Today in 1776: “Certain resolutions concerning independency…”

7 Jun

On this day in 1776, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress gathered in Independence Hall (then, the Pennsylvania State House) and began deliberations on miscellaneous items related to the defense of America against the British. A Committee had just been established to investigate a matter related to gunpowder being manufactured at a mill in Frankford, PA, when Richard Henry Lee stood to be recognized.

Having been freed by the Virginia Assembly to do so, he proposed a resolution:

“… 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.” 

The resolution would be debated and postponed off and on throughout the month of June. It came to a vote on July 2, 1776, and was approved by a vote of 12-0, with one abstention.

 

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