The Final Orders of Thomas Hutchinson

When Francis Rotch returned to the Old South Meeting House with Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s orders, the tension was palpable. Because only he had the power to send the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver back to England. But Hutchinson had told Rotch that the taxes had to be paid on the tea before the three ships could sail back to England. When the Patriots heard this in the Old South Meeting House, they became enraged. Samuel Adams stood up and said, “There is nothing more a meeting can do to save this country.” This was the signal for the Sons of Liberty to don their Mohawk disguises and head to Griffin’s Wharf.

The Old South Meeting House

The Old South Meeting House

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