Resolved, That the selectmen be requested to apply and distribute at their discretion a sum not exceeding two thousand dollars towards the assistance of those families, who by the sudden departure of the troops are left in need of pecuniary aid. Such sum to be raised by borrowing in the name of the town, or in such other way as the selectmen shall deem expedient.When these resolutions were passed the ‘Standish Guards,’ Company B, Third Regiment Massachusetts Militia, had left the State with the regiment for Fortress Monroe, Va., and as it subsequently appeared had reached its destination, and was disembarking at the very time the meeting was being held. On the 11th of May a legal town-meeting was held, and the following votes passed: First, That the selectmen be requested to distribute not exceeding two thousand dollars towards the assistance of soldiers' families; second, To ratify the proceedings of the citizens' meeting held on the 20th of April; third, To appropriate fifteen hundred dollars to clothe and equip ‘such volunteers for three years or more service as are citizens of this town;’ fourth, That six dollars a month be paid to each citizen of Plymouth ‘having a family, and four dollars a month to each citizen of the town who is single or unmarried (excepting commissioned officers), who shall enlist in the service of the United States for the war shall be and the same is hereby appropriated as extra compensation for the term of actual service during one year from the first day of May, current, to be paid in money, and in such manner and to such persons as the selectmen shall deem expedient;’ fifth, That the treasurer, under the direction of the selectmen, be authorized to borrow money ‘to carry the above votes into effect.’ December 7th, The selectmen were authorized to pay State aid to the soldiers' families as provided by chapter 222 of the acts and resolves passed by the Legislature in May, 1861, and that all payments already made by the selectmen be hereby ratified and approved. The selectmen were authorized to borrow three thousand dollars for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families. 1862. July 21st, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer to the number of sixty-three who shall enlist for three years, within thirty
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