Manuscript/Mixed Material Enclosure, John Hancock to George Washington concerning the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Revolutionary army, 4 July 1776.

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Title
Enclosure, John Hancock to George Washington concerning the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Revolutionary army, 4 July 1776.
Created / Published
4 July 1776
Subject Headings
-  Presidents
-  Army officers
-  George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820)
-  Revolution, 1775-1783 (U.S.)
-  Continental Army
-  Continental Congress
-  Declaration of Independence (1776)
-  Dunlap, John (1747-1812)
-  Hancock, John (1737-1793)
-  Resolutions, legislative
-  Manuscripts
Genre
Manuscripts
Notes
-  Reproduction number: A121 (color slide; page 1); A122 (color slide; page 2)
-  Among the resolutions passed by the Continental Congress on 4 July 1776 was one which called for the president of the Congress, John Hancock (1737-1793), to send to several commanding officers of the Continental army copies of the Declaration of Independence, which had just been adopted by Congress and printed by John Dunlap (1747-1812). Hancock sent this copy of the resolutions together with the "Dunlap Broadside" of the Declaration to Gen. George Washington (1732-1799) on 6 July. Washington had the Declaration read to his assembled troops in New York on 9 July. Later that night, the Americans destroyed a bronze and lead statue of King George III (1738-1820), which stood at the foot of Broadway on the Bowling Green. Washington's personal copy of the Dunlap printing of the Declaration of Independence remains in the Manuscript Division's George Washington Papers.
Source Collection
George Washington Papers
Repository
Manuscript Division
Language
English
Online Format
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Enclosure, John Hancock to George Washington concerning the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Revolutionary army, 4 July. 4 July, 1776. Manuscript/Mixed Material. https://www.loc.gov/item/mcc.090/.

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(1776) Enclosure, John Hancock to George Washington concerning the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Revolutionary army, 4 July. 4 July. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mcc.090/.

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Enclosure, John Hancock to George Washington concerning the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Revolutionary army, 4 July. 4 July, 1776. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/mcc.090/>.