King Prohibits Exportation of arms and ammunition to America. Whitehall, Oct. 19, 1774
The Earl of Dartmouth to the Governours of the Colonies:
Sir: His Majesty having thought fit by his Order in Council this day to prohibit the exportation from Great Britain of Gunpowder, or any sort of Arms or Ammunition, I herewith enclose to you a copy of the Order; and it is his Majesty’s command that you do take the most effectual measures for arresting, detaining, and securing any Gunpowder , or any sort of Arms or Ammunition which may be attempted to be imported into the Province under your Government, unless the master of the ship having such Military Stores on board shall produce a license from his Majesty . . . .”
Quoted from: The Christian History of the American Revolution – Consider & Ponder // page 322 // by Verna M. Hall
Page 508: June 12th, 1775 – Governor Gage declared Martial Law
My take on what Mark Twain said ‘history doesn’t repeat itself, . . . but it rhymes’ – meaning of course that there is always a little twist, but it does seem as if it repeats, so look for it repeating itself – only this time, it’d be repealing the 2nd . . . . or maybe they’d come to the door first?