Letter from a "Lover of Order" to the New Hampshire Gazette

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."