On this day in 1776 in Philadelphia, Richard Henry Lee introduces a resolution for independence to the Continental Congress. John Adams seconds the motion.
Here is the full, but brief, transcript:
“Resolved, 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 it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.”
A vote on this Resolution was delayed until July 2nd, during which time the Declaration of Independence was drafted.
Acknowledge with gratitude
The following is a brief excerpt from the Continental Congress November 1, 1777 National Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. The appointed committee of Daniel Roberdeau, Samuel Adams, and the aforementioned Richard Henry Lee drafted this Proclamation:
“Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of his common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties; particularly in that he hath been pleased in so great a measure to prosper the means used for the support of our troops and to crown our arms with most signal success…”
‘Acknowledge’ and ‘adore’… where have we heard that before? That’s right! From George Washington.