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A VOLUME 



EECOKDS 



RELATING TO THE 



EARLY HISTORY OF BOSTON 



CONTAINING 



MINUTES OF THE SELECTMEN'S MEETINGS 

FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1818, TO APRIL 24, 1822 




CITY OF BOSTON 
PRINTING DEPARTMENT 

1909 



[DOCUMENT 611909.] 




REGISTRY DEPARTMENT 



CITY OF BOSTON 

RECORDS RELATING TO THE EARLY HISTORY 
OF BOSTON 

(Formerly called Record Commissioners' Reports) 



This volume, which is the thirty-ninth in the series formerly 
issued under the direction of the Record Commissioners, con- 
tains the minutes of the Selectmen's Meetings from September 1, 
1818, to the final meeting of April 24, 1822, after which date 
the town government ceased to exist. This book completes 
the twenty-second and twenty-third volumes of the original 
records of the Selectmen's Minutes. 



OLD COURT HOUSE, BOSTON. 



EDWARD W. McGLENEN, 

City Registrar. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK TWENTY-SECOND. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 1st. 
1818 Present all the members of the Board except Mr. Silsby. 

Passed the quarterly & monthly accounts. 

The Chairman reported that Mr. Thacher informed him he 
had sent a note to the President of the South Boston Associa- 
tion, requesting that some person or persons might be appointed 
to meet and confer with 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; to which he had not received 
any reply. 

The committee of Section No. 3 reported they had viewed 
Summer street and -were of opinion it was necessary to pave 
that street from Beacon street to the cross pavement now laid 
there, report accepted. 

They also reported they had viewed Bowdoin street but had 
not decided what repairs were necessary, they requested the 
whole Board would view it previous to any decision on the 
subject. 

The Chairman reported that agreeably to the vote of the 
Board the 25th ultimo he had notified Col. Badger, and that he 
had also written Messrs. David Nickerson & Barzillia [2.] Hud- 
son Guardians to Nickerson on the subject of said slip 
of land; in consequence of which Mr. D. Nickerson had 
called on him and disputed the right of the town to any land 
which he held as guardian to said Nickerson. The Board 
after some conversation on the subject, voted, to refer the 
business to the committee of Section No. 1. who were author- 
ized to employ Mr. Taylor as a surveyor if they found it neces- 
sary. 

The Board agreeably to assignment again considered the 
request of Mr. Greenough to lower Court street, after consid- 
erable debate on the subject, it was asserted, that if the request 
was granted a cross gutter would be necessary to ascertain this, 
it was moved & voted, that further consideration of this sub- 
ject be referred to the next meeting of the Board. 



2 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The following Rules & Orders for the regulation of trucks, 
carts & sleds were passed and ordered to be printed. viz. 

Notice to owners of trucks, carts & sleds. 

It is hereby ordered, That from & after Monday the 14th 
instant the trucks & carts owned by any inhabitants of the 
town of Boston, shall be allowed to stand in the following 
streets. 

Twenty trucks with two horses harnessed [3.] 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 street 
to Broad street, on the south side, ten on each side of the 
street, 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; those numbered from 41 to 
60. to stand there the third week, and those numbered from 61 
to 80. to stand there the fourth week in succession. After 
which they shall begin again the rotation, and no truck will be 
allowed to stand in State-street that does not belong to the 
class of the week. 

Six trucks and four carts may stand in Custom House 
street. 

Eight carts may stand in Liberty square. All other carts 
not accommodated as above shall stand in Adams street. 

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

Such trucks and carts as have lately been allowed to stand at 
the east end of Faneuil Hall, shall be permitted to continue 
there for the present, under the direction of the Clerk of the 
Market. 

All other trucks not accommodated as [4.] above, shall stand 
in Broad street, from Center street southerly, one half the num- 
ber on each side of the street, with their horses' heads and the 
ends of the trucks at two feet distance from the flag stone. 

All sleds owned by any inhabitant of this town shall be regis- 
tered and numbered, and shall take their stands in the season 
when they shall be in use, under the same regulation as are 
above pointed out for trucks and carts. 

And it is herebj/ ordered, in pursuance of the authority vested 
in the Selectmen by a law of this Commonwealth, passed 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 3 

June 19th, 1809, That if any person shall offend against the 
above rules, orders and regulations, he shall forfeit and pay a 
sum not exceeding' five, nor less than two dollars upon convic- 
tion of every breach of the same. 

It is further ordered, that so much of the rules and orders of 
the Selectmen, passed on the 22d. day of July A.D. 1812 as 
relates to the stands of trucks, carts and sleds, belonging to the 
inhabitants of the town of Boston, is hereby repealed. 

By order of the Selectmen, 

Turner Phillips, Chairman. 
Attest. Thomas Clark, Town Clerk. 

[5.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen September 
9th, 1818 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

The subject of lowering Court street was taken up and re- 
ferred to the next meeting of the Board. 

The Board at the request of Daniel D. Rogers Esq. again con- 
sidered the subject of his application to erect a livery stable 
near Scott's Court, and, voted, That the vote of the Board 
passed July 1, 1818, granting permission to Danl. D. Rogers 
Esq. to erect a livery stable on his land adjoining Scott's Court 
so called, on certain conditions be rescinded, and that they 
adhere to their vote (on the subject) of the 25th of August 
last. 

The application of Artemas Ward Esq. for permission to dig 
a well & place a pump in the same in Park street was committed 
to the committee of Section No. 3. 

Mr. John Vinton was appointed Superintendant of the chim- 
ney sweeps. 

The Chairman and Mr. Levering were appointed a committee 
to take measures for procuring oil for the town lamps. 

It being suggested that the town [6.] had an interest in the 
Town Dock, the emoluments arising from which have for a 
number of years been received by Messrs. Codman & Miller and 
it being apprehended that they would shortly establish a right 
from quiet possession; and the Board being of opinion it was 
important to ascertain the town's right therein it was voted, 
that the Chairman be requested to employ Benjamin Whitman 
Esq. as an attorney for ascertaining the interest the town of 
Boston now have in the Town Dock or any part thereof, and 
that said attorney be directed to report on the same imme- 
diately, 



4 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The application respecting repairs on Mason street was 
committed to the committees of Sections No. 3 & 4. 

Mr. Isaac Bowers having applied to be licensed to sell at 
auction, household furniture, real estate, goods taken by 
execution &c was licensed as an auctioneer; his office when 
located to be approbated by the Selectmen. 

A certificate was signed approving of the theatre in Federal 
street, and of the company under Messrs. Powell & Dickson 
for the exhibition of stage plays & other theatrical perform- 
ances during the ensuing season. 

[7.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen September 
16th, 1818 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell Lover- 
ing, Austin, Bass, & Dorr. 

46 jurors were drawn for the Bostoji Court of Common 
Pleas. 

The Board agreeably to assignment again took into con- 
sideration the request of Mr. David Greenough for permission 
to lower Court street, when after duly considering the subject 
it was 

Voted, That in the opinion of the Selectmen the lowering of 
Court street at the head of the new street leading to Brattle 
street meeting house, or in front of Mr. Greenoughs stores 
would not be of public utility, and that no sufficient reason 
has been offered to them, to induce them to reconsider their 
former vote on this subject. 

The committee of Section No. 3 to whom was referred the 
application of Artemas Ward Esq. reported, that Mr. Ward 
have permission to dig a well in Park street in front of his 
estate and place a pump in the same on the following condi- 
tions, viz. That the well be dug at such a distance from the 
rail fence as the Selectmen shall direct, that the pump be well 
finished and painted, that there be a good shoe to the same, 
that the waste water from it be conducted under ground to the 
common shore & that he oblige himself, his heirs & the estate 
to keep the whole of the same in good repair & that it shall not 
at any time hereafter become a charge to the Town. 

[8.] A complaint being made to the Selectmen, That 
William Trefry of Boston, cooper, was in the daily habit of 
indulging in the excessive use of ardent spirits, the consequence 
of which was a neglect of his business, squandering and miss- 
aplying his property, neglect of the duties of a husband, a 
parent & that of a good citizen, & in consequence of the above 
indulgence is mentally deranged at times, and the welfare of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 5 

good citizens put at hazard and in jeopardy; praying that the 
Selectmen would take the conduct of said Trefry under con- 
sideration & cause such measures to be taken as are agreeable 
to law & justice; and further stating that said Trefry to the 
best of their belief has property sufficient to afford him and 
his family a suitable maintenance provided a proper applica- 
tion thereof be made, and requesting that seasonable measures 
may be taken for appointing some trusty person to take charge 
of his effects, to the end that they may not become an expense 
to the town. The Board having made inquisition of the 
above and being satisfied that facts stated were true, certified 
the same to the Hon. Judge of Probate requesting that a 
guardian might be appointed for said Trefry. 

The application of James T. Austin that the Selectmen 
would take a passage way between Hancock & Temple streets 
as a Town's street or public passage way, was referred to the 
committee of Section No. 3. 

[9.] The application of Samuel Parkman Esq. that a 
pump placed by him in Cambridge street, should in future be 
kept in repair at the expense of the Town, was committed to 
the committee of Section No. 2. 

Mr. Jesse Churchill was appointed a constable; to name his 
sureties for the approbation of the Board. 

The committee of Section No. 1. to whom was referred the 
papers respecting the land on a passageway leading from 
Prince street to the Mill Pond land, formerly leased to Jonas 
Welsh and now in the possession of David Nickerson & Barzillai 
Hudson Reported, That they were fully satisfied the land 
belonged to the town. 

John Johnson was appointed one of the chimney sweeps. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 23d, 
1818 Present Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Bass & 
Dorr. 

The Chairman reported that he had communicated to Mr. 
Greenough the vote of the board of the 16th instant respecting 
the lowering of Court street, & requested he would (agreeably to 
a notification sent him long since) have his side walk made to 
conform to the street. 

[1O.] A report was made on the application of James T. 
Austin Esq. That Ridgways Lane be taken as a town street or 
public passageway on condition that he, or the abutters cause 
a gutter to be paved in the centre of the whole street, or other- 



6 CITY DOCUMENT No. Cl. 

wise put in such order as will be acceptable to the Selectmen. 
Report accepted. 

A Report was also made (on the application of Samuel 
Parkman Esq. that a pump erected by him in Cambridge 
street might be kept in repair at the town's expense) that it 
was found on enquiry that he had erected said pump for the 
benefit of his estates on that street, and that Mr. Stone who is 
now a tenant of Mr. Parkman's, says he considers it as belonging 
or attached to the store, and that he has the control of it during 
the remainder of his lease. It was therefore, voted, that the 
request cannot be granted. 

The sureties offered by Mr. Churchill viz. Benj.'B. Leeds & 
Hazen Morse, were accepted by the Board. 

On the application of Luther Farwell for permission to lower 
Southack street near George street Voted, That Mr. Farwell 
be permitted to lower the street, he doing it at his own expense 
and under the inspection and direction of the Selectmen. 

[11.] Mr. Augustus Storey was appointed an auctioneer, 
his place of business to be in Court street nearly opposite to 
the gaol. 

On the representation of a number of citizens that Mary & 
Catharine Byles residents in Nassau Street were utterly unable 
from age & other circumstances to pay the expence of erecting 
the side walk in front of their estate, and the Board being 
fully convinced that this was the fact Voted, that the 
expense be paid by the town. 

The representation of the state of Beacon street by H. G. 
Otis Esq. was referred to the committee of the Common with 
power to do what they should think necessary. 

The committee for repairing Bowdoin street were requested 
to proceed on that business and make such repairs as they 
should deem necessary. 

The application of H. G. Otis Esq. for permission to have 
a bakers oven erected at No. 67 Broad street was referred to 
the committee of Section No. 3. 

It being thought necessary the Board should view and give 
directions respecting the work now carrying on at Deer Island, 
it was voted, that the Board will on Thursday the 1st October 
(if the weather is suitable) visit that island. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 7 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Septem- 
ber 30th, 1818 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, 
Austin, Dorr & Silsby. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

4 grand & 4 petit jurors drawn for the United States Circuit 
Court. 

The committee on Section No 4 who were appointed the 
25th May last to ascertain the bounds of Harvard street, and 
who reported the 17th June, made a further report as follows, 
which was read and accepted. viz. 

The Committee appointed to ascertain the south line of Har- 
vard street, have viewed the same and ascertained the bounds 
to their satisfaction; which appears to be twenty one inches 
north of the corner of Mr. Baxter's fence they further would 
state that in your committee's opinion that part of the land 
lying between the above bounds and Mr. Baxters fence should 
be taken for the benefit of the street which will add to the 
lower part of said street twenty one inches running to nothing 
at the upper part of said street. 

Jona. Hunewell 
Boston Sep. 28, 1818. Joseph Levering 



[ Committee 



[13.] The Committee of the Neck were authorized to 
employ some person or persons to dike the Salt Marsh on the 
east side of the Neck. 

The Chairman reported that (in behalf of the Committee of 
Section No. 2) he had agreed with Messrs. Binney & Lincoln, 
to pay them fifty cents per square foot for the land to widen 
Green street Accepted. 

In consequence of the continual passing of trucks & carts 
through the Market, to the annoyance of persons hiring stalls 
at the west end of the market house & on the vegetable market; 
and the danger arising therefrom to the citizens; voted, that 
the Committee of the Market be authorized to have a chain 
placed across the passageway at the west end of the vegetable 
market during such hours of the day as they shall think nec- 
essary. 

The Committee of Section No. 2. were authorized to pave a 
gutter on the southerly side of Gooch street. 

The Committee of the Market were requested to determine 
on the price to be demanded for the stalls at the west end of the 
market house for the ensuing year, to commence from the first 
of November next, and also whether it would be expedient to 



8 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

charge the lemon sellers for their stand in Market square & 
report to the Board. 

[14.] Mr. Thomas Bordman was approved as an auc- 
tioneer; his office to be in Broad or India streets. 

The Superintendent of Police and the Deputy Police Officer 
presented their quarterly returns of fines &c. 

Boston ss. October 1st. 1818. 

The Board agreeably to assingment visited Deer Island; 
present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Silsby. . 

The object of this visit was for the purpose of superintending 
the barrier that is now erecting against the inroad that the sea 
is making on the island, which the Board with regret observe 
is very great; altho there is no sum granted by the town for 
this purpose the Bor.rd are unanimously of opinion the import- 
tance of the island for the security of the harbour is so great 
that they consider it a duty incumbent on them to use their 
best endeavours for its preservation ; they therefore cannot doubt 
the public will approve of their expending the whole income 
of the island for this object, even this is so very small it 
obliges them to confine their expenditures to that part which 
claimed their attention the last year, where they caused a wall 
to be built, & although [15.] this wall was in a great measure 
demolished the last season by an uncommon heavy sea, they 
have the gratification to find, that, (in the opinion of those 
who are competent judges) it prevented the sea from making 
a breach through the island. The agreement with Mr. 
Tewkesbury for building this wall was twelve and one half 
cents per ton for carting the stones but the Board being 
now of opinion that a range of heavy stones placed in a line 
will answer the same purpose and be less expensive have given 
directions accordingly. Mr. Tukesbury having stated that it 
will require more labor to collect the stones in future, he 
having now to dig them out of the upland, the Board agreed 
to pay him for those he shall cart after this time twenty five 
cents for each load containing one & one half tons, he to spread 
them according to directions. The Board also -examined the 
state of the buildings, and finding the roof of the hall in a 
decayed state, and Mr. Tukesbury representing the great want 
of lodging rooms to accommodate persons that from stress of 
weather are driven on the island and others that wished to 
board there during the summer season and that from the 
profits arising from the latter he should be enabled in future 
to pay punctually a higher rent. The Board giving these 
subjects their due weight and taking into consideration that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 9 

Mr. Tukesbury owed the town for back rent a sum sufficient 
to erect a story over the hall for bed rooms, which from loss 
of sheep and other circumstances he was unable to pay [16.] in 
money; Voted, that the Chairman, Mr. Oliver & Mr. Hune- 
well be a committee to contract with Mr. Tukesbury to add a 
story over the hall to be appropriated for bed rooms provided 
he will do it on reasonable terms, to be paid for by him and 
deducted from the sum he now owes the town. It was also 
found that the chimney wants repairing & that the south end 
of the house leaked and wants repair. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 7th, 1818. 
Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Farnam. 

Mr. William Adams having applied to lease a lot of the 
Town's Mill Pond Land near Pitt's street; The Board agreed 
he should have it for twenty dollars per annum, with the privi- 
lege of placing a carpenters shop thereon, he to remove the 
same when directed by the Selectmen so to do. 

The Committee of Section No. 2 were desired to take meas- 
ures to remove an incroachment on Brighton Street, if found 
to be such. 

Ordered, that the Treasurer be requested to send J. P. 
Davis Esq. a bill for the rent of [17.] flats at the bottom of 
the common, over which he has erected a platform from the 
end of his rope walk. 

The Chairman was authorized to employ some person to 
copy the records respecting the Town Dock. 

Mr. John Perkins was licensed as an auctioneer. 

Mr. Phinehas Capen was approved as an auctioneer, his 
place of business to be at Mr. Simpson's north side of the 
Market. 

Mess Austin & Bass were appointed a committee to pass on 
the applications for licenses. 

The proposals for supplying oil for the Town lamps for the 
ensuing season were now opened and it appearing that Messrs. 
Josiah Bradlee & Co. offered it on the most advantageous 
terms, it was decided that their offer be accepted. 

[18.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, October 
14th, 1818. Present Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Farnam. 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee of the Market agreeably to a request of the 
Board of the 30th. ultimo have attended the service assigned 
them and report, That the stalls at the west end of the Market 
house be leased for one year (to commence on the first day of 
November next) on the following conditions'. viz. 

1st. All back rent to be paid before a new lease is given. 
2d. The Town shall be at all reasonable expense in keeping 
the stalls in repair. 

3d. The lessee on receiving his lease shall pay in advance to 
the Clerk of the Market thirteen dollars taking his receipt 
therefor, which sum shall be repaid the lessee by deducting 
twenty five cents a week from his weekly rent. 
4th. The rent of the stalls shall be paid weekly to the Clerk 
of the Market. 

5th. The lessee is prohibited from letting his stall to any 
person without the consent of the Committee of the Market. 
6th. The lessee is not to throw any animal substances, scrap- 
ings, or any kind of dirt about his stall, but shall deposit the 
same in a basket or tub, to be disposed of as the Clerk of the 
Market shall direct. 

[19.] 7th. No lessee allowed to have in his or her posses- 
sion any lighted cigar or pipe in the building to which his stall 
is attached. 

8th. For the violation of any of the above conditions, as 
well as all other laws for regulating the Market, the lessee 
shall forfeit the money advanced & the lease of Tiis stall. 
9th. If the lessee or any person acting for or under him 
shall be convicted before a Justice of the Peace of forestalling 
he shall forfeit his lease and the money advanced. 
10th. And it is further stipulated that all persons occupying 
stalls shall be subject to obey all general rules and regulations 
adopted, or which may be adopted by the Committee of the 
Market, on penalty of the forfeiture of his stall and cash 
advanced. 

The Committee being of opinion that the stalls were leased 
the last year at too high a rate, recommend the following 
prices be fixed to them, which is a reduction of about 33 per 
cent. viz. 

Stalls No. 1, 6, 7, 16, 25, 26, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 43, 52 & 55 - 

two dollars per week. 

No. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 30, 40, 41, 46, 49, 50, & 51, one dollar & 

fifty cents. 

No. 8, 11, 12, 20, 21, & 48. one dollar & twenty five cents. 

No. 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31, 37, 42, 44, 

45, 53 & 54, one dollar & seventy five cents. 

No. 5, 38, 39 & 47, one dollar, and No. 56, two dollars & fifty 

cents pr. week. 

The foregoing report was read and accepted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 11 

[2O.] The Committee appointed the first instant made the 
following report. 

That they had conferred with Mr. Tukesbury on the subject 
for which they were appointed, and received from him the 
following conditions on which he will have the work com- 
pleted, viz. 

I will agree to put a story on the building at Deer Island, 
fifty feet long & sixteen feet wide, seven feet in clear height, 
hipped roof, eight windows, six doors and a flight of stairs, to 
lath and plaister, clapboard, shingle and paint; and complete 
the buildings to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, for six 
hundred dollars; five hundred of which is to go towards the 
debt I now owe the Town, and one hundred dollars to be 
advanced by the r town. said story to be made into five rooms 
and an entry according to the plan on the other side hereof. 

signed Wm. Tukesbury. 
Boston, Octr. 12, 1818. 

The committee taking into consideration the sum Mr. 
Tukesbury owes the town, which in their opinion there is no 
prospect of his paying in any other way, and that the Island 
will rent for (at least) as much more as will pay the interest of 
the cost of the addition to the building, recommend that the 
terms offered by Mr. Tukesbury be accepted. 

The above report being read, was accepted, & the Chairman 
authorized to agree with Mr. Tukesbury. 



The Chairman Messrs. Dorr & Farnam were requested 
to view the estate belonging to the heirs of the late Mr. Job 
Prince, and direct where the fence shall be placed on the land 
belonging to that estate, in Chambers street, and the street 
leading to the General Hospital. 

Henry King was licensed to sweep chimneys in this Town, 
during the pleasure of the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 21st, 1818. 
- Present Messrs. Phillips, Austin, Bass, Silsby & Farnam. 

A Warrant was signed for a Town meeting, for the 2d. day 
of November next, being the first Monda^y in that month, for 
the choice of a Representative in Congress for this district. 

Mr. Dorr to request the Rev. Mr. Palfrey to open the meeting 
with prayer. 

Mr. Buckingham to print the Notifications. 



12 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee appointed on the 25th August last to join a 
committee of the Board of Health for the purpose of conferring 
with the committee appointed by the proprietors of land at 
South Boston, on the subject of locating a lot of land for a 
burial ground, in conformity to the [22.] Act of the Legislature 
annexing that peninsula to the Town of Boston. Report 
that they with the committee from the Board of Health, have 
had a conference with the committee of said proprietors and 
say (with regret) there is not the least prospect of an amicable 
agreement between the parties, they therefore recommend that 
the Town attorney be instructed to call another meeting of the 
commissioners as soon as possible. 

The committee would inform the Board that the committee 
of the proprietors give notice that they had located the two 
other lots, viz. for a market place & schools and requested the 
Board would view and approve of the same The committee 
therefore recommend that the Board now assign a time when 
the whole Board will proceed to South Boston and view the 
two lots last mentioned; The committee are of opinion this 
subject requires immediate attention, as in case they should 
not approve those lots, the commissioners may then proceed to 
set off the three lots agreeably to the provisions of the act of 
annexation. 

The above report was accepted and the Chairman instructed 
to request Mr. Thacher to call the commissioners together as 
soon as may be. As the Board from various causes was this 
day thin, it was voted to postpone fixing a time for viewing the 
lots located for the market place and schools, to the next meet- 
ing of the Board. 

[23.] Mr. Lovering was requested to employ some person 
to erect a pound for hogs; adjoining the enclosure for bulls. 

Mr. Stephen Gibson having applied to be appointed one of 
the auctioneers of the Town, the same was granted; his place 
of business to be in Purchase street in the rear of the White 
Stores, Fosters Wharf. 

Thomas Jones (a black man) was appointed one of the 
sweepers of chimneys of the Tow r n during the pleasure of the 
Board. = 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 28th, 
1818 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Silsby. 

The application of a number of persons holding stalls for 
selling beef on the north side of the vegetable market requesting 
the Board would lease them the stalls on the south side of said 
market, for the reason set forth in their petition, was laid 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 13 

before the Board ; when it appearing the stalls applied for 
by them were leased in April last for one year, the Board were 
of opinion this alone was sufficient to prevent the request's being 
granted. 

The request of William Burroughs to project a ten foot 
building from that part of the almshouse land which he rents 
of the Overseers of the Poor, over the dock at the bottom of 
Cart Lane, [24.] the projection not to exceed ten feet, was 
referred to the Committee of Section No 2. 

A note from Gen. Sullivan to the Chairman complaining that 
the flue of the chimney of the engine house in School street, 
which opened into a chimney in his building was the cause of 
his chimney's smoking and offering to give room for a sepa- 
rate flue if the town would be at the expense. was read. 
The Chairman informed that he had called on one of the Fire 
Wards (Maj Thayer) attached to that engine, examined the 
chimney he found that there had not been any fire made in 
it, & that the flue had been stopped by order of the former 
Chairman of this Board, & that it was the opinion of the Fire- 
ward and one of the engine men (Mr. New) that the Chimney 
was not necessary, and would consequently be a useless expense. 
report accepted. 

A letter from Jedediah Herrick sheriff of the county of 
Penobscot stating the state taxes now due on Township No. 5 
belonging to the Town of Boston was communicated by the 
chairman with his reply thereto which are on file. 

A note from Willard Phillips Esq. requesting (in behalf of 
Miss Perkins) that the Board would relinquish the mortgage 
on house and land in Washington street, the amount of which 
was $541.18 and take Messrs. George Jackson & Co.'s note 
for that sum payable next August. 

The Chairman was instructed to inform Mr. Phillips, the 
Board considered Messrs. Jackson's [25.] names unquestionably 
good for that amount; but that they could not with propriety 
relinquish real for personal security. 

The Board again took under consideration the expediency 
of visiting South Boston to view the lots said to be located for 
a market place and for a school, but upon due consideration it 
was thought not expedient to proceed in this business until the 
commissioners had located the burying ground, which the 
Chairman informed could not be accomplished before the last 
of next month, as it would not be convenient for the com- 
missioners to meet before the 23d. of November next. 



14 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Mr. Levering reported, that agreeably to the request of the 
Board he had employed a person to build a pound for hogs &c 
which was completed. The same gentleman was desired to 
procure firewood for the school house at South Boston. 

x 

Mr. Dorr was empowered to have another lamp put up in 
India street, if in his opinion it was necessary. 

Return was made by Mr. Hunewell that he had examined 
the accounts of the hay weigher for the quarter ending October 
1st. the whole amount of the proceeds was $345.38. and the 
balance due the Town was $105.5. which he had ordered paid to 
the Treasurer. 

The Clerk of the Market stated that when [26.] his salary 
was granted his collections amounted to about two hundred 
& sixty dollars a year, that for the year ending the 24th. instant 
they had amounted to six thousand six hundred & thirty two 
dollars fifty four cents. and praying the Board would make 
him such allowance for his additional services in keeping an 
account with each person that held a stall & collecting the rent 
as they should think he merited. The Board after maturely 
considering this request. Voted, That in consideration of the 
additional duty that devolves on the Clerk of the Market, he 
being now obliged to keep an account with each person who 
hires a stall, and collect the rent thereof, and for his faithful 
discharge of this & his other duties that there be allowed him 
in addition to his stated salary two and a half per cent on the 
amount of the rents collected by him, during the pleasure of 
the Board. 

Return was made by the Chairman (one of the committee of 
the Market) that he had examined the accounts of the Clerk of 
the Market for the quarter ending the 24th. instant the whole 
amount of which was three thousand & thirteen dollars eighty 
eight cents, which he had ordered to be paid to the Treasurer. 

The Committee of the Common were requested to ascertain 
whether the proprietors of the rope walks at the bottom of the 
Common had complied with the conditions [27.] on which 
the land was granted to them by the Town, and also to ascer- 
tain what incroachments (if any) said proprietors have made 
on the Town's land or flats, also what rent is due (if any) from 
Mr. J. P. Davis or others, for any portion of the town's flats 
they have been permitted to occupy. 

Mr. David M. Eaton was licensed as an auctioneer for the 
remainder of the ensuing year, his place of business Merchants 
Row. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 15 

The Committee of Section No. 2 was requested to view 
Wilsons Lane and report what repairs were necessary the pres- 
ent season. 

The Chairman made the following communication. viz. 

Boston, October 22d 1818. 
To the Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 
Gentlemen 

It is understood that Col Trumbull would be dis- 
posed to exhibit in Boston, his interesting picture of the Declara- 
tion of Independence, before its final deposit in Washington, 
if a suitable place could be obtained for the purpose, Faneuil 
Hall has been mentioned; the accompanying letter from 
Professor Silliman, which gives this intimation, expresses the 
reasons for preferring that apartment, for the exhibition; and 
they are such as must make a powerful appeal to some of the 
most cherished sentiments of the citizens of the Town and of 
the respectable board whose permission is requisite to authorize 
this accommodation. [28.] In concurrence with the views sug- 
gested by Professor Silliman, and desirous that this admirable 
effort of native genius may be exhibited in Boston, in the most 
dignified and appropriate manner, and as shall be most grateful 
to the ingenious and estimable artist, we take the liberty of 
offering the subject for your consideration, and will hope for 
your favourable decision. 

Respectfully, 

your Obedient Servts. 
(signed) John Davis, Wm. Sullivan, 

Wm. Prescott, Joseph Hall, George Blake, Geo. Cabot, Timo. 
Williams, Jos. May, Wm. Wells, J. P. Davis, T. Dawes, J. T. 
Austin, Jona. Mason, A. Welles. 

Having had the pleasure of seeing Colo. Trumbull's picture 
referred to in this note, I feel very desirous that it should be 
exhibited under all possible advantages in this town and that 
nothing more appropriate than [that] Faneuil Hall be the 
place of exhibition. 

signed Isaac Parker. 

The letter of Professor Silliman alluded to is 1 as follows. 

New York October 19th. 1818. 
Dear Sir 

A visit to this place has given me the opportunity of 
seeing Colo. Trumbull's magnificent picture of the Declaration 
of Independence, it is to be delivered in Washington in Febru- 
ary, in the mean time it is left at the colonels [29.] disposition & 
I am induced to believe that he would be willing to exhibit it 
in Boston provided Faneuil Hall could be obtained for this 
purpose. This room is peculiarly adapted to it both from its 
size and from its having been the cradle of American Liberty. 



10 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

I cannot doubt your intelligent & liberal minded community 
would be highly gratified by an opportunity of seeing this 
picture which otherwise probably only a few of them compara- 
tively would ever possess. 

Should the thing strike you as I cannot doubt that it will, 
your interference with your Selectmen for the use of the room, 
and your influence with some other gentlemen of enlarged 
curiosity & taste, would no doubt bring the thing forward in 
the best manner, and as winter is approaching should the pic- 
ture be carried to Boston it must be soon. 

I remain Dear Sir very respectfully 
your very obedient & obliged sert. 

signed B Silliman. 

P. S. should you honor me with an answer please direct to 
New Haven & I will see that every proper step is taken with 
Col Trumbull. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that taking into con- 
sideration the character & stations held in society by the 
gentlemen who signed the request; apprehending from the 
tenor of Professor Silliman's letter to Judge Davis that the 
picture would not be brought to this town unless the [3O.] 
request was granted; that the season was so far advanced an 
immediate answer was requisite, deeming it also unnecessary 
to call a special meeting of the Board on the subject as he did 
not entertain the smallest doubt they would grant the request, 
not then having the knowledge that applications in any degree 
similar had heretofore been made and refused; but above all 
being impressed with the belief that every citizen of the town 
would be desirous of viewing a picture that was intended to 
commemorate one of the most glorious acts that ever was 
recorded on the page of history, he had (perhaps) prematurely 
addressed the following note to the Hon. Judge Davis. 

Sir 

The application signed by yourself and other very 
respectable gentlemen for the use of Faneuil Hall, for the pur- 
pose of exhibiting Col. Trumbull' s interesting picture of the 
Declaration of Independence is received. The Board of 
Selectmen will meet on Wednesday next when it shall be laid 
before them, and I have not the least doubt it will afford them 
pleasure to grant the request, and that they will be highly 
gratified in viewing "this admirable effort of native genius." 

Should it be necessary to write Professor Silliman before the 
meeting of the Board, I will take upon myself the responsibility 
of granting the request after the 2d. of November [31.] next, 
when the citizens of the Town are to meet for the choice of a 
Representative to Congress for this District. 

I am very respectfully, yr. Obt. servt. 

T. P. Chairman. 
Hon. Judge Davis. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 17 

The Board took the foregoing statement into consideration, 
and although applications in some degree similar have hereto- 
fore been made to the Selectmen and refused, nevertheless, as 
the subject of the picture is of the highest importance, it being 
intended to commemorate the most important act that ever 
emblazoned the page of history, are of opinion it is expedient 
in this instance to deviate from their common practice & 
sanction the doings of the Chairman. 

The Board having expressed this opinion the Chairman 
addressed the following note to the Hon. Judge Davis. 

Sir 

Your application for the use of Faneuil Hall for the purpose 
of exhibiting Col. Trumbull's picture of the Declaration of 
Independence was yesterday laid before the Selectmen. 

Applications in some degree similar have been heretofore 
repeatedly made, and as repeatedly refused, but the Board 
being of opinion that this was a subject of the highest import- 
ance have deviated from their common practice and sanctioned 
the note I had the honor of addressing you the 23rd. instant. 

I am very respectfully y r. obt. Servt. T. P. Chairman of ) 

the Selectmen } 

Hon'ble Judge Davis. 

[32.] Boston S.S. At a meeting of the Selectmen, Novem- 
ber 4th, 1818. Present Messrs. Phillips, Levering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby, & Farnam. 

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

The committee of section No. 2 to whom was referred the 
application of Mr. William Burroughs reported that Mr. 
Burroughs request be granted provided there was no objec- 
tion on the part of the overseers. 

The committee of section No. 2 who were requested to view 
Wilsons Lane reported that in their opinion it was not neces- 
sary to make any repairs there the present season report 
accepted. 

Complaint having been made that Mr. Clark had taken up 
part of the side walk in Southack's Court and paved it with 
common paving stones; the Chairman was requested to direct 
the Superintendent of Police to call on Mr. Clark & direct him 
to have it laid with flagging stones. 

Tilson Ripley & Dudley Walker were approved as Auc- 
tioneers. 



18 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Messrs. Levering, Bass & Dorr were [33.] requested to view 
Devonshire street and report whether in their opinion it was 
necessary to take any measures to widen that street. 

The Chairman informed, he had been served with a citation 
from the Court of Sessions, to appear & shew cause why they 
should not license Joseph Hollis as an auctioneer to sell goods 
and chattels at public vendue according to the statute in such 
case made and provided, said Hollis having heretofore applied 
to the Selectmen for said license which they had unreasonably 
refused to grant. Which the Chairman then read, whereupon 
it was voted, that the Chairman be instructed to hand the copy 
of said Hollis' Petition to P. 0. Thacher Esq. and request him 
to appear in behalf of the Board and give their reasons for 
refusing to grant said Hollis a license as an auctioneer. 

Mr. Farnam was authorized to lease a lot of the Mill Pond 
land belonging to the town, to Ebenezer Smith for such a sum 
as he (under existing circumstances) should think adequate. 
The lease to continue during the pleasure of the Board. 

[34.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 
llth, 1818. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Lovering, Austin & Dorr. 

6 Jurors were drawn for United States District Court. 

The Chairman informed that Mr. Clark had been directed 
to lay flagging stones on the side walk in Southack's Court 
where he had taken up the bricks, which he had promised to 
have done. 

The Committee appointed at the last meeting of the Board to 
view Devonshire street reported, that in their opinion it was 
not necessary at present to take any measures to widen that 
street Report accepted. 

The Chairman informed that agreeably to the instructions of 
the Board at their last meeting he had delivered the citation 
from the Court of Sessions to P. 0. Thacher Esq. and requested 
him to attend said court in behalf of the Board. 

The Committee appointed to enquire into the Town's right 
to a piece of land near Prince street now claimed by John 
Nickerson were requested to proceed in that business and 
report at the next meeting of the Board. 

[35.] The Chairman was requested to advance fifty dollars 
to Mr. Tukesbury on account of the building at Deer Island, 
and have it put into the next draft. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 19 

The Chairman was instructed to have the remains of the 
cable and cordage used in taking down the walls of the Exchange 
building sold at auction. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 18th 
1818. Present the Board, excepting Mr. Oliver. 

Repeated complaints having been made that some of the 
persons holding stalls in Faneuil Hall market are in the constant 
practice of forestalling, and it being suggested to the Com- 
mittee of the Market, that under the pretence of selling on 
commission, the laws against forestalling are daily violated 
Resolved, That any person or persons, occupying any stall or 
stalls belonging to the town of Boston, shall not under any 
pretence whatsoever, receive or sell on commission at Faneuil 
Hall market, or receive for the purpose of selling on com- 
mission at said market, any meat, (pork excepted), poultry, 
wild fowl, or lump butter, from any person or persons what- 
ever, within the limits of said town of Boston, unless done by 
the knowledge and with the express approbation of the Clerk of 
the Market. And it is further Resolved, that any person or 
persons who shall offend [36.] against the above shall forfeit the 
lease of his or their stall and the money advanced. 

The Chairman to direct the Superintendent of Lamps, to 
have a lamp put up in Castle street by Mr. Gardiner lit at the 
Town's expense. 

The Chairman to notify owners of estates on that part of 
Nassau street that is paved to have their side walks completed 
according to law. 

Voted, That the whole Board will meet at their room on 
Monday next at 10 o'clock A. M. at which time and place the 
commissioners for locating a burying ground at. South Boston 
are notified to meet and proceed on the business assigned 
them; It was also voted, that the Chairman have a dinner 
provided for the Commissioners, the President of the Board of 
Health and himself. 

The Committee of the Common reported, That they had 
met on the subject of the Rope Walks at the bottom of the 
Common, that they had examined the original grant of the land 
by the Town in 1794 and could not at present see that the 
proprietors had done any thing to forfeit their right. That the 
committee had employed Mr. Taylor to take an accurate 
survey of the land covered by the rope walks and platforms; 
when this was completed, they should be able to ascertain 
what encroachments had [37.] been made on the Town's flats at 
the bottom of the Common, and also what rent, if any, was due 
for the same, and report to the Board. 



20 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Application having been made to the Chairman for the Board 
to give some opinion in what course they wished the directors 
of the, Mill Dam Corporation to have the canal cut through the 
Town's land at Gravelly Point. It was voted, that the whole 
Board will on some suitable day next week proceed to the point 
and decide on this question, & that Mr. Hunewell & Mr. Austin 
be desired to request Col. Baldwin & Mr. Mills to proceed with 
the Board and give their opinion and advice on this subject. 

The following votes of the Firewards was communicated by 
the Chairman, viz. 
"At a meeting of the Firewards Nov. 12, 1818. 

Voted, That the Selectmen be requested to employ Mr. 
Ephraim Thayer to examine the hose & screws of the several 
engines, and make report to this Board at their next meeting, 
how many of the same are not constructed to connect. 
Voted, That each engine be provided with ninety feet of line, 
and that the Selectmen be requested to procure the same. " 
" A true copy of record. 

A. Cunningham Secretary. " 

The Chairman informed that Mr. Thayer had been requested 
to make the examination, & that the line had been procured. 

[38.] An application that a pump in Well street might be 
repaired was referred to Mr. Austin. 

A communication was received from the Treasurer of the 
Franklin Fund with a list of the bonds belonging to the Fund on 
which there are instalments due and on which he wished the 
instructions of the Trustees. The subject was considered by 
the Board & committed to the Chairman, Messrs. Hunewell 
and Farnam. 

The Chairman, Mr. Hunewell & Mr. Silsby were appointed 
a committee to receive the report and opinion of B. Whitman 
Esq. respecting the Town's right in the Town Dock. 

The Chairman was instructed to notify Messrs. S. Parkman 
& P. P. Pope to have the foot walk in front of their lots in 
Purchase street laid with plank on or before Saturday next; 
on failure thereof the Board would proceed to have them laid 
with brick. 

Mr. Farnam reported that he had leased a lot of the Town's 
Mill Pond land in Merrimack street marked A. to Mr. Greely 
for five years at twenty five dollars a year. The lessee to give 
up the lease whenever the land is wanted by the Town. 
reserving twenty five feet in width & 120 feet in length as a 
passageway to the stables of the Green Dragon Tavern. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 21 

The Board considered the subject of the remuneration to be 
made to persons [ 39.] building common shores, by those who 
should afterwards enter their particular drains therein, or 
receive in any more remote way benefit therefrom, and agreed 
upon a general system for the future, which is entered in the 
Common Shore book. 

Mr. John W. Quincy was approved as an auctioneer his 
place of business No. 11 Commercial street. 

Messrs. McClennen & Marsh's accounts for taking down the 
walls of the Exchange Coffee House destroyed by fire, were 
laid before the Board who took them under consideration & 
being of opinion some of the charges were unreasonably high, 
It was voted, that the Chairman inform those gentlemen of 
the opinion of the Board, and that they propose submitting it 
to arbitration. That they might hand to the Chairman a list 
of twelve gentlemen from which the Board would select three, 
or the Board would name twelve from which they might select 
three. 

Benjamin Russell a mulatto man was authorized to sweep 
chimneys in this town for the space of three months as an 
asisstant to Mr. King. 

The Town Clerk produced the Treasurer's receipt for five 
promissory notes signed by Jacob Tidd Jr. for three hundred 
and seventy eight dollars each payable in from one, to five 
years, for a lot of the Town's Mill Pond land sold him. 

[4O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 1, [25?] 1818 Present, The Board except Mr. Silsby. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court. say 
drawn on the 26th. instant. 

Mr. William Foster appeared before the Board and stated 
the nature of the vacant land belonging to him in Nassau 
street, where he had been notified to complete the side walk, 
was such, that it would not if completed continue any length 
of time; that he contemplated building on this ground the next 
spring and requested the Board would indulge him so far as to 
permit him to plank it for the present season. Referred to Mr. 
Hunewell and Mr. Lovering with the other side walks on 
that side of the street, to view & report. 

The Chairman made the following report of the proceedings 
of the Board respecting South Boston burial ground, viz. 

Agreeably to assignment the following members of the Board 
assembled at the Selectmens Room on Monday the 23d. instant 



22 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

at 10 o'clock A. M vizt. Messrs. Phillips, Levering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Farnam, where they were met by the commis- 
sioners appointed to set off a burial ground at South Boston 
agreeably to the act annexing [41.] that peninsula to the 
Town of Boston (the former doings of said commissioners 
having been set aside by the S. J. Court at their late session at 
Taunton) The following parties in addition to the commis- 
sioners and Selectmen appeared, viz. The Board of Health, 
Joseph Woodward, Mr. Gould & Mr. Bent a committee of the 
inhabitants of South Boston, Wm Tudor Jr. for his father, 
Wm. P. Mason for his father & Saml. D. Parker for self & 
Jonathan Mason; when after a full hearing of the parties they 
proceeded to South Boston, and again went over the ground, 
viewed the lot pointed out by the proprietors and inhabitants 
as most suitable (in their opinion) for the purpose, and having 
also viewed that which the Selectmen & Board of Health con- 
sidered most suitable, returned to town ; at 4 p. m. the 
parties again met at the Selectmens room, when they were 
again heard by the commissioners. The parties then with- 
drew and left the commissioners to make up their report. 

Mr. Austin to whom was referred the application respecting 
the pump in Well street reported, That the pump in Well 
street be put under the care & direction of Mr. James Weld, 
that he pay all expenses for keeping it in repair, and that he be 
authorized to assess and collect from the several householders, 
or others, known to make use of the same, a proportionable 
part of said expenses, agreeably to a By Law passed May 22d, 

1801 Report accepted, - and an attested copy 

sent to Mr. Weld. 



[4:2.] The Committee appointed to receive the report and 
opinion of B. Whitman Esq. respecting the town's right in the 
Town Dock made the following report, viz. 

The committee appointed to receive the report of Benjamin 
Whitman Esq. employed as counsel to examine the papers and 
records respecting the Town Dock, and report his opinion, as 
to any rights the town have in the present Town Dock; have 
attended that service and report. That they have received 
from Mr. Whitman a very elaborate and (in their opinion) able 
report, from which it appears, that the Town have a right in 
the present Town Dock conjointly with individuals. They 
therefore recommend that a committee be appointed with full 
power to pursue such measures as with advice of counsel may," 
be deem'd expedient to establish and maintain the Towns 
rights therein, which is submitted 

By order of the committee 
Nov. 23d, 1818 Turner Phillips, Chairman. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 23 

Report accepted, and the same committee appointed with 
full powers to carry the same into effect. 

The Chairman reported, that Messrs. Parkman & Pope had 
completed their side walk on Purchase street, agreeably to the 
notice sent them. 

[43.] The Chairman informed that he had received from 
Messrs. McClennen & Marsh a list of the names of twelve gen- 
tlemen, to any three of whom they were willing to submit their 
demand for taking down the walls of the late Exchange Coffee 
House. The Board selected the following Asher Benjamin, 
Nathaniel Curtis & William Sturgiss, and instructed the Chair- 
man to informe those gentlemen & request they would serve as 
referees on this occasion. 

* 

The Committee appointed to examine into the towns claim 
to a lot of land near Prince street, made the following report. 

The Committee to whom was refer'd an examination of the 
town's claim to a lot of land beginning at the cross gutter (so 
called) in Prince street, and bounded northwesterly by a street 
or lane running from said Prince street to the late Mill Pond 
from thence running southeasterly till it meets the land owned 
by Jacob Hall, thence running northerly by said Hall's land till 
it meets said Prince street. Report 

That they find said lot of land occupied by Thomas Badger, 
who hired said lot of Elijah Nickerson. 

It appears that the Town of Boston bought part of the prem- 
ises of Bethiah & Abigail Jones & Rebecca Badger, as will 
appear by [44.] their deed recorded 1 January, 1755, that said 
property continued in possession of the town till the 25 August, 
1788 or after at that period, .a lease of said lot was made 
by the Selectmen to Jonas Welsh for twenty years, or less; at a 
rate of one shilling per annum, on condition that said Welsh 
should make a stone head and build a drain from said Prince 
street to the Mill Pond. 

We find that said Welsh executed his part of the contract as 
far as it regarded the head and drain; without signing the 
lease; but we have not any evidence of his having paid the 
rent. 

In 1788 there was a creek belonging to the town that made up 
from the Mill pond to said cross gutter in Prince street, which 
said Welsh or others filled up and now constitutes part of the 
lot. 

On the 15th November, 1796, Jonas Welsh, sold his estate on 
the westerly side of said street leading to the Mill pond, to 
Payson & Holbrook & leased to them during pleasure the afore- 
said lot on the easterly side for an yearly rent of fifty cents. 



24 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

On the 10th November, 1797, Payson & Holbrook sold to 
Elijah Nickerson the lot they bought of Welsh 

On the llth July, 1810, a committee of Selectmen were 
appointed for the purpose of removing said drain from said 
lot. 

On mature reflection your committee would recommend 
taking immediate [45.] possession of the said premises as the 
town's property. 

Boston, Nov. 19, 1818 Joseph Austin 

En. Silsby 

Report accepted and the Chairman instructed to consult 
P. O. Thacher Esq. respecting the legal mode of obtaining 
possession of the same. 

On the application of Mr. John Wells representation was 
made to the Hon. Judge of Probate that Rebecca G Thomas 
was a person of intemperate habits, wasting her property and 
at times non compos mentis and requesting that a guardian 
may be appointed for her. 

Mr. Jonathan Wild Jun'r was approbated as an auctioneer 
his place of business No 19 Merchants Row. 

The award of the referees in the case of the Town of Boston 
versus the Roxbury Canal Corporation, respecting the marsh 
land adjoining the Bull pasture on the neck was received, By 
which the Town's right to said land is confirmed. Mr. Lovering 
was requested to have some posts drove down at the places 
mentioned in the award, which should serve as permanent land 
marks. 

The Chairman received from Mr. Joseph Ripley the account 
of sales of the remaining cable & cordage used in taking down 
the walls of the late Exchange Coffee House, the proceeds of 
which amounting to eighteen dollars sixty cents, he had directed 
to be paid to the Treasurer. 

[46.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 
2d. 1818 Present Messr. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Lover- 
ing, Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

Passed the monthly and quarterly accounts. 

The committee appointed to view the foot walks in Nassau 
street made the following report viz. The committee appointed 
to view Nassau street report that all the east side as far as the 
street is paved, should without delay have the side walk paved 
with brick or stone and from the corner of Elliot street to 
the north corner of the house occupied by Mr. Dow be also 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 25 

paved with brick or flat stones, and the land from Mr. Dow's to 
Boylston Street in front of land belonging to William Foster be 
allowed to be well planked to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, 
subject to be paved with stone when they shall think proper. 

J. Hunewell 
Nov. 27, 1818 Joseph Lovering 

The report was accepted And the chairman informed he 
had given Mr. Foster the necessary information. 

[47.] The committee appointed to carry into effect the 
report and recommendation of B. Whitman Esq. respecting the 
town's rights in the Town Dock reported that they had, had 
a meeting on the subject, and had employed Mr. Whitman as' 
counsel who had furnished them with the copy of a notice to 
be sent to all the owners and occupants of estates adjoining on 
said Dock, a part of which had been completed and sent, the 
remainder would be completed and sent soon as possible. 

The Chairman produced the award of the gentlemen to 
whom was referred the accounts of Wm. McClennen & others 
for taking down part of the walls of the late Exchange Coffee 
House which was as follows. 

The referees in the case between the Town of Boston & Wm. 
McClennen & others are of opinion the following deductions 
should be made from their bills viz. 

from the charge for " use of purchase blocks . . $4 
do. for McLellen Jr. services . . 20 
do. for Mr. Marsh's services . 10 



$34 

they think the charge for Wm. McClennan senior's services is a 
reasonable one, and see no objection to the other items, it being 
understood that if the lost blocks are recovered they belong to 
the town. 

signed Nathl. Curtis 

Boston, Nov. 27th, 1818 Asher Benjamin 

William Sturgis 
accepted & the award put among the accounts for November. 

[48.1 The Chairman reported that agreeable to the instruc- 
tions of the board he had consulted P. O. Thacher Esq. respect- 
ing the lot of land near Prince street, who had recommended that 
he (the Chairman) should be authorized by the board to take 
possession of, and lease the same. 

The Chairman then proposed the following vote. 
Voted, that the Chairman be requested to take possession of 
a lot of land belonging to the Town of Boston, beginning at the 
cross gutter (so called) in Prince street, and bounded north- 



26 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

westerly by a street or lane running from said Prince street to 
the late Mill pond, from thence running southeasterly 'till it 
meets the land owned by Jacob Hall, thence running north- 
easterly by said Hall's land until it meets Prince street. And 
that he be authorized to lease the same for a time not exceeding 
five years, the lessee to deliver up the premises whenever it may 
be wanted by the town. which was passed by the board. 

Mr. Lovering, who was requested at the last meeting of the 
Board, to have some permanent land marks placed on the 
marsh land on Boston Neck, which for some years past had 
been claimed by the proprietors of the Roxbury Canal. 
Reported that he had attended to the duty assigned him, had 
been on the ground where he had found a fence, and upon con- 
sideration, had thought it most expedient (as the expense would 
not be much enhanced thereby) to have the fence placed the 
whole length of the ground as described in the award of [49.] 
the referees. Report accepted. The award of the referees 
sent to the Register of Deeds to be recorded. 

The committee of Section No. 3 were requested to view a 
piece of land on Atkinson street belonging to the inhabitants of 
the town, and were authorized to lease the same if they should 
judge proper, & report. 

The application of Moses Caruth to be licensed as an auc- 
tioneer was not granted. 

The application of Daniel Wyman to be appointed one of 
the constables of the town of Boston, was not granted; the 
Board being of opinion there was a sufficient number already 
appointed. 

A letter from P. O. Thacher Esq. was read by the Chairman, 
of which the following is a copy. 

Boston, Deer. 1, 1818. 
Gentlemen 

In compliance with your order, I appeared before the Com't 
of Sessions upon the 17th November, and filed a plea & answer 
to the petition of Joseph Hollis, who complained that the Board 
had unreasonably refused and neglected to grant to him a 
license as an auctioneer. I denied that the Board had unrea- 
sonably refused to [grant] him a license & assigned that he did 
not shew to the Board that he was a suitable person to be 
licensed & further that the Board had reason to believe that 
he was not considered as a man of a good moral [5O.] char- 
acter, and that he had behaved in a very disorderly manner 
in several instances. I had collected the necessary evidence 
as to his character and conduct & was ready to have gone into 
the investigation . But being desirous to prevent similar com- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 27 

plaints I urged to the Court that it would be highly improper 
to call on the Selectmen to justify their proceedings, until the 
petitioner had first proved that there had been an unreason- 
able refusal and neglect on their part. The case was continued 
over to this day to give him an opportunity to support his 
complaint. On his appearance this day, and upon full argu- 
ment, the Court persisted in their opinion that to entitle him- 
self to be licensed by them he must first prove his complaint 
against the Selectmen, he was unable to do this, and was 
permitted by the Court to withdraw his complaint. 

Yr. Obt. Ser. 

The Gentlemen } Peter 0. Thacher. 

Selectmen of the r 
Town of Boston ) 

On the application of Doer. Webster, representation was 
made to the Hon. Judge of Probate that Mary Trefrey, Widow, 
does by excessive drinking & idleness, so spend & waste her 
estate as thereby to expose herself to want & suffering circum- 
stances; and praying that a guardian may be appointed for 
her. 

[51.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 
9th, 1818 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Levering, 
Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

6 Jurors were drawn for U. S. Circuit Court. 

The Chairman made the following report. 

The Chairman appointed and authorized by a vote of the 
Board at their last meeting, to take possession of a lot of land 
on Prince street, belonging to the inhabitants of the town of 
Boston, and to lease the same; has attended that duty and 
reports. 

That on the fourth instant accompanied by Mr. Levering of 
the board and the Superintendent of Police and his Deputy 
he had proceeded to the lot above mentioned, and exercised 
(in behalf of said inhabitants) a right of ownership by taking 
down a part of the fence; that he then entered upon the land 
and in presence and hearing of said Superintendent & Deputy 
made the following declaration. "That by the authority of 
the Selectmen of the town, and in their behalf, I now take 
possession of this lot of land as now fenced in, as belonging 
to the inhabitants of the tpwn of Boston"- and that he imme- 
diately afterwards leased the same to Colo. Thomas Badger for 
a term of time not exceeding five years, at six dollars a year, 
[52.] the lessee to deliver up the land at any time previous to 
the expiration of the lease if it should be wanted by said 
inhabitants; and if the lessee should erect any building on the 



28 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

land he is at liberty to remove the same; all which is submitted 
for the approbation of the board, by 

Turner Phillips, Chairman. 
Boston Deer. 5, 1818. 
Report accepted. 

The Chairman reported, that accompanied by Mr. Lovering 
they had viewed the Town's Slip running from Lynn street to 
the sea, on which they had found certain nuisances and incum- 
brances whereupon it was voted, 

That Messrs. Oliver, Austin & Silsby be a committee to exam- 
ine into the state of the Town's Slip on Lynn street in the 
direction of Fosters lane to the sea, and if they find any incum- 
brances or nuisances in or upon the same, that they be author- 
ized to notify the owners and occupants to remove them, 
allowing them such time for this purpose as they may think 
proper; and in case of neglect or refusal, that they have full 
powers to apply to the proper and legal tribunals to cause said 
nuisances and incumbrances to be removed, and the rights of 
the Town and public vindicated. 

. The application of William Doll in behalf of the proprietors 
of Franklin [53.] Hall so called, being the upper story of the 
school house on Nassau street, that previous to the halls' being 
delivered to the Selectmen or School Committee they may be 
remunerated for the expense they were at in erecting said 
story, & also for one hundred dollars paid by them in part for 
the land on which the school house stands was committed 
to the Chairman, Mr. Oliver & Mr. Hunewell. 

Mr. William Taylor employed to survey the estate belonging 
to the heirs of Lendall Pitts deceased, situated at the bottom 
of Butlers Row, gave notice thereof to the Chairman, that the 
Selectmen (if they saw fit) might appoint one of the Board to 
attend with P. O. Thacher Esq. the town's counsel. The 
Board requested Mr. Dorr to attend on this business tomorrow 
at 3. o'clock P. M. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 16th, 
1818. 

Present the W T hole Board. 

46 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

The committee appointed to inquire into the state of the 
Town's Slip leading from^Lynn street to the sea, informed they 
were not ready to report. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 29 

[54.] The committee appointed to confer with the com- 
mittee of the proprietors of the upper story of the South Reading 
School made the following report. 

The committee chosen to confer with a committee of the 
temporary proprietors of the upper story of the South Reading 
School house, called Franklin Hall, and report, if any, what, 
remuneration they were entitled to for the expense of erecting 
that story; have attended the duty assigned them and report. 
That they have examined the records of the Town, of the 
Selectmen, and the School Committee; and the documents pro- 
duced by the committee on the part of the proprietors: from 
all which it clearly appears that they had permission to erect 
this story on the express conditions, "that it was to be done 
without any expense to the Town, and that the Selectmen, or 
School Committee (in behalf of the town) had a right at any 
subsequent time to take possession of the same for the use of 
the Town." The committee would further observe, that the 
proprietors have had the exclusive use and control of the room 
for nearly twenty nine years, which at about thirty five dollars 
a year amounts to the sum expended, and must be considered 
a moderate rent for such accommodation. But that they 
may not have the least cause of complaint your committee 
recommend that they have the use of the room [55.] one 
evening in a week (until the further order of the Selectmen) 
for the singers of the society worshipping in Hollis street, they 
to make good any damage that may be caused by using the 
same. 

Your committee have not included in the estimate one hun- 
dred dollars, paid by certain citizens in part for the land on 
which the building stands, as it evidently appears this sum 
was gratuitously paid by them in consideration of the schools 
being located at that particular place. 

All which is submitted by 

Turner Phillips ") 
Eber Oliver \ Committee. 
Jona. HunewellJ 
Deer. 14, 1818. 

The foregoing report was read, when after considerable debate 
on the subject, it was moved & voted, that the further consid- 
eration of this subject, be referred to the next meeting of the 
Board. 

The committee of the Common reported that they had just 
received from Mr Taylor an accurate plan of the rope walks 
and the platforms attached to them, as very recently surveyed 
by him from which it appears, that taken at a right angle from 
Charles street. Messrs. 

Davis & Lewis had encroached 266 feet No 1. 
Henry Chapman " 220 " No 2. 



30 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

P. B, Rogers (occupied by Ed. Adams) 154 feet No 4. 
Joseph N. Howe 97 " - - No 6. 

[56.] But by the original grant of the Town they have a 
right to extend their rope walks in a parallel line with Beacon 
street; if the line be thus drawn it will reduce the encroach- 
ments as follows viz 

Davis & Lewis less 5 ft. 2 inches leaving 260 ft. 10 in. 

H Chapman 10 ft. 5 " 209 " 7 " 

P. B. Rogers 20 " 9 " 133 " 3 " 

J. N. Howe 31 " 4 " 65 " 8 " 

and that they should proceed with all possible dispatch in 

notifying the owners or occupants of the rope walks of their 

encroachments. 

The committee appointed to remove an incumbrance on 
Brighton street reported, that they had attended the duty 
assigned them, and offered the following obligation signed by 
Mr. Andrew Townsend, as their doings on that subject. 

Boston, Deer. 14, 1818. 

Having been notified by one of the Selectmen to remove an 
incumbrance on Brighton street, commencing thirty nine feet 
from a brick house, situated on Leverett street, and owned by 
Mr. Ezra Hyde and having been marked by Mr. Wm. 
Taylor a surveyor on a small building that I built on said 
street. I do hereby promise by these presents, to remove 
said small building so far as it incumbers said Brighton street 
on or by the first day of May next. 

signed Andrew Townsend. 
Report accepted. 

[57.] Mr. Dorr reported, that agreeably to the request of 
the Board he attended with P. 0. Thacher Esq to the sur- 
veying of the estate belonging to the heirs of Lendall Pitts 
deceased at the bottom of Butlers Row. 

The Chairman was authorized to subscribe (for the Town) 
for one of Col. Trumbull's prints of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence. 

Thomas Lile Rayner, having no parent or guardian, was 
at his own request apprenticed to Thos. Bruce, slater, until 
the 2d February, 1824 when he will become of age. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 23d, 
1818 Present the whole Board except Mr. Farnam. 

6 Jurors were drawn for S. J. Court. 

The committee appointed to enquire into the state of the 
Town's Slip from Lynn street, requested further time to make 
their report on that subject. granted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1818. 31 

The consideration of the report of the committee appointed 
to confer with the temporary proprietors of the upper story of 
the South reading school was again referred to the next meet- 
ing of the board. 

The Chairman reported that he had subscribed for one of 
Col. Trumbull's prints of the Declaration of Independence for 
the Town. 

[58.] Complaint having been made by Capt. John Fille- 
brown, that the driver of hackney carriage No. 22 belonging 
to Mr. George Harris, had extorted from Mr. Andrews on the 
17th instant an illegal fare. The parties having been notified 
to attend at this time, appeared and were heard; the Board 1 
were of opinion that the charge was substantiated, but in con- 
sideration of some circumstances mentioned by the driver, the 
board voted, to suspend his license for one week only. 

The committee appointed the 2d instant to view a piece of 
land on Atkinson street belonging to the town, with power to 
lease the same reported, that they had attended that service, 
had viewed the premises, and found on enquiry it had been 
fenced by Mr. William Pratt; that they had applied to Mr. 
Pratt on the subject, who disclaimed any right to the premises, 
acknowledged that he had fenced it, but if the board thought 
the street would appear better by having the fence down, he 
was ready at any moment to have it taken down, he declined 
taking a lease of it or signing any paper respecting it. 

The Board having heard that several attempts had been 
made to set fire to buildings, they went into consideration of 
what would be the most advisable means of preventing this 
wicked act in future, they were of opinion from past experience 
that offering a reward in the public papers would serve to 
create an unnecessary alarm in the minds of the [59.] citizens 
without attaining the object intended (the detection of the 
incendiary) and as complaints have been made that the watch- 
men were not faithful in the discharge of their duty, to ascer- 
tain if this was a fact, and to excite them to a more diligent dis- 
charge thereof it was voted, that the Board with the addition 
of police officers be divided into five committees, whose duty it 
shall be to visit the several watch houses at least once a week 
between the hours of eleven & twelve at night, and make a 
return to the Board of the state in which they were found. 

The Committee on Accounts for this month were directed to 
pass into the monthly draft, Mr. Tukesbury's order in favour 
of Ebenezer Smith for forty dollars they were also directed 
to put into the draft Jedediah Herrick's order on the Chairman 



32 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

in favor of P. 0. Thacher Esq. for thirty dollars, for State taxes 
on the township of land in the District of Maine belonging to 
this Town. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 30th, 
1818. Present Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Bass, Dorr 
& Farnam. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

The committee appointed to enquire into the state of the 
Town's Slip from Lynn street requested further time to report 
thereon. 

[6O.] The consideration of the report of the committee 
respecting the upper story of the South reading school, was 
again postponed. 

The Committee of the Common, who were directed to ascer- 
tain what encroachments, the proprietors of the rope walks at 
the bottom of the Common had made on the Town's flats, made 
the following report, (in addition to the reports made by them 
on the 18th November & 16th instant.) That they had 
notified the owners of the rope walks to meet them at the 
Selectmen's Room, that Messrs. Lewis & Chapman (only) 
attended, to whom the committee have agreed to lease the flats 
occupied by them on the terms agreed on by the Board, viz. 
ten cents pr. annum per running foot; for one year or during the 
pleasure of the Selectmen for the time being; and that the 
leases will be executed soon as possible. 

Your committee have also considered the subject of back 
rent, they find on enquiry Mr. J. P. Davis paid two years rent 
amounting to fifty dollars; after which it does not appear Mr. 
Davis was ever called upon: It is manifest that at this time 
other persons besides Mr. Davis had made encroachments on 
the town's flats, from whom no rent has ever been de- 
manded; and altho' Mr. Davis may legally be compelled to 
pay a part of the rent that now appears to be due, your com- 
mittee are of the opinion it would not be the wish of the Board 
to deviate from their usual impartial conduct by compelling 
one to pay and not the others. [61.] Report accepted. 
and the Chairman empowered to execute the leases. 

The application of Abraham Babcock and others, a com- 
mittee from a number of citizens who have associated for the 
purpose of forming a nightly patrol (to be continued for two 
months) about that section of the town, lying north of State 
street, east of Merchants Row, & Union street to the Mill Pond 
land, and south of Procters lane & Richmond street to the Mill 
Pond land, including all the wharves from D. Spears wharf to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 33 

one east of Procters Lane. Also, another application from 
Samuel Hichborn Junr. and others, committee of the citizens of 
Ward No. 2. who have also associated for the purpose of 
forming a nightly patrol for said ward, were read ; Whereupon 
it was voted that the captain & constables of the Town 
Watch be directed to give the patrols all the assistance in their 
power, and to receive and secure any person, or persons, that 
may be brought to them by the patrols, for breaking into 
houses or stores ; or attempting to set fire to any building. 
And that the said patrols be allowed six feet of wood, and as 
many watchmens hooks as may be necessary. 

Return was received from the Superintendent of Police of 
fines received from Nov. 14. to Deer. 19, 1818 and paid to the 
Town Treasurer amounting to $13 

The application of David Alby to be licensed as an auc- 
tioneer, was laid over for enquiry. 

The committee appointed to visit the [62.] watch Reported, 
that on Saturday night the 26th. instant they visited the south 
watch at half past 11, o'clock P. M. and found seven men in the 
watch house, and Mr. Champney and three others out they 
then proceeded to the center watch commanded by Capt. 
Phillips and found said watch on duty, Afterwards they went to 
the north watch under the direction of Capt. Gardner, and 
found them correct.- 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 6th, 1819. 
Present the whole Board. 

The committee appointed to enquire into the state of the 
Town's Slip from Lynn street, requested further time to report 
thereon. 

The Board now went into the consideration of the report of 
the committee respecting the upper story of the South Reading 
school. 

It appeared by the accounts produced by the committee of the 
proprietors that the expense of erecting that story (exclusive of 
the payment made by them for one third of the original cost of 
the land on which the building stands) exceeded one thousand 
dollars, in addition to which they had been at the charge of 
keeping it in repair to the present day; And although as the 
committee of the Board report, the proprietors, or the society 
worshipping in Hollis street to whom the Proprietors have 
relinquished [63.] their right, have no legal demand on the 
Town; yet the Board taking into consideration that the Town 
by taking possession of the whole building will be benefited 
to the amount of one thousand dollars, also that the society in 
consequence of the town's taking possession of the hall are 



34 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

obliged to erect a building for a singing school which is estimated 
to cost them five hundred dollars, and that in equity some 
remuneration ought to be made, voted; that there be paid to 
the society worshipping in Hollis street, two hundred & fifty 
dollars in full of all demands which they, or any person or 
persons may now have against the Town for money paid in 
part for the land on which the school house stands and for the 
expense of erecting the upper story of said school house. 

The Board not being satisfied that David Alby was a suitable 
person to be licensed as an auctioneer, his application was again 
laid over for further enquiry. 

The Chairman as Treasurer of the fund of Mrs. Brooker & 
others produced the account of interest received by him 
amounting to two hundred & twenty three dollars, fifty six 
cents, which was paid in equal portions to the members of the 
Board, to be by them distributed agreeably to the wills of the 
donors. 

The committee consisting of Messrs Levering & Bass 
appointed to visit the town watch, reported, that on Sunday 
evening the 3d instant they [64.] attended that duty; that 
they visited the several watch houses about 12 o'clock found 
them all in good order, and a due proportion of the men out on 
duty. 

A note received from James Prince Esq. Marshal of the 
District was read, of which the following is a copy. 

Office of the District Marshal, Massachusetts 

Boston, Jany. 1, 1819. 
Gentlemen 

It will be my painful duty to carry into execution the sen- 
tence of death (and within the Town of Boston) awarded 
against four convicts under the authority of the United States 
on the 21st of the present month : In the discharge of this 
unpleasing task, it is my desire that the selection of the place 
might not prove offensive to any portion of our fellow towns- 
men; but the peculiar circumstances which attend their crime, 
has rendered it somewhat necessary that a new place should 
be fixed on; The commercial part of the Town have so sug- 
gested: To avoid offence & to conduct with a due regard to 
all, I take occasion to propose to your Honorable Board, that 
you would unite with me in the selection of a spot which 
under all the views of the case may be adjudged the most 
proper, and for this purpose that a committee might be ap- 
pointed to confer together this course was pursued by your 
body on a former occasion, and was productive of the most 
happy result by an entire acquiesence on the part of our 
townsmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 35 

[65.] The above note was taken under consideration by 
the Board, during which a memorial signed by 66 citizens 
residing or owning estates at the north part of the town was 
received and read, stating they had been informed the con- 
victs under sentence of death were to be executed on or near 
Copps hill, and remonstrating against it. The Board after 
giving the subject the consideration that its importance 
demanded, were of opinion, that it was the duty of the Marshal 
to carry the sentence of the law into execution, and as the 
responsibility belonged to him and not to the Selectmen, they 
were compelled to decline appointing a committee to confer 
with the Marshal on that subject, and that the Chairman be 
directed to inform him of the same. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January llth, 
1818. Present Messr. Phillips, Levering, Austin, Bass, Dorr, 
Silsby, & Farnam. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the "Supreme Judicial Court. 

[66.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
13th, 1819 Present Messrs Phillips, Oliver, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Farnam. 

The committee appointed to examine into the state of the 
Town's Slip on Lynn street in the direction of Foster's Lane 
to the sea, reported, that they had attended that service and 
found certain nuisances and incumbrances thereon; that they 
had completed the notices to Messrs. JohnBrazer, Amos Binney, 
Jona. Amory, Jur. & Henry Fowle, who now appeared to be 
the owners, occupiers, or receiving the rent for the estate 
formerly owned by Mr. Asa Holbrook, allowing them forty 
days to remove the incumbrances, which notices would be 
sent on the morrow. 

The Chairman reported, that in obedience to the orders of 
the Board he had addressed a note to James Prince Esq. Mar- 
shal of [the] District, of which the following is a copy. 

Select mens Room Boston, Jany. 7th, 1819. 
Sir 

Your note of the 1st instant, has received all that attention 
from the Selectmen that the importance of the subject on 
which it treats, and the source from which it was received 
demands I am instructed by them to inform you that with 
[67.] a view to relieve you in the discharge of so painful a 
duty the Board have endeavoured to select such a place within 
the limits of the Town* for the execution of the four convicts 
under sentence of death as would under all circumstances be 
adjudged the most proper. But wherever they turn their eyes 



36 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

to obtain this object, such insuperable objections are found to 
arise, and have been, or will be made by the inhabitants, that 
they find it will be impossible to make the selection without 
giving offence to a portion of their fellow citizens And as 
the responsibility does not belong to the Selectmen, they are 
compel!' d to decline the appointment of a committee to con- 
fer with the Marshal on the subject. The Board have requested 
me to express their regret, that they should under any cir- 
cumstances feel it to be required of them to decline compli- 
ance with the request of a gentleman for whom they enter- 
tain a high respect But as it is made the duty of the Marshal 
to carry the sentence of the law into effect, they rest perfectly 
satisfied, that you will in your superior judgement select such 
a spot as will be most suitable for such a scene They doubt 
not that the good feelings of their fellow citizens will acquiesce 
in your selection, and while they regret the necessity of the 
execution of the law, they will give full support to the Mar- 
shal in the performance of his duty with sentiments of 
respect I have the honor to be. 

Sir 

( James Prince Esq. Your Obt. Servt. 

( Marshal Mass. District 

[68.] The Chairman informed that he had received from 
P. O. Thacher Esq. the Town's counsel the following attested 
copy of the petition and record of the acceptance of the com- 
missioner's report on Saturday last, locating a burial ground 
at South Boston, which is as follows viz. 

To the Honorable Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court 
begun and holden at Boston in the county of Suffolk & for the 
counties of Suffolk and Nantucket, on the fourth Tuesday of 
November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred 
& seventeen. 

Respectfully show Turner Phillips, Charles Bulfinch, Eben- 
ezer Oliver, Jonathan Hunewell, Joseph Levering, Joseph Aus- 
tin, Enoch Silsby, Henry Bass & Samuel Dorr Esquires and 
Selectmen of the Town of Boston in the county of Suffolk 
aforesaid. 

That in and by a certain Act of this Commonwealth entitled 
" an Act to sett off the North East part of the Town of Dorches- 
ter and to annex the same to the Town of Boston" made and 
passed on the 6th day of March A. D. 1804. it was among other 
things enacted that the proprietors of the tract of land which 
is described in the said Act, & which by force thereof was 
annexed to the Town of Boston, should assign & sett off & 
apart three lots of land on the same for public use viz. one lot 
for the purpose of a public market place, one lot for a school 
house, and one lot for a burial ground, to the satisfaction and 
acceptance of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston; and in case 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 37 

the said [69.] Selectmen and proprietors should not agree upon 
the said lots, it should be lawful for the Supreme Judicial Court 
at any session thereof in the County of Suffolk, upon applica- 
tion of the said Selectmen, to nominate and appoint three dis- 
interested freeholders within the Commonwealth, not being 
inhabitants of said town of Boston, to assign and set off the 
three lots aforesaid by metes and bounds: And the said Select- 
men inform your Honours, that the public necessity requires 
that the lot aforesaid for a burial ground should be immediately 
assigned and set apart, but that they have not been able to 
agree with the proprietors of the said tract of land respecting 
the assignment of the same, they therefore pray your Honours 
to nominate and appoint three suitable persons to assign arid 
set off the lot of land for a burial ground upon the tract afore- 
said, by metes and bounds according to law, and to make due 
return of their doings in the premises according to the pro- 
visions of the Act aforesaid. 

Turner Phillips ( Joseph Austin "") Selectmen of the 
Charles Bulfinch | Enoch Silsby Town of Boston 
Ebenr. Oliver <{ Henry Bass by Peter O. 

Jona. Hunewell j Samuel Dorr Thacher their 

Joseph Lovering i. Attorney. 

The above petition was entered at the court aforesaid at 
November term 1817. And on the 31 day of January 1818 
after hearing of the parties and it appearing that notice has 
been given in pursuance of a former order of this court [7O.] 
The Court now appoint Ebenezer Gay Esq of Hingham, Thomas 
Greenleaf Esq of Quincy & Genl. Isaac S. Gardner of Brookline 
commissioners as within prayed for, and they are to give notice 
to all persons in two newspapers at least, before they proceed 
to perform the duty assigned them. 

And now at November term 1818 to which term the said 
petition had been continued, the commissioners aforesaid 
make their report in writing in the words following. 

We the subscribers named in the annexed order of Court & 
to whom the same has been recommitted, having notified the 
parties interested in the subject within committed to our 
decision, by an advertisement for that purpose in the Columbian 
Centinel, to meet at the Selectmen's room in said Boston on 
Monday the twenty third day of November instant at 10. 
o'clock' A. M. and having then & there met & heard the Select- 
men & Board of Health of said Town of Boston Joseph 
Woodward Esq. Abraham Gould & Adam Bent as a committee 
from the inhabitants of South Boston. William Tudor Junr. 
Esq. in behalf of the Honorable William Tudor, Samuel D. 
Parker Esq for himself, & William P. Mason Esq. in behalf 
of the Honble. Jonathan Mason and having also again viewed 
the several lots of ground pointed out to us by the parties for 



38 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

the purpose of a burial ground. Do hereby sett off and [71.] 
assign for public use as a burial ground the following described 
lot or parcel of land lying in South Boston aforesaid viz. 
Beginning at the westerly corner of Seventh Street on Dor- 
chester street & running on said Dorchester street to the 
boundary line between South Boston & Dorchester three 
hundred feet, thence turning & running two hundred & sixty 
feet with said line to the north westerly side of F. thence 
turning & running northeasterly two hundred & sixty feet, on 
the westerly side of F. street to Seventh street. Thence turn- 
ing & running with said Seventh street to Dorchester street 
aforesaid three hundred & fifty feet to the point first started 
from, including that portion of F. street which falls within said 
bounds, and containing in the whole about eighty five thousand 
four hundred feet. 

Witness our hands this twenty fourth day of November 
Anno Domini, Eighteen hundred and Eighteen 

Eben Gay 

Thomas Greenleaf 

Isaac S. Gardner 

Suffolk & Nantucket ss. 

Sup. Jud. Court sitting at Boston in the County of Suffolk & 
for the Counties of Suffolk & Nantucket for November term 
A. D. 1818. 

The foregoing report was delivered into court on the thir- 
teenth day of the term. And afterwards viz. on the thirty 
sixth day of [72.] the same term, proclamation was made for 
all persons to appear & shew cause if any they had, why the 
same should not be accepted, and no one appearing to object 
thereto, it was thereupon accepted & approved by the court, 
& ordered to be duly entered of record. 

Attest Wm. Tudor Clerk. 

I certify that the copies contained in the foregoing three 
pages are true copies of record of the case therein stated. 

attest Wm. Tudor Clk. 
Office of the Supreme Jud. Court. 
January 13th, 1819. 

The above was sent to [the] Register of Deeds to be recorded. 

The committee consisting of Mess Hunewell & Dorr ap- 
pointed to visit the town watch, reported, that on Tuesday 
night the 12th instant they attended that duty, and that they 
found the south watch as they should be. The central & 
north watches, had an extra number in the house, of course 
less on duty. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 39 

The application of David Alby to be licensed as an auctioneer 
was committed to Mr. Dorr for the purpose of making further 
enquiry, the Board not being yet satisfied that he was a suit- 
able person to be licensed. 

[73.] The application of Stillman Willis to be licensed as 
an auctioneer was committed to Mr. Farnam to make enquiry 
& report thereon. 

Messrs. John M. Holbrook, Darius Holbrook & Charles 
Dexter, under the firm of Holbrook, Dexter & Co. were licensed 
as auctioneers. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 18th, 
1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Dorr, 
Silsby & Farnam. 

9 Jurors were drawn for Supreme Judicial Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 20th, 
1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

Mr. Dorr, to whom the application of David Alby to be 
licensed as an auctioneer was committed, reported that the 
request be granted, on condition, that his place of business 
(which is not mentioned in the application) is approved by the 
Chairman report accepted. 

Mr. Farnam, to whom was referred the application of Stillman 
Willis to be licensed as an auctioneer, reported, that the request 
be granted; his place of business No. 17 Exchange street 
report accepted. 

[74.] Return was made by Mr. Lovering (in behalf of Mr. 
Hunewell) that he had examined the accounts of the Hay 
weigher for the quarter ending the first instant, the whole 
amount of the proceeds was $358.7 and the balance due the 
Town was $115.7 which the Treasurer has been ordered to 
receive. 

The application of a number of citizens who have associated 
for the purpose of forming a nightly patrol, (to be continued for 
two months) about that section of the town consisting of West, 
Winter, School, Marlborough & Common streets & Bromfields 
lane was approved by the Board, and it was voted, that the 
constables of the town watch be directed to give the patrol all 
the assistance they may need, and to receive and secure any 
person, or persons that may be brought to them by the patrol, 
for breaking into houses or stores, or attempting to set fire to 



40 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

any building. And that the patrol be furnished with two 
watchmen's hooks. 



The Chairman reported that on Sunday morning the 17th 
instant, accompanied by the deputy police officer he visited the 
watch as follows. 

The south watch at a quarter past one o'clock, at which time 
they had just relieved a part of the watch who had been out on 
patrol, a part of the relief had just left the watch house at the 
time he arrived, the remainder had not come in. he was 
informed [75.] the usual time of relieving the watch was 1 
o'clock. 

At half after one he visited the center watch, at which time a 
part of this watch had also been relieved at both these 
houses there was only the proper complement of men in, but 
the constables of these watches Mr. Spear & Mr. Ames were 
both asleep. 

That he then visited the patrol of Ward No. 3 who were all 
out but one. 

At two o'clock he visited the north watch, at which time they 
had just relieved the watch and two of the men on duty were 
leaving the watch house at the time he arrived there. The 
constable of this watch Mr. Gardner was awake. The time of 
relieving at the center & north watch houses is two o'clock. 

The center watch had given shelter to a man, the north to an 
abandoned female of about twenty years old. 

The Chairman informed that he had been thus particular in 
order to offer for the consideration of the Board some additional 
rules & orders for the government of the watch, which he then 
read. The consideration of them was referred. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 27th, 
1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Bass, 
Dorr & Farnam. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

[76.] The Board agreeably to assignment took up the addi- 
tional rules and orders for the government of the captain & 
constables of the town watch, which were offered at the last 
meeting of the Board for their consideration, and voted, the 
following additional rules and orders for the government of the 
town watch. 

1st. The watch to be set as at present, but not to be dis- 
missed at any time until it is distinctly day light, and in the 
months of May, June & July not before 4 o'clock A. M. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 41 

2d. That it be an indispensable part of the duty of the con- 
stable of the watch to be awake at the time the patroling party 
come in, and attend to the changing of the watch. 

3d. That it be part of the duty of the watchman who keeps 
the door of the watch house to wake the constable of the watch, 
and the men who are to go on duty, at least five minutes before 
the men who are out on duty come in to be relieved, in order 
that the constable may ascertain that they have all come in, 
and that an equal number go out, & that there be no loss of 
time in changing the watch. 

4th. That it be the duty of the constables of the watch to 
call the roll of their respective watches when the watch is set, 
and when they are dismissed in the morning. 

5th. It is enjoined on the captain & constables [77.] of the 
watch to be very particular as to the character and habits of 
persons who are offered as substitutes, and that they be satis- 
fied that the watchman is prevented from attending by sick- 
ness or some other unavoidable cause, before they receive a 
substitute; and they are strictly prohibited from receiving so 
many as to compel them to send two on patrol together. 

6th. It shall be the duty of the watchmen to deliver to the 
constable of the watch any goods or merchandize they may find 
in the streets, or that they may take from any person or persons 
they may suspect of having unlawfully got possession of them; 
and the constable of the watch is to report the same to the 
captain of the watch the next morning, who is directed to make 
immediate report thereof to the Chairman of this Board. 

7th. That whoever is absent at roll call when the watch is 
set, or when they are dismissed in the morning, or disobeys any 
of these rules & orders shall forfeit his night's pay. Excepting, 
that one half of the north & south watchmen may be excused 
from attending the first roll call, provided they are at their 
respective watch houses at the time of setting the watch. 

The Chairman laid before the Board the resignation of the 
society of Engine No 12 whereupon it was voted that their 
resignation be accepted, & that Messrs. Bass, Dorr & Farnam be 
a committee to meet with the wards attached to that engine 
and consult with them on the best measures to be adopted to 
obtain a new company for that engine. 

[78.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
3d, 1819. Present, the whole Board, except Mr. Bass. 



42 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Application having been made by Mr. Daniel Lillie to the 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, stating that Sarah 
Lillie of Boston, single woman is a person non compos mentis and 
incapable of taking care of herself. The Board agreeably to the 
direction of the Hon Judge of Probate took inquisition thereof 
& were of opinion that the said Sarah Lillie was non compos 
mentis and incapable of taking care of herself and recom- 
mended that a guardian should be appointed for her. 

Mr. Farnam reported that on the night of the 2d instant 
accompanied by the Superintendent of Police he visited the 
town watch as follows. 

At 10 minutes past one o'clock the south watch, found all 
the watchmen in the house and the constable (Mr. Champney) 
asleep. 

At 25 minutes past one the center watch, and was informed 
there were six men out on patrol & the man at the door. The 
constable of the watch (Mr. Phillips) asleep they had given 
shelter to a man who had been found in the street intoxicated. 

At 50 minutes past one, north watch, was [79.] informed 
there were six men out on patrol and the man at the door, the 
constable (Mr. Gardner) asleep a man at the door of the 
watch house (who was intoxicated) requesting permission to 
be admitted, which was granted on condition he could not get 
into his lodgings. 

The application of David Alby to be licensed as an auctioneer 
was granted. Mr. Alby. stating that it was not his intention 
to keep any office for the sale of goods, but to sell on the wharves 
and at large. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 10th, 
1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Levering, 
Austin, Dorr & Farnam. 

The Chairman laid before the Board the following applica- 
tion viz. 

To the Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 
Gentlemen, 

It must have come within your knowledge that a dis- 
agreement took place at the fire near the Rev. Dr. Baldwin's 
meeting house, between one of the fire wards of the town and 
a member of the society of engine No. 12. A prosecution ensued 
against said member, the result of which was his acquittal; 
but in the defence of this action an expense occurred amount- 
ing to twenty dollars which expense has been paid out of the 
funds of this society. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 43 

[8O.] The subscribers have been chosen a committee from 
the Associated Societies of Engine men, to apply to your 
Board, and to request that the above mentioned sum of twenty 
dollars may be paid by the town, which they are informed has 
been done in similar cases. 

They would also inform you, that they have been requested 
by the Associated Engine Societies of Boston to request you 
would reinstate the late Society of Engine No. 12 in the care 
of that engine again. 

Yours Respectfully, John Wheeler, Chairman. 

The Board took the same under consideration and voted, 
that the sum of twenty dollars be put into the next draft 
payable to any person or persons duly authorized by the late 
Society of Engine No. 12. to receive the same, that sum having 
been taken from their funds to defray an expense accruing in 
the defence of one of their members against a prosecution 
brought against him, of which charge he was acquitted. 

Voted, That the Chairman, Messrs Levering, Dorr, Silsby 
& Farnam be a committee to meet & confer with the committee 
of the Associated Engine Societies of Boston on the subject of 
their request "that the late society of Engine No. 12 might be 
reinstated in the care of that engine again" and that they have 
full powers to settle this business on such terms and conditions 
as they may think the good of the public demands. 

