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Overseers of the Poor were first chosen in Boston in 1691.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FROM ITS REORGANI

ZATION IN 1864.

BOARD OF 1864-65.

Joseph Buckley, Loring Lothrop, Ebenezer Atkins,
Francis E. Parker, William R. Lawrence, John W. Warren,
Martin Griffin, Thos. C. Amory, jr., Joel Richards,
Samuel Newmarch, William B. Spooner,
Robert C. Winthrop, Chairman.

John Pratt, Secretary.
John W. Warren, Treasurer to January, 1865.
Otis Norcross, Treasurer from January, 1865.

BOARD OF 1865-66.

Joseph Buckley, Loring Lothrop, Ebenezer Atkins,
Francis E. Parker, Wm. R. Lawrence, * John W. Warren,
Martin Griffin, Thos. C. Amory, jr., Joel Richards,
William B. Spooner, James L. Little, George S. Hale,
Robert C. Winthrop, Chairman.

John Pratt, Secretary.
Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

BOARD OF 1866-67.

Joseph Buckley, Loring Lothrop, Thos. C. Amory, jr.,
Francis E. Parker, Martin Griffin, George S. Hale,
Joel Richards, 1 Wm. B. Spooner,

Thomas Blasland,
James L. Little,

Ebenezer Atkins,
Joseph T. Bailey, †
Robert C. Winthrop, Chairman. John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

* Till November.

# From November.

[ Part of the year.

BOARD OF 1867–68.

Joseph Buckley, Loring Lothrop, Ebenezer Atkins, † Francis E. Parker, Martin Griffin,

Thos. C. Amory, jr., William B. Spooner, George S. Hale,

James L. Little, Thomas Blasland, Chas. R. McLean, * Joseph T. Bailey.

Robert C. Winthrop, Chairman (resigned in May).

Frederic W. Lincoln, jr., (Chairman from June). John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

BOARD OF 1868-69.

Joseph Buckley, Loring Lothrop, George S. Hale,
Martin Griffin, Thomas C. Amory, Joseph T. Bailey,
James L. Little, Thomas Blasland, Ira Allen,
Charles R. McLean, Francis E. Parker,

Frederic W. Lincoln, jr., Chairman.
John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

BOARD OF 1869-70.

Joseph Buckley, Loring Lothrop, George Fabyan, Thomas C. Amory, George S. Hale, James L. Little, Thomas Blasland, Joseph T. Bailey, Charles R. McLean, Ira Allen,

Francis E. Parker,

Frederic W. Lincoln, jr., Chairman. John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer

BOARD OF 1870–71.

Joseph Buckley, Francis E. Parker, Thomas Blasland, George S. Hale, James L. Little, George Fabyan, Joseph T. Bailey, Ira Allen,

Thomas F. Temple, Phineas M. Crane, Thomas C. Amory,

Frederic W. Lincoln, jr., Chairman. John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

* Succeeded Mr. Atkins.

of Died, December 31.

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BOARD OF 1871–72.

Joseph Buckley,

Francis E. Parker, Thomas Blasland, James L. Little, Ira Allen,

Thomas F. Temple, George Fabyan,

Phineas M. Crane, John O'Brien, Samuel B. Cruft,

Thomas C. Amory,

Frederic W. Lincoln, Chairman. John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

BOARD OF 1872-73.

Joseph Buckley, Thomas Blasland, Thomas F. Temple, Francis E. Parker, Ira Allen,

Samuel B. Cruft, Thomas C. Amory, George Fabyan, John O'Brien, James L. Little, Phineas M. Crane,

Frederic W. Lincoln, Chairman. John Pratt, Secretary.

Otis Norcross, Treasurer.

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RESPONSE, BY THE BOARD OF OVERSEERS

OF THE CITY OF BOSTON,

TO CERTAIN INQUIRIES, TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE MAYOR,

FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT AT WASHINGTON, AT THE REQUEST OF THE BRITISH LEGATION, IN RELATION TO ITS MODES OF RELIEVING THE POOR.

CIRCULAR.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE. WASHINGTON, November 17, 1871.

To His HONOR, THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BOSTON, Mass.: -

SIR, At the instance of the Honorable Francis John Packenham, Chargé d'Affaires of Great Britain, I have the honor to request, for the use of his government, information as to the extent and nature of the provision which is made at the present time for the relief of the poor in the City of Boston. The following are the chief points upon which information is requested :

1st. The nature of the legal provision for the support of the poor, the extent to which that provision is supplemented by charitable organizations, and the legal obligation imposed upon persons to maintain their poor relations.

2d. The principles upon which such provision is founded, and the mode in which any tax or contribution for that purpose is levied.

3d. Tbe body of persons by whom the funds for the maintenance and support of the poor are administered, and in what manner they are elected or appointed.

4th. The annual amount of the funds raised and expended and the number of paupers relieved, distinguishing, as far as practi

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