performers in the same Building for one Year 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 4. 1809 
Present Mess r8 : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, Webb 

14 Jurors drawn for Circuit Court and entred on Juror Books 

Approved the Indentures of William Dittin a Minor to Timothy 
Foster, Mariner, to be in force untill the 20 th . of Decem r . 1813 

Representation was made to the Hon ble . Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk, that Matthew Bayley, Baker, was from 
intemperance liable to wasting his property & in danger of be- 
coming chargeable to the Town, & requesting him to take meas- 
ures to appoint a Guardian for him 



418 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Hunnewell M r . Wright & M r . Foster were requested to 
examine the situation of the houses & their Cellars in that part 
of Leveret Street where the new Common Sewer has been laid in 
order to determine upon whom the expence ought to be assessed 
they to report as soon as may be convenient 

[436.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 
11. 1809 Present Mess: Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright 
Foster, Webb, Weld, 

A number of Jurors were drawn for Court of Common Pleas to 
supply deficiencies in former list the same entered in Jury 
Books 

The Chairman M r . Foster & M r . Weld a Committee to con- 
sider & adopt regulations for Carts & Horses in the Streets & 
Market 

Agreed to have a fence built round the land lately conveyed to 
the Town by Deed east of Pond Street and a range of Stalls 
for Horses built within the Fence to accommodate the Market 
People 

The Board adjourned to view the Street across Copps Hill said 
to be encroached upon by M r . Newman, also the part of Lynn 
Street west of Copp's hill to consider what shall be done for the 
public security 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 18 th . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, Webb, 
Weld. 

A petition from a number of Retail Shopkeepers in Cornhill & 
Dock Square was presented to remonstrate against the retail 
Auctions the same was conversed upon while the Gentlemen 
were present, and they were promised the further attention of 
the Board 

On the application of David Haynes, he has liberty to place a 
Fish Box over the Water at the South end of Rainsfords Lane 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 25 th . 1809 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Webb, Weld, Oliver, 

M r . Webb was requested to have the necessary repairs made on 
Lynn Street 

The Chairman & M r . Weld to view Copper Street, to order a 
suitable Fence on the west side by the water 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 419 

Mess" : John & Joseph Rowe who had commenced the repairs 
of the Common Sewer in Essex Street appeared to ask the direc- 
tion of the Board relative to continuing the work having made 
enquiry into the state of said Drain, it was directed to be com- 
pleted to the main Drain in Newbury Street, and M r . Oliver was 
requested to inspect and give directions 

[437.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of Selectmen October 30. 
1809 Present Mess: Bulfinch. Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, 
Webb, Weld 

Passed upon monthly Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 1. 1809 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Oliver Hunnewell, May, Wright, Weld, 

Passed upon other Accounts 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r 8 th 1809 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, May, Wright Webb, 
Foster & Weld, Grand Jurors & Traverse Jurors were drawn for 
the Supreme Judicial Court 

Mess rs : Bulfinch, Foster & Weld a Committee on the appli- 
cation of the Inhabitants of Myrtle Street ; to consider whether 
any measures can be taken to remove several small buildings from 
the west end of that street and to continue the street further. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r 15 th 1809 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver Hunnewell, Foster, Webb & 
Weld 

one Grand Juror drawn in place of M r Levi Bush who has 
removed from Town 

Six Jurors were drawn for District Court 

Jesse Mero, Sexton of the Chapel Church, was approved as a 
Funeral Porter instead of James Baker resigned 

M r . Elisha Parks is licensed as an Auchtioneer 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen [November 22 d . 
1809] Present. Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Foster Webb & Weld. 

On the application of Jn W Folsom Esq. he is licensed as an 
Auchtioneer 

The Chairman, M r . Oliver, M r . Hunnewell M r . Foster and M r . 
Weld a Committee to view the place at the east end of Boyl- 
ston Street, where [438.] M r . Mosely is preparing to erect a 



420 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

building : to consider whether the street requires to be widened 
on that side, in consequence of the new Market house being lately 
built there. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen [November 29 th . 
1809] Present, Mess": Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Foster, & Weld. 

The Board having been informed that the Town Clerk, 
William Cooper Esq had departed this life, in the evening pre- 
ceding ; appointed Mess : Bulfinch, Oliver, & Weld to consider 
& adopt such arrangements for his funeral, at the expence of the 
Town, as shall express the respectful sense entertained by his 
fellow citizens of his long and faithful services, and their grate- 
ful remembrance of his patriotic virtues. 

Passed upon the monthly accounts. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen. [December 4 th . 
1809] Present. Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

This meeting was summoned to consider the propriety of 
calling a meeting of the Town to supply the vacancy occasioned 
by the death of the late Town Clerk. after examining the law 
providing for such cases; A Warrant was prepared and signed 
for a Town meeting on the 13 th instant, for choice of Town Clerk 
& to act upon the report of the Board of Health relative to 
Burying grounds. 

The Chairman was desired to apply to Daniel Davis Esq. and 
to engage him to defend the Town, in conjunction with Samuel 
Dexter Esq. in the suit brought by the heirs of Gov r . Hancock 

[439.] Boston ss : at a meeting of the Selectmen [December 
6 tb . 1809] Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, Foster 

The Committee appointed to view the houses in Leverett Street, 
where the Common Sewer was lately built, reported ; and the 
subject of M r . Lovell's objections to pay the proportion assessed 
on him were fully discussed and considered. and after long 
deliberation, it was Voted, that the proceedings relative to that 
Common Sewer having been regularly transacted by the Board, 
agreeably to the returns of proprietors made at the time (Aug 22 d ) 
that it was not now expedient to make any alteration in the 
assessment. 

The Committee chosen to view the entrance of Boylston street 
reported that as their opinion,' the increase of business, and the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 421 

concourse of carriages which would naturally be occasioned by 
the new' market house in that street, would make it necessary to 
widen the easterly end of Boylston Street and also the entrance 
of Orange Street, by taking down part of the shop of M r . Sam 1 . 
Hastings. 

Voted To proceed to morrow at 10 oClock to the situation 
above named for the purpose of marking off on M r . Hastings & 
M r . Mosely's buildings such part as the board should then con- 
sider necessary to be taken for the widening and improvement of 
the streets. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen [December 7 th . 
1809] Present, Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell Wright, 
Foster & Weld. 

The Selectmen proceeded to view the entrance [44O.] of 
Boylston Street ; and determined that in their opinion the safety 
and convenience of the Inhabitants required that the easterly end 
of that street should be widened and accordingly agreed that a 
line should be drawn from the easterly corner of a new, one-story 
building belonging to M T . Adam Smith to a point four feet north 
of the westerly corner of the house of M r . David Mosely & to 
continue in said direction through said house to Orange Street. 

The Chairman was desired to inform M r . Mosely of the direc- 
tion of the new line of the street, that he may arrange his new 
building according to it : and that it is not intended to take down 
any part of the house or shop at present. 

The Board then proceeded to view the entrance of Orange 
Street, and unanimously determined that the safety and con- 
venience of the Inhabitants required that the street should be 
widened in that place ; and agreed to draw a line for the easterly 
side of that street, from the north corner of the shop on the 
west part of Sam 1 . Hastings land to a point 9 feet east of the 
front of said Hastings' shop at the corner of Orange and Essex 
Streets. 

Voted. That M r . Mosely & M r . Hastings be informed of these 
proceedings, and be desired to meet the Selectmen for the pur- 
pose of agreeing upon the mode of ascertaining the damage, 
sustained by them respectively 

N B. The above minutes of proceedings from Nov r . 8 were 
entered by the Subscriber and under his direction during the 
sickness of W m Cooper Esq. & after his death until the choice 
of Thomas Clark Esq CHARLES BULFIXCH Chairman 



422 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[441.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Present 
Mess re : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, May & Weld. 

Jurors were drawn for the Court of Common Pleas at January 
term. 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen December 20 th . 1809. 
Present Mess : Bulfinch Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
May, Weld & Webb. 

M r . Isaac P. Davis & M r . David Greenough, appeared & repre- 
sented that they had lately purchased the land by the Hay scales, 
formerly sold by the Town to Col Henry Jackson ; & upon 
measuring the land, they find it deficient of the quanity expressed 
in the Deeds. after viewing the plans the Gentlemen withdrew, 
and the Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright were chosen 
a Committee to examine the Deeds, & measure the land if necessary 
& to report to the Board. 

M r . Mosely appeared respecting his land in Boylston Street 
agreed to postpone the choice of Referees to Wednesday next. 

M r . Hastings also appeared respecting his land taken to widen 
Orange street which after being discussed, it was agreed should 
be referred to this day fortnight for choice of Referees. 

Voted. To appropriate the Room over the Board of Health 
office in Faneuil Hall to the use of the Town Clerk. 

[442.] Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r 7 th 
1809 

Return was made by M r . Joseph Rowe of the Expence of re- 
pairing the Common sewer at the Easterly end of Essex Street, 
the account whereof being duly examined by the Selectmen was 
by them allowed ; they being informed at the same time, that all 
persons concerned in said drain had been notified according to 
Law, and those who had objections having been heard thereon ; 
Assessment was now made, an order of payment was passed by 
the Selectmen as follows, viz. Whereas a Drain or Common 
Sewer has been laid in Essex Street, conformably to the direc- 
tions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts to 
one hundred & thirty eight Dollars, which expence is to be borne 
by such persons whose drains enter therein & receive benefit 
thereby : wherefore we the subscribers Selectmen of the said Town 
of Boston certify, that having considered the same expence and 
by whom, & in what manner it ought to be paid. Do Adjudge 
that the same be paid in the proportion following, & by the per- 
sons hereafter named, viz. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1809. 423 

Samuel Hastings - - - - 3 shares 59.13. 

Robert Hewes 1 d 19.71. 

Mary Rea 1 d 19.71. 

John & Joseph Rowe - - - 2 d 39.42. 

