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Fighting Words

Remarks on the Principal Acts of the Thirteenth...

“The preamble to this act sets forth that commotions and insurrections, subversive of his majesty’s government, and destructive of the public peace, had been raised and fomented in Boston: that during the course of these insurrections, some valuable cargoes of tea belonging to the East India company had been destroyed: that while things continue in this situation, commerce cannot be safely carried on;…” – 1 March 1774 (regarding the Boston Port Bill)