“Whether it is the firm resolution of this body that the tea shall not only be sent back but that no duty shall be paid thereon!”
Sons of Liberty
Boston had become a hotbed of dissent and radicalism, and thousands of men, women, and children gathered from Boston and surrounding towns to meet at Faneuil Hall.
The meeting came to a conclusion when Samuel Adams resolved, “Whether it is the firm resolution of this body that the tea shall not only be sent back but that no duty shall be paid thereon!” He was met with affirming nods, pounding fists, tapping canes, and cheers to support his motion not to pay the tax on the shipment of British East India Company tea.
The tea consignees proposed to store the British East India Company Tea tea, and that it could be inspected by the Sons of Liberty until they received further instructions from London. The proposal was booed and rejected by the thousands gathered at the meeting because agreeing to the tea consignees’ proposal meant paying the tax because the tea would have to be unloaded from the Dartmouth. Before a compromise could be made between the Patriots and the tea consignees, the meeting was interrupted when it received a proclamation from Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson.