[AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. [BOSTON TEA PARTY]. Postscript to the Pennsylvania Journal, Thursday Evening, Seven O'Clock, December 9, 1773. By Express arrived here at noon from Boston we have the following...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 T E A, sent out by the East India Company part of which being just arrived in our Harbour... [Philadelphia: William and Thomas Bradford, 1773].
Folio broadside (16 x 9 7/8 in.). Text in three columns. A full sheet, with original deckle edges untrimmed; light age-toning, but in very fine condition.
A WEEK BEFORE THE BOSTON "TEA PARTY," MASSACHUSETTS CITIZENS VOW "AT THE RISK OF THEIR LIVES AND PROPERTY" TO PREVENT LANDING OF "THE DETESTABLE TEA"
A dramatic special postscript, collecting, for the residents of Pennsylvania, the moment-by-moment development of the escalating crisis over an unpopular tax imposed by the Townshend Acts on tea shipped to the American colonies. It records the Boston patriots' public debates and resolutions as well as Governor Hutchinson's ineffectual attempts to stifle the growing unrest. The "detestable tea" had became, to patriots in Boston, Philadelphia and other cities 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 it 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 watch for the surveillance and protection of the tea-carrying vessels, to prevent any attempt to land the tea. Among the five men named to a committee of correspondence are John Hancock and Samuel Adams. It was resolved that any captain who "shall hereafter import Tea from Great Britain to this place, until the... unrighteous act shall be repeal'd...shall be deem'd...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 vows to carry its "votes and resolutions into execution, at the risque of their lives and property." At the bottom of column three, is a brief note dated 4 P.M.: "we are just informed that the ship Polly...With the detestable tea...Was seen three days ago off Cape May." The text of this broadside is closely similar to that of a Boston broadside printed by Eddes and Gill, 1 December (see Evans 12694; Ford 1657; Lowance & Bumgardner 10). The Boston patriots' vociferous opposition to the 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. Not in Evans or Hildeburn; Bristol B3617.