WHILE a public meeting was being held, to protest against the tea ships, a number of brave and resolute (determined) men, dressed in the Indian manner, approached near the door of the assembly. They gave a war whoop, which rang through the house and was answered by some in the galleries (seats around the room); but silence was commanded and a peaceable behaviour until the end of the meeting.

   The Indians, as they were then called, repaired (went) to the wharf, where the ships lay that had the tea on board. They were followed by hundreds of people to see the event of the transactions (what would happen) of those who made so grotesque (strange) an appearance.

   The Indians immediately repaired (went) on board Captain Hall's ship, where they hoisted (lifted)  out the chests of tea. When on deck they stove (broke) them and emptied the tea overboard.

   Having cleared this ship they proceeded to Captain Bruce's, and then to Captain Coffin's brig (ship) They applied themselves so dexterously (well)  to the destruction of this commodity (tea) , that in the space of three hours they broke up three hundred and forty-two chests, which was the whole number of these vessels (containers) , and poured their contents into the harbor.

   When the tide rose it floated the broken chests and the tea. The surface of the water was filled (with tea)  therewith a considerable way from the south part of the town to Dorchester Neck and lodged (stuck)  on the shores.

   The greatest care was taken to prevent the tea from being purloined (stolen)  by the populace (people) . One or two who were detected (caught)  trying to pocket a small quantity were stripped of their plunder (stolen things)  and very roughly handled.

   It is worthy of remark that although a considerable quantity (a lot)  of other goods were still remaining on board the vessel, no injury was sustained.

   Such attention to private property was observed that when a small padlock belonging to the captain of one of the ships was broken, another was procured (bought)  and sent to him. 

   The town was very quiet during the whole evening and the night following. Those who were from the country went home with a merry (happy)  heart, and the next day joy appeared in almost every countenance (face), some on account of (because of) the destruction of the tea, others on account of the quietness with which it was done. One of the Monday's papers says that the masters and owners are well pleased that their ships are thus cleared, without their being responsible.