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Pullen, Lloyd T. / Pullen's pencilings and various other selections, embracing a variety of subjects; pathos, description, argument and narrative

Chapter XVI,   pp. 212-226

Page 212

BOSTON, Mass., Oct. 6, 1886. 
I am aware that much is being said and written about the great metropolis
of New England, its public buildings, art galleries and many literary institutions.
If I know myself, I have not the presumption to think for a moment that I
am competent to say or write anything on the subject that will be entirely
new. Notwithstanding all this I may be able to say a few things that may
be of some interest to a few of your readers. 
Boston being one of our oldest cities, and up to the time of the revolution
the largest as well as the most influential, our minds naturally revert to
her still as one of the most important cities in the union. We all remember
with deep interest the great "Tea Party" that came off in Boston
on the 16th of December, 1773. Of course we were not there, but we remember
reading all about it. No doubt, in one sense of the word, it was the biggest
tea party ever held in the United States. Just think, three hundred and forty-two
chests of tea all put to steeping at once! Then consider what an immense
tea pot was necessary to hold this vast quantity of tea-all at one drawing.
Boston harbor being the tea pot the steeping process went on without diffculty
at the time, and for aught I know the tea remains steeping to this day. But
this great tea party had its sequel. The tea was taken by force from English
merchant ships, and as a natural consequence the tea party was in due time
followed by a general picnic, which ended only with the revolution, resulting
in the independence of the colonies as every school boy is aware. 

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