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The Mayor of Hartford expresses his sympathy and mentions that Hartford, as a center of the insurance industry, is suffering as well (although not nearly as much as Portland, he admits!).

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Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland


July 7th, 1866

Hon. A.E. Stevens

Dear Sir

Enclosed please find a draft upon the Suffolk Bank of Boston for $2245 payable to your order, being amount raised by subscription from citizens of Hartford for the purpose of assisting the sufferers by the late fire in Portland. Much sympathy is felt and expressed here for those who have met with such a great calamity. Owing to the fact of many Insurance Companies being located here we have ourselves suffered much pecuniarily from the fire in your city, but it has been a pecuniary loss only, it has not involved as with you the breaking up of business and the destruction of happy homes. Trusting that Portland will soon recover from her present prostration, and be in the future as prosperous and happy as she was in the past, I am Yours truly

Chas R. Chapman


Letter from the Mayor of Hartford, CT, to the Mayor of Portland



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