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 Samuel C. Graves, and Francis Boardman and Samuel Roads and John Goodwin, were chosen a committee to aid the selectmen in recruiting. The selectmen were authorized to borrow money for the purpose. The basement story of the town hall was ordered to be fitted up for a recruiting place. July 31st, The treasurer was authorized to borrow whatever money may be required by the selectmen for recruiting purposes, ‘the rate of interest not to exceed six per cent.’ August 26th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to volunteers for nine months service, until the quota of the town be filled; and if the three companies in the town shall enlist and be accepted, and the aggregate shall be greater than the number of men called for from the town, ‘then the bounties shall be paid to each company in proportion to its numbers, but the aggregate of such bounties shall not exceed the total number of the quota multiplied by one hundred.’ On motion of Jonathan H. Orne, ‘Voted, that the meeting request all shoe-manufacturers, all store-keepers, and all others, to close their places of business, each day during the remainder of the week, from two o'clock P. M. to six o'clock P. M.; and all citizens abstain from customary labor during those hours and assist the authorized agents in procuring recruits.’ Also, that the bells be rung each day from two o'clock to three o'clock P. M. during the week. The Marblehead Band was invited to be present in the town hall and give their services during the hour in which the bells were to be rung. September 27th, A meeting was held, at which further measures were adopted to raise money, and arrange with the city of Boston for the transfer of volunteers, Marblehead having more than filled its quota. 1863. March 3d, The treasurer was authorized to borrow money for aid to soldiers' families. August 8th, The selectmen were directed to confer with the Governor and Council, and see if the State will assume the additional expense incurred by the town in the repairs of Fort Sewall, and report as soon as possible.1 August 15th, The committee reported they had addressed
1 Fort Sewall was in ruins when the Rebellion broke out, and therefore afforded no protection to the town or the harbor from rebel war-vessels. It was soon made stronger than ever, and was garrisoned until the end of the war.
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