1757Three males and six females were supported at the expense of the town.Government and Public Service, City Government

Gloucester City Archives, CC186, Box 43, FF1
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The practice of “letting out of the poor” meant that those in need of public aid boarded with private citizens who were reimbursed by the town. This year the expenses totaled £203. This practice continued until 1796, when a workhouse was built.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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