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1861. The first legal action taken by the town of Westport was at a meeting held on the 3d of May. In the town warrant, calling the meeting, were these words: ‘to see what action the town will take in relation to the present national difficulties.’ After due consideration, the town voted ‘to authorize the treasurer to raise money, and the selectmen to enlist men in putting down the Rebellion.’

1862. A special meeting was held on the 18th of July, at which, on motion of E. P. Brownell, it was voted ‘that a committee of five be appointed by the chair, whose duty it shall be to retire from this meeting, for the purpose of considering the call of the Commander-in-chief for volunteers to reinforce the army of the Union, and to recommend such plan as may seem most expedient to insure economical, efficient, and patriotic action, and to report to this meeting as soon as may be.’ The committee was appointed, and reported ‘that it was expedient to offer a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer; that the treasurer be authorized to borrow money to meet the expense; that the selectmen be instructed to offer bounties, and open recruiting-offices; that public meetings be held to stir up the people in relation to the matter.’ The report was accepted. Another meeting was held on the 9th of August, at which it was voted to increase the amount paid for bounty; and the selectmen were instructed ‘to make strenuous exertions to secure the quota, and put the troops into camp.’ At a meeting held on the 22d of August, the following resolutions were presented by E. P. Brownell, and unanimously adopted:—

Resolved, That the present Rebellion, against the purest and best government on earth, is cruel, wicked, barbarous, unjust, and has no parallel in the history of the civilized world.

Resolved, That a wholesome, well-settled government enhances the value of property, renders the hearthstone more sacred, home more genial and happy, adds to the pleasure of society, encourages industry, punishes crime, protects virtue, gives security and peace to the people, and makes life more desirable.

Resolved, That all have a common interest in sustaining the Government, and in crushing the Rebellion, and none of us can consistently

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