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But the true-hearted people were as vigilant as

Chap. L.} 1773. Nov.
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 usage. 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.2

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, Roxbury,

1 Votes of the Town of Cambridge, Original Papers, 231. Journal of Committee of Correspondence, VI. 480.

2 Attested Copy from the Minute Book of the Selectmen.

3 Journals of the Committee, VI. 458; Information of Francis Rotch.

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