• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 192

    [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. [BOSTON TEA PARTY]. Boston, December 1, 1773. At a Meeting of the PEOPLE of Boston, and the neighbouring towns, at Faneuil Hall, in said Boston, on Monday the 29th of November, 1773 ... for the purpose of consulting, advising, and determining upon the most proper and effectual Method to prevent the unloading, receiving, or vending the detestable TEA, sent out by the East India Company part of which being just arrived in this Harbour... [Boston]: Printed by Edes and Gill, 1773.

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    [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. [BOSTON TEA PARTY]. Boston, December 1, 1773. At a Meeting of the PEOPLE of Boston, and the neighbouring towns, at Faneuil Hall, in said Boston, on Monday the 29th of November, 1773 ... for the purpose of consulting, advising, and determining upon the most proper and effectual Method to prevent the unloading, receiving, or vending the detestable TEA, sent out by the East India Company part of which being just arrived in this Harbour... [Boston]: Printed by Edes and Gill, 1773.

    Folio broadside (425 x 347mm). Text in four columns. A full sheet, with original deckle edges untrimmed; silked from verso, a few small spots and age-toning at edges, otherwise in fine condition.

    TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE BOSTON "TEA PARTY", MASSACHUSETTS CITIZENS VOW "AT THE RISK OF THEIR LIVES AND PROPERTY" TO PREVENT THE TEA BEING LANDED

    A highly important broadside recording Boston's crucial debates and resolutions in the intensifying opposition to the new tea tax levied by the Townshend Acts. A few days earlier, the vessel Dartmouth, carrying 114 boxes of East India Company tea, docked in Boston Harbor. To patriots in Boston and other American cities these taxed tea shipments became a symbol of Royal tyranny and served as a focal point for escalating anti-British agitation.

    On November 29, Joseph Warren penned a circular calling for a public meeting at Faneuil Hall to "prevent the unloading [of] the detestable tea." The response was astounding: some 5,000 Bostonians and residents from neighboring towns attended. Jonathan Williams was named moderator (Hancock declined), and the assembly immediately affirmed their determination that all the tea should be returned in the same vessels in which they had arrived. A proclamation of Governor Hutchinson was read, calling on the illegal assembly to disperse. The citizens promptly voted to defy the Governor's order and organized a close watch for the surveillance and protection of the tea-carrying vessels, to prevent any attempt to land the tea. Any ship's captain who "shall import Tea from Great Britain to this place, until the... unrighteous act shall be repeal'd,..shall be deem'd by this body an enemy to his country, and we will prevent the loading and the sale of the same, and the payment of any duty thereon..." Finally the assembly proclaims its intention "to carry their Votes and Resolutions into execution, at the Risque of their Lives and Property."

    The Boston patriots' vociferous opposition to the tea tax and their determination to prevent the cargos from being unloaded, at all costs, culminated in the memorable Boston Tea Party, on the night of 16 December. Evans 12694; Ford 1657; Lowance & Bumgardner 10; Evans 12694; Ford 1657. Rare.


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