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[427] all the years of the war in their good works for the soldiers, and forwarded to the seat of war great quantities of hospital stores, under-clothing, bedding, lint and bandages, and other necessary articles for the comfort of the sick and wounded.


Incorporated May 31, 1660. Population in 1860, 5,911; in 1865, 7,209. Valuation in 1860, $1,876,599; in 1865, $2,530,622.

The selectmen in 1861 were Isaac Hayden, B. F. Underhill, Stephen Morse, George E. Manson, John Goodale; in 1862 and 1863, B. F. Underhill, William H. Wood, John F. Cotting; in 1864 and 1865, William Wilson, Frederick H. Morse, Charles H. Robinson.

The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was John Phelps; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Edward L. Bigelow. The town-treasurer in 1861 was Winslow M. Warren; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, N. Wetherbee.

1861. A town-meeting was held April 29th. Hollis Loring presented a preamble setting forth in patriotic language the treasonable conduct of the Southern secessionists, and a resolution to support the Government with their lives and fortunes. Hollis Loring, L. E. Wakefield, O. W. Albee, Samuel Boyd, and Edward Walker were appointed to consider and report what action the town should take in the existing crisis. This committee reported that the sum of ten thousand dollars be appropriated as a war fund, to be placed at the disposal of ten citizens, for the aid of the volunteers from that town who had enlisted or might hereafter enlist, and their families. The above-named gentlemen were selected as part of the committee; and M. Fay, William H. Wood, Stephen Morse, Elbridge House, and Francis Brigham were chosen to complete the committee of ten. The treasurer was authorized to borrow ten thousand dollars, and hold the same subject to the orders of the committee. July 13th, The selectmen were directed to pay aid to the families of volunteers in accordance with a recent act of the Legislature.

1862. April 7th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow six thousand dollars for aid to the families of volunteers. July 21st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five

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