From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.
The British army is now arrived at New York from Philadelphia; some little time ago they arrived at Philadelphia from New York. How finely, says a correspondent, are the charges sunk. From Philadelphia to New York, to Long Island, to Mud Island, from action to eeling, from eeling to action. Our American possessions are not equal to the space between Smith-field and Highgate. Omne quod exit in—Hum.
It is remarkable, that the hostilities with France commenced just that day three years on which the first battle of importance happened in America. The battle of Bunker’s Hill was fought on the 17th of June, 1775, and the hostilities with France commenced on the 17th of June, 1778.1
1 New Jersey Gazette, November 18.