What does "amanuensis" mean? John offers this definition:
"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
Today's transcription involves the Revolutionary War Pension File for Isaac Buck (1757-1846), a soldier in the Continental Army. The Revolutionary War Pension Abstract for Isaac Buck reads:
"BUCK, Isaac, S34136, Cont & MA Line, appl 8 Apr 1818 Worcester Cty MA aged 60 a res of Sterling MA, in 1820 sol had a wife Patty aged 60 and a son Isaac 14 his only child living at home" (Virgil White, "Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pensions", Vol. 1; p. 450).
The Revolutionary War Pension file for Isaac Buck indicates that for his service, he was awarded a pension of $8 per month commencing 8 April 1818.
The Revolutionary War Pension File for Isaac Buck is 17 pages, all of them available on www.Footnote.com. On the third image of the file, Isaac Buck testifies to his service and life situation in his application in 1818:
"I, Isaac Buck, a citizen of the United States, now resident at Sterling in the County of Worcester in the State aforesaid, do on oath testify and declare that in the War of the revolution in the month of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, I entered and engaged in the land service of the United States on the continental establishment, and served accordingly from that time to the end of the war as a private against the common enemy without any interruption or absence, that I belonged to Captain Jackson's company of Artillery in Colonel Crane's Regiment under the command of General Knox, and that I left the service in the month of June 1783 at West Point when the Army was disbanded, and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life and poverty, I stand in need of assistance from my country and support being now of the age of sixty years - and I hereby relinquish all claims to every pension heretofore allowed me by the laws of the United States if any may be or hath been allowed. My discharge was lost from my pocket many years since and is not in existence."
/signed/ Isaac Buck.
The sixth image of the file on Footnote.com includes an affidavit, probably written by someone on behalf of Isaac Buck, that includes a schedule of the property belonging to Isaac Buck of Sterling as of May 1 1820:
My best guess is that the first affidavit above is written by Isaac Buck, since there is no indication of a mark. However, it may have been written by another person (but not the person who wrote the second affidavit in 1820).