A petition to the selectmen of Boston for the resignation of the tea consignees, November 17, 1773.
The consignees were the officials appointed to oversee the sale of tea and the collection of the taxes on behalf of the British East India Company. Richard Clarke, a Boston merchant, was one of the consignees working on behalf of the tea company.
The Selectmen of the Town of Boston
Boston, Nov. 17th 1773
Whereas at the late meeting of the Town their Committee applied to the Messr. Richard Clark & c. supposed consignees of Teas to be exported by the East India Comp[any] to this Port, who then declined giving satisfaction to the Town who requested their resignation of s[ai]d [courus?] ; a? assigning for reason that they were not sufficiently informed upon what terms the Teas would come out on -- The Town being now justly highly allarm[e]d [sic], with the hourly reputation of the arrival of said Teas, & apprehending that said Consignees are now thoroughly apprised of the conditions upon which the India Comp[any] are exporting this detestable commodity in to America we the subscribers request that the Town may as soon as possible, be called together to consult whether further application shall be made to s[ai]d Consignees, or otherwise to act or the Town shall think proper on the present dangerous & allarming [sic] exigence.
Tho[ma]s Hand? Peck
M[???]? or W [???] Doum?
John Sweetner Jr.
Joseph P. Palmer
John Winthrop Jr.