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1861. April 20th, Ten thousand dollars were appropriated for the support of the families of those soldiers who had been ordered into service.1 A committee was appointed under whose direction the money was to be expended. The treasurer was authorized to borrow the money. The captain of each company was informed of the appropriation, and requested to communicate the fact to his men. The Committee on Public Property was directed to cause the American flag to be displayed from the city hall. July 13th, The State aid to families of soldiers was directed to be paid as provided by law. A committee was appointed to make arrangements for a public reception of the two Lynn companies on their return from their three months service, who reported on the 17th in favor of the reception. Five hundred dollars were appropriated for that purpose, and a committee appointed to make proper arrangements. October 16th, Eight thousand dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families, and on December 12th five thousand additional for the same purpose. 1862. January 8th, Ten thousand dollars, and on March 5th twenty-five thousand dollars, were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families. A special meeting was held March 7th, at which resolutions were reported by a committee and unanimously adopted, a portion of which are as follows:—

Whereas the city council of Lynn has heard with profound grief the intelligence of the death of Brigadier-General Frederick W. Lander, which sad event occurred at Paw Paw, in the State of Virginia, on Sunday last; therefore— Resolved, That by the death of General Lander the Union has lost one of its most gallant defenders; Massachusetts, a representative of heroism and chivalric bravery worthy of her proud history; our sister city of Salem, a son whose reputation she will cherish as a bright example in her annals; and the city of Lynn, a citizen whose short residence within her borders has given her a special share in the honors which now surround his memory. Resolved, That, on behalf of the people of Lynn, we tender his widow

1 Two companies,—the Lynn Light Infantry and the Lynn City Guards,— belonging to the Eighth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, had left for Washington on the 17th, only three days before the appropriation was made.

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