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The tea destroyed was contained in three ships, lying near each other at Griffins wharf...and surrounded by armed ships of war. The commanders (of the ships)... had publicly declared that if the rebels should not withdraw their opposition to the landing of the tea...(The British) should force (the tea) on shore, under cover of their cannons mouth...there was a meeting of the citizens...(on measures) to prevent the landing of the tea, or secure the people from the collection of the duty...Many of them (cried) out, "Let every man do his duty, and be true to his country." There was a general Huzzah for Griffins wharf.
Such prodigious shouts were made, that induced me, while drinking tea at home, to go out and know the cause of it. The house was so crowded I could get no farther than the porch...The moderator was just declaring the meeting to be dissolved, which caused another general shout, outdoors and in, and three cheers.
I was living in Boston at the time, in the family of a Mr. Davis, a lumber merchant. On that eventful evening, when Mr. Davis came in from the town meeting, I asked him what was to be done with the tea. "They are throwing it overboard." he replied.
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