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Joseph Lovering Out Late

Francis S. Drake’s Tea Leaves (1884) is our source for Joseph M. Lovering’s tale of the Boston Tea Party—as passed on by admiring neighbors. Lovering was born in 1758, so he was still in his early teens in 1773. He lived near the corner...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Dec 2019

“Hove the Tea all overboard”

On the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party I’m sharing one of the more unusual eyewitness accounts of the event. This text was published in Traits of the Tea-Party in 1835, labeled “Extract from the Journal of the ship Dartmouth, from London...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Dec 2018

How Peter Slater Snuck Out to the Tea Party

Here’s another early insider’s account of the Boston Tea Party—made public only fifty-eight years after the event. This account appeared in the obituary for Peter Slater, who died in Worcester in 1831. It was first published in...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Dec 2017

Assessing Benjamin Simpson’s Tale of the Tea Party

Yesterday I quoted Benjamin Simpson’s account of the Boston Tea Party, as he reportedly wrote it in 1828 and as it was published in 1830.That’s one of the earliest descriptions of the event from someone who said he participated in destroying...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Dec 2017

Benjamin Simpson and the “Destruction of Tea in Boston”

On 10 Nov 1828, a prosperous farmer in Saco, Maine, wrote out his recollections of an event in Boston fifty-five years earlier: Destruction of Tea in Boston, Dec. 16, 1773.I was then an apprentice to a bricklayer, when two ships and a brig, with tea on...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Dec 2017

The Crown Informant Inside Old South

Last week I cited a report about the November-December 1773 public meetings inside the Old South Meeting-House. Labeled “Proceedings of Ye Body Respecting the Tea,” that was created for the royal government soon after the Boston Tea Party....
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Dec 2015

“Mr. Josiah Quincy junior then rose”

On this anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, I’m looking at the question of what Josiah Quincy, Jr., said in the Old South Meeting-House during the meeting that led up to that event. First up, a report to the British government written by someone...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Dec 2015

Looking for Loyalists in All the Wrong Places?

At All Things Liberty: The Journal of the American Revolution, Elizabeth M. Covart has contributed a series of articles on the interpretation of Loyalism in Boston’s Harborfest activities this year.Among the sites Liz visited was the Old South Meeting...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Aug 2013

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