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[644] meetings to work for the soldiers. They sent twenty-nine barrels of hospital supplies to the front, and great quantities of clothing, pillow-cases, towels, mittens, bed quilts, eye-shades, flannel gowns, etc. Ten barrels of hospital supplies were sent to Rev. Dr. Elliot, at St. Louis, Missouri, and one to the Western Sanitary Commission.


Incorporated Aug. 1, 1728. Population in 1860, 1,212; in 1865, 1,167. Valuation in 1860, $730,952; in 1865, $731,560.

The selectmen in 1861 were Luther E. Lane, David N. Kilburn, Asa Whiting; in 1862, Luther E. Lane, Asa Whiting, Humphrey B. Heywood; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Luther E. Lane, Humphrey B. Heywood, Frederick M. Marston.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years was James Putnam.1

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held on the 4th of May, at which it was voted that N. F. Cunningham, Samuel H. Bailey, Thomas Billings, Lemuel Pitts, and Daniel Putnam be a committee ‘to report a detailed plan for appropriating funds for raising a company of soldiers, procuring their outfit, paying them for their time in preparation for service, and extra pay while in service.’ May 8th, The committee above named reported a preamble and resolutions, of which we give a portion: ‘Whereas several of the Southern States have rebelled, seized the fortresses, arsenals, and navy yards belonging to the nation, have stolen money, arms, and munitions of war, have assaulted our flag, have fired on Fort Sumter, have obstructed the passage of Massachusetts soldiers in their march through Baltimore to the defence of the capital, killing several and wounding others—this too on the 19th of April, the anniversary of the day when the blood of Massachusetts men was shed in Lexington, in 1775’—therefore, resolved, first, ‘that it is the duty of every American in this day of his country's peril to stand by and uphold her against the assaults of any foe, domestic or foreign, who may menace ’

1 Mr. Putnam has been town-treasurer since 1847.

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