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Tea drinking habits of New Englanders in the 1770’s

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John Adams added the following postscript to a letter written to his wife Abigail on 6 July 1774.

I believe I forgot to tell you one Anecdote:  When I first came to this House it was late in the Afternoon, and I had ridden 35 miles at least.  “Madam” said I to Mrs. Huston, “is it lawfull for a weary Traveller to refresh himself with a Dish of Tea provided it has been honestly smuggled, or paid no Duties?”

“No sir, said she, we have renounced all Tea in this Place.  I cant make Tea, but I’le make you Coffee.”  Accordingly I have drank Coffee every Afternoon since, and have borne it very well.  Tea must be universally renounced.  I must be weaned, and the sooner, the better.

(Note: The Boston Tea Party took place 16 December 1773.)


Written by uncudh

March 23, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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