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conciliation. The best men in England were shocked at the measure; the most dispassionate men in America foresaw and lamented the consequences. The British Ministry, however, persisting in their latent views of subjugating the Colonies, and attempting by open force as well as secret stratagem to subdue and disunite them, gave eventual rise to that Independence, Confederacy, and Legislation, described, supported, and avowed, in the following documents.
December 29, 1780.
THAT a Committee of three be appointed to colleB, and cause to be published, two hundred correct copies of the Declaration of Independence, the articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the Alliances between these United States and his Most Christian Majesty, with the Constitutions or Forms of Government of the several States, to be bound together in boards. The members chosen, Mr. Bee, Mr. Witherspoon and Mr. Wolcott.
Extract from the Minutes,
Charles Thompson, Secretary.
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July 4, 1776.
B Y T H E
UNITED STATES Of AMERICA In CONGRESS ASSEMBLED.
WHEN, in the course os human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all men are created equal ; that they are
endowed-by their Creator with certain una