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Administration of Justice Act, Text

The Administration of Justice Act became law on May 20, 1774. It was one of the Coercive Acts passed by Parliament to punish Massachusetts and Boston for the Boston Tea Party. The act was designed to protect British officials from being tried for crimes committed in the colonies. It gave the Royal Governors the authority to send officials to Britain, or other territories in the British Empire, to stand trial in the event the governor believed the accused would not receive a fair trial.

Boston Committee of Correspondence Letter to the Portsmouth Committee of Correspondence Regarding Boston Port Act, Text

In 1774, Parliament passed the Boston Port Act as punishment for the Boston Tea Party. The Act closed the Port of Boston. When the news of the Act reached Boston, the Committee of Correspondence sent letters to Committees in other towns and cities. Samuel Adams wrote this letter on May 12, 1774 to the Committee of Correspondence in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and asked for their support.