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Incorporated April 10, 1780. Population in 1860, 1,188; in 1865, 1,138. Valuation in 1860, $564,758; in 1865, $658,073.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were John N. Sherman, Thomas J. Damon, William Baldwin; in 1863, John N. Sherman, Horace Heard, James A. Loker; in 1864, John N. Sherman, William C. Grout, Henry R. Newton; in 1865, William C. Grout, Henry R. Newton, James A. Loker.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Henry Wright.

1861. Large and enthusiastic meetings of citizens were held on the 22d and 23d of April to consider the ‘state of the country.’ After ‘singing and speaking,’ it was voted to organize and drill a company for military service; also a company of ‘minute men to practise with the use of weapons, and be ready to respond to emergencies.’ A company of eighty minutemen was organized in a few days. Another meeting was held on the 1st of May, at which it was—

Resolved, That we pledge our lives and our property to the cause of Liberty, purchased for us by the blood of our heroic ancestors, that we may perpetuate it as the richest legacy which we can bequeath to our children.

Meetings were held by the citizens at intervals during all the years of the war, to raise money for recruiting purposes, and to adopt measures for filling the quotas of the town upon the several calls of the President for soldiers, and to provide for the comfort and maintenance of their families.

Wayland furnished one hundred and twenty-four men for the war, which was a surplus of eight over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was thirteen thousand five hundred and eighty-two dollars ($13,582.00). This includes $3,696 which was raised by private subscription and afterwards reimbursed by the town.

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the

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