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GIVEN BY 
. George G VJolkins 


















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'.lass, 

A VOLUME 



EECOEDS 



RELATING TO THE 



EARLY HISTORY OF BOSTON 



CONTAINING 



MINUTES OF THE SELECTMEN'S MEETINGS, 
1811 TO 1817, AND PART OF 1818 




BOSTON 

MUNICIPAL PRINTING OFFICE 
1908 




[DOCUMENT 60 1908.] 




, CITY OF BOSTON 

RECORDS RELATING TO THE EARLY HISTORY 
OF BOSTON 

- (Formerly called Record Commissioners' Reports.) 



This volume, which is the thirty-eighth in the series formerly 
issued under the direction of the Record Commissioners, contains 
the minutes of the Selectmen's Meetings from 1811 to 1817, and 
part of the year 1818, completing the twentieth and twenty -first 
books of the original records of the Selectmen's Minutes. 

EDWARD W. McGLENEN, 

City Registrar. 
OLD COURT HOUSE, BOSTON. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK TWENTIETH. 



[1.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 2 d . 
1811. Present Mess. Bultinch, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

Finished the draft of accounts. 

The report of a Committee of the Directors of the Mill Corpora- 
tion was received relative to the drain laid in the Mill Fond 
leading from Prince Street, as follows 

Boston Dec r . 19 th . 1810. The Subscribers, a Committee of 
the Boston Mill Corporation, to whom was referred the account 
annexed of the Selectmen of Boston, report that it is expedient 
and proper that the said Corporation pay the said account. 

Signed W M WETMORE 
J. P. DAVIS. 

The account with the above certificate having been handed to 
M r . Hynes, who did the work, to collect the Amount from the 
Corporation, was now returned by him, with information that he 
had called upon the Committee, the President & Agent of the 
Corporation, who had told him that it was not in their power to 
pay the account at present. The board considered the circum- 
stances of M r . Hynes, that the work was done by order of a 
Committee of the Selectmen, & that he suffered [2] great incon- 
venience from the want of his money & agreed to give him an 
order in the draft on the Treasurer And Voted, that the account 
be handed to the Town Advocate, and that he be desired to take 
measures to collect the same from the Mill Corporation. 

Ordered, that the accounts presented by M r . Lyon for edge 
stones & by Sargent & Hart for work done in front of M rs . Grays 
land and of H. G. Otis' land in Atkinson Street, be handed to 
the Town Advocate, that he may take measures to collect the 
same. 

Agreed to pass an order on the Treasurer for 4000 Dollars in 
behalf of M r . Henry Sargent in full of the award in his favour 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

for land taken from him to widen Exchange Lane, & the 
Treasurer was directed to call upon the President & Directors of 
the Union Bank for $2000, being the balance of what'they were 
awarded to pay for that improvement. 

Return being made to the board that M r . John Brazier had 
refused to pay the order drawn on him for one half the amount 
awarded to be paid by him for improving Exchange Lane it was 
ordered that his contract and the award be handed to the Town 
Advocate, that he may take measures to collect the same. 

Approved the application of Ebed Hearsey for [3.] a loan of 
6200. from the Franklin fund. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 9 th . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

On the Application of W m Hammatt Esq. he is permitted to 
place 4 posts in front of hia house in Southack's Court, where 
they have been broken down, in consequence of the exposed 
situation of his house, at the foot of the hill, in front of Somersett 
Street. 

This time being appointed for a Meeting of the Trustees of the 
Neck land no other business was transacted by the Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 16 th . 1811. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

A petition was received from the Engine Company N. 12 
praying to have a small building to deposit their engine in a more 
public situation. 

Agreed that M r . Porter should have a small building erected 
on land of M r . P. S. Whitney in Orange Street, with the consent 
of [4.] the owner of the land. 

The Clerk of the Market having represented that M r . Bruce 
the present occupier of the stall in the part of the Market formerly 
leased by M r . Redding (now deceased) had declared that he 
would not take charge of the small scales, & had behaved to 
himself and others in a rude and insolent manner it was 
unanimously determined that M r . Bruce should be removed from 
said stall, and that the Clerk of the Market should let the same 
to some reputable person, who in addition to the usual rent, 
should agree to keep the scales clean & in order, & to treat with 
civility the inhabitants, who might have occasion to use them. 

The Application of George Jackson for renewal of his Appoint- 
ment of Constable was fully considered, when it was unanimously 
determined upon in the negative. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 3 

A precept was received from the Hon. Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk that inquisition should be made into the 
circumstances of M r8 . Catharine Sweetser represented incapable 
to take care of her property The same was committed to M r . 
Wright & M r . Weld to make the necessary inquiries & report. 

[5.] Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
January 19 th . 1811. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

12 Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 23 d . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Webb & Weld. 

Return was made by Mess. Benj a . Spear and Thomas Aves, of 
the Expence of repairing the Common Sewer in Salem 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 $he objections made having been heard & considered : 
Assessment was now made, an order of payment was passed by 
the Seletmen as follows viz. Whereas a Drain or Common Sewer 
has been laid in Salem Street conformably to the directions 
of the Selectmen the whole expense amounts to Two hundred & 
Eighty Six dollars 42 / 100 which expence is to be born by such 
persons whose [6.] drains enter therein & receive benefit there- 
by : Wherefore, We, the Subscribers, Selectmen of the said Town 
of Boston certify that having considered the same expence and by 
whom and 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. 

Robert Fennelly Pump & other drain, Eliza Rogers, Benjamin 
Spear, Thomas Aves, Estate of Edw d . Edes, Peyton Gay, Lynde 
Walter, Josiah Snelling, James Robinson, Isabella Johnson, 
Benj a . Spear & Ezra Brown, Salem S 1 ., 12.20 each. 

Edw d . Sargent (1 drain), Mary Darling & Henry Fowle 
(1 drain), Mary Lord (1 drain) , Salem S 1 ., 6.10 each. 

Hannah Stillman (3 drains), Salem S 1 ., 18.30. 

John Bray (4 drains), Salem S 1 ., 24.40. 

Joseph Adams, John Odin, Jonathan Merry, Hull S 1 ., 6.10 
each. 

Daniel Warner (2 drains), Sheafe S 1 ., 12.20. 

Francis Greene (1 drain), 6.10. 

[7.] Gardner Hammond 1, Margaret Thomas 1, Sheafe S*., 
6.10 each. 

Benjamin Jepson 1, Mary Waters l, Sheafe S 1 ., 9.15 each. 

Lewis's heirs 2, William Bentley 2, Sheafe S*., 12.20 

Total, $286.70. 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

And We hereby Authorize and empower Benjamin Spear 
and Thomas Aves to demand and receive the above sums from 
the persons above named & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed 

CHARLES BULFINCH "" 



W M . PORTER 
EBEN E . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
FR WRIGHT 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ A . WELD 

[8.] Return was made by M r . Josiah C. Rainsford of the 
expence of repairing the Common Sewer in North 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, & no objection 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 North 
Street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen , jthe whole 
expence whereof amounts to Fifty Two Dollars & fifty cents 
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 expense and 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. 

B. Jarvis, Samuel Parkman, Fuller, Batchelor, Peter 

Hemmingway, [9.] Josiah C. Rainsford, Oliver, Capt 1 

Webber, John Tuckerman, William Late, Jabez Newhall, D r . 
Jacob Holland, Thomas Whitman, Mary Adams, Sam 1 . Hastings, 
Lewis Lincoln, W. C. Hackway, William Low, Andrew Drum- 

mond, Trull, Nancy Woodward, John Bannister, W m Mills, 

$2.30 each; total, $52.90. And We hereby authorize & em- 
power M r . Amos Lewis, to demand & receive the above sums 
from the persons above named & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BDLFINCH") 

W M PORTER o 

EBEN R OLIVER g g 

JON A HUNNEWELL \ 3 -g 
FR WRIGHT 

NATHAN WEBB " 

BENJ A . WELD 

1O.] M r . Frederick Beck, was approved as an Auctioneer to 
keep an Auction Office in India Street. 



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SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 5 

The Chairman was desired to notify the Assessors & also the 
Chairman of the Assistant Assessors that the law required a 
return of qualified voters in the Town to be made by them on the 
first of March ; and to request them to take the necessary meas- 
ures to have the return as correct as possible 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 28 th . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright, Foster & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 6 th . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

The Committee appointed to make inquisition respecting the 
circumstances of M. Catharine Sweetser, reported, & a return 
was made to the Judge of Probate that, she was found to be non 
compos mentis ; & that the board adjudge that she is incapable 
of taking care of herself. 

[11.] M r Hunnewell presented for examination a Petition 
from M r Leverett to the Legislature praying for powers to convey 
to the Inhabitants of Boston the proportion of Alms house land 
which belongs to his minor children also a resolve to that effect 
prepared by the Committee to whom the same was referred. The 
same being read & examined, the Chairman was desired to apply 
to M r . Jackson, counsel to M r . Leverett, to have a clause inserted 
to explain the description of the land & flatts to be conveyed ; 
that the right to low water mark should be clearly expressed, to 
prevent misunderstanding respecting it in future. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 20 th 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

20 Grand Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court 
for March term also 30 Traverse Jurors for the same Court. 

Return was made by M r . Joseph Noyes of the Expence of 
repairing the Common Sewer in Prince Street the account whereof 
being duly examined by the Selectmen was by them allowed : 
[12.] they being informed at the same time that all persons con- 
cerned in said drain had been notified according to Law and the 
objections made having been heard & considered : Assessment 
was now made, an order of payment was passed by the Select- 
men as follows, Viz. Whereas a drain or common sewer has 
been laid in Prince Street conformably to the directions of the 
Selectmen, the whole expense whereof amounts to one hundred 
& forty four dollars y 5 ^ which expense is to be borne by such 
persons whose drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby, 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Wherefore, We the Subscribers, Selectmen of the said Town of 
Boston, Certify that having considered the same expense & 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* : 

Joseph Noyes (3 shares), I. C. Lenow (4 shares), 8.04. 

M r Marshall (2 shares), Nath 1 Lombard (2 shares), M 19 
Skillings (2 shares), John Hooton (2 shares), M r . Robey, 
(2 shares), 5.36 each. 

Mary Hall, Jacob Hall, M r . Cunningham, D. Metignon, Alex- 
ander Ross, [13.] Elijah Wild, Matthew Lodge, Thaddeus Page, 
M r . -French, M r .- - Shelibar, M r . - - Hunt, Peter Dicker- 
man, Mary Lord, Rob 1 . Fennelly, Benj a . Wheeler, Esther Hall, 
John Barber, William Palmer, Jos Adams, Henry Wendell, Jos. 
Mountfort, M r8 . Waters, W m . Wiswell, Estate of M 1 *. Cushing & 
M rs . Locke, Sarah White, Jotham Horton, Ezra Curtis, Josiah C. 
Rainsford, Fred k . Lincoln, Sarah Clark, [14.] Jonas Gould, 
Nath 1 . Austin, Benj a . Weld, Edw. Chamberlain, 2.68 each. 

Joseph Hurd, Guardian, 4 Shares, 10.72. 

And We hereby authorize and empower Joseph Noyes, to 
demand & receive the above sums from the persons above named 
& to give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CH S . BULFINCH ^ 

W* PORTER g 

EBEN K . OLIVER I jf 
JOSEPH FOSTER f 
NATHAN WEBB | ^ 
BENJ A . WELI> J 

[15.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
25 th . 1811. Present M r . Oliver. 

At a Meeting Feb* 27 th . 1811. Present Mess rs . Oliver, Webb 
& Weld. 



At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feby. 28 th . 1811. Present 
Mess ra . Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster, Webb & 
Weld. 

Passed the quarterly & Monthly Accounts. 

Signed a Warrant for Town Meeting, on the 11 th day of March 
next. 

M r . Park to print Notifications. 

M r . Eliot to print the lists of Voters. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 7 

M r . Wright was desired, to request the Rev. M r . Channing, to 
open the Meeting with Prayer. 

Ordered, That the Deputy Police Officer attend in Cornhill, 
and keep the side walks on both sides of the street, free from 
Wood, woodsawyers & every other incumbrance until the 
Selectmen make some further provision for a stand as a Wood 
Market. 

[16.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 6 th . 
1811. Present Mess rs . Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, Webb 
& Weld. 

4 Grand Jurors were, drawn for the District Court of the U. S. 

M r . Jon a . P. Hall with several other Gentlemen appeared, and 
represented to the Board, that their shops in Union street, were 
very much incommoded by butchers and other persons placing 
their carts in front of their shops, some of which remained in the 
street through the night. The gentlemen having retired, the 
Board took the subject into consideration, & it was Voted, That 
the Deputy Police Officer be ordered, to remove all carts, 
waggons, sleds & other teams from Union street. and in 
future no carts or waggons be suffered to stand in Union street, 
except such as may be placed there by the Clerk of the Market & 
subject to his orders and regulations. 

[17.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
13 th . 1811. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunneweil, 
May, Webb & Weld. 

This being the first mee'ting since the choice of Selectmen in 
Town Meeting on the 11 th Instant: the Town Clerk administered 
an oath to the members present, according to law. < ; that they 
would make due returns, &c." 

The Board now came to the choice of a Chairman the votes 
being taken by ballot Charles Bulfinch Esq. was declared to 
be unanimously chosen. 

A Petition was read from a number of victuallers, requesting 
to have moveable stalls placed in front of M r . Holt's & M r . 
Kidder's stores on Union street. the same gentlemen signified 
their consent to the same. 

Voted, That the Chairman, M r . Weld & M r . Webb be a Com- 
mittee to attend to the regulation of the market during the 
present year and that the above mentioned petition be referred 
to them. 

Great complaint having been made against the practice of per- 
mitting the carts with wood to stand in Cornhill ; the subject was 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

now considered, & it was determined that an order should 
be published, to direct all waggons, carts & sleds with [18.] 
wood from the country, to stand in future in Milk street from 
Cornhill to Congress street, thence through Congress street to 
Water street, & in the westerly part of Water street Also that 
as many carts as should be found convenient be allowed to stand 
in Bowdoin Square and the North square and in Pond street 
over the Mill Pond. 

The Chairman was desired to prepare rules & orders for the 
regulation of the wood, & to have the same published. 

The Assessors having furnished lists of qualified voters in the 
several wards, and the same having been printed ; the Chairman 
was desired to send a copy of the same to each Assistant 
Assessor, for him to revise & correct, to be returned to the board 
with his corrections. 

Ordered, that it be advertised in the public papers that the 
lists of qualified voters will be posted up for inspection on Mon- 
day next. 

The following is the form of Regulations of Wood, published 
in the papers. 

In pursuance of the powers vested in this Board by the act of 
the Legislature of this Commonwealth, entitled " An act in addi- 
tion to the several acts now in force [19.] to regulate the paving 
of Streets in the Town of Boston, and for removing obstructions 
in the same," the following 

RULES AND ORDERS 

are established for the regulation of Carts and other Carriages 
with Wood brought by land for sale viz. 

From and after Monday, the 26 th day of March instant, no 
waggons, cart, or sled with wood for sale, shall be suffered to 
stand in Court street, or Cornhill, or in any other public street of 
the Town of Boston, except those hereafter named. 

One row of such waggons, carts & sleds with wood shall be 
allowed to stand on the north side of Milk street, from the west- 
erly end thereof on Cornhill, down to Congress street ; also on 
the west side of Congress street, between Milk street and Water 
street; and on the south side of Water street, from Congress 
street to Devonshire street. 

As many of such waggons, carts and sleds, shall be allowed to 
stand in Bowdoin Square and the North Square, as shall, upon 
experience, be found convenient for the free passage of Car- 
riages through those Squares. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 9 

And one row of such waggons, carts and sleds, shall 
be allowed to stand on the easterly side of Pond-street, leading 
from Hanover street to Charles River Bridge. 

And it is further Ordered, that the standing of such waggons, 
carts & sleds, shall be regulated by the officers of Police, for the 
mutual convenience of the drivers thereof, and of the Inhabitants 
of the Town. 

And it is hereby ordered, in pursuance of the authority above 
named, that if any owner or driver of any waggon, cart or sled, 
loaded with wood, for sale, shall stand with his carriage or load, 
in any other place than those directed by these rules and orders, 
after the 26 th day of March Inst. he shall forfeit & pay the sum 
of Five Dollars, upon conviction of every such breach of these 
rules and orders. 

[21.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 20 th . 
1811. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Mess ra . John & Joseph Rowe represent, that being about to 
extend the wharf, known by the name of Rowes Wharf, they 
wish to have their bounds on the Town's slip marked out by 
some persons authorized by the Selectmen. 

The Chairman, Mr. Hunnewell & M r . Weld were desired to 
have the lines of the Town slip measured off, between Rowes & 
Foster Wharves ; and the boundaries settled by permanent marks. 

The accounts of the hay Weigher were exhibited for the year 
ending Jan y 1 st . by which it appeared, that the gross Amount 
of Receipts for Weighing were --------- 1191 

two thirds of which being allowed for his services - 794 

397 



remains for the Town's proportion $397 

from which deduct expences, repairs &c -------- 180.59 

leaves the net proceeds which he has paid to the Town 

Treasurer p r . his certificate ----- 216.41 

Voted, That in future the hay weigher settle his accounts once 
a quarter with the Selectmen & pay the balance to the Town 
Treasurer. 

[22.] Voted, That in future, all expenditures for repairs of 
the Hay Scales be done under the direction of & by order of one 
of the board ; & that E. Oliver Esq be desired to attend to this 

business the ensuing year. 



Mess 1 ' 8 William Thomas & Ezekiel P. Greenleaf having applied 
for license as Auctioneers, in company ; having been well 
recommended, were approved by the Board. 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting to be held on the 1 st . 
day of April for choice of Gov. IA Gov & Senators 

M r . Park to print notifications, & Rev. M r . Lowell be requested 
to open the Meeting with prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25 th . 1811. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Wright, Foster & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Approved the Indentures of John Carr, a minor & foreigner to 
James Fullick mason & bricklayer to continue in force until the 
second of Jan y Eighteen hundred & Sixteen. 

* 

On the application of M r Henry Sargent, it was Voted, That 
the Town Treasurer be authorized and empowered to give to M r . 
Sargent his note for the balance that may be now due to him on 
the drafts for payment for his land [23.] taken to widen 
Exchange Lane and that the said note be expressed to bear 
interest from the present time. 

A number of gentlemen inhabitants of Milk street, appeared to 
state their objections to the regulation lately adopted by the board 
for placing the wood carts in that street ; and to request that 
some more suitable place should be appropriated for that pur- 
pose. A long conversation ensued upon the subject, the objec- 
tions were heard : & the gentlemen having retired, the subject 
was referred to a fuller meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27 th . 1811. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

On a representation that certain portions of Deer Island had 
been swept away by the sea during the past winter, and of the 
danger to the navigation of the harbour from the alteration of the 
channel it was Voted, that M r Tukesbury be directed to take 
no more ballast from the Island, nor to suffer any other person to 
take any, as the board would prosecute any one who should here- 
after attempt it. 

M r Hunnewell was desired to view the roof of the West School 
to ascertain what repairs were necessary. 



M r Foster was desired to consult with M r Bond, who 
has the care of the old South clock, to determine what repairs 
were necessary to be made to the dials &c 



The Board met the Trustees of the Franklin donation, received 
the amounts of Peter Thacher Esq. their Treasurer, which were 
examined & approved ; M r Thacher having declined serving any 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 11 

longer in that capacity, M r William Minot was Chosen Treasurer 
and Secretary by ballot. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

This Meeting was called for the purpose of drawing jurors for 
the Court of Com. Pleas. 

28 jurors were now drawn for that court & the list delivered to 
the officer. 

adjourned to Wednesday next to supply such deficiencies as may 
occur. 

The Chairman having informed that he had notified a meeting 
of the new board of Assistant Assessors for Tuesday next he 
was desired to request them at that meeting to take immediate 
measures for obtaining an accurate list of the rateable polls of the 
inhabitants, for the purpose of ascertaining the number of Repre- 
sentatives which the Town can constitutionally send to the jext 
General Court and [25.] that the Gentlemen be particularly 
desired to take the name of every rateable person, as well of 
minors as of those of full age with their places of residence 
Also that the names of all aliens be taken, and carefully 
distinguished. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10 th . 1811. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright & Weld 

Return was made by Mess- Joshua Ary & Peter Dickerman 
of the expence of repairing the common sewer in Myrtle 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 objection 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 Myrtle 
Street, conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to Sixty three dollars, which expence 
is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter therein & 
receive benefit thereby ; Wherefore We the Subscribers, Select- 
men 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 [26.] that the same be paid in the proportion 
following & by the persons hereafter named viz. 

Edward Flood, Benjamin Jarvis, Jared Lincoln, Joseph Homer, 
Ebenezer Farley, Benjamin Goodwin, Sweet & Fletcher, Peter 
Dickerman, Joshua Ary, $7 each, Total $63. 




12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

And We hereby authorize and empower M r . Joshua Ary to 
demand and receive the above sums from the persons abovenamed 
& to give discharges therefor. 

CHARLES BULFINCH^ 
(Sign'd) EBEN* OLIVER 

JON A HUNKEWELL 

F. WRIGHT 
BENJ A WELD 

M r . Wright made a statement to the board of the expence that 
would arise from procuring the quantity of balls which are wanted 
to complete the Towns supply being about 700 Dollars. 

Voted, That as the expence is necessary to comply with the 
requisition of the law [27.] of the Commonwealth, that M r . 
Wright be authorized to proceed & procure the necessary quan- 
tity of balls. 

M r Weld having represented that the common sewer which 
crosses Green street & passes through land of Cap*. Barnard is 
now or will soon be stopped by filling the Mill Pond, and that 
Cap 1 . Barnard is desirous of removing the same from his land 
Voted, that measures be taken for turning the course of the said 
sewer westerly in Green street, until it shall join the common 
sewer in Gouch's lane & that Cap*. Barnard be desired to 
undertake the same. 

M r Tukesbury appeared & was questioned respecting the state 
of Deer Island, particularly relative to the shifting of a sand bar 
at the westerly point, . opposite to Long-island : = and it was 
Voted that the Chairman should notify Gen 1 - Dearborn, Collector 
of this port, of the change made in that bar by the storms of the 
past winter & request him to order a buoy to be fixed, for the 
information of Vessels coming into the harbour. 

On the application of M r Hazard of Nantucket, who supplied 
the oil for Town use in 1809 the amount of which was drawn for 
in Oct. last, & which he has not yet received from the Treasury. 
Voted that the Town Treasurer be authorized & empowered to 
give his note to M r . Josiah Bradlee in behalf of M r . Hazard for 
the amount of the draft in his favour for oil, and also that he 
pay the discount at the Bank. 

[28.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 17 th . 
1811 Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

On an application from a Committee of the Board of Health, 
Mess. Hunnewell, Weld & Foster were chosen a committee in 
conjunctioK with the Committee of the Board of Health to view 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 13 

the various places where wharves can be built for the emptying of 
the night and day carts, with the smallest inconvenience to the 
inhabitants. 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Weld, were chosen a committee to meet 
the Directors of the Mill Pond Corporation, & conformably to 
their communication of this day, to agree with them upon some 
suitable person to superintend the laying of all common sewers in 
future in the Mill pond : and the same committee is empowered 
to agree upon the compensation which such person shall receive 
for his services and upon the proportion thereof which shall be 
paid by the Town. 

M r . Lewis the constable was questioned, relative to a charge 
against him for neglect to execute a warrant given to him by one 
of the Overseers of the Poor : upon [39.] considering his state- 
ment, and the circumstances of his family, of the sickness & 
death of his son at the time his reasons for not fully executing 
the duty assigned him, were considered satisfactory by the 
board. 

M r . Wright being present 

The Town Clerk was directed to prepare a bond for the Town 
Treasurer, & the Chairman desired to have the same executed 
immediately. 

M r M c Neill exhibited his account of the hay scales for the 
quarter ending April 1. whole amount received being 316.66 

from which 2 /,f* for his services 211.11 105.55 

after deducting for expences & repairs 12.68 



leaves balance to the Town ----- $92.87 

which he is directed to pay to the Town Treasurer. 

A Remonstrance or complaint against M r . M c Neill in his office 
of hay weigher was read and agreed that the first signer should 
be notified to appear on Wednesday next to explain his cause of 
complaint. 

[3O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, April 
24 th . 1811., Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

On a new venire from the Clerk of the Court of Com. Pleas 4 
Jurors were drawn ro serve at the present session of that Court. 

M r . Samuel Perkins having in conformity to an order of Notice 
given him on the 18 th instant notified by a constable all the pro- 
prietors of the common sewer in Water Street : applied now in 
person for liberty to open & repair the same, which was accord- 
ingly granted. 



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Several complaints having been received of errors made by the 
hay weigher in his tickets of hay, compared with the tickets for 
the same loads weighed in Dearborn's patent platform balance 
M r Oliver was desired to employ some suitable person, with the 
sealer of weights to examine the Towns Scales, & have them 
made correct. 

A Vote was received from the Clerk of the Mill Pond Corpora- 
tion in which they propose to give their note to the Town Treas- 
urer for the amount of M r Hynes' bill for laying drain in the Mill 
Pond, payable in six months. it was agreed to withdraw the suit 
& accept the note proposed provided it should [31.] be upon 
interest from the time the draft was passed in favour of M r 
Hynes. 

On the application of P. C. Brooks, President of the N. E. 
Insurance Company Voted, That the Treasurer be directed & 
empowered to give his note to said President & Directors for the 
amount of the award in their favour, for their land taken to 
widen Exchange lane. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29 th . 1811. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Mav, Wright, Foster & 
Webb. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

M r Wright & M r Foster were desired to inspect that part of the 
Common Sewer now open in Water Street, and direct the work- 
men how far to proceed in opening the remainder & in relaying 
the same. 

The Board made choice of James Savage Esq. to deliver an 
Oration on the 4 th day of July next being the Anniversary of the 
Independence of the United States of America. 

Also made Choice of Rev. M r . Gary to officiate as Chaplain on 
that day. 

M r Rich d Austin was chosen sealer of weights & measures for 
the Southern District of the Town & M r Tim . Greene for the 
Northern district. 

[32.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1 st . 
1811. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Finished the draft for monthly accounts. 

The Chairman & M r . Weld a committee on the application of 
M r Nickerson to ascertain the bounds between his land and the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 15 

land of the Town opposite Snow Hill street, where the drain & 
sink formerly passed through and from which it has been lately 
removed. 

Notice was received from the Directors of the Mill Pond Cor- 
poration that they should find it necessary to make an opening 
immediately through the Causeway for the purpose of admitting 
lighters with stone, to build the walls of the Canal. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for the 16 th . Instant 
for choice of Representatives. 

Rev. M r . Mitchell to be requested to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

M 4 r . Park to print notifications. 

[33. J Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8 th . 
1811. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb 
& Weld. 

The following was handed to the board by a Committee from 
the Board of Health. 

In Board of Health Boston, May 6 th . 1811. 

Voted, That a Committee of this Board be raised to confer 
with the Selectmen, and inform them that the Board of Overseers, 
considering the alms house wharf solely under their control, refuse 
their concurrence with the determination of the Boards of Select- 
men & of Health, respecting the building of a wharf from the 
Alms House wharf for the use of the night & scavengers carts 
& to confer with them on a proper method to effect that object 

Voted. Mess Robinson, Sigourney, Levering & Jon a . Loring 
be this Committee. 

attest, Nat Greenough Secretary. 

Voted, That Mess Hunnewell, Weld & Foster be a committee 
to confer with the committee of the Board of Health, upon the 
subject of the removal of nuisances from the night & day carts. 
and that they recommend to the joint committee a conference 
with the committee of the Board of Overseers. 

A communication was received from the Board of Health signify- 
ing their consent [34.] that the Gun House should be placed on 
the land lately added to the North burying ground. 

The committee formerly appointed M r . May & M r . Webb 
were desired to have the Gun House removed as soon as practi- 
cable. 



16 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 11 th . 1811. 
Present Mess r ". Bulfinch, May, Wright, Weld. 

Return was made by the Assistant Assessors of the number of 
rateable polls taken since May 1 st . Ordered that the same be 
printed in the Boston Gazette, & Independent Chronicle, for 
the information of the Inhabitants. 

A petition was received from the inhabitants of Cambridge 
street, requesting that measures should be taken to remove carts 
&c with provisions for sale from that & the adjacent streets 
Voted, that the Chairman prepare an order to that effect pursuant 
to the powers vested in the Board by the law of the Common- 
wealth which order is as follows. 

Whereas a spacious, elegant & convenient Market-House, has 
lately been erected in Cambridge street, and directly opposite to 
Grove Street for the accommodation of the Westerly part of this 
Town ; The following [35.] Rule & Order is established, in 
pursuance of the powers vested in this Board by the Act of the 
Legislature of this Commonwealth, entitled "an Act in addition 
to the several Acts now in force," to regulate the paving of the 
streets in the Town of Boston, and for removing obstructions in 
the same." 

From and after Monday, the 20th day of May, Inst. no per- 
son shall be allowed to stand in Cambridge street, or either of 
the streets branching therefrom, with their waggons, carts, sleds 
or horses, having meat, vegetables, or other articles of provisions 
for sale ; nor shall any person be allowed from and after the day 
aforesaid, to place any stalls, bench or block in said streets, to 
exhibit any such provisions for sale. 

And it is hereby ordered, in pursuance of the authority above 
named, that if any person shall offend against the above Rule 
and Order, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of Five dollars upon 
conviction of every such breach of this Rule & Order. 

By order of the Selectmen, 
(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH, Chairman. 

At a Meeting May 13. 1811. Present Mess Bulfinch Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, Webb & Weld. This Meeting was called upon a 
precept from the Clerk of the Circuit Court and 6 Grand 
Jurors & 8 petit Jurors were drawn for said Court. 

[36.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18 th . 
1811, Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb, and Weld. 

This Meeting was held to complete the return of Representa- 
tives and issue warrant for Town Meeting for the usual May 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 17 

meeting the business was adjourned to Monday next 4 o'Clock 
& the Town Clerk was desired in [the] mean time to inform the 
Board of Health of the adjournment, that they might have an 
opportunity to insert in the warrant any article that they might 
wish to lay before the Town. 

Upon a representation that a number of houses were now build- 
ing on the east side of Purchase street, the floor of which was 
raised so high as to make it probable the steps would interfere 
greatly with the foot walk the Chairman was desired to notify 
M r . Tileston, the proprietor, of the apprehension of the board in 
this respect, & to ask him to take suitable measures, before the 
houses were further advanced, to prevent the incumbrance of the 
street. 

[37.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20 th . 
1811. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Warrant was signed for the May Meeting. 

A communication was received from Cap*. Barnard respecting 
the stopping of a common sewer, passing through his land in 
Green street to the Mill Pond. the same was committed to 
Mess re . Hunnewell & Weld, who have already been appointed a 
committee to confer with the directors of the Mill Pond Corpo- 
ration on the subject of drains. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 1811. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

A number of Gentlemen applied to request copies of the lists 
of rateable Polls lately taken by the Assessors in the several 
Wards. the Gentlemen were informed that the board would 
consider their request at a fuller Meeting & communicate their 
answer. 

A large number of gentlemen, proprietors & occupants of 
buildings at the east end of State street applied in person to 
complain of the great inconvenience [38.] experienced from the 
number of trucks standing in that street & to request that some 
effectual measures might be taken for their relief. 

after they had retired, the Chairman was desired to prepare 
rules and regulations for the trucks to be laid before the board at 
the next meeting for consideration. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28 th . 1811. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, May, Foster & Webb. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

M r . Wilby, agent for James Harrison Esq & Cap*. Gam 1 . Brad- 
ford, Treasurer to the proprietors of [the] Exchange Coffee 
house appeared to inform the board, that the claim of M r . Harri- 
son for the street north of the Exchange had been settled by pay- 
ment of the sum awarded by verdict of the jury. and the amount 
of nineteen thousand seven hundred and twenty-two dollars /^ 
being indorsed on the bond given by said proprietors to the Select- 
men the Chairman was directed to make a certificate on the 
bond, that the endorsements for the above named sum, are con- 
sidered by the Selectmen as on account of said bond A receipt 
from James Harrison was also received for the above amount 
endorsed on the bond : & it was ordered that this receipt [39.] 
be recorded in the Registry of Deeds of the County of Suffolk. 

Notice was received from the Secretary of the Fire Wards that 
complaint had been made against the removal of the Gun house 
to Copps hill. The Chairman was desired to inform the Firewards 
that such removal had been done conformably to a vote of the 
Town, and to request a committee of the ward to examine the 
situation in which it is placed, with the hope that they would find 
no well founded cause of complaint. 

M r . Caleb Loring Jun r was chosen sealer of Boats and Lighters 
bringing stone and gravel for the present year. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5 th 1811. 
Present Mess r8 Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Foster & Weld. 

M r John Leverett presented a deed executed by him in behalf 
of his minor children and in consequence of a Resolve of the 
General Court empowering him for that purpose for their pro- 
poition of the land claimed by heirs of Leverett under & con- 
nected with the Alms house The Town Treasurer was authorized 
to give his note to said John Leverett for the sum of One hun- 
dred & Eighty two dollars 84 / 100 in full consideration of the above 
mentioned conveyance. 

[4O.] The Chairman was desired to repeat the Notice to 
M r8 Wheeler to pave the foot walk in front of her house in Sea 
street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12 th 
1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, May, Wright, Foster 
& Weld. 

Jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court and also for the Court 
of Com. Pleas, July term. 

On application of M r Gas well Beal, representation was made 
to the Hon. Judge of Probate, that David Jacobs, an inhabitant 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 19 

of this Town, had become intemperate and wasteful of his prop- 
erty, and was in danger of being a Town charge ; and requesting 
that he would take legal measures to have a guardian appointed 
for him. 

Applications were received from each of the Constables of the 
past year, and also from a number of new applicants offering 
themselves for the place of Constables their names being read, 
the choice was postponed to a fuUer meeting. 

A remonstrance was received against the re appointment of 
M r George Reed and the Chairman was desired [41.] to notify 
the subscribers thereto and also M r Reed to appear before the 
board on Wednesday next, when the complaint would be examined 
into. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 19 th . 1811. 
PresenOless re . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Jurors were drawn to supply deficiencies in the lists for Dis- 
trict & Com : Pleas Courts. 

The remonstrants against M r . George Reed appeared & stated 
several charges and accusations of oppressive conduct M r . 
Reed being present, with counsel, replied to the same. no 
decision was had, but it was agreed to proceed to the choice of 
Constables on Wednesday next. 

The Chairman having been desired to prepare regulations for 
the trucks & sleds presented the following, which was accepted 
& ordered to be printed. 

TOWN OF BOSTON. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 19 th . 1811. 

In pursuance of the powers vested in this board by the Act of 
the Legislature of this Commonwealth, entitled " an Act in addi- 
tion to the several Acts now "in force [42.] to regulate the 
paving of Streets in the Town of Boston, and for removing 

obstructions in the same" the following 

\ 

RULES AND ORDERS 

are established for the regulation of Trucks and Sleds, in the 
Streets of said Town : to be in force from -and after Monday the 
8 th . day of July next. 

1 st . All Trucks owned by any inhabitant of the Town of Bos- 
ton shall be registered in a book, to be kept by the Selectmen for 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

that purpose ; and shall be numbered from N. 1 in succession ; 
and said numbers shall be distinctly painted on both shafts of 
said Trucks, in black letters & figures, at least three inches in 
length, on a white ground. 

2 rt . After such Trucks shall be registered and numbered, if 
any owner thereof shall sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of 
his property therein ; the same shall be registered anew in the 
name of the person purchasing or otherwise owning the same 
and the numbers shall be renewed as often as they shall become 
defaced or indistinct. 

3 d . From and after Monday the 8 th . day of July, Twenty 
Trucks, with two horses harnessed to each shall be allowed to 
stand in State street; to extend from Merchants row to Long 
Wharf on the North side; and from Kilby [43.] street to 
Broad street on the South side, in the following order. 

The Trucks numbered from 1 to 20 to have the privilege of 
that stand for one week ; those numbered from 21 to 40 to stand 
there the second week; and those numbered from 41 to 60 to 
stand there the third week in succession after which they shall 
begin again the rotation. 

4 th . Such Trucks as have usually stood in the street at the 
east end, of Faneuil Hall, shall be permitted to continue there for 
the present. 

5 th . All other Trucks not accommodated as above, shall stand 
in Broad street from Milk street, southerly ; to be arranged in 
one line near the foot walk on the east side, for one week, and in 
the same manner on the west side on the second week ; and shall 
change their stands on the east and west sides of the street 
weekly. 

6 th . All Sleds drawn by two horses, owned by any inhabitant 
of this Town shall be registered and numbered, and shall take 
their stands, in the season when they shall be in use, under the 
same regulations as are already pointed out for Trucks. 

7 lh . No Truck or sled with one horse, shall be permitted to 
stand in State street. 

[44.] And it is hereby Ordered, in pursuance of the authority 
before named, that any person who shall offend against either of 
the above rules and orders, after the 8 th day of July next shall 
forfeit & pay the sum of Five dollars upon conviction of every 
such offence. 

By order of the Selectmen 
(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH, Chairman. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 21 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26 th . 1811. 
Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1811. 
Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright & Weld. 

The Chairman being absent, M r Oliver was chosen Chairman 
Pro. tern, by ballot 

The Following persons were Licensed as auctioneers for the 
year ensuing viz 

Samuel Blagge, George Bond, George Burroughs Jr., Joseph 
Bumstead, William Belcher, Cornelius Coolidge, [45.] Abraham 
Carter, Thomas Clark, Samuel F. Coolidge, Richard Edwards, 
William Dehon, William Gridley, Robert Gardner, Caleb 
Hayward, Rich d H. Hough, Tho 8 . K. Jones, John Jutan, Ezek 1 . 
P. Greenleaf, Frederick Beck, Stephen Brown, Samuel Prince, 
Elisha Parks, Jacob Rogers, Jesse Sanger, Joseph Ripley, Nath 1 . 
Tucker, William Thomas, Abel Wheelock, Sam 1 . Whitwell, George 
Wheeler, Benja Tucker. 

A letter was received from M r Gorham Parsons respecting 
setting his fence in Summer Street committed to Mess" Wright 
& Weld. 

Leave was granted to a committee from the gentlemen who 
celebrate the 4 th July in Faneuil Hall, to make use of the Select- 
mens Room on that day. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10 th . 1811. 
Present Mess re . Oliver, May, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

M r . John L. Sullivan applied for leave to put up a fence at the 
bottom of the passage way leading from Leverett Street to the 
Alms house wharf the same was committed to M r . Weld. 

[46.] M r . Jacob Eustis appeared & handed a complaint in 
writing against M r Eben r . Wells representing him as an in- 
temperate person, who wasted his estate, & praying the board to 
inquire into the circumstances the same was committed to M r . 
Weld & M r . Webb. 

The following named persons were chosen Constables for one 
year next ensuing, and those whose names are annexed were 
approved as sureties. 

Thomas Stevenson Thomas Stevenson Jr. & W m Stevenson 
Amos Lewis Jon a Merry & Thomas Lewis 
Henry Lane Caleb Whiting & Israel Munroe 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Elisha Copeland John Perry & John Gibson 
Moses Thayer John Minchin & Ja 8 . Li swell 
Jirah Holbrook Jon a Merry & Edw d . Staples 
James Sumner Jr. Tho 8 . W. Sumner & Ja 8 Ridgway 
Solomon Twist Will 1 " Simonds & Amos Penniman 
William Tapper John Gibson & John Howe 
Benj a . B. Leeds Jeremiah Gore Jr. & S. H. Babcock 
William Brooks Lemuel Babcock & M. Wallach 
James Perkins Tim . Green & Ja 8 . Williams 
William Dinsmore Wm. Cochran & David S. Eaton 
Jonathan Prescott John Barnard & O. C. Wyman 
Robert Rixford Eben Frothingham & Tho' Redman 
John P. Orcutt Charles Willis & Larkin Snow 
Nath 1 . Phillips Ju r . John Parker & Jos. Levering 

The Town Clerk was directed to inform M r . George Reed that 
he is not reelected a Constable. 

[47.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 17 th . 
1811. Present Mess. Oliver, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

M r . Wright & M r . Weld were appointed a committee to meet 
the committee appointed by the Town 27 May last on the subject 
of removing the filth of the Town &c. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24 th . 1811. 
Present Mess. Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster, Webb & 
Weld. 

Return was made by the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas 
of the names of persons licensed as inn-holders & retailers the 
past year, the same being read, examined and corrected ; was 
approved & signed according to law. 

On the application of M r . Eustis Representation was made to 
the Hon Judge of Probate that Ebenezer Wells of Boston sail 
maker, had become intemperate & wasteful of his property, was 
in danger of becoming a Town charge & requesting that a 
Guardian or Guardians may be appointed over him. 

M r Jireh Holbrook resigned his office as constable for the year 
ensuing. 

[48.] Voted, That no auctioneer be allowed to sell any 
horses or carnages in State street, or which shall be rode for show 
in said street, while any auctioneer may have such horses com- 
mitted to them for sale.- - 

The following notice was directed to be sent to.M r . Ed. Sav 
age viz. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 23 

M r . Edw d . Savage 

Sir 

The Selectmen view with regret your inten- 
tion expressed in this days Centinel to open & illuminate the 
Museum in Boylston Hall on Saturday Evenings, they hope you 
will make it convenient to alter that arrangement. 

By order of the Selectmen 
(Signed) EBE". OLIVER Chairman P. T. 

M r . Wright & M r Weld were appointed a Committee on the 
application of W. D. Sohier & others respecting lowering their 
rents in the old State House. 

The Town Clerk was directed to furnish the Town Attorney 
with a copy of the vote of the Town respecting Chimney 
Sweepers, in order that the same may be laid before the Justices 
of the Court of Com. Pleas for their approbation. 

[49.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29 th . 
1811. Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, Webb 
and Weld. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

The Committee to whom was referred the application [of] W. D. 
Sohier & others respecting reducing their rents in the old State 
House Reported that the rent of John H. Crane & W m D. 
Sohier occupants of N 3 be reduced to two hundred dollars per 
annum & that the rent of M r . John Park in said house be four 
hundred dollars per annum both, to be reckoned from the first 
instant. D r . Park to give up the small room at the head of the 
stairs. 

M r Daniel Wild approved as an Auctioneer. 

M r . Weld a committee to superintend paving the street between 
Exchange building & D. D. Rogers, through to State & Congress 
streets. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 8t . 1811. 
Present Mess re Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, May, Foster, Webb & 
Weld. 

It was agreed to allow Interest on the money due the N. E. 
Insurance Company, from [5O.] the first day of May last. 

Passed other Accounts. 

Mess 18 . Hunnewell, Wright & Weld, were appointed a committee 
to procure a dinner & make all other arrangements for the annual 
visitation of the Public Schools. 



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Al r Christopher Barker & M r . Samuel Bridge were approved as 
Auctioneers. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk be ordered and directed to take 
two creditable witnesses with him, & see what persons sell goods 
at auction without license & report to the board the next 
meeting. 

Voted, that M r Porter and M r Hunnewell be a committee to 
make such repairs in the streets and high ways at South Boston 
as may be thought absolutely necessary and no more and that 
the Town Clerk be directed to notify the Collector immediately to 
demand of the South Boston Association their delinquent taxes. 

[51.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
7 th . 1811 Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright, 
Webb & Weld. 

M r Lot Whitcomb's application for a loan from the Franklin 
donation fund, was approved. 

A proposal was received from John Lowell Esq that the Street 
leading from Common street, at the south end of land lately sold 
by the Town, should be so altered as to make the lot which he has 
purchased square on the south line ; by his giving land into the 
street on the west end, and taking land into his lot at the east 
end ; the opposite proprietor M r A.mory conforming his land to 
the street in the same manner, so as to leave the street 30 feet 
wide as at present. The proposition was agreed to and Voted 
that M r Lowell he desired to prepare the necessary papers to 
establish the alteration according to law. 

M r . Porter was desired to confer with workmen respecting the 
paving of Hollis street. 

The Chairman was desired to advertize for proposals for con- 
tracts for repairing the sides of the Neck. 

[52.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
14 th 1811. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

The indentures of Henry Nile, a minor, of the City of Amster- 
dam to Joseph Starr, mariner, were approved of to continue in 
force until the 1 st . of Sep'. 1815. 

Upon a precept received from the Honourable Judge of Probate, 
inquisition was made into the circumstances of Benjamin Not- 
tage, & return was made to the Judge that said Benjamin was 
non compos mentis and incapable of taking care of himself, and 
recommending that a Guardian should be appointed for him. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 25 

Mess. Crane & Sohier having given up their office in the 
Town house. to be notified to settle their back rent with the 
Treasurer. 

Mess rs . Hunnewell, Wright & Weld, a committee to view the 
upper part of Bulfinch street, to determine what repairs are neces- 
sary & to direct the workmen thereon. 

M r Weld was requested to advise with the other Gentlemen, 
appointed by the [53.] General Court on the valuation respect- 
ing the provisions of the law on that subject. that the Assessors 
may be informed of their duty. 

The Chairman, M r . Oliver & M 1 . Weld a committee to consult 
M r . Jackson in addition to M r . Thacher, upon the state of the 
executions levied on the estate of John Coates to take effectual 
measures to have the validity of the proceedings ascertained, by 
taking possession of the property, or obtaining the opinion of the 
Supreme Court, as shall be considered proper by said counsel. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 21 st . 1811. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell. May, & 
Weld. 

On the application of Col. Messenger in behalf of the proprietors 
on Sheaffes lane ; the Chairman called the attention of the board 
to consider the expediency of continuing said Lane through M r . 
Amory's land westerly to Common street. plans of the ground 
were exhibited; and the Chairman, M r . Oliver & M r . Weld 
appointed a committee to confer with the late purchaser of M r . 
Amory's land, and to ascertain whether any alteration of the 
streets in the neighbourhood could be made _to the [54.] satis- 
faction of the abutters, to meet the wishes of the applicants, 
without expence to the Town. 

M r . Wright being present proposals were presented from M r 
Nath 1 Tucker & Seth Mann for the complete repair of the unpaved 
part of the Neck. the subject was considered, when it appear- 
ing to be the opinion that an extension of the time for receiving 
proposals would bring forward other contractors ; it was agreed 
to advertise anew for proposals to be made about the l Bt . Sep. 
next. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 26. 1811. 
Present Mess 18 Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, Foster, 
& Weld. 

Passed the quarterly Accounts. 

An application was received from a number of the occupants 
of the Town house, praying for a reduction of their rents. the 



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

same was referred to M r . Wright & M r . Weld, the committee 
formerly appointed on this subject. 

The Board came to the Choice of a Superintendent of Police, 
and the Votes being [55.] taken Charles Bulfinch Esq. was 
declared to be chosen. 

Voted, That the sum of Four hundred dollars be allowed & 
paid unto the Superintendent of Police, in addition to his salary of 
six hundred dollars for the present year commencing in March last. 

On application of M r Jeremiah Bridge Assistant Officer of 
Police, Voted, That his salary for the present year be at the rate 
of Five hundred Dollars, the same to commence in March last. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 2 d . 1811. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell & Wright. 

This meeting was called, at the request of the Town Treasurer, 
to consider the amount of bonds to be given by the Deputy Col- 
lectors, and to act upon the names of persons proposed by them 
for their sureties. 

The law on this subject was examined ; but there not being a 
sufficient number of members present no business was transacted 
but it was agreed to invite the Chairman & Secretary of the Com- 
mittee on the pecuniary concerns of the Town to meet the board 
on Wednesday next, to explain some of the provisions of the 
Report of that committee relative to collection of taxes ; which 
has been adopted by the Town. 

[56.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep 4 . 4, 
1811. Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster & Weld. 

An application was made by the Clerk of the Mill Pond Cor- 
poration, in writing, to request the board to appoint a time for 
meeting the Directors, in order to view the land in the Mill Pond, 
filled in for the next dividend. After viewing the Plans & refer- 
ring to the former votes of the board, to locate the Town's 
proportion of the section now to be divided it was agreed that 
the board would meet the Directors tomorrow at 1 o'Clock to view 
the land filled in, and to determine whether it was completed 
agreeably to the contract. 

No new proposals having been offered for repairing the Neck 
The Chairman, M r . Oliver, M r . Hunnewell, M r . Porter, & M r . Weld 
were chosen a committee to examine into the state of the Neck ; 
to confer with any person who may offer to supply materials & to 
execute the work; and to report what they should consider 
expedient to -be done. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 27 

On the application of David Tilden & Joseph May Esq rs . for 
liberty to open [57.] the Common Sewer in Federal street, for 
the purpose of repairing or new laying the same. Ordered, that 
the applicants notify the proprietors according to law, and that 
they proceed with the work. 

Mess. Oliver, Wright & Weld a committee to consider the 
request of M r . Frothingham, that he may alter the position of 
the old Gun house, on the Town's land near the South Writing 
School. 

James Bowdoin Esq. has liberty to open the common sewer in 
Kilby street, for the purpose of cleansing & repairing the same ; 
he being directed to notify tbfe proprietors according to law. 

On the application of Ebenezer Hancock Esq. and M r . William 
Cleland, they have liberty to proceed to open the ground in Mid- 
dlecot street for the purpose of cleansing and enlarging the com- 
mon sewer the proprietors having been notified by them. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen September 11 th . 
1811. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Porter, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Webb & Weld. 

28 Jurors were drawn for the Court of Common Pleas. 

The Committee appointed to view [58.] the Neck reported 
that the proprietors of 1400 feet of lots, should be immediately 
called upon to put that portion of the street in order agreeably to 
contract & that a portion of the east side nearest to Roxbury 
of about 500 feet in length should be proceeded upon to be put 
into complete repair as a means of ascertaining the rate of ex- 
pence. & the Chairman, M r . Porter and M r . Hunnewell were 
desired to direct and superintend the same. 

A number of applications for Auction Licenses were received 
& being fully considered the following persons were approved 
on condition that they should not transact business in Market or 
Dock Square or State Street. 

John Perkins John A. Parkman 

Henry White Daniel Oliver 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 18 th . 1811. 
Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch. Porter, Oliver, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

5 Jurors were drawn* for the Court of Common Pleas. 

Return was made by Cap*. Tristram Barnard of the expence of 
repairing the common sewer in Green street, the account whereof 
being duly examined by the Selectmen was by them allowed : 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

they being informed [59.] at the same time that all persons con- 
cerned in said drain had been notified according to law, and no 
objection had been made ; assessment was now made, an order of 
payment was passed by the Selectmen as follows viz 1 . 

Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in Green 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expense whereof amounts to Four hundred and Twenty four 
Dollars. Which expense is to be borne by such persons whose 
drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby : 

Wherefore We, the Subscribers, Selectmen of 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 and by the persons 
hereafter named, viz. 

Boston mill Corporation by agreement with their Directors, Si 00 
Nath. P. Russell, Tho 8 . Hopkins, Nehem r : Freeman, Dan 1 . D. 
Rogers, John Parkman, Tho 8 . K. Jones [6O.] Benjamin 
Cooledge, Tho 8 . W. Sumner, William Homer, William Cleland, 
Eben r . Hancock, Ozias Goodwin, Jon a : Chapman, Benjamin 
Weld, Samuel Parkman, M r8 : Merritt, Jonas Cooledge, Estate 
of B. Hall, each 1 Cellar, 1 Pump, at $12,70. 
Buxton, 2 Cellars at $12.70. 

And w : Ritchie, William Dehon, Thomas Gushing, 

Matchet, John R. Miller, M rs . Peirce, each 1 Pump, at $6.35. 

Joseph Cooledge, 3 Cellars, at $19.05 

Tho 8 . Melville, 2 Cellars, 2 Pumps, at $25.40. 

And we hereby empower M r . Adam Rupp to demand & 
receive the same & give discharges therefor 

Sign'd CHARLES BULFINCH"') ^ 

JOSEPH FOSTER p,j 
EBEN R OLIVER 

NATHAN WEBB ;?'o-2 

BENJ A WELD j ^ cc 

[61.] Return was made by M r . Samuel Perkins of the 
expense of repairing the common sewer in Water 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 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 Water 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expense whereof amounts to two hundred and nine dollars seventy 
three cents, which expense is to be borne by such persons whose 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 29 

drains enter therein and receive benefit thereby. Wherefore We 
the subscribers, Selectmen of said Town of Boston certify that 
having considered the same expense and 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, 

Samuel Perkins, Thomas Marshall, Andrew Brimmer, William 
Whitwell, Bill Vose, D r . Fleet, Joseph Rowe Esq., Eben r . T. 
Andrews, Samuel Spear, Peter R. Dalton Esq. Rich* 1 . D. 
Tucker, William English, M r . Kendall, M rs . Hatch, M re . Watts, 
M re . Howe, Water Street, each 1 Share at $3.18. 

[62.] Rufus G. Amory, Water Street, 4 Shares at $12.72. 

Abiel Smith, M rs . Stevens, Devonshire Street, each 1 Share at 
$3.18. 

Shubael Bell, M r . Driscol, M rs . Minot, M r . Loring, M r . Ash- 
ton, Spring Lane, each 1 Share at 63.18, 

William Stackpole, Spring Lane, 2 Shares at $6.36. 

Samuel Elliot, William Phillips, James Bowdoin, Daniel D. 
Rogers, O. Brewster, John Parker Esq. David Hinkley, Beacon 
Street, each 1 Share at $3.18. 

David Sears, Beacon Street, 2 Shares at $6.36. 

David G-reenough Estate, School Street, 3 Shares at $9.54. 

[63.] Joseph Foster Esq., Benj a . B. Leeds, Augustus Hunt, 
J. Bright, Maj r . Dean, Samuel Thayer, D r . Wests Estate, Gen 
Arnold Welles, Samuel Thayer, D r . Warren, School Street, each 
1 Share at $3.18. 

Mess. Kilham & Mears, School Street, 2 Shares at $6.36. 

Ab m . Wild, School Street, 3 Shares at $9.54. 

Adam Babcock, M r . Bumstead, M rs . Hubbard, Francis Barrett, 
Ab m . Tuckerman, M ra . Scott, D. D. Rogers or A. Richards, 
Common Street, each 1 Share at $3.18. 

M r . Ashton, Jn. Joy, Cornhill, each 1 Share at $3.18. 

M r . Boylstons Estate, School Street, 1 Share at 3.18. 

And we hereby empower M r . Sam 1 . Perkins to demand & 
receive the same & to give discharges therefor 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH"] a c 
W M . PORTER | | 

EBEN R . OLIVER I "8 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ A . WELD. J co o 

[64.] The Chairman & M r . Weld, a committee to confer 
with the proprietors of land at West Boston, now advertized for 
sale, lying north of Cambridge Street, relative to continuing the 
cross streets from Cambridge street through said land. 

M r . Foster added to the committee to consider the Town house 
rents, particularly with regards to a proposal from the Aqueduct 
corporation to hire a room for their clerks &c. 

Agreed that M r . Frothingham should have liberty to remove 
the old Gun house on to the Towns land, provided he can first 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

obtain the consent of the firewards to remove the building ; and 
shall give an obligation to pay a reasonable ground rent, & to 
take the building & all other incumbrances off the ground, when- 
ever required by the Selectmen. 

The application of the Treasurer respecting the bonds to be 
given by the Deputy Collectors was considered ; and the Chairman 
was desired to hand the votes of the Town to Charles Jackson 
Esq. to ask his opinion concerning such bonds, and the course 
the Collectors should pursue to carry the late votes of the Town 
into effect. 

[65.] M r . Thomas Dennie handed in a petition from the 
abutters on Wiltshire street, West Boston, praying for an altera- 
tion of the name for reasons set forth in their petition, where- 
upon Voted. That the short street -now called Wiltshire street 
shall be added to Chambers street, & that in future said Cham- 
bers street shall extend from the southerly end thereof on Cam- 
bridge street to the northerly end thereof on Poplar street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 25. 
1811. Present Mess Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright 
Webb & Weld. 

M r Vose of Westford complained of damage sustained by his 
horse breaking through a plank of the bridge in Pond street. he 
was requested to present an account of the damages and expences 
incuiTed. 

The Committee to consider the rents of the rooms in the Town 
house reported that a deduction of 100 dollars be made from 
the rent of M r . Rea, M r Barry & M r . Gilmore and of 50 Dollars 
from the printing office occupied by M r . Clap to commence at the 
beginning of next quarter. 

[66.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 30 th . 1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, 
Hunnewell, May, Wright, Webb & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Mess rs . David Taylor and Nath 1 . Gammage were approved as 
Auctioneers, while they shall continue in partnership & condi- 
tioned not to occupy any store in Market or Dock Squares or 
State street. 

On the application of M r Dan 1 . Oliver, he is licensed to use the 
brick stable of the house he now occupies at the corner of Court 
& Tremont streets, for keeping horses for the accommodation of 
the boarders in his house, agreeably to the terms of his applica- 
tion. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 31 

M r Daniel Greenleaf Oliver, having been suitably recommended 
is approved & licensed to keep a private school to teach the 
English, Latin & Greek Languages. 

Return was made by David Tilden Esq. of the expence of repair- 
ing the common sewer in Federal street, the account whereof 
being duly examined by the Selectmen was by them allowed : 
[67.] they being informed at the same time, that all persons 
concerned in said drain, had been notified according to law, & no 
objection 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 Federal 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to Two hundred & Six dollars ^/m, 
which expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter 
therein & receive benefit thereby : Wherefore, we the subscribers, 
Selectmen of 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 follow- 
ing & by the persons hereafter named. viz. 

Stephen Hull and John Ashton, 2 shares 8.26, cross drain 1.60, 
9.86 each. 

James F. Dickinson and W m Hunt, 2 drains 8.26, cross drain 
1.20, 9.46 each. 

John F. Williams, J. B. Borland, John Heard for Tho 8 . Neill, 
Sam 1 . H. Hewes, Widow Blanchard, [68.] William Bird, Mar- 
tin Blake, Widow Powars, Benj a . Johnson (for Emmerson), 
Benj a . Hauners, David Tilden Esq., Joseph May Esq., Widow 
Sarah Fox, and Thomas Tileston, one drain, 4.13 each. 

William Turner, Gushing, David W. Child, Charles 

Walley, Jonathan Amory, Francis Welsh, Thomas Parsons, 
Stephen Deblois, Benj a . Whitman, Joseph Foster, and Charles 
Miller, 2 drains, 8.26 each. 

Sam 1 . G-. Perkins and Timothy Williams, 3 drains, 12.39 each. 

And we hereby authorize and empower David Tilden Esq. to 
demand & receive the above sums from the persons above named 
and to give discharges therefor. 

[69.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 
2 d . 1811, Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Webb & Weld. 

On the application of M r . Snelling Powell & James Dickenson, 
they and their associates were approved, to act & carry on stage 
plays, interludes & other theatrical entertainments, for one year 
from this date, in the Theatre in Federal street. 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Chairman & M r . Foster are desired to direct repairs to be 
done to the passage way under the arch in Franklin place by 
paving the same if necessary, & taking suitable measures for 
conveying off the water from Arch street. 

A letter was received from the Town Treasurer, in answer to 
the communication from the board to him relative to the mode he 
intended to pursue in collecting taxes according to the late votes 
of the Town The papers were handed to M r . Oliver & M r . Weld 
and they were desired to confer with the Treasurer on the subject, 
& report at the next meeting. 

Jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court. 

M r . Wright and M r . Foster were chosen to consider what 
arrangements were expedient to be adopted for the sweeping of 
[7O.] chimneys & to confer with M r . Vinton on that subject. 

Agreed to proceed to perambulate the bounds between Boston 
& Roxbury, & between South Boston & Dorchester on Thursday 
next. The Chairman to notify the Selectmen of the Towns of 
Roxbury & Dorchester. 

The following was presented by John Lowell Esq. agreeably to 
the request of the board of the 7 th August last and is now entered 
a record of the street leading from Common street to Mason street 
at the south end of land lately sold by the Town. 

Upon the application of John Lowell, praying that the street 
leading from Common street into Mason street might be so 
altered as that it might be at right angles with Common street, 
preserving however its present width, & the said John Lowell & 
M r . John Amory the only abuttors on said street having con- 
sented for this purpose to make mutual exchanges with the Town, 
Therefore Voted, .That it is expedient and for the interest of 
the Town, that the direction of said street should be so far altered 
as that it shall take in two feet and an half of the lot sold to said 
John Lowell on Common street giving him [71.] in exchange 
five feet and an half on Mason street, so that his lot in future 
shall measure only twenty-six feet & an half on Common street 
instead of twenty-nine feet as sold by the Town and that said 
John Amory shall have a right to take into his land two feet six 
inches on Common street giving in the rear five feet six inches 
the said Lowell & Amory having agreed to said exchanges, and 
having further agreed to ask no compensation of the Town for the 
same And the Selectmen do therefore in pursuance of the 
authority vested in them by law widen the street leading from 
Common street to Mason street at the westerly end thereof by 
taking in two feet and an half of the land of John Lowell Esq. 
and by allowing the said Lowell to take in compensation therefor 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 33 

five feet and an half of the Towns land on Mason street and 
they do further widen the easterly end of said street by taking 
into the said street five feet & an half of M r . John Amory's rear 
land giving him in compensation therefor two feet & an half of 
land on Common street the said exchange being in the opinion 
of this body for the convenience of the inhabitants of this Town, 
& contributing to straighten one of the public streets. 

[72.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
9 th . 1811. Present Mess ra . Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Webb 
& Weld. 

M r Benjamin Rand, having produced recommendations from the 
Government of Harvard College & from Artemas Ward Esq. of 
this Town, was approved to keep a private school to instruct in 
the Latin, Greek and English languages. 

4 Jurors drawn for Com. Pleas to supply vacancies. 

On application from the committee of the third Baptist Church 
Agreed to loan that society the benches belonging to Faneuil 
Hall, while their house is repairing on condition that they agree 
to repair any damage that may happen to them. 

The Chairman was desired to apply to the Assessors for a list 
of inhabitants qualified to serve as jurors that the board may 
proceed to select suitable names for the boxes. 

The subject of the Collection of Taxes according to the late 
votes of the Town, & the bonds to be required of the Deputies 
were particularly considered. The Treasurers' answer to the 
communication from the board was read which not appearing to 
be sufficiently [73.] particular The Chairman was desired to 
lay before the Treasurer the opinion received from Mr Jackson, 
and to request an answer conformably thereto before the next 
weekly meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 10 th . 1811. 
Present the whole board except M r . Hunnewell. Agreeably to 
assignment the Board proceeded to the line between Boston & 
Roxbury & also to the line between South Boston & Dorchester, 
perambulated the bounds in company with the Selectmen of those 
Town's and agreed that M r . Porter should be a committee in 
conjunction with M r . Brewer of Roxbury, & that M r . Hunnewell 
should be a committee in conjunction with M r . Withington of 
Dorchester to affix permanent land marks where they should 
think necessary on the bounds of the respective Towns. their 
reports to be presented to be signed by the Selectmen when 
completed. 



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[74.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
16 th . 1811. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Webb and 
Weld. 

Return was made by M r William Cleland & Ebenezer Hancock 
Esq. of repairing the common sewer in Middlecott 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 & no objection 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 Middlecott 
street conformably to the direction of the Selectmen, the whole 
ex pence whereof amounts to five hundred & thirty three dollars, 
which expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter 
therein & receive benefit thereby. Wherefore ; We the sub- 
scribers, Selectmen of the said Town of Boston certify that hav- 
ing 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 and by the [75.] persons hereafter named 
viz. 

Ozias Goodwin, Andrew Richie, Ditson, Thomas Gush- 
ing, Samuel R. Miller, Cap*. Matchett, John Parkman, Ben- 
jamin Coolidge, each one pump, $17.80; Joseph Coolidge, 
two pumps, $35.60; Ebenezer Hancock, Samuel Train, Josiah 
Burnstead, each one cellar, $17.80; William Cleland, Nathaniel 

P. Russell, Cap 1 . Hopkins, Nehemiah Freeman", Daniel D. 

Rogers, Thomas W. Sumner, William Homer, each one cellar 
and one pump, $35.60 ; Thomas K, Jones, two cellars and one 
pump, $53.40. 

And We hereby empower M r . Adam Rupp to demand & receive 
the same & give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CH S BULFINCH ) -g ^ 
W M PORTER ,j | 

EBEN R . OLIVER r 5 
NATHAN WEBB I '5 *o 
BENJ WELD J 02 

[76.] The following proceedings were directed to be entered 
at large on the jouinals of the Selectmen. 

Copy of a letter from Charles Jackson Esq. in consequence of 
the Vote of the board of 18 th September. 

Sep. 24. 1811 
Sir 

I have considered the questions which you proposed to me, 
on the subject of the Deputy Collectors of Taxes to be appointed 
in this Town. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 35 

By virtue of the Act of June 18 th . 1802. and the vote of the 
Town of May 1811. the Collector may appoint four Deputies & 
commit to them at once the whole tax for collection ; or he may 
consider them rather as Assistants, & commit to them from time 
to time distinct lists or parts of the tax. Although the Selectmen 
have no power to control or direct the Collector on this subject ; 
yet as they must fix the sum & approve the sureties for the Uonds 
to be given by the Deputies, it is important for them to know 
which of the above modes the Collector intends to adopt. In one 
case a bond with sufficient sureties in the sum of five thousand 
dollars might be ample security ; and in the other case thirty 
thousand dollars might be insufficient. I would therefore recom- 
mend [77.] that the Selectmen should cause a communication to 
be formally made in writing to the Collector, suggesting the 
motives for the inquiry, & desiring particular information as to 
the course that he intends to pursue. You can also mention, 
either in conversation or in writing, the mode which the Selectmen 
think most advisable ; and the Collector will undoubtedly be glad 
to have the aid & countenance he will derive from your opinion 
in a new case like the present. You will request an answer from 
the Collector in writing, which being preserved on your files will 
always shew the grounds on which you have proceeded. It is not 
to be expected that the Collector will decline to give such an 
answer. If however he should do so, you will then take it for 
granted that the Deputies may have the whole Tax committed to 
them at once, & you will fix the amount of their bonds & the 
quality of their sureties accordingly ; and if the persons nomi- 
nated by the Collector can not give such bonds, & the intention 
of the Town should be thereby defeated, it will not be justly 
chargeable to the Selectmen. 

As to the question respecting the issuing of notifications by the 
Treasurer, the vote of the Town is not perfectly clear & explicit ; 
but I think the intention was, that every citizen should be allowed 
sixty days after receiving [78.] his tax bill, to pay it without 
any fees to the officer, if not then paid, he is to have a new 
Notification, apprising him of the consequence of not paying it 
within ten days from that time. If this time also passes without 
payment of the tax the Treasurer must issue his warrant as 
directed in the Town's Vote. The doubt is, whether the ten 
days are to be part of the sixty days, or to be in addition to the 
sixty. I am inclined to think that the latter was the intention ; 
& while there is any doubt, it is safest to err on the side of lenity 
in enforcing a new system ; & to allow too much, rather than too 
little time, for payment of the Taxes. 

I am sir very respectfully your obedient servant 

Signd CHARLES JACKSON. 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. 

Chairman of the Selectmen 
Boston. 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

On considering the above the Board directed a communication 
to be made to the Treasurer which is as follows. 

Sir 

The Selectmen have considered the subject which you pro- 
pose.d to them relative to the amount of bonds to be given by the 
Deputies which you may [79.] appoint to assist in the collection 
of taxes according to the late votes of the Town ; and before 
they can come to any determination thereon, they wish you to 
inform them in writing of the particular mode in which you mean 
to employ the Deputies ; of the amount which will be at any one 
time in their hands ; and of the rules which you shall expect them 
to observe in making returns and for the security of the sums 
they may collect. 

As the law has confided to the Selectmen the approbating the 
sureties & the fixing the amount of the bonds they wish to be 
well informed upon the above particulars, & request your answer, 
that they may be enabled to execute what is incumbent on them 
for carrying into effect, without delay the system proposed by the 
Ward Committee. 

In reply to the above The Town Treasurer presented the 
following. 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. BOSTON 30 th Sep. 1811. 

Sir 

In answer to your communication of the 25 th Instant in 
behalf of the Gentlemen, Selectmen, respecting the appointment 
of Deputy Collectors & the mode in which I [8O.] propose to 
employ them, I would observe, that I shall endeavour to comply 
with the spirit of the several votes of the Town on the subject, as 
near as I can consistent with their interest. I propose to furnish 
each Deputy Collector with printed blank receipts for each person 
from whom they receive a tax. these receipts will be numbered 
and a margin left in each book, to put down the name of the 
persons to whom the receipt was given with the date and the 
amount received, I shall direct each Deputy Collector, to make a 
settlement with me for these receipts at least once in each week. 
It will be impossible for me at this time, to say, what amount 
will be committed to them to collect, this depends on the amount 
that may be voluntarily paid in before the expiration of seventy 
days from the date of the bills. as they will be appointed during 
pleasure, I shall always endeavour to fix the sum put into their 
hands so as to come within the amount of their bonds these are 
the general outlines of the plan, I propose to adopt, and I shall 
be much obliged to the gentlemen Selectmen for any information 
or instructions they may please to give me on the subject, I am 
with great respect your most H. Serv*. 

(Signed) W M SMITH. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 37 

[81.] The foregoing having been considered at the meetings 
of October 2 d . & 9 th . and not appearing sufficiently particular, the 
Chairman was desired to lay before the Treasurer the opinion 
received from M r . Jackson, & request an answer before the next 
meeting. 

The following was addressed to the Treasurer by the Chair- 
man. 

D r . Sir 

I laid before the Selectmen your communication of the 30 th 
September respecting the collection of Taxes under the new sys- 
tem : they have directed me to request a more particular detail of 
the course you intend to pursue as far as can be done in this 
stage of the business. I hand you herewith the sketch of some 
votes which are under consideration with the board ; they have 
not yet been adopted by them, but may serve to convey to you 
their opinion of the degree of trust which should be reposed in 
the Deputies and a plan to avoid the appearance of partiality in 
enforcing the collection. please to inform me if such suggestions 
are so far agreeable to you as that you will conform to them. 
>to which the following answer was received. 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. Boston 15 th Oct r . 1811. 

Sir, 

The Votes that you inclosed [83.] to me in your 
letter of this date, that are under the consideration of the Board 
of Selectmen appears to be very near the mode, I had proposed to 
adopt in the collection of taxes under the new system, for the present 
year. I do not know of any more particular detail I can give to 
the Board, than the one contained in my letter of the 30 th 
ultimo- If the Selectmen should think fit to adopt the Votes 
they have under consideration, I shall endeavour to conform to 
their instructions in the amount to be delivered to the Collectors 
for collection at one time, and in directing them to make a 
weekly settlement with me for the sums they receive I would 
suggest to the Board, whether the sum of $3000 to be given to 
each one to collect will not be better than $2500, this will give 
to each Collector an even sum of $1000 for each Ward. & will 
come so far within their bonds that the Town will not run any 
risk of a loss. 

I am with Esteem Y r H S' 
(Signed) W M SMITH 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. 

Chairman Board Selectmen. 

The above correspondence having been read ; the last commu- 
nication from the Treasurer [83.] was considered satisfactory, 
and it was Voted. That each of the Deputy Collectors to be 



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

appointed by the Treasurer to assist in the collection of taxes 
under the late votes of the Town should give bonds to the 
inhabitants of the Town of Boston in the sum of Five Thousand 
Dollars with two or more sureties. 

Voted. That the Treasurer and Collector be informed that in 
the opinion of the Selectmen, it would be expedient & proper, 
that he should deliver to each Deputy, a number of tax bills to 
collect, the amount of which should not exceed at any time, to 
each Deputy the sum of three thousand dollars ; and that he should 
require from each of said Deputy Collectors a weekly return of 
his doings, and payment of all sums by him collected in that 
time. That the Treasurer in delivering the bills to the Deputy 
Collectors, observe the following method. 

To deliver to the Deputy for each Division of the Town 
an equal amount from each of the tax books of the three 
wards in his division : and to deliver them in the alphabetical 
order in which they stand in the books ; without any exception or 
discrimination of persons. 

[84.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
23 d . 1811. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Wright, Webb & 
Weld. 

A report was received from the committee chosen by the Town 
to consider the best mode of removing the filth of the Town. 
The Chairman was desired to hand the documents accompanying 
this report to the Board of Health and inform them, that there 
would be a Town Meeting early in November, and that any com- 
munication to the Town on this subject might then be made, if 
they should think it expedient. 

Notice was received from W m Sullivan Esq that the ground on 
which the Hay Scales now stand was intended to be appropriated 
to other use by its owners, & requesting that the building should 
be removed therefrom The Chairman was desired to inform M r . 
Sullivan that the board would take measures to remove the build- 
ing as soon as possible and was desired to prepare a place for a 
new scales & to view the platform balance of M r . Dearborn 
to ascertain whether that machine could be adapted by the Town 
to advantage. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28 th 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Wright & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

[85.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 29 th . 
1811. Present Mess r . Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 39 

This Meeting was held for the purpose of selecting suitable 
names from the lists of the inhabitants to renew the jury boxes. 
the business was commenced and proceeded on and adjourned 
to continue this duty to Friday 1 st November. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 30 th . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster, Webb & 
Weld. 

Passed the remaining accounts. 

The following persons were approved as Auctioneers 

George Noble & Horatio Bass in Company, Samuel Tufts & 
James Bourguin. upon the late conditions adopted by the board 
that they should not occupy any place of business in State street 
or Market square. 

Upon the request of M r . Peck, the Agent of the Mill Pond 
Corporation, the Selectmen considered what portion of the land 
filled up between Pond street & Charlestown street, they would 
select for the [86.] Town's proportion in that quarter so far as 
shall be made solid land this season ; and it appeared from M r . 
Carletons certificate that the following pieces had been filled in. 
viz. 

Between Cooper & Stillman streets 33535.. 

Between Stillman & Cross streets 36835.. 

South of Cross street 24733.. 

West adjoining Canal --- 5950.. 

Triangle adjoining Spears land 5928.. 



106981.. 
deduct the land conveyed to P. Nichols 30020.. 



76961.. 
Towns y 8 9620.. 

It was agreed by the board that the Town's a / 8 of the above 
should be located in one piece bounded northerly on Stillmaii 
street 190 f 1 . Easterly on Pond street 50.8 & Westerly on 
Charlestown street 50.8 subject to alterations in the dimen- 
sions, if any error in Mr. Carleton's calculations should be discov- 
ered. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 1 st . 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, May, Wright. Foster, 
Webb & Weld. 

The time was occupied in further examinations of the lists for 
jury boxes. 

Adjourned to Tuesday 5 th . Instant. 



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[87.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
5 th . 1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Webb & Weld. 

The business of Jurors was resumed and was so far completed 
as to determine to hold a Town Meeting on Monday 11 th . instant, 
to lay the lists before the Town for confirmation and a Warrant 
was signed accordingly. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November C th . 
1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver. May, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Foster & Webb. 

passed the Accounts to complete the monthly draft. 

A letter was received from the Directors of the Mill Pond Cor- 
poration in which they propose that if the Selectmen would con- 
sent " that the division of land between the Town and proprietors 
"should be carried into effect; they would "give an obligation 
"from the Directors, in behalf of the Corporation to fill up the 
" Town's lots & the street, to the acceptance of the Board as 
" soon as the season will admit next Spring. This subject was 
considered, and it was Voted that the Board could not accept any 
new obligation from the Directors in behalf of the Corporation, 
which would authorize them to proceed to execute releases accord- 
ing to [88.] the contract between the Town and Corporation. 

The Chairman was desired to communicate the above, and was 
authorized to suggest to the Directors, that the Board was dis- 
posed to favour their wishes as far as should be consistent with 
the duty and responsibility imposed on them by the contract 
and if found consistent with this duty, would proceed to execute 
the releases upon receiving a bond from the Directors or other 
members of the Corporation approved by the Selectmen, engaging 
in their individual capacity to complete the land and streets to the 
satisfaction of the board, in the course of the next summer. 

Mess rs . Shubael Bell, Stephen Davis & John Heard Jun r Esq 
were approved as sureties to Thomas Stevenson Jun r . appointed 
a Deputy Collector by the Town Treasurer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 13 th . 
1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Wright, Foster & 
Webb. 

Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Court, also jurors for the 
District Court. 

Application for regulating & paving gutters in Somerset street 
was read & it was determined to be too late in the season to 
undertake so large a work. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 41 

[89.] Agreed that the office in the Town House, lately 
occupied by D. Everett Esq. should be let at 175 dollars p r . 
annum. 

Benj a . Bass Jun r . & Ephraim Marsh were approved as sureties to 
Elisha Copeland, appointed by the Town Treasurer one 'of the 
Deputy Collectors of Taxes. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 20 th 1811. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Wright, Foster & Webb. 

Jurors were drawn to supply deficiencies in the lists for Supreme 
and District Courts, occasioned by several persons being absent 
from Town. 

The Chairman reported a plan & estimate for a new Hay Scales 
to be erected in the vacant space, north end of Pleasant street 
near the Pound, the same was appro v'd and the Chairman & M r 
Hunnewell appointed to see to its execution & to regulate the 
ground for that purpose. 

H. G. Otis Esq. appeared in behalf of the Directors of the 
Mill Pond Corporation, to confer with the board on their under- 
standing of the contract respecting the height to which the streets 
and lots [9O.] should be filled ; after discussing the subject 
he withdrew and the board determined that M r Taylor should be 
employed to take an accurate level of the streets & lots on the 
Mill Pond, & to note the following particulars. 1 st . The height 
of the shoulders of the posts on Pond street above the present 
level of Merrimack street. 2 d . The height of the crown of 
Pond street above the shoulders of the posts. 3 d . The height 
to which the late tides arose above the present level of Merrimack 
street Mess 1 " 8 Call, Tidd & Todd can give the water level of the 
late tides. 4 th . The height of the crown of Pond street above 
the late tides. 

Voted. That the Board be summoned to meet on Monday next 
10 o'Clock to receive the above survey and to proceed to view 
the ground and that each member be notified specially of the 
meeting & be requested to attend. 

Return was made by M r . Francis James of repairing the com- 
mon sewer in Fleet street, the account whereof being duly exam- 
ined 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 had been made : 
Assessment was now made, an [91.] order of payment was 
passed by the Selectmen as follows viz. 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in Fleet street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole expence 
whereof amounts to Sixty dollars, seventy two cents, which 
expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter therein 
& receive benefit thereby. Wherefore we the subscribers, Select- 
men of the said Town of Boston certify that having considered 
the same expence and by whom and in what manner it ought to 
be paid Do Adjudge that the same be paid in the proportion fol- 
lowing and by the persons hereafter named viz. 

Francis James, Ephraim Breed, M rs English, Anthony Currant, 

Samuel Beals, M rs Lobb, Col John May, Joseph Austin, 

Edw d . Oliver, Joab Hunt, William Cordwell Cap 1 . Josiah Bar- 
nard, John Howard, - - Lybee, Joshua Ellis, Col Tho 8 Badger 
Agent for Stonehouse, [92.] David Dickerson, John Brazer, 
David Stanwood, Cap 1 . Thomas Rogers, Amos Lewis, Cap 1 . 
Daniel Waters, and Samuel Waters, 2.64 each 

And we hereby empower M r . Samuel Harris to demand & receive 
the same & give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH 
W M PORTER 
EBEN K OLIVER 
JOHN MAY 
JON HUNNEWELL 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the .Selectmen Monday morning 
Novem 1 25 th . 1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

The following survey of the Mill Pond land was presented from 
William Taylor surveyor, and certified by him. 

" 1 st . The average height of the shoulders of the posts on 
Pond street is 17 inches above the average height of Merrimack 
street. 

2 d . The height of the crown of Pond street [93.] averages 
14 inches above the shoulders, excepting from Cross street to 
the Canal which is 19 inches. 

3 d . The height of the highest tide marked in different places ; 
by M r . Todd at the Causeway 

M r . Call at Gouch's Lane 
M r . Brown at Pitts' Lane 
M r . Tidd at Ivers Lane 
M r . Tufts at Union Street 

all agree and is level with the shoulders of the posts, deducting 
1 inch ; which makes the highest tides 1 6 inches above the 
present level of Merrimack street. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 43 

4 th . The crown of Pond street is the same height above the 
late tides as it is above the shoulders, adding one inch, which 
makes it part 15 inches & part 20 inches above the highest tide." 

The above was read & considered, and the gentlemen present 
proceeded to Pond street to view the marks referred to, and the 
state of the land generally. and having returned to the hall 
the following was agreed upon to be sent to the Clerk of the Mill 
Corporation. 

Sir 

In consequence of the personal communication from the Hon. 
[94.] H. Gr. Otis on the 20 th instant, in behalf of the Directors of 
the Boston Mill Corporation the Selectmen have considered the 
present state of the land from Union street to the westerly end of 
the Causeway. For this purpose they have had a special meeting 
and have viewed the ground. They direct me to inform you that 
they are convinced of the necessity that Merrimack street and 
the streets between that and the shore should be raised to the 
level of Pond street ; and cannot agree to give discharges for any 
portion of said land until the above described work shall be com- 
pleted. 

They also expect that Cross street to the west of Pond street 
and such parts of the Market place and other streets as are filled, 
will be raised to the same level, in the course of the next season. 

By order of the Selectmen 
(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH Chairman. 

W m Minot Esq. 

At a meeting in the Afternoon 
Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

[95. ] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 
27 th . 1811. Present Mess 1 *. Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Foster & Webb. 

Whereas Josiah Quincy Esq. upon application to the Select- 
men obtained liberty to lay a common sewer in High street, 
reaching from opposite the entrance of the alley behind the house 
of Samuel Cabot Esq. to the head of Pearl street ; and it having 
been made to appear to the Board that said work has been prop- 
erly executed ; and the expence of the same being ascertained 
to amount to one hundred & ninety-five dollars. It is hereby 
ordered & adjudged, by the Selectmen that the several persons 
who have laid their cross drains into said common sewer or main 
drain or receive benefit therefrom shall be assessed their propor- 
tion of the above expence as follows viz 

Josiah Quincy Esq. seven shares, $105 ; Josh H. Dorr, two 
shares, $30 ; Sam 1 . Cabot Esq James Neelson, Hugh Neelson, 
Peter Banner, each one share, $15. 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

And we hereby empower Benjamin [96.] Guild Esq. to collect 
& receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 



Signed CHARLES BULFINCH 
W M PORTER 
EBEN R OLIVER 



a 
* 

JON A HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 

JOSEPH FOSTER GO 

NATHAV WEBB 

M r Joshua Ellis having built a new fence in front of his house 
in Sun Court street by which he has thrown a piece of land, the 
length of said fence & about two feet wide into the street, it is 
agreed that M r May shall employ workmen to pave the said piece 
of land ; it being understood that the same is added to the street 
as a public highway forever 

Finished the Monthly Accounts. 

The following persons having been well recommended, were 
approved as Auctioneers, viz. John Sprague, Fitz Edward Hutch- 
ings & Isaac P. Ingersol in company, & John C. Hastings. 

M r Foster added to the Committee to view Town house for 
alterations & repairs. 

The Chairman, M r Hunnewell & M r Foster a committee to view 
Copper street to report [97.] what repairs were necessary to 
secure the head wall or abutment against the sea. 

The same committee were desired to consider the expediency 
of employing some person to assist M r Nazro in the care of Faneuil 
Hall, & whether the same person could attend to the arranging 
of carts of cyder & wood in the streets, & of the compensation 
to be allowed him. 

Stephen Codman Esq. appeared as a Committee from the fire- 
wards, to state that the Gun house on Copps hill having been 
complained of as contrary to law it would be their duty to enter 
prosecution with the Attorney General, unless the building should 
be made more secure : and he having expressed an opinion that 
if the east side and roof were slated, the firewards would consider 
it properly secured agreeably to law : it was determined that the 
Chairman should inform the Secretary of the firewards that the 
building shall be so covered as soon as slates can be procured : 
and request six months for that purpose. 

The Committee of Firewards attached to Engine N. 2 having 
represented that the new engine is defective in some of its parts, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 46 

particularly in its screws. Ordered that the Captain of Engine 
N. 2 be directed to carry the new engine to M r Thayer & that 
he be informed [98.] that the board expect it shall be made con- 
formably to the wishes of the fire wards who have the charge of it. 

The Chairman informed the board that he had been summoned 
to attend the Court of Sessions on the application of George 
Cockayne and John Jacobs who state that they have been refused 
licenses to sell spirituous liquors on the hill at West Boston 
and pray that the Court of Sessions would grant them licenses 
for that purpose. The Chairman was desired to attend the 
Court as summoned on Friday next, and state the principles 
which had induced the Board to refuse licenses in that neighbour- 
hood & the expence which was now necessary for constables to 
attend to keep order there & that he ask the assistance of M r 
Thacher before the Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 4 th . 1811. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster & Webb. 

The Chairman stated to the Board, that pursuant to summons 
he had attended the Court of Sessions on the application of 
Cockayne & Jacobs for licenses to retail spirits at their shops in 
Southack street, that they had been indulged with a hearing by 
counsel & the [99.] proceedings of the board had been ex- 
plained by Peter Thacher Esq. when the Court unanimously 
confirmed the proceedings of the board and refused the licenses 
prayed for. 

The committee to consider & report on the alterations and 
repairs of the Town house, presented a plan for the divisions of 
the room lately occupied by M r . Park into small offices, with an 
estimate, the same was approved & the committee was desired 
to proceed to execute the plan. 

A communication was received from the Assessors respecting 
the list of voters to be prepared for March next the same was 
read and referred to the next meeting. 

An application was received from the Directors of the Boylston 
market Association requesting some regulations might be passed 
for carts in the neighbourhood of the Market house. The Chair- 
man was desired to prepare suitable regulations agreeably to the 
wishes of the gentlemen and conformable to the powers of the 
board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 9 th . 
1811. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Wright, 
Foster & Webb. 



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[1OO.] A special Meeting to draw 15 Jurors for Supreme 
Court. 

M r Hunnewell & M r Foster were empowered to agree with 
D. Sargent Esq. by purchase or otherwise for his land on Essex 
street ; the same being advertised for sale, and necessary to 
widen that street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 11 th . 
1811. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Wright, Foster & Webb. 

In compliance with a precept from the Hon. Judge of Probate 
for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of Polly May, and return was made that she is non com- 
pos mentis, and that it is expedient that a Guardian should be 
appointed for her. 

In consequence of the arguments lately urged before the Court 
of Sessions relative to licensed houses on the hill, south of Cam- 
bridge street; the question was considered whether rit be advis- 
able in the opinion of the board that they reconsider their former 
resolution, and grant licenses for sale of liquors to persons 
inhabiting houses or keeping shops in Southack street & the 
streets immediately [1O1.] adjacent. Voted. That in the 
opinion of the Selectmen, no advantage would arise from grant- 
ing licenses for retailing liquors in the part of the Town above 
referred to, and that the board adhere to their former resolution. 

Voted. That the constables who have been employed to keep 
order on the hill at West Boston, be dismissed for the season. 

The communication from the Assessors relative to lists of 
voters having been considered, Voted. That the Assistant 
Assessors be requested to meet, together with the Assessors and 
a committee of this board to consider & adopt measures to obtain 
correct lists for April next. 

The committee appointed Sep. 18. respecting streets through 
land north of Cambridge street, reported that they had viewed the 
plan of the land to be sold by M r . I. S. Colbourn, and find that 
the proprietors have marked out the streets through said land to 
conform to and continue the streets leading from Cambridge 
street. Upon conferring with the residents in that part of the 
Town, they find it to be an important object to them to lay open 
the communication through at least one of these streets from 
Cambridge street to Leverett street; [1O2.] An estimate has 
been made of the expence of completing the most westerly street 
including the building a piece of head wall at the bottom of Allen 
street, filling in the same & levelling the lower part of Allen 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1811. 47 

street crowning Bridge street fit for use which amounts to 1275 
dollars An exertion has been made by those interested, & they 
have obtained subscription for 700 dollars ; and if the board will 
appropriate any sum for this purpose, will endeavour to collect 
the balance that may be wanting. The subject having been con- 
sidered. Voted. That the Chairman be empowered to promise 
a sum on the part of the Town, not to exceed 300 dollars, to be 
paid when the street shall be finished to the satisfaction of the 
Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 18 th . 
1811. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb & 
Weld. 

28 Jurors drawn for Court of Com. Pleas. 

Return was made by M r . William Todd of the expence of laying 
a common sewer in Temple street, the account whereof being 
duly examined by the Selectmen was by them allowed ; they 
being informed at the same time, [1O3.] that all persons con- 
cerned in said drain, had been notified according to law, & no 
objection 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 Temple 
street .conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to Seventy two dollars sixty eight cents 
which expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter 
therein and receive benefit thereby : Wherefore, we the sub- 
scribers, Selectmen of 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 pro- 
portion following and by the persons hereafter named viz. 

Thomas Dennie, Samuel Jepson, J. S. Eaton, James Sumner, 
William Jepson, Matthew Nazro, Abijah Norwood, Oliver Holmes, 
William Lancaster, Asa Payge, [1O4.] Ruggles Whiting, An- 
drew Green, Joseph Powers, Charles Coffin, Samuel Parkman, 

Ge'orge Homer, Hodgskinson, Thomas Redman, Matthew 

Bailey, William Homer, at 3. 16 each. William Breed (3 houses) , 
9.48. 

And We hereby empower M r . William Todd to demand and 
receive the same, and to give discharges therefor. 

CHARLES BULFINCH ") ' 
(Signed) JON A . HUNNEWELL 
Jos. FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ A . WELD j cc 

Agreed to employ two persons as a patrole watch the ensuing 
season. 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Approved the indentures of James Hazard, a black boy, to 
Daniel & Eliza Oliver to serve as a domestic servant until the 
21 st . day of March 1817. 

The following rules & orders for regulating carriages in the 
streets near the Boylston Market house having been prepared 
by vote of December 4 th . are now recorded and ordered to be 
printed. 

[1O5.] Whereas the Boylston Market Association have 
erected a large, elegant and convenient Market House, for the 
better accommodation of the inhabitants of the south part of 
Boston, and have requested the Selectmen to form such regula- 
tions as should appear to them necessary to prevent the streets in 
the neighbourhood of the market from being incumbered by 
carts : the following. 

Rules and Orders 

are now established, to be in force from & after Wednesday the 
first day of January next, viz 

No Cart, Waggon, or Sled, with Beef or Mutton, for sale, 
shall be allowed to stand in Orange, Newbury, Boylston or Essex 
streets. 

No empty Carriage, or Carriages containing provisions of any 
kind, shall be allowed to stand in Boylston street. 

Carriages containing provisions, except Beef or Mutton, shall 
be allowed to stand in Orange street in front of the Market 
house, in one line on the west side of the street, leaving two 
spaces for entrances to the Market House, to be designated & 
limited by the Clerk of the Market. 

And it is hereby Ordered, in [1O6.] pursuance of the authority 
given to the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Boston, by law 
of this Commonwealth, That if any owner or driver of any Cart, 
Waggon or Sled, with or without provisions for sale, shall stand 
in any other place, with his Carriage or load, in the streets near 
the Boylston Market House, than those described by these Rules 
and Orders, after the first day of January next, he shall forfeit 
& pay the sum of Five Dollars, upon conviction of every such 
breach of these Rules & Orders. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

(signed) CHARLES BULFINCH, Chairman. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 26 th . 
1811. Present Mess ra . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Foster & 
Webb. 

A special meeting for draft & selection of 20 jurors for Supreme 
Court Also jurors for Court of Common Pleas, to supply 
deficiencies in former list. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 49 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 30 th . 
1811. Present Mess 8 Bulfinch, Porter, Wright, Foster & Webb. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Jan y 17. Regulations of Hackney Carriages. 

July 22. Ditto General for wood, hay, Carts &c &c 

Aug. 31. New Watch organized. 

[1O7.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
8 th . 1812. Present Mess 18 Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Wright, Foster & Weld. 

M r Tukesbury applied for a lease of Deer Island for three or 
more years at the same time represented that he could not afford 
the present rent of three hundred dollars unless he could be 
privileged to employ one lighter in taking ballast from the Island. 

It was determined that it was improper to grant any allowance 
or taking off ballast but that a lease for three years be granted 
to Tukesbury at a rent not under two hundred dollars ^ r annum 
The Chairman was desired to prepare the papers. 

Statement was handed from the Treasurer of the sums received 
& paid since May last under the operation of the new mode of 
collection and is on file He also stated that so large a propor- 
tion of the tax had been paid, that in his opinion the three 
Deputy Collectors now qualified, would be sufficient to collect the 
balance. it was agreed that the Treasurer should use his discre- 
tion in this respect. 

The Chairman was empowered in case of any heavy falls of 
snow to employ persons to clear or level the streets leading to the 
South Burying Ground. 

[1O8.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
17 th . 1812. Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Foster, Webb 
& Weld. 

Twelve Jurors were drawn for Supreme Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 22 d . 1812. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Wright, 
Foster & Weld. 

In consequence of the complaints against hackney carriages 
standing in Common street, and petitions from inhabitants of 
Milk street & Marlborough street, urging the removal of the 
wood from those streets ; the attention of the board had been of 
late called to these subjects and several plans had been proposed 
to remove the just causes of complaint it was now suggested 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

that if the hackney carriages were distributed at their stables & 
in the streets immediately opposite to them Common street 
would be left unoccupied, and might be appropriated as a stand 
for wood carts. The owners of the hackney carriages had been 
sounded, and it was found that a large proportion of them would 
be pleased with the arrangement proposed. After considering 
the subject, it was agreed to adopt the measure, and the Chair- 
man was desired to prepare suitable rules & orders for publica- 
tion; and that the change should [1O9.] take place on the first 
Monday of March next. 

I 

The Chairman reported that he had attended, in behalf of the 
Board, at the trial of the indictment against the Town for a 
nuisance occasioned by the wharf for emptying the filth of the 
Town, into the river by the canal bridge ; and that the jury had 
found the Town guilty of a nuisance sentence had not yet been 
passed, and was delayed for the opinion of the whole Court, & to 
give the Town an opportunity of obviating the cause of complaint, 
either by wholly removing the wharf, or so altering and guarding 
it as to prevent nuisance in future. 

A billet was read from M rs . Swan, informing that she should 
order to be taken down so much of the shed by the Hay scales as 
stood on her land, but should not think proper to fence the 
Towns' land Agreed that if M r . Frothingham would put up a 
suitable fence he should make use of that part of the shed which 
stands on the Towns' land. On M rs . Swans request for the 
removal of the Hay scales, the Chairman was desired to have the 
new scales built as soon as the season would allow. 

[HO.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 
29 th 1812. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
May, Foster, Webb & Weld. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

M r John Winslow Jun r . & M r David Webb having been 
recommended as Auctioneers license is granted to each of them 
accordingly. 

On complaint of errors made by the measurer of wood brought 
by land, it was agreed to employ M r . Carlton to measure a num- 
ber of loads, measured by the different measurers & compare the 
contents of such loads with the tickets given of them. 

M r . Aaron Bean having presented a deed signed by Elizabeth 
Welsh for her proportion of the land sued for by Leveretts heirs 
under the Alms house, an order for the amount was entered on 
the draft to the Town Treasurer being 127 dollars -j^ see min- 
utes of Selectmen 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 51 

Boston 83 : At a meeting of the Selectmen February 5 th . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Hunnewell & Foster. 

On the application of Mess rs . George G-. Channing & Henry 
Sturgis, in company, and of M r . Henry W. Richards for licenses 
[111.] to sell at Auction, they having produced satisfactory 
recommendations it was agreed to grant licenses as requested. 

Agreed to lease the cellars under the Town-house for three 
years at six hundred dollars per annum, to B. Foster, Josiah 
Siders & Edward Flood, each of them to give security for the 
rent of that part which he shall occupy. 

On a complaint of errors in the tickets given by the measurers 
of wood coming over the neck M r . Porter was desired to examine 
into their mode of measuring wood to inform them of the com- 
plaint and enjoin on them the strictest care and attention. 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen Feb y 19. 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster & Weld. 

Twenty two grand jurors and thirty traverse jurors were 
drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Application was made by several gentlemen as a committee 
from the Republican Convention of the County of Suffolk, for 
the use of Faneuil Hall on the evening of the first Thursday of 
March next. 

The consideration thereof was referred to the next meeting. 

[112.] An application was received from John Lowell Esq. 
respecting the execution of the contract entered into -by him & 
the Justices of the Sessions & [the] Selectmen relative to removal 
of the school house & opening the passage way to the new Court 
House The chairman was desired to call on M r Lowell to inform 
him that attention should be paid to the subject of his communi- 
cation as soon as the season should admit & when the town should 
determine whether to open the passage only, or to remove the 
school house entirely from that situation. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y 24 1812. 
Present Mess rs Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster & 
Weld. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

On the application of a number of gentTemen styling themselves 
a committee from the Republican Convention of the County of 
Suffolk, requesting the use of Faneuil Hall on the first Thursday 
of March next. 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Voted. That the Selectmen are not acquainted with the 
existence of any such public body ; and as the Hall was built & 
enlarged for the use of the Town, they cannot consent that it 
should be occupied for any purposes, which in their opinion 
would not meet the approbation of the Town. 

[113.] Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb y 26. 
1812. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Porter, Oliver, Foster & Weld. 

Passed the remainder of the Monthly Accounts. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for the 9 th . March next 
for 9hoice of Town officers. M r . Elliot to print notifications 
and Rev. M r . Thacher to be requested to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4. 1812. 
Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Porter, Hunnewell, May and 
Foster. 

Return was made by Mess rs . Western & Bliss of the expense 
of repairing the common sewer in Kilby 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 from the proprietors therein having 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 Kilby 
street, conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expense whereof amount to one hundred & [114.] eight dollars, 
which expense is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter 
therein and receive beneflt thereby : wherefore we, the subscrib- 
ers, Selectmen of said Town of Boston certify that having con- 
sidered the same expense & by whom & in what manner it ought 
to be paid Do adjudge that the same be paid in the proportion 
following viz. 

Thomas Winthrop Esq for heirs of James Bowdoin Esq, James 
Lloyd Esq, Heirs of John Codman Esq, Joseph Cooledge Esq, 
$27.00 each; total $108. 

And we hereby -empower Mess rs . Weston & Bliss to demand & 
receive the same, and to give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CHARLES BDLFINCH 

(Signed) EBEN K OLIVER 

(Signed) W M PORTER 

(Signed) JON A HUNNEWELL 

(Signed) JOHN MAT 

(Signed) JOSEPH FOSTER 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 53 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 11. 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Uunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
Weld & Lovering. 

Whereas Robert Cunningham upon application to the Select- 
men obtained liberty to lay a common sewer in Poplar [115.] 
street & it having been made to appear to the board that the said 
work has been properly executed & the expense of the same being 
ascertained to amount to one hundred & fifty seven dollars, fifty 
cents. It is hereby Ordered & adjudged by the Selectmen that 
the several persons who have laid their cross drains into said com- 
mon sewer or main drain or receive benefit therefrom shall be 
assessed their proportion of the above expense as follows, viz 1 . 

Robert Cunningham, Chrisf. Gore Esq, M r Dorien, M r 

Sigourney $26.25 each. 

Sam 1 Dana Esq 2 houses $52.50. 

And We hereby empower Robert Cunningham to demand and 
receive the same and give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH 
EBEN R OLIVER 
JOHN MAY 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ N . WELD 
JOSEPH LOVERING 

[116.] The oath required by law was administered to the 
members present by the Town Clerk. 

The Board proceeded to the choice of a Chairman, the ballots 
being taken, it appeared that Charles Bulfinch Esq. was chosen. 

Wednesday next was assigned for coming to choice of Super- 
intendent of Police & deputy. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Weld a committee to 
consider the expediency of appointing a suitable person to assist 
the messenger of the board in his duties ; & also to report their 
opinion of the compensation to- be allowed him. 

Ordered that the new lists of voters presented by the Assessors 
be immediately printed & that M r . John Eliot be employed for 
that purpose. 

M r . Lovering was desired to view a place in Front street, in the 
range of Castle street, said to be breaking away ; & to report 
what is necessary to be done there on the opening of the season. 

The Chairman & M r Weld, a committee to attend to the suit 
with W. N. Boylston which" is expected to be brought to trial at 
the present term of the Supreme Court. 



54 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Chairman was desired to notify the heirs of Gov r . Han- 
cock, to take measures to ascertain the bounds between their land 
[117.] and that of the Town, on the north side of Beacon 
Hill. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 18 th . 1812. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
"Weld & Lovering. 

This time being assigned for choice of Police officers. it was 
voted that the compensation to these officers should be the same 
as was allowed the past year Votes being taken Charles 
Bulfinch Esq. was declared to be chosen Superintendent, & M r . 
Jerem h . Bridge assistant Police officer. 

The Committee chosen to consider the subject of assistant 
messenger and door keeper, reported, that it was necessary to 
employ some careful and discreet person for that purpose, and 
that for his services of opening & closing the building, keeping 
the same clean, making fires in the Selectmen's and Assessors 
rooms, and assisting the Messenger in his duties, he be allowed 
one dollar per day throughout the year Also that he have the 
care of the military hall and be entitled to receive from the com- 
panies exercising there, the premium for his attendance & light- 
ing the hall which has been usual. 

[118.] The above report having been considered was 
accepted and M r . Champney was chosen door keeper accordingly. 

The following persons were chosen sealers of weights and 
measures for one year ensuing. 

M r . Timothy Green, for Northern district 

M r . Richard Austin for Southern district agreeable to the 
division which has been observed by those officers for several 
years past. 

M r . Caleb Loring Jun r . & Lemuel Capen were chosen sealers 
& weighers of lighters and boats, bringing stone gravel & sand 
to this Town. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for choice of Governour, 
Lieu*. Governour & Senators. M r . Eliot to print the notifi- 
cations D r Lathrop to be invited to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

Notifications were also directed to be printed for choice of 
Assistant Assessors the first Wednesday of April. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 55 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 25 th 1812. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, May, Foster, Webb, Weld & 
Levering. 

On the application of the Board of Firewards, that a number 
of new staffs should be procured Mess rs . Hunnewell Webb & 
Levering [119.] were desired to have the same made. 

Approved the indentures of William Saul, a minor, to Cap*. 
John Hodgskins, mariner, to continue in force until the 24 th . 
December 1818. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Foster, a committee to 
review the regulations of carriages in the streets which have been 
passed at various times, & to prepare and report one general 
view of the same, to be printed for public information. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30 th . 1812. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld & 
Lovering. 

passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8 th . 1812. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld & Lovering. 

Jurors were drawn for the Common pleas Court April term. 

Mess re . Bulfinch, Hunnewell & Foster were desired to view the 
ground about the vegetable market, to consider whether an addi- 
tional number of stalls could be made, [ISO.] and if an 
arrangement to remove the carts & horses from the market place. 
The same committee was desired to consider the subject of the 
removal of the filth of the Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 15 th 1812. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
Weld & Lovering. 

The Chairman was desired to attend to the repair of the drain 
across the Mall and Common. 

Agreed that M r . Lovering should procure two boat loads of 
clay to repair the holes in Front street & 100 cart loads of gravel 
to level the street where necessary. 

M r . Hunnewell, a committee to view Fort hill, to consider the 
best mode of securing the center of the hill & the trees, & to 
make an estimate of the expence. 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

A committee from the Board of Health, waited on the Select- 
men to inquire, if the Town could provide any place of deposit, 
for the filth of the Town, the ensuing season. It was agreed 
that the Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Foster should be a 
committee to confer with the committee of the Board [131.] of 
Health, on this subject to endeavour to procure suitable places 
for depositing the filth, or to devise a mode of removing it. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21 d . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, Weld 
& Lovering. 

The Board in conformity to the institution of the Town, came 
to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an oration on the 4 th July 
next, being the anniversary of the declaration of the Indepen- 
dence of the United States ; & Benjamin Pollard Esq r . was 
unanimously chosen. 

The committee upon Market regulations reported in favour of 
removing the carts & horses wholly from the square between 
Faneuil Hall & the vegetable stalls, and that 20 new stalls should 
be made in that square, on the south side of the present stalls 
The report was accepted & the committee impowered to proceed 
immediately to carry it into effect. 

Agreed to appropriate 225 dollars to regulate and form Allen 
Street & the southerly portion of Copper street ; the same to be 
paid when the work shall be completed to the satisfaction of the 
board. 



Mess rs . Oliver & Hunnewell a committee to have 
such repairs & dressings made to the Mall as they shall think 
proper. 

The Chairman was desired to have the center of Park street 
gravelled as soon as possible. v 

A petition from a large number of gentlemen, asking for atten- 
tion to the correct regulation of time, particularly of the Old 
South clock, was referred to Mess rs . Foster & Weld. 

A petition was received from the butchers occupying stalls in 
Union street, praying for reduction of rent, in consequence of the 
embarrassment occasioned by the embargo. 

Voted, that it is not expedient to comply with the request of 
the petitioners at present. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29 th . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
Weld & Lovering. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 57 

14 jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court. 

Pursuant to a precept received from Hon. Thomas Dawes Esq. 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk inquisition was made 
into the circumstances of Julia Domblide, single woman & return 
was made that she was non compos mentis & that it [123.] was 
advisable that a Guardian be appointed for her. 

On application from County Treasurer, it was agreed that he 
should occupy the room in the Town house adjoining westerly to 
the Town Treasurers office. 

The Chairman & M r Weld a committee to order repairs to West 
Boston engine house in Hancock street, and to have such repairs 
made to the fences, as they should judge proper as a compensation 
for use of the land. 

On an invitation received from the government of the Wash- 
ington Benevolent Society it was agreed to attend the procession 
of that society tomorrow, at their celebration. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 6 th . 1812 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
Weld & Levering. 

Whereas ; Several portions of a drain or common sewer have 
been laid at sundry times under the direction of the Selectmen from 
Cambridge street, southerly up Garden street, and from thence 
branching partly into Southack street, into Myrtle street & 
Pinckney street. The undertakers whereof have presented the 
account of the expence, and have prayed [124.] that the Board 
would cause assessment to be made upon the several proprietors 
of said common sewer for the proportion which each of them 
should pay for the benefit derived therefrom. And the said 
account having been exhibited, by which it appears that the sum 
of six hundred, thirty nine dollars, twenty seven cents has been 
expended in said work, which with thirty two dollars charge of 
collection amount to six hundred seventy one dollars twenty seven 
cents. The accounts of the same having been examined & con- 
sidered by the Selectmen : it is now adjudged by them that the 
same expence shall be paid by the persons hereafter named 
& in the proportion & to the amount set against their names 
respectively . viz 

Proprietors in Garden Street 

William Welch, Wright, Doc 1 . Jennison, Morris 

Sullivan, Joshua Chase, Murdock, Benj a . Hall, Dan 1 . 

Woodward, Joseph Batson, Joshua Randall, Benjamin Hurd, 
Tho 8 - - Hague, 1 drain each at $17.67. 

Walter Russell, 2 drains at $35.34. 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[125.] Ditto on Southack Street. 

Murphey, Peter Guss, Diamond, 1 drain each at 

$17.67. 

Ditto on Myrtle Street 

George Cockayne, Calvin Page, Jonas Prouty, William Hayden, 
Amasa Winchester, Thomas Welsh Ju r ., Samuel Whitney, Eben r . 

T. Andrews, Joel Shipley, Joshua Airy, Greenwood, 1 drain 

each at $17.67. 

Ditto on Pinckney Street 

Isaac Scoffield, Peter Osgood, Estate Charles Paine, Jonathan 
Loring, Elias Mann, 1 drain each at $17. 67. 

John Pratt, 2 drains at $35.34. 

