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The Boston Tea Party

The following document is a Boston handbill published on 2 December 1773 and signed 'The People'. It states the possible outcome of any tea being landed in Boston and preceded the Boston Tea Party. The handbill was sent to Britain from the American colonies by Governor Thomas Hutchinson.

Whereas it has been reported that a permit will be given by the Custom house for landing the tea now on board a vessel laying in this harbour, commanded by Captain Hall: this is to remind the public that it was solemnly voted by the body of the people of this and the neighbouring towns assembled at the Old South meeting-house on Tuesday the 30th day of November, that the said tea never should be landed in this province, or pay one farthing of duty. And as the aiding or assisting in procuring or granting any such permit for landing the said tea, or any other tea o circumstanced, or in offering any permit, when obtained, to the master or commander of the said ship, or any other ship in the same situation, must betray an inhuman thirst for blood, and will also in a great measure accelerate confusion and civil are; this is to assure such public enemies of this country that they will be considered and treated as wretches unworthy to live, and will be made the first victims of our just resentment.

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