From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.
At a late meeting of exotics, styled The Sons of Liberty, in New York, the pamphlet entitled “Farmer A. W. ‘s View of the controversy between Great Britain and the Colonies,” &c., published last week by Mr. Rivington, was introduced by one of the mushrooms, and after a few pages being read to the company, they agreed nem. con. to commit it to the flames, without the benefit of clergy; though many, very many indeed, could neither write nor read; however, their common executioner immediately threw it into the fire, where it was consumed, and its spiritual part ascended in vapor, to the upper regions; whither not one of the company durst aspire, even in idea. 1
1 Rivington’s Gazette, Jan. 12.