House Journal 1825 (30-318940-P113B.pdf)
217 has been derived, will be laid before you, and the subject recommended to your special consideration. In carrying into execution the Resolve of the last Legislature providing for a State Arsenal," the first object was to obtain a suitable site. After viewing various situations, and waiting themselves of the opinion of a number of military officers of rank and intelligence, the Council unanimously advised that the building be erected on the hight[height] of land at the westerly part of this town. A spot containing one acre and a half was selected for the purpose, and the same was conveyed to the State by the town of Portland, free of expense, so long as it shall be occupied as the site for an Arsenal. An agent was thereupon appointed to carry the Resolve into effect, under whose superintendence a building of brick has been erected, seventy five feet in length, thirty two feet wide and two stories in hight[height]. The building is believed to be firm and substantial, and of sufficient size to hold all the military stores of the State, except the carriages for the heavy ordnance, and such of the ammunition as it is proper should be secured in the magazine. The expense of the building, finished according to the contract made with the agent, is nineteen hundred and fifty six dollars, which sum has been paid out of the appropriation for this purpose, leaving a small balance unexpended of the appropriation remaining in the hands of the agent, for which he will account in his settlement with the Legislature. The subject of the Militia must ever be of high interest to this State. An institution which has rendered such important services, both before and since the establishment of our National Government, and upon which we shall ever rely as our greatest security against foreign invasion, should be encouraged rather than neglected. There has been an anxious expectation that Congress would exercise the power vested in that body, of providing
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