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[474] same bottoms in which they were shipped. ‘Will
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you comply?’ ‘I shall have nothing to do with you,’ answered Clarke, roughly and peremptorily.1 The same question was put to the other consignees, one by one; who each and all answered, ‘I cannot comply with your demand.’ Molineux then read another paper, containing a Resolve passed at Liberty Tree, that the consignees who should refuse to comply with the request of the people, were enemies to their country. Descending into the street, he made his report to the people. ‘Out with them, out with them,’ was the cry; but he dissuaded from violence.

On the fifth, Boston in a legal Town Meeting, with Hancock for Moderator, adopted the Philadelphia Resolves, and then sent to invite Thomas and Elisha Hutchinson to resign their appointment; but they and all the other consignees, declined to do so, in letters addressed to Hancock, the Moderator. At this, some spoke of ‘taking up arms,’ and the words were received with clapping of hands;2 but the Meeting only voted the answers ‘daringly affrontive,’ and then dissolved itself.3 On the same day the people of New-York assembled at the call of their Committee of Vigilance. Let the tea come free or not free of duty, they were absolutely resolved it should not be 4 5

1 S. Cooper to B. Franklin, 17 Dec. 1773.

2 Hutchinson to Dartmouth, 4 November, 1773.

3 Hutchinson to——, 24 Nov. 1773.

4 Narrative prepared for Gov. Hutchinson by Mr. Benjamin Davis, merchant in Boston, 3 Nov. 1773. Narrative prepared for Gov. Hutchinson, by Joseph Green, Esq.

5 Hutchinson to Dartmouth, 6 Nov. 1773; H. 150. Clarke, Faneuil, and Winslow to John Hancock, Moderator, &c., 5 Nov. 1773. Thos. Hutchinson Jr. to John Han cock, &c. &c., 5 Nov. 1773.

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