|A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms. - Portsmouth, N.H. printing by Daniel Fowle, Circa 1775|
Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable. . . . [W]e will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of liberties, being with one mind resolved, to die Freemen rather than live slaves.
Like all of Jefferson's writings about the imperial controversy, this paper burns with a sense of injustice...Despite the fact that Dickinson watered down Jefferson's draft,...more resolute patriots regarded it as a spirited manifesto and it proved to be generally popular (D. Malone, Jefferson the Virginian, p.205).
In our own native land, in defence of the freedom that is our birthright, and which we ever enjoyed till the late violation of it -- for the protection of our property, acquired solely by the honest industry of our fore-fathers and ourselves, against violence actually offered, we have taken up arms. We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not before.
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