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[339] the ladies sent to the ‘contrabands’ two barrels of secondhand clothing. The money value of these shipments was at least six hundred dollars. In 1864, the same society sent through the Christian Commission nine boxes filled with under garments and other contributions ; one large box was also sent to the freedmen, and one to the Union refugees in Cairo, Illinois. The value of these contributions was at least one thousand dollars. In 1865, two boxes containing contributions valued at two hundred dollars were sent to the front early in the spring. Contributions were taken up from time to time in each of the churches and Sabbath schools, but it is not in our power to give the exact amounts obtained. The Sabbath school of the First Congregational Church, it is estimated, gave during the war in cash and books for the soldiers to the value of one hundred and fifty dollars. Touching and appropriate resolutions were passed by them on the occasion of their superintendent, Edmund W. Clark, ‘exchanging these peaceful scenes for the dangers of the battle-field.’


Incorporated Feb. 16, 1816. Population in 1860, 1,025; in 1865, 999. Valuation in 1860, $583,850; in 1865, $610,644.

The selectmen in 1861 were Micah H. Gross, D. Allen, H. M. Potter; in 1862 and 1863, Ezra Cary, Daniel B. Gillett, Edward Cary; in 1864 and 1865, Cyrus F. Woods, Micah H. Gross, Henry M. Smith.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all of these years was Joseph S. Jones.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters in relation to the war, was held on the 6th of May, at which the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:—

Whereas a large section of our country with arms in their hands are now in open rebellion, for the overthrow of our Government, and the destruction of our free institutions; therefore,

Resolved, That we as true and loyal citizens are bound to respond to the call of our country, and rally to its support, by furnishing men and money in its defence.

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed consisting of Ezra

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