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.

John Adams will write to Abigail (his wife) tomorrow:

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Well, we held the celebration till the public reading a couple days later, but little has changed in the last 242 years.

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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8 Responses to This Day in History

  1. the unit says:

    “…the American Colonies made good their Independence.” And still winning. Of course, struggling coninues and will. If it didn’t there’d be no more winning. 🙂
    Let’s Rock. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Rock on, Unit! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        And I’d just chosen this as my favorite song when then I heard rock around the clock! Should’da just kept stooding there.! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          A very good one! And a good way to spend time! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          ‘Nother remembrance of the “good old days”. Instead of what the future brung us to. 🙂


        • NEO says:

          Indeed! 🙂


  2. the unit says:

    Yep, girls doing Jitterbug to ‘Rock Around The Clock’. The safe space of the day, imagine getting knocked up doing a loop de loop. Whooopeee, I guess! 🙂

    Recognize Bill Gates about the 35 sec mark. 🙂


  3. NEO says:

    Sure does look like him, even I wasn’t that dorky! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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