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[467] Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $299.42; in 1862, $1,235.67; in 1863, $1,980.96; in 1864, $2,258.53; in 1865, $1,170.00. Total amount, $6,944.58.

The ladies of Wayland, early in the war, organized a Soldiers' Aid Society, ‘to manifest sympathy with those who are engaged in the service of our country, and to aid them to the utmost of our power.’ This society held frequent meetings, at which contributions were received and forwarded to the rooms of the Sanitary Commission in Boston. Among the articles forwarded were 14 blankets, 53 bed quilts, 88 bed sacks, 79 sheets, 37 pillows, 455 handkerchiefs, 109 shirts, 44 pairs of drawers, 235 pairs of socks; besides towels, lint, bandages, blackberry and currant wine, jellies, preserves, and $253 in money. A Soldiers' Relief Society was also formed by them ‘to keep up a knowledge of the sick and wounded, and to aid them when possible.’

West Cambridge.1—Incorporated Feb. 27, 1807. Population in 1860, 2,681; in 1865, 2,760. Valuation in 1860, $2,449,057; in 1865, $2,833,684.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Washington J. Lane, Samuel Butterfield, Samuel F. Woodbridge; in 1863, Washington J. Lane, Samuel Butterfield, Samuel S. Davis; in 1864, Samuel Butterfield, Samuel S. Davis, Reuben Hopkins; in 1865, Samuel Butterfield, Samuel S. Davis, Joseph S. Potter.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Abel R. Proctor.

1861. On Sunday evening, April 21st, the largest meeting of citizens that ever assembled in the town was held in the town hall, at which measures were taken to form a military company for immediate service, and seven thousand dollars were voluntarily contributed by citizens for that purpose, sixteen hundred of which were contributed by citizens of the adjoining town of Belmont. The first legal town-meeting was held on the 29th of April, at which ten thousand dollars were

1 Name changed to Arlington, April 30, 1867.

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