When news of the Boston Tea Party reached London in 1774, Parliament immediately focused their energies on punishing the recalcitrant colonists. Starting in June of that year, the port of Boston would be closed to all commerce until the cargoes of tea had been paid for by the town. Reflecting on the hardships they were about to suffer, John told Abigail “We live my dear soul, in an age of trial.” In the months that followed, other acts would take effect that were also intended to break the resolve of the patriots. More troops were sent to Boston, the Massachusetts Charter was revoked, and the Administration of Justice Act enabled the Royal Governor to remove trials from Massachusetts to Great Britain. People in Massachusetts were outraged, and due to the invasive nature of the laws, they started to refer to the collection of acts known as the Coercive Acts as the Intolerable Acts.