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Simply Speaking: Boston Tea Party

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In studying the 1773 Boston Tea Party, I have discovered a direct linkage which may or may not lend justification to my interest and participation in the current American Tea Party movement, especially the Ellis County Tea Party.

In 1767, the English Parliament passed the Townshend Act, a short time after repealing the Stamp Act (which had been enacted to pay for costs from the French and Indian War). These governmental moves levied taxes and collected revenues from American colonists, with the Townshend Act (repealed in 1770) doing so through customs duties on imports of glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea. The May 10, 1773 Tea Act duty, was also collected at the port of entry.

Just as today, government is just about the most inefficient thing imaginable but our American founders noted some little amount of it was required, theoretically requiring some little amount of revenue. Note the emphasis on "some little amount."

The East India Company, though originally formed by private individuals, had fallen little by little under the control of English Parliament, much as General Motors and Chrysler in recent times fell under the US government umbrella…and was similarly in financial woes, thus the various British levies on their English colonists in America, especially the tax on tea. Tea furnished the leaf that broke the camel’s back.

So, on Dec. 16 (coincidently, my birthday) 1773, Sam Adams and Paul Revere were amongst the colonists, dressed as Mohawk Indians, who boarded the three ships in Boston Harbor and tossed crates of tea therein, whose duties had not been paid and whose ships were forbidden by British Royal Governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson, to leave without the Tea Tax being paid.

Well, Sam Adams and Paul Revere were no Mohawk Indians but, as discovered by other relatives of mine, Revere is a cousin, some seventeen or so removed, through our Woody kinfolks, thus my involvement in current Tea Party activities. It’s a natural, in the genes, don’t you know.

Samuel Adams’ folks, I understand, have gotten into the beer business…

Anyway, not long after the original tea-tossing party in Boston’s harbor, the British decided to land some red-coated soldiers onto the land occupied by Boston in order to settle the question of paying the revenue (why is it always about the tax?).

My cousin had worked up an elaborate signaling plan whereby American patriots might be warned of the Redcoat Invasion via a lighted lantern…or two in Old North Church tower, 193 Salem Street, Boston; "one if by land, two if by sea."

 

PAUL REVERE’S RIDE

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town tonight,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light -
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
Then he said, "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

(To be continued…)

May Yahweh bless America through Yeshua, Christ the Lord.


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