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The City has annually since 1821 issued a volume
containing, until 1829, a register of the City Council
and a list of the officers. In 1829 the City Charter, in
1830 the Acts relating to Boston and the ordinances,
and in 1832 an index, were added. The volume for
1822 contains fifteen pages, and for 1840 eighty-five
pages, and three pages of index. The volumes up to and
including 1840 bear the title of The Rules and Orders
of the Common Council and since that year the title
of The Municipal Register. The Municipal Regis-
ter for 1841 contains the Rules and Orders of the Com-
mon Council, joint rules, ordinances of the City, statutes
of the Commonwealth relating to the City, a list of the
public schools, the City Government of 1841, the com-
mittees and departments (consisting at that time of
the treasury, law, police, health, public land and build-
ings, lamps and bridges, fire, and public charitable
institutions), and a list of the ward officers; from 1842
to 1864 it also contains a list of the members of pre-
ceding City Governments, a necrological record of those
members, the latest ordinances and the special statutes
relating to the City; in 1851 a list of the annual orators
was added, and in 1853 a map of the City and the Rules
of the Board of Aldermen were inserted; in 1876 sta-
tistics of registration and voting were included, and,
since 1879, in tabulated form; in 1883 portraits of the
Mayor and presiding officers of the two branches of
the City Council were included, and in 1888 a list of
the members of the past City Governments of Roxbury
and Charlestown was added and continued to 1890.
From 1889 to 1896, inclusive. The Municipal Register
contained a compilation of the Charter and Acts sub-
sequently passed, in the place of which an index of the
same appeared in 1897. The Amended Charter of 1909
was added in 1910, while the alphabetical list of Alder-
men and Councilmen since 1822 was dropped.

By the direction of the Committee on Rules The
Municipal Register of 1917 has been compiled by the
Statistics Department.



The Royal Patent incorporating the Governor and
Company of Massachusetts Bay in New England passed
the seals March *4, 1628-29. At a General Court, or
Meeting of the Company, on August *29 of that year it
was voted 'Hhat the Government and patent should be
settled in New England." To that end Governor Win-
throp led the Puritan Exodus in 1630. Soon after his
arrival at Salem on June *12, 1630, he proceeded with a
large following to Charlestown, where a plantation had
been established the summer before. The Assistants
held three Courts at Charlestown in the interval, August
*23 to September *28, inclusive. At their meeting
no September *7, they ''ordered that Trimountaine
shalbe called Boston; Mattapan, Dorchester; and the
towne upon Charles River, Waterton." Thus Shawmut
of the Indians was named Boston, probably out of grati-
tude to the Merchants of Boston in Lincolnshire, who
had subscribed generously to the stock of the Company.

In the course of the summer, Governor Winthrop
with the patent chose Boston as his abiding place.
The first ''Court" held in Boston was a " General Court"
on October *19, "for estabUshing of the government."
On October *3, 1632, Boston was formally declared
to be "the fittest place for pubUque meetings of any
place in the Bay."

Boston was the first town in Massachusetts to become
a city. It was incorporated February 23, 1822, by
St. 1821, c. 110, adopted March 4, 1822. This act was
revised by St. 1854, c. 448, commonly called the City
Charter, adopted November 13, 1854.

The neck of land called Boston, still called Boston
Proper, contained perhaps 700 acres of land, judging
from the 783 acres shown by the official survey of 1794.
In the interval 1630-37, Boston acquired jurisdiction
over most of the territory now included in Chelsea,
Winthrop, Revere, East Boston, Brookline, Quincy,
Braintree, Randolph and Holbrook, besides certain
islands in the harbor. From 1637 till May 13, 1640,

* Old Style.


when ''Mount WooUaston" was set off as Braintree,
Boston exercised jurisdiction over a territory of at least
40,000 acres. Within its present hmits there are 30,598
acres, including flats and water.