And we hereby Authorize & empower the said Joseph Rowe Esq 
to demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

signed CHARLES BULFINCH^ 
EBEN B . OLIVER a 

JON A HUNNEWELL | B 

FRANCIS WRIGHT j j> 
JOSEPH FOSTER I 
BENJ A WELD J 

[443.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen [Decem- 
ber 27 th . 1809] Present: Mess: Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, May, Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

5 Jurors were drawn to supply vacancies in the list last drawn 
for Court of Com : Pleas. 

3 Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court. 

M r . Hunnewell reported the Expence of a Powder Carriage, at 
about 50 Dollars ; he was requested to engage one to be built. 

M r . David Beaman is appointed as an Auchtioneer at his Store 
in Kilby Street. 

The attention of the Board being called to the Advertisments 
which have appeared in the late papers respecting a Masquerade 
to be held in this Town ; the subject was fully discussed & the 
following Vote passed Unanimously 

Voted. That this Board observe with extreme concern an 
Attempt to introduce an Amusement so uncongenial to the habits 
& manners of the Citizens of this place, & so immediately dan- 
gerous to the morals of the Younger part of the Community. 
the Board therefore determine to take every Legal measure to 
prevent the proposed entertainment or exhibition, & direct that 
the person who offers the tickets for sale, & the occupier of the 
House where such entertainment is to be held, be notified of the 
resolution of the Board ; and be warned to desist from further 
Attempts to carry on an Exhibition which will be discountenanced 
by the Authority of the Town. 

[444.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
3 d . 1810. Present Mess": Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 



424 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r Samuel Hastings appeared & proposed the names of a num- 
ber of Gentlemen to act as referees upon the estimate of damages 
sustained by him in taking his land & Building to widen the 
Entrance of Orange Street. from which list the following were 
selected by the Board. 

Joseph Head 
John Welles 
Tho 8 . Williams 
Uriah Cotting 
John Chandler. & the 

Chairman was desired to notify the Gentlemen of the choice & to 
request them to act on this Occasion. 

The Committee to whom was referred the claim of the purchasers 
of Land opposite the Mall, reported a written opinion of Counsel 
whom they had Consulted ; which was read and agreed to ; that 
the claim for damages against the Town had no foundation either 
in Law or equity. 

On the Petition of M r . Abel Wheelock, he is approved as an 
Auchtioneer for sale of Horses and Carriages, at the yard west of 
Marlborough Street, called Gillam place : upon Condition that 
the Streets shall not be incumbred by Carriages, or by exhibiting 
horses therein. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Wright a Committee to 
confer with the directors of the New England Insurance Company, 
respecting the widening of Exchange Lane in consequence of 
Communication from their President informing the [445.] board 
of their intention to take down their present building & to 
rebuild. 

Cap*. Carver wishes for approbation for a Bake house, of a 
building, late a paper hanging Manufactory in South Russell 
Street, Voted, that the situation be approved for that purpose, 
provided the consent of the firewards be obtained to Appropriate 
the building to the proposed use. 

The Chairman is impowered to employ two persons as a patrole 
watch, under the Regulations adopted last winter. 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan? 10 th . 1810 
Present Mess 18 Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster Webb & Weld. 

A vacancy being occasioned in the office of hay weigher by the 
death of M r . Trott ; several applications were handed to the 
board from persons desirous of the appointment : the same were 
read & considered, & it was then determined that the choice 
should be for one year & that the person chosen should give 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 425 

bonds for the faithful discharge of his duty with two sufficient 
sureties for the sum of one Thousand Dollars. Votes being 
taken by ballot M r William H M Neil was declared to be 
chosen. 

The Committee on the subject of Exchange Lane reported that 
they had met the Committee of the N. E. Insurance Office, & 
the result of their conference, that the parties interested, by 
owning buildings on that street should be invited to meet, for 
the purpose of devising & agreeing upon a mode of procedure 
[446.] to have the street widened & that the board should em- 
power a Committee to act on the part of the Town ; Voted that 
the same Committee be empowered to meet the parties interested ; 
to agree upon referees to Assess & award damages & that 
they should consider what sum the Town should pay towards the 
proposed improvement, & that their decision should be binding 
upon the Town ; agreeable to the powers vested in the Selectmen 
by law for the widening of Streets. 

The Board having heard the representation of M r . Isaac 
Tucker Administrator on the estate of M re Deborah Rea, and 
having ascertained that the Drain in Essex Street was not com- 
pleated until after her Death, have agreed that the Assessment 
against her made December 7 th . ought to be paid by M r . Robert 
Hewes the present owner of the estate. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 15 th . 
1810. Present Mess* 8 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Weld & Webb. 

The present meeting was called by precept from the Supreme 
Judicial Court, for the purpose of drawing Twenty four Jurors to 
serve at the present term of that Court. 

[447.] Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
17 th 1810. Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Foster, 
Weld & Webb. 

M r Benjamin White was chosen Measurer of Wood coming 
from the Country over Charles River Bridge. 

The Chairman was desired to publish an Extract from the Law 
regulating the measuring of Wood, to prevent fraud in the sale 
of that Article. 

A Communication was read from the Board of Health in 
which they express their willingness to accept the care of the 
Burying grounds and the conduct of funerals, agreeable to the 
proceedings of the Town at the last Meeting. 



426 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r . Samuel Harris appeared to claim Compensation for damage- 
done him in taking away part of a Shop, to lay out Broad Street 
in the Tear 1805. The Chairman was to present M r . Harris 
demand to the President of the Broad Street Association. 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen January 24 th 1810. 
Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, Foster, 
Weld & Webb. 

Return of the patrole watch read. 

The Chairman presented the report of the trial on the suit of 
Hancock for Beacon Hill, drawn up by Daniel Davis Esq one of 
the counsel employed by the Board 

Also, a report of a trial on an Indictment against Thomas 
Lewis for incumbring the harbour by [448.] building the out- 
wharves the same drawn up by D. Davis Esq at the request of 
the Chairman, as involving questions of importance to the Town. 

The subject of widening Exchange Lane again under consider- 
ation the Committee reported their proceedings in conference 
with the abutters, & that they were again to meet them this day. 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen January 29 th . 1810. 
Present Mess re Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Weld & Webb. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen January 31 st 1810 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

Passed other Accounts. 

M r William Merrill is appointed measurer of Wood from the 
Country, over the Canal Bridge, end of Leverett Street. 

M r . Porter, M r Foster & M r Weld a Committee on the appli- 
cation of M r Skinner to examine his claim to compensation upon 
such persons as have entred drains into the common sewer laid by 
him in Sister Street : they are desired to notify the parties & 
report their opinion. 

[449.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
7 th 1810. Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright & 
Foster. 

On the application of M r . William Collins the Board approve 
of the situation of his house in North Street for a bake house 
provided the firewards approve of the building for that use. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 427 

An application was read from Rob 4 T. Paine Esq stating his 
claim to a Tomb in the Granary burying Ground formerly belong- 
ing to Josiah Willard Esq. and in which tomb several of the 
Ancestors of Judge Paine are now deposited; but which was 
taken possession of by M r Samuel Bangs for repairs done thereon 
in 1786, by consent of the Selectmen at that time. 

The Board considered the application, and are of opinion that 
Judge Paine 's claim is well founded, and are willing that he 
should take possession of the said Tomb, but that he should not 
disturb or remove the remains of any of the Family of M r . Bangs 
who may be therein. 

On the petition of a number of residents at West Boston, it 
was agreed that the bell of the 3 d Baptist Church should be rung 
at eleven, one & nine o'Clock at the expence of the Town. 

A Petition from the abutters on Ann Street praying for regula- 
tions of the market Carts usually standing in that street, was 
[45O.] read & assigned to the Committee who have under con- 
sideration the regulation of the Market. 

A Petition from the abutters on Sea Street, for the paving of 
that street early in the next season, was committed to M r Hunne- 
well & M r Wright to confer with the applicants thereon. 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen February 14 th . 1810. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, May, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Return was made by the Committee chosen the 31 st January 
last to examine into the circumstances of the drain laid by M r 
Skinner in Sister Street which was read & considered, and being 
accepted, it was ordered that assessment for said drain be made 
out agreeably to the principles of said report : and which is or- 
dered to be on file 

The Roof of the North School house having been much injured 
by fire this morning, the Chairman was ^desired to employ work- 
men to make the necessary repairs, and take measures for the 
Accommodation of the School while the repairs are going on. 

[451.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. 21 st . 
1810. 

Present the whole Board 

Grand Jurors & traverse Jurors were drawn to serve at the 
supreme Judicial Court in March next. 

The Assessment for the drain in Sister Street was made out, & 
being discussed, it was determined it should lay for the present 



428 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Mess Hunnewell, Wright, "Webb & Weld a Committee in con- 
junction with the Committee of the board of Health to consider 
the expediency of applying to the Legislature for powers to the 
board of health to inforce the regulations of the Burying grounds 
Adopted by the Town at the last Town Meeting & to act on 
this subject as they shall judge expedient. 

The application of M r Ryan for Liberty to exhibit what he 
terms the art of Pugilism, & his justification of that practice was 
read, & being fully considered, it was determined as the opinion of 
the board, that such exhibitions should not be authorized by the 
Government of the Town, & that any keeper of a Licensed 
house of entertainment who should admit such performances in 
his house, should be deprived of the privilege of his Licence. 

[452.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
26 th . 1810. Present Mess 1 " 8 Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright 
& Webb. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. at a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. 28 th 1810. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright Webb, & 
Foster. 

M r Blanchard & D r . Dexter appeared & stated their objec- 
tions to paying any considerable proportion of the drain in 
Sister Street, they were examined respecting the number of com- 
munications which they and M r Tilden had with said drain. & 
the papers were referred to the former Committee for further 
investigation & consideration. 

Passed the Monthly & quarterly accounts. 

Warrant was prepared & signed for Town Meeting for choice 
of Town officers for the 12 th March. 

M r . Park to print the Notifications 



Rev. Doc r Lathrop to be requested to open the Meeting with 
Prayer. 

