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[494] during their absence; that every volunteer, for each day spent in elementary drill, be paid one dollar and fifty cents from the 26th of April until the company is accepted by the State; that each man be furnished with a good serviceable and substantial outfit; that the town-treasurer be authorized to borrow for the above purposes to the amount of ten thousand dollars. A committee of eleven was chosen to carry the above into effect. Voted, that each volunteer be paid ten dollars a month in addition to the pay from Government for three months from the time of the company's acceptance by the State. The following resolution was also adopted:—
Resolved, That the town of Dedham is fully sensible of the momentous issues in our national affairs, and by her appropriations to-day has evinced her patriotism and loyalty to the Constitution. She pledges herself to stand by the volunteers, and protect them and their families during the war.

On the 27th of May the selectmen were authorized to give such necessary aid and assistance to the families of volunteers, residents of the town, ‘as they may deem best for the families and the town;’ also, voted to ratify and confirm all contracts made by the committee appointed at the meeting previously held in regard to outfits for volunteers and payments for drilling, ‘but no volunteer shall receive any compensation for drilling who has voluntarily left the company now forming in Dedham.’ The committee were directed ‘to make a return of their doings to the selectmen after they have completed the duties assigned them, and thereupon be discharged.’ The town-treasurer was authorized to borrow, under the direction of the selectmen, eight thousand dollars, ‘for the purposes specified in these votes.’ The votes in reference to paying volunteers for drilling and while in the service, passed at the meeting held on the 6th of May, were reconsidered.1

1 It was ascertained that money could not be legally raised for these purposes, but by a special act of the Legislature of 1866 the town was permitted to appropriate five thousand dollars to pay this indebtedness, provided two-thirds of the voters of the town should agree to it. Under this act forty-five hundred dollars were appropriated, and the men were paid not exceeding seventy-five dollars to each man.

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