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Edwin A. Colby, a "school boy of twelve," collected $12 for the relief effort.
Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland
Colby, Edwin A., "Letter from Edwin A. Colby to the Mayor of Portland" (1866). Relief for the Portland Sufferers : The Great Fire, 1866. 16.
Lowell July 7. 1866
To the mayor of Portland.
Please except [sic] this small sum of money which I have been fortunate enough to collect to togather since yesterday noon for the sufferers of Portland. it is but a small sum but I am only a school boy of twelve. You will find below those who gave money for the object.
[list of names and amount of donation follows]
Edwin A. Colby