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and troops. There were already in the armory of the State when the war broke out three thousand Springfield rifled muskets of the best pattern. Trivial as this provision now seems, it enabled Massachusetts to be first in the breach, and perhaps to save Washington. But the actual enlistment of soldiers was only one of the many ways in which the aroused public sentiment showed itself. Cheques and other gifts were received from individuals, for sums from ten thousand dollars downward, William Gray and Gardner Brewer each giving the former sum. The Boston banks offered to loan the State, without security, the sum of three million, six hundred thousand dollars for war purposes, and offered to the secretary of the treasury to take, with the banks of New York and Philadelphia, their share of one hundred and fifty million dollars in treasury notes. Secretary Chase said that when the credit of the government needed the support of some great financial leader, he found it in Mr. Samuel Ho