Eben r . T. Andrews, 3 drains at $52. And 

We do hereby authorize and empower M r . William Welch to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH 
EBEN R OLIVER 

JON A . HUNNEWELL g 

JOHN MAY 

JOSEPH FOSTER f 

NATHAN WEBB 15 

BENJ WELD 

JOSEPH LOVERING J 

[126.] Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for choice of 
Representatives on the 14 th . instant. 

M r . Eliot to print notifications. 

Rev. D r . Eliot to be requested to open the Meeting with 
prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 13 th . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
Weld & Levering. 

Warrant was prepared and signed for a Town Meeting for the 
20 th . instant, to transact the monied concerns, and other busi- 
ness. 

A communication was received from William Minot Esq. Sec- 
retary of the Mill Corporation, proposing that the Selectmen 
should agree to sign releases of the land south east of Merrimack 
street, upon that street being raised & formed to the acceptance 
of the Board. 

Agreed to proceed to view the present situation of Merrimack 
street, and the land referred to. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 59 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25 th . 1812. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, Webb, 
Weld & Lovering. 

Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

[127.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 
-812. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb & Lov- 



Whereas Edward Childs upon application to the Selectmen 
obtained liberty to lay a common sewer in Poplar street & it hav- 
ing been made to appear to the Board that the said work has 
been properly executed & the expence of the same being ascer- 
tained to amount to two hundred & twenty dollars forty five 
cents It is hereby ordered and adjudged by the Selectmen that 
the several persons who have laid their cross drains into said 
common sewer or main drain or receive benefit therefrom shall be 
assessed their proportion of the above expence as follows viz 

William Minot, Israel Munroe, M. White, Sam 1 . Parkman, 
Edward Childs, Sam 1 . White, M r - Foster, and Seth Wright, 
1 drain, $16.96 each. 

Sam 1 . Brown, 2 drains, $33.92. 

Christopher Gore, 3 drains, $50.88. 

And We do hereby authorize M r Edward Childs to demand 
& receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH 
E. OLIVER 
Jos. FOSTER 
N. WEBB 
Jos. LOVERING. 

[128.] Return was made by M r Edward Wright of the 
expence of repairing the drain in Belknaps Alley 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 follows, 
viz. Whereas, a drain or common sewer has been laid in Bel- 
knaps Alley conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the 
whole expence whereof amounts to one hundred and fifty nine 
dollars thirty three cents, 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 & 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. 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Joshua Blanchard 14.70 

Edmund Wright 72.32 

Dudley 72.32 And We 

do hereby authorize M r . Edmund Wright to demand & receive the 

same & to give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CH S . BULFJNCH ") ^ 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
Jos. FOSTER 
N. WEBB 
J. LOVERING J as 

[129.] Return was made by Nath 1 Smith Esq. of the 
expence of repairing the common sewer in Belknap 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 objection 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 Belknap street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, 
the whole expence whereof amounts to Eight hundred and thirty 
two dollars, fifty one cents 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 & 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. 

Thomas Perkins, Sam 1 . G. Perkins, John E. Tyler [ISO.] 

John Q. Adams, William Munroe, Edmund Munroe, M r . 

Rich, Eben r . Lafkin, William Homer, Matthew Lodge, M r 

Saunderson, A. Boynton, Parson Bowker, Charles Walley, Eben r 
Farley, John McGuire, John Brazer, C & G Barrett, Horatio 
Weld, John Mackay, Winslow Lewis, Daniel E. Powers, N Smith 
Jun r , Neh h . Parsons, Estate of Peter Roe Dalton, Benj n Russell, 
Jackson & Lincoln, Shaw & Souther, Jonathan Amory, Alanson 
Tucker, Howard Bowker, 1 each at $16.33 

Jonathan Mason, John Osborn, John Baxter, Joseph Baxter, 
Dan 1 . D. Rogers, Jacob Whiting, 2 each at $32.66 

Mungo Mackays Estate, 3 at $48.99. 

Higginsons, 5 at 81. 65. 

And We do hereby authorize & empower Nath 1 . Smith Esq. 
M r . John Baxter & M r . Eben r . Farley, to demand & receive the 
same & to give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) C. B. E. O. J. H. J. MAY & B. WELD. 

[131.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
8 th . 1812. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, 
Foster, Webb, Weld & Lovering. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 61 

The present meeting was called on occasion of the death of 
Francis Wright Esq. when the following resolution was passed 
and ordered to be printed in the papers. 

Voted. As a testimony of respect for the memory of Francis 
Wright Esq. deceased, our late associate at the Board of Select- 
men, we will attend the interment of his remains on Wednesday 
next. And request the members of the Board of Overseers, of 
the School Committee, of the Board of Health, the Fire wards & 
other Town Officers also to attend. 

On the Petition of a Number of inhabitants, warrant was 
signed for a Town Meeting on the 11 th . instant. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11 th . 1812. 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Webb, Weld 
& Lovering. 

The Chairman and M r . Oliver were empowered to have the 
street next the ropewalks at the bottom of the Common, raised 
so as to form a foot walk [132.] six feet wide, with a row of 
timber on each side & filled between with gravel, as a further 
security against high tides. 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Weld, a committee to confer with the 
residents on Fort hill respecting the improving and securing the 
center part of the hill, and the necessary regulation of the streets 
to ascertain the probable expence, & what part thereof the 
abutters will subscribe. 

On the application from the Hon. Judge of Probate inquisi- 
tion was made into the circumstances of Benjamin Bailey and 
return was made that the said Bailey was non compos mentis, 
and that it was advisable that a guardian should be appointed for 
him. 

Five Jurors were drawn for district Court. 

Boston se. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26 th . 1812. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Webb, Weld & 
Lovering . 

28 Jurors were drawn for Court of Com. Pleas. 

Return was made by Weston & Bliss of the expence of repair- 
ing the common sewer in South street, the account [133.] 
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 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

order of payment was passed by the Selectmen as follows viz. 
Whereas, a drain or common sewer has been laid in South street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence 
whereof amounts to thirty one dollars, seventy one cents, which 
expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter 
therein and receive benefit thereby : wherefore, we the subscribers, 
Selectmen of the said Town of Boston certify that having con- 
sidered the same expence and by whom & in what manner it 
ought to be paid Do Adjudge, that the same be paid in the pro- 
portion following & by the persons hereafter named* viz. 

Samuel Jenney, John Davis Esq., Samuel Abbot, M r 

Cotton, Stocker, Simeon Done, Levi Done, Fitz Jufts, 

John Peirce, John Andrews, Edward Blake Jun r , Mar n Emanuel, 
Henry Prentiss, Edward Gray, Henry Hill, W m Sweetser (Distill 
house), Thomas Thompson, Andrew Mertare, John Winslow, Sam 1 . 
Bradford, 1 each at $1.22. 

William Ellerson, [134.] M rs . Heckling, Jon a Hunnewell, 2 
each at $2.44 

Aud We do hereby authorize and empower Mess rs . Weston & 
Bliss to demand & receive the same & to give discharges there- 
for. 



(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAT 
NATHAN WEBB 



i 

H m 






BENJ A WELD c 

JOSEPH LOVERING j cc 

[135.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 29 h . 
1812. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, May, Webb, Weld 
& Levering. 

Passed upon Accounts. ^ 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1 st . 1812. 
Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Fost<Jr, Webb, Weld 
& Lovering. 

Return was made by Benjamin Lanphear of the expense of 
repairing the common sewer from Brattle square, 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 follows viz. Whereas, a drain or common 
sewer has been laid from Brattle square conformably to the 
directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts 
to ten dollars and fifty cents, which expence is to be borne 
by such persons whose drains enter therein & receive [136.] 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 63 

benefit thereby Wherefore, we the subscribers, Selectmen of 
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. 

Benjamin Lanphear, Daniel Greenleaf, James Lovell, Charles 
Gushing, each $1.17. John Brazer, $2.34. Edward Tuckerman 
Jun r . $3.51 

And We hereby empower Enoch Hurlbutt to demand & receive 
the same, and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH" 

EBEN K OLIVER a 

JON A HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ WELD co 

JOSEPH LOVERING 

[137.] Boston 88. July 1 st . 1812. 

Return was made by Doc*. Ephraim Eliot of the expence of 
repairing the drain in Middle 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 objection 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 Middle street conformably to the 
directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts 
to twenty four dollars, which expence is to be borne by such per- 
sons whose drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby : - 
Wherefore, we the subscribers Selectmen of 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 and by the persons hereafter 
named, viz. 

Edward Hall, Stephen Gibson, Andrew Townsend, each y 3 d . of 
a share at 8l.83 x / 8 . 

[138.] Elizabeth Hudson, Ephraim Eliot, Mary Swift, 
Thomas Howe, each 1 Share at $4. 

M rs . Conant, Joseph Williston, each 1 /. 2 Share at $2. 

And We do hereby authorize & empower M r . Turell Tuttle to 
receive the same & to- give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH^] 

EBEN E . OLIVER rt a 



JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOHN MAY 
BENJ WELD 
NATHAN WEBB 
JOSEPH LOVERING 






<o ,_, 
CO C 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[139.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 8 th . 
1812. Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, May, Foster, 
Webb, Weld & Levering. 

The following persons were approved as Auctioneers for the 
year ensuing from the first instant. viz. 

Samuel Blagge, Frederick Beck, George Burroughs Jun r , George 
Bond, Joseph Bumstead, Stephen Brown, Horatio Bass, Chris- 
topher Barker, Samuel Bridge, James Bourguin, Cornelius 
Coolidge, Abraham Carter, Sam 1 . F. Coolidge, Thomas Clark, 
George G. Channing, William Dehon, Richard Edwards, William 
Gridley, Nath 1 . Gamage, Richard H. Hough, Caleb Hayward, 
John C. Hastings, Fitz Edward Hutchings, Tho 8 . K. Jones, Isaac 
P. Ingersol, John Jutau, George Noble, Daniel Oliver, Elisha & 
L. Parks, Samuel Prince, John Perkins, John A. Parkman, Jacob 
Rogers, Joseph Ripley, Henry W. Richards, Jesse Sanger, John 
Sprague, Henry Sturgis, David Taylor, Nath 1 . Tucker, Samuel 
Tufts, George Wheeler, Samuel Whitwell, Daniel Wild, Henry 
White, John Winslow Jun, Jonathan Webb. 

[14O.] This time being assigned by public advertisement 
for the choice of constables the applications were read. 

Voted. To appoint twenty four constables for the present 
year being two for each ward. 

The following persons were then chosen & the sureties 
approved. viz. 

Sureties 
Thomas Stevenson - - - - Tho 8 . Stevenson J. & W m . Stevenson 

Henry Lane --- Caleb Waiting & Israel Munroe 

Elisha Copeland John Perry & John Gibson 

Moses Thayer - - John Minchin and Ja 8 . Liswell 

James Sumner J r . Tho 8 . W. Sumner & Ja 8 . Ridgway 

Sol . Twist W m . Simonds & Amos Penniman 

William Tupper ------ John Gibson & John Howe 

Benj. B. Leeds Jer h . Gore J. & Sam 1 . H. Babcock 

W m . Brooks Moses Wallach & Lem 1 . Babcock 

James Perkins ------- Tim . Green & Ja 8 . Williams 

W m . Dinsmore - W m . Cochran & David S. Eaton 

Jon a . Prescott O. C. Wyman & Jn. Barnard 

Rob*. Rixford EbenV Frothingham Tho Redman 

Tho 8 . Holden ------- Silas Harvey Isaac Coolidge Jr 

Wendell R. Barker - - - - Brad Billings Peter Dickerm an 

Benj a . C. Stevenson - - - S. Bell and Tho Stevenson J 

David Rixford Wm. P. Whiting Esq. & Ez 1 . Brown 

Geo. Jackson ------- Rob 1 . New & Caleb Whiting 

Geo. Reed Peter Bicknell Mor 1 . Burr 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 65 

[141.] On a representation from M r . Bond, that the clock 
at Doc 1 . Lathrops church was much broken, and could not be 
made serviceable it was agreed that the clock formerly belonging 
to the First Church should be repaired & put up in D r . Lathrops 
or Second Church. 

Agreed that the rent of the room in the Town house hired by 
M r . Henry Messinger, and now occupied by Samuel D. Parker 
Esq. should be placed at two hundred dollars per annum. 

Voted. That M r . Adam Rupp be employed to prevent persons 
with horses or otherwise, at the west end of Allen street, going 
into the water on Sundays, after the hour of 7 in the morning. 

The Chairman was desired to confer with Gen. Welles and 
consult him upon the proper measures to prevent the practice of 
drumming in the streets after sunset. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 15 th . 1812. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld & 
Levering. 

five jurors were drawn for Com. Pleas Court. 

M r . Levering was desired to procure a supply of powder for 
the Town's use agreeable to the requisition of the Militia law. 
and [142.] the Treasurer be desired to give his note for the 
same, payable in ninety days. 

Return was signed for the renewed list of innholders & retailers. 

The Board was occupied in examining into a complaint brought 
by Stephen Woods against Jonathan Prescott, a constable during 
the past year, and now a candidate for that office. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 1812. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld and 
Levering. 

A complaint having been presented by M r . Moses Walbach 
against Robert Rixford, constable, for misconduct in making a 
false return on an execution against him. The parties were 
summoned to attend & were examined when it appeared to the 
Board that the complaint was without foundation. 

Ordered, That the Town Clerk publish in the Boston Gazette & 
New-England Palladium, the law of this Commonwealth, which 
empowers the Selectmen to regulate every description of carriages 
in the streets of this Town; & the Rules and Orders [143.] 
adopted by them in pursuance of such powers. 



66 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

It is hereby ordered, that from and after Monday, the third 
day of August next, the following Rules & Orders shall be in 
force, for the due regulation of carriages in the streets of the 
Town of Boston, viz*. 

Of Hay. 

All Waggons, Carts & Sleds with Hay for sale, shall stand in 
Charles street, in one line on the northerly side of said street ; 
beginning at the easterly end thereof, by the new hay scales, & 
to extend as far westerly as shall be found necessary to accom- 
modate the numbers. 

Of Wood from the Country. 

The Waggons, Carts & Sleds with wood for sale, shall stand 
in Common street, from the Burying Ground gate southerly, as 
far as shall be found necessary to accommodate the numbers : & 
shall stand in one line along the westerly side of the street leaving 
the entrance to Park street & the foot passages into the mall, 
clear and unincumbered. 

As many Waggons, Carts & Sleds with wood shall be allowed 
to stand in Bowdoin Square, & the North Square, as shall, upon 
experience, be found convenient for the free passage of cai-riages 
through those Squares. 

And one row of such Waggons, Carts & Sleds shall be allowed 
to stand on the easterly side of Pond street, leading from Hanover 
street to Charles-River-Bridge. 

Of Hackney Carriages. 

Six Hackney Carriages shall be allowed to stand in the North 
Square, and all other Hackney Carriages shall stand in those 
streets where their stables are situated, and immediately in front 
of their [144.] stables, as near to the side walk as possible 
provided, that not more than two such Hackney Carriages shall 
be avowed on any such stand at one time ; & that no Carriage 
shall be washed or cleaned in the streets. 

Every hackney carriage shall be numbered on each door thereof, 
in a conspicuous place, on the outside, with the figures not less 
than two inches in length ; and such figures shall be painted on 
the doors or fixed on them in metal plates, & shall not be 
moveable. 

The price and rate of fare to be demanded & received for the 
conveyance of any person or persons within the limits of the 
Town, shall be for a single person, twenty five cents ; & when 
more than one person shall be conveyed at one and the same time, 
twenty cents shall be paid by each & every one of them. 

Market Regulations. 

All Carts, or other carriages, with provisions of any kind for 
sale, which shall stand in Dock square, Market Square, Union 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 67 

& Ann streets, shall be under the direction of the Clerk of the 
Market ; all horses shall be taken from such carriages & carried 
to one of the neighbouring stables, or otherwise removed from the 
streets by the owners or drivers. 

No cart nor other carriages shall be suffered to stand in Court 
street, Exchange street, or the passage way between Dock Square 
& Union street. 

No person shall be allowed to stand with vegetables or fruit 
for sale in Dock Square, until all the stalls in Market Square shall 
be occupied ; and no carts, for sale of articles, shall stand in 
Cornhill, until Dock Square shall be filled, at the discretion of the 
Clerk of the Market : & those Carriages which for want of room 
in Dock Square, shall be obliged to stand in Cornhill, shall be 
ranged on one side of the street only. 

No waggons, carts nor sleds, with hogsheads, barrels, boats, 
hoop poles, oars, timber, boards, ladders, spouts nor gutters, 
[145.] wooden nor tin ware, chairs nor baskets, shall be 
suffered to stand in Market nor Dock squares, in State street, nor 
any street contiguous thereto ; but shall have a convenient stand 
on land belonging to the Town, about the middle of Pond street, 
between the Baptist Meeting-houses. 

No carts nor other carriages with provisions for sale, and no 
chaises not other riding carriages shall stand in State street. 

All waggons, carts & Sleds with cider, shall stand in Water 
street in one line on the north side thereof, & in Adams street on 
the east side thereof & as many in Liberty square as shall be 
found convenient for the free passage of Carriages through said 
square. 

Of Trucks, Sleds & Carts. 

All trucks owned by any inhabitant of the Town of Boston, 
shall be registered in a book to be kept by the Town Clerk for 
that purpose ; & shall be numbered from number one in succes- 
sion ; & said numbers shall be distinctly painted on both shafts 
of said trucks, in black letters & figures at least three inches in 
length on a white ground. 

After such Trucks shall be so registered & numbered, if 
any owner thereof shall sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of 
his property therein, the same shall be registered anew in the 
name of the person purchasing or otherwise owning the same ; & 
the number shall be renewed as often as they shall become 
defaced or indistinct. 

Twenty trucks, with two horses harnessed to each, shall be 
allowed to stand in State street : to extend to Merchants row to 
Long Wharf on the North side ; & from Kilby street to Broad 
street on the south side, in the following order : 

The trucks numbered from one to twenty, to have the privilege 
of that stand for one week ; those [146.] numbered from 
twenty one to forty, to stand there the second week ; & those 
numbered from forty one to sixty, to stand there the third week 
in succession after which they shall begin again the rotation. 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Such trucks as have usually stood in the street at the east end 
of Faneuil Hall, shall be permitted to continue there for the 
present, under the directions of the officers of police. 

All other trucks, not accommodated as above, shall stand in 
Broad street, from Central street southerly ; to be arranged in 
one line near the foot walk, on the east side for one week ; & in 
the same manner on the west side on the second week ; & shall 
change their stands on the east & west sides of the street weekly. 
All sleds drawn by two horses, owned by any inhabitant of this 
Town, shall be registered & numbered ; & shall take their stands, 
in the season when they shall be in use, Under the same regula- 
tions as are above pointed out for trucks. 

No truck nor sled with one horse, shall be permitted to stand 
in State street. 

All carts with horses, shall stand in Central street, in one line, 
on the north, for one week, & in the same manner on the south 
side, on the second week ; & shall change their stands weekly. 

The Hand Carts shall stand on the easterly side of Liberty 
square & Battery March street, & all carts of every description, 
shall be marked with the owners name, legibly printed thereon 
with paint. 

Of Boylston Market. 

No cart, wagon, nor sled, with beef or mutton for sale, shall 
be allowed to stand in Orange, Newbury, Boylston, nor Essex 
streets. 

No carriages containing provisions of any kind, nor any empty 
carriage shall be allowed to stand in Boylston street. 

[147.] Carriages containing provisions, except beef or mut- 
ton, shall be allowed to stand in Orange street, in front of the 
Market house, in one line on the west side of the street, leaving 
two spaces for entrances to the Market house, to be designated 
& limited by the Clerk of the Market. 

Of "West Boston Market. 

No person shall be allowed to stand in Cambridge street or 
either of the streets branching therefrom with their waggons, 
carts, sleds or horses, having meat, vegetables, or other articles 
of provisions for sale ; nor shall any person be allowed to place 
any stall, bench or block in said streets to exhibit any such pro- 
visions foi sale & 

It is hereby ordered in pursuance of the authority above named, 
that if any person shall offend against either of the above rules & 
orders, he shall forfeit & pay the sum of Five Dollars, upon con- 
viction of every such breach of said rules and orders. 

By order of the Selectmen. 

Sign'd, CHAKLES BULFINCH, Chairman. 
Attest, Tho. Clark, Town Clerk. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 69 

Boston ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 27. 1812. 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld and 
Lovering. 

The Board passed the monthly accounts. 

[148.] Boston Ss : At a meeting of the Selectmen July 29. 
1812. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld 
& L'overing. 

Completed the Accounts. 

On the representation from M r . Matignon, that great incon- 
venience is experienced from the passing of trucks through the 
narrow passage west of the Catholic Church, and also of the 
hazard frequently attending it Agreed that he have liberty to 
put up a post in that passage way. 

The Clerk of the Market is directed to lease the vacant beef 
stalls in Ann street, on Saturday the 8 th . August & to advertize 
them previously in the papers. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 4 th 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld & Lovering. 

This meeting was called on the application for a Town Meeting, 
and warrant was signed accordingly for Thursday the 6 th . Instant. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Select-Men August 5. 1812. 
Present Mess Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld & Lovering. 

Whereas Mess 18 . John Amory & Elisha Ticknor [149.] upon 
application to the Selectmen, obtained liberty to lay a common 
sewer in Hawley street, & it having been made to appear to the 
Board that the said work has been properly executed & the 
expense of the same being ascertained to amount to two hundred 
& sixty six dollars sixty seven cents. 

It is hereby ordered & adjudged by the Selectmen that the 
several persons who have laid their cross drains into said com- 
mon sewer or main drain or receive benefit there-from shall be 
assessed their proportion of the above expense as follows, viz 4 . 

John Amory .... 2 Shares - - $76.20 

Elisha Ticknor - - - 1 d - - 38.10 

Relief Vincent - - - 1 d - - 38.10 

Gottlieb Graupner - - 1 d - - 38.10 

Jon a . Amory - ... 1 d - - 38.10 

Oliver Everett - - - 1 d - - 38.10 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

And we hereby authorize & empower Mess rs . Rupp & Hynes 
to demand & receive the same & give discharges therefor. 

Sign'd CHARLES BULFINCH "") a 
EBEN R OLIVER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ WELD 
JOSEPH LOVERING 

[15O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmeja August 
12 th . 1812. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, 
Weld & Lovering. 

The following persons were chosen Constables to complete the 
number for the present year. viz 

Benj a . Horton Jun r Sureties Benj a . Horton & W m Lovering 
Walter Crosby " Israel Munroe & Jn. French 

Joseph W. Brown " Gideon Snow & Benj a . Rich 

Andrew Sanborn " Horace Dupee & Ja s . Burchsted 

Joseph Tucker " Samuel Harris & Jos. Newhall 

The following was received from the committee lately chosen 
at the Town Meeting for taking measures to secure the good 
order & safety of the Town & the following votes were passed 
& ordered to be printed. 

Boston Aug. 11, 1812. 
To the Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

Gentlemen, 

The committee appointed by the Resolve of the inhabitants of 
the town convened on the 6 th instant, are fully aware that the 
town has always been distinguished for the peaceable and orderly 
conduct of all classes of its citizens. And although there is no 
reason to suppose that the peace of the town will be disturbed, 
yet as evils may arise when wholly [151.] unexpected, the com- 
mittee conceive that it would be universally acceptable to have 
due precautions taken against them. 

In behalf of the inhabitants, therefore, we beg leave to recom- 
mend to the Selectmen that one hundred discreet, able-bodied 
citizens should be immediately engaged to perform the duty of 
Watchmen and of special Constables of the town : That these cit- 
izens Should be provided with the customary equipment of Watch- 
men, and required to patrole the town at such hours and in such 
numbers and under such regulations as the Selectmen may think 
fit : That in case of any riot or tumult it shall be the duty of the 
Watchmen to cause the bells to be tolled. 

The committee further recommend that in case of any alarm in 
the night time, all citizens, who are well disposed toward the 
preservation of the peace, and order of the town, should imme- 
diately place lights in all their windows which front towards the 
street, and keep their lights so placed untill tranquillity is 
restored. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 71 

That provision be immediately made, to the end, that all mil- 
itary companies instantly assemble, in case of alarm, at their 
respective places of rendezvous, ready to do duty, & there to 
await the orders of those civil & military officers, who have a law- 
ful right to command their services in support of the laws, and 
of the public peace and order. 

That when any alarm is given, all magistrates, peace officers, 
and constables, and watchmen [15.] be requested immediately 
to proceed to the place of riot, and there pursue the steps of the 
law to suppress the same, and to seize upon and secure for trial, 
and condign punishment, the leaders and abettors thereof : And 
in such cases, that all children or boys, and apprentices, servants 
and other persons, not holden, or associated, to do military duty, 
and who do not mean to be considered as part of a riotous assem- 
bly, and dealt with accordingly, be required instantly to retire to, 
and remain at, their respective places of abode ; and that parents, 
masters, and heads of families be enjoined to cause a due obser- 
vance of this recommendation by all who are subject to their 
orders. 

By order of the Committee 

JOHN C. JONES. 
attest, 

W m Sullivan, Sec y of the Committee. 

The above communication from the committee, chosen at the 
Town Meeting of the 6 th . instant, having been read, it was Voted. 
That this Board will use all the powers vested in them by law to 
carry the proposed regulations into effect ; and will exert all their 
influence in the support of measures so obviously calculated to 
secure that peaceable and orderly conduct for which the town has 
been long distinguished. 

All classes of citizens are accordingly requested to conform to 
the recommendation for placing lights in their windows should 
any occasion of alarm or riot occur in the night time ; and to be 
particularly careful to restrain all [153.] minors, children, or 
others under their control, from joining any tumultuous assembly 
in the streets. 

The military officers are desired to attend to that part of the 
regulations respecting the prompt appearance of the companies 
under their command, to aid the civil authority, in support of the 
laws, and of the public peace and order. 

And notice is hereby given. 

That the Selectmen wish to engage the services of a number of 
ablebodied, discreet citizens, as a patrole- watch. They invite 
such persons to apply to the committee of the board, any day, 
at noon, in the next week at Faneuil Hall ; good recommenda- 
tions will be required, and such persons as are householders will 
be preferred. 

By Order of the Selectmen 

Signed, CHARLES BULFINCH, Chairman. 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 19. 1812. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Webb Weld & Levering. 

The proprietors of stores on Central street and the short street 
next parallel to it having agreed to pay one half the expense of 
paving those streets, it was voted to complete them immediately. 

The recommendations for the persons who apply for employ- 
ment in the new watch were read and a number of selections 
made [154.] the business postponed to a special meeting on 
Monday next. 

The Chairman was impower'd to employ workmen to pave the 
northerly end of Chambers street, as far as to cross Green street. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 24. 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Foster, Weld 
& Levering. 

Further examination was made into the recommendations of 
the persons applying to be admitted into the new watch. 

The general arrangement of the watch was considered and 
persons nominated for Captain and constables the Chairman was 
desired to inform them, to know whether they would accept the 
trust. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug 4 . 31. 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld & Lovering. 

Capt". Purkitt, M r . Austin & M r . Grant, waited on the board, 
as a committee from the Washington Benevolent Society, to request 
the use of a room for the purpose of depositing the standards of 
the Society. 

Voted. That the Selectmen will appropriate the room N. 4. 
on the North side of the [155.] Military hall, for the use of the 
Washington Benevolent Society, agreeably to their request. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem 1 ". 2. 1812. 
Present Mess" . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld, and 
Lovering. 

The following have been proposed and examined at former 
meetings, is adopted for the regulation of the new watch. 

The watch to consist of 100 men. 

That there be one Captain and commander of the whole ; that 
the watch be divided into three divisions, one division for the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 73 

north, one for the south and one for the center of the Town, the 
center to be the main watch. 

That these divisions be subdivided each into two sections and 
one section of each watch to be on duty every other night under 
the direction of a constable for each section. 
The Watch of the night will be as follows. 

One Captain --_ 1 

Three Constables of Sections ------ 3 

Men at Centre Watch 18 

Men at South Watch 14 

Men at North Watch 14 

_50 

The Captain shall call every day for his orders on the Chair- 
man of the Selectmen at 12 o'clock It shall be his duty to be 
present every night at the main watch house at [1 56.] 10 o'clock 
in winter and at 11 in summer, to call the roll & set the watch 
and give the constables their orders for the night. 

The constables to make their report to the captain every 
morning of the events of the night, and the captain to lay the 
same before the Chairman of the Selectmen at 12 o'clock when 
he goes to receive his orders for the following night. The watch- 
men shall patrole in such parties and in the way that the con- 
stables shall direct, after receiving their orders from the captain. 
At no time shall they suffer more than half their number to be in 
the house together after the watch is set except called in upon 
special business. It shall be the duty of one section of the north 
watch to visit the main watch house at least once every night, & 
the south watch shall do the same ; & it shall be the duty of the 
main watch to visit the north and south watch in the same man- 
ner which time, as well as all others the greatest civility & deco- 
rum shall be observed. The watch-men are not to talk loud or 
make any noise when going their rounds. They are not to suffer 
any men or body of men to enter their watch house except they 
first show a certificate from the Chairman of the Selectmen & 
then it shall be their duty to let them in and give them such 
information as may be in their power respecting the occurrences 
of the night. 

The north watch to visit all that section of the Town north 
of the mill creek paying particular attention to the back streets & 
bye places. 

[157.] The South Watch to visit all that section south of 
Summer & Winter streets paying attention to back streets & bye 
places The Centre & main watch to visit from Summer and 
Winter streets to the Mill Bridge including West Boston, paying 
attention as before express'd In case of any disturbance or riot 
in either section, and it should be thought necessary for the aid 
of more men than belongs to that section where it may happen, 
the constable of such section shall send one of his men to the 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

main watch whose duty it shall be to give all the assistance in 
their power by bringing foward the whole watch And in case of 
such necessity the Captain of the whole to be immediately called 
and until he arrives the highest constable present to take the 
command, and should it be thought necessary for more aid than 
the watch of the night it shall be the duty of those watchmen 
who are not on duty that night to repair immediately to the main 
watch house and take their orders from the highest officer present 
and when thus engaged they shall receive pay as tho' it was their 
night of duty No watchman to leave his duty until day light. 
The constables of the several sections to be numbered from one 
to six and consider N. 1. the highest number & when the Captain 
is not present the highest in office to command. 

The Selectmen will be the judges of the conduct of all the 
watchmen and remove them as they think the good of the Town 
may require ; when the watchmen leave the watch house for their 
homes the constable shall see their implements [158.] filed 
away in the watch house. The Captain to be on duty every night 
and receive one dollar for every night's service. 

The several constables to be on duty every other night and 
receive seventy five cents per night when on duty. 

The watchmen to do duty every other night and receive fifty 
cents per night when on duty. 

The Board then made choice of the following Officers of the 
Watch 

Nathaniel Brewer, Captain 



CrVPPTl ~^J"O 1 ) 

. [ Constables of Centre division 
Andrew Sanborn ' 2 j 

John Spear < 3 | do o f South division 

Sam 1 Champney " 4 j 

Phillip Burrill 5 Uo of Nor th division 

Ansell Fobes "6 

Boston Ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r 9, 1812. 
Present Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld & Levering. 

Jurors were drawn to serve at the Com : Pleas : in October 
term. 

The committee of the Neck were desired to proceed to com- 
plete the repairs of the east side of Washington street & such 
pieces of the westerly side as were the most out of order. 

[159.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 16 th . 1812. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Foster, Webb, Weld & Levering. 

Jurors were drawn to supply vacancies in Common Pleas 
list. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 75 

Agreed to repair High street leading up Fort Hill with gravel 
not to exceed two hundred loads. 

Also to pave the upper part of Oliver street to the line of R. 
Williams' side walk. 

The application of the Commercial Insurance office for reduc- 
tion of rent, referred to Mess 18 . Hunnewell & Weld to inquire 
the present rents of such rooms & to act as they shall think 
expedient. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell, Weld & Webb a committee to 
view Union street where it joins upon the Mill Pond, to consider 
what measures can be taken to widen that part of the street. 

The Chairman was desired to give Major Burbeck an order on 
the keeper of the Magazine for powder sufficient for fifteen thou- 
sand cartridges, and to employ him to make them immediately. 

[16O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep- 
tember 23 d . 1812. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Webb, Weld & Levering. 

M r . Benjamin Tucker having renewed his application for an 
Auction licence, in which he engages to conform to such restric- 
tions as the Board think proper. 

It was agreed to renew his licence, to transact business at his 
office in State street. 

On the application of M r . Enoch Patterson, it was agreed to 
license a new brick building which he is now erecting for a 
livery stable the same being situated in a court leading north 
from Elm street. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen September 30 01 . 
1812. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld 
& Levering. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Issued warrant for Town Meeting to supply vacancies and 
other business. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 12 th . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Levering, Austin & 
Williams. 

Mess re . Austin & Williams having [161.] been chosen mem- 
bers of the board of Selectmen at the town meeting on the 7 th . 
instant, the oath required by law was administered to them by 
the Chairman. 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 15 th . 1812. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Webb, Weld, Austin & Williams. 

6 grand jurors & 8 petit jurors were drawn to serve at the 
Circuit Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 21 st . 1812. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Lovering & Will- 
iams. 

A communication was received from the clerk of the Mill Pond 
Corporation, informing that they had chosen Mess. Otis, Paine 
& S. Spear to settle with the town the partition of all the land 
intended for the next dividend. whereupon the Board made 
choice of the Chairman, Mess Hunnewell & Weld to confer & 
agree with the above committee on this subject. 

M r . Frink Stratton was approved as an Auctioneer upon the 
conditions lately adopted respecting the Market Square. 

Signed a Certificate, approving of M r . Snelling Powell & his 
associates to act and carry on stage plays interludes & other 
theatrical entertainments, at the theatre in Federal street. 

[162.] Return was made by Gardner Green Esq. of the 
expence of repairing the common sewer in Orange street the 
account whereof being duly examined by the Selectmen was by 
them allowed ; they being informed at the same time that all per- 
sons 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 follows viz. 
Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in Orange street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence 
whereof amounts to four hundred & forty eight dollars eight cents, 
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 consid- 
ered 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 and by the persons hereafter named, viz. 

Samuel Hastings, Joel Crosby, Geo. Longley & others, Robert 
Hewes, Widow Everett (Dorchester), John Jarvis, each 2 shares. 

Andrew Brimmer, [163.] Jeremiah Bumstead, John Amory, 
each 4 shares. 

W m . Wyman & Fowle, Josiah Fowle's Estate, Daniel Messin- 
ger, Widow Avery, Samuel Appleton, Col. Aaron Ames, David 
E. Mosely, M rs . Lowder, M rs . Callahan, John Haskins, Joseph 
Rowe & others, John Lucas's Estate, Nath 1 . Hurd, John Ross, 
Josiah Vose, Edward Gray, Thomas Hill, David Greenough, 
James Freeman, Eben r . Parker, Silas P. Tarbell, Cap*. Gorham, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 11 

John Welles, M rs . Lowell, W m . Shimmin, Cap*. Higgins, George 
Bethune, Widow Smith or Isaac P. Davis, Doc* Erving, [164.] 
Joel Hager, William Wetmore, M r . Lowell, Matthew M. Hunt, 
M re . Langdon, John Roulstone, Jonathan Loring, each 1 share. 

M rs . Durivage, Stephen Thayer, Proprietors of Boylston 
Market, Thomas Williams, Benjamin Greene, M rs . Harrison, Doc*. 
Hay ward, each 3 shares. 

And we do hereby authorize and empower M r . Charles Row to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 26 th . 1812. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Webb, Weld, Foster & Williams. 

Passed on Accounts. 

Warrant was signed for a Town Meeting for choice of Member 
of Congress for the Suffolk District. 

Rev. D r . Baldwin to be requested to open the meeting with 
prayer 

M r . Eliot to print the notifications. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28 th . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb & Williams 

Closed the Monthly Accounts & Voted . That the Treasurer be 
desired in making payments to the watchmen, to deduct the taxes 
that may be due from any [165.] one of them in a proportion 
not to exceed the one half of their monthly pay. 

M r . Bradlee having presented his account for oil, adjusted to 
the present time ; it appeared that the sum of $13346. .73 was 
now due to him of which amount the sum of one hundred & 
eighty dollars was drawn for in 1810, & five thousand & sixty 
five dollars, sixty cents in November last. an order was now 
passed on the Treasurer for the balance & Voted, that the Treas- 
urer be requested to give to M r . Josiah Bradlee his note for the 
whole sum due ; that the same may be discounted at the bank. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, November 2 d . 
1812. 

Present the whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for a Town Meeting for choice of Elec- 
tors of President and Vice President of the United States, for 
the District of Suffolk, Essex & Middlesex. 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Rv. M r . Gardiner to be requested to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

M r . Eliot to print notifications. 

[166.] Boston Ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 
4. 1812. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Weld, 
Levering & Williams. 

Grand jurors and traverse jurors were drawn for the Supreme 
J. Court. 

A complaint was presented from a number of inhabitants of 
the north part of the Town against riotous assemblies of appren- 
tice boys and others, who distress and insult passengers & injure 
fences and other property. 

The chairman was desired to employ one or more constables to 
prevent the evil complained of more particularly on the Sunday 
evenings. 

Information being given that a building was now erecting on 
the west side of the Neck, intended for a soap and candle manu- 
factory : The Chairman was desired to notify the proprietors 
that the law requires that all such buildings should be licensed by 
the Selectmen : & of the penalty for neglect of such application. 

[167.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 19 th . 1812. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Austin & Williams. 

Jurors were drawn for the district Court. 

A plan was exhibited by the Chairman of that part of Union 
street lying west of Hanover street, & which leads to the market 
place & great streets on the Mill Pond. the plan was consid- 
ered with relation to the improvement which might be made by 
widening that passage ; and it was agreed that M r . Weld should 
apply to the proprietor of the old building at the corner of Han- 
over street, late Frobishers, and to ascertain the probable 
expence of obtaining as much of it as should be wanted : and the 
Chairman was authorized to apply to the heirs of the late M r . 
Devens respecting the small house next to Frobishers, and to 
request the proprietors of the Green Dragon tavern to appoint a 
committee to confer and act with this board on the subject of 
the proposed improvement. 

[168.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Novem- 
ber 25 th . 1812. Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Foster, Weld, Levering, Austin & Williams. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1812. 79 

6 jurors were drawn for Supreme Court. 

On special application & recommendation the following persons 
were appointed Auctioneers, on condition that they shall not 
occupy offices in Market or Dock Square or State street. 

M r . Silas Field 
M r . William L Reaney 

Approved the indentures of George Allen, a minor to Israel 
Cook, to continue in force until the 22 d . December 1816, when 
the said George Allen will arrive at the age of nineteen years. 

- A memorial was received from a great number of inhabitants, 
remonstrating against the execution of the two persons now 
under sentence of death for piracy, being permitted to be had at 
the bottom of the Common.- The subject was considered, and it 
was voted unanimously that the board could not consent that any 
part of the Common should be used for that purpose. 

The Chairman was desired to communicate [169.] to the 

Marshal, the vote of the board ; and at the same time to inform 
him of their readiness to aid the officers of the United States in 
executing the law ; that a committee should accompany him to 
South Boston, to select the most convenient and suitable place, it 
being their opinion that the execution in a situation open to the 
view of the harbour will be best calculated, to answer the end of 
punishment, the prevention of similar crimes, by the display of 
their awful consequences. 

Mess". Hunnewell, Foster & Weld were appointed a committee 
for the above purpose. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 2 d . 
1812. 

Present the whole Board. 

Whereas M r James Freeman & others upon application to the 
Selectmen obtained liberty to lay a common sewer in Mason street, 
and it having been made to appear to the Board that the said 
work has been properly executed and the expence of the same 
being ascertained to amount to five hundred & eighteen dollars, 
twelve cents. It is hereby ordered and adjudged by the Select- 
men that the several persons who have laid their cross drains into 
said common sewer or main [17O.] drain or receive benefit there- 
from shall be assessed their proportion of the above expence as 
follows viz. 

John Welles, Isaac P. Davis, M r8 - - Lowell, Isaac Stevens, 
Benj a Rich, George Bethune, James Freeman, David Greenough, 
Ebenezer Parker, Tarbell, David Higgins, M r8 Smith, Will- 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

iam Wetmore Esq., John Lowell, John Bellows, Charles Barrett, 
Benj a Wiggin, Winslow Lewis, John T. Apthorp, Doc*. Erving, 
25.90 each. 

And we hereby authorize & empower M r . James Freeman to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 



CHARLES BULFINCH 
EBEN U OLIVER 
JON A HUNNEWELL 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ WELD 
JOSEPH LOVERING 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
ROB T WILLIAMS 



[1.71.] Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, December 9 th . 
1812. Present the whole Board. 

Jurors were drawn for the Court of Common Pleas. 

Return was made by Osgood Carleton & William Taylor who 
had been employed by the committee to survey Merrimack street, 
stating the height of the same compared with Pond street. 
Agreed to meet on said street tomorrow P.M. to view & decide 
upon the completing the same. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen December 14 th . 
1812. 

Present the whole Board. 

The board met for the purpose of drawing four jurors for Dis- 
trict Court and to confer respecting Merrimack street. Jurors 
being drawn, it was agreed that M r . Hunnewell should direct the 
workmen to raise & dress off a certain portion of the street, as he 
should think the same ought to be completed for [172.] accept- 
ance M r Weld & M r . Austin joined with M r Hunnewell as a 
committee to inspect the same after it shall be completed. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 16 th . 
1812. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Weld, 
Levering, Austin & Williams. 

24 jurors were drawn for Supreme J. Court. 

On application of M r . Francis Amory, it was unanimously 
agreed that he should be appointed an Auctioneer. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 81 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 28 th . 1812. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, Lov- 
ering, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 30 th . 
1812. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Closed the passing of Accounts. 

[173.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan- 
uary 6 th . 1813. Present Mess rB . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

A letter was received from the proprietors of Green Dragon 
Tavern, stating the appointment of a committee to meet the 
board on the subject of widening that street : In consequence of 
the above The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Weld were 
chosen a committee to meet the committee of proprietors. 

The same committee were empowered to confer with the pro- 
prietors of land bordering on Charles River between West Boston 
bridge and Canal bridge, for obtaining their consent to the contin- 
uation of Charles street to Canal bridge, agreeably to the appli- 
cation now before the General Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 8 th . 1813. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Lovering & 
Austin. 

This meeting was specially called to draw 24 jurors for 
Supreme Judicial Court, which were drawn & return made 
thereof. 

Several members of the Board having viewed Merrimack street, 
were of opinion that it was necessary for the [174.] security of 
that street, that a quantity of gravel should be placed in two 
coves or exposed parts of the borders of the street, to prevent 
the washing of the tide ;' it was agreed that two hundred loads 
would be sufficient. The above to be communicated to the 
Directors of Mill Pond Corporation. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 13 th . 1813. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, Weld & 
Austin. 

Complaint was made by M r . William Callender against George 
Jackson, constable for exacting illegal fees. 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Ordered, that M r . Jackson be notified to attend on Wednesday 
next. 

In pursuance of a precept received from Hon Thomas Dawes 
Esq., Judge of Probate, inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of Lydia Heath, and return was made that she was non 
compos mentis, and it was recommended that a guardian be 
appointed for her. 

The Committee having reported that the Directors of the Mill 
Corporation had complied with the request of the Board, and 
had put two hundred loads of gravel on the most exposed parts 
of the margin of Merrimack street, to guard it from the tide. 
The Chairman was directed to signify to the Directors, that the 
Board were ready to accept said street. 

[175.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
20 th . 1813. Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, & Austin. 

M r . George Jackson appeared & in presence of M r . Callender 
gave satisfactory answers to the charge brought against him. 

M r . Nathaniel Brewer was appointed to measure charcoal 
baskets used in this Town by the sellers of that article and 
directed to destroy all such as should not be of the dimensions 
required by law. 

On the application of the officers of a new raised company, 
called the Rangers, an armory on the south side of the military 
hall is assigned for their use. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 25 th . 
1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld, Levering 
& Austin. 

Passed upon the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 27. 1813. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Levering & Austin. 

The Clerk of the Market having represented that one of the 
scale beams in the Market [176.] house, was much decayed, and 
incapable of repair, ordered that a new beam & scales be pro- 
cured to replace it. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 4 th . 1813. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Weld, Lovering 
& Austin. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 83 

Several reports from committees were made, relative to open- 
ing the westerly end of Union street : proposals had been made 
to the various proprietors of land and buildings, which they now 
have under consideration. The committees were requested to 
pursue the business. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 17. 1813. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Weld, Levering, 
Austin & Williams. 

22 grand jurors & 35 traverse jurors were drawn for the next 
term of Supreme Judicial Court. 

Agreed to proceed to make sale of the wooden school house in 
School street, on Thursday 25 th . instant. 

A petition was received from a number of persons requesting 
that measures should be taken to have all meal sold by weight 
in this Town. It was agreed to refer this [177] petition to the 
Representatives of the Town in the General Court, that they 
might act thereon as in their Judgement should be thought most 
expedient. 

M r . William Cleland was appointed as Auctioneer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 24 th . 1813. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfiach, Oliver, Foster, Weld & Williams. 

Passed the Quarterly & Monthly Accounts. 
Warrant was signed for the annual March meeting. 

M . Eliot to print the notifications and Rev. M r . Eaton to be 
invited by M r . Foster to open the meeting with prayer. 

M r . Weld reported that M r . Green agent and guardian to the 
proprietors of the small house next to the Green Dragon tavern 
had agreed to terms of sale for said house ; but proposed that an 
appraisement should be made thereof in regular form of law, as 
of land taken to widen the street. this proposal was agreed to, 
& Mess". Redford Webster, Samuel Snelling & William Mackay 
were chosen referees ; the other party having expressed his con- 
sent to them. 

The Chairman was directed to pay to M r . James Green for the 
above house and land One Thousand dollars, from the amount to 
be [178.] received from M r . Odin : and it is further agreed that 
M r . Green shall have the use of said house & receive the rents for 
six months, and for any longer period, not to exceed one year, 
unless the board should see fit to have the house taken down after 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

the six months, in which case M r . Green agrees to have the same 
taken down, & the cellar filled to the level of the street, he to 
have all the materials of the said house. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 3 d . 1813. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld & Williams. 

The Assessors handed to the board a new list of qualified voters 
in the several wards. the same were examined, & it was ordered 
that M r . Eliot should print them. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10. 1813. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Weld, Austin, & 
Williams. 

This being the first meeting of the Selectmen since the annual 
March meeting of the Town ; they now proceeded to organize the 
board, by choosing a Chairman the votes being taken, Charles 
Bulfinch Esq. was declared unanimously chosen. 

Jurors were drawn to serve at the Circuit Court of Common 
Pleas. 

[179.] M r . M c .Neill, hay weigher, having exhibited his 
accounts to January 1 st . the same were examined, it however 
appeared that he had not paid to the Treasurer the balance of 
the year 1811, or any portion of the proceeds of 1812 it was 
ordered that the Chairman inform M r . M c .Neill that unless those 
sums are paid before the next meeting his bondsmen will be 
informed of his delinquency & he will not be considered a candi- 
date for a new choice. 

On the application of M r . Rea it was agreed that he should 
occupy the room in the old Town house adjoining his shoe store 
(which was lately let to M r . Donnison, and which he now gives 
up) on a lease of three years at seven hundred dollars per annum. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 17. 1813. 
Present Mess". Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for the choice of Gov- 
ernour, Lieutenant Governour & five Senators. 

M r . Eliot to print notifications. 

Voted. That the sum of one thousand dollars be allowed to 
the officer of Police as his salary the ensuing year. 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. was unanimously chosen Officer of the 
Police for the ensuing year. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 85 

[18O.] Voted. That the sum of five hundred dollars be 
allowed to the Deputy Police Officer as his salary the ensuing 
year. 

M r . Jeremiah Bridge was chosen Deputy Police Officer for the 
year ensuing. 

M r . Richard Austin was chosen sealer of weights and measures 
for the south district, & M r . Timothy Green for the north district 
in this Town, for the present year. 

Mess 18 . Caleb Loring Jun r . & Lemuel Capen were chosen seal- 
ers & weighers of lighters & boats, bringing stone, gravel & sand 
to this town; 

Voted. To proceed to the choice of a Hay Weigher for one 
year, and the person chosen to continue in office until another is 
chosen in his stead that he give bonds in the sum of one thou- 
sand dollars with two sureties for the faithful performance of his 
duty, & that his accounts be settled & all monies in his hands 
belonging to the town paid into the Town Treasury quarterly. 

M r . Samuel Phillips was chosen Hay Weigher, and John Parker 
& Joseph Lovering Esq r8 . were approved as his bondsmen. 

M r . Abraham Jones was approved as an Auctioneer. 

[181.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 24 th 
1883. Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, Lover- 
ing Austin & Williams. 

Return was made by Henry Hill Esquire of repairing the drain 
from a passage leading into Blossom street, the account whereof 
being 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 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 a passage 
leading into Blossom street .conformably to the directions of the 
Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts to ninety seven 
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 & by whom & in what man- 
ner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the same be paid in the 
proportion following & by the persons hereafter named, viz 

Captain Carver, John ' My call, Homer, 1 Share, 

$16.16 each. 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[182.] Henry Hill Esq., 3 Shares, $48.48. 
And we hereby empower Henry Hill Esq. to demand & receive 
the same, and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed EBEN R . OLIVER ") 

JON A . HONNEWELL 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
JOSEPH LOVERING 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
ROB T . WILLIAMS ) 

14 Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court Com. Pleas. 

A committee from the Board of Health appeared and produced 
a Vote of that board, proposing that the notifications for the 
choice of Assistant Assessors be issued on the same paper with 
those for the choice of members of the Board of Health The 
Board agreed to the proposition & ordered that the notifications 
be printed by M r . Loring, with those issued by the Board of 
Health. 

Rev. M r . Channing to be requested to open the Town Meeting 
with prayer. 

M r . Tewkesbury appeared, & requested to know of the Board, 
what deduction they intended to make from his rent the two last 
years, in consequence of his being denied ' the privilege of 
taking ballast from Deer Island referred to next meeting. 

[183.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
31 8t . 1813. Present Mess. Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Lovering & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

M r . Weld reported, that M r . Odin had paid one thousand dol- 
lars on account of land sold him, which sum had been paid over 
to M r . James Green agreeable to a vote of the board the 24 th . 
ultimo and that he had received of M r . Odin his note of hand 
for one thousand dollars payable the 9 th . November next being 
in full for M r . O' 8 . purchase. M r . Weld was requested to keep 
M r . Odins note until the further orders of the board. 

On the application of M r . Tewkesbury the board agreed that 
he should pay at the rate of two hundred dollars per annum for 
the two last years & that Deer Island be leased to him at the 
same rate & under the same restrictions with regard to ballast 
the present year M r . Tewkesbury being present assented to the 
above terms. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 87 

On the application of M r . Francis Amory the 17 th . instant for 
liberty to build a livery stable on land situated between Marl- 
borough street & Hawley street. It was agreed that the situation 
was suitable for the proposed building, & was more remote from 
any place of public worship than was required by law Voted, to 
approbate the intended livery stable, provided the same should be 
built of brick & made conformable to law. 

[184.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
14. 1813. Present Mess". Oliver, Foster, Webb, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Mess rs Jeremiah Draper & Benoice Johnson Jun r . were ap- 
proved as Auctioneers in company. 

Pursuant to a precept received from Hon. Thomas Dawes Esq. 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk inquisition was 
made into the ciicumstances of Ann Marshall, single woman 
and return was made that she was non compos mentis & that it 
was advisable that a guardian be appointed for her. 

On the appli cation of a number of persons for liberty to place 
a fish stall at the bottom of Harvard street Voted, that the 
request be granted under the superintendence of M r . Lovering. 

The board agreed to appoint M r . Perkins Reed & B. Steven s6n 
to attend at West Boston hill, Saturday nights & all Sundays,' 
for which they are to be allowed two dollars each weekly, until 
the further orders of the board. 

Mess 18 . Jonathan Stodder and Joseph Stodder were approved 
as sureties for M r . Lawson Bench appointed as Dep 1 . Collector by 
the Town Treasurer. 

[185.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, April 
21 st . 1813. Present Mess. Ofiver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

Mess. Oliver, Hunnewell & Foster, were appointed a com- 
mittee on the application of Gen. Brooks, to meet the general at 
the Selectmens Room tomorrow at half past 12 0' Clock. 

Voted. That M r . Foster be a qommittee to Confer with the 
Town's Counsel respecting the Bond given by M r . McNeill & 
report at the next Meeting. 

Voted, That Mess. Hunnewell & Williams be a committee to 
report the necessary expence for repairing Fort Hill. 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Mess rs . Levering & Austin a committee to confer with the 
Board of Health respecting a place to deposit the filth of the 
Town. 

Boston ss : At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28 1813. 
Present Mess 18 . Eben r . Oliver, Jon a . Hunnewell Joseph Foster, 
Nathan Webb, Benj Weld, Joseph Levering, Joseph Austin, 
Robert Williams. 

Return was made by Thomas Thorp of the expence of repair- 
ing the common sewer in Sheafe street, the account whereof being 
duly examined [186.] 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 that no 
objection had been made Assessment was now made, an order 
of payment was passed by the Selectmen as follows, viz. Whereas 
a certain drain or common sewer hath been laid in Sheafe street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence 
whereof amounts to forty dollars and fifteen cents, which expence 
is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter therein, and 
receive benefit thereby : Wherefore, we the subscribers, Select- 
men of the said Town of Boston, certify that having considered 
the same expence, and by whom and in what manner it ought to 
l)e paid, do adjudge that the same be paid in the proportion fol- 
owing and by the persons hereafter named, viz. 

W m Thomkins, Tho 8 . Whitman, Sarah Waters, Mary Jepson, 
Dan 1 . Oliver, Gardner Hammond, Francis Green, each $5.74. 

And we do hereby authorize & empower M r . Thomas Thorp to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

EBEN R . OLIVER ") 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
NATHAN WEBB 
BENJ N WELD o> 

JOSEPH LOVERING J 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting 13 th . Ins*. 

[187.] A communication was received from the Clerk of the 
Mill pond Corporation proposing that M r . Andrew Sigourney 
should be employed at the joint expence of the Town & of the 
corporation to superintend the work on the Mill pond. 

Voted, that the Board approve of M r . Sigourney as superin- 
tendent of the work, and will engage to pay one half of his 
expences for inspecting the laying of the common sewer, the 
building of the canal walls & any other work in which the Town 
shall be interested. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30. 1813. 
Present the whole Board, excepting the Chairman. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 89 

The committees appointed by the Boards of Selectmen and of 
Health, to consider on the best method to dispose of the filth of 
the Town and designate proper places for depositing the same, 
have attended to the business assigned them, and recommend, 
that the wharf on Lynn street (heretofore used as a place of 
deposit) be enlarged by making an addition of fifty feet, and 
improved as one place of deposit, and that a piece of land on the 
Neck be appropriated by the Selectmen, on which a vault of fifty 
[188.] square and six feet deep shall be dug, to be covered 
with a tight roof, for the deposit of what is termed the night 
dirt. 

BENJ A . WELD per Order. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted by the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 5. 1813. 
Present the whole Board except the Chairman. 

The committee appointed to consider the necessary expence of 
repairing Fort Hill Reported, a mode of improvement the 
expence estimated at 500 dollars Voted, to accept the report 
& to appropriate five hundred dollars for this object, if the 
abutters will agree to pay whatever sum it may amount to over 
the estimated amount of $500. 

Mess". Hunriewell & Lovering a committee to locate a piece of 
land on the Neck for depositing the night carts. & the filth of 
the Town. 

On the application of Dea. Warren M r . Webb & M r . Austin 
were appointed a Committee to examine the state of the Town's 
lot of land on the Mill pond, & report at the next Meeting. 

On the application of Ebenezer Smith leave was granted him 
to improve the brick building on Mill Pond (formerly the Chocolate 
Mills) as a livery stable. 

M r . Lovering to request Rev. M r . Holley to open the meeting 
on the 13 th Ins 1 , with prayer. 

[189.] A Petition from M r Thurston and others respecting 
Bowdoin street, was received & read. 

Voted, that Wednesday next be assigned to take the same into 
consideration & that M r . Thurston be requested to notify all per- 
sons interested in said street to attend if they see cause. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12 th . 1813. 
Present the whole Board excepting the Chairman: 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

M r . Webb & M r . Austin were appointed a committee to dis- 
pose of the lumber that remains on the inclosure on the Mill 
Pond. 

The committee on the application of the New England Guards 
Reported, That a room in the south east corner of the upper 
hall be fitted up in the same manner as the other armories for 
their use. 

The committee appointed to locate a piece of land on the Neck 
for depositing the filth of the Town reported, that they had laid 
out a piece of land adjoining the shed appropriated for the night 
carts. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for the 24 th . Instant 

[19O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
19 th . 1813. Present Mess 18 . Huhnewell, Foster, Webb, Weld, 
Lovering & Austin. 

On the application of M r . W. W. Clapp Voted, that M r . 
Clapp be employed to do the printing of the Town until it shall 
amount to the sum of sixty dollars, the sum he is indebted to the 
Town for rent. 

Voted, that the Chairman notify the owner of hack N. 6. 
that his license is suspended until the further order of this board, 
on account of the driver's receiving unlawful fees of Benjamin 
Pollard Esq. 

Voted. That a reward of twenty dollars be offered for detect- 
ing persons guilty of defacing buildings, fences &c. 

On the application of M r . Harrington for a reduction of rent of 
the office N. 16 old State house Mess 8 . Austin & Lovering 
were appointed a committee to inquire into the propriety of com- 
plying with M r . Harringtons request & report. 

The board in conformity to the institution of the Town came to 
the choice of a gentleman to deliver an oration on the 5 th . July 
next, being the anniversary [191.] of the Declaration of the 
Independence of the United States : and Edward S 1 . Loe 
Livennore Esq. was unanimously chosen. 

M r . Minot settled his accounts as Treasurer of the Franklin 
Fund. 

William Minot Esq. was re-elected Treasurer of the Franklin 
fund for the year ensuing. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 91 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 24. 1813. 
Present the whole Board except the Chairman. 

On the application of the Board of Health Voted, that the 
room adjoining the office of the Clerk of the Market, be appropri- 
ated as an office for the use of the Superintendent of the Burial 
Grounds. 

Voted. That the Chairman be requested to call a meeting of 
the committee of finance at the Selectmens room on Thursday 
next at 4 O'clock. P.M. 

[No entries on p. 192.] 

[193.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
31". 1813. Present Mess 18 . Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Lover- 
ing & Williams. 

Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

M r . Merriam, Clerk of the Market exhibited his Account 
The same was committed to the Chairman, M r . Foster & M r . 
Lovering for examination. 

On the application of M r . Sancry for permission to place a fish 
box at the bottom of Rainsfords Lane The Board agreed to 
grant his request, on condition that he should constantly keep 
fresh fish for sale at that place, ordered, That M r . Brown 
remove his fish box from the aforesaid place forthwith. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 2 d . 1813 
Present Mess ra . Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Closed the Quarterly Draft. 

Voted That M r .* Harrington's rent in the Old State House be 
reduced to one hundred & twenty dollars per annum from the 
first day of March last. 

[194.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
8 th . 1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Webb, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

28 Jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court of Common 
Pleas. 

On the summons to attend the taking of depositions in Rox- 
bury relative to claim of Canal Proprietors to a piece of marsh 
land on the Neck The Chairman & M r . Lovering were desired 
to attend, and to employ M r . Thacher to accompany them. 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The accounts of M r . Merriam, Clerk of the Market having 
been examined by the committee appointed for that purpose 
report was made, that the expences of paving & flagging on the 
north side of Faneuil Hall building new vegetable stalls, & fish 
boxes amounted to $2224. 25 

The rents received from them one year was 779.26 



That the expences of the old market l l / 4 year including Clerk 

of Market & assistants pay, & repairs was $1787. 5 

proceeds of l l / year to May I 8t . 2794. 21 



To credit of Town, net proceeds $906 16 



[195.] There had been received for weighing, included in 
the above during 

I 1 / 4 years - - - - , 447.85 

Expences to be deducted 225.48 



Net proceeds $222.37 

and that the accounts were correct. 
The report was accepted. 

A letter from P. O. Thacher Esq. was read, relative to the 
conduct of a party of the watch at "West Boston ; The Chairman 
was desired to present at the next meeting a return of the present 
state of the watch, & the subject referred to that time. 

Application having been made for liberty to open part of the 
common sewer in North street, the proprietors had been notified 
a remonstrance was now presented from a great number of 
them the same was referred to Mess rs . Webb & Austin to visit 
the premises and enquire into the circumstances of the case, and 
to report at next meeting. 

. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 11. 1813. 
Present Mess r Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld & Austin. 

5 Jurors were drawn for District Court U. S. 

[196.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 16. 
1813. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Levering & 
Austin. 

30 Jurors were drawn for the July term of Supreme Judicial 
Court. 

The Committee appointed to attend to the state of the common 
sewer in North street, reported that several houses at the lower 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 93 

part of the street had been incommoded with water in the cellars, 
which had now disappeared The proprietors of those houses were 
present and stated that the length of 150 feet would relieve all 
the houses which had suffered from water in their cellars. 

Voted, That Deacon Rainsford have liberty to proceed to repair 
or new lay the common sewer in North street, under the inspection 
of M r . Webb & M r . Austin, to commence at the capsill of the 
dock, & not to extend further than one hundred & fifty feet 
southerly. 

[197.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 28. 
1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell , Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Austin, Loverlng & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

The Meeting was adjourned at 5 o'clock to attend a convention, 
composed of the Selectmen, Overseers of the Poor & Board of 
Health, pursuant to a law of the Legislature of June 16. 1813. 

all the members attended except M r . Foster. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30. 1813. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld, Lover- 
ing, Austin & Williams. 

Completed the Monthly draft. 

Arrangements were adopted for the celebration of the Declaration 
of Independence. 

Ordered, that the bells should be rung from six to seven o'clock 
on the morning of the 5 th . July. And agreed to meet at the 
Senate Chamber at 1 1 o'clock. 

The following persons were appointed auctioneers for one year 
from the 1 st . July Daniel Oliver, Tho. K. Jones, W m Dehon, 
Sam 1 . Whitwell, George Bond, [198.] Luther Parks, John C. 
Hastings Elisha Parks, Henry White James Bourguin Rich d . H. 
Hough Fitz Edward Hutchings Benjamin Tucker Isaac P. Ingersol 
Caleb Hay ward Joseph Bumstead Tho Clark Jacob Rogers Frink 
Stratton Frederick Beck Silas Field Sam 1 . F. Coolidge Francis 
Amory William Gridley William Alline Geo. G. Channing W m . 
Cleland Horatio Bass Ab m . Jones Joseph Ripley Jerem h . Draper 
Richard Edwards Benoice Johnson Cornelius Coolidge Dan 1 . Wild 
Geo Burroughs Jun r . Abraham Carter Samuel Tufts James A. 
Allen John Jutan David Taylor John Sprague Nath . Gamage 
George Wheeler John H. Schaffer Charles Edwards John 
Winslow Jun r . 

Adjourned at 5 o'clock to meet the Convention, all the mem- 
bers present attended. 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 2 d . 1813. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Lovering, Austin 
& Williams. 

The present meeting was called for the purpose of attending 
an adjournment of the Town Convention & the members above 
named accordingly attended the meeting. 

[199.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7 th . 
1813. Present Mess 1 *. Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Return was made by Deacon Josiah C. Rainsford of the 
expence of repairing the common sewer in North 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 objection had been made Assessment was now 
made, an order of payment was passed by the Selectmen as fol- 
lows viz. Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in 
North street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the 
whole expence whereof amounts to one hundred & fifty nine dol- 
lars & sixty cents, which expence is to be borne by such persons 
whose drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby Wherefore, 
we the subscribers, Selectmen of 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 persons hereafter named viz. 

Doc* Webster, [2OO.] James Shuman, Lewis Leland, 

Cap 1 . N. C. Bangs, Cap 1 . Josiah Bachelder, Stephen Shelton, Col. 
Amos Binney, John Cogswell, John Tuckerman, Cap 1 . Benj*. 

Smith, Late, Estate of Rev. John Eliot, Cap*. W m . Ward, 

John Ripley, Daniel Macom, Joseph Adams, John Williams, 
Katy & Nancy Doubt, Edward Oliver, William Mills, Samuel 

Dickman, Nath 1 . Clark, M rs . Adams, Cap*. Webber, 

Sam 1 . Hastings, Lewis Lincoln, W m Marsh, Samuel Low, Andrew 

Drummond, W m Woodward, William Bell Jun r ., [2O1.] 

Larkin, Benj a . Jarvis, Nath 1 . Woodward, Cap*. David Pulsifer, 
Elijah Clap, Joseph Rogers, Cap*. W m Burrows, Dea. Moses 
Grant, Noah Lincoln, Thomas Lambert, Josiah Snelling, Lincoln 

& Gillis by, Benj a . Fullington, Jacob Hiler, Collier, 

Jackson, John Williams, John How, Leach's Estate, James Har- 
risons Estate, W m Mills, each $1.75. 

Benjamin Jarvis, Samuel Parkman, Benj a Fuller, Josiah C. 
Rainsford, M w . Holland, William Collins, W m Fales 

(Agent), Joseph Chandler, Parker, Henry Hutchinson, 

Cap*. John Cruft & Edward Cruft, Col. Revere, M r8 . Swift, 

Joseph Allen, Estate of Cap*. Simonds, John Lathabee, 

Batson, each 2, $3.50. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 95 

Estate Sam 1 . Watts (W m Dodd Adm r .), John D. Howard, 
each 3, $5.25. 

And We hereby empower M r . William Bell Ju r . to demand & 
receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed, CHARLES BULFINCH ^ fl fl 

EBEN K . OLIVER | | 3 
NATHAN WEBB J- -g o 
JOSEPH LOVERING | ~ ] 
ROB T . WILLIAMS J & c 

[2OJ2.] The following persons were appointed constables for 
the year ensuing & their sureties approved. viz. 
Thomas Stevenson - - - - Tho 8 . Stevenson Jr. & W m . Stevenson 

Henry Lane Caleb Whiting & Jer. Munroe 

Elisha Copeland John Perry & John Gibson 

Moses Thayer John Minchin & Ja 8 . Liswell 

James Sumner Jr Tho 8 . W. Sumner & Ja 8 Ridgway 

Solomon Twist - W m . Simonds & Amos Penniman . 

William Tupper John Gibson & John How 

Benj a . B. Leeds Jer h . Gore & Sam 1 . H. Babcock 

William Brooks Moses Wallach & Lem 1 . Babcock 

James Perkins --.---- Tim . Green & Ja 8 . Williams 
William Dinsmore - - - - AV m . Cochrane & David S. Eaton 
Jonathan Prescott - - - - John Barnard & Rob 1 . Barber 

Rob*. Rixford E. Frothingham & Tho. Redman 

Thomas Holden Silas Harvey & Jn. Gordon 

Wendell R. Barker - - - Brad Y. Billings & P. Dickerman 
Benj C. Stevenson - - - - S. Bell & T. Stevenson Jun r . 

David Rixford W. P.Whiting Esq. & Thompson Miller 

George Jackson ----- Peter Bicknell & Martin Burr 

George Reed Robert New & Caleb Whiting 

Benj a . Horton Jun r . Benj a . Horton & W m . Levering 

Walter Crosby ------ Js e . Munroe & John French 

Andrew Sanborn Horace Dupee & Ja 8 . Burchstead 

The following Dep y . Collectors were also appointed constables 
viz. 

Mitchell Lincoln 
Lawson Dench 

[203.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 21 8t 
1813. Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

Return was made by M r . Elisha Wood of the expence of repair- 
ing the common sewer in Jarvis Row, the account whereof being 
duly examined by the Selectmen was by them allowed ; they being 
informed at the same time that all persons interested in said 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

drain had been notified according to law and that no objection 
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 Jarvis' Row conformably to the 
directions of the Selectmen, the whole expense whereof amounts 
to seventy six dollars & eighty two cents, which expense is to be 
borne by such persons whose drains enter therein and receive 
benefit thereby : Wherefore we the subscribers, Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston certify that, having considered the same 
expence and by whom and 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 

John Jarvis, 3 shares, $23.04 

Stephen Roberts, Elisha Wood, Widow Andrew and William B. 
Cotton, Widow Penniman, Seth Taylor and W m . D Sohier, each 
1 share, $7.68 

[2O4.] Pelatiah Rea, 2 shares, $15.36 

And We do hereby authorize and empower M r . Elisha Wood to 
demand & receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

(Signed) CHARLES BULFINCH") g 

EBEN R . OLIVER 

JON A . HUNNEWELL 
NATHAN WEBB ! "3 



BENJ N . WELD 
JOSEPH LOVERING 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
ROB T . WILLIAMS 



An Account was presented from M r . Phillips, Hay weigher, of 
the proceeds of the hay scales one quarter, the same was 
referred to M r . Hunnewell to examine & report. 

A communication was received from the Town Treasurer, stat- 
ing the amount of demands unpaid against the Town, & request- 
ing the advice & opinion of the board of the expediency of 
borrowing a sufficient sum to discharge the most urgent demands 
The same having been considered, Voted that the Treasurer be 
advised & empowered to borrow the sum of ten thousand dollars 
to discharge the most pressing demands upon the Town Treasury. 

[2O5.] Deeds of the lands in Mill Pond were presented by 
the Clerk of that Corporation they were read & referred to the 
Chairman & M r . Foster for examination. 

On a Representation being made to the Board that M r . Robert 
Rand had become intemperate, & was in danger by wasting his 
property & idleness, of becoming chargeable to the Town, a 
certificate to that effect was addressed to the hon. Judge of 
Probate, requesting that a guardian might be appointed for 
him. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 181 '6. 97 

It having been made to appear to the Selectmen that several 
persons have lately entered their drains into the Common Sewer 
in Jarvis' Row who have paid no part of the expence of building 
the same It is hereby adjudged that they shall pay for that privi- 
lege as follows, to be divided among the original proprietors 
according to the Vote of the Selectmen February 24 th . 1806. 
viz. And we hereby authorize & empower M r . Elisha Wood to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 
viz. 

Pelatiah Rea 1 Entrance $10 

Lemuel Hay ward 1 D $10 

Childs & French 1 D $10 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH, EBEN K . OLIVER ^ || 
JONATHAN HUNNEWELL, BENJ A . WELD || 
JOSEPH LOVERING, JOSEPH AUSTIN ) Is 

[2O6.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 28. 
1813. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lov- 
ering, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Mess. Oliver, Weld, Hunnewell & Austin a committee to 
examine Charles Ree's account of work done by him at bottom of 
common & report what should be allowed him. 

On a complaint from M r . Geo. Wheeler against M r . George 
Jackson, constable, ordered that M r . Jackson be notified to 
attend the meeting of the board next Wednesday. 

The committee chosen to examine the releases of land to be 
divided in the Mill Pond, reported as follows. 

The committee appointed to examine the deeds of release 
between the Selectmen and the directors of [the] Mill Corpora- 
tion, make the following statement. 

That from minutes of particular surveys made by M r . Carleton 
the following parcels of land are now ready f^or division exclu- 
sive of streets. All the land from Todd's distill house [2O7.] 
to Pitt' street and between Merrimack street and the shore 

is 94928 F. 

From Pitt street to Ivers street contains 26162 1 //' 

From Ivers street to Portland street -- 25521 

Between Portland & Friend streets including the tri- 
angular block marked C 35838 3 / 4 

Bottom of Union street by Green dragon land - - - - 5928 
Between Cooper & Stillman streets adjoining Perkins 

Nichols land 3515 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Between Stilhnan & Cross streets 36835- 

South of Cross street 24733- 

West adjoining the canal 5950- 



Triangular block between Lancaster and Merrimack 

streets - 30132- 



Amount in square feet ----. 289,543 



one eighth of which, the property of the Town, is f l . 36,192 
and conveyed by deed as follows 

1 plot marked A 5928 

1 B 3650 

1 C 3232 

1 D 4725 

1 E 2664 

1 F 12,148 

1 G - ' 3804 

Amount 36,151 feet 



The committee report that the deeds as prepared are correct & 
ready for signature. 

CHARLES BULFINCH 
JOSEPH FOSTER 

[2O8.] the same report was accepted, and the gentlemen 
present proceeded to sign the deeds of release to the Mill Cor- 
poration. 

M r . Hunnewell was desired to inspect the state of the roof 
over the square market west end of the hall, to report what 
repairs were necessary. 

On a notification from the board of Health, M r . Williams was 
desired to view part of Broad street, & to report what was nec- 
essary to cleanse the same. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 4 th . 1818. 
Present The whole Board except M r . Foster. 

MV Wells appeared in behalf of the inhabitants of Back street, 
to request that measures might be taken for laying a common 
sewer in that street from Richmond street to Prince street. It 
was agreed that the Chairman should notify each of the abutters, 
of the proposed undertaking ; that they might make objections if 
they should see fit so to do. 

M r . George Jackson appeared on the complaint of M r . Wheeler 
the complainant not being present agreed to refer the subject 
to the next meeting, both parties to be notified to appear. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 99 

[2O9.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
11*. 1813. Present Mess. Bulfincb, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, 
Weld & Levering. 

M r . Hunnewell reported that he had examined the accounts of 
M r . Samuel Philips hay weigher & had found the balance due 
to the Town to be sixty five dollars & fourteen cents, which was 
ordered to be paid to the Treasurer. 

A communication was received from the Board of Health rela- 
tive to nuisance in Tucker's pasture but no order was taken 
thereon. 

A number of inhabitants of Back street appeared to object to 
new laying the common sewer in that street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 30 th . 
1813. 

Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Levering & 
Austin. 

Passed the quarterly Accounts. 

[21O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep- 
tember 1 st . 1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Webb, Weld & Williams. 

Passed Accounts. 

The Chairman, M r . Oliver & M r . Weld, a committee to meet 
with committees from the Court of Sessions, the Overseers of the 
Poor, and others, to take into consideration the licentious conduct 
of the inhabitants & frequenters of the hill south of Cambridge 
street, and to advise upon and adopt measures to remedy this 
increasing nuisance. 

6 jurors were drawn for District Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 8 th . 
1813. Present, Mess. Bulfinch, Webb, Weld, Levering, Austin 
& Williams. 

28 jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of Com. Pleas. 

M r . Hunnewell was appointed a committee to inspect the walls 
of the canal in the Mill Pond & also the wall now building outside 
of the Causeway ; the same having been represented by some 
persons as insufficient. 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[211.] An application respecting a house in Olive street, 
represented hazardous was committed to the Chairman to view 
and Report. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 15 th . 
1813. Present the whole Board except M r . Williams. 

The Clerk of the Market produced his accounts for the quarter 
ending Aug*. 1 st . with vouchers for the same, and a receipt from 
the Treasurer for the balance of $200. 91 / 100 the same were 
examined and approved. 

M r . Hunnewell was desired to have necessary repairs made to 
Lincoln street on the request of the abutters. 

The Chairman empowered to have some gravel spread at the 
head of Middlecot street, to repair the street & to help the ascent 
to Derne street. 

[The] Military company of Ward 8 have liberty to use one of 
the armories to deposit their belts & knapsacks &c until it shall 
be wanted for an armory. 

Complaint was received from M r . Sanborn constable of the 
Center Watch [212.] respecting some of his men; and also 
a memorial from the watchmen against M r . Sanborn Agreed 
that the parties be notified to appear on next Wednesday after- 
noon for examination into the causes of complaint. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 22 d 1813. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld, & 
Austin. 

Agreeably to assignment the captain of the Center Watch & 
a number of the members of the same Watch were present and 
were examined, relative to complaints laid before the board by 
them. after a full hearing they withdrew and it was voted by 
the board, that three members of the watch, Davis, Holden, & 
Jenkins be dismissed; and that the Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & 
M r . Weld be a committee to reprimand Capt*. Sanborn for want 
of system and energy. 

M r . Levering was desired to procure a sufficient quantity of gun 
powder to complete what is required by law. 

Certificate was signed, approving of the building in Federal 
street, to be used as a Theatre for the ensuing season, & also of 
Mess. [213.] Powell & Dickson & their associates as per- 
formers the same time. 






SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 101 

Agreeably to a precept from [the] lion. Judge of Probate for 
County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circumstances of 
M rs . Leeds, widow, and return was signed, to the Judge of Probate, 
that she was a person, non compos mentis, and recommending 
that a guardian should be appointed for her. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 27. 1813. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld & Levering. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 29 th . 
1813 Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Levering & Austin. 

Completed the passing of Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 6 th . 1813. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Lovering & Austin. 

M r . Griggs was appointed an inspector of chimneys and super- 
intendent [214.] of sweeps, with liberty to make use of the 
Clerk of the Markets' room as an office. 

M r . Austin & M r . Webb were desired to have the engine house 
in Back street enlarged and a chimney built provided the rent of 
the land shall not exceed twenty dollars after the building shall 
be enlarged. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 13 th . 1813. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Weld, Lovering & Austin. 

M r . Oliver & M r . Lovering, a committee to view Hawley street 
near M r . Amorys' new building represented by M r . Winthrop to 
have been raised too high for the opposite buildings. 

Agreed to call a Town Meeting on Wednesday next, to con- 
sider the report of the committee respecting the proposal for Mill 
dam &c. 

Petition was received from a number of the Methodist Society, 
complaining of the conduct of unruly lads on the evenings of 
their lectures. The Chairman was desired to inform the petition- 
ers, that if they would appoint proper persons to notice & com- 
plain of the offenders, the officers of the Police would prosecute 
them for their misconduct. 

[215.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen October 
18 th . 1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster 
& Weld. 

4 jurors were drawn for U. S. Circuit court. 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 25. 1813. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Webb, Weld, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Mess r . Asahel Plimpton & Philip Marett in Company & M r . 
Nathaniel H. Whitaker, are approved as auctioneers. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 3^. 
1813. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court. 

The Chairman reported that he had examined the accounts of 
M r . Phillips hay weigher to October I 8t . that the balance due to 
the town was eighty eight dollars, six cents an order was passed 
that the Treasurer should demand & receive the same. 

[216.] M r . Philip Burrill, constable of one division of the 
north watch having lately deceased, several applications were 
received from persons wishing to supply the vacancy : which were 
read, & M r . Ezra Chamberlin was approved & chosen as consta- 
ble of the watch. 

An application was received from the inhabitants of Charles 
street requesting that that street should be furnished with lamps 
& lighted. Voted. That the Chairman give directions for placing 
as many lamps as may be necessary, it being the opinion of the 
Board that eight would be sufficient. 

It was agreed that M r . William Wright should have the care 
& superintendence of the lamps the present season & Mess rs . 
Hunnewell, Foster & Lovering a committee to consider what 
improvements could be made either in arrangement of lighters & 
economy of purchases & repairs. 

Voted. That the Treasurer be requested to pay to M rs . Burrill 
the amount of wages due for her late husbands services as con- 
stable of the watch. 

The Board being appointed a committee on the application of 
M r . David Greenough for purchase of land belonging to school 
house; West street. agreed to view the said land tomorrow 11 
o'clock. 

[217.] Boston ss. At -a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 10 th . 1813. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Webb, Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 103 

The deputy collectors appointed by the Town Treasurer to col- 
lect the back taxes made application to the board that the rate 
of compensation for that service should be agreed upon previous 
to their commencing the business. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell and M r . Foster to confer with 
the Treasurer & to report on this subject. 

The committee to regulate the lighting of lamps the present 
season, reported their arrangements & proposed that the oil lately 
received should be guaged, that the real quantity might be 
known. The Chairman was desired to direct M r . Wright to 
employ M r . Samuel Wheelwright for that purpose, & inform M r . 
Bradlee that he might be present at the time. 

Remonstrance was received from M r . Samuel Gore relative to 
beef stalls in front of his stores in Union Street The Chairman 
& M r . Weld a committee to examine into the right of the Town 
to occupy that stand for such purposes. 

[218.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 17. 1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch & all the other Members 
of the Board. 

Jurors were drawn for the District Court of the United States. 

The committee appointed to confer with the Treasurer respect- 
ing the compensation to the deputy collector, reported, that there 
were still outstanding taxes from about 5000 persons, many of 
whom might be calculated upon as having deceased or left the 
town after various propositions had been discussed respecting 
a suitable pay to the deputy for collecting the said taxes ; it was 
agreed as follows. 

That 20 cents shall be allowed to the deputy collectors for each 
summons which they shall actually deliver to any person, so as to 
effect the final settlement of his ta.x, either by receiving payment 
thereof, or by having the same abated. 

That in addition to the fees and commission upon those taxes 
for which they shall be under the necessity to distrain ; the board 
will allow 5 per centum, upon all monies which they shall pay to 
the Town Treasurer upon amount of taxes. 

That the Assessors be desired to inform all persons who shall 
apply for abatements on back taxes, that the fee for the summons 
of 20 cents which the law requires, cannot be abated ; but [219.] 
must be paid to the Treasurer for the benefit of the deputy 
collector. 

And Voted, that the deputy collectors be informed that the 
Selectmen expect and require their utmost diligence in collecting 
the outstanding- taxes committed to them ; that all monies which 
can be expected to arise from them be paid into the Treasury, & 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

the taxes of all who are deceased, who cannot be found, or who 
are entitled to abatement, be finally liquidated at the Treasurers 
office before the 1 st . of May next. 

On application from the congregation of the new North 
Religious Society, for the use of the North School house on the 
8 th . December for the purpose of meeting there previous to the 
ordination of M r . Francis Parkman the Chairman was desired 
to inform the applicants that the board consented to their request. 

On a report made by M r . Hunnewell it was agreed that M r . 
Spear collector of the rents of the north division of the square 
market be allowed thirty dollars, to be deducted from his next 
payment, in consideration of delinquencies in some of the tenants 
of the stalls And that M r . Spear be informed that the board will 
make no such allowance in future ; but expect that in case of any 
delinquency or neglect of any tenant in paying his rent ; that he 
will make immediate representation thereof to the Chairman, that 
measures may be taken for securing the rent or finding a new 
occupant for such stall. 

Recommendations having been received [2 SO.] in favour of 
M r . David Forsaith of M r . Caleb E. Grice & of M r . Charles 
Head for the appointment of Auctioneers they were all ap- 
proved by the board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 24 th . 
1813. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Levering & Williams. 

Approved the Indentures of John Day, a minor to Noah 
Hawley, silversmith, to continue in force untill December 25 th . 
1819. 

The subject of M r . Gore's complaint against the stalls in 
Union Street was considered, when it was agreed to inform M r . 
Gore that the season being new far advanced, it would not be 
practicable to build other accommodations for the occupants of 
those stalls untill the spring, when measures should be taken for 
their removal from the place complained of. 

Summons Was received from Mess rs . Hancock & Spear, to 
appear, and defend the warranty of sale of land on Beacon hill 
conveyed to them, and for which a suit has been commenced 
against them by William H. Sumner & others The Chairman 
informed that he had seen M r . Hancock on this subject who had 
engaged H. G. Otis Esq. as their counsel in the case. 

Voted, That the Chairman be desired to apply to Sam 1 . Dexter 
Esq. to furnish him with the necessary records and papers, & to 
engage [221.] him to appear on the part of the Town. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1813. 105 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 29 th . 
1813. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, Lover- 
ing, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the quarterly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 1 st . 1813. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Weld, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

Closed the examination of Accounts. 

Mess. Weld, Williams & Foster a committee to view the 
stable occupied by M r . Gragg in Atkinson street, to report 
whether any measures can be taken to render it suitable for a 
licensed livery stable. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 6 th . 
1813. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Webb, Lovering, Austin & 
Williams. 

A special meeting, 6 jurors were drawn to serve at present 
term of Supreme J. Court. 

On a representation from the Town Treasurer, it was agreed 
that the small stall in the north side of the market house occupied 
by Joseph Hawes be at the rent of eight dollars p r . quarter 
and that the Treasurer be authorized to settle the back rent at 
that rate. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 15. 1813. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Fos- 
ter, Webb, Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

32 jurors were drawn to serve at the Circuit Court of Common 
Pleas. 

A complaint of M r . Marsh, that M r . Samuel White the occupant 
of a house in Pleasant street, had converted the wood shed 
adjoining to said house into a stable and barn for hay. was 
referred to the consideration of the firewards, being a breach of 
the law, to secure the Town against danger from fire. 

The Chairman reported that a number of young men having 
been observed skating on the pond in the common for two Sun- 
days past he had directed the constables to apprehend them 
12 of them had been taken before a magistrate the opinion of 
the board was given that four or five of the oldest should be 
prosecuted as an example and the others dismissed, upon paying 
the expences already incurred. 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Committee to view M r . Graggs stable in Atkinson street, 
reported that the alterations lately made, had not rendered the 
stable more hazardous than before. 

M r . James Dalton & M r . William Cochran were approved as 
Auctioneers. 



.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 27. 1813. Present -Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Fos- 
ter, Weld, Levering, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

M r . Weld was desired to enquire what repairs or cleaning were 
necessary to the West Boston Clock. 

2 Jurors were drawn to serve at the District Court. 

M r . Daniel Hersey, being well recommended, was approved as 
an Auctioneer. 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Austin, to consult the Clerk of the mar- 
ket respecting a place for keeping the small scales and weights. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 29 th . 
1813. Present Mess r . Bulfinch, Foster, Webb, Weld Lovering 
& Austin. 

Completed the Accounts. 

A communication was received from Mess 18 . Lincoln & Cope- 
land, late deputy Collectors under William Smith Esq. represent- 
ing that there was a considerable portion due to them of the fees 
for delivering summonses to delinquents which fees had [224.] 
been paid to M r . Smith, and which he had not paid over to 
them. It appeared to the board that these fees had not been 
entered in the Town accounts, and it was their opinion that the 
Deputy Collector had a claim & should demand the payment from 
M r . Smith. 

A number of persons were approved as retailers of spirituous 
liquors. 

M r . Gilman Collarnore was approved as an Auctioneer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 5 th . 1814. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 10T 

A number of applications having been made for licences to 
retail spirits in various shops on the hill south of Cambridge 
street the expediency of granting any licenses in that neighbour- 
hood was considered the Chairman stated the energetic measures 
of the police officers & the Municipal Court in prosecuting offend- 
ers in that situation. It was finally agreed that licenses might 
be granted to a few of the most responsible persons, who were 
owners of real estate, & who on that account would feel an 
interest in preserving good order. M r . Bradlee in Grove Street 
& M r . Sullivan in Garden street were accordingly approved. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
19 th . 1814. Present the whole Board (except M r . Weld). 

A number of applications for licenses on West Boston hill was 
laid before the board, and several persons appeared to state their 
claims to indulgence after their retiring it was determined to 
adhere to the resolution of the Board to grant no more licenses at 
present. 

Cap*. John White having applied for license as an Auctioneer, 
& being well recommended, was approved under the conditions 
of not taking a shop in Market or Dock Square or State street. 

The Chairman was desired to insert an advertisement in the 
paper respecting the smoking cigars, conformably to the vote of 
the firewards, communicated some time since. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 26 th . 1814. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld, Lovering & 
Austin. 

A petition was received praying that the wood stand in Bowdoin 
Square might be altered, and that the country wood in future 
[226.] should be directed to stand on Merrimack street. 
The same was considered, and determined to inform the appli- 
cants that the season being so far advanced the board did not 
think it expedient to make the proposed alteration at present ; 
but would make more convenient arrangements for another 
season. 

A petition from M r . Nath 1 . Emmes respecting a note due from 
him to the Town, was referred to the Chairman, to make inquiries 
respecting the same of the Treasurer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 31 l . 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Lovering & Austin. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 2 d . 1814. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, 
Lovering & Austin. 

Completed the Accounts. 

It was agreed that the Treasurer be informed it was the opinion 
of the board that the Town [227.] had no legal demand on M r . 
Emmes for a note signed by him owing to the neglect of former 
Treasurers in not demanding the payment of the same; 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 16 th . 
1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Huunewell, Foster, 
Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

Jurors were drawn to serve at the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 23 d . 1814. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, Lovering & 
Austin. 

Several petitions were received on subjects to be inserted in 
warrant for March meeting The same were read, and the Town 
Clerk was desired to prepare the warrant for signature next 
Monday. 



. J Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
28 th . 1814. Present The whole board. 

Passed upon the accounts of the quarter. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 2 d . 1814. 
Present the whole board (except M r . Williams). 

4 Jurors were drawn for the District Court. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for choice of Town 
officers. 

M r . Parkman to be requested to open the meeting with prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 9 th . 1814. 
Present The whole Board. 

32 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Court of Common Pleas. 

Whereas the President and Directors of the Union Bank, The 
New England Marine Insurance Company, John Brazer & others 
owners of estates adjoining unto and upon Exchange lane or 
Shrirnptons lane so called did on the 29 th January 1810 enter into 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 109 

an agree-[229.]ment with the Selectmen relative to the widen- 
ing of the said street twelve feet on the west side thereof accord- 
ing to a plan of the said alteration made by Charles Bulfinch 
Esq. and bearing date the 24 th February 1810 which plan is upon 
file; and whereas twelve feet have been added to said street 
according to agreement aforesaid, and whereas in the opinion of 
the board the public convenience and safety of the inhabitants of 
the Town required the said alteration It is ordered that the 
addition of twelve feet to the said street or lane on the west line 
thereof be recorded as a part of said street, & is hereby recorded 
as such. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 16. 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, Weld, 
Lovering & Austin. 

This being the first meeting of the Selectmen since the annual 
March meeting of the Town, they now proceed to the choice of a 
Chairman the votes being taken Charles Bulfinch Esq. was 
declared to be unanimously chosen. 

A number of persons appeared, residents about Wheelers 
Point, to complain of rude and indecent conduct of boys in that 
neighbourhood on Sundays. It was agreed that two Constables 
should be employed to disperse them or to apprehend the most 
disorderly for prosecution. 

[23O.] The Board now determining to make choice of the 
various officers required by law, it was voted that the compensa- 
tion to the Superintendent of Police & to his deputy should be 
the same as the past year. 

Ballots being taken Charles Bulfinch Esq was chosen Super- 
intendent of Police and M r . Jeremiah Bridge assistant police 
officer. 

M r . Richard Austin was chosen sealer of weights and measures 
for the south district, and M r . Timothy Green for the north dis- 
trict in this town for the present year. 

Mess rs . Caleb Loring Jun r . and Lemuel Capen were chosen 
sealers & weighers of lighters and boats, bringing stone, gravel 
& sand to this town. 



M r . Samuel Phillips was chosen hay weigher & John Parker & 
Joseph Lovering Esq rs were approved as his bondsmen. 

M r . Nathaniel Merriam was chosen Clerk of the market for the 
year ensuing. 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The accounts of the clerk of the market were exhibited and 
found correct to Feb y 1 with a receipt from the Treasurer of 
the balance paid by the Clerk of the market into his hands. 

[231.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
23 d . 1814. Present The whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for meeting of the Town on the first 
Monday of April, for choice of Governour, Lieu*. Gov. & 
Senators. 

M r . Eliot to print notifications, Rev. M r . Lowell to be requested 
to open the meeting with prayer. 

The Town having empowered the Selectmen, at the late Town 
meeting to convey to the proprietors of new South Church all 
their right and interest in the passage way back of their meeting 
house, and leading from Summer street to Pond street to enable 
them to rebuild their house on an enlarged plan a deed of the 
same was now executed by the Board. 

The board having thought it expedient to straighten the easterly 
side of Congress street, by taking off a small portion of land 
from the cellar of a building now preparing to be erected : Mess 1 " 8 . 
William S & Henry Spear, agents for M rs . Cordis, the proprietor 
of the land were present, and it was agreed to draw the line so 
as to add to the street a piece of said land sixty five feet 6 
inches long eight inches wide at the south end & twelve inches 
wide at the northerly end thereof containing by estimation fifty 
one & one half feet. it was agreed between the board [232.] 
and said agents, to leave the consideration of the amount of 
damages to Arnold Wells, Uriah Getting & Andrew Sigourney 
Esqrs and the Chairman was desired to ask their services and 
prepare the necessary papers. 

M r . Hunnewell & M r . Foster to consider what measures were 
proper to be taken for repair of dials of the Town Clock on the 
Old South Church. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 28 th . 1814 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, Weld, Lov- 
ering Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 30 th . 1814. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

The Auditors of Accounts appointed at the late Town meeting 
appeared to confer with the board, relative to the duties com- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. Ill 

mitted to them a general conversation took place upon the sub- 
ject of the money matters of the Town, the votes of the Town 
were read, & the printed reports of committees of past years 
were handed to them for their information. 

[233.] A number of Accounts were passed. 

M r . John Tyler having been well recommended, was appointed 
an Auctioneer. 

Mary Ann Gardner, a black woman & widow, having repre- 
sented that her son William Gardner has been confined in prison 
since the 17 th . February last, for breach of a bye law, in sweep- 
ing chimneys without license, & that they are unable to pay the 
fine & costs. Voted to remit the said fine and costs, and to 
desire that the said William may be discharged. 

The following is the award of the gentlemen appointed to 
estimate damages for land taken in Congress street. 

The Subscribers appointed by the annexed Agreement of the 
Town of Boston by the Selectmen & William S & Henry Spear as 
agents for the Widow Elizabeth Cordis to determine what sum 
the Town of Boston shall pay to M rs Cordis for the land taken 
from her estate in Congress street, do award that the said Town 
pay therefor at the rate of one dollar & fifty cents per foot 
amounting to the sum of seventy seven dollars & twenty five 
cents Signed A Welles 

Uriah Getting 
Andrew Sigourney 

An order was passed to the Treasurer to pay the above amount 
to Mess rs Spear. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 13. 
1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Foster, Webb, Weld, Levering, 
Austin & Williams. 

The Town Clerk having produced a bond duly executed by M r . 
Samuel Phillips, hay weigher, for the present year. it was 
ordered that the bond for last year should be cancelled. 

An application was received from a number of the occupants of 
beef stalls, & persons living near the market, relative to the 
appropriation of the new stalls now building on the north side of 
the vegetable market the same was referred to Mess rs . Hunne- 
well, Weld & Austin, to consider the same & confer with the 
Clerk of the market and report their opinion. 

Complaint was received against two members of the North 
Watch the Chairman was desired to enquire into the subject, & 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

if the charges should be found to be proved to dismiss those per- 
sons from the watch immediately. 

M r . Weld & M r . Foster were desired to call upon Stephen 
Higginson Esq. [235.] to confer with him upon the affairs of 
Thomas Boylston with the Town, in consequence of letters which 
he has received from the assignees in England. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19 th . 1814. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Foster, Webb, Weld, Levering, Austin 
& Williams. 

This meeting was called in consequence of an alarm excited by 
the report of a number of ships of war having been seen off the 
coast and at the suggestion of the field officers of the Boston 
Militia. 

George Sullivan Esq., Captain of the New England Guards 
appeared & presented memorials signed by all the officers of the 
militia, in which a statement was made of the defenceless state 
of our harbour & coast and a request was made that the Select- 
men would apply to the Adjutant General for such allowance 
from the appropriation made by the Legislature of this Common- 
wealth for the defence of the sea coast, as would put the Town 
and harbour into a suitable posture of defence. 

[236.] The draft of a letter to the Adjutant General was 
agreed upon & voted that The Chairman M r . Foster & M r . 
Weld be a committee to meet daily at Faneuil Hall, to receive 
communications from the Adjutant General, or the field officers 
and to concur with them in the plans of public defence which 
they may adopt. 

The following was sent to the Adjutant General signed by the 
Chairman in behalf of the board. 

BOSTON April 19 tb . 1814. 
Sir 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston have this morning 
received the communications from the officers of the militia of the 
Town, which I have now the honour to hand to you. The Select- 
men are most fully impressed with the importance and accuracy 
of the statements made to them, and of the duty of making suit- 
able arrangements against any event that may occur. They have 
accordingly directed me to 'apply to you as Commissioner for the 
appropriation of the means provided by the Legislature, to request 
that you would take such measures in concurrence with the field 
officers of the militia as you [237.] shall think proper, for the 
preparation and equipment of such means of defence as our har- 
bour & the coast in its vicinity are capable of. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 113 

The Selectmen would be happy to give their assistance at this 
important crisis, to place the Town in a respectable situation, 
which may discourage any attempt from the enemy, and give a 
proper degree of confidence to their fellow citizens ; they have 
determined that a committee of the board shall attend every day 
at 11 o'clock at Faneuil Hall, where they will be ready to receive 
any communications which you may favor them with. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 20 th . 1814. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, Austin & 
Williams. 

Proposals were received from M r . David Greenough respect- 
ing the terms of purchase of part of the school house lot 
in West street ; the same were considered & the Chairman was 
desired to communicate to him the conditions on the part of the 
board. both papers are filed. 

[38.] The board came to the choice of a gentleman to 
deliver an oration the 4 th . July next agreeably to the institution 
of th.e Town and Benjamin Whitwell Esq. was unanimously 
chosen. 



Some disorderly conduct having been reported to the board, 
occasioned by a number of Spanish sailors & the sailors from the 
Constitution frigate assembling at West Boston the Chairman 
was desired to address Cap*. Stewart, to request him to order his 
men on board at sunset every evening, or to take such measures 
as he should think proper to prevent their disturbing the good 
order of the Town. The Spanish Consul having stated to the 
board that he had cautioned the masters of the Spanish vessels 
in port respecting the conduct of their men. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 25. 1814. 
Present the whole Board except M r . Oliver. 

Passed upon Accounts. 

M r . Joseph H. Pierce app d . as Auctioneer. 

[!339.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
27 th . 1814. Present Mess r . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Webb, Austin & Williams. 

Whereas a certain drain or common sewer leading from New- 
bury street to Orange street, and receiving the drains from Sheaffs 
lane & Common street was in the year 1812. opened & relaid 
according to law, and at great expence : and John Bellows, John 
T. Apthorp, Benjamin Rich, Winslow Lewis, Charles Barrett, 
Benj a . Wiggen. have since that time entered their particular drains 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

into the same from their estates in Common street, whereby they 
receive benefit from said Common sewer, and the said persons 
having been duly notified, that the Selectmen would at this time 
proceed to ascertain & determine to each of said persons his pro- 
portionable part of the charge of repairing & relaying the same. 
We the subscribers, a major part of the Selectmen of the Town 
of Boston, after due enquiry, do determine that each of said 
persons who have received benefit from said common sewer should 
pay his proportionable part of the said charge as follows viz. 

[24O.] John Bellows, John T. Apthorp, Benj. Rich, Wins- 
low Lewis, Charles Barrett, Benj a . Wiggin, at 5.53 each. 

And they are hereby desired to pay the same to M r . Charles 
Roe in behalf of the proprietors of said common sewer, and his 
receipt shall be a full discharge for the same. 

Finished the monthly draft of accounts. 

4 Grand Jurors & 4 petit jurors were drawn for the U. S. 
Circuit Court. 

On the representation of the proprietors on Central street it 
was determined that the horse carts stationed in that street should 
be directed to stand on the south side thereof during the summer 
season, under the directions of the police officers. 

On an application from the inhabitants of South Boston, it was 
agreed that the engine formerly N. 2, and now kept at the glass 
house, should be placed at the glass house in South Boston ; M r . 
Hunnewell was desired to consult with some of the applicants 
[241.] and to form a list of an engine company, to be laid 
before the board for their confirmation. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 4 th . 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Weld, Levering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for choice of Represen- 
tatives. 

M r . Eliot to print notifications. 

Rev. M r . Huntington to be requested to open the Meeting with 
prayer. 

M r . David Greenough appeared, and the following were pro- 
posed and agreed to, as the conditions on which he should pur- 
chase part of the land of the school house lot on West street. 
That M r . Greenough and his associates should build a brick 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 115 

school-house 32 by 62 feet outside, and of the height of the Haw- 
kins street school house ; the front according to a plan proposed 
and approved by the board, that they finish the lower apartment 
suitably for a school, and finish the upper story plain, without 
benches or forms. That the roof be slated, the materials of the 
old school house to belong to [242.] M r . Greenough, except the 
benches and forms, which will be wanted for a temporary school 
while the new one is building. That they give a bond to execute 
the work in two years & four months and may have possession 
of the land immediately but not to receive the deed until the 
school house shall be completed. The land to be conveyed is 
described on a plan, which is certified by the Chairman & M r . 
Greenough & is on file. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 16 th . 1814. 
Present Mess r . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, Lover- 
ing & Austin. 

On the application of M r . Francis Amory, Mess, Oliver & 
Foster were desired to view Hawley street and Hawley place, to 
consider whether any lamps should be put up there and in what 
situations. 

M r . B. Joy having stated that he was about to relay the side 
walk round his building, in Cornhill square, & that the paving 
was much out of repair it was agreed that the same should be 
[243.] paved, the abutters to be notified to lay the foot walks. 

The Board now met the other members of the Trustees of Neck 
lands, on the petition of Deacon Field, referred to them by the 
Town. the subject was considered, and Judge Dawes & M r . 
Thacher were chosen to view Dea. Fields lot on the Neck previous 
to making up the report. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18 th . 1814. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, Lov- 
ering, Austin & Williams. 

In pursuance of a precept from Hon. Judge of Probate inquisi- 
tion was made into the circumstances of James Cole, and return 
was made to the Judge that he was a person, non compos mentis, 
and it was recommended that a guardian should be appointed for 
him. 

M r . Daniel Adams has liberty to make use of the land on the 
easterly side of Fort hill to bore a few logs. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for transacting the 
money concerns of the Town. 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[244.] Recommendations were read from a number of very 
respectable citizens of the ability and good character of M r . 
Sam 1 . Holmes ; The Chairman stated from the great number of 
Spanish eailors now in town, and also the sailors from our own 
ships of war, it became necessary to employ at least one faithful 
man at West Boston, to preserve order ; it was agreed to employ 
M r . Samuel Holmes for this purpose, until further orders, & that 
he be allowed one dollar per day for his services. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1 st . 1814. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, Lov- 
ering, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Quarterly & Monthly Accounts. 

M r . Nathaniel Brintnall was approved as an Auctioneer. 

An application for repairs of paving in Kilby street, and 
another, for paving part of Battery March street, near Rowe's 
wharf, where both referred to M r . Hunnewell. 

[245.] M r . Oliver was desired to direct some repairs on the 
unpaved part of Common street. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Weld & Foster a committee to see Stephen Higginson 
Esq. respecting a letter which he had received from the assignees 
of Lane, Frazer & Boylston, reported that it was advisable to 
consent to the proposals of the said assignees for the purpose of 
closing their concerns. The Chairman was desired to prepare a 
letter to be signed by the board for this purpose. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 8 th . 1814. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Levering, Austin & 
Williams. 

The Chairman reported a letter to the Assignees of Lane, 
Frazer & Boylston which he had shown to Stephen Higginson 
Esq. the same was approved and signed, & duplicates ordered. 

M r . Nath 1 . Glover was chosen Measurer of Wood. 

6 Jurors were drawn to serve at the U. S. District Court. 

[246.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
15 th . 1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Levering & 
Austin. 

Duplicates of the letter to the Assignees of Lane &c were 
signed Also a Power of Attorney to Samuel Williams Esq. to 
receive from them all papers and monies in their hands. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 117 

M r . Francis Wilby was approved as an Auctioneer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen at the Adjutant 
Generals Office in State House. Present Mess". Bulfinch, 
Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering & Austin. 

The board met to confer with the Commissioners appointed by 
the Governour to direct suitable measures of defence, and in 
company with Brig. Gen 1 . Wells. 

The Brig r . Gen 1 , having requested that a number of men should 
be ordered into service to guard the islands and exposed situa- 
tions, inquiry was now made of the [247.] Commissioners if 
provision would be made for paying them, from the appropriation 
of money by the Legislature. The Commissioners were decided 
in opinion that the men to be called into service, must be 
victualed according to the provisions of the Militia law, by the 
Selectmen. and their pay would be settled at a future meeting 
of the General Court, which had been the invariable practice. 
The Board then informed the Brig r . Gen 1 , that they would attend 
to any communications from him relative to provisions and camp 
equipage & adjourned. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 22 d . 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

32 Jurors were drawn for the Com. Pleas Court. 

In pursuance of a precept received from Hon. Judge of Pro- 
bate, inquisition was made into the circumstances of John Lamb, 
and return was made that he was a person non compos mentis, 
and recommending that a guardian should be appointed for him. 

[248.] Adjourned to meet in Convention for choice of Town 
Treasurer & Collector. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 27 th . 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering & Austin. 

The Convention not having come to a choice of Treasurer at 
the last meeting The Boards now met in Convention and com- 
pleted their choice of Treasurer & Collector after which the 
Convention being dissolved, the Selectmen 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

A general sensation of alarm prevailing, respecting the designs 
of the ships of war, near our harbour, The Chairman & M r . Weld 
were desired to confer with Com. Bainbridge upon the expediency 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

of sinking or preparing hulks to sink in the channel to prevent the 
approach of an enemy. 

[249.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
29"'. 1814. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

The Committee appointed at the last meeting to confer with 
Commodore Bainbridge respecting necessary measures of defence, 
reported that they had seen him and after conversing fully with 
him on the state of the harbour and fortifications, had agreed 
with him that it would be expedient to prepare some large hulks 
to be sunk in case of alarm in the narrow part of the channel 
between Castle Island and" Governours Island. The Committee 
had also a conference with the Commissioners appointed by the 
Grovernour to provide means of defence. those Gentlemen had 
explained the state of the preparations which they had made that 
artillery, ammunition, platforms for artillery use, boats, horses 
& drivers were ready at the shortest notice, and orders were given 
to ten companies of artillery in the neighbouring towns to proceed 
to Boston upon the first alarm. [35O.] with those men and the 
detachment now made from the Boston militia, who would be 
immediately trained in the use of heavy artillery, The Commis- 
sioners considered the Town in a proper state of defence against 
any force which might be expected to be brought against it. 
But as it might tend to satisfy the feelings of the public, the 
Adjutant General was of opinion that hulks should be provided, 
but not on any account to be sunk, until the actual approach of 
an enemy. This report being made, it was voted unanimously 
that Benjamin Weld Esq. be empowered to contract with the 
owners of three vessels of a suitable size, to be taken for the use 
of the Town, and to be moored afloat near Governours Island, to 
be sunk in the channel in case of necessity, and that the owners 
should be compensated at a fair appraisement for all injury or 
damage done to such vessel, or for their total loss in case they 
should be sunk for the public security. 

[251.] List of Innholders & retailers examined and ap- 
proved and certificate signed to the Court of Sessions. 

Ordered that the bells be rung for one half hour on Monday 
morning next, being the anniversary of the declaration of Ameri- 
can Independence to begin at 7 O 'Clock. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 6 th . 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

2 Jurors were drawn for District Court. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 119 

Application was received from Col. Osgood, commanding 
the detachment of Militia on the Common for the following 
articles 100 Kettles 
200 pans 
100 pint pots 
32 Axes 

32 Spades for straw and wood according to law. 
Ordered the above articles be furnished, such as are on hand 
immediately, & that the others be procured as soon as possible 
That the Chairman apply to [252.] Col Osgood for a receipt for 
what may be delivered, and he be informed that the board expect 
he will take measures for the preservation of the articles. 

An application was received from Stephen Codman Esq. Chair- 
man of a Committee chosen by the Town to consider the 
expediency of commencing prosecution against the late Town 
Treasurer or his Bondsmen, for his delinquency in collecting 
taxes of several past years. requesting information on the sub- 
ject. The Town Clerk was desired to furnish the Committee 
with the annual reports on the Town's money concerns for five 
years past Also to deliver to M r . Codman one of the Treasurer 
& Collectojs bonds and to obtain from the present Treasurer's 
office the folio book of abatements of the taxes of past years 
these being all the documents in the power of the Selectmen. 

