The Boston tea party.
The East India Company, who were now by Act
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
The time was short; the danger to Boston
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.