But the true-hearted people were as vigilant as
they were determined.
The men of Cambridge
assembled on the twenty-sixth, and after adopting the Philadelphia Resolves
, ‘very unanimously’ voted, ‘that as Boston
was struggling for the liberties of their country, they could no longer stand idle spectators, but were ready on the shortest notice to join with it and other towns in any measure that might be thought proper, to deliver themselves and posterity from slavery.’1
The next day, the town of Charlestown
assembled and showed such a spirit, that ever after its Committee was added to those who assumed the executive direction.
The combination was hardly finished, when on Sunday, the twenty-eighth of November, the ship Dartmouth
appeared in Boston Harbor
with one hundred and fourteen chests of the East India Company's tea. To keep the Sabbath strictly was the New England
But hours were precious; let the tea be entered, and it would be beyond the power of the consignee to send it back.
The Selectmen held one meeting by day, and another in the evening, but they sought in vain for the consignees, who had taken sanctuary in the Castle
The Committee of Correspondence was more efficient.
They met also on Sunday; and obtained from the Quaker Rotch
, who owned the Dartmouth
, a promise not to enter his ship till Tuesday;3
and authorized Samuel Adams
to invite the Committees of the five surrounding towns, Dorchester