December 16, 1774 report to General Gage

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.