This Day in History

730px-1885_History_of_US_flags_medOn 7 June 1776 Richard Henry Lee, delegate of Virginia, introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress. It was seconded by John Adams of Massachusetts. Because many members wished to ask for guidance from their colonies the vote delayed until today. The resolution is below in its entirety

That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; that measures should be immediately taken for procuring the assistance of foreign powers, and a Confederation be formed to bind the colonies more closely together.

It passed 12-0 with New York abstaining, thus preparing the groundwork for Jefferson’s document to be adopted two days later.

Thus was born the child, Independency, whose gestation began in the Stamp Act of 1764 and was forced by the Intolerable Acts of 1774, and assured by the Parliaments disregard of Pitt’s advocacy of essentially dominion status. Thus began the second of the Cousin’s Wars, the American Revolution, which in truth was a reprise of the English Civil War, except that the American Colonies made good their Independence.



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7 Responses to This Day in History

  1. the unit says:

    Looking at the picture of the four flags with eagle in center, seeing what appears to be pine on two flags made me think. For the last several weeks as I watched my Windows start up there are like four flags which come together. I haven’t restarted, but I think the upper left flag has a pine. I wondered if it meant anything. Like I said I haven’t restarted, but there are other things coming from other quadrant flags, like bubbles and maybe a butterfly.
    I looked up the Appeal to Heaven flag. I can’t imagine Bill Gates signifying such meaning to Windows…except this…
    From Wiki…” “Swamp Law”, where the pines were harvested according to their needs regardless of statutes.” Maybe today D.C. Swamp Law, regardless of the Constitution. Of course not by liberty lovers, but by those who learned what works.
    Just a thought.


    • NEO says:

      Don’t know, Unit, especially since I don’t run windows. There were several variants of the Pine Tree flags, mostly in the northern colonies, usually with the slogan, “An Appeal to Heaven”. I’d have to look up those two as well, mostly I just like the overall effect of it, especially this week.


      • the unit says:

        Anyway no eagle or coiled snake in sight there. 🙂


        • NEO says:

          Somehow, I’m not surprised. 🙂


        • the unit says:

          But the butterfly…I dance like, or did. May still sting like a bee in close quarters. 🙂


        • NEO says:

          Close quarters, I model myself more on a hornet but, bees work too 🙂


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