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[152] The town-treasurer in 1861 was Thomas W. Aspinwall; in 1862, John Hunt; in 1863, Ezekiel C. Cushing; in 1864 and 1865, Ira Chaffee.

1861. A general town-meeting was held on the 1st of May, to ‘know what action should be taken in the present crisis in regard to organizing a militia company in Seekonk.’ After discussion it was voted to raise one. Tristram Burgess, Esq., gave his check for one hundred dollars in aid of the enterprise; and, on motion of Mr. Burgess, it was voted that, as part of the town may soon be set off to Rhode Island, a committee be appointed to raise money by subscription to arm and support the company, and that a roll be immediately opened for volunteers to sign. The meeting then adjourned until May 11th (in the mean time the company had been raised). It was voted ‘that the company raised have the use of the town hall for drilling, but not to be used on Sunday evenings.’ On the 22d of May another adjourned meeting was held, but nothing of especial interest or importance was done. On the 5th of November a meeting was held, at which it was voted to pay State aid to the families of volunteers ‘in such sums as will be refunded by the State.’

1862. A special town-meeting was held on the 22d of July, which voted ‘to raise by taxation one hundred and twenty-five dollars bounty to each volunteer, when sworn in and accepted.’ Another meeting was held August 14th (when the separation had taken place), at which the town voted to pay a bounty of four hundred dollars to each volunteer who would enlist for three years, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town; also, a gratuity of three hundred dollars to each man who may be drafted, accepted, and credited to the quota of the town, the money for the payment of which ‘to be taken from the school-fund.’ At a meeting held on the 28th of August, the town voted to give a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months service, ‘and to borrow the money to pay the same from the school-fund.’ The selectmen were requested ‘to resign the office of recruiting;’ and John A. Hammond was appointed recruiting agent, ‘with reasonable pay.’ Another town-meeting was held on the 24th of September,

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