[253.] The following list of Auctioneers was approved, 
viz. 

Francis Amory, James A. Allen, William Alline, Samuel L. 
Abbot, Samuel Blagge, Joseph Bumstead, Horatio Bass, James 
Bourguin, George Bond, Stephen Brown, George Burroughs Jr, 
Nathaniel Brintnall, Thomas Clark, Cornelius Coolidge, George 
G. Channing, Samuel F. Coolidge, Gilman Collamore, William 
Cochran, William Dehon, Jeremiah Draper, David M. Eaton, 
Charles Edwards, Richard Edwards, David Forsaith, William 
Gridley, William GridleyJun., Caleb Hay ward, Rich d . H. Hough, 
Daniel Hersey, Charles Head, Thomas K. Jones, Abraham Jones, 
John Jutau', Phillip Marett, John Minchin, George Noble, Henry 
J. Oliver, Elisha Parks, Luther Parks, Asahel Plimpton, x Jo- 
seph Ripley, Jacob Rogers, W m L Reaney, Frink Stratton, 
Benj a . Tucker, John Tyler, Daniel Wild, Samuel Whitwell, 
George Wheeler, John Winslow Ju r ., Nath 1 . H. Whitaker, Fran- 
cis Wilby, xx Henry White., x Joseph H. Pierce, xx John White. 

[254.] The following persons were chosen Constables for 
one year, & their Bondsmen approved viz. 

Bondsmen. 
Thomas Stevenson - - - - Theo Stevenson Jr & W m Stevenson 

Henry Lane Caleb Whiting & Is 1 . Munroe 

Elisha Copeland John Perry & John Gibson 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Moses Thayer John Minchin & Ja 8 . Liswell 

Solomon Twist W 1 " Simonds & Amos Penniman 

William Tupper John Gibson & John Howe 

Benj a . B. Leeds Jeremiah Gore & S. H. Babcock 

W m Brooks Moses Wallach & Lem 1 . Babcock 

James Perkins James Williams & Henry Lane 

William Dinsmore W m Cochran & D. S. Eaton 

Jon a . Prescott John Barnard & Rob. Barber 

Thomas Holden Silas Harvey & Jn. Williams 

Wendell R. Barker - - - - Brad h . Billings & P. Dickerman 
Benj a . C. Stevenson - - - - Shub 1 Bell & Theo. Stevenson Jr. 

David Rixford W. P. Whiting & Thompson Miller 

George Jackson - Bob*. New & Caleb Whiting 

George Reed Peter Bicknall & Martin Burr 

Benj a Horton Jr Benj a . Horton & W m Levering 

Walter Crosby Israel Munroe & Jn. French 

Andrew Sanborn Horace Dupee & Ja 8 . Burchstead 

[255.] An application was received for a Town Meeting 
from a number of the militia now on duty, praying for an addi- 
tional compensation. 

The Board were unanimously of the opinion that it was not 
expedient to call such meeting at present. 

It was agreed that the sum of three hundred & seventy five 
dollars be appropriated for having Friend street, agreeably to the 
petition of the inhabitants thereof and M r . Hunnewell was desired 
to view the street in company with the abutters & agree with 
them relative to the side walks. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 13 th . 1814. 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin & 
Williams. 

M r . Jabez Wilson being recommended by the inhabitants of 
South Boston, was appointed a Constable for that District. 

M r . Thomas Christie was chosen [256.] a measurer of wood 
on the Neck, to be associated with M r . Glover. 

A memorial was received from a number of persons against the 
practice of bathing at the bottom of the Common on Sunday's ; it 
was ordered that the Constables forbid all persons from bathing 
in that place from the hour of nine in the morning to seven in the 
evening on Sundays, and in case they should persist in so doing 
to complain of them to a magistrate for prosecution. 

A number of papers were handed to the Board from M r . Weld, 
containing the results of his enquiries respecting hulks, and the 
expediency of preparing them by which it appeared that a larga 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 121 

Committee of the Marine society, whom he had consulted, had 
given their opinion that such mode of defense was not to be 
recommended, as it involved a risk 'of material injury to the har- 
bour. The papers preserved on file for future reference. 

[357.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 20 th . 
1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Levering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Return was made by M r . Caleb Wilson of the expense of repair- 
ing the drain in North Federal Court, 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 follows viz Whereas a drain or 
common sewer has been laid in North Federal Court conformably 
to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof 
amounts to sixteen dollars & fifty cents, which expence is to be 
born 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 expense 
& by whom & in what manner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge 
that the same be paid in the proportion [258.] following & by 
the persons hereafter named viz. 

Seth Johnson, Luther Bixby, Eleazer Homer, Anthony Chapouil, 
Widow Derby, Dea. John Simkins Agent, at 2.80 each. 

And We hereby empower M r . Caleb Wilson to demand & 
receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH ^ 

JON A . HlNNEWELL g S3 

BENJ. WELD 

JOSEPH LOVERING f 1 
JOSEPH AUSTIN " to "3 

ROB T . WILLIAMS J 

Several of the abutters on Friend street having represented 
that they are unable to meet the expence of paving the foot walk 
in front of their estates, as they have been notified to do 
Voted, that the Chairman inform M r . Farnum & the applicants 
for paving that street that the board will [259.] not con- 
sider it expedient at the present time to enforce the laying of the 
side walk of such abutters. But expect that the street shall be 
completed with one side walk on the south side thereof and 
that the Town shall be at no other expence than the sum appro- 
priated of 375 dollars. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 25 th . 1814. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering, Austin & 
Williams. 



122 -CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

M r . Farnum appeared in behalf of the inhabitants of Friend 
street, who applied for the paving of that street ; the subject of 
the objections to laying the side walks from several of the abut- 
ters was considered ; and it was agreed that M r . Farnum would 
take upon himself the expence of that part of the side walk which 
came upon M rs . Rogers' front, and would also pay towards the 
cost of Richardson's side walk the amount of the bills that would 
exceed Thirty dollars. 

[26O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug* 3 d .- 
1814 Present Mess. Bulfinch,- Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lover- 
ing, Austin & Williams. 

On the application of M r . George W. Eustis, of Newton a 
representation was signed to the Judge of Probate for the County 
of Suffolk That Moses Eustis of this Town, housewright, was 
an intemperate person, & in danger of wasting his property and 
becoming a public charge; and therefore praying that inquiry 
might be made, and a guardian appointed for him if the complaint 
should appear well founded 

A recommendation was signed, in behalf of M r . William Clous- 
ton, to enable him to have a female minor bound to him. 

A letter was received from M r Minot, Clerk of the Mill Pond 
Corporation in which they propose to build a bridge 40 feet wide 
across the canal, in the direction of Cross street and propose 
that it [61.] should be done at the joint expense of the Town 
& Corporation. The Chairman was desired to reply that the 
Board did not think it expedient to put the Town to any expence 
for that object at present. 

An application was received from the officers of the Company 
of New England Guards and from the officers of a new raised 
company of Sea Fencibles, requesting that a piece of ground, 
south of the Gun house on the Common might be appropriated to 
them to build a new Gun house upon, at the expense of the State. 
Several of the officers were present, and other situations were 
proposed, which were not considered by them suitable for the 
purpose. It was agreed that Mr. Hunnewell should be a Com- 
mittee to select a spot of ground for the purpose, south of the 
present Gun house ; on condition that the building that should 
be placed there, should remain during the continuance of the war, 
and to be removed in ninety days after its termination, free from 
any expence to the Town. 

[262.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
17 th . 1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Austin & 
Williams. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 123 

Return was made by M r . Jeremiah Bumstead Jun r . of the 
expense of repairing a Drain in a passageway leading South from 
Milk 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 noti- 
fied according to law, and that no objection had been made. 
Assessment was now made an oi'der of payment was passed by 
the Selectmen as follows, viz. Whereas a drain or common 
sewer has been laid in a passageway leading South from Milk 
Street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to fifty dollars & fifty cents, which 
expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains enter there- 
in and receive benefit thereby Wherefore We the Subscribers r 
Selectmen of the said Town of Boston Certify that [263.] having 
considered the said expence and by whom and in what manner it 
ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the same be paid in the pro- 
portion following and by the persons hereafter named viz. 

Jeremiah Bumstead J r . 12.62y 2 

Joseph Coolidge Esq l2.62 1 / 2 

William Payne Esq 12.62 1 /,, 

Caleb Hiorns 12. 62 1 /,, 

And We hereby authorize M r Jeremiah Bumstead Jun r to demand 
and receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
BENJ. WELD 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
ROB. WILLIAMS } 

The Chairman reported that he had examined the accounts of 
the hay weigher to 1 st . July last that they were correct, and that 
a balance of $77.28 was due to the Town. the report was 
accepted and an order passed that the Treasurer should receive 
the balance & give receipt in full to 1 st . July. 

[264.] The accounts of the Clerk of the market to May 1 st . 
were reported and approved, the balance of $228.76 having been 
paid by him to the Town Treasurer as by receipt from him. 

The following rules and orders for the regulation of the stands 
of Wood & Hay were adopted by the board and ordered to be 
printed as the law directs. 

Rules and Orders. 

are established for the regulation of Carts and other Carriages 
with Hay ; and also Carts and other Carriages with Wood, brought 
by land, for sale, into this Town. 

From and after Thursday the first day of September next, all 
waggons, carts & sleds with Hay or Straw for sale, shall stand 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

in Charles street, in one line on the northerly side of said street ; 
beginning at the easterly end thereof, by the hay scales, and to 
extend as fnr westerly as should be found necessary to accommo- 
date the numbers. 

From and after Thursday the first day of September next, 
waggons, carls [265.] and sleds, with wood for sale, shall 
stand in Common street ; from the burying ground gate southerly, 
as far as shall be found necessary to accommodate the numbers ; 
and they shall stand in one line along the westerly side of the 
street, leaving the entrance to Park street and the foot passages 
into the Mall clear and unincumbered. 

One row of such Waggons, Carts & Sleds with Wood shall be 
allowed to stand on the westerly side of the new Street over the 
mill-pond, called Merrimack Street, leading from the cause- way 
to Union street, in such a manner, as to leave the passages to said 
street free and unincumbered. 

And one row of such Waggons, Carts and sleds with wood 
shall be allowed to stand on the easterly side of the Street over 
the Mill-pond, called Pond Street, leading from Charles River 
Bridge to Hanover street, in such manner as to leave the passages 
to said street free & unincumbered. 

It is hereby ordered, in pursuance of the authority above 
named, that if any person shall offend against either of the above 
rules & orders, by standing with his [266.] Waggon, Cart or 
sled with Hay, Straw, or Wood for sale in any other place in the 
Town of Boston, than those above described, such person so 
offending, shall forfeit & pay the sum of Five dollars, upon con- 
viction of every such breach of said rules & orders. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 2.9 th . 
1814 Present Mess- Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lover- 
ing & Williams. 

Return was made by M r . Noah Lincoln of the expence of 
repairing the drain in Robinsons Alley, 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 that no objec- 
tion 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 Robinsons Alley conformably to the 
directions [267.] of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof 
amounts to eleven dollars, which expence is to be borne by such 
pei'sons whose drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby 
Wherefore We the Subscribers Selectmen of the said Town of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 125 

Boston Certify that having considered the same expense and 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. 

Cts. Cts. 

Robert Gillespie 70 Moses Grant 70 

John Day Howard 70 Negres Violet 70 

Seth Lathrop 70 Jacob Hyler 70 

Josiah Snelling 70 William Collier 70 

Estate of Ja 8 . Harrison - - 70 Ja 8 . Williams - 70 

Tho 8 . Lambord 70 Joseph Batson 70 

Noah Lincoln 70 Hannah Cartwright - - - - 70 

Abigail Larabee 70 John Jackson - 70 

And we hereby empower M r . Noah Lincoln to demand & 
receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CH S . BULFINCH ^ 
EBE R . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
BENJ. WELD 
JOSEPH LOVERING 
ROB. WILLIAMS 

[268.] The following proceedings of the Board on the 24 th . 
Ins*, should have been recorded at that date. viz. 

A Petition was presented, signed by a number of the Inhabit- 
ants, requesting that a Town Meeting should be called forthwith, 
to take into consideration the expediency of providing for the 
immediate defence of the Town & harbour. 

The subject having "been considered, it was Voted, that we do not 
think it expedient to call a Meeting of the Town for the purposes 
expressed in the Petition ; and Ordered that the following reasons 
of our opinions be entered on the records of the Board, viz. 

In the present unhappy circumstances of our country, the 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston, feel the fullest confidence in 
the wisdom, patriotism and prudence of his Excellency the Com- 
mander in Chief, and in the watchful care & attention of the 
Commissioners appointed by him, for the defence of the State. 

Especially we are sensible of the correctness of their views in 
the dispositions [269.] made for the defence of this Town ; 
which have been communicated to the Board by said Commis- 
sioners in several conferences with them, and in their letter to 
the Board of the 30 th . June last ; under this conviction we feel it 
our duty to rely, with perfect confidence, on our Rulers ; and not, 
by calling a meeting of the inhabitants, to excite alarm ; and in 
the presence of the Governor and Council, and of the Commis- 
sioners of known military experience, to interfere with their 
duties, or imply any doubt of the wisdom of their measures 

Passed the Accounts. 



12t> CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Some Gentlemen appeared to state that in consequence of the 
refusal of the Board to call a Town meeting, they had applied to a 
Justice of Peace for a warrant for that purpose, on which they 
intended to proceed ; and wished to read the application and the 
names of the subscribers. They were informed that the board did 
not wish to hear the papers read, being satisfied with their late pro- 
ceedings, but that the Gentlemen had an undoubted right to pro- 
ceed. They,having [t27O.] retired, Voted, That the reasons on 
record for declining to call a meeting be printed tomorrow. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 7 th . 
1814. Present Mess Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lover- 
ing & Austin. 

M r . Young (Printer) made complaint against the Stable lately 
built by M r . Bancroft, that he used it as a Livery Stable, and a 
large door on Oliver street made it very injurious to his houses 
opposite : he stated that he did not object to his keeping his own 
horses there, but to the number that were taken at livery. It 
was directed that M r . Bancroft be notified of his complaint and 
informed that unless the doors on Oliver Street were bricked 
up he would not have license, but would be subject to be 
prosecuted. 

A letter was received from the Commissioners of Sea Coast 
defence, appointed for that purpose by the Governour, requesting 
the opinion of the board on the expediency of sinking hulks in 
the Channel. The [271.] Chairman was desired to communi- 
cate the proceedings of the board on that subject, with an abstract 
of the opinions of the Marine society which they gave at request 
of the board. 

M r . Thomas Christy chosen a measurer of wood, coming into 
Town over the Neck. 

Voted to attend daily, during the present state of alarm at the 
Selectmen's room from 12 to 1 o'Clock to receive communications 
and concur in measures of defence. 

A letter was received from the Commissioners requesting that 
preparatory measures should be taken to destroy parts of the 
Bridges connected with the Town, in case of the actual approach 
of an enemy. after consideration Voted, That two engine com- 
panies be assigned to each bridge and that the fire wards be 
desired to appoint from their body two gentlemen to have the 
direction & superintendent of operations. and that they report 
to the board as soon as possible. 

The Commissioners having also requested the board to receive 
such donations as shall be made by the inhabitants Voted that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 127 

Mess rs . Bulfinch & Weld be a Committee to pre-[272.]pare an 
address for publication on this subject. Mess 1 '. Bulfinch, Oliver, 
Hunuewell, Foster, Weld, Levering & Austin were present at this 
Meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 19 th . 
1814. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Levering, Austin & Williams. 

The Secretary of the Firewards reported that they had selected 
two gentlemen to direct the operations at each bridge as was 
requested of them. The arrangement is as follows. 

Engine Company N. 2 & 3. Charles River Bridge under direc- 
tion Mess ra . Benjamin Smith and John Winslow Jun r . 

Engine C. N. 10 & 13 Canal Bridge Mess". A. Cunningham 
& Stephen Codman. 

N. 4 & 6. West Boston Bridge Mess. Francis J. Oliver & 
Joseph Tilden. 

N. 8 & 12. South Bridge Mess. James Phillips & Nathaniel 
Curtis. 

The Chairman to communicate the above to the Commissioners 
and to inform them [273.] that we have proceeded as far as we 
conceive our powers to extend ; and that with respect to the 
bridges at Chelsea, Maiden & Brighton, the Commissioners will 
take such other measures as they shall deem expedient. 

The Committee reported the following address soliciting dona- 
tions in money. the same was approved and directed to be 
printed. 

Patriotic Donations. 

Whereas the Hon. " Commissioners, appointed by his Excel- 
lency for Seacoast Defence," have informed the Selectmen of the 
Town of Boston, that the duties of that Board rendered it 
altogether inadmissible with them to receive the voluntary dona- 
tions of money which the patriotism of individuals might offer, 
the Selectmen, huving been invited by the said Commissioners to 
undertake this charge Now Give Notice, 
That a Committee, consisting of two of the Selectmen, will attend 
every day, from 12 to 1 O'Clock, at Faneuil Hall, for the purpose 
of conferring with the Committees, chosen in the Wards to 
collect Donations of money, and to receive from them such sums 
as [274.] they shall collect, and also all other sums which may 
be offered by individuals, the amount of which will be paid daily 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

to the Town Treasurer; to be deposited with him, and specially 
appropriated for the purpose of the defence of the town and its 
vicinity. 

The Selectmen of Boston would on this occasion, impress upon 
their fellow citizens of this town, and of the towns in the interior 
of the Commonwealth, the importance of timely exertions, to 
place the seacoast and the approaches to the Capital in such a 
posture of security, as would inspire confidence in men who are 
called from their homes to defend our shores. For this purpose, 
great expenses will undoubtedly be incurred, and the exertions of 
individuals will be necessary to assist the Government of the 
state upon whose protecting arm, under Divine Providence we 
wholly depend. All contributions from Towns, from patriotic 
associations or from individuals, will be received and applied 
to defend the Capital and its immediate vicinity ; in the safety 
and prosperity of which, the interior of the Commonwealth is 
essentially concerned. By order of the Selectmen. 

CHARLES BULFINCH, BENJ A . WELD, Committee of the Board. 

[275.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep- 
tember 21 8t . 1814. Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Foster, Weld, Levering, Austin & Williams. 

The following notification for assembling the inhabitants in 
ward Meetings was ordered to be printed in all the papers 
tomorrow. 

Work on the Fortifications 



Notice to the several Wards of the Town. 

Notice is hereby given to the inhabitants of the several Wards 
of the Town of Boston to assemble in their respective places in 
which they usually meet for the choice of Assistant Assessors 
and Members of the Board of Health, this afternoon at four 
o'clock, to make lists of those citizens who are willing to volun- 
teer their services for one day's work on the fortifications ; and 
appoint Committees to carry this object into effect. The lists 
when completed are to be handed to the Selectmen, who will call 
out the Wards in rotation as they are wanted. The Selectmen 
hope and expect a prompt and universal attention [276.] to this 
all important object, without any exception of .those who have 
heretofore volunteered their services. The inhabitants are also 
notified to choose at said meeting a Committee in each ward to 
solicit donations in money, and the Clerks of the several Wards 
are requested to preside at the meeting. 

By order, 

CHARLES BULFINCH, 

Chairman. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 129 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 26 th . 
1814. Present Mess". Bui finch, Oliver, Foster, Levering, Aus- 
tin & Williams. 

Passed the monthly Accounts. 

M r . Mitchell Lincoln was chosen a constable for one year, to 
serve as a dep y Collector of Taxes under the direction of the 
Treasurer & Collector. From "this period the board assembled 
daily at 12. o'Clock to organize the voluntary offers of labour for 
erecting fortifications & to receive donations from the wards. 

[27 7."] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
13 th . 1814 Present a Majority of the Board. 

A statement having been made from the superintendent of 
Fort Strong that further assistance was necessary to complete 
that work the following address was ordered to be inserted in 
the papers. 

Public Defence 

The Selectmen of Boston, take this public opportunity of 
expressing their grateful acknowledgments to all those persons, 
who have given their voluntary assistance in labor, on the several 
works now erecting for the defence of this Town & harbour. 
the positions for these works have been selected, and the plans of 
them adopted, by the ablest engineers : By spirited exertions of 
the citizens, the fortifications are in a state of great forwardness, 
and a continuance of the same patriotic efforts would complete 
them in a short time. The numerous and hardy yeomanry from 
the country are desired to continue their services at South Boston, 
and on the Dorchester shore ; and the inhabitants of Boston are 
[278.] again invited to take one more tour of duty to put the 
finishing hand to Fort Strong. 

It was expected that this Fortress would have been completed 
in the past week, but the great extent of the fort and batteries, 
rendered it impossible. The Selectmen, therefore, at the special 
desire of the Commissioners for Defence, and Superintendent of 
that work, propose that the inhabitants should devote one day 
more, in wards, to complete it before the season is further 
advanced. They have adopted the following arrangement, and 
request the Committees in the several wards to aid them in 
carrying it into effect. 

(Wards N. 1. 2. 3 & 4 having done duty) 

N 5 & 6 on Saturday the 15 th . 

N. 7 & 8 on Sunday the 16 th . with such others at large as 
may incline to join them. 

N. 9 & 10 on Monday the 17 th . 

N. 11 & 12 on Tuesday the 18 th . 

By order of the Selectmen. 

CHARLES BULFINCH, Chairman. 



130 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[279.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
17 th . 1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

32 Jurors were drawn for the Court of Com. Pleas. 

M r . Samuel Phillips' Account as hay weigher for one quarter 
to the 1 st . instant was exhibited The Chairman stated that he 
had examined the account & vouchers & found it correct The 
Gross amount for weighing was 36o T y balance due to the 
Town 113 4 / 100 . the same was accepted & ordered that the Treas- 
urer receive & give discharge for the balance. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 31 st . 1814. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb & 
Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

M r . Charles Willis Jun r . having been well recommended was 
approved as an Auctioneer. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for choice of Member 
of Congress. D r . Lathrop to be requested to open the meeting 
with Prayer. 

[28O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 3 d . 1814 Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Webb, Austin & Williams. 

Grand Jurors & Traverse Jurors for Supreme Judicial Court 
were drawn, agreeably to precept from Clerk of that Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 10 th . 
1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Lovering & 
Austin. 

The Chairman communicated a letter which he had received 
from the Secretary of the Board of War, which was as follows 
Board of War Boston Nov. 9 th . 1814. Voted that the Auditor 
of this board be directed to apply to the Chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen of the Town of Boston for the subscriptions that the 
inhabitants have patriotically made towards the erecting fortifica- 
tions for the harbour of Boston and its vicinity ; in order to pay 
the bills that are now coming in for labor and disbursements on 
the several forts and works, recently erected ; and that he give 
his receipt for the same. 

[281.] Voted, that an account be opened, for this special 
purpose in the books of this office of the expenditure of the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 131 

monies aforesaid, that the authorities of the Town may see that 
the subscriptions have been properly appropriated & accounted 
for. And that a copy of these votes be transmitted to the Chair- 
man of the Board of Selectmen, to be^ entered on their journals. 
(Signed) By order of the Board of War 

JOSEPH H. PIERCE, Secretary 

In consequence of the above the Selectmen directed the Chair- 
man to inform the hon. Board of War of the amount subscribed 
and that it was ready for their order. 

Voted, that the Town Treasurer be desired to convert all the 
foreign money, which has been paid him in subscriptions into 
Boston money, as soon as possible & to charge the discount to 
the fund, and that he pay the whole amount subscribed to the 
orders of Benjamin Weld Esq. Auditor of the Board of War. 

Voted that a particular statement of the sums subscribed in the 
wards be entered on the minutes of this board to preserve the 
memory of the honourable & patriotic exertions voluntarily made 
to assist the government of the State in [282.] providing means 
of defence. 

Account of the sums received from Subscriptions in money, for 
erecting fortifications in the harbour of Boston : the same being 
distinct from the agreement of the inhabitants in the several 
wards to perform personal labour on the works. 

From Ward N 3 of B T. Wells - - - - 16.75 
John Wells - - - - 128.79 

Ditto .- 13. 

158.54 

from Ward N 4 of J. Howe 10. 

T. Kidder .... 20. 
Tho. D. Bradlee - - 390. 

420. 

from Ward N 5 of J. Coolidge Ju r - - - - - - 403. 

from Ward N 6 of Charles Walley - - - 100. 

John Kuhn - - - - 23.75 
John Mackay - - - 132. 

255.75 

from Ward N 7 of W In Sullivan Esq 2933. 

from Ward N 8 of Jacob Canterbury - - 10 
Beza Tucker - - - 34.51 
Frances Welsh - - - 345.25 
M. Thayer - - - - 575.25 
Doyle Benefit - - - 43.56 

1008.57 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

from Ward X. 9 of Committee 1520.62 

from Ward N 10 of E. T. .Andrews - - - 675. 

D. --- - 557 
Benefit at Theatre - - 60 

1292. 

from Ward N 11 of J. Callender 800. 

from Ward N 12 of Joshua Davis 828. 

of M r . Gibbs of Salem 10. 



$9629.48 

[283.] The following sums having been afterwards received 
from the Committees should be added to the C r . of the respective 
wards. 

from Ward N 9. of J. Callender 264. 

from Ward N 7 of W. Sullivan 387. 

from Ward N 10 of E. T. Andrews 872.75 



The amount received in full is as follows. 

from Ward N 3 158.54 

Ward - 4 420.. 

Ward - 5 403. 

Ward - 6 ------------ 255.75 

Ward - 7 - before entered - - - 2933. 

as above 387. 

3320. 

Ward - 8 1008.57 

Ward - 9 - before entered - - - 1520.62 

as above 264. 

1784.62 

Ward - 10 - before entered - - - 1292. 
as above ------ 873.75 

2165.75 

Ward - 11 800. 

Ward - 12 - 828. 

[284.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 27 th . 1814. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Webb, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the District Court of the United 
States. ' 

The Quarterly accounts were passed. 

An extract of a Letter from M r . Ward in Congress was handed 
to the Board by William Sullivan Esq., in which M r . Ward 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1814. 133 

requests information relative to the valuation of the County of 
Suffolk. which being considered Voted, That Benjamin Pol- 
lard Esq., Clerk of the house of Representatives, be requested to 
all upon Charles Davis Esq one of the Committee of valuation 
and with him to make a statement of the valuation, both of the 
personal & real property in the several counties, which may 
enable our representative in Congress to have justice done to the 
County of Suffolk, in the apportionment of the direct tax. 

[285.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 7 th . 1814. Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Fos- 
ter, Webb, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

An Indenture of two parts was signed conveying to Samuel 
Clarke a small strip of land, west of his estate in School street, 
in exchange for a small piece from the north end of his land to 
widen the area in front of the east wing of the Court House. 

Peter O. Thacher Esq. being present, informed the board that 
he has obtained judgment & execution in the suit against John 
Brazer Esq., that he had informed him thereof & that M r . Brazer 
had tendered certain real estate in satisfaction of the same. 

M 1 '. Thacher & the deputy sheriff who held the execution were 
desired to take immediate measures for obtaining an appraise- 
ment of the real estate according to law ; and to inform the 
Chairman what steps should be taken by the Selectmen, who was 
desired to summon a meeting of the Board to attend to the busi- 
ness, whenever the papers & other arrangements should be ready 
for completing the same. 

[286.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 13 th . 1814. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Lovering & Austin. 

6 Grand Jurors & 6 Petit Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 14 th . 
1814. Present the Whole Board except M r . Weld. 

32 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Court of Common 
Pleas. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 26 th . 
1814 Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Foster, Webb, Lovering, Austin 
& Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

6 Jurors were drawn for Supreme Jud 1 . Court. 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 28. 1814. 
Present the whole Board. 

Closed the Accounts. 

Approval of M r . Charles Nolen as an Auctioneer. 

[287.] A conference was held with the several wood 
measurers, and the Chairman was desired to publish for public 
information the orders which had been given to the measurers, and 
the cautions necessary to be observed by the inhabitants in pur- 
chasing this article. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 7 th . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Webb, 
Austin & Lovering. 

6 Jurors were drawn for Supreme J. Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 11 th . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld, Lovering, Austin 
& Williams. 

[288.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
18 th 1815. Present Mess 18 Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, 
Lovering & Austin. 

The Accounts of M r . Phillips, hay weigher, were reported by 
the Chairman, who had examined the vouchers & found them 
correct : the balance due to the Town for the quarter ending 
January 1 st was $104.55. 

Joseph Hollis was approved as an Auctioneer. 

M r . Foster was desired to employ some person to put grates in 
part of the sink in Federal street. 

Peter O. Thacher Esq. having informed the board that M r . 
Brazer was desirous of removing the incumbrance on his prop- 
erty lately set off by execution & to give other security for the 
amount Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell & Foster were appointed a 
committee to receive proposals & empowered to adopt such 
arrangements on the subject as they should think most for th6 
interest of the Town. 

[289.] Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
January 20 th . 1815. Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, 
Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

8 Jurors were drawn for Sup. J. Court. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 135 

Boston BS. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 1". 1815. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Webb, "Weld, Lover- 
ing & Austin. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

The Chairman was desired to inform the Assessors that the law- 
required of them to furnish lists of voters, both for Town officers 
& for Governour & Senators by the first day of March next. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 8 th . 
1815 Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Webb, Lovering & 
Austin. 

M r . Brazer having made an arrangement [29O.] with M r . ' 
Edward Tuckerman Jun r . to pay to the Treasurer the amount of 
the execution levied on his house & store in Dock Square. a 
release of said property was signed & delivered to P. O. Thacher 
Eeq. to be held by him until the business should be completed, & 
then to be delivered to M r . Brazer. 

Applications for reduction of rent were received from the 
Commercial Insurance Company & from M r . Floyd & M r . Siders, 
all occupying rooms in old State House the same were Com- 
mitted to Mess 18 . Oliver & Lovering to consider & report. 

Whereas a certain drain or common sewer leading from 
Hawley street to Federal street, through the street on the north 
side of Franklin place has been laid according to law, in pursu- 
ance of consent obtained from the Selectmen, & at the sole 
expense of M r . Francis Amory of Boston, merchant, amounting, 
as by accounts presented and approved, to the sum of twelve 
hundred & fifty dollars. And Whereas M r . Gottlieb Graupner 
and M r . Elisha Ticknor have already entered their particular 
drains into said common sewer, & [291.] it is probable that a 
number of other persons, proprietors of houses adjacent will 
also wish to connect their particular drains therewith : The 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston having considered the expence 
already incurred by M r . Amory aforesaid, and having examined 
by a special Committee the situation of the premises, have pro- 
ceeded to ascertain and determine to each of said persons who 
have already entered said drain, his proportionable part of the 
charge of laying the same ; and also what sum should be paid 
by each & every person who shall in future connect or enter 
his drain into said common sewer. Therefore We the Subscribers 
major part of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston do determine 
that each of said persons who have or may in future receive 
benefit therefrom shall pay his proportionable part of said expence, 
to be estimated as follows : 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The whole expence being as P r . Accounts $1250 

deduct the branch laid to M r . Graupners house oeing 

the cost agreed upon by him - 90 



$1160 

The said common sewer having been laid at an unusual depth 
and size for the [292.] special accommodation of M r Amorys 
buildings it is judged equitable to charge him one half thereof 
$580 and the number of buildings which will probably receive 
benefit therefrom being seventeen viz. 
Those of Francis Amory - - - 5 

E. Tickuor 1 

G. Graupuer - - - - 1 
- Everett 1 

D r . Jeffries 1 

The houses on the north side 

of Franklin place 8 17 Shares $35 $595 

It is hereby determined that Mess rs . Elisha Ticknor & Gottlieb 
Graupner shall each of them pay the sum of thirty five dollars in 
full consideration for the benefit and advantage derived to each 
of them from said common sewer; and also that each person 
who shall hereafter enter his private drain therein shall pay the 
like sum of thirty five dollars, until the said Amory or his suc- 
cessors or assigns shall have received the full sum of six hundred 
dollars with interest ; after which said common sewer shall become 
the joint property of all those who shall then be connected there- 
with. 

And we hereby authorize and empower said Francis Amory or 
his assigns to [293.] demand & receive the amounts above 
awarded from each & every person who already has or may here- 
after lead his private drain into said common sewer as above 
specified. 

Witness our hands at Boston this eighth day of February A.D. 
1815. 

CH S . BULFINCH 
EBEN OLIVER 
N. WEBB 
Jos. LOVERING 
Jos. AUSTIN 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 15 th . 
1815. Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Huimewell, Foster, 
Webb, Weld, Levering & Austin. 

The joyful news of Peace having arrived, the attention of the 
board was occupied in making arrangements, in conjunction with 
a Committee from the Legislature now in session for suitable 
demonstrations of the public joy. It was agreed that on the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 137 

twenty second instant, if the ratification should arrive before that 
time ; the bells should be rung one hour in the morning, and 
after a religious service ordered by the Legislature. All classes 
of citizens should be invited to form a grand civil procession. 
[294.] and for the more convenient organizing the procession. 
that the government of the Washington Benevolent Society & 
also that of the Mechanic Association should be desired to take 
measures in conjunction. That all the public buildings of the 
Town & County should be illuminated, and that the proprietors 
of all the places of worship be also invited to illuminate them. 

After the Committee of the Legislature had retired, it was voted, 
that a dinner should be prepared at Exchange Coffee house at 
which, The Governor, Council, Senate & Representatives of Bos- 
ton, The Judges, Clergy, principal military & naval officers & 
strangers of distinction should be invited. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. 27. 1815. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Webb, Lovering & Austin. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

It is thought proper here to record, that arrangements proposed 
on the 15 th instant were carried into complete effect on 22 d . ex- 
cepting the illuminating of the places of public worship, which 
was dispensed with, as being considered hazardous. The per- 
formances were gratifying & the day and evening passed in the 
utmost good order & harmony, suitable to the joyful occasion. 

[295.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
1 st . 1815 Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Webb, Lov- 
ering, Austin & Williams. 

23 Grand Jurors & 30 traverse Jurors were drawn to serve at 
the Supreme Judicial Court. 

A Deed was signed, conveying a piece of land ten feet wide to 
Deacon Joseph Field, adjoining his land on the Neck agreeably to 
the vote of the town. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting on the 13 th . instant for 
choice of Town Officers. M r . Eliot to print the notifications. 

M r . Austin to request D r . Baldwin to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 8 th . 1815 
Present, the whole Board. 

Six Jurors were drawn for the District Court of the United 
States. 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[296.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
17 th . 1815. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Austin, Williams & Hartt. 

The Oath of Office was administered to M r . Edmund Hartt, 
one of the Selectmen for the present year, by the Town Clerk. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for choice of Gover- 
nour, Lieu*. Governour & Senators. 

M r . Eliot to print Notifications, & M r . Channing be requested 
to open the meeting with prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 22 d . 1815. 
Present, the whole Board. 

The Board came to the choice of a Chairman ; the votes being 
taken by ballot Charles Bulfinch Esq. was unanimously chosen. 

M r . Samuel Phillips was chosen Hay weigher The Town Clerk 
to prepare a new bond as last year. 

M r . Nath 1 . Merriam was chosen Clerk of the Market. 

[297.] It was voted to choose only one sealer of weights & 
measures for the present, And M r . Richard Austin was unani- 
mously chosen. 

Mess r8 . Lemuel Capen & Caleb Loring Jun r . were chosen sealers 
of lighters bringing sand, gravel & stones. 

Voted, That the compensation to the Superintendent of Police 
be the same as in the year past. 

Votes being taken for a Superintendent of Police, Charles 
Bulfinch Esq. was declared to be chosen. 

Thomas Battelle & William Barker having applied and being 
well recommended, were appointed Auctioneers. The Town 
Clerk to give each of them a certificate. 

David Sears Esq. being about to take clown the wooden build- 
ing opposite his dwelling house in Beacon street, & to erect two 
brick houses on the lot, made application to know what part of 
the land would be wanted to widen that street. The plans were 
delivered to M r . Hunnewell to view and report. 

[298.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
29 th . 1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, 
Lovering, Austin & Hartt. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 139 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

The Board came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an 
oration befere the Town on the 4 th day of July next and 
Lemuel Shaw Esq. was unanimously chosen. 

The Chairman was desired to notify M r . Shaw of his 
appointment. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 11 th . 1815 
Present the whole Board. 

Mess. Dupee & Badger having applied for license to use their 
stable as a livery stable examination was made, & it being found 
that the stable was situated back of their houses in Distill house 
square, and open to the vacant land in the mill pond, it was voted 
that the said stable should be licensed and approved for the pur- 
pose requested. 

[299.] Mess. David Marston and Harvey Nolen were 
approved as Auctioneers. each to have a certificate. 

An application was received, signed by all the members of the 
Town Watch, praying for an increase of wages the same having 
been considered Voted that it was not "expedient to make any 
alteration in their pay. and that if any persons should withdraw 
from the watch, M r . Brewer should propose names of others to 
fill the vacancies to be approved by the board 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19 th . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering, Austin & 
Hartt. 

32 Jurors were drawn for the Court of Com. Pleas. 

M r . Frederick W. Ingraham was approved as an Auctioneer. 

On the application of M r . Veazie, Voted to approve of his 
building a bakers oven at the house, corner of North Federal 
Court if the Firewards have no objection. 

[3OO.] An application from the deputy Collectors for further 
compensation for collecting the tax of 1813, was read & the con- 
sideration thereof was referred to the Committee of finance. 

An application was received from John W. Folsom Esq. 
requesting a license for selling spirituous liquors at a shop under 
his office in George Street : the same was considered & Voted 
unanimously in the negative. 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 26 th . 1815. 
Present the whole Board. 

4 Grand & 4 Petit Jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court of 
United States. 

The monthly accounts were passed. 

M r . David Greenough made a proposal to exchange the lot of 
land on which the schoolhouse stands in West street for a piece 
of land on Mason street to build the new school house thereon. 

M r . Saunders applied for license to sell spirits at his shop in 
Grove Street recommended by Hon. H. G. Otis & others. the 
same was considered & Voted unanimously in the negative. 

[3O1.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3 d . 
1815 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld, Levering, 
Austin, Williams & Hartt. 

M r . William Tucker, having been well recommended, was 
approved as an Auctioneer. 

It was agreed that liberty be granted to the Artillery company 
on Fort Hill, to level the land in front of their gun house. M r . 
Nath 1 . Brewer to superintend the digging, under the directions of 
Mess. Htinnewell & Williams. 

The Town Treasurer attended, and made a statement of several 
outstanding orders on old drafts of former years, which had not 
been claimed ; and requested that measures should be taken to 
cancel them, for his convenience in keeping his books upon 
consideration it was agreed to pass an order for the Treasurer to 
receive said sums and credit the Town with them. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 10 th . 1815. 
Present the whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting, for choice of Repre- 
sentatives on the 18 th instant Rev. D r . Gardiner to be requested 
to open the meeting with prayer. 

[3O2.] The Town Clerk made return of the amount of fees 
for Auction licenses, received by him and paid into the Treasury 
being one hundred and twenty six dollars. 

The Town Treasurer was present and requested that an order 
should [be] passed in favour of Josiah Bradlee for the cost of 
the 'oil supplied for the present season, to enable him to close his 
books before the May meeting ordered that a draft on the books 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 141 

be made for the amount, being eight thousand three hundred and 
forty-six dollars sixty-two cents. 

The Proprietors & abutters on Bread & Well streets made a 
statement of the state of those streets, that being very flat and 
not paved, they were extremely muddy, and could not be kept in 
order, although they had been spread with gravel during the past 
season : they stated that they had made estimates that the whole 
cost of paving them would be $570 of which they would pay 
one half provided the Town would pay the remainder. The 
subject having been considered, it was agreed, to pay two hun- 
dred and .eighty-five dollars, upon Bread & Well streets being 
completely paved, to the satisfaction of the board. 

Proposals were received on the 8 th instant from W m . Sullivan 
Esq. to purchase the larfd in front of the new Court House on the 
east side of the opening. and an offer made of one thousand 
pounds ; the same was considered and it was agreed to take 
$3500 for said land reserving a piece of 20 feet square on School 
street for an Engine house. [For the transaction of the board on 
this subject see the last page.] 

[303. ] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 17 th . 
1815 Present The whole Board. 

M r . Stephen Thayer was approved as an Auctioneer. 

Mess 18 . Austin & Hartt were desired to direct the necessary 
repairs on the head of the dock, bottom of North Street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 18 th . 1815 
Present The whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting the 29 th . instant. 

Return was made by M r . Thomas Foster of the expence of 
repairing the drain in White Bread Alley, 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 objec- 
tion 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 White 
Bread Alley conformably to the directions of the Select- [3O4.] 
men, the whole expence whereof amounts to one hundred & fifty 
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 & by 
whom and in what manner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge that 



142 CITY DOCUMENT No: 60. 

the same be paid in the proportion following and by the persons 
hereafter named viz. 

Thomas Foster, Elizabeth Bradlee, William Pool, each $7.17. 

Thomas McClure, Benjamin Jarvis, William Daker, Estate of 
Nabby Howard dec d ., Samuel Bartlett, Joshua Burr, Cap* Lord, 
James Lamb, Josiah Rainsford, each $10.75. 

Elijah Turner Esq., $32.25. 

And We hereby empower Thomas Foster to demand & receive 
the same & to give discharge therefor. 

(Signed) CH S . BULFINCH 
EBEN. OLIVER 





JON A . HUNNEWELL 



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Is 

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02*0 



JOSEPH FOSTER 
JOSEPH LOVERING 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
EDMUND HARTT 

Land in front of Court House see last page. 

[3O5.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 th . 
1815. Present a Majority of the Board. 

Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 30 th . 1815. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Hartt. 

Warrant was signed for a Town Meeting to be.h^ld on the 7 th . 
June next. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7 th . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Foster, Weld, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Hartt. 

On the petition of Mary Alexander wife of William Alexander, 
cabinet maker, confirmed by several of the neighbours ; applica- 
tion was signed to the Judge of Probate, representing to him 
that said William Alexander was [3O6.] a man of intemperate 
habits, and in danger of becoming chargeable to the Town, by 
wasting his property ; therefore requesting that a Guardian 
should be appointed over him. 

Complaint having been made of a dangerous place in Olive 
street, Mount Vernon, the Chairman was desired to notify the 
abutters on the street to build a wall & fence to support the 
gravel necessary to level the street. 

The Chairman was desired to obtain from J. W. Folsom Esq. 
Coroner, the evidence respecting the murder of Frederick Hart on 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 143 

the 3 d . instant, and communicate the same to the Governour & 
Council, with a request that they would direct such measures as 
to them should appear proper for the detection of the murderers. 

The Committee to view Beach street reported that Mess". 
Thomas & R. Haskins be informed that the board think it expedi- 
ent for the improvement of that street that the fence on their 
land should be removed back on a line with the new brick house. 

[3O7.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 13 th . 
1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering& 
Austin. 

Application having been made by M r . William Foster Jun r . to 
the General Court, for liberty to build a wharf on the flatts, east 
of the channel and in front of Foster's wharf it was now agreed, 
that the time allowed by the order of notice was too short for 
due gonsideration of this proposal, and therefore Voted That the 
Committee of [the] General Court should be requested to report 
to refer it to the next session. 

Representation having been made that some persons acting 
under the direction of Mess rs . Hancock & Spear, were digging & 
carting away the gravel where the steps lately were situated on 
the north side of Beacon hill, Voted. That the Chairman & M r . 
Weld be a Committee to take measures to prevent this encroach- 
ment on the Town's land & to prosecute the persons concerned 
in it 

[3O8.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
14 th . 1815. Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Levering, Aus- 
tin & Williams. 

4 Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of United States. 
32 Jurors drawn for Boston Court of Com. Pleas. 

On the application of M re . Peak & on evidence of M r . Jepson & 
Luminis her neighbours an application was signed to the Judge 
of Probate, representing that M r . William Peak, pump maker, 
was a man of intemperate habits, in danger of wasting bis prop- 
erty, & thereby bringing himself & family to be chargeable to the 
Town and praying that a Guardian should be appointed for 
him. 

M r . Samuel Cabot Jun r . & Joseph Cabot were approved as 
Auctioneers. 

The Chairman was requested to employ a surveyer to examine 
the Town's passage way between Rowe's & Foster's wharves, & 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

to stake out the Town's bounds on the north & south sides & 
make a correct plan thereof. 

[3O9.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
5. 1815. Present Mess 1 ' 8 . Bulfinch, Weld, Lovering, Austin & 
Williams. 

List of Auctioneers approved during the past year was exam- 
ined & the following approved for the year ensuing. viz. 

Samuel L. Abbot, James A. Allen, Francis Amory, George 
Bond, George Burroughs J r ., Stephen Brown, Lemuel Blake, 
Thomas Battille, Horatio Bass, James Bourguin, George G. 
Channing, Cornelius Coolidge, Thomas Clark, William Cochran, 
Sam 1 . F. Coolidge, Martin Clap, Joseph L. Cunningham, Samuel 
Cabot Jun 1 '., Joseph Cabot, William Dehon, George L. Deblois, 
Richard Edwards, Charles Edwards, David M. Eaton, David For- 
saith, Silas Field, William Gridley Jr., Caleb Hay ward, Rich d . H. 
Hough, Daniel Hearsey, Charles Head, William Hartwell, Joseph 
Hollis, Tho 8 . K. Jones, John Jutau, Abraham Jones, Cha 8 . H. 
Jones, Fred k . W. Tngraham. [3lO.] Philip Marett, John Min- 
chin, David Marston, Charles Nolen, George Noble, John W. 
Nance, Samuel Prince, Henry J. Oliver, Elisha Parks, Lather 
Parks, Asahel Plimpton, Joseph Ripley, Frink Stratton, William 
Tucker, John Tyler, Joseph Titcomb, Samuel Whitwell, Nath 1 . 
H. Whitaker, Francis Wilby, John Winslow Jr., Charles Willis, 
Henry White, John White. 

Return having been made from the Clerk of the Court of Ses- 
sions of the names of persons licensed for [the] sale of spirituous 
liquors during the past year, the same was examined and corrected 
by erasing the names of such as were deceased, had left Town or 
had conducted disorderly [places] and the usual certificate 
signed for the remainder. 

[311.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 1 2 th . 
1815. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Lovering, Austin 
& Hartt. 

Return was made by William Mackay Esq. of the expence of 
repairing the drain in Sudbury 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 that no objec- 
tion 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 Sudbury 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to sixty three dollars, which expence is 
!}O be borne by such persons whose drains enter therein & receive 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 145 

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 [312.] be 
paid Do Adjudge that the same be paid in the proportion follow- 
ing and by the persons hereafter named viz. 

John Heard Esq. Agent, Samuel Parkman Esq., Abraham 
Bazin, William Taylor, Elizabeth Gale & Moses Bass, Heirs of 
Josiah Bradlee, William Mackay Esq, John Kennedy, Heirs of 
John Codman Esq, Widow Storer, Foster Swift, Thomas Furber, 
Heirs of David Peirce, Samuel Snelling, Thomas D. Moore, 
Joseph Phipps, Jacob Tidd, Jacob Eustis, Leonard French, Wil- 
liam Gray, each 1 share, $3. 

Thomas Lee, 2 shares, 86. 

And We hereby Authorize & empower William Mackay Esq. 
to demand and receive the same, & to give discharges therefor, 
(signed) CHARLES BDLFINCH ") ^ 

EBEN OLIVER 
BENJ WELD 

JOSEPH LOVERING ; 8 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
EDMUND HARTT 

[313.] Application was made by Mess. Jacob & Charles 
Tidd to purchase a piece of land on Merrimack street, mill pond 
which borders on their Distill house yard. It was voted that it 
was not expedient to make sale of any part of that land at 
present. 

William Minot Esq. Secretary & Treasurer to the Franklin 
donation fund, presented his books and accounts, which were 
examined & approved by a Committee. he was then chosen to 
the office of Secretary & Treasurer for the year ensuing. 

William King (a black Man) having been well recommended, 
was approved & licensed to sweep chimneys, and to employ his 
son as an apprentice in the same business during the pleasure of 
the board. 

This time having been assigned for coming to the choice of 
Constables for one year The following persons were chosen, 
with the same bondsmen as in the last year, or any change of 
sureties to be approved by the Chairman. 
Thomas Stevenson - - - - Tho 8 Stevenson Jr. & W m Stevenson 

Elisha Copeland ------ John Perry & John Gibson 

[314.] Moses Thayer - - John Minchin & James Liswell 

Solomon Twist W m Simonds & Amos Penniman 

William Tupper ------ John Gibson & John Howe 

James Perkins Ja s . Williams & Jenas Green 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Weudall R. Barker S. Bell & Peter Dickerman 

Benj a . C. Stevenson - - - - Shubael Bell & Tho 8 Stevenson Jr. 

George Jackson - Caleb Whiting & John Loring 

George Reed - Martin Burr & Fran 8 . Garaux 

Andrew Sanborn Ja 8 . Burchstead & Horace Dupee. 

William Dinsmore W m Cochran & David S. Eaton 

Thomas Holden Silas Haivey & John Williams 

and for South Boston 

Jabez Wilson. 

July 19. William Brooks Moses Wallach & Lemuel Babcock. 

[315.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
19 th .. 1815 Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, 
Levering & Austin. 

Inquiry having been made into the conduct of M r . William 
Brooks, in his office of Constable, & the report being satis- 
factory to the Board, it was agreed to reappoint him the present 
year. 

Application was received for paving Fosters lane leading from 
Charter street to Lynn street ; referred to Mess. Austin & 
Hartt to view & report. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 st . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Lovering, Austin & 
Williams. 

The Clerk of the markets account, for the quarter ending the 
I 8t instant, examined and approved. 

Passed the Monthly accounts. 

Proposals were handed in by the Clerk of the market for digging 
a well in market square, with a subscription paper to the amount 
of 450 dollars the subscription appearing to be conditional, it 
was determined [3 16.] to take no measure respecting the well, 
unless the money subscribed should be paid and given toward the 
object, in which case the board would agree upon the part of the 
Town, to pay what should be necessary in addition. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 2 d . 1815 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Austin, Williams & Hartt. 

The Accounts of M r . Phillips hay weigher for the quarter end- 
ing July I 8t . examined & found correct; the balance ordered to 
be paid to the Treasurer. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 147 

Mess". Whitwell & Bond apply for liberty to place stage poles 
in Kilby street, to erect staging necessary for their new building 
Voted. That they may be allowed to use as much of Kilby 
street as may be necessary for their staging : they being careful 
to incommode the occupants of the adjoining lots as little as 
possible. 

[317.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
9 th . 1815 Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Weld, Williams & Hartt. 

Return was made by M r . James Sherman of the expence of 
repairing the drain in North 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 objection 
had been made. Assessment was now made, an order of pay- 
ment was passed by the Selectmen as follows viz. 

Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in North 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounts to five 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 and 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. 

Lewis Leland 2 shares, $1.25. 

[318.] James Sherman, John Eliot, Redford Webster Esq., 

Cap*. Bangs, Cap*. Ward, Joseph Callender, each 

62 cents. 

And we hereby authorize & empower M r . James Sherman to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH ") 
BENJ WELD 



Roii T . WILLIAMS. \ -5 
EDMUND HARTT 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 16. 1815. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Whereas Mess rs . Whitwell & Bond upon application to the 
Selectmen obtained liberty to lay a common sewer in Kilby street, 
and it having been made to appear to the Board that the work 
has been properly executed ; the accounts also having been ex- 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

hibited, and examined, by which it appears that the whole expence 
of building the same & admitting therein the drains of three 
estates, amounts to the sum of two hundred [319.] & eleven 
dollars. It is hereby adjudged by the Selectmen that the several 
persons who by using the said common sewer & connecting drain 
therewith have become proprietors thereof, shall pay their pro- 
portions of the expence of building or laying the same as 
follows 

Mess. Whitwell & Bond 75 

Thomas L. Winthrop Esq. for Ja 8 . Bowdoin Esq. - - - 75 
M r8 . Borland 61 



$211 

And We hereby empower Mess Whitwell & Bond to demand 
& receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

signed CHARLES BULFINCH 

Chairman of Selectmen 

Estimates having been made for two stone sinks to be made in 
North Russell street, amounting to 183 dollars. it was agreed to 
employ M r . Woodbury to proceed to build them. 

The proposals for digging a well having been renewed, & the 
subscribers having agreed to the terms proposed by the Board the 
following vote was ordered to be communicated to the Conduit 
Corporation 

Voted. That the Selectmen will cause a well to be dug near 
the north east corner [32O.] of the market house, and have two 
pumps placed therein. On condition that the Conduit Corpora- 
tion will consent to pay to the Clerk of the market who is hereby 
authorized to receive the same, the sum of one hundred dollars 
subscribed by them towards the expence of the same : they to 
join with the Town in the chance and risk of the undertaking 
to the amount of the above sum. Also that the said Corporation 
shall agree, in case a liberal supply of good water can be obtained, 
to relinquish their right of using the conduit pipes, and of taking 
up the streets to repair them. 

N. B. The officers of the Conduit Corporation signified their 
consent to the above by their vote which is on file. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 28 th . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering & Austin. 

Passed the Accounts. 

6 Jurors were drawn for District Court of United States. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 149 

[321.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 13 th . 1815 Present, Mess rs . Bulfinch> Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Levering & Austin. 

Jurors were drawn for the Court of Common Pleas. 

It was agreed to allow two hundred & fifty dollars for paving 
Foster street, the same to be done under the direction & to the 
satisfaction of Mess rs . Austin & Hartt. 

M r . Joseph Grafton was approved as an Auctioneer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 20 th . 
1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Levering. 

An application was received from the commanding officers of 
the three Boston regiments requesting that provision should be 
made to supply the militia with rations and baggage waggons for 
the review directed by the Major General at Dedham on the 11 th . 
October next. It was agreed to postpone the decision on this 
application [322.] to the next meeting, in the mean time to 
ascertain the requisitions of the law & what had been done here- 
tofore on such occasions. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 25 th . 
1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Levering, 
Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

A very violent gale of wind having on Saturday last, done 
great damage to the Town in general, but particularly to the 
Common, by rooting up thirteen large trees in the Mall & eleven 
on the line of Beacon street, & three by the burying ground in 
Common street. The Chairman informed the board that he had 
employed a number of labourers, to replace them they approved 
his proceedings & appointed the Chairman & M r . Huunewell to 
superintend the work. 

Certificate was signed, approving the theatre in Federal street, 
& the company under Mess rs . Powell & Dickson for theatrical 
entertainments, the ensuing ye.ar. 

[323.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 27 th . 1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Weld & Lovering. 

4 Grand & 4 petit Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of the 
United States. 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The buildings being now completed on the laud near the front 
of the new Court house, and M r . Sullivan the proprietor of them 
requesting that an appropriate name should be given to the space 
between the buildings & leading to the Courthouse. it was agreed 
that it should be called Court Square / the Chairman was desired 
to have this name painted & placed on each side of the entrance 
from School street. 

Information having been given to the board, that Major Gen. 
Crane had issued orders for all the militia of the first division to 
be reviewed at Dedham on the 11 th . October next The Chair- 
man was desired to represent to Gen Crane the circumstances of 
the Town, & of the people in general especially since the ravages 
of the late storm, and to solicit a recall of his orders, that the 
review of the Boston troops [324.] may take place within the 
Town, as of late years. 

Agreed to allow 400 dollars towards paving the southerly end 
of Broad street, leading to Rowe's & Fosters wharves. 

Petition was received from a number of gentlemen resident on 
Beacon street &c, stating that the fences of the estate, late of 
Governour Hancock, having been much damaged by the storm & 
requiring expensive repair it appeared to them a favourable 
opportunity to make an improvement by widening the street in 
front of that estate & praying that measures should be taken to 
that effect, before any repairs should be commenced. The same 
was considered & committed to M r . Weld, to confer with the peti- 
tioners and to understand from them what assistance they would 
give to enable the boai-d to make the desired improvement. 

[325.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
2 d . 1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld & Austin. 

Application was received from the officers of Militia of the 
Town, that a Town meeting should be called, to request that 
rations & waggons for conveyance of baggage should be furnished 
at the expence of the Town, to the militia who are ordered to 
parade at Dedham on the 10 th & 11 th instant. Warrant was 
signed for a Meeting on the 5 th . instant. 

In pursuance of the powers, granted to the Selectmen by the 
act in addition to the act respecting boats & lighters employed to 
transport stones, gravel or sand within this commonwealth it is 
hereby ordered 

That the person regularly appointed to inspect and mark boats 
and lighters in this Town shall receive and demand for his ser- 
vices as follows, in addition to the cost of the marks required by 
law. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 151 

1 st . For weighing and marking each boat and lighter, the sum 
of six dollars, when [326.] the same does not exceed the 
burthen or capacity of twenty four tons, and also twenty five 
cents in addition for each & every ton exceeding that number. 

2 d . For inspecting annually the marks on any boat or lighter, 
and giving a certificate of their correctness, One Dollar. 

3 d . When the Inspector shall be of opinion, that the burthen 
or capacity of any boat or lighter has been diminished or increased 
by any repairs or otherwise, he shall give notice thereof to the 
owner, and that the same requires to be marked anew that the 
owner may state his objections, if any he have, to the Chairman 
of the Selectmen : who shall direct the Inspector to proceed as 
circumstances shall appear to require. 

The fees for marking a boat or lighter, after the same shall 
have been altered, shall be the same as for weighing and marking 
in the first instance, whenever it shall be necessary to weigh and 
mark the same entirely. But when the alteration shall affect the 
marks of such boat or lighter in part only, the fees shall be in 
proportion to the time expended in making the necessary altera- 
tions. 

[327.] Whereas it has been represented to the Selectmen 
that M r . A. Woodward, proprietor of a store in Newbury street, 
and Mess rs . David Greenough, Moses Wheeler, and Thomas Wil- 
liams, proprietors and occupants of the new houses ou Common 
street, have each of them laid a drain from his cellar to connect 
the same with the common sewer which leads through Mason 
street & Newbury street southerly ; It is hereby determined that 
each & every one of the persons above named should be assessed 
for the use of said common sewer the same amount as was paid 
by each proprietor of said common sewer at the time of the last 
general repair of the same in October 1812, and they are accord- 
ingly assessed as follow viz. 

A. Woodward 5.53 Moses Wheeler 5.53 

David Greenough 5.53 Thomas Williams 5.53 

And we hereby authorize and empower M r . Charles Roe to de- 
mand and receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

CH S . BULFJNCH 
EB. OLIVER 
JON . HUNNEWELL 
JOSEPH FOSTER 
BENJ. WELD 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 

[328.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
3 d . 1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Htmnewell, Foster, 
Levering & Williams. 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Representation having been made to the board that the cellar 
walls of a tavern or hotel were now laying on Milk street & Bat- 
tery march street, which would project the walls of the buildings 
further westerly than the other buildings to the southward thereof 
a meeting was called at this time & M r . Getting was invited to 
confer with the board upon the subject. the ground was visited 
and examined, and after full consideration Voted, That in the 
opinion of the Selectmen, the convenience of the inhabitants 
requires that the west line of the building proposed, to be built 
on Battery march street, should range with a line drawn from the. 
south west corner of the store of Andrew Brimmer to the north- 
west corner of the store of George Odiorne, and that all the land 
to the westward of said line to the old pavement should be added 
to the highway. 

The Chairman was desired to communicate the above to M r . 
Cotting the proprietor of said land. 

[329.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
5 th . 1815. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Lover- 
ing, Austin & Williams. 

M r . Cotting being present it was agreed to refer the considera- 
tion of the damage done to his land by the proceedings of the 
Board of the 3 d . inst, to the following gentlemen they to view 
the cellar and land in its present state, & to view it again after 
the alteration shall be made before they make up their judg- 
ments. 

JOSEPH HEAD 
PERRIN MAY 
TRISTRAM BARNARD 
WILLIAM FOSTER, JUN R . 
JOHN OSBORN, ESQUIRE. 

The Chairman & M r . Lovering were appointed a Committee to 
carry into effect the votes passed in Town meeting this day 
authorizing & empowering the board to furnish rations &c. to the 
troops who would be on duty at the review at Dedham on the 
10 th & H Ul instant. The Chairman then invited the colonels & 
Brigade quartermaster to meet them at the Selectmens room. 
They held a conference on the most eligible mode of providing 
rations etc. It was [33O.] agreed that the Colonels & quarter 
master should make estimates of the quantity wanted, and of the 
number of waggons &c that would be necessary, & adjourned to 
tomorrow 10 o'clock. 

Friday October 6 th . 

The Committee met when Major Shimmin made report That 
the captains of the several companies would undertake to provide 
rations, & that they should make return of the number actually on 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 153 

duty by certificate of the proper officer. That there would be 

required 5 1 / t tons of straw 

3 Baggage waggons, to each regiment 9 ~\ 

1 D - D - to battalion of artillery 1 [ 12 

2 D - D - for conveyance of 300 tents 2 - - - - ) 
A quantity of forage for artillery horses &c. 

The brigade & regimental quarter masters would undertake to 
provide the waggons and contract for forage and straw. 

The report was accepted. 

[331.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Octo- 
ber 18 th . 1815 Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Lovering 
& Austin. 

Mess. Bulfinch & Hunnewell, a Committee to direct the prun- 
ing of the trees in the Mall & Common. 

The Chairman was directed to employ M r Samuel Holmes in 
the streets to regulate the carts from the country, bringing cyder 
& wood for sale he to be allowed one dollar each day while 
employed. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 25 th . 
1815. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Lovering & Williams. 

On the application of John L. Sullivan Esq. he is permitted to 
place a fence on the westerly part of Pond street, where it turns 
into Prince street, to enclose the inner angle on the side towards 
the water in a curve line, in such a manner as that the street 
shall measure forty five feet wide in every part opposite said 
fence. and on condition that the fence shall be removed [332.] 
whenever it shall be required by the selectmen, and free of 
expence to the Town. 

A Petition was presented by a number of gentlemen residing 
in Beacon street, and the streets adjacent, stating the advantages 
that would arise to the public, if the street in front of the estate 
of the late Gov. Hancock, could be widened, and also that such 
improvement could be made at the present time with peculiar con- 
venience, owing to the shattered & ruinous state of the fences 
occasioned by the late storm. The subject was considered and 
voted, That in the opinion of the board, it would be a great pub- 
lic improvement, to widen Beacon street from the southerly 
corner of the State House yard to the corner of Belknap street 
opposite to [the] estate of John Joy Esq. deceased. 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Voted. To meet tomorrow 11. o'clock at said part of Beacon 
street, to view the premises and consider where the lines of the 
street should run. 

The b9ard met according to agreement, the same members 
present as yesterday, and viewed the land proposed to be taken 
into the street ; after various propositions for running the lines 
for the new front on the street, a number of stakes were placed 
in a straight [333.] line commencing six feet from the State 
House wall to the corner post of John Joy's estate on Belknap 
street. It was agreed to meet at Faneuil hall tomorrow 27 tb . 12. 
o'clock to determine upon the subject that absent members 
should be notified to attend, and a plan of the street be there laid 
before the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 27 th . 
1815. 

Present the whole Board. 

A plan of Beacon street was exhibited, and several proposals 
were made by members of the board, to alter the direction of the 
line of the street to- reduce the quantity of land necessary to be 
taken. At this time Ebenezer Hancock, John Hancock & Samuel 
Spear Esqrs acting for, and representing all the heirs of late Govr. 
Hancock, were admitted at their request they had a conference 
on the subject with the board, in which they objected to the pro- 
ceeding altogether, but expressed a wish, that if the board per- 
sisted in their determination, they would alter the line, to take a 
smaller quantity of land, and in their opinion [334.] make it 
less injurious to the estate ; after they had retired. Voted, that 
M r . Weld be desired to view the ground again in company with 
M r Spear, and to consider if any alteration of the lines could be 
made, to effect the desired improvement, and meet the wishes of 
the heirs of the estate. 

The Chairman was desired to obtain the opinion of William 
Sullivan Esq. whether the heirs of Gov. Hancock, could make any 
present claim for land to be taken ; and how the proceeding would 
affect the rights & claims of M rs - Scott, the present possessor, in 
right of dower of said estate. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 30 th . 1815. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Foster, Weld, Lovering & Austin. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

[335.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem r . 
1 st . 1815. 

Present the whole Board. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 155 

The subject of widening Beacon street again considered M r . 
Weld made report that he had viewed the ground in company 
with M_. Spear, but found that to conform to the proposals of the 
heirs in drawing the line, would not make such an improvement 
of the street as would be satisfactory to the public but gave it 
as his opinion that by deviating in a small degree from a straight 
line, and by widening the street on the opposite side by a small 
portion from the Common, the views of the heirs might be met in 
a considerable degree the quantity of land taken from them 
would be lessened, and the street would be opened commodiously 
& handsomely. It was now proposed by some members of the 
board to postpone any further proceedings, in consequence of the 
lateness of the season this being put to vote did not obtain. 
The Chairman, M r . Weld & M r . Levering were empowered to alter 
the direction of the new line of the street, according to their judg- 
ment, to exhibit the plan to the petitioners for their approbation. 

[336.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov. 8. 
1815. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, 
Levering, Austin & Williams. 

Grand Jurors & Traverse Jurors were drawn for Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Jonathan Heath & Elijah Utley apply for liberty to 
build a livery stable on land purchased by them for that purpose 
on Portland street, late Cole lane Committed to Mess". Weld & 
Levering. 

The Committee on the subject of widening Beacon street 
reported, a written opinion from William Sullivan Esq. that the 
heirs of the estate of late Gov. Hancock would have no claim to 1 
compensation for land taken until ..they should come into posses- 
sion of the estate. 

A plan of the street was also exhibited showing the lines as 
they had been run by the Committee this plan. had been laid 
before the petitioners for the improvement, and was approved by 
them, and they had agreed to defray the expence of removing the 
old fences, and of building a handsome new fence Jn front of said 
estate. [337.] The plan being also approved by the board, 
it was determined to widen the street according to it, and that it 
be recorded as follows. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Boston Nov. 8 th . 1815. 

Whereas in the opinion of the Selectmen, the safety and con- 
venience of the inhabitants of the Town of Boston require, that 
the portion of Beacon street between the wall of the State House 
yard and Belknap street should be widened, and the board having 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

repeatedly viewed and measured the land lying between the 
aforementioned bounds, to determine in what manner the public 
improvement could be effected, with the smallest damage to 
private property. It is now determined to widen that portion of 
Beacon street as follows beginning at a point four feet three 
inches from the southwesterly corner of the wall of the State 
House yard, there measuring seventeen feet on land of the heirs 
of the late Gov. Hancock to Beacon street; then from the first 
mentioned point to the easterly wall of the front yard of the 
mansion house now occupied by M rB . Dorothy Scott, there meas- 
uring seventeen feet four inches, thence to the westerly wall of 
said front yard, there measuring nineteen feet, thence to a point 
opposite to the present bend in said Beacon [338.] street, there 
measuring twenty teet, thence to a point on Belknap street, four 
feet from the corner of said street & Beacon street. And the 
same is ordered to be recorded as the line of said Beacon street, 
for the extent above described, and all the land lying between 
said above described line and Beacon street is hereby declared to 
be added thereto, and to be made part of the public highway. 

The Chairman was desired to have the deposition of William 
Taylor Eaquire the surveyor who made the plan, taken in per- 
petuam, that it might be used in evidence, if necessary, in future. 

Voted, That the Chairman and M r . Lovering be empowered to 
agree with some person for the removal of the earth which may 
be necessary to level the street, and dispose of it on those parts 
of the Common where it will be most useful, that part of it be 
placed along the bank from the north westerly corner of the 
Common, to widen the street on that side in a gore from the 
corner to the first bend in the fence. 

[339.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 
15 th . 1815. Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Lovering, Austin & Williams. 

A remonstrance against a license being granted to build a 
livery stable on land on Portland street was received, and read; 
also particular recommendations of Mess 18 . Utley & Heath who 
apply for the license. the subject was considered and the 
Committee appointed to view the situation reported, that it was 
safe from danger of fire it was Voted. That license be granted 
to Mess 1 " 8 . Utley & Heath to build a brick stable in the place 
applied for, on the following conditions, that they should take 
down the three story wooden house which stands on the front of 
the lot on Portland street, that the stable should be built on the 
back line of the lot contiguous to the garden of William Board- 
man Esq. who consents thereto and which will leave an open 
yard between the stable and Portland street of sixty feet from 
said street also that the fence should be removed so far back 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1815. 157 

[34O.] from the line of the street as that all carriages standing 
in front should leave the whole width of the street clear and 
unincumbered. (N. B. M r . Utley consented to the above con- 
ditions. ) 

The bell of the Old South church, being at present useless 
The Chairman was desired to request of the Committee of the 
Park street society, that their bell should ring at the hours of 8 
in the morning, 1 P.M. & 9. in the evening; and in case they 
should not consent, to apply to the Committee of Federal street 
society for the same purpose. 

A complaint was entered by M r . W m . Hynes against George 
Reed constable, for detaining in his possession stolen goods, after 
advertising them and M r . Hynes proving his property. they 
were both present, when it appeared that M r . Reed had kept the 
property while search was making for the thief & during the ses- 
sion of the Grand Jury after which he had delivered it up, upon 
payment of charge of advertising only ; M r . Reeds conduct was 
approved by the board. 

M r . Phinehas Capen was approved as an Auctioneer. 

[341.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Nov r . 
22 d . 1815 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, 
Weld, Levering, Austin & Williams. 

Jurors were drawn for the District Court of United States. 

On the representation of the Captain of engine house in Lev- 
erett street, of the want of a fire place & separate room for 
the Company the Chairman was authorized to direct all repairs 
that were necessary and to have a partition placed to make a 
meeting room & furnished with a stove & kettle for heating water 
for clearing the engine from frost & ice. 

Joseph Knapp Esq. presented a memorial & remonstrance 
against the continuance of the watch house on the present situa- 
tion in Orange street : it now occupies a room in his dwelling 
house over a water course belonging to the Town of six feet 
wide and was many years since used for that purpose by his 
consent the building was then [343.] used as a store, but, 
being of late years made into a dwelling house has become incon- 
venient, and a"s he states a great nuisance. Mess 1 " 8 . Oliver, Fos- 
ter & Levering were desired to view the watch house, to ascertain 
the town's rights, and to confer with M r . Knapp respecting 
another situation for a watch house & report. 

M r . John P. Orcutt was approved as an Auctioneer. 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

M r Jonathan Prescott applied to be restored to the office of 
Constable passed in the negative. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 13 h . 
1815. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld, Levering, 
Austin & Williams. 

32 Jurors were drawn for the Court of Com. Pleas. 

Mess rs Augustus Moore & Joseph Burdekin were approved as 
Auctioneers. 

M r Samuel Holmes having been recommended, was approved & 
appointed a Constable, to continue in office until July next the 
period of the annual choice of constables Bondsmen Peter 
Bicknell & James Farrar. 

[343.] Deacon Brown having expressed his wish to come to 
a settlement with the Town for a gore of land lying north of his 
estate in Orange street. The plan of the same was viewed, and 
it was agreed to offer the same to Deacon Brown at the rate of 
one dollar the square foot. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Dec 1 . 20 th . 1815 
Present Mess, Bulfinch, Oliver, Foster, Weld, Levering, Austin 
& Williams. 

20 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Supreme Judicial Court at 
the present term. 

A statement was received from the Treasurer of the rents of 
the various rooms in the old State House. the same was commit- 
ted to Mess. Oliver, Hunnewell & Lovering to consider 
whether any advance could be made thereon, in consequence of 
the revival of business. 

At a special Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 26. 1815. Pres- 
ent Mess r . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster & Williams. 

Ten jurors were drawn to supply vacancies in the list, last 
drawn for Sup. Judicial Court in consequence of the decision of 
the Court that, they had served within three years. 

[344.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 27 th . 1815 Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Weld, Williams, Lovering & Austin. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 181G. 159 

M r . Prescott's application to be reappointed a Constable was 
considered and it was agreed to reinstate him in that office to 
continue until the period of annual election in July next. 

M r . Charles Lerow was approved as an Auctioneer. 

Boston 88. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 3 d . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Foster, Weld, Levering & Austin. 

Mess". Hall & Weld, occupants of the old store at the corner 
of Elm street on Union street, presented a plan of said store, and 
represented that being about to repair or rebuild on that spot, 
they wished to know the opinion of the board respecting widening 
said Elm street and what quantity of land would be required for 
that purpose. The board desired the Chairman to inform Mess. 
Hall & Weld that in their opinion seven feet ought to be added 
to the street at the corner, [345.] and that they would name 
twelve disinterested inhabitants out of whom the proprietors 
might select five to consider the damage done to the estate & 
determine the amount that should be paid. 

M r . Greenough presented u plan of a piece of land in Mason 
Street, corner of Sheaffs Lane, which he offered to exchange for 
the lot on which the school house stands in West street. the 
same ordered to lie for consideration. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 10 th . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Levering & 
Austin. 

20 Jurors were drawn for Supreme Judicial Court now in 
Session. 

Agreed to meet tomorrow in Mason street to view land offered 
for school house absent members to be notified. 

January 17 th . 1816 no quorum for business. 

[346.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
24 th . 1816. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, 
Levering, Austin, Williams & Hartt. 

The following Letter and communication was received & read. 
viz 

Boston January 1816. 
To the 

Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
Gentlemen' 

I annex hereunto an extract from the last will & 
testament of my brother Abiel Smith late of Boston deceased in 
which he bequeathes to the Town of Boston certain property 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

therein specified should the Town accept the said bequest on the 
conditions & for the purposes expressed in that instrument, I 
shall be prepared to transfer the same conformable to the benev- 
olent intention of the donor. 

I have the honor to be 

with respect 
Your Ob*. Serv*. 

BARNEY SMITH 

Executor to the last Will & Testament 
of Abiel Smith late of Boston deceased. 

Extract 

I bequeath to the Selectmen of [347.] the Town of Boston 
for the time being and to their successors in that office, all my 
thirty shares in the Newbury port Turnpike, all my twenty shares 
in the second Turnpike road in New Hampshire, my Seventeen & 
half shares in the Kennebeck Bridge, my five shares in the bridge 
across from Tiverton to Rhode Island, my five shares in the 
Springfield Bridge, my share in the Boston Theatre, my share in 
the Bathing house in Boston with four thousand dollars in the 
three per Cent funded Stock of the United States ; in trust for 
the purposes following & no other, to wit, that they shall collect 
& receive the net income thereon and appropriate & apply the 
whole income to the maintenance & support of a school or schools 
under their direction for the instruction of people of color mean- 
ing Africans & their descendants, either clear or mixed, in reading 
writing and arithmetic in such place, places & manner as said 
Selectmen shall deem best & if said Selectmen shall &> do accept 
this donation within one year from the time of my decease for 
said purpose, I then order my executor to transfer to them all 
my title to said property for the purposes aforesaid." 

[348.] This letter and the extract from the will having been 
considered. Voted that the Chairman be desired to express to 
Barney Smith Esq. the high sense which the Selectmen entertain 
of the benevolent intentions of his late brother Abiel Smith Esq. 
toward an unfortunate & neglected portion of the human species, 
and of his liberal bequest to carry those intentions into effect ; 
and that he nform him that they will accept the trust committed 
to them, with an assurance that no exertions shall be wanting on 
their part to promote the liberal views of the testator. 

The following letter was received from M r . Jonathan P. Hall 
in behalf of the proprietor of the building at the north east corner 
of Elmi & Union streets. 

Boston 17 Jany 1816 
M r . Bulfinch 

Sir 

The proprietors of the estate making the corner 
of Union s l & Elm street understanding that the Town wishes a 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 161 

part of that estate to widen Elm street are willing to abide the 
decision of five of the under mentioned gentlemen as to the worth 
of what the Town should take of said estate. very respectfully 
in behalf of the Proprietors. JON A . P. HALL. 

[349.] Thomas Dennie W m Sullivan 

Benjamin Whitwell George Hallett 

Samuel Snelling James White 

W m Mackay Eph m Eliot 

Peter C. Brooks Asher Benjamin 

David Greenough John Heard 

The subject having been considered it was voted. That in the 
opinion of the Selectmen, the safety & convenience of the inhabi- 
tants require that the easterly side of Elm street should be 
widened, as follows, beginning at the easterly corner of the brick 
house on the north side of said street now or lately belonging to 
M rs Marian, and proceeding in a straight line to a point on Union 
street seven feet from the present s easterly corner of the old 
building now occupied by Mess rs Hall & Weld ; and that all the 
land lying southerly of said line should be added to the street, 
whenever the building shall be taken down. 

Voted. That the Board will select five referees from the list of 
names offered by M r J. P. Hall & that the following gentle- 
men William Sullivan, P. C. Brooks, Thomas Dennie, Sam 1 . 
Snelling and Asher Benjamin be requested to examine the prem- 
ises, and to consider what sum should [35O.] be paid by the 
Town for damages sustained by the proprietors of said estate, by 
the proceedings of the board in taking a portion of their land for 
the improvement of the street. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Nathaniel Bradlee & Noah Dogget were chosen meas- 
urers of wood coming by water into this Town. 

M r . John Perkins having been an Auctioneer for many years & 
having lately been absent on a voyage to Europe applied for a 
renewal of his license which was granted. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Jan y 31. 1816. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Foster, Weld, 
Levering, Austin & Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Agreed to the proposal of M r . David Greenough, to exchange 
the lot of land on which the wooden school house stands in West 
street, for land immediately north of the new Medical College in 
Mason street he contracting to build a two story brick school 
house thereon on or before the 15 th August next. The Chair- 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

man was desired to employ M r . Thacher to examine the title of 
the land offered & to prepare deeds &c. 



[351.] Complaint having been made of an error in measur- 
ing wood from the country it was Voted, that the several 
measurers be informed that the board .expect that in future their 
tickets shall express the contents of each load written in words 
at full length, & that the deficiency of the quantity expressed in 
any ticket found in any load which shall not appear to arise from 
the fradulent manner of piling the wood in the cart, shall be made 
good to the purchaser by the measurer. 

In conformity to a precept received from [the] Hon. Judge of 
Probate for [the] County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into 
the circumstances of John Haskins & return was signed that he 
was a person non compos mentis & recommending that a guardian 
be appointed for him. 

[352.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
14 th . 1816. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Weld, Foster, 
Lovering & Austin. 

Grand Jurors and traverse jurors were drawn for Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

Mess rs . John Bellows and David Greenough, directors of the 
new Cornhill Corporation, presented a plan exhibiting the lands 
& buildings purchased by them, and the direction in which they 
proposed to form a new street to connect Court street with 
Market square They stated their wish that the board would lay 
out the street, according to the powers vested in them by law. 
the gentlemen having retired, it was agreed to call a special 
meeting on Monday next and that every member of the board be 
requested to attend. 

[353.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
19 th . 1816. Present M r . Bulfinch & all the other members of the 
Board. 

The plan of the new Cornhill street was examined, and it was 
voted, unanimously that the street to be made in the direction 
proposed by the Corporation was highly necessary and would be 
a great convenience to the inhabitants, a large Committee from 
the Corporation now attended and a general conversation ensued 
upon the best mode of proceeding to lay out said street it was 
agreed that the communication from the Corporation should be 
reduced to writing & Wednesday next was assigned for acting 
definitively on the subject. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 163 

* 

The gentlemen having withdrawn The Board voted to approve 
of M r . Jacob Peabody, as an Auctioneer, having been well recom- 
mended, and long acquainted with this business, having taken his 
residence in this town. 

Some conversation ensued on the subject of adjusting and com- 
promising with M r . Boylston, the claims of the Town on him 
but no measures were taken thereon. 

[354.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
21 8t . 1816. Present the Whole Board (except M r . Hunnewell). 

The following letter was received from the Directors of the 
new Cornhill Corporation. 

Boston February 19 th . 1816. 
To the Selectmen 
of the Town of Boston 

Gentlemen 

We beg leave to represent to your respectable Board that the 
new Cornhill Corporation have purchased a number of estates 
situate between Cornhill & Court street, with a view to lay out 
a new & spacious street from one to the other, which will open a 
communication direct from the market to Court street. They 
are now the proprietors of all the land necessary to complete 
this enterprise except one estate situate on Cornhill and Dorsets 
Alley owned by Samuel Norton, Thomas Jackson, Samuel Bel- 
knap and others which also they are desirous of purchasing at 
a fair price and applying to this object The street which they 
propose to give to the Town has cost them upwards of sixty 
thousand dollars and as the public utility of the place is manifest 
& indisputable, they request the aid of your Board [355.] in 
exercising their legal power in laying out said street, according 
to a plan herewith submitted subject to such alterations & regula- 
tions as may be mutually agreed upon, they therefore most 
respectfully suggest the propriety of notifying the owners of the 
aforesaid estate to appear before you at an early day to shew 
cause if any they have against immediate proceedings to complete 
this great improvement upon receiving a fair equivalent for 
such part of their estate as may be taken for this object. We 
beg leave to suggest that the wooden building which projects 
into Court street opposite to Tremont street forms a most 
unsightly & inconvenient nuisance which will be still more con- 
spicuous and inconvenient to the public when the new street 
shall have been completed ; though they mean not to make the 
removal of this at the expense of the Town a condition of their 
proposal, yet they rely with confidence upon the good disposition 
of the Board in favour of this great public project, that they will 
not permit the benefit of it to be diminished by the continuance of 
that building in so unsuitable a place we shall be ready to attend 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

i 

the board to confer with them or receive their [356.] communi- 
cations whenever they may think proper, & have the honor to be 
very respectfully 

JOHN BELLOWS ) Directors of 
DAVID GREENOUGH > the new Cornhill 
EBEN FRANCIS ) Corporation. 

This letter was also accompanied by a statement of the expendi- 
tures which the Corporation had already made in purchasing 
lands & buildings also of the names of the persons, proprietors 
of the estate which is necessary to be obtained to form the street 
also propositions for purchasing said estate, which the corpora- 
tion would be willing to accede to < 

These papers having been read and considered. 

Voted. That Whereas the Selectmen, expressed their unani- 
mous opinion on the 19 th instant, that the street proposed to be 
made from Court street to Market Square, would be a great public 
convenience, we now determine that we will lay out said street as 
soon as convenient, in conformity to the powers committed by 
law to this board ; on the following conditions. 

That the Directors of the new Cornhill Corporation shall execute 
a sufficient bond to the Selectmen, that they will indemnify the 
Town from all expence in laying out, forming and opening said 
street. 

[357.] That a good & sufficient common sewer be laid 
through the whole length of said street before any of the lots 
thereon are offered for sale and that all vaults, which may hap- 
pen to come within the limits of the street shall be emptied of 
their contents, & such vaults and the cellars shall be filled imme- 
diately with solid materials. 

Voted. That the following draft of a letter is approved of & 
that the Chairman be desired to send a copy thereof signed by 
him to each proprietor of the estate known by the name of 
Belknap's & Jackson's. 

Boston Feb. 22 d . 1816. 
Sir 

The new Cornhill Corporation having been empowered by the 
Legislature to purchase & hold the land lying between Cornhill & 
Hanover street for the purpose of forming a new street, to lead 
from Court street to Market Square ; the Selectmen, upon appli- 
cation from said Corporation, have determined to lay out said 
street in the situation most conducive to the convenience of the 
inhabitants of the Town. They find that the lines of said street 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 165 

will include certain lands and buildings [358.] belonging to you 
and a number of other persons in common, which principally 
owing to the number of the proprietors, the Corporation have not 
been able to purchase I am therefore directed by the Selectmen 
to request and invite you to meet them, at their room in Faneuil 
Hall on Wednesday the 28 th . instant 4 o'clock P.M. in person or 
by your agent or attorney to consider which of the modes 
pointed out by law you will adopt, either of private agreement, 
award of referees or decision of a jury to ascertain the damage 
which you may sustain by your property being thus taken for 
public use 

in behalf of the Selectmen 

Your Ob*. Ser 

CHARLES BULFINCH 

Chairman 

Voted, That it would add to 'the beauty of this improvement, 
and promote the convenience of the public, & also benefit the 
proprietors on the new street, to continue the same through a 
building, the property of the heirs of W m . Scollay to Tremout 
street : the Selectmen hereby agree to pay towards purchasing 
and removing said building, and adding the land under the same 
to the public streets, the one half of the expence of purchasing 
said building provided that the whole amount of such purchase 
shall not exceed six thousand dollars. 

[359.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb. 26, 
1816. Present the Whole Board (except M r . Hartt.) . 

Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

M r . Lincoln and M r . Copeland, Deputy Collectors of taxes, 
having repeatedly made application for compensation above what 
had been paid them by the Treasurer & Collector. The accounts 
of what they had received & what was due to them for collecting 
arrears of baick taxes were examined ; and it was Voted that the 
board would allow to each of them six hundred dollars per annum 
for the years 1813 & 1814 which years it is meant to be under- 
stood to close in June 1815 they to account for all that they 
have hitherto received. The account is on file. 

Warrant was signed for March meeting, for choice of Town 
officers &c. 

M r . P^h'ot to print notifications. 

Rev. Mr. Frothingham to be requested to open the meeting 
with Prayer. 



166 CITY 'DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[36O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
28 th . 1816 Present the Whole Board. 

5 Jurors drawn for District Court of U. S. 

On the application of M r . H. N. Rogers, in behalf of the 
gentlemen associated at Merchants hall, liberty was granted for 
them to make use of the lanthorn of the old State house as an 
observatory, to look out for ships entering the harbour, M r . 
Rogers to have the charge of the key, and to be accountable for 
any damage. 

This time having been assigned to meet the proprietors of an 
estate in Cornhill and Dorsets Alley, which lies within the limits 
of the contemplated new street. four of the proprietors appeared 
and a general conversation ensued on the subject. They made 
an offer of said estates for the sum of thirty thousand dollars, but 
the board could not agree to this offer : and presented them with 
a list of twenty names of respectable inhabitants, from which to 
select five as referees. It was then agreed to adjourn to Friday 
next P.M. when the proprietors agreed they would select five 
persons from the list now offered, or would present another list of 
twelve from which [361.] the board should select five. 

M r Foster was desired to call on M rs . Scollay, and inform her 
that the board contemplated laying out the new street over land on 
which the wooden building now stands in Tremont street, to 
'endeavour to ascertain from her at what price said land & build- 
ing can be obtained or whether she would prefer to leave the 
consideration of its value to referees. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1 st . 1816 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Levering, Austin, 
Williams & Hartt. 

The proprietors of the Belknap estate in Cornhill, so called, 
appeared, agreeably to assignment from the last meeting, and pre- 
sented a list of twelve persons from which the referees on their 
estate might be selected. The Selectmen then agreed upon the 
following persons, taken from the list given in by the proprie- 
tors Mess Samuel H. Walley, Redford Webster, John Carnes, 
William Todd & Ebenezer Breed. it was then agreed that the 
Chairman should prepare the arbitration bonds, & that tomorrow 
11. o'clock, the parties would meet to execute them. 

[362.] The proprietors of this estate haying withdrawn The 
Chairman presented a draft of a bond of indemnification, from 
the new Cornhill Corporation. which being considered, Voted, 
that the corporation give a bond to indemnify the Town for all 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 167 

proceedings of the board in opening the street, between Court 
street & Cornhill in the sum of fifty thousand dollars. & that 
John Bellows, David Greenough & Ebenezer Francis Esqrs give 
another bond in their private capacity, in the sum of twelve 
thousand dollars to indemnify against all proceedings on the 
estate of Scollay, except such part of the expence thereof as the 
board may determine to defray in behalf of the Town. 

Voted, That the Chairman consult P. O. Thacher Esq respect- 
ing the framing these bonds, & whether it is not necessary that a 
vote of the Corporation be taken to empower their directors to 
enter into such engagements. 

Voted, That the members of the board who may attend the 
meeting to morrow, be a Committee to sign the arbitration bond 
in behalf of the Town. 

[363.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
2 d . 1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Weld, Lovering 
& Hartt. 

The arbitration bonds were signed, as agreed at the meeting of 
yesterday by Mess". Bulfinch, Weld, Lovering & Hartt on the 
part of the Town, and by M r . Norton of Hingham, & Mess re . 
Thomas Jackson, J. Belknap & Joseph Tilden of Boston for 
their proportions of the estates to be taken by appraisement : 
these gentlemen undertook to present the papers to the other 
proprietors for their signature. 

It was agreed to request the referees to meet on Tuesday next 
& if convenient to them, that the parties be heard before them on 
Wednesday afternoon by counsel if either party should prefer it. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5 th . 1816. 
Present The whole Board. 

The Chairman presented two Bonds to indemnify the Town 
from expence, occasioned by the proceedings of the Selectmen in 
laying out the new proposed street. these bonds had been exam- 
ined by William Sullivan Esq, and approved 'by him and being 
conformable to the [364.] former votes of the board were now 
accepted. 

Voted, to agree to lay out the proposed new street from 
Comhill to Tremont street, in the most convenient direction to 
unite those streets, and that in addition to the vote of the 21 st 
February last we will pay one half the expence of obtaining the 
land & building, the property of the heirs of William Scollay 
over which said street will pass. 



]68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Voted. That the proposed street be laid out and described as 
follows. 

Beginning on Tremont street at the southeasterly corner of a 
brick building, the property of the heirs of William, Scollay, then 
to run northerly with the wall of said brick building and across 
Court street to a point distant easterly seventy feet from the 
south westerly corner of Brighams house ; said house fronting on 
Court street and Belknaps Alley, so called, from this point to run 
northerly about one hundred and eighty feet through land of the 
new Cornhill Corporation, lately purchased from the Union Bank, 
there making an angle & turning more easterly on a straight line 
over land of said Corporation purchased from Whitcomb, Claflin, 
and Tuckerman, to or near the southeasterly corner of the build- 
ing at the corner of Brattle Alley so called, on Cornhill now 
belonging to Edward Tuckerman Jun r . then [365.] turning and 
measuring for the width of said street forty eight feet leading 
into Coruhill then turning and running southerly over land of 
said Corporation to a point opposite the angle formerly described, 
then turning on a similar angle and running over land of said 
Corporation to Court street and bejng forty eight feet wide in 
every part ; thence across Court street along the easterly end of 
land of the heirs of William Scollay to Tremont Street. The 
said street to be called and known by the name of Cheapside. 

A Committee consisting of M r . Oliver, Hunnewell & Weld was 
desired to wait on M re . Scollay & inform her that the board had 
laid out the street over her land and to confer with her on the 
subject of the mode which she' would prefer to ascertain the com- 
pensation which she should receive. 

A Communication was received from Mess r8 . Barnard & others, 
referees relating to land taken from M r . Cotting to widen Battery 
march street : by which it appeared that they had awarded him 
five hundred dollars in full of all demands. Ordered that the 
Town Clerk make a draft on the Town Treasurer for that amount 
in favor of M r . Cotting. 

[366.] The following was omitted at its date May 18 th 
1815. 

The Chairman reported that M r . Sullivan had agreed to their 
proposal for purchasing the land by [the] Court house. A deed 
was prepared by him to be signed by the board. 

By this deed it was conditioned that the building shall conform 
in appearance, as much as possible to the buildings opposite 
belonging to M r . Lowell, that the centre shall be three stories, 
but the wings both of M r . Sullivans buildings and the Engine 
house shall never exceed one story in height. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 181(5. 169 

It was agreed to take a note of hand in payment, signed by 
William Sullivan & indorsed by John L & Richard Sullivan pay- 
able on demand with interest. 



I Certify that the foregoing is a true Record of the Proceedings 
of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston from the 2 rt . day of 
January A.D. 1811. to the 5 th . day of March 1816 both days 
included 

THO' CLARK, Town Clerk. 
END OF BOOK TWENTY. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK TWENTY-FIRST. 



1816. 

[1.] M r . Abraham Touro applied to the Town Clerk & 
requested that his religious pi'ofession might be recorded on the 
Town's books & that he belonged to a Synagogue of the Jews. 

[12.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 13 th . 
1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Bray & Phillips. 

32 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

This being the first meeting of the Board since the Town meet- 
ing for choice of Town officers 

Votes were taken for choice of Chairman, when it appeared 
that Charles Bulfinch Esq. was unanimously chosen. 

Voted, That the Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Levering be 
a Committee to draw up rules & orders for the future regulation 
of the Board. 

Attested copies of votes were read from the Roxbury Canal 
Corporation, requesting that a committee might be appointed to 
settle with them the bounds of the land of the Town and said 
Corporation. Voted That this communication be handed to the 
committee of the Trustees of Neck land,* who have this subject 
under consideration. 

[3.] The Chairman was desired to have the lists of wards 
posted conformably to law, and the usual advertisement in the 
papers on Monday next, & that each Assistant Assessor be fur- 
nished with a list of his ward, & be requested to take measures 
to make it correct. 

A memorial was presented signed by D. Townsend Esq. and 
others, stating the danger to which their property is exposed, by the 
twine factory in Boylston street : and requesting that measures 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

may be taken to prevent the use of lights in the same and the 
erection of [a] wooden hemp house. this was committed to 
Mess. Hunnewell, Lovering & Austin to communicate with the 
Fire Wards & report. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 20 th . 1816. 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Bray. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for choice of Gover- 
nour & Senators. 

M r . Lovering was desired to call on Rev. M r . Sharpe, to request 
him to open the meeting with prayer. 

[4.] M r . Eliot to print the notifications. 

The committee chosen at the last meeting to prepare rules & 
orders for the future regulation of the board, reported, which 
having been read & amended, were adopted as follows. 

Rules and orders for the Board of Selectmen. 

A Chairman shall be chosen annually by written votes, who 
shall preside at the meetings of the board : the senior member 
present shall preside in the absence of the Chairman. 

Members shall take their seats alternately, on the right and left 
of the Chairman : new members chosen by the Town at the same 
time, to take places in the alphabetical order of their names. 

The time of meeting shall be half past three P. M. from March 
to October, and three o'clock from October to March ; and punc- 
tual observance of these hours is requested. 

Five members shall be necessary to form a board. 

The majority of vote^ of members present shall be considered 
as the act of the Board ; but any member may enter his dissent to 
any measure on the records : and no vote shall be reconsidered 
by a less number than were present when the same was passed. 

[5.] All appointments to office, made by the board, in con- 
formity to the laws of the State, or to the bye laws of the Town, 
shall be made by written votes, and at a time assigned for that 
purpose. 

The Town Clerk shall attend at every meeting of the board, and 
shall make a record of all the proceedings, and enter the names 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 173 

of the members present. In case of the necessary absence of the 
Town Clerk, a member shall be appointed to take the minutes 
pro. tempore. 

At the opening of each meeting, the Town Clerk shall read the 
records of the proceedings of the last meeting. 

The monthly drafts of accounts drawn upon the Treasurer 
shall be examined by a committee of the board, & shall be 
signed by the Town Clerk and the committee before it is sent to 
the Treasurer ; and no addition shall be made to the draft while 
in the hands of the Treasurer, unless the same be signed by a 
majority of the board, in form of an order. 

There shall be standing Committees of the board for the fol- 
lowing purposes. 

[6.] 1 st . a Committee of two members to each school ; whose 
duty it shall be, to direct all necessary repairs ; to provide the 
schools with wood, and to certify all bills for work &c. 

2 d . A Committee of one to each Watch house, for the same 
purposes. 

T 

3 d . A Committee of one to inspect the Hay scales, to attend 
to repairs and the accounts of the hay weigher. 

4 th . A Committee of three, to attend to the Town house ; to 
direct repairs, and report respecting rents. 

5 th . A Committee of three on the Market ; to direct repairs 
and to attend to the proceedings and accounts of the Clerk of the 
market. 

6 th . A Committee of three to have the care and superintend- 
ence of the Neck. 

7 th . A Committee of three to have the care of the Common. 

Each member of the Board shall have a portion of the Town 
assigned to him as his district, in which he shall have the direc- 
tion and oversight of the streets, and of the repairs necessary to 
them ; and shall have liberty to undertake and order any work, 
the expence of which shall not exceed twenty dollars. but no 
undertaking which shall exceed that sum, shall be begun 
or contracted for, without being first laid before the board, [7.] 
and agreed to by vote. And the bills for all work in any district 
shall be examined and certified by the member superintending the 
district, before they shall be allowed for payment. 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

For any work that may be done in the streets which divide the 
districts, the gentlemen having the care of the districts bordering 
thereon, shall confer together, and agree upon the same. 

Each gentleman is particularly desired to pay attention in his 
district to all drains that may be opened, to see that they be laid 
of proper dimensions ; to observe all encroachments and incum- 
brances of the streets, and to inform the Superintendent of the 
same, that measures may be taken for their speedy removal ; and 
to suggest such improvements of the streets or foot walks, as 
are practicable, by a right disposition of the common resources 
of the Town ; and generally to pay attention to the Town slips 
and lands in his district. 

Voted, That the Board be divided into committees as follows. 

All West of Middle & North Streets, from Winnesimit ferry 
to the Mill Creek, to be assigned to M r . Bray. 

All east of the same streets to the Creek to M r . Austin. 

[8.] Wards N. 5 & 6 to M r . Phillips 

Wards N. 4 & 7 to M r . Bulfinch 

Ward N. 8 to M r . Hunnewell 

, Ward N. 9 to M r . Williams 

Ward N. 10 to M r . Lee 

Ward N. 11 to M r . Oliver 

Ward N. 12 to M r . Lovering. 

That Mess. Oliver, Lovering & Lee Committee of Neck. 
Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell & Lee Committee of Common. 
Mess". Lovering, Bray & Phillips Committee of Market. 
Mess. Austin & Bray Committee on North schools & Watch. 
Mess. Bulfinch & Phillips West Schools. 
Mess r8 . Hunnewell & Lee, Center schools & Watch. 
Mess rs . Oliver & Lovering, South schools & Watch. 
M r , Oliver Committee on Hay scales. 

Mess. Oliver, Hunnewell & Lovering, Committee on Town 
house. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk notify the masters of the schools 
of the names of the gentlemen composing the Committee of each 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 17f> 

school ; that they may know to whom to apply for necessary 
repairs, wood &c. 

[9.J On the application of M r . Abel Wheelock, liberty is 
allowed him of standing with one Hackney Carriage in School 
street, opposite to the house lately occupied by D r . Warren ; 
until the further order of the board. 

Application was received from M re . Ridgway, for compensation 
for landWaken to form part of Derne street. 

This subject was considered, and it appeared that Derne street 
had been laid out about fifteen years that part of it passed over 
an open piece of land at the west end of a passageway called 
Ridgeway's lane, which had been left open more than forty 
years for the use of the abutters on said passageway. Voted 
unanimously, that the opening of Derne street at the west end of 
this passageway, altho' it passed over the said open land, was a 
benefit rather than a damage to the estate of Ridgeway, and that 
the present ^applicant had no claim upon the Town. 

M r . Ryan applying to hire several pieces of land on the Neck 
was referred to the Neck Committee who were desired to attend 
to the subject. , 

The Committee on the Town house made a statement of the 
rents of several [1O.] apartments of that house; it was 
voted, that after the expiration of the present leases, the rents 
should be as follows. 

for the part occupied by M r . Barry $800 p r . Annm. 

Ditto by M r . Rea - 800 

D. by Gilbert & Dean - - - - 200 

D. by Beal & Hobart 150 

and that the Town Clerk inform each of the above occupants of 
the vote relating to his apartment. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Lovering & Bray were desired to make inquiry respect- 
ing Deer Island, of its value compared with other farms, and to 
report their opinion of the rent to be required in future. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 27 th . 1816. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Mess r8 . William Andrews and Turell Tuttle to be notified to 
secure their cellars, by a fence on Fish street. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell and M r . Lovering a Committee 
to superintend the work on the new school house. 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[11.] The Committee on the memorial of David Townsend 
& others made the following Report. 

The Committee appointed in conjunction with a Committee of 
the Fire Wards, have attended the duty assigned them & report 
that they have met the proprietor of the rope walk & made him 
fully acquainted with the subject that his factory is considered 
in every respect a rope walk, and that he must conform to the 
laws, provided for the safety of the Town from fire & having 
lights in ropewalks and that every offence will be prosecuted by 
the Firewards, 

J. HUNNEWELL p r . Order. 

The foregoing Report was read & accepted. 

Return was made to the Hon. Judge of Probate for the County 
of Suffolk, that Daniel T. Lewis is a person non compos mentis, 
and requesting that a guardian may be appointed for him. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Oliver, Hunnewell & Levering Committee on Accounts 
for the present draft. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 3 d . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

Voted, That no person shall be allowed to take sand, gravel or 
ballast from Deer Island and that the Chairman be requested to 
have an advertisement inserted in the news papers, offering a 
reward for the discovery of any person who shall trespass on the 
premises. 

[12.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 8 th . 
1816. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Williams & Phillips. 

This was a special meeting for the purpose of receiving the 
return of the award of referees on the estate of Belknap & 
Jackson and others the Chairman presented two executions 
against the Town one for the amount awarded to Mess 1 " 8 . Norton 
& Jackson for the house on Dorsets Alley being ten thousand 
& costs. the other to Norton & others for the house on Cornhill 
for twenty three thousand five hundred dollars & costs. Voted, 
That the Town Clerk draw a. warrant on the town treasurer in the 
form directed by M r . Thacher, in favour of each of the proprietors 
of said estates, and for their respective proportions and that 
the Chairman & M r . Phillips be a Committee to inspect the draft 
and certify the same. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. . 177 

[13.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 10 th . 
1816 Present the whole Board. (except M r . Lee.) 

M r . Thomas Welsh's application respecting land in Court 
street, was committed to Mess rs . Hunnewell & Lovering. 

M r . Phillips a Committee to settle with M r . Foster respecting 
M r . Brookers donation & to receive the papers of him Also to 
settle with M r . Weld respecting land sold Odin & to receive all 
monies in his hands for rent of house & land in Union street. 

M r . Selfridge to be informed that the Board consider him no 
longer a tenant, and wish him to remove his books &c from the 
office lately occupied by him, in [the] Town house. 

The Neck Committee report That they have let the two 
circular malls on the Neck to M r . Ryan at twelve dollars each per 
annum. that M r . Bridge having occupied the same for three 
years past at ten dollars each, the Treasurer is desired to collect 
the same, amounting to sixty dollars. 

The next weekly meeting assigned for coming to the choice of 
such officers annually chosen, as the board shall be disposed to 
proceed upon. 

[14.] M r . Messinger having been notified that the rent of 
the rooms occupied by him in the old State House would be $300 
per annum, & he having declined acceding to the terms pro- 
posed, he is to be notified to quit the premises at the expiration 
of the present quarter. 

(N. B. M r . Messenger was notified. 

Voted, That the money raised by subscription in the different 
wards for the defence of the Town, & remaining in the hands of 
the Treasurer, be appropriated for repairs on the Common. 

Pursuant to a precept from [the] Hon. Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circumstances 
of M rs . Jemima M c . Mellon, widow, & return was made that she 
was a person non. compos mentis, and recommended that a 
guardian be appointed for her. 

Boston, ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 17 th . 1816. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Phillips. 

Benjamin Whitwell Esq. agent of the Kennebeck Bridge informed 
the board, that an assessment of ten dollars on each share, had 
been laid, for rebuilding that bridge ; and applied for the assess- 
ment on sixteen shares & one half, the property of the Town ; 



178 CITY DOCUMENT' No. 60. 

being part of the donation [15.J of the late Abiel Smith Esq. 
On considering the subject, the board being of opinion, that the 
property in this bridge could never be productive to the Town, 
Voted, that M r . Whitwell be informed that we do not think it 
expedient to pay the assessment. 

Henry Codman Esq. appeared in behalf of M 1 " 8 . Scollay, to 
confer with the board on the measures to be adopted for ascer- 
taining her damages for her land & building taken to make an 
opening into the new street; after some conversation on the 
subject, it was proposed that the damages should be determined 
by five referees, & in selecting them two persons should be taken 
from a list of twelve to be presented by M rs . Scollay, two from a 
list of twelve to be presented by the Cornhill Corporation, and 
one person chosen at large by the Selectmen. 

Application was received from M r . L. Tappan in behalf of the 
occupants of stores in Broad street, requesting an additional 
watch at their expence for the protection of that street & those 
adjacent. Voted, that the board will take measures to organize, 
such addition to the watch, and give them the powers of watch- 
men ; the same being under the direction of Cap*. Brewer and to 
be paid by the gentlemen applying for them. 

The Committee of the Town house reported that they had. 
leased the office lately occupied by M r . Selfridge, to M r . Willinm 
Parker at one hundred & fifty dollars per annum to commence 
from the 13 tu . instant. 

[16.] The Committee to-consider the application of T. Welsh 
Esq. respecting land in Court street, opposite Concert hall, 
reported as follows, The Committee appointed on the applica- 
tion of M r . "Welsh to erect a building more than nine feet high as 
stipulated in the deed of said land having viewed the premises, 
give as our opinion that the prayer of the petitioner cannot be 
granted without interfering with the rights of others already 
established ; which report was accepted. 

John Welles Esq r . having been notified to repair [the] side 
walk in front of his land by Boylston market, stated in writing 
his intention of building on that land, and that any expence on 
the side walk at present would be lost to him, Voted, That M r . 
Welles be allowed to the I 8t . July before the repair of the said 
walk should be required of him. 

The Chairman reported the hayweighers account, examined & 
found correct for the quarter ending April 1 st . 

This time being assigned for choice of officers the following 
persons were chosen by ballot to serve one year. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 179 

M r . Samuel Phillips hay weigher Mess 1 " 8 . John Parker & 
Joseph Levering, sureties. 

M r . Nath 1 . Merriam Clerk of Market. 

M r . Richard Austin Sealer of weights & measures. 

M r . Caleb Loring Ju r . Sealer of Lighters, for sand, gravel & 
ballast. 

[17.] The Chairman was desired to publish an advertisement 
to prevent the defacing and injuring of fences, &c. 

The application of the Company of Sargents that the armoury 
formerly used by them and appropriated during the war to the 
Cadets might be restored to them was committed to M r . Lover- 
ing, to enquire of the Commander of the Cadets the circumstances 
attending this armoury, & whether it was now necessary for 
them. 

Boston SB. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18 th . 1816. 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

This special meeting was called to consider the representation 
made by the workmen engaged in digging a well at the north 
east corner of Faneuil Hall. They stated that the ground having 
been boxed last fall and the well sunk to the depth of about 30 
feet had been left full of salt water during the winter ; that a 
few days since they had commenced pumping out the water, to 
resume the work that when the water was nearly all taken out, 
it was followed by a large quantity of quick sand, mixed with the 
water contained in the ground outside of the boxing, which flowed 
[18.] in as fast as they attempted to take it out : and they were 
apprehensive as this sand came from under the bed of clay on 
which the boxing was placed, that the tide would soon find admit- 
tance to the cellars of Faneuil Hall, or even that the north east 
corner of the building would be endangered. Voted unanimously 
that altho the obtaining a good well in this situation would be 
very desirable, that under the present discouragements, the 
workmen be directed to fill the well as speedily as possible with 
solid earth or gravel. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 24 th . 1816. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

4 Grand Jurors & 4 Petit Jurors were drawn for Circuit 
Court. 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

M r . Charles Cleveland approved as an Auctioneer. 

George Sullivan Esq. was unanimously chosen to deliver an 
Oration. on the 4 th . July next. 

On the application for the repair of Lynn street, M r . Austin & 
M r . Bray were appointed a Committee to confer with Samuel 
Brown Esq. proprietor of the water lots on said street.: 

M r . Phillips reported that he [19.] had received from M r . 
Foster the papers respecting M rs . Brookers donation and the bal- 
ance in his hands & had given him a discharge therefor. 

M r . Levering one of the Committee for the Common in place 
of M r . Lee. 

