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[488] and the Colonies with one another more firmly than
Chap. L.} 1773. Dec.
ever.1 The Philadelphians unanimously approved what Boston had done.2 New-York,3 all impatient at the winds which had driven its tea-ship off the coast, was resolved on following the example.

In South Carolina the ship with two hundred and fifty-seven chests of tea, arrived on the second of December; the spirit of opposition ran very high; but the consignees were persuaded to resign, so that though the Collector after the twentieth day seized the dutiable article, there was no one to vend it or to pay the duty, and it perished in the cellars where it was stored.

Late on Saturday, the twenty-fifth, news reached Philadelphia, that its tea-ship was at Chester. It was met four miles below the town, where it came to anchor. On Monday, at an hour's notice, five thousand men collected in a Town Meeting; at their instance, the consignee who came as passenger resigned; and the Captain agreed to take his ship and cargo directly back to London; and to sail the very next day.4 ‘The Ministry had chosen the most effectual measures to unite the Colonies. The Boston Committee were already in close correspondence with the other New England Colonies, with New-York and Pennsylvania. Old jealousies were removed and perfect harmony subsisted between all.’5 ‘The heart of the King was hardened against them like that of Pharaoh;’6

1 Cooper to Franklin, 17 Dec. 1773; S. Adams to James Warren, 28 Dec. 1773. 1773.

2 Clymer and Mifflin to S. Adams.

3 Haldimand to Dartmouth, 28 Dec. 1773.

4 Geo. Clymer and Thomas Mifflin to Samuel Adams, 27 Dec.

5 S. Adams to James Warren, 28 Dec. 1773.

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