The first large-scale meeting to discuss the "tea crisis" occurred on November 29, 1773. Thousands of men, women, and children gathered at Faneuil Hall. The meeting was organized by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Sons of Liberty. There were so many people in attendance that the meeting had to be relocated to the Old South Meeting House.
Samuel Adams recorded the number of people present at the meeting, which was around 5000. The resolves from the meeting were signed "The People." The meeting came to an end when Samuel Adams resolved, " Whether it is the firm resolution of the body that the tea should not only be sent back but no duty should be paid thereon!" He was met with pounding fists, tapping canes, and cheers.
The meeting regathered at November 30, 1773. The purpose of this meeting was to give tea cosignees the opportunity to respond. The meeting was interrupted when it received a proclamation from Lieutenant governor and Chief Justice of Massachusetts Tom Hutchinson. The party agreed that no tea would enter the province.