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Washington City Decr [December] 26th 1829Sir
I enclose to you the certificate of Genl [General] Robert Purdy , at present the Marshall for West Tennessee , relative to the service of Charles Becket , late a soldier in the Army of the U. [United] States . Mr. Becket applied for County land for his services; He states that he [added: was] enlisted first at [unclear: Hagerstown Mc ] in 1792 by George H. Dunn a coronet in the first [unclear: track of drageens ] attached to Genl [General] Wayne's Army, that he served three years in the company of [unclear: drageens ] commanded by Capt. [Captain] Mallard Ford , and was wounded in said service on the 20th August 1794 — in the battle fought by Genl [General] Wayne at the Head of the Rapids , — fifty or sixty miles from Detroit ; that at the [unclear: expiration ] of his first term of three years — he again enlisted for three years men and was orderly Sergeant in Capt. [Captain] [unclear: Molen ] Fords company, — in which he served seven times, when he was transfered [transferred] to an artillery company, — that at the expiration of his second term of enlistment he was discharged, and some considerable time afterwards he enlisted in Capt. [Captain] Robert Purdy's company at Kingston or[unclear: S. Wt. Periet ] in Tennessee for the term of five years, — that he served under the last enlistment about two years & three Months — when the troops to which he belonged were discharged. He states that he was promised County land for his services, but has never received it.
Mr. Becket made application for a pension a year or two since, and his papers are either in the [unclear: pacurian ] Office, or are filed in the [unclear: Ho Repts ]. If they are on file in the [unclear: Ho. Repts jenico ] procure & forward them to you, as possibly they may throw some light on his case. — When you have reviewed his case advise me of your decision. —
Very RespectfullyYr. Obt Sevt [Your Obedient Servant]
James K. Polk