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Select Joint Comm. on the Warren and Charles River Bridges. Report, 1836
SEE ALSO 52828, 52834 Senate No. 33 Report relating to the Warren and Charles River Bridges. On January 16, 1836, the Governor's remarks on the
Warren Bridge went to a Select Joint Committee. On February 18, the Committee reported on his remarks and various documents on the topic. [There are
some information difficulties and losses in this document.] The Committee declined to do yet another history of the controversy--all the arguments and
opinions "would seem to have exhausted the power of argument." The Charles River Bridge proprietors had said if they received all the toll money
currently in the Treasury and more tolls for two years, they would withdraw their Supreme Court suit and give the state title to the bridge OR be paid
$600/share to do the same. By doing nothing, the Warren Bridge would become free by March 1836, or the state could acquire the Charles River franchise
and both bridges would be free in March. To pay the $600/share would cost $90,000, but there was not enough money in the toll account to pay that.
The Committee determined to make an offer to the Charles River Bridge proprietors with a limited acceptance period, but Boston/Charlestown needed to
accept maintenance of the bridges for the future. An Act concerning Warren and Charles River Bridges, 1836. The Governor was authorized to accept
paperwork to convey ownership of the Charles River Bridge to the State, including associated real estate, the withdrawal of the Supreme Court suit, etc.
in return for a cash payment of $25,000 to the bridge proprietors to be accepted or rejected by May 1, 1836. The toll on each bridge would continue
until March 1836, going to the state Treasury. Boston and Charlestown could give bond to the state for the maintenance of the bridges and would receive
the tolls until March 1836, after which the bridges would be free. If the Charles River Bridge proprietors, after the towns had given bond, refused
to turn over their bridge, then the two towns would get the Warren Bridge tolls until March 1836. A reiteration of: An Act to continue in force an
act concerning the Warren Bridge, 1835. The tolls will be in force until March 1836, with the tolls to pay any judgment awarded to the Charles River
Bridge proprietors or to maintain the bridge. Boston and Charlestown could post maintenance bonds and could get all the money, but they would have to
pay the judgment and court costs. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Report relating to Warren and Charles River Bridges.
OCLC Number:   1407626450
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