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Account of all the Proceedings in New-York, in relation to the Tea. [1774-04-25] Anonymous. [S4-V1-p0251] [Document Details][Complete Volume]


Account of all the Proceedings in New-York, in relation to the Tea

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In the same Paper, enclosed by Lieutenant Governor Colden to the Earl of Dartmouth, in the preceding Letter, was this additional notice of the same transaction.

Mr. Rivington: You declare your paper is impartial; as such please to insert the following particulars relative to the idle paragraphs in Mr. Gaines' s Gazette of last Monday.

What is the Committee of Observation? By whom were they appointed, and what authority had they to order Captain Chambers, or any body else, to attend them at Mr. Francis' s, or any other place whatsoever? Who says, and upon what authority does he say, that the sense of the city was asked, relatively, either to the sending away Captain Lockyer, or the destruction of the tea on board the London? Has not every London Captain brought tea under the same circumstances? And, if so, what were the Apostates that informed against the unfortunate man, who was threatened with death for obeying the laws of his country? Who were the persons of reputation that were placed below to keep tally, saving one, who acted according to honour and principle? Let us know their names, or else we will dispute their pretensions. What did they get by conducting Captain Lockyer in public through the crowd, but a mortifying disgust in finding he would not even pull off his hat to the insulting huzzas of all the people? all, indeed! when I am persuaded that not one twentieth part joined in such outrage: though "the greatest number were collected at and near the Coffee House, that ever was known in this city." Marvellous indeed, and utterly beyond belief! Much like the narrative in the introduction to this noble and authentic history, wherein the historian informs us that the Nancy' s "maintopmast was sprung and the ship thrown on her beam-ends;" or when he says, the tea on board the London was cast into the river without doing any damage to the ship or cargo. This, too, was undoubtedly effected to the joy of all the friends of liberty and human nature.

But, Mr. Printer, to end the matter for the present. Who says that all the bells were rung on this solemn occasion? when it is asserted that several did not ring at all; and that several others did not ring but by means of fellows breaking into churches where they had no business, and for which they ought, and every good man hopes, so far as I know, that they will be prosecuted according to law.

I wish the Printers of public Chronicles would be cautious of disgracing their papers by publishing party relations. While they adhere to matters of fact, ' tis all well; but when they expand their columns to either patriot or ministerial minions, without any known evidence — nay, contrary to the truth of fact — they must not, they cannot, they shall not hope to escape the animadversions of a lover of Constitutional liberty, but a sworn foe to Coblers and Tailors, so long as they take upon their everlasting and unmeasurable shoulders, the power of directing the loyal and sensible inhabitants of the city and Province of New York.

April 25, 1774.


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