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THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

some time past had left off importing tea on account of the oppressive tax. The East India Company in London had a large stock of tea on hand which they had expected to sell to the Americans, but could find no market for it.
But after a while the government persuaded this company of merchants to send the tea to America.
" How odd it is," observed Clara, "that the liberties of America should have had anything to do with a cup of tea!"
Grandfather smiled and proceeded with his narrative.
When the people of Boston heard that several cargoes of tea were coming across the Atlantic, they held a great many meetings at Faneuil Hall, in the Old South Church, and under Liberty Tree. In the midst of their debates three ships arrived in the harbor with the tea on board. The people spent more than a fortnight in consulting what should be done. At last, on the sixteenth of December, 1773, they demanded of Governor Hutchinson that he should immediately send the ships back to England.
The governor replied that the ships must not leave the harbor until the customhouse duties upon the tea should be paid. Now, the payment of these duties was the very thing against which the people had set their faces, because it was a tax unjustly imposed upon America by the English government. Therefore, in the dusk of the evening, as soon as Governor Hutchinson's reply was received, an immense crowd hastened to Griffin's Wharf, where the tea-ships lay. The place is now called Liverpool Wharf.
" When the crowd reached the wharf," said Grandfather, "they saw that a set of wild-looking figures were already on board the ships. You would have- imagined that the Indian warriors of old times had come back again, for they wore the Indian dress, and had their faces covered with red and black paint like the Indians when they go to war. These

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