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[611] made into under-clothing, socks, and other garments for the soldiers. They met often, the average attendance being about sixty. The articles furnished were generally sent to the soldiers through the Sanitary and Christian Commissions.


Incorporated March 25, 1845. Population in 1860, 5,453; in 1865, 4,857. Valuation in 1860, $1,817,911; in 1865, $1,993,024.

The selectmen in 1861 were Emory Scott, John C. Scott, Daniel N. Chase; in 1862, Emory Scott, John C. Scott, Joseph G. Ray, Estes Lamb;1 in 1863, William A. Northup, Sylvanus H. Benson, Lewis W. Taft; in 1864, Sylvanus H. Benson, Andrew Kelley, John S. Needham; in 1865, Andrew Kelley, John S. Needham, Arthur Cook.

The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was George E. Bullard; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, James R. Comstock. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, and 1865 was R. K. Randolph; in 1863 and 1864, Moses Farnum.

1861. On the 1st of May a town-meeting was held, at which a preamble and resolutions were presented by D. Hill, Esq., setting forth the blessings of the Union, and the duty of the people to sustain the Government in its efforts to crush the Rebellion; and a resolve ‘that we hereby pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, that come weal come woe we will never prove recreant to the Government to which we justly owe allegiance, and from which we derive so many blessings,—a Government which is the only formidable foe to despotism and tyranny, and the last hope of civil and religious liberty in the world. That in this irrepressible conflict between freedom and slavery every pulsation of our hearts is for freedom, and in her sacred cause we are ready to give battle; our watchword,—the Government, and enforcement of the laws; our banner,—the stars and stripes.’ The town voted to pay aid not to exceed nine dollars a month to the family of each person who may enlist from the town into the military service, and to each volunteer a sum, which together with the Government allowance

1 Elected to fill a vacancy occasioned by Mr. Ray removing from the town.

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