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[589] took place a few days before, which was properly considered and acted upon.1 Five hundred thousand dollars were appropriated to pay commutation fees to men who may be drafted, and who have families dependent on them for support. The question of the legality of this appropriation was referred to the city solicitor, who decided that by the statutes of the present year (chapter 122) such an appropriation was forbidden, and therefore illegal. November 3d, The committee on recruiting was authorized to erect such a building as they may deem necessary to be used for recruiting purposes. Ordered, that State aid be paid to the families of soldiers who have been transferred to the invalid corps the same as before. November 16, The committee on public buildings was directed ‘to prepare forthwith’ the ward-rooms for recruiting purposes. Nothing more of particular interest or importance appears to have been necessary on the part of the city in regard to the war during this year.

1864. January 11th, A joint committee of which Alderman Clapp was chairman was appointed ‘to tender to the returning companies and regiments of New-England volunteers which arrive in Boston such hospitalities as they may deem expedient and necessary.’2 It was also ordered that the board of aldermen, with such as the common council may join, be a committee upon the subject of volunteer enlistments, and to take such steps for raising the quota of Boston as they may deem expedient. March 30th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow for recruiting purposes two hundred thousand dollars, and that a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars be paid each volunteer who shall enlist and be credited to the quota of the city. July 21st, The treasurer was authorized to borrow five hundred thousand dollars additional for the payment of bounties to volunteers and recruiting purposes.

1865. January 2d, The aldermen and two members of the common council from each ward were appointed to act through the year as ‘The Soldiers-Relief Committee,’ to determine and

1 See volume I. pages 475 to 480 inclusive.

2 This committee discharged its duties with great fidelity. Each regiment which passed through Boston was hospitably entertained with a good meal at Faneuil Hall.

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