George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the Massachusetts Council, 6 January 1776

From the Massachusetts Council

[Watertown, Mass.] 6 January 1776. Recommends Abel Thayer and John Lynds of Col. John Fellows’s regiment for Continental commissions.1

LS, signed by Walter Spooner, DLC:GW.

1John Fellows (1734–1808) of Sheffield commanded a Massachusetts regiment in the Continental army until the end of 1775 and served as a brigadier general of the Massachusetts militia from 1776 to 1780. Abel Thayer (1741–1805) of Williamsburg, Mass., had been a captain in Fellows’s regiment, and John Lynds had been an ensign or second lieutenant in the regiment. Neither Thayer nor Lynds apparently received commissions in the new army.

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