This is an extract from the Parliamentary register of 1774-1775. In 1774 the British Parliament passed the 'Coercive Acts' (commonly referred to as the 'Intolerable Acts' in the colonies). These acts included the closing of the port of Boston until such time as the East India Company received compensation for tea dumped in the harbour by rebellious colonists. Philadelphia at this time was one of the largest communities in North America and had become a powerful military and political centre. It was here that the first Continental Congress convened in 1774. The Congress decided to instigate a boycott of British trade goods as a way of showing their outrage at the Acts. This extract describes the reaction of the Barbados planters at the news that their produce was being boycotted and their fears for their livelihoods.