On Saturday the eleventh, Rotch
, the owner of
, is summoned before the Boston Committee
with Samuel Adams
in the Chair; and asked why he has not kept his engagement, to take his vessel and the tea back to London
, within twenty days of its arrival.
He pleaded that it was out of his power.
‘The ship must go,’ was the1
answer; ‘the people of Boston
and the neighboring towns, absolutely require and expect it;’ and they bade him ask for a clearance and pass, with proper witnesses of his demand.
‘Were it mine,’ said a leading merchant, ‘I would certainly send it back.’
acquainted Admiral Montagu
with what was passing; on which the Active
and the Kingfisher
, though they had been laid up for the winter, were sent to guard the passages out of the harbor.
At the same time orders were given by the Governor
to load guns at the Castle
, so that no vessel, except coasters, might go to sea without a permit.
He had no thought of what was to happen; the wealth of Hancock
, and so many other men of property, seemed to him a security against violence;2
and he flattered himself,3
that he had increased the perplexities of the Committee
The decisive day draws nearer and nearer; on the morning of Monday, the thirteenth, the Committees of the five towns are at Faneuil Hall, with that of Boston
Now that danger was really at hand, the men of the little town of Malden