Another gentleman in Portsmouth writing on Saturday, December the 17th

Another gentleman in Portsmouth, writing on Saturday, December the 17th, states that the powder was sent up to Exeter, which may have been reported at the time, but which is contradicted by the letter of General Sullivan, published in the New Hampshire Mercury of May, 1785.

He also magnifies some of the other facts. The letter, however, adds its testimony to the main occurrences of the week.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., December 17, 1774.

     On Wednesday last a Drum and fife pervaded the streets of
Portsmouth, accompanied by several Committee-men, and the Sons of
Liberty, publickly avowing their intention of taking possession
of Fortt William and which was garrisoned by six invalids.  After
a great number of people had collected together, they embarked on
board scows, boats, etc., entered the Fort, seized the Gunpowder,
fired off the Guns, and carried the Powder up to Exeter a Town
fifteen miles distant.  The quantity was about two hundred to two
hundred and twenty barrels; the day after, while the Governor and
Council were assembled in the Council Chamber, between two and
three hundred persons came from Durham, and the adjoining Towns,
headed by Major Sullivan, one of the Delegates of the Congress;
they drew up before the Council Chamber, and demanded an answer
to the following question : Whether there were any ships or
troops expected here, or if the Governor had wrote for any?  They
were answered that his Excellency knew of no forces coming
hither, and that none had been sent for upon which they retired
to the Taverns and about ten or eleven o'clock at night, a large
party repaired to the Fort, and it is said they carried away all
the small arms.  This morning about sixty horsemen accoutred,
came into town by eleven o'clock their intention, it is
suspected, is to dismantle the Fort, and throw the Cannon,
consisting of a fine train of 42-pounders, into the sea.

From: American Archives, Vol. I, p. 1043; N.H. Provincial Papers, Vol. VII, p. 423.