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Circular letter from John Hancock to the state legislatures
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
January 31, 1777
Volume 11, Page 371

JOHN HANCOCK TO THE CONVENTION OF THE STATE OF N. C.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

(Circular.)


Baltimore Jan'y 31st 1777.

Gentlemen:

As there is not a more distinguished event in the history of America, than the Declaration of her Independence,—nor any, that in all probability, will so much excite the attention of future ages, it is highly proper, that the memory of that transaction together with the causes that gave rise to it should be preserved in the most careful manner that can be devised.

I am therefore commanded by Congress to transmit you the enclosed copy of the Act of Independence, with the list of the several Members of Congress subscribed thereto;—and to request that you will cause the same to be put upon Record, that it may henceforth form a part of the Archives of your State, and remain a lasting testimony of your approbation of that necessary and important measure.

I have the honour to be, gentlemen,
Your most obe'd. and very h'ble. serv't.,
JOHN HANCOCK, Presid't.
Hon'ble Convention of the State of North Carolina.