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John Hancock stated Let this sad tale of death never be told without a tear let not the heaving bosom cease to burn with a manly indignation at the barbarous story during his oration of the massacre on 5 March 1774 The Boston Massacre as it was called was really not a massacre in the sense that a lot of people were slaughtered it was a massacre in the sense that British governments authority was not to be tolerated During the next eighteen months tensions between the Colonists and the British would increase On a cold morning in February 1770 eleven-year old Christopher Seider was one of several hundred adults and youths surrounding the house of ebenezer Richardson Richardson was a known Tory informer for the British customs commissioners Mob demonstrations protesting the Townshend Acts were common some spontaneous and some organized At Richardsons house the crowd was becoming unruly and started breaking windows and one stone thrown hit Richardsons wife Richardson grabbed an unloaded musket and shoved it through one of the broken windows Seeing the musket just seemed to add fuel to the fire and the crowd knocked down the front door Richardson loaded and fired into the mob fatally wounding Seider who died that evening Four days after Sieders funeral a British soldier named Thomas Walker of the 29th Regiment inquired about a job at John Grays Ropewalk It was common for a British soldier to moonlight while off duty to supplement their incomes Ropemaker William Green told Walker to go clean the outhouse In response to the insult a fistfight broke out between Walker and Green Walker was beaten very badly and when he had the chance ran and enlisted some of his British peers into the fight The fray was renewed and the soldiers were bested again The only advantaged to either side gained from the altercation was a few aches and pains On
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