A draft of a letter to the President & directors of New Corn- 
hill Corporation was presented by the Chairman, on the subject 
of the engagements entered into by the board on the 5 th . March 
last, relative to M rs . Scollays building the same having been 
repeatedly read, and amended, the Town Clerk was desired to 
prepare a copy thereof and send to the directors to-morrow. The 
draft is on file of mixed papers. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 29 th . 1816 
Present Mess". Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Austin, Williams, Bray & 
Phillips. 

Passed the Monthly accounts. 

The Committee on Lynn street reported That they had con- 
ferred with Samuel Brown Esq. on the subject of repairing that 
street and that he consented that gravel might be taken from 
the hill, and stones from the inner wall to repair the said street in 
front of his land the report is on file. 

T2O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 1 st . 
1816. Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Wil- 
liams, Bray & Phillips. 

Closed the Monthly draft. 

Mess rs . Frink Roberts, Elam Bliss, and Benjamin Seaver (of 
the house of Whitwell & Bond) were appointed auctioneers. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Hunnewell, Levering & Austin a Committee to consider 
what measures should be taken to deepen the well at the corner 
of Kilby street, or otherwise to make it useful to the inhabitants. 

Whereas a sum of money is now deposited in the hands of the 
Town Treasurer ; being the unexpended balance of the money 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 181 

raised by subscription in 1814, for the defence of the Town : 
and, Whereas the necessity of using such money for the purpose 
for which it was subscribed has happily been removed, by the 
return of Peace, and the Selectmen are desirous of appropriating 
the balance to some object of general utility. Voted, That in the 
opinion of the Selectmen, no appropriation of such remaining 
balance could be made, which would be more conducive to the 
general convenience of the inhabitants, more gratifying to the 
subscribers, or better calculated to recall to the recollections of 
our fellow citizens, the patriotic exertions made in the time of 
alarm and danger, than to dispose of the same for the improve- 
ment of the Common, to beautify and adorn which, would pro- 
mote the general comfort [21.] health and convenience and add 
greatly to the ornament of the Town. 

Voted, That Mess re . Bulfinch, Hunnewell & Levering be a 
Committee to superintend the improvements and ornament of the 
Common ; that they be empowered to expend for this purpose, 
the above mentioned balance now in the hands of the Town 
Treasurer. 

Voted, That the Committee be empowered to make drafts upon 
the Treasurer to the amount of the above balance, in payment to 
workmen and that the Treasurer be desired to pay the said 
orders, and pass the same to an account distinct from other Town 
charges. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 8 th . 1816 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting on the 16 th . instant, for 
choice of Representatives to the next General Court. 

M r . Bray was requested to call on Rev. M r . Winchel & desire 
him to open the meeting with prayer. 
M r . Eliot to print the notifications. 

Voted, That no. person be allowed to take sand or any kind of 
ballast from Deer Island until the further order of the board. 



M r . Benjamin Winslow was approved as an auction- 
eer in company with M r . George G. Channing. 

An application from a number of the gentlemen of the bar was 
received, recommending that a copy should be obtained of the 
first volume of Town Records Committed to Mess rs . Oliver, 
Hunnewell & Phillips. 

A Conference was had with a Committee from the Board of 
Health, to advise respecting a place to deposit the day dirt 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Committed to Mess 18 . Levering, Bray and Phillips, to consider 
the subject in conjunction with the Board of Health Committee & 
report. 

A Communication was received from Ward N. Boylston Esq. 
requesting that measures might be taken by the hoard or the 
Town to bring to a close the town's claims upon him Committed 
to Mess 18 . Bulfinch & Phillips, who were desired to advise with 
M r . Prescott on this subject & report. 

Application was received from a number of persons residing 
in Leverett street and its neighbourhood, requesting that a new 
street should be laid out to connect Wiltshire street with Leverett 
street, through land late of Joseph Russell Esq. and which is now 
for sale. 

Mess rs . Hunnewell, Phillips and Williams a Committee thereon 
to view & report. 

[23.] Boston ss. .At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 15 th . 
1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, 
Austin, Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

Whereas the care and control of the Common has ever been 
confided to the Selectmen by votes of the Town ; The Board now 
think proper that whatever arrangements are made with the Board 
of Health respecting the disposal of dirt or any substance on any 
part of the Common should be under regulations in writing 
mutually understood and agreed upon by both boards ; The 
Selectmen accordingly appoint The Committee of the Common 
in conjunction with a Committee from the board of health to con- 
sider the regulations and restrictions necessary & to report the 
same to be consented to by both boards. 

Mess rs . Austin, Lovering & Hunnewell a Committee to attend 
to the representation of M r . Hatch respecting the drain in Cross 
street, which now admits the sea water into his cellar, also to the 
passageway between land of said Hatch & M r . Barnes. the same 
Committee was desired to view a suitable place for a bridge from 
Cross street to Union street to consider what width of bridge 
was necessary & report. 

[24.] A letter was received from [the] President and Direc- 
tors of New Cornhill Corporation, in answer to the letter of the 
board of 24 ultimo the same having been considered, it was agreed 
to send" in reply a letter, proposing several modes of adjusting the 
present subject of difference this letter is as follows. 

Gentlemen 

We have received your letter of the 13 th instant, but 
forbear from answering the arguments and statements therein 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 183 

contained, because we would avoid unpleasant discussion with 
gentlemen whom we personally respect, and to whose projects of 
improvement we wish the fullest success. 

We still indulge the hope, that by an amicable adjustment of 
the present difference, we may in future proceed with mutual 
satisfaction, in advancing yours and the public interest We 
must however refer you to our former'letter for the determination 
which we have adopted ; it was made deliberately, and nothing in 
your communication has led us to consider it incorrect. One 
thing only we would remark upon, that you persist in valuing 
M rs . Scollays property at 5000 dollars at the time your operations 
commenced ; now it is well known that the rents of the wooden 
building have been about 800 dollars p r annum during the war, 
which will give some idea of the value of the capital. 

In hopes to adjust the business, we now offer to your choice 
some other modes of settlement. 

[25.] 1 st . That the new street should be reduced two feet 
in width, which will leave it of ample dimensions, and will give 
you 900 feet of land for sale ; which at the rate you have already 
sold will produce 20,000 dollars, or even at half price will give 
10,000. which will go far toward paying for M rs . Scollays 
land. 

2 d . We will agree that the referees who shall be chosen to 
estimate the damages to M r8 . Scollay, shall consider the advan- 
tages which the Corporation and the Town will derive from taking 
down her building, and adding her land to the street ; and shall 
decide what proportion of the expence the Town shall pay ; for 
we are fully of opinion, that the Town and its officers ought to 
be content to leave such a question to the persons to whom 
individuals are compelled to refer their claims for property 
forcibly taken for public use. 

3 d . That you should make application to the Town, at the 
next Town meeting, to take measures for removing M rs . Scollays 
buildings, and connecting Tremont street with your new street. - 

If you adopt this mode, we must have your application for the 
purpose before Monday next, when the warrant for the Town 
meeting will be prepared. But we beg leave to state that we con- 
sider by thus referring the subject to the Town, all our votes and 
proceedings relative to M r8 . Scollays property will be cancelled : 
for after that, we can act only as we are ordered. 
[26.] or 4 th . as there are gentlemen in your Corporation 
of great & deserved influence in the Legislature, that they should 
have the law so amended, that power may be given to proper 
persons, to assess on neighbors who are benefited, their propor- 
tion of the expense of such improvements ; this is the case in 
New York, and is the most equitable mode that can be devised. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 20 th . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin 
& Phillips. 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Selectmen having agreed that an experiment on trial should 
be made, of putting the day dirt of the Town at the bottom of 
the Common ; the following regulations concerning the same are 
adopted. 

That a trench be dug in a situation agreed upon by the Com- 
mittees of the Selectmen & Board of Health, in which the contents 
of the carts shall be deposited. 

That one person shall be employed by the Board of Health, to 
cover said dirt & filth with clean earth or gravel : and when the 
ditch first dug shall be filled, that another shall be dug where 
directed by the Committees, and the same method observed in 
filling it. 

That the drivers of the carts & the person employed to cover 
the trenches be enjoined [27.] not to suffer any of the filth to 
be laid on the surface of the ground. 

That in case this mode of disposing of the dirt should be found 
displeasing to the inhabitants, or in any wise objectionable by 
the Selectmen that the board of health will immediately desist 
from placing it there. . . 

That it be recommended that M r . Phillips the hay weigher be 
employed to superintend the work. 

On the application of Mess r8 . William Wyman & Benjamin 
"West, they have liberty to open the ground in Orange street for 
the purpose of extending the common sewer to their houses. 

Mess r8 . Williams & Stone having engaged in building a new 
store at the corner of Flagg Alley on State street, Voted, That 
they have liberty to shut up the alley until their building shall be 
raised one story from the ground, and also to enclose the foot 
walk in front of their building & the alley, for depositing their 
building materials. 

Return was signed of the gentlemen chosen by the Town on the 
16 th . instant to represent them in the General Court. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for transactions of 
money concerns. : 

[28.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 22 d . 
1816 Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin & 
Bray. 

The Committee appointed to view the mill pond respecting the 
bridges over the creek, reported that they had viewed the creek 
& were of opinion that one bridge was necessary to be erected 
immediately in the situation leading from Cross street toward 
Union street ; and that the same bridge should be forty feet wide, 
to answer the necessity of the public convenience at the present 
moment. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 185 

The report was accepted & the Chairman desired to communi- 
cate the same to the Directors of the Mill pond Corporation. 

Several complaints having been made against the practice of 
firing India crackers and other small fire works in the streets ; 
the Chairman was desired to insert an advertisement in the papers, 
calling upon the citizens to give their aid in stopping these dan- 
gerous practices & also to offer a reward for the detection of 
persons who wantonly disfigure houses & fences. 

The form of an arbitration bond between the board & the 
directors of the new Coruhill [29.] Corporation relative to the 
proportion of M rs . Scollays land & building to be paid for by the 
Town, was presented as prepared by M r . Thacher & approved. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 27, 1816. 
'Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Williams & Phillips. 

Passed the Quarterly Accounts. 

List of names of gentlemen proposed as referees to value 
M r8 . Scollays land and building, was received from the New 
Cornhill Corporation. The Chairman was desired to hand the 
list to M r . Codman that M rs . Scollay might select two and that 
she might propose a list of twelve for their selection of two. 

Next Wednesday week was assigned for coming to the choice 
of such officers as may be wanting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 5 th . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Levering, Austin & Williams. 

A majority of the board not being present at this meeting, no 
business was transacted. 

[3O.] Boston ss At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 7 th . 
1816. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Wil- 
liams & Phillips. 

5 Jurors were drawn for the U. S. District Court. 

M r . Melcher applied for liberty to open & repair the common 
sewer in North street ; & the proprietors having been notified 
thereof ; liberty is given to proceed to open, cleanse or new lay 
the same, as shall be found necessary. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 12 th . 1816. 
Present 

The Whole Board 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

34 Jurors were drawn for Court of Common Pleas. 

In pursuance of two precepts from [the] Hon. Judge of Pro- 
bate for [the] County of Suffolk inquisition was made into the 
circumstances of William Jackson and of John White ; & 
return was made that they were persons non compos, and rec- 
ommendation that guardians should be appointed for them. 

[31.] The Committee chosen to consider the expediency of 
providing a fair copy of the 1 st . Vol : of Town records ; reported 
their opinion, that they would advise, that the copy of that volume 
lately made by M r . Shaw should be purchased, and kept with the 
other Town Records, if it could be obtained for one hundred 
dollars. the report was considered & accepted. 

In consequence of a law passed at the last session of the legis- 
lature, directing the choice of weighers of beef &c M r . Lemuel 
Spear was chosen to that office for South Boston. 

The several measurers of wood from the country having 
petitioned to be appointed sealers of wood brought by water, for 
reasons set forth in their petition it was Voted, that the present 
measurers viz M r . Nathaniel Glover, Moses Hadley Ju r , Thomas 
Christy, James Wilson & Joshua Butters should be appointed 
sealers of wood on the wharves, to be ready to attend to that 
duty, whenever called for, by the purchaser or seller of wood and 
not otherwise. 

An order of notice having appeared in the public papers 
respecting some alterations of the Charter of the Boston [3^.] 
and Roxbury Mill Corporation. The Town Clerk was directed to 
hand a copy of the vote of the Town to the Committee chosen 
by the Town to attend to its rights in this respect ; that they 
may appear before the Committee of the General Court in behalf 
of the Town. 

M r . Levering having reported, that M r . Isaac Spear had offered 
$300 for the materials of the house on the Neck lately recov- 
ered by execution from the assignees of John Coates. M r . Lov- 
ering was empowered to make a bill of sale of the same and take 
a note from the purchaser payable in one year with interest, to 
be delivered to the Town Treasurer. 

Great complaints having been made of the irregularity in the 
time of the clocks of Boston, Cambridge & Salem, the Chairman 
was desired to invite Hon. M r . Bowditch and Professor Farrar to 
agree upon a mode of drawing accurate meridian lines in those 
three places, that their time may, in future, be uniform : and 
that public meridian lines may be drawn in one or more suitable 
places in this Town, open to the view of the citizens. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 187 

[33.] M r . Alexander H. Gibbs was approved as an auc- 
tioneer. 

A number of the inhabitants of Federal street, having exper- 
ienced great inconvenience from the water in heavy rains being 
discharged from that street and Franklin place through the sink 
in front of the theatre, and having proposed that the pavement 
should be raised to convey the water over ground into Milk street ; 
The Chairman reported that he had employed correct workmen to 
take the levels of the street : and they had found that to raise 
the street, to give it a descent of half an inch in ten feet would 
raise the pavement 3 feet l inches above the top of the stone 
sink; that this measure would compel the abutters to descend 
by steps to their yards, and would prevent the water running 
from them into the street, and therefore the proposed alteration 
was not practicable. 

The Board having been called to view Beacon street to deter- 
mine the line of the new fence on that street on the side of the 
Common referred the subject to Mess rs . Austin & Phillips, to 
confer with the abutters [34.] and report. 

The Committee now reported that they had agreed with the, 
abutters that the fence should be set in a line to make the street 
fifty feet wide, not to include the land which they had given to 
the street in front of their houses The Chairman was desired to 
direct the workmen to place the fence fifty feet from the columns 
of the houses of Mess. Cotton, Benjamin & Tuttle. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 19 th . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

Sealed papers were received from the Cornhill Corporation & 
from M r . Codman, agent to M rs . Scollay, being opened it appeared 
that M rs . Scollay had made choice of Daniel Sargent Esq. & 
Richard Sullivan Esq. & that the Directors had chosen Joseph 
Head and Allen Crocker Esq re . and the Board having agreed to 
Thomas H. Perkins Esq. The Chairman was desired to inform 
these gentlemen of their nomination & to request them to attend 
on Monday next at half past 4 o'clock. 

A Petition signed by all the occupants [35.] of stores in State 
street was presented by a Committee requesting that measures 
might be taken to regulate the trucks in that street, & to prevent 
the street being crowded by the great number that now stand 
there. The gentlemen having withdrawn, the law regulating 
trucks was read & considered sufficient & the Chairman was 
desired to take measures that the rules should be strictly complied 
with. 



188 CITY DOCUMENT No. b'O. 

A complaint was presented against the state of the sink in 
Prince street, being subject to be choked in heavy rains, which 
occasioned the street to be overflowed ; and proposing that some 
person should be employed to keep the grates clear for delivery 
of the water. It was agreed that M r . Charles Lincoln should be 
employed to attend to the sink & to keep it clear and that he 
be paid five dollars a year for this service until the further order 
of the board. 

[36.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 24 th . 
1816. Present Mess Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin & 
Williams. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Thomas H. Perkins Esq. being obliged to be absent on a 
journey, declined serving on the reference respecting M r8 . Scollay's 
land It was agreed that Daniel D. Rogers Esq. be requested to 
act in his place. 

The Chairman was appointed a Committee to sign the arbitra- 
tion agreements respecting said land & building, on tbe part of 
the board. 

Boston ss. As a Meeting of the Selectmen June 26 th . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering. Austin, Williams & 
Phillips. 

Closed the monthly draft. 

Whereas liberty has been granted to Mess. William Wyman 
& Benj a . West, to lay a new drain or common sewer in Orange 
street : and they having made return that the same has been com- 
pleted [37.] and having exhibited the accounts thereof which 
amount to one hundred & fifty one dollars the same having been 
found correct are allowed and assessment ordered on the several 
persons whose private drains are connected with said common 
sewer in proportion as follows 

William Wyman 1, Benj West 1, Mess Cheevers 1, Estate of 
Hopestill Foster 1, M r . Downey 1 share, each $30.20, and Mess. 
William Wyman and Benjamin West are hereby empowered to 
demand & receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

CHARLES BULFINCH ~) g 
EBEN R . OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOSEPH LOVERING 
JOSEPH AUSTIN 
ROB T . WILLIAMS 
JOHN BRAY 
TURNER PHILLIPS 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 189 

Several persons having applied for the privilege of printing the 
oration to be delivered on the 4 th . July, it was agreed that the 
same be granted to M r . Stebbins. 

[38.] The Chairman was desired to employ the constables to 
preserve order in the Common on 4 th . July, and to direct the bells 
of the several places of public worship to be rung from half past 
6. o'clock to 7 in the morning of that day. 

A Committee from the proprietors of [the] Old South Church 
attended to complain of the disorderly passing of carriages dur- 
ing the time of service on Sundays. The Chairman was 
desired to publish the law in this respect ; and the gentlemen 
were assured, that if they would return the names of offenders 
with proper evidence, prosecution should be entered against 
them. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 3 d . 1816. 
Present the Whole Board. 

Return was made by M r . Levi Melcher of the expence of 
repairing the drain in North 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 that no objec- 
tion had been made. Assessment was now made, an order of 
payment was passed by the Selectmen as follows viz. Whereas 
a drain or common [39.] sewer has been laid in North street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to four hundred & three dollars and 
thirty five cents, 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 
and in what manner it ought to be paid JDo Adjudge that the 
same be paid in the proportion following and by the persons 
hereafter named. viz. 

James Sherman, Lewis Leland, N. C. Bangs, John D. Howard, 

Ju r ., Stephen Shelton, Amos Binney, Cogswell, John 

Tuckerman, Capt. Benj a . Smith, William Late, M ra . Holland, Levi 
Melcher, John Ripley, Joseph Adams, Edward Oliver, [4O.] 

Henry J. Oliver, Samuel , William Trefrey, M rs . Adams, 

Cap*. Webber, Sam 1 Hastings, Louis Lincoln, William Marsh, 

William Collins, Low, Andrew Drummond, W m Woodward, 

William Bell Ju, Moses Grant, Noah Lincoln, Nath 1 . Bishop, 
Josiah Snelling, Lincoln & Gillespie, Benj a . Fullerton, Jacob 

Hiler, William Collier, John Howe, Estate of Leach, 

Estate of Ja 8 . Harrison, Redford Webster, M r . Adams agent 
to Cartwright, Callender, Sam 1 . Hastings, Edward Whit- 
man, Sam 1 . Winslow, each, $5.53. 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Benjamin Jarvis, Samuel Parkman, Josiah C. Rainsford, 
M re . AVard, W m . Fales (Agent), Joseph Chandler, Estate of 
Cap*. Simmonds, John Leatherbee, Joseph Batson, each, $11.6. 

Benj a . Fuller, John D. Howard, each, $16.59. 

Daniel Malcolm, $8.30. 

Jonathan Fowle, $13.83. 

And we do hereby empower M r . Levi Melcher to demand and 
receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

signed by the whole board. 

[41.] A number of the abutters on Beacon street attended, 
respecting the position of the new fence between that street and 
the Common ; after conversing on the subject, it was agreed, 
that the new fence should be continued in a straight line with that 
already set to the south of the steps fronting Belknap street; 
provided that the proprietors of land on Beacon street would 
agree to give one hundred dollars towards the expence of filling 
the street to the fence, & would engage in writing to widen their 
side walk & complete the same in two years, to the satisfaction of 
the Selectmen ; and also pave a gutter along the same, without 
expence to the Town. 

The following persons were approved as auctioneers viz. 
Sam 1 . L. Abbot, James A. Allen, Francis Amory, Sam 1 . 
Blagge, George Bond, Elam Bliss, James Bourguin, Joseph Bur- 
dakin, Stephen Brown, Lemuel Blake, Thomas Battelle, Thomas 
Clark, Cornelius Coolidge, Gilman Callarnore, Geo. G. Channing, 
W m . Cochran, Sam 1 . F. Coolidge, Phineas Capen, Martin Clap, 
Charles Cleaveland, Jos. L. Cunningham, Sam 1 . Cabot, Joseph 
Cabot, W m . Dehon, Geo. L. Deblois, Rich d . Edwards, [42.] 
Charles Edwards, David M. Eaton, David Forsaith, Silas Field, 
William Gridley Ju r ., Alex r . H. Gibbs, Daniel Hearsey, Caleb 
Hayward, Rich d . H. Hough, Charles Head, W m . Hartwell, John 
Jutan, Tho. K. Jones, Ch 8 . H. Jones, Fred k . W. Ingraham, 
Charles Lerow, Philip Marett, John Minchin, David Marston, 
George Noble, Jacob Peabody, Elisha Parks, Luther Parks, 
Asahel Plimpton, John Perkins, Sam 1 . Prince, Henry J. Oliver, 
John P. Orcutt, Joseph Ripley, Frink Roberts, Frink Stratton, 
Ben ja . Seaver, W m . Tucker, John Tyler, Joseph Titcomb, Sam 1 . 
Whitwell, Nath 1 . H. Whitaker, Benj a . Winslow, John White, 
John Winslow Jr., J. Cha 8 . Willis Ju r . Henry White. 

[43.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 10 th . 
1816 Present Mess Bulfinch, Levering, Austin, Williams & 
Phillips. 

Return was made by M r . John Gore of the expence of repair- 
ing the drain in Park 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 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 191 

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 follows Viz. Whereas a drain or 
common sewer has been laid in Park street conformably to the 
directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts 
to sixty two dollars & seventy five cents, which expence is to 
be borne by such persons whose drain enter therein & 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* 

Townsend (Estate occupied by Mrs. Jenks, $7.85 

Estate of Sam 1 . Dexter Esq r . dec d . 7.85 

Ditto lately occupied by T. O. Selfridge Esq r . dec d . - - - - 7.85 







7.85 
7.85 
7.85 

7.8* 


Christopher Gore Esq r . 


(occupied by M r . Hubbard - - - - 







And We do hereby authorize & empower M r . Samuel 
Dennis to demand and receive the same & to give discharges 
therefor. 

Signed by all the members present. 

A number of Innholders appeared with S. D. Parker Esq. to 
object to any innholders license being granted to small dealers or 
occupants of cellars, upon principle of injury to the public, and 
particular damage to them, who are obliged by law to be provided 
& furnished for travelers & others. 

The occupants of the building of M rs . Scollay, lately deter- 
mined to be taken down, appeared & stated that they had been 
warned to leave said building in one week. they stated that the 
notice was too short to allow of their obtaining other places con- 
venient for their business and also that they had claims for 
compensation for the unexpired term of their leases & for the 
damage and inconvenience which they would sustain by remov- 
ing. 

Adjourned to meet tomorrow. 
At a Meeting Thursday 

The Board met according to Adjournment, and several of the 
directors of Corhnill Corporation were present, it was agreed by 
them, that in order to have the building of M rs . Scollay taken 
down without delay they would give two hundred dollars which 



192 CITY DOCUMENT No. GO, 

they were to receive from G. Greene Esq. that they would relin- 
quish all [45.] claim to the building & would pay two-thirds of 
such other expence of removing the tenants as the Selectmen 
should find unavoidable. M r . Oliver & M r . Hunnewell were 
appointed a Committee to agree upon terms with the tenants 
and it was directed that the building be advertised for sale on 
Thursday next 18 th . instant, to be removed without delay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 17 th . 1816 
Present Messrs. Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Williams, 
Bray & Phillips. 

A remonstrance having been received, signed by a large num- 
ber of the manufacturers of hats in this town, objecting to the 
appointment of Frink Roberts as an auctioneer ; the subject was 
considered at this time ; M r . Roberts & his counsel were present 
to answer the objections against him. It having appeared to 
the board that no unfair or improper conduct was imputed to 
him in prosecuting his business, but that the objection arose 
wholly from his selling hats by retail. It was determined to 
renew his license for the present year. 

[46.] Objections having been made, at the last meeting by a 
number of Inuholders against licenses for sale of mixed liquors 
being given to occupants of small shops and cellars. a number 
of persons of that description now appeared, and by their counsel 
stated the necessity of such licenses being granted, particularly 
about the market and to such persons as had conducted with 
good order. A respectable Committee was also present from 
the Society to check the progress of intemperance ; who requested 
that the board would use their utmost caution in granting 
licenses, and not extend the privilidge of selling spirits to 
improper persons. 

10 Jurors were drawn for Sup. Jud. Court. 

The Committee appointed for the purpose reported that they 
had agreed with the occupants of M ra . Scollays building upon the 
terms on which they would immediately leave the rooms occupied 
by them And the Treasurer having informed the board that the 
Treasurer of the new Cornhill Corporation had agreed to pay him 
the amount awarded to be paid by them The Chairman & M r . 
Phillips were chosen a Committee to arrange with the Town 
Clerk the draft on the Treasurer in favour of M rs . Scollay & 
others, previous to the sale of the building advertised to take 
place tomorrow. 

[47.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 24 th . 
1816. 

Present the whole Board. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 181(5. 193 

Return was made by M r . Noah Lincoln of the expence of 
repairing the drain in Robinsons Alley, 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 that no objection 
had been made. Assessment was now made, an order of pay- 
ment was passed by the Selectmen as follows viz. Whereas a 
drain or common sewer has been laid in Robinsons Alley con- 
formably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole expence 
whereof amounts to one hundred & sixty five dollars and fifty 
cents, which expence is to be borne by such persons whose drains 
enter therein & receive benefit thereby. Wherefore We the Sub- 
scribers Selectmen of the said Town certify that having 
considered the same expence and by whom and in what manner 
ifc ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the same be paid in the pro- 
portion following and by the persons hereafter named. viz. 

Isaac Fowle, William Collier, John Jackson & Wife, Joseph 
Batscn, John Howe, Jacob Hiler, John Jarvis, for M r8 . Larabee, 
Moses Grant, Noah Lincoln, M r . Bishop, Josiah Snelling, John 
Howard, Robert Gillespie, Thomas Holt, Christopher Lincoln, 
each $9.20. 

[48.] Hannah Cartwright, $18.40. 

Ebenezer White, d8 $6.13. 

Seth Lathrop, d 3.7. 

And We hereby authorize and empower M r . Noah Lincoln to 
demand and receive the same & to give discharges therefor. 

Signed by seven members of the Board. 

The Chairman was empowered to propose to the Court of Ses- 
sions, that the steps in front of the Court House should be taken 
down, & other steps built inside the door, at the expence of the 
Town, provided they would give the materials of the present 
steps, to be used in the mall or otherwise at the disposal of the 
board. 

[4:9.] The following persons were appointed Constables for 
the year ensuing, and their sureties approved. viz. 
Thomas Stevenson - - - Tho' Jr & W m Stevenson 
Elisha Copeland - - - - John Perry & Jn. Gibson 
Moses Thayer ----- John Minchin & James Liswell 
Solomon Twist ----- W m Simonds & Amos Penniman 
William Tupper - - - - John Gibson & John Howe N 2. 

William Brooks M. Wallach & Lem 1 . Babcock 

James Perkins Ja s . Williams & Jonas Green 

Jonathan Prescott - - - John Barnard & Francis A. Foxcroft 

W m Dinsmore W m Cochran & David S. Eaton 

George Reed Fra. Garaux & Martin Burr 

George Jackson - - - - Caleb Whiting & John Loring 
Thomas Holden - - - - Augustus O. Barton & Oliver Downing 



194 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Wendell R. Barker - - - Shu 1 . Bell & Peter Dickerman 
Ben. C. Stevenson - - - Sh. Bell & Tho Stevenson J 
Andrew Sanborn - - - - Ja s . Birchstead & Horace Dupee 

Samuel Holmes Peter Bicknell & Jas. Farrar 

David Rixford W. P. "Whiting & Eph Whitney 

David Rixford was appointed Sep r . 11 th . 

[5O.] M r . Bray was desired to call on William Minot Esq. 
Clerk of Mill Corporation to enquire what measures have been 
taken for building the bridge over the Mill Creek to lead from 
Cross street to Union street, and to urge the necessity of its 
being done immediately. 

On the applcation of the abutters on the street near Rowes & 
Fosters wharves Mess Oliver, Hunnewell & Levering were 
appointed a committee to view the street for regulating the foot 
walks, and determine the extent to be paved, according to the 
appropriation of four hundred dollars, granted last year for that 
purpose. 

Mess re . Hunnewell & Williams a committee to view the oyster 
house near the place where Olivers Dock formerly terminated; to 
determine the right of the present owner to build any addition 
to the westerly end of said building. 

Mess 18 . Bulfinch & Lovering a committee to view the land on 
Court street now owned by Tho 8 . Welsh Esq. to consider his 
request for liberty to build arches under the hill & to report the 
particulars of the extent of his ground &c. 

[51.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 29 th . 
1816. Present 
The whole Board. 

Passed the Monthly accounts. 

On an application from a large number of persons resident at 
the south part of the Town. the Chairman & M r . Lovering were 
desired to view Castle street, to ascertain the expence of filling 
that part which crosses the dock & of making it passable from 
Orange street to Front street. 

Propositions being received respecting the expediency of mak- 
ing the corner lot of the new street, to range in a straight line 
with the front of Cornhill the board agreed to view the ground, 
and then voted that they would grant five hundred dollars, if the 
Corporation or any individual would have the west side of Corn- 
hill made straight by taking down and rebuilding the store of 
M r . Hurd and adding to Cornhill as much of the corner lot as 
would be necessary fojr this purpose. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 195 

[52.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 31 st . 
1816. 

Present the whole Board. 
Closed the Monthly draft. 

V 

On the application of M r . Edward Tuckerman Jun r . The 
Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Phillips were desired to view the 
alley leading from Cornhill to Brattle square; and to consider 
the expediency of altering the direction of that passageway to 
accommodate the new line of the street to be made by the new 
buildings which are immediately to be built at the entrance of 
the new street. 

Whereas it is of importance that the west side of Cornhill 
towards Dock square should be made on a straight line, and the 
same can be effected by taking a small portion of land from the 
estate owned by M r . Kurd, and the directors of the new Cornhill 
Corporation having agreed to defray the expence. It is voted, 
that for the purpose of straightening the line of said street, a 
small gore of land shall be taken from said estate and added to 
the highway, as follows, beginning at a point on the north east- 
erly corner of the house and shop of heirs of Ebenezer Larkin 
thence running northerly on Cornhill along the [53.] present 
front of the house & land of Benjamin Hurd, to land lately the 
property of the new Cornhill Corporation, then turning and 
running westerly two feet five inches on land of said Hurd, 
thence southerly to the first mentioned point. And the Chairman 
is desired to inform the proprietor of said estate of this proceed- 
ing, and to offer him as compensation for the land so taken, to 
build a new front to the said estate either immediately or at the 
expiration of the lease of the present tenant. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 14 th . 1816. 
Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Austin, Williams & Phillips. 

A communication was received from a majority of the proprie- 
tors on a private way leading from Beacon street to Middlecot 
street ; stating their consent that the ascent & descent of the 
same should be regulated according to the wishes & opinion of 
the Selectmen and praying that the same be adopted as a Town 
street, and regulated for the convenience of the public. The 
same having been considered, the Chairman, M r . Oliver and 
M r . Hunnewell were appointed a committee with powers to view the 
[54.] proposed street, and to determine and act thereon as to 
them should appear expedient. 

M r . Tukesbury from Deer Island appeared and after some con- 
versation respecting the state of the island, it was agreed with 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

him that he should cart from the upland about 800 tons of stones 
at 12 & one half cents p r ton, & place them so as to form a wall 
or barrier against the sea, in the low ground between the two 
eminences of the island and particular orders were given him 
that no stone or ballast of any kind should be suffered to be taken 
from the island or its shores. 

[55. J Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Aug*. 26. 
1816. 

Return was made by M r . Isaiah Souther of the expence of 
repairing the drain in Myrtle 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 that no objection 
had been made. Assessment was now made, an order of pay- 
ment was passed by the Selectmen as follows viz. 

Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in Myrtle 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expence whereof amounts to sixty three 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 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. 

Benjamin Russell, [56.] Boynton, Jackson & Lincoln, 

Jacob Whiting, Perez Whiting, Shaw & Souther, at $10.50 each. 

And We hereby authorize and empower M r . Isaiah Souther to 
demand & receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

CH S . BULFINCH "^ ^ 

JON A . HUNNEWELL | . 

Signed by the ) JOSEPH LOVERING I | 

members present J JOSEPH AUSTIN 

ROBERT WILLIAMS | ^ 

TURNER PHILLIPS J * 

Passed the quarterly Accounts. 

[57.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 
3 d . 1816 Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, 
Austin, Williams & Bray. 

Mess". Pomroy & Gray, two of the ^abutters^ on Bowdoin 
street appeared to state their objections to the expence that 
would naturally follow in repairing their houses in consequence 
of digging down the street : they both expressed their opinion 
that the street required to be put in order after some conversa- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 197 

tion they withdrew & the Chairman stated to the board that the 
Committee empowered to act on this subject at a late meeting 
had agreed with the major part of the proprietors that the street 
should be accepted as a Town street & dug down & regulated for 
public convenience they having agreed to pay two hundred dollars, 
the estimated expence of necessary alterations on M r . Pomroys 
house ; and that in the opinion of the Committee, the improve- 
ment of the street would more than compensate the expence to 
M r . Gray, who from his circumstances was well able to defray 
it. 

The proceedings of the Committee were approved, and they 
were [58.] desired to proceed in regulating the street. 

The following is therefore recorded as a description thereof. 
Whereas the Selectmen of the Town of Boston have determined 
that the safety & convenience of the inhabitants require, that a 
public street be laid out in said Town to lead from Middlecot 
street to Beacon street, the same as hereby laid out according to 
law & recorded as follows. Beginning at the southeasterly cor- 
ner of Derne street and running southerly in the same direction 
with the west side of Middlecot street two hundred & twenty five 
feet, then bearing a little easterly & running southerly three 
hundred & twenty two feet to Beacon street ; the said street to be 
thirty feet wide throughout, & known as a public highway by the 
name of Bowdoin street. 

M r . Bray having reported that he had repeatedly applied to the 
Committee of Directors of [the] Mill pond Corporation respect- 
ing the bridge to be built over the Creek but nothing had yet 
been done towards the same it was agreed to enlarge the Com- 
mittee by adding Mess rs . Austin & Phillips & that they be 
desired to urge on the Corporation the necessity of immediately 
building the proposed bridge. 

Report was made respecting the [59.] forming of Castle street 
to lead from Orange street to Front street : that the probable 
expence would be about 1000 dollars. M r . Lovering was 
authorized to contract to have that part of said street built which 
goes through the dock in the manner of a timber Wharf and to 
be covered with gravel & railed at both sides. 

Communication was received from Cornelius Coolidge Esq. that 
he had become the owner of the house & land late of Oliver Keat- 
ing Esq., at the entrance of Southacks Court and was ready to 
agree with the board upon widening the said court. The subject 
was considered & it was voted. That provided all the land in 
front of the houses built by Stephen Codman Esq. should be 
added to the street free of expence, also all the land in front of 
the house occupied by M rs . Carter, which lies outside the portico 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

of that house that the board would allow twelve hundred & 
fifty dollars for a piece of the land of the estate now owned by 
C. Coolidge, to continue the line straight from the afore- 
mentioned portico to the street at the entrance of the court, to 
widen it there about six feet. 

[6O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 
11 th 1816 Present The Whole Board. 

34 Jurors were drawn for Court of Com. Pleas. 

Thomas Welsh Esq. appeared & stated, that he had contracted 
to build a row of shops .on the land formerly sold by the Town to 
William Smith Esq. and that the front line thereof extended 
beyond the present line of the street. he had been cautioned by 
the Chairman not to proceed, and now made his claim & the direc- 
tions of the board respecting the line. The Chairman, M r . Hunne- 
well & M r . Phillips, were appointed a Committee to view the 
street, & to draw the line as they should judge necessary. and 
to make an agreement with M r . Welsh for what portion of the 
land should be laid into the street. 

A Petition was received from a number of gentlemen residing 
at the south part of the Town, that the assistance of the Select- 
men should be given for laying out a street, from Orange street to 
Front street, immediately opposite to Nassau street, over land of 
the heirs of Jeremiah Gore. Mess. Oliver, Lovering & Hunne- 
well a Committee to view & report. 

The request of Samuel Parkman Esq. for a gutter in the middle 
of Chardons lane. referred to Mess 18 . Bulfinch & Phillips. 

[61.] An application was signed to the Judge of Probate, 
representing that M r . Henry Dewhurst was in danger of wasting 
his property <$? becoming a charge upon the Town ; and request- 
ing that a guardian be appointed for him. 

On the application of the proprietors of the Green Dragon 
Tavern to purchase a small piece of land west of their lot. Voted 
that it was not expedient to dispose of any part of that land at 
present, but the proprietors be informed that the Board are ready 
to receive any propositions or to confer with them on the subject 
of widening the street. 

M r . David Rixford having applied to be reappointed a Con- 
stable, and produced his recommendations, it was voted to restore 
him to that office his sureties are W m . P. Whiting Esq. & Eph- 
raim Whitney. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 199 

This time having been assigned for choice of Superintendent of 
Police the subject was considered, and Voted, 

That the salary of the Superintendent of Police be one thousand 
dollars to be paid in the regular drafts, and that he be further 
allowed in addition to this salary, the fees arising from licenses to 
hackney carriages. 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. was [62.] unanimously chosen Superin- 
tendent of Police. 

Voted, That, the choice of an assistant police officer be post- 
poned to "Wednesday next. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 18 th . 
1816 Present the Whole Board. 

M r . Levering was desired to purchase twenty eight casks of 
gun powder to complete the quantity required by law, & to have 
the same inspected by the Brigade inspector & to employ M r . 
Jennings to make a sufficient number of cartridges for Brigade 
review. 

Voted, That there be a new engine provided for the place now 
occupied by N. 13. And that the fire wards be requested to fur- 
nish one & present their bill to this Board for payment making 
the best of the old engine in exchange. 

M r . Coomey having purchased an estate in Lynn street ; adjoin- 
ing the town's passageway which lead to the water, applies to have 
the same laid open for his & the public use. Voted, That M r . 
Holbrook be notified to remove the fence which [63.] he has 
built across said passageway immediately & in case of his 
neglect of such notice that the said fence & all other incum- 
brances be removed by order of the board. 

Certificate was signed approving of Mess r8 . Powell & Dickson 
& the company under their direction, for carrying on stage plays 
&c at the theatre in Federal street the ensuing season. 

The Committee of Proprietors of [the] Green Dragon tavern 
having given notice that they were about to make some expen- 
sive alterations on that building. Voted, that the Chairman, M r . 
Austin & M r . Phillips be a Committee to confer with said pro- 
prietors on the means of widening that street & to report to the 
board. , 

The Chairman was desired to advertise for contracts for oil for 
the ensuing season about 3000 gallons. 

An application from Henry Lane praying to be reappointed a 
constable, was ordered to lay for consideration. 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

On the representation of M r . Greenough & M r . Lawrence that 
they had not been able to procure by subscription the sum nec'es- 
sary to be raised for purchasing the [64.] piece of land from the 
corner lot of the new Street for the purpose of making straight 
the line of Cornhill it was voted to allow two hundred dollars 
in addition to the sum voted July 29 th . last. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 25. 1816 
Present the Whole Board, except M r . Oliver. 

4 Grand & 4 petit jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of the 
United States. 

Agreed with Thomas Welsh Esq. to leave the consideration of 
damages for a small gore of land opposite Concert hall to Tristram 
Barnard, John Belknap & Sam 1 . Snelling Esq rs . 

The Board came to the choice of an Assistant police officer 
the votes being taken by ballot, M r . Darby Robins was unani- 
mously chosen. 

The Chairman, M r . Austin & M r . Bray a Committee to confer 
with M r . Asa Holbrook, respecting the passage way in Lynn 
street, to examine deed and report. 

[65.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 30 th . 
1816. 
Present the whole Board except M r . Oliver. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

Agreed to visit Deer Island on Thursday next and to request a 
Committee from the Marine Society to accompany the board, for 
the purpose of viewing the island. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 2 d . 1816. 
Present the whole board, excep*. M r . Hunnewell. 

On the application of a number of the abutters it was agreed 
that a gutter should be paved in the middle of Gibb' lane from 
Fort hill to Purchase street. 

Completed the monthly accounts. 

The Chairman, M r . Lovering & M r . Phillips a Committee to 
consider what mode should be adopted for lighting the lamps the 
present season. 

[66.] M r Tuckerman renewed his application for liberty to 
cover the passageway to Brattle square with an arch. The same 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 201 

being considered, it was voted, that it was not expedient to have 
the same covered. 

The following is the record of the proceedings relative to 
widening Southack's Court. 

Whereas in the opinion of the Selectmen, the safety & con- 
venience of the inhabitants of the Town of Boston require, that 
the street called Southack's court should be widened ; the same 
having been viewed and staked out by a Committee of this board, 
it is declared to be bounded and described as follows. 

Beginning at the house at the north easterly corner of Somerset 
street and measuring from the old line of the street five feet to 
the front of said house thence along the front of said house to a 
point five feet six inches from the .old line of the street at the 
west end of land formerly Bowers' thence to a point on the 
west boundary of land, late of Keating now of C. Coolidge & C. 
eight feet from the old line of the street ; thence in a straight 
line to the entrance of the street at a point six feet from the 
present southeasterly corner. The said street to measure [67.] 
with the addition now made as follows. At the corner of Somer- 
set street thirty one feet wide, at the west line of Bowers twenty 
eight feet, at the west line of Coolidge thirty one feet eight 
inches at the north corner of his brick house twenty nine feet 
two inches, at the east corner of said house twenty six feet eight 
inches, and at the entrance of the street twenty seven feet eight 
inches. and all the land above described is hereby added to the 
street, and made part of the highway. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 9 th . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch % Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Williams, 
Bray & Phillips. 

The Committee on the subject of Lamps reported, a number 
of regulations to be observed by the superintendent of lamps 
after considering and approving the same it was voted that the 
Committee be empowered to make contracts for oil & to adopt 
such measures for lighting as they shall determine most for the 
interest of the Town. 

[68.] A precept was received from the Judge of Probate, 
for inquisition to be made into the circumstances of William 
Stimpson ; the proper inquiries having been made, certificate was 
signed, that he was an intemperate person, in danger of becom- 
ing a town charge, & recommending that a guardian be appointed 
for him. 

M r . Joseph F. Bordman was approved as an Auctioneer. 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen October 
12 th . 1816. 

Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Williams 
& Phillips. 

On the application of a number of the neighbours to the pas- 
sageway leading from Cornhill to Brattle Square, stating their 
opinion that it would be more safe and commodious to the public, 
that the passageway should be covered with an arch. the same 
was viewed by the members of the board, & it was agreed that 
if M r . Tuckerman the proprietor of the buildings on both sides 
of said passage would be at the expence of erecting the same, 
the board would not object to its being done. 

[ 69.] A petition was received from a number of inhabitants 
requesting that the northerly part of Bowdoin street might be 
widened, by adding some land to the street from the estates of 
T. Bowdoin & W. R. Gray. The members of the board were 
requested to view that street previous to acting upon the applica- 
tion at the next meeting. 

An award respecting land taken from T Welsh Esq. to widen 
Court street opposite Concert hall was received, and the Chairman 
was desired to have the same opened at the Court of Com. Pleas 
on Monday next. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 15 th . 
1816. 

Present the whole Board. 

This being the time assigned for meeting the Selectmen of the 
Towns of Roxbury & Dorchester on the perambulation of the 
bounds. the board this morning proceeded on the business and 
inspected the land marks and found them correct Returns were 
signed by the agents of the respective towns, which is on the file 
of mixed papers. 

At the same time directions were [7O.] given to Peter O. 
Thacher Esq. to take effectual measures that the proprietors of 
the fourteen hundred feet lots on Washington street should put 
the carriage way in order, agreeably to their contract with the 
Town. 

The gentlemen having viewed the dam on the easterly side of 
the Neck ; M r . Lovering was desired to employ some person to 
make all such repairs as may be necessary before winter. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 23 d . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Phillips. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 203 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for choice of a Member 
of Congress, on the 4 th . November next. 

M r . Austin was desired to wait on M r . Winchel to request him 
to open the meeting with prayer. 

M r . Eliot to print notifications. 

M r . Jonathan Hayward having been well recommended is 
appointed to regulate the standing of carts and waggons with 
cyder in "Water street until the 1 st . Dec r . next. 

[71.] M r . Holmes was also appointed to regulate the stand- 
ing of wood from the country at the several regular stands after 
the 1 st . of December. 

The subject of widening the north side of Bowdoin street was 
considered & M r . W m . R. Gray appeared to state his objections 
& the injury that would be done him by taking any of his land 
It was agreed to refer the subject to Mess rs . Levering, Austin & 
Phillips they agreed to meet M r . Gray tomorrow on the premises 
to see whether his objections could be removed and to agree upon 
the line of the improvement. 

Approved of the Indenture of George R. Miller to W m . 
Ingraham, mariner, to continue in force until the first day of 
May 1823. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28 th . 
1816. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Levering & Phillips. 

Examined a number of accounts. 

Charles Gushing Esq. presented a memorial against having the 
passage way covered with an arch, which leads to Brattle square 
as in his opinion it would be injurious to his property. Notice 
was sent to M r . Tuckerman of this objection from M r . Gushing. 

[72.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
31 st . 1816. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Levering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Application having been received from the children of M r . 
Benjamin Bailey requesting that he might be discharged from 
the control of a guardian M re . Fuller the guardian having also 
been consulted on the subject. The Chainnan was desired to 
inform the Judge of Probate that in the opinion of the board it 
would be expedient to release said Bailey from guardianship, 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

A Committee appeared from the proprietors of lands on the 
Neck, called the 1400 feet lots, to confer respecting the terms of 
their covenant with the Town & to request that the board would 
offer proposals for definite arrangements with them, by which their 
proportion of the street might in future be kept in good order. 

They having retired, The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell, M r . 
Lovering & M r . Phillips were appointed a Committee to consider 
the subject, to confer with the proprietors and to report to the 
Board. 

[73t] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
6 th . 1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

22 Grand Jurors & 35 Traverse jurors were drawn for Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

The Committee on Bowdoin street, reported that they had 
viewed the street, and conferred with M r . Gray on the subject, 
and were of opinion that M r . Gray's land was too confined to 
allow of any part being taken from his, necessary to widen the 
street; that the widening should commence at the corner of 
Grays land & that a gore of land the property of Temple Bow- 
doin Esq about five feet wide at the northerly end be added to 
the street. The Committee however recommended, as the season 
is so far advanced that any further proceedings be postponed to 
the next spring. 

An application was received from the Captain & constables of 
the watch, proposing several alterations in the arrangements of 
the watch. It was voted that this subject subside until it is 
known what measures and regulations will be adopted by the 
merchants and others, who have advertised to form a patrole 
watch for the center of the Town. 

[74.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
13 th . 1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin & Phillips. 

On the representation of M r . Ambrose Salisbury, that the com- 
mon sewer in South Margin street, Mill Pond, was so obstructed 
as to overflow his cellar & several others with water M r . Phillips 
was desired to examine the state of said common sewer, to deter- 
mine whether the obstruction was caused by the works of the 
Mill Pond Corporation, & to direct measures for removing the 
cause of complaint. 

A copy of printed rules & regulations for the volunteer patrole 
watch was submitted by the Secretary of the association, they were 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 205 

read and approved & Voted that the captain & constables of the 
Town watch be directed to give the patrole all the assistance in 
their power, to prevent breaking into houses or stores, and to 
secure any offenders that may be detected in so doing. 

The Chairman was desired to insert in the public papers an 
address to the inhabitants relative to the improvements of the 
Common & to request the attention of the public to prevent injury 
to the trees &c. 

[75.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
20 th . 1816 Present 

The whole Board. 

M r . Oliver reported that he had examined the accounts of M r . 
Phillips hay weigher for the quarter ending October 1 st . and 
that they were correct, balance directed to be paid to Town 
Treasurer eighty eight dollars & sixty three cents. 

M r . Samuel Horton, Jun r applied for liberty to build a livery 
stable on land south of the Boylston Market square the same 
place being recommended for that purpose by the directors of 
the market corporation it was voted that the place be licensed 
for a livery stable. 

Some complaints having been made by the captain of the Town 
watch against the conduct of some of the members of the volun- 
teer patrole The Chairman & M r . Oliver were appointed a Com- 
mittee to confer with the agents or directors of the patrole, and 
to agree with them upon such regulations as shall prevent com- 
plaint in future. 

[76.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
22 d . 1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Lovering, Austin, Williams 
& Pm'llips. 

9 Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of the United States. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 25 th . 
1816 Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Wil- 
liams & Phillips. 

Passed the Monthly accounts. 

Some representations having been made to the Chairman 
against the livery stable proposed to be built by M r . Horton. he 
now appeared, & also M r . Bumstead the owner of the buildings 
nearest to the place where the stable is to be built he proposed 
that M r . Horton should set his stable ten feet back from his front 
line, to prevent the obstruction which he thought would arise in 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

the passageway. A paper was presented by M r . Horton, signed 
by the directors of the market corporation and by a great number 
of the neighbours in favour of the building being placed in a line 
with the houses. Both gentlemen having withdrawn, the sub- 
ject was considered & it was agreed that M r . Horton should pro- 
ceed with his building as first proposed. 

[77.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
27 th . 1816 Present Mess. Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Lovering, Aus- 
tin, Williams & Phillips. 

Closed the monthly & quarterly accounts. 

An application was received from the proprietors of stores, in 
Cheapside, requesting that the street from Cornhill to Dorsetts 
alley should be paved the present season. it was voted, that the 
Chairman inform those gentlemen, that the board will consent to 
have that portion of the street paved if the workmen shall think 
it practicable, upon the conditions proposed by the applicants 
that they will pay the expence of any repairs that may become 
necessary within one year. and also on this further condition, 
that they will advance the money necessary for the work and 
materials to be repaid from the taxes of the next year, without 
interest. 

The Chairman, M r . Lovering & M r . Phillips, a Committee to 
examine and adjust the account of M r . Harrington for work on 
M r . Pomroy's house in Bowdoin street. 

[78.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 
4 th . 1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

William R. Gray Esq. appeared to state his claim to compen- 
sation for expences incurred on his house in Bowdoin street, in 
consequence of digging away that street : he exhibited the 
workmens accounts. It was agreed that the Committee on 
M r . Harringtons accounts should examine those accounts and 
report the amount. 

Barney Smith Esq. executor to the last will of Abiel Smith 
Esq. deceased appeared and presented the certificates of property 
bequeathed by the late M r . Smith to the Town. It was agreed 
that the regular forms of transfer should be made on the certifi- 
cates & that Mr. B. Smith should attend the next meeting of the 
Board to sign the same. 

M r . R. D. Harris applied that the passage way back of Mer- 
chants Hall should be lowered, to turn the water from the build- 
ing : and engaging that he would have the same covered with 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1816. 207 

gravel It was agreed to have the same done if the weather 
should permit. 

[79.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem r . 
11 th . 1816 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Bray. 

The Chairman reported that he had lately received a letter by 
the way of London from M r . L. D. Lewinson of Koningsberg in 
Prussia, making enquiries concerning M r . Moses Abraham Wallach. 
In consequence of this letter, he had handed to M r . Wallach 
a duplicate of the same : & that R. G-. Amory Esq. counsel to 
M r . Wallach had prepared a certificate that Moses Abraham 
Wallach was a citizen, resident in this Town, that he had 
married a woman of a respectable family in Boston and had a 
number of children. This certificate and a duplicate thereof 
had been signed by the Chairman. 

The Committee for procuring oil reported that they had asked 
for sealed proposals from several dealers in that article one of 
the papers being opened from Josiah Bradlee & C. it was found 
they were not able yet to make proposals. It was voted not to 
open the other papers, but that the Chairman should inform 
M r . Bradlee that on Wednesday next, the board would decide upon 
their purchase for the winter. 

[8O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 
18 th . 1816 Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams, Bray & Phillips. 

34 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Supreme Judicial Court 
Also 32 to serve at Common Pleas. 

The ^Chairman presented an attested copy of the law lately 
passed by the Legislature of the Commonwealth, empowering the 
Selectmen to alter & change alleys and passageways in the Town 
of Boston, and to regulate the raising of goods wares and mer- 
chandize into chambers of stores and other buildings. It was 
agreed that the consideration of measures to be taken in conse- 
quence of this law be postponed to the next meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Dec r . 24 th . 1816 
Present the whole Board except M r . Williams. 

Voted, That Turner Phillips Esq. be authorized & empowered 
to receive all interest becoming due on any notes, bonds or 
mortgages of the donation of M rs . Joanna Brooker & also all 
funded stock being part of that donation, standing in the name 
of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 



208 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[81.] M r . Charles W. Apthorp was approved as an auc- 
tioneer. 

In consequence of a precept from Hon. Thomas Dawes Esq. 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made 
into the circumstances of William Thayer ; certificate was signed 
that he was a person non compos mentis, and recommending that 
a guardian should be appointed for him. 

Complaint having been made that the measurers of wood on 
the Neck are frequently absent to the delay of the owners and 
drivers of wood ; M r . Levering was desired to make inquiry 
respecting the same and if necessary to look out some suitable 
person for that office. 

The Chairman reported that a number of citizens had asso- 
ciated for the purpose of forming a nightly patrole, about Dock 
Square, Union & Elm streets it was agreed that they should 
have liberty to make use of the lobby of the Selectmens room as 
their place of meeting. 

Proposals for another Association, to form a patrole in Marl- 
borough street & places adjacent, were received ; the same were 
approved, & the gentlemen were assured of the approbation of 
the board, & of their readiness to do all in their power to encour- 
age them in their exertions to protect the Town & to preserve 
good order. 

[82.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 
30 th . 1816 Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lover- 
ing, Austin, Bray & Phillips. 

A number of gentlemen having proposed to form a patrole 
watch in the south part of the Town ; & their proposed regulations 
signed by John D. Williams their Chairman the same were 
approved. 

Passed the Monthly accounts. 

The following was moved & voted. That a committee be 
appointed to select and sort the bills for the various expences of 
the Town, and exhibit a statement, with the several expences 
under their several heads, to this board ; of all monies paid the 
present year ; in order that a statement of the expences of the 
Town may be published by the Selectmen if required by the 
Town. Mess rs . Hunnewell & Phillips were appointed on the com- 
mittee for the above purposes. 

Voted that the captain & company of engine N 7 be allowed 
to add four new members to their company in addition to their 
present number. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 209 

[83.] Boston ss. at a Meeting of the Selectmen January 1 st . 
1817. 

Present the whole Board. 
Closed the monthly accounts. 

M r . William Levering Ju r . having agreed to supply winter 
strained oil for the lamps, for the next three months at 800 
gallons per month, at one dollar per gallon it was now voted to 
allow six cents per gallon for the delivery to the lamp lighters. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 8 th . 1817 
Present Mess. Balfinch, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

An application was received from the board of health, request- 
ing that measures might be taken to procure land for another 
burying ground The Chairman was desired to notify the pro- 
prietors of South Boston, that it was the wish of the board to 
have the burying ground laid out there agreeable to [8.4.] the 
conditions of the act annexing that land to the Town of Boston. 

A number of citizens having associated as a patrole in Ward 
N. 3. requested the use of the engine house in Back street to 
meet in It was agreed that they might use the engine house for 
that purpose, provided they would first obtain the consent of 
the Fireward & the captain of the company attached to that 
engine. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Oliver, Hunnewell & Phillips were chosen a committee 
to confer with any friend or agent of Ward N. Boylston & to 
receive propositions for adjustments of the claims of the Town. 

Boston -ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 15 th . 1817 
Present Mess 18 . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

M r . Greenwood applied to hire the upper part of the old State 
House the subject was referred to the committee who have the 
care of that building. 

A complaint was exhibited against the truckmen for incom- 
moding the side walk on Merchants Row The complainant was 
requested [85.] to hand a list of the owners of trucks usually 
standing at the east end of the market, who are to be notified to 
appear before the board on Wednesday next at 4 o'clock P.M. 

M r . Stratton, in behalf of the third Baptist Society applied for 
assistance from the Town in planking a sidewalk in Charles 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

street. Agreed to allow twenty dollars when the side walk shall 
be completed to the satisfaction of the Board. 

Cap*. Francis applied for leave to take down a partition between 
the two armories occupied by the company of Rangers. 

Wednesday next was assigned for hearing M r . W. R. Gray on 
the subject of Bowdoin street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 22 d . 1816 
Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

Leave was given to Cap*. Francis to take down a partition 
between the two rooms occupied as an armoury by the company 
of Rangers on condition that the partition be replaced when 
required by the board. ^ 

[86.] In consequence of an order passed at the last meeting, 
a number of the owners of trucks usually standing at the east end 
of the Market appeared before the board. The Chairman stated 
the complaint that had been lodged against them They were 
informed that the board would be obliged to remove them to 
some other part of the town, unless they would place their trucks 
in such a situation as to keep the street clear of encumbrance, & 
also prevent their drivers from incommoding the sidewalk on 
Merchants Row. 

M r . John Pratt was approved as an Auctioneer. 

The Committee on M r . Greenwoods application were requested 
to inform him that the Board would not consent to lease the 
upper part of the old State House for a less sum than $1200 
dollars per annum. 

The Chairman informed the board that he had seen M r . Mason 
respecting a burying ground at South Boston. and that M r . 
Mason had agreed to call a meeting of the Proprietors on that 
subject. 

The consideration of the request of Cyrus Alger & others, 
that the board would repair 4 th . street at South Boston, was 
postponed to April next. 

[87.] Pursuant to a precept from the Hon. Judge of Probate 
for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of Miss Sarah Lillie and return was made that she was a 
person non compos mentis, and recommending that a guardian 
be appointed for her. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 211 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 27 th . 1817 
Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

Passed the monthly Accounts. 

15 Jurors were drawn for Supreme Judicial Court. 

see another Book. 

[88.] The Legislature having passed a law, wherein it is 
enacted " That no person shall raise up from any street, wharf 
or place of public resort within the Town of Boston for the purpose 
of storing the same, any cask, bale of goods, or other article of 
merchandize into the second or higher storey of any house, store 
or other building upon or adjoining the same, and on the outside 
of such buildings nor deliver any article therefrom by lowering 
the same on the outside of any such building except at such 
times and places and under such restrictions and limitations, as the 
Selectmen for the time being shall by writing authorize & direct. " 
And the Board having given notice in the public news papers 
on the eighth instant that the law would be enforced after twenty 
days from that time. Applications were received from a number 
of persons, requesting the board to permit them to continue 
receiving goods into their chambers from the outside of their 
stores : viz. Mess rs . John Carnes, N. Hastings, Tho 8 . Jackson 
for Wainwright & Jackson John F. Priest, W m . Andrews, Hem-y 
Gassett, George Brinley, William B. Bradford Jun r , Henshaw & 
Jarvis, Tho 8 . & Ed. Motley & J. Scholfield, which were com- 
mitted to Mess 18 . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin & Phillips, 
who were requested to view the stores of the applicants, & 
report their opinion on the subject at the next meeting. 

[89.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
29 th 1817 Present Mess". Oliver Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Williams & Phillips. 

Closed the monthly draft. 

The Committee appointed at the last meeting reported, That 
they had viewed all the stores of those Gentlemen who had 
applied for leave to continue the practice of taking goods into 
their chambers from the street, and that the stores generally 
were so situated that in the opinion of the Committee, the law 
will not authorize the board to grant their request excepting the 
stores of M r . Geo. Brinley & W m . B. Bradford Ju r . who they 
recommend to be licensed to take goods into their chambers from 
the passageway back to their stores, until the further orders of 
the Board. They also recommend that ten days be allowed 
M r . Andrews to remove his crates from Central and Fish streets. 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The foregoing Report was accepted. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 5 th . 1817 
Present Mess re . Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 

The -applications of Mess rs . Henry F. Barrell, Otis Norcross 
and Asher Benjamin, were committed [9O.] to the same com- 
mittee who were appointed on the 27 th . Ultimo on the application 
of John Games & others. 

On the application of Thomas Hunstable (through M r . Phillips) 
in behalf of a number of citizens associated for the purpose of 
patroling the streets of Ward N. 6. Voted, That the Board, 
approve of the association, and that they be allowed to exercise 
the function of watchmen, that M r . Phillips be a committee to 
furnish them with watch hooks & six feet of wood. 

On the application of Col. Robinson, Mess. Austin & Bray 
were authorized to furnish the patrole watch of Ward N. 1 with 
watch hooks & wood. 

The Town Clerk informed the Board, that Barney Smith Esq. 
had transferred all the property left by the late Abiel Smith 
Esq., to the Selectmen, & had paid over one hundred & twenty 
one dollars ~/100 income received by him on the same. 

It was voted, to proceed to the choice of a Treasurer to receive 
& manage the fund left by M r . Smith for the support of an 
African school. 

The votes being collected it appeared that Turner Phillips Esq. 
was chosen. 

[91.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
12 th . 1817. Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin 
& Bray. 

An application was received from a committee of the Boston 
Light Infantry Company, requesting permission to take down the 
partition between the two rooms occupied by them as armories. 
The application was committed to Mess ra . Oliver & Lovering. 

Cap*. George Welles has permission to deliver goods from his 
chambers in Court street, by lowering them into the street, at 
any time in the morning previous to 9. o'clock. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 19 th . 
1817 Present Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, Wil- 
liams, Bray & Phillips. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 213 

22 Grand & 35 Traverse Jurors were drawn to serve at the 
Supreme Judicial Court. 

The Boston Light Infantry Company, are permited to take 
down a partition between the two rooms occupied by them, on 
condition that the same shall be replaced when required by the 
Board. 

[92.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
24 th . 1817 Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Levering & 
Phillips. 

Examined a number of accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 26 th . 
1817 Present 

The Whole Board. 

6 Jurors were drawn to serve at the U. S. District Court. 
Passed the Quarterly accounts. 

Warrant was signed for the March Meeting for the choice of 
Town Officers. 

Rev. M r . Ware to be requested to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

M r . Eliot to print the notifications. 

William R. Gray Esq. having repeatedly made application for 
allowance for the expence incurred on his house in Bowdoin 
street, in consequence of digging down that street. it was agreed 
to refer the consideration of his claims to Benj Weld, Joshua 
Davis and W m . Payne Esqrs The Chairman was desired to 
inform M r . Gray, and in case of his objecting to any one of the 
referees, to agree with him on some suitable person in his place 
& to attend before the referees to explain the subject. 

[93.] M r . Francis Wilby applied for liberty to raise crates 

of merchandize into the upper lofts of his store in Salem street 

'the same was considered, and it was voted that the liberty 

requested could not be granted consistently with the convenience 

and safety of the residents of that street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 5 th . 1817 
Present Mess rs . Bulfmch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Austin, Bray & 
Phillips. 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Chairman informed the Board that Arnold Welles Esq. 
was appointed a referee in the room of William Payne Esq. in the 
case of M r . Gray, at his desire. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 10 th . 1817 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Phillips, Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

This being the first meeting of the board since the Town meet- 
ing for choice of Town Officers. Votes for Chairman were taken 
by ballot, and Charles Bulfinch Esq. was declared to be chosen. 

[94.] The oath of office was administered to Mess 18 . Bass, 
Dorr & Silsby, by the Town Clerk. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

Mess. Hunnewell, Phillips & Levering a committee to revise 
the standing rules and orders and to report. 

The Chairman was desired to take measures to have an adver- 
tisement inserted in the papers, that the vote lists were posted 
for inspection. 

A precept was received from [the] Hon. Judge of Probate for 
inquiring into the circumstances of M r . Beckford, represented non 
wompos. Committed to Mess. Levering & Dorr. 

The Chairman & M r . Oliver a committee to consider what 
measures were necessary to carry into effect, the new law for 
regulating public houses, &c. 

Boston ss, At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 19 th . 1817. 
Present the Whole Board. 

[95.] Return was made by M r . Henry Farnum of the expence 
of repairing the drain in Friend 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 that no objection 
had been made. Assessment was now made, an order of pay- 
ment was passed by the Selectmen as follows, viz. 

Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in Friend 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expence whereof amounts to one hundred & thirty two- dollars 
twenty two cents, which expence is to be borne by such persons 
whose drains enter therein and receive benefit thereby Where- 
fore, We the Subscribers, Selectmen of the said Town of Boston 
certify that having considered the same expence and by whom, 
and in what manner it ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 215 

same be paid in the proportion following and by the persons 
hereafter named viz. 

Mary Noble, Joshua Emmons, Isaac Dupee, Thomas Tirrell, 
George Southerland, Joseph Couthony, Benj a . Jennings, Isaiah 
Atkins, Henry Farnum, Daniel Bemis, Ebenezer Parker, [96.] 
Ebenezer Smith, Silas P. Tarbell, Charles Jones, Eliza Rogers, 
William Howe, Widow Gray, James S. Trott, Sarah Spear, 
Sam 1 . Richardson, at $6.62 each. 

Notified Feby. 7 1818 

And we hereby authorize and empower M r . Turell Tuttle to 
demand and receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

signed by the whole Board. 

M r . Oliver to whom was committed the account of the hay 
weigher, reported that he had examined the account of the quarter 
ending Jan y . 1. and had corrected the same, the balance due to 
the Town was $92.82. payment of the same ordered to the 
Treasurer. 

Inquiry having been made into the circumstances of Ed. H. 
Beckford, return was now signed to the Judge of Probate, that 
said Beckford was a person non compos mentis, and recommend- 
ing that a guardian should be appointed for him. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting on the first Monday of 
April next for choice of Governour, Lieutenant Governour & 
Senators. M r . Eliot to print the notifications. Rev. Doc 1 . 
Freeman to be requested to open the meeting with prayer ; The 
Chairman & M r . Oliver a Com ee . to apply to him for that 
purpose. 

[97.] Cap 1 . George Welles appeared to request that indul- 
gence should be granted him for raising goods from Court street 
into the second storey of the store belonging to M r . Carnes, now 
occupied by him. Cap*. Wells having retired, his application was 
considered, when it was determined that % the indulgence requested 
could not be granted. 

The following report of the Committee on the new law to regu- 
late public houses was read & amended and accepted as 
follows. 

see next page +v. 

Abstract of the new law for regulation of licenced houses, in 
the Town of Boston. 

All houses that shall be licensed for [the] sale of spirituous 
liquors, after the 1 st . day of April next, will be divided into classes, 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

to be kept by Innholders, Victualers, retailers &, Confectioners. 
every person carrying on business of either of the descriptions above 
enumerated, must be licensed for the same, by approbation of the 
Selectmen & confirmed by the Court of Sessions. 

Every person so licensed must have a sign in front of his place 
of business with his or her name thereon, and expressing the kind 
of business for which the license is given. 

No Confectioner to be allowed to sell any spirituous liquors ; 
or any mixed liquors, part of which is spirituous ; to suffer any 
person to be drinking the same in his or her house or store or 
other [98.] place of business. 

No Confectioner or Victualler shall keep open his or her house, 
store or other place of business, or entertain any person therein 
after 10. o'clock of the evening of any working day, or any part 
of the Lord's day or evening. 

Every person offending against either of these regulations, shall 
on conviction thereof, forfeit and pay for each offence, a fine of 
Ten dollars, with costs of prosecution ; and shall likewise forfeit 
his or her license, which cannot be restored without a new recom- 
mendation from the Selectmen to the Court of Sessions. 

This law will have no operation upon persons already licensed until 
the regular period for the renewal of their licenses on the first of 
July next. The Selectmen have ordered the publication of the 
above, that all persons who may apply for license in future may 
be informed of the regulations adopted, and may be prepared to 
conform to the same. 

By order of the Selectmen, 

THOMAS CLARK, Town Clerk. 

+ v. 

The Committee appointed to consider what measures should be 
adopted by the Board, for carrying into effect the new law to . 
regulate public houses, report their opinion. 

That an- abstract of the law be printed in the papers, for general 
information ; and [99.] all persons who wish for license should 
be directed to apply for the same, either as Innholders, Victuallers, 
Confectioners or retailers. 

That the following resolutions be adopted by the board. 

1 st . Innholders licences shall be granted in places provided 
for boarding houses, taverns & lodging houses for strangers. 

2 d . No Innholders license shall be granted for any cellar what- 
ever. 

3 d . Victuallers licenses may be granted to cellars & shops 
where strangers are not regularly or statedly taken to lodge. 

4 th . Retail licenses, to those persons who sell liquors by retail 
according to law. 

5 th . Licenses may be granted to confectioners with liberty to 
retail spirits, not to be drank in their houses, shops or dependen- 
cies. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 217 

6 th . That one suitable person be appointed a Tythingman, to 
execute the duties assigned to that officer by the new law ; who 
shall keep a book, with the names, places of residence and places 
of business of every person who shall carry on the employment of 
Innholder, Victualler, Confectioner or Retailer entered therein, in 
order that the conduct of such persons, in their several places of 
business, may be easily inspected and known. And said officer 
shall follow the directions of the board in inspecting said houses, 
and conform himself to such regulations as shall be adopted by 
the board from [1OO.] time to time, which experience shall sug- 
gest to be necessary and proper. 

The above is submitted by your Committee 

CH S . BULFINCH 
EBEN R . OLIVER. 

an abstract of the new law was also presented by the same com- 
mittee which was accepted & ordered to be printed in the papers, 
signed by the Town Clerk. 

The Committee chosen to revise the standing rules & orders, 
reported the following which was read, considered and accepted. 

The Committee appointed to revise the rules & orders of the 
board have attended that service and" ask leave to report the fol- 
lowing Rules and Orders for the future regulation of the board. 

A Chairman shall be chosen annually by written votes, who 
shall preside at the meetings of the board : the senior member 
present shall preside in the absence of the Chairman. 

The time of the regular meeting of the board shall be on 
Wednesdays at half past three o'clock P.M. from March to Octo- 
ber, and three o'clock from October to March; and punctual 
observance of these hours is requested*. The Chairman is author- 
ized to call special meetings of the board whenever it is requisite. 

[1O1.] Five members shall be necessary to form a board. 

The majority of votes of members present shall be considered 
as the act of the Board ; but any member may enter his dissent 
to any measure on the records : and no vote shall be reconsidered 
by a less number than were present when the vote was passed. 

All appointments to office, made by the board, in conformity to 
the laws of the State, or to the bye laws of the Town, shall be 
made by written votes, and at a time assigned for that purpose. 

The Town Clerk shall attend at every meeting of the board, 
and shall make a record of all the proceedings, and enter the 
names of the members present. In case of the necessary 
absence of the Town Clerk the Chairman shall take the minutes. 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

At the opening of each Meeting, the Town Clerk shall read the 
records of the proceedings of the last meeting. 

There shall be a Monthly Committee on accounts to consist of 
two members of the board taken alphabetically, who in conjunc- 
tion with the Chairman of the board, shall meet at the Selectmens 
room at o'clock* on [1O2.] the Monday preceding the day 
on which the monthly draft is closed, whose duty it shall be, to 
receive and examine all demands against the town that shall be 
presented for payment, to make a rough draft of the same and lay 
it before the board for their inspection and approbation. The 
draft when completed shall be signed by the Committee and the 
Town Clerk before it is sent to the Treasurer ; and no addition 
shall be made to it while in the hands of the Treasurer unless the 
same is signed by a majority of the board in the form of an order. 

Every person who shall furnish any supplies or do any work for 
the Town, shall, at least seven days previous to the day on which 
the monthly draft is closed, present his bill to the Committee (or 
one of them) who have the charge of that section of the town for 
which the supplies were furnished, or the work done. And it 
shall be the duty of said Committee or one of them to examine 
such demands, & certify they are correct previous to their being 
presented to the Committee on accounts for their approbation ; 
and no demand unless so examined and certified shall be passed 
by the Committee. 

The town shall be divided into four sections; Section N. 1. 
shall consist of Wards N. 1. 2 & 3. Section N. 2. of Wards 
N. 4. 5. and all that part of Ward N. 6. north of Cambridge 
street: Section N. 3. of Wards 7. 8 & 9. and that [1O3.] 
part of Ward N. 6. south of Cambridge street ; Section N. 4. of 
Wards N. 10. 11 & 12. There shall be two members of the 
Board assigned to each of the sections who shall have the direc- 
tion & oversight of the streets, and of the repairs necessary to 
them, and shall have liberty to undertake & order any work, the 
expence of which shall not exceed forty dollars ; but no under- 
taking which shall exceed that sum shall be begun or contracted 
for, without being first laid before the board and agreed to by 
vote ; and if any Committee of the board shall contract for or 
expend more than forty dollars on any one object without the 
approbation of the board being first obtained (except on some 
special occasion, the existence of which is to be decided by the 
board) such Committee shall be responsible in their private 
capacity for the amount exceeding the forty dollars. 

For any work that may be done in the streets which divide the 
sections, the Committees having the sections bordering thereon, 
shall confer together, and agree upon the same. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 219 

Each Committee is particularly desired to pay attention in their 
section to all drains that may be opened, to see that they be laid 
of proper dimensions ; to observe all encroachments and incum- 
brances of the streets, and to inform the Superintendent of the 
same, that measures may be taken for their speedy removal : And 
to suggest such improvements [1O4.] of the streets or foot walks 
as are practicable, by a right disposition of the common resources 
of the town : and generally to pay attention to the town slips and 
land in their districts. 

Voted, that the Board be divided into Committees as follows. 
Section No. 1 to be assigned to Mess 18 . Austin & Silsby 

Section No. 2 Mess rs . Phillips & Dorr 

Section No. 3 - Mess rB . Oliver & Bass 

Section No. 4 Mess r8 . Hunnewell & Levering 

There shall be standing Committees of the board for the follow- 
ing purposes. 

1 st . A Committee of two members to each school ; whose 
duty it shall be to direct all necessary repairs, to provide the 
schools with wood &c. 

2' 1 . a Committee to each watch-house for the same purposes. 

3 d . a Committee to inspect the Hay Scales, to attend to repairs 
and the accounts of the hay weigher. 

4 th . a Committee to attend to the Town-house, to direct repairs 
and report respecting rents.- 

5 th . a Committee on the market, to direct repairs and to attend 
to the proceedings & accounts of the Clerk of the market. 

6 th . a Committee to have the care and superintendence of the 
Neck. 

7 th . a Committee to have the care of the Common. 

[1O5.] That Mess rs . Levering & Bass [are the] Committee 
of the Neck. 

Mess 18 . Oliver, Hunewell, Lovering & Bass Committee of 
the Common. 

Mess. Phillips, Dorr & Silsby, Committee of the Market. 
Mess rs . Austin & Silsby, North Schools and Watch. 
Mess. Phillips & Dorr, West Schools. 
Mess rs . Oliver & Bass, Center Schools & Watch. 
Mess 1 " 8 . Hunnewell & Lovering South Schools & Watch. 
M r . Hunnewell Hay Scales. 



220 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Mess". Hunnewell, Levering & Austin Committee of the Town- 
house. 

In consequence of the arduous duty the Chairman of the board 
usually has to perform, your committee would recommend, that 
he be excused from serving on any of the beforementioned com- 
mittees ; but that he be requested, to give his advice and assistance 
to any of the committees that may apply to him. 

Your committee taking into consideration that in the estimates 
of the necessary expences for the town for the year, certain 
[1O6.] sums are named to be appropriated to particular pur- 
poses, such as for the streets, the schools, lamps &c : And in 
order the board may be duly apprized of their expenditures, they 
are of opinion it is indispensable they be regularly posted in a 
Book kept for that purpose by the Chairman, under their proper 
heads, and the aggregate of their respective amounts laid before 
the board on every draft day. 

All Committees to report their doings at the next meeting of the 
board after their appointment, or as soon after as possible. 

Your Committee refrain from designating any further duty 
expected from the Chairman of the board until his salary shall be 
fixed, when they presume a committee will be appointed for that 
purpose, They avail themselves of the present occasion, to recom- 
mend to the Board, that a committee be appointed to ascertain 
whether it is in the power of this board to grant a salary to their 
Chairman, and if it is, what in their opinion his salary ought to 
be. 

All which is respectfully submitted by 

^1 
JON A . HUKNEWELL | 

TURNER PHILLIPS }' 
JOS. LOVERING 

' o 

In consequence of the above recommendation the following 
gentlemen Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell & Dorr were chosen a com- 
mittee [1O7.] to ascertain whether it is in the power of this 
board to grant a salary to their Chairman, and if it is, what in 
their opinion his salary ought to be. 

A letter was received from James Robinson Esq. proposing 
himself a candidate for the office of Superintendent of Police. 

Voted, that Wednesday next be assigned as the time for com- 
ing to the choice of Superintendent of Police for the ensuing 
year. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 26 th . 1817 
Present The Whole Board. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 221 

Several persons having applied to hire the enclosed land on the 
Neck, it was voted, that the Committee of the Neck be empow- 
ered to lease such parts of that land as they shall judge best at 
auction. 

Mess re . Hunnewell & Dorr a committee to see that the propri- 
etors of Rowe's Wharf comply with the conditions on which the 
Legislature granted leave to extend their wharf into the Channel. 

The Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . Phillips a committee to 
meet M r . Boylston, to confer with him on the subject of the 
Towns claims, and [1O8.] to endeavour to bring the same to a 
settlement. 

The New Cornhill Corporation having it in contemplation to 
lay out a new street, northerly of Cheapside, The Chairman, M r . 
Oliver and M r . Hunnewell were chosen a committee to examine 
the places and confer with the Corporation respecting said street 
and report. 

The Committee of the Common and of ward N. 7, were desired 
to meet the abutters on Beacon street, to determine, with them, 
the width that the foot walk shall be laid in future, and the outer 
line of the same. 

The following officers were chosen for the year ensuing 

Samuel Phillips hay weigher 

John Parker & Joseph Lovering Esq. his bondsmen. 

Nath 1 . Merriam, Clerk of the market. 
Caleb Loring Ju r . weigher of boats & lighters. 

Voted to postpone tbe choice of sealer of weights & measures 
until Wednesday next. 

This time being assigned for choice of Police officer. it was 
voted, that tbe salary of the Superintendent should be one 
thousand dollars for the year ensuing. votes being taken, 
Nehemiah Freeman Esq. was declared to be unanimously chosen. 

Mess". Lovering & Phillips a Comnr 36 . to examine M r . Bonds 
account of expences on Town Clocks. 

[1O9. ] The petition of a number of the gentlemen occupy- 
ing stores at the bottom of State street, requesting permission to 
raise goods from the street into the upper stories of their stores, 
was committed to the committee who have such applications 
under consideration. Also Henderson Inches Esqr's application 
for the same privilege at his store on his wharf. 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 2 d . 1817 
Present the Whole Board. 

The Committee appointed to examine M r . Bonds bill for charge 
of the clocks the past year, reported the deductions proper to 
be made ; and that they had considered it for the towns interest 
to have the clocks in future taken care of for a fixed sum, to 
include all charges ; that they had offered the contract to M r . 
Bond who had declined it, and that M r . Adams was ready to 
agree for the sum of eighty dollars to take the care of the clock 
at the Old South and the clock of Second church in Middle street. 
& to take upon himself the risk of repairs. The report was 
accepted and the Committee authorized to agree with M r . Adams 
for the charge of the clock of the church in Hollis street, if he 
would contract for the whole for, one hundred dollars. 

The monthly accounts examined & the draft closed. 

Mess r8 . Dorr & Silsby added to the Committee on Boylstons 
concerns. 

[HO.] A petition was received from a number of hair- 
dressers & barbers requesting that their shops and those of all 
others in their business should be closed on Sundays the same 
was considered, when it appeared to be the sense of the board, 
that it was not expedient to take any measures thereon. 

The Committee of South schools was empowered to procure 
materials and have them fitted for repairing the floor of the south 
writing school house ; also to have blinds made for the new south 
school house in Mason street. 

M r . Peter Dickerman was approved as an auctioneer. 

This time being assigned for choosing a Sealer of Weights & 
Measures Applications were read from a number of persons 
and a vote taken by ballot, when M r . Allan Pollack was declared 
to be chosen. 

The following named persons were allowed to raise goods &c 
from the passageway back of their stores into the chamber stories 
of the same : until further order of the board. 

Mess". Willard & Felton - - - N. 50 State Street. 

Simon Elliot & C. 51 

Rufus Ellis 52 

Robert G. Shaw 53 

Tarbel & Eveleth 54 

Luther Ellis 55 -... Also 

M r . Henderson Inches at his store on his wharf. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 223 

[111.] Boston as. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
9 th . 1817 Present the Whole Board. 

The Chairman having represented to the board, that the suit 
against the heirs of Gov. Hancock for land back of Beacon hill 
had terminated in favour of the Town. The Chairman, Mess rs . 
Oliver & Phillips were chosen a committee to have the land staked 
out that had been recovered, and to call upon the heirs for an 
adjustment of the account for the gravel, earth & stones that have 
been dug and carted away therefrom. 

M rs . Wells one of the proprietors of land in Lynn street, hav- 
ing applied for the allowance formerly awarded by referrees for 
land taken to widen that street ; Mess rs Austin & Silsby were 
requested to examine into the claim and report. 

A proposal was received from Benj Weld Esq. for widening the 
street at the south end of Pearl street in front of the estate 
formerly of Jonathan Harris. 
Committed to Mess". Hunnewell & Silsby. 

Application having been made by the Superintendent of Police 
for an assistant to enable him to execute the duties of his office. 
The following votes were passed. 

That the Superintendent nominate to the [112.] board, such 
persons as he shall think qualified for the office of assistant 
police officer : that one person be chosen from those so nominated 
for the present year, subject to removal at the pleasure of the 
board. That the salary of the assistant be five hundred dollars 
p r . annum. 

That besides the general duty of assisting the Superintendent 
in inspecting the town and enforcing the laws, under orders from 
him, that he shall pay special attention to the standing of hay. 
wood & cyder on the places assigned for those articles. 

That he shall attend at West Boston hill on the evenings of 
Saturday and on Sundays, to preserve good order. 

That he superintend the lamp lighters, and order and inspect 
the accounts of all repairs of lamps. The list of candidates 
being read Votes were taken, & M r . Caleb Hayward was 
declared to be chosen. 

Voted, That the Chairman be desired to prepare an abstract of 
the by laws of the town,, and also of the laws enacted by the 
Legislature of the Commonwealth for the special regulation of 
this town, that the same be printed and distributed for the gen- 
eral information of the inhabitants. 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[113.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
16 th . 1817. 

Present the Whole Board. 

M r . John Smith had liberty to extend the common sewer in 
Lynn street, up to his house ; the expence to be borne by him 
and by those who may enter drains into this additional part. 

M r . Hunnewell reported the quarterly accounts of the hay 
weigher examined & approved by him, and the balance ordered 
to be paid to the Treasurer. 

The application of a number of the abutters on Cornhill respect- 
ing the widening of the side walk. Committed to Mess 18 . Phillips 
& Dorr. 

Application for repair of South Boston streets committed to 
the Committee of the South district, to view and report, also to 
examine the state of the pound at South Boston. 

A complaint against a machine for weighing erected by M r . 
Dearborn in Wharf street, committed to M r . Oliver. , 

The application of M r . Hastings occupying a building in 
School street [114.] and of M r . Davis, occupying rooms in 
Cornhill square for liberty to raise goods from the streets into 
their chambers having been considered by the gentlemen to whom 
they were committed. report was made that the request could 
not be granted ; which report was accepted. 

A Committee from the directors of Cornhill Corporation made 
a proposition, that the alley or passageway from Court street to 
Brattle square should be cancelled and they have liberty to extend 
their buildings over the same, upon their agreeing to lay out 
another passage way twelve feet wide, back of their buildings. 
The gentlemen having retired, it was agreed that Belknaps alley 
should be cancelled and the land added to the lots on the north 
side of Cheapside, and also the land abutting on Dorsets alley in 
front of Blanchards house, on condition that Dorsets alley should 
be left twelve feet wide, and that the Corporation would contract 
to lay out a carriage way at least thirty feet wide, in any direction 
most convenient to them, to lead from Court street to Brattle 
square. 

A communication was received from Nehemiah Freeman Esq. 
respecting the trucks and carts standing east of Faneuil hall. 
It was voted, that the Superintendent be desired to report the 
names of the owners of trucks and carts on that stand, and the 
number of each owned by them. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 225 

[115.] On a complaint of a house near Lyman street in a 
decayed and ruinous condition, the Chairman was desired to notify 
the owner M r . Nickerson of the necessity of taking it down, and 
that if not immediately attended to, a complaint for a nuisance 
would be laid before the Grand Jury. 

On the application of a number of the inhabitants, warrant for 
a town meeting was signed, relative to a revision of the by laws 
respecting carts and trucks. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 18 th . 1817. 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Lovering, Austin, Phillips, Bass & 
Dorr. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 22 d . 1817. 
Present the Whole Board. 

The Town at a meeting this day empowered the Selectmen to 
appoint a Committee of seven persons [116.] to take the peti- 
tion of the truckmen ^nto consideration. the Board now pro- 
ceeded to the choice of said Committee & selected the following 
gentlemen. 

"William Sullivan 

Richard D. Tucker 

Isaac Winslow 

Benjamin Rich 

Ebenezer Farley 

Josiah Bradlee 

Thomas Badger 

The Chairman was desired to notify the gentlemen & request 
them to meet on Thursday next 4 o'clock P.M. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 23 d . 1817 
Present The Whole Board. 

The Committee on South Boston streets, requested further time 
to view & make report. 

M r . Dearborn presented a petition in favour of his weighing 
machine being continued in Well street which was referred to 
Mess. Dorr & Silsby for further inquiry. 

M r . Aaron Osgood having renewed his application for an 
auction license, principally for sale of books, at a store in Newbury 
street; it was agreed that he shonld be licensed to transact 
business only at said store in Newbury street. 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[117.] The Chairman was desired to notify the Clerk of the 
South Boston association, to be laid before the president & 
directors, that it had become necessary to have a suitable piece 
of land assigned for a burying ground on that peninsula and to 
request them to take the measures for that purpose which are 
directed in the act to annex part of the Town of Dorchester to 
the Town of Boston'. 

The Chairman, M r . Dorr & M r . Silsby a committee to ''meet 
the gentlemen appointed to revise the by laws relative to trucks 
& carts. 

The Committee to whom the subject was referred, reported, 
that M r . Asher Benjamin be allowed to raise goods &c into the 
chamber stories of his stores from the passageway leading by 
said stores out of Broad street : until further orders of the board ; 
report was accepted. 

It was determined to proceed to prepare lists for renewal of the 
jury box previous to the May meeting printed lists of the inhabit- 
ants in each ward, and of the papers selected at the last revision 
of the boxes, were handed to the several members of the board, 
who were desired to proceed in making a careful selection of 
persons qualified to serve as jurors. and for this purpose to ask 
the assistance of any gentlemen in their division which they might 
think necessary. 

[118.] On the application of M r . Fred k . Lane he has liberty 
to build a bakers oven in a ten foot building occupied by him in 
Leverett street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 30 th . 1817. 
Present The Whole Board. 

The Committee on South Boston Streets requested further 
time to view & report. 

The Committee to view the position of M r . Dearborn's machine 
for weighing in Well street, reported their opinion that it should 
be suffered to remain there, subject to removal by order of the 
board whenever found to be inconvenient the report was 
accepted. 

M r . Bourguin occupying a store near the conduit pump, & M r . 
Purkit in Doane street ask permission to raise goods, into their 
chamber stories. committed to the committee on that subject. 

M r . Batts wishing to occupy a stable in Friend street belonging 
to the widow Noble for a livery stable, and objection having been 
made by the neighbours. the committee of Section N. 2 was 
desired to view and report. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 227 

/ 

[119.] The Committee of Section N. 2 was desired to take 
measures for paving the easterly half of Cheapside immediately, 
on conditions that the proprietors would advance the money, to 
be repaid out of the next tax, and would agree to make at their 
expense any repairs that should become necessary in twelve 
months. 

The Chairman, Mess. Phillips, & Silsby a Committee to 
meet the directors of Mill pond Corporation on some proposed 
alteration of streets and arrangement of property in the pond. 

M r . Warren Pennyrnan was approved as an auctioneer, he 
having served a regular apprenticeship to that business and being 
well recommended. 

The petition for an auction license of M r . Tim . Hathaway was 
referred for consideration to the Committee of Section N 1. 

The Bond of Samuel Phillips, hay weigher duly executed was 
handed in by the Town Clerk, and placed on file. 

Grand & Petit Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of 
'U. States. 

The Board came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an 
oration on the [12O.] 4 th . of July next, being the anniversary 
of American Independence, & Edward T. Channing Esq. was 
unanimously chosen. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 7 th . 1817 
Present the Whole Board. 

The Committee on South Boston streets reported that the 
street leading to M r . Joseph Woodwards would require about 
twenty loads of gravel and that the other streets appeared in very 
good order. 

The Committee who 'had viewed the wooden stable in Friend 
street proposed to be used by M r . Batts as a livery stable, reported 
that it was not a suitable building or situation to be used for that 
purpose, the building being "of wood & surrounded with other 
wooden buildings, the report was accepted. 

A letter was received from Edward T. Channing Esq. acknowl- 
edging the honour done him in appointing him to deliver the 4 th . 
July oration and accepting the appointment. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for choice of Eepre- 
sentatives M r . Buckingham to print notifications Rev. M r . 
Hoi ley to be invited to open the meeting with prayer. 



228 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[121.] At the desire of M r . Francis Amory, the Chairman 
presented for consideration a plan of Center street, where a new 
brick stable is now building on the estate of late John Codmau 
Esq. the proprietors of this estate propose to carry back the line 
of their building and to pay two hundred dollars provided the 
street can be widened by drawing a line from the westerly corner 
of Codman's land to the westerly corner of the estate of Swift. 
This proposal was considered, and it being found that the pro- 
ceeding would essentially injure Swift's estate and occasion great 
expense, and that the street could not be widened at the entrace 
on Fish street ; it was agreed that it was not expedient to take 
any measures respecting it. 

The Town Treasurer having reported that the sealer of weights 
& measures had in his possession one complete set of avoirdupois 
weights and one broken set ; and that there were no standard 
troy weights belonging to the Town. Voted, That the Treasurer 
be desired to procure a set of standard troy weights, and to deliver 
them to the sealer & take his receipt therefor and also for the one 
complete set now in his possession : and that the sealer also 
give a receipt to the Town Clerk for all other weights in his hands 
belonging to the Town. 

The Committee of Section N 2 were empowered to have the 
necessary repairs to the pavement in Green street. 

[122.] The Committee of Section N. 1 were also em- 
powered to repair Center street, as soon as they should judge 
expedient. 

General Henry Dearborn having expressed his willingness to 
furnish flat stones to be placed across Milk street, in front of his 
house, it was agreed that they should be laid at the expence of 
the Town. 

The Committee to whom was referred M r . Hathaways petition 
for auction license, reported their opinion, that it was not expe- 
dient to grant him such licence. report accepted. 

M r . Levering reported that he had purchased two freights of 
gravel for Front street he was desired to have it spread, that 
an estimate might be made of the quantity necessary for the 
whole street. 

The Committee on Charles street was desired to have one or 
two freights of gravel from Fox hill spread on that street, to 
determine the quantity necessary for the whole. 

The Committee of the South schools empowered to have a 
range of movable forms made, to place along the front seat. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 229 

M r . Phillips was empowered to examine into any encroachments 
on Brighton street, Spring street, and at the bottom of Poplar 
street ; to employ M r . Taylor the surveyer to ascertain the true 
boundaries and Town rights. & to report. 

[123.] The following additional rules and orders were pro- 
posed by M r . Silsby ; the same were considered & accepted and 
ordered to be recorded. 

1 st . Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Town Clerk to 
record all matters & transactions that the Board of Selectmen 
have already determined or may have to consider ; and whatever 
business may remain unfinished, the same shall be brought forward 
at each and every subsequent meeting : until said business shall 
be completed or otherwise disposed of. 

2 d . That the said Clerk shall read said records at said Meetings, 
and each article shall be acted on when read : separately and in 
progression. 

3 d . That the Chairman shall put all questions to a vote. 

4 th . That for the purpose of preventing frequent interruptions 
to business by the door keeper : it shall be his duty to bring in 
the names of applicants for admission, on paper, & hand the 
same to the Chairman or Clerk. 

5 th . Written notice shall be given each member whenever he 
may be appointed on a standing committee & the purpose for 
which he was elected. 

[124.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 14 th . 
1817. Present the Whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting on the 26 th . instant to 
transact the monied concerns, and other business applied 'for by 
petitions to be laid before the Town. 

Ward N. Boylston Esq. having presented a petition to the 
Town on the subject of the suit now pending between him and 
the town it was voted, That the Chairman, M r . Hunnewell & M r . 
Silsby be a committee to procure a gentlemen of the bar, for the 
purpose of making an exposition of the Towns controversy with 
Ward N. Boylston at the meeting of the Town on Monday the 
26 th . current. 

The Committee on Front street reported that two freights of 
gravel had been spread on that street, and from the best estimate 
which they could make, it would require fifty freights to complete' 
the whole street. The Committee was authorized to procure 
that quantity of gravel for said street. 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

M r . Phillips reported that he had examined into the state of 
Brighton street & Poplar street and found that an encroachment 
had been made by M r . Andrew Townsend on Brighton street, by 
a shop which projects six feet [125.] into that street. And 
that another encroachment had been made by M r . Ramsdell on 
the dock at the west end of Poplar street. Voted, That the per- 
sons who have made the above mentioned encroachments be noti- 
fied! to remove them immediately. 

On the application of David Greenough Esq. in behalf of the 
proprietors of stores on the north side of Cheapside. M r . Hun- 
newell was added to the Committee of District N. 2 to attend to 
and direct the regulation of Brattle street, back of their stores. 

A claim was presented by Amos Binney Esq. for land taken to 
widen Elm street. to lie for consideration. 

The Committee on the Common was empowered to proceed to 
complete a new fence on the inside of the old mall. 

Proposals from the Clerk of the market respecting porters, to 
lie for consideration. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 21 8t . 1817 
Present the Whole Board. 

M rs . Pulsifer having lately caused a drain to be laid from her 
house [126.] in Back street to the sewer laid by Mess 18 . John & 
Benjamin T. Wells in street in 1813. and it appearing 

that four persons had now made use of said sewer by carrying 
their drains thereto, it was Voted that M ra . Pulsifer should pay 
one fifth part of the original cost being twenty dollars to each 
share and become a proprietor of the common sewer, to receive a 
proportion of what might be paid by any one entering it in future. 

The Committee on the Boylston suit reported that they had 
applied to William Sullivan Esq. and had delivered to him the 
letters & papers in that case, to enable him to form a statement 
to be laid before the Town at the ensuing Town meeting. 

The same Committee was desired to employ M r . Sullivan to 
answer in next Saturday's Centinel, the statements which have 
appeared in late papers from Boylston or some person in his 
behalf. 

On the application of M r . Patten Hall, M r . Hunnewell M r . Lov- 

. ering & Silsby were appointed a committee to view his store in 

Union street and the others adjoining which are to be taken down 

and rebuilt in order to make the line of the new buildings 

straight from M r . Andrew's store they reported that it is now 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 231 

from the inside of the edge stone, measuring from the joint 
between the stones seven feet and five inches to [127.] M r . 
Halls store : and that he be allowed to come forward at the corner 
of the new building, one foot, so as to leave the side walk six 
feet & five inches from the front when finished. 

Agreed to the pointing & painting of the south side of the 
first story of Faneuil hall, to be commenced immediately. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 29 th . 1817. 
Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Phillips, Bass & Dorr. 

Passed the Quarterly & Monthly Accounts. 

M r . Pollock, the sealer of weights & measures having suggested 
some difficulties which occur in executing the law ; The Chair- 
man was empowered .to call on M r . Thacher in company with M r . 
Pollock & consult him on the subject ; and to take measures for 
such alteration of the law as will make it more easy and certain 
of execution. 

The following was voted for the regulations of constables on 
public days. Voted, That whenever on public days, the Con- 
stables are employed at the expence of the Town, they shall be 
directed to observe the orders of the Board, conveyed to them by 
the Superintendent of Police; and to [128.] conform to all 
such regulations adopted by him, as shall be considered most con- 
ducive to preserve good order, and to prevent riotous & irregular 
conduct. 

The Town having, at the late meeting directed the Selectmen to 
appoint a committee to consist of one person from each of the 
Wards on the subject of the schools. the following names were 
now selected from lists offered by the petitioners & from others 
nominated by the board. 

Ward N. 1 Henry J. Oliver 

2 Redford Webster 

3 Jacob Hall 

4 James W. Burdett 

5 Jon a . P. Hall 

6 Isaac Winslow 

7 Gideon Snow 

8 John Dorr 

9 Samuel May 

10 David W. Child 

11 Isaac Stevens 

12 Joseph PMeld 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

On the application of a number of owners & residents on the 
easterly part of Milk street, stating the conveniences that would 
arise from an alteration of the name of part of that street the 
subject having been considered Voted that the easterly part of 
Milk street commencing at Battery March street and extending to 
the water be hereafter called and known by the name of Com- 
mercial street. 

[129.] An. application from Cap*. Daniel L. Gibbins for 
powder, short delivered to his company at the review in Septem- 
ber last, to lie for examination. 

A plan was exhibited by M r . Hales the surveyer, of land owned 
by heirs of Gov. Hancock, back of the State house, showing 
the manner in which they proposed to lay out the streets & lots 
M r . Hales was desired to put on . the plan, the land belonging to 
the Town, and to lay it before the board for. consideration. 

It was agreed that Mess rs . E & A. Allen should hire cellar 
N 2 under FaneuilHall at $32.81 p r . Quarter. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 1817^ 
Present Mess. Bulfinch Levering, Austin, Phillips & Bass. 

Warrant was signed for a Town meeting on the 5 th . instant, to 
adopt suitable measures to evidence the respect of the inhabitants 
for the President of the United States, on his expected visit to 
this metropolis. 

M r . Buckingham to print the notifications. 

[13O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
4 th . 1817 Present Mess rs . Bnlfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Phillips & Dorr. 

Return was made by M r . Sargent Smith, of the expence of 
opening & repairing a drain back of houses at the easterly end of 
Myrtle 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 that no objection had been made. Assess- 
ment was now made, an order of payment was passed by the 
Selectmen as follows, viz. 

Whereas a drain or common sewer has been made back of 
houses at the easterly end of Myrtle street, conformably to the 
directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence whereof amounts 
to sixty four dollars, which expence is to be borne by such per- 
sons whose drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby Where- 
fore We the Subscribers, Selectmen of the Town of Boston certify 
that having considered the same expence and by whom and in 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 233 

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 

Benjamin Humphrey, Widow Larkin, Jacob Saunderson, 
William Homer [131.], Joseph Baxter, Matthew Lodge, $10.67 
each, and We hereby authorize and empower M r . Sargent Smith 
to demand & receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed CHARLES BULFINCH 

EBEN. OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
JOS. LOVERING 
Jos. AUSTIN 
TURNER PHILLIPS 

Return was made by M r . Joseph Richards of the expence of 
repairing a drain in Orange 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 that no objec- 
tion 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 Orange Street, conform- 
ably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expence 
whereof amounts to two hundred dollars, which expence is to be 
borne by such persons whose drains enter therein and receive 
benefit thereby Wherefore We the Subscribers Selectmen of the 
Town of Boston certify that having considered the same expence 
and by whom and in what manner it ought to be paid Do 
Adjudge [133.] that the same be paid in the proportion 
following and by the persons hereafter named, viz 

Widow Dix, John Parker, Joseph Richards, Charles Lovel, 
William Fenno, $40.00 each, and we hereby authorize and 
empower M r . Timothy Tileston to demand and receive the same 
and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed, CHARLES BULFINCH 

EBEN E OLIVER 
JON A . HUNNEWELL 
Jos. LOVERING 
Jos. AUSTIN 
TURNER PHILLIPS 
SAM L . DORR 

Mess 1 " 8 . French & Weld applied for liberty to convey water to 
their distillery, across Pecks lane from a well on land of M r . 
P. Wentworth and brought a paper signed by the neighbours, 
signifying their consent. Voted that Mess r . French & Weld have 
liberty to convey the water across the street as applied for, 
provided that no permanent roof or building be made over the 
water course, and that the privilege now granted be subject to 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

the regulation and entire removal by the board, should circum- 
stances in their opinion render it expedient. 

Mess re . Jacob & Charles Tidd apply to lease a piece of ground 
[133.] belonging to the Town, back of their distill house, at 
the corner of Portland & Ivers streets : referred to the Com- 
mittee of Section N. 2. to view & report, also to consider the 
proposal of some of the abutters on Portland street for liberty 
to dig a well in the street. 

M r . Hunnewell was desired to confer with the committee who 
have the charge of building the new Universalist church in School 
street, to prevent the projection of steps into the street. 

An application was made for the use of the school houses for 
the accommodation of Sunday schools. referred to the School 
Committee. 

A communication was received from Nehemiah Freeman Esq. 
respecting the constables conduct on public days. to lie for 
consideration. 

[134.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
11 th . 1817 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Levering, Phillips, 
Bass & Dorr. 

Mess 18 . Hall & Weld being about to take down the store at the 
corner of Elm street, the award was now opened of the referees 
to assess the damages to b paid by the town for part of their 
land taken to widen Elm street, being seven feet wide on Union 
street and in a line to Mareans brick house in Elm street. the 
amount of damages were assessed at twenty five hundred dollars 
by P. C. Brooks, W m Sullivan, Thomas Dennie, Sam 1 . Snelling 
& Asher Benjamin. 

An application was received from all the owners and occupants 
of stores on the new street leading from Court street to the mar- 
ket, and agreeably to their request it was voted ; that the said 
street shall in future be called and known by the name of Market 
street. 

[135.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
18 th . 1817. Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lover- 
ing, Austin, Phillips, Bass & Dorr. 

Jurors were drawn for District Court. Also for Boston Court 
of Common Pleas. 

On the application of a number of the officers of the military 
companies, it was agreed that the military hall over Faneuil 



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235 



Hall should be painted, & M 1 . Phillips was desired to have it 
done, not to exceed sixty dollars cost. 

[136.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 
25 th . 1817. Present the whole Board, except M r . Hunnewell. 



The following Persons were approved as auctioneers for the 
year ensuing. viz. 



Samuel L. Abbott 
James A. Allen 
Francis Amory 
Charles W. Apthorp 
William Alline 
Elam Bliss 
Stephen Brown 
Lemuel Blake 
George Bond 
James Bourguin 
Joseph Burdakin 
Horatio Bass 
Thomas Clark 
Cornelius Coolidge 
Geo. G. Channing 
Sam 1 . F. Coolidge 
Gilman Collamore 
William Cochran 
Joseph L. Cunningham 
Samuel Cabot 
Joseph Cabot 
Martin Clap 
William Dehon 
Geo. L. Deblois 
Peter Dickerman 
Richard Edwards 
David M. Eaton 
David Forsaith 
Silas Field 
William Gridley Ju r . 



Caleb Hayward 
Rich d . H. Hough 
Charles Head 
Daniel Hearsey 
Alex r . H. Gibbs 
W m . Hartwell 
Tho 8 . K. Jones 
Fred k . W. Ingraham 
Charles Lerow 
Philip Marett 
David Marston 
Henry Marston 
John Minchin 
John P. Orcutt 
Lemuel Pope Ju r . 
Jacob Peabody 
Elisha Parks 
Luther Parks 
Asahel Plimpton 
Warren Pennyman 
Joseph Ripley 
Frink Roberts 
Frink Stratton 
Benj a . Seaver 
William Tucker 
John Tyler 
Sam 1 . Whitwell 
Nat 1 H. Whittaker 
Benj a . Winslow 
Francis Wilby 
John White 
Henry White 
Charles Willis Ju r . 



[137.] Representation was received from Town Treasurer, 
that he had received from his honor^ William Phillips Esq. 
Five thousand dollars the bequest of his late father, and had 
paid the same to James Prince Esq. Treasurer of the Massachu- 
setts General Hospital Corporation with duplicates of the 
receipts given & received. 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

On the application of M r . Henry Marston, he was approved as 
an auctioneer. 

A list containing the names of several persons licensed as 
auctioneers last year, was committed to Mess rs . Dorr & Silsby, 
to enquire into their conduct and report on the expediency of re- 
newing their licenses. 

M r . Joshua Butters was chosen measurer of wood brought in 
by land over Charles River Bridge. 

Voted, That M r . Buckingham shall print the 4 th . July Oration. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 30 th . 1817 
Present a Majority of the Board. 



The Chairman was desired to give orders for the bells to ring 
on the morning of the 4 th . July, from half past 6. to 7. o'clock. 

[138.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 7 th . 
1817 Present Mess rs . Bulflnch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Dorr, 
& Bass. 

3 Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of the United States. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 9 th . 1817 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Lovering, Austin, Phillips, Bass & 
Dorr. 

The return from the Court of Sessions, was examined, of all 
persons licensed the year past for [the] sale of spirits. such of 
them as were known and thought to have conducted their business 
conformably to law, were now approved for renewal of license 
lists of persons unknown, or of whom the board were doubtful, 
were -handed to the several members for inquiry to report on their 
characters &c. 

Wednesday next was assigned for choice of constables. 

[139.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
16 th . 1817 Present the whole Board except M r . Dorr. 

The market Committee were authorized to make the necessary 
repairs on the roof of the square market west of Faneuil Hall. 

Mess rs . Lovering & Phillips were chosen a committee to sign 
a draft on the Treasurer for the expenses attending the visit of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 237 

the President of the United States ; the accounts having been 
approved by the committee of arrangements. 

It was voted that the committees of the several districts 
should proceed in paving the following streets. 
Boylston street 

Battery March street from Hamilton street to Broad street. 
East end of Mill pond street. 
Doane street easterly end. 

Mess". Hunnewell & Levering were desired to view Griffins 
lane to consider what was proper to be done for repair and 
improvement & report. 

The several Committees on the Schools were requested to take 
measures to supply their schools with wood for the next season. 

[14O.] The Committee chosen by the Town in addition to 
the Selectmen, to settle the accounts of the Town's counsel in 
the suit against W. N. Boylston Esq. now attended agreeably to 
invitation. The accounts of Perez Morton, Sam 1 . Dexter & W m . 
Prescott Esqrs. were laid before them when it was voted that 
James T. Austin, Arnold Welles & Enoch Silsby Esqrs. be a 
sub committee ; to whom those accounts and all proceedings of 
the board relative to engagements with counsel should be com- 
mitted to consider & adopt suitable measures for their adjustment. 

Voted on the request of Perez Morton Esq. that the Selectmen 
be desired to give him an order on the Town Treasurer for five 
hundred dollars in part payment of his account. 

The following named persons were chosen constables for the 
current year with the sureties annexed to their names. viz 

Thomas Stevenson - - - Tho 8 . Jun r . & William Stevenson 
Elisha Copeland - - - - John Perry & John Gibson 
Solomon Twist - - - - W m . Simonds & Amos Penniman 

W m . Tupper Josiah Dunham & Hiram Tupper 

W m Brooks Moses Wallach. 

James Perkins ----- James Williams & Jonas Green 

Jonathan Prescott - - - John Barnard & Fran 8 . A. Foxcroft. 
William Dinsmore - - - David S. Eaton & John Aiken 
George Reed ------ Francis Gareaux & Martin Burr. 

