At the time of the revolutionary war, Gen. George Washington
wrote to Gov. Trumbull
, of Connecticut
, in the following words.
His language has been supposed by some to be capable of a modern application:
"Would it not be prudent to seize those Tories who have been, are, and we know will be, active against us?
Why should persons who are preying upon the vitals of their country be suffered to stalk about while we know they will do us every mischief in their power?"