This Day in History
July 2, 2014 7 Comments
On 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.