Section 20 of the Original Newburyport City Charter
adopted June 24, 1851

Section 20 of the 1851 Newburyport City Charter reads:

General meetings of the citizens qualified to vote may from time to time be held to consult upon the public good, to give instructions to their representatives and to take all lawful measures to obtain redress for any grievances according to the right secured to the people by the constitution of the Commonwealth. And such meetings may and shall be duly warned by the Mayor and Aldermen upon the requisition of fifty qualified voters.





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