Since 1640, grants of land have been made to Boston
by the General Court as follows: (1) October *16, 1660,
1,000 acres "for the use of a free schoole, layd out in
the wildernesse or North of the Merimake River" (in
Haverhill), in 1664. (2) June *27, 1735, in abatement
of Province Tax, three townships, each six miles square,
or 69,120 acres in all. These townships later became
the Towns of Charlemont, Colrain, and Pittsfield.
Boston sold its interest in them on June *30, 1737, for
£3,660. (3) June 26, 1794, a township of land in
Maine (23,040 acres) "to build a pubUc hospital." This
tract was sold by the City April 6, 1833, for $4,200.

Muddy River was set off as the Town of Brookline
on November *13, 1705, and Rumney Marsh was set
off as the Town of Chelsea January * 8, 1739.

The principal annexations of territory included within
the present limits of the City of Boston have been made
as follows:

(1) Noddle's Island, by order of Court of Assistants, March
*9, 1636-37. (2) South Boston set off from Dorchester March
6, 1804, by St. 1803, c. 111. (3) Washington Village set off
from Dorchester May 21, 1855, by St. 1855, c. 468. (4) Rox-
bury January 6, 1868, by St. 1867, c. 359, accepted September

9, 1867. Roxbury received its name by order of the Court of
Assistants October * 8, 1630. It was incorporated a City March
12, 1846, by St. 1846, c. 95, accepted March 25, 1846. (5) Dor-
chester January 3, 1870, by St. 1869, c. 349, accepted June 22,
1869. It received its name September *7, 1630, by order of
the Court of Assistants. (6) Brighton January 5, 1874, by St.
1873, c. 303, accepted October 7, 1873. Set off from Cambridge
as the Town of Brighton February 24, 1807, by St. 1806, c. 65.
(7) Charlestown January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c. 286, accepted
October 7, 1873. Settled July *4, 1629. It was incorporated
a City February 22, 1847, by St. 1847, c. 29, accepted March

10, 1847. (8) West Roxbury January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c.
314, accepted October 7, 1873. It was set off from Roxbury
and incorporated a Town May 24, 1851, by St. 1851, c. 250.
(9) Hyde Park January 1, 1912, by St. 1911, c. 469, and 583,
accepted November 7, 1911. Incorporated a Town April 22,

* Old Style.



As it appeared prior to 1827.

The City Seal was adopted by '^An Ordinance to
Establish the City Seal," passed January 2, 1823, which
provides ''That the design hereto annexed, as sketched
by John R. Penniman, giving a view of the City, be the
device of the City Seal; that the motto be as follows,
to wit: 'Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis'; and that the
inscription be as follows: ^ — ^ 'Bostonia condita, A.D.
1630. Civitatis regimine donata, A.D. 1822.'" The
motto is taken from 1 Kings, viii., 57.

The seal as it then appeared is shown above.

The seal as it was afterwards changed, and has ever
since continued to be used, first appeared on page 221
of the volume of laws and ordinances, commonly known
as the ''First Revision," published in 1827, and is con-
tinued as the City Seal at the present time by Revised
Ordinances of 1914, Chapter 1, Section 5, which provides
that "The seal of the City shall be circular in form;
shall bear a view of the City; the motto 'Sicut Patri-
bus Sit Deus Nobis,' and the inscription, 'Bostonia
Condita, A.D. 1630. Civitatis Regimine Donata,
A.D. 1822,' as herewith set forth."

The seal as changed in 1827, and as it has ever since
appeared, is shown on the second page.







DANIEL J. Mcdonald



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Edward J, Leary

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Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain.


[Stat. 1909, Chap. 486; Stat. 1914, Chap. 730,]

James J. Stoerow, President.

TERM Ends in February, 1920.
Francis J. W. Ford, 931 E. Fourth St, South Boston.
Daniel J. McDonald, 28 Marion Street, Charlestown.
James A. Watson . 38 Thornton Street, Roxbury.


John J. Attridge . . .552 Tremont Street.
Walter L. Collins, 445 Washington Street, Dorchester.
James J. Storrow . . . 417 Beacon Street.


