Whereas civil war exists in our country, by reason of the lawless and rebellious conduct of a portion of the citizens, in armed opposition to the Government; and— Whereas the President has called upon all loyal citizens to assist him in the execution of the laws; and — Whereas a large number of the citizens of our own city have volunteered to render aid in obedience to said call, and have enrolled themselves in the militia, in conformity with the laws relating thereto, and have appealed to the public for aid in supplying them with clothing and other necessaries for which they do not feel able to bear the expense; be it therefore— Resolved, That this city council recognize in the alacrity with which citizens have volunteered to go forward in sustaining the honor o the country and the maintenance of law, an exhibition of true patriotism, and a spirit worthy of the admiration of all good men; and that it is our duty to show them by all means we possess our hearty encouragement and support. Resolved, That we consider it of the highest importance that no time be lost in the departure of the militia to their post of duty, and that their necessities and comfort should be immediately and amply provided for; and in furtherance thereof be it— Ordered, That the joint special committee on the disbursement of the sum appropriated for the rendering of assistance to the families of Cambridge volunteers be authorized to provide uniforms and such articles as may be necessary for the comfort of the troops for such companies as may be raised in Cambridge. Ordered, That the mayor be authorized to draw his order upon the city treasurer for such sums as may become due under the above order, the same to be charged to the appropriation for incidental expenses.An appropriation of seventeen hundred dollars for watering streets was transferred to the appropriation for aid to soldiers' families. April 24th, a petition was received signed by Hon. Jared Sparks and others asking that the city council would take action in relation to a mass meeting to be holden on the 27th instant, under the ‘Washington Elm,’ to consider and act upon the present state of the country. Referred to the mayor with full power.1 May 1st, Dr. C. H. Allen offered his professional
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1 A brief account of the meeting will be found in volume I., pp. 116 and 117.
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