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[678] of nearly twelve hundred dollars. We have a list of the articles which were sent. It is almost a duplicate in miniature of the list which we have given in detail under the head of Charlestown, page 398.


Spencer

Incorporated April 3, 1753. Population in 1860, 2,777; in 1865, 3,026. Valuation in 1860, $1,294,031; in 1865, $1,363,465.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Luther Hill, Dexter Bullard, Joshua Bemis, Josiah Green, Jr., Jeremiah W. Drake; in 1863, Luther Hill, Dexter Bullard, Nathan Hersey, Alford Wilson, Justin Clark; in 1864, Luther Hill, Dexter Bullard, Alford Wilson, David Prouty, Justin Clark; in 1865, Luther Hill, David Prouty, Alford Wilson, David Bemis, Josiah Green, Jr.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was John N. Grout; and the town-treasurer during the same period was Thomas R. Whittemore.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to act upon matters relating to the war was held on the 29th of April, at which the selectmen, together with David Bemis, Nathan Hersey, and George L. Hobbs, were appointed ‘a committee of safety,’ to superintend the expenditure of not exceeding five thousand dollars to uniform and equip a military company to be organized in the town, and to pay each member one dollar and fifty cents for each day spent in drilling ‘during the next thirty days,’ and ten dollars a month while in active service in addition to the pay of the United States. A recruiting committee of one from each school-district was chosen. August 3d, The selectmen were directed to pay State aid to the families of soldiers as provided by law, which if not sufficient for their comfortable support, they were to receive a larger sum at the discretion of the selectmen.

1862. March 3d, Voted, to abate the poll-taxes of all volunteers belonging to Spencer. July 19th, Voted, ‘to pay one hundred dollars bounty to each of thirty-two men who will enlist in the quota of Spencer within such time as the Committee of Safety shall prescribe, and a further bounty of fifty dollars to each man who remains in the service three years, and a ’

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