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Title:[Letter] 1826 Dec. 26 Washington City, [recipient unknown] / James K. Polk :a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Polk, James K.

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Date: December 26, 1829
Extent: 1p
Summary:This document is a letter from James K. Polk to an unknown recipient, dated December 26, 1826. The letter is in regard to a man named Charles Becket who claims that he is promised county land and a pension for his service in the United States Army, neither of which he has received yet. Polk asks the recipient of the letter to look into Mr. Becket's claims.
Collection:James K. Polk

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Washington City Decr [December] 26th 1829

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

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