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The Declaration of Independence, in Britain’s Annual Register for 1776
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This history of British affairs notes increasing bitterness on the part of Americans, prints the Declaration of Independence and proposed Articles of Confederation, and comments on the disruption of trade, military action, etc. It chronicles events, historical sketches of people around the world, scientific gains, essays and state papers.

The Declaration is printed with some sanitizing edits to make it slightly less insulting to the King, ie: “The history of the present __ __ __, is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations; all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states.” (State Papers, pp 261-264)

[DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE]. Book. The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1776... London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall, 1777. 270 pp.

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In an earlier section, it includes a surprisingly unfiltered American patriots’ view of reaction.

The declaration of independence...was read at the head of each brigade of the continental army, posted at and near New York, and every where received with loud huzzas, &c.; and the same evening the equestrian statue of his Majesty…was laid prostrate on the ground, and the lead of it destined to serve as bullets. The same declaration was ready pretty much about the same time, in almost every other town of the united colonies, and every where received with equal demonstrations of joy.” (Chronicle, 159)

Editorial comments support a firm British response: “the conduct of the Americans, recommending a perseverance in the same strong measures, until the colonies were reduced to a thorough obedience, and brought to a full sense of both their errors and duty.


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