Walter Ballantyne, 224 Dudley Street, Roxbury.
Henry E. Hagan . .18 Victoria Street, Dorchester.
Alfred E. Wellington, 390 Meridian St., E. Boston.

Salary, $1,500 each.


[Stat. 1854, Chap. 448, §30; Stat. 1885, Chap. 266, §2; Stat. 1901,

Chap. 332; Rev. Ord. 1898, Chap. 11; C. C, Title IV., Chap. 8;

Stat. 1909, Chap. 486; Rev. Ord. 1914, Chap. 11.]

Clerk, ex officio.
James Donovan, 71 Emerald Street.

Assistant Clerk, ex officio.
Wilfred J. Doyle, 81 Wellington Hill Street, Dorchester.

Regular meetings in Council Chamber, City Hall, fourth floor
Mondays at 2 P. M.


Office, City Hall, Room 56, fourth floor.
John F. Dever. Salary, $2,500.

The Clerk of Committees acts as the clerk of all committees of the City
Coimcil, keeps the records of their meetings, and has charge of the City
Hall Reference Library.


Frank X. Chisholm. Salary, $2,000.

The Secretary of the City Council is also Assistant Clerk of Committees,
and performs the duties of the Clerk in the latter 's absence or in case of
vacancy of his position.


Office, City HaU, Room 55, fourth floor.

Edward J. Leary. Salary, $2,800.

The City Messenger attends aU meetings of the City Council and
committees thereof, and has the care and distribution of aU documents
printed for the use of the City CoimcU, also the regular department reports.
He has charge of the City flagstaffs, the display of flags in the public
grounds, and the roping off of streets and squares on public occasions.


Edward W. Harnden. Salary, $3,000.



Day of Meeting.
Rule 1. Unless otherwise ordered from time to time the regular
meeting of the city council shall be held on every Monday at t'wo o'clock
p. m.* Special meetings may be called by the president at his discretion,
and by the city clerk for the pm'pose only of drawing jurors.


Rule 2. The president of the council shall take the chair at the hour
to which the council shall have adjourned and shall call the members to
order, and, a quorum being present, shall proceed with the regular order
of business. In the absence of the president the senior member by age
present shall preside as temporary president or until a presiding officer
is chosen.

Rule 3. The president shall preserve decorum and order, may speak
to points of order in preference to other members, and shall decide all
questions of order, subject to an appeal. Any member may appeal
from the decision of the chair, and, when properly seconded, no other
business, except a motion to adjourn or to lay on the table, shall be in
order until the question on appeal has been decided. The question shall
be put as follows:

"Shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the council?"
The vote shall be by a roll call, and it shall be decided in the affirmative
unless a majority of the votes are to the contrary.

Rule 4. The president shall propound all motions in the order in
which they are moved, unless the subsequent motion shall be previous
in its nature, except that, in naming sums and fixing times, the largest
sum and the longest time shall be put first.

Rule 5. The president shall, at the request of any member, make a
division of a question when the sense will admit.

Rule 6. The president shall, without debate, decide all questions
relating to priority of business to be acted upon.

Rule 7. The president shall declare all votes; but if any member
doubts a vote, the president shall cause a rising vote to be taken, and,
when any member so requests, shall cause the vote to be taken or verified
by yeas and nays.

Rule 8. The president shall appoint all committees, fill all vacancies
therein, and designate the rank of the members thereof.

* At the first meeting of the City Council on February 5, 1917, the Rules of the City
Council of 1916 were adopted with the amendment that the time of meeting, referred to
n Rule 1, be fixed at 2 p. m. instead of 3 p. m.


Rule 9. When the president of the council or the president pro tempore
shall desire to vacate the chair he may call any member to it; but such
substitution shall not continue beyond an adjournment.


Rule 10. Every motion shall be reduced to writing if the president
shall so direct.

Rule 11. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed indivisible;
but a motion to strike out being lost shaU not preclude amendment, or
a motion to strike out and insert.

Rule 12. No motion or proposition of a subject different from that
under consideration shall be admitted imder color of amendment.

