Relations between Britain and her American colonies became increasingly tense after the Revenue Act taxed a number of products the Americans imported, including lead, glass, and tea. The minute Mary’s father heard the news, he stopped serving tea and urged his children to do the same—but because she only purchased smuggled Dutch tea, Mary ignored her father’s request.
“We’ll have to comply eventually,” George said one night at supper. “Matters are sure to escalate if Mr. Hancock has anything to say about it.”
“But that’s in Boston,” Mary replied. “We don’t have any problems with the British in Salem.”
George placed the Boston Evening Post on the table and pointed to an article on the front page. “Two days ago, the authorities indicted Mr. Hancock for loading oil and tar on his ship Liberty without a permit. Then, they seized his ship.”
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