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‘ [561] working together. Inventories of some of the barrels are in our possession, but the articles were not appraised. We think that $50.00 each per box or barrel would be a fair average estimate of their value, or at least $600.00 for the whole. We also paid perhaps $25.00 freight-money on the articles. Besides these, the ladies re-rolled four thousand yards of bandages for the Sanitary Commission. Other boxes and bundles were sent out by private individuals. Eight smaller boxes were packed under the supervision of Miss Marcia A. Thomas, which she thinks may be safely valued at $75.00.’

Can any thing better exhibit unconscious patriotism than these extracts?


Incorporated May 20, 1857. Population in 1860, 1,483; in 1865, 1,451. Valuation in 1860, $815,890; in 1865, $540,118.

The selectmen in 1861 were A. B. Hammond, Joseph E. Smith, Jarvis Ellis; in 1862, Joseph E. Smith, Nathan H. Barstow, Thomas P. Hammond; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Josiah Holmes, Jr., Franklin Cross, Wilson Barstow.

The town-clerk during all these years was Thomas Nelson. The town-treasurer for the same period Benjamin W. Shearman.

1861. No action was taken by the town, in its corporate capacity, in relation to the war during this year.

1862. July 18th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer, to the number of twenty, ‘who shall enlist within the next sixty days for three years or the war.’ The treasurer, with the consent of the selectmen, was authorized to borrow money to pay the same; the interest and ten per cent of the capital to be paid annually until the debt shall be discharged.1 The selectmen were directed to revise the militia roll, ‘and communicate with the proper authorities in relation to the quota of the town.’ William E. Sparrow, Rev. William L. Parsons, and Wilson Barstow were chosen to confer with Surgeon-General Dale in relation to opening the large unoccupied hotel-building in the town as a hospital for sick

1 These conditions of payment were continued through the war when money was borrowed.

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