The Yankee Tea-party eBook

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Nobody offered any show of fighting for the tea.  We cut open the hatches, and some of the men went down and passed up the chests, while others cut ’em open and emptied the green stuff into the water.  The crew of the vessel were afeard to stir in stopping us, for we told ’em we’d shoot the first man who interfered.  I tell you, there was quick work there.  When we had cleared that ship of the tea, we hurried off to the others, Pitts still leading the way, and did the same kind of work for them.  The people began to crowd on the wharf, and some of ’em came to help us.  I guess there was about a hundred and fifty of us on the third ship, all hard at work passing up the chests, cutting ’em open and spilling the tea.  Within two hours, about three hundred and fifty chests of the tea were thus destroyed.  The crowd cheered us once in a while, and we knew we’d have friends enough if the red-coats attempted to attack us.  When we had emptied the last chest that could be found, we gave three of the loudest cheers and gained the wharf.  A drummer and fifer were ready, as Mr. Brown and Mr. Hanson can inform you, and we formed a procession and marched up to this tavern.  Here the crowd gave our band of Mohawks cheer after cheer ond then dispersed.  But we didn’t intend to end the night’s work so quietly.  We had a supper prepared just where we are now eating, and Josiah Quincy and some other big men came to join us.  We made a night of it, I tell you.  Pitts, I think, got very drunk, so many wanted to drink with such a bold patriot.”

Pitts was rather disposed to deny the assertion that he was actually drunk; but Kinnison and Colson said it was a fact, and he, at length, admitted that he was considerably excited, perhaps beyond the command of his reason.  The company laughed at this ‘getting around the stump,’ and one of the young men proposed that Pitts’ health should be drank in a glass of ale.  The beverage was ordered and the health of the patriot drank with a hearty relish.  The work of demolishing the eatables then went bravely on.

“Mr. Kinnison,” said Mr. Colson, “there’s one incident concerning that tea-party that has slipped your memory.  As our procession moved from the wharf and passed the house of the tory Coffin, Admiral Montague raised the window, and said, ’Ah! boys, you have had a fine evening for your Indian caper; but mind, you’ve got to pay the fiddler yet!’ Pitts here shouted, ’Oh! never mind, never mind, squire!  Just come out, if you please, and we’ll settle that bill in two minutes!’ The people shouted, and the admiral thought he had better put his head in in a hurry.”

“That’s true,” remarked Kinnison.  “Well, you see, my memory is poor.  Pitts would have mentioned it but for his modesty.”

“I recollect it well,” said Pitts.  “If that tory Coffin had shown his face that night, I wouldn’t have given three cents for his life.”

“I think I would have had a slash at him,” observed Kinnison.  “I felt as savage as a Mohawk on a war-path.”

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