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conciliation. The best men in England were shocked at the measure; the most difpassionate men in America foresaw and lamented the confequences. 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.
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THAT a Committee of three be appointed to collect, 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 chofen, Mr. Bee, Mr. Witherspoon and Mr. Wolcott. .
JUL Y : 4, 1776. : .--.
BY THE . . REPRESENTATIVES,
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED.
CYTHEN, in the course of human events,
it becomes necessary for one people
to diffolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to affume among the powers of the earth the se. parate 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