The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America

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NOTE REGARDING TYPOGRAPHICAL STYLE

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE is here reprinted in accord with the text and typographic style of the original printed by John Dunlap at Philadelphia for the Continental Congress, which, on July 4, 1776, "Ordered, That the Declaration be authenticated and printed. That the committee appointed to prepare the Declaration superintend and correct the press." The first copy of the Declaration as printed by Dunlap was attached by wafers to the Manuscript Journal of the Congress in a blank space provided for that purpose under the entry, "The Declaration being again read was agreed to as follows," and thus became the approved and official text. Similar printed copies of the Declaration were, by order of the Congress, sent to the State assemblies and to the commanding officers of the Continental troops for proclamation. In a letter to General Washington, dated July 6, 1776, John Hancock, President of the Congress, enclosed a printed Declaration and stated he had been directed to transmit it for proclamation at the head of the Army. The text of the printed Declaration and the engrossed copy in the Library of Congress are identical, two minor corrections having been made in the engrossed copy to conform to the original printed copy. Although both the printed and the engrossed copies are dated "In Congress, July 4, 1776", the Declaration war not ordered engrossed until July 19, and afterward the engrossed copy was signed by John Hancock and 55 other Members. The copy ordered printed and proclaimed on July 4 has only the printed signatures of John Hancock as President and

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