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[137] in 1864, $34,000.00; in 1865, $20,000.00. Total amount in four years, $127,510.02.

The ladies of Fall River in April, 1861, formed a ‘Soldiers' Aid Society,’ which held its first meeting for work on the 1st of May. For six weeks they met daily, and worked from morning until evening. After that, they usually met for the same purpose one afternoon in each week. Many other meetings were held for work and consultation: several ladies did their work for the society at their own dwellings. The society retained its organization, and continued its Christian and patriotic labors from April, 1861, to July 28, 1865; during the whole of which time Mrs. Richard Borden was president, ‘whose ceaseless devotion’ to the interests of soldiers merits their warmest acknowledgments, as does also the services of Mrs. Ames, first vice-president, Mrs. William Munday, Mrs. Mary Durfee, Mrs. Arnold, and Miss Caroline Borden, the secretary and treasurer of the society. The society received during the period of its existence $3,347.76 in cash, which was properly expended for materials to be made up for the use of the soldiers. Among the articles furnished were 200 soldiers' uniforms, 231 bed-sacks, 131 bed-quilts, 365 bedcom-forters, 87 blankets, 355 sheets, 262 pillows, 307 pillow-cases, 167 cushions for wounds, 90 dressing-gowns, 380 cotton shirts, 292 flannel do., 284 shirts, 209 drawers, 1,164 pairs woollen socks, 1,365 handkerchiefs, 2,246 towels, 5,589 yards, 323 rolls, 1 box and 4 bundles of bandages, 127 boxes of lint; and a great number and variety of other articles, including pincushions, wines, jellies, pictures, newspapers, books, dried apples, &c. These articles were generally sent to the front through the agents of the Sanitary and Christian Commissions. A large number of valuable donations were sent to Portsmouth Grove Hospital, in Rhode Island, including a Thanksgiving dinner. At the close of the war, in testimony of her valuable services in behalf of the soldiers, Mrs. Richard Borden, the president of the society, was presented with a handsome silver goblet.


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