[81.] The Chairman was requested to apply to Wm. Tudor 
Esq. and inform him as the time is approaching when the inhab- 
itants of the town must be repeatedly called together in Town 
Meetings, it is necessary the bust of the late President Adams 
should be removed from the place where it now stands (in the 
Moderator's seat) to such place as the committee- who pre- 
sented it, and the Chairman should think expedient. 

Voted, That it be recommended to the School Committee to 
fix on Friday the 26th February instant for the semi-annual 
examination of the town schools. That a dinner be provided 
as usual on that occasion, and that the Chairman be a com- 
mittee to make arrangements for the same. 

Voted, That the Chairman request the police officers to visit 
the town watch once a fortnight at least, and that they make 
their visits alternately. 

The Chairman was desired to inform the assessors that the 
law required of them to furnish lists of voters, both for town 
officers, and for governor & senators by the first day of March 
next. 



44 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

A communication was received from the Board of Health 
respecting a burial ground to be inserted in the warrant for 
March meeting. 

Mr. Thomas English was licensed as an auctioneer; his office 
in Exchange street. 

[82.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Febru- 
ary 17th, 1819 Present, Messrs Phillips, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Farnam. 

22 Grand & 35 traverse jurors were drawn for the Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

The committee to meet & confer with a committee from the 
Associated Engine Societies made the following report. 

The committee appointed to meet & confer with a committee 
of the Associated Engine Societies, have attended that service 
and report that on Friday the 12th instant they met said com- 
mittee consisting of Messrs. John H. Wheeler, Nathaniel Froth- 
ingham Junr., Joshua Vose, Jonathan Heath, John Salmon, 
Robert New & Joel Shipley at Concert Hall; that your com- 
mittee first stated their objections as contained in the paper 
herewith, signed by Mr. Wheeler the chairman of their com- 
mittee; they were then requested to make such observations on 
them as they should think proper, which they declined doing: 
they were then informed if they wished to confer by themselves, 
your committee would retire; they observed that they did not 
wish it, as they fully agreed with us. The chairman of your 
committee then read the whole of the aforesaid paper, which he 
handed to them for their perusal; after they had examined it to 
their satisfaction, a motion was made that it was satisfactory; 
which being put [83.] by the chairman it passed unanimously 
in the affirmative. 

A motion was then made that their thanks should be pre- 
sented to the Selectmen for granting their requests so promptly, 
this also passed unanimously, your committee then presented 
their thanks to them for their politeness, and invited them to 
stay & partake of some refreshments this they declined, as 
the late Society of Engine No. 12 were then waiting to learn the 
result of this meeting; The committees after taking a glass 
wine, & being perfectly satisfied, separated. A copy of the 
paper signed by the chairman of the committee of the Asso- 
ciated Societies was delivered to him, by the chairman of your 
committee with the following addition "The foregoing is a copy 
of what has been most cordially assented to by the committee 
of the Associated Engine Societies, and as cordially agreed to by 
the committee of the Selectmen." 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 45 

The foregoing proceedings are offered for the consideration & 
acceptance of the board. 
By order of the committee, 

Turner Phillips, Chairman. 

The foregoing report was read, and accepted. 

The following is a copy of the paper referred to in the above 
report. 

The undersigned, having been chosen a committee from the 
Associated Engine Societies of Boston to apply to the Select- 
men for the remuneration of twenty dollars taken from the 
funds of the Society of Engine No. 12 [84.] to pay an expense 
that accrued in defending one of their members against a 
prosecution whereon he was acquitted, which request the 
Selectmen have very readily granted they were also requested 
to apply to the Selectmen to reinstate the late Society of 
Engine No. 12. in the care of that engine again; on this subject 
the Committee of the Selectmen demurred, stating that in their 
opinion the late society had hastily resigned, thereby in the 
event of a fire endangering the safety not only of their own 
property but that of their fellow citizens also, which the unpleas- 
ant disagreement between them and the Firewards (however 
right they might think themselves) could not justify; and 
which disagreement would not have happened had they applied 
for remuneration to the right source at first. That the mem- 
bers of that society by their resignation had forfeited their right 
to the interposition of the Associated Societies, in as much as 
they had taken this step without previously consulting their 
associates; they also contended that the application for their 
reinstatement ought to have been made by the individuals 
who composed that society ; but to convince them and us 
that a spirit of amity, governed their board, they had through 
the interposition of the Associated Societies (by their com- 
mittee), consented to reinstate them in the care of their engine 
again. Therefore in justice to the Board of [85.] Selectmen 
we must say they have done all that would be required of them 
& equity compels us to say, in our opinion the late Society of 
Engine No. 12 were hasty in resigning the engine in the manner 
they did. The foregoing is most cordially assented to by the 
committee of the Associated Engine Societies of Boston 

(Signed) John H. Wheeler Chairman. 

Boston, Feb. 12th, 1819. 

The Chairman reported, that agreeably to the orders of the 
Board he had applied to Wm. Tudor Esq. respecting the bust 
of the late President Adams, that Mr. Tudor informed him he 
would see Gen. Welles & attend to that subject. 

The Chairman also informed that he had requested the police 
officers to visit the town watch alternately once a week. 



46 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Chairman laid before the Board the following applica- 
tion from Mr. Asa Lewis, Master of engine No. 12. 

Boston Feb. 15, 1819- 
To the Hon'ble Board of Selectmen of Boston 

Gentlemen, 

After calling together the late Company of engine No 12 
to hear the report of the committee from the associated Masters 
which report was laid before them and was satisfactory to all 
the Company so far as related to the Hon. Board of Fire- 
wards and the promptitude of your Hon. Board in refunding 
at the request of the committee of the Associated Engine Socie- 
ties the money expended in the suit against one of our members 

so far [87.] they were all satisfied, but when the clause was 
read censuring them as being hasty in resigning the engine - 
the Company were disunited But a small majority were 
willing to conciliate and receive the engine again but 
several refuse to do duty under present circumstances. 

I will state to your Hon. Board the motive which influenced 
our conduct in resigning the engine if you should then 
think we were hasty it is an error of the head and not of the 
heart We addressed a letter to the firewards stating our 
grievances said letter you have a copy we waited a rea- 
sonable time for an answer no answer was received had 
they come forward and disavowed the act a:s they have since 
& pointed out where we might have been indemnified all 
difficulty would have ceased But their total silence added 
to our grievances & feeling as men conscious they had done 
their duty must feel you cannot, we think, consider us hasty 
in our proceedings should you ask why we did not first 
apply to the Board of Masters of Engines of Boston to seek 
redress for us we answer we did not wish the schism which 
had arose between our Society & the firewards to spread 
through that peaceable association knowing that we should 
have it cast in our teeth that we were not content with break- 
ing up our Society but wish to spread discord in their Societies 

Should you ask why we did not apply to your Hon. Board 
for redress we answer we had received no injury from your 
Board and that we were not so immediately under your con- 
trol impressed with these ideas [88.] we were not con- 
tented 

I assure you gentlemen I will do the best in my power with 
my small company & endeavour to fill it up could you by a 
letter to me soften down the objectionable part of your report 
you may return back to duty some good men & leave out 
some I understand your Honors would wish should you 
answer this would thank you to direct to me & leave at 
Mess Thomas & Andrews' Book Store Newbury street on or 
before Wednesday at 5. o'clock P. M. 

your hum'le serv't. A. Lewis. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 47 

The Board after giving this subject all that consideration that 
its importance required, voted, That the Chairman be directed 
to hand Mr. Lewis the following answer 

Boston, 18th Feb. 1819 
Sir 

Your note of the 15th instant was yesterday laid before 
the Selectmen and I am instructed by them to inform you 
that, after receiving & accepting the report of their committee 
who had been appointed to meet & confer with a committee 
of the Associated Engine Societies of Boston, they were not a 
little surprised at the tenor of your note, as they concluded the 
late unpleasant occurrence had been adjusted by the committee 
of their Board & the very respectable committee of the Engine 
Societies above mentioned. 

On the subject mentioned in your note I am instructed by 
the Board to say, that their duty (from which nothing will 
induce them to swerve) compels them to observe, that in their 
opinion the late Society of Engine No 12 did resign the care 
of that engine without [88a.] duly considering the subject & 
the consequences that might ensue; they however assure you 
they are satisfied the error proceeded as you observe, from the 
head and not from the heart. 

Your humbl. Servt. 

Turner Phillips 
Chairman of Selectmen. 
Mr. Asa Lewis. 

A communication from the Rev Charles Lowell was read, 
complaining that Mr. W. W. Clapp the publisher of a paper 
(the Boston Intelligencer) was guilty of a breach of the law of 
this Commonwealth for the due observance of the Lord's day 
by publishing said paper on Sunday calling on this Board to 
interpose their authority and put a stop to this evil at its 
commencement. 

The Board having duly considered the same, instructed the 
Chairman to express to Mr. Lowell their regret that there was 
cause for such complaint, at the same time to inform him it was 
a subject that did not come under their cognizance. 

The Treasurer of the Franklin Fund having informed the 
Chairman that a statement of the fund was ready for the 
inspection of the trustees, it was voted, that the Treasurer be 
directed to notify the trustees to meet at the Selectmen's Room 
on Tuesday next at 4 o'clock P. M. And that the Chairman 
Messrs. Austin & Lovering be a committee from this Board to 
meet with the other trustees for the purpose of examining said 
statement. 



48 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[89.] The Chairman (as Treasurer of the Fund bequeathed 
by the late Abiel Smith Esq) laid before the board a letter from 
George Bliss Esq. clerk to the Springfield Bridge Corporation 
in answer to a letter written him by the Chairman informing 
that the shares in that corporation bequeathed 'by Mr. Smith 
to the Selectmen of Boston were on the 23d. October 1816, 
sold at auction for the non payment of assessments; also a 
letter from the Hon. John Hooker treasurer of that corporation 
in answer to one written him by the Chairman, forwarding 
an account of sales of those shares with an order on Edmund 
Dwight Esq. for the surplus remaining in his hands amounting 
to one hundred & eighty three dollars, payable to the Selectmen 
of Boston. Whereupon it was voted, that the Chairman be 
authorized to receive from Edmund Dwight Esq. one hundred 
& eighty three dollars being the amount of an order drawn by 
Hon. John Hooker on said Dwight for the surplus remaining 
in his hands as treasurer of the Springfield Bridge, on the sale 
of five shares viz No. 66 to 70 inclusive lately standing in the 
name of Abiel Smith Esq. payable in current country money. 

Voted, the following additional orders for the town watch. 

In the event of a fire being discovered by the watch they 
will alarm the citizens as soon as possible; to effect this, one of 
the watch must be dispatched with all possible speed to ring 
the alarm bell; [9O.] the others may be employed in assisting 
those who are in the most imminent danger, until a sufficient 
number of the citizens shall have assembled to render their ser- 
vices unnecessary they shall then proceed to perform their 
customary duty. Should they be applied to for assistance to 
secure any house, store or shop that may be broken into, or to 
take charge of any goods stolen therefrom, or to assist in 
apprehending the thief or thieves, they are without delay to 
afford all the aid & assistance in their power. 

A communication from Henry Chapman & Co. Saml. Em- 
mons & Son, John A. Shaw and Edward Adams, owners & 
tenants of ropewalks, remonstrating against Isaac P. Davis & 
Winslow Lewis for digging a well in front of their ropewalk, 
was read, and referred to Messrs. Hunewell & Lovering. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 24th 
1819. Present the whole Board except Mr. Bass. 

Passed the quarterly & monthly accounts. 
The warrant for March meeting was signed. 
Mr. Buckingham to print notifications. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 49 

Rev. Mr. Greenwood to be requested to open the meeting 
with prayer. 

[91.] Mr. Dorr was requested to wait on Mr. Greenwood. 

The Chairman informed the Board that in consequence of 
the death of a child of the treasurer of the Franklin Fund, the 
meeting of the committee postponed .on Tuesday next. 

The Chairman as treasurer of the donation of Abiel Smith 
Esq. deceased was directed to invest the money received by 
him for the net proceeds of the five shares in the Springfield 
Bridge, in the six per cent stock of the United States, and to 
purchase two hundred dollars of said stock the balance to be 
paid out of the funds of that donation in his hands. 

The committee to whom was referred the communication 
from H. Chapman & Co & others reported that they had 
attended the duty assigned them, and were of opinion that the 
land in question was the property of Messrs. Davis & Lewis, 
and that they had an undoubted right to sink a well there if 
they thought proper. report accepted. 

The request of His Honor William Phillips & others, that the 
Board would discontinue the name of Adams Street and that 
they would add that street to Kilby street, which would ex- 
tend the latter to Milk street; for reasons set forth in their 
request: was committed to Mr. Oliver to ascertain the wishes 
and opinion of persons owning estates on that street and also 
of those residing therein & report to the Board. 

[92.] A Communication from Mr. Moses Wallack was 
referred to Mr. Oliver to make the necessary inquiry and 
report. 

A request from the Society worshipping in Hollis street was 
made by Mr. Lovering, desiring the Board would allow them 
the use of the upper story of the South school house until the 
14th April next. The Board after duly considering the sub- 
ject were of opinion the request ought to be granted provided 
there was sufficient time from the 14th. April to the 1st. of May 
for the carpenters to complete the ropm by the latter time; 
and Mr. Lovering was requested to make the necessary inquiry 
& report 

The Chairman laid before the Board the following note 

Court Square Feb. 23d. 1819. 
Dr. Sir 

I yesterday attended the Supreme Court at Dedham and 
am happy to inform you, that upon trial of the action Wm. 



50 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Pitts & others vs. the Town of Boston, the plaintiffs wholly 
failed in their suit, & became non suited The Judge told 
them the action was wholly unsupported in law Mr. Levering 
attended the court as a witness with Mr. Taylor & Mr. Bum- 
stead and rendered valuable aid in the defence. 

very respectfully yours 

P. 0. Thacher. 
Turner Phillips Esq. 

[93.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
3d. 1819 Present the whole Board, except Mr. Hunewell. 

6 jurors were drawn for the United States District Court. 

The committee appointed the 17th. ultimo to examine the 
statement offered by the treasurer of the Franklin Fund made 
the following report. 

The committee appointed to examine the account of the 
treasurer of the Franklin Fund, have attended the duty 
assigned them & report, that it appears by the statement ex- 
hibited by the treasurer of the amount of receipts & loans since 
the settlement of his account the 12th Augt. last, but that he 
received sixteen hundred & fifty two dollars & 82 cents. and 
loaned six hundred dollars and that there is now a balance 
in his hands (exclusive of $1816.58 deposited in the Mechan- 
ics & Manufacturers Bank) $1249.39. The committee are of 
opinion that the instructions given the treasurer on the 21st 
November last have had a salutary effect, and with pleasure 
inform the Board the loss the fund will eventually sustain on 
the return made by the treasurer of delinquents on the 17th. 
Novr. last will be very small. 

T. Phillips. Pr. order. 

Voted, that the Treasurer of the Franklin Fund deposit in the 
M & M. Bank a sum in addition to the amount now in that bank 
sufficient to make up three thousand dollars, for which the 
directors have agreed to allow after the rate of [94.] five Per 
cent., Per annum, for whatever sum may remain in the bank, 
not less than four months. 

Voted, that the chairman as treasurer of the fund of Abiel 
Smith Esq deceased be instructed to invest three hundred 
dollars of said fund now in his hands in the notes of the 
Suffolk Bank bearing interest of 5 Per cent. 

The chairman informed that in obedience to the orders of the 
Board he had purchased of Mr. Cochran two hundred dollars of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 51 

the 6 Per cent Stock of the United States on account of the dona- 
tion of A. Smith Esq. deed. 

The Committee to whom was referred a communication from 
Mr. Moses Wallack, reported, that the necessary inquiry had 
been made on the subject of that communication, and that it 
was the opinion of the committee it was not cognisable by the 
Selectmen. report accepted. 

Mr. Lovering to whom was referred the request of the society 
worshipping in Hollis street, reported that he found on 
enquiry the society might be accommodated, & the room com- 
pleted for the school by the first day of May next. 

Bernard Alexander (a French lad) having no parent or guar- 
dian, was at his own request apprenticed to Lawrence Nichols, 
confectioner, until the 1st. of September, 1823 when he will 
become of age. 

[95.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
llth, 1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Shaw. 

This being the first meeting of the Board since the town 
meeting for choice of town officers, votes for Chairman were 
taken by ballot and Turner Phillips Esq was declared to be 
chosen. 

The oath of office was administered to Messrs. Oliver & Shaw 
by the Chairman. 

The Chairman informed that in obedience to the orders of 
the Board he had (as treasurer of the fund of Abiel Smith Esq 
dec'd.) invested three hundred dollars in the notes of the Suffolk 
Bank bearing an interest of five per cent, payable in twelve 
months. 

Messrs. Dorr, Silsby & Phillips were appointed a committee 
to revise the standing rules and orders of the Board & to 
report. 

The Chairman was desired to take measures to have an 
advertisement inserted in the papers, that the lists of voters 
were posted for inspection. Centinel, Gazette, & Chronicle. 

The Chairman laid before the Board the application of the 
watchmen for an increase of pay. The board after duly con- 
sidering the subject voted that it was not expedient to make 
any addition to their pay. 



52 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[96.] A communication from P. 0. Thacher Esq. respect- 
ing the town's slip from Lynn street to the sea, was referred 
to Mr. Shaw, who was requested to confer with Mr. Thacher on 
the subject & report. 

The application of the Rev. Dr. Baldwin and others for the 
use of the new school house (Fort hill) for the purpose of hold- 
ing a weekly lecture, and occasionally to meet on the Sabbath, 
was considered & voted, that the school houses being under the 
direction and control of the School Committee it was not in 
the power of the board to grant the request, & that the Chair- 
man be instructed to lay the request before the School Com- 
mittee. 

Complaint having been made by Mr. Jona Simonds that 
the constable who distributed notifications for the last town 
meeting did not do his duty, as a number of citizens in Ward 
No. 11. were not notified. The Board requested the Chairman 
to make the necessary enquiry. 

The request of a number of citizens that the hand cart men 
usually standing at the corner of Kilby next to State street 
might be removed; was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 3. who were requested to consult with the deputy police 
officer respecting a new stand for the hand cartmen & report 
to the board. 

The Chairman reported, that the treasurer of the Franklin 
Fund had informed him, that a sum sufficient to make up three 
thousand dollars had been deposited in the M. & M. Bank, 
agreeably to a vote of the Board of the 3d. instant. 

[97.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
17th, 1819 Present the whole Board, except Mr. Hunewell. 

34 jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

The committee appointed to revise the rules & orders of the 
board have attended that service, and ask leave to report the 
rules and orders adopted on the 18th. day of March, 1818 
with the following addition viz. 

The committees of the sections shall have the direction of 
the lamps in their respective sections, and shall have the power 
of shifting, adding to, or reducing their number, as they may 
deem expedient. report accepted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 53 

Voted, that the Board be divided into committees as fol- 
lows. 

Section No. 1. to be assigned to Messrs. Austin & Silsby. 
Section No. 2. to Messrs. Dorr & Shaw 
Section No. 3. to Messrs. Oliver & Bass 
Section No. 4. to Messrs. Hunewell & Levering. 
Messrs. Lovering & Bass Committee of the Neck. 

Messrs. Oliver, Hunewell, Lovering, Bass & Phillips Com- 
mittee of the Common. 

[98.] Messrs. Phillips, Dorr & Silsby Committee of the 
Market. 

Messrs. Austin & Silsby North Schools & Watch. 

Messrs. Dorr & Phillips West Schools. 

Messrs. Dorr & Shaw Boylston Schools. 

Messrs. Oliver & Bass Center Schools & Watch. 

Messrs. Hunewell & Lovering South Schools & Watch. 

Mr. Hunewell Committee of Hay Scales. 

Messrs. Hunewell, Lovering & Austin Committee of the 
Town-house. 

Mr. Shaw to whom was referred the communication from 
P. 0. Thacher Esq. respecting the town's slip from Lynn street 
made the following report, which was read and accepted. 

The subscriber to whom was referred the communication of 
P. O. Thacher Esq. respecting the town's slip in Lynn street, 
having conferred with Mr. Thacher upon the subject and 
understood his view of the subject do report. That in my 
opinion it is expedient to adopt the course proposed by Mr. 
Thacher, and pass the vote proposed in his communication, 
which is respectfully submitted. 

Lemuel Shaw. 

[99.] Whereupon the Board passed the following vote. 

Whereas this Board upon enquiry, find that there was an 
ancient slip or dock, running from Lynn street to low water 
mark in the direction of Foster's Lane, being a continuation of 
the same, which was used by all the citizens freely as a landing 
place, and the same slip was staked out by a committee of this 
Board in behalf of the town in the year 1807, the same being 
claimed as the ancient and undoubted right of the town: and 
the same committee did forbid Messrs. Holbrook & Whitney 
from trespassing thereon: and whereas in the opinion of this 
Board, it would be for the safety and convenience of the public, 
that the said slip should be kept open and free from all incum- 
brances, and that it should be established as one of the streets 



54 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

and highways of the town: therefore voted, that Fosters 
Lane so called, be continued at the width of eighteen feet across 
Lynn street down to low water mark, as one of the streets .& 
highways of the town, and the same is hereby established as 
such accordingly. 

The Chairman reported he had examined into the complaint 
exhibited against the constable (Holden) who was employed to 
distribute the notifications in Ward No. 11. and was informed 
by him that he had endeavoured to do his duty & was not 
conscious of having neglected it in this instance, and that he 
delivered all the notifications he had received from the printer, 
there being but 350 left when he called for them. 

[1OO.] The Committee of Section No. 3. to whom was 
referred the complaint against the hand cart men, requested 
further time to make their report on that subject. 

The following officers were chosen for the year ensuing. 

Samuel Phillips Hay weigher Joseph Levering & John 
Parker Esqr. his bondsmen. 

Nathaniel Meriam, Clerk of the Market on condition of his 
giving a bond for one thousand dollars with two sufficient 
bondsmen, for the faithful discharge of his duty; he to pay 
over to the town treasurer all monies collected by him, once 
in four weeks, and produce a receipt therefor to the Chairman 
of this Board. 

Allan Pollack sealer of Weights & measures. 
Caleb Loring Junr. Weigher of Boats & Lighters. 

The Choice of police officers was assigned for this day fort- 
night. 

Mr. Braddock Loring was appointed a measurer of wood 
coming by water into this town. 

[1O1.] The application of Thomas K. Williams to lease for 
five years, a piece of land on the neck belonging to the town, was 
referred to the committee of the Neck. 

The application of Thomas R. Holden for a place or stall to 
sell fish at the north part of the town, at the head of Winnesimit 
ferry ways, was referred to the Committee of Section No. 1. 

The Chairman was authorized (when he should deem it 
necessary) to direct the officer of police to give notice that for 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 55 

thirty days next ensuing no cart, waggon or truck shall carry at 
any one time over the streets more than two hogsheads, six feet 
of dry pine or eastern wood, or four feet of green wood, or of 
manure or any other article more than one ton. 

Warrant was signed for April meeting Mr. Buckingham 
to print notifications. Rev. Mr. Huntington to open the 
meeting with prayer. 

[1O2.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
24th, 1819. Present the whole Board except Mr. Silsby. 

John Meriam & Abijah Meriam were approved as bondsmen 
for Nathaniel Meriam, Clerk of the Market. 1 

Voted, That hereafter it be the duty of the Clerk of the 
Market, to pay over to the town treasurer all the monies which 
he may receive on account of the town monthly, and produce 
his receipts therefor to the Chairman of this Board. 

The committee to whom was referred the application of 
Mr. Thos. K. Williams, reported, that they had viewed the 
land that Mr. Williams was desirous of leasing, that in their 
opinion it was worth $20 per annum, but as Mr. W. was not 
willing to pay more than $10 a year, they were of opinion 
it was not expedient to lease it at that price report 
accepted. 

The committee to whom was referred the application of 
Thomas R. Holden, reported, that they had attended the 
duty assigned them, and found on examination, that a stall 
for the sale of fish might be conveniently erected at the place 
applied for, that it would be a great accommodation for the 
citizens residing at the north part of the town to have a fish 
market established there. and a suitable building might be 
erected, that would not cost more than eighty dollars, for 
which building Mr. Holden would pay forty dollars a year, 
whereupon it was voted, that the committee be authorized 
[1O3.] to have a stall built provided the expense would not 
exceed eighty dollars; and that Mr. Holden or some other 
person would take a lease of it at forty dollars per annum. 

Mr. Dorr was appointed a committee to wait on the Rev. 
Mr. Huntington, and request he would open the meeting with 
prayer, on the first Monday of April next. 

The chairman reported that Mr. Tukesbury had informed 
him, that several persons had been lately seen taking ballast 
from Deer Island. The Board fully impressed with the 
importance of this island to the security of the harbour, 



56 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

voted, That the Chairman be directed to have the following 
Advertisement inserted in the public prints. viz. 

Fifty Dollars Reward. 

At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Boston March 24, 1819. It 
having been represented to this Board, that several persons 
have been seen lately taking ballast from Deer Island, the 
property of the town, in violation of notice heretofore given, 
and thereby endangering the safety of the Town and harbour. 
public notice is again given, that no person is allowed to take 
sand, gravel, or ballast of any kind, from any part of said 
island, or the Fawn bars; all persons who shall offend in future 
in this respect will be prosecuted; and any one who will give 
information of such trespass, to convict the offender, shall 
receive the above reward. 

By order of the Selectmen 

Turner Phillips, Chairman. 

[1O4:.] The Chairman informed that Mr. Galen Holmes 
had complained to him, that the town crier had charged an 
exorbitant fee for crying two children that were lost some time 
since; that he (the Chairman had sent for Mr. Wilson and 
made enquiry on the subject; that he had advised Mr. 
Wilson to return Mr. Holmes one half the sum which he had 
received, which he consented to do. That Mr. Holmes had 
since received from Mr. Wilson two notes couched in very 
reprehensible language and requested the Board would 
take the subject under consideration and afford him such redress 
as the nature of the offence demanded. 

The notes being read the Board voted, that the Chairman 
be instructed to notify the parties to attend at the Selectmens 
room on Wednesday next at 4 o'clock P. M. 

The Committee on accounts for the present month were 
authorized to allow the bills of Saml. L. Knapp Esq. attorney 
at law against William D. Allison & Ebenezer Brown for ser- 
vices performed in defending them in an action brought 
against them by John Emery at the July term of the Boston 
Court of Common Pleas, on which trial every thing appeared 
fair & correct on the part of the said Allison & Brown, as 
watchmen of the town. 

The Committee of the Neck were authorized to make such 
repairs on Lambs Dam as they may find necessary ; also to have 
a fence placed round the bull pasture, so called, and to have 
such repairs made to the fence on the Neck as they may deem 
expedient. 

Information being received that Major Seth [1O5.] Johnson 
had fenced in a piece of the town's land on the Neck, The 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 57 

committee of Section No. 4 were authorized to lease the land 
to him, and in case he should refuse to take a lease of the 
said land on such terms as the committee may think reasonable, 
the committee are empowered to have the fence removed. 

The oath of office was administered to Mr. Hunewell by 
the Chairman. 

The Chairman was requested to have a dinner provided 
for the Board on the day of the election of governor, lieutenant 
governor &c. and for such guests as have usually been invited 
on that occasion. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 31st, 
1819 Present the whole Board, except Mr. Austin. 

Passed the monthly draft. 

At the mutual request of Lawrence Nichols & Bernard 
Alexander who was indented to the former with the approba-. 
tion of this Board on the 3d. instant, and personal examination 
of the parties, voted that the said indenture be and the same 
is hereby cancelled, and the parties respectively discharged 
from .their obligations. 

The Chairman & Mr. Oliver were authorized to dispose of 
the bell formerly used at one of the school houses, to Mr. 
Parker for the use of the Episcopal Society worshipping at 
So. Boston, at 30 cents a pound. 

[1O6.] This being the time assigned for coming to a 
choice of police officers, for the year ensuing, the subject was 
taken into consideration, & voted, that the choice of police 
officers for the year ensuing be postponed, and that the Chair- 
man, Messrs. Levering, Silsby & Shaw be a committee to 
consider the expediency of reducing the number of police 
officers for the ensuing year and report at the next meeting 
of the Board. 

Returns were received from the Superintendent of Police, 
and the Deputy Police Officer of fines received by them for 
the quarter ending this day. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 7th, 1819. 
- Present Messrs. Phillips, Hunewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

The Committee appointed "to take into consideration the 
expediency of reducing the number of police officers" have 
attended the duty assigned them and report. That having 



58 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

given the subject the consideration that its importance required, 
and being impressed with the belief that the great mass of 
their fellow citizens are now so fully sensible of the necessity 
that the by-laws and orders of the town and the laws of the 
Commonwealth which especially relate to the good order & 
government of the town should be complied with, and are so 
well disposed to that effect, are of opinion that one police 
officer will be sufficient for the year ensuing. 

[1O7.] Your committee have also taken into considera- 
tion the compensation to be allowed said officer, and are of 
opinion eight hundred dollars per annum will be fully adequate 
to the services he will have to perform; Altho' your committee 
are very desirous to be as economical in the expenditure of 
the public money as possible, yet in naming this salary they 
would observe, they have not been governed solely by the 
motives of economy, but have also duly considered the services 
to be performed. 

The committee would recommend that the police officer 
be directed to pay into the town treasury all fines that may 
by law accrue to him; they are not influenced in the adop- 
"tion of this measure by the amount of the fines, which are 
trifling, but because they believe it would be more satisfactory 
to the public, and what is of much greater importance in the 
opinion of your committee, it would prevent the person fined 
from charging the officer with having commenced the prosecu- 
tion for his personal interest, and not the public good. 
By order of the Committee 

Apl. 2d, 1819. Turner Phillips, Chairman. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted and Thursday 
next assigned for coming to the choice of police officer. 

The committee appointed the llth ultimo to consider the 
application of a number of citizens [1O8.] that the hand-cart 
men usually standing at the corner of Kilby and State streets 
might be removed reported, that the hand cart men who now 
stand at the corner of Kilby & State streets, be removed to 
Liberty square report accepted. 

A complaint having been made that Mr. David Forsaith was 
making sales at public auction in State street in violation of 
the conditions on which licenses had been granted to the auc- 
tioneers of the town for several years past; The Chairman 
informed, that he had directed the Superintendent of Police to 
call on Mr. Forsaith and to request him to desist from making 
sales at auction in that street, that he (the Chairman) after- 
wards met Mr. Forsaith in the street, who observed that he had 
received notice from the police officer, and wished to know why 
such notice had been sent to him he was informed it was 
contrary to the restrictions laid on all the auctioneers and that 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 59 

the Selectmen would not allow it; to this he replied he did not 
care a dam about it; the conversation then ended. The Board 
voted, that the Chairman be directed to request Mr. David 
Forsaith (in writing) to desist from making sales at auction in 
State street, & to inform him if he should continue (contrary 
to the restrictions laid on all the auctioneers) to do it, the time 
is approaching when it will be in their power effectually to 
prevent it. 

The Board having received information that a passage way 
leading through land owned [1O9.] by Mr. Thomas Haskins, 
or under his superintendence or control, between Carver & 
Pleasant streets is in such bad order as to make it dangerous 
for the citizens or others to pass over. Ordered That the 
Chairman be instructed to inform Mr. Haskins that the Select- 
men consider him responsible for any damage that may happen 
to the person or property of any individual passing over the 
same, and to inform him, if he should refuse or neglect to have 
said passage way put in a state of security, it will be their duty 
to have a fence placed at each end thereof and thereby prevent 
the citizens from attempting to pass over it. 

Messrs. Shaw, Dorr & Austin were appointed a committee to 
meet & confer with a sub-committee of the School Committee 
respecting what remuneration ought (in equity) to be made to 
the Society in Hollis street for the upper story of the school 
house in Nassau street, called Franklin Hall the same having 
been taken for the use of the town, for a writing school. 

The Board having received an invitation from the Church & 
Society in Hollis street to attend at the ordination of Mr. John 
Pierpont, and also to dine with them after the religious services 
of the day. Voted that the Chairman be requested to inform 
the committee of the Society that the Board will with pleasure 
accept their polite invitation. 

Voted, That the next meeting of this Board be on Thursday 
the 15th instant at 4 o'clock. P. M. 

[11O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
15th, 1819 Present the whole Board. 

This being the time assigned for coming to the choice of a 
police officer (the Chairman read a note he had received from 
Nehemiah Freeman Esq. declining to offer himself as a candi- 
date for the office) the votes were taken and Mr. Caleb Hay- 
ward was declared to be unanimously chosen police officer 
during the pleasure of the Board, subject to all the orders, rules 
& regulations of this Board, with a salary at the rate of eight 
hundred dollars Pr annum. 



60 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Voted that the sum of two hundred & fifty dollars be paid 
Colo. Nehemiah Freeman in full for his services as police officer, 
being the amount of his salary to the termination of the current 
quarter. 

The Chairman made the following report That in the hope 
Mr. Forsaith would desist from making sales at auction at his 
office in State street, he refrained from writing him on that 
subject until Friday last, when having observed an advertise- 
ment for a sale at his office No. 50 State street, he (the Chair- 
man) in compliance with the orders of the Board sent him on 
Friday the 9th. instant a note of which the following is a copy 

Selectmens room April 9th, 1819. 
Sir 

In consequence of a complaint being made that you were 
selling at public auction, in State street, in direct violation of 
the conditions on [111.] which licenses have been granted to 
the auctioneers of this town for several years past, I directed 
the police officer to call on you and request you would not 
continue your sales by auction in that street since which 
having observed your advertisements for sales at auction at 
your office No. 50 State street it became my duty to lay the 
subject before the Selectmen, who have directed me again to 
request you will refrain from making sales by auction in State 
street, and to inform you if you should continue (contrary to 
the restrictions laid on all the auctioneers) to do it, the time 
is approaching when it will be in their power effectually to pre- 
vent it. 

I am Sir, your Hbl Servt 

Turner Phillips Chairman 
Mr. David Forsaith. of the Selectmen. 

That in the afternoon of the next day (Saturday the 10th. 
instant) Mr. Forsaith came into the Selectmens Room (accom- 
panied by Mr. Josiah Forsaith) and informed the Chairman 
he had called with his friend to make some enquiry respecting 
a note he had received the day before, (that he had communi- 
cated it to Mr. Peabody who observed that such treatment 
could not be submitted to,) and that he now wished to know 
why he was singled out on that occasion; he was answered 
that he was not the only one who was restricted from making 
sales at auction in State street, that it was a condition on 
which licenses had been granted to all the auctioneers in town; 
he then asked why Mr. Callamore was not prevented from 
making sales in that street the last summer; he was answered 
that those sales [112.] (if there were any) were not known 
to the Board, if they had come to there knowledge they would 
have been stopped ; that there had been an application to 
the Selectmen for permission to show a flag only in that street, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 61 

without making any sales on the street which was refused; he 
then asked w 7 ho made the complaint, the reply was "as the 
fact was not denied it was unnecessary to say who the com- 
plainant was" he then charged the Board with being partial 
(by repeating the vulgar saying) that kissing went by favor 
with the Board; In reply to this unjust charge your Chair- 
man could not refrain from saying the Board despised such 
conduct, & he believes he added, such insinuations; Mr. 
Forsaith immediately replied, and I despise you, I despise 
you Sir. after some further conversation Mr. Forsaith insinu- 
ated that such conduct might affect the re-election of the 
present Board, to which he was answered, the Board were not 
seeking popularity, that they would do what they conceived 
to be their duty, let the event be what it might. 

The Chairman would not have trdubled the Board with this 
statement had he considered it personal, but the honor of the 
Board being implicated, he considered it his duty to submit 
it to them.* He would also observe that as Chairman of the 
Board it is his duty to comply with their directions, and if in 
so doing he is to be insulted with impunity, no consideration 
will induce him any longer to serve as their Chairman. all 
which is submitted for the consideration of the Board by their 

Hbl Servt. 

T. Phillips 

[113.] * Note. On Monday the 12th. instant, The Chair- 
man sent a Note to Mr. Forsaith requesting he would favor 
him with the name of the person who accompanied him on 
Saturday last to the Selectmens room ; in consequence of 
which Mr. F. called with his brother being the same person 
who was with him The Chairman then read to them what 
he had committed to paper, and asked them if it was correct; 
Mr. Forsaith said it was, with the exception of that part 
respecting Mr. Peabody. 

The foregoing statement was ordered to be recorded. 

The Chairman informed, that in compliance with the orders 
of the Board he had sent a written notice to Mr. Thomas 
Haskins, of which the following is a copy. 

Selectmens Room Apl. 8, 1819. 
Mr. Thomas Haskins 
Sir 

The Selectmen having been informed that a passageway 
leading through land owned by you, or under your superin- 
tendence or control, between Carver & Pleasant streets, is 
now in such bad order as to make it dangerous for the citizens 
to pass over. I am instructed by the Board to inform you, 



62 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

they consider you responsible for any damage that may happen 
to the person or property of any citizen passing over the same; 
and to direct you to have said passageway put in such 
order as to prevent any danger arising therefrom. Should 
you neglect to pay proper attention to this notice, it will be 
the duty of the Selectmen to have a fence placed at [114.] 
each end of the passage way and thereby prevent the citizens 
from attempting to pass over it. 

Return was made by Mr. Hunewell, that he had examined 
the accounts of the Hay weigher for the quarter ending the 1st. 
instant the whole amount of the proceeds was $315.8 and 
the balance due the town was $101.29 which the treasurer 
has been ordered to receive. 

The Chairman informed, that after organizing the Board of 
Assistant Assessors he had informed them, that he was directed 
by the Selectmen to request them to furnish a list of the rate- 
able polls in their respective wards on, or before Wednesday 
the 12th day of May next, and that this was indispensable to 
ascertain the number of Representatives the town had a right 
to send, and to entitle them to their seats in the Legislature. 

Mr. Shaw & the Chairman were appointed a committee on 
the subject of an orator for the 4th. of July next. 

The application of Mr. Daniel Baxter that a committee might 
be appointed to ascertain the quantity of land thrown by 
him into Harvard street, and if wanted to widen said street to 
ascertain the value thereof. was referred to the Committee 
of section No 4. 

[115.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 21st, 
1819. Present Messrs. Philips, Oliver, Hunewell, Levering, 
Dorr & Shaw. 

It being represented to the Board that the funds of the 
Episcopal Society at South Boston were so low as not to admit 
of their purchasing a bell, and the Board being of opinion that 
in the event of a fire happening at that section of the town, 
a bell might be very serviceable in sounding the alarm, 
Voted, that the committee appointed on the 31st. ultimo be 
authorized to loan one of the school bells to said Society; 
Mr. Gould giving his obligation to return it when demanded, 
or pay for the same. 

The committee of the Neck reported that agreeably to the 
directions of the Board they had leased to Major Seth Johnson 
a piece of the town's land on the Neck (fenced by him) for 
five dollars per annum. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 63 

The committee to whom was referred the application of Mr. 
Daniel Baxter respecting land on Harvard street, requested 
further time to report. 

. The Chairman was requested to direct the police officer to 
attend on Mr. Shaw for instructions to carry into execution 
the vote of the Board of the 17th. March last respecting the 
town's slip from Lynn street, the thirty days allowed to remove 
the incumbrances having expired. 

The committee of section No. 2 were authorized to repair 
the bottom of North Allen street. 

[116.] The chairman was instructed to direct the police 
officer to call on Mr. Washington Munroe & order him to 
remove his bench and commodities from Dock Square with- 
out delay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 28th, 1819. 
Present the whole Board. Passed the monthly accounts. 

The Board came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an 
oration on the 5th of July next, (the 4th. being Sunday) and 
voted unanimously, that Franklin Dexter, Esq. be requested 
to deliver the annual oration, before the town on the next 
anniversary of American Independence on the 5th. day of July 
next, and that the Chairman be requested to communicate 
notice thereof to Mr. Dexter. 

The committee appointed the 7th. instant, to whom was 
referred the application of William Dall & Amasa Davis, 
Esquires, trustees of Franklin Hall, in behalf of themselves & 
others, as proprietors of said hall, and beneficially interested 
therein, having, as directed, conferred with a committee from 
the School Committee, & considered the subject, report, that 
in their opinion the applicants have equitable claim upon the 
town for a reasonable compensation for said hall which has 
now been taken for public use, that [117.] six hundred dollars 
is in their opinion a valuable and adequate compensation there- 
for, and ought to be paid by the town, on obtaining a full 
release and discharge of all claims therein, legal & equitable, in 
which opinions the said sub committee from the School Com- 
mittee, fully concurred. They also report that the facts and 
reasonings, upon which these opinions are founded, are detailed 
at length in the report made to the School Committee, to 
which therefore they beg leave to refer, which is respectfully 
submitted. 

By Order, & Lemuel Shaw. 

Ap. 28, 1819. 

The foregoing report was accepted by the School Committee. 



64 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Mr. Shaw was requested to ascertain if the by-laws of the 
town extended to waggons, carts, trucks or other vehicles com- 
ing into the town from the country, or the towns adjacent. 

The petition of Wm D. Allison, that the town would pay 

$ for a verdict & costs rendered against him in an action, 

brought by Emery; he (Allison) constable of the watch being 
free from fault in the transaction for which he had been prose- 
cuted, and for which sum he had been arrested & committed 
to prison; was referred to Mr. Shaw. 

Return was made by the Chairman (one of the committee of 
the Market) that he had examined the accounts of the Clerk 
of the Market for the quarter ending the 24 inst. the whole 
amount of which was $1973.25 which he had ordered paid 
to the treasurer. 

The committee of the Common were authorized to agree 
with Mr. Gray to erect an arch at the entrance of the mall at 
bottom of Park street, for sixty dollars. 

[118.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 
4th, 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Levering, Dorr & Shaw. 

4 Grand & 4 petit jurors were drawn for the Circuit Court of 
the United States. 

The Chairman read a note he had received from Franklin 
Dexter Esq. accepting the appointment of orator for the 5th. 
July next, the 4th. being Sunday. 

Mr. Shaw to whom was referred (on the 28th ultimo) the 
application of Wm. D. Allison, reported that it was not expe- 
dient to grant the request report accepted. 

On the application of a number of citizens "that the car- 
riages &c &c usually standing in State street at the east end 
of the Old State House may not be suffered to stand there in 
future" - Voted, that the police officer be directed to publish 
in two papers, the by law on that subject giving notice that 
it will be enforced against all offenders in future; and that he 
be authorized to employ one of the constables of the town to 
stand in that street two days for the purpose of giving notice 
to offenders, and having the law obeyed. 

The police officer having reported that in carrying into 
execution the orders of the Board by removing [119.] the 
incumbrances from Fosters Lane he had been resisted by Mr. 
Asa Holbrook. Voted, that the Chairman be requested to 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 65 

call with the police officer on Mr. Thacher and state to him 
the conduct of Mr. Holbrook in this respect, and obtain from 
Mr. Thacher directions for the future conduct of the police 
officer for carrying the orders of the Board respecting that 
street fully into effect. 

The Chairman was instructed to notify Mr. Ebenr Clap to 
remove the stone wall, which stands on the former bounds 
of his land, but now on Dorchester street So. Boston, without 
delay. 
Notified. 

Mr. Elisha Copeland was authorized to let the stands on the 
mall on public days at the same rate Mr. Stevenson for- 
merly let them, he paying the expense of twelve constables 
on the days of the general and Artillery elections, & for clearing 
& cleaning the mall and common as speedily as possible after 
public days; and suffering any cart or other carriage to enter 
on the mall or Common. 

Voted, that Messrs. Dorr & Silsby be a committee to advise 
and assist the Chairman respecting the sum necessary for the 
current expenses in the Selectmen's department for the year 
ensuing and for the completion and arrangement of the docu- 
ments ordered to be printed and distributed among the inhabi- 
tants. 

Warrant was signed for town meeting for choice of Repre- 
sentatives to the next General Court. 

[12O.] Rev. Mr. Pierpont to be requested to open the 
meeting with prayer. Mr. Buckingham to print the noti- 
fications. 

Voted, That the Selectmen will be in session the whole of 
Wednesday next for the purpose of correcting the list of voters 
for Representatives of this town to the General Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 12th 1819 
Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Bass, Dorr, Silsby 
& Shaw. 

The Chairman read the following note from L. Baldwin 
Esq. Agent of the Boston & Roxbury Mill Corporation. 

Boston May 7. 1819. 
Dear Sir 

Soon after the directors of the Boston & Roxbury Mill 
Corporation appointed me their agent and superintendent 
I was directed by them to erect a building for an office at the 
north east end of the dam by Charles street. 



66 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

But owing to the crowded state of the business at that point, 
I could find no .situation, where it could be placed on the dam. 
I therefore erected it over the flats in the angle of the [121.] 
dam and Charles street, with the north sill resting on the south 
east side of the dam, and the north east sill on the south side 
of Charles street, the other part of the building rests on piles. 
I was induced to place it there as most convenient to our 
present business, and as it is intended only for an office during 
the execution of the work, and understanding that no formal 
application to the gentlemen Selectmen was necessary for 
the purpose, I proceeded without consulting them. But as 
some enquiries have been made about it to day, I take this 
early occasion to state the facts to the Selectmen of Boston 
to request their permission to allow the house to remain where 
it is, and to assure them that neither the directors of the Mill 
Corporation nor myself, ever contemplated improving it in 
its present place for any other purpose than an office for the 
necessary business of their work, or of keeping it there any 
longer than it shall be so used or wanted. If upon these 
circumstances the gentlemen Selectmen, will permit it to 
stand where it is for the reasons and purposes above stated 
they may be assured that it shall be removed when no longer 
wanted for an office, or whenever the interest of the town 
shall require such removal with great respect, Yr. Obt. 
serv L. Baldwin Agent &c of Boston 

Turner Phillips Esq & Roxbury Mill Corporation. 

Chairn of Board of 
Selectmen. 
Boston. 



Whereupon it was voted, that the above request 
be so far granted as that the building be permitted to remain 
in its present place during the pleasure of the Board. 

The proposal of Mr. John M. Dearborn for watering the 
streets of the Town was laid before the Board. The Chairman 
was requested to inform Mr. Dearborn, that however desirable 
it might be to the Board to have it carried into execution, 
it is not within the limits of their authority to grant any exclu- 
sive right. 

Mr. Derastus Clapp was licensed as an auctioneer, his auction 
office to be at No. 16 Essex street. 

Mr. Charles D. Coolidge was licensed as an auctioneer his 
auction office to be at Central wharf or Kilby street. 

[123.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
19th, 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Lovering, Austin, Silsby & Shaw. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 67 

The Chairman informed he had received a letter from Daniel 
Stevens Esq. Intendant of the city of Charleston of which the 
following is a copy. 

Sir 

In conformity with a resolution of the City Council of 
Charleston, I herewith have the honor to forward you "Two 
Copies of the Digest of the City Ordinances of the City of 
Charleston" and I am to request of you an interchange of the 
Laws and Ordinances of the town of Boston. 

I have the honor to be very respectfully your most Obedt. 
Servt. (signed) Daniel Stevens. 

The Chairman of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

Whereupon it was voted, that the Chairman be requested 
to have two copies of the by-laws and orders of the town 
elegantly bound & forwarded to the Hon. The Intendant and 
City Council of Charleston. 

The Chairman laid before the Board a communication from 
L. Baldwin Esq. agent [124.] and superintendent of the 
Boston & Roxbury Mill Corporation, stating that a building 
had been erected over the flats at the bottom of Beacon street 
adjoining the north wall of the dam upon what was considered 
the continuation of Beacon street. The Board took the same 
into consideration and voted, that the whole Board will attend 
at the bottom of Beacon street tomorrow at 4 o'clock P. M. to 
view the building above mentioned. 

The Chairman to direct the police officer to notify Capt. 
Joseph Jenkins to have the pavement taken up by him (to lay 
a drain in Purchase street) relaid, in default of which, the Board 
would have it done and bill sent to him for payment. 

The committee of Section No. 4 were authorized to complete 
as much of Dorchester street at South Boston as they may 
think expedient, also to make such repairs on First street in 
that section of. the town as they may judge necessary. 

Mr. Nehemiah Somes was licensed as an auctioneer, his 
place of business No. 1 1 Kilby street. And Mr. Elisha Smith 
was also licensed in Boylston street. 

- 

Warrant for town meeting on the money concerns of the 
town, was signed Mr. Buckingham to print notification. 

[125.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
25th, 1819 Present The whole Board except Mr. Silsby. 



68 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Board agreeably to assignment met in Beacon street 
on Thursday the 20th instant accompanied by Mr. Taylor, 
and after measuring the width of that street in several places 
proceeded to view the building erected at the bottom of the 
street by Benjamin Joy Esq. and were of opinion it was an 
encroachment on the property of the town eight feet four 
inches. 

The Board now took up the subject again and voted that 
the Chairman send Mr. Joy the following notice 

Boston May 25th, 1819 
Sir 

The Selectmen having received information that (by your 
order) a building had been placed over the flats at the bottom 
of Beacon street, and having viewed the same, are of opinion 
"it is an encroachment on the property of the town as far as 
it extends south of the north line of that street which is about 
eight feet" I am instructed by them to inform you that 
this nuisance must be removed within ten days from the date 
hereof; should you neglect this notice, it will be their duty 
as guardians of the rights [126.] of the town to take measures 
to have it removed or demolished. 

(signed) Turner Phillips Chairman of Selectn 

The committee of Section No. 4. reported, that they had 
agreed with Mr. Malone to make as much of Dorchester 
street as may be necessary, and had also made some enquiry 
respecting the cost of the repairs wanting on First street at 
South Boston. They informed that Mr. Clap had not removed 
his wall or fence on Dorchester street which must be done 
before that street could be made; whereupon it was voted, 
that the Chairman be instructed to notify Mr. Clap to remove 
his stone wall or fence on Dorchester street, or it would be 
given to any person who would take it away (Mr. Clap 
notified by the Chairman the 27th instant.) 

The application of Honbl. William Eustis for payment for 
land (said to be taken from him to widen Elm street, was 
referred to committee of Section No. 2. 

The committee of the Common were authorized to have 
a new fence placed on the inner part of the new mall on Park 
street, the old fence to be taken to a place of safety to be dis- 
posed of as occasion may require. 

[127.] On the application of Mr. Reed of Marblehead, 
representation was made to the Hon. Judge of Probate for the 
county of Suffolk, that Ruth Lambert, widow, does by exces- 
sive drinking and idleness, so spend and waste her estate as 
thereby to expose herself to want, and suffering circumstances 
and praying that a guardian may be appointed for her. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 69 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Wednesday. June 
2d, 1819 present the whole Board except Mr. Hunewell. 

A communication from the Hon. H. G. Otis and others 
respecting the building erected at the lower part of Beacon 
street was read by the Chairman. The Board after duly 
considering the same voted, that the communication from the 
Hon. Mr. Otis & others relative to the north line of the lower 
part of Beacon street, be referred to Messrs. Shaw. Hunewell 
& Oliver to confer with the said gentlemen and also with the 
proprietors of the dam, and ascertain what the views and 
wishes of the respective parties are relative to said streets &c 
upon what terms the same can be filled up & completed. 

[128.] The Chairman informed that agreeably to the 
vote of the Board he had notified Mr. Clap to remove his stone 
wall from Dorchester street at South Boston, or it would be 
considered a nuisance and given to any person that would 
take it away since which Mr. Malone had informed "that Mr. 
Clap had not removed his stone wall and that he should be 
obliged to desist from working in the street unless it was 
immediately removed. That he (the Chairman then addressed 
a note to Mr. Clap of which the following is a copy. 

Boston May 31st, 1819. 
Sir 

I am this moment informed the stones, that composed 

your wall are not removed from Dorchester street So Boston 

- 1 would now inform you if they are not removed by 12 

o'clock tomorrow they are given to a person that will remove 

them after that time. 

By order of the Selectmen 

Turner Phillips. Chairman. 
Mr. Ebenr. Clap. 

This produced a reply from Mr. Clap of which the following 
is [a] copy. 

Dorchester 1st. June 1819. 
[1559.3 

Sir, 

Your several notes have been received, in answer to which 
I am instructed by the owners of land at South Boston alluded 
to, to say that they will remove their stone wall, but will not 
give up their claim to the land, and do by this notice forbid 
any street or trepass on said land until compensation is made 
for the same. 

By order of the owners. 

(Signed) Ebenr. Clap Jr. 
Turner Phillips Eqr. 
Chairman Selectmen 
Boston. 



70 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee of Section No. 2 to whom was referred the 
application of Hon. William Eustis, requested further time to 
report on that subject. 

The application of Thomas K. Jones and others to change 
the direction of the common sewer in Water street, was referred 
to the committee of Section No. 3. 

The committee of Section No. 4 to whom was referred the 
application of Mr. Daniel Baxter for payment for land thrown 
into Harvard street, reported, (some time since) that the sub- 
ject be left to referrees, Mr. Baxter paying all the expense 
attending the decision. Mr. Baxter having agreed to [13O.] 
the above terms, proposed as referees, Deacon Faxon, John 
Knapp Esq, & Mr. John Howe, to which the Board agreed & 
requested the committee of Section No. 4 to attend on the 
part of the town. 

Mr. Ralph Haskins having refused to pay Sargent & Hart's 
bill for relaying the pavement over a drain laid by his order 
in Court & Hanover streets, voted that Mr. Shaw be requested 
to bring an action against Mr. Haskins for the amount of 
Sargent & Hart's bill. 

The Chairman was requested to enclose an attested copy of 
the vote of the town to the Hon. Justices of the Court of Ses- 
sions on the subject of erecting a new prison, and to inform 
them, the Board are ready to meet and confer with them on 
this important subject, and afford them all the assistance in 
their power. 

Whereas the town has heretofore suffered inconvenience & 
loss by unskilful or unfaithful workmen having been employed 
in paving the streets; voted, that no workmen shall be 
employed by any member or members of this Board, who shall 
not previously have been approved by a majority of the Board 
as a suitable person for that service. 

[131.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 
9th, 1819. Present the whole Board. 

7 jurors were drawn for the District Court of the United 
States. 

The committee appointed to meet and confer with the Hon. 
Mr. Otis and others requested further time to report on that 
subject. 

The committee of Section No. 2. to whom was referred the 
application of Hon. William Eustis reported, that they had 
attended the duty assigned them, and were of opinion Mr. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 71 

Eustis so far from being injured by the improvements made in 
Elm street, had been benefited thereby and was not entitled 
to any compensation report accepted, and the Chairman 
instructed to inform Hon. Mr. Eustis that the Selectmen do 
not think he is entitled to any compensation for the improve- 
ments they have made in Elm street. (informed the 10th. 
instant) 

The committee of Section No. 3 to whom was referred the 
application of Thomas K. Jones & others, to change the direc- 
tion of the common sewer in Water street, reported That 
the request be granted under the inspection of the police officer, 
or such other person as the Board may appoint; The Board 
being of opinion the committee had not obtained a complete 
knowledge of this business, it was recommitted, with directions 
to employ Messrs. Sargent & Hart and obtain the best [132.] 
possible information of the state and course of the common 
sewer in that street. 

The Chairman informed, that agreeably to the directions of 
the Board, he had sent the Justices of the Court of Sessions an 
attested copy of the vote of the town, and informed them the 
Board were ready to meet & confer with them on that impor- 
tant subject. He also informed he had received a note from 
the Clerk of the Court, requesting the Board would meet the 
Court on Thursday next but as several of the Board were 
engaged on that day, the Chairman was directed to inform the 
Court the Board would meet them on Friday next at 4 o'clock 
P.M. 

The Chairman was instructed to take measures to prevent 
persons from bathing in the sea during day light, near or at 
Sea street, Also to prevent the washing or watering horses 
on the Lords day, particularly at Castle street. 

The Committee of the Market were authorized to make such 
repairs or alterations to the covering of the stalls at the west 
end of the market house as they may deem expedient. 

The Chairman was authorized to procure a sett of benches 
for the Hall, provided they do not cost more than 100 dollars. 

Warrant was signed for town meeting on Monday next. 

The application to pave Berry & Myrtle streets were ordered 
to lay for the present. 

[133.] The following were named and approved as suit- 
able persons to be employed as pavers Sargent & Hart, 
William Hart, Turell Tuttle Jur. & Samuel Sprague. 



72 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 16th 1819 
Present the whole Board except Mr. Silsby. 

A complaint having been made by Thomas Bumstead, Henry 
Hubbard, Henry Lee & a number of other citiezns, that that 
part of Common street near the stable of Mr. Este, and the 
chaise and carriage manufactory near Mr. Tuckermans is 
almost constantly obstructed by carriages, wagons, horses and 
other nuisances, and requesting that the board would take 
measures to have these nuisances removed. Voted, that the 
Chairman be requested to take such measures as he may think 
requisite, to have the nuisances complained of removed and 
the by laws of the town in this respect complied with. 

The committee of Section No. 2 were authorized to have the 
necessary repairs done on Brighton street. 

The Chairman communicated a note he had received from 
the Hon. William Eustis, in reply to a note sent him on the 
10th instant in which the honorable gentleman protests against 
the decision of the Board respecting land said to have been 
taken from him in Elm street. The Board [134.] after con- 
sidering the subject again were of opinion Mr. Eustis was not 
entitled to any compensation, and if he was dissatisfied with 
their decision, he was at liberty to resort to the laws of the land. 

* Conformably to a vote of the town of the 14th. instant, a 
remonstrance against the petition of David Greenough and 
others to the Gen. Court for a new market was signed & for- 
warded to the Hon. Legislature now in session. A copy of 
the remonstrance is on file of mixed papers for 1819. 

A communication from S. M. Thayer, E. Mears, A. Richard- 
son & Thomas Dean was laid before the Board, stating that the 
pavement in Cooks court was very much out of repair, and 
requesting that the town would pay a part of the expense of 
relaying the pavement. The Board took the same into con- 
sideration, and as the town was interested in the court as far 
as the school house and yard extended, voted, that the 
town will pay one hundred dollars towards relaying the pave- 
ment in Cooks court when it is completed to the satisfaction 
of the Selectmen. 

The application of Mr. Geo. W. Clark to be appointed auc- 
tioneer, was referred to Mr. Silsby to make enquiry. 

Mr. Joseph Bailey was authorized to superintend and pre- 
pare the music for the 5th. of July next, for which the Board 
agreed to allow a sum not exceeding twenty-five dollars. 

* The original MSS. shows this note to be in the margin of the page. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 73 

Complaint having been made that Mr. Timothy Batts keeps 
a livery stable in Friend street which has not been approved 
by the Board. The Chairman was instructed [135.] to 
inform Mr. Batts that the stable kept by him in Fr end street 
has not been approbated by the Selectmen as a livery stable 
and to forbid his continuing to use it as such, as he would 
avoid the penalty of the law in such case made and provided. 

The Chairman was desired to have the side walk on Ann 
street in front of a passageway leading to the market, and near 
an estate owned by Major Stetson, laid with brick or flat stones. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 21st. 1819. 
- Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, Bass & 
Dorr. 

34 jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 23d. 1819 
Present, The whole Board. 

Mr. George W. Clark was approved as an auctioneer on con- 
dition, that his office was to be kept in an unexceptionable 
place. 

The Chairman informed, he had in compliance with the orders 
of the Board notified Mr. Timothy Batts to desist from [136.] 
using a stable in Friend street as a livery stable. 

The committee of Section No. 2 were requested to have the 
building erected by Mr. Andrew Townsend on Brighton street 
taken down, so far as it is an encroachment on that street. 

A complaint having been exhibited, that hackney carriage 
No. 70 owned by Mr. Oliver Gragg, and drove by Pettes was 
used on Sunday last from 10. o'clock A. M. to 5 P. M. con- 
veying persons from Southack to Fish streets in violation of 
law Ordered, that the Chairman notify Mr. Gragg to attend 
the Board on Wednesday next at 4 o'clock P. M. to shew 
cause why the license of said hackney carriage should not be 
revoked (notified) 

The Application of Thomas Badger Esq. and others, for the 
use of Faneuil Hall on the ensuing anniversary of American 
Independence for the purpose of a collation, was granted. 

x x next page 

The Board agreed Mr. Buckingham should have the printing 
of the oration, provided he obtained the consent of the orator. 



74 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

John Hawes Esq. having presented a lot of land measuring 
one hundred feet on Broad Way at South Boston and one 
[137.] hundred & forty five & one half feet rear, for the pur- 
pose of a public market place, agreeably to the requirements 
and provisions of a law of the Commonwealth, entitled "An 
act to set off the north east part of the town of Dorchester, and 
to annex the same to the town of Boston." 

The Board accepted the same, and desired the Chairman to 
have a deed drawn and executed. 

x x Mr. Buckingham having applied for the right of print- 
ing the oration to be delivered on the 5th. July next, he deliver- 
ing the Board two hundred copies, the town paying twenty five 
dollars as usual. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 30th. 
1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Levering, Austin, Bass, Dorr, 
Silsby & Shaw. 

The driver of hackney carriage No. 70. (Mr. Pettes) appeared 
to answer to the complaint against him (Mr. Gragg being out 
of town.) The Board having heard his defence and consider- 
ing it was his first offence, voted, that the Chairman be requested 
to reprimand the driver and inform him as it is his first offence 
the Board excuse him, but if he should repeat the offence he 
will be deprived of his license. 

The committee of Section No. 2 reported [138.] that they 
had complied with the directions of the Board in taking down 
that part of the building of Mr. Townsend which was an 
encroachment on Brighton street. 

On the application of Mr. Larra Crane representation was 
made to the Hon. Judge of Probate for the county of Suffolk, 
that Edward Smith of this town, Labourer, does by excessive 
drinking and idleness, so spend and waste his estate as thereby 
to expose himself and family to want and suffering circum- 
stances, and praying that a guardian may be appointed for 
him. 

A similar representation was made on the 3d. of December 
last of Mary Trafrey, widow, which representation was not 
acted on by the Judge of Probate, The Board being satisfied 
that the necessity of a guardian for her still existed & another 
application being made they this day made a second applica- 
tion to the Hon. Judge of' Probate praying that a guardian 
might be appointed for her. 

The Chairman communicated to the Board an invitation 
from the Supreme Executive of the State, to join with them 
in the celebration of the anniversary of American Independence 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 75 

on the 5th of July next; voted, that this Board accept the 
invitation of the Supreme Executive, to join with them in the 
celebration of the anniversary of American Independence, on 
the fifth of July next. And further that notice be [139.] 
given to his Excellency the Governor, that Franklin Dexter 
Esq. has been appointed by the Selectmen in pursuance of a 
vote of the town of Boston, to deliver an oration before the 
officers & citizens of the town in commemoration of our coun- 
try's independence which will be delivered at the Old South 
Meeting House, and respectfully to invite the Supreme Execu- 
tive of the Commonwealth & the gentlemen invited by them, 
to unite with the Selectmen and citizens of the town in attend- 
ing on the oration, at the time & place, assigned by the Supreme 
Executive for attending divine service by the chaplains of 
the legislature. 

(An invitation was sent to the Supreme Executive a copy 
of which is on file in the bundle of mixed papers.) 

The president of the Board of Health having informed the 
Chairman, that, that Board had appointed a committee to 
ascertain if any addition was necessary to the burial ground 
at South Boston, reuquesting that a committee might be ap- 
pointed on the part of the Selectmen to act in conjunction 
with them in conformity to the vote of the town passed the 
21st June instant The Chairman, Mr. Levering & Mr. 
Hunewell were appointed on the part of this Board. 

The committee (consisting of Messrs. Oliver, Hunewell & 
Bass) to whom was referred the application of Thomas K. 
Jones & others for permission to change the course of the 
water, that comes down Water street, were requested [14O.] 
to obtain the opinion of Sargent & Hart, and if found practi- 
cable, they were authorized to grant the permission requested, 
under such restrictions as they may think consistent with the 
interest of the town. 

The committee of Section No. 2 were requested to ascertain 
what right, if any, Wm. Taylor had to land claimed by him 
on Myrtle street & now constituting part of that street, & 
report at the next meeting of the Board. 

Mr. Levering was requested to inform the persons who 
were carting dirt on the Common to desist, unless they would 
carry it for one shilling a load. 

The Board having received cards of invitation from the 
subscribers to the Collation at Faneuil Hall on the 5th of July 
next The Chairman was requested to inform Col. Badger, 
through whom the cards were received; that as the time 
mentioned would interfere with the usual arrangements of 



76 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

the municipal authority of the town on that day it would not 
be in their power to accept the invitation. 

It being expected by the Board that Mr. Nathaniel Brewer 
would resign his situation as commander of the town watch, 
in which event the Chairman was requested [141.] to author- 
ize Mr. Caleb Hayward to take the charge & superintendence 
of the town watch, and to perform all the duties attached to 
that office, until the further order of this Board. 

. Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Wednesday 
July 7th, 1819 present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Levering, Austin, Dorr & Shaw. 

The committee of Section No. 2 who were requested to 
ascertain what right, if any, Wm. Taylor had to land claimed 
by him on Myrtle street reported, that they had attended to 
the duty assigned them, and were of opinion that Mr. Taylor 
had a good right to the land claimed by him, which land now 
constituted a part of the street. The Town Clerk residing 
in that street was requested to ascertain the amount of Mr. 
Taylors demand for the land & what portion of it could be 
raised by the proprietors of estates on that street. Mr. 
Lovering reported that in compliance with the directions of 
the Board he has forbidden the carting any more dirt on the 
Common, they refusing to deliver it at one shilling a load. 
The Chairman reported that Mr. Brewer having resigned his 
situation as captain of the town watch, he had in conformity 
to the orders of the Board appointed Mr. C. Hayward super- 
intendent of the town watch until the further orders of the 
Board. Mr. Dorr reported a list of watchmen for the centre 
watch, which was approved by the Board. 

A certificate was signed by the Board that William Fisher 
of this town has a daughter named Emeline thirteen years old 
that is deaf and dumb and that he is unable to defray the 
expense of board and instruction at the asylum at Hartford. 

A similar certificate was signed that Mary Jackson, widow 
of this town has a daughter named Sally twelve years old & 
that she is unable &c 

A remonstrance was reed, from nearly all the owners or 
occupiers of estates at the- easterly end of State street stating 
that the great number of trucks [142.] usually standing in 
State street was a great inconvenience to the public and the 
occupiers of stores in that street praying they may be removed 
therefrom. The Board after duly considering the same, 
passed the following order. It is hereby ordered, that from 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 77 

and after Monday the 19th instant, the trucks and carts 
owned by any inhabitants of the town of Boston, shall be 
allowed to stand in the following streets, and that no such 
cart, truck or sled be allowed to stand in any street, lane or 
square in said town, otherwise than as they [are] allowed Vizt. 
six trucks with a horse or horses harnessed to each may stand 
in Custom House street. such trucks and carts with a 
horse or horses harnessed to each as have lately been allowed 
to stand at the east end of Faneuil Hall, shall be permitted to 
continue there for the present, under the direction of the 
Clerk of the Market. 

All other trucks not accommodated as above shall stand 
in Broad street, one half the number on each side the street, 
with their horses' heads and ends of the trucks at two feet 
distance from the flag stones. 

Four carts, with a horse or horses to each may stand in 
Custom House street, all other carts or wagons with horses to 
stand in Broad street, south of Custom House street and in 
Liberty Square. 

All sleds owned by any inhabitant of the town shall be regis- 
tered and numbered, and shall take their stands in the season 
when they shall be in use, under the same regulations as are 
above pointed out for trucks and carts. 

And it is hereby ordered, in pursuance of the authority vested 
in the Selectmen by a law of this Commonwealth, passed June 
19th 1809, that if any person shall offend against the above 
rules, orders and regulations, he shall forfeit and pay a sum 
not exceeding 'five dollars, nor less than two dollars upon con- 
viction of every breach of the same. 

It is further ordered, that so much of the rules and orders of 
the Selectmen, passed on the 1st day of [Sept.] A.D. 1818 as 
relates to the stands of trucks, carts & sleds, belonging to the 
inhabitants of the town of Boston is hereby repealed. 

By Order of the Selectmen. 

[143.] Passed on the approbation of a number of persons 
as innholders and victuallers. 

It being represented to the Board that, the making a dam 
on the marsh at the west side of the Neck would injure the 
grass for the present season Mr. Levering was authorized to 
make such a reduction in the rent as would be just and 
equitable. 

The Committee on Accounts were authorized to allow 
thirty-five dollars for the expense of music on the 5th inst. 



78 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Chairman was instructed to direct the police officer 
to order those persons who have taken stands on the streets 
and side walks for the purpose of selling fruit, to quit the same 
without delay. 

The Chairman, Mr. Shaw & Mr. Silsby were appointed a 
committee to ascertain the expense of an accurate survey of 
all the public streets, squares & alleys, and to mature a form 
for the record of the same, and report to the Board. 

Mr. Shaw was requested to draft a new form of license for 
auctioneers. 

[144.] Boston ss. At a special Meeting of the Selectmen 
on Monday the 12th day of July 1819. Present, Messrs, 
Phillips, Hunewell, Lovering, Austin, Dorr, Silsby & Shaw. 

This Meeting was called in consequence of a report that 
Franklin Dexter Esq. had received a defamatory letter in 
reference to the oration delivered by him on the 5th instant 
in commemoration of American Independence, at the request 
of the Selectmen, and in pursuance of a vote of the town. 

The Board after duly considering the subject were of opinion 
it was highly important for them, in support of the rights 
and honor of the town to take some notice of said report. It 
was therefore voted, that the Chairman be directed to address 
a note to Mr. Dexter, requesting him if any such letter had 
been received to lay it before this Board. 

The Chairman informed the Board, he had received a letter 
from James Scallan which he read a Copy of which follows 
viz. 

Boston July llth 1819. 
Gentlemen, 

I have heard that the matter contained in a letter addressed 
by me to Franklin Dexter Esq. (which [145.] he has made 
public) has been by some applied to those inhabitants of 
Boston who approved of that part of his oration relating to 
the moral conduct of General Jackson this misapplication 
of my letter makes it necessary to declare that I did not mean 
to offend even one of his auditors or approvers whilst writ- 
ing I thought but of him and his remarks, to the latter of 
which I returned other than thanks by the same right that a 
majority thanked him and opposition to them had no share 
in my motives It may not be improper to remark that in 
this affair I have acted unadvised and uninfluenced by any 
person on earth; and to assure you that in this addressing 
you I seek nothing but to counteract the efforts of those who 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 79 

may wish to torture or apply my letter to any other purpose 
or person than what it was intended for, or to whom it was 
addressed. 

I am respectfully your obedt. Servt. 

James Scallan. 
The Selectmen 
of the town of Boston. 

Whereupon it was voted, that the Chairman Messrs. Shaw 
& Silsby, be a committee to take the above letter, with any 
that may be received from Mr. Dexter into consideration and 
report at the next meeting of the Board what measures it 
would be proper for the Board to pursue. 

[146.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 
14th 1819 Present The whole Board. 

Mr. Shaw reported a new form of License to auctioneers, 
which was approved by the Board, and the Chairman directed 
to have some blanks printed conformable thereto. 

The Chairman reported that in compliance with the orders 
of the Board he had addressed a note to Franklin Dexter 
Esq. requesting him to lay before the Board a letter said to 
have been addressed to him in reference to the oration deliv- 
ered by him on the 5th instant, and that Mr. Dexter in 
compliance with the request had inclosed him a letter signed 
by James Scallan, of which the following is a copy. 

Barnums Hotel 

Wednesday S.o'clk. 
Sir, 

I consider the circumstances under which you vilified the 
private character of General Jackson on Monday as well as 
the matter contained in your remarks merit the reprobation 
of every person who possesses manly feelings or a proper 
regard for the day and occasion on which you uttered them, 
and having been so explicit in your opinion of him you must 
[147.] not be surprised to find one who will deal equally with 
you this opinion (of mine) I have expressed public kly with 
a view that it might reach you which I expected would be 
ascertained by your notice of it, but as that has not occurred 
I give it to you direct, viz. In accusing General Jackson of 
inhumanity you uttered an untruth & in perverting the situa- 
tion in which you were placed to pourtray the manners & 
principles of those who achieved the independence of their 
country to the vilification of one of its most distinguished 
defenders you pursued a course opposite of what I consider 
honourable or manly 



80 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

If you wish to know who I am ask Col. Brooke at Mr. Del- 
anoe's and if you wish to find me call or send to Barnums' 
Hotel Marlboro' Street. 

I am & 

James Scallan 
Franklin Dexter Esq 
Boston. 

The Chairman also reported.that the committee appointed on 
the 12th. instant had attended the duty assigned them, and 
asked leave to report, That in their opinion the letter 
addressed to Franklin Dexter Esq. is a direct and daring 
violation of the rights and liberties of the community; and 
therefore highly necessary and proper for this Board to notice 
it. They therefore recommend that a letter (of which the 
following [148.] is a copy) be addressed to the Hon. Secretary 
of War of the United States, which letter being read was unani- 
mously accepted, and ordered that the Chairman sign the 
same in behalf of the Board and forward it, with the copies 
mentioned therein by mail to the Hon. Secretary of War at 
Washington. 

Hon John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War. 

Sir 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston beg leave to address 
you, on a subject deeply interesting to the rights and honor 
of the town. - It may perhaps not be unknown to you, that 
this town, in its corporate capacity and usually in connection 
with the executive government of the Commonwealth, has 
been accustomed from an early period of our Revolutionary 
War, to celebrate the anniversary of the declaration of inde- 
pendence as a day of national rejoicing. Among other 
observances, suited to the character of a free people, and 
adapted to the nature and dignity of the occasion, the town 
has by vote, directed the Selectmen to appoint some, one of 
its accomplished citizens to deliver an oration, upon the char- 
acter & principles of the revolution, calculated to cherish a 
proud and grateful recollection of its distinguished events, 
and [149.] to maintain and perpetuate in the hearts of the 
people a steady adherence to its pure & illustrious principles. 

On the late recurrence of our national anniversary, this 
Board in conformity with the vote of the town appointed 
Franklin Dexter Esq., a gentleman distinguished as a scholar 
and civilian, son of the late Hon Samuel Dexter to deliver the 
annual oration, at a public meeting, at which the executive 
government of the state were pleased to unite with the govern- 
ment and citizens of the town; of the merits and character 
of that production, which has been since printed, and of which 
we take leave to forward you a copy, it is not at present neces- 
sary to say any thing. Soon after the delivery of the oration, 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 81 

and before its publication, a report was circulated th,at Mr. 
Dexter had received a defamatory letter from an officer of the 
army of the United States written with the obvious design of 
drawing him into a personal contest, in consequence of some 
opinions expressed or supposed to have been expressed by 
him in the discharge of his public duty, and at which the per- 
son in question thought proper to take offence 

Believing that such an attack from such a quarter, was in 
every respect more offensive and injurious to the public than 
to the individual, and viewing it as a direct and daring viola- 
tion of the rights [15O.] and liberties of the community, this 
Board thought proper to make inquiry on the subject and for 
that purpose addressed a note to Mr. Dexter to ascertain the 
fact, whether any such communication had been received by 
him, and if so, requesting him to lay it before them In 
pursuance of this request Mr. Dexter transmitted a letter 
purporting to be addressed to him and to be signed by James 
Scallan, a copy of which is enclosed. upon further inquiry 
this Board were informed that Mr. Scallan, is an officer with 
the rank of lieutenant in the army of the United States. 

It is but an act of justice to Col. Brooke to whom the letter 
refers, to say that he entirely disavowed all previous knowledge 
of the transaction. The letter itself speaks a language too 
clear to be misunderstood. This plain narration of facts 
seems to require few remarks had such a letter been 
add essed to a public orator, by an individual, deriving no 
importance but from his personal character, it would have 
been considered as we hope by the orator himself, certainly 
by this Board, too unimportant to require notice. But 
emanating as it does from a man bearing a military commis- 
sion under the United States, founded on the offensive and 
alarming assumption that any military officer has a right* to 
[151.] call a citizen to account, for any expression of opinions, 
relative to the conduct of a military chief, upon an interesting 
public occasion and in discharge of a public duty, thereby 
impairing, and if submitted to, destroying all freedom of 
opinion and right of public discussion, it assumes a character 
of more importance. 

It will be obvious by a reference to the oration itself how 
entirely unfounded the construction is, which is put upon it, 
by the letter in question. But without reference to that 
question, had it turned wholly upon an examination of the 
merits & conduct of any officer, the principles applicable to it 
would have been the same. If there is any one of the rights 
and privileges of the American people more dearly cherished, 
more uniformly and strenuously asserted and maintained dur- 
ing our revolutionary contest more firmly fixed and established 
by the result of that contest, more essential to the very founda- 
tion of our whole system of popular government, than any 
other, it is the right of free, manly & liberal discussion of the 
measures and principles, the conduct and opinions of all per- 



82 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

sons, of whatever rank or station, civil or military, holding 
offices or places of authority under the national or state gov- 
ernments. This is a privilege too well established and too 
valuable to be questioned or invaded. Without it, public 
opinion, which now [152.] acts with so much energy, and on 
the whole with so much utility, would be little more than the 
mercenary applause or the turbulent clamor of an ignorant and 
degraded populace. We might indeed continue to celebrate 
our national anniversary with splendid, but idle parade; and 
persons perhaps might be found, spiritless enough to address 
their countrymen in a tone sufficiently humble and subdued. 
But such a celebration, by deviating from its character and 
losing sight of its object, would lose all its dignity and all its 
usefulness. Instead of cherishing the virtues, enlightening 
the views, animating the hopes & invigorating the energies of 
freemen, it would serve only to show how widely we had 
departed, in all these respects from the principles of our ances- 
tors. Instead of inspiring a liberal, ardent and elevated love 
of country, it would exhibit our country in a state too degen- 
erate and degraded, to command either respect or affection. 
These remarks may perhaps appear to be more extended than 
the particular occasion would seem to warrant. The attempt 
of an individual military officer to control the expression of 
public opinion, may appear too feeble to excite much indigna- 
tion or alarm. Were it to stand alone, unattended [153.] by 
injurious consequences, it certainly would be so. But exam- 
ples are dangerous, and single abuses, obtain from acquiescence, 
something of the force, and sanction of precedents, and hence 
the importance of repressing the first efforts of injurious 
design. 

We can say with great sincerity, that we have not for a 
moment entertained the belief that so direct an encroachment 
on the liberties of the people will receive sanction or counte- 
nance from the government which we respect. We have been 
unwilling, by any hasty appeal to the public, to excite an 
altercation between the army of the United States, and its 
citizens, which might be derogatory to the honor and preju- 
dicial to the interests of both. We have considered the 
unwarrantable conduct of Lieut. Scallan, as deriving all its 
character and importance, from the circumstance of his holding 
a military commission under the government of the United 
States, and have therefore thought it a fit case to lay before 
his superiors in command, for their consideration. 

We therefore, Sir, submit this plain and exact statement of 
the case to you, as Head of the Department of War, and 
through you to the President of the United States, as Com- 
mander in Chief of its military forces, in the full confidence that 
it will receive such notice and attention as its character 
demands, and [154.] that such measures will be adopted 
respecting it, as will in some measure do justice, to an injured 
community, and tend to deter others from similar attempts. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 83 

Since this subject has been under discussion, a letter has 
been received from Lieut. Scallan, a copy of which is enclosed. 
This Board however cannot perceive that the matter con- 
tained therein, does in any respect alter the grounds already 
taken by them. 

By order & in behalf of the Selectmen, 
I have the honor to be 
Sir 

Your Obt. Servt. 
Turner Phillips Chairman. 
Boston July 15th. 1819. 

The committee also- reported, that in their opinion the letter 
addressed to the Board signed by James Scallan did not require 
any reply which report was also accepted. 

Application having been made by Mr. John Hoch to the 
Hon. Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, stating that 
James Ross of Boston in non compos mentis and incapable of 
taking care of himself, the Board agreeably to the [155.] direc- 
tion of the Hon. Judge of Probate took inquisition thereof and 
were of opinion that the said James Ross was non compos 
mentis and incapable of taking care of himself, & a certificate 
to that effect was signed, requesting that a guardian might 
be appointed for him. 

A certificate was signed by the Board that Thomas Williston 
a native of the town of Boston, a minor fifteen years of age is 
deaf & dumb, that he has no parents or guardian that he 
has no property and unable to defray the expense of board & 
instruction at the Asylum at Hartford. 

The Chairman Messrs. Austin & Dorr were appointed a 
committee to pass on the renewal of the licenses of those 
retailers of spirits against whom there had been no complaint, 
recommending to the committee to place the names of those 
retailers who they had reason to believe were in the habit of 
selling liquor to be drank in their shops or places of business 
on the list of victuallers. 

Messrs. Levering & Austin reported a list of watchmen for 
the north & south watch, which was accepted. 

The application of Edward Haynes for payment for land 
said to be taken from him some years since to widen Elm street, 
was referred to the Committee of Section No. 2. 

[156.] A complaint that Mr. Jeremiah Bulfinch had 
encroached on Mill Pond street was referred to the Committee 
of Section No. 1. 



84 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

A request from a number of citizens, that the Board would 
not grant licenses to auctioneers to sell contiguous to the 
Market was read. 

The Committee of Section No. 2 were requested to ascertain 
the cost of paving Myrtle street. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, Wednesday July 
21. 1819. Present the whole Board except Mr. Hunnewell. 

The committee appointed to pass on the renewal of licenses 
to innholders, retailers &c. &c. reported, that they had attended 
to the duty assigned them and had conformably to the recom- 
mendation of the Board, placed the names of those persons 
that were formerly licensed as retailers and who they were 
satisfied had violated the law of the Commonwealth for the 
due regulations of licensed houses by selling strong or mixed 
liquors to be drank in their places of business, on the return as 
victuallers; the committee regretted to add that many persons 
were dissatisfied with this proceedure [157.] they (the com- 
mittee) therefore requested the Board would again take the 
subject into consideration and express some decisive opinion 
thereon. The Board after recurring to the law of the Com- 
monwealth passed February 25th. 1787. for the due regulation 
of licensed houses were of opinion they could not (consistent 
with veracity) return those persons who had not conformed to 
the laws and regulations respecting licensed persons. It was 
therefore voted unanimously that the committee appointed to 
act upon the renewal of licenses be instructed, that no certifi- 
cate or approbation be granted to any person heretofore licensed 
as a retailer, unless upon inquiry the committee are satisfied it 
is the intention of such applicant strictly to comply with that 
part of the law which prohibits licensed persons entertaining, 
or suffering any person to drink strong liquors, or mixed liquors, 
in their shops, houses and dependences. 

The Committee of Section No. 2 reported they had inquired 
the cost of paving Myrtle street and found it could be done at 
75-100 pr. yard. 

This being the time assigned for licensing auctioneers for the 
year ensuing and as great complaints have been made to the 
Board against the conduct of some of the auctioneers near the 
market it was deemed necessary previous to their appointment 
to pass the following vote 

Voted, that no license be granted to any person to have, 
keep or occupy any office, to sell [158.] at public vendure or 
outcry any goods or chattels, in Market Square, Dock Square, 
Merchants Row, State street, Ann street and the passages lead- 
ing from Market Square to Ann street or any of the wharves. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 85 

The Board then licensed the following named persons as 
auctioneers for the year ensuing. 

Viz. 
Samuel L. Abbot ------ No. 21 Central wharf 

James A. Allen ------- No. 23 Long wharf 

Stephen Brown - ------ Exchange street 

Lemuel Blake ------- 5 Kilby street 

George Bond ------- 2 Kilby street 

John A. Bacon ------- 13 Central wharf 

William S. Brooks ------ 2 Kilby street 

Thomas Bordman ------ 102 Fish street 

Lucius Q. C. Bowles ----- 59 Cornhill 

Joseph Burns ------- Water street 

James Bourguin ------- 8 Fish street 

Thomas Clark ------- 

George C. Channing ----- No. 8 Kilby street 

William Cochran ------ Merchants Hall 

Samuel F. Coolidge ----- 35 India street 

Joseph L. Cunningham - - - - 5 Kilby street 

Gilman Collamore ------ 7 Kilby street 

Derastus Clap ------- 16 Essex street 

George W. Clark ------ 15 Central wharf 

John Cassell ------- 3 & 4 Fish street 

William Dehon 20 Kilby street 

Charles Dexter ------- 3 Kilby street 

Jeremiah Draper ------ 2&3 Liberty sqr. 

[159.] Richard Edwards - - - No. 85 Court street 
Thomas English ------- Merchants Hall 

William Gridley Jun ----- 16 Exchange street 

Stephen Gibson -____- 14 Broad street 

Reuben W. Gerry ------ 5 Lendells Lane 

Joseph W. Geyer ------ 4 Doane street 

Silas Field 88 Prince street 

Caleb Hayward ------- 

David Hale Jur. ------ 7 Kilby street 

John M. Holbrook ------ 3 Kilby street 

Darius Holbrook ------ " Do. 

