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[435] the quota of the town. The treasurer was authorized to borrow money to pay the same.

Natick furnished about six hundred and twenty-five men for the war, which was a surplus of fifty-five over and above all demands. Thirty were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirty-eight thousand five hundred and seventy-five dollars and twenty-nine cents ($38,575.29).1

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $3,188.39; in 1862, $10,473.01; in 1863, $13,559.75; in 1864, $15,000.00; in 1865, $7,600.00. Total amount, $49,821.15.

The ladies of Natick, like their sisters in other towns, were generous in their labors in behalf of the soldiers. They sent a number of boxes filled with articles of comfort to the hospitals. Among the articles which they contained were 196 shirts, 215 pairs of drawers, 91 dressing gowns, 357 handkerchiefs, 99 towels, etc. The money value of the contributions was nearly eighteen hundred dollars.


Incorporated Dec. 15, 1691. Population in 1860, 8,382; in 1865, 8,978. Valuation in 1860, $7,146,081; in 1865, $9,800,738.

The selectmen of the town during the entire war were Thomas Rice, Jr., Samuel F. Dix, F. A. Collins, Orrin Whipple, J. F. C. Hyde.

The town-clerk during the same period was Marshall S. Rice, and the town-treasurer was Edward J. Collins.

1861. On the day the Massachusetts Sixth Regiment (April 19th) was attacked in Baltimore, the selectmen issued a warrant for a town-meeting to be held on the 29th, to see what action the town would take in regard to the war. At that meeting D. H. Mason introduced a series of resolutions, with

1 This is exclusive of $5,000 expended in building a handsome monument in honor of the soldiers of Natick who died in the war, which is placed on the north side of the Common, and was dedicated July 4th, 1867.

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