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Letter from the President of Congress


A Letter from the Hon˙ John Hancock, Esq˙, enclosing the Declaration of Independence, was read and filed, and is in the words following, that is to say:

"Philadelphia, July 6, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: Although it is not possible to foresee the consequences of human actions, yet it is nevertheless a duty we owe ourselves and posterity in all our publick councils to decide in the best manner we are able, and to trust the event to that Being who controls both causes and events so as to bring about his own determinations. Impressed with this sentiment, and at the same time fully convinced that our


affairs may take a more favourable turn, the Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve all connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and to declare them free and independent States, as you will perceive by the enclosed Declaration, which I am directed to transmit to you, and to request you will have it proclaimed in your Colony in the way you shall think most proper.

"The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future Government, will naturally suggest the propriety of having it proclaimed in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.

"I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient, and very humble servant,

"JOHN HANCOCK, President.

"To the Honourable Convention of New York."