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Fairfax County Resolves

Jefferson's Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence
George Mason (1725-1792)
Fairfax County Resolves
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Holograph manuscript, 1774
Manuscript Division

The Fairfax County Resolves, written by George Mason and George Washington on July 17, 1774, was the first clear statement of fundamental constitutional rights of the British American colonies as subjects of the Crown. Adopted the next day by the Fairfax County convention, which met to protest British retaliations against Massachusetts after the Boston Tea Party, the resolves call for a "firm Union" of the colonies, because an injury against one colony is "aimed at all."

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