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[76] God, who sustained our Fathers in their sufferings and battles for freedom, we will contribute all our might to conquer and punish the offenders.

A committee of thirteen was appointed, to carry out ‘promptly and energetically’ the purpose of the third resolution. This committee presented, ‘forthwith,’ an enlistment paper; and several young men immediately signed it, ‘amidst great applause.’ A subscription paper was also drawn up, and presented; ‘and, in a few minutes, forty-seven hundred dollars were subscribed, all of which, with the exception of thirty dollars, by citizens of Great Barrington.’

The first legal town-meeting was held on the 8th of June, at which liberal measures were adopted to provide for the payment of State aid to the families of the volunteers, in accordance with the act of the Legislature passed at the late extra session; and the treasurer of the town was authorized to borrow two thousand dollars, ‘to serve as a fund for that purpose.’

1862. A call having been made by the President for an additional three hundred thousand men July 4th, a legal town-meeting was held on the 19th of July; at which it was voted ‘that it is our bounden duty, now, henceforth, and for ever, to give our obedient, ready, and earnest response to the call; and we do respond accordingly.’ The selectmen were authorized to recruit volunteers, and to pay each a bounty of one hundred dollars who enlists for three years, and shall be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town. David Leavitt, Edwin Hurlbert, and Mark Humphrey were chosen to assist the selectmen in recruiting; and the treasurer was authorized to borrow forty-eight hundred dollars, to meet the expense. Another meeting was held on the 28th of August, at which it was voted to pay the same bounty to volunteers for nine months service. The treasurer was again directed to borrow money.

1863. On the 22d of August a town-meeting was held, at which it was voted to pay State aid to the families of men who may be drafted. On the 8th of December, Dr. David Campbell was appointed recruiting agent for the town, receiving a vote of thanks for his former services, and ‘for the fidelity and patriotism he has exhibited, ever since the commencement ’

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