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Lexington

Incorporated March 29, 1712. Population in 1860, 2,329; in 1865, 2,223. Valuation in 1860, $1,873,634; in 1865, $1,747,459.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Charles Hudson, Webster Smith, William H. Smith; in 1863 and 1864 Webster Smith, William H. Smith, Hammon Reed; in 1865, Hammon Reed, Alonzo Goddard, Eli Simonds.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was A. W. Bryant. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1863 was Charles Nunn; in 1864, J. A. Damon; in 1865, L. A. Saville.

1861. At a legal town-meeting held on the 30th of April, the following resolution preceded by a preamble was unanimously adopted:—

Resolved, That it is the duty of all good citizens to obey the call of the Government, and flock to the standard of our country, and thus preserve our glorious Constitution, under which we have enjoyed greater blessings than have ever fallen to the lot of any other people; and to show our devotion to our free institutions and our just appreciation of the patriotism of the young men who are willing to respond to their country's call, it is—

Voted, That a sum not exceeding four thousand dollars be appropriated from any money in the treasury, to be expended under the direction of a committee of ten for the purpose of clothing or otherwise encouraging the gallant men who may enter the service, and for the support of those who may have families dependent upon their labor during the period for which they are called into service.

The following gentlemen were appointed the committee: Charles Tidd, S. W. Smith, Loring S. Pierce, W. D. Phelps, C. K. Tucker, W. W. Keith, Winslow Wellington, Eli Simonds, R. W. Reed, and Charles Hudson. The committee were directed to pay ten dollars a month to single men, and fifteen dollars a month to those who have families, during active service; also suitable compensation while drilling. Lexington men who enlisted in other towns, if not paid by them, were to receive the same amounts. November 5th, State aid was directed to be paid to the families of volunteers as provided by the State law; but in any event they should receive sufficient ‘to make them entirely comfortable.’

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