1774 Tea Controversy


Isaac Jones, one of the wealthiest men in Weston, was both a tavern-keeper of the Golden Ball Tavern and an overland hauler of goods. As things heated up politically in Boston and the surrounding towns in response to Britain's more repressive measures to bring the colony under control, and after the more radical groups called for a complete boycott of British tea, Isaac continued to sell tea in his tavern. This was Dutch tea that he had bought in New York on his hauling trips there; it was not British tea. But by then tea had become a symbol more than a commodity, and the Patriots' turned their anger against Isaac. The following newspaper accounts provide a window into the tensions of the time.