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[516] which reported an order appropriating twenty thousand dollars, and appointing the mayor and two members of the board of aldermen, with such as the common council might join, with discretionary power to expend the same. April 22d, The mayor announced that he had received two hundred dollars from two individuals in aid of the soldiers. Several physicians tendered their professional services gratuitous to soldiers' families. July 15th, The committee on the military fund were directed to pay aid to soldiers' families as provided by law; they were also directed to make suitable provision for the sick and wounded soldiers, and for the burial of the dead. 1862. February 24th, The following preamble and order were adopted:—
Whereas the cheering intelligence has reached Massachusetts that Colonel William Raymond Lee has been released from a rebel prison and from the custody of traitors, therefore—

Ordered, That a joint special committee be appointed to tender to our heroic and honored townsman, in behalf of the city council, a public reception and welcome at Institute Hall, upon his arrival in Roxbury, at such time as may be convenient; and an opportunity be thus afforded for the people to unite in their congratulations for the return to the army and to his home and friends of a gallant officer and a true, noble, and loyal heart.1

May 12th, The military committee were given full power to ‘look after and minister to the necessities of our sick and wounded soldiers in the Army of the Potomac.’ June 9th, A brass field-piece, captured from the British in the Revolutionary War, and since preserved at William and Mary's College, Virginia, and taken as a relic by Company K, First Massachusetts Volunteers, at Williamsburg, was presented to the city by the company. July 10th, The attention of the council having been called by the mayor to the new demand for three hundred thousand three-years volunteers, and the quota of Roxbury being three hundred and eighty-nine men, a committee of five

1 Colonel Lee commanded the Twentieth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Ball's Bluff, in October, 1861, together with Major Revere and Adjutant Perrin of the same regiment, and were held as prisoners at Richmond, Virginia.

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