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f Mr. Hugh Floyd to give instructions to their representative, Stephen Hall, Esq., relative to the losses sustained by sundry gentlemen upon the late disturbances at Boston on account of the Stamp Act. It was voted at this meeting that the town representative be directed to use his influence, that such losses as were sustained by the Honorable Thomas Hutchinson Esq. on the 26th day of August, 1765, be made up to him, upon his application to the general assembly in a Parliamentary way. Minnie W. Jackson. Medford and the tea tax. when the rest of the Townshend Acts were repealed in 1770 the tax on tea was kept to help establish the authority of Parliament. Every town resented the tax and took action against it. In November, 1774, a warrant was issued to the voters of Medford to meet and decide what action, if any, should be taken in regard to the selling and drinking of East India tea. At this meeting they voted that we will not use any East India Teas in our Families till
referred as the happiest in her life. Not long after their marriage a Spanish pirate ship was captured, and brought to Boston. The men were charged with most cruel crimes and were threatened with summary punishment. David Lee Child offered his services in their behalf and urged a fair trial. Mrs. Child believed in their innocence and warmly espoused their cause, to the length of travelling all the way to Washington by stage-coach in the depth of winter, to intercede for them with President Jackson. In this interview she employed all her eloquence, and at last cast herself on her knees before him, begging for their lives, without avail; she could not move him. His only reply was, By the Eternal, let them hang! But, according to Mr. Wendell Phillips, the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Child secured the miserable men a trial according to law. During all this time Mrs. Child's pen was never idle. In the interval between her marriage in 1828, and that turning-point in her career, the