The Assessors having given notice that the new lists of Voters 
will be ready by the 1 st March, according to Law the board 
agreed upon two Gentlemen in each ward to correct the said 
lists the Chairman was desired to request their services, to have 
the corrections made by the 10 th . March. 

[453.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 7 th 
1810. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Weld & Webb. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 429 

M r . Merrill, measurer of Wood at Canal bridge appeared to 
answer complaints made against his measuring, after some con- 
versation on the subject, he was desired to pay particular atten- 
tion to the accuracy of his measure and it was agreed to sus- 
pend further proceedings for the present. 

The Chairman reported that a Law had passed the Legislature, 
to empower the Assistant Assessors to correct the lists of Voters 
in their respective wards it was agreed that they should be 
notified to meet to-morrow P. M. to be sworn into Office & be 
desired to undertake the correction of the lists immediately. 

Boston ss : at a Meeting of the Selectmen March 14 th 1810. 
Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster Webb 
& Weld. 

The members present were sworn according to law by Justice 
Stevenson. 

The board came to the choice of a Chairman, the ballots being 
taken, [454.] Charles Bulfinch Esq. was declared to be chosen. 

The Chairman reported that the ward lists had been delivered 
to the assistant assessors for correction : he was desired to have 
them printed as soon as possible after they should be returned to 
him. 

On the application of M r . Wheelock, the open space of ground 
back of the Province house was approved as a place for sale of 
horses & Cattle by Auction. 

Boston ss. at a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21 st 1810. 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting the first Monday of 
April next, for the choice of Governour Lieutenant Governour & 
Senators. Doct. Eckley to be requested to open the Meeting with 
Prayer. 

M r . Park to print the notifications. 

At the request of M r Leverett the board went again into the 
consideration of his claim to Almshouse land, & his proposals to 
compromise for 8000 dollars. 

The Deeds were read & the plan examined, and after full con- 
sideration it was determined not to accede to the proposal of 
[455.] compromise, but that the Committee be impowered to 
enter into an Arbitration agreement, under a rule of Court for 



430 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the final Adjustment of all M r Leveretts claims, on such condi- 
tions as the Counsel employed by the board should approve and 
the referees to act under instructions from the Judges of the 
Supreme Judicial Court. 

The Secretary & Treasurer of the Franklin donation having 
notified a Meeting of the Trustees of that fund at this time, his 
Accounts were exhibited. M r Wright & M r Weld were appointed 
a Committee to examine them, who reported that they were 
correct the secretary was desired to prepare a statement of the 
present situation of the fund to exhibit at the next Meeting. 

On the application of William Belcher Esq he is approved as 
an Auctioneer. 

On the application of the residents at South Boston for repairs 
of streets M r Porter was desired to view the streets in that 
district, to observe what repairs were necessary. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28 th 1810. 
Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Foster & Webb. 

28 Jurors were drawn for Court of Com. Pleas. 

[456.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 11 th . 
1810. Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Foster & Webb. 

11 Jurors were drawn to supply vacancies in the list last drawn 
for the Court of Com. Pleas. 

A vacancy having been occasioned in the North Watch by the 
death of Francis Cleaver Jun r ., applications for the place were 
received from several persons which having been considered, 
M r David Lawrence was chosen in his stead. 

In pursuance of a precept from the Hon. Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circumstances 
of M r Elijah Nickerson, & return was made & signed by the 
Selectmen present, that said Nickerson was non compos mentis, 
& they recommended that a Guardian should be appointed for 
him. 

[457.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18 th 
1810. Present, Mees : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Wright & Weld. 

A Committee from a newly instituted Insurance Company 
occupying the room iu the Town house lately hired by M r . Burley, 
made application for the same room ; M r Burley being obliged to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 431 

relinquish business from sickness and wished a deduction from 
the rent, & stated their reasons after they had retired, the sub- 
ject was considered, and it was unanimously determined to hold 
the whole of the end leased to M r Burley at the rent of $800 
dollars or the part now occupied by the Insurance Company ex- 
clusive of M r . Clelands office for $600. 

Plan of streets near Beacon hill were laid before the board & 
estimates respecting the Towns property on the hill Agreed that 
the heirs of Gov. Hancock be invited to attend next Wednesday 
on their application for purchase or exchange of the Towns prop- 
erty on Beacon hill. 

The Chairman was desired to request the Assistant Assessors 
to take measures for obtaining a return of the number of ratable 
polls previous to the 12 th May next. 

Estimates of paving sea Street were laid before the board by 
the Com 6 . [458.] appointed on that Street who proposed that 
the abutters should lay a broad side walk on the west side of 
the Street & the Street to be paved 20 feet wide in Addition the 
expence of the center paving about 1500 dollars To enable the 
proprietors to make contracts to advantage it was agreed, if 
the Town should make the usual appropriations for paving at the 
May Meeting, the board would allow, one Thousand Dollars 
towards paving Sea Street & Beach Street, to join the pavement 
in South Street. 

Mess rs Stephen W. Jackson & Francis Jackson applied for a 
licence of a building they are now erecting west of Washington 
Street for a Candle Manufactory after considering the subject 
it was determined, that the reasons which formerly influenced the 
Selectmen to forbid such manufactories on the neck, were still in 
full force ; and that the licence now applied for could not be 
granted. 

Mess rs Brown & Hough applied for a licence as Auctioneers in 
addition to their usual business of wholesale merchants, the ap- 
plicants produced very respectable recommendations ; but the 
board considered it not advisable to grant a licence to persons 
well established in another business. 

A Committee from the proprietors of land & buildings on 
Myrtle Street applied to request that measures might be taken 
[459.] to continue the westerly end of said Street to Grove 
Street, & by that means to remove a number of small buildings 
which are occupied by persons who bring a discredit on the neigh- 
bourhood. The Chairman, M r Foster & M r Weld appointed to 
view and Report. 



432 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25 th 1810. 
Present, Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Webb & Weld. 

M r . Isaac White having been reminded of his engagement to 
consent to the naming of referees for ascertaining the amount 
which he should receive for damages for part of his Store & the 
land under the same to be taken to widen the lower part of State 
Street : M r White now appeared & presented a list of Twenty 
persons & after some consideration the following Gentlemen 
were selected, 

William Parsons 

John C. Jones 

Isaac Rand 

John Winslow 

John Joy Esquires 

and the Chairman was desired to request them to attend the ser- 
vice Assigned them. 

[46O.] The following arrangement of Committees was 
adopted for the year ensuing. 

M r May the easterly North division of Streets 
M r Webb the westerly north division of ditto 

M r Weld wards N 4 & 5 
M r Bulfinch wards N 6 & 7 
M r Hunnewell ward N 8 
M r Wright ward N 9 
M r Foster ward N 10 
M r Oliver ward N 11 
M r Porter ward N 12 

Mess 18 Bulfinch, Porter & Hunnewell for the neck. 
Mess ra Oliver, Foster & Weld for care of the Common. 

The Common Committee was desired to pay immediate atten- 
tion to the state of the fences & to direct the repairs thereof & 
of the Mall ; & to order such trees to be replaced as are wanted, 
& the necessary pruning to be done. 

M r Weld, the proprietor of a small House in Exchange lane 
appeared and complained that his property was to be taken away 
without compensation previously made to him. he was reminded 
that he had been invited in writing to attend the meeting of the 
referees & to consent to the rule entered into by the other parties, 
but had paid no attention [461.] to the request of the board; 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 433 

but since he had now appeared, the board would consider what 
propositions they could make him & would communicate the same 
in writing. 

M 1 ' Huse, M r John Hancock & M r Spear appeared on the part 
of the owners of Beacon hill to confer respecting the Towns 
property there after some general conversation it was agreed to 
appoint a Committee to consider the subject & to report to the 
board, & after that a further communication would be made to 
the applicants. 

The Gentlemen having withdrawn, the Chairman, M r Hunne- 
well & M r Weld were chosen on the Committee. 

Complaint having been made against several stones placed as 
posts in front of M r Thompsons house in south Pond Street ; 
it was directed that the same be removed by the officer of 
Police. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 th . 1810. 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright & Webb. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

M r . Nathan Hull having been recommended to the satisfaction 
of the board, is approved to keep a private School for teach- 
ing the mathematics in this Town. 

[462.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2 d . 
1810. Present Mess rB Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Wright, May & Weld. 

Passed the remainder of the Accounts. 

The Chairman exhibited an Account presented by the Admin- 
istrator on the Estate of the late William Cooper Esq for the 
arrears of grants due according to Votes of the Town, the same 
were examined & compared with the Votes the Chairman was 
desired to draw up a statement to be laid before the Town, at the 
next Meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9 th . 1810. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

W arrant was prepared & signed for a Town Meeting on the 
16 th . Instant for the choice of Representatives & for the 17 th . for 
the Money concerns of the year. 

D r . Baldwin to be requested to open the Meeting with Prayer. 



434 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

M r Park to print Notifications. 

The subject of the application of the heirs of Gov Hancock to 
purchase Beacon Hill was considered and the Chairman was 
desired to prepare a Report to be laid before the Town. 

A Statement relative to M r . Cooper's arrears was read & con- 
sidered & accepted to be presented to the Town. 

[463.] The Chairman informed the board that a number of 
Gentlemen had purchased of Cap 1 . Hinckley a portion of the land 
late the estate of Jeremiah Allen Esq for the purpose of widening 
the south entrance of Somersett Street,, for which they had paid 
900 Dollars & a deed of the land had been given by Cap 1 . 
Hinckley to the Town. 

Voted, that the southerly end of said Somersett Street be 
leveled & regulated at the Expence of the Town & M r . Bulfinch, 
M r . Oliver & M r . Weld were desired to direct the workmen. 

Information being given that the workmen were ready to pro- 
ceed upon the foundation of the new Court House, the Chairman 
was desired to apply to the owners of vacant land in School 
Street, for liberty to place the Engine house thereon as a tempo- 
rary accommodation. 

