Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 16

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--PRELUDE.) Early report on the Philadelphia Tea Party, in an issue of Rivington's New-York Gazetteer. 4 pages, 18 x 11 inches, on one folding sheet; disbound, tasteful tape repairs, top edge tightly trimmed with a few letters grazed. New York, 30 December 1773

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The Philadelphia Tea Party of 27 December 1773 was a more peaceful affair than the Boston Tea Party which preceded it. The captain of a vessel loaded with tea was intercepted in the harbor, brought into the city to appear before a mass meeting, and was warned that if he attempted to unload his cargo, he would be tarred and feathered. He swiftly returned to his vessel and left with his cargo. On the third page is the first New York report of this incident, reported with understated sarcasm by a Loyalist newspaper:

"An express is just arrived here from Philadelphia, with an account, that on Sunday last, at 12 o'clock, the ship Sally, Capt. Ayres, arrived there with the East-India Company's Tea. She lay at Gloucester Point, till Monday two o'clock, when anchor was weigh'd, and she fell down with four of the Committee on board. On Tuesday she was to set sail with her whole freight of tea and dry-goods, in statu quo, on her return to England. The Captain behaved with great complacency and resignation. All was unanimity and tranquility."