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Concourse of people, the town house full to
overflowing, the house was crowded, and many
could not get in. Seth Pinkham was Moderator.
As soon as the meeting came to order Barzillai
Coffin moved an Indefinite postponement, a hundred
voices was immeditaly raised calling on the Moderator
to put the question. It was with some difficulty
that the Moderator stilled the people. He then
informed them that the motion should be kept
in view, but that he should not put ^it as long
a people were calling for an opportunity to
speak to the subject. Thomas Macy then arose
and spoke to a great length. The opposite party
tried to put him ^down but it was ruled by the Moderator
that he was in order. He then stated his opinion
that the town needed a more suitable hiouse to meet
in, and that it was indispensable that they shall have
one but it was his opinion that we should study economy,
he therefore moved that a Committee be appointed to
find on what conditions Wm. [William] Ruddack would dispose
of his settlement to the town, And also Wm. [William] C Swain
to enable the town ^to select that which would be most
suitable to enlarge the present Townhome, and
report at the adjournment of the meeting.

Aaron Thomas went largely into the subject, and
about an hour. He spoke loud that all could hear.

Aaron Mitchell said he agreed to Thomass [THOMAS'S]
Motion; but thought the motion might be added
to by directing the Committee to to endeavor
to find a suitable place to build a New
town house, and named 10 as a suitable number
of the Committe. all this was agreed to. The
Moderat A number more spoke largely on the
subject, it appeared they were all on the side
of being accomodated with more room, either by
increasing the bigness of the present Town house or
building a new one. John Shaw spoke largly [LARGELY]
on the subject, and Andew M Macy spoke sometime

When all had done speaking the Moderator called
for a nomination, I should ^think 50 voices were heard
in the utmost confusion all the same time, the
Moderator could distinctly distinguish one name from
another. Many trials were made, the most of them
without success---

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