Theophilus Lillie

Theophilus Lillie

An importer of British goods who stubbornly defends his right to do so.

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From the Card:

  • Since your business depends on British imports, you do not wish to join Patriot boycotts of British goods.
  • Facing threats, you publish an eloquent editorial accusing the Patriots of infringing on the liberties they claim to protect.
  • When an angry crowd shows up outside your shop, your neighbor tries to break it up. In the scuffle a boy is killed.
  • You later serve in a Loyalist militia and are forced to flee Boston. You later die of disease in Nova Scotia.

Theophilus Lillie is an example of a shopkeeper that found himself between a rock and a hard place when the popular protest movement asked him to join a boycott of British imports called the Non-importation movement. The Sons of Liberty used peer pressure and intimidation to make the shopkeepers in town comply, but Theophilus Lillie is interesting because he not only resisted, but also fought back.

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