[Newport] April. 26. 
Two Vessels full of Passengers sailed this morning for Philadelphia.2 The Town in great Panic ー The Assembly proceed with Vigor, tho the Upper House hesitate ー The Tories elated ー Great Dejection on most countenances ー but some revive their spirits. this afternoon the two Providence Packets loaded with 4 or 500 Bbs. flour here to-day, sailed for Providence, but were immediately stopt by the Man o' War Capt. [James] Wallace, who seized them, and intends to send them to Boston. They have dismissed all the people, except Mr. John Brown of Providence, whom they retain as a prisoner, in revenge as is supposed for his being concerned in Burning the Gaspee Schooner a year or two ago.3 were great quantities of Goods in the Packets removing to Providenceー
Just at night a Vessel from N York advises that the p[eo]ple at N York have risen and seized the Fort and turned out the Kings Troops, and took possession of it, last week on Thursday. What a wonderful Coincidence of the bursting forth of the public Spirit. The affair of Lexington on Wednesday ー of New York on Thursday4 ー and by Friday an American Army of 20,000 men actually raised and assembled!
1. Stiles, II, 40, 41, LC.
2. The brig Polly, N. Coddington, and ship Saunders, C. Moore, were entered in at the Philadelphia Custom House from Rhode Island on May 15, 1775, Pennsylvania Packet, May 15, 1775.
3. Burned by a band of men from Providence on June 9, 1772; although the culprits were well known, they were never identified to the British authorities.
4. This is a slight exaggeration of what actually happened in New York on Sunday, April 23, 1775, upon the news of Lexington reaching that city. Sabine, ed., Memoirs of William Smith, April 24, 1775.