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Incorporated May 22, 1661. Population in 1860, 2,104; in 1865, 2,246. Valuation in 1860, $1,249,679; in 1865, $1,279,320.

The selectmen in 1861 were R. M. Montague, Enos E. Cook, Thomas Reynolds; in 1862, 1863, and 1864, John S. Bell, L. N. Granger, J. S. Smith; in 1865, L. N. Granger, Francis Edson, Horace Cook.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was William S. Chipman.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held on the third of May, at which it was—

Resolved, That while we lament the necessity of the present war against the sister States of our Republic, we are fixed in the determination by all the money and means in our power to support it until we obtain an honorable peace.

It was then voted to raise fifteen hundred dollars to purchase uniforms for such volunteers, as may enlist from Hadley, ‘either native or adopted citizens, for at least three months;’ also, fifteen hundred dollars to pay to each volunteer a sum sufficient to make his monthly pay twenty-six dollars a month while in actual service. June 8th, Voted, that each person who has enlisted in the military service from Hadley for three years shall be paid a bounty of fifty dollars. September 24th, This bounty was authorized to be paid to three-years volunteers until March 1st, 1862.

1862. August 22d, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer enlisting for nine months to the credit of the town, and to borrow money to pay the same.

1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town during this year, although the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers, and the enlisting of volunteers were continued.

1864. August 6th, Voted to pay a bounty of one hundred and twenty-five dollars to each volunteer who has enlisted, or who may enlist ‘under the last call of the President for five hundred thousand men,’ and who shall be credited to the quota

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