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[p. 16] by him across Mystic River.’ He evidently did not do so, as on April 9, 1866, it was ‘voted, that Messrs. Foster & Gilmore be a committee to investigate the matter of Wood's dam and report on the same.’ A week later the record notes the receipt and filing of a letter from Charles R. Train, attorney, in relation to Wood's dam. As this letter is not in evidence, it is uncertain whose attorney he was, or what the contents were. Over a year later, on June 27, 1867, the selectmen ‘voted, that Mr. Foster be a committee to notify the Harbor Commissioners, that Mr. Wood had again put his dam across the river.’

By the above, it would appear that somebody had removed the dam, and that Mr. Wood, who appears to have had good staying qualities, had rebuilt it.

A little later the selectmen ‘voted, that the clerk notify the Harbor Commissioners, that Mr. Wood had constructed a dam across Mystic River.’ Another month passed away and the record shows a curious state of affairs at the town house, as it was then ‘voted, that Mr. Hastings be a committee to write a letter to the Harbor Commissioners in relation to Wood's Dam and that the former committee on Wood's Dam present the same.’

Not having consulted the records of the commissioners, the writer is unable to say whether this trebly voted action ever reached them, though we may presume that the committee attended to its duty. There is no reference to the matter again for three years, when it appears that ‘Mr.’ . . . ‘appeared in relation to Wood's Dam.’ A brief record, and it would be interesting to know what was said at that meeting. The selectmen took no action of record.

All may have been ‘quiet on the Potomac’ in war time, but all was not quiet on the Mystic a little later on.

A ‘Battle Cry’ of forty lines (recently republished) was circulated, in which the ‘Boatmen’ were summoned to ‘Rouse from slumber,’ and to ‘Let the little navy ’

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