An Address to the Board of Aldermen, and Members of the Common Council, of Boston: On the Organization of the City Government, at Faneuil Hall, May 1, 1824

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Printed at the Commercial Gazette office [By Amos Sampson,printer.], 1824 - 15 páginas
 

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Página 14 - It shall be the duty of the mayor to he vigilant and active, at all times, in causing the laws for the government of said city to be duly executed and put in force ; to inspect the conduct of all subordinate officers in the government thereof, and as far as may be in his power, to cause all negligence, carelessness, and positive violation of duty to be duly prosecuted and punished.
Página 9 - ... with that competency, which must result from a judicious arrangement, at present absolutely useless. Both these measures of the City Government, relative to the Rope Walks and to Faneuil Hall Market, will necessarily lead to what, to many of our citizens, is an object of great dread, a city debt. As this is a subject of considerable importance, and touches a nerve of great sensibility, it ought to be well considered and rightly understood by our fellow-citizens. I shall, therefore, not apologize,...
Página 8 - ... upon principles applicable to the particular nature of this subject, and retain in the city the whole property, both as it respects control and assessment. In its first stages, such a system must necessarily be expensive ; but the result cannot fail to be beneficial, and, in a course of years, profitable. During the past year, the city has built...
Página 5 - The next object of attention of the City Government was cleansing the streets. In cities as well as among individuals, cleanliness has reference to morals as well as to comfort. Sense of dignity and self-respect are essentially connected with purity ; physical and moral. And a city is as much elevated as an individual by self-respect. To remove from our streets whatever might offend the sense, or endanger the health, was the first duty. To do it as economically as was consistent with doing it well,...
Página 8 - It was thought that no moment could be more favorable than the present to secure a relinquishment of those rights. An agreement of reference has been entered into, with those proprietors, and the amount to be paid by the city for such relinquishment, has been left to the decision of five of our most intelligent, independent and confidential...
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Página 6 - The streets of the city had been almost for time immemorial the revenue of the farmers in the vicinity ; who came at will, took what suited their purposes and left the rest to accumulate. It was thought important that the city should undertake the operation necessary to cleansing the streets, itself, not because this mode was certainly the most economical, but because it would be certainly the most effectual...
Página 8 - ... the Directors of the House of Industry and the flattering hopes connected with that establishment would require a minuteness of detail, not compatible with the present occasion. They will doubtless be made the subject of an early and distinct examination and report of the City Council. Two objects of very great interest to which the proceedings of last year have reference, remain to be elucidated. The purchase of the interest of the proprietors of the Rope Walks, west of the Common ; and the...
Página 5 - These measures did not originate in any theories or visions of ideal purity, attainable in the existing state of human society, but in a single sense of duty and respect for the character of the city; proceeding upon the principle, that if in great cities the existence of vice is inevitable, that its course should be in...

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