The Meeting

The Meeting
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  • The Meeting
  • We came from a different town so this better be good!
  • There are too many people, so we need to go to the Old Meeting House.
  • The Attendance
  • There are about 5,000 to 6,000 people!
  • The Descision
  • A decision has been made...
  • The first large-scale organized meeting to discuss the “tea crisis” occurred on Monday, November 29, 1773 at Faneuil Hall. Boston had become a hotbed of dissent and radicalism, and thousands of men, women, and children gathered from Boston and surrounding towns to meet, so they had to go to the Old South Meeting House.
  • Samuel Adams recorded the number of people present at the meeting, "They were soon obliged for the want of room to adjourn to the Old South Meeting House; where were assembled upon this important occasion 5000, some say 6000 men. The business of the meeting was conducted with decency, unanimity, and spirit.” The resolves from the meeting were signed “The People”, and the meeting was known as “The Body of the People”.
  • 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 decision was made to have twenty-five Sons of Liberty stand guard at Griffin’s Wharf to barricade and prevent the British East India Company tea from being unloaded from the Dartmouth.
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