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A Collection of State-Papers, Relative to the First Acknowledgment of the Sovereignty of the United States of America

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Author: John Adams
Published: 1782
Language: English
Wordcount: 31,620 / 102 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: -1.4
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,235
Added to site: 2010.01.07
mnybks.net#: 26214
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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This immortal declaration, of the 4th of July, 1776, when America was invaded by an hundred vessels of war, and, according to estimates laid before parliament, by 55,000 of veteran troops, was not the effect of any sudden passion or enthusiasm; but a measure which had been long in deliberation among the people, maturely discussed in some hundreds of popular assemblies, and by public writings in all the states. It was a measure which Congress did not adopt, until they had received the positive instructions of their constituents in all the States: It was then unanimously adopted by Congress, subscribed by all its members, transmitted to the assemblies of the several States, and by them respectively accepted, ratified, and recorded among their archives; so that no decree, edict, statute, placart, or fundamental law of any nation was ever made with more solemnity, or with more unanimity or cordiality adopted, as the act and consent of the whole people, than this: And it has been held sacred to this day by ev

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