George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Job Cushing, Nathaniel Nichols, and John Ellis, 11 March 1776

From Job Cushing, Nathaniel Nichols, and John Ellis

Cambridge Camp Fort No. 2.
March 11th 1776.

May it Please your Excellency

Sr Our minds & Dispositions, having been, (& now are) Strongly Attach’d to, & in Defence of American liberty, which was the reason of our Consenting to Tarry in the Service of our Country, in each of our respective Offices, in 24th Regt of Foot Commanded by Colo. Jno. Greaton: but our Compy not having ¼ its Compliment of men nor is there any Probability of getting them under Present Circumstances of Sd Compy, for such a Disagreable Appearance, we Present this Humble Petition to your excellency for our Discharge from the Continental Army. From your Humble Petitioners,

Job Cushing Capt

Nathl Nichols Liut

John Ellis Ensn

D, MHi: Heath Papers.

Job Cushing (1728–1808), Nathaniel Nichols (1749–1835), and John Ellis (1754–1826) were dismissed on 12 March. Cushing and Nichols had been officers in Gen. William Heath’s Massachusetts regiment during 1775. In 1777 Cushing became a colonel in the Massachusetts militia, and in 1778 Ellis served as a captain in the state’s militia.

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