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[487] prevent the intrusion of spies, took possession of the
Chap. L.} 1773. Dec.
three tea-ships, and in about three hours, three hundred and forty chests of tea, being the whole quantity that had been imported, were emptied into the bay without the least injury to other property. ‘All things were conducted with great order, decency, and perfect submission to government.’1 The people around, as they looked on, were so still, that the noise of breaking open the tea-chests2 was plainly heard. A delay of a few hours would have placed the tea under the protection of the Admiral at the Castle. After the work was done, the town became as still and calm, as if it had been holy time. The men from the country that very night carried back the great news to their villages.

The next morning the Committee of Correspondence appointed Samuel Adams and four others, to draw up a declaration of what had been done. They sent Paul Revere as express with the information to New-York and Philadelphia.

The height of joy that sparkled in the eyes and animated the countenances and the hearts of the patriots as they met one another, is unimaginable.3 The Governor, meantime, was consulting his books and his lawyers to make out, that the Resolves of the meeting were treasonable. Threats were muttered of arrests; of executions; of transportation of the accused to England; while the Committee of Correspondence pledged themselves to support and vindicate each other and all persons who had shared in their effort. The country was united with the town,

1 John Adams to James Warren, 17 Dec. 1773.

2 Hugh Williamson's Deposition.

3 S. Adams to A. Lee, 21 Dec.

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