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descending mto the hold, passed up the tea, while the remainder
broke open the chests as fast as they appeared, and threw the
contents into the sea. It was night, and a profound stillness
reigned. There was no cheering from the mob, no disorder, no haste.
The only sound heard, was the crash of the chests, and the tread of
the patriots as they crossed the decks. In two hours three hundred
and forty chests were staved and emptied into the harbor. No other
property whatever was injured. When all was finished, the disguised
citizens left the ships, and quietly losing themselves among the
crowd, disappeared, from that hour, from the public eye. Discovery
would, perhaps, have led to the scaffold; and hence those most
active concealed their participation even from their own families.
Tradition narrates one instance in which a good dame discovered, to
her dismay, that her husband had.been one of the Indians, in
consequence of finding his shoes filled with tea the next morning
by her bed-side. This memorable act, destined to excite the popular
enthusiasm so much in subsequent times, happened ou the 16th of
December, 1773. On receiving intelligence of this event the British
ministry were excessively exasperated; and the feeling was shared
by a majority ofall classes in England. A bill was immediately
passed through Parliament to deprive Boston of her privileges as a
port of entry, and bestow them on Salem: another to revoke, in
effect, the charter of Massachusetts, by making all magistrates in
the colony be appointed by the King, and at his pleasure: and a
third to give the royal governor the power, at his discretion, to
send persons charged with homicide, or other criminal offences, to
England for trial. To these measures of rigor was added one of
conciliation. The governor of Massa...
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