Daniel Hearsey 1 Kilby street 

William Hartwell ------ 17 Exchange street 

Timothy Hathaway ----- 58 Newbury street 

John Minehin ------- 5 Lindells Lane 

Thomas K. Jones ------ 20 Kilby street 

John Jutau -------- 19 Newbury street 

Ephraim Lock ------- 1 Long wharf 

David Marston ------- 34 Central wharf 

George Milns ------- \ Adams street 

Elisha Parks -------- 19 Kilby street 

Luther Parks ------- 6 Kilby street 



86 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Jacob Peabody ------- 12 Kilby street 

John Perkins ------- 25 Fish street 

George Noble ------- -16 Long wharf 

Joseph Ripley ------- India street 

Frink Roberts ------- 14 Court street 

Benjamin Seaver ------ 2 Kilby street 

Frink Stratton ------- 9 No. Russell St. 

Augustus Storey ------ 15 Kilby street 

Nehemiah Somes ------ No. 1 Phillips Building 

John Tyler -------- 9 Central wharf 

William Tucker ------ 37 Central wharf 

Samuel Whitwell ------ 2 Kilby street 

Benjamin Winslow ------ 8 Kilby street 

Nathl. H. Whitaker ----- 48 Cornhill 

Francis Wilby ------- 9 Kilby street 

Stillman Willis ------- 8 Court street 

Ferdinand E. White ----- 18 Long wharf 

Henry White ------- 12 Prince street 

David Williams ------- 60 Cornhill 

Samuel G. Williams ----- 

Thomas C. Williams - - - - - 101 & 102 Court street 

[16O.] The following named persons were appointed con- 
stables for the ensuing year, provided they obtain such bonds- 
men as should be approved by the Board viz. 

Constables. Sureties. 

Elisha Copeland - - - John Perry & John Gibson 
James Perkins - - - James Williams & Henry Lane 
Solomon Twist - - - Amos Penniman & Jos. Hiscock 
Wm. Tupper - - - - Alfred Tupper & John Drayton 
Wm. Brooks - - - - Moses Wallach & Saml. Hastings 
Jona. Prescott - - - Robt. Barber, Jno. Barnard & Robt. 

Cunningham 

Geo. Reed ----- Francis Garraux & Geo. Reed Junr. 
Wm. Dinsmore - - - Jos. Haven, Edmd. Munroe, Jno. 

Williams & John W. Folsom 

Thos. Holden - - - - Augt. O. Barton & Oliver Downing 
Wendel R. Barker - - Saml. Whitcomb & John Mead 
Andrew Sanborn - - - Enoch Patterson & Hugh R. Kendall 
Samuel Holmes - - - James Farrar & Jos. Harrington 
David Rixford - - - Wm. P. Whiting & Ephm Whitney 
Josiah Baldwin - - - Peter Mackintosh & Nathl. Emmes 
Thomas Wallace - - - Daniel Sargent & Ignatius Sargent 
Horatio Bass - - - - . Henry Bass & George Bass 
Elisha V. Glover - - - Danl Baxter & Edwd. Prescott 
Job Drew ----- John R. Gould & Thos. Redman 
Jesse Churchill - - - Robt. Bacon & Jesse Brown 
Jason Bramin - - - - Aaron Bean & Jos. Jenkins 
Henry Davis - - - - John Clark & Step Thayer 
Jona Ames - - - - 

Elisha Smith - - - - John Roulstone & Alexr. Parris 
Ebenezer Shute - - - 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 87 

[161.] The committee of Section No. 1 requested further 
time to report respecting the encroachment of Jeremiah 
Bulfmch on Mill pond street. 

The Committee of Section No. 2 requested further time to 
report on the demand of Edward Haynes for land said to be 
taken from him to widen Elm street. 

The application of Mr. Jno. Bellows that the town would pay 
a part of the expense for paving Sheafe lane was taken into 
consideration. 

The Board were unanimously of opinion as Mason street was 
paved the last season on the express condition that Sheafe 
lane was to be paved without any expense to the town (which 
is acknowledged by Mr. Bellows they could not with propriety 
comply with the request. 

The Chairman informed that Washington Monroe had prose- 
cuted the person who had hired of the Clerk of the Market a 
stand on Dock Square for the purpose of selling lemons &c and 
that trial was to be had before Justice Simmons tomorrow at 
4 o clock, the Board directed that Mr. Parker be employed to 
defend this action. 

A certificate was signed by the Board that Lawrence Dowran 
a foreigner who has resided in the town with his family about 
18 months, has a son named Edward seven years old who is 
deaf & dumb, and that from evidence that has been adduced 
to the Board they are satisfied he is unable to defray the expense 
of board and instruction for said child at the Asylum in Hart- 
ford. 

[162.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Thurs- 
day July 29th 1819. Present . Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lover- 
ing, Austin & Bass. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

The committee of Section No. 1. not being ready to report 
on the subject of the encroachment of Jeremiah Bulfinch, fur- 
ther time was allowed for that purpose. 

The committee of Section No. 2. not being present, no report 
was made on the subject of Edward Haynes' demand for land 
taken to widen Elm street. 

The Chairman reported that the prosecution brought by 
Washington Munroe against the person who had hired a stand 
on Dock Square was not sustained. 



88 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Chairman reported, that a note of which the following is 
a copy, had been addressed to Franklin Dexter Esq. viz. 

July 19th, 1819. 

Franklin Dexter Esq. 
Sir 

The Selectmen of Boston have received 
your note, complying with their request, and enclosing a letter 
purporting to be addressed to you by Mr. James Scallan [163.] 
This Board have considered the contents of said letter as a 
direct invasion of the rights and liberties of the community, 
which the public are peculiarly and imperiously called upon 
to vindicate; they therefore propose to retain the same for 
the purpose of adopting and pursuing such measures as the 
rights and honor of the town appear to them to require. 

By order of the Selectmen 

very respectfully 

your Obed't. Servt. 

Turner Phillips Chairman. 

To which the Chairman had received the following reply. 

Boston July 23d, 1819. 
Sir 

Absence from town has hitherto prevented my acknowl- 
edging the honor of your note of the 19th. instant. 

The letter in question is entirely at the disposal of the 
Selectmen. 

very respectfully I have the honor 
to be, Sir, 

Your most Obt. Servt. 

Franklin Dexter. 
Turner Phillips Esq. 

Chairman of the Selectmen. 

Return was made by the Chairman (one of the committee 
of the market) that he had examined the accounts of the 
Clerk of the Market, for the quarter ending the 24th instant, 
the [164.] whole amount of which is $2285.41-100 dollars, 
which he had ordered paid to the treasurer. 

The following persons were this day licensed as auctioneers 
viz 

Lucius Q. C. Bowles Office at No. 59 Cornhill 

Benjamin Tucker office 23 School St. 

Jeremiah Draper 5 Lendels Lane. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 89 

The application of David Hinckley and Luther Ellis for pay- 
ment for land said to be taken from them for Blossom street, 
laid out by the Selectmen as a street December 10th. 1817 
was referred to the Chairman Messrs. Hunewell & Shaw. 

The proposal of Mr. John M. Dearborn to water that part 
of the market, that is swept on Tuesdays & Fridays, at 5 
dollars each day was not acceded to by the Board. 

The Chairman reported that the deed of land for a market 
place at South Boston had been executed by Mr. John Hawes, 
which, with the deed for the upper story of the south school 
house had been sent to the Register of Deeds to be placed on 
record. 

The Chairman reported, that two copies of the by-laws and 
orders of the town had been bound conformably to a vote of 
the Board, of the 19th May last, & transmitted to the Hon. 
Daniel Stevens Intendant of the City of Charleston, by the 
Brig Adeline, John Atwood, Master. 

&P 

[165.] A Communication from the Board of Health 
stating that a nuisance was caused by conveying the water 
from the streets through a drain under Merchants Hall, re- 
questing that a committee might be appointed on the part of 
this Board to meet & confer with a committee of their Board 
on the subject complained of; Messrs. Oliver, Hunewell & 
Bass were appointed on the part of this Board. 

i 

On the application of James Shed, and 

for permission to stand with their one horse carts in Central 
street, voted, that the subject be referred to the police 
officer authorizing him to permit them to stand in that part of 
Central street east of Broad street during the pleasure of the 
Board, provided the persons occupying stores in that street 
do not object. 

[166.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Wednes- 
day 4th. August 1819. Present Mess. Phillips, Oliver, Hunnewell, 
Lovering, Austin, Bass & Shaw. 

The committee of Section No. 1 not being ready to report 
on the subject of the encroachment on Mill pond street by 
Jeremiah Bulfinch, further time was allowed. 

Mr. Dorr of the committee of Section No. 2 being out of 
town further time was allowed for said committee to report 
on the subject of Edward Haynes demand. 



90 CITY DOCUMENT No 61. 

The committee to whom was referred the application of 
David Hinckley and Luther Ellis, were, for reasons stated by 
the committee, allowed further time to report. 

The remonstrance of Thos. L. Winthrop & others against 
the vote of the Board restricting the sale of goods by auction 
in Market square &c was read. The Board after duly con- 
sidering the matter were of opinion it was not expedient to 
revoke their vote on the subject. 

A petition from all the owners of estates on Union street 
praying that no license [167.] may be granted for the sale of 
goods by public auction on that street was presented and read. 

Certificates were signed that Mrs. Nancy Gowan, Widow, 
an inhabitant of this town has a daughter named Nancy aged 
7 years that is deaf & dumb. That Priscilla Norris a native 
of this Commonwealth & residing in this town has a daughter 
named Sally 22 years old who is deaf & dumb. And that a 
Hannah Delger a native of this town has a son named Henry 
Augustus, aged 7 years who is deaf & dumb and that from 
evidence that has been adduced to this Board they are satisfied 
the said Nancy, Priscilla, and Hannah are unable to defray 
the expense of board and instruction for their said children 
at the Asylum in Hartford. 

Mess. George Milns and Joseph Burns were licensed auc- 
tioneers. 

Mr. Hunnewell, committee of the Hay Scales reported, that he 
had examined the Hay weigher's account for the quarter ending 
the 1st July last which he had found correct, the balance 
99.14100 dollars, the Chairman had ordered paid to the 
Treasurer. 

[168.] An application from a number of citizens that 
Proctors lane & Richmond street might be paved the present 
season was agreed to and the committee for that section were 
requested to have it done. 

It being represented to the Board that Temple street was in 
very bad order, the Chairman & Mr. Shaw were requested to 
view & report. 

Return was made by Benjamin Harris of the expense of 
lowering and repairing the common shore in Leverett street 
which was assessed on the proprietors. 

The inhabitants owning or occupying estates in Myrtle 
street having subscribed $308, it was voted to pave that part 
or portion of the street lying west of Belknap street on condi- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 91 

tion that the amount subscribed was paid previous to the 
pavement being commenced. 

The application of Mr. John Proctor in behalf of his deaf & 
dumb daughter, that the Board would grant the certificate 
required by the resolve of the legislature of this Commonwealth 
respecting deaf & dumb persons was referred to Mr. Shaw. 

[169.] Boston ss. At A Meeting of the Selectmen, Wednes- 
day August 11. 1819, Present Mess: Phillips, Oliver, Levering, 
Bass, Silsby & Shaw. 

The committee of Sections No. 1. 2 & 3 were allowed further 
time to report on the subjects of the encroachments of Jere- 
miah Bulfinch, the demand of Edward Haynes and the demand 
of David Hinckley & Luther Ellis. 

The Chairman and Mr. Shaw reported that conformably to 
the orders of the Board they had viewed Temple street and 
found it in a very bad state. The repairs of this street with 
the repairs of other streets were referred to the next meeting 
of the Board. In the intervening time the committee of the 
several sections were requested to ascertain the amoimt already 
expended in paving and repairing the streets. 

Mr. Shaw to whom was referred the application of Mr. John 
Proctor in behalf of his deaf & dumb child made the following 
report which was accepted vizt. 

Selectmens Room Aug: 11. 1819. 

On the application of Mr. John Proctor in behalf of his deaf 
& dumb daughter. I am of opinion that as the resolve stands 
this Board cannot with propriety grant [17O.] the certificate 
requested; the resolution provides only for deaf & dumb per- 
sons "belonging to this Commonwealth" and the certificate 
must be given by the Selectmen of the "town where the parent 
or guardian of such deaf & dumb person resides." Mr. Proctor 
the parent applying cannot in my opinion, be .truly said to 
reside in Boston, even if there were no difficulty in the other 
part as to the daughter herself belonging here I think however 
if the daughter herself was now to return to this town & some 
person residing here to assume the guardianship of her, which 
might be done, the certificate might be granted which is 
Respectfully 

Submitted 

Lem. Shaw. 

The Chairman reported that complaint having been made 
to him that by the order of Mr. Samuel Spear certain persons 
were digging away Summer street so as to make it dangerous 



92 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

for carriages to pass, that he, the Chairman with Mr. Shaw 
had viewed the ground and were of opinion Mr. Spear was 
trespassing on the public street and that he the Chairman 
with the concurrence of Mr. Shaw had forbidden the workmen 
to proceed any further. [171.] That he with Mr. Shaw then 
proceeded to the Registers office and examined the deed from 
the Town to Hancock, which confirmed their opinion, Mr. 
Shaw further reported on this subject that he had examined 
the partition deeds, between the heirs of Hancock which was 
a further confirmation of the correctness of their opinion. 
The proceedings on this subject met the entire approbation 
of the Board. 

?. 

Mess. Joel Shipley and James Page having made proposals 
to pave Myrtle street it was voted that they be employed to 
pave that street on the following conditions, that they be 
allowed sixty six cents for every square yard and twenty 
dollars in addition thereto for extra digging &c, the town to 
know of no other expense & that the town would allow them 
one shilling for each and every load of dirt they shall deliver 
on the Common. That they take & collect at their own risk 
the sum subscribed amounting to three hundred and eight 
dollars in part payment and give bonds with good & sufficient 
sureties to make or cause to be made any repairs that may 
be necessary on said street for the space of five years. 

The committee of the Market were authorized to have 
gutters put at the north and south sides of the roof of the 
market house. 

The Chairman was directed to Notify Mr. [172.] William 
Burgis to attend on Thursday next to answer to a charge 
exhibited against the driver of his hackney carriage No 24 for 
demanding more than lawful fare. 

The committees of the several sections to whom was referred 
the application for licenses in their respective sections, reported 
a list of such as in their opinion were suitable to be licensed; 
Report accepted and those persons approbated. 

The Chairman communicated a letter he he had received 
from Jedediah Herrick, Sheriff, of the County of Penobscot 
enclosing a warrant for a county tax on Township No 5 in the 
ninth range, of $11.10 the Chairman was requested to trans- 
mit the amount of the tax by some conveyance. 

The committee of the Franklin school were authorized to 
have a gutter placed on the sides of the roof of that school 
house. 

A certificate was signed that Jannett Fullerton an inhabitant 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 93 

of this town has a son named Alexander aged 15 years that 
is deaf & dumb, and that from evidence that has been adduced 
to this Board they are satisfied she is unable to defray the 
expense of his board and instruction at the Asylum in Hart- 
ford. 

[173.] On the application of the company of youths for 
permission to fire in the streets or on the Common The 
Board were of opinion they had no power to dispense with 
the law on this subject. 

A memorial or remonstrance was received from 40 citizens 
owning or occupying estates in Cornhill complaining of the 
grievance of having the high way before their shops and stores 
incumbered by horses and carts from the country; ordered 
to remain on the files for the consideration of the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 19th 1819 
Present Messers. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Levering, Austin, 
Bass & Dorr. 

The Committee of Section No. 1 was allowed further time, 
to report on the encroachment of J. Bulfinch. 

The Committee of Section No. 2 were authorized to offer 
one hundred dollars to Mr. Edward Haynes as a full com- 
pensation for land taken from him some time since to widen 
Elm street. 

The committee to whom was referred [174.] the application 
of David Hinckley & Luther Ellis for payment for land said 
to be taken for Blossom street, were allowed further time to 
report on that subject. 

The committee appointed on the part of this Board con- 
formably to a vote of the town of the 21st June last. Re- 
ported, that they had, in conjunction with a committee of the 
Board of Health, proceeded to South Boston and viewed the 
burial ground located in that section of the town by the com- 
missioners, and were unanimously of opinion it was not neces- 
sary for the town to make any addition thereto which 
report was unanimously accepted. 

The Chairman reported, that Messrs. Joel Shipley & James 
Page had agreed to pave Myrtle street on the conditions pro- 
posed by the Board. 

Mr. Burgess appeared to answer to the complaint against 
the driver of one of his carriages for demanding more than 
legal fare, Mr. B. denying the fact and the complainant not 



94 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

appearing to substantiate the charge the further consideration 
of the subject was deferred. 

The Chairman reported that in compliance with the direction 
of the Board he had transmitted $11. T W dollars to Jedediah 
Herrick [175.] Sheriff of the County of Penobscot, for the 
county tax on township of land No 5. belonging to this Town. 

The Chairman & Mr. Levering were appointed a committee 
to advertise that proposals would be received for supplying 
the oil necessary for the town lamps for the ensuing season. 

The Chairman reported, that having been informed that the 
fence enclosing a small strip of land at the south end of Hawkins 
street was down, and that a new fence was erecting, and being 
also informed that the piece of land was used as a deposit for 
manure from the stable, & for the purpose of keeping hogs, 
which was so offensive to the inhabitants residing near the 
place, as to compel them to complain to the Board of Health: 
and being of opinion the public good required that, that 
piece of land should be taken to widen that part of the street 
(which was the narrowest part) he had forbid the workmen 
from proceeding with the fence, until the meeting of the Board 
The Board having a knowledge of the situation of the land, 
and agreeing in opinion with the Chairman, approved of his 
proceedings, and authorized the Committee of Section No. 2, 
to whom the Chairman was added, to take the land for the 
purpose of widening Hawkins street, and to inform Mr. 
Sullivan that a reasonable compensation would be made there- 
for. 

[176.] Mr. John Cassell was licensed as an auctioneer, 
his place of business at No. 3. Boylston Square. 

An estimate being laid before the Board of the cost of rese- 
voirs & drains for conveying the water that runs down Walnut 
& part of Belknap streets under ground to the Frog Pond. It 
was voted that the Chairman be instructed to inform Mr. D. 
P. Parker that the Board had taken the subject under con- 
sideration, and being of opinion that the object of carrying 
the water that comes down those streets under ground to the 
Frog pond was very desirable, had authorized him to say 
they would pay on the part of the Town five hundred dollars 
when the reservoirs and drains were completed to the satis- 
faction of the Board. 

A complaint from the inhabitants of South Boston against 
the conduct of the United States troops stationed there was 
communicated to the Board, whereupon it was voted, that 
the Chairman be instructed to wait on Gen. Porter with the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 95 

complaint and request the grievance complained of may be 
immediately attended to, and prevented in future. 

[177.] Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
August 21st. 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, 
Austin, Dorr, Silsby & Shaw. 

The Chairman informed the Board he had called them 
together to consult and determine what measures it was neces- 
sary to adopt relative to Sumner street (see the report made 
by the Chairman the 19th. instant) he now informed the 
Board the state of the street being such as to make it dangerous 
to citizens who might be passing through it; he had deemed 
it necessary to send the police officer to Mr. Spear with notice 
of the state of the street, and to inform him he must be answer- 
able for any damage that might be sustained in consequence 
thereof. That the police officer reported, he had performed 
the duty assigned him and had received from Mr. Spear the 
answer "that the men who dug up the street had gone con- 
trary to his directions, and therefore did not consider himself 
responsible for any damage that might ensue." -The Board 
after duly considering the subject, voted, that the Chairman 
be instructed to send for Mr. Whitney, whose men had com- 
mitted the trespass, and order him to fill up the street imme- 
diately, or a prosecution would commence against him or- 
them. 

[NOTE. Pages 178, 179 and 180 are blank in the book.] 

[181.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Thurs- 
day, August 26, 1819; Present the whole Board except Mr. 
Dorr. 

The Chairman informed the Board that Mr.- Dorr (of the 
committee of Section No. 2) previous to his leaving town had 
reported, that, conformable to the vote of the Board he had 
informed Mr. Haynes that the Board were willing to allow him 
$100 as a full compensation for the land taken from him some 
years since to widen Elm & Brattle streets, which, after Mr. 
Haynes refused to accept, that he Mr. Dorr informed Mr. 
Haynes if he would give the names of 6 persons as referees and 
the Board should approve of three of them he presumed they 
would consent that those three should decide what sum he 
should be paid by the town. The Board decided as Mr. Dorr 
was absent that the subject be deferred until his return. 

The Chairman reported that the carpenter previous to pro- 
ceeding to making the gutters for the Market House had 
examined the roof of the building, which was found in so bad 
a state as to require new covering. The Board after making 



96 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

the enquiries necessary on this subject were of opinion that 
the roof would answer until another season without subjecting 
the building to any essential damage, and considering also the 
cost of a new covering [182.] would be great, for which there 
was no appropriation, directed the Chairman to suspend any 
further proceedings on this subject. 

The committee appointed to view Hawkins street & deter- 
mine what portion of the land should be taken from an estate 
under the agency of Geo. Sullivan Esqr. to widen that street, 
reported that they had attended to the duty assigned them 
and marked out the quantity of land that they deem necessary. 
The Chairman further reported on this subject that he was of 
opinion civility required Mr. Sullivan should be informed of 
the doings of the committee and in concurrence with them fix 
on some mode for ascertaining the compensation to be made 
by the town; that with this view of the subject he had called 
on Mr. Sullivan, and to his great surprise was informed by 
him that notwithstanding he at first consented that the land 
should be taken, yet he had since had a plan taken of the 
estate and the streets adjacent and should now withdraw his 
assent and oppose it as being not necessary for the public 
convenience and very injurious to the interest of his wards, 
that if the Board persisted in taking the land, he must insist 
on being heard on the subject and should oppose it in every 
stage. The Board after considering the subject were of opinion 
the land in question tho' it would be a convenience [183.] to 
the public in widening the entrance to Hawkins street, yet it 
was not absolutely necessary at present, and therefore instructed 
the Chairman to inform Mr. Sullivan they had relinquished the 
design of taking the land. 

The committee appointed to advertise that proposals would 
be received for supplying oil for the town lamps, reported they 
had performed the duty assigned them. 

The Chairman communicated a letter he had this day 
received from the Honble. Secretary of War of the United 
States, enclosing a copy of a letter to Lieut. Scallan, which 
was referred to Mr. Shaw, to consider and report at the next 
meeting of the Board what part if any, of the correspondence 
with the Secretary of War respecting the conduct of Lieut. 
Scallan should be published. 

The Chairman informed the Board that he had been served 
with notice from Mr. Silas Field that he shall apply to the Hon. 
Court of Sessions on the 31st inst to be licensed as an auc- 
tioneer at No. 18 Merchants row (which had previously been 
referred by the Board) The subject was referred to Mr. Shaw, 
to whom the Chairman was added to make such opposition as 
they may think proper either by personal attendance or 
remonstrance. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 97 

The committee consisting of the Chairman Messrs. Silsby & 
Shaw appointed to consider and report a suitable mode of 
recording [184.] all the streets, lanes, alleys, courts, places, 
slips, &c belonging to the town have attended the duty assigned 
them and, report, that in their opinion this is a subject of very 
considerable importance & for the want of such a record the 
town has sustained many losses. That an imperfect descrip- 
tion of the streets &c &c may lead to errors, litigations & losses, 
to avoid which and have a record as perfect as possible your 
committee were of opinion it was necessary to employ some 
person or persons to take a complete plan of each street &c &c 
as they now are; many alterations having been made in those 
that are on record) to obtain this desirable object your com- 
mittee applied to Messrs. William Taylor & John G. Hale who 
have named their terms which are now presented for the con- 
sideration of the Board The committee would observe 
altho' they demand $826 they are willing to perform the duty 
for seven hundred dollars. 

The committee would recommend that the surveyors be 
furnished with paper suitable for the purpose, which shall be 
bound into a book or books, that a plan of each street &c 
be taken on one leaf, with a description of the plan on the 
opposite leaf and a blank leaf left to record any additions or 
alterations that may hereafter take place. 

[185.] The above report was unanimously accepted and 
the Committee authorized to contract with Messrs. Taylor & 
Hales, that they shall be paid seven hundred dollars by the 
town when the business is completed to the satisfaction of 
the Board. 

Messrs. Lovering & Austin were appointed a committee to 
procure a suitable person for superintendent of the lamps for 
the ensuing season. 

The memorial from a number of citizens owning or occupy- 
ing stores in Cornhill was again taken into consideration, and 
it being suggested, if the clerk of the market was directed 
to order the horses or other cattle taken from the carts or 
other vehicles, belonging to persons from the country, who 
occupy stands in that street, for the purpose of disposing of 
produce from the country the grievance complained of would 
be diminished. It was therefore ordered. That the Chair- 
man be instructed to direct the clerk of the market or police 
officer to order all those persons who occupy stands in Cornhill 
or Market street for the purpose of selling the produce of the 
country, to have their horses or other cattle taken from their 
carts or other vehicles and sent out of the street. 

[186.] Voted, that the Chairman be instructed not to 
receive any new application for license for selling spiritous 
liquors from and after this day. 



98 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 1st, 
1819 Present, Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, 
Bass & Dorr. 

Passed the quarterly & monthly accounts. 

7 Jurors were drawn for the United States District Court. 

Proposals for supplying eleven hundred gallons summer 
strained sperm oil for the town lamps were received from 
Messrs. Jos. P Bradlee & William Levering Junr. the 
latter gentleman offering to supply it at the lowest rate; his 
proposals were accepted. 

The Chairman reported that a communication had been 
sent to the Court of Sessions stating the reasons that had 
induced the Board to refuse licensing auctioneers to sell near 
the market; and also requesting the Hon. Court' would not 
grant the application of Silas Field for a license to sell by public 
vendue at No. 18. Merchants Row. 

[187.] Messrs. Levering & Austin not having determined 
on a suitable person to superintend the lamps; Mr. Hay- 
ward was requested to attend to that business for the present. 

Mr. David Williams was licensed as an auctioneer, his place 
of business in the chambers of house No. 60 Cornhill. 

Mr. Henry White was licensed auctioneer, his place of busi- 
ness No. 12 Prince street. 

. 

The committee of Section No. 2. to whom the Chairman 
was added, were authorized to have such parts of Temple 
street paved as they may think necessary to secure that street. 

The committee of Section No. 2. were authorized to make 
such repairs in Ann street as they may think necessary. 

It being represented to the Board that Mr. David Hinckley 
was extending the foundation for a fence to his building on 
Beacon & Somerset streets beyond the limits heretofore pre- 
scribed by the Board ; it was agreed by the gentlemen 
present to meet on the ground tomorrow at 11. o'clock A. M. 
to view the same. 

[188.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Wednes- 
day Sept. 8th, 1819. Present, Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Austin, 
Bass & Dorr. 

The Chairman & Mr. Dorr reported that they had attended 
to the duty assigned them respecting Temple street, & were 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 99 

of opinion, that to prevent the destruction of the street it was 
necessary to pave across the head of the street & also two 
gutters, that if this only was done, the abutters were not com- 
pelled to put down edge stones & make the side walks, conse- 
quently there would be no support for the gutters & they 
would be liable to be torn up; in addition to which they con- 
sidered the gutters would constitute one third of the width of 
the street, which must be taken up & consequently lost when 
the street was paved which must shortly be done; They had 
therefore given orders to have the upper half [of] the street 
paved. They also reported that Messrs Hart & Tuttle had 
offered to pave the remainder of the street & wait for their 
pay for this till next year. The report of the committee was 
accepted and Mr. Dorr authorized to have the whole street 
paved on the conditions offered by Messrs Hart & Tuttle. 
The Board agreeably to assignment met on the 2nd inst. at 
Beacon street & having viewed the foundation of the fence 
erecting by Mr. Hinckley on Beacon & Somersett streets, 
instructed the chairman to notify Mr Hinckley to stay all 
further proceedings on the fence until the further order of the 
Board. The Chairman informed that he had notified Mr. 
Hinckley & had received a note from him in reply which he 
read. The Board after maturely considering the subject 
were of opinion as there would be width, after the side 
walks were laid, for two carriages to pass, it was not absolutely 
necessary to widen Somersett street, & as the benefit the pub- 
lic would derive from the small addition that could be made 
to [189.] the street would be adequate to the sum that might 
be recovered of the town; it was voted, that the Chairman be 
instructed to confer with Mr. Hinckley on the subject, & if he 
(Mr. Hinckley) will agree to have the hammered stone of the 
fence set as near his house as the present foundation a will admit 
& will engage that no step from the platform of the door of 
his house on Somersett street shall extend on the side walk, 
& that he make no demand on the town for any land he now 
has thrown into the street, the Board on these conditions con- 
sent to his completing his fence on the present foundation. 

Return was received from the Brigade Major of the number 
of infantry in the 1st 2d & 3d. regiments. Messrs. Lovering 
& Dorr were appointed a committee to purchase the powder 
necessary for them, & to* have the cartridges made. 

The application of Solomon H. Hudson for permission to 
fix his apparatus for trying lard in store No. 2 Locks wharf, 
was referred to Messrs Lovering & Austin. 

The Chairman informed that a committee from the Society 
worshipping in Methodist Alley had waited on him with a 
complaint that they were interrupted & disturbed in their 



100 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

public worship of God, & requested the aid of the Board. 
They also requested that Mr. Henry Davis a member of their 
society might be appointed one of the constables of the town 
for the purpose of apprehending any of the disturbers. 

The Board requested the Chairman to inform the com- 
mittee that they were disposed to afford all the aid & assistance 
in their power & to this end they had complied with their 
request & appointed Mr. Davis a constable [19O.] and 
instructed the Chairman to direct the police officer to employ 
one of the constables at the expence of the town to attend 
with him, to apprehend any person or persons who might be 
guilty of a breach of the law in this case, or those who were 
aiding & abetting others in so doing. 

Mr. Jos. W. Geyer requested permission to change his place 
of business as an auctioneer from Doane street to No. 1 Fish 
street which was granted. 

The remonstrance of Wm Parmenter & Silas Collamore 
against paving Richmond street was referred to the com- 
mittee of Section No 2. 

The application of a number of the inhabitants of this town 
& Roxbury to open the street heretofore laid out over the 
land adjoining the Neck, called Northampton street & to 
extend & make the same from the Neck eastward to the line of 
Roxbury, or Hill's Dam, was referred to Mr. Levering with 
authority to carry it into effect provided the expence to the 
town does not exceed one hundred dollars. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Wednesday Septr. 
15, 1819 Present the whole Board except Mr. Hunewell. 

The Chairman reported, that conformably to the instructions 
of the Board he had conferred with Mr. Hinckley respecting 
the fence erecting by him on Beacon & Somerset streets, that 
Mr. Hinckley having agreed to the conditions named by the 
Board, he (the Chairman) had given permission to complete 
the fence. 

[191.] Messrs. Lovering & Dorr reported, that they had 
purchased the quantity of powder required, and have agreed 
with persons to make the cartridges for the infantry of the 
brigade. 

Messrs. Lovering & Austin, to whom was referred the appli- 
cation of Mr. Solomon H. Hudson reported, that the trying 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 101 

lard in store proposed by Mr. Hudson would endanger the 
-safety of the town and that the request ought not to be 
granted. 

Report accepted. 

The committee of section No 2 to whom was referred the 
remonstrance of Wm. Parmenter & Silas Collamore, reported, 
that they had attended the duty assigned them, and as no 
sufficient reason had been assigned to stop the paving the 
street, they had directed the workmen to proceed Report 
accepted 

Mr. Lovering to whom was referred the application to open 
and extend Northampton street, requested further time to 
report on that subject, which was granted. 

Application having been made by Doctr. Asa Bullard to 
the Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, stating 
that Rebecca Parrot of Boston widow is a lunatic, non com- 
pos mentis and incapable of taking care of herself. The 
Board conformably to the direction of the Hon: [192.] Judge 
of Probate took in question thereof and were of opinion that 
the said Rebecca Parrot was incapable of taking care of her- 
self. 

Major Samuel Curtis was chosen superintendent of the 
lamps, during the pleasure of the Board. 

The Chairman informed, that having received information 
that depredations had been made on Broad Way at South 
Boston by James Malone and others, he had directed the 
police officer to request Mr. Hales to accompany him to that 
place and ascertain the fact; that the police officer had reported 
the street had been dug away 19 feet on the length & 13 feet 
into the width of the street, as fully appears by the sketch 
taken by Mr. Hales. The Board directed the Chairman to 
notify Mr. Malone if the damage was not repaired by 
Wednesday next he would be prosecuted. 

Mr. Dorr was requested to make another effort to settle with 
Mr. Haynes, for the land taken from him to widen Elm street, 
and to effect this, he was authorised to offer him any sum 
not exceeding three dollars pr. square foot for the land taken. 

Mr. Shaw was requested to desire the Solicitor General to 
advise & consult with Mr. Whitman respecting the suit brought 
by this Board on behalf of the town, for rights in the Town 
Dock. 



102 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[193.] The Chairman communicated a note from Wm. 
Donnison Esq. chairman of the sub committee for erecting 
a new prison, requesting a meeting of the whole committee 
on Monday next at 3 o'clock. 

The Board voted to attend 

Mr. Shaw to whom was referred a letter from the Secretary 
of War of the United States enclosing a copy of a letter to 
Lieut. Scallan & who was also requested to consider and report 
what part, if any, of the correspondence with the Secretary 
of War, respecting the conduct of Lieut Scallan should be 
published; reported that in his opinion it was not necessary, or 
advisable to publish any part thereof, but that the whole 
proceedings and correspondence be transcribed into a book 
and subject to the perusal of the citizens. 
Report accepted. 

The following are copies of the letters above mentioned. 

Department of War 

21st. Augst. 1819 
Sir 

On the return of the President, I laid befor.e him your 
communication of the 15th of July, with its enclosures, in 
relation to the conduct of Lieut. Scallan. The great pressure 
of public business, after his return from his tour, preventing 
him from taking it up for decision until yesterday; and, by 
his direction, [194.] I enclose a copy of a letter to Lieut. Scal- 
lan, by which you will see the light in which the President 
views his conduct. Although the President thinks his con- 
duct very censurable, yet, considering that he has heretofore 
sustained a good character, and that the motive by which 
he was probably actuated was the result of excitement rather 
than a deliberate intention to interfere with the rights of 
the citizens of Boston he is not of opinion that the offence 
is sufficiently great to dismiss him from the service of the 
United States, as that would be the highest mark of displeasure 
which he could evince, and ought to be reserved for more 
aggravated offences. 

The President directs me to assure the citizens of Boston, 
through you, that he is deeply impressed with the important 
truths, that the military ought to be kept strictly subordinate 
to the civil authority; and that the right of the citizens to 
express their opinions freely as to publick men and publick 
measures is essential to our liberty; and that this right, on 
the anniversary o-f our Independence, assumes, if possible, a 
more sacred character. 

I have the honor to be 

Your most obedt. Servt. 
Turner Phillips Esq. J. C. Calhoun. 

Chairman of the Selectmen 
of Boston. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 103 

[195.] Department of War, 

21st August, 1819. 
Sir, 

The President has duly considered the statement of facts 
communicated by the Selectmen of Boston with your explana- 
tions contained in your letter of the 8th Inst: to this Depart- 
ment, in relation to your conduct towards Franklin Dexter 
Esqr.; and I am directed by him, to express his decided dis- 
approbation of your conduct. 

No right is better established or more sacred than that 
which every citizen has to express himself freely, in relation 
to publick men and publick measures; and there are few 
occasions in which this right ought to be held more sacred 
than in the celebration of the anniversary of our Independence. 

The oration of Mr. Dexter was delivered by appointment 
of the Selectmen of Boston, in conformity to the standing 
custom of the place, and under the sanction of the laws of the 
State. His oration is of the most temperate character; and 
even the part at which you took offence is expressed in gen- 
eral terms, without any. necessary reference to any particular 
event. Under these circumstances, your letter to him and 
your previous declarations, are considered by the President 
as highly improper. The President in consideration of the 
good character which you have sustained as an officer, and 
under the impression, from all the circumstances of the case, 
that you acted rather from [196.] excitement, without due 
reflection, than from any deliberate intention to interfere 
with the rights of the citizens of Boston, confines his disap- 
probation of your conduct to a mere censure. 

In taking this view of your conduct, the President has not 
overlooked the fact, that in entering into the military service 
of his country, an officer still retains his character and rights 
as a citizen; but reason and prudence ought both to point out 
to him a greater caution in interfering in any shape, particularly, 
in that in which you have interfered, with those rights, which 
are purely civil. Had you been a private citizen only, your 
conduct would still have been improper, but you still would 
have been accountable to the courts of law only; but, as an 
officer of the army, it is considered as still more improper 
and as justly meriting the displeasure of the President, as 
the Commander in Chief of the army. 

I am Respectfully 
Yr. Ob. St. 

T. C. Calhoun 
Lieut: James Scallan, 
Boston 

[197.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Wednes- 
day Sepr. 22nd 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Shaw. 



104 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

Mr. Oliver as chairman of a committee reported, that about 
the 16th Ultimo in conjunction with a committee from the 
Board of Health they had viewed the common sewer passing 
under Merchants Hall (so called) in Milk street, of which com- 
plaints had been made to the Board of Health as a nuisance. 
- That it was their joint opinion in its present state, it was 
a nuisance and ought to be removed, or remedied That it 
was the opinion of the committee this might be done by chang- 
ing the course of the common sewer, but as the present owners 
of the estate bought it with this incumbrance, not only the 
expence of changing the course of the common sewer, but as 
the present owners of the estate bought it with this incum- 
brance, not only the expence of changing the course of the 
common sewer, but that of keeping it in repair hereafter, 
must be borne by the present and future owners of that estate, 
therefore if the course of it should be changed the owners of 
that estate must enter into Bonds to indemnify the town 
against any expense that may attend it in future. 

He further reported that the joint committees had viewed 
Bangs' s Alley which they found in so noisome a state as to 
convince [198.] them of the necessity of a common sewer 
through said alley to Broad street, and that they had recom- 
mended to the Board of Health to cause a sufficient common 
sewer to be laid in the premises aforesaid. That the commit- 
tee had agreed that permission should be given to open the 
street, and that the expense should be apportioned on the 
abutters, and, from the necessity of the case, if any portion 
of the same could not be collected from the abutters it should 
be paid by the town. Report accepted. 

The Chairman reported, that conformable to the vote of the 
Board of the 19th Ultimo' he had informed Mr. Daniel P. 
Parker that the Board (on the part of the town) were willing 
to pay $500 towards erecting good & sufficient reservoirs and 
drains for carrying the water that runs down Belknap & Wal- 
nut streets into Beacon street under ground, into the Frog 
pond; he Mr. Parker paying or becoming answerable for the 
balance. That Mr. Parker has since informed him, he will 
have suitable Reservoirs built and a drain two feet square in the 
clear, the whole to be built by Sargent & Hart to the satisfac- 
tion of the Board on the conditions mentioned by the Board. 
The Board consented that the drain should be reduced to 2 
feet square in the clear and instructed the Chairman to author- 
ise Mr. Parker to have it completed. 

[199.] Mr. Dorr reported, that in compliance with the 
vote of the Board he had (again) conferred with Mr. Haynes 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 105 

on the subject of his demand against the town, and that there 
was not the least prospect of Mr. Haynes accepting the sum 
limited by the Board. 

The Chairman reported, that in conformity to the vote of 
the Board ot the 15th inst: he has notified James Malone to 
repair the depredation committed on Broad Way at So. Boston. 
- That in consequence of the notice Mr. Malone attended 
with Mr. Woodward and stated, that some other persons had 
committed much greater depredations than Malone and 
requested that the prosecution might be stayed for a few days 
to give them time to collect evidence of this fact, which he, 
(the Chairman) has consented to. Approved by the Board. 

The Chairman informed that the police officer had been 
served with two summonses for actions brought against him 
(by Jonathan Amory Jr. and John Brazer) for removing 
incumbrances from Fosters Lane conformably to the orders of 
the Board. The Board directed the Chairman to hand them 
to Peter O. Thacher Esq. and request him to defend those 
suits. 

The application of Barton & Downing to lease a lot of 
the Mill Pond land was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 2 with [2OO.] full powers to lease the same on such terms 
as they should think would be for the interest of the town. 

The application of Luther Nathan for permission to erect 
a bakers oven in the kitchen of house No. 16 Union street was 
committed to Messrs. Austin & Dorr. 

The application of Solo H. Hudson for permission to fix 
kettles for trying lard in a building on Phila Packet wharf was 
referred to the Chairman & Mr. Silsby. 

[2O1.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Wednes- 
day September 29. 1819 

Present Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, Austin, Bass, Dorr, 
Silsby and Shaw. 

Four grand and four traverse jurors for the Uuited States 
Circuit Court were drawn. 

On the application of Alexr. Townsend in behalf of Snelling 
Powell and others, voted that Messrs. Snelling, Powell, James 
A. Dickson and their associates have our approbation to act 
or carry on for profit, gain or valuable consideration, stage 
plays interludes or other theatrical entertainments at the 
theatre in Federal street for the ensuing year. 



106 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

A memorial was received from a number of citizens request- 
ing (for reasons mentioned in their memorial) that the trucks 
and carts may not be removed from the east end of Faneuil 
Hall, ordered to remain on file for consideration. 

The Chairman informed that Mrs. Deblois had been duly 
notified to have the foot way in front of her estate on Common 
street paved with brick or [2O2.] flat stone, conformable to 
law, with which she had not complied. The Chairman was 
requested to direct the police officer to call on Mrs. Deblois 
and inform her if it was not immediately done the workmen 
would have orders to do it and the bill sent her for payment. 

On the renewed applications of Silas Field, William Hartwell, 
Charles Willis and John White to be licensed as auctioneers in 
Merchants Row and Ann street, the Board having already fully 
considered the subject upon their former applications, and 
being then fully convinced that it would not be consistent with 
the public good to grant their licenses at the places proposed, 
and no new reason having occurred to induce this board to 
alter their determination upon the subject; Voted that it 
is inexpedient to grant licenses for the places proposed in Mer- 
chants Row and Ann street. 

Mr Peter Coffin was licensed as an auctioneer, his auction 
office [2O3.] to be at No 34 India street. 

The Board being informed that part of the wall of First 
street at South Boston had given way and the street considera- 
bly injured by the late storms, the committee of section No 3 
were desired to have such repairs made as may be necessary. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen on Wednesday 
Octobr. 6, 1819. 

Present Messrs. Phillips, Hunnewell, Lovering, Austin, Dorr 
& Shaw. 

The committee of section No 2 were authorised to lease the 
lot of the Mill pond land applied for by Messrs. Barton and 
Downing for seventy five dollars pr. annum. 

Return was made by Mr. Hunewell that he had examined 
the accounts of the Hay weigher for the quarter ending 30th 
September, the whole amount of the proceeds was $307.84 
and the balance due the town was $99.44 which the treasurer 
has been ordered to receive. 

The Board again took into consideration the application of 
Edwd. Haynes for payment [2O4.] for land taken from him 
some years since to widen Elm & Brattle streets and, voted 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 107 

that the Board would give a list of twelve gentlemen from 
which Mr. Haynes might select three, to estimate the value 
of land taken for highway, corner of Elm & Brattle streets, to 
which Mr. Haynes agreed. A list was made and handed to 
Mr. Haynes. 

The Chairman communicated to the Board, notices that had 
been left with him from John White, Charles Willis Jr. and Silas 
Field (and Henry Orne their attorney) that application had 
been made to the Court of Sessions for licenses to sell at auction 
that the Court had assigned Tuesday next at 10 o'clock, to 
consider the subject The Board directed the Chairman to 
send the Hon. Court an attested copy of the vote of the Board 
of the 29th ultimo on this subject. 

The committee of section No 1 made the following report. 

Boston 5th October, 1819. 

The committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to 
examine an alleged encroachment on a public street by 
Nickerson have attended to that duty [and] respectfully report 
[2O5.] That the estate now held by said Nickerson was pur- 
chased by him from Payson & Holbrook & by them of Jonas 
Welsh & the deed dated 15th Novr., 1796, bounded on Prince 
street seventeen feet, on the S. W. end by a passage way lead- 
ing to the North Mills 27 feet & on a level line running easterly 
5 feet, thence running easterly on a public passage way till it 
returned to Prince street; said committee further report that 
the line on Prince street is about twenty one feet from the estate 
owned by Thomas Badger to the fence in front of said Nicker- 
son's house & on the S. W. line including the bevil there is an 
encroachment of one foot or thereabouts; Your committee are 
of opinion that said Nickerson has encroached & holds posses- 
sion of part of the town's highway bounding on said Nickersons 
premises; & would therefore recommend that Mr. Taylor be 
employed to measure said estate & report the same to the 
board 

All which is respectfully submitted 

(Sign'd) En: Silsby, committee, 

The Committee to whom was referred the application of Mr. 
Luther to erect a bakers oven in Union street, informed they 
were ready to report on that subject, but as Mr. Luther was 
desirous the situation should be [2O6.] examined again the 
committee requested further time and also that there should 
be an addition to the committee, whereupon it was voted 
that the gentlemen present attend to morrow at 10 A. M. and 
view the premises. 

The proposal of William Lovering Jr. for furnishing the 
quantity of winter pressed sperm oil for the town lamps was 
accepted. 



108 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee of section No 2 were authorized to have the 
necessary repairs made to that part of Charles street which 
joins Cambridge Bridge. 

The Treasurer of the Franklin Fund having informed the 
Chairman that his accounts were ready for inspection of the 
Trustees, Messrs. Bass, & Silsby were appointed, a committee 
for that purpose on the part of the Board. 

Mr. Levering was requested to superintend the inspection 
of the military stores of the town with the brigade major. 

The Application of Mr. Brooks that the town would 

complete a part of the street leading from Broadway to the 
shipyard to enable him to occupy a lot he had purchased, was 
referred to Messrs. Levering & Bass. 

The application of John Cassell to remove his auction office 
from No. 3 Boylston square to store No. 92-3-4 Fish street 
was granted. 

The application of William Hartwell to be [2O7.] licensed 
as an auctioneer in Exchange street was granted. 

A certificate was signed in favor of Mary Proctor a deaf & 
dumb daughter of John Proctor, additional certificates were 
also signed in favor of Emeline Fisher, Sally Jackson and 
Thomas Williston all deaf and dumb persons. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen October 13th. 
1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass & Dorr. 

The Chairman informed that Mr. Haynes had selected 
Messrs. Isaac Winslow, Joshua Davis & Samuel Fales, as refer- 
rees from the list made by the Board. The Chairman was 
requested to notify those gentlemen, and Mr. Dorr requested 
to meet with the referrees. 

The Chairman also informed that he, with Messrs. Lovering, 
Austin & Dorr agreeable to appointment met Mr. Luther and 
his attorney Mr. Barrell, that the committee viewed the 
premises and were unanimously of opinion that the public 
safety would be endangered by the erection of a bakers oven at 
the place applied for, and that his request [2O8.] ought not 
to be granted; That Mr. Luther was informed by the commit- 
tee of the report they should make: since which Mr. Luther 
by his attorney had left the plan of an oven for the inspection 
of the Board, with a request that the Board would not decide 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 109 

on the subject until the plan had been inspected by Mr. Hune- 
well. The Board to gratify Mr. Luther postponed their 
decision until the next meeting. 

The application of Thomas Perkins Esq. that the Board 
would have that part of Belknap street between Olive & 
Beacon street lowered whereby the ascent would be lessened; 
was referred to Messrs Hunewell & Lovering, to have 
such part taken off as they may think necessary, they were 
also authorized to employ Mr. Sprague to superintend the 
work. 

Application having be'en made by Horatio H. Shaw to the 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, stating that Sally 
Hall of Boston, widow is non compos mentis, and incapable of 
taking care of herself The Board conformable to the direc- 
tion of the Hon. Judge of Probate took inquisition thereof and 
were of opinion that the said Sally Hall was incapable of taking 
care of herself; & return was signed to the Hon. Judge of 
Probate requesting that a guardian may be appointed for her. 

[2O9.] The Chairman having informed that the leases of 
the stalls at the west end of Faneuil Hall will expire on the 
31 inst. The Board authorized him to direct the clerk of the 
market to lease them at the same rate for the year ensuing. 

The committee for the Latin schoolhouse were authorized to 
make such alterations in the lower room of that house as may 
be necessary for the accommodation of the scholars. 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen on Wednesday 
Octobr. 20. 1819, Present Messrs Phillips, Oliver, Levering, 
Austin, and Dorr. 

Joseph Pastor a minor 16 years of age, having no parents or 
guardian, was with his consent and by his desire apprenticed 
to Ezra Vinton of Charlestown, cooper until he arrives at the 
age of 21 years. 

The Chairman reported instructions to Mr. C. Hayward as 
commander of the town watch which on being read were 
appro v'd by the Board. 

The Chairman (as one of the committee of the market) 
informed that the number [21O.] of waggons from the country 
with cheese had so increased as to render their standing in 
Dock Square inconvenient, and proposed they should be 
removed to the square lying between Union street and the 
stalls north west of the market. The Board after considering 



110 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

the subject voted that the Chairman be instructed to direct 
the Clerk of the Market to have all those waggons or carts 
from the country with cheese or the principal part of their 
loading consisting of cheese placed in the most convenient part 
of the square lying between Union street and the north west of 
the market. 

Captain Winslow Lewis having requested that a committee 
might be appointed to ascertain the bounds of the land granted 
by the town for the rope walks. The Board appointed Messrs. 
Hunnewell & Levering a committee for this purpose. 

The application of Mr. Davis cabinet maker to lease a lot 
of the Mill pond land was referred to the Chairman with power 
to lease the same. 

Mr. Samuel G. Williams was appointed an auctioneer to sell 
at large but debarred [211.] having any office or place of 
business in those streets or lanes from which others have been 
restrained. 

The committee on accounts were authorized to allow John 
Redman's bill for paving the side walk in front of Mrs. Hath- 
aways house in West street, she being unable to pay for the 

same. 

Boston ss: At a Meeting of the Selectmen, Wednesday 
October 27. 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr, Silsby & Shaw. 

The Chairman informed that he had this day seen Mr. Hune- 
well, who informed him, he had viewed the place where Mr. 
Luther had applied for permission to erect a bakers oven & 
that he (the Chairman) had also shown him the plan of the 
oven The Board being fully satisfied that the place was 
unsuitable for the business proposed. 

Voted, that the report of the committee of the 13th inst. be 
accepted. 

Mr. Lovering of the committee appointed [212.] the 20th 
inst. on the application of Capt. Winslow Lewis Reported 
that Capt. Lewis was satisfied the former rope walk stood on 
the proper bounds and that he had directed the new one to 
be placed conformable thereto. 

The committee appointed to examine the annual account 
of the Treasurer of the Franklin fund reported that they 
had examined the same by the bonds & endorsements and 
found it correct & that the sum of three hundred and ninety 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. Ill 

five & /tfk dollars is the balance of cash in his hands which 
account and the statement of instalments due and unpaid is 
in the bundle of mixed papers. 

The report of the referrees to whom was referred the demand 
of Amos Binney or Edward Haynes, was opened (Mr. Haynes 
being present) and the award accepted by the Board, Mr. 
Haynes observed he was satisfied with the award as far as it 
went, but that there were damages sustained by him that the 
referrees did not take into consideration, on which subject he 
requested to address the Board in 'writing, his request was 
granted. 

The application (in person) of Mr. Josiah Knapp that the 
watch house in Orange street, which [213. ] he stated, stood 
partly on his land, and had for some time past and now is a 
great nuisance to him, might be remov'd; was referred to 
Messrs. Oliver, Hunewell & Austin. 

The Application of Silas Field to be licensed as an auctioneer 
in Exchange street, of Thomas Boardman to be licensed as 
an auctioneer No. 102 Fish street & Timothy Hathaway to be 
licensed as an auctioneer in Newbury street were severally 
granted. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 3d 
1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

Passed the monthly accounts. 

A communication from Edward Haynes stating the damage 
he had sustained in consequence of a part of his land being 
taken to widen Elm & Brattle streets, being read; The Chair- 
man informed the Board he had written Mr. Bulfinch, request- 
ing such information on this subject as he may be able to 
give. The Board directed the communication should remain 
on file until a reply was received from Mr. Bulfinch. 

[214.] The application of Capt. Winslow Lewis for per- 
mission to extend his new rope walk thirty feet more over the 
platform now leased to him than the former walk covered for 
reasons mentioned in his application (which is in the file of 
mixed papers) was granted during the pleasure of the town or 
the Selectmen. 

The Chairman reported, that he had examined the accounts 
of the Clerk of the Market for the quarter ending 30th October 
inclusive, the receipts amounting to $2,544.40 which the treas- 



112 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

urer had been directed to receive; the expenditures and the 
clerk's salary amounting to $339.56 had been put on the 
monthly draft. 

The representation of Capt. Stone of the Columbian Artillery, 
stating that the land on which their gun house stands is not 
sufficiently large for their accommodation, was referred to 
the committee of section No. 1. 

Mr. Levering reported that the military stores which the 
town was by law obliged to provide and keep in some suitable 
place, was now complete. An account of which is in the 
bundle of mixed papers. 

[215.] Boston, ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Tues- 
day November 9th 1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, 
Lovering, Austin, Dorr & Shaw. 

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

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Wednesday, 
November 10th 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Hunewell, 
Lovering, Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

The Chairman represented that the town watch in the dis- 
charge of their duty, frequently apprehended thieves, and 
persons guilty of riotous and other unlawful proceedings, and 
that they were often called upon by the inhabitants to take 
into custody persons guilty of the crimes above mentioned, 
which cases happening in the night, the commander of the 
watch (Mr. Caleb Hayward) found it extremely difficult to 
procure a mittimus to commit the offenders; he therefore 
proposed that the Hon Mr. Hunewell be requested to apply 
to His Excellency the Governor & the Hon Council to com- 
mission Mr. Caleb Hayward as a Justice of the Peace for the 
county of Suffolk. The Board after due consideration were 
fully sensible of the utility of the measure, and with a firm 
belief that he would not abuse the authority with which he 
[216.] would be invested. Voted, that the Hon. Mr. Hune- 
well be requested to apply to His Excellency the Governor & 
the Hon. Council to commission Mr. Caleb Hayward as a 
Justice of the Peace for the county of Suffolk. 

Mr. Shaw to whom was referred the application of Equality 
Weston for the loan of $200 of the Franklin fund, reported 
that in his opinion the sureties offered were not sufficient. 
Report accepted. 

The Chairman informed that Mr. Silas Field had applied 
for a license to sell at auction, his office to be at No 80 Prince 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 113 

street; The Chairman observed as this was not one of the 
streets in which the auctioneers were prohibited keeping their 
offices & making sales by public vendue, he should (in con- 
formity to the discretion vested in him by the Board) have 
given him a license, but as Mr. Field informed him it was his 
intention, notwithstanding the prohibition of the Board to 
make sales by public vendue in Merchants Row, he thought 
his duty compelled him to withold the license until he had 
made this statement to the Board. After due deliberation, the 
Board Voted, That the Chairman be instructed not to deliver 
a license to any person to sell at public auction, unless a written 
application is made therefor, containing an assurance from 
the applicant that he will not sell at public vendue in any of 
the streets, lanes or [217.] places where such sales are prohib- 
ited by this Board, unless he has permission therefor. 

* The demand of Israel Thorndike Esq. for a part of the expense 
of removing the foundation of his buildings in Summer street 
and throwing about seven hundred feet of land into the street 
was referred to Mr. Hunewell to examine if the agreement 
with Mr. Thorndike (for which see proceedings of the Board 
May 6th. 1818) was complied with on his part, and a deed of 
the land executed. 

The school committee being notified to meet at the Select- 
mens room at 4 o'clock obstructed the further proceedings 
of the Board. 

* The Chairman gave notice to the Board; that he had been 
informed that Mr. John Minchin who was licensed at No. 5 
Lendells Lane was now selling by public vendue at No, 18 
Merchants Row, in defiance of the prohibition of the Board. 
The Chairman was instructed, in case Mr. Minchin persisted 
in making sales at public vendue in that store, to cause him 
to be prosecuted therefor; on which subject he would con- 
sult Mr. Shaw. 

[218.] Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen 
on Monday November 15th. 1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, 
Oliver, Levering, Austin, Dorr & Shaw. 

This meeting was called in compliance with the request of 
several citizens, who stated, that it was their belief that the 
late fires at the rope walks were caused by some vile incen- 
diary or incendiaries, and requested that the Board would 
offer a reward for their detection, the amount of which reward 
should be paid from the sums subscribed by the offices and 
individuals of the town for this purpose. 

The Board being satisfied that the late alarming and destruc- 



114 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

tive fires at the rope walks were caused by design directed 
the Chairman to have the following advertisement inserted 
in the papers, viz. 

One Thousand Dollars Reward! 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston, being satisfied that 
the late alarming and destructive fires at the ropewalks were 
caused by design, and being deeply impressed with the impor- 
tance of punishing so daring an outrage with prompt and 
exemplary severity, hereby earnestly request their fellow- 
citizens to use the utmost vigilance in detecting the perpetra- 
tors; and [219.] hereby offer the above reward to any person 
or persons who shall give such information as shall lead to 
the conviction of the offender or offenders in a court of justice. 

By order of the Selectmen 
November 15. 1819. Turner Phillips, Chairman. 

And that he cause three hundred hand bills to be printed 
and posted up in different parts of the town, and distributed 
among the inhabitants. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen November 17th. 
1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Hunewell, Levering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

Mr. Taylor having completed the survey of the estate of 
Mr. Nickerson, by which it appears Mr. Nickerson 

or others have encroached on the public highway, it was 
voted that the Chairman be instructed to notify Major Bar- 
zillai Hudson, guardian to said Nickerson to remove the 
incumbrances without delay. (Notified) 

The committee on accounts were authorized to allow Mr. 
William Taylor two hundred dollars for about twenty one hun- 
dred square feet of land, being that part of Myrtle street from 
[22O.] the street of Belknap's heirs to the rope walk, to South, 
Russell street, and part of the expense of removing his build- 
ing; Mr. Taylor giving a warrantee deed of the land. The 
same committee were also authorized to allow Col. Amos 
Binney one hundred & fifty dollars upon his giving [a] quit 
claim deed for land taken from an estate in Elm" street about 
the year 1809, belonging to him or Mr. Edward Haynes for 
the purpose of v widening Elm & Brattle streets, they also 
giving an acquittance for all demands for damages sustained in 
consequence of the lands being taken. 

Mr. John White had permission to have a sale by public 
auction at the office formerly kept by him in (No. 4) Ann street 
on Saturday next and three days of the next week for the 
express purpose of disposing of the goods now in the store. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 115 

Mr. William Hartwell had also permission to sell at the office 
formerly kept by him in store No. 6 Ann street three days of 
the next week, (he naming the days) for the same purpose it 
was granted to Mr. John White. 

Mr. Levering was authorized to make such repairs on Front 
street as were necessary. 

Mr. Austin was authorized to make such repairs to the 
engine house on the bridge in Ann street as was necessary. 

[221.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Novem- 
ber 24th, 1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Levering, Austin, Dorr & Shaw. 

7 Jurors for U. S. District Court. 

The Chairman informed that conformably to directions of 
the Board he had notified Major B. Hudson of the encroach- 
ment by Mr. Nickerson on Snow Hill or Thacher street, that 
Major Hudson had attended & assured him he would procure 
the deeds of Mr. Nickersons estate, and attend to the business 
without unnecessary delay. 

The Chairman reported that Mr. Edward Haynes had con- 
sented to receive the sum of one hundred & fifty dollars in 
full for Col. Binney's demand for the land taken from his 
estate to widen Elm street & Brattle street, and for his (Mr. 
Haynes) demand for damages sustained by him for removing 
the cellar wall and altering the frame of the building on the 
said land. 

Mr. James A. Dickson having enclosed with a fence a small 
piece of land on Federal street (to remove a nuisance) and the 
Board having viewed the same, it was voted, that the fence 
be allowed to remain, Mr. Dickson acknowledging in writing 
that he claimed no right to the land and that he would remove 
[222.] the fence whenever required so to do (the obliga- 
tion is in the trunk.) 

Mr. Austin, was requested to have the town's slip at the 
bottom of Cross street repaired. 

Mr. Hunewell reported that Col. Thorndike had complied 
with the vote of the Board of the 6th May, 1818 and had 
thrown the land mentioned in that vote into Summer street. 
The committee on accounts were therefore directed to place 
three hundred dollars on the next draft to the credit of Israel 
Thorndike Esq. 

The committee on accounts were directed to complete the 



116 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

monthly & quarterly draft on Monday next, to accommodate 
those persons who may want their money before Thanksgiving 
day. 

The Board being dissatisfied with their messenger, it was 
voted, that Mr. Champney be notified that his services will not 
be required by this Board after the first day of January next. 
And that suitable measures be taken to procure a person to 
supply his place. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 1st, 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Levering, Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

The committee to whom was referred (on the 27th October 
last) the application of Mr. Josiah Knapp made a report which 
was re-committed for the purpose of ascertaining if a piece of 
land could be obtained of Messrs. Homes & Bass at a reasona- 
ble rate, and if not, to endeavour to obtain some other piece 
of land suitable to erect a watch & engine house on. 

Messrs. Levering, Dorr & Bass were appointed a committee 
to fix on some suitable place to which the trucks & carts usually 
standing at the east end of Faneuil Hall might be removed, 
and report. 

The application of J. W. Geyer for permission to sell at 
public vendue in the market for one week was refused. 

The Treasurer of the Franklin Fund was authorized to sus- 
pend suits against such delinquents of the fund as he may 
think expedient until April next, he having represented that 
compulsive measures at this season would be attended with 
distressing consequences to their families. 

The application of Mr. Ebr. O. Torrey for permission to erect 
a bakers oven in Back street, was referred to Messrs. Levering 
& Dorr. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 8th, 1819. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, 
Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the 
necessity of removing the trucks, carts & sleds from the east 
end of Faneuil Hall, made the following report. 

That from the extreme crowd in Market Square and the streets 
adjacent thereto, occasioned by the teams of our country 
friends it is rendered indispensably necessary that more room 
should be made for their accomodation and that of the public; 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1819. 117 

and they hereby recommend that all the trucks, carts & sleds 
which have been allowed to stand at the east end of Faneuil 
Hall, be removed into Broad, Commercial & Central streets, 
from and after the eighteenth day of this present month 
under the superintendence of the police officer which report 
being read was accepted. 

Whereupon it was ordered, that from and after Saturday the 
18th. instant, no trucks, carts, sleds or other carriages belong- 
ing to the inhabitants of the town of Boston, be allowed to 
stand in the street or on the town's land at the east end of 
Faneuil Hall and that the Chairman be directed to cause 
the above order to be published conformable to law. 



The committee to whom was referred the applica- 
tion of Mr. Ebenezer O. Torrey to erect a bakers oven, reported, 
That they had examined the place named by Mr. Torrey 
in Back Street, at the back of a cabinet maker's shop, and were 
of opinion it was not a suitable place for that purpose. Report 
accepted. 

The application of Mr. Silas Field, that the restriction of 
the Board respecting sales by public vendue in certain streets 
near the market might be taken off as it respected him, or that 
his application for his license might be given up to him; was 
not granted. 

The application of a committee of the people of color that 
they may be permitted to visit the school provided for their 
children, was so far granted, that they are permitted to visit 
the school for the purpose of hearing the children read and 
view their writing, and also to notice what children absent 
themselves from the school, in order that they may call on 
their parents and endeavour to persuade them to compel their 
children to attend'. But they are not permitted to interfere 
with the government or regulations of the school ; and if 
they have any well grounded complaints against the instructors, 
they are to make them known to this Board. 

[226.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Decem- 
ber 15th. 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, 
Lovering, Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

The Chairman communicated a letter he had received from 
Hansen Kelly magistrate of police of the town of Wilmington 
N. Carolina, soliciting pecuniary assistance for the sufferers by 
the fire in that town. 

On the application of Mr. Hugh Hogan, that a stable hired 
by him, belonging to heirs of John Gray, deceased, situated at 
the back of the Tontine buildings and the buildings erected by 



118 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Israel Thorndike Esq. may be approbated as a livery stable; 
some of the Board who were present informed they had a 
perfect knowledge of the building and its situation, and were of 
opinion it was not a suitable place for a livery stable ; It 
was therefore voted, that Mr. Hogan's request could not be 
granted. 

The application of Mr. John White to be licensed to sell 
at public vendue in Fish street was granted, on condition that 
Mr. White's application was made conformable to the vote of 
the Board of the IQth. Novr. last. 

The Chairman communicated a [227.] note he had received 
from William Donnison Esq. notifying the whole committee 
on the subject of a new prison, to meet on Thursday the 23d 
of December instant at 3 o'clock P. M. 

Passed a number of applications for approbation of licenses. 

Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen Monday 
20th. December 1819 Present, Messrs. Phillips, Lovering, 
Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

12 Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court 
Also 34 Jurors for the Boston Court of Common Pleas. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Wednesday 
December 22d 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lover- 
ing, Bass & Dorr. 

Mr. Elisha Smith was appointed one of the constables of the 
town on condition of his procuring bondsmen that shall be 
approved by the Board. 

Passed on a number of applications for licenses. The 
Solicitor General & Mr. Whitman being in waiting to examine 
the records &c preparatory to the trial respecting the town 
dock, the Board suspended all further proceedings to their 
next meeting. 



Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
Tuesday December 28th 1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, 
Oliver, Hunewell, Lovering, Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

24 Traverse jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial 
Court. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen December 29th. 
1819 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Austin, 
Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 119 

Passed the monthly draft. 

Mr. Elisha Smith appointed one of the constables at the last 
meeting of the board, proposed Messrs. John Roulstone & 
Alexander Parris as his bondsmen, which were approved. 

The application of Daniel Messinger Esq. that the rent of 
the room in the old Town House occupied by him might be 
reduced, or, that the room recently occupied by Mr. Charles 
Bridge might be added to his room, for the whole of which he 
was willing to pay five hundred dollars pr annum; The Board 
were of opinion as the rents of the rooms at the west end of 
the house had been reduced, and as rents had generally fallen, 
that it would be more for the town's interest to comply with 
Col. Messinger's request than to take the risk [229.] of pro- 
curing a new tenant, and therefore voted, that from and after 
the expiration of the present quarter, the committee of the 
Town house be authorized to lease to Col. Messinger the room 
now occupied by him and the office lately occupied by Mr. 
Bridge for five hundred dollars per annum. 

On the representation of Allan Pollock, sealer of weights 
and measures, stating that the fees for sealing, was not an 
adequate compensation for the time and services required, 
and requesting the Board would make him a grant of money 
for office rent and keeping the register for the last two years, 
It was voted, that altho' this Board are fully satisfied that 
Mr. Pollock has faithfully and assiduously performed the 
duties of his office, yet it is not in their power to grant his 
request, and if the fees established by law are not an ade- 
quate compensation for the' services required, his recourse 
must be to the Legislature of the Commonwealth. 

The Chairman having stated that a number of the town 
lamps had very recently been broken, it was voted, that the 
Chairman cause an advertisement to be inserted in the papers 
offering a suitable reward to any person, or persons who 
may give such information as shall lead to the conviction 
of the offender or offenders; and also, a suitable reward to 
any person, who may give such information, as shall lead 
to the conviction of any one who may be guilty of the like 
offence in future. 

[23O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen on 
Wednesday the 5th. January 1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, 
Oliver, Levering, Austin, Dorr & Shaw. 

The Chairman as treasurer of the fund of Mrs. Brooker & 
others produced the account of interest received by him, 
(since the last distribution) amounting to two hundred and 



120 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

fifty five dollars and sixty three cents, which was paid in 
equal portions to the members of the Board, to be by them 
distributed conformably to the wills of the donors. 

The Chairman communicated a note he had received from 
Wm. Donnison Esq. notifying the whole committee to meet 
on the subject of the plans for a new prison, on Monday next 
at 3 o'clock P.M. 

The police officer made a return of the fines received by 
him, and paid to the town treasurer for the quarter ending 
the 31st December last amounting to twelve dollars fifty 
cents. 

Mr. Jonas Ames was appointed one of the constables of 
the town on condition of his procuring bondsmen that shall 
be approved by the Board. 

Passed on several applications, to be approbated as vict- 
uallers. 

[231.] The police officer reported that there were three 
stone stumps on or near the side walks of the town that were 
dangerous to foot passengers viz. one in Marlborough street 
one in Cornhill & one in. Union street. 

Voted that the Chairman be instructed to direct the police 
officer to have them taken up or broken off as may be found 
most convenient. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen on Wednesday the 
12th. January 1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hune- 
well, Levering, Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

On the application of Major Oliver Johonnot and Mr. Rich- 
ard Edwards. Representation was made to the Hon. Judge 
of Probate for the County of Suffolk that John Hutchin- 
son of this town, sailmaker, does by excessive drinking & 
idleness, so spend and waste his estate as thereby to expose 
himself and family to want & suffering circumstances, and 
praying that a guardian may be appointed for him. 

The Chairman communicated to the Board the request of 
Mr. Silas Field, that he might be permitted to sell at public 
vendue near the market, as long as others sold, or until they 
are compelled to desist from selling. The Board decided 
that Mr. Fields request could not be granted, but as Mr. 
Field complained, that, by his assurance to the Board [232.] 
in his application for a license, he was not placed on an 
equal footing with other auctioneers; the Board being of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 121 

opinion, that as Mr. Field had manifested a disposition to 
comply with their restrictions, they ought not to use that 
assurance to his injury, and that he ought to be placed on 
equal ground with the other auctioneers; they therefore 
instructed the Chairman to return Mr. Field his application 
if he requested it. 

The vote of the Board of the 10th of November last was 
consequently repealed. 

Application having been made for widening that part of 
Congress street where the Exchange Coffee house formerly 
stood. The subject was committed to Messrs. Oliver, Dorr 
& Hunewell. 

The Chairman informed, that the Solicitor General had 
handed him a report of the decision of the Supreme Judicial 
Court on the indictment found against the Rev. John Codman 
for incumbering the Town Dock & public highway adjacent 
thereto. 

Mr. Alexander Mitchell was appointed one of the constables 
of the town, he procuring bondsmen that shall be approved 
by the Board. 

[233.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen on 
Wednesday January 19th. 1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, 
Oliver, Lovering, Austin, Bass & Dorr. 

The committee to whom was referred the application for 
widening Congress street, made a partial report ; they were 
instructed to ascertain what portion, if any, of the cost of 
widening that street would be paid by those persons who 
own estates on the street. 

The persons named by Mr. Jonas Ames, viz. Messrs. Edward 
Childs, Joseph Kingsley & Amos Penniman, for his bonds- 
men as one of the constables of the town, were accepted by 
the Board. 

The proposition of Mr. Amos Wood, to keep Cambridge 
street, from Chambers street to the bridge in complete order, 
so far as relates to the gravel or sand that may collect in that 
street, was agreed to, on condition, that he keep the drains 
in that street clear. for which Mr. Wood is to have the 
exclusive right to all the manure, gravel & sand that may 
collect in that portion of the street. 

The Chairman communicated the" notice he had received 
from Judge Donnison, that the committee for erecting a new 
prison would meet on the morrow, to receive the report of 



122 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

the sub committee appointed to select one of the plans that 
had been offered for the county prison. 

[234.] Mr. Alexander Black having offered for the con- 
sideration of the Board, the pattern of an oil bucket and 
burners for the lamps, constructed by him. The subject was 
referred to the Chairman, Mr. Levering & Mr. Dorr, who were 
requested to confer with Mr. Black on the subject. 

The school committee having been notified to meet this day 
and part of them having assembled, the further business of 
the Board was referred to their next meeting. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 26th. 
1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, Austin, 
Dorr & Shaw. 

The committee appointed (at the last meeting of the Board) 
to confer with Mr. Black on the subject of new invented oil 
buckets & lamp burners, reported, that they had met Mr. 
Black and conversed with him on the subject referred to them; 
but as Mr. Black informed them he had no authority from 
Major Melvill who was concerned with him, to name any par- 
ticular sum for the use of (what they called) their right, the 
further consideration of the subject was postponed. 

[235.] Ordered, that the report (furnished by the Solicitor 
General) of the decision of the trial in the Supreme Judicial 
Court respecting the Town Dock, be transcribed into the Book 
in which is copied the opinion of counsel employed by the 
Board previous to the suits being commenced. 

The Chairman informed the Board he had received infor- 
mation that Capt. Benjamin Rich had applied to the Legisla- 
ture for an act to incorporate himself & associates as proprietors 
of an estate near Dock Square, formerly owned by David 
Greenough & others, and as a part of the building erected on 
this estate was doubtless intended for a public market, he 
suggested for the consideration of the Board whether it was 
not their duty to oppose it. The Board after examining the 
proceedings of the Town on the 14th June last, were of opinion 
the vote then passed was imperative on them to remonstrate 
against the petition, and voted, that Mr. Shaw be requested 
to draft a suitable remonstrance to be signed by the Board and 
sent to the Hon. Legislature as soon as may be. 

Mr. George Odiorne having informed, that eight hundred 
dollars had been subscribed to procure a first rate clock to be 
placed in the church on Park street, and the Board being of 
opinion that it would be of public utility. Voted, that the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 123 

clock when put up free of expense to the town & delivered to 
the [236.] Selectmen, would be considered as one of the town 
clocks and attended to accordingly. 

Mr. Hayward as commander of the town watch was author- 
ized to add to the pay roll of the center watch for this month, 
seventy five cents for the constable of the watch & fifty cents 
to each of the watchmen who were on duty, for extra services 
performed by them on the night when the misdemeanor was 
committed by the people of color. 

A complaint having been made "that the drivers of carts* 
trucks of sleds standing in Broad street, assemble in great 
numbers on the side walk, in front of stores in that street to 
the great annoyance of the owners or occupiers of those stores;" 
And calling on the Board to remedy the evil : It was 
voted, that the Chairman be instructed to address a note to 
some of the principal owners of the vehicles usually standing 
in that street, requesting them to call a meeting of the truck- 
men and have a committee appointed to meet the Board on 
Wednesday next at 4 o'clk P. M. to confer with them, & devise 
some amicable arrangement that shall (if possible) meet the 
wishes of all parties, & remedy this evil in future. 

[237.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb- 
ruary 2d. 1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Levering, 
Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 



Passed the monthly draft. 

The Chairman informed that conformably to a vote of the 
Board of the 26th. ultimo a remonstrance against the petition 
of Benja. Rich & others had been signed and sent to the Hon. 
Legislature, of which the following is a copy. 

"To the Honorable the Senate & House of Representatives 
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General Court 
assembled. 

The Selectmen of the Town of Boston respectfully represent, 
that they have just learned that a petition of Benjamin Rich 
Esq. & others is now pending before your honorable body, the 
object of which is to obtain an act of incorporation for them- 
selves and associates, as proprietors of an estate or estates 
situated on or near Dock Square and the ancient market in 
the town of Boston; that not having seen the said petition or 
any official notice thereof your memorialists are not certain 
that the object of said petition is distinctly understood, but if 
their apprehension thereof is correct, they beg [238.] leave in 
behalf of & under instructions of the inhabitants of said town, 



124 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

most respectfully and earnestly to remonstrate against the 
granting of said petition, unless under such restrictions as may 
render the same consistent with the rights & interests of said 
town. 

In support of this remonstrance, your memorialists beg leave 
to represent, that at the June session of the Legislature 1818, 
and also at the last June session similar petitions were pre- 
sented by David Greenough & others, then proprietors of the 
same estate, for the same purpose substantially, as your peti- 
tioners believe, upon which occasions, the inhabitants of the 
town, duly convened for that purpose, determined nearly or 
quite unanimously, to oppose the prayer of said petitions, and 
on the last of which occasions appointed "the Selectmen a 
committee to present a suitable remonstrance to the Legisla- 
ture against said petition & therein to pray that in any act of 
incorporation which might be granted to said petitioners upon 
their petition, or upon any other petition, which might at any 
time thereafter be presented by said petitioners, or any other 
person on the same subject, a restrictive clause might be 
inserted so as effectually to protect the rights & interests of 
the town from injury. 

Without knowing the precise object or specific prayer of said 
petitioners, your memorialists believe the object thereof [239.] 
to be, to obtain a grant either in express terms or under general 
powers, to establish a market for the sale of provisions. The 
establishment of such a market, by private citizens, in the 
vicinity of the ancient market, your memorialists believe will 
be incompatible with the rights & highly injurious to the inter- 
ests of the town. Without detailing all the reasons & grounds 
of this belief, your memorialists beg leave to refer to the several 
official proceedings of the town upon that subject, authenti- 
cated copies of which are herewith presented, also the remon- 
strance of the inhabitants of Boston to the petition of David 
Greenough & others presented at the last session of the Legis- 
lature. 

Your memorialists duly appreciate the laudable enterprise 
of all those public spirited citizens, who are disposed to add 
to the accomodation, convenience & elegance of the .town, by 
the erection of new buildings, and would not willingly impede 
them in the pursuit of any object, not directly & apparently 
incompatible with the rights & interests of the town. 

But apprehensive that these rights and interests will be inju- 
riously affected by the establishment of a market at the place 
proposed, and in obedience to the instructions of the inhabi- 
tants of the town, your memorialists pray that in any act 
which may be passed to incorporate the proprietors of lands 
in the vicinity of Market or Dock Squares, a clause may be 
inserted, expressly [24O.] restraining such corporation from 
occupying using or improving any building erected or to be 
erected upon such estate, as and for a public market. And as 
in duty bound will ever pray." 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 125 

The Chairman also informed, that agreeably to the instruc- 
tions of the Board at their last meeting he had sent a note 
to the owners of the carts, trucks or sleds usually standing in 
Broad street a copy of which is on file of mixed papers. 

A circular letter from the Mayor of the City of Savannah 
was communicated to the Board, stating the calamity that had 
befallen that city by fire, calling on those who were charitably 
disposed for assistance. The Board after duly considering 
this subject, and not finding a precedent that would authorize 
them in their public capacity to recommend the adoption of 
any measures on this calamitous occasion, voted, that Mr. 
Shaw be requested to take the circulars that had been received 
from Savannah and Wilmington & confer with some of the influ- 
ential gentlemen of the town on the subject of raising a sum by 
subscription for the relief of the sufferers. 

The Chairman communicated a note he had received from 
Peter C. Brooks Esq Chairman of the committee of the Honora- 
ble [241.] House of Representatives to whom was referred the 
petition of B. Rich & others for incorporating the estate near 
the market by the name of Museum Hall, requesting to be 
informed "if the Selectmen could think of any restrictions 
which would remove their objections to the bill and at the 
same time permit a market."- - The Chairman was requested 
to reply to Mr. Brooks' note, and instructed to inform him 
this Board cannot think of any restrictions that would remove 
their objections to the bill now before the Hon. House of Repre- 
sentatives short of having a clause inserted restricting the cor- 
poration from using any part of the building as a market 
Mr. Brooks' note with the reply is in the bundle of mixed 
papers. 

The Chairman as one of the committee of the Market, 
reported that he had examined the account of the Clerk of 
the Market for the quarter ending the 29th January last, the 
receipts amounting to $2927.80. which he had directed the 
treasurer to receive. The expenditures including the quarter's 
salary of the clerk amounting to $602.30. had been placed on 
the monthly draft. 

Mr. Hunewell (committee on the Hay Scales) reported that 
he had examined the Account of the Hay- Weigher for the 
quarter ending the 1st January last; the balance due the town 

L89 The Chairman had directed the treasurer to receive. 



Messrs. Lincoln, Wheetwright & others having [242.] 
associated for the purpose of forming a nightly patrol to 
extend from India wharf to Sea street, requesting the appro- 
bation of the Selectmen The Board having approved of 



126 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

the same it was voted, that the constables of the town watch 
be directed to give the patrol all the assistance they may need, 
& to receive and secure any person or persons that may be 
brought to them by the patrol, for breaking into houses, stores 
or vessels, or attempting to set fire to any building or any 
combustible matter or thing which may prove hazardous. 

A committee from the owners of trucks &c. not appearing 
agreeably to the request of the Chairman in behalf of the 
Selectmen, the further consideration of the complaint against 
their drivers was referred to the next meeting of the Board. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 9th 1820. 
Present Messrs. Phillips, Hunewell, Lovering & Bass. 

The day being excessive stormy, prevented a majority 
of the Board from assembling, no business was transacted. 

[243.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Feb- 
ruary 16th 1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lov- 
ering, Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

On the application of Mr. George Barker, representation 
was made to the Hon. Judge of Probate for the County of 
Suffolk, That John Coates of this town bookbinder does by 
excessive drinking & idleness, so spend and waste his income 
as thereby to expose himself to want and suffering circum- 
stances, and praying that a guardian may be appointed for 
him. 

Messrs. Francis Southack, Baker, and John R. Gould book- 
binder, were approved as bondsmen for Alexander Mitchell 
appointed constable. 

On the application of Mr. John H. Schaffer voted, that 
he and his associates have our approbation, to act or carry 
on, for profit, gain, or valuable consideration, stage plays, 
interludes or other theatrical entertainments at the amphi- 
theatre in the Washington Gardens so called near the Mall 
in this town for one year from this day. 

The Chairman communicated a letter he had received from 
the Mayor of the City of New Orleans accompanied with a 
copy of the digest of the City Ordinances, elegantly bound 
and gilt. The Chairman was instructed to have [244.] one 
copy of the by-laws and orders of this town bound in the 
same manner as those that were sent to the Intendant of 
the City of Charleston, and forward it to the Mayor of the 
City of New Orleans. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 127 

An application from a committee of the directors of the 
Boston & Roxbury Mill Corporation requesting that an article 
may be inserted in the warrant for March meeting "To 
determine what further time the town will allow the Boston 
& Roxbury Mill Corporation to complete their works accord- 
ing to law to entitle them to the grants of the town. " 
Voted, that the same be inserted in the warrant for March 
meeting. 

The proposition of a committee from the Masonic lodges 
respecting the old Town House was referred to the committee 
who have the charge of that building; to whom were added 
Messrs. Shaw & Dorr, who were instructed to ascertain the 
amount received by the town treasurer for rents of offices &c 
on the second floor of the building, and also to form an 
estimate of the repairs that would probably be necessary 
in the course of two years. 

The proposal of Mr. Pliny Clap to keep Broad street clean 
during the present year & attend to the grates in that street, 
on condition of his being entitled to the manure that may 
collect in that street; was agreed to by the Board. 

[245.] The Chairman informed that he had authorized 
the police officer to employ such labourers as he may deem 
necessary to level the snow in those streets where it was haz- 
ardous or difficult for carriages to pass, and in certain cases 
to have it carted out of the streets which was approved 
by the Board. 

The Chairman was requested to have a dinner provided 
for the Selectmen, school committee, instructors in the schools 
&c on the semiannual visitations of the public schools 
on Friday the 25th instant. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of widen- 
ing Congress street, reported that they had conversed 
with Mr. Robbins, one of the proprietors of the land, and that 
he was willing a part of it should be taken for the purpose 
of widening the street at the price he gave for it, and that he 
was also willing to discount such a proportion of the amount, 
as three judicious persons to be appointed by the Selectmen 
should assess on him for the benefit it might be to his estate. 

The Board being of opinion that the widening of Congress 
street would be of public utility voted, that the sum of 
five hundred dollars be paid to the proprietors of the land 
on that street, lately belonging to the corporation of the Boston 
Exchange Coffee House; on condition that they set the build- 
ings which they meditate erecting, so far back as that their 



128 CITY DOCUMENT No 61. 

easterly bounds shall be on a line with the building called 
the Friends Meeting House & add the land in front of their 
buildings to the street. 

[246.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen February 
23d, 1820 Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Lovering, Bass, 
Dorr & Shaw. 

22 Grand jurors and 35 traverse jurors were drawn for the 
Supreme Judicial Court. 

Mr. Thomas C. Williams was licensed as an auctioneer, 
his place of business to be in the chamber over Nos. 101 & 102 
Court street. 

Passed on the application of a number of persons, to be 
licensed as victuallers. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 1st. 1820 
Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Lovering, Austin, 
Dorr & Shaw. 

The committee to whom was referred the proposition of the 
committee of the Masonic Lodges, reported, that as this 
subject must be submitted to the town, it was inexpedient for 
the Board to express their opinion of the utility of their pro- 
posal, but if they wished to have it inserted in the warrant 
for the next town meeting they presumed there could be no 
objection Report accepted, and the Chairman instructed 
to communicate [247.] the report to the gentlemen, and 
inform them, that any written application that might be 
received from them during the present week, the Board would, 
with alacrity, have inserted in the warrant. 

Passed the monthly & quarterly accounts. 

7 Jurors were drawn for the United States District Court. 

The warrant for March meeting was signed. 

Mr. Buckingham to print notifications. 

The representation of Samuel Torrey & others, owners or 
occupiers of stores on the north side of Dock Square, com- 
plaining that the scales in front of store No 4 was, from the 
side walk being narrow, and a great crowd about the scales, 
a very great annoyance, and requesting that they might be 
removed was committed to the market committee. 

The rules & regulations of engine company No. 13 were 
submitted to, and approved by the Board. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 129 

The application of George Sullivan Esq. in behalf of the 
proprietors of St. Pauls church, was referred to the committee 
of Section No. 4. who were authorized to grant the request 
if they should judge it expedient. 

[248.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
8th. 1820. Present Messrs. Phillips, Oliver, Hunewell, Lover- 
ing, Austin, Bass, Dorr & Shaw. 

The Chairman was desired to wait on the Rev. Mr. Sharp, 
and request him to open the meeting on Monday next with 
prayer. 

