The report lists the date, recipient, county, and amount of each payment. Vouchers for the money were given to probate judges, who distributed funds to individual families in their counties; the state paid a total of $856,835.50.
The report is divided by town. The amount of information recorded varies by location because the data was collected by several different people: "It is proper to state that this report is not as full as desirable many of the agents not giving any...
The report lists the number of women and children in each family and ends with the following assessment by the probate judge: "It is impossible almost to enumerate the diferent [sic] reasons or causes of the indigence of these families the greater...
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