“… it is tea that caused it … “

Jemima Condict, the daughter of a New Jersey farmer, like many other women, felt a need to put her thoughts on paper. She kept a journal and explained why: “Sometimes after our people is gone to Bed I get my Pen for I Dont know how to Content myself without writeing Something.” This is her journal entry for Saturday October 1, 1774.

It seams we have troublesome times a Coming for there is a great Disturbance a Broad in the earth & they say it is tea that caused it. So then if they will Quarel about such a trifling thing as that What must we expect But war & I think or at least fear it will be so.

She was, of course, right. War did come. Here is what Jemima wrote on April 23, 1775.

As every Day Brings New Troubels So this Day Brings News that yesterday very early in the morning They Began to fight at Boston. The regulors [British] We hear Shot first there; they killd 30 of our men A hundred & 50 of the Regulors.

These excerpts are from In the Words of Women, the first from Chapter 1, page 23, the second from page 29. The illustration is from The Boston Tea Party Historical Society.


2 comments »
  1. Congratulations on your book and the new blog!

    Comment by susan — December 5, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Funnily enough, I just brewed myself a cup of earl grey before sitting down to read this. I suppose I’m not the most patriotic of Americans.

    Comment by Emily — December 5, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

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