McFarlin v. Essex Co., Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1852.

How did the dam built by the Essex Co. on the Merrimack River affect William McFarlin’s livelihood?  What did he do to get compensation for his loss?  How did the State Court ruling show that ordinary people still had some right to use rivers and streams?  How did it confirm the growing power of corporations over waterways?


McFarlin v. Essex Co., 10 Cush. 304 (Mass., 1852).

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