The Tea Act of 1773 granted the financially struggling East India Company a monopoly on the export of tea to America. The price on eighteen million pounds of unsold tea was greatly reduced, undermining American merchants. Samuel Adams was asked to express the mood of Boston citizens.
“… the Sense of the Town cannot be better expressed on this Occasion, than in the words of certain Judicious Resolves…  … that there can be no property in that which another can of right take from us without our consent…  That the Duty imposed by Parliament upon Tea landed in America, is a tax on the Americans… without their consent…  That the express purpose for which the Tax is levied on the Americans… has a direct tendency to render Assemblies useless, and to introduce Arbitrary Government and Slavery.  That a virtuous and steady opposition to the Ministerial Plan of governing America, is absolutely necessary to preserve even the shadow of Liberty, and is a duty which every Freeman in America owes to his Country to himself and to his Posterity.  That the Resolutions lately come by the East India Company… is an open attempt to enforce the Ministerial Plan, and a violent attack upon the Liberties of America.  That it is the Duty of every American to oppose this attempt.  That whoever shall directly or indirectly countenance this attempt, or in any wise aid or abet in unloading receiving or vending the Tea sent or to be sent out by the East India Company while it remains subject to the payment of a duty here is an Enemy to America.  … to request [Tea Agents] immediately to resign their appointment.” Samuel Adams, Resolutions of the Town of Boston, November 5, 1773
James Still, JamesStill@RetraceOurSteps.com
“… the people here begin to think they have borne oppression long enough…” Samuel Adams, Letter to Arthur Lee, November 9, 1773