Portsmouth, NH Fire, Dec 1813


Near the close of the year 1813, a terrible conflagration occurred at Portsmouth, this state, destroying over four hundred buildings. So intense was the fire that it was said the reflection of the light from the clouds was visible as far as the westerly side of this state, and even into Vermont. It was plainly visible from this town. Large contributions were sent to the sufferers from all quarters. This town, with its accustomed generosity, contributed very liberally, through its leading citizens and many others. The following letter will best express the action of the people of this town:

Portsmouth Feby 21st 1814.

The Committee appointed to receive & distribute donations, have received of the Hon. Joshua Darling, Two hundred and Sixty one dollars, sixty eight cents, for the relief of the sufferers by the late fire in this town.

For this highly liberal act of truly Christian benevolence, we present, in behalf of the distressed, our grateful thanks and acknowledgements to the generous donors with our assurances that in the distribution thereof, it shall be our endeavor to promote the charitable purpose for which it was bestowed.

John Goddard,

In behalf of the Committee.

History of the Town of Henniker, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, 1880, page 94