Hd Qrs Aug: 1st 1780
You will perceive by the orders of this day that the corps of light infantry is immediately to be formed. The command of it for the campaign is promised to The Marquis De la Fayette; for reasons which I dare say will be to you obvious and satisfactory. If we attack New York the part this corps will act will make it a most desireable command. Should it be agreeable to you to take it till the return of this Gentn wch is uncertain it will give me great pleasure. I wish you however to consult your delicacy, and determine without the least restraint. I want your answer. I am with the greatest regard Your most Obed. Se.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.