The Chairman communicated a note he had received from 
Lemuel Shaw Esq. declining the honor of being a candidate 
at the approaching choice of Selectmen. 

The committee of Section No. 3 were requested to have the 
necessary repairs done on the town's pump, near Fort hill wharf. 

The inspector of police was authorized to grant Mr. John 
Wilson, the privilege of taking all the manure from the follow- 
ing streets during the present year. Vizt. that portion of 
Cambridge street extending from Belknap street to Bowdoin 
Square, all that square, Court street, & from thence down to 
Dock Square; Exchange street, Merchants Row, Ann street 
to the bridge, Union street to Hanover street, up that street 
to Court street, and Elm street. For which privilege Mr. 
Wilson is to pay the town treasurer twenty dollars ; to keep 
those streets &c clean, by sweeping, (when they are free from 
snow & ice), to sprinkle the same sufficiently with water, so 
as to prevent the [249.] dust from incommoding the citizens 
who occupy houses or stores in those streets while sweeping; 
and in case Mr. Wilson should neglect to keep the streets clean 
as aforesaid, the police officer is to have it done at the expense 
of Mr. Wilson. 

Attest. Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 17th. 
1820. Present Messrs. Benjamin Austin, Daniel Baxter, 
Jonathan Loring, Eliphalet Williams & Jeremiah Fitch. 

The oath of office was administered to all the above named 
gentlemen, by the town clerk. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 21st. 
1820. Present Messrs. Austin, Baxter, Loring, Williams, 
Fitch, Samuel Billings, Abram Babcock, Robert Fennelly & 
Samuel A. Wells. 

Voted' to proceed to the choice of a Chairman. 



130 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Messrs. Wells & Fitch were appointed a Committee to 
receive, sort & count the votes. 

Ballots being taken it appeared that Eliphalet Williams Esq. 
was chosen. 

[25O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
22d. 1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Austin, Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The Town Clerk informed the Board, that he had adminis- 
tered the oath of office to Messrs. Billings, Fennelly, Babcock 
& Wells. 

34 jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

Voted, That the Board be divided into committees as fol- 
lows, viz. 

Section No. 1. to be assigned to Mess. Babcock & Fennelly 
Wards No. 1. 2 & 3. 

Section No. 2. to Messrs. Billings & Fitch, & to consist of 
Wards No. 4. 5 & 9. 

Section No. 3 to Messrs. Austin, Loring & Wells; to consist 
of Wards No. 6. 7. 8 & 10. 

Section No. 4. to Messrs. Baxter & Wells to consist of Wards 
No. 11 & 12. 

Messrs. Williams, Fitch & Babcock, Committee of the 
Market. 

Mr. Loring Committee of Hay Scales. 

Messrs. Fitch, Loring & Wells, Committee on the Town 
House. 

[251.] Messrs. Austin, Loring & Wells, Committee on the 
Common. 

Messrs. Baxter & Wells, Committee on the Neck. 

The police officer was authorized to dispose of the manure 
in the streets, under the direction of the Chairman. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 24th, 
1820 Present the whole Board. 

On the application of Benjamin Russell, William Sullivan & 
Stephen Codman Esqrs. in behalf of the Federal Citizens of this 
town for the use of Faneuil Hall on the evening of the 2d. 
April next. 

It was voted, unanimously, that the request be granted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 131 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29th, 
1820. Present the whole Board. 

A communication was received from David Sears Esq. offer- 
ing the town a portion of his land in Elm street, for the pur- 
pose of widening that street, which being read, was committed 
to Messrs. Austin, Loring & Billings. 



A remonstrance was received from a number of 
the inhabitants occupying stores in Broad street, against trucks 
&c. being allowed to stand in that street which was read & 
committed to the Chairman, Messrs Baxter, Babcock, Billings 
& Wells. 

An application from the proprietors of St. Pauls church for 
a portion of the street was committed to the Chairman, 
granting liberty on condition they build a substantial board 
fence, lay a plank walk & leave the street thirty feet wide 
until their building shall be completed. 

Allan Pollock was chosen sealer of weights & measures. 

James Wilson was appointed Town Crier, during the pleas- 
ure of the Board. 

Caleb Loring Junr. was chosen sealer & weigher of boats 
& lighters. 

The application for liberty to use the Boylston school house 
on Fort bill for a Sabbath school by the Society for "Moral 
& Religious Instruction of the Poor" was granted under restric- 
tion of the committee of section No. 2. 

[253.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 
29th, 1820 Present the whole' Board. 

i 

The application of Henry Chapman & Co., praying that the 
rent of the land leased by the town to them may be remitted 
in consequence of the late fire voted, that the last years 
rent be remitted. 

The application of the School Committee, to have twenty 
fire buckets placed in each of the public school houses, was 
granted & Mr. Loring requested to procure the same. 

The Chairman was requested to have a dinner provided for 
the Board on the 3d April & to invite the Selectmen of the 
past year, the Secretary & Treasurer of the Commonwealth, the 
Hon. John Phillips, County & Town Treasurers, Sheriff of 
Suffolk, Rev. Mr. Sharp & Rev. Mr. Dean, to dine with them. 



132 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Recommendation was signed to the Overseers of the Poor in 
favour of Jacob Amee to obtain Mary Langdon as an appren- 
tice from the alms house. 

Passed upon a number of applications for approbation of 
victuallers &c. 

The application of the occupants of vegetable stalls in the 
market for repairs, was committed to the committee of the 
Market. 

[254.] At a Meeting April 5th, 1820 Present the whole 
Board. 

Application of Turner Phillips Esq. to deliver up papers &c 
to persons authorized by this Board, was committed to 
Messrs. Wells, Austin & Fitch. with full power to adjust the 
account & receive the papers from Mr. Phillips. 

Application of a committee of the Fire Wards, to appro- 
priate land for the use of the fire men was referred to Messrs. 
Loring, Fitch & Wells. 

Application of Samuel Parkman Esq. & others, to erect a 
portico at the east end of Faneuil Hall, was referred to the 
committee of the Market 

Special Meeting Present the whole Board April 7th, 
1820 

Voted, that we will exercise the power vested in us by law, 
restraining certain streets from the incumbrance of auctions. 

Voted, That the Chairman be instructed not to grant a 
license for an auction office in State street. 

Voted, That Caleb Hay ward be appointed police officer; 
captain of the watch, & tythingman : and his salary for 
those three offices be fixed at the rate of nine hundred dollars 
per annum during the pleasure of the Selectmen. 

Mr. Samuel Phillips was chosen hay weigher. 

Voted, that Nathaniel Meriam be appointed Clerk of the 
Market and that his salary be fixed at and after the rate 
of [255.] eight hundred dollars per annum, exclusive of any 
commissions for collecting rents &c. during the pleasure of 
the Selectmen. 

Application of Noah Brooks relative to extending road at 
South Boston. Referred to committee of section No. 4. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 133 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12th, 1820. 
Present the whole Board. 

The overseers of the poor having applied to this Board for 
their assistance in carrying into effect a law of this common- 
wealth passed the 25th. day of February last, on the subject 
of paupers, &c. And the two Boards having met, it was pro- 
posed that each Board should appoint two persons, who with 
the Chairman of the Selectmen should be a committee to 
examine the law and report what was necessary to be done 
on the subject. Messrs. Austin & Wells, were chosen on the 
part of the Selectmen. 

Voted, that the Chairman instruct the superintendent of 
lamps to discontinue lighting after Saturday next, to place 
the ladders burners &c in Faneuil Hall & let the lamps remain 
in the streets 

Voted, That the Chairman & Mr. Austin be a committee to 
superintend the regulation of the clocks. 

[256.] The application of a number of citizens for con- 
tinuing Sumner street to Bowdoin street was referred to the 
committee of section No. 3. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be instructed to furnish the 
Chairman of every committee appointed by this Board with 
the names of the committee & the subject committed to 
them. 

The committee appointed to take into consideration a pro- 
posal made by David Sears Esq. "to purchase a portion of 
land belonging to him situated in Elm street, in order to 
enlarge that street," report, that as the boundary of this land 
drawn in a straight line from the adjacent buildings, would 
only widen & enlarge the street immediately within the bounds 
of said Sears, and would give no additional width, or extent 
to the street either above or below, they are not disposed to 
take any measures upon that subject 

Benjamin Austin, pr. order. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 
Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 



[257.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
19th, 1820 Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, Bab- 
cock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 



134 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Application of Luther Ellis, in behalf of himself & David 
Hinckley, on the subject of land taken into Blossom street, 
by the town was referred to Messrs. Wells, Loring & Fitch. 

Mr. David Jones was licensed as an auctioneer at No. 6. Ann 
street. 

The committee chosen to take into consideration the appli- 
cation of sundry persons residing on Mount Vernon and its 
vicinity, requesting that a new street may be opened which 
will unite Sumner with Bowdoin street, &c. have attended to 
the duty assigned them, and report; that, in their opinion, 
it is inexpedient to unite the two streets as the advantages 
to be gained thereby, as stated in their application, may be 
equally well obtained by reducing tha summit of Sumner 
street to a level with that of Bowdoin street, commencing at 
the junction of Hancock street with the former, levelling it 
to the same height as Bowdoin street, from thence to land 
owned by D. D. Rodgers Esquire and from thence giving a 
gradual and easy descent to Beacon street, by which, the access 
to Mount Vernon may be made equally safe and commodious, 
as it would be by the proposed communication. The com- 
mittee therefore recommend this measure to be adopted and 
that the gravel which will thereby be obtained [258.] be applied 
to the repairing of the public walks in and about the Common. 

S. A. Wells, per order. 
Boston April 18th, 1820. 

The foregoing report, was read & accepted. 

Application of Thomas K. Jones & others on the subject of 
a drain under Merchants Hall, was committed to Messrs. Lor- 
ing, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Mr. Joy for allowance for expence on 
Beacon street, the last year, was referred to the committee 
of section No. 3. 

Voted, that the Chairman be requested to make arrange- 
ments with Mr. Copeland, for the regulation of the Mall & 
Common, on election and other public days. 

The application of Edward Tuckerman Esq. & others on the 
subject of widening Brattle street, was committed to the 
Chairman, Messrs. Fitch, Loring & Billings. 



The Board came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an 
oration on the 4th. of July next; And voted, that the Rev. 
Edward Everett be requested to deliver the annual oration, 
before the town on the next anniversary of American inde- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 135 

pendence on the 4th. day of July next, and that the Chairman 
be requested to communicate notice thereof to Mr. Everett. 

[259.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Satur- 
day 22d, 1820. Present the whole Board, except Mr. Austin. 

The Chairman communicated a letter from Rev. Mr. Ever- 
ett, wherein that gentleman declines accepting the appoint- 
ment of orator for the 4th. of July. Whereupon the Board 
came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an oration on 
the 4th. July next; and voted unanimously, that Theo- 
dore Lyman Junr. Esq. be requested to deliver the annual 
oration, before the town on the next Anniversary of American 
Independence on the 4th. day of July next, and that the Chair- 
man be requested to communicate notice thereof to Mr. Lyman. 

Eliphalet Williams Esq. was chosen treasurer of the Board 
of Selectmen. 

The committee appointed to superintend tne town clocks, 
reported, that they had agreed with Messrs. Adams & Eaton 
to take charge of them (four in number) the present year 
for the sum of one hundred & ten dollars. 

The Chairman was requested to advertise for a messenger 
for this Board; that his salary be fixed at the rate of three 
hundred & sixty five dollars per annum, & that he be elected 
during the pleasure of the Board. 



[26O.] Voted, that the Chairman be authorized to fur- 
nish the family of Saml. Champney with such necessaries 
as he may think proper, not exceeding the amount of one 
month's pay. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 26. 1820. 
Present the whole Board, except Mr. Austin. 

An application to pave Common street from Hamilton 
Place to Winter street, was referred to the committee of sec- 
tion No. 3. 

The application of Mr. S. Hyde to lease lots of land on the 
Neck was referred to the committee of section No. 4. 

An application to open a street from Merimack street to 
Leverett street was referred to the whole Board. 

The application of a number of the inhabitants, that the 
easterly part of Prince street may be new paved the present 
season was referred to the committee of section No. 1. to 
view & report. 



136 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[261.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
3d. 1820. Present the whole Board except Mr. Austin. 

The Chairman reported, that he had leased the bull pasture 
to Mr. William Fiske for one year at the rent of thirty dollars. 

Voted, that a number of constable's poles be provided 
sufficient to make the whole number twenty four. Also 
that a suitable badge be provided for the police officer. The 
Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Loring a committee to procure 
the same. 

On the application of Thomas Badger, John Brazer & Wm. 
Ingalls Esqrs. in behalf of the Republican Citizens of Boston, 
for the use of Faneuil Hall on the 4th. July next, It was 
voted, unanimously that the request be granted. 

The application of Josiah Knapp Esq. on the subject of the 
south watch house, was committed to the whole Board. 

Voted, that the Chairman be instructed to have the Select- 
men's room repaired, by painting, papering &c. 

[262.] The application of the Board of Health on the 
subject of a drain in Gooch street was committed to Messrs. 
Loring & Fitch. 

The application to open a new street, from Orange street 
to Front street, was committed to the whole Board. 

An application from a committee of the Board of Fire Wards 
to appoint a company of firemen, was referred to Messrs. 
Loring, Fitch & Wells. 

Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen May 4th. 
1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fitch & Wells. 

The Chairman having announced to the Board, that Hon. 
Benjamin Austin, a member of this Board, had deceased 
this morning. 

It was voted, as a testimony of respect for the memory of 
Hon. Benjamin Austin, deceased, our late associate at the 
Board of Selectmen, we will attend the interment of his remains 
on Saturday next, and that the members of the Board of 
Overseers of the Poor, of the School Committee of the Board 
of Health, the Firewards, and other Town Officers, be also 
requested to attend. 

Attest, Thomas Clark. Town Clerk. 
N. B. the above was inserted in the public papers. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 137 

[263.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 
10th, 1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, Bab- 
cock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Jabez Wilson & others on the subject of 
a road at South Boston, was referred to the Committee of 
section No. 4. 

Sealed proposals were received and opened, for building a 
fejice on the Common; when it appeared that, Ebenezer 
White's proposals were seventy cents per foot, Edward Gray 
sixty cents, & John Gushing & Elijah Hunt's fifty cents per 
foot, the latter of which proposals was accepted by the Board, 
& the Chairman authorized to make a contract with Messrs. 
Gushing & Hunt; the work to be done under the inspection 
of the committee of the Common. 

A communication was received from the justices of the 
Court of Sessions, on the subject of opening a street, from 
Merimack to Leverett streets, requesting this Board to meet 
them at the grand jurors room in the New Court House on 
Friday afternoon next; The Board voted to attend. 

The application of Henry Sargent Esq. for the use of Faneuil 
Hall, for the purpose of exhibiting his painting of the landing 
of the Fathers, was granted, under such regulations & restric- 
tions as shall be required by the Chairman. 

[264.] The subject of regulating the watch was committed 
to Messrs. Wells, Loring & Fitch. 

The Chairman was instructed to provide a dinner on the 
15th instant for the Board and to invite as guests the follow- 
ing gentlemen, viz. the members of the former Board of Select- 
men, the Hon. John Phillips, Rev. Messrs. Sharp, Dean & Ware 
and the Town Treasurer. 

The committee to whom was referred the request of Messrs. 
T & E. Motley for permission to receive and deliver goods 
outside of their store &c. have attended to their duty & ask 
leave to report. That it is the opinion of your committee, 
that very little danger or inconvenience will occur to the 
inhabitants of this town by permitting Messrs. Motley's to 
receive & deliver goods agreeable to their petition your 
committee would therefore recommend that their request 
be granted all which is respectfully submitted 

Saml. Billings, Chairman. 

The foregoing report was accepted by the Board. 



138 CITY DOCUMENT No. 01. 

[265.] Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
May 12th, 1820 Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

Whereas William Whall and others, residing in Atkinson 
street, have represented to the Selectmen that the drain or 
common sewer in that street has gone to decay, and prays 
the same may be opened and repaired at the expense of the 
proprietors. 

Ordered, That said William Whall notify all the proprietors of 
said drain or common sewer by advertising in the Boston 
Daily Advertiser, & Boston Patriot & Daily Mercantile Adver- 
tiser, six times in each, the last advertisement to be at least 
three days before the 25th. day of May instant, to all persons 
interested or who may be benefited by such repairs, to appear 
at the Selectmen's room, Faneuil Hall any day previous to 
said twenty fifth day of May, from 12 to 1. o'clock, and shew 
cause, if any they have, why the said drain or common sewer 
should not be opened and repaired, and the expense thereof 
assessed according to law 

By order of the Selectmen 

Eliphalet Williams, Chairman. 

(Copy of) Notice 

All persons who are proprietors in the drain or common 
sewer leading from Otis place Marlboro', Franklin & High 
streets, Round Lane Federal & Sister streets, Federal Court, 
Berry, Atkinson, Milk, Broad & Commercial streets, are [266.] 
hereby notified to appear at the Selectmen's Room any day 
from 12 until 1. o'clock, Sundays excepted, previous to the 
25th. instant, and shew cause, if any they have, why the 
subscriber should not be authorized to open, cleanse and 
repair said drain or common sewer, and the expense be 
assessed on all the proprietors who may be benefited, in propor- 
tion as their drains connect therewith, according to law. 

(Signed) William Whall 
Boston May 12th, 1820. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 17th, 1820. 
Present the whole Board. 

Whereas Jonathan Wright has represented to the Selectmen 
of Boston that the drain or common sewer in Jarvis' Row has 
gone to decay and prays that the same maybe opened and 
repaired at the expense of the proprietors. 

Ordered, that said Jonathan Wright notify all the pro- 
prietors of said drain or common sewer, by giving personal 
notice of this order, or leaving a written copy of the same with 
each proprietor, at least seven days previous to the 27th. of 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 139 

May, instant, to all persons interested or who may be benefited 
by such repairs, to appear at the Selectmen's room, Faneuil 
Hall, any day (Sunday excepted) previous to the said 27th. 
day of May instant between the hours of 12 & 1. o'clock, and 
shew cause, [267.] if any they have, why such drain or 
common sewer should not be opened & repaired, & the 
expense thereof assessed according to law. 

By order of the Selectmen. 
(Signd) Elip Williams Chairman. 

The application of John D. Howard Jur. to be authorized 
to raise a company of firemen was referred to Messrs. Loring, 
Fitch & Wells. 

The committee appointed to take into consideration the 
claim of Luther Ellis & David Hinckley Esqrs. to land alleged 
to have been taken by the town, and forming a part (of Blos- 
som street at the westerly part) of the town, have attended 
to that service and report: 

That after as full an investigation & examination of the 
subject as its nature would admit the committee were unani- 
mously of opinion, that no right exists in the said Ellis & 
Hinckley to any part of the land composing the said street, 
and that their claim has no foundation in equity. 

Respectfully submitted 

S. A. Wells pr. order. 
Boston May 16, 1820. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

The Chairman was authorized to employ Mr. Taylor to 
survey that part of Elm street near the building erecting for 
a new tavern; and [268.] requested to meet such members 
of the board as could attend tomorrow morning at 9. o'clock 
at that place & take possession of the land belonging to the 
town. 

The Chairman & Mr. Baxter were authorized to ascertain 
whether the Rev. Mr. Lowell can legally hold his seat as 
one of the School Committee. 

The Chairman was instructed to advertise for sealed pro- 
posals to do the paving of the streets the present year 
application to be made prior to the 1st. June. 

The subject of the south watch house near Mr. Knapps 
land, was committed to the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Bab- 
cock & Wells. 

The Chairman was authorized to make a contract with 



140 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Messrs. John Gushing & Elisha Hnnt, to build a fence on the 
east side of the new Mall, at the rate of fifty cents per foot 
running measure. 

Attest, Tho Clark, Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen May 20th, 
1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Babcock, Billings & 
Wells. 

Warrant was signed for town meeting on the 29th. instant. 

[269.] The Chairman reported, that (accompanied by 
Messrs. Babcock, Fitch & Wells,) he has proceeded to Elm 
street with Mr. Wi liam Taylor, and measured from the corner 
of the store belonging to the heirs of Samuel Torrey deceased, 
in a straight line leading westerly to the corner of the stable 
belonging to Mrs. Bray, late the property of Samuel Eliot 
Esq. deceased, nineteen feet six inches on that line, being 
the town's property taken from Paine & Gurley September 
29th 1801. then continued the same line thirteen & one 
half feet further to the corner of the building now erecting for 
a tavern house attached to the new market being thirty three 
feet in all from the corner of Torrey's buildings The width 
of the street will now be from this corner to Pattersons house 
opposite, twenty six feet and six inches possession was 
taken of the same in behalf of the town. Report accepted. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen, May 24th, 1820. 
Present the whole Board. 

On the application of Stephen Fairbanks a complaint 
was made to the Judge of Probate against John David, & 
requesting a guardian for him see letter book. 

The Chairman reported that he, with Mr. Baxter had vis- 
ited South Boston, & had agreed with Joseph Woodward 
Esq. to oversee the making the new road as laid out by the 
Board; expense estimated about $130. 

The Chairman was requested to notify [27O.] the pro- 
prietors of Mill Pond Corporation to complete their drain 
from the bottom of Gooch street see letter book. 

The Chairman was instructed to advertise for from 3. to 
500 tons gravel, to be delivered on the Neck. 

Voted, that the committee of each section be authorized 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 141 

to make such repairs on the School house as may be found 
necessary within their respective districts, during the present 
vacation. 

The application of Josiah Knapp Esq. to have by laws 
passed, for the better regulation of Boylston Market, was 
referred to the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock & Wells. 

The Chairman reported, that the land on which the engine 
house No. 13. at present stands, was sold & that it was neces- 
sary that the house should be removed immediately Messrs. 
Fitch & Wells were appointed a committee to procure a piece 
of land for the engine house. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 1st, 1820. 
Present the whole Board. 

Voted, that the committee who were authorized to procure 
a" piece of land to place the engine house, of engine No. 13 
upon, be limited to the sum of two hundred dollars for the 
purchase of the same. 

Voted, That so much of the by-laws for regulating the 
stands for carts, trucks & sleds in the town of Boston, passed 
the 19th day of May 1820. placing on the east end of Milk 
street next to Broad street, and ten trucks in Commercial 
street, be repealed and the same five trucks placed in 
Milk street, be authorized to stand in Commercial street. 

I certify that the foregoing is a true record of the proceed- 
ings of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston from the 1st 
day of September A D 1818 to May 24th, 1820. both 
days included. 

Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES. 



BOOK TWENTY-THIRD. 



[1.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 17. 
1820. Present Messrs. Benjamin Austin, Daniel Baxter, 
Jonathan Loring, Eliphalet Williams & Jeremiah Fitch. 

The oath of office was administered to all the above named 
gentlemen, by the Town Clerk. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, March 21st 
1820 Present Messrs. Austin, Baxter, Loring, Williams, 
Fitch, Samuel Billings, Abram Babcock, Robert Fennelly & 
Samuel Adams Wells. 

Voted to proceed to the choice of a chairman. 

Messrs. Wells & Fitch were appointed a committee to receive, 
sort & count the votes. 

Ballots being taken it appeared that Eliphalet Williams, Esq. 
was chosen. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

[2.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 22d. 
1820 Present Messrs. Williams, Austin, Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The Town Clerk informed the Board, that he had admin- 
istered the oath of office to Messrs. Billings, Fennelly, Babcock, 
& Wells. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

Voted, that the Board be divided into committees as follows. 
Viz. 

Section No. 1. to be assigned to Messrs. Babcock & Fen- 
nelly Wards No. 1. 2. & 3 



144 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Section No. 2 to Messrs. Billings & Fitch & to consist of 
Wards No. 4. 5 & 9. 

Section No. 3 to Messrs. Austin, Loring & Wells to consist 
of Wards No. 6. 7. 8 & 10. 

Section No. 4 to Messrs. Baxter & Wells to consist of Wards 
No. 11 & 12. 

Messrs. Williams, Fitch & Babcock, committee of the Market. 
[3.] Mr. Loring committee of Hay Scales. 
Messrs. Fitch, Loring & Wells, committee on the Town House. 
Messrs. Austin, Loring & Wells committee on the Common. 
Messrs. Baxter, & Wells committee on the Neck. 

The police officer was authorized to dispose of the manure 
in the streets, under the direction of the Chairman. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 24th 
1820 Present the whole board. 

On the application of Benjamin Russell, William Sullivan 
& Stephen Codman Esq's in behalf of the Federal Citizens of 
this town for the use of Faneuil Hall on the evening of the 2d. 
April next. 

It was voted unanimously that the request be granted. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 29th. 
1820 Present the whole board. 

[4.] A communication was received from David Sears Esq. 
offering the town a portion of his land in Elm street, for the 
purpose of widening that street, which being read, was com- 
mitted to Messrs. Austin, Loring & Billings. 

A remonstrance was received from a number of the inhab- 
itants occupying stores in Broad street; against trucks, &c. 
being allowed to stand in that street which was read & 
committed to the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, Billings 
& Wells. 

An application from the proprietors of St. Pauls church for 
a portion of the street was committed to the Chairman, granting 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 145 

liberty on condition they build a substantial board fence, lay 
a plank walk & leave the street thirty feet wide until their 
building shall be completed. 

Alan Pollock was chosen Sealer of Weights & Measures. 

James Wilson was appointed Town Cryer, during the pleasure 
of the Board. 

Caleb Loring Jr. was chosen Sealer & Weigher of Boats & 
Lighters. 

[5.] Boston ss. -At a Meeting of the Selectmen March 29. 
1820 Present the whole board. 

The application of Henry Chapman & Co. praying that the 
rent of the land leased by the town to them may be remitted in 

consequence of the late fire Voted that the last year's 

rent be remitted. 

The application of the School Committee, to have twenty- 
five buckets placed in each of the public school houses, was 
granted & Mr. Loring requested to procure the same. 

The Chairman was requested to have a dinner provided for 
the Board on the 3d April & to invite the Selectmen of the 
past year, the Secretary & Treasurer of the Commonwealth, 
the Hon. John Phillips, County & Town Treasurer, Sheriff of 
Suffolk, Rev. Mr. Sharp & Revd. Mr. Dean, to dine with them. 

Recommendation was signed to the overseers of the poor 
in favour of Jacob Amee to obtain Mary Langdon as an appren- 
tice from the alms house. 

[4.] Passed upon a number of applications for approba- 
tion of victuallers &c. 

The application of the occupants of vegetable stalls in the 
market for repairs, was committed to the committee of the 
Market. 

At a Meeting April 5, 1820 Present the whole Board. 

Application of Turner Phillips Esq. to deliver up papers 
&c. to persons authorized by this board was committed 
to Messrs. Wells, Austin & Fitch. with full power to adjust 
the account & receive the papers from Mr. Phillips. 

Application of a committee of the Fire Wards, to appropri- 
ate land for the use of the fire men was referred to Messrs. 
Loring, Fitch & Wells. 



146 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Application of Samuel Parkman Esq. & others, to erect 
a portico at the east end of Faneuil Hall, was referred to the 
committee [5.] of the Market. 

Present the whole Board April 7, 1820. 

Voted, that we will exercise the power vested in us by law, 
restraining certain streets from incumbrance of auctions. 

Voted, that the Chairman be instructed not to grant a 
license for an auction office in State street. 

Voted, that Caleb Hay ward be appointed police officer; 
Captain of Watch, & Tythingman: and his salary for those 
three offices be fixed at the rate of Nine hundred dollars pr. 
annum during the pleasure of the Selectmen. 

Mr. Samuel Phillips was chosen Hay Weigher. 

Voted, that Nathaniel Meriam be appointed Clerk of the 
Market and that his salary be fixed at and after the rate 
of eight hundred dollars per annum exclusive of any commis- 
sions for collecting rents &c. during the pleasure of the Select- 
men. 

Application of Noah Brooks relative to extending road at 
South Boston referred to Committee of Section No. 4. 

[6.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 12th, 
18[20J Present the whole board. 

The Overseers of the Poor having applied to this Board for 
their assistance in carrying into effect a law of this Common- 
wealth passed the 25th. day of February last on the subject 
of paupers, &c. and the two boards having met, it was 
proposed that each board should appoint two persons, who 
with the Chairman of the Selectmen should be a committee 
to examine the law and report what was necessary to be done 
on the subject Messrs. Austin & Wells were chosen on the 
part of the Selectmen 

Voted that the Chairman instruct the Superintendent of 
Lamps to discontinue lighting after Saturday next, to place 
the ladders, burners &c. in Faneuil Hall & let the lamps 
remain in the streets. 

Voted that the Chairman & Mr. Austin be a committee to 
superintend the regulation of the clock. 

[7.] The application of a number of citizens for continu- 
ing Sumner street to Bowdoin street was referred to the com- 
mittee of Section No. 3 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 147 

Voted that the Town Clerk be instructed to furnish the 
Chairman of every committee appointed by this Board with 
the names of the committee & the subject committed to them. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration a pro- 
posal made by David Sears Esq. to purchase a portion of 
land belonging to him situated in Elm street, in order to 
enlarge that street, "Report, that as the boundary of this 
land drawn in a straight line from the adjacent buildings, 
would only widen & enlarge the street immediately within 
the bounds of said Sears, and would give no additional width, 
or extent to the street either above or below, they are not 
disposed to take any measures upon that subject. 

Benjamin Austin, per order. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

(Signd.) Thomas Clark, Town Clerk. 

[8.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 19, 
1820 Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Luther Ellis, in behalf of himself & David 
Hinckley, on the subject of land taken into Blossom street 
by the Town was referred to Messrs. Wells, Loring & Fitch. 

Mr. David Jones was licensed as an auctioneer at No. 6 
Ann street. 

The committee chosen to take into consideration the appli- 
cation of sundry persons residing on Mount Vernon and its 
vicinity requesting that a new street may be opened which 
will unite Sumner with Bowdoin street, &c. have attended 
to the duty assigned them, and report; that in their opinion, 
it is inexpedient to unite the two streets as the advantages 
to be gained thereby as stated in their application, may be 
equally well obtained by reducing the summit of Sumner 
street to a level with that of Bowdoin street, commencing at 
the junction of Hancock street with the former, levelling it 
to the same height [{).] As Bowdoin street, from thence to 
land owned by D. D. Rogers Esquire and from thence giving 
a gradual and easy descent to Beacon street, by which, the 
access to Mount Vernon may be made equally safe and com- 
modious, as it would be by the proposed communication. 

The committee therefore recommend this measure to be 
adopted and that the gravel which will thereby be obtained 
be applied to the repairing of the Public walks in and about 
the Common. 

S. A. Wells. Per order. 



148 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Boston April 18. 1820 - 

The foregoing report was read & 
accepted. 

Application of Thomas K. Jones and others on the subject 
of a drain under Merchants Hall, was committed to Messrs. 
Loring, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Mrs. Joy for allowance for expence on 
Beacon street, the last year, was referred to the Committee of 
Section No. 3. 

Voted that the Chairman be requested to make arrange- 
ments with Mr. Copeland, for the regulation of the Mall & 
Common, on Election and [1O.] other public days. 

The application of Edward Tuckerman Esq. & others on 
the subject of widening Brattle street, was committed to the 
Chairman, Messrs. Fitch, Loring & Billings. 

The Board came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an 
oration on the 4th. of July next; And voted, that the Revd. 
Edward Everett be requested to deliver the annual oration, 
before the town on the next anniversary of American Independ- 
ence on the 4th. day of July next, and that the Chairman be 
requested to communicate notice thereof to Mr. Everett. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Saturday 22d. 
1820 Present the whole Board, except Mr. Austin. 

The Chairman communicated a letter from Revd. Mr. 
Everett, wherein that gentleman declines accepting the appoint- 
ment of orator for the 4th. of July. Whereupon The Board 
came to the choice of a gentleman to deliver an oration on the 
4th. July next; and voted unanimously, [11.] That Theodore 
Lyman Junr. Esq. be requested to deliver the annual oration, 
before the town on the next anniversary of American Inde- 
pendence on the 4th. day of July next, and that the Chairman 
be requested to communicate notice thereof to Mr. Lyman. 

Eliphalet Williams Esq. was chosen treasurer of the Board 
of Selectmen. 

The committee appointed to superintend the town clocks, 
reported, that they had agreed with Messrs. Adams & Eaton 
to take charge of them (four in number) the present year for 
the sum of one hundred & ten dollars. 

The Chairman was requested to advertize for a messenger 
for this Board; that his salary be paid at the rate of three 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 149 

hundred & sixty five dollars Per annum; & that he be elected 
during the pleasure of the Board. 

Voted that the Chairman be authorized to furnish the 
family of Saml. Champney with such necessaries as he may 
think proper, not exceeding the amount of one month's pay. 



Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen April 
26th. 1820. Present the whole Board, except Mr. Austin. 

An application to pave Common street, from Hamilton 
Place to Winter street was referred to the committee of 
Section No. 3. 

The application of Mr. S. Hyde to lease lots of land on the 
Neck was referred to the Committee of Section No. 4. 

An application to open a street from Merimack street to 
Leverett street was referred to the whole Board. 

The application of a number of the inhabitants, that the 
easterly part of Prince street may be new paved the present 
season was referred to the committee of Section No. 1 to view 
& report. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 3d. 1820 
Present the whole Board, except Mr. Austin. 

[13.] The Chairman reported, that he had leased the Bull 
pasture to Mr. William Fiske for one year at the rent of thirty 
dollars. 

Voted, that a number of constables poles be provided suffi- 
cient to make the whole number twenty four. Also that a 
suitable badge be provided for the police officer. 

The Chairman Messrs. Wells & Loring a committee to 
procure the same. 

On the application of Thomas Badger, John Brazer & William 
Ingalls Esqrs. in behalf of the Republicans Citizens of Boston, 
for the use of Faneuil Hall on the 4th. July next It was 
Voted, unanimously that the request be granted. 

The application of Josiah Knapp Esq. on the subject of the 
south watch house, was committed to the whole Board. 

Voted, that the Chairman be instructed to have the Select- 
men's Room repaired by painting, papering &c. 

The application of the Board of Health on the subject of a 
drain in Gooch street was committed to Messrs. Loring & Fitch. 



150 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[14.] The application to open a new street from Orange 
street to Front street, was committed to the whole Board. 

An application from a committee of the Board of Fire Wards, 
to appoint a company of fire men, was referred to Messrs. Loring 
Fitch & Wells. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen May 4, 
1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fitch & Wells. 

The Chairman having announced to the Board, that, [the] 
Hon. Benjamin Austin a member of this Bard, had deceased 
this morning. 

It was voted, as a testimony of respect for the memory of 
Hon. Benjamin Austin deceased, our late associate at the 
Board of Selectmen, we will attend the interment of his remains 
on Saturday next, and that the members of the Board of Over- 
seers of the Poor, of the School Committee of the Board of 
Health, the Firewards, and other town officers; be also requested 
to attend. ' 

(Copy) Attest, Thomas Clark Town Clerk. 

N. B. The above was inserted in the public papers. 

[15.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 10th. 
1820 Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Jabez Wilson & others the subject of a 
road at South Boston, was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 4. 

Sealed proposals were received and opened, for building a 
fence on the Common; when it appeared that, Ebenezer 
White's proposals were seventy cents per foot, Edward Gray 
sixty cents, & John Gushing & Elijah Hunt's fifty cents per 
foot, the latter of which proposals was accepted by the Board, 
& the Chairman authorized to make a contract with Messrs. 
Gushing & Hunt, the work to be done under the inspection of 
the committee of the Common. 

A communication was received from the Justices of the 
Court of Sessions, on the subject of opening a street from 
Merimack to Leverett streets, requesting this Board to. meet 
them at the grand jurors room in the new Court House on 
Friday afternoon next. 

The Board voted to attend. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 151 

[16.] The application of Henry Sargent Esq. for the use of 
Faneuil Hall, for the purpose of exhibiting his painting of the 
landing of the Fathers, was granted, under such regulations & 
restrictions as shall be required by the Chairman. 

The subject of regulating the watch was committed to 
Messrs. Wells, Loring, & Fitch. 

The Chairman was instructed to provide a dinner on the 15th. 
instant for the Board, and to invite as guests the following 
gentlemen, Viz. the members of the former Board of Selectmen 
the Hon. John Phillips Revd. Messrs. Sharp, Dean & Ware 
and the Town Treasurer. 

The committee to whom was referred the request of Messrs. 
T & E. Motley for permission to receive and deliver goods out- 
side of their store &c. have attended to their duty & ask leave 
to report. 

That it is the opinion of your committee, that very little 
danger or inconvenience will occur to the inhabitants of this 
town by permitting Messrs. Motley 's to receive & deliver goods 
agreeable to their petition Your committee would therefore 
recommend that their request be granted all which is respect- 
fully submitted. 

(Copy) Saml. Billings chairman. 

The foregoing report was accepted by the Board. 

[17.] Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen 
May 12. 1820 Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

Whereas Willram Whall and others, residing in Atkinson 
street, have represenred to the Selectmen that the drain or 
common sewer in that street has gone to decay, and prays the 
same may be opened and repaired at the expense of the pro- 
prietors. 

Ordered that said William Whall notify all the proprietors 
of said drain or common sewer by advertising in the Boston 
Daily Advertiser, & Boston Patriot & Daily Mercantile Adver- 
tiser six times in each, the last advertisement to be at least 
three days before the 25th. day of May instant, to all persons 
interested or who may be benefited by such repairs, to appear 
at the selectmen's room, Faneuil Hall any day previous to 
said twenty fifth day of May from 12 to 1. o'clock and show 
cause, if any they have, why the said drain or common sewer 
should not be opened and repaired, and the expense thereof 
assessed according to law. 

By order of th Selectmen, 
(signd., Eliphalet Williams, Chairman. 



152 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[18.] (Copy of) Notice 

All persons who are proprietors in the drain or com- 
mon sewer, leading through Cotton Alley & Hatter square, from 
Otis place Marlboro, Franklin & High streets, Round Lane 
Federal & Sister streets, Federal Court, Berry, Atkinson, Milk, 
Broad & Commercial streets, are hereby notified to appear at the 
Selectmen's room, any day from 12 until 1. o. clock, Sundays 
excepted, previous to the 25. instant, and shew cause, if any 
they have, why the subscriber should not be authorized to 
open, cleanse and repair said drain or common sewer, and the 
expense be assessed on all the proprietors who may be benefited, 
in proportion as their drains connect therewith, according to 
law. 

(Signed, William Whall ' 

Boston May 12, 1820. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 17th. 1820. 
Present the whole Board. 

Whereas Jonathan Wright has represented to the Selectmen 
of Boston that the drain or common sewer in Jarvis' Row has 
gone to decay and prays that the same may be opened and 
repaired at the expense of the proprietors 

Ordered, That said Jonathan Wright notify all the pro- 
prietors of said drain or common sewer, by giving personal 
notice of this order, or leaving a written copy of the same with 
each [19.] proprietor at least seven days previous to the 27th. 
of May, instant, to all persons interested or who may be 
benefited by such repairs to appear at the Selectmen's room, 
Faneuil Hall, any day (Sunday excepted) previous to the said 
27th day of May instant, between the hours of 12 & 1 o.clock, 
and shew cause if any they have, why such drain or common 
sewer should not be opened & repaired, & the expense thereof 
assessed according to law. 

By order of the Selectmen 
(Signd.) Elip Williams Chairman. 

The application of John D. Howard Jr. to be authorized to 
raise a company of fire men was referred to Messrs. Loring, 
Fitch & Wells. 

The committee appointed to take into consideration the 
claim of Luther Ellis & David Hinckley Esqrs. to land alleged 
to have been taken by the town and forming a part of Blossom 
street at the westerly part of the town have attended to that 
service and report; 

That after as full, an investigation & examination of the 
subject as its nature would admit the committee were unani- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 153 

mously [of the] opinion, that no right exists in the said Ellis & 
Hinckley to any part of the land composing the said street and 
that their claim has no foundation in equity. 

Respectfully submitted 
(signd.) S. A. Wells Per order 
Boston May 16. 1820. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

[2O.] The Chairman was authorised to employ Mr. Taylor 
to survey that part of Elm street near the building erecting for 
a new tavern ; and requested to meet 'such members of the 
Board as could attend tomorrow morning at 9 o clook at that 
place & take possession of the land belonging to the town. 

The Chairman & Mr. Baxter were authorized to ascertain 
whether the Rev. Mr. Lowell can legally hold his seat as one of 
the School Committee. 

The Chairman was instructed to advertize for sealed pro- 
posals to do the paving of the streets the present year appli- 
cation to be made prior to the 1st June. 

The subject of the south watch house near Mr. Knapps 
land, was committed to the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock 
& Wells. 

The Chairman was authorized to make a contract with 
Messrs. John Gushing & Elisha Hunt to build a fence on the 
east side of the new mall, at the rate of fifty cents per foot 
running measure. 

(Signd., Thos. Clark Town Clerk. 

[21.] Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen 
May 20th. 1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Babcock, 
Billings & Wells. 

Warrant was signed for town meeting on the 29th. instant. 

The Chairman reported, that (accompanied by Messrs. 
Babcock, Fitch & Wells) he had proceeded to Elm street with 
Mr. William Taylor, and measured from the corner of the 
store belonging to the heirs of Samuel Torrey, deceased, in a 
straight line leading westerly to the corner of the stable belong- 
ing to Mrs. Bray, late the property of Samuel Elliot Esq., 
deceased; nineteen feet six inches on that line, being the town's 
property taken from Paine & Gurley September 29. 1801. 
then continued the same line thirteen & one half feet further 
to the corner of the building now erecting for a tavern house 
attached to the New Market being thirty three feet in all 



154 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

from the corner of Torrey's buildings The width of the 
street will now be from this corner to Pattersons house opposite, 
twenty six feet and six inches Possession was taken of the 
same in behalf of the town. Report accepted 

(Signed) Thos. Clark, Town Clerk. 



Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 24. 
1820. Present the whole Board. 

On the application of Stephen Fairbanks a complaint was 
made to the Judge of Probate against John David, & request- 
ing a guardian for him see letter book. 

The Chairman reported that he, with Mr. Baxter had 
visited South Boston, & had agreed with Joseph Woodward 
Esq. to oversee the making the new road as laid out by the 
Board, expense estimated about $130. 

The Chairman was requested to notify the proprietors of 
[the] Mill Pond Corporation to complete their drain from the 
bottom of Gooch street see letter book. 

The Chairman was instructed to advertise for from 3. to 500 
tons gravel, to be delivered on the Neck. 

Voted, that the committee of each section be authorized to 
make such repairs on the school houses as may be found 
necessary within their respective districts, during the present 
vacation. 

[23.] The application of Josiah Knapp Esq. to have bye 
laws passed, for the better regulation of Boylston Market, was 
referred to the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock & Wells. 

The Chairman reported, that the land on which the engine 
house No. -13, at present stands was sold, & that it was neces- 
sary that the house should be removed immediately Messrs. 
Fitch & Wells were appointed a committee to procure a piece 
of land for the engine house. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 1st. 1820. 
Present the whole board. 

Voted that the committee who were authorized to procure 
a piece of land to place the engine house, of engine No. 13 
upon, be limited to the sum of two hundred dollars for the 
purchase of the same. 

Voted, That so much of the bye-laws for regulating the 
stands for carts, trucks & sleds in the town of Boston, passed 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 155 

the 19th. day of May, 1$20 placing on the east end of Milk 
street (five trucks) next to Broad street, and ten trucks in 
Commercial street, be repealed and the same five trucks 
placed in Milk street, be authorized to stand in Commercial 
street, [24.] between Broad and Battery March streets, and 
the same ten trucks permitted to stand in Commercial street, 
between Broad & India streets. 

By order of the Selectmen. 

(Copy) Elipht. Williams, Chairman. 

(Copy) Attest Thomas Clark, Town Clerk. 

Selectmen's Room Boston, June 1st. 1820 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 7th, 1820 
Present the whole Board. 

Ordered, That from and after the first day of July next, no 
cart, waggon, or sled, with beef, mutton, or vegetables for sale, 
shall be allowed to stand in either Orange, Newbury, Boylston 
or Essex streets. No carriages, containing provisions of any 
kind, nor any empty carriage shall be allowed to stand in 
Boylston street. 

Carriages containing provisions, other than beef, mutton, 
and vegetables, 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 three spaces for entrances to the market house, 
to be designated by the Clerk of the Market. 

[25.] And it is hereby Ordered, in pursuance of the authority 
vested in the Selectmen, that if any person shall offend against 
either of the above rules and orders, he shall forfeit & pay the 
sum of five dollars upon conviction of every breach thereof. 

And it is further Ordered, that so much of the bye laws regulat- 
ing the stands of carts, wagons, or sleds, at the Boylston Market, 
passed 22d. July, 1812, be and they hereby are repealed. 
By order of the Selectmen, 

Eliphalet Williams Chairman. 
Attest, Thomas Clark, Town Clerk. 

The application of the First Baptist Church to (occasionally) 
occupy a piece of land at the west end of Charter street, which is 
daily covered by the tide, for the purpose of administering the 
rite of baptism ; was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 1. 

The committee of the Market, reported, that the rents of the 

stalls in the vegetable market, be as follows viz 

per week 



156 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Stalls in the building by the engine house No. 1. $2 
Nos. 2. 3. 4 & 5. $1.50 No. 6. $3. 

Stalls in the vegetable row 

No. 1- -$1.12* 

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 8 & 9 $0.87* cents 



Nos. 10 & 11 ....................... $1.12*. cents 

Nos. 12, 13, 14 & 15 ............... 50 cents. 

[26.] Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 ....... $1.12* - 

Nos. 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25 62* cents 

Nos. 26, 27 & 28 37*. cents 

No. 29 ............................. '. . .50 cents 

Nos. 30 & 31 ............. ............. $1.12* 

Nos. 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 & 39 75 cents. 
Nos. 40 & 41 .......................... $1.12* 

Nos. 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, & 49 ...... 75 cents 

Nos. 50 & 51 .......................... $1.12*, 

No. 52 .............................. .50 cents 

Nos. 53, 54, 55, 56 & 57 ................ 37*, cents 

No. 60 ............................... $2.~ 

Nos. 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 & 67 ............. 37* cents 

Nos. 68 & 69 .......................... 75 cents 

Nos. 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 & 77 ....... 62*, cents 

XX X 

No. 78 ............................... 75 cents 

x. Vacant stalls. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

Ordered, that the drain in Atkinson street be* laid with two 
inch plank crosswise and the sides built with ranging timber 6 
by 1 2 inches, and covered with the same. 

The arrangement of the watch was committed to Messrs. 
Wells & Fitch. 

The Chairman was requested to instruct the police officer 
to call on owners of hackney carriages to renew their licenses. 

Messrs. Babcock, Billings, Wells, Baxter & Child a comm 66 . 
to select persons to pave the streets 

Thos. K. Jones & Co. & Tho' Brewer to be notified to repair 
their side walks in front of Merchants Hall. see page 30 
for Mill Pond drain 

[211.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 14th. 
1820 Present, the whole Board. 

David W. Child Esq. having been chosen a member of the 
Board, at the last town meeting, appeared & took his seat. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 157 

The oath of office was administered to Mr. Child, by the 
Town Clerk. 

The application of the African Society for liberty to form 
a procession & march through the streets of the town, on the 
14th. July next, their annual celebration of the abolition of 
Slavery; was granted. 

Aaron Pollard was licensed as a common cryer, during the 
pleasure of the Board. 

The Chairman informed the Board that he, with Mr. Wells, 
had applied to the Legislature of the Commonwealth, and 
requested them to co-operate with the Selectmen in improv- , 
ing Sumner street. 

The application of Henry J. Oliver Esq, to have the bell 
of the Second church rung at 7. o'clock, A. M. was granted 
& the Chairman was requested to give orders accordingly. 

[28.] The application of Loammi Baldwin Esq. in behalf of 
the Boston & Roxbury Mill Dam Corporation, to know on 
what terms they can obtain a quantity of gravel from Fox 
Island (or hill) was referred to Messrs. Loring, Wells, Bab- 
cock & Child. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 21st. 1820 
Present the whole Board, except Mr. Fennelly. 

The Chairman reported that he had received a deed from 
David Sears Esq. of land taken by the town to widen Elm 
street, the consideration expressed in said deed was two hun- 
dred & thirty^dollars, which sum the Chairman was authorized 
to draw out of the treasury & was also requested to have the 
deed recorded. 

The application of William Dodd & others to have Fish 
street new paved was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 1. 

The application of Samuel Hammond & others to have a 
well dug at the east end of Faneuil Hall to accomodate 
their estates. was ordered to remain on file. 

[29.,] The committee to whom was referred the selection 
from those persons who made application to do the paving 
of the town, have attended that duty & ask leave to report 
That Mr. Sprague 
Sargent & Hart 
Hart & Tuttle, and 
E & S Bell, shall each do part of the paving for the town 



158 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

of Boston, at thirty cents per square yard for old, and sixty 
cents for new paving. all which is respectfully submitted, 

Abram Babcock, Chairman. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted and the Chair- 
man was requested to make contracts accordingly. see Con- 
tract Book. 

A complaint against a stable in Hawkins street, owned by 
the Heirs of David Pierce deceased. was committed to Messrs. 
Billings & Fitch. 

An application from John Tuckerman & others to have a 
fence built on the town's land at the head of the rope walks 
was referred to the committee of Section No. 4. " 

The Chairman was requested to apply for the use of the 
Old South Church on the 4th. July. the request was granted. 

[3O.] The Chairman was instructed to cause to be carried 
into effect a bye-law for the regulation of the market passed 
the tenth day of March 1817 particularly as it respects 
Washington Munroe. 

The Chairman was requested to notify the abutters on 
Prince street to pave their side walks. see police officers 
return on file. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that Mr. Tewksbury, 
the occupant of Deer Island, had stated to him, that it had 
been customary for the Selectmen to visit the Island at this 
season of the year that some repairs were necessary on 
the buildings, &c Whereupon it was voted, that the Board 
will visit Deer Island on Monday next & the Chairman was 
requested to make the necessary arrangements. 

The following should have been entered June 14 see page 26. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that he with Dr. Fen- 
nelly had proceeded to the Mill Pond, met the directors of 
that corporation and agreed on the manner of laying the 
drain from Gooch street to Merimac street the sides to 
be of ranging timber 6 inches thick top & bottom with 
good square edged plank spiked crosswise six inches. 

[31.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 
28th. 1820 

Present the whole Board. 

The Chairman was authorized to contract with Urban Rice 
& Charles Bates of Wey mouth for a quantity of gravel for 
the Neck. see contract book. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 159 

The committee to whom was referred the application of 
the First Baptist Church, reported in favor of granting their 
request which report was accepted. see permissions. 

On the application of William H. Prentice & others, for 
permission to open & repair the common sewer in South 
street, notice was ordered to be given, in the form prescribed 
on the 12th May last, to Wm Whall and others, proprietors 
of the common sewer in Atkinson street. 

The Chairman reported, that Mr. Allen Pollack had presented 
the Board, a thermometer. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that he had received for 
them, an invitation from A. H. Quincy Esq. secretary to the 
committee of arrangements, to partake of a collation at Faneuil 
Hall on the 4th July [32.] next, as also to attend the oration 
at the Methodist Chapel at 9. o'clk on the same day: 

Ordered, that the Chairman reply that the first part of the 
invitation cannot be accepted; but that the Board will attend 
the oration see letter book. 

Voted, that the Chairman be instructed to appropriate one 
hundred & fifty dollars towards the expence of fireworks to be 
exhibited on the Common on the evening of the 4th. July; 
that he provide a collation for the singers under the direction 
of Mr. Joseph Bailey, and that he employ Mr. Penniman to 
suitably decorate the Old South Church for the occasion. 

Complaint having been made that the pump at the corner 
of State and Kilby streets was out of repair, voted that the 
committee of that section of the town be authorised to make 
such repairs as may be found necessary. 

Ordered, that the Chairman be authorized to pay Sargent & 
Hart, three hundred dollars on account. 

Ordered that the committee of Section No. 3 with Mr. 
Child, estimate the sum that will be necessary to be [33.] laid 
out in repairing Brighton street the present season & report. 

Ordered, that the committee of Section No. 2 examine 
Bangs Alley, and report what repairs are necessary at that 
place the present season. 

Ordered, that the committee on the Town House be autho- 
rized to complete the contract with the Freemasons agreeably 
to a vote of the town. F. J. Oliver's communication, referred 
to the same committee. 



160 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Chairman to notify the abutters on Common street 
see police officers return. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 5th. 1820. 
Present Messrs. Williams, Baxter, Babcock, Billings, Fitch 
& Child. 

The application of Wm. H. Sumner Esq. respecting Olive 
street, was referred to the committee of Section No. 3. 

The Chairman communicated a letter he had received from 
the Mayor of the city of Troy the subject committed to the 
whole Board. 

The Chairman laid before the Board Mr. Tewksbury's calcu- 
lation of the expense [34.] of repairing the barn &c on Deer 
Island, amounting to $175 The Chairman was instructed 
to authorize Mr. Tewksbury to proceed in the repairs provided 
the whole expense does not exceed that sum. 

The application of George Murdock & others for closing the 
arch in Franklin place, was committed to the whole Board. 

A complaint against hackney coach No. 25 was committed 
to the Chairman. 

The Chairman informed the Board that he had received 
from Joseph Hall Esq. Sheriff of the County of Suffolk, a law of 
this Commonwealth, directing a town meeting to be held on 
the third Monday of August next ; at which meeting the 
inhabitants are to give in their votes by ballot, on this question 
"Is it expedient that delegates should be chosen, to meet in 
convention, for the purpose of revising or altering the Con- 
stitution of Government of this Commonwealth." 

A communication from Alden Bradford Esq. Secretary of the 
Commonwealth on the subject of paupers, was ordered to be 
transmitted to the Board of Overseers of the Poor. 

[35.] Mr. Loring was instructed to build a fence on the side 
walk of Sumner street. 

The Chairman was instructed to employ Samuel Hubbard 
Esq. in conjunction with Samuel'IC. Williams Esq. to defend the 
town against the suit of David Hinckley & Luther Ellis. 

The Chairman Messrs. Babcock & Fitch were appointed a 
committee to consider what number of constables it will be 
necessary to appoint the present year & report. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 161 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 12th. 1820 
Present the whole Board. 

The application of Utley & Heath to pave Portland street 
was referred to committee of Section No. 2. 

The order from the Board of Health to remove a nuisance 
from the town's land on Mill Pond, was referred to the same 
committee. 

The application of Robert Williams Esq. to pave a passage- 
way from Milk street to Liberty Square; referred to same com- 
mittee. 

[36.] The committee appointed to enquire what number of 
constables it will be necessary to appoint the ensuing year 
Report 

As near as they can ascertain the whole number appointed 
last year was twenty two they recommend the appointment 
this year of any number of suitable persons to that office, not 
exceeding twenty five. 

Your committee further recommend, in order that the 
Board may not be troubled with constant applications for 
appointments the following order be passed viz. 

Selectmens Room July 12. 1820. 

Ordered that the Chairman advertise that the constables for 
the town of Boston the ensuing year will be appointed on 
Wednesday the 19th. day of July instant, and that any person 
who may wish that office must apply in writing at the Select- 
men's room on or before that day. 

Eliphalet Williams pr order, 

Read & accepted. 

The Chairman reported that the complaint of Mr Ward 
against the owner of hack No. 25. did not come under the 
cognizance of this Board. 

Accepted. 

[37.] The following notice was ordered to be published by 
the Police officer. 

NOTICE 

All licensed victuallers, retailers, confectioners, and soda 
shops, must be closed in future on Sundays. 

All barber's shops must be closed on Sunday mornings at or 
before 11 o'clk. A. M. 

All shoe-blacks must close their shops on Sundays at or 
before 11. o'clock A. M. 



162 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Any person who may hereafter offend in either particular 
aforenamed will be immediately prosecuted by the subscriber. 

By order of the Selectmen. 

The application of Hezekiah Thorn dike & others that the 
new street leading from Court to Brattle street may be paved, 
was referred to the whole Board. 

The application of Abram Babcock that Middle street may 
be widened where Andw. Betterly is building a new brick 
house was referred to the whole Board. 

[38.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 19th. 
1820. 

Present the whole Board. 

The committee appointed to examine a nuisance complained 
of by Samuel Snelling & others existing in and about the livery 
stable occupied by Edward Dearborn in Sudbury street, have 
attended to the duty assigned them, and ask leave to report 
That in their opinion the premises are kept in good order (and 
were particularly so on the day they examined them) as livery 
stables generally are, & that there is no just cause of complaint 
of a nuisance being there more than there is usually in stables 
of that description, all which is duly submitted. 

Jer. Fitch 
Saml Billings 

Read & accepted. 

The application of John E. Tyler & others, for leave to place 
a chain across Park street during the time of divine service on 
Sundays, was ordered to lay on file. 

On the application of the committee of the third Baptist 
Society, [39.] Thomas Francis was appointed to ring the bell 
of that church at the usual hours, in place of Noah Hill. 

The Chairman communicated a letter he had received from 
Henry A. S. Dearborn Esq. proposing improvements on the 
Neck. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Child & Wells were appointed a com- 
mittee to make arrangements for the dinner at the annual 
visitation of the schools, on the twenty third of August next. 

Turner Phillips Esq. & other gentlemen having recom- 
mended taking water from a spring in Market street to form a 
reservoir near Faneuil Hall Market house, the subject was 
referred to the committee on the Market. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 163 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of the 
drain under Merchants Hall Reported, that they have 
examined the premises, & have also noticed the report of the 
committee of the former Board of Selectmen of the twenty 
second September last, & recommend the confirmation of 
that report which was accepted by the Board. 

[4O.] A letter was received from Col. Trumbull requesting 
permission to exhibit a painting in Faneuil Hall, The subject 
was referred to the Chairman. 

The Chairman communicated a request from the President 
of the Board of Health to extend Dorchester street at South 
Boston. referred to committee of Section No. 4. 

The committee to whom was referred the application to 
pave the new street leading from Court to Brattle street, 
reported that the same ought to be done report accepted, & 
Hart & Tuttle to commence paving immediately. 

The following persons were appointed constables for the 
year ensuing viz. 

Elisha Copeland, James Perkins, 

Salomon Twist, William Brooks, 

Jonathan Prescott, William Dinsmore, 

Thomas Holden, Andrew Sanborn, 

Samuel Holmes, Josiah Baldwin, 

Thomas Wallace, Horatio Bass, 

Elisha V. Glover, Job Drew, 

Jason Braman, Jonas Ames, 

Elisha Smith Ebenezer Shute 

Appointed October 4th. 1820 
George Reed William Tupper 

Wendell R. Barker & Henry Lane 
Octr. 18th. Mitchell Lincoln. (25) Jedediah Sawtell 

[41.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen July 26th. 
1820. Present Messrs. Williams, Loring, Babcock, Billings, 
Fennelly, Wells & Child. 

The application of Abijah Crane, Payson Perrin and others 
to pave a part of Nassau street, was referred to the committee 
of Section No. 4. 

The application of B. Beckford to have charge of the new 
clock in Park street was ordered to lay on file. 

A return from the police officer complaining of a cellar door 
built by Mr. Robert Hews was committed to the Chairman. 

The application of John Bradford & others on the subject of 
hand carts, was committed to Messrs. Babcock & Billings. 



164 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The application of the committee of Section No. 1. to have a 
part of Middle street paved, was referred to the whole Board. 

The account of Nathaniel Emmes Jun. for taking care of, & 
cleaning the arms belonging to the town the last year, was 
committed to the Chairman, who was authorized to settle 
with Mr. Emmes. 

[4:2.] The Chairman was requested to call on Mr. Bumstead 
to make his cellar door in Cornhill conformable to law. 

The committee of Section No 4 reported, that it is inexpedient 
to extend Dorchester street, at South Boston, the present 
season. Report accepted. 

The Chairman informed the board that he had notified Col. 
Trumbull, that he might exhibit his painting in Faneuil Hall. 

On a complaint made by the police officer; The Chairman 
was instructed to cause prosecutions to be instituted against 
every person who shall violate the orders of this Board of the 
twelfth instant, by keeping open their shops, or other places 
of business on Sundays. 

The Chairman was requested to advertise for a contract to 
relay the abutment in Brighton street. 

[43.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 
2d. 1820. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Loring, Babock, 
Fennelly Wells & Child. 

The committee of Section No. 4 wish leave to report that 
they have attended the subject referred to them* and it is their 
opinion that the prayer of Abijah Crane & others, respecting 
paving part of Nassau street, is reasonable & ought to be com- 
plied with Report accepted 

The committee to whom was referred the petition of John 
Bradford & others, report that the police officer be directed to 
remove the incumbrance complained of in said petition 
report accepted. 

A complaint of W. Faxon & M. Grant, against the occupants 
of a stable on Scott's Court was referred to the committee of 
Section No. 2. 

The application of Saml. Curtis Esq. respecting lighting the 
lamps was ordered to lay on file 

The application of Andrew Betterley, was committed to 
Messrs. Babcock, Loring & Billings. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 165 

[44.] The Town Clerk was ordered to publish a list of .the 
constables appointed for the year ensuing, who are qualified 
according to law. 

The Chairman was instructed to publish an extract from a 
law of this state passed the 7th. February 1820 authorising 
the appointment of firemen. Also to give notice that the fire 
wards have provided a convenient carriage, with ladders, axes, 
hooks, &c, and that the Selectmen are now ready to receive 
applications from such persons as may wish to be appointed to 
conduct the same. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen August 
4th. 1820 Present The Chairman, Messrs. Loring, Babcock, 
Wells & Child. 

On the application of Thomas Powers, to open & repair the 
common sewer in Federal street ; An order of notice was 
passed agreeably to the form adopted in the case of Atkinson 
street, see records May 12th. 

On the application of Henry Farnam Esq. to open a com. 
sewer in Pond st. a similar order was passed. 

[45.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen (special) 
August 5th 1820 Present The Chairman, Messrs. Loring, 
Babcock, Wells & Child. 

On a complaint from a number of citizens, that Charles B. 
Simpson, tailor, was a person who by excessive drinking & 
idleness, was wasting his estate, and thereby exposing the 
town to a charge for the support of said Simpson & family, 
Representation was made to the Hon. Judge of Probate 
requesting that a guardian may be appointed for him. 

Pursuant to an order from the Hon. Judge of Probate, &c, 
inquisition was made into the circumstances of Mary Bently, 
& a return signed, certifying to the Hon. Judge, that the said 
Mary Bently is a person non compos mentis, and incapable of 
taking care of herself. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen August 
7th. 1820. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Babcock, Fennelly, 
Fitch, Wells & Child. 

This meeting was called in consequence of the death of 
Andrew Sigourney Esq. [46.] Town Treasurer & Collector. 

Messrs. Childs, Wells & Babcock, were appointed to wait on 
Mrs. Sigourney and ascertain if it was the wish of the family 
that the funeral of Mr. S. should be attended as a town officer. 



166 CITY* DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee reported, That at the particular request of 
the late Mr. Sigourney, there would be no public funeral. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 9th. 1820. 
Present the Chairman, Messrs. Loring Babcock, Fennelly, 
Fitch, Wells & Child. 

The application of Otis Tileston & others to have West 
Center street repaired, was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 3 and Mr. Babcock. 

Messrs. Wells, Loring & Childs a committee on the application 
of Isaac Rand and others respecting the common sewer in 
Federal street and on the subject of drains generally. 

Warrant was signed for the town meeting in the 21st. instant, 
on the subject of revising the Constitution of this state. 

[47.] The Chairman, Messrs. Loring &' Wells were added to 
the committee of Section No 4 on the subject of repairing 
Front street. 

A complaint of Samuel Parkman Esq. & others, "that a range 
of hog pens have been erected on the town's land, between 
George and Charles streets, that in these pens are kept a number 
of swine, to the annoyance of the families in the vicinity," 
was referred to the committee of Section No. 3. 

The committee to whom was referred the complaint of Moses 
Grant & others; complaining of a nuisance from a stable in 
Scott's court, owned by D. D. Rogers, have attended to that 
subject, & report. They find by reference to the records of the 
Selectmen's proceedings on the 25 August 1818 That the 
following vote was passed, Viz. Voted " That D. 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 or team to or from 
said stable pass up or down said court, and that no empty 
carriage or team from said stable be placed in such situation as 
to incumber the court" Your committee find that all the con- 
ditions or stipulations under which the stable was licensed are 
set at defiance [48.] by the present occupant, and that the 
stable is undoubtedly with its present occupancy a very great 
nuisance to the persons living in Scotts Court, 
submitted 

Jer. Fitch, per order. 
Aug. 9. 1820. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted, & the Chairman 
was requested to notify D. D. Rogers Esq. the owner of the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 167 

stable to comply with the conditions on which the stable was 
licensed on the 25th. August 1818. 

Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen August 
14th. 1820. Present a majority of the Board. 

On the application of John Ridgway & others to open and 
repair the common sewer in Cambridge street; the customary 
order of notice was passed. 

[49.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen August 
16th. 1820 

Present the whole Board. 

The application of H. G. Otis Esq. on the subject of repairing 
Beacon street, below George street, was referred to the committee 
of Section No. 3. 

The representation of C. C. Nichols "that the side walk in 
Long Lane, was gone to decay, & requesting the attention of 
the Board to the same " was referred to the committee of 
Section No. 2. 

The application of D. D. Rogers Esq. to have Wilsons Lane 
repaved, was referred to committee of Section No. 2. 

The Chairman communicated a report, and an order from the 
Board of Health, on the subject of the Town Dock; Ordered to 
remain on file. 

The committee on the Common was instructed to build a 
road from Pleasant street to Fox Hill. 

The committee to whom was referred the application to pave 
Middle street reported that it was inexpedient to pave that 
street the present season Report accepted. 

[5O.] The Chairman was requested to instruct the police 
officer to remove the hog pens complained of between George 
& Charles streets, near Cambridge street. 

The committee of Section No 4 was authorized to appoint 
a wharfinger at South Boston. 

Voted, that the following named persons be appointed as 
constables of the watch, & as watchmen in the sections & 
watches as they are placed; subject at all times to removal at 
the pleasure of the Selectmen; and the Chairman is hereby 
instructed to issue certificates to them accordingly. 



168 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Constables of the Watch 
1st. John Spear 
2. Wm. D. Allison 
3.. Jonas Ames 

4. Nathaniel Phillips 

5. Luther Symmes 

7. Paul Pratt 

6. George James 

8. Samuel Hancock 

[51.] First Section East Watch House 

Jonas Ames, Constable 10 Men 

viz Samuel Bright, Elijah Carlton, 

Joseph Davis, Samuel B. Fulton, 

Samuel Green Jun. Jona. Hayward 

Jona. Houghton, Simon Noyes 

John Perry & Joseph Pentland. 

Second Section, East Watch House. 

10 Men Nathaniel Phillips, Constable 

William Farnham, William S. Hawes, 

John Newell, John Peke 

Thomas Pool, Samuel Russell 

Constant Southworth, Robert Smith 

Jonathan Valentine, Joseph Walden. 

First Section, West Watch House 

Paul Pratt, Constable 10 Men 

viz. John Bell, Daniel Beard, 

Joseph Colburn, John Coburn, 

Benjamin Nourse, Wm Calder, 

Anthony Rowe, Jona. Steward, 

James Wheeler, Eben Whitney. 

Second Section, West Watch House. 

Samuel Hancock, Constable. 10 Men. 

viz. William Arkeson, Benja. Bodge 

Benja. Clark, Nathaniel Hawes, 

John [Massey?], Peter Sancry, 

Joseph Wilcot, Moses Berry 

Henry Redlington, John Brazer. 

[52.] First Section North Watch House 

William D. Allison, Constable 8 Men. 
viz. Aaron A. Darrow, Ebenezer Eaton, 

William Garrad, Timothy Kelly, 

Thomas Morry, Caleb B. Munroe, 

John Reynolds, Benja. Seward. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 169 

Second Section North Watch House. 

George James, Constable 8 Men. 
viz. John Beaman, Thomas Carter, 

Theophilus Doe, Phineas Goff, 

William Honners, Peter Nelson, 

Abraham Sutton, Joseph Woombel. 

First Section South Watch House. 
John Spear, Constable 8 Men. 

viz. Stephen Bird, Caleb C. Cowley, 

Daniel Grover, George Hacker, 

Asa Hudson, William Morro, 

Lyman Tucker & George Talbot. 

Second Section South Watch House. 
Luther Symmes, Constable 8 Men. 
viz. Joseph Champney, Alexr. Hamilton, 

Jonathan French, Levi Powers, 

Isaiah Stoddard, William Shales, 

William Shacksford, Jonathan Wise. 

The committee appointed 7th June to make arrangements 
for the Watch, made a report of Rules & regulations for the 
Town Watch, which report was accepted & five hundred copies 
ordered to be printed. 

[53t] Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen 
August 22d, 1820 Present the whole Board. 

On the application of Joseph Goddard to open and repair 
the common sewer in Kilby street, the customary order of 
notice to the proprietors was passed. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Thursday, 
August 24th, 1820. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Loring, 
Babcock, Child, Billings, Fitch, & Wells. 

The committee on Beacon street requested further time to 
report granted. 

The committee on the application to new pave Wilsons 
Lane, reported, that it is inexpedient to grant the request. 

The committee on Long Lane requested further time, 
which was granted. 

The application of the Boston Mill Pond Corporation, on 
the subject of a common sewer, was committed to Messrs. 
Babcock, Fennelly & Billings. 



170 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[54.] The application of the Suffolk Guard (a company of 
young men from 18 to 20 years of age) for permission to make 
a military parade on the 30th instant, & to fire powder on 
the Common; was granted. 

The Chairman was requested to notify D. D. Rogers Esq. 
that the complaint of a nuisance occasioned by the occupants 
of his stable in Scots Court still existed; and- that a prosecu- 
tion would be instituted against him on the first of September 
next, unless the nuisance was discontinued. 

The committee of Section No. 1 was authorized to repair 
a pump in Fish street, at the expense of the town. 

[55.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 
30th 1820 Present the whole Board. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the U. S. District Court. 

The application of Draper & Hudson, for liberty to set 
kettles for the purpose of trying lard near Brays Wharf, was 
referred -to the committee of Section No. 2. 

The application of Henry Farnam Esq. for permission to 
sink a well in Portland street was referred to com 66 of 
Section No. 2. 

The application of William Sullivan Esq. and others, to 
have repairs made in Chestnut street; was referred to the 
com ee of Section No. 3. 

A communication from John L. Sullivan Esq, stating that 
he owned the land, at present called Kingston street and 
that he intended discontinuing the said street was referred 
to the whole Board, for consideration. 

The application of H. G. Otis Esq & others on the subject 
of continuing Beacon street, was referred to the committee 
of Section No. 3. & the Chairman. 

[56.] The Chairman, Messrs Loring & Babcock, were 
appointed a committee on the subject, of making provision 
for lighting the town the present year, and repairing the 
lamps. 

The Chairman was instructed to direct the police officer, 
to forbid the owners of carriages, from placing their carriages 
in the streets, contrary to law, and if they persist, to cause 
them to be prosecuted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 171 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, September 6th 
1820 Present the Chairman, Messrs Baxter, Loring, Bab- 
cock, Billings, Child, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Pynson Blake "to have a road from the 
old road to Broadway, laid out at South Boston," was referred 
to the whole Board, & Friday afternoon was assigned for 
proceeding on that business. 

[57.] The Application of William Dehor & others, that 
the paving of the gutters may be continued through Middle- 
cot street was referred to the committee of Section No. 3. 

The committee appointed to examine the application of 
Draper & Hudson to place kettles in a building on Brays Wharf, 
to try lard, have viewed the premises & ask leave to report that 
in their opinion it is not expedient to grant them permission 
all which is duly submitted. 

Jer. Fitch 
Saml. Billings 
Report accepted. 

The proposal of Ezra Hawkes to furnish the town with his 
improved tin lamps (at $4.50 each lamp & 25 Cts. per light 
for glazing lamps that may be broken. ) was referred to the 
commee. who have the charge of lighting the town. 

The committees of the several sections were authorized to 
procure wood for the schools in their sections; and the chair- 
man to procure wood for the Latin school. 

The proposal of Josiah Bradlee & Co. to furnish 1125 Gs. 
summer strained oil was accepted, & the Chairman authorized 
to contract for the same. 

[58.] A communication from Doc r . J. B. Brown, in 
behalf of the subscribers to the new clock placed in the tower of 
Park Street Church, presenting the same to the town, was 
committed to the Chairman. 

The subject of hacks standing in Hanover street, was referred 
to the Chairman & the committee of Sec. No. 2. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of the drain 
from Prince street to Mill Pond street, Report, that the pro- 
prietors lay a drain or common sewer from Nickersons corner 
to the North Mills, two & one half feet high, & two feet broad, 
to be made on the sides of Ton * timber, & covered with timber 
or bridge plank. 

* Forty cubic feet of round or rough timber; fifty cubic feet of hewn timber. 
Worcester. 



172 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen September 
9th. 1820 Present, The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, 
Billings, Fitch, Wells & Child. 

A special jury was drawn by order of the Court of Sessions, 
commonly called a Sheriff's Jury, to try a claim of David 
Hinckley & Luther Ellis for compensation for land alleged to 
have been taken from them by the town. 

[59-] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Sepr. 
13th. 1820 Present the whole Board, except Mr. Fennelly. 

An application from a committee of the Board of Fire Wards, 
requesting that engine house No 2 may be enlarged was 
committee to Messrs Loring, Fitch & Wells. 

A communication from proprietors of estates on Brattle 
street requesting aid from the Board to widen that street, 
was referred to a committee of the whole Board. 

The committee on the Old State House was requested to 
view that building, make an estimate of the expense necessary 
to repair the same, & report. 

Communications having been received from S. H. Walley & 
William Sullivan Esq'rs on the subject of paving the sidewalks 
on Common street, in answer to notices sent by the surveyors of 
high ways The subject was referred to the Chairman. 

A communication from the Board of Health, stating the 
dock at the bottom of Rainsfords Lane had become a great 
nuisance, & requesting that measures may be taken to remove 
the same, or the dock filled up; was referred to comm 66 . of 
section No 4. 

[6O.] The Chairman was instructed to inquire of Mr. David 
Hinckley by whose order Beacon street has been dug up in front 
of his houses in that street and to take proper measures to 
have the street put in order. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen September 20th. 
1820 present the whole Board, except Mr. Fennelly. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

A communication from the Board of Health, requesting a 
reply to their former communication on the subject of the town 
dock, & the town's slip at the bottom of Rainsfords Lane, was 
committed to the Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Babcock. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 173 

Complaints having been made against Wiseman C. Winn 
& Taylor for keeping open their places of business 

on Sundays, The Chairman was instructed to cause them to 
be prosecuted, provided they do not conform to the law in 
future. 

[6 1 .] On the representation of Jacob Hall and others, that 
the common sewer in Prince street was insufficient to carry off 
the water from that street; The Chairman was directed to 
issue an order of notice. 

The Chairman to notify Gen. Davis to repair the sidewalk 
in Washington street ; Thomas Brewer in Summer street, and 
Thomas G. Atkins in North Square. 

The Chairman was instructed to direct the police officer to 
prosecute Simeon W. Bo wen for suffering wood to lay in Union 
street contrary to law. 

The Chairman was authorized to direct the police officer 
to employ as many constables, and watchmen as he should 
judge necessary to assist him in suppressing riots at West 
Boston. 

The Chairman was instructed to discontinue the constables 
attending on West Boston hill on Sundays, after the present 
month. 

. [62.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Sepr. 27th. 
1820 Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fitch & Wells. 

4 Grand jurors, & 4 petit jurors were drawn for the United 
States Circuit Court. 

The petition of Lemuel Packard and others praying that 
measures may be taken to have the drain laid by Ephraim 
Marsh in Pleasant street put in order was referred to the 
committee of section No. 4. 

The proposal of Josiah Knapp & C. Blanchard to fill up the 
dock at the bottom of Rainsfords Lane, was committed to the 
Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Babcock. 

John Vinton was licensed to sweep chimneys, during the 
pleasure of the Board. 

The Chairman having advertised in the public papers, 
offering a reward of fifty dollars, to detect the person, or 
persons who have damaged the fence in Washington street, 
his doings were confirmed by the Board. 



174 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[63.] Certificate was signed approving of Snelling Powell, 
James A. Dickson & the company under their direction, for 
carrying on stage plays, &c, at the theatre in Federal street 
the ensuing year.- 

Mr. Tukesbury having represented to the Board, that it 
would be necessary to shingle the kitchen part of the house 
occupied by him at Deer Island, the present season; Voted, 
that Mr. Tukesbury be allowed twenty five dollars towards 
defraying the expense, when the work is done. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen October 4th. 1820 
- Present The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fennelly & Fitch. 

The complaint of Messrs. Ezra Hyde & Ebenr. Smith, "that 
a chimney oh the corner of Leverett & Brighton streets was in 
a defective & dangerous state"; was referred to committee 
of section No. 3. 

The petition of John Bray & others, praying that a shed 
which projects into Love Lane may be removed; was referred 
to the whole Board. 

4 Constables appointed, see page 40. 

[64.] Warrant was signed for Town Meeting for the choice 
of delegates to the State Convention; to be held on the 16th 
instant. 

The Chairman was authorized to contract with the Free- 
masons for a lease of the Old State House from 1st. Octr. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Loring and Billings were appointed a 
committee to consider the expediency of building a fire proof 
safe in the Selectmens room for the security of the records. 

The committee to whom was referred the request of Henry 
Farnam Esq. on the 30th. ultimo (August) to have permission 
to sink a well in Portland street, and cover the same with a 
flag stone, have attended to the duty assigned them, and ask 
leave to report; That in their opinion his request may with 
propriety be granted: Provided he keep the street in repair at 
his own expense, subject always to the control of the Select- 
men for the time being. all which is submitted. 

(Selectmens Room Sepr. 4th. 1820) 
Saml. Billings ) r 
Jer h . Fitch j L 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

Attest Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 175 

[65.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Seleetmen October 
llth. 1820- 

Present the whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for town meeting on the 23d. instant, 
for choice of a member of Congress in place of Hon. Jona. 
Mason, resigned." 

The proposal of Josiah Bradlee & Co. to supply three thousand 
gallons of winter pressed oil for the town lamps was accepted ; 
and the Chairman authorized to complete the contract. 

The Board determined to repave Union street & Marshalls 
Lane the present season; Sargent & Hart & Hart & Tuttle to 
be employed to do the work under the direction of the com- 
mittee of Section No. 2. 

The committee of the Market were authorized to license a 
number of porters with suitable badges. 

The account of Sargent & Hart for laying a drain in Atkinson 
street was committed to the Chairman Messrs. Billings & 
Child. 

The Chairman was instructed to employ ' Sargent & Hart 
to pave the side walk opposite the Washington Gardens in 
Common street. 

[66.] The application of John Minchin to be appointed an 
auctioneer, was committed to Mr. Fitch. 

The Board determined that no more dirt should be pur- 
chased for the purpose of raising the lower part of the Common 
[this] season at a higher rate than ten cents per load. 

The Chairman was requested to direct the police officer, to 
enquire into the circumstances of the breaking of a lamp in 
Bromfields Lane. 

The application to place fish boxes at the head of the Town 
Dock; and the subject of an encroachment made by Mr. 
Stutson at the bottom of Cross street was referred to the 
committee's of section No 1. & 2. 

The Chairman reported, that the Freemasons had accepted 
the proposals of the Board for a lease of the Old State House, 
rent to commence 1st. October. 

The Committee of the Market were authorized to lease a 
number of stalls for the purpose of vending shoes &c. 



176 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Board ordered that the morning bell should be rung at 
8 o'clock. 

[67.] The committee of section No 3. was authorized to 
make such repairs on West Center street, as they shall judge 
necessary. 

The Chairman was requested to procure a suitable clock for 
the Selectmen's room, and pay for the same out of funds in 
his hands reed, for auction licenses. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen October 18th. 
1820. 
Present the whole Board. 

22 Grand jurors, and 35 traverse were drawn for the Supreme 
Judicial Court. 

On the application of the Town Treasurer Mitchel Lincoln 
was appointed a constable for the purpose of assisting the 
Treasurer in the collection of taxes. 

On the request of Homes & Homer, and many others, occu- 
pants of stores in Union street, the Board voted, that it is 
inexpedient to pave that street the present season. 

The application of Ebenezer Smith and others who occupy 
stalls at the West end of the market, to have a reduction of 
rent was referred to the committee of the Market. 



The application of Doer. Jonathan Hicks to take an appren- 
tice from the Alms house was approved. 

[68.] Complaint having been made that a stone post had 
been placed in Kingston street by Mr. Nathaniel Goddard; 
Voted, that the whole Board proceed to view the premises 
tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. 

The committee of section No. 3, informed the Board, that 
they had viewed West Center street, that they found the same 
in very bad order, & that it would be necessary to expend three 
or four hundred dollars to put it in complete repair The 
committee were requested to proceed & repair the same. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, October 25th. 
1820. 

Present the whole Board. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1820. 177 

The application of Nathl. Emmons and others to have 
Poplar street repaired, & the application of Samuel Parkman & 
others to repair Charles street was referred to the committee 
of section No 3. 

Jedediah Sawtell, was appointed a constable for the year 
ensuing. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that the committee on 
the Market had leased the scales to Mr. Nathaniel Meriam, until 
the first of April next, for the sum of $300. 

[69.] The Chairman reported, that he had applied to Saml. 
Hubbard Esq. for legal advice on the encroachments made 
by Mr. Goddard on Kingston street; & that the committee 
appointed on that subject requested further time to report. 

The Chairman reported that he had supplied the family 
of Samuel Champney with goods & wood to the amount of 
thirty dollars, in conformity to a vote of the Board of the 22d. 
April last. and that he had supplied Wm. W. Bass the present 
messenger with wood & money to the amount of fifteen dollars. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 1st. 
1820 Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Billings, Bab- 
cock, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

Thaddeus Allen was recommended to the Overseers of the 
Poor, as a suitable person to have a child bound to him as an 
apprentice. 

The application of Samuel Parkman & others, to repair 
Blossom street, was referred to committee of section No 3. 

The application of Benjamin Russell Esq. & others, for the 
use of Faneuil Hall, on Sunday evening next, was granted. 

[7O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 
8th. 1820. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Child, Fennelly & Wells. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 15th. 
1820 Present the whole Board. 

On the application of Doer. John G. Coffin, inquisition was 
made into the circumstances of Elizabeth Ray: and the 
Board being satisfied that she was a person of extreme intem- 
perate habits; application was made to the Judge of Probate 
to appoint a guardian for her. 



178 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

On the application of James Washburn, stating that his Son 
James Washburn Junr. was a person non compos mentis; 
the Board on inquiry were satisfied of the fact, and a request 
was made to the Judge of Probate to appoint a guardian for 
him. 

[71.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 
22d. 1820 Present the whole Board. 

6 Petit jurors were drawn for the United States District 
Court. 

The application of Joseph Woodward to have a street at 
South Boston put in repair, was referred to the committee of 
section No 4 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 29th. 
1820 
Present the whole Board. 

The committee of section No. 4, to whom was referred the 
application of Joseph Woodward; reported, that [it] is inex- 
pedient to make any repairs on the streets at South Boston the 
present season. 

Boston ss. A meeting of the Selectmen was held Deer. 6th. 
1820 all the members present except Mr. Loring no 
business transacted. 

[72.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen December 
13th. 1820 

Present the whole Board. 

No business transacted at this meeting. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen December 20th. 
1820 

Present Messrs. Baxter, Loring, Babcock, Billings, Fennelly 
& Fitch. 

Daniel Baxter Esq. was chosen Chairman pro tern. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen December 27th. 
1820 Present the whole Board, except Mr. Wells. 

Messrs. Loring, Babcock & Billings were appointed a com- 
mittee, fully authorized to settle with Mr. Betterly for land 
said to be taken from him in Middle street, not exceeding forty 
dollars. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 179 

[73.] Voted, that Merchants Row be placed under the care 
of the Clerk of the Market, and he be authorized to keep the 
same clear of incumbrances. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 3d. 
1821 Present the whole Board except Mr. Wells. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of Mr. . 
Andrew Betterley's land on Middle street, have attended to 
that duty, and ask leave to report ; that they have con- 
ferred with Mr. Betterly on the subject, and agreed to allow 
him the sum of forty dollars for the land which is taken into 
the street. 

Abram Babcock, pr. order. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

A petition was received from Charles C. Nichols & others, 
owners and occupants of estates in Round Lane, praying that 
the name of that Lane may be altered to "Williams Street" 
was read & committed to Messrs. Child & Billings. 

Joseph Colburn was appointed a constable of the town 
watch. 

Mr. Abel Wheelock was appointed a constable. 

[74.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January- 
10th. 1821. Present the whole Board. 

Warrant was signed for a town meeting, to be held on the 
15th. instant. 

The Chairman was requested to procure the form of a war- 
rant for the constables of the watch, and of a certificate for 
the watchmen. 

Messrs. Wells, Loring & Babcock were appointed a commit- 
tee to ascertain & report the probable expense of placing guide 
boards at the corner of the streets. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Billings & Babcock a committee 
' to consider the expediency of removing the east section of the 
watch to the Old Court House, & report. 

