The Edenton Boycott

But did you know that North Carolina had its own Tea Party as well? In the Fall of 1774, the Provincial Deputies of North Carolina decided to join the growing resistance movement and pass a non-importation resolve protesting British taxation. They passed a bill resolving to boycott all British tea and cloth received after September 10th.

In Edenton, North Carolina, Penelope Barker, a lively woman and wife of a North Carolina business man, organized a tea party at a friend's home. At this gathering of fifty-one women, Barker and the other women expressed their determination "to give memorable proof of their patriotism" and crafted a petition boycotting tea and British clothes. The petition said:

"The Provincial Deputies of North Carolina, having resolved not to drink any more tea, nor wear any more British cloth, many ladies of this province have determined to give memorable proof of their patriotism, and have accordingly entered into the following honourable and spirited association. I send it to you to shew your fair countrywomen, how zealously and faithfully, American ladies follow the laudable example of their husbands, and what opposition your matchless Ministers may expect to receive from a people thus firmly united against them."

The petition continued:

"We cannot be indifferent on any occasion that appears nearly to affect the peace and happiness of our country, and . . . it is a duty which we owe, not only to our near and dear connections, . . . but to ourselves. . . ."

This petition was signed and later sent to King George III in England.