the moment for the decision was hastening
on. In the night between the first and second of November, a knock was heard at the door of each one of the persons commissioned by the East India Company, and a summons left for them to appear without fail at Liberty Tree
on the following Wednesday
, at noon, to resign their commission;1
printed notices were also posted up, desiring the freemen of Boston
and the neighboring towns to meet at the same time and place as witnesses.2
On the appointed day, a large flag was hung out on the pole at Liberty Tree
; the bells in the Meetinghouses were rung from eleven till noon.
, three of the four Representatives
of the town of Boston
, the Selectmen
, and William Cooper
with about five hundred more, gathered round the spot.
As the consignees did not make their appearance, the Assembly, appointing Molineux
and others a Committee, marched into State Street to the warehouse of Richard Clarke
, where all the consignees were assembled.
presented himself for a parley.
‘From whom are you a Committee?’
‘From the whole people.’
‘Who are the Committee
’ ‘Nothing is now to be kept secret,’ replied Molineux
; ‘I am one,’ and he named all the rest.
‘And what is your request?’
read a paper, requiring the consignee to promise not to sell the teas, but to return them to London