Rule 13. When an order or resolution relates to a subject which
may properly be examined and reported upon by an existing committee
of the city council, such order or resolution shall, upon presentation, be
referred to such committee. When a motion is made to refer any subject,
and different committees are proposed, the motion shall be put in the
following order :

1 . To a standing committee of the council.

2. To a special committee of the council.

Any member offering a motion, order or resolution, which is referred
to a committee, shall be given a hearing on the same by the committee
before a report is made thereon, provided he so requests at the time of
offering the order or before final action by the committee.

Rule 14, After a motion has been put by the president it shall not be
withdrawn except by unanimous consent.

Rule 15. When a question is under debate the following motions
only shall be entertained, and shall have precedence in the order in which
they stand arranged:

1. To adjourn.

2. To lay on the table.

3. The previous question.

4. To close debate at a specified time.

5. To postpone to a day certain.

6. To commit.

7. To amend.

8. To postpone indefinitely.

Rule 16. A motion to adjourn shall be in order at any time, except
on an immediate repetition, or pending a verification of a vote; and that
motion, the motion to lay on the table, the motion to take from the table,
and the motion for the previous question, shall be decided without debate.



Rule 17. Every ordinance, order and resolution shaU, unless rejected,
have two several readings, both of which may take place at the same
session, imless objection is made; 'provided, however, that all orders for the
expenditure of money presented to, or reported upon by a committee of,
the covmcil, shall Ue over for one week before final action thereon. When-
ever the second reading immediately follows the first reading, the document
may be read by its title only; provided, that all orders releasing rights
or easements in or restrictions on land, all orders for the sale of land other
than school lands, all appropriations for the purchase of land other than
for school purposes, and all loans voted by the city council shall require
a vote of two-thirds of aU the members of the city council, and shall be
passed only after two separate readings and by two separate votes, the
second of said readings and votes to be had not less than fourteen days
after the first.


Rule 18. When a vote has been passed, any member may move a
reconsideration thereof at the same meeting, or he may give notice to the
clerk, within twenty-four hours of the adjournment of any meeting except
the final meeting, of his intention to move a reconsideration at the next
reg\ilar meeting; in which case the clerk shall retain possession of the
papers until the next regular meeting. No member shaU speak for more
than ten minutes on a motion to reconsider.

Rule 19. When a motion to reconsider has been decided, that deci-
sion shaU not be reconsidered, and no question shall be twice reconsidered
unless it has been amended after the reconsideration; nor shall any recon-
sideration be had upon the following motions:

To adjourn.

The previous question.

To lay on the table.

To take from the table.

To close debate at a specified time.

A motion to reconsider may be laid on the table or postponed indefi-
nitely, and the effect of such action in either case shall be to defeat the
motion to reconsider.

Conduct of Members.
Rule 20. Every member when about to speak shall rise, address the
chair, and wait until he is recognized, and in speaking shall refrain from
mentioning any other member by name, shall confine himself to the
question and avoid personaUties. Any member who, in debate or other-
wise, indulges in personaUties or makes charges reflecting upon the char-
acter of another member shaU make an apology in open session at the
meeting when the offence is committed or at the next succeeding regular


meeting, and, failing to do so, shall be named by the president, or held in
contempt and suspended from fm-ther participation in debate mitil said
apology is made.

Rule 21. No member shall speak more than once on a question when
another member who has not spoken claims the floor, and no member
speaking shall, without his consent, be interrupted by another, except
upon a point of order.

Rule 22. No member shaU be permitted to vote on any question,
or serve on any committee, where his private right is immediately con-
cerned, distinct from the public interest.

Rule 23. Every member who shaU be present when a question is put,
where he is not excluded by interest, shaU give his vote, unless the council
for special reason shall excuse him. Application to be so excused on any
question must be made before the council is divided, or before the calling
of the yeas and nays; and such application shall be accompanied by a brief
statement of the reasons, and shall be decided without debate.

