energetic and legitimate action.
1863. Nothing of special interest appears to have been done, in legal town-meeting, in regard to the war during this year, although the selectmen continued to recruit volunteers, and to pay State aid to soldiers' families.
1864. At a town-meeting held on the 23d of April, the following resolution was passed:—
Resolved, That we do hereby exonerate our selectmen from the contumely cast upon them by the writer of an article that appears in the Republican Standard of Feb. 25, 1864, entitled Recruiting in Westport, and still retain the utmost confidence in them as gentlemen of ability and integrity, and hereby tender them our sincere thanks and approbation for their energy and faithfulness in carrying out the instructions (adopted at the various meetings held during the present Rebellion) to procure the requisite number of men required from the town, to answer the several calls of the President of the United States.
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lth, was as follows: In 1861, $65.50; in 1862, $394.41; in 1863, $613.55; in 1864, $892.65; in 1866, $586.30. Total amount in four years, $2,552.31.
Incorporated Feb. 20, 1790.
Population in 1860, 1,793; in 1865, 1,791.
Valuation in 1860, $914,070; in 1865, $865,618.
The selectmen in 1861, 1862, and 1863, were Henry E. Marble, Alfred Pratt, Nathan A. Chase; in 1864, William P. Hood, William F. Hathaway, Marcus A. Brown; in 1865, William P. Hood, William F. Hathaway, William H. Pierce.
The town-clerk and town-treasurer during the years 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864, was Leonard C. Pierce; in 1865, Elbridge G. Paul.
1861. The first legal meeting, to consider matters relating to the war, was held May 1st, at which it was voted to appropriate five hundred dollars to furnish uniforms for a military company; also, to pay each volunteer a bounty of twenty-five dollars, and to pay him twenty-six dollars a month, including his Government pay, while in active service.