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Abatement of Taxes258.47
Town Officers150.00
Collecting Taxes270.00
Expenses opposing new road150.00
Interest on town debt141.00
For injury of horse on drawbridge50.00
Sexton 25.00 Miscellaneous expenses 94.56119.56

Abated taxes54.94
Town clerk30.00
Collector's fee234.52
Expenses new road to Woburn215.50
Interest on town debt141.00
Great bridge256.17
Miscellaneous Expenses29.37
Allowed S. Butters10.00
Cleaning and repair town clock16.00
Hose of engine and town pump8.00
Trees in burying ground13.24
Land damage to widen road38.97
Grant made the singers100.00

According to Mr. Brooks, the item of support of poor is even arger than that we quote from the town record. But there was still another outlay of which no mention is made. The town had, forty years before from Thomas Seccomb, a gift, the interest of which in perpetuity is applied to the relief of the poor. The selectmen's records of 1819 show the sum of $42.00, in sums of one and two dollars, distributed among twenty-three persons, and also a contribution of $96.oo more, in sums of three to five dollars for the same purpose.

James T. Floyd was the sexton, and the selectmen allowed his bill for setting glass and painting bell frame, in all $29.00; but we fancy the sexton's bill was larger the following year, for in the winter of 1819-20 came an innovation in the old meeting-house. On October 29 the selectmen approved Moses Merrill's bill for cast-iron stoves and funnel, $20.00. Just think of it, all you who have furnace repairs to make just a century later—a heating plant for $20.00! But how about $200 for Parson Osgood's supply of wood for the same year, deducted from the $500 salary? Even with the high price

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