Excerpt from Special Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Relating to the City of Boston, Passed Prior to January 1, 1885: Together With the Provisions of the Public Statutes Referring Especially to Boston
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 Acts wholly repealed or superseded are omitted, while those changed in part only are printed, in most instances, as originally enacted.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a further aid in ascertaining the law as it now stands, as those parts of acts herein printed, which are believed to be no longer in force, have been passed by in its preparation.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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