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1836-02-18, Boston Hydraulic Company. Petition, report, act of incorporation
Senate No. 74 Petition and report relative to Boston Hydraulic Company. On February 18, 1836, seventeen men petitioned to be incorporated for an
ambitious project to bring running water to the City of Boston. The group had its eye on ponds and rivers north of the City that could be impounded
and piping put in place to bring this utility to the citizens. On March 29, 1836, the Committee on Mercantile Affairs and Insurance reported a bill:
An Act to incorporate the Boston Hydraulic Company, 1836. Three men and their associates were incorporated as above, subject to Chapter 44 of the
Revised Statutes. The corporation was allowed capital stock of 1,000 shares. It could acquire land for the project up to $200,000 and acquire ponds,
etc. to the north and within twelve miles of Boston. It could erect dams and lay pipe, but not to impede any means of transport. It could use the
Warren Bridge to carry pipe, if necessary, but had to fix any roads it disturbed. There had to be a system of hydrants for fire-fighting. There were
fines for trespass or damage to the waterworks. The corporation could sell water to customers. It had to keep good records. After thirty years, the
City could consider buying the company. The project had to be underway in three years and substantially completed in six. The City of Boston had to
approve the project within six months or the bill was void. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State
Title:   Petition and report relative to the Boston Hydraulic Company.
OCLC Number:   1389530188
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