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[586] same object. On the 7th of April the City-Relief Committee for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families was organized as follows: Aldermen Thomas C. Amory, Otis Norcross, Francis Richards, Joseph F. Faul; councilmen Joseph Buckley, William Carpenter, John S. Pear, Sumner Crosby, F. H. Sprague; Charles J. McCarthy, paymaster; Timothy R. Page, relief clerk. June 23d, A vote of thanks was passed to Colonel Thomas Cass and the Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers ‘for a present to the city of Boston of a Rebel flag, taken at the battle of Hanover Court House, Va., on the 27th ultimo.’ June 30th, A communication was received from Mayor Wightman recommending that a lot in Mount Hope Cemetery be set apart for the burial of soldiers; whereupon it was ordered that the trustees of Mount Hope Cemetery be authorized to select a suitable lot of not less than twelve hundred square feet, to be known as the ‘Soldiers' Grave,’ to be specially appropriated and set apart for the burial of such persons as may die in the cause of their country in the existing war. July 14th, A communication signed by J. Thomas Stevenson, George B. Upton, William Ropes, W. W. Greenough, and William W. Clapp, Jr., a committee appointed by a citizens' meeting, was laid before the city government by the mayor, in which it was recommended to pay to each volunteer who shall enlist to fill the quota of the city for three years service a bounty of one hundred dollars, and that the sum of three hundred thousand dollars be appropriated to pay the same; which recommendations were unanimously approved and the appropriation made. A joint-committee of the two branches was appointed to take charge of the payment of the money. On the same day the death of Colonel Cass of the Ninth Regiment was announced by the mayor; whereupon it was voted ‘that the city council will attend the funeral from his late residence in this city on Wednesday next at ten o'clock.’ August 18th, it was ordered that the committee appointed July 14th to take charge of three hundred thousand dollars for bounties to volunteers be authorized to pay out of said appropriation to each of the four regiments, and to any Boston battery to be raised in this city for nine months service, such a sum as they

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