Head Quarters Morris Town 27th April 1780.
I have recd yours of the 30th ulto As the Artillery and Dragoons must either be obtained by inlistment or by draught from the line, the latter of which is a very disagreeable mode, it has been thought expedient to permit those Corps to engage Men whose times of service were expiring in the Infantry and who would not reinlist in that service. If the Man in question comes within the above description and has served his full time in the Regiment to which he formerly belonged, he may, in my opinion, be claimed by the Officer of Cavalry by whom he was inlisted anew—The State to which the Man properly belongs is in no degree injured by this, as she has credit for all her Men serving in the detached Corps. I am, &c.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.