Complaint having been made, that the oil purchased for 
the town lamps, was of a quality inferior to the contract 
the subject was referred to Messrs. Babcock & Billings. 

The committee to whom was referred the petition of Charles 
C. Nichols and others, praying that the name of "Williams 
Street" may be given to Round Lane. 



180 CITY DOCUMENT No 61. 

[75.] Reported, That the prayer of the petition ought to 
be granted. which report was accepted; And it was then 
voted, that the passage way leading from Federal street to 
Atkinson street, called Round Lane. shall in future be known 
only by the name of Williams street. 

Mr. James Pierce was appointed a constable. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen January 
15th. 1821. Present a majority of the Board. 

The town clerk was directed to prepare a warrant for a 
town meeting to be held on the 22d. instant; on the sub- 
ject of applying to the Legislature, to alter the time for taking 
the valuation of real & personal estates, from the first of 
May to the first of February annually. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Loring, were appointed a 
sub-committee, to apply to the Legislature for such altera- 
tions in the law as may be necessary to unite the offices of 
town & county treasurer, agreeably to a vote of the town 
22d. June last. 

[76.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 
17th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board, except Mr.. Baxter. 

The Chairman reported a form of a warrant for the con- 
stables of the town watch, also the form of a certificate for 
the watchmen; which were accepted. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of remov- 
ing the east section of the watch, reported, that it is inex- 
pedient at present to do any thing on that subject. 

The committee on guide boards, was discharged from the 
further consideration of that subject. 

The committee appointed to inquire respecting the quality 
of the oil purchased for the town lamps, reported, that the oil 
is of a quality that is satisfactory to them report accepted. 

[77.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, January 
24th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

Voted, that the Chairman make up the assessment on the 
common sewer in Prince street, repaired by Jacob Hall, after 
deducting & paying for the town's proportion twenty per cent. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 181 

Voted, that the Chairman make up the assessment on the 
common sewer in, & contiguous to Atkinson street, which was 
repaired by William Whall and others, after deducting and 
paying five hundred dollars for the town's proportion. Mr. 
Wells dissented from the vote relating to the payment of the 
sum of $500. 

Mr. Neddy Curtis was appointed a constable, being recom- 
mended by persons residing at South Boston. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 31st. 
1821. 

Present the whole Board, except the Chairman. 

The application of E. H. Robbins Jr. stating that he was 
by a vote of the Selectmen of 16th. Feb. 1820 entitled to 
receive five hundred dollars on certain conditions, which con- 
ditions he had complied with & requesting payment [78.] was 
referred to the Chairman, Messrs. Loring & Wells. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter and Child, were appointed to 
confer with a committee of the Selectmen of Roxbury on the 
subject of repairing the gutter on the Neck between the two 
towns. 

Voted, that the committee of each section be requested to 
obtain all the accounts against the town in their respective 
sections. 

The application of Samuel D. Parker for a reduction of rent 
was referred to the committee of the Town House. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 7th. 
1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

The committee to whom was referred the application of 
Saml. D. Parker, reported, that the rent of the office occupied 
by Mr. Parker in the Town house, ought to be reduced from 175 
to 150 dollars per annum, in consequence of part of the office 
being taken into the stair way. 

Report accepted. 

[79.] The committee appointed on the application of 
Edward H. Robbins Junr. have attended to that service and 
report. That he has erected the buildings proposed in Congress 
street, on the ground where the Exchange Coffee House 
formerly stood agreeable to the requirement of the Selectmen 
Feb. 20th. 1820. they therefore recommend that the Chairman 



182 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

be instructed to make a draft on the Treasurer for five hundred 
dollars for land to widen that street after obtaining a deed of 
the same. 

submitted by order of the committee, 

Eliphalet Williams, Chairman. 
Feb. 7. 1821. 
The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

The Chairman was instructed to inform Mr. George G. 
Channing that the Selectmen had appointed him director of 
the company of firemen, and request him to associate with 
himself any number of persons not exceeding thirty, & return 
their names for the approbation of the Board. 

The application of William French & Jacob Tidd Junr. That 
the Selectmen would straighten the line on Ivers street 
where the buildings were recently consumed by fire, was 
referred to the whole Board. 

The Chairman was requested to give Mr. Caleb Hayward a 
certificate of his appointment as captain of the watch. 

[8O.] Messrs. Kilvert & Randall laid before the Board the 
model of a ladder which they conceived would be useful at fires; 
The Chairman Messrs. Loring & Fennelly were appointed a 
committee to procure one of the ladders, provided the expense 
does not exceed fifty dollars. 

On the application of William Prescott and others to change 
the name of Pond street, the Board voted to discontinue that 
name and insert the name of Bedford street. 

On the application of Saml. S. Wheeler that the Board would 
continue the town's drain in Pleasant street. The committee 
of section No. 4, were empowered to continue and complete 
said drain. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen Feby 8th. 
1821. Present the Chairman Messrs. Loring, Babcock, Child, 
Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The Board proceeded to Ivers Lane and agreed with the 
proprietors to straighten the line on the South side, com- 
mencing at Hawkins street where the lane is twenty one feet 
seven inches wide and running a straight line to Merimack 
street, the lane being then thirty feet wide, (see plan of streets) 
permitting Messrs. French & Tidd to include within their line 
as much of the town 's land, and leaving in the lane as much of 
their own land as shall be found necessary to make the line 
straight. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 183 

[81.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 
14th. 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The application of John Thayer & others for an engine house 
to be erected in Lynn street, & a suitable engine placed therein, 
was committed to Messrs. Loring, Fitch & Wells. 

The Application of Evans & Colron for permission to erect 
two stoves for the purpose of cooking & baking at No. 125 
Broad street, was referred to the committee of Section No. 2. 

The application of John Tuckerman for some repairs to be 
made on Charles street, was referred to the committee of 
Section No. 4. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Fennelly were appointed a 
committee to examine the law regulating the weight of bread, 
and report what measures in their opinion are necessary to be 
adopted by the Board to carry that law into effect. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Babcock & Billings were appointed 
a committee to dispose of the manure that accumulates in the 

streets. 

[82.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 
21st. 1821. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, 
Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

On a precept received from the Hon. Thos. Dawes Judge of 
Probate for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into 
the circumstances of Henry Gushing; and return was made 
that in the opinion of the Board, said Henry Gushing was a 
person non compos mentis, and incapable of taking care of 
himself. 

An application from a number of citizens to change the name 
of Southack's Court was read whereupon it was voted 
that it is inexpedient to alter the name of that street for the 
present. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 28th. 
1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The subject of altering the name of Southacks Court was 
referred to the committee of sections No. 2 & 3. 

The Chairman was authorized to instruct the police officer 
to commence prosecutions against the owners of hackney 



184 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[83.] carriages that are not licensed according to law; 
provided that not more than one suit be brought on any one 
day. 

The whole Board were appointed a committee to meet at 

the house of Mr. Baxter next Friday at half past 3. o'clk P. M. 

to attend a reference between the town & Mr. Baxter for 

land taken from him to widen Harvard street. (Referrees 

appointed June 2d. 1819) -"see Selectmens minutes). 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen March 
3d. 1821. 

Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Child and Fennelly. 

Warrant was signed for the annual March meeting, to be 
holden on the 12th. instant. 

Rev. Mr. Lowell to be requested to open the meeting 
with prayer. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 7th. 1821 

Present a majority of the Board. 

John H. Schaffer & others were approbated to be licensed 
for the purpose of carrying on stage plays &c at the Washington 
Gardens, Common street. 

[84.] Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen 
March 9th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

Moved and voted unanimously. That the thanks of this 
Board be given to Eliphalet Williams Esq., for the able, 
faithful, diligent and impartial manner in which he has dis- 
charged the duties of his office as Chairman the past year. 

Voted unanimously. That this vote expressive of the full 
approbation of the board be recorded on the records of the 
board. 

To which the Chairman replied as follows. 

Gentlemen, 

I fully appreciate your liberality in appoint- 
ing to me the honor of presiding over your deliberations the 
year past. 

If I have in any considerable degree succeeded in the dis- 
charge of that duty to your satisfaction, I must attribute my 
success to the advice and support you were kind enough to 
afford me. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 185 

The unity of sentiment which has prevailed at this board the 
past year, [85.] and the vote which you have just now 
passed demands and receives my warmest acknowledgements. 
it will be ever recollected as a high source of gratification. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 14th. 
1821. Present, Eliphalet Williams, Daniel Baxter, Jonathan 
Loring, Abram Babcock, Samuel Billings, David W. Child, 
Robert Fennelly, Jeremiah Fitch, & Samuel A. Wells, Esquires. 

This being the first meeting of the Board since the annual 
meeting for the choice of town officers; It was voted to pro- 
ceed to the choice of a Chairman. 

Ballots being taken, it appeared that Eliphalet Williams 
Esq. was unanimously chosen. 

The oath of office was administered to all the members of 
the Board, by the Town Clerk. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Boston Court of Common 
Pleas. 

[86.] Voted: That hereafter no proposals shall be received 
from, nor any contracts entered into with, any member or 
members of the Board of Selectmen, nor from or with any 
person or persons for or on account of any member or members 
thereof or in which any such member or members shall be 
either directly or indirectly concerned in whole or in part; 
for the performance of any work, for the furnishing of any 
articles or materials of any name or nature for or on account 
of the town: to the end, that no person, while in office, 
shall have a vote, or influence, or be enabled to act on any 
moneyed question, or concern, in which he may be personally 
a party, and in the determination of which his individual 
interest may be involved. 

Voted, The Chairman advertise for two sealers of weights & 
measures; one to be appointed for the northern, and the other 
for the southern section of the town. 

The application of William Sullivan Esq. & others for the 
use of Faneuil Hall on the evening preceding the first Monday 
in April, was granted. 

Messrs. Child, Billings & Babcock a committee to examine 
the qualifications of applicants for the office of sealers of 
weights & measures. 



186 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[87.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 
21st. 1821. Present the whole Board. 

The petition of the inhabitants of South Boston, to have an 
engine placed in that section of the Town, was committed to 
Messrs. Loring, Fitch & Wells. 

The Chairman having informed the Board that frequent 
applications were made to him for orders of notice for the 
repair of common sewers, which required immediate attention; 
It was voted, that the Chairman be authorized to issue 
orders of notice for the repairs of common sewers, when the 
parties would be liable to injury from delay, and report to the 
Board at their next meeting. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting on 2d Apl. for choice 
of Governor, &c Rev. Mr. Wisner to open the meeting with 
prayer. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting March 23d. 1821. Present 
a majority of the Board. 

35 Traverse Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial 
Court. 

[88.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 
28th. 1821. 

Present a majority of the Board. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of recom- 
mending to this Board suitable persons to be appointed sealers 
of weights and measures, for the year ensuing, have attended 
to the same & beg leave to report. 

That Messrs. Samuel Beals whose place of business is in Ward 
No 8. and James Henley in ward No 12. are conveniently 
located, and well qualified, to fill said offices, if tw r o sealers are 
to be appointed for the Town, but if one only, is thought to be 
necessary, they would recommend Mr. Beals, all which is 
submitted. 

D. W. Child, ) 
Ab. Babcock, [-Committee. 
Saml. Billing,) 
Report accepted. 

And Mr. Samuel Beals was appointed sealer of weights and" 
measures for the year ensuing. 

[89.] A communication was received from Nath. R. Sturgis, 
on the subject of a drain in Bulfinch street, which was laid 
in 1810 as there appeared some informality in the papers re- 
lating to said drain, the Board declined acting on the subject. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 187 

The petition of John Longley and others, to hire a piece of 
land on the Mill Pond, was committed to the Chairman, Messrs. 
Babcock & Loring. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that he had required 
bonds, in the penal sum of one hundred dollars from Leavett 
Barnes, master of the schooner Four Sisters, the condition of the 
bond, is, that four passengers landed by him from that vessel, 
shall not become a charge to the Commonwealth within three 
years. 

[9O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
4th. 1821. 

Present a majority of the Board. 

The Chairman communicated a letter from Mr. George G. 
Channing, in which he declines taking command of the Fire 
Hook & Ladder company. 

The Chairman was instructed to address the Fire & Marine, 
the Merchants, American, and Mutual Fire Insurance Com- 
panies, and inquire if they feel disposed to grant a premium to 
the Fire Hook & Ladder company. 

The petition of Saml. Gore Esq. respecting Pitts street, was 
referred to the committee of section No. 2. 

On the application of Winsor Fay, to have John Hewitt put 
under guardianship, ordered, that the chairman consult the 
Judge of Probate on that subject, and report. 

The Chairman communicated a letter from William Minot 
Esq. on the subject of the Franklin Fund stating that the 
County Treasurer proposed paying his note : whereupon it 
was voted, that the treasurer of the Franklin Fund be authorized 
to loan to the county of Suffolk, any sum not exceeding five 
thousand dollars, at an interest of five per cent, per annum. 

[91.] Voted, that a committee be appointed to inquire 
into the duties of the police officer, and report. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Wells, Child & Babcock, were chosen 
on the committee. 

Boston ss. At a meetimg of the Selectmen April 1 1th. 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

An application to have North Russell street paved was 
referred to the committee of section No. 2. 



188 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The application of Oliver Hatch & others to have Mill Pond 
street paved, was referred to the committee of section No. 1. 

The application of Ebenezer Smith to purchase or hire a piece 
of land on Mill Pond was committed to the Chairman, 
Mess Babcock & Loring. 

The application of Robert Williams and others, for the repair 
of, & setting out trees up on Fort Hill referred to committee 
of section No. 3. 

An application was received from William Minot Esq. 
Secretary to Mill Pond Corporation [92.] requesting the accept- 
ance of the common sewers lately built by that corporation was 
referred to a committee of the whole Board. 

The application of Loammi Baldwin in behalf of the Boston 
& Roxbury Mill Dam Corporation to hire a piece of land for 
the purpose of placing a tollhouse thereon was committed to 
the whole Board. 

The application of Josiah Knapp and others to have a part 
of Front street paved was committed to the whole Board. 

The application of B. V. French, in behalf of the proprietors 
of Boylston Market, to have some alterations made in that 
place was referred to a com 66 , of the whole Board. 

The application of Joel Shipley & others to have David 
Jones appointed to repair the common sewer in Garden street, 
instead of Walter Russell, was read and considered; and Mr. 
Jones was appointed. 

An application was received from Elijah Morse and others, 
stating that Southacks court had long since become a street, 
and that it was the wish of the inhabitants in that court and its 
vicinity to have the same designated as such; The Board 
took the subject [93.] into consideration and it was voted, 
That the place formerly called Southack's court shall hereafter 
be called by the name of Howard street. 

The following report was received from the referrees 
appointed on the claim of Danl. Baxter Esq. for land taken 
from him in Harvard street. 

The subscribers, who were requested by the Selectmen of the 
town of Boston and Mr. Daniel Baxter to determine and 
declare what sum of money ought to be allowed him for adding 
to Harvard street a strip of land adjoining his other land, and 
so widening that part of said street: and also to describe the 
line which is to be hereafter deemed and held as the southerly 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 189 

limit of that part of said street; having met and heard a com- 
mittee of the Selectmen, and the said Baxter, on the subject 
and viewed the premises, award that the town should pay Mr. 
Baxter sixty dollars; and that the southerly side of that part 
of Harvard street which lies between Mr. Baxter's house and 
Front street shall henceforth be considered as bounded and 
running as follows, vizt. on a straight line beginning at the 
north east corner of the north east corner stone of said house 
and extended thence easterly in the direction of his board 
fence, as it now [94.] stands, to Front street, at a point where 
said fence and his other fence join cornering on said streets: 
this point is by measure one hundred ninety three feet & three 
inches north of a point at the corner of Front and Bennett 
streets found by a line drawn along the southerly side of a 
brick house built and owned formerly by Mr. Joel Smith 
deceased, and extended in a direction with said side of Smiths 
house to Front street, being the point where said line so 
extended would strike Front street. This award is not to 
affect the boundaries of either party lying to the east of Front 
street. 

Boston March 2d. 1821. (Signed) John Howe 

Jabez Ellis 
John Knapp 

The foregoing report was accepted; & the Chairman was 
requested to have the amount awarded Mr. Baxter paid in the 
next draft on the town treasurer. 

[95.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
18th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

The application of Abraham Biglow respecting a drain in 
Poplar street, was committed to the Chairman. 

The application of Thomas Dennie and others, to have a part 
of Chambers street paved, was committed to the whole Board. 

An application was received from Henry Farnam, on the 
subject of a passage way from Spring street to Brighton street; 
committed to the whole Board. 

The whole Board agreed to meet on the Boston & Roxbury 
Mill dam on Monday next at 3. o'clk P. M. on the subject of 
Beacon street. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that agreeable to their 
instructions, he addressed a letter to the President and Directors 
of the Fire and Marine, the Merchants, and the Mutual Fire 
Insurance offices on the subject of a premium for the fire men 



190 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

attached to Hook & Ladder company. The two former 
offices have replied, they were willing to pay each, one third part 
of an annual premium of twenty dollars to that [96.] company, 
provided the town would pay ten dollars. Conditioned that 
the company produce annually in the month of March or 
April a certificate from the Firewards, Stating they have 
performed their duty as firemen, satisfactorily to them for the 
past year and are entitled to the premium . The directors of 
the Mutual office will meet early in May, when we should 
probably receive a reply from them. 

The Board proceeded to appoint a Master and twenty four 
firemen, to take charge of the hooks & ladders, viz. 
Charles Leighton, Master. 
John Babbit, Isaac Butterfield 

John Reed, Elisha Goodnow 

George Tucker, Adison Davis 

James Denton, Arthur Burnham 

Leonard Darling, Alanda Wright 

John Kittredge, Jonathan Chamberlain 

Levi L. Gushing, Saml. S. Crocker 

William Ayers, William Church 

Benjamin Adlington, Warren Lathrop 

Levi L. Warrick, Timothy Fessenden 

Robert Hayden, Peleg Hayden 

Samuel Chase, & William Snowdon. 

Firemen. 

[97.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
25th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

4. Grand, and 4. petit jurors were drawn for the United States 
Circuit Court. 

Eliphalet Williams Esq. was chosen treasurer of the Board 
of Selectmen, for the year ensuing. 

On the application of John Loring and others for permission 
to open and repair the common sewer in Middle street; An 
order of notice was issued in the usual form notice to be 
given personally. 

A communication was received from Gorham Parsons Esq. 
on the subject of his land in Sumner street; The Board 
agreed to meet him on the premises, on Monday next at 11 
o'clock A. M. 

The application of George Tucker & others to have the 
hand carts removed from the side walks on Greens wharf, 
was referred to the committee of section No. 2. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 191 

A communication from the police officer on the subject of 
removing gravel &c from Cambridge street was referred to 
the committee of section No. 2. 

[98.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
25th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

On the application of the assessors, they were authorized 
to repair their room in such manner as they think proper, 
& present their bill to this Board for allowance. 

The Chairman was instructed to inform Harrison G. Otis 
Esq. and others, that the Board have no objection to their 
filling up the gore of flats adjoining the Boston & Roxbury 
Mill Dam; on condition that the town retain all their rights 
to the ground after it is filled up. 

The committee on the petition of John Longley & others, 
reported, that Warren street ought to be paved the present 
season; Report accepted. 

The committee on the petition of Henry Farnam Esq, 
reported, that it is expedient to open a passageway from 
Brighton to Spring street; on condition that Mr. Farnam 
give a bond that the expense to the town shall not exceed 
the sum of one hundred & sixty dollars. Report accepted. 

The committee to whom was referred [99.] the petition of 
Thomas Dennie & others, reported that it is inexpedient to 
pave any part of Chambers street, the present season. 

The committee on the application of Benja. V. French, 
reported, that his request for altering the sidewalk in front 
of Boylston market, be granted under the direction of the 
committee of section No. 4. 

The committee on the subject of Mill Pond lands, reported 
that a stone monument be placed at each corner of the several 
lots belonging to the town. and the Chairman was requested 
to employ William Taylor Esq. to perform that service imme- 
diately. 

The committee appointed to examine the accounts of the 
treasurer of this Board, have attended to the subject, and 
find them correct and would recommend that the same be 
entered in -the Selectmens records; The committee find that 
the sum received for auction licenses by the treasurer amounts 
to one hundred & eighteen dollars, and that sixty dollars has 
been expended for the clock in the Selectmen's room, leaving 
a balance of fifty-eight dollars at the disposal of this board 



192 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



which they recommend should be retained in the hands of 
the treasurer subject to the future order of the Board; all 
which is respectfully submitted. 
Ap 21. 1821. David W. Child, Abram Babcock, committee. 

Report accepted, & the treasurers account ordered to be 
recorded. 

[1OO.J Dr. Selectmen of Boston in % with 



1821 

Jany. 1st. 
April. 



1820 
June 

Sep 
Dec 

1821 
March 



April 



To Cash pd. for clock 
To Cash pd. Town Treasurer pi- 
receipt 



To Cash on hand being the bal-") 
ance of the auction licenses in I 
the hands of the Treasurer [ 
carried to new % 



Fund of Abiel Smith Esq. deceased. 



To Cash paid Master of the African 

School 

To do - do. - do 
" do do. do 



do 



--do. 



do 



do pd. Baxter & Prescott for 

wood 

Cash on hand to new % 



The following property is on hand 
and credited in new % vizt. 
30 Shares in Newb. Turnpike 
20 Do in 2d N. H. Turnpike 
17 i Do Kennebeck Bridge 
5 Do R. I. Bridge 
1 do Boston Theatre 
1 do Boston Bath House 
4 do Suffolk Bank 
4000 U. States 3 pr. ct. Stock 
200 do 6 pr. ct. Stock. 



60 

109 



58 



227 



75 
75 
75 

75 

5 
59 



$364 



50 
50 



50 



12 
34 

46 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 
[1O1.] Eliphalet Williams, Treasurer . Cr. 



193 



1821 
April 21. 



By 59 licenses for auctioneers 
" 62 do. hackney carriages 
" Cash for grass on neck sold at 

auction 

" Do. of Israel Thorn dike for 

lightg. lamp . 
" Do. Jeremh. Fitch for a stove, 



Do. for grass on Neck sold I. 
C. Woodward 



Property placed in my hands as follows. 



118 
62 

28 

5 

7 



120 

7 



$127 



50 
50 

50 



1820 
April 



1821 
April 4. 



30 Shares in Newb. Turnpike 
20 do. 2d. N. H. Turnpike 
17. do. in Kennebec Bridge 
5 do. in R. I. Bridge 
1 do. in Boston Theatre 
1 do. in Bath House 
$300 Suffolk Bank Notes 
$161.54 Cash 

4000 U. S. 3 pr. cent Stock 
200 do. 6 pr. ct. do- 



By Income received from the above 
property to this date 20th Divi- ") 
dend on 2d. N. H. Turnpike shares I 
received j 

13th May 1820 J 
Dividend on Boston Theatre 18th 

Oct. 1820 

Dividend on U. States Stocks reed. 

Jany 1821 ... 
Dividend (2 years) on share in Bath 

House Apl 3 

Interest on Suffolk Bank notes March 

7. 1821 

Dividend on 4 shares in Suff k. Bank 

Apr. 4th. 1821 . 



100. 
88 

132 

13 

21 

10 

$364 



46 



46 



194 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Errors Excepted 

Boston April 4th. 1821. 
(signed) Eliphalet Williams Treas. 

Board of Selectmen. 



[1O2.] Donation of Mrs. Joanna Brooker & others 



[103.] 



Property in my hands vizt. 



1821 








January 11. 


To Cash paid the Selectmen of Bos- 








ton as follows viz. 








Daniel Baxter 


26 


62* 




Jonathan Loring 


26 


62| 




David W. Child - 


26 


62^ 




Ab. Babcock 


26 


62* 




Saml. Billings 


26 


62* 




Robt. Fennelly 


26 


75 




Jerh. Fitch 


26 


75 




Elipt. Williams - 


26 


53* 




Saml. A. Wells 


26 


75 






$239 


91 



1820 
April 



1821 
Jany 2. 



By Jed Leathes Bond & Mortgage, 

" William Taylors Do . 

" Darling & Bradford 

" Thomas Cartwright 

" Town Treasurer 's note 

" United States 6 pr. Cent stock 



Income as follows 

Interest on Taylors Bond 40. 
Leathe do. . 16 33 
Cartwright . 12. 
Bradford & Darling 78. 
Town Treasurer 73 80 
U. S. Stock . 18 
Premium on Boston 
money . . 1 78 



272 

666 
1300 

200 
1230 

300 



S239 



17 
66 



91 



Errors Excepted 

Boston April 1st. 1821. 
(signed) Eliphalet Williams Treas r B 'd of Selectmen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 195 

[1O4.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 2d. 
1821 Present The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Child, Babcock, 
Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting on the 7th instant. 

The application of Thomas Holden respecting his well near 
the North school house, was referred to the Committee of Sec- 
tion No. 1. with power to place a pump in the well if they think 
expedient. 

Mr. Samuel Phillips was appointed Hay weigher for the year 
ensuing & his bondsmen approved. 

Mr. Nathaniel Meriam was appointed Clerk of the Market for 
the year ensuing & his bondsmen approved. 

Voted, That the Chairman advertise for a Captain of the 
Watch. and that his salary be fixed at three hundred & sixty 
five dollars per annum. 

Voted, to proceed to the choice of an orator for the 4th. July 
next The Hon. Daniel Webster was unanimously chosen. 

[1O5.] Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen 
May 4th. 1821. 

Present a majority of the Board. 

Warrant was signed for Town Meeting on the 14th. instant, 
for the choice of Representatives to the General Court of this 
Commonwealth. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 9th. 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The Chairman communicated a letter from Hon. Daniel 
Webster, in which he declines accepting the appointment of 
orator for 4th. July. 

The Board proceeded to the choice of an orator for the 4th. 
July next; and William P. Mason Esq. was unanimously 
elected. The Chairman was requested to inform Mr. Mason 
of the choice. 

The petition of Joseph Grafton & others, that the passage 
way back of Merchants Hall may be repaired, was referred to 
the Committee of Section No. 3. 

The Petition of John Sullivan & others, to have a part of 
Cross street paved ; referred to whole Board. 



196 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[1O6.J The Chairman was instructed to execute a lease to 
Winslow Lewis & Co of the Rope- Walk land, leased to Henry 
Chapman 24th. Deer. 1818 Also to lease to John Binney the 
lot formerly leased to Joseph N. Howe, at a rent of six dollars 
& sixty six cents per annum. 

Voted, That the Chairman be authorized to purchase dirt 
at one shilling per load, & loam & gravel at twenty five cents, 
until the further order of the Board. 

A communication on the subject of a piece of land occupied 
by Col. Badger on Mill Pond, near Prince street was com- 
mitted to Mr. Babcock. 

The Chairman was authorized to advertise for from eight to 
ten thousand tons of gravel ; Also for persons to contract for 
paving the streets the present year. 

Boston ss. At a Special Meeting of the Selectmen, May 14th. 
1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that William P. Mason 
Esq. declined accepting the appointment of orator for 4th. 
July. Whereupon Charles G. Loring Esq. was unanimously 
chosen to deliver the oration on the 4th. July next. 

[1O7.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 
16th. 1821.. 

Present the whole Board. 

The Chairman informed the Board, that Charles G. Loring 
Esq. had accepted his appointment, as orator for 4th. July 
next. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Child were appointed a com- 
mittee, to- make an estimate of the probable expense of the 
Selectmen's department the ensuing year. 

A communication from the Firewards, requesting a new 
engine for the North part of the town, was committed to The 
Chairman, Messrs. Babcock & Loring. 

The Request of Reuben Carver & others, that Butolph street 
may be repaired, was referred to the Committee of Section 
No. 2. 

The application of Samuel Parkman & others, to have the 
drain in Cambridge street, continued, was referred to the Com- 
mittee of Section No. 2. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 197 

The proposition of John Cotton and others to widen Griffins 
Lane, was referred to the Committee of Section No. 3. with full 
power to act on that subject as they think proper. 

[1O8.] William Hall junr. stated to the Board, that there 
was an errorin making up the assessment of the expense of the 
common sewer in Atkinson street Mr. Isaac P. Simpson 
having two drains entering into that common sewer and having 
been taxed with only one. Voted, that an assessment of one 
share be added to Mr. Simpson and that Mr. Gushing (who 
is unable to pay) be excused from paying the same. 

Voted, It is expedient to cover the gore of vacant land 
between the Vegetable Market & Faneuil Hall. 

Voted, To choose a sub-committee to make an estimate of the 
probable cost of a new Vegetable Market, and to report in 
detail a plan suited to that purpose. 

The Chairman, 
Messrs. Billings 
Babcock 
Fitch & 
Wells, were chosen on the committee. 

On the application of Col. Jonathan Whitney for permission 
to extend Balchs wharf; Mess. Babcock, Child & Loring were 
appointed a committee to view the premises and report. 

[1O9.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen May 23d. 
1821 Present a majority of the Board. 

The committee appointed on the application of Col. Whitney, 
reported, that they had viewed Balchs wharf, and find that said 
wharf is now a number of feet to the eastward, or without the 
circular line, & that Col. Whitney wishes to extend the wharf 
further and now appears to have on the spot the materials for so 
doing, not anticipating any objection to the measure Your 
committee therefore after having had special reference to an 
agreement made by the abutters on the flats from south 
Battery sconce, and Scarlet's wharf, so called, in which the 
abutters agree to be limited by a circular line drawn in the year 
1673, signed by them and the Selectmen, and after examining 
the line drawn in the year 1708 which was approved by the 
Town, May 1802. They are of opinion, and do recommend that 
the said Whitney should be forbid to commence the extension of 
said wharf and prosecuted if he persists. 
All which is respectfully submitted. 

Abram Babcock 
David W. Child 
Jonathan Loring 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 



198 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[11O.] The applications of several persons to supply gravel 
being laid before the Board, The Chairman was authorized to 
contract with Mr. Bates for eight or ten hundred tons at a price 
not exceeding fifty cents per ton. 

The following persons were approved as pavers of the streets 
the ensuing year vizt. 

Sargent & Hart 
Hart & Tuttle 
E. & S. Bell 
Willaim Bell & 
Michael Homer 

The application of Loammi Baldwin on the subject of con- 
necting the Mill Dam with Charles street; was committed to 
the whole Board. 

The committee on the Watch, reported the following orders 
to the Captain of the Watch, which were approved by the 
Board. viz 
Mr. James Morgan 

Captain of the Watch of the Town of Boston 
Sir 

On commencing your duties as Captain of the Watch, you 
will observe the following orders, and be vigilant in your 
attention that they be scrupulously observed and faithfully 
executed by the watchmen in the service of the town and who 
are [111.] under your orders. The Selectmen in appointing 
you to the station repose full confidence in your fidelity, dili- 
gence and ability in the performance of the various and impor- 
tant duties connected with the station. 

You are to cause the rules which have been adopted for the 
regulation of the watch to be carried into complete effect. 
a printed copy of these regulations are now handed you here- 
with. 

You will consider your station the Center Watch house. 

You will consider your duties as commencing one hour 
before the sitting of the watches in the several sections, and 
as closing at the expiration of their service. 

You will attend to the sitting of the watches and see that 
they are on duty at hours prescribed. 

You will see that the watches are regularly relieved at the 
proper hours. 

You will walk the rounds occasionally and see that the men 
are attentive and faithful to their trusts. 

You w r ill regulate the tone and manner of crying the time 
of night by the watchmen, and be particular that it be cried 
in such a manner as not to disturb the inhabitants of the town 
by loud vociferations, you will prevent the cause of the frequent 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 199 

complaints, that are now made on this account, by directing 
them to sing on the proper key what is necessary for them to 
state. 

[112.] You will see, that the watchmen go out singly and 
that two watchmen do not walk together. 

You will direct the man to challenge all passengers when on 
duty, by calling who's there. 

You will direct the men to return to their watch boxes 
after having walked the rounds in their several sections, and 
there remain until the time arrives for them to go on duty 
again, on quitting their box, they are to lock it and take the 
key with them. 

You will when the lamps are to be lighted, see that this 
duty is performed by the lamp lighters. 

You will see that the constables of the Watch make regular 
returns of the occurences of the night in their several sections. 

You will be particular in making your return from these 
every day regularly, by twelve o'clock to the Chairman and 
sooner if any thing important has occurred. 

You will commence your duties to night. 
Boston May 19th. 1821. 

The Chairman informed the board that Mr. Nichols would 
make a railing for the side walk in Charles street at $20 per 
hundred feet ; He was authorized to complete the contract. 

[113.] The Chairman was authorized to permit Mr. Blan- 
chard to fill up and make a solid wharf at the town's slip on the 
end of Rainsford Lane, he to continue the drain to the water; 
for which service he is allowed to occupy the land free of rent 
for the term of fifteen years: provided however, that should 
the Town have occasion to use the same, they may have pos- 
session, on paying Mr. Blanchard a reasonable proportion of 
the expense, for the time that remains on the lease. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen May 28th. 1821. 
Present a majority of the Board. 

On the application of Samuel Salisbury, stating that the 
common sewer in Summer street had gone to decay & request- 
ing permission to open and repair the same; an order of notice 
to the proprietors was passed in the usual form. 

The application of Wm Minot Esq in behalf of the Boston 
Mill Pond Corporation, requesting that a committee may be 
appointed to concur with them in making the location of the 
streets and establishing permanent monuments on the Mill 
Pond land: was committed to the whole Board. 

The Committee of Section No. 1. was requested [114.] to 
make such repairs on Prince street as they may think necessary. 



200 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Committee of Section No. 4. was authorized to put 
such quantity of gravel on the Neck as they may deem expedi- 
ent. 

[115.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 6. 
1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

The Chairman administered the oath of office to the Assistant 
Town Clerk. 

The Committee of Section No. 1. were requested to receive 
the plank, offered by Charles River Bridge Corporation, and 
have them laid for a side walk on Mill Pond street. 

The application of John Braizer & others for the use of Faneuil 
Hall on the 4th. July next, was granted. 

On a precept received from the Hon Thomas Dawes Judge of 
Probate for the county of Suffolk. Inquisition was made into 
the circumstances of Ruthy Boynton, and return was made 
that in the opinion of the Board, said Ruthy Boynton was a 
person non compos mentis and incapable of taking care of her 
self. 

The Committee of Section No 2 were authorized to pave Mar- 
shalls Lane. 

On application of the mother of Adam Emery, late a lamp 
lighter, deceased. Voted, that the Chairman request the 
Treasurer, to pay the amount due him, at the time he died, 
unto his mother. 

The Committee of Section No 2 was authorized to repair 
Willsons Lane. 

The Committee of Section No 3 was authorized to repair 
Atkinson street. 

[116.] On application of Daniel Baxter, that part of Front 
street may be paved Voted, that the whole [Board] proceed 
to that street & examine the same. 

On the application of the proprietors of [the] Mill Dam to have 
Charles Street raised, after mature deliberation & having twice 
visited & examined the premises Voted: That the subject 
be indefinitely postponed. 

Adjourned to Monday next 4 oClock P. M. 
Then to meet the Committee of Finance. 

Attest, Charles Hammatt, Assistant Town Clerk. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 201 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 13. 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The application of Wm. B. Callendar & others relative to 
widening Hawkins street & Copelands lane, was committed to 
the whole Board. 

A new application of the agent of [the] Mill Dam Corporation 
relative to Charles street, was considered & after much debate, 
moved that the subject be indefinitely postponed; negatived. 
It was then voted that the subject be committed to Messrs 
Chairman, Loring, Billings, Child & Wells. Who are to 
report to the Board, before they sanction any material altera- 
tion. 

34 Jurors for Boston Court of Common Pleas and 6 Grand 
& 6 Petit jurors were drawn for June term of United States 
District Court, & all posted in Jury book. 

The application of John H Schaffer relative to fire works, 
was referred to Messrs Chairman Wells & Child, who were 
authorized to appropriate a sum, not exceeding one hundred 
& fifty dollars, for that object. 

[117.] The Chairman was requested to inform Mr. Hay- 
ward, police officer, that the allowance for his services will be 
$50 pr month from the 1st day of July during the pleasure of 
the Board. 

The vote passed on the 31st Jany 1821, appointing Messrs 
Chairman, Baxter & Child a committee to confer with the 
Selectmen of Roxbury on the subject of repairing the gutter on 
the Neck, between the two towns was renewed. 

The Committee of Section No 3. who had under consideration 
the request of Messrs. Cottons respecting Griffins lane, report. 
That they find the land which Messrs Cottons propose to give 
the town contains upwards of 500 feet, and that the expense 
of making the fence & side walk will not exceed $140. the com- 
mittee would therefore recommend that the Selectmen accept 
the offer made by Messrs Cottons & others, which is respect- 
fully submitted. signed Saml Billings pr. order, 
the foregoing report was read & accepted. 

The committee on Front street, reported, that it is inex- 
pedient to pave Front street, until the abutters agree to pay a 
proportion of the expense. Accepted. 

The meeting was then dissolved 

Attest, Charles Hammatt, Assistant Town Clerk. 



202 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen June 20, 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The Assistant Town Clerk was directed to enter the minutes 
of the Selectmen & of the Town Meetings in the [118.] books of 
records. 

Notice was received from James T. Austin Esqr. that the 
action against Washington Munroe had been decided in favour 
of the Selectmen; whereupon, voted, that the Chairman direct 
the Clerk of the Market, to let the stand lately occupied by 
said Munroe at a reasonable rate and give Munroe the first 
offer of it. 

On application of Wm Lawrence & others to have the lamps 
lit on summer evenings. Voted that notice of the application 
be inserted in the next warrant for Town Meetings. 

On application of Mr Whiting for liberty to erect arches under 
the street in front of the house he is now erecting at the corner 
of Common & Winter streets; Voted, that Mr Whiting have 
liberty to erect arches under the side walk in Common street, 
on condition that he keeps the side walk over them in good 
repair at his own expence, during the pleasure of the Selectmen. 

On a communication from L. Baldwin, agent for Mill Dam 
Corporation, respecting Charles street. Voted, that the com- 
mittee on that subject be discharged, and the whole subject 
indefinitely postponed. 

On the petition of Samuel Brown & others. Voted, that the 
lane formerly known by the name of Love Lane, be in future 
known by the name of Tileston street. 

[119.] After some debate on the subject of paving Front 
street. Voted, That Messrs Babcock, Child & Fitch be a 
committee to ascertain what paving will be necessary to be 
done the present year, & whether there will be funds sufficient 
to pave part of that street, if it should be deemed expedient 
& to report at the next meeting. 

The committee of Section No 3. was authorized to repair the 
pump in State street, if they think it expedient. 

The Committee of Section No 2. was authorized to make such 
repairs on Merrimack street, as they think necessary. 

The Committee of Section No 1. was authorized to cause Mr 
Stetson to remove the obstructions from the bottom of Cross 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 203 

street, or to make such arrangements with him respecting 
repairs, as they may judge proper. 

The Meeting was then dissolved. 

Attest Charles Hammatt Assistant Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen June 27. 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The petition of John Wells & others relative to paving part 
of Charter street, committed to the whole Board. 

The Petition of Henry Hubbard & others relative to paving 
Tremont & Common streets. Committed to the whole Board 

The petition of Thos K Jones & others, relative to paving 
a gutter in Middlecot street; committed to the whole Board. 

[ISO.] The petition of John A. Savels & others for an 
armoury was committed to the committee on the Market to 
report at the next meeting. 

The communication of Samuel D. Harris relative to build- 
ing in Union street. Committed to the whole Board. 

A communication from the Proprietors of the Old South 
Church, granting the use of that church on the 4th July. 

The committee appointed to ascertain what paving will be 
necessary the present year; reported, that the probable expense 
incurred & to be incurred the present year will be $14,500 
which will leave unexpended of the appropriation $1500 
Your committee therefore recommend that a part of Front 
street be paved this season provided the proprietors on said 
street will pay one third of the expense. 

Return was made of the expense of [a] common sewer thro' 
Chesnut and into Charles street & an order passed for payment. 
See record of common sewers. 

Mr Baxter, was requested to make such repairs to the Franklin 
School house, as he should think necessary. 

The subject of widening Griffins Lane, was committed to the 
Committee of Section No 3. with power to do what they may 
judge is for the interest of the town. 

The subject of repairing the bridge over the Canal was 
committed to the Committee of Section No 1. 



204 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[121.] The Chairman reported that he had issued an order 
of notice to the proprietors of the common sewer in Union & 
Hanover street in the usual form. 

The meeting was then adjourned to Tuesday next 5 oClock 
PM 

Attest Charles Hammatt Assistant Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 3. 1821- 
Present the whole Board except Mr. Child. 

The committee on paving Charter street, reported that it is 
inexpedient to pave that street the present year. Which 
report was accepted. 

The committee on paving Tremont & Common streets re- 
ported that it is expedient to make some repairs in the vicinity 
of the Stone Chapel, under the directions of the committee 
of that section. Report accepted. 

The Committee reported that it was expedient to pave a 
gutter in Middlecot street. Report accepted. 

The subject of adding part of the land on which Harris's build- 
ing now stands, to Union street & Marshalls Lane was committed 
to Committee of Section No 2. to ascertain how much will 
be subscribed by individuals & report at the next meeting. 

The Committee on John A. Savels & others petition reported, 
that they may have a room for an armoury during the pleasure 
of the Selectmen, they fitting it at their own expense, which 
report was accepted. 

The Committee of Section No 2. reported that it is expedient 
to pave a gutter in Buttolp[h] street. Accepted. 

[122.] A communication from Whitwell Bond & Co 
relative to [the] sale of land in the Bull Pasture was read. 

An invitation from the committee of arrangements for cele- 
brating the anniversary of Independence, to join them in 
procession to the Methodist Chapel, to hear an oration 

was accepted. 

The petition of R Huntington & T Dodd that Columbia street 
may be paved & lighted was referred to [the] Committee of 
Section No 4. to report at next meeting. 

The Committee of Section No 3. reported, that it would cos.t 
at least $200 to make the well good in State street. Where- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 205 

upon, voted that the committee be requested to have the well 
covered with stone & the pavement replaced. 

Voted, That Messrs Chairman, Wells & Billings be a com- 
mittee to consider the subject of paying proper respect to the 
U. S. Cadets, when they arrive in town from West Point. 

Mr. Bell having the best proposals for whitewashing Faneuil 
Hall, voted, that he be directed to proceed in that business the 
day after tomorrow, and that the Committee of the Market & 
Mr. Loring superintend the whitewashing and painting. 

The Committee of Section No 1. were authorized to expend 
a sum not exceed $50 in repairing Back street. 

The Chairman reported that he had issued an order of notice 
to the proprietors of [the] common sewer in Cornhill &c. 

[123.] On a precept received from the Hon Thomas Dawes 
Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, inquisition was 
made into the circumstances of James Robinson & return was 
made that in the opinion of the Board said James Robinson 
was a person non compos mentis and incapable of taking care 
of himself. 

Voted, That the time of meeting of the Board, shall be 5 
oclock until otherwise altered. 

The meeting was then dissolved. 

Attest, Charles Hammatt, Assistant Town Clerk. 

[124.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 
llth. 1821. 
Present the whole Board, except Mr. Child. 

The Committee of Section No 4. reported that it is inex- 
pedient to pave Columbia street the present season ; but 
recommend that two lamps be lighted at the expense of the 
Town, provided they are placed in that street by the inhabitants, 
at their own expense. Report accepted. 

The application of Joseph G. Joy, to place porticoes in front 
of his houses in Olive street was referred to the Committee of 
Section No 3. 

An application was received from a committee of the Court 
of Sessions, requesting to have a committee from this Board 
appointed, to confer with them on the subject of Mr. Gray's 
proposal to purchase the land on which the Old Court House 
and Goal now stand, was read, & the Chairman, Messrs. Loring 



206 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

& Baxter were appointed a committee, to confer with the 
Court's committee on that subject. 

A communication from the Board of Health on the subject 
of a drain that crosses the Common near Lewis' rope walks, 
was referred to the committee of the Common. 

[125.] A communication from the committee of Brattle 
St. church, on the subject of fencing in the land in front of 
their meeting house in case the same was not purchased for 
the purpose of widening that street within three months, was 
referred to the Chairman & the Committee of Section No 2. 

The application of Jonathan Wild & others to have part of 
Middle street repaved; was referred to the Committee of 
Section No 1 who were empowered to new pave such part 
of that street as they may deem expedient. 

The Committee of Section No 1 reported in favour of repair- 
ing a part of Mill Pond street with gravel, report accepted. 

The application of the Ancient & Hon. Artillery on the 
subject of enlarging their armoury, was referred to the com- 
mittee of the Market. 

Voted, to visit Deer Island on Tuesday next. 

The committee of the Common was authorized to procure 
stone posts, & to have new gates made. 

Mr. Babcock, reported to the Board, that a piece of land on 
Prince street in the possession of Mr. Jacob Hall, was in his 
opinion the property of the town; Mr. B. was requested to 
inquire into the subject & ascertain the fact. 

[126.] The Committee of Section No 3. was desired to view 
Sumner street, agreeably to the request of Mr. Thurston. 

Proposals for painting Faneuil Hall were received from the 
following persons, viz. 

Baker & Horton 14 cents per yard & $2.00 for blinds. 
Ebenezer Jackson 35 pr. ct. discount from the rules of work. 
Ballard & Cary 1 coat 9 cts 2 do. 14 c. 3 do. 18 cents, 
yard. 

James Dupee 14 cts. stone color & 25 cts. for green. 
Russell & Redding 13 cts. stone green 25 cts. 
J. & J. Prouty 15 cts. light green 37* c blinds 37$ 
Ebenezer Jeffers 15 c do d 25 do. $3 

Jeremiah P. Smith 14 d blinds $2.50 

Louis Lincoln 16 do d 20 c mahogany 25 c 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 207 

Mr. Jer. P. Smith was selected, & ordered to proceed to paint 
the Hall, under the direction of the committee appointed the 
3d. Inst. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 18th. 1821 
Present The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, Billings, 
Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The application of Mr. George Whiting "To erect under the 
side walk in Common St. near Winter street, two arches for 
the purpose of putting wood into the cellars" was granted, 
on condition that the sidewalks be kept in repair. 

The Chairman reported that he had examined the % of Mr. 
Phillips, Hay Weigher, for the quarter ending 30th. June & 
found it correct, $120.84 due the Town; which was ordered to 
be pd. the Treasurer. 

[127.] The application of Joseph Carr & Hezekiah Newton, 
for permission to sell mineral waters on Sundays was 
ordered to lay on file. 

Messrs. Joshua Binney & Joshua Lovell, were appointed 
measurers of wood coming from the country over Canal bridge. 

The application of Messrs. Ludlow & Grafton, on the subject 
of improving the pavement in Water street, was referred to the 
Committee of Section No. 3. 

Messrs. Wells & Fitch were added to the committee on the 
subject of a new engine. 

The Board voted to allow one hundred & twenty five dol- 
lars towards improving Union street, provided ten feet was 
taken off the building belonging to the heirs of Mr. Harris, 
between Union St. & Marshalls Lane. 

The Committee of Section No. 3 were authorized to 
expend a sum not exceeding fifty dollars, towards a pump 
in Doane street, with a suction from a pump in a w T ell under 
Mr. Parks building. 

The Committee of Section No 4. reported, that it is inex- 
pedient to pave Warren St. further than the com. sewer is 
laid with brick & stone, report accepted. 

[128.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen July 
25th. 1821 

Present the Chairman, Messrs. Loring, Babcock, Billings, 
Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 



208 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Committee of Section No. 3 to whom was referred the 
application of J. G. Joy, reported, that Mr. Joy be per- 
mitted to place porticoes in front of his houses, provided the 
porticoes do not project more than one foot into the street. 
report accepted. 

The application of Stephen North, for permission to erect 
a tent as a sutler on the Common, or at any other place when 
the U. S. Cadets may encamp; was rejected. 

The application of David Rice and others to open a street 
or streets at South Boston, was committed to the whole 
Board; and Saturday next 3. o'clk P. M. was assigned to 
view the premises. 

The Chairman, Messrs Babcock & Billings were appointed 
a committee to consider the subject of procuring oil & lighting 
the lamps; and report. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Fennelly & [129.] Fitch, were 
appointed a committee for making arrangements for the 
dinner at the annual visitation of the public schools. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 1st. 
1821. 

Present The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, Babcock, 
Billings, Fennelly & Wells. 

The committee appointed to view Franklin street, to see 
if they will allow Doct Jeffries to widen his side walk; report, 
that it is necessary that walk should be widened in a direct 
line from the inner side of the stone post at the corner of 
Franklin place to the pump standing in the street, thence on 
a straight line to the corner of Marlborough street, as the walk 
now stands. Report accepted. 

The committee appointed to view Mrs. Hopkins house in 
Hanover street, report, that the committee on the section be 
authorized to expend any sum not exceeding one hundred 
& fifty dollars, to cause that house to be removed on a straight 
line with the street, which will be about twenty two inches 
at one end and about four inches at the other. Report 
accepted. 

[ISO.] The committee of Section No. 3. reported that they 
had made an arrangement with Mr. Ludlow to make such 
improvements in the pavement of Water street, as shall be 
approved of by the Board accepted. 

The committee on the subject of Brattle street was dis- 
charged. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 209 

On a precept received from the Hon. Tho. Dawes, inquisi- 
tion was made into the circumstances of Daniel Scott, and a 
return was made that he was a person non compos mentis, & 
recommending that a guardian may be appointed for him. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Fennelly were appointed a 
committee to approve of the bondsmen offered by the constables, 
appointed for the year ensuing. 

The committee of Section No. 3. was instructed to pave 
Derne street, between Temple & Hancock streets. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Babcock & Fennelly were appointed 
a committee to consider, & report upon the application of 
several persons for the office of constable. 

[131.] The application of John Gordon & Wm Levering 
on the subject of a drain running through their land in Warren 
St. was referred to the Committee of Section No. 4. with 
the addition of Mr. Babcock. 

The committee on the application of David Rice and others, 
to lay out a street at South Boston; reported, 

That F street be continued from Broad Way to First street; 
And that fifty dollars be allowed by the Town towards making 
the street, on condition that the inhabitants complete the 
same to the satisfaction of the Selectmen. 

The following Persons were appointed constables for the 
year ensuing, viz. 

Elisha Copeland George Robinson 

James Perkins James Pierce 

Solomon Twist Abel Wheelock 

Wm Brooks Neddy Curtis 

Wm Dinsmore Aug. 15th Job Drew 

Thos. Holden Jona. Prescott 

Andrew Sanborn Asa Prouty 

Josiah Baldwin Michael Riley 

Thomas Wallace Sepr. 19th. Wendell R. Barker 

Horatio Bass 
Elisha V. Glover 
Jason Braman 
Elisha Smith 
Ebenezer Shute 
George Reed 
Henry Lane 
Mitchell Lincoln 
Jedh. Sawtell (Aug. 15th) 

[132.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 



210 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

8th. 1821 Present The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The Chairman informed the Board he had conversed with 
Mr. Rice on the subject of opening F street, at South Boston, 
as voted at the last meeting, he was of opinion considerable 
expense would be saved the Town if the street leading from the 
school house to the Ship yard was opened, thence to Rice & 
Henshaw's factory, it would better accomodate all the parties 
interested ; Therefore voted to reconsider the vote passed on the 
first instant concerning F street, and that the Board proceed to 
South Boston and lay out the street as above described as 
soon as convenient. 

The Chairman informed the board that complaint had been 
made to him, that the wharf at the bottom of Foster street 
had caved in & was otherwise out [of] repair The subject was 
referred to the Committee of Section No. 1. to view and report. 

[133.] The Town having voted at a meeting holden on the 
2d July 1821 " That the Selectmen be request [ed] to adopt 
such measures as they may deem expedient, to show proper 
respect to the U. S. Cadets from West Point, when they shall 
arrive in Town. " The Board proceeded on the 3d. of the same 
month, to appoint a committee, to make the necessary arrange- 
ments for their reception The Chairman, Messrs Wells & 
Billings, were chosen on the committee. 

The Selectmen having received official information from 
Maj. Worth the commander of the Cadets, that they proposed 
entering the town on the 7th instant; and the committee 
having made the necessary arrangements for their reception the 
Board proceeded to the line of the town on the Neck, accom- 
panied by the marshalls of the day, and a number of citizens 
where they met the U. S. Cadets at 9 o'clock A. M. The 
Selectmen were introduced to Maj. Worth, their commander, 
by Col. Pickman, the chief marshal, after which the Chair- 
man proffered them the hospitality of the town, in behalf of 
his fellow citizens & proposed to conduct them to the place 
assigned for their encampment on the Common, at their pleas- 
ure. Maj. Worth made a pertinent reply, in which he accepted 
their civility with much pleasure, suggesting that he should 
answer more fully before he left town The escort was then 
immediately taken up & the Cadets conducted to the Common, 
where they encamped. 

[134.] At one o'clock, a collation was provided at Con- 
cert Hall, where the Selectmen accompanied by the marshalls 
set down with the Cadets. 

On Saturday August llth, the Board proceeded to the Senate 
Chamber at 12 o'clock, & from thence moved in procession to 
the Common, accompanied by the Commander in Chief, Jus- 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 211 

tices of the Supreme Judicial & United States Courts, foreign 
consuls, officers of the army, navy & militia, a number of 
strangers of distinction & other invited guests, under the 
escort of a battallion of infantry, commanded by Cap't Brim- 
mer, to the Common, where the Cadets soon arrived. Maj. 
Worth accompanied by his staff, advanced in front of the 
Selectmen, when the Chairman presented him with a stand of 
colours with the following address. 

Being called to reflect on the institutions of our country, we 
find much reason to rejoice that our origin was at a period, in 
which the arts which contribute to the welfare of a nation, 
were in general well understood, and rightly appreciated. 

With the history of other nations, as lessons of experience & 
wisdom our fathers devised the government, framed the laws, 
formed & endowed the institutions, which have for many 
years, not merely upheld our nation in domestic tranquility & 
happiness; but shed a lustre on our history at home & abroad, in 
peace & in war, cheering to our thoughts, [135.] bearing 
joy & consolation to the firesides & bosoms of every friend of 
his country. 

Among other institutions of our government in which we 
have a pleasure & a national pride, is that of public schools for 
the education of our youth in military and naval tactics, and 
of these none is held more highly in our estimation than the 
one which has at this time done us the honor of a visit, & of 
which you, sir, are one of the much respected instructors, with 
the thought that our national glory in arms may hereafter be 
confided to the skill & judgment of some one, or more, of these 
young gentlemen, we feel a lively interest, an anxious concern 
in the improvement, character & honour of every individual 
under your charge, for while we deprecate a state of war, & 
pray we may be delivered from any hostile attempt, yet we 
are fully sensible that the true policy of our government, is 
& will be, in peace to prepare for war. 

With this sentiment, with veneration for the institutions of 
our fathers, with particular & especial approbation of the 
military school under your charge, with sentiments of high 
respect for the administration of our general government 
which has & I trust will continue to foster & support this 
institution to the honour of our country, and in conformity to 
'the spirit of hospitality, which the inhabitants of the town of 
Boston, entertain towards you & the pupils under your charge; 
in behalf of those inhabitants & in their name I have the honour 
to present [136.] you and through you to the Military 
Academy at West Point, this stand of colours. 

May it long remain in that part of our country hallowed to 
our feelings by the recollection of the fortitude & patriotism 
which the immortal Washington there displayed, in a time of 
peril & calamity in opposing not only the powerful force of our 
open enemy; but in confounding the perfidy & treachery of 
his fellow officer in arms" 



212 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

To which Maj. Worth made the following reply. 

"In accepting this splendid manifestation of the munif- 
icence of the citizens of Boston of their goodwill towards & 
approval of, the conduct of the Corps, which it is my good 
fortune, pride & honor to command, I feel entirely inadequate 
to the task of making to you and your fellow citizens suitable 
acknowledgements. It cannot be doubted that this day & the 
interesting associations connected with it, will operate as a 
powerful excitement to honorable enterprise, whenever foreign 
aggression shall compel the people to call, them to the defence 
of our common country; & that whether in peace or war, they 
will, by the transactions of this day, deem themselves doubly 
pledged, to conduct as becomes brave soldiers & good citizens. 

That this sacred emblem of our Country will never be tar- 
nished by them individually or collectively as a corps, I have no 
hesitation to pledge everything dear to a soldier, & this [137.] 
battalion flag, sir, will ever be their rallying point whether in 
defence of our country's honor or in pursuit of the science 
essential to successful war. 

We particularly recognise on this occasion, the genuine 
expressions of attachment to the government & institutions of 
our country generally, & an approval of every act calculated to 
consolidate its power & secure its defence such sentiments 
are the natural growth of a soil where the spirit of Liberty first 
sprang into life. Unable as I am to do justice to the occasion, 
I can only offer you the cordial thanks of the superintendant, 
proffessors & teachers of the Military Academy & more especially 
of this youthful corps, with the sincere assurance that the citi- 
zen's of Boston shall never have occasion to reflect that their 
kindness & confidence has been misplaced. "- 

The Cadets then marched to their encampment, stacked their 
arms & immediately returned & joined in the procession under 
the escort before named, which moved to Faneuil Hall, where 
the whole company partook of a collation provided for the 
occasion. 

[138.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 
15th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

Voted, that the thanks of the Board be given to the gentle- 
men who acted as marshals, in conducting the escort of the 
Cadets into town, and officiating at the collation &c. on Satur- 
day: for their able, discreet & judicious conduct on those 
occasions; and that this vote be communicated to them by 
the Chairman. 

A remonstrance against a building occupied for rectifying 
spirits on Swetts wharf, was committed to the Chairman, 
Messrs. Loring & Fitch. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 213 

An application from J. & D. R. Griggs for lease of land, or 
flats south of [the] Mill Dam, on which to erect a store was 
committed to the committee of the Common. 

Application from Charles Davis & Jonathan Dorr to lay open 
a passage way adjoining lot No. 1, on the neck & also to open 
Northampton street, was committed to the whole Board. 

Petition of Jonathan Prescott & others to have part of Mr. 
Bulfmchs stable cut off to widen Mill Pond street was com- 
mitted to the whole Board. 

[139.] The committee on Warren street, reported that it 
is inexpedient to lay another drain in said street, but in case 
the present cross drain is discontinued, to lower the gutter so 
as to take the top water over the ground to Orange street; 
report accepted. 



On motion of Mr. Wells, the following vote was passed & 
ordered to be recorded, viz. 

Voted: That every member shall be required to serve on 
every committee on which he may be chosen unless he assign 
some satisfactory reason for declining to perform the duty 
assigned him ; and in order that the business of the board 
may hereafter be conducted with regularity, it is voted: that 
every committee be required, and it shall hereafter be a stand- 
ing rule of the board, that they make report of the proceedings 
upon the subject matter referred to them either verbally or in 
writing, unless when expressly stated to the contrary at the time 
of their appointment; such report in all cases to be recorded, 
to the end, that no proceeding of any one, two or three individ- 
uals shall appear as the act of the board, without having received 
its sanction at a regular meeting thereof. 

[14O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 
22d, 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

A precept was received from Hon. Thomas Dawes Judge of 
Probate for the County of Suffolk, directing inquisition to be 
made into the circumstances of William Ray, represented (by 
Samuel C. Gray & Thomas Ward) to be a person non compos 
mentis, and incapable of taking care of himself, inquisition 
was accordingly made, and a return signed to the judge recom- 
mending that a guardian should be appointed for him. 

The Chairman informed that he had obtained a plan of the 
elevation of Olive street ; The plan was referred to the Com- 
mittee of Section No 3 to view and report on the expediency 
of conforming the street, to that plan. 



214 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The petition of Abraham Quincy and others, praying that 
the owners or drivers of meat & vegetable carts who are in the 
habit of standing in Broad street, may be ordered to remove; 
was referred to the Committee of Section No. 3. 

[141.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen August 
29th, 1821 Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Loring, 
Babcock, Fennelly & Fitch. 

On a precept received from the Hon. Judge of Probate, in- 
quisition was made into the circumstances of William Clough 
and a return was made that the said Clough was a person non 
compos mentis & incapable of taking care of himself. 

The application of the Mill Pond Corporation to ascertain 
the height of the streets, was referred to the Committee's 
of Section No. 1 & 2. 

The application to have the streets in Distillhouse square 
repaired; was referred to the Committee of Section No 2. 

The Application of Edward Tuckerman respecting the 
pump and side walk in front of his store, in Dock square ; 
was referred to the committee of the Market. 

The Chairman communicated a letter from Hon. William 
Prescott stating that he would be accountable for the sum 
of one hundred dollars towards defraying the expense of lay- 
ing the sidewalk in front of Mrs. McClinch's estate in Bedford 
street, on condition, that the street be paved the present 
year; [142.] The Board thereupon authorized the Commit- 
tee of Section No 4. to proceed and pave that street, and to 
pay any sum not exceeding fifty dollars towards the expense 
of paving the side walk in front of Mrs. McClinch's house. 

The Chairman stated to the Board, that the law required 
that the town should furnish ten cartridges for each soldier 
belonging to the infantry, and one quarter of a pound of pow- 
der to each soldier of the artillery, for the general muster on 
the 24th. September, instant; The whole subject was referred 
to the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter & Loring, to make the neces- 
sary arrangements, to comply with the requisitions of the law. 

The Board proceeded to examine the drains for acceptance 
as laid by the proprietors of the Mill Pond Corporation And 
accepted the following, vizt. From Gooch, through Meri- 
mack and Traverse streets to the Canal (except where it 
connects this drain between the Mill Pond & Gooch street. 
The proprietors of the Mill Pond must at their own expense 
lay from where their present drain is^ made of plank, to the 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 215 

drain in Gooch street, and connect the same in a proper man- 
ner) from Ivers street through Merrimac to Traverse street. 
[143.] From Portland across Merrimac & Friend streets,* 
through Market street to the Canal. From the north end of 
North Margin street to the creek adjoining the north mills. 
(This was the last sewer which was made.) 

The subject of repairing Middlecot street was referred to 
the Committee of Section No 3. ; with instructions to pave 
the gutters in that street, on condition that the inhabitants 
pave the side walks. 

The Committee of Section No. 2 were authorized to pave 
North Russell street, on condition that the inhabitants pave 
the side walks, free of any expense to the town. 

The Committee of Section No 1. was authorized to make 
such repairs in Ship & Cross streets, as they shall judge to be 
necessary. 

The Committee of Section No 2. was authorized to repave 
part of Green street. 

Mr. Billings was requested to act in place of Mr. Child as 
one of the Committee of Section No. 4. 

The application of Mr. Josiah Marshall to have a permanent 
watch established in the Market was committed to Messrs. 
Wells & Fitch. 

The Selectmen attached to the different schools were 
requested to furnish the schools with wood for the ensuing 
season; The Chairman to furnish the Latin School. 

[144.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, Septem- 
ber 5th. 1821. Present, The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Bab- 
cock, Billings, Fennelly & Fitch. 

The Chairman reported that he, with Mr. Melcher went to 
the magazine in Roxbury, & examined the town's powder. 
many of the casks were inspected in 1811 & 12. many of them 
have gone to decay & have been exchanged for new ones, 
many others require exchanging. It is his opinion that 
enough good powder can be selected to make the cartridges 
for this autumn It will then be best to sell the remainder 
at auction and purchase the quantity required by law of fresh 
powder. There is however nine quarter casks which Mr. 
Melcher has condemned The same ought to be sold immedi- 
ately as it may now bring something, but in a short time will 
not be worth anything. The Board ordered the nine casks 
to be sold at auction immediately. 



216 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The application of William D. Bell & others, owners & 
occupants of houses in Back street, to have that street raised 
so as to convey the water down Stillman street; was referred 
to the Committee of Section No 1. 

[145.] The Chairman & Mr. Fitch were appointed a com- 
mittee to examine & settle the account of William Minot 
Esq. 'Treasurer of the Franklin Fund, for the past year. 

A communication from the Mill Pond Corporation on the 
subject of making a dividend of the land filled up on the south 
west side of the Canal; was referred to the committee's of 
Sections No. 1 & 2. 

A petition from Charles R. Codman & others, praying that 
the name of Lendells Lane, may be altered to that of Lindall 
street, was read; And the Town Clerk directed to give 
notice in the two daily papers, that the subject will be con- 
sidered and acted upon on Wednesday the 19th. instant. 

The committee of the Common to whom was referred the 
application of J. & D. R. Briggs, reported that the Chairman 
be authorized to lease them a lot of land bordering on the Mill 
Dam, not less than fifty feet in length and extending on Charles 
street to within five feet of the Gun House at a rent of one 
dollar per foot per annum. Report accepted. 

The Chairman was authorized to lease to Mr. Henry Baldwin, 
a [146.] piece of land on the Neck laid out as a street on the 
north front of a house owned by Mr. Coverly and occupied by 
said Baldwin, on condition that he enclose the land with an 
open fence & engage to remove the same when required by the 
Selectmen. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen, Sep- 
tember 7th. 1821. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, 
Billings, Babcock, Fennelly & Fitch. 

The subject under consideration being the expediency of 
building a vegetable market. 

Voted; it is expedient to build a new vegetable market, 
forthwith. 

After consideration and making an estimate of the probable 
cost of digging and boxing a cellar under the building, consider- 
ing the length of time which would be required to perform that 
service & further, the Town having made no appropriation 
for the purpose, it was voted, to be expedient to make a cellar. 
Voted, That the building be of wood, with a gravelled roof. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 217 

Voted; that the building be placed on the north side of Fan- 
euil Hall, that it cover all the ground to the extent the Market 
now covers north and east [147.] including the passage between 
Faneuil Hall and the present market except fifteen feet for a 
passage way between Faneuil Hall and the proposed building. 

Voted; the Chairman cause a plan to be drawn, and advertise 
for proposals in writing from any person disposed to contract 
to build the same. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen September 12th. 
1821. Present The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, 
Billings, 'Fennelly & Fitch. 

34 Traverse jurors were drawn for the Court of Common 
Pleas. 

A certificate was signed approving of Mrs. Elizabeth Powell 
and James A. Dickson with their associates to act or carry on 
for profit, gain or valuable consideration, stage plays, inter- 
ludes, and other theatrical entertainments at the theatre in 
Federal street, the year ensuing. 

[148.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen Sep- 
tember 19th. 1821. Present the whole Board, except Mr. 
Wells. 

Wendell R. Barker was appointed a constable for the present 
year. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter and Loring a Committee to 
purchase the military stores required by law; for the in- 
spection of the Brigade Quarter-master. 

Voted, to discontinue the name of Lendell's Lane to a pas- 
sageway leading from Congress street to Kilby street; and 
that the said passage way shall in future be known only by the 
name of Lindall street. 

Warrant was issued for a Town Meeting to be holden on 
Tuesday next at 10 o 'clock, A. M. 

A plan of a vegetable market was exhibited; and the Chair- 
man, Messrs. Loring & Billings were appointed a committee 
to contract for building the same agreeable to the plan. 

The Chairman was instructed to have the clock on the church 
in Hollis street repaired. 

[149.] The Chairman, Messrs. Loring & Baxter a committee 
[to] fit up the town armoury. 



218 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee on the Market was instructed to inquire if 
any improvements can be made in Faneuil Hall so as to increase 
the income to the town, without injuring the building. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen September 26th 
1821. Present the whole Board. 

An application from Lemuel Shaw Esq. agent to the heirs of 
Watson Freeman, deceased, claiming indemnity for land given 
by the Town to J. L. & B. Austin, in exchange for some of their 
land taken to make Derne street, and afterwards sold to said 
Freeman, which land is now claimed by one of the heirs of Gov. 
Hancock, was read, and committed to the Chairman, Messrs. 
Loring & Babcock. 

The committee to whom was referred the petition of A. 
Quincy & others reported that it is inexpedient to take any 
measures on the subject of removing vegetable carts from 
Broad street. 

The application of J. & D. R. Griggs on the subject of land, 
corner of Charles street & Mill Dam, was referred to the com- 
mittee of the Common. 

[15O.] The application of Col. Fairbanks and Mr. C. C. 
Nichols in behalf of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic 
Association, for the use of Faneuil Hall, at their triennial 
anniversary, was granted. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen October 4th. 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

4 

The committee appointed to examine the accounts of the 
Treasurer of the Franklin Fund, reported, that they had exam- 
ined the accounts & found them correct, and that there 
remained in the hands of the Treasurer the sum of eight hundred 
& forty three dollars two [cents?] not on interest. 

The subject of fencing in the lots on the Mill Pond, was 
referred to the committee of Sections No. 1 & 2. who were 
instructed to cause two of the lots to be fenced immediately. 

The Board on further consideration of the subject of 
opening Northampton street, agreeable to the wishes of Mr. 
Dorr & Mr. Davis, appointed the Chairman, Mr. Billings, & 
Mr. Baxter a committee, with instructions if they should 
judge it expedient, to make a contract with Messrs. Dorr & 
Davis to open [151.] and complete the street above named to 
the satisfaction of the Selectmen provided the whole expense 
to the To\vn of Boston shall not exceed six hundred dollars. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 219 

The Chairman was requested to advertise for proposals for 
painting the outside of Faneuil Hall applications to be 
received until the 13th. instant. Also to communicate with 
Rev. John Codman on the subject of the Town dock. 

The committee of Section No 4. were requested to fence in 
the Town's land on the north side of the street leading from 
Washington street to South Boston bridge, provided the 
expense should not exceed one hundred dollars; They were 
also instructed to have the streets at the South part of the 
Town repaired : the expense not to exceed one thousand 
dollars. 

In consequence of the" numerous applications for licenses to 
retail spirituous liquors It was voted: 

That the Board will approbate no person for a license as an 
innholder, victualler or retailer of spirituous liquors, prior to 
the first day of January next. 

[152.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, October 
10th 1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

Voted, That the Town Clerk inform all persons who may 
apply to be approbated for licenses to retail spirituous liquors; 
That their applications will not be acted upon until after the 
1st. January next. 

The application of George Bond and William Sturgis on the 
subject of widening Summer street, was referred to the com- 
mittee of Section No. 4, with instructions to pay such sum as 
they may think expedient; not exceeding twenty per cent of 
the value of the land taken into the street. 

The Chairman informed the Board that he had conversed 
with Mr. Codman on the subject of improving the Town's 
right in the Town Dock; but from some suggestions of Mr. 
Codman, he was of opinion that it would be well to consult 
counsel before any further measures were taken on that sub- 
ject: The Board appointed the Chairman, Messrs. Babcock 
& Wells, a committee for that purpose. 

The time having elapsed for perambulating the lines between 
this town and the towns of Roxbury & Dorchester; The Board 
[153.] requested the Chairman to give notice to the Selectmen 
of those towns, that they proposed to meet them on Thursday 
the 25th. instant for that purpose. 

Complaint having been made that Thomas Thompson and 
others had incroached on Common street by placing the steps 



220 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

of their houses on the side walk; The Chairman was requested 
to give notice to Mr. Thompson, that he \vould be prosecuted, 
unless the incumbrance was removed within five days. 

The Chairman to inform the Treasurer of the Franklin 
Fund; that he was desired to collect all delinquent bonds due 
to that Fund. 

The committee of Section No. 2 reported that it would 
probably be necessary to lay a drain from Parkman Market in 
Cambridge street to the sea; The committee were authorized 
to proceed to lay a drain if they found it to be necessary. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen October 
13th. 1821. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Babcock, Billings, 
Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

The following persons made proposals for painting the 
outside of Faneuil Hall, viz. James Fullick, [154.] Edward 
Somerby & Jeremiah P. Smith The Board preferred the 
proposals of Mr. Smith, and appointed the committee of the 
Market, with the addition of Mr. Billings, to proceed in painting 
the Hall the present season if they think it expedient. 

The Chairman stated to the Board, that several inquiries 
had been made of him on the subject of filling the vacancy at 
this board occasioned by the resignation of Mr. Child. after 
discussing the subject, taking into consideration that the 
principal part of [the] labour for the present year was com- 
pleted or contracted for; It was voted, that in the opinion 
of this board it is inexpedient that the vacancy should be filled. 

[155.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen October 
17th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

22 Grand jurors, and thirty five .Traverse jurors were drawn 
to serve at the Supreme Judicial Court. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Loring & Fitch were appointed a 
committee ; again to meet the committee of Brattle Street 
Church on the subject of the land on the South side of their 
meeting house. 

The committee who were instructed to cause the outside of 
Faneuil Hall to be painted, reported, that they had employed a 
carpenter to examine the building, and find that considerable 
repairs will be necessary previous to painting; as those repairs 
will cause delay, and the season being far advanced, they 
recommend dispensing with the painting until the next spring. 
Report accepted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 221 

A communication from Mr. Thompson, requesting the sus- 
pention of a prosecution against him for an incroachment 
on Common street, until his side walk was laid, was read, & his 
request granted. 

The application of A. Peabody on the subject of a drain in 
Bowdoin St. was referred to the committee of Section No. 3. 

[156.] The police officer reported that Chas. C. Nichols had 
incroached on Williams street, by placing steps in the street in 
front of his house: Ordered that the Chairman notify Mr. 
Nichols to remove from the front of his house all that part of 
the steps which project into the street within five days, or that 
measures would be taken to enforce their removal as the law 
requires. 

The committee of Section No. 4, reported, that they had 
made an agreement with George Bond and William Sturgis, to 
draw a line on Summer street from the outside face of Col. 
Thorndikes stone post, to the front corner of Mr. Henry Hill's 
house, being twenty five feet six inches at the east end, and 
sixteen feet eight inches at the west end (making 4322 feet of 
land) for which the town will pay five hundred dollars, on 
receiving a deed. Report accepted. 

[157.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen October 
24th. 1821. 

Present the whole Board, except Mr. Loring. 

A communication from Charles C. Nichols, requesting the 
suspension of a prosecution against him for an encroachment on 
Williams street; was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 3. 

The Board approved & signed [an] indenture between John J. 
Hollis a minor, and Levi Whitcomb, house carpenter to serve 
as an apprentice until he shall arrive at the age of twenty one 
years, which will be on the first of January, 1828. 

Whereas, William Havard Eliot of Boston in the County of 
Suffolk, attorney at law, having become the proprietor of 
several lots of land situate on the easterly side of Union street, 
the buildings upon which were recently destroyed by fire, 
proposes to widen the street in front of the block of buildings he 
is about to erect upon the said land, so that a line drawn along 
the front from a point in the said block in a southerly direction 
will strike the corner of Ann street, and one drawn in the oppo- 
site direction along the front from the same point will range 
with the block next beyond the Avenue to Creek Lane [158.] a 
small bend being made in the center of Salt lane, all which will 



222 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

fully appear by reference to the above plan drawn by William 
Taylor Esqr.* And, whereas such a location of the said block 
will be a valuable improvement of the street & it is highly 
desirable that the line should be extended on the south side to 
Ann street and on the north side to said avenue whenever this 
can be effected without material inconvenience to the pro- 
prietors of the adjoining estates, Now, therefore in con- 
sideration of the premises it is agreed and understood by the 
Selectmen and said William Havard that whenever by casualty 
or otherwise the buildings adjoining said William Havard's 
estate fronting on said Union Street shall be destroyed, the said 
street shall be widened so that the front line of buildings on the 
east side of said street shall be continued in a north and south 
direction as the said William Havard has commenced the 
improvement, and further that until this is effected, said William 
Havard may at any time use and occupy the land in front of his 
said block and now a part of his estate in as full and perfect a 
manner as if it were now fenced in and built upon. In Witness 
Whereof the Selectmen have caused this agreement to be signed 
in their [159.] behalf by the Town Clerk, and a copy thereof 
recorded this twenty fourth day of October in the year of our 
Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty one. 

* The plan referred to, is in the hands of William Havard Eliot 
Esq. with an attested copy of the foregoing agreement. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

Perambulation of the Line between Boston & Roxbury 
October 25th. 1821. 

Pursuant to agreement, we the subscribers, agents for the 
towns of Boston & Roxbury met at the time and place 
appointed on Thursday 25th. October one thousand eight hun- 
dred & twenty one, and perambulated the line and renewed the 
bound marks between the two towns as follows vizt. 
Beginning at the mouth of the creek which opens into the bay 
leading to Cambridge, and as the said creek runs until it comes 
in a range with the fence and trees between the lands of the 
heirs of Capt. Aaron Davis, deceased, and the land of the heirs 
of Samuel Wells Esq. then across the street or highway until 
it comes to a large stone standing endways in the fence on the 
easterly side of said [16O.] street or highway, and from thence 
south 43 degrees east, to a large stone standing endways in the 
ground, two hundred & fifteen feet from said street or highway, 
marked B on the easterly side and R on the westerly side 
from thence the same course, five hundred and forty two and 
half feet to a stone post marked B on the easterly side and R 
on westerly side From thence turning & running north fifty 
eight degrees east by a straight line until it comes to a stone in 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 223 

Lambs Dam so called, and from thence to the creek, and as the 
said creek or channel runs into the bay where it strikes the 
point between the towns of Dorchester, Boston & Roxbury. 
Ebenezer Seaver "] g ^ Eliphalet Williams ^) 

Abijah Draper I J^J Daniel Baxter 

Jacob Allen f JS Saml. Billings 

Elijah Lewis J ^ rt Robert Fennelly 

Jon a. Loring 

Saml. A. Wells 



Selectmen 

of 
Boston. 



[161.] Perambulaton of the line between the towns of 
Boston & Dorchester Ocr. 25th. 1821. 

Agreeably to notice the Selectmen of the aforenamed towns 
met on the line this day at the south east boundary on the 
beach at Old Harbour, commencing at a stone post marked on 
the south side D and on the east side B thence running west, 
north west to another stone of the same description standing 
on the margin of the old road, thence crossing the old road 
and the marsh in a straight line from the first named bounds 
to another stone of the same description on the Dorchester 
turnpike, thence in a straight line to the channel in the bay 
lying between the said turnpike and Boston Neck. 



a Elip. Williams 

Henry Gardner ") | "jg Danl. Baxter 



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Thos. Crehore r g'o'S Saml. Billings 

Stephen Wales ) Jona. Loring <u ~ o 

& Q Robt. Fennelly 3? W 

S. A. Wells 

[162.] Boston ss, At a meeting of the Selectmen October 
31st. 1821. 

Present, The Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, Billings & 
Fennelly. 

The committee of Section No. 3. reported, that Mr. Charles 
C. Nichols had altered the steps in front of his house on Williams 
Street, so that they do not project more than fourteen inches 
into the street; and recommend that the steps be permitted to 
remain. 

Report accepted. 

The Chairman reported that he had examined the accounts 
of Mr. Phillips, Hay weigher, for the quarter ending 1st of 
October, and found them correct: The balance in his hands 
amounting to one hundred & thirteen dollars -^ was ordered 
to be paid the Town Treasurer. 

The committee of Section No. 3, was authorized to make 
a contract with Wm. H. Bordman for building a wall back of 



224 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Boylston School house on a line between his land & that of the 
town of Boston, and make such allowance towards the expense 
as they shall judge to be equitable. 

Applications for supplying oil for the town lamps, were 
received from [163.] Josiah Bradlee & Co., William Levering 
Jr. & Joseph P. Bradlee. After consideration, the whole sub- 
ject was committed to the Chairman Messrs. Billings & Bab- 
cock, who were authorized to complete a contract with either of 
those gentlemen if they think it expedient. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 7th. 
1821. 

Present the whole Board, except Mr. Fitch. 

A communication was received, stating that Pitts street was 
out of repair; The committee of Section No. 2. was requested 
to have such repairs made on that street, as they should find to 
be necessary. 

The Chairman was requested to obtain proposals from Mr. 
Hunneman, & Messrs. Thayers', stating on what terms they 
would contract to build a new engine. 

The application of H. G. Otis & others, on the subject of 
Olive, Walnut & Chesnut streets, w r as read, and after discussing 
that subject, the Board, agreed to view those streets to-morrow 
morning at 8. o'clock. 

The Chairman was requested to procure two dozen lamps for 
the use of the town. 

[164.] On the representation of Mr. Babcock, that it was 
necessary to purchase some land to widen Fleet street, he was 
authorised to purchase the same, at a rate of not more than 
twenty per cent of the value of the land thrown into the street. 

The Board visited South Boston, at the request of Messrs. 
Rice and Henshaw, & laid out and continued Dorchester street 
from Broad Way, running a line north 48 east until it comes 
the easterly side of First street, thence turning northwesterly 
on First street at a right angle and continuing until we came to 
Lot No 86. each of said streets being laid out fifty feet wide, 
agreeable to a plan of a part of South Boston surveyed by 
Stephen Badlam 30th. June 1809.. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 14th. 
1821. 

Present the whole Board, except Mr. Loring. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 225 

A return was signed to the Judge of Probate for the County 
of Suffolk stating that George S. Jackson, was a person non 
compos mentis, & recommending that a guardian should be 
appointed for him. 

[165.] The application of Ebenezer Robbins to be appointed 
a measurer of wood, was committed to the Chairman, Messrs. 
Wells and Babcock, to consider the whole subject and report. 

The application of Ward Jackson and others, to see if the 
town would lay a side walk in Charles street was' referred to 
the committee of that section, who were authorized to lay a side 
walk with plank at the expense of the proprietors. 

The application of Mrs. Paine to have some repairs made on 
Olive street, was referred to the committee of Section No. 3. 

The committee who had under consideration the subject of 
oil, lamps &c Reported, that they had contracted with Mr. 
William Lovering Junr. for winter strained oil for five lightings, 
say about twenty six hundred gallons, at one dollar & seven 
cents, to be delivered in such quantities as the overseer of the 
lamps may wish; and that they had appointed James Morgan 
overseer of the lamps, for which service they had agreed to 
allow him twenty five dollars per month, during the pleasure of 
the Board. Report accepted. 

The committee on the subject of dividing the lands on the 
Mill Pond, reported, [166.] That they had selected one 
eighth part of the lands \vhich were proposed to be divided at 
the present time by the Mill Pond Corporation ; The plan 
of the lots selected was exhibited and examined by the Board: 
The report was accepted and the Chairman requested to inform 
the corporation of the lands selected. 

The Proposals of Mr. Thayer to build a new engine, was 
referred to the committee who have that subject under con- 
sideration. 

The committee of Section No 1. reported that they had 
fenced in two lots of land on the Mill Pond ; they [were ?] further 
instructed to fence the remaining lots belonging to the town 
if they should judge it expedient. 

The Board being informed that John C. Jones Esq. was 
erecting some buildings on Mill Pond street ; The Chairman 
was requested to notify Mr. Jones to desist and remove his 
buildings immediately. 

The Chairman in/ormed the board that the water had failed 
in the well at Adams' school, that it would probably be neces- 



226 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

sary to take up the well & sink about seven feet deeper. The 
subject [167.] was referred to the committee of Section 
No. 4. to do what they should judge expedient. 

The Chairman was instructed to ascertain if Mr. Marsh had 
complied with the directions of the board relative to the side 
walk in Beacon street: and if he has not, to adopt such 
measures as may be necessary to enforce a compliance. 

Boston ss. At a special meeting of the Selectmen November 
16th. 1821 

Present The Chairman, Messrs. Babcock, Fennelly & Fitch. 

10 Traverse jurors were drawn to serve at the present 
term of the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen November 21st. 
1821. 

Present .the whole Board, except Mr. Loring. 

The Chairman reported, that he had made a communication 
to John Coffin Jones Esq., agreeably to the instructions of the 
Board; - Mr. Jones had replied that he did not wish to remove 
his buildings [168.] from Mill Pond street at present, but 
that he would take a lease of the land, during the pleasure of 
the Selectmen, and pay a reasonable rent for the same. The 
subject was referred to the committee of Section No 1. & the 
Chairman to adjust the business with Mr. Jones. 

The cap-sill of Hancocks wharf having gone to decay, The 
committee of Section No 1. was authorized to pay such propor- 
tion of the expense of repairing the same, as belongs to the 
town. 

The committee of Section No. 4. was authorized to repair 
the damage done by the tide on the wharf in Front street. 

The Chairman stated to the board, that the committee of 
the 3d Baptist Church wish a plank sidewalk laid in Charles 
street, & proposed to find the materials, if the town would 
pay the expense of laying the same : The board assented to 
the proposal, excepting Mr. Wells. 

The application of Thomas Baldwin and others to continue 
the pavement in Pitts street, was referred to the committee of 
Section No. 2. 

The Chairman was instructed to notify Mr. Eckley & Mr. 
Eliot to place the side walk in front of their houses in Beacon 
street, in the manner in [169.] which Mr. Marsh was instructed 
to lay them the last year. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 227 

The committee of Section No. 3. to whom was referred the 
application of Harrison G. Otis Esq. & Augustus Peabody Esq. 
requested to be discharged from the further consideration of the 
subject of those application; The committee was discharged. 

The committee of Section No. 1. was instructed to pay any 
sum, not exceeding twenty dollars towards the expense of 
improving Fleet street. 

The subject of granting permission for private patrole 
watches, was committed- to the Chairman, Messrs. Fitch & 
Billings. 

The Board agreed to meet the Selectmen of Roxbury & 
Brookline tomorrow at 3 o'clock P. M. on the subject of the 
boundary lines between the towns. 

[17O.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Nov- 
ember 28th 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

6 Petit jurors were drawn for the U. S. District Court. 

The committee who were appointed to consider the subject 
of widening the street from Brattle Church to the Market 
have met the parties concerned, consulted with them on the 
the subject and report. 