George Jackson - - - - Caleb Whiting & John Loring 

Thomas Holden - - - - Augustus O. Barton & Oliver Downing 

Mitchell Lincoln - - - - Bradford Lincoln & Joseph Baxter 

[ 141.] Wendell R.Barker Thomas Darling & Elijah Stedman 
Benj a . C. Stevenson - - Shubael Bell & Tho 8 . Stevenson Ju r . 
Andrew Sanborn - - - - Leach Harris & Jotham Barnes 

Samuel Holmes James Farrar & Adam French 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

David Rixford W m P. Whiting & Ephraim Whitney. 

Joaiah Baldwin Peter Mackintosh & Christoph 1 . Lincoln. 

Thomas Wallace (appointed Oct r . 16 th . 1817) 

Sureties, Hon. Daniel Sargent & Ignatius Sargent Esq re . 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 23 d . 1817 
Present Mess r8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Silsby & Bass. 

The committee respecting the pound at South Boston reported 
that they had viewed a suitable place belonging to Neddy Curtis, 
that he had agreed to furnish the ground free of expense on a 
lease for twenty years, and to build a secure pound twenty feet 
square the Town to pay him one hundred dollars when the same 
shall be completed. 

The above report was accepted. 

A memorial was received from M rs . Dix, relative to the drain in 
Orange street lately repaired : it was agreed that M rs . Dix should 
be informed that if she would ascertain by digging down to the 
drain from her house, that it does not connect with this sewer, 
she should be excused from the assessment. 

[142.] Mess. Phillips & Silsby a committee on the applica- 
tion of M r . Irving for liberty to occupy some part of the vacant 
land in Hatters square. 

The new law for the better regulation of licensed houses being 
under consideration, M r . Caleb Hay ward was chosen Tythingman 
in pursuance of the powers vested in the board by the 4 th section 
of said law, and for the purpose of carrying the regulations 
thereof into effect. And it is further Ordered that said officer 
call upon every person licensed to deal in spirituous liquors, to 
deliver a printed copy of the law, and to direct each person to 
place a sign in front of his or her place of business, with the name 
painted thereon, and the following words to designate the kind of 
license which has been granted to any & every person. 

Licensed Innholder Licensed Confectioner 

Licensed Victualler Licensed to retail Spirits. 

Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Phillips & Bass a com- 
mittee to inspect West Boston hill to report what persons shall be 
licensed there for [the] sale of spirits. 

The Chairman was desired to call upon the heirs of Deacon 
Brown respecting the land between his house and South Boston 
Bridge. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 239 

It was determined that it was not necessary to employ a con- 
stable on the Sundays at South Boston. 

It was agreed that a gutter should be paved in South Pond 
street, as far as the abutters shall lay side walks. 

[143.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 30. 
1817. Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, 
Phillips, Bass & Silsby. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

The Committee chosen at the last meeting to view the hill at 
West Boston made a report in part ; they were desired to con- 
sider the subject more fully and report at the next meeting the 
measures which they would recommend for correcting the abuses 
that exist there, and for maintaining good order. 

A memorial was received from a number of fishermen who 
have long supplied the market with fish, stating that they had 
been removed from their stalls on the dock, by order of the 
Board of health ; & requesting that new stands should be pro- 
vided for them. it was handed to the market committee, M r . 
Bass being added thereto in the absence of M r . Dorr : to con- 
sider the subject in concurrence with a committee of the Board of 
Health, and to report. 

Agreed that it was inexpedient to extend the enlargement of 
the com. sewer in Milk street, further than has already been done. 

The Comm 66 . on the hay scales reported that M r . Phillip's 
account to July 1. was correct & that a bal e . was due the Town 
of $77.92 which had been ordered to be paid to the Treasurer. 

[144.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
6 th . 1817 Present the Whole Board except M r . Dorr. 

Voted that the committee on South schools take measures to 
raise the ground in the yard round the south reading school, as 
they may find necessary, and put the pump in good order. 

Joseph Rowe Esq. having proposed to lay plank for a foot walk 
bordering on Rowe's pasture in Essex street : it was agreed that 
he might cover the walk with plank, provided he put edge stones 
at the usual distance from the fence and plank the whole space 
to the fence and keep the same in repair. 

A communication was received from the Trustees of the Mass* 8 . 
General hospital, proposing that parts of certain streets should be 
discontinued, through land which they contemplate purchasing for 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

the new hospital at West Boston. It was agreed that the board 
would meet the Trustees, to view the situation &c on Monday 
next at 11 o'clock and that the trustees be informed thereof. 

The Market Committee reported that they had examined all the 
places which had been proposed for a fish market and at present 
could find none more convenient f 145.] than the building occu- 
pied for vegetable stalls at the west side of the market square. 
A memorial was received from the proprietors of stores bordering 
on the place proposed by the committee for a fish market after 
some conversation, it was agreed to refer this memorial & recom- 
mit the subject to the Market Committee, to confer with a new 
committee of the board of health and report. 

M r . Ridgway appeared and stated his intention to remove the 
steps from his house, which now inc umber the foot walk in Cam- 
bridge street provided the Town would pay part of the expense. 
Voted, That M r . Phillips examine, the situation and make such 
agreement for the removal of the steps from the street, as he may 
think reasonable. 

M rs . Dix having had an opening made to the drain from her 
house, as was proposed some time since Mess. Oliver, Hunne- 
well, & Bass were chosen a committee to view the same & 
report. 

Application having been made to widen & pave Griffins lane at 
the southerly end of Pearl street. Voted, that the Chairman in- 
form B. Weld Esq a principal proprietor that the board will allow 
one thousand dollars for the [146.] improvement and paving of 
that street, provided it be widened by drawing a line on the west 
side from the corner of M r . Richardsons house to range with the 
east side of M re . Cottons house on Purchase street removing the 
school house & the shop now at the corner of the lane : the east 
side to range on a line as nearly parallel to the above line as pos- 
sible and making the street about twenty eight feet wide and 
the pavement to be completed to the satisfaction of the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 13. 1817 
Present the Board except M r . Dorr. 

M r . Rowe to be informed that unless he immediately proceed 
to lay the side walks in Essex street, agreeably to the last votes 
of the board : that workmen will be employed to do the same 
according to law. 

The Market Committee reported that they had again attended 
to the location of the Fish market, and had agreed with the com- 
mittee of the board of health, that the easterly end of the vege- 
table market on the south side would be the most suitable place, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 241 

and would accommodate twelve stalls. The report was accepted 
& the committee empowered to proceed in removing the present 
occupants & building the stalls. 

[147.] An answer was received from Benjamin Weld Esq. 
to the proposals of the board for improving Griffins Lane in 
which he declines to undertake it wholly but accedes to the 
former proposal of the board to remove his fences, if the board 
will have the street paved as far as his land extends, both in the 
centre and in the foot walk. M r . Welds proposal is agreed to 
and the committee of that district empowered to proceed with 
the pavement. 

The Board having viewed the streets at West Boston which the 
directors of the General hospital have applied to have closed for 
the benefit of that institution Voted -that as the Lechmere point 
Corporation subscribed in 1812 part of the expense of forming a 
communication from Leverett street to Cambridge street, through 
Bridge street, part of which it is now proposed to inclose The 
Chairman inform the President & Directors of that Corporation 
that another street called Blossom street will be immediately 
opened, a little to the east of the one now shut up, which will 
make good the communication between Allen & Cambridge 
streets That by this means an important accommodation may be 
given to the hospital establishment without interrupting the travel, 
or interfering with the convenience of the neighborhood. 

[148.] The Committee of the Market empowered to make 
such repairs to the pavement south of Faneuil Hall as they find 
necessary. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting [of] the Selectmen August 19 th . 
1817 Present Mess re . Bulfinch, Oliver, Austin, Phillips, Bass & 
Dorr. 

Return was made by M r . Thomas Barnes of the expense of 
opening and repairing a drain in Middle 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 objection 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 Middle 
street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole 
expense whereof amounts to seventy six dollars and ninety one 
cents which expense is to be borne by such persons whose 
drains enter therein & receive benefit thereby Wherefore We the 
Subscribers, Selectmen of the Town of Boston certify that having 
considered the same expense and by whom and in what manner it 



242 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

ought to be paid Do Adjudge that the same be paid [149.] in 
the proportion following and by the persons hereafter named 
viz. 

Anthony Otheman, Joseph White, Samuel Parkman, Ezra 
Uyer, Sam 1 . Beals, Prince Snow Agent, Heirs of M. M. Hayes, 
each $4.82. 

Margarit & Robert Pnlsifer, George Creighton, Charles Pook, 

Heirs of Ja 8 . Robbins, J. Rice Ag*, Miss Barker, Heirs James 

Gary, Loring Sargent, M r . Dutch, Michael Corne, Thomas 

Capen, Heirs of Bowlings, B. Smith ag*, Cap 1 . Seth Webber, 
Aaron M. Peasley, Mary Slater, William Daley, William Abrams, 
M r . Wise, Sam 1 . Wheeler, each $2.41. 

And We hereby authorize & empower M r . Thomas Barnes to 
demand and receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed by a Majority of the Board. 

[15O.] Return was made by Cap*. Michael Homer of the 
expense of opening and repairing a drain in Milk 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 that no objection 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 Milk street 
conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, the whole expense 
whereof amounts to two hundred & thirty seven dollars & fifty 
seven cents, which expense is to be borne by such persons whose 
drains enter therein and receive benefit thereby Wherefore We 
the Subscribers Selectmen of the Town of Boston certify that 
having considered the same expense and 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. 

Deacon Salisbury, $36.60, Josiah Quincy, Alex r . Young, 
Bancroft, Estate of Abram Edwards, William Keith, each 



$18.30, Robert Williams, Cap*. Peters, Oliver Wendell, John 
Phillips, Hubbard Oliver, John Holland, [151.] M rs . Swan, 
Nath 1 . Rowland, George Homer, W m . Clough, S. Stanford, 
Cogswell, each $9.15. 

And we hereby authorize and empower Cap*. Michael Homer 
to demand and receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed by all the members present. 

A letter was received from Joseph Rowe Esq. stating that the 
work in Essex street, bordering on his lots, will be commenced 
directly & prosecuted with all diligence. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 243 

The committee appointed to examine the state of the drain 
from M rs . Dix's house to the common sewer, reported that M rs . Dix 
had consented to pay the late assessment, provided she should 
not be at any future charge for the common sewer, leading down 
Harvard street : the committee had agreed to her proposal and 
had ordered the entrance of her drain into the Harvard street 
sewer to be closed report accepted. 

[152.] The abutters on the south side of Market square, 
having subscribed one hundred & fifty dollars towards the 
expense of new regulating and paving that part of the square 
south of Faneuil Hall, the committee were empowered to proceed 
to new pave the same wholly, instead of repairing, as formerly 
ordered. 

An application was received from a number of the abutters on 
Lynde street, requesting that it should be dug down and regu- 
lated, & gutters paved. Referred to M r . Phillips with power to 
proceed on the work, unless any material objection was made by 
the other abutters. 

On the report of the committee to consider M r . Hathaway's 
application for [an] auction license, voted not to grant a license. 

Complaint having been made by the Clerk of the market against 
the conduct of the hand-cart men in Market square ; ordered that 
all the hand-cart men be forbidden to stand in Market Square 
iintil further orders. and that the Clerk of the market be desired 
to see to the observance of this order. 

[153.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
28 th . 1817 Present the Board except M r . Oliver. 

6 Jurors were drawn for District Court of United States. 

On a representation from M. Dix, that a very offensive nuis- 
ance had been occasioned by the stoppage of her drain from its 
connection with the common sewer in Harvard street. Voiced 
that M rs . Dix be informed that the board has no objection to her 
renewing the connection of her drain with that sewer if she find 
any ill consequences to follow from cutting it off. 

Representation having been made by the Spanish Consul that a 
vessel belonging to Mess rs . Prince & Higgins had landed a num- 
ber of Spanish sailors, which were put on board said vessel at sea, 
by the commander of a South American privateer, and requesting 
that provision should be made for them in their present destitute 
condition : or that the person who brought them should be obliged 
to maintain them. Voted That the Spanish Consul be informed 
that it is not in the power of the Selectmen to make such provision 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

as he requests, [154.] nor do we find that the captain or owner 
of any vessel is liable to the charge of maintaining any persons 
that may be brought from foreign countries : but recommend to 
him to apply to the Overseers of the Poor for such assistance as 
may be necessary to be defrayed on State account. 

A petition from the tenants of the Old State House and from 
the proprietors of adjoining estates, requesting that the building 
should be wholly painted referred to the committee to obtain 
estim ates. 

The application of M r . Stockwell for liberty to extend his 
wharf, late Barrett's, about ten feet referred to M r . Austin. 

The Committee of the South district empowered to repair 
Nassau Street with gravel in front and near the school house. 

M r . Hunnewell added to the Committee of the Neck, for the pur- 
pose of viewing the same & to report what paving is necessary 
to be done and what measures shall be taken to put the unpaved 
part in order. 

An answer was received from the directors of Lechmere point 
corporation in which they object to the closing of the part of 
Bridge street for the use of the hospital the subject was con- 
sidered, but no decision had thereon. 

[155.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem r . 
2 d . 1817. Present the Board except M r . Silsby. 

The Indenture between the Cornhill Corporation and the Select- 
men whereby Belknaps Alley from Court street to Brattle square 
is cancelled and the land conveyed to the Corporation, on condi- 
tion of their making a new street at least thirty feet wide, direct 
from Court street to Brattle square having been examined and 
corrected by M r . Thacher was executed by the Chairman & 
President of the Cornhill Corporation. 



The Committee appointed to view the Neck reported, that it 
was necessary to repair some of the pavements, and to spread 
gravel on the whole of the east side. Voted, that the Committee 
proceed immediately to make these repairs to [the] amount of one 
thousand dollars. 

The Committee on Boylston street were desired to continue 
the paving of that street as far as the westerly side of Carver 
street. 

An application was received from the officers of the New Eng- 
land Guards and the company of Sea Fencibles requesting that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 245 

the iiew gun house might [156.] be allowed to remain on the 
common, for the use of those companies. The Chairman was 
desired to inform the gentlemen in that neighborhood of this 
request that they may have opportunity to show cause why the 
petition should not be granted. 

The Committee of the third district was desired to pay particu- 
lar attention to prevent the steps to the new meeting house in 
School street from projecting to incommode the foot walk. 

Return was made by Col. Freeman of the proprietors of 
trucks & carts usually standing east of Faneuil Hall Voted, that 
the Clerk of the market be consulted respecting the number that 
may be allowed to stand there with convenience to the public, 
and to propose regulations for the trucks, carts & hand carts. 

The Committee of the second district reported that they had 
viewed the westerly end of Green street, beyond Leverett street 
for the purpose of widening the same, and were of the opinion 
that a piece of land about six feet wide on Leverett street, and to 
run in a direction to make a gore one foot wide on Chambers 
street would be a sufficient addition making the street thirty 
feet wide throughout. That they could obtain that pan, of this 
[157.] land belonging to M r . French for seventy five cents 
p r . foot. they stated also that M r . French considered that he 
had a claim for land taken some years since to widen Back 
street, for which he had not received compensation. Voted to 
accept the report of the Committee, to allow M r . French seventy 
five cents p r . foot for the land to widen Green street, and Fifty 
dollars in full for the land in Back street. and that the Com- 
mktee apply to M r . John Odin respecting the remainder of the 
land wanted in Green street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep r . 10 th . 1817. 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Phillips, 
Silsby & Dorr. 

Return was made by M r . Samuel Snelling of the expence of 
repairing the common sewer leading from Back street to Mill 
pond, the account whereof being duly examined by the Select- 
men was by them allowed ; they being informed at the same time 
that all persons concerned in said drain had been notified accord- 
ing to law and that no objection had been made. Assessment 
was now made, an order of payment was passed by the Select- 
men as follows viz. Whereas a drain or common sewer has been 
laid in a street leading from Back street to Mill pond con- 
formably to the [158.] directions of the Selectmen the whole 
expense whereof amounts to seventy dollars, which expense is to 
be borne by such persons whose drains enter therein and receive 
benefit thereby Wherefore We the Subscribers Selectmen of the 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Towii of Boston certify that having considered the same expense 
sind 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 per- 
sons hereafter named viz. 

Samuel Snelling, Henry Atkins, D & A. Sigourney, Shubael 
Bell and John Bishop, at $14 each 

and We hereby authorize and empower M r . Samuel Snelling to 
demand and receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

signed by the members of the Board present. 

Whereas upon the twenty eight day of August last, agreement 
was made and concluded with the New Cornhill Corporation of 
the Town of Boston for the discontinuing of the passage way or 
alley, leading from Court street to Brattle Square, called Bel- 
knaps Alley, and for the opening and laying out a new street from 
said Court street to Brattle Square in lieu thereof, the same being 
in the opinion of this Board for the convenience and safety of the 
inhabitants of the Town : [159.] It is thereupon-voted that, the 
said passageway called Belknaps Alley be and the same is hereby 
discontinued throughout the extent of the same ; and that the 
said Corporation, being proprietors of the estate lying and being 
on each side of the said alley, be, and they hereby are permitted 
to appropriate the said alley to their own use, and they and their 
assigns are to be forever free from any claim or disturbance 
therefor on the part of the said town of Boston : it being under- 
stood however, that the rights of all and any individuals having 
any rightful claim to said passage way, if any such there are, are 
not to be in any wise affected by this vote. 

Indentures were approved & signed between Peter Ballard a 
minor and Abel Whitney of Cambridge, cabinet maker, the said 
Ballard to serve as an apprentice until April 4 th . 1823. 

Voted, That M r . Reuben Ramsdell shall have a lease of the 
land at the bottom of Poplar street on which the porch -to his 
house now stands. 

On the petition of a number of persons residing in Leverett 
place & Prospect street, West Boston ; the Committee of 2 d 
district was desired to have a gutter paved there as far as they 
should find expedient. 

[16O.] A subscription paper being presented of sums sub- 
scribed to assist in paving Hamilton street : it was voted, That 
four hundred dollars should be appropriated to that street, to be 
paid when the same shall be completed to the satisfaction of the 
board. 

^VI r . Green who has been constable of one division of the watch 
for several years past having resigned from ill health the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 247 

applications of candidates were considered, and Voted that M r . 
William Gardner be appointed constable of one division of the 
Town watch. 

The Committee appointed on the part of the board to meet and 
consult with a Committee of the Brattle Street Society, & the 
proprietor of certain stores on Market street for the purpose of 
regulating Brattle street, have attended that service and report, 
that they met the parties on Tuesday the 9 th . instant, and now 
recommend to the board, there being no objection to it on the 
part Of the society, that the street be lowered and paved, on the 
following conditions : that the expense attending to it be paid, 
one half by the Town, and the other half by the proprietors of 
the stores, and that one or more of .them bind themselves to this 
effect ; and that the gravel or dirt be sold and accounted for ; the 
proprietors of the stores paying one half the expense of carting. 
The width of [161.] the sidewalk to be regulated by the Select- 
men. 

This report was considered and accepted & the Committee 
desired to proceed on the work. 

A memorial was received against the Gun House on the 
Common being permitted to remain. The same was read, 
together with the records of proceedings in 1814 when the 
consent for the gun house was first given after consideration 
voted, that we consider it our duty to refuse the request. And 
the Chairman is desired to communicate the same to the officers 
of the companies who make the application. 

the letter was as follows. 

Gentlemen, 

Upon receiving your application of the 29 th . August, 
requesting, in behalf of the members of the Companies of New 
England Guards & Sea fencibles, that the Gun house erected in 
1814 may remain on the Common for the use of those companies ; 
The Selectmen had recourse to the records of the time when the 
first application was made, and find that the consent of the board 
and of the neighbourhood to its erection, was on the express 
condition that the building should be removed in ninety days 
after the termination of the war, and free of expense to the 
Town. They also find in a [162.] letter from George Sullivan 
Esq. of August 15 th . 1814. " that the officers of these corps have 
no views to the occupancy of the place after the war. 

The Selectmen have also received a memorial from a number 
of the inhabitants, against the continuance of the building on 
general principles of preventing encroachment of public ground, 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. GO. 

but particularly as it would be directly contrary to the agreement 
and contract by which consent was first obtained. 

The Selectmen feel every wish to accommodate gentlemen who 
volunteer their services, and devote their time to attain any 
branch of exercise or discipline which may be serviceable in time 
of danger ; but in the present instance they consider it their duty 
to refuse the request made to them by the officers of the N. E. 
Guards and of the intended company of Sea fencibles, for whom 
they entertain sentiments of respect & esteem. 

By order of the Board. 
CH S . BULFINCH, Chairman. 

An application was signed to the Judge of Probate, that William 
N. Lowe, from habit's of gaming and intemperance was in danger 
of wasting his property and becoming chargeable to the Town 
and requesting that legal measures might be taken for appointing 
a guardian for care of his person and property. 

[163.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 17 th . 1817 

Present the whole Board. 

A certificate was signed, approving of the Theatre in Federal 
street, and of the company under Mess 18 . Powell & Dickson for 
the exhibition of stage plays and other theatrical performances 
during the ensuing season. 

It was agreed that M r . Nath 1 . Brewer have the superintendence 
of the lamps on the same terms as last year, he to take measures 
to employ capable lamp lighters and to get the lamps in order 
immediately. 

M r . Levering was desired to procure oil. 

On the application of M r . Benjamin Dearborn, it was agreed 
to allow .him seven dollars, on the average cost of lighting each 
lamp through the season, for the supply & lighting of his lamp 
in Theatre . alley it being necessary for the public service to 
have a lamp there, and M r . Dearborn preferring to take charge 
of it himself. 

Return was made by the Clerk of the market of a statement of 
the number of trucks and carts that could [164.] be allowed to 
stand at the east end of Faneuil Hall without incumbering the 
street : It appearing that there was room for ten trucks & ten 
carts, and that permitting this number would not deprive any 
person of a privilege which he has enjoyed. It was voted that 
ten trucks & ten carts be allowed to stand there owned by the 
following proprietors. 



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and that they be 
arranged by the Clerk of the market and police officers and con- 
form to the orders of the board communicated by them. 

The Committees was authorized to proceed on the paving of the 
street from Butlers row to Parkmans wharf and Lendals lane 
from Congress street to Kilby street. 

M r . Levering was desired to procure a sufficient number of car- 
tridges to be made for the review early in October. [165.] and 
to call on the Brigade Inspector, for an inspection of the Town's 
powder, & camp equipage. 

It was agreed in addition to the sum appropriated for paving 
Hamilton street, to allow one hundred loads of the earth to be 
dug from Brattle street, to fill the hollows & prepare for paving. 

The Committee of the first district was empowered to procure 
two hundred loads coarse gravel to be spread on Pond street. 

M r . Phillips was requested to pay to the Town Treasurer the 
money deposited in his hands, being the balance received from 
M r . John Odin for land on Dock square, and rents received from 
the small house near the Green Dragon Tavern. 

Complaint having been made by Nehemiah Freeman Esq. 
against David Fullam for improper and threatening behaviour to 
the assistant police officer, Voted that M r . Fullam be informed 
that he will be deprived of his licenses /or hacks N. 14. 36. 37. 
from Friday morning next, until further order of the Board. 

A letter was received from M* 8 . Howard remonstrating against 
paying the expense on her estate in Lynde street occasioned by 
digging away the street The Committee was desired to have the 
side walk laid, & report what further expense was necessary. 

[166.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 24 th . 1817. 



250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Lovering, Austin, Phillips, Dorr, 
Bass & Silsby. 

4 Grand & 4 Petit Jurors were drawn for Circuit Court of 
United States also 34 jurors for Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

Voted, that agreeably to the vote of the Town, the meat stalls 
west of Faueuil Hall be advertised to be leased at auction for one 
year, on Thursday 9 th . October next and that the market Com- 
mittee be desired to consider and report at the next meeting the 
terms & conditions of lease. 

M r . French having applied to have his claim for land formerly 
taken into Back street further considered, M r . Hunnewell was 
added to Committee of first district : they were desired to view 
the place in company with M r . French and report their opinion to 
the Board. 

M r . Curtis of South Boston having applied in behalf of the 
persons residing there, to have certain repairs made on their 
streets. M r . Lovering & M r . Bass were desired to view those 
streets in company with M r . Curtis, and take such measures for 
their repair as they should judge proper. 

[167.] Voted, That the Town Clerk procure a trunk or tin 
box to contain all original deeds & important papers belonging to 
the Town, and that such papers be placed therein and deposited 
in the vault of one of the banks. 

Voted, That Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell & Silsby be a Committee 
to consider what order shall be taken for the deposit and appro- 
priation of monies received for licenses and of fines received by 
the officers of police. 

M r . Phillips produced a receipt from the Town Treasurer 
acknowledging to have received from him the sum of one thou- 
sand dollars, being the balance paid by John Odin for land on 
Dock Square & 144 dollars for rent of the house near Green 
Dragon tavern to I 8t Sep r last. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 1 st . 1817. 
Present Mess. Bulfinch, Lovering, Austin, Phillips, Bass, 
Dorr & Silsby. 

Application was signed to [the] Judge of Probate, stating that 
Robert Wright, by excessive drinking and idleness, is spending 
and lessening his estate, and exposing himself to become a charge 
upon the town : therefore requesting that measures may [168.] 
be taken for appointing a guardian over his person and 
property. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 251 

M r . Edward Tuckerman, Jun r . having represented that the 
increased number of tenements in that part of Cornhill, between 
the arch bordering on N. 1 Market street & Dock square would 
occasion an irregularity & confusion of numbers to the several 
shops & stores in Cornhill, besides an expense to make the 
alterations that will become necessary; therefore voted That 
the buildings extending from the Arch leading to Brattle street' to 
Dock square easterly be hereafter called Market row. 

The Market Committee reported the following terms & con- 
ditions of lease for the stalls west of Faneuil Hall, which were 
considered and accepted. 

The Market Committee to whom was assigned the duty to con- 
sider and report the terms & conditions of lease of the stalls in 
the Market west of Faneuil Hall, at public auction agreeably to a 
vote of the town. Report 

That they find on inquiry of the Clerk of the market that there 
is now 35 stalls let, which produce 52 dollars per annum each, 
amounting to 1820 dollars, that a portion of the stalls are 
double & might be divided into two, by which the number 
[169.] would be increased to 56. they therefore recommend 
that alteration & propose that the stalls be numbered from 1 to 
56 inclusive, that the rent be fixed as follows 16 at one dollar per 
week & 40 at 75 Cents per week they will then produce 2392 
dollars making a difference in favour of the town of 572 dollars 
p r . annum. 

Your Committee propose that they be exposed for lease for 
one year on the following conditions, viz. 

That they be put up at the appraisement and the bidder will 
bid for the choice which is to be added to the weekly price 
already fixed. That the rent be paid to the Clerk of the Market 
weekly. 

That if the lessee, or any person acting for or under him, her 
or them, shall be convicted before a Justice of the peace of fore- 
stalling, or selling by false weights or measures, he, she or they 
shall forfeit their lease : and if he, she or they shall be in arrears 
for rent more than two weeks, the Clerk of the market shall have 
the right of leasing the stall to some other person. 

That the stalls shall be under the inspection of the Clerk of 
the Market and if the lessees shall refuse or neglect to keep 
them clean they shall forfeit their lease. And if the lessee or 
any person acting for or under him, her or them, shall use any 
abusive language to or threaten the Clerk of the market [17O.] 
while in the discharge of his duty, the board, of Selectmen on 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

receiving satisfactory proof of the same, shall have the right to 
deprive them of their lease. 

The lessees of stalls N. 1 & 56 are to have the charge and 
care of the small scales and weights as hertofore. 

All necessary & reasonable repairs of the stalls be done at the 
expense of the town. 

Application was received from the abutters on Carver street, 
requesting that it might be paved. Voted that the gentlemen be 
informed that so much work is already done or contracted for 
that it will not be in the power of the board to comply with their 
request the present season. 

Passed the Monthly accounts. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 8 th . 1817. 
: Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Hunnewell, Austin, Phillips & Dorr. 

On the application of the abutters on Walnut street, Voted 
that the gutter be continued on the north side of said street to 
Beacon street & that gravel be spread on the middle of the street, 
to make it convenient for use. 

Liberty is granted to M r . to dig a well in front of his house 

in Portland street, at his expense, & to place a" pump therein 
subject to the orders of this board : 

[171.J The following regulations were adopted for the hand 
carts to stand in Market square 

That ten hand cart men with their carts be allowed to stand at 
one time in Market square, east of the new fish market, and if 
there are any more than that number, that they be allowed the 
use of that stand in rotation weekly. 

That the regulation of that stand shall be under the orders of 
the Clerk of the market, that no person shall stand there without 
permission first obtained of him ; and that the occupiers of such 
stand shall never exact or require of any person any fee, or grat- 
ification for liberty of standing there. 

That no person who has formerly occupied that stand, be 
allowed to return there, until he has paid to the Clerk of the 
market his proportion of the damage done to M r . Lawrence in 
the loss of his cart. 

That any person who shall not conform to these regulations or 
any other that may be adopted by the board and directed to be 
carried into effect by the Clerk of the market, shall be immedi- 
ately deprived of his stand. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 253 

The Committee who had under consideration, the numbering 

' O 

of the shops in Marlborough street, report that they are of opin- 
ion that most of the occupiers of [173.] shops would object to 
an alteration, having their numbers, in a great degree in perfect 
order therefore propose that the range of buildings lately 
erected by M r . Greenough on land leased by him from the direc- 
tors of the General hospital be called Province house rwc, and 
numbered from 1 to 5 accordingly. the same was accepted. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 16 th . 1817 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Levering, Austin, Bass & Silsby. 

Report was made of the proceedings of the Committee in leas- 
ing the stalls west of Faneuil hall, from which it appeared, that 
the sum agreed to be paid by purchasers, for right of choice 
amounted to $4846 ; ^fa & the entire proceeds for the year would 
be $7241.40. 

The Market Committee was desired to consider & report what 
measures should be taken respecting the stalls inside of the 

building and the cellars. 



Proposals were made by M r . Francis Southack to widen the 
westerly end of Southacks Court, if the Town would purchase 
the land lying between the house belonging to his family & the 
present line of the street. M r . Oliver, Mess Hunnewell & Bass 
were desired to view the street & report. 

M r . Greenough appeared in behalf [173.J of the new Corn- 
hill Corporation, to state the upper half of Market street would 
be ready for paving in a few days it was agreed that the com- 
mittee should employ workmen to proceed immediately to com- 
plete it. 

Cap*. Thomas Wallace having been well recommended, was 
appointed a constable for the same term as those already 
chosen. 

The proposal of M r . John Spence, book binder, for a loan 
from the Frankh'n fund, was approved, sureties Benj a . Hurd & 
Daniel Kidder. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 22 d . 1817 
Present the Board except M r . Phillips. 

M r . Tukesbury from Deer Island appeared to receive directions 
respecting work to be done on the island ; it was agreed he should 
proceed to build a sea wall with such stones as he could take 
from the beach on the south easterly point of the Island. 



254 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Committee on the appropriation of money received for 
licenses & fines reported as follows ; which was accepted. 

Voted, That all the money received belonging to the Town of 
Boston, that [174.] has arisen from fines, licenses or any other 
source, now in the hands of the Selectmen or either of them, or 
in the hands of the Town Clerk, and all sum or sums of money 
that may hereafter come into the hands of said Selectmen & 
Town Clerk or either of them, shall be immediately paid over to 
the Town Treasurer. 

Voted, That the Police officer shall pay over to the Town 
Treasurer all the money that he may now have or that may here- 
after come into his hands, belonging to the Town of Boston, 
arising from licenses, fines or any other source : and that said 
Police officer shall be ordered to make quarterly returns to this 
Board of all sum or sums of money received by him for fines 
foreitures and licenses, and of his proceedings. 

Voted, That no fine or fines, shall be remitted by any person 

or persons, without the assent of a majority of this Board. 



Cap*. Gibbens made a statement to the Board of a deficiency in 
the quantity of powder delivered for the use of his company at 
the late review and also last year after considerable conversation 
on the subject it was agreed that M r . Lqvering should direct M r . 
Jennings to furnish the quantity wanted. 

The abutters on Boylston street having been notified to pave 
the side walks in front of their property a statement was made 
that [175.] three of the abutters were unable to go to the 
expense required, this fact being well ascertained, M r . Lovering 
was desired to have the same completed at the expense of the 
town. 

A claim having been made by Deacon Morrill, agent to the 
heirs of John Pitts, to a portion of the land which workmen are 
proceeding to pave at ,the bottom of Butlers row, as a public 
street : the Chairman was added to the Committee of that section 
in the absence of M r . Phillips, to look into the title and act as 
the Committee should find expedient. 

A communication was received from P. O. Thacher Esq. stat- 
ing that the new law to regulate streets, required a distinct book 
of records for all proceedings on streets and suggesting measures 
proper in his opinion to be adopted. Voted, That Mess rs . Oliver 
Hunnewell & Dorr be a Committee to consider the subject of this 
communication and report. Voted that the same Committee con- 
sider & report what measures they would recommend relative to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 255 

printing a new edition of by laws, and state laws regulating the 
Town of Boston. 

M r . Nathan Jones applied for a license as auctioneer, his 
request was not granted. 

A Communication from the Superintendent of lamps was 
handed to M r . Lovering & M r . Austin to consider & report. 

[176.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 
29 th . 1817. Present Mess". Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lover- 
ing, Austin, Dorr & Bass. 

Passed the Monthly Accounts. 

Return was made by M r . Hunnewell that he had examined the 
accounts of the hay weigher for the quarter ending October 1 st . 
the whole amount of the proceeds were $294.90 and the balance 
due to the Town was $93.55. Report accepted. 

The Committee to which was referred M r . Southack's proposal 
to widen the westerly end of Southacks Court, reported, that they 
had viewed the place, but recommend that information be obtained 
of the probable expense of the improvement, to enable them to 
decide on its expediency. The Chairman was desired to enquire 
of M r . Southack what he would expect for his land. 

An application was made by M r . Treadwell for liberty to use a 
brick stove or oven on a new construction in a building on Park- 
mans wharf. Mess 18 . Hunnewell, Lovering, & Austin were 
appointed a Committee to view the place & report. which they 
did as follows. 

The Committee appointed to view the building on Parkmans 
wharf, on the application that the [177.] same may be occupied 
as a bakery, have examined the same and are of the opinion that 
it is an improper place for such a building, and that the oven now 
erected would be unsafe to that and the neighbourhood therefore 
report, that M r . Treadwells request cannot be granted. 

The Committee appointed at the last meeting to consider the 
claim of Deacon Morrill to a piece of land which the workmen 
are now paving in the cross passage east of Butlers row, reported, 
That Deacon Morrill as agent of the heirs of John Pitts claims a 
small piece of land, from having long occupied or covered the 
same with barrels, hoop poles &c. The Committee consider that 
this occupation of the ground while it was in an obscure situation 
and not wanted for public use, would give no title to said heirs, 
and that the paving the passage would be of great benefit to their 
estate they have therefore given orders to the workmen to pro- 



256 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

ceed but at the request of Thomas Welsh Esq. Attorney of 
the heirs of Pitts have agreed to insert on the record, that on the 
twenty fourth instant he made his claim and objected to the work- 
men's proceeding that the heirs might be considered to retain 
the right of proving their title in future. 

[178.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Nov- 
ember 6 th . 1817 Present Mess Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Lovering, Austin, Dorr & Silsby. 

A Precept was received from the Governour & Council direct- 
ing a Meeting of the inhabitants to be called on the 17 th . instant 
for choice of a member of Congress in place of Hon. James Lloyd 
Esq. resigned. 

Warrant was accordingly signed for Town meeting. 
M r . Buckingham to print notifications. 

The Chairman was appointed to wait on Rev. M r . Dwight to 
request him to open the meeting with prayer. 

Mess rs . Hunnewell & Lovering were added to the market Com- 
mittee to consider the rents of the cellars & inside stalls. 

The Chairman reported that M r . Southack had proposed to add 
the strip of land lying between his house on Southack's Court 
& the street, and extending the whole front of the lot for two 
hundred dollars; he to be at the expense of taking down and 
rebuilding his fences and laying the side walk. the report was 
accepted, & agreed to pay that sum when completed to the satis- 
faction of the board. 

An application was received from the proprietors & occupants 
of Central Wharf, requesting that a suitable number of lamps 
[179.] might be affixed to the stores & lighted at the expense of 
the Town. The same was considered & Voted, that the gentle- 
men be informed that the board think it proper to conduct with 
respect to that wharf on the same principle as they ever have 
with the Long wharf & other wharves, which have always been 
lighted by the proprietors : and therefore the request cannot be 
granted. 

M r . Felt having lately built a bow window to a shop occupied 
by him in State street, and the same having been complained of 
to the Police officer as exceeding the projection allowed by law : 
now applies for liberty to suffer it to continue. Voted that it is 
not in the power of the board to grant such indulgence after com- 
plaint entered of a breach of the regulations of a state law. 

M r . Hunnewell informed, that he had received a letter from the 
person who had agreed to furnish flag stones for the square 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 257 

market, and was informed by him that the stone could not be 
supplied till spring. Agreed that the Clerk of the market should 
have some plank Jaid down where necessary during winter. 

M r . Treadwell renewed his application that the board would 
approve of a place for building a bakers oven of a new construc- 
tion at a house in Ship street. Mess rs . Austin & Silsby were 
appointed a committee to view any situation that may be pointed 
out for this purpose, & to approve of such an one as they may 
think suitable. 

[18O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 12 th . 1817 Present Mess. Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lov- 
ering, Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

Grand Jurors and Traverse Jurors were drawn for the Supreme 

Judicial Court. 

t 

Application having been made for liberty to open the common 
sewer in Charter street to cleanse and repair the same, the Com- 
mittee of that district was requested to examine into the circum- 
stances of that neighbourhood. that this work should not be 
undertaken at this advanced season unless found to be absolutely 
necessary. 

M r . Greenough having informed the Chairman that the position 
of his new store on Court street and the opening of the new 
street to Brattle square would require an alteration of the pave- 
ment of Court street & digging down said street, which he was 
willing to do at his expense, M r . Hunnewell, M r . Levering & M r . 
Dorr, were desired to view the street & direct the manner in 
which the alteration should be made if found to be necessary. 

It having been represented that M r . Benjamin Gray is about to 
remove a wooden building to a lot of land bounding on North 
Allen street, and that said building would project several feet 
forward of the other buildings [181.] in that street. The 
Chairman was desired to view the place & to forbid any building 
projecting forward of the general line of the other buildings. 

M E . Dorr added to the Committee on lamps, to regulate those 
in Pearl street. 

Application having been made some time since by the officers 
of the company of Sea Fencibles, for liberty to place their gun 
house over the water near the westerly end of the rope walks, 
and also praying for a grant to assist them in defraying the 
expense of removing & repairing the same the subject having 
been frequently conversed upon it was now determined, that 
the board would approve of the position of the gun house, and 



258 CITY DOCUMENT No. GO. 

voted to allow four hundred dollars towards the expense ; the 
Town to have the right of occupying or using the same in the pro- 
portion of the amount granted. 

The Committee chosen to consider the expediency of printing 
a new edition of the bye laws of the Town and of such .State 
laws as particularly affect the Town of Boston also the proposal 
of Peter O. Thacher Esq. usually employed as attorney for the 
Town, that all the proceedings relative to streets, either in the 
Town meeting books or in the books of the Selectmen, should be 
collected and copied into one volume reported that they had 
attended to the duty assigned them and had found that the bye 
laws could be printed free of expense to the town, except [182.] 
for such number of copies as the board might think proper to 
procure. and that the record of streets was required by a late 
law of the Commonwealth, and would be of great use & coiwe- 
nience. The Committee therefore reported that the Chairman be 
employed in preparing a Copy of the laws for the press and revis- 
ing the same and in forming a complete record of the proceedings 
on streets, with such indexes of the records as are wanting ; 
for which services he shall be allowed the sum of two hundred & 
fifty dollars The Chairman having retired, the above report was 
considered & accepted unanimously. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 19 th . 
1817. Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Phillips, Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

Jurors were drawn for District Court of the United States. 

On the recommendation of the Sheriff of the County of Suffolk 
& the Justices of the Court of Sessions. M r . Martin Smith was 
appointed a constable for the particular purpose of attending on 
the courts and having charge of the Court House. 

The Committee of the first district reported that the circum- 
stances attending the common sewer in Charter street did not 
render it necessary to open the same this season [183.] and they 
had agreed with the proprietors to postpone it. 

The application of the Trustees of the General hospital was 
read and considered, in which they request for the benefit of that 
institution that the portion of Bridge street which crosses the land 
lately purchased by them should be discontinued. Voted that the 
Chairman inform the Committee that the board will consent that 
the Trustees shall enclose that portion of the street upon their 
agreeing to pay seven hundred dollars to the Lechmere point 
corporation, which sum was advanced by them for opening said 
street. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 259 

The Committee on Court street requested that the whole board 
would view that street to determine on M r . Greenough's proposal 
to alter the pavement, agreed to meet there tomorrow noon. 

Mess r8 . Hall & Weld requesting that some repairs should be 
made to the pavement of- Elm street abutting on their new stores, 
the Committee of that district was desired to take measures to 
make such repairs as they should think proper on examining the 
same 

The Trustees of the General hospital having agreed to the 
conditions proposed for closing part of Bridge street, the same is 
recorded as follows. Whereas the Trustees of [184.] the General 
hospital have agreed to pay to the Town Treasurer the sum of 
seven hundred dollars, to reimburse the expenses formerly paid 
by subscription for making Bridge street, it is thereupon Voted, 
that so much of Bridge street as extends from the Southerly line 
of land purchased by said Trustees, from the heirs of Prince, 
passing through said land unto North Allen street be, and the 
same is hereby discontinued throughout the extent of the same, 
and that the said Trustees being proprietors of the land lying 
and being on each side of said street above described be, and 
they hereby are permitted to appropriate such portion of said 
street to their own use, in their corporate capacity, and they and 
their assigns are to be forever free from any claim or disturb- 
ance therefor on the part of the Town of Boston. 

The above proceedings were in consequence of the follow- 
ing communication, which is ordered to be entered upon the 
records. . 

To the Selectmen of the Town of Boston 

Boston Oct r . 29. 1817 
Gentlemen 

The Massachusetts General Hospital have lately purchased 
a piece of land for the purpose of erecting a building to carry into 
effect the object of their institution ; they have been informed 
that the town have opened a street over said land which has been 
called " Bridge street"; the Trustees think this street will be 
very inconvenient to remain open, they [185.] have appointed 
as a Committee to request your board would discontinue said 
street: The Trustees have stipulated with the heirs of M r . J. 
Prince that a street at least forty feet wide shall be opened on the 
east side of the land purchased by them which will be in a straight 
line with Blossom street and probably as convenient as the street 
now used. 

It is the intention of the Trustees to commence the building 
early in the Spring, of course [it] will be necessary to prepare 



260 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

immediately, they must therefore request your attention to the 
subject as soon as convenient. 

we are very respectfully 

Your Obedient Serv. 

TRISTRAM BARNARD 
EBEN. FRANCIS. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 26 th . 
1817 Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Bass. Dorr & Silsby. 

Passed the monthly & quarterly accounts. 

6 Grand Jurors were drawn for Supreme Judicial Court. 

The Board having viewed Court street in that part where M r . 
Greenough proposes to [186.] have the street dug down for the 
accommodation of his new buildings and to improve the entrance 
into the new street leading to Brattle square the subject was 
now considered and it appeared to be the opinion of the board 
that the street could not be dug as low as is proposed without 
great injury to the proprietors of houses & shops on the opposite 
side. And that M r . Greenough be advised not to finish his shops 
with the floors on the present level, with expectation of the street 
being made to conform to them. 

M r . Walter Morse applied for liberty to carry on a distillery of 
spirits of turpentine at a building on land adjoining Mill pond 
street. the same was considered, but being of opinion that it 
would be offensive to the neighbourhood, Voted that it could not 
be allowed. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 3 d 
1817 Present Mess 18 . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Dorr, Phillips & Silsby. 

John E. Scarlet, a coloured man, was approved as a chimney 
sweeper. 

M r . Lovering & M r . Silsby a Committee to determine what 
number of lamps should be put up in Market street, whether of 
the common kind, or those on a new construction proposed by 
Cap*. Winslow Lewis. 

[187.] Papers were offered by the Chairman for considera- 
tion, on the subject of laying out and recording Blossom street as 
a public highway ; the same were read & considered, the decision 
was postponed until it could be ascertained whether the consent 
of the abutters could be obtained. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 261 

The following is a list of deeds & other papers of importance, 
deposited in a trunk in the vault of the Mass te . Bank by order of 
the board. 

N. 1. A bundle of papers relating to Leveretts claim on land 
at the Alms house, &c. &c. 

N. 2. A bundle of Papers relating to Thomas Boylstons 

Estate. 

N. 3. A Mortgage Deed from Ward Nicholas Boylston 

to Inhabitants of Boston for twenty thousand dollars, and a bond 
conditioned to pay the same sum. 

N. 4. Papers relating to New Cornhill Corporation. 

N. 5. A Deed from Thomas Dennie of land bounding on 
Middlecot street. 

1 6. Agreement with Thomas Dennie as to land near Beacon 
Hill. 

7. Deed of land from E. Oliver situated on Mason street. 

8. Agreement between Justices of Sessions Selectmen & Jn. 
Lowell, respecting land for Court House. 

[188.] N. 9. Award to Hancock for land taken for Sum- 
ner street. 1803. 

10. Deed from Otis & others of land near Battery March 
street. 1808. 



11. Deed from E. Marsh, privilege of common sewer Pleas- 
ant street. 1803. 

12. Award respecting water course in Water street, with W m . 
Phillips, Esq. 1804. 

13. Indenture Josiah Knapp & Town of Boston 1804. 

14. Agreement with Josiah Knapp respecting Kneeland 
street 1805. 

15. Deed from David Hinckleyof land to widen entrance of 
Somerset street. 

16. Deed from Harris of land in Milk street. March 1808. 



262 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

17. Jonathan Harris' obligation respecting drain in Water 
street 1808. 

18. Proceedings of the Front Street Corporation. 1809. 
19. Deed from R. G. Shaw of land on Fish street. 1810. 

20. Benjamin Weld's Deed of land for North Burying 
Ground. 1810. 

21 Deed from Dawes for part of Purchase street 1809. 

22 Bond of indemnity from proprietors of Exchange Coffee 
house, And James Harrisons discharge for land taken for a pas- 
sageway on the North side of the Exchange Building. 1810. 

[189.] N. 23. Deed from D r . Freeman, Clarke &c of land 
for new Court House. 1814. 

N. 24. Deed from Charles Apthorp & others for land in 
School street. 1748 

25. Deed from Cabot and others, exchanging land on the 
Neck. 1810. 

26. Deeds from Beatley & Fracker of land for Methodist 
Alley. 1800. 

27. Deed from Patrick Jeffrey of land from Southack's court 
to Beacon street. 

28. Deed from Isaac Rand the third of land taken to widen 
Hanover street. 

29. Deed from James Green of land near Green Dragon 
Tavern Union street 1813. 

30. Deed from James Green as guardian to R. D. Green a 
minor of land in the same street. 

31. Deed of water course of Smith & Hiler. 1801 

32. Sohier's papers, relating to Temple & Derne streets. 

33. Treasurer & Collectors bonds 

34. Deed from Charles Bulfinch Esq. of land for Charles 
street. 

35. Indenture of James Williams. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 263 

36. Hay weighers bond 

37. Deeds from T. Lyman, T. Hubbard & Russell Sturgis. 

38. Lease of Town house to Rand. 

39. Deeds of Old State House. 

40. Indentures of Tho 8 . L. Rayner 

41. Book; Mortgages & papers relating to M rs . Brooker & 
others donation. 

42. Deed from Mill Pond Corporation. 

43. Deed from Paschel P. Pope 

44. Mortgage from Jacob Tidd Ju r . 

45. Indentures Bernard Alexander to Lawrence Nichols, 
cancelled 

46. Nath 1 . Meriams Bond. 

47. A. Goulds Receipt for a bell for S. Boston. S l . Mat- 
thews Chapel. 

[19O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 10 th . 1817 Present the Whole Board. 


Return was made by M r . Joseph Hall Jun r . of the expense 

of opening and repairing a drain in Chestnut 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 that no objection had been made. Assessment was now 
made, an order of payment was passed by the Selectmen as fol- 
lows, viz. Whereas a drain or common sewer has been laid in 
Chestnut street conformably to the directions of the Selectmen, 
the whole expense whereof amounts to one hundred & sixty nine 
dollars which expense is to be borne by such persons whose 
drains enter therein and receive benefit thereby. Wherefore, we 
the subscribers, Selectmen of the Town of Boston certify that 
having considered the same expense and 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. 



264 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Rich d . C. Derby, Eben r Francis, each, $28.16; M rs . - Sar- 
gent, W m . Sullivan, M rs . - - Howard, Sam 1 . Snelling, [191.] 
John Tucker, Rich d . Sullivan, John Richards, Peter O. Thacher, 
each, $14.8. 

And We do hereby authorize & empower M r . Joseph Hall Ju r . 
to demand & receive the same and to give discharges therefor. 

Signed by a majority of the Board. 

The Market Committee directed by the Board to take into con- 
sideration the present rents of the stalls in the Market house & 
the cellars under the same & also the rent of the fish stalls, and 
report whether in their opinion it would be expedient to raise the 
rents, have attended that servipe and recommend, that from and 
after the thirty first day of March next, the rents be raised as 
follows. 

Stalls N. 1. 4. & 5. from $39 to $52 a quarter 



2. 3 & 6 

7 
8 
9 



29.25 to 39 
37. 5 " 50 
31.20 " 41 
39. " 49 



17. 18. for two 37.25 " 48 

19 from 29.25 4 ' 37 

10. 11. 16 44 29.25 4 ' 37 

12. 15. 44 24.14 " 30 

13. 14 44 14.69 44 18 



[193.] Cellar N. 1. from $28.12 to $37.50 



32.81 44 

30. 44 

37.50 44 

37.50 44 

28.12 44 

30. 44 

34.69 44 



35. 

35. 

40. 

40. 

35. 

35 

37.50 



Fish stalls outside 1.25 a week 
44 inside .75 44 

making an increase of $778.40 a year, which is submitted for the 
consideration of the Board. 

' TURNER PHILLIPS Chairman. 

The report being read & considered, Voted to accept the same 
and that the present occupants be informed of the rents now 
determined on ; and that the board expect an answer from each 
of them in thirty days whether they agree to take the stalls & 
cellars at those rents & execute leases therefor. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 265 

Voted, That all those persons who have not yet signed their 
leases for stalls, west of the market house, be notified to complete 
their leases or to give up the occupation of the stalls, and that 
the Clerk of the market be directed not to suffer any person to 
use a stall who shall refuse to sign his lease. 

Major Samuel Curtis, being well recommended, is appointed 
measurer of wood coming from the country, over the Neck, 
(sworn.) 

[193.] To the Honourable Selectmen of the Town of Boston 
Respectfully shows William Callender of said town, that in the 
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred, he with Reverend 
Simeon Howard, M. M. Hays, G. Alexander Ju r , Melzar Joy, 
and James Robbins, who are since deceased, did at their own 
charge and expense and with the consent and under the direction 
of the Selectmen of said town, make and lay a common shore or 
main drain in Middle street so called in said town for the benefit 
of themselves and others, who should think fit to join therein that 
afterwards, to wit, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight 
hundred & six one Anthony Otheman owning an estate near the 
same did enter a drain into the same and did receive benefit there- 
from thereby making himself liable according to law to pay to 
the owners of said common shore or main drain a proportionable 
part of the charge of making the same that said Otheman hath 
never paid his proportion of the making of said drain, though 
repeatedly requested to pay the same Wherefore said Callender 
prays your honourable Board after giving notice to said Otheman 
to ascertain and determine what sum said Otheman shall be held 
to pay as his proportionable part of the charge & expense of 
making the same and to certify the same according to law. 

Dec r . 10 1817. 

Voted that the aforesaid petition be referred [194.] to Wednes- 
day next at 4 O'clk P.M. for hearing & that in the mean time 
the said A. Otheman be notified that he may show cause if any 
he have, why the prayer of said petition should not be granted. 

The Chairman presented the following votes repecting Blossom 
street which were ordered to be recorded. 

Boston December 5 th . 1817 

Whereas the heirs of the late Cap*. Job Prince, in their deed of 
land to the Trustees of the General Hospital have consented that 
a street, forty feet wide, should be laid out along the easterly 
line of said land ; I hereby consent in behalf of the said heirs, 
that the Selectmen of the Town of Boston shall lay out and record 
such street as a public street or highway, as is mentioned in the 
said deed of said heirs to the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

J. S. COLBUKN Agent, 



266 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

At a Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts 
General Hospital Decem r . 7 th . 1817. 

Voted, 

Whereas by the deed from the heirs of Job Prince 
deceased, & others, to the Massachusetts General Hospital, the 
land therein granted to said hospital is bounded easterly on a 
street forty feet wide, which on the part of the [195.] grantors 
it is agreed shall be and remain forever open, the same being a 
continuation of Blossom street ; and, whereas the Selectmen of 
the Town of Boston have intimated, that it would be agreeable, 
that the Trustees of the General Hospital should agree, on their 
part, that the said street, so covenanted to be laid open, shall 
forever remain in that state ; Therefore, for the accommodation 
of the public, and in compliance with the said intimation, The 
Trustees of said Mass. Gen 1 . Hospital do agree in behalf of said 
Corporation, that the said street, so far as the same extends upon 
their easterly line, shall remain open forever, as far as they have 
any power, or authority, or interest therein ; and without any 
opposition on their part, or the part of their successors. 

A true copy of record, 

Attest H. CODMAN Sec y . 

The above relinquishment being satisfactory to the board, The 
said Blossom street was ordered to be laid out and recorded as 
follows. 

Whereas in the communication from the Trustees of the Gen- 
eral Hospital of the 29 th . Oct r . last, the Committee of said Trus- 
tees inform the board " that they have stipulated with the heirs of 
M r . J. Prince, that a street at least forty feet wide shall be opened 
on the east side of the land purchased by them, which will be in a 
straight line with Blossom street." [196.] And, Whereas a 
deed dated September 27. 1817 was signed by Eliz Prince, Benja- 
min C. Prince, J. S. Colburn, Sarah Dunn Colburn & Samuel 
Spear, all of Boston and Andrew Henshaw Prince in the Island of 
Cuba, by which deed they convey to the Trustees of the General 
hospital, a certain piece of land at West Boston, bounded north 
on North Allen street & easterly beginning at a stone post on the 
southerly side of North Allen street, at the distance of five hun- 
dred & fifty five feet from the corner of Wiltshire street, where 
it touches the south side of said North Allen street, and from said 
stone post in the south side of said North Allen street it measures 
three hundred & thirty three feet six inches on a straight line, 
running nearly south from said stone post, until it comes to a post 
marked M G H. at the corner of a wooden fence. It being 
understood that this line bounds in its whole length on a forty 
feet street, to be laid out, which is forever to remain open and 
unincumbered, for the use of said hospital & the public, so far 
as any of the grantors in this deed have any claim or title to the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1817. 267 

land included within the said forty feet. And, whereas it appears 
on the records of the proceedings of the Selectmen of the 19 th . 
November last, that to promote as fully as in their power, the 
wishes and intentions of the Trustees of the General hospital, the 
board then voted to discontinue such part of Bridge street as 
passed through the land purchased for an hospital ; now be it 
known, that the Selectmen, being of opinion that it is necessary 
for the convenience of [197.] the inhabitants to have a street to 
lead from Cambridge street to North Allen street, do hereby in 
conformity with the powers vested in them by law, lay out and 
record the street described in the deed to the Trustees of the Gen- 
eral Hospital and referred to in their communication of the 29 th . 
October as a public street or highway, to begin at the stone post 
above described standing on North Allen street and extending 
southerly to Cambridge street, being forty feet wide in its whole 
extent, and to be called and known by the name of Blossom 
Street. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of Selectmen December 17 th . 1817 
Present Mess rs . Bulfinch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Phillips, Bass & Dorr. 

Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court. Also for 
the Court of Common Pleas. 

John Heard Esq. appeared as attorney to M r . Otheman, agree- 
ably to summons of last meeting. and stated that a suit was now 
pending between M r . Callender & M r . Otheman in the Court of 
Common Pleas- on the demand for entering the common sewer 
in Middle street : the parties being both present, enquiry was 
made into the circumstances and after they had retired, it was 
voted : That it was the opinion of the board, that the demand of 
[198.] M r . Callender against M r . Otheman being now under a 
course of suit in the regular courts of law the Selectmen had no 
further cognizance of the subject. 

M r . Hayward was present at the request of the board, and 
made a statement of the duties that devolved on him as Tything- 
man, for which he requests a special allowance He proposed 
that the board should allow two dollars per week for his services 
on the Sabbath & that he should retain the moiety of the fines 
which by law are payable to the complainant for breach of Sab- 
bath and license laws except such portion thereof as he should 
find necessary to pay to the actual complainant. The subject 
was considered, but a decision was referred to the next meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 22 d . 
1817 Present Mess rs . Bulfmch, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Phillips, Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 



268 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Chairman informed that he had accompanied the sheriff in 
taking possession of the land recovered from the heirs of Han- 
cock north of Beacon hill Sheriff Baldwin will give a copy of 
the execution. 

The Board of Health having signified to the Selectmen the 
necessity of a new burying ground, it was Voted, That Peter O. 
Thacher Esq. and Benj a . Whitman Esq. be desired to pursue the 
course pointed out in the act annexing part of Dorchester to the 
Town of Boston for the purpose of [199.] having a suitable 
burying ground located at South Boston. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 24 th . 
1817 Present Mess". Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Phillips, Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

Charles Bulfinch Esq. having resigned the office of Chairman of 
the Selectmen The Board assigned Wednesday next, for the 
choice of a chairman. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 31 8t . 
1817 Present Mess 18 . Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Phillips, Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

Agreeably to the assignment made at the last meeting, The 
Board proceeded to the choice of a Chairman. 

M r . Dorr was appointed a Committee to collect, count & sort 
the votes. 

The votes being collected, it appeared that Turner Phillips 
Esq. had a majority & was declared to be chosen. 

[2OO.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
7 th . 1818 Present Mess rs . Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Phillips, 
Dorr & Silsby. 

27 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Turner Phillips Esq. declared his acceptance of the office of 
Chairman of the Selectmen, and took his seat accordingly. 

The Chairman informed the Board that P. O. Thacher Esq. 
had called on him for evidence that a demand had been made on 
the South Boston Corporation for land for a burial ground, that 
he had given him a copy of a letter from C. Bulfinch Esq. the 
late Chairman to Joseph Woodward Esq. in which the demand 
was made ; on the back of which it was stated that Samuel D. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 269 

Parker Esq. Clerk of the Corporation bad been notified This M r . 
Thacher thought would be sufficient. 

M r . Morse has leave to erect a building for the manufacture of 
spirits of turpentine on J. C. Jones Esqr's land during the 
pleasure of the Board. 

The Town Clerk ^presented two receipts signed by the Town 
Treasurer, one, for one hundred & twenty two dollars, money 
collected by him for auction licenses ; & the other for seventy 
dollars, collected by the late Chairman for license on hacks. 

[2O1.] M r . Phillips (as Treasurer of M r . Brooker & others 
donations) produced his account which was accepted and the pro- 
ceeds divided among the members of the Board, to be distributed 
by them among sick & destitute widows. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 10 th . 1818 
Present Mess rs . Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

A special meeting of the Board was called in consequence of a 
formal complaint made to the police officer by James Prince 
Esq. of the existence of a nuisance dangerous to the public 
safety, in Court street, in front of the buildings lately erected by 
M r . Greenough. The Chairman having read the complaint the 
subject was duly considered by the Board, who thought it expe- 
dient for them to view the evil complained of ; while the Board 
were performing this duty M r . Greenough came on the ground, 
the Chairman then informed him of the complaint that was made 
and that the Board expected he would immediately erect such a 
barricade as would prevent any evil consequence from ensuing 
This he very readily promised to do. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the District Court of the United 
States. 

[2O2.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
14 th . 1818 Present Mess 1 " 8 . Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

9 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Supreme Judicial Court. 

M r . Caleb Hayward having applied for a compensation for his 
services as Tythingman, the Board took the subject into consid- 
eration and voted, that in consideration of M r . Hayward having 
discharged the duty of Tythingman in an able and efficient 
manner there be allowed him as a full compensation for his 
services in that department two dollars a week from the time of 
his appointment 'till the further order of the Board. 

M r . Jacob Tidd Jun r . applied to the Board to purchase a pieee 
of land bounded on Ivers & Portland streets being one of the lots 



270 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

set off to the town by the Mill Pond corporation. The Chairman 
informed M r . Tidd the Board could not dispose of the land with- 
out being authorized so to do by the town, that they would take 
the sense of the town on the subject by inserting it in the warrant 
for the March or May meeting, advising that the land should be 
sold to him at a price and on the terms that may be agreed upon 
by him & the Selectmen or any other persons the town shall think 
proper [2O3.] to appoint for that purpose^ in the mean time 
they would lease the land to him, for the time and on the terms 
and conditions heretofore offered viz. for five years at eighty 
four dollars a year, he to fill up the land and to put a good and 
sufficient fence round the same, the whole of which to be done to 
the satisfaction of the board of Selectmen ; in consideration of his 
being at the expense of filling up and fencing the land the Board 
agree to allow him the rent of it for two years. And the Board 
further agree if the land should not be sold to him on or before 
the expiration of the lease, that he shall be permitted to remove 
any building or buildings he may have erected on the same, the 
land then to be properly filled up and the fencing round the same 
in good order. On which terms & conditions M r . Tidd agreed to 
take a lease of it. 

In conformity to a Resolve of the legislature of the 12 th . June 
last A return was made to the Secretary of the Commonwealth 
of deaf & dumb persons residing within the Town of Boston 
together with such remarks on their circumstances, and that of 
their near relatives in point of property as had come to the 
knowledge of the Board. 

[2O4.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
19 th . 1818 Present Mess". Phillips, Levering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Silsby. 

A number of lamps having been broken in Orange street on 
Saturday evening last & the offenders being detected, a special 
meeting of the Board was called to consider what measures should 
be pursued with the offenders. The culprits (three lads) viz. 
Jacob Porter Homer, Warren Thacher Bowker, & Thomas 
Silsby, appeared before the Board ; they all acknowledged them- 
selves guilty of the misdemeanor, said it was the first time they 
had committed such an offence, pleaded the poverty of their 
relatives and friends, and requested the Board to take the subject 
under consideration and excuse them for this time on their repair- 
ing the damage they had done. The Board after duly considering 
the subject, and taking into consideration their apparent contrition 
for the offence, the injury it might be to them if they ,were com- 
mitted to prison, and the distress it would probably occasion 
their parents and relatives Voted, That if they would each of 
them pay to the Chairman of the Board Five dollars on or before 
Saturday next 1. O'clock, no prosecution should be entered 
against them : it being considered it would require that sum to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 271 

repair the damage they had done. They presented their thanks 
to the Board and promised the money should be paid. 

M r . Levering stating to the Board the [2O5.]. extraordinary 
exertions of M r . Jonathan Bowditch Jun 1 . in detecting and 
exposing the offenders, it was moved, & voted, that the Chair- 
man be I'equested to present to him the thanks of the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 21 st . 1818 
Present Mess 18 . Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

Repeated complaints having been made of violations of the 
law forbidding projections into the streets of the town, it was 
voted, that the Chairman publish such part of the law as he may 
think expedient, and give notice that after three months all vio- 
lators of the same will be prosecuted. 

Complaint having been made against M r . Elijah Harris for 
digging a trench across one of the streets at South Boston con- 
trary to law ; the Chairman was directed to notify him to attend 
at the Selectmens room on Wednesday next, to shew cause if 
any he has, why prosecution should not commence against him. 

The application of M r . Leman to have one of the lamps at the 
bottom of Prince street shifted to the opposite side [2O6.] of 
the street was committed to Mess 18 Austin & Silsby the Com- 
mittee for that section. 

The Clerk of the Market presented a list of the number of 
trucks & carts with the names of the owners, that could be 
accommodated with stands at the east end of the market house, 
which was read and accepted. 

And Ordered ; that the following persons be allowed to stand 
at the east end of Faneuil Hall, with the number of trucks & 
carts set against their respective names, until the further order of 
the Board. viz. 

Bartlett 1 Truck & 2 Carts 

Wentworth 1 d. & 2 d. 

Hartwell 1 d. & 1 d. 

Fuller 1 d. & 1 d. 

Henry & Leonard - - 1 d. & 1 d. 

Adams & 1 d. 

Snow 1 d. & 

Foster - 1 d. 

Emmerson - 1 d. 

Stockwell 1 d. & 1 d. 

Cabot ' 1 d. 

Ingersol 1 d. 

Brummett 1 d. 

Stimson 1 d. 



7 trucks 15 carts. 



272 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

[2O7.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
28 th . 1818 Present Mess rs . Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Bass & Dorr. 



Passed the Monthly accounts. 

M r . Hayward having informed of complaints being made to him, 
that a post standing near the shop of M r . Fennelly at the corner 
of Salem and Prince streets, was a great inconvenience to the 
citizens passing on the side walk. It was committed to Mess rs . 
Austin & Si Is by with full powers to remove the same if they 
thought it necessary. 

M r . Guild having applied to lease a lot of the town's land or flats 
adjoining the proposed toll road from the bottom of Beacon street. 
The Board took the same into consideration and Voted, That it 
was inexpedient to lease any of the town's land at. or near, the 
bottom of the Common. 

Agreeably to a vote of the Board passed the 21 st . instant, M r . 
Elijah Harris was notified to appear and shew cause why a prose- 
cution should not be commenced against him for a breach of the 
act for regulating drains and common shores passed February 
20 th . 1797. In obedience to which M r . Harris attended, and the 
Board having heard what he had to offer in mitigation of his 
offence, were of opinion, [2O8.] that at the commencement of 
his misdemeanor he was ignorant of the law, that he was subse- 
quently misinformed respecting leave being granted & that it 
already having cost him sufficient to deter him from committing 
the offence again, Voted, that they would this time excuse him. 

The Committee of Section N. 1 to whom was committed the 
application of M r . Leman (to have one of the lamps at the bottom 
of Prince street moved to the opposite side of the street) reported 
that they had consulted the citizens who reside in the neighbour- 
hood & found them opposed to it, they therefore reported that 
the request ought not to be granted which report was accepted. 

M r . Chase applied to be licensed to sell at public auction at 

N. State Street. The Board being desirous to keep that 

street clear from auction offices and having formerly met with great 
difficulty in obtaining this object, refused to grant the request. 

M r . Wentworth applied for permission to have one truck & 
one cart stand on Custom house street The Board finding it met 
the approbation of the citizens residing on that street, granted 
the request until the further order of the Board. 

[2O9.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
4 th . 1818. Present Mess rs . Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Dorr & Silsby. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 273 

M r . Caleb Eddy as attorney to Timothy Guy having complained 
against Capt. Joshua Nash for obstructing a public passage way 
between Prince & Pond streets, to the damage of said Gay, the. 
Board took the same into consideration and Voted, That the 
Chairman notify Cap 1 . Nash of the complaint and inform him that 
the obstacle must be removed without delay. 

The following vote of the Firewards was presented by M r . 
Hunnewell, viz "At a meeting of the Firewards Jan y 8. 1818. 
Voted, That Jonathan Hunnewell, Thomas Melvill & James 
Phillips be a Committee to wait on the Hon ble . board of Select- 
men to obtain a vote, authorizing the town Treasurer to pay the 
expenses of the Board of Firewards, over and above any moiety 
of fines and forfeitures that may hereafter accrue and inure to 
them, in prosecution of their duty either from the Fire or Powder 
laws. A true copy of record signed A. Cunningham Secre- 
tary." The Board after maturely considering this subject were 
of opinion, that it did not comport with the honor or dignity of 
the town, that the board of Firewards, who risked their lives and 
health for [21O.] the preservation of the lives and property of 
their fellow citizens, without any salary or emolument arising 
from their office, should be subjected to the expense accruing in 
the discharge of their duty ; Voted, that in consideration of the 
arduous task the Firewards are subjected to in carrying the Fire 
and Powder laws into effect and the expense naturally attending 
the same, that they be authorized (in future) to lay their 
accounts before this board for allowance (deducting the sums 
they may receive for fines and forfeitures from the Fire and 
Powder laws ) provided the expense does not exceed two hundred 
& fifty dollars per annum. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 11 th . 
1818 Present the whole Board, except M r . Bulfinch. 

Inquiry having been made into the circumstances of Thomas 
Capen, return was now signed to the Judge of Probate that said 
Capen was a person non compos mentis, and recommending that 
a guardian should be appointed for him. 

The Town Clerk laid before the Board an attested copy of the 
petition of David Greenough Esq. and others to the legislature to 
be incorporated for the purpose of erecting a new market house 
or houses in the town near Dock Square, with an attested copy 
of the notice ordered to be issued thereon, which he this day 
received. The Board considering this project may be of import- 
ance to the interest of the town [211.] in as much as it may 
reduce the income &c of the present market, and there not being 
time previous to the 16 th . instant (at which time the order of 
notice expires) to call a town meeting Voted, that M r . Hunne- 
well be requested to appear (in behalf of the Board) before the 



274 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

committee of the legislature and request, that the subject be laid 
over to the first session of the next General Court. 

M r . Andrew Sanborn constable of the center watch appeared 
before the Board, to answer to a complaint made against him, for 
not affording assistance on the morning of the 10 th . instant, when 
called on by M r . Whitney for aid to apprehend the thieves who broke 
into and robbed the store of M r . Wyman in Marlborough street. 
The Board after hearing his defence were of opinion he had 
not exculpated himself from the charge that was brought against 
him, in as much as he did not afford that assistance which it was 
in his power to do, and which it was his duty to have done 
therefore voted, that the Chairman direct M r . Brewer to select 
some other person as constable of that division of the watch, & 
return his name to the Board for their approbation. 

The Inspector of Police made a return of a coach stepping 
stone and a number of posts which are dangerous to, pas- 
sengers The Board requested the Chairman to direct the Police 
officer to have them removed as soon as the season will admit. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
19 th . 1818 Present Mess rs . Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Silsby. 

22 grand jurors & 35 travei'se jurors were drawn to serve 
at the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Voted, that the senators of the county of Suffolk and the repre- 
sentatives of this town be requested to use their endeavours, that 
the petition of David Greenough and Thomas Motley to the leg- 
islature of this commonwealth to be incorporated for the purpose 
of erecting a new market house or houses in the town of Boston, 
be postponed to the first meeting of the next General Court. 

Complaint being made that a stone wall of John Callender 
Esqr's in Olive street is so far decayed as to endanger the lives 
of the citizens passing near it. Voted that M r . Sprague, M r . 
Blaney & M r . Thorndike be appointed to view the same and 
report to this Board at their next meeting. 

M r . Brewer having recommended M r . Nathaniel Phillips as con- 
stable of the center watch (in place of M r . Andrew Sanborn 
removed) the same was approved by the Board. 

[213.] The subcommittee appointed to examine the accounts 
of the gentlemen retained as counsel in the town's suits against 
Ward N. Boylston Esq. made the following, report viz. 

"The subcommittee who were instructed to examine certain 
accounts for expenses incurred in the town's suits with Ward N. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 275 

Boylston Esq. have directed me to report. That they have care- 
fully attended to the business and have recurred to the best 
sources of information in their power in order to ascertain what 
is fairly and honorably due from the town. 

In estimating its obligations to the eminent and able gentle- 
men who were retained ns its counsel the committee have kept in 
mind their high professional character and the importance of the 
causes in litigation and are of opinion that the several sums 
herein mentioned would be a very liberal and honorable compen- 
sation. viz. To Perez Morton Esq. fifteen hundred dollars To 
the estate of S. Dexter Esq. one thousand dollars To William 
Prescott Esq. three hundred dollars. 

The Committee do therefore report as their opinion that the 
said sums (first deducting whatever has already been paid in ad- 
vance be paid to the above named gentlemen respectively in full of 
their respective demands for all the services rendered in each and all 
the several suits between the town & Ward N. Boylston Esq. and 
for all special [214.] or other services therewith connected. 

Which is respectfully submitted p r . order. 

JAMES T. AUSTIN 
Chairman of sub committee." 

Which being read was accepted. 

The Board directed that M r . Buckingham be employed to print 
notifications. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 25 th 1818. 
Present the Board except M r . Bulfinch. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

6 jurors were drawn for the District Court of the United 
States. 

The gentlemen appointed on the 19 th . instant to view the stone 
wall of John Callender Esq. reported, that it was in a dangerous 
state and ought to have a degree of security immediately. The 
Chairman was directed to give M r . Callender notice. 

M r . John A. Bacon was licensed as an auctioneer, his place of 
business Central wharf. 

The Board agreed to take of M r . Andrew J. Allen 82 books of 
the by laws half bound at 46 cents & 18 full bound at 56 cents. 

[215.] The Chairman reported that he and M r . Austin had 
viewed the school for people of colour in Belknap street & directed 
M r . Ellms what repairs to make. The Chairman also informed 
the Board he had conversed with M r . Paul respecting an instructor 
for the school for people of colour; that M r . Paul had recom- 



276 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

mended M r . James Walter as a suitable person to take charge of 
the school, and that he (the Chairman) had agreed with M r . 
Walter to take the school on trial, the Board to allow him (out 
of the donation of Abiel Smith Esq. deceased) such sum as they 
shall think he deserves in addition to the $200 allowed by the 
School Committee Salary to commence 1 st . March. which was 
approved by the Board. 

M r . Larra Crane requested the Board to make application to 
the Judge of Probate that a guardian should be appointed for 
Edward Smith on the ground that the town may become liable for 
the support of said Smith & his family, by reason of his dissipa- 
tion and idleness It appearing that while said Smith resided in 
the County of Penobscot (from which he has recently removed to 
this town) one David Perkam of said county was by the Judge 
of Probate thereof duly appointed his Guardian. This being a 
novel case, the board requested the Chairman to take the advice 
of the Judge of Probate, & report at the next meeting of the 
Board. 

[216.] The Chairman M r . Hunnewell & M r . Silsby were 
appointed a committee to revise the order to the constables of the 
town watch and make such additions thereto as they may consider 
expedient and necessary. 

The warrant for March meeting was signed and Rev. M r . Balou 
to be requested to open the meeting with prayer. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 4 th . 1818. 
Present Mess. Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

A special draft was made on the Treasurer for the purpose of 
paying the gentlemen who were retained counsel in town's suits 
with Ward Nicholas Boylston the balances due to them. 

The Chairman reported that agreeably to the directions of the 
Board he had given M r . Callender notice of the dangerous state of 
his wall, and that he had requested him to take immediate meas- 
ures to place it in a state of security. 

The Chairman also reported, that he had conversed with Judge 
Dawes on the subject of the application of M r . Larra Crane, that 
a guardian might be appointed for Edward Smith ; the judge 
informed him, he could not consistently appoint a guardian for 
said Smith, until the bonds of the present guardian in the county 
of Penobscot were cancelled- the Board were therefore of opinion 
they could not comply with M r . Cranes request. 

[217.] On the application of a number of citizens that a 
bull or bulls might be provided & kept in some convenient and 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 277 

suitable place. Voted, That M r . Levering be requested to con- 
verse with M r . Samuel Phillips on this subject, and ascertain if 
he would undertake to furnish one or more bulls, and on what 
terms and report to the Board. 

Application was this day made to the Judge of Probate, that 
he would appoint a guardian to John Somes on the ground that 
the said Somes is wasting and conveying his estate in such a 
manner as thereby to endanger & expose the town to a charge 
for his maintenance. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Oliver, Hunnewell & Levering were appointed a com- 
mittee (with full power) to view a piece of land owned by Cap 1 . 
John Roulstone bounded on Front & Beach streets, and deter- 
mine whether it is necessary for the town to take any part of the 
same (and if any, what part) to widen Beach street & to agree 
with Cap*. Roulstone for the same. 

Cap 1 . John Roulstone was appointed by the Board to carry 
into effect the fifth section of a law of this Commonwealth passed 
March 17 th . 1797 " to prevent fraud in measuring charcoal." 

[218.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
11 th . 1818. Present Mess re . Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

This being the first meeting of the Board since the annual 
election of town officers ; votes for a Chairman were taken by 
ballot, and Turner Phillips Esq. was declared to be chosen. 

The oath of office was administered to M r . Farnam by Turner 
Phillips Esq. a Justice of the Peace. 

The following officers were chosen for the year ensuing. 
viz. 

Samuel Phillips Hay weigher, Joseph Lovering & John 
Parker Esqrs. his bondsmen. 

Nathaniel Merriam, Clerk of the Market, Allan Pollock, 
Sealer of Weights & Measures. 

Caleb Loring Jun r . Weigher of Boats and Lighters. 

The Chairman, Mess r8 . Hunnewell & Lovering, a committee to 
revise the rules & orders of the Board. 

M r . Lovering reported that there was on the Town's land on 
the Neck, a small [219.] building that has been used to keep 
the bulls in, and that there was also fencing, the whole of which 



278 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

could be removed at a small expense to a place near the hay 
scales, and that M r . Phillips (the hay weigher) would agree to 
take care of a bull, & be at the expense of his keeping, on condi- 
tion of being allowed all the money to be collected from the 
owners of cows. The town to purchase the bull & be at the 
expense of removing the building & putting up the fence. the 
above was agreed to on the part of the Board and M r . Lovering 
was requested to complete the business. 

The Chairman was desired to take measures to have an adver- 
tisement inserted in the Centinel, Chronicle & Daily Advertiser, 
that the lists of voters were posted for inspection. 

The Officer of Police was directed to give notice, that between 
the dates of March 16 th . and April 20 th . next no cart, waggon 
or truck shall carry at one time, over the streets more than two 
hogsheads, four feet of wood, or of manure, or of any other 
article more than one ton. 

Complaint was made by W m . Stackpole Esq. against Allan 
Locklan proprietor of Hack N 59. for demanding more than the 
legal fare & using abusive language They were both notified to 
appear before the board on Wednesday next 4 O'clock P.M. 

[2 2O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, March 
18 th . 1818 Present Mess. Phillips, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

M r . John Brown (broker) was licensed as an auctioneer 
Also Humphrey Clark Ju r . as an assistant to M r . Wilby for 
thirty days. 

M r . Stackpole appeared to substantiate his charge against M r . 
Locklan proprietor of hack N. 59. & M r . Locklan was heard 
in his defence the parties having retired it was Voted, that the 
license of hack N 59 . be suspended during the pleasure of the 
board. 

The committee appointed the 4 th instant were authorized to 
agree with Cap*. J. Roulstone for land sufficient to widen Front 
& Beach streets at a price not exceeding fifty cents per square 
foot. 

Voted, That six feet of dry pine or eastern wood be allowed to 
be carried at one time through the streets of the town, the vote 
of the 11 th instant to the contrary notwithstanding. 

The Chairman, M r . Silsby & M r . Hunnewell were appointed a 
committee to report on the duty of police officers. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 279 

M r . Hunnewell, the Chairman & M r . Dorr a committee to confer 
with the Town's Committee on the subject of enlarging the 
Market. 



On the application of Rev. M r . Huntington & M r . 
Thurston leave was granted to occupy the North School house 
and the school house in Mason street for Sunday schools. 

The Police officer was directed to make a return of the number 
of carts usually standing in Central street. 

The Committee appointed to revise the rules and orders of the 
board have attended that service and ask leave to report the fol- 
lowing Rules & Orders for the future regulation of the board. 

A chairman shall be chosen annually by written votes, who 
shall preside at the meetings of the board : the senior member 
present shall preside in the absence of the Chairman. 

The time of the regular meeting of the board shall be on 
Wednesdays at half past three P.M. from March to October, 
and three o'clock from October to March ; and punctual observ- 
ance of these hours is requested. The Chairman is authorized 
to call special meetings of the board whenever it is requisite. 

Five members shall be necessary to form a board. 



The majority of votes of the members present shall 
be considered as the act of the Board ; but any member may 
enter his dissent to any measure, on the records ; and no vote 
shall be reconsidered by a less number than were present when the 
vote was passed. 

All appointments to office, made by the board, in conformity 
to the laws of the state, or to the bye laws of the Town, shall be 
made by written votes, and at a time assigned for that purpose. 

The Town Clerk shall attend at every meeting of the board, 
and shall take & make a record of all the proceedings, and enter 
the names of the members present. In case of the necessary 
absence of the Town Clerk, the Chairman shall take the minutes. 

At the opening of each meeting, the Town Clerk or Chairman 
shall read the records of the proceedings of the last meeting. 

There shall be a monthly committee on accounts to consist of 
two members of the board taken alphabetically, who in conjunc- 
tion with the Chairman of the board, shall meet at the Selectmens 
room at three o'clock, on the Monday preceding the day on 
which the monthly draft is closed, whose duty it shall be, to 



280 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

receive and examine all demands against the town that shall be 
[223.] presented for payment, to make a rough draft of the 
same and lay it before the board for their inspection and appro- 
bation. The draft when completed shall be signed by the com- 
mittee and the Town Clerk before it is sent to the Treasurer; 
and no addition shall be made to it while in the hands of the 
Treasurer unless the same is signed by a majority of the board, 
in the form of an order. 

Every person who shall furnish any supplies or do any work 
for the town shall, at least four days previous to the day on which 
the monthly draft is closed, present his bill to the committee (or 
one of them) who have the charge of that section of the town for 
which the supplies were furnished or the work done. And it shall 
be the duty of said committee or one of them to examine such 
demands, and certify [that] they are correct previous to their 
being presented to the committee on accounts for their approba- 
tion ; & no demand unless so examined & certified shall be passed 
by the committee. 

The town shall be divided into four sections ; Section N 1 
shall consist of Wards N 1, 2 & 3. Section N 2 of Wards N. 
4. 5 & 6. Section N 3. of Wards N. 7. 8 & 9. Section N 4 
of Wards N 10. 11 & 12 There shall be two members of the 
Board assigned to each of the sections who shall have the [224.] 
direction and oversight of the streets, and of the repairs necessary 
to them, and shall have liberty to undertake and order any work, 
the expense of which shall not exceed forty dollars ; but no under- 
taking which shall exceed that sum shall be begun or contracted 
for, without being first laid before the board and agreed to by 
vote, and if any committee of the board shall contract for or 
expend more that [than] forty dollars on any one object without 
the approbation of the board being first obtained (except on some 
special occasion, the existence of which is to be decided by the 
board) such committee shall be responsible in their private 
capacity for the amount exceeding forty dollars. 

For any work that may be done in the streets which divide the 
sections, the committees having the sections bordering thereon, 
shall confer together, and agree upon the same. 

Each committee is particularly desired to pay attention in their 
section to all drains that may be* opened, to see that they be laid 
of proper dimensions ; to observe all encroachments and incum- 
brances of the streets, and to inform the Superintendent of the 
same, that measures may be taken for their speedy removal : and 
to suggest such improvements of the streets or foot walks as are 
practicable, by a right disposition of the common resources of the 
town : and generally to pay attention to the Town slips and lands 
in their districts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 281 

.] There shall be standing committees of the Board for 
the following purposes. 

1 st A committee of two members for each' school ; whose 
duty it shall be, to direct all necessary repairs, to provide the 
schools with wood &c. 

2 d A committee to each watch house for the same purposes. 

3 d A committee to inspect the Hay Scales, to attend to repairs 
and the accounts of the Hay weigher. 

4 th A committee to attend to the Town house, to direct 
repairs and report respecting rents. 

5 th A committee on the Market; to direct repairs and 
to attend to the proceedings & accounts of the Clerk of the Mar- 
ket. 

6 th A committee to have' the care and superintendence of the 
Neck. 

7 th A committee to have the care of the Common. 

Voted, That the Board be divided into committees as follows. 

Section N 1 to be assigned to Mess. Austin & Silsby. 

Section N. 2 to Mess. Dorr & Farnham. 

Section N 3 to Mess rs Oliver & Bass. 

[226.] Section N 4. to Mess r . Hunnewell & Levering. 

That Mess 18 Levering & Bass, committee of the Neck. 

Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Bass & Phillips commit- 
tee of the Common. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Phillips, Dorr, Silsby & Farnham committee of the 
Market. , 

Mess 1 " 8 . Austin & Silsby north schools & watch. 
Mess rs . Dorr & Farnham, west schools. 
Boylston school, Dorr & Shaw 
Mess". Oliver & Bass center schools & watch 



282 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Mess r . Hunnewell & Levering, south schools & watch 
M r . Hunnewell committee of Hay Scales. 

Mess 1 " 8 . Hunnewell, Levering & Austin committee of the Town- 
house. 

In consequence of the arduous duty of the Chairman of the 
board usually has to perform, your committee would recommend, 
that he be excused from serving on any of the committees except 
those above mentioned, but that he be requested to give his advice 
and assistance to any of the committees that may apply to him . 

Your committee taking into consideration, that in the estimates 
of the necessary expenses of the town for the year, certain sums 
are named [227.] to be appropriated to particular purposes, 
such as for the streets, the schools, lamps &c : And in order 
that the board may be duly apprized of their expenditures, they 
are of opinion it is indispensable they be regularly posted in a 
book kept for that purpose by the Chairman, under their proper 
heads, and the aggregate of their respective amounts, laid before 
the board every draft day. 

All committees to report their doings at the next meeting of the 
board after their appointment, or as soon after as possible. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted 

Boston ss., At a meeting of the Selectmen March 25 th . 1818 
Present Mess 1 " 8 . Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Bass, Dorr, 
Silsby & Farnam. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

Mess rs . Oliver, Hunnewell & Bass a committee to view the wall 
on Pemberton's hill, back of the building belonging to Thomas 
Welsh Jun. Esq. 

Complaint having been made of the butchers carts standing in 
Cornhill; ordered, that from and after the third [228.] day of 
April next, no butchers cart or other carriage having beef or mut- 
ton for sale, or butchers empty cart or carriage, shall be allowed 
to stand in Cornhill or Market street And it is hereby further 
ordered, in pursuance of the authority vested in the Selectmen by 
a law of the Commonwealth, that if any person shall offend 
against the above order, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of five 
dollars upon conviction of every breach of the same. 

M r . Hayward informed the Board that there were 32 carts 
usually standing in Central street Ordered, that in future not 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 283 

more than ten carts be allowed to stand in Central street that 
ten carts be allowed to stand in Liberty Square, and twelve in 
Adams street. 

3P. David Hinkly to be notified to pave, his side walk in 
Central street. 

Five hundred dollars was appropriated for repairs on the 
Common. 

Two thousand dollars belonging to the Franklin donation, now 
in the hand of the Treasurer, was ordered to be deposited in the 
Manufacturers' & Mechanics' Bank, subject to the order of the 
Selectmen for the time being. 

The Chairman was authorized to purchase 32 cartridge boxes 
& bayonet belts at one dollar per sett to complete accoutrements 
for the Town's arms. 

[229.] The Committee of Section N 1 was requested to 
view the stone cutters shop in Lynn street, complained of by the 
Police officer. also to view that part of the street which M r . 
Ripley is said to have encroached upon and report. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 1 st . 1813 
Present Mess. Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Silsby. 

Passed the monthly accounts, as reported by the Committee. 

Voted, That this Board, with such as may join them from the 
Board of Health will on Tuesday next at 3 o'clock P. M. (for the 
purpose of facilitating the business of the Commissioners 
appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to set off a burying 
ground at South Boston) proceed to South Boston and agree on 
two or three lots suitable for that purpose, from which the Com- 
missioners may select one if they think proper. 

An exhibit of the amount of the principal and interest due on 
the Franklin Donation on the first instant was made by the 
Treasurer (M r . Minot) by which it appears that two thousand 
dollars of the money on hand has been deposited in the Manufac- 
turers' and Mechanics' Bank. 

[23O.] M r . Hinckley informed the Police Officer that he 
contemplated erecting stores on his land in Central street in the 
course of two years, he therefore requested permission for the 
present to lay a good & sufficient plank side walk in the front of 
his buildings now standing there. which was granted. 



284 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Superintendent of Police made a return of fines received 
and prosecutions commenced from January third to March 30 th . 
inclusive. 

Rev. M r . Eaton to be requested to open the meeting with prayer 
on Monday next. 

Bond of M r . Phillips, hay weigher completed. 

The committee of Section N. 3 were requested to ascertain the 
quantity of land recovered from the heirs of Hancock, and also 
the number of loads of gravel & dirt they have taken there- 
from. 

James Williams aged sixteen years, with the approbation of 
the Board, bound himself to Sam 1 . Cook of Provincetown, County 
of Barnstable, mariner. 

The committee of Section N 2 were requested to stake out 
Blossom street. 

The Chairman was authorized to contract for a sufficiency of 
dirt or gravel at I/- p r . load to fill Blossom street. 

[231.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
8 th . 1818 Present Mess 18 . Phillips, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

The board having for some time had under consideration the 
price of the land applied for by M r . Jacob Tidd Jun r . agreed this 
day to fix it at forty cents per square foot and that he be allowed 
to pay for the same in five annual installments, the interest to be 
paid annually payment to be secured by a mortgage. he to be 
allowed sixty days to consider of the price & terms. 

Ordered, That the Superintendent of Police and his assistant 
be directed to attend the Board on Wednesday next at half past 
three o'clock. 

Tomorrow being the day assigned for the meeting of the Com- 
missioners appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, to set off a 
burial ground at South Boston, it was Voted, That this Board 
with such of the members of the Board of Health as may choose 
to attend, will meet the Commissioners at the Selectmens room at 
10. o'clock A. M. to attend to said business. And that the Chair- 
man be requested to have a dinner provided for the Commis- 
sioners the President of the Board of Health and himself. 

[232.] Ordered, That the Chairman notify M r . David Green - 
ough, That the Board of Selectmen view with anxious concern 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 285 

the dangerous state of Court street occasioned by the sidewalk 
in front of stores lately erected by him & others and that he 
be requested to cause the side walk to be so raised as to con- 
form to the street, or in some other way to secure the street, and 
the public from danger. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen April 9 th . 
1818 Present Mess rs . Phillips, Levering, Austin, Dorr, Silsby & 
Farnam. 

The Board met agreeably to yesterdays assignment, at 10. 
o'clock A. M. The Commissioners appointed by the S. J. Court 
to set off a burial ground at S Boston, and were joined by the 
President and a majority of the members of the Board of Health. 
A committee from the inhabitants of South Boston also appeared 
with their counsel. Peter O. Thacher Esq the Town's counsel 
having read the warrant of the Supreme Judicial Court appoint- 
ing Ebenezer Gay Esq of Hingham, Thomas Greenleaf Esq. of 
Quincy & Isaac S. Gardner Esq. of Brookline commissioners, 
and also the Act of the Legislature to set off part of the town of 
Dorchester and to annex the same to the town of Boston, by 
which the proprietors of said tract of land were to set off to the 
town of Boston a lot for a burial ground. B. Whitman Esq 
President of the Board of Health then ['433.] read the record 
of a vote of that Board calling on the Board of Selectmen to 
procure a suitable place for a burial ground, stating that the 
grounds in the town were nearly full & also a communication 
from C. Bulfinch Esq. late Chairman of the Selectmen on the 
subject of burying the dead & also produced a plan of a burial 
ground drawn by said Bulfinch. The counsel in behalf of the 
inhabitants of South Boston was then heard. 

The Commissioners having thus heard the parties, (after con- 
sulting together) were of opinion, that it would be necessary for 
them to perambulate the ground, to enable them to decide on a 
suitable spot to locate for the purpose ; and as the day was very 
stormy & the ground very wet, it was not expedient to proceed 
further on the business at present, and adjourned to meet at the 
Selectmens Room on Thursday the twenty third day of April, 
instant. at 10 o'clock A.M. 

[234.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
15 th . 1818. Present the whole Board. 

Col. Nehemiah Freeman was elected Superintendent of Police, 
during the pleasure of the Board, subject to all the orders, rules, 
and regulations of this Board, with a salary at the rate of one 
thousand dollars per annum. 

M r . Caleb Hayward was elected Deputy Police Officer, on the 
same conditions that the Superintendent has been chosen, with a 
salary at the rate of five hundred dollars per annum. 



286 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

M r . David Hale Jun. was approved as an auctioneer. 

The Committee for Section N. 4 was requested to view Beach 
street where there was a building erecting, and ascertain whether 
it was necessary to widen that part of the street, if it was to stop 
the workmen & report to the Board. 

The Chairman reported that he had contracted with the follow- 
ing persons for dirt for Blossom street at one shilling per load 
viz Caleb Emmerson 250 to 300 loads & with F. & J. Bowman 
for as much more as may be wanted to complete that street. 

[235.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
22 d . 1818. Present Mess. Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, 
Austin, Bass, Dorr & Farnham. 

The Committee appointed to designate the duties of the Super- 
intendent of Police and the Deputy Police Officer, Report 

1 st . The Superintendent shall at all times be under the direc- 
tion of this Board. 

2 d . It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to pass through 
all the streets, lanes & other high ways of the town, at least once 
a week, and as much oftener as circumstances may require & to 
traverse the streets at other times of the day, and not confine 
himself to one spot necessary avocations & Sundays excepted. 

3 d It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to enforce all 
the bye-laws and orders of the town, [and] of the Commonwealth 
relating to the town of Boston (except such as come under the 
jurisdiction of the Board of Health & the cognizance of the Clerk 
of the Market and hereafter designated for Deputy Police Officer) 
including the removal of incumbrances and nuisances, protect the 
Common, town lands and town property ; smoking cigars contrary 
to law, heating tar kettles on the wharves and in the streets, 
spouts emptying on [236.] the side walks to the annoyance of 
passengers: to report to the Chairman of the Selectmen of the 
side walks out of order & to see that the orders respecting them 
are complied with. 

4 th It shall be the duty of said Superintendent to attend at 
his office each and every day (Sunday excepted) from half past 
twelve, to half past one o'clock P.M. to examine the complaints 
left in the box, and all other information that made [may] be 
made to him within said time. 

5 th The said Superintendent shall report to said Chairman, 
if any special circumstances should have occurred, forthwith, for 
the purpose of getting particular instructions how to act. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 287 

6 th In all cases where the laws have not been enforced for a 
length of time, and have become in a manner obsolete, it shall 
be the duty of said Superintendent to refer the same to said 
Board of Selectmen for orders. 

7 th It shall be the duty of said Superintendent to always keep 
open for the inspection of any member of said board, a record of 
all fines, prosecutions, and of all other matters and things which 
said Board shall direct. 

8 th All prosecutions for the breach of the laws designated for 
the cognizance of said Superintendent shall be brought by him, 
and he shall be entitled to all the fines [237.] and forfeitures 
accruing to him by law. And it shall be his duty to make out a 
written quarterly report of the same and deliver it to the 
Chairman. 

9 th All letters or notices necessarily arising from the duty of 
the Superintendent may be delivered by the messenger of the 
Selectmen, who will call at his office every day (Sundays 
excepted) at half past one o'clock P.M. unless prevented by 
attending to his duty to the Selectmen or by sickness. 

The duty of the Deputy Police Officer shall be as follows 

I 8t He shall at all times be under the directions of the Board 
of Selectmen. 

2 d It shall be his duty to keep a record of all licenses granted 
for hackney carriages, of the number & owners of all trucks, 
carts & sleds, and to regulate their stands agreeably to such 
orders as he may from time to time receive from the Selectmen. 

3 d It shall be his duty to attend to all carts or sleds from the 
country with wood & cyder and see that they proceed to the 
stands allowed to them; and to [238.] attend to all other car- 
riages standing in the streets (except those that are immediately 
under the control of the Clerk of the Market) ; And it shall also 
be his duty to attend to the pumps and enforce the law on that 
subject. 

4 th It shall be his duty to report to the Chairman of the 
Selectmen, if any circumstances should occur in the discharge of 
his duty, for the purpose of getting instructions how to act. 

5 th It shall be his duty to keep always for the inspection of 
any member of said Board a record of all prosecutions, fines & 
forfeitures and of all other matters & things which said Board of 
Selectmen shall direct. 



288 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

6 th All prosecutions for the breaches of the laws and orders 
which are under his cognizance shall be brought by him, and he 
shall be entitled to all fines & forfeitures arising from the same 
agreeably to law. And it shall be his duty to make out a written 
quarterly report of the same and deliver it to the Chairman. 

7 th It shall be his duty to assist the Clerk of the Market when 
necessai'y. 

The Committee of Section N. 4 appointed to view Beach 
street, reported that they had viewed the place and in their 
opinion it was not necessary [239.] to take any measures at 
present for widening that street. 

The Chairman reported that he had agreed with Cap 1 . Ingraham 
for flagging stones sufficient to pave the west end of the market 
at eighteen cents p r . square foot, the stones to be delivered in 
Boston soon as possible. 

The Committee of Section N. 4 were requested to view Boyl- 
ston street, & empowered to widen it on the south side near the 
market house, if the expense should not exceed one hundred 
dollars. 

The Chairman was requested to give directions to the Superin- 
tendent of Police to have the barrels &c in front of the store (at 

the bottom of Butlers row) owned by the heirs of M r . 

Pitts, removed. 

The Chairman, Mess 1 ' 8 . Hunnewell & Levering were appointed a 
committee to meet the Commissioners tomorrow and proceed with . 
them to South Boston to set off a burial ground, The Chairman 
was also requested to have a dinner provided for the Commis- 
sioners, the committee & the President of the Board of Health. 

The committee of Section N. 3 were .empowered to procure a 
new pump, to replace the one now standing in Milk street. 

[24O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
30 th 1818 

Present the Whole Board. 

4 Grand Jurors & 4 Petit Jurors were drawn for the United 
States Circuit Court. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

M r . William S. Brooks was approved as an Auctioneer in 
Company with M r . Peabody N. 11 Kilby street. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 289 

The Committee of Section N. 2 reported that they had staked 
out Blossom street forty feet wide. 

Col Freeman made a report of all the trees, and of all the stone 
and wooden posts, which are on the side walks and not at the 
corner of streets; and also of broken posts and stumps ot the 
corners of streets, throughout the town. which report was 
referred to the committees of the different sections of the Town. 

The Chairman was requested to send a copy of Sargent & 
Harts report respecting the lowering & repairing Court street to 
M r . David Greenough And the Chairman, M r . Dorr & M r . Far- 
nam were appointed a committee to confer with him on that 
subject. 

[241.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 6 th . 
1818. 

Present the Whole B,oard. 

Warrant was signed for Town meeting for choice of Represen- 
tatives. Rev! M r , Parkman to be invited to open the meeting 
with prayer. 

Voted, That in consideration of Col. Thorndikes having 
removed the foundation of the houses erecting by him on Sum- 
ner street, so that the fence on that street shall stand back from 
the present line at least fifteen feet at the southeast end, and ten 
feet at the 1 north west end, and no part without the line of those 
points, and thereby throwing the land into the street The 
Board on the part of the Town consent to pay him three hundred 
dollars. 

The Committee appointed to confer with M r . Greenoagh 
respecting Court street reported that they could come to no- 
agreement with him on that subject, Whereupon Voted, That 
the committee of Section N. 2 with M r . Hunnewell be requested 
to employ Sargent & Hart to repair that street in the best man- 
ner possible. 

[242.] The committee of Section N. 4. reported that they 
could purchase land sufficient to widen Boylston street for one 
hundred dollars, on condition of removing the side walk & put- 
ting back the fence which is about thirty three feet in length 
the committee was authorized to complete the business. 

Ordered, that the Superintendent of the Lamps be directed to 
have them taken down & stored in the upper part of the old State 
House that there be allowed five cents for removing each lamp,, 
and the same sum for cleaning and replacing them in. the fall. 



290 CITY DOCUMENT No. GO. 

The committee of Section N. 2 was authorized to have gutters 
paved in North Russell street, on condition of the abutters put- 
ting down flag stones & paving their sidewalks with brick. 

The committee of the Old State House was authorized to allow 
to M r . Rea a sum not exceeding fifty eight dollars, for fixtures 
in the shop lately occupied by him in that building. 

[243.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
13 th . 1818 Present Mess". Phillips, Lovering, Austin, B.ass & 

Silsby. 

A number of citizens having complained that the firings of the 
military companies in the streets of the town is dangerous to the 
lives and property of the citizens Voted, That the Chairman be 
instructed to inform Gen. Sullivan of this complaint, and request 
he will issue orders to prevent this practice in future. 

An application for paving Carver street, was committed to the 
committee of that section. 

The Chairman was requested to notify Henry Hill Esq. to 
repair the side walk in front of his estate in South street. 

The Board came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an 
oration on the 4 th July next, being the anniversary of the declar- 
ation of American independence, & Francis C. Gray Esq. was 
unanimously chosen. 

At a special meeting of the Selectmen May 18 th . 1818 
warrant was signed for town meeting on the 26 th . instant. 

[244.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
20 th . 1818. 

Present the whole Board. 

Mess rs . Dorr & Silsby were appointed a committee to confer 
with the treasurer of the Franklin donation, and ascertain 
whether an alteration cannot be made in future in the bonds 
taken for money loaned from this source, whereby further secur- 
ity may be demanded, if in the opinion of the trustees it is 
necessary for the security of the debt. 

% 

Voted, That there be paid from the donation of Abiel Smith 
Esq. to James Walter instructor of the school for people of colour 
in Belknap street, in addition to the sum allowed him by the 
School Committee, at and after the rate of two hundred dollars 
per annum from the first day of March last during the pleasure of 
the Board, & it having been represented to this Board by M r . 
Paul, that a female assistant was necessary to teach the children 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 291 

the first rudiments of education, sewing &c and that the wife of 
M r . Walter would be a suitable person for this purpose, it was 
further voted, that if M r8 . Walter would undertake the duty afore- 
said, that the Board, on condition of her employing her whole 
time in the school during school hours would allow for her services 
(from the aforementioned fund) at and after the rate of one hun- 
dred dollars per annum for the time she may be so employed. 

[245.] The Committee of the Market reported that from 
and after the first of June next the rent of the vegetable stalls 
shall be as follows viz. 

Stalls at the west end of the Market 
N. 1 $2 pr. week 
2& 5 $1.50" 
6 $3 " 

Stalls north side of the Market 
N. 1. 40 & 41 $1.25 per week 
N. 10. 11. 30. 31. 50. 51. $1.12 p r . week. 

N. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 42. 43. 
44. 45. 46. 47. 48 & 49 $1 per week. 

The Chairman informed the Board that he had received a note 
from Francis C. Gray Esq. accepting the appointment of town 
orator for 4 th July next. 

The Chairman informed that agreeably to the instructions of the 
Board he had addressed a letter to Gen. Sullivan on the subject 
of street firings, and that he had received a letter from the 
general in reply accompanying which, was a circular to the 
captains of the military companies, recommending their omitting 
this practise in future. 

[246.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 25 th . 
1818. 

Present the whole Board. 

Passed the quarterly & monthly accounts. 

The application of M r . Daniel Baxter that a committee from 
the Board should be appointed to view Harvard street and fix the 
bounds of that street, was agreed to, and the committee ot that 
Section (N 4) were requested to view the street and fix the 
bounds. 

The committee of Section N. 2 were authorized to agree with 
Mess re . Lincoln & Benney for land to widen Green street (in 



292 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

continuation of the land purchased last year of M r . French) pro- 
vided the price does not exceed fifty five cents per square foot. 

The committee of Section N. 3 were requested to consult with 
M r . Snelling and make such alteration in the forms of the center 
writing school as they may think necessary or expedient. 

The Application of M r . James Weld to erect a Bakers oven or 
ovens in Custom House street was committed to the committee 
of Section N. 3. 

[247.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 3 d . 
1818. 

Present Mess rs . Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, 
Dorr, Bass & Silsby. 

The committee of Section N 3 appointed to view a stable 
erected by Mess". Bullards in Bromfields lane, reported that they 
had examined the same, found it conformable to law and recom- 
mended that it be approbated accepted. 

The same committee reported that M r . James Weld have per- 
mission to erect a bakers oven or ovens, in his building on 
Custom House street accepted. 

The Board having observed that a wooden building on Beacon 
street, opposite the Mansion House of Daniel Sears Esq r . was 
taken down and it being their opinion, that the public good [and] 
convenience required that a part of the land should be taken to 
widen that street it was Voted, That the Board will meet on the 
spot tomorrow at 3 o'clock P.M. and determine what portion is 
necessary for the purpose aforesaid. 

The application of D. D. Rogers Esq r for permission to build a 
stable in Scotts court was committed to the committee of 
Section N 2. 

The same committee were requested to view a building lately 
erected on Union street by M r . Abraham Babcock and ascertain 
if it was [248.] an encroachment on that street, or on the estate 
adjoining now occupied by M r . Pearce and owned by the town. 

The Chairman was authorized to agree with Major Perkins of 
Newburyport to strike off sixty Franklin medals at one dollar 
each. 

M r . Hunnewell was requested to contract with some person to 
slate the roof of Faneuil Hall, or such part of it as may be found 
necessary. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 293 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 10. 1818 
Present the whole Board. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the U. S. District Court 22 Jurors for 
the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

The Board agreeably to assignment met (on Thursday the 4 th 
instant) at the land owned by Daniel Sears or Uriah Cotting on 
Beacon street, and having viewed the same were of opinion, that 
the public good and convenience required that they should take 
off the land as follows, six feet 6 inches on the levelling part, five 
feet six inches at the north east end & three feet at the south west 
end for the purpose of widening said street & that the Chairman 
notify Mess. Sears & Cotting of the same. 

[249.] M r . Farnam of the committee of section N 2 
reported he had viewed the place where Dan 1 . D. Rogers had 
requested permission to build a livery stable, and was of opin- 
ion, the taking down the old buildings now standing there and 
erecting a new one, would, so far from endangering the neighbour- 
hood, conduce to the safety of it, and recommended, if there was 
no objection from the neighbours that the request should be 
granted Accepted. 

M r . Farnam also reported that he had viewed the building 
lately erected by M r . Babcock on Union street and from the best 
information he had been able to obtain he was [of] opinion it was 
an encroachment on the building owned by the town. 

Mess rs Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering & Bass were appointed a 
committee to view a building now erecting on Purchase street by 
M r . Jenkins & fix the boundary on that street. 

The application for repairs of the school house at S Boston, 
was referred to the committee of section N 4 with power to do 
what in their opinion was necessary. 

[25O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 17. 
1818 Present Mess 1 " 8 Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Lovering, Aus- 
tin, Bass, Dorr & Farnam. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

4 

The committee of Section N 4 reported they had staked out 
Harvard street.- 

The. Committee of Section N 3 were empowered to repair Pur- 
chase street. 



294 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Committee of Section N 2 were empowered to repair 
Court and Elm streets. 

A remonstrance against a livery stable built in Scotts court by 
M r . Pollard being made, the committee of section N 2, to whom 
the Chairman was added, were requested to view the place & 
report at the next meeting of the Board : and also the propriety 
of granting the request o.f Dan 1 . D. Rogers for permission to build 
a livery stable in said court. 

M r . Farnam of the committee of Section N 2, reported he had 
made further enquiry respecting the building erected by M r . Bab- 
cock on Union street, the result of which was, that he found the 
deeds went as far back as 70 years, consequently it was out of 
the control of the Board. He therefore must now report to the 
Board, " it is not an encroachment." 

