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 The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all these years of the war was Samuel W. Dutton. 1861. A town-meeting was held May 15th, at which it was resolved, 1st, To cordially unite with all good citizens of the State and country to defend the flag and uphold free government; 2d, To authorize the selectmen to borrow two thousand dollars to aid every citizen enlisting as a volunteer, and to support their families. November 5th, Voted, to amend the vote passed at the meeting in May in regard to support of the families of volunteers so as to conform to the law passed by the Legislature. 1862. July 26th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting to the credit of the town; and the selectmen were authorized to borrow seventeen hundred dollars. August 23d, The selectmen were authorized to borrow a sum, not exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars; and to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for nine months, and ten dollars additional to be paid upon enlistment, and the balance when mustered in. September 20th, The selectmen were empowered to borrow more money, and to petition the Legislature to legalize the votes of the town for raising money for paying bounties. 1863. April 6th, Voted, to raise one thousand dollars to repay borrowed money, and that the same amount be assessed each year until the debt is paid. June 27th, The selectmen were authorized to borrow such sums as may be necessary to pay bounties to volunteers, and aid to their families. November 3d, The selectmen were directed to pay the same aid to the families of drafted men as is paid to the families of volunteers. 1864. April 14th, The assessors were directed to assess a tax sufficient to reimburse the money which had been advanced by citizens for war purposes, said payments to be due on and after Jan. 5, 1865; and a committee of three was chosen to audit all of these claims. July 30th, The selectmen were authorized to deposit one thousand dollars with the State Treasurer, to pay bounties for men recruited by the State and credited to the town. Four recruits were obtained from the State, and five hundred dollars were returned to the town.
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