A Meeting of the selectmen was warned 
Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, May & Foster attended 

The Assistant Assessors made return of the number of rate- 
able polls in the several wards of the Town amounting in all to 
9557. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15 th 1810. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, May & 
Foster. 

Jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court. 

[464.] Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
May 18 th 1810. Present Mess rs Bulfinch, May, Wright, Webb & 
Weld. 

This meeting was called by request of some of the board to 
meet at the easterly end of Pond Street to view the wall of the 
Mill Creek now building after examining the same, it was 
Voted. 

That in the opinion of the board, it is necessary that the bottom 
of the new part of the Creek now making, should be dug away, 
on a level with the old part of the Creek ; and that all the walls 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 435 

of the Creek and Canal in future should be laid on the solid Clay 
bottom, and that all the mud and loose earth should be dug 
'away. 

Voted that the Chairman communicate the above to the Presi- 
dent of the Mill Corporation, & that the board meet on Monday 
next 12 Clock, at Faneuil Hall, on this business. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen Monday May 21 st by Adjourn- 
ment from the 18 th . Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

The Chairman informed the board that he had communicated 
the votes passed at the last meeting, both to the President & 
Agent of the Mill Corporation, that they had informed him a 
meeting of the directors should be immediately [465.] called, 
and measures taken to comply with the wishes of the Board as 
far as should be found practicable from the nature of the 
ground. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 23 d . 1810. 
Present Mess ra Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May & Wright. 

The Chairman was directed to inform the Clerk of the proprie- 
tors of Long Wharf of the amount & conditions of the award 
upon M r . Whites Store, as rendered by the referees and that 
upon the money being deposited with the Town Treasurer, the 
workmen will immediately proceed to take down the building. 

On the representation of M r Brooks president of the New 
England Insurance office relative to a loss or deduction from 
their land more than they had expected, after the laying out 
Exchange lane the plan was viewed & considered, and it was 
Voted, That the Directors of the New England Insurance Com- 
pany be informed that the Selectmen expect that the entrance of 
Exchange Lane be widened 12 feet according to the award of the 
Commissioners ; and with respect to the loss of 2 feet of land 
in width on the lower end of their lot, the board are willing, on 
the part of the Town, and as a party in the reference, to submit 
the same to the original referees, to abide [466.] by their pro- 
portion of the damage. 

On the application of a number of Gentlemen for a Copy of 
the returns of rateable Polls last taken by the Assistant Assess- 
ors Voted. That the Town Clerk be authorized to give copies 
of the Books of returns of rateable Polls, at the expence of the 
applicants ; provided that the Publick business of the Assessors 
in taking the valuation of estates shall not be interrupted by the 
detention of any of said Books. 



436 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 th 1810. 
Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

A special meeting had been summoned to meet this Morning 
on Fort Hill in consequence of a number of persons undertaking 
to dig down the Street on the West side of the hill, without 
order or consent of the board they were then forbidden to pro- 
ceed. the subject was now considered & Mess rs Hunnewell 
Wright & Weld appointed a Committee to direct the forming the 
Streets round the hill, & to consider what measures should be 
taken to secure the fence & center of the hill. 

[467.] Several of the Inhabitants of Distil house square 
appeared to complain of the want of drains in that Street to con- 
vey the water from their cellars, in consequence of filling the mill 
Pond & of a number of places filled with stagnant water. 

The Chairman was desired to communicate the above complaint 
to the President & Agent of the Mill Corporation, & urge the 
necessity of drawing off the stagnant water immediately & that 
persons be employed to open ditches from such low places to the 
tide water. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 16 th . 1810. 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

The Board came to the choice of an Orator for the 4 th July next. 
and Alexander Townsend Esq was chosen agreeably to the 
Institution of the Town to deliver an Oration on the anniversary 
of American Independence. The Chairman was desired to com- 
municate to M r Townsend the request of the board. 

This time being assigned by publick advertizement for receiv- 
ing applications for the office of Constable, a number of Appli- 
cations [468.] were received, and read ; together with the 
recommendations accompanying them and the choice was postponed 
to Wednesday next. 

M r Caleb Loring Jun r . was chosen sealer & weigher of lighters 
& boats for conveyance of stones, sand & gravel. 

The Chairman informed the board that he had complied with 
their directions at the last meeting ; to ask the attention of the 
Mill Corporation to the state of drains & cellars on the southerly 
side of the pond, his letter is on file Nothing effectual having 
been yet done, the board directed a further communication on the 
subject & which was sent as followes. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 437 

To the President & Directors of Mill Corporation 

Gentlemen 

The abutters on Distill house square have informed 
the Selectmen that their houses, from Sudbury Street to M r Ticlds 
distil house are deprived of the drains from their cellars by filling 
up the mill pond ; that many of their cellars are consequently 
overflowed, with water ; and that the board of Health has ordered 
them to remove the water as a Nuisance. 

The Selectmen upon hearing this representation, have consid- 
ered the peculiar [469.] situation of the proprietors on this 
street, and are of opinion that by the Contract with Mill Corpora- 
tion, the old drains must be continued, or a new common sewer 
must be laid for them in the street, to connect at each end with 
the sewers that lead through the Pond. 

I am desired to call the attention of the directors to this sub- 
ject, that they would take immediate measures to rid those cellars 
of water in either of the modes above pointed out ; a8 a condition 
of the contract with the Town, & as [an] indispensable necessity 
for preserving the health of that neighbourhood. 

y r Ob*. Serv* 
June 5 th . 1810. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 th 1810. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright & 
Weld. 

Jurors were drawn for the District Court & another list for 
the Court of Common Pleas. 

A number of the Abutters on Distill hill square appeared on 
the subject of their Cellars being filled with water. 

From their representation it appeared, that their drains into 
the Mill Pond had [47O.] been stopped by the filling of the 
Pond ; that the board of health had ordered a drain to be dug in 
the street to communicate with their cellars, & had informed them 
that the expence thereof must be paid by the abutters. The ap- 
plicants complained of being deprived of their old drains, & of 
the hardship of being compelled to pay the cost of a new one. 
After much discussion, they withdrew ; & the board requested 
the Town Advocate to attend ; who gave his opinion ; that the 
board of health could proceed to lay the new drain, but must of 
necessity assess the expence upon the persons on whose property 
the nuisance existed : but such persons would have a right to 
prosecute the Mill Corporation as having occasioned the difficulty 
in the first instance. 



438 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

A petition on a similar subject from the inhabitants of Prince 
street, was read ; complaining of the overflow of their cellars. 
The board being informed that the Directors of the Mill 
Corporation had appointed a Committee to confer with the 
Selectmen upon this, & other subjects relative to their proceedings 
in the Pond: it was agreed to meet on [471.] Saturday next 
at noon : to receive any Communications from such Committee. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 16 th 1810. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Webb & Weld. 

The board had a conference with the Committee from the 
directors of Mill Corporation the subject of drains & common 
sewers was discussed & it was agreed to take no further 
measures relative to the houses in Distill house square untill the 
new drain now laying by order of the Board of health should be 
compleated the Petition from Prince street was committed to 
M r Webb, who was empowered to employ. some judicious person 
to examine into the cause of the stoppage, and remove the same 
if it could be done at moderate expence ; or otherwise to report 
to the board. 

The Chairman informed that the workmen were now ready to 
lay the corner of the New England Office, building, on Exchange 
Lane, and had received orders to lay the corner Stone [472.] 
in such a manner as would reduce the Street three inches from 
the intended width. the Gentlemen present proceeded to the 
spot and directed the workmen to lay the wall so as to leave the 
street 23 feet 11 Inches wide according to the Plan. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20 th 1810. 
Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Wright Webb & Weld. 

Jurors were drawn to supply vacancies in the list for the 
Common Pleas. 

The Chairman laid before the board a plan of house & land at 
the southerly end of Kingston Street, lately purchased by M r . 
Nath 1 Goddard from the heirs of John Rowe for the purpose of 
ascertaining, at the request of M r Goddard what compensation 
should be allowed him for any land that may be taken from said 
lot to widen Kingston Street & Pond Street. Having examined 
the plan & considered the subject, it was Voted, that it was not 
expedient to take any measures relative thereto, at the Expence of 
the Town. 

[473.] On the application of Sam 1 . Dexter Esq. he has per- 
mission to open part of Beacon Street in front of his house to 
repair the arch built under that Street. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 439 

A petition was presented by a number of residents in Dock 
Square, complaining of the inconvenience occasioned to them and 
the publick, by the noises at a Museum Kept by M r Woods. 
it was directed to be handed to the Town Advocate, to take such 
measures respecting the complaint as may be conformable to 
law. 

The Chairman, M r Oliver, M r Wright & M r . Weld were chosen 
a Committee to wait on his Excellency the Governor, to request 
the honour of his company & that of the Hon. Council at the 
oration to be delivered on the 4 th July next at the request of the 
Town. 

The same Committee was desired to consider what arrange- 
ments were proper for the celebration of that Anniversary of 
American Independence. Also to subscribe for 13 Seats, for the 
Selectmen, Town Clerk, Town Treasurer, Orator & Chaplain of 
the day, to dine at Faneuil Hall. 

[474.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 25 th 
1810. Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

The following named persons were chosen Constables for one 
year next ensuing, & those whose names are annexed were 
approved as sureties. 

*Thomas Stevenson Dudley Walker & Tho 8 Stevenson Jr 
*Amos Lewis Joshua Ellis & Thomas Lewis 
*Henry Lane Caleb Whiting Josiah Danforth 
*Elisha Copeland John Perry John Gibson 

Moses Thayer John Minchin Ja 8 Liswell 

Jirah Holbrook Jon a Merry Edw* 1 Staples 
*Ja s . Stunner J r . Tho 8 . W. Sumner Ja 8 Ridgway 
*Levi Joy Eze 1 . Brown Joseph Bennett 
*Sol. Twist W m Simonds Amos Penniman 
*WiH m Tupper John Gibson Jn. Howe 
*Benj a . B. Leeds Jerem h Gore Jr Sam H. Babcock 
* W m Brooks Lem 1 . Babcock Sam 1 . K. Glover & Moses Wallack 
*James Perkins Tim Greene Ja 8 . Williams 
*George Reed Martin Burr Ja 8 Farrow 
*Will m Dinsmore W m Cochran David S. Eaton 
*Jon a . Prescott John Barnard Oliver C. Wyman 
*Robert Rixford Ed Frothingham Tho 8 . Redman 

*Sworn 



440 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

[475.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 th 
1810. Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Weld & Webb. 

s. 
Passed the remainder of the Accounts. 