M r Oliver of the committee appointed at the last meeting of the 
Board to view a building now erecting on Purchase street by 
Cap*. Joseph Jenkins, and fix the boundary on that street, 
reported [251.] it was the opinion of the committee, Cap 1 . 
Jenkins was encroaching on the street. It was therefore Voted, 
that the Chairman be instructed to give notice to Cap 1 . Jenkins, 
that the front of his building will not be allowed to project beyond 
a line with the clapboards of the house occupied by M rs . Lamb. 

The committee of section N. 4 reported, they had taken 
measures to make such repairs on the school house at S. Boston, 
as they thought necessary. 

The same committee were empowered to pave a part of Nassau 
street. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Friday June 26 th . 
1818. 

Present Mess rs . Phillips, Hunnewell, Levering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

The following report was read & accepted. 

The committee to whom was referred a complaint against Peter 
Ripley ; stating that said Ripley had encroached on Lynn & 
Prince streets, have attended to that duty & report That the 
fence of said Ripley projects into said streets and it would be 
desirable to have it set back. Your Committee do not positively 
know whether the" aforesaid fence is on the Towns land or not, 
but recommend that a surveyor be employed to ascertain the 
fact The Chairman will give notice to Capt Silas Atkins & M r . 
Peter Ripley previous to the survey & of the time of surveying. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 295 

The Chairman was instructed to [252.] apply for the use of 
the old South Church for the Fourth of July next, he was also 
desired to apply to the singers of that Society to perform on that 
day & to have suitable refreshments provided for them, and to 
give orders for the bells to ring on the morning of the same day, 
from half past six to seven o'clock. 

The Chairman was instructed to apply to Benj a . Whitman Esq r . 
to attend, on behalf of the Town, at the S. J. Court to be holdeii 
at Taunton on the 14 th of July next and use all fair and justifi- 
able means, that the report of the Commissioners appointed by 
the S. J. Court " to set off a burial ground at South Boston " 
may be accepted and confirmed by the Court. 

Voted. To pave one half of Leverett street the present season. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the selectmen "Wednesday July 1. 
1818. Present Mess rs . Phillips, Levering, Austin, Bass, Dorr & 
Far n am. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

The remonstrants against the stable in Scotts Court and M r . 
Pollard appeared before the Board with their attorneys and were 
heard. The Board Voted to postpone the further consideration 
/of the subject until Wednesday next, when the whole Board 
would view the premises, and thereby be enabled to form a more 
correct judgment of the nuisance complained of and of the pro- 
priety of granting permission to 13. D. Rogers Esq r . to erect a 
livery stable in that court. 

The Chairman informed the Board he had been applied to by 
M r . Foster in behalf of M r . Hubbard [253.] who was erecting 
a building on Common street for permission to bring his building 
so far forward as to make it range on a line with the other build- 
ings on that street: that the Chairman and M r . Farnam had 
viewed the premises & being of opinion it would add to the beauty 
of the street if the buildings were on a line with each other, gave 
their consent he should come forward, on the following conditions, 
Viz', that he should pay for the land taken, and if the Board 
should differ with them in opinion he should remove the cellar 
wall to the former limits, which terms were consented to on the 
part of M r . Hubbard. The Board taking the subject into consid- 
eration confirmed the doings of the Chairman & M r . Farnam and 
requested them to ascertain the quantity of land taken from the 
street. 

Application having been made to the Board to purchase a part 
of the building belonging to M r . Motley, that projected into Elm 
street, the Board having viewed the same were fully of opinion, 



296 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

it would be a great improvement to the street and that the public 
good, and convenience required it, and after conferring with. M r . 
Motley who estimated the damage he would sustain at $800 
authorized the Chairman to inform him [that] the Board on the 
part of the Town would give $300 toward, the improvement. 

The Board having received a complaint that a great many 
naked men & boys (principally the former) were in the practice 
of bathing at the bottom of Beacon street and near Charles street 
on Sunday mornings & evenings, which was [254.] excessively 
disgusting to the inhabitants of the houses in the neighbourhood 
and to the Society worshipping at the Baptist Church in Charles 
street : it was Voted, that the Chairman be authorized to employ 
a constable to prevent this indecent exhibition in future. 

At a meeting of the Selectmen July 8 th . 1818. Present the 
whole Board except M r . Silsby. The Board agreeably to assign- 
ment viewed the livery stable in Scotts Court, occupied by Aaron 
Pollard, and were of opinion, it was not a suitable place for such 
a stable and there being no evidence of its having been licensed, 
it was voted, that the Chairman be instructed to give notice to 
M r . Pollard to desist from using it for that purpose as he would 
avoid the penalty of the law. 

It was also voted, that Dan 1 . D. Rogers Esq r . be allowed to 
erect a livery stable in his court, provided he has no door that 
opens from it into Scotts Court, and also that no carriage or team 
from his stable be allowed to stand in Union street. 

The Committee of section N. 3 to whom was referred the 
application of H. G. Otis Esq r . for permission to fill up a gore of 
the flatts fi'om the bottom of Beacon street by the dam now mak- 
ing, reported, that it would not be for the interest of the Town 
to dispose of any ground or any privileges, which they now 
possess at or about the bottom of Beacon street until [255.] 
the dam now making be completed ; report accepted. 

M r . C. Callender having applied for the privilege of printing 
the Town oration delivered on the 4 th . instant by F. C. Gray 
Esq r . it was voted, that M r . Callender's request be granted 
on consideration of his employing M r . Buckingham as the 
printer. 

An action having been brought against the Cap*, of the north 
watch for their conduct in quelling a riot, application was made 
to the Board to employ counsel for them. The Board taking the 
subject into consideration, were of opinion, it was incumbent on 
them to defend the watch in the discharge of their duty, and 
Voted, that M r . Thacher be employed in their defence & that his 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 297 

fees would be paid by the Town, provided they discharged their 
, duty in this instance, agreeably to law. 

The Board proceeded to the choice of Auctioneers for the year 
ensuing and their being no complaint against any that were 
licensed the last year, their licences were all renewed. 

The approbation of sundry persons to be licensed by the Court 
of Sessions, as innholders and retailers of spirits was signed by 
the Board. 

The Town Clerk informed the Board, that he had paid one 
hundred & ten dollars into the Town Treasury, money collected 
for auction licenses the past year. 

[256.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Wednes- 
day July 15 Ul 1818. Present Mess rs Phillips, Oliver, Levering, 
Austin, Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

The following named persons were chosen constables for the 
current year who were directed to leave the names of their sureties 
with the Chairman to ' be approved by the Board at their next 
meeting. Viz 

Bondsmen. 

Thomas Stevenson - - Tho 8 . Stevenson Jr & W m . Stevenson 
Elisha Copeland - - - John Perry & John Gibson 
Solomon Twist - - - W m . Simonds & Amos Penniman 
Will" 1 Tupper - - - - Jason Braman &_Jn. Blanchard 
Will Brooks - Moses Wallach, Sam 1 . Hastings &Thos. Peabody 
James Perkins - - - - James Williams & Henry Lane. 
Jon a . Prescott - John Barnard, Rob 1 . Cunningham & Rob*. Barber 
Will 1 ". Dinsmore - - Josiah Gilmore & John Aiken 
Geo. Read Francis Garaux & Martin Bun- 
Thomas H olden - - - Augustus O. Barton & Oliv r . Downing 
AVendell R. Barker - Elijah Stedman & Tho 8 . Darling 
Benj a . C. Stevenson - 

Andrew Sanborn - - Leach Harris Joth m Barnes 
Sam 1 . Holmes - - - - Adam French & Ja 8 . Farrar 

David Rixford W m . P. Whiting & Eph. Whitney 

Josiah Baldwin - - - Peter Mackintosh & Christ*. Lincoln 

Thomas Wallace - - - Daniel & Ignatius Sargent 

Martin Smith -Martin Cushing & Jn. Comerais Lincoln Mitchel 

appointed July 29 

Horatio Bass - - - - H & G Bass 

Elisha V. Glover - - Daniel Baxter & Colvin Howe 

Job Drew John R. Gould & Tho 8 . Redman 

M r . Austin was requested to make enquiry on what terms the 
town lamps taken down and now laying in one of the rooms of 
the old Town House can be repaired. 



298 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Application having been made to the Board for a 
further sum in aid of paying for a part of M r . Motley's house in 
Elm street, the Board taking the same into consideration voted 
that they would not extend the sum beyond $300. 

The Board having been served with a notice of the taking the 
deposition of Alex r . Orrock at Augusta at the request of the heirs 
of Lendall Pitts dec d . the Chairman was instructed to apply to 
P. O. Thacher Esq r . and desire him to request some gentlemen 
to attend on that occasion, if necessary. 

Mess". Oliver & Hunnewell were appointed a Committee to 
confer with M r . Getting respecting the land taken from him on 
Beacon street and agree with him for the price of the same, pro- 
vided M r . Cotting (in their opinion) does not value it too high. 

M r . Greenough having made certain offers to indemnify 
Mess. Gore & Bridge for the damage they would sustain by 
lowering that part of Court street opposite their buildings and 
to be at the whole expence of lowering the street & give in the 
land in front of his (M r . G.) stores also the land in front of 
Will. Smith's garden. The Chairman was instructed to furnish 
Mess 18 . Gore & Bridge with a copy of the same & inform those 
gentlemen, the Board would on Wednesday next hear any objec- 
tion they may think proper to make against the acceptance of 
those offers. 

Mess rs . Bordman & Pope & S. Parkman have permission to 
plank the side walk in front of their vacant lots on Purchase 
street. 

[258.] List of persons appointed auctioneers, viz 

W m Alline Philip Marett 

Sam 1 ^ L. Abbott John Minchin 

James A. Allen David Marston 

Francis Amory Elisha Parks 

James Bourguin Luther Parks 

Stephen Brown Alex r . Plimpton 

Lemuel Blake Jacob Peabody 

George Bond Warren Pennyman 

Horatio Bass John Perkins 

John Brown Joseph Ripley 

W m S. Brooks Frink Roberts 

Thomas Clark Frink Stratton 

Gilman Collamore Benj. Seaver 

George G. Channing John Tyler 

W m Cochran W m . Tucker 

Sam 1 F. Coolidge Sam 1 . Whitwell 

Martin Clap Nath 1 . H. Whitaker 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 299 

Joseph L. Cunningham Benj. Winslow 

W m Dehon Francis Wilby 

George L. Deblois John White 

Peter Dickerman Charles Willis Jr. 

Jeremiah Draper Henry White 

Richard Edwards W m Gridley Jun r 

David M. Eaton Reuben W. Gerry 

David Forsaith Alex r . H. Gibbs 

Silas Field Caleb Hayward 

William Hartwell Charles Head 

David Hale Jun r . Daniel Hersey 
Tho 8 . K. Jones 

[259.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 22 d . 
1818. Present the whole Board 

Benj n Whitman Esq r . employed by the Board as counsel for 
the town to attend at the S. J. Court holden at Taunton on 
the 14 th instant (see proceedings of the Board 26 th ultimo) 
appeared before the Board and reported, that the judges of the 
Supreme Judicial Court had not confirmed the report of the com- 
missioners appointed to set off a burial ground at S Boston on 
the ground that the commissioners had set off a larger portion of 
land than the act of the legislature annexing a part of the town 
of Dorchester to the town of Boston would justify and directed 
the commissioners to meet again on that business at such time as 
the Selectmen should think proper. 

Agreeably to the notice given by the Chairman Samuel Gore 
Esq r . attended the Board and stated his objection against the 
offers made by M r David Greenough for permission to alter Court 
street, a letter was also received from M r Joseph Bridge stating 
his objections to the proposed alteration the Board after consid- 
erable debate on the subject were of opinion it was of such 
importance to the town & the parties as to require further delib- 
eration, it was therefore Voted that the subject be referred to 
the next meeting of the Board. 

Application having been mr.de by M r . Eben r . Hancock to the 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk stating that Thomas 
Hancock of Boston, gentleman is non compos mentis and inca- 
pable of taking care of himself. The Board agreeably to the 
direction of the Honble Judge of Probate took inquisition thereof 
and were of opinion [26O.] that the said Thomas Hancock was 
non compos mentis and incapable of taking care of himself and 
recommend that a guardian should be appointed for him. 

Voted that the" bondsmen offered by the following constables 
be approved Viz. Thomas Stevenson. James Perkins. Will. 
Dinsmore. W. R. Barker. George Reed. And w . Sandborn. Sam 1 . 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

Holmes. David Rixford. J. Bal[d]win. Thomas Wallace. Thomas 
Holden. & W m Brooks and that the Town Clerk be directed to 
have their bonds executed without delay 

Passed on a number of licenses for innholders. retailers, victu- 
allers & confectioners 

M r . Eph m Lock was approved as an auctioneer on condition his 
place of business was unexceptionable 

Complaints having been made against a bow window erected at 
N 63 State street by M r . David Felt as exceeding the limits of 
tbe law, voted, that the Superintendent of Police be directed to 
notify M r . Felt to have the projection of his window reduced so 
as to conform to the law. 

[261.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
29 th . 1818 Present Mess rs . Phillips, Hunnewell, Lovering, 
Austin, Bass, Silsby & Farnam. 

The sureties of the following constables were approved by the 
Board, Viz. Solomon Twist, William Tupper, Jonathan Prescott. 

The Board agreeably to assignment again considered the 
propositions & offers of M r . David Greenough for permission to 
lower that part of Court street opposite the buildings of Mess. 
Gore & Bridge, a communication from M r . Gore on this subject 
was received and read. After considerable debate on the subject, 
there appearing to be a diversity of opinions, some gentlemen 
wishing further information and there not being so full a Board 
as when previously considered it was voted to postpone the 
further consideration of it until Wednesday next when the Board 
would come to a final decision, the Chairman was authorised, in 
the mean time to give notice to the Hon ble . M r . Lloyd that he 
might attend the Board on this occasion if he thought proper. 

The complaint of M r . Wood of the inconvenience &c of the 
carts standing in Central street was referred to the committees of 
Sections N 2 & 3 who were requested to consider the subject at 
large of the present arrangement of the trucks. & carts, and 
propose such alteration of their distribution as to them shall 
appear expedient & proper. 

The application of Col. Henry Sargent and all the owners and 
occupiers of houses in Franklin place " to close the arch in that 
[262.] place, by a gate or otherwise as may be thought best 
so far as to prevent its continuing to be so .complete a thorough- 
fare, as it now is, to the great annoyance of its inhabitants, and 
not without the risk of lives, particularly those of young children " 
was read, and the Board after maturely considering the subject 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 301 

were of opinion the request of so respectable a body of citizens 
ought to be granted if it could be done consistent with the 
public good ; but the arch complained of had been open as a 
public highway for a number of years and that the accommodation 
of the public required it should remain so. 

Mess Dana & Brooks were appointed auctioneers on the follow- 
ing conditions, that they be licensed during the pleasure of the 
board, that no flag shall be shown on State street or in front of 
Rodgers Buildings, that no bales of goods or casks shall be 
allowed to lay in the street, that the entrance to the auction office 
shall be at the south end of the building & public sales shall be in 
the back part of the store. 

The application of Daniel Hawes & William Foster J r . for per- 
mission to place posts & a flight of stone steps across the middle 
of a certain lane leading from Purchase street to Battery March 
street (about ninety feet long) so as to confine it to foot passen- 
gers, said Hewes & Foster to be at the expense and to keep them 
in repair, was referred to the committee of Section N. 3. 

M r . Hunnewell of the committee appointed the 15 th inst to con- 
fer with M r . Getting respecting [263.] the price of the land taken 
from him on Beacon street reported that the Committee had 
agreed with M r . Getting at one dollar fifty cents p r . square foot, 
report accepted. 

The Superintendent of the lamps reported that according to 
order he had examined the lamps & found that to put them in 
complete repair there would be 184 squares of glass wanted, 144 
tops want repairs and about 50 new tops, the old ones being too 
bad to repair M r . Austin was authorized to employ some per- 
sons to do tin work at the following rates, for new tops painted 
one dollar each, for those that wanted repairing one shilling 
each. 

The following persons were added to the number of constables 
for the year ensuing Horatio Bass, Elisha N. Glover and Job 
Drew. The bondsmen offered by M r . Glover were Daniel Baxter 
& Calvin Howe, those by Cap 1 . Drew were John R. Gould & 
Thomas Rodman all which were accepted by the board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 5 th . 1818 
Present Mess r8 . Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, Bass, Silsby & 
Farnam. . 

The Board agreeably to assignment again considered the sub- 
ject of lowering Court street opposite the stores of Mess". Gore 
& Bridge. The Hon. M r . Lloyd was present and stated his 
objections to it. [364.] after considerable debate on the 



302 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

question whether it would be of public utility, the Board not 
uniting in opinion, it was voted, (as there were not so many 
gentlemen present as when this subject was discussed at a former 
meeting) that the decision be postponed to Wednesday next. 

M r . Silsby was appointed to examine the accounts of the 
Treasurer of the Franklin fund for the year past. 

Martin Gushing & John Comerais were approved as sureties 
for Martin Smith and Henry Bass & George Bass as sureties for 
Horatio Bass, appointed constables for the present year. 

The application to pave Mason street was taken up, but it 
appearing on enquiry, that the amount already expended on the 
streets, together with the engagements the Board had already 
made to pave and repair streets, in which there is much more 
travel, had so far exhausted the amount granted by the Town for 
this purpose, that it could not be done the present year. 

The Chairman, M r . Oliver & M r . Bass (who. were joined by M r . 
Levering) were appointed a committee to examine the applica- 
tions for licenses, and to have such as they should approve 
placed on the list. 

[265.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
12 th . 1818 Present Mess. Phillips, Levering, Austin, Bass, 
Silsby & Farnam. 

The subject of lowering the pavement in Court street opposite 
the stores of Mess rs . Gore & Bridge, was agreeably to assign- 
ment taken up, but there being several members of the Board 
absent, the consideration of it was (without debate) again post- 
poned. 

M r . Silsby who was appointed at the last meeting of the Board 
to examine the account of the Treasurer of the Franklin Fund 
reported, that he had attended that service, and that there was 
now in the Manufacturers & Mechanic's Bank in addition to the 
bonds in the hands of the Treasurer eighteen hundred & sixteen 
dollars 58 cents and a balance in the hands of the Treasurer of 
one hundred & ninety eight dollars, eighty two cents. 

The Chairman reported that the committee appointed the 5 th . 
instant to examine the applications for licenses had attended that 
service, and had placed on the approbation list such as in their 
opinion ought to be approved. 

The Chairman was instructed to request M r . Thacher to apply 
to the President of South Boston association to have some person 
or persons appointed to meet and [266.] confer with committees 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. "303 

from this Board and the Board of Health on the subject of locat- 
ing a lot of land for a burial ground at South Boston. 

On the application of Lemuel Shaw Esq. (one of the Firewards) 
that a brick building should be erected in Milk street for engine 
N. 14. Voted, That it would be for the interest and to the 
credit of the Town to have their engine houses built of brick 
and that M r . Hunnewell & M r . Levering be a committee to contract 
with some person to erect a brick building for the engine No 14 
(the Cataract) provided the land on which the engine house now 
stands is owned by the town. 

M r . Levering was requested to purchase as much powder for 
the Town as was wanting to complete the quantity required by 
law. 

The committee for Section N. 3 was requested to view Chest- 
nut street and ascertain if it was necessary to pave a gutter in 
that street, so far as to prevent the water from running over the 
side walks of Mess re . S. F. Coolidge & Charles Thacher, & if in 
their opinion it was necessary to have it done. 

M r . S. B. Ford was appointed an Auctioneer. 

The Chairman was instructed to notify the proprietors of 
estates on [267.] Beacon street to have their sidewalks laid 
without delay agreeably to contract, the sidewalk from the cor- 
ner of "Walnut street to the bottom of Beacon street to be twelve 
feet in width. 

A communication from H. G. Otis Esq. respecting the flats at 
the bottom of Beacon street, was committed to the Chairman, 
M r . Oliver and M r . Hunnewell. 

Mess". Levering, Austin and Silsby were appointed a commit- 
tee to examine the remaining applications for licenses & place on 
the approbation list such as they may approve. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 25 th . 1818 
Present all the members of the Board, except M r . Hunnewell. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the U. S. Court. 

The Chairman reported that agreeably to the instructions of 
the Board at their last meeting he had requested M r . Thacher to 
apply to the President of the South Boston association to have 
some person or persons appointed to meet and confer with 
[268.] committees from this Board and the Board of Health on 
the subject of locating a lot of land for a burial ground at South 
Boston. * 



304 CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 

The Chairman, Mess. Oliver & Hunnewell were now appointed 
the committee on the part of this Board for the above purpose. 

The Committee appointed the 12 th instant to erect a brick 
building for engine N 14. on land belonging to the town in 
Milk street reported, that they had examined the land and found 
that it would not only be very difficult but very expensive, to get 
a foundation, on which a brick building could be erected they 
had therefore contracted with M r . Seth Thaxter to build one of 
wood. The Report was accepted. 

M r . Lovering reported, That he had purchased the gun powder 
necessary to complete the quantity required for the Town. 

The Chairman reported, that he had notified the proprietors of 
estates on Beacon street to lay the side walk agreeably to con- 
tract, and that he had requested those who had not contracted to 
have theirs laid to coform to the others. 

The Committee appointed the 12 th . instant to examine the 
remaining application for licences reported, they had attended 
that service. 

[269.] The Committee on accounts were authorized to allow 
Nathaniel Brewer forty dollars for extra services as Superin- 
tendent of the lamps. 

A summons having been left with the Chairman for the inhab- 
itants of the Town of Boston to appear at Dedham in the County 
of Norfolk on the third Monday of September next to answer to 
the heirs of Lendall Pitts for land at the bottom of Butlers Row, 
(alleged) to have been unlawfully taken from them. The Chair- 
man was instructed to retain Peter O. Thacher Esq. to appear at 
said court and defend the suit. 

The application of Thomas J. Eckley & others for repairs on 
Bowdoin street was referred to the committee of Section N 3. 
The same committee were requested to view Sumner street & take 
measures for repairing the same. 

The standing committees for the schools were requested to pro- 
cure the necessary wood for the schools. 

On the application of -Daniel Dennison Rogers Esq. for per- 
mission to erect a livery stable adjoining Scott's Court, it was 
voted, That Daniel D. Rogers Esq. have permission to erect a 
livery stable on his land adjoining Scott's Court, provided he does 
not open any -door from the stable into said court, and that no 
carriage, carriages or team, to or [27O.] from said stable, pass 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 305 

up or down the said court, and that no empty carriage, carriages 
or team from said stable be placed in such a situation as to 
encumber the court And also; that no carriage, or team from 
his stable be allowed to stand in Union street. 

The application of B. Humphry & others that the bottom of 
Portland street be paved was referred to the committee of 
Section N. 2 who were authorized to have it paved if they 
should judge it necessary. 



The committee of Section N 1. appointed to make inquiry 
respecting a slip of land belonging to the Town leading from 
Prince street to the Mill Pond land, which slip was leased to 
Jonas Welsh August 25 th . 1788. Moved by way of report the 
following vote, which being read was passed by the Board. 

Voted, That the Chairman be requested to notify Col. Thomas 
Badger to pay to the Town Treasurer the rent of a lot of land 
occupied by him, leading from Prince street to the Mill Pond 
land (near the cross gutter so called) and formerly occupied by 
Nickerson, said land having many years since been leased to 
Jonas Welsh for the term of twenty years on certain conditions. 



I certify that the foregoing [271.] is a true Record of the 
proceedings of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston from 
March 13 th . 1816 to September 25 th . 1818 both days included 

THO' CLARK, Town Clerk. 
END OF BOOK TWENTY-ONE. 



INDEX 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Abbot. Samuel, 62. 

Samuel L., 119, 144, 190, 235, 298. 
Abrams, William, 242. 
A butters, Market square, subscription 

of, for paving, 243. 
notified to relay sidewalks in 

Coruhili square, 115. 
of streets leading from Com- 
mon to Mason*, 32. 
on Lynde street, petition for 

repairs to, 243. 

Accounts, 1, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 14, 17, 21, 25, 30, 
38, 39, 40, 43, 44, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
55, 5!), 62, 69, 72, 75, 77, SO, 81, 
82, 83, 86, 91, 93, 97, 99, 101, 
10.', 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111, 
113, 114, 116, 117, 1-22, 125, 12.4, 
130, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 139, 
140, 142, 146, 148, 149. 154, 15.*, 
161, 165, 173, 175, 180, 185, 188, 
194, 195, 196, 200, 203, 205, 2()6, 
208, 209, 211, 213, 222, 231, 236, 
239, 252, 255, 260, 268, 275, 283, 
288, 291, 295. 

auditors, confer with select- 
men, 110. 
clerk of market, 91, 92, 100, 123, 

146, 219. 

committee on, 176, 304. # 

duties of, 218, 

279, 280. 
meetings of, 

218 

of hay weigher, 9, 13* 84, 96, 99, 
102, 123, 130, 
134, 146, 17, 
205, 215, 219, 
224, 239, 255. 
committee on, 

219. 
settlement of, 

85. 
statement of, 

9. 
In settlement of judgment of 

John Brazer, 135. 
of Mr. Harrington, 206. 

attorneys iu suit against 
Ward N. Boylston, 237, 
274, 275. 
draft for, 276. 

donations received for 
defence of town, 130, 131, 
132. 
digging well in Market 

square, 148. 
improvement of Common, 

181. 
Franklin Fund, 10, 90, 145, 

302. 
sewer from H a w 1 e y to 

Federal street, 135, 136. 
expense of sewer repairs in 

Kilby street, 52. 
of laying common sewer in 

Kilby street, 148. 
repairs to sewers in Myrtle 

street, 11. 

expense of repairing drain in 
North street, 189. 



Accounts of drain assessments, North 

street, 147. 
in Orange street, 

188. 
expense of drain from Prince 

street, 1. 

repairing sewers 
in Prince street, 
5,6. 
of drain assessments, Sudbury 

street, 145. 

expense of repairing drain 

in Sudbury street, 144, 145. 

expense of repairing drain 

in White Bread Alley, 

141, 142. 

Act relative to deputy collectors of taxes, 

35. 

market house, 16. 
to regulate removal of obstructions 

from streets, 16. 
paving of streets, 8, 16,19. 
set off burial ground in South 

Boston, 285. 
Adams, Daniel, 115. 
John, 260. 
Joseph, 3, 6, 94, 189. 
Mary, 4. 

Afr.,'189, 222, 249, 271. 
Mrs., 94, 189. 
street, regulations for standing of 

carts, etc., in, 67, 283. 
Adjutant-General, communication to, 112. 
meeting of selectmen 

in pfficeof, 117. 
relative to defence of 

town, 118. 

Advertisements (see, also, newspapers), 
contract for oil, 199. 
forbidding removal of 
sand, gravel, etc., from 
Deer Island, 176. 
law relative to projec- 
tions into streets, 271. 
of lists of voters, 8, 278. 
proposals to repair the 

Neck, 24, 25. 

relative to firing of fire- 
crackers in 
streets, 185. 
smoking, 107. 
sale of Mrs. Scollay's 

building, 192. 
stalls west of Faneuil 
Hall to be leased, 250. 
to prevent defacing of 

fences, 179, 1S5. 
Africans, bequest for education of, 160. 

(See Negroes.) 

Agent of Job Prince heirs, 265. 
Agreement of conduit corporation rel- 
ative to digging wells 
iu Market square, 148. 
Cornhill corporation, rel- 
ative to occupants of 
and removal of -Mrs. 
Scollay's building, 191, 
192. ' 

relative to widening Ex- 
change lane, 108, 109." 



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310 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Aiken, John, 237, 297. 
Alarms, assembling of military com- 
panies in case of, 71. 
night, duty of inhabitants dur- 
ing, 70. 

Alexander, Bernard, 263. 
G., Jr., 265. 
Mary, 142. 
William, 142. 
Alger, Cyrus, 210. 
Aliens, census to be taken of, 11. 
Allen, A., 232. 

Andrew J., 275. 
E., 232. 
George, 79. 

James A., 93, 119, 144, 190, 235, 298. 
Joseph, 94. 
street, 65, 241. 

filling in and levelling 

lower part of, 46. 
head wall at bottom of, 46. 
A-lleys, law relative to changes in, 207. 
Alline, William, 93, 119, 235, 298. 
Almnhouse, land, claim to, by Leverett 
. heirs, 18. 
deed for, 50. 
description of, 5. 
money paid for, 50. 
papers relative t o 

claims of, 261. 
petition to convey, 5. 
wharf, building of, for night 

carts from, 15. 
control of, by Over- 
seers of Poor, 15. 
controversy as to con- 
trol of, 15. 

permission to put up 
fence in passage- 
way to, 21. 

Amendments of Laws suggested to 
assess property for im- 
provements to, 183. 
proposed, in charter of 
Boston and Koxbury 
Corporation, 186. 
American Independence, Anniversary 

of, 14, 56, 180, 227, 290. 
Ames, Col. Aaron, 76. 
Amory, Francis, 80, 87, 93, 115, 119, 135, 

136, 144, 190, 228,235, 298. 
John, 32, 33, 69, 76. 
Jonathan, 31, 60, 69, 191. 
Rufus G., 29. 
R. G., 191, 207. 
Mr., 24,25,101. 
Amsterdam, City of, 24. 
Amusements (see, also. Theatres). 

theatrical, certificate for, 

199. 

Andrew, Widow, 96. 
Andrews, Ebenezer T., 29, 58, 132. 
John, 62. 
William, 175, 211. 

, 230. 

Ann street, 67. 

lease of beef stalls in, 69. 
Appleton, Samuel, 76. 
Applications (see Petitions). 
Apthorp, Charles, 262. 

Chas. W., 208, 235. 
John T., 80, 113, 114. 
Aqueduct corporation, 29. 
Arch street, means to convey water from, 

32. 
Arches in Franklin place, petition to 

close, 300, 301. 
petition to build, In Court street, 

194. 
to Brattle square, 

200, 201, 202. 
Armories, use of, by military company of 

Ward VIII., 100. 
for New En gland Guards, 90. 



Armory of Light Infantry Company, ap- 
plication for removal of par- 
tition from, 212, 213. 
petition of sergeants for use of, 

179. 
Arms and ammunition, appropriation for, 

12. 

cartridges, pur- 
chase of ,199, 283. 
Inspection of, 249. 
petition for, 232. 

. / powder, deficien- 

cy in quantity 
of, 254. 

inspection of, 
-199. 

purchase of, 
199, 249, 303, 
304. 

to make cart- 
ridges, 75. 

ready at shortest 

notice for de- 
fence of town, 
118. 
Artillery (see, also, Militia). 

Company to level land on Fort 

Hill, 140. 

from neighboring towns to be 
called for defence of the 
town, 118, 

ready at short notice for de- 
fence of town, 118. 
Ary (Airy), Joshua, 11, 12, 58. 
Ashton, John, 31. 

Mr., 29. 

Assessments authorized by Legislature 

for improvements to 

property suggested, 163. 

for drain in Common street, 

151. 
Middle street, 

242. 
Myrtle street, 

196. 
Newbury street, 

151. 
North street, 

147, 189, 190. 
Orange street, 

233. 
Park street, 190, 

191. 

Robinson's 
alley, 124, 125, 
193. 
Sudbury street, 

145. 

White Bread 

alley, 141, 142. 

leading south 

from Milk 

street, 123, 242. 

sewer from Back street, 

230. 

H a w 1 e y to 

Federal 

street, 136. 

In Fleet street, 

42. 
Green street, 

28. 
High street, 

Kilb'y street, 

52, 148. 
Myrtle street, 

11. 
North street, 

4. 
Poplar street, 

53. 
Salem street, 

3. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



311 



Assessments for sewer in Temple street, 

47. 
Water street, 

29. 
of direct tax by Congress, 

133. 
real estate of John 

Brazer, 133. 

on Town for rebuilding 
Kennebeck bridge, 177. 
payment of, refused, 

178. 
Assessors, 5, 17, 33, 45, 46, 53, 84, 135. 

communication from, relative 

to list of voters, 45, 46. 
request for list of polls taken 

by, 17. 
return of qualified voters by, 

5, 8, 53, 84, 135. 
rooms of, 54. 
to furnish jury list, 33. 

list of voters, 135. 
assistant, 5. 

correction of voting 

lists by, 8. 
meeting of, 11. 
notiflca tions for 

choice of, 64, 86. 
return of polls by, IK. 
to be furnished with 
list of voters, 171. 
Assignees of John Coates, 186. 

Thomas Boylston, 112. 
letter of, relative to Lane, 

Frazer & Boylstou, 116. 
sale ot materials of house on 

Neck, 186. 

Associations, South Boston, 302, 303, 304. 
Atkins, Henry, 246. 
Isaiah, -215. 
Silas, Captain, 294. 
Atkinson street, 105. 

report of committee on 

stable in, 106. 
Attorney-General, 44. 

power of, to Samuel Williams, 
to receive papers and moneys 
of Lane, Frazer & Boylston, 
116. 

Attorneys for heirs of John Pitts, 256. 
Mr. Otheman, 267. 
South Boston citizens, 285. 
Timothy Gay, 273. 
Of town, 285, 299, 304. 

for defence of north 

watch, 296. 
against Ward N. 
Boylston, 275. 

accounts 
of, 274, 
275. 
draft for, 

276. 
to defend suit against, 

229. 

Auctioneers, 130, 134, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 
149, 157, 158, 159, IBS, 180, 
181, 1S7, 201, 255, 275, 278, 
286, 2S8, 300, 301, 303. 
licenses, condition s of, 30. 
granted to, 23, 24, 
27, 30, 39, 44, r,o, 
51, 64, 76, 79, 80, 
83, 85, 87, S3, 102, 
104, 106, 107, 111, 
113, 116, 117, 208, 
210, 222, 225, 227, 
235, 236, 297. 
objection to grant- 
Ing, 192. 
petition for, 27, 51, 

75, 161, 272. 
report of com- 
mittee on, 228. 



Auctioneers, list of, 21, 39, 93, 119, 144, 190, 

289, 299. 
unlicensed, town clerk to 

look for, 24. 

Auction, licenses, money collected for,297. 
office in India street, 4. 
stalls, west of Faneuil Hall, 

leased at, 250, 251. 

Auditor, Board of War, to receive dona- 
tions for defence of town, 130, 131. 
Austin, 72, 75, 76, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 
86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 
97, 99, 100. 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 
108,109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 
115, 116, 117, 118, 120, 121, 122, 
126, 1-27, Ii8, 129, 130, 131, 132, 
133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 
147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 
154,155,156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 
162, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
179, ISO, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 
187, 188, 190., 192, 195, 196. 197, 
199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 
206, 207, 208, 509, 210, 211, 212, 
213,214,219, 220, 223, 225, 231, 
232,234,236, 238, 241, 244, 246, 
250, 252, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 
260, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 
274, 277, 278, 281, 282, 283, 284, 
285, 286, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295, 
297, 300, 301, 302, 303. 
James T., 237, 275. 
Joseph, 42, 123, 233. 
Nathaniel, 6. 

Richard, 14, 54, 85, 109, 138, 179. 
Avery, Widow, 76. 
Aves, Thomas, 3, 4. 

Babcock, Abraham, 292, 293, 294. 
Adam, 29. 
J., 64. 

Lemuel, 22, 64, 120, 146, 193. 
Samuel H., 64, 96. 
S. H., 22, 120. 

Back street, assessment for drain from 
house In, 

230. 

ewer re- 
pairs to 
Mill pond 
from, 245, 
246. 
claim for land taken to 

widen, 245. 

cost of land to widen, 245. 
engine-house in, use of, by 
patrol watch, 
209. 
enlargement 

of, 101. 
objection to laying sewer in, 

99. 

petition for sewer in, 98. 
Bacon, John A. ,275. 
Badger, Thomas, 225. 

Col.. 42, 305. 

, 139. 

Bailey, Benjamin, 61, 203. 

Matthew, 47. 

Bainbridge, Commodore, 117, 118. 
Bake-house, North Federal court, 

petition to build oven in, 139. 
Baker's oven, permit for, 226. 
petition for, 257. 
Baldwin, Dr., 77. 

Josiab, 238, 297. 
J., 3<iO. 
Sheriff, 268. 
Ballard, Peter, 246. 
Ballast, removal of, from Deer Island 

forbidden, 10, 49, 181, 196. 
sealer of lighters of, 179. 
Balou, Rev., 276. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Bancroft, Mr., 126, 242. 

Bangs, Capt. N. C., 94, 147, 189. 

Banks, deeds and papers of town to be 

deposited in vault of, 250. 
Manufacturers & Mechanics, 
Franklin Donation money iu, 
S02. 

Massachusetts, list of deeds and 
papers deposited in, 261^262, 263. 
Union, directors of, 2, 108. 

payment of street 1m- 
. provements by, 2. 
President of, 2, 108. 
Banner, Peter, 43. 
Bannister, John, 4. 
Baptist Church, application 'from com- 

mittee of, 33. 
loan of benches to, 33. 
Society, third, 209. 
Bar, petition of gentlemen of the, for 

copy of Town Records, 181. 
Barber, John, 6. 

Robert, 95, 120. 
Barbers, petition of, 222. 
Barker, Christopher, 24, 64. 
Robert, -297. 
Wendell R., 64, 95, 120, 146, 194, 

237, 297, 299. 
William, 138. 
Miss, 242. 
Barnard, Capt., 12, 17. 

John, 22, 95, 120, 193, 237, 297. 
Jonathan, 64. 
Capt. Joseph, 42. 
Tristram, 27, 152, 200, 260. 
Barnes, Jotham, 237, 297. 
Thomas, 241, 242. 
Bnrrell, Henry F., 212. 
B:irrett, Charles, 60, 80, 113, 114. 
Francis, 29. 
G., 60. 

, 244. 

Barry, Mr., 30, 175. 
Bartlett, Samuel, 142. 

, 249, 271. 

Barton, Augustus O., 193, 237, 297. 
Bass, 214, 219, 225, 231, 232, 234, 236, 238, 
239, 240, 241, 250, 253, 255, 257, 258, 
260, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 274, 
276, 277, 278, 281, 282, 283, 286, 290, 
292, 293, 294, 295, 297, 300, 301, 302. 
Benjamin, Jr., 41. 
George, 302. 
G., 297. 
Henry, 302. 
Horatio, 39, 64, 93, 119, 144, 235, 297, 

298, 302. 
H., 297. 
Moses, 145. 
Batchelder, Capt. Josiah, 94. 

Batchelor, , 4. 

Bathing, complaint against, at bottom of 

Beacon street, 296. 
house, shares in, bequeathed to 

town, 160. 
Batson, Joseph, 57, 125, 190, 193. 

, 94. 

Battelle, Thomas, 138, 144, 190. 
Battery March street, 152, 232. 

deed of land near, 

261. 

paving of, 237. 
petition for repairs 
in, 116. 
to build 
steps 
in lane 
from, to 
Purchase 
street, 
301. 

regulations for 
standing of carts, 
etc., in, 68. 



Baits, 226, 227. 
Baxter, Daniel, 291, 301. 
John, 60. 

Joseph, 60, 233, 237. 
Bazin, Abraham, 145. 
Beach street, improvement of, 143. 

proposed widening of, 277, 

278. 

widening of, 286, 288. 

Beacon Hill, boundaries of land of Gov. 

Hancock ' s 

heirs on, 53. 

town's land 

on, 54. 
illegal carting of gravel 

from, 143. 

land north of. recovered 

from Hancock heirs, 268. 

papers relative to land 

near, 261. 
suit from sale of land on, 

104. 

suit for land back of, 223. 
Street, 29, 149, 150, 252, 262. 

abutters to widen side- 
walk on, 190. 

committee to view and 
stake out 
proposed 
lines of, 
153, 154. 
etake out 
line of 
fence on 
side of 
common, 
187. 

on common to 
meet abut- 
ters on, 221. 
decision to widen, 156. 
flats at bottom of, 303. 
land taken to widen, 298. 
price 
of, 301. 

new fence on, 190. 
passageway from, to Mid- 
dlecot, laid out as Bow- 
doin street, 197. 
petition to fill up flats at 
bottom of, 
296. 

lease town 
land at bot- 
tom of, 272. 
widen, 153. 
objection to, 
bj; Hancock 
heirs, 154. 

plans of widening, sub- 
mitted to petitioners 

and approved, 155, 156. 
proposed widening of, 

292, 293. 

sidewalks on, 303, 304. 
to be 50 feet wide, 187. 
to take down and erect 

buildings in, 138. 
Beal, Caswell, 18. 

& Hobart, 175. 
Beals, Samuel, 42, 242. 
Bean, Aaron, 50. 

Beatley, , 262. 

Beck, Frederick, 4, 21, 64, 93. 
Beckford, Edward H., 215. 

, 214. 

Beef, regulations for sale of, from carts, 

48. 

weigher of, for South Boston, 186. 
stalls, complaint against, in Union 

street, 103, 104. 
in Ann street, lease of, 69. 
Belcher, Wm., 21. 
Belknap & Jackson, estates of, 176. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



313 



Belknap estate, letter to proprietors of, 

1(54. 

John, 200. 
Samuel, 163. 
street, 190. 

assessment for sewer re- 
pairs in, 60. 
expense of sewer repairs 

in, 60. 

school for colored people 
in, 275, 276. 

instructor for, 

290, 291. 

widening of, Beacon to 
corner of, 153, 154, 155, 
156. 

Belknaps alley, cancelling of, 224, 244, 246. 
expense of sewer repairs 

in, 59. 

Bell, Slmbael, 29, 40, 120, 146, 194, 237, 246. 
S.,64, 95, 146. 
William, Jr., 94,95, 189. 
for South Boston, receipt for, 263. 

St. Matthew's chapel, 263. 
Bellows, John, 80, 113, 114, 162, 164. 
Hi 11s, ringing of, Federal-street church, 

157. 
July Fourth, 93, 118, 189, 

2W. 

Old South Church, 157. 
Park-street church, 157. 
in case of riot, 70. 
Bemis, Daniel, 215. 
Benefit, at theatre, 132. 

Doyle, 131. 
Benjamin, Asher, 161, 212, 226, 234. 

, 187. 

Benney & Lincoln, 291. 
Bentley, William, 3. 

Bequests of Abiel Smith to town, 160, 206. 
William Phillips' father, 235. 
Bernard, Alexander, 263. 
Bethune, George, 77, 79. 
Bicknell, Peter, 64, 95, 120, 158, 194. 
Billings, Brad., 64, 95, 120. 
Bills against town, presentation of, 218. 
of sale, of materials of house, on 

Neck, of John Coates, 186. 
for laying drain in Mill pond, 14. 
Binney, Amos, 189, 230. 
Col. Amos, 94. 
Birchstead, James, 194. 
Bird, William, 31. 
Bishop, John, 246. 

Nathaniel, 189. 
Mr., 193. 

B xby, Luther, 121. 
Hl-.cks, bequest for education of, 160. 
Bl igge, Samuel, 21, 64, 119, 190. 
Blake, Edward, Jr., 62. 

Lemuel, 144, 190, 235, 298. 
Martin, 31. 

Blanchard, Jonathan, 297. 
Joshua, 60. 

, 224. 

Willow, 31. 

Blanchard's house, 224. 
Blaney, Mr., 274. 
Bliss, "Elam, 180, 190, 235. 

Mr., 52, 61,62. 
Blossom streef, 259, 265. 

committee to stake out, 

284. 

contract for dirt to flll,286. 
expense of repairing 

drain leading to, 85. 
laying out of, as public 
highway, 260, 265, 266, 
267. 

opening of, 241. 
staking out of, 289. 
to extend from Cam- 
bridge to North Allen, 
267 



Board of Health, 15, 17, 240,286. 

committee from, 12, 56. 
relative to 
disposal of 
filth, 86, 89, 
181, 182. 
from, to con- 
fer relative 
to b u r i a 1- 
ground- in 
South Bos- 
ton, 302, 
303, 304. 
communication from, 

99. 

relative to gun- 
house, 15. 
relative to Broad 

street, 98. 
joint convention with 

selectmen, 93. 
members to confer with 
commissioners relative 
to burial-ground in 
South Boston, 283, 284, 
285, 288. 

new burial ground 
recommended by, 268. 
petition of, 91,209. 
prtrsident of, 284, 288. 
removal of fishermen 

from dock by, 239. 
report of committee on 
removal of filth handed 
to, 38. 

secretary of, 15. 
to act with selectmen rel- 
ative to placing of 
dirton Common, 184. 
attend funeral of 
Francis Wright, 61. 
confer with commis- 
sioners relative to 
burial-ground in 
South Boston, 283, 
284, 285, 288. 

Board of War, auditor of, to apply for 
funds to selectmen, 
130, 131. 

communication from 
secretary of, 130, 131. 
reply to, 131. 
donations turned over to 
auditor of, 130, 131,132. 
secretary of, 131. 
Boarding houses, resolutions relative to 

sale of liquors in, 216. 
Boardman, William, 156 (see Bordman). 
Boats and Lighters (see Lighters) .choice 

of sealers of, 18, 54, 85, 109. 
for carrying stones, sand, etc., 150. 
Bond, George," 21, 64. 65, 93, 119, 144, 1UO, 

235, 298. 

Mr., 10, 221, 222. 
Bond & Whitwell, 147, 148, ISO. 
Bonds of Franklin donation, 302., 

for money loaned 

from, 290. 

arbitration of Cornhill Corpo- 
ration relative to damages to 
property of Mrs. Scollay, 
185. 188. 

Cornhill Corporation, 164. 
deputy collectors, 26, 30, 37. 

a m o u n t of 

36, 38. 

communication to 
town treasurer 
relative to, 36. 
fixing of, 35. 
selectmen to fix, 35. 
suggestion of se- 
lectmen relative 
to, 35. 



314 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Bonds of hay weigher, 85, 111, 227, 263, 

284. 

Mr*. Brooker's donation, col- 
lector of interest on, 20". 
Nathaniel Meriam, 263. 
Mr. McNeill, 87. 
proprietors of Exchange coffee 

house, 18, 262. 
town treasurer, town clerk to 

prepare, 13. 
to pay mortgage of Ward N. Boyl- 

ston, 261. 

Bondsmen of constables, 95, 145, 146, 193, 
194, 198, 297, 299, 300, 301, 
302. 

deputy collector, 87. 
hay-weigher, 8ft, 109, 179, 

221, 277. 
to be 1 n - 
formed of 
delinquen- 
cy, 84. 

town treasurer, prosecu- 
tion of, 119. 

Books of by-laws, purchase of, 275. 
relative to donations, 283. 

Mrs. Brooker's dona- 
tion, 263. 

Bordman. Joseph F., 201. (See Board- 
man.) 

Bordman & Pope, 298. 
Borland, J. B., 81. 
Mr*., 148. 

Boston, 1-305, -inclusive, 
bounds of, 32. 
act to annex part of Dorchester 

to, 226. 

artillery of neighboring town to 
proceed to, for defence of 
town, 118. 
Gazette, printing of ratable polls 

in, 16. 
harbor, defenceless condition of, 

112. 
militia, trained for defence of 

town, 118. 
Mill Corporation (see Mill Pond 

Corporation), 28. 
Theatre, share in, bequeathed to 

town, 160. 

and Roxbury boundary, settle- 
ment of, 33. 
Mill Corporation, 
proposed amend- 
ments in charter 
of, 186. 
committee to look after rights of 

town, 186. 
Bourguin, Jnmes, 39, 64, 93, 119, 144, 148, 

190, 226, 235, 298. 
Bowditch, Jonathan, Jr., 270. 

Hon., 186. 

Bowdoin, James, 27,, 29, 52. 
T., 202. 

street, claim for injury to 
property in, 206, 
213. 

referred to commit- 
tee, 213. 
committee, relative to 

widening of, 204. 
description of, 197. 
hearing relative to, 210. 
laying out of, from 
Derne to Beacon, 
195, 196, 197. 
name of, 197. 
objection of abutters 
to expense 
of, 196, 197. 
to widening 

of, 2:i3. 

petition relative to, 9. 
to widen, 202. 



Bowdoin street, report of committee rela- 
tive to widening, 204. 
widening of, 203. 
square, R6. 

petition to alter wood 

stand in, 107. 
standing of carts, etc., 

in, 8. 

Bowers, 201. 
Bowker, Howard, 60. 
Parson, 60. 
Warren Thacher, 270. 
Bowling, 242. 
Bowman, F. & J., 286. 
Boylston, 29, 163, 221, 230. 

Ward N., 53, 182, 209, 229, 237, 

261,274,275,276. 
Thomas, 112, 261. 

estate, papers relative 

to, 261. 
Hall, communication relative 

to opening of, 23. 
Lane, Frazer &, 116. 
Market (see Markets). 

Association, applica- 
tion f rom directors,45. 
fine for breach of reg- 
ulations of, 48. 
regulations for car- 
riages near, 48. 
repairs of walk near, 

178. 
rules and orders, 48. 

fine for breach 

of, 48. 

square, application for 
livery stable, south of, 
205. 
street, paving of, 237. 

sidewalks on, 254. 
purchase of land to 

widen, 289. 
regulations for standing 

of carts in, 48. 
sale of provisions pro- 
hibited in, 68. 
twine factory in, danger 
to property by, 171 , 172, 
176. 

widening of, 288. 
Boynton, A., 60. 

, 196. 

Boys, apprentice, rioting by, 78. 

conduct of, at Wheeler's point, 109. 
petition relative to conduct of, at 

Methodist Society lectures, 101. 
Bradford, Capt. Garni., 18. 
Samuel, 62. 
William B., Jr., 211. 
Bradlee, Elizabeth, 142. 

Josiah, i2, 77, 145, 225. 
Nathaniel, 161. 
Thomas D., 131. 
Mr., 103, 107. 
Braman, Jason, 297. 
Brattle square, 257, 260. 

assessment lor sewer re- 
pairs from, 62. 
closing of passage from 

Court street to, 224. 
expense of repairing 

sewer from, 62. 
new carriageway from 
Court street to, 
224. 

street from Court 
street to, 244, 246. 
petition against arch over 
passageway 
leading to, 203. 
to alter line of 
passageway 
from, to Corn 
hill, 195. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



315 



Brattle street, 24D, 251. 

regulation of, 230. 
repairs to, 247. 

payment for, 

247. 

society, committee from, 
relative to regulating 
Brattle street, 247. 

Bray, 171, 172, 174, 175, 17ti, 179, 180, 181, 182, 
184, 187, 188, 192, 194, 196, l!)7, 200, 
'201, 203, 204, -205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 
210,211,212,213. 
John, 3. 
Brazer (Brazier), John, 2, 42,60,63,108, 

133, 

Mr., 134, 135. 
Bread street, 141. 
Breed, Ei>hraim,42. 
Thomas, 47. 

Brewer, Nathaniel, 74, 82,140, 248, 304. 
'Capt., 178. 
Mr., 33, 139,274. 
Brcwster, O. ( 29. 
Bridge, Jeremiah, 26, 54, 85, 109. 
Joseph, 299. 
Samuel, 24, 64. 
Mr., 177. 

& Gore, 298, 300, 301, 302. 
Bridge street, 241. 

closing of, 258, 259. 
conditions of closing, 258, 

259. 

Improvements to, 47. 
protest against closing of, 

244. 
Bridges, action taken to destroy, upon 

approach of enemy, 126. 
Brighton, 127. 
Canal, 127. 

indictment for emptying 
filth Into river near, 50. 
Charles river, 9, 66, 127. 
from Cross to Union street, 

suitable place for, 182. 
from Tiverton to Rhode Island, 
shares In, bequeathed to town, 
160. 

Kennebeck, assessment for re- 
building of, 177. 
payment of, 
refused, 
178. 

shares In, be- 
queathed to town, 
160. 
new, from Cross to Union street, 

184. 

communication to Mill 
Pond Corporation rela- 
tive to, 185. 

of Chelsea, Maiden and Brigh- 
ton, 127. 
over Mill Creek, Cress street to 

Union, 194, 195. 
Pond street, damage to horse by 

breaking of, 30. 

proposed by Mill Pond Corpora- 
tion across canal, 122. 
South, 127. 
Springfield, shares in, b e - 

queathed to town, 160. 
to be under direction of engine 

companies, 127. 
West Boston, 81,127. 
Bright, J., 29. 
Brighton bridge, 127. 

street, encroachment of shop 

on, 230. 

examination into en- 
croachments on, 229. 
Brimmer, Andrew, 29, 76, 152. 
Brinley, Geo., 211. 
Brintnall, Nathaniel, 116, 119. 
Broad street, 20, 67, 68, 150. 



Broad street, communication relative to 

cleaning of, 98. 
license to raise goods into 

store in, 2'26. 
paving of, 237. 
regulations for standing of 

carts, etc., in, 68. 
Bromfield's lane, committee to view 

stable in, report of, 292. 
Brooker, Joanna, 207. 

Mr., donation, 269. 

Mrs., 207,263. 

Mrs., donation, papers relative 

to, 13C. 

Brooks & Dana, 301. 
Peter C., 161. 
P C 14 234 
William! 22,' 64, 95, 120, 146, 193, 

237, 297, 300. 
Williams. ,288, 298. 
Gen., 87. 
Brown, Ezra, 3. 
Ez'l, 64. 
John, 278, 298. 
Samuel, 59, 180. 

Stephen, 21, 64, 119, 144, 190, 235, 
298. 

, Deacon, 238. 

Mr., 42, 91. 
Bruce, Mr., -I. 

Brummet, , 271. 

Buckingham, Mr., 227, 232, 236, 256, 275, 296. 
Buildings, at corner of Hanover and 

Union streets, 78. 
award for houses taken by 
town in Dorsets alley and 
Cornhill, 176. 
complaint against stable in 

Scotts court, 295, 296. 
conditions upon which same 
can- be built near Court 
House, 168. 

damages to Mr. Pomroy's by 
laying out Bo w- 
doin street, 197. 
be paid by pro- 
prietors, 197. 
engine house, 2. 

height of, in 
School street, 
restricted,168. 
Green Dragon Tavern, 78. 

altera- 
tions 
to, 199 

house In Cambridge street, 
, removal of steps 

from, 240. 
Union street, 78. 

rents 
for,177. 

In Central street, plank side- 
walk in front of, 283. 
Federal street approved as 

theatre, 100. 

Leverett street, permit to 
build baker's oven In, 
226. 
Olive street, committee to 

view, 100. 
Salem street, license to 

raise goods into, 213. 
State street, complaints of 

proprietors, 17. 
Union street, terms of sale, 

83, 84. 

to straighten 
line of, 230. 

law relative to licensing, 78. 
t raising goods 

Into, 207, 211. 

license of, as livery stable, 75. 
line of, on Milk and Battery- 
march streets, 152. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Buildings, livery stable, Portland street, 

156, 157. 
materials of, bill of sale of, 

on neck, 186. 
on Mill Pond, leave to use, as 

livery stable, 89. 
Mrs. Scollay's, agreement rel- 
ative to oc- 
cupants and 
removal of, 
191, 192. 
occupants of, 
warned to 
leave, 191. 
objection 
of, to 
length 
of no- 
tice,191. 
claim for 
damages 
by, 191. 
letter to Corn- 
bill Corpora- 
tion relative 
to, 180. 

referees to es- 
timate dam- 
ages to, 185. 
near Green Dragon Tavern, 

terms of sale of, 83, 84. 
new brick schoolhouse in Ma- 
son street, 161. 
completed, in front of 

court house, 150. 
on Common street, 295. 
in Court street, 260. 
engine house in Milk 

street, 304. 

for manufacture of tur- 
pentine, 269. 
in Hawley street, 101. 

Kilby street, 147. 
on Neck, 78. 

for soap and 
candle mak- 
ing, 78. 

In Orange street, objec- 
tion to room in, as 
watch-house, 157. 
In Union street, com- 
mittee to view, 292, 293, 
294. 

store, corner of Flagg 
alley and State street, 
184. 
to build brick, in Beacon 

street, 138. 
take down, in Beacon 

street, 138. 

on neck, to be moved to land 
near hay scales, for 
care of bulls, 277, 278. 
Parkman's wharf, petition 

for use of oven in, 255. 
Purchase streetl changein, 

17. 

committee to 
view, 293, 
294. 

interference 
with foot- 
w alk by 
steps of, 
17. 
proprietor 

of, 17. 

penalty for not licensing, 78. 
petition againsttwine factory 
in Boylston street, 
171, 176. 

to be requested 
to build hemp, 
house, 172. 



Buildings, petition against twine factory 

in Boylston street. 

lights for. 

bidden in, 

172, 176. 

for brick engine 
house in Milk 
street, 303. 
use of, as dis- 
tillery near 
M i 1 1 P o n d, 
260. 

of T. Welsh, to erect 
in Court street, 178. 

refused, 178. 
to build market 
houses near Dock 
square, 273, 274. 
build stable in 
Scott's court, 295, 
296, 304, 305. 
for removal of, from 
land of Mrs. Scol- 
lay, 193. 
proposals to owners of, in 

Union street, 83, 
proposed addition to oyster 
house near Oliver's Dock, 
194. 

purchase of part of, by town, 

on Elm street, 295, 296, 298. 

razing of, on Beacon street, 

292. 

to widen Elm 
street, 159, 160, 
161. 

referees, to estimate damages 
done to property of Mrs. 
Scollay, 178. 

rent of house near Green 

. Dragon Tavern, 249, 250. 

removal of, for new street in 

Cornhill, 163, 

165,166, 167,168. 

to North Allen 

street, 257. 
reward for detection of per- 

sons defacing, 90, 185. 
ruined, complaint against, 

225. 

sale of Mrs. Scollay's, adver- 
tised, 192. 

Town, county and public, 
decorated in honor of 
peace. 137. 

Town's, in Union street, en- 
croachment on, 292, 293, 294. 
Bulfinch, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 
17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 27, 30,31,33, 
34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 45, 46,49,50, 
51, 52, 53, 54, 65, 56, 57, 58, 59, 
60, 61, 6-2, f>3, 64, 65, 69, 70, 71, 
72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 
82, 83, 84, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 
97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 
112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117,118, 
120, 121, 122, 127, 128, 129, 130, 
132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 
139, 140, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 
147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 
154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 
162, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
179, IfO, 181, Ih2, 183,184,185, 
187, 188, 190, 192, 194, 195, 196, 
201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 
208, 209, 2 >5, 231 , 232, 234, 236, 
238, 239, 241, 245, 250, 252, 253, 
255. 256, 257, 258, 260, 262, 267, 
273, 275. 

Charles, 4, 6, 7, 12, 16, 20, 26, 28, 
29, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 43, 44, 47 
48, 68, 123, 124, 125, 126, 12H, 
138, 165, 166, 199, 214, 217, 233, 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



317 



Bulfinch, Charles, 248, 262, 268. 

street, committee to direct re- 
pairs, 25. 

Bullnrd, Messrs., 292. 
Bulls, petition for, 276. 

to be kept near hay scales, 277, 278. 
care of, 278. 
Bumstead, Jeremiah, 76. 

Jeremiah, Jr., 123. 
Joseph, 21, 64, 93. 
Josiah, 34. 

,29, 119,205. 

Buoy to mark sand bar at Deer Island, 12. 
Burchsted, James, 70, 95, 120, 146. 
Burdekin, Joseph, 158,190, 235. 
Burdett, James W., 231. 
Burial grounds, new, in South Boston, 
210, 283, 284, 
285, 288. 
court at Taun- 
ton to con- 
sider report 
on, 296. 

court proceed- 
ings relative 
to, 299. 

land for, 226, 
302,303,304. 
demand for, 
on 3 o u t h 
Boston cor- 
po ration, 
268. 

petition for 
purchase 
of, 209. 
north, deed of land for, 

262. 

part of Dorchester to be 

purchased for, 226, 268. 

south, removal of snow 

from streets leading lo, 

49. 

superintendent, office 

for, 91. 
Burr, Joshua, 142. 

Martin, 95, 120, 146, 193-, 237, 297. 
Mort.. 64. 

Burrill, Phillip, 74, 102. 
Burroughs, George, Jr., 21,64, 93,119, 144. 
Burrows, Capf.William, 94. 
Butchers' carts in Union street, 7. 
Butchers, petition from, In Union street, 

56. 
Butler's row, claim to land at bottom of, 

254, 255, 256. 

land at bottom of, suit rela- 
tive to, 304. 

superintendent of police 
to order removal of bar- 
rels in ,288. 
Butters, Joshua, 186, 236. 

Buxton, , 28. 

By-laws, committee to consider printing 

of, 254, 255. 
printing of, 258. 
purchase of books of, 275. 

Cabot, Joseph, 143, 144. 190, 235. 
Samuel, 43, 190, 235.- 
Samuel, Jr., 143, 144. 

,262,271. 

Cadets, commander of, 179. (See Militia.) 

use of armory by, 179. 
Call, Mr., 4 1,42. 
Callahan, Mrs., 76. 
Callender, C., 296. 

John ,274, 275,276. 
Joseph, 147. 
J., 132. 
William, 81, 265. 

, 189, 267. 

Cambridge, 186. 

street, 29, 218, 241, 267. 



Cambridge street, encumbrance of foot" 

walk by steps in, 240' 

expense of sewers in> 

;,7. 

licentious conduct of 
people on hill south 
of, 99. 
liquor licenses on hill 

south of, 107. 
market-house In, 16. 
petition against sale 
of provisions from 
carts in, 16. 
petition for removal 

of carts from, 16. 
regulations of sale of 

goods in, 68. 
removal of steps from 

house in, 240. 
sale of liquors south 

of, 46. 
streets through land 

north of, 46. 
Canal, 39, 42. 

In Mill Pond, committee to inspect 

walls of, 99. 

inspection of building walls of, 88. 
land adjoining, 98. 
stone to build walls of, 15. 
proprietors, depositions relative 

to claim of, 91. 
bridge, 81,127. 

indictment for emptying 

filth into river near, 50. 

street, paving of, to be paid by 

store proprietors, 72. 
Candle manufacture, building for, on 

neck, 78. 

Canterbury, Jacob, 131. 
Capen, Lemuel, 54, 85, 109, 138. 
Phineas, 190. 
Thomas, 242, 273. 
Carleton, Osgood, 80. 

Mr., 39, 50, 97. 
Carnes, John, 211, 212. 

, 215. 

Carr, John, 10. 

Carriages, committee to report on regula- 
tions for, 56. 

complaint against passing of, 
during religious services on 
Sundays, 189. 

In streets, publishing law rela- 
tive to, 65. 
not to stand In Union street, 

296, 305. 

passage of, through squares, 8. 
petition for stand for, iu 

School street, 175. 
regulations of, 8. 

In streets, 66. 
near Boylston 

market, 48. 
sale of, prohibited in State 

street, 22. 
Carriageway on Washington street to be 

put in order by proprietors, 202. 
Carter, Abraham, 21, 64, 93. 

Mrs., 197. 
Carts, butchers', in Cornhill, complaint 

against, 282. 

committee to consider arrange- 
ment of, 300. 
damage to Mr. Lawrence by loss 

of, 252. 
drivers of, 9. 
east of Faneuil Hall, regulation 

of, 245. 

In streets, care of, 44. 
fines for standing in streets, 9. 
band, regulations for standing of, 
in streets, 68. 
Market square, 
352. 



318 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Carts, Incumberance of streets by, 48. 
in Adams street, 283. 

Cambridge street, petition 
against sale of provisions 
from, 16. 
Central street, 282, 283. 

complaint against, 

300. 

Liberty square, 283. 
Union street, standing of, 7. 
night, building wharf from alms- 
house for, 15. 

removal of nuisances by, 15. 
not to stand in Union street, 7. 
number of, in Central street, 279. 
objection to standing of, in Milk 

street, 10. 

petition to regulate in neighbor- 
hood of market-house, 45. 
etc., registration of, 67. 
regulations for, 8, 49. 

east of Faneuil 

Hall, 248. 
sale of art i c 1 e s 
from ,67. 
hay from, 
66, 123, 
124. 

provisions 

from, 66. 

beef and 

mutton 

from, 48. 

wood from, 

66, 123,224. 

standing In 

streets, 16. 
with wood and 
cider in streets, 
153. 
removal of, from market place, 55. 

market, 56. 

responsibility of driver, 9. 
owners, 9. 
sale of meat from, near Boylston 

market, 48. 
scavenger, 15. 

standing of, in Congress street, 8. 
Cornhill, 8. 
Devonshire street, 
8. 

Milk street, 8. 
Pond street, 9. 
Union street, 7. 
Water street, 8. 
wood, Common street as a stand 

for, 50. 

wagons, trucks and sleds, etc., 
weight of load to be carried on, 
278. 

committee to revise 
Jaws relative to, 
226. 

communication rela- 
tive to standing of, 
east of Faneuil 
Hall, 224. 
Cartwriglit, Hannah, 125,193. 

, 189. 

Carver, Captain, 85. 
street, 244. 

petition to pave, 290. 

refused, 

252. 
Cary, James, 242. 

Rev. Mr., 14. 
Castle Island, ships to be sunk near, for 

defence of harbor, 118. 
street, 53. 

extension of, from Orange 

to Front, 197. 
petition to 1111 near Dock, 

194. 
Causeway, the, 42. 



Causeway, the, committee to inspect wall 

outside of, 99. 
notice from Mill Pond 
Corporation relative to 
passage through, 15. 
opening through to admit 

lighters, 15. 
Cellaro in Fish street, 175. 

market, committee to consider 

lease of, 253. 
rent of, 256. 
objection to granting of licenses 

to occupants of, 191, 192. 
resolutions relative to sale of 

liquors in, 216. 
water In, from sewer in North 

street, 93. 

under town-house, lease of, 51. 
rent of, 51. 

Census to be taken, 11. 
Center street, new stable in, 228. 

proposal relative to widen- 
ing of, 228. 
repairs to, 228. 
Centtnel (see newspapers). 
Central street, (j8. 

carts in, 282. 

proprietors on, relative to 
horse carts stationed in, 
114. 
regulations for standing 

of carts, etc., in, 68. 
sidewalk on, to be paved, 

283. 
removal of crates from, 

211. 
wharf (see wharves) , 275. 

petition from proprietors 

of, 256. 
Certificates, auctioneers, 138, 139. 

for theatre in Federal street, 

149, 199. 

to sell liquors, 144. 
Chamberlain, Edward, 6. 
Chamberlin, Ezra, 102. 
Chambers street, 30, 245. 

paving of, 72. 
Champuey, Samuel, 74. 

Mr., 54. 

Chandler, Joseph, 94, 190. 
Channing, Edward T.,227. 

George G., 51, 64, 93, 119, 144, 

181, 190, 298. 
Jtev. Mr., 7, 86. 
Mr., 138. 

Chapman, Jonathan, 28. 
Chaponil, Anthony, 121. 
Charcoal baskets, measuring of, 82. 

fraud in measuring, 277. 
Charles river, committee to confer with 
proprietors bordering 
on, 81. 

bridge, 9, 66, 127, 236. 
street, 262. 

carts and carriages with 
hay and straw to stand 
In, 123, 124. 
complaint against bathing 

near, 296. 

continuation of, 81. 
gravel for, 228. 
petition before General 
Court to ex- 
tend, 82. 
for lamps in, 

102. 
planking of sidewalk in, 

209. 

sale of hay In, 66. 
Charlestown street, 39. 
Charter street, 146. 

sewer in, opening of, 258. 
petition to repair, 
257. 



INDEX TO PLACES AXD SUBJECTS. 



319 



Chase, Joshua, 57. 

Mr., 21-2. 
Cheapside, 221. 

common sewer in, 164. 

land of Belknap's alley added 

to lots on, 2-24. 
money for paving, 206. 
paving of, 227. 
petition for paving of, 206. 

of store proprietors 

In, 230. 

Cheevers, Mess., 188. 
Chelsea bridge, 127. 
Chestnut street, assessment for repairing 

drain in, 263, 264. 
to pave gutter in, 303. 
Child, David W., 31,231. 
Childs, Edward, 59. 

,97. 

Children, control of, during riots, 71. 

of Benjamin Bailey, petition of, 

203. 

John Leverett, deed in be- 
half of, 18. 
Mr. Leverett, land belonging 

to, 5. 
Chimneys, cleaning of, 32. 

choice of inspector of, 101. 
for engine-house in Back 

street, 101. 

sweepers, application for li- 
cense, 145. 
appointment o f , 

260. 

choice of superin- 
tendent, 101. 
superintendent, of- 
fice of, 101. 
imprisonment of, 

for fine, 111. 
fine of remitted, 

111. 

vote of town on, to 
be sent to town 
attorney, 23. 
Chocolate mills, &9. 
Christy (Christie), Thomas, 120, 186. 

Mr., 126. 

Churches, Baptist, application from com- 
mittee of, 33. 
in Charles Btreet,296. 
Meeting Houses, 67. 
loan of benches to, 

33. 
Catholic, closing of street west 

of, 69. 
contract for care of clocks in, 

222. 
Federal street, ringing bell of, 

157. 

First, 65. 
in Hollia street, care of clock 

in, 222. 

Dr. Lothrop's, 65. 
new. in School street, building 

of, 234. 

South, passageway back 
of, to be conveyed to, 110. 
Old South, bell of, 157. 

clock, care of, 222. 
repairs to, 

110. 

complaint of com- 
mittee from, 
against passing of 
carriages on Sun- 
day, 189. 

Society, singers of, 
to give services 
July 4th, 295. 
use of, for 4th of 

July oration, 294. 
Park Street, ringing bell of, 
157. 



Churches, Second, 65. 

clock, care of, 222. 
St. Matthew's Chapel, bell for, 

263. 
Universalist, new committee, 

relative to building or 1 , 234. 
Cider carts, regulations for, 153, 203. 
Citizens action of in case of alarm or 

riot, 71. 

Claims for damages by occupants of 
Mrs. S co Hay's 
building, 191. 
to property of 
Mrs. Scollay, 
plans for settle- 
ment of, 182, 183. 
injury to property in Bow- 

doin street, 206, 213. 
land taken to widen Back 
street, 245, 
250. 

widen Elm 

street, 230. 

widen Lynn 

street, 223. 

street north of Exchange, 

IS. 

legal opinion as to future, by 
heirs of Gov. Hancock for land 
on Beacon street, 154, 155. 
of Amos Binney, 230. 

town against Mr. Boylston, 163. 
Ward N. Boyl- 
stou, committee 
on, 209. 

request for 
settlement 
of, 182. 

Mr. French, 245. 
William R. Gray, 206, 213. 

Gray, referees in, 213, 

214. 

James Harrison, verdict in, 18. 
Leverett's, papers relative to, 

2til. 

to land by T/everett heirs, 18. 
land at bottom of Butler's 

row, 254,255, 256. 
Clap (Clapp), Elijah, 94. 

Martin, 144, 190, 235, 298. 
W. W., 90. 
Mr., 30. 

Clark (Clarke), Humphrey, Jr., 278. 
Nathaniel, 94. 
Samuel, 133. 
Sarah, 6. 

Thomas, 21, 64, 68, 93, 119, 
144, 190, 216, 235, 298. 

, 262. 

Clay for repair of Front street, 55. 
Cleland, William, 27, 28, 34, 83, 93. 
Clergy, 137. 

Cleveland (Cleaveland), Charles, 180, 190. 
Clocks of First Church, 65. 

of Dr. Lothrop's Church, 65. 
committee to arrange for uni- 
formity in time of, in Boston, 
Cambridge and Salem, 186. 
dough, William, 242. 
Clouston, William, 122. 
Coates, John, 25, 186. 
Cochran (Cochrane), William, 22, 64,95, 

106, 119, 120, 144, 146, 190, 193, 235, 298. 
Cockayne, George, 46, 68. 
Codman, Henry, 178. 
H., 266. 

John, 62. 145, 228. 
Stephen, 44, 119, 127, 197. 

petition of, relative to 
prosecution of Town 
Treasurer, 119. 

, 187. 

Coffin, Charles, 47. 
Cogswell, John, 94. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Cogswell, , 189, 24-2. 

Colburn (Colbourn;, J. S., 46, 265, 266. 
Cole, James, guardian for, to De appointed 

by J'robate Court, 115. 
lane, 156. 
Collamore, Gilman, 106, 119, 190, 235, 298. 

Collier, . 94. 

William, 125, 189, 193. 
Collins, William, 94, 189. 
Comerais, John, 2!i7, 302. 
Commander-in-Chief, confidence in, for 
proper defence of town and harbor, 

12o. 

Commercial Insurance Company, 135. 

petition 

of, 7ft. 

street, part of Milk street 

changed to, 232. 

Commissioners appointed by Governor 
for defence of town, 
125. 
communication from, 

126. 
meeting of, with 

Selectmen, 117. 
plans of, 118. 
relative to destruc- 
tion of bridges, 127. 
request completion of 

fortifications, 129. 
to set off burial-ground 
in South Boston, 283, 
284, 285, 288. 

report of, 295. 

not accepted by 

court, 299. 
Committee from Board of Health, 12, 15, 

56, 86. 

relative to de- 
posit of dirt, 
181, 182. 
to act in con- 
junction 
with Selec.t- 
men, 182. 
to confer with 
Selectmen rela- 
tive to alms- 
house wharf, 
15. 
Brattle Street Society, 

247. 
Corn hill Corporation, 

162. 

Court of Sessions, 99. 
from fire-wards, 44. 
fire-wards relative to 

expenses of, 273. 
Legislature to arrange 
public celebration of 
peace, 136, 137. 
Old South church, com- 
plaint by, against 
passing of carriages 
on Sunday, 189. 
Overseers of Poor, 99. 
Park Street Church So- 
ciety, 157. 
proprietors of land on 

Neck, 204. 
Republican convention, 

61. 
trustees of General 

Hospital, 259, 260. 
wards to collect dona- 
tions for defence of 
town, 127, 128. 
wards to work on shore 
and harbor defence, 
129. 

Washington Benevo- 
lent Society, 72. 
of directors of mill corpora- 
tion, 1. 



Committee of Federal Street Church So- 
ciety, 157. 
finance, 91. 

to consider petition 
of Deputy Col- 
lectors for in- 
crease of salary, 
139. 

fire-wards to direct opera- 
t i p n s at 
bridges,l'27. 
superintend 
destruction 
of bridges, 
1-26. 

General Court to refer pe- 
tition to build wharf on 
flats to next session, 143. 
inhabitants as referees 
to estimate. 
damage by 
taking of 
land for new 
street in 
Cornhill, 166. 
of South Bos- 
ton relative 
to burial- 
ground, 285. 

Marine Society, recom- 
mends not to sink hulks 
in harbor, 121. 
Third Baptist Church, 33. 
town, relative to removal of 

filth, 22. 
on accounts, 176, 218. 

duties of, 218. 
meetings of, 218. 
alterations and repairs to 

town house, 45. 
altering position of gun 

house, 27. 
application of Gen. Brooks, 

87. 
W. D.Sohier, 

Brooker's donation, 177. 
boundaries, 33. 
Bowdoin street, 204. 
Boylston's concerns, 222. 
Boylston suit report, 230. 
Common, 173, 174, 180, 230. 
improvement of, 

181. 

to examine ac- 
counts of work 
done on, 97. 
to meet abuttcrs 
on Beacon 
street, 221. 
communication of Gorham 

Parsons, 21. 

complaint of Mr. Hatch 
relative to drain in Cross 
street, 182. 
Deer Island, 175. 
employment of person to 
help care for Faneuil 
Hall, 44. 
executions on estate of 

John Coates, 25. 
expense of repairing Fort 

Hill, 87. 
extension of Castle street, 

197. 

Front street report, 229. 
good order of town, recom- 
mendations of, 70. 
gutter in Chardon's lane, 

198. 
hayscales, 174,219. 

duties of, 173 
report, 239. 
lamps, 257. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



321 



Committee on lamps, lighting of, 200. 

In Market Btreet,260. 
to consider improve- 
ments In, 102. 
consider commu- 
nication from 
superintende n t 
Of, 255. 
contract for oil 

for, 201 . 
regulate lighting 

of, 103. 
transfer in Prince 

street, 271,27-2. 
land back of Beacon Hill, 

223. 
In Mill pond, report 

of, 97. 

laying out new street from 
Beacon to Middlecot, 195, 
197. 
law regulating public 

houses, report, 216. 
liquor licenses, on West 

Boston hill, 238. 
lowering rents in Old State 

House, 23. 
market, 239, 256. 

duties of, 173. 219. 
regulations, 56. 
report of, 291. 

relative to 
fish mar- 
ket, 240. 
relative to 
rents,264. 
relative to 
lease of 
stalls 1 n 
market 
west of 
Faneui 1 
Hall, 251, 
252. 

to repairpavement 
south of Faneuil 
Hall, 241. 
to repair roof of, 

236. 

to report relative 
to lease of stalls, 
250. 
neck, 174. 

duties of, 173. 

land leased to Mr. 

Ryan by, 177. 
petition to hire land, 

referred to, 175. 
relative to land on, 

204. 

to examine, 26. 
locate place for 
night carts on, 
89,90. 

repair east side of 
VV a s h i n g t o n 
street, 74. 
superintend re- 
pairs to streets 
on, 27. 
view, 27. 

report of, 

244. 

oil, 207. 

Old State House, 290. 
opening westerly end of 

Union street, 83. 
paving Foster's lane, 146. 
Foster street, 149. 
gutters in North 
Russell street, 
290. 

pecuniary concerns of 
town, chairman, 26. 



Committee on pecuniary concerns of 

town, secretary, 26. 
petition of New England 

Guards, 90. 
Mr. Harring- 
ton, 90. 
W. D. Sohier, 

report, 'J3. 
reduction of rent of town 

house, 26, 90. 
regulations of carriages in 

streets, 55. 
removal of filth of the town, 

22. 

from town, 
report, 38. 
gun-house, 15. 
post, corner of 
Salem and 
Prince streets, 
272. 
repairs to school in South 

Boston, 293, 294. 
rules and orders, 214. 

report of, 
217, 218, 
219, 220. 
schools, 219. 

choice of, 231. 
duties of, 173, 174, 

219. 

for colored peo- 
ple, 275, 276. 
relative to Centre 
writing school, 
292. 

south, 228. 
visitation, 23. 
to superintend 
work on new 
school-house, 
175. 
supply wood, 

237. 
sections of town, duties of, 

280. 
South Boston pound, report 

of, 238. 
streets, 225, 

226, 

streets re- 
port, 227. 
streets, 174. 

duties of, 173, 174. 
through land north 
of Cambridge 
street, 46. 
town's claims, 221. 
town house, 175, 178, 219. 

duties of, 173, 

174. -219. 
rents, 30. 
valuation, 25. 

of property to 
make state- 
ment, 133. 
visit of President of 

United States, 236. 
watch-house, 219. 
watch, 174. 

duties of, 173. 

widening of Boylston 

street, r e - 

port of, 289. 

Green street, 

291,292. 
8 o u t li a c k's 
court, 201. 

relative to abuses on West 
Boston hill, 239. 
agreement with 
tenants of Mrs. 
Scollav's build- 
ing, 192. 



322 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Committee relative to altering streets on 


Committee relative to new street from 


Mill Pond, 227. 


L e v e rett 


assignment o f 


t o Wilt- 


Lane, Frazer & 


shire, 182. 


Boylston, 116. 


street to be 


assistant for mes- 


laid out 


senger, 53, 54. 


b y Corn- 


auction license, 


hill corpo- 


report, 228. 


ration, 


claim against 


221. 


Ward N. Boyls- 


oven in Custom 


ton, 182. 


House street, re- 


claim for land 


port of, 292. 


taken into Back 


paving of Portland 


street, report of, 


street, 305. 


250. 


petition for bakery 


conduct o f per- 


on Park. 


sons o n hill 


m a n 's 


south of Cam- 
bridge street,99. 


wharf, 
report of. 


defence of Har- 


255. 


bor, 118. 


of truck- 


deputy collectors, 


men, 225. 


petition for com- 


to fill up 


pensation b y , 


flats at 


103. 


bottom of 


disposal of filth, 


Bea con 


89. 


street, re- 


division of Mill 


port of, 


Pond land, 76. 


296. 


encroachment on 


place of deposit for 


Lynn and 


dirt, 182. 


Prince streets, 


placing of town 


294. 


dirt on Common, 


extension Rowe's 


184. 


wharf, 221. 


price of land to 


Franklin dona- 


widen Beacon 


tion, 290. 


street, report of, 


good order of 


301. 


town, 70. 


proposal for Mill 


hiring upper part 
of Old State 


dam, 101. 
printing state and 


House, 209, 210. 


by laws, 


improvement of 


254, 255. 


Fort Hill, 61. 


of town 


land sold Mr. 


records, 


Odin, in 


report 


Union 


of, 186. 


street, 177. 


prosecution of 


taken by 


Town Treasurer, 


town to 


119. 


widen 


purchase of land of 


B e aeon 


school-house i n 


street, 298. 


West street, 102. 


law regulating 


regulating Brattle 


public houses, 


street, 247. 


214. 


repairs on Bowdoin 


lease of stalls 


street, 304. 


west of Faneuil 


to Court 


Hall, report of, 


street, 289. 


253. 


of Lynn 


license money 


street, re- 


and fines, 250. 


port of, 


report of, 254. 


180. 


Marlborough 


on Sumner 


street, report 


street, 304. 


of, 253. 


requests for copies 


new bridge over 


of town records, 


creek, 


181. 


from Un- 


salary for chair- 


i o n to 


man, 220. 


Cross 


scales and weights, 


street, 


106. 


197. 


sewer in Charter 


burial- 


street, report of, 


ground 


258. 


in South 


sewer in North 


Boston, 


street, report of, 92. 


302, 303, 


suit against Ward 


304. 


X. Boylston, 274. 


engine- 


town land from 


house i n 


Prince street to 


Milk 


Mill pond, report 


street, 304, 


of, 305. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



323 



Committee relative to town's right to oc- 
cupy beef stallsin 
Union street, 103. 
well in Kilby street, 

180. 

widening of Bea- 
con street, 150, 
301. 
widening of Bow- 

doin street, 203. 
widening South- 
ack's court, re- 
port of, 255,256. 
widening street in 
front of Green 
Dragon, 199. 
widening of Union 

street, 75. 
standing list of, 219. 
to adjust matters of judgment 
against property of John 
Brazer, 134, 135.. 
adopt measures for correc- 
tion of voting lists, 46. 
arrange for accurate merid- 
ian time In Boston, Cam- 
bridge and Salem, 186. 
ascertain amount of land 
recovered from Hancock 
heirs, 284. 
attend to sewer in North 

street, 92. 
suit of W. N. Boyl- 

ston, 53. 

carry out market improve- 
ments, 56. 

confer with agent of Ward 
N. Boylston, 
209. 

Board of Health 
56. 

relative t o 
disposal of 
filth, 88. 
relative t o 
night carts, 
15. 

commissioners 
relative t o 
burial-ground 
in South Bos- 
ton, 288. 
directors of 
Mill Pond 
C o rporation, 
17. 

land proprie- 
tors at West 
Boston, 29. 
fire-wards rela- 
tive to twine 
factory In 
B o y 1 s t o n 
street, 172,176. 
Over seers of 

Poor, 15. 
proprietors of 
land border- 
ing on Charles 
river, 81. 
purchaser of 
Mr. Amory's 
land, 25. 
resi dents of 

Fort Hill, 61. 
town's counsel, 

87. 

consider additional stalls 
for market, 55. 
advance of rent 
Old State 
House, 158. 
arrangements of 
carts, 300. . 



Committee to consider communication 

relative to 

street laws. 

254. 

enlargement of 

market, !479. 
expense of re- 
pairing Fort 
Hill, 89. 

lease of land 
back of distil 
house, 234. 
lease of stalls 
and cellars in 
market, 253. 
petition of T. 
Welsh to erect 
building In 
Court street, 
178. 

petition for liv- 
ery stable on 
Port land 
street, 156. 
report of, 156. 
petition for 
baker's oven, 
257. 

petition for 
reduction of 
rent in Old 
State House, 
135. 

petition to build 

stable in 

Scott's court, 

292, 293, 294. 

removal of filth 

from town, 55. 

town house 

rents, 29. 
widening of 
Southack 's 
court, 263. 

contract for brick engine- 
house in Milk street, 303. 
direct pruning of trees on 
mall and Com- 
mon, 153. 

repairs to passage- 
way under Frank- 
lin pbice, 32. 

designate duties of deputy 
police officer, 
report of, 287, 
288. 

duties of super- 
intendent of 
police, report 
of. 286, 287. 
dispose of lumber on Mill 

pond, 90. 

draw up rules and orders 
for board, 171. 

report of, 172, 173, 174. 
estimate damages by taking 
of land to widen Battery 
March street, 152. 
estimate damage to estates 
by taking of land to widen 
Elm street, 159, 160, 161. 
examine account of Mr. 
Harrington, 
206. 

books of secre- 
tary of Frank- 
lin don ation 
fund, 145. 
complaint against 
Gun house on 
Copps Hill, 18. 
deed of passage- 
way in Lynn 
street, 200. 



324 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Committee to examine drain from Mrs. 
Dix's house, 
report, 243. 
expenses of town 

clocks, 221. 
report, 222. 
license applica- 
tions, 302, 303, 
304. 

title to land in 
Butler's Row, 
254. 

report, 255, 256. 
Town's land on 
Mill Pond, 89. 
fix assessments for sewer 
from Hawley to Fed- 
eral street, 135. 
boundary of Purchase 

street, 293, 294. 
inquire into circumstances 
of Catherine Sweetser, 
8. 

report of, 5. 

inspect draft on Town 
Treasurer for land 
taken by town in 
Dorsets Alley and 
Cornhill, 176. 
Merrimack street, 

80. 
sewer in Water 

street, 14. 
walls of canal, 99. 
look after rights of Town 
relative to amendments 
in charter of Boston & 
Roxbury Mill Corpora- 
tion, 186. 

meet committee relative to 
carts and trucks, 
2-26. 

daily at Faneuil Hall 
to collect donations, 
127, 128. 

Directors of Mill Cor- 
poration, 13, 227. 
proprietors of Green 
Dragon Tavern, 81. 
pave Boylston street, 244. 
Cheapside, 227. 
Lendal's lane, 249. 
Market street, 253. 
street from Butler's 
row to Parkman's 
wharf, 249. 
prepare statement of 

Town's expenses, 208. 
prevent and prosecute per. 
sons carting gravel from 
Beacon hill, 143. 
procure gravel for Pond 

street, 249. 
new pump for 
Milk street, 288. 
place for deposit 

of filth, 56. 
wood for Schools, 

304. 
regulate Market, choice of, 

7. 
volunteer patrol, 

205. 

repair Court street, 294. 
Center street, 228. 
Elm street, 259, 294. 
Green street, 228. 
Mall, 56. 

Nassau street, 244. 
Pond street, 249. 
Purchase street, 293, 

294. 

streets of South Bos- 
ton, 24. 



Committee to repair West Boston Engine 

House, 57. 
reprimand captain of 

watch, 100. 
revise order of Constables, 

276. 

rules and orders, 277. 

report of, 270, 

280, 281, 282. 

secure counsel in suit 

against town, 229. 
select spot for New Gun 

House, 122. 
suitable place for 

executions, 79. 
settle accounts of Town's 
counsel in suit of W. N. 
Boylston, 237. 
solicit donations in each 

ward, 128. 
stake out "Blossom street, 

284, 289. 
Harvard street, 

293. 
superintend paving of 

streets, 2S. 
work of re- 
pairing dam- 
age done by 
storm, 149. 
supervise construction and 

repair of drains, 219. 
survey Merrimack street.80. 
view Beach street, 143, 286, 

288. 

Beacon street for line 
of fence on side 
of Common, 187. 
relative to widen- 
ing of, 153, 154. 
proposed lines 
staked out by, 
153, 154. 

opinion of at- 
torney relative 
to future claims 
by heirs, re- 
ported by, 155. 
Boylston street, 288. 
Bulfinch street, 25. 
Chestnut street, 303. 
Copper street, 44. 
Cornhill, relative to 
line of new street, 
194. 

Court street, 257, 259. 
Deer Island, 200. 
Fort Hill, 65. 
Green street, report, 

245. 

Harvard street, 291. 

Hawley street, 101. 

land of Jeremiah 

Gore for 

new street 

from O r - 

a n ge to 

Front, 19S. 

Thomas 

Welsh, 1!J8. 

on Court street, 

to consider 

building of 

Arches by 

Mr. Welsh, 

194. 

Front and 
Beach 
streets, 
277, 278. 

Lynn street, 283. 
Mill Pond, relative to 
bridge from Cross to 
Union streets, 184. 



IXDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



325 



Committee to view Mill Pond, relative to 
bridge from Cross 
to Union streets, re- 
port accepted, 185. 
new building in 
Union street, 292. 
report of, 293, 294. 
oyster house, relative 

to addition to, 194. 
place for bridge from 
Cross to Union 
streets, 182. 
private way from 
Beacon to Middle- 
cot street, 195. 
Southack's court, 253. 
stable in Atkinson 
street, 105. 
report 
of com 
m i ttee, 
on, 106. 
B r o m - 
field's 
lane, 
292. 

Friend 
s 1 r eet, 
r e port, 
227. 

Scott 8 

court, 
294. 
stone cutter's shop in 

Lynn street, 283. 
streets in South Bos- 
ton, 250. 

street near Howe's 
and Foster's 
wharves, 194. 
Town-house, 44. 
twine factory in 
Bovlstou street, 
172: 

report of, 176. 
Union street, 75. 
wall in Olive street, 

274. 

report of, 275, 276. 
wall on Pemberton's 

hill, 282. 

watch house in Or- 
ange street, 157. 
weighing machine in 
Well street, report, 
226. 

wharves, 12. 

witness taking of deposi- 
tion of Alexr. Orrock, 
298. 
Common, the, accounts of work done at 

bottom of, 97. 
address relative to im- 
provements of, 205. 
appropriation for repairs 

on, 283. 

committee on, 180, 219, 230, 
281. 

duties of, 173, 281. 
improvement of, 

by, 181. 

draft on town 
treasurer for 
work on, bv, 
181. 

to meet abutters 
on Beacon 
street, 221. 
communication relative to 

gun-house on, 247. 
complaint against bathing at. 

bottom of, on Sunday, 120. 
constables to preserve order 
on, July Fourth, 189. 



Common, earth from Beacon street, 

placed on, 156. 

foot walk for street at bottom 
of, 61. 

injury to trees on, 205. 
land at bottom of, 272. 
militia stationed on, 119. 
money subscribed for defence 
of town to be spent for re- 
pairs on, 177. 
new fence for, 230. 

on Beacon. s tr ee t 

side of, 187, 190. 
not to be used for executions, 

79. 
petition against executions on, 

79. 
gun-house on, 

247. 
to allow gun-bouse to 

remain on, 244, 245. 
proposed taking of laud from, 

to widen Beacon street, 155. 
prosecutions lor skating on 

Sundays, 105. 
protection of, 286. 
repair of drain across, 55. 
to be improved with balance of 
money subscribed for defence 
of town, 180, 181. 
trees on, to be pruned, 153. 
street, 29, 32, 149, 151. 

carts and carriages with 
wood to stand in, 50, 
1-24. 

complaints against hack- 
ney carriages in, 49. 
drain from, into common 
sewer, expenses of, 
113, 114. 
exchange of land on, 32, 

33. 

new building on, 295. 
petition to alter street 
leading to, 
32. 

extend 

S heaf f's 

lane to, 25. 

proposal to change street 

leading from, 24. 
proposed change in 

neighborhood of, 25. 
repairs in, 116. 
sale of wood in, 66. 

Commonwealth, 8, 12, 48, 65, 112, 207, 223. 
secretary of, return to, 
relative to deaf and 
dumb persons, 270. 
Communication from Assessors, 46. 

relative 
to list 
of vot- 
ers, 45. 

assignees of 
Thomas Boyls- 
ton, 112. 

Ward N. Boylston 
relative to claims 
of town. 182. 
Boardof Health, 98. 
r e 1 a t i v e to 
gua- house, 
15. 

relat i ve to 

nuisance in 

Tucker's 

pasture, 89. 

Capt. Barnard, 17. 

Charles Jackson, 

34. 

committee relative 
to order of town, 
70. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Communication from Cornelius Coolidge 


Communication relative to conduct of 


relative to wid- 


watch in 


ening of South- 


West Bos- 


ack's court, 197. 


ton, 92. 


Cornhill Corpora- 


demands 


tion, 163, 164, 187, 


against the 


224. 


town, 96. 


Cornhill Corpora- 


deputy col- 


tion relative to 


lectors of 


damages to 


taxes, 34. 


property of 


di s continu- 


Mrs. Scollav, 


ance of 


182. 


streets I n 


reply to, 182, 183. 


West Bos- 


deputy collectors, 


ton, 239. 


106. 


fence on 


^ Edward T. Chan- 


Summer 


ning, 227. 


street, 21. 


Nehemiah Free- 


flag stones 


man, 224, 234. 


for Market 


genera] hospital 


square, 256, 


trustees, relative 


257. 


to closing Bridge 


flats at bot- 


street, 259, 260. 


tom of Bea- 


proprietors o f 


con street, 


Green Dragon 


303. 


\ tavern, 81. 


gun -house on 


Mrs. Howard, 


Co m m on, 


249. 


247. 


li. D. Levinson, 


- improving 


207. 


Griffin's 


Lincoln & Cop- 


lane, 241. 


land, 106. 


laying out 


Mill Pond Cor- 


Blossom 


poration, 40, 76, 


street, 266, 


88. 


266. 


William Mlnot, 58. 


leases of land 


Gorham Parsons, 


south of 


21. 


Merrimack 


Judge of Probate 


street, 58. 


Court, 162, 177. 


lists of vot- 


James Robinson, 


ers, 46. 


220. 


Moses Abra- 


Joseph Rowe, 242. 


ham Wal- 


Roxbury Canal 


lach, 207. 


Corporation, re- 


new burial 


lative to bounds 


ground,285. 


of town, 171. 


new street 


referred to 


law, 254. 


trustees of 


nuisance in 


neck land, 


Tucker's 


171. 


pasture, 99. 


Barney Smith re- 


removal of 


lative to will of 


shed from 


Abiel Smith, 159, 


Mrs. Swan's 


160. 


land, 50. 


Spanish consul, 


trucks and 


243. 


carts stand- 


superintendent of 


ing east of 


lamps, 255. 


F a n c u i 1 


Mrs. Swan, 50. 


Hall, 224. 


P. O. Thacher, 92. 


work in Es- 


T. Treasurer, 32, 


sex street, 


96. 


242. 


Town Treasurer 


to Adjutant-General, 112. 


relative to be- 


Cornhill Corporation 


quest of father 


relative to damages 


of William Phil- 


to property of Mrs, 


lips, 235. 


Scollay, 180, 182, 183. 


T. Treasurer rela- 


Mill Pond Corpora- 


tive to employ- 


tion, 42. 


ment of deputy 


Mill Pond Corpora. 


collectors, 36. 


tion relative to new 


trustees of Mass. 


bridge over Mill 


General Hospital, 


creek, 197. 


239. 


proprietors of Bel- 


relative to care of sail- 


knap & Jackson es- 


ors, 243. 


tates, 164. 


collection of 


South Boston Corpora- 


taxes, 32. 


tion relative to land 


conduct o f 


for burial ground, 


conetabl e s 


28, 269. 


on public 


United States Mar- 


days, 234. 


shall, 79. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



327 



Complaint against David Fullam, 249. 

Samuel Gore, 103. 

Elijah Harris, 271. 

Allan Locklan,278. 

George Reed, consta- 
ble, 19, 157. 

Andrew Sanborn, 
constable, 274. 

Ebenezer Wells, 21. 

Samuel White, 105. 

bathing at bottom of 
Common on S u n - 
day, 120. 

beef-stalls In Union 
street, 103, 104. 

bow-window, 300 > , 

bow-window in State 
street, 256. 

boys swimming at 
bottom of Beacon 
street, 296. 

building of livery sta- 
ble, 205, 206. 

butchers' carts in 
Cornhill, 282. 

carting of gravel from 
Beacon Hill, U3. 

carts in Central street, 
300. 

closing of Bridge 
street, 244. 

condition of Olive 
street, 142. 

condition of, sink in 
Prince street, 1S8. 

constable, 65, 81, 82, 
97, 98. 

constable, dismissal 
of, 65. 

constable, by mem-- 
bers of watch, 100. 

defacing of houses 
and fences, \5. 

firing by military 
companies in 
streets, 290,291. 

firing of fire crackers 
in streets, 185. 

hackmen, 249. 

hackney carriages, 49. 

hand-cart men in Mar- 
ket square, 243. 

house in Lyman 
street, 225. 

Insecurity of gun- 
house, 44. 

irregularity of time 
of clocks" of Boston, 
Cambridge and Sa- 
lem, 186. 

" livery stable in Oliver 
str e e t, 
126. 

In Scott's 
court, 
294, 295, 
296. 

, measures of wood, 50, 
51, 162, 208. 

members of north 
watch, 111. 

members of volunteer 
patrol, 205. 

nuisance in Court 
street, 269. ' 

obstruction of pas- 
sageway bet we e n 
Prince and Pond 
streets, 273. 

post, corner of Salem 
and Prince streets, 
272. 

projections into 
streets, 271. 



Complaint against removal of gun-house 

to Copp's Hill, 18. 
rioting, 78. 
scaies erected by Mr. 

Dearborn, 224. 
stepping-stone and 

posts, 274. 
stonecutters' shop, 

283. 

truckmen, 209, 210. 
twine factory in 
Boylstou street, 171, 
176. 
use of sink in Federal 

street, 187. 
wall in Olive street, 

274, 275, 276. 
wood-shed converted 

into stable, 105. 
of Mr. Hatch, relative to drain 

in Cross street, 182. 
Mr. Marsh, 105. 
Mr. Sanborn, 100. 
George Wheeler, 97, 98. 
Captain of Watch, 205. 
errors made by hay- weigh- 
er, 14. 
proprietors of buildings in 

State street, 17. 
residents of Wheeler's 

Point, 109. 
Conant, Mrs., 63. 
Concert hall, 200, 202. 
Conduit corporation, to dig well in Mar- 
ket square, conditions of agreement, 
148. 

Confectioners, law regulating, 216. 
licenses, 300. 
record of conduct of, 

217. 
sign to be placed on place 

of business, 238. 
Congress, choice of member of, 77, 203, 

256. 
communication from member 

of, 132. 
street, 249. 

land taken to widen, 
110. 

cost of, 111. 
paving of, 23. 
sale of wood in, 8. 
Constables, 129, 236, 253, 302. 

action in case of riot, 71. 
additions to, 276. 
additional, recommendation 

to employ, 70. 
application for position of, 

19, 158, 159, 198, 199. 
bondsmen of, 21, 22, 95, 119, 
120, 145, 146, 158, 198, 297, 
299,301,302. 
choice of, 21, 64, 70, 95, 237, 

247, 274. 

to fill vacancy, 102. 
committee to revise order of, 

276. 

communication relative to 
conduct of, on public days, 
234. 

complaint against, 13, 19, 65, 
81, 82, 97, 98, 157, 274. 

dismissal 

of, 65. 
a p p o i nt- 
ment of, 
19. 

death of, 102. 
dismissal of, 46, 274. 
exacting of illegal fees by, 81. 
expense of, to Keep order in 

West Boston, 45. 
for Court House, 258. 

South Boston, 120, 146. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Constables for South Boston, necessity 

for, 239. 

West Boston, 87. 
lists of, 21, 22, 64, 95, 119, 120, 
145, 146, 193, 194, 297, 299, 
300, 301. 

notification of sewer proprie- 
tors by, 13. 
orders for, 73. 

petition for r e n ewal of 
appointment, rejection of, 
2. 
regulations of, for public 

days, 231. 

resignation of, 22, 246. 
to maintain order at Wheel- 
er's point, 109. 
preserve order on Com- 
mon, July Fourth, 189. 
prevent bathing at foot of 
Beacon and 
Charles streets, 
296. 

bathing on Com- 
mon on Sunday, 
120. 

rioting, 78. 
prosecute Sunday skaters, 

105. 

(See Watch.) 
Constitution, frigate, disorderly conduct 

of sailors of, 113. 
Contract for care of town clocks, 222. 

dirt and gravel to fill Blos- 
som street, 284. 
new engine-house in Milk 

street, 304. 
of John Lowell with Justices of 

Sessions, 51. 

proprietors in Washington 
street to put carriageway 
in order, 202. 

relative to opening passage- 
way to new 
Court House, 
51. 

removal of school- 
house, 51. 
Conventions, Republican, use of Faneuil 

Hall by, 51. 

of Selectmen, Overseers of 
Poor and Board of 
Health, 93. 
Cook, Israel, 79. 

Samuel, 284. 
Coolidge (Cooledge), Benjamin, 28, 34. 

Cornelius, 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 

197, 198, 201, ;135. 
Isaac, Jr., 64. 
Jonas, 28. 

Joseph, 28, 34, 52, 123. 
J., Jr., 131. 

Samuel F., 21, 64, 93, 119, 190,298. 
S. F., 303. 
Cooney, Mr., 199. 
Cooper (see Copper) street, 39, 97. 
Copeland, Elisha, 23, 64, 95, 119, 193, 237, 

293 

Thomas, 145. 
Mr., 106, 165. 
Copper street, committee to view, 44. 

repairs to head wall of, 

44. 
Copp's Hill, complaint against gun-house 

on, 44. 
removal of 
g u n - 
house to, 
18. 
Cordis, Elizabeth, 111. 

Mrs., 110. 

Cordwell, William, 42. 
Corne, Michael, 242. 
Cornhill, 29, 67, 163, 164, 166, 206. 



Cornhill, butchers' carts not to stand in, 

282. 
new street in, 162, 163, 164, 165, 

166, 167, 168, 194, 195. 
part of, to be called Market row, 

261. 

petition to alter line of passage- 
way from, to Brattle 
square, 195. 
widen sidewalk of, 

224. 

sale of wood in, 8. 
standing of carts, etc., in, 8. 

In, regula- 
tions for, 67. 
to straighten line of, 200. 
Corporation, 178,194, 195,244,246, 

253. 

agreement of, to 
complete line of 
west side of 
Cornhill, 195. 
agreement of, rel- 
ative to building 
of Mrs. Scollay, 
and occupants of, 
191, 192. 

bond of, relative to 
damages to prop- 
erty of Mrs. Scol- 
lay, 185. 

committee from, 
relative to clos- 
ing passage be- 
tween Court 
street and Brattle 
square, 224. 
com m unication 

from, 187. 
communica tion 
from, relative to 
damages to prop- 
erty of Mrs. Scol- 
lay, 182. 

reply to, 182, 

183. 

communica tion 
to president and 
directors of, 180. 
land conveyed to, 

244, 246. 
new street to be 

laid out by, 221. 
papers relative to, 

261. 

referees chosen by, 
for settlement of 
damages of Mrs. 
Scollay, 185, 187. 
requested to make 
settlement rel- 
ative to damage 
t o property ot 
Mrs. Scollay, 182, 
183. 
square, paying of and relaying 

sidewalks in, 116. 
petition for license to 
raise goods into store 
in, 224. 

Corporations, Boston and Roxbury mill, 
proposed amendments in 
charter of, 186. 
Conduit, to dig well In Mar. 
ket square, 148. 
conditions of, 148. 
Cornhill, 191, 192. 

communication 

from, 187. 
referees chosen 
by, for settle- 
ment of dam- 
ages of Mrs. 
Scollay, 187. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



329 



Corporation, CornMll, proposed new 
street to be laid 
out by, 162, lf',3, 
164, 165, 166, 167, 
168. 

empower o d 
by Legisla- 
ture, 164. 
communi ca - 
t i o n from 
directors 
of, 163. 

conditions of 
laying out, 
164. 
expenditure 

for, 163. 
expense of.to 
be borne 
by, 164. 
1 a n d to be 
taken for, 
163, 165,166. 
referees to 
estimate 
damage by, 
166. 

name of, 168. 
plans of, 162, 

168. 

Lecbmere, 258. 
Massachusetts General 

Hospital, 266. 
Mill Pond, 197,270. 
South Boston, 268. 
Cotting, Uriah, 110, 111. 

Mr., 152, 298, 301. 
Cotton, William B.,96. 

, 187. 

Mr., 62. 
Mrs., 240. 
Council, Governor's, 137. 

not to interfere with 

duties of, relative 

to defence of town, 

125. 

County buildings, decorated in honor of 

peace, 137. 
Of Suffolk, 18, 57, 87, 101, 162, 186, 

208, 210. 

Republican conven- 
tion of, 51. 
valuation of, 133. 
Court House, area of laud of, widened, 

133. 

constable for, 258. 
deed of land for, 262. 
papers relative to land for, 

261. 
new, buildings completed 

on land near, 150. 
passageway leading 
to, to be called 
Court square, 150. 
contract relative to 
opening passage- 
way to, 51. 

proposal for pur- 
chase of land in 
front of, 141. 

acceptance of, 

168,169. 

steps in front of, 193. 
Courts, Circuit, jurors drawn for, 16, 18, 
32,57,76,84, 133,140,143, 
149, 179, 200, 250. 
precept from clerk of, 16. 
Court, Common Pleas, 133. 

jurors drawn 
for, 11, 13, 18, 19, 
- 22,27,33,47,48,55, 
61,65,74,80,84, 86. 
91,99, 105,108,117, 
130, 139, 143, 149. 



Court, Common Pleas, jurors drawn for, 
168, 171, 18fi, l!>8, 
207, 214, 225, 234, 
250, 267, 282, 203. 
return of list ot inn- 
holders by, 22. 
suit in, relative to 
land taken from 
T. Welsh, 202. 
suit iu, relative to 
sewer in Middle 
street, 267. 
venire from clerk 

of, 13. 

vote respecting 
chimney sweepers 
to be laid before 
justices of, 23. 

District, jurors drawn for, 19, 40, 
41, 61, 78, 80, 99, 106, 108, 118, 
148, 157, 258, 269. 
Municipal, 107. 

Probate, judge of, application 
from, 61. 

judge of, petition for ap- 
pointment of guardian 
by, 18, 96, 122, 176, 198, 
250, 276, 277, 299. 
precept from, 3, 57, 82, 
87,101,117,162,177,186, 
201,208,214,273. 
report of committee to, 5. 
of Sessions, 216. 

approval of liquor 

licenses by, 236. 
arguments in, relative 
to liquor licenses, 46. 
committee from, 99. 
justices of, constable 
for Court House re- 
commended by, 258. 
list of innholders and 
retailers sent 
to, 118. 

persons li- 
censed to sell 
liquors, re- 
turn ed by 
Clerk of, 144. 
proposal to, to build 
new steps in front of 
Court House, 193. 
selectmen summoned 
to attend proceed- 
ings of, approved, 
45. 
Supreme, jurors drawn for, 40, 46, 

48, 49, 79. 

opinion of, in proceed- 
ings against Estate of 
John Coutes, 25. 
suit of W. N. Boylston 

in, 53. 

Judicial, at Taunton , rel- 
ative to Bur- 
ial-ground in 
South Bos- 
ton, 295, 299. 
commissioners 
appointed by, 
relative t o , 
283, 284, 285. 
clerk of, 130. 
jurors drawn 
for, 3, 5, 41, 
51, 78, 80, 81, 
83, 92, 102, 105, 
108, 130, 133, 
134, 155, 158, 
159, 162, 192, 
204, 207, 211, 
213, 257, 260, 
267, 268, 269, 
274. 



330 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Court, United States Circuit, jurors 
drawn for, 101, 
114, 205, 2-27, 
236, 288. 

