The Documents

The Development of the American Character

Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

The drafting committee presenting its work to the Congress.

Short Description

This well-known Declaration is a formal statement adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, announcing that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire.

Remnant Trust Description

One of three known copies. The only one in private hands. This is the third Dunlop printing. John Dunlop, as one of the leading printers in Philadelphia, produced numerous pieces both for the Continental Congress and the state of Pennsylvania. Only one complete set of the eight parts of the Journals survives, at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The Library Company also possesses the only other copy of this individual part, the most extensive of the eight, comprising pp. 29-56. Thus, this is the only copy in private hands, with two copies in one institution, for a total of three known; considerably rarer than the infamous first broadside printing, of which there are 31, but from the same printer and press.