Head Quarters Bergen County 20th July 1780
I have recd yours of the 19th—General Parsons had written to me before on the subject of the Men drafted from the Militia Horse, and I informed him that I could not consent to their joining your Regiment or any Corps of Horse—All the Levies are wanted for the Battalions of Infantry, and if there has been any misunderstanding between these Men and the State, as to the mode of service, they must settle it themselves. But I cannot conceive that it was ever in contemplation that they should serve on Horseback as the law calls only for Foot—You are to let them know that they must join the Infantry or procure others in their places. I am &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.