in place a fine of twenty-five cents was levied for each article missing.
Meetings were held quarterly at some of the hotels in the town; and the annual meeting for election of officers and the annual dinner was often held at some hotel out of town, such as Spy Pond House, Fresh Pond Hotel, sometimes at Lynn
, or other places to suit the pleasure of the members.
The members of this society were not only banded together to protect the property of themselves and friends, but they were free to render assistance out of town.
I learn from their records that at a quarterly meeting held Nov. 6, 1818, a committee of members, Messrs. W. Ward
and Dudley Hall
, were appointed to consult with the Fire Wards
and Selectmen of the town, to inquire if it be expedient for the engine to go to Boston
at their fires; also to inquire into what further preparations can be made for the security of the town.
At the next meeting, Nov. 1, 1818, the committee reported as follows: