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Malden

Incorporated May 2, 1649. Population in 1860, 5,865; in 1865, 6,871. Valuation in 1860, $3,366,963; in 1865, $4,040,431.

The selectmen in 1861 were John S. Rice, Henry H. Hyde, Paschal P. P. Ware; in 1862, Hubbard Russell, Henry H. Hyde, John S. Nichols; in 1863, Hubbard Russell, John Fenderson, Samuel Shute; in 1864, Hubbard Russell, John Fenderson, Samuel Shute, John H. Abbott, Edward Fuller; in 1865, John H. Abbott, Samuel Shute, Elisha B. Loring.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was A. F. Sargent. The town-treasurer during the same period was Henry A. Newhall.

1861. A citizens' meeting was held on the 20th of April, the day after the attack upon the Sixth Regiment in Baltimore, at which it was—

Resolved, That we believe it to be the duty of every lover of his country and his race to assist in crushing out the Rebellion and treason now existing in the Southern States.

Resolved, That the town of Malden, true to its ancient history, will furnish the men and means to the extent of her ability for this object; and we recommend the immediate formation of a company of volunteer militia to aid in preserving the Government of the United States.

Messrs. J. H. Abbott, George D. B. Blanchard, J. S. Rice, Paschal P. P. Ware, M. Crocker, and L. L. Fuller were appointed a committee ‘to raise funds and appropriate the same for uniforms and other articles necessary for the comfort of the volunteers.’ J. S. Rice was appointed treasurer; the amount of money subscribed and paid was twenty-five hundred and twenty-six dollars and six cents, all of which was properly expended.

The first legal town-meeting was held on the 1st of May, at which ten thousand dollars were appropriated to be expended under the direction of the selectmen, and a committee of seven citizens, for ‘the comfort and support of the families of those who have been or may be called into the naval or military service of the United States, and who shall be inhabitants of Malden.’

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