West point Feb. 16. 1781.
I have been honored with yours of the 15.—have ordered all the light companies to be immediately augmented to fifty rank & file with the addition of one serjeant to each company and the companies to be fully officered, to march to Peeks-kill the morning after to morrow (viz. the 18.) with three Days provision, and in other respects conformable to your directions; but I have given no orders for forming the companies into battalions, nor appointed any field Officers to command them; supposing your Excellency would determine that matter. It will be necessary that the field officers should have notice as soon as possible. I will pursue any measures respecting the formation of the regiments, or notifying the field officers, you may please to direct—I pray to know your pleasure in the morning. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.