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AT a very full meeting of the inhabitants of the
town of Cambridge legally assembled, Nov. 26, 1773.

The following Resolves passed unanimously.

This town being greatly alarmed at an act of the Bri-
tish parliament passed in the last session of parliament,
whereby the East-India company in London are empow-
ered to export their Teas on their own account to the
British plantations in America, and expose the same to
sale, subject to a duty payable in America to be collected
by a set of worse than Egyptian task masters, which it
submitted to, we fear will prove fatal to the Colonies --
And as we apprehend the sense of this town cannot be
better expressed than by adopting the Resolves of the
patriotic Citizens of Philadelphia.

Resolved, That the disposal of their own property is
the inherent right of Freemen ; that there can be no
property in that which another can, of right, take from
us without our consent ; that the claim of parliament to
tax America, is, in other words, a claim of right to levy
contributions on us at pleasure.

2. That the duty imposed by parliament upon Tea
landed in America, is a tax on the Americans, or levy-
ing contributions on them without their consent.

3. That the express purpose for which the Tea is
levied on the Americans, namely, for the support of
government, the administration of justice, and the de-
fence of his Majesty's dominions in America, has a
direct tendency to render Assemblies useless, and to in-
troduce arbitrary government and slavery.

4. That a virtuous and steady opposition to this mi-
nisterial plan of governing America is absolutely ne-
cessary to preserve even the shadow of liberty, and is a
duty which every Freeman in America owes to his coun-
try, to himself, and to his posterity.

5. That the resolution lately come into by the East-
India company, to send out their Tea to America, subject
to the payment of duties on its being landed here, is an
open attempt to enforce the ministerial plan, and a vio-
lent attack upon the liberties of America.

6. That it is the duty of every American to oppose
this attempt.

7. That whoever shall, directly or indirectly, coun-
tenance this attempt, or in any wise aid or abet in un-
loading, 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.

And whereas the Town of Boston have assembled twice
on this alarming occasion, and at each meeting did choose
a committee of very respectable gentlemen to wait upon
the persons who are appointed by the East-India com-
pany to receive and sell said Tea, and in a genteel man-
ner requested them to resign their appointment -- Not-
withstanding, the said Factors have repeatedly refused to
give them any satisfaction, but on the contrary, their an-
swers were evasive and highly affrontive.

By such a conduct they have forfeited all right and
title to any respect from their fellow-countrymen.

Therefore Resolved, That this town will by no means
shew them any Respect whatever, but view them as ene-
mies to their country.

And whereas it is reported that the said factors of the
East-India company by their conduct have rendered
themselves despicable in the town of Boston ; yet they
can retire into the country towns, where they are treated
with respect, which if true is truly scandalous.

Therefore, Resolved, That any one who shall har-
bour said factors in their houses, except said factors im-
mediately make full satisfaction, to this justly incensed
people, are unfriendly to their country.

Resolved, That any person or persons, inhabitants of
this province, that shall import any teas subject to the
payment of a duty in America ; are in an eminent de-
gree, enemies to their country, and ought to be treated
with equal contempt and detestation with the present
supposed factors.

And as it is very apparent that the Town of Boston
are now struggling for the Liberties of their Country :

Therefore, Resolved, That this Town can no longer
stand idle Spectators, but are ready on the shortest No-
tice, to join with the Town of Boston and other Towns,
in any Measure that may be thought proper, to deliver
ourselves and Posterity from Slavery.

Attest. ANDREW BORDMAN, Town-Clerk.