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Unformatted text preview: Adams found a good target for the growing anti-British sentiment in the tea duty, the only tax remaining after Parliament repealed the Townshend Acts. This tax allowed Britain to pay the judges and Governor Hutchinson (and, by now, other colonial governors) from the royal treasury–thus robbing the colonies of their right of the power of the purse. Philadelphia got to the issue first, though, and in October 1773 declared all who traded with British tea companies in the East Indies were "public enemies." As New York and Philadelphia Sons of Liberty began to claim that they would burn tea ships as they arrived in harbor, Adams urged Bostonians to action lest others surpass them in the rebellion. In Boston, Adams ordered that the tea ships be brought right up to the wharf, and everything but the tea was to be off-loaded. Once tied to the wharf, the ships could and everything but the tea was to be off-loaded....
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08