Approved the indentures of Lovina Danley, a female minor, as 
a servant to Michael M c Bride, to continue uiitill the first day of 
May 1817 when she will be fourteen years of age. 

A proposal from M r Robert G. Shaw was received, and con- 
sidered, relative to making an appropriation of a sum for taking 
down part of Cap 1 . Matchet's house in Fish Street. Now, in 
consideration that M r . Godfrey had been induced by the direction 
of the Selectmen to carry the front of his new building back from 
the Street ; & as the board had formerly offered one Thousand 
Dollars for that part of M r Matchet's house & land wanted to 
widen the Street it was agreed to allow to M r Robert G. Shaw, 
the present owner of the estate formerly Godfreys the sum of 
one thousand Dollars for which the Town Treasurer will be 
empowered to give his promissory Note payable in two years, 
after the building shall be removed, & a proper conveyance given 
to the Town of the land added to the street from Godfreys & 
Matchets Estate. 

[476.] The Committee chosen on the 20 th Ins*, to wait on 
the Governour Reported that they had performed the duty 
assigned them : and had requested his Excellency, with the 
honourable Council to honour the Town's celebration of the 4 th 
July with their presence, That the Governour had replied to 
them ; that the Supreme Executive had determined to pursue the 
same mode for that occasion which had been adopted by Gov. 
Sullivan, and in conformity with the resolve of the Legislature 
directing religious services to be performed by the Chaplains ; 
that he thought it would not be in his power to attend the Town 
Oration from want of time. but would communicate the request 
of the Selectmen to the Council at their next Meeting. 

[477.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
11 th . 1810. Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright 
Foster, Weld & Webb. 

On the application of a Committee of Directors of the 
Exchange Coffee house The Chairman, M r . Oliver & M r 
Wright were appointed a Committee to take measures for widen- 
ing half Court square & to lay out a new Street therefrom into 
Congress Street agreeably to the plan presented, & free of 
expence to the Town. The same Committee to notify M r . Har- 
rison the owner of the land to be taken for the above purpose 
and to determine with him upon the mode ascertaining the 
Damages. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 441 

An application was presented from John Winslow Esq. in 
behalf of himself & others and Addressed to the Justices of the 
Court of Common Pleas, praying that the old road in South 
Boston lying west of Dorchester Street might be discontinued, 
being rendered useless from the new Streets having been made 
Also praying that certain portions of the Streets laid out 
formerly by the Selectmen might be altered to conform to a 
continuation of Dorchester Street laid out by the proprietors 
the plans were examined & the subject considered, and a 
certificate was signed by the Selectmen that they approved of 
Prayer of the petition. 

[478.] The Chairman presented to the board the deeds & 
papers relating to common Sewer & drain that conveys the water 
from Prince Street into the Mill Pond ; and suggested an altera- 
tion in the course of the drain & sewer, if it could be done with- 
out expence to the Town. M*. Webb, M r . Wright & M r Weld 
were desired to examine the situation to confer with the owners 
of the adjoining land, to consider what was expedient to be done 
and to report. 

Conformably to a precept from Hon. Thomas Dawes Esq 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was 
made into the circumstances of M rs . Frances Bruce and return 
was made that she was non compos mentis and that it was need- 
ful to have a guardian appointed for her. 

Approved of the Indentures of Sally Leonard a minor & mulatto 
to M rs Catharine Vose, as a family servant to continue untill the 
29 th April 1816 when she will arrive at the age of 14 years. 

It was agreed unanimously that the front of the new buildings 
about to be erected on Dock Square, should be on a line drawn 
from the N E Corner of Wilsons Lane to the N. W. Corner of 
Exchange Lane and the Chairman was desired to notify the 
owners of the same. 

M r Capens proposal to supply Wood to the schools was agreed 
to, at 5 dollars pr. Cord. 

[479.] Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 18 th . 
1810. Present, Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright 
& Webb. 

M r Wilby appeared, on the part of the proprietors of land 
proposed to be taken for a Street, north of the Exchange build- 
ing ; and expressed his readiness to leave the consideration of 
damages to the three gentlemen who formerly appraised the land 
to them. viz. Gen. John Winslow, Joseph May & William 
Stevenson Esquires in conjunction with any two gentlemen from 



442 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

the three following George Cabot, William Parsons & John 
Parker Esq re . and in case this proposal is not accepted, the pro- 
prietors of the land would expect to leave it to a Jury. 

The Chairman was desired to communicate the above to the 
Directors of the Exchange building. 

Return was made by the Clerk of the Court of Com. Pleas of 
the names of persons licensed as Innholders & retailers the past 
year, the same being read, examined & corrected ; was approved 
& signed according to Law. 

Agreed to meet on Monday next ; & to invite W. N. Boylston 
Esq to be present on the subject on an adjustment of the claims 
of the Town upon him. 

[48O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d 
1810. Present, Mess rs Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

M r Boylston & his counsel met the board on the proposed 
conference ; the Town's Counsel being also present after a 
general conversation on the claims upon the estate of Thomas 
Boylston Esq. it was agreed that a Committee of the board should 
meet M r Boylston to inspect the documents in his hands & to 
receive of him certain statements to give the necessary informa- 
tion, previous to offering or receiving proposals for compromise. 
M r Wright & M r Weld were appointed on that Committee. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25 th 1810. 
Present, Mess rs : Bulflnch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Webb & Weld. 

A Petition was presented respecting the new regulations of the 
burying grounds A warrant was signed for a Town Meeting to 
consider that & other subjects. 

Col. May & M r Webb a Committee to employ workmen to 
remove the Gun house from its present situation on Copps hill 
to the south west corner of the land lately purchased, adjoining 
the burying ground. 

Charles Jackson Esq & M r Benj a Leverett, in behalf of the 
heirs of Leverett were [481.] present at the opening of the 
award of the referees chosen to decide upon their claims upon 
the Town for part of the land on which the Alms house stands. 
the award being opened it appeared that the sum of $303 T 7 was 
allowed to John Leverett for ? 7 7 parts & an additional sum of 
24.22. for interest on the same. at which rate the whole demand 
would amount to the sum of Two thousand, one hundred & Four 
dollars -- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 443 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30 th 1810. 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Foster & 
Weld- 
Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 1 st . 1810. 
Present Mess 18 Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Foster, Webb & 
Weld. 

M r Brazier objected to the encouragement that had been given to 
M r . Sargent, that he might build arches under the new part of 
Exchange Lane, in front of his Stores now erecting the subject 
was considered but no decision had thereon 

The Gentlemen were desired to view the ground [and] to be 
prepared for a decision at the next Meeting. 

[482.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
3 d . 1810. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

After the Town Meeting was dissolved the board assembled, 
and agreed to proceed & view the land on the neck, agreeably to 
the directions of the Town on Monday next 10 o' Clock for the 
purpose of selecting a suitable spot for a burying ground. 

M r . Sargent informed the board that his workmen were now 
waiting for their decision upon his application for liberty to build 
arches in Exchange Lane having retired the question was 
considered & Voted unanimously by all present, except M r 
Porter, that M r . Sargent have liberty to use the part of Exchange 
lane lately added on the east side of his intended buildings, to 
build Vaults or arches under that part of the Street, upon 
condition that the work should be done to the approbation of the 
Selectmen, & that he should give a suitable obligation to keep 
the street over the said Vaults forever in repair, at his 
expence. 

[483.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
8" 1 . 1810. Present Mess ra . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright & Webb. 

M r Weld the proprietor of the only house now left to be taken 
away for the improvement of Exchange Lane appeared ; and 
several overtures were made for deciding upon the sum of damages 
which he should receive for his house & land taken for that 
purpose after much consideration, it was agreed to refer the 
subject to the following Gentlemen 



444 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

Hon. Timothy Biglow Esq of Medford Josiah Bartlett Esq of 
Charlestown 
Robert Murdock Esq of Newton 

William Hammatt ) ^ T , f -r, 

. , }- Esq rs . of Boston 
Andrew Cunningham ) 

The Chairman was desired to notify the Gentlemen and request 
them to meet on Monday next 10 o'Clock to proceed upon the 
business. 

A plan of the proposed burying ground on the neck was pre- 
sented by the Chairman ; and estimates for fencing the same. 

M r Porter & M r Hunnewell were desired to confer with work- 
men & Contract for the fence on proper terms. 

M r Oliver & M r Wright were [484.] desired to provide 
dinner for the Company invited to visit the Schools the 17 th In- 
stant. 

The Directors of the Exchange Coffee house not agreeing to 
the proposed referees to estimate the damage done to Mess r8 
Harrison & Wilby by taking their land to form a new Street on 
the north side of their building ; The Chairman, M r Wright & 
M r Webb were chosen a Committee to lay out the street, & 
remove the buildings, as the parties prefer having the damages 
estimated by a Jury. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 15 th 1810. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright & Webb. 

The award of damages for land taken from M r Weld to com- 
plete the widening of Exchange Lane was opened, the proprie- 
tor of the land being present, when it appeared that the referees 
had estimated the damage at 510 dollars and the expences of 
reference at $25 dollars. it was agreed to give orders on the 
Treasurer for these sums in the next Monthly draft. 

The Chairman & M 1 ' Hunnewell a Committee to stake out the 
ground for the new Gun house on the east side of Fort hill. 

