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PREFACE.

This book contains the special acts relating to the city of Boston which, either in whole or in part, appear to be still in force. Acts wholly repealed or superseded are

are omitted, while those changed in part only are printed, in most instances, as originally enacted. Some of the provisions of the earlier acts are apparently obsolete, but, in the absence of judicial decision to that effect, it seemed the safer course to print them.

Chapter 448 of the Acts of 1854, commonly called the City Charter, begins the volume; but, with this exception, the acts are printed in chronological order. At the foot of those relating to subjects covered by more than a single act a list of the related acts is given, and leading cases bearing upon any act are cited in the margin. Modifications, amendments, and partial repeals, are indicated by means of marginal references, brackets, and foot-notes. These references might have been made, in some instances, more specific; but, as it is hoped that steps will be taken at an early day for the consolidation of the legislation especially affecting Boston, it is believed that, for present purposes, the references sufficiently indicate the changes which, from time to time, have been made. The index has been carefully prepared by Charles F. Williams, Esq., of the Suffolk Bar, and will be a further aid in ascertaining the law as it now stands, as those parts of acts herein printed, which are believed to be no longer in force, have been passed by in its preparation.

After the special acts such provisions of the Public Statutes are reproduced as refer especially to the city; and in an appendix are printed the original charter (Acts of 1821, ch. 110) and the acts creating the several cities and towns which, since their incorporation, have been annexed to Boston.

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SHOWING THE TITLES OF THE ACTS CONTAINED IN THIS

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1854. 448. An act to revise the charter of the city of Boston
1692. 13. An act for building with stone or brick in the town of Boston, and prevent-

ing fire
1741. 5. An act for the better regulating porters employed within the town of Boston,
1772. 3. An act for incorporating the overseers of the poor of the town of Boston
1799. 31. An act to regulate the paving of streets in the town of Boston, and for re-

moving obstructions in the same 1802. 7. An act regulating the collection of taxes in the town of Boston, and pro

viding for the appointment of constables in the said town 44. An act to incorporate Oliver Wendell, and others, together with the over

seers of the poor of the town of Boston, for the time being, by the name and title of the Trustees of John Boylston's Charitable Donations, for the Benefit and Support of Aged Poor Persons, and of Orphans and

Deserted Children 1803. 15. An act in addition to an act entitled “ Anact regulating the colleotion of taxes

in the town of Boston, and providing for the appointment of constables

in the said town” 111. An act to set off the north-east part of the town of Dorchester, and to annex

the same to the town of Boston 1804. 73. An act in addition to an act entitled “ An act to regulate the paving of streets

in the town of Boston, and for removing obstructions in the same 1807. 134.

An act in addition to an ast entitled “An act regulating the collection of

taxes in the town of Boston, and providing for the appointment of

constables in the said town 1809. 28. An act in addition to the several acts now in force to regulate the paving of

streets in the town of Boston, and for removing obstructions in the 1810. 124. An act to prevent livery stables being erected in certain places in the town

of Boston 1813. 171. An act in addition to an act entitled “ An act to incorporate Oliver Wendeli

and others, together with the overseers of the poor of the town of Boston, for the time being, by the name and title of the Trustees of John Boylston's Charitable Donations, for the Benefit and Support of Aged

Poor Persons, and of Orphans and Deserted Children” 1814. 165. An act for regulating the proceedings in suits upon constables' bonds in the

town of Boston 1816. 44. An act to empower the town of Boston to choose a board of health, and to

prescribe their power and duty 90. An act in further addition to an act entitled “ An act to regulate the paving

of streets in the town of Boston, and for removing obstructions in the 1817. 50. An act in further addition to an act entitled an act for the due regulation

of weights and measures, and for the more easy recovery of fines and

penalties within the town of Boston in the county of Suffolk” 171. An act to secure the town of Boston from damage by fire. 1818. 4. An act for the preservation of Bird Island in Boston harbor 1822. 41. An act to incorporate the Boston Gas-light Company

56. An act concerning the house of industry in the city of Boston

85. An act providing for the assessment of taxes in the county of Suffolk 1823. 148. An act authorizing the extension of Faneuil-Hall market in Boston 1824. 16. An act to regulate the sidewalks in the town of Charlestown

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28. An act concerning the regulation of the house of correction in the city of

Boston, and concerning the form of actions commenced under the by-
laws of said city, and providing for filling vacancies in the board of

aldermen
1825. 3. An act for the regulation of lamps in the city of Boston
40. An act to incorporate the trustees of the poor's fund in the town of Charles-

town
147. An act establishing a free bridge in the city of Boston

182. An act concerning juvenile offenders in the city of Boston
1826. 111. An act in addition to the act entitled “ An act concerning the House of In-

dustry in the city of Boston 1829. 44. An act to incorporate the Charitable Association of the Boston Fire De: 1830. 121. An act in addition to an act entitled “ An act establishing a free bridge in

the city of Boston " 1831. 17. An act in further addition to the several acts regulating the paving of

streets in Boston.
46. An act in addition toʻ« An act establishing a free bridge in the city of

Boston”
71. An act in addition to an act entitled “ An act to incorporate the Proprietors

of Boston South Bridge
1833 126. An act in addition to the several acts is concerning a House of Industry in

the city of Boston”
128. An act in addition to the several acts respecting the streets of Boston
151. An act further regulating the storage, safe-keeping, and transportation of

gunpowder in the city of Boston.
1834. 102. An act to set off Thompson's island from the town of Dorchester, and to

annex the same to the city of Boston
130. An act to incorporate the Proprietors of Chelsea free bridge

