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BOSTON TEA PARTY FRANCIS ROTCHOwner of the ship Dartmouth, one of the tea-laden East India ships that the Sons of Liberty raided on the night of December 16, 1773. Rotch, a Nantucket Quaker, agreed that the tea should not be landed in Boston, and attempted to have the ship sent back to London, but was thwarted by customs officials at the behest of Governor Hutchinson. Rare A.L.S. "T. Rotch" 2pp. legal folio, Surry, Aug. 7, 1816, concerning business affairs. In part: "...I am not nearly ready to go upon the excursion proposed among the Islands in this quarter- in a short time I presume those will hear good tidings from me...I like this part of the county more & more. There is a more regular & cheaper communication with Boston than there is either with that town or New York from New Bedford so that nothing can be wanting which may be had in that town...". Moderate foxing and dampstaining, usual folds, hinged to a piece of heavy stock, else very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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