Boston Port Act
The British passed the Boston Port Act on March 7, 1774, ordering that Boston Harbor be closed in order to punish the Colony of Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party, until the cost of the tea destroyed during the Tea Party had been paid for. Residents responded by sending food to Boston from the surrounding towns.
The Commander at Bunker Hill, William Prescott, wrote that "Providence has placed you where you must stand the first shock ... If we submit to these regulations, 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?
The Virginia House of Burgesses, in sympathy for its fellow Colony, declared on May 24, 1774:
- This House, being deeply impressed with apprehension ... from the hostile invasion of the city of Boston in our Sister Colony of Massachusetts Bay, whose commerce and harbor are, on the first day of June next, to be topped by an armed force .... Deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House, as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, devoutly to implore the Divine interposition, for averting the heavy calamity which threatens destruction to our civil rights.