Transmittal letter accompanying the Declaration of Independence from John Hancock

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Title

Transmittal letter accompanying the Declaration of Independence from John Hancock

Subject

United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Description

Image of the Transmittal letter accompanying the Declaration of Independence from John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress to the State of Rhode Island from Baltimore, MD, on January 31, 1777.

Creator

United States. Continental Congress
Hancock, John, 1737-1793

Source

C#00257 – Letters to the Governor, Vol. 13 #143

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1777 January 31

Rights

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Format

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Language

eng

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Text

Circular                     Baltimore Jany. 31 1777

 

            Gentleman

                        As there is not a more distinguished

Event in the History of America, than the Declaration

of her Independence – nor any, that, in all probability

will so much excite the attention of future ages

it is highly proper, that the Memory of that

transaction, together with the Causes that give

Rise to it should b preserved in the most

careful Manner that can be devised.

 

                                                I am therefore

commanded by Congress to transmit you the

enclosed Copy of the Act of Independence, with the

list of the several Members of Congress subscribed

thereto – and to request, that you will cause the

same to be put upon Record, that it may henceforth

form a Part of the Archives of your state.

and remain a lasting Testimony of your Approbation

of that necessary and important Measure.

                                    I have the Honour to be

                                                Gentlemen,

 

                                    Uour most obd. &

                                    Very hble serv.

                                                John Hancock, Presidt.

 

Honble. Assembly of the State of Rhode Island ---

Original Format

paper

Citation

United States. Continental Congress Hancock, John, 1737-1793 , "Transmittal letter accompanying the Declaration of Independence from John Hancock," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #851, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/851 (accessed November 21, 2017).