Digitized by the Internet Archive
in 2010 with funding from
Boston Public Library
City Document. — No. 27.
STOCKHOLDERS OF SPOT POND
August 18, 1845.
Referred to Aldermen Ayer, Perkins and Shipley,
and ordered that one hundred copies be printed.
Attest, S. F. McCleary, City Clerk.
To THE Mayor and Aldermen of the City of
Whereas two thirds of the Capital of the Spot
Pond Aqueduct Company have been subscribed, and
a portion of the subscribers by their circular of May
last pledged themselves to apply to the Legislature
for certain amendments of their Charter, specified
below, and to offer to the City a portion of the Cap-
ital, the subscribers to the Stock respectfully request
you to submit to the Citizens of Boston, in their re-
spective wards, as soon as may be, the following
proposition : —
" Shall the immediate introduction of pure w^ater
be secured by requesting the City Government to
subscribe for the remaining third of the Capital of
the Spot Pond Aqueduct Company, with liberty to
take the whole on the completion of the work pur-
suant to the Charter."
And in case a majority of voters shall approve the
same, they respectfully request the City Government,,
under the power conferred by the Charter, to sub-
scribe for one third of the Stock of the Company^
which has been reserved for the City.
At the next session of the Legislature, application
will be made for the following amendments.
L That the Mayor and Aldermen shall forever be,^
by virtue of their office, but without compensation,
a Board of Water Comptrollers, whose duty it shall
4 AQUEDUCT COMPANY. [Aug.
be to supervise the income of the Corporation, and
to regulate the water rents, from time to time, so
that the Stockholders shall not receive a yearly profit
of less than six per cent., if the net income of the
works will yield so much — nor more than ten per
2. That the said Board of Water Comptrollers
shall determine, from time to time, how many, and
when, and where, pubhc hydrants shall be placed in
the street, for the accommodation of the poor, for
the use of which an annual rent shall be paid by the
City to the Corporation.
3. Said Board shall also determine how many, and
when, and where, ornamental public fountains, not
exceeding three, shall be placed, and the annual
rent for the use of both hydrants and fountains, (if
the Water Comptrollers and the Corporation cannot
agree upon a price,) shall be fixed by three Commis-
sioners, to be mutually chosen by the parties, from
time to time, as occasion may require.
4. Said Board may notify the agents of the Cor-
poration, when and where, they desire to have fire
plugs inserted into the main pipes — and said Corpo-
ration shall be compelled forthwith to make such
insertions, at the expense of the City — but the use
of the water for the suppression and extinguishment
of fires, and to fill the City reservoirs, shall at all
times be free, and without any expense to the City ;
and one or more servants of the Company shall at
all times be at hand, to aid the Chief Engineer of the
And also a further amendment, providing that the
City may elect a number of Directors proportionate
to the Stock subscribed by them, by concurrent vote
1845.] CITY DOCUMENT.—No. 27. 5
of the Mayor and Aldermen and Common Council,
and vote on all other subjects at the meeting of the
The introduction of Water by this Company has
been once approved by the City Government.
The Charter of the Company has been framed to
meet the suggestions and wishes of the City Govern-
ment, and your petitioners have no doubt, that a
prompt subscription on the part of the City will
secure, by next year, an ample and sure supply of
the purest water at a low scale of charges, and,
combining the resources and credit of the City with
individual frugality, enterprise and sagacity, will
insure promptitude in action, and economy in ex-
penditure, and rapid execution, and avoid all risk of
increased taxation from a larger and more uncertain
enterprise at the sole risk of the City.
By the concert of action proposed, the City would
become at once proprietors of one third of the Stock,
and have the option of taking the whole Stock upon
the completion of the enterprise.
Respectfully asking the immediate action of the
Mayor and Aldermen, your petitioners as in duty
bound will ever pray.
The subscribers to the Stock of the Spot Pond
Aqueduct Company, by
CALEB EDDY, Chairman.
S. Shaw, Jr., Secretary.
Boston, August 5th, 1845.
6 AQUEDUCT COMPANY. [Aug.
Boston, August 5th, 1845.
At a meeting of the subscribers to the Stock of
the Spot Pond Aqueduct Corporation, the following
vote was passed without a dissenting voice.
Voted, That the Petition to the City Government
annexed to the Report of the Executive Committee,
be adopted by the meeting, and that the same be
signed, in behalf of the association, by the Chairman
and Secretary, and be transmitted to the Mayor and
Aldermen, by a Committee of one hundred sub-
scribers to the Stock.
Attest, S. Shaw^, Jr., Secretary.
To THE Mayor amd Aldermen of the City of
The undersigned, Committee of the subscribers to
the Stock of the Spot Pond Aqueduct Company,
respectfully present to your Honorable Board, the
petition of their associates, accompanied by the con-
templated amendments of the Charter of the Spot
Pond Aqueduct Company, which are designed to
protect the interests of the City.
Commending the same to your favorable consid-
eration, they are respectfully,
Robert G. Shaw, John D. Williams,
Thomas Wigglesworth, Richard Urann,
Cyrus Alger, Aaron Bancroft,
Giles Lodge, William Dall,
John Ballard, Henry K. Hancock,
Samuel T. Armstrong, Henry Farnam,
1845.] CITY DOCUMENT.— No. 27.
Edward D. Peters,
George W. Crockett,
Z. B. Adams,
Edward A Raymond,
Jabez C. Howe,
Samuel F. Coohdge,
George C. Shattuck,
James C. Merrill,
H. B. Rogers,
Henry G. Andrews,
J. A. Lowell,
Ellis Gray Loring,
B. T. Reed,
John P. Thorndike,
Philo S. Shelton,
F. C. Loring,
John G. Torrey,
C. F. Adams,
Joseph N. Howe, Jr.
Wilham P. Winchester,
by his attorney, S.
Isaac Parker, Ward 7,
WilHam H. Prentice,
P. P. F. Degrand,
Wilham W. Stone,
John G. Roberts,
Francis O. Watts,
Wilham F. Weld,
Henry D. Gray,
Wilham J. Hubbard,
Royal B. Wihis,
Wilham H. Lane,
Wilham E. Coffin,
M. A. Metcalf,
H. Weld Fuller,
Henry B. Stone.
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
3 9999 06428 000 9