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[169] 1860, 1,631; in 1865, 1,699. Valuation in 1860, $939,610; in 1865, $684,710.

The selectmen in 1861 were Henry Bradley, David Smith, Bartlett Mayhew, 2d; in 1862 and 1863, Matthew P. Butler, Joseph S. Adams, Bartlett Mayhew, 2d; in 1864 and 1865, Henry Bradley, Charles D. Harding, Bartlett Mayhew, 2d.

The town-clerk during each year of the war was Lot Luce. The town-treasurer during the same period was Charles Bradley.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 7th of May, when it was voted that Henry Bradley, chairman of the selectmen, be directed to confer with the authorities of the Commonwealth, ‘to furnish an armed guard coaster, to be stationed in the Vineyard Sound, for the protection of commerce passing through the Sound; and to furnish the town of Tisbury with three or more rifled cannon and one hundred stand of small arms, and equipments for the same, to be used by the inhabitants of the town to repel invasion.’ The meeting adjourned for a week, when Mr. Bradley reported that he had attended to his duty, and the Governor and Council had given him an order for one cannon and carriage, and one hundred muskets. It was then voted that the selectmen act in concert with the Coast Guard Committee of New Bedford, and, if needed, to borrow money sufficient to sustain a steamer to ply in Buzzard's Bay for coast defence. On the 5th of November the selectmen were authorized to pay State aid to the families of volunteers, as provided by law.

1862. A special town-meeting was held on the 8th of July, at which the selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer for three years service, who shall enlist and be credited to the quota of the town; also, that he ‘shall receive one dollar a month for each member of his family that is dependent on him for support, during his term of service, in addition to what the State pays.’ On the 22d of August ‘a committee of three, in addition to the selectmen,’ were appointed, ‘by acclamation,’ to aid in recruiting men, with authority to pay, if necessary to fill the quota of the town, to each volunteer a bounty of five hundred

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