If the society in Brattle street will take their porch from the 
street on the south side of the church, widen the street on a line 
with the church (reserving six feet in front for their own use 
so long as they shall occupy that building as a house of public 
worship, for the purpose of erecting a fence on that line should 
they think it expedient) And if David Sears or the persons 
in interest will convey to the town the land in front of the build- 
ings now erecting, and of the Market on the same line for the 
purpose of a street: and farther, if David Greenough will 
permit his side walk to be taken off about two feet on the same 
line where Brattle street enters Dock Square; then your com- 
mittee recommend that the Town of Boston should pay to the 
parties in interest for their own use one thousand dollars, 
submitted by order of the committee. 

Eliphalet Williams, Chairman. 

[171.] The foregoing report was read and accepted. 

Voted, that the Town Clerk be directed to make out a return 
to the Court of Sessions of the names of such persons as have 
been approbated since the 1st. July last, & who have neglected 
to take out their licenses, and against whom there has been no 
complaint. - 



228 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of an 
encroachment on Mill Pond street by Hon. J. C. Jones, have 
attended that subject & report. 

That it is the wish of Mr. Jones that those buildings may be 
permitted to remain during the pleasure of the Board, and that 
he will take a lease to that effect, and pay the rent annually : 
your committee therefore recommend that the Chairman be 
authorized to sign a lease to Mr. Jones of this land at the rate of 
twenty dollars per annum during the pleasure of the Select- 
men. 

By order of the Committee. 

E. Williams, Chairman. 

Report accepted. 

The petition of Stephen Brown and others on the subject of 
the incumbrances in Exchange street ; was referred to the 
Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Loring. 

[172.] A return was signed to the Judge of Probate for the 
County of Suffolk, stating that Samuel Waters was a person 
non compos mentis, and recommend that a guardian should be 
appointed for him. 

Voted, that all leases belonging to the town be recorded in a 
book to be kept for that purpose. 

The following return was received from the overseers of the 
lamps and ordered to be recorded. viz. 

58 Lamps, Frederick Rupp Washington street, a part of 
Orange and Front streets. 

61 Lamps, Joseph Copeland. South Bennet street, Harvard 
street, Kneeland, Oak, Ash & Beach streets, part of, Orange, 
Front, Essex, & Boylston streets. 

65 Lamps, Nathaniel Hawes Pleasant, Elliot, Carver, 
Nassau, Warren & Hollis streets. 
Part of Orange & Boylston streets. 

72 Lamps, Aaron L. Darrow, Mill Pond, Prince, Back, 
Richmond, Lynn, Snow Hill, Charter, Hull, Sheaf, Margaret 
Lane, Salem, North Bennett, Tileston, & Foster streets, 
Johnson's, Henchmans & Greenoughs lanes & part of Middle 
street. 



60 Lamps Joseph Shaw Sumner, Park & Walnut streets 
- Part of Temple, Middlecot, Cambridge, Hancock, South 
Russell, Buttolf, Belknap, Chambers, Pinckney, Olive & 
Beacon streets. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 229 

58 Lamps, Frederick Foegt, Howard, Bulfinch, Somerset, 
& Derne streets, Somerset Place, & Bowdoin Square, part of 
Court, Beacon, Temple, Myrtle, Belknap & South Russell 
streets. 

374 

[173.] 55 Joseph Champney, Newbury Place, Jarvis Row, 
Suffolk Court, Winter, West, Bedford, & Mason streets, Brom- 
fields Lane, Hamilton Place, & Sheafes Lane, part of Newbury 
& Common streets. 

60 Lamps, Christopher Rowland, Town Dock, Butlers 
Row, old Market, Wilsons Lane, Pierces Alley, Dock Square, 
Hatters Square, & Green Dragon, part of State street, Cornhill, 
Ann & Merimack streets. & Exchange street. 

60 Lamps, William Rowland, Pemberton Hill, Hanover, 
Union, friend, Portland, Hawkins, Sudbury & Elm streets, & 
Distillhouse Square. & part of Court & Merimack streets. 

63 Constant Southworth, North, Ship, Clark, Fleet, Garden, 
Moon, Fish & Center streets, Battery, Salutation & White- 
bread Alleys & Sun Court street. Part of Middle & Ann streets. 

70 Frederick Krantz, Chambers, Lynde, Staniford, Gouch, 
Pitts, Merimack, South Allen, Prospect, North Allen, Poplar, 
Leverett, Spring, Second, Brighton, & part of Green streets. 

57 James Wheeler, Walnut, Chestnut, George, Bridge, Vine, 
Blossom, Grove, North Russell, Southack, Streets & part of 
Myrtle, Pinckney, Olive, Charles, May & Cambridge streets. & 
West Center street. 

60 Lamps, Hawley Place, Theatre Alley, Chauncy Place, Otis 
Place, Franklin & Hawley streets, part of Newbury, Milk, 
Atkinson, Federal, Congress, Water streets & Summer street. 

58 Anthony Martis, Brattle Square, Cornhill Court, Brattle 
street, Market, Tremont, & School streets, & Franklin Avenue. 
Part of Cornhill, State & Court streets. 

60 Peter Mash, Congress, Pearl, Oliver, Devonshire & Bath 
streets, Congress Square, Fort Hill, Hartford Place, Hamilton 
street & part of State, Water, Milk & High streets. 

60 Jonathan Wise, Broad & India streets Liberty Square, & 
part of Milk & Purchase streets. 

977 



230 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

[174.] 57 William Shackford, Short, Sea, Columbia, Lincoln, 
Sister, & Kingston streets, Round Lane, and part of Essex, 
Summer, High, Purchase and Atkinson street. 



1034 Lamps. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen December 5th 
1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

The committee who were appointed on the 26th September 
last to confer with Messrs. Davis & Dorr on the subject of 
opening Northampton street, have attended that service and 
report : 

They have agreed with Messrs. Charles Davis & Jonathan 
Dorr of Roxbury, if they will cause Northampton street to be 
opened from Washington street, eastwardly to Davis's works in 
Roxbury, fifty feet broad, and on a line which your committee 
have designated as surveyed and staked out by Mr. Taylor, and 
elevate the street equal in height to the top of Hills Dam, and 
cause the same to be crowned in a proper manner, with suitable 
gutters at the sides of the street, with a coat of good gravel 
on the top, so thick as shall be necessary to make the road per- 
manent, the labour to be performed in a workmanlike manner 
and completed within one year to the satisfaction of the Select- 
men of Boston; then the said Select- [175.] men in behalf of 
the town agree to pay Messrs. Davis & Dorr six hundred dollars. 
Submitted by order of the committee. 

E. Williams, Chairman. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

The same committee laid before the Board, the following 
communication from Thomas Williams Esq. of Roxbury, 
which was ordered to be recorded. 

Gentlemen, Selectmen of the Town of Boston. 

I have offered to Mr. Williams your Chairman to 
induce you to make the road from the Neck over Northamp- 
ton street to Davis's Works in Roxbury & I now explicitly 
agree that if the road is made as proposed within one year 
that I will supply the town of Boston with as much gravel as 
they may require for ten years from this date at twenty cents 
per load no load to exceed thirty hundred of gravel which 
is to be taken at [by] the Town from the hill near the slaughter 
house provided the gravel last so long. 

(signed) Thomas Williams. 
Roxbury Dec. 1 1821. 
Witness 
Jona. Hunewell. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 231 

[176.] The petition of Jonathan Howard and others, that 
the Town would pay a part of the expense of placing a pump in 
a well at the head of Doane street, the whole expense of which 
is estimated at one hundred & fifty dollars; was referred to 
the committee of Section No. 3. who were authorized to examine 
the pump, and allow a sum not exceeding thirty dollars, 
should they deem it expedient. 

Mr. Wells, from the sub-committee on the subject of a new 
engine, reported, that they had attended to the subject, met 
with Messrs. Hunneman and Thayer, had examined with them 
two engines, one made by each of those gentlemen in order to 
ascertain which was on the best construction ; after an 
explanation of the relative merits of each the sub-committee 
stated, that, as it frequently happened that the practical 
operation and effect of a machine was different from what the 
theory appeared to suggest, and as a small difference of the cost 
w r as of no importance to the town in purchasing a good engine 
in preference to a bad one The committee stated to those 
gentlemen, that they could not determine which was on the 
best construction; they requested that each should make an 
engine [177.] and they would select that which on that trial 
should prove to be the best. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen December 12th. 
1821 

Present the whole Board except Mr. Loring. 

30 Jurors were drawn for the Supreme Judicial Court 
also 34 Jurors for the Court of Common Pleas. 

On the application of Joshua Ward Junr. of Salem, inquisi- 
tion was made into the circumstances of William Turner and 
return was signed to the Judge of Probate, stating that the 
said William Turner is a person non compos mentis and incap- 
able of taking care of himself. 

The following letter from > Messrs. Eliot & Eckley was read, 
& ordered to be recorded; arid that their request be granted. 
To the surveyor of high ways. 

Boston Dec. 10. 1821. 
Gentlemen, 

The subscribers have been duly notified and requested by 
the Surveyors of Highways to cause the sidewalk in front of 
their estates in Beacon [178.] street "to be taken up, the 
edgestones and sidewalk lowered in a direct line from the edge 
stone in front of the house lately occupied by J. S. Colburn, 
westerly to the edge stone in front of the house occupied by 
Stephen Bean."- 

They beg leave to represent that the side walk appears to 
them at present to be of a convenient and proper height in 



232 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

relation to the range of the street and they regret extremely 
that it is thought proper to cause the same to be lowered as 
they apprehend that if at any future time the street should be 
paved it will be necessary to take up the side walk again for 
the purpose of replacing it in its present situation. 

They therefore respectfully submit to the surveyors of 
highways that if any change is necessary it is rather expedient 
to raise the sidewalk in front of the houses now occupied by 
Messrs Bean, Cotton & Tuttle so as to continue the edge-stone 
in a direct line from the front of the house of Mr. Eckley to 
the front of Mr. Minots' house. 

The subscribers will cause this alteration, if it meet the 
approbation of the surveyors of highways, to be made at their 
own expense the next spring in the course of thirty days after 
being required so to do by the surveyors of highways, it being 
understood that they are not to furnish any materials for this 
purpose, except the [179.] necessary quantity of earth and 
gravel. 

Signed Wm. H. Eliot 

David Eckley. 

Original in a trunk in Mass*. Bank. 

Whereas it was considered necessary and expedient the pres- 
ent season to make pretty extensive repairs and improvements 
in Franklin Place 

And in order to prevent injury to persons passing on the 
north side of that place from the projection of steps into the 
street 

The Selectmen have permitted the proprietors of the estates 
on that side of Franklin Place to inclose the land in front of 
their estates in a line with their steps 

Now be it known and it is hereby understood and agreed 
by the subscribers, owners of those estates that we are to gain 
no right by possessing or improving the said land under the 
permission before named, other than we now have. 
Signed, Joseph Tilden 

Hannah R. Amory 
Thomas Wigglesworth 
Elizth. Amory 
Boston Nov. 2. 1821. 
Original deposited in a trunk in Mass* 8 . Bank. 

[18O.] The committee of Section No 3, to whom was 
referred the petition of Jonathan Howard and others ; that 
the town would pay a part of the expence of placing a pump in 
Doane street, reported: That they had viewed the pump, 
found it well made, that there was abundance of water in the 
well, and that it would be of essential service in case of fire; 
They therefore recommend that the Town should allow thirty 
dollars towards the expense. Report accepted. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1821. 233 

The Chairman was requested to advertise for a messenger to 
the Board, for watchmen & measurers of wood. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen, December 19th. 
1821. 
Present the whole Board. 

A communication from the Grand Jury for the County of 
Suffolk, stating that they had found bills of indictment against 
William Brooks & Michael Riley, two of the constables, for 
mal-practice in office, and requesting that those persons may 
be removed from office: The subject was referred to the Chair- 
man, Messrs. Billings & Wells, with instructions to take proper 
measures for the removal of those officers. 

[181.] The following persons were appointed measurers 
of wood viz. 

William Green North Section 
Nathaniel Glover South " 
William Glover - 
Joshua Butters North " 
Ephraim Nute West " 
Ebenezer Robbins 

The committee on the application of J. Marshall to have a 
permanent watch established at the Market reported, as the 
town watch is to be augmented it is unnecessary to establish 
a watch at that place report accepted. 

Johnson Colby, was appointed Messenger to the Board; to be 
allowed the same salary as the late Messenger. 

Messrs. Wells & Fitch were appointed a committee to examine 
the applications of persons to be appointed watchmen; and to 
select such as they shall judge best qualified for that service, 
not exceeding forty. 

Voted, that the police officer be instructed to prosecute all 
offences for breaches of the Bye-Laws of the town; and that 
he make report of all his proceedings concerning the police of 
the town, to the Chairman every day before 12 o'clock M. any 
vote of this board to the contrary notwithstanding. 

[182.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen Deer. 
26. 1821. 

Present the whole Board. 

The committee appointed to consider the necessity of aug- 
menting the number of watchmen, have attended to the sub- 
ject and beg leave to report. 



234 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

That they are of opinion that it is expedient to add thirty 
six watchmen to the number now employed by the town, and 
that the augmentation be apportioned as follows. 

To the Eastern District sixteen men, & that the two first 
sections be subdivided into four and to be guarded by five 
men, two men going their rounds together in the second 
sub-division and one man to each of the others that the 
third section be guarded by two men together and that the 
fourth & fifth remain under the care of one man to each as 
now provided. 

To the Western District twelve men and that the second 
& third sections be subdivided in four with an additional man 
to each, that the first, fourth and fifth remain as they now are, 
and that two men going their rounds together be assigned to 
the fifth section. 

[183.] To the Northern District four men, by adding one 
man to section No. 1 the sections remaining as they now are 
established, and the two men go their rounds together in the 
first section. 

To the Southern district four men, by adding one man to the 
second section, who with the other attached to this section, are 
to go together. 

It will be necessary to state in explanation that the addition 
of one man to any section makes an addition of four to the watch 
because the watchmen are on duty alternately, every other 
night, and one man being on duty only one half of the night, 
all which is submitted 
Dec. 22d 1821. S. A. Wells, Chairman. 

The foregoing report was read & accepted. 

Moses Hadley & 

Joseph W. Welsh were appointed measurers of wood for the 

Western District 

The Chairman informed the board, that he was allowed by 
their vote of the 23d. May last, to lease to Mr. Blanchard a 
certain piece of land belonging to the town at the bottom of 
Rainsfords Lane on certain conditions there stipulated; 
among those conditions it was required, "he should continue 
and keep in repair the drain, that he should build a solid wharf, 
& that [184.] he might occupy the same free of rent for fifteen 
years. " It appears that Mr. Amory has proceeded and built a 
timber wharf & now wishes a lease; 

Voted, The Chairman be authorized to sign a lease of the 
wharf above named to Jonathan Amory for ten years under the 
same restrictions as were imposed on Mr. Blanchard May 23d. 
last. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 235 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 2d. 
1822. 

Present the whole Board 

Voted, that we now proceed to approbate all the person who 
have applied for liberty to perform the business of innholders, 
victuallers & retailers in the town of Boston provided we 
approbate no person but what is known to some member of this 
Board, and provided that the whole number approbated for 
those various professions shall not exceed nine hundred. 

Voted, That the Committee who have the subject of obtain- 
ing a new Engine, under consideration, proceed & either pur- 
chase or hire a suitable building for the purpose of an Engine 
house at the North part of the Town. 

[185.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 
4th. 1822. 

Present the Chairman, Messrs. Loring, Babcock, Billings & 
Fitch. 

30 Jurors were drawn to serve at the Supreme Judicial 
Court. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 9th. 
1822. 
Present the whole Board, except- Mr. Loring. 

Voted; that the enlarged committee who reported to the 
Town a system of city & county government, be requested to 
apply to the legislature in order to obtain a bill for the purpose 
of carrying into effect the votes of the Town of Boston on this 
subject passed on the 31st. day of December and the two suc- 
ceeding days. And that the Town Clerk be directed to 
furnish the chairman of that committee with an attested copy 
of this vote. 

The Chairman stated to the Board, that the Town Treasurer 
had paid him twelve hundred & thirty dollars being the amount 
due from the town to the fund of Mrs. Brooker and others; 
he was authorized to receive applications from any person, or 
persons who may wish to hire [186.] the same upon a mortgage 
on real estate of three times the value of the sum loaned, and 
lay the same before the Board. 

On the application of a number of citizen a warrant was 
signed for a Town Meeting on Monday next. 

Approved the indentures of Augustus Etmaud to bind him- 
self as an apprentice to Joseph Lebart, barber, until he comes 
of age on the 28th. day of July 1825. 



236 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Voted; that the Board will approbate no person for a license 
as an innholder, victualler, confectioner or retailer of spirituous 
liquors, prior to the first Wednesday of February next. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 16th. 
1822. Present the whole Board, except Mr. Loring. 

Voted; that the balance of money in the hands of the Chair- 
man, belonging to the fund of Mrs. Brooker and others, be 
loaned to John Redman, after the title of the' property to be 
mortgaged shall have been examined & that he cause the 
mortgage to be placed on record. 

[187.] The Chairman, Messrs. Billings & Baxter were 
appointed a committee to draft & present a petition to the 
legislature on the subject of wooden buildings, agreeably to a 
vote of the town passed on the 14th. instant. 

The same committee were also requested to draft & present 
a petition on the subject of taxation agreeable to a vote of the 
25th. September last. 

The Chairman was requested to advertise for proposals for 
printing a list of the taxes assessed in 1821 agreeably to a 
vote of the Town. 

The Chairman Messrs. Wells & Billings a committee on the 
subject of new districting the wards. 

A number of citizens from the north part of the town, 
appeared and stated to the board that a number of depreda- 
tions had recently been committed in that part of the town, and 
requested an augmentation of the watch. Whereupon it was 
voted, that the committee of Section No. 1. should forthwith 
add as many men to the north watch as they should judge 
necessary. 

[188.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen January 
23d. 1822. present the whole Board. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of aug- 
menting the watch at the Northern District of the town report, 
that in consequence of many depredations having been made 
by breaking open shops & stores in said district, and the watch 
being much less in that part of the town than in some other 
parts recommend that eight men be added to the watch in 
that district Report accepted. 

The application of John Foster & others proposing to raise 
a company to take charge of the new engine, was referred to 
the committee of Sec. No. 1. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 237 

The Chairman reported, that agreeable to the instructions of 
the Board of the 16th. instant he had loaned to John Redman 
from the fund of Mrs. Brooker & others, the sum of twelve 
hundred & thirty one dollars twenty two cents, and had 
received of him a mortgage on real estate which is recorded 
& placed in a trunk at the Massachusetts Bank. 

[189.] A communication was received from the Town 

Treasurer, stating that Saml. D. Parker Esq. had refused to 

pay rent for the office occupied by him in the old State House. 

in consequence of the alterations made by the free masons 

the room was rendered untenantable. 

Voted, the Chairman be instructed to give notice to Francis J. 
Oliver Esq. to cause such alterations to be made as are neces- 
sary to make Mr. Parkers office tenantable, & settle with him 
for any in j ury he may have received agreeably to the condi- 
tions of the lease between the inhabitants & the Grand Lodge, 
see letter on file. 

The Chairman reported that he had examined the account 
of Mr. Phillips Hay Weigher, to the 1st. instant, and found it 
correct; and that there was a balance due to the town, [of] 
one hundred & forty eight dollars, which he had ordered paid 
to the town Treasurer. 

The committee of Fire Wards attached to engine No 12, 
were authorized to repair that engine, provided the expense 
does not exceed one hundred dollars. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Babcock & Wells were appointed a 
committee, to prepare a form,& contract for the printing the 
list of taxes. 

[19O.] Boston ss. At a Meeting of the Selectmen January 
30th. 1822. present the whole Board, except Mr. Loring. 

A communication from the Board of Health stating that a 
number of dead bodies had been removed from the burial 
ground, on the Neck; and requesting that the Selectmen would 
station some one of the watchmen near that place, was read, 
whereupon it was ordered, that four men be added to the 
south watch, whose duty it shall be to guard the Neck, partic- 
ularly the burial ground; And the captain of the watch is 
instructed to carry the above order into effect. 

A committee from the Directors of the United States Bank, 
appeared and stated to the Board, that they wished to pur- 
chase a suitable place to accombdate the branch bank in this 
town: and requested that a committee maybe appointed to 



238 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

confer with them on the subject of purchasing the Old State 
House: The Chairman, Messrs Wells & Babcock were 
appointed a committee for that purpose. 

The committee of Section No 1. reported, that the house for 
the new engine [191.] was ready to receive the same; The 
committee was authorized to organize a suitable company of 
engine men, and attach them to that engine. 

The Board approved and signed [an] indenture between 
Elisha Tyler Colburn, a minor, and George Wheelwright, turner 
and umbrella maker, to serve as an apprentice until he shall 
arrive at the age of twenty one years, which will be on the 
twenty sixth day of March 1828. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectman February 6th. 
1822. Present the Chairman, Messrs Baxter, Babcock, Fen- 
nelly & Fitch. 

The application of Isaac Harris & others, inhabitants of 
ward No. 1, requesting that the passage way leading from the 
bottom of Foster street, and from Henchmans lane may be 
paved, was referred to the committee of Section No. 1. 

The Chairman informed the Board that the committee who 
were authorized to adopt a suitable form, and contract with a 
printer, to print a list of the tax books, had attended that 
service; and had agreed [192.] with Mr. Charles Hammatt to 
copy the books, for which service he is to be paid two dollars 
per day, that it would take about sixty days labour to per- 
form that service; that they had agreed with Messrs. True & 
Green to print the same, for which they are to be paid after the 
same shall be completed to the satisfaction of the Board, at 
the rate of one, & one half mills for each page; the estimated 
number of pages in each book will be about 140 they to 
deduct from the whole bill as above stated fifty dollars. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 13th. 
1822. Present the whole Board. 

On a precept received from the Hon. Judge of Probate for 
the County of Suffolk, inquisition was made into the circum- 
stances of John White, and a return was made that the said 
John White is a person non compos mentis & incapable of 
taking care of himself. 

Wednesday the 27th. instant was appointed for the semi- 
annual visitation of the public schools; The Chairman, 
Messrs. Babcock & Wells were appointed a committee to 
make the necessary arrangements. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 239 

[193.] Voted, that the new engine be numbered fifteen, 
and called by the name of Boston. 

The company of engine men, raised to take charge of the 
new engine, presented the rules & regulations of their asso- 
ciation for the approbation of the Board. The same were 
read & referred to the committee of Section No. 1 to examine 
& report at the next meeting. 

On the application of Michael Roulstone & others, a com- 
plaint was made to the Hon. Judge of Probate, stating that 
Lewis Bailey of Boston, bricklayer, does by excessive drinking 
&c. so waste his estate as thereby to expose himself to want 
and recommending that a guardian should be appointed for 
him. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 20th. 
1822 Present Messrs. Baxter, Loring, Babcock, Billings, 
Fennelly, Fitch & Wells. 

22 Grand jurors, and 35 Traverse jurors were drawn for 
the Supreme Judicial Court. 

[194.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen February 
26th. 1822. 

Present the whole Board. 

Whereas the laws of this Commonwealth provide that the 
Selectmen of the several towns may annually appoint by a 
writing under their hands any suitable person or persons as 
auctioneers in said town, and that they shall keep a record of 
the same, and shall receive for their own use for each and every 
license so granted, the sum of two dollars; And, whereas the 
Selectmen of the town of Boston, did in the year 1820 
license fifty nine persons as auctioneers, and did also, in the 
year 1821 license sixty one auctioneers; the money arising 
from this source amounted to two hundred and forty dollars, 
which sum the Selectmen decline receiving for their own use, 
but they deem it proper and expedient that the same should 
be by them appropriated in a suitable manner. 

Therefore, voted, that the Treasurer of this Board, pay from 
this fund sixty dollars to Mr. Willard for the clock now placed 
in the Selectmen's Room. 

Voted, that the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars 
remaining in the hands [195.] of the Treasurer of this Board, be 
by him paid over to the Town Clerk, who shall transmit the 
same to the President and Members of the Massachusetts 
Charitable Mechanics' Association, together with a copy of this 
vote, as a donation from the Selectmen of the town of Boston, 



240 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

for the purpose of constituting a fund for the relief of distressed 
members, and the families of indigent members of that Asso- 
ciation; The interest of which to be appropriated by the com- 
mittee of relief, to these objects. 

A communication was received from Ward N. Boylston Esq. 
requesting that a part of the land mortgaged by him to the 
town of Boston should be released, that he may be able to sell 
and convey the same, and pay the proceeds over to the town ; 
Voted, that this Board recommend to the Treasurer to discharge 
the mortgage on the land agreeable to his request and that 
he receive the money; provided the interest of the town shall 
not be injured thereby. 

Warrant was signed for a Town Meeting on Monday the 4th 
day of March next to take the question on city government; 
also a warrant for another meeting for the 6th. March, on the 
subject of wooden buildings. 

[196.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 
6th. 1822 

Present the whole Board. 

6 Jurors were drawn for the United States District Court. 

The communication from Whitwell, Bond & Co. on the 
subject of land sold the town on Summer street was referred 
to the committee of Section No. 4. 

The application of Thomas Welsh Jr. and others on the sub- 
ject of widening Hanover street, by cutting off a part of Mrs 
Hopkins' house, was referred to the committee of Section No 
2 who were authorized to make the improvement requested, 
provided the expense to the town shall not exceed $150 
and that the improvement be completed before the first of 
May next. 

[197.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 
13th. 1822 
Present the whole Board. 

On the application of Messrs. Jonathan Simonds, Joseph 
Jenkins and Col Michael Roulstone, "a committee of a large 
number of citizens for the use of Faneuil Hall on the evening 
previous to the election of Governor & Senators. "- It was 
voted, that their request be granted. 

The Chairman, Messrs. Wells & Billings, a committee to 
cause lists of the qualified voters in the several wards to be 
taken and printed for the use of the wards at the election of 
city officers. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 241 

On the application of Charles Guild, Joseph Willitt and Jabez 
Bullard, it was voted, that the street leading from Orange 
street to Front street, on the south side of Charles Guild's 
estate, shall in future be called, and known only by the name of 
Pine street. 

[198.] The committee appointed on the subject of new 
districting the wards, made the following report, which was 
read, accepted & ordered to be signed by each member of the 
Board, and published for the information of the inhabitants. 
viz 

CITY OF BOSTON 

SELECTMEN'S ROOM March 13, 1822. 

Whereas it is provided, in the second section of an Act, 
entitled, " An Act establishing the City of Boston, " as follows 

It shall be the duty of the Selectmen of Boston, as soon as may 
be after the passing of this^act, to cause a new division of the 
said town to be made into twelve Wards, in such manner as to 
include an equal number of inhabitants in each Ward, as nearly 
as conveniently may be, consistently with well denned limits to 
each Ward, including in such computation of numbers of 
inhabitants, persons of all descriptions, and taking the last 
census made under the authority of the United States, as a basis 
for such computation. 

The Selectmen, by virtue of the authority before recited, 
hereby give notice, that they have performed the duty asigned 
them, and have divided the City of Boston into twelve Wards, 
viz : 

Ward No. 1 3558 inhabitants. 

[199.] From Winnesimett Ferry Westerly side of North 
and Middle to Prince Street, the Northerly side of Prince to 
Thacher Street, the northerly side of Thacher and Medford 
Streets to the Sea. 

Ward No. 2. 3800 inhabitants. 

From Winnesimett Ferry, the Easterly side of North and 
Middle Streets to Cross Street, the northerly side of Cross 
Street east to the Sea. 

Ward No. 3. 3545 inhabitants. 

Southerly side of Medford, Thacher & Prince Streets to 
Middle Street, Westerly side of Middle Street to Cross Street, 
southerly side of Cross Street, east to the sea, thence to the 
Town Dock through Market Square to Union Street, the 
northerly side of Union to Hanover Street, the westerly side 
of Hanover to Friend Street, the northerly side of Friend 
Street to Charles River. 



242 * CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Ward No. 4. 3742 inhabitants, including 670 inhabitants 

on the Islands. 

Southerly side of Friend to Hanover Street, the easterly 
side of Hanover to Union Street, the southerly side of Union 
Street through Market Square to the Town Dock, thence 
to the end of Long Wharf including the Islands in the 
Harbor North side of State Street from the head of Long 
Wharf through Court Street, Bowdoin Square and Cambridge 
Street to Staniford Street on the easterly side to Leverett 
Place, through Leverett Place on the northerly side to Prospect 
Street, from thence on the easterly side [2OO.] of Prospect 
Street to Causeway Street, on the northwesterly side of Cause- 
way Street to Friend Street. 

Ward No. 5 3652 Inhabitants. 

From the South western end of Causeway Street, through 
Prospect Street to Leverett Place, on the southerly side of 
Leverett Place to Staniford Street, thence through Staniford 
Street on the westerly side to Cambridge Street, thence through 
Cambridge Street on the northerly side to West Boston Bridge, 
thence by the River to Causeway Street. 

Ward No. 6. 3638 Inhabitants. 

From West Boston Bridge south side of Cambridge to South 
Russell Street, westerly side of South Russell, to Myrtle Street, 
southerly side of Myrtle to Belknap street, westerly side of 
Belknap to Beacon Street, thence through Beacon Street 
westerly to Charles River, thence by the River to West Boston 
Bridge. 

Ward No. 7. 3787 Inhabitants. 

From Beacon, the easterly side of Belknap to Myrtle Street, 
the Northerly side of Myrtle to South Russell, the easterly side 
of South Russell to Cambridge Street, the southerly side of 
Cambridge Street, Bowdoin Square and Court Street to Corn- 
hill, the westerly side of Cornhill southerly through Marlboro' 
and Newbury to West Street, northerly side of West to Common 
Street, northerly by the easterly side of [2O1.] Common 
street, to Park Street, north side of Park to Beacon Street, 
the northerly side of Beacon to Belknap Street. 

Ward No. 8 3588 Inhabitants. 

Cornhill, through Marlboro' and Newbury Streets, on the 
easterly side, to Bedford St., through Bedford and Summer 
Street, on the northerly side, to the Sea, thence to Russia 
Wharf, thence through Atkinson Street, on the westerly side, 
to Milk Street, through Milk to Adams Street, on the Northerly 
side, through Adams amd Kilby, on the westerly side to State 
Street, through State Street on the Southerly side to Corn- 
hill. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 243 

Ward No. 9 3520 Inhabitants 

From the northerly end of India Street, the southerly side 
of State to Kilby Street, the easterly side of Kilby and Adams 
to Milk Street, the southerly side of Milk to Atkinson Street, 
the easterly side of Atkinson-street to the sea, thence by the 
sea to the northerly end of India Street. 

Ward No. 103621 Inhabitants. 

From south west side of Bull's Wharf, the southerly side of 
Bedford and West Streets to Common Street, through Common 
to Boylston Street, the northerly side of Boylston and Essex 
Street, to Rainsfords Lane, the easterly side of Rainsford 
Lane to the Sea, by the Sea to Bull's Wharf. 

Ward No. 11 3424 Inhabitants. 

The Westerly side of Rainsford Lane to Essex Street, the 
southerly side of Essex & Boylston [2O2.] Street, through 
Charles Street, to the Mill Dam, thence by Charles River, and 
including the Rope Walks, to Pleasant Street, across Pleasant 
to Eliot Street, the northerly side of Eliot to Warren Street, 
the Easterly side of Warren to Orange Street, the Westerly 
side of Orange Street to Pine Street, the northerly side of Pine 
Street to the Sea, thence by the Sea to Rainsford Lane. 

Ward No. 12. 3419 Inhabitants. 

The southerly side of Pine across Orange, to Warren Street, 
the westerly side of Warren to Eliot Street, the southerly 
of Eliot, across Pleasant Street to Charles River, all Southerly 
of the above, including South Boston. 

ELIPHALET WILLIAMS 
DANIEL BAXTER 

ABRAM BABCOCK 
SAML. BILLINGS 

ROBERT 'FENNELLY 
JERE. FITCH 
S. A. WELLS 

JONA. LORING 

[2O3.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 
20th. 1822 

Present Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, Billings, Fennelly, Fitch 
& Wells. 

34 Jurors were drawn for the Court of Common Pleas. 

Warrants were signed for Town Meetings on the 28th. inst. 
on the application of the committee of the House of Industry, 



244 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

&c for the choice of Governor, Lieutenant Gov., & Senators 
on the first day of April next. 

Voted; that the committee appointed to take legal advice 
on the subject of the Town Dock, be instructed to proceed in 
that business, and report. 

Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen March 27th. 
1822 

Present the Chairman, Mess Baxter, Babcock, Fennelly, 
Fitch & Wells. 

The application of William Sullivan, Benjamin Russell, 
Benjamin Smith, Barzillia Homes & Joseph H. Adams, a 
committee of the Federal citizens of Boston for the use of 
Faneuil Hall on Friday evening next, was granted. 

[2O4:.] The following communication from the government 
of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, was 
read and ordered to be recorded viz. 

At a special meeting of the government of the Massachu- 
setts Charitable Mechanic Association March 9th. 1822. 

The President communicated a note from Thomas Clark 
Esq. containing copy of a vote by which the gentlemen Select- 
men of the town of Boston, presented to the President & mem- 
bers of this Association one hundred & eighty dollars, the 
interest of which only is to be applied to the relief of distressed 
members. & the families of indigent members of this Associa- 
tion : whereupon it was 

Voted, that the government do in behalf of the Association 
gratefully receive the said one hundred & eighty dollars, for 
the purpose of forming a fund which with such sums as may 
be given for similar purposes shall be called the " Relief Fund "- 
the interest only of which shall be applied by the committee of 
relief to assist the indigent members or the families of distressed 
members > of this society. 

[2O5.] Voted, that the President, vice President & Treas- 
urer be a committee to offer the thanks of the Association to 
the liberal donors of the sum above mentioned. 

The Committee feel happy in being the medium of com- 
municating to the gentlemen the Selectmen of the Town of 
Boston [the] respectful thanks of [the] Massachusetts Chari- 
table Mechanic Association for their liberal donation: 

They annex copies of the votes of the government and are 
very respectfully their Obedient Humble Servants 

John Cotton, President 
John Doggett, Vice President 
Joseph Lovering > Treasurer 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 245 

A communication was received from George Bond, stating 
that he had executed a deed for the land thrown into Summer 
street, and requesting payment for the same 

Voted, that the sum of five hundred dollars be passed to the 
credit of Mr. Bond in the next draft on the Town Treasurer in 
full payment for said land. 

At a special meeting of the Selectmen April 2d. 1822 
Warrants for meetings in the several wards for the choice of 
city & ward officers was ordered to be prepared for a meeting 
on the 8th. instant. 

[2O6.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 3d. 
1822 Present, the Chairman, Messrs Baxter, Babcock, Bill- 
ings & Fennelly. 

On the application of David S. Marston and others it was, 
Voted, That Marshalls Lane, leading from Union street to 

Hanover street, shall in future be called, and known only by 

the name of Marshall street. 

The application of Tileston, Whipple & Hale was referred to 
the committee appointed to furnish the troops with gun- 
powder for the general muster the last season, with power to 
make an equitable adjustment of their demand. 

Voted, that the watch be reduced to the number of seventy 
two, private watchmen. 

At a meeting of the Selectmen April 10th. 1822. Present the 
whole Board. 

Mr. Loring made a communication from the Fire Wards 
requesting the Selectmen to allow the Fire Hook & Ladder 
house to be enlarged, the expense of which was estimated at 
$53 Granted & Mr. Loring was requested to attend to the 
subject. 

[2O7.] The Board proceeded to examine the returns from 
the several wards of the votes given in on Monday the 8th. day 
of April A. D. 1822, being the second Monday of said month, for 
Mayor and Aldermen for the City of Boston the ensuing year. 

Those for Mayor being first examined, were as follows, viz. 
Whole number of ballots given in 3700 

For Hon. Josiah Quincy - 1736 

" Harrison Gray Otis ----- 1384 

Thomas L. Winthrop Esq. - - - - 361 

George Blake Esq. ------ 156 

Scattering Votes ------ 63 

3700 



246 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

The Chairman then stated to the board the whole number of 
votes as above, and that no choice was made for Mayor of the 
City of Boston for the ensuing year. 

The Report accepted, & warrants issued for meetings in the 
several wards on the 16th. ins for choice of Mayor &c. 

The Board then proceeded to' examine the returns from the 
several wards for Aldermen, which were as follows, 

Ward No 1 ----- 277 
3 ----- 230 

4 386 

5 292 

6 222 

7 ----- 444 

8 ----- 464 
9 277 

11 ----- 308 
12 289 



3189 

[2O8.] The Chairman then stated that the return from 
Ward No 2, was informal, inasmuch as it did not state the 
whole number of ballots given for Aldermen agreeable to the 
requirement of the law, and without that information no mode 
can be devised to ascertain the whole number of votes accu- 
rately, Therefore the return from that ward ought to be re- 
jected. Report accepted. 

The Chairman stated, that the return from ward No 10 was 
evidently incorrect, as it states the whole number of ballots to 
be twenty five hundred & seventy nine, which far exceeds the 
whole number of qualified voters in that ward; Therefore the 
returns from that ward ought to be rejected. Report accepted. 

The result of the election for Alderman for the City of Boston 
for the ensuing year would then be as follows viz. 
Whole number of Votes 3189 



necessary to make a choice 1595 



Bryant P. Tilden Esq. has 3057 

Ephraim Eliot Esq. " 3044 

Joseph Jenkins Esq. " 2990 

Jacob Hall Esq. " 2938 

Samuel Billings Esq. " 2939 
Nathaniel P. Russell 

Esq. 1970 

Joseph Head Esq. " 1837 

Joseph Levering Esq. " 1840 



And are chosen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 247 

The whole report was again read & accepted. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

[2O9.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
13th. 1822. Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, 
Billings, Fennelly & Fitch. 

The Board proceeded to examine the returns of votes from 
the several wards, for Overseers of the Poor, School Committee 
& Firewards. 

For Overseers, viz. 
Ward No. 1, whole number of votes ----- 261 



necessary to make a choice ------ 132 

Col. Thomas Badger had 168 votes, and was chosen. 

Ward No. 2, whole number of votes - - - - - 128 



necessary to make a choice ------ 115 

Redford Webster had 115 votes and was chosen. 

Ward No. 3, whole number of votes ----- 206 



necessary to make a choice --.-_. 194 
Mr. John D. Dyer had 124 votes, and was chosen. 

Ward No. 4, whole number of votes - 281 

necessary to make^a choice --____ 141 
William Mackay Esq*. had 274 votes, and was chosen. 

Ward No. 5, whole number of votes ----- 251 

necessary to make a choice - 126 

Deacon Heman Lincoln had 247 votes and was chosen. 

Ward No. 6, whole number of votes - - - - - 214 

necessary to make a choice ----__ 108 
Nathaniel P. Russell Esq. had 112 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No 7. whole number of votes .... 289 
Edward Phillips Esq. was unanimously chosen. 

Ward No 8. whole number of votes .... 383 

necessary to make a choice 192 

Samuel May Esq. had 372 & was chosen 



248 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Ward No. 9. whole number of votes .... 176 
Mr. Pliny Cutler was unanimously chosen 

Ward No. 10. whole number of votes .... 264 

necessary to make a choice ...... 133 

Thomas Jackson Esq. had 261 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No. 11. whole number of votes .... 182 
Henry Bass Esq. was unanimously chosen 

Ward No. 12. whole number of votes .... 280 



For School Committee viz. 
Ward No. 1. whole number of votes .... 251 



necessary to make a choice ...... 126 

Mr. William Parmenter had 172 votes and was chosen. 

Ward No 2. whole number of votes .... 234 

necessary to make a choice ...... 118 

William Little Esq. had 133 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No. 3. whole number of votes .... 204 

necessary to make a choice ...... 103 

Doctor Horace Bean had 200 votes and was chosen. 

Ward No 4. whole number of votes . . 337 

necessary to make a choice ...... 169 

Rev. A'sa Eaton had 266 votes and was chosen. 

Ward No 5. whole number of votes ..... 251 

necessary to make a choice ...... 126 

Rev. Charles Lowell had 127 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No 6. whole number of votes . . . . 210 

necessary to make a choice ...... 106 

Rev. William Jenks had 119 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No. 7. whole number of votes .... 282 

necessary to make a choice ..... . 192 

William Wells Esq. had 277 votes & was chosen. 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 249 

Ward No 8. whole number of votes .... 387 

necessary to make a choice ...... 194 

Mr. Elisha Clap had 337 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No 9. whole number of votes . . . . 198 

necessary to make a choice ..... . . . 100 

Francis Bassett Esq. had 150 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No 10. whole number of votes .... 255 

necessary to make a choice ...... 178 

Warren Button Esq. had 182 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No 11. whole number of votes .... 200 

necessary to make a choice ...... 101 

Rev. John Pierpont had 176 votes & was chosen. 

Ward No. 12. whole number of votes .... 276 

necessary to make a choice ...... 139 

Mr. William Dall had 270 votes and was chosen. 



Firewards viz. 

Ward No 1. whole number of votes .... 273 

necessary to make a choice . . - . . . . 137 
Benjamin Cooney had 179 } 
Eleazer Pratt " 160 r & are chosen. 
Stephen Lock " 172 ) 

Ward No. 2. whole number of votes .... 234 

necessary to make a choice ...... 118 

John F. Truman had 133 ] 

Joseph Stone " 127 r and are chosen. 

Daniel Ballard " 139 ) 

Ward No. 3. whole number of votes . . . . 219 

necessary to make a choice ...... 110 

Robert Bacon had 126 ~\ 

John Minot " 128 f & are chosen. 

Genet Holbrook " 126 ) 

Ward No 4. whole number of votes. .... 288 

necessary to make a choice ...... 145 

Thomas Melvill Esq. had 283 ] 

James Davis 284 > & are chosen. 

Jeremiah Fitch 281 ) 



250 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

Ward No. 5 whole number of votes 291 

necessary to make a choice 146 

Mr. Jonathan Thaxter had 250 votes & is chosen, 
there are two vacancies in this Ward. 

Ward No. 6 whole number of votes . . . . 216 

necessary to make a choice 109 

Jared Lincoln had 215 ^ 

Jonathan Loring " 116 rand are chosen. 

Joel Shipley " 113 ) 

[213.] Ward No 7 whole number of votes . . 310 

necessary to make a choice 156 

Stephen Codman Esq. had 208 ^ 

L. M. Thayer Esq. " 310 [ & are chosen. 

William Tileston " 208 ) 

Ward No 8. whole number of votes .... 384 

necessary to make a choice 193 

Bryant P. Tilden Esq. had 383 ) 

James Magee " 379 > & are chosen. 

William Tucker " 380) 

Ward No 9. whole number of votes . . . 190 

necessary to make a choice 96 

Joseph Jones had 181 ) 

Benjamin Russell Esq. 190 >& are chosen. 

Leach Harris 181 ) 

Ward No 10. whole number of votes .... 269 

necessary to make a choice 135 

Daniel Messinger Esq. had 268 ") 

Thomas Jackson Es " 267 > & are chosen. 

Luke Richardson " 267 ) 

Ward No 11. whole number of votes . . . . 198 

necessary to make a choice 100 

Winslow Lewis Esq. had 180 > 

John H. Wheeler " 178 > & are chosen 

Jabez Ellis " 156 ) 



SELECTMEN'S MINUTES, 1822. 251 

Ward No 12. whole number of votes .... 276 

necessary to make a choice 139 

John D. Williams Esq. had 150 ] 

Noah Brooks 268 > & are chosen. 

Samuel S. Wheeler 276 ) 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

[214.] Boston ss. At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
17th. 1822. 

Present the Chairman, Messrs. Baxter, Babcock, Billings, 
Fennelly, & Fitch. 

The Board proceeded to examine the returns from the several 
wards, of votes given in on the 16th. instant for a Mayor for the 
City of Boston; when it appeared, 
that the whole number of Votes was 2650 



necessary to make a choice . . . . . . 1326 

Hon. John Phillips had 2456 votes, and was declared to be 
elected Mayor of the City of Boston for the year ensuing. 
and The Chairman was requested to notify the Mayor elect, 
of the choice. 

By returns from Ward No. 6. it appeared that Gideon Snow 
Esq. was chosen an Overseer of the Poor for that ward, in place 
of Nathaniel P. Russell Esq, declined. & that Daniel Weld 
Esq. was elected an Overseer of the Poor in ward No 12. in 
place of Mr. Daniel Carney, resigned. 

Joseph H. Adams Esq. in Ward No. 6. 

George W. Otis & Jona. Whitney Esq. in No 5. 

Mr. Levi Brigham in Ward No. 8. 

Cap. Benjamin Darling in Ward No. 9 & 

John L. Phillips in Ward No. 11. were chosen 

Fire Wards to complete the [215.] elections in those wards; 

there having been no choice in Ward No. 5 at the first 

election, of two Flrewards; & in place of the following gentlemen 

who declined serving, viz 

Jonathan Loring Esq. Ward No. 6 

Bryant P. Tilden Esq. No. 8 

Benjamin Russell Es No. 9 

Daniel Messinger Esq & No 10 

Winslow Lewis Esq No 11. 

The committee appointed to contract with the petitioners 
relative to the taking off the front part of a house belonging 
to Mrs. Mary Hopkins, being No. 30. in Hanover street, report, 



252 CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 

that they have attended to the duty assigned them, and have 
contracted with Mr. Hiram Smith, to cause the said house to be 
cut off in a straight line drawn from the house adjoining east- 
erly to the house adjoining westerly, and to rebuild the same 
to the satisfaction of Mrs Hopkins; and to be done under the 
inspection of a committee of the Selectmen; for the sum of 
one hundred & twenty dollars, & the work to be completed as 
soon as practicable. The report was accepted, and the same 
committee, with the addition of Mr. Billings, was requested to 
see the contract fulfilled. 

(Copy) Boston 1st. April 1822. I the subscriber agree to 
comply with the above in all its parts. 

(signed) Hiram Smith. 

[216.] Boston ss. ,At a meeting of the Selectmen April 
24th, 1822 

Present the whole Board, except Mr. Babcock. 

4 Grand jurors & 4 petit jurors were drawn for the United 
States Circuit Court. 

A communication was received from the Mayor, Aldermen & 
Common Council elect; Requesting the Selectmen to make 
suitable arrangements for the accommodation of such citizens 
as may be disposed to attend on the Inauguration of the Mayor 
in Faneuil Hall on the first day of May next. 

Voted, that the sum of one hundred & fifty dollars be allowed 
and paid unto Caleb Hayward in addition to his salary as 
police officer, the past year. 

The Chairman reported that he had examined the account 
of Mr. Phillips, Hay weigher for the quarter ending the 1st. 
instant, found it correct, that there was a balance of $124.75. 
which he had ordered paid over to the Town Treasurer. 

Voted, unanimously, that the thanks of this Board be given 
to Eliphalet Williams Esq for the able, faithful & impartial 
manner in which he has presided over the Board the past year. 

Attest, Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 

[217.] I certify that the foregoing is a true Record of the 
Proceedings of the Selectmen of the Town of Boston, from the 
17th. day of March A. D. 1820 to the 24th day of April 
1822 both days included. 

Tho' Clark, Town Clerk. 



INDEX. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



Abbot, Samuel L., 85. 

Abutters, Prince street, to pave sidewalks, 

157. 
Accounts, 1, 7, 40, 48, 57, 63, 98, 111, 115, 

119, 123, 128. 

against town, committees to obtain, 181. 
attorneys' bills for defence of town 

watchmen allowed, 56. 
clerk of market, 14, 64 88, 111, 112, 125. 
fines, returns of, 8. 
Franklin Fund, 108, 110, 111, 218. 
hay weigher, 14, 39, 62, 90, 106, 125, 207, 

223, 237, 252. 

music July 5, expense of, 77. 
sales of Springfield Bridge Corporation 

requested, 48. 
to set off burial ground in South Boston, 

36, 37. 

treasurer of board, 191, 192, 193, 194. 
Adams, Edward, 48. 
Joseph H., 244, 251. 
William, 9. 

President, bust of, to be replaced, 43, 45. 
& Eaton, 135. 
street, 2. 

street, petition to change name of, 49. 
Addresses to West Point Cadets on visit to 

Boston, 211. 
reply to, 212. 
Adlington, Benjamin, 190. 
Advertisements, contract for relaying abut- 
ment in Brighton street, 163. 
extract from law relating to firemen, 164. 
for captain of the Watch, 195. 
for detection of person destroying fence, 

173. 
for detection of persona breaking town 

lamps, 119. 
for gravel, 196. 

for gravel for the Neck, 140, 153. 
for measurers of wood, 233. 
for meeting of proprietors of sewer in 

Atkinson street, 150, 151. 
for messenger for selectmen, 135, 147, 

148, 233. 

for oil, town lamps, 94, 96. 
for printing list of taxes, 236. 
for proposals for new vegetable market, 

217. 

for proposals for paving, 139, 152, 196. 
for sealers of weights and measures, 185. 
for watchmen, 233. 
in newspapers for meeting of proprietors 

of sewer in Atkinson street, 138. 
list of constables, 164. 
relative to burial ground in So. Boston, 37. 
relative to prosecution of persons remov- 
ing ballast from Deer Island, 55, 56. 
African Society, permit to march through 

streets granted to, 156. 
Agreements for widening Union street, 

221, 222. 

Alby, David, 33, 34, 39, 42. 
Alderman, list of, 246. 

return of votes for choice of, 246. 
Alexander, Bernard, 57. 
Allen, Jacob, 223. 
James A., 85. 
Thaddeus, 177. 

Allison, William D., 56, 64, 167. 
Amee, Jacob, 132, 144. 



American Independence, anniversary of, 63, 

134, 135, 147, 204. 
Insurance Company, 187. 
Ames, Jona, 86. 

Jonas, 120, 121, 162, 167. 

, Mr., 40. 

Amory, Elizth, 232. 
Hannah R.,-232. 
Jonathan, 234. 
Jonathan, Jr., 35, 105. 

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, 
petition from, to enlarge armory, 206. 
Ann street, 129. 

auctioneers not allowed in, 84. 
auctioneers' license in, petition for re- 
fused, 106. 
lamps in, 229. 
repairs to, 98. 

sidewalk to be laid with brick, 73. 
Applications. (See petitions.) 
Arches, petition to erect in Common street, 

granted, 207. 
Arkeson, William, 167. 
Armories, Ancient and Honorable Artillery 

Company, petition to enlarge, 206. 
committee to fit up, 217. 
petition for, 203, 
petition for, report on, 204. 
Arms and ammunition, cartridges and 

powder for infantry, 214. 
cleaning of, settlement of, account for, 

163. 

for infantry, 99, 100. 
powder for troops, 245. 
powder, inspection of, 215. 
supplies for militia, committee to pur- 
chase, 217. 
Artillery, Columbian, more land needed for 

gun house of, 112. 
Ash street, lamps in, 228. 
Assessments for sewer in Atkinson street, 

181. 

for sewer in Atkinson street, error in, 197. 
for sewer in Prince street, 180. 
Assessors to furnish list of voters, 43. 
room, repair of, 191. 
assistant, to furnish list of ratable polls, 

62. 

Atkins, Thomas G., 173. 
Atkinson street, lamps in, 229, 230. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151, 155. 
street, sewer in, account of, referred to 

committee, 175. 

street, sewer in, assessments for, 181. 
street, sewer in, error jn, 197. 
street, sewer in, petition to repair, 138, 

150, 151. 
Attorney, town, 3, 18. 

for selection of site for South Boston 

burial ground, 36, 37. 
to bring action for payment of paving in 

Court and Hanover streets, 70. 
to defend suit against David Hinckley 

and Luther Ellis, 159. 
to defend suit for stand in Dock square, 

87. 
Attorney General, examination of records 

of town dock by, 118. 
report of, on indictment for incumbrance 

of town dock, 120. 

report of, to be recorded in town book, 
122. 



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256 



CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Atwood John 89. 

Auctioneers, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 84, 86, 134. 

change of place of business of, 100. 

not allowed in certain streets, 84. 

office, petition for transfer of, 108. 

prosecution of, for selling in restricted 
district, 113. 

restriction of, from selling goods in Mar- 
ket square sustained, 90. 

to draft new form of license for, 78. 

licenses, appeal to court for, 96, 107. 

licenses, applicants for, to give written 
assurance they will not sell in re- 
stricted streets, 113. 

licenses, applications for, 33, 39, 72, 108, 
118,120, 121. 

licenses, applications for, refused, 34, 
106, 112, 113. 

licenses, disposal of money received for, 

176, 239, 240. 

licenses granted, 17, 39, 42, 44, 66, 67, 
73, 88, 90, 94, 98, 106, 110, 111, 128, 
f 146, 175. 

licenses not to be granted near the 
market, 84. 

licenses, petition for, citation from court 
relative to, 18. 

licenses, request to court not to grant, 98. 
Auctions forbidden in certain streets, to 
enforce law relative to, 145. 

in Ann street, permission granted for, 
114,115. 

in market, petition to sell at, refused, 116. 

in State street, communications relative 
to, 60, 61. 

in State street, complaint against, 58, 59. 

in State street contrary to vote of 
Board, 60. 

in State street forbidden, 132. 

in Union street, petition to forbid, 90. 

of cordage used in razing walls of 
Exchange Building, 19. 

petition for removal of restrictions in cer- 
tain streets refused, 117. 

to restrain certain streets from incum- 

brance of, 132. 
Austin, Benjamin, 129, 133, 142, 146. 

Benjamin, death of, 136, 149. 

B.,218. 

James T., 5, 202. 

Joseph, 36, 37. 

J. L., 218. 

J. T., 15. 

, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 22. 

35, 39, 40, 42, 44, 47, 52, 53, 57, 59, 66, 
73, 74, 76, 78, 83, 87, 89, 93, 95, 97, 98, 
99, 100, 103, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 
111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 
120, 121, 122, 123, 126, 128, 129, 130, 
131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 144, 145, 147, 
148. 
Ayers, William, 190. 

B. 

Babbit, John, 190. 
Babbs, Timothy, 73. 
Babcock, Abraham, 32. 

Abram, 129, 142, 179, 185, 197, 243. 
Ab., 186. 

, 130, 131. 133, 137, 138, 140, 141. 

146, 149, 150, 152, 153, 156, 159, 162, 
163, 164, 165, 168, 169, 170, 173, 174, 

177, 178, 182, 183, 184, 187, 188, 195, 
196, 197, 202, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 220, 224, 225, 
226, 235, 237, 239, 243, 244, 245, 247, 
251, 252. 

Back street, lamps in, 228. 

street, petition to raise, 216. 

street, repair of, 205. 
Bacon, John A., 85. 

Robert, 86. 249. 
Badger, Thomas, 73, 107, 136, 148, 247. 



Badger, Col., 1, 75, 196. 
Badlam, Stephen, 224. 
Bailey, Joseph, 72, 158. 
Baker, 126. 

& Horton, 206. 

Baker's oven in Broad street, petition for, 6. 
oven in Union street, petition for, 107, 

108. 

oven in Union street, petition for, re- 
fused, 110. 

Bakery i*h Broad street, petition for, 183. 
Balchs wharf, petition to extend, 197. 

wharf, petition to extend, refused, 197. 
Baldwin, Henry, 216. 
Josiah, 86, 162, 209. 
Loammi, 156, 188, 198. 
L., 65, 66, 67, 202. 
Thomas, 226. 

, Col., 20. 

Rev. Dr., 42, 52. 
Ballard, Daniel, 249. 

& Gary, 206. 

Ballast from Deer Island, persons remov- 
ing, to be prosecuted, 55, 56. 
Ballots for choice of mayor, examination 

of, 245, 251. 
for choice of aldermen, examination of, 

246. 
Bangs alley, new sewer in, to Broad street, 

104. 
alley, new sewer in, to Broad street, 

expense of, 104. 
alley, repairs to, 158. 

Banks, Manufacturers & Mechanics, Frank- 
lin donation money deposited in, 52. 
Massachusetts, papers deposited in, 237. 
United States, to establish branch of in 

Boston, 237, 238. 
Barber, Robt., 86. 
Barker, George, 126. 

Wendel R., 86, 162, 209, 217. 
Barnard, Jno, 86. 
Barnes, Leavett, 187. 
Barrell, Mr., 108. 
Barton, Augt. O., 86. 

, 105. 

& Downing, 106. 
Bass, George, 86. 

Henry, 36, 37, 86, 248. 
Horatio, 86, 162, 209. 
Wm. W., 177. 

, 3. 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 22, 34, 

35, 40, 41, 44, 48, 52, 53, 57, 65, 73, 
74, 75, 87, 89, 91, 93, 98, 103, 105, 
108, 110, 111, 112, 116, 117, 118, 120, 
121, 123, 126, 128, 129. 
& Homes, 116. 
Bassett, Francis, 249. 
Bates, Charles, 157. 

Mr., 198. 

Bath street, lamps in, 229. 
Bathing at Sea street forbidden during day- 
light, 71. 

Battery street, lamps in, 229. 
Baxter, Daniel, 62, 63, 70, 86, 129, 142, 178, 

188, 189, 223, 243. 
David, 185. 

, 7, 130, 131, 133, 137, 138, 139, 140, 

141, 146, 149, 150, 152, 153, 155, 159, 
170, 171, 173, 174, 177, 178, 180, 181, 
183, 184, 195, 203, 206, 207, 208, 210, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 236, 238, 239, 
243, 244, 245, 247, 251. 
Beach street, lamps in, 228. 
Beacon street, 1, 6. 

street, building erected on flats at bottom 

of, 67. 

street, building erected on flats at bot- 
tom of, report relative to, 68, 69, 70. 
street, committee to confer relative to 

north line of, 69. 

street, committee to confer relative to 
north line of, action on postponed, 70. 
street, digging up of, objection to, 171. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



257 



Beacon street, drain to be laid under, to 

Frog Pond, 104. 

street, encroachment on, 98, 99, 100. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, petition for allowance for expense 

on, 134, 147. 

street, petition to repair, 166, 168. 
street, petition to extend, 169. 
street, sidewalks in, 226, 231, 232. 
Beals, Samuel, 186. 
Beaman, John, 168. 
Bean, Aaron, 86. 
Horace, Dr., 248. 
Stephen, 231. 

, 232. 

Beard, Daniel, 167. 
Beckford, B., 162. 
Bedford street, lamps in, 229. 
street, paving of, 214. 
street, paving sidewalks in, 214. 
street, Pond street to be called, 182. 
Belknap street, 129. 

street, conveying of water under, 94. 
street, drain to be laid under, to Frog 

Pond, 104. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, petition to lower, 109. 
Bell, E. & S., 156, 198. 
John, 167. 
William, 198. 
William D., 216. 
Bellows, Jno., 87. 
Bells, ringing of, 176. 

school house, sold to Episcopal Society, 57. 
Third Baptist Church, new ringer for, 

161. 
to loan to Episcopal Society at South 

Boston, 62. 
Bent, Adam, 37. 

, Mr., 22. 

Berry, Moses, 167. 

street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
Betterley, Andrew, 163, 179. 

Mr., 178. 

Biglow, Abraham, 189. 
Billings, Samuel, 129, 137, 142, 150, 161, 
185, 186, 223, 243, 246. 

, 130, 131, 133, 134, 137, 138, 140, 

143, 146, 147, 149, 150, 152, 155, 157, 
159, 162, 163, 168, 170, 171, 173, 174, 
175, 177, 179, 183, 184, 185, 186, 197, 
205, 207, 208, 210, 215, 216, 217, 218, 
220, 227, 233, 235, 236, 239, 240, 243, 
245, 247, 251. 
Bills for paving sidewalk in West street 

allowed, 110. 
for repaving in Court and Hanover 

streets, settlement of, refused, 70. 
for repaving in Court and Hanover 

streets, action to recover, 70. 
petition for payment of, by E. H. Rob- 
bins, Jr., 181, 182. 
Binney, Amos, 35, 111, 114. 
John. 196. 
Joshua, 207. 

, Col., 115. 

& Lincoln, 7. 
Bird, Stephen, 168. 
Black, Alexander, 122. 
Blake, George, 15, 245. 
Lemuel, 85. 
Pynson, 170. 
Blanchard, C., 173. 

, Mr., 199, 234. 
Bliss, George, 48. 
Blossom street, lamps in, 229. 
street, land for, 134, 139. 
street, land for, claims to, 89, 90, 91, 93, 

139, 171. 
street, land for, committee to consider 

petition relative to, 146. 
street, land in, claim to, 151. 
street, land in, claim to, report on, 151, 
152. 



Blossom street, petition to repair, 177. 
Board of Health, committee of, 12. 

of Health, committee from, to confer with 
Selectmen relative to burial ground in 
South Boston, 75. 

of Health, committee from, to confer with 
Selectmen relative to burial ground in 
South Boston, report on, 93. 

of Health, communication from, relative 
to burial ground, inserted in warrant 
for town meeting, 44. 

of Health, communication from, relative 
to removal of dead bodies from the 
Neck, 237. 

of Health, communication from, relative 
to sewer on Common, 206. 

of Health, order from, to remove nuisance, 
160. 

of Health, petition of, relative to sewer 
in Gooch street, 136, 148. 

of Health, report on Town Dock by, 166. 

of Health, request from, to remove dock 
at Rainsford's lane, 171. 

of Health, request from, to extend Dor- 
chester street, 162. 

of Health to confer with Selectmen rela- 
tive to drain under Merchant's Hall, 89. 

of Health to confer with Selectmen rela- 
tive to drain under Merchant's Hall, 
recommend change in course of, 104. 

of Health to attend funeral of Benjamin 

Austin, 136. 

Boardman, Thomas, 111. 
Boats and Lighters, sealers of, 145. 

and Lighters, weigher of, 54. 
Bodge, Benja., 167. 
Bond, George, 85, 221, 245. 
Bonds, clerk of market to give, 54. 

of Franklin Fund, to collect delinquent 
220. 

that passengers on schooner Four Sisters 

will not become public charges, 187. 
Bondsmen, clerk of market, 55. 

committee to approve, 209. 

constables, 86, 119, 121, 126. 

hay weigher, 54. 
Bordman, Thomas, 8, 85. 

Wm. H., 223, 224. 

Boston, division of, into wards, 241, 242, 
243. 

mayor of, 251. 

return of votes for choice of Aldermen 
of, 246. 

return of votes for choice of Mayor of, 
246. 

& Roxbury Mill Corporation, commu- 
nication from, relative to building on 
Charles street dam, 65, 66. 

& Roxbury Mill Corporation, commu-^ 
nication from, relative to building" 
erected over flats at bottom of com- 
mon, 67. 

& Roxbury Mill Corporation, petition 
of, for extension of time to complete 
works, 127. 

& Roxbury Mill Corporation, petition 
of, to obtain gravel, 156. 
& Roxbury Mill Dam Corporation, 
petition of, to hire land, 188. 

& Roxbury Mill Dam, filling of flats 
adjoining, 191. 

Daily Advertiser to print notice of meet- 
ing of proprietors of sewer in Atkinson 
street, 138. 

Patriot to print notice of meeting of 
proprietors of sewer in Atkinson street, 
138. 

Bourguin, 85. 
Bowdoin, 129. 

square, lamps in, 229. 

street, 1. 

street, drain in, 221. 

street, new street from, to Sumner, 146. 

street, repairs to, 6. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Bowen, Simeon W., 173. 
Bowers, Isaac, 4. 
Bowles, Lucius, Q. C., 85, 88. 
Boylston Market, petition for alterations 
in, 188, 191. 

market, petition for by-laws for, 153. 

market, to alter sidewalk in front of, 191. 

School house, to build wall back of, 223, 
224. 

street, lamps in, 228. 

Ward N., 240. 
Boynton, Rutby, 200. 
Bradford, Alden, 159. 

John, 162, 163. 
Bradlee, Joseph P., 98, 224. 

Josiah & Co., 9, 170, 175, 224. 
Braman, Jason, 162, 209. 
Bramin, Jason, 86. 
Brattle street, lamps in, 229. 

street, wjdening of, land for, 95. 

street, widening of, petition for, 134, 147, 
171. 

street, widening of, proposition for, 227. 

street church, committee from, to confer 
relative to land on south side of, 220. 

street church, communication from, rela- 
tive to land in front of church, 206. 

square, lamps in, 229. 
Bray, John, 174. 

Mrs., 140, 152. 
Bray's wharf, petition for lard refinery on, 

refused, 170. 

Brazer, John, 35, 105, 136, 148, 167. 
Brazier, John, 200. 
Bread, law relative to weight of, committee 

to examine, 183. 
Brewer, Nathaniel, 76. 

Thomas 155, 173. 
Bridge, Charles, 119. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Bridges over canal, repair of, 203. 
Briggs, D. R., 216. 

J., 216. 

Brigham, Levi, 251. 
Bright, Samuel, 167. 
Brighton street, encroachment on, 9, 73. 

street, encroachment on, removal of, 74. 

street lamps in, 229. 

street, relaying abutment in, contract 
for, 163. 

street, repair of, 72. 

street, repair of, estimate of, 158. 

street to Spring, petition to open passage 

from, 189, 191. 
Brimmer, Capt., 211. 
Broad street, 2, 8. 

street, carts and trucks in, 77, 117, 131, 
153, 154. 

street, carts and trucks in, petition for 
removal of, 214. 

street, carts and trucks in, petition for 
refused, 218. 

street, lamps in, 229. 

street, petition to erect stoves in, 183. 

street, proposal for care of, 127. 

street, sewer in, 138, 151. 

street, trucks in, remonstrance against, 

143. 
Broadway, digging away of, 101. 

repair of, 105. 
Bromfields lane, lamps in, 175, 229. 

lane, private patrol in, 39, 40. 
Brooke, Col., 80, 81. 
Brooker, Mrs., donation, 34. 

Mrs. donation, account of interest on, 
119, 120. 

Mrs., donation, investment of, 236, 237. 
Brookline, bounds of, 227. 
Brooks, Noah. 132. 145, 251. 

Peter. C., 125. 

William, 86, 162, 209, 233. 

William S., 85. 
Brown, Ebenezer, 56. 

Jesse, 86. 



Brown, J. B. Dr., 170. 
Samuel, 202. 
Stephen, 85. 

Buckingham, Mr., 48, 55, 65, 67, 73, 74. 
Buildings, Brighton street, encroachment 

by, 73. 

Brighton street, encroachment, by re- 
moved, 74. 

Charles street dam, allowed to remain, 66. 
Charles street dam, communication rela- 
tive to, 65, 66. 

Deer Island, money advanced for, 18. 
Deer Island, repairs needed on, 157. 
Deer Island repairs of, 8, 9, 11. 
flats at bottom of Common, communica- 
tion relative to, 67. 
flats at bottom of Common, report on, 

68, 69. 
flats at bottom of common, Mr. Joy 

ordered to remove, 68. 
Hanover street, contract to rebuild front 

of house in, 251, 252. 
Mill Pond street, objection to removal of, 

226. 
Mill Pond street, petition for lease of land 

by owner of, 226, 228. 
Mill Pond street, petition granted, 228. 
Mill Pond street, protest against, 225. 
petition to erect, on almshouse land, 13. 
petition to erect, on almshouse land, 

granted, 17. 
Phila Packet wharf, petition to refine 

jard in, 105. 
Union street, communication relative to, 

203. 
wooden, committee to present petition to 

Legislature relative to, 236. 
wooden, town meeting for discussion of, 

240. 

Bulfinch, Charles, 36, 37. 
Jeremiah, 87, 89, 91, 93. 
Jeremiah, encroachment on Mill Pond 

street by, 83. 
Mr., Ill, 213. 
street, drain in, 186. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
Bull pasture, lease of, 136, 148. 
pasture, sale of land in, 204. 
pasture on Neck to be fenced, 56. 
Bullard, Asa, Dr., 101. 

Jabez, 241. 

Bumstead, Thomas, 72. 
Mr., 50, 163. 

Burgess, , 93. 

Burgis, William, 92, 93. 
Burial ground, notice relative to, in war- 
rant for town meeting, 44. 
ground, South Boston, bounds of, 38. 
ground in South Boston, committee to 

consider addition to, 75. 
ground in South Boston, committee to 
consider addition to, not granted, 93. 
ground, new, South Boston, communi- 
cation to Supreme Judicia Court rela- 
tive to site for, 36, 37. 
ground, new, South Boston, communi- 
cation to Supreme Judicial Court 
relative to site, reply to, 37, 38. 
ground, South Boston, location of, 13. 
ground in South Boston, meeting of com- 
missioners to select site for, 19, 21, 22, 
36, 37. 

ground in South Boston, meeting of 
commissioners to select site for, report 
on, 37, 38. 

ground in South Boston, report on, 12. 
ground on Neck, removal of bodies from, 

237. 

Burnham, Arthur, 190. 
Burns, Joseph, 85, 90. 
Burroughs, William, 13, 17. 
Butlers Row, lamps in, 229. 
Butterfield, Isaac, 190. 
Butters, Joshua, 233. 



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259 



Buttolph street, lamps in, 228. 

street, petition to pave, 195. 

street, to pave gutter in, 204. 
By-laws, copy of, to be sent to City Council 
of Charlestown, 67. 

copy of, to be sent to Mayor of Charles- 
town, 89. 

copy of, to be sent to Mayor of New 
Orleans, 126. 

for regulation of Boylston market, peti- 
tion for, 141, 153. 

for regulation of carte and trucks from 
country, committee to investigate, 64. 

for regulation of carts and trucks, new, 
141, 154. 

for regulation of carts and trucks repealed 
141, 153, 154. 

for regulation of market, enforcing of, 
157. 

police officer to prosecute offenders of, 

233. 
Byles, Catharine, 6. 

Mary, 6. 

C. 

Cabot, George, 15. 

Cadets, West Point, entertainment of, 210, 

211 212 

Calder, William, 167. 
Calhoun, John C., 80. 

J. C., 102, 103. 
Cambridge street, 5, 129. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, part of, to be cared for by Amos 

Wood, 121. 

street, removal of gravel from, 191. 
street, sewer in, petition to continue, 196. 
street, sewer in, petition to repair, 166. 
street, sewer in, to lay, 220. 
Canal through town land at Gravelly 

Point, course of, 20. 
Capen, Phinehas, 9. 
Carlton, Elijah, 167. 
Carney, Daniel, 248, 251. 
Carr, Joseph, 207. 
Carriages not to stand in Boylston street, 

154. 
not to stand at east side of Old State 

House, 64. 

to stand in Orange street, 154. 
Cart lane, 13. 
Carter, Thomas, 168. 
Carts, trucks, etc., by-laws for regulation 

of, repealed, 141, 153, 154. 
trucks, etc., by-laws for regulation of, 

new, 141, 154. 
trucks, etc., committee to investigate 

by-laws relative to, 64. 
trucks, etc., not to pass west end of 

market, 7. 
trucks, etc., petition against standing of 

in State street, 76. 
trucks, etc., regulations for, 2, 3. 
trucks, etc., stands for, 77. 
trucks, etc., weight of load to be carried 

on, 54, 55. 
trucks, etc., at east end of Faneuil Hall, 

new stand for, 116, 117. 
trucks, etc., at east end of Faneuil Hall, 

petition not to remove from, 106. 
trucks, etc., in Boylston street, standing 

of, 154. 

trucks, etc., in Broad street, 117. 
trucks, etc., in Broad street, complaint 

against, 131. 
trucks, etc., in Broad street, complaint 

against drivers of, 123, 125, 126. 
trucks, etc., in Broad street, complaint 
against drivers of, meeting of drivers 
relative to, 123, 125, 126. 
trucks, etc. , in Broad street, petition for 

removal of, 214. 

trucks, etc., in Broad street, petition for 
removal of, refused, 218. 



Carts, trucks, etc., in Central street, 117. 
trucks, etc., in Commercial street, 117. 
trucks, etc., in Cornhill, from country, 

complaint against, 93. 
trucks, etc., in Cornhill, horses to be re- 
moved from, 97. 
trucks, etc. , in Dock square, standing of. 

109. 
trucks, etc., in Essex street, standing of, 

154. 
trucks, etc., in market streets, horses to 

be removed from, 97. 
trucks, etc., in Newbury street, standing 

of, 154. 
trucks, etc., in Orange street, standing 

of, 154. 

hand, complaint against, 162, 163. 
hand, on Green's wharf, petition for 

removal from sidewalks of, 190. 
hand, petition to remove from Kilby 

street, 52, 54. 
hand, removal of, from Kilby streej; to 

Liberty square, 57, 58. 
Carver, Reuben, 196. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
Gary & Bullard, 206. 
Cassell, John, 85, 94, 108. 
Castle street, new lamp in, 19. 
Cellar door in Cornhill, owner to make, 

conformable to law, 163. 
Central street, carts to stand in, 117. 

street, petition for stands in, 89. 
Centre street, 2. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Certificates for captain of watch, 182. 
for education of Alexander Fullerton, 92, 

93. 

for education of daughter of John Proc- 
tor refused, 91. 
for education of deaf and dumb children, 

in Hartford, 90. 

for education of Emeline Fisher, 108. 
for Mary Proctor, 108. 
for Sally Jackson, 108. 
for theatre in Federal street, 4. 
for Thomas Williston, 108. 
for watchmen, 179, 180. 
Chamberlain, Jonathan, 190. 
Chambers street, 11. 

street, lamps in, 228, 229. 
street, petition to pave, 189. 
Champney, Joseph, 168, 229. 
Samuel, 177. 
Samuel, supplies for family of, 135, 148. 

, Mr., 33, 42, 116. 

Channing, George C., 85, 181, 187. 
Chapman, Henry, 144, 196. 

Henry & Co., 48, 131. 
Charles River Bridge Corporation, plank 

furnished by, 200. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, land in, question of, referred to 

committee, 218. 
street, petition to connect with mill dam, 

198. 

street, repairs to, 108, 177. 
street, sewer in, 203. 
street, sidewalk in, 226. 
street, sidewalk in, petition for, 225. 
street, sidewalk in, railing for, 199. 
Charlestown, copy of by-laws sent to 

mayor of, 89. 

Digest of City Ordinances of, 67. 
resolutions of City Council of, relative to 

by-laws of Boston, received by, 67. 
Charter street, lamps in, 228. 
street, paving of, 204. 
street, paving of, petition relative to, 203. 
Chase, Samuel, 190. 
Chauncy place, lamps in, 229. 
Chestnut street, Board to view, 224. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, sewer in, 203. 
Child. David W., 155, 185, 197. 



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Child, D. W., 186. 

, 155, 156, 158, 159, 161, 162, 163, 

164, 165, 168, 170, 171, 175, 177, 179, 
181, 182, 184, 185, 187, 195, 196, 197, 
202, 204, 205, 215, 220. 
Childs. Edward, 121. 
Chimneysweepers, 11, 12, 173. 
sweepers, superintendent of, 3. 
sweeps, appointment of, 5. 
Chimneys, complaint against, 174. 

complaint against, of engine house in 

School street, 13. 
Church, William, 190. 
Churches, First Baptist, petition of, for use 
of land at end of Charter street, 154. 
Third Baptist Society, petition of, for 

new bell ringer, 161. 
Brattle street, land on south side of, 

committee to confer relative to, 220. 
Brattle street, proposition to, for widen- 
ing of Brattle street, 227. 
Hollis street, to repair clock on, 217. 
Methodist Chapel, oration at, Board 

invited to attend, 158. 
Old South, to be decorated July 4th, 158. 
Old South, use of, July 4th, 75, 157, 203. 
Park street, clock on, to be cared for by 

town, 122, 123. 
Park street, clock on new, presented to 

town, 170. 
Park street, petition to chain off street 

during services, 161. 
St. Paul's, petition for use of street in 

front of, 129, 131, 143, 144. 
Second, petition to ring bell on, 146. 
Churchill, Jesse, 5, 86. 

, Mr., 6. 

City Government, new, members of, 245, 

246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251. 
Claims to land called Kingston street, 169. 
to land in Blossom street, 151. 
to land in Blossom street, report on, 151, 

152. 

Clapp (Clap), Derastus, 66, 85. 
Ebenr., 65, 69. 
Elisha, 249. 
Pliny, 127. 
W. W., 47. 

, Mr., 69. 

, Mr., requested to remove wall on 

Dorchester street, 68. 
Clark, Benja., 167. 
George W., 72, 73, 85. 
John, 86. 

Thomas, 3, 85, 129, 133, 136, 140, 141, 
142, 143, 146, 149, 152, 153, 154, 174, 
185, 222, 230, 244, 247, 251, 252. 

, Mr., 17, 18. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Clocks, care of, 135, 145, 147. 
committee on, 133. 
for Selectmen's room, 176. 
Hollis Street Church, to be repaired, 217. 
Park Street Church, to be cared for by 

town, 122, 123. 
Park Street Church, petition for care of, 

162. 
Park Street Church, new, presentation of, 

to church, 170. 
Clough, William, 214. 
Coates, John, petition for guardian for, 126. 
Coburn, John, 167. 
Cochran, William, 85. 

, Mr., 50. 

Codman, Charles R., 216. 
John, Rev., 219. 
John, Rev., report of Solicitor General, 

on indictment against, 121. 
Stephen, 130, 143, 250. 
& Miller, 3. 
Coffin, John G., Dr., 177. 

Peter, 106. 

Colburn, Elisha Tyler, indenture of, 238. 
Joseph, 167, 179. 



Colburn, J. S., 231. 
Colby, Johnson, 233. 
Collamore, Gilman, 85. 

, Mr., 60. 

Collation at Faneuil Hall, Board invited 

to, 158. 

for singers, July 4th, 158. 
for West Point Cadets, 212. 
Colran & Evans, 183. 
Columbia street, lamps for, 205. 
street, lamps in, 230. 
street, petition to light, 204. 
street, petition to pave, 204. 
street, petition to pave, refused, 205. 
Commercial street, carts in, 117, 154. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
street, trucks in, 141. 
Commissioners relative to burial ground in 

South Boston, 12. 

relative to burial ground in South Bos- 
ton, meeting of, 19, 21, 22. 
Committees, chairmen of, to be furnished 

with list of names of, by town clerk, 

146. 

list of, 52, 53. 
standing, 130. 
standing, names of, 130. 
of Board of Health, relative to burial 

ground in South Boston, 1. 
of citizens, petition of, for use of Faneuil 

Hall, 244. 
of South Boston citizens, relative to 

burial ground in, 37. 
on accounts, 77. 

on Bangs alley, recommend sewer in, 104. 
on Bowdoin street, report, 1. 
on building well in Portland street, 

report, 174. 

on burial ground in South Boston, 1. 
on burial ground in South Boston, report 

on, 12, 93. 
on claim to land in Blossom street, 89, 

90, 91, 93. 
on claim to land on Blossom street, 

report of, 139, 151, 152. 
on clocks, 133. 
on clocks, report, 135. 
on Common, 53, 130, 143. 
on Common to erect arch at entrance of 

mall at Park street, 64. 
on Common to erect new fence on Park 

street mall, 68. 

on Common to investigate encroach- 
ment of ropewalks on, 14. 
on Common to investigate encroachment 

of ropewalks on, report of, 19, 32. 
on Congress street to ascertain what part 

of cost estate owners will pay, 121. 
on Congress street to consider widening 

of, 121. 

on current expenses of selectmen, 65. 
on Deer Island, repair of buildings on, 8, 

9, 11. 

on districting town into wards, 236. 
on districting town into wards, report, 

241, 242, 243. 
on dock to take legal advice relative to, 

244. 

on encroachment of Cross street, 175. 
on encroachment of Kingston street, 176, 

177. 
on encroachment of Prince street, report, 

107. 
on Franklin Fund, meeting of, postponed, 

49. 
on Franklin School to place gutters on, 

92. 

on Harvard street, report, 7. 
on hay scales, 53, 130, 143. 
on hay scales, report on accounts of, 90. 
on lamps, lighting and repair of, 169. 
on licenses report list of, 92. , 

on market place in South Boston, report 

of, 12. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



261 



Committees on markets, 53, 130, 143. 
on markets to chain off passageway at 

west end of, 7. 
on market, consider petition for portico 

on Faneuil Hall, 132. 
on markets to determine price of stalls, 

7,8. 
on markets to determine price of stalls, 

report on, 10, 154, 155. 
on market to lease stalls for sale of shoes, 

175. 
on market to place gutters on north and 

south sides of, 92. 
on market to repair vegetable stalls, 

144. 
on markets to repair or alter coverings 

for stalls at west end of, 71. 
on market to consider petition to reduce 

rent in, 176. 
on Neck, 53, 130, 143. 
on Neck to dike salt marsh on, 7. 
on new engine, 207. 
on new engine to hire or build engine 

house, 235. 

on new engine, report, 231. 
on new form of government to petition 

Legislature for bill to carry into effect 

votes of town, 235. 
on new prison, meeting of, 102, 118. 
on new prison to select plans for, 121, 122. 
on oil buckets and lamp burners, to con- 
sider use of, 122. 
on opening Northampton street, report, 

230. 

on paving, 155. 
on paving, report of, 156, 203. 
on paving Charter street, report, 204. 
on paving Summer street, report, 1. 
on petition for baker's oven, 6. 
on petition to receive and deliver goods 

from store, report, 137, 150. 
on proposals for oil for town lamps, 94, 96. 
on rebuilding front of house in Hanover 

street, report, 251, 252. 
on schoolhouse site in South Boston, 

report of, 12. 

on schools, meeting of, 113. 
on schools, north, 53. 
on schools, south reading, consideration 

of report on, 33, 34. 
on schools, west, 53. 

on schools to appoint day for examina- 
tion of schools, 43. 

on schools to make repairs in, 140, 141. 
on sewer under Merchants Hall, recom- 
mend change in course of, 104, 162. 
on sewers, 165. 
on Town House, 53, 130, 143. 
on town sections, 3, 4, 5, 53. 142, 143, 215. 
on town sections to obtain accounts 

against town, 181. 
on town sections to have control of 

lamps, 52. 

on town slip, report of, 35. 
on watch, 53, 155. 
on watch, regulations of, 137. 
on watch, report of, 33, 34, 38. 
on watchmen, increase in number of, 

report, 233, 234. 
on widening of Elm street, 133. 
on widening of Elm street, land taken for, 

70, 71, 87, 89. 91, 93, 95, 101, 104, 105, 

114, 140. 
petition for, to select place for execution, 

34, 35. 

petition for, to select place for execu- 
tion, refused, 35, 36. 
petition to erect building on almshouse 

land, referred to, 13. 
petition to erect building on almshouse 

land, referred, granted, 17. 
relative to care of paupers, 133. 
relative to care of paupers, to act with 

Overseers of Poor, 145. 



Committees, relative to drain at lower end 

of Beacon street, 69. 
relative to encroachment on Mill Pond 

street, 87, 89, 91, 93, 226. 
relative to encroachment on Mill Pond 

street, report on, 228. 
relative to nuisance in livery stable in 

Sudbury street, report, 161. 
relative to petition to hire land on Mill 

Pond, 187. 

relative to reinstatement of Engine Com- 
pany No. 12, report, 44, 45, 46, 47. 
relative to removal of gravol from Cam- 
bridge street, 191. 
relative to removal of hand carts from 

Kilby street, report, 58. 
relative to well in Park street, report, 4. 
to act on new engine for north part of 

town, 196. 
to act on petition for by-laws for Boylston 

Market, 141. 
to act on petition for fish boxes on town 

dock, 175. 
to act on petition for pump near North 

Schoolhouse, 195. 
to act on petition for passageway from 

Brighton to Spring street, 189. 
to act on petition for passageway from 

Brighton to Spring street, report of, 191. 
to act on petition of Board of Health 

relative to sewer in Gooch street, 136. 
to act on petition of Turner Phillips, 132. 
to act on petition to continue sewer in 

Cambridge street, 196. 
to act on petition to pave Butolph street, 

196. 
to act on petition to pave and light 

Columbia street, 204. 
to act on petition to pave Mill Pond 

street, 188. 
to act on petition to pave North Russell 

street, 187. 
to act on petition to purchase land on 

Mill Pond, 188. 
to act on petition to raise company of 

firemen, 139. 
to act on petition to raise company for 

new engine, 236. 

to act on petition to repair Fort Hill, 188. 
to act on petition to repair passageway 

back of Merchants Hall, 195. 
to act on repairs to bridge over canal, 20. 
to act on widening of Griffins lane, 197, 

203. 
to act relative to inferior quality of oil, 

179, 180. 
to act relative to land on Summer street, 

240. 
to act relative to reduction in rent of 

Town House, report, 181. 
to alter sidewalk in front of Boylston 

Market, 191. 
to appoint wharfinger at South Boston, 

166. 

to approve bondsmen, 209. 
to arrange entertainment for West Point 

Cadets, 210. 
to arrange for dinner at annual visit of 

schools, 161. 
to ascertain amount expended on repair 

of streets, 91. 

to ascertain bounds of ropewalks, 110. 
to ascertain bounds of ropewalks, report 

on, 110. . 
to ascertain expense of placing guide 

boards on streets, 179, 180. 
to ascertain expense of street survey, 78. 
to buy land to widen Green street, 7. 
to complete contract for lease of Town 

House, 158. 
to complete Dorchester street as far as 

expedient, 67. 
to complete Dorchester street as far as 

expedient, report on, 68. 



