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This letter accompanied a donation of $50 which was given by a minstrel troupe that had been scheduled to perform in Portland the night of the fire.
Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland
Wakefield, A. G., "Letter from the Mayor of Bangor to the Mayor of Portland" (1866). Relief for the Portland Sufferers : The Great Fire, 1866. 12.
July 9 1866
Hon A E Stevens
Enclosed you have fifty dollars for the sufferers by the late fire in your city, donated by Morris Brothers and Trowbridge Minstrels.
They were in Portland, preparing to perform at the time of the fire, and the fire prevented them, which to them, was a serious loss, the whole company being an expense, etc.
I think that under
The circumstances, the donation is quite liberal.
I am very respectfully yr