ON Monday morning, the 29th of November 1773, a handbill was posted all over
Boston, containing the following words: "Friends! Brethren! Countrymen! --That worst
arrived in the harbor; the hour of destruction, or manly opposition to the machinations of
Now called upon to meet at Faneuil Hall, at nine o'clock THIS DAY (at which time the
Bells will ring), to make united and successful resistance to this last, worst, and most
Destructive measure of administration."
Day before. By invitation of the Boston Committee of Correspondence those of Roxbury,
Crowds of citizens were pouring into Faneuil Hall, and resolved, by unanimous vote, to
Use their joint influence to prevent the landing of the tea. It was also resolved to invite all
The town-committees in the province to co-operate with them. The crowd soon became so
Great that the Hall could not contain them, and the meeting was adjourned to the Old
There the people resolved that the tea should not be landed; that no
Peril, and that the captain of the Dartmouth should also be warned not to suffer the tea to
Citizens were appointed a guard to watch her.
A letter came to the meeting from the consignees, offering to store the tea until they
Could write to England and receive instructions. "Not a pound of it shall be landed," said
The meeting. They also resolved that two other tea-ships, then hourly expected, should, on
Their arrival, be moored alongside the Dartmouth, in charge of the same volunteer guard.
The meeting quietly adjourned, and the movements of the people were governed by the
Committee of Correspondence. They appointed a number of post-riders to carry news to
The other towns, in case there should be an attempt to land the tea by force.
On the 14th of...