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Committees to complete drain in Pleasant 

street, 182. 
to confer relative to dam at lower end 

of Beacon street, 69. 
to confer relative to dam at lower end of 

Beacon street, further time to report 

on, requested by, 70. 
to confer relative to land south side of 

Brattle Street Church, 220. 
to confer relative to loss of Franklin Hall 

by Hollis Street Society, 59. 
to confer relative to loss of Franklin Hall 

by Hollis Street Society, report of, 63. 
to confer relative to purchase of Old 

State House or bank, 237, 238. 
to confer relative to repair of gutter 

between Roxbury and Boston, 181. 
to confer with referees relative to land 

to widen Harvard street, 184. 
to consider addition to burial ground in 

South Boston, 75. 
to consider building fireproof safe for 

records, 174. 
to consider building reservoir near 

market, 161. 
to consider changing name of Southacks 

court, 183. 
to consider claim for compensation for 

land in Elm street, report, 70, 71. 
to consider claim to land in Myrtle 

street, 75. 
to consider claim to land in Myrtle 

street, report on, 76. 
to consider complaint against carts in 

Broad street, 131. 

to consider complaint against encroach- 
ment on Mill Pond street, 83. 
-to consider completion of street, from 

Broadway to shipyard, 108. 
to consider dividend of land filled by 

Mill Pond Corporation, 216. 
to consider elevation of Olive street, 

213. 
to consider erection of portico at east end 

of Faneuil Hall, 145. 
to consider extension of Dorchester 

street, 162. 
to consider extension of Sumner street, 

133. 
to consider extension of Sumner street, 

report of, 134. 
to consider extension of road at South 

Boston, 132, 145. 
to consider incumbrance of Exchange 

street, 228. 
to consider lease of land on Neck, 135, 

148. 

to consider number of constables neces- 
sary, 159. 

to consider number of constables neces- 
sary, report of, 160. 
to consider offer of land to widen Elm 

street, 143. 
to consider paving of Common street, 

135, 148. 
. to consider paving passageway, from 

Milk street to Liberty square, 160. 
to consider repaying of Prince street, 

135, 148. 

to consider petition for armory, 203. 
to consider petition for armory, report 

of, 204. 
to consider petition for by-laws for 

Boylston Market, 153. 
to consider petition for change in course 

of sewer in Water street, 70, 71, 75. 
to consider petition for expense allow- 
ance on Beacon street, 134, 147. 
to consider petition for fence near rope- 
walks, 157. 
to consider petition for fire engine in Lynn 

street, 183. 
to consider petition for fire engine in 

South Boston, 186. 



Committees to consider petition for new 

road at South Boston, 137, 149. 
to consider petition for pump, head of 

Doane street, 231. 
to consider petition for pump, head of 

Doane street, report on, 232. 
to consider petition for removal of watch 

house from Orange street, 111. 
to consider petition for removal of watch 

house from Orange street, report on, 

116. 
to consider petition for repair of sewer 

in Federal street, 165. 
to consider petition for sewer under 

Merchants Hall, 134. 
to consider petition for stoves in Broad 

street, 183. 
to consider petition of E. H. Robbins for 

payment of $500, 181. 
to consider petition of E. H. Robbins for 

payment of $500, report on, 181, 

182. 
to consider petition of Fire Wards for 

land for use of Bremen, 132. 
to consider petition relative to drain 

under Merchants Hall, 134, 147. 
to consider petition relative to drain in 

Warren street, 209. 
to consider petition relative to drain in 

Warren street, report on, 213. 
to consider petition relative to land 

taken to widen Elm street, 83. 
to consider petition to raise company of 

firemen, 151. 
to consider petition relative to widen 

Hanover street, 240. 
to consider private patrol watches, 227. 
to consider proposal to fill dock, Rains- 
ford's lane, 173. 
to consider question of land on Charles 

street, 218. 
to consider reducing number of police 

officers, 57. 
to consider reducing number of police 

officers, report of, 57, 58. 
to consider reinstatement of members of 

Engine No. 12, 43. 
to consider relative to land taken for 

Blossom street, 146. 
to consider removal of east watch to Old 

Court House, 179. 
to consider removal of east watch to Old 

Court House, report on, 180. 
to consider removal of hand carts from 

sidewalks of Green's wharf, 190. 
to consider removal of scales from Dock 

square, 128. 

to consider repair of Front street, 165. 
to consider repair of street in South 

Boston, report, 178. 
to consider request for payment for land 

in Elm street, 68. 
to consider request for use of street at 

St. Paul's Church, 129. 
to consider request for use of street at 

St. Paul's Church, report on, 131, 143, 

144. 

to consider standing of hacks in Han- 
over street, 170. 
to consider taking of land for Union 

street and Marshall's lane, 204. 
to consider taking of land to widen Har- 
vard street, 62, 63. 

to consider taking of land to widen Har- 
vard street, payment for, 70. 
to consider widening of Brattle street, 

134, 147. 

to consider widening of Elm street, 131. 
to consult with police officer relative to 

new stand for hand carts, 52, 54. 
to contract for completion of Northamp- 
ton street, 218. 

to contract for plan of streets, 97. 
to dispose of manure in streets, 183. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



263 



Committees to estimate expense of new 
vegetable market, 197. 

to estimate expense of repairing Brighton 
street, 158. 

to estimate expense of Selectmen's de- 
partment, 196. 

to examine accounts of Franklin Fund, 
108, 216. 

to examine accounts of treasurer of 
Board, report, 191, 192, 193, 194. 

to examine applicants for sealer of 
weights and measures, 185. 

to examine applicants for sealer of 
weights and measures, report on, 186. 

to examine law relative to weight of 
bread, 183. 

to examine petition, applications for 
watchmen, 233. 

to examine statement of treasurer of 
Franklin Fund, 47. 

to examine statement of treasurer of 
Franklin Fund, report of, 50. 

to find new place for bust of President 
Adams, 43. 

to fit up armory, 217. 

to furnish gravel for the Neck, 200. 

to inquire into condition of town slips, 
Lynn street, 33. 

to inquire into duties of police officer, 187. 

to inquire into town's right to land in 
Prince street, 18. 

to investigate complaint against chimnsy, 
174. 

to investigate digging of well near rope- 
walks, 48. 

to investigate digging of well near rope- 
walks, report on, 49. 

to investigate nuisance caused by drain 
under Merchants Hall, 89. 

to lease mill pond land, 105, 106. 

to lower part of Belknap street, 109. 

to obtain legal advice relative to im- 
provement of town dock, 219. 

to pass on applicants for office of con- 
stable, 209. 

to pass on petitions for licenses, 9, 83, 84. 

to pave Gooch street, 7. 

to pave Marshalls lane, 200. 

to pave Proctor's lane and Richmond 
street, 90. 

to pave Temple street, 98, 99. 

to petition Legislature relative to taxa- 
tion, 236. 

to petition Legislature relative to wooden 
buildings, 236. 

to petition Legislature to amend law to 
unite office of town and county treas- 
urer, 180. 

to plan entertainment for West Point 
Cadets, 250. 

to print list of voters, 240. 

to procure ladder for use at fires, 182. 

to procure land for Engine House No. 13, 
141. 

to procure new stand for carts at east 
end of Faneuil Hall, 116. 

to procure new stand for carts at east 
end of Fanueil Hall, report on, 116, 117. 

to procure oil for lamps, 3. 

to procure superintendent of lamps, 97. 

to procure wood for schools, 170. 

to provide badge for police officer, 136, 
148. 

to provide poles for constables, 136, 148. 

to purchase ammunition for infantry, 99. 

to regulate watch, 150. 

to remove encroachment on Brighton 
street, 9, 73. 

to remove encroachment on Brighton 
street, report on, 74. 

to remove obstructions in Cross street, 
202, 203. 

to repair Ann street, 98. 

to repair Beacon street, G. 



Committees to repair Bowdoin street, 6. 

to repair Brighton street, 72. 

to repair First street, 67, 68. 

to repair First street, wall on, 106. 

to repair Merrimack street, 202. 

to repair Prince street, 199. 

to repair pump in State street, 202. 

to repair pump near Fort Hill wharf, 129. 

to secure new company for Engine 
No. 12, 41. 

to select orator for July 4th, 62, 63. 

to select persons to do paving, report, 156. 

to settle for land to widen Middle street, 
178, 179. 

to supervise building of fence on Com- 
mon, 137. 

to survey land of Nickerson, 1. 

to take land to widen Hawkins street, 
94. 

to take land to widen Hawkins street, 
action deferred, 96. 

to view Batch's wharf relative to exten- 
sion of, 197. 

to view Batch's wharf relative to exten- 
sion of, report of, 197. 

to view Devonshire street relative to 
widening, 18. 

to view Devonshire street relative to 
widening, report of, 18. 

to view estate of Job Prince for placing 
of fence, 11. 

to view Front street relative to paving, 
202. 

to view. West Centre street, report to 
repair, 176. 

to view Wilson's lane, 15. 

to view Wilson's lane, report of, 17. 

to visit Deer Island, 6. 

to visit South Boston relative to opening 
new streets, 208. 

to visit South Boston relative to opening 

new streets, report of, 209, 210. 
Common, committee on, 6, 53, 130, 143. 

committee on, report relative to en- 
croachment on town flats by rope- 
walks, 19, 32. 

committee on, to build road from Pleas- 
ant street to Fox Hill, 166. 

committee on, to erect arch at Park street 
entrance to mall, 64. 

committee on, to erect new fence on 
Park street mall, 68. 

carting of dirt on, forbidden, 75, 76. 

fence on, proposals to build, 137, 149. 

fireworks on, July 4th, 158. 

flats at bottom of, building erected over, 
67. 

flats at bottom of, building erected over, 
report relative to, 68, 69, 70. 

flats at bottom of, to collect rent for 
use of, 9. 

gravel for, 134, 146 

gravel for, price of, limited, 175. 

lease of land on, 216. 

letting of stands on, on public days, 65. 

permit granted to fire powder on, 169. 

petition to erect tent on, refused, 208. 

petition to fire on, refused, 93. . 

regulation of, on election and public days, 
134, 147. 

sewer on, communication relative to, 
referred to committee on, 206. 

stone posts and gates for, 206. 

West Point Cadets encamped on, 210, 
211,212. 

street, complaint against carriages, etc., 
standing in, 72. 

street, encroachment of, 219, 220. 

street, lamps in, 229. 

street, paving of, 135. 

street, paving of, petition for, 148, 203, 
204. 

street, petition for use of, at St. Paul's 
Church, 129. 



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Common street, petition for use of, at St. 
Paul's Church, report on, 131, 143, 144. 

street, petition to erect arches under, 202. 

street, petition to erect arches under, 
granted, 207. 

street, private patrol in, 39, 40. 

street, repairing of, 106. 

street, sidewalks in, paving of, 171, 175. 
Commonwealth. Constitution of, town 
meeting to consider revising of, 159. 

Secretary of, 131, 144. 

Treasurer of, 131, 144. 

Communications declining command of 
Hook and Ladder Company, 187. 

from L. Baldwin relative to building 
erected over flats at bottom of Com- 
mon, 67. 

from Henry A. S. Dearborn, proposing 
improvements on Neck, 161. 

from Franklin Dexter, 88. 

from Eliot & Eckley relative to sidewalk 
in Beacon street, 231, 232. 

from Jedediah Herrick, sheriff, 92. 

from Hansen Kelly for aid for fire 
sufferers, 117. 

from H. G. Otis relative to filling up dam 
at lower end of Beacon street, 69. 

from Daniel Stevens for exchange of 
laws and ordinances of Boston and 
Charlestown, 67. 

from Moses Wallack, 49. 

from Daniel Webster, 195. 

from Eliphalet Williams, 184, 185. 

from Thomas Williams offering gravel 
for Northampton street, 230. 

from Associated Engine Societies, 44. 

trom Board of Health relative to burial 
ground, 44. 

from Board of Health relative to dock 
at bottom of Rainsford's lane, 171. 

from Board of Health relative to nui- 
sance from drain under Merchants 
Hall, 89. 

from Board of Health, relative to removal 
of dead bodies from the Neck, 237. 

from Board of Health, relative to sewer 
on Common, 206. 

from Boston & Roxbury Mill Corpora- 
tion, 65, 66. 

from Brattle Street Church relative to 
land in front of, 206. 

from chairman of committee of General 
Court relative to incorporation of 
estate near market, 125. 

from Engine Company No. 12, 46. 

from Justices of Court of Sessions rela- 
tive to street from Merrimack to Lev- 
erett, 137, 149. 

from Mass. Charitable Mechanic Asso- 
ciation relative to donation, 244. 

from Mayor relative to inauguration, 
252. 

from Mayor of Savannah for assistance 
for fire sufferers, 125. 

from Mayor of Troy, 159. 

from Secretary of State relative to 
paupers, 159. 

from U. S. District Marshall relative to 
place for execution, 34, 35. 

from U. S. District Marshall relative to 
place for execution, reply to, 35, 36. 

from Secretary of War relative to 
Lieutenant Scallan, 96, 102, 103. 

from owners of ropewalks against dig- 
ging of well, 48. 

from owners of ropewalks against dig- 
ging of well, reply of committee rela- 
tive to, 49. 

granting use of Old South Church July 
4th, 203. 

relative to building in Union street, 203. 

relative to drain in Bulfinch street, 186. 

relative to land in Sumner street, 
referred to committee, 240. 



Communications relative to land on Mill 

Pond, 196. 
relative to oration July 4th, 70, 78, 80, 

81, 82, 83, 88, 96, 102, 103. 
relative to ownership of Kingston street, 

169. 

relative to reinstatement of Engine Com- 
pany No. 12, 44, 45, 46, 47. 
relative to sale of land in bull pasture, 204. 
to Mr. Clap ordering removal of stone 

wall on Dorchester street, 69. 
to Mr. Clap ordering removal of stone 

wall on Dorchester street, reply to, 69. 
to Franklin Dexter, 88. 
to Thomas Haskins relative to dangerous 

condition of passageway through land 

owned by him, 61, 62. 
to Mr. Joy relative to encroachment on 

flats at bottom of Common, 68. 
to Engine C9mpany No. 12, 47. 
Complaint against Jeremiah Bulfinch, 83. 
against auction sales in State street, 58,59. 
against carts from country in Cornhill, 93. 
against cellar door built by Robert 

Hewes, 162. 
against chimney, corner Leverett and 

Brighton streets, 174. 
against chimney of engine house in 

School street, 13. 
against conduct of U. S. troops in South 

Boston, 94, 95. 
against digging away of Summer street, 

91, 92, 95. 
against disturbing of religious society, 

99, 100. 
against drivers of carts in Broad street, 

123, 125, 126. 
against driver of hackney carriage, 73, 

74, 92, 93. 
against encroachment of Common street, 

219, 220. 

against hackney carriage, 159, 160. 
against hand carts, 162, 163. 
against hog pens, 165. 
against hog pens, report on, 166. 
against inferior quality of oil, 179, 180. 
against opening shops on Sundays, 163, 

173. 

against paving Southacks court, 17. 
against restriction of auction sales in 

Market square, 90. 
against stable in Friend street, 73. 
against stable in Hawkins street, 157. 
against stable in Scott's court, 163. 
against stable in Scott's court, report on, 

164, 165. 
against livery stable in Sudbury street, 

dismissed, 161. 
against standing of carriages, etc., in 

Common street, 72. 
against stone post in Kingston street, 176, 

177. 

against town crier, 56. 
that notifications for town meeting were 

not properly distributed, 52. 
that notifications for town meeting were 

not properly distributed, report on, 54. 
Congress, representatives to, choice of, 11, 

175. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
street, widening of, committee to ascer- 
tain what part of cost estate owners 

will pay, 121. 

street, widening of, land for, 127, 128. 
street, widening of, land for, payment of, 

181, 182. 
street, widening of, petition relative to, 

121. 

square, lamps in, 229. 
Constables, appointment of, 5, 100, 118, 

120, 121, 174, 177, 179, 180, 181, 217. 
at West Boston Hill, to discontinue on 

Sundays, 173. 
bondsmen of, 119, 121, 126. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



265 



Constables, bondsmen of, committee to 

approve, 209. 
committee to consider number necessary, 

159. 
committee to consider number necessary, 

report on, 160. 
committee to pass on applicants for office 

of, 209. 
extra, to suppress riots at West Boston, 

173. 
indictment against for mal-practice, 

233. 

list of, 86, 162, 166, 167, 209. 
list of. Town clerk to publish, 164. 
notification for town meeting not dis- 
tributed by, report on, 54. 
notifications for town meeting not dis- 
tributed by, 52. 
petition of, for cost of court for suit 

against William D. Allison, 64. 
petition of, for cost of court for suit 

against William D. Allison, refused, 

64. 

poles' for, 136, 148. 

report on performance of duty by, 40. 
request from grand jury for removal of, 

233. 

to assist private patrol, 39, 40. 
to collect taxes, petition for appointment 

of, 176.' 
to preserve order at religious meetings, 

100. 

warrants for, 179, 180. 
Constitution, town meeting to consider re- 
vision of, 165. 
Contracts for completion of Northampton 

street, 218. 

for fence on new mall, 139, 140. 
for gravel, 198. 

for new vegetable market, 217. 
for oil for town lamps, 224, 225. 
for plan of streets, 97. 
for printing list of taxes, 237, 238. 
for relaying abutment in Brighton street, 

to advertise for, 163. 
on behalf of town not to be entered into 

by selectmen, 185. 
to build fence on new mall, 152. 
to rebuild front of house in Hanover 

street, 251, 252. 
Cook's court, petition to repave, town to 

pay part of expense, 72. 
Coolidge, Charles D., 66. 

Samuel F., 85. 
Cooney, Benjamin, 249. 
Copeland, Elisha, 65, 86, 162, 209. 
Joseph, 228. 

, Mr., 134, 147. 

Copp's Hill, objection to execution near, 

34,35. 
Cornhill, complaint against carts from 

country in, 93. 
horses to be removed from carts standing 

in, 97. 

lamps in, 229. 
sewer in, order of notice to proprietors of, 

205. 

stone stump in, 120. 
court, lamps in, 229. 
Corporations, Charles River Bridge, plank 

furnished by, 200. 
Exchange Coffee House, purchase of 

land from, to widen Congress street, 

127, 128. 
Mill Pond, lots of land selected by town 

from, 225. 
Cotton, John, 197, 244. 

,232. 

alley, sewer in, 151. 
County tax of Township No. 5, Penobscot 

County, payment of requested, 92. 
tax of Township No. 5, Penobscot County, 

payment of, 94. 



County treasurer to unite with office of 

town treasurer, 180. 
of Suffolk, loan to, from Franklin Fund, 

187. 

Court street, 6, 129. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, lowering of, 1, 3, 4, 5. 
Courts, Common Pleas, jurors drawn for, 

4, 52, 73, 104, 118, 130, 142, 171, 178, 

185, 217, 231, 243. 

Probate, judge of, petition for appoint- 
ment of guardian by, 4, 5, 41, 68, 74, 

109, 120, 126, 140, 153, 164, 177, 178, 

187, 225, 228, 238, 239. 
Probate, judge of, petition to, for care of 

Rebecca Parrot, 101. 
Probate, precept from, 183. 
of Sessions, citation from, 18. 
of Sessions, committee from, petition of, 

to confer relative to purcha.se of site 

of Old Court House, 205. 
of Sessions, communication from justices 

of, relative to new street from Merri- 

mackto Leverett, 149. 
of Sessions, communication to, relative 

to auctioneers' licenses in Merchants 

row, 98. 
of Sessions, petition to, for auctioneers' 

license, 96, 107. 
of Sessions, petition to, for auctioneers' 

license, copy of vote of Board relative 

to, sent to court, 107. 
of Sessions, return to, against persons 

not renewing licenses, 227. 
of Sessions, selectmen to confer with 

justices of, relative to erection of new 

prison, 70, 71. 
of Sessions, special jury called by, to 

settle land claims in Blossom street, 

171. 
Supreme, at Dedham, suit against town 

nonsuited in, 49, 50. 
Supreme Judicial, 22. 
Supreme Judicial, commissioners ap- 
pointed by, to select site for burial 

ground in South Boston, 37. 
Supreme Judicial, communication to, 

relative to site for burial ground in 

South Boston, 36, 37. 
Supreme Judicial, communication to, 

relative to site for burial ground in 

South Boston, reply to, 37, 38. 
Supreme Judicial, jurors drawn for, 17, 

39, 44, 112, 118, 128, 176, 186, 220, 

226, 231, 235, 239. 
United States Circuit, jurors drawn for, 

7, 64, 105, 190, 252. 
United States District, Jurors drawn for, 

18 50, 70, 98, 115, 128, 169, 178, 227. 
Coverry, Mr., 216. 
Cowley, Caleb C., 168. 
Crane, Abijah, 162, 163. 

Larra, 74. 

Crehore, Thomas, 223. 
Crier, appointment of, 156. 
Crocker, Samuel S., 190. 
Cross street, encroachment at bottom of, 

175. 

street, petition to pave, 195. 
street, repairs to, 215. 
street, to remove obstructions in, 202, 

203. 
Cunningham, Joseph L., 85. 

Robert, 86. 
Curtis, Neddy, 181. 209. 

Samuel, 163. 
Cushing, Henry, 183. 
John, 137, 140, 149, 152. 
Levi L, 190. 

, Mr., 197. 

Custom House street, 2. 

House street, stand for trucks in, 77. 
Cutler, Pliny, 248. 



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D. 

Daily Mercantile Advertiser, advertise- 
ment in, 138. 
Dall, William, 63, 249. 
Dam, lower part of Beacon street, com- 
mittee to consider filling up of, 69. 
west side of Neck, 77. 
Darling, Benjamin, Capt., 251. 

Leonard, 190. 
Darrow, Aaron A., 167. 

Aaron L., 228. 
David, John, 140, 153. 
Davis, Aaron, Capt., 222 
Adison, 190. 
Amasa, 63. 
Charles, 213, 230. 
Henry, 86, 100. 
Isaac V., 48. 
James, 249. 
John, 15. 
Joseph, 167. 
Joshua, 108. 
J. P., 9, 14, 15, 32. 

, Gen., 173. 

, Judge, 16, 17. 

, Mr., 110, 218. 

Dawes Thomas, 183, 200, 205, 209, 213. 

T., 15 

Deaf and dumb persons, certificate for 
education of, 76, 83, 87, 90, 92, 93, 108. 
and dumb persons, certificate for educa- 
tion of, petition for, 83. 
and dumb persons, certificate for educa- 
tion of, petition for, refused, 91. 
Dean, Thomas, 72. 

, Rev., 137, 144, 150. 

Dearborn, Edward, 161. 
Henry A. S., 161. 
John M., 66, 87. 
Deblois, Mrs., 106. 

Declaration of American Independence, 

celebration of, choice of orator for, 75. 

of American Independence, celebration 

of, printing of oration, 73. 
of American Independence, celebration 

of, music for, 72. 

of Independence, painting of, request to 
exhibit in Faneuil Hall, granted, 15, 
16, 17. 

Deeds for upper story of South School- 
house sent to Register of Deeds, 89. 
of land for Elm street, 156. 
of land for market place at South Boston, 

89. 
Register of, plan of burial ground in 

South Boston, recorded at, 38. 
Deer Island, building on, money advanced 

for, 18. 
Island, building on, money advanced for 

repair of, 8, 9, 11. 
Island, house on, to shingle kitchen of, 

174. 
Island, persons removing ballast from, 

to be prosecuted, 55, 56. 
Island, repairs to barn on, 159. 
Island, selectmen to visit, 6, 157, 206. 
Island, to build sea wall on, 8, 9. 
Dehon, William, 85. 
Dehor, William, 170. 
Delanoe, Mr., 80. 
Delger, Hannah, 90. 

Henry Augustus, 90. 
Denton, James, 190. 
Derne street, lamps in, 229. 

street, land in petition for indemnity for, 

218. 

street to be paved, 209. 
Devonshire street, committee to view, rela- 
tive to widening, 18. 
street, committee to view, relative to 

widening, report of, 18. 
Street, lamps in, 229. 
Dexter, Charles, 39, 85. 



Dexter, Franklin, 63, 64, 75, 78, 79, 80, 88, 

102, 103. 
Samuel, 80. 
Dickson, James A., 105, 115, 174, 217. 

& Powell, 4. 

Dinner for governor and lieutenant-gover- 
nor, 57. 

of selectmen, 144,150. 
Dinsmore, William, 86, 162, 209. 
Dirt on Common, carting of, forbidden, 75, 

76. 

purchase of, 196. 
Distillhouse square, lamps in, 229. 

square, petition to repair streets in, 214. 
Doane street, 100. 

street, new pump in, 207. 
Dock, Rainsford's lane, proposal to fill, 173. 
Rainsford's lane, request for removal of, 

171. 

square, 129. 

square, auctioneers not allowed in, 84. 
square, committee on market, to act, 

relative to pump and sidewalk in, 214. 
square, lamps in, 229. 
square, petition for removal of scales 

from, 128. 
square, police office to order removal of 

bench from, 63. 
square, prosecution of person hiring 

stand in, not sustained, 87. 
square, standing of carts in, 109. 
square estate, remonstrance to Legisla- 
ture against incorporation of, 122. 
town, from Lynn street to water, to be 

public highway, 53, 54. 
town, lamps in, 229. 
town, legal advice relative to, 244. 
town, petition for fish boxes on, 175. 
town, suit relative to, 101. 
town, to ascertain town's right in, 3. 
Dodd,T.,204. 
Doe, Theophilus, 168. 
Doggett, John, 244. 

Donations, Mrs. Joanna Brooker, 194. 
Mrs. Joanna Brooker, interest on, 34, 

119, 120. 
Mrs. Brooker, etc., investment of, 235, 

236, 237. 
Franklin Fund, examination of accounts 

of, 47, 50, 110, 111, 216, 218. 
Franklin Fund, loan from, 187. 
Franklin Fund, loan from, petition for, 

112. 
Franklin Fund, money of, deposited in 

Manufacturers and Mechanics Bank, 

52. 

Franklin Fund, prosecution of delin- 
quents of, suspended, 116. 
Franklin Fund, treasurer to collect de- 
linquent bonds of, 220. 
Abiel Smith, money from, to be invested 

in notes of Suffolk Bank, 50. 
Abiel Smith, money from, to be invested 

in United States stocks, 49. 
Abiel Smith, money from, to be invested 

in United States stocks, purchase of, 

50. 
Abiel Smith, shares in Springfield Bridge 

Corporation left by, sold at auction, 

48. 

to Wm. W. Bass, 177. 
to family of Samuel Champney, 148, 

177. 
to Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic 

Association, 239, 240. 
to Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic 

Association, acknowledged, 240. 
Donnison. William, 102, 118, 120. 

, Judge, 121. 

Dorchester, act to set off part of, for burial 

ground, 36, 37. 
bounds of, 223. 
perambulation of lines of, 219. 
street, 38. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



267 



Dorchester street, committee to consider 

extension of, 162. 
street laid out, 224. 
street to be completed as far as expedient, 

67, 68. 

street to be completed as far as ex- 
pedient, not expedient, 163. 
Street, owners of land on, refuse to give 

up title to, 69. 
street, wall on, Eber. Clap ordered to 

remove, 65, 68, 69. 
Dorr, Jonathan, 213, 230. 
Samuel, 36, 37. 

, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, 

22, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 49, 
52, 53, 57, 59, 62, 64, 65, 73, 74, 76, 
78, 83, 89, 93, 95, 98, 99, 100, 103, 104, 
105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 
115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 
123, 126, 127, 128, 129, 218. 
Downing, Oliver, 86. 

, 105. 

& Barton, 106. 
Dowran, Edward, education of, 87. 

Lawrence, 87. 
Drains. (See sewers.) 

from Gooch to Merrimac street, laying 

of, 157. 
in Gooch street, petition to complete, 

136. 
in Gooch street, petition to complete, 

report on, 140. 
new, in Belknap, Walnut and Beacon 

streets to Frog Pond, 104. 
new, in Belknap, Walnut and Beacon 
streets to Frog Pond, expense of, 104. 
Draper, Abijah, 223. 
Jeremiah, 85, 88. 
& Hudson, 169, 170. 
Drayton, John, 86. 
Drew, Job, 86, 162, 209. 
Dupee, James, 206. 
Dutton, Warren, 249. 
Dyer, John D., 247. 

E. 

Eaton, Asa, Rev., 248. 
David M., 14. 
Ebenezer, 167. 
& Adams, 135. 

Eckley, , Mr., 226, 232. 

, Mr., communication from, 231, 232. 

Education of Edward Dowran, 87. 

of daughter of John Proctor, certificate 

for, refused, 91. 
Edwards, Richard, 85, 120. 
Eliot (Elliot), Ephraim, 246. 
Samuel, .140, 152. 
William Havard, agreement with, for 

widening of Union street, 221, 222. 

, Mr., 226. 

, Mr., communication from, 231, 232. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
Ellis, Jabez, 189, 250. 

Luther, 89, 90, 91, 93, 134, 139, 146, 151, 

152, 159, 171. 
Elm street, 129. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
street, land for, 131. 
street, land for, compensation for, 93, 

95, 101, 104, 105, 114, 115. 
street, land for, deed of, 156. 
street, land for, demand for payment of, 

87, 89, 91. 

street, land for, offer of, 143. 
street, land for, proposal for, rejected, 146. 
street, land for, protest relative to, 72. 
street, land for, referees to settle claims 

for, 106, 107, 108. 
street, land for, referees to settle claims 

for, report of, 111. 

street, land for, report on claims for pay- 
ment of, 70, 71. 



Elm street, land for, terms of settlement 
offered for, 101, 114. 

street, land for, terms of settlement 
offered for, refused, 104, 105. 

street, land for, terms of settlement 
offered for, accepted, 115. 

street, land for town to take possession 
of, 139, 140. 

street, town land in survey of, 152, 153. 

street, widening of, not expedient, 133. 
Emery, John, 56. 

64. 

Emmes', Nathl., 86. 

Nathaniel, Jr., settlement of account of, 

for cleaning arms, 163. 
Emmons, Nathl., 177. 

Saml., & Son, 48. 

Encroachments, Brighton street, by build- 
ing in, 73. 

Brighton street, by building in, removed, 
74. 

Common street, 219, 220. 

Cross street, bottom of, 175. 

Kingston street, 176. 

Kingston street, legal advice on, 177. 

Mill Pond street, 87, 89, 91, 93. 

Prince street, report of committee on, 107. 

Snow Hill street, 114, 115. 

Williams street, 221. 

Williams street, removal of, 223. 

on flats at bottom of Common by Ben- 
jamin Joy, 67, 68. 

on flats at bottom of Common by Ben- 
jamin Joy, report on, 68, 69. 

on town slip in Lynn street, warning 

against, 53, 54, 63. 

Engine No. 12, society of, petition to rein- 
state, 43. 

new, committee on, 207. 

new, proposals for, 224, 225. 

house, Ann street, repairs to, 115. 

house, School street, complaint against 
chimney of, 13. 

House No. 13, land for, 141. 

House No. 13, new location for, 153. 

House No. 13, site of, sold, 153. 

house, committee to hire or build, 235. 
English, Thomas, 44, 85. 
Estates, Dock square, incorporation of, 
protest against, 122. 

Dock square, incorporation of, protest 
against, copy of remonstrances against, 
123, 124. 

Franklin place, to enclose land in front 
of, during repairs, 232. 

Job Prince, 11. 

Merchants Hall, owners of, to pay ex- 
pense of changing course of sewer 
under, 104, 162. 

near Market, incorporation of, objection 
to, 125. 

real and personal, town meeting to con- 
sider change in time of valuing, 180. 
Este, Mr., 72. 
Estimates of new vegetable market, 197. 

to convey water underground in Walnut 

and Belknap streets, 94. 
Etmand, Augustus, indenture of, 235. 
Eustis, William, 68, 70, 72. 

, Mr., 70. 

Evans & Colron, 183. 

Everett, Edward, 134, 135, 147. 

Rev. Mr., 135. 

Exchange Building, auction of cable used 
in razing walls of, 19. 

Coffee House Corporation, purchase of 
land from, to widen Congress street, 
127, 128. 

street, 129. 

street, auctioneers' office in, 44. 

street, incumbrance of, 228. 

street, lamps in, 229. 

Execution, communication relative to, 
place for, 34, 35, 36. 



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Expense for land for Engine House No. 13 , 
153. 

for pump, head of Doane street, 231, 232. 

for repair of buildings on Deer Island, 
8, 9, 11. 

for repair of streets, south part of town, 
219. 

of change in course of sewer under Mer- 
chants Hall, to be paid by estate 
owners, 104, 162. 

of enlarging Hook & Ladder house, 245. 

of new road in So. Boston, 140. 

of paving, 203. 

of prosecution of member of Engine No. 
12, 42, 43. 

of selectmen, committee to advise, rela- 
tive to, 65. 

ofSelectmen, estimate of, 196. 

of sewer in Bangs alley, to be paid by 
abutters, 104. 

of sewers in Belknap, Walnut and 
Beacon streets, 104. 

Beacon street, petition for allowance for, 
147. 

Fleet street, improving of, 227. 

Hanover street, widening of, 240. 

Leverett street, of lowering and repairing, 
report on, 90. 

Nassau street, of sidewalk, to be borne 
by town, 6. 

Northampton street, of completing, 100. 

Northampton street, of opening, 230. 

Summer street, of widening, 219. 

F. 

F street, 38. 

street, opening of, 209, 210. 
Fairbanks, Stephen, 140, 153. 

, Col., 218. 

Fales, Samuel, 108. 
Faneuil Hall, 2. 

Hall, benches to be procured for, 71. 
Hall, board invited to collation at, 158. 
Hall, collation at, July 5, invitation to, 

declined, 75, 76. 
Hall, collation to West Point Cadets in, 

212. 

Hall, committee to improve, 218. 
Hall, exhibit of painting of Declaration 
of Independence in, 15, 16, 17, 150, 
162, 163. 

Hall, inauguration of mayor in, 252. 
Hall, lamp fixtures and ladders stored 

in, 133, 145. 
Hall, painting of, 205. 
Hall, painting of, advertise proposals for, 

219. 
Hall, painting of, proposals for, 206, 207, 

220. 
Hall, petition for portico at east end of, 

132, 145. 
Hall, petition for use of, 73, 130, 136, 

137, 143, 148, 177, 185, 200, 240. 
Hall, repairs to, 220. 
Hall, trucks at east end of, petition to 

stand at, 106. 
Hall, trucks at east end of, petition to 

stand at, removal of, 116, 117. 
Hall, trucks at east end of, petition to 

stand at, for, 77. 
Hall, use of, granted to Mass. Charitable 

Mec. Assoc., 218. 

Hall Market, forestalling forbidden in, 19. 
Hall Market, removal of leases in, 109. 
Farnam, Henry, 164, 169, 174, 189, 191. 

, 3, 9, 11, 17, 18, 22, 35, 39, 40, 41, 

42, 43, 44. 

Farnham, William, 167. 
Farrar, James, 86. 
Farwell, Luther, 6. 
Faxon, W., 163. 

, Deacon, 70. 

Fay, Winsor, 187. 



federal citizens, petition of, for use of 

Faneuil Hall, 143. 
court, sewer in, 138, 151. 
street, fence, enclosing land in, to remain, 

115. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
street sewer, petition for repair of, 164. 
street sewer, petition for repair of, com- 
mittee on, 165. 

street theatre, license for, 105, 217. 
Fees, exorbitant, charged by town crier, 56. 
Fences in Beacon and Somerset streets, 

98, 99, 100. 

in Federal street, allowed to remain, 115. 
near ropewalks, petition for, 157. 
new, on Common, 68, 137, 139, 140, 149, 

152. 

on estate of Job Prince, 11. 
reward for detection of person damaging, 

173. 

to build around Mill Pond lots, 218. 
to build on Summer street, 159. 
on Neck, erected without authority from 

Board, 56, 57. 
on Neck, to repair, 56. 
Fennelly, Robert, 129, 142, 185, 223, 243. 

, Dr., 157. 

, 130, 133, 137, 138, 146, 149, 150, 

156, 162, 163, 164, 165, 171, 174, 177, 
178, 182, 183, 184, 195, 207, 208, 209, 
210, 214, 215, 216, 217, 220, 226, 238, 
239, 243, 244, 245, 247, 251. 
Fessenden, Timothy, 190. 
Field, Silas, 85, 96, 98, 106, 107, 111, 112, 

113, 117, 120, 121, 
Fines, account of, by Superintendent of 

Police, 33. 

for violation of by-laws for regulation 
- of carts and carriages,. 154. 
received by police officer, 120. 
received by police officer, account of, 57. 
Fire, orders for town watch in case of, 48. 
buckets for public schools, 131. 
engine No. 2, petition to enlarge, 171. 
engine No. 12, committee to secure new 

company for, 41. 

engine No. 12, Fire Wards to repair, 237. 
engine No. 13, rules and regulations for, 

read, 128. 
engine, new, report of committee on 

selection of, 231. 
engine, new, to be No. 15, 239. 
engine, petition for, north part of town, 

196. 

engine, petition for, in Lynn street, 183. 
engine, petition for, in So. Boston, 186. 
engine, petition to raise company for, 

236. 

engine company No. 12, difficulty be- 
tween and Firewards, 44, 45, 46, 47. 
engine company No. 12, report relative 

to reinstatement of, 44, 45, 46, 47. 
engine company No. 12, resignation of 

members of, accepted, 41. 
engine house, committee to hire or build, 

235. 

engine house, new, committee to organ- 
ize company for, 238. 
engine house, No. 13, to procure land for, 

141. 

Hook & Ladder Company, George G. 

Channing declines to command, 187. 

Hook & Ladder Company, premium for, 

187, 189, 190. 
Hook & Ladder house, petition to enlarge, 

granted, 245. 

Hook & Ladders, firemen for, 190. 
Hook & Ladders, master for, 190._ 
Firemen, applicants wanted for position of, 

164. 

company of, director of, 182. 
company of, director of, petition to 
raise, 136, 139, 149, 151. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



269 



Firemen, company of, director of, petition 

to form, 182. 
for hooks & ladders, 190. 
for new engine, present rules and 

regulations, 239. 
to organize company for new engine 

house, 238. 
to publish extract from law relative to, 

164. 

Firewards, choice of, 251. 
choice of, votes for, 247. 
difficulty between, and Engine Co. No. 

12 ,44, 45, 46, 47. 
list of, 249, 250, 251. 
petition for company of firemen, 136, 

149. 
petition for engine for north part of 

town, 196. 
petition for land for use of firemen, 132, 

144. 

petition to enlarge Engine No. 2, 171. 
petition, to enlarge Hook and Ladder 

house, granted, 245. 
to attend funeral of Benjamin Austin, 

136. 

to repair engine No. 12, 237. 
Fireworks on Common, July 4th, 158. 
Fire & Marine Insurance Company, 187, 

189, 190. 

Fires, ladder for use at, 182. 
First Baptist Church, petition of, for use of 

land, end of Charter street, 154. 
street, repairs to, 67, 68. 
street, wall on, to be repaired, 106. 
Fish boxes, petition for, on town dock, 175. 
stalls, petition for, 54. 
stalls, petition for, granted, 55. 
street, 100. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, petition to pave, 156. 
street, to repair pump in, 169. 
Fisher, Emeline, education of, 76. 

William, 76. 

Fiske, William, 136, 148. 
Fitch, Jeremiah, 129, 142, 161, 185, 243, 
249. 

, 130, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 

140, 141, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 
150, 151, 152, 157, 159, 164, 165, 168, 
170, 171, 173, 174, 175, 177, 178, 182, 
186, 195, 197, 202, 207, 208, 210, 212, 
214, 215, 216, 217, 220, 224, 226, 227, 
233, 235, 238, 239, 243, 244, 247, 251. 
Flats adjoining Boston & Roxbury Mill 

Dam, filling of, 191. 
at bottom of common, building erected 

on, 67. 
at bottom of common, building erected 

on, report relative to, 68, 69. 
at bottom of common, building erected 
on, report relative to, action on post- 
poned, 70. 

Fleet street, improvement of, 227. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, land to widen, 224. 
Foegt, Frederick, 229. 
Folsom, John W., 86. 
Forsaith, David, 58, 59, 60. 
Josiah, 60. 

, Mr., 60, 61. 

Fort Hill, lamps on, 229. 

Hill, petition to repair, 188. 
Foster, John, 236. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
Foster's Lane, 35. 
difficulty of police officer in removing 

incumbrances from, 64, 65. 
difficulty of police officer in removing 

incumbrances from, removal of, 105. 
Lane to be a public highway, 53, 54. 
Fowle, Henry, 35. 
Fox Island, petition to obtain gravel 

from, 156. 
Francis, Thomas, 161. 



Franklin avenue, lamps in, 229. 
Fund. (See donations.) 
Fund, committee to examine accounts 

of, 47, 108,216. 

Fund, meeting of committee on, post- 
poned, 49. 

Fund, to collect delinquent bonds of, 220. 
Hall taken from Hollis street society for 

writing school, 59, 63. 
place, petition to close arch in, 159. 
place, repairs to, 232. 
School, repairs to, 203. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
street, to widen sidewalk in, 208. 
Freeman, Nehemiah, 59. 

Watson, 218. 
Freemasons, injury to office in Old State 

House by, 237. 
proposal of, to lease Old State House, 127, 

128, 174, 175. 

proposal of, to lease Old State House, com- 
mittee to complete contract with, 158. 
French, B . V., 188, 191. 
Jonathan, 168. 
William, 182. 
Friend street, complaint against stable in, 73. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Frog Pond, drains from Belknap, Walnut 

and Beacon streets to run into, 104. 
Pond, estimates to convey water under- 
ground to, 94. 
Front street, lamps in, 228. 
street, paving of, 203. 
street, paving of, committee to report on, 

202. 

street, paving of, petition for, 188. 
street, repaving of, 115, 165. 
street wharf, repairs to, 226. 
Frothingham, Nathaniel, Jr., 44. 
Fullerton, Alexander, 93. 

Jannett, 92, 93. 
Fullick, James, 220. 
Fulton, Samuel B., 167. 

Q. 

Garden street, lamps in, 229. 

street, sewer in, repair of, 188. 
Gardner (Gardiner), Henry, 223. 

Isaac S., 37, 38. 

Capt., 33. 

, Mr., 19, 42. 

Garrad, William, 167. 
Garraux, Francis, 86. 
Gates, new, for common, 206. 
Gay, Ebenezer, 37, 38. 
General court, communication from com- 
mittee of, relative to incorporation of 
estate near market, 125. 

Court, remonstrance to, agains petition 
for new market, 72. 

Court, representatives to, meeting for 

choice of, 65, 195. 
George street, 6. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Gerry, Reuben W., 85. 
Geyer, Joseph W., 85, 100. 
Gibson, John, 86. 

Stephen, 12, 85. 
Glover, Elisha V., 86, 162, 209. 

Nathaniel, 233. 

William, 233. 
Goddard, Joseph, 168. 

Nathaniel, 176. 
Goff, Phineas, 168. 
Gooch (Gouch) street, 157. 

street, drain in, 148. 

street, drain in, Mill Pond Corporation 
to complete, 136, 140. 

street, drain in, petition of Board of 
Health relative to, 136. 

street, lamps in, 229. 

street, paving of, 7. 



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Goodnow, Elisha, 190. 
Gordon, John, 209. 
Gore, Saml., 187. 
Gould, Abraham, 37. 

John R., 86, 126. 

, Mr., 22, 62. 

Government, new city, town meeting to 
discuss, 240. 

new form of, to petition Legislature for 

bill relative to, 235. 
Governor, choice of, 186, 244. 

dinner for, 57. 

invitation from, to join in celebration of 
American Independence, 74, 75. 

invitation to, to attend oration, 75. 

list of voters for, 43. 

Lieutenant, choice of, 244. 

Lieutenant, dinner for. 57. 
Gowan, Nancy, 90. 
Graf ton, Joseph, 195. 

, 207. 

Gragg, Oliver, 73, 74. 

Grand Jury, communication from, relative 

to removal of constables, 233. 
Grant, Moses, 165. 

M., 163. 
Gravel, contract for, 198. 

Common, from Sumner street to be 
deposited on, 134. 

for Common, price of, limited, 175. 

for Common, from new street to be 
used, 146. 

for Neck. 140, 157, 200. 

offer of, to town for grading Northamp- 
ton street, 230. 

petition to buy, 156. 

purchase of, 196. 

removal of, from Cambridge street, 191. 

to advertise for, 153, 196. 
Gravelly Point, course of canal through 

town land at, 20. 
Gray, Edward, 137, 149. 

John, 117. 

Samuel C., 213. 
Green, Samuel, Jr., 167. 

William, 233. 

& True, 238. 

Dragon lane, lamps in, 229. 

street, lamps in, 229. 

street, land to widen, 7. 

street, to repave, 215. 
Green's wharf, petition for removal of 

hand carts from sidewalks on, 190. 
Greenleaf , Thomas, 37, 38. 
Greenough, David, 4, 72, 122, 124, 227. 

, Mr., 1, 5. 

lane, lamps in, 228. 
Greenwood, Rev., 49. 
Gridley, William, Jr., 85. 
Griffin's lane, widening of, 197, 203. 
Griggs, D. R., 213, 218. 

J., 213, 218. 

Grove street, lamps in, 229. 
Grover, Daniel, 168. 
Guardian for Lewis Bailey, 239. 

for Ruthy Boynton, 200. 

for William Clough, 214. 

for John Coates, 126. 

for John David, 140, 153. 

for Sally Hall, 109. 

for John Hewitt, 187. 

for John Hutchinson, 120. 

for George S. Jackson, 225. 

for Ruth Lambert, 68. 

for Sarah Lillie, petition for, 42. 

for Nickerson, 1. 

for Elizabeth Ray, 178. 

for William Ray, 213. 

for James Ross, 83. 

for Daniel Scott, 209. 

for Charles B. Simpson, petition for, 164. 

for Edward Smith, 74. 

for Mary Trafrey, 74. 

for William Trefry, 4, 5. 



Guardian for William Turner, 231. 

for James Washburn, Jr., 178. 

for Samuel Waters, 228. 

for John White, 238. 
Guild, Charles, 241. 

Gun house, land not sufficient for accommo- 
dation of, 112. 

Gurley. , 140, 152. 

Gutters to be placed on north and south 
sides of market, 92. 

H. 

Hacker, George, 168. 

Hackney carriages, complaint against, 

159, 160. 
carriages, complaint against driver of, 73, 

74, 92, 93, 94. 
carriages in Hanover street referred to 

committee, 170. 

carriages, police officer to enforce law 

relative to standing of, in streets, 169. 

carriages, prosecution against owners of, 

183, 184. 

carriages, renewal of licenses of, 155. 
Hadley, Moses, 234. 
Hale, David, Jr., 85. 
John G., 97. 

, 245. 

, Mr., 101. 

Hall, Jacob, 173, 180, 206, 246. 
Joseph, 15, 159. 
William, Jr., 197. 
Hamilton, Alexr, 168. 
place, lamps in, 229. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
Hammatt, Charles, 203, 204, 205, 238. 
Hammond, Samuel, 156. 
Hancock, Gov., land claimed by heirs of, 

218. 

Samuel, 167. 
street, 5. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
wharf, to repair cap-sill of, 226. 
Hand bills for apprehension of persons 

setting fire to ropewalks, 114. 
carts, complaint against, 162, 163. 
Hanover, 129. 

street, contract to rebuild front of house 

in, 251, 252. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, petition to widen, 240. 
street, sewer in, meeting of proprietors 

of, 204. 
street, standing of hacks in, referred to 

committee, 170. 
street, to move house in, on line of street, 

208. 

Harrington, Jos., 86. 
Harris, Benjamin, 90. 
Isaac, 238. 
Leach, 250. 
Samuel K., 203. 

, Mr., 207. 

Hart, William, 71. 

& Sargent, 70, 71, 104, 156, 158, 198. 
& Tuttle, 99, 156, 162, 175, 19S. 
Hartford, asylum in, for deaf and dumb 

persons, 87. 90. 
place, lamps in, 229. 
Hartwell, William, 85, 106, 108, 115. 
Harvard street, 7. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, widening of, land for, committee to 

consider taking of, 62, 63. 
street, widening of, land for, referees to 

consider payment for, 70. 
street, widening of, land for, referees to 

consider payment for, meeting, 184. 
street, widening of, land for, referees to 
consider payment for, report of, 188, 
189. 

Haskin, Ralph, 70. 
Thomas, 59, 61 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



271 



Haakin, , Mr., 70. 

Hastings, Samuel, 86. 
Hathaway, Thomas, 111. 

Timothy, 85. 

, Mrs. 110. 

Hatter square, lamps in, 229. 

square, sewer in, 151. 
Havard, William, 222. 
Haven, Jos., 86. 
Hawes, John, 74, 89. 

Nathaniel, 167, 228. 

William S., 167. 
Hawkes, Ezra, 170. 
Hawkins street, lamps in, 229. 

street, land to widen, 94, 96. 
Hawley place, lamps in, 229. 
Hayden, Peleg, 190. 

Robert, 190. 

Haynes, Edward, 83, 87, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95, 
101, 104, 105, 106, 107, 111, 114, 115. 

, 105, 108. 

Hayward, Caleb, 59, 76, 85, 112, 132, 145, 
182, 252. 

C., 109. 

Jona, 167. 

, Mr., 98, 123. 

Hay weigher, 54, 132, 195. 

weigher, accounts of, 14, 39, 62, 106, 125, 
207, 223, 237, 252. 

weigher, accounts of, to pay to town 
treasurer, 90. 

weigher, appointed, 145. 

weigher, bondsmen of, 54. 

scales, committee on, 53, 130, 143. 
Head, Joseph, 246. 

Health, Board of, committee of, relative to 
burial ground in South Boston, 1. 

Board of, meeting of, with South Boston 
burial ground commissioners, 19, 21, 
22, 37. 

Hearsey, Daniel, 85. 
Heath, Jonathan, 44. 

& Utley, 160. 

Henchman's lane, lamps in, 228. 
Henley, James, 186. 

Henshaw, , Mr., 224. 

Herrick, Jedediah, 13, 92, 94. 
Hewes, Robert, 162. 
Hewitt, John, 187. 
Hichborn, Samuel, Jr., 33. 
Hicks, Jonathan, Dr., 176. 
High street, lamps in, 229, 230. 

street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
Hill, Noah, 161. 
Hinckley, David, 89, 90, 91, 93, 98, 99, 100, 

134, 139, 146, 151, 152, 159. 171. 
Hiscock, Jos., 86. 
Hoch, John, 83. 
Hogan, Hugh, 117. 
Hog pens, complaint against, 165. 

pens, complaint against, police to remove, 

166. 

Hogs, pound for, 12, 13. 
Holbrook, Asa, 64, 65. 

Asa, estate of, 35. 

Darius, 39, 85. 

Genet, 249. 

John M., 39, 85. 

& Whitney, 53. 
Holden, Thomas, 86, 162, 195, 209. 

Thomas R., 54, 55. 

54 

Hollis, John J., 221. 

Joseph, citation from Court relative to 
petition of, for Auctioneer's license, 18. 

street, lamps in, 228. 

street church, repair clock on, 217. 
Holmes, Galen, 56. 

Samuel, 86, 162. 
Homer, Michael, 198. 
Homes, Barzillia, 244. 

& Bass, 116. 

& Homer, 176. 
Honners, William, 168. 



Hooker, John, 48. 

Hopkins, Mary, Mrs., 251, 252. 

.Mrs., 208. 

Horses, washing and watering of, on Lord's 

day forbidden, 71. 
Horton & Baker, 206. 
Hough ton, Jona., 167. 
House, Deer Island, to shingle kitchen, 174. 
Franklin street, to move on line of 

street, 208. 
of Industry, petition of committee of, 

for town meeting, 243. 
Love lane, petition to remove shed from, 

174. 

Howard, John D., 151. 
John D., Jr., 139. 
Jonathan, 231, 232. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, Southacks court to be called, 188. 
Howe, John, 70, 189. 

Joseph N., 196. 
Hubbard, Henry, 72, 203. 

Samuel, 159, 177. 
Hudson, Asa, 168. 

Barzillai, Maj.. 1, 5, 114, 115. 
Soloman H., 99, 100, 101, 105. 
town of, 1. 
& Draper, 169, 170. 
Hull street, lamps in, 228. 
Hunewell (Hunnewell), Jonathan, 7, 36, 
37, 230. 

, 4, 8, 9, 14, 18, 20, 38, 42, 48, 50, 

52, 53, 57, 62, 64, 66, 69, 75, 76, 78, 
84, 89, 90, 93, 100, 106, 109, 110, 111, 
112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 120,125, 
126, 128, 129. 

Hunneman, , 224, 231. 

Hunt, Elijah, 137, 149. 

Elisha, 140, 152. 
Huntington, R., 204. 

Rev., 55. 

Hutchinson, John, 120. 
Hyde, Ezra, 174. 
S., 135, 148. 

I. 

Inauguration of Mayor, communication 

relative to arrangements for, 252. 
Incumbrances of Exchange street, peti- 
tion against. 228. 
on Town Slip in Lynn street, report on, 

35. 

Indentures of Bernard Alexander can- 
celled, 57. 

of Allen, child of Thaddeus, 177. 

of Elisha Tyler Colburn, 238. 
of Augustus Etmaud, 235. 
of John J. Hollis, 221. 
of Mary Langdon, 132, 144. 
of Joseph Pastor, 109. 
India street, 8, 14. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Indictments against constables, 233. 

for incumbrance of town dock, report on, 

121. 
Infantry, ammunition for, 99, 100, 214. 

muster of, 214. 
Ingalls, Wm., 136. 

Innholders, approval of, 77, 235, 236. 
renewal of licenses to be refused to those 

not complying with law, 84. 
Insanity, petition for care of Rebecca 

Parrot, 101. 

Invitation from Governor to join in cele- 
bration of American Independence, 74, 
75. 

to collation at Faneuil Hall, 158. 
to collation at Faneuil Hall declined, 75, 

76. 
to Governor to attend oration in honor 

of American Independence, 75. 
to hear oration at Methodist chapel, 
204. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Invitation to attend ordination of John 
Pierpont, 59. 

Ivera street, petition to straighten line of, 

182. 

street, petition to straighten line of, re- 
port on, 182. 

J. 

Jackson, Ebenzer, 206. 
George, note of, refused, 13. 
George S., 225. 
Mary, certificate to provide education 

for, 76. 

Thomas, 248, 250. 
Ward, 225. 
James, George, 167. 
Jarvis row, lamps in, 229. 

row, sewer in, petition to repair, 138, 139, 

151. 
Jeffers, Ebenzer, 206. 

Jeffries, , Doct., 208. 

Jenkins, Joseph, 67, 86, 240, 246. 
Jenks, William, Rev., 248. 
Johnson, John, 5. 

Seth, Maj.,56,62. 
Johnson's lane, lamps in, 228. 
Johonnot, Oliver, Maj-, 120. 
Jones, David, 134, 146, 188. 
John Coffin, 226. 
John C., 225. 
Joseph, 250. 
Thomas, 12. 

Thomas K., 70, 71, 85. 134, 147, 203. 
Thos. K. & Co., 155. 
Joy, Benjamin, 68. 
Joseph G., 205, 208. 

, Mrs., 147. 

July 4th, entertainment for celebration of, 

158. 

4th, oration for, 134, 135. 
4th, orator for, 195, 196. 
4th, orator for, declines to serve, 195, 

196. 

Jurors, Court of Common Pleas, 4, 52, 73, 
104, 118, 130, 142, 171, 178. 185, 217, 
231, 243. 
Grand, 7, 17, 44. 
Petit, 7. 
Supreme Judicial Court, 39,44, 112, 118, 

128, 176, 186, 220, 231, 235, 239. 
Traverse, 17, 44. 
U. S. Circuit Court, 64, 105, 173, 190, 

252 
U. S. District Court, 18, 50, 70, 98, 115, 

128, 169, 178, 227, 240. 
Jury, special, to settle claims for land in 

Blossom street, 171. 
Justice of the Peace, captain of watch to 

petition for license, 112. 
Jutau, John, 85. 

K. 

Kelly, Hansen, 117. 

Timothy, 167. 
'Kendall, Hugh R., 86. 
Kilby street, 2. 

street, petition to add Adams street to, 

49. 

street, petition to repair sewer in , 168. 
street, petition for removal of hand carts 

from, 52, 54. 
street, petition for removal of hand carts 

from, removal of, 58. 
Kilvert & Randall, 182. 
King, Henry, 11. 
Kingsley, Joseph, 121. 
Kingston street, claim to land called, 169. 
street, complaint against post in, 176 

street, lamps in, 230. 
Kittredge, John, 190. 
Knapp, John, 70. 



Knapp, Josiah, 11, 116. 136, 141, 148, 153, 

173. 188, 189. 
Saml. L., 56. 

Knapps, , Mr., 152. 

Kneeland street, lamps in, 228. 
Krantz, Frederick, 229. 



Lambs Dam, repairs to, 56. 

Lamps, committees of town sections to 

have control of, 52. 

committee on lighting and repair of, 169. 
discontinue lighting of, 133, 145. 
in Bromfield's lane, breaking of, 175. 
Columbia street, 205. 
Green Dragon lane, 229. 
list of, 228, 229, 230. 
new, 224. 

new, in Castle street, 19. 
new, in India street, 14. 
new, proposal for, referred to committee 

on lighting, 170. 
oil for, 3, 98, 107, 208, 224, 225. 
oil for, inferior quality of, 179, 180. 
oil for, proposals for, requested, 9, 94, 96. 
oil for, proposal to furnish, accepted, 

170, 175. 

overseer of, 225, 228, 229, 230. 
petition for lighting of, 163. 
petition to light summer evenings, 202. 
reward for detection of persons breaking, 

119. 

superintendent of, 98. 
superintendent of , appointed, 101. 
superintendent of, committee to pro- 
cure, 97. 
Land between Faneuil Hall and vegetable 

market, to cover, 197. 
committee to inquire into town's right 

to, in Prince street, 18. 
end of Rainsford's lane, to build wharf 

on, 199. 

filled up by Mill Pond Corporation, divi- 
dend of, 216. 
for burial ground in South Boston, 1, 12, 

37, 38. 

for Engine House No. 13, 141. 
for Engine House No. 13 limited to 

$200, 153. 

for firemen, petition for, 132, 144. 
for gun house not sufficient, 112. 
for improvement of Union street, 207. 
for market place in South Boston, 12, 74. 
for Marshall's lane, 204. 
for school lot in South Boston, 12. 
for Union street, 204. 
in Blossom street, committee to consider 

petition relative to, 146. 
in Blossom street, petition for payment 

for, 134, 139. 

in Blossom street, claim to, 151, 152. 
in Blossom street, claims to, special jury 

to settle, 171. 
in Charles street and Mill Dam, question 

of, referred to committee, 218. 
in Charter street, west end of, petition 

to use, 154. 
in Derne street, petition for indemnity 

for, 218. 
in Dorchester street, owners of refuse to 

give up claims to, 69. 
in Elm street, compensation allowed 

for, 93, 95, 101, 104, 105, 111, 114, 115. 
in Elm street, compensation for, refused, 

72. 

in Elm street, deed for, 156. 
in Elm street, demand for payment of, 

68, 83, 87. 
in Elm street, demand for payment of, 

further time allowed committee to con- 
sider, 89, 91, 95, 104. 
in Elm street, offer of to widen, 131, 

143. 



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273 



Land in Elm street, proposal for, to widen, 

rejected, 146. 
in Elm street, protest against decision 

relative to, 72. 
in Elm street, referees to settle claim 

for land in, 106, 107, 108. 
in Elm street, referees to settle claim for 

land in, report of, 111. 
in Elm street, report of committee to 

consider claim for payment of, 70, 71. 
in Elm street, survey of, 152, 153. 
in Elm street, terms of settlement offered 

for, 101. 
in Elm street, town to take possession of, 

139, 140, 152, 153. 
in Federal street, fence enclosing, to 

remain, 115. 

in Kingston street, claim to, 169. 
in Myrtle street, committee to consider 

claim to, 75. 
in Myrtle street, committee to consider 

claim to, report on, 76. 
in Prince street, ownership of, to be 

investigated, 206. 
in Rainsford's lane, lease of, 234. 
in Summer street, sold town, communi- 
cation relative to, referred to com- 
mittee, 240. 

in Summer street, payment of, 245. 
in bull pasture, communication relative 

to sale of, 204. 

in front of Brattle street church, com- 
munication from committee relative 

to, 206. 
in jpassageway from Prince street to Mill 

Pond, town's right to, 5. 
in south part of town, to fence, 219. 
of Ward N. Boylston, petition for release 

of mortgage on, by town, 240. 
on Common, towns encroachment on, 19. 
on Common, towns encroachment on, 

report on, 32. 

on Common, lease of, 216. 
on Mill Dam flats, petition to lease, 213. 
on Mill Pond, communication relative to, 

196 

on Mill Pond, fencing of, 218, 225. 
on Mill Pond, lease of, 9, 106. 
on Mill Pond, lots of, selected by town, 

225. 

on Mill Pond, petition to hire, 187. 
on Mill Pond, petition for lease of, 105, 

110. 

on Mill Pond, petition to purchase, 188. 
on Neck, fenced without permission, to 

be leased to occupant, 56, 57. 
on Neck, lease of, 62, 216. 
on Neck, petition for lease of, 54, 135, 

148. 

on Neck, petition for lease of, refused, 55. 
petition for remittance of rent for, 131, 

144. 

ropewalk, lease of, 196. 
site of Engine House No. 13, sold, 153. 
site of Old Court House, proposal for 

purchase of, 205. 

south side Brattle street church, com- 
mittee to confer relative to, 220. 
to widen Congress street, 127, 128. 
to widen Congress street, payment for, 

181 182 

to widen Fleet street, 224. 
to widen Green street, 7. 
to widen Harvard street, committee to 

consider taking of, 62, 63. 
to widen Harvard street, referees to con- 
sider petition for payment of, 70. 
to widen Harvard street, meeting of 

referees relative to, 184. 
to widen Harvard street, meeting of 

referees relative to, report on, 188, 189. 
to widen Hawkins street, 94, 96. 
to widen Middle street, money for, 178, 

179. 



Land to widen Summer street, 221. 

to widen Summer street, demand for 

payment of, 113. 

to widen Summer street, payment of, 
115. 

town right to, of Nickerson, 1. 

Lane, Henry, 86, 162, 209. 

Langdon, Mary, 132, 144. 

Lathrop, Warren, 190. 

Latin School, repairs in, 109. 

Lawrence, Wm., 202. 

Law suit as to town rights in town dock? 

101. 

Laws relative to weight of bread, com- 
mittee to examine, 183. 
and Ordinances, exchange of, with 

Charlestown, 67. 
Leases, Bull pasture, 136, 148. 

Faneuil Hall Market, renewal of, 109. 
land on Mill Pond, 9, 18, 105, 106. 
land on neck, 56, 57, 62. 
land, Rainsford's lane, 234. 
market stalls, 10. 
ropewalk land, 196. 
scales, 177. 

to be recorded in special book, 228. 
Town House (Old State House) by Free- 
masons, 174, 175. 
Town House by Freemasons, committee 

to complete contract for, 158. 
Town House by Freemasons, proposal for, 

127, 128. 

wharf, Rainsford's lane, 234. 
Lebart, Joseph, 235. 
Lee, Henry, 72. 
Leeds, Benj B., 6. 
Legal advice on encroachment of Kingston 

street, 177. 
advice, relative to improvement of Town 

dock, 219. . 
Legislature, 72. (See General Court.) 

committee to petition for bill to carry 
into effect votes of town relative to new 
form of government, 235. 
petition to, relative to taxation, 236. 
petition to, relative to wooden buildings, 

236. 

petition to, for change in law relative to 
time of valuing real and personal 
estates, 180. 
petition to, for improvement of Sumner 

street, 156. 
petition to, to unite office of Town and 

County treasurer, 180. 
protest to, against incorporation of estate 

in Dock square, 122. 
Leighton, Charles, 190. 
Lemon sellers, stands of, 8. 
Lendell's lane, petition to change name of, 

216. 
lane, petition to change name of, granted, 

217. 
Leverett street, expense of repairing, report 

on, 90. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Lewis, Asa, 46, 47. 
Elijah, 223. 

Winslow, Capt., 48, 110, 111, 250, 251. 
Winslow & Co., 196. 
& Chapman, 32. 
Liberty square, 2. 

square, hand cart men to stand in, 58. 
square, lamps in, 229. 
Licenses, approbation of, 236. 

return to Court of Sessions against per- 
sons not renewing, 227. 
auction, to use fees from, to buy clock, 

176. 

auctioneers, 67, 128, 134, 146, 175. 
auctioneers appeal to court for, 96, 107. 
auctioneers granted, 66, 88, 90, 94, 98, 

106, 110, 111. 

auctioneers in State street forbidden, 
132. 



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Licenses, auctioneers in State street refused, 

145. 

auctioneers, list of, 84, 85, 86. 
auctioneers, money received for, disposal 

of by selectmen, 239, 240. 
auctioneers, not allowed near the market, 

84. 

auctioneers, opposed by board, 96. 
auctioneers, permit for change of place of 

business, 100. 
auctioneers, petition for, 108, 118, 120, 

121. 
auctioneers, petition for, refused, 106, 112, 

113. 
auctioneers, request to court not to grant, 

98. 
auctioneers, to draft new form of license 

for, 78. 

chimney sweepers, 11, 173. 
hackney carriage, renewal of, 155. 
liquor, approved, 92, 118. 
liquor, committee to pass on petitions 

for, 9. 
liquor, committee to pass on renewal of, 

83, 84. 
liquor, not to be granted until January 

1st, 219. 
liquor, return against persons failing to 

renew, 227. 
market porters, 175. 
theatre, Federal street, 174. 
victuallers, 128, 132, 144. 
Washington Gardens, 184. 
Lighters, sealer of, 54, 131. 
Lighting and repair of lamps, committee 

on, 169. 

Lillie, Daniel, 42. 
Lincoln, Heman, 247. 
Jared, 250. 
Louis, 206. ' 
Mitchell, 162, 176, 209. 

, 125. 

& Binney, 7. 
street, lamps in, 230. 
Liquor licenses approved, 92, 118. 

licenses not to be granted until January 

1, 219. 
licenses, petitions for, not to be received 

after August 26, 1819, 97. 
licenses, renewal of, to be refused to 

persons not complying with law, 84. 
Little, William, 248. 
Livery stable in Sudbury street, complaint 

against, dismissed, 161. 
Loam, purchase of, 196. 
Loans from Franklin Fund, 187. 

from Franklin Fund, petition for, refused, 

112. 
Lock, Ephraim, 85. 

Stephen, 249. 
Long lane, bad condition of sidewalk in, 

166, 168. 
wharf, 2. 

Longley, John, 191. 
Loring, Braddock, 54. 
Caleb, Jr., 54, 131, 144. 
Charles G., 196. 
John, 190. 

Jonathan, 129, 142, 185, 197, 223. 243, 
250, 251. 

, 130. 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 

138, 139, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 
151, 156, 159, 162, 163, 164, 165, 168, 
169, 170, 171, 173, 174, 177, 178, 179, 
180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 186, 188, 196, 
197. 205, 207, 208, 210, 212, 214, 217, 
218, 220, 221, 224, 226, 228, 231, 235, 
236, 237, 239, 245. 
Love lane, petition to change name of, 

granted, 202. 

lane, petition to remove shed from, 174. 
Lovell, Joshua, 207. 

Levering, Joseph, 7, 36, 37, 54, 244, 246. 
Win., 209. 



Levering, William, Jr., 98, 107, 224, 225. 

, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 17, 18, 22, 

34, 35, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 
50, 52, 53, 57, 62, 64, 65, 66, 73, 74, 
75, 76, 77, 78, 83, 87, 89, 91, 93, 94, 
95, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 105, 106, 108, 
109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 
118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 126, 128, 
129. 

Lowell, Rev. Charles, 47, 248. 
Rev. Mr., 139, 152, 184. 

Ludlow, , Mr., 207, 208. 

Lumber, plank furnished by Charles River 
Bridge Corporation, 200. 

Luther, , Mr., 107, 108, 109, 110. 

Lyman, Theodore, Jr., 135, 147. 
Lynde street, lamps in, 229. 
Lynn street, lamps in, 228. 

street, petition for fire engine in, 183. 
street, Townslip in, to enquire into con- 
dition of, 33. 

street, Townslip in, to enquire into con- 
dition of, report on, 35, 53, 54. 

M. 

Mackay, William, 247. 
Mackintosh, Peter, 86. 
Magee, James, 250. 

Mall, new, contract to build fence on, 152. 
Park street, new, arch at entrance of, 64. 
Malone, James, 101, 105. 

, Mr., 69. 

Manure in streets, disposal of, 129, 130, 

143, 183. 

in streets, disposal of, payment for, 129. 
Margaret lane, lamps in, 228. 
Market, Boylston, petition for alterations 

in, 188, 191. 

Boylston, petition for by-laws for regu- 
lation of, 141, 153. 
Faneuil Hall, clerk of, 2. 
Faneuil Hall, forestalling in, forbidden, 

19. 

Faneuil Hall, renewal of leases in, 109. 
clerk of, 54, 132, 145, 195. 
clerk of, accounts of, 14, 64, 88, 111, 112, 

125. 

clerk of, bondsman for, 55. 
clerk of, request of, for increase of salary, 

granted, 14. 
clerk of, salary of, 145. 
clerk of, to care for Merchants row, 179. 
clerk of, to designate stands for carts, 154. 
clerk of, to direct standing of carts in 

Dock square, 110. _ t 

clerk of, to enforce law relative to fore- 
stalling, 19. 

clerk of, to give bonds, 54. 
clerk of, to let stand in, 202. 
clerk of, to make monthly payments to 

town treasurer, 55. 
clerk of, to order persons occupying 

stands in Cornhill or Market stree 

to remove horses from carts, 97. 
committee on, 53, 130, 143. 
committee on, lease of scales by, 177. 
committee on, report on rent of stalls, 

154, 155. 
committee on, to act relative to pump 

and sidewalk in Dock square, 214. 
committee on, to determine price of 

stalls at west end of, 7, 8. 
committee on, to improve Faneuil Hall, 

218. 
committee on, to repair or alter coverings 

for stalls at west end of, 71. 
enforcement of by-law relative to, 157. 
gutters, to put on north and south sides 

of, 92. 
new, remonstrance against petition for, 

72. 
objection to incorporation of estate to 

be used as, 125. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



275 



Market, old, lamps in, 229. 
passageway at west end of, to be chained 

off, 7. 

petition for permanent watch in, 215. 
petition for repairs to vegetable stalls, 

132. 

petition for watch at, rejected, 233. 
petition to reduce rent in, 176. 
porters for, 175. 

proposal to water part of, rejected, 89. 
proposed building of reservoir near, 161. 
roof, bad state of, reported, 95, 96. 
south side, petition to lease stalls on, 

refused, 12, 13. 
stalls, lease of, 10. 

stalls, lease of, for sale of shoes, 175. 
stalls, rent of, 154, 155. 
stalls, vegetable, petition for repair of, 

144. 
vegetable, new, committee to estimate 

cost of, 197. 
vegetable, new, near Faneuil Hall, 216, 

217. 

vegetable, new, plans of, 217. 
place in South Boston, deeds of, 89. 
place in South Boston, land for, 74. 
place, South Boston, location of, 13. 
place in South Boston, report on, 12. 
square, 8. 

square, auctioneers not allowed in, 84, 90. 
street, horses to be removed from carts 

standing in, 97. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
Marlboro (Marlborough) street, private 

patrol in, 39, 40. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
street, stone stump in, 120. 
Marsh, Ephraim, 173. 

, Mr., 226. 

Marshall, Josiah, 215. 

Marshall street, Marshall lane to be called, 

245. 

Marshalls lane, change of name of, 245. 
lane, land for, 204. 
lane, paving of, 175. 
Marston, David, 85. 

DavidS., 245. 
Martis, Anthony, 229. 
Mash, Peter, 229. 
Mason, Jonathan, 15, 22, 37, 175. 
William P., 22, 37, 195, 196. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, repairs to, 4. 
Massachusetts Bank, papers deposited in, 

237. 
Charitable Mechanic Association granted 

use of Faneuil Hall, 218. 
Charitable Mechanic Association, money 

donated by selectmen to, 239, 240. 
Charitable Mechanic Association, com- 
munication form, relative to donation, 
244. 

Massa, John, 167. 
Massey, John, 167. 
May, Jos., 15. 
Samuel, 247. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
Mayor, choice of, 251. 

choice of, return of votes for, 245, 246, 

251. 

choice of, town meeting for, 245, 246. 
communication from, relative to inaugura- 
tion, 252. 

names of candidates for office of, 245. 
no choice of, 245. 
of New Orleans, copy of by-laws to be 

sent to, 126. 
of New Orleans, copy of city ordinances 

from 126. 

McClinch, Mrs., 214. 
Mead, John, 86. 
Mears, E., 72. 

Mechanics and Manufacturers Bank, money 
of Franklin Fund deposited in, 50. 



Meetings in wards for choice of city and 
ward officers, 245. 

of committee on erection of new prison, 
102. 

of committee on Franklin Fund post- 
poned, 49. 

of proprietors of sewer in Atkinson street, 

138, 150, 151. 

of proprietors of sewer in Cornhill, 205. 
of proprietors of sewer in Federal street, 

164. 
of proprietors of sewer in Hanover street, 

204. 
of proprietors of sewer in Jarvis row, 138, 

139, 151. 

of proprietors of sewer in Pond street, 

204. 
of proprietors of sewer in Union street, 

204. 
of selectmen and Justices of Court of 

Sessions relative to new street, 137. 
to act on death of Andrew Sigournev, 

T. Treasurer, 164, 165. 
Melcher, Mr., 215. 
Melvill, Thomas, 249. 

Major, 122. 

Merchants Hall, passageway back of, peti- 
tion to repair, 195. 
Hall, petition for sewe- under, 134. 
Hall, sewer under, change in course of, 

recommended, 104, 162. 
Hall, sewer under, committee to act 

relative to, 134, 147. 
Hall, sewer under, expense of, to be paid 

by estate owners, 104, 162. 
row, 2, 14, 129. 

row, auctioneers in, not allowed, 84. 
row, auctioneers in, objection to, 96. 
row, auctioneers in, petition for license, 

refused, 106. 

row, clerk of market to care for, 179. 
Meriam, Abijah, 55. 
John, 55. 

Nathaniel, 55, 132, 145, 177, 195. 
Nathaniel M., 54. 

Merrimac (Merrimack, Merimack) street, 
- 157. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
street, repair of, 202. 
Messenger to selectmen appointed, 233. 
to selectmen, to advertise for, 135, 147, 

148. 

to selectmen, to dismiss, 116. 
to watchmen, to advertise for, 233. 
Messinger, Daniet, 119, 250, 251. 
Middle street, lamps in, 228. 
street, petition to pave, 163, 206. 
street, petition to pave, refused, 166. 
street, sewer in, repair of, 190. 
street, widening of, money for land for, 

178. 179. 
street, widening of, money for land for, 

petition for, 161. 
Middlecot street, lamps in, 228. 
street, petition to pave gutters in, 170, 

203, 204. 

street, repairing of, 215. 
Military stores, inspection of, 108. 
Militia, supplies for, committee to purchase, 

217. 

Milk street, lamps in, 229. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
street, trucks in, 141, 153, 154. 
Mill Pond, 5. 

Dam, petition to connect with Charles 

street, 198. 

Dam Corporation to confer with Board 

relative to canal at Gravelly Point, 20. 

Dam flats, petition to lease land on, 213. 

Pond, drain from Gooch to Merrimac 

street, laying of, 157. 
Pond, land on, communication relative 

to, 196. 
Pond, land on, fencing of, 218, 225. 



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Mill Pond, land on, lease of, 9, 18, 106, 110. 

Pond, land on, lease of, application for, 
105. 

Pond, land on, lots of, selected by town, 
225. 

Pond, land on, nuisance on, 160. 

Pond, land on, petition to hire, 187. 

Pond, land on, petition to purchase, 188. 

Pond, laying out street on, petition rela- 
tive to, 199. 

Pond Corporation, dividend of land filled 
up by, 216. 

Pond Corporation, petition of, to ascer- 
tain height of streets, 214. 

Pond Corporation, sewers laid by, 
petition for acceptance of, 188. 

Pond Corporation, sewers laid by, 
petition for acceptance of, inspection 
of, 214, 215. 

Pond Corporation to complete drain 
from bottom of Gooch street, 140, 153. 

Pond street, buildings on, objection to 
removal of, 226. 

Pond street, buildings on, petition for 
lease of land by owners of, 226, 228. 

Pond street, buildings on, objection to 
lease of, 228. 

Pond street, buildings on, protest against, 
225. 

Pond street, encroachment on, 83, 87, 89, 
91,93. 

Pond street, lamps in, 228. 

Pond street, paving of, 206. 

Pond street, paving of, petition for, 188. 

Pond street, petition to widen, 213. 

Pond street, plank sidewalk for, 200. 
Miller & Codman, 3. 

Mills, , Mr., 20. 

Milns, George, 85, 90. 
Minchin, John, 113, 175. 
Minehin, John, 85. 

, Mr., 232. 

William, 187, 188, 199, 216. 
Mineral Water, petition to sell on Sundays, 

207. 

Minot, John, 249. 
Mitchell, Alexander, 121, 126. 
Money for building on Deer Island, 11, 18. 

for building on Deer Island, to shingle 
kitchen of, 174. 

for care of clocks, 135. 

for family of Samuel Champney, 135, 177. 

for improvement of Union street, 207. 

for land for Engine House No. 13, 141. 

for land in Elm street, 114, 156. 

for land to widen Middle street, 178. 

for land for Summer street, 245. 

for lease of bull pasture, 136. 

for lease of scales, 177. 

for music July 5, 72, 77. 

for Myrtle street, land in, 114. 

for Myrtle street, paving of, 90, 91. 

for new road in South Boston, 140. 

for plan of streets, 97. 

for printing July 4th oration, 74. 

for pump in Doane street, 207. 

for purchase of gravel, etc., 196. 

from auctioneers' licenses, disposal of, 
239, 240. 

from auction of shares in Springfield 
Bridge Corporation, to be paid to 
selectmen, 48. 

from bequest of Abiel Smith, to be in- 
vested in Suffolk Bank, 50. 

from bequest of Abiel Smith, to be in- 
vested in Un ted States stocks, 49. 

from bequest of Abiel Smith, to be in- 
vested in United States stocks, pur- 
chase of, 50. 

from donations, investment of, 235, 236, 
237. 

from Franklin Fund deposited in Me- 
chanics and Manufacturers Bank, 50, 
52. 



Money from hay weigher, 14, 106. 
in settlement of claims for South Read- 
ing School, 33, 34. 

paid Sargent & Hart on account, 158. 
received for fines, 33. 
to rebuild front of house in Hanover 

street, 252. 

to Wm. W. Bass, 177. 
Moon street, lamps in, 229. 
Morgan, James, 198, 225. 
Morro, William, 168. 
Morry, Thomas, 167. 
Morse, Elijah, 188. 

Hazen, 6. 

Mortgage, estate of Miss Perkins, town 

requested to take note for, refused, 13. 

Mortgages, money from donations to be 

invested in, 235, 236, 237. 
on land of Ward N. Boylston, petition 

for release of, 240. 
Motley, E., 137. 
T., 137. 
T. & E., 150. 
Mount Vernon, petition for new street on, 

granted, 146. 

Munroe (Monroe), Caleb B., 167. 
Edmd., 86. 

Washington, 87, 157, 202. 
Washington, to remove bench from 

Dock square, 63. 
Murdock, George, 159. 
Music for July 5, 72. 
Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 187, 189, 

190. 
Myrtle street, committee to ascertain cost 

of paving, 84. 
street, committee to ascertain cost of 

pavinK, report on, 84. 
street, claim to land by Wm. Taylor in, 

75, 76. 

street, land in, money allowed for, 114. 
street, part of, to be paved, 90, 91. 
street, proposals to pave, accepted, 92, 
93. 

N. 

Nassau street, lamps in, 228. 
street, petition to pave, 162, 163. 
street, sidewalks in, property owners to 

complete, 19. 
Neck, committee on, 53, 130, 143. 

communication proposing improvements 

on, 161. 

dam at west side of, 77. 
fence on, to be repaired, 56. 
fence to be placed around bull pasture 

on, 56. 

gravel for, 140, 153, 157, 200. 
gutter on, between Boston & Roxbury, 

repair of, 181. 
Lamb's Dam, repairs to, 56. 
land on, fenced without permission of 

Board, 56, 57. 
land on, lease of, 62 216. 
land on, petition for lease of, 54, 135, 148. 
land on, petition for lease of, refused, 55. 
removal of dead bodies from, 237. 
to dike salt marsh on, 7. 
Nelson, Peter, 168. 
New, Robert, 44. 

, Mr., 13. 

Newbury place, lamps in, 229. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Newell, John, 167. 
New Orleans, copy of City Ordinances 

received from Mayor of, 126. 
Newspapers, Boston Daily Advertiser, 150. 
Boston Intelligencer, complaint against, 

47. 

Boston Patriot and Daily Merantile Adver- 
tiser, 150, 151. 

Columbian Centinel, advertisement in, 
relative to burial ground in South 
Boston, 37. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



277 



Newspapers, advertisement in, relative to 

burial ground in South Boston, 37. 
advertisement in, requesting Selectmen 
and public officials to attend funeral 
of Benjamin Austin, 136, 137. 
Newton, Hezekiah, 207. 
Nichols, Charles C., 179, 221, 223. 
C. C., 166, 218. 
Lawrence, 57. 

, Mr., 199. 

Nickerson, David, 1, 5. 
John, 18. 

, 1, 107, 114, 115. 

Noble, George, 86. 
Nonis, Priscilla, 90. 

Sally, 90. 

North, Stephen, 208. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
Allen street, lamps in, 229. 
Allen street, repairs to, 63. 
Northampton street, offer of gravel for grad- 
ing, 230. 

street, opening of, 218. 
street, opening of, expense of, 230. 
street, opening of, proposal for, 230. 
street, petition for extension and com- 
pletion of, 100, 101, 213. 
North Bennet street, lamps in, 228. 
Russell street, lamps in, 229. 
Russell street, paying of, 215. 
Russell street, petition to pave, 187. 
square, sidewalk in, 173. 
Notices relative to opening certain shops 

on Sunday, 160. 

to remove incumbrances on town slip, 35. 
Notifications, printing of, 11, 48, 55, 65, 67, 

128. 
for town meeting, complaint against 

improper distribution of, 52. 
for town meeting, complaint against 
improper distribution of, report on, 54. 
to Ebenr Clap to remove wall on Dor- 
chester s_treet, 65. 
Nourse, Benjamin, 167. 
Noyes, Simon, 167. 
Nuisances from street water through drain 

under Merchants Hall, 89. 
in Common street, by standing of car- 
riages, etc., in, 72. 
in livery stable in Sudbury street, report 

on, 161. 

on Mill pond, 160. 
Nute, Ephraim, 233. 

O. 

Oak street, lamps in, 228. 

Oaths of office administered to Mr. Hunne- 

well, 57. 
of office administered to Assistant Town 

Clerk, 200. 
of office administered to Selectmen, 129, 

130, 142, 155, 185. 
Odiorne, George, 122. 
Officers, city and ward, meetings for choice 

of, 245. 
Oil for town lamps, 3, 9, 98, 107, 170, 208, 

224, 225. 

for lamps, inferior quality of, 179, 180. 
bucket, committee to consider adoption 

of, 122. 

Old Court House, site of, committee to con- 
fer relative to proposal for purchase 
of, 205. 

South Church, use of, for July 4th, 203. 
State House, carriages forbidden to 

stand at east side of, 64. 
State House, Freemasons to lease, 174. 
State House, Freemasons to repair 

office in, 237. 
State House, proposed purchase of, for 

bank, 237, 238. 

State House, refusal to pay rent for 
room in, 237. 



Old State House, repairs to, committee to 

estimate expense of, 171. 
Olive stfeet. Board to view, 224. 
street, elevation of, 213. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, petition for repair of, 225. 
Oliver, Ebenezer, 36, 37. 
Francis J., 237 
F. J., 158. 
Henry J., 15b. 
, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18, 19, 39, 40, 42. 

49, 52, 53, 57, 62, 64, 65, 66, 69, 73, 

75, 76, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95, 98, 103, 104, 

108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 

118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 126, 128, 

129. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Orange street, lamps in, 228. 
Oration, July 4th, 134, 135, 147. 

at Methodist Chapel, July 4th, board 

invited to attend, 158. 
July 4th, invitation to attend, 204. 
July 4th, printing of, 73, 74. 
July 5th, defamatory lettei relative to, 

78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 96. 
Orator, July 4th, choice of, 62, 63, 64, 147, 

195, 196. 
July 4th, choice of, declines to serve, 

195, 196. 

Orne, Henry, 107. 
Otis, George W., 251. 