District, jurors 
for, 7, 92, 103, 
116, 132, 166, 
18.i, 213, 2:?4, 
243, 250, 275, 
293. 
Street, 67, 163, 164, 234. 

alteration of, 257, 259, 293, 
299, 300, 301, 302. 

not allowed, 260. 
closing of passage from, to 

Brattle square, 224. 
committee to repair, 294. 

view, 259. 

license to deliver goods 
from build- 
ing in, 212. 
keep horses in 
stable in, 30. 
raise goods in- 
to store, re- 
' fused in, 215. 
new carriage way from 
Brattle square to, 
224. 
street from Brattle 

square to, 244, 24H. 
street from, to Market 

square, 164. 
nuisance in, 269. 
petition to build arches in, 

194. 

repair, 257. 
repairing of, 289. 
sidewalk in, 285. 
standing of carts, etc., in, 8. 
square, 150. 

Couthony, Joseph, 215. 
Crane, John W.,23. 
Larra, 276. 
Maj. Gen,, 150. 
Mr., 25. 

Creigbton, George, 242. 
Crocker, Allen, 187. 
Crosby, Joel, 76. 

Walter, 70, 95, 120. 
Cross street, 39, 42, 98. 

bridge from, to Union street, 

182, 184, 194. 
complaint of Mr. Hatch 

against drain in, 182. 
proposed bridge across 

canal, near, 122. 
raising of, 43. 
Cruft, Edward, 94. 

Capt. John, 94. 
Cunningham, A., 127, 273. 

Joseph L,., 144, 190, 235, 299. 
Robert, 53, 297. 
Mr., 6. 

Currant, Anthony, 42. 
Curtis, Ezra, 6. 

Nathaniel, 127. 
Neddv, 238. 
Maj. Samuel, 265. 
Mr., 250. 

Gushing, Charles, 63, 203. 
Martin, 297, 302. 
Thomas, 28, 34. 

, 31. 

Mrs., 6. 

Custom House street, petition for oven 
in, 292. 



Daley, William, 242. 
Dalton, James, 106. 

Peter R., 29. 

Peter Roe, 60. 
Dam, on Keck, repairs to, 202. 



Damages by proposed widening of Bat- 
tery March street, 152. 
for land opposite Concert Hall, 

referees to consider, 200. 
relative to altering Court street, 

298. 

to lamps in Orange street, 270. 
horse by breaking of Pond- 
street bridge, 30. 
Mr. Lawrence for loss of 

cart, 252. 

property of Mrs. Scollay, 
bond relative to settle- 
ment of, 185. 
claim for, by occupants of 

building, 191. 

to be estimated by referees, 
178. 

referees, 188. 
Dana, Samuel, 53. 

& Brooks, 301. 
Darling, Mary, 9. 

Thomas, 237, 297. 
Davis, Charles, 133. 

Isaac P., 77,79. 
John, 62. 
Joshua, 132, 213. 
Stephen, 40. 

Dawes, Thomas, 57, 87, 88, 208. 
Judye, -276. 

to view land of Dea. Fields 
on Neck, 115. 

, 262. 

Day carts (see carts). 

John, 104. 

Deaf and dumb persons, resolve of Legis- 
lature relative to, 270. 
Dean & Gilbert, 175. ' 
Dearborn, Benjamin, 248. 
Gen. Henry, 228. 
Gen., 12. 

Mr., 38, 224, 225, 226. 
patent platform balance, 14. 
Deblois, George L., 144, 190, 235, 299. 

Stephen, 31. 

Declaration of Independence, celebration 
of, 14, 56, 
93, 180,2-27, 
290. 

choice of 
orator, 14, 
56, 180,227, 
290. 
Dedham, 152, 304. 

review of Militia at, 149, 150, 

152. 
Deeds, 169. 

exchange of land in West street 
for land in Mason street, 161,162. 
for part of Purchase street, 262. 
from Ward N. Boylston, 261. 
Thomas Dennie, 261. 
T. Hubbard, 263. 
T. Lyman, 263. 
E. Marsh, 201. 
Mill Pond Corporation, 263. 
Paschel P. Pope, 263. 
R. G, Shaw, 262. 
Russell Sturgis, 263. 
In Massachusetts Bank, list of, 

261. 
of John Leverett, 18. 

minor children, 

IS. 

Benjamin Weld, 262. 
land exchange on Neck, 262. 
for Charles street, 262. 
Methodist alley, 262. 
new Court House, 262. 
N. Burying-g round, 

262. 
from Southaek's court to 

Beacon street, 262. 
in Middlecot street, 261. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



331 



Deeds of land in Milk street, 261. 
.Mill pond, 96, 98. 
School street, 262. 
near Battery March street, 

261. 
Green Dragon 

Tavern, 262. 
on Fish street, 262. 
sued for by Leverett's 

heirs, 50. 
taken to widen Hanover 

street, 262. 

to General Hospital, ex- 
tracts from, 265, 266, 267. 
widen Somerset street, 

2C1. 

Old State House, 363. 
passageway to be conveyed to 
new South Church, 
110. 

In Lynn street, com- 
mittee to examine, 
200. 
of sewer privilege in Pleasant 

street, 261. 
water course, 262. 
and papers, list of, deposited In 
Mass. Bank, 261, 
262, 263. 

of town, to be de- 
posited in bank 
vault, 250. 
Deer Island, application for, 49. 

buoy to mark sand-bar at, 12. 
committee on, 175. 

to make inquiry 
relative to 
value, rents, 
etc., 175. 
to view, 200. 

conditions of lease of, 86. 
rent of, 49, 86. 

reduction In, 

removal of sand, gravel or 
ballast forbidden, 10, 49, 
86, 176, 181, 196. 
seawall to be built on, 196, 

253. 

shifting of sand-bar at, 12. 
sweeping away of part of, 

10. 
Dehon, William, 21, 28, 64, 93,119, 144, 190, 

235, 299. 

Dennie, Thomas, 30, 47, 161, 234,261. 
Dennis, Samuel, 191. 
Deposition of Alexr. Orrock, 298. 

William Taylor, relative to 
plans of Beacon street, 
156. 
relative to claim of canal 

proprietors, 91. 
Derby, Richard C., 264. 

Widow, 121. 
Derne street, 100, 197, 26-2. 

petition for compensation 

for land taken in, 175. 
refused, 175. 
Deuch, Lawson, 87, 95. 
Devens, Mr., 78. 
Devonshire street, 29. 

sale of wood In, 8. 
Dewhurst, Henry, 198. 
Dexter, Samuel, 104, 191, 237, 275. 

Diamond, , 58. 

Dickenson, James, 31. 

James F., 31. 
Dickerman, Peter, 6, 11, 64, 95, 120, 146, 

194, 222, 235, 299. 
Dickerson, David, 42. 
Dickman, Samuel, 94. 

Dickson, , 100, 248. 

Dlckson & Powell, 149, 199. 
Dinsmore, -William, 22, 64, 95, 120, 146, 
193, 237, 279, 299. 



Directors, Cornhill corporation, 164. 

letter from, 

163. 

bond to be 
given by, 
164. 
of General Hospital, 253. 

Mill Pond corporation, com- 
mittee to meet, 13. 

communication 
to, relative to 
bridge from 
Cross to Union 
street, 185. 
Dirt, contract for, to fill Blossom street, 

284, 286. 
deposit of, on common, 182, 184. 

regulations relative to, 

184. 

place of deposit for, 181, 182. 
taken from land of Hancock heirs, 

284. 
Disorderly places, licenses to sell liquors 

in, refused, 144. 

Distillery, permit to carry water to, 233. 
petition for, near Mill pond, 

260. 
Distill house yard, 145. 

square, license for livery 

stable in, 139. 
Districts of town, assigned to selectmen, 

173. 

duties of, 173, 174. 
Essex, 77. 
Middlesex, 77. 
northern, choice of sealer of 

weights and measures, 14. 
southern, choice of sealer of 

weights and measures, 14. 
Suffolk, 77. 

Ditson, , 34. 

Divisions of town, for collection of 

taxes, 38. 
Dix, 3frs., 238, 240,243. 

Widow, 233 

Doane street, paving of, 237. 
Dock at Castle street, petition to fill 

street near, 194. 
removal of fishermen from stalls 

on, 239. 
repairs to, at bottom .of North 

street, 141. 

square, 30, 66, 67, 79, 107, 195, 251. 
auctioneers not to do busi- 
ness in, 27. 

judgment levied on prop- 
erty of John Krazer in, 
135. 
money received from sale 

of land In, 249, 250. 
petition to build market 

houses near, 273, 274. 
regulations for standing 

of carts, etc., In, 67. 
volunteer patrol for, 208. 
Dodd, Wm., 95. 
Dogget, Noah, 161. 
Domblide, Julia, 57. 
Donations, Mrs. Joanna Brooker's, 177. 
collection of 
interest on, 
207. 

papers rela- 
tive to, 180, 
2H3. 

Franklin, account of, by treas- 
urer, 283. 

accounts of, exam- 
ined, 302. 

books of secretary 
of, examined, 145, 
committee to con- 
fer relative to 
bonds of, 290. 



332 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Donations, Franklin, money in Manufac- 
turers and Me- 
chanics Bank, 
283, 302. 
proposal for loan 

from, 253. 
Abie) Smith, 159, 160, 177, 178, 

276, 290, 291. 
assessment on 
shares In Ken- 
nebec bridge, 
177. 

payment of 
ref u a e d , 
178. 
for defence of town, 126. 

solicited, 127,128. 
solicited and col- 
lected, 127, 128. 
to be given to 
auditor, board 
of war, 130, 131, 
132. 

to be received by 
deputy collec- 
tor, 129. 

papers relative to, 263. 
proceeds of distributed 

among widows, 269. 
Done, Levi, 62. 

Simeon, 62. 
Donnison, Mr., 84. 
Doorkeeper, interruption of meetings 

by, 229. 
Dorchester, act to annex part of, 226. 

annexing part of, for burial- 
ground, 268, 285, 299. 
bounds of, 32, 33. 

meeting with 
select men 
of, relative 
to, 202. 

selectmen of, 32. 
shore, work of defences of, 

129. 

Dorlen, Mr., 53. 
Dorr, John, 231. 

Josh. H., 43. 
Samuel, 233. 

, 214,219, 220, 221, 222, 224, 225, 

226, 231, 232, 234, 236, 239, 240, 241, 
245, 250, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 
267,268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 274, 276, 
277, 278, 279, 281, 282, 283, 284, 285, 
286, 289, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295. 
Dorset's alley, 166, 206. 

land added to lots on, 
224. 

in, for new street, 

163. 
Doubt, Katy, 94. 

Nancy, 94. 
Downey, Mr., 188. 
Downing, Oliver, 193, 237, 297. 
Doyle, Benefit, 131. 

Drafts, , 14. 

monthly, 93, 180. 

quarterly, 91. 

for laying drain in Mill pond, 

oil supplied the town, 12. 
payment of attorneys in suit 
against Ward N. Boylston, 
276. 

payment of oil to Josiah Brad- 
lee, 140, 141. 

settlement with occupants of 
Mrs. Scollay's building, 192. 
on town, examination of, 218. 

treasurer for work on 
common, 
181. 

almshouse 
land, 50. 



Drafts on town treasurer for award for 
property taken in Dorset's alley 
and Cornhill, 176. 
unclaimed, to be cancelled, 140. 

credited to town, 

140. 

Drain across Mall and Common, 55. 
assessments for, 142. 

in Newbury 
street, 151. 
C o m m o n 
street, 151 . 
North Fed- 
eral court, 
121. 

breach of law, regulating, 272. 
complaint against digging in 

South Boston, 271. 
expense of repairing, 144, 145. 

in Myrtle 

street, 196. 

assessments for, 

196. 

repairing of, in North 
street, 147, 189. 

assessments for, 

189, 190. 

repairing of White 
Bread alley, 141, 

142. 

from Hawley to Federal street, 
13f>, 136. 

assessments for, 136. 
in Cross street, complaint, relative 

to, 182. 

laid by Francis Amory, 135, 136. 
compensation for, 135, 

136. 

laid in Mill Pond, 1. 
new, in Orange street, 188. 
opening of, 280. 
repair of, in Park street, 190. 

assessments for, 190, 

191. 
repairing of, in Robinson's alley, 

124, 125, 193. 
passageway lead- 
ing south from 
Milk street, 123. 
(See Sewers.) 

Draper, Jeremiah, 87, 93, 119, 299. 
Drew, Job, 297, 301. 
Drlscol, Mr., 29. 
Drnmmond, Andrew, 4, 94, 189. 

Dudley, , 60. 

Dunham, Josiah, 237. 
Dunn, Sarah, 266. 
Dupee, Horace, 70, 95, 120, 146, 194. 
Isaac, 215. 

, 139. 

Durivage, Mrs., 77. 
Dutch, 242. 
D\vight, Rev., 256. 
Dyer, Ezra, 242. 

Earth, from Beacon street, placed on 

Common, 156. 
Eaton, David M., 144, 190, 235, 299. 

David S., 22, 64, 95, 120, 146, 193, 

237. 

Edward M., 119. 
J.S., 47. 
Rev., 83, 284. 
Eddy, Caleb, 273. 
Edes, Edward, 3. 

Education of blacks, bequest for, 160. 
Edwards, Abratn, 242. 

Charles. 93, 119, 144, 190. 
Richard, 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 

235, 299. 

Eliot (Elliot), Ephraim, 63, 161. 
John, 53, 94, 147. 
Samuel, 29. 
Simon, 22Z. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



333 



Eliot (ELiot), Mr., 6, 52, 54, 58, 77, 78, 83, 
84, 110, 114, 138, 172, 181, 
213, 215. 

Rv. Dr., 58, 203. 
Ellerson, William, 62. 
Ellis, Joshua, 42, 44. 
Luther, 222. 
Ruf us, 222. 
Elms, Mr., 275. 
Elm street, 75, 208. 

land on, purchase of, 295, 296, 

2U8. 
taken to widen, cost of, 

234. 

claim 
for, 
230. 

repairs to, 259, 294. 
widening of, 159, 160, 161. 
Emanuel, Mara. ,62. 
Emmerson, Caleb, 286. 

, 31, 271. 

Emmes, Nathaniel, 107, 108. 

Emmons, Joshua, 215. 

Encroachment of Lynn street, 283, 294. 

Engine-house in Back street, enlargement 

of, 101. 
rent of land 

for, 101. 
use of, by pa- 
trol watch, 
209. 
Milk street, new, petition 

for, 303, 304. 
Orange street, erection 

Of, 2. 
land to be reserved for, on 

School street, 141. 
height of building re- 
stricted, 168. 

West Boston, repairs to, 57. 
In Back street, captain of, 209. 
II., captain to see to repairs of, 

45. 
committee from fire-wards of, 

44. 

defectiveness of, 44, 45. 
VII., captain of, 208. 

new members to be added 

to, 208. 

XII., petition from, 2. 
England, letters from assignees of 

Thomas Boylston In, 1U. 
English, William, 29. 
Mrs., 42. 

language, school of, 31, 33. 
Entertainments, theatrical, 149. 
Erving, Dr., 77, 80. 
Essex street, communication relative to 

work in, 242. 
purchase of land to widen, 

46. 
regulations for standing of 

carts in, 48. 

sale of provisions prohib- 
ited in, 68. 

sidewalks for, 239, 240. 
Estates of Belknap & Jackson, award to, 
for land taken by town in 
Dorsets alley, 176. 
Samuel Belknap, 163, 166, 167, 

168. 
Thomas Boylston, papers rel- 

ntive to, 261. 

John Coates, proceedings 
against, 25. 
opinion of 
Supreme 
Court i n, 
25. 

John Codman, proposal of 
proprietors, relative to 
widening of Centre street, 
228. 



Estates of Samuel Dexter, 191. 

Gov. Hancock, 153, 154, 155, 156. 
Mrs. Howard, damage to, 249. 
Benjamin Kurd, 195. 
Thomas Jackson, 163. 
John Joy, 153, 154. 
Samuel Norton, 163. 
Wm. Scollay, 165, 166, 167, 168. 
award to, for land 
taken by town 
in Corn hill, 176. 
Swift, injury to, by widening 

Center street, 228. 
TWnsend, 191. 
adjoining Exchange lane, 108. 
in Lynde street, damage to, 249. 
town, on Union street, encroach- 
ment on, 292, 293, 294. 
waste of, by intemperate person, 

21. 

Estimates for building head-wall at bot- 
tom of Allen street, 46. 
for paving Well and Bread 

streets, 141. 
for sinks in North Russell 

street, 148. 
of expenses of town to be 

posted, 282. 
of extending streets north of 

Cambridge street, 46. 
of laying common sewer In 

Kilby street, 147, 148. 
Eustis, George W., 122. 
Jacob, 21, 145. 
Moses, 122. 
.Mr. ,22. 
Everett, D., 41. 

Oliver, 69. 

, 136. 

Widow, 76. 

Everleth, , 222. 

Exchange building, 23. 

land for passageway 

north of, 262. 

Coffee house, dinner at, in 
honor of peace, 

131. 
proprietors of, 

18. 
bond of, 18, 

262. 
treasurer o f , 

18. 
lane, note for land taken to 

widen, 14. 
payment for land taken 

to widen, 10. 
widening of, 108, 109. 
. street, 67. 

regulations for stand- 
ing of carts, etc., in 67. 
Executions, committees to select place 

for, 79. 
for piracy, petition against, 

79. 
for recovery of land from 

Hancock heirs, 268. 
Expense of closing Bridge street, 259. 

Cornhill Corporation for new 
street in Cornhill, 163, 164. 
Fort Hill, repairs to, 89. 

securing, 55. 

paving part of sidewalks on 
Boylston street to 
be paid by town, 
264. 

Canal street, 72. 
removing and repairing gun- 

house, 257, 258. 
repairing drain running into 
Blossom 
street, 85. 
in Friend 
street, 214. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Expense of repairing drain in Middle 

street, 241. 

in Milk 

street, 242. 

at end of 

Myrtle 

street, 232. 

in Orange 

street, 233. 

sewers from Cambridge 

street, 57. 

in Green street, 27. 
High street, 43. 
Kilby street, 52. 
Poplar street, 53, 

59. 

Sheaf e street, 88. 
steps in front of Court House 

to be paid by town, 193. 
street improvements in West 

Boston, 46. 
widening Sontnack's court, 

255, 256. 
(See Money.) 

Factories, twine, in Boylston street, dan- 
ger of property by, 171, 172, 
176. 

to prevent lights in, 172, 176. 
Fales, Wm., 94, 190. 
Faneuil Hall, 68, 71, 112, 127, 154, 165, 236, 

271. 

communication relative to 
truck* standing east of, 
224. 
expediency of employing 

assistant in care of, 44. 
expense of paving and 
flagging on north side 
of, 92. 

lease of cellar under, 232. 
stalls in market 
west of, 250, 253. 
loan of benches of, to Bap- 
tist Church, 33. 
market committee to re- 
pair pavement 
south of, 241. 
west of, 250, 251, 

252. 
new well near, abandoned, 

179. 

permission to use select- 
men's room in, 21. 
petition to paint room 

over, 234. 
petition for use of, 51. 

refused, 52. 
regulation of carts and 

trucks east of, 245, 248. 
removal of carts and 

horses from near, 56. 
standing of truck at end 

of, 20. 
subscription to pave 

square south of, 243. 
use of, for Republican 

Convention, 51. 
Farley, Ebenezer, 11, 60, 225. 
Farnam (Farnum), Henry, 214, 215. 

, 121, 122, 277, 278, 

281,282,284,285,286, 
289,293,294,295,297, 
300, 301, 302. 
Farrar, James, 158, 194, 237, 297. 

Prof., 186. 
Federal street, 149. 

grates placed in sink in, 

134. 
petition to raise level of, 

187. 

refused, 187. 
sewer in, 135, 136. 
assessments for, 31, 136. 



Federal street, sewer in, expense of, 135, 

136. 

petition to open, 27. 
repairing of, 27. 
theatre in, 199. 

approval of 
building for, 
100. 
license for, 31, 

76, 248. 

Fees for auction licenses, 140. 
deputy collectors, 103. 
defence of town watch to be 

paid by town, 296, 297. 
of inspectors of lighters of stone, 

sand and gravel, 151. 
Felt, David, 300. 
Mr., 256. 

Felton, , 222. 

Fences, defacing of, 179. 

reward for detection of per- 
sons, 9(5, 185. 
repairs to, 57. 
in Beacon street (new), on side of 

common, 187, 190. 
in front of Oov. Hancock es- 
tate, petition to build, 155. 
Leverett street, in passageway 
from, application to put up, 

21. 

Lynn street, accross passage- 
way in, to be removed, 199. 
Olive street, to build, 142. 
Pond street, petition to build, 

153. 
Summer street, letter relative 

to, 21. 

Sun-court street, removal of, 44. 
Fennelly, Robt., 3, 6. 

Mr., 272. 

Fenno, Wm., 233. 
Field, Joseph, 231. 

Silas, 79, 93, 144, 190, 235, 299. 

Dea., petition of, relative to land on 

Neck, 115. 
Filth, committee relative to removal of, 

22, 8!), 90. 
'wharf on Lynn street to be used 

for disposal of, 89. 

Finance, committee of, to consider peti- 
tion for increase of salary of deputy 
collectors, 139. 
Fines, 124. 

for breach of liquor law, 216. 

market regulations, 

68. 

regulations relative 
to carts near Boyl- 
ston market, 48. 
breaking lamps In Orange 

street, 270. 

disregarding registration and 
standing of trucks in streets, 
20. 
selling of provisions, etc., in 

streets, 16. 
standing of carts, etc., in streets, 

9. 
money received for, appropriation 

of, 254. 

committee 
relative to, 
250. 

received by Supt. of Police, 284. 
remitted of chimney sweep, 111. 
Firecrackers, firing of, complaint 
against, 185. 
advertisment in 
newspapers to 
stop, 185. 

Fire engine No. 2, to be placed at glass- 
house in South Boston, 114. 
companies stationed at 
bridges, 127. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



335 



Fire engine companies assigned to de- 
stroy bridges 
upon approach 
of enemy, 126. 

house, petition of Captain of, 
for fire place and room in 
Leverett street, In", 
new, in place of No. 13, 199. 
wards, 139, 172, 176, 199, 209. 

application from, for new 

staffs, 65. 

committee from, 44, 127, 273. 
communication from, relative 

to smoking, 107. 
complaint against gun-house 

by, 44. 

matie to, 18, 105. 
consent of, to remove gun- 
house, 30. 

petition of, relative to ex- 
penses Incurred by, 273. 
to appoint committee to su- 
perintend destruction 
of bridges, 126. 
to attend funeral of Francis 

Wright, 61. 

Fish boxes In market, expense of build- 
ing, 9-2. 

Rainsforda lane, petition 
to place, 91. 

removal of, from, 91. 
stalls, raise in rent of, 264. 

in Harvard street, 87. 
street, 228. 

cellars in, 175. 

removal of crates from, 211. 
Fishermen, removal of, from stalls on 

dock, 239. 

Flagg Alley, new store at corner of, 184. 
permit to close 
during construc- 
tion of, 184. 

Flaggstones for Market square, 256, 257. 
Flats, at bottom of Beacon street, 303. 

Common, report of 
committee relative 
to filling up of, 296. 
Fleet, Dr., 29. 

street, expense of repairs to sewer 

in, 41, 42. 
Fletcher, 11. 
Floyd, Mr. 135. 
Flood, Edward, 11, 51. 
Fobes, Ansell, 74. 
Folsom, John W., 139, 142. 
Foot-walks, for street near rope walk, 61. 
in Lea street, notice to Mrs. 

Wheeler to pave, 18. 
Purchase street, inter- 
ference of steps with, 
17. 
measures to prevent incum- 

brance of, 17. 
Forbisher, 78. 
Ford, 8. B., 303. 

Forsaith, David, 104, 119, 144, 190, 235, 299. 
Fortifications, money received for build- 
Ing, 131,132. 
state of, 118. 
work required on, 129. 
on, 128. 

volunteered, 128. 
Fort Hill, 75, 140, 200. 
abutters, 61. 

committee to confer with resi- 
dents of, 61. 
view, 55. 

on expense of re- 
pairing, 87. 
Daniel Adams given liberty for 

use of land on, 115. 
expense of securing trees on, 

55. 
improvement of, 61. 



Fort Hill, regulation of streets of, 61 . 

report of committee relative to 

repairs of, 89. 
Strong, communication from super. 

intendent of, 129. 
work on, required, 129. 
Foster, B., 51. 

Hopestill, estate of, 188. 
Joseph, 6, 28, 29, 31, 42, 44, 47. 
Thomas, 141, 142. 
William, Jr., 152, 301. 

, 1 to 5, 7, 9 to 19, 22 to 26, 29, 

32, 38 to 41, 43, 45, 46, 48, 49, 
50 to 60, 62, 64, 72, 74, 77 to 
88, 90, 91, 93, 96, 98, 101, 102, 
103, 105 to 116, 118, 127 to 130, 
133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 140, 142, 
146, 149 to 159, 161, 162, 166, 
177, 271, 295. 
Fosters lane, 146. 

wharf, 9, 143, 150. 

petition to pave foot-walk 

near, 194, 
Fowle, Henry, 3. 
Isaac, 193. 
Jonathan, 190. 
Josiah, 76. 

,76. 

Fox, Sarah, 31. 

Hill, 228. 

Foxcroft, Francis A., 193, 237. 
Fracker, 262. 
Francis, Benjamin, 260. 

Ebenezer, 164, 260, 264. 

, Capt., 210. 

Franklin, 10. 

Franklin Fund, accounts of, examined, 

301. 
application for loan 

from, 24. 
loan from, 2. 
secretary, choice of, 11, 
examination 
of books of, 
145. 

settlement of 
accounts of, 
90. 
treasurer, choice of, 11, 

90. 
resignation 

of, 10. 

trustees, received ac- 
counts of, 10. 
place, 136. 

arch in, petition to close, 
300, 301. 

repairs to passage- 
way under, 32. 
complaint against water 
from, being dis- 
charged Into sink in 
Federal street, 187. 
sewer In, 135. 

Frazer, Lane ABoylston, 116. 
Freeman, James, 76, 79, 80. 

Nehemiah, 28,, 34, 221,224,234, 
249, 285. 

, Col., 245, 289. 

Rev. Dr., 215, 262. 
French, Adam, 237, 297. 
John, 70, 95, 120. 
Leonard, 145. 
Mr., 6, 97, 233, 245, 250, 292. 
Friend street, 97. 

committee to view stable 

In, report, 227. 
expense of drain repairs 

in, 214. 
objection to livery stable 

In, 226: 

paving of, 120, 121, 122. 
abutters unable to meet 
expense of, 121. 



336 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Front Btreet, 53, 194, 197. 

gravel for, 228. 

re port of com- 
mittee relative 
to, 229. 
new street from, to Orange, 

198. 

repairs to, 55. 
corporation, proceedings of, 

26-2. 

Frothingham, Ebenezer, 22, 64, 95. 
Mr. ,21, '29, 50. 
Rev., 165. 
Fruit, regulations for sale of, In streets, 

67. 

Fullam, David, 249. 
Fuller, Benjamin, 94, 190. 

, 4, 249, 271. 

Mrs., 203. 

Fullerton, Benjamin, 189. 
Fullick, Jas.. 10. 
Fullington, Benj., 94. 
Fund for African School, Income of, 212. 
treasurer o f , 

212. 

Funeral of Francis Wright, 61. 
Furber, Thomas, 145. 

Gale, Elizabeth, 145. 

Gamage, Nathaniel, 30, 64, 93. 

Garaux, Francis, 146, 193, 297. 

Garceaux, Francis, 237. 

Garden street, sewer in, assessment for, 

57. 

expense of, 57. 
liquor license in, 107. 
Gardner (Gardiner), Ann, 110. 
Isaac S., 285. 
Robert, 21. 
William, 111,247. 
Rev. Mr., 78. 
Gassett, Henry, 211. 
Gay, Ebenezer, 285. 
Peyton, 3. 
Timothy, 273. 
General Court, 25. 

petition before, for exten- 
sion of Charles 
street, 81. 

referred to Repre- 
sentatives in, 83. 
Representatives to, list of, 

certified to, 184. 
to decide what pay shall 
be made men for defence 
of islands, etc., 117. 
Gerry, Reuben W., 299. 
Gibb lane, gutter in, 200. 
Gibbins, Capt. Daniel L., 232, 254. 
Gibbs, Alexander, 187. 

Alexander H., 190, 235. 299. 
Mr., 132. 
Gibson, John, 22, 63, 64, 95, 119, 120, 145, 

193, 237, 297. 
Gilbert & Dean, 175. 
Gillespie & Lincoln, 189. 
Robert, 125, 193. 

Glllis, ,94. 

Gilmore, Josiah, 297. 

Mr., 3d. 

Glover, Ellsha N., 301. 
Elisha V., 297. 
Nathaniel, 116, 186. 

, Mr., 120. 

Goodwin, Benjamin, 11. 

Ozias, 28, 34. 
Gordon, Jno., 95. 
Gore & Bridge, 298, 300, 301, 302. 
Christopher, 53, 59, 191. 
Jeremiah, 64, 95, 120, 198. 
Jeremiah, Jr., 22. 
John, 190. 
Samuel, 103, 299. 
Mr., 104. 



Gorham, Capt., 76. 
Gouch's lane, 42. 

common sewer in, 12. 
Gould, A., 263. 

John R., 297, 301. 
Jonas, 6. 
Governor, 137. 

choice of, 10, 54, 84, 110, 138, 172, 

215. 

Commissioners appointed by, 
for defence of town, '118, 
126, 127. 

to confer with Select- 
men relative to de- 
fence of islands, 
etc., 117. 

list of voters for, 135. 
not to interfere with duties of, 
relative to defence of town, 
125. 

and Council, precept from, 256. 
requested to di- 
rect measures 
for detection of 
murderer of 
Frederick Hart, 
143. 

Lieutenant; town meeting for 
choioe of, 10, 64, 84, 110, 138, 
215. 

Hancock heirs, suit against, 

settlement of, 223. 

estate of, petition to 

widen street in 

front of, 153, 154, 

155, 156. 

objection to, by 

heirs, 154. 
petition granted 

155, 156. 
Governors Island, ships to be sunk near, 

for defence of harbor, 118. 
Grafton, Joseph, 149. 
Gragg, Mr., 105, 106. 
Grant, Moses, 72, 94, 125, 189, 193. 
Grates placed in sink in Federal street, 

134. 

Graupner, Gottlieb, 69, 135, 136. 
Gravel, illegal carting away of, from 

Beacon Hill, 143. 
lighters for carrying, inspection 

Of, 150. 
fees of inspectors of, 

151. 

sealer of, 18, 138, 179. 
to repair Front street, 55, 228. 
Gray, Benjamin, 257. 
Edward, 62, 76. 
Francis C., 290, 291, 296. 
William, 145. 
William R., 202, 203, 206, 210, 213. 

, 204, 214. 

Mr., 196, 197. 
Mrs., 1. 
Widow, 215. 

Greek Language, school of, 31, 33. 
Green (Greene), Andrew, 47. 
Benjamin, 77. 
Francis, 3, 88. 
Gardner, 76. 
G., 192. 

James, 83, 86, 262. 
Jonas, 145, 193, 237. 
R. D., 262. 
Samuel 74. 

Timothy, 14, 22, 54, 64, 85, 95, 109. 
Mr., 83, 84. 246. 
Dragon tavern, 78, 83. 

communicati o n s 
from proprietors 
of, 81. 
rent of house 

near, 249. 
street, 72. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



337 



Green street, land to widen, 245, 291,292. 
report of committee rela- 
tive to widening, 245. 
repairs to, 228. 
sewer in, assessment for 

repair to, 28. 
chan jfe in course 

of, 12. 

return of ex- 
pense of repair 
of, 27. 

(which crosses), re- 
moval of, 12. 
stoppage of, 

12, 17. 
Greenleaf, Danl, 63. 

Ezekiel P., 7, 9, 21. 
Thomas, 285. 

Greenough, David, 29, 76, 79, 102, 113, 114, 
115, 140,151, 161,162, 
164,230,273,274,284, 
289, 299, 300. 
and associates, agree- 
ment of, for pur- 
chase of land and 
building of school- 
house on West 
street, 114, 115. 
Nat., 15. 

Mr., 159, 200, 253, 257, 259, 
260,;269, 298. 

Greenwood , 58, 209, 210. 

Grice, Caleb E., 104. 

Gridley, William, 21, 64, 93, 119. 

William, Jr., 119, 144, 190, 235, 

299. 
Griffin's lane, communication relative to 

improving, 241. 
petition to widen and pave, 

240. 
repair and improvement 

of, 237. 

Griggs, Mr., 101. 
Grinley, Geo., 211. 
Grove street, 140. 

liquor license in, 107. 
market house opposite, 16. 
Guardian for William Alexander, 142. 
Benjamin Bailey, 61. 

discharge of, 203. 
Ed. H. Beckford, 215. 
Thomas Capen, 273. 
James Cole, 117. 
Henry Dewhurst, 198. 
Julia Domblide, 57. 
Moses Eustis, 122. 
R. D. Green, 262. 
Thomas Hancock, 299. 
John Haskins, 162. 
Lydia Heath, 82. 
William Jackson, 186. - 
David Jacobs, 18, 19. 
John Lamb, 117. 
Mrs. Leeds, 101. 
Daniel T. Lewis, 176. 
Sarah Lillie, 210. 
William N. Lowe, 248. 
Ann Marshall, 87. 
Polly May, 46. 
Mrs. Jemima McMellon, 

177. 

Benjamin Nottage, 24. 
William Peak, 143. 
Robert Rand, 96. 
Edward Smith, 276. 
John Somes, 277. 
William Stimpson, 201. 
William Thayer, 208. 
Ebenezer Wells, 22. 
John White 186. 
Robert Wright, 250. 
Guild, Benjamin, 44. 

Mr., 272. 
Gun house, 140. 



Gun house on Common, communication 

relative to, 247. 

expense of new, 

to be paid by 

State, 122. 

petition for, 

new, 122. 
petition against, 

247. 

petition to al- 
low to re- 
main, 244, 245. 
communication from Board 

of Health relative to, 15. 
complaint against insecurity 

of, 44. 
complaint against removal of, 

to Copp's Hill, 18. 
expense of moving, 258. 
permission from firewards to 

move, 30. 
petition to place over water, 

near rope walk, 257. 
removal of, 15, 29. 
right of town to use, 258. 
roof, slating of, 44. 
to be placed on land added 
to North burying ground, 

Guss, Peter, 58. 

Gutters in North Russell street, paving 

of, 290. 
Somerset street, application 

for paving, 40. 

Hack driver, unlawful, fees received by, 

90. 
Huckman, complaint against, 249, 278. 

license revoked, 90, 249, 278. 
Hackney carriages, complaints against, 

49. 

fare of, 66. 
fee from, to go to 
Superintendent of 
Police, 199. 
numbering of, 66. 
record of licenses 

for, 287. 
rules and orders 

for, 49, 50, 66. 
Hackway, W. C., 4. 
Hadley, Moses, Jr., 186. 
Hager, Joel, 77. 
Hague, Thomas, 57. 
Hairdressers, petition of, 222. 
Hale, David, Jr., 286,299. 
Hales, Mr., 232. 
Hall, Benjamin, 57. 
B., 28. 
Ed., 63. 
Esther, 6. 
Jacob, 6, 231. 

Jonathan P., 7, 160, 161, 231. 
Joseph, 263, 264. 
Mary, 6. 
Patten, 230. 

, 231, 234, 259. 

& Weld, 159, 161, 259. 
Hallett, George, 161. 
Halls, Boylston, communication relative 

to opening of museum in, 23. 
Hamilton street, pavingof, 237. 

appropriation 

for, 246. 
subscription a 

for, 246. 
repair of, 249. 
Hammett, William, 2. 
Hammond, Gardner, 3, 88. 
Hancock, Ebenezer, 27, 28, 34, 154, 299. 
John, 154. 
Thomas, 299. 
<7ov.,54, 150, 223,232. 
, 104, 143, 261. 



338 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Hancock heirs, land recovered from, 284. 
street, repairs to engine-house 

in, 57. 

Hanners, Benjamin, 31. 
Hanover street, 9, 66, 78, 164, 262. 
Harbor, 79. 

alteration in channel of, 10. 
buoy for protection of, 12. 
defence, 117, 118. 

accounts of money re- 
ceived for, 131, 132. 
possible injury to, by 
sinking hulks as 
means of, 121. 
work on, volunteered, 

129. 

Harrington, Mr., 90, 91, 206. 
Harris, Elijah, 271, 272. 

Jonathan, 223, 262. 
Leach, 237,297. 
R. D., 206. 
Samuel, 42, 70. 

, 261. 

Harrison, James, 18, 94, 125, 189, 262. 

Mrs., 77. 

Hart (Hartt), Edmund, 138. 
Frederick, 142. 

, 1, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 144, 145, 

146, 147, 149, 159, 1(>5. 
Harts & Sargent, 289. 
Hartwell, William, 144, 190, 235, 299. 

,249. 

Harvard College, recommendations from 

government of, 33 
street, 243. 

committee to fix bounds 

of, 291. 

fish stall in, 87. 
staked out by committee, 

293 

Harvey, Silas, 64, 95, 120, 146. 
Haskins, John, 76, 162. 

R., 143. 

Hastings, John C., 44, 64, 93. 
N., 211, 
Samuel, 4, 76, 94, 189, 297. 

, 224. 

Hatch, Mrs., 29. 
Hathaway, Timothy, 227. 

,228,242. 

Hats, manufacturers of, objection by, to 

Frink Roberts, auctioneer, 192. 
Hatters square, application for occu- 
pancy of land in, 238 
Hawes, Daniel, 301. 
Joseph, 105. 
Hawley, Noah, 104. 
street, 87. 

committee to view, 101. 
Mr. Amory's new build- 
ing in, 101. 
sewer in, 135, 136. 

assessment for, 

69, 136. 
expense of, 69, 

135, 136. 
Hay, regulation s for, 49. 

sale of , i n streets, 66. 
of stands for, 123, 124. 
scales, accounts of, 13, 239. 

committee on, 219, 282. 

duties of, 173, 

281. 
new, 66. 

at north end of Pleas- 
a n t street, near 
Pound, 41. 
building for, 50. 
place to be prepared 

for, 38. 
plan and estimate for, 

notification to remove, 38. 
repairs to, 9, 13. 



Hay scales, request for removal of, 50. 

removal of ehed from Mrs. 

Swan's land, near, 60. 
weigher, 179, 277. 

accounts of, 9, 84, 96, 99, 
102, 123, 134, 178, 205, 215, 
219, 224, 255. 

delinquency in, 84. 
bondsof, 85, 111, 138, 227 263, 

234. 

bondsmen of, 85, 109, 179, 221. 
to be informed of 
delinquency ,84. 
choice of, 85, 109, 138, 221. 
complaints of errors by, 14. 
salary of, 13. 

weighing, receipts from, 9. 
Hayden, William, 68. 
Hays, M. H., 265. 
M. M., 265. 
Hayward, Caleb, 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 

223, 235, 238, 269, 285, 299. 
Jonathan, 203. 
Lemuel, 97. 
Dr., 77. 
Mr., 267, 282. 
Hazard, James, 48. 

Mr., 12. 
Head, Charles, 104, 119, 144, 190, 235, 299. 

Joseph, 152, 187. 

Head wall, at bottom of Allen street, 46. 
in Copper street, committee to 
report relative to repairs, 44. 
Heard, John, 31, 145, 161, 267. 

John, Jr., 40. 
Heath, Jonathan, 155, 156, 157. 

Lydia, 82. 
Heckling, Mrs., 62. 
Heirs-aMaw, 145. 

Heirs of Oov. Hancock, boundaries of 
land of, on Beacon 
Hill, 54. 
laud recovered from, 268, 

284. 

objection of, to taking of 
land by town to widen 
Beacon street, 154, 155, 
156. 

opinion of attorney as to 
future claims by, 154, 
155. 

Leverett, claim of land by, 18. 
Lendall Pitts, 2n8. 

suit against town 

by, 304. 
John Pitts, claim to land by, 254, 

255, 256. 

Job Prince, deed of land of, 265, 266. 
J. Prince, 259. 
Hemmingway, Peter, 4. 
Henry & Leonard, 249, 271. 
Henshaw & Jarvis, 211. 
Hersey (Hearsey), Daniel, 106, 119, 144, 

190, 235, 299. 
Ebed, 2. 
Hewes, Robert, 76. 

Samuel H., 31. 
Higgins, David, 79. 

Capt., 77. , 

, 243. 

Higginson, Stephen, 112. 

,60. 

High street, assessment for laying sewer 

in, 43. 

petition to lay sewer in, 43. 
repairs to, 75. 
Hiler, Jacob, 94, 189, 193. 

,262 

Hill, Henry, 62, 85, 86, 290. 

Thomas, 76. 

Hinckley (Hinkly, Hlnkley), David, 29, 
261, 283. 
Mr., 283. 
Hiorns, Caleb, 123. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



339 



Hobart & Beal, 175. 
Hodgskins, Capt. John, 55. 
Hodgskinson, 47. 
Holbrook, Asa, 200. 
Jirah,22. 
Mr., 199. 
Holden, Thomas, 64, 95, 120, 146, 193, 237, 

297, 300. 

Holland, Dr. Jacob, 4. 
John, 242. 
Mrs., 94, 189. 
Holley, Rev. Mr., 89, 227. 
Hollis, Joseph, 134, 144. 

street church, care of clock In, 222. 
conference relative to pav- 
ing of, 24. 
Holmes, Oliver, 47. 

Samuel, 116, 153, 158, 194, 237, 
297, 300. 

, 203. 

Holt, Thomas, 193. 

Mr., 1. 
Homer, Eleazer, 121. 

George, 47, 242. 

Jacob Porter, 270. 

Joseph, 11. 

Capt. Michael, 242. 

William, 28, 34, 47, 60, 233. 

,85. 

Hooton, John, 6. 
Hopkins, Thomas, 28. 

Capt., 34. 
Horses, removal of, from market place, 

55. 
sale of, in State street prohibited, 

22. 

watering of, on Sunday, 65. 
Horton, Benjamin, 70, 95, 120. 

Jr., 70, 95, 120. 
Jotham, 6. 
Samuel, Jr., 205. 

, 205, 206. 

Hospital, General, land leased by direct- 
ors of, 253. 

petition of trustees 
of, to close Bridge 
street, 258. 
Hough, Richard H., 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 

235. 

Houses, objection to use of room in as 
watch-house in Orange street, 
157. 
of Mr. Oliver, license to keep 

horses for boarders of, 30. 
on Purchase street, interference 
with footwalk by steps of, 17. 
(See Buildings.) 
Howard, John, 42, 193. 

Day, 125. 
D., 95, 190. 
D., Jr., 1S9. 
Nabby, 142. 
Simeon, 265. 
Rev. Simeon, 265. 
Mrs., 249, 264. 
Howe (How), Calvin, 301. 

John, 22, 64, 94, 95, 120, 145, 

18!, 193. 
2d, 193. 
J., 131. 
Thomas, 63. 
William, 215. 
Mrs., 29. 
Hubbard, T., 263. 

, Mr., 191, 295. 

Mrs., 29. 

Hudson, Elizabeth, 63. 
Hull, Stephen, 31. 
Humphrey, Benjamin, 233. 

B., 305. 
Hunnewell, Jonathan, 4, 12, 42, 44, 125, 

126, 220, 233, 273. 
1,2,3, 5,6,7,9, 10,11, 13, 14, 
15, 16, 17, 19,21, 22, 23,24. 



Hunnewell, 25, 26, 27, 30, 33, 40, 41, 43, 
45, 46, 47 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 
53, 51, 55, 56, 57, 58,59, 60, 
61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 69, 70, 72, 
74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 
84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 
92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 
108, 109, 110, 113, 114, 115, 
116, 117, 118, 120, 121, lJ, 
124, 127, 1-28, 130, 132, 133, 
134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 142, 143, 146, 147, 148, 
149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 
156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 163, 
171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 
179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 
185, 188, 194, 195, 196, 198, 
200, 202, 203, 204, 206, 208. 
209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 
219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 229, 
230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 237, 
238, 239, 240, 244, 250, 252, 
253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 260, 
267, 268, 271, 272, 276, 278, 
27!), 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 
288, 281), 292, 293, 294, 298, 
300, 301, 303, 304. 

Hunstable, Thomas, 212. 

Hunt, Augustus, 29. 
Joab, 42. 
Matthew M., 77. 
William, 31. 
Mr., 6. 

Huntington, Rev. Mr., 114, 279. 

Kurd, Benjamin, 57, 195, 253. 
Joseph, 6. 
Nathaniel, 76. 
Mr., 194. 

Hurlbutt, Enoch, 63. 

Hutchings, Fitz Edward, 44, 64, 93. 

Hutchinson, Henry, 94. 

Hyler, Jacob, 125. 

Hynes, Mr.. 1, 14, 17. 
William, 157. 

Inches, Henderson, 221, 222. 
Indentures, 122. 

approval of, 10, 55, 79, 104, 145. 
for conveyance of land, 133. 
of Bernard Alexander, can- 
celled, 263. 
George Allen, 79. 
John Day, 104. 
Jas. Hazard, approved, 

48. 

Josiah Knapp, 261. 
George R. Miller, 203. 
Henry Nile, 24. 
Thomas L. Rayner, 263. 
Wm. Saul, 55. 
Abel Whitney, 246. 
James Williams, 262, 284. 
Independent Chronicle, printing of rata- 
ble polls in, 16. 

Independence of the American colonies, 
anniversary of, 14, 56, 90, 139, 180, 227, 
290. 

Indictment against town, 50. 
Ingersol, Isaac P., 44, 64, 93. 
Ingersoll, 249, 271. 

Ingraham, Frederick W., 139, 144, 190, 235. 
Wm., 203. 

, Capt., 288. 

Inhabitants, 2, 5, 11, 13, 16, 33, 39, 49, 70, 
109, 152, 155, 162, 205, 256, 
261, 304. 

caution necessary in pur- 
chasing of wood by, 134. 
census to be taken of, 11. 
committee of, to estimate 
damage by taking of land 
to widen Elm street, 159, 
161. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Inhabitants, complaint of, 78. 

money contributed by, 130, 

131, 132. 
of Charles street, petition 

of, 102. 

hill, south of Cambridge 
street, licentious con- 
duct of, 99. 

petition of number of, 61, 79, 
98, 122, 125, 126, 153, 182. 

refused, 125. 

recommendation of Samuel 
Holmes by, to preserve 
order of sailors at West 
Boston, 116. 

to assemble in ward meet- 
ings, 128. 

volunteer work on fortifi- 
cations, 128, 129. 
Innholders,65. 

appointment of, 297. 
licenses, 300. 
law regulating, 216. 
list of, approved, 22, 118. 
objection of, to granting of 
licenses to occupants of cel- 
lars and small dealers, 191, 
19.'. 

record of conduct of, '217. 
sign to be placed on place of 

uusiness of, 238. 

Inquisition into circumstances of Benja- 
min Bailey, 61. 
Mr. Beckford, 214, 

215. 
Julia Domblide, 

57. 

Lydla Heath, 82. 
Mis. Leeds, 101. 
Sarah Lillie,210. 
Ann Marshall, 87. 
Benjamin Not- 

tage, 24. 

Catherine Sweet- 
ser, 3. 

report of com- 
mittee, 5. 
William Thayer, 

208. 
Ebenezer Wells, 

21. 

Inspection of sewer in Water street, 14. 
Inspectors of lighters of sand, gravel 
ana stone (tee under several 
terms). 
Instructors for school for colored people, 

275, 276. 

Insurance Company, application of presi- 
dent, 14. 

Companies, Commercial, peti- 
tion of, 75, 135. 
N. E. M a r i n e, 
agreement of, 
10S, 109. 

Intemperate persons, application for 

appointment of 

guardian for ,22. 

complaint against, 

21. 
Invitation from Washington Benevolent 

Society, 57. 
Irving, Mr., 238. 
Islands, etc., defence of, 117. 

payment of men for, 117. 
provisions and camp for, 
to be supplied by 
Selectmen, 117. 
Iverslane, 42. 

street, 97, 234, 269. 

to wn land on, petition to buy, 
270. 

lease of, 270. 

Jackson, Charles, 30, 34, 35. 



Jackson, George, 2, 64, 81, 82, 95, 97, 98, 

120, 146, 193, 237. 
John, 125. 
Thomas, 163,211. 
William, 186. 
Mr., 5, 33, 37, 60, 94. 
& Lincoln, 196. 

Jacob, , 145. 

Jacobs, David, 18. 
John, 45. 

James, Francis, 41, 42. 
Jarvis, Benjamin, 11, 94, 142, 190. 
B.,4. 

John, 76, 96, 193. 

row, sewer repairs in, assessment 

for, 96, 97. 

expense of, 

in, 95. 

Jeffrey, Patrick, 262. 
Jeffries, Dr., 136. 

Jenks, , Mrs., 191. 

Jenney, Samuel, 62. 
Jennings, Benjamin, 215. 

Mr., 254. 

Jennison, Dr., 67. 
Jepson, Benjamin, 3. 
Mary, 88. 
Samuel, 47. 
William, 47. 

, 143. 

Jews, Synagogue of, 171. 
Johnson, Benjamin, 31. 
Benoice, 93. 
Benoice, Jr., 87. 
Isabella, 3. 
Seth, 121. 

Jones, Abraham, 85, 93, 119, 144. 
Charles, 215. 
Chas. H., 144, 190. 
John C., 71. 
J. C., 269. 
Nathan, 255. 
Thomas K., 21 , 28, 34, 64, 93, 119, 144, 

190, 235, 299. 

Journals of Selectmen, 34. 
Joy, B., 115. 

John, 29, 153, 154. 
Melzar, 265. 
Judgment against John Brazer, 133. 

request for removal of, 

134. 

removal of, 135. 
Jufts, Fitz, 62. 
Jurors, Circuit Court, 32, 57, 84, 143, 149, 

200. 

Court of Common Pleas, 11, 13, 
18, 19, 27, 33, 47, 48, 55, 61, 65, 74, 
80, 84, 86,91, 99, 105, 108, 117, 130, 
133, 139, 143, 149, 158, 171, 1SH, 
198, 214, 225, 234, 250, 267, 282, 
293. 

District Court, 19,40,41,61, 78,80, 
92, 99, 106, 108, 118, 148, 157, 234, 
258, 275. 

Grand, 5, 7, 16, 51, 76, 78, 114, 131, 
140, 149, 155, 157, 162, 179, 204, 
213, 2-25, 227, 250, 257, 274, 288. 
Petit, 16, 76, 114, 133, 140, 149, 17!), 

227, 250, 288. 
Supreme Court, 40, 41, 45, 48, 49, 

79. 

Supreme Judicial Court, 3,80, 81, 

83, 92, 102, 105, 108, 130, 133, 134, 

158, 159, 192, 207, 211, 260, 267, 

268, 274. 

Traverse, 5, 51, 78, 130, 155, 162, 

204,213,257,274. 
U. S. Circuit Court, 18, 101, 205, 

236, 250. 
U. S. District Court, 103, 116, 132, 

166, 185, 213, 243, 293. 
inhabitants qualified to serve as, 

33. 
Jury boxes, examination of lists for, 39. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



341 



Jury boxes, selection of names for, 33,39, 

226. 
verdict in claim of James Harrison, 

18. 
Justice of Peace applied to for calling 

Town meeting, 126. 
oath of, 277. 

Justices of Court of Common Pleas, vote 
relative to chimney sweep- 
ers to be laid before, 23. 
Sessions, contract of, with 
John Lowell, 51. 
papers relative to 
agreement of, 
261. 
Jutan, John, 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190. 

Keatinsr, Oliver, 197, 201. 
Kuith, William, 242. 
Kendall, Mr., 29. 

Kennebeck bridge, assessment for re- 
building of, 177, 178. 
payment of, re- 
fused, 178. 
shares in, bequeathed 

to Town, 160. 
Kennedy, John, 145. 
Kidder, Daniel, 253. 
T., 131. 
Mr., 7. 
Kilby street, 20, 67, 147, 249. 

expenses of repairing sewer 

in. 52. 

notification of proprietors 
of opening of sewer in, 
27. 

petition for repairs in, 116. 
well in, 180. 
Kilham, Mr., 29. 
King, William, 145. 
Knapp, Joseph, 157. 
Josiah, 261. 
Kneeland street, agreement relative to, 

261. 

Koningsberg, 207. 
Kuhn, John, 131. 

Lamb, James, 142. 
Lambert, Thomas, 94. 
Lambord, Thomas, 125. 
Lamphear, Benjamin, 62, 63. 
Lamps, appropriation for, 248. 

oil for, 209. 
assistant police officer to inspect 

accounts of repairs to, 223. 
committee on lighting, report of, 

201. 

to contract 
for oil, 
201. 

to consider improve- 
ments, 
etc., in, 
102. 
lighting 

Of, 200. 
regulate in Pearl 

street, 257. 

guaging of oil for, 103. 
In Charles street, petition for, 102. 
Hawley street and place, peti- 
tion for, 115. 
Market street, 260. 
Orange street, destruction of, 

by boys, 270. 

Prince street, petition to trans- 
fer, 271. 
refused, 272. 
on Central wharf, petition for. 

256. 

repairing of, 297, 301. 
to be stored in Old State House, 

289. 
lighters, 248. 



Lamps, lighters, delivery of oil to, 209. 

assistant, police officer 

to superintend, 223. 
Superintendent of, 289, 301. 

choice of, 102, 

248. 

communica- 
tion from, 
255. 

extra compen- 
sation for, 304. 
Lancaster, William, 47. 

street, 98. 
Land added to Sun Court street, 44. 

p a ving 
of, 44. 

agreement of David Greenough, 
etc., for purchase of, for school- 
house on West street, 114, 115. 
almshouse, claim of, by Leverett 

heirs, 78. 
deed of, 50. 
description of, 5. 
papers relative to 

claims of, 261. 

apprisal of, taken by town, 166. 
appropriation for, to straighten 

Cornhill, 200. 
Artillery Co. to level, on Fort Hill, 

140. 

at bottom of Butler's row, claim 
to, 254, 255, 256. 

suit relative to, 

304. 
Poplar street, lease 

of, 246. 
north end of Pleasant street for 

hay-scales, 41. 

award by town to Belknap and 
Jackson and Scollay estates for 
land in Dorset's alley and Corn- 
hill, 176. 

back of Beacon Hill, suit for, 223. 
distill house, petition for 

lease of, 234. 

State House, plan of, 232. 
Belknap's alley added to lots on 

north side of Chcapside, 224. 
between Marlboro ugh and Hawley 
streets, petition for lib- 
erty to build stable on, 
87. 

Union street and Cause- 
way, consideration of, 
43. 

bordering on Charles river, com- 
mittee to confer with proprietors 
of, 81. 

claim of, by Leverett heirs, 18. 
committee to estimate damage by 
taking of, to widen Elm street, 
159, Mil. 

compensation for use of, 57. 
conveyed to Cornhill corporation, 

244, 246. 
P. Nichols, 39. 
damages for widening Congress 

street, committee on, 110. 
demand for, for burial-ground, 

268, 269. 

division of, with Mill Pond corpo- 
ration, 40. 
exchange of, in Mason street, 32. 

to alter street leading 
into Common street, 
24. 
with John Lowell, 24, 

town, 32. 
filled adjoining canal, 39. 

Spear's land, 39. 
between Cooper and Stillman 

streets, 39. 
Pond and Charles- 
town streets, 39. 



342 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Land filled between Stlllman and Cross 

streets, 39. 
in by Mill Pond corporation, 

39 

choice of, 39. 
town's por- 
tion of, 39. 

south of Cross street, 39. 
for burial-ground in South Boston, 

209, 226, 299, 302, 303, 304. 
Charles street, deed for, 262. 
court-house, papers relative to, 

261, 

deed of, 262. 
North Burying-ground, deed 

of, 262. 
engine-house in Back street, 

rent, 101. 
Milk street, 304. 
School street, 

141. 
laying out Blossom street, 265, 

266, 267. 

Methodist alley, deed of, 262. 
passageway on north side of 

Exchange Building, 262. 

pound in South Boston, 238. 

from Southack's court to Beacon 

street, deed of, 262. 
Gray's, to be taken to widen Bow- 

doin street, 204. 
in Centre street, proposal relative 

to, for widening, 228. 
Common street, exchange of. 32, 

S3. 
Dock square, money for, 249, 

250. 
Dorchester, to annex to Boston 

for burial-ground, 285. 
Essex street, purchase of, 46. 
Fish street, deed of, 262. 
Front and Beach streets, pro- 
posed taking of, by town. 277, 
278. 
Green street, stoppage of sewer 

on, 17. 
Hatter's square, application for 

occupancy, 238. 
Mason street, deed of, 261 . 

exchange of, 32. 
Middlecot street, deed of, 261. 
Milk street, deed of, 261. 
Mill pond, acceptance of, 26. 

belonging to town, 

98. 

committee on, 97. 
conference relative 

to height of, 41. 
deeds of, 96, 98. 
description of, 97, 98. 
division of, 97, 98. 
filled in, 26. 
selectmen to view, 43. 
survey of, 97, 98. 
Orange street, erection of en- 
gine-house on, 2. 
School street, deed of, 262. 
Union street, terms of sale, 83, 

84. 

West Boston, committee to con- 
fer with proprie- 
tors of, 29. 
offered for sale, 29. 
leased to Mr. Greenough, 253. 
marks to be placed on town's 

boundaries, 33. 
near Battery March street, deed 

of, 261. 
Beacon Hill, papers relative 

to, 261. 
Green Dragon Tavern, deed 

of, 262. 
terms of sale 
of, 83, 84. 



Land near South Boston bridge, 238. 

north of Cambridge street, com- 
mittee on streets through, 46. 
of Mr. Amory, petition to extend 

SheafF's lane through, 25. 
Ca.pt. Barnard, removal of sewer 

through, 12. 
stoppage of 

sewer, 17. 

Deacon Brown near South Bos- 
ton bridge, committee relative 
to, 238. 
Mrs. Gray, work done in front 

of, 1. 

Gov. Hancock's heirs, boundar- 
ies of, 
64. 
plan of, 

232. 

Mr. Hurd in Cornhill to com- 
plete line of street, 194, 195. 

compensation 

for, 195. 

J. C. Jones, building for manu- 
facture of turpentine on, 269. 
H. G. Otis, work done in front 

of, 1. 
Mrs. Scollay, bond relative to, 

damages to, 185. 
Mrs. Swan, removal of shed 

from, 50. 

Mr. Whitney, erection of engine- 
house on, 2. 
North burying place, gun-house 

to be placed on, 15. 
on Beacon Hill, suit from sale of, 

104. 

Fort Hill, given to Daniel Ad- 
ams to bore logs, 115. 
neck, applications for lease of, 

221. 
claim of Canal proprietors 

to, 91. 
committee empowered to 

lease, 221. 
from proprie- 
tors of, 204. 

deed of exchange of, 262. 
leased to Mr. Ryan, 177. 
meeting of trustees, 2. 
to be used for night carts, 

89, 90. 

vault to be built on, 89. 
which hay scales stand to be used 

by owners, 38. 
opposite Concert Hall, referees to 

consider damages to, 200. 
petition for compensation for, in 
Derne street, 175. 
refused, 175. 
new street through 
land of Joseph Rus- 
sell, 182. 

purchase of, on Ivers 
and Portland 
streets, 269, 270. 
to erect building on, in 
Court street, 177, 
178. 

town, to take for new 
street from Orange 
to Front, 198. 

proposal for exchange of, in Mason 
street, for town land 
in West street, 140, 
159. 

acceptance of, 161. 

purchase of, in front 

of new Court House, 

141. 

acceptance of, 168, 

169. 

to owners of, In Union, 
street, 88. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



343 



Land, proposed taking of, to widen Bat- 
tery March street, 152. 
purchase by General Hospital trus- 
tees, 259. 
of, to straighten Cornhill, 

200. 
recovered from heirs of Gov. Han, 

cock, 268, 284. 

rent for, in Union street, 177. 
school-house in Wgst street, com- 
mittee relative to purchase of, 
102. 
old by town, 24, 32. 

to Mr. Odin, money for, 86, 177. 
south of Boylston Market square, 
license for livery stable 
on, 205. 

Merrimack street, leases 
" of, 58. 
ued for by Leverett heirs, deed 

of, 50. 

taken by Cornhill corporation, for 
new street in Cornhill, 163, 165, 
166. 

expenditure for, 163, 164. 

to alter Court street, 202, 298, 299, 

3i>0,301,302. 

suit relative 

to, 202. 

be divided by Mill Pond Cor- 
poration, 76. 

sold by I. 8. Col bourn. 46. 
widen Back street, claim rela- 
tive to, 245, 250. 
Beacon street, 138,153, 154, 
155, 156, 
292, 293. 
committee 
to co n- 
fer rela- 
tive to, 
298. 
price of, 

301. 
Bowdoin street, 202. 

o b j e c- 
tion to 
taking 
'of, 203. 
report of 
commit- 
tee, 204. 

Boylston St., 289. 
Congress street, 110. 

cost of, 

111. 
Elm street, 159, Ifil, 295, 

296, 29?. 
claim for, 

230. 

cost of, 234. 
Exchange lane, 2. 

note for, 

14. 
payment 

for, 10. 

Green street, 245, 291, 292. 

cost of, 245. 

Hanover street, deed of, 

262. 
Lynn street, claim for, 

223. 
Somerset street, deed of, 

261. 

Southack's court, 197,201, 
255, 256. 

proposals relative 

to, 253. 
Summer street, 289. 

papers relative to 

award for, 261. 
Union street, 83. 

town's, applied for by Mr. Tidd, 
284. 



Land, town's, price of, 284. 

boundaries of, on Beacon 

Hill, 54. 
passageway 
between 
Rowes and 
Foster's 
wharves, 
143, 144. 
encroachment on, in Lynn 

street, 294. 
from Prince street to Mill 

Pond, rent of, 305. 
near hay scales, fencing 

of, 50. 

on Mason street, 33. 
petition for, on Common 
street, 295. 
purchase of, on 
Merrimack 
street, 145. 

refused, 145. 
of Mr. Ryan, to hire, 

on neck, 175. 
to lease, bottom of 
Beacon street, 272. 
proposed exchange of, in 
West street for land in 
Mason street, 140,159. 

exchange of, 

161. 
removal of Gunhouse to, 

29. 
request to alter position of 

Gunhouse on, 27. 
trustees of Neck land to 
confer with Roxbury 
Canal Corporation rela- 
tive to bounds of, 171. 
west of Green Dragon, application 

of Proprietors of, to buy, 198. 
Lane, Frederick, 226. 

Henry, 21. P4, 95, 119, 120, 199, 297. 
Frazer & Boylston, 116. 
Langdon, Mrs., 77. 
Languages, school of, 31. 
Larabee, Abigail, 125. 

Mrs., 193. 

Larkin, Ebenezer, 60, 195. 
Widow, 233. 

,94. 

Late, William, 4, 189. 

,94. 

Lathabee, John, 94. 
Lathrop, Seth, 125, 193. 

Dr., 54, 65, 130. 

Latin language, school of, 31, 33. 
Lawrence, Mr., 200, 252. 
Laws, amendment of, suggested, to assess 
property for improvements to, 
183. 
for regulation of town printing, 

and distribution of, 223. 
new, for regulation of licensed 
houses, 215, 216, 238. 

committee on, 214. 
requirements of, relative to 

streets, 254. 
on Sabbath, allowance to tything. 

man for enforcement of, 267. 
relative to altering alleys and 

passageways, 207. 
bonds of deputy col- 
lectors, 26. 

carts and trucks, com- 
mittee to re vise, 225, 
226. 

drains, breach of, 272. 
licensing buildings. 

78. 
raising goods into 

buildings, 207, 211. 

. regulations of car- 

riages in streets, 65. 



344 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Laws, relative to weighers of bee f , 
weigher appointed 
in compliance of, 
186. 

weights and meas- 
ure*, alterations 
proposed In, 231. 
state, and by-laws, printingof,258. 

relative to streets, 238. 
to prevent fraud In measuring 

charcoal, enforcement of, 277. 
Lawyers, petition of, for copy of Town 
records, 181. 

Leach, , 94, 189. 

Lease of cellar under Faneuil Hall, 232. 
Town House, 51. 

office In, 178. 
Deer Island, application for, 49. 

conditions of, 86. 
market stalls, rent for, 251. 
Old State House, 175, 210, 263. 
stalls and cellars in market, 
committee to consider, 
253. 

west of market house, 2f>5. 
town land, 234. 

at bottom of Beacon 

street, refused, 272. 

at bottom of Poplar 

street, 246. 
from Prince street to 

Mill pond, 3(15. 
Ivers and Portland 

streets, 270. 
conditions of, 270. 
to Mr. Greenough, 

253. 

Leatherbee, John, 190. 
Lechmere Corporation, 258. 

Point Corporation, 241. 

directors 

of, 241. 
pres i d e n t 

of, 241. 
protest of, 
again st 
closing 
Bridge 
street, 
244. 
Lee, Thomas, 145. 

,174,176,180. 

Le^ds, Benjamin B., 22, 64, 95, 120. 
B., 29. 
Mrs., 101. 

Legislature, 112, 207, 211, 221,'223. 
Act of, 93. 

regulating paving of 

streets, 19. 
relative to market 

house, 16. 

to set off burial 
ground In South 
Boston, 285. 

appropriation of money by, 
not to be used for defence 
of islands, etc., 117. 
authority by, for assess- 
ments for improvements 
to property suggested, 183. 
committee to petition for 
postponement of hearing 
relative to new market 
houses, 273, 274. 
law passed for weighers of 

beef, 186. 
petition to, 112. 

of Mr. Leverett, 

5. 
to build wharf 

on flats, 143. 

power given by, to Cornhill 
Corporation to.lay 
out new street, 164. 



Legislature, power vested in Selectmen 

by, 8. 

religious services ordered 

by, in honor o-f peace, 137. 

resolve of, relative to deaf 

and dumb persons, 270. 
to arrange with Selectmen 
for public celebration of 
peace, 136, 137. 
(See General Court.) 
Leland, Lewis, 94, 147, 189. 
Letnan, Mr., 272. 
Lendals lane, paving of, 249. 
Lenow, J. C., 6. 

Leonard, , 249. 

& Henry, 271. 

Lerow, Charles, 159, 190, 235. 
Letters from Barney Smith, 159, 160. 
Leverett, John, 18. 

M., 5, 50, 261. 

claims, papers relative to, 261. 

heirs, deed of land sued for by, 

50. 

place, petition of residents, 246. 
street, 241. 

engine-house in, repairs 

of, 157. 
land on, to widen Green 

street, 245. 
paving of, 295. 
permit for baker's oven 

in, 226. 

to put up fence 
in passageway 
from, 21. 

petition for new street 
from, to Wiltshire, 182. 
Levinson, L. D., 207. 
Lewis, Amos, 4, 21, 42. 
Daniel T., 176. 
Thomas, 21. 
Winslow, 60, 80, 113, 114, 260. 

, 3, 13. 

Liberty square, 68. 

carts in, 283. 

regulations for standing 

of carts, etc., in, 67, 68. 

Licenses, auctioneers, granted to, 21,27,50, 

51,93,104, 106,225, 

227, 235, 236, 255, 

297. 

committee report 

on, 228. 
in State street, con- 

ditions of, 301. 
money received for, 

140, 254, 269, 297. 
petition for, 9, 51, 

75, 227, 272. 
refused, 243. 

committee to examine applica- 
tions for, 302, 303. 
confectioners, 300. 
chimney sweeps, 145. 
for brick building, 75. 
building on Neck, 78. 
theatre in Federal street, 

76, 100, 248. 

hacks, money for, 269. 
hack, revoked, 90, 249. 
hacks, suspension of, 278. 
innholders, 300. 
laws, breach of, 287. 
liquors, 106, 139, 140, 144. 

applications for, 107. 

approval of, 236. 

in Garden street, 107. 

Grove street, 107. 
law regulating, 215, 

216, 238. 

objection to granting 
of, to occupants of 
cellars and small 
dealers, 191, 192. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



345 



Licenses, liquors, on hill south of Cam- 
bridge street, 107. 
West Boston hill, ap- 
plications for, 107. 
West Boston hill, 
committee relative 
to, 238. 

reconsideration of ques- 
tion of, 46. 
refused, 45, 139, 140. 

In Southack 

street, 45. 
livery stable in Distill House 

square, 139. 
south of Boylston 
Market square, 
205. 

to build in Port- 
land street, 156, 
157. 

retailers, 297, 300. 
to deliver goods from building in 

Court street, 212. 
keep horses in stable, 30. 
private school, 31. 
raise goods into stores, 211, 222. 
store in Court 
street re- 
fused, 215. 
building in 
Salem street, 

213. 
store on Broad 

street, 226. 
victuallers, 300. 
Licensed houses, laws regulating, 215, 

216, 238. 
Lighters, opening through Causeway to 

admit, 15. 
sealers of, 138. 

choice, 18, 54, 109, 221. 
for sand, gravel and ballast, 

sealer of, 179. 
of sand, gravel, etc., powers of 

selectmen relative to, 150. 
inspection of, 150, 151. 

compensation for, 

150, 151. 

Lillie, Sarah, 210. 
Lincoln, Bradford, 237. 
Charles, 188. 

Christopher, 193, 238, 297. 
Frederick, 6. 
.Tared, 11. 

Lewis (Louis), 4, 94, 189. 
Mitchell (see Mitchell Lincoln), 

95, 129, 237. 
Noah, 94, 124, 125, 189, 193. 

, 60, 94, 106, 165. 

& Henney, 291. 
& Gillespie, 189. 
& Jackson, 196. 
street, repairs to, 100. 
Liquor dealers, signs to be placed on 

place of business, 238. 
law, penalty for breach of, 216. 
licenses, 106, 139, 140, 144,236. 
applications for, 107. 
approved, 106, 236. 
chairman to state why 

refused, 45. 
in Garden street, 107. 

Grove street, 107. 
laws regulating, 215, 216, 

238. 

objection to granting 
of, to occupants of 
cellars, 191, 192. 
on hill south of Cam- 
bridge street, 107. 
West Boston hill, com- 
mittee relative to, 238. 
reconsideration of ques- 
tion of, 46. 



Liquor licenses, refusal of, 45. 

in Southack 

street, 45. 

resolutions relative to sale of, 216 
relative to sale of, in 
Southack street, 46 
Liquors. (See Licenses.) 
Liswell, James, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 193. 
Llvermore, Ed. St. Log, !K). 
Livery stable, complaint against building 

of, 205, 206. 

in Friend street, commit- 
tee on, report, 227. 
objection to, 226. 
leave granted to use build- 
ing as, 89. 
license for, Distill house 

sq., 139. 
south of Boylston Market 

square, license for, 205. 
Lloyd, James, 52, 256. 

Mr., 300,301, 302. 
Loan from Franklin Fund, 2. 

application for, 

24, 253. 

of benches to Baptist church, 33. 
Lobb, Mrs., 42. 
Lock (Locke), Ephraim, 300. 

Mrs., 6. 

Looklan, Allan, 278. 
Lodge, Matthew, 6,60, 233. 
Lodging houses, resolutions relative to 

ssle of liquors in, 216. 
Lombard, Nathaniel, 6. 
London, 207. 
Long Island, 12. 

Wharf, 20, 67, 256. 
Longley, George, 76. 
Lord, Mary, 3, 6. 
Capt., 142. 
Loring, Caleb, 179. 

Caleb, Jr., 18, 54, 85, 109, 138, 221, 

277. 

John, 146, 195, 237. 
Jonathan, 15, 58, 77. 
Mr., 29, 86. 
Lovell, (Lovel), Charles, 233. 

James, 63. 
Lovering, Joseph, 22, 53, 125, 126, 179, 210, 

221, 233. 

William, 70, 95,120, 
Wm. Jr., 209. 

15, 53, 64, 55, 56, 57, 68, 59, 60, 61, 
62, 63, 64, 65, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 
76, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 
96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 102, 104, 105, 
106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 
114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 120, 121, 
122, 124, 127, 128, 129, 130, 132, 
133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 
140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 
148, 149, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155. 
156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 162, 171, 
172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 179, 180, 
181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 
188, 190, 192, 194, 196, 197, 198, 
199, 200, 201,202, 203, 204, 205, 
206, 207, 208, 209,210, 211, 212, 
213, 214, 219, 220, 221, 225, 228, 
230, 231, 232, 234, 236, 237, 238, 
239, 245, 248, 249, 250, 253, 254, 
255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 267, 268, 
269, 270, 271, 272, 274, 277, 278, 
281, 28-2, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 
290, 292, 293, 294, 295, 297, 300, 
302, 303, 304. 
Low (Lowe), William, 4, 94. 

William N., 248. 

, 189. 

Lowder, Mn., 76. 
Lowell, John, 24, 32, 61, 80. 
Jonathan, 261. 
Mr., 77. 



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Lowell, Mrs., 77, 79. 

Rev. Mr., 10, 110. 
Lucas, John, 76. 

Lumber on Mill Pond, committee to dis- 
pose of, 90. 

Lummis, , 143. 

Lyman, T., 263. 

William, 188. 

street, complaint against ruined 

house in, 225. 
Lynde street, damage to estate by digging 

away of, 249. 
property in, 249, 
petition of abuttors to re- 
pair, 243. 
repairs to, 243. 
Lynn street, 146. 

complaint against stone-cut- 
ter's shop in, 283. 
encroachment on, 283, 294. 
extension of sewer in, 224. 
land taken to widen, claim 
for, 223. 

passageway in, 200. 
petition for repair of, 180. 
wharf on, to be used for dis- 
posal of filth, 89. 
Lyon, Mr., 1. 

Mackay, John, 60., 131. 
Mungo, 60. 

William, 83, 144, 145, 161. 
Mackintosh, Peter, 238, 297. 
Macom, Daniel, 94. 
Magazine, keeper of, 75. 
Major General to review militia at Dcd- 

ham, 149. 
requested to hold review 

at Boston, 150. 
Malcolm, Daniel, 190. 
Maiden bridge, 127. 
Mall, the, 66. 

old, committee to complete new 

fence on, 230. 
committee to repair, 56 
repair of drain across, 55. 
trees on, to be pruned, 153. 
Beacon street, damage by storm on, 

149. 

Mann, Elias, 58. 
Seth, 25. 

Manufacturers' and Mechanics' Bank, 
deposits in, 233. 
Franklin Donation 

money in, 302 
of hats, objection of, to 
Frink Roberts, auction- 
eer, 192. 

Marett, Phillip, 103, 119, 144, 190, 235, 298. 
Marian, Mrs., 181. 
Marine Society, committee from, to view 

Deer Island, 200. 
opinions of, relative to 

defence of town, 126. 
Market, 30. 

auctioneers not to do business 

in, 27. 
Boylston Association, petition 

of, 45. 
regulations for sale of 

goods in, C8 . 
regulations for car- 
riages near, 48. 
repair of sidewalk 

near, 178. 

Clerk of, 2, 67, 68, 82, 91, 101, 111, 

138, 146, 148, 179, 219, 

230, 251, 252, 257, 265. 

271,277,286,287, 288. 

accounts'of, 91, 100, 110, 

146. 

approved, 123. 
examination 
of, 91. 



Market, clerk of, choice of, 109, 221. 

complaint of, against 

hand cart men, 243. 
committee to consult 

with, 106. 
report of, 92. 
statement relative trucks 
east of Faueull Hall, 
248. 

to arrange carts and 
trucks east of Fan- 
euil Hall, 249. 
be assisted by deputy 

police officer, 288. 
designate entrances 
to Boylston market, 
48. 
lease beef stalls in 

Ann street, 69. 
regulate standing of 
carts in Union St., 7. 
committee, duties of, 173, 219. 

raise in rents by, 264. 
report of lease of 
stalls west of Fan- 
euil Hall, 251, 253. 
to consider enlarge- 
ment of, 279. 
to consider rent of 
cellars and stalls in, 
256. 

to consider lease of 
stalls and cellars 
in, 253. 
regulate choice of, 

7. 

ejection of. occupier of stall in, 2. 
expense of building new fish 

boxes in, 92. 
fish, committee report relative to, 

240. 

new location for, 240. 
granting of liauor licenses near, 

192. 
House, 48. 

Boylston, regulations for 

carriages near, 48. 
cellars under, raise in 

rents of, 264. 
erected in Cambridge 

street, 16. 
leases of stalls west of, 

265. 

new scales for, 82. 
petition to build near 
Dock square, 
273. 

to postpone hear- 
ing of legisla- 
ture for, 273, 
274. 

to regulate carts 
in neighbor- 
hood of, 45. 
raise in rents of, 264. 
rule and order relating 

to, 16. 

well dug near, 148. 
lease of west of^Faneull Hall, 253. 
list of stands at east side of, 271. 
new street from, to Court street, 

163. 

old, expenses of, 92. 
paving west end of, 2H8. 
petition relative to beef stalls in, 

111. 
place, removal of carts and 

horses from, 55. 
porters, proposals relative to, 

230. 

proceeds of, 92. 
regulations of, 66. 

penalty for breach 
of, 68. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



347 



Market regulations, report on, 56. 

removal of carts and horses 

from, 56. 
rent?* of, 92. 

collector, compensation 

for, 104. 
delinquency in payment 

of, 104 

of stalls in, 291. 
repair of roof of, 98. 
scales, care of. 2. 
stalls, condition of lease of, west 
of Faneuil Hall, 251, 252. 
ejection of occupier of, 2. 
expense of building new, 

in, 9 1 }. 

letting of, 2. 

new, to be erected in, 56. 
rent, of, 105. 
vegetable, 240. 

additional stalls to, 55. 
West Boston, regulations of, 68. 
of Faneuil Hall, repair of 
roof of, 
236. 

condition 
of lease 
of stalls 
In, 251, 
252. 

wood, selectmen to make provi- 
sion for, 7. 
row, part of Cornhill renamed, 

'-51. 
square, 66, 67, 76, 79, 107, 164. 

auctioneers not to do 

business in, 39. 
complaint against hand- 

cart men in, 243. 
digging well in, 146. 
subscriptions for, 146. 
flagstones for, 256, 257. 
new street from, to Court 

street, 164. 
proposed fish market in, 

240. 

regulations for standing 
of carts, etc., In, 67, 
252. 
subscription of abuttors 

to pave, 243. 
street, 234, 251. 

butcher carts not to stand 

in, 282. 

committee from propri- 
etors of stores in, 247. 
lamps in, 260. 
paving of, 253. 
raising of, 43. 
Marlborough street, 87. 

part of, renamed, 253. 
petition for removal 
of wood 
from, 49. 
from inhabi- 
tants of, 
49. 
robbery of store in, 

274. 
volunteer patrol for, 

208. 

Marsh, Ephraim, 41. 
E., 261. 

William, 94, 189. 
Mr., 105. 
Marshall, Ann, 87. 

Thomas, 29. 
Mr., 6. 

Marshal, United States, 79. 
Marston, David, 139, 144, 190, 235, 298. 

Henry, 235, 236. 
Mason, Jonathan, 60. 

, 210. 

street, 32, 151. 



Mason street, land on, deed of, 261. 

exchange of, 32, 

140. 

proposed exchange 
of, for town land 
in West St., 159. 
acceptance of, 161. 
towm's, 33. 
petition for sewer in, 79. 

to alter street lead- 
ing to, 32. 
pave, 302. 

repairs to school in, 222. 
Mass. General Hospital, communication 
relative to dis- 
continuance of 
streets, near, 
239. 

closing up streets 
In neighbor- 
hood of, 241. 
corporation, 
treasurer of, 
235. 
Matchet, 28. 

Capt., 34. 

Matignon (Metignon;, Rev. D., 6, 69. 
May, John, 42, 44. 
Joseph, 27, 31. 
Perrin, 152. 
Polly, 46, . 
Samuel, 231. 

, 7, 9 to 29, 21, 23 to 27, 30, 31, 33, 

38, 39, 40,43, 45, 46, 48 to 64. 
McClure, Thomas, 142. 
McGuire, John, 60. 
McMellon, Jemima, 177. 

McNeil!, , Mr., 13, 84, 87. 

Mears, Mr., 29. 

Measurer of wood, choice of, 203, 236. 

, complaint against, 51, 

208. 

Measuring of charcoal baskets, 82. 
Meat, act regulating sale of, in streets, 16, 

68. 

Mechanic Association, to organize pro- 
cession in honor of peace, 137. 
Medical college, new, school to be built 
on land north of, in Mason street, 161. 
Meeting house, new, in School street, 

245. 
Melcher, Levl, 189, 190. 

Mr., 185. 

Melville, Thomas, 28, 273. 
Merchants Hall, 206. 

improvements to pas- 
sageway back of, 206. 
Row, 20, 67. 

obstruction of, by trucks, 

200, -210. 
Merriam, Nathaniel, 109, 138, 179, 221, 263, 

277. 

Mr., 91, 92. 
Merrimack street, 41, 42, 97, 145. 

committee to survey, 

80. 
height of tide above, 

42. 
leases of land south 

of, 58. 
petition for wood 

stand in, 107. 
proposed raising of, 

43. 

repairs to, 81. 
repair of, by Mill Pond 

Corporation, 82. 
stands for sale of 

wood In, 124. 
Merrltt, Mrs., 28. 
Merry, Jonathan, 3, 21, 22. 
Mertare, Andrew, 62. 
Messenger, Daniel. 76. 
Henry. 65. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Messsnger, Col., 25. 
.)/>., 177. 
to Selectmen, assistant for, 

53. 
assistant, choice of, 64. 

assistant, duties 

of, 54. 

Methodist alley, Deed of land for, 262. 
Middle St., 174, 222. 

drain in, assessment for re- 
pair of ,241, 242. 
sewer in, expense of repair- 
ing, 63. 

suit relative to, 267. 
Middlecot street, deed of land on, 261. 

passageway from, t o 
Beacon, laid out as 
Bowdoin St., 197. 
repairs to, 100. 
sewer in, assessment for 
repair of, 34. 
expense of re- 

pairs, 34. 
permission to 
open and en- 
large, 27. 
Military company of Ward 8, 100. 

new, petition for ar- 
mory by, 82. 

companies, assembling of, in 

case of alarm, 71. 

complaint against 

firing in streets 

by, 290, 291. 

petition of officers 

of, 234. 
Hall, 72. 
officers, 71. 

and naval officers, 137. 
Militia, Boston, 112. 

New England Guards, 112, 247, 

248. 

arm o r y 

for, 9(1. 

petiti o n 

from, 

244. 

Light Infantry Company, 212, 213. 
Hangers, petition to remove wall 

between armories of, 210. 
8eaFencibles,247, 248. 

petition from, 244. 
ammunition for, 249. 
brigade inspector. 249. 

to inspect pow- 
der, 199. 

review, supplies for, 199. 
colonels and brigade quartermas- 
ter to confer with selectmen 
relative to rations for review at 
Dedham, 152. 
for defence of town, 118. 
petition of officers of for supplies 
for review, 149. 

furnished at expense 

of town, 150. 
petition of, for town meeting for 

additional compensation, 120. 
rations for, for review at Ded- 
ham, 152, 153. 
review of, 249. 

at Dedham, 149, 150, 152. 
supplies for, 119. 
law, 65. 

relative to providing for men 
for defence of islands, etc., 
117. 
Milk street, 20, 152. 

change In name of part of, 

23-2; 

deed of land in, 261. 
engine house In, petition for 
brick, 303. 



Milk street, engine house In (new), 304. 
enlargement of sewer In, -239, 
petition for removal of wood 

from, 49. 
from inhabitants of, 

49. 

pump in (newl, 288. 
repairing drain leading 

south from, 123. 
repairs to, 228. 
sale of wood in, 8. 
standing of carts, etc., in, 8. 
objection to, 10. 
Mill bridge, the, 73. 

corporation. (See Mill Pond Corpor- 
ation.) 
agent of, 1. 
president of, 1. 
report of committee of 

directors, 1. 
creek, 73, 174. 
bridge over, from Cross to Union St., 

194. 
dam, committee relative to proposal 

for, 101. 
pond, 17, 75 ,78, 139, 204. 

assessment for sewers from 

Back street to, 245, 246. 
committee relative to altering 

streets on, 227. 
to dispose of lum- 
ber on, 90. 
^examine Town's 

land on, 89. 
Inspect walls of 

canal in, 99. 
view relative to 
new bridge 
from Cross to 
Union street, 
184. 

compensation for laying sew- 
ers in, 13. 
conference relative to height 

of land and streets on, 41. 
description of land in, 98. 
drain laid in, 1. 

note for, 14. 

filling up of streets on, 43. 
leave granted to use building 

on, as livery stable, 89. 
petition for purchase of land 
bordering o n , 
145. 

refused, 145. 
use of building 
near, as a distil- 
lery, 260. 
to examine Town's 

land on, 89. 
stoppage of sewer by filling in 

of, 12. 
superintendence of laying 

sewers in, 13. 

superintendent of work on, 88. 
choice of, 88. 
salary of, 88. 
survey of, 41, 42. 
town's land in, 98. 
town's Hand from, to Prince 

street, 305. 

corporation, 28, 97, 98, 204. 
agent of, 39. 
clerk of, 14,26, 76, 

88, 96, 194. 
clerk of, commu- 
nication to, 43. 
committee t o 
meet directors 
of, 227. 

communication 
from, 13, 40, 43, 
58,76. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



349 



Mill pond corporation, communication 
from, relative 
to proposed 
bridge across 
canal, 122. 
communication 

to, 43. 

communication 
to, relative to 
bridge from 
Cross to Union 
St., 185. 

communication 
to directors of, 
relative t o 
bridge over 
Mill creek, 
197. 

completing of 
landandstreets 
by, 40. 

deed from, 263. 
directors of, 15, 
26, 40, 41, 42, 81, 
82. 
directors, bond 

of, 40. 

directors, com- 
mittee to confer 
with, 17. 
land filled in by 

choice of, 39. 
land given to 

town by, 270. 
notice f rom.rela- 
tive to passage 
through the 
causeway, 15. 
repair of Merrl- 
mack street by, 
82. 

street, paving of, 237. 
Miller, Charles 31. 
Geo. R., 203. 
John R., 28. 
Samuel R., 34. 
Thompson, 95, 120. 
Mills, William, 4, 94. 
Minchin, John, 22, 64, 95, 119, 120, 144, 145, 

190, 193, 235, 298. 
Minors, application for female, to be 

bound out, 122. 
census to be taken of. 11. 
Minot, Mr., 122, 283. 
Mrs., 29. 

William, 11, 43, 58, 59, 90, 145, 194. 
Misdemeanor, lamps broken by boys in 

Orange St., 270. 
Mitchell, Lincoln, 297. 
Rev. Mr., 15. 
Money, appropriations, accounts to be 

kept of, 220. 
ammunition, 12. 
building sinks, 
No. Russell 
St., 148. 

council fees In 
suit of W. N. 
Boylston, 237. 
extension of 
Castle St., 197. 
improvements 
to engine 
house, 101. 
lamps, 248. 
land to widen 
Back street, 
245. 

land to widen 
Green street, 
245. 

Oil, 209. 

painting room 
over Faneuil 
Hall, 135. 



Money, appropriations, paving foot- 
walks near 
Rowe's and 
Foster's 
wharves, 194. 
paving Foster 

St., 149. 
paving Friend 

St., 120,121. 
paving and 
wi den Ing 
G r i ffi n ' s 
lane, 240. 
paving Hamil- 
ton street, 
246, 249. 

planking side- 
walk in 
Charles si., 
210. 
pound In So. 

Boston, 238. 
repairs onCom- 

mon, 283. 
repair of Fort 

Hill, 89. 
repal r a to 

Nesk, 244. 
streets, 1, 2. 
street improve- 
m e n t s in 
West Boston, 
47. 

assessment for drain orcommon 
sewer from 
house in Back 
street, 230. 
drain in Bel- 
knap's alley, 59. 
sewer repairs in 
Bel knap street, 
60. 

repair of drain 
rjunnioig into 
Blossom street, 
85,86. 

repair of sewer 
from Brattle 
square, 63. 
repair of sewer 
in Fleet street, 
42. 

repair of drain in 
Friend street, 
215. 

sewer in Garden 
street, 
57. 

Hawley 
street, 
69. 

repairs in 

Ja r vi s 

row, 96,97. 

common sewer in 

Kelley st., 148. 
sewer in Mason 

street, 79. 
repairing sewer 
In Middle street, 
63, 241, 242. 
repair of drain in 
Milk street, 242, 
sewer in Myrtle 
street, 58, 

232, 233. 
repairs in 
North 
street, 94, 
147. 

repairs in Orange 

street, 76, 

77,188,233. 

in Pinkney 

street, 58. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Money, assessment for repairs in Poplar 

street, M. 

in Prince 

street, 6. 

repairs in 

Sh eafe 

street, 88. 

in South 

street, 62. 

in South- 

ack St., 58. 

in Temple 

street, 47. 

awarded for land taken by town 
in Dorsets alley and Cornhill, 
176. 
balance due town from hay 

weigher, 134. 
bequest of father of Wm. Phillips, 

amount of, 235. 

clerk of market, receipts of, 123. 

collected for auction licenses, 297. 

defence of town, to 

be paid to town 

treasurer, 127, 128. 

due N. B. Insurance Co., interest 

on, 23. 

for auction and hack licenses, 269. 
care of town clocks, 222. 
claim of James Harrison, 18. 

Leverett heirs, 18. 
Deputy Collectors of taxes, 

165. 
fixtures in shop in Old State 

House, 290. 
land in Dock square, 250. 

Elm street, 296, 298. 
, leased on neck, 177. 

of Cornelius Coolidge, 

198. 
in front of new court 

house, sale of, 141. 
sold to Mr. Odin, 86. 
to widen Summer St., 289. 
leases of market stalls, 251. 
lease of stalls west of Faneuil 

Hall, 253. 

licenses and fines, appropri- 
ation of, 254. 
licenses and fines, committee 

relative to, 260. 
oil supplied the town. 12, 77. 
paving Bread and Well sts., 

141. 

Broad St., 150. 
Cheapside, 206, 227. 
Foster St., 149. 
Friend St., to be paid 

by town, 121. 
paid by Mr. Far- 

num, 122. 

rent of house near Green 

Dragon, 250. 

in Union St., 

177. 
repair of sewer in Federal 

street, 31. 

sewers in Garden street, 57. 
repair of sewer in Green 

street, 28. 
eewer in Kilby street, 52. 

Middlecot street, 34. 
Myrtle St., 11. 
North St., 4. 
Poplar street, 53. 
Salem st., 3. 
Southack street, 58. 
Sudbury St., 145. 
Btreet improvements in West 

Boston, 47. 
repairs, 1, 2, 218. 

responsibility 
o f commit- 
tee for, 218. 



Money of Franklin donation deposited in 
Manufacturers and Mechanics 
Bank, 283. 
from assignee's sale of materials 

of house on neck, 18fi. 
hay -weigher, 99, 102, 123. 
paid attorneys in suit against 

Ward N. Boylston, 275. 
by proprietors in Bowdoin 

street, 197. 
Town for oil to Josiah 

Bradlee, 140, 141. 
Cornhill Corporation 
for land for new 
street, 163. 

Cornhill Corporation, 
relative to building of 
Mrs. Scollay, 191, 192. 
for almshouse land, 50. 
expenses of market, 92. 
land taken to widen 
Elm street, 234. 
and house taken 
to widen Union 
street, 83. 
town treasurer by clerk of 

market, 100. 

received for auction licenses, 140. 

defence of town to 

go to auditor Board 

of War, 130,131, 132. 

sewer from Hawley 

to Federal streets, 

135, 136. 

from hay- weigher, 9. 
hay scales, 13. 
market, 92. 
reduction of rent in Old State 

House, 23. 
salary and allowances clerk of 

market, 92. 
salary and allowances clerk of 

market, assistants, 92. 
salary and allowances collector 

of rents of market, 104. 
salary of police officer, 26. 
subscribed by abutters to pave 
Market square, 243. 
for defence of town, 
appropriated 
for repairs on 
common, 180, 
181. 

well in Market 
square, 146, 148. 
street improve- 
ments in West 
Boston, 47. 
to be collected by each deputy 

collector, 37, 38. 
deducted from watchmen's 



pay, 77, 
aid I 



paid by state for new gun- 
house on c o m- 
mon, 122. 

General Hospital 
trustees to close 
Bridge street, 258 
259. 

for copy of town rec- 
ords, 186. 
powder, 65. 
town treasurer in set- 
tlement of judgment 
of John Brazer, 135. 
to complete line of new street in 

Cornhill, 194, 195, 200. 
town meeting for transactions of, 

58, 115, 184, 229. 
treasurer to borrow to dis- 
charge demands upon 
treasury, 96. 
Moore, Augustus, 158. 
Thomas D., 145. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



351 



Morrill, Deacon, 254, 255. 
Morse, Walter, 260. 

Mr., 269. 
Mortgage deed from Ward N. Boylston, 

261. 
of Mrs. Bowker's donation, 

collector of Interest on, 207. 
from Jacob Tidd, Jr., 263. 
on land applied for by Mr. 

Tldd, 284. 

relative to donations, 263. 
Morton, Perez, 237, 275. 
Mosely, David E., 76. 
Motley, Ed., 211. 

Thomas, 211, 274. 
Mr., 295, 296. 
Mountford, Joseph, 6. 
Muuroe, Edmund, 60. 

Israel, 21, 59, 64, 70, 119, 120. 
Jere, 95. 
William, 60. 

Murder of Frederick Hart, chairman to 
obtain in- 
formation 
relative to, 
142. 

detection of 
murderer 
of, 143. 
Murdock, 57. 
Murphey, 58. 

Museum in Boylston Hall, communica- 
tion relative to opening of, 23. 
Mutton, regulations for sale of, from 

carts, 48. 
Mycall, John, 85. 

Myrtle street, sewer in, assessment for 
repair of, 11, 
58,196. 

expense of 
repairing.il, 
57, 196. 



Nance, John W., 144. 

Nantucket, petition of Mr. Hazard of, 

12. 

Nash, Joshua, Capt., 273. 
Nassau street, 198. 

committee empowered to 

repair, 244. 

Navigation, danger to, 10. 
Nazro, Matthew, 47. 

Mr. 44. 
Neck, 265. 

assignr.es sale of materials of house 

of John Coates on, 186. 
advertising for proposals to repair, 

25. 
building, new, on, for making soap 

and candles, 78. 
on, for care of bulls, to be 
moved to land near hay 
scales, 277, 278. 
committee on, 219, 281. 

duties Of, 173, 219, 

281. 
empowered to lease 

land on, 221. 
lease of land by, 177. 
to examine, 26. 
repair, 74. 
report on paving of, 

244, 
superintend repairs 

to streets on, 27. 
view, 27. 

report of, 244. 
dam on easterly side of, repairs to, 

202. 

deed of exchange of land on, 262. 
land on, claim of canal proprietors 

to, 91. 

committee from propri- 
etors of, 204. 



Neck, land on, leased to Mr. Ryan on, 177. 
meeting of trustees, 2. 
to be used for night carts, 

89, 90. 

license for building on, 78. 
material for repairs to, 26. 
measurer of wood on, 120. 

coming over, 126. 
on complaint 

against, 208. 

meeting of trustees of land on, with 
selectmen relative to petition of 
Deacon Field, 115. 
petition to hire land on, 175. 
proposals for repairs to, 24, 25, 26. 
icnts for land on, 177. 
repairs to, 244. 
repair of streets on, 27. 
streets on, proposals relative to 

care of, 204. 
treasurer to collect money for rent 

of land on, 177. 
vault to be built on, 89. 
Neelson, Hugh, 43. 
James, 43. 

Negro, indenture of Jas. Hazard, 48. 
Neill, Thos., 31. 
New, Robert, 64, 95, 120. 
Newbury st., 151, 226. 

common sewer in, expenses 

of, 113, 114. 
street, regulations for standing 

of carts in, 48. 
sale of provisions pro- 
hibited In, 68. 

Newburyport Turnpike, shares in, be- 
queathed to Town, 160. 
New England GuardB(see Militia) , 247, 248. 
captain of, 112. 
petition from, to 
build gun house 
on common, 122. 
Insurance Co., directors of, 

14. 

interest o n 
money due, 
23. 
Marine Insurance Co., 

agreement of, 108, 109. 
Newhall, Jabez, 4. 

Joseph, 70. 
New Hampshire, second Turnpike road, 

shares in, bequeathed to town, 160. 
Newspapers, Boston Gazette, 65. 

printing of 
r atabl e 
polls in, 
16. 
Centinel, 278. 

council to answer 

statements o f 

Boylston in, 230. 

notice of Edward 

Savage in, 23. 
Chronicle, 278. 
Daily Advertiser, 278. 
Independent Chronicle, 
printing of ratable polls 
in, 16. 

N. E. Palladium, 65. 
address relative to improve- 
ments of Common in, 205. 
advertisements in, 128, 129, 

171. 

against fir- 
ing of fire- 
crackers in 
streets, 185. 
in, of reward 
for detec- 
tion of per- 
sons dis- 
figuring 
houses and 
fences, 185. 



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Newspapers, advertisements in, forbid- 
ding remo- 
val of sand, 
gravel, etc., 
from Deer 
Island, 176. 
In, leases of 
beef stalls, 
69. 

in, of list of 
voter B, 8, 
214, 278. 
in, of orders 
to wood 
measurers, 
134. 

in, printing of 
laws rela- 
tive to sale 
of liquors, 
216, 217. 
in, printing 
resolution 
on death of 
F rm n ci s 
Wright, 61. 
in, publish- 
i n g law 
relative to 
carriages, 
65. 

in, respect- 
ing smok- 
ing, 107. 
Newton, 122. 
New York, 183. 
Nichols, Lawrence, 263. 

P., 39. 
Nickersbn, Mr., 14. 

,25,305. 

Night alarms, duty of citizens during, 70. 
carts, building wharf from alms- 
house for use of, 15. 
land on neck for depositing, 

89,90. 
location of wharves for 

emptying of, 13. 
removal of nuisances bv, 15. 
(See Carts.) 
Nile, Henry, 24. 

Noble, George, 39, 64, 119, 144, 190. 
Mary, 215. 
Widow, 226. 
Nolen, Charlea, 134,144. 

Harvey, 139. 
Norcross, Otis, 212. 
Norfolk, County of, 304. 
North street, 141,147, 174. 

sewer in .assessment for re- 
pairs to, 94, 189, 
190. 

expense of repair- 
ing, 94, 189. 
liberty to lay or 

repair, 93. 
repairs to, 185. 
remonstrance 
against open- 
ing, 92. 

Allen street, 259, 267. 
burying place, gun house to be 

placed on, 15. 

Federal court, expense of repair- 
ing drain in, 121. 
Russell street, paving sidewalks 

in, 290. 
square, 66. 

standing of carts in, 8. 
Northern district, choice of sealer of 

weights and measures for, 14. 
Norton, Samuel, 163. 

& Jackson, estates of, 176. 
Norwood, Abijah, 47. 



Notes of Mrs. Brooker's donation, col- 
lector of interest on, 207. 
due from Nathaniel Emmes, 107, 

108. 
of Mill Pond Corporation to town 

treasurer, 14. 

Mr. Odin, for land bought, 86. 
Isaac Spear, 186. 

town treasurer for land taken to 

widen Ex- 

change lane, 

14. 

payment for 

oil, 77. 
toJosiahBradlee, 

12. 
John Leverctt, 

18. 
Henry Sargent, 

10. 
for land sold by town near Court 

House, 169. 
receivable, 14. 

Notices, occupants to leave Mrs. Scollay'8 
building:, 191. 

objection to length of, 191. 
to Mrs. Wheeler to pave foot- 
walk, 18. 

Notifications of town meeting, printing 
Of, 6, 52, 54, 58, 77, 78, 83, 
110, 17-2, 181, 203, 227,232, 
256, 275. 

for choice of assistant as- 
sessors, 54. 

choice of assistant as- 
sessor, printing of, 86. 
ward meetings, 128. 
of delinquent payment of 

taxes. 35. 

to remove hay scales, 38. 
vacate rooms in Old 

State House, 177. 
Nottage, Ben}., 24. 
Noyes, Joseph, 5, 6. 
Nuisance, complaint against, in Court st., 

269. 

from emptying filth into river 
near Canal bridge, 50. 

Oaths of office, 138. 

Oath of office administered by T. Clerk, 

53. 

to selectmen. 7, 75, 214. 
Objections to altering Court street, 298, 

299, 300, 301, 302. 
Odin, John, 3, 245, 249, 250. 
Mr., 83, 86. 

, 177. 

Odiorne, George, 152. 
Office, appointments to, 279. 

of Town Treasurer. 57. 
Offices in Town house, division of, 45. 
given up, 25. 
rent of, 41. 

Oil, advertise contract for, 199. 
appropriation for, 209. 
committee to contract for, 201. 
for lamps, gauging of, 103. 
payment of, 77. 
proposals for, 207. 

supplied by Josiah Bradlee, to be 
paid for by Town 
Treasurer, 140. 
Mr. Hazard, 12. 
Town Treasurer's note for, 77. 
Old South Church, complaint of commit- 
tee from proprietors 
of, 189. 
use of, for 4th July 

oration, 295. 
clock, petition to regulate, 56. 

repairs to, 10. 
State House, committee on, 178. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



353 



Old State House, lamps to be stored in, 

289, 297. 
lease of, 210. 
money for fixtures in 

shop in, 290. 
petition to hire, 209. 

paint, 244. 

rent of, committee on 
lowering, 23. 
petition for re- 
duction of, 
90. 
reduction of, 

91,123. 

report of com- 
mittee on, 23. 
tenants of, requested to 

vacate, 177. 
Olive street, 142. 

committee to view house 

in, 100. 
Oliver, Daniel, 27, 30, 48, 64, 88, 93. 

Greenleaf, 31. 
Ebenezer, 4, 6, 12, 23, 28, 29, 34, 42, 

44, 123, 124, 125, 126, 217, 233. 
Edward, 42, 94, 189. 

B., 7.26L 

Francis J., 127. 

Henry J., 119, 144, 189, 190, 231. 
Hubbard, 242. 

3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21 to 
27, 30 to 84, 38, 39, 40, 43, 45, 46, 
49, 50 to 65, 69, 70, 72, 74 to 78, 80 
to 88, 91 to 97, 99, 100, 101, 104 to 
110, 113 to 118, 120,122,127 to 130, 
182 to 138, 140, 142, 144 to 147, 149, 
150,151,153, 155 to 158, 161, 162, 
172, 174 to 177, 180 to 183, 185, 187, 
188, 192, 194. 195, 196-, 198 200 to 
215, -219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 231,234, 
236, 238 to 241, 243, 245, 250, 253 to 
258, 260, 267, 268, 269,271, 272,276, 
277, 2S1, 282, 283, 286, 292, 293, 297, 
298, 301 to 304. 
street, complaint against livery 

stable in, 126. 
repairs to, 75. 
Oliver's Dock, 194. 
Orange street, 194, 197. 

common sewer in, assess- 
ment for repairs to, 76, 

77, -233. 

expenses of, 113, 114. 
new, 188. 

petition to open, 184. 
prote st agai n s t 
assessment for re- 
pairs to, 238. 
lamps destroyed in, 270. 
new street from, to Front, 

198. 
objection to Watch house 

in, 157. 
" regulations for standing 

of carts in, 48. 
sale of provisions prohib- 
ited In, 68. 
sale of town land In, to 

Deacon Brown, 158. 
Oration, July 4th, 14, 113, 139, 180, 290, 291, 

295. 
printing of, 189, 236, 

296 

Orator, July 4th, choice of, 14, 56, 90, 113. 
Orcutt, John P., 22, 157, 190, 235. 
Orrock, Alexander, 298. 
Osborn, John, 60, 152. 
Osgood, Aaron, 225. 
Peter, 58. 

, Col. 119. 

- Otheman, Anthony, 242, 265. 

Mr., 267. 
Otis, H. G., 1, 41, 43, 104, 140, 303. 



Otis, Mr. 76. 

and others, 261. 
Oveni, petition for use of, on Parkman's 

Wharf, 255. 
to build in Custom House 

street, 292. 
Overseers of Poor, 244. 

board of, 15. 
committee from, 99. 
convention with, 93. 
neglect to serve war- 
rant given by, 13. 
to attend funeral of 
Francis Wright, 61. 

Oyster house, near Oliver's Dock, pro- 
posed addition to, 194. 

Page (Payge), Asa, 47. 
Calvin, 58. 
Thaddeus, 6. 
Paine, Charles, 58. 
Palmer, William, 6. 

Papers and deeds of town to be depos- 
ited in bank vault, 
250. 

list of, deposited in 
Mass, bank, 261, 262, 

263. 
relative to Thomas Boylston 

estate, 261. 

Mrs Brooker's dona- 
tion, 263. 
Cornhill Corporation, 

261. 
deed from Thomas 

Deunie, 261. 
donations, 263. 
laying out of Blossom 

street, 260. 

Leverett's claim, 261. 
Temple and Derne 

streets, 262. 
Park, Dr., 23. 

Mr., 6, 10, 15, 4.5. 
street, 66, 124. 

repair of drain in, 190. 

assessment for, 190, 191. 
Parker, Ebenezer, 76, 79, 215. 

John, 22, 29, So, 109, 179, 221, 233, 
'577. 

Samuel D., 65, 268. 
S. D., 191. 
William, 178. 

,94. 

Parkman, Francis, 104. 
John, 28, 34. 
John A., 27, 64. 
Samuel, 4, 28, 47, 59, 94, 145, 

190, 198, 242. 
S, 298. 
Mr., 108. 
Rev., 289. 
Parkman's Wharf, petition for bakery 

on, 255. 
Parks, Elisha, 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 235, 

298. 
L 64 

Luther, 93, 119, 144, 190, 235, 298. 
Parsons, Gorham, 21. 
Nehb., 60. 
Thomas, 31. 

Passageway iu Cross st., committee to 
view, relative to sea 
water In, 182. 
Franklin place, repairs 

to, 32. 
to Brattle sq., petition to 

cover, 200, 201, 202. 
new Court House, con- 
tract relative to open, 
ing of, 51. 
be conveyed to New 

South Church, 110. 
Patrol about Dock square, 208. 



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' CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Patrol, volunteer, 208. 

Patterson, Enoch, 75. 

Paul, Mr., 275, 290. 

Pavement, altering of, in Court street, 

257, 259. 

not allowed, 260. 

Paving Bread and Well streets, 141. 
Broad street, 150. 
Carver street, petition refused, 

252. 

for, 290. 
Cheapside, 227. 
Elm street, repairs to, 259. 
Foster's lane, 146. 

St., 149. 

Friend St., 120, 121, 122. 
Hollis street, conference relative 

to, 24. 

Leverett street, 295. 
Market, west end of, 288. 

street, 253. 

Mason street, petition to, 302. 
Portland street, 305. 
Sun Court street, of piece of 

land added to, 44. 
of footwalk (see sidewalks) in 

Sea street, 18. 

footw.'Uks near Rowe's and Fos- 
ter's wharves, 194. 
gutter in Chestnut street, 303. 
Glbb lane, 200. 
No. Russell street, 290, 
Somersst street, appli- 
cation for, 40. 
of passageway under arch in 

Franklin place, 32. 
sidewalks on Boylston street, 

254. 

Central street, 283. 
of streets, act regulating, 19. 
stones, to pave west end of mar- 
ket, 288. 

Payne (Paine), William, 123, 191, 213, 214. 
Mr., 76. 

, Miss, 191. 

