The more things change
This is probably not the message Daniel Breen meant to convey in writing about a dust-up involving a colonial-era visit to Boston by a Tunisian ambassador Sidi Soliman Mellimelli and his delegation. Their presence apparently created quite a stir:
When he and his retinue arrived in Boston, the local Republican committee invited the garishly-attired Tunisians to attend its Fourth of July celebration on Copp’s Hill. Mellimelli was quite a draw, and gawkers at the feast were so numerous that Eben Eager, the beleaguered tavern-keeper who was supposed to feed everyone, had to come up with twice the amount of plum puddings and meat pies as originally planned. But the Republican committee would not pay him the cost of the extra provisions.Is this the first recorded instance of Republicans ginning up interest in something (like a war, for example) and then not paying for it?