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[473] the moment for the decision was hastening
Chap. L.} 1773. Nov.
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. Adams, Hancock and Phillips, three of the four Representatives of the town of Boston, the Selectmen, and William Cooper the Town Clerk,3 with about five hundred more, gathered round the spot. As the consignees did not make their appearance, the Assembly, appointing Molineux, Warren and others a Committee, marched into State Street to the warehouse of Richard Clarke, where all the consignees were assembled. Molineux presented himself for a parley. ‘From whom are you a Committee?’ asked Clarke. ‘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?’ Molineux read a paper, requiring the consignee to promise not to sell the teas, but to return them to London in the

1 Order on Thomas and Elisha Hutchinson, 2 Nov. 1773.

2 Handbills posted up the 2d and 3d of November, 1773.

3 Abstract of the Correspondence from America, made by Thurlow and Wedderburn.

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