In the New Hampshire Gazette of Friday, December 23, 1774 appeared a letter which is somewhat humorous in its nature, directed to Mr. Printer, and signed a "Lover of Order."
This is interesting to us chiefly because it shows that the king’s order prohibiting the exportation of arms was the cause here as it had been in Rhode Island of the seizure of the powder.
The letter says:
"Alarmed with the tendency of the Quebec Act, with the accounts that the Canadians and Indians were to be called forth to enforce the Acts of Parliament, so disagreeable to all the Colonies, long inured to defend themselves in the wide extended frontiers of this Province, by their valour against the restless savages of the Wilderness, without any other aid, and while destitute of arms necessary for such defense, finding that His Majesty, not knowing their peculiar defensless State, had been pleased to prohibit the Exportation of Powder, arms, and other warlike stores to the Colonies without special License... Some of the good People of this Province, in the wonted Honesty and Simplicity of their hearts, imagined that no one would have just reason to complain of their too great Forwardness if they seasonably removed some of the warlike stores from the Fort...Which they accordingly effected without any great Tumult or Opposition." Again in the same paper the following notice appears: "Since our last, arrived here his Majesty's Ships Canceaux, Capt. Mowatt, and the Scarborough, Capt. Barclay, both from Boston, with 80 or 100 soldiers aboard." « Letter from Gentleman in BostonJeremy Belknap’s account »