From Colonel Charles Mynn Thruston
Whippany [N.J.] 2 June 1777. Introduces the bearer “Mr John Byrn whom I have appointed Adjutant to the Regiment now raising for Me. . . . While the Companies are recruiting He concieves it will be in his power to lend a good helping hand to the difficult task, in the South Western Frontier of Virga; Where he has some popular connexions. . . . I could wish therefore, If Your Excellency have no objection, that He might reiceve about two hundred pounds enlisting Money; and the more, as two of the Capts. appointed by Me, Will not serve. Mr Byrn, I think, will raise a Company sooner than any man within my knowledge. And I fear there will be but too great Need for every assistance to be had, in order to the filling up the Regiment.”1
ALS, PHi: Gratz Collection; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.
1. John Byrn on 4 June received GW’s warrant for $700 for use in recruiting Thruston’s Additional Continental Regiment (warrant book no. 2, DLC:GW, ser. 5, vol. 18). Byrn, who had served as a soldier in Capt. Daniel Morgan’s rifle company on the Quebec expedition in 1775, also was commissioned a captain in Thruston’s regiment on that date. Byrn resigned his commission on 1 Aug. 1778.