Peabody, Jacob, 163, 190, 235,298. 
Thos. 297. 
Mr., 288. 
Peace officers, 71. 

ratification of, 136, 
public celebration of, 137. 
religious services in honor of, 137. 
dinner in honor of, 137. 
Peak, Mrs., 143. 
Pearce, Mr., 2!)2. 
Pearl street, 240. 

committee to regulate lamps 

on, 257. 
proposal for widening street 

at end of, 223. . 
sewer to head of, 43. 
Peasley, Aaron M., 242. 
Peck, Mr., 39. 
Peck's lane, 233. 
Peirce, David, heirs of, 145. 
John, 62. 
Mrs., 28. 

Pemberton's hill, wall on, 282. 
Penniman, Amos, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 193, 

237, 297. 
Widow, 96. 

Pennyman, Warren, 227, 235, 298.- 
Penobscot, County of, 276. 
People of color, instructor for, 290, 291. 
salary 
of, 290, 
291. 
Perambulations of bounds of town at 

Roxbury and Dorchester, 202. 
Perkam, David, 276. 
Perkins, Jacob, 193. 

James, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 237, 

297, -299. 
John, 27, 64, 161, 190, 298. 



Perkins, Samuel, 13, 28, 29. 
G., 31, 60. 
Thomas, 60. 

H., 187, 188. 
Perry, John, 22, 64, 95, 119, 145, 193, 237, 

297. 

Peters, Capt., 242. 
Petitioners, for widening Beacon etreet, 

to defray expenses relative to, 155. 
Petitions against arch over passageway 
to Brattle square, 
203. 
executions for piracy, 

79. 
expense of estate in 

Lynde street, ^49. 
Frink Roberts, auc- 
tioneer, 192. . 
gun house on Common, 

247. 

sale of provision s from 
carts in Cambridge 
St., 16. 

sewer assessment, 238. 
twine factory in Boyls- 

ton St., 171, 176. 
for additional watch in Broad 

St., 178. 

ammuhition, 232. 
auctioneer's license, 51, 75, 

227. 
assistant to superintendent 

of police, 223. 
bakery on Parkman's 

wharf, 255. 
common sewer, Kilby St., 

147. 

compensation for land in 
Derne street, 175. 

refused, 175. 

copy of Town Records, 181. 
distillery near Mill pond, 

260. 
engine house, 2. 

(brick) in 
Milk street. 
303. 
examination of town's land 

on Mill pond, 89. 
guardian for William Alex- 
ander, 142. 
Thomas Capen, 

273. 
Henry Dew- 

hurst, 198. 
Moses Eustis, 

122. 

Thomas Han- 
cock, 299. 
John Haskins, 

William Jack- 
son, 186. 

David Jacobs, 
18, 19. 

Daniel T. 
Lewis, 176. 

Mrs. Jemima 
McMellon, 
177. 

William Peak, 
143. 

Robert Rand, 
96. 

Edward Smith, 
276. 

John Somes, 
277. 

William Stimp- 
son, 201. 

Ehenezcr 
Wells, 22 

John White, 
18B. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



355 



Petitions for guardian for Robert Wright, 

250. 

gun house on common, 122 
gutter in Chardon's lane, 

198. 

lamps in Charles street, 102. 
Hawley street aud 

place, 115. 

on Central wharf, 256. 
leave to extend wharf, 244. 
liberty to build baker's oven, 

226. 

stable, 87. 
place fish stall in 
Harvard street, 
87. 

licenses, committee to ex- 
amine, 302, 303, 304. 
license as auctioneer, 80. 
licensee to sell liquors, 107. 
raise goods into 
store*, 221, 224. 
raise goods into 
store, near con- 
duit pump, 226. 
raise goods into 
store in Doane 
street, 226. 
for theatrical per- 
formances, 31. 
new stalls for fishermen, 

239. 

street from Leverett to 
Wiltshire, 
188. 

Ml d dlecot 
to Bea- 
con, 197. 
Orange t o 
Front,l98. 

paving Foster's lane, 146. 
Friend street, 120. 
gutters in Somerset 

street, 40. 

permission to carry water 
to distillery across Peck's 
lane, 233. 

positions as constables, 19. 
purchase of land on Ivers 
and Portland 
streets, 2(59. 
land on Merri- 
innck street, 
145. 

land on Merri- 
mack street, 
refused, 145. 
echoo 1-house 
land in West 
street, 102. 
reduction of rents, 75, 90. 

of town 
house, 
25, 135. 

regulating carts about mar- 
ket house, 45. 

removal of buildings of 
Mrs. Scol- 
lay, J83. 
carts from 
Cambridge 
street, 16. 
partition 
from Light 
In fan try 
armory, 
212, 213. 
wood from 
Milk street, 
49. 
renewal of appointment as 

constable, rejectien of, 2. 
repairs to Battery 31arch at., 
116. 



Petitions for repairs to Elm street, 259. 
of 4th street, ^10. 
to Kilby St., 116. 
of Lynn street, 180. 
to school in South 
Boston, 293,294. 
streets in South 

Boston, 250. 

room in town house, 84. 
stalls on Union St., 7. 
stand for carriage in School 

street, 175. 
truck and cart on 
Custom House 
street, 272. 
town bulls, 276. 
town land on Common 

street, 295. 
meeting, 69, 225. 
transfer of lamp on Prince 

ct.,271. 
refused, 272. 
use of armory by sargeuts, 

Faneuil Hall, 51. 
north school-house, 

104. 

school-houses for 
Sunday school, 234, 
279, 282. 
wood stand in Merrimack 

street, 107. 
from Col. Osgood for supplies 

for militia, 119. 
Board of Health, 91, 209. 
butchers in Union street, 

56. 
committee of Board of 

Health, 12. 
Engine Co. XII., 2. 
Fire wards, 55. 
inhabitants of Cambridge 

St., 16. 

Methodist society, 101. 

number of fishermen, 239. 

occupants of beef stalls in 

market, 111. 

town house, 

25. 
officers of New England 

guards, 244. 
owners and residents of 

Milk street, 232. 
Sea Fencibles, 244. 
store proprietors in cheap- 
side, 206. 
tenants of old State house, 

244. 

watch, 204. 
of abutters on Cornhill, 224. 

Wilt shire street, 30. 
to repair Lynde 

street, 243. 

Boylston Market Associa- 
tion, 45. 
children of Mr. Benjamin 

Bailey, 203. 

Commercial Insurance Com- 
pany, 75. 
deputy collectors, 103. 

for increase 
of salary, 
189, 165. 

fire captain for fire place and 
room in Leverett street, 157. 
hairdressers and barbers, 222. 
innholders against granting 
licenses to occupants of cel- 
lars, 191, 192. 
Light Infantry Company, 212, 

213. 

measurers of wood, to be 
sealers of wood brought by 
water, 186. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Petitions of militia, for town meeting, 120. 

Mill Pond Corporation, clerk 

of, 26. 

build bridge 
across canal 
near Cross 
street, 122. 

New England Guards, 90. 
N. E. Insurance Co., 14. 
North Religious Society, 104. 
number of inhabitants, 49, 56, 
61, 79, 83, 98, 125, 
126, 150, 187, 194, 
198, 225, 
victuallers, 7. 
officers of military company, 

82, 234. 

militia, 149, 150. 
owners and occupants on new 

street, 234. 
persons living near market, 

111. 
proprietors of Green Dragon 

to buy land, 198. 
residents of Leverett place 

and Prospect streets, 246. 
Sea Fencibles, 257. 
storekeepers in State street, 

221. 

store proprietors in Cheap- 
side, 230. 

superintendent of police, 223. 
town treasurer, 57. 

watch for increase of 

wages, 139. 
truckmen, committee, choice 

of, 225. 
trustees of general hospital, 

258 

Henry F. Barrell, 212. 
Caswell Beal, 18, 19. 
Asher Benjamin, 212. 
Ward N. Boylston. 229. 
Jeremiah Bridge, 26. 
P. C. Brooks, 14. 
George G. Channing, 51. 
W. W. Clapp, 90. 
William Cleland, 27. 
George Cockayne, 45. 
Mr. Coomey, 199. 
Mrs, Dix, 238. 
Nathaniel Emmes, 107. 
Mr. Eustis, 21, 22. 
Dea. Field, relative to land on 

neck, 115. 
referred by 
Town to Select- 
men, 115. 

John W. Folsom, to sell liq- 
uors, 139. 

William Foster, 143. 
Capt. Daniel L. Gibbins, 232. 
David Greenough, 230, 278, 274. 
Wm. Hammatt, 2. 
Ebenezer Hancock, 27. 
Mr. Harrington, 90. 
Mr. Hazard, 12. 
Ebed Hearsey, 2. 
Jonathan Heath & Elijah 

Utley, 155, lr.6, 157. 
Mr. Hubbard, 295. 
B. Humphry, 305. 
Thomas Hunstable, 212. 
Geo. Jackson, 2. 
John Jacobs, 45. 
Mr. Leman, 271, 272. 
Mr. Leveret! , 5. 
John Lowell, 32. 
Joseph May, 27. 
Mr. Melcher, 185. 
Col. Messenger, 25. 
Mr. Nickerson, 14. 
Otis Norcross, 212. 
Samuel Parkman, 198. 



Petitions of Josiah Quincy, 4?. 
Mr. Rea, 84. 
Mrs. Ridgway, 175. 
D. D. Rogers, 296. 
Mr. Ryan, 175. 
Mr. Sancry, 91. 
Henry Sargent, 10. 
Ebenezer Smith, 89. 
W. D. Sohier and others, 73. 
Mr. Stockwell, 244. 
Henry Sturgis, 51. 
Mr. Thurston, 89. 
Jacob Tidd, 269, 270. 
David Tilden, 27. 
Abraham Touro, 171. 
David Townsend, 171, 176. 
Mr. Treadwell, 255. 
Edward Tuckerman, Jr., 195. 
Mr. Tuckerman, 200. 
Mr. Veazie, 139. 
Deacon Warren, 89. 
James Weld, 292. 
Thomas Welch, 176, 177, 178, 

194. 

Benjamin West, 184. 
Abel Wheelock, 175. 
Whitwell & Bond, 147,148. 
William Wyman, 184. 
on subjects to be inserted In 

warrant, 108. 
relative to beef stalls in market, 

111. 

Bowdoin street, 89. 
conduct of boys at 
Methodist society 
lectures, 101. 
land in Court street, 

176. 
payment for sewer in 

Middle street, 265. 
rent of Deer Island, 86. 
suit of Ward N. Boyls- 
ton, 229. 
volunteer patrol for 

Ward VI, 212 
weighing machine, 225. 
respecting note due to town, 

107. 

that private way from Beacon 
street to Middlecott be made a 
public street, 195. 
to allow bow window to remain 

in State street, 256. 
gun-house to remain on 

Common, 244, 245. 
alter line of passageway from 
Cornhill to Brattle 
square, 195. 
street between Common 

and Mason, 32. 
Court street, 258. 

denied, 259. 
wood stand in Bowdoin 

square, 107. 
ascertain bounds of Town's 

laud, 14. 
build arches in Court street, 

194. 
fence on Pond street, 

153. 
bakers oven, 139. 

in Custom 

House 

street, 

292. 

market houses in Dock 

square, 273, 274. 
livery stable on Portland 
street, 155. 

objection to, 156. 
granted, 157. 
stable in Scott's court,. 
292,29?. 294, 295, 304,305. 
wharf on flats, 143. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



357 



Petitions to close arch in Franklin place, 

300,301. 
barber shops on Sunday, 

222. 

Bridge street, 258. 
Flagg alley during con- 
struction of store, 184. 
convey Almshouse land. 5. 
cover passageway to Brattle 
Sq. with an arch, 2(10, 201, 
202. 
erect building over 9 ft. high 

in Court St., 178. 
staging in Kilby St., 147. 
extend Sheaffs lane, 25. 
fill Castle street, near the dock, 

194. 

fix bounds of Harvard St., 291. 
furnish supplies for review of 

Militia, 149, 150. 
have religious profession re- 
corded in Town Rec- 
ords 
Selectmen summoned to 

Court of Sessions, 45. 
hire land on neck, 175. 
improve building for livery 

stable, 89. 

Judge of Probate, 248. 
lay plank sidewalk in Central 

St., 283. 

sewer in High street, 43. 
Back street, 98. 
Mason street, 7!'. 
Legislature, 112. 
lower passageway back of 
Merchants Hall, 206. 
rent of Old Stale 

House, 23. 
open passageway in Lynn st. 

for public use, 199. 
sewer in Federal St., 27. 

North St., 92. 
common sewerin Orange 

St., 184. 
paint Old State House, 244. 

room over Faneuil Hall, 

234. 

pave footwalks near Howe's 
& Foster's wharves, 
194. 
gutter In Gibb Lane, 

200. 

Levcrett place 
and Pros- 
pect street, 
246. 
Carver street, refused, 

252. 

Mason street, 302. 
Portland street, 305. 
place flsh-box in Rainsford's 

Lane, 91. 

gunhouse over water 
near rope walks, 257, 
258. 

posts and steps in lane 
leading from Pur- 
chase street, 301. 
print 4th .July oration, 296. 
raise level of Federal St., 187. 
refused, 187. 

regulate Old South clock, 56. 
relative to regulating trucks in 

State St., 187. 
to repair South Boston streets, 

224. 

Walnut street, 252. 
sewerin Charter street, 

257. 
North street, 

185. 

require sale of meat by weight, 
83. 



Petitions to sell liquors, Mr. Saunders, 

140. 

senators and representatives 
for postponement of hear- 
ing for market houses, 274. 
straighten line of new street 

inCornhill, 194. 
town to purchase land on 

Elm street, 295, 296. 
view stores in Union street, 

230. 
widen Beacpn st., 150. 

objection to,153, 154. 
granted, 155, 156. 
Bowdoin street, 202. 
and pave Griflin's 

lane, 240. 

Phillips, James, 127, 273. 
Nathaniel, 274. 
Nathaniel, Jr., 22. 
Samuel, 85, 99, 109, 111, 130, 138, 

179, 221, 227, 277. 
Turner, 207, 212, 220,233, 264. 

,96, 1(2, 134, 146, 171, 174 to 

177, 179 to 185, 187, 188, 190, 192, 
195 to 214, 219, 221, 223, 224, 225, 
227, 229 to 23.', 234, 235, 236, 238, 
to 243, 245, '-'49, 250, 262, 253, 254, 
258, 260, 267 to 272. 274. 27C, 
277, 278, 281 to 286, 290, 292 to 
295, 97, 300. 301,302. 
William, 29, 235, 261. 
Phipps, Joseph, 145. 
Pierce, Joseph H., 113, 119, 131. 
Pinckney street, assessment for sewer 

in, 58. 

expense of sewer in, 57. 
Piracy, petition against executions for, 79. 
i'itt street, 97. 
Pitts, John, 254, 255, 256. 
Lendall, 298. 

, Mr. heirs of, 288. 

MA. 

lane, 42. 
I'lans for new hay scales, 41. 

of Beacon street, 154. 
Pleasant street, 105. 

deed of sewer privilege 

in, 261. 
hay scales at north end 

of, 41. 
Plimpton, Alexander, 298. 

Asahel, 102, 119, 144, 190, 235. 
Police, notice of, relative to weight of 
load to be carried on carts, 278. 
regulations of, for public days, 

231. 
Inspector of, complaint of, against 

stepping stone and posts, 274. 
officers, 101, 107. 

choice of, 84. 
compensation for, 54, 84. 
committee on duty of, 278. 
complaint of, against bow 
window, 
256. 

relative to 
st o n ecut- 
ter's shop, 
283. 

horse carts in Central St., 
under direction of, 114. 
regulations of standing 
of carts, etc., in streets 
by, 9. 
removal of carts from 

Union street by, 7. 
request to, to lay sidewalk 

in Central street, 283. 
to arrange carts and 
trucks east of Fau- 
euil Hall, 249. 
pay over all money to 
Town Treasurer, 254. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Police officers to state number of carts 

in Central St., 279. 
assistant, choice of, 54, 
10, 199, 200, 
223. 

duties of, 223. 
salary of, 223. 
deputy, choice of, So, 285. 
duties of, 2*7, 288. 
salary of, 85, 285. 
to assist clerk of market, 
288. 

keep sidewalks of Corn- 
hill clear, 7. 
superintendent of, 138, 231, 300. 

candidate for po- 
sition of, 2-20. 
choice of, 26, 53, 
54, 109, 199, 221, 
285. 

duties of, 286, 287. 
fines received by, 

2*4. 

petition forassist- 
, ant by, 223. 
requested to at- 
tend meeting, 
284. 

salary of, 26, 109, 

138, 199, 221, 285. 

to order removal 

of barrels in 

Butler's row, 

288. 

receive fees 
from hack- 
ney carri- 
ages, 199. 
deputy, choice of, 

53. 
Pollard, Aaron, 295? 296. 

Benjamin, 56, 133. 
Mr., 294. 
Pollock (Pollack), Allan, 222,277. 

Mr., 231. 

Polls ratable, applications for list of, 17. 
list of, to be obtained by as 

sessors, 11. 
printing of ,in Independent 

Chronicle, 16. 

return of, by assistant 
assessors, 16. 

Pomroy, , 196, 197, 206. 

Pond street, 39, 42, 66, 67, 80, 110, 153. 
gravel for, 249. 
height of, above tide, 43. 

post of, above 
Merrimack 
street, 41. 
obstruction of passageway 

from, to Prince, 273. 
raising of streets to height 

of, 43. 
street, repair of, 249. 

standing of carts, etc., in, 

9. 
stands for sale of wood In, 

184. 
bridge, damage to horse by 

breaking of, 30. 
Pook, Charles, 242. 
Pool, William, 142. 

Poor, Overseers of, committee to confer 
with, relative to 
night carts, 15. 
control of almshouse 

wharf by, 15. 
Pope, Lemuel, Jr., 235. 
Paschel, P., 263. 
& Bordman, 298. 
Poplar street, 30. 

assessment for sewer in, 

53, 59. 
encroachments on, 229. 



Poplar street, lease of land at bottom of. 

246. 
Porter, William, 4, 6, 29, 34, 42, 44. 

, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13 to 19, 24, 25, 

26, 27, 30, 33, 34, 38, 39, 43, 46, 49, 
50, 51 , 52. 
Portland street, 97, 234, 269. 

application for liberty to 

dig well in, 234. 
liberty granted, 252. 
petition to build livery 
stable on, 155, 156, 157. 
petition to pave bottom 

of, 305. 

town land on, petition to 
buy, 270. 

lease of, 270. 
Posts, complaint against, 272, 274. 

report on, 289. 

Pound, So. Boston, committee to exam- 
ine, 224. 
cost of, 238. 

Powars, , Widow, 31. 

I'owder (see Ammunition), 75. 
for use of Town, 65. 
purchase of, 100. 
Powell, Snelllng, 31, 76. 

, 100, 248. 

& Dickson, 149, 199. 
Powers (see Powars), Daniel E,, 60. 

Joseph, 47, 
Pratt, John, 58, 210. 
Precept from Judge of Probate, 46, 57, 82, 

87, 101,115,208,210,214. 
Premiss, Henry, 62. 
Prescott, Jonathan, 22, 64, 65, 95, 120, 158, 

193, 237, 297, 300. 
William, 237, 275. 

, Mr., 159,182. 

President of Mill Corporation, 1. 

N. E. Insurance Co., applica. 

tion of, 14. 

U. 8., proposed visit of, 232. 

visit of, 236, 237. 

town meeting for 

choice of electors, 77. 

vice, of U. S., town meeting 

for choice of electors, 77. 
Priest, John F., 211. 
Prince, Andrew Henshaw, 266. 
Benjamin C., 266. 
Eliz, 266. 
James, 235, 269. 
Capt. Job, 265. 
Job. 266. 

heirs of, 265, 266, 267. 
J., 259, 266. 

Samuel, 21, 64, 144, 190. 
243. 
street, 98, 153. 

complaint against condi- 
tion of sink 
in, 188. 

against post at 
corner of, 
272. 

encroachment on, 294. 
obstruction of passageway 
from, to Pond street, 273. 
petition for transfer of 

lamp on, 271. 
town land from, to Mill 

Pond, 305. 

Printing address relative to improve- 
ments of the common, 205. 
and distribution of laws regu- 
lating town, 223. 
address soliciting donations 

for defence of town, 127. 
advertisement in newspapers 
against firing of fire crackers 
in streets, 185. 

committee report relative to 
carriage regulations, 55. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



359 



Printing 4th July oration, 189, 236. 

law relative to carriages in 

streets, 65. 

list of voters, 6, 8, 53, 84, 171. 
new law relative to sale of 

liquors in newspapers, 217. 
notice in newspapers for- 
bidding removal of sand 
from Deer Island, 176. 

of ward meetings in 

papers, 128. 
notifications for choice of 

assistant assessors, 54, 86. 
notifications of town meeting, 
6, 10, 15, fi2, 54, 77, 78, 84, 110, 
1-29, 138, 165, 172, 181, 203, 213, 
215, 227, 232, 256, 275. 

orders to wood measurers, 134. 
rateable polls in Boston Gaz- 
ette, 16. 

in Independent 

Chronicle, 16. 

reasons for refusing to call 

town meeting, 126. 
regulations for carriages near 
Boylston mar- 
ket, 48. 
trucks and 

sleds, 19. 
resolution on death of Francis 

Wright, 61. 

reward for detection of per- 
sons disfiguring houses and 
fences, 185. 
rules for wood and hay stands, 

123. 
state and by-laws, 258 

committee to 
consider, 
254, 255. 

street proceedings, 258. 
Town Records, report of com- 
mittee on, 186. 
Town's, for indebtedness for 

rent, 90. 

office in Town house, reduc- 
tion of rent of, 30. 
votes relative to good order of 

town, 70. 

Probate Court. (See Courts.) 
Procession of Washington Benevolent 

Society, 67. 

Property, appraisement of, in judgment 
against John Brazer, 133. 

removal of judg- 
ment, 134, 136. 

danger of, by twine factory in 
Boylston street, 171, 172/176. 
injury to, by rioting, 78. 
of Abriel Smith bequeathed 
to town, 160, 206. 

income of, 212. 
transferor, 212. 
Mrs. Scollay, damage to, 
bond relative to, 185, 188. 
plans of set- 
tlem en t, 
182, 183. 
referees, 188. 

valuation of real and per- 
sonal, in counties, 133. 
Proposals for digging well In Market 

square, 146, 148. 
loan from Fra n k 1 i n 

Donation, 253. 
oil, 207. 

purchase cf land in front 
of new Court house, 
141. 

acceptance of, 168, 

169. 

repairs of Neck, 24, 25, 26. 

settlement of judgment 

of John Brazer, 134. 



Proposals for widening, Beacon street, 

154, 155. 
from John Lowell, 24. 

clerk of Market, 230. 
of David Greenough for ex- 
change of land in West 
street, 140. 
relative to market porters, 

230. 

widening of 
South a c k ' s 
court, 253. 

respecting purchase of part 
of school house lot in West 
street, 1 13. 

to alter Court street, 257, 259. 
not al- 
lowed, 
260. 
owners of land and build- 

ings, 83. 
Proprietors of Green Dragon, 199. 

Belknap & Jackson es- 
tates, 176. 
Norton & Jackson estates, 

176. 

buildings on Purchase 
street, 17. 

on State 
street, com- 
plaint o f, 
17. 

estate at corner of Elm 
street, communication 
from, relative to land to 
be tak en to widen 
street, 160,161. 
land on Neck, committee 

from, 204. 

1,400 foot lots on Wash- 
ington street to put 
carriage way in order, 
202. 

on Sheaff's Lane, 25. 
Prosecutions, against Elijah Harris, 271. 
fines etc., record of, to be 
kept by deputy police 
officer, 287. 
Prospect street, petition of residents of, 

246. 
Protest against laving sewer in Back 

street, 99. 
Prouty, Jonas, 58. 
Province House row, part of Marlborough 

street, renamed, 253. 

Provisions, act regulating sale of, In 
streets, 16. 
regulations for sale of, in 

streets, 66, 67. 

petition against sale of, 

from carts In 

Cambridge St., 1^. 

to require sale of 

meat by weight, 

83. 

Prussia, 207. 

Public houses, new law regulating, com- 
mittee on, 214. 
report of committee on 

law regulating, 216. 
worship, places of, illuminating 
of, not advisable in 
honor of peace, 137. 
places of, to ring belli 

July 4th, 189. 
Pulsifer, Capt. David, 94. 
Margaret, 242. 
Robert, 242. 
Mrs., 230. 

Pumps, enforcement of law relative to, 

287. 

new, In Milk St., 288. 
Purchase street, 200, 240. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Purchase street, committee to fix bound- 
ary of, 
293, 294. 
repair, 293, 
deed for part of, 262. 
encroachment on, 294. 
interference with foot- 
walk by steps of build- 
ings on, 17. 

petition to build steps in 
lane from, to Battery- 
march, 301. 
planking of sidewalk 

in, 298. 
Purkit, 226. 

Capt., 72. 

Quiucy, Josiah, 43, 242. 

Rainsford, Josiah, 142. 

Josiah C., 4, 6, 93, 94, 190. 
Rainsford's lane, petition to place flshbox 

in, 91. 
removal of flshbox from, 

91. 
Ramsdell, Reuben, 246. 

230. 

Rand, Benjamin, 33. 
Isaac, 262. 
Robt., 96. 
263. 

Randall, Joshua, 57. 

Rangers, the, petition for armory by, 82. 
Rayner, Thomas L., 263. 
Rea, Pelatiah, 96, 97. 
Mr., 30. 84, 175. 

Real estate, in execution of judgment 
against Johii Brazer,133. 
appraisement of, 133. 
removal of judgment 
against, of John Brazer, 
133, 134. 

Reaney, William L., 79, 119. 
Receipts to be furnished deputy col- 
lectors, 36. 
Records, of street repairs required by 

law, 254. 
Redding, Mr., 2. 
Redman (see Rodman), Thomas, 22, 47, 64, 

95, 297. 

Ree, Charles, 97. 

Reed (Read), George, 19, 22, 64, 95, 120, 
146, 157, 193, 237, 297, 299. 
Perkins, 87. 
Referees, appointment of, In claim of 

William Gray, 213, 214. 
award of, for land taken by 

town in Cornhill, 176. 
award of, for land taken by 

town in Dorsets alley, 176. 
relative to damages to property 
of Mrs. Scollay, 
178, 183, 188. 
list of, 185, 187. 
taking land to widen 

Union street, 83. 
to consider damages for land 
opposite concert hall, 200. 
estimate damages in laying 
out Cheapside st., 165, 166, 
1K7, 168. 

Registry of Deeds, 18, 
Regulations for carts and carriages, 8, 49, 

50, 66, 67, 68, 203, 245. 
market, 66. 
carts, petition for, 45. 
standing of carts, etc., 
in streets, 9, 66, 67, 68. 
carts in Market square, 

252. 

paving streets, 8. 
sale of articles in streets, 
66, 67, 68. 



Regulations for trucks and sleds, 17, 19. 
printing 
of, 19. 

wood, 8, 49. 
constables for public 

days, 231. 
licensed bouses, new 

law for, 238. 
market, penalty for 

breach of, 68. 
relative to suppression of 

riots, 70,71. 

to be observed, relative to 
placing of dirt on com- 
mon, 184, 

Religious services, ordered by Legisla- 
ture in honor of peace, 137 
societies, north, petition of, 

104. 
Rent, Ground, 30. 

of cellar under Faneuil Hall, 232. 
Deer Island, 49, 86. 

opinion of commit- 
tee relative to, 175. 
reduction of, 49. 

house near Green Dragon Tav- 
ern, 83, 249, 250. 
in Union street, 83. 
and land in Union St., 177. 
market, collector of, 104. 

delinquency in payment 

of, 104. 

cellars and stalls, com- 
mittee to consider, 256. 
stalls In, 105, 251. 
bouse, raise in, 264. 
Town House (Old State House), 

84, 175, 210. 
cellar under, 51. 
committee to con- 
sider, 29. 
consideration o f 

advance in, 158. 
office in, 25, 41, 65, 

178. 
reduction of rent 

In, 23, 30, 91. 
reduction in, peti- 
tion for, 23, 25, 
75, 86, 90, 135. 
refusal to pay, 177. 
report of commit- 
tee on, 23. 
town land from Prince street to 

Mill pond, 305. 
Ivers and Portland 

streets, 270. 
on Neck, 177. 

town's printing to pay indebt- 
edness, 90. 

Repairs to gun house, 257, 25s. 
hay scales, 9. 
lamps, 297, 

school In Belknap street, 275. 
common sewer in North street, 

185. 

sidewalk near Boylston mar- 
ket, 178. 

streets in South Boston, peti- 
tion for, 250. 
Bowdoin street, 304. 
Court street, 257. 
Sumner street, 304, 
Walnut street, 252. 

Representatives to General Court, 16, 137. 

town meeting to 

choose, 15, 58, 114, 

140, 181, 227, 289. 

list of, certified to, 

184. 

number of, 11. 
petition referred 10, 
83. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



361 



Representatives to General Court, peti- 
tion to, for post- 
ponement of hear- 
ing lor market 
houses, 274. 

clerk of, to make 
statement rela- 
tive to prop- 
erty, 133. 
Republican convention, use oC Faneuil 

Hall by, 51. 

Resignation of constable, 246. 
Resolutions on death of Francis Wright, 

61. 
relative to sale of liquor, 46, 

216. 

Resolve of General Court, 18. 
Retailers and innholders, 65. 

list of, ap- 
proved, 118. 
law regulating, 

216. 

licenses, 300. 
licensed list of, 
return of, 22. 
record of con- 
duct of, 217. 
Revere, Col., 94. 

Reward for detection of persons defac- 
ing buildings, etc., 90. 
detection of persons defac- 
ing houses and fences, 185. 
detection of persons remov- 
ing sand from Deer Isl- 
and, 176. 
Rice, .T., 242. 
Rich, Benjamin, 70, 79, 113, 114, 225. 

Air., 60. 
Richards, A. ,29. 

Henry W., 51, 64. 
John, 264. 
Jos., 233. 
Richardson, Samuel, 215. 

, 122,240. 

Richie, Andrew, 34. 
Richmond street, 98. 
Kidgeway's lane, 175. 
Ridgway, James, 22, 64, 95. 
Mrs., 175. 

, 240. 

Riots and Rioting, action of town officers 

in case of, 71. 
constables to prevent, 78. 
duty of watch constables in case of, 

73, 74. 

in north part of town, 78. 
Injury to property by, 78. 
measures for suppression of, 71. 
quelling of, by north watch, 296. 
ringing of bells In case of, 70. 
Ripley, John, 94, 189. 

Joseph, 21, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 235, 

2!>8. 

Pte,r, 294. 
M>:, W. 

Ritchie, Andrew, 28. 
River by canal bridge, indictment from 

emptying filth into, 50. 
Rixford, David, 04, 95, 120, 194, 198, 238, 

297, 300. 

Robert, 22, 64, 65, 95. 
Robbine, James, 242,265. 
Rober, Mr., 6. 
Roberts, Frink, 180, 190, 192, 235, 298. 

Stephen, 96. 
Robins, Darby, 800. 
Robinson, James, 3, 230. 

, 15. 

Col., 212. 

Robinson's alley, repairing drain in, 124, 
1-25, 193. 

assessments for, 193. 
Rodgers buildings, 301. 
Rodman, Thomas, Sol. 



Roe, Charles, 114, 151. 

Rogers, Daniel D., -3, 28, 29,34, 60,188, 

292, 293, 244, 295, 296, 304. 
Eliza, 3, 215. 
Jacob, 21,64, 93, 119. 
Joseph, 94. 
(M. Thomas, 42. 
Mrs., 1-22. 

Rope-walk, footwalk for street near, 61. 
Ross, Alexander, 6. 

John, 76. 

Roulstone, John, 77, 277, 278. 
How, Charles, 77. 
Rowe, John, 7, 9. 

Joseph, 7, 9, 29, 76, 239, 242. 

, 240. 

Howe's pasture, 239. 

wharf, 143, 150. 

committee relative to ex- 
tension of, 221. 
extension of, 9. 
petition to pave sidewalks 

near, 194. 
Roxbury bounds, 32, 171. 

fixing of, 33. 

meeting with selectmen 

of, relative to, 202. 
canal corporation, communica- 
tion from, relative to bounds 
of town, 171. 

referred to Trustees of 

neck land, 171. 
repair of streets on neck near, 

2t. 

selectmen of, 32. 
Rules and Orders, 8, 229. 

of Board, committee 

to draw up, 171, 172. 

acceptance of, 172, 173, 

.174. 
Boylston market, fine 

for breach of, 48. 
committee to revise, 

271. 
for Hackney c a r - 

riages, 50. 
regulating car- 
riages near 
Boylston M a r - 
ket, 48. 
of patrol watch, a p - 

proved, 204, 205. 
relative to carriages, 

66. 

to sales In 
streets, pen- 
a 1 1 y for 
breach of, 
68. 

of trucks, 17. 
Rupp, Adam, 28, 34, 65. 

A/r.,70. 

Russell, Benjamin, 60, 196. 
Joseph, 182. 
Nathaniel P., 28, 34. 
Walter, 57. 
Ryan, Mr., 175, 177. 



Sabbath laws, breach of, 267. 
Sailors, from South American privateer, 
care of, 
243, 244. 
privateer, 
c o m - 
muni- 
cation 
r e 1 a- 
tive to, 
243. 
disorderly conduct of, from 

Frigate Constitution, 113. 
Spanish, disorderly conduct of, 
113, 116. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Salary and allowances, constable, 102. 

constables for West Bos- 
ton, b7. 

deputy collectors, 103. 
hay weigher, 9, 13. 
of instructor of school in 
Belknap street, 290, 291 . 
messenger's assistant, 54. 
petition of Deputy Collec- 
tors for increase in, 1S9. 
petition for increase of, in 

Town Watch, 139. 
Police Officer, 26, 84, 285. 
Assistant, 223. 
deputy, 85. 
su peri n ten dent, 26, 109, 

138,199,221,285. 
superintendent of work on 

Mill Pond, 88. 
for Tythingnian, 269. 
watch captain, 74. 
Salem, 186. 

street, complaint against post at 

corner of, 272. 
license to raise goods into 

building in, 213. 
Salisbury, Ambrose, 204. 

Deacon, 242. 
Sanborn, Andrew, 70, 74, 95, 120, 146, 194, 

237, 274, 297, 299. 
Mr.. 100. 
Sand, choice of sealers and weighers of , 

54. 
gravel, etc., removal of, from Deer 

Island forbidden, 176,181. 
lighters for carrying, inspection 

of. 150. 

fees of inspectors of, 151. 
sealer of lighters of, 138, 179. 
bar at Deer Island, shifting of, 12. 
Sanery, Mr., 91. 
Sanger, Jesse, 21, 64. 
Sargent, Daniel, 187, 238, 297. 
D., 46. 
Ed, 3. 
Henry, 1, 10. 

Col., 300. 

Ignatius, 238, 297. 
Loring, 242. 
Mrs, 264. 

, 1. 

& Harts, 1, 289. 
Sargents, petition of for use of armory, 

179. 

Saul, William, 55. 
Saunders, Mr., 140. 
Saunderson, Jacob, 233. 

Mr., 60. 
Savage, Ed., 22, 23. 

Jas.,14. 

Scarlet, John E., 260. 
Scavenger carts. (See Carts.) 
Scoffield, Isaac, 58. 
Schaffer, John H., 93. 
Scholfleld, J., 211 
School committee, 234, 290. 

choice of, 231. 
duties of, 173, 281. 
new, 175. 
to attend funeral of 

Francis Wright, 61. 
Schools, African fund left by Abiel Smith, 

212. 

income of, 212. 
treasurer, choice of, 212. 
Boylston, committee on, 281. 
centre, committee on, 281. 

committee to confer relative 

to changes in, 292. 
south, committee on, 228. 
for colored people, instructor 

for, 290, 291. 

in Belknap street, re- 
pairs to, 275. 



School for colored people in Belknap 
street, instructor for, 275, 276. 
compensation for, 276. 
conditions of agreement for 
building of, on West street, 
114,115. 
contract relative to removal of, 

51. 

corner of Griffin's lane, removal 
of, 240. 

for use of as Sunday schools, 279. 

in Hawkins street, now on West 

street, to be same height as, 

115. 

Mason street, new brick, in, 

140, 161, 279. 
repairs to, 222. 
Nassau street, 244. 
West street, 140. 

proposed remov- 
al of to Mason 
St., 159. 

School street, sale of, 83. 
South Boston, petition for re- 
pairs to, 293, 294. 
masters to be given names of 

committee on, 174. 
north, 279. 

committee on, 219, 281, 
petition for use of, 104. 
petition for use of as Sunday 

schools, 234. 

private, Latin and Greek, 33. 
license to keep, 31. 
recommendations of, 33. 
public, annual visitation of, 23. 
committee on visitation 

of, 23. 
south, committee on, 219, 282. 

reading, pump in yard of, 

239. 
yard of to be 

raised, 239. 
writing, repairs to, 222. 

request to alter 
position of 
gun house on 
Town's land 
near, 27. 
Sunday, petition for use school 

houses for, 234. 
west, committee on, 219, 281. 
repairs to roof of, 10. 
wood for, 237, 304. 
street, 29, 141, 150. 

conveyance of land west 

o-f, 133. 

deed ot land in, 262. 
meeting house in, not to 
obstruct footwalk, 245. 
petition for license to raise 
goods into store 
in, 224. 
to stand carriage 

in, 175. 

sale of school in, 83. 
Scollay, Mrt., 166,178, 180, 183, 185, 187, 

188, 191. 

Wm., heirs of, 165. 
Scott, Mrs., 29, 154, 156. 
Scotts court, complaint against stable in, 
294, 295, 296. 

petition to build livery stable 

in, 304,305. 

Sea Fencibles, 247, 248. (.See Militia.) 
petition of, 157. 

from, to build 
gun house on 
common, 122. 
street, notice to Mrs. Wheeler to pave 

footwalk in, 18. 

wall to be built on Deer Island, 253. 
Sealers of Boats and Lighters, choice of, 
18,85. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



363 



Sealers of weights and measures (see 
Weights and Measures), 54, 
138. 

choice of, 85. 
wood (see Wood), 138. 

complaint against, 50. 
Sears, Daniel, 292, 293. 

David, 29, 138. 

Seaver, Benjamin, 180, 190, 235,'298. 
Second Turnpike road of N. H., shares 

in, bequeathed to town, 160. 
Secretary Franklin Donatiou fund, 145. 
Selectmen, 1-304 inclusive. 

agreement with, relative to 
widening Exchange Lane, 
108, 109. 

appointments to office by, 217. 
Chairman, 5, 18, 19, 35, 37, 43, 
45,47,48,49,50,51, 
53,54,55,71,72,73, 
75,76, 78, 79,83,84, 
86,87,88,89,90,91, 
92. 96, 98, 99, 100, 
101, 102, 103, 104, 
1(15, 106. 107, 111, 
123, 128, 130, 131, 
183, 134, 135, IS!), 
143, 145, 148, 149, 
151, 152, 153, 154, 
155, 15o, 157, 165, 
175, 176, 178, 179, 
180, 187, 189, 1<'3, 
194, 195, 197, 198, 
199, 200, 202, '203, 
204, 205, 206, 207, 
208, 209, 210, 213, 
214, 215, 217, 220, 
2-21, 223, 225, 22fi, 
2-27, 228, 229, 236, 
238, 241, 244, 247, 
248, 254, 256, 257, 
258, 2fi5, 268, 270, 
274, 275, 276, 283, 
288, 289, 290, 291, 
2&3, 294, 295, 296, 
297, 298, 299, 302, 
303, 304, 305. 
choice of, 7, 53, 84, 
109, 138, 171, 214, 
268, 277. 
duties of, 279. 
excused from com- 
mittee duties, 282. 
Pro tern., 21,23. 
salary of, commit- 
tee relative to, 
220. 

report of, 220. 
to certify to plans 
for school In 
West 81., 115. 
to communicate 
with commission- 
ers relative to 
destruction of 
bridges, 127. 
to communicate 
with Sea coast 
com. relative to 
defence of har- 
bor, 126. 

directed to ad- 
dress Capt. of 
frigate Constitu- 
tion relative to 
conduct of sailors 
on, 113. 

to obtain Informa- 
tion from coroner 
relative to mur- 
der of Frederick 
Hart, 142. 



Selectmen, chairman, to communicate 
with Governor 
and council rela- 
tive to murder of 
Frederick Hart, 
143. 

to prepare copy of 
state and by-laws 
for the press, 25;S. 
to prepare letter to 
as sign eea of 
Lane, Frazer & 
Boylston , 116. 
Letter ap- 
proved by 
board, 116. 
to procure sup- 
plies for militia, 
119. 

to state why liquor 
licenses were re- 
fused, 45. 

standing committees of, 173, 
174, 281, 282. 

names of committees, 174. 
committee of, to prepare ad- 
dress soli citing do- 
nations for defence 
of town, 127. 

to print, 127. 
from Board o f 
Health to confer 
with, 15. 
to revise rules and 

orders of, 277. 

consent of, to build sewer 
from Hawley to Federal st., 
135. 
communication to Town 

Treasurer from, 33, 37. 
disorderly conduct of sailors 

reported to, 113, 116. 
division of, into committees, 

219. 

doorkeeper, 54. 
Dorchester, 32. 
journals of, 34. 
land for West st. school house 

to be conveyed by, 115. 
not to call Town meeting for 
additional compensation of 
militia, 120. 
power of, over collector of 

taxes, 35. 

relative to lighters 
for carrying 
stone, grave), 
etc., 150, 151. 
relative to raising 
goods Into build- 
ings, wharves, 
etc., 211. 
proceedings of, confirmed by 

Court of Sessions, 45. 
refuse to call Town meeting, 
relative to defence of Town, 
125. 
resolution on death of mem. 

ber, 61. 

rooms of, 54, 87, 91, 208. 
room in Faneull Hall, permis- 
sion to use, 21. 
Boxbury, 32. 

rules and orders of, 171, 172, 

173, 174, 229, 279, 280, 281, 282. 

rules and orders, committee 

on, 214. 
rules and orders, committee 

report, 217, 218, 219, 220. 
suggestion of, relative to 
bonds of deputy collectors, 



864 



CITY DOCUMENT No. GO. 



Selectmen summoned to attend Court of 

Sessions. 4f>. 

to confer with com. from Leg- 
islature to arrange for 
celebration of Peace, 136, 
137. 
hold daily meetings during 

state of alarm, 126. 
make provision for a wood 

market, 7. 

petition legislature relative 
to defencelessness of har- 
bor, 112. 

receive donations for de- 
fence of Town, 126. 
view land filled in by Mill 
Pond corporation, 
41. 

Merrimack street, 80. 
witti trustees of neck, to view 

Dea. Fields lot on, 115. 
meeting, 1-9 inch, 11-19 incl., 
1-24 incl., 26, 27 31, 33, 
38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 46, 
47 48, 49-62 incl., 6f., 69, 72, 
74, 76, 77-88 incl., 90, 92, 93, 
94, 97-106 incl., 108, 110, 111 
113-118 incl., 124, 127, 129, 
130, 132, 133, 134, 138, 2C3-214 
incl., 220, 222-2-25 incl., 227 
229, 230, 231, 234, 2."5, 236 23S, 
239, 240, 241, 243, 244, 245J 248, 
249. 

meetings, attendance of town 

c i erk 

at, 217. 

interruptions of, 

229. 

time of, 217, 279. 
to be held daily 
during state o'f 
alarm, 1-20. 
organize labor 
for erecting for- 
tifications, 12y. 
messenger, assistant, 53, 54. 

cho i c e 

Of. 54. 

du tie s 

of, 54. 

money received by, for de- 
fence of town, 127, 128, 130, 
131, 132. 

oath of office, 75, 214. 
Selfridge, T. O., 191. 

Mr., 177, 178. 
Senate, 137- 

chamber, 93. 
Senators, choice of, 54, 84, 110, 138, 172, 

215. 

list of voters for, 135. 
petition to, for postponement 
of hearing for market houses, 
274. 

Servant, indenture of Jas. Hazard as, 48. 
Sewers, assessment for repairs of, 11. 

committee to confer with Mill 
Pond Corporation relative to, 
17. 
from Hawley to Federal street, 

135, 136. 

Mrs. Dix's house, commit- 
tee to re- 
port on, 
240. 

stoppage 
of nuis- 
a n c e 
caused 
by, 243. 

notification of proprietors of, 13. 
permission granted to open and 

repair, 13. 
to change course of, 12. 



Sewers, through Capt. Barnard's land, 

removal of, 12. 
Capt. Barnard's land, 

stopping of, 17. 

Back street, from, to Mill Pond, 
assessmen t for, 
245, 246. 

from, to Mill Pond, 
expense of re- 
pairs, 245. 
from house in, 
assessment for, 
230. 

petition for, 98. 
protest against lay- 
ing, 99. 
Belknap's alley, assessment for, 

59, 60. 

street, expense of re- 
pairs, and assess- 
ment for, 60. 

Blossom street expense of re- 
pairing, 85. 
Brattle square, assessment for, 

63. 

expense of re- 
repairing, 62. 

Cambridge street, expense of, 57. 
Charter street, opening of, 258. 
petition to re- 



pair, 256. 
laid by 



Cheapside, to be laid by Cornhill 

Corporation, 164. 
Chestnut street, assessment for 

repairs to, 263, 264. 
Common street, expense of, 

113, 114. 

Federal street, expense of re- 
pairs and as- 
sessment for, 
31. 

notification o f 
proprietors of 
repairs, 27. 
petition to re- 
pair, 27. 
Fleet street, expense of repairs 

and assessments for, 42. 
Friend street, expense of re- 
pairs, 214. 
Gouch's lane, 12. 
Green street, assessment for re- 
pairs, 28, 57. 
expense of re- 
pairs, 27. 
stoppage of, 17. 
Harvard street, 243. 
Hawley street, petition to lay, 

69. 
assessment for, 

69. 
High street, assessment for, 43, 

44. 

expense of, 43. 
Jarvis Row, assessment for, 96, 

97. 

expense of, 95. 
Kilby st.,147, 148. 

assessment for, 52. 
permission to open, 

27. 

repairs of, 27. 
expense of repairs to, 

52. 

Lynn street, extension and ex- 
pense of, 224. 

Mason street, expense of, and 
assessment 
for, 79. 

petition for, 79. 
Middle street, assessment for, 

63, 241, 242. 
expense of re- 
pairing, 63. 



INDEX TO PLACES* AND SUBJECTS. 



365 



Sewer-, Middle steeet, liability for pay- 
ment of, 265. 
suit relative to, 

267. 

Middlecot street, expense of re- 
pairs and 
assessme nt 
for, 34. 

permission to 
open andre- 
pair, 27. 

Milk street, assessment for re- 
pairs, 242. 
enlargement 

of, 239. 
Mill Pond, inspection of, 88. 

note for laying drain 

in, 14. 
superintendence of 

laying, 13. 

compensation for 
superintendence of 
laying, 13. 

Myrtle street, repairs to, assess- 
ment for, 11, 58, 
233. 

expense of re- 
pairs to, 11. 
Newbury street, expenses of, 

113,114. 
North St., 147. 

liberty to lay or re- 
pair, 93. 
remonstrance against 

opening of, 92. 
repairs to, 185. 

assessment 

for, 94. 
expense of, 

4,94. 

Orange street, expense of re- 
pairs, 76. 
petition to open, 

184. 

protest against 
assessment for, 
238. 
Pinckney street, assessment for, 

58. 
Pleasant street, deed of privilege 

of, 261. 
Poplar street, 59. 

assessment for, 53. 
expense of laying, 

53. 
Prince St., assessment for, 6. 

expense of repair- 
ing, 5, 6. 
Salem St., expense of repairing 

and assessment for, 3. 
Sheafe street, expense of re- 
pairing, 88. 

opposite Snow Hill street, 15. 
South street, assessment for, 62. 

expense of, 61. 
Southaek street, assessment for, 

58. 
So. Margin street, obstruction 

of, 204. 
Temple street, expense of and 

assessment for, 47. 
Water street, committee to In- 
spect, 14. 
repairs to, 13. 

asstss- 

m e n t 

for, 29. 

expense 

of, 28. 

Shares, in Kennebeck bridge, assessment 

for, 177. 
payment 
refused, 
178. 



Sharpe, Rev., 172. 

Shaw, Lemuel, 139, 303. 
Robert G., 222. 
U. G., 262. 

, 60, 186. 

& Souther, 196. . 
Sheaff's lane, 159. 

drain from, into common 
sewer, expenses of, 113, 
114. 

petition to extend to Com- 
mon street, 25. 
Sheafe street, expense of repairing sewer 

in, 88. 

Shelibar, Mr., 6. 
Shelton, Stephen, 94, 189. 
Sheriff, constable for court-house recom. 

mended by. 258. 

deputy, to obtain appraisement 
of real estate of John Brazer, 
133. 

Sherman, James, 147, 189. 
Shimmin, William, 77. 

Major, 152. 
Ship street, petition for baker's oven in, 

257. 

Shipley, Joel, 58. 
Ships, expediency of sinking hulks of, 

in channel, 126. 
Shops in Brighton street, encroachment 

of, 230 

Court street, 260. 
Soutliack street, resolution rel- 
ative. to sale of liquor in, 16. 
Shrimpton's lane, 108. 
Shuman, .lames, 94. 
Siders, Josiah, M. 

Mr.. 135. 
Sidewalks, Beacon street, 303, 304. 

abutters to widen, 190. 
Boylston market, near, repaii 

of, 178. 

street, paving of, 254. 
Central street, plank, petiton 

to lay, 283. 
to be paved, 

283. 
Charles street, planking of, 

209. 

Cornhill sq., relaying of, 115. 
Court street, dangerous state 

of, 285. 

Essex street, 240. 
Friend St., 120. 

paving of, 121, V22. 
No. Russell St., paving of, 2!)0. 
Oliver street, 75. 
Purchase St., planking of, 208. 
South St., to repair, 290. 
Sigourney, Andrew, 88, 110, 111. 
A, 246. 
D, 246. 

, 15, 53. 

Silsby, Enoch, 237. 
Thomas, 270. 

, 214, 219, 222, 223, 225, 226, 227, 

229, 230, 236, 238, 239, 244, 245, 
250, 253, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 
267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 
274, 27f,, 277, 278, 281, 282, 283, 
284, 285, 290, 292, 294, 296, 297, 
300, 301, 302, 303. 
Simkins, John, Dea., 121. 
Simmonds, Copt., estate of, 190. 
Simonds, William, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 193, 

237, 297. 
Capt., 94. 
Singers of Old South Church Society to 

give services 4th July, 295. 
Sinkg, Federal street, complaint against 

use of, 187. 

North Russell St., 148. 
Prince st., cimplaint against con- 
dition of, 188. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Skating on Sunday, prosecution of boys 

for, 105. 

Skillin fe s, Mrs., 6. 
Slater, Mai y, 242. 
Sleds. (See Carts.) 

act to regulate, 19. 
registration of, 20. 
Smith, Abiel, 29, 178, 206, 212, 276, 290. 

extract from will of, 159, 

160. 

Barney, 206, 212. 
Benjamin, 94, 127, 189. 
B., 242. 

Ebenezer, 89, 215. 
Edward, 276. 
John, 224. 
Martin, 258, 297, 302. 
Nathaniel, 60. 
N., Jr., 60. 
Sargent, 232, 233. 
William, 36, 37, 198, 298. 
Mr., 106,262. 
Mrs., 79. 
Widow, 77. 
Smoking, advertising in newspapers, re 

specting. 107. 
Snelling, Josiah, 3, 94, 125, 189, 193. 

Samuel, 83, 145, 161, 200, 234, 245, 

246, 264. 
Mr., 292. 

Snow, Gideon, 70, 231. 
Larkin, 22. 
Prince, 242. 

,249,271. 

removal of, from streets leading 

to South Burial Ground, 49. 
Snowhill street, town land on, 15. 
Soap manufacturer, building for, on 

Neck, 78. 

Societies, marine, committee from, to 
view Deer Island, 
200. 
relative to defence of 

town, 126. 

Mechanic Association, 137. 
Old South Church, singers of, 
to give services July 4th, 295. 
temperance, request from, 

relative to licenses, 192. 
Washington Benevolent So- 
ciety, 137. 
request for 
room by, 72. 
Sohier, W. D., 23,96. 

, 25, 262. 

Somerset st., 201. 

application for paving 

gutters in, 40. 
deed of land to widen, 261. 
Somes, John, 277. 
South Boston, 210. 268, 271. 

bell, receipt for, 263. 
bounds of, 32, 33. 
burial ground in, 209, 210, 
226, 283, 284, 
285, 288, 299. 
in, court at 
Taunton to 
consider re- 
port of Com- 
missioner s 
relative to, 
295, 299. 
committee to select place of 

execution in, 79, 
constable for, 146. 

necessity for, 239. 
petition for repairs to 

school in, 293, 294. 
petition of inhabitants of, 

114. 

weigher of beef for, 186. 
work on defences of, 129. 



South Boston Association, clerk of, 226. 
committee 
from, rela- 
tive to burial 
ground, 302, 
303, 304. 

demand for de- 
1 i n q u e n t 
taxes from, 
24. 

bridge, land near, 238. 
Corporation, demand on, 
for land for burial 
ground, 268. 

pound, committee to exam- 
ine, 224. 
report of, 238. 
land for, 238. 

streets, committee on, 225, 

226. 

report of 

227. 
to repair, 

24. 
petition to repair, 

224. 
South bridge, 127. 

street, sewer in, assessment for, 62. 

expense of, 61. 
sidewalk in, 290. 
Southack, Francis, 253. 

, 255, 256. 

street, sale of liquor in, refu- 
sal of license 
for, 45. 

liquors, resolu- 
tion relative 

to, 46. 
sewer In, assessment 

for, 58. 
expense of, 

57. 
Southack's court, 262. 

widening of, 197, 198, 
201, 253, 255, 
256. 
appropriation 

for, 198. 
co m m I ttee 
relative to, 
201. 

land for, 197. 
line of, 198, 

201. 
petition for, 

197. 
Souther, Isaiah, 196. 

, 60. 

& Shaw, 196. 
Southerland, Geo., 215. 
Southern district, choice of sealer of 

weights and measures for, 14. 
South Margin street, obstruction to sewer 

in, 204. 

Pond street, paving gutter in, 239. 
Spanish consul, communication from, 
relative to sailors, 

243. 

masters of Spanish 
vessels cautioned 
relative to conduct 
of sailors by, 113. 
Spear, Benjamin, 3, 4. 
Colburn, 266. 
Henry, 110, 111. 
Isaac, 186. 
John, 74. 

Samuel, 29, 154, 266. 
Sarah, 215. 
S., 76. 
William S.. 110, 111. 

, 104, 143. 

Spence, John, 253. 
Sprague, John, 44, 64, 93. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



367 



Sprague, Mr., 274. 
Spring Lane, 29. 

street, examination into encroach- 
ments on, 229. 
Springfield Bridge, shares in, bequeathed 

to town, 160. 
Stable, complaint against, in Scott's ct., 

294, 295, 296. 
keeper of, 126. 
wood shed con- 
. verted into, 

105. 
in Atkinson street, committee to 

view, 105. 
Bromlield's lane, committee to 

view, 292. 
Friend street.committeetoview, 

report of, 227. 
license for, 76. 

livery, petitfon to build on Port- 
land street; 155, 
objection to, 156. 
granted, 156, 157. 
new, in Center st., 228, 
of Mr. Oliver, license to keep 

horses in, 30. 
petition for liberty to build, 87. 

to build in Scott's court, 
292, 293,294, 295, 296, 304, 
305. 

Stackpole, William, 29, 278. 
Stage plays, license for, 31. 
Stalls In Ann street, lease of, 69. 

market, expense of building, 92. 

rent Of, 105,256,291. 
Union street, petition for, 7. 

reduction 
in reut 
" Of, 56. 

west of Faneuil Hall advertised to 
be leased, 250. 

conditions of lease. 251, 252. 
and cellars in market, committee 

to consider lease of, 253. 
Stands for hand carts in market square, 

252. 

Stanford, 8., 242. 
Stan wood, David, 42. 
Staples, Edward, 22. 
Starr, Joseph, 24. 

State House, meeting of Selectmen in, 117. 
Old, committee to consider 
advance of rent in rooms 
of, 158. 

plan of streets back of, 232. 
petition for reduction of rent 

in, 135. 
widening of street in front 

of, 153, 154, 155, 156. 
laws, printing of, 258. 

committee to consider print- 
ing of, 254, 255. 
new Gunhouse on common to be 

built by, 122. 
Statement of tax collections from Town 

Treasurer, 49. 
Town's expenses, commit- 
tee to prepare, 208. 
State street, 30, 67, 68, 75, 79, 107, 222. 

auctioneer's flag not to be 
displayed in, 

301. 

not to do busi- 
ness in, 27, 39. 

complaint against bow win- 
dow in, 256, 300. 
of proprietors of 
buildings in, 17. 
new store at corner of, 184. 
paving of, 23. 
petition for public auction 

office in, 272. 
of storekeepers in, 
221. 



State street, petition to regulate trucks 

in, 187. 
regulations for standing of 

carts, etc., in, 67, 68. 
sale of horses and carriages 

prohibited in, 22. 
trucks to stand in, 20. 
Stebbins, Mr., 189. 
Stedman, Elijah, 237, 297. 
Stepping stone, complaint against, 274. 
Steps, stone, petition to build in lane from 

Purchase to Batterymarch st., 301. 
Stevens, Isaac, 79, 231. 

Mrs., 29. 
Stevenson, Benjamin C., 64, 95, 120, 146, 

194, 237, 297. 
B., 87. 

Theo., Jr., 119, 120. 
Thomas, 21, 64, 95, 119, 145, 193, 

237, 297, 299. 
Thomas J., 21, 40, 64, 95, 145, 

146, 193, 194, 237, 297. 
William, 21,64, 95, 119, 145,193, 

237, 297. 

Stewart, Capt., 113. 
Stillman, Hannah, 3. 

street, 39, 97. 
Stimpeon, William, 201. 
Stimson, 271. 
Stocker, 62. 
Stocks, United States 3% funded, shares 

In, bequeathed to town, 160. 
Stockwell, 244, 249, 271. 
Stodder, Jonathan, 87. 

Joseph, 87. 
Stone, choice of sealer of, 18, 54, 138. 

for canal to be admitted through 

Causeway, 15. 
lighters for carrying, inspection 

of, 150. 

fees of inspectors, 151. 
removal of, from Deer Island for- 
bidden, 196. 

cutters shop in Lynn St., commit- 
tee to view, 283. 

Storer, , Widow, 145. 

Stores, in Broad street, license to raise 
goods into, 226. 
petition for ad- 
ditional watch 
for, 178. 

Canal street, proprietors of, 72. 
Court street, license to raise goods 

into, refused. 215. 
Doane street, petition for license 

to raise goods into, 226. 
Union street, committee to view, 

230. 

complaint against 
beef stalls in front 
of, 103. 

rebuilding of, 230. 
stalls in front of, 7. 
law relative to raising goods into, 

207, 211. 
licenses to raise goods into, 211. 

list of, 222. 
near Conduit pump, petition for 

license to raise goods into, 226. 
new corner of Flagg alley and 

State street, 184. 
of Andrew Brimmer, 152. 

George Odiorne, 152. 
petition for license to raise goods 

Into, 224. 
petition of keepers of, in State 

street, 221. 
proposition to rebuild In Cornhill, 

194, 195. 
razing, to widen Elm street, 

159, 161,234. 

robbery in, of Mr. Wyman, 274. 
Storms, change in Deer Islan'd by, 12. 
damage done by, 149, 150. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



8tratton,Frink, 76,93, 119, 144, 190, 335, 
298. 

,209. 

Streets, Atkinson, improvement of land 

on, 1. 
Back, claim relative to land 

taken into, 250. 

Batterymarch, petition for re- 
pairs near 
Rowe's wharf, 
116. 

proposed widen- 
ing of, 152. 
Beach, improvement of, 143. 

proposed widening of, 

277, 278. 

widening of, 286, 288. 
Beacon, new fence on, 187, 

sidewalks on, 221, 303. 
widening of, 138. 
committee to view and 
stake out proposed 

lines, 153, 154. 
derision to, 156. 
land taken for, 298. 

price of, 301. 
objection to.by heirsof 

Gov. Hancock, 154. 
petition to, 150, 153. 
plan s of, submitted to 
petitioners and ap- 
proved, 155, 156. 
proposed, 292, 293. 
to l>e 50 feet wide near 

common, 187. 
Blossom, 259. 

contract for dirt to fill, 

2b6. 
laying-out of, 260, 265, 

266, 267. 
staked out, 289. 

Bowdoin, petition to widen, '20-2. 
Boylston, widening of, 288. 

paving of sidewalks 

on, 254. 
Bread & Well, estimates for 

paving, 141. 

Bridge, petition to close, 258. 
Bulfinch, committee to direct 

repairs, 25. 
Carver, petition to pave, 290. 

refused, 

2.V2. 
Castle, extension of, from Orange 

to Front, 197. 
Center, repairs to, 2-28. 
Charles, gravel for, 2-28. 

planking of sidewalk in, 

209. 

Charter, opening sewer in, 258. 
Common, repairs in, 116. 
Congress, carts to stand in, 8. 
Cornhill, deputy police officer to 
keep sidewalksclear.7. 
petition to widen side- 
walk of, 224. 
to straighten line of, 
200. 
appropri atlon for 

land for, 200. 
Court, altering of, 259, 298, 299, 

300,301,302. 
alteration of, not allowed, 

260. 

petition to repair, 257. 
repairing of, 289, 294. 
sale of wood in, 8. 
standing of carts, etc., 

in, 8. 
Custom House, petition for 

truck stand in, 272. 
Derne, petition for compensa- 
tion for land in, 175. 
refused, 175. 



Streets, Elm, proposed widening of, 159. 
land required for, 159. 

committee to estimate 
damage to estates by 
taking of, 159, 160, 161. 
repairs to, 259, 294. 
Essex, foot walk in, 239, 240. 

purchase of land to 

widen, 46. 
Exchange lane, land taken to 

widen, 2. 
payment for 
i m prove- 
ments to, 2. 
widening of, 

109. 
Federal, petition to raise level 

of, refused, 187. 

Foster's lane, petition for pav- 
ing, 146. 
Fourth, request for repair of, 

210. 
Franklin place, arch in, petition 

to close, 300, 801. 
Front, breaking away of, 53. 

gravel for, 228. 
Gibb lane, paving of gutter in, 

200. 

Green, repairs to, 228. 
Griffin's lane, petition to pave 

and widen, 240. 
Hamilton, repairs to, 249. 
Harvard, committee to fix 

bounds of, 291. 
staked out, 293. 
Hull, 3. 

drains in, 3. 

India, auction office in, 4. 
Kilby, laying common sewer in, 

147, 148. 

petition for repairs in, 116. 
Leverett, paving of, 295. 
Lynn, encroachment on, 283, 294. 
petition for repair of, 

180. 

Market, paying of, 253. 
Mason, petition to pave, 802. 
Merrimack, repairs to, 81. 
Middle, suit relative to, 267. 
Milk, carts to stand in, 8. 
repairs to, 22K. 
sale of wood in, 8. 
Myrtle, repairing drain in, 196. 

assessment for, 196. 
Nassau, repairs to, 244. 
North, expense of repairing 

sewer in, 4, 147. 
Allen, 259. 

building removed 

to, 257. 
encroachment on, 

257. 
Russell, paving sidewalks 

in, 290. 
Olive, wall and fence to be built 

in, 142. 
Orange, erection of engine house 

In, 2. 

new drain in, 188. 
petition to open common 

sewer in, 184. 
Park, repair of drain in, 190. 

assessments for, 190, 191. 
Pond, carts to etand in, 8. 
repairs to, 249. 
width of, to be 45 ft., 153 
Portland, petition to pave bottom 

of, 305. 
Prince, drain in Mill Pond from, 

encroachment on, 2fl4. 
expense of repairing 

sewer In, 5, >. 

Purchase, committee to fix boun- 
dary of, 293, 294. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



369 



Streets, Purchase, committee to repair, 

293, 294. 

sidewalk ip, 298. 

Robinsons alley, repairs to drain 
in, 193. 

assessments for, 1&3. 
Salem, expense of repairing com- 
mon sewer in, 3. 
Sheafe, 3. 

drains in, 3. 
Somerset!, 2. 
Southack's court, widening of, 

197, 198, 201, 253, 255, 256. 
land for, 197, 201. 
compensation for, 198. 

placing of posts in, 2. 
South Boston, committee on, 225, 

226. 

report of, 227. 
to repair, 24. 
complaint against 
digging trench In, 
271. 
petition to repair, 

224. 

repairs to, 227. 
South Pond, paving of gutter in, 

239. 

Summer, widening of, 289. 
Union, encroachment on, 292,293, 

294. 

petition for stalls on, 7. 
removal of carts, etc., by 

police from, 7. 
shops incommoded by 

carts standing in, 7. 
Walnut, repairs to, 252. 
Water, carts to stand in, 8. 
West Boston, closing of, 241. 

improvements In, 
expense of, 46. 
proposed, 46. 
subscription 

for, 47. 

act regulating paving of, 8, IB, 19. 
placingof stalls in, 

16. 

removal of ob- 
structions from, 
16. 
sales from cart sin, 

16. 
relativeto eellingof provisions 

In, 16. 

alleys and passageways, law rela- 
tive to change of, 20"7. 
appropriation for, 1, 2. 

paving Friend 

St., liO. 

arranging of carts in, 44. 
at bottom of Common, protection 

of, against tides, 61. 
end of Pearl street, proposal 

for widening, 223. 
between Merrimack street and 
the shore, proposed raising of, 
43. 

carriageway In Washington 
street to be put In order by 
proprietors, 202. 
carts in, standing of, 8, 9. 
committees on, 174. 
committee to superintend pav- 
ing of, 23. 
complaint against firing in, 290, 

291. 
pro jec t i o n s 

into, 271. 
trucks stand- 
ing in State, 

use of fire- 
crackers in, 
185. 



Streets, drumming in, 65. 

encroachments on, report, 230. 
examination into encroachments 

on, 229. 
exchange of land to straighten, 

33. 

expense of paving and flagging 
on north side of Faneuil Hull, 
92. 

filling of, 43. 

fine for disregarding registration 
and standing of ii , 
20. 
selling provisions, etc., 

in, 16. 
from Butler's row to Parkman's 

wharf, paving cf, 24!i. 
Common street to Mason 
street, petition to alter, 3-'. 
Court street to market, nam- 
ing of, 234. 
Incumbrance of, by steps of 

buildings, 17. 
land to widen, In front of Thomas 

Welsh's stores, 198. 
leading from Common, proposal 
for change In, 24. 
Common to Mason 

street, 32. 

to Joseph Woodward's, re- 
pair of, 227. 

to South Burial Ground, 
removal of snow from, 
49. 
marking out of, on land north of 

Cambridge St., 46. 
measures for suppression of riots 

in, 71. 

naming of, 150. 

near Boylstou Market, i n cu m- 
bra nee 
of, 48. 
r e g u 1 a- 
tlonsfor 
c a r t a 
and car. 
riagea 
In, 148. 

ropewalk, footwalk for, 61. 
new, 150, 163, 168 to 195, 196, 197. 
carriageway from Court 
street to Brattle square, 
224. 
damage by laying out Bow- 

doin street, 197. 
from Court street to Brattle 

square, 244, 246. 
Orange to Front, 198. 
In Cornhill, appropriation 
to arrange 
line of, 194, 
195. 

conditions 
of laying out, 
164. 

corporation em- 
powered by 
L e g i slature, 
164. 
expendlt ure 

for, 163. 

expense to be 
borne by cor- 
poration, 164. 
land to be taken 
for, 163, 165, 
166. 

name of, 168. 
petition to de- 
termine line 
of, 1!'4. 

referees to esti- 
mate damage 
by, 1C6. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Streets, new, in Cornhill, referees to esti- 
mate damage 
to property of 
Mrs. Scollay 
by taking of 
.land and 
building for, 
178. 

to be laid out 
by Cornhill 
Corporation, 
plans of, 162 
to 168. 

law relative to, 254. 
part of Cornhill renamed 

Market row, '251. 
petition for, from Middlecot 

to Beacon, 195. 
Province House row, 253. 
to be laid out by Cornhill 

Corporation, 2-21. 
obstructing of, 16. 

by carts, 9. 
passage from 
Prince to Pond, 
273. 

off Cambridge, proposed contin- 
uance of, 29. 
sale of provisions, 

etc:, in, 16. 
standing of carts 

in, 16. 

on Fort Hill, regulation of, 61. 
Mill pond, conference relative 

to height of, 41. 
completion of, b y 
Mill Pond Corpora- 
tion, 40. 

Neck, committee to superin- 
tend repairs to, 27. 
proposals relative t o 

care of, 204. 

passageway back of Merchants' 
Hall, petition to 
lower, 206. 

between Court street 
and Brattle square, 
closing of, 224. 
from Beacon to Mid- 
dlecot, 195, 
196, 197. 
Cornhill to 
Brattle sq., 
petition to 
alter line of, 
195. 

Lyman street 

to be opened 

for public 

use, 199. 
School st. to 
court-nous e, 
to be called 
Court s q., 
150. 

in Lynn street, com- 
mittee to examine 
deed of, 200. 
to Brattle square., pe- 
tition against arch 
over, 203. 
paving of, 8, 16, 141, 257. 

Cheapside, 227. 
repairs to, 218. 
penalty for standing of carts 

in, 9. 
petition for new, from Leverett to 

Wiltshire, 182. 
town land on Com- 
mon, 295. 

to build steps In lane be- 
tween Purchase and 
BatteryMarch, 301. 



Streets, petition to make passageway 
from Beacon to 
Middlecott street a 
public street, 195. 
pave footwalk near 
Rowes and Fosters 
wharves, 194. 
placing of stalls in, 16. 
plan of, back of state house, 232. 
proceedings relative to, special 
record of, required by law, 258. 
proceedings relative to, to be 

printed, 258. 

proposed change in neighbor- 
hood of Common 
street, 25. 

discontinuance of, 239. 
on Beacon Hill, 232. 
publishing law relative to car- 
riages in, 65. 

regulations for carriages in, 55, 66. 

sale of goods i n , 

66, 67, 68. 

hay in, 66. 

meat in, 68. 

provisions 

in, 66, 67. 

wood in, 66, 

124. 

standing of carts, 

etc., in, 66, 67, 68. 

trucks and sleds 

in, 19, 20. 

removing obstructions from, 8. 
repairs, responsibility of com- 
mittee for cost of, 218. 
Superintendent of, to be notified 

of all work to be done on, 174. 
supervision of work done in, 218. 
through land north of Cambridge 

street, committee on, 46. 
to be under direction of Select- 
men, 173, 174., 
west of Catholic Church, closing 

of, 69. 
widening of, in front of Green 

Dragon, 198, 199. 
work on, 280. 
Sturgis, Henry, 51, 64. 

Russell, '263. 

Subscriptions for defence of Town, bal- 
ance of, appropriated 
to improvement of 
common, 177, 180, 181. 
digging well in Market 

sq., 146. 
street improvements In 

West Boston, 47. 
to pave Hamilton street, 

246. 

Sudbury street, 144. 
Suffolk County, Republican convention 

of, 51. 

valuation of, 133. 
district, 77. 
Sullivan, Gen.., 290, 291. 

George, 112, 180, 247, 264. 
John L., 21, 153, 169. 
Morris, 57. 
Richard, 169, 187,264. 
William, 38, 71, 131, 132, 141, 154, 
155, 161, 168, 169, 225, 230, 234, 
264. ' 

Mr., 107, 150, 264. 
Summer street, 73, 110. 

communication relative 

to fence in, 21. 
land for widening of, 

289. 

repairs to, 304. 
Summons from Messrs. Hancock and 

Spear, 104. 

relative to claim of heirs of 
Lendall Pitts, 304. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



371 



Summons to attend taking of depositions 

in Roxbury, 91. 
defend warranty of sale of 

land, 104. 
selectmen to attend Court of 

Sessions, 45. 
Sumner, James, 47. 

James, Jr., 22, 64, 95. 
Thomas W., 22, 28, 34, 64, 95. 
Wm. H., 104. 
Sun Court street, addition to, 44. 

removal of fence, 44. 
Sunday Schools, schoolhouses, for use of, 

279. 

Suit against heirs of Gov. Hancock, set- 
tlement of, 2-23. 
John Brazer, 133. 
Mill Pond Corporation with- 
drawn, 14. 
town by heirs of Lendall 

J'itts, 304. 

of town against Ward N. Boylston, 
229, "274, 275, 
276. 

a p p ropriation 
for counsel 
fees, 237. 
choice of coun- 
sel in, 230. 
committee re- 
port, 230. 
committee to 

attend, 53. 
committee t o 
settle ac- 
counts of 
town's coun- 
sel in, 237. 
relative to land taken from T. Welsh 

to widen Court St., 202. 
Surveyors. (See Perambulations.) 
Surveyor to ascertain boundaries of 

streets, 2-?9. 
Surveys of Mill Pond, 41, 42. 

passageway between Howe's 
& Foster's wharves, 143, 144. 
plans of Beacon et., 156. 
relative to encroachment on 

Lynn and Prince streets, 294. 
Swan, 3fr*.,50, 242. 
Sweet, 11. 

& Fletcher, 11. 
Sweetser, Mm. Catherine, 3, 5. 

Wm., 62. 

S'.vift, Foster, 145. 
Mary, 63. 
Mrs. ,94. 

,228. 

Sybee, , 42. 

Synagogue of Jews, 171. 

Tappan, L., 178. 

Tarbell (Tarbel), Silas P., 76, 215. 

,79. 

&Eveleth,222. 
Taunton, 295. 

court held at, 299. 
Taverns, Green Dragon, alterations to, 

199. 

application of 

propriet o r s 

to buy land, 

196. 

rent for house 

near, 250. 
resolutions relative to sale of 

liquors in, 216. 
Taxes, abatement of, 103, 119. 

apportionment of by Congress, 133. 
bills, amount of, to be delivered to 

deputy collectors, 38. 
time allowed for payment of, 

35. 
collection of, 33. 



Taxes, collection of, arrears in, 165. 

communication from 
Town Treas u r e r 
relative to, 32, 37. 
communication to 
Town Treasu r e r 
relative to, 37. 
consi deration of 

by Town, 33. 
method of, 35. 
committee relat i v e 

to, 26. 

statement of, from 
Town Treasur e r, 
49. 
deduction of, from watchmen's 

pay, 77. 
delinquency in collection of, by 

Town Treasurer, 119. 
delinquent, demand for, from 

South Boston Association, 24. 
division of town for collection 

of, 38. 

notification of delinquent pay- 
ment of, 35. 

warrants for non-payment of, 35. 
collector, appointment of depu- 
ties by, 35. 

communication to, rel- 
ative to, 35. 
power of selectmen 

over, 35. 

deputy collectors of, 34, 103, 129. 
appoln t m e n t 

of, 40, 41. 
act relative to 
appointment 
of, 35. 

bonds of, 33, 35. 
compensation 

of, 103. 

lists to be sub- 
mitted to, in 
parts, 35. 
mode of col- 
lectingby,36. 
petition for 
increa s e o f 
salary of, 139, 
165. 

suggestion of 
se 1 e c t m e n 
relative to, 
35. 

Taylor, David, 30, 64, 93. 
Seth, 96. 
William, 80, 145, 156. 

, 41, 229. 

Temperance Society, committee from, 
relative to caution in granting li- 
censes, 192. 
Temple street, 262. 

sewer In, assessment for, 

47. 

expense of lay- 
ing, 47. 
Tenants of Town House requested to 

vacate, 177. 

removal of, from buildingof Mrs. 
Scollay, 191, 192. 
Committee, relative to agree- 
ment with, 192. 

Terrill (see Tirrell), , 249. 

Thacher, Charles, 303. 
Peter, 10, 45. 
Peter O., 92, 133, 134, 135, 202, 254, 

258, 264, 268, 269, 285, 298, 304. 
Mr., >5, 91, 161, 176, 185, 296, 302. 
Mr., to view land of Dea. Field 

on neck, 115. 
Rev. Mr., 52. 
-^- , 231, 244. 
Thaxter, 8etb, 304. 
Thayer, Moses, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 193. 



372 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Thayer, M., 131. 

Samuel, 29. 
Stephen, 77, 141. 
Wm., 208. 
Mr., 45. 

Theatre alley, lamp for, 248. 
Theatres, Boston, share in, bequeathed to 

town, 160. 
in Federal street, 149. 

approval of, 

100. 
license for, 31, 

76, 199, 248. 
Theatrical performances, licenses for, 31, 

76. 
Thomas, Margaret, 8. 

William, 7, 9, 21. 

, 143. 

Thompson, Thds., 62. 
Thorndike, Col., 289. 
Mr., 274. 

Thorp, Thomas, 83. 
Thurston, Mr., 89, 279, 
Tlcknor, Elisha, 69, 135, 136. 
Tidd, Charles, 145, 234. 

Jacob, 145, 234, 269, 284. 
Jacob, Jr., 263. 
Mr., 4-2, 270. 

,41. 

Tides, height of, above Merrimack street, 

42. 
washing away of Merrimack street 

by, 81. 
protection of street at bottom of 

Common against, 61. 
height of Pond street above, 43. 
places of highest, 42. 
Tilden, David, 27, 31. 

Joseph, 127. 
Tileston, Thomas, 81. 
Timothy, 233. 

,17. 

Tlrrell (see Terrill), Thos., 215. 

Titromb, Joseph, 144, 190. 

Tiverton, bridge from, to Rhode Isld., 

shnres in, bequeathed to Town, 160. 
Todd, William, 47. 
Mr., 41, 42. 

,97. 

Todd's distill house, 97. 
Tompkins, Williams, 88. 
Tnuro, Abraham, 171. 
Town, 11, 16, 134, 198, 204, 254. 

affairs of Thos. Boylston with, 112. 
assessment on, for rebuilding 
Kennebeck bridge, 177. 

payment on, re- 
fused, 178. 
attorney, 1,299. 

committee to confer with, 

87. 

to collect accounts, 1, 2. 
to receive copy of vote 
respecting chimney 
sweepers, 23. 

bequest of Abiel Smith to, 160, 206. 
bond of, relative to damages to 

property of Mrs. Scollay, 185. 
boundaries at Boxbury and Dor- 
chester, perambula- 
tion of, 202. 
committee to fix, 33. 
bridges, to be destroyed upon ap- 
proach of enemy, 126, 
buildings, decorated in honor of 

peace, 137. 

citizens of, requested to give dona- 
. tions for defence of, 128. 

claims, committee on, 221. 

against, for land in Derne 

St., 175. 

of, against Ward N. Boyl- 
ston, 163. 

request for settlement 
of, 18-2. 



Town clerk, 17, 22, 65, 68, 111, 119, 138, 171, 

172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 186, 

192, 212, 214, 216, '217, 218, 

228, 250, 254, 269, 273, 300. 

attendance of, at selectmen's 

meetings, 217. 
duties of, 172, 279. 
money received by, for 

auction licenses, 140. 
oath of office, administered 

bv, 7, 53. 
to furnish attorney with vote 

on chimney sweepers, 23. 
to have collector demand de- 
linquent taxes from So. 
Boston Association, 24. 
to keep record of numbers 

of carts, etc., 67. 
to prepare bond of town 

treasurer, 13. 
to procure trunk for deeds 

and papers, 250. 
to record all matters con- 
sidered by selectmen, 229. 
to seek unlicensed auction- 
eers, 24. 

clocks, committee to examine ex- 
penses of, 221. 
contract for care of, 322. 
repairs to, 110. 

Collector (see treasurer), 38, 129, 165. 
bonds of, 119, 262. 
choice of, 117. 
deputies, 49. 

appointment of, 

40, 41, 87. 
bonds of, 26, 30, 

38, 40, 41. 
choice of, 95. 
claim of, 106. 
c o m p e n sation 

for, 103. 
communication 

from, 106. 
communication 
relative lo em- 
ployment of, 
36. 

c o mmunication 
relative to pay- 
ment of fees 
of, 106. 
fees of, 103. 
mode of collect- 
ing taxes 

by, 36. 
employ- 
ing, 36. 

money to be col- 
lected by, 37,38 
petition of, 103. 
for in- 
crease 
of sal- 
a r y , 
139, 
166. 

to receive dona- 
tions, 129. 
weekly settle- 
ment to be 
made by, 36, 38. 
committee on good order of, 70. 

pecuniary concerns 

of, chairman, 26. 
pecuniary concerns 

of, secretary, 26. 
to consider enlarge- 
ment of market, 279. 
look after rights of, 
relative to amend- 
ments in Charter of 
Boston & Roxbury 
Mill Corporation, 
1S6. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



373 



Town, communication from R o x b u r y 
Canal Corporation relative to 
bounds of, 171. 

referred to Trustees of Neck 

land, 171. 

complaint against rioting in, 78. 
consideration of collection o f 

taxes, l.j-,33. 

contract with, relative to carriage- 
way in Washington street, 202. 
convention, 94. 

damage done to, by storm,' 149. 
deaf and dumb persons in, 270. 
defence of, 125, 126. 
Districts, assigned to care of 
Selectmen, 178. 

duties of. 173, 174. 
division of, for collection of taxes, 

38. 

into sections, 218. 
Dock, 141. 
examination of demands against, 

218. 
expenses, committee to prepare 

statement of, 208. 
house, alterations and repairs to, 

44, 45. 

committee on, 219, 220, -282. 
duties of, 

178, 281. 
statements of 
relative to 
rents of, 
175. 

to view, 44. 
lease of, 263. 
rent of, 41, 84, 175. 

reduction of, 30. 
cellar under, lease of, 51. 
rooms in, division of, 45. 
given up, 25. 
lease of, 84, 178. 
petition for, 57,84. 
rent of, 65. 

Indictment against, 50. 
land, application for lease of, 234. 
Illegal carting of gravel 

from, 143. 

Indenture for conveyance 
of exchange of, in School 
street, 133. 

removal of gun house to, 29. 
request to alter position of 

irun house on, 27. 
sale of, to Tieacon Brown, 

158. 
William Smith, 

198. 

taken by, to widen Beacon 

street, 153, 154, 155, 156. 
near Court house, conveyed, 
to Mr. Sullivan, 141, 168, 
1H9. 

Ivers & Portland streets, 
aulhorlty of town needed, 
to dispose of, 270. 

lease of, 270. 
on Mason street, 33. 
Mill pond, 98. 

boundaries of, 

39. 

committee to 

examine, 89. 

filling up of,40. 

Snow Hill street, 15. 

Meeting, 7, 10, 38, 101, 109, 110, 115, 

141, 142, 150. 

for choice of member of 
Congress, 130, 

203, 256. 
of Governor, 

138, 172. 

of Lt. Cover- 
nor, 138. 



Town Meeting for choice of presidential 

electors, 77. 
of Senators, 138, 

172. 

of Representa- 
tives, 15, 68, 
181,227,289. 
ofTownoflicers, 

108, 165. 

notifications, printing of, 
6, 10, 15,58, 78, 83, 84,114, 
203,213, 215, 227, 232. 
petition for, 61, 69, 120, 125, 

126. 

refused, 125. 

relative to furnishing sup- 
plies for review of militia, 
150. 

relative to visit of Presi- 
dent of U. S., 232. 
to be called by Inhabi- 
tants, 126. 

transact monied con- 
cerns of town, 184, 
229. 

warrant for, 6, 10, 15, 16, 
17, 40, 54, 58, 69, 75, 77, 83, 
84, 88, 90, 108, 114,203, 213, 
215. 2/227, 229, 382. 
money subscribed for defence of, 
appropriated to improvement of 
common, 180, 181. 

objection to use of house over 
water course of, as a watch- 
house, 157. 
officers, list of, 179, 277. 

list of voters for, 135. 
oath of, 138.. 

to attend funeral of Fran- 
cis Wright, 61. 
town meeting for choice 

of, 52, 108, 178, 185, 213. 
part of Dorchester to be annexed 

to, for burial ground, 268. 
payment of bills against, 218. 
plans of settlement by, for damage 
to property of Mrs. Scollay, 183. 
printing, to be done in payment 

for rent, 90. 

Records, petition for copy of, 181. 
proposed purchase of 
copy made by Mr. 
Shaw, 186. ' 
report of committee for 

printing, 186. 
refusal of subscription for well 

in Market sq., 146. 
removal of filth from, 66. 

report of 
committee 
on, 38. 

right of, to use of gun house, 258. 
scales, committee to examine, 14. 

errors of, 14. 

sections of, committees on, 281. 
slip. (See Wharves.) 
suit against, 104. 

choice of counsel In, 

230. 

committee to settle 
accounts of-coun- 
sel in, 237. 
of, against Ward N. Boylston, 

274, 275, 276. 

supervision of work done In, 218. 
to open places where public meri- 
dian time may be drawn, 186. 
to pay expenses of Fire wards, 273. 
for steps In front of Court 

House, 193. 
paving sidewalks on 

Boylston street, 254. 
half of cost of paving 
Bread and Well sts., 141. 



374 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Town to sbare expense of digging wells 

in Market so., 148. 
take land of Thomas Welsh to 

widen street, 198. 

passageway from Beacon to 
Midrtlecot street for public 
street, 195, 196, 197. 
urge acceptance of commission- 
ers' report relative to new 
burial grounds, 295. 
Treasurer, 1, 9, 25, 26, 30, 84, 87, 99, 
100, 105, 107, 108, 110, 
123, 1-29, 130, 161, 17*, 
181, 192, 205, 215, 218, 
224, 228, 23(i, 237, 239, 
249, 250, 254, 269, 283, 
302. 

choice of, 117. 
amount of tax bills to 
be delivered to deputy 
collectors by, 38. 
application for room In 

town house by, 57. 
appointment of deputy 
collector by, 40, 41, 103. 
authorized to pay for 
land taken to widen 
Exchange lane, 10. 
.bonds of, 119, 262. 
communication from, 

96. 

communication from, 
relative to collection 
of taxes, 32, 33, 37. 
communication from, 
relative to employ- 
ment of deputy collec- 
tors, 36. 

communication from, 
relative to bequest of 
father of William 
Phillips, 235. 
communication to, re- 
lative to 
deputy 
c o 1 1 e c- 
tors, 36. 
of sele c t- 
men to, 
37. 
draft of, for Almshouse, 

50. 
. . note of, for oil, 77. 

to John Leverett, 

18. 

notifications of non pay- 
ment of taxes to be 
Issued by, 35. 
office, 57. 

opinion of Mr. Jack- 
son to be laid before, 
37. 

prosecution of, for de- 
linquency in collect- 
ing taxes, 119. 
statement of, relative to 
i rents in 

Old State 
House, 
158. 

tax collec- 
tions by, 
49. 

to collect money for 
land leased on neck, 
177. 

deduct taxes from 

watchmen's pay, 77. 

demand money due 

from hay weigher, 

102. 

give note for land 
taken to widen Ex- 
change Lane, 14. 



Town Treasurer to give note for oil sup- 
plied, 12. 

pay wages of con- 

stable deceased, 102. 

pay $8,346.62 to Josiah 

Bradlee for oil, 140, 

141. 

pay for land taken to 
widen Exchange 
Lane, 10. 

receive amount levied 
on property.of John 
Brazer by judg- 
ment, 135. 

receive donations 
collected for defence 
of town, 128. 
receive note of Mill 
Pond, Corporation, 
14. 
receive balance of 

hay weigher, 14K. 
transfer donations to 
auditor, Board of 
War, 131. 
Town Clerk to prepare 

bond of, 13. 

unclaimed drafts to be 
credited to town by, 
140. 

warrant for non pay- 
ment of taxes to be 
issued by, 35. 
Treasury, 12. 

money for auction 
licenses paid into, 140, 
297. 

settlement of hay 
weighers, accounts in, 
85. 
work for defence of volunteered, 

129. 

Townsend, Andrew, 63,230. 
David, 171,176. 
estate, 191. 
Train, Samuel, 34. 
Treadwell,2f>5, 257. 
Treasurer, Exchnnge Coffee house, 18. 

Franklin Donation fund, 145. 
fund, ac- 
accoun t s 
of, exam- 
ined, 302. 
Trees on Common, prevention of injury 

to, 205. 
pruning of, on Mall and Common, 

153. 

report on, 289. 
uprooted by storm, 149. 
Trefrey, William, 189. 
Tremont street, 165, 166. 

license to keep horse* 

in stable on, 30. 
to connect with Cheap- 
side, 183. 

Trott, James S., 215. 
Truckmen, obstruction of Merchants 

row bv, 209, 210. 
Trucks. (-See Carts.) 

change of ownership of, 20. 
complaints against standing of, 

in State street, 17. 
fine for disregarding registration 
and standing of in streets, 20. 
names of owners of, 271. 
numbering of, 19, 20. 
obstruction of street west of 

Catholic church by, 69. 
petition against crowding of, in 

State St., 187. 
for stand on Custom 

House street, 272, 
registration of, 19, 20. 
regulations for, 19. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



375 



Trucks, regulations for, east of Faneuil 
Hall, 245, 248. 

printing of, 19. 
standing of, at end of -Faneuil 

Hali, 20. 
Trull, 4. 

Trustees of land on Neck, communica- 
tion from 
Ro x bury 
Canal Cor- 
po ration 
refer red 
to, 171. 
meeting of. 2 

Mass. General Hospital, 
meeting of, 267. 

petition to close 
Bridge street 
by, 259, 2<iO. 
relative to Blos- 
som street, 265, 
266, 267. 
Tucker, Alanson, 60. 

Benjamin, 21, 75, 93, 119. 
Beza, 131. 
John, 264. 
Joseph, 70. 
Nathaniel, 21, 25, 64. 
Richard D., 29, 225. 
William, 140, 144, 190, 235, 298. 

,99. 

Tucker's pasture, nuisance in, 99. 
Tuckerman, Abraham, 29. 

Edward, 63,251. 
Edward, Jr., 195, 251. 
John ,4, 94, 189. 
Mr., 200, 202, 203. 
Tufts, Samuel, 39, 64, 93. 

Mr., 4-2. 

Tukesbury, Mr., 10, 12, 49, 86, 195, 253. 
Tupper, Hiram, 237. 

William, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 193, 

237, 297, 300. 
Turner, Elijah, 142. 
William, 31. 
Turpentine, building for manufacture 

of, 269. 
petition for distillery for, 

260 
Tuttle, Turell, 63/175, 215. 

, 187. 

Twist, Solomon, 22, 64, 95, 120, 145, 193, 

337,297,300. 
Tyler, John, 111, 119, 144, 190, 235, 298. 

John E., 60. 

Tythingman, choice of, 238. 
duties of, 217. 
compensation for, 269. 
special allowance requested 
by, 267. 

Union street, 4-2, 66, 67, 97, 124, 208, 234, 

262. 
bridge from, to Cross, 182, 

184, 194. 
carriages or trains not to 

stand in, 296, 305. 
committee to view, 75. 

new build- 
ing on, 292 
293, 294. 
relative to 
widening 
of, 75. 
complaint against beef- 

stalls in, 103, 104. 
consideration of land near, 

43. 

expense of widening, 78. 
land sold Mr. Odin In, 177. 
opening westerly end of, S3. 
petition for reduction in 
rent of stalls in, 
56. 



Union street, petition from butchers in, 66 
plan of, 78. 

to widen, 78. 

proposals to owners of land 
and buildings in, 83. 
widening of, 75. 

United States, anniversary of Independ- 
ence of, choice of orator, 
14, 56. 
Circuit Court, jurors for, 

200. 
District Court, jurors for, 

157, 166, 185. 
Marshal, communication 

to, 79. 

officers of, 79. 
President, visit of, 236, 237. 
Utley, Elijah, 155, 150, 157. 

Valuation, committee on, 25. 

Vaults of Mass. Bank, list of deeds and 

papers deposited in, 261, 262, 263. 
Vegetables, regulations for sale of, In 

streets, 16, 67. 

Vessels, buoy at Deer Island for protec- 
tion of, 12. 

owners of, to be compensated for 
injury to, if used for defence 
of town, 118. 

sinking of, in harbor for defence 

of town, not recommended, 120. 

South American privateer, care 

of sailors from, 243, 244. 
Victualers, law regulating, 216. 
licenses, 300. 

record of conduct of, 217. 
sign to be placed on place of 

business, 238. 
Vincent, Relief, 69. 
Vinton, Mr., 32. 
Violet, Negres, 125. 
Vose, Bill, -29. 

Josiah, 76. 
Mr., 30. 
Voters, list of, 171. 

lists of, communication relative 

to, 46. 

corrrection of, by assist- 
ant assessors, 8. 
furnished by assessors. 

5, 8, 53, 84, 135. 
posted and advertised, 

171,214,278. 
printing of, 6, 84. 



Wagons. (See Carts.) 
Wain wright & Jackson, 211. 
Wallace, Thomas, 238, 253, 297, 300. 
Wallach, Moses, 64, 65, 120, 146, 237, 297. 
Moses Abraham, 207. 
M., 22, 193. 

Walley, Charles, 31, 60. 
Walla, in Olive street, complaint against, 

274, 275, 27fi. 
to be built, 142. 
on Pemberton's hill, committee to 

view, 282. 
Walnut street, 303. 
Walter, James, 276/290, 291. 
I-ynde, 3. 

, Mrs., 291. 

\Vard, Artemas, 33. 

Capt. William, 94. 
Capt., 147. 

, Mrs., 190. 

Wards, clerks of, 128. 
committtee, 36. 
committees from, to volunteer 

work on fortifications, 129. 
contained in various sections of 

town, 218. 

donations from, for defence ol 
town, 128, 129, 131, 132. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Wards, donations from, for defence of 
town, to be appropriated for 
repairs on common, 177. 
notice to inhabitants to meet in, 

1-28. 

supervision of work done in, 218. 
III., volunteer patrol for, 209. 
VI., volunteer patrol for, 212. 
VII., 221. 
VIII., military company of, 100. 

Ware, , Rev., 213. 

Warner, Daniel, 3. 

Warrants, 6, 10, 15, 16, 17, 40, 62, 54, 58, 75, 
77.83,84,88, 90, 108, 110, 114, 
115, 126, 130, 138, 140, 141, 142, 
150, 165, 172, 181,183,203,213, 
215, 225, 227, 229, 232, 256, 276, 
289, 298. 
charge against constable for 

not serving, 13. 

for appointment for commis- 
sioners to set off burial 
ground in So. Boston, 285. 
of town treasurer, for non-pay- 
ment of taxes, 35. 
Warren, Deacon, 89. 
Dr., 29, 175. 

Washington Benevolent Society, invita- 
tion from, 57. 
Benevolent Society, request 

for room by, 72. 
Benevolent Society, request 
to organize procession in 
honor of peace, 137. 
street, committee to repair, 

74. 

Watch (see, also, Constables^, 75, 162. 
arrangements for, 204. 
duties of committee on, 281. 
employment of, 47. 
hooks for Ward I. and VI., 212. 
captain of the. 73, 74, 204, 205. 

committee to re- 
primand, 100. 
complaint of, 205. 
duties of, 73. 
nomination of, 72. 

salary of, 74. 

constables of the, 204, 205. 
choice of, 247, 
method of patrolling 

by, 73. 

removal of, 74. 
resignation of, 246. 
salary of, 74. 

officers of the, choice of, 74. 
petition of, for increase of 

wages, 139. 
from, 204. 
for additional in Broad 

street, 178. 
' increase of wages, 

139. 

proposed alterations in, 204. 
volunteerpatrol, about Dock sq., 

208. 
in Marlborough 

street, 208. 
In south part of 

town, 208. 
Ward III. ,209. 
Ward VI. ,212. 
rules and regu- 
lations of, 204. 
town watch to 
render assist- 
ance to, 205. 
centre, captain of, 100. 

committee on, 281. 
district of, 73. 
main, 73, 74. 

new, Captain of, orders for, 73. 
divisions of, 72, 73. 
duties of, 73. 



Watch, new, organized, 49. 

regulations for, 72, 73. 
north, choice to fill vacancy in. 

102. 

complaint against mem- 
bers of, 111. 
defence of, 296, 297. 
district of, 73. 
quelling of riot by, 296. 

2<>7. 
south, committee on, 282. 

district of, 73. 
West Boston, communication 

relative to, 92. 
house, 73, 74. 

committee on, 219. 

duties of, 173. 
objection to, in Orange St., 

157. 

Watchmen, action of, in case of riot, 71. 
complaint against constable 

by, 100. 
deduction of taxes from pay 

of, 77. 

dismissal of, 100. 
recommendation of addi- 
tional, 70. 

ringing of bellby, 70. 
salary of, 74. 
.election of, 71, 72. 
Water course, deed of, 262. 

in Water street, 261. 
street, 203. 

agreement relative to 

drain in, 262. 
award relative to water 

course in, 261. 
sale of wood in, 8. 
sewer in, assessment for 
repair of, 2ft. 
inspection of, 

14. 

notification of 
repairs to, 13. 
return of ex- 
pense of re- 
pairs to, 28. 

standing of carts, etc., in, 8. 
regulations 

for, 67. 

Waters, Capt. Daniel, 42. 
Mary, 3. 
Samuel, 42. 
Sarah, 88. 
Mrs., 6. 
Watts, Sam'l, 95. ' 

Mrs., 29. 
Webb, David, 50. 

Jonathan, 64. 

Nathan, 4, 6, 28, 29, 34, 42, 44, 47. 

, 1,2,3, 5, 7, 9 to 17, 19, 21, 2-2, 23, 

24, 27, 30, 31, 33. 34, 38 to 41, 43, 
45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 53 to 65, 70, 72, 
74 to 78, 80 to 96, 99 to 102, 105, 
106, 107, 109 to 114, 130, 132 to 137. 
Webber, Seth, Capt., 242. 
Capt., 4, 94, 189. 
Webster, Bedford, 88, 147, 189, 231. 

Dr., 94. 
Weighing machine. (See Scales.) 

in Well street, report 
of committee on, 
2i6. 
Weights & Measures, choice of, 14. 

false, penalty for, 

in Market, 251. 
proposed cha n ge 
in laws relative 
to, 231. 

sealers of, 138, 179, 
277. 

choice of, 
54, 85, 109, 
222. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



377 



Weights & Measures, sealers of, new set 

for, 2-28. 
to examine 
Town 
Scales, 14. 
of wood carried 
through streets, 
278. 

Weld Benjamin, 4, 6, 12, 28, 29, 34,47, 118, 
123, 124, 125, 126, 128, 
131, 213, 223, 241, 262. 
B., 240. 
Horatio, 60. 
James, 292. 

, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7,9, 10, 11, 13 to 19, 21 

to 27, 30 to 34, 38, 39, 40, 42, 49 to 65, 
69, 70, 72, 74 to 84, 86, 88 to 97, 99 
to 102, 104 to 112, 114 to 118, 120, 121, 
122, 127, 128, 133, 135, 13fi, 138, 139, 
140, 142 to 147, 149 to 151, 153 to 
159, 161, 162, 177, 233, 234, 259. 
& Hall, 159, 161,259. 
Well street, 141, 225. 

committee to view weighing 

machine, report of, 226. 
Welles (Wells), Arnold, 29, 110, 214, 237. 
A., 111. 

Benjamin T., 230. 
Eriy. Gen., conference of, with 
selectmen & Commissioners, 
relative to defence of Islands 
etc., 117. 
B. T., 131. 
Ebenezer, 21, 22. 
Cap*. George, 212, 215. 
John, 77, 79, 131, 178, 230. 
Gen., 65. 
Mr., 98. 
Mrs., 223. 
Wells, in Kilby street, 180. 

liberty granted to dig, in Portland 

street, 252. 

new, near Faneuil Hall, aban- 
doned, 179. 
proposals for, in Market square, 

148. 

subscription for digging, in Mar- 
ket square, 146. 
Welsh (Welch), Elizabeth, 50. 
Frances, 131, 
Francis. 31. 
Jonas, 305. 

Thomas, 177, 198, 200, 256. 
Thomas, Jr., 58, 282. 
T., 178. 

William, 57, 58. 
Wendell, Henry, 6. 

Oliver, 242. 
Wentworth, P., 233. 

,249,271,272. 

West, Benjamin, 184, 188. 
TJr., 29. 
Boston, 30, 73, 246. 

committee to confer with 

land proprietors at, 29. 
communication relative to 

conduct of watch in, 92. 
dismissal of constables in, 

46. 
disorderly conduct o f 

sailors in, 113, 116. 
expense of keeping order 

in, 45. 
refusal of licenses to sell 

liquors in, 45. 
streets in, closing of, 241. 

proposed c 1 o s- 
ing of, 2S9, 240. 
bridge. 81, 127. 
clock, repairs to, 106. 
engine house, repairs to, 57. 
hill, 87. 

assistant police officer 
to preserve order on, 



West Boston hill, liquor licenses on, ap- 
plications for, 107. 
liquor licenses on , com- 
mittee relative to, 238. 
maintenance of order 

on, 239. 

street, land In, application for pur- 
chase of, 102. 
proposal for ex- 
change of, 140,, 
159. 

acceptance of, 161. 
school house lot in, 113. 
Western, Mr., 52, 61, 62. 
Westford, 30. 

Wetmore, William, 1, 77, 80. 
Wharf street, complaint against scales 

in, 224. 
Wharves for emptying filth of town, 

removal of, 50. 
for emptying night carts, 13. 
law relative to raising goods 

to, 211. 

petition to build on flats, 143. 
almshouse, building of wharf 
for nighl carts 
from, 15. 
controversey over 

control of, 15. 
permission to put 
up fence In pas- 
sage way to, 21. 
Barretts, petition for leave to 

extend, 244. 
Castle st., 197. 
Central, petition for lamps on, 

256. 

Fosters, 9. 
Long, 20, 67, 256. 
Lynn street, enlargement of, W). 
to be used for dis- 
posal of filth, 89. 
Parkman's, 249. 

petition for use of 

bakery on, 255. 
Eowes, extension of, 9, 221. 

& Fosters, paving of 
Broad 
street 
leading 
to, 150. 
petition to 
pavefoot- 
walks 
near, 194. 
town 
bounds of 
pas sage- 
way be- 
tween, 
143, 144. 
Mr. Stockwells, petition for 

leave to extend, 244. 
town slip, boundaries of, 9. 
Wheeler, Benj., 6. 

George, 21, 64, 03, 97, 98, 119. 
Moses, 151. 
Samuel, 242. 
Mrs., 18. 
Wheelers Point, complaint of residents 

of, 109. 

Wheelock, Abel, 21, 175. 
Wheelright, Samuel, 103. 
Whitaker, Nathaniel H., 102, 119, 144, 190, 

235, 298. 

Whltcomb, Lot, 24. 
White, Ebenezer, 193. 

Henry, 27, 64, 93, 119, 144, 190, 235. 

James, 161. 

Capt. John, 107, 119, 144, 186, 190, 

235, 299. 
Joseph, 242. 
M., 59. 

Samuel, 59, 105. 
Sarah, 6. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 60. 



Whiting, Caleb, 21,64, 95, 119, 120, 146, 

193, 237. 
Jacob, 60, 196. 
Perez, 196. 
Rnssdes, 47. 

William P., 64, 198, 238, 297. 
W. P., 95, 120, 194. 
Whitman, Benjamin, 31, 268, 295, 299. 

Edward, 189. 
Thomas, 4, 88. 

Whitney, Abel, 246. 

Ephralm, 194, 198, 238, 297. 
P. S.,2. 
Samuel, 58. 
Mr., 274. 
Whitwell, Benjamin, 113, 161, 177. 

Samuel, 21, 64, 93, 119,144,190, 

235, 298. 
William, 29. 
& Bond, 147, 148, 180. 
Widows, donations for, 269. 
Wiggin, Benjamin, 80, 113, 114. 
Wilby, Francis, 117, 119, 144, 213, 235, 299. 

, 18, 278. 

Wild, Abraham, 29. 

Daniel, 23, 64, 119. 
Elijah, 6. 

Willard & Felton, 222. 
Williams, James, 22, 64, 95, 120, 125, 145, 

193, 237, 262, 284, 297. 
John, 94, 120,146. 
John D., 208. 

John F., 31. 

Robert, 123, 124, 125, 242. 

B., 75. 

Samuel, lift. 

Thomas, 77, 151. 

Timothy, 31. 

, 75 to 79; 80, 81, 83 to 88, 91 to 

100, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, 111 to 
118, 120, 121, 122, 127 to 130. 
132, 133, 134, 137, 138, 140, 142, 
143, 144, 146, 147, 149, 151, 152, 
153, 155 to 159, 161, 172, 174 to 
177, 179 to 182, 185,188, 190, 192, 

194, 195, 196, 201 to 207, 211, 
212. 

& Stone, 184. 

Willis, Charles, 22, 130, 144. 
Charles, Jr., 235. 
J. Charles, Jr., 190. 
Williston, Joseph, 63. 
Wills, of Abiel Smith, executor of, 160, 

206. 
extract f r om,. 

159, 160. 
\Vilson, Caleb, 121. 

Jabez, 120, 146. 
James, 186. 
Wiltshire street, change of name, 30. 

petition for new, from, 
to Lererett, 182. 

Winchel, , Rev., 181. 

, 203. 

Winchester, Amasa, 58. 

Windows, placing of lights In, during 

night alarms, 70. 
bow, complaint against, 300. 
In State street, petition 

to keep, 256. 
Wmnisimit ferry, 174. 
Winslow, Benjamin, 181, 190, 235, 299. 
Isaac, 225, 231. 
John, 62, 127. 
John, Jr., 50, 64, 93, 119, 144, 

190. 

Samuel, 189. 
Winter street, 73. 
Wlnthrop, Thomas, 52. 

Thomas L., 148. 



Winlhrop, Mr., 101. 
Wise, 242. 

Wiawell, William, 6. 
Withington, Mr., 33. 
Wood, Elisha, 95, 96, 97. 
Mr., 300. 
for patrol watch of Ward I. and 

VI., 212. 
schools, 237, 304. 
removal of, from Marlborough 

street, 49. 
Milk street, 

49. 
sale of, in streets, 8, 66. 

Bowdoin square, 8. 
Cornhill, >s. 
Court St., 8. 

prohibited, 8. 
Devonshire St., 8. 
North square, 8. 
Pond street, 9. 
Water St., 8. 
stands for, regulations of, 8, 49, 

123, 124. 
In Bowdoin square, petition 

to alter, 107. 
Common street, 50. 
Merrimack street, peti- 
tion for, 107. 
Milk street, 8. 
weight of load carried through 

streets, 278. 
carts, from country, regulations 

for, 153. 

market, selectmen to make pro- 
vision for, 7. 
measurer of, 116, 120, 126, 141. 

appointment of, 203. 
choice of, 203, 236, 

265. 
complaint against, 

51, 162, 208. 

instructions to, relative 
to deficiency in quan- 
tity of, 162. 

list of, for wood 
brought by water, 
186. 

orders to, to be pub- 
lished, 134. 

petition of, to be 
sealers of, brought 
by water, 186. 

sealer, complaint against, 50. 
Woodbury, Mr., 148. 
Woods, Stephen, 66. 
Woodward, A., 151. 

Daniel, 57. 
Joseph, 227, 268. 
Nancy, 4. 
Nathaniel, 94. 
William, 94, 189. 
Wright, Edmund, 60. 
Francis, 4, 61. 
F., 12. 

AVright, Robert, 250. 
Seth, 59. 
Wm., 102. 

, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 

17, 18, 19, 21, 23 to 27, 30, 32, 3$, 38 
to 41, 45, 46, 49, 57, 108. 
Wyman, O. C., 22, 64. 

William, 76, 184. 
Mr., 274. 

Young, Alexander, 242. 
Mr., 126. 

, Samuel, 189. 

,Mr., 252.