On or around 10 August 1776, the Declaration of Independence reached England and was published in British newspapers. And you can imagine how popular that was. Lord North’s ministry, which was then in power, wouldn’t dignify it with an official response, though they did secretly commission a pamphleteer named John Lind to draft a rebuttal, entitled Answer to the Declaration of the American Congress. Lind’s … Continue reading Bad News
On July 2, 1776 the second Continental Congress, sweltering away in Philadelphia, adopted the Lee Resolution, also known as the resolution of independence. It declared all the colonies to be independent of the British Empire and was first introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7. It took weeks to drum up enough support for the measure to pass (we’ll get to that … Continue reading Liberty!