[485.] The Livery Stable at the corner of Milk Street & 
Hawley Street having been lately damaged by fire, and it being 
observed that workmen were engaged in repairing it ; the Chair- 
man was desired to notify the owner that the same had never 
been duly licensed according to law ; and that the board would 
think it their duty to prosecute any person who should use it for 
a Liveiy Stable after the Month of September next. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 445 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug f . 27 th . 1810. 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, AVright, Fos- 
ter, Webb & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

A representation was made by the Committee of the India 
Wharf Association, that they had agreed to pave India Street at 
their own expence, & now made offer to the board to pay half 
the expence of paving two cross streets leading from Battery 
march to India Street. viz Custom-house Street & Wharf 
Street. It was agreed in consideration of the great accommo- 
dation to business done in that quarter, by having the above 
steeets paved, to defray half the [486.] expence of the said 
two cross streets ; and also to pay half the expence of Milk 
Street, between Broad and India Streets, if the proprietors or 
abutters would pay the other half. 

The Committee to view Beacon street reported that it was 
their opinion, the street in front of the State house & late Gov- 
ernour Hancocks house should be dug away to form a gradual 
slope towards the Common, & covered with hard gravel & that a 
gutter should be paved from the north end of M r . Otis' sidewalk 
to the water, provided the abutters will form their sidewalks, 
with suitable edge stone abuttments to pave against The above 
report was accepted, & the Committee authorized to proceed. 

[487.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 5 th . 1810. Present Mess 18 Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster & Webb. 

A Bond of Indemnity was presented from the Directors of the 
Exchange Coffee house 

signed by their President, by which they engage, under a penalty 
of Twenty thousand Dollars to indemnify the Town from all 
expence which may arise for or by reason of laying out a Street 
north of their building, and widening half Court square. 

The same bond being approved ; it was agreed to lay out said 
Street and widen said square as follows. 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston, having observed since the 
removal of several of the public offices to the Exchange Coffee 
house, that the entrance to the north side thereof is exceedingly 
crowded & inconvenient, in consequence of the narrowness of the 
passages leading thereto ; and application having been made to 
them to exercise the powers vested in them by Law to lay out & 
widen said passages : they have accordingly considered the 
subject, and have determined that, in their opinion, the safety & 
convenience of the Inhabitants require that half Court Square, 
so called, [488.] should be widened; and that a Street should 



446 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

be laid out on the north side of said building to lead from Congress 
Street to Devonshire Street : and they do accordingly lay out said 
Street & widen said square as follows. Said Street to begin on 
Congress Street ; and to extend in width Thirty feet from the 
north wall of the Exchange Coffee house, and to continue of the 
same width of thirty feet westerly to half Court square ; reserving 
to the Proprietors of the Exchange Coffee house, the liberty to 
continue the present portico at the north side of their building, 
provided the steps shall be removed from the front thereof, and 
be made to ascend on each side, within the compass of the present 
platform : And the said half Court square to be widened, by 
adding to the present street or high way, all that triangular 
piece of land partly covered with a wooden building, and which 
lies North of the street last described, and v west of a line to be 
drawn from the southwesterly corner of the brick house belonging 
to John Lowell Esquire to the easterly side post of the door of 
the Exchange Coffee house : said line passing through a point 
on the north side of the first [489.] described Street, nineteen 
feet east of the present line of half Court square The above 
description being intended to conform to a plan of said street & 
square, drawn by M r Thomas "W. Sumner ; and the land taken for 
said Street measures 1830 square feet; and the land taken to 
widen said square measures 503 square feet ; as appears by the 
same plan. 

A proposal was received from M r Leverett to convey to the 
Town, the right of the heirs to a piece of Land 20 by 80 feet 
square, lying immediately under the new Almshouse, and for 
which they have commenced a suit in the County of Norfolk : 
for the sum of 70 ! T 2 <jV dols payable in one year from the date of 
the former Award : The subject was considered, & the proposal 
was agreed to, & the Chairman was desired to have the deed pre- 
pared Accordingly. 

A Committee from the board of health communicated a remon- 
strance from a great number of the Inhabitants of West Boston, 
against the use of the wharf adjoining the Canal Bridge for 
the purpose of emptying the Board of health Carts & the night 
Carts ; the Committee requested the Selectmen to point out suit- 
[49O.] able places where such Carts might be emptied in 
future. The Chairman M r . May & M r Weld were chosen a 
Committee to examine & Report. 

The following Persons were approved as Auctioneers for one 
Year from 1 st July 1810. viz. 

John Jutau ------- Thomas K Jones 

William Dehon ----- John Perkins 

Robert Gardner ----- John W. Quincy 

Daniel Wild Caleb Hayward 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 447 

Joseph Ripley Samuel Bridge 

Samuel Blagge - ... r - Benjamin Tucker 

Cornelius Coolidge - - - - Richard Edwards 

George Burroughs Ju r ... Samuel Prince 

Joseph Bumstead William Gridley jr 

Samuel Parker ------ Sam 1 . Whitwell 

George Bond 

John W. Blanchard - - - - Elisha Parks 

Abraham Carter David Beaman 

Abel Wheelock Thomas Clark 

John Kennedy - "William Belcher 

x- Jesse Sanger ------ 

Jacob Rogers ------ 

Richard H. Hough - - - - 



x Sept. 19th. 

[491.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 12 th . 1810. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Webb & Weld. 

Jurors were drawn for the Court of Com. Pleas, & the Meet- 
ing adjourned to this day week to fill such vacancies as shall 
happen in the list. 

A communication was received from the board of health rela- 
tive to the system adopted by them for the regulation of the 
burying grounds and upon the proceedings of the Town on that 
subject, at the last Town Meeting. The same was read, and 
ordered to lay for future consideration. 

On the application of M r Joseph Noyes for liberty to open the 
common sewer in Prince Street, for the purpose of cleansing and 
repairing the same ; Ordered that the applicant notify all the 
persons whose drains enter therein, or who receive benefit thereby, 
to appear at the selectmen s room on Wednesday next, to shew 
cause why such repair should not be undertaken and Assessment 
made on them generally according to Law. 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be requested, and he is hereby 
authorized & impow [492.] ered, to borrow at the Union 
Bank, the sum of Five hundred & ten Dollars, being the amount 
of the award of referees to be paid to M r Nathaniel Weld, for 
his land taken to widen Exchange Lane. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 19 th . 1810. 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

A Petition was presented from the proprietors of houses on 
Fort hill, surrounding the circular walk, in which they request 
that a distinct & appropriate name should be given to that place, 



448 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

and as they entertain the highest respect for the Character of 
Washington, propose that it be called by his name. 

This petition was read & Voted Unanimously that the square 
on the summit of Fort hill, on the outside of the circular walk, 
should in future be Known & designated by the name of Wash- 
ington Place. 

On the application of M r . Benjamin Eaton for liberty to open 
the common sewer in Cross Street, for the purpose of cleansing 
and repairing the same ; Ordered that the applicant notify all 
those whose drains enter therein or receive benefit thereby, to 
appear at the Selectmens room on Wednesday next, to shew 
cause why such repairs [493.] should not be undertaken and 
Assessed on them generally according to Law. 

Return having been made by M r Joseph Noyes of the names of 
Proprietors of the Common sewer in Prince Street, he has liberty 
to proceed to open and repair the same. 

6 Jurors were drawn for Court of Com. Pleas, to supply 
deficiencies in the last draft. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 24 th 1810. 
Present Mess : Bulfinch, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

A Conference was held with a Committee of the Board of health 
upon the subject of their communication relative to the police of 
the burying grounds, which occupied the time of meeting no 
decision had upon the subject. 

Boston ss, At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 26 th . 1810 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, Webb & 
Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk make [494.] out a statement of 
the accounts which have been allowed to the Coroners of this 
County since December last, & of the Account now presented ; 
and that he call upon the Coroners to furnish the best evidence 
in their power, of the habitancy & circumstances of each person 
buried by their direction that a regular demand may be made 
on the Towns to which it may appear they belonged ; and on the 
Commonwealth for such as had no legal settlement. 

Also Voted, that no account from any Coroner be allowed in 
future, without such evidence of habitancy being presented with 
the account, & certified by the Coroner for each person buried 
by his order. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 449 

The Chairman & M r Weld a Committee on the application of 
M r Benjamin Gray & M r Jeremiah Fitch, to view the situation 
where Copper street should run at the foot of their land at West 
Boston, and to report whether any and what portion of the 
expence of continuing and filling Copper Street should be borne 
by the Town. 

[495.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
3 d . 1810. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

Mess 18 : May & Webb were added to the Committee on M r 
Skinners claim on M r : Blanchard and others for Sister Street 
Common Sewer the Committee was requested to notify the par- 
ties & to visit the spot with them to bring the claim to a final 
Settlement. 

The Town Clerk is directed to publish a list of persons who 
have been licensed as Auctioneers the present season. 

The Common Sewer in Cambridge Street, formerly laid by 
Cap*. Mackay, having burst out so as to discharge the contents 
above ground, An order of Notice was agreed to, for the pro- 
prietors to appear on Thursday next to shew cause why the same 
should not be connected with the great Common Sewer in that 
Street and the expences assessed on them generally according to 
Law. 

A Committee of Firewards appeared to represent that Engine 
N 2, was unfit for Town service & to request that a new Engine 
may be provided in that place ; they recommend one of the 
squirt kind. 

[496.] The Chairman was desired to apply to D r . Dexter the 

President of [the] Aqueduct Corporation, that immediate attention 
may be paid to paving the many places which have been lately 
opened in the Streets by their workmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 11 th . 
1810. Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Foster & Weld. 

M r : Porter was desired to apply to M r Thayer for a new 
Engine to contract for one to be made immediately, the old 
Engine N 2 to be taken in part payment. 

No objection having been made to the repair & alteration 
of the drain in Cambridge Street, & return of the Proprietors 
being made & entered on file ; Ordered the said drain be opened 



450 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 



& repaired where necessary & turned into the great Common 
sewer in that Street. 

