List of Excerpted Chapters from Reminiscences of New York by an Octogenarian
Each excerpted chapter runs about a quarter to a third of the orinial text. All penal law-related references have been included in the excerpted chapters. A few of those references are mentioned with their respective chapter titles below. But the excerpted chapters also include many other interesting items helpful in providing a relevant context. A list of chapters not yet excerpted appears below the excerpted chapter list. Those entries link to the originals on Hal Morris web site.
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The full dress of gentlemen was dark dress coat with rolling collar running down low in front, shortwaisted white waistcoat, frilled bosom to shirt, kneebreeches with gold buckles, black silk stockings and pumps; watchchain and seal displayed pendent from a fob in the breeches.
The walking dress of ladies . . . was essentially alike to the illustration here given, with the variation of Leghorn bonnets or flats . . . Long ribbons were tied in a bow, hanging down from the waist behind, near the ground; and on the forehead many wore at the sides false hair, fashioned alike to short drapery and termed frizettes, and all wore high and broad tortoiseshell combs.
I: 1816 - Jacob
- Bellevue prisoners clean canal . . . State Prison in Greenwich . . . City Prison on Broadway . . . Jail at City Hall.
II: 1816 (continued)
- Jacob Radcliffe, Mayor
- Blackwells Island in private hands . . . Watchmen, as police were called then, had a basement room in City Hall . . . The courts also were at City Hall.
III: 1816 (continued)
- Jacob Radcliffe, Mayor
- The law of imprisonment for debt was in force at this time . . . Certain prisoner were allowed freedom outside of the jail but within fixed limits.
IV: 1817-8 -
J. Radcliff, Cadwallader Colden, Mayors
- How Ludlow street and the jail later built on it got the name . . . Almhouse commissioners set up soup house near Five Ponts area.
V: 1819-20 -
Cadwallader D. Colden, Mayor
- Convicted arsonist hanged in Potter's Field, now Washington Square Park. Three dozen executiions earn an elm the title Hanging Tree.
VI: 1821-2 -
C. D. Colden; Stephen Allen, Mayors
- Bloomingdale Asylum evolves from NY Lunatic Asylum . . . A treadmill operates at Bellevue penitentiary by order of the Common Council.
VII: 1823-4 - Stephen Allen, Wm Paulding, Mayors
- Potter's Field is relocated from Washington Square to site later occupied by Bryant Park and Reservoir and still later the NY Public Library . . . Convicted in murder-robbery, a condemned man is executed at 13th Ave. and 2nd Ave. junction.
VIII: 1825 - William
Paulding and Phillip Hone, Mayors
- The House of Refuge for the custody of juvenile delinquents is opened in the renovated United States Arsenal at the later site for Madison Square Park . . . The New York Dispensary occupies a site at the corner of Centre and White Streets, later the location of the Tombs prison/jail.
IX: 1826 - Philip Hone, William Paulding, Mayors
- Bank and insurance company failures send some financial leaders to the Penitentiary. . . The state prison is purchased . . . Construction of the Almshouse at Bellevue is completed.
X: 1827 - William Paulding, Mayor
- Trinity Church maintains a memorial to thousands of American patriots who died in British prison ships in New York harbor during the War for Independence.
XI: 1827 - William Paulding, Mayor
- Washington Square opens, part had been occupied as Potter's
Field . . . Aldermen recommend erection of an additional court . . . DA Hugh Maxwell challenged to a duel.
Links to Chapters Not Yet Excerpted from
Reminiscences of New York by an Octogenarian
- XII: 1828-29 - Wm
Paulding (1828-29) and Walter Bowne (1829) mayors
- XIII: 1830-31 -
Walter Bowne, mayor
- XIV: Walter Bowne,
1832 and 1833, 1832 and 1833; Gideon Lee, 1833, mayors
- XV: 1834-1835, Gideon
Lee, 1834, and Cornelius W. Lawrence, 1834 and 1835, mayors
- XVI: 1836-1837.-Cornelius
W. Lawrence, 1836-1837, Aaron Clark, 1837, mayors
1838-1839-1840.-Aaron Clark, 1838 and 1839, and Isaac L. Varian, 1839 and
- XVIII: 1841.-Isaac L.
Varian and Robert H. Morris, mayors
- XIX: 1842.-Robert H.
- XX: 1843-1844.-Robert H.
Morris, 1843 and 1844; and James Harper, 1844, mayors
- XXI: 1845-1846.-James
Harper, 1845; William F. Havemeyer; 1845-1846, and Andrew H. Mickle, 1846,
- XXII: 1847-1848.-Andrew
H. Mickle, 1847; William V. Brady, 1847-1848; and William F. Havemeyer, 1848, mayors
- XXIII: 1849, 1850,
1851.-William F. Havemeyer, 1849; Caleb S. Woodhull, 1850; and Ambrose C.
Kingsland, 1851, mayors
- XXIV: 1852, 1853,
1854.-Ambrose C. Kingsland, 1852; Jacob A. Westervelt, 1853 and 1854,
- XXV: 1855, 1856,
1857.-Fernando Wood, 1855-1857, mayor
- XXVI: 1858-1859.-Daniel
F. Tiemann, mayor
- XXVII: 1860.-Fernando