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Joint Comm. on Bridges. Abstract on the J. Skinner case, 1827
SEE ALSO 51831 H.R. No. 55 On the petition of John Skinner and others, no date. The Joint Committee on Bridges received four propositions: 1) leave
to build a free bridge 2) build a bridge free for pedestrians only 3) build a new bridge and charge half the amount charged by the Charles River
Bridge until costs were covered and then be free 4) build a new bridge and charge as much as the Charles River Bridge until costs and $50,000 fund for
maintenance achieved, then free. The Charles River Bridge owners offered to widen their bridge. The Committee had some thoughts: 1) another bridge
would be a public convenience 2) tolls charged were higher than they needed to be to maintain the Charles Bridge 3) in 1792, the Charles River Bridge
Company lied about the amount of dividends they paid, so could say the arrangement was void 4) The Company had made a lot of money in forty years, so
they should give up charging a toll. The Charles River Bridge Company said the Legislature made a contract in 1786 that couldn't be impaired and the
toll couldn't be removed without compensation. The fraud allegation could only be settled by a jury trial. After all the back and forth, the Committee
was of the opinion that another bridge was not necessary if the Charles River Bridge could be free, so what if the State bought up all the stock of
all the bridges and charged a toll until that purchase price was paid off? (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the
Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   On the petition of John Skinner, and others.
OCLC Number:   1389559603
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