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The Mayor asks what the citizens of Cambridge can do to help the citizens of Portland. The Mayor of Portland has jotted down a reply in pencil on the back side of the telegram. Money and building materials are the most pressing need.
Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland
Merrill, J. Warren, "Telegram from the Mayor of Cambridgeport, Mass." (1866). Relief for the Portland Sufferers : The Great Fire, 1866. 4.
Portland July 6
The citizens of Cambridge sympathize deeply with those of Portland in the dreadful calamity which has fallen upon them what can we do to afford them most judicious acceptance
J Warren Merrill
[penciled reply noted on reverse]
Your most generous [?] – most pressing need is money + building material