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Chapter 50:

The Boston tea party.

August—December, 1773.

The East India Company, who were now by Act
Chap L.} 1773. Aug.
of Parliament authorized to export tea to America entirely duty free in England, applied to the Treasury in August for the necessary license. They were warned by Americans, that their adventure1 would end in loss, and some difficulties occurred in details; but the scruples of the Company were overruled by Lord North, who answered peremptorily, ‘It is to no purpose making objections, for the King will have it so. The King means to try the question with America.’2

The time was short; the danger to Boston immi-

nent; resistance at all hazards was the purpose of its Committee of Correspondence; violent resistance might become necessary; and to undertake it without a certainty of union would only bring ruin on the town and on the cause.

1 Lee to S. Adams, 22 Dec. 1773.

2 Almon's Anecdotes and Speeches of the Earl of Chatham, ch. XLI. Compare also B. Franklin to his Son William Franklin, 14 July, 1773; Franklin's Writings, VIII. 75.

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