To the Mayor and Corporation
of the City of New York1
New York, March 28, 1786. Signs, with 136 other petitioners, a memorial asking that the “Mayor and Corporation of the City of New York” improve the street in front of the Coffee House, “the usual place of resort for your Memorialists and the merchants of this City.” The memorialists complained that the street “for want of proper regulation and the great concourse of Carts is coverd with filth and is a great nuisance to your Memorialists and to all other persons frequenting that part of the City.”
DS, Municipal Archives and Records Center, New York City
1. On June 28, 1786, the committee to whom the petition was referred reported favorably. The Council “ordered that the Alderman and Assistant of the East Ward cause the above Report to be carried into execution” (Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York 1784–1831 [New York, 1917], I, 226–28).