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Incorporated Dec. 17, 1725. Population in 1860, 3,206; in 1865, $3,299. Valuation in 1860, $1,207,701; in 1865, $1,333,637.

The selectmen in 1861 were Jesse Carter, Franklin Harriman, A. R. Green; in 1862, B. F. Richardson, Jesse Carter, H. H. French; in 1863, John Hill, Onslow Gilmore,——; in 1864, John Hill, L. F. Lynde, M. L. Morse, E. T. Whittier; in 1865, John Hill, M. L. Morse, L. F. Lynde, Reuben Richardson, E. T. Whittier, A. R. Green.

The town-clerk through all these years was Silas Dean. The town-treasurer from 1859 to 1871 was Sumner Richardson, 2d.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters connected with the war was held on the 2d of May, at which it was voted to allow the new military company the use of the town hall, free of any charge,1 and the selectmen were directed to take good care of the soldiers' families. Each member of the company was voted twenty dollars a month until the fourth of July, “unless sooner called into active service; the members to be paid weekly.” June 3d, The selectmen were requested to visit the soldiers' families ‘once in two weeks, in order to ascertain the supplies necessary for their comfort.’

1862. July 17th, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to ‘each of the thirty-seven volunteers’ called for to complete the quota of the town under the recent call of the President for more men. At this meeting a preamble and resolutions were read and adopted by a unanimous vote. We quote three of the resolutions:—

Resolved, That we heartily endorse this call from our President, and will stand by the Government, cost what it may of blood or treasure, until this Rebellion is crushed, and the authority of the Constitution in the revolted States is once more restored.

Resolved, That in the promptness with which in our midst this call has been answered, we see again the spirit of our Fathers; for as on April 19th, 1775, Stoneham blood was spilled on Lexington Green, so

1 Stoneham had a company in the Sixth Regiment which left the State April 17th, and was attacked by the mob in Baltimore, April 19th, and the captain and first lieutenant were wounded. A full description of which is given in volume I. pp. 92 to 98 inclusive.

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