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Medway

Incorporated Oct. 24, 1713. Population in 1860, 3,195; in 1865, 3,223. Valuation in 1860, $1,210,746; in 1865, $1,251,393.

The selectmen in 1861 were Joel P. Adams, William Daniels, Simeon Fisher; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, William Daniels, Simeon Fisher, Clark Patridge.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years was A. M. B. Fuller.

1861. A citizens' meeting was held April 23d which was largely attended, at which several gentlemen made patriotic speeches. April 29th, A legal town-meeting was held, at which M. M. Fisher made a report representing the state of the country, and the duty of loyal men to stand by the Government and the Constitution, closing with several excellent resolutions, of which we select the following:—

Resolved, By the citizens of Medway, that we cherish with unalterable devotion the Constitution adopted by our Fathers, and will inflexibly support the Government of the United States; that we will contribute our full proportion of men and means to enable the President to prosecute the war invoked by a rebel force to a successful issue, and to maintain its power at home and its honor abroad.

Resolved, That it becomes all good citizens to practise a rigid economy in personal and family expenses, eschewing all luxurious and extravagant living in respect to diet, dress, furniture, and equipage, improving every opportunity to obtain more ample means for the support of Government and all objects of public and private charity during the crisis now impending.

It was voted to provide a contingent military fund of three thousand dollars, and the treasurer was authorized to borrow that amount. A military committee of nine, including the selectmen, was chosen to uniform and equip a military company, and to do whatever was needful to encourage recruiting and to aid the families of volunteers. The committee was composed as follows: Joel P. Adams, William Daniels, Simeon Fisher, David Daniels, Charles H. Deans, Horatio Mason, A. S. Harding, William B. Boyd, and Jason Smith. June 11th, Three thousand dollars were appropriated to be expended under the direction of the military committee. September 23d, The

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