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[592] the treasurer was authorized to pay out of the city treasury under the direction of the committee on police three thousand dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary to fit out ‘the Chelsea Light Infantry, or any other military organization raised in the city,’ that may be called into active service, and to provide for the families of the men who shall be mustered in to said service. The use of the city hall was granted to the Chelsea Light Infantry for drilling purposes. A flag staff was ordered to be erected on the city hall, and from which the flag should be displayed until otherwise ordered. A proposition was made by citizens to form a military organization ‘to act as an extra police force during the absence of the military from the city,’ which was unanimously approved. April 25th, A report was made to the aldermen that a flag-staff had been procured, and that certain ladies of Chelsea had volunteered to make the flag, and had presented it to the city ‘as a memento of their patriotism in the present hour of our national troubles.’ The flag was accepted, their communication placed on file, and a vote of thanks passed for the gift.

The following is a copy of the letter:—

Chelsea, April 20, 1861.
To E. W. Lothrop, Esq., in behalf of the citizens of Chelsea.
Sir,—Allow us to present you a trifling memento of our patriotism in the present hour of national troubles, in the making of the accompanying flag, which we are glad to hail as the glorious ensign of the American nation, under which so many of our nation's friends on the field of battle have fought and died. Regretting that it is dishonored by a portion of our country, we hope ‘its stars may never be less,’ and that we may live long under its protection.

With high regard,—


June 6th, Three thousand dollars were appropriated for the payment of State aid to soldiers' families, as provided by law, to be expended under the direction of the mayor and aldermen. The committee on police was authorized to pay State aid for

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