Lot 14
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The Declaration of Independence

150,000 - 250,000 USD
233,000 USD
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In Congress, July 4, 1776. The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America. When, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissove the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of nature and Nature's GOD entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation. … We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA … solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE and INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connexion between them and the State of Great-Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that as FREE and INDEPENDENT STATES, they have fully Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of Right do. And for the Support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honour. Baltimore, in Maryland: Printed by Mary Katharine Goddard, [January 1777]

Broadside (20 1/2 x 15 in.; 522 x 356 mm). Text in two columns; followed by the printed names of 55 of the 56 Signers (lacking Thomas McKean, who had not yet subscribed), headed by John Hancock, then arranged by state in four columns; followed by the 18 January 1777 Congressional order "That an authenticated Copy of the Declaration of Independence, with the Names of the Members of Congress, subscribing the same, be sent to each of the United States, and they be desired to have the same put on Record"; this copy signed by the president ("A True Copy John Hancock Presdt") and secretary ("Attest Chas Thomson secy") of Congress; washed, mounted on paper several tears and small losses, costing in total portions of about fifteen words, signatures very faded. Framed.