I, Andrew L. Fuller of Clinton in the County of Worcester and State of Massachusetts, hereby certify that on the fifth day of October 1861, I was first lieutenant of Co. "C" 15th Regt. Mass Vols. stationed at Poolesville Md., that on that day the members of Co. "C" received their first payment from the United States, being paid to September 1st 1861, that Francis E. Smith was then a private in said Company and was paid the sum of fifteen dollars and twenty three cents, of which sum he gave me ten dollars to be delivered by me to his mother, Mrs. Louisa Smith of said Clinton, that a few days thereafter, by reson of ill health I resigned my commission, and returned home to said Clinton, and on or about the twenty third of the same October I paid to Mrs. Smith the ten dollars so given me for her by her said son. I further certify that from my knowledge of the circumstances of Mrs. Smith, believe her then to have been dependant i great part upon her said son for her support.