The so-called Massachusetts Trust, as a form of business organization, had its beginning in England some two hundred years ago, and as trading associations they came to be preferred to corporations, in the early days of their history, for their members lacked the immunity from debts of the concern that corporate shareholders possessed. The business trust, in a rudimentary form, made its initial appearance in Massachusetts in 1827, and due to the current of more or less dissatisfaction with the corporate form of business organization there appears to be a present tendency toward the trust form, though Mr. Cook believes the Massachusetts Trusts "make a noise out of all proportion to their size."