The Boston Tea Party didn’t just happen. With the help of Harvard’s Houghton Library and The Boston Tea Party Ship, https://www.bostonteapartyship.com/, I’ll try to put some of the events preceding the big party into context, as well as those who contributed to the lead-up and the party itself.
Above is the text of the Boston Non-Importation Agreement. There had been come disagreement about the actual date of the signing, but that was solved in 2013 with an important new find in the
It’s interesting to note that tea is not among the items subject to the boycott. Neither are glass, lead, oil, paint and paper:
Tucked in the corner of the notice of the Oct. 28 meeting in Fanueil Hall is this note:
I’m sure that Daniel Vose and Thomas Crane (who signed the non-importation agreement) were paying special attention to these two paragraphs and, perhaps, lobbied for their inclusion, along with Daniel Henchman, one of the owners of what would come to be The Liberty Paper Mill
By signing their names on this document, the increasingly contentious and now crumbling relationship with the mother country became personal. As you might imagine, there were quite a few signers who would become customers of The Liberty Paper Mill:
Ebenezer Belcher Smith