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The Dartmouth has not been cleared by customs, and Governor Hutchinson has denied it clearance to sail, so the Patriots meeting at Old South fear the owner will attempt to have the tea unloaded. When Samuel Adams announces that nothing more can be done, the crowd whoops and hastens from the meetinghouse, bound for the waterfront. About 50 men, thinly disguised as Mohawk, break away from the crowd and board the three ships at Griffin’s Wharf. They hoist the casks of tea on deck, break them open, 30 The American Revolution and hurl the tea into the harbor’s waters.

Then they proceed to Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson’s empty house and wreak havoc with both the structure and its furnishings. October 7–25: Twenty-seven delegates representing nine colonies meet in New York City as the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates approve 13 resolutions, the first three of which review the rights of Englishmen, prominently the right not to be taxed without Parliamentary representation; the fourth stresses the impossibility of the colonies’ being effectively represented in Parliament.

July 10: John Singleton Copley arrives in London. September 1: About 260 British troops stationed at Boston embark at the Long Wharf and cross over to Charlestown, where they seize and cart off what remains of the gunpowder stored at the powder house for use of nearby towns and the province. News of the raid spreads quickly, along with a false rumor that the soldiers fired on local patriots resisting the seizure and killed six. As the rumor spreads into Connecticut, it expands with the added rumor that British ships in the harbor shelled Boston.

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