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[490] to soldiers' families, was one hundred and thirty-four thousand two hundred and twenty-four dollars and ninety-nine cents ($134,224.99). Upwards of thirty thousand dollars were raised by private subscription chiefly in aid of organizing the Second Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers.

The amount of money raised and expended during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $385.07; in 1862, $3,800.00; in 1863, $6,550.06; in 1864, $7,500.00; in 1865, $3,200.00. Total amount, $21,435.07.

We have not been able to obtain a detailed statement of the services rendered by the ladies of Brookline in behalf of the soldiers, which were very great and valuable. From an estimate made by persons acquainted with the subject, the amount of money alone raised by the ladies, and expended for the comfort of the soldiers, was not less than twenty thousand dollars.


Incorporated Feb. 23, 1797. Population in 1860, 3,242; in 1865, 3,318. Valuation in 1860, $2,015,398; in 1865, $2,211,313.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were James T. Sumner, Ellis Tucker, John Hall; in 1863, William Horton, Ellis Tucker, Ezra S. Brewster; 1864 and 1865, William Horton, Charles Endicott, Ezra S. Brewster.

The town-clerk during the years 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864 was Andrew Lopez; in 1865, Charles Endicott. The town-treasurer during all these years was Francis W. Deane.

1861. The first meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held April 29th, at which it was voted to provide ‘all suitable and necessary aid to the families of volunteers living in the town,’ and the sum of five thousand dollars was appropriated for that purpose, ‘to be expended by a committee joined with the selectmen.’

1862. A town-meeting was held July 21st to see what measures the town would adopt to raise the forty men required to fill its quota. It was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars ‘to each volunteer duly mustered.’ August 18th, Voted, ‘that the town assume and pay an additional bounty of ’

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