In September 1774 the leaders of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, declared the Suffolk Resolves. This declaration, introduced by Joseph Warren (11th June, 1741 - 17th June, 1775), rejected what were described as the Intolerable (or Coercive) Acts introduced by the British Government in an attempt to quash resistance in the colonies by making an example of Massachusetts. The Suffolk Resolves denounced the acts and pledged to refuse to pay taxes and to boycott British imports until they were repealed.
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