"MY WORTHY FRIEND REVERE"
WHILE THE REVERES settled into their new home in North Square, the patriot leaders struggled to hold the nonimportation movement together. With the passing of the January 1, 1770, deadline to resume importation, Samuel Adams, William Molineux, and the other leaders used newspapers, town meetings, and coercion to rouse the patriotic spirits of the people and keep pressure on the merchants to continue nonimportation. A letter in the Boston Gazette from "The People" urged the Committee of Inspection to "do your Duty" against the sons of Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson and other violators of nonimportation. On Wednesday, January 17, 1770, at Faneuil Hall, the inhabitants of Boston condemned several merchants, including Benjamin Greene, one of Revere's customers, and Thomas Fletcher, who had attached Revere's estate back in 1765, far "meanly sacrificing the rights of their country to their own avarice and private interest." William Molineux proposed a mass visit to Lieutenant Governor Hutchinson's home to demand that his sons deliver up their contraband tea, but Josiah Quincy, heretofore "esteem'd a violent partizan" of the Sons of Liberty, called Molineux's plan "an Act of high treason." In the end, Molineux, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Thomas Young prevailed; only the people, Molineux proclaimed, could "save the liberties" of their country. Their actions--against the Hutchinsons and, one month later, against Theophilus Lillie--took place in Paul Revere's new neighborhood.1
In early February, as the Boston Gazette reported, "upwards of one hundred Ladies at the North Part of this Town" showed their patriotism by signing an agreement not to drink tea "till the Revenue Acts are repealed." In addition to such peaceful and genteel protests, Boston's patriot leaders relied on mobs who