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[227] every part of which, North and South, East and West, is alike dear to us, and alike to be defended in their interests and rights, we will order the city messenger to hoist upon a flag-staff, to be erected on the city hall, and display the national flag with its thirteen stripes and thirty-three stars upon every fair day until further ordered.1

April 15th, One thousand dollars were appropriated to be expended by the mayor in aid of the families of the soldiers who had been ordered into active service. May 6th, A resolution complimentary to Captain Albert W. Bartlett ‘and his men who so promptly shouldered their muskets to sustain the honor of our flag’ was passed; and the mayor was authorized to furnish the company with whatever was necessary for their comfort.

1862. Captain Bartlett, while in command of Company B, Thirty-fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, was killed near Maryland Heights, Sept. 17, 1862. The city council, which met September 23d, passed a series of resolutions, of which we copy the following:—

Resolved, That by this sad event the country has lost a true patriot; the city, a useful and enterprising citizen; our militia, a most zealous, brave, and efficient officer; and the community, one who in all the relations of life was a most gentlemanly and honorable man.

The resolutions were ordered to be entered upon the city records and a copy sent to the family of the deceased.

1863. February 2d, The committee on finance were authorized to borrow twelve hundred dollars as a temporary relief fund, and to be applied by the relief committee for that purpose. April 6th, Resolutions complimentary to Company B, Fortieth Regiment New-York Volunteers, were adopted; and a copy was directed to be sent to Captain Henry H. Foster, ‘to be read by him to the members of said company now in camp on the banks of the Rappahannock.’2

1 These resolutions we believe to have been the first adopted by any city or town in the Commonwealth, or in any loyal State, having relation to the approaching rebellion.

2 This company was raised in Newburyport on the first call of the President for three-years men, May 4, 1861. The Secretary of War declined to receive as many regiments as Massachusetts was ready to send. This company, and four others raised in Massachusetts, went to New York and entered New-York regiments, and did good service in the common cause.

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