Standing Committees.
Rule 24. The following standing committees of the coimcil, and
all other committees, miless specially directed by the council, shall be
appointed by the president:

1. A committee, to be known as the Executive Committee, to consist of
all the members of the council.

2. A committee on Appropriations, to consist of all the members of
the councU, to whom shall be referred such appropriation orders as may
be submitted to the council from time to time.

3. A committee on Branch Libraries, to consist of five members of the

4. A committee on Claims, to consist of five members of the council,
to whom shaU be referred all claims against the city arising from the act
or neglect of any of its departments. They shall report annually a Ust
of the claims awarded or approved by them, and the amount of money
awarded or paid in settlement thereof.

5. A committee on County Accounts, to consist of five members of the

6. A committee on Finance, to consist of all the members of the coimcil,
to whom shall be referred all apphcations for expenditure which involve
a loan.

7. A committee on Fire Hazard, to consist of five members of the

8. A committee on Inspection of Prisons, to consist of five members of
the council.

9. A committee on Legislative Matters, to consist of five members of
the council, who shall, imless otherwise ordered, appear before the com-
mittees of the General Court and represent the interests of the city; pro-
vided, said committee shall not appear imless authorized by vote of the


city council, and shall not, unless directed so to do by the city council
oppose any legislation petitioned for by the preceding city council.

10. A committee on Ordinances, to consist of all the members of the
council, to whom shall be referred all ordinances or orders concerniag

11. A committee on Parkman Fund, to consist of five members of the
council, to whom shall be referred all matters concerning the Parkman
property or the expenditure of the income from the Parkman Fimd.

12. A conmaittee on Printing, to consist of five members of the council,
who shaU have the charge of all printing, advertising or publishing
ordered by the city council, as one of its contingent or incidental expenses,
and the supply of all stationery or binding for the same piu-pose. The com-
mittee shall fix the number of copies to be printed of any docimaent printed
as above, the minimum, however, to be four hundred; and they shaU
have the right to make rules and regulations for the care, custody, and
distribution of all documents, books, pamphlets and maps by the city

13. A committee on Public Lands, to consist of five members of the
council, to whom shall be referred all matters relating to public lands.

14. A committee on Soldiers' Relief, to consist of five members of the
coimcil, who shall determine the amount of aid to be allowed to soldiers
and sailors and their families and submit a schedule of the same to the
city council monthly.

Order of Business.
Rule 25. At every regular meeting of the council the order of business
shall be as follows:

1. Commimications from his Honor the Mayor.

2. Presentation of petitions, memorials and remonstrances.

3. Reports of city officers, etc.

4. Unfinished business of preceding meetings.

5. Reports of committees.

6. Motions, orders and resolutions.


Rule 26. No person, except a member of the coimcU, shall be permit-
ted to occupy the seat of any member while the council is in session.

Rule 27. No person, excepting heads of departments, ofl&cials con-
nected with the city council and reporters, shall be allowed in the ante-
room or upon the floor of the council chamber while the council is in
session. Spectators will be allowed in the gallery of the coimcil chamber
when the council is in session, and no one will be admitted to said gallery
after the seats are occupied. The city messenger shall enforce this rule.

Burial Grounds.
Rule 28. No permission for the use of land for the purpose of burial
shall be granted until a pubUc hearing shall have been given by the city
council, after due notice has been served upon abutters, on the applica-
tion for such permission.


Smoking in the Council Chamber.

Rule 29. No smoking shall be allowed in the council chamber when
the council is in session.


Rule 30. No meeting of any committee shall, without the consent
of all the members thereof, be called upon less notice than twenty-four
hom-s from the time the clerk shall have mailed the notices or despatched
them by special messenger. No committee, unless authorized by an order
of the city council, shall incur any expense. No committee meeting shall
be called later than one hour immediately preceding the time set for any
regular meeting of the city council, nor shall any committee remain in
session later than the hour named for any such regular meeting.

Form op Votes.
Rule 31. In all votes the form of expression shall be "Ordered"
for everything by way of command, and the form shall be "Resolved"
for everything expressing opinions, principles, facts, or purposes.


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