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Jacob Clark Transcript

Gray

July 26th, 1865

Hon. J.L. Hodsdon

Dear Sir,

I received instructions from you, dated June 5th/1865 in relation to discontinuing ‘State aid’. I always endeavor to look to this matter as carefully as I can, with a view to do justice to Claimants and also to the State.  We have three Soldiers now at home on furlough and have been for several months. First George Dolley of the 8th Maine arrived here last winter at which time he was very low with Chronic Diarrhea. He was not expected to live for months, but has finally recovered, and able to walk and attend to business. He has no family but a wife, and is in comfortable circumstances. After he so far recovered as to attend to business and labor, and before I received your notice I withheld the aid from him. Daniel Nash, also a member of the 30th Regt who is nearly sixty years old was not liable to draft, but enlisted for, as I have no doubt, big bounties, has been home several months attending to his own private matters, and as he is in independent circumstances I have withheld aid from his wife. Nicholas L. Foster of the 29th Maine is also at home, he has been paroled arrived at Portland and was then confined some weeks with fever and was very low indeed. He has now so far recovered as to be able to work. He served in the Maine 10th prior to his enlistment in the 29th is a very poor man, has a large family and really needy and destitute. I have not given him the aid for this month, shall I do so? Dolley tells me he can get discharged but don’t want to, and it is probably the same with Nash. They like the $16 or $18 per month too well to be in haste about getting discharged. Shall I pay these men State aid until discharged or not.

Yours truly and in haste
Jacob Clark,  Ck, Board Selectmen