Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
to be sold on account of the company. This measure
increased the anger of the colonists, who promptly
entered into combinations to obstruct or prevent its sale.
In some places the landing of it was forbidden ; the car-
goes sent to South Carolina were stored, and the con-
signees restrained from exposing it in the market. It rotted
in the ware-houses. In Boston a more summary and vio-
lent measure was adopted. A few men, disguised as In-
dians, entered the vessels and threw the cargoes over-
board. This trespass on private property, provoked the
British parliament to take legislative vengeance upon the
town where it was committed. Acts were passed which
virtually put Boston in a state of blockade. Other acts
followed, by which the whole executive government was
taken out of the hands of the people, the nomination of
all officers vested in the king or his representative, and
the charter of the province violated in some of its most
vital features.
These proceedings had the effect of producing a gene-
ral confederacy of the colonies, to sustain Massachusetts
against measures which threatened the colonists with
utter subjugation to the dominion of arbitrary authority.
South Carolina, in an assembly of the people, declared,
that the late act for shutting up the port of Boston, and the
other late acts relative to Boston, and the province of
Massachusetts, are calculated to deprive many thousand
Americans of their rights, properties and privileges, in
a most cruel, oppressive, and unconstitutional manner; are
most dangerous precedents, and though leveled immedi-
ately at the people of Boston, very manifestly and plainly
show, if the inhabitants of that town are intimidated into