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 R. Stanwood; in 1864, William Merrill, George Emery; in 1865, William Merrill, Dean R. Stanwood, N. F. Emery. The town-clerk during all the years of the war was J. C. Carr.1 The town-treasurer during the same years was Enoch D. Chase. 1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 29th of April, at which the selectmen were given authority to borrow money whenever the wants of the volunteers or their families should render it necessary. Two thousand dollars were set apart as a war emergency fund. It was also voted to pay each member of the Military Rifle Company belonging to West Newbury, when called into active service, ten dollars a month while in said service, and ten dollars a month to each of their families. All other military emergencies of the town were placed under the direction of the selectmen, to ‘act at their discretion.’ One hundred and fifty dollars were appropriated to pay for uniforms. 1862. At a town-meeting held on the 24th of July, it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer who should enlist for three years, and be mustered into the military service, and credited to the quota of the town; and the selectmen were authorized to borrow two thousand dollars to pay the same. A committee of seventeen persons, living in various parts of the town, were chosen to canvass the town for volunteers. On the 15th of August the town voted to pay the same amount of bounty to each volunteer who would enlist in the nine months service, and be credited to the quota of the town. The treasurer was authorized to borrow four thousand dollars, ‘if need be’ to pay the same. A committee of five was appointed to carry into effect the action of the town, who were ‘to be all Union men.’ August 30th, The bounty to nine-months volunteers was increased to two hundred and fifty dollars, which amount was directed to be paid ‘until the quota is filled;’ and the treasurer was directed to borrow two thousand dollars to meet the increased expenditure. September 15th, The treasurer was directed to borrow a larger sum for the
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