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[403] of the services rendered by our soldiers in the war; and the Governor was authorized to forward copies of the same to the different regiments.

The resolve approved April 28, authorized the Governor to appoint three persons to be commissioners to inquire into the expediency of establishing a State military academy.

An act passed March 3, provided for the payment, by the State, of the pay due to soldiers by the Federal Government, and for the encouragement of the allotment of pay by the soldiers.

An act approved March 7, provided that each city and town shall keep a complete record of the soldiers belonging thereto in the United States service; the book to be furnished by the Adjutant-General.

An act approved March 17, authorized the Governor to pay bounties, not to exceed fifty dollars each, to volunteers.

The resolve approved March 30, appropriated twenty thousand dollars for the maintenance of agencies out of the Commonwealth, as the Governor may find needful, for the aid of sick and wounded or distressed Massachusetts soldiers.

An act approved March 12, authorized cities and towns to raise money by taxation for the support of the families of deceased soldiers; also, families of soldiers discharged for disability.

An act approved April 21, authorized the formation of volunteer companies for military service, to be composed of men over forty-five years of age, who were to be called the State Guard, and be uniformed, armed, and equipped as a majority of each company might decide.

On the fourteenth day of January, the Governor wrote to Thomas D. Eliot, requesting him to forward a copy of the President's message, with the accompanying reports of the Secretaries, and adds,—

When you see or write to your brother, the Rev. Dr. Eliot, of St. Louis, pray give him my respects, and tell him that the subscription for the Western Sanitary Commission is doing quite well. I saw the book a few days ago, when our Lieutenant-Governor, two Councillors, and a member of my staff, who were present, put down an aggregate

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