Harrison G., 191, 227, 245. 
H. G., 6, 69, 166, 169, 224. 

, Mr., 70. 

place, lamps in, 229. 
place, sewer in, 138, 151. 
Ovens, bakers, in Back street, petition for, 

116. 
bakers, in Back street, petition for, 

refused, 117. 
bakers, in Union street, petition for, 107, 

108. 
bakers, in Union street, petition for, 

refused, 110. 
Overseers of Poor, communication relative 

to paupers referred to, 159. 
of Poor, list of, 247, 251. 
of Poor, to act with Selectmen relative 

to care of paupers, 133, 145. 
of Poor, to attend funeral of Benjamin 

Austin, 136. 
of Poor, votes for choice of, 247. 

P. 

Packard, Lemuel, 173. 
Page, James, 92, 93. 

Paine, , 140. 

, Mrs., 225. 

& Gurley. 152. 

Painting, Declaration of Independence, ex- 
hibit of, in Faneuil Hall, 15, 16, 17, 137, 
150, 163. 

Faneuil Hall, proposals for, 219, 220. 
Faneuil Hall Market, 205. 
selectmen's room, 136. 
Palfrey, Rev. Mr., 11. 
Papers, petition to deliver, to persons 

authorized by Board, 144. 
Parades, permit granted to Sufiolk Guard 

to parade, 169. 

Park street, petition to dig well in, 4. 
street church, new clock in, presented to 

town, 170. 
street mall, committee to erect new fence 

on, 68. 

Parker, Daniel P., 104. 
D. P., 94. 
Isaac, 15. 
John, Jr., 54. 
Samuel D., 22, 37, 181, 237. 

, Mr., 57. 

Parkman, Samuel, 5, 6, 132, 145, 165, 177. 
196. 



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Parka, , Mr., 207. 

Elisha, 85. 
Luther, 85. 

Parmenter, William, 248. 
Parris, Alexander, 86, 119. 
Parrot, Rebecca, 101. 
Parsons, Gorham, 190. 
Passageway adjoining lot No. 1, petition to 

open, 213. 
Pastor, Joseph, 109. 
Patrol, private, in vicinity of West and 

Winter atreets, 39, 40. 
volunteer, north end of town, 32, 33. 
volunteer, Ward 2, 33. 
Patterson, Enoch, 86. 
Paupers, care of, 145. 

care of, committee relative to, 133. 
communication from Secretary of State 

relative to, submitted to Overseers of 

Poor, 159. 
Pavera to be approved by majority of 

selectmen, 70. 
to be approved by majority of selectmen, 

approved, 71, 198. 
Paving, committee on, 155. 
expense of, 203. 
new street from Court to Brattle, petition 

to, 161. 

new street from Court to Brattle, peti- 
tion to, granted, 162. 
passageway, end of Foaters lane, petition 

for, 238. 
passageway from Milk street to Liberty 

square, consideration of, 160. 
persons selected for, 156. 
to advertise for proposals for, 139, 152, 

196. 

Bedford street, sidewalk in, 214. 
Berry and Myrtle streets, action on peti- 
tion for, postponed, 71. 
Botolph street, gutter in, 204. 
Botolph street, petition for, 196. 
Chambers street, petition for, 189. 
Charter street, 204. 
Charter street, petition for, 203. 
Common street, 135. 
Common street, petition for, 148, 203, 204. 
Common street, sidewalk in, 171, 175. 
Cooks court, petition to repave, 72. 
Court and Hanover atreets, action to 

recover payment for, 70. 
Cross street, petition for, 195. 
Derne street, 209. 
Fish street, 156. 
Front street, 203. 
Front atreet, committee to report relative 

to, 202. 

Front street, petition for, 188. 
Gooch street, 7. 
Green street, 215. 
Marshalls lane, 175, 200. 
Middle street, petition for, 163, 206. 
Middle street, petition for, refused, 166. 
Middlecot street, 215. 
Middlecot street, petition to pave gutter 

in, 203, 204. 
Mill Pond atreet, 206. 
Mill Pond atreet, petition for, 188. 
Myrtle street, 90, 91, 92, 93. 
Myrtle street, committee to ascertain 

coat of, report, 84. 
Nassau street, petition for, 162, 163. 
North Russell street, 215. 
North Russell street, petition for, 187. 
Pitts street, petition to extend, 226. 
Portland atreet, petition for, 160. 
Prince street, petition for, 135, 148. 
Proctors lane, 90. 
Purchase street, Capt. Jenkins ordered 

to relay, 67. 
Richmond street, 90. 
Ridgeways lane, 5, 6. 
Sheafe lane, 87. 
Southacks court, 17. 



Paving Sumner street, 1. 
Temple street, 98, 99. 
Tremont street, petition for, 203, 204. 
Union street, 175. 
Warren street, 207. 
Water street, petition to repair, 207. 
Water street, repairs to, 208. 
West street, bill for sidewalk allowed, 

110. 

Wilson's lane, petition to repave, 166. 
Wilson's lane, petition to repave, refused, 

168. 

Payson & Holbrook, 107. 
Peabody, Augustus, 227. 
A., 221. 
Jacob, 86. 

, Mr., 60, 61. 

Pearl street, lamps on, 229. 
Peke, John, 167. 
Pemberton Hill, lamps on, 229. 
Penniman, Amos, 86, 121. 

, Mr., 158. 

Penobscot county, communication from 

sheriff of, 13. 
Pentland, Joseph, 167. 

People of color, disturbance caused by, 123. 
of color, petition of, to visit schools, 

granted, 117. 
Perambulations of bounds of Boston and 

Dorchester, 223. 
of bounds of Boston and Roxbury, 222, 

223. 
of bounda of Roxbury and Brookline, 

227. 
of bounds of Roxbury and Dorchester, 

219. 
of town land in Elm street, 139, 140, 152, 

153. 

Perkina, James, 86, 162, 209. 
John, 9, 86. 
Thomas, 109. 

, Miss, 13. 

Perrin, Payson, 162. 
Perry, John, 86, 167. 
Petition against auctioneers' licenses near 

the market, 84. 
against auctioneers' licensee near the 

market, granted, 84. 
against incumbrance of Exchange street, 

228. 

for acceptance of common aewer, 188. 
for additions to north watch granted, 236. 
for aid for fire sufferers of Savannah, 123. 
for aid for fire sufferers of Wilmington, 

N. C., 117. 
for allowance for expense on Beacon 

street, 134. 
for alterations in Boylston market, 188, 

191. 
for appointment of constable to collect 

taxes, 176. 

for apprentice from almshouse, 176. 
for armory, 203. 
for armory, report on, 204. 
for auctioneers' license, 4, 39, 108, 111, 

112, 113, 118, 175. 

for bakers' oven in Back street, 116. 
for bakers' oven in Back street, refused, 

117. 

foj; bakers' oven in Union street, con- 
sideration of, 107, 108. 
for bakers' oven in Union street, refused, 

110. 
for by-lawa for Boylston Market, 141, 

153. 

for care of Park Street clock, 162. 
for care of Rebecca Parrot, 101. 
for change of name of Southacks court, 

188. 

for committee to select place for execu- 
tion, 34, 35. 

for committee to select place for execu- 
tion, refused, 35, 36. 
for company of firemen, 149. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



279 



Petition for completion and extension of 

Northampton street, 100, 101. 
for completion of drain in Gooch street, 

136. 
for completion of drain in Gooch street, 

report on, 140. 
for drain under Merchants Hall, referred 

to committee, 147. 
for extension of ropewalk over old lines, 

granted. 111. 

for extension of Sunnier street, 133. 
for extension of Sumner street, report on, 

134. 

for fence near ropewalks, 157. 
for fire buckets for schools, 131, 144. 
for fire engine in So. Boston, 186. 
for fish boxes on Town dock, 175. 
for fish stall at head of Winnesimit 

ferry, 54. 
for fish stall at head of Winnesimit ferry, 

granted, 55. 

for guardian for Lewis Bailey, 239. 
for guardian for William Clough, 214. 
for guardian for John David, 140, 153. 
for guardian for Sally Hall, 109. 
for guardian for John Hewitt, 187. 
for guardian for John Hutchinson, 120. 
for guardian for George T. Jackson, 225. 
for guardian for Ruth Lambert, 68. 
for guardian for Sarah Lillie, 42. 
for guardian for Elizabeth Ray, 177. 
for guardian for James Ross, 83. 
for guardian for Charles B. Simpson, 164. 
for guardian for Edward Smith, 74. 
for guardian for William Turner, 231. 
for guardian for James Washburn, Jr., 

178. 

for guardian for Thomas Williston, 83. 
for indemnity for land in Derne street, 

218. 

for land for use of firemen, 132. 
for lard refinery on Bray'a wharf, refused, 

170. 

for lease of land on flats of Mill Dam, 213. 
for lease of land on Mill pond, 110. 
for lease of land on the Neck, 54. 
for lease of land on the Neck, refused, 55. 
for lease of Town House, 127, 128. 
for lease of Town House, report on, 158. 
for license as Justice of the Peace, for 

captain of town watch, 112. 
for licenses, committee to pass on, 9. 
for licenses, passed upon, 118. 
for licenses, not accepted after August 

26, 1819, 97. 

for lighting of lamps, 163. 
for loan from Franklin Fund, refused, 

112. 
for meeting relative to purchase of site 

of Old Court House, 205. 
for new market, remonstrance against, 

72. 

for new road at So. Boston, 137. 
for new road in So. Boston, referred to 

committee, Sect. 4, 149. 
for new street from Merrimack to Lever- 

ett, 148. 
for new street from Orange to Front, 

136, 149. 
for new street from Sumner to Bowdoin, 

granted, 146. 
for orders of notice for repairs of sewers, 

186. 
for paving of gutters in Middlecot 

street, 170. 
for payment of bill by E. H. Robbins, Jr., 

181, 182. 
for payment for land in Blossom street, 

134, 139. 
for payment for land to widen Elm 

street, 83. 
for payment for land in Harvard street, 

referred to referees, 70. 
for permanent watch in Market, 215. 



Petition for portico at east end of Faneuil 

Hall, 132. 

for pump in Cambridge street, 5. 
for pump at head of Doane street, 231. 
for pump at head of Doane street, report 

on, 232. 

for pump in well near North School- 
house, 195. 

for reduction of rent in market, 176 
for reduction of rent in Town house, 119. 
for reduction of rent in Town house, 

granted, 181. 

for remittance of rent for land, 131. 
for removal of carriages from east side 

of Old State House, 64. 
for removal of carts from Broad street, 

refused, 218. 
for removal of hand carts from Kilby 

street, 52, 54. 
for removal of hand carts from sidewalks 

of Greens wharf, 190. 
for removal of scales from Dock square, 

128. 

fop removal of shed from Love lane, 174. 
for removal of watch house in Orange 

street, 111. 
for removal of watch house in Orange 

street, report on, 116. 
for repair of assessors room, 191. 
for repair of sewer in Federal street, 164. 
for repair of sewer in Federal street, com- 
mittee on, 165. 

for repair of sewer in Pond street, 164. 
for repairs in Olive street, 225. 
for repairs to vegetable stalls in market, 

132. 

for repaving Cook's court, 72. 
for repaving Middle street, 206. 
for ringing of bell on Second Church, 156. 
for sidewalk in Charles street, 225. 
for theatre license for Washington gardens, 

126. 
for theatrical performances at Federal 

Street Theatre, granted, 105. 
for transfer of auctioneers' office, 108. 
for use of Boylston schoolhouse, 131. 
for use of building as livery stable, 

refused, 117, 118. 
for use of Faneuil Hall, 73, 130, 136, 143. 

148, 177, 185, 200, 218, 240, 244. 
for use of land, west end of Charter street, 

154. 
for use of Old South Church, July 4th, 

157. 

for use of schoolhouse in Fort Hill, 52. 
for use of South schoolhouse by Hollis 

street society, 49. 
for use of street in front of St. Paul's 

Church, 129. 
for use of street in front of St. Paul's 

Church, granted, 131, 143, 144. 
for watch at market, not granted, 233. 
for well, east end of Faneuil Hall, 156. 
of William Allison for cost of suit as town 

constable, 64. 
of William Allison for cost of suit as town 

constable, refused, 64. 
of William Eustis for compensation for 

land in Elm street, 70, 71. 
of James Shed for stand in Central 

street, 89. 

of Baptist Society for new bell ringer, 161. 
of Board of Health relative to sewer in 

Gooch street, 136. 
of Boston and Roxbury Mill Corporation 

for extension of time to complete 

works, 127. 

of Boston and Roxbury Mill Dam Cor- 
poration to hire land, 188. 
of citizens to form private patrol, 32, 33, 

39, 40. 
of Fire Wards for land for use of firemen, 

144. i 

of Fire Wards for new engine, 196. 



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Petition of people of color to visit schools, 

granted, 117. 
of sealer of weights and measures for 

additional compensation, 119. 
relative to course of canal through town 

land at Gravelly point, 20. 
relative to drain in Warren street, 209. 
relative to drain in Warren street, report 

on, 213. 
relative to land to widen Blossom street^ 

referred to committee, 146. 
relative to land on Charles street and 

Mill Dam, referred to committee, 218. 
relative to laying out of streets on Mill 

Pond, 199. 
relative to mortgage on estate of Miss 

Perkins, refused, 13. 
relative to repair of sewer in Garden 

street, 188. 
that carts be allowed to stand at east 

end of Faneuil Hall, 106. 
that no goods be sold at auction in 

Union street, 90. 
that rent of land leased from town be 

remitted, granted, 144. 
that restriction of auction sales in speci- 
fied streets be removed, refused, 117. 
that Ridgeway's lane be made public 

passageway, 5. 
that Ridgeway's lane be made public 

passageway, report on, 5, 6. 
that street from Orange to Front be 

called Pine street, 241. 
that town defray expense of prosecuting 

member of Engine No. 12, 42. 
that town defray expense of prosecuting 

member of Engine No. 12, granted, 43. 
that town offer reward for detection of 

person setting fires to ropewalks, 113, 

114. 
that town pay part of expense of paving 

Sheafe lane, 87. 
that town pay part of expense of paving 

Sheafe lane, refused, 87. 
that town repair pump in Cambridge 

street, refused, 6. 
to ascertain amount of land to widen 

Harvard street, 62, 63. 
to ascertain height of streets, 214. 
to be appointed measurer of wood, 225. 
to build bakers' oven, 6. 
to build livery stable in Scott's court, 3. 
to build porticoes in Olive street, 205. 
to build porticoes in Olive street, granted, 

208. 
to build well in Portland street, granted, 

174. 
to change course of sewer in Water 

street, 70, 71. 

to change name of Adams street, 49. 
to change name of Lendell's lane, 216. 
to change name of Lendell's lane, 

granted, 217. 
to change name of Love lane, granted, 

202. 
to change name of Marshall's lane, 

granted, 245. 

to change name of Pond street, 182. 
to change name of Round lane, 179. 
to change name of Round lane, report 

on, 179, 180. 

to change name of Southack's court, 183. 
to close arch in Franklin street,-159. 
to complete drain in Pleasant street, 182. 
to complete street from Broadway to 

shipyard, 108. 
to connect Mill Dam with Charles 

street, 198. 
to continue drain in Cambridge street, 

196. 

to continue pavement in Pitts street, 226. 
to dig well in Park street, 3, 4. 
to enlarge Ancient and Honorable 

Artillery Armory, 206. 



Petition to enlarge Engine No. 2, 171. 
to erect arches under Common street, 

granted, 202, 207. 

to erect bakers' oven in Union street, 105. 
to erect portico at east end of Faneuil 

Hall, 145. 

to erect stoves in Broad street, 183. 
to erect tent on Common, refused, 208. 
to exhibit painting of Declaration of 

Independence in Faneuil Hall, granted, 

15, 16, 17, 150, 162. 
to extend Balch's wharf, 197. 
to extend Balch's wharf, refused, 197. 
to extend Beacon street. 169. 
to extend road at South Boston, 132, 145. 
to extend Sumner street, 145. 
to fire on streets or Common, refused, 93. 
to form patrol in Ward 2, granted, 33. 
to furnish gunpowder for troops, 245. 
to hire land on Mill Pond, 187. 
to lay out new road in So. Boston, 170. 
to lease land on Mill Pond, 9. 
to lease land on Neck, 135, 148. 
to lease stalls on south side of market, 

refused, 12, 13. 
to light Columbia street, 204. 
to light lamps on summer evenings, 202. 
to lower Belknap street, 109. 
to lower Court street, refused, 4. 
to lower Southack street, 6. 
to obtain gravel from Fox Island, 156. 
to open Northampton street, 213. 
to open passageway adjoining lot No. 1, 

213. 
to open passageway from Brighton to 

Spring street, 189, 191. 
to open street from Merrimack to 

Leverett, 135. 
to open streets in So. Boston, referred to 

committee, 208. 
to open streets in So. Boston referred to 

committee, report on, 209, 210. 
to pave Berry and Myrtle streets, post- 
poned action on, 71. 
to pave Botolph street, 196. 
to pave Chambers street, 189. 
to pave Charter street, 203. 
to pave Columbia street, 204. 
to pave Common street, 135, 148, 203, 

204. 

to pave Cross street, 195. 
to pave Fish street, 156. 
to pave Front street, 188. 
to pave Middle street, 163. 
to pave Middle street, refused, 166. 
to pave Mill Pond street, 188. 
to pave Portland street, 160. 
to pave Prince street, 135, 148. 
to pave Tremont street, 203, 204. 
to pave Union street, 176. 
to pave Warren street, 191. 
to pave Wjlson's lane, 166. 
to pave Wilson's lane, refused, 168. 
to pave gutter in Middlecot street, 203. 
to pave gutter in Middlecot street, report 

on, 204. 
to pave new street, from Court to Brattle, 

161. 
to pave new street, from Court to Brattle, 

granted, 162. 
to pave passageway at bottom of Foster 

street, 238. 
to place chain across Park street during 

Sunday services, 161. 
to purchase land on Mill Pond, 188. 
to raise Back street, 216. 
to raise company of firemen, 151. 
to raise company for new engine, 236. 
to receive and deliver goods frqm store, 

granted, 137, 150. 

to refine lard near Bray's Wharf, 169. 
to refine lard on Lock's Wharf, 99. 
to refine lard on Lock's Wharf, refused, 

100, 101. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



281 



Petition to reinstate members of Engine 

No. 12, 43. 

to repair Beacon street, 166, 168. 
to repair Blossom street, 177. 
to repair Charles street, 177. 
to repair Fort Hill, 188. 
to repair Mason street, 4. 
to repair Poplar street, 177. 
to repair West Center street, 165. 
to repair passageway back of Merchants 

Hall, 195. 
to repair sewer in Atkinson street, 138, 

150, 151. 

to repair sewer in Cambridge street, 1. 
to repair sewer in Jarvis row, 138, 166, 

151. 

to repair sewer in Pleasant street, 173. 
to repair sewer in South street, 158. 
to repair sewer in Summer street, 199. 
to repair streets in Distillhouse square, 

214. 
to repair street in South Boston, refused, 

178. 
to repair vegetable stalls in market, 

144. 
to sell at public auction in market, 

refused, 116. 

to sell mineral water on Sundays, 207. 
to sink well in Portland street, 169. 
to straighten line of Ivers street, 182. 
to straighten line of Ivers street, report 

on, 182. 

to widen Brattle street, 147, 171. 
to widen Congress street, 121. 
to widen Hanover street, 240. 
to widen Middle street, 161. 

Pettes, , 73, 74. 

Phillips, Edward, 247. 

John, 131, 137, 144, 150, 251. 

John L., 251. 

Nathaniel, 167. 

Samuel, 54, 132, 145, 195. 

Turner, 3, 36, 37, 45, 47, 50, 56, 58, 60. 

61, 66, 68, 69, 83, 88, 102, 114, 132, 

144, 161. 
Willard, 13. 
William, 49. 

, Capt., 33. 

, 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 

22, 35, 39, 40, 42, 44, 53, 57, 62, 64, 65, 

66, 73, 74, 76, 78, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95, 98, 

103, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 

113, 115, 116, 117, 118. 119, 120, 121, 

122, 123, 126, 128, 129, 207, 223, 237, 

252 

Pickman, Col., 210. 
Pierce, David, 157. 
James, 180, 209. 
Pierces alley, lamps in, 229. 
Pierpont, Rev. Mr., 65, 249. 
Pinckney street, lamps in, 228. 
Pine street, petition to name street from 

Orange to Front, 241. 
Pitts, Wm., and others, suit against town 

by, non-suited, 49, 50. 
street, 9. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
street, pavement of, petition to continue, 

226. 

street, petition, 187. 
street, repairs to, 224. 
Plans, new prison, committee to meet 

relative to, 120, 121, 122. 
Pleasant street, lamps in, 228. 
street, sewer in, 173. 
street, sewerin, petition to complete, 182. 
Police of Wilmington, N. C., petition from, 

for aid for fire sufferers, 117. 
officer, action against, 105. 
officer, appointment of, 132, 145. 
officer, badge for, 136, 148. 
officers, choice of, 54, 59. 
officers, committee to consider reducing 

number of, 57. 



Police officers, committee to consider re- 
ducing number of, report on, 57, 58. 
officers, committee to inquire into duties 

of, 187. 

officer, fines received by, 120. 
officers, number of, to be reduced, 57, 58. 
officer, report of obstructions in streets 

by, 120. 
office, report of, relative to incumbrancea 

in Fosters lane, 64, 65. 
officer, salary of, 59, 60, 145. 
officer, salary of, additional, 252. 
officer to allow stands in Central street 

during pleasure of Board, 89. 
officer to direct repairing of sidewalk on 

Common street, 106. 
officer to dispose of manure in streets, 

130. 
officer to enforce law relative to carriages 

standing in streets, 169. 
officer to forbid fruit stands on streets, 

78. 
officer to inquire relative to lamp broken 

in Bromfields lane, 175. 
officer to notify Capt. Joseph Jenkins to 

relay pavement, 67. 

officer to notify teamsters as to weight 
allowed on carts, wagons and trucks, 
54, 55. 
officer to order bench removed from 

Dock square, 63. 
officer to order renewal of carriage 

licenses, 155. 
officer to prosecute Simeon M. Bowen 

for obstruction of sidewalk, 173. 
officer to prosecute offenders of By- 
Laws, 233. 
officer to prosecute owners of hackney 

carriages, 183, 184. 
officers to visit town watch, 43, 45. 
officer, deputy quarterly returns of, 8, 

57. 
Superintendent of, quarterly returns of, 

8, 33, 57. 
Superintendent of, to order repaving of 

bouthacks court, 17. 
Superintendent of, to stop auction sales 

in State street, 58, 59. 
Superintendent of, town watch visited 

by, 42. 

Pollack (Pollock), Allan, 54, 119, 131, 144. 
Pollard, Aaron, 156. 
Polls ratable, assistant assessors to furnish 

list of, 62. 
Pond street, petition for repair of sewer in, 

164. 
street, to change name of, to Bedford, 

182. 

Pool, Thomas, 167. 
Poor, Overseers of, 1, 3, 17, 132. 
Poplar street, drain in, 189. 
street, amps in, 229. 
street, petition to repair, 177. 
Porter, Gen., 94. 
Porters for market, 175. 
Porticoes in Olive street, petition to build, 

205. 
in Olive street, petition to build, granted, 

208. 

Portland street, lamps in, 229. 
street, petition to pave, 160. 
street, petition to sink well in, 169. 
street, petition to sink well in, granted, 

174. 

Posts, stone for Common, 206. 
Pound, to erect for hogs, 12, 14. 

Powell, , 105. 

Elizabeth, 217. 

Snelling, 174. 

& Dickson, 4. 

Powers, Levi, 168. 

Thomas, 164. 
Pratt, Eleazer, 249. 
Paul, 167. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Precept from Judge of Probate Court, 183, 

200, 205, 209, 213, 214, 238. 
Premiums for Hook and Ladder Company, 

187, 189, 190. 
Prentice, William H., 158. 
Prescott, Edward, 86. 

Jonathan, 86, 162, 209, 213. 
William, 15, 182, 214. 

President of U. S., opinion of, relative to 
conduct of Lt. James Scallan, 102, 103. 
Prince, James, 34, 35, 36. 
Job, estate of, 11. 
street, 5. 

street, abutters to pave sidewalks in, 157. 
street, encroachment on, 107. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, ownership of land in, to be in- 
vestigated, 206. 

street, petition to pave, 135, 148. 
street, repair of, 199. 
street, sewer in, assessments for, 180. 
street, sewer in, committee report on, 

170. 

street, sewer in, insufficient size of, 173. 
street, town's right to land in, 18. 
Printing list of taxes, to advertise for pro- 
posals for, 236. 

list of taxes, contract for, 237, 238. 
list of voters, 240. 
notifications, 11, 48, 65, 128. 
oration, July 4th, 73, 74. 
of public documents, 65. 
rules and orders, 2, 3. 
rules and regulations for watch, 168. 
Prison, new, meeting of committee rela- 
tive to plans of, 102, 118, 120, 121, 122. 
new, selectmen to confer with Justices of 
Court of Sessions relative to erection 
of, 70, 71. 

Probate Courts. (.See Courts.) 
Proctor, John, 91, 108. 
Proctors lane, paved, 90. 
Property of Miss Perkins, request to take 

note on mortgage on, refused, 13. 
Proposal for care of Broad street, 127. 
for fence on Common, 137, 149. 
for new engine, 224, 225. 
for new lamps referred to committee on 

lighting, 170. 

for new vegetable market, 217. 
for oil for town lamps, 9, 94, 96, 98, 175. 
for oil for town lamps accepted, 107, 170. 
for painting Faneuil Hall, 206, 207, 219, 

220. 

for paving, to advertise for, 139, 152. 
for watering streets, 66. 
for watering streets not accepted, 66. 
on behalf of town not to be entered into 

by Selectmen, 185. 
to fill dock, Rainsfords lane, 173. 
to water part of market rejected, 89. 
Prosecutions against Simeon Bowen, 173. 
against livery stable in Scott's court, 169. 
against owners of hackney carriages, 

183, 184. 

of delinquents of Franklin Fund, sus- 
pended, 116. 

for encroachment of Common street, 220. 
for encroachment of Common street, 

suspension of, 221. 
of member of Engine No. 12, expense paid 

by town, 42, 43. 
of person having stand in Dock square, 

not sustained, 87. 
Prospect street, lamps in, 229. 
Prouty, Asa, 209. 

Public documents, printing and distribu- 
tion of, 65. 

Pump in Cambridge street, petition for, 5. 
in Cambridge street, petition to repair, 

refused, 6. 

in Doane street, 207. 
in Doane street (head of), petition for, 
231. 



Pump in Doane street (head of), petition 
for, report on, 232. 

in Fish street, to repair, 169. 

in Fort Hill wharf, repairs to, 129. 

in State and Kilby street, to repair, 158, 
202. 

in well near North Schoolhouse, petition 

for, 195. 
Purchase street, 12. 

street, lamps in, 229, 230. 

street, pavement in, Capt. Joseph Jenk- 
ins ordered to relay, 67. 



Quincy, A., 218. 
A. H., 158. 
Abraham, 214. 
Josiah, 245. 



Q. 



R. 



Railing for sidewalk in Charles street, 199. 
Rainsfords lane, dock at bottom of, request 

for removal of, 171. 
lane, lease of land at bottom of, 234. 
lane, to build wharf at end of, 199. 
Rand, Isaac, 165. 
Randall & Kilvert, 182. 
Ray, Elizabeth, 177. 

William, petition for guardian for, 213. 
Records, committee to consider building 

fireproof safe for, 174. 
of town dock to be copied, 9. 
Redding & Russell, 206. 
Redlington, Henry, 167. 
Redman, John, 236, 237. 

Thos., 86. 

Reed, George, 86, 162, 209. 
George, Jr., 86. 
John, 190. 

, Mr., 68. 

Referees to consider payment for land in 

Harvard street, 70. 
to consider payment for land in Harvard 

street, report of, 188, 189. 
to settle claim of Edw. Haynes for land 

in Elm street, 106, 107, 108. 
to settle claim of Edw. Haynes for land 

in Elm street, report of, 111. 
Refinery, lard, petition for, near Brays 

wharf, 169. 
lard, petition for, near Brays wharf, 

refused, 170. 

lard, petition for, in Lock's wharf, 99. 
lard, petition for, in Lock's wharf, refused, 

100, 101. 
lard, petition for use of building on 

Phila Packet wharf as, 105. 
Registry of Deeds, plan of So. Boston 

burial ground, recorded in, 38. 
Remonstrance against incorporation of 

Dock square estate, 122. 
against incorporation of Dock square 

estate, copy of, 123, 124. 
against rectifying spirits on Swetts 

wharf, 212. 

against trucks in Broad street, 143. 
Rents for flats on Common, 9, 14, 19, 32. 
for land, petition to remit, 131, 144. 
for lease of Ropewalk land, 196. 
market stalls, 10, 154, 155. 
reduction of, on Neck, 77. 
town house (Old State House), petition 

for reduction of, 119. 
town house (Old State House) , reduction 

of, 181. 
town house (Old State House) , refusal to 

pay, 237. 

Repairs, assessors' room, 191. 
barn on Deer Island, 159. 
bridge over Canal, 203. 
engine house in Ann street, 115. 
engine No. 12, 237. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



283 



Repairs, Faneuil Hall, 220. 
Franklin school, 203. 
Latin school, 109. 
Old State House, committee to estimate 

expense of, 171. 
Old State House, office in, Freemasons to 

make, 237. 

pump in Fish street, 169. 
pump, Fort Hill wharf, 129. 
pump, State and Kilby streets, 158, 202, 

204. 

schools, 140, 141, 153. 
Selectmen's room, 136. 
sidewalks, 155, 173. 
streets, committee to report on amount 

expended on, 91. 
streets, south part of town, 219. 
Ann street, 98. 
Back street, 205. 
Bangs alley, 158. 
Brighton street, 158. 
Charles street, 108. 
Cross street, 215. 
Franklin place, 232. 
Front street, 115. 
Merrimack street, 202. 
Olive street, petition for, 225. 
Pitts street, 224. 
Ship street, 215. 
West Center street, 176. 
Wilson's lane, 15, 17. 
Representatives to General Court, meeting 

for choice of, 65. 

Reservoir, near market, building of, recom- 
mended, 161. 
Retailers, renewal of licenses of, committee 

to pass on, 83. 

renewal of licenses of, to be refused to 

those not complying with the law, 84. 

Reward for detection of persons breaking 

town lamps, 119. 
for detection of persons destroying fence, 

173. 
for detection of persons removing ballast 

from Deer Island, 56. 
for detection of persons setting fire to 

ropewalks, 113, 
Reynolds, John, 167. 
Rice, David, 208, 209. 
Urban, 157. 

, Mr., 210, 224. 

Rich, Capt. Benjamin, petition of, for 
incorporation of Dock square estate, 
to be opposed by board, 122, 123, 124. 
B., 125. 
Richardson, A., 72. 

Luke, 250. 
Richmond street, committee to pave, 90. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
Ridgway, John, 166. 
Riley, Michael, 209, 233. 
Riots at West Boston, extra constables 

and watchmen to suppress, 173. 
Ripley, Joseph, 86. 

Tilson, 17. 
Rixford, David, 86. 
Road on Common from Pleasant street to 

Fox hill, 166. 

Robbins, Ebenezer, 225, 233. 
E. H., Jr., 181. 

, Mr., 127. 

Roberts, Frink, 86. 
Robinson, George, 209. 

James, 205. 
Rogers, Daniel D., 3. 

D. D., 146, 165, 166, 169. 
Ropewalk land, lease of, 196. 

walks, committee to ascertain bounds 

of, 11Q. 
walks, committee to ascertain bounds of, 

report on, 1 10. 

walks, objection to digging well near, 48. 
walk, on Common, committee to investi- 
gate, 14. 



Ropewalks, petition for extension of, 

granted, 111. 

walks, petition for fence near, 157. 
walks, reward for detection of persons 

setting fire to, 113, 114. 
Ross, James, application for guardian for, 

83. 
Roulstone, Michael, 239, 240. 

John, 86, 119. 
Round lane, lamps in, 230. 

lane, petition to change name of, 179. 
lane, petition to change name of, report 

on, 179, 180. 
lane, sewer in, 138, 151. 
Rowe, Anthony, 167. 
Rowland, Christopher, 229. 

William, 229. 
Roxbury, bounds of, 222, 223, 227. 

committee from, to confer relative to 

repair of gutter on Neck, 181. 
perambulation of lines of, 219. 
Rules & regulations fof Engine No. 13, 

read, 128. 

& regulations for watch, 40, 41. 
& regulations for watch, captain of, 198, 

199. 
& regulations for watch, to be printed, 

168. 
& regulations for standing of carts and 

trucks jn streets, 2, 77. 
& regulations of new engine company 

presented to Board, 239. 
& regulations of Selectmen, revised and 

accepted, 52. 

& regulations of Selectmen that mem- 
bers serve on committees assigned them, 
213 

Rupp, Frederick, 228. 
Russell, Benjamin, 130, 143, 177, 244, 250, 

251. 

Nathaniel P., 246, 247, 251. 
Samuel, 167. 
Walter, 188. 
Russell & Redding, 206. 

S. 

Safes, fireproof, for records, committee to 

consider building, 174. 
St. Paul's church, petition for use of street 

by proprietors of, 129. 
church, petition for use of street by 

proprietors of, granted, 131, 143, 144. 
Salaries, captain of watch, 132, 145, 195. 
clerk of market, 14, 132. 
messenger to Selectmen, 135. 
police officer, additional for, 252. 
police officers, 132, 145. 
tythingman, 132, 145. 
Salem street, lamps in, 228. 
Salisbury, Samuel, 199. 
Salmon, John, 44. 
Salutation street, lamps in, 229. 
Sanborn, Andrew, 86, 162. 
Sancry, Peter, 167. 
Sargent, Daniel, 86. 
Henry, 137, 150. 
Ignatius, 86. 

& Hart, 70, 71, 75, 104, 156, 158, 175, 198. 
Savannah, request for aid for fire sufferers 

of, 125. 

Savels, John A., 203, 204. 
Sawtelle, Jedediah, 162, 177, 209. 
Scales, Dock Square, petition for removal 

of, 128. 
lease of, 177. 
Scallan, James, Lieut., 80, 81, 82, 83, 88, 

96, 102, 103. 
James, communication from, relative to 

oration, July 5th, 78, 79. 
Schaffer, John H., 126, 184. 
School committee, legality of seat of Rev. 

Mr. Lowell in, questioned, 139, 152. 
committee, meeting of, 113. 



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School committee, names of, 248, 249. 
committee, petition of, for fire buckets, 

131, 144. 
committee, report of, on compensation to 

Hollis Street Society for loss of Frank- 
lin Hall, 59, 63. 
committee to attend funeral of Benjamin 

Austin, 136. 

committee, vote for choice of, 247. 
School street, lamps in, 229. 

street, private patrol in, 39, 40. 
Schools, committees to make repairs in, 

140, 141, 153. 
committees on, 53. 

Adams, dry condition of well at, 225, 226. 
Boylston, petition for use of, 131. 
Boylston, to build wall back of, 223, 224. 
Fort Hill, petition for use of, 52. 
Franklin, gutters to be placed on, 92. 
Franklin, repairs to, 203. 
Latin, repairs in, 109. 
singing, erection of, by society in Hollis 

street, 33, 34. 
South, deed of upper story sent to 

Register of Deeds, 89. 
South reading, consideration of report 

on, 33, 34. 

So. Boston, firewood for, 14. 
So. Boston, location of, 12, 13. 
fire buckets for, 131, 144. 
visitation of, 43, 127, 208, 238. 
visitation of, committee to arrange for 

dinner at, 161. 
wood for, 170, 215. 
Scott, Daniel, 209. 

Scott's court, petition for livery stable in, 3. 
Sea street, lamps in, 230. 
Sealer of boats and lighters, 131, 144. 
of weights and measures. (See Weights 

and Measures.) 

Sears, David, 131, 133, 143, 146,156, 227. 
Seaver, Benjamin, 86. 

Ebenezer, 223. 
Second Church, petition for ringing of bell 

on, 156. 

street, lamps in, 229. 
Secretary of War, communication from, 

relative to Lieut. Scallan, 96. 
Selectmen of Boston, 223. 
of Dorchester, 223. 
of Roxbury, 223. 

chairman, choice of, 129, 130, 142, 185. 
chairman given vote of thanks of Board, 

184. 
chairman given vote of thanks of Board, 

reply of, 184, 185. 
chairman to procure benches for Faneuil 

Hall, 71. 
chairman, vote of thanks of Board 

given to, 252. 
committee to advise relative to current 

expenses of, 65. 
committees, names of, 130. 
committees of, for various sections, 142, 

143. 
death of Benjamin Austin, member of, 

136. 
department of, committee to estimate 

expense of, 196. 
dinner of. 131, 137, 144, 150. 
disposal of money received for auc- 
tioneers' licenses by, 239, 240. 
Lemuel Shaw declines to be candidate 

for office of, 129. 

meeting of, to correct list of voters, 65. 
messenger to, 135. 
messenger to, appointed, 233. 
messenger, to advertise for, 147, 148, 233. 
minutes of meetings of, to be entered in 

records, 202. 
not to enter into any proposal or contract 

on behalf of town, 185. 
oath of office administered to, 129, 130, 

142, 185. 



Selectmen, pavers to be approved by ma- 
jority of, 70. 

revised rules and orders of, 52. 

room of, clock for, 176, 239. 

room of, to be repaired, 136, 148. 

to attend funeral of Benjamin Austin, 
136, 149. 

to confer with Justices of Court of Ses- 
sions relative to erection of new prison, 
70. 

to investigate encroachment on Beacon 
and Somerset streets, 98. 

to investigate encroachment on Beacon 
and Somerset streets, report on, 99, 100. 

to view Kingston street, 176, 177. 

to visit schools, 127. 

treasurer of, 135]. 

treasurer of, choice of, 190. 

treasurer of, report on accounts of, 191, 
192, 193, 194. 

vacancy in Board of, not to fill, 220. 

vote of thanks of, to Eliphalet Williams, 

184. 
Senators, choice of, 244. 

list of voters for, 43. 
Seventh street, 38. 
Seward, Benjamin, 167. 
Sewers (see drains), committee on, 165. 

laid by Mill Pond Corporation, inspection 
of, 214, 215. 

orders of notice for repair of, 186. 

petition for acceptance of, 188. 

from Prince to Mill Pond street, report of 
committee on, 170. 

on Common, communication relative to, 
referred to committee, 206. 

under Merchants Hall, 134. 

under Merchants Hall, change of course 
of, recommended, 104, 162. 

under Merchants Hall, change of course 
of, referred to committee, 146. 

Atkinson street, 155. 

Atkinson street, account of, referred to 
committee, 175. 

Atkinson street, advertisement for meet- 
ing of proprietors of , 150, 151. 

Atkinson street, assessments for, 181. 

Atkinson street, assessment for, error in, 
197. 

Atkinson street, petition to repair, 138, 
150, 151. 

Bangs alley, new, to Broad street, 104. 

Bangs alley, new, to Broad street, ex- 
pense of, 104. 

Berry street, 151. 

Bowdoin street, 221. 

Broad street, 151. 

in Bulfinch street, communication rela- 
tive to, 186. 

Cambridge street, petition to continue, 
196. 

Cambridge street, petition to repair, 166. 

Cambridge street, to lay in, 220. 

Charles street, expense of, 203. 

Chestnut street, expense of, 203. 

Commercial street, 151. 

Cornhill, order of notice to proprietor 
of, 205. 

Cotton alley, 151. 

Federal court, 151. 

Federal street, 151, 164. 

Franklin street, 151. 

Garden street, repair of, 188. 

Gooch street, 148, 153. 

Gooch street, Mill Pond Corporation to 
complete, 140. 

Hanover street, meeting of proprietors 
of, 204. 

Hatter square, 151. 

High street, 151. 

Jarvis row, petition to repair, 138, 139, 
151. 

Jarvis row, proprietors of, to meet at 
selectmen's room, 151. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



285 



Sewers, Kilby street, petition to repair, 168. 
Marlboro street, 151. 
Middle street, repair of, 190. 
Milk street, 151. 
Otis place, 151. 

Pleasant street, petition to complete, 182. 
Pond street, petition for repair of, 164. 
Poplar street, 189. 
Prince street, assessment for, 180. 
Prince street, insufficient size of, 173. 
Round lane, 151. 
Sister street, 138, 151. 
South street, petition to repair, 158. 
Summer street, petition to repair, 199. 
Union street, meeting of proprietors of, 

204. 
Warren street, committee to consider 

petition relative to, 209. 
Warren street, committee to consider 

petition relative to, report on, 213. 
Water street, petition to change course 

of, 70. 
Water street, petition to change course 

of, committee to consider, 71, 75. 
Shacksford, William, 168, 230. 
Shales, William, 168. 
Sharp, Rev. Mr., 129, 131, 137, 144, 150. 
Shaw, Horatio H., 109. 
John A., 48. 
Joseph, 228. 

Lemuel, 53, 63, 129, 218. 
, 52, 53, 57, 59, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 

69, 70, 74, 76, 78, 79, 89, 90, 91, 92, 

95, 96, 97, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 110, 

111, 112, 113, 115, 116, 117, 119, 120, 

122, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129. 
Sheafe (Sheaf) lane, lamps in, 229 

lane, request that town pay part of 

expense of paving, refused, 87. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
Shed, James, 89. 
Ship street, lamps in, 229. 

street, repairs to, 215. 
Shipley, Joel, 44, 92, 93, 188, 250. 
Shoes, to lease Market stalls for sale of, 

175. 
Shops, opening of, on Sundays, complaint 

against, 173. 
opening of, on Sundays, notices relative 

to, 160. 
opening of, on Sundays, prosecutions for, 

163. 

carpenters, on Mill Pond land, 9. 
Short street, lamps in, 230. 
Shute, Ebenezer, 86, 162, 209. 
Sidewalks, Ann street to be laid with brick, 

73. 

Beacon street, 226. 
Beacon street, communication relative 

to, 231. 
Beacon street, protest against lowering 

edgestones of, 231, 232. 
Bedford street, paving of, 214. 
Charles street, 226. 
Charles street, petition for, 225. 
Charles street, railing for, 199. 
Common.street, paving of, 171, 175. 
Common street, repairing of, 106. 
Court street, to be lowered, 5. 
Dock square, 214. 
Franklin street, widening of, 208. 
Long lane, bad condition of, 166, 168. 
Mill Pond street, plank for, 200. 
Nassau street, property owners to com- 
plete, 19. 

Prince street, abutters to pave, 157. 
Southacks court, order to repave, 18. 
in front of Boylston market, alteration 

of, 191. 

obstruction of, prosecution for, 173. 
order to repair, 155, 173. 
Sigourney, Andrew, death of, 164, 165. 

, Mrs., 164. 

Silliman, Professor, 15, 16. 



Silsby, Enoch, 36, 37, 107. 

, 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 17, 35, 39, 43, 44, 

52, 53, 55, 57, 65, 66, 67, 72, 74, 78, 79, 
91, 95, 97, 103, 105, 108, 110. 
Simmons, Justice, 87. 
Simonds, Jonathan, 52, 240. 
Simpson, Charles B., 164. 
Isaac P., 197. 

, Mr., 9. 

Sister street, lamps in, 230. 
street, sewer in, 138, 151. 
Slavery, abolition of, anniversary of, 156. 
Sleds, regulations for, 2, 3. 

stands for, 77. 
Smith, Abiel, 49, 50. 

Abiel, money from fund of, invested in 

Suffolk Bank, 50. 

Abiel, shares in Springfield Bridge Corpo- 
ration left by, sold at auction, 48. 
Abiel, shares in Springfield Bridge Corpo- 
tion left by, sold at auction, surplus 
to be paid to selectmen, 48. 
Benjamin, 244. 
Ebenezer, 18, 174, 176, 188. 
Edward, 74. 

Elisha, 67, 36, 118, 119, 162, -209. 
Hiram, 252. 

Jeremiah P., 206, 207, 220. 
Joel, 189. 
Robert, 167. 

Snelling, , 105. 

Samuel, 161. 
Snow, Gideon, 251. 
Snowdon, William, 190. 
Snow Hill street, encroachment on, 114. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
Societies, associated engine, petition from, 

42, 43. 

associated engine, report of meeting with, 
relative to reinstatement of Engine 
Company No. 12, 44, 45, 46, 47. 
Episcopal, purchase of school bell by, 57. 
Episcopal, to loan bell to, 62. 
for Moral and Religious Instruction, 
petition of, for use of Boylston School- 
house, 131. 

Hollis street, committee to confer, rela- 
tive to remuneration to, for loss of 
Franklin Hall, 59, 63. 
Hollis street, petition from, for use of 

room in South Schoolhouse, 49. 
Hollis street, invitation from, to attend 

ordination of John Pierpont, 59. 
in Methodist alley, complaint of, relative 

to disturbance of society, 99, 100. 
in Methodist alley, member of, appointed 
constable, to apprehend disturbers, 99, 
100. 
Solicitor General to advise in suit of town 

as to rights in town dock, 101. 
Somerby, Edward, 220. 
Somerset place, lamps in, 229. 

street, encroachment on, 98, 99, 100. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
Somes, Nehemiah, 86. 

Nehemiah, 67. 
Southack, Francis, 126. 
Southack street, lamps in, 229. 
Southack's court, change of name of, 188. 
court, complaint against paving of, 17. 
court, Mr. Clark ordered to repave side- 
walk in, 18. 
court, petition to change name of, 

committee to consider, 183. 
South Allen street, lamps in, 229. 
Bennet street, lamps in, 228. 
Boston, 105. 
Boston Association, l._ 
Boston, burial ground in, 12. 
Boston, burial ground in, addition to, 

not granted, 93. 

Boston, burial ground in, bounds of, 38. 
Boston, burial ground in, commissioners 
to select site for, 37. 



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South Boston, burial ground in, commis- 
sioners to select site for, meeting of, 19, 
21, 22. 
Boston, burial ground in, committee of 

citizens relative to, 37. 
Boston, burial ground in, committee of 
citizens relative to, meeting of, 21, 22. 
Boston, burial ground in, committee to 

consider, 75. 
Boston, burial ground in, communication 

to Supreme Court relative to, 36, 37. 
Boston, burial ground in, communication 
to Supreme Court relative to, reply to, 
37, 38. 

Boston, burial ground in, location of, 13. 
Boston, burial ground in, site for, selected, 

37, 38. 
Boston, committee to appoint wharfinger 

at, 166. 
Boston, committee to visit, relative to 

opening new streets, 208. 
Boston, committee to visit, relative to 
opening new streets, report on, 209, 
210. 
Boston, complaint against U. S. troops 

in, 94, 95. 

Boston, Dorchester street laid out, 224. 
Boston, firewood for schoolhouse in, 14. 
Boston, market place in, 12. 
Boston, market place in, land for, 74. 
Boston, market place in, location of, 13. 
Boston, new road in, 140, 153. 
Boston, new road in, expense of, 153. 
Boston, new road in, petition for, 132, 

137, 145, 170. 

Boston, petition for fire engine in, 186. 
Boston, petition to repair street in, 

refused, 178. 

Boston, schoolhouse site in, 12. 
Boston, schoolhouae, location of, 13. 
Russell street, lamps in, 228. 
street, sewer in, petition to repair, 158. 
Southworth, Constant, 167, 229. 
Spear, D., 32. 
John, 167. 
Samuel, 91, 92, 95. 

, Mr., 40. 

Spirits, rectifying of, on Swetts wharf, com- 
plaint against, 212. 
Sprague, Samuel, 71. 

, Mr., 109, 156. 

Spring street, lamps in, 229. 

street to Brighton, petition to open pas- 
sageway from, 189, 191. 
Springfield Bridge Corporation, shares in, 

sold at auction, 48. 

Bridge Corporation, shares in, sold at 
auction, money from, invested in 
United States stocks, 49, 50. 
Stable, Hawkins street, complaint against, 

157. 
livery, Scotts court, complaint against, 

163. 
livery, Scotts court, complaint against, 

report on, 164, 165. 

livery, Scotts court, owners notified to 
comply with conditions of license, 165, 
166. 
livery, Scotts court, prosecution to be 

brought against, 169. 
livery, complaint against in Friend street, 

73. 
livery, petition for use of building as, 

refused, 117, 118. 
livery, petition to erect, 3. 
Stalls at west end of market, committee to 

repair or alter coverings of, 71. 
fish, petition for, 54, 55. 
vegetable, petition for repairs to, 132. 
Stands for trucks, carts and sleds, 2, 3, 77. 
fruit, police to forbid, 78. 
in Cornhill, persons occupying, to remove 

horses from carts, 97. 
on Common, letting of, on public days, 65. 



Staniford street, lamps in, 229. 

State Convention, choice of delegates to, 

street, 2. 

street, auction sales in, 60, 61. 

street, auction sales in, complaint aeainst. 

58, 59. 
street, auction sales in, license for, refused, 

145. 
street, auction sales in, not allowed, 84, 

132. 

street, carriages not to stand in, 64. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, petition against standing of trucks 

in, 76. 

street, removal of hand cart men from, 58. 
street, to repair pump in, 202, 204, 205. 

Stetson, , Major, 73. 

, Mr., 202. 

Stevens, Daniel, 67, 89. 

Stevenson, , Mr., 65. 

Steward, Jona, 167. 
Stoddard, Isaiah, 168. 
Stone, Joseph, 249. 

, Capt., 112. 

, Mr., 6. 

Stores, White, 12. 

petition to receive and deliver goods 

from, 137. 

Storey, Augustus, 6, 86. 
Stratton, Frink, 86. 
Streets, Ann, repairs to, 98. 

Atkinson, sewer in, assessment for, 181. 
Atkinson, sewer in, assessment for, error 

in, 197. 

Atkinson, sewer in, assessment for, peti- 
tion to repair, 138, 
Back, petition to raise, 216. 
Back, repairing of, 205. 
Bangs alley, new sewer in, 104. 
Bangs alley, repairs to, 158. 
Beacon, committee to confer relative to 

north line of, 69. 
Beacon, committee to confer relative 

to north line of, action on postponed, 

70. 

Beacon, encroachment on, 98, 99, 100. 
Beacon, objection to digging up of, 171. 
Beacon, petition for allowance for expense 

on, 134. 

Beacon, petition to extend, 169. 
Beacon, repair of, 6. 
Beacon, repair of, petition for, 166, 168. 
Beacon, sidewalk in, 226. 
Belknap, petition to lower, 109. 
Berry and Myrtle, action on petition to 

pave, postponed, 71. 
Blossom, land for, 134, 139. 
Blossom, land for, claims for, 89, 90, 91, 

93, 134, 139, 171. 
Blossom, land for, committee to consider 

petition relative to, 146. 
Blossom, petition to repair, 177. 
Bowdoin, repairs to, 6. 
Boylston, carts in, 154. 
Brattle, widening of, 227. 
Brattle, widening of, land for, 95 
Brattle, widening of, petition for, 134, 

147, 171. 

Brighton, relaying abutment in, 163. 
Brighton, repair of, 72. 
Brighton, repair of, estimate of, 158. 
Broad, carts in, 131, 143, 154. 
Broad, carts in, petition for removal of, 

214. 

Broad, carts in, removal of, refused, 218. 
Broad, proposal for care of, 127. 
Broadway, digging away of, 101. 
Broadway, repair of, 105. 
Broadway, to shipyard, petition to com- 
plete, 108. 

Butolph, petition to pave, 196. 
Butolph, to pave gutter in, 204. 
Cambridge, 6. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



287 



Streets, Cambridge, part of, to be cared for 

by Amos Wood, 121. 
Cambridge, removal of gravel from, 190. 
Central, petition for stands in, 89. 
Chambers, petition to pave, 189. 
Charles, petition for sidewalk in, 225. 
Charles, repair of, 108, 177. 
Charter, paving of, 204. 
Charter, paving of, petition for, 203. 
Chestnut, Board to view, 224. 
Columbia, petition to light, 204. 
Columbia, petition to pave, 204. 
Columbia, petition to pave, refused, 205. 
Commercial, carts in, 154. 
Common, arches under, petition to erect, 

202. 
Common, paving of, petition for, 148, 

203, 204. 

Common, paving sidewalks in, 171. 
Congress, widening of, land for, 127, 128. 
Congress, widening of, petition for, 121. 
Cooks court, petition to repave, 72. 
Court, lowering of, 1, 3, 5. 
Court to Brattle (new), petition to pave, 

161. 
Court to Brattle (new), petition to pave, 

granted, 162. 

Cross, encroachment on, 175. 
Cross, encroachment on, removal of, 

202, 203. 

Cross, petition to pave, 195. 
Cross, repairs to, 215. 
Derne, petition for indemnity for land 

taken in, 218. 
Derne, to pave, 209. 
Devonshire, committee to view, relative 

to widening, 18. 
Devonshire, committee to view, relative 

to widening, report of, 18. 
Distillhouse square, petition to repair, 

214. 
Dock square, police officer to remove 

bench from, 63. 
Dorchester, committee to complete as 

far as expedient, 67. 
Dorchester, committee to complete as 

far as expedient, report on, 68. 
Dorchester, extension of, committee to 

consider, 162. 
Dorchester, extension of, committee to 

consider, report on, 163. 
Dorchester, laid out, 224. 
Dorchester, removal of stone wall on, 

69. 

Elm, widening of, deed of land for, 156. 
Elm, widening of, land for, 131. 
Elm, widening of, not expedient, 133. 
Elm, widening of, proposal for purchase 

of land for, rejected, 146. 
Elm, widening of, request for payment 

for land for, 68. 
Elm, widening of, to take possession of 

land for, 139, 140. . 
Essex, carts in, 154. 
First, repairs to, 67, 68. 
First, wall on, to be repaired, 106. 
Fish, petition to pave, 156. 
Fleet, improvement of, 227. 
Fleet, land to widen, 224. 
Foster's lane, removal of incumbrances 

from, 105. 
Foster's lane, to be public highway, 

53, 54. 

Franklin, to widen sidewalk in, 208. 
Franklin, arch in, petition to close, 159. 
Franklin place, repairs to, 232. 
Front, paving of, 202, 203. 
Front, repairs to, 115, 165. 
Gooch, 7. 
Gooch to Merrimac, laying drain from, 

157. 

Green, 7. 

Green, to repave, 215. 
Griffins lane, widening of, 203. 



Streets, Griffins lane, widening of, referred 

to committee, 197. 
Hanover, petition to widen, 240. 
Harvard, bounds of, 7. 
Harvard, land to widen, meeting with 

referees relative to, 184. 
Harvard, 1 and to widen, meeting with 

referees relative to, report on, 188, 189. 
Hawkins, land to widen, 94, 96. 
Ivers, petition to straighten line of, 182. 
Ivers, petition to straighten line of, 

report on, 182. 
Jarvis row, petition to repair sewer in, 

138, 139. 
Lendells lane, petition to change name 

of, 216. 
Lendells lane, petition to change name 

of, granted, 217. 
Leverett, expense of repairing, reported 

on, 90. 
Long lane, bad condition of sidewalk in, 

166, 168. 
Love lane, petition to change name of, 

granted, 202. 
Marshall, Marshalls lane to be known as, 

245. 

Marshalls lane, paving of, 200. 
Merchants row, clerk of Market to care 

for, 179. 

Merrimack, committee to repair, 202. 
Middle, money for land to widen, 178, 

179. 

Mjddle, petition to repave, 206. 
Middle, petition to widen, 161. 
Middle, sewer in, repair of, 190. 
Middlecot, paying of, 215. 
Midlecot, paving of gutter in, 170, 203, 

204. 

Milk, carts in, 154. 
Mill Pond, encroachment on, 83. 
Mill Pond, petition to widen, 213. 
Mill Pond, protest against building on, 

225. 

Mill Pond, to repave, 206. 
Myrtle, paving of, 84, 90, 91, 92, 93. 
Nassau, petition to pave, 162. 
Nassau, petition to pave, granted, 163. 
Nassau, sidewalks in, to be completed by 

estate owners, 19. 
Newbury, carts in, 154. 
North Allen, repairs to, 63. 
Northampton, gravel for grading, offer 

of, 230. 

Northampton, opening of, 213, 218, 230. 
Northampton, opening of, petition for, 

100, 101. 

North Russell, paving of, 187, 215. 
Olive, Board to view, 224. 
Olive, elevation of, 213. 
Olive, petition for repair of, 225. 
Orange, carts in, 154. 
Pitts, petition to extend pavement of, 

226. 

Pitts, repair of, 224. 
Pleasant, drain in, petition to complete, 

182. 

Poplar, petition to repair, 177. 
Portland, petition to pave, 160. 
Prince, petition to repave, 148. 
Prince, repair of, 199. 
Prince, sewer in, assessments for, 180. 
Prince, sewer in, assessments for, com- 
mittee report on, 170. 
Proctors lane to be paved, 90. 
Purchase, Capt. Joseph Jenkins to relay 

pavement in, 67. 
Richmond, to be paved, 90. 
Ridgeways Lane, petition to take, for 

public street, 5, 6. 
Round lane, petition to change name of, 

179. 
Round lane, petition to change name of, 

report on, 179, 180. 
Ship, repair of, 215. 



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Streets, Snow Hill, encroachment on, 114, 

115. 

Somerset, encroachment on, 98, 99, 100. 
Southack, petition to lower, 6. 
Southacks court, complaint against pav- 
ing of, 17. 
Southacks court, name of, petition to 

change, 183. 
Southacks court, name of, petition to 

change, refused, 183. 
Southacks court, to be called Howard 

street, 188. 
Summer (should read Sumner), paving 

of, 1. 

Summer (should read Sumner), com- 
plaint against digging away of, sus- 
tained by board, 91, 92. 
Summer, widening of, 219. 
Summer, widening of, land for, 113, 115, 

221. 
Summer, widening of, land for, payment 

of, 245. 

Sumner, committee to view, 206. 
Sumner, improvement of, 156. 
Sumner, new street from, to Bowdoin, 

146. 
Sumner, petition for extension of, 133, 

145. 
Sumner, petition for extension of, report 

on, 134. 

Sumner, to pave, 1. 
Temple, chairman to report on condition 

of, 90. 

Temple, paving of, 98, 99. 
Temple, repair of, recommended, 91. 
Tileston, Love lane to be called, 202. 
Tremont, petition to pave, 203, 204. 
Union, money for improvement of, 207. 
Union, petition to pave, 176. 
Union, widening of, 221, 222. 
Walnut, board to view, 224. 
Warren, paving of, 207. 
Warren, paving of, petition for, 191. 
Water, to repair pavement of, 208. 
Water, to repair pavement of, petition 

for, 207. 
West, bill for paving sidewalk in, to be 

paid by town, 110. 
West Centre, repair of, 176. 
West Centre, repair of, petition for, 165. 
Williams, encroachment of, 221. 
Williams, encroachment of, removal of, 

223. 
Williams, Round lane to be called, 179, 

180. 

Wilsons lane, petition to repave, 166. 
Wilsons lane, petition to repave, refused, 

168. 

Wilsons lane, repair of, 15. 
Wilsons lane, repair of, refused, 17. 
Ward 1, 241. 
Ward 2, 241. 
Ward 3, 241. 
Ward 4, 242. 
Ward 5, 242. 
Ward 6, 242. 
Ward 7, 242. 
Ward 8, 242. 
Ward 9, 243. 
Ward 10, 243. 
Ward 11,243. 
Ward 12, 243. 

auctions restricted from certain, 132. 
cartsin, by-laws for regulation of, 153, 154. 
carts in, by-laws for regulation of, not to 

stand in certain, 154. 
committees to report amount expended 

on repair of, 191. 
complete plan to be made of, 97. 
guide boards for, 179, 180. 
height of, petition to ascertain, 214. 
encroachment on, 9. 
incumbrance of certain, by auctions, to 

enforce law relative to, 145. 



Streets, manure from, removal of, 129. 
new, from Bowdoin to Sumner, 134. 
new, from Bowdoin to Sumner, granted, 

146. 

new, from Merrimack to Leverett, com- 
munication from Justices of Court of 

Sessions relative to, 149. 
new, from Merrimack to Leverett, 

meeting relative to, 137. 
new, from Merrimack to Leverett, peti- 
tion for, 135, 148. 
new, from Orange to Front, petition for, 

136. 

new, in South Boston, 153. 
new, in South Boston, expense of, 153. 
new, in South Boston, petition for, 149, 

170, 208. 

new, petition for, 149. 
passageway adjoining lot No. 1, peti- 
tion to open, 213. 
passageway _ at bottom of Foster's 

street, petition to pave, 238. 
passageway at west end of Market, to 

be chained off, 7. 
passageway back of Merchants Hall, 

petition to repair, 195. 
passageway between Carver and Pleas- 
ant streets, dangerous condition of, 59, 

60, 61. 
passageway from Brighton to Spring, 

petition to open, 189, 191. 
passageway from Milk street to Liberty 

square, paving of, 160. 
pavers of, 198. 
paving of, 1, 155. 
petition for use of, at St. Paul's church, 

129, 131, 143, 144. 
petition relative to laying out of, on Mill 

Pond, 199. 

petition to fire on, refused, 93. 
petition to name street from Orange to 

Front, Pine street, 241. 
petition to take Ridgeway lane for public 

highway, 5. 
petition to take Ridgeway lane for public 

highway, report on, 5, 6. 
police officer to employ laborers to re- 
move snow from, 127. 
proposal for watering, 66. 
repair of, 4. 

So. Boston, petition for new, at, 137. 
So. Boston, petition for new, at, to be 

laid out, 140. 
So. Boston, petition to extend, 132, 

145. 
So. Boston, petition to repair, refused, 

178. 

south part of town, to repair, 219. 
stands for trucks and carts in, 77. 
survey of committee to ascertain expense 

of, 78. 

Sturgis, Nath. R., 186. 
William, 221. 

Stutson, , Mr.. 175. 

Subscription for paving Myrtle street, 90, 

91. 

Sudbury street, lamps in, 229. 
Suffolk bank, money from fund of v Abiel 

Smith to be invested in, 50. 
county of, Grand Jury, communication 

from, relative to removal of constables, 

233. 

county of, loan to, 187. 
county, sheriff of, 131, 144. 
county, sheriff of, communication from, 

159. 

county, treasurer, 131. 
court, lamps in, 229. 
Guards, permit granted to, to parade, 

169. 

Suits against police officer, 105. 
against Washington Munroe, 202. 
against watchmen, counsel fees allowed 

for, 56. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



289 



Suits of Wm. Pitts against town non-suited, 

49, 50. 

Sullivan, George, 129. 
John, 195. 
William, 15, 130, 143, 169, 171, 185, 244. 

, Gen., 13. 

, Mr., 94, 96. 

Summer (should read Sumner) street, 1. 
street (should read Sumner), complaint 

against digging away of, 91, 92. 
street, lamps in, 229, 230. 
street.Iand for, 113, 115,221. 
street, sewer in, petition to repair, 199. 
street, sidewalk in, 173. 
street, widening of, 219, 221, 245. 
Summonses for action against police officer, i 

105. 

Sumner street, committee to view, 206. 
street, digging away of, 91, 92, 95. 
street, improvement of, 156. 
street, lamps in, 228. 
street, land for, payment of, 245. 
street, new street from, to Bowdoin, 146. 
street, petition to extend, 133, 145. 
street, petition to extend, report on, 134. 
street, to build fence on, 159. 
Sun Court street, lamps in, 229. 
Supreme Judicial Court, jurors drawn for, 
220, 226. 

Survey of land of Nickerson, 1. 

of streets, committee to ascertain expense 

of, 78. 
of town flats on Common occupied by 

rope walks, 19. 
of town flats on Common occupied by 

ropewalks, report on, 32. 
Surveyor of Highways, communication to, 
relative to sidewalk in Beacon street, 
231, 232. 

Sutton, Abraham, 168. 
Symmes, Luther, 167. 

T. 

Talbot, George, 168. 

Taxation, committee to present petition to 

Legislature relative to, 236. 
Taxes, list of, contract for printing, 237, 238. 
list of, to advertise for proposals for 

printing, 236. 

petition for constables to collect, 176. 
Township No. 5, Penobscot county, 

communication relative to, 13. 
Township No. 5, Penobscot county, 

payment of, requested, 92. 
Township No. 5, Penobscot county, 

payment of, 94. 
Taylor, William, 75, 97, 114, 152, 222. 

, Mr., 1, 19, 50, 68, 107, 139, 152, 

173, 230. 
Temple street, 5. 

street, chairman to report on condition 

of, 90. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
street, paving of, 98, 99. 
street, repair of, recommended, 91. 

Tewksbury, , Mr., 157, 159. 

Thacher, Peter O., 105. 
P. O., 36, 37, 50, 53. 

, Mr., 1, 12, 65. 

Thaxter, Jonathan, 250. 
Thayer, John, 183. 
L. M., 250. 
Step., 86. 
S. M., 72. 

, Maj., 13. 

, Mr., 225, 231. 

Thayers, Messrs., 224. 
Theatre, Federal street, approved, 4. 
Federal street, license for, 174, 217. 
Federal street, petition for license for, 

granted, 105. . 

Washington Gardens, license, for, 126, 
184. 



Theatre alley, lamps in, 229. 
Thermometer presented to board, 158. 
Thomas & Andrews, 46. 
Thompson, Thomas, 219, 220. 
Thorndike, Hezekiah, 161. 

Israel, 113, 118. 
Thurston, Mr., 206. 
Tidd, Jacob, Jr., 182. 
Tilden, Bryant P., 246, 250, 251. 

Joseph, 232. 
Tileston, Otis, 165. 
Whipple & Hale, 245. 
William, 250. 

, 245. 

street, lamps in, 228. 

street, name of Love lane changed to, 

202. 
Torrey, Ebr. O., 116, 117. 

Samuel, 128, 140, 152. 
Town, Attorney for, 3, 12. 

Clerk, 3, 129, 130, 133, 136, 141, 142, 

143, 152, 153, 154, 174, 185, 247, 251, 

252. 
Clerk, oath of office administered by, 

156. 
Clerk to furnish committee copy of 

vote of town, relative to new form of 

government, 235. 
Clerk to furnish list of names to chairman 

of all committees, 146. 
Clerk to make return to court against 

persons not renewing licenses, 227. 
Clerk, assistant, 203, 204. 
Clerk, assistant, oath of office admin- 
istered to, 200. 
Clerk, assistant, to enter minutes of 

meetings in records, 202. 
clocks, care of, 147. 
committees of selectmen on various 

sections of, 143. 
crier, 144, 156. 
crier, appointment of, 131. 
crier, exorbitant fee charged by, 56. 
districting of, into wards, 241, 242, 243. 
dock, copy of decision of court relative 

to, transcribed in town book, 122. 
dock, examination of records relative to, 

118. 
dock, improvement of, to obtain legal 

advice relative to, 219, 244. 
dock, incumbrance of, report on indict- 
ment for, 121. 

dock, lamps on, 229. , 

dock, records of, to be collected, 9. 
dock, report on, by Board of Health, 

166. 

dock, town's right in, 3. 
flats on Common, encroachments on, 14. 
flats on Common, report relative to en- 
croachment on, 19, 32. 
house, committee on, 53, 130, 143. 
house, petition for reduction of rent in, 

119, 181. 
house, petition for reduction of rent in, 

granted, 181. 
house, proposal of Masonic lodges to 

lease, 127, 128. 
house, proposal of Masonic lodges to 

lease, committee to complete contract 

for, 158. 
land in Elm street taken possession of 

by town, 152, 153. 

land in south part of town, to fence, 219. 
land on Mill Pond, fencing of, 225. 
land on Mill Pond, selection of lots, 225. 
meeting for choice of Governor, 186, 244. 
meeting for choice of Lieut. Governor, 

244. 

meeting for choice of Mayor, 245, 246. 
meeting for choice of Representatives, 

65, 195. 

meeting for choice of Senators, 244. 
meeting, minutes of, to be entered in 

records, 202. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Town meeting, notifications for, complaint 

against failure to distribute, 52. 
meeting, notifications for, complaint 
against failure to distribute, report on, 
54. 
meeting, notifications for, printing of, 11, 

48, 55, 65, 67, 128. 
meeting on petition of committee of 

House of Industry, 243. 
meeting, petition of Boston and Roxbury 
Mill Corporation, inserted in warrant 
for, 127. 

meeting to consider changing time of 

valuing real and personal estates, 180. 

meeting to consider revising constitution, 

159, 165. 

meeting, warrants for, 11, 55, 67, 71, 
128. 140, 152, 174, 175, 179, 184, 195, 
235, 240, 243, 244. 
officers, list of voters for, 43. 
officers to attend funeral of Benjamin 

Austin, 136. 
petition to, to pay part of expense of 

repaving Cooks court, 72. 
petition to, to pay part of expense of 

repaving Cooks court, granted, 72. 
petition to, to take note on mortgage, 

refused, 13. 
right to land on passageway from Prince 

street to Mill Pond, 5, 18. 
Slip, Lynn street, 33. 
Slip, Lynn street, report on, 53, 54, 63. 
suit against, by Wm. Pitts and others, 

nonsuited, 49, 50. 
to pay expense of sidewalk in Nassau 

street, 6. 
to retain rights to flats adjoining Boston 

& Roxbury Mill Dam, 191. 
Treasurer, 9, 14, 131, 137, 144, 150. 
Treasurer, death of, 164, 165. 
Treasurer, failure of, to collect rent for 

office in Old State House, 237. 
Treasurer, petition of, for appointment 

of Constable, 176. 
Treasurer to receive accounts of hay 

weigher, 106, 237. 
Treasurer to receive monthly accounts of 

clerk of market, 55. 
Treasurer, to unite office of, with county 

Treasurer, 180. 
vote of, against petition for new market, 

72. 

Townsend, Alexr., 105. 
Townsent, Andrew, 73, 74. 
Township No. 5, Penobscot countv, taxes 

of, due, 13. 
Trafrey, Mary, 74. 
Treasurer, Franklin Fund, statement of, 

50. 

Trefry, William, guardian for, 4, 5. 
Tremont street, lamps in, 229. 
Tremont street, petition to pave, 203, 

204. 

Troops, gunpowder for, 245. 
Troy, Mayor of, communication from, 159. 
Trucks. (See Carts.) 
True & Green, 238. 
Truman, John F., 249. 
Trumbull, Col., 15, 16, 17, 162, 163. 
Tucker, Benjamin, 88. 
George, 190. 
Lyman, 168. 
William, 86, 250. 

Tuckerman, Edward, 134, 147, 214. 
John, 157. 

, Mr., 72. 

Tudor, William, 37, 38, 43, 45. 
William, Jr., 22, 37. 

Tukesbury, , Mr., 8, 9, 11, 18, 174. 

Tupper, Alfred, 86. 
William, 86, 162. 
Turner, William, 231. 
Tuttle, Turell, Jr., 71. 



Tuttle, , 232. 

& Hart, 99, 156, 162, 198. 
Twist, Solomon, 86, 162, 209. 
Tyler, John, 86. 

John E., 161. 
Tythingman, 132. 

appointed, 145. 

appointed, salary of, 145. 

U. 

Union street, 129. 

street, agreement for widening of, 221, 
222. 

street, building in, communication rela- 
tive to, 203. 

street, lamps in, 229. 

street, land for, 204. 

street, money for improvement of, 207. 

street, obstruction of sidewalks in, 173. 

street, paving of, 175. 

street, petition to pave, 176. 

street, petition for bakers' ovens in, 107, 
108. 

street, petition for bakers' oven in, re- 
fused, 110. 

street, petition that no goods be sold by 
auction in, 90. 

street, sewer in, meeting of proprietors of, 
204. 

street, stone stump in, 120. 
United States bank to establish branch in 
Boston, 237, 238. 

States Cadets, West Point, entertain- 
ment of, 210,211,212. 

States Circuit Court, jurors for, 173. 

States District Court, jurors for, 240. 

States District Marshal, communication 
from, relative to place for execution, 
34, 35. 

States District Marshal, communication 
from, relative to place for executions, 
reply to, 35, 36. 

States stocks, money from donation of 
Abiel Smith to be invested in, 49, 50. 

States troops, complaint against, in South 

Boston, 94, 95. 
Utley & Heath, 160. 

V. 

Valentine, Jonathan, 167. 
Vessels, Four Sisters, master of, to give 
bonds that passengers shall not be- 
come public charges, 187. 
Victuallers licenses, 77, 120, 128, 132, 144. 
Vine street, lamps in, 229. 
Vinton, Ezra, 109. 

, John, 3, 173. 

Vose, Joshua, 44. 

Voted that members serve on committees 

assigned them, 213. 

that Selectmen shall not enter any con- 
tract or proposal on behalf of town, 
185. 
Voters, list of, correction of, by selectmen, 

65. 

list of, to print, for city election, 240. 
Votes for choice of Aldermen, 246. 
for choice of Firewards, 247. 
for chojce of Mayor, 245, 251. 
for choice of Overseers of Poor, 247. 
for choice of School Committee, 247. 

W. 

Wagons. (See Carts.) 
Walden, Joseph, 167. 
Wales, Stephen, 223. 
Walker, Dudley, 17. 

Wall, Dorchester street, Ebenr. Clap 
ordered to femove, 65, 69. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



291 



Wall, First street, repairs to, 106. 

back of Boylston Schoolhouse, to build, 

223, 224. 

Wallace, Thomas, 86, 162, 209. 
Wallach (Wallack), Moses, 49, 86. 
Walley, S. H., 171. 
Walnut street, Board to view, 224. 
street, conveying of water under, 94. 
street, drain to be laid under, to Frog 

Pond, 104. 

street, lamps in, 228, 229. 
War, Secretary of, letters from, relative to 

Lt. James Scallan, 102, 103. 
Ward, Artemas, 3, 4. 
Joshua, Jr., 231. 
Thomas, 213. 
Mr., 160. 
Wards, ballots cast for choice of Mayor in, 

245, 251. 
ballots cast for choice of Aldermen in, 

246. 

chojce of Firewards in, 249, 250, 251. 
choice of Firewards in, vote for, 249, 250, 

251. 
choice of Overseers of Poor in, 247, 248, 

251. 
choice of Overseers of Poor in, vote for, 

247, 248. 

choice of School Committee in, 248, 249. 
choice of School Committee in, vote for, 

248, 249. 

districting of town into, 241, 242, 243. 
districting of town in, committee on, 

236. 

vote in, for choice of Aldermen, 246. 
No. 1, bounds of, 241. 
No. 1, bounds of, inhabitants in, 241. 
No. 2, bounds of, 241. 
No. 2, bounds of, inhabitants in, 241. 
No. 2, incorrect return of votes from, for 

choice of Aldermen, 246. 
No. 3, bounds of, 241. 
No. 3, inhabitants in, 241. 
No. 4, bounds of, 242. 
No. 4, inhabitants in, 242. 
No. 5, bounds of, 242. 
No. 5, inhabitants in, 242. 
No. 6, bounds of, 242. 
No. 6, inhabitants in, 242. 
No. 7, bounds of, 242. 
No. 7, inhabitants in, 242. 
No. 8, bounds of, 242. 
No. 8, inhabitants in, 242. 
No. 9, bounds of, 243. 
No. 9, inhabitants in, 243. 
No. 10, bounds of, 243. 
No. 10, inhabitants in, 243. 
No. 10, incorrect return of votes from, 

for choice of Aldermen, 246. 
No. 11, bounds of, 243. 
No. 11, inhabitants in, 243. 
No. 12, bounds of^43. 
No. 12, inhabitants in, 243. 
Ware, Rev. Mr., 137, 150. 
Warrants, 11, 48, 55, 65, 67, 128, 140, 152, 

174, 175, 179, 180, 184, 186, 195, 217, 

235, 240, 243, 244, 246. 
for collection of taxes on Township No. 

5, Penobscot County, 92. 
for constables, 179, 180. 
for ward meetings, for choice of city and 

ward officers, 245. 

notice relative to burial ground in, 44. 
to insert petition for lighting of lamps in, 

202. 

Warren street, lamps in, 228. 
street, paving of, 207. 
street, paving of, petition for, granted, 

191. 
Btreet, petition for sewer in, committee 

to consider, 209. 
street, petition for sewer in, committee 

to consider, report on, 213. 



Warrick, Levi L., 190. 
Washburn, James, 178. 

James, Jr., 178. 

Washington Gardens, license for, 126, 184. 
street, 13. 

street, lamps in, 228. 
street, sidewalk in, 173. 
Watch, captain of, 132, 145. 
captain of, certificate for, 182. 
captain of, rules and orders for, 40, 41, 

109, 198, 199. 

captajn of, salary of, 145, 195. 
captain of, to advertise for, 195. 
captain of, to assist volunteer patrol, 33. 
captain of, to petition for license as 

Justice of the Peace, 112. 
commander of, to resjgn, 76. 
commander of, to resign, new appointed, 

76. 

committee on, 53, 150, 155. 
committee on, report of, 34. 
compensation for extra services by, 123. 
constables of the, list of, 166, 167. 
constables of, the petition of, to recover 

cost of suit, 64. 
constables of the, petition of, to recover 

cost of suit, refused, 64. 
constables of the, report on performance 

of duty by, 39, 40. 
constables of the, rules and orders for, 

40, 41, 48, 168. 
constables of, to assist volunteer patrol, 

39, 40, 125. 

permanent, in market, petition for, 215. 
permanent, in market, petition for 

rejected, 233. 

police officers, to visit, 43, 45. 
volunteer patrol, 32, 33, 39, 40. 
volunteer patrol, committee to consider, 

227. 
volunteer patrol from India wharf to Sea 

street, 125. 

centre, list of men for, reported, 76. 
centre, report on, 38, 40, 42. 
east, committee to consider removal of, 

to Old Court house, 179, 180. 
north, petition for additions to, granted, 

236. 

north, report on, 38, 40, 42. 
north, watchmen for, approved, 83. 
south, new members for, to guard burial 

ground, 237. 

south, report on, 33, 38, 40, 42. 
south, watchmen for, approved, 83. 
house in Orange street, petition for 

removal of, 11. 
house in Orange street, petition for 

removal of, report on, 116. 
house, south, 152. 

house, south, petition relative to, 148. 
Watchmen, attorneys bills, for defense of, 

allowed, 56. 

certificates for, 179, 180. 
committee to examine applications for 

position of, 233. 
extra, to suppress riots at West Boston, 

173. 

for centre watch, 76. 
for south watch, to guard burial ground, 

237. 

list of, 167, 168. 

number of, increase in, 233, 234. 
number of, to each section of town, 234. 
numbers of, to reduce, 245. 
to advertise for, 233. 
Water course, in Walnut and Belknap 

streets, estimates to convey under 

ground to Frog Pond, 94. 
street, lamps in, 229. 
street, petition to change course of sewer 

in, 70. 
street, petition to change course of sewer 

in, report on, 71, 75. 



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CITY DOCUMENT No. 61. 



Water street, petition to repair paving in, 

207, 208. 

Waters, Samuel, 228. 
Webster, Daniel, 195. 

Redford, 247. 
Weights and measures, committee to 

examine law relative to weight of 

bread, 183. 

and measures, boats and lighters, 54. 
and measures, hay weigher, 132, 145, 

195. 
and measures, hay weigher, accounts of, 

125, 223, 237, 252. 

and measures, sealer of, 54, 131, 144, 186. 
and measures, sealer of, committee to 

examine applicants for position of, 185. 
and measures, sealer of, to advertise for, 

185. 
and measures, sealer of, petition for 

additional compensation by, 119. 
and measures, of loads carried on carts, 

wagons and trucks, 54, 55. 
and measures, of wood, 54. 
and measures, of wood, measurers of, 207, 

233, 234. 
and measures, of wood, petition for 

position of measurer of, 225. 
and measures, of wood, to advertise for 

measurer of, 233. 
Weld, Daniel, 251. 
Well, Adams school, dry condition of, 225, 

226. 
near North schoolhouse, petition for 

pump in, 195. 
objection to digging, 48. 
objection to digging, not sustained, 49. 
petition for, at east end of Faneuil Hall, 

156. 

petition for, in Park street, 3. 
petition for, in Park street, granted, 4. 
petition for, in Portland street, 169. 
petition for, in Portland street, granted, 

174. 

State street, cost to repair, 204, 205. 
Wells (Welles), A., 15. 
John, 203. 
Samuel, 185, 222. 
Samuel Adams, 142. 
Samuel A., 129, 223. 
S. A., 146, 152, 234. 243. 
William, 15, 248. 

, Gen, 45. 

, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 

138, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 146, 147, 

148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 

161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 168, 170, 171, 

173, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 

186, 187, 195, 196, 197, 205. 207, 208, 

209, 210, 215, 217, 220, 225, 226, 228, 

231, 233, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 243, 

244. 

Welsh, Jonas, 5, 107. 
Joseph. W., 234. 
Thomas, Jr., 240. 
West street, lamps in, 229. 

street, private patrol in, 39, 40. 
Boston, riots at, extra constables to sup- 
press, 173. 
Boston hill, to discontinue attendance of 

constables at, on Sundays, 173. 
Center street, lamps in, 229. 
Center street, petition to repair, 165. 
Center street, repair of, 176. 
Point Cadets, entertainment for, 205. 
Weston, Equality, 112. 
Whall, William, 138, 150, 151, 158, 181. 
Wharfinger at South Boston, committee to 

appoint, 166. 

Wharves, Balchs, petition to extend, 197. 
Balchs, petition to extend, refused, 197. 
Fosters, 12. 
Front street, repairs to, 226. 



Wharves, Greens, hand carts on sidewalks 
of, petition for removal of, 190. 

Hancocks, to repair capsill of, 226. 

Locks, petition for refining lard in, 99. 

Locks, petition for refining lard in, 
refused, 100, 101. 

Phila Packet, petition to refine lard in 
building on, 105. 

Rainsfords lane, lease of, 234. 

Rainsfords lane, to build at, end of, 199. 

Swetts, building on, complaint against, 
212. 

town slip, Cross street, to be repaved, 
115. 

town slip, Lynn street, 33, 53, 54, 63. 
Wheeler, James, 167, 229. 

John, 43. 

John H., 44, 45, 250. 

Samuel S., 182, 251. 
Wheelock, Abel, 179, 209. 
Wheelwright, George, 238. 

Wheetwright, , 125. 

Whipple, , 245. 

Whitaker, Nathl. H., 86. 
Whitcomb, Levi, 221. 

Saml., 86. 
White, Ebenezer, 137, 149. 

Ferdinand, E., 86. 

Henry, 86. 

John, 106, 107, 114, 115, 118, 238. 
Whitebread alley, lamps in, 229. 
Whiting, George, 207. 

William P., 86. 

, Mr., 202. 

Whitman, , Mr., 101, 118. 

Whitney, Eben, 167. 

Ephm., 86. 

Jonathan, 197, 251. 

, Mr., 95. 

Whitwell, Benjamin, 86. 

Bond & Co., 204, 240. 
Wigglesworth, Thomas, 232. 
Wilby, Francis, 86. 
Wilcot, Joseph, 167. 
Wild, Jonathan, 206. 
Willard, Mr., 239. 
Williams, David, 86. 

Eliphalet, 129, 130, 135, 138, 139, 142, 
147, 150, 154, 160, 182, 184, 185, 190, 
193, 194, 223, 227, 243, 252. 

E., 228, 230. 

James, 86. 

Jno., 86. 

John.D., 251. 

Robert, 188. 

Samuel G., 86, 110. 

Samuel K., 159. 

Thomas, 230. 

Thomas C., 86, 128. 

Thomas K., 54, 55. 

Timo, 15. 

, 133, 137, 138, 140, 146, 149, 150, 

152, 159, 162. 

street, encroachment on, 221. 

street, encroachment on, removal of, 223. 

street. Round lane to be called, 179, 180. 
Willis, Charles, 106. 

Charles, Jr., 107. 

Stillman, 39, 86. 
Williston, Thomas, petition for guardian 

for, 83. 

Willit, Joseph, 241. 
Wilson, Jabez, 137, 149. 

James, 131, 144. 

John, 129. 

, 56, 130. 

Wilson's lane, lamps in, 229. 

lane, petition to repair, 15. 

lane, petition to repair, refused, 17. 

lane, petition to repave, 166. 

lane, petition to repave, refused, 168. 
Winn, Wiseman C., 173. 



INDEX TO PLACES AND SUBJECTS. 



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Winnesimit ferry, petition for fish stall at 
head of, 54. 

ferry, petition for fish stall at head of, 

granted, 55. 
Winslow, Isaac, 108. 
Winter street, lamps in, 222. 
Winthrop, Thomas L., 90, 245. 
Wise, Jonathan, 168, 229. 
Wisner, Rev. Mr., 186. 
Wood, Amos, 121. 

for school in So. Boston, 14. 

for schools, 170, 215. 



Wood, prosecution for obstruction of 
sidewalk with, 173. 

measurer of, 54, 207, 233, 234. 

measurer of, to advertise for, 233. 

measurer of, petition to be appointed, 

225. 
Woodward, Joseph, 22, 37, 140, 153, 178. 

, Mr., 105. 

Woombel, Joseph, 168. 

Worth, , Maj., 210, 212. 

Wright, Amanda, 190. 

Jonathan, 138, 151.