In consequence of the great increase of business in Congress 
Street. Voted that the carts with Cider be no longer allowed to 
stand there ; but that they shall stand in future in Water Street 
in one range, & in Pond Street on the Mill Pond & the Chairman 
is desired to publish the same order & regulation. 

[497.] The Chairman & M r . Weld a Committee to attend 
the meeting of the Committee of the General Court on the order 
of notice respecting a Canal proposed at the south part of the 
Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo r . 17 th . 1810. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 : Bulfinch, Porter, May, Wright, Webb & 
Weld. 



Return was made by M r Stephen Gore Jun r . of the expence of 
repairing the Common Sewer in Nassau Street, the account 
whereof being duly examined by the Selectmen was by them 
allowed ; they being informed at the same time, that all persons 
concerned in said drain had been notified according to Law, & 
that no objections had been made ; Assessment was now made, 
an order of payment was passed by the Selectmen as follows, 
viz. Whereas a drain or Common Sewer has been laid in Nassau 
Street, conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to One hundred & Sixty five dollars 
sixty four Cents, which expence is to be born by such persons whose 
drains enter therein & recieve benefit thereby ; Wherefore 
[498.] we the Subscribers, Selectmen of the s d Town of Boston 
Certify that having considered the same expence & by whom and 
in what manner it ought to be paid. Do Adjudge that the same 
be paid in the proportion following and by the persons hereafter 
named, viz. 

Bro't forw d $74.52 



Edward Johnson $8.28. 

Perrin May 8.28. 

Town of Boston 8.28 

Ebenezer Farley 8.28 
Willett & Bullard ) 

W. B & G. Guild j - 8.28 

E & J Hartshorne - 8.28 

Hamilton 8.28 

Perez Whiting - - 8.28 

Milton Hall - - - 8.28 



c d . forw d $74.52 



William Lovering 16.56 

heirs of Widow Stowell 8.28 

M rs Blaney 8.28 

M rs Sprague 8.28 

M r Gooch 8.28 

M r Homes 8.28 

Jeremiah Gore - - - - 8.28 

John W. Wheeler 8.28 

Lincoln & Stodder 8.28 

Nath 1 Spear - - .... 8.28 

$165.60 



SELECTMEN'S MLNUTES, 1810. 451 

And we hereby authorize and empower M r Stephen Gore Jun r 
to demand & receive the above sums from the persons above 
named, and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH^ 

W M PORTER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ A . WELD 

[499.] The Committee appointed to consider the circum- 
stances of the drain laid by M r . Skinner in Sister Street, reported 
that they had again investigated his claim to compensation from 
Mess rs Blanchard, Dexter & Tilden : but it appearing to the 
board that the parties could not agree upon any statement of 
facts, and that the drain had been laid by M r . Skinner without 
taking the legal measures of applying to this board ; that there- 
fore the Selectmen could not enforce any payment of assessment 
that they might make, & therefore it was voted to take no fur- 
ther measures on the subject. 

A petition was handed in from a great number of the proprie- 
tors of the second Baptist Church, requesting that North Margin 
Street, on the Mill Pond, should be so altered as to range with 
the southerly end of their new building. the same was com- 
mitted to Mess rs May, Webb & Weld, to confer with the Peti- 
tioners, and examine the expediency of the proposed measure & 
report. 

An order of Notice was received from the Court of Com. 
Pleas, on the application of M r . Harrison for a Jury to [5OO.] 
estimate damages for the land taken for Streets north of the 
Exchange Coffee house : the Chairman & M r . Wright a Com- 
mittee to attend the Court on Monday next on this order. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 24 th . 1810. 
Present Mess" Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Agreed that Fifty -Dollars *be allowed towards regulating & 
gravelling the Southerly end of South Street, the same to be done 
under the direction of M r Hunnewell and to his acceptance. 

A warrant was signed for a Town Meeting for the 5 th day of 
November next being the first Monday in that Month, for the 
choice of a Representative in Congress for this district, M r 
Wright, to request Rev M r Emerson to open the Meeting with 
Prayer., M r . Park to print the Notifications. 



452 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

A question having arisen whether it was the intention of the 
board to allow Interest on the sum allowed M r R. G. Shaw for 
land taken to widen Fish Street; the [5O1.] subject was con- 
sidered & it was agreed that the Note given him by the Treasurer 
should be upon Interest. 

Several new applications were received from persons requesting 
licenses as Auctioneers & several Memorials from those whose 
licenses had not been renewed this season. these were read, & 
the subject considered and it was determined to grant no 
licenses in addition to the last list, at present. 

When the two last questions were taken M r . Porter & M r . 
Hunnewell had withdrawn. 

The Chairman was desired to notify the persons assessed for 
part of the expence of opening Exchange lane that the time for 
paying one half of such Assessment had expired, & to request 
them to pay the same to the Town Treasurer. 

Pursuant to a precept received from Thomas Dawes Esq. 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made 
into the circumstances of Samuel Bulfinch and return was made 
that he was incapable of taking care of his property & recom- 
mending that a Guardian should be appointed for him. 

[5O2.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
29 th . 1810. Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright,. 
Webb & Weld. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

The following Statement of the claims of M r . John Leverett 
& others for land under part of the Alms house, and of their 
final adjustment, are directed to be recorded for the convenience 
of reference in future. 

Mess 18 : John Leverett & others, heirs of Knight Leverett 
deceased, brought a suit against the Town for recovery of a 
piece of land forty feet wide on Leverett Street & running to low 
water, and also for another piece twenty feet wide & forty feet 
long branching from the other at right angles both which 
pieces had been appropriated & described" in Ancient deeds of 
Knight Leverett as streets or highways. The Agents appointed 
by the Town to build the Alms house had occupied the said land 
for Town use, and had built the Alms house entirely over the 
smaller piece and across the forty foot Street, and had enclosed 
the remainder for yard & Wharf. 

The suit for the largest piece of [5O3.] land, or the forty 
foot street, was carried to the Supreme Judicial Court ; #nd the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 453 

plaintiffs having proved their descent & title, it was agreed to 
refer the consideration of damages to William Prescott, Samuel 
Putnam & William Sullivan Esquires a rule of Court was 
entered into, the subject was considered by the referees, & after 
hearing Counsel on both sides, they agreed upon their award. 
The rule and award are as follow. 

>- Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
Nantucket ss ) 

At the Supreme Judicial Court, begun & held at Boston within 
the County of Suffolk, & for the Counties of Suffolk & Nan- 
tucket, on the second Tuesday of March, being the thirteenth 
day of said Month, Anno Domini 1810. 

Inhabitants of Boston, in Review vs John Leverett. 

The parties agree that the verdict rendered in favor of the 
demandant in the original action, shall be affirmed by the Court 
and judgement rendered accordingly with costs ; and the 
demandant agrees to convey to the said Inhabitants all his right 
& title in & to the [5O4.] said demanded premises upon their 
paying him therefor such sum as shall be assessed by William 
Prescott of said Boston, Samuel Putnam of Salem & William 
Sullivan of Boston Esquires, Assessors chosen by the parties ; 
said Assessors to be governed by such principles as the Court 
shall prescribe, and their report to be presented to the Court for 
acceptance and Confirmation, if either party shall require it. 
Provided such sum be paid by the Town within one year after 
such report. It being understood that neither party will require 
such report to be presented to the Court for acceptance, unless 
such party should conceive that the assessors have not been gov- 
erned by the directions of the Court. It is also agreed that the 
costs of this reference shall be paid by the said Inhabitants of 
the Town of Boston. 

The Court under the preceding agreement of the parties and 
by their consent, direct that the Assessors chosen under this 
agreement by the parties shall in the valuation of the demanded 
premises estimate the land, at the fair cash price of the same, 
subject to the incumbrances thereon (in the same manner as a 
Jury would estimate [5O5.] the same, on an inquiry under the 
Statute of the Commonwealth passed on the 2 d day of March 
1808, intitled "an Act for the limitation of certain real 
actions, and for the equitable settlement of certain claims arising 
in real actions") The assessors shall make such allowance for 
the credit given for the sum at which the premises are valued as 
they may think proper. 

JN. TUCKER Clerk 



454 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

We the Subscribers having duly notified, met & heard the 
parties within named touching the matters to us submitted by the 
within rule, now report, that we have estimated the demanded 
premises, that is to say, Seven undivided Forty fifth parts of the 
parcel of land described in the demandants writ, at the fair cash 
price thereof, subject to the incumbrances thereon, & are of 
opinion that the same so estimated .& subject to said incumbrances 
are of the real value of Three hundred & three Dollars & three 
Cents, and that for the credit agreed to be given therefor, a 
further sum of Twenty four dollars & twenly two cents ought 
to be allowed, making in the whole Three hundred & twenty 
seven dollars & Twenty five Cents 

[5O6.] Signed W* PRESCOTT 

SAM L . PUTNAM 
Costs of Rule W M SULLIVAN 

Assessors 200 

House 20. 52 



$ 220. 52 
Dated at Boston May 30 th . 1810. 

In conformity with the above award M r John Leverett pre- 
sented to the Selectmen the following account August 23 d . 1810. 

The Inhabitants of Boston to John Leverett & others D r . 
1810. to amount of John Leveretts share 

7 of land under the Almshouse p r . award 7/45 327.25. 

12 D. Abigail Johnson's - d - - 12/45561. 

3 D N & M Leonards - d - - 3/45 163. 62 

3| D W m Leverett's - - d - - 3f/45 163. 62| 

3 D Abigail Brush - - d - - 3J/45 163. 62 

3| D Thomas Leverett - d - - 3f/45 163. 62 

242/45 D. Benj a Leverett - - d - - 2 42/45 137. 



35 42/45 $1679. 88 

An order was drawn on the Treasurer in favour of John 
Leverett for 1542.75 and Deeds were duly executed by him for 
his proportion & for the others for whom he was Attorney to that 
amount. And also an order was drawn in favour of B Leverett 
for 137. 13 and a Deed was executed by him for his pro- 
portion. 

