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TOGETHER WITH A COLLECTION OF VERY IMPORTANT
HISTORICAL Sketch of Henry County,
BRIEF HISTORY OF EACH TOWNSHIP.
BY CLINE & MCHAFFIE.
Entered according to the act of Congress, in the year 1874, in the office of the Librarian of
Congress at Washington, D. C., by Cling & MCHATTIE.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
IN CONGRESS, TUESDAY, JULY 4, 1776.
Agreeably to the order of the day, the Congress resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to take into their further consideration the Declaration; and, after some time, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Harrison reported that the committee had agreed to a declaration, which they desired bim to report. (The committee consisted of Jefferson, Frank. lin, John Adams, Sherman, and R. R. Livingston.)
The Declaration being read, was agreed to, as follows:
BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve 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 of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles,