The tea pot starts to boil


The Boston Tea Party didn’t just happen. With the help of  Harvard’s Houghton Library and The Boston Tea Party Ship,, 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:


non import list of stuff

Tucked in the corner of the notice of the Oct. 28 meeting in Fanueil Hall is this note:


paper and glass


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:


John Boit

Andrew Gillespie

Paul Revere

John White

John Brown

John Perkins

Thomas Crafts

Samuel Clapp

Thomas Russell

William Billings

James Ivers

Elizabeth Russell*

John Bradford

John Kneeland

Martin Gay

Nathaniel Langdon

Thomas Carnes

Moses Gill

Thomas Cushing

Benjamin Andrews

Ebenezer Hancock

William Whitwell

Joseph Webb

John Brown

John Skinner

Josiah Langdon

Samuel Vincent

James Sumner

William Phillips

Daniel Henchman

Hopestill Foster

Ephraim May

Benjamin Eddy

Ebenezer Seaver

Thomas Spear

Robert Pope

James Cunningham

John Smith

James Thompson

William McAlpine

Samuel Salisbury

Ebenezer Belcher Smith

Benjamin Barnard

Enoch Brown

Thomas Crane

John Gill

John Welch

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