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Alexander, John McKnitt (Creator)

Thomas Addis Emmet collection, [legacy collection]

Series VI. Declaration of Independence

Dates / Origin
Place: Mecklenburg, N.C.
Date Created: 1775-05-20
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 927
United States. Declaration of Independence
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
A. D. S., J. Maknit [i. e. Dr. Joseph McKnitt Alexander]. Endorsed "Copy," etc. 7 pp. 4o
To William Davidson. Gives the history of the Mecklenburg County Committee, and the text of the resolutions asserted to have been passed at a meeting on May 19th; speaks of the sending of James Jack to Congress some days later with the resolutions; and of his return with the news that the proceedings were individually approved by the members of Congress, but were thought premature; subsequent proceedings of the County Court of Inquiry; trial of Booth and Dunn. In the handwriting of Dr. Joseph McKnitt Alexander, who has added the signature of John McK. Alexander and the following heading: "Copy of J'o McK. Alexander's letter to Wm. Davidson on Declaration of Independence, Meck'g." This is followed by a statement that the foregoing is a true copy of the papers on the above subject left in his hands by "J. Mc. A. deceased"; that the original book was burned in April, 1800; and that one copy of the proceedings was sent to H. Williamson in New York, and one to Gen. Davie.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616
MSS Unit ID: 927
Archives EAD ID: 275652
Calendar number: EM. 1494
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c30ae4b0-c52e-012f-6280-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1775: Place
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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