Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, 22 July 1794, p 2
Quebec, May 24 – Lord Dorchester has given orders for embodying a part of the Canadian Militia; but it is to many years since they were called out, that the inhabitants grumble exceedingly at the idea of serving, and some parishes are become extremely refractory. This is the consequence of the extraordinary indulgence which they have long been accumulated to receive from the mild government of England. The penalties in the militia bill for refusing or neglecting to be enrolled; are only five shillings; so that there may probably be a difficulty in getting husbandmen to serve.
Governor Simcoe has lately gone from Niagara to Detroit, to put that place in a better state of defence. Lord Dorchester also intends making an excursion to some of the outposts during the present summer. His brother, Major General Carleton is now here; he arrived in the beginning of March, having travelled on snow shoes for the greatest part of the way from New Brunswick.
There has lately been a great fire at Montreal, which has consumed the distillery there, together with a large house near it, in which the assemblies were held.