Greenwich Tea Party – One of the significant Tea Burning – On Similar Lines of Boston Tea Party – 22 December 1774

Greenwich Tea Party – Introduction to the Great Tea Parties

The Great (Boston) Tea Party was 1st held in Boston 16 December 1773. This was a revolution following the great victory from the American colonists who successful invalidated the odious Stamp Act of 1765 and the Townshend Revenue Act of 1767, which was about accumulating money on tea. Colonist were agitated in the year 1773 when the Tea Act went its way and passed to become a law. It stated that East Indian Companies may resolve to have the cheapest priced tea in colonies.

Greenwich Tea Party – Revival of the Protest

Sons of Liberty revived the protest and engaged in restricting unloading of ship Dartmouth which had docked in a Boston harboring year 1773 November. This trend was observed during that season as they were not allowed to unload tea from their ship. It is said that an unknown number of men some of them dressed as Indians discarded 324 chests of tea after boarding the 3 ship. This happened on day 16 of the month at night.

Potrait of unloading of ship Dartmouth, Greenwich Tea Party - 22 December 1774

Potrait of unloading of ship Dartmouth, Greenwich Tea Party – 22 December 1774

Greyhound, a ship sailed into Cohansey River and it was loaded with tea in about 13th December 1774 which was had been denied entry in Philadelphia. Greenwich is the spot at which tea was unloaded and then kept in Dan Bowen house. It was then discovered and residents were advised to keep guard of the tea as a newly formed committee acted on the same.

Greenwich Tea Party – Meeting for the Wasting of Tea

The meeting was held on 22nd December 1774 at Bridgetown were some members of the committee resolved and were of the opinion to ruin and waste the tea as soon as possible. The home of Richard and Lewis Howell was the host of the towns men after which they proceeded to Fithian home, here they were warmed welcomed by people from Greenwich whom they shared a common agenda. The group of men who shared interest moved in violently into the storehouse located near the market square. They rounded up all the chests of tea from the store and was carried to a nearby field and stocked together where it was set on fire as they watched. It was now a norm of these men to copy what men from Boston had done, that is, dress as Indians.

Memorial Monument of Greenwich Tea Party - 22 December 1774

Memorial Monument of Greenwich Tea Party – 22 December 1774

The Rev Philip Vickers Fithian, who allegedly was involved in the act of burning the Tea, took to his journal that the previous night Tea was set on fire by unknown people. Some people were angered by the act and criticized their actions while some were pleased and took comfort to the actions in which they acted.

Philip Vickers Fithian – A Revolutionary Journalist

In 1908, a monument was set up on which people who were involved in the setting fire of the Greenwich tea were written some of which include  Ebenezer Elmer, Timothy Elmer, James Ewing, Thomas Ewing, Joel Fithian, Lewis Howell, Richard Howell, James B. Hunt, John Hunt, Andrew Hunter Jr., Joel Miller, Alexander Moore Jr., Ephraim Newcomb, Silas Newcomb, Clarence Parvin, David Pierson, Stephen Pierson, Henry Seeley, Josiah Seeley, Abraham Sheppard, Henry Stacks, Silas Whitekar, and others. Civilian also includes the names of Enos Ewing and Isaac Preston with the tea burners.

Greenwich Tea Party - Burning of the Tea - 22 December 1774

Greenwich Tea Party – Burning of the Tea – 22 December 1774

According to the war that followed, many of these men were on the front line to oversee it.

By: Ethan Seth

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