The Boston Tea Party December 16, 1773, followed just three years after the Boston Massacre, where five Americans were killed by British soldiers who commandeered their homes. The British then began imposing taxation on the Colonies which eventually became unbearable.
Early in the year of 1773, the men of Marlborough, Massachusetts declared unanimously:
"Death is more eligible than slavery. A free-born people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and support their laws and liberties... [We] implore the Ruler above the skies, that He would make bare His arm in defense of His Church and people, and let Israel go." - 1773, un a unanimous declaration of the men of Marlborough, Massachusetts. Charles E. Kistler, This Nation Under God (Boston: Richard G. Badger, The Gorham Press, 1924), p. 56. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington, MN: Garborg's Heart 'N Home, Inc., 1991), 1.2.
The towns, cities, and surrounding Colonies began sending their support. In August, 1774, William Prescott led the men of Pepperell, Massachusetts, to deliver many loads of rye. He wrote to the men of Boston:
"We heartily sympathize with you, and are always ready to do all in our power for your support, comfort and relief; knowing that Providence has placed you where you must stand the first shock. We consider we are all embarked in [the same boat] and must sink or swim together. We think if we submit to these regulation, all is gone.
Our forefathers passed the vast Atlantic, spent their blood and treasure, that they might enjoy their liberties, both civil and religious, and transmit them to their posterity.... Now if we should give them up, can our children rise up and call us blessed? ....
Let us all be of one heart, and stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free; and may he, of his infinite mercy grant us deliverance out of all our troubles." - August 1774, William Prescott's statement to the inhabitants of Boston while delivering supplies from Papperell, Massachusetts. George Bancroft, Bancroft's History of the United States (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1859), Vol. VII, p. 99. David Barton, The Myth of Separation (Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1991), p. 96.
Josiah Quincy, the American orator of freedom, voiced the Colonists sentiments in 1774:
"Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a 'halter' intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men." - 1774, Josiah Quincy speaking in response to the Boston Port Bill, in which the British closed the Boston harbor. John Bartlett, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1855, 1980), p. 393. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Glory of America (Bloomington, MN: Garborg's Heart 'N Home, Inc., 1991), 2.10.
The Colonists grew in their resilience and confidence in God, to the point where one Crown-appointed Governor wrote of the condition to the Board of Trade back in England:
"If you ask an American, who is his master? He will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ." - 1774, Boston, Massachusetts. Hezekiah Niles, Principles and Acts of the Revolution in America (Baltimore: William Ogden Niles, 1822), p. 418. David Barton, The Myth of Separation (Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1991), p. 96.
The Committees of Correspondence soon began sounding the cry across the Colonies:
"No King but King Jesus!" - Boston, Massachusetts, 1774. Cushing Strout, The New Heavens and the New Earth (NY: Harper & Row, 1974), p. 59. Clifford K. Shipton, Sibley's Harvard Graduates (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1965), Vol. XIII, pp. 475-476. Peter Powers, Election Sermon entitled Jesus Christ the King (Newburyport, 1778). David Barton, The Myth of Separation (Aledo, TX: WallBuilder Press, 1991), p. 97.