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From: Carolyn Geittmann <>
Subject: EDENTON TEA PARTY
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 10:41:31 -0500


In my book, "The LEEs and KINGs of Virginia and North Carolina
1636-1976" by Reba Shropshire Wilson and Betty Shropshire Glover, p. 90:

"A most unusual part of the Revolutionary War was played by the women
in Edenton, N.C., Oct. 25, 1774. It is the earliest known instance of
political activity on the part of women in the American colonies. It
has been called "The Petticoat Revolution," because in 1774, in the
home of Mrs. Elizabeth KING, 51 ladies gathered for tea, to protest the
British taxes and to sign a resolution to 'solemnly engage not to
conform to that pernicious practice of drinking tea or ye wear of any
manufacture from England until such time that all acts which tend to
enslave this our native country shall be repealed.'

It is said that the rebellious ladies drank a beverage made of dried
raspberry leaves. Mrs. Thomas BARKER served "Penelope BARKER" tea
cakes, and presided at the tea party.

The Elizabeth KING residence where the tea and protest signing was held,
was located on the Edenton Green, near the beautiful Edenton court house
which overlooks Albemarle Sound. A bronze teapot indicates the former
site of the King residence where the tea party was held."

"How to Prepare Penelope BARKER Tea Cakes:

1 quart flour 3 eggs
3/4 cup butter and lard mixed 2 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon soda 1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat eggs, add sugar, salt and soda dissolved in water. Mix flour,
butter and lard, add to other mixture. Roll and cut. Then bake in hot
oven."

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