A review of the 1837 case charles river bridge vwarren bridge

In answer to the petition of James Heyden, with his partners, ferrymen of Charlestown, and of the satisfaction of all other ferry-men, that there may be no mistake who are freed, or should be passage free, and how long: But it is argued, that when the charter of Charles River bridge was extended for thirty years, in the yearnotice was given to all the world, by a legislative act, that the proprietors had no exclusive right; and that inasmuch as they took their extended charter, with this notice, it is now too late to set up any such right.

Eventually, the legislature agreed to grant a charter for a new bridge between Charlestown and Boston. Greenleaf argued that the legislature was entrusted with the right to "provide safe and convenient public ways," and that this right was to be used to benefit the public good; clearly, giving the Charles River Bridge Company exclusive rights would not better the public.

Bradstreete and Increase Nowell: Various acts were passed, confirming the original grant to the college, both before and after the act of incorporation. There was no necessity or motive for doing this; because the petitioners for the bridge had agreed to pay the college for the surrender of their ferry for the forty years; and their act of incorporation confirmed and executed that agreement.

It operates as a fraud upon the grant, and goes to defeat it. The Warren Bridge lawyers also argued on the basis of eminent domainwhich enables federal and state governments to take private property for public use as long as it provides the owner with compensation. But the voluntary, direct and fatal action of the government upon its own former grant, is not incidental, and does not belong to cases of consequential damage, The facts in the case at bar are peculiar, and distinguish it from all other cases of a similar nature.

In the first case, the feelings, the vices, as well as the virtues, are enlisted against it; in the last, in favor of it: What rights are extinguished; what required; and what covenants are implied? The abutments of the two bridges are feet apart on the Charlestown side; and the avenues to them meet in Charlestown square, at the distance of about feet from the abutments.

They are all publici juris, and from the rights, liabilities and duties of which they are compounded, results the notion of property in them. Warren Bridge began again, on January 19, Such is the law of England.

Upon these authorities, the only question is, are tolls necessary or essential to the enjoyment of this franchise? And how is it to be determined, whether it be a nuisance or not, but by the fact?

The case was argued before the Court inwhere the plaintiffs argued that it was unconstitutional for the Massachusetts legislature to charter the Warren Bridge, because creating a competing bridge violated the contract clause in Article I, Section 10, which states, "No State shall pass any Bill of Attainderex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts".

Taney read the majority opinion. And this, to some extent, is doubtless true; and it is also true, that from the changes that are constantly taking place in human affairs, a bridge or ferry may be subjected to incidental injuries.

It is a matter of evidence, and is to be proved like any other fact. It is ordered, that there shall be a fferry sett upp on Boston syde, by the Wynd myll hill, to transport men to Charlton and Wenesemet, upon the same rates that the fferry-men att Charlton and Wenesemet transport men to Boston.

But how does the learned judge get at this conclusion, that the extent of this franchise is either everything or nothing?

Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge

Inthe legislature incorporated The Proprietors of the Warren Bridge defendants to build another bridge over the Charles River. The revival of Winnisemmit ferry has somewhat diminished the travel through Charlestown; but it is between Boston and Chelsea, and is coeval with the ancient ferry between Boston and Charlestown.

In the case of the Newburgh Turnpike Company v. The new bridge has connected no new line of travel with the old; it has not shortened the distance between the two termini, nor given any other additional accommodation, than two parallel bridges give over one.

It was said by a learned judge, in the court below, that the general rule of law was, that in governmental grants, nothing passed by implication. A bridge, in place of the ferry over Charles river, is deemed by the legislature to be a matter of public utility; and they are disposed to grant a liberal charter to such persons as are willing to undertake so hazardous an enterprise.

That year, a group of men petitioned the state legislature to build a bridge across the river due to the inconvenience of the ferry.

Adjourned until the 15th, present. But as the execution of this judicial process does not, and cannot, always ascertain what will be the effect of the proposed market or fair; the doctrine seems to be well settled, that in case it does prove to be injurious to any existing market or fair, the patent may be repealed, upon proof of the fact.

The power of Massachusetts, in the yearwas, therefore, as ample and complete over these as it had ever been before the separation. And as to the other part of the case, it means nothing more than this, that a ferry must have ferry-ways or landing places. In the case of ferries, it extends to the number and place of the ferry-ways, the number and kind of boats, the times of putting off from each side; reaching to all those details which concern the convenience and safety of passage and transportation.

It is to be reformed by presentment or information. In grants that abridge public rights, it is generally held, that a consideration must be shown.

Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge, 36 U.S. 420 (1837)

The same law is, if one license me and my heirs to come and hunt in his park, it is necessary for me to have this license in writing; for something passes by the license, in perpetuity; but if the license be to me, to hunt once in his park, this is good, without writing, for no inheritance passes.

So long as this court shall continue to exercise this most salutary and highest of all its functions, the whole legislation of the country will be kept within its constitutional sphere of action.

What is granted by express words? A "yes" or "no" answer to the question framed in the issue section; A summary of the majority or plurality opinion, using the CREAC method; and The procedural disposition e. The complainants prosecuted this writ of error.In the company's charter was extended for 70 years.

In return for assuming the risk of building the bridge between Boston and Charlestown, the owners were permitted to collect tolls. In the legislature chartered another company to build a second bridge, the Warren Bridge, across the Charles River.

Warren Bridge - Supreme Court ruled that a charter granted by a state to a company cannot work to the disadvantage of the public. The Charles River Bridge Company protested when the Warren Bridge Company was authorized in to build a free bridge where it had been chartered to operate a toll bridge in Charles River Bridge v.

Warren Bridge, 36 U.S. (11 Pet.) (), was a case regarding the Charles River Bridge and the Warren Bridge of Boston, Massachusetts, heard by the United States Supreme Court under the leadership of Subsequent history: None.

Inthe Legislature of Massachusetts incorporated another company for the erection of another bridge, the Warren Bridge, over Charles River from Charlestown to Boston, allowing the company to take tolls, commencing in Charlestown, near where the Charles River Bridge commenced, and terminating in Boston about eight hundred feet from the.

Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge () Written by the Jacksonian Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the majority opinion signaled the Court's shift towards states' rights and away from the nationalism of the Marshall Court.

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