168. An act concerning the islands and beaches in the harbor of Boston
1835. 100. An act to incorporate the Proprietors of Chelsea-point bridge
1837. 99. An act in addition to “ An act further regulating the storage, safe-keeping,

and transportation of gunpowder in the city of Boston”
229. An act to preserve the harbor of Boston, and to prevent encroachments

therein 1838. 131. An act in addition to "An act to incorporate the Charitable Association of

the Boston Fire Department”. 1839. 131. An act to establish the Boston Lunatic Hospital : 1840. 79. An act in addition to “ An act to establish the Boston Lunatic Hospital” 1841. 58. An act in addition to “ An act further regulating the storage, safe-keeping,

and transportation of gunpowder in the city of Boston" 1843. 22. An act concerning the House for the Reformation and Employment of

Juvenile Offenders in the city of Boston 1844. 58. An act authorizing the Boston and Roxbury Mill Corporation to extend

their wharf 1845. 236. An act concerning streets and ways in the city of Boston 1846. 50. An act concerning the city of Boston

167. An act for supplying the city of Boston with pure water 1847. 208. An act concerning the House for the Reformation and Employment of

Juvenile Offenders in the city of Boston
234. An act to establish regulations concerning the harbor of Boston
1848. An act in addition to “ An act for supplying the city of Boston with pure

water".
308. An act relating to ballast in the city of Boston
314. An act in addition to “ An act to establish regulations concerning the har-

bor of Boston
1849. 106. An act relating to Chelsea-point bridge

109. An act relating to Chelsea free bridge
133. An act concerning sidewalks in unaccepted streets in the city of Boston
150. An act to authorize the city of Boston to establish a cemetery
187. An act in addition to “ An act for supplying the city of Boston with pure

water"
201. An act authorizing the Eastern Railroad Company to extend their road

243. An act to incorporate the Williams market
1850. 180. An act concerning streets and private ways in the city of Charlestown
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An act relating to the fire department of the city of Boston 316. An act in addition to An act for supplying the city of Boston with pure

water”. 1851. 121. An act in further audition to o Anac for supplying the city of Boston with

243. An act in addition to · An act to establish the Boston Lunatic Hospital

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1852. 165. An act concerning the Boston Port Society

264. An act in relation to the city of Boston

1853. 38. An act to authorize the city of Boston to found and maintain a Public Library,

131. An act to incorporate the Gerrish market

141. An act concerning streets and ways in the city of Roxbury .

154. An act regulating the storage, safe-keeping, and sale of fire-works in the

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255. An act to incorporate the Mount Washington Avenue Corporation

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266. An act to authorize the city of Boston to build a wharf

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1854. 353. An act authorizing certain railroads to tap the Cochituate water-pipe at

Charlestown.

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408. An act to authorize the city of Boston to lay out a highway

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1855.

An act to extend Albany street in the city of Boston

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86. An act to authorize the city of Boston to lay out a highway

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176. An act to confine titles to lands in Forest Hills cemetery

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335. An act to establish the East Boston free bridge.

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406. An act to authorize the city of Boston to build a bridge

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1856. 107. An act in addition to “An act to extend Albany street, in the city of

Boston "

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109. An act in addition to « An act to incorporate the East Boston free bridge”. 91

124. An act in relation to a burying-ground in the town of West Roxbury .

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301. An act to protect Boston harbor .

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1857. An act relating to the public library in the city of Boston

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35. An act to establish a board of directors of the public institutions for the

city of Boston and for the county of Suffolk

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135. An act to incorporate the Jamaica Pond Aqueduct Corporation

169. An act to confirm an indenture concerning the Back bay

281. An act concerning the Boston Lunatic Hospital .

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302. An act concerning insane persons in the city of Boston

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1858. 112. An act concerning the removal of prisoners in the public institutions in the

city of Boston

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113. An act authorizing the city of Boston to establish a city hospital

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1859. 21. An act to authorize the city of Boston to lay out a highway by extending

Albany street

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173. An act to incorporate the Pawners' Bank

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184. An act to authorize the city of Boston to raise the dam at the outlet of

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210. An act in relation to the Back bay and the public garden in the city of

Boston.

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211. An act concerning Faneuil-Hall market, in Boston

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1860. An act to authorize the Newton and Watertown Gas-light Company to ex-

tend their pipes into the town of Brighton :

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109. An act to amend“ An act to prevent livery stables from being erected in

certain places in the town of Boston”

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137. An act in addition to “ An act concerning the harbor of Boston •;

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147. An act in relation to the powers of constables in the city of Boston

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152. An act in addition to “ An act concerning Faneuil-Hall market, in Boston” 103

182. An act in relation to sidewalks in the city of Roxbury

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194. An act to authorize the selectmen of the town of Dorchester to lay out and

construct a town way

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1861. 105. An act for supplying the city of Charlestown with pure water

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142. An act in relation to streets on the Back bay

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220. An act in amendment of the “ act for supplying the city of Boston with pure

water"

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1862. 64. An act concerning the harbor-master of the port of Boston

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65. An act in relation to the rebuilding and future support of Cambridge Great

Bridge

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73. An act concerning the attaching or mooring of rafts to any bridge, pier, or

wharf in the harbor of Boston

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96. Resolve in relation to streets and drainage on the Back bay

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1863. 9. An act in amendment of “An act for supplying the City of Charlestown

with pure water”

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1864. 123. An act concerning the city of Charlestown

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128. An act concerning the overseers of the poor in the city of Boston

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160. An act concerning the construction of sidewalks in the city of Charlestown, 113

176. An act in addition to “An act for supplying the city of Charlestown with

pure water"

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225. An act authorizing the establishment of the Boston Asylum for Inebriates: 115

271. An act in further addition to “An act for supplying the city of Boston with

pure water".

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315. An act for the protection of the outer harbor of the city of Boston

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