I believe this is a reference to the Hoffman rebellion which led to the first sedition case (out of many subsequent cases) in Nova Scotia, decades before the revolution. Another subsequent note is made as to its “resolution” (their pacification).
Yesterday Capt. Taggart, in one of the Government’s Sloops, arrived here from Lunenburg, with the Officers and Soldiers belonging to Col. Warburton’s regiment, who, with the Officers and Soldiers of his Excellency the Governor’s and Col. Lascelle’s Regiments, were sent thither some time ago in order to quell some riotous proceedings among the Dutch Settlers there; and we hear they have bro’t some of them Prisoners.
Halifax Gazette, Jan 12, 1754. Page 2 Column 2. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=4p3FJGzxjgAC&dat=17540112&printsec=frontpage&hl=en