(walking into the candleshop) Hi Mr. Lillie, how has your day been?
Just stopping by to get some tea for Mrs. Edes, do you have Liberty tea?
I sell imported tea, no liberty tea here.
What do you want from me, young man?
While im here, I should ask, why does each war end in such uneasy peace, people should just get along, I understand it is hard with the taxes.
(rolling his eyes) Nathanial, I don’t think people can get along after how much the British boiled up the Patriots. This all started when the British drew the Proclamation line and said the colonists were not allowed to settle west. This is what first angered the colonists. After the French and Indian war, it put the British deeply in debt. Since we went so far into debt, we needed to raise the taxes sharply. Why do I bother explaining this all to you, you are a waste of my time.
By “in debt” does that mean we are still trying to pay it now?
The British government couldn’t do this alone so they demanded the colonists help out. So yes. This is the second thing that angered the colonists, the raise of tax. The patriots protested. To this day, the patriots are still mad and we are still paying our debt from war!
This is all starting to make sense to me! This must be why people were throwing rocks, Mr. Edes recently told me that people even destroyed houses. And this must have put British in shock.
It did put them in shock, young man! They didn’t know what to do, everyone’s first instinct is to fight back, and that is what the British did after the colonists protested. Even though the British were paying more than the colonists. The Loyalists couldn’t understand why everyone so angry about the taxes.
The Parliament had no right to tax them, the taxes were unjust, there was a cry of “no taxation without representation.” After the Patriots protested more, is this when the angry colonists formed the Sons of Liberty?
Yes. How do you know so much? You just arrived here in Boston a couple days ago. Anyways, I heard the Patriots, maybe including some people you know, smuggled goods, and also boycotted british goods, is this true, Nathanial?
I know a man named Solomon, and I offered to help him move some tea around. We moved tea from one ship to another, trying to get away from the inspectors. I helped him do that to protest because taxes are unfair to the Patriots. After listening to you talk, I understand more, that we have no representation in the Parliament!
I have got to go find Liberty Tea for Mrs. Edes, have a good day.