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Diary of Samuel Frost, American Revolution, Benedict Arnold's Treason, n.d.
Second diary of Samuel Frost mentioning Arnold's treason
dye was yesterday discovered, General Arnold who commanded at West Point lost to every sentiment of honor of private & public obligation, was about to deliver that important post into the hands of the Enemy[. S]uch an event would have given the American cause a Deadly wound, if not a fatal stab[. H]appily the treason has been tim[e]ly discovered to prevent the fatal misfortune, the providential train of circumstances which lead to it, affords the most convincing proof that the Liberties of America is the object of the Divine Protection, at the same time the Treason is to be rejected. The General cannot help congratulating the Army on the happy discovery, our Enemies despairing of carrying their point by force, they are practicing every base Art to effect by bribery, and corruption what they cannot accomplish in a manly way. Great honor is due to the American Army, this is the first instance of Treason of the kind where many were to be expected from the nature of the dispute, and nothing is so bright an ornament in the character of the American Soldiers as they having been proof against all the Arts, and seductions of an Assiduous Enemy.
Arnold has made his escape to the Enemy. But Mr. André the adjutant Genl to the British Army who came out as a spy to negotiate the business, is our prisoner.