with the several Provinces, the goods imported
should be burnt as soon as landed, and I am ready to peril my life in the attempt.’
Such were the words of Isaac Sears
at a public meeting of the resolute patriots.
The decision was on the balance; an appeal was again taken to the people; and as it appeared that a majority favored resuming importations, the packet of July which had been detained for a few days, sailed before the middle of the month with orders for all kinds of merchandise excepting tea.1
‘Send us your old Liberty Pole, as you can have no further use for it,’2
said the Philadelphians.
The students at Princeton
burnt the New-York
merchants' letter by the hands of the hangman.
tore it into pieces and threw it to the winds.3 South Carolina
, whose patriots had just raised the statue to Chatham
, read it with disdainful anger.
But there was no help; Lord North had reasoned so far correctly; the non-importation agreement had been sacredly enforced by New-York
alone, and now trade between America
was open in every thing but tea.