Hutchinson was the appointed Royal Governor of Massachusetts and in fact was sympathetic to the needs of the colonized although his arbitrary orders that gave the British rights to search the persons and properties in the colonies without formal approval betrayed his real affiliations. Samuel Adams considered him a sympathizer of the British rule. Hutchinson, who had two sons in the tea trade as well, did not expect the colonists to react against the Tea Act by destroying the cargo of tea rather than returning it to Britain.
It is very important to develop a foundation for critical and creative thinking before evaluating historical events such as the Boston Tea Party because it helps us understand the reasons that such an incident took place. The Boston Tea Party while being an act of civil disobedience was nevertheless seen necessary to protect the rights of the locals and was a warning to the ruling powers that the colonists would never stand for arbitrary laws that did not have the support and backing of their local representatives. It sent a message to the British and at the same time, their plan of recovering losses on tea by charging 25% tax on tea exported to the colonies was made to fail. The locals saw it as authoritative and against the notion of allowing them to be taxed by their own local representatives. Samuel Adams played an important part in getting the colonized to band together against their British rulers. He thought it was time that such unjust and arbitrary laws were repealed and supported the idea of an organized revolt to warn the oppressors that they could not just take the locals for granted. He convened the meeting first to be held at Faneuil Hall but later moved to the Old South meeting hall. People left for the harbor from here to destroy the cargo of tea. Hutchinson urged the British Government not to let the incident go unpunished- the port of Boston was closed and the Coercive Acts promulgated in response.