William Livingston, the revolutionary-era governor of New Jersey, was not a big fan of Tories running-around in his state and stirring up trouble. Today I read his October 5, 1777 letter to George Washington in which the governor tells the General what he thinks about these pro-British inhabitants of New Jersey.
I really pity your Excellency’s Situation with respect to the Tories. In my small Department, I have infinite Trouble with them. A Tory is an incorrigible Animal: And nothing but the Extinction of Life, will extinguish his Malevolence against Liberty.