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[444] by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $2,251.31; in 1862, $5,921.47; in 1863, $7,472.18; in 1864, $6,143,88; in 1865, $4,100.00. Total amount, $25,888.84.

The ladies of Reading met two or three times a week during the war to prepare lint, bandages, and clothing for the soldiers, and forwarded them to the army and to the Sanitary Commission. They kept no record of their good works; one of them, Miss Emily Ruggles, furnished a representative recruit ‘for three years service.’


Incorporated May 27, 1674. Population in 1860, 1,129; in 1865, 1,049. Valuation in 1860, $873,154; in 1865, $869,539.

The selectmen in 1861 were Nathaniel Dowse, George B. Hooker, Charles Hill; in 1862, Nathaniel Dowse, Jeremiah R. Hawes, Leonard T. Morse; in 1863, and 1864, Nathaniel Dowse, Leonard T. Morse, James H. Leland; in 1865, James H. Leland, Leonard T. Morse, Lowell Coolidge.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years was Joseph Dowse, Jr.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon war matters was held on the 1st of May, at which Elbridge Sanger, Rev. T. H. Dorr, and W. Chamberlain, ‘were chosen a committee to prepare and report resolutions as a basis of action.’ They reported the following which was preceded by a patriotic Preamble:—

Resolved, That the people of this town place the most perfect reliance and trust in the present form of our Government; that we believe it to have been founded in wisdom and patriotism, and that we will throw aside all party feelings, and with a firm reliance on the blessing of God, pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, to uphold and perpetuate the Government and institutions of the United States.

The committee also recommended the appropriation of two thousand dollars to furnish clothing to the volunteers who should enlist from that town, and for aid to their families; also to make the monthly pay of each volunteer seventeen dollars, including the Government pay. May 15th, Voted, that drafted

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