From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.
July 10.—Still the rebels cherish one another with the assurances of eating their next Christmas dinner in New York, (peradventure in the provost.) Indeed, Mr. Washington has declared he will very soon visit that capital with his army, as it is confessed, without the least reserve, there are many Sons of Liberty in New York that hold a constant intercourse and correspondence with the commander-in-chief of the rebel army, from whom he is supplied with accurate communications of all arrivals and departures, and of every thing daily carrying on there, both in the military and civil branches. The rebel prisoners on Long Island, (notwithstanding being indulged with their parole,) and the whitewashed inhabitants hold a constant correspondence with the inhabitants of Connecticut; and, through their means, goods to great amount are every week conveyed to them. It provokes the well affected to government, at a distance from New York, to perceive such comfort and accommodations afforded to the most ungrateful and insidious people on earth.1
1 Rivington’s Gazette, July 10.