December 16, 1774 report to General Gage
On Fridav Governor Wentworth wrote to General Gage a further report, dated Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the 16th of December, 1774:
On Wednesday last after 12 o'clock, an insurrection suddenlv took place in town, and immediately proceeded to His Majesty's castle, attacked, overpowered, wounded and confined the Captain, and thence took away all the King's powder. Yesterday, numbers were assembled, and, last night, brought off many cannon, etc. and sixty muskets. This day, the town is full of armed men, who refuse to disperse, but appear determined to complete the dismantling of the fortress entirely. Hitherto the people have abstained from private or personal injuries; how long they will be so prevailed on, it is impossible to say. I most sincerely lament the present distractions, which seem to have burst forth by means of a letter, from William Cooper to Samuel Cutts, delivered here on Tuesday last, P. M., by Paul Revere. I have not time to add further on this lamentable subject.
From: American Archives, Vol. I, p. 1042; Appendix Belknap’s History of New Hampshire (1812), Vol. III, p. 33; N.H. Provincial Papers, Vol. VII, p. 423.