Having accidentally arrived at Boston upon a visit to a Friend the evening before the meeting of the body of the People on the 29th of November, curiosity, and the pressing invitation of my most kind host, induced me to attend the Meeting.
This concise but a very detailed account was written by Major Samuel Cooper, a participant who was only 16 at the time of the event but later fought many battles of revolutionary war with great bravery to earn his high rank.
The house was so crowded that I could get no further than the porch. I found the moderator was just declaring the meeting to be dissolved. This caused another general shout, and three cheers. For my part I went contentedly home and finished my tea, but was soon informed what was going forward.
On Tuesday last the body of the people of this and all the adjacent towns, and others from the distance of twenty miles, assembled at the old south meeting-house, to inquire the reason of the delay in sending the ship Dartmouth back to London.
The Indians, immediately repaired on board Captain Hall's ship, stove the chests and emptied the tea overboard; having cleared this ship they proceeded to Captain Bruce's and then to Captain Coffin's brig.