After this settlement proposals were made for settling the 
claim for the other piece of land 20 feet by 40 f e . which [5O7.] 
could not be included in the Reference and it was agreed by the 
Selectmen to allow therefor, and for the purpose of closing the 
demand, the sum of Seven hundred & one dollars 25/100 this 
sum to be paid as follows. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 455 

7 - - To John Leverett for - 7/45 ... - 109. 8 

12 - - - AbigailJohnson - - 12/45 .... 187. 

3 - - - N & M Leonard - - 3/45 - ... 54.54 

3^ ... W m Leverett - - 3^/45 .... 54.54 

8f - - - Abigail Brush - - 3f/45 - - - - 54.54 

2 42/45. - Benj a Leverett - - 2 42/45 - - - 45.71 

3 - - - Thomas Leverett - 3/45 .... 54.54 



35 42/45 $559.95 

An order was drawn on the Treasurer for 514.24 in favour of 
John Leverett Oc l . 29 th . 
& in favour B Leverett ... for - 45.71 

There now remains due the proportion to the following 
persons. 



first award 


2d Settlement 


To 


Mary Cottle for 2 2/45 






95, 


57 


31 


.85 




Elizabeth Welsh 


2 


2/45 


95. 


57 


31 


.85 




Assignees W m Leverett 


2 


2/45 


95. 


57 


. 31 


.85 




Children of John Leverett 


2 


42/45 


137. 


13 


. 45 


.71 






9 


3/45 


$423. 


84 


$141 


.26 


Settled for as above 


35 


42/45 






423 


.84 



45 Shares $565.10. 



Deeds have been received from John & Benj Leverett for the 
proportions which they represent. 

[5O8.] Therefore it is now Voted, that the Town Treasurer 
give his promissory note in behalf of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston to John Leverett for the amount drawn for in his 
favour in August last & at this date and to Benjamin Leverett 
for the amount drawn for in his favour at the same dates all 
which sums to be paid on the thirtieth day of May next, with- 
out Interest. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 31 st . 1810. 
Present Mess rs : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell Webb & 
Weld. 12 Jurors drawn Sheriffs Jury - - - 

Wheras in August last past the sum of Fifteen hundred forty 
two dollars & J-fo was allowed to John Leverett of Windsor 
Vermont & the sum of one hundred thirty seven dollars ^^ to 
Benjamin Leverett of Boston ; and on the twenty ninth Instant 
the further sum of Five hundred & fourteen dollars ffo was 
allowed to the said John Leverett and the further sum of Forty 



456 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

five dollars y 7 ^ was allowed to the said Benjamin Leverett; 
Voted that the Town Treasurer give his promissory note in the 
behalf of the Inhabitants of said Town to the said John for the 
amount allowed to him aforesaid, & to the said Benjamin for the 
Amount [5O9.] allowed to him as aforesaid, to be paid on the 
Thirtieth day of May next without Interest. 

The above is a copy of the order to the Town Treasurer which 
accompanied the draft on him. 

Passed the remainder of the Accounts 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 7 th . 1810 
Present Mess 18 : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, & Weld. 

Return was made by M r William Hynes of the expence of 
repairing the drain in Cambridge Street, commonly Mackays 
drain, the account whereof being duly examined by the 
Selectmen was by them allowed; they being informed at the 
same time, that all persons concerned in said drain, had been 
notified according to Law, & that no objection had been made : 
Assessment was now made, an Order of payment was passed by 
the Selectmen as follow viz. Whereas a Drain or common sewer 
has been laid in Cambridge Street conformably to the directions 
of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts to forty 
eight Dollars 82 Cents which expence is to be borne by such 
persons whose drains enter therein [51O.] and receive benefit 
thereby : Wherefore We the subscribers Selectmen of the said 
Town of Boston Certify that having considered the same expence 
& by whom & in what manner it ought* to be paid Do Adjudge 
that the same be paid in the proportion following & by the 
persons hereafter named viz. 

Widow Eleanor Davis 2.44 

Joseph Blake 4.88 

Jon a L & B. Austin - - - * 9.76 

Widow Jane Clark 2.44 

Loring Jacobs -----__.__._ 2.44 

Sylvanus Gray 2.44 

Benj a . Brigham 2.44 

Benj a . Hurd 2.44 

Caswell Beal 2.44 

John Harris - 2.44 

John Mackay - - 2.44 

Sam 1 . W. Hunt - 2.44 

Mungo Mackay 4.90 

C Wright - - - 2.44 

Nehemiah Parsons ----------- 2.44 

$48.82 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 457 

And we hereby Authorize & empower M r . William Hynes to 
demand & receive the above sums from the persons above named, 
& to give discharges therefor, (signed) Ch 8 . Bulfinch, W Porter, 
E. Oliver J Hunnewell J May F Wright B. Weld 

[511.] M r . Clark Emmes applied to inquire the reason that 
his bill for making engine hose had not been allowed the full 
amount of his charge and stated the superior advantages of the 
hose made by him. A Communication was also read from M r 
Fenno on this subject and it appearing to the board that a 
regular mode ought to be adopted for purchasing this article ; the 
papers were handed to M r . Hunnewell, to lay before the firewards 
at their next meeting ; that they might agree upon measures with 
this board in future. 

M r . Oliver, M r Wright & M r . Huiinewell a Committee to deter- 
mine how much land was necessary to be taken to widen Essex 
Street opposite to the Estate of Daniel Sargent Esq. and to make 
an agreement with the proprietor for the same, on the best terms 
which could be obtained. 

[512.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 15 th 1810. Present Mess : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunne- 
well, May, Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Jurors were drawn to serve as Grand & Travers Jurors at the 
Supreme Judicial Court the ensuing term. 

M r Hancock having employed a number of Persons in digging 
and carting away their land on Beacon Hill the Chairman, M r 
Hunnewell, & M r . Weld were appointed to have the Towns right 
on the hill staked out, & to forbid encroachment thereon. 

A special application was received, in favour of M r Stephen 
Brown recommending him for a licence as an Auctioneer the 
same was considered, and it was agreed to licence M r Brown for 
the Current Year. 

It was also agreed to grant an Auction licence to M r . Barker, 
of the firm of Barker & Bridge to transact business as one of 
that Company & in Consequence of the weak state of health of 
M r . Bridge. 

[513.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 
21. 1810. Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, & Weld. 

M r . Wright was. requested to procure a quantity of musket 
balls, in addition to what is at present in the Town armoury, to 



458 CITY DOCUMENT No. 93. 

complete the quantity required by Law, in consequence of the 
increased number of men on the muster rolls of the Militia. 

Several Gentlemen residing on & in the neighbourhood of 
Snowhill street, appeared to state the almost impassable situation 
of that Street, in consequence of the great use made of it in cart- 
ing gravel from Copp's hill the present season 

M r Hunnewell & M r . May were appointed a Committee to 
view the same and order the necessary repairs immediately. 

A letter received from H. G. Otis Esq dated Oct r . 16 th having 
been read at the last Meeting, was now considered and acted 
upon. In this letter M r . Otis informs the board that he is a 
proprietor of a Lot of land at the corner of Atkinson & Purchase 
streets, late the property of Gen Henry Jackson, from which lot 
two strips [514.] of land to widen those Streets after the fire 
in 1794, and for which no compensation has been made to the 
former or present proprietor. Upon referring to the records of 
that time, it appears that those streets were widened, according to 
the then existing Laws by the Selectmen & Justices of the 
County of Suffolk ; and a particular statement appears of the 
quantity of Land taken for that purpose on a plan by Osgood 
Carleton drawn at the same period. The following resolution 
was now adopted, & voted to be communicated to M r Otis. 

Upon examination the Selectmen find, that in 1794, in order 
to widen Atkinson Street, High Street & Purchase Street, after 
a very extensive devastation by fire, portions of land were taken 
from most of the individuals abutting on these streets & which 
are described in the plan drawn at that time by Osgood Carleton. 
The board do not find that any demand for compensation has ever 
been made by any person whose land was taken for this purpose, 
and they presume the straightening & widening of the streets 
were considered so great an improvement to all the property 
abutting on them, as to satisfy [515.] the proprietors for the 
loss of the small portions of their land added to the Streets 

The board are further of Opinion, that after a lapse of sixteen 
years, without any demand being made, it is not in their power to act 
upon the subject ; but that the claim should it be persisted in be 
laid before the Town at a regular Town meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 26 1810. 
Present Mess" Bulfinch, Porter, May, Wright, Foster & Weld. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 5 th . 1810. 
Present Mess re : Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Webb & Weld. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1810. 459 

Passed a number of Accounts to close the Monthly draft. 

An application from Johnson a black man was received, praying 
to be licensed as a Chimney sweeper, with recommendations from 
a number of the Inhabitants. 

A Communication on this subject [516.] was also received 
from M r Vinton the present superintendent of chimnies. 

Mess" : Porter, Hunnewell & May were appointed a Committee 
to receive these papers, & to report what was advisable to be 
adopted for the safety of the Town and convenience of the 
Inhabitants. 

The Chairman, M r Wright &M r Weld, a Committee to agree 
upon referees with M r . Patterson, for estimating the damage 
done to his estate in Back Street, for a small part thereof taken 
to widen the Street. 

The Committee chosen to attend to the widening of part of 
Essex Street made the following report, which was read & 
accepted. 

That they had agreed with M r Plumbeck for part of his land to 
widen the Street ; which land is described as follows. From 
the east corner of Thomas Fessenden's house to the west 
corner of Plumbecks house the line to be drawn straight 
and distant at that corner 39 feet 6 inches from the fence of 
estate of late Dan 1 . Sargent, and from the east corner of Plumbeck's 
house across to said S argents fence 38 feet 9 inches. From the 
east corner of Plumbeck's housje to be a straight line to the 
corner of the distill house on Essex & South Streets, taking 
fr