On May 13, 1774, six months after the Boston tea party, a number of prominent Kent County men gathered at a local tavern to respond to the Tea Act. In an anonymous report to the Maryland Gazette, the gathering condemned Great Britain. At a second meeting on May 18th, the participants approved the Chestertown Resolves, which acknowledged their allegiance to King George III, but registered their sworn enmity to taxation without representation. In their view, the tea tax was calculated to enslave the Americans, and they
pledged that any citizen found importing or purchasing dutiable tea would be stigmatized as an enemy of the liberties of America. The Marines were there to keep the peace within the town.
The event attracted thousands to the Chester River event. Further coverage is at the My Eastern Shore.com website.
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