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S1498 - Howard Benevolent Society Records

Record book for the Howard Benevolent Society and several loose enclosures. Book begins with the founding of the Society in 1829 with the intent of forming "a charitable association for the relief of the poor of the town of Portsmouth." The committee members present at the formation were listed as: Charles W. Cutter, John W. Foster, Ebenezer Wheelwright, Rev. Asabel Davis, Rev. Israel Putnam, Rev. Charles Burroughs and Alfred W. Haven. Bylaws from 1829 state that committee members would "seek out cases of actual distress, and to attend to all applications that shall be made to them by any member of the society, by visiting the person or family standing in need of relief and investigating