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PHILADELPHIA. September 29 [1773]

Extract of a letter from London, August 4.

"The East-India Company have come to a reso-
lution, to send 600 chests of tea to Philadelphia,
and the like quantity to New-York and Boston, and
their intention I understand is to have ware-houses,
and sell by public sale four times a year, as they
do here. Capt. Cook was offered part of that for
Philadelphia, but refused it. -- I suppose they will
charter ships to take it in, as here is enough that
would be glad of the freight. -- What will be the con-
sequence when it arrives, on your side the water, I
know not ; but suppose it is landed, you will hard-
ly let it be sold. -- John Inglis, Joseph Wharton, jun.
and J. Brown, are the Commissioners with you."

Extract of another letter from London, August 7.

"I do not understand the East-India Company
have got any ships to carry their tea to America."

Extract of a letter from New-York, September 27.

"Six hundred chests of tea are destined by the
East-India House for your place, 600 for this, and
300 for Boston. Our London Captains have refus-
ed taking it, and I hope yours will follow their ex-
ample. Their owners have commended them.
Some ships will no doubt be hired, to transport it
hither. Whether it may be landed or not, I will
not take upon me to say ; if it is, I hope no pur-
chaser will offer for it. I am told that it is to be
exposed at vendue as soon as it comes."

We are assured the above is a scheme of Lord
North's, to whom an application was made by the
East-India Directors, the last Session of Parliament,
to bring in a bill for the repeal of the American
Tea Act, as they found the merchants on this side
the Atlantic, had virtue enough to forego their
profit, stand to their agreement, and did not pur-
chase or import any tea, which he absolutely re-
fused ; and being a great schemer struck out the
plan of the East-India Company's sending this ar-
ticle to America ; hoping thereby to out wit us,
and to effectually establish that Act, which will for
ever after be pleaded sa a precedent for every imposi-
tion the Parliament of Great-Britain shall think
proper to saddle us with.


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It is much to be wished, that the Americans will
convince Lord North, that they are not yet ready
to have the yoke of slavery